In Denver, the jury is set to hear eyewitness accounts of the Oklahoma City
And a federal judge hands both sides a victory in the tobacco debate.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Both sides are claiming victory this afternoon after a federal judge rules
tobacco falls under the jurisdiction-- though not completely-- of the Food and
The judge ruled the F-D-A can restrict access to cigarettes.
At the same time, the North Carolina judge barred the F-D-A from restricting
tobacco advertising and promotion.
The government is already praising the ruling. An assistant
attorney general says he's glad the court believes the F-D-A has
the power to regulate tobacco to protect children's health.
Before the F-D-A ruling came down, Philip Morris shareholders were glowing
about the company's profits.
But the earnings were clouded by other legal issues.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Shame shame
SUPER=01-Dr. David Lewis/Martinsville Physician; 39:
SUPER=01-Russell Beggs/Richmond Shareholder; 59:
SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Virginia GASP; 1:06
SUPER=01-Mildred Cassaday/Richmond Shareholder; 1:12
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7 Richmond
((SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!))
((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: I LOVE THIS COMPANY.))
((THESE MEETINGS ARE GRAND THEATER... NO COMMENT.))
Bible instead refers shareholders to the company's most recent financial
filings... where he says the company will listen to and explore all reasonable
measures that make sense to resolve lawsuits.
Health activists hope NO deal is struck... and the company pays in every
courtroom in America.
((DR. DAVID LEWIS/MARTINSVILLE PHYSICIAN: I REALIZED THAT 25-PERCENT OF ALL
THE PATIENTS THAT COME THROUGH THE DOOR OF MY BUSY HOSPITAL IN MARTINSVILLE,
VIRGINIA ARE VICTIMS OF TOBACCO. THEY EITHER HAVE THE MAJOR PROBLEMS: THE
LUNG CANCER, THE HEART DISEASE, THE CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE. OR
THEY HAVE BRONCHITIS, AND SINUS INFECTIONS, AND EAR INFECTIONS, AND ASTHMA, AND
((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: IT'S EASY TO QUIT. AND I'D LIKE
TO ...PILLS AND PATCHES... DO IS QUIT.))
((ANNE DONLEY: I think it was.. shareholders.))
((MILDRED CASSADAY/RICHMOND SHAREHOLDER: BUT I THINK THESE NUTS WHO COMPLAIN
SHOULD EITHER SELL THEIR STOCK OR SHUT UP.))
The Marlboro man may be waiting to exhale.
This meeting came on the eve of a federal court ruling on FDA control of
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The public had its say in the battle over school budget cuts in Bedford
About five hundred concerned parents, teachers and students turned out to
let the school board know they opposed cutting jobs or school programs.
But faced with a four million dollar shortfall, the school board could still
eliminate dozens of teaching and assistant principal positions.
IN Q=I know this
((JACKIE JONES/PARENT: I KNOW THIS IS A DIFFICULT JOB FOR YOU BUT YOU HAVE TO
UNDERSTAND THAT WE AS PARENTS HAVE GREAT CONCERNS FOR OUR CHILDREN AS WELL AS
OUR CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY.))
((GLENN FIELDS/TEACHER: BEFORE THE ELIMINATION OF PROGRAMS, YOU HAVE A
RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTY TO DO ALL YOU CAN TO PRESERVE
THEIR EDUCATION. YES, THE SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVED LESS MONEY THAN IT WANTED, BUT
YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS.))
SUPER=01-Jackie Jones/Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Glenn Fields/Teacher; :12
OUT Q=fund these programs.
The board voted last night to save a quarter million dollars by reducing
employee pay raises from three and half to three percent next year.
But nothing is written in stone... the board will meet again next Tuesday to
try and finalize its budget.
Jurors are hearing testimony this morning in the trial of Oklahoma City
bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
The prosecution's first witnesses are expected to include a woman who
caught the explosion on audio tape and family members of victims.
Lee Cowan reports from Denver.
