More evidence that the killing of a six- year- old Colorado beauty queen was
a sex crime.
And Salem G-E workers stuck in the middle of a shutdown, fear layoffs are
Freezing rain is once again a part of our forecast. As we look at tomorrow
afternoon, we can expect another taste of Mother Nature's wrath. All that,
and a look at UVa's OFF COURT basketball victory.
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
Employees at Salem's G-E plant are on mandatory vacation.
The plant is in its second week of an unscheduled shutdown.
G-E said without it the company would've been forced to lay off 100 people.
But an employee close to the situation at the plant believes that soon after
workers return to work, nearly 200 will get pink slips.
G-E admits "the production workload situation is more serious than in years
past" but emphasizes it "does NOT have an announcement to make at this time",
and it continues to meet with union leaders.
G-E has about 800 hourly employees in Salem, and 12-hundred salaried
The last time textile producer Dan River made an acquisition was 19-69.
Now, the Danville-based company says it plans to purchase a fabrics
Dan River will pay 65- million- dollars for the New Cherokee Corporation of
Rutherford County, North Carolina.
New Cherokee manufactures woven fabrics for shirts and sportswear.
The company employs eleven-hundred people at three plants.
Dan River expects to close on the deal next month.
In Egypt, at least 39 people are dead after a bus plunged into the Nile
Egyptian authorities say the crowded bus crashed through a fence and off a
bridge landing on its top.
Twenty-nine others were injured.
Witnesses say the bus driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle.
In other news out of Egypt,
U-S officials say Egyptian security is working closely with the F-B-I to find
those responsible for mailing letter bombs around the world.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Four turned up yesterday at the United Nations headquarters.
One also blew up in London injuring two people.
The bombs have been going to the offices of a Saudi owned newspaper.
After two months of protests, a major victory for opponents of Serbian
President Slobodan Milosevic.
The Belgrade electoral commission today declared the opposition the winners
of local elections in the capital city.
That means the opposition coalition will control 60 to 110 seats in the
Belgrade city council.
There are reports today that semen was found at the murder scene of JonBenet
It is now being tested for D-N-A.
Meantime, in Boulder, Colorado, officials are trying to block the
publication of crime scene photos of Little Miss Colorado.
Diana Olick reports.
SUPER=03-Boulder, CO; :00
SUPER=01-Diana Olick/Reporting; :40
SUPER=01-Mimi Wesson/Criminal Law Professor; :52
OUT Q=CBS News Boulder.
(( WELL GOOD, THANK YOU WE APPRECIATE IT, BYE...ANOTHER THANK YOU
FOR NOT CARRYING THE GLOBE."
At newsstands across colorado yesterday, they were turning the trucks away.
NO ONE HAS ACCEPTED IT SO FAR.
They don't want the globe because crime scene photographs of six year old
jonbenet ramsey are in this week's issue. cbs news is not airing the photos,
and most major supermarkets and 7-11 stores are boycotting the tabloid. but at
newsstand, outside boulder, the globe is selling swiftly.
I DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT THAT THEY'RE BANNING IT IN BOULDER AND
I'M ONLY BUYING IT BECAUSE NOBODY CAN TELL ME WHAT I CAN READ AND WHAT I CAN'T
Boulder law enforcement argues the globe photos will jeopardize the
investigation. the photos include closeups of Jonbenet's hand and the rope
that was reportedly used to strangle her.
The county attorney has asked for a
restraining order, to stop the globe from publishing more pictures of
MIMI WESSON:THEIR PUBLICATION COULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO THE INVESTIGATION AND
EVENTUAL PROSECUTION OF THE CASE IN MY OPINION.
Criminal law professor mimi wesson says the photos take investigative
tools out of the hands of police and give the advantage to the killer.
WESSON: IT ENABLES THE KILLER TO GIVE A STATEMENT THAT'S CONSISTENT WITH ALL
OF THE EVIDENCE THAT THE POLICE KNOW ABOUT AND YET STILL A FALSE STORY.
While pictures of the murder scene are conspicuously absent from most
colorado newsstands, jonbenet's life and death are this week's cover story
across the nation..as police begin their third week looking for her killer.
Diana Olick, CBS News Boulder.))
A Carroll County teenager who admitted he shot his father and stepmother is
asking a judge for leniency.
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;
18- year- old Chris Gammon was 16 at the time of the offense. During tearful
testimony yesterday, he said his father beat and sexually abused him for most
of his life.
