Another freshman cadet has dropped out at Virginia Military Institute.
A second young man quit last night.
All 30 women are still enrolled in the first co-ed class.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Starlink
Keith Humphry is on post today.
He says somebody left a message there this morning...one they're still
trying to interpret.
( ad lib)
********ROLLED FROM HERE************
(Rollcue:the message appears to come from someone who still opposes the
admission of women )
IN Q=they left a pile
SUPER=01-Kevin Trujillo/Senior Class President; :45
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Public Relations; 1:14
OUT Q=you don't know
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Starlink
(QUESTION:DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RAT INCIDENT?)
Some people are not excited about the co-education of V-M-I.
Ellen Qualls has the story of what some are calling a possible solution..
"SOUTHERN Military Institute."
IN Q=This is the picture
SUPER=03-Lexington/August 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Thomas Moncure, Jr./Former VMI Board Member; :43
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( This is the picture that Alabama physicist and VMI alum Mike Guthrie has in
But instead of Virginia Military Institute in 1996, it's Southern Military
Institute in the year 2000 or beyond.
And Guthrie says since news leaked out over the weekend of his plans... a
flood of offers of support, including a fully built facility in Texas, make the
dream of a privately- funded "SMI" "very achievable."
Tom Moncure sat on VMI's governing board two decades after he says VMI made
him a man.
And he was the one who quit when it voted 9 to 8 last fall to admit women.
But he has a hard time explaining what's missing.
sot TAPE ONE 11:49:06
((THOMAS MONCURE, JR./FORMER VMI BOARD MEMBER: THE DIFFICULTY IN TRYING TO
EXPLAIN IT THOUGH IS THAT IT IS REPLETE WITH SUBTLETIES AND SUCH MINIMALIST
DISTINCTIONS THAT TO AN OUTSIDER THEY ALMOST APPEAR TO HAVE NO MERIT
sot 12:00:06 TAPE ONE
((THOMAS MONCURE, JR./FORMER VMI BOARD MEMBER: BUT THE IDEA IS THAT YOU CANNOT
PROVIDE THIS RELATIVELY GUT-WRENCHING, CERTAINLY EMOTIONALLY CHALLENGING,
ADVERSITIVE SYSTEM IN THE PRESENCE OF WOMEN. BECAUSE YOU LOSE THE ABSOLUTELY
EGALITARIAN NATURE UPON WHICH IT RESTS.))
So Moncure and Guthrie, and other VMI and Citadel and West Point alumni want
to go back... to something they call a Confederate, Christian, military
institute for men.
And as they say, they've "got all the targets" in that label.
sot TAPE ONE 11:57:02
((I TEND TO USE SOUTHERN AND CONFEDERATE INTERCHANGEABLY. AND I ACTUALLY
PREFER SOUTHERN. AND I THINK SOUTHERN IS MORE APPROPRIATE.))
For those that want it back, offers made in the last three days could lower
the price tag from 100- million to around 30- million dollars.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
The brown trucks are back on the road this morning as U-P-S teamsters return
Last night Teamsters officials approved a tentative contract agreement with
the company and sent it to members for a ratification vote.
That means workers should be back to work this morning.
That's welcome news for some Roanoke workers.
((PAUL JOHNSON/UPS WORKER:WE WANT TO GET IT BACK TO WHERE IT WAS, ALL OF US
ENJOY WORKING HERE, WE JUST HATE TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS, WE ALL HAVE TO
TAKE A STAND AND DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Johnson/UPS Worker;
OUT Q=and do what you need to do.
The settlement comes as welcome news to President Clinton, who's on vacation
on Martha's Vineyard.
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: I THINK IT IS VERY MUCH IN THE INTEREST OF NOT ONLY THE
COMPANY AND ITS EMPLOYEES, BUT ALSO OF ALL THE PEOPLE IT SERVES AND OF THE
UNITED STATES. ))
OUT Q=and of the United States.
The new contract creates ten thousand new full-time jobs, limits
subcontracting and increases U-P-S contributions to the union's pension and
A New Hampshire man who went on a
killing rampage apparently had more victims in mind.
Sixty-seven- year- old Carl Drega went on a three hour shooting rampage
yesterday killing two state troopers, a judge and a newspaper editor.
Authorities say he apparently held a long standing vendetta against
A New Hampshire newspaper reports that a hit list was found in Drega's
On it were the names of at least two other intended victims.
A month after purchasing Signet Bank, First Union has made another big
acquisition in Virginia.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff is in the newsroom with more.
So Len, does this deal involve another bank?
This time around, it's a merger with a Richmond brokerage firm, Wheat First
Now let's go over some of the particulars of the deal.
It's a 471- million- dollar acquisition, with Wheat First getting First
First Union says there will be no major changes in employment or the
location of Wheat First's offices.
Wheat First WILL have a new name: Wheat First Union.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Len/Newsroom
Wheat First has offices in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Blacksburg, Martinsville,
Danville, and Galax.
