A legal setback today for the opponents of the smart highway.
A federal judge in Roanoke ruled AGAINST their attempts to block
construction of the project.
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Opponents had argued that the government had failed to consider all of the
environmental impacts of the highway, with its rows of snow making towers, and
need for thousands of gallons of water.
In his opinion, Judge Jackson Kiser said that it's possible that the costs
may outweigh the benefits.
But he said that "it's not for him to decide the wisdom of Congressional
The formal groundbreaking for the smart highway is set for next week.
Planned Parenthood officials say they'll obey Virginia's new parental
notification law, even though they believe it's unconstitutional.
The law, which requires minors to notify their parents before having an
abortion, was blocked by Judge James Turk yesterday afternoon.
But last night, a federal appeals judge overruled Turk, allowing the law to
take effect at midnight.
Planned Parenthood appealed the ruling this morning, and a three judge panel
will be appointed to consider the case.
In the meantime, a Roanoke Planned Parenthood spokesman says they're meeting
with the Commonwealth's attorney to make sure they comply with the law.
Some of the women set to enter Virginia Military Institute's first co-ed
class are now on campus.
An extended orientation program began yesterday with optimism for the
historic changes ahead.
IN Q=It's unfortunate what happened
((ANGELIA PICKETT/INCOMING CADET: IT'S UNFORTUNATE WHAT HAPPENED AT THE
CITADEL, WHATEVER MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE. DESPITE THAT FACT, I THINK
VMI HAS DONE SO MUCH TO GET READY FOR THE ASSIMILATION OF WOMEN, I THINK IT'S
GOING TO BE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SITUATION HERE.))
SUPER=01-Angelia Pickett/Incoming Cadet;
OUT Q=situation here.
Angelia (ANN-geh-luh) Pickett is one of eighteen women taking part in the
summer transition program... a four week session that superintendent Josiah
Bunting describes as "V-M-I lite."
They won't become cadets until August, but the women say they're confident
they will be accepted in the corps of cadets.
IN Q=I have no reservations
((ERIN CLAUNCH/INCOMING VMI CADET: I HAVE NO RESERVATIONS. I THINK DEFINITELY
EVERYONE HAS BEEN TRYING SO HARD THAT WE'LL BE FINE.))
((ALEXIS ABRAMS/INCOMING VMI CADET: I'M EXCITED ABOUT GOING TO A MILITARY
SCHOOL MOST OF ALL, BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO MILITARY SCHOOL. FOR IT
TO ACTUALLY HAPPEN THAT'S PRETTY EXCITING FOR ME.))
SUPER=01-Erin Claunch/Incoming VMI Cadet; :00
SUPER=01-Alexis Abrams/Incoming VMI Cadet; :07
OUT Q=exciting for me.
Between 30 and 35 women are expected to join the corps of cadets on August
18th. The rat line begins on the 20th.
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Judge Diane Strickland is considering whether or not to allow testimony that
Frank Helvestine was once a Ku Klux Klan member.
He is accused of helping obtain parts for the bomb that killed a two- year-
old in 19-75.
Yesterday, his lawyer argued that the jury in his upcoming trial should NOT
be told about his Klan membership.
IN Q=This crime has
((TOM BLAYLOCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; THIS CRIME HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE KKK, MR.
HELVESTINE'S MEMBERSHIP IN THAT ORGANIZATION WAS OVER AND HE WAS OUT OF THAT
SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE COUNTY PROSECUTOR; AS FAR AS THE COMMONWEALTH IS
CONCERNED, IT HELPS BOLSTER AND PROVE HIS MOTIVE, HIS MOTIVATION, THAT'S THE
ESSENCE OF WHY WE'RE GOING INTO THAT, TO SHOW HIS MOTIVATION. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Helvestine's Attorney;
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Prosecutor; :11
OUT Q=show his motivation
The judge denied a defense motion to dismiss the charges because a key piece
of evidence is missing.
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Doctor John Presley is denying allegations that he sexually harassed
employees at the Salem Veteran's Hospital.
He says the Department of Veteran's Affairs has had him on leave for three
months because it's investigating claims.
IN Q=The headquarters
((DR. JOHN PRESLEY/SALEM VA DIRECTOR: THE HEADQUARTERS PEOPLE ARE NOT ACTING
IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. MORE LIKE CHILDREN PLAYING I'M THE BOSS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Presley/Salem VA Director;
OUT Q=the boss.
Presley denies the allegations.
He says the man who will become acting Secretary of the Department of
Veteran's Affairs, the V-A's general counsel, and others, are behind this plot
to oust him.
The Veteran's Administration says Presley's comments are "puzzling and
The federal government's 60 year guarantee of aid to the poor is over.
A new federal law went into effect today, requiring recipients to work
after two years of government assistance.
The law gives broad new powers over welfare to the states.
Nearly all the states, including Virginia, have moved to overhaul their
welfare requirements, although individual programs vary widely.
