The white house defends the first lady's "brainstorming" sessions with a
And V-M-I awaits a possible mid week decision by the Supreme Court
concerning it's all male admissions policy.
We've had lots of sunshine this morning... but expect some thunderstorms this
afternoon with highs in the upper 80's. I'll tell you more about it in a few
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Washington D-C is a city eager for reading material today.
Republicans are pressing the White House to turn over more documents in both
the travel office firings and the F-B-I background files.
And then, there's the new book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward which
tells of conversations the First Lady allegedly had with long departed
Sharyl Attkisson reports on the first family's new age, damage control.
IN Q=The White House
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
SUPER=01-Leon Panetta/White House Chief of Staff; :13
SUPER=04-February 21, 1993; :27
SUPER=01-Jack Quinn/White House Counsel; 1:33
SUPER=01-Rep. William Clinger/(R) Pennsylvania; 1;51
SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/Reporting; 2:01
OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
The White House confirmed the first lady has sought advice from psychic
researcher Jean Houston...and that she's even held imaginary conversations
with the late Eleanor Roosevelt and Hindu leader Mahatma Ghandi.
LEON PANETTA/ WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF:THE FIRST LADY IS A HUMAN BEING LIKE
EVERYBODY ELSE. SHE SEEKS OUT GUIDANCE FROM HER FRIENDS FROM ADVISERS FROM
OTHERS. SHE SEEKS OUT INFORMATION, EXPERIENCES TO TRY TO HELP STRENGTHEN HER.
I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY HAIL MARY'S I'VE SAID."
Mrs. Clinton's spokesman says this is nothing new. In fact, at a dinner in
1993 the First Lady spoke openly of her morale boosting talks.
FEBRUARY 21, 1993
HILLARY CLINTON:I THOUGHT ABOUT ALL OF THE CONVERSATIONS THAT I'VE HAD IN MY
HEAD WITH MRS. ROOSEVELT THIS YEAR, ONE OF THE SAVING GRACES THAT I'VE HUNG
ONTO FOR DEAR LIFE."
The President also consulted with Houston and a host of other bestselling
motivational authors--according to journalist Bob Woodward.
In his new book, he said it was a sort of emotional therapy for the Clintons
after the Democrats lost control of congress in 1994.
THOSE difficult times may be dwarfed by the turmoil consuming the first
couple as the election nears.
The White House faces a showdown this week over two thousand documents..that
White House counsel Jack Quinn is refusing to hand over to Congress for its
travel office investigation. Quinn ducked reporters' questions yesterday and
earlier failed to give a firm answer as to whether the documents will be
THIS WEEK WITH DAVID BRINKLEY
JACK QUINN WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL
"WHAT I AM TELLING YOU IS THAT WE MUST FIND A WAY TO ACCOMODATE THE INTERESTS
OF BOTH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH."
The White House is withholding the materials under executive privilege.
William Clinger heads the congressional committee seeking the documents.
COURTESY: MEET THE PRESS
REP. WILLIAM CLINGER R-PENNSYLVANIA:
WE'VE HAD NOTHING BUT STONEWALLING REALLY ALL ALONG, THEY'VE BEEN RELUCTANT TO
COME FORWARD WITH THE DOCUMENTS, OR INDEED THE WITNESSES, THAT WE NEED IN ORDER
TO CONCLUDE THIS INVESTIGATION.
Clinger says he'll move ahead with contempt of congress proceedings against
the white house if the documents aren't handed over in the next few days. The
matter could then be referred to the whitewater independent counsel--yet
another item in the ever-widening scope of his investigation. Sharyl Attkisson,
CBS News, The White House.))
Meantime President Clinton has one less controversy to deal with this
The Supreme Court today agreed to decide if a sex harassment lawsuit against
Clinton should be delayed as long as he's in office.
SUPER=04-February 11, 1994;
The move puts the claim by former Arkansas state worker Paula Corbin Jones
on hold until sometime this fall or winter.
Jones alleges Clinton propositioned her while he was governor of Arkansas.
Clinton has denied it and argues he should be immune from private lawsuits
as long as he's in office, because of his unique responsibilities.
There are two days left for the Supreme Court to issue it's opinion on
Virginia Military Institute's male-only policy.
The high court could release its ruling either Wednesday or Friday of this
The battle over V-M-I's single- sex admissions policy has been going on
The state- supported school created a satellite program for female cadets at
nearby Mary Baldwin College in Staunton.
State officials say they're ready to abide by the court's decision.
IN Q=I think we'll
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK WE'LL JUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT THEY SAY. I HAVE
SUPPORTED V-M-I AND SUPPORTED THE MARY BALDWIN PROGRAM, BUT I'M ALSO READY TO
OBEY THE LAW, WHATEVER THE SUPREME COURT DECIDES THAT IS.))
