Teens may not be able to get abortions in Virginia without parental
notification. We'll have the latest.
New information on the bombings into an Atlanta abortion clinic.
Plus the high cost of towing- Why so steep? We'll hear from tow truck
News 7 is next.
New information on the Atlanta clinic bombing.
Investigators now believe the first of two explosions that rocked
the clinic may have been a diversion. The real target they believe were
federal agents who rushed to the scene.
A massive drug roundup in Southside.
Nearly 80 people were arrested today. Dozens more could face charges.
If you've ever had a car towed-
you've probably received a big bill.
Why so expensive? Tow truck operators tell us why.
Plus the weekend forecast.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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Minors seeking abortions in Virginia may soon be required to notify their
It's expected to pass in Virginia this year.
The bill requires parents be notified before their underage daughter gets an
abortion. The bill goes to a different state Senate committee this year.
Planned Parenthood of Virginia assumes it'll pass -- and is planning to
fight it in the courts.
Meanwhile, Virginia is seeing its first bill to ban so-called "partial
birth" or late term abortions.
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IN Q=Well I
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: WELL I DIDN'T EXPECT THEM SO EARLY OR SO GRAPHIC ON THE
FLOOR OF THE HOUSE.))
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((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: THEN THE DOCTOR OPENED THE SCISSORS UP. THEN HE STUCK
THE HIGH-POWERED SUCTION TUBE INTO THE HOLE AND SUCKED THE BABY'S BRAINS OUT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :06
OUT Q=brains out.
The late term abortion bill has NOT yet been debated in committee.
New information into the bombing that shook an Atlanta Abortion clinic.
Jim Stewart has the details.
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OUT Q=standard outcue."
((Investigators now believe the first of two explosions that rocked an Atlanta
abortion clinic last week may have been a
diversion. The real target, they believe...were the federal agents
who rushed to the scene.
Bomb goes off. Cameraman screams.
The second blast went off exactly one hour after the first
bomb...and occurred at the precise area federal agents chose to set
up their command post to examine the crime scene.
Sources tell CBS News the "bomb was constructed of several
sticks of high grade commercial dynamite."
They were packed with a timer in a military ammunition box..."
And "accompanied by a container of nails that acted like
Two cars at the scene absorbed much of the blast...which injured
six people, including three federal agents.
As investigators continue to look for more remnants of the
explosive device...federal bomb squad agents were warned to vary
their travel routines and be alert to suspicious activity near
their homes and offices.
While there are obvious similarities between last week's
explosion...and the attack this summer in Atlanta's Centennial
Olympic Park...there is thus far no evidence of any direct
One striking difference between the two attacks is the
sophistication of the devices. Investigators say the Olympic bomb
was well made....but put together from common black powder and
hardware store supplies. This latest Atlanta attack...agents
say...is the work of someone who can only be called...an expert.))
People were on guard at clinics throughout the nation-
Today is the 24th anniversary of the Roe Verus Wade decision
In Washington thousands marched in opposition.
((HEY HEY. HO HO. ROE V. WADE HAS GOT TO GO.))
OUT Q=HAS GOT TO GO!
This is the annual March for Life-
Marchers say they'll concentrate on getting laws passed to ban late term
A large scale undercover drug investigation on the Southside ends with
charges against nearly 150- suspects.
Federal, state and local police began rounding up suspects in Danville and
Pittsylvania County, this morning.
They were taken to a command post set up at the old Mount Herman Elementary
school, near Danville.
From there the suspects were taken to various holding facilities.
Authorities say a significant number of those charged as part of "Operation
Flashpoint" are considered major players.
IN Q=We're real
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF:WE'RE REAL FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE TYPE
OF PEOPLE THAT ARE DEDICATED TO THIS WAR ON DRUGS THAT WE'VE GOT WORKING FOR
BOTH DANVILLE AND PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY AS WELL AS THE OTHER FEDERAL, STATE AND
ROBERT CROUCH, JR./UNITED STATES ATTORNEY: LAW ENFORCEMENT IS UNITED IN THIS
EFFORT, IT IS AN ONGOING EFFORT, AND OUR MESSAGE TO ANYONE WHO IS CURRENTLY
PARTICIPATING IN THIS KIND OF ACTIVITY, OR IS CONTEMPLATING THIS KIND OF
ACTIVITY, IS QUIT THAT DIRTY BUSINESS.))
SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Crouch, Jr./United States Attorney; :11
OUT Q=dirty business.
The man charged with shooting and wounding a Danville police officer late
last year was one of the first arrested.