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Heath/Spokesman for Families; :00
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :45
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/Defense Attorney;
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:15
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, DENVER;
SOT, DR. PAUL HEATH, SPOKESMAN FOR FAMILIES, "AT 9:02, A SOUND LIKE BOOM
THAT'S WHAT DR. PAUL HEATH REMEMBERS HAPPENED APRIL 19TH TWO YEARS AGO, AND
IT'S THAT KIND OF TESTIMONY THE PROSECUTION WANTS JURORS TO HEAR OVER AND OVER
AGAIN I THE COMING DAYS. WITH OPENING STATEMENTS BEHIND THEM, THE PROSECUTION
WILL BEGIN SETTING THE STAGE, MUCH AS IT DID YESTERDAY BY TELLING A STORY,
BRINGING JURORS BACK TO THAT DAY WHEN LIFE STOPPED SO SUDDENLY FOR 168 PEOPLE
IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
ALTHOUGH FOREWARNED BY THE PROSECUTION, THIS IS THE DAY SOME FAMILY MEMBERS
DREAD, HAVING TO RELIVE THE HORROR OF APRIL 19TH ALL OVER AGAIN THROUGH COURT
TESTIMONY. SOME HAVE EVEN GONE TO THE CORONER'S OFFICE IN OKLAHOMA CITY TO
LOOK AT PHOTOS TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR WHAT IS SURE TO BE A GRISLY AND
HEARTWRENCHING MORNING. THE PROSECUTION HAS GONE OVER HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF
VIDEOTAPE OF PICTURES AND WITNESS INTERVIEWS. IT WILL ALL COME TOGETHER TO
CREATE A TIME LINE OF THE BOMBING. THEN IT'S EXPECTED THE ATTORNEYS WILL
BACKTRACK AND BEGIN TO PIECE TOGETHER THE EVENTS THAT LED UP TO THE BLAST.
FOR HIS PART, TIMOTHY MCVEIGH HAS SEEMED EMOTIONLESS. THE ONLY NOTICEABLE
FACIAL EXPRESSION SO FAR IS BEST DESCRIBED AS A SCOWL. HIS ATTORNEY STEPHEN
JONES WOULDN'T COMMENT ON HOW MCVEIGH FELT AFTER THE FIRST GO-ROUND BETWEEN
ATTORNEYS, ONLY SAYING...
(SOT, STEPHEN JONES, DEFENSE ATTORNEY, "I THINK HIS DEMEANOR WAS
(STANDUP CLOSE: APPROPRIATE MAYBE, BUT DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT FROM HIS DEMEANOR
DURING THE JURY SELECTION PROCESS. THERE'S NO MORE JOKING AROUND WITH HIS
ATTORNEY. INSTEAD, HE'S MUCH MORE SERIOUS, STARING INTO THE EYES OF THE 12
PEOPLE WHO COULD SEND HIM TO HIS DEATH. LC, CBS NEWS, DENVER.)))
The U-S is now among 75 nations to ratify the chemical weapons treaty.
The Senate ratified the treaty last night with a vote of 74-to-26, seven
more than the two-thirds needed.
It prohibits the development, production, purchase or
stockpiling of chemical weapons.
President Clinton says the chemical
treaty makes the future for Americans more secure.
IN Q=this vote is...
OUT Q=for the common good.
The treaty goes into affect Tuesday.
The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A is losing its executive director.
After serving four years, Al Alexander has resigned from his post effective
A news release states Alexander is leaving for personal reasons.
Alexander was recently investigated amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Last month, three former S-P-C-A employees took their harassment complaints
to the State Council on Human Relations.
The S-P-C-A board had done a previous investigation in November.
Alexander has denied the harassment allegations.
Officials say the shelter will continue its normal operations until a
permanent replacement is found.
Unanswered questions about some new job possibilities may keep Buena Vista's
idle Blue Bird factory from getting off the ground again.
Deschamps (deh-shomps) Laboratories wants to expand its local operations,
but it does not need the entire site.
The result is a complicated, regional agreement that would share the debt
and eventually the revenues.
Last week, Buena Vista City Council approved the agreement, but members are
still debating whether the city has gotten a fair shake from Lexington and
IN Q=We're creating an agreement
SUPER=01-Butch Floyd/Buena Vista City Council; :00
SUPER=01-Debbie Garrett/Buena Vista City Council; :19 Quick
OUT Q=into the community.
