A tragic accident in Bedford County takes the life of a little girl.
And police in Boulder, Colorado may have their first face to face interview
with the parents of the murdered Little Miss Colorado.
(Patrick ad lib)
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
A tragic accident took the life of a Bedford County girl yesterday.
It happened in this cul-de-sac at the end of Franklin Place off Hawkins Mill
State police say four- year- old Lauren Paige Cobb and two friends were
playing in the street when she ran to a nearby driveway to pick up some rocks.
At the same time, a neighbor was backing out of the driveway, and struck
Authorities say the driver could not see the girl because of a pickup truck
parked in the street.
Cobb died at the scene.
Trooper Rick Snead says it's not likely any charges will be filed, but he
will forward the information to the commonwealth's attorney.
Police have arrested two men for the murder of a Roanoke man last week.
33- year- old Larry Edward Donahue was shot to death Monday night in
A 17- year- old boy was arrested and taken to the Coyner Springs Juvenile
And Michael Shrawn Benton was charged several hours later with murder and the
use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Police say the shooting was probably racially motivated.
In Boulder, Colorado police are preparing to interview the parents of
JonBenet (jahn-buh-NAY') Ramsey.
The six- year- old was found strangled in the basement of her home the day
after Christmas and eight hours after ransom note was found.
C-B-S News has obtained exclusive footage from within that house taken
before the murder.
Diana Olick has the latest.
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House members are returning to Washington where tomorrow they will elect the
speaker for the 105th Congress.
Later today, Newt Gingrich will address his Republican colleagues, assuring
them that he deserves re-election.
But a few Republicans and most Democrats say Gingrich should step down, at
least until there is a ruling on his admitted ethics violations.
That's expected later this month.
((OF COURSE HE SHOULD STEP ASIDE... ANYTIME YOU SE A COMMITTEE YOU HAVE TO A
SERIOUS PROBLEM. ))
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Meantime, President Clinton gets back to work today after a week-long
vacation in the Caribbean.
With two weeks before inauguration day the President is expected to stress
bi-partisanship and get to work on a balanced budget deal with Republicans.
The rain has stopped, but thousands of Northern Californians are still in
shelters as melting snow adds to rain-swollen rivers.
Yesterday levees broke along several bloated rivers flooding homes and
farmland and forcing thousands of people to evacuate.
President Clinton's top emergency official will view flood damage first hand
Yesterday James Lee Witt began surveying damage in Idaho and Nevada.
(( JAMES LEE WITT: THE GOVERNOR ASKED FOR A FEDERAL RELIEF DECLARATION. THE
PRESIDENT SIGNED IT ...WE'VE GOT THE TEAM ASSEMBLED ))
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Damage estimates from the rash of western storms are in the hundreds of
millions of dollars.
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The bad weather is traveling east.
Crews are clearing highways in the Upper Midwest, after a winter storm dumped
up to two feet of snow.
North Dakota has ten-foot drifts over some roads.
And the same storm could dump at least ten inches today in parts of Michigan.
Fire broke out yesterday when a Lynchburg man was trying to renovate his
Fire authorities say Ryan Ganim (GAN-im) and his landlord were stripping the
floors in his James Street home when the fire broke out.
The two men apparently were using a blowtorch to dry up water on the floor.
The flames from the torch ignited fumes from the floor and the house caught on
Ganim and the other man escaped the burning home with minor burns.
All but one of the four rooms in the house were gutted by fire.
A Roanoke Cab driver was severely beaten last night by two passengers.
Bedford County police say he picked up two men early this morning near
The men refused to pay, beat the driver and then took off in the cab.
The driver is hospitalized.
His car was recovered in Vinton, but police are still looking for the
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Both are white males.
One is described as 6 feet tall, about 215 pounds with black hair.
The other is said to be 5 feet 7 inches tall wearing a black jacket with a
Ethics reform will be the topic of choice when Governor Allen opens the
General Assembly opens Wednesday.
One part of the plan calls for lobbyists to provide detailed accounts of the
money they spend.
Local lawmakers say they don't expect the legislature to make any major
changes in the state's tax structure.
And they say there are no other issues that promise lasting controversy.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- ROANOKE: IT'S THE LAST YEAR OF THE ALLEN ADMINISTRATION
AND I FULLY ANTICIPATE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF COOPERATION ACROSS THE BOARD ON
MOST OF THE ISSUES.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: I THINK THAT EVERYBODY OUGHT TO BE EXTREMELY
HAPPY THAT I PERCEIVE THIS TO BE A VERY BORING SESSION. PROBABLY PEOPLE WON'T
EVEN BE AWARE THAT WE'RE THERE FOR THE 45 DAYS. THERE ARE NO BIG ISSUES OUT
THERE. PEOPLE GENERALLY SEEM TO BE SATISFIED WITH WHAT'S GOING ON IN THEIR
LIVES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, STATE LEVEL, AND NATIONAL LEVEL.))
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Virginia lawmakers will be concentrating more on politics than on policies
when the General Assembly session begins.
Republicans and Democrats say much of the seven-week session will be spent
jostling for position as they prepare for November's election.
Up for election are the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and
attorney general and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates.
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A candidate for one of those offices made it official last night.
LF Payne will seek the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
Payne begins a statewide tour in Northern Virginia.
He's planning to tour eleven cities in the next three days.
He'll be in Roanoke today and Danville and Lynchburg tomorrow.
Payne announced his retirement from the House of Representatives earlier
this year after serving for almost nine years.
Franklin County officials say the case of a breeder charged with animal
neglect is just one example of a county wide problem.
Humane Society representatives say the county has no ordinances governing
the number of animals residents can own.
As Denise Allen reports they say zoning may be an answer.
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(( The Poindexters say they been trying for months to get county officials to
do something about their neighbor's dogs.
