President Clinton's former Agriculture Secretary has been indicted.
A federal grand jury today charged Mike Espy with 39 counts.
They include allegations that he illegally accepted gifts, trips and favors
from large food producers and tried to cover up his activities.
Espy resigned in 19-94.
North Korea is pulling out of a United Nations accord on human rights.
A North Korean ambassador says the move is a reaction to a critical U-N
resolution on human rights and is not
connected to two defections.
Yesterday the North Korean Ambassador to Egypt and his brother were granted
It's possible they could supply valuable intelligence about North Korea.
Israel has lifted its 28 day travel ban on the biblical town of Bethlehem.
Israel imposed the blockade after a suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
Meantime, in East Jerusalem today Israeli authorities demolished three
Palestinian houses saying the homes had been built illegally.
Distraught homeowners watched as the bulldozers arrived to tear down their
The move is likely to heighten tensions in the disputed city, which Israel
seized from Jordan in the June 19-67 war.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-53)
One of the men charged in connection with the murder of a Grayson County man
may turn state's evidence.
But yesterday, Emmett Cressell Junior was denied bond.
His attorney says Cressell walked eight miles to report the murder of
IN Q=He and a
((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:HE AND A PLEASANT ACQUAINTANCE ACTUALLY RAN
THROUGH A BRIAR PATCH, DOWN OVER A HILL, UP ACROSS A BANK TO A ROAD, FLAGGED
DOWN A PASSING VEHICLE AND THEN WENT DOWN TO THE GRAYSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S
DEPARTMENT AND SAID, HEY THIS IS WHAT'S GOING ON. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Claytor/Cressell's Attorney;
OUT Q=going on.
But that argument, and others, were NOT enough to free the 36- year old.
It turns out Cressell was free on bond, in connection with a separate
incident, at the time of Johnson's murder.
Several of the victim's family members were in the courtroom, when Cressell
and his mother testified.
IN Q=I was
((PAT JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN:I WAS GRATEFUL THAT HE DID NOT RECEIVE BOND, I
FELT SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY, FOR HIS MOTHER ESPECIALLY, BUT I THINK IT'S THE BEST
THINK FOR THIS COMMUNITY THAT HE WAS NOT RELEASED.))
OUT Q=not released.
A source close to the investigation says Cressell may help the prosecution,
although nothing is set in stone.
State police wrapped up their digging at a Pulaski County prison camp.
It appears they found no evidence of the warden's wife, who disappeared
three years ago.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last Week;
A team of forensic experts, about 30 search dogs and police spent three
days last week digging behind the Pulaski Correctional Unit.
They were searching for the remains of Carol Smith, the wife of WARDEN
David L. Smith.
State police confirmed they wrapped up the operation late Friday, but won't
say any more about it.
Several investigators are joining forces as they try to discover what caused
last week's massive chemical fire in Smyth County.
The "Marley Mouldings" warehouse in Atkins caught fire last Wednesday
sending a cloud of black smoke into the air for several miles.
The fire burned for about two days before it was put out using a special
foam that smothered the blaze.
Yesterday sheriff's officials, state police and agents with the bureau of
alcohol, tobacco and firearms continued to search for a cause.
IN Q=In a
((CHIP SHULER/SMYTH CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:IN A FIRE THIS MASSIVE WE NEED TO POOL
OUR RESOURCES AND DO THE BEST JOB WE CAN, OF COURSE, STATE POLICE, FEDERAL
AGENCIES, HAVE LONGER ARMS THAN WE HAVE HERE IN THE COUNTY, THEY'RE A
TREMENDOUS HELP TO US. ))
SUPER=01-Chip Shuler/Smyth Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=to us.
Officials estimate damage to the building at more than a million dollars.
A Louisiana State University fraternity is under suspension, after the
accidental death of a pledge.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
The school's chancellor says the student died after an apparent drinking
binge, celebrating pledge week.
A preliminary autopsy report concludes he had a blood alcohol level nearly
six times the legal limit.
Several other students passed out and one remains hospitalized in serious
((WE ARE HEART BROKEN AT THE DEATH OF OUR NEW STUDENTS, I'VE ASKED OUR POLICE
DEPARTMENT AND DEAN OF STUDENTS INTO THIS CATASTROPHIC INCIDENT WHICH APPEARS
TO BE ALCOHOL RELATED. ))
SUPER=01-William Jenkins/LSU Chancellor;
OUT Q=to be alcohol related.
The death comes one week after a guide named L-S-U one of the top ten
"partying schools" in the country.
It's already apple harvest time in some parts of the country and the
F-D-A doesn't want a repeat of last year's deadly outbreak of of E- Coli in
juice and cider.
One child died and 66 people became sick after drinking unpasteurized juice.
The F-D-A is asking some juice makers to put warning labels on fresh juice
that has not been processed to kill dangerous bacteria.
