It's decision day in the commonwealth as voters cast ballots in local and
And a last attempt in Denver to save the life of Timothy McVeigh.
Sunny and warmer today, with high pressure returning spring weather to the
Look for daytime highs to climb into the 80s.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
The polls are open but few voters have apparently noticed.
Across Virginia Republicans are choosing among the G-O-P candidates for
And in the city of Roanoke, Democrats are selecting their nominee for
commissioner of revenue.
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That's where Joe Dashiell is this afternoon.
How's the turnout in Roanoke so far?
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(Rollcue: other precincts in the city.)
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SUPER=01-Elizabeth Emmons/Precinct Worker; :12
SUPER=01-Louella Thaxton/Roanoke Registrar; :33
OUT Q=the percentage.
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(Question: Can you tell us which of the two primaries Roanoke voters seem to be
Today may be the day for the democrats vying for Commissioner of the
Revenue, but yesterday the Republicans chose their candidate.
Guy Byrd got the nod to go up against the eventual Democratic nominee.
Byrd is a former Banker-- he helped found the Valley Bank and served as
C-E-O there for more than a year.
He says his business background makes him the ideal candidate.
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((GUY W. BIRD, JR. THIS SHOULD BE A VERY PROFESSIONALLY RUN BUSINESS-LIKE
OPERATION, A LOT OF MONEY COMES THROUGH THIS OFFICE, REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY
TAXES, BUSINESS LICENSES, THE PRIMARY THINGS, IT'S ALL IMPORTANT TO THE CITY.))
SUPER=01-Guy W. Byrd, Jr./(R) Commissioner of Revenue Cand.;
OUT Q=to the city.
The Republicans failed to nominate any candidates for Commonwealth's
Attorney, Sheriff, or Treasurer.
The state Republicans have their candidate for Governor.
Tomorrow Attorney General Jim Gilmore steps down to concentrate on his
He's chosen to pass up a shot at T-V evangelist Pat Robertson before he
That's after news leaked out that Robertson used his Operation Blessing
"medical ministry" airplanes for his Zaire diamond mining operations.
Democratic state senator Janet Howell had requested an official opinion.
A Robertson spokesman says the charity was fully reimbursed.
Gilmore's office says Howell's concerns are the domain of the I-R-S or the
Robertson has donated 50- thousand dollars to Gilmore's campaign.
Jurors could begin deciding the fate of Oklahoma Bomber Timothy McVeigh
But before they get the case McVeigh's attorneys will again try to show his
Dave Fehling reports.
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Lawyer; :54
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:25
OUT Q=cbs news Denver;
THE DEFENSE IS TRYING TO SHOW THIS IS BUT ONE VIEW OF TIM MCVEIGH,
THE MAN THE JURY HAS BLAMED FOR KILLING 168 PEOPLE IN THE BOMBING OF THE
S/ARTIST: PAT LOPEZ
HE WAS A STRAWBERRY-POP-TART-LOVING SOLDIER WHO WAS A DEADLY SHOT
IN THE GULF WAR SAID HIS COMMANDER.
A SOLDIER'S SOLDIER, HE WAS CALLED.
HIS NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS SAID THEY SAW HIM RIGHT BEFORE HE LEFT FOR
THE PERSIAN GULF..
"I'M COMING HOME IN A BODY BAG" LYNN DRZYZGA RECALLS MCVEIGH
"TEARS WELLED UP IN HIS EYES, SHE SAID, HE HUGGED ME AND WALKED
AWAY VERY SLOWLY."
THEN THERE WAS A FORMER CLASSMATE FROM HIS HIGH SCHOOL IN UPSTATE
VICKI HODGE SAID THE GANGLY TEENAGER WAS NICKED NAMED CHICKEN
MCVEIGH, AS IN CHICKEN MCNUGGETS.
THE BIG QUESTION REMAINING: WILL MCVEIGH HIMSELF TESTIFY?
(DEPARTURES 16;33)S/STEPHEN JONES, MCVEIGH'S LAWYER "NO DETERMINATION...."
MCVEIGH'S LEGAL TEAM SEEMS IT WANTS TO SHOW THAT TIM MCVEIGH WAS
A GOOD KID, A NORMAL TEENAGER WHO GRADUALLY BECAME
DISILLUSIONED......EVENTUALLY IMMERSING HIMSELF IN BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
CRITICAL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
A WRITER FOR SOLDIER OF FORTUNE TESTIFIED ABOUT ARTICLES MCVEIGH
MAY HAVE READ, CRITICIZING THE GOVERNMENT'S CRACKDOWN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS AND
ITS TACTICS USED IN WACO IN THE RAID ON THE BRANCH DIVIDIANS.
