Following the lead of the rest of the world's markets, U-S stocks are
heading lower today.
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U-S stocks are continuing to give ground after losses Friday.
The Dow fell 70 points shortly after opening this morning and is now DOWN
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The Hong Kong Market that started the selling last week fell nearly six
And Japan's Nikkei (nee-kay) fell nearly two percent, to its lowest
level in more than two years.
The White House confirms a report that the deficit is at a 23 year low.
New figures show that in the fiscal year just ended, the deficit
fell to 22-point-six billion dollars -- its lowest level since 1974.
President Clinton is expected to trumpet the figures in a speech
There's an AIDS horror story developing in western New York -- where
officials say at least 100 high school-age children may have been exposed to
the H-I-V virus through sex with an infected man who supplied them with drugs.
The health commissioner in Chautauqua (chuh-TAW'-kwah) County
says the 20- year- old man knew he was H-I-V-positive when he had sexual
contact with young girls at schools and community parks.
An appeals court says a Roanoke Times reporter will have to testify in the
Earl Bramblett trial.
The Virginia Court of Appeals also ordered Diane (STREW-zee)
Struzzi to turn over notes and tape of her interviews with the defendant.
The ruling means Struzzi has to be ready to testify tomorrow morning.
Struzzi's story quoted Bramblett as knowing details about the Hodges family
murders that the prosecution says only the killer could know.
The capital murder trial began its second week today.
The 19- year- old British Au- Pair charged with killing the baby she was
hired to care for is back on the witness stand today.
Louise Woodward is facing tough questioning from prosecutors, but is calmly
The eight- month- old baby boy died last February of a head injury.
A prosecutor is trying to cast doubt on her testimony last week that she had
never harmed the boy.
((DIDN'T YOU TELL THE POLICE THAT YOU HAD BEEN A LITTLE ROUGH WITH MATTHEW THAT
DAY... NO, I TOLD YOU WHAT IS SAID THEY SUGGESTED THAT. I TOLD THEM I WAS
TRYING TO GET THE BATH OVER WITH QUICKLY. ))
OUT Q=OVER WITH QUICKLY;
Prosecutors say Woodward fatally shook and slammed the boy.
Closing arguments in the case could come as soon as tomorrow.
Investigators today hope to retrieve the small plane that crashed into a
tree over the weekend in the Shenandoah National Park.
The pilot was killed yesterday when the plane crashed in rain and fog near
the Skyline Drive.
The Cessna was left dangling in tree limbs about 70 feet off the ground.
Authorities believe weather was a contributing factor.
The pilot's identity has not been released.
Chinese president Jiang Zemin will do some sight seeing in Colonial
Williamsburg on the second day of his U-S visit.
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After arriving in Honolulu yesterday Zemin traveled to Pearl Harbor where he
placed a wreath at the U-S-S Arizona Memorial.
He meets with President Clinton at the White House on Wednesday.
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Outside the White House his visit is being met with protest.
Demonstrators are angry over China's human rights policies.
Two plans to do-away with Virginia's personal property tax have come to the
forefront in the governor's race, but there's no guarantee either plan will be
House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell has taken Jim Gilmore and Don Beyer to
task for their plans.
The Roanoke County Democrat, says it's absurd to cut taxes when the state
has unmet needs.
Cranwell said he doubts that the General Assembly will pass either
candidate's plan in its current form.
Virginia's newspapers threw their support behind their candidates of choice
The Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed Jim Gilmore.
The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot is supporting Don Beyer.
The Roanoke Times also endorsed Beyer.
In endorsements for other races-- The Times-Dispatch is supporting
Republican John Hager for lieutenant governor and Republican Mark Earley for
In Saturday's edition, the Pilot endorsed Earley and Democrat L-F
Payne for lieutenant governor.
A group of citizens is accusing Roanoke's mayor and city council of using
their offices to sway public opinion against a modified ward system of
The Committee for Better Representation says Mayor Bowers AND council
members did not keep their promise to remain neutral on the issue.
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IN Q=wE DO THINK DEFINITELY
((BILL BESTPITCH/COMM. FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION: WE DO THINK DEFINITELY THAT
ELECTION LAWS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED. WE DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY QUESTION ABOUT
THAT. AND THAT THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN VIOLATED. BUT
MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE PEOPLE'S TRUST IN THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS HAS BEEN
SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Comm. For Better Representation;
OUT Q=officials has been violated
Bestpitch criticized todays's meeting of former council members BECAUSE it
was held in council chambers.
But former councilman Lucian Grove says the current council had nothing to
do with it-- that the former members were expressing their OWN opposition to a
SOT grove tape 06:03
IN Q=The ward system
((LUCIAN GROVE/FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: THE WARD SYSTEM WILL ABSOLUTELY BE
NEGATIVE TO OUR EFFORTS, AND IT WILL IMPEDE, I THINK, FUTURE GROWTH IN THE
ROANOKE VALLEY. ))
SUPER=01-Lucian Grove/Former Roanoke City Councilman;
OUT Q=in the Roanoke Valley
Meanwhile, Mayor Bowers responded to the citizens' accusations by saying
that "public facilities are available to proponents and opponents on this and
any other issue," that council promotes public debate in Roanoke.
