Up next on News 7 at eleven-
Some call it the case that won't die.
Tonight word of a new investigation into possible wrongdoing at the O-J
Help may be on the way to cancer patients sooner. We'll tell you why.
Plus the American symbol takes off for flight in Virginia.
And a half and half weekend. Robin with details. News 7 is next.
Super=#D-59;News 7 at 11;
A Los Angeles District Attorney is now investigating possible juror
tampering in the O-J Simpson case.
That after allegations that someone purposely planned to get a juror kicked
off the panel-
Manuel Gallegus reports.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/May, 1995; 00
SUPER=10-Francine Florio-Bunten/Dismissed Juror/May, 1995; 19-23
SUPER=04-CBS News 60 Minutes; 43
SUPER=10-Christopher Darden/Prosecutor/The Montel Williams Show; 1:08
SUPER=01-Laurie Levinson/Legal Analyst; 1:43
SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;
OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles."
((When Francine Florio-Bunten was dismissed from the Simpson jury five months
into the trial, trial watchers figured it was just another in a series of
setbacks. Word was Bunten had allegeldly lied to Judge Ito about
communicating with another juror. And even worse--that she was secretly
planning to write a book. but she always denied any wrongdoing.
FRANCINE FLORIO-BUNTEN, DISMISSED JUROR, MAY 1995:
I'M NOT WRITING A BOOK, MY HUSBAND'S NOT WRITING A BOOK...!
The accusation about the book came from a letter Judge Ito
received from an anonymous woman who claimed to be a receptionist for a book
agent. But now an investigation by CBS News 60 Minutes finds no trace of the
letter's author and that it appears to be a case of jury tampering.
FROM FROM CBS NEWS 60 MINUTES: What would have happened if you stayed on the
jury? I think it would have been a hung jury. Why? Cause I think he did it.
Simpson prosecutor Chris Darden, whose now on a book our of his own
says prosecutors always suspected tamerping and noticed a trend with the
CHRIS DARDEN, FORMER SIMPSON PROSECUTOR. THE DEFENSE NEVER OBJECTED TO THE
DISMISSAL OF ANY OF THE WHITE JURORS. BUT THEY FOUGHT TO SAVE EACH OF THE BLACK
But 60 minutes says there's no evidence linking Bunten's accuser or
any jury tampering to the defense.
But when Simpson defense attorney Robert Shapiro, who is also on a book
tour, was asked directly is it possible that the defense team tampered with
the simpson jury, Shapiro said quote, "Anything's possible."
And no matter what simpson cannot be retried.
LAURIE LEVENSON, LEGAL ANALYST: THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS THAT OJ CANNOT BE
RETRIED FOR MURDER. IT'S DOUBLE JEOPARDY UNLESS YOU CAN SHOW THAT HE BOUGHT
OFF EACH AND EVERY JUROR HE CAN'T BE RETRIED.
MANUEL GALLEGUS/CBS NEWS:
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS NOW INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGATIONS. MANUEL GALLEGUS,
CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
Bedford County authorities continue cracking down on illegal drugs.
Today they made a surprise visit to the county's three high schools.
Drug and weapon- sniffing dogs spent the day scouring classrooms, lockers
and parking lots looking for illegal contraband.
For the students, it was brief interruption to their schedule.
For police and educators, it was a way to send a message.
IN Q=I think it's
((HAROLD JONES/JFHS ASST. PRINCIPAL: I THINK IT'S A GOOD DETERRENT TO THE
STUDENTS, THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY KIND OF BEHAVIOR AS FAR AS ANY KIND OF
ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES IN SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Harold Jones/JFHS Asst. Principal; :00
OUT Q=substances in school.
Sheriff Mike Brown says the sweeps came at the request of citizens worried
about drugs in schools.
IN Q=I've even had
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: I'VE EVEN HAD CALLS FROM STUDENTS IN THE
SCHOOL SYSTEM, SAYING THERE IS A PRESENCE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS IN THE SCHOOLS,
PLEASE COME DO SOMETHING.))
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=come do something.
Police did not find any illegal drugs in any of the schools.
They did find a cap gun and billy club in one Liberty High School student's
There's growing concern in Botetourt County that there are not enough
County officials hope to change that.
Scott Prince explains how.
IN Q=Botetourt County rescue
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Penny Firestone/Troutville Rescue Squad; :13
SUPER=01-Ned McElwaine/Asst. Co. Administrator; :44
OUT Q=S.P., News- 7, Botetourt Co.
(( Botetourt County rescue squads respond to thousands of emergency calls
Now medical volunteers are sending out a call of their own.