(STDUP)S/DAVE FEHLING CBS NEWS DENVER
"THE DEFENSE HAS SAID IT WANTS THE JURY TO WALK IN TIM MCVEIGH'S SHOES...HIS
LAWYERS HOPE DOING THAT MIGHT LEAD TO MERCY WHEN JURORS DECIDE IF MCVEIGH
SHOULD BE EXECUTED. THE LAST WITNESS IS EXPECTED TO BE TIM MCVEIGH'S FATHER.
DF CBS NEWS DENVER."))
At the local movie house in Ionia, Michigan today the star attraction is the
People versus Jack Kevorkian.
Jury selection has begun in his fourth assisted suicide trial.
The theatre is the only
place in town big enough to hold the 160-member jury pool.
Kevorkian is accused of helping a woman die at her Ionia home last August.
After losing his lead choice for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
Defense Secretary William Cohen has begun a new search.
Air Force General Joseph Ralston pulled his name out of the running
yesterday amid controversy over his admission of an affair in the 19-80s.
(( "MR. SECRETARY, ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT GEN. RALSTON HAS
SOT-COHEN:"WELL, I REGRET THAT HE HAS TAKEN HIMSELF OUT OF THE RUNNING, BUT I
UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING IT."))
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=surrounding it.
Cohen does NOT face a decision right away.
General John Shalikashvili is not set to retire until September.
Flood-ravaged families in the midwest will have to wait for the millions of
dollars that the Disaster Relief Bill would have sent their way.
SUPER=04-White House Photo;
Yesterday President Clinton vetoed the eight-point-six billion dollar
measure because it contained unrelated amendments tacked on by Republican
Republicans say it will probably be tomorrow before new legislation can be
Anxiety over a possible serial killer is deepening in the quiet community of
Still shaken over the murders of Kati and Kristin Lisk last month, now the
man jailed in the September murder of another girl, killed under similar
circumstances, will probably have abduction charges dropped because of a
mistake at the state crime lab.
The faulty analysis also opens up the possibility that the person who killed
16- year- old Sofia Silva may have killed the Lisk sisters.
But authorities say Karl Roush IS still a suspect in the case.
Duane Campbell, his mother and brother survived a house fire two months ago,
thanks to the quick actions of the ten- year- old.
Sheriff Jimmy Ayers presented Duane with a plaque for his bravery and
heroism on the night of April 10th.
When he smelled smoke in his family's home, Duane alerted his mother and
younger brother, and led them to safety through a window.
IN Q=it all started
SUPER=01-Duane Campbell/Award Recipient;
OUT Q=family out
The boy's father was out of town on the night of the fire, and had high
praise for his son's actions.
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OUT Q=my boy
After the night's ceremony, Duane joined in the 5th grade graduation
ceremonies at Temperance Elementary.
A New York man with ties to Virginia has been tapped as Montgomery County's
Superintendent of Schools.
The school board, in a unanimous vote, selected Frederick Morton for the
He'll replace Herman Barlett.
Morton is currently working for a school system, near Buffalo.
Before moving to New York, he worked in Covington and Albemarle County.
He's expected to begin his four year contract in August.
Whitey Taylor has avoided foreclosure on his race track by filing for
protection of U-S Bankruptcy Court.
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His creditors had threatened foreclosure on the Franklin County Speedway.
The Chapter eleven bankruptcy petition filed this morning lists 170-thousand
dollars in assets. One hundred -SIXTY- five thousand in debts.
If the court accepts Taylor's claim, he'll be allowed to work out a plan to
keep the track open and pay his debts over time.
Roanoke will soon have a new attraction to lure people downtown.
A developer has signed off on a deal to build an ice rink on a parking lot
near the Norfolk Southern building.
The developer will initially invest four- million- dollars in the project.
Sources say the developer also recently supervised construction of an ice
rink in Charlottesville, which has become a big hit.
Like the facility in Charlottesville, the rink in Roanoke should employ
between 25- and- 50 people.
A news conference about the rink is taking place right now.
We'll have more on News-7- at- 5- and- six.
An ice rink isn't the only thing going up in Roanoke.
The Northwest part of the city will soon have some new low income housing.
A ground breaking ceremony kicked off the project by the Blue Ridge Housing
Development Corporation to build two homes in the 600 block of Loudon Avenue.
The houses will cost anywhere from 55 to 80-thousand dollars.
Construction starts in about two weeks.
Executive Director Alvin Nash says this is important for the community.