He says he and his older half- brother Willie Gammon decided to pack their
bags and leave their dad's home, but their efforts to hot- wire a car failed.
Chris says Willie then pulled a gun and said they'd have to kill Gary and
Rebecca Gammon when the couple returned home.
Chris says he did not want to but was afraid Willie would shoot him.
Their father died at the scene. Rebecca Gammon is still in a wheelchair
from her injuries.
Both brothers pleaded guilty.
A pee wee football coach has been cleared of any wrong doing after some of
his players accused him of assault.
After two and a half hours of testimony last night, the charges against
Keith Gaines were dismissed.
The children claimed that their coach had hit them with a belt during
But there were a number of adults who were present when the alleged incident
They said Gaines did in fact take his belt off... but that he never whipped
Gaines' attorney thinks some parents had it in for the coach... because of
"playing time" disputes.
((GREG PHILLIPS/GAINES' ATTORNEY: YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME PROBLEMS BETWEEN
THE PARENTS AND COACH WHEN THAT HAPPENS. IT'S JUST GOING HAPPEN TO ALL LITTLE
LEAGUE COACHES AND THIS IS THE WORST NIGHTMARE OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT DOES
SUPER=01-Greg Phillips/Gaines' Attorney;
OUT Q=does occur
Prosecutor Fred King says he still believes his young witnesses, despite the
IN Q=I thought
((FRED KING/SALEM COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I THOUGHT THE WAY THESE YOUNG MEN
TESTIFIED WAS TOTALLY CREDIBLE. I WASN'T THERE. I BELIEVE THE YOUNG MEN. ))
SUPER=01-Fred King/Salem Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=the young men
Gaines would not say whether he'll coach football again.
He is currently an assistant coach for a youth basketball team.
The Citadel started the spring semester yesterday without two of its four
Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos said they would not return because they were
sexually harassed and assaulted by MALE cadets.
Governor Allen offered assurances yesterday that this would not happen at
IN Q=Oh absolutely
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: OH ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WON'T TOLERATE IT AS GOVERNOR. THE
BOARD OF VISITORS WILL NOT TOLERATE IT. THE ADMINISTRATION AT VMI WON'T
TOLERATE IT. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WON'T TOLERATE IT.
THAT'S WHY I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING ANALOGOUS TO WHAT HAPPENED AT THE
OUT Q=the Citadel.
The Governor says V-M-I has taken the slow approach to co-education to help
ensure that it has the best chance for success.
Today is election day in Southside.
In the 10th district, Democrat Barnie Day and Republican Phil Plaster will
square off to replace former Delegate Roscoe Reynolds.
Reynolds was elected to Congressman Virgil Goode's state Senate Seat.
The candidates admit they have few differences.
Governor Allen's refusal of federal Goals 2000 money was one of them.
IN Q=Certainly education
(( BARNIE DAY/(D)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; CERTAINLY EDUCATION HAS BEEN THE TOP
ISSUE, I'M TERRIBLY RELIEVED TO SEE THE GOVERNOR REVERSE HIS STAND ON THE GOALS
2000 ISSUE, THAT WILL PUT ANOTHER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OUT HERE INTO
SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FOR OUR COMMUNITY'S SCHOOLS.
PHIL PLASTER/(R)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; HE HELD OUT TO A PRINCIPLE, AND WE GOT
THE MONEY, SO WE ALL WIN, EVERYBODY WINS ON THIS.))
SUPER=01-Barnie Day/(D) Candidate For Delegate;
SUPER=01-Phil Plaster/(R) Candidate For Delegate;
OUT Q=wins on this
This is the last special election in the wake of Goode's move to the U.S.
Even though Day is on the board of supervisors, if he wins and resigns, the
board can APPOINT someone to replace him.
It was the last chance for Virginians to make their opinions known on what
they thought should be done with a quarter BILLION state dollars.
There was NO shortage of requests to the General Assembly joint money
SOT BUDGET TWO 04:33:09
IN Q=During this time
((CHERI JAMES/VEA PRESIDENT: DURING THIS TIME, VIRGINIA TEACHERS' SALARIES
HAVE FALLEN EIGHT PLACES IN SALARY RANKINGS OF THE STATES. FROM A RANKING OF
EIGHTEENTH TO 26TH. DURING THIS TIME, TEACHERS' SALARIES HAVE REACHED THE
FURTHEST POINT EVER BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR TEACHERS' SALARIES.))
