In Atlanta, two explosions have rocked the building where an abortion clinic
And a Blizzard is paralyzing much of the midwest today.
Stay with us, the news is next.
Two explosions in Atlanta have rocked the building that houses an abortion
The first blast went off shortly before ten o'clock inside the building.
Then about an hour later a bomb went off in a trash container in the parking
(cover most of sot)
IN Q=IT WAS VERY, VERY LOUD.
OUT Q=TOOK OFF OUT OF THE BUILDING.
Here you see a photographer running with his camera and collapse shortly
after the second blast.
He was apparently hit by shrapnel.
A federal agent was also injured.
Police say no one was injured in the FIRST blast.
Authorities believe the abortion clinic WAS the target of the explosion.
A retail name with a long history in our area will be no longer.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
Leggett department stores were recently bought out, and now they will take
on the name of the company that acquired them.
Len Besthoff has more.
Melanie, we just got word that over the next month or so, the Leggett signs
will come down, replaced by the name Belk.
(Rollcue: Leggett was acquired )
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Leggett was acquired by Belk of Charlotte back in November for an
The Leggett chain was started by the same families 70 years ago, but parted
In all, 31 Leggetts will make the switch to the Belk name.
Two other locations in our area won't, because they're being closed.
Belk confirmed it has sold the leases on its Altavista store and its Bedford
outlet center to the Peebles chain of South Hill.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
Liquidation sales will begin almost immediately and they'll be closed within
the next few months.
(QUESTION: SO WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE LEGGETT EMPLOYEES?)
Neighbors are in shock after finding out an eight- year- old is charged with
killing his step-father in Pittsylvania County.
Neither the sheriff nor the Commonwealth's attorney would comment.
But a source close to the Bernard Rosser murder case confirms the chief
suspect is the man's young stepson.
The 55- year- old Franklin County probation officer was found dead at his
Gretna home in mid-December.
SUPER=04-Franklin News Post;
Authorities say he suffered a severe blow to the head.
Neighbors say prior to the arrest they were concerned for their own safety
because of the severity of the crime.
((JACK DALTON/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR:NATURALLY, ANYBODY WOULD BE, LIVING TWO DOORS
DOWN, KNOWING SOMEBODY RUNNING LOOSE, THAT HAD MURDERED SOMEBODY, NATURALLY WE
WOULD BE TENSED.))
SUPER=01-Jack Dalton/Victim's Neighbor; :00
OUT Q=be tensed.
Neighbors say the Rosser family moved into the house about two years ago.
They report seeing the eight- year old- boy playing in the yard.
Neighbors tell NEWS 7 the child was large for his age but did not cause any
problems in the neighborhood.
A judge says two Carroll County half-brothers were not justified in killing
Mink sentenced Chris and Willie Gammon to 48 years each for murdering their
father and shooting their step-mother.
During their three-day sentencing hearing, Chris, Willie, and a string of
family members told horror stories of violence and abuse on the part of their
father, Gary Gammon.
The brothers' lawyers begged for leniency.
They could have gotten up to three life terms in prison.
Some seasoned midwesterners call it the worst storm they've ever seen.
Blizzard warnings have been posted throughout the upper midwest today where
blinding snow and dangerously cold temperatures have shut down highways and
Scott Pelley has the latest.
SUPER=03-Fargo, ND; :00
SUPER=01-Arne Carlson/Minnesota Governor; :31
SUPER=01-Dean Overby/Plow Driver; :43 QUICK
SUPER=01-Scott Pelley/Reporting; :47
OUT Q=CBS NEWS FARGO, ND;
This early in the season the dakotas would expect 20 inches of snow. they
have had more than 65 inches already and its still falling.
LOW VISIBILITY, NO VISIBILITY OUT THERE. CAN'T SEE ANYTHING.
Miles of highways are closed, buildings have collapsed under the shear
weight of it all.
For the first time ever, Minnesota is asking for federal help to move the
Governor Arne Carlson heads this important and beautiful state.
