A standoff between an anti-government militia and the F-B-I enters its
fourth day in Montana,
and the White House says President Clinton will veto legislation that bars so-
called partial birth abortions.
It's cold and wet outside and it's still icy in many areas. The ice is still
expected to melt away this afternoon. I'll have the forecast for you in a few
Don't go away, the news is next.
Legislation to bar one form of late-term abortion is on its way to the White
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Last night the House voted 286 to 129 to prohibit so-called partial-birth
abortions except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk.
((REP. CHENOWETH (R) IDAHO: PARTIAL BIRTH IS COLD BLOODED MURDER, PREMEDITATED
REP. SCHROEDER (D) COLORADO:I THINK DOCTORS THINK....TRUST OUR DOCTORS.
SUPER=01-Rep. Helen Chenoweth/(R) Idaho;
SUPER=01-Rep. Pat Schroeder/(D) Colorado; :08
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President Clinton is vowing to veto the measure.
The senate, which passed the measure last year, was busy last night with
It approved the so called line item veto.
It's expected to win approval today in the House.
Also today -- the House considers a health care bill that would make it
easier for people to switch jobs while keeping their health insurance.
The F-B-I is maintaining its quiet standoff against the "Freemen" militia
holed up near Billings, Montana-- even as the charges against the Freemen
The allegations include writing millions of dollars in bad checks and
encouraging others to do the same.
John Blackstone reports.
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SUPER=01-Janet Reno/U.S. Attorney General; :22
SUPER=01-John Blackstone/Reporting; :27
SUPER=01-Lyle Chamberlin/Rancher; :51
SUPER=01-Jo Ann Stanton/Garfield Co. Clerk; 1:08 (QUICK!)
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Around the Montana Ranch where the fugitive group that call
themselves Freemen is holding out, the FBI pulled back a little
It was far enough to allow some newspeople to get closer.
One camera crew from NBC News got too close.
Freemen took away their camera.
Attorney General Janet Reno says federal authorities are still
hoping to end the standoff without shooting.
JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL :THE FBI HAS GONE TO GREAT PAINS TO INSURE THAT
THERE IS NO ARMED CONFRONTATION.
But negotiating with the freemen may prove difficult since as far
as they are concerned america's laws and courts all violate the
constitution...and should not be obeyed.
Leroy Scwheitzer, one of the Freeman leaders arrested Monday, taught others
the Freeman theories of how the government violates rights.
Rancher Lyle Chamberlin took the course and came away believing
America is run for big corporations.
LYLE CHAMBERLIN/RANCHER:SOME FELLA DREAMS UP A BAD LAW AND THEY'LL PUT IT IN
A RIDER AND SEND IT THRU CONGRESS AND PASS IT-- THEN HERE WE ARE SUBJECT TO
LIVE BY IT. NO I DON'T BELIEVE IN THEM KIND OF LAWS.
But Freemen seem to believe they can print their own money.
They've turned out some very official looking bank documents.
JO ANN STANTON/ GARFIELD COUNTY: CLERKIT'S CERTIFIED MONEY ORDER FROM LEROY
SCHWEITZER, ITS MADE PAYABLE TO THE GARFIELD COUNTY BANK. ITS IN THE AMOUNT OF
Among the many charges now facing the Freemen is bank fraud.
John Blackstone, CBS News Billings.))
Atlantis is coming home one day early.
NASA is trying to beat bad weather headed for Florida so the shuttle will
touch down Saturday instead of Sunday.
There's also a problem with a leak in the shuttle's steering system used for
Altantis is still hooked up to the Russian Space Station but will detach
from Mir tonight.
Scientist Shannon Lucid will remain behind on Mir for five months.
Earlier this week, you may recall, we told you about a young Bolivian girl
diagnosed with a life threatening disease after arriving in the United States.
Her parents could not afford the treatment, neither could the hospital that
Well, today she's in Tennessee where help is at hand and maybe hope as
James Hattori reports.
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SUPER=01-Edwardo Spinosa/Uncle; :22
SUPER=01-Richard Hackett/St. Jude Hospital; :44
SUPER=01-James Hattori/Reporting; 1:12
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Looking frail and frightened, little Gabriela Salinas still managed to wave
as she arrived at St. Jude Children's Hospital.