Celebrations continue today in Hong Kong on the first full day under the
Meantime, at the border, some four thousand communist Chinese troops arrived
to take up new posts.
Barry Petersen reports.
SUPER=03-Hong Kong; :00
SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; 1:08
OUT Q=CBS News, Hong Kong
On day one of Chinese rule...demonstrators were pushing the
Yes to democracy..they shouted...yes to human rights.
In mainland China...a rally like this would never be allowed.
Hong Kong's new boss got a blessing from buddhist monks...good
luck for a tough job...and seemed to bless those who want more
democracy...if they'll give him time and with patience.
Telling an audience...
Democracy is the hallmark of a new era for Hong Kong..
The new era began at dawn with Chinese dragons - the symbol of
the emperors power - greeting the People's Liberation
Army...the symbol of modern China's power.
Four thousand troops rolled came into town...some in armored
personnel carriers that brought back memories of unarmed
students gunned down in Tiananmen Square.
By land...by air..by sea...here to protect China's newest and
most prosperous jewel...
PETERSEN ON-CAMERA CLOSE: CHINA'S BOSSES ARE TARGETING THEIR NEXT
GOAL...TAIWAN. IT COULD RETURN TO CHINESE RULE, SAID CHINA'S
PREMIER TODAY, AND STILL BE AS FREE AS HONG KONG.
TAIWAN IS BOUND TO SAY IN NO UNCERTAIN TONES...THANKS BUT NO THANKS.))
For the first time in 70 years Mexico City is blanketed in volcanic ash.
7:00:52 OR 10:15:16
The ash fell yesterday after the nearby Popocatepetl
(poh-poh-caht-ay-PAY'-tehl) volcano erupted.
The gritty soot interrupted land and air travel.
Authorities are also preparing for the possible evacuation of at least 15
small communities on the slopes of the 18-thousand foot mountain.
So far no injuries have been reported.
For more than two years, mourners have used a chain link fence as a memorial
to the 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Today, the design for a formal memorial will be announced.
The winner was chosen from among 600 entries from around the world.
The mission is to remember those who were killed, those who survived and
those who were changed forever.
One of central Virginia's largest employers has been given a clean bill of
health from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The performance of Babcock and Wilcox's Naval Nuclear Fuels plant was
examined between July, 19-94 and September, 19-96.
N-R-C inspectors say B-and-W needs to improve its uranium recovery
operation, where several spills and leaks have occurred in the last two years.
But overall, the plant rated highly.
IN Q=We look at
((BRUCE HAMLETT/NRC INSPECTOR: WE LOOK AT THEIR PERFORMANCE WITH NRC- LICENSED
ACTIVITIES, WE BELIEVE OVERALL THEY'RE DOING WELL. BY DOING WELL, THAT
PERFORMANCE IS LOOKING AT OUTCOMES: ARE THEY PROTECTING THE WORKERS, ARE THEY
KEEPING THE RELEASES TO THE ENVIRONMENT LOW, ARE THEY OPERATING SAFELY IN THE
SUPER=01-Bruce Hamlett/NRC Inspector; :00
OUT Q=in the plant.
The B-and-W Government Group also announced today it is changing its name to
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New addresses all around.
That's the plan for Botetourt County residents.
Right now rescue workers often have trouble finding homes because some house
numbers are out of order, duplicated or on the wrong side of the street.
IN Q=it's hard to
((SPENCER SUTER/BOTETOURT CO. 911 COORDINATOR: IT'S HARD TO CHANGE AN ADDRESS
THAT YOU'VE USED FOR YEARS AND I HATE THAT THAT'S PART OF IT. BUT IF IT SAVES
A SINGLE LIFE TO ME, IT'S WORTH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Spencer Suter/Botetourt Co. 911 Coordinator;
OUT Q=it's worth it
The proposal goes before the board of supervisors in August.
Criminal assault charges against a Salem High School Coach have been
Walter Braine was accused of kicking a 15- year- old student during gym
Braine's attorney conceded that he "tapped" the student on the leg, but said
he did NOT assault him.
IN Q=it's our position
((GREG PHILLIPS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT'S OUR POSITION THAT IT WAS HIS MOTHER
WHO'S THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND ALL THIS HE ADMITTED THAT HE DISOBEYED THE
RULES, HE ADMITTED THAT THE COACH WENT TO CHASTISE HIM, AND HE ADMITTED HE
IGNORED THE COACH AND THE COACH TAPPED HIM ON THE LEG. ))
SUPER=01-Greg Phillips/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=ON THE LEG
The student's mother says the decision is an injustice. She's upset that
her side wasn't able to present all of the evidence.
Braine still could face civil charges in the case.
News 7 Mornin's Larry Dowdy is rediscovering his roots. He's going back to
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Even as Mofo and Sally said their goodbyes at K-92 yesterday, it was
announced that Dowdy will take their place... to take the baton from the
long-running husband and wife team in the morning drive-team gig.
