Danville soldiers returning from Bosnia call it a unique experience they
will never forget.
Tina Tenret reports from Fort Benning, where the peacekeepers arrived early
IN Q=it was good
SUPER=01-Lt. Dean Jenkins/Returning Soldier; :00
SUPER=03-Fort Benning, GA; :07
SUPER=01-Staff Sgt. Chris Wiles/Returning Soldier; :15
SUPER=01-Maj. Jon Page/Returning Soldier; :49
OUT Q=TT, N7 Fort Benning
The U-S army today releases its official report on sexual abuse of women
recruits at the Aberdeen proving ground in Maryland.
Several officers are being reprimanded, including Major General
Robert Shadley, the two-star general who once headed the training base.
Letters of reprimand are considered a career-ending form of punishment.
The report is also expected to recommend better screening of new drill
along with a renewed focus on ethics and values as part of basic training.
In the Middle East today, a challenge to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to
fight against terrorism.
SUPER=03-Ramallah, West Bank;
Arafat met with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the west bank.
He says he remains committed to the peace process and blamed Israel for the
impasse that is threatening the process.
He says Israel has NOT carried out promised withdrawals from the
West Bank, and that it has built Jewish settlements on disputed lands.
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT: I KNOW THESE ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU AND THEY ARE
IMPORTANT TO THE UNITED STATES. YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ARE UNDERSTANDABLE. THIS IS
NOT WHAT PEACE WAS SUPPOSED TO BRING. ))
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=was supposed to bring.
At today's News conference Arafat did express sympathy for the victims of
recent suicide bomb attacks.
As educators worked to solve scheduling problems for about 100 students at
Cave Spring High School, a MAJORITY of the school's students also ran into
Andrew Freiden reports.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Week; :00
SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. School Supt.; :17
SUPER=01-Ann Aydlett/Cave Spring H.S. Student; :41
SUPER=01-Brian Bias/Cave Spring H.S. Senior; :58
OUT Q=News 7
(( During the first two weeks of classes about 100 people had scheduling
problems including incorrect courses, extra study halls, and no lunch periods.
An attempt to correct THAT mixup has now resulted in changes for a MAJORITY
of the 13- hundred students.
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR: THAT'S FAIR, IT DID AFFECT
THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS. AND THAT'S BECAUSE WITHOUT THAT BACKUP DATA, WE
COULDN'T VIEW THE SCHEDULE IN IT'S TOTAL PERCEPTION, AND THEREFORE COULDN'T
FIND SLOTS FOR THE 75 THAT HAD YET TO HAVE FULL SCHEDULES PRODUCED. ))
Students point out guidance counselors have made slow, but steady progress
on the newest set of scheduling problems.
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((ANN AYDLETT/CAVE SPRING H.S. STUDENT: THEY GAVE ME ANATOMY WHEN I WASN'T
SUPPOSED TO BUT IT WAS JUST A SMALL PROBLEM AND THEY FIXED IT OUT AND SO NOW
But students say it has been hard to talk with guidance counselors about
other things like college applications.
SOT WED TAPE TOT 15:21:57
((BRIAN BIAS/CAVE SPRING H.S. SENIOR: LIKE MY MOM HAD TO CALL AND FIND OUT
ABOUT THE SAT'S BECAUSE I TRIED TO GO THERE AND TALK TO THEM AND THEY'RE JUST
LIKE, FOR A COUPLE OF MORE WEEKS THEY'RE NOT GOING TO DEAL WITH THAT.))
The problems all started when a computerized scheduling program crashed and
the system wasn't properly backed up.
Superintendent Gordon wouldn't comment on the status of the assistant
principal responsible for the scheduling plan.
((THEY'RE BE PLENTY OF TIME LATER ON TO EXAMINE THE WRECKAGE, IF YOU WOULD, AND
FIND THE LITTLE BLACK BOXES AND FIND OUT WHAT THE CAUSES OF THE CRASH WERE. ))
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: GORDON SAYS FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS, ADMINISTRATORS
HAVE FOCUSED ON FIXING THE SCHEDULING PROBLEM, AND NOT ON PLACING BLAME.
ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS 7 ))
The future of schools in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem was on the
minds of area school board members as they met face to face.
Board members hope cooperation will help the three localities share ideas,
pool resources, and improve services.