Marlowe Andre Farmer is charged with cocaine distribution.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Cocaine
Crack, L-S-D, cocaine and meth-amphetamine- Those are just a few of the
drugs Wythe County authorities seized in an undercover operation.
The year-long investigation wrapped up today as police began arresting about
They face a total of about 55 drug distribution and possession indictments.
Sheriff Wayne Pike also expects some FEDERAL charges.
The investigation was carried out with a 60 thousand dollar state grant,
which was recently renewed for another year.
They found the world's oldest flowering plant fossil.
Now all they need is 1-point-6 million dollars in the state budget.
It may NOT be easy.
Martinsville's Virginia Museum of Natural History entertained lawmakers
tonight in Richmond.
Ellen Qualls was there.
IN Q=They showed
SUPER=@Ellen2; :05 quick!!!
SUPER=01-Tom Harned/Martinsville Planning & Development; :09
SUPER=01-Bud Oakey/Regional Chamber of Commerce; :19
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Last Week; :34
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( They showed off their insects.
They wined and dined the influential.
And Martinsville and Henry County supporters of the state's only natural
history museum lobbied.
((TOM HARNED/MARTINSVILLE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT: OH I THINK WE'LL GET SOME
MONEY THIS YEAR...SUCH AS MARTINSVILLE.))
((BUD OAKEY/REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: AT WORST CASE, IT IS A PRECURSOR FOR
NEXT YEAR...THIS IS BEING DRIVEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.))
The vision is to demolish the old Martinsville General Hospital.
It's loaded with asbestos.
That has a price tag of 1-point-6 million dollars.
Then the old Martinsville museum would become just the storage and research
wing... and a whole new touristy museum would be built where the hospital was
The problem is that Governor George Allen has allocated NO money for the
Cabinet Secretary Becky Dunlop says the private sector needs to quote "step
up to the plate."
And the most powerful voice Southside had in Richmond is now in Washington.
((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS: VIRGIL'S LENGTH OF SERVICE...FOR A WHILE.))
At least this year, the specter of the museum leaving Martinsville is NO
longer hanging over these heads.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, a police officer in one area locality is
accused of brutality,
And it appears A-B-C's expose on spoiled meat at Food Lion has turned bad...
as a North Carolina jury gives the grocery chain a LARGE award.
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A father and son injured when fire swept through their home yesterday are
beginning the recovery process.
Edward Spears and his 14 year-old son Matthew escaped the fire, which killed
two younger boys, 11 year-old Mark and 13 year-old John.
Today their father was moved out of intensive care.
He remains in satisfactory condition, suffering the effects of smoke
Matthew's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair at the Shriner's
Burn Center in Cincinnati.
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State police are investigating a report that a Glasgow town police officer
used excessive force in a case of alleged domestic violence.
Officer Leonard Stewart responded to the call in Rockbridge County earlier
He arrested Gary Gibson, who was charged with resisting arrest and
assaulting an officer.
During the arrest Gibson got a cut on his face that required 9 stitches.
Stewart says he can't comment on the investigation.
He is still on active duty.
SS=State Police Investigation
When contacted by phone, Gibson also would not comment, except to say "I
never touched him".
Town officials say they won't comment on the incident until the State Police
report is finished.
ABC and two of its employees must pay five and half million dollars to Food
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The Grocery chain sued the network after ABC aired a hidden camera report.
It accused Food Lion of selling old meat and treating employees unfairly.
((I THINK THE NEWS MEDIA IS GONNA HAVE TO COME AROUND WITH A BETTER WAY TO
COLLECT NEWS WITHOUT MISREPRESENTING THEMSELVES))
OUT Q=misrepresenting themselfes."
Food Lion wanted 52 million dollars- much more than the five and half
million ABC's been ordered to pay.
A Washington And Lee professor testified in the trial supporting ABC's
Lou Hodges specializes in journalism ethics.
He says undercover work should be used with caution, but in this case it
served the public interest.
He's conerned about the message the verdict sends.
IN Q=It calls into question
((LOU HODGES/W&L PROFESSOR; IT CALLS INTO QUESTION MORE THAN A CENTURY LONG
TRADITION IN JOURNALISM, THE WHOLE PRACTICE OF USING UNDERCOVER MEANS OF
GATHERING INFORMATION YOU CAN'T GET OTHERWISE, OF COURSE UNDERCOVER MEANS
ALWAYS INVOLVE DECEPTIVE TACTICS, THAT DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH AMERICAN PEOPLE
WHO HAVEN'T THOUGHT IT THROUGH VERY CLEARLY.
SUPER=01-Lou Hodges/W&L Professor;
OUT Q=through very clearly
Hodges says he would not be surprised if the case reaches the U.S. Supreme
Lynchburg is hoping some federal grants can help renovate the city's
run-down old train station.