Parts of Colorado are digging out today after a huge blizzard dumped 20
inches of snow over the weekend.
But residents in the midwest are NOT faring so well.
The storm has left at least nine people dead and cut power to tens of
thousands from Nebraska to Iowa.
Bob McNamara reports from Omaha.
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SUPER=01-Cindy Werner/Storm Victim; :09
SUPER=01-Alivar Keruzis/Omaha Fire Department; :21
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OUT Q=a little uncomfortable.
That was Bob McNamara reporting.
Firefighters say an electrical spark started a fire this morning in Southeast
The call came just after 11.
A passerby saw smoke coming from a house in the 600-block of Stewart.
Nobody was inside the house at the time.
Firefighters say the second floor was engulfed when they arrived.
And even though it didn't take long to get the fire under control...
Firefighters say there's "extensive" damage on the second floor.
E-M-S workers fight to save the lives of others and yesterday a service in
Roanoke honored 119 E-M-S workers who died in the line of duty in the last four
Two Virginia congressmen are trying to take the event national.
Congressmen Virgil Goode and Bob Goodlatte want to officially call the event
the "National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service".
They proposed legislation for the change in the House of Representatives.
Sacred Heart Cathedral housed more than 200 gay and lesbian Roman Catholics
as they celebrated the Richmond diocese's first Mass for gay and lesbians.
Bishop Walter Sullivan told those attending that they belong in the church.
The congregation included men and women in a wide range of ages.
The Catholic church still teaches that homosexual activity is morally wrong.
But in recent years, the church has said gay orientation isn't freely
Trains are part of Roanoke's past and Mayor David Bowers wants to ensure
they are part of its future.
The National Railway Historical Society organized Amtrak excursions to
Bluefield, West Virginia and Luray, Virginia.
More than 12-hundred riders took advantage of the opportunity.
It was the first excursion on Norfolk Southern tracks since the retirement
of the old 6-11 steam engine nearly three years ago.
This weekend's trips sold out quickly.
IN Q=the state study
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: THE STATE STUDY INDICATED THAT IF AMTRAK BROUGHT
PASSENGER SERVICE TO SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IT COULD BE PROFITABLE. THIS IS JUST A
CLEAR INDICATION THAT THE PUBLIC WANTS TO RIDE ON TRAINS.))
OUT Q=RIDE ON TRAINS
The Amtrak Superliner was just in town for the weekend.
And the future of Amtrak nationally is uncertain.
Congress has delayed the Amtrak bill which provides two- point- three
billion dollars for improvements and operation changes.
The rail service could go broke in a few months if it's not funded.
IN Q=if you are
((BOWERS: IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WANTS TO SEE PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE
IN ROANOKE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA CONTACT YOUR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE IN THE
CONGRESS AND TELL THEM TO FUND AMTRAK.))
OUT Q=FUND AMTRAK
The Railway Historical Society would like to make the excursion with Amtrak
and annual event.
A snack can provide some extra energy, but for one local inventor it
provided a catalyst for the development of a device he thinks could change the
When Tison Wyatt was 13, he got jelly on an electric meter while working on
He dunked it in his milk to wash it off, and noticed it registered a
Using that principal, he developed a way to monitor rubbers, plastics and
other materials while they're being cured.
It eliminates the need to take product samples, and reduces waste due to
improperly cured material.
IN Q=Oh, I'm extremely
((TISON WYATT/INVENTOR; OH, I'M EXTREMELY EXCITED. I REALLY BELIEVE ONCE IT'S
ALL SAID AND DONE, THERE'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE CHEMISTRY BOOKS
IT APPEARS TO BE A NEW TECHNIQUE TO FOLLOW A CHEMICAL REACTION IN A PASSIVE
WAY, AND TO GET A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE REACTION SPECTRUM AND TO BE ABLE TO
FOLLOW SOME OF THE CRITICAL PARTS OF THE REACTION IN A VERY SIGNIFICANT WAY,
PARTICULARLY FOR AN INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION.))
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OUT Q=industrial application
Wyatt unveiled the discovery at the American Chemical Society's regional
meeting in Roanoke last week.
There's more information on the company's website.
The address is posted on the News 7 Webwatch page.
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Roanoke Valley residents are helping bring a Siberian Tiger breeding program
to Mill Mountain Zoo.
The first phase of fund raising brought in 70-thousand dollars, 20-thousand
above their goal.
The zoo is now seeking 250-thousand from the General Assembly, but
organizers say small contributions have been key.
