Coming up next on News 7 at Noon,
Fire continues to roar at an oil refinery in New Jersey, causing hundreds of
residents to be evactuated,
and it's Warner against Warner in the race for U-S Senate, as incumbant John
Warner defeats Jim Miller for the Republican nomination,
Don't go away, the news is next.
Incumbent John Warner has won the Republican nomination for a fourth term in
Warner defeated challenger Jim Miller in yesterday's primary by a 2-to-1
Ellen Qualls the story.
SUPER=01-Randy Forbes/Va. GOP Chairman; :46
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVA Political Analyst; :54
OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.
The beating that challenger Miller took in yesterday's primary IS a
stinging defeat of Virginia's right-wing conservatives.
Scott Prince reports from that camp.
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SUPER=01-Anne Kincaid/Republican Activist; :47
OUT Q=S.P., News- 7, Richmond
((Jim Miller was greeted by a rousing ovation... but it wasn't nearly
((JIM MILLER/DEFEATED CANDIDATE: IT'S OBVIOUS JOHN WARNER HAS WON THIS
ELECTION... BY A TWO TO ONE MARGIN. ))
He proved to be no match for incumbent John Warner.
But it was almost as if Miller supporters knew that before the first numbers
Only a few dozen actually came out for the party, just barely out- numbering
members of the media.
The turnout seemed to mirror Miller's showing at the polls.
((MILLER: I JUST TALKED TO HIM ON THE TELEPHONE. I SAID I STARTED OUT TO
'WHOOP' YOU AND I THINK YOU 'WHOOPED' ME.))
The resounding loss could be construed as a devastating blow to Virginia's
But some say the numbers don't really reflect that... believing other
factors were involved.
((ANNE KINCAID/REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST: YOU CAN'T BLAME THAT KIND OF MONEY AND TAR
AND FEATHERING ON LACK OF CLOUT ON THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT.))
((REPORTER: MILLER SAYS HE WILL SUPPORT JOHN WARNER IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. AS
FOR HIS OWN POLITICAL FUTURE... HE LEFT NO INDICATION. SCOTT PRINCE, NEWS- 7,
The Senate has a new boss -- Mississippi Republican Trent Lott.
G-O-P senators picked Lott today to be majority leader.
He succeeds Bob Dole, who resigned yesterday to campaign for
Lott is expected to be more aggressive and conservative than Dole.
Meantime his predecessor has hit the campaign trial as Citizen Dole.
Dole is in the midwest this afternoon on the first leg of a three day,
eight-state campaign tour.
He got a rousing sendoff yesterday from his fellow Republicans, as well as
Meantime Democrats are planning to file a formal complaint today
accusing Dole of exceeding federal campaign spending limits.
An investigation could result in fines, or even in criminal charges, but it
could also take years to complete.
Speaking of campaign dollars --
Virginia ranked 49th of 50 states in providing campaign contribution
information to the public.
That's the finding of a study by ContributionsWatch, a nonprofit research
organization based in Vienna.
Florida ranked first.
North Dakota ranked 50th.
The Board of Elections is studying ways to improve public access to its
President Clinton has made a plea for racial unity.
The President was in South Carolina this morning to help rededicate a black
church burned by arsonists.
It is one of 30 churches that have been set on fire in southern states over
the past 18 months.
((WE CELEBRATE THE FAITH OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS CHURCH, WE CELEBRATE THOSE WHO
HAVE WALKED FROM THE FIRE UNHARMED, GUARDED BY GOD'S FAITH , WE SEE IN THE
REBUILGING OF THIS CHURCH THAT THE FALSE IDOLS OF HATRED AND DIVISION DID NOT
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Meantime President Clinton is calling his trip to South Carolina a
He and those flying with him on "Air Force One" last night got a scare when
the jet hit bad turbulence.
Plates and food were tossed but the President was not injured.
The government has lost round one in a fight over indecency on the Internet.
A panel of federal judges in Philadelphia today temporarily blocked
enforcement of the new Communications Decency Act.
That statute bans indecent material on the internet.
The judges say the computer network deserves the highest protection against
The government plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come -- the long Freemen standoff may be near an end,
and the fire at an oil refinery in New Jersey rages on -- one day after
lightning sparked the blaze.
