The Oklahoma City bombing suspects make their first court appearance in
Denver amid tight security,
and investigators continue going through the cabin of Unabomber suspect
Theodore Kaczynski, but there's confusion over what they're finding.
We're seeing a good bit of sunshine across southwest Virginia today.
Expect more of that this afternoon.
But in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia... you'll see a little more snow.
I'll have the details for you in a few minutes.
News 7 at Noon is next.
The first of many pre-trial hearings in the Oklahoma City bombing trial
begins today in Denver, the new site for the trial.
Defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are demanding reams of
government documents they claim is evidence that might help their case.
Dave Fehling reports the hearings will be held under the most extraordinary
security the Mile-High City has ever seen.
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SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Nioh/Defense Attorney; :28
SUPER=04-File Tape; :40
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=cbs news, denver
(( Before sunrise, a caravan of law enforcement units sped into downtown
Denver...the Oklahoma bombing defendants hidden inside a van with curtains and
They are in Denver for the first hearing in federal court since the trial
was moved from Oklahoma where a judge ruled the defendants had been demonized
by the media.
Lawyers for Timothy Mc-Veigh and Terry Nichols will give the judge a 50 page
long list of witnesses and material they allege the government has withheld
RON NIOH/ DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WHILE WE HAVE RECEIVED AN OVERWHELMING
AMOUNT OF MATERIAL, THRE ARE KEY PIECES OF EVIDENCE THAT WE FEEL ARE
Federal prosecutors will argue that they've withheld nothing of any value to
McVeigh told Time Magazine he has never touched a bomb, let alone make and
deliver the truckload of explosives that killed 168 people at the Murrah
The government says McVeigh did indeed drive the truck there that morning
after they say Nichols helped case the location and make the bomb.
Authorities are wary that the trial could be a predictable target for
terrorism...security measures outside the federal courthouse in
downtown Denver include tightly enforced no parking areas, huge cement
planters to stop suicide car bombers, and even seminars for local merchants on
how to handle bomb threats and suspicious packages.
Security is of course extremely tight inside the
courthouse as well. There, the legal wrangling will be on-going for about
five months with the actual trial not expected to begin before the fall at the
earliest. Dave Fehling CBS News, Denver.))
The Montana cabin of Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski has reportedly
yielded more incriminating evidence.
The Washington Post says names of Unabomber victims have been found.
But there are conflicting reports about the discovery of another bomb.
The New York Times reports federal agents have found a second live bomb.
But two federal sources tell the Associate Press only one live bomb, and a
partially assembled device, have been found.
An anti-government group is implying its philosophies are close to those of
Governor George Allen.
A new pamphlet being distributed by the Virginia Citizen's Militia quotes
the governor, and Ellen Qualls asked him what he thought about it.
SUPER=01-Douglas Jeffreys/Va. Citizen's Militia; :23
SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:16 (QUICK!)
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( SOT 02:50:47
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WONDERFUL. CITIZEN'S MILITIA. IT LOOKS LIKE RECYCLED
PAPER THOUGH. It looks nice. DOESN'T IT?))
Since the Oklahoma bombing almost a year ago, Virginia's militia movement
has worked hard for positive p-r.
Part of the effort is new leaflets -- quoting the founding fathers...
And then, George Allen.
((DOUGLAS JEFFREYS/VA. CITIZEN'S MILITIA: AND WE FELT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO
SORT OF UPDATE THAT AND HAVE SOMEONE FROM A SORT OF MORE CURRENT POLITICAL
STANDING TO INCLUDE A STATEMENT FROM THEM ALSO.))
Allen's quote blasts our own federal government as "a government that has
defied, and that now ignores, virtually every constitutional limit fashioned by
Does Allen mind the militia borrowing it?
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WELL I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW. TWO CENTURIES AGO, THE
CHALLENGES, YA, YA, YA. WHAT IS THIS FROM? I don't know. Might be from your
inauguration. MIGHT BE. I DON'T KNOW. IT'S TRUE. IT'S A TRUE STATEMENT.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'M GONNA READ THROUGH THIS. AND I DON'T THINK THAT
PEOPLE SHOULD BE INSINUATING THAT EVERYBODY MUST HAVE A RIFLE AND A HUNDRED
ROUNDS. I THINK THAT'S UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL. BUT AS YOU WELL KNOW I DON'T
WANT TO DIMINISH ANYBODY'S RIGHTS.))
