One of the main political players of the Vietnam War era died yesterday.
Former Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned from his position under Richard
And the latest News 7 poll has Bill Clinton and Bob Dole running neck and
neck in the commonwealth.
Spiro Agnew, Vice President under President Richard Nixon has died at a
hospital in Maryland.
His long political career ended in 19-73 when he resigned as Vice President
after pleading no contest to a single count of income tax
IN Q=THE REASON...
OUT Q=CONCERNING THIS MATTER.
The conservative Republican never spoke to Nixon again...saying he felt the
president threw him to the wolves to appease his enemies.
SUPER=03-Yorba Linda, CA/1994;
But he was present at Nixon's funeral in 19-94....hoping to put all
Agnew was seventy-seven.
Ross Perot is threatening to campaign in court if he is not allowed to
debate President Clinton and G-O-P candidate Bob Dole.
The Reform Party candidate is outraged because the commission on
presidental debates says he has no realistic chance of winning the
SUPER=01-Paul Kirk/Debate Commission Chairman;
OUT Q=to participate.
The Perot camp calls the ruling a travesty and promises a lawsuit if the
decision is not changed.
Meanwhile, representatives of President Clinton and Bob Dole met
yesterday without coming to agreement on the number debates, or who
The Clinton camp wants two two-hour debates with one of them including
The Dole side says it favors four debates, with no Perot.
Another meeting is planned for this afternoon.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
The latest News-7 Mason Dixon poll indicates Virginians may be defying
tradition this November and NOT backing a Republican Presidential candidate.
Figures show Bill Clinton running neck and neck with Bob Dole.
44-percent of Virginia voters favor Dole, while 43-percent support the
Coming in a VERY distant third is Reform party candidate Ross Perot, with
If Clinton comes out on top-- he would become the first Democratic
Presidential candidate to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson's win in 1964.
College job fairs help get seniors through the door at many corporations,
but this year Virginia Tech's Expo had to close its door on some corporations.
The annual Engineering Expo started yesterday with 137 participating
companies, a record number.
Due to space constraints, organizers were unable to accommodate about 20
firms that tried to register after the deadline.
((SARAH JOYCE/EXPO '96 CHAIRPERSON: WE'VE EXPANDED OUR CORPORATE DATABASE OF
THE COMPANIES WE SEND INFORMATION TO AND WE'VE ALSO HAD THE TECH NAME JUST GROW
SO MUCH. PEOPLE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH WITH THE SPORTS PROGRAM
DOING SO WELL, AND THEY'RE EXPANDING, ACCEPTING SO MANY MORE FRESHMEN. ))
SUPER=01-Sarah Joyce/Expo '96 Chairperson;
OUT Q=many more freshmen.
The Expo allows about five thousand engineering students an opportunity to
network with potential employers.
((MARC SHEFFLER/THE BOEING COMPANY: WE'RE LOOKING FOR A LARGE NUMBER OF
ENGINEERS. SO WE'RE ACTUALLY NOT ONLY CONTACTING PEOPLE THROUGH EXPO, BUT
CONDUCTING ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS THIS YEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Sheffler/The Boeing Company;
OUT Q=interviews this year.
The Expo is one of the largest in the country.
It continues through today at the Squires Student Center.
A couple of drifters from Lynchburg were among those questioned about the
murders of a wealthy Bedford County couple in 1985.
IF William Shifflett and Robert Louis Albright WERE ever suspects in the
Haysom case, the county prosecutor never told the man who's serving two LIFE
terms for it.
Because of that, (Yenz SIR-ing's) Jen Soering's case is heading for another
hearing in December- -in the same courtroom where he was convicted six years
The Supreme Court sent the case back to Bedford, so the judge can hear the
story of two murder suspects the defense team did not know about when (Sir-ing)
Soering was tried.
