Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
It may be summer in Virginia, but not New Zealand, where the winter weather
caused a tour group's van to overturn into a river,
And President Clinton has signed the historic welfare overhaul bill into law.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Military
A Marine Corps spokesman says an F-A 18 attack jet has crashed off the coast
The jet was part of a
Marine Corps Reserve unit based at Andrews Air Force Base in
Few details are yet available, including the condition of the pilot.
The Coast Guard is on the scene of the crash, which occurred about 10:15 a-m
about 40 miles off the coast of Wallops Island.
Six decades of guaranteed cash assistance to the poor ended this morning
when President Clinton signed a welfare reform bill into law.
The law limits lifetime welfare benefits and requires recipients to find
In a Rose Garden ceremony, Mr. Clinton repeated that there are parts of the
bill he doesn't like.
But he said it's the best chance now to change a system that's doing too
And he urged Americans to stop criticizing and start helping welfare
IN Q=now that we are saying..
OUT Q=to make sure the jobs are there.
Tomorrow President Clinton is expected to further ignite the battle over
The White House has leaked word that Mr. Clinton will approve the nation's
toughest crackdown on tobacco,
classifying nicotine as an addictive drug.
TAPE#net (edit of 96-60)-was 2-drug-copter on mornin'
GRAPHIC=drug bust marijuana
The war on drugs is soaring high in Franklin County.
Helicopters combed the area looking for marijuana.
Nearly one thousand plants were found after two days of hunting, but local
and state authorities say the find is less than usual.
Some of the day's find was in the Snow Creek section.
A total of five helicopters circled the entire county.
Investigators say their searches are usually successful.
SOT 15:42:07 on tape franklin-pot
IN Q=A lot of known
((DAVID CUNDIFF/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: A LOT OF KNOWN AREAS WE KEEP
GOING BACK TO YEAR AFTER YEAR, BECAUSE WE HAVE INFORMANTS THAT GIVE US
INFORMATION AND NEIGHBORS THAT TURN PEOPLE IN AND IT JUST CONSISTS OF LOTS OF
INTELLIGENCE GATHERED UP BY DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS. ))
SUPER=01-David Cundiff/Franklin Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=different departments
Cundiff says pot growers are getting tougher to locate, though.
Their latest trick is to rent land in another county- -one not so heavily
patrolled as Franklin Co.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Pot
And in Nelson County an anonymous tip helped authorities break up a
marijuana growing operation Tuesday.
Nelson sheriff Ron Wood says deputies nabbed 26-year old William Wayne Seale
as he reportedly tended to a patch of marijuana plants near Nellysford.
They confiscated more than 200-thousand dollars worth of pot plants.
Seale is being held on a ten-thousand dollar bond.
He's charged with manufacturing marijuana with the intent to distribute.
For the first time, the Pentagon is admitting that chemical weapons were
detected up to seven times during the first week of the Gulf War.
But the Pentagon still says there's no evidence tying the chemical weapons
to postwar illnesses among veterans.
Some U-S Gulf War vets believe exposure to chemical weapons may
be responsible for a host of illnesses they've suffered.
Meantime at an Army depot in Utah the Army has begun a seven-year project
of burning up bombs, rockets and land mines.
The first warhead went into the incinerator this morning.
The special incinerator was
built to destroy 14-thousand tons of Cold War chemical weapons.
One of the worst prison riots in Texas history is over this afternoon.
The disturbance began yesterday morning as a sit in, apparently triggered by
inmates who were unhappy about their food, dental care and recreation.
But the sit-in got rowdy, with inmates trying to scale a fence.
Nineteen inmates and three guards were injured in the riot.
It looks like a neo-Nazi is going to do hard time in Germany.
A court in Hamburg today sentenced Gary Lauck (lowk) to four years in prison
after convicting him of distributing anti-Semitic materials.
Lauck put the publications together at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska and
distributed them abroad.
Lauck's attorney argued his actions were legal in the United States,
therefore he could not be convicted in Germany.
