It's been a busy morning at the Supreme Court.
In one of its rulings today the high court called parts of the 19-96
Communications Decency Act a violation of the first amendment.
The justices said the law would keep Internet material from adults.
The Supreme court also today gave President Clinton a power no president
has ever had, the line- item veto.
And the justices UPHELD laws in New York and Washington state that ban
Police found a dead woman at the end Tommy Carter Road in Martinsville
shortly after midnight last night.
Police received an anonymous phone call that led them to the body of 37-
year- old Stephanie Parler.
The Chatham resident had been shot in the head.
Henry County investigators are awaiting an autopsy report from Roanoke
tomorrow, but anyone with information about Stephanie Parler should call the
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Franklin County authorities are ruling out foul play as the cause of a
fatal car fire.
The burned Camaro was discovered near the Blue Ridge Parkway on Monday
Though authorities may never know exactly what started the fire, they say
it appears to have been an accident.
((LT. EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFFS DEPT.: WHEN WE INITIALLY FOUND THE CAR,
WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHO IT WAS, WHERE THE VEHICLE MIGHT HAVE COME FROM, AND
THEN WE HAD TO INVESTIGATE IT AS A WORST- CASE SCENARIO.))
SUPER=01-Ewell Hunt/Franklin Co. Sheriffs' Dept.;
OUT Q=worst case scenario
Authorities have identified the victim as 37- year- old Michael Dekker of
The medical examiner's office told investigators that he was apparently
overcome by smoke, and his death has been ruled an accident.
GRAPHIC=drug bust pot
It is a marijuana crop that would have been worth more than a million
But the drugs will never make it to the streets following a major bust
yesterday in Nelson County.
This program is a cooperative effort between the County Sheriff's
Department, the A-B-C, state police and the Game and Inland Fisheries
Charges are pending.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
In Washington, a Senate Judiciary Committee has opened hearings that will
examine the historic tobacco settlement.
Congress must ratify the deal, which seeks to settle 40 state
lawsuits against the industry by setting national tobacco policy.
But many Virginia farmers fear it will mean the end of their livelihood.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=It also
SUPER=01-Carlton Courter/Va. Agriculture Commissioner; :11
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Philip Morris is protecting the interests of the eight thousand Virginians
who work for it.
But the more than eight thousand Virginia farmers who grow the leaf-- who's
looking out for them?
((CARLTON COURTER/VA. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: I THINK THERE ARE GONNA BE ANY
NUMBER OF ADVOCATES TO HELP THE GROWERS LAND SOFTLY, IF YOU WILL.))
Hindsight is 20/20.
Those who've been in on the secret negotiations say an aid package for
farmers was floated -- but struck down by the cigarette makers themselves.
((THEY LOVE THE TOBACCO COMPANIES I GUESS WHEN THEY'RE BUYING. THEY'RE
CONCERNED THOUGH HOW MUCH THAT THEY'RE WED TO U.S. PRODUCTION. THE OLDER ONES
WOULD PROBABLY BE A LITTLE MORE PRAGMATIC AND RESPECT THE DECISIONS THAT THE
COMPANY HAS TO MAKE. BUT IT'S THE MIDDLE-AGED GROWER OR THE YOUNGER GROWER
THAT FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEING LEFT BEHIND BY THEIR MARKET. THEIR BUYER.))
One threatening aspect for American farmers: if the nicotine content of
cigarettes is mandated down... the high nicotine content American leaf will be
Former attorney general Jim Gilmore said his office monitored the talks..
but did NOT negotiate.
That drew fire and a proposal from his political opponent.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: IT ALSO LOOKS LIKE THE STATES
WILL GET EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT. VIRGINIA
NEEDS TO FIGHT FOR ITS SHARE. AND WHEN WE GET OUR FAIR SHARE, I THINK WE NEED
TO COMMIT A SIGNIFICANT BULK OF THAT TO THE TOBACCO GROWING REGIONS OF THE
STATE: SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. TO HELP THE GROWERS TRANSITION, AND
TO HELP AN ECONOMY THAT IS VERY MUCH IN TRANSITION RIGHT NOW.))
Who will save the farmers' assets is a hot political question now in the Old
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The House and Senate are turning their attention to tax cuts, now that both
have passed historic spending
Both bills promise the first balanced budget in nearly three decades.
The measures would increase health insurance for children and make big
changes in Medicare.
