A Friday the 13th promotion has turned out to be bad luck for the Salem
And in Denver, the jury continues to debate its life or death decision.
A break in the clouds, with plenty of sunshine at this noon hour.
But lingering moisture and instability will keep the chance of showers in
the forecast through tonight.
The weekend outlook, straight ahead.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
The jury is back behind closed this afternoon debating the sentence for
The jury members are deciding whether the man convicted in the Oklahoma City
bombing should pay for it with his life.
Jonathan Freed is in Denver with more.
IN Q=The seven
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :00
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney; :18
SUPER=01-Dan McKinney/Victim's Father; :59
SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; 1:09
((((THE 7 MEN AND 5 WOMEN WERE DRIVEN TO COURT THIS MORNING FOR WHAT WOULD BE
THEIR FIRST, FULL DAY OF DECIDING WHETHER TIMOTHY MCVEIGH SHOULD LIVE OR DIE.
THEY SPENT ABOUT 5 HOURS DELIBERATING YESTERDAY BEFORE THE JUDGE LET THEM GO
HOME. THE CONVICTED BOMBER'S DESTINY COULD BE JUST HOURS AWAY NOW.
(SOT, STEPHEN JONES, MCVEIGH'S LAWYER)
THE JURORS MUST GO THROUGH A FAIRLY INVOLVED QUESTIONNAIRE THAT REQUIRES THEM
TO DETERMINE MCVEIGH'S INTENT, AND WEIGH THE AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE
CRIME AGAINST MITIGATING EVIDENCE THAT MIGHT SWAY THEM AWAY FROM THE DEATH
PENALTY. BUT TO PUT MCVEIGH TO DEATH, THE VOTE MUST BE UNANIMOUS.
(SUPER: COURTROOM ART BY PAT LOPEZ)
YESTERDAY, THE JURY HEARD PROSECUTORS CALL MCVEIGH A COWARD WHO DESERVED TO
DIE, AND HIS DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ADMIT THAT HIS ACT WAS DEMONIC, BUT THAT HE IS
NOT A DEMON.
A CBS NEWS POLL SHOWS MOST AMERICANS FAVOR EXECUTION FOR MCVEIGH, A SENTIMENT
SHARED BY MANY OF THOSE WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN THE BOMBING.
(SOT, DAN MCKINNEY, VICTIM'S HUSBAND)
(FREED STANDUP CLOSE, DEALING WITH THE JURY'S THREE OPTIONS: DEATH, LIFE
WITHOUT PAROLE, OR LETTING THE JUDGE DECIDE A PENALTY LESS THAN DEATH.)))
Faced with complaints from offended fans, the Salem Avalanche has cancelled
plans for a seance before tonight's game.
At a news conference this morning, General Manager Dave Oster apologized
for the controversy.
He says the baseball team was simply trying to have some good- natured fun
with the team's losing record, and never meant to create an uproar.
IN Q=I think that we also made
((DAVE OSTER/AVALANCHE GENERAL MANAGER: I THINK THAT WE ALSO MADE THE MISTAKE
OF TAKING THE WORD SEANCE TOO LIGHTLY. WE TOOK FOR GRANTED THE ASSOCIATION AND
THE MEANING OF THE WORD AND IN USING THIS WORD WE REALLY DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE
RELIGIOUS IMPLICATIONS THAT WERE BEHIND IT.))
SUPER=01-Dave Oster/Avalanche General Manager;
OUT Q=that were behind it.
In place of the seance, the Avalanche is encouraging fans to bring good
luck charms to the park for a dollar discount on tickets.
The team is also planning what Oster describes as a positive, pre- game
promotion that will not offend anyone.
The Avalanche won its game last night against Kinston.
An eight- year- old Roanoke boy fighting for his life today after being run
over by a city-owned vehicle.
Markese (mar-Keese) Terry apparently did NOT notice a stop sign as he rode
his bike through the intersection of Orange Avenue and 12th Street yesterday
Traffic Bureau investigators say the bike did NOT have brakes.
The city worker driving the vehicle
will not face charges.
Republicans are saying Democrat Don Beyer has a credibility problem.
The newest campaign debate centers around a Beyer T-V ad.
IN Q=I'll be the first
((LT. GOVERNOR DON BEYER: "I'LL BE THE FIRST BUSINESS LEADER TO BE GOVERNOR OF
VIRGINIA IN 40 YEARS. I'LL ALSO BE THE FIRST CERTIFIED MECHANIC EVER TO BE
GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA."))
OUT Q=to be governor of Virginia
Republicans are taking issue with the ad because Beyer's mechanic
certification expired in the late '80s, shortly before he entered politics.
An official of the certifying organization said the expiration does NOT
matter and Beyer can still call himself a mechanic.
Beyer's spokeswoman said allowing the papers to lapse is NOT unusual for
someone running an auto dealership.
Beyer's family owns Don Beyer Volvo in Falls Church.
Beyer's opponent, Jim Gilmore now has more time to campaign.