IN Q=It will still
((LARRY DOWDY/NEWS 7 MORNIN': IT WILL STILL BE A LOT OF FUN AND FRIVOLITY. A
LOT OF LAUGHTER, GAMES. GETTING PEOPLE GOING, TALKING ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE
TALKING ABOUT DAY IN AND DAY OUT.))
SUPER=01-Larry Dowdy/News 7 Mornin'
OUT Q=and day out
Larry crossed the line to television five and a half years ago FROM K-92...
after 19 YEARS in radio.
All the time he was producing those intriguing segments on News 7 Mornin',
he kept thinking "radio."
Miss Lynchburg Festival is now the new Miss Virginia.
Twenty-year old Kelli Quick took the crown Saturday night, beating out 23
It was her second time in the pageant, she was a top ten finalist last
SUPER=01-Kelli Quick/Miss Virginia;
Kelli is here with us this afternoon to talk about her victory and the year
ahead of her.
Welcome and congratulations.
How has life changed for you in the last 48 hours?
Part of your year will be devoted to promoting a social platform. I
understand yours involves volunteerism and young people. Tells us about that.
I know pageants have some critics who believe they are simply about beauty
and exploit women. How would you answer those critics?
The Miss America pageant is just over two months away, what will your
preparation be like?
Thank you for stopping by today.
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I-T-T is hosting an economic summit of its own at the Hotel Roanoke this
Thirteen countries are represented at the company's international marketing
The four- day gathering is designed to educate I-T-T's global marketing
representatives with the company's latest products.
This comes after significant contracts in Switzerland and Australia this
IN Q=I think it's
((JOHN DOMALSKI/ITT NIGHT VISION V.P.: I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY, WE'RE ON A
ROLL INTERNATIONALLY, ALTHOUGH THAT HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE. JUST IN THE
PAST SEVERAL YEARS HAS THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STARTED TO GROW.))
SUPER=01-John Domalski/ITT Night Vision V. P.;
OUT Q=started to grow
The conference isn't all business, though.
The foreign visitors will get to attend some very AMERICAN Fourth of July
The 32 cent stamp could soon be history.
The Postal Board of Governors voted today to seek a one-cent increase in the
cost of a first-class stamp.
It could take a year before any increase actually goes into effect.
Mike Tyson finds out today if his bite of the century will mean a lifetime
suspension from boxing.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV/Saturday-Showtime;
Boxing regulators meet today in Nevada to discuss sanctions against Tyson
for biting Evander Holyfield's ears during Saturday's boxing match.
According to sources he'll likely get at least a one-year suspension and a
three million dollar fine.
Yesterday Tyson apologized to Holyfield and boxing fans.
IN Q=I was wrong...
OUT Q=not fight it.
But that's not enough for some fans.
Lawyers in Dallas and Atlanta have filed suits seeking refunds for
millions of T-V viewers who paid 50 dollars and more to watch the bout.
Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing are former Dream Teamers dreaming about new
Jordan is one of four Chicago Bulls who are N-B-A free agents as of today.
The Bulls' guard reportedly has threatened to retire if the team does NOT
re-sign coach Phil Jackson or if Scottie Pippen is traded.
Ewing is expected to ask the New York Knicks for a four-year deal worth
between 50 and 60 million dollars.
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Tulsa signed basketball coach Steve
Robinson to a seven-year deal just three months ago.
The former Fleming and Radford University star resigned in order to succeed
Pat Kennedy at Florida State.
Robinson's new five-year deal reportedly is worth 500-thousand
He went 46-and-18 after replacing Tubby Smith at Tulsa two years ago.
Some teens in the roanoke area are learning that soccer is a universal sport.
The Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer Club is sending these 15- year- old soccer
pro's off to Europe for fun and games.
IN Q=Three weeks
((DANNY BEAMER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RVYSC: THREE WEEKS TO GO OVER TO EUROPE TO
PLAY IN TWO DIFFERENT TOURNAMENTS..AGAINST KIDS FROM 90 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.
IT'S JUST A GREAT EXPERIENCE SOCCER WISE AND CULTURAL WISE FOR THESE KIDS. IT'S
JUST A GREAT TRIP ALL AROUND ))
SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Executive Director of RVYSC
OUT Q=trip all around
They will compete in two of the world's top junior soccer tournaments--the
Gothia and Vildberg Cup.
IN Q=I think we have a chance
((CHRIS NEWTON/YOUTH SOCCER CLUB: I THINK WE HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING SOME
GAMES. IT JUST DEPENDS IF THE GUYS WANT TO WIN OR NOT ))
SUPER=01-Chris Newton/Youth Soccer Club
OUT Q=want to win or not
This is the sixth consecutive year that the soccer club has traveled to
The trip will also include a tour of Germany, Amsterdam and Denmark.
A boy scout troop in Northern Utah found an unusual way for people to
release extra energy.
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It's called a flour war and this event consumed 250 pounds of the baking
They packed the flour in small paper bags and the rest is history.