Opening arguments have started at the Oklahoma Bombing trial.
And a grand jury has indicted two former Virginia Tech football players on
Clouds are slowly clearing out, and we're looking for some sunshine this
weekend, starting tomorrow. I'll have all the details, plus the latest from
the baseball diamond in sports.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
Heavy snow is falling outside the Denver Courthouse where opening statements
are being heard at this hour in the case against Timothy McVeigh.
The Gulf War veteran could get the death penalty if convicted of murder and
conspiracy in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building two years ago in
It was the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U-S history.
168 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
Survivors of the blast will be among the first witnesses to take the witness
Prosecutors will also use audio and video tapes of the April 19th
Lee Cowan joins us from Denver with more.
********take from NEWSPATH*****
SUPER=01-Marsha Kight/Mother of Victim;
SUPER=01-David Lane/Colorado University Law Professor;
OUT Q=BACK TO YOU.
THIS IS IT.
THE DAY THE PROSECUTION GETS TO POINT ITS FINGER. THE DAY THE DEFENSE CAN
POINT IT BACK..
THE DAY VICTIM'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE BEEN BOTH WANTING, AND
MARSHA KIGHT//MOTHER OF VICTIM:
"There's no other choice, it's something that we've got to go through."
IT IS THE DAY THE WORST CASE OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM FINALLY GOES
TO TRIAL....OPENING STATEMENTS ARE UNDERWAY.
DAVID LANE//COLORADO UNIVERSITY LAW PROFESSOR"You only get one chance to make
a good impression."
THE SEVEN MEN AND FIVE WOMEN WHO WILL RECEIVE THAT FIRST
IMPRESSION SAT QUIETLY BEHIND A SCREEN....ANONYMOUS AND INVISIBLE TO THE
PRESS...BUT IN CLEAR VIEW OF FAMILY MEMBERS.
STEVEN HARTZLER, THE GOVERNMENT'S LEAD ATTORNEY WAS UP
FIRST....SLOWLY LAYING OUT A CASE BUILD ON THOUSANDS OF INTERVIEWS, REAMS OF
DOCUMENTS, BOXES FULL OF VIDEOS, AND EMOTION...LOTS OF EMOTION.
HE'S EXPECTED TO DO THAT BY TAKING THE COURTROOM BACK TO THE
MORNING OF APRIL 19TH...SHOWING THE IMAGES SO MANY AMERICANS WILL NEVER
FORGET...OF THE HUSBANDS, THE WIVES, AND CHILDREN...KILLED OR INJURED....IN
THE BLAST THAT SHOOK THE NERVES OF AN ENTIRE COUNTRY.
THE DEFENSE SAT THROUGH IT ALL...MCVEIGH LOOKING INTENT, AND
INVOLVED...STEVEN JONES WAITING FOR HIS TURN AT THE PODIUM TO TELL A DIFFERENT
STORY...A STORY WHICH FEW KNOW...A STORY THAT MAY PUT ENOUGH DOUBT IN JURORS
MINDS TO MAKE MCVEIGH A FREE MAN.
"The Prosecution is expected to finish up shortly and then it's the Defense's
turn....if it goes as quickly as expected, the Prosecution's first witness
could take the stand by as early as this afternoon. Lee Cowan, CBS News,
Two former Virginia Tech football players will stand trial this fall for
James Crawford and Brian Edmonds are facing rape and sodomy charges.
A Montgomery County grand jury returned indictments against the men
Their accuser told News-7 the students had a party at their apartment last
December and she stayed behind after it was over.
She said the two, whom she considered her friends, took advantage of her
while she was drunk.
Crawford and Edmonds are both scheduled for trial September eighth.
And in Pittsylvania County there will be NO trial for the grade schooler
accused of killing his stepfather.
After a 45-minute hearing in Juvenile Court charges were dismissed against
the eight- year- old.
IN Q=I think
((GLENN BERGER/CHILD'S ATTORNEY: I THINK THE COURT MADE A FAIR DECISION HERE.
