O.J. Simpson could see longtime
friend Al Cowlings today on the witness stand of his civil trial.
And judge is set to determine the fate of Halifax County man convicted of
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
A judge is hearing evidence today to decide if a Halifax County man who has
admitted killing two people should be sentenced to death.
35- year- old Raleigh Dean Martin pleaded guilty to capital murder for
killing 32- year- old Joseph Siffert Junior and his girlfriend, Barbara
The couple was shot in November of last year in the presence of their infant
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Martin is also charged with killing his wife, Marion.
Yesterday, a Halifax County judge found Martin guilty of second degree
murder in that case.
A federal judge ordered Virginia Military Institute to file quarterly
reports, outlining its plan for admitting women.
Judge Jackson Kiser yesterday gave V-M-I credit for making progress in
recruitment, housing, security and financial aid for female cadets.
But he also noted V-M-I has not presented a formal plan.
Government lawyers accused V-M-I of dragging its feet on implementing the
Supreme Court order to admit women.
V-M-I balked at putting it in writing... for fear government bureaucrats
would micro-manage the process.
Yesterday's court order requires a report within two weeks of each V-M-I
Board of Visitors meeting.
The first report will be due four days before Christmas.
NASA will try again tomorrow to launch the "Mars Pathfinder."
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;
It scrubbed this morning's launch of the probe because of a last minute
A backup computer also did not work, leading officials to suspect a problem
with the software.
The launch has been tentatively rescheduled for early tomorrow.
We should learn more today about a discovery that could help make living on
the Moon a reality.
The Pentagon has scheduled a news conference this afternoon to
discuss the discovery of a frozen lake inside a lunar crater.
Until now, scientists had thought the Moon was bone dry.
Scientists say the discovery of water on the moon increases chances that
humans may be able to live there someday.
Some of O-J Simpson's testimony last week at his civil trial could be
contradicted by some of his close friends and confidants.
His longtime friend Al Cowlings is among witnesses expected on the witness
Manuel Gallegus reports.
SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; :00
SUPER=01-Laurie Levenson/Loyola Law School; :17
OUT Q=Manuel Gallegus,CBS News,Los Angeles.
Back from The holiday break, attorneys for the Goldman and Brown families are
heading into the the final phase--and perhaps
final week--of their "wrongful death" lawsuit against oj simpson.
another 32 witnesses are expected to be called in the wake of
Simpson's own testimony.
LAURIE LEVENSON/LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL: WE ARE GOING TO SEE A PARADE OF WITNESSES
ON THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EVIDENCE AND PRIMARILY BECAUSE OJ DEOIED IT ON THE
WITNESS STAND.THAT MEANS THE PLAINTIFFS CAN NOW CALL EVERYONE FROM THE
DRIVER TO FAMILY MEMBERS TO SAY WE SAW O.J. BEAT NICOLE."
There will be new faces, as well as familiar ones.
MY NAME IS A.C. YOU KNOW WHO I
AM, DAMN IT!"
In his deposition, al cowlings told lawyers that he once took nicole
Brown Simpson to the hospital after she and OJ had a fight.
The list also includes witnesses who can testify about OJ's demeanor on the
eve of the murders.
People like ex- girlfriend Paula Barbieri, who broke up with simpson the
day of the killings, and golf buddies whom he reportedly argued with that day.
And finally, the victims' relatives will testify about both the financially
and emotional tolls the killings have taken on their families.
LEVENSON:IN THE CRIMINAL CASE SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT DENISE WASN'T VERY
SINCERE, THAT SHE WAS CMIOG ON TOO STRONG.
IN THIS CIVIL CASE THEY WANT TO CALL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WILL BE
EMOTIONAL BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE TRYING TO MANIPULATE THE JURY."
While the plaintiff's finish their case, OJ Simpson is expected back
in family court about 50 miles away, where the fight for custody of
his children continues.
There could be a decision in that soon.
Manuel Gallegus,CBS News,Los Angeles.))
The supreme court today is hearing a challenge to the federal Brady
Two county sheriffs say a provision requiring local police to check
backgrounds on gun buyers is unconstitutional.
The government calls the checks a
simple step toward ending handgun violence.
A ruling is not expected until July.
Lord Botetourt's High School football coach put some of his jail time behind
him this weekend.
Now he may be looking at even more time behind bars.