Buena Vista City Council did not reconsider its approval, but there are
questions about the legality of the original vote.
The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors and the Lexington City Council
are expected to vote on the agreement next week.
Seven Virginia Tech students are facing charges of distributing drugs on
The students are among 20 people the Montgomery County Drug Task Force has
investigated over the last six months.
A grand jury returned a total of 47 indictments against the suspects.
The investigation turned up cocaine, crack, L-S-D, mushrooms, pot and
several prescription drugs including Ritalin.
Police say the task force focused on individuals, rather than an organized
A two- year- old boy is in a Chicago hospital this afternoon, after being
left home alone for five days.
The toddler was found last night after neighbors heard him crying.
Police say he survived by eating ice cream, bread and raw hamburger meat.
A Chicago T-V station reports the mother left the child to pick up a
prescription at a drug store, got into an argument at the store and ended up at
a mental facility.
Tennessee police today are searching for two men who are suspected of
killing two ice cream store workers.
The bodies of 16- year- old Michelle Mace and 21- year- old Angela Holmes
were found yesterday, two miles from the Baskin Robbins store where they
Police say they were abducted during a robbery Wednesday night.
A new hearing for a ten- year- old capital murder case.
David Lee Fisher arranged to have 18- year- old David Wilkey killed on a
hunting trip in the Stone Mountain area in 19-83.
But a member of the jury now says she went along with those who wanted
Fisher to die... only after her husband told her to.
In a sworn affidavit, Bertha Thomas also says the jury learned during
deliberations that Fisher said he'd kill the jurors if he ever got out of
The magistrate wants to hear testimony on the issue of outside influence on
the jury before deciding whether Fisher should be re-sentenced.
In an unusual twist-
The government is asking for a delay in the case of Joe Abbott-- and the
rest of the Abed family.
And on top of that.. Lawyers for at least one of the defendants hope to
block the delay, pushing for trial May 12th.
Abbott himself was back in court yesterday, as his lawyer discussed whether
he and the prosecutors may remain on the case.
The Abeds have already contacted ANOTHER lawyer, in the event the judge
removes Jack Kennett.
IN Q=I'm not
((JOE ABBOTT/RACKETEERING SUSPECT: I'M NOT A CRIMINAL. THEY ARE THE CRIMINALS,
THE MURDERERS, THE KILLERS.))
SUPER=01-Joe Abbott/Racketeering Suspect
OUT Q=the killers.
Abbott was referring to the fact that many of the government's key
witnesses are convicted criminals themselves.
The Judge made no decision on the status of attorneys in the case, but he
DID say he intends to postpone the trial.
The government says it'll take four weeks to put on evidence of
Two was the magic number for some Pittsylvania County workers pushing to
Workers at Times Fiber Communications in Chatham ruled in favor of union
This is the employees' second attempt in one year to unionize.
The union was voted down last time.
But the National Labor Relations Board set aside that vote and ordered a new
election after the union accused the company of several violations.
IN Q=I'm very excited
((WESLEY FEARS/UNION SUPPORTER: I'M VERY EXCITED. I BEEN PULLING FOR THIS FOR
OVER TEN YEARS, I'VE BEEN EMPLOYED HERE ELEVEN AND I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS
FOR TEN YEARS STRONG. I AM SO HAPPY I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF. EVERYONE FEELS
FREDRICK STROUD/UNITED STEELWORKERS: UNION REPRESENTATION FOR EMPLOYEES AT
TIMES FIBER MEANS SIMPLY THIS: THAT IT WILL NOT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL. THESE
EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN MISTREATED, THESE EMPLOYEES IS A GOOD SET OF EMPLOYEES THEY
WORK HARD FOR THEIR MONEY, AND THE ONLY THING THEY'RE ASKING FOR IS JUSTICE ON
SUPER=01-Wesley Fears/Union Supporter; :00
SUPER=01-Frederick Stroud/United Steelworkers Rep.;:14
OUT Q=justice on the job.
Three hundred-21 of the 470 workers voted in favor of the union.