(QUESTION1: WHY IS FIRST UNION DOING THIS SO SOON AFTER THE SIGNET MERGER?
QUESTION2: HOW SOON WILL THIS DEAL BE COMPLETED?)
It's Mouseketeer versus Mouse in a California courtroom.
SUPER=03-Orange Co., CA;
Former Mouseketeer Billie Jean Matay (ma-TAY') is suing the Magic Kingdom
after she, her daughter and grandchildren were robbed at gunpoint two years ago
in the Disneyland parking lot.
Matay says it took too long to find any Disney security guards -- and then
they detained her for hours with questions.
((BILLIE JEAN MATAY/EX-MOUSEKETEER: SHE SAID MOM, GO AND I DON'T KNOW HOW
WE STARTED THAT CARI DON'T KNOW HOW WE DROVE THAT CAR SLOW IT DOWN A LITTLE
BIT AND TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS. ))
SUPER=01-Billie Jean Matay/Ex-Mouseketeer;
OUT Q=take a few deep breaths.
Matay says her grandchildren were further traumatized when they got
a look at some Disney characters taking off their costumes.
Matay appeared as mouseketeer on Mickey Mouse Club show in the 19-50's.
Meantime, another ex-mousketeer, Darlene Gillespie, has been convicted and
sentenced to three years probation for stealing items from a California
The F-B-I is investigating possible civil rights violations at a Texas
SUPER=03-Brazoria Co., TX;
This videotape shows guards at a private facility near Houston abusing
They were strip searched and ordered to crawl along the floor, zapped with
And the tape even shows one prisoner being attacked by a dog.
The video was taken by a sheriff's deputy for training purposes.
The allegations of brutality also affect Missouri and Oklahoma, states that
had moved inmates into the Texas prison.
Lynchburg authorities say there was NO foul play involved in the deaths of
an elderly Lynchburg couple who died within minutes of each other last night.
Police say 92- year- old Lloyd T. Smith found his 84- year- old wife Augusta
in the bathroom of their Clayton Avenue home.
She apparently had died of natural causes.
Smith then went next door to ask his neighbor for help, but fell and struck
his head on the driveway.
The neighbor discovered his body this morning.
A medical examiner said Smith had been dead for several hours.
A Floyd County man could spend anywhere from one to 20 years in prison for
causing a fatal traffic accident.
A judge found Timothy Scott Chaffin guilty of aggravated involuntary
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./January 24;
The charge stems from a traffic accident on Peppers Ferry Road that took the
life of Steven Burton.
Authorities say Chaffin had a blood alcohol content more than twice the
legal limit when he crashed his vehicle "head-on" into Burton's.
Chaffin will be sentenced in October.
The I-R-S may soon be after more than just delinquent taxpayers.
Parents who fail to pay child support could be its newest targets.
JoAnn Cales says she and her two girls left an alleged alcoholic and abusive
She says the family struggles financially when the child support check
IN Q=It's just the disappointment
((JOANN CALES/PARENT: IT'S JUST THE DISAPPOINTMENT ON THEIR FACES WHEN WE LOOK
IN THE MAILBOX AND THE CHECK HASN'T COME.))
OUT Q=hasn't come
A proposed bill would put the I-R-S in charge--
That means taking the money directly from the offender's paycheck and
slapping deadbeat parents with felony charges.
IN Q=Crossing state lines
((JEFF CUMBO/CHILD SUPPORT ADVOCATE: CROSSING STATE LINES WILL DO THIS PERSON
NO GOOD. NOW IF HE WANTS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, WE'RE WORKING ON THAT TOO.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Cumbo/Child Support Advocate;
OUT Q=that too
State employees admit its tough to track deadbeat parents who leave
But they are pleased with their work...
IN Q=We've collected
((LISHA WHITLOCK/DEPT. OF CHILD SUPPORT ENHANCEMENT: WE'VE COLLECTED OVER
NINETEEN MILLION DOLLARS AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN BE PROUD OF. AND
WE ARE PROUD OF IT.))
SUPER=01-Lisha Whitlock/Child Support Enforcement;
OUT Q=proud of it
Virginia Social Services says every month, more than 400-thousand children
wait for a check that never comes.
Lynchburg was the latest stop for the former Mayor of Atlanta and ambassador
to the United Nations.
Andrew Young has travelled the world.
And yesterday he was presented with a framed copy of the painting "Lord,
Plant My Feet On Higher Ground" honoring civil rights leaders in Lynchburg's
He says America's problems today are not so much about race as they are
IN Q=The people that
((ANDREW YOUNG/FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR: THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HAVING THE
DIFFICULTIES, WHETHER THEY BE IN CRIME OR BURNING CHURCHES AS PART OF HATE
GROUPS BLACK OR WHITE, ARE BY AND LARGE REACTING TO THE FACT THAT THEY FEEL
LEFT OUT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.))
