The lengthy process of jury selection began today, in the
trial of Oklahoma Bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
And the house rented out to the Heaven's Gate Cult may have been sold.
A wind advisory is in effect for this afternoon and tonight, but by the end
of this week, we'll see those spring like temepratures we enjoyed over Easter.
That, plus Tennessee does it again, we'll have highlights from the women's
National Title game.
Don't go away, the news is next.
GRAPHIC=ok bombing trial
Nearly two years after a bomb destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building,
the trial of one of the accused bombers began today in Denver.
Twenty-eight- year- old Timothy McVeigh stands accused of detonating the
bomb that killed 168 and injured more than 500.
Among the dead were 19 children.
The selection of the jury began about an hour ago.
Lawyers will try to assemble a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates from a
pool of about one- thousand.
The process is expected to take two weeks.
Prospective jurors will be asked if they would consider the death penalty
as punishment, also what they've heard in the news about McVeigh.
Dave Fehling joins us from Denver with the latest.
********take from NEWSPATH********
SUPER=01-Jim Denny/Father of Victims;
OUT Q=BACK TO YOU.
FLANKED BY ARMED OFFICERS, STEPHEN JONES MADE HIS WAY TO THE
FEDERAL COURTHOUSE IN DOWNTOWN DENVER.
HE IS TIMOTHY MC-VEIGH'S LEAD ATTORNEY AND HAS SAID THAT PRETRIAL
PUBLICITY HAS PRE-ORDAINED A GUILTY VERDICT AND DEATH PENALTY FOR HIS CLIENT.
HE ONLY HAD TO LOOK AROUND HIM FOR MORE EVIDENCE OF THE INTENSE
COVERAGE OF THIS LATEST TRIAL OF THE CENTURY .
REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS LINED UP DOZENS DEEP FOR FEDERALLY
ISSUED MEDIA PASSES.
DOZENS MORE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC QUED-UP FOR A CHANCE TO GET A
SEAT IN THE COURTROOM .
IN OKLAHOMA CITY, SITE OF THE BOMBING TWO YEARS AGO, JIM DENNY WILL
WATCH THE TRIAL ON A BIG SCREEN T-V IN A SECURED AUDITORIUM PROVIDED FOR
FAMILY MEMBERS AND SURVIVORS WHO COULDN'T MAKE THE TRIP TO DENVER.
DENNY'S SON AND DAUGHTER WERE SEVERALLY INJURED IN THE BLAST...
BRANDON DENNY STILL MUST UNDERGO DAILY THERAPY.
(SOT)S/JIM DENNY , FATHER OF VICTIMS
(STDUP)S/DAVE FEHLING, CBS NEWS DENVER
"SURVIVORS AND THE FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED SAY TODAY WILL BE HIGHLY
EMOTIONAL, ON ONE HAND THEY HAVE A SENSE OF RELIEF THAT THE TRIAL IS FINALLY
UNDERWAY, BUT ON THE OTHER A SENSE OF DREAD NOT KNOWING HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE
OR IF THEY'LL GET THE JUSTICE THEY WANT. DF CBS NEWS DENVER."))
Jury trials, like the Oklahoma bombing trial, have dropped in Virginia by
almost 60 percent.
The drop is tied to sentencing guidelines and the elimination of parole.
Before the state abolished parole, five percent of all criminal cases were
tried by jury.
That number is down to 2-point-2 percent.
Under the new sentencing guidelines, offenders must serve at least 85
percent of their sentence.
Two men are reportedly ready to buy the California mansion where 39 cult
members died last week.
SUPER=03-Rancho Santa Fe, CA;
A real estate agent in Rancho Santa
Fe says the buyers are planning to tear it down and build a new home.
Meantime the San Diego medical examiner says his office has completed the
autopsies of the Heaven's Gate members.
But he has yet to determine the exact cause of death.
((WE'RE GONNA WAIT UNTIL WE GET ALL THE TOXICOLOGY RESULTS TO MAKE THAT
DETERMINATION BECAUSE IT'S GONNA BE A MATTER OF HOW MUCH THE LEVELS ARE AND
WHAT ALCOHOL'S PRESENT AND A FEW OTHER THINGS TO PUT IT TOGETHER AND
DETERMINE WHAT THE CAUSE WAS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Brian Blackbourne/San Diego Co. Medical Examiner;
OUT Q=THE CAUSE WAS.
One of the suicide victims was a native of Abingdon.
Twenty-six- year- old Michael Sandoe was class president at Abingdon High
School in 19-89 and a Gulf War Veteran.