((WE'RE RIGHT HERE NEXT TO EACH OTHER. OUR KIDS PLAY WITH EACH OTHER, OUR KIDS
OFTEN GO ON TO HIGHER EDUCATION AND JOBS TOGETHER. SO IT JUST MAKES SENSE FOR
THE BOARDS TO WORK AS CLOSELY TOGETHER AS POSSIBLE. ))
((MIKE STOVALL/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR: THERE ARE A LOT OF REGIONAL
PROGRAMS THAT TAKE PLACE THAT SALEM, ROANOKE, AND ROANOKE COUNTY IS INVOLVED IN
THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY ALL TOGETHER. WE'RE LOOKING TO TAKE THE REGIONAL
PROGRAMS, AND JUST INCORPORATE THEM TOGETHER. ))
SUPER=01-Marsha Ellison/Roanoke School Board;
SUPER=01-Mike Stovall/Roanoke Co. School Board; :11
OUT Q=and just put them together.
The idea for the meeting came from the three school superintendents, who
routinely meet to discuss common issues.
The Senate and House are scheduled to vote today on whether to allow the
Education Department to develop
national math and reading tests.
President Clinton has made the fourth-grade reading and tenth-grade math
exams his top educational item.
His proposal has apparently cleared a major roadblock, with Senate
negotiators agreeing to a compromise last night.
National security advisor Sandy Berger is testifying today at the
Senate Hearings on campaign financing abuses.
He's the highest ranking Clinton administration official yet to appear
before the panel.
Yesterday, Republican investigators said memos were sent to Vice President
Gore telling him some money he was raising in phone calls from the White
House would be deposited into so-called "hard money" accounts.
It's illegal to solicit hard money on federal property.
Scotland may soon have its own
Scots today are expected to approve their own legislative body in response
to growing demands for more autonomy
The British Parliament has ruled Scotland for nearly 300 years.
A simple ceremony this morning marked the beginning of a state tribute to
Four generals draped the Indian flag over the 87- year- old nun's body as
about 100 other nuns said a prayer.
The military will now maintain an around the clock vigil over her body until
her funeral Saturday.
Twenty-three nations will be represented at the funeral.
In London, volunteers have begun clearing away the huge mound of flowers
left in memory of Princess Diana.
Stuffed animals and other toys will be given to needy children.
Fresh flowers will be taken to hospitals and nursing homes, while dead
flowers will be used as mulch for the gardens at Kensington palace where Diana
Sylvester Stallone calls Burgess Merdith an "irreplaceable legend."
The 89- year- old character actor passed away yesterday at his home in
Meredith starred as Stallone's boxing manager in the movie Rocky.
His film roles spanned over 60 years and included two Oscar nominations.
Many remember him as the Penguin from the 19-60's Batman series.
Allegations of mismanagement have surfaced on the heels of the resignation
of the warden at one of a Virginia's medium security prisons.
The state Department of Corrections says a grand jury will take up various
criminal charges later this month.
Coffeewood Correctional Center is in the town of Culpeper.
Sources tell News 7 the 11-hundred inmate prison was overpaying a doctor for
Warden George Dodson was re-assigned in August, he resigned Tuesday.
A female cadet at Virginia Military Institute was not the first cadet to be
suspended for violent behavior this year.
Angelica Garza admits she shoved a member of the cadre about a week ago.
Garza says she made a mistake and her punishment was fair.
She says she just snapped.
On the flip side, Superintendent Josiah Bunting says an UPPERCLASSMAN was
suspended recently for smacking a RAT with a broom handle.
IN Q=What you have
((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: WHAT YOU HAVE HERE IS A REFUGEE
FROM THE MTV GENERATION. THEY ARRIVE AT VMI, AND PEOPLE START YELLING AT THEM
AND TELLING THEM TO DO A LOT OF THINGS. AND SOME PEOPLE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SELF-
CONTROL OR ENOUGH MOTIVATION TO DEAL WITH IT.))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent
OUT Q=deal with it.
SUPER=04-October 18, 1996
Garza says she loves V-M-I, and plans to take another shot at the rat line
again next year.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid unpasteurized
juice drinks that could contain E-Coli Bacteria.
The F-D-A is asking producers to use warning labels on cider that is not heat
E-coli is very dangerous to children, the elderly and people with weak
Some local apple growers are going one step further and not even selling
natural or "raw" cider.
The owner of Jamison Orchard says even if people prefer the taste of natural
cider, they won't be able to buy it at many local farms.
IN Q=The health
((MERLE JAMISON/ORCHARD:THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE FDA SAYS IT ONCE BELIEVED
THAT THE E. COLI COULDN'T LIVE IN A PRODUCT AS ACIDY AS CIDER, BUT NOW WE KNOW
IT CAN. WE JUST HAVE TO ADAPT TO THAT CHANGE))
SUPER=01-Merle Jamison/Orchard Owner;
OUT Q=to that change
The largest scare happened last year on the West coast where children became
ill after drinking a gourmet brand of unpasteurized apple juice.
