Secretary of State Warren Christopher has little to show for his latest
Mideast shuttle diplomacy,
and blood screening at some of the nation's blood banks may not be as safe as
Showers this afternoon will linger into evening, but as the front moves
through, clearer but cooler weather will arrive. Stay tuned for all the
details from the News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher has hit a wall in his efforts to end
13 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.
On a trip back to Syria today President Hafez Assad refused to meet with
Meantime the attacks continue, even as Israel observes Memorial Day.
Jesse Schulman reports.
IN Q=**NAT SOUND**
SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel; :00
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State; 1:11 (SECOND TIME)
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=CBS News, Tel Aviv;
As sirens wailed, Israel paused today to remember its fallen soldiers, this
is Memorial Day.
No Israeli has died in the
current fighting... But at a military cemetery in Jerusalem... in
army camps on the firing line... in underground shelters along
the border with Lebanon, memories of past sacrifice sharpens
public will to see something salvaged from Operation Grapes of
Cease-fire talks are at the end-game stage, but it's not over
'til it's over... Israeli warplanes and artillery have continued
their attacks... the target, suspected guerilla positions... the
aim, keep up the pressure on the governments of Lebanon and Syria
- bombardment as bargaining chip.
It's a game two can play... Hezbollah guerillas are keeping their
rocket attacks coming. The numbers are small, but enough to
make their point.
Secretary of State Christopher's shuttle is in top gear... He's
trying to coax Israel's Prime Minister Peres and Syria's President Assad to
narrow their differences...a deal won't come today, officials say, but it's
WARREN CHRISTOPHER, SECRETARY OF STATE: WE'RE IN A VERY INTENSE PERIOD
NOW...I PERCEIVE A VERY SERIOUS EFFORT TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS WE'RE
There's a US plan on the table now, for a cease-fire plus.
What that plus is, is what the hard bargaining's about.
Peres wants to be able to claim some sort of victory.
Assad is trying to make sure he can't.
Jessee Schulman C-B-S News, Tel Aviv.))
A major fire has erupted near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine.
Officials say the fire has burned five villages, sending an unknown amount
of radioactive particles into the atmosphere.
Indications are that the particles could spread well beyond the
18-mile exclusionary zone around the plant.
The Chernobyl plant was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident, ten
years ago this week.
Today's blaze threatens to spread radioactive dust left from that explosion
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
The nation's second largest cigarette maker denies its advertising is
targeted at young people.
The latest denial follows an anti-smoking group's claim a 19-74 R-J Reynolds
memo proves the company is trying to influence the smoking habits of young
The memo suggested advertising was a "psychological support" youngsters
needed when selecting their first brand.
(( BILL NOVELLI, CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO FREE KIDS :"EIGHTY-FIVE PERCENT OF ALL
THE CHILDREN WHO SMOKE, SMOKE ONE OF
THE THREE MOST ADVERTISED BRANDS. THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE. THEY
SMOKE THOSE BRANDS BECAUSE THEY ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO ADVERTISING."
SUPER=01-Bill Novelli/Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids;
OUT Q=to advertising.
R-J Reynolds claims the memo supports the company's position that kids start
smoking due to peer pressure, not advertising.
A government study of one of the country's largest blood banks found
improper screening procedures allowed people who tested H-I-V positive to
C-B-S News reports an F-D-A investigation of Blood Systems Incorporated
uncovered more than 200 violations at company sites in eight cities.
The company says it's agreed to federal recommendations to improve the
safety of its blood supply.
Blood Systems operates in some locations under the name United
The Senate today is expected to approve its version of a health insurance
It allows workers to keep their health insurance, even if they change or
lose their jobs.
Differences with the House bill will have to be resolved before President
Clinton gets the measure.
Meantime, a A "New York Times" report says the Medicare hospital trust
fund is losing money faster than expected.
The paper says the fund has lost more than four BILLION dollars the first
half of the current fiscal year.
And it says the losses are growing.
Health care is the focus of a report in the Roanoke Valley.
Every five years the Council of Community Services sends out questionnaires
to the CLIENTS of human service agencies-- and the people who run those
The '95 assessment, much like the 19-90 report, finds that many clients in
the Roanoke Valley don't have access to basic medical and dental care.
IN Q=Health care
((KAREN MCCLELLAN/COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY SERVICES: HEALTH CARE WAS STILL SEEN AS
THE PRIMARY CONCERN BY THE CLIENTS AND TEEN PREGNANCY AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND
NEGLECT OF CHILDREN WERE SEEN AS MAJOR ISSUES BY THE PROVIDERS. ))
SUPER=01-Karen McClellan/Council of Community Services; :
OUT Q=by the providers.
The report also illustrates the need for more affordable child care, as
well as financial assistance to the elderly, for buying medications.
