The Clinton administration says it was warned about an alleged Chinese plot
to influence congressional elections.
The race for the Governor's mansion kicks off today in Roanoke.
Sunny skies and smooth sailing this afternoon, but cooler weather is on the
way for mid-week. I'll have all the details, plus a look at some great college
lacrosse action in sports.
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Don Beyer has played a waiting game as Lieutenant Governor, but now he says
the time is right.
This morning in Roanoke, he formally launched his bid for Governor.
Joe Dashiell has more on today's announcement.
IN Q=After two terms as Lieutenant
SUPER=01-Lt. Gov. Don Beyer/Candidate for Governor; :10
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((After two terms as Lieutenant Governor, Don Beyer is angling for a
And he began a statewide string of campaign announcements here in western
IN Q=With pride and humility
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WITH PRIDE AND HUMILITY, DETERMINATION AND FAITH, I NOW
ANNOUNCE MY CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=governor of Virginia.
Addressing the democratic faithful who crowded into the atrium of the
Jefferson Center, Beyer promised a campaign focused on education.
IN Q=My first and highest
((MY FIRST AND HIGHEST PRIORITY IS TO MAKE VIRGINIA'S SCHOOLS THE VERY BEST IN
OUT Q=best in the nation.
Beyer also called for stronger penalties against repeat criminals.
He reaffirmed his support for abortion rights and said he sees no reason
to raise taxes.
IN Q=After 25 years
OUT Q=of this commonwealth.
Despite his apparent popularity, Beyer expects a difficult challenge from
Jim Gilmore, the likely republican nominee.
But Beyer has been preparing for a long time... and both he and his aides
say he is ready to make his run for the state's highest office.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
A spokesman confirms the White House WAS briefed about an alleged Chinese
plot to influence American politics with illegal contributions.
China reportedly worked up plans to funnel
two million dollars in illegal contributions to influence Congressional
California Senator Dianne Feinstein confirms the F-B-I warned her of the
alleged plot last summer, but also says the warning came with very little
SUPER=01-Sen. Dianne Feinstein/(D) California;
OUT Q=Would it be done. NOTHING!
The Chinese embassy denies the allegations.
Republicans are now renewing their call for an independent prosecutor to
look into Democratic fundraising activities.
The Citadel has scheduled a one o'clock news conference to announce whether
eleven male cadets will be punished for allegedly hazing two female cadets.
Jeanie Mentavlos and Kim Messer said the men set their clothes on fire, put
cleanser on their heads, and forced them to stand in a closet while kicking and
Three of the accused cadets could be expelled.
In Brookneal a weekend accident took the life of a six- year- old.
State police say Kara Elizabeth Elder was killed when her father apparently
lost control of his pick-up and crashed into a tree.
42- year- old John Mathew Elders other daughter was treated and released
from a local hospital.
State police say charges are pending.
Four people were killed and at least 60 injured this morning in two massive
pileups on a foggy freeway in central England.
About 60 vehicles were involved in the first accident, which shut
down the southbound lanes of the freeway just south of Birmingham.
Twenty minutes later a smashup
involving 30 cars and trucks shut down the northbound lanes.
The wreckage was spread out over a quarter mile of the highway.
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Forty-four people are reported injured after their tour bus rolled over last
night on a slippery interstate in Michigan.
Most of the injuries are minor, but a few remain hospitalized this
The bus was on Interstate 75 headed for Detroit.
Oklahoma Representative J.C. Watts was in Lynchburg yesterday where he voice
fear for the nation's future.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Road Baptist Church; 1:31
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
((natsot singing (quick)
From star quarterback to U.S. congressman... it comes as no surprise that
J.C. Watts also can SING pretty well too.
But on this day, the basics of family and faith were on Watts' agenda as he
addressed the congregation at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
It's the absence of those values that leaves him fearing for the future of
IN Q=Friends I've gone
((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: FRIENDS I'VE GONE BACK TO MY ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT IN
WASHINGTON, MANY TIMES, AND WEPT.))
OUT Q=and wept.
