Up next on News 7-
Women at VMI. Today's supreme court ruling clears the way- We'll have
including reaction from Alumni and from the woman who attended the all Male
Citadel- Shannon Faulkner.
Also tonight a local restaurant is shut down for now- after two workers
contract a food borne illness-
Plus Robin says the temperatures will warm up. News 7 is next.
The Supreme Court has ruled- Virgnia Military Institute must admit women.
The ruling came today- The justices saying VMI's male-only policy is
UN-constitutional for the tax supported school.
Tonight at eleven, reaction from VMI SUPER=03-Powdersville, SC;
leaders, as well as alumni.
And We'll hear from Shannon Faulkner, the woman who fought to get into the
all male Citadel.
A local restaurant is shut down temporarily- after two workers got
Hardees on 419 in Salem is closed for now.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Virginia Military Institute's male-only admission policy has been declared
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that V-M-I must admit women or forgo
Keith Humphry reports, however, that women will not be filling the ranks in
the corps of cadets THIS Fall, but they may not be far behind.
IN Q=The 157
SUPER=01-David Nash/VMI Cadet; :19
SUPER=01-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; 1:09
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7, Lexington.
(( The 157-year old institution is in for some changes- -some of the most
far-reaching changes at V-M-I since the school began admitting
African-Americans in 1968.
NAT SOT- -woman calling cadence- V-WIL drill
Women will add a whole new dimension.
One thing is the total lack of privacy in barracks.
IN Q=Something would have
((CADET DAVID NASH: THAT WOULD IN SOME WAY HAVE TO CHANGE. WE HAVE THE GROUP
SHOWERS. WE DON'T HAVE DOORS ON STALLS, AND WE HAVE WINDOWS ON DOORS. THERE'S
VIRTUALLY NOWHERE WHERE YOU'RE UNSEEN OR ALONE.))
OUT Q=or alone.
Just how far V-M-I will have to go to accommodate women is up to the Board
of Visitors. The board meets two weeks from now.
But the superintendent says- -flat out- -that the Institute will NOT CLOSE.
He has backed away slightly from saying he could raise enough money in just ten
phone calls to make this a PRIVATE college. There is still support for the
idea among alumni and SOME folks in Richmond.
If V-M-I does become co-ed, though, Josiah Bunting says he aims to abide by
the law with minimal changes.
He's determined not to lower the physical demands on cadets to accommodate
women, for example- -as the service academies had to do in the 70's.
IN Q=As you know
((AS YOU KNOW IT'S VERY DESTRUCTIVE TO THE MORALE OF A MILITARY ORGANIZATION OR
ANY ORGANIZATION IF YOU HAVE DIFFERENT SETS OF DEMANDS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR
DIFFERENT MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZATION.))
OUT Q=of the organization.
NAT SOT- -rat line stuff
Most women would not chose V-M-I's adversitive method of training. The
Supreme Court recognized that, and at the same time, "many MEN would not want
to be educated in such an environment."
This school is NOT for everybody.
IN Q=The superintendent says
((KEITH HUMPHRY: THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THE CLASS OF 2000 IS ALREADY SET FOR
THE FALL AND THAT THERE'S NO ROOM IN IT FOR WOMEN. THAT'LL UNDOUBTEDLY CHANGE
IN COMING YEARS. KEITH HUMPHRY, NEWS 7, LEXINGTON.))
OUT Q=K.H., NEWS-7, Lexington.))
Governor Allen is predicting costly changes for VMI after today's supreme
Allen said VMI will have to build new facilities for women and change part
of its tradition.
SOT 02.49.22 - 02.49.43
IN Q=There'll be some
THERE'LL BE SOME PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF COURSE OF THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IT WILL
TAKE AS FAR AS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FACILITIES. THEY'LL UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE TO
CHANGE TO SOME DEGREE, I THINK A SIGNIFICANT DEGREE, THEIR RIGOROUS ADVERSARIAL
APPROACH WHICH MOST WOULD NOT BELIEVE IS APPROPRIATE FOR WOMEN.))
OUT Q= appropriate for women
Allen said he supports single-sex education and called today's decision
But he said the state will comply with the ruling.
Does the Supreme Court decision spell the end for the VWIL program at Mary
Scott Prince was in Staunton this afternoon and has that side of the story.
