Two un-related fires in Roanoke this morning keep firefighters busy,
and a settlement could be coming soon in the General Motors strike.
Don't go away, the news is next.
There may be a break in the 17-day strike at two General Motors plants in
General Motors says it's still working out strike issues with the United
Auto Workers, but expects to reach an agreement sometime today.
For its part, the U-A-W has called off a news conference that it had planned
this morning in Dayton, Ohio.
The strike has led to parts shortages shutting down most G-M operations in
North America and idling 177-thousand workers.
In Washington --
The Senate is set to vote on a measure to cap damage awards in
President Clinton has threatened a veto.
The President and members of his cabinet are also getting ready to fight
Republicans who want to repeal the ban against assault weapons.
The ban was imposed by the Clinton administration in 19-94.
House Republicans have set a vote on the issue tomorrow.
IN Q=THAT ASSAULT BAN WAS
OUT Q=CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE.
Attorney General Janet Reno also talked to the press today saying there was
clear evidence that the ban has worked and is making the nation safer.
If the bill passes the House, Senate opposition could stall it and it
President Clinton promises a veto.
Electrical problems appear to have caused two unrelated fires in Roanoke
early this morning.
An assistant fire marshal with the city says the first fire, at this house
on Rorer Ave, rendered the building a total loss.
It's lone occupant, Taft-Walker-Senior escaped without injury, thanks to his
Around the same time residents of an apartment building on Memorial Avenue
were evacuated after a fire started in one of the units.
No one was hurt in this incident either, thanks to smoke detectors, and
tenants will be able to move back in to all but one of the apartments.
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SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;
Firefighters in New Orleans spent the morning battling a five alarm
The fire started in one of the city's largest warehouses.
About one hundred workers were in the building when the fire broke out but
all reportedly made it out safely.
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GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
A blaze this morning in southeastern Oklahoma forced some people to leave
Flames shot 100 feet in the air when a train carrying chemicals derailed and
There have been no reports of injuries, but area schools were closed and
homes within a half-mile of the derailment site were evacuated.
It was an unusual case of a trial by the numbers.
Two brothers, two trials, and yesterday, two counts of first degree murder.
Lyle and Erik Menendez face sentencing next week, for the shotgun killings
of their wealthy parents nearly seven years ago.
Reed Galin reports.
IN Q=It was a far
SUPER=03-Van Nuys, CA; :00
SUPER=04-October 1995; :12
SUPER=01-Laurie Levenson/Loyola Law School Professor; :36
SUPER=01-Linda Deutsch/AP Court Reporter; :46
SUPER=01-Reed Galin/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=CBS News Los Angeles.
It was a far different trial than the first one. And, a far different
result for Eric and Lyle Menendez...
GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS.
This second Menendez trial was a far less sensational affair than the first
Two years ago, live TV coverage and
hung juries helped turn the Menendez case- in the eyes of many critics- into a
symbol of a permissive criminal justice system.
But much has happened in
the Los Angeles courts since.
After the first trial, and The Simpson case, and other high profile cases in
which defendants were perceived as having escaped justice, the brothers'
attorneys were more limited in what they could present.
LAURIE LEVENSON, FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR/LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR:
Really, the judge helped the prosecution.
He said to the jury the defense of
abuse doesn't really apply in this case and gave very limited options to the
LINDA DEUTSCH, AP COURT REPORTER: EVERYONE WAS PRETTY UNEMOTIONAL THIS
TIME, YOU GOT THE FEELING EVERYONE WAS JUST WORN OUT. THE BROTHERS SHOWED NO
EMOTION, THEY WERE DEATHLY PALE.
In the first trial, defense attorneys effectively argued that a lifetime of
abuse and torture at the hands of their parents Jose and Kitti Menendez made
the Lyle and Eric believe they had to kill their parents to survive themselves.
But this time the judge effectively eliminated the possibility of a
manslaughter conviction; giving the jury a stark and more simply choice between
guilt or innocence.
Six and a half years after that bloody night, here, in the Menendez family
home, the jury now takes up the question of whether Eric and Lyle should be
executed. This last faze of the trial may involve dozens of witnesses and last
a few more months.
Even then, the case will not be finally settled. An appeal is virtually
automatic and, experts say, the conduct of this trial presents some
Reed Galin, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
The sentence for a 16- year- old drunk driver who struck and killed a
teacher in Roanoke County was little consolation for the victim's family.
