The Virginia Tech administration takes swift action in the wake of the recent
arrests of hokie football players.
And the T-V Industry announces its new rating guidelines for parents.
Snow flurries and very cold temperatures this afternoon. I'll have the
forecast in a few minutes.
Virginia Tech's faculty Senate has passed a resolution demanding whatever
action necessary to prevent criminal activity by student athletes.
And the University President is setting up a committee to find a solution.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=The rape charges
SUPER=01-Paul Metz/Faculty Senate President; :25
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President; :49
(( The rape charges against Tech football players Brian Edmonds and James
Crawford are only the latest in a string of criminal charges various football
players have racked up.
Faculty senate the ongoing problems cast shame on the entire campus, and
coaches and administrators must be held accountable.
Senate president Paul Metz says officials MUST take action, even if it means
((PAUL METZ/FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT: WHEN YOU START TO HOLD ADMINISTRATORS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENTIRE PACKAGE, THEN THEY START TO SAY WELL MAYBE THIS
SUPERSTAR KID THAT I'VE GOT REAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS CHARACTER, MAYBE THIS IS
SOMEBODY I'M GONNA LET GO TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION AND I'LL PASS ON HIM, EVEN
THOUGH HE MIGHT WIN THE BIG GAME FOR US ONE DAY.))
President Paul Torgersen says recruiting changes are among the options he's
He hopes to set up a task force in January to look at other solutions as
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA TECH PRESIDENT: WE WOULD LAY OUT PERHAPS MORE EXPLICITLY
THAN WE DO NOW BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENT ATHLETES, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY
OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS. WE WOULD HAVE SANCTIONS IN PLACE THAT ARE CLEAR AND
UNEQUIVOCAL SO THERE'S NO QUESTION OF MISUNDERSTANDING. ))
Torgersen says the campus doesn't deserve the shadow the off-the-field
problems continue to cast, and he hopes to present a report on solutions to the
board of visitors in February.
((ALTIZER: ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVE BRAINE SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING
FOR SOME TIME TO DEVELOP SOME SOLUTIONS, AND WILL BRING THOSE IDEAS TO THE
TABLE WITH TORGERSEN NEXT MONTH. TRACY ALTIZER, NEWS 7 BLACKSBURG. ))
Meanwhile, the players lawyer in the latest case disputes the alleged
victim's claim that she was the only one left at the party when she was raped.
He said on Tuesday that witnesses on the Women's track team would verify
But one of those track team members, Gena Franklin, told News-7 she and five
others were the last to leave the party, EXCEPT the alleged victim who stayed
behind with Crawford and Edmonds.
The standoff in Lima, Peru continues this afternoon with some 480 hostages
Still inside the Japanese embassy compound, closely guarded by 23 heavily armed
Japan, Britain, Germany and the United States all have trouble-shooting
experts working on this, although the State Department is urging Peru not to
Art Rascon reports from Lima.
IN Q=an elderly man
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru; :00
SUPER=01-Art Rascon/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=CBS News, Lima Peru.
AN ELDERLY MAN.. JOSE LUIS DEL COSSIO.. WAS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL DIPLOMATS
RELEASED OVERNIGHT. HE WAS SUPPORTED BY TWO RED CROSS WORKERS WHO SHUFFLED HIM
INTO A VEHICLE AND AMID A THRONG OF REPORTERS.. SLOWLY DRIVEN AWAY.
STILL.. AT LEAST 480 OTHERS .. MANY OF THEM HIGH RANKING DIPLOMATS, REMAIN
HOSTAGE. THE REBELS HAVE DIVIDED THEM INTO SEVERAL GROUPS.. SEPARATING THEM
BY FLOORS AND PLACING THE HIGHEST RANKING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON THE TOP
SWAT TEAMS HAVE COMPLETELY SURROUNDED THE COMPOUND WAITING FOR WORD OF WHAT TO
THE REBEL MOVEMENT.. KNOWN AS TUPAC AMARU.. IS WELL KNOWN IN THIS COUNTRY. IT
IS A SMALL BUT POWERFUL GROUP OF YOUNG RADICALS-- READY AND WILLING TO DIE FOR
THEIR LEADER, VICTOR POLAY, WAS ARRESTED 4-YEARS AGO AND REMAINS JAILED.