McClellan also notes that about one in four clients say they have
experienced a high degree of anxiety, stress, or depression in the last year--
pointing out the need for affordable counseling services.
The report is available at Roanoke Valley libraries.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
A search for a missing Henry County man continues today,
and Roanoke County police give their reaction to Sunday's deadly car chase.
WX ad lib
music up full
Roanoke County police are defending their actions in Sunday's high speed
chase that resulted in the death of a family.
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=What started out as
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday; :28
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News 7.
(( Roanoke County's police chief says his officers did the right thing when
they pursued 21-year-old Scott Carlton Allman.
((JOHN CEASE/ROANOKE CO. POLICE CHIEF: WE CAN FIND NOT A SINGLE PLACE WHERE THE
OFFICER DID NOT OBEY POLICY. IN FACT FROM SOME OF THE WITNESSES AND SOME OF
THE INTERSECTIONS HE ALMOST WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF THE POLICY.))
The 12 mile chase started in the 5000 block of Franklin Road and ended on
the corner of Williamson and Plantation Roads.
Sunday afternoon around 1:40 an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle with
tinted windows in a parking lot.
When the officer approached the car the chase was on.
They traveled on 220 to 581 North at speeds sometimes reaching as high as 90
miles per hour.
After numerous twists and turns the chase continued west on Plantation Road.
Moments before the fatal collision police say the officer called off the
pursuit but the suspect continued.
GRAPHIC OF MOVING CARS
Police say the suspect vehicle went through the intersection at Williamson
road and rammed a black Monte Carlo ejecting 36-year-old Lori Mason from the
She died in the street.
The driver of the Monte Carlo, 34-year-old Thomas Faucher was also killed.
And six- week- old Joleen Faucher was thrown from the car to the side of
road-- she died at the hospital.
TODAY'S COURT STUFF
The suspect, Scott Carlton Allman, was uninjured.
He was charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Allman's wife was also in the car with him.
She had to be cut out of the wreck and airlifted to a local hospital.
The chief says the incident has been hard on his department.
((FIRST THE FAMILY THAT SURVIVED THOSE WHO WERE KILLED. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY
AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM. AND WE FEEL VERY BADLY FOR THEM.))
The chief says their pursuit policy is a good one-- but they will review it
to see if changes need to be made.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
Divers resumed their search for a missing Henry County man today.
Police say 43 year old Danny McMillan of Collinsville hasn't been seen since
Yesterday authorities noticed McMillan's red Ford truck parked near the
A helicopter searched the area.
Divers were called in after a dog tracked McMillan's scent to the edge of
Authorities do NOT suspect foul play.
GRAPHIC=roanoke county seal
A group that opposed the Roanoke County bond issue is now setting its
sights on next year's board of supervisors elections.
This morning, The Concerned Citizens for Good Government released a
position paper that calls for cuts in county taxes and government spending.
And Don Terp said he hopes the county can come together with a plan that
will address school construction needs without taking on excessive debt.
IN Q=We're going to have to go back and look
((DON TERP/CITIZENS FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO BACK AND
LOOK AT OUR ASSETS. THEY WILL DETERMINE WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH WHAT THEY'VE GOT
TO DO IT WITH. AND THEY CAN'T GO BEYOND THAT, BECAUSE THE CITIZENS SAID NO THEY
CAN'T. IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH, BUT IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Citizens for Good Government;
OUT Q= it's not impossible.
Three seats on the Board of Supervisors will be up for election in November
Terp says his group plans to field a slate of candidates then.
The modified ward system is getting Roanoke's attention again.
Last night, city council hosted a sometimes heated public hearing on the
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=We can't be everything
SUPER=01-Rev. Vader Colbert/Modified Ward Supporter; :04 quick!
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :09
SUPER=01-Gary Waldo/Modified Ward Supporter; :22
SUPER=01-Dr. Anthony Stavola/Modified Ward Opponent; :42
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((REV. VADER COLBERT/MODIFIED WARD SUPPORTER: WE CAN'T BE EVERYTHING TO
EVERYBODY....SOMETHING TO SOMEBODY. ))
That was the sentiment of many who spoke before Roanoke City Council
regarding the current at- large electoral system.
Several citizens believe the much- debated modified ward system would make
council members more accountable to all districts-- not just their own.
