In Russia today, a vote that could return the nation to communism,
and utility officials try to pin down the cause of widespread power outages in
After a VERY bumpy ride yesterday, we've got nothing but smooth sailing
from here through the end of the week. I'll tell you all about it in just a
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is straight ahead.
Early returns in Russia's presidential primary give Boris Yeltsin a slight
lead over his communist challenger.
Voters had two candidates to choose from, reflecting two difficult choices.
The continued reforms of Boris Yeltsin or a return to communism under
Gennady Zyuganov (geh-NAH'-dee zyoo-GAH'-nawf).
Jonathan Sanders reports from Moscow.
SUPER=01-Jonathan Sanders/Reporting; 1:02
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, MOSCOW.
In other news from the former Soviet Union, a tram car accident in Ukraine
killed 30 people and left dozens injured.
The accident happened last night as commuters headed home from work.
When the brakes failed the tram was thrown off the rails and into a
Today was declared a day of national mourning for the victims.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Over 100 people have died in Southern China following days of torrential
rains and flooding.
Thousands of houses have been destroyed and tens of thousands of acres of
farmland are underwater.
Officials expect the number of dead to rise as rescuers search through the
The torrential rains are expected to continue for at least four more days.
The lights are back on in the West, but officials still don't know what
caused a massive blackout yesterday.
The outages affected at least eight states and left one and a-half million
customers without power.
A utility spokesperson says authorities think the problem originated in the
Rocky Mountain states.
IN Q=ONE OF OUR
((TERRY WINTER/SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC: ONE OF OUR MAJOR ALTERNATING CURRENT
LINE UP INTO OREGON, TWO LINES, TRIPPED OUT, WE DON'T KNOW THE REASON FOR THAT
IT'S STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT WHEN THAT OCCURRED 4800 MEGAWATTS OF POWER
COMING SOUTH ON THAT LINE AND WHEN IT OPENED SUDDENTLY YOUR SHORT 4800
SUPER=01-Terry Winter/San Diego Gas & Electric;
OUT Q=your short 4800 megawatts.
The blackout came as the mercury climbed over 100 degrees in some areas, but
officials aren't saying if increased demand led to the failure.
The plan to bring Interstate 73 through the Roanoke Valley continues to
move forward, but today government and business leaders urged supporters of the
project to keep up the pressure.
Today, Virginia Transportation Secretary Robert Martinez presented a
symbolic check to local officials.
The state has allocated six million dollars for planning and design work.
But officials also warned that local supporters must maintain a united
front in the face of intense competition for federal funds.
IN Q=The greater chamber of commerce
OUT Q=solidly as a team.
The state has identified a five-mile wide corridor that will run from
Bluefield through Roanoke and down US 220 to the North Carolina line.
State officials say it will take about three years to identify the actual
alignment of the highway.
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Still to come on News 7,
State officials celebrate a year of success with Virginia's welfare reform,
and these twins fought for about 15 minutes while their parents videotaped
They say it's a form of instruction, but the courts say it's child abuse.
Where is the line drawn? We'll talk to a counselor.
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In Michigan, authorities were given a videotape of twin six- year- old
children entangled in a vicious fight.
They were ordered to do so by their parents.
Authorities say sometime in April Gary and Taalisa Downes orchestrated and
videotaped the brawl between their daughter and son.
The parents said they were simply making an instructional video to stop the
twins from fighting.
But the Downes have now been charged with child abuse.
If convicted the couple could face up to 15 years behind bars.
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Wally Scott, Director of Counseling at Family Service of Roanoke Valley
joins us with his reaction to the tape.
Do you think this couple is guilty of child abuse or just poor parenting
SUPER=01-Wally Scott/Family Service of Roanoke Valley;
(The children suffered little physical injury, but what kind of emotional scars
might be left behind?)
(The parents say they made the tape to teach their children not to fight.
What's the proper method for teaching this?)
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The Danville police department is being accused of using excessive force
during an arrest.
The Reverend Thomas Motley outlined the allegations at a news conference
surrounded by members of C-PAC (see-pac)-- otherwise known as Citizens Policing
17- year old Natasha Fitzgerald and 18- year old Kwanza (kwan-za) Cobbs say
police used excessive force in arresting them last month for allegedly
trespassing at a local clothing store.
Angela Crowley says she witnessed what happened.
She said when she tried to find out the girls names to call their parents
she was thrown to the ground and charged with obstructing an officer.
Danville Police Chief Neal Morris says he's unaware of any complaint being
filed against his department.
GRAPHIC=welfare in virginia
Welfare reform in Virginia turns one year old today, and state officials are
celebrating the success of the program.
Social Services commissioner Clarence Carter was in Lynchburg today to thank
local workers for helping to implement the plan.
Carter says in the past twelve months, more than two thousand recipients
have found jobs, and sixty percent of those are working full time.
IN Q=This initiative
((CLARENCE CARTER/VA SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: THIS INITIATIVE HAS A
FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF IN PEOPLE, BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT WELFARE RECIPIENTS CAN
ASPIRE TO THE SAME THING THAT EVERY OTHER INDIVIDUAL DOES. WE DON'T SOMEHOW
LOOK DOWN OUR NOSE AND SAY `THOSE POOR PEOPLE, THEY CAN'T DO', THEY SIMPLY NEED
SOME ASSISTANCE IN ORGANIZING THEIR PERSONAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE ABLE TO DO IT
THEMSELVES AND THAT'S WHAT THIS INITIATIVE DOES.))
