The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Brady gun-control law.
The justices said local police can NOT be forced to conduct background
checks on potential gun buyers.
In a five-to-four decision, the court said it's unconstitutional
to require local officials to enforce a federal law.
But, today's decision does appear to leave intact a waiting period of up to
five days before someone can buy a handgun.
Meanwhile a White House spokesman says that President Clinton isn't giving
up on the Brady bill provision.
He has apparently ordered Attorney General Janet Reno and another official
to remind local police that they can still conduct background checks.
Today, it's the Senate's turn to vote on the first major tax cut in 16
Yesterday Republicans approved a similar plan in the House.
One that calls for major tax breaks for families, students, and investors.
Sharryl Attkisson has more.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/House Speaker; :11
SUPER=01-Sen. John Kasich/(R) Ohio; :21
SUPER=01-Sen. Maxine Waters/(D) California; :55
SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/Reporting; 1:05
OUT Q=CBS News
Doctor Jack Kevorkian's attorney is NOT saying whether his client had
anything to do with the death of a woman, found at a Michigan motel last night.
Authorities say there was a note on the woman's body with instructions to
contact Kevorkian's attorney, Geoffrey Fieger.
Fieger says the woman had an "absolute right to end her suffering."
He identified her as 40- year- old Janis Murphy of Nevada.
Murphy's body was found the same day the U-S Supreme Court ruled against
doctor- assisted suicide.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Tobacco advertising could be history if the recent tobacco settlement is
given the nod.
A group in Lynchburg already has some replacements in mind.
The Gain Independence From Tobacco Coalition, or "GIFT", unveiled the first
of 13- billboards that promote a tobacco- free lifestyle.
IN Q=And just found
((KEITH AUSTIN/V.P. LAMAR ADVERTISING: AND JUST FOUND A WAY TO COME TOGETHER
AND PRESENT A MESSAGE THAT HOPEFULLY WILL TAKE A VERY PRO-ACTIVE STANCE IN THE
COMMUNITY TO ENCOURAGE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO NOT START SMOKING.))
((JOAN FOSTER/G.I.F.T COALITION: IT WAS A POSITIVE MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY, IT
WAS A COMMUNITY GRASSROOTS APPROACH AND SO THIS IS WHAT OUR COMMUNITY WANTED
AND WE'VE RESPONDED TO IT.))
SUPER=01-Keith Austin/Lamar Advertising Vice Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Joan Foster/G.I.F.T. Coalition; :12
OUT Q=responded to it.
Foster says a recent survey showed Lynchburg has eight tobacco billboards
located within a quarter mile of a public school.
A canine attacked a Roanoke postal worker yesterday.
But, according to the dog's owner, the pit bull terrier was just being
protective of another dog.
Richard Greer was delivering mail at 924 Highland Avenue in southeast
Roanoke around one o'clock yesterday afternoon.
IN Q=And the
((NICHOLAS CARR/EYEWITNESS: AND THE DOG JUST COME OUT AND ATTACKED THE GUY. IT
WAS JUST LIKE FOR NO REASON. THE POSTMAN DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO MACE HIM OR
ANYTHING. THE JUST COME OUT AND JUST ATTACKED HIM.))
OUT Q=tore up.
The dog's owners say their pet normally isn't vicious but it does NOT like
strangers going near their younger pit bull.
IN Q=He is
((CORLISS WITT/DOG'S OWNER: HE IS PROTECTIVE OVER THE LITTLE PUPPY, ESPECIALLY.
BUT AROUND THE CHILDREN HE'S PROTECTIVE, FOR THEM, FOR US. IT'S MY FAULT HE
SUPER=01-Corliss Witt/Dog's Owner;
OUT Q=got out.
Greer was taken to a hospital for his injuries.
He is NOT expected to lose any time from work.
The dog has been impounded.
California authorities expect an autopsy to reveal that a 13- month- old
baby girl died of excessive heat when she was left in the back seat of a
Police say the child's father says he forgot to take the girl to day
care-- and ended up leaving her inside the vehicle for hours while he was at
IN Q=We all knew
((KENT ESTELL/CO-WORKER: WE ALL KNEW BRIANA AND WE ALL ARE MOURNING HER LOSS,
AND WE'RE TRYING TO, AS BEST WE CAN, EMPATHIZE WITH THE FAMILY. ))
OUT Q=with the family
Authorities say the temperature inside the vehicle probably got as hot as
They plan to investigate further-- but say the child's father could be
charged with child neglect or endangerment.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia Power customers' demand for electricity has set a new season
The record was set yesterday between four p-m and five p-m as
temperatures neared 100 degrees throughout the state.