IN Q=Last Fall
SUPER=01-Cynthia Tyson/Mary Baldwin President; :33
SUPER=01-Kim Bond/VWIL Cadet; 1:07
OUT Q=SP, News-7, Staunton
((Last fall, 42 cadets embarked on a new tradition at Mary Baldwin
College... and for that matter in the Commonwealth.
They were the first cadets to participate in the Virginia Women's Institute
for Leadership Program... touted as a military- style education alternative to
But today's Supreme Court Decision has cast doubt on the future of the
That's because VWIL receives money from Virginia Military Institute.
Funds are guaranteed for a few more years, but there are no promises after
School officials now say they have to weigh their options.
Current cadets like Kim Bond were promised a Mary Baldwin degree through the
She calls it a worthwhile experience and hopes the program continues.
Those involved with the VWIL program are certainly disappointed with the
court's decision... but say they're relieved that it's now behind them.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Staunton.))
Aftershocks from the V-M-I ruling are also being felt in South Carolina.
The president of the Citadel says he won't speculate on when or IF women
will be admitted to the all- male school.
But he says the military college will comply with the Supreme Court's
SOT citadel tape 18:14:46
IN Q=The Citadel
((LT. GEN. CLAUDIUS WATTS/CITADEL PRESIDENT: THE CITADEL STOOD UP FOR ITS
PRINCIPLES, THE SUPREME COURT DIDN'T SEE IT THAT WAY. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DID
SUPPORT THE CITADEL. BUT, BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THIS INSTITUTION, AND
BECAUSE OF THE PHILOSOPHY THAT IT'S FOUNDED ON, WE WILL MOVE SMARTLY FORWARD
NOW TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW OF THE LAND AND BE THE BEST MILITARY COLLEGE WE CAN
SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Claudius Watts/Citadel President;
OUT Q=college we can be
Meanwhile, the court's ruling is receiving high praise from the woman who
fought to get into the Citadel.
Shannon Faulkner attended the school-- then dropped out a few days later.
SOT newsfeed extra 20:15:12
IN Q=i'm proud
((SHANNON FAULKNER/FORMER CITADEL STUDENT: I'M PROUD OF WHAT I'VE DONE, AND
I'M PROUD OF THE DECISION THAT I MADE WHEN I WAS 18 YEARS OLD TO FIGHT THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Shannon Faulkner/Former Citadel Student;
OUT Q=to fight this
No word yet on exactly how the Citadel will be affected.
The American Civil Liberties Union led the fight against South Carolina's
Citadel -- and its Virginia attorneys joined the Justice Department in the
fight against VMI.
IN Q=Faced with VMI
((KENT WILLIS: FACED WITH VMI, THE SUPREME COURT HAD TO EITHER TURN THE CLOCK
BACK ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS BY SAYING WE'RE GONNA ADOPT AN OLD, DISCREDITED
PRINCIPLE OF SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. OR IT HAD TO LET IT MOVE FORWARD BY SAYING A
PLACE LIKE VMI CANNOT ACCEPT TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS AND DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS
OF GENDER. AND THEY CHOSE OVERWHELMINGLY TO LET THE CLOCK GO FORWARD.))
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU;
OUT Q=clocks go forward
In the opposing corner, VMI alumnus Robert Patterson was the lead attorney
in every court below the Supreme Court.
The overwhelming 7-to-one vote was a great disappointment.
IN Q=Quite frankly
((ROBERT PATTERSON/VMI ATTORNEY & ALUMNUS: QUITE FRANKLY I WAS SURPRISED AT
THAT AND IT'S VERY HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND HOW SOME OF THOSE JUSTICES WENT
ALONG WITH MRS. GINSBURG'S OPINION.))
SUPER=01-Robert Patterson/VMI Attorney & Alumnus;
OUT Q=Ginsburg's opinion.
Patterson had NO comment on any possible alumni efforts to make the school
Local alumni say they're not sure how viable it would be for VMI to become
At this point, they're resigning themselves to the ruling-- and weighing
all the options.
SOT alumni tape 7:00:42
IN Q=At VMI, we're taught
((AL SOLTIS/V.M.I. ALUMNI ASSOC.: AT VMI, WE'RE TAUGHT TO BE SOLDIERS. AND IF
WE EXHAUST ALL THE OPTIONS THAT WE HAVE, THEN WE, AS SOLDIERS WILL OBEY ORDERS
AND DO WHAT'S CALLED UPON US AND SET A COURSE TO MAKE VMI THE BEST CO- ED
SCHOOL IN THE NATION. ))
OUT Q=school in the nation
Soltis says he's disappointed by today's decision.