IT WAS PROPER FROM ALL THE FACTS IN THE CASE. I DO BELIEVE THE YOUNG MAN'S
INNOCENT. AND IF IT EVER GOT TO THAT ISSUE... IF IT HAD GOTTEN THERE. I BELIEVE
THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOWN. ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Berger/Child's Attorney;
OUT Q=been shown
Four months ago, the boy's stepfather, 55- year- old Bernard Rosser was
inside the family's Gretna home.
An autopsy showed he died from a severe blow to the head.
No one involved in yesterday's hearing would talk about the boy's future.
But authorities outside of the case say the court has now lost its authority
to determine where the child lives.
The crest of the swollen Red River continues its path of destruction forcing
evacuations as far north as Winnipeg, Canada.
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND;
Meanwhile, the "Red" is beginning to recede in flood ravaged Grand Forks,
Some residents are even being allowed to return to their homes for a few
hours today to assess damage and collect belongings.
The river is also falling at Fargo.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Roanokers are joining the flood relief in Fargo.
Red Cross Chapter Manager Tom Brown left for the city yesterday.
He will help feed or shelter the thousands of flood victims.
With earlier floods in the Ohio Valley, it's been a busy Spring for the Red
IN Q=We're anticipating this one
((TOM BROWN/CHAPTER MANAGER: WE'RE ANTICIPATING THIS ONE UP IN FARGO TO BE A 10
MILLION DOLLAR JOB JUST FOR THE RED CROSS AND ADDED ON TO THE OTHERS WE'VE HAD,
WE'RE PROBABLY LOOKING AT SOMEWHERE AROUND 25 MILLION WHICH IS A LARGE
SUPER=01-Tom Brown/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=which is a large spring.
More Red Cross volunteers are headed out later this week.
A single car accident killed an 18- year- old Danville woman minutes from
This was the scene- on route 3-60 in Pittsylvania County last night.
State police say (Shereecka) Sureka LaShone Brown lost control of her car-
skidded off the road and slammed into a tree.
State police say Brown died at the scene.
The accident blocked traffic in both directions on 3-60 for at least an
After spending the night on a snowy Colorado mountain, a four man search
team is again scouring today for more pieces of wreckage from that missing
SUPER=03-Eagle Co., CO;
The team is also looking for remains of the jet's pilot, Captain Craig
Yesterday, the Air Force confirmed that the wreckage in the Colorado
Rockies is Button's plane.
But so far there has been no sign of a body.
The search team could be on the mountain for a couple more days, weather
A massive search is underway in Clarksville, Tennessee this afternoon for
two missing ice cream store clerks.
Police believe 16- year- old Michelle Mace and 21- year- old Angela Holmes
were abducted last night during a robbery at a Baskin Robbins store.
Police say the store's security camera tape is gone, and money was taken
from the cash register and safe.
The Christian Coalition is looking for a new leader.
Ralph Reed stepped down after eight years.
((RALPH REED: THE SHORT ANSWER IS I NEVER REALLY INTENDED TO MAKE A CAREER OUT
OF THIS JOB. ))
OUT Q=of this job."
Reed is forming his own political consulting firm, Century Strategies.
Reed says the coalition will be energized by new people and ideas.
((RALPH REED/CHRISTIAN COALITION: I ALSO BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR AN
ORGANIZATION TO BE BUILT AROUND PRINCIPLES AND NOT AROUND PERSONALITIES.))
SUPER=01-Ralph Reed/Christian Coalition Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=NOT AROUND PERSONALITIES."
Reed says his departure is amicable.
He'll remain on the group's board of directors and help search for a
Bill Stump will spend more than two years in prison for illegal possession
Judge Jackson Kiser originally sentenced Stump to two MONTHS, but a higher
court ruled Kiser could not depart from federal sentencing guidelines.
So Stump was re-sentenced yesterday afternoon.
This time Kiser gave him the MINIMUM sentence allowed by the guidelines.
IN Q=I think the case
((DON WOLTHUIS/U.S. ATTORNEY; I THINK THE CASE WENT THROUGH THE SYSTEM AS IT
SHOULD. HE HAD HIS DAY IN COURT, HE HAD HIS DAY BEFORE THE 4TH CIRCUIT, AND THE
COURT SENTENCE WAS APPROPRIATE UNDER THE RULING OF THE FOURTH CIRCUIT. ))
OUT Q=the fourth circuit
Stump is serving as his own attorney.