Andy Ward reported to jail an hour and a half late Friday.
Because of that, he now faces an additional charge of failure to obey a
Ward already had two separate D-U-I arrests when he got four months in jail
for reckless driving and driving with a restricted license.
But the majority of that time was suspended.
A hearing will be held in a few weeks to see if Ward will have to serve any
of THAT time.
A federal judge threw out a case filed by a former Danville police officer
who says he was fired for looking into allegations of police brutality.
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Jeffrey Williams filed the five-million dollar federal lawsuit in February.
According to court papers, Judge Jackson Kiser ruled that Williams failed to
prove his first amendment rights had been violated.
Judge Kiser also ruled Williams did not prove Chief Neal Morris and his
assistant discriminated against black officers and created a racially hostile
Williams and his attorney were also ordered to pay the defendants' attorneys
fees of 264-dollars.
Jerry Kilgore wants to be a general instead of a secretary.
Kilgore stepped down as Public Safety Secretary last week, this morning he
announced his candidacy for Attorney General.
He proposed toughening drug enforcement, reforming campaign finance laws and
changing the way judges are chosen.
IN Q=we all know that
((JERRY KILGORE/(R) ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE; WE ALL KNOW THAT THE
LEGISLATORS ARE SENT TO RICHMOND TO MAKE LAWS, BUT JUDGES ARE INTERPRETING
THOSE LAWS EVERY DAY ON THE BENCH AND WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUBLIC IS
INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/(R) Attorney General Candidate;
OUT Q=involved in that process
Kilgore says he would continue to oppose F-D-A regulation of tobacco as a
drug, as current Attorney General Jim Gilmore has done.
Gilmore is the probable Republican nominee for governor next year.
Elderly investors who lost their life savings because of Charles Keating
are stunned by the latest ruling in his
A federal judge yesterday overturned Keating's 19-93 racketeering conviction
because jurors knew about his prior STATE conviction.
Keating is known for his role in the collapse of U-S S-and-L's in the late
Government officials say they will try him again.
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There's a new way to pay less for a college education, but the bill comes
kind of early,
A federal court rules on racial discrimination charges filed by two former
Circuit City employees.
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
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A federal court ruled Circuit City's promoting practices at its Richmond
based headquarters discriminated against blacks.
A federal jury yesterday in Richmond sided with two black employees in their
lawsuits against the electronics giant.
The employees called the victories satisfying and important.
IN Q=Satisfying because
((JOSEPH SELLERS/PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY: SATISFYING BECAUSE TO OUR CLIENTS AND
TO THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING THEM, WE HAVE FOR SOME TIME NOW SEEN EVIDENCE OF
THIS, AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT A JURY OF THEIR PEERS HAVE COME TO THE
SAME CONCLUSION. IMPORTANT AS WELL BECAUSE CIRCUIT CITY IS A LEADER IN THE
SUPER=01-Joseph Sellers/Plaintiffs' Attorney;
OUT Q=retail community.
The decision may open the door to other lawsuits against Circuit City.
The company says it does not discriminate. It plans to appeal.
For students and faculty at Hollins College, yesterday was a day of
reflection about a lost member of their community.
A memorial service was held on campus in honor of Ann Harper.
The 20- year- old was murdered last Thanksgiving at her Fairfax County home.
The group gathered at an oak tree that was planted last year in her memory.
Yesterday, a plaque bearing her name was dedicated.
IN Q=We dedicated
((JAN FULLER-CARRUTHERS/HOLLINS COLLEGE CHAPLAIN: WE DEDICATED THE PLAQUE TO
REMEMBER NOT ONLY THE PLACE, BUT TO HAVE HER NAME VISIBLE, SOMEPLACE, ALWAYS.
SO WE MADE THIS A SPACE WHERE WE CAN ALWAYS COME BACK AND REMEMBER... AND NOT
ONLY TO MOURN, BUT TO REMEMBER WITH JOY AND DANCING AND LOVE. ))
SUPER=01-Jan Fuller-Carruthers/Hollins College Chaplain;
OUT Q=dancing and love
Meanwhile, the search for Harper's killer continues.
But at this point there are still no suspects in the case.