City council today indicated it would apply for three million dollars in
transportation money for the project.
Plans call for remodeling the building and using it as a centerpiece for
revitalizing the neighborhood.
The city also wants to honor the memory of councilman Junius Haskins.
IN Q=I would like
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE POSSIBILITY OF
DEVELOPING THAT PARK AREA EARLY ON, AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, MAYBE WITH THE HELP
OF THE LEAF FOLKS AND THE LEAF FUND AND SO FORTH, AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE
COMMUNITY TO GO AHEAD AND DEVELOP THAT PARK AREA AND DO THAT IN JUNIUS' NAME.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=in Junius' name.
Haskins, an early supporter of the train station project, died of a heart
attack last week.
Lynchburg residents who want to replace Haskins on city council have until
the end of the month to get their applications in.
By law, city council must name a replacement by February 16th, thirty days
after Haskins' death.
Interested candidates must reside in Ward Two.
The appointee would fill out the remainder of Haskins' term and face
re-election in May of next year.
The Lynchburg Voters League says it has several potential applicants in
mind, and may make a recommendation in a few days.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next, Virginia's state song may change,
and we'll tell you why tow truck drivers say it's expensive to get you off the
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The Senate gives thumbs up to Madeleine Albright as Secretary of State.
She becomes the first woman to hold the post and the highest ranking woman
of any administration.
Senators also confirmed William Cohen as Secretary of Defense- the only
Republican in the President's new cabinet.
"Carry Me Back To Old Virginia" moved one step closer to retirement.
A Senate committee approved it becoming the state song (E-meritus)
But the committee decided to reconstitute the old song WITHOUT the racially
offensive lyrics as the new state song.
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS: DREAMER INSTEAD OF OLD DARKY.. WE DIDN'T GET ALL THAT WE
HOPED FOR, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST STEP.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth;
OUT Q=first step.
The bi- partisan Senate team of Louise Lucas and Steve Newman will now fight
for the change on the Senate floor.
Getting your car towed can be a costly endeavor--
But tow truck operators have their own set of expenses.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=A tow truck is a welcome sight
SUPER=01-Robert Young/Robert Young's Towing Service; :19
SUPER=01-Tommy Woods/Woods Towing & Recovery; :37
SUPER=01-Lt. Ramey Bower/Roanoke City Police Dept.; 1:12 quick!!!
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( A tow truck is a welcome sight if you're stuck in a bad situation.
But drivers are often surprised at the cost of roadside help.
Basic tows typically start at around 35 to 45- dollars.
Prices go up from there, depending on weather conditions and the traffic
((ROBERT YOUNG/ROBERT YOUNG'S TOWING SERVICE: WE DON'T REALLY KEEP UP WITH
OTHER PEOPLE'S PRICES. OUR PRICES ARE SET BY WHAT IT COSTS US TO DO BUSINESS.
Pre- pro here
Some of the biggest costs include insurance, special tags for trucks, as
well as equipment purchases and maintenance.
It's these OPERATING costs that create rises in TOWING costs--
End pre- pro
((TOMMY WOODS/WOODS TOWING & RECOVERY: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE WRECKER
COMPANIES GET INTO AN ASSOCIATION TO WHERE WE HAVE MORE BARGAINING POWER TO
WORK, RATHER THAN JUST EVERYBODY ON THEIR OWN. BY DOING THAT, THAT WOULD KEEP
YOUR PRICES REASONABLE, LESS CHANCES OF BEING GOUGED. ))
Woods is president of the local chapter of the Virginia Association of
Towing and Recovering Operators.
The group is working to establish guidelines to certify tow truck drivers--
and help keep wrecker services on the up and up.
Currently, it's the localities that regulate tow truck operators.
((LT. RAMEY BOWER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPT.: OCCASIONALLY, WE GET COMPLAINTS
ABOUT EXCESSIVE CHARGES. ))
((TOMMY WOODS/WOODS TOWING & RECOVERY: I'M SURE THAT THE PUBLIC, FROM TIME TO
TIME, DOES HAVE LEGITIMATE COMPLAINT. THERE ARE SOME-- YOU JUST GOT TO WATCH
WHO YOU CALL. ))
Standup here, first one with truck passing by
Woods suggests sticking with a wrecker service that you're familiar with--
that you know will not take advantage of you.
That way, the next time you call for a tow-- you won't be taken for a
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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After dropping two straight on the road, the Virginia Cavaliers opened a
four game home stand last night with a 68-to-64 ACC win over Ga. Tech.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers;
Harold Deane returned following his one game suspension, much to the
chagrin of Bobby Cremins.
