The thorn in the U-N's peacekeeping effort in Somalia has died.
And Congress heads into its summer recess this weekend on the heels of an
impressive flury of activity that includes an overhaul of the welfare system.
It does NOT look like a picture-perfect outdoor weekend.
I'll have your complete end of the week forecast coming up from the News 7
Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.
Two down and one to go on Capitol hill.
Both houses of Congress have already
pushed through bills raising the minimum wage and reforming welfare.
And late yesterday, the house approved compromise legislation expanding
health care coverage that will affect millions of Americans.
As Bob Schieffer reports, the Senate must now follow suit before the summer
recess which begins this weekend.
IN Q="I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED...
SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/Majority Leader; :00
SUPER=03-Capitol Hill; :08
SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Gephardt/Minority Leader; 1:26
SUPER=01-Bob Schieffer/Reporting; 1:42
OUT Q=Bob Schieffer/CBS News, at the Capitol.
SEN. TRENT LOTT, R-MISS./MAJORITY LEADER: I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED AND FRANKLY
SURPRIZED AT THE LEVEL OF COOPERATION AND MOVEMENT THEY ACHIEVED..
That's understandable..because this congress will go home for the summer
able to make a rare claim: it got something done.
Love it or hate it, the overhaul of welfare programs is a massive change.
Democrats said it was still too tough on children but passage was assured when
the President endorsed it.
Many Federal entitlement programs will end as states design their own
programs with help from federal cash grants.
And that was just for starters. The agreement on health care reform will
guarantee that workers who lose theis jobs won't lose their health insurance,
even those who have medical problems.
The agreement to raise the minimum wage from 4.25 to 5.15 an hour will be
phased in over two years..and will be coupled with tax breaks for small
The plan to help communities clean up water supplies came after endless
haggling. The District of Columbia--among others--will get millions of federal
dollars to make its water safe to drink.
Republicans say it all began when their Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
quit the Senate.
LOTT:WE ALL KNOW THE SENATE WAS TIED UP BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS DIDNT WANT
HIM TO GET CREDIT FOR GETTING THESE THINGS DONE. YOU KNOW IN A WAY I DONT
BLAME THEM IF THE TABLES HAD BEEN REVERSED WE'D HAVE DONE A LOT OF THE SAME
Democrats want SOME credit, too.
REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT, D-MO./MINORITY LEADER:THE BURST OF ENERGY MAINLY COMES
FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THE
MINIMUM WAGE IS PURELY A DEMOCRATIC EFFORT, THE HEALTH BILL IS AT LEAST A
HALF, I'D SAY MORE THAN HALF A DEMOCRATIC EFFORT.
Whatever the case it will be different. Members of Congress have been
accused of being part of a do nothing congress for so long, no one knows how
they'll react when someone accuses them now of being part of a DO SOMETHING
Bob Schieffer, CBS News, at the capitol.))
Funeral services will be held today for Somali warlord Mohamed Aidid.
The self-proclaimed president of the African nation reportedly died
yesterday of a heart attack.
In 19-93, eighteen American soldiers died in an unsuccessful bid to arrest
Aidid during the U-N peacekeeping mission in Somalia.
General Aidid was 62.
It looks like the world won't see much of Boris Yeltsin for the next several
A Kremlin aid says the newly re-elected president is suffering from fatique
and is taking two months off to relax and recover.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
The largest piece of wreckage
recovered from T-W-A Flight 800 could be brought ashore today.
SUPER=03-East Moriches, NY;
Officials say bad weather that prevented the transfer yesterday
has improved, and divers should be able to resume operations.
Federal investigators say yesterday was the least productive day of the
search, with divers facing 10 foot waves and 20 knot winds.
IN Q=The eiver can not
(( ROBERT FRANCIS/NTSB:THE EIVER CAN NOT OPERATE IN THESE KIND OF
CONDITIONS...IF YOU'RE GOT 100 FOOT WAVES IT'S JUST VERY DIFFICULT))
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/NTSB Vice Chairman;
OUT Q=just very difficult.
The bodies of 184 of the 230 crash victims have been recovered so
Tests on the wreckage have failed to turn up any evidence that
a bomb was responsible for the crash.
The man suspected in the mass slaying of a Vinton family two years ago is
back in the Roanoke Valley today.
Earl Bramblett waived extradition, rather than fight being transferred to
Virginia from South Carolina.
The 54-year old suspect has lived in Spartanburg for most of the past two
Police have now confirmed Bramblett has been their principle suspect from
the beginning- -
SUPER=04-August 29, 1994;
from the day they discovered the bodies of a family of four in their burned out
home on East Virginia Avenue.
Bramblett was a friend of the victims, and had practically lived with
Blaine and Teresa Hodges and their two girls.
Police won't discuss a motive and won't say what led to Tuesday's arrest.