OUT Q=decides that is.
V-M-I has barred women for more than 150 years.
Mary Baldwin is a private school that set up a military program for women
called V-Wil as an alternative to V-M-I.
A lower court ruled that was acceptable, but the Justice Department carried
the case to the Supreme Court.
TAPE#96-44 from 95-95
A 17-year old boy faces up to three life terms in prison for murdering his
father and shooting his step-mother.
Christopher Lee Gammon plead no contest this morning to charges including
first degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding and robbery.
His older half-brother William Spencer Gammon is scheduled to be tried for
captial murder in October.
The brothers are accused of gunning down Gary and Rebecca Gammon in their
Carroll County home October 31, 1994.
Rebecca Gammon is still wheelchair bound as a result of her injuries.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher is on his way to Jerusalem for a
meeting tomorrow with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
At the forefront of their talks is likely to be the land for peace issue.
Over the weekend Arab leaders held a summit and called on Israel to give up
more land or risk a halt to the peace process.
Netanyahu, in turn, accused the Arabs of making demands that could threaten
IN Q=peace process
(( BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER:PEACE PROCESS CAN NOT BE MADE
HOSTAGE TO AN PROIR CONDITIONS. PEACE TALKS HAVE TO BE BASE ON SECURITY OF
ISRAEL AND FOR ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE REGION. ))
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
OUT Q= IN THE REGION.
The talks between Christopher and Netanyahu also will set the stage for
next month's visit to the U-S by the new Israeli prime minister.
Some former General Electric workers are feeling powerless.
This morning about two dozen people turned out for a demonstration at the
G-E Plant in Salem.... one of 50 taking place across the country.
They believe the company is holding back when it comes to pension payments.
Retirees want a cost of living increase... something they haven't had in
IN Q=We're out
((JIM ROBERTSON/IUE RETIREES UNION: WE'RE OUT HERE TO LET THE PUBLIC AND GE
KNOW THAT THE RETIREES ARE REALLY SUFFERING FOR BETTER PENSIONS. WE HAVEN'T HAD
AN INCREASE SINCE 1991. COST OF LIVING HAS GONE UP 15 PERCENT. WE HAVE RETIREES
ACTUALLY ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS WE HAVE PENSIONS SO LOW.))
SUPER=01-Jim Robertson/IUE Retirees Union;
OUT Q=so low
The retirees union knows its up against a tough fight.
Members don't pay dues... so their union is not recognized by General
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Noon,
Fierce wildfires throughout the west force thousands to evacuate,
meanwhile, in Minnesota, a house explosion kills two and injures several more.
music up full
In Minnesota, two people are dead and four hospitalized after a house
Firefighters say the house collapsed in on itself and the blast sent boards
and broken glass flying.
When they arrived four people were trapped inside.
Investigators believe a faulty propane gas valve my have caused the
Out west-- wildfires have chased thousands from their homes.
More than three-thousand people in Nevada were forced to evacuate as
firefighters battle a blaze 60 miles south of Reno.
SUPER=03-Near Flagstaff, AZ;
Meantime, an Arizona blaze has forced a few hundred to evacuate.
Wildfires are also burning in Utah, California and New Mexico.
It was just a year ago when heavy rain and flooding took a heavy toll on
most of Virginia.
Rockbridge County was one of the hardest hit areas.
Denise Allen reports on one neighborhood where the water may have receded,
but emotions are still running high.
IN Q=This is a
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Higgins/Rockbridge Co. Engineer; :11
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./September 1995; :21
SUPER=07-Daisy Hall; :36
SUPER=01-Thomas Spencer/Ramsey's Attorney; 1:14
OUT Q=News 7
(( This is a tale of two bridges.
One in dis-repair.
The other an historic steel truss bridge transplanted from Collierstown to
private property over the South River.
SOT tape 1 11:27:44
IN Q=This is a
((TOM HIGGINS/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY ENGINEER: THIS IS A ONE LANE BRIDGE THAT'S WHY
THIS ONE WAS REPLACED SO A WIDER ONE COULD BE PUT IN AND THERE JUST AREN'T MANY
OF THEM LEFT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF TRAFFIC TODAY.))
OUT Q=OF TRAFFIC TODAY
Last year flood waters nearly washed away the bridge two families used to
get to their homes.
The Ramseys and the Halls looked to the federal disaster authorities for
A state representative told Daisy Hall to look for an out of service state
bridge as a replacement.