SUPER=01-Cheri James/Virginia Education Association;
OUT Q=teachers' salaries. 3RD REF!!!!
Education requests are again the heavies.
For colleges and universities, Governor Allen upped the previous year's
budget by 116- thousand dollars.
College presidents want another 200- million.
IN Q=We need a lot
((TIL HAZEL: WE NEED A LOT OF MAINTENANCE, A LOT OF PROGRAMS THAT ARE
DEFICIENT. THAT HAVE BEEN DEFERRED THESE PAST FOUR, FIVE, SIX YEARS. GO BACK
WE ARE NOTHING IF NOT PERSISTENT. WE'RE PERSISTENT BECAUSE WE THINK THE CAUSE
IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO THE FUTURE OF VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-"Til" Hazel/Business Higher Education Council;
OUT Q=of Virginia.
A compromise Friday on state worker lag pay gives state employees one less
battle to fight this budget year.
The Danville Historical Society is committed to preserving the past as well
as the future.
If you need proof, consider the fact the society has donated part of its new
headquarters to the Danville Police Department.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=The Danville
SUPER=01-Larry Adkins/Training Coordinator; :25
SUPER=01-Silas Crews/Danville Police Officer; :44 SUPER QUICK!!!!
SUPER=@Teresa1; :50 QUICK
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; 1:00
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Danville.
(( The Danville Historical Society's decision to purchase the historic
Redman building on North Main Street is having a community- wide impact.
The organization recently donated part of the building for use as a police
Right now, 38- recruits from Danville and surrounding areas are enrolled in
((LARRY ADKINS/TRAINING COORDINATOR:THE REASON WE'RE IN DANVILLE WITH THE
ACADEMY IS THAT DANVILLE GOT A GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HIRE 19-
OFFICERS AND THEN I THINK THEY HAD SOME VACANCIES TO FILL SO THEY HIRED A TOTAL
OF 24 OFFICERS. ))
OUT Q=24- officers.
((RICHARD THOMAS/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: ))
Local residents will also benefit from the historical society's generosity.
The Danville police department recently established a community policing
precinct within the building.
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:WE'RE TICKLED TO DEATH TO HAVE THAT
BUILDING FOR AN OFFICE, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREA ARE CERTAINLY GOING
TO RECEIVE BENEFITS FRO IT AND WE WANT TO HAVE COMMUNITY EVENTS THERE THAT
PEOPLE WHO COME IN FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND MEET WITH THE POLICE OFFICERS AND
THE INTERACTION I THINK IN THE LONG RUN WILL PAY BIG DIVIDENDS FOR ALL OF US.
OUT Q=of us.
Although the precinct is just getting off the ground, Morris says he's
already receiving positive feedback from the community. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS
The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville is moving.
And their new site may have a history of its own.
Kimberly McBroom explains.
IN Q=Even though its residents
SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/Va. Museum of Natural History; :15
SUPER=01-Tom Harned/Martinsville Development Official; :45
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( Even though its residents aren't complaining-- the Virginia Museum of
Natural History is in need of more room.
Museum officials say collections are at risk because of the cluttered work
space-- and the current facility is no longer sufficient.
IN Q=Just because
(( STEPHEN PIKE/VA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: JUST BECAUSE OF THE CRAMPED
SPACE, WE HAVE TO STORE THINGS IN CONDITIONS THAT REALLY AREN'T OPTIMAL-- NEXT
TO AREAS WHERE SOMETIMES THERE IS CONSTRUCTION GOING ON AND THAT MEANS MATTER
GETS INTO THE AIR AND THAT CAN DAMAGE COLLECTIBLES OVER THE LONG HAUL.))
But the eight- year- old museum may find new life in an old city eyesore.
Martinsville officials are proposing a plan to tear down the old general
hospital on Starling Avenue-- and re- build the museum there.
The hospital was abandoned in 1989-- and is showing signs of neglect.
((TOM HARNED/MARTINSVILLE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT: THE BUILDING HAS OUTLIVED
ITS LIFE. IT'S OUTLIVED ITS ORIGINAL PURPOSE AND ALSO OUTLIVED TWO ADAPTED RE-
USES. THE BUILDING IS DETERIORATING AND BLIGHTED AND REPRESENTS A CHALLENGE TO
The city is asking for one- and- a- half- million dollars from the General
Assembly to pay for the demolition and cleanup.
Meanwhile, city officials are also planning to build a park to complement
And while the using name Jurassic Park was tempting-- city officials say
instead they plan to name it Founders Park.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Martinsville.