IN Q=It will be
((CHIEF RICK FOUTZ/VINTON POLICE: IT WILL BE A VERY INTERESTING CASE. THAT'S
ALL I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW. BUT WHEN THE CASE BEGINS TO UNFOLD AND PEOPLE
WILL REALIZE WHY IT TOOK 23 MONTHS IT'S A VERY COMPLEX CASE AND A VERY UNUSUAL
CASE. A circumstantial case? A CIRCUMSTANTIAL CASE.))
SUPER=01-Rick Foutz/Vinton Police Chief;
OUT Q=circumstantial case.
(double out| Q&A are the same.)
Bramblett was brought first to the Vinton Police department for processing,
than taken to the Roanoke County jail in Salem, where he awaits trial for
capital murder and arson.
Two Lynchburg teens are in custody, charged with holding up a convenience
store at gunpoint this morning.
Police were called to the Midget Market on Polk Street around 8:15 where the
clerk told them he'd been robbed.
Two teenaged boys entered the store with stocking masks over their faces,
produced a gun and made off with a small amount of money.
With the help of a tracking dog, police caught up with the youths a few
Both are fourteen years old.
They're charged with armed robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a
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Still to come on News 7,
We'll tell you about a scam making it's way into several Virginia banks,
and three people are arrested in Franklin County after drug enforcement agents
find this laboratory,
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Drug enforcement agents have come across a laboratory hidden in the Penhook
section of Franklin County.
SUPER=04-Drug Enforcement Admin. Video;
D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln says it was inside a hundred-year old tobacco barn,
further concealed by a thick lawyer of hay.
After digging through the hay bales, agents found a trap door and inside a
state-of-the-art stainless steel laboratory.
Lincoln says it was used to manufacture amphetamine.
Eddie and Ronnie Meeks were arrested along with Tracy Hancock... all three
of them charged with manufacturing amphetamine AND marijuana.
Turning coins into bills may sound easy, but don't bank on it.
Banks across the Virginia and into Tennessee will have their guards up after
being hit by a scam.
Apparently, a middle-aged woman is cashing in on what appears to be a roll
But bank tellers later learn the rolls actually contain a dime on each end
and pennies in the middle.
The scam was pulled off Wednesday at banks in Pulaski and Wytheville.
A bank in Kingsport was also hit with the scam.
The Henry County courthouse is getting a new home.
So, what's going to happen to the old building?
One group says it's a part of history that should be preserved as a museum.
Kimberly McBroom has more on the story.
IN Q=Serving for two centuries
SUPER=01-Eric Monday/M'ville-Henry Co. Historical Soc.; :17
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :34
SUPER=01-Tim Martin/Uptown Business Assoc.; :44
SUPER=01-Roscoe Gillispie/Henry Co. Resident; 1:05
SUPER=00-Kimberly McBroom/Reporting; 1:13 **RIGHT SCREEN**
OUT Q=News 7, Henry county
(( Serving for two centuries as the Henry County courthouse, this building
has stood the test of time.
But now that this landmark is showing its age-- the Martinsville-- Henry
County Historical Society is trying to preserve it.
They envision at least a portion of the courthouse as a museum.
SOT TAPE 2 19:57:07
((ERIC MONDAY/M'VILLE-HENRY CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WE HAVE A HISTORY OF
INDIVIDUALISM, OF INDUSTRIOUSNESS, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP THAT I THINK COULD NOT
ONLY SERVE TO BE A SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR OUR RESIDENTS, BUT COULD ALSO BE A GOOD
MARKETING TOOL FOR OUR REGION AS WE TRY TO BUILD AN ECONOMY FOR THE NEXT
Even as construction of the new courthouse nears completion--many
residents consider the old one as a cornerstone of the county's heritage and a
haven for its future. (/////SOT/////)
SOT TAPE 1 19:15:29
((TIM MARTIN/UPTOWN BUSINESS ASSOC.: IF WE TAKE OUR COURTHOUSE AWAY, OR DO
SOMETHING IN IT THAT DOES NOT MAINTAIN OUR UPTOWN AREA AND MAKE IT INTO A
MUSEUM OR WHATEVER IT MAY BE IN RETROSPECT TO WHAT EVERYBODY'S BEEN SAYING--
THEN WE'LL TEAR OUR CORE OUT, OUR HEART. ))
Some say a museum would benefit those who remember the area's history--
and those who have yet to learn about it.
SOT TAPE 1 19:23:06
((ROSCOE GILLISPIE/HENRY CO. RESIDENT: DURING MY CLASSES, I HAVE ASKED HIGH
SCHOOL STUDENTS, "WHO WAS HENRY COUNTY NAMED AFTER?" THEY DON'T KNOW. ))
SOT first standup please 20:17:05
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER, WHEN THE NEW COURTHOUSE
IS EXPECTED TO OPEN-- THE COUNTY WILL BE ASKING FOR MORE PUBLIC INPUT. THEY
SAY IT WILL ULTIMATELY BE THE RESIDENTS WHO DECIDE THE FATE OF AN OLD LANDMARK.