At church services around the country, ministers linked their Easter sermons
to the cult suicide.
At the traditional sunrise service at Natural Bridge Religious broadcaster
Pat Robertson told the congregation, Christians know they'll see Christ when
they die, instead of what he called a "funny-looking" alien spaceship.
More than 15-hundred people turned out for the service.
Robertson is founder of the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting
P-L-O Chief Yasser Arafat returned from his trip to Cairo today where he
urged Arab states to stop dealing with Israel.
The 22-nation Arab league passed a non-binding recommendation for a freeze
on diplomatic and economic relations with Israel.
The action was prompted by Israel's construction of a Jewish housing
settlement in east Jerusalem.
((THIS WAS A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING IN WHICH WE HAVE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL WHAT
THE ISRAELIS AGREED UPON AND SIGNED - AND THE DECISION WAS CLEAR TO PUT IN
LINE THE PEACE PROCESS.))
SUPER=01-Yasser Arafat/PLO Chief;
OUT Q=the peace process.
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the action a step
backward in the peace process.
((THE PALESTINIAN SIDE UNLEASHED TERRORISM AS A WEAPON OF THE NEGOTIATIONS, AND
IS SOMETHING WE CANNOT ACCEPT. ))
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
OUT Q=we cannot accept.
Netanyahu blames Arafat for the recent violence in the middle East.
Pre-trial maneuvering begins today in Aberdeen, Maryland for a former Army
drill sergeant accused of rape.
Attorneys will argue that the case against Delmar Simpson should be
They say public statements by high-ranking Army officials have made it
impossible for their client to get a
Women's advocates will be watching the case closely, saying its a key test
of how serious the Army is about
punishing sexual misconduct.
An 18- year- old woman is dead after she crashed her car into a tree in
Police say Misty Lee McGrady of Bassett was NOT wearing her seat belt when
she ran her car off route 57.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A collision last night in northwest Roanoke sent two adults and a young
child to the hospital.
The accident happened at the intersection of 17th street and Orange Avenue.
Two cars were involved. Police say one of the drivers did not see the other
He pulled out into Orange Avenue and was hit.
Two adults and an infant were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but none
of them was seriously injured.
A Bedford County woman is in stable condition this afternoon after being
stabbed in the chest yesterday.
The Sheriff's Department says Pamela Jean Nelson was stabbed in the parking
lot of the Greenstone Center in Forest.
Authorities say there were no witnesses.
So far no charges have been filed, but authorities are following up on a
Local broadcasters won a victory from the Supreme Court today.
Justices upheld a 19-92 law requiring cable systems to carry local T-V
stations, calling it a legal effort to protect smaller broadcasters from being
driven out of business.
We will have local reaction to the decision tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
A blaze got the best of Bedford County firefighters yesterday.
Officials say the blaze had too much of a head start.
It started around 4-30 on route 7-55 in the Goodview section of the county.
Fire officials believe the blaze originated in a bedroom on the second
They're not sure exactly what sparked the fire.
IN Q=my wife woke
((JAMES WEEKS/NEIGHBOR: MY WIFE WOKE ME UP AND SAID SHE SMELLED SMOKE AND I
GOT UP AND LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND THE HOUSE WAS FULLY INVOLVED. I'M ON THE
CHAMBLISSBURG RESCUE SQUAD AND I IMMEDIATELY GOT ON THE RADIO AND RADIOED
OUT Q=RADIOED BEDFORD
Fire fighters say the construction of the house is partly to blame for the
IN Q=number one they're
((BRIAN WEEKS/STEWARTSVILLE FIRE DEPT.; NUMBER ONE, THEY'RE A BALLOON
CONSTRUCTION WITH NO FIRE STOPS AND THE HEAVY TIMBER CONSTRUCTION OF THESE
OLDER HOMES IS LIKE LIGHTING A MATCH TO IT BASICALLY.))
SUPER=01-Brian Weeks/Stewartsville Fire Department;
OUT Q=TO IT BASICALLY
The Darby family who lives there, was not home at the time.
No one was injured.
The house is a total loss.
Growth, rather than the current trend of consolidation, is the path some
local banks are following.
While larger banks replace branches with more A-T-Ms, community banks like
the Central National Bank in Lynchburg are opening new offices.
((WORTH CARTER/CENTRAL NATIONAL BANK CEO: I HAVE A SLANG WAY OF SAYING IT, I
CALL IT EYEBALL TO EYEBALL BANKING WHERE YOU HAVE PEOPLE WORKING AND SERVING
PEOPLE AT A PRICE THEY CAN AFFORD AND AT HOURS THEY CAN GET TO THE BANK AT
THEIR CONVENIENCE. NOT GOING THROUGH MACHINES OR TELEPHONES. JUST COMING AND
DOING BUSINESS WITH PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Worth Carter/Central National Bank CEO;
OUT Q=with people.