Congress must still agree on tax cuts and weeks of bargaining
lie ahead for a compromise President Clinton will sign.
A congressional panel has called for the biggest reform in the I-R-S in more
than four decades.
top stories 4:15:36
Among the report's key recommendations: Encouraging more
taxpayers to file their taxes electronically.
As an incentive to eliminate paper tax forms, the deadline would be extended
to June 15th for returns filed by computer.
The report also suggests creating a non-government board of directors to
oversee I-R-S operations.
Lightning struck a barn in Floyd County yesterday, igniting a fire that
killed five horses.
The fire broke at Stanley Chafin's farm in the Willis section of the county.
Fire chief Junior Harris says the barn burned to the ground in about 15
Four of the horses died in the fire; the fifth was so badly burned he had to
be put down.
During yesterday's strong thunderstorms lightning struck a private dock on
Smith Mountain Lake, torching around ten boats.
The boats that did NOT sink were still smoldering this morning.
No one was injured.
Public safety officials estimate between 25 and 30 gallons of fuel leaked
into the water, but should NOT create any environmental hazard.
Repair materials will be sent to the damaged MIR space station following
yesterday's orbital collision, the worst ever in space.
Meantime, Mir continues to operate on only half its power.
Dave Fehling reports.
IN Q=The Russian Mir
SUPER=01-Frank Culbertson/Mir Mission Chief; :20
SUPER=01-Jim Oberg/Russian Space Expert; 1:34
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; :1:51
OUT Q=CBS News, Houston.
((THE RUSSIAN MIR SPACE STATION IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE.
ON BOARD, TWO COSMONAUTS AND AMERICAN ASTRONAUT MICHAEL FOALE, SEEN
HERE INSIDE MIR BEFORE THE TROUBLE BEGAN.
THE CREW WAS USING A REMOTE CONTROL TO PRACTICE DOCKING WITH A
CARGO SHIP WHICH IS ABOUT THE SIZE OF CITY BUS.
THEN, SOMETHING WENT WRONG.
THE CARGO SHIP SMASHED INTO MIR, RIPPING A SMALL HOLE IN THE
SPACE STATION'S OUTERSHELL.
JUST LIKE A JETLINERS CABIN, THE MIR'S IS PRESSURIZED AND THE CRASH
CAUSED A LEAK OF THE CABIN'S PRECIOUS OXYGEN.
THE CREW SCRAMBLED TO CUT POWER LINES BEFORE ENGAGING AN AIR LOCK
THAT SEALED OFF THE DAMAGED SECTION FROM THE REST OF THE CRAFT.
((SOT - FRANK CULBERTSON, MIR MISSION CHIEF, CREW IS SAFE))
THE COLLISION HEAVILY DAMAGED THE MIR'S SOLAR PANELS, REDUCING THE
CRAFTS POWER BY 50 PERCENT AND MAKING THE CRAFT DIFFICULT TO MANEUVER.
THE UNITED STATES IS HEAVILY INVESTED IN MIR...
IT IS PAYING RUSSIA 400 MILLION DOLLARS TO USE AND WHATSMORE, IS
PROVIDING SPACE SHUTTLES EVERY FOUR MONTHS TO FERRY CRUCIAL SUPPLIES AND A
BUT CRITICS SAY THE TIME HAS COME TO ABANDON MIR...
THE 13 YEAR OLD CRAFT--- ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO LAST JUST FOUR
YEARS--- HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY BREAK-DOWNS AND IN FEBRUARY, A FIRE.
((SOT, S/JIM OBERG, RUSSIAN SPACE EXPERT))
"RISKS AND DANGERS KEEP SHOWING UP AND IF IT HAPPENS OFTEN ENOUGH ITS TIME TO
SAY I DONT WANT ANYMORE OF THIS. MAYBE THE NEXT TIME I WONT BE AS LUCKY AS
I'VE BEEN THE LAST 20 TIMES."
THE RUSSIANS ARE DETERMINING IF THE GASH IN MIR CAN BE FIXED.
(STDUP)S/DAVE FEHLING CBS NEWS JOHNSON SPACE CENTER HOUSTON
" FOR NOW THEY SAY THERE IS NO REASON TO UTILIZE THE SOYUZ SPACE-CRAFT THAT IS
ATTACHED TO MIR AND WHICH COULD BE USED FOR A QUICK EMERGENCY ESCAPE BACK TO
EARTH. DF CBS NEWS JOHNSON SPACE CENTER IN HOUSTON."))