IN Q=Over two- thirds
((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: OVER TWO- THIRDS OF OUR FIRST PHASING, REALLY
CAME FROM A DOLLAR HERE AND A DOLLAR THERE FROM INDIVIDUALS, SCHOOL CHILDREN
COLLECTING LUNCH MONEY TO CHIP INTO THE PROGRAM, SO EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A LOT
OF VERY IMPORTANT SPONSORS, IT'S REALLY JUST THE PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE ROANOKE
REGION WHO ARE MAKING THIS HAPPEN.))
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OUT Q=who are making this happen.
Ruby has been a popular zoo attraction since she her arrival in the late
Officials hope to get started on the breeding program as soon as possible.
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The Taxpayer Relief Act of 19-97 may help you to take a bigger profit on the
sale of your home.
Here's Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=Last week
SUPER=01-Gary Duerk/CPA-Brown, Edwards & Co.; :12
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT COMMON SENSE STANDUPS 10:53:59
IN Q=Last week
(( Last week we talked about a new tax break for first time homebuyers. This
time around Gary Duerk of Brown Edwards and Company has some good news for
folks who are selling.))
SOT COMMON SENSE I TOT 14:40:43
((GARY DUERK/CPA-BROWN, EDWARDS & CO.: UNDER THE PRIOR LAW, TAXPAYERS COULD
EXCLUDE UP TO 125- THOUSAND- DOLLARS OF PROFIT ON THE SALE OF THEIR PERSONAL
PRIMARY RESIDENCE. UNDER THE NEW LAW, THAT'S BEEN EXPANDED ON A JOINT RETURN
THEY CAN EXCLUDE UP TO 500- THOUSAND- DOLLARS OF PROFIT ON THE SALE OF THEIR
PERSONAL RESIDENCE. AND ALSO UNDER THE OLD LAW THAT WAS A LIFETIME EXCLUSION
THAT COULD ONLY BE USED ONCE. UNDER THE NEW LAW, YOU CAN ELECT THIS EXCLUSION
ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS. AND IF BETWEEN THAT PERIOD, YOU HAVE TO MOVE BECAUSE OF
EMPLOYMENT CHANGE OR HEALTH CHANGES OR SOME OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES,
THEY WILL ALLOW YOU TO PRO- RATE THAT EXEMPTION FOR THE PERIOD THAT YOU MIGHT
BE ENTITLED TO GET SOME PARTIAL RELIEF FROM.))
OUT Q=partial relief from.
SOT COMMON SENSE STANDUPS 11:01:14
IN Q=I'm Len
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back
to the newsdesk.))
OUT Q=the newsdesk.))
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The Florida Marlins became the youngest team to ever win the World Series
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Cleveland opened the scoring in the third. Tony Fernandez singled home two
In the seventh, rookie Jaret Wright got a pitch up.. and Bobby Bonilla got
under it. His home run got the Marlins within 2-1.
The action went into extra innings.
In the 11th Renteria singled up the middle. Counsell scored.. and a 3-2
victory made the Florida Marlins, in just their fifth season, World Series
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Bam Morris carried the ball 36 times for 176 yards a career best as the
Baltimore Ravens beat Washington 20 to 17.
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The Ravens took the advantage early in the first quarter Vinny Testaverde
hooks up with Derrick Alexander on the 13 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to
But after a Brian Mitchell 61 yard punt return Gus Frerotte pump fakes and
hits Leslie Shepherd on the 15 yard touchdown toss and the game was tied at 7.
Baltimore came right back Testaverde hands off to Morris who goes up the
middle from the five to score and the Ravens went back on top 14 to 7.
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trailing 20 to 14 Scott Blanton nails this 26 yard field goal but the Redskins
come up short 20 to 17.
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The Giants padded their lead in the N-F-C east yesterday with a 29 to 27
win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Charles Way scored on this one yard touchdown run the Giants took the 10 to
7 lead early in the second quarter.
That lead would be wiped out on the kickoff. Cincinnati's Eric Bieniemy
takes the kickoff and he races down the field for a 102 yard touchdown the
longest in Bengal history and Cincinnati was back on top 14 to 10.
But the Giants sealed the win in SUPER=30-N.Y.
Giants/29/Cincinnati/27/;the fourth quarter when Tyrone Wheatley scored on
this one yard run and the Giants win it 29 to 27.
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In other news from the gridiron, former Hokie Bruce Smith has added a new
page to the N-F-L record book.
He sacked John Elway on this play to become the first player in N-F-L history
to have 10 or more sacks a season in the past 11 years.
The campaign for Governor is entering its final week, and tonight we'll
begin our profiles of the candidates.
Up first is Democrat Don Beyer... Joe Dashiell will take a look at Beyer's
personal history and his political journey... tonight on News 7 at six and
It was a weekend to show off your pet.
In Indianapolis, some 200 cats showed off their talents at a cat show.
Some played the piano while others had a talent for getting a treat.
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