The company makes co-axial cable.
The nation's newest weather satellite is in the air.
((AND WE HAVE LIFT OFF OF GOES WITH THE SATELLITE FROM CAPE CANAVERAL,
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
OUT Q=cape canaveral, Florida.
NASA launched the Atlas Rocket "Goes" or Geo -stationary Operational
Satellite, early this morning.
The 220 million dollar satellite will provide invaluable data that can be
used for televised weather reports.
In other news from space, another planet has been discovered.
The Jupiter- sized object is orbiting a start some 50 light years from
It's not the first to be discovered circling another star, there are at
least nine others, but scientists say this latest planet fills in a gap in
their expanding collection.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-21)
Spring is finally back in the air and some students at Tall Oaks School in
Blacksburg were out enjoying it yesterday.
They hiked the Spring Bulb Walk they helped create at Nellie's Cave
Although the early Spring blooms are gone, there was still evidence of the
250 bulbs they planted last year.
IN Q=I THINK IT'S
((STEPHANIE VOSHELL/4TH-GRADER: I THINK IT'S NEAT BECAUSE YOU GET TO PLANT
SOMETHING AND SEE WHETHER IT WORKED, THEN YOU GET TO LEARN WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
NEXT TIME TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER. ))
SUPER=01-Stephanie Voshell/Fourth Grader;
OUT Q=make it work better.
Yesterday the students planted two rhododendrons.
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT
((JAMES DUNAY/5TH-GRADER: THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF UP THERE THAT WE NEED TO WEED,
AND WEEDING IS HARD.))
SUPER=01-James Dunay/Fifth Grader;
OUT Q=is hard.
Saturday, volunteers are invited to work at the arboretum in celebration of
TAPE#net (edit of S7-5)
Last Night the Salem Avalanche had the lead, but lost it late in the game.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Warthogs;
The Avalanche threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth-- Jamie Taylor
hits a shot that drops in between two Winston-Salem outfielders for a single
but the Warthogs closed the inning.
Then later in the game the Warthogs scored. Clemente Alvarez singles and
SUPER=37-Winston-Salem/9/Salem/5/; Brent Wilhelm rounds the bases to score to
make it 5 to 3 Salem--but Winston-Salem comes from behind to win it 9 to 5.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-6)
There's a three way tie between Sandy Lyle, Mike Hulbery and 24- year old
tour rookie Robert Damron for the lead after the first round of the two million
dollar Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
After a shakey start Roanoke's own Chip Sullivan is still in the running.
During a three hole stretch in the middle, he almost self-destructed as he
went bogie, bogie, double bogie.
Sullivan rallied out of the woods in the last hole to end the day with eleven
pars, two birdies, four bogies, and a double bogie.
IN Q=I had to say this
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/Shot 76;
OUT Q=making a lot of birdies.
Sullivan says as he tees off today, he's going to just play for himself and
try to birdie every hole.
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
Roanoke's Southwest Community is now home to a new sports complex.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Today; :00
The Hidden Valley Junior High Sports Complex was officially unveiled
yesterday thanks to sponsors like Outback Steakhouse, boosters and community
members that have donated money and time to develop the facility.
In addition to the football and soccer fields; there is new fencing
facilities and a new scoreboard.
IN Q="We hope
((TODD KAGEALS/HIDDEN VALLEY COACH:))
SUPER=01-Todd Kageals/Hidden Valley Coach; :00
OUT Q=...and soccer"
Coming up tonight at 6 and 11..
Norfolk Southern is the only class one freight railroad where crewmembers
must go to the bathroom in plastic bags.
take ESS board
Many people say that's why bags of human waste are being found near N-S's
In part three of his series, "Hopping Mad at NS", Len Besthoff will discuss
efforts to make N-S change its system.
That's at 6 and 11...
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Some say they're cute, but others say they're just fowl.
Wednesday 4AM Feed 04:34:04
SUPER=03-La Mesa, CA;
A handful of ducks seem to vacation at an apartment complex in La Mesa,
Each year at this time the ducks crash for a few weeks.
Residents say they swim in the pool, and leave quite a mess.