GOV. ARNE CARLSON/(R) MN:
OUR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WITHOUT SLEEP FOR WEEKS
NOW//OUR PRIORITY IS TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP THE UTILITIES ON AND MAKE SURE WE
HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD.
In north dakota they're using plows to rescue drivers trapped in the fast
DEAN OVERBY/PLOW DRIVER: ITS A KILLER STORM. THE WIND CHILL, YOU DON'T LAST
LONG IN IT.
Scott Pelley CBS News, Fargo, North Dakota.))
In the West Bank of town of Hebron the Israeli flag was lowered today.
SUPER=03-Hebron, West Bank;
Dozens of trucks were loaded up with equipment as soldiers packed up and
The withdrawal was approved by Israel's cabinet late yesterday
by an eleven-to-seven vote.
Meantime, the Israeli parliament is still debating whether to sign the West
In South Korea today, police stormed a bus in Seoul to free 34 passengers
held hostage by a man armed with a knife.
A dozen police wearing bullet-proof vests and armed with automatic weapons
opened the bus door and fired tear gas before rushing in and seizing the man.
Passengers said the man was complaining the country was full of communists.
After more than a year of investigating, the House Ethics Committee special
counsel today will hand in his report on Speaker Newt Gingrich's ethics
James Cole spent more than a year investigating Gingrich, in particular the
funding of a college course Gingrich taught at two Georgia campuses.
Yesterday President Clinton urged lawmakers of both parties to stop the
warfare and settle the Gingrich case.
(( DO WHATEVER IS APPROPRIATE AND GET
ON WITH IT AND PUT IT BEHIND US AND GO ON WITH THE BUSINESS OF THE COUNTRY."
OUT Q=business of the country.
The House is scheduled to vote on a punishment for Gingrich Tuesday.
The character of a prominent Virginia lawyer is being questioned by a
Pittsylvania County woman.
Gil Davis is running for Virginia Attorney General, and represents Paula
Jones in her sexual harrassment suit against President Clinton.
He also represents Ramona Hines in a lawsuit.
Hines says Davis behaved innappropriately, when she and her husband met him
at a Roanoke Hotel for a conference on her case.
She says the three began drinking and talking about a playboy photo-shoot.
IN Q=now what do you
off the preprod tape 16:44:18
"Now what do you want to do?"
"what did I tell you?"
"You want to take your clothes off"
"No I didn't say that...(laughter)
RAMONA HINES: THIS, WHAT YOU HAVE JUST SEEN IS NORMAL, THAT'S CHARACTER FROM
MR. DAVIS, AND WHEN I WOULD HEAR HIM ON CNN AND I WOULD HEAR HIM SPEAK, HE TO
ME WAS SPEAKING OUT OF CHARACTER;))
OUT Q=speaking out of character
A spokesman for Davis says he can not respond to Hine's statements because
he still represents her, and is bound by attorney client confidentiality.
Hines is now considering a lawsuit against Davis, and may sell the rights to
the video tape, though she says she is not actively seeking a buyer.
Davis is running against three other Republicans for the Virginia Attorney
General nomination in a June 10th primary-
So there is bound to be some response.
State Senators and Religious conservative Mark Earley is one of his
IN Q=Clearly I
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CHESAPEAKE: CLEARLY I WOULD HOPE IT'S NOT TRUE. FOR A
LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS. NUMBER ONE I THINK IT REFLECTS POORLY ON THE BAR
ACROSS VIRGINIA. LAWYERS. IT CLEARLY WOULD REFLECT POORLY ON A CANDIDATE FOR
ATTORNEY GENERAL. BUT YOU KNOW I WANT TO WITHHOLD JUDGMENT IN ALL FAIRNESS
UNTIL I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE ALLEGATIONS ARE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake;
OUT Q=allegations are.
Another opponent, Virginia Beach Senator Ken Stolle (STAH-lee) declined to
comment on camera, but says the tape could be "extremely damaging" to Davis.
Former George Allen cabinet secretary Jerry Kilgore, who also hopes to be
Attorney General, says he's anxious to hear Gil Davis's side of the story.
A Lynchburg teenager faces a multitude of charges after he allegedly stole
a car and led police on a chase.