The Judge said he hoped the teen would think of Mrs. Kitts everyday of his
Bonnie Kitts died in December when the young man who lived in the same
neighborhood stuck her while she was out for a walk with her husband.
IN Q=There's no justice
((THERE'S NO JUSTICE THAT WOULD REPLACE HER LIFE. I MEAN NOTHING THEY COULD DO
IS EVER GOING TO BRING HER BACK. I WAS SAD TO WALK IN HERE TODAY, AND I'M SAD
TO WALK OUT TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Gary Kitts/Victim's Husband
OUT Q=out today.
In court Gary Kitts pointed out that his son, Brian, is junior class
president at Glenvar, a gifted boy, just, like the young driver, only "he
didn't kill someone.
The boy is serving an undetermined amount of time.
Youth corrections could keep him until he's 21, but the prosecutor said
it's typically more like FOUR MONTHS.
The boy loses his driver's license for five years, and once he's released,
he'll have to perform 100 hours of community service.
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When News 7 returns,
Some nurses at an area hospital are considering legal action over a mock
emergency room hostage situation,
and at another hospital, a new treatment team is helping patients forget their
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A Rochester, New York man has been arrested in connection with the rape of
a coma patient.
Fifty- two- year old John Horace was arrested yesterday.
Horace has already pleaded guilty to fondling a 49-year old physically
disabled patient at the same nursing home where a comatose woman was raped and
impregnated last year.
The 29-year old woman gave birth to a baby boy Monday.
Authorities say there appears to be a genetic link with the newborn.
Four Martinsville nurses who were held at gunpoint during a hospital
security drill are taking legal action.
They say the drill was too realistic, and traumatized them.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=About four A-M
SUPER=01-Jim Shortt/Nurses' Attorney; :27
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Commonwealth's Atty; :58
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( About four A-M on January 25th, the E-R at Memorial Hospital was invaded
by five masked gunmen-- who took several nurses and other employees hostage.
Turns out, it wasn't a life- threatening situation in the E-R, but a War of
the Worlds- type drama.
Now, four nurses who were on duty have sworn criminal warrants against the
phony gunmen for brandishing firearms.
They say the make- believe drill caused them emotional trauma.
SOT shortt tape 16:24:42
((JIM SHORTT/NURSES' ATTORNEY: CERTAIN EMERGENCY ROOM BUZZERS HAVE GONE OFF
OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SIX WEEKS-- THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO REACT TO THEM
WHEN THE BUZZERS GO OFF-- THEY START TO PANIC. ))
pre- pro here please
Meanwhile, the hospital had no comment-- and maintains that in order to
make it realistic, some employees were not informed about the drill.
end pre- pro
Meanwhile, the Martinsville Police Department has been asked to conduct an
But the Commonwealth's Attorney says if the drill involved actors
performing a script-- it'll be hard to prove wrongdoing.
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: OBVIOUSLY, IF THAT'S WHAT
EVERYBODY WAS DOING AND THAT'S WHAT THEY INTENDED TO DO AND NOBODY DEVIATED
FROM THAT, THEN I THINK YOU'D FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO PROVE ANY CRIMINAL
STAND UP HERE, SECOND ONE PLEASE
The nurses are receiving psychiatric counseling.
Their attorneys say the'll likely seek punitive damages in a civil suit if
the hospital doesn't settle with them first.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Martinsville.))
Tuberculosis is now the world's leading infectious killer.
The World Health Organization says T-B killed a record three million people
last year -- and will continue to kill at that pace if something isn't done.
The agency says the spread of the airborne disease has been helped by
several factors, including the virus that causes AIDS-- and has become
resistant to some vital drugs.
The W-H-O is trying to draw attention to the disease in advance of Sunday's
World T-B Day.
A new team of therapists is converging on Roanoke's Community Hospital.
Their mission-- to cheer up pediatrics patients-- just by looking cute and
acting like themselves.
They may even lick a few hands.
As Connie Stevens reports-- it's the Pet Pals program, using trained dogs
for psycho-social therapy.
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SUPER=01-Amber Via/CHRV Patient; :20
SUPER=01-Janice Wilmer/Therapy Dog Trainer; ::44
SUPER=01-Michelle Edwards/CHRV Patient Family Specialist; 1:24
SUPER=01-Joan Allan/CHRV Occupational Therapist; 1:54
OUT Q=Connie Stevens, News 7
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
Meet Star, Emma, and Annie-- and of course, Boogie Bear and Goliath.
