Lawyers for the state of Hawaii are seeking an immediate order blocking a
landmark decision that allows same sex marriages.
And another prison execution puts the Commonwealth a step closer to a
rather dubious honor.
Partly sunny skies this afternoon highs in the 40s... and there's a rain and
snow mix in the forecast-- I'll tell you about it in a few minutes.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Gregory Beaver was executed last night.
The 30- year- old man was put to death by lethal injection at the
Greensville Correctional Center.
Beaver pleaded guilty in 19-85 to shooting a state police officer during a
routine traffic stop in Prince George County.
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Beaver's execution is the first of five on Virginia's calendar this month.
It is UNlikely that a court or the Governor will intervene in any of the
Ellen Qualls reports that would give Virginia the dubious distinction of
"speediest executioner" this year in the western world.
IN Q=Because of that
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU; :55
OUT Q=News 7 richmond
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BECAUSE OF THAT REASON -- THE REASON THAT THERE'S
SUPPOSEDLY MORE IN VIRGINIA THAN ANY OTHER STATE THIS YEAR, THAT'S NO REASON TO
DELAY SOMETHING UNTIL JANUARY SECOND. IF JUSTICE WILL BE DONE ON THE TIME
SCHEDULED, THAT'S NOT A REASON FOR ME TO INTERVENE.))
A look at the numbers shows South Carolina has put six to death this year.
Virginia has executed five if you include Gregory Beaver.
But Virginia has four more likely to go, and South Carolina has none.
Overall, since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Texas has set the
pace with 107.
Florida's number two with 37, and Virginia's a close third with 34,
By the end of the year, Florida may execute two more men -- and Virginia
The American Civil Liberties Union worries the sped-up process puts stress
on the U.S. Supreme Court.
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: AND THEY ARE OVERWHELMED WITH CASES. AND THE MORE
CASES THAT COME TO THEM, THE LESS LIKELY THEY ARE TO GIVE THE KIND OF ATTENTION
THEY SHOULD TO THESE CASES. SO BY TAKING THE WHOLE PROCESS OUTSIDE OF THE
SUPREME COURT SYSTEM, AND SPEEDING IT UP, AND GIVING THEM MORE CASES TO DEAL
WITH IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, IT'S ANOTHER WAY THAT WE'RE TRUNCATING
The pace of executions in Virginia is partly due to changes in state and
Judges are also dispatching with appeals quickly.
But Governor Allen says simply "judgment day has come."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A white supremacist has confessed to the Rainbow family murders, but he is
not the person convicted of the crimes.
Jacob Beard is already serving a lifelong prison term for the 19-80 murders.
Joe Dashiell has the story of Joseph Paul Franklin and his latest claims.
IN Q=From a prison in St. Louis
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO; :00
SUPER=01-Joseph Paul Franklin/Convicted Murderer; :08
OUT Q=JD News 7
((From a prison cell in St. Louis, convicted killer Joseph Paul Franklin
adds two young women to his list of victims.
IN Q=As soon as I shot her
((JOSEPH PAUL FRANKLIN/CONVICTED MURDERER: AS SOON AS I SHOT HER, I JUST TURNED
AROUND REALLY QUICKLY OVER THE SEAT AND SHOT THE OTHER ONE. IT ONLY TOOK ONE
SHOT FOR THE FIRST ONE. BEING A .44 MAGNUM, THE GUN MADE A LOT OF NOISE AND A
LOT OF RECOIL THERE, BUT I WAS JUST SO PSYCHED UP, I DIDN'T HEAR THE GUN FIRING
OUT Q=firing really.
Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero were hitchhiking to a Rainbow Family
Gathering in the summer of 1980.
Franklin was on a cross- country murder spree, and in a recent interview
with Cincinnati television station WKRC, Franklin said his racist beliefs lead
IN Q=They told me
((JOSEPH PAUL FRANKLIN: THEY TOLD ME THEY DATED BLACKS OR WHATEVER, YOU KNOW,
SO I DID NOT CONSIDER THEM AFTER THAT INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS YOU KNOW, AND SO
JUST BECAUSE OF THE BELIEFS I HAD AT THAT TIME I FIGURED THEY DESERVED TO
OUT Q=deserved to die
West Virginia authorities still believe they got the right man when they
prosecuted Jacob Beard.
Franklin's claims aren't new. They were excluded from Beard's trial as
But now Franklin says he's willing to testify, and state police have
indicated they will take a fresh look at the evidence.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
The court battle continues today over same sex marriages in Hawaii.
Lawyers for the state will ask a judge today to stay his ruling allowing
The judge said yesterday the state must issue marriage licenses to gay
couples who apply.
The decision follows a lawsuit filed by three gay couples, who said they
were discriminated against.
IN Q=we always felt we would win.
OUT Q=worked for this.