Former federal prosecutor Richard Cullen became Virginia's 39th attorney
Cullen had considered running for attorney general this fall but later
IN Q=I'd like
((ATTORNEY GENERAL RICHARD CULLEN: IF I MAY YOUR HONOR I'D LIKE TO ASK THE
BLESSINGS OF GOD TO LOOK OVER THE OFFICE, TO LOOK OVER MY LEADERSHIP OF THE
OFFICE, TO LOOK OVER ATTORNEY GENERAL GILMORE AS HE ENTERS INTO A NEW AND
EXCITING CHAPTER OF HIS LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Richard Cullen/Attorney General;
OUT Q=his life.
Jim Gilmore stepped down from the post to spend more time on the campaign
A relatively calm night for the Bedford County School Board-
The board met in executive session for more than two and a half hours, but
took NO action against the controversial school superintendent John Kent.
It was board member Betty Earle who first suggested last month that Dr. Kent
be suspended with pay while his job performance is investigated.
Some had blamed him for the financial problems the Bedford County school
system has endured the last few years.
School board members DID fill out job evaluation forms, which could include
suggested improvements the board wants Dr. Kent to make in the coming year.
While he's made no decision, Kent also notes he has the option of retiring,
having completed thirty years of service in public education.
It's now up to a judge to decide whether the Parental Notification Law will
go into effect in few weeks.
As Denise Allen reports Planned Parenthood is taking the state to court.
IN Q=We're filing
SUPER=01-David Nova/Planned Parenthood President; :00
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=We're Filing
(((DAVID NOVA/PLANNED PARENTHOOD PRES.: WE'RE FILING THIS LAWSUIT BECAUSE
ASPECTS OF THE LAW ARE STRICTER AND MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN THOSE ENFORCED IN ANY
OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY.))
OUT Q=in the country
Nova says Planned Parenthood is challenging the law on three counts.
He maintains the measure is unconstitutional, placing a personal decision in
the hands of a judge.
The law also does not place a limit on the amount of time a judge can take
to make a decision, which Nova says may push the abortion into a later stage of
Nova says there are also fears that the confidentiality of the minor may be
Lawmakers who support the measure are undaunted.
IN Q=our legislative
((MARK EARLEY/R-ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE: OUR LEGISLATIVE SERVICES IN THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY ARE VERY CONFIDENT, THEY WENT OVER IT VERY CAREFULLY TO MAKE
SURE IT MET WITH ALL CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARDS. WE'RE PREPARED TO VIGOROUSLY
OUT Q=VIGOROUSLY DEFEND IT
Nova says 60 percent of minors seeking abortions already involve their
parents in the decision.
He says nine percent of all the abortions Planned Parenthood performs are
done on minors.
And one of those a week is to a girl from out of state trying to avoid her
state's abortion laws.
IN Q=anybody who doesn't
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ANYBODY WHO DOESN'T THINK A PARENT OUGHT TO BE NOTIFIED
AND A LEAST BE INVOLVED IF THEIR UNWED MINOR DAUGHTER IS GOING THROUGH THE
TRAUMA OF AN ABORTION, THEIR VIEWS ARE A MINORITY VIEW.))
OUT Q=are a minority VIEW.
A temporary restraining order hearing will be heard in Lynchburg, Federal
court June 24th.
Planned Parenthood hopes that will put the law on hold until a judge decides
the constitutionality of the law.
Denise Allen News 7.))
A former Connecticut high school
wrestling star faces up to 20 years in prison for a rape committed over a
When Alex Kelly was first charged with rape in 19-86, he fled the country
and hid out in Europe for eight years.
Yesterday, he was found guilty of raping a 16- year- old girl.
It was the second trial for Kelly, who is now 30- years- old.
The first ended in a hung jury.
Kelly still faces a trial for the alleged rape of another girl.
After a long wait and a Capitol Hill battle, federal help is on its way
victims of disasters in 35 states.
President Clinton yesterday signed the latest version of the disaster relief
It contains more than five-and-a-half billion dollars worth of aid.
The legislation did NOT contain the unrelated amendments that prompted the
president to veto the original measure earlier this week.
GRAPHIC=Plane crash investigation
Federal aviation officials have issued their preliminary findings in the
June 3rd small plane crash in Montgomery County.
6/3; 97-34; plane-crash
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./June 3;
The report says the Cessna turned sharply before nose diving into a
The N-T-S-B report also states the plane lost a wing before impact.
The crash killed all three men on board.
The N-T-S-B report did NOT say whether instrument or engine failure played a
part in the crash.
A saddle is the standard uniform for the newest recruits to the Martinsville
Tina Tenret explains.
IN Q= Chief and Jerry Lee
SUPER=01-Steve Joyce/Martinsville Police Dept.; :21
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
Chief and Jerry Lee are the newest faces in Martinsville.
Together, they walk the streets to make sure there's no horsing around.
cops on horseback
The horses are part of Martinsville's Mounted Police Patrol.
kids petting horses
Schoolchildren donated pennies and adults gave thousands of dollars so the
city could buy the horses...
and now they're getting a warm welcome from the community.
IN Q= Everyone wants to know
((SGT. STEVEN JOYCE/MARTINSVILLE POLICE: EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT THEIR
NAMES ARE, HOW TALL THEY ARE, HOW MUCH THEY WEIGH, WHERE DO THEY SLEEP.))
