Nelson County authorities are awaiting autopsy results after a body was
found in a burning car yesterday.
Deputies were called to this area off Route 6-26 near (win-JY-nuh) Wingina,
after a road crew spotted smoke in the woods.
They found a two-door hatchback parked fifty yards off the highway on a
It was engulfed in flames- and deputies found a body in the driver's seat.
IN Q=It does appear
((Reporter: It does appear to be a suspicious fire? SHERIFF RON WOOD/NELSON
CO.: IT'S A SUSPICIOUS FIRE... ..TERRAIN IT WAS IN.))
SUPER=01-Ron Wood/Nelson Co. Sheriff; :03
OUT Q=terrain it was in.
Sheriff Wood says a five-gallon gas can was also found inside the car.
Testimony continues today in the murder trial of Cepada (se-PAY-da) Wiley.
Wiley is charged with killing Jesse Ferguson at the Embassy Inn July fourth.
Ferguson was fighting with Wiley's brother Ron, over a woman.
The DEFENSE says Ferguson was in a violent rage, and Wiley had to shoot him
in self defense.
But the PROSECUTION says Wiley escalated the confrontation by bringing a
The case could wrap up today.
The observation deck of the Empire State Building re-opens to the public
today under tighter security.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Yesterday, the landmark building was fitted with metal detectors and a
baggage scanner following Sunday's shooting rampage.
A Palestinian opened fire on a crowd of tourists, killing one person and
wounding six others before taking his own life.
Wythe County's school superintendent says the administration is working to
eliminate racial problems in the classroom.
Jim Vaught points to a task force assembled a few years ago.
The group promotes multi- cultural differences.
And one of its first courses of action was to require Wythe County eighth
graders to take an ethnic diversity class.
IN Q=This has
((JIM VAUGHT/WYTHE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: THIS HAS BEEN IN PLACE AND I
THINK AS WE GO ON AND GO FORWARD, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD VEHICLE IN
PROMOTING WORKING TOGETHER TO MAINTAIN THE KIND OF CLIMATE THAT WE WANT IN OUR
SUPER=01-Jim Vaught/Wythe Co. Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q=our schools
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./Last Week;
Last week a hate message aimed against blacks was spray painted on the road
leading up to George Wythe High School.
Before that, several students were suspended for knotting their jacket
drawstrings to resemble nooses.
One day later, the same incident happened at Scott Memorial Elementary
Jefferson Forest P-T-A is lobbying for more classroom space as the school
system is filling with more students.
The P-T-A wants a new elementary school but the county board of supervisors
has not approved the money.
Last night P-T-A members made another plea to the supervisors for immediate
But the board is wary of okaying cash for a new elementary school.
In the Spring of 96, funding was issued for expansion at two schools but the
school board instead used that money for emergency projects.
So the Supervisors won't issue the funds unless they're sure the money will
be used for new schools.
IN Q=they want to
((DEBBY ALLEN/JEFFERSON FOREST PTA: THEY WANT TO BE INFORMED OF NEEDS AS THEY
OCCUR IF THEY ARE SERIOUS NEEDS, SUCH AS ROOF REPAIRS, THEY WOULD LIKE THE
SCHOOL BOARD TO COME FOR A SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST. ))
SUPER=01-Debby Wheeler/Jefferson Forest PTA;
OUT Q=supplemental request.
Fifth graders now go to Jefferson Forest middle school because of
A joint committee of the school board and the board of supervisors is
planning a meeting Wednesday to talk about school expansion.
Virginia Tech officials say they do NOT want students athletes embarrassing
the school OFF the field.
And they've come up with a plan to ensure they don't.
Athletic Director Dave Braine presented the plan to the Board of Visitors
A committee made up of faculty and students devised the program.
It emphasizes recruiting athletes of good character and installing
educational and mentor programs to encourage good behavior and promote academic
It also provides automatic sanctions for arrests.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE WILL BE HARD LINE AND BASICALLY, WE
HAVE BEEN EMBARRASSED AND I NEVER WANT TO HAVE TO BE UP HERE BEFORE YOU ALL
AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=talk about this.
The sanctions include automatic suspensions for athletes charged with
Coaches will no longer have to decide how to discipline for misdemeanor
charges or convictions.