SUPER=01-Andrew Young/Former U.N. Ambassador; :00
OUT Q=the American dream.
The theme of Young's speech this morning was "Diversity in the Workplace."
Christiansburg residents say they don't want to see a piece of history
The downtown post office is slated to be closed in September.
When that happens, people will have to go to a new, larger post office near
the New River Valley Mall.
But some residents say that's unacceptable.
IN Q=RATHER THAN
((JON HALBERSTADT/CHRISTIANSBURG RESIDENT: RATHER THAN PEOPLE DRIVING 3 OR 4
MILES OUT TO THE SHOPPING AREA-- WHICH IS NOT THE CENTER OF THE POPULATION
BASE-- PEOPLE LIVE AROUND HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Jon Halberstadt/Christiansburg Resident;
OUT Q=AROUND HERE.
Town Council members say they want to preserve the the historic post office
building-- But their bid to buy the property was rejected by the United States
Jon Halberstadt (HAL-BER-STAT) says the Postal service is violating federal
law by closing a downtown office, without first studying its impact on the
IN Q=POTENTIALLY GETTING
((Jon Halberstadt/Christiansburg Resident: POTENTIALLY GETTING INVOLVED WITH
NATIONAL HISTORIC GROUPS, AND IF THERE IS A WAY OF GOING FORWARD WITH
WASHINGTON, IT MAY BE A LAWSUIT. THE PROCESS HAS BEEN FLAWED))
OUT Q=BEEN FLAWED.
Last night, town council passed a resolution asking the Town Manager to try
additional steps to keep the post office open.
And in Franklin County it isn't the post office, but a church that is
ringing with history.
The Highland United Methodist new belfry requires no maintenance and can
withstand winds up to 100 miles per hour.
To accommodate the growing congregation, a 50 space parking lot will be
added, and the Sanctuary, Sunday School and social hall will be enlarged.
IN Q=We've had twenty
((GARY MILSTEAD:WE'VE HAD TWENTY BABIES BORN IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. WE'VE GOT
TO FIND A PLACE TO PUT THEM.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Gary Milstead/Highland United Methodist;
OUT Q=to put them
Congregation members snapped pictures to remember the place of worship that's
been in some families for more than one generation.
IN Q=All my ancestors
((MARY SLEDD/CHURCH MEMBER:ALL MY ANCESTORS ARE HERE. MY ANCESTORS AND MY, MY
ROOTS ARE HERE))
SUPER=01-Mary Sledd/Church Member;
OUT Q=are here
The church is considering using the steeple as a wedding gazebo.
SUPER=330-Evening Showers/Then Clearing/60-64/Morning Sun/Clouds Late/80-84;
SUPER=331-Showers/Slow Clearing/62-66/Morning Sun/Clouds Late/82-86;
SUPER=332-Showers/Gradual Clearing/60-64/Partly Cloudy/& Cooler/74-77;
SUPER=333-Clearing/Patchy Fog/54-58/Sun Early/Afternoon Clouds/76-80;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/with Showers/58-62/Partly Cloudy/Showers Possible/72-76;
TAPE#net (edit of CL-97)
It was a hometown match-up in the dugout last night between the Hillcats and
SUPER=03-Salem/Hillcats vs. Avalanche; :00
It was scoreless until the third, when Salem's Ben Petrick tries to gun down
the runner at first. Instead the ball bounces into centerfield and Luis
Fugueroa scores from second. It's 1-to-nothing Cats.
Later in the third, Aramis Ramirez hits this sacrifice fly to right field.
Alex Hernandez tags and scores the eventual game winner as
Lynchburg takes game one 2 to 1.
The Cats' magic number to clinch the Northern Pennant is now five.
Getting down to the 60 player limit was a bit painful for both N-F-L teams
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
Former Hokie, Waverly Jackson, a free agent tackle DID NOT get cut.
In fact, he is thriving with the Panthers. Dom Capers says he is so impressed
with Jackson he cut veteran Ray Agnew yesterday.
Capers also says he plans to give rookie Chad Johnston a chance to earn the
number two quarterback spot ahead of Jay Barker. Look for Johnston to get
plenty of work Friday night against the Steelers.
On the Redskins front, it was a rough day for locals as former Ferrum star
Jim Kitts was cut along with former UVa and Laurel Park standout Don Reynolds.
Franklin County head coach Jerry Little is back for his first full season
with the Eagles.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
Last year the Eagles went through a number of ups and downs including the
changing of head coaches in mid-season as Jerry Little replaced Horace Green.
This year, Little is back, and so a re a number of returning players.
IN Q="Right now...
((JERRY LITTLE/FRANKLIN CO. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Little/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...RIGHT NOW.
Little says one thing the Eagles cannot afford is a rash of injuries.
Franklin County opens the season next Friday night at Laurel Park against the