An Israeli is convicted and sentenced for the murder of his prime minister,
also from the Middle East, a passenger plane is hijacked to Libya.
Sunshine today, but that's changing rapidly.
We've got chilly weather and rain in the forecast, I'll tell you all about
it coming up in weather.
Stay with us, the news is next.
Officials in Cairo say an Egyptian plane carrying 145 passengers has been
hijacked and forced to land in Libya.
The plane was flying from Luxor (LUK-sor), a popular tourist spot, to
Cairo when it happened.
The police report the hijacker is armed, but they do not identify
There's no word on whether any Americans are on board.
In other news from the Middle East, an Israeli court today found Yigal Amir
guilty in the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Amir.
The three-judge panel then sentenced the 25- year- old to spend the rest of
his life in prison.
Jesse Schulman reports from Tel Aviv.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv; :00
SUPER=01-Jonathan Ray Goldberg/Defense Attorney; :46
SUPER=04-November 4, 1996; :53
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:15
OUT Q=CBS News Tel Aviv.
Yigal Amir rose to hear sentence passed... life for the premeditated murder of
Yitzhak Rabin, plus six years for wounding Rabin's bodyguard. The judges
agreed his crime deserved the maximum weight of the law.
In proceedings televised in a break with tradition, the presiding judge
pronounced Amir guilty of cooly planning and carrying out the November
assassination to put an end to Rabin's attempts to negotiate peace.
Given the chance to have his final say, Amir insisted he acted on behalf of
the people of Israel, their Bible and their Promised Land, and said he had no
Amir's lawyer, a radical West Bank settler, still maintains Rabin was
murdered not by Amir but by a government conspiracy.
JONATHAN RAY GOLDBERG, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: REALLY WHAT YIGAL AMIR SHOT WERE
BLANK BULLETS AND HE WASN'T THE ONE WHO CAUSED THE DEATH OF THE PRIME
Ever since the November night Rabin was killed at a peace rally, Israelis
have watched Amir with horrified fascination... an amateur videotape of the
shooting... Amir's cool re-enactment for the police... Amir's happy face.
Joking, smiling to family and friends.
Rabin's closest political adviser said today, the best revenge would be for
the peace process to triumph.
There's no death penalty for murder here... the only person ever
sentenced to death and executed in Israel was Nazi war criminal adolf
Eichmann... but one judge said while in prison will bear the biblical
mark of cain for murdering a brother, and violating the commandment, thou
shalt not kill.
Jesse Schulman,CBS NEWS TEL AVIV.))
At least one person was killed and six others injured today after an early
morning explosion at a steel mill in Indiana.
Fire crews are still searching for two other people who have been reported
Several employees were inside the plant at the time of the blast.
Authorities say about 15 people normally worked in the area where the
The force of the blast collapsed part of the roof of an office complex about
50 feet away.
About 250 employees work in the steel mill in Portage, which is about 30
miles southeast of Chicago.
Pat Buchanan is holding a major strategy meeting tomorrow, in the wake of
losses yesterday in three more G-O-P primaries.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Last Night;
Yesterday Bob Dole finally claimed victory after wins in California, Nevada
((I THINK THE SIGNS LOOK PRETTY GOOD AND I AM SO CONFIDENT I'M GOING TO DECLARE
THAT I'M THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=REPUBLICAN NOMINEE
SUPER=03-Costa Mesa, CA/Last Night;
Buchannan has been talking about bolting the party to run as an
independent, but aides say he may be worried such talk could damage any future
House speaker Newt Gingrich today urged Buchanan to stick with the party.
GRAPHIC=us supreme court
The U-S Supreme Court has ruled state political parties must get federal
approval before charging a fee to delegates at nominating conventions.
The five-to-four ruling today lets three University of Virginia law students
pursue their claim that a fee charged at the 19-94 state Republican convention
was a violation of the federal voting rights law.
Today's decision did not address the merits of the three students' lawsuit.
The lawsuit was sent back to a trial court.
The European Union has dealt a new blow to Britain.
The E-U commission today approved a ban on British beef exports because of
the scare over "mad cow disease."
The ban aims to contain the disease within Britain.
