Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
One of Lynchburg's largest employers may be up for sale.
Published reports indicate First Colony Life Insurance may be bought by
and an autopsy is being performed on the body of a Pittsylvania County man
found yesterday after his family reported him missing.
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Don't go away News 7 at Noon is next.
A man was found dead yesterday afternoon on a farm road in Pittsvylvania
The sheriff's office says the body of 40-year-old Jesse Leroy Davis was
discovered in the Mount
Cross Road/Whitemell section of the county, soon after his family reported him
Davis had last been seen in Danville on Friday.
Authorities do NOT know the cause of death; the medical examiner in Roanoke
is doing an autopsy today.
One of Lynchburg's largest employers may be on the selling block.
First Colony Life Insurance confirms it's considering a buyout offer.
Industry analysts tell the Wall Street Journal that General Electric's G- E
Capital unit may be the suitor.
G- E Capital won't comment.
First Colony was spun off by its parent company, the Ethyl Corporation,
several years ago.
At last count First Colony had roughly 800 employees in Lynchburg.
A U-S Navy A-6-E Intruder was accidentally shot down by a Japanese destroyer
during joint naval exercises about 16- hundred miles west of Hawaii. Japan is
apologizing for the incident, which happened yesterday afternoon.
The A-6-E's home ship is the U-S-S Independence.
The plane was towing a target at the time of the accident.
Both U-S crew members ejected safely, were rescued and are in good
The military has not yet released their names.
The military exercises began May 22nd.
Europe's Ariane-5 rocket exploded about 30 seconds into its maiden flight
AFTER blasting off from the European Space Agency launch center.
Space officials say the rocket,
carrying FOUR identical scientific satellites, BLEW UP at an altitude of
No one was injured in the explosion.
Officials say this is a major setback for western Europe's bid to conquer a
dominant share of the world commercial satellite launch market.
The outgoing and incoming Prime Ministers of Israel met today for
the FIRST time since last week's election.
It's the FIRST step toward laying the ground work for Israel's NEW
government...and a LIKELY change in Middle East politics.
Jesse Schulman reports.
IN Q=The changing of the
SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel; :00
SUPER=03-Cairo, Egypt; :34
SUPER=03-London, England; :49
SUPER=01-Yassir Arafat/Palestinian President; 1:05
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:13
OUT Q=Jesse Schulman, CBS News, Tel Aviv.
The changing of the guard begins... Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu
met today with the man he defeated in last week's elections, Shimon Peres, to
discuss the details of handing over power. Netanyahu is hoping to be at his
new desk and at work before the end of the month.
(Netanyahu recent - meets supporters - WTN video)
The incoming Prime Minister has been conferring with his political allies
about the shape of the government to come... His main preoccupation right now
is with appointing a cabinet... Its make-up will contain the first clues as to
his intentions once he's in power.
(Super: Cairo, Egypt)
(Assad and Mubarak yesterday meet - WTN video)
Arab leaders are anxious to know whether he intends to stick his
uncompromising election rhetoric... Meeting in Cairo, Syria's President Assad
and Egypt's President Mubarak said they would wait and see. But they
concluded, the signs don't look good.
(Arafat activities in London yesterday - BBC video)
Almost everything is worrying for the Palestinians right now. On a visit to
Britain, Yassir Arafat has been determinedly upbeat... Repeating that he
signed a deal with Israel, not with a particular leader. But he knows he'll
need help, if the peace process is to be kept from unravelling.
SOT/Yassir Arafat, Palestinian President): The whole of the international
community must push and we are in need of their push and their help.
OC: The first big test is likely to be Hebron, on the West Bank. Peres
committed Israel to a partial pullback there. If Netanyahu doesn't go ahead
with it, the Palestinians will be up in arms. If he does, his supporters will
JS CBS news Tel Aviv
Soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole will be in the Richmond
Dole will join Senator John Warner and Governor George Allen at a home
Dole is using the setting to argue that Clinton administration policies are
causing Americans to pay millions MORE in "stealth taxes" because of HIGHER
interest rates and stagnant wages.
Police say the deaths of TWO women found in the Shenandoah National Park are
being treated as homicides.
24-year-old Julianne Williams and 26-year-old Lollie Winans are described as
experienced hikers who were WELL acquainted with the outdoors.
They met last summer as interns for Woodswomen, a Minnesota-based adventure
travel organization for women.
Their bodies were found Saturday at the northern end of the park near the
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Still to come on News 7,
A NEW twist in Christy Brzonkala's rape case -- and it's brought on by HER
and the issue of a Rush Limbaugh book in a Bedford County School has made it to
We'll tell you the outcome.
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The lawyer for a woman who contends she was raped by TWO Virginia Tech
football players has asked that a THIRD player be DISMISSED from a lawsuit
against the other players.
Attorney Eileen Wagner said she's learned Cornell Brown could NOT have
witnessed the alleged attack.
Christy Brzonkala alleges she was raped in September 19-94, then subjected
to sex discrimination during campus disciplinary hearings.
