Up next on News 7 at eleven-
A tobacco company breaks ranks and agrees to pay money to help people who
say they're addicted to nicotine.
Another GOP presidential candidate is throwing in the towel.
Plus Actor Alec Baldwin is in court- but this is not acting. We'll tell you
what charges he faces.
News 7 is next.
It's a huge blow to the tobacco industry.
A tobacco company agrees to pay money to settle a smoking related case.
The Liggett Group says it will settle a class action lawsuit that charged
cigarette makers knew nicotine was addictive.
Tires continue to burn in Philadelphia. The fire closed off part of
Interstate-95 for part of the day.
If you're an ER fan, you'll get to see more of George Clooney- This time
on the big screen. Clooney will play the next Batman.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
No more blowing smoke about tobacco--
For the first time ever, a tobacco company will pay money to settle a class
The suit accuses cigarette makers of not telling the public nicotine is
Elizabeth Kaledin has more on this landmark case.
IN Q=It's a huge blow
SUPER=01-Joe Cherner/Smokefree Education Services; :15
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; 1:00
SUPER=01-Wendell Gauthier/Plaintiffs' Attorney; 1:09
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/CBS News; 1:43
OUT Q=CBS News, New York
(( It's a huge blow to the historically unified tobacco industry...one
of its smallest members...the Liggett group has agreed to settle in a class
action suit that charged cigarette makers knew nicotine was addictive.
(( JOE CHERNER/PRES. SMOKEFREE EDUCATION SERVICES:FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY
WE HAVE A TOBACCO COMPANY ACKNOWLEDGING
THAT MAYBE THEY'RE NOT SELLING HEALTH FOOD.))
Perhaps most significant is the fact that Liggett has broken ranks.
The other major companies being sued including RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris
have not settled.
So that image of all tobacco executives testifying under oath that nicotine
is not addictive would be a different picture now.
(( JOE CHERNER: IF YOU LOOK AT THE SEVEN EXECUTIVES TESTIFYING BEFORE
NOW HAVE ONE SAYING THE OPPOSITE...SO THEY'RE NOT THIS MONOLITHIC ENTITY
ANYMORE...THERE ARE CRACKS IN THE WALL NOW.))
The class action suit was brought by a consortium of lawyers
representing every American smoker who claims to be addicted...those lawyers
today held a press conference saying its a start.
(( WENDELL GAUTHIER/ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFFS:))
As part of a widespread agreement Liggett will pay five percent of
its pretax earnings over 25 years into funds to help people quit smoking...it
has also agreed to end advertising that appeals to children.
((JOE CAMEL IS DEAD))
According to published reports Liggett settled to free itself from
the costly tobacco litigation. and while Liggett is the first...it may not
be the last. With decades of lawsuits ahead of them...tobacco companies may
find that settlements are the cheapest way to stay in business. E.K. CBS News
A Parents worst nightmare in Scotland-
A gunman opened fire at a school- killing 16 kindergarten students, and
their teacher before turning the gun on himself.
Concerned townspeople raced to the Dunblane primary school as soon as
word of the shootings got out.
((I'M ABSOLUTELY NUMB. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAS HAPPENED.))
OUT Q=LIKE THIS HAS HAPPENED."
The 43 year old gunman entered the gym carrying four handguns. A few
minutes later he opened fire on four and five year olds.
((GEORGE ROBERTSON/SCOTTISH OFFICIAL: IT'S AN ACT OF UNSPEAKABLE BRUTALITY AND
((MICHAEL FORSYTH/SCOTTISH SECRETARY: THIS IS A CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY WHERE
EVERYBODY KNOWS EVERYONE ELSE AND THE IMPACT OF THIS HORRIBLE TRAGEDY WILL BE
FELT IN EVERY HOUSEHOLD.))
SUPER=01-George Robertson/Scottish Official; 00-03 quick!
SUPER=01-Michael Forsyth/Scottish Secretary; 05
OUT Q=IN EVERY HOUSEHOLD."