IN Q=I have
((I HAVE A FLIER HERE. THIS GIRL WAS MURDERED ABOUT A YEAR AGO, TODAY. AND
WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOME HELP IN SOLVING THIS MURDER. ))
OUT Q=this murder
Police in Fairfax County are now offering a 1-thousand dollar reward for
information leading to an arrest.
The Supreme Court said no to organized prayer in public schools decades ago,
but the debate continues.
Last night a representative from the group, Americans United for Separation
of Church and State spoke at a Vinton elementary school.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=The Supreme Court
SUPER=07-Bunnie Riedel; :22
SUPER=01-Deedie Kagey/Roland E. Cook Principal; :47
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( The Supreme Court closed the book on organized school prayer nearly 30
But students can still share their religious faith voluntarily, on their
Bunnie Riedel is with the first amendment watchdog group, Americans United
for Separation of Church and State.
She says that separation is what actually promotes religious liberty.
IN Q=That wall of
((BUNNIE RIEDEL/AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: THAT WALL
OF SEPARATION HAS ALLOWED EVERYONE OF US TO THINK AND HAVE OUR CONSCIENCES, AND
NOT BE FORCED TO BELIEVE SOMEBODY ELSE'S BELIEFS BUT BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE A
FREEDOM THAT NOBODY ELSE ON THE PLANET ENJOYS. ))
OUT Q=on the planet enjoy
Riedel spoke to a crowd of Roanoke county educators and administrators.
Some say it's often difficult for teachers to have lessons about different
cultures-- without crossing the line.
IN Q=It is a
((DEEDIE KAGEY/ROLAND E. COOK PRINCIPAL: IT IS A VERY TOUCHY ISSUE AT TIMES,
BECAUSE WE'RE IN A PRETTY HOMOGENEOUS AREA HERE, WITH REGARD TO THE FACT THAT
THERE AREN'T TREMENDOUS ETHNIC DIFFERENCES. ))
OUT Q=ethnic differences
But Kagey says educators should teach that differences, religious or
otherwise are okay.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
There's a new way to pay less for a college education, but you have to start
Governor George Allen was the first dad in line yesterday to buy a prepaid
tuition plan for daughter Tyler and son Forrest.
The plans can drop the cost of college in 18 years from about 80-thousand to
about 15-thousand dollars.
IN Q=Whether it's
((DIANA CANTOR/VA. PREPAID EDUCATION PROGRAM: WHETHER IT'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE,
A UNIVERSITY, WHATEVER IT IS. WE PROVIDE IT FOR YOU. AND I THINK THAT'S
REALLY THE ANSWER. TO THINK NOW ABOUT SOMETHING. AND THEN, WHEN YOUR CHILD'S
GOING TO COLLEGE, TWO THINGS CAN HAPPEN. ONE, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF DEBT. AND
TWO, PARENTS CAN ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT THEIR RETIREMENT.))
SUPER=01-Diana Cantor/Va. Prepaid Education Program;
OUT Q=their retirement.
Pinnacle Page #1010
For more information you may call 1-888-567-0540
At the current cost the Virginia Prepaid Education Program is only available
through February 28th.
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Virginia's future college students have their work cut out for them.
A new draft report by the state Board of Education shows more students
qualifying for college credit.
Governor Allen says the report bolsters his administration's new academic
standards in the core subjects.
IN Q=And in fact
((AND IN FACT, AT THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION MEETING EARLY LAST
WEEK. ... RIGOROUS HIGH ACADEMIC STANDARDS OF LEARNING.))
OUT Q=of learning.
Also in the new report, lower fourth grade reading scores, and stalled
passing rates for the sixth grade Literacy Passport tests.
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Still to come on the newscast,
The release of new studies prompts some doctors to rethink the age women
should begin yearly mammograms.
And this year,
Roanoke City Officials have some ideas on how to avoid the negative backlash
they suffered after the storm of '96.
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There is more conflicting news about when a woman should start getting
regular mammogram screenings for breast cancer.
Several new studies say the age should be forty not fifty.
The studies conclude earlier detection dramatically decreases the number of
breast cancer deaths.
((DR. STEPHEN FEIG/RADIOLOGIST: WE COULD REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BREAST CANCER
DEATHS BY AT LEAST ONE THIRD FOR WOMEN IN THEIR FORTIES IF THEY CAME TO GET
MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS EVERY YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Stephen Feig/Radiologist;
OUT Q=every year.