And following last week's beef recall, the agriculture department is
considering tighter controls on meat.
((CAROLINE SMITH DEWAAL/ CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST:
GOVERNMENT'S NOT DOING A GOOD ENOUGH JOB TODAY AND INDUSTRY CAN DO BETTER.
AND CERTAINLY CONSUMERS CAN ... SO IT'S NOT A MATTER OF PERFECTION, IT'S A
MATTER OF DOING BETTER. ))
SUPER=01-Caroline Smith Dewaal/Center for Science;
OUT Q=matter of doing better.
There's also a consumer alert concerning oysters contaminated with a marine
Eating raw oysters has left more than 100 people sick out west.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-50)
Having a baby presents parents with a number of decisions.
But one in particular could end up saving the child's life-- though it comes
with a price tag.
SUPER=04-Cord Blood Registry;
The blood from the baby's umbilical cord and placenta after birth can be
used to treat the same diseases as a bone marrow transplant.
IN Q=I had no
((LAUREN CLARK/CORD BLOOD REGISTRY: I HAD NO IDEA WHEN I HAD MY FIRST TWO
CHILDREN THAT IT WAS AN OPTION FOR ME, AND I WISH I HAD KNOWN BECAUSE I
DEFINITELY WOULD HAVE DONE IT.))
SUPER=01-Lauren Clark/Cord Blood Registry;
OUT Q= done it.
Cord blood provides a guaranteed match for the child-- and MAY match other
family members, as well.
It's the cost that's the biggest issue for most parents.
Companies such as Cord Blood Registry charge about two-thousand dollars for
testing and storage-- plus an additional 75-dollars a year.
Scholastic Assessment Tests show Virginians, when compared to national
averages, score higher in verbal, but lower in math.
Virginia's test-takers scored 506 in verbal -- one point above the national
In math, students scored 497 -- one point above last year's score but 14
points below the national average of 511.
Educators say the lag can be explained by Virginia's higher participation
rate in the S-A-Ts.
A total of 69 percent of Virginia seniors took the S-A-T, compared with 42
percent for the nation.
Republicans are in election mode as they eye some gains in the House of
One seat the G-O-P wants to KEEP is in the 22nd District.
That's where party newcomer Kathy Byron hopes to replace Joyce Crouch who's
retiring after eight years on the job.
Byron got some fund- raising help yesterday from Governor George Allen.
IN Q=I think Kathy's
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK KATHY'S GOT THE RIGHT IDEAS AND I WANT TO HELP
HER. I WANT TO HELP HER TO MAKE SURE THAT SOMEBODY WHO SHARES OUR COMMON SENSE
CONSERVATIVE IDEAS WILL BE SERVING IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES. IT'S AN OPEN
SEAT, I EXPECT BOTH PARTIES ARE LOOKING AT IT VERY SERIOUSLY.))
OUT Q=very seriously.
Allen says he'll be hitting the campaign trail this fall for Republican
candidates who need his help.
Byron's opponent is Democrat Kaye Lipscomb.
Across the U-S, three times more blacks than whites lose their farms and
many lay the blame squarely at the feet of U-S Department of Agriculture loan
Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman is promising black farmers that the
U-S-D-A is working to undo years of unfair racial practices.
The U-S-D-A this year has dealt with hundreds of civil rights complaints
from black farmers and even a march in April on the agency's Washington
Thirty years after signing on the air, public t-v station W-B-R-A has grown
along its viewers.
Andrew Freiden reports on Big Bird's local home.
IN Q=30 years ago
SUPER=10-Dana Cox/WBRA General Manager/August 1967; :06
SUPER=01-Barbara Landon/WBRA Vice President; :27
OUT Q=af, news7
((30 years ago, 17 school systems in Virginia came up with enough money to
start up WBRA.
SOT -1:58 (3/4 tape)
((DANA COX/WBRA GENERAL MANAGER: WE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY HAVE THE BLUE RIDGE
EDUCATIONAL TV ASSOCIATION TO PROGRAM PROGRAMS OR LESSONS AND HAVE THEM
DISTRIBUTED THROUGH A STATE WIDE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM. ))
Barbara Landon was one of the first instructors hired at the station.
She taught geography ON-AIR, by reading and sometimes even pointing to
illustrations in textbooks.
((BARBARA LANDON: AND WHEN THE FIRST COMPUTER CAME IN, THE THEN GENERAL
MANAGER SAID WELL THAT THING WILL GROW COBWEBS, CAUSE YOU'LL NEVER GET AROUND
TO USING IT. AND NOW EVERY OFFICE HAS A COMPUTER. ))
Back In 1967, Barbara and her colleagues weren't sure if non-commercial TV
would succeed-- so they worked hard to get private donations.
