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A federal appeals court has denied Joseph O'Dell's request for further
D-N-A testing that he hoped would clear him of the 19-85 murder of a Virginia
O'dell is set to be executed tonight.
But first he plans to get married.
International pleas for mercy on behalf of O'Dell -- including two from the
Pope -- have been food for thought for Governor Allen.
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IN Q=It's hard
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN. TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, OBVIOUSLY
AS A CANDIDATE AND AS A GOVERNOR, I SUPPORT THE DEATH SENTENCE AS AN OPTION FOR
JURIES. NEVERTHELESS IT'S DIFFERENT THOUGH WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING
ABOUT IT. HUMAN INSTINCT IS TO SAVE LIVES.))
OUT Q=save lives.
The Governor was less introspective when told by a Washington Post reporter
that some Italians were labelling Virginians "rednecks" because of O'Dell's
IN Q=Well I don't
((WELL I DON'T ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT IS TRUE. I THINK THAT'S AN INSULTING
REMARK. THIS IS THE PLACE OF THE CRADLE OF AMERICA'S CIVILIZATION AT
OUT Q=at Jamestown.
Allen insists that he's still considering some form of clemency -- although
he says there's "a mountain of evidence" proving O'Dell's guilt.
Authorities are still not releasing the identity of a six- year- old boy who
drowned yesterday in the Roanoke River near Dixie Caverns.
It happened shortly after noon.
The boy, his brother, sister, and their father were apparently wading in the
river when the water got too deep-- rising above the children's heads.
IN Q=The father got
((BAT. CHIEF TOMMY FUQUA/ROANOKE CO. FIRE & RESCUE: THE FATHER GOT TWO OF THE
CHILDREN OUT LEFT THEM ON SHORE AND WENT BACK AFTER THE LAST ONE AND COULDN'T
FIND HIM. HE WAS UNDER WATER.))
SUPER=01-Chief Tommy Fuqua/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue
OUT Q=was under water
Low water visibility and rain complicated the search. Rescue workers found
the body about an hour and a half later.
Authorities say there have been several drownings in that area of the river
in the past few years.
It's a day that has been 50 years in the making.
Swiss banks today began publishing the names of hundreds of holders of
dormant accounts from World War Two.
Vicki Mabrey reports.
SUPER=01-Israel Singer/World Jewish Association; :23
SUPER=07-Paul Meyer; :56
SUPER=01-Vicki Mabrey/Reporting; 1:15
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, LONDON.
(( SWISS BANKS TOOK OUT FULL PAGE ADS IN 28 NEWSPAPERS WORLDWIDE.
IN FINE PRINT, THE ADS LIST ABOUT 2000 NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO HELD
NUMBERED SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS AS OF MAY 9TH, 1945, THE END OF
WORLD WAR TWO. THESE ARE ACCOUNTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN
TOUCHED FOR YEARS...WITH ASSETS TOTALLING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
ISRAEL SINGER, WORLD JEWISH ASSOCIATION: This is not about numbers, it s
not about 1856 accounts, it s not about 62 million swiss francs and it s not
about 42 million dollars. It s about justice.
IN LONDON, KEN WARD CAME TO THE CYBER CAFE THIS MORNING TO
CHECK THE WEBSITE WHERE THE LIST ALSO IS POSTED.... HIS FAMILY S
NAME ISN T THERE. PAUL MEYER FLED NAZI GERMANY WITH ONLY A
NAPKIN RING LEFT FROM HIS FAMILY'S WEALTH... NOW 85, HIS NAME IS
LISTED.... BUT HE ISN'T INTERESTED IN CLAIMING THE ASSETS.
PAUL MEYER (ID not needed, name mentioned in track):
The fact there is money now that people could claim will create an
enormous amount of tension between many organizations and the Nazis would
laugh to see how the Jewish organizations crawl over each other for what is
MABREY ON CAMERA TAG:
JEWISH GROUPS CLAIM THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, THAT
THERE PROBABLY ARE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LEFT BY HOLOCAUST
VICTIMS IN SWISS BANKS. ANOTHER LIST WILL BE PRINTED IN THE FALL.
VM, CBSN, LONDON.))
Don Beyer unveiled an economic development plan for Southside Virginia this
At a Martinsville press conference, Beyer says if he's elected governor,
he'll boost Southside development by improving education, cutting taxes on
small businesses, and creating an office to promote sports and tourism.