IN Q=They were found
((GAIL MARSHALL: THEY WERE FOUND WITH THE KNIFE THAT'S CONSISTENT WITH THIS
WEAPON THAT THE FORENSIC PEOPLE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH HELD WAS THE TYPE OF
KNIFE. THEY SECRETED IT, WHEN THEY WERE STOPPED. THEY APPARENTLY WERE FURTIVE
ABOUT IT, AND THEN A FEW DAYS LATER THEY STABBED SOMEONE AND WERE CONVICTED FOR
THAT STABBING IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-Gail Marshall/Soering's Attorney
OUT Q=city of Roanoke.
Marshall wants fingerprints to compare with the UN-identified prints found
in the Haysom home.
She also wants to know the suspects' blood type and whether, in fact, they
were ever questioned about the Haysom case.
(Sir-ing) Soering himself will be back for the hearing on December 9th.
Yokohama is laying off more workers.
Over the next few weeks 80 more jobs will be phased out.
It's the second round of layoffs in just two months.
44 workers were let go in August.
Company officials say it's necessary for the tire manufacturer to stay
competitive in a slow market.
Marketing Vice President Dan Hunter says he hopes the action will be on a
short term basis to meet the market conditions now.
He says at this point, no additional layoffs are planned.
Meanwhile, local union leaders say they were expecting the announcement--
but did not know how many people would be let go.
Following these layoffs, there will be close to 925 people employed at
the Salem plant.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke's downtown is on the move and it is not stopping.
33 new businesses have moved there in the past year alone.
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated is the main organization that promotes this
At its annual meeting this afternoon, members got a sneak preview of how the
group plans to continue downtown Roanoke's revitalization.
IN Q=We need
((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: WE NEED TO PUT AN ADDITIONAL EMPHASIS ON
OUR RAIL DISTRICT, REALLY MAKE IT ROANOKE'S RIVER, AND PERHAPS BE THE MARKET
AREA, AS FAR AS BEING A STRONG DRAW FOR THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.;
OUT Q=for the area.
Other ideas include establishing a strong link between the new Second Street
bridge and downtown.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
These suggestions and others are in a new strategic plan called Outlook
Downtown Roanoke, that has been in the works for several months.
There's more news and good news for WDBJ viewers, especially those who get
to bed early.
Take Fullscreen Board
WDBJ has started the area's first local 10 p-m newscast.
News 7 Prime Time can be seen each weekday night at 10 p-m on W-E-F-C.
You can check your local cable listings for the channel in your area.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
Jury selection gets underway today in the O.J. Simpson civil trial.
The judge said he will allow testimony on domestic violence.
The country mourns the loss of a controversial politician.
Spiro Agnew died yesterday at the age of 77.
And Boones Mill will be getting a new water system.
Officials were able to get a grant for the needed 125-thousand dollars.
And that's what's making news on this Wednesday September 18th.
Former Vice President Spiro Agnew has died at the age of 77.
Agnew served under Richard Nixon but was forced to resign in disgrace in a
tax evasion scandal in 19-73.
The Maryland hospital where Agnew died yesterday has not released a
cause of death.
Rick Jackson has more on the life of Agnew.
SUPER=04-Face The Nation; :34
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/1973; :57
SUPER=03-Yorba Linda, CA/1994; 2:02
SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; 2:25
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
AGNEW WAS FAR FROM A HIGH-PROFILE GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND WHEN HE WAS CALLED
UPON BY RICHARD NIXON TO BE HIS VICE PRESIDENT.....CALLING IT HIMSELF A "BOLT
OUT OF THE BLUE."
IF THE NATION KNEW LITTLE OF THE MAN BORN IN 19-18 IN BALTIMORE ....THE SON
OF A GREEK IMMIGRANT FATHER....IT SOON LEARNED.
AGNEW'S HARSH RIDICULE OF LIBERALS AND VIETNAM WAR PROTESTERS....WHO HE
DUBBED AN "EFFETE CORPS OF IMPUDENT SNOBS".....DREW MUCH ATTENTION AND
CRITICISM....AND APPLAUSE FROM CONSERVATIVES....LEADING TO A WIN FOR
THE NIXON-AGNEW TICKET IN '68.
