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GRAPHIC=ok bombing trial
Closing arguments are underway this afternoon at the second Oklahoma City
Defense attorneys focus their cause on doubts they've tried to raise about
the case, including the sightings of a man who became known as John Doe Number
They also maintain no one saw Terry Nichols build the bomb or drive to
Oklahoma City the day of the deadly blast.
But prosecutors have introduced damaging evidence found at Nichols' home--
to convince jurors the farmer turned gun dealer worked side by side with
Timothy McVeigh to carry out the worst act of terrorism on U-S soil.
If convicted, Nichols faces the death penalty.
Dave Fehling is in Denver with more.
****take from NEwspath***
11:30-UPDATE WINDOW, BACKUP
((AFTER SIX WEEKS OF TESTIMONY, PROSECUTORS CAME TO THE DENVER
COURTHOUSE ONE LAST TIME TO TRY TO CONVINCE JURORS THAT EVEN THOUGH TERRY
NICHOLS WASN'T THERE THAT MORNING IN APRIL, HE NONETHELESS IS JUST AS GUILTY
AS TIM MCVEIGH.
A DIFFERENT JURY IN AN EARLIER TRIAL SENTENCED MCVEIGH TO DIE FOR
BUILDING AND DETONATING THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMB.
IN THIS SECOND TRIAL, TERRY NICHOLS, A FARM HAND HIS LAWYERS TRIED
TO PORTRAY AS AN AVERAGE GUY TRYING TO QUOTE "BUILD A LIFE, NOT A BOMB" ,
COULD FACE THE SAME FATE IF FOUND GUILTY.
IN THE PROSECUTION'S CLOSING ARGUMENT, GOVERNMENT LAWYER BETH
WILKINSON SAID THERE WAS AN AVALANCHE OF EVIDENCE THAT PROVES NICHOLS QUOTE
"INTENDED TO CAUSE DEATH, DESTRUCTION AND CHAOS" IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
HIS MOTIVE, SHE SAID, WAS A HATRED, SHARED WITH MCVEIGH, OF THE
IT HAS BEEN THE DEFENSE'S CONTENTION THAT THOUGH NICHOLS REMAINED
BUDDIES WITH MCVEIGH SINCE THEIR ARMY DAYS, HE DID NOT HELP BUILD THE
FERTILIZER AND FUEL OIL BOMB.
WHILE NOT EXPLAINING WHY NICHOLS---USING AN ALIAS--BOUGHT HUGE
QUANTITIES OF FERTILIZER, , THE DEFENSE DID PRESENT WITNESSES WHO SAID THEY
SAW SOMEONE ELSE WITH MCVEIGH AT KEY MOMENTS IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE BOMBING.
(STDUP)S/DAVE FEHLING CBS NEWS DENVER
"JURORS WILL HAVE TO MAKE THEIR DECISION WITHOUT HEARING FROM TERRY NICHOLS
WHO NEVER TOOK THE STAND. DELIBERATIONS WILL LIKELY BEGIN TUESDAY. DF CBS
In Baghdad today, another round of talks between Iraq's deputy prime
minister and the U-N chief weapons inspector.
Today's talks will push for access to dozens of suspected weapons sites.
Iraq has declared some 60 sites off limits, including about 40 presidential
Richard Butler reported progress after yesterday's talks, which focused on
where Iraq stood on ballistic missiles and Warheads.
Gunfire again erupts at a high school, this time in Arkansas.
Two students were shot outside Stamps High School early this morning.
Police say say they're not sure
where the shots came from. And they say the attacker may have
targeted the two teens, who were both shot in the hip.
The students are in good condition, and the shooter has NOT been caught.
What was supposed to be a lifesaving mission turned deadly last night near
Four people died when a medical helicopter, carrying an accident victim to
the hospital, crashed while leaving the scene of the traffic accident.
Police say the chopper flew into high- voltage power lines.
GRAPHIC=Bedford County Seal
Nursing homes in Bedford County are being required to reduce the number of
residents to comply with new regulations.
The regulations require nursing homes to have 80 square feet of space per
Some of the rooms in Bedford County's facility fall just short of that mark.
The home has reduced its number of residents from 56 to 50 this month... and
may have to reduce that number by nine more by mid- March.
That could spell financial disaster.
IN Q=We have a
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE HAVE A LICENSE FOR A 56- BED
FACILITY AND OPERATING IT AT FIFTY BEDS IS JUST NOT A SMART THING TO DO. IF
WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THE CIP PROJECT THEN WE OUGHT TO SEE IF WE CAN SELL THE
SIX BED SPACES TO SOMEBODY ELSE.))
SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; :00
OUT Q=to somebody else.
Expansion plans are in the works for the nursing home.
In the meantime, area legislators are pushing the state to grant Bedford
County a waiver that would allow it to keep all its residents.
Blacksburg was just added to the list of 26 facilities in seven countries
where an international mining company can be found.
Long-Airdox is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
The company is a leading maker of coal mining equipment.