Watts stepped into the national spotlight when he delivered the Republican
response to the State of the Union address, but as the GOP's only black
congressman, that honor brought with it cries of tokenism.
IN Q=I think it's
((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: I THINK IT'S A SAD COMMENTARY WHEN YOU'RE A TOKEN IF
YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR STRENGTHENING OUR FAMILIES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND
FIGHT FOR REDUCING PEOPLE'S TAXES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR CHANGING A
PATHETIC WELFARE SYSTEM THAT PENALIZES WELFARE MOMS FOR SAVING MONEY AND
DISCOURAGING DADS TO BE OUT OF THE HOME RATHER THAN IN THE HOME. IF I'M A TOKEN
FOR THOSE THINGS, I WEAR THAT AS A BADGE OF HONOR.))
OUT Q=badge of honor.
Watts says stressing these values eventually will help Republicans recruit
more minorities into their fold.
While others hold high hopes for HIS future in the party, Watts remains
IN Q=One of the
((J.C. WATTS: ONE OF THE REASONS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SAY AND DO WHAT I'VE SAID
AND DONE IS BECAUSE I'D MUCH RATHER HAVE `DAD' IN FRONT OF MY NAME THAN
CONGRESSMAN AND THAT GIVES ME FREEDOM TO STAND AND TELL THE TRUTH IF YOU
OUT Q=if you will.
IN Q=If this country
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: IF THIS COUNTRY HAS THE COURAGE
TO ELECT AN AFRICAN- AMERICAN PRESIDENT, IT COULD DO NO BETTER THAN J.C. WATTS
AND I HOPE IT HAPPENS ONE DAY.))
OUT Q=happens one day.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Still to come,
Some college students put a new meaning into spring break R and R,
How about reconstruction and renovation?
The residents of the Ohio River Valley are lending helping hands as the
flood water recede leaving behind heartbreak and destruction.
First let's check in with Patrick.
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The Flood of '97 is far from over in the Ohio River Valley.
Hundreds of people downstream on the Ohio River are being urged to head for
Meantime, the clean-up begins to the north.
In parts of Indiana floodwaters from the Ohio have receded.
But the flooding has caused oil to spew from storage tanks submerged in the
water in Evansville.
The local health health department fears the oil will seep into drinking
Police in Los Angeles today are interviewing people who may have witnessed
the murder of rap artist Christopher Wallace-- known as the Notorious B-I-G.
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He was shot and killed yesterday outside a party celebrating the Soul Train
Police believe dozens of party goers witnessed the shooting.
The rapper was a rival to Tupac Shakur (TOO'-pahk shah-KOOR') who
was fatally shot six months ago in Las Vegas.
(("GIVEN THE FACT THAT THEY WERE BOTH GANGSTA RAP ARTISTS, NATURALLY OUR PEOPLE
WILL BE CONTACTING THE LAS VEGAS AUTHORITIES TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY CONNECTION
IN THE TWO. BUT AT THIS POINT IT'S TOO EARLY IN THE INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE
ANY MOTIVE FOR THE SHOOTING."
SUPER=01-Anthony Alba/Los Angeles Police Department;
OUT Q=FOR THE SHOOTING.
Notorious B-I-G based his music on his real-life crime riddled past.
Police in Boulder, Colorado, are working through a list of up to a dozen
people named as possible suspects in the JonBenet Ramsey murder.
"The Rocky Mountain News" says the names were supplied by Ramsey's parents.
Meantime, "the Globe" tabloid says tomorrow it will publish more photos from
the murder scene.
The Globe says the photos were legally obtained from a confidential source.
Virginia juvenile correction facilities are filling up faster than in the
An increase in youth crime is in part to blame.
The other is a get-tough stance that means longer sentences for young
In 19-91, about 13-hundred young people were in state custody.
Authorities said that population topped 18-hundred by 19-95.
Experts are worried that this means troubled young people are NOT getting
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Some students decided spring break was more than just time to get away from
their studies, so they headed to Lynchburg.
Some two hundred college students from across the country are spending time
in the Hill city to benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
It's all part of a program called "Collegiate Challenge" where the students
give their time and money to help build homes for low- income families.