The Hawaii case prompted Congress to pass the defense of marriage act, a law
that forces the federal government not to recognize same sex marriages.
President Clinton signed the bill in September.
In Paris today, schools are barricaded and hundreds of police and soldiers
are on patrol following last night's deadly commuter train bombing.
Two people were killed and at least 35 seriously wounded.
Published reports name Algerian Muslims as the prime suspects.
Vicki Mabrey has the latest.
SUPER=01-Vicki Mabrey/Reporting; :56
OUT Q=CBS News Paris.
An uneasy commute was overseen by police and army patrols, placed on special
duty throughout the city.
The explosion last night ripped through a crowded Paris commuter train at
the height of evening rush hour, minutes after 6 PM, as the train was pulling
into a busy station on the left bank.
Witnesses describe a strong blast followed by columns of overpowering black
smoke and the smell of gunpowder. The blast tore open the doors of the rail
car, scattering wounded passengers over the platform.
It was a commuter train, not the Paris underground, and officials believe
the fact that it was
above ground at the time of the blast may have lessened the injuries and
Terrorism experts have little doubt the explosion was caused by a bomb -- a
bomb they believe was made from a 30-pound gas canister filled with nails.
That is the same type of device used in a series of similar terrorist
attacks in Paris last year.
Already, there are an additional eighteen hundred specialist police forces
and army troops in the streets of Paris this morning, in addition to conducting
patrols around monuments and train stations, they're stopping people and
conducting random ID checks. VM, CBSN, Paris.))
Meantime, passenger trains are running under the English channel again.
Service stopped after a fire broke out on a freight train in the chunnel
more than two weeks ago.
The first passenger train since the fire left London for Paris this morning.
But most of the passengers were journalists.
Officials blame the low attendance on a last minute announcement
that service would resume.
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Still to come in the newscast,
A sport utility vehicle has investigators searching for answers in
Roanoke County officials present plans for a new recreational park.
That and more when we come back...
But first, let's check in with Beth.
Today's beautiful, but tomorrow is looking like it may be kind of messy
There's a 60-percent chance of a rain snow mix developing by mid day-- It could
be all snow in the higher elevations-- 3 -inches or so.
But right now the viewer net computer shows it's....44 degrees---
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It's a busy day for NASA.
After two failed launch attempts, (----------------)
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;
the Mars Pathfinder lifted off early this morning.
If all goes according to plan the NASA spacecraft will land on the red planet
July 4th, 19-97 where it will release a six-wheeled rover to analyze the
About a half an hour after the pathfinder success, the Columbia shuttle
crew retrieved the ultra-violet telescope it released two weeks ago.
The hope is that the telescope has recorded a wealth of information about the
life cycle of stars.
Meantime, a problem with one of the shuttle's three navigation devices, may
force Columbia home tomorrow rather than Friday.
Some 60 generals and admirals from around the world are calling for the
abolition of nuclear weapons.
Among them is the former commander of U-S nuclear forces, Retired Air Force
General George Lee Butler.
Butler calls the nation's nuclear policy irrational.
He and the former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe will make a formal
announcement on their stand later today in Washington.
It was smoke and not fire that apparently killed an elderly Halifax County
Family members stopped by the couple's home in the Lenning community around
noon when no one answered the phone.
That's when they discovered the bodies of Isaac and Annie Garner.
Fumes from an oil heater are being blamed for their death.
Authorities say there were NO flames but the home was filled with black
IN Q=All I've
((MAJ. RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:ALL I'VE HEARD FROM EVERYBODY WHO
HAVE SPOKE OF THEM TO ME IS THAT THEY WERE VERY WELL THOUGHT OF IN THE
COMMUNITY. THEY LIVED BESIDE THE CHURCH. THEY WERE AN ELDERLY COUPLE BUT WELL
THOUGHT OF. ))
SUPER=01-Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=thought of.(2nd time)
Authorities do NOT suspect foul play, but tests will be done to confirm the
exact cause of death.
The Garners were in their mid 80's.
Blood found in an abandoned vehicle is keeping Lynchburg investigators busy.
The Nissan pathfinder was left in the parking lot of the Olan Mills
photography studio on Wadsworth Street.
Studio employees say it had been parked there for about a week before they
called police yesterday.
Officers forced the lock, only to find the front passenger seat covered in
what appeared to be blood.
The pathfinder has New York state tags, and a New York City police
department sticker on its windshield.
Authorities have "not" released any other information.
A Rocky Mount resident is accusing town council members of misappropriating
funds and receiving special favors.
But Town Manager Mark (HENNA) Henne says there's absolutely no truth to
He says under no circumstances have any rules been broken.
Henne does not know why council is being targeted but he says it hurts on a
IN Q=I don't
((MARK HENNE/ROCKY MOUNT TOWN MANAGER: I DON'T KNOW IF ITS PERSONALLY...