The militia says it's passed out over five thousand of the George Allen
leaflets so far.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
In Washington today, mourners have lined up in the rain to pay final
respects to Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.
They're waiting outside the Commerce Department headquarters, where Brown's
body has been brought for viewing.
The body will remain in the building's lobby until tomorrow's funeral.
Brown and 34 other people were killed Wednesday in a plane crash
In other news from the nation's capital, President Clinton has signed the
line item veto bill into law.
Mr. Clinton praised the bipartisan support for the bill.
The line-item veto will give presidents the power to cut specific items
from spending bills, without vetoing the entire bill.
It won't take effect until 19-97 to keep the issue out of the election
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next --
Faculty at a local all-male college vote in favor of going co-ed,
and for those who live in low- income housing, home may not be as safe as it
What Roanoke is doing about it.
music up full
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke officials, landlords and tenants are joining forces to make
low-income housing safe.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=This neighborhood
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :13
SUPER=01-Clarence Hall/Landlord; :29
SUPER=01-Paula Prince/Old Southwest Roanoke, Inc.; :42
SUPER=01-Bob Herbert/Roanoke City Manager; 1:01
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
(( This neighborhood isn't on the the most expensive side of town-- but
it's where many call home.
Fire file shot 96-32
And ever since a fatal house fire on Stewart Avenue-- the issue of
property safety has been brought to the forefront.
Nearly a hundred people showed up at the latest workshop on Roanoke's
rental inspection program.
The biggest change in the plan-- a requirement that rental property be
inspected every two years.
Among the most common concerns of landlords-- inspection fees and tenant
SOT tape 1 20:11:12
((CLARENCE HALL/LANDLORD: SOME THINGS ARE GOOD AND SOME THINGS ARE BAD. I
THINK THEY OUGHT TO PUT A LITTLE MORE RESPONSIBILITY ON THE TENANTS-- AND NOT
ALL ON THE LANDLORDS. ))
Meanwhile, some say the plan is fair to both sides.
SOT tape 1 20:18:30
((PAULA PRINCE/OLD SOUTHWEST ROANOKE, INC.: IT TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION THE
PROBLEMS THAT WE, IN OLD SOUTHWEST HAVE WITH OLD HOUSING STOCK-- BUT IT DOES
ALSO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE LANDLORDS DO HAVE CONCERNS-- AND THAT THEY'RE
VALID CONCERNS. ))
And while some say a rental inspection program is a long time coming--
SOT tape 2 20:23:09
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I THINK, IN TERMS OF HOW COMPLICATED THIS
IS AND HOW FAR WE HAVE HAD TO COME, THAT IT'S MOVED FORWARD IN A VERY TIMELY
WAY-- I'M VERY PLEASED. ))
SOT tape 2 20:40:09
THIS WORKSHOP ISN'T THE FINAL PHASE OF THE PROGRAM'S CONSTRUCTION.
AN ADMINISTRATIVE PUBLIC HEARING IS PLANNED FOR APRIL 23RD-- THEN LATER ON
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS WILL GO ON TO THE ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL.
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7.
TAPE# edit of vmi-follow 89-97
The Hampden-Sydney College faculty has voted in favor of admitting women to
the all-male school.
The vote is NOT binding on the school's board of trustees.
SUPER=03-Prince Edward Co./File;
Going co-ed is one of the options being considered to cope with a shrinking
pool of applicants and rising costs.
Hampden-Sydney is one of the last two all-male, non-military colleges in the
A Danville school scores high among the best elementary schools in the
Teresa Hamilton has that story.
SUPER=01-Mattie Travis/Parent Volunteer; :16
SUPER=01-Pat Bolt/Teacher; :34 (quick)
SUPER=01-Emily Beard/Principal; 1:04
OUT Q=Hamilton, News7.
(( There's a lot to brag about these days at Glenwood Elementary.
Many of the school's students come from low income or single parent
But better test scores and parent involvement have become common place.
Mattie Travis is a parent volunteer with twin daughters.
((MATTIE TRAVIS/PARENT VOLUNTEER:MONEY CAN'T BUY LOVE AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE
GETTING HERE AND I FEEL LIKE THEY'RE GETTING THE BEST EDUCATION. ))
OUT Q=the best education.