Kiser refused his request to remain free on bond while preparing a Supreme
He said Stump could easily file the appeal from prison.
After finally setting up interviews with JonBenet Ramsey's parents, police
say they canceled on advice from the
The separate interviews with John and Patsy Ramsey were to be
held yesterday, but the F-B-I said the terms of the interview were
The Ramsey's have now fired off a letter calling the investigation a
campaign of leaks and smears.
(( HAL HADDON:IT'S INEXPLICABLE THAT THEY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WOULD
RATHER LEAK INFORMATION THAN
CONDUCT AN OBJECTIVE INTERVIEW. ))
SUPER=01-Hal Haddon/Ramsey Attorney;
OUT Q=an objective interview.
Neither side will say what the terms were.
Six year old JonBenet was found beaten and strangled in the family's basement
the day after Christmas.
The country's number two auto maker is depowering its air bags.
Ford has announced plans to equip all its 19-98 model cars and trucks with
less forceful air safety bags.
The move will make Ford the first to use them on all vehicles sold in North
G-M and Chrysler say they will use the less potent bags in about half of
their '98 models.
Government regulators gave the go-ahead for the depowered bags
Thousands of Americans die each year waiting for a liver transplant.
A new procedure that simply involves injecting liver cells into the body may
buy time for many of these people until a transplant is available.
Dr. Dave Hnida reports.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Barhi Bilir/Liver Specialist; :32 QUICK
SUPER=01-Dr. Dave Hnida/Reporting; 1:08
OUT Q=for CBS NEws
When Steve DeVine developed liver failure, he went from healthy to deathly ill
within a matter of weeks.
Sot: Steve DeVine, Liver Failure Patient:
"Steve needed a new liver, but was too sick to survive major transplant
Doctors at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center turned to an
experimental procedure called a liver cell transplant.
Instead of transplanting an entire liver, individual liver cells are injected
into a patients spleen within 24 hours, the liver cells begin to function.
Sot: Dr. Barhi Bilir, Liver Specialist:
"The good thing about liver cells is they do form their structure. in the
Liver cells can buy people time, including those who need a transplant when no
organs are available.
And people like Steve who are too ill for a full transplant.
Sot: Dr.: "It is possible that we may be able to make sick patients less sick
so they can wait for their turn."
Steve had the liver cells injected 8 months ago, the cells continue to
Sot: Dr.: "He's done wonderful in fact we weren't even expecting he was going
to do this well...it's very exciting...doctors aren't sure how long injected
liver cells will continue to function. It could be weeks, months, or even
years. In any case, the liver cell injections can be repeated while a person
waits for a transplant to become available.
HNIDA ON CAM TAG:
NOW DOCTORS AREN'T SURE HOW LONG THE INJECTED LIVER CELLS WILL CONTINUE TO
FUNCTION. IT COULD BE WEEKS, MONTHS, OR MAYBE EVEN YEARS. IN ANY CASE, DR.'S
SAY THAT THE CELL INJECTIONS CAN BE REPEATED, IF NECESSARY, WHILE A PERSON
WAITS FOR A NEW LIVER.
IN DENVER, I'M DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
Eleven-MILLION bugs invaded a Martinsville residence, but no one plans to
call the exterminator.
That's because the insects are a gift from the Smithsonian Institution in
Currently they're calling the basement of the Virginia Museum of Natural
The museum's entomologist says throughout history, Virginia has put too much
attention on cultural history.
IN Q=WHAT WE ARE
((RICHARD HOFFMAN/ENTOMOLOGIST: WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE UP FOR 200
YEARS OF BENIGN NEGLECT OF VIRGINIA NATURAL HISTORY.))
OUT Q=virginia natural history.
Hoffman's research team is painstakingly cataloging the insects, which were
collected in four Virginia Counties.
The process involves sorting through 173 jars of insects, and then labeling
and mounting them on pins.
Hoffman says insects are vital to Virginia's ecology-- they help preserve
topsoil, and pollinate most plants in Virginia.
That's why he HATES bug zappers..