IN Q=WE EXPECT
((IAN MENZIES/LONG-AIRDOX PRESIDENT: WE EXPECT TO EMPLOY BETWEEN 40 TO 50
PEOPLE. PROBABLY ABOUT 25 OF THESE WILL BE EXISTING EMPLOYEES SO WE WILL BE
DOUBLING THROUGH TIME, THROUGH 1998.))
SUPER=01-Ian Menzies/Long-Airdox President; :00
OUT Q=through 1998.
Officials with Virginia Tech's Corporate Research center say they're equally
excited by the move.
For the first time in more than a century snow has fallen in northern
A cold front from the North Pole is bringing freezing temperatures along
with the unusual frozen precipitation. At least 20 people have died due to
cold or snow related accidents since late Thursday.
The white stuff also fell in the deep south.
Up to ten inches of snow covers parts of south-central Mississippi.
Thousands of residents lost power and spent the night at emergency
Troopers have also been working double-duty, watching over the state's
TAPE#=net (edit of 97-79)
Providing male role models for children is a difficult job for the Big
Brothers/Big Sisters of the Roanoke Valley.
Mason Haynesworth and ten- year- old Jeremy Preston are as close as real
Mason serves as a mentor for Jeremy and says a neighbor did the same for him
when he was a child.
IN Q=IN GROWING UP
((MASON HAYNESWORTH/BIG BROTHER; IN GROWING UP THAT WAY, I FELT THAT I COULD
ADD SOME IMPACT TO SOME KIDS LIFE OUT THERE. ))
OUT Q=OUT THERE.
IN Q=WE HAVE A DIFFICULT...
((JUNE HOUSE/BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS;
WE HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME RECRUITING MEN IN GENERAL, BUT MORE SO
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES. SO WE ARE SEEKING AT THIS TIME AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROLE
MODELS, POSITIVE PEOPLE WHO ARE WANTING TO BE INVOLVED IN A CHILD'S LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Mason Haynesworth/Big Brother; :00
SUPER=01-June House/Big Brothers-Big Sisters;:07
OUT Q=...A CHILD'S LIFE.
To make matters worse, there's competition for volunteers from other
organizations in need of minority mentors.
So the organization has set up a task force to resolve that problem.
The goal is to increase the number of positive black male role models
to about a dozen.
Bill Lann Lee is at the White House today where officials say he'll be
named the government's new civil rights chief.
That would be a defiance by President Clinton of Republican
opposition to the appointment.
Senate Republicans oppose Lee's nomination because of his strong support of
Meantime, President Clinton is making plans to fly to Bosnia next week to
visit U-S troops keeping the peace in Tuzla and Sarajevo.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
In Cuba, Fidel Castro has declared Christmas a national holiday in the
formerly atheist nation.
The one time event would be in honor of Pope John Paul the Second's visit
The pope's five day visit begins January 21st.
Some Carroll County students are getting a jump start on a career in
Seventh graders at St. Paul school in Cana are involved in a program that
teaches kids the value of money plus much more.
The YESS!!/Mini Society program revolves around economics.
Students learn the value of money by creating their own country, flag and
They also took on the responsibility of running the country.
IN Q=They now
((PAMELA NESTER/TEACHER:THEY NOW KNOW WHAT A PROFIT IS, OR A LOSS, OR IF
THEY'RE BREAKING EVEN OR WHAT SCARCITY IS, EVERYONE OF THEM KNOW WHAT SCARCITY
KATHLEEN BARKER/ST. PAUL PRINCIPAL:I JUST THINK IT'S REAL BENEFICIAL, I THINK
WE NEED TO LOOK TOWARD NEW AND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO GET CHILDREN INVOLVED IN
SUPER=01-Pamela Nester/Teacher; :00
SUPER=01-Kathleen Barker/St. Paul Principal; :07
OUT Q=their education.
The program is also underway in Wythe and Bedford counties.
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service wrote the 25-thousand dollar
grant which was funded by the Kaufman Foundation.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback
A story about a young bear hunter has stirred up some more viewer mail.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=The profile of
OUT Q=JM, News 7.
((The profile of nine-year-old bear hunter Victoria Falls brought a
complaint from a viewer last week.
She didn't like the story, or the values it represented.
A hunter from Ferrum responded:
"It is patently irresponsible and ignorant to lump together a terrible
crime, the NRA, and a legal hunt in the same breath.
While no one can deny that a terrible crime has occurred in Paducah,
Kentucky, it is simplistic to blame the gun. No gun ever killed anyone unless
directed by an act of criminality, madness or stupidity, except when ruled acts
of self-defense. A gun is a tool, and no more responsible than a hammer is
responsible when you smack your thumb.
The NRA promotes responsible gun ownership by law-abiding citizens. Millions
of children have been taught gun safety by the NRA's "Eddie Eagle" program.