2-YEARS LATER, THE VICE PRESIDENT TOLD THE NATION WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO WORK
UNDER RICHARD NIXON.
THAT VIEW DRASTICALLY CHANGED JUST 3-YEARS LATER..>>WHEN IN THE MIDST OF THE
BEGINNING OF THE WATERGATE SCANDAL, AGNEW RESIGNED, WALKED INTO
A FEDERAL COURTROOM IN BALTIMORE AND PLEADED NO CONTEST TO ONE COUNT OF
INCOME TAX EVASION.
THE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN NEVER SPOKE TO NIXON AGAIN...SAYING HE FELT THE
PRESIDENT THREW HIM TO THE WOLVES TO APPEASE HIS ENEMIES.
BUT HE WAS PRESENT AT NIXON'S FUNERAL IN 19-94....HOPING TO PUT ALL
AGNEW IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE JUDY AND THEIR 4-CHILDREN.
HE WAS 77-YEARS OLD.
RICK JACKSON CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
Jury selection is scheduled to get
under way today in Santa Monica, California, in O.J. Simpson's
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
One-hundred prospective jurors -- out of a pool of four-thousand
-- are due in court today.
Meanwhile, the judge in the case handed some blows to the defense yesterday.
He said he will allow testimony on domestic violence.
The media also won a small victory.
A federal appeals court agreed with the judge's decision to bar electronic
broadcasts, but ordered him to allow a press room audio feed and sketch artists
in the courtroom.
One former Pulaski County kennel operator has turned herself in, pleading
guilty to five counts of cruelty to animals.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last June;
Annette Jenkins let Terry Weaver set up the Solid Rock Kennel at her home.
Both disappeared in June, leaving about 30 dogs and cats tied up or caged
without food and water.
Tipton Ridge Veterinary Clinic has treated and boarded the animals since,
and adopted out all but six.
Jenkins turned herself in and pled guilty yesterday.
The judge suspended her 12-month sentence on the condition she repay the
Weaver, who's also charged, is still at large.
Just when it looked like the Boones Mill water project was down the drain
town officials plugged the hole.
The town came up short on cash in efforts to replace its 55-year old water
It happened despite a 400-thousand dollar state grant.
But officials were able to get their hands on an additional grant worth 125-
IN Q=We submitted
((BONNIE NEWLON/FRANKLIN COUNTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR: WE SUBMITTED MONEY TO
THE R.A.C.D. FARMER'S HOME TO HELP US PAY FOR THE COST OF THE TANK. AND BY
DOING THAT, THE COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT FOLKS DECIDED THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO WORK
WITH US AND ALLOW US TO SHIFT THE BUDGET AROUND SO WE COULD USE ALL THEIR FUNDS
FOR THE WATER LINE. ))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Newlon/Franklin Co. Asst. Administrator;
OUT Q=the water line
Newlon says if the extra money wasn't granted, the project would have likely
been put on hold.
Houston animal control people was sent out on a wild goose chase yesterday
Turns out, it was not a goose but a
swan, venturing out into a busy intersection.
Animal control was called
after the swan caused several accidents.
A police officer also joined in the
They finally managed to catch up with the animal.
Animal control believes it may have come from a private pond.
If the owner doesn't come
forward, then it's off to a wildlife refuge.
The political world is mourning the
death of former Vice President Spiro Agnew.
He died yesterday at a hospital in Ocean City, Maryland.
Agnew was forced to resign as Richard Nixon's Vice President in 1973 in a
IN Q=I CATEGORICALLY DENY
OUT Q=ON MY PART.
The conservative Republican never spoke to Nixon again, saying he felt the
President threw him to the wolves to appease his enemies.
SUPER=03-Yorba Linda, CA/1994;
But he was present at Nixon's funeral in 19-94.
Agnew was seventy-seven.
The State Department has sent another note to Saddam Hussein warning him not
to threaten his neighbors, or U-S forces in the Middle East.