Meanwhile, Britain's health secretary says London will consider a proposal
from cattle farmers to slaughter older herds.
They are considered most likely to be infected with the brain disease.
A historic stroll through space today.
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OUT Q=(NATS OF VOICES AS THEY WORK IN SPACE)
Early this morning Atlantis astronauts Linda Godwin and Rich Clifford
became the first Americans to walk in space outside the Russian space station
The six hour walk included attaching cosmic dust catchers and paint samples
Also testing tools for both Russian and U-S spacesuits.
The last time NASA astronauts had a walk outside a space station was in
19-74 at Skylab.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next, a huge residential development along the Blue Ridge Parkway gets
the green light,
and imagine starting college without ever experiencing high school.
We'll introduce you to some teen prodigies who are doing just that.
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The largest planned residential development in Roanoke County history is a
The County Board of Supervisors last night rezoned 315 acres near the Blue
The vote clears the way for a development that could include more than a
thousand residential units by the year 2020.
The Wiltshire development is the result of compromise and a process that
brought together the developer, county officials, and advocates for the Blue
Despite lingering concerns about traffic and commercial development, the
supervisors approved the project on a four to one vote.
IN Q=All of the interestsy
((JIM OLIN/COALITION FOR THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: ALL OF THE INTERESTS GOT
TOGETHER. THEY GOT TOGETHER IN A WAY WHERE THEY WERE OBLIGED TO FIND A WAY THAT
WOULD BE SATISFACTORY TO ALL AND THEY DID.))
((LEN BOONE/DEVELOPER: IT'S MUCH BETTER FOR US JUST FROM THE SELFISH
PERSPECTIVE OF DEVELOPER. THE REALITY IS WHILE IT'S BETTER FOR US, IT'S BETTER
FOR THE COMMUNITY AND IT'S BETTER FOR THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY.))
SUPER=01-Jim Olin/Coalition for the Blue Ridge Parkway; :00
SUPER=01-Len Boone/Developer; :13
OUT Q=for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Also last night, supervisors voted to keep the personal property and real
estate tax rates at their current levels.
Supporters of the proposed school bond issue hope it reassures residents
who fear construction of a new Cave Spring High School and other school
improvements will result in higher taxes.
Also last night -- Lynchburg City Council approved funding to make the
Circuit Courthouse and clerk's office a safer place.
Council members allocated more than one- point- four million dollars to
build a two- story addition to its facility on Court Street.
The project will provide new jail cells for prisoners awaiting trial, and
increased security measures inside the courthouse.
Sheriff Lawrence Simpson says the improvements have been a long time coming.
IN Q=With today's climate
((LAWRENCE SIMPSON/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF: WITH TODAY'S CLIMATE AND THE AMOUNT OF
DRUGS COMING IN, A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE HAVE IDEAS ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO
DO AND WHAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO DO. THE SIGN THAT HANGS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
SAYS `THE LAW HAS HONORED US, MAY WE HONOR IT'. SOMETIMES YOU DON'T FIND THE
HONOR FOR LAW ANYMORE THAT YOU USED TO. SO THEREFORE OUR JOB HAS BECOME MORE
TENABLE AS A RESULT OF NOT HAVING THE SECURITY IN PLACE. ))
SUPER=01-Lawrence Simpson/Lynchburg Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=security in place.
City officials say construction on the new addition could get underway
within a month.
Some teens in Staunton are skipping school, high school that is.
Instead they're going straight to college.
Mary Baldwin College offers a unique program that allows academically
talented teens the opportunity to get a jump start on their college education.
IN Q=Is that Versailles
SUPER=01-Jill Rasmussen/Mary Baldwin College Senior; :20
SUPER=01-Arielle Cohen/Freshman; :55
SUPER=01-Melissa Ford/Freshman; 1:10
SUPER=01-Celeste Rhodes/PEG Director; 1:28
OUT Q=the right choice
TAPE 1 14:35:50
(( NATS--JILL RASMUSSEN:IS THAT VERSAILLES, YEAH AS DICTATED BY VERSAILLES.
Meet Jill Rasmussen, a 17 year old senior just weeks away from graduation.
Your typical teen.