The seven-year-old Bolivian
girl was flown to Memphis to get critical treatment for a deadly spinal
cancer...after being discharged by a New York hospital because her family has
no insurance and could not afford treatment, which could cost hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
EDWARDO SPINOSA/UNCLE: ON BEHALF OF THE SALINAS FAMILY THANK YOU AND THANK YOU
MEMPHIS AND HOPING GABRIELLA WILL BE OK.
Gabriella's plight tugged at heartstrings around the world.
Including those of actress Marlo Thomas, whose father comedian Danny Thomas
was a major benefactor of St. Jude Hospital.
The actress arranged for Gabriella's
care...free of charge.
RICHARD HACKETT/ST. JUDE HOSPITAL:
IT'S FORTUNATE GABRIELLA'S ILLNESS IS AN ILLNESS WE HAVE UNDER STUDY AND UNDER
Gabriella was misdiagnosed at home in South Smerica--doctors thought she had
a pinched nerve.
New York's Mount Sinai Hospital discovered the real problem, but then told
the family its responsibility to local residents took precedence given limited
EDWARDO SPINOSA: HOPING SHE IS GOING TO BE WELL. WE THINK, WE KNOW SHE IS IN
Gabriella's treatment could take years...the fact that it's about to get
underway, her family says, is a miracle.
James Hattori CBS News New York.))
A Detroit man is facing assault charges after a dispute over a Ritz cracker
led to gunfire.
It happened at a suburban Detroit factory yesterday.
Police say the man opened fire after a co-worker helped himself to a cracker
from the man's lunch.
No one was hurt.
It might have been cold and rainy, but it was a "beautiful morning" for some
Members of the Giles High School Symphonic Chorale paid a visit to
C-B-S studios in New York and performed on "C- B- S This Morning."
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Choir members are spending the weekend across the river in New Jersey.
They'll compete in a nationwide festival Saturday.
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Still to come -- a robbery in Danville results in a store owner being hit
with a stick and a freelance photographer being struck by a car.
And students at Virginia Tech take back the night.
We'll have a report on a special protest, next.
It's still icy in many areas. About a quarter of an inch of ice has
accumulated in the New River Valley. As temperatures warm up this afternoon,
the ice is expected to melt. Plenty of rain is in the forecast for this
afternoon. I'll tell you more about that in a minute.
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Danville police are looking for a suspect in a robbery that wound up sending
two people to the hospital last night.
It happened at the North Main Heights Convenience Store.
a man struck the store owner, Yem Bui (BOY), on the head with a stick.
Bui (BOY) then allegedly got a gun from under the counter, and the suspect
took the weapon and fled.
Bui was treated and released...
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...and so was a freelance photographter who was videotaping the crime scene.
Witnesses say Everett Scruggs of Danville was standing in the road when he
was struck by a car.
Police do not expect charges to be filed.
Also last night -- Virginia Tech students held a rally and march to protest
violence against women.
The demonstration comes in the wake of a lawsuit against two Tech football
players accused of sexual assault.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
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SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :07
SUPER=01-Susan Anderson/Take Back the Night Coord.; :15
SUPER=07-Catherine Bernard; :36
SUPER=07-Heather Wosoogh; :54
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((TAKE BACK THE NIGHT, TAKE BACK THE NIGHT...singing ))
The night was filled with singing and chanting for a safer world-- free of
abuse and assaults.
((SUSAN ANDERSON/TAKE BACK THE NIGHT COORDINATOR: WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A
PROBLEM WITH VIOLENCE AND THE MARCH IS TO EMPOWER WOMEN TO ENERGIZE WOMEN AND
TO GIVE PEOPLE PRACTICAL, SMALL THINGS THAT THEY CAN DO TO PROMOTE CHANGE EVERY
DAY OF THEIR LIVES. ))
Things like fighting back at not only physical abuse-- but verbal abuse and
Anderson says it's also crucial for women to be more involved in the issues
((CATHERINE BERNARD: I GUESS I JUST CAME HERE TO AFFIRM TO MYSELF AND TO
EVERYBODY ELSE THAT, "HEY, IT'S OKAY TO STAND UP FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. IT'S OKAY
TO BE WITH OTHER WOMEN IN SUPPORT OF OUR IDEAS THAT WOMEN ARE PEOPLE TOO. ))
While Christy Brzonkala's lawsuit against Tech didn't surface at the
rally-- her story was on the minds of some who were there.