IN Q=THE MOSQUITOES
((THE MOSQUITOES ARE JUST NO ATTRACTED TO BLACK LIGHT, SO IT'S NOT ATTRIBUTED
TO BLACK LIGHT, SO IT'S NOT JUST THE AMOUNT OF THE ELECTRIC CURRENT, BUT IT'S
ALSO A TERRIBLE DRAIN ON THE ECOSYSTEM, SO I DEPLORE THE USE OF BUG ZAPPERS.))
OUT Q=BUG ZAPPERS
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After 31 years, the Big-Top circus is back in China.
Crowds streamed in for the first appearance of the interactive circus since
the government shut them down in 19-66.
Circuses were allowed in the late seventies but only in large stadiums for
masses of people.
Now the Big-top is back in its full glory and for many in Beijing, it's their
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They're still fighting for the Stanley Cup as six teams took to the ice last
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Panthers vs. Rangers - Game 4;
Wayne Gretsky put on a show in the Rangers-Panthers match up.
He ties the game in the second.
Then he almost rips John Vanbiesbrouck's head off with rocket shot from 10
Finally he gets the game winner.
Rangers win 3-to-2 and lead the series 3 games to 1.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Flyers vs. Pens - Game 4;
In Pittsburgh Mario Lemieux scored his second of the playoffs to help the
Penguins take away the 4-to-1 victory.
The Buffalo-Ottawa contest went to overtime with Ottawa winning game four
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The National League's regional front runners met out west yesterday.
The Giants got the best of the Braves.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/Braves vs. Giants - TBS;:00
Barry Bonds lifts the Tom Glavine offering down the left field line and past
the outstretched glove of a diving Ryan Klesko, who hits the dirt and decides
to stay there for awhile.
Bonds, meanwhile motors around the bases for the inside the park homer.
Jose Viscaino and Glen Allen Hill score in front of Bonds and the Giants beat
the Braves 4-TO-3.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=Wipe Wipe Wipe
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Marlins vs. Rockies; :00
former Salem Avalanche star Jamey Wright improved his record to 3-and-1
yesterday and padded his batting average to boot.
Wright led the Rockies to a 7-to-3 win over the Marlins by getting two hits
and two r-b-i's, and pitching six strong innings.
Eight teams will lace up the sneakers for tonight's opening games of the
The New York Knicks will host Charlotte, Miami entertains Orlando, Minnesota
is at Houston and the L-A Clippers visit Utah.
Chip Sullivan returned to the P-G-A tour today for his first event in three
The former teaching pro at Hanging Rock teed off this morning, starting on
hole number 10.
IN Q="It's gonna be...
((CHIP SULLIVAN/PGA TOURING PRO:))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Touring Pro; :00
OUT Q=...AND PLAY WELL."
If you can't catch Chip today he plays his second round on Friday with an
afternoon tee time.
You can catch the final two rounds of the Greensboro Classic this Saturday
and Sunday right here on Your Hometown Station.
Coming up on News 7 at 6 and 11..
For years Norfolk Southern has been accused of dumping bags of human waste
on a Bedford County farm.
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The railroad has suggested this is the only place it's being reported.
But in part two of "Hopping Mad at N-S", Len Besthoff explains there are
reports of other bags landing near tracks N-S uses in Virginia and out of
That's at 6 and 11...
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Parents across the country are giving their daughters a taste of the "real
It's the national "Take Our Daughters to Work Day".
Hollins College is one of the local participants this year.
Girls aged nine to 15 were busy tackling all sorts of duties throughout the
campus-- while getting some valuable work experience.
Molly Steele spent the morning helping out in the mail room.
IN Q=It's really neat
((MOLLY STEELE: IT'S REALLY NEAT, AND MY MOM WORKS HERE AND I'M A LOT LIKE MY
MOM. SO, I THINK I'LL WORK HERE. ))
OUT Q=work here
The day- long program at Hollins features work experience activities,
followed by some physical work.
Those taking part will visit the Hollins Outdoor Program climbing wall, as
well as the swimming and riding centers.
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Today might be take our daughter to work day, but yesterday was national
And in Oregon, secretaries celebrated to the beat of a different drummer --
or should we say sledgehammer.
machine into a pile of junk. (----------------)
These receptionists observed their special day by beating an office copy