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((ALVIN NASH/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BLUE RIDGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION: WE
ARE GOING TO TRY AND FILL THE NICHE OF BUILDING BETTER AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLUS
EDUCATING AS TO WHAT IT TAKES TO ACQUIRE HOUSING ))
SUPER=01-Alvin Nash/Blue Ridge Housing;
OUT Q=to acquire housing
The agency also plans to build homes in southeast Roanoke and historic
If you're surfing the web, some web-site operators may be using YOU, for
information, whether you want them to or not.
The practice of gathering information from home computers over the web is
catching the eye of the Federal Trade Commission.
Eric Earnhart explains.
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SUPER=01-Elton Ghee/New Century Technologies; :35
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( You've heard about people hacking into websites, for example, turning the
official Jurassic Park tyrannasaurus into a duck... but what about web sites
getting into YOUR computer?
As you connect to a web-site, it's operators can deposit and retrieve bits
of information from your computer...
Netscape calls them "cookies".
Use of "cookie" technology is wide spread... a study found half of the nation's
top 100 web sites gather some kindof information from the people who use them.
Experts say, for the most part, "cookie technology" is NOT used in harmful
IN Q=There's some technical
((ELTON GHEE/NEW CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES; IN THE BACKGROUND, THERE'S SOME
TECHNICAL INFORMATION THAT IS PRIMARILY COMMUNICATED BETWEEN THE WEBSITE AND
MOST OF THIS INFORMATION CAN BE USED TO GET AN IDEA OF WHERE YOU ARE COMING
FROM ON THE NET, WHO YOU MAY BE TYPE OF STUFF, BUT MOST OF IT IS TECHNICALLY
OUT Q=technically inclined
But the idea websites can access information stored on your hard drive has
some people concerned that the technology could be misused.
The FTC is holding hearings this week on protecting computer user's privacy.
Companies like Netscape are trying to address the problem, coming up with a
plan to let you create a personal profile, you decide what's available, who
gets it and who doesnt.
IN Q=What we're talking about here
((ELTON GHEE/NEW CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES; WHAT WE'RE TALKING HERE IS A NEW
STANDARD THAT WOULD COMMUNICATE MORE PERSONALLY INFORMATION, BUT ALSO DO IT IN
A MORE PRIVATE WAY, AND IN A WAY THAT YOU ALSO APPROVE OF IT BEING COMMUNICATED
BACK AND FORTH.))
OUT Q=back and forth
This would allow the websites you choose, to personalize the information
they send you.
Netscape rival Microsoft has also released a new web security plan.
If the industry can't agree on a uniform standard, analysts say that could
open the door to government intervention.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
A 44- year- old Pulaski resident is in stable condition after being
hospitalized with (Meningo-cosee-mia) meningococcemia.
The patient is an employee at RADVA Corporation.
This particular infection is not the central nervous system infection--
meningitis, but it can be contagious and can CAUSE meningitis.
Only those in the patient's household will undergo antibiotic treatments.
About 70 cases of meningitis are reported each year in Virginia.
So far,-- there have been 27 cases in the state.
Medical experts say the government faces a tough decision -- whether to
endorse using AIDS drugs as a morning-after treatment.
Some doctors are already prescribing such treatments.
But there's no proof that the drugs work and some doctors fear giving the
tactic the stamp of approval would be a license for careless sex.
Scientists have come up with some unexpected findings while looking at
images from the Hubble telescope.
The big news is that Hubble's infrared cameras have confirmed a type of
starbirth called a "triggered star formation."
Scientists have long theorized
about the existence of a starbirth phenomenon, but now they have the proof.
The images show that starbirth
occurs when dust and gas compress enough to trigger the formation of smaller
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George Lynch's Hometown Basketball Camp tips off at William Fleming next
And Mike Stevens has the story of the man and his computer counterpart.
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SUPER=03-Vancouver, Canada/1996-97 Season; :00
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :26
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( This past season was full of ups and downs for Big George. He played on the
worst team in the NBA, the Vancouver Grizzlies, and he missed exactly half the
season with a strained abdominal muscle.
But while he was injured near the end of the season, he was asked to serve
as a model for EA Sports yet to be released NBA LIVE 98 video game.
It was a real eye opening adventure.
((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
As for George's future, he will be a free agent after next season and who
knows, he may have to go inside the video game and trade himself to another
Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
The Detroit Red Wings made their fans proud winning the Stanley Cup
The team is celebrating its title with a victory parade.
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Here's the parade LIVE in Detroit.
The Red Wings were on fire throughout the finals.
Many of the top players get a chance to show the fans their appreciation for
their support throughout the season.
A victory celebration is scheduled at the Hart Plaza after the parade.
We'll leave you today with the parade. Please join us again tomorrow.