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Va. Social Services Commissioner; :00
OUT Q=this initiative does.
Carter also notes that the number of welfare cases is down ten percent from
a year ago.
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Just ahead - there's relief in sight for a smelly situation in Clifton
and the new design for NASA's next space shuttle is out of this world.
We'll take a peak when News 7 returns.
NASA'S ready to scrub the shuttle.
No, not the next mission, but the current design.
After long consideration NASA has picked one of three finalists to be its
choice for the shuttle's next generation.
Scott Pelley reports.
IN Q=The hard fought
SUPER=04-Lockheed Martin Animation; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Payton/Program Director; :38
SUPER=01-Scott Pelley/Reporting; :50
SUPER=01-Joan Johnson-Freese/Space Analyst; 1:13
OUT Q= at the Johnson Space Center.
THe hard fought competition to replace the shuttle included a
buck rodgers design and another patterned after of the tried and true.
But in the end the winner was lockheed/martin's wingless wonder.
DAN GOLDIN: THIS IS A REVOLUTIONARY NEW TEST VEHICLE WE BELIEVE
WILL BEGIN THE NEXT CHAPTER OF HUMANITIES QUEST FOR THE HEAVENS.
The X-33 will bound into orbit on one engine, dropping no rockets.
It will land using its body rather than wings for lift.
The goal is simplicity and a 90 percent cut in the cost of launching a
GARY PAYTON/NASA: OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO REDUCE THE COST OF GETTING
PAYLOADS INTO ORBIT TO THE POINT WHERE MORE ACTIVITY CAN GO ON IN SPACE.
INDUSTRIES CAN FLOURISH THERE THAT WE CAN'T EVEN PREDICT RIGHT NOW.
One of the most revolutionary aspects is how the new ship is financed.
Taxpayers will cover the one billion dollars for the prototype but after than
the private contractor will pay for the construction of the next generation
IN THEORY, NASA WOULD BE JUST ONE OF MANY CUSTOMERS BUYING A RIDE.
JOAN JOHNSON-FREESE: THE INDUSTRY HAS SAT BACK AND JUST WAITED FOR
MOTHER GOVERNMENT TO COME THROUGH. AND I THINK IF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD
FINALLY SAY WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT, THEN I THINK INDUSTRY WOULD
START ACTING LIKE ENTREPRENEURS.
NASA is predicting a ship that will do what the shuttle only promised,
cheap reliable access to orbit. this time both new technology and
experience may deliver on the dream. Scott Pelley, CBS News at the Johnson
TAPE#edit of 96-41/clifton dump/with new bites from field tape
A breath of fresh air for some Clifton Forge residents who had been
complaining about a smelly neighbor.
Last weekend, a temporary trash-transfer station was set up in this
The garbage was supposed to go to an Alleghany transfer station-- but it
was not yet operational.
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/Last Night;
Last night, city council told citizens the station should be up and running
At least one resident says he's confident the city will follow through with
its promise and get rid of the temporary- trash- transfer station.
SOT 8:30:23 tape 2
IN Q=If the county's
((JACK HARLOW/CLIFTON FORGE RESIDENT: IF THE COUNTY'S UP AND DUMPING TRASH,
THE CITY OF CLIFTON FORGE WILL BE, TOO. AND I THINK THE TRANSFER CONTAINER AND
EVERYTHING WIL BE OUT OF THE CITY'S YARDS. BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THEY WANT US
BACK AT THE NEXT MEETING. ))
SUPER=01-Jack Harlow/Clifton Forge Resident;
OUT Q=at the next meeting
Meanwhile, the city manager defended the decision to put the trash
containers in residents' back yards.
SOT tape 1 7:24:38
IN Q=Even though
((DICK MAGNIFICO/CLIFTON FORGE CITY MGR.: EVEN THOUGH IT IS A VERY SENSITIVE
ISSUE. MY COMMENT IS IT'S BEEN DONE TO THE BEST OF THE ABILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Dick Magnifico/Clifton Forge City Mgr.;
OUT Q=best of the ability
City officials say after the trash is removed, they'll work on a clean-
On Wall Street -- stocks are edging lower in light trading volume.
At noon, the Dow was DOWN 24 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - when we come back Patick tells us who's still on the court
and how Radford University's new athletic director plans to whip his department
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Rain has suspended men's quarterfinal action at Wimbledon.
Three-time defending champion Pete Sampras and Richard Krajicek
(KRY'-chehk) were tied 2-to-2 in the first set.
In another quarterfinal match, Jason Stoltenberg leads fourth seed Goran
Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE'-seh-vihch) 5-to-3 in the first set.
Radford University has a new athletic director.
As Steve Mason reports, Greig Denny hopes to take the Highlanders to a new
level in the next century.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Greig Denny/New Radford A.D.; :09
SUPER=01-Dr. Douglas Covington/Radford President; :38
SUPER=04-1995-96 Basketball Season; :51
SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Men's Basketball Coach; :56
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
(******patrick toss to mel********)
That's it for News 7 at Noon.
Have a great afternoon