He also acknowledged that his personal property tax cut plan will leave the
state with less money to work with.
IN Q=I'm willing to accept
((DON BEYER/CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR; I'M WILLING TO ACCEPT THAT THE STATE WILL
HAVE 200 MILLION LESS TO SPEND, BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, WITH 5 AND A HALF PERCENT
GROWTH, WE'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR COMMITTMENT TO EDUCATION, TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
AND TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.))
OUT Q=to economic development
Beyer also repeated his pledge to use a substantial part of any tobacco
settlement to help tobacco growers.
A Christiansburg woman faces three counts of felony charges for child
abuse--after a crash kills her seven- year- old daughter.
The child was riding in the back of a pick-up truck when the accident
The mother was a passenger in the truck, but the driver is facing
involuntary manslaughter and other charges.
The incident is renewing calls for a law requiring safety restraints for
minors riding in the back of pick-up trucks.
In Michigan, Union Auto workers failed to reach a contract agreement with
General Motors and hit the picket line just after midnight.
This marks G-M'S sixth strike this year.
And this one could be very serious.
One company source says the strike could shut down North American assembly
Meantime, another walkout was averted at a parts plant in Indiana.
The European Union is giving a tentative thumbs-up to the merger between
Boeing and McDonnell Douglas.
But final approval of the 15 billion dollar deal won't come until next week
so the E-U has time to study concessions by Boeing.
U-S officials warned of a possible trade war with Europe if the E-U voted to
outlaw the deal.
But one official says he expects
the deal to go through now that Boeing has offered to scrap exclusive supply
contracts with U-S airlines.
Greensboro, North Carolina is the spot of the latest Andrew Cunanan
An Anonymous caller phoned in the tip yesterday after seeing a man fitting
the suspected spree killer's description at a Wal- mart store.
Meanwhile, in Lebanon, New Hampshire police searched for more than two hours
after a clerk in a sports memorabilia store thought she spotted Cunanan in her
((CAPT. JIM DUTILLE/LEBANON POLICE
A WOMAN CLERK REPORTED THAT
A MAN HAD GOTTEN INTO A NEWER MODEL
GREY MERCEDES AND HEADED IN A NORTHERLY DIRECTION TOWARD THE I-89
INTERCHANGE... WE ARE TAKING THIS VERY SERIOUSLY ))
SUPER=01-Capt. Jim Dutille/Lebanon Police;
OUT Q=taking this very seriously.
Since Sunday authorities have received more than 11-hundred phone tips.
Meantime, in Milan, Italy yesterday more than two-thousand attended a
memorial mass for one of Cunanan's alleged victims, fashion designer Gianni
A Franklin County woman convicted of animal abuse is behind bars after being
found guilty of threatening to burn a kennel owner's house.
Valerie Green's attorney Christopher Tuck says Green will appeal.
Prosecutor Phil Keith says sentencing guidelines recommend probation, but
because of the nature of the crime, the judge sent Green to jail for 30 days.
Keith also maintains threatening to burn someone's home puts a person in
danger and therefore deserves incarceration.
But he adds, Green will probably only serve about two weeks behind bars.
Twelve hours and counting until the current labor contract expires at one of
the region's largest employer's.
There is added tension because a new three year deal has NOT been reached at
Yokohama Tire in Salem.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff is following this story and he's here to bring us up to date on
how things are going.
So, Len, have these been round the clock negotiations?
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:hammer out a deal)
SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape; :08
Out Q=cold go on strike
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Microwave
((DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THE MAIN ISSUES THEY ARE BARGAINING OVER?))
((SO THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT PLANT CLOSING LANGUAGE, THAT DOESN'T SOUND TOO
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Investigators are still combing through the debris in Lynchburg, trying to
determine what started a Monday night's blaze at the old Masonic lodge
Tons of debris will have to be removed before investigators can get inside
and try to determine what caused the fire.
With this much damage, it's possible they may never know.
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IN Q=It's extremely
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ON DETERMINING
FIRE CAUSE WHEN WE HAD SO MANY HOT SPOTS THAT BURNED FOR HOURS AND HOURS IN
THERE, IT CAN GIVE US SOME REAL UNUSUAL BURN PATTERNS.))