IN Q=Actually these
((KEVIN BORGE/SITE LEADER: ACTUALLY THESE STUDENTS HOPEFULLY ARE GOING TO
FINISH THESE THREE HOUSES FROM START TO FINISH, SO IT'S A BIG BOOST, NOT ONLY
LABOR-WISE, BUT ALSO SPIRIT-WISE IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE WORKERS
SUPER=01-Kevin Borge/Site Leader; :00
OUT Q=the workers themselves.
Pounding nails and hauling boards is no day at the beach, but the students
say they have no regrets.
IN Q=Not only do
((DAN BART/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: NOT ONLY DO YOU LEARN A LOT.. .. IT'S A
((MAGGIE O'NEILL/HOLY CROSS: IT'S BEEN REALLY INTERESTING, ESPECIALLY TO MEET
THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO LIVE IN THE HOUSES AFTERWARDS... BEEN A GREAT
SUPER=01-Dan Bart/University of Minnesota; :00
SUPER=01-Maggie O'Neill/Holy Cross; :10
OUT Q=a great experience.
Lynchburg is one of just ten Habitat chapters in the country to take part in
the Collegiate Challenge.
The Lynchburg chapter has built more than 130 homes in its eight- year
The chairwoman of the State Council of Higher Education says it's time to
take low-achieving college students off the financial aid rolls.
She says one in six students getting state financial-aid awards at
Virginia's public institutions is NOT maintaining a `C' average.
The N-double-A-C-P wants to see changes in the way contracts for school
renovation projects are awarded in Roanoke.
Black-owned firms received less than one percent of the contracts on Roanoke
school renovation projects during the past decade.
School officials said they've tried to increase minority participation --
but few black-owned companies submit bids.
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As we head into tax season we'll have tips on which tax strategy is best for
and in Great Britain,
the monarchy marches on, but not without the usual gossip.
Viewer mail this week ran the gamut, from gun control to geography.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=Last week's note
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( Last week's note on Dan Rather's interview with the Mayor of New York on
the Empire State Building shooting brought this response from another viewer.
"The mayor's point was
that this unstable man, who had only been in this country a few days, should
not have been able to obtain a handgun in Florida without a background check.
Such a check would probably have prevented these murders. The viewer
apparently believes that anyone, regardless of mental or moral deficiencies,
should be able to buy and use a weapon on the basis of the Second Amendment.
It should be obvious that there are some people whose right to "keep and
bear arms" is subservient to the rights of citizens to be able to be free of
the danger of unstable people with weapons. We can't allow any homicidal
maniac who wants a gun to be able to buy one."
From our web page forum, a debate on geography.
"Why do the weather people always insist on referring to our part of the
country as the Mid-Atlantic? The last time I looked at a history book, or
listened to the people's dialect here, we were in the South! No, I think the
weather people do a wonderful job keeping us informed...But you are doing all
of our forefathers a terrible injustice when you call this the Mid-Atlantic."
Which brought this reply:
"I don't think Virginia was ever part of the stereotypical South: grinding
poverty, hot climate, the Ku Klux Klan, and funny accents that grate unpleasant
upon the ear, and sugary sweet women fanning themselves whilst rolling their
eyes seductively. I like to think of myself as living in the best place on
earth, where there are four seasons I am not hemmed in by tall, fierce
mountains, where there are flat valleys and plenty of interstates waiting to
take me anywhere I want to go...NO, I think to live in one of the mid-Atlantic
states is to have the best of both the North and the South, without being
smothered by either."
Write to News-7 Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022.
Our fax number is 343-7269.
Send e-mail to news@wdbj7. com.
And you'll find our on-line forum on our web site: www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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If you can fill out the I-R-S short form for income taxes, is there anything
you can gain by going to a tax professional?
Len Besthoff explains in this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=So you
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OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT tape one 06:25:38
IN Q=So you
((So you fill out the IRS's short form, does that mean you don't need a tax
preparer? Bill Williams with H&R Block says maybe, maybe not.))
OUT Q=maybe not.