SINCE THEN, THE GROUP HAS BEEN DISORGANIZED AND LSOT MUCH OF ITS INFLUENCE.
MANY FEAR THE REBELS ATTACK ON THE JAPANESE AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE IS A DO OR
DIE CAUSE. THEY ARE DEMANDING THE RELEASE OF 400 OF THEIR JAILED COMRADES. IF
IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. THEY HAVE SAID THEY WILL KILL THEIR HOSTAGES.
REBEL LEADERS ARE DETERMINED TO TALK TO PERUVIAN PRESIDENT FUJIMORI TODAY, BUT
THE MOST THEY MAY GET IS MORE MEDIATORS WHO HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING FOR THE LAST
DAY AND A HALF. ART RASCON, CBS NEWS, LIMA.))
The T-V industry unveiled its long awaited ratings system this morning.
The six-tier system is similar to the one used for movies.
A Y rating Means the show contains little or no violence, strong language
or sexual content.
Y-7, material suitable for children 7 or older.
TV-G, suitable for all audiences.
TV-PG, parental guidance suggested because of some language, violence or
suggestive sexual dialogue.
TV-14, material may be inappropriate for children under 14 because of strong
language and sexual content.
And TV-M means for mature audiences because of language, violence and
explicit sexual content.
IN Q=what we are doing....
SUPER=01-Jack Valenti/Motion Picture Assoc. President;
OUT Q=come into their home everyday.
The new ratings system takes effect
early next year.
A Montgomery County man has died of Legionnaires' Disease.
The 55- year- old man was the only remaining hospitalized case after the
recent Legionnaires' outbreak in the New River Valley.
He had been hospitalized at the Salem V-A Medical Center since October.
A total of 16 cases of legionella pneumonia were confirmed in that
One other person died-- all other hospitalized patients have since been
discharged and are doing well.
A radiology technician got his co-workers at the hospital to give him more
than two million dollars.
The victims say Billy Ferguson took advantage of his best friends.
At the time he was technical director of radiology at Community Hospital.
The list of people who bought into his scheme included the chief of
radiology, Doctor Robert Creekmore.
Some of Ferguson's closest friends put up their life savings.
IN Q=I thought it
((J.C. ARNEY/INVESTOR: I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE RECLAMATION OF SILVER FROM
THE X-RAY FILMS.))
Ferguson bought some silver bars... but there's no evidence he ever spent a
dime of anyone's money buying old X-Ray film.
His friends and associates were fooled for FOUR YEARS.
One women who worked for Ferguson says she could have accepted it, had he
just admitted he lost the money.
IN Q=I would have
((BECKY STINNET/RADIOLOGY TECHNICIAN: I WOULD HAVE BEEN UNHAPPY, BUT I WOULD
HAVE FORGIVEN HIM.))
SUPER=01-Becky Stinnet/Radiology Technician;
OUT Q=forgiven him.
Judge James Turk sentenced Ferguson to serve 21 months in prison and to pay
back 350-thousand dollars of the missing money.
P-L-O Chief Yasser Arafat traveled to Rome today seeking words of wisdom
from the Pope.
Concerned over the fledgling Middle
East peace process, the two leaders discussed the tense climate among Arabs in
The pontiff is seeking protection guarantees for Jerusalem's holy
sites significant to Christians, Muslims and Jews.
Arafat and the pope also reportedly discussed preparations for the
two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, which will be honored
in Bethlehem, now under Palestinian control.
Mother Teresa has been released from a hospital in Calcutta, India.
The 86- year- old nun underwent heart surgery last month to clear blocked
Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 19-79, for her work in
the Calcutta slums.
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When we return,
A new man takes over the Botetourt County school board,
A Democrat has filled Virgil Goode's seat in the state senate, leaving the
tie-breaking vote with the Lieutenant Governor.
but first, let's check in with Beth.
Flurries continue around the region, but all storm warnings have been
cancelled. Now we'll be watching the temperatures drop this afternoon.. and
wet roads will be freezing, so driving conditions will be slick.
Right outside the WDBJ studio...
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One special election down and one more to go.
Voters will exercise their constitutional right once again now that Roscoe
Reynolds is the next state senator for the 20th district.