These are the newest therapists enlisted to make life a little more
pleasant for the kids in pediatrics.
By all accounts, this session-- the first of a now weekly schedule-- was a
IN Q=They're big and
((AMBER VIA/CHRV PATIENT: THEY'RE BIG AND THEY'RE TREATED NICE AND THEY KNOW
WHAT TO DO. ))
OUT Q=they know what to do.
These dogs have been through extensive testing, to insure they can calmly
withstand being poked, pulled, hugged and kissed.
IN Q=They have to
((JANICE WILMER/THERAPY DOG TRAINER: THEY HAVE TO BE FAIRLY GOOD TEMPERAMENT
AND FAIRLY WELL TRAINED OF COURSE I'M NOT ALWAYS SURE ABOUT THESE GUYS-- AND
THEY HAVE TO KNOW THEIR BASIC OBEDIENCE COMMANDS.
AND GENERALLY THEY JUST NEED TO BE FAIRLY CALM. IF THEY'RE TOO EXCITABLE THEN
IT GETS THE CHILDREN OR THE ELDERLY PERSON OR WHOEVER THEY'RE VISITING UPSET.))
OUT Q=visiting upset.
The hope is to give these kids just a positive experience, to prove that
the hospital doesn't have to be all that bad.
Using simply the powers of touch, and love-- these dogs can quickly turn
the course of a day spent in bed.
IN Q=Alot of
((MICHELLE EDWARDS/CHRV PATIENT FAMILY SPECIALIST: ALOT OF THE TOUCH CAN BE
NEGATIVE WHEN YOU'RE IN THE HOSPITAL. SO WE TRY TO STRIVE TO PROVIDE QUALITY
CARE TO BE SENSITIVE ESPECIALLY WITH
CHILDREN BUT HAVING PETS AND POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WITH PLAY OR OTHER
ARTS AND CRAFTS TYPE ACTIVITIES
ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP NORMALIZE THE CHILDREN'S EXPERIENCE IN THE HOSPITAL
IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT. ))
butt butt butt
IN Q=Dogs make
((JOAN ALLAN/CHRV OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: DOGS MAKE YOU FEEL WONDERFUL, THEY'VE
GOT UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT'S GOING ON MEDICALLY OR IF
YOU'RE HAIR IS FALLING OUT OR IF YOU'VE GOT IV'S AND TUBES AND THE KIDS FEEL
WONDERFUL ABOUT IT.
THE OWNERS OF THE DOGS HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO DEAL WITH WHAT THEY MAY SEE HERE IN
THE HOSPITAL AND THE OWNERS LOVE BEING ABLE TO TAKE THEIR DOGS AND BRING THEM
OUT AND SHOW THEM TO PEOPLE WHO WILL LOVE THEIR DOGS JUST AS MUCH AS THEY DO.))
OUT Q=as they do.
Connie Stevens, News 7.
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Snow greets the first days of spring.
When News 7 returns, will find out if it's going to stay,
and this winter's record snowfall in Lynchburg gets national attention.
We'll tell you all about it when we come back.
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They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, and Lynchburg found its way
onto the national map today.
Mayor Jim Whitaker was one of three East Coast mayors to take part in a
segment on winter weather on the CBS "This Morning" show.
Hartford, Philadelphia and Lynchburg all broke snowfall records this year...
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :08
and the Hill City exceeded its snow removal budget by 600 percent.
But Mayor Whitaker says the city was prepared.
IN Q=We have spent
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WE HAVE SPENT OVER 900 THOUSAND DOLLARS THIS
YEAR IN SNOW REMOVAL, BUT THE MONEY WAS ALREADY THERE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO RAISE
TAXES OR CHANGE ANYTHING THAT WE'RE ALREADY DOING. I'M JUST GLAD THAT WE HAVE
GOOD STAFF THAT PLANS AHEAD.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=that plans ahead.
Whitaker commended Lynchburg's public works department for its hard work
He says the national attention was nice, but he'd rather see Lynchburg
recognized for something other than breaking a snowfall record.
Stock prices are narrowly mixed in today's session.
Experts say the market is having little reaction to data that points to a
slow-growth economy, with low inflation and reasonable corporate profits.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 12 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Patrick will give us the line-up in tonight's
and the UVA women's basketball team is gearing up for its chance to make it to
the final four.
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More N-C-Double-A action right here on Your Hometown Station as March
The Hoyas and Red Raiders open our coverage of the regional semi-finals
tonight at 7:30.