Thousands of Virginians have received firearms training through the NRA in
hunter safety courses, and in order to obtain concealed carry permits...(The
writer) is certainly entitled to her opinions against hunting, but no more than
those of us who hunt are entitled by law to do so. I can't remember ever
hearing of a child who is taught responsible use of a firearm to target shoot
or hunt using a deer rifle in a driveby shooting, or to settle a drug debt. On
the contrary, learning gun safety instills personal responsibility and negates
the entertainment industry's morbid fascination and sensationalization of gun
Our mailing address at News-7 is P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Faxes should be sent to 343-7269.
The email address is email@example.com.
And you'll find our moderated online forum on our web page, www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
W-D-B-J and J-93 are wrapping up their Bikes or Bust campaign today after a
long weekend dangling from a crane.
So far they estimate 17-hundred-90 bikes have been collected.
Photographer Tim Wright gives us look at the sights and sounds of this
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SUPER=331-Clear &/Chilly/25-29/Mostly Sunny/& Warmer/50-55;
SUPER=332-Clear,/Very Chilly/20-25/Sunny &/Warmer/48-52;
SUPER=333-Clear &/Very Cold/15-19/Lots of/Sunshine/48-52;
SUPER=334-Clear Skies/Light, Variable Winds/20-25/Sunny &/Milder/48-52;
The majority of Americans in the so-called "Generation X" think they'll
never again see the money taken from their paychecks, marked Social Security.
Scott Goldberg explains why in this edition of Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Ray DiPaula/United Parcel Service;:23
OUT Q=I'm Scott Goldberg
(( In about 14-years a rush of Baby Boomers hitting retirement age will force
Social Security to run a deficit.
That means the money Social Security spends on benefit checks will be higher
than what's collected in taxes.
So far politicians haven't come up with a good way to remedy this problem.
Financial Planner Ray DiPaula says now more than ever, you need to take
responsibility for your own retirement. (/////SOT/////)
SOT Common Sense #1
IN Q=the risk you take
((RAY DIPAULA/UNITED PARCEL SERVICE: THE RISK YOU TAKE IF YOU DON'T PLAN IS,
THE OLDER YOU GET, THE MORE MONEY IT'S GOING TO COST YOU TO BUILD YOUR
RETIREMENT PLATFORM. THERE WILL BE SOCIAL SECURITY, THERE WILL BE A PENSION
FUND OF SOME TYPE IF YOU WORK FOR THE RIGHT COMPANY. BUT IF YOU DON'T SAVE,
THE GOVERNMENT'S NOT GOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. YOU HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR
YOUR OWN BEHAVIOR.))
OUT Q= BEHAVIOR.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
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The Green Bay Packers are on a four game winning streak as they rolled over
the Carolina Panthers yesterday at Ericsson Stadium.
Brett Favre passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers beat
Carolina 31 to 10.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/FOX Sports;
Favre drops back and fires a bullet to Antonio Freeman who takes it in from
58 yards out and the Packers jumped out to the 7 to nothing lead in the first
Green Bay added another score in the first quarter. Favre hooking up with
Robert Brooks on the 25 yard touchdown pass play to make it 14 to nothing
Carolina's first touchdown came in SUPER=30-Green Bay/31/Carolina/10/;the
fourth quarter. Fred Lane takes the handoff and scores from 35 yards out to
make it 24 to 10 but the Packers win it 31 to 10.
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It looks like the Dallas Cowboys will be sitting out the playoffs.
Yesterday, Cincinnati overcame a ten-point, first-quarter deficit to the
give the Cowboys their first losing season since 19-90.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/FOX Sports;
On their second possession, The Cowboys take it to the house when Sherman
williams scores from three yards out to make it 10 to nothing Dallas in the
But Boomer Esiason (eh-SY'-eh-suhn) sparked a comeback by throwing 269 yards
and two touchdowns.
The first of Boomer's two T-D passes SUPER=30-Cincinnati/31/Dallas/24/;on
the day came in the second quarter this bomb to Darnay Scott covering 48 yards
to make it 17 to 10 Bengals and Cincinnati wins it 31 to 24.
IN Q="The one thing..
((BARRY SWITZER/COWBOYS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Barry Switzer/Cowboys Head Coach; :00 QUICK
OUT Q=you all saw it.
The V-M-I Keydets sent the Penn State Lions back to the den defeated
yesterday afternoon on the hardwood.
SUPER=03-Lexington/VMI vs. Penn State;
V-M-I's Jason Bell takes it to the hoop and scores drawing the foul for two
of his game high 28 points.
Penn State comes back as Carl Jackson works down low and he pulls up and
hits the short jumper as the Lions held the lead.
But Darrell Faulkner throws the alley oop to Aaron Demory who throws it down
as the Keydets kept the game close in the first half.
Moments later Faulkner shoots the SUPER=33-VMI/71/Penn State/68/;rainbow
jumper that hits nothing but the bottom of the net and the Keydets beat Penn
State 71 to 68.
The first puppy is getting use to his new home at 16-hundred Pennsylvania
The still unnamed chocolate lab arrived at the White House this weekend.
That means the Secret Service detail now has a new job.
Agents could be seen walking the dog Sunday, while the President dined at a
Back at the White House the President also took the new pup for a stroll.