Virginians go to the polls to choose the Republican nominee for U-S Senate.
Will it be Incumbent John Warner or his challenger Jim Miller?
Meantime, after more than three decades in Congress, today will be Bob
Dole's last day as Senator from Kansas.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Virginia voters are choosing the Republican Party's candidate for Senate
Economist Jim Miller is challenging
incumbent Senator John Warner for the spot on the November ballot.
Election officials report voting is light to moderate across the state.
Beth Myer has been out at several precincts this morning and is back in the
Beth, are many people in this area participating in the primary?
So far, five- percent of the registered voters in the city of Roanoke have
Roanoke County's numbers are running a little higher-- at almost six-
City officials say these numbers are comparable to turnout for the
Democratic Primary in 19-94.
IN Q=It's been steady
SUPER=01-Ray Swanson/Election Officer; :12
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :32
SUPER=01-Douglas Newman/Voter; :39
OUT Q=over the convention system.
(( It's been steady but slow at this city precinct. Election officers say
Fishburn Park usually has a high percentage of voters.
9 46 16 00 - 9 46 35 00
IN Q=We had roughly
((RAY SWANSON/ELECTION OFFICER: WE HAD ROUGHLY ONE THIRD OF THE DAY GONE AND
TEN PERCENT OF THE PRECINCT HAS TURNED OUT. ROUGHLY A LITTLE OVER 100 OUT OF
1200 VOTERS IN THIS PRECINCT. PROBABLY 30 PERCENT WOULD BE A GOOD FIGURE. ))
OUT Q=a good figure.
City election officials predict voter turnout throughout the city will be 18 to
20 percent today. County officials are predicting about 15 percent.
Some voters were happy that they could participate in a primary.
9 41 35 00 - 9 41 46 00
IN Q=I believe
((DOUGLAS NEWMAN/VOTER: I BELIEVE IT GIVES THE ADVANTAGE OF CITIZENS TO SAY
WHO THE CANDIDATE IS GOING TO BE. I THINK THAT'S TREMENDOUSLY IMPORTANT AND
HAS THAT ADVANTAGE OVER THE CONVENTION SYSTEM. ))
OUT Q=the convention system.
And of course, the primary is cheaper for the Republican party because
taxpayers pay for it.
(mel/question: How much is the primary costing taxpayers?)
Both the Roanoke city and county estimate it'll cost them 20-thousand dollars
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We'll also have live reports tonight on News 7 at Five, Six and Eleven.
Meantime, after thirty five years on Capitol Hill, "Senator" Bob Dole today
becomes "citizen" Dole.
The former majority leader officially steps down today to campaign full-time
for the presidency.
In Washington last night, colleagues and friends gave Dole a rousing
Sandra Hughes reports.
IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:44
OUT Q=CBS News Washington.
Bob Dole:.I LEAVE WITH THE SAME FEELING THAT DROVE ME
HERE..DUTY..MISSION..WE'RE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THAT MISSION.."
Earlier in the day...while 35 years of capitol hill memories were being
packed away...final photo's were taken...and long time staffers said goodbye:
BOB DOLE:WE GAVE IT OUR BEST SHOT..BECAUSE OF ALL OF US..WE
HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE AND THAT'S WHAT'S IMPORTANT...(BREAKS DOWN).."
While saying farewell to his congressional collegues.. dole said they all
had reason to be proud:
BOB DOLE: WANTED TO COME BY AND SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HELP
OVER THE YEARS..I REALLY BELIEVE WE'VE MADE A DIFFERENCE WE'VE KEPT OUR
PROMISES THAT'S ONE DIFFERENCE.."
And said its time to bridge the gap that might divide some within the
BOB DOLE:I HOPE I MADE A STEP IN THAT DIRECTION BY REACHING OUT
ON THE ABORTION ISSUE..I THINK WE'RE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.."
But that issue and where it is included in the republican platform
has divided dole from some..yesterday..he reopened the debate when he declared
there would be no negotiating the placement of a statement of tolerance in the
official republican plank:
BOB DOLE/CNN "INSIDE POLITICS": "..THIS IS MORAL ISSUE.. IT IS
NOT LIKE ALL THE OTHER THINGS IN THE PLATFORM. AND IT OUGHT BE TO BE RIGHT UP
THERE WHERE ALL PEOPLE CAN SEE IT.." But some from the religous right
wanted any such statement to appear
only in a preamble to the official party plank.. which could dilute its
impact.. now they hope to force dole to negotiate by bringing the battle all
the way to the August convention.