Louisville and Wake Forest follow from the Midwest regionals.
Tomorrow night the action starts at 7:30 with U-Conn tangling with
Mississippi State, and Georgia Tech facing Cincinnati in the nightcap at 10:10.
You'll also get some bonus coverage of the other games both nights.
GRAPHIC=WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR
The women's East Regional is set for University Hall in Charlottesville
Tennessee, Kansas, Old Dominion and UVa will battle for the right to move
onto the Final Four.
Roy Stanley says the Cavs have a legitimate shot at a national title if
they can just get through the weekend.
IN Q=The Lady Cavaliers
SUPER=01-Wendy Palmer/UVa Center; :22
SUPER=01-Jenny Boucek/UVa Guard; :36
SUPER=01-Debbie Ryan/UVa Head Coach; 1:01
OUT Q=...News 7 sports.
((The Lady Cavaliers are looking at the Sweet 16 as a time to get out and have
Virginia has dominated two previous post season games at University hall.
But for Senior point guard jenny Boucek and Center Wendy Palmer the fun
could end on their home floor when they open the East Regionals this
((WENDY PALMER/UVA CENTER: THIS IS IT FOR US, IT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING FOUR
YEARS FOR, AND WE HAVE TO GO INTO IT, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN, BUT YOU
WANT TO ALSO PLAY HARD, SO, WE DID WORK OUR BUTTS OFF FOR THIS ALL SEASON LONG,
SO THIS IS THE FUN TIME. ))
((JENNY BOUCEK/UVA GUARD: WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON ELIMINATING SECOND
SHOTS FOR OTHER TEAMS. I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIG KEY FOR US IN THE
UPCOMING GAMES. BECAUSE THESE TEAMS FROM HERE ON OUT ARE GREAT REBOUNDING
((Hitting the boards and playing the tough defense has been a strong point of
Virginia's game this season.
The old saying that defense wins games is the main focus as the Lady Cavs
prepare for state rival Old Dominion.))
((DEBBIE RYAN/UVA HEAD COACH: THIS TEAM KNOWS THAT ITS GROUNDED I THE DEFENSIVE
END AND THE REBOUNDING END, AND THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE WHAT THE DEFENSE GIVES
THEM OFFENSIVELY. SO I'M NOT REALLY WORRIED ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO FLOW OUT
THERE. I THINK THAT AS LONG AS WE PLAY DEFENSE WE'LL BE ALRIGHT. ))
((ROY STANDUP: TENNESSEE WILL OPEN THE EAST REGIONALS AT UNIVERSITY HALL
AGAINST KANSAS AND THE LADY CAVALIERS WILL TAKE ON STATE RIVALS OLD DOMINION
LATER THAT AFTERNOON. IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, ROY STANLEY, NEWS 7 SPORTS. ))
(******patrick ad lib********)
(toss to mel)
Let's check in with Connie Stevens-- to see what medical news is coming up
this afternoon on Health Check.
IN Q=Well coming up
((COMING UP ON NEWS SEVEN AT FIVE, WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST TECHNIQUE TO TREAT
WRINKLES AND SUN DAMAGE SKIN-- FROM DUKE MEDICAL CENTER.
WE'LL HAVE THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES, AND THE PROCEDURE, ON NEWS 7 AT
FIVE'S HEALTH CHECK REPORT. ))
OUT Q=Health Check report.
Before we go --
The latest addition to San Diego's Wild Animal Park is more than
seven feet long, loaded with sharp teeth...and white as a ghost.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
It's an albino alligator, one of just eight in the entire country.
The five- year- old gator arrived at the park yesterday.
Park officials say there's a reason albino gators are so rare.
((LISA GRATTEAU, WILD ANIMAL PARK KEEPER:HE WAS TAKEN FROM THE WILD WHEN HE WAS
VERY YOUNG AND THAT'S WHY HE SURVIVED, HAD HE LIVED IN THE WILD HE PROBABLY
WOULD HAVE NOT MADE IT HAVING NO CAMOUFLAGE HE'D BE PICKED UP BY PREDATORS,
SMALL BIRDS, MAMMALS.
SUPER=02-Lisa Gratteau/Wild Animal Park Keeper; (voice of)
OUT Q=SMALL BIRDS, MAMMALS.
The alligator will officially go on display at the park on March 30th.
And that's going to do it for News 7 at Noon.
We'll see you back here for News 7 at Five and Six.