Instead, the athletic director may impose sanctions ranging from a warning
to dismissal from the team.
President Paul Torgersen said the university expects all of its students to
uphold the highest values of sportsmanship, honor, integrity and respect for
Women will soon be on post at Virginia Military Institute and the
preparations are well underway.
In addition to training on sexual harassment, hazing and fraternization,
upperclass cadets will be forbidden to date rats before they're released from
the rat line.
Rules outlined in the latest status report filed with the federal court
yesterday urge upperclassmen to "avoid the appearance of abnormally friendly
behavior toward rats."
Among the issues YET to be resolved: how to accommodate visitors in barracks
under co-education, what to do if a cadet gets pregnant and what sports to
offer with no more than about 30 women in the class of 2001.
Twenty-one women have been accepted, so far.
The local job market appears to be in good shape.
The spring survey by Manpower Incorporated indicates more employers will be
hiring than firing.
In Roanoke 23-percent of the companies polled expect to hire, compared to 10
percent cutting back.
Job opportunities will be greatest in trade, education, and services.
Meanwhile, 36-percent of the companies polled in Lynchburg say they'll add
help, with 10-percent trimming their payrolls.
Hiring prospects in the Hill City look best in manufacturing, trade, and
The death of a loved one or friend is often difficult to cope with.
A Pittsylvania County high school wrestler understands the heartache.
Three years ago Kenny Reynolds' best friend was accidentally shot and killed
And even though years have passed-- Reynolds is not about to forget the time
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=At one
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kenny Reynolds/Tunstall Wrestler; :11
SUPER=01-Vic Ingram/Pittsylvania Co. Investigator; 1:06
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
At one time or another, we've ALL met people who're hard to forget.
For 17- year old Kenny Reynolds' it's his best friend who convinced him to
IN Q=He told
((KENNY REYNOLDS/TUNSTALL WRESTLER:HE TOLD ME I SHOULD SHOULD COME OUT, BUT I
WAS ALWAYS, I'M TOO SMALL, I'M TOO SMALL, BUT WE WERE BASICALLY THE SIZE, BUT
HE WAS MORE MUSCULAR THAN I WAS.))
Reynolds' love for the sport continued to grow-- as did his friendship with
But the closeness the two shared ended three years ago when Ward was
accidentally shot and killed.
Reynolds' continued to wrestle but it wasn't the same.
IN Q=Not so much
((KENNY REYNOLDS/TUNSTALL WRESTLER:I START THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH I SHOULD
NEED TO WIN, WIN IT FOR HIM, I MEAN THAT'S EVERYTHING I GO OUT THERE FOR, I
JUST GO OUT THERE AND TAKE OUT ALL MY ANGER THAT I HAD ABOUT HIM PASSING
OUT Q=passing away.
Reynolds is moving on but it seems his best friend will always be an
Because of the sensitive manner in which Pittsylvania County investigator
Vic Ingram handled Ward's death, Reynolds' is planning a career in law
IN Q=I hopefully
((VIC INGRAM/PITTSYLVANIA CO. INVESTIGATOR:I, HOPEFULLY, SAY THE SAME THING A
WHOLE LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SAID, IT'S THAT WHILE YOU WALK THROUGH LIFE IF
YOU CAN EVER TOUCH ANYBODY IN A POSITIVE WAY OR SENSE YOU CERTAINLY WOULD WANT
TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=do that.
Since Ward's death-- Reynolds has dedicated each wrestling season to his
memory. But this year was even more special-- because it would have been Ward's
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
A nationwide search for two men and a U-Haul truck thought to be carrying
ingredients for a bomb may be over this morning.
SUPER=03-Haltom City, Texas;
"The Dallas Morning News" quotes a federal law official who says the F-B-I
has identified the men driving the truck and have determined their cargo is
Yesterday, the F-B-I ordered the alert after the men were seen last weekend
in Texas loading containers of diesel fuel into a truck with Ammonium
Those were the materials used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Meantime, The city of Atlanta is bracing itself for more bomb attacks.
The F-B-I says a group calling itself, "the Army of God" has claimed
responsibility for the abortion clinic bombings in Atlanta last month and
Friday's bombing at a gay and lesbian nightclub.
A letter purportedly from the group threatened a total war against the
federal government and promised future attacks.