James Crawford was cleared in the hearings and Tony Morrison was suspended,
but then allowed to return to school.
No criminal charges were filed.
A man suspected of making obscene phone calls to young girls is now facing
NINE more felony charges.
A Roanoke grand jury indicted Michael Obremski yesterday on FOUR counts of
taking indecent liberties with a minor, and FIVE counts of making abduction
All of the NEW charges involve calls to girls, from January of 19-94 to
December of last year.
Obremski was arrested last month on a misdemeanor charge in Roanoke County.
Authorities believe he is the SAME man who was seen stalking school children
in the Raleigh Court neighborhood.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in VA
A Christiansburg woman, a Smyth County woman, and a Winchester woman believe
ONE part of Virginia's 19-95 welfare reform is UN-constitutional.
That's the part that requires they identify the fathers of their children,
so the state can FORCE deadbeat dads to pay up.
The three women say they don't know the idenities of their children's
fathers--and they're suing because the state plans to cut off the money they
IN Q=This is a good
((MARTIN BROWN/VA. SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT.: THIS IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT
HELPS PEOPLE. FOR 30 YEARS OR 40 YEARS WELFARE HAS CAUGHT WOMEN IN A CYCLE OF
DEPENDENCY. IT'S CAUGHT CHILDREN IN A CYCLE OF POVERTY. AND WHAT THIS DOES IS
IT PUTS THEM ON NOTICE THAT NO LONGER WILL THEY RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FOR AN
UNCONDITIONAL PERIOD FOR UNCONDITIONAL BENEFITS.))
SUPER=01-Martin Brown/Va. Social Services Dept.;
The Virginia Poverty Law Center says the state is violating FEDERAL
The Center says those rules allow mothers who can NOT identify fathers to
attest to a LACK of information, under penalty of perjury.
A federal judge says a nine- year- old Bedford County boy canNOT take his
Rush Limbaugh book back to school this year.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=The flap started
SUPER=01-Tom Gardner/Father; :26
SUPER=01-John Fishwick/Gardner's Attorney; :49
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( The flap started two weeks ago when Jason Gardner's copy of this Rush
Limbaugh book was taken from him during a "recreational reading" time in his
Jason's teacher Robert Bays says when he saw the word "condom" at the head
of Chapter 12, he didn't feel that was appropriate material for a fourth-
grader to be reading.
Jason's father Tom disagreed, and he filed suit to get the book back in
Jason's hands and back in the classroom.
IN Q=I'm very worried
((TOM GARDNER/FATHER: I'M VERY WORRIED ABOUT RIGHTS BEING TAKEN AWAY AN INCH AT
A TIME, AND I FEEL LIKE IF THERE IS A VIOLATION, IT SHOULD BE BROUGHT UP AND
STOPPED AT THAT POINT.))
OUT Q=at that point.
But Judge James C. Turk agreed with educators who felt the Limbaugh book was
above Jason's reading level.
Turk refused to allow Jason to bring the book to class during this final
week of school, but left open what will happen next year.
IN Q=Tom Gardner
((JOHN FISHWICK/GARDNER'S ATTORNEY: TOM GARDNER HAD GIVEN PERMISSION TO JASON
TO READ THIS BOOK AND WE THINK THAT'S AN ISSUE WE'LL PURSUE AT TRIAL, THE JUDGE
SAID THE NEXT THREE DAYS HE WON'T BE ALLOWED TO REVIEW THAT BOOK.))
OUT Q=review that book.
IN Q=Lawyers say
((Lawyers say what's at stake is a child's constitutional right to read what
they want in class, and a parent's right to help them choose it. The case will
move forward in the federal court system, as Gardner and his son, with the
support of Limbaugh himself, continue their fight. Steve Smallshaw, News7,
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
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When News 7 at Noon returns,
A Virginia politician helps keep part of Amherst County beautiful,
and the START of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta is FAST approaching.
We'll tell you WHAT measures are being taken to keep the games SAFE.
Security is a BIG issue in Atlanta with the '96 Summer Olympics just over a
By order of the Vice President, hundreds of ATF agents will be part of the
security force, many coming from Dallas.
There has been NO evidence of threats to the summer games so far, but a pipe
bomb manufacturing facility was recently found in Atlanta.
Dallas agents will specialize in locating bombs.
IN Q=We haven't had
((TOMMY WITTMAN/ATF SPECIAL AGENT: WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY THING TO THIS POINT, BUT
WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO GET
CAUGHT IN A SITUATION WHERE SOMETHING HAPPENS AND WE'RE NOT ABLE TO RESPOND TO
SUPER=01-Tommy Wittman/ATF Special Agent;
OUT Q= respond to it.
Wittman says during the Olympics, there will be 200 A-T-F agents in the
different arenas...about 3O from the Dallas office will be devoted to hunting
for guns, and fake and real bombs.