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal;
OUT Q=unusual burn patterns.
While no decision on the building's future has been made, the fire marshal
believes the building will have to be torn down.
A random drug test of former prison inmates in our area turned up surprising
More than 90 of the of the 247 probationers and parolees-- tested positive
for drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.
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IN Q=I think there
((DAVID BOTKINS/VA. DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS: I THINK THERE WERE SOME FOLKS THAT
WERE SURPRISED WITH THE RESULTS -- BUT WERE GLAD THAT WE'RE ABLE TO MONITOR THE
BEHAVIOR OF THOSE PROBATIONERS AND PAROLEES. BECAUSE THE OBJECTIVE IS KEEP
PEOPLE OFF DRUGS, AND WE HAVE TO DO THIS SORT OF THING TO KEEP PEOPLE'S FEET TO
THE FIRE AND ENSURE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY.))
SUPER=01-David Botkins/Virginia Dept. of Corrections;
OUT Q=some accountability.
It's not the only surprise for the landmark "Operation Consequences"
In the Richmond and Tidewater areas, only a little more than one in four of
the ex- cons tested positive.
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P-M-I will not be building a convenience store across from Cave Spring
Junior High School.
Last night, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected a
bid to change the zoning.
The company wanted to build a "country-store" gas station similar to this
But residents argued a store would entice students to cross the busy street.
The remnants of Hurricane Danny are causing headaches in North Carolina.
Up to six inches of rain has fallen on the south- central portion of the
state, swamping areas of Charlotte.
Firefighters and police helped rescue people from stuck cars, at least two
apartment complexes and dozens of homes.
Thousands of homes lost power and shelters were set up at two schools.
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SUPER=332-Rain/Sometimes Heavy/66-70/Cloudy/Showers & Storms/78-82;
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Good news for Norfolk Southern shareholders.
They will now have three for the price of one.
The rail giant approved a "three for one" stock split, effective in
N-S says it's a response to continuing good results and the desire to make
more shares available to the public.
A stock split usually increases investor interest in a company.
That leads to more purchases of its stock, pushing the price up.
Meantime, C-S-X says its earnings fell three percent in the second quarter
because of its expensive fight with N-S for Conrail.
Starting things out on the green, How low can you go was the question
during the final round of the Roanoke Valley golf association's closing round.
Travis Horak followed his 67 at Blue Hills Monday by shooting a 7 under par
64 yesterday at Countryside.
He finished the tournament with a 131 two day total for a 10-shot win in the
Darryl Byrd shot a two under par 69 yesterday to finish 36 holes at 141 in
Lee Taylor won the Junior division, Matthew Gregory won the Pee Wee
division and Michael Kidd captured the Midget championship.
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Three former area college stars are trying to prove their worth at the
Redskins training camp up in Frostburg, Maryland.
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Former Ferrum College linebacker Jim Kitts is back in Frostburg this summer.
After playing defense last year, Kitts is trying to make it as a fullback this
Although he's three years older than Kitts, former U-V-a star lineman Don
Reynolds isn't ready to give up the pursuit of his dream either.
IN Q="Yeah, it's been
SUPER=01-Don Reynolds/Redskins Tackle from UVA; :
OUT Q=to do next."
Without a doubt former U-V-a star Ryan Kuehl has the best chance of making
the team. The 19-94 U-V-a graduate was on the Skins practice squad last season,
and actually joined the active roster for two games.
And onto the hardwood,
All you Charlotte Fans can look forward to October when Dell Curry and the
Hornets will be in Roanoke to play the Minnesota Timberwolves in a preseason
game at the Civic Center.
Monday Curry was in Salem at Roanoke College speaking to the campers at Page
Moir's basketball camp.
The Hornets didn't have a draft pick this year but they did sign J.R. Reid
who played in Charlotte with Curry early in their Careers.
IN Q=First audio
((DELL CURRY/CHARLOTTE HORNET GUARD: ))
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Hornets Guard; :
OUT Q=......FOR HIM."
The Hornets also signed free agent guard David Wesley, the former Celtic.
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Elvis has landed.
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If you think you recognize these sky diving "Kings," it's probably not from
any Elvis movie, but from the movie "Honeymoon in Vegas."
They're back -- and this time the ten member team of flying Elvis look
a-likes is making a promotional appearance in San Diego.