China bid a final farewell to its Supreme Leader.
More than ten-thousand of China's communist elite gathered in the great
hall of the people to mourn the passing of Deng Xiao-Ping ( dung shah-oh-ping).
Chinese president Jiang Ze-min (jahng zuh-MEEN') delivered the eulogy,
praising Deng (dung) for his devotion to the chinese people.
Deng's ashes will be scattered at sea at the request of his family.
The trial could wrap up today for the man charged with a July 4th murder at
a Roanoke motel.
Cepada (se-PAY-da) Wiley admits shooting 22- year- old Jesse Darnell
Ferguson outside the Embassy Inn.
Ferguson was fighting with Wiley's brother over a woman.
The prosecution says Wiley and his brother turned an argument into a fatal
IN Q=Because they brought
((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; BECAUSE THEY BROUGHT A GUN, AND
THEY CHANGED THE TONE AND DIMENSION OF THE RELATIONSHIP AND AS A RESULT OF
THOSE BAD CHOICES, OF THOSE BAD DECISIONS, JESSE FERGUSON IS DEAD;))
SUPER=01-Tom Bowers/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=Ferguson is dead
But the defense says Wiley opened fire to save his life.
IN Q=Jesse Ferguson
((ALTON PRILLAMAN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; JESSE FERGUSON WAS A MAN OF VIOLENCE, HE
HAD A PROPENSITY FOR VIOLENCE, HE CARRIED A GUN WITH HIM AT ALL TIMES.))
SUPER=01-Alton Prillaman/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=at all times
The jury is expected to get the case today.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
wipe wipe wipe
A Roanoke County man accused of a fatal shooting over the weekend will
remain behind bars for now.
56- year- old Paskel Tinsley Junior was arraigned yesterday on a first-
degree murder charge.
Tinsley allegedly shot 37- year- old Rick (KA-nobel) Knobel during an
Wytheville school officials have had a frustrating few weeks after
allegations of racism surfaced at two area schools.
Thursday, a hate message aimed at blacks was spray painted on the road
leading up to George Wythe High School. Before that, some white students
were suspended for knotting their jacket drawstrings in the shape of nooses.
That behavior was repeated one day later by a white student at Scott
Memorial Elementary school, that student was also suspended.
Superintendent Jim Vaught does NOT believe he has a LARGE problem on his
hands but says he still has BIG concerns.
IN Q=No matter
((JIM VAUGHT/WYTHE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: NO MATTER HOW SMALL, THIS IS
A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE BECAUSE IT'S WITH HOW
PEOPLE FEEL AND BEING WITHIN THAT CLASSROOM. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Vaught/Wythe Co. Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q=that classroom
Vaught says no student should feel unwelcome or intimidated by the
environment inside a school.
Women have had a "morning after" birth control pill all along, though most
never knew it.
Experts confirm a woman can take large doses of ordinary birth control pills
in the days immediately following sex-- and avoid pregnancy.
Now, to clear up the picture, the government has come out with guidelines on
F-D-A commissioner David Kessler says women have a right to know all the
options that exist.
The American Medical Association has an ally in its fight to stop so
clauses invoked by H-M-O's that prevent doctors from telling patients about
treatments not covered in their insurance plans.
That ally is President Clinton who is now endorsing bipartisan legislation
before Congress that would forbid gag clauses.
According to the World Health Organization-- the number of people around the
world who are affected by blindness will double by the year 20-20.
More than 75 million people will be affected.
W-H-O officials say it will hit those over the age of 60-- and those in
developing countries the hardest unless there is a global effort to halt the
Currently 38 million people are affected by blindness.
(TOSS TO BUMP)
Virginia Tech athletes arrested on felony charges will now face an automatic
And the ATHLETIC DIRECTOR will dole out punishment for misdemeanors as he
sees fit, taking those decisions out of the hands of coaches.
The sanctions are part of a three-pronged plan aimed at ending an
embarrassing string of arrests.
Athletic Director Dave Braine told the Board of Visitors, athletes must
remember taking part in inter- collegiate sports is a PRIVILEGE.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE WILL BE HARD LINE AND BASICALLY, I
NEVER WANT TO HAVE TO BE UP HERE BEFORE YOU ALL AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=talk about this.