If you never made it to "Festival by the the James" in Lynchburg, you have
NOT missed your chance.
Now, there's a bigger and longer event to take its place.
State Fair organizers announced yesterday they'll sponsor a five- day
REGIONAL fair in the Hill City over Memorial Day weekend.
The "Fair By The James" will take the place of Lynchburg's popular Festival
by the James, which has attracted thousands of people to the city's riverfront
over the last ten years.
IN Q=I like this
((OTIS BROWN/ATLANTIC RURAL EXPOSITION: I LIKE THIS CHALLENGE. I THINK IT'S
GOING TO BE NEAT. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE EVENTS
THAT YOU'LL SEE, BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION, DOWN ON THE RIVER, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO
SUPER=01-Otis Brown/Atlantic Rural Exposition; :00
OUT Q=able to see it.
Brown says the regional fair will provide central Virginia school children
with more opportunities to compete in the agricultural contests.
City leaders say the new fair will help highlight Lynchburg's efforts to
revitalize its riverfront.
Harsh weather is continuing to cause problems across the nation.
SUPER=03-Renville Co., MN;
After a series of snowstorm in Minnesota, conditions are so bad that snow
plows are having trouble clearing the highways.
Making matters worse are the so-called "snow tunnels" that are up to 30 feet
high on the sides of roads. And more snow is in today's forecast.
In Texas, at least eight deaths have been blamed on extremely cold weather.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Meantime, a series of snowstorms in northeastern China has killed at least
14 people and trapped more than 100-thousand.
Roads into the remote Xinjiang (SHIN-jee-AHNG) region have been cut off by
eight feet of snow.
Thousands have run out of food and officials call the situation critical.
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/& Cold/14-18/Cloudy-Freezing/Rain Likely/32-36;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/& Cold/16-20/Clouds with/Freezing Rain/34-38;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/& Cold/8-12/Sleet or Rain/Developing/34-38;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/& Cold/10-14/Freezing Rain/& Sleet/30-34;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/& Cold/8-12/Afternoon/Snow or Sleet/32-36;
The woman who accused Dallas Cowboys Erik Williams and Michael Irvin of
sexual assault -- and recanted -- could be charged today.
Dallas police say Nina Shahravan could get up to six months in jail and a
two-thousand-dollar fine for making a false report.
Olympic figure skater Oksana Baiul
(ahk-SAH'-nah by-OOL) may have been drinking before she crashed her car Sunday
morning in Connecticut.
A hospital report shows the 19- year- old had a blood alcohol level of point
one- six- eight percent.
The legal limit in Connecticut is point- one percent.
Baiul suffered minor injuries in the single vehicle accident.
No charges have been filed yet.
The Virginia Cavaliers have two big big games on the road this week, but
yesterday they got a huge win in another kind of court,
as star forward Harold Deane was acquitted on charges of resisting arrest by
a Circuit Court judge in Charlottesville.
Deane was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest last
He was originally convicted of the misdemeanors and given two suspended 30
The judge says a number of quality character witnesses who testified for
Deane and the inability of prosecution witnesses to corroborate their stories
led to the acquittal.
TAPE#net (edit of S6-24)
V-M-I alum Bobby Ross formally accepted the Detroit Lions head coaching
position yesterday in Pontiac.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI; :00
He says although the Lions struggled this year, they have two of the best
offensive players in the league.
IN Q="You've got...
((BOBBY ROSS/NEW DETROIT LIONS HEAD COACH: YOU'VE GOT THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN
ALL OF FOOTBALL, AND ONE OF THE PREMIER WIDE RECEIVERS, HERMAN MOORE, I CAN
REMEMBER HIM FROM, HE DID ME AN AWFUL LOT OF DAMAGE IN A COLLEGE GAME IN
VIRGINIA, SO I CAN REMEMBER HIM QUITE WELL.))
SUPER=01-Bobby Ross/New Detroit Lions Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...QUITE WELL."
Herman did have a great game that day, but Ross failed to mention that his
Georgia Tech team not only won the game, but also knocked U-V-a out of the
number one spot in the nation.
An American Millionaire adventurer has lifted off to fly around the world in
SUPER=03-St. Louis. MO/Last Night;
Steve Fossett took off from St. Louis, shortly before midnight.
He believes his solo flight will last 15 to 18 days.
Fossett already holds the balloon distance record of more than five-thousand
miles, but his round the world attempt last year ended unsuccessfully.