SOT tape 1 11:37:40
IN Q=that was his
((DAISY HALL: THAT WAS HIS SUGGESTION. THE BEST WAY FOR US TO GO IS FIND AN
OLD VDOT BRIDGE SO THAT'S WHAT WE STARTED LOOKING INTO.))
OUT Q=LOOKING INTO
Both the Halls and Ramseys received a federal grant to pay for a new bridge.
But the two families couldn't agree on how to spend the money and the
Ramseys filed suit against the Halls.
The Ramsey's attorney says the trouble started before the flood.
He says this suit concerns well water rights and property right-of-way.
The Halls, with the help of three other property owners have put in this one
The Ramseys' attorney says his clients have been unable to build a bridge of
SOT tape 2 13:52:52
IN Q=that's what they've
((SPENCER/RAMSEY'S ATTORNEY: THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO SINCE
FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR. BUT EVERY MOVE THEY MAKE THEY GET STYMIED BY SOME
ACTION TAKEN BY SOMEONE.))
OUT Q=BY SOMEONE
The Hall's attorney says his clients have filed a counter suit to protect
He declined to talk on camera saying he hopes this matter can be resolved
out of court.
IN Q=IT WOULD BE
((THOMAS SPENCER: IT WOULD BE MY HOPE THAT THESE PEOPLE WOULD SIT DOWN AND
TALK TO EACH OTHER AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO LIVE NEXT DOOR AND A WAY TO GAIN
ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC ROAD.))
OUT Q=THE PUBLIC ROAD
As it stands now the muddy waters under these bridges won't be cleared until
these two parties meet in court this September.
Denise Allen News 7.
TAPE# from 96-9 or 96-3
Virginia's failed attempt to automate its welfare computer system could get
a green light to resume next month.
A state task force is expected to recommend to the General Assembly
by July 15th whether the state should revive the computer project or start
So far, the state has spent about 20 million dollars trying to upgrade its
Since the controversy, local social services directors have been left
scrambling to learn and apply thousands of new welfare regulations withOUT a
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
The curtain is going up on fundraising efforts at a historic theater in the
and a British punk rock band's first concert in almost 20 years is a blast.
We'll listen in when we come back.
During natural disasters and even throughout the Gulf War, Ham radio
operators have been used to help communications.
Every year, these HAMS, head to remote locations to practice their emergency
for their Field Day.
The Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club set up their portable equipment
Competition began Saturday afternoon.
Club members had 24 hours to make as many contacts as possible with other
clubs throughout the country.
IN Q=it's the only
((DON ALDRIDGE.ROANOKE VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: IT'S THE ONLY TIME WE REALLY
GET OUT HERE AND SET UP A GENERATOR AND RUN CABLES AND SET UP PORTABLE ANTENNAE
AND BRING OUT THE RIGS. NORMALLY WHEN WE OPERATE IT'S WITH LITTLE HAND HELD
UNITS AT LOCAL EVENTS LIKE WALK-A-THONS AND SUCH.))
SUPER=01-Don Aldridge/Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club;
OUT Q=walk a thons and such
The club making the most connections wins the contest.
Last year the Roanoke Valley club placed second in the state.
This year they believe they could've set a personal record-- by the end of
the competition they expected to make more than two-thousand contacts.
The stage is set for restoring the Academy of Music Theater in Lynchburg.
And now, one state legislator is lending his expertise.
State senator Steve Newman recently got his first real glimpse of the inside
of the 90- year- old structure.
Newman says the Academy is a "gold mine" --and deserves support from across
IN Q=The state is
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: THE STATE IS INTERESTED NOT ONLY IN THE ARTS
BUT ALSO THE HISTORY AND PRESERVATION, SUSAN ALLEN CERTAINLY HAS BEEN
TREMENDOUSLY INVOLVED IN THOSE THINGS, BUT ALSO OCCASIONALLY FINANCIALLY. YOU
NEVER WANT TO PROMISE THOSE THINGS BUT WE'VE GOT SOME MONEY FOR D- DAY AND
POPLAR FOREST AND OTHER THINGS AND IF EVER A STRUCTURE DESERVED SOME SUPPORT
FROM ALL OF THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE STATE, THIS PROBABLY WOULD QUALIFY.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=probably would qualify.
A benefit magic show will be held at E.C. Glass High School Friday.
All proceeds will help with the renovation of the Academy theater.
The trip to the gas pump is getting less expensive.
A nationwide survey finds gas prices down a penny and a-half in the past two
That adds up to a drop of about three cents since gas prices peaked in late
With the stocks and mutual funds hitting new highs all the time, a lot of
people may be "pushing the envelope" when choosing their investments.
But you might want to think twice before making that risky move.
Here's Len Besthoff with Common Sense.
IN Q=In this week's
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards; :20
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk.