((BARBARA LOGAN/WBRA TELEVISION: THE FIRST ONES OF US WHO CAME IN SORT OF HAD
A MISSION, AND WE WERE DOING AN AWFUL LOT OF GOING OUT AND TALKING TO PEOPLE
ABOUT WHAT IS PUBLIC TV. BUT FORTUNATELY, SESAME STREET CAME ALONG, AND WE
WOULD TELL PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, BIG BIRD? ))
Over the years, the station has grown from just children's shows to shows
for grown ups--
Like the nationally syndicated cookin' cheap, produced here at WBRA's
The station is experiencing some growing pains-- it's trying to raise enough
money to switch to a digital signal.
((BARBARA LOGAN/WBRA TELEVISION: PROBABLY IT'S GOING TO COST 10-12 MILLION
Stay tuned-- this fall, WBRA is bringing Titanic's explorer to town-- to
help kick off the big fund drive.
Barbara doesn't want you to worry though, WBRA is not a sinking ship. It's
been sailing smoothly in the black for 30 years.
Andrew Freiden, News 7.))
If you're a celebrity in Hollywood, chances are you've either hired, or
been investigated by, Don Crutchfield.
For three decades, Crutchfield has worked as a private investigator in
And Kimberly McBroom is speaking with him this afternoon.
Kimberly, I understand Mr. Crutchfield has written a book about some of his
That's right, Melanie.
Don Crutchfield's book is aptly titled, "Confessions of a Hollywood P-I."
SUPER=01-Don Crutchfield/Private Investigator and Author;
Some of his present and former clients include Marlon Brando, The Beatles,
and recently, Carroll O'Connor.
Thanks for joining us today, Mr. Crutchfield.
I was reading a few chapters of your book last night...
(Such an exciting career, are you a little nervous about writing such a
(Of those stories, which do you feel, was the biggest, the most interesting?)
(Your book focuses a lot on what's happened to some of the children of
celebrities. Drug abuse, suicide, etc. Are you hoping this book will bring
more awareness about how children are raised in Hollywood?)
Thanks so much for stopping by here today.
Melanie, this is definitely an interesting book-- I had a hard time putting
it down last night...
World climate experts say the "El Nino" weather phenomenon brewing in the
Pacific could become the biggest climate event of the century.
El Nino is a warming up the waters off South America which causes climate
abnormalities around the world.
It can cause flooding or drought in California, storms in the Pacific and a
decline in hurricanes hitting the U-S.
Climatologists say the El Nino developing now is expected to equal or
surpass this century's strongest occurrence that hit in 19-82 and 83.
SUPER=332-Scattered Showers/Early/60-64/Sunny &/Less Humid/80-83;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Showers Possible/58-62/Partly/Sunny/81-84;
It was a slaughter on the Major League diamond as the Yankees hammered out 22
hits to pound the A's 18-to-2.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/Yankees vs. A's; :00
Tino Martinez was of course in the middle of all the excitement as he lashed
this three run homer to right field. It's his 41st homer of the season.
But second baseman Rey Sanchez was the man. He had four hits and the
defensive play of the day. Look at the behind the SUPER=35-New
back toss to Derek Jeter for the out.
Yanks 18 - A's 2.
An ex-Panther clawed his way to a multi-million dollar contract with the San
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/January 5; :00
Two days after he was cut by Carolina, Kevin Greene has signed a six year
deal with the 49ers worth 13 million dollars.
If he plays out the contract he will be 41 when he quits.
Mark your calendars, the Niners will be in Charlotte September 29th for a
Monday night date.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
In one other Panther note, Monday the team cut former Hokie Waverly Jackson,
who has been impressive in the preseason.
Yesterday Carolina re-signed Jackson and placed him on the team's practice
squad, where he will draw a paycheck all season.
As will former Ferrum star Jim Kitts, who was reclaimed by the Redskins to
spend the season on their practice squad.
The N-B-A's reigning rookie of the year is facing the music for his illegal
SUPER=03-New Kent; :00
Allen Iverson, the 76ers point guard was sentenced to three years probation
after pleading no-contest to charges of carrying a concealed weapon.
The 22- year- old Hampton native was a passenger in a car stopped
for speeding on Interstate 64 outside of Richmond earlier this month.
He also was charged with possesion of marijuana, but that charge was dropped
as part of yesterday's plea bargain.
Iverson must perform 100 hours of community service and undergo monthly drug
testing for two years.
Two monkeys from Japan are making quite a splash on sea and on land.
Here you see Peach driving a motorboat for her younger sister Lily.
Later the siblings enjoyed water skiing side by side.
Lily also took to the snow-covered slopes and skillfully sped down the slope
on a pair of skis.
Then Lily was zipped into a wet suit to try her hand at scuba diving.
I guess you could call her an all around marine sports expert.