Two days before the Super Bowl, tragedy strikes at the Louisiana Superdome.
And alcohol is linked to a fatal head-on collision in Christiansburg.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of the viewing area, which
means rain mixed with sleet for a portion of the day. I'll have all the
details on this situation, which looks like it will dissipate by evening.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
One man is dead and another faces D-U-I charges following a head on
collision last night in Christiansburg.
State police say Timothy Chaffin was in the wrong lane driving with his
headlights off when he hit another vehicle.
The driver of that car, 27- year- old Steve Burton was killed.
Chaffin was trapped in his car for 45 minutes.
He was treated and released from the hospital.
In addition to D-U-I, Chaffin may
be facing other charges.
A bungee jumping routine has been cut from the Super Bowl halftime show
following a fatal accident last night during rehearsal.
Officials say a woman fell more than 100 feet and hit her head on the floor
of the Superdome.
Dennis Woltering reports.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;
SUPER=01-Dennis Woltering/Reporting; :44 (No SU)
OUT Q=For CBS News.
Former Senator and Republican William Cohen has been sworn as defense
Cohen took the top defense post in an Oval Office ceremony this morning.
(( COHEN:WE MUST ENSURE WE CAN RESPOND .. THAT WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO
RESPOND QUICKLY AND DECISIVELY. ))
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=quickly and decisively.
Meantime, Madeline Albright began her first full day as the new Secretary of
State with a photo opportunity in her office.
Capital Murder suspect Earl Bramblett won't be tried next month after all.
In a brief appearance in court today one of Bramblett's attorneys said
they're not prepared for trial.
The judge granted the continuance, after Bramblett himself conceded it would
be better to wait until his lawyers are ready.
IN Q=Last time
((LAST TIME I WAS IN COURT I DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO SAY MUCH, BUT I THINK I
GOT ACROSS THE IDEA THAT I WAS ANXIOUS TO GO TO TRIAL. BUT I'M NOT AN IDIOT. I
DON'T WANT TO GO TO TRIAL, UNTIL WE'RE READY. ))
SUPER=01-Earl Bramblett/Capital Murder Suspect
OUT Q=we're ready.
The judge set June 10th as the new trial date... what promises to be a
complex case that could take a month- -or more- -to try.
Bramblett is charged with murdering the hodges family in 19-94 before
setting their house on fire.
A judge said no more pets for the Franklin County animal breeder accused of
neglecting and mistreating her animals.
Yesterday, a General District Court judge took more than a hundred animals
away from Valery Green and awarded them to the Humane Society.
Witnesses testified that the animals were not properly cared for and that
the yard was covered with animal waste.
Green says she'll appeal the decision.
IN Q=This is
OUT Q=a lot of money
The Humane Society can not put any of the animals up for adoption until the
appeal is heard.
Green is expected to appear in CIRCUIT court in two weeks... where she'll
face criminal animal cruelty charges.
One sentence in the Virginia Constitution giving parents the right to raise
their children is causing a stir in Richmond.
It simply reads: the right of parents to direct the upbringing and
education of their children shall be a fundamental right.
IN Q=A lot
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT A VILLAGE RAISING THE
CHILDREN. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT PRIMARILY. IT'S ONE OF THEIR
MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES TO RAISE CHILDREN. AND I THINK WE IN
GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO RECOGNIZE THAT. AND I THINK THAT WE IN GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO
RECOGNIZE THAT. NOW IF A PARENT IS ABUSING A CHILD, NEGLECTING A CHILD, DOING
SOMETHING HARMFUL TO A CHILD, OBVIOUSLY AS A SOCIETY WE'LL WANT TO PROTECT THAT
OUT Q=that child.
Opponents say the wording is simply too vague.
IN Q=We will
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE WILL OPEN THE DOOR FOR PARENT LAWSUITS AGAINST
IMMUNIZATION LAWS, AGAINST SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, AGAINST THE NEW STANDARDS OF
LEARNING, EVEN MOST IMPORTANTLY AGAINST CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES. ALL THOSE
TIMES WE'VE HAD TO GO IN AND TAKE A CHILD THAT'S BEING BEAT UP, THAT'S BEING
SEXUALLY ABUSED AND YANK 'EM OUT OF THAT ABUSIVE HOUSEHOLD.))
OUT Q=abusive household.
A tense procedural fight broke out in the Senate yesterday over when the
parents rights bill will be considered.
It will be Monday before jurors at the O-J Simpson trial can begin
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
But first they must hear the rest of the defense's closing arguments and the
After that, the judge has about an hour of instructions to give the jury
before deliberations can begin.
Yesterday Simpson's lawyers told jurors that the evidence had been tampered
with or was planted.
Some schools are closing early today due to the bad weather.
In Floyd County students at Check, Indian Valley, Willis and Floyd
Elementary, as well as Floyd High School will be dismissed early. The students
will remain at the schools until it has been determined that road conditions
are safe for school busses.
take School Watch
The question of when a woman should begin testing for breast cancer continues
to go unanswered.