The National Cancer Institute has been recommending regular testing for women
in their 50's and 60's.
It says it will review the new data and consider changing its guideline.
Roanoke city officials are hoping for a winter of dry pavement, but they're
preparing for the alternative.
Last year, Roanoke endured two and a half times its average snowfall.
Since then the city has doubled its supply of salt, added six snowplows and
And officials have added liquid chemicals to their arsenal.
IN Q=Normally if we would just
((BILL CLARK/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: NORMALLY, IF WE WOULD JUST PUT DOWN THE
ROCK SALT BEFORE THE SNOW FELL IT WOULD BOUNCE OFF THE PAVEMENT AND THEN CARS
GOING BY WOULD WHIP IT TO THE SIDE AND IT WOULDN'T BE THERE. BY PRE-WETTING THE
CHEMICALS, IT WOULD STAY ON THE PAVEMENT AND AS THE SNOW FALLS IT WILL MELT.))
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Public Works Director;
OUT Q=it will melt.))
Council may also encourage residents to park on one side of the street
during snow storms.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 21 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
When we return,
Notre Dame's football team will be spending its bowl week in an unfamiliar
place this year.
The team didn't qualify for the bowl alliance.
GOLF and SHOPPING form an unlikely alliance at Tanglewood Mall.
That and more when we continue.
Stay with us.
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Last night's N-F-C west showdown was a mismatch on paper, and on the field.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ABC Sports;
The San Francisco 49er's rolled into Georgia and rolled over the Atlanta
Falcons 34 to 10.
The Falcons were out of synch all night, while the 49ers looked ready for
Steve Young ran for two scores, and Former U-V-A running back Terry Kirby
hit the 100 yard mark in the win.
Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz will finish his career with 100 wins and the
taste of defeat.
Saturday night's loss to Southern Cal dropped the Irish to 8-and-3.
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Last night they were officially eliminated from bowl alliance consideration,
and athletic director Mike Wadsworth said the school will NOT accept a bid to
either the Independence or Copper Bowls.
Anthony Walker led Radford with 21 points as the Highlanders took on the
SUPER=03-Radford/Rams vs. Highlanders;
Radford came out hot with Marquiz Williamson feeding the loose ball to Corey
Reed, who drives in for two of his 16 to give R-U a 6 point lead.
But Rams' senior George Byrd would get inside with the turnaround jumper.
Then watch the Rams' Melvin Drake takes to the hole with authority on the
baseline drive as V-C-U takes a 10 point 41-to-31 lead at halftime.
But nine different Highlanders would score in this one to lead a spirited
second half comeback as Radford upsets V-C-U 81-to-77.
The Houston Rockets played without center Hakeem Olajuwon last night as he
continues to recover from another bout with an irregular heart beat.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/Rockets vs. Raptors; :00
Last night his teammates were in Toronto and they played like they didn't
have a pulse.
Walt Williams takes it to the rack untouched in the first half as he converts
Charles Barkley hammered in 30 points to lead the Rockets charge, but he
couldn't do it all.
Damon Stoudamire burns the Rockets for 27 as the Raptors devour the Rockets
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Getting to your mall parking space by golf cart may not be on par with
actually hitting the links- but shoppers at the Tanglewood Mall are NOT
A bunch of carts is now doing winter duty at the mall.
They're part of the Tanglewood Mall Shuttlebug Service offered this holiday
The mall manager came up with the idea.
She used golf carts at another mall where she worked security.
The shuttlebug service was a logical transition.
IN Q=We do
((JUDY TULLIUS/TANGLEWOOD MALL: WE DO TRY VERY HARD TO MAKE IT CONVENIENT TO
GET IN AND OUT OF TANGLEWOOD MALL, WE HAVE FIVE EXITS AND ENTRANCES, WE ALSO
HAVE TRAFFIC CONTROL, AND THESE CARTS SHOULD HELP OUR CUSTOMERS TOO.))
((NANCY AHMAD/SHOPPER: I THINK IT'S GREAT! Why's that? AHMAD: BECAUSE YOU
HAVE TO PARK SO FAR AWAY AND IT'S SO LONG TO GET TO THE MALL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU
ARE CARRYING PACKAGES.))
SUPER=01-Judy Tullius/Tanglewood Mall;
OUT Q=carrying packages.
The free service runs during the peak shopping periods.