The Wahoos started quickly. Courtney Alexander nails the jumper for the
early lead, but he would later leave the game after re-injuring his ankle.
Watch Deane then hit Roanoker Curtis Staples, who drops a dime for Norman
Nolan. The BIG FELLA finishes with the flush.
But the Jackets hung around. Kevin Morris kicks to Matt Harpring who
spots up for the 3. Harpring knocked in 29 on the night.
Gary Saunders then hits this double clutch J on the baseline and Tech
trailed by just 3.
Then off the turnover, Eddie Elisma pushes it ahead to Kevin Morris who
finds Harpring for the hoop and the harm.
But Virginia kept its poise. Harold Deane nails the 3 ball from the corner
pocket just before the half. SUPER=33-Ga. Tech/64/Virginia/68;
Virginia led by 4 at the break, and the Cavs move to 3 and 4 in the ACC with
the 68-64 win.
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And tonight night at eight, you can catch the ACC game of the week as second
ranked Clemson hosts fourth ranked Wake Forest right here on Your Hometown
The Radford University Highlanders lost to Winthrop last night 85-to-75 on
the road in Big South play.
Eric Bowens had 23 for Radford, but the Highlanders played with little
intensity, and little marksmanship as they hit just 5 of 31 three point
Don Mattingly did a better job of hitting the target today.
In fact the 14 year Yankee veteran was brutally honest in explaining why he
has decided to retire.
IN Q="I guess I wasn't...
((DON MATINGLY/RETIRES FROM BASEBALL:))
SUPER=01-Don Mattingly/Retires From Baseball; :00
OUT Q=...TO BE SUCCESSFUL."
More hoopla in the Big Easy yesterday as the clock continues to tick on the
Packers and Patriots.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00
Two-time NFL Most Valuable player Brett Favre picked up yet another piece of
hardware as he was given the FootAction player of the year award in balloting
done nationwide by the fans.
IN Q="It means...
((BRETT FAVRE/PACKERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Packers Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...LITTLE BIT MORE."
Favre also spent part of the day shooting a commercial for what else but
Besides getting a milk moustache he joked around striking the poses often
found in the old time football cards.
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Panthers boss Dom Capers was named the NFL's coach of the year by the
He led Carolina to the NFC West title and within a game of the Super Bowl.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00
A couple of players also found a wy to unwind yesterday.
Green Bay's Edgar Bennett played New England's Terry Glenn for Super Bowl
supremacy on Sony Playstation's "Game Day 97".
And despite this Drew Bledsoe TD pass to Vincent Brisby the Packers and
Bennett were able to beat the Patriots 22-to-6.
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason takes a chapter out of the third leg of
the Star Wars trilogy,
with a look at how the Empire is striking back in tonight's Two Minute Sports
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
Steve Mason hitsthe road in this week's edition of Hometown Hoops weekly
as he checks out among other the Mountain Empire District.
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SUPER=03-Bland Co./Pioneers vs. Rockets; :17
SUPER=01-Rich Hankins/Bland Head Coach; :32
SUPER=03-Galax/Blue Devils vs. Maroon Tide; :40
SUPER=01-Ken Ross/Galax Head Coach; :48
SUPER=01-John Ayers/Grayson Co. Head Coach; 1:08
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; 1:30
SUPER=01-Alan Cantrell/Floyd Co. Head Coach; 1:40
OUT Q=...Music up/hold for :08 seconds on boards!"
((The Bland Rockets are 9-2, 4 and OH in the district. 10th year coach Rich
Hankins has Lee Meadows and this shooter John Thompson, who are averaging over
30 points a game combined.
Heath Puckett game high 17 last night against Fort Chiswell completes a
The Tide has changed for the better. Galax beat Grayson County last night to
take over 2nd place.
It's great to have leading scorer Nate Nowell back from injury after missing
the first 9 games.
Expect Grayson County to rebound from last night's 57-54 loss.
Jon Ayers two guards, all district performer Wes Selfe and Chad NcMillan
compliment 6'5" center Brad Elkins. Balance seems to be the theme in the
Danny Jonas's Fort Chiswell Pioneers fell to Bland 74-52 last night. Heath
Brawley, seen here assisting Ritchie Nester, is the Fort's top player, amongst
a deep supporting cast.
In the Three Rivers, 13 and OH and #1 ranked Floyd County fields it's best
team to date under Allen Cantrell.
Son Travis leads the district in scoring at over 20 points a game, Fellow
guard Jason Dalton is second,
all compliments to inside threat Derrik Sanders and a deep, pressing Buffalo