After two days of debate, advisors to the National Cancer Institute have
been unable to agree on whether women should start having mammograms in their
40's or wait until 50.
(( DR. LEON GORDIS, EPIDEMIOLOGIST, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
WE HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT WE CANNOT AT THIS POINT
MAKE A CROSS THE BOARD RECOMMENDATION FOR MAMMOGRAPHIC SCREENING FOR WOMEN IN
SUPER=01-Dr. Leon Gordi/John Hopkins University;
OUT Q=in their forties.
But many doctors and officials disagree, including the DIRECTOR of the cancer
institute, insisting the tests should begin no later than age 40.
Richard Klausner will take up the issue next month before a panel appointed
by the president.
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He may be seeking the G-O-P attorney general nomination, but Gil Davis says
he does NOT owe anybody an apology.
Davis has responded to a videotape that shows him discussing a Playboy
appearance with a female client.
He represents Paula Jones in her case against President Clinton.
He said the videotape shows voters they're not getting a stuffed shirt.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Week;
A Davis campaign aide and a political consultant have resigned from
his campaign since the tape was released.
Davis has asked a judge to release him from representing the woman who made
the tape public.
She had sued her employer after she was fired, alleging sex discrimination.
Governor George Allen has abolished parole in Virginia and won longer
sentences for criminals.
But he has now granted more full pardons than any of his recent
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=When George
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( When George Allen pardoned a Newport News man falsely accused of rape last
week, he set a modern record.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK ACTUALLY HAVING AN ANALYSIS OF THE MOST VERSUS
OTHER GOVERNORS. THERE'S CERTAIN EVIDENCE THAT WAS PRESENTED TO ME IN EACH OF
THESE CASES THAT PREVIOUSLY GOVERNORS DIDN'T HAVE. IN PARTICULAR DNA
That's true for 2 of Allen's five full pardons.
In a News 7 analysis of the last two decades, Doug Wilder granted four,
Jerry Baliles two, Chuck Robb zero, and John Dalton three.
sot 02:08:48 WEDNESDAY TAPE
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT DOES SURPRISE ME. BUT IT POINTS OUT AGAIN THAT AS WE
GET TOUGHER AND TOUGHER ON CRIME -- WE'RE APPROACHING 30- THOUSAND PEOPLE
LOCKED UP IN VIRGINIA'S PRISONS -- WE ALWAYS HAVE TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND ON NEW
EVIDENCE THAT MAY EXONERATE SOME PEOPLE.))
SOT WEDNESDAY 01:50:36
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: I'M NOT GOING TO CRITICIZE THE GOVERNOR FOR DOING WHAT HE
THINKS IS RIGHT, AND WHAT I THINK IS RIGHT TOO. SO, SURE THERE'S AN IRONY
THERE, BUT IT'S A HAPPY IRONY.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND IF I THOUGHT IN MY HEART AND IN MY MIND THAT SOMEONE
IS INNOCENT, AND JUST SAY "OH WELL, THAT'S TOO BAD, I'M JUST GONNA LEAVE THIS
PERSON INCARCERATED." I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT. ON THE OTHER
HAND, IF I WAS RELEASING SOMEONE WHO I HAD A QUESTION, I'M NOT SURE ONE WAY OR
THE OTHER, I WOULDN'T FEEL GOOD EITHER. IT'S PROBABLY HARD FOR PEOPLE TO
UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH TIME GOES INTO ANALYZING ALL OF THESE CASES.))
Allen has also commuted one death sentence to life in prison.
And he's the only governor in recent history to grant medical pardons --all
four of those for AIDS patients sent home to die.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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Some Danville weekend warriors are headed to Bosnia.
This is the first time since World War two, a Virginia National Guard unit
has been mobilized for overseas duty.
Guard officials say a detachment of 46 people from Danville will head to
Bosnia next month.
The unit is Detachment one, First Battalion, 246th Field Artillery.
The deployment is for 138 days.
In 1940, during World War two, this same unit was the first in Virginia to
get mobilized -- even before the U-S entered the war.
The mission in Bosnia will include planning artillery support for forces
involved in peacekeeping operations.
Parents in Bedford County are concerned that the number of students is
growing but the number of schools is not.
In the past couple of years the county has seen an average of three to
four hundred new students each year.
And as Jay Moore report, neither the school board nor the parents are happy
with the county's board of supervisors.
IN Q=Bedford County is
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-John Kent/Bedford Co. School Superintendent; :08
SUPER=01-Betty Earle/Bedford Co. School Board; :35
SUPER=01-Debby Allen/PTA Coalition; 1:01
OUT Q=Moore, News 7
(( Bedford County is the fastest growing school division west of Interstate
95 in the Commonwealth.
IN Q=In the past
((JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IN THE PAST DECADE WE'VE GROWN
BY 2500 STUDENTS. OUR PROJECTED STUDIES SHOW WE'LL GROW BY AN ADDITIONAL 2500
STUDENTS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.))