OUT Q=they sleep, laughs
going out toward traffic
But Chief and Jerry Lee have an important mission.
horses near traffic
Both have been trained in traffic and shooting situations.
((PARTICULARLY IN PARKING LOTS AND IN MALLS AND THE SHOPPING CENTERS HERE IN
TOWN YOU CAN SEE OVER AND AROUND CARS. YOU CAN SEE IN CARS AND PLUS, THE
HORSES ARE MOBILE. THEY CAN GO PRETTY MUCH ANYWHERE A MAN CAN GO.))
OUT Q=a man can go
For now, police are using Chief and Jerry Lee to issue parking tickets
Sgt. Joyce says they will soon have a home in a refurbished barn...
and he hopes to add more new recruits in the near future.
Tina Tenret, News 7, Martinsville.))
The Roanoke Times is mourning the loss of one of its top reporters who
worked for the paper for nearly forty years.
Mag Poff died Tuesday from cancer, but not before giving final instructions
for her last column.
She began working for the World News, which later became the Roanoke Times,
IN Q=She worked here
((JOHN LEVIN/ROANOKE TIMES: SHE WORKED HERE FOR 38 YEARS, IN VARIOUS REPORTING
CAPACITIES. THE LAST 18 YEARS OF HER CAREER WERE ON THE BUSINESS STAFF.))
SUPER=01-John Levin/Roanoke Times;
OUT Q=business staff.
Her longtime boss says Poff will be best remembered for what became one of
her favorite assignments.
In the Monday "Money Page" she answered people's questions about personal
Mag Poff was 65.
An emotional graduation for the California high school class touched by
tragedy at a water theme park.
One Napa High School senior was killed and 32 others injured
June second when a water slide collapsed, sending them into a
40-foot free fall.
At yesterday's ceremony, 16 seniors accepted their diplomas in
wheelchairs, two were on stretchers, and one student wasn't well enough to
Many varieties of iris do very well in the climate of Southwest Virginia,
and one type in particular does a little too well.
Patrick Evans tells us more about irises, today on Growin' It from the
Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens.
SUPER=00-Bob Lyons/Horticulture Gardens Director; :37 quick
OUT Q=on Growin' It.
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SUPER=331-Clouding Up/Chance of Rain/65-70/Clouds & Sun/Chance of
SUPER=332-Increasing Clouds/Chance of Rain/58-62/Showers/Likely/72-76;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Wind W 10/65-69/Variably Cloudy/Chance of
SUPER=334-Cloudy, Some/Showers/58-62/Mostly Cloudy/Rain Possible/72-76;
There's a new fifty in town.
Yesterday, the U-S treasury department unveiled a new fifty dollar bill
that's designed to ward off counterfeiters.
It goes into circulation this fall.
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There's still one more game left to play, but Chicago officials are already
preparing for another N-B-A championship.
More than six-thousand officers will be on the job, hoping to control over
Last year when the Bulls won, 650 people were arrested.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/Wednesday;
The Bulls lead the Jazz three games to two-- and will take the crown if they
win at home tonight.
IT would be the teams fifth title of the decade.
Basketball's bad boy is in trouble again.
The restaurant chain Carl's Junior will pull its ads featuring Rodman
permanently because of comments the Chicago Bulls forward made about Mormons.
Rodman used profanity in describing Mormons several times during the Bulls'
week-long stay in Salt Lake City.
He apologized yesterday after the N-B-A slapped him with a record
50-thousand dollar fine.
While many high school students are headed to the beach, A group of track
athletes will be making waves in Russia this summer.
Roy Stanley explains.
IN Q="9 track...
SUPER=01-Joe Hubble/Track Coach; :10
SUPER=01-Hugh Carroll/Staunton River; :34
SUPER=01-Jon Shaw/Cave Spring; :40
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((9 track athletes, six from Staunton River and 3 from Cave Spring are training
for the Pan Am games in Russia later this month.))
((JOE HUBBLE/TRACK COACH: ))
((After the sight seeing, The group will settle in and prepare to compete in a
two day track meet.
The best teams from all across Russia will make up the field.
The athletes can compete in any event they choose that along with learning
about Russia makes the trip a once in a lifetime opportunity.))
((HUGH CARROLL/STAUNTON RIVER: ))
((JON SHAW/CAVE SPRING: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
A DINO discovery by a three- year- old New Mexico boy.
Last year David Shiffler discovered the fragment from a dinosaur egg.
Yesterday researchers confirmed that the fragment dates from the Jurassic
It comes from a Terrapod, a meat eating dinosaur.
Scientists say until this discovery there was no proof that Terrapods
were egg-laying dinosaurs.
Yesterday David received an award for his contribution to science.
Japan is claiming credit for the world's first fluorescent mice.
Genetics experts at Osaka University mingled the D-N-A from North American
jellyfish with mice embryos.
When the mice are viewed under a special ultraviolet light they appear
The researchers hope they will be able to use the technique in a variety of
including tracing the progress of white blood cells in cancer research.