Just ahead on News 7 at Noon --
A life or death hearing for the Oklahoma City bombing suspects,
and the clock ticks away on a government offer to the Freemen.
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Don't go away, the News is next.
It's a matter of life or death at a hearing today for the Oklahoma City
SUPER=03-Denver, CO ;
The attorneys for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols will try to kill the
government's plans to seek the death penalty.
They will argue that the 19-94 federal law that would allow them to be
executed is unconstitutional because it lacks adequate appeals procedures.
They also say Attorney General Janet Reno broke her own department's rules
by declaring she would seek the death penalty even before anyone was arrested.
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City/April 19, 1995;
Prosecutors say anyone convicted of the bombing should be executed.
One hundred and sixty eight died in the blast.
There could be a break in the Montana standoff between members of the
anti-government Freemen and federal agents.
Conservative activist James "Bo" Gritz returned to the Freemen compound this
He expects the Freemen to come out, as the clock ends on what Gritz says is
a one-day offer from the government.
Tim Ryan has details from Jordan, Montana.
SUPER=01-Bo Gritz/Conservative Activist; :20
SUPER=01-Tim Ryan/Reporting; 1:18
OUT Q=CBS News, Jordan, Montana;
Australia paid its respects today to the thirty-five people killed in the
weekend massacre in Tasmania.
A minute of silence was observed and flags were lowered at half staff
throughout the country.
In the Tasmanian capital of Hobart, 35 candles -- one for each of the dead --
were placed at the foot of a simple wooden crucifix during a state memorial
service broadcast live on national television.
In Britian, the government today began its destruction of thousands of
British cows in an effort to eradicate Mad Cow disease.
Dairy cattle over 30 months old will be incinerated.
The government's plan will cost an estimated 750- million dollars.
Meantime, it could take up to a year for the European Union to completely
lift its worldwide ban on British beef.
Many farmers are losing money because they must pay to feed cattle they
There are now three candidates vying for the G-O-P nomination to challenge
ninth district congressman Rick Boucher.
Montgomery County republican party vice- chairman Thomas DeBusk announced
his candidacy this morning.
DeBusk holds two masters degrees in theology and currently holds a
temporary data systems position in Virginia Tech's special events office.
He was campaign manager for Steve Fast, whom Boucher defeated two years ago.
DeBusk says he's been networking throughout Southwest Virginia to get HIS
name out before the voters.
((TOM DEBUSK/(R) CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: I'M EXPECTING TO PUT TOGETHER A
GRASS-ROOTS EFFORT THAT'S GONNA GO OUT THERE AND TALK TO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS,
TELL THEM ABOUT AN EXCITING CHANGE THAT'S COMING. ))
SUPER=01-Tom DeBusk/(R) Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=change that's coming.
Patrick Muldoon of Giles County and former delegate Barnes Kidd of Tazewell
are also seeking the G-O-P nomination.
In the Roanoke mayoral race --
Incumbent David Bowers and the man who wants to take his place went at it
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Just a handful
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Pat Green/(R) Roanoke Mayoral Candidate; :37
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
(( Just a handful of citizens, along with a couple of city council
candidates made up the studio audience for the Mayoral debate.
But questions for the candidates came from the moderator-- and especially,
the phone lines.
One question was regarding the real estate tax rate-- which the Democratic
incumbent says he wants to see lowered.
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((DAVID BOWERS/D- ROANOKE MAYOR: LET ME SAY THAT IN THE FOUR YEARS I'VE SERVED
AS MAYOR, WE'VE CONTINUED TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET. THIS YEAR, THE CITY
MANAGER DID NOT PROPOSE A TAX REDUCTION-- BUT I'M STILL LOOKING AT IT-- I'M
STILL LOOKING FOR IT. ))
Meanwhile, his Republican challenger, Pat Green says adjustments need to
be made in the current rate.
SOT tape 1 8:01:01
((PAT GREEN/R- CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE MAYOR: WHAT HOPEFULLY YOU'LL SEE IS THAT
THE CITY OF ROANOKE AND THE APPRAISAL DEPARTMENT WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THEY
CANNOT CONTINUE TO RAISE THE RATE OF TAXES-- THE RATE OF THE PROPERTY VALUE--
AS THEY'VE DONE IN THE PAST. ))
About the only verbal sparring during the debate was over the city's
rental inspection program-- which Green says was timed for political gain.