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
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Stay with us.
Up next on News 7 at Noon, it may be summer but now's the time trees are
being prepared for Christmas.
We'll have the story in this week's Growin' It.
And will Mark Warner take the offensive in his campaign for U-S Senate, now
that the latest polls show him trailing incumbent John Warner by a wide margin?
We'll hear from the challenger.
Mark Warner says despite low numbers in a recent poll he won't resort to
negative ads to win more votes.
Yesterday, he spent time with teens and seniors at the Brambleton Center in
Earlier this week in a News-7 Mason Dixon poll less than 30 percent of
Virginians responded they would vote for the OTHER Warner.
SOT 15.03.09 - 15.03.14
IN Q=I think Virginians
((MARK WARNER/SENATORIAL CANDIDATE: I THINK VIRGINIANS WANT TO HAVE A REASON
TO HIRE SOMEBODY MORE THAN TO HEAR ABOUT REASONS WHY THEY SHOULD FIRE THE OTHER
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Senatorial Candidate;
OUT Q=the other guy
Earlier in the day Warner made an appearance in Radford and got the
endorsement of the National Education Association.
While campaigning in the area, Warner showed that he isn't just politics.
He took a time-out from touring the center for a quick game of basketball.
Meantime, a state G-O-P official says The Virginia Education Association
should reconsider its decision to endorse Democratic Senate candidate Mark
Warner posted his campaign's homepage yesterday on M-T-V's Web site. A
Republican operative says that means Warner is sharing a cyberspace port with
such features as M-T-V's "Sex in the '90s."
And stay with us, Patrick has Growin' It Next.
IN Q=Today we're
SUPER=19-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :10
SUPER=01-Bob Kennedy/Christmas Tree Farmer; :30
OUT Q=I'm Patrick Evans.
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A few more Americans were out of work last month.
The Labor Department says the unemployment rate edged up slightly to 5
point 4 percent as job creation slowed.
The number of new jobs fell to 193-thousand -- down from 220-thousand in
The numbers suggest an interest rate hike may not be necessary, which
should be good news for financial markets.
On Wall Street today, stocks remain broadly higher, gaining strength on
falling interest rates.
At Noon, the Dow was UP just over fifty points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next on News 7 at Noon,
Michael Johnson sprints his way into the record books at the Atlanta Games,
while Victory Stadium prepares for soccer playoff action.
We'll have a preview of the Roanoke Riverdawgs'-Nashville Metros contest.
MUSIC UP FULL
A former Dallas police officer has pleaded guilty in connection with a plot
to kill Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin.
A judge has sentenced Johnnie Hernandez to a pair of six-year prison
terms to run concurrently.
Hernandez allegedly went after Irvin because Irvin threatened his girl
Former U-MASS star Marcus Camby is making news again, but this time it's not
Camby, who led the Minutemen to a 35-2 record last year may now have led
them to a forfeiture of the season.
According to the Boston Globe the star center has admitted to a school
committee that he accepted gifts and money from agents during his sophomore and
The school is expected to close the investigation by the end of the
summer, at which time they will report to the NCAA.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee marks the end of a brilliant career tonight, competing
in the long jump for a possible gold medal.
Last night, U-S sprinter Michael Johnson took his second gold medal for the
And Dan O'Brien won gold for the decathlon.
Bill Schweizer reports.
IN Q=Not only...
SUPER=04-NBC Sports; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Schweizer/Reporting; 1:02
OUT Q=CBS News, Atlanta.
Tonight at 8, the Roanoke Riverdawgs open the first round of the Premiere
League playoffs at Victory Stadium, in their first appearance at the City
IN Q=" I think
((MIKE DUNNE/RIVERDAWGS CENTER DEFENDER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Dunne/Riverdawgs Center Defender; :00
OUT Q=...we're a good team"
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Roanoke will play the Nashville Metros, a team the Riverdawgs have
already beaten twice this season.
((NATHAN FAIRCHILD/RIVERDAWGS MIDFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Nathan Fairchild/Riverdawgs Midfielder; :00
OUT Q=...ready for the game"
And our own Steve Mason will have a live report from Victory Stadium
tonight on News 7 at 6.
(***patrick ad lib***)
Tonight on NEWS-7 at Five's Health Check report--
In the effort to prevent breast cancer and promote early detection, Congress
may soon debate legislation concerning the sensor pad...a device that can
detect lumps which could signal cancer.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 at Noon, have a nice weekend.
That report and more news of the day, tonight on NEWS-7 at Five.