He says it's not so much about admitting women-- as it is taking away from
a valuable part of the V-M-I experience.
Soltis says he's most upset by what he calls the loss of the nation's
diverse educational system.
IN Q=It's worked for a long
((AL SOLTIS/VMI ALUMNI ASSOC.: IT'S WORKED FOR A LONG TIME. IT'S WORKED AT
VMI FOR OVER 150 YEARS, AND WE'VE PRODUCED WHAT WE BELIEVE ARE VERY HIGH
QUALITY ALUMNI. WE JUST THINK IT'S A SHAME THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT
FUTURE WON'T EXIST. ))
SUPER=01-Al Soltis/VMI Alumni Assoc.;
OUT Q=future won't exist
Soltis says the alumni association will meet soon to discuss what action, or
recommendations it will present to the school.
The entire Supreme Court opinion concerning VMI can be found
on WDBJ-7's Homepage listed here on your screen. It includes the high courts
ruling as well as the concurring and dissenting opinions.
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When News 7 at 11 continues, a Salem restaurant is temporarily shut down
after two workers develop salmonella poisoning,
and as searchers comb through the wreckage of yesterday's bomb blast in Saudi
Arabia, American officials vow they WILL continue their mission in the middle
Robin in Wx office
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The bombing in Saudi Arabia will not stop the U-S military role in the
As Regina Blakley reports, while the search for those responsible get's
underway- the mission in the Middle East will continue.
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State; 14
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/White House;1:38
OUT Q=AT the White House."
((SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER WAS IN SAUDI ARABIA.. VIEWING
THE EXTENT OF TRUCK BOMB'S DEVASTATION. LATER...IN SPEAKING ON BEHALF THE
ADMINISTRATION.. CHRISTOPHER SAID U.S. POLICY WILL NOT BE DRIVEN BY
SOT SEC. OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER:
"no one should feel we'll be in any way deterred in carrying out our
mission of peace over iraq//we will not be stopped by this outrageous event."
THE 19 AMERICANS WHO DIED IN THE BOMBING WERE ALL MEMBERS OF THE AIR
FORCE.. ENFORCING THE NO-FLY ZONE OVER IRAQ...
THE FOCUS IS ON MUSLIM MILITANTS WHO DISAPPROVE OF THE U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE
IN THE MIDDLE EAST..
AFTER ORDERING FLAGS TO HALF STAFF.. AND SENDING A FBI TEAM TO SAUDI
ARABIA TO ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATIONS... PRESIDENT CLINTON.. PLEDGED TO PUSH
ANTI-TERRORIST MEASURES AT THE G-7 SUMMIT IN FRANCE..
SOT PRESIDENT CLINTON:
we will not rest in our efforts to find who is responsible for this
outrage to pursue and punish them. anyone who attacks one american attacks
every american and we protect and defend our own.
WHILE THE DEATH TOLL DOESN'T COME NEAR THE 241 AMERICANS KILLED IN
BEIRUT IN 1983... THE ATTACK RANKS AMONG THE LARGEST STRIKES AGAINST A U.S.
SITE IN THE PERSIAN GULF... AND COMES ON THE HEELS OF THE EXECUTION OF FOUR
MUSLIM'S IN CONNECTION WITH THE NOVEMBER, 1995 ATTACK ON A U.S. MILITARY
TRAINING FACILITY IN RIYADH..
WITH REPORTS THAT THERE HAD BEEN SPECIFIC THREATS AGAINST THE
COMPLEX THAT HOUSED THE U.S. PERSONNEL... THERE ARE RE-NEWED QUESTIONS ABOUT
THE ADEQUACY OF SECURITY AROUND U.S. MILITARY SITES.
REGINA BLAKELY/WHITE HOUSE:
AS PRESIDENT CLINTON ACCEPTS THE CONDOLENCES OF LEADERS FROM AROUND
THE WORLD.. DOVER AIR FORCE BASE IS PREPARING FOR TOMORROW'S ARRIVAL OF THE
BODIES OF THOSE KILLED IN THE ATTACK. REGINA BLAKELY, CBS NEWS, AT THE WHITE
The White House security chief is leaving- amid the FBI files flap.