C-E-O Worth Carter says he's simply giving customers a choice.
One of Central National's sister banks, the First National Bank of Rocky
Mount, also opened a new location this week in Roanoke.
As the new millenium approaches archaeologists are finding evidence that
dates Botetourt County back to the last millenium.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Botetourt Center
SUPER=01-Ned McElwaine/Botetourt Co. Asst. Administrator; :11
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :17
SUPER=01-Mike Barber/Preservation Technologies; :50
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
((Botetourt Center at Greenfield represents a significant part of this
But measures are being taken to make sure the site's history is not
IN Q=Instead of
((NED MCELWAINE/BOTETOURT COUNTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR: INSTEAD OF LOSING
THAT, WHAT WE DECIDED TO DO WAS TO TRY TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT WAS HERE. ))
OUT Q=was here
Enter a team of archaeologists.
During the past year they've dug up hundreds of Native American artifacts...
including fire crack rocks and pieces of ceramic pottery.
The artifacts found here at the Greenfield site are believed to have come
from the Tutelo Indian Tribe... which inhabited this area some 1000 years ago.
end stand up
The scientists believe these items amount to prehistoric garbage... scrap
material the Indians left behind.
They call these artifacts "common discoveries."
IN Q=We very
((MIKE BARBER/PRESERVATION TECHNOLOGIES: WE VERY RARELY FIND UNBROKEN TOOLS AND
THINGS THAT ARE IN REALLY GOOD CONDITION BECAUSE IF THEY WERE IN GOOD CONDITION
AND STILL USEABLE, THE NATIVE AMERICANS TOOK THEM WITH THEM. ))
OUT Q=with them
For now, all of the pieces are being taken to Salem for examination.
But they will be returned and displayed at a preservation area once
Botetourt Center at Greenfield is complete.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
For many people going to the dentist represents one thing, pain.
The memory that stays with patients is the needle filled with novocaine
heading into their mouth.
Now a new device is allowing dentists to operate without the
needle, without the numbness and without the pain.
Dr. Michael Breen reports.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00
SUPER=01-Gina Marzullo/Patient; :19
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Breen/Reporting; :50
(( THIS IS THE SOUND OF THE PAST...(NATSND)..AND THIS IS THE SOUND OF
THE FUTURE...(NATSND) THIS NEW DRILL SUBSTITUTE IS SUPPOSED TO BE PAINLESS -
IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. YOU CAN'T BLAME GINA MARZULLO FOR BEING A LITTLE
NERVOUS...SHE'S ABOUT TO GO UNDER THE DRILL WITHOUT NOVOCAINE.
SUPER: GINA MARZULLO/PATIENT
SOT..."I'm not sure if it's going to hurt or not without novocaine. It's not
going to be numb or anything..."
TRACK: GINA'S FILLING SHOULD BE PAIN-FREE FOR TWO REASONS. THE FIRST IS
THIS NEW TYPE OF DRILL. IT NEVER TOUCHES GINA'S TOOTH - THE DRILL IS LIKE A
SMALL SANDBLASTER - IT SENDS OUT BURSTS OF ALUMINUM PARTICLES. HERE YOU CAN
SEE THOSE PARTICLES STRIKING A QUARTER.
SUPER: DR. DENNIS PIETRINI/DENTIST
SOT: .."the surface will remain dull because it's actually etched the metal
TRACK: THE DRILL SUBSTITUTE IS PAINLESS BECAUSE THERE'S NO FRICTION - NO
HEAT - AND NO NERVE-RACKING WHINE. THERE'S ALSO A SECOND REASON GINA DOESN'T
NEED NOVOCAINE - IT'S BECAUSE DOCTOR DENNIS PEITRINI USES PORCELAIN FILLINGS.
WITH PORCELAIN, YOU DON'T HAVE TO REMOVE NEARLY AS MUCH TOOTH AS YOU WOULD
FOR A MERCURY FILLING. THE BOTTOM LINE IS DENTISTS CAN NOW AVOID NOVOCAINE
IN OVER 90 PERCENT OF THEIR PATIENTS. AND HOW'S GINA DOING?
SOT: (GINA)..."I didn't feel anything really. It was just like he was
cleaning my teeth."
Dr. Michael Breen, for CBS News.))
With the technique you can avoid novocaine over 90-percent of the time.