IN Q=The volunteerism
((PENNY FIRESTONE/TROUTVILLE RESCUE SQUAD: THE VOLUNTEERISM IS DOWN AND THAT
UNFORTUNATELY IS HAPPENING IN NUMEROUS AREAS ACROSS THE STATE OF VIRGINIA BUT
IT CERTAINLY IS A PROBLEM HERE. ))
OUT Q=a problem here
The lack of volunteers was magnified yesterday after a 14- year- old
freshman at Lord Botetourt High School collapsed and died in the classroom.
The Troutville Rescue Squad couldn't respond because the only available crew
was on another call.
That forced the Fincastle Rescue Squad to handle the situation.
There's no indication whether that made the difference between life and
Even still, county officials know more volunteers are needed, and they think
they've found the solution.
IN Q=We applied for
((NED MCELWAINE/ASST. CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE APPLIED FOR AND RECEIVED A FIVE-
THOUSAND DOLLAR MINI GRANT THROUGH THE STATE OFFICES OF EMERGENCY SERVICES ))
OUT Q=emergency services
Some of the money was used to send these pamphlets to every county
household, but that's only one phase of the campaign.
standup TAKE AT 14:05:00 (do not use beginning of stand up)
Aside from the pamphlets, current members will be giving presentations to
Officials also hope to attract volunteers through the airwaves-- by way of
radio and television.
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Officials say they can use help in every area, but right now the lowest
supply is in emergency medical technicians.
They're willing to train anyone... anyone that's willing.
Scott Prince, News- 7.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, an announcement today could bring help to
cancer patients faster,
and we'll head to the Virginia Wildlife Center as workers there watch their
first soaring success.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
New guidelines are out that could get new cancer drugs to patients sooner.
The new procedures could shave a year off testing time and cut approval
time in half.
((THESE CHANGES WILL AFFECT AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED DRUGS NOT BEING STUDIED.
DOZENS OF THEM WILL GET TO THE MARKET SOONER.))
OUT Q=GET TO THE MARKET SOONER"
Cancer drugs will be approved as soon as they're shown to safely shrink
Until now, manufacturers had to prove a drug prolongs or improves the
quality of life.
Other changes will give Americans access to drugs approved overseas.
Health insurance and quality of medical care aren't just concerns for
Americans-- but for people all over the world.
Professionals from Roanoke's sister cities are in town this weekend for an
international health care conference.
The conference compares America's health care system with those of foreign
For those taking part, it's a learning process.
IN Q=i'M A GREAT BELIEVER.
((TED MARMOR/YALE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR: I'M A GREAT BELIEVER IN LEARNING ABOUT
OFTHER SYSTEMS THAN YOUR OWN, SO THAT YOU SEE YOUR OWN CIRCUMSTANCES MORE
CLEARLY, YOU STRETCH YOUR MIND ABOUT WHAT'S POSSIBLE TO IMAGINE, YOU'RE LESS
SUPER=01-Ted Marmor/Yale University Professor;
OUT Q=less provinicial
Marmor says in the U-S, medical costs are rising-- along with the number of
those WITHOUT insurance.
But in Roanoke's sister city, (Skoff) Pskov, health care is universal--
with state- provided insurance.
IN Q=It doesn't depend
((DR. LUDMILLA STEPANOVA/PSKOV, RUSSIA: IT DOESN'T DEPEND WHETHER THE PERSON
WORK, OR DOESN'T WORK, BECAUSE IF HE OR SHE WORK, BECAUSE IF HE OR SHE WORKS
IT'S CERTAIN PERCENTAGE FROM HIS WAGES. BUT IF THE PERSON DOESN'T WORK, THEN
THE BUDGET HAS TO PROVIDE FOR HIS MEDICAL CARE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ludmilla Stepanova/Pskov, Russia;
OUT Q=his medical care
Representatives from sister cities Wonju, Korea and (KISS-amoo) Kisumu,
Kenya will present their health care programs at tomorrow's session.
After two months of debate, Roanoke County voters will have their say.
On Tuesday, they'll decide if the county should move forward with a 37-
million dollar bond issue for schools.
Joe Dashiell reports on some of the closing controversy.
IN Q=Supporters have framed the referendum
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Bond Issue Opponent; :24
SUPER=01-Terri Langford/Bond Issue Supporter; :51
OUT Q=Joe D News 7
((Supporters have framed the referendum as a vote for education... the best
way to insure that Roanoke county doesn't fall behind with outdated and
But with most of the money, more than 30 million, going toward construction
of a new south county high school, the debate has become mired in controversy
about the project.
Most recently with this week's rainfall and questions about the suitability
of the site.
SOT TERP 02:25:45
IN Q=You can build a high school
((DON TERP/BOND ISSUE OPPONENT: YOU CAN BUILD A HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IF YOU WANT TO. IF YOU'RE WILLING TO PAY FOR IT, THERE'S A
WAY TO DO IT., BUT THE SITE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FROM THAT STANDPOINT. IT FLOODS
AND THAT'S A SERIOUS PROBLEM.))