Well not quite, Jill is not a senior in High School-- but a college
undergraduate, about to walk away with bachelor of arts degree.
tape 1- 16;17:46
JILL RASMUSSEN: I LIKE THE FACT THAT I'VE GOT ALL THIS TIME AHEAD OF ME, I
CAN START GETTING ON WITH MY LIFE AFTER COLLEGE AT AN EARLIER AGE, IF I HAD
STAYED IN HIGH SCHOOL I THINK I WOULD HAVE BEEN SPINNING MY WHEELS.
Just one of fifty young women ages 12 to 17 enrolled in Mary Baldwin
College's program for the exceptionally gifted-- otherwise known as PEG.
Like many PEG students, Jill-- and 14- year- old Arielle Cohen entered the
Program without ever having stepped onto a High School campus.
16:52;27 TAPE 2
ARIELLE COHEN: I THINK I'VE HAD MORE FUN HERE THAN I EVER HAD AT HOME AND IN
GRADE SCHOOl AND I DOUBT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ANY BETTER IN HIGH SCHOOL.
Fourteen year old Melissa Ford, who like Arielle, is just finishing her
freshman year, says she also has no regrets.
sot 16:35;08 TAPE 1
MELISSA FORD: I REALLY APPRECIATE BEING HERE MORE THAN I THINK I'D APPRECIATE
SOME OF THE TYPICAL SOCIAL EXPERIENCE OF HIGH SCHOOL.
Mary Baldwin is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the
nation to offer an early entrance program.
PEG was launched in 19-85 with just eleven students and now has students
from 19 states and the District of Columbia.
CELESTE RHODES: WHERE THERE ARE EARLY ENTRANCE PROGRAMS THEY MAY HAVE STUDENTS
IF THEY'RE YOUNGER, LIVING AT HOME BUT THEY'RE NOT LIVING ON THE COLLEGE
CAMPUS, SO THAT MAKES IT REALLY DIFFERENT.
TAPE 2 18:16;16
Peg offers 2 residential programs designed to meet the living needs of both
younger and older studnets.
Students who enroll as rising 9 th or 10th graders spend their first year
her in a supervised residence hall designed exclusively for PEG students.
Students who enter the program as rising 11 or 12th graders spend a year
here and then move on to traditional dorms.
MELISSA FORD: I HAVEN'T HAD VERY MANY PROBLEMS WITH TRADITIONAL STUDENTS BUT I
THINK LIVING HERE WITH A GROUP OF MY PEERS HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD THING FOR ME.
Despite all the praise these students shower on PEG they admit the demanding
schedule and this home away from home may not appeal to every gifted teen, but
say for them it was the best education choice.))
More than half of PEG graduates go on to seek advanced degrees.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
Lotto fever strikes Virginia as the jackpot grows to 20 million dollars,
and in Oregon, an 11-year-old gets her babysitting money taken away by a
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An incredible story of survival at sea.
SUPER=03-San Juan, Puerto Rico;
Officials with Carnival Cruises say an intoxicated passenger aboard their
Celebration cruise ship fell overboard, plunging 75 feet into the sea.
The cruise ship and the Coast Guard launched a man overboard search but were
unable to spot the man.
Somehow the American college student managed to swim to the shores of Puerto
Rico in the middle of the night.
The nine mile swim took him 10 hours.
An Oregon Utility company shows its human side after money is taken from a
child to cover an unpaid electric bill.
The mother of 11- year- old Audra Gordon ran up the power bill and other
debts, including extensive medical bills, after being injured on the job.
Audra's bank account, which she holds jointly with her mom, was seized by a
collection agency armed with a court order.
Yesterday Pacific Power refused to accept the 50 dollars seized from Audra.
Audra had saved up the money babysitting.
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Well here's a nice chunk of change for your piggy bank -- 20 million
That's tonight's jackpot in the Virginia Lotto.
Lottery officials say ticket sales today will hit up to ten-thousand
dollars a minute during peak times.
Officials say Virginia's jackpot is currently the largest state lottery
prize in the country.
The last time the lottery was this high was in November, which was worth
24-point-eight million dollars.
Wall Street is paying little attention to comments today by Fed Chairman
He says the economy should continue growing with low inflation.