SOT TAPE ONE 06:01:20
IN Q=The short
((BILL WILLIAMS/H&R BLOCK: THE SHORT FORM OR THE 1040-A, HAS CHANGED IN RECENT
YEARS CONSIDERABLY. AND IT CAN BE USED FOR ALMOST ANY TRANSACTION NOW, EXCEPT
ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS. SO THE SHORT FORM TAXPAYER RECEIVES ABOUT THE SAME KIND
OF TREATMENT AS THE LONG FORM, THE FORM 1040, THEY GET ABOUT THE SAME BENEFIT
BY HAVING THEIR FORM PROFESSIONALLY PREPARED.))
OUT Q=professionally prepared.
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IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back
to the newsdesk.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was
UP 24 points.
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N.C. State fought for a come from behind win against the Tar Heels in the
A-C-C title game.
We have highlights from the Primestar 500, where it took three straight
cautions and a red flag before someone took home the checkered flag.
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North Carolina's Shammond Williams scored 23 points to lead the Tar Heels to
a 64 to 54 win over N.C. State in the A-C-C tournament title game.
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Serge Zwikker hits the jumper and the Tar Heels have an 8 point lead.
State's C.C. Harrison pulls up and nails this three pointer.
The Wolfpack went down by 8 to open the second half but Jamey Hyatt's three
pointer cut the lead to five.
Then with 13 minutes left in the game Williams hit three straight three's
and the Tar heels led 45 to 34.
The Wolfpack cut the lead to three SUPER=33-North Carolina/64/N.C.
State/54/;points, but North Carolina wins it by a score of 64 to 54.
IN Q="I just
((SHAMMOND WILLIAMS/23 POINTS: I JUST HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A LOT OF
SHOTS USUALLY THE TEAMS WE PLAY ARE PLAYING A BOXED ONE ON ME SO WHEN I HAD THE
BASKETBALL IN MY HAND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE SOME SHOTS,AS WELL AS GET
IT ON THE INSIDE AND DISTRIBUTE THE BASKETBALL.))
SUPER=01-Shammond Williams/23 Points; :
OUT Q=.........the Basketball."
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An ugly crash, a runaway wheel and a winner sum up Sunday's Primestar 500.
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Geoff Bodine had some problems while leaving the pits. The left rear tire
came off the car.
Three straight cautions slowed the race. On this one Steve Grissom gets
lose and his car slides across the track into the wall. It goes airborne losing
its gas tank and starting a fire on the track. Grissom was taken to the
infield care unit complaining of an ankle injury. The race was red flagged.
Dale Jarrett was the leader after the restart of the race. He would hold
on to win the Primestar 500.
IN Q=First audio
((DALE JARRETT/PRIMESTER 500 WINNER: WHAT CONCERNED ME AS MUCH AS ANYTHING WAS
RESTARTING THERE AT THE VERY END. WE SAT SO LONG WE HAD, OBVIOUSLY THE AIR
PRESSURE HAD GONE OUT OF THE TIRES AND DIDN'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW IT WAS GOING TO
BEHAVE THEN. BUT IT DID A, IT WAS AWESOME AT THE END THAT WAS THE BEST THE CAR
HAD BEEN ALL DAY LONG.))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Primestar 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.........day long."
Irvan was second, Shepherd third, Bobby Labonte fourth and Jeff Burton
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Number 6 Roanoke hosted Number 5 Gettysburg in a crucial early season
showdown on the lacrosse field.
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Roanoke's Brian Fleming and J.D. Gaddie hook up on the trick play. It
appears Fleming has the ball...But no, Gaddie has it, he walks in and cranks
the shot past the Gettysburg goalie.
The game was tied at 5 at the half. Gettysburg scored 3 in the third
The Maroons never quit. Adam Jackson takes the feed and finishes with the
quick stick, but Roanoke loses 10 to 7.
Prince William takes a step closer to his future role as King of England.
The 15- year- old son of Prince Charles was confirmed yesterday into the
Church of England.
The church was founded by his ancestor King Henry the eighth.
William's mother, Princess Dianna, attended the ceremony and was said to
have marred the event with her bickering over the guest list.
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