Reynolds beat out Republican Allen Dudley in a special election by securing
58-percent of the vote.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Tuesday Night;
The Democrat's victory means voters must elect a replacement for his current
seat in the house of delegates.
A Republican caucus spokesman in Richmond says the G-O-P is considering
But it appears the democratic party has already made up its mind.
Tuesday night, Reynolds encouraged supporters to back former Patrick County
administrator, Barnie Day.
((BARNIE DAY:EDUCATION OBVIOUSLY IS WHAT'S ON EVERYONE'S MIND OUT HERE. IT'S
PLAYED A BIG ROLE-- ITS A LEADER TO A LOT OF OTHER THINGS AND WE'LL FLESH SOME
OF THOSE OUT THURSDAY. ))
SUPER=07-Barnie Day; :00
The democratic party is expected to officially endorse Day today.
January 14th is the earliest Governor Allen can schedule a special election.
Virginia Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief over Roscoe Reynolds'
The balance of power did NOT shift to the G-O-P.
As Ellen Qualls reports, the political terrain looks much the same today as
it did Monday.
IN Q=As Lieutenant Governor
SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( As Lieutenant Governor, Don Beyer is also President of the Senate.
Maintaining a 20-20 split keeps him more relevant as a tie-breaker in a year
he's looking for high visibility.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: YOU KNOW IN A 20- 20 SENATE LAST YEAR, EVERYBODY THOUGHT
I'D HAVE HUNDREDS OF TIE-BREAKING VOTES. I HAD EIGHT. AND OF THOSE EIGHT,
ONLY TWO WERE DEMOCRAT VERSUS REPUBLICANS. OUT OF THOUSANDS OF VOTES. WHAT A
20-20 SENATE DOES IS MAKES US ALL WORK TOGETHER. AND I THINK THAT MAKES A LOT
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU KNOW IN ELECTIONS YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND DIFFERENCES
AND YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND DIFFERENCES AND YOU ALWAYS TRY TO FIND SOMETHING TO
ARGUE OVER. ROSCOE REYNOLDS ON ISSUES SUCH AS PARENTAL NOTIFICATION, AND ON
JUVENILE JUSTICE, AND MANY OTHER ISSUES HAS BEEN A GOOD ALLY. I DON'T THINK
HE'S AS CONSERVATIVE AS VIRGIL IS. BUT I DON'T THINK ANYONE WOULD SAY HE'S A
RAVING LIBERAL EITHER.))
In a move that stunned Republicans, the National Rifle Association made a
last minute endorsement of Reynolds.
The group says Dudley has a pro-gun record, but Reynolds actually sponsored
Virgil Goode's expansion of the concealed weapons bill on the House side.
But Reynolds won by an almost five thousand vote margin, with heavier than
expected turnout -- and it's unlikely the NRA's responsible for all those
A MORE PRESSING ISSUE TO SOUTHSIDE VOTERS NOW MAY BE WHO WILL GET VIRGIL
GOODE'S SEAT ON THE POWERFUL SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE? AND THE MORE POWERFUL
FOUR PERSON BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE? IT'S UNLIKELY THAT SPOT WOULD GO TO
NOW-FRESHMAN ROSCOE REYNOLDS. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
One man who benefits from a Reynolds victory, Democrat Don Beyer, unveiled
what may be his most important legislative agenda in eight years as Lieutenant
Beyer says his relatively modest 14- point agenda is politically achievable.
IN Q=But I'm here
((BUT I'M HERE PUSHING FOR GIVING TEACHERS THE ABILITY TO THROW DISRUPTIVE
STUDENTS OUT OF THEIR CLASSROOMS RIGHT NOW...LITERACY PASSPORT... GOALS
2000...NEED TO ACT ON THEM RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=act on them right now. 4TH REF.
Beyer says his TOP priority when the legislature reconvenes January 8th is
to fix the "lag pay" issue for state workers.
Moving state paychecks back two weeks may be better accounting businessman
Beyer says -- but it should NOT cost state workers money.
Botetourt County has a new school superintendent.
The school board picked Appomattox County superintendent Jack Thomas for the
job at a meeting this morning.
Thomas replaces Clarence McClure, who retired in June.
Thomas has been in Appomattox County for five years.
He'll start his new job in Botetourt in February.