((HEATHER WOSOOGH: I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE WHERE I STAND, BUT I THINK THAT A LOT
OF INJUSTICE WAS DONE AND JUSTICE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE SERVED. ))
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((singing...TAKE BACK THE NIGHT WITH LOVE. ))
The protesters were able to take back THIS night--
with the hope that by raising their voices and walking together, they'll be
able to end all violence against women.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Blacksburg.
Former Virginia Spine Center Surgeon Dr. Eric Korsh is spending another day
in court -- in the midst of some 50 medical negligence complaints.
While others have been settled out of court, yesterday marked the first
case to make it to trial.
The plaintiff, Pat Brunson of Floyd County, claims Dr. Korsh told him his
back was so badly hurt, that without spinal fusion surgery he'd be paralyzed.
Brunson says he was told he'd be 99-percent pain free, with full mobility
following the surgery.
But Brunson says that was not the case.
He says he's now hurting worse than ever, following surgery with the
The trial drew spectators-- interested in how this case would affect their
own cases against Korsh.
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((CAROL FIELDER/FORMER PATIENT: LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE HAD THEIR SCREWS REMOVED. A
LOT. THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE. SOME ARE BETTER WITHOUT THE SCREWS. SOME ARE NOT
ANY BETTER. NOBODY IS AS GOOD AS THEY WERE BEFORE THE SCREWS WERE PUT IN. ))
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Korsh's attorneys say their client provided reasonable and appropriate care
to Brunson-- and all of the patients at the Virginia Spine Center.
As the trial continues, the defense plans to show videotapes of Brunson
working on his property, which they say shows him doing all the things he now
says he CANNOT do.
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The controversy of where to place the statue of tennis great Arthur Ashe has
gone to court.
Edward Willis the 3rd has filed a petition in Richmond Circuit Court,
APPEALING City Council's decision to place the statue on Monument Avenue.
He says the city is failing to protect historic property and that the
monument will harm tourism.
On Monday, council voted to place the monument on the Richmond Avenue, lined
with statues of confederate heroes.
The monument, to be unveiled July 10th, will then move to the proposed hall
of fame for black athletes when the hall is built.
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Up next -- nobody cleaned out Virginia's lotto jackpot.
And some people who bought coupons from a local car wash say they feel like
they've been taken to the cleaners.
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Some folks who bought coupons from a local car wash say they wound up with a
But the business's NEW owner says that's not the case, and is trying to wipe
the slate clean.
Scott Prince has the story.
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SUPER=07-Joan Young; :39
SUPER=07-Paul Ripley; :46
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday; :54 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Tuesday; 1:04 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=01-Jennifer Farmer/Professional Car Services; 1:17
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( For a while it looked like this vehicle and a number of others would never
But the new owner of this car washing company says SHE'S clean, and soon
vehicles will be, as well.
The business is now called Professional Car Care Services, formerly VIP
VIP telemarketers had been offering these certificates for twenty dollars a
piece, promising customers that someone would come to their home or business
and perform a hand wash and wax on their vehicle.
But a News- 7 investigation found that a number of unsatisfied customers
complained to the Better Business Bureau about VIP.
Customers say they paid up front, but in a number of cases, folks believed
they got doused with empty promises.
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((JOAN YOUNG: THEY NEVER WOULD RETURN MY CALL AND MOST OF THE TIME, THE
RECORDING SAID THE MESSAGE TAPE WAS FULL. I TRIED TO REACH THEM FOR WEEKS. ))
BUTT BUTT BUTT
IN Q=There was no
((PAUL RIPLEY: THERE WAS NO SHOW HERE TO WASH MY TRUCK AND WAX IT AND I TRIED
REPEATED CALLS BACK AND THE TAPE KEPT SAYING THE MESSAGE TAPE WAS FULL. ))
OUT Q=tape was full
Earlier this week, we went to VIP's headquarters to get some answers from
Stephanie Peters... who according to city records still owned the company.
All we found was a locked office.
Then we went to her home, where we were told the business had been sold to
Radford resident, Jennifer Farmer.
Farmer is well aware that there are plenty of vehicles that were never
cleaned, but says she has every intention of making good on the past promises.
IN Q=I'm going
((JENNIFER FARMER/PROFESSIONAL CAR CARE SERVICES: I'M GOING TO MAKE EVERYTHING
RIGHT. IT'S GOING TO TAKE ME A FEW WEEKS BECAUSE WE'VE GOT A LOT OF CARS WE'VE
GOT TO GET DONE. BUT IT WILL BE DONE. ))
The customers we talked to weren't very sympathetic toward VIP, or as it's
now called, Professional Car Services.
