Virginia Tech officials come under fire for their handling of a criminal
investigation involving Tech football players.
And just hours before a scheduled execution, Governor Allen steps in.
Joseph Payne was watching T-V last night when he heard the news.
Governor George Allen commuted the condemned man's death sentence, three
hours before Payne was scheduled to die.
Instead, Payne will have to serve life without parole for the slaying of
another inmate in 19-85.
Payne's lawyer said the inmate showed little emotion when he got the news he
The question of whether Virginia Tech acted accordingly when eight of its
current football players and one former player were indicted is being debated.
Yesterday, Head coach Frank Beamer took the heat from all sides, after
suspending seven players.
An attorney for two players, Angelo Harrison and Brad Baylor says the
university should've waited for a finding of guilt before taking action.
((MARC LONG/DEFENSE LAWYER: IF YOU'RE GONNA FIND FACTS LET'S FIND THEM AND THEN
PUNISH, BUT DON'T PUNISH BEFORE YOU KNOW ALL THE FACTS. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Lawyer;
OUT Q=all the facts.
But Tech officials have also been under pressure for waiting too long to
punish the players allegedly involved in a fight last August.
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIV. RELATIONS DIRECTOR: MANY, MANY STUDENTS WERE INVOLVED IN
THIS SITUATION. WE KNEW THAT THE BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS GONNA BE
CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION AND WE FELT THEY WERE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION
THAN UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE WHAT ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director;
OUT Q=actually took place.
The investigation into the fight took two months to finish.
Hincker says Tech officials called police weekly, in hopes it would be
wrapped up much more quickly.
It's been a month since Botetourt County bus drivers voiced discontent over
their current wages.
But still nothing has been done.
Last night, for the second time, the group addressed the school board.
The drivers say that at least one official admitted their pay scale is
IN Q=The drivers
((RICHARD RONK/BUS DRIVER: THE DRIVERS FEEL WHEN THE SCALE WAS FOUND TO BE
WRONG, THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CORRECTED IMMEDIATELY. BUT THE DRIVERS ARE
STILL BEING ASKED TO WORK BY THIS SAME SCALE THAT IS INCORRECT. PLUS THE EXTRA
WORK THAT HAS BEEN ADDED ON TO THE DRIVERS. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Ronk/Bus Driver;
OUT Q=the drivers
At this point, it's unclear whether the pay scale glitch has caused a
significant impact on salaries.
Regardless, school board members say nothing can be done until the next
budget is approved.
The embattled bus drivers will meet separately with the superintendent in
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Garth Brooks is back in town for two concerts at the civic center-- the
first of which was last night.
Before the show, he met with reporters and talked about his Roanoke
performance four years ago, when he missed a rope ladder, and accidentally fell
to the floor.
He says this time, he'll get it right.
IN Q=We kept
((GARTH BROOKS/RECORDING ARTIST: WE KEPT THE LADDER IN THE ACT FOR FOUR YEARS
JUST TO COME BACK AND REDEEM OURSELVES. THEN AFTER VIRGINIA, WE'LL PROBABLY GET
RID OF THE LADDER. I HAD TO COME BACK AND TRY IT ONE MORE TIME. ))
OUT Q=more time
Brooks final local show is today.
Three hours before his scheduled execution Joseph Payne got the news.
Governor George Allen commuted his death sentence to life without parole for
the slaying of another inmate in 19-85.
This is the first time Governor Allen has intervened in an execution.
Norfolk Southern is keeping on track, but it does not seem to be revving its
engines to raise its bid for Conrail.
But it sure has the ability.
In an interview yesterday, N-S spokesman Bob Fort said N-S has more than
15-BILLION dollars of written commitments from investors willing to back a deal
Right now N-S's hostile bid is roughly nine-billion.
N-S rival C-S-X currently has a merger agreement inked with Conrail for a
good deal less money.
And before the deal goes through, it must be approved by Conrail
Students at Halifax County high school got an unexpected visit from nearly
40-local police officers yesterday.
It was part of a surprise raid-- dubbed Operation November Touchdown.
Officers used metal detectors to search nearly 2-thousand students.
Dogs also sniffed out classrooms and lockers.
Officers found little evidence of drugs though.
A pocket knife and part of a marijuana cigarette were the only things
School officials and authorities believe assigning a deputy to patrol the
school has made a difference.
IN Q=I think
((LARRY CLARK/HALIFAX CO. HIGH PRINCIPAL:I THINK THAT THE UNIFORM PRESENCE DOES
MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE, IT'S NOT A RENT A COP, AND IT'S NOT A PART TIME
SECURITY PERSON, IT'S A REAL LIVE POLICE OFFICER, WHO IS WORKING WITH THE
COMMUNITY AND WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL, YES, I THINK, IT'S MADE A REAL
DIFFERENCE, FOR THE SCHOOL. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Clark/Halifax Co. High Principal; :00
OUT Q=for the school.
Officers also raided a nearby school for troubled students.
17- year- old Greg Hamlett was the only student arrested.
Authorities found several pieces of aluminum foil in his pocket, which they
say contained a substance with the appearance of crack.
