The door opens wide for women at the 157 year old, all-male Virginia
And investigators and rescue teams search for possible clues in last
night's truck bombing in Saudi Arabia.
Sunny and dry today with highs in the 80s... I'll have the forecast in just a
The U-S Supreme Court says Virginia Military Institute must admit women.
The long-awaited decision was announced this morning, with the justices
indicating the military program established for women, V-WIL, is not an
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Scott Prince is in Lexington at VMI with more on the story.
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Keith Humphry has been following this case through the courts for more than
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It's interesting that not all the justices concurred in today's decision.
It IS interesting. But there was only ONE dissenter: Antonin Scalia would
have left V-M-I all male. Justice Clarence Thomas did not participate because
his son currently attends V-M-I.
But the majority opinion written by Ruth Bader Ginsburg presents a strongly
worded rebuke to V-M-I and the educational hierarchy in Virginia.
The Institute has consistently argued that men and women are different-
-that they have different talents and capacities for physical performance.
State educators held up V-M-I as a unique element- -just part of a diverse
spectrum of educational opportunities available to the men and women of the
"However well this plan serves Virginia's sons," wrote Justice Ginsburg,
"it makes no provision whatever for her daughters."
The separate program at Mary Baldwin College does not cure the problem,
either, the court concluded.
The Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership is a "pale shadow of V-M-I,"
say the justices.
The opinion released this morning ticks off numerous missing elements:
military training, pressure, hazards, psychological bonding and the
"adversative training" V-M-I is famous for.
V-M-I has maintained all along that the 153-year old Institute would be
forever altered with the admission of women to its ranks.
Certainly there will be changes- -in the barracks especially.
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The court is unconvinced they'll be for the worse, "downgrading V-M-I's
stature." In words from today's decision, it's a "judgment hardly proved, a
prediction hardly different from other 'self-fulfilling prophecies.'"
There is still no claim of responsiblity for last night's
deadly truck bombing at a U-S Air Force base in Saudi Arabia.
However, Muslim militants who object to the presence of U-S troops are
The death count now stands at 19 dead and 80 hospitalized.
President Clinton today ordered American flags lowered at all federal
facilities and said he is considering making a visit to the bombing site.
Regina Blakely has more.
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The man accused of causing a fatal traffic accident while fleeing from
Roanoke County police pleaded guilty this morning.
21-year-old Scott Allman appeared in court and pled guilty to three counts
of involuntary manslaughter, and two misdemeanor traffic charges.
The circuit court judge accepted his guilty plea to all the charges.
Allman is accused of causing the deaths of a Vinton couple and their infant
daughter in April when he struck their car while fleeing from police.
He will be sentenced in September and faces up to 32 years in prison.
The man accused of stalking and killing a Roanoke woman is in police custody.
Aquilia Barnett was arrested yesterday at his mother's home in Charlotte,
Barnett is accused in the shooting death of his former girlfriend- 23-year
old Robin A. Williams early Saturday morning.
Police believe Barnette had apparently stalked Williams for weeks before
Barnett was described by police as highly jealous.
He was suspected of setting an April fire at the home Williams shared with
The couple had to jump from a second story window to escape the flames.
A family member called Charlotte police and notified them of Barnett's
He was arrested without incident.
Government evidence against the suspects in the Oklahoma City bombing is
being debated in court today in Denver.
Prosecutors are trying to get evidence admitted, including bomb making
The hearing is in response to motions by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols
to supress evidence and statements in their upcoming trial.
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Still to come on News 7,
The F-B-I files scandal has claimed its first victim, as a White House
and an early morning accident in Christiansburg slows commuters on Interstate
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An overnight accident on Interstate 81 near Christiansburg made for slow
going during the morning commute.
A tractor trailer overturned shortly after three a-m, blocking both
northbound lanes of the highway near mile marker 121.
It was carrying produce and careened over a guard rail for at least 100
yards before it turned over.
Authorities were able to open one lane of traffic for the morning commute
but it was still a traffic nightmare.
The driver of the big rig was not injured, but police say charges may be
A White House aide who improperly sought hundreds of F-B-I files has
Craig Livingstone announced his resignation at a House hearing today.
Livingstone, who has been on paid leave since the controversy broke, also
The Federal Aviation was in the hot seat yesterday on Capitol Hill.