((GARY WALDO/MODIFIED WARD SUPPORTER: I THINK IT'S PATRONLY FALSE...ELECTED
The lone opponent who spoke at the hearing says Roanoke faces more crucial
issues, like providing adequate housing-- and dividing the city into wards
would also divide the citizens. (/////SOT/////)
((DR. ANTHONY STAVOLA/MODIFIED WARD OPPONENT: I FEEL IT WILL DISTRACT AND
DIVIDE....PART OF OUR CITY. ))
Meanwhile, residents continued demanding council allow citizens to vote on
the issue-- but the city attorney explained there are many steps in the
Standup, second one please
Council ended up approving a motion to form a task force of neighborhood
organizations to come up with a plan for a modified ward system-- with the idea
that it will eventually be placed on the ballot as a referendum.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 continues,
The Governor hams it up on Q-V-C,
and if you've ever wanted to get a feel for what it's like to be the first
lady, have we got an auction for you.
George Allen has a new job -- advance man for the Commonwealth.
The governor is selling Virginia products on Q-V-C and as Ellen Qualls
reports, operators are standing by.
IN Q=Virginia's premier
SUPER=01-Larry Santor/V.W. Joyner Hams; :18
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Jamestown.
(( Virginia's premier pitchman was at it again.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: Y'ALL COME AND VISIT US. DAN HUGHES: WE'RE GONNA GO
OVER TO LISA. SHE'S GONNA SHOW US SOMETHING THAT IS AS TRADITIONAL AS VIRGINIA
CAN GET -- A SMITHFIELD HAM.))
Hams and ham products are just the tip of the iceberg this week on QVC.
NAT SOT 01:49:33 :04 pre-roll
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: JUST GREAT.))
((LARRY SANTOR/V.W. JOYNER HAMS: ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER, WE WERE ON FOR
TEN MINUTES AND SOLD ABOUT 16- HUNDRED OF THESE SPIRAL CUT HAMS. IT WAS
AMAZING IT WORKED OUT VERY VERY WELL.))
It's that type of response that brought the world's largest American map --
or so they claim -- to Jamestown.
It's crew will be popping up pictures from the Roanoke Farmer's Market on
The Allen family is part of the hard sell.
((How many of these do you expect to sell this week? WELL WE WOULD HOPE TO
SELL CLOSE TO A THOUSAND-500 OF THEM. I HOPE. At how much? I THINK THEY SAID
THEY'RE SELLING THEM FOR 19- DOLLARS.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: JUST FOR TOURISM PROMOTION, THE VALUE OF THIS BEING WORTH
EASILY A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ADVERTISING. AND SO THE INVESTMENT BY THE
STATE OF MAYBE 35 OR 40- THOUSAND DOLLARS, JUST THAT WAY, MAKES IT WORTHWHILE.
BUT THEN ON TOP OF IT ALL, THERE'S ALL THE SALES THAT SMALL BUSINESSES WILL
RECEIVE FOR IT.))
sot standup 02:25:15
((QVC SAYS IT REACHES 54 MILLION HOMES NATIONWIDE. IT'S PITCHING 98 VIRGINIA
PRODUCTS THIS WEEK, INCLUDING SPORTSWEAR FROM MARTINSVILLE, FURNITURE FROM
BASSETT AND O'SULLIVAN IN SOUTH BOSTON, AND THE HOMESTEAD COOKBOOK FROM HOT
SPRINGS ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, JAMESTOWN.))
And they're taking bids on Jackie-O's things today.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Sotheby's drops the gavel on what is being billed the auction of the century
-- the sale of the estate of the late Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Thousands of people from around the world are expected take part in the
Stocks are mostly higher with technology issues leading the way again.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP almost eleven points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around -
The Hornets head coach calls it quits,
meantime, the Roanoke Express chugs full steam ahead despite changes at the
MUSIC UP FULL
The Roanoke Express organization held a news conference this morning to
address several management issues.
Steve Mason joins us now from the Roanoke Civic Center where some of the
changes were announced today. Steve.
(steve ad lib)
(roll cue: "...his involvement in Biloxi was wrong.")
IN Q=the good thing
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER ))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager;
OUT Q=damage the Roanoke Express.
(steve ad lib/live interview)
SUPER=01-Joe Steffen/Express Vice President;
(steve ad lib)
double boxes Steve/Patrick
The Charlotte Hornets have also announced a shake-up at the top.
IN Q=Today we're making
((TODAY WE'RE MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ALLAN BRISTOW WILL NOT COACH NEXT
YEAR. WE'RE MAKING A CHANGE BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Bass/Charlotte Asst. Coach; :00
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :05
OUT Q=mututal agreement.
Head Coach Allan Bristow resigns after a year in which the Hornets had one
of the worst defenses in the N-B-A and a nine-game drop off from last year's
The team is now looking for a new head coach. Assistant Coach Bob Bass says
he isn't interested.
(******patrick toss to mel*******)
Coming up today on News 7 at FIVE's Health Check report--
A tour of the new Lewis Gale Breast Center-- the latest facility to offer
complete breast care all in one place.
The story, later today,-- along with all the latest news, sports and
That's News 7 at NOON.
Thank you for joining us.