SUPER=03-Fort Hood, TX;
By the end of the week, the U-S should have 35-hundred more soldiers in
Kuwait that could be used to respond to any further threatening moves from
Yesterday President Clinton briefed Congressional leaders about the Persian
Gulf situation, telling them the U-S is ready to act further against Saddam if
he tries to expand his influence.
(( AND WE HAVE ALSO PUT SADDAM HUSSEIN ON NOTICE THAT WE DO NOT WANT HIM TO
TAKE ANY ACTIONS THAT WOULD INCREASE THE DANGERS TO OUR PILOTS.
OUT Q=TO OUR PILOTS.
The new U-S troops in the gulf will join up with 12-hundred soldiers -- plus
heavy equipment -- already there.
The troops are an addition to a beefed-up U-S air presence in the region
that includes Stealth fighters and F-16s.
The rash of fires that destroyed numerous black churches throughout the
South, seem to be dying out-
But a Danville civil rights organization doesn't want the issue to die.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :28
SUPER=01-Bill Fuller/Danville Commonwealth's Atty.;:55
SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/Danville SCLC President; 1:14
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are determined to
prevent what's happened around the country from hitting home.
The organization sponsored a leadership summit in Danville-- inviting local
church, legal and business leaders.
The meeting was upbeat-- combining prayer and fellowship with music.
But behind the Sunday like atmosphere-- the message was clear.
IN Q=I don't
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING THAT IS A MORE
DASTARDLY ACT THAN THE BURNING OF A CHURCH AND WE WANT TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN
THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY AND THIS
CITY, IN PARTICULAR, TO INSURE THAT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE. ))
OUT Q=happen here.
Morris says his officers are keeping a closer eye on local churches.
But he and Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller encouraged the crowd to help
by reporting any suspicious behavior.
IN Q=A lot of
((BILL FULLER/DANVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.:A LOT OF MURDERS TAKE PLACE IN THE
HEAT OF PASSION AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT TO JUST DO SOME PREMEDITATED ACT LIKE
THAT IS ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE.))
The SCLC began planning for the conference several months ago.
This gave the organization time to get the community involved.
IN Q=We were
((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT:WE WERE VERY PLEASED WITH THE
INTRODUCTION OF SCLC YOUTH AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. THEY SHOW US THE NEED FOR
HOUSES OF WORSHIP TO EDUCATE AND TO KEEP THE SPIRITUAL DREAM ALIVE IN THE
OUT Q=the community.
Members of the Jewish and Islamic faith also took part in the leadership
summit. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
For the first time, there are two separate southern Baptist groups in the
Conservative Virginia Baptists have made an official split with the more
moderate Baptist General Association of Virginia.
The new Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia group includes about 115
churches, and is about one- tenth the size of its more moderate counterpart.
An ideological power struggle within the Southern Baptist Convention was the
main reason for the defection.
There's a degree of hair- splitting: the conservatives believe the Bible is
the literal truth, and moderates believe some of the Bible is simply meant to
For WDBJ viewers who get to bed early there is good news.
Take Fullscreen Board
WDBJ has started the area's first local 10 p-m newscast.
News 7 Prime Time can be seen each weekday night on W-E-F-C.
You can check your local cable listings for the channel in your area. Connie
Stevens is joined by Meterologist Robin Reed and Mike Stevens with Sports.
That's at the earlier time of 10 p-m on WEFC. And of course there is also News
7 at 11 right here on WDBJ.
Cleveland has clinched its second straight Central Division crown with a
9-to-4 victory at Chicago.
For a roundup of last night's baseball scores let's check the numbers.
wipe to score
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=0091-/Baltimore///New York///Postponed By Rain/j/Boston/4//Detroit/2///;
SUPER=0091-j/Cleveland/9//Chicago/4//Indians Win Central//Minnesota/2/j/Kansas
SUPER=0092-/Chicago/3/j/St. Louis/5///j/Los Angeles/9//Colorado/0///;
SUPER=0092-j/San Francisco/9//San Diego/7///;