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There appears to be progress today for a peaceful ending to the Freemen
standoff in Montana.
A source says a deal in the works could lead to the surrender tomorrow of
those still holed up on the Jordan ranch.
Manuel Gallegues has more.
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SUPER=01-Frank Bolz/Former FBI Negotiator; 1:00
SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=cbs news, Garfield Co., Montana.
After being holed up on the freemen ranch for 78 days, edwin clark,
one of the owners of the ranch, was escorted out and flown to billings--on
his way to a meeting that the fbi arranged with leroy schweitzer the leader of
the freemen who was arrested march 25th.
Unlike other freemen, edwin clark is not wanted on federal charges
but on state charges. he is the fifth person to leave the ranch in the past
This latest breakthrough came after several days of
negotiations--at first it was the fbi meeting with the freemen on the
outskirts of the property called justus township--but for the past two days
three non-fbi negotiators were allowed to go directly to the main freemen
Those men are from the "cause foundation" a group of lawyers
known for representing controversial clients including a former head of the
texas kkk and survivors of the 1993 branch davidian siege near waco. the
southern poverty law center lists the cause foundation as a hate group and
why their lawyers were chosen to go in remains unclear. but
a former fbi negotiator says perhaps the freemen are being convinced
they need legal help.
FRANK BOLZ, FORMER FBI NEGOTIATOR.
Clark's meeting with leroy schweitzer lasted several hours. clark then flew
back here to jordan and with his lawyer team re-entered the freemen ranch.
now it's up to the group to come up with a plan--and decide whether continue
the stand-off or for people to come out. an fbi source says the meeting went
well and that it's possible a surrender could be forthcoming.
it may be just in time one of the children who left ranch earlier
this week told a salt lake city tv crew she barely had any food and that the
freemen are nearly out of water. there are still 16 people inside the
ranch--three of whom reportedly have some health problems manuel gallegus, CBS
News Garfield County, Montana.))
Huge clouds of black smoke darken the sky above a Shell oil facility in
Woodbridge, New Jersey this afternoon.
A tank with three million gallons of gas has been burning since yesterday
Fire officials say they've decided to let the big blaze burn
The fire was started by lightning.
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A bomb blast this morning inside a courtroom in Sweden killed one person and
injured at least one other.
The bomb went off during a civil trial.
One man was killed and a female lawyer seriously wounded.
There is no word yet on suspects in the case.
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Meantime, Russian officials have linked yesterday's deadly subway bombing to
Sunday's presidential elections.
Four passengers were killed by the blast which was triggered by a half a
pound of T-N-T.
Twelve others were injured.
The bombing came just days before the Russian elections.
Russia's mayor says the aim of the subway attack was to complicate or
prevent the elections from taking place.
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Nine Australian military personnel are dead and and eight others missing
after two army helicopters collided today in northern Australia.
Eight others are hospitalized, some in serious condition.
Australian officials say the collision happened in midair in darkness, and
caused both choppers to crash and burn.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns -- school's out for summer,
and Marge Schott may be out, as well.
The fate of the Cincinnati Reds owner hinges on a conference call.
Students at Fishburn Park Elementary have made a Sundae out of their
This last-day-of-school activity is their reward for reading so many books
Principal Tom DonLeavy allows the students to chose their own reward for
participating in the Accelerated Reading Program.
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((BRENDA DELBRIDGE/TEACHER: THEY READ A LOT OF BOOKS THEY READ OVER
11-THOUSAND POINTS. THEY TAKE A COMPUTER TEST AND TRY TO REACH A GOAL TO MAKE
MR. D DO A CERTAIN THING. ))
((MARGARET JONES/LIBRARIAN: WE'VE SEEN SCORES GO UP. WE'VE SEEN POINT VALUES
RAISED. CHILDREN HAVE TO READ TO HAVE THIS ACTIVITY OCCUR. THE STUDENT
COUNCIL IS THE GROUP THAT CHOSE MR DONLEAVY DECORATED AS AN ICE CREAM SUNDAE
SUPER=01-Margaret Jones/Librarian; :16
OUT Q=sundae today.
The three top readers from each classroom got to make the sundae.
Teachers now hope students will continue their reading throughout the
Madison, Wisconsin is the best city in America, according to Money Magazine.