Police were following up a report of a possible abduction when an officer
spotted the vehicle on Monsview Place.
The 15- year- old drove the car over a curb and then backed into the police
A short chase ended when the teen crashed the stolen vehicle into a parked
He was treated for minor head injuries.
Lynchburg fire crews battled three different blazes last night.
They suspect it was a single arsonist who kept them busy.
Just hours after they extinguished a fire at a Hill City lumberyard,
firefighters were called to this house on Marsh Street where the front porch
had been set on fire.
It took them about fifteen minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Just across the street, crews hosed down a small pile of tires and debris
that had been torched.
No arrests have been made.
The Roanoke Valley is getting better at working together--
That's what a regional cooperation expert said last night as he addressed
the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Author and speaker William Dodge touted the importance of local governments
and communities working together to solve problems.
Dodge says he's impressed with the shared services and cooperation he's
seen in the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q=For me, the
((WILLIAM DODGE/REGIONAL COOPERATION EXPERT: FOR ME, THE TELLTALE SIGN OF WHEN
WE BEGIN TO THINK OF REGIONS AS COMMUNITIES IS WHEN WE STOP REFERRING TO IT AS
JUST IN THE PLURAL "YOU" AND "ME", AND BEGIN TO REFER TO IT IN THE SINGULAR AS
SUPER=01-William Dodge/Regional Cooperation Expert;
OUT Q=as us
Last night was the 107th annual meeting of the regional chamber.
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Virginia's state song may have survived for another year.
VO-NAT from 96-98, 1/10
A state Senate committee says a proposal to retire ``Carry Me Back To Old
Virginia'' needs more study.
The bill would make the song the
state song "emeritus" -- giving it a place of honor in history, but opening the
door for a new state song to be picked.
The song is rarely sung because of its anachronistic references to race and
One of the largest cable television operators in the country has purchased
two systems in our area.
Adelphia Communications has signed an agreement with Booth Communications
for the purchase of the systems in Salem and Blacksburg.
No purchase price was disclosed.
Adelphia already owns close to a dozen systems around the region, from
Lexington, to Amherst County, to the Kentucky border.
Adelphia is not expecting any major changes in the existing operations in
Salem and Blacksburg.
It does not anticipate any immediate rate increases.
The company hopes to have the deal completed and approved by April.
A big overseas deal should translate into big bucks for a Roanoke firm.
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Virginia Transformer has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with
Crompton Greaves (GREEVES) of Mumbai (mum-BUY), India.
The contract is expected to generate as much as three- to- five- million-
dollars annually in additional sales for the company.
Virginia Transformer has been in a strong growth mode for a while now.
It recently opened a plant in Mexico, and last year it hired about 50 new
people in Roanoke.
A-T-M machines may make getting money easier,
But as Len Bestoff reports, the convenience may be costing you more than you
IN Q=If you
SUPER=01-Ty Smith/First Union Branch Manager; :52 (very quick!!!!!)
SUPER=01-Larry Kingsley/ATM User; :57
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( If you use another bank's A-T-M machine, it's no secret you're going to
But did you know a bank can charge non customers one price at one ATM and a
different fee at another?
Most First Union A-T-Ms around here charge customers from other banks a
dollar- fifty...but using one at the airport costs TWO- fifty.
SOT TAPE ONE 15:03:40
IN Q=I think
((LARRY KINGSLEY/ATM USER: I THINK THE WHOLE ATM THING HAS BECOME A RIPOFF, NO
QUESTION ABOUT IT. ))
OUT Q=about it.
SOT TAPE TWO 16:40:54
IN Q=They should
((TRINELL MCQUEEN/ATM USER: THEY SHOULD REGULATE HOW MUCH YOU'RE GONNA PAY TO
USE SOMEBODY ELSE'S MACHINE. ))
But they don't, the banks can pick their price.
SOT tape one 14:15:43
IN Q=There is
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: THERE IS SOME DISCRETION IN WHAT I
GUESS WE DEEM AS A REASONABLE CHARGE. ))
OUT Q=reasonable charge.