((DR. H.O. SIEG/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:
I DIDN'T EXPECT SUCH THINGS, THAT
DOESN'T MEAN I THINK IT IS CORRECT, OR ACCORDING TO THE LAW.
SUPER=01-Dr. H.O. Sieg/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=ACCORDING TO THE LAW.
German officials had been after Lauck for two decades.
He was arrested in Denmark last year and extradited to Germany to face
charges of inciting racial hatred.
TAPE#net (edit of 96-66)
Another tough day at V-M-I for freshman cadets.
After having their heads shaved Monday--the rats, as they are called, began
their tough training.
Because of the recent Supreme Court ruling this could be the last all-male
IN Q=Despite our best efforts
((DESPITE YOUR BEST EFFORTS, THERE'S NO HOLDING BACK THE FACT THAT THESE KIDS
REALIZE THIS MAY BE THE LAST YEAR OF WHAT THEY ARE. I THINK THEY RESPOND TO IT
IN A POSITIVE WAY. I THINK THEY WANT THE FULL EXPERIENCE, AND WE WILL CERTAINLY
GIVE IT TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
OUT Q=give it to them.
The upperclassmen have cut-short their summer vacation to come back early
for this rite of indoctrination, but they remember being rats themselves.
SOT 2nd response from Black cadet
IN Q=It's scary
((IT'S SCARY, REALLY SCARY. So you can empathize with these guys? YES SIR.
Nonetheless, you're not giving them any breaks, are you? NO, SIR, YOU DON'T
LEARN THAT WAY.))
SUPER=01-Barry Williams/VMI Cadet from Cloverdale;
OUT Q=learn that way.
V- M- I's Board of Visitors will decide next month whether to prepare for
the admission of women... or to take steps toward privatization.
Mother Teresa remains in the intensive care unit of a Calcutta hospital
The nobel peace prize winner was admitted to the hospital Tuesday after
developing a fever and then was put on a respirator when she began developing
Mother Teresa received a pacemaker in 1989 after her second heart attack.
The Roman Catholic nun turns 86 on Tuesday.
An appearance today in Moscow by another ailing public figure.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin was seen in a one minute, heavily edited
news broadcast on state-run T-V.
Yeltsin did not comment on the fighting in Chechnya or on internal fighting
in his government over how to deal with the Chechen rebels.
In New Zealand today, a dramatic rescue to save a group of tourists from an
Eight Korean tourists where in a rented mini-van when it skidded off the
side of a bridge.
Three of the tourists, including a six year old boy were seriously injured.
The accident happened in freezing, wintry conditions.
There were two more convenience store robberies in Roanoke late last night.
That makes a total of five within the past week.
Police believe the same suspects are responsible in FOUR of the cases.
Last night's robberies occured at the 7-11 in the 14-hundred block of Grandin
Road and at Snappies in northeast Roanoke.
At Snappies the suspect wore a ski mask and matched the general description
given by witnesses in three armed robberies last weekend.
A Roanoke prosecutor will head up an investigation into a possible conflict
of interest case involving economic development on the Southside.
The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors approached Commonwealth's
Attorney David Grimes in June about a possible investigation.
But Grimes, who's been working in Pittsylvania County for a number of years,
decided to seek a special prosecutor.
This week a court order turned the case over to Roanoke City Commonwealth
Attorney Donald Caldwell and his assistant Betty Jo Anthony.
Both Grimes and the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors have been tight
lipped about the case.
They've declined to name the agency or persons being looked at.
IN Q=All we
((DAVID GRIMES/PITTSYLVANIA CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.:ALL WE HAVE HERE IS A
QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE EXPLORED, THERE IS NOT AN ACCUSATION OF ANY KIND AT
THIS POINT. BUT THAT THE PUBLIC DESERVES TO HAVE A COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN THE
NEUTRALITY OF THE INVESTIGATION AND I THINK HAVING A SUBSTITUTE PROSECUTOR COME
IN , SOMEBODY OF THE CALIBRE OF MR. CALDWELL, WHO HAS THAT TYPE OF EXPERIENCE
AND REPUTATION, COME IN, THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE
CONFIDENCE IN WHATEVER RESULT HE REACHES IN THE INVESTIGATION.))