Virginia's Explore Park is losing its leader. Yesterday, Rupert Cutler
announced he is going to work for another local group, the Western Virginia
Cutler joined the Explore staff in 19-91, and became executive director
after the departure of Bern Ewert (YOO-ert).
He will stay on at Explore until officials can conduct a national search
and name his replacement.
IN Q=Six years at the head
((SIX YEARS AT THE HEAD OF EXPLORE PARK SEEMS LIKE A LONG TIME FRANKLY. IT'S
BEEN A GREAT RIDE, BUT IT'S BEEN A KIND OF A ROCKY RIDE. AND I TURNED 63 A
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND ADMINISTERING EXPLORE PARK IS LET'S SAY A JOB FOR A
YOUNGER MAN I'M CONVINCED.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Director;
OUT Q=younger man I'm convinced.
The Western Virginia Land Trust is a new non-profit organization that is
working to protect scenic views, greenways, historic sites and undeveloped
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Here's a look at some of today's top stories.
Both the Navy and F-B-I say they've ruled out friendly fire, in the downing
of T-W-A flight 800.
Retired newsman Pierre Salinger claims he has a document proving the aircraft
was downed during a Navy missile test.
An Army captain and a sergeant are charged with raping and harassing more
than two dozen new female soldiers at an Army training school.
And Virginia Tech officials come under scrutiny for their handling of a
criminal investigation involving Tech football players.
And thats what's making news on this Friday November 8th.
Another sex scandal is hitting the U-S military.
The army is charging an officer and a drill sergent with raping or sexually
harassing at least thirty female recruits at a training school in Aberdeen,
Investigators say they expect to find even more victims as they try to talk
to one-thousand women who have been through the school.
Lee Cowan has the story.
IN Q=one general
SUPER=03-Aberdeen, MD; :00
SUPER=01-Gen. Dennis Reimer/Army Chief of Staff; :20
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:00
OUT Q=CBS News Washington
((ONE GENERAL IS CALLING IT THE MOST SHOCKING CASE HE HAS SEEN IN A LONG ARMY
CAREER. A CAPTAIN AND A STAFF SERGEANT ARE BEING CHARGED WITH RAPE.
A THIRD, ANOTHER STAFF SERGEANT IS CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND
DISOBEYING AN OFFICER.
SO FAR AN INVESTIGATION HAS IDENTIFIED AT LEAST A DOZEN VICTIMS....AND THAT
NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO RISE.
(SOT--Gen. Dennis Reimer, Army Chief of Staff)
"ALL OF US IN THE ARMY ARE DEEPLY TROUBLED BY THE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL
MISCONDUCT AND RAPE WHICH OCCURRED IN TRADUC."
THE ALLEGED INCIDENTS TOOK PLACE AT THE ARMY ORDNANCE CENTER IN ABERDEEN
MARYLAND. THE PENTAGON SAYS UP TO A THOUSAND WOMEN HAVE GONE THROUGH THE
SPECIALIZED TRAINING COURSE THERE...AND ARE ALL BEING INTERVIEWED.
THEY WERE AN AVERAGE OF 21 YEARS OLD ---AND FRESH OUT OF BOOT CAMP WHEN THEY
ARRIVED AT ABERDEEN WHERE THEY WERE ALLEGEDLY MOLESTED, SODOMIZED AND
RAPED....AND THREATENED BY THEIR INSTRUCTORS---NOT TO TALK.
....SOME FEMALE G-Is SAY ABERDEEN PROBABLY ISN'T JUST AN EXCEPTION.
"I KNOW IT'S NOT JUST OUR POST. IT'S EVERYWHERE. IT'S MILITARY, CIVILIAN---ALL
ALL THREE FACE COURT MARTIAL.>>.AND IF CONVICTED OF RAPE, THE MEN COULD BE
SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON.
THE PENTAGON SAYS IT HAS "ZERO TOLERANCE" FOR THAT KIND OF BEHAVIOR.
THE INVESTIGATION MAY JUST BE BEGINNING.
LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Governor Allen stepped in and spared the life of Joseph Payne hours before
his scheduled execution.
This is the first time Governor Allen has intervened in an execution.
Payne will now serve life without parole for the slaying of another inmate
There is new hope this morning in the race to find a cure for AIDS.
Dutch researchers say a so-called cocktail of three AIDS drugs has killed
all traces of the AIDS virus in six patients.
The drugs, A-Z-T, 3-T-C and a newer one called a protease inhibitor
were taken together.
Researchers say the combination even removed the virus from the patients'
lymph nodes where the virus is usually produced.
GRAPHIC=plane crash investigation
The crash of T-W-A flight 800 may soon be ruled an accident.
Today's Washington Post reports N-T-S-B officials are getting ready to make
that move if no evidence of a bomb or missile is found in wreckage from sea
Meanwhile, former A-B-C news correspondent Pierre Salinger claims he has
government documents proving the U-S Navy accidentally shot down the 7-47 while
conducting missile tests.
The F-B-I and Navy deny Salinger's claim.
An airline tragedy in Nigeria.
Airline officials have confirmed the crash of a Boeing 7-27 carrying 141
The statement follows more than 12 hours of searching for the jetliner,
which lost contact with air traffic controllers last night.