After six years of standing empty, an old elementary school in Amherst
County has been sold to the highest bidder...but then again the bidding didn't
go very high.
As Steve Smallshaw tells us, two years of delays have their price.
IN Q=The roof leaks
SUPER=03-Madison Heights; :00
SUPER=01-C.T. Wingfield/Auctioneer; :13
SUPER=01-David McConnell/Represented Anonymous Investor; :26
SUPER=04-December 1995; :52
SUPER=01-Robert Obey/Former Investor; 1:01
OUT Q=News7, Amherst County.
(( The roof leaks, it's been damaged by fire and it could cost millions to
renovate.. and the public auction of the old Madison Heights Elementary School
gave new meaning to the phrase "let the buyer beware".
IN Q=Again, asbestos
((C.T. WINGFIELD/AUCTIONEER: AGAIN, ASBESTOS, LEAD-BASED PAINT AND UNDERGROUND
FUEL TANKS ARE HERE. THEY ARE PRESENT.))
OUT Q=they are present.
The winning bid, by an anonymous investor, was just 25- thousand
dollars...less than a TENTH of the property's estimated value.
IN Q=Well, I mean
((DAVID MCCONNELL/REPRESENTED INVESTOR: WELL, I MEAN THE SIZE OF THE BUILDING
AND THE PROPERTY AND THE ASSESSMENT. I THINK HE GOT A GOOD BARGAIN. I DON'T
KNOW ANYTHING ELSE WHAT THE COSTS WILL BE.))
OUT Q=costs will be.
IN Q=No matter who
((No matter who the investor is or what their plans are, the purchase still
must be approved by the board of supervisors, which will have to decide whether
25- thousand dollars is a high enough bid.))
OUT Q=high enough bid.
At least one former investor says the county has badly mishandled the
Just two years ago, Robert Obey's group offered more than 200- thousand
dollars for the building... the deal hit some snags and the project fell
IN Q=The county
((ROBERT OBEY/FORMER INVESTOR: THE COUNTY, BECAUSE THEY LOST ONE OF THE BEST
OPPORTUNITIES THEY HAD TO MAKE A DEAL WORK A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, NOW IS HAVING
A FIRE SALE TO GET RID OF IT, BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS IT, AND IT'S A SHAME.))
OUT Q=it's a shame.
A decision on this latest offer could come next week.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))
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SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Dense Fog/54-58/Morning Fog/Partly Cloudy/73-77;
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A large employer in Henry County will soon have a new owner, thanks to a big
takeover in the textile business.
The Pillowtex Corporation of Dallas has agreed to purchase Fieldcrest Cannon
in a 700- million- dollar deal.
Fieldcrest has a towel making plant in the (FEEL-dail) Fieldale section of
More than 900 people work there.
St. Louis first baseman Mark McGwire is making history in the Major League.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA; :
Yesterday McGwire led off the Cardinal third inning with an estimated 446
foot homer over the left field wall off San Francisco's Shawn Estes.
McGwire joins Babe Ruth as the only players in Major league history with
consecutive 50 homer seasons.
It was McGwire's 16-th homer in 34 games since going the Cardinals July
He hit 52 with Oakland last year and he's also the sixth player to hit 50
This Saturday night at Virginia Tech the Hokies will host the Orangemen of
Syracuse in a Big East Showdown.
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY; :
After opening the season with a win over Wisconsin, the Orangemen have hit
North Carolina state scored on a two point conversion in overtime to beat
the Orangemen 32 to 31 at the Carrier Dome.
The Orangemen play their first Big East game when they take on the Hokies
Saturday evening in Blacksburg.
IN Q="It's big..
((JASON POLES/SYRACUSE DEFENSIVE BACK: ))
((CORY BOWEN/SYRACUSE CENTER: ))
SUPER=01-Jason Poles/Syracuse Defensive Back; :00
SUPER=01-Cory Bowen/Syracuse Center; :16
OUT Q=......on Saturday."
The Hokies and Orangemen tee it up Saturday night at six at Lane Stadium
Two time Indy 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi's recovery from a plane crash
is looking good.
Fittipaldi was transferred to a hospital in Miami and doctors there say
chances are almost 100 percent that Fittipaldi will walk again after surgery.
A Neurologist says Fittipaldi has minimal Paralysis and numbness in his left
leg from a fractured back vertebra following a plane crash.
A team of ten doctors is scheduled to operate later today and Fittipaldi
could be out of the hospital in a week.
Move over Fay Ray, King Kong may have finally found the woman of his dreams.
Not quite as pretty...but definitely more his size.
Steve Hartman has the story.
IN Q=outside guinness
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Hartman/Reporting; 1:20
OUT Q=Steve Hartman for CBS News