Sandra Hughes CBS News Washington.))
A military jury has convicted an army sargeant in last fall's sniper attack
at Fort Bragg.
SUPER=03-Fort Bragg, NC;
The jury today returned a guilty verdict against Sergeant William Kreutzer
(KROYT'zer) in the October shooting that killed one soldier and wounded 18
Kreutzer was convicted of premeditated murder and 18 counts of
The jury deliberated less than two hours. Kreutzer could face the death
penalty because the verdict was unanimous.
An autopsy is expected today on the body of the latest person to die in the
presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
A Detroit radio station quotes Kevorkian's attorney as saying that a
69-year-old New Jersey woman died of carbon monoxide poisoning overnight.
Jeffrey Feiger says she was partially paralyzed and had uterine cancer and
This marks the 29th death Kevorkian has attended since 19-90.
A Roanoke boy is dead after being struck by a car.
The accident happened last night in the 1600 block of 20th street.
Police say four-year-old Robert Thomas Blevins was apparently playing in the
street when he was hit by a car driven by a Roanoke woman whose name has not
No charges have been filed and police are still investigating.
Traffic safety is a big concern in Franklin County.
Some residents they are concerned with recent tanker wrecks at the
intersection of Route 220 and 605, so they are taking their case to state
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=It's sharp-- and
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :20
SUPER=01-Janet McCloud/Henry Resident; :25
SUPER=01-Robert Gillespie/Henry Resident; :41
SUPER=01-Doug Batty/VDOT Representative; 1:05
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
((It's sharp-- and it's deadly.
That's the assessment of some Franklin County residents of the Route 2-20
Within the past seven months two tankers have overturned-- causing
evacuations of numerous homes and an elementary school.
It also threatened the area's drinking water.
A public hearing was held on the matter as citizens asked for help.
((JANET McCLOUD/FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: WE PAY TAX MONEY AND THE LOTTERY MONEY
I THINK THEY COULD FIX THAT CURVE. I THINK THAT THEY NEED TO FIX THAT CURVE
FOR THE SAFETY OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS AREA. I MEAN IF THEY'RE NOT GOING TO
THEY NEED SOMEBODY DOWN THERE TO HAND OUT TICKETS.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((ROBERT GILLESPIE, JR./FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: WE'VE HAD TWO ACCIDENTS IN THE
LAST SEVEN MONTHS AND THE LAST ONE SPILLED OVER 6-THOUSAND GALLONS OF CHEMICALS
USED IN PAINT THINNER INTO OUR GROUND WATER AND INTO A STREAM THAT FEEDS INTO
THE SMITH RIVER.))
But the biggest obstacle for the road is not the hazardous curves or the
poor visibility-- but funding.
State officials say there's no money allocated to make it safer.
((DOUG BATTY/VDOT REPRESENTATIVE: THE LONG RANGE PLAN TO ALLEVIATE THE WHOLE
SITUATION IS TO GET SOME MONEY AND TO IMPROVE THE CURVE. BUT WE HAVE TO DO SOME
THINGS IN THE INTERIM.))
They hope to tap into some special state funds-- but that's a few years down
Meanwhile, V-DOT officials plan to add more signs and lights to warn
motorist of the dangerous curve.
But for now these residents are banding together to put pressure on state
officials-- hoping the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next -- Virginia Lottery officials hope they've hit the jackpot with a
new multi-state game,
and an elementary school classroom can be a real zoo sometimes -- we'll show
you why some students in Roanoke County agree.
music up full
Virginia is set to join Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and Massachusetts in a
new multi-state lottery.
The new game is being unveiled today in Chicago.
The five states have been talking for some time about setting up a new game
and sharing the administrative costs.
One state lottery director believes the multistate game would produce
average jackpots of about 27 million dollars.
Owners of Honda Civics and Accords should beware.
Roanoke City and County police say thieves stole 15 of these cars in the
last six weeks.
Four juveniles are in custody, and there may be more arrests.
Police believe the thefts involve two groups...one juveniles and the other
Officials think a youngster moved to the area and taught others how to steal
There's a new police officer on the streets in Lynchburg who's hoping to
take a bite out of drug trafficking in the Hill City.