In tesimony before Congress one inspector said the F-A-A is referred to as
the "Tombstone Agency" because it waits for loss of life before taking action.
The F-A-A is undergoing a shake-up in the light of last month's Valujet
crash in the Florida Everglades, which killed 110.
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IF VALUJET JET WASN T SAFE, WHY WASN T IT GROUNDED SIX MONTHS AGO?
MARY SCHIAVO/INSPECTOR GENERAL:WHY SHOULDN T THE PUBLIC HAVE KNOWN ABOUT
VALUJET S RECORD....I LL BET A FEW PEOPLE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ON THAT PLANE.
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In the meantime Valujet employees continue the fight to get their airline
off the ground.
Outside the Capitol yesterday they held a pep rally and they have even taken
out a full page ad in the Washington Post to ease public fears.
For years the U-S. military has been fighting the war on drugs in the
jungles of South America, but now it's getting-- and giving help.
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Columbia, Peru and other countries are taking advantage of American
technical expertise to weed out drug activity, in what's being called Operation
U-S forces will provide air and ground surveillance-- And they're training
Peruvian national police and customs officials in stopping drug-smuggling along
U-S troops are using Panama as a staging area.
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When News 7 returns,
Contestants of the Miss Virginia Pageant are in town, and after last year's
problems, officials are keeping a close watch on each young woman.
We'll talk to the reigning Miss Virginia, Amber Medlin, about the changes the
pageant has taken on this year.
It's not just the evening gown and swimsuit competitions they have to
Miss Virginia contestants are now under closer scrutiny for their
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
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(( Pageant officials appear confident these contestants are as attractive
on paper, as they are in person.
The Miss Virginia pageant suffered a setback last year-- when Andrea
Ballengee lost her crown when discrepancies were found on her application.
But the incident proved to be a valuable lesson.
((TRACI BASHAM/MISS APPOMATTOX CO.: ANYTHING THAT CAUSES YOU TO REVIEW YOUR
POLICY IS ALWAYS GOOD. AND I THINK THE CONTESTANTS HAVE A CLEARER VIEW THIS
YEAR OF THE NECESSARY APPLICATION PROCESS, AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE
((KELLEY ORR/MISS BOTETOURT CO.: AND THEY WERE ALL SURE THAT WHAT THEY PUT
DOWN ON THEIR APPLICATION WAS TRUE. ))
((BUD OAKEY/PAGEANT BOARD MEMBER: THE REVIEW HAS BEEN GOOD. IT'S BEEN A
HEALTHY PROCESS. IT'S MADE US A BETTER PAGEANT FOR IT, AND IT'S MADE THE
LOCALS A LOT BETTER FOR IT. ))
Oakey says the local pageants are stricter now--
Supporting documentation of claims made on contestant's fact sheets are
Their G-P-A's however, are not.
And as always, the pageant board will re- examine the winner's application
after she's crowned Saturday night.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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Our reigning Miss Virginia Amber Medlin, is in our studio this afternoon to
talk more about the change in the pageant, and also to talk about her year.
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You talked to us shortly after taking the crown from Ballangee. How were
you able to emerge from the controversy clouding over the pageant?
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Questions:The story made national news, did it making rough for you at the
Miss America pageant?
A lot of people don't know this but the Miss America program is the
largest scholarship program for women in the world? Tell us how you answer
critics that say it's just a beauty pageant?
Tell us about the social program that you have promoted this year with
your Miss Virginia title?
What's next for you?
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Stick around - sports is next, including a new court for Radford's former
assistant basketball coach,
and drivers went round and round for onlookers at the New River Valley
We'll tell you why.
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The N-B-A's annual draft of amateur talent takes place tonight.
The Philadelphia 76ers have the number-one pick.
Marcus Camby of Massachusetts, Allen Iverson of Georgetown and Stephon
Marbury of Georgia Tech are highly-regarded prospects.
Former Radford University assistant men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson is
on the move again.
A little over a month after taking job at Marshall, Dickerson has been hired
as one of Gary Williams assistants at his alma mater the University of
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The New River Valley Speedway gave some aspiring drivers and curious
onlookers a taste of racing yesterday.
And Steve Mason says the first time outing was good for both the hosts and
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