Exactly where the plane came down remains uncertain but officials fear there
are no survivors.
President Clinton may announce a new Chief of Staff this afternoon.. at his
first post-election press conference.
Mister Clinton is expected to face tough questioning on fund-raising
issues as well the turnover in the White House Staff.
The reshuffling got underway yesterday with the resignation of Secretary of
State Warren Christopher.
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER:BEING SECRETARY OF STATE IS TO TAKE PART IN HISTORY'S
RELAY RACE. IT'S BEEN A GREAT PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RUN
THIS CHALLENGING LEG. ))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=this challenging leg.
Christopher leaves behind a string of successes in places like Bosnia,
Haiti, and the Middle East.
Governor George Allen has spared the life of a Virginia Beach killer who was
scheduled to die at 9 last night.
It's the first time Allen has intervened in an execution.
Ten have been carried out under his watch.
The Governor says he gave NO consideration to juror affidavits that they may
have wrongly convicted Joseph Payne of the 19-85 murder.
Payne faced lethal injection for burning another inmate to death while
incarcerated for a prior murder.
The Governor says there's ample evidence of Payne's guilt -- but he commuted
Payne's sentence to life in prison.
Questions are arising over how Virginia Tech handled the indictments
Wednesday of eight of its football players.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=After a Montgomery County
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Lawyer; :16
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director; :40
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( After a Montgomery County grand jury indicted eight Hokies and one former
player, head coach Frank Beamer announced suspensions against those involved.
The lawyer representing two of those players, Angelo Harrison and Brad
Baylor, says Tech officials acted too hastily.
((MARC LONG/DEFENSE LAWYER: I HAVE A REAL PROBLEM WITH PENALIZING SOMEONE OR
PUNISHING SOMEONE OR TAKING PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST HIM PRIOR TO A FINDING OF
Others have criticized Tech for not punishing the players sooner for a fight
that injured two track team members last August.
Beamer and athletic director Dave Braine did talk to some of those allegedly
involved, but decided police were in a better position to fully investigate.
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIV. RELATIONS DIRECTOR: THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR INTERVIEWED AS
MANY AS 23 PEOPLE, THAT'S WHEN HE DETERMINED IT WAS VERY COMPLICATED. WE THINK
THAT A POLICE INVESTIGATION, A COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY RECOMMENDATION AND GRAND
JURY INDICTMENT IS ENOUGH INFORMATION THAT WE NEED THAT SOMETHING MAY HAVE
TAKEN PLACE. ))
Meanwhile Long, and some of the other defense lawyers claim taking the
assault charges directly to a grand jury, instead of allowing them a hearing in
general district court like most misdemeanors, shows a bias against the
((HERETOFORE I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT OUR COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
TREATED PEOPLE FAIRLY, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT'S HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. ))
Prosecutor Phil Keith says after a nine-week investigation involving about
100 interviews, letting a panel of citizens decide on charges seemed the
fairest way to go. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The deadline has come and gone for a Bedford County school to decide whether
to stick with its policy banning outside reading material from its classrooms.
At least three teachers at Montvale Elementary School have barred their
students from reading anything not found in the school library.
The move came after fifth-grader Jason Gardner had his copy of the "Limbaugh
Letter" taken from him in class in September.
Gardner also had a Rush Limbaugh book confiscated from him last spring.
Civil liberties attorneys from the Rutherford Institute have threatened to
sue the school unless the policy banning outside books was revoked.
The school let that deadline pass Wednesday without responding.
It's attorney could NOT be reached for comment.
The Rutherford Institute had said it would pursue the lawsuit unless an
agreement could be reached.
A Los Angeles T-V station is reporting today that Frank Sinatra's health is
deteriorating and he's now being treated for pneumonia and heart failure.
When Sinatra went into the hospital last week, his spokesman said it was for
treatment of a pinched nerve.
But K-C-B-S cites a hospital source who said Sinatra's private room looks
like an intensive care unit.
Garth Brooks is spending the day in the Roanoke Valley... preparing for the
second of his 2 shows at the civic center.
Before last night's performance, he met with reporters, and among other
things, he talked about an upcoming album.
Brooks says it will contain some live performances... meaning a song from a
Roanoke show MIGHT appear on it.
He would not say when the new record will be released.
IN Q=I've got
((GARTH BROOKS/RECORDING ARTIST: I'VE GOT TO FIND OUT FIRST WHERE COUNTRY MUSIC
IS HEADED... SEE WHERE THE FORMAT IS HEADED. IT'S VASTLY CHANGED IN THE LAST
YEAR AND A HALF SO WE'LL JUST SIT AND WATCH AND TAKE CARE OF THE ONE THING
THAT'S GOING TO BE THE ANSWER TO ANYTHING ANYWAY AND THAT'S THE MUSIC. ))
OUT Q=the music
Before the press conference, Brooks received gifts from local Marines.
They honored him for his work with the Toys For Tots campaign.
Billy Blanton's touchdown run with 38 seconds left gave San Diego State a
28-to-24 win over number-16 Wyoming.
For all of last night's basketball, football and hockey scores, let's check
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