Today's tragedy is said to be the worst shooting involving a lone gunman
in British history.
President Clinton is in Israel for a one day visit-
He's reassuring the nation of U-S support.
((WE WILL WORK WITH YOU AS YOU STRIVE FOR A SECURE PEACE. WE WILL STAND BY YOUR
SIDE UNTIL ISRAEL IS COME TO KNOW THAT PEACE WITH SECURITY WITHIN THIS LAND IS
OUT Q=IS A REALITY."
Clinton came straight from an emergency peace summit in Egypt.
But some say today's summit was big on words- not on action.
World leaders did pledge to cut off the flow of money to terrorist groups.
The Republican Presidential field is about to get smaller.
After failing to make a dent in Super Tuesday primaries, the Steve Forbes
campaign announced it's over.
((BILL DALCOL/CAMPAIGN MANAGER: STEVE FORBES WILL BE HOLDING A PRESS CONFERENCE
TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE'S GETTING OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE. HE'S MADE THE
DECISION. IT'LL BE ANNOUNCED FORMALLY TOMORROW AT ONE O'CLOCK.))
SUPER=01-Bill DalCol/Campaign Manager; 00
OUT Q=AT ONE O'CLOCK."
Meanwhile Pat Buchanan says he's staying in the fight at least through the
Republican convention in August.
A 14- year- old Covington boy was killed this afternoon while riding a
The accident happened around 4- 30.
State police say Glenn Franklin Rudd was turning onto Valley Ridge Drive,
when a pick- up truck hit him.
Authorities say Rudd apparently pulled out in front of the truck.
Police are not releasing the name of the driver-- who is not expected to be
A judge in Wythe County has certified abduction and murder charges against
three men charged in the death of 17 year old Ricky Lee Coleman.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./January 22;
Coleman's body was found next to a creek on route 618. He died from
exposure to the cold.
Authorities say Coleman was drinking at the home of 19 year old Jason Hibbs.
Hibbs allegedly punched Coleman and threw him in the backyard, where he
lay moaning and cursing.
Authorities say later 18 year old Eric Wimmer and 20 year old Eric Ball
helped Hibbs wrap Coleman in a blanket and drive him to the creek bank, where
he was found three days later.
A judge today sentenced a former Halifax County preacher to 14 years in
prison for fraud.
Authorities say 45 year old Jonathon Frizzelle signed loans to buy vehicles
and expensive lawn mowers.
He apparently got into trouble because he would sell the items without
notifying or paying the bank.
In January, Frizzelle pleaded NO contest to 13 counts.
He was also ordered to pay restitution of more than 19- thousand dollars.
Among his victims- A fellow minister and used car salesman.
Frizzelle was pastor at two local churches before his arrest last summer.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, Central Virginia looks into building a
and the Bedford County Sheriff's Department is about to celebrate a first, it's
first female road deputy. We'll meet her when we return.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The architects charged with designing a 42 million dollar regional jail
system for central Virginia say they want the public's help in putting the
Over the next six weeks, the architectural team will talk with residents
about what they'd like to see in each of the four buildings in the jail system.
That process began tonight when designers sat down with a neighborhood task
force in Lynchburg.
Many downtown residents had fought hard to keep the jail out of their
But with the project a done deal, they now say they're just practicing
IN Q=Yeah, we really
((TOM HUGHES/FEDERAL HILL RESIDENT: YEAH, WE REALLY DO WANT AND HOPE THAT THE
REGIONAL JAIL STRUCTURE IS IN KEEPING WITH THE HISTORIC FLAVOR. WE'RE HOPING
FOR A BUILDING THAT DOESN'T STICK OUT LIKE A MODERN SORE THUMB.))
SUPER=01-Tom Hughes/Federal Hill Resident; :00
OUT Q=modern sore thumb.
Councilman Junius Haskins spoke to a neighborhood group tonight about the
He says residents will only have themselves to blame if they don't take part
in the design process.