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When we return,
A watchdog agency has harsh words for Governor Allen's administration,
But the attorney general is striking back.
The Roanoke Valley residents have been donating to charity in record numbers
Stay with us.
C-S-X is sweetening its bid for Conrail.
But the higher bid -- which now totals nine-point-two billion dollars still
fails to match a ten billion dollar rival bid from Norfolk Southern.
Despite the lower offer, Conrail says it still wants to merge
with C-S-X, insisting the C-S-X deal is a better strategic alliance.
The United Way Campaign in the Roanoke Valley has exceeded its goal.
Yesterday, officials said they've raised more than five and half million
dollars, almost eight percent over last year.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is bringing Christmas to a few thousand
families here in the Roanoke Valley.
The gym at the Roanoke headquarters is overflowing with gifts.
IN Q=We're giving out toys
((CAPT. STEPHEN LONG/SALVATION ARMY: WE'RE GIVING OUT TOYS. WE'RE GIVING OUT
ALL KINDS OF BIKES AND DOLLS AND BEARS. IT'S A FOOD ENTERPRISE. WE'RE REALLY
TRYING TO BRING ACROSS A MERRY CHRISTMAS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Stephen Long/Salvation Army
OUT Q=in the Roanoke Valley.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
One of two competing commissions on Virginia's environment unveiled its
final recommendations yesterday.
The Governor's commission, headed by Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore
concluded the state was mostly on the right track environmentally.
That's despite a recent watchdog agency report that polluters were not being
punished much by the Allen administration.
IN Q=That's why
((ATTORNEY GEN. JIM GILMORE: THAT'S WHY THIS COMMISSION HAS INCLUDED A
RECOMMENDATION THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL POWERS
FOR CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT. I THINK THAT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT RECOMMENDATION.
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEYS ACROSS THE
OUT Q=the state.
A Sierra Club spokesman said of the report "not much meat... not much
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SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Snow Showers/8-12/Morning Flurries/Partly
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Snow Showers/8-12/Snow Showers/Then Partly
In the spring Singer Furniture announced plans to close its Roanoke factory,
costing 290 jobs.
Now there's news of more restructuring.
The company will cut about 700 jobs in Lenoir, North Carolina because of a
change in a product line.
The release also says 50 administrative employees in Roanoke will be phased
out by February.
They were originally scheduled to keep working only through the end of this
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 55 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
U-V-A and Liberty match up in an intra-state hoops game.
Office Christmas parties take all shapes and forms.
We'll visit one where table manners are optional
Stay with us.
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TAPE#=net (edit of VB97-1)
U-V-A stopped Liberty's four game winning streak last night.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Flames vs. Cavaliers;
Jamal Robinson hits Roanoker Curtis Staples who goes to the rack in
transition, and Virginia led by 4.
But the Flames hung tough. Peter (A-loom-a) Aluma and Mark Reed play the
2 man game.
Courtney Alexander led the Cavs with 20. He slices down the lane for the
reverse layin. But he would later leave the game with a sprained ankle.
Eric Sorenson gets the steal and kicks it out to Gabe Caldwell.
The Cavs go on to 5 and 2 with the 13 point win.
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-1)
Cave Spring power forward Alex Phillips knocked down a game high 23 points
to lead his Knights over a short handed Salem team.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Knights; :00
Three Spartan starters were suspended for the game because of technical
fouls last night against Blacksburg.
Ryan Bointott fed the ball inside to Phillips.
Salem's Sam Lazarro took matters into his own hands, driving the lane in
traffic and getting the roll around the iron.
Salem kept an early lead, but the Spartans had trouble stopping Cave's
Cave goes on to win 45-32.
V-M-I's Thomas Haskins joins William and Mary lineman Josh Byer and
defensive back Darren Sharper on the Associated Press Division one- double-A
All-American Football Team.
Haskins set V-M-I's school rushing record with 1698 yards this season. The
senior has also become the all time Division one-double-A rusher with 5349
career rushing yards.
The spirit of the holiday season is spreading.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA;
The San Francisco Zoo had a Christmas party the other day.
An ice block of frozen fish was a big hit with the polar bear.
The monkeys got fruit other than the usual bunch of bananas.
The giraffes got a bit of extra holiday cheer with a edible wreath of their