Other local banks have a one dollar, across- the- board ATM charge for non-
customers...but the main point of the story is to watch out, because not all
banks work this way.
First Union stresses though, that the airport ATM is barely breaking even,
and it's the only one around here with a higher charge.
SOT tape one 14:15:07
IN Q=Out at
((SMITH: OUT AT THE AIRPORT, THAT ATM THERE IS JUST SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF
OUT Q=of convenience.
SOT tape one 15:03:47
IN Q=People like
((KINGSLEY: PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO NEED TO DO THINGS FAIRLY QUICKLY ARE KINDA
FORCED TO USE THE CONVENIENCE. BUT THEY OUGHTA GET A LITTLE MORE REALISTIC
ABOUT WHAT THE CHARGE SHOULD BE.))
OUT Q=should be.
SOT tape two 17:09:11
IN Q=Another thing
((Another thing you want to remember when you're using someone else's ATM is
that YOUR OWN bank may also charge you for the privilege of doing that. And
that fee may only show up on your monthly statement. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7. ))
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SUPER=331-Wind Chill/Advisory/14-18/Sunny/Windy & Cold/20-25;
SUPER=332-Wind Chill/Advisory/8-12/Mostly Sunny/Bitter Cold/18-22;
SUPER=333-Wind Chill/Advisory/3-7/Partly Sunny/Windy & Cold/14-18;
SUPER=334-Wind Chill/Advisory/0-5/Cloudy &/Bitter Cold/10-15;
The Virginia Cavaliers had second-ranked Wake Forest on the ropes last night
in Winston-Salem, but could NOT manage a win.
The Cavaliers were fired up for the A-C-C matchup.
Courtney Alexander hit his first 3 shots to put the Wahoos up 9-4.
And that lead stretched to 9 when Harold Deane hit this three.
But Wake's big men pulled their squad back into it-- Loren Woods hits the
layup to cut the lead to 1 by the half.
The Cavs led 54-48 with just minutes to go-- but Wake Forest went on a 10 to
nothing run to close out the game...
And escape with a 58-54 win.
TAPE#net (edit of TB97-1)
Virginia Tech held Georgia Southern to just 14 points in the second half.
They hammered the Eagles 76- to- 41 at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Eagles vs. Hokies;
The Hokies looked hot early, as Troy Manns gets an assist to Jim Jackson -
who drains the three pointer to give Tech the early 9-to-nothing lead.
Tech would get on the board again as Ace Custis drives and dishes to Keefe
Matthews who misses the hook, but Ace comes through with the board and the
SUPER=33-Ga. Southern/41/Virginia Tech/76;
Custis scored 18 and the Hokies beat Georgia Southern 76 to 41.
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-1)
Bridgewater and Roanoke, the two premiere teams in the ODAC, met last night
SUPER=03-Salem/Eagles vs. Maroons; :00
The Maroons jumped on the Eagles early.
The first half was a sharp shooting contest, former Franklin County star
Derek Bryant hit 5 treys on his way to a 15 point first half. Roanoke led 44-34
at the break.
The Eagles finally took the lead, SUPER=33-Roanoke/83/Bridgewater/70;
57-56, on Eddie Bentley's three pointer with ten minutes remaining.
But Roanoke pulled away. Tim Braun to Nathan Hungate for the hoop.
The Maroons improved to 5 and OH in the ODAC with a 83-70 victory.
Dell Curry came into last night's game with the Nets needing 18 points to top
the 10,000 point mark for his career.
He hit 13, but the Hornets still won it 116-to-104.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN; :00
The Bulls beat the Timberwolves 112-to-102 last night, but Dennis Rodman is
in trouble again!
Watch him go for this rebound and get tangled up with the cameramen on the
He gets mad and kicks Eugene Amos in the groin.
Amos was eventually carried off the court. Rodman will likely find himself
in one very soon.
The Brinks company is probably wishing its armored car had overturned in
South Carolina, rather than Miami.
Christopher Bundy and Taylor Estes were walking home the other day when
they found a bag containing 20-thousand dollars.
They turned it over to police who located the owner.
The boys were given an award for being honest.