SOT COMMON SENSE TAPE 16:14:02
IN Q=In this week's edition
((In this week's edition of Common Sense, George Brammer with A-G Edwards will
tell us about how you shouldn't make unreal expectations about your investments
even though the market is doing so well right now.))
OUT Q=so well right now.
IN Q=Lately the
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS: THE MARKET HAS BEEN EXTREMELY STRONG AND VERY
ACTIVE AND WE'VE SEEN SOME STOCKS COME TO MARKET AT TEN DOLLARS A SHARE AND THE
NEXT DAY BE UP 20, 30, 40 PERCENT. THAT'S UNREALISTIC TO EXPECT ON A REGULAR
BASIS. IF YOU CAN INVEST YOUR MONEY FOR THE LONG TERM AND GET A RETURN OF 12
TO 14 PERCENT ON CONSERVATIVE STOCKS, YOU'RE DOING VERY WELL. HAVE REALISTIC
EXPECTATIONS. IT'S WHEN PEOPLE GET UNREALISTIC AND SHOOT FOR THE MOON THAT
THEY GET IN TROUBLE.))
OUT Q=get in trouble.
SOT COMMON SENSE TAPE TOT
IN Q=That's this
((That's this week's edition of Common Sense. Let's send it back to the
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 29 and a half points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - sports is next, including a peek at Roanoke College's
and this Olympic hopeful sets a record while earning a trip to Atlanta.
MUSIC UP FULL
A record breaking day for Michael Johnson at the Olympic track and field
He ran the men's 200 meter dash in 19.66 seconds, which beats the old mark
set back in 1979.
He has now broken the oldest existing record in the sport.
The old mark was 19.72 seconds.
Johnson had broken the record Saturday, but the run was ruled unofficial
because he was aided by the wind.
On the links, John Cook came within one stroke of the all-time PGA
scoring record as he cruised to the title at the St. Jude's Classic in Memphis.
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN; :00
Cook fired a 72-hole total of 26 under par for a 7 stroke win at the one
point 35 million dollar classic yesterday.
His was the second lowest score in PGA history.
He had a chance at tying the record, but his shot rolled out.
Cook earned 243 thousand dollars for his efforts.
The Roanoke College basketball camp has invaded Salem this week for some
lessons on the hardwoods.
The camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:45 in the morning until 4:30 in
More than one hundred campers from age 8 to 15 are enrolled.
The focus, as always, is on fundamentals, team concepts and even having
IN Q="I'm Not
((PAGE MOIR/CAMP DIRECTOR: I'M NOT INTERESTED IN MAKING A TON OF MONEY, I WANT
TO HAVE A GOOD CAMP, AND THAT'S WHY WE LIMIT IT TO 125 KIDS, WE'VE GOT GREAT
FACILITIES HERE AT THE BAST CENTER. ALL OUR COURTS IN ONE BUILDING, AND A
GREAT REASON TO COME HERE IS OUR FOOD SERVICE IS UNBELIEVABLE. THE FOOD THEY
DOLE OUT FOR THEM OVER THERE. THAT'S PROBABLY THE WORST THING FOR MY DIET--
HAVING TO EAT MEALS ON CAMPUS FOR TWO WEEKS.))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Camp Director; :00
OUT Q=...2 weeks"
In addition to the food, kids are looking forward to an appearance by
Charlotte Hornet star Dell Curry.
IN Q="So few
((SO FEW NBA PLAYERS HAVE TO DO THAT. DELL HAS 3 YOUNG CHILDREN AND HE TRAVELS
SO MUCH DURING THE SEASON HE DOESN'T NEED THE MONEY. HE DOES IT BECAUSE
SOMEONE DID IT FOR HIM WHEN HE WAS A KID. IT'S NEAT TO HAVE HIM HERE. THE KIDS
LOOK FORWARD TO IT.))
((DELL CURRY/CHARLOTTE HORNET GUARD: IT'S GOOD TO SEE KIDS GROW UP AND BECOME
GOOD BASKETBALL PLAYERS, SO I ENJOY COMING HERE EVERY YEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Hornet Guard; :16
OUT Q=...come every year"
The Sex Pistols are firing again.
OUT Q=nat sound
The legendary punk rock group returned to the stage in London last night.
It was the bands first concert in Britain in 19 years.
All four orginial members performed.
Coming up on NEWS-7 at FIVE's Health Check:
Connie Stevens reports on the latest treatments for foot problems--
suffered by some 43 million Americans.
Now, Roanoke has a new business with a mission to pamper the feet-- it's an
hour of whirlpools and massage.
Join us for the story, plus all the days news, sports and weather-- tonight
That's it for us on NEWS-7 at NOON...bye.
on News 7 at FIVE.