A hearing to determine whether the Army's top enlisted man should be court
martialed has resumed in Washington.
Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney is accused of sexual misconduct,
indecent assault, adultery and obstruction of justice.
His attorneys today are cross examining one of his accusers,
a 25- year- old sergeant who claims he forced her to have sex with him.
IN Q=I have real
((SUSAN BARNES; PLAINTIFF'S ATTY
I HAVE REAL CONCERNS ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF
THE ARMY HAS COME DOWN ON THE SIDE OF SGT. MAJ. MCKINNEY. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
ALL THE POWER OF THE ARMY HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Susan Barnes/Plaintiff's Attorney;
A total of four military women have levelled charges against McKinney.
McKinney says he is innocent and maintains the charges are racially
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The first of July local law enforcement will start handling domestic
Now when someone calls the police to report abuse by a spouse or live-in
partner, the case often ends up being dropped.
That's because victims often change their minds and ask the officer not to
arrest the attacker.
Andrew Freiden has more.
IN Q=when an officer
SUPER=01-Don Orfield/Wythe Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
SUPER=01-Toddy Puller/Family Violence Commission; :19
SUPER=01-Allen Poe/Radford Magistrate; :45
OUT Q=AF, NEws 7
((DON ORFIELD/WYTHE COUNTY: WHEN AN OFFICER ANSWERS THE CALL, IF THERE IS AN
OBVIOUS, THERE'S EVIDENCE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THEN THE OFFICER IS GOING TO
MAKE AN ARREST FOR THE VIOLATION THAT HE SEES AT THE SCENE.))
((TODDY PULLER/FAMILY VIOLENCE COMMISSION: THIS IS A MAJOR CHANGE. THERE ARE A
FEW LOCALITIES THAT WERE FOLLOWING THIS MOSTLY IN THE URBAN AREAS ))
The law makes it clear that any officer sent to a domestic abuse call must
arrest the abuser if the officer finds evidence that a crime took place.
The officer does have leeway NOT to file charges, but he or she must write a
detailed report about why an arrest was NOT made.
((ALLEN POE/RADFORD MAGISTRATE: THE QUESTION THAT WE SHOULD ASK IS NOT WHY THE
WOMAN GOES BACK BUT WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP THE ABUSE FROM OCCURRING AGAIN.))
Abuse victims do often become REPEAT victims.
That's because they often don't always have the financial security to leave
The participants in last night's hearing say the issue is a tough one to fix
but they think this law will make a difference.
GRAPHIC=Environmental Health 4412
Alleghany County's abandoned Kim-Stan landfill could soon be on the
Superfund list of toxic sites.
The Environmental Protection Agency has obtained a warrant to investigate.
Scientists will sample water,
soil and air at the dump.
Officials think thousands of gallons of bad water leaked into the
groundwater between 19-88 and 19-90.
Residents monitoring a dump site on Roanoke's Autumn Lane got some good news
A city inspection shows that the developer and a highway contractor are
complying with a court order to keep the debris covered.
Neighbors say they remain concerned, though, that heavy rains could wash
away the topsoil, and some of the material that's buried there could come to
The F-B-I is searching for a missing armored car driver and three million
An Armored car with two guards in it pulled into a McDonald's in Stroud,
One guard left the vehicle to go inside the restaurant, when he returned,
the other guard and cash were gone.
He left a note on the rear view mirror indicating he was heading for
One of the area's best known morning radio teams will be on someone else's
air real soon.
The top rated "Mofo and Sally" program is taking its act to a wakeup show in
SOT 10:12:26 COMES RIGHT OFF SALLY SOT...CAMERA MOVES
IN Q=And since
((MONTY FOSTER/"MOFO AND SALLY": AND SINCE WE'RE MARRIED IT WOULD BE TOUGH IF I
WENT AND SHE DIDN'T HAVE A JOB OR IF SHE WENT AND I DIDN'T HAVE A JOB, SO THIS
WORKED OUT PERFECT, IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, AND WE'RE GONNA TRY IT.))
SUPER=01-Monty Foster/"Mofo and Sally";
OUT Q=try it.
"Mofo and Sally" has been a morning staple on K-92 for roughly four years
Sally Sevareid's (seh-ver-EYED) time with K-92 actually dates back eight
The pair met when they worked on separate shows on the station, and they
eventually got married.