SUPER=01-David Grimes/Pittsylvania Co. Commonwealth's Atty.; :00
OUT Q=in the investigation.
A violation of the Virginia conflict of interest statute is considered a
Fort Lewis Elementary School is finally receiving a face- lift that was
four years in the making.
This morning, a group of children donned hard hats and lifted the shovels
for the groundbreaking ceremony.
The first signs of construction are a relief to parents who have lobbied
long and hard.
IN Q=We're real excited
((AMBER SAGESTER/FORT LEWIS PTA PRESIDENT: WE'RE REAL EXCITED BECAUSE THIS IS A
STEP FORWARD FOR THE GLENVAR AREA AND IT'S A WAY TO BRING EDUCATION TO A
STANDARDIZED LEVEL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY AND IT'S JUST A BIG BOOST. IT'S A SHOT
IN THE ARM FOR FORT LEWIS AND FOR THE GLENVAR AREA.))
SUPER=01-Amber Sagester/Fort Lewis PTA President;
OUT Q=for the Glenvar area.
The renovations at Fort Lewis Elementary include a cafeteria and kitchen,
new classrooms, air conditioning and other improvements.
TAPE#Net (Edit of 96-70)
Roanoke native Peggy Ann Sloan is wooing Franklin County with her
publication of "Blue Ridge Traditions."
The monthly magazine is one of the fastest growing publications in the area.
IN Q=I'm very
((PEGGY ANN SLOAN/BLUE RIDGE TRADITIONS PUBLISHER: I'M VERY HAPPY THAT THE
PEOPLE SEEM TO ENJOY IT VERY MUCH. AND IF THEY CAN'T FIND THE ISSUE THEY GET
SUPER=01-Peggy Ann Sloan/Blue Ridge Traditions Pub.;
OUT Q=get upset.
The magazine has everything from Civil War accounts to gardening advice.
And that formula has proven popular...10- thousand copies of Blue Ridge
Traditions are printed every month and it has lots of advertisers.
IN Q=I have
((SLOAN: I HAVE ABOUT 45 THIS PAST ISSUE. AND NOW PEOPLE ARE CALLING ME TO
OUT Q=to advertise.
Sloan says moonshine production may be a topic of a later issue.
A year after a travel agency goes bankrupt, investigators still find "no"
evidence of wrongdoing.
Get Away Tours folded in July-1995, taking with it thousands of dollars in
deposits from would-be vacationers.
The agency's bankruptcy proceedings became final last December, but police
continued to track a paper trail, looking for evidence of a crime.
IN Q=What we were
((ED MEEKS/AMHERST CO. PROSECUTOR: WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT, PRIMARILY, WERE THE
TRANSACTIONS THEMSELVES, RATHER THAN NECESSARILY ANY PARTICULAR PERSONNEL. AND
THAT'S HOW YOU WOULD HAVE TO ESTABLISH IF THERE HAD BEEN ANY ILLEGAL
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Amherst Co. Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=any illegal behavior.
The attorney for owners Fred and Wanda Hunter says his clients would
eventually like to make things up to their customers.
IN Q=I think that's
((MITCH GARBEE/HUNTER'S ATTORNEY: I THINK THAT'S HIS NUMBER ONE GOAL NOW, TO
SOMEHOW FIND THE MONEY TO MAKE IT RIGHT WITH ALL THESE PEOPLE. I DON'T KNOW HOW
HE'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT OR IF HE'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT, BUT I
FEEL CONFIDENT THAT IF HE CAN, HE WILL.))
SUPER=01-Mitch Garbee/Hunter's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=if he can, he will.
The Hunters reportedly have moved out of the area.
Meeks says the investigation's file will remain open.