IN Q=nat sound
OUT Q=natsot dog and trainer yelling
Spencer...a two-year-old Labrador retriever...joined the force today as the
city's first drug detection dog.
He and his partner Officer John Sweeney recently completed several weeks of
training at the Virginia State Police Academy.
Spencer will be on call 24 hours a day to assist in drug investigations.
The cost of the dog and its training was donated by the state police.
Animals are also being used in a unique form of therapy.
Mona Sams of Rehab Services just moved to Roanoke from Canada, and she's
brought with her a few friends to help children with autism, among others.
Here's Health Check's Connie Stevens with her story.
IN Q=Open NAT SOUND
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mona Sams/Occupational Therapist; :42
SUPER=01-Linda Hughes/Teacher; 1:09
OUT Q=connie stevens, news 7.
IN Q=Look who NAT SOUND
((LOOK WHO IS COMING TO SEE YOU! IF YOU'D LIKE TO STAND ON THE TABLE, IT WILL
BE EASIER TO SEE SPROUTY.))
When Mona Sams visits the kids in Mrs. Hughes class at Clearbrook
Elementary School, she's expected to bring guests.
There's Ricardo and Sprouty, the llamas, as well as Louie the duck, a
handful of rabbits, and whoever else she can find to come along for the ride.
IN Q=Here comes NAT SOUND
((HERE COMES TEDDY JASON, IT'S YOUR OLD FRIEND TEDDY. ))
OUT Q=friend Teddy.
Mona Sams says there is no limit to who can benefit from pet therapy.
The children in this class are autistic, a condition that interferes with
their communication abilities-- but these fury and feathered friends, though,
often break that barrier.
IN Q=The child that
((MONA SAMS/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: THE CHILD THAT IS AUTISTIC IS THE BEST
CANDIDATE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE SO MUCH THE NEED TO LEARN, INTERACTION SKILLS, AND
THE ANIMAL DOESN'T PASS JUDGEMENT AND IT IS A GOOD BEGINNING AND A MEANS FOR
WORKING ON THROUGH TO THE CHILD. ))
OUT Q=to the child.
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=Bunny is NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=So many of the
((LINDA HUGHES/TEACHER: SO MANY OF THE CHILDREN DON'T TALK OR THEY SAY JUST A
FEW WORDS. AND SEVERAL HAVE SAID THINGS THEY WOULDN'T NORMALLY HAVE SAID. ONE
OF THEM SAID LOUIE AT HOME TO HIS MOM AND JASON HERE WILL SAY SOFT BUNNY AND
ONE DAY HE SAID BUNNY BECAUSE HE WANTED IT TOME COME OUT OF THE BOX. AND THEY
ARE JUST VERY CALM. IT'S HARD FOR THE KIDS TO BE CALM AND QUIET SO I THINK THAT
HAS HELPED A LOT.))
OUT Q=a lot.
Also, it seems animals put less pressure into a relationship-- which may be
why it's so easy for these kids to form fast friendships.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, some toys pose a health hazard to children, we'll tell you
and we'll take a look at the damage caused by the tornado that ripped through
The National Weather Service has classified yesterday's tornado that touched
down in Southside as an "F-1" with winds ranging from 80- to 100- miles per
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco caught the twister on
videotape as it made its way through one Pittsylvania County community.
IN Q=The tornado
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Doris Strader; :18
SUPER=07-Wesley Jones; :45 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( The tornado captured by News 7 was spotted in Mount Airy.
About 30- minutes earlier the twister had touched down in Chatham where it
left behind a trail of destruction.
Doris Strader was at home when she learned a warning had been posted.
She quickly opened a window and began to pray.
IN Q=I just
((DORIS STRADER: I JUST ASKED THE LORD TO BE WITH US AND TO HELP KEEP US SAFE
AND ABOUT THAT TIME I HEARD SOMETHING VERY VERY LOUD AND I JUST, I LOOKED UP
AND I SAW THE TREES IN THE BACK AND OF COURSE THEY WERE GOING ALMOST TO THE
OUT Q=to the ground.
A large Oak tree in Strader's front yard was one of the storm's casualties.
Wesley Jones also lives in Chatham and heard the noise.