Virginia Power reports that peak usage reached 14-thousand-200
megawatts as customers cranked their air conditioners.
One megawatt is enough electricity to power ten-thousand 100-watt light
bulbs or 250 homes.
Starting July first, police will be on the lookout for motorists carrying
unbuckled passengers ages four to 16.
The General Assembly passed a law allowing police to pull over drivers if
they're seen with children and teens who are NOT buckled-up.
If convicted, violators must pay 25-dollars.
Funds collected will be used to buy child-safety seats for poor families.
We'll have more on this new law tonight on News 7 at five and six.
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Virginia's conservatives led the fight against Goals 2000.
But, yesterday a 5- to 3 vote by the State Board of Education ended the
Ellen Qualls has more on the 15-million dollars in federal Goals 2000
IN Q=A 5 to 3
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Va. Board of Education; :13
SUPER=01-Kay James/Va. Board of Education; :30
SUPER=01-Rayford Harris/Va. Board of Education; :45
SUPER=01-Brandon Bell/Va. Board of Education; :52
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( It was a tough ideological loss for board president Michelle Easton -- and
a narrow face-saver for the man who appointed her.
The Governor declared in January he'd won the funds without strings
sot tape ONE 05:24
((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: I AM STILL UNALTERABLY OPPOSED TO
VIRGINIA PARTICIPATING IN GOALS 2000.))
Easton privately pressured members NOT to cave in to political pressures the
Governor might feel.
But the Allen administration even sent the State Police to fetch the vote of
Kay James after car trouble on the Interstate.
sot tape TWO 30:41
((KAY JAMES/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: THE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO ME,
GEORGE ALLEN PROTECTED IN HIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AND IN THIS
APPLICATION. AND SO AS I DID THAT SOUL-SEARCHING, I HAD NO REAL REASON LEFT
NOT TO SUPPORT THIS APPLICATION.))
sot tape 15:48
((RAYFORD HARRIS/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: I'M GOING TO SUPPORT THE SOUL OF THE
GOVERNOR. BECAUSE HE REPRESENTS THIS COMMONWEALTH.))
sot tape TWO 34:12
((BRANDON BELL/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: TO PARAPHRASE A FAIRLY POPULAR RECENT
MOVIE, SEND US THE MONEY.))
((L.F. PAYNE/D-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: I'M GLAD THE BOARD HAS DONE THE
RIGHT THING. BUT IT CONTINUES TO SURPRISE ME THAT THERE IS A VERY SMALL GROUP
OF PEOPLE, WHO ARE NON-MAINSTREAM PEOPLE, WHO DO NOT WANT US TO HAVE THESE
FUNDS TO HELP OUR CHILDREN.))
George Allen's distrust of those he also calls "the federales" had already
cost Virginia 8-point-4 million dollars.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A pay hike is in store for Roanoke County School Board members--and they
have themselves to thank for it.
Their salary will increase from 29-hundred dollars a year to 48-hundred
Superintendent Deanna Gordon and Assistants Superintendents will each
receive a 3-point-2 percent pay raise.
School Board Chairman Michael Stovall says the raise will help them do their
jobs more effectively.
IN Q=The big need
((MICHAEL STOVALL/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THE BIG NEED FOR THE PAY INCREASE IS
TO COVER OUR EXPENSES..IT'S NOT SOLELY TO PUT MONEY IN OUR POCKETS..BUT TO
COVER OUR EXPENSE))
SUPER=01-Michael Stovall/School Board Chairman
OUT Q=cover our expenses
But some parents say the raise is unnecessary--and its taking money away from
IN Q=I feel like
((DENISE RIPLEY/CONCERNED PARENT:I FEEL LIKE IF THEY'RE OVERWHELMED WITH THE
DEMANDS ON THE JOB. IF THEY FEEL LIKE THAT THEY NEED TO QUIT ))
SUPER=01-Denise Ripley/Concerned Parent
OUT Q=need to quit
The school board conducted its annual evaluation of superintendent Gordon,
and gave her high marks.
A nursing program got approval for another year in operation.
But, now Bedford County's school system needs to find the money to pay for
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;
The board voted last month to allow only the current students to finish out
their second year in the program.
But last night, board member Shirley McCabe asked the board to reinstate the
FULL two- year program, and ask new nursing students to pay tuition.
That still leaves the program 16- thousand dollars short.. the school board
will ask the board of supervisors for the extra money.
If they're turned down, the money will be taken out of the fund for new
During an executive session, the board also discussed superintendent John
Kent's job performance evaluations.