One reason for the school's success is the use of what called a Multi-age
The teaching method combines two grade levels into one.
Pat Bolt teaches first and second grade.
IN Q=I think of t's like
((PAT BOLT/TEACHER: I THINK OF IT AS THAT WE'RE A FAMILY, WE CALL OURSELVES THE
BOLT BUNCH. ))
OUT Q=bolt bunch.
Bolt also credits her success to the fact she teaches each child for two
In other words, when a student enters her classroom for first grade, they'll
be back the following year.
Individuals desks are tossed aside in favor of a group like atmosphere where
the children work on an array of projects.
She says this prompts their imaginations-- there's also more time for
((EMILY BEARD/PRINCIPAL:WE'RE VERY PLEASED WITH THE LEARNING THAT'S TAKING
PLACE IN THE CLASSROOM, AS A RESULT OF MULTI-AGE AND OTHER PROGRAMS.))
OUT Q=other programs.
Last year the school was honored by Redbook magazine as one of the best
elementary schools in the nation.
But Pat Bolt and others don't need an honor to realize what they already
know in their heart. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
When News 7 returns, which automotive company is driving into a major
sexual harrassment suit,
and rapping for Jesus.
Why there's so much talk about the christian music group D-C Talk.
IN Q=music full
OUT Q=music out
GRAPHIC= DC Talk #4345;
D-C Talk, one of the hottest groups in contemporary Christian music, has
made its way from Central Virginia to a place on the Billboard charts.
This weekend the trio made a trip back home to Liberty University.
SUPER=04-"Jesus Freak"-DC Talk; :00
SUPER=07-Michael Tate; :55-58 (Quick)
SUPER=07-Toby McKeehan; 1:18
SUPER=07-Kevin Smith; 1:46
OUT Q=musical missionaries;
DC TALK took the Christian music industry by storm when it arrived on the
scene in the late 80's.
Since then the group has garnered a platinum album, a grammy, two gold
records, a gold video and is now on a 60 city tour promoting its 4th release
And it all started here, at Liberty University.
WELCOME TO THE FREAK SHOW AND IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK AT A PLACE WE ALL KNOW
TOO WELL, SPEAKING FOR TOBY, KEVIN AND MYSELF.
(wide shot from bleachers)
This weekend the former L-U students returned to campus, performing to a
sold out Vines Center.
(NATS UP 5 seconds)(Help)
TOBY MCKEEHAN:I THINK LIBERTY HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR ALL OF US BECAUSE THIS
IS WHERE WE MET.
MICHAEL TATE:IT'S WEIRD, WHEN YOU DRIVE ON CAMPUS I SAW LIBERTY WELCOMES DC
TALK, (BUTT BITE COVER WITH SIGN)
ANYWHERE ELSE IT WOULD BE CORNY, BUT HERE'S IT WE ARE ITS OUR HOME, WE STARTED
D-C Talk's sound can best be described as eclectic, a blend of hip hop rap,
rock, and soul.
It's contemporary christian music that easily transcends into the
mainstream,-- the difference the band says lies in the Lyrics.
TOBY MCKEEHAN: WE FEEL RESPONSIBLE WHEN WE WRITE OUR LYRICS, THERE'S A
RESPONSIBILITY IN OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES AND IN OUR SOCIAL STANCE.
(NATS OF COLORED PEOPLE 12:35-41 or 12:39-52)
With songs like "Colored people" D-C Talk is also using the stage to spread a
message of racial unity, an idea the band has been committed to since its
KEVIN SMITH: YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING OR
A MALCOLM X, IT'S BEEN ONE BLACK MAN SPEAKING ABOUT INTERRACIAL HARMONY, YOU'VE
NEVER SEEN A WHITE MAN AND A BLACK MAN SPEAK TOGETHER ON THAT PLATFORM.
(more nats 5 seconds ) (SONG DC TALK-11;57:33)
And while D-C Talk's sound continues to evolve to different levels, band
members say their reason for existence remains the same: to be musical
SS=DC TALK #4345
"Jesus Freak" debuted late last year with the biggest first-week sales ever
for a Christian album, 85-thousand.
The government plans to file a massive sexual harrassment suit today against
Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America.