Mofo and Sally say they have an uphill battle awaiting them in Richmond.
The station they're moving to has a much lower spot in the ratings than
SUPER=330-Evening Storms/Ending/64-68/Partly Sunny/Less Humid/85-88;
SUPER=331-Evening Storms/Ending/64-68/Partly Sunny/Less Humid/85-88;
SUPER=332-Evening Storms/Ending/60-64/Mostly Sunny/Less Humid/80-84;
SUPER=333-Evening Storms/Ending/64-68/Partly Sunny/Less Humid/85-88;
SUPER=334-Evening Storms/Ending/56-60/Mostly Sunny/Less Humid/78-82;
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Belk of Virginia is leaving Southside and moving its offices to Richmond.
Officials say Richmond is a central location with better access to the
airport and interstate.
That means South Boston will lose about 100 jobs.
The relocation is not expected to affect Belk stores in southwest Virginia.
This year's NBA Draft took place in Charlotte last night.
And, as expected the San Antonio Spurs
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/Last Season; :00
used the number one selection in the draft to take former Wake Forest Demon
Deacon Tim Duncan.
The 6 foot 10 inch forward is considered the only can't miss prospect in the
IN Q="I think...
((TIM DUNCAN/SPURS TOP DRAFT PICK:))
SUPER=01-Tim Duncan/Spurs Top Draft Pick; :00
OUT Q=...my own aspect."
Tracy McGrady, the high school phenom from Mt Zion Academy in Durham was the
9th overall pick, taken by the Toronto Raptors.
Now let's take a look at the first round rundown.
go to chyron
SUPER=0111-1. Tim Duncan/Spurs/2. Keith Van Horn/76ers/3. Chauncey
Billups/Celtics/4. Antonio Daniels/Grizzlies/5. Tony Battie/Nuggets/;
SUPER=0111-6. Ron Mercer/Celtics/7. Tim Thomas/Nets/8. Adonal
Foyle/Warriors/9. Tracy McGrady/Raptors/10. Danny Fortson/Bucks/;
SUPER=0111-11. Olivier Saint-Jean/Kings/12. Austin Croshere/Pacers/13. Derek
Anderson/Cavs/14. Maurice Taylor/Clippers/15. Kelvin Cato/Mavs/;
SUPER=0111-16. Brevin Knight/Cavs/17. Johnny Taylor/Magic/18. Chris
Anstey/Blazers/19. Scot Pollard/Pistons/20. Paul Grant/Wolves/;
SUPER=0111-21. Anthony Parker/Nets/22. Ed Gray/Hawks/23. Bobby
Jackson/Sonics/24. Rodrick Rhodes/Rockets/25. John Thomas/Knicks/;
SUPER=0111-26. Charles Smith/Heat/27. Jacque Vaughn/Jazz/28. Keith
Virginia Tech is losing one of its coaches.
The assistant women's basketball coach--Beth Dunkenberger-- is leaving the
She's taking an assistant's coaching job at Florida.
Her replacement has yet to be named but interviewing at Tech is set to begin
In Baseball, Tech ace pitcher Denny Wagner has come to terms with the
His contract is worth 300 thousand dollars. Wagner reports to Class A ball
The Salem Avalanche completed the first of three straight games against
Wilimington last night.
This is the first of eight games they will be playing at home.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
A great crowd of four thousand and 69 on hand at Salem Memorial.
And they would watch the Blue Rocks Mark Quinn get Carlos Febles home on the
fielder's choice to make it 1-to-nothing Rocks.
Salem would finally start to get offensive in the fifth inning as Chad
Gambill lifts over the left fielder's head and plates David Feuerstein
Salem gets the eventual game winning run in the fifth with Garrett Neubart
picking up his third hit of the night SUPER=37-Wilmington/3/Salem/4;
to get Vicente Garcia home.
Salem gets its third win of the second half with the 4-to-3 win.
The annual Miss Virginia pageant kicks off today in Roanoke.
The reigning title-holder, Michelle Kang spent her year promoting children's
Kang acknowledges that it's difficult to get people to see her as a role
model and advocate rather than a beauty queen.
She will crown a new Miss Virginia Saturday.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
And in Michigan another pageant hopefull is catching people's eye.
High school football player Michael Burbach will be the only male in the
He said he filled out the application as a joke, but before he knew it he
was a contestant.