Even though it looks as if vehicles will now be cleaned, some say the hard
feelings toward the company will never wash away.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Hopes of winning the lottery were washed out because nobody matched all six
numbers for the 20- million dollar jackpot.
The numbers were eight, seventeen, twenty, thirty-seven, thirty-nine, and
Saturday's Virginia lotto prize is 26- million dollars.
It's not going to be business as usual at the Federal Aviation
The agency says new rules take effect Monday that will improve the way it
buys computers and deals with employees.
Officials hope to speed improvements in the aging air traffic control
Shareholders of Mod-U-Kraf Homes heard more good news than bad at the
modular home builder's annual meeting in Rocky Mount.
The Franklin County company admitted severe winter weather has put a slight
damper on its sales for the past few quarters.
But it expects the completion of a new, 100-thousand- square- foot plant
this spring will more than make up the difference.
Mod-U-Kraf Homes employs 100 people at its existing facility in Rocky Mount.
The expansion will increase its work force by 60 employees.
Stocks have been mostly lower today on Wall Street, continuing losses seen
At noon the Dow was DOWN 19 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for sports.
The Express loses game one of the E-C-H-L playoffs,
and a junior speed racer from Rockrbidge County gives us some tips on how to
dominate the track.
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First -- the E-C-H-L playoffs.
The Roanoke Express was shut out last night by the Charlotte Checkers three
to one in the first game.
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The Checkers get two goals and an assist from Darrell Norin.
Norin tallies both his goals in the second period after a scoreless first.
The game gets physical.
Roanoke defenseman Wade Gibson comes out on the short end of a brawl.
The Checkers' Norin is a one man wrecking crew as he racks up three points
on the night.
He blows the shot past Express goalie Matt DelGuidice (del-JEW-diss).
DelGuidice (del-JEW-diss) records 32 saves on the night but Charlotte
outshoots Roanoke 35 to 26.
Nick Vetucci (va-TWO-chi) records 26 saves.
Now from the ice to some hot water!
The Salem Avalanche is installing a state of the art hot tub and deck.
The new feature will be located just past the first base grandstands.
For just 10 bucks, fans can enjoy the game in the tub.
You have to make reservations though.
Call the Avalanche at 389-3333.
In the world of racing -- it's a small one, after all.
There's a seventh grader in Rockbridge County who can't wait to rev up his
engines at the Winston Cup.
Ron Jones has the story.
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SUPER=01-Bill Pearce/Father; :31
SUPER=01-Hunter Pearce/Race Car Driver; :52
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
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((In the racing world Dale Earnhardt, Darryl Waltrip, and Ernie Ervin are
considered super stars...the elite!
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And in Rockbridge County 13 year old Hunter Pearce is a star in the making.
This seventh grader is already considered an accomplished veteran among his
peers and the racing world.
Driving his motor karts throughout the southeast he has racked up more than
75 trophies and plaques... along with two national championships.
((BILL PEARCE/HUNTER'S FATHER: ONE THING THAT MAKES ME SO PROUD IS WHERE HE
STARTED IN 92 TO WHERE HE'S AT TODAY. FIRST RACE HE'D EVER RACED TO WATCH
HIM...THAT RACE, COMPARED TO WHERE HE IS NOW RACING AGAINST NATIONAL
COMPETITION. PEOPLE FROM CANADA, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS. ALL OVER THE
COUNTRY RACING AGAINST THE TOP QUALITY DRIVERS.))
Hunter says the key to winning is expectation.
((HUNTER PEARCE/KART DRIVER: I LIKE TO TELL MYSELF I'M GOING TO WIN. I'M
CAPABLE OF A WIN. I TRY TO TELL MYSELF THAT YOU KNOW. MY DAD AND ME WE JUST
GO OUT AND TRY TO WIN EVERY TIME.))
Hunter and his 70- mile- per- hour kart also raced against Richard Petty's
grandchildren... he beat them soundly.
He wants to take on Dale Earnhardt someday.
However, his dad says for now his next big step is this super truck... when
he's old enough.
As for the karts, Hunter is still looking for sponsors.
He's learned, just like the big leagues, it still takes money to make the
racing world go round... and round. Ron Jones, News Seven.))
And we have a correction to make -- earlier we reported that the expansion
at Mod-U-Kraf homes would increase its work force by 600 employees -- that
figure it SIXTY.
Thanks so much for watching and have a great day.
And that wraps up News 7 at Noon.