OUT Q=next five years.
The kindergarten, first, and second grade enrollment is where most of the
growth is occuring.
In '93 the school board approved the building of a new school in the Forest
But when it asked the board of supervisors for funding last February the
supervisors said no.
IN Q=I do agree
OUT Q=what the needs are.
Another board member says this is an example of why the school boards needs
to have tax authority.
The school board will go back to the supervisors and this time it'll have
even more on its plate...two schools...one in Forest the other in the western
section of the county.
IN Q=We feel like
((DEBBY ALLEN/PTA COALITION: WE FEEL LIKE THE SCHOOL BOARD NEEDS TO SAY TO THE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THIS IS WHAT WE NEED. THIS IS WHY WE NEED IT. HERE'S THE
DATA TO SUPPORT WHAT WE NEED. THE SUPERVISORS CAN THEN FUND THOSE NEEDS.))
OUT Q=fund those needs.
IN Q=The cost
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: THE COSTS OF THE TWO SCHOOLS WILL BE AROUND 12 MILLION.
THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL BE MEETING NEXT THURSDAY WITH THE COUNTY BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT IT WILL PROVIDE THAT FUNDING. IN BEDFORD
COUNTY. JAY MOORE, NEWS 7.))
OUT Q=Moore, News 7.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in Virginia in
19-96 was the highest in 26 years.
Officials say 102 cases of the children's disease were reported
last year, compared with 31 cases in 19-95.
The majority of cases
occurred last fall.
Whooping is transmitted by
sneezing and coughing.
It resembles a cold in its early stages.
State Health officials are advising parents to make sure their children's
vaccination schedule is up to date.
There is no vaccine against whooping cough for adults.
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SUPER=331-Cloudy with/Rain Likely/40-44/Morning Rain/Partly Cloudy/54-58;
SUPER=332-Showers/Likely/34-38/Turning Colder/Cloudy, Showers/30-35;
SUPER=333-Rainy &/Breezy/38-42/Morning Rain/Partial Clearing/42-44;
SUPER=334-Rainy &/Windy/34-38/Rain & Snow/Showers Likely/30-35;
It's looking more and more like the railroads involved in the intense
bidding war for Conrail are approaching some kind of three- way agreement.
Yesterday Conrail and C-S-X agreed to meet with Norfolk Southern to discuss
the competing offers for Conrail.
And a published report today says C-S-X is preparing to offer
significant rail assets in the Northeast to Norfolk Southern.
SOT from common sense #2 01:24:20
IN Q=I think if
((ETHEL NOELL/NS & CSX SHAREHOLDER: I THINK IF CONRAIL AND CSX ALLOW NORFOLK
SOUTHERN SOME OF THAT EASTERN RAIL LINE. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT AS TO
HOW MUCH MUCH THE RAIL LINE ACTUALLY DOES BENEFIT.))
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/NS & CSX Shareholder;
OUT Q=does benefit.
The two Virginia railroads are vying for Conrail.
N-S and C-S-X both employ a large number of people in Virginia and West
The father of tennis star Steffi Graf was convicted today in Germany of tax
Peter Graf was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
He will remain free on bail pending an appeal.
Graf was found guilty on six counts of tax evasion on millions of his
Steffi Graf was in Australia during the sentencing, following her
participation in the Australian Open.
Steffi won't be in the finals this year, she was defeated earlier this week.
But Mary Pierce has a chance to win her second Australian Open title.
She takes on 16- year- old Martina Hingis in Saturdays finals.
American Pete Sampras advanced today to the MEN'S final.
The world's number one player ousted Austria's Thomas Muster in the
semifinals 6-1, 7-6, 6-3.
He'll take on Spain's Carolos Moya (MO-YEAH) in Sunday's final.
TAPE#net (edit of TF96-2)
College football may be over, but last night the Roanoke County School Board
honored three of the valley's finest student athletes.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Tiki and Ronde Barber, the Cave Spring grads, and former Glenvar star
Brandon Semones were recognized for not only their athletic ability at U-V-a
and Tech, but also their outstanding academic records.
((TIKI BARBER/FORMER CAVE SPRING STAR:))
((RONDE BARBER/FORMER CAVE SPRING STAR:))
((BRANDON SEMONES/FORMER GLENVAR STAR:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Former Cave Spring Star; :00
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Former Cave Spring Star; :14
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Former Glenvar Star; :31
OUT Q=...TO THEIR LIVES."
A Vietnamese pot-bellied pig in Blue Springs, Missouri must lose 25
pounds or else get out of town.
SUPER=03-Blue Springs, MO
Blue Springs has a law regulating the weight of pot bellied pigs-- and
porky -- yes, that his name -- is in violation of it.
Joan Pfeiffer says her pig is a good neighbor and cannot understand what
all the fuss is about.
Besides, Pfeiffer says, "he's a pig -- you expect him to pig out."