IN Q=People who live
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: PEOPLE WHO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET,
WHO LIVE TWO BLOCKS AWAY OR ANYONE IN THE CITY FOR THAT MATTER, WHO HAVE VITAL
INPUT TO MAKE, THEY SHOULD BE WELCOME AND SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE TO DO JUST
THAT, BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE A COMMUNITY PROJECT.))
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=a community project.
The state is picking up half the cost of the jail construction.
Wythe County administrator Billy Branson wants a judge to force county
supervisors to tell him WHY they wanted him to resign.
Branson is taking the board to court over a January 15th meeting he believes
He says legal action could have been avoided
if former chairman Mark Munsey had produced the meeting minutes or publicly
((BILLY BRANSON/WYTHE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO START LEGAL
PROCEEDINGS TO MAKE THEM PRODUCE THE RECORDS, OR AT LEAST STATEMENTS OF WHAT
THEY SAID IN THE MEETING AND WHAT ACTION THEY TOOK.
Q: AND THAT WOULD SATISFY YOU, TO JUST KNOW WHAT WAS SAID AT THE MEETING?
A: WELL, IT'S ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY SAID. IF THEY CALLED ME A SON-OF-A-GUN I
WON'T BE TOO HAPPY.))
SUPER=01-Billy Branson/Wythe Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=won't be too happy.
Branson wants to know what the board said about him- -so he can decide
whether he's a victim of discrimination.
Munsey has admitted minutes of the meeting were not recorded.
Roanoke County's school bond referendum is now less than three weeks away.
Today, a show of support brought top- elected and appointed officials to
the county JAIL.
SOT JOHNSON 14:01:31
IN Q=We're standing
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WE'RE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE JAIL , IN
FRONT OF THE COURT SYSTEM HERE. AND THE ONE THING I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT EXPENSES,
IF YOU THINK EDUCATION IS EXPENSIVE, WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE PRICETAG OF
OUT Q=the pricetag of ignorance.
Supporters say more than bricks and mortar are riding on the April 2nd
And while most of the money is earmarked for the construction of a new
south county high school, supporters say they hope regional differences won't
defeat the proposal.
SOT MINNIX 14:17:15
IN Q=Another six or eight years
((FUZZY MINNIX/CAVE SPRING SUPERVISOR: ANOTHER SIX OR SEVEN YEARS, THERE'S
GOING TO BE NEEDS HERE. THERE'S GOING TO BE A NEED HERE, AND THOSE FOLKS ARE
GOING TO SAY, WE DIDN;T GET OURS. WHY SHOULD THEY GET THEIRS.))
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Minnix/Cave Spring Supervisor;
OUT Q=why should they get theirs.
Opponents have raised questions about the cost, the financing and the
fairness of a project that benefits one part of the county more than the
Voters will have their say on April Second.
Bedford County is about to get two new sheriff's deputies- both WOMEN.
One will become the first female ROAD officer in county history.
starts Monday at the police academy in Salem.
The Sheriff presented her with the badge of office today.
IN Q=And congratulate
((AND CONGRATULATE YOU ON BEING THE FIRST FEMALE ROAD DEPUTY IN BEDFORD
SUPER=07-Sheriff Mike Brown
OUT Q=in Bedford County.
She spent the last year and a half as a LYNCHBURG sheriff's deputy, working
She's not impressed by the historic "first."
She says it's just a job she's always wanted.
((AND YOU NEED WOMEN OFFICERS OUT THERE. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT MEN CAN'T
SUPER=01-Wendy Finch/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Deputy;
OUT Q=can't handle.
Finch says she may be able to deal better with other women- whether they're
crime victims or suspects.
By the way, neighboring Amherst County already has a women in the police
academy -ready to start policing the area beginning May 24th.
Interstate 95 shut down in Philadelphia today after fire broke out at a
tire recycling complex.
Both directions of the interstate were blocked for the entire day.
The fire destroyed the concrete underneath the highway.