At noon the Dow was DOWN nine points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next, Patrick shows us who is moving up in N-I-T,
and the Express tries to stay on track as first round action begins tonight in
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Express vs Checkers/game 1
The Roanoke Express is in Charlotte for game one of the East Coast Hockey
League Playoffs tonight.
Roanoke is one and five at Independence Arena, but that hasn't derailed the
Express's enthusiasm for drawing the Checkers in the first round.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="Last week...
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :19
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/Express Left Wing; :48
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :53
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Last week the Express lost 6 to 2 at Charlotte and Roanoke has won only one
game in five trips to Independence Arena.
But the playoffs begin a new season. Roanoke is focusing on its first
round series and a possible shot at the Riley Cup.))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
((One thing the Express has already recognized is the Checkers have the better
While that may be an advantage the Express is counting on its system to
equalize the talent and lead Roanoke to a win in the best of five playoff
((JEFF JESTATDT/LEFT WING: ))
((DAVE STEWART/DEFENSEMAN: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The Final Four hoopla takes center stage this weekend in the Meadowlands,
but last night it was the N-I-T's turn just across the river at Madison Square
SUPER=03-New York,NY/Green Wave vs. Cornhuskers;
Tulane and Nebraska hooked up in the first semifinal.
Danny Nee's Huskers nearly blew a 13 point lead, but held off the Green
Wave down the stretch.
Eric Strickland and Bernard Garner lead Nebraska with 20 points each in the
90 to 78 win.
The Cornhuskers shot 57 percent against Tulane. The Wave did fight.
Leveldro Simmons makes the nice move and does some window cleaning.
Nebraska goes on to win by 12. They will play St. Josephs in the title
The Liberty High School Minutemen finished the season undefeated-- and won
their first- ever state basketball championship.
Yesterday the town of Bedford gave them a pat on the back for it, by
raising some hoopla out in the street.
Kimberly McBroom has the story. (/////SOT/////)
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SUPER=04-March 16; :11
SUPER=01-Mark Hanks/Liberty Head Coach; :21
SUPER=01-Greg Reynolds/Shooting Guard; :40
SUPER=01-Robert Carson/Point Guard; :52
SUPER=01-Mike Shelton/Bedford Mayor; 1:01
OUT Q=News 7, Bedford
((It wasn't Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even the Fourth of July--
Not a holiday-- but a high school basketball team was the inspiration for
this parade down Main Street in Bedford.
On March 16th, the Liberty Minutemen clinched the Double- A State
And the Parade of Champions was their final trophy.
SOT tape 1 5:24:07
((MARK HANKS/LIBERTY HEAD COACH: NEVER LOST SIGHT OF WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO.
THEY NEVER DOUBTED ONE ANOTHER, AND THEY NEVER DOUBTED ME. I GUESS YOU PUT TWO
AND TWO TOGETHER-- AND A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK. ))
The Minutemen players say hard work wasn't the only thing that led them
into the winner's circle-- it was also the support of the Bedford community.
SOT TAPE 1 5:29:21
((GREG REYNOLDS/SHOOTING GUARD: THAT COMES WITH WINNING. WHEN YOU START
WINNING, THE COMMUNITY STARTS NOTICING YOU. THEY HAVE, AND WE APPRECIATE IT. ))
While the Liberty Minutemen were the star attraction-- the gathering
celebrated the achievements of all students.
SOT TAPE 1 5:32:23
((ROBERT CARSON/POINTGUARD: I THINK THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THE
YOUNG PEOPLE DOING WELL IN SCHOOL AND STUFF-- AND TRYING TO STAY OFF THE
STREETS AND MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF THEMSELVES. ))
SOT 6:33:48 TAPE 2
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: IT IS COOL TO DO YOUR BEST. IT IS COOL TO
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS. IT IS COOL TO MAKE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO YOURSELVES
AND TO OTHERS WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY. ))
Cool enough that Mayor Shelton declared March 26th Youth Achievement Day
in Bedford City and Bedford County.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Bedford.))
(PATRICK AD LIB)
That's it for News 7 at Noon.
For today's news, sports and weather we'll see you back here for NEWS-7 at
FIVE and SIX.