Lightning caused a fire yesterday at a Mount Pleasant home in Roanoke
Fire officials say it started in the kitchen of this home on Mayfield Drive,
about six o'clock.
The blaze blackened the walls, but was contained to one room.
The owner of the home was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke
Authorities say lightning struck the electrical system.
A Danville police woman will not get to bring her gender discrimination
lawsuit to court after all.
A federal judge threw out her case.
The officer was suing the Danville police department for gender
Former police detective Cheryl Bartee sued for 17-million dollars after she
was fired for tape recording a conversation with a superior.
Police Chief Neal Morris says Judge Jackson Kiser made the right decision.
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: NATURALLY WE'RE PLEASED THAT THE CASE HAS
BEEN DISMISSED. IT'S ALWAYS UNFORTUNATE WHEN THESE THINGS HAPPEN BUT THE COURT
IS THE PLACE TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION.))
OUT Q=differences of opinion
Neither Bartee nor her Richmond lawyer could be reached for comment.
Judge Kiser is expected to say why he threw out the case next week.
Independence Day may also be one for celebration in space--
That's when a supply ship from Earth is expected to be launched with
equipment needed to repair Space Station Mir.
Crew members are continuing with repair efforts after an unmanned cargo
vessel crashed into a solar panel, and one of Mir's six modules.
The Russian and American astronauts are working to find ways to crank up
enough electrical power to re-start oxygen generators and other critical
Only three days remain before the end of British rule over Hong Kong.
Tourists are lining up to watch the final changing of the guard by the
Black Watch, the last regiment of the British garrison.
Meanwhile, China is preparing to deploy four- thousand troops soon after
it recovers sovereignty of Hong Kong on Tuesday.
The plan is drawing criticism from Hong Kong's governor.
IN Q=I'm not sure
((CHRIS PATTEN/HONG KONG'S GOVERNOR: I'M NOT SURE HOW MUCH WE ACHIEVE BY
ENDLESSLY LOOKING OVER OUR SHOULDER. I THINK IT'S MUCH BETTER FOR US TO LOOK
AT THE THINGS WHICH HAVE MADE THIS SUCH A SUCCESSFUL SOCIETY, AND TO LOOK AHEAD
AT HOW WE CAN BUILD ON THESE THINGS. ))
SUPER=01-Chris Patten/Hong Kong's Governor;
OUT Q=build on these things
It's long been known that China will deploy up to 10- thousand troops in
the soon- to- be former British colony.
The change of power is reportedly bringing mixed reaction from Hong Kong's
Rain delayed the Avalanche-Wilmington game yesterday.
But, even though the rain ended and the game got underway, Salem couldn't
pull out a victory.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
After more than an hour delay to start game two of the three game series, the
Blue Rocks' Gary Coffey cracks a double in the top of the fifth that chases
home Carlos Febles to get the inning started.
The Rocks would get four runs in the inning as Tony Longueira scores on Shawn
McNally's fielder's choice.
The Blue Rocks win it 10 to 5.
In the NBA, Roanoke Valley native George Lynch got a new head coach last
as former Orlando Magic boss Brian Hill was named the new leader of the
Hill led the magic to the 1995 NBA finals,
But in Vancouver he will be lucky to make the playoffs. The team has
averaged just 15 wins a season each of the past two years.
The Commonwealth was basically shut out in this week's NBA draft. Ace
Custis, Harold Deane, Odell Hodge and Peter Aluma each had a shot of getting
drafted in the second round, but all were bypassed by the league's 28 teams.
However, the snub could be a blessing in disguise,
especially for former Hokie Ace Custis.
The draft had only a few superstars, so Ace will have just as good a chance
to make the NBA through the free agency route.
IN Q="He'll have an...
((BOBBY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...UP TO THIS POINT."
Right after yesterday's interview Hussey received a call from Laker's general
manager Mitch Kupchak who called to say Los Angeles is exploring the
possibility of signing Ace as a free agent.
They've been around now for a while, and in many places it's still standing
room only to get one--they're beanie babies.
If you think the Beanie Baby craze is over, think again.
They're hotter than Tickle Me Elmo at Christmas and they're creating monster
size lines at specialty shops.
Some buyers have been waiting OVERNIGHT in line for them.
The cute stuffed animals are hard to get and the demand seems far from dying
The most popular is this little white bear named Valentino, which sold out in
IN Q=I can sell
OUT Q=nine and sixty.
So, if you're in the market for a Beanie Baby, some parents' best advice is
to wear comfortable shoes.