The road may open tomorrow, but final repairs are expected to take about
It's believed arson is the cause of the fire- even though there have been
safety problems at the plant.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later in the newscast, Batman gives the cold shoulder to
and we'll see how a new cable television company is trying to cut the ties that
MUSIC UP FULL
Traditional broadcasting, Cable T-V, D-S-S and satelite dishes.
It may seem like there are enough options for television.
But folks are making room for one more.
Scott Prince explains.
IN Q=There's something
SUPER=01-Bob Nay/R&B Cable; :14
SUPER=01-Betty Ann Rice/Wireless Cable Subscriber; :39
OUT Q=S.P. News 7
((There's something different about this cable hook- up.
The installer is hardly using any cable.
WIRELESS technology is now available in the Roanoke Valley... and the demand
is signaling success.
SOT 3:13:30 tape 1
IN Q=We have a
((BOB NAY/R&B CABLE: WE HAVE A RESOLUTION THAT'S TWENTY- FIVE TO THIRTY PERCENT
GREATER THAN A TYPICAL WIRE LINE CABLE SYSTEM AND THEY SEEM TO LIKE THE CHANNEL
LINEUP QUITE A BIT. ))
OUT Q=quite a bit
From the outside it appears to be a small satellite dish-- but that's where
the satellite similarities end.
Wireless cable offers only twelve channels.
But the draw is that it offers local stations, and it can reach some remote
areas where traditional cable is not offered.
IN Q=We wanted cable
((BETTY ANN RICE/WIRELESS CABLE SUBSCRIBER: WE WANTED CABLE EVER SINCE IT CAME
TO THE CITY OF ROANOKE, BEFORE WE WERE EVEN IN THE CITY. WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE
TO GET IT AND IT'S A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY. ))
OUT Q=wonderful opportunity
stand up 5:34:14 tape 2
That's not to say there aren't any drawbacks.
Yes, wireless cable gives you local stations... but as of right now, only
half of them.
And unless your home possesses a clear view of Tinker Mountain, the system
can't be installed.
end stand up
That's because it works on microwave technology.
The signal from the mountain tower can't have any obstructions... that
includes buildings, other mountains... or even a group of trees.
If any of these these things exist, the signal will be blocked.
Even still, officials hope to attract a strong number of households.
They expect 2- thousand subscribers to tune into wireless cable in the next
Scott Prince, News 7.))
VMI's Bobby Prince has been named an academic all-american.
The former Lord Botetourt star has a 3 point 95 Grade POint average on Civil
GRAPHIC=NCAA ROAD TO FINAL FOUR
The Hokies are a handful of hours away from their NCAA tournament opener this
afternoon against Wisconsin-Green Bay.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
The Hokies talked about playing this relatively unknown Midwest power, with a
25-and-3 record during a pregame news conference at Reunion Arena.
IN Q="I think ...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...OUR GUYS DO."
Despite their respect for Green Bay, the Tech players admit they have thought
about playing Kentucky in the second round.
IN Q="You know...
((SHAWN SMITH/VA. TECH FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Va. Tech Forward; :00
OUT Q=...against them."
WDBJ's coverage of the tournament gets started just after Noon when top
seeded Kentucky takes on San Jose State.
Then after that game you'll be able to watch the Hokies game around 2:30.
The action continues tonight with Mississippi State taking on VCU in
Then the nightcap pits the Clemson Tigers against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Tech isn't the only southwest Virginia connection in the tournament.
Roy Stanley says Tulsa's Steve Robinson and Western Carolina's Phil Hopkins
both served under former Radford boss Joe Davis before moving up the coaching
IN Q="Phil Hopkins...
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :09
SUPER=01-Joe Davis/Lynchburg College Head Coach; :23
SUPER=01-Alexander Robinson/Steve's Father; 1:30
SUPER=01-Lizzie Robinson/Steve's Mother; 1:41
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((Phil Hopkins and Robinson were assistant coaches under Davis at the Same time
at Radford University.
After several Jobs, Hopkins, a South Carolina Native replaced Benny Dees
as the Head coach at Western Carolina.