A scenic area in Amherst County now has the LAW on its side.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte has dedicated a part of the George Washington
National Park as the Mount Pleasant Scenic area.
The Congressman said he proposed legislation to maintain trails in the area
and protect the site's natural beauty.
There are ONLY SEVEN other such areas in the country.
IN Q=This was a
((BOB GOODLATTE/CONGRESSMAN 6TH DISTRICT: THIS WAS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR AMHERST
COUNTY AND A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS WHO FELT THAT THIS VERY
BEAUTIFUL SCENIC AREA WAS NOT BEING PROTECTED UNDER THE PREVIOUS LAW.))
OUT Q=the previous law
Because it's a designated SCENIC area, NO commercial development or timber
sales will be allowed.
Environmentalists also want to protect a reservoir in the park that provides
drinking water for the city of Lynchburg.
Chrysler is disputing a major recall of its vehicles.
The government says this afternoon it has ordered a recall of 91-thousand,
1995 Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus models.
Officials say the cars' seat belt anchors aren't strong enough.
The company says it won't comply
voluntarily, so the government is going to court.
Campbell County officials have decided on a company to provide the county's
NEW radio equipment, but the decision was NOT without controversy.
The Elecom company of Madison Heights won the original contract with a 450-
thousand dollar bid last month, beating out the Ericsson Corporation.
But the supervisors agreed then to let Ericsson submit another bid.
Last night, an emergency communications committee again recommended Elecom
be given the contract, but the board voted 6 to 1 in favor of Ericsson.
IN Q=This is a
((TOM BARKSDALE/ERICSSON: THIS IS A HOMETOWN, THIS IS ECONOMY, THESE DOLLARS
WILL STAY IN CAMPBELL COUNTY AND THE CENTRAL VIRGINIA REGION, AND IF ANYTHING
CATASTROPHIC EVER HAPPENS, WE ARE TEN MILES AWAY AND WE CAN CALL OUT THE TROOPS
TO DO WHATEVER'S NECESSARY TO RE- ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS
SYSTEM HERE IN CAMPBELL COUNTY.))
((MACK BURKHOLDER/ELECOM: I GUESS THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE DOING WHAT'S IN THEIR
BEST INTERESTS BUT YOU WANT TO LOOK AT ALL THE THINGS THAT HAVE GONE DOWN, IT
HAS BEEN HIGHLY UNETHICAL. I'M LEAVING HERE WITH MY INTEGRITY TONIGHT, THERE'S
A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE THAT WON'T.))
SUPER=01-Tom Barksdale/Ericsson; :00
SUPER=01-Mack Burkholder/Elecom; :23
OUT Q=here that won't.
Elecom is a local dealer for the Motorola Company, Ericsson's biggest
competitor in the communications market.
Stocks are gaining ground in quiet trading today.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
UP just over 34 and half points.
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Stick around - Patrick has sports next, including an outstanding
basketball player accused of accepting gifts while in college,
and we'll talk to another famous basketball player who made a stop right here
at Channel 7.
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A published report says college basketball player- of- the- year Marcus
Camby accepted money and gifts while at the University of Massachusetts.
SUPER=03-Hartford, CT/File Tape
The "The Hartford Courant" says Camby told the paper, quote "the
opportunity was there and I took it."
Camby's agent denies the report, but "The Courant" is standing by the
Salem Avalanche got off to a smooth start last night in a game that was
rocky the rest of the way.
The Avalanche played Wilmington Blue Rocks - they scored the games' first
run, but that was about it as the Rocks crushed Salem 11 to 2 at Salem Memorial
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
Avalanche manager Bill McGuire put Mike Vavrek on the mound only to watch
one of his aces get rocked.
In the bottom of the second, Salem gets one run off of Blake Barthol's 2
out triple to center that SUPER=34-Wilmington/=11/Salem/==2;
just gets over the center fielder's glove.
Chad Gambill scoots home.
But that's all Salem could muster, as Wilmington rocks Salem 11-2.
George Lynch's Basketball camp is coming up later this month.
But for now, the Laker star is concentrating on keeping his career on track.
Lynch was in town this weekend and talked to Mike Stevens about that, and a
number of other things.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
SUPER=01-George Lynch/L.A. Lakers Forward; :25
SUPER=03-Vinton/Last Summer; 1:21
OUT Q=News 7 Sports.
(( In George's three years in the NBA, he's played under four different
coaches, changed jersey numbers and changed lockers. The latter move was made
to accommodate the return of Magic Johnson, whom George says did more harm than
good in the long run.
((GEORGE LYNCH/L.A. LAKERS FORWARD:))
With Magic out of the picture, George says the Lakers have assured him that
he will not be traded. But he desperately wants more playing time next season,
and to increase the likelihood of that he's on a strict daily workout schedule
summer in Northern Virginia.
George regrets not being able to spend more time in the Roanoke Valley during
the offseason, but when he's in town for his week long camp, you can rest
assured he'll be in town and on the court fulltime.))
Mike Steves, News 7 Sports.))