SOT tape 1 7:41:57
((GREEN: WHY DID THEY WAIT SO LONG TO DO IT? BOWERS: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY
THAT? MODERATOR: LET HIM FINISH. GO AHEAD. GREEN: WHY DIDN'T WE HAVE IT
YEARS AGO? WHY IS IT NOW, RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION, ALL OF A SUDDEN COMING
But Bowers says the plan had long been in the works-
((BOWERS: ON THE DOCKET, ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL, JUST ABOUT A YEAR AGO, IT WAS
IN THE SUMMERTIME AND RIGHT AWAY, ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL DIRECTED THE CITY
MANAGER TO GO FORWARD WITH THAT PROGRAM. ))
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AT ONE POINT, THE DEBATE ALSO TURNED TO THE TOPIC OF POLITICS ITSELF-- WHEN
BOTH CANDIDATES AGREED ON THE NEED FOR POSITIVE CAMPAIGNING.
WE'LL SEE IF THEY MAINTAIN THAT BELIEF WHEN ELECTION DAY ROLLS AROUND NEXT
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.
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Authorities charge a Halifax County teacher with possessing crack cocaine,
and testimony reveals a Henry County mother accused of child neglect already
had many of her children taken away by social workers.
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A Henry County grand jury yesterday found enough evidence to send
32-year-old Vivian Thomas to trial on a felony child neglect charge.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./February 28;
Prosecutors say Thomas had left her children alone at least 30- minutes
before her house caught fire in February.
The blaze killed her six-month old daughter and seriously injured her two
other young children.
Authorities say heat from an oven ignited a jug of kerosene nearby.
Thomas' brother testified his sister has given birth to eleven children, and
that seven of her children had already been taken away by social workers.
If convicted Thomas could spend 10- years in prison.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Cocaine
A Halifax County elementary teacher and a school janitor found themselves in
the middle of a drug bust this week.
The teacher, 37-year old Dorothy Ferrell was arrested Monday night at a
county park, along with the janitor, 40-year old Jerry Rags-dale.
Deputies answering a disturbance call say they spotted Ferrell, Ragsdale and
a third person in a car, along with some crack and pipes used to smoke it.
No word on how much cocaine the deputies found.
School superintendent Kenneth Walker was unavailable for comment.
There was a dramatic class lesson today for students at Roanoke Northside
High School students.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross staged a Mock Alcohol
Related car accident.
It's a week before prom night and the purpose of the program is to get
students thinking about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Students were talkative as the event began but then the message began to
IN Q=it's always been
((AILEE STEELE/STUDENT: IT'S ALWAYS BEEN IT CAN'T HAPPEN TO ME THEN YOU SEE IT
HAPPEN TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW AND IT JUST MAKES YOU THINK.))
((DANIEL BEASON/STUDENT: I THINK THEY'LL REMEMBER THIS AND IF IT SAVES A FEW
LIVES IT WAS ALL WORTH IT.))
SUPER=01-Ailee Steele/Student; :00
SUPER=01-Daniel Beason/Actor; :09
OUT Q=all worth it.
Since 1988, there have been NO prom night drinking and driving arrests or
accidents at Roanoke schools participating in the program.
Traffic on Route 29 in Lynchburg ground to a halt this morning after a
tractor trailer hauling wood chips tipped over in the southbound lanes.
The wreck occurred near the Candlers Mountain Road exit around four a-m.
Police say the driver of this tractor trailer was traveling too fast as he
merged onto Route 29, and his vehicle flipped over.
City crews were called in to remove several tons of wood chips which spilled
over both southbound lanes.
The road was completely re- opened around nine.
The truck driver will face reckless driving charges.
Two homes that stood in the way of a construction project in Old Southwest
are on the move today.
The Episcopal Church had planned to demolish the buildings to make way for
the expansion of its headquarters on First Street.
But opposition in the neighborhood and an offer from a local construction
company paved the way for the homes' relocation.
IN Q=We have to give a lot of credit
((MAX MATTHEWS/OLD SOUTHWEST BOARD MEMBER: WE HAVE TO GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO
PARSELL AND ZEIGLER FOR STEPPING IN AND MAKING THIS A WIN WIN SITUATION FOR THE
EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND OLD SOUTHWEST, SO MY HAT IS REALLY OFF TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Max Matthews/Old Southwest Board Member;
OUT Q=really off to them.