Rounding out the top five -- Punta Gorda, Florida; Rochester, Minnesota;
Fort Lauderdale; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Fort Myers and Gainesville, Florida.
Roanoke came in at 62, up from number 77 last year.
And Lynchburg ranked 73, a big improvement from number 177.
This year's main concern was low crime rate.
Last year it was clean air and clean water.
Stocks are showing modest gains after the latest reading on inflation came
in as expected.
The Labor Department's consumer price index rose three-tenths percent last
month, slightly less than April's gain.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 20 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Still to come -- a look at Carolina League baseball,
and baseball that's in a league of its own.
Some special players take to the field, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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The felony drug indictment against Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael
Irvin has been thrown out.
The defense says one of the grand jurors isn't a resident of Dallas County,
so the judge today granted a defense motion to quash the indictment.
Irvin had faced trial June 24th on drug possession charges related to a March
bust at a motel.
A source says Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott will probably be
suspended from baseball for up to two years later today.
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Schott is under fire for comments about Adolf Hitler to ESPN.
She also made comments about women in the workplace and Asians to Sports
She's already served a 1993 suspension for racially and ethnically
Baseball's executive committee will reportedly speak by conference call
today to decide her fate.
In Carolina League ball -- the Salem Avalanche lost to Kinston last night.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Indians;
Big Nate Holdren gets things started, delivering a shot over the wall in
left for a one-nothing Avalanche lead.
Kinston comes back to lead two-one.
Patricio Claudio takes Doug Million off the wall in left, plating Eric
In the third, John Guidice picks up the base knock to score Steve
but Elvis Pena gets nailed at the plate.
Two-two after three, but Salem falls for the 13th time in 16 games 7-3.
Also last night, Lynchburg lost to Winston-Salem two to nothing.
To the Cave Spring American League Challenger Division, Saturdays mean
baseball and competition.
Intern reporter Kent Shiner has the story of some handicapped kids with big
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SUPER=01-Shanon Smith/Challenger Player; :09
SUPER=01-Josh Campbell/Challenger Player; :15
SUPER=01-Sid Witt Jr./Spartans Manager; :43
SUPER=01-Sid Witt III/Challenger League Coach; 1:10
SUPER=19-Kent Shiner; 1:37
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((You don't hear many of these at a challenger baseball game. One day a week,
from 9am to noon these special kids turn into fierce competitors.
For the past six years coaches and parents of mentally and physically
handicapped children have organized a saturday baseball game for their kids.
The players range in age from 7 to 19 and both boys and girls compete. The
program has grown from 8 players to the forty who now involved in the Oak Grove
Elementary baseball bonanza.
There are two teams that play the Spartans and the Jaycees. Both the kids and
the adults have a blast.
The games are seven innings long and the focus is not on what they can't do
but what they can.
Leading three games to none, Chicago can wrap up the N-B-A title tonight.
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The Sonics are just part of the Bulls focus.
Head coach Phil Jackson says he might not coach next year unless he
receives a substantial contract offer, there are other conditions.
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((PHIL JACKSON/BULLS COACH:THE ONLY REASON I WOULD COME BACK WAS, YOU KNOW, IF
MICHAEL JORDAN, SCOTTY PIPPIN AND DENNIS RODMAN WERE BACK. I MEAN THAT'S ONE
OF THE REASONS, YOU KNOW, THIS TEAM IS WHAT IT IS.))
((DENNIS RODMAN/BULLS FORWARD:I THINK HE WANTS TO KEEP HIS UNIT TOGETHER. I
THINK EVERYONE IN CHICAGO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS UNIT BACK. I THINK IF ANY
PIECE OF THE PUZZLE IS MISSING I THINK THE CITY OF CHICAGO-THEY'D PROBABLY BURN
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Bulls Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Dennis Rodman/Bulls Forward; :09
OUT Q=....burn it down"
Game four of the N-B-A finals is tonight in Seattle.
(toss to Patrick)
Also coming up later on Health Check,
Connie Stevens reports on the condition Sarcoidosis (SAR-COID-O-SIS,) a
long-term disease of which little is understood.
In this region, though, patients are trying to change that.
Join us for the story, plus all the news of the day, on News 7 at FIVE and
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