The plan also calls for better background checks in recruiting.
And it provides for mentors and advisors, as well as educational programs to
encourage appropriate behavior.
What started out as a car fire has turned into an investigation of a
suspicious death in Nelson County.
Around 2 o'clock yesterday, state highway workers spotted smoke in this area
of Route 6-26 near Wingina (win-JY-nuh).
That's where they found a car on fire on a dirt logging road about 50- yards
off the highway.
Sheriff's authorities were called after a body was found in the vehicle.
IN Q=At this time
((SHERIFF RON WOOD/NELSON CO.: AT THIS TIME, WE'RE INVESTIGATING IT..
INVESTIGATING IT AS.))
SUPER=01-Ron Wood/Nelson Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=investigating it as. (mumbled)
The body was taken to Richmond for an autopsy.
Investigators plan to return to the scene today.
Virginia's economy is moving away from the traditional industries.
That's the finding of a study at the University of Virginia.
More modern types of industry are replacing tobacco, coal and textiles as
mainstays in the Commonwealth's economy.
SOT 96-104 57:55
IN Q=Certainly in the
((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECON RESEARCHER: CERTAINLY IN THE SERVICES
SECTOR WE'VE HAD A LOT OF GROWTH. FINANCE, INSURANCE, THAT AREA HAS GROWN, AND
HEALTH SERVICES. ))
SUPER=01-John Knapp/UVa Business and Econ. Researcher; :02
OUT Q=and health services
In fact, they now account for four percent more earnings than traditional
As new industry grew, older businesses reduced in size.
The reduced workforce is NOT blamed on business leaving the Commonwealth,
The extra workers were forced to find other employment.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he supports a balanced budget
but won't support cuts in Community Service Block Grants.
Goodlatte spoke out against President Clinton's proposed budget cuts which
would reduce funding for local programs like Total Action Against Poverty.
He maintains the Republican budget plan will reduce spending in other ways.
IN Q=We definitely have
((WE DEFINITELY HAVE IN MANY INSTANCES SLOWED DOWN THE RATE OF INCREASE IN THE
SPENDING FOR PROGRAMS, ELIMINATED MORE THAN 290 PROGRAMS IN OUR BUDGET, THINGS
LIKE THE HELIUM RESERVE, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER PROGRAMS, BUT WE SHOULD NOT CUT
OUT A PROGRAM THAT IS RETURNING DOLLARS FROM WASHINGTON, D-C BACK TO
COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY CAN USE IT BEST TO FIGHT POVERTY))
OUT Q=fight poverty
Goodlatte's remarks were supported by the President of TAP.
For years, Lynchburg has been billing itself the "Sports Capitol of
Virginia", and over the next few weeks it's going to be hard to argue with
Five different high school and college basketball tournaments are coming to
It started with the Hill City Shootout on Saturday, where some of the
nation's top high school stars were in action.
The success of the Big South tournament helped bring the Shootout to
IN Q=The most important
((CHRIS ELLIS/SPORTS CAPITAL OF VA: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT IT IS I
REMEMBER THE DIRECTOR OF THE TOURNAMENT SAYING THAT ONE OF THE REASONS HE
WANTED TO COME TO LYNCHBURG IS BECAUSE HE HAD SEEN WERE THE BIG SOUTH AND THE
VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND I THINK THAT'S A GREAT
SUPER=01-Chris Ellis/Sports Capital of Virginia; :00
OUT Q=a great compliment.
Liberty University plays host to the Big South's men's AND women's
tournaments this year.
And the Virginia High School League championships arrive March 13th.
In the N-B-A,
Charlotte's winning streak is a season-high five games after a 96-to-84
decision over San Antonio.
For last night's scores, let's check the boards.
GO TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-/Detroit/84/j/Orlando/93//Penny - 29 Points//Golden
State/100/j/Atlanta/106//Laettner - 25 Points/;
SUPER=0096-/Portland/89/j/Chicago/116//Jordon - 37 Points/j/Charlotte/96//San
Antonio/84//Rice - 33 Points/;
SUPER=0098-/American/70/j/George Mason/79///j/East Carolina/59//William &
SUPER=0098-/Richmond/45/j/V.C.U./56////James Madison/66/j/Old Dominion/72///;