It was Craig Livingstone's office that requested FBI background files on
((CRAIG LIVINGSTONE/FORMER WHITE HOUSE SECURITY CHIEF: I AM TENDERING MY
RESIGNATION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, BUT I ALSO WANT TO MAKE
CLEAR NEITHER I NOR TO MY KNOWLEDGE ANYONE ELSE IN THE WHITE HOUSE PARTICIPATED
IN ANY KIND OF SMEAR CAMPAIGN OR ANY EFFORT TO COMPILE AN ENEMIES LIST. AS SOME
HAVE ALLEGED OR FEARED. IT'S JUST NOT TRUE.))
SUPER=01-Craig Livingstone/Former White House Security Chief;
OUT Q=it's just not true."
Livingstone has been on paid leave since the scandal erupted.
He made the announcement during a house hearing today.
The man accused of causing a fatal traffic accident while running from
Roanoke County police pled guilty today.
21-year old Scott Allman appeared in court pleading to three counts of
involuntary manslaughter, and two misdemeanor traffic charges.
Allman is accused of killing a Vinton couple and their infant in April when
he struck their car while he was fleeing from police.
Allman told the judge he's sorry.
The prosecution expects he'll do the same during sentencing.
IN Q=By the time they
((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: BY THE TIME THEY COME TO
SENTENCING THEY'RE USUALLY CRYING AND UPSET AND THEY'RE SO SORRY AND THEY WISH
IT WAS THEM RATHER THAT SOMEONE ELSE. IT'S PRETTY MUCH WHAT WE HEAR AT ALL
THESE SENTENCING. AND I'D BE SURPRISED IF I HEAR ANYTHING DIFFERENT.))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=hear anything different.
Allman will be sentenced in September and faces up to 32 years in prison.
It would be bad enough to learn a restaurant you frequent found two of its
workers had salmonella- a food borne disease that causes severe stomach upset,
headaches, and abdominal pain.
But imagine if the store REOPENED before getting the okay from health
That's what happened in Salem.
The Hardees on route 419 closed yesterday after learning two workers had
But it opened this morning until ten after a manager mistakenly got the
kitchen up and running.
The health department does NOT know how many people Hardees may have served.
The two employees with salmonella though, were not working today.
SOT 00:04:54 TAPE ONE
IN Q=It has
((ROSS GARLAND/HARDEES REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT: IT HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED
THAT IT CAME FROM THE RESTAURANT. WE JUST KNOW THAT TWO EMPLOYEES HAVE IT AND
AT THIS POINT WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY CONTRACTED IT.))
SUPER=01-Ross Garland/Hardees Regional Vice President;
OUT Q=contracted it.
During the inspection at Hardees, the health department discovered multiple
code violations described as "too many to count".
Workers are being tested for salmonella poisoning and retrained in proper
If you think you have contracted salmonella, call your doctor, or the Salem
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Still to some on the newscast, Robin Reed will have the mild forecast,
and we'll see how one of the Warners running for the U-S Senate is already
taking his case to the public airwaves.
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U-S Senate candidate Mark Warner may make Virginia history -- whether he's
elected or not.
NAT SOT 03:20:37
IN Q=Two Warners
((TWO WARNERS RUNNING FOR THE SENATE. DON'T BE CONFUSED. MARK WARNER'S
The multi-millionaire Democrat has rolled out his second TV ad since June
Campaign officials won't say if their candidate will stay on the airwaves
for an unprecedented FIVE months.
Mark Warner IS saying that he doesn't want to wake up November sixth and
regret NOT running another ad.
Republicans supporting incumbent John Warner are aghast at the money Mark
Warner's willing to spend.
IN Q=The only way
((CHRIS LACAVITA/VA. GOP DIRECTOR: THE ONLY WAY THAT HE'S GOING TO -- HE
FEELS, AND HIS CAMPAIGN FEELS THAT THEY CAN CHANGE THE VOTERS' PERCEPTION IS TO
GO ON THE AIR VERY EARLY, IN JUNE, AND JUST SATURATE THE TV AIRWAVES WITH ADS
SOMETHING COMPLETELY OPPOSITE OF WHAT HE REALLY IS. AND THAT TAKES A LOT OF
SUPER=01-Chris LaCavita/Va. GOP Director;
OUT Q=a lot of money.