IN Q=You could hear
((WESLEY JONES: YOU COULD HEAR THE WIND SOUNDING JUST LIKE, JUST LIKE THAT
TRUCK GOING BY RIGHT NOW. IT WAS THAT HEAVY. ))
OUT Q=it was that heavy.
Two trees in Jones' yard were also heavily damaged.
Officials are still working to determine an exact dollar figure in terms of
damage for the entire county. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
The National Weather Service confirms that the tornado actually originated
in Henry County.
Residents near the town of Axton can attest to that.
The twister caused extensive damage to a number of structures... including a
But despite the destruction... there were no reported injuries...and Henry
County officials were grateful.
((STEVE EANES/HENRY COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL: NOBODY IS INJURED AT THIS POINT.
NOBODY HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY HURT. AND SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, WE'RE IN GOOD
SUPER=01-Steve Eanes/Henry Co. Fire Marshal;
OUT Q=good shape
Hundreds up of uprooted trees were scattered across the area.
Residents say the tornado came up so fast... they didn't know what had hit
IN Q=I felt
((MARSHA WALKER/STORM DAMAGE VICTIM: I FELT IT. I FELT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE
'SHIMYIN.' SO I GRABBED MY BABY AND JUST RAN TO GET MY OTHER LITTLE GIRL TO GET
IN ONE PLACE AND WHEN I LOOKED OUT AND SAW IT ALL IT WAS ALL OVER WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Marsha Walker/Storm Damage Victim;
OUT Q=all over with
There are no estimates yet on the damage.
Cleanup from the twister could take weeks.
An Ohio company is recalling nearly 70-thousand stuffed bears and cats
because of a possible hazard to young children.
The "Keepsake Kritters" have eyes that may separate from the toy,
presenting a choking hazard.
The voluntary recall involves brown "Orson" bears and white "Abby" cats.
The bears carry the serial number 1599-QR-925-0010.
The cat's number is 1599-QR-927-0010.
For more information you may call the toy company, Gibson Greeting at 1-800-
Stocks are pushing higher.
An encouraging report on wholesale inflation calmed fears about interest
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 27 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next - Colorado Avalanche fans experience a Rocky Mountain High,
and a couple of guys affiliated with the Avalanche in Salem land in hot water
AND on national television.
MUSIC UP FULL
Colorado is at the top of the hockey world.
Last year, Denver didn't have a hockey team and the city had never had a
Now, Denver is celebrating a Stanley Cup victory.
The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup early this morning, completing a
four-game sweep with a one-nothing, triple-overtime victory over Florida.
Uwe Krupp (kroop) scored at four-31 of the third overtime to seal the
first-ever big league championship for the city of Denver.
And some members of our own Avalanche team found themselves in hot water
SUPER=04-CBS This Morning;
The hot tub at Salem Memorial Field has become the hot spot for fans, and
C-B-S This Morning wanted to find out why.
IN Q=It's been great...
((DAVE OSTER/GENERAL MANAGER: IT'S BEEN GREAT FOR EVERYBODY BECAUSE THEY'VE
GOTTEN SOME GREAT EXPLOSURE AND WE'VE GOT A HOT TUB DOWN THE RIGHT FIELD LINE
OF OUR BALL PARK.))
SUPER=08-Dave Oster/General Manager;
OUT Q=our ball park.
And wrapping up the interview, Paula Zahn had just one more question for both
the Avalanche catcher and General Manager.
IN Q=I really would like
((PAULA ZAHN/CBS ANCHOR: I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT PEOPLE LOOK LIKE
AFTER THEY'VE SAT IN THAT TUB FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS?
BLAKE BARTHOL/AVALANCHE CATCHER: THEY LOOK LIKE A RAISIN OR A PRUNE.
DAVE OSTER/GENERAL MANAGER: THEY LOOK LIKE OUR MASCOT, THE NUT.
PAULA ZAHN: ALL THAT FOR JUST TEN BUCKS A PIECE.))
SUPER=00-Blake Barthol/Catcher; (Quick!)
OUT Q=for $10.00 a piece.
Some lucky folks will be soaking in the tub tonight, as the Avalanche takes
Kinston beat Salem four to three last night.
(toss to Patrick)
That's it for News 7 at Noon.
Don't forget we'll have live coverage of the Republican Senate Primary
tonight on News 7 at Five, Six and Eleven.