SUPER=330-Wind Advisory/Partly Cloudy/30-34/Partly Sunny/& Windy/53-57;
SUPER=331-Wind Advisory/Partly Cloudy/32-36/Partly Sunny/& Windy/54-58;
SUPER=332-Clearing/& Windy/24-28/Sunny/Windy & Cool/52-56;
SUPER=333-Wind Advisory/Snow Showers/28-32/Windy/& Chilly/44-48;
SUPER=334-Clearing/Windy & Chilly/20-24/Sunny/& Breezy/50-54;
Children without social security numbers may not count as tax deductions.
Len Bestoff has details in this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=The IRS
SUPER=01-Bill Williams/H&R Block; :11
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT tape two 6:29:12
IN Q=The IRS
((The IRS has stiffened its penalties when it comes to making mistakes with
your Social Security number. Bill Williams with H&R Block has more. ))
OUT Q=has more.
SOT TAPE ONE 06:06:40
((BILL WILLIAMS/H&R BLOCK: EVERY TAXPAYER, HUSBAND, WIFE, AND ALL DEPENDENTS
MUST HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER FOR THE 1996 RETURN. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS
A CHILD BORN IN DECEMBER 1996, IN WHICH CASE YOU INDICATE THEIR BIRTHDATE ON
THE RETURN. AND IT'S POSSIBLE THE IRS IS GOING TO DISALLOW THE EXEMPTION
CREDIT FOR ANY EXEMPTION THAT DOES NOT HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. That's a
lot of money. WILLIAMS: THAT COULD BE A LOT OF MONEY. EACH EXEMPTION IS TWO-
THOUSAND- FIVE- HUNDRED- AND- FIFTY- DOLLARS. WHICH MEANS THE TAXPAYER WOULD
HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM FOR REFUND LATER, AN AMENDED RETURN, IN ORDER TO CLAIM
THAT AFTER THEY GET A NUMBER FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION.))
SOT TAPE TWO 06:30:21
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.))
TAPE#=net (edit of S6-25)
GRAPHIC=Womens final 4
Tennessee's Lady Vols left Cincinnati with their second straight women's
N-C-A-A basketball national championship.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/ESPN; :00
U-T's Shuh-MEEK-Wah Holdsclaw scored 10 first half points and after this
hoop Tennessee lead 22-9.
O-D-U, down in the high double digits for most of the first half, never quit
and after this prayer from way downtown the lady Monarchs trailed 34-22 at
Old Dominion came back to tie the SUPER=34-Tennessee/68/ODU/59;
game at 49 all with about 7 minutes left in the game,
But Holdsclaw's 24 points and 11 boards were too much as U-T wins 68-59.
Coach Pat Summitt wins her 5th national title in 11 years.
TAPE#=net (edit of ICE-97)
GRAPHIC=Kelly cup playoffs
The Express will play Hampton Roads in the first round of the E-C-H-L
playoffs beginning Wednesday in Norfolk.
Roanoke lost to Raleigh 6-5 in the last game of the regular season last
Express leading scorer Jeff Jablonski, who has 52 goals on the season, has
been loaned to the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League. This should
be only a temporary move.
TAPE#=net (edit of S6-28 and st5-27)
On to the green. Steve Elkington won the Players Championship by a record
seven strokes yesterday.
SUPER=03-Ponte Vedra, FL; :00
Elkington shot a final round 69 on a windy day. He finished with a 16 under
par 272. His wire to wire win was worth 630 thousand dollars.
Scott Hoch closed with a 74 for a 279 second place finish.
The shot of the day goes to Fred Couples.
Watch it fly and roll, roll right into the hole for a hole in one!
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-3)
The Radford University baseball team is 1 and 5 in the Big South after
dropping a double header to U-N-C Greensboro Saturday and their game yesterday
An injured pitching shoulder, said to be rotator cuff tendinitis has
relegated former William Byrd ace Chris Carr to a lot of standing around. Coach
Lew Kent would have used Carr as the starting closer if healthy. Carr has
learned a great deal from the adversity.
IN Q=It just
((CHRIS CARR/INJURED RADFORD PITCHER:))
SUPER=01-Chris Carr/Injured Radford Pitcher; :00
OUT Q=...all the way"
Carr has played some first base and is doing some designated hitting.
The spirit of Easter has yet to die down in the Nation's Capital.
Hundreds of youngsters got up at the crack of dawn and braved cold
temperatures for the chance at a coveted ticket for the Easter Egg roll.
The first couple is hosting the 118th edition of the annual event on the
White House lawn.
The event was started by first lady Dolly Madison, who modeled it after an