And this season, the Catamounts won the Southern Conference tournament
championship earning their first berth in the NCAA field.))
((JOE DAVIS/LYNCHBURG HEAD COACH: ))
((When Davis took over the program in 1978 Robinson was one of his first
The school went Division one in 1984 and Robinson returned as an assistant
Robinson spent several seasons in Kansas however, in his rookie year as
head coach Tulsa was 22 and 7 and won the Missouri Valley Conference automatic
bid to the NCAA.))
((JOE DAVIS: ))
((Robinson grew up in Northwest roanoke and attended William Fleming High
His family has followed his playing and coaching careers from Ferrum to
Radford to Cornell and Kansas.
But now, Robinson is heading his own program which his parents knew he
would do some day.))
((ALEXANDER ROBINSON/STEVE'S FATHER: ))
((LIZZIE ROBINSON/STEVE'S MOTHER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
One of Robinson's former teammates at Radford is also mighty proud of his
Tommy Walthall had this banner printed up today and signed by well wishers
throughout the valley.
He plans to ship it to Milwaukee tomorrow.
IN Q="Being from...
((TOMMY WALTHALL/FORMER TEAMMATE OF ROBINSON'S:))
SUPER=01-Tommy Walthall/Former Teammate of Robinson's; :00
OUT Q=...there are now."
wipe to pinnacle board on Tulsa
And your hometown station has received clearance from CBS Sports to carry
Steve's NCAA debut on Friday at high noon.
The Golden Hurricanes take on Louisville from the Midwest regionals in
You'll also still see some of the Georgetown-Mississippi Valley state game
during that time slot.
GRAPHIC=road to final four
Hopkins' Catamounts hit the floor tomorrow night at 7:50 to play number one
seed Purdue in the West Regionals in Albuquerque.
Earlier tonight he had this to say about the matchup most consider a
((PHIL HOPKINS/WESTERN CAROLINA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Hopkins/Western Carolina Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...BE HERE."
Still to come, what to do when one's religious beliefs collide with the
The latest on Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, plus a comment from fellow muslin Hakeem
Tuesday night Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins was named the league's
coach of the year
and last night his star pupil was named the ACC rookie of the year.
Stephon Marbury, the 6-2 point guard from Brooklyn easily beat out Carolina's
Antawn Jamison in the balloting by the league's sports writers.
He's the first freshman in ACC history to lead a regular season champ in
Denver Nugget guard Mahmoud Abdul Rauf is serving a suspension that is
costing him more than 30,000 dollars a game for his refusal to stand for the
Mahmoud, who is a muslim, released a statement last night saying he means no
disrespect to people who regard the anthem as sacred, but he also refused to
apologize for his actions.
IN Q="I don't criticize...
SUPER=01-Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf/Denver Nuggets Guard; :00
OUT Q=...my beliefs"
Abdul-Rauf's views have forced the NBA to review it's anthem rule, and the
league has decided that it will stand. And management isn't alone in its
condemnation of Abdul Rauf's actions.
IN Q="In general...
SUPER=01-Hakeem Olajuwon/Rockets Center; :00
SUPER=01-Nick Anderson/Magic Forward; :14
OUT Q=...act like one."
Actor Alec Baldwin is in court, but not for a movie role.
SUPER=03-Van Nuys, CA;
He faces a battery charge for allegedy punching a photographer outside his
Baldwin is accused of breaking photographer Alan Zanger's nose-
The incident happened after Zanger tried to take a picture of Baldwin and
his wife, Kim Bassinger (BAY-Singer) as the couple arrived home from the
hospital with their newborn.
Baldwin faces up to six months in jail if convicted.
One of television's favorite "E-R" doctors is heading to the Batcave.
After weeks of rumors, George Clooney has officially been named the new
He replaces Val Kilmer in the next installment in the movie series.
Joining Clooney in "Batman and Robin," will be Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr.
Freeze, (OOoo-MA) Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl.
Chris O'Donnel returns as Robin.
Filming begins this fall. The movie is due out next summer.