Republicans say Mark Warner is a "Clinton clone" who learned his politics in
the back room of the Democratic National Committee.
Tom Lasorda, who went into the hospital with stomach pains Tuesday night, has
suffered a Heart attack.
The 68 year old skipper underwent an angioplast procedure last night in which
doctors discovered he had a small amount of heart muscle damage.
The 1996 NBA draft is winding down at the Meadowlands in New Jersey and while
no player from a Virginia college has been taken, a Virginia native was the
number one pick.
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ; :00
Hampton's Allen Iverson, who is the first player ever to leave Georgetown
before graduating, was the first overall pick as he was snatched up by the
IN Q="It's just...
((ALLEN IVERSON/FIRST ROUND PICK OF 76ERS:))
SUPER=01-Allen Iverson/First Round Pick of 76ers; :00
OUT Q=...to losing."
The Atlantic 10 player of the year Marcus Camby was the second overall pick
taken by the Raptors.
Iverson was household name in this area long before last night's draft, and
long before he convicted of starting a riot in a bowling alley in Hampton, and
long before former Governor Wilder pardoned him.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/December 10, 1992; :00
Iverson turned in one of the greatest one man performances in the history of
Friday Football Extra in the 1992 Division Five state FOOTBALL Championship.
As a quarterback, defensive back and kick returner, Iverson racked up over
200 yards of offense, returned a punt for a touchdown and intercepted two
passes as his Bethel Bruins shutout E.C. Glass 27-to-nothing at City Stadium.
The Charlotte Hornets went into the draft hoping to get some help at point
guard and at in the middle with a center.
But by the time their two first round picks came around the best big men were
So the Hornets selected guards kobe Bryant and Tony Delk.
With the 16th pick in the first round the Hornets selected Final Four MVP
Tony Delk out of the University of Kentucky.
Delk is great shooter and a great defender.
The Hornets also picked high school phenom Kobe Bryant, and they are trying
to trade him at this hour, apparently to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The other high school player in the draft also went in the first round.
Let's see who chose South Carolina's Jermaine O'Neal, and take a look at all
of the first round picks.
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last name
The NFL is signing instead of drafting these days as Training camps for both
teams get ready to open.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/December 31, 1995;
Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl hero Bryan Still has signed a three year contract
with the San Diego Chargers.
Besides returning a punt for a touchdown in the Sugar BOwl, Still caught
six balls for 119 yards and a TD against Texas.
The Chargers traded away their number one pick in 1997 to make sure they
No financial terms were released.
Steelers running back Bam Morris, who was arrested on March 22nd during a
traffic stop entered a guilty plea yesterday to a felony charge of marijuana
Morris could receive ten years in prison and a ten-thousand
dollar fine when sentenced July eleventh.
However, Texas district
attorney Ray Summrow says he will recommend six years probation,
a seven-thousand dollar fine and 200 hours of community service.
In one other football note, East Carolina is finally on its way to Conference
The Pirates failed several times to gain a berth in a major conference in the
past and then Louisville tried to keep them out of this league.
ECU and Army will join Conference USA and begin play in 1997.
Still coming your way in just a few moments some highlights from the big
Monica's stay at Wimbledon is a short one as she is knocked off in the second
Another big upset today at Wimbledon as another of the biggest names in the
tournament, Monica Seles drops out.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC; :00
Seles hadn't played at Wimbledon in four years, and she would last just two
matches in her return.
Slovakia's Katarina Studenikova in the far court ousted the tourney's second
seed in 3 sets, winning 7-5, 5-7, AND 6-4.
It's the earliest Seles has ever lost in her 18 Grand Slam
And it was also an rough day for an oldie, who wasn't such a goodie today!
Pam Shriver on match point barely hits the ball on her second serve and
strides off the court a bit red faced, and a straight sets loser to fifth
seeded Anne Huber.
It was good day for both of the Big Apple's teams in the major leagues as the
Yankees and Mets both picked up wins.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/Yankees vs. Twins; :00
The Yankees were on the road in Minneapolis at the Homerdome, and they were
locked in a tight one-all game until Bernie Williams won it with a solo homer
in the ninth inning.
The Yankees win it 2-to-1.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Rockies vs. Mets; :00
The World's best baseball fan was at Shea Stadium this afternoon as the Mets
beat the Rockies 9-to-5.
Lance Johnson did the most damage in this one with this 2 run homer to right
field as the Mets win a wild won by 4.