PROFESSIONALLY, YES. WHEN WE KNOW OUR PEOPLE DOWN HERE. WE'VE GOT A GOOD STAFF.
WE'RE VERY PROUD OF OUR EMPLOYEES-- WORK HARD. WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF THEM.
THEY DO A LOT. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT GETS YOU. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Henne/Rocky Mount Town Manager;
OUT Q=gets you
Rumors have also circulated that a state police investigation may be
Commonwealth's Attorney Clifford Hapgood could not be reached for comment.
Built to supply drinking water, the Spring Hollow Reservoir may start
supplying much more.
The recreation master plan presented to the board of supervisors includes
five phases over ten years.
The first work would include road improvements, parking lots, and trail
construction on 700 acres surrounding the reservoir.
IN Q=If you look at
((PETE HAISLIP/PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR: IF YOU LOOK AT THE MASTER PLAN,
WE PROBABLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DEVELOP ANYWHERE FROM 15 TO 20 MILES OF TRAILS,
WHICH IS QUITE AN EXTENSIVE TRAILS NETWORK. ALL THAT IS GOING TO TAKE YEARS AND
A LOT OF RESOURCES AS I POINTED OUT.))
SUPER=01-Pete Haislip/Parks and Recreation Director;
OUT Q=as I pointed out.
The plan will require close to three million dollars over ten years.
Eventually the property could include extensive trails for hikers, cyclists
and horse back riders, as well as a marina for canoes and paddle boats.
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When we return,
If you're planning on adopting a dog from the Roanoke's S-P-C-A this week
you may need to make other plans.
a trip to the Roanoke Civic Center would be a good plan.
They will have world class performers on display tonight.
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Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season has begun.
Last night the Moscow State Ballet performed the Nutcracker.
And as is customary in every city on their tour, the Russian dancers were
joined by young local talent.
The two dance groups had only three hours to rehearse together-- and it
took some time to get past the language barrier.
The show's producer says the Moscow State Ballet is seen all over the
world-- but American audiences are the most appreciative.
IN Q=As you know
((AKIVA TALINI/MOSCOW STATE BALLET PRODUCER: AS YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE TRAVELLED.
THEY ARE BACK FROM CHINA AND INDIA, AND OF COURSE, THEY DO HUNDREDS OF
PERFORMANCES IN MOSCOW. AND THEY'VE HAD THE WARMEST RECEPTION FROM THE AMERICAN
SUPER=01-Akiva Talini/Moscow State Ballet Producer;
OUT Q=American audience
If you missed this performance, you can catch another one tonight.
The Roanoke Valley is putting dog admissions and adoptions on hold until
Several cases of distemper and parvo-virus showed up at the shelter.
Both diseases can be deadly for dogs.
With us today is the S-P-C-A's Public Relations Director John Piedmont.
Do you know how this outbreak got started?
SUPER=01-John Piedmont/SPCA Public Relations Director;
Do people who adopted an animal recently need to worry?
What can people who need to bring in dogs do?
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A milestone for the main airline serving our area.
For the first time since the government began keeping up with it, U-S Air is
the number one on-time carrier.
In October, U-S Air completed 83- point- six percent of its flights on time.
That made it first among the ten major airlines tracked by the Department of
U-S Air credits a series of task forces with the improvement.
In other airline news, there's word that Delta and Continental are in merger
The deal would result in the biggest airline in the world.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 10 points.
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The man who left Patrick Henry's football program amid controversy is facing
A Washington Bullets star enters a rehab program.
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News 7 Sports has learned Tazewell County School superintendent Woodrow
Mullins has ordered an internal investigation of Richlands head football coach
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
The question is whether or not Vaught ordered his players to injure Grundy
star quarterback, Jason Copenhaver and lineman Luke Owens during their October
Copenhaver suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his
RIGHT knee in the game.
Attorney Ronald King, who represents both players forwarded the allegations
to Mullins, but at this time says no litigation against the coach is planned.
The Tazewell school board meets next Monday, December 9th, no word on
whether any action will be taken at that time.
There was some N-B-A news off the hardwood last night.
Washington Bullets star Juwan Howard will enter an alcohol education program.
Howard appeared yesterday before a D-C Superior Court commissioner, who put
off further action on his case until February 24th.
Howard had been scheduled
to plead to drunk driving charges three days from now, but he agreed to enter
the court-monitored program yesterday.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are in a relax mode this week as they wait for
Sunday's official word from the Orange Bowl.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Cavaliers vs. Hokies; :00
After the best regular season in school history at 10 and 1, the Hokies are
only running, lifting and doing school work this week.
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK:))
((LOREN JOHNSON/VIRGINIA TECH CORNERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Cornerback; :13
OUT Q=...a little bit stronger (double out)"