The controversy surrounding the reigning Miss Universe took another turn
last night, when she appeared in the Miss Teen USA Pagent.
SUPER=03-Las Cruces, New Mexico;
The 18-year old South American beauty has been given two weeks to lose 27
pounds or her title.
The winner of this year's event was Miss Texas, Christie Woods.
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Wal-Mart won't be building on George Washington's land.
The discount retail giant agreed last night to sell part of Washington's
boyhood home along Virginia's Rappahannock River to an historic preservation
group and build its store at another spot half a mile away.
The Ferry Farm plantation is the only one of Washington's three homes that
isn't already a museum.
The property is where young Washington is supposed to have chopped down his
father's cherry tree.
Another industry expansion in Pulaski-
Jefferson Mills broke ground yesterday for a new 21 thousand square-foot
Town council has already agreed to close First Street between Valley and
Maple Streets to allow the expansion.
It won't mean any new jobs immediately, but it will free up space for
((DAVE SPANGLER/JEFFERSON MILLS PRES. & CEO: SO WE WILL ADD TWO MACHINES WE'VE
ALREADY ORDERED AND THEY'LL BE HERE IN JANUARY. IT'LL TAKE AN ADDITIONAL 12
PEOPLE JUST TO OPERATE THOSE TWO MACHINES, AND THE AUXILIARY PEOPLE NECESSARY
TO MOVE THAT MUCH MORE YARN. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Spangler/Jefferson Mills Pres. & CEO;
OUT Q=much more yarn.
Jefferson Mills is a yarn-processing operation.
It currently employs 400 people.
That's not the only good economic news for the New River Valley this week.
Congressman Rick Boucher announced this morning that a two-million dollar
federal grant is being awarded to the region to build the New River Valley
The facility will be built next to the former A-T-and-T plant site in
The Competitiveness Center will be a business incubator, a time-proven
concept for launching small businesses.
VMI is flying high and looking to improve on last year respectable 4 and 7
Much of the team's success this season will no doubt rest of the shoulders
of senior all american running back Thomas Haskins.
A man who Steve Mason found out has it all in perspective.
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SUPER=04-1995-96 Season; :06
SUPER=01-Bill Stewart/VMI Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Thomas Haskins/VMI Tailback; :33
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((He's a 1st team all-american and the Southern Conference offensive
player of the year. Despite his recent success, VMI tailback Thomas Haskins has
spent most of his career overcoming adversity. Coming to VMI as a 145 pound
freshman was his physical obstacle.
((BILL STEWART/VMI HEAD COACH:))
((THOMAS HASKINS/VMI TAILBACK:))
Haskins now weighs about 180 pounds, 8 more than last season. He bench
presses 340 and squats 500!!
With last years entire receiving core gone, there will be even more pressure
on Haskins, who will also assume some return duties this season.
Haskins is not only VMI's all time leading rusher, he also competes on the
Keydet track team. Steve mason, News 7 sports.))
Hanging Rock Golf club assistant pro Chip Sullivan made some history
yesterday as he won the PGA sectional championship on the Golden Horseshoe
course in Williamsburg.
Sullivan won the Mid Atlantic assistant pro title earlier this year and he is
now the first club pro to ever win both in the same year.
He won yesterday's title in style with a hole in one on a 214 yard par 3 hole
with a four iron.
Closer to home Brandon LaCroix won a playoff with Darrell Byrd to capture the
Bob McLelland invitational title.
Northside nipped Franklin County by three strokes to win the team title over
at Blue Hills last night.
And finally, Dennis Rodman made good on his promise to show up in New York
City today dressed for a wedding.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
The only surprise was that Dennis was dressed as the bride, in a very formal
full length wedding gown, lipstick, gloves and a blonde wig.
He arrived in a horse and carriage and then went into Barnes and Noble for a
When asked if he might be barred from the Bulls lockeroom if he keeps
dressing like this, Rodman said - No
We're all men!!
That's it for News 7 at noon.
Thanks for joining us.
Have a great day.