The episcopal church helped pay to move the homes.
Parsell and Zeigler Construction Company plans to renovate one of them for
its own offices. Plans for the second home are incomplete.
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Coming up on News 7 at Noon --
Virginia students are learning more about the law,
and how much would you pay for a picture of a restaurant?
We'll show you how high the bidding went at this auction when we come back.
Today is considered "Law Day" in the state of Virginia.
Some citizens and lawyers across the Commonwealth are celebrating the
benefits of law.
But it's also being celebrated in the classrooms.
The Roanoke County Police Department has started a new program that deals
with the issues of law and our youth.
Ron Jones is in our studio with an expert to explain the program.
ANCHOR=ron 2 shot
Thanks Melanie-- It's similar to the DARE program but it's main focus is law
and how it relates to young people.
And here to tell us about it is Officer Tom Kincaid of the Roanoke County
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SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police;
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A cheerful restaurant brought in ten- point- three million dollars in one
night in an auction at Christie's in New York.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Van Gogh's "INTERIOR OF A RESTAURANT," from 18-88 sold for 300-thousand
dollars more than the auction house predicted it would.
Christy's also sold works by Matisse, Monet and Picasso pulling in more
than 76- million dollars.
Buyers were anyonymous.
Today the Justice Department begins its investigation into the recent surge
in prices at the pump.
A five-member task force will determine if market conditions are responsible
for rising gas prices-- or if the petroleum industry has been gouging
Meantime, the higher prices will hit you in the wallet in more ways than
It won't just cost you more to drive your car, but the price of all kinds of
delivered goods may go up.
That's because the price of diesel fuel has also gone up.
IN Q=Diesel prices
((STEVE FALK/TRUCK DRIVER: DIESEL PRICES UP NORTH ARE A DOLLAR FIFTY A GALLON.
DOWN HERE THEY'RE REAL HIGH, STARTING TO GET HIGH, GONNA COST EVERYBODY
SUPER=01-Steve Falk/Truck Driver;
OUT Q=everybody money.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; (QUICK)
Meanwhile in Washington, a trade association representing U-S oil companies,
defended the recent fuel hikes, and welcomed any federal probe into alleged
SOT 1pm tape 14:09:00
IN Q=None of
((EDWARD MURPHY/AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE: NONE OF THEM HAVE EVER CONCLUDED
THAT THE GASOLINE PRICE CHANGES OR THE CRUDE OIL CHANGES ARE ANY OTHER THAN
NORMAL MARKET REACTION TO NORMAL FORCES. I'M FULLY CONFIDENT THAT ANY
INVESTIGATION RIGHT NOW IS GOING TO SHOW THE SAME THING.))
SUPER=01-Edward Murphy/American Petroleum Institute;
OUT Q=same thing.
Gasoline prices are at their highest since the Persian Gulf War.
They've jumped five cents in the past two weeks and 14 cents in the past
The average price nationwide was a dollar, thirty six cents a gallon as of
Stocks followed bonds higher after a new report suggested slower economic
growth, easing some fears about inflation.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was up ten points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
When we return --
The Charlotte Checkers are off to an early lead in the E-C-H-L Riley Cup
and the Tour Dupont is off, riding through the streets of Wilmington.
Patrick has sports next.
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After weeks and weeks of hype, the 1996 Tour Dupont begins today in
And for the first time in the history of the event, it will not begin with a
Prologue time trial.
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Instead the 12- hundred- and- 25 mile event begins with a 51- mile race
through the streets of Wilmington.
The sprint begins at five this afternoon and ends at 6:45 after the riders
have made 14 trips around the three point seven mile course.
The Tour Dupont will be in the Roanoke Valley on Sunday and Monday of next
The Charlotte Checkers have a two games to none lead on the Jacksonville
Lizard Kings in the E-C-H-L Riley Cup finals.
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The Checkers get to a fast start thanks to Dennis Maxwell who gets the early
tally for a one-to-nothing lead.
The Checkers also get great goal tending from Ken Shepherd, who makes the
save to stop the Lizard Kings again.
Kimbe Daniels gets the game winner for the Checkers as he breaks the
three-all tie and Charlotte wins game two five-to-three.
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ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
That's News 7 at NOON.
Have a good day.