The suit alleges the company violated the rights of hundreds of female
The company is already being sued by some 30 female workers who say male
workers demanded sexual favors from female workers and retaliated against those
Virginia has a sunny employment picture in spite of the unseasonably cool
The latest figures from the Virginia Employment Commission say that in
February unemployment in our area was around the three percent level.
Statewide, it was a little over four percent...a six year low for the month
Virginia's jobless rate was well below the national rate of six percent.
The lowest rates in the state were reported in the Charlottesville area and
Fairfax City, which were at or below two percent.
Higher rates may be in store for folks who ride the bus in Lynchburg, thanks
to federal funding cuts.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=For the Greater
SUPER=10-Scott Lansing/Former GLTC Director/April 26, 1995; :05
SUPER=01-Michael Carroll/GLTC Director; :27
SUPER=01-Mike Rosser/Bus Rider; :54
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( For the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, it is deja vu all over again.
SOT Edit #196 00:53:52
IN Q=Because I think
((SCOTT LANSING/FORMER GLTC DIRECTOR: BECAUSE I THINK THAT THIS TREND IS GOING
TO CONTINUE WITH FEDERAL MONEY AND WE'RE GOING TO BE FACED WITH A SIMILAR
SITUATION NEXT YEAR.))
OUT Q=next year.
That was 1995 when the GLTC was staring at a 200- thousand dollar reduction
in its federal funding.
Twelve months later Scott Lansing's prediction has come true, and new
director Mike Carroll has to make up for a 170- thousand dollar cut.
IN Q=There seems to
((MICHAEL CARROLL/GLTC DIRECTOR: THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF CONCERN ON CAPITOL
HILL THAT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION REALLY ISN'T DESERVING OF FEDERAL SUPPORT. NOW
OF COURSE WE DISAGREE WITH THAT, BUT THAT SEEMS TO BE THE TENOR RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=tenor right now.
With a 12 percent hole in its budget, the GLTC has come up with some ideas
to balance its books.
Among them would be to eliminate all together service on Sundays and
holidays and to the Sandusky area of the city... and of course, to raise fares
IN Q=I really think
((MIKE ROSSER/BUS RIDER: I REALLY THINK THEY OUGHT NOT GO UP ON THE FARES. I
THINK THEY OUGHT TO KEEP IT THE SAME, THE WAY IT IS NOW, BECAUSE A LOT OF
PEOPLE MIGHT CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY MORE ON THE BUS FARE.))
OUT Q=the bus fare.
IN Q=Mike Carroll says
((Mike Carroll says he understands paying more for less services won't sit well
with many riders, but he adds those proposals are not set in stone. Residents
will get a chance to air their views during two public meetings, the first of
which gets underway Tuesday night. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
There's been a shooting at Lewis Gale hospital in Salem.
The incident was reported just before noon.
We have no word at this point on how how many people were injured, or the
extent of any injuries.
Hospital officials are telling reporters on the scene that the incident has
been resolved, that police are investigating, and that the hospital is secure.
We'll have a complete report tonight on News-7.
Stocks are narrowly mixed as the market steadies itself after yesterday's
At noon the Dow was DOWN 16 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next --
Highlights of the Salem Avalanche's season home opener,
and the Boston Marathon gets the U.S. Postal Service's stamp of approval.
MUSIC UP FULL
A cold rainy night at Salem Memorial Stadium did not dampen the spirits of
It won its season home opener last night and Steve Mason has the story.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Jason Anderson/Radford University Pitcher; :09
SUPER=01-Hume Powers/"Wet" Fan; :16
SUPER=01-Kim Gartner/Bud Light Girl; :37
SUPER=01-Sam Giles/"In Hot Water"; :42
SUPER=01-Brian Culp/Salem Designated Hitter; 1:15
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; 1:32
SUPER=@Steve2; 1:38 (QUICK!)
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
The Boston Marathon turns 100 next week.
And in honor of the premier sports event, the U-S Postal Service this week
unveils a new commemorative stamp.
The stamp goes on sale in Boston on Thursday, the rest of the country will
have to wait until Friday.
An estimated 38-thousand runners have registered for this year's centennial
race, and organizers expect one and a half million spectators on the sidelines.
As we reported earlier in the newscast -- there was a shooting just before
noon at Lewis Gale hospital in Salem.
No word on injuries.
Hospital officials say the incident has been resolved and the hospital is
We'll have more information tonight on News-7 at five and six.