OUT Q=and that's a serious problem.
Supporters insist the site is safe... School buildings will be out of the
And they say they hope voters won't be swayed by what they consider scare
tactics and misleading statements.
IN Q=We believe that once people
((WE BELIEVE THAT ONCE PEOPLE WALK IN AND CLOSE THE CURTAIN, THEY WILL REALIZE
THAT WE'RE NOT VOTING ON THE SITE. WE'RE NOT VOTING ON BRICKS AND MORTAR. WHAT
WE'RE VOTING ON IS HOW THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE COUNTY FEEL ABOUT EDUCATION.))
Both sides will be watching how many county residents register their
With a vote that may fall along regional lines, Tuesday's turnout will
likely set the county's course.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
A cross- burning in the yard of their Pulaski County home still has George
and Chanie Trueheart shaken up.
Chanie said she'd rather put the incident behind her than speak on camera.
The cross burning happened Saturday night.
Seconds after the Truehearts saw the flames, a rock shattered their window.
The Truehearts are the only black family in the neighborhood in the Mount
Olivet section of Pulaski County, but this is the first time they've had any
Two teen boys face felony charges of rock throwing and cross- burning.
Homebuilders are in a cheerful mood on the eve of the 26th annual Home Show
in the Roanoke Valley.
That's because the local construction industry is about to see a small boom
That's according to the president of the regional homebuilders' association.
IN Q=I think
((JOE MILLER/ROANOKE REGIONAL HOMEBUILDERS ASSOC.: I THINK THE WINTER WEATHER
WE HAD THIS LAST WINTER HAS CREATED A LOT OF PENT UP DEMAND AND I THINK
ESPECIALLY THIS SPRING YOU ARE GONNA SEE A LOT OF BUILDING AND STARTING OF NEW
SUPER=01-Joe Miller/Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Assoc.;
OUT Q=new subdivisions.
The bad weather late last year actually caused a DECREASE in the number of
homes under construction compared to the year before.
But the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders' Association expects an active season
in areas like Botetourt County, southwest Roanoke County, and those parts of
Bedford and Franklin County near Smith Mountain Lake.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, one of the world's most famous figure skaters suffers a
and we'll tell you why some Virginians are a little skeptical about the latest
Ben Franklin sighting.
MUSIC UP FULL
The eagle has landed and taken off again.
The Virginia Wildlife Center celebrated a first today along the James River
-- releasing the first bald eagle successfully rehabilitated in the Center's
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Ouch, don't bite me!
SUPER=03-Prince George Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Clark/Va. Wildlife Center; :13
SUPER=01-Dr. Phylis Raynor/Veterinarian; :36
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((nat sot (cage)
Ed Clark has dedicated his career to an ungrateful lot -- including this
adolescent version of America's national symbol.
Veterinarian Phylis Raynor has dedicated the last four months to a
overseeing a gunshot wound recuperation -- and she doesn't get much more
((ED CLARK: THIS BIRD REALLY MADE US PROUD TODAY. IT'S A YOUNG BIRD. IT
DOESN'T HAVE THE CHARACTERISTIC WHITE HEAD AND TAIL THAT MANY PEOPLE THINK
ABOUT WHEN THEY THINK OF A BALD EAGLE. BUT IT'S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAT WE
GET THESE YOUNG BIRDS BACK OUT BECAUSE ITS ENTIRE BREEDING LIFE IS IN FRONT OF
((DR. PHYLIS RAYNOR: HE PASSED ALL THE TESTS THAT WE PUT HIM THROUGH.
CLINICALLY, HIS BONE HAS HEALED COMPLETELY. HIS INFECTION'S CLEARED UP. HE
HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT HE CAN FLY SUSTAINED AMOUNTS OF TIME WITHOUT TIRING. AND
HE EATS ON HIS OWN.))
Bites and pecks aside, the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro is
bursting with pride over this eagle.
nat sot of release
He's the first of the great birds to be successfully rehabilitated in the
new hospital and 200 foot long flight cage.
((SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND 41 EAGLE NESTS ALONG THE JAMES RIVER THIS YEAR, MAKING
IT NATIONALLY IMPORTANT FOR EAGLES. AND NOT A BAD PLACE TO RECUPERATE FROM A
As for this eagle, he spent a about two minutes scanning the scene -- before
it was time to catch a breeze, and maybe a fish.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Prince George County.))
One half of the Women's NCAA championship field is set, the men talk about
their final four, and Roy Stanley has 1st round qualifying from Bristol, but
not before the numbers.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score
GRAPHIC=Women's final 4
The national champs were dethroned tonight as Tennessee topped Connecticut
88-83 in overtime to advance to the national championship.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/ESPN; :00
The Lady Vols had a 3 point lead with time running out, but UConn's
Nykesha Sales drained a three pointer with 4.2 seconds left in
SUPER=33-Tennessee/=88/Connecticut/=83/ in OT;
regulation...and we're going to overtime!! Sales had 28 points to lead all
UT's Michelle Marciniak scored 21 points and Pat Head Summitt's team heads
to it's 6th national championship berth Sunday
SUPER=04-Georgia vs. Stanford;
where the Vol's will meet the winner of the Georgia/Stanford game. Right
now, Georgia leads by over 15 in the second half.