Officials say Valery Green had about one hundred dogs and cats on the
The Poindexters say the noise and smell made life unbearable.
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((RHONDA POINDEXTER: WE FOUND OUT THAT WITH NO ZONING, NO RESTRICTIONS OF THE
NUMBER OF DOGS THAT YOU CAN HAVE, THAT WE ARE HAVING A HARD TIME DEALING WITH
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Investigators began their looking into complaints on November 18th.
And on December second Valery Green was charged with failure of a pet dealer
to provide adequate care.
Valery Green says these charges are false and plans to fight them.
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((DONNA ESSIG/FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY: THIS IS A GOOD CASE FOR WHEY WE
NEED ZONING. YOU COULD NOT OPERATING A BUSINESS IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA. SHE
WOULD BE SUBJECT TO INSPECTION.))
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Essig says the Humane Society would like to see a limit on the number of
animals a person can own.
And that they are in the process of discussing animal control issues with
the board of supervisors.
These residents say they hope zoning is in the future.
IN Q=THEY'LL HAVE TO
((MIKE DILLON: THEY HAVE TO BE ENFORCED BY COUNTY OFFICIALS OR INVESTIGATED BY
COUNTY OFFICIALS FASTER. I THINK ZONING WOULD PROTECT PEOPLE MORE.))
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Humane Society officials say more improperly run kennels will keep cropping
up until county ordinances are developed to protect the animals and surrounding
Denise Allen News 7.))
A Virginia law has allowed the medical use of marijuana since 19-79.
Now, it's getting new attention since the federal government objected to
similar initiatives in California and Arizona.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher was the chief state Senate sponsor
of the Virginia law when he was in the General Assembly.
He said he does not remember that part of the bill, which generally
stiffened penalties for selling large amounts of the drug.
Since the law was passed, there are no records of any court appeals
More than 250-thousand-dollars spent to keep AIDS patients in western
Virginia from having to live on the streets won't be coming from Washington in
A state Department of Housing and Community Development official said the
total number of reported AIDS cases in areas including Charlottesville, Roanoke
and Danville was nine shy of qualifying for federal funding.
The money provided rental assistance, utility payments and other housing
services to families infected with HIV/AIDS.
Local AIDS workers say they'll depend more on local private donations.
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The Reverend Jerry Falwell will not end a 45 year movie boycott to see part
of his life on the big screen.
"The People vs. Larry Flynt," produced by Oliver Stone, opens in theaters
It chronicles a First Amendment court fight that started when Flynt's
Hustler magazine published a parody of Falwell in 19-83.
The Liberty University founder sued for libel.
Falwell says he holds no grudge against Flynt and still prays for him on a
After a weekend of glorious weather you might have forgotten what January
can REALLY be like.
Last year at this time, snow was falling across Southwest Virginia, and a
lot of it!
More than two feet of snow fell on January sixth & seventh, crippling the
Valley, and closing just about everything from schools to interstates.
Roanoke City declared a state of emergency as the highway department played
catch-up throughout the weekend, trying to clear the major highways.
Roanoke Regional Airport recorded 24.9 inches of snow over that two day
Today, quite a different story....
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Homeowners are not the only people who need to insure their valuables.
In this week's edition of Common Sense Len Besthoff explains how renters can
protect their property.
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OUT Q=the newsdesk.
(( The Institute of Certified Financial Planners says a basic renter's
insurance policy will pay for personal property that is damaged or destroyed.
These policies cover fire and smoke damage, windstorms, water damage, and
many other hazards.
They also cover theft of property, and some will pay temporary living
expenses if you're forced out of your rented apartment or home.
But remember: basic renter's policies DON'T cover flood or earthquake
You have to buy separate coverage for that.
Also note that a bare bones policy will pay only the depreciated value of
the items you lose.
You can pay extra for a policy that will pay you what it costs to replace
That's this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back to the
The Institute of Certified Financial Planners says a basic renter's policy
costs about 15- to- 20- dollars- a- month.
It suggests checking with an insurance agent on how much a renter's policy
covers things like jewelry, art, and computer equipment.
Virginia Military Institute Superintendent Josiah Bunting
is expecting a call from former San Diego Chargers coach Bobby Ross.
Bunting says he has offered Ross the head football coaching job at V-M-I.
Ross has strong ties to the Keydet football program.
He is a V-M-I graduate, and his brother Donnie is currently an
Keydets coach Bill Stewart resigned last month amid allegations he used a
In other coaching news, a radio station report has Grambling State set to
announce today that Doug Williams will be the school's next head football
The former Super Bowl M-V-P will take over the program when Eddie Robinson
retires at the end of the 19-97 campaign.
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The Carolina Panthers became the second expansion team to advance to the
N-F-L conference finals.
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In the first quarter, Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin makes the nice catch on
the Troy Aikman pass but Irvin injured his shoulder and did not return to the
Kerry Collins put the Panthers on the board when he hit Wesley Walls on the
one yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to 3 Carolina.
In the second quarter, Collins puts it up again hitting Willie Green on the
10 yard touchdown pass and the Panthers took a 14 to 3 lead.
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the Panthers on top. Carolina wins it 26 to 17.
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((KERRY COLLINS/THREE T-D PASSES: ))
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Roanoke College won its fourth straight championship in the Domino's Pizza
Lewis-Gale Classic at the Bast Center.
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On Roanoke's first possession Nathan Hungate hits the three pointer giving
the Maroons the early first half lead.
But Goucher came right back. Tavar Witherspoon steals the pass and takes it
to the hoop for the layup.
Goucher steps up again Vince Williams makes the long pass to Bakari Ward who
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Maher gets the offensive rebound and puts it back in drawing the foul and
Roanoke wins the game 85 to 81 in overtime.