This weekend the boys 12 and under Western Regional AAU basketball
tournament is taking center stage over at William Fleming.
look who's coaching!!--former Virginia Tech quarterback, Maurice Deshazo.
14 teams are battling it out. The top 2 teams will qualify for the state
tourney April 18th thru the 21st at UVA to vie for a spot in the nationals.
But AAU offers more than just a chance to play.
IN Q="This builds their...
SUPER=01-Joe Gaither/AAU Coordinator;
OUT Q=...grow up a little bit."
The Lakers cooled the Heat last night. Tonight Pat Riley's sunshine boys
warmed back up to beat Washington.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Bullets vs. Heat; :00
The man tonight was Alonzo Mourning he scored..not 10, not 20, not 30, not
40..but 50 points to lead his SUPER=32-Miami/112/Washington/=93;
Heat over the Bullets. It wasa career high for Zo who was 17 for 24 from the
field. He also had 12 boards and had 21 points in the first quarter.
Miami wins 112 to 93.
The NCAA men's final four is just hours away and the teams went through final
practices in East Rutherford, New Jersey today.
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ; :00
The Continental Airlines Arena had a good sized crowd on hand to watch the
The featured event is the Kentucky/UMass game. Rick Pitino is facing a
catch 22 situation in dealing with player of the year Marcus Camby.
IN Q="The other
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
((JOHN CALIPARI/UMASS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Coach; :00
SUPER=01-John Calipari/UMass Head Coach; :09
OUT Q=...both teams"
The other semi final pits Syracuse against MIssissippi State. The usual
down Jim Beheim reassured everyone that he's A-okay.
((JIM BOEHEIM/SYRACUSE COACH:))
((RICHARD WILLIAMS/MISSISSIPPI STATE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Boeheim/Syracuse Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Williams/Mississippi State Coach; :15
And still to come tonight, Martinsville Speedway president Clay campbell
unveils his new racing team,
and Roy Stanley will have a report from Bristol on Mark martin's fast lap in
1st round qualifying for the Food City 500.
Mark Martin captured his 10th career pole today for Sunday's Food City 500
at the Bristol International Raceway. Roy Stanley has more on first round
qualifying for the sixth race of the year.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN; :00
SUPER=01-Len Wood/Wood Brothers Citgo Ford; :18
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Food City 500 Pole Winner; :55
OUT Q=....check the top 25"
WIPE TO BOARDS!!!
IN Q=FIRST QUALIFY
OUT Q=...25th qualifier"
Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell no has two jobs; running the
track and driving for Taco Bell this summer on the late model stock car
Campbell and his crew unveiled the new Taco Bell team this Morning at
the Williamson road restaurant.
He will enter 18 races at New River and then two at South Boston. He doesn't
expects special treatment from the other drivers.
IN Q="I get
((CLAY CAMPBELL/LMSC DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/LMSC Driver; :00
OUT Q=....president of speedway"
Figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill has filed for bankruptcy protection.
The 1976 Olympic gold medalist says she's run into a number of financial
Hamill says she got poor investment advice and management.
But the skater says she's confident she can resolve her financial
difficulties and return her focus to skating.
Virginians are not always keen on change -- especially when it comes to
The Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond says skepticism is running high about
the new one hundred dollar bills shipped out to banks this week.
The first noticeable re-design of American paper currency since 1928 is all
about beating counterfeiters.
But as the Federal Reserve in Richmond ships out the new and takes in the
old this week, Virginians who've got a peek say it's funny looking.
IN Q=We have
((DOUG KETCHAM/BANK TELLER: WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM PEOPLE.
MOSTLY PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHETHER WE'VE GOTTEN IN THE HUNDRED DOLLAR BILLS,
BUT THEN THEY DON'T BELIEVE THE AUTHENTICITY OF IT. THEY QUESTION THE LARGER
FACE. IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE MONOPOLY MONEY.))
((KEMPER BAKER/FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF RICHMOND: I CAN'T SAY THAT I'M EXCITED
BY IT. I THINK IT'S A CHANGE. THERE'S A LOT INVOLVED FROM OUR END.))
SUPER=01-Doug Ketcham/Bank Teller;
SUPER=01-Kemper Baker/Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; :12
OUT Q=our end.
You'll have to check with your bank to find out when the new hundred is
If smaller denominations are more your style, the Federal Reserve Bank will
phase in the new versions over the next several months.