Three southwest Virginia hospitals are no longer on Trigon Blue Cross Blue
Shield's preferred provider plan.
Trigon said the three Columbia- HCA Healthcare hospitals: Lewis-Gale Medical
Center in Salem, Montgomery Regional in Blacksburg and Pulaski Community in
Pulaski -- were dropped because of a contract dispute.
More than 30 thousand will be affected by the change, which would go into
effect the first of the year for most policyholders.
The investigation continues today into an apparent murder suicide in Carroll
Yesterday, police were called to a home in the Cana section of the county,
following a report of a domestic dispute.
When they arrived they found 51- year- old Frederick Ray Edwards and 35-
year- old Mary Ruth Hiatt both dead.
Police say the evidence indicates Edwards shot Hiatt and then turned the gun
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results.
GRAPHIC=ok bombing trial
In Denver, jurors are back at work deciding the fate of accused Oklahoma
City bomber Terry Nichols.
Prosecutors claim Nichols worked hand in hand with Timothy McVeigh in
planning the Oklahoma City bombing, while the defense says the case is riddled
Like McVeigh, Nichols could face the death penalty if convicted.
In Miami, a legal victory for the families of three Americans who were
killed by the Cuban military.
A judge ordered Cuba to pay nearly 200 million dollars.
The men were in two small private planes searching for rafters fleeing cuba
when Cuban MIGs shot them down.
The families sought damages under a new U-S law that allows survivors to sue
countries labeled as terrorist states.
In Japan last night, children tuned in to watch the hit T-V show "Pocket
But as the cartoon character flashed his sparkling eyes hundreds of young
viewers suffered everything from nausea to seizures.
Bruce Dunning has the story.
SUPER=01-Dr. Masakazu Seino/Epilepsy Specialist;
Japan's most popular kids' show is "Pocket Monsters" -- an animated cartoon
featuring cute and cuddly good guys and bad guys battling in a cyber world.
But the intense colors and rapid flashing of these scenes turned out to be
dangerous to a viewer's health.
More than 6 hundred 50 youngsters fainted or went into convulsions...or
started vomiting while watching last night's episode.
Worried parents rushed their children to emergency rooms all over Japan.
A doctor in Osaka explains that he hospitalized one child after giving her
artificial respiration. Her life, he says, is out of danger.
CBS feed of mother with two kids in hospital
A mother brought her children to see a doctor -- one of them started vomiting
while watching the show.
pix of cartoon show
A group of medical experts who studied the cartoon tape today theorized that
certain children are hyper-sensitive to strong, rapidly flashing lights and
this brought on the sudden, violent sickness. But the sickness is not
expected to cause these kids any future problems.
ID: Dr. Masakazu Seino, Epilepsy Specialist
question: will they suffer any lasting effects?
doctor SOT--No, I don't think so, if they avoid this environmental stimuli."
But already the broadcaster -- TV Tokyo -- is feeling the effects. Police and
other government agencies have already started investigations. The PTA is
warning parents to be more vigilant in monitoring their kids' TV viewing.
on camera close
Here at the headquarters of TV Tokyo, they're trying to figure out how to
prevent this from happening again....and until they do, Pocket Monsters is off
the air. bd cbs news tokyo.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal
Some of the people who will lead Roanoke County into the 21st century took
their oath of office this morning. (----------------)
Newly elected and reelected members of the Board of Supervisors and the
School board were sworn in by Judges Roy Willet and Diane Strickland.
Among them, Joseph McNamara, who is replacing Lee Eddy in the Windsor Hills
He says he'll continue focusing his attention on education.
((JOSEPH MCNAMARA/WINDSOR HILLS SUPERVISOR; I THINK IT'S A RESPONSIBILITY OF
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO CHANNEL OUR SCARCE RESOURCES AND OUR TAXES AND
INVESTMENTS TOWARDS SCHOOLS WHERE POSSIBLE. MAINTAINING THE OTHER SERVICES WE
HAVE IN THE COUNTY.))
SUPER=01-Joseph McNamara/Windsor Hills Supervisor;
OUT Q=in the county
Returning School Board Chairman Michael Stovall says one of the board's
first priorities in the new term is picking a site for the new Cave Spring High
GRAPHIC=roanoke regional airport
If the entire winter goes by without snow, the Roanoke Regional Airport says
that's just fine.
But should the skies open up, the airport grounds crew is ready to fight the
snow with a renewed vengeance.
A brand-new two- and- a- half- million- dollar building to house the
It's located close to major runways for a quick response time.
And it gives snow plows a parking spot that's protected from the elements.
IN Q=it's a lot
((FRED WILSON/CREW LEADER: IT'S A LOT EASIER. BEFORE WE WERE OUT THERE AND IT
WAS SNOWING AND SO FORTH. WE'D HAVE ICE AND SNOW ON THE EQUIPMENT. THEN IF A
PIECE OF EQUIPMENT BREAKS DOWN YOU HAVE TO GO OUT IN THE SNOW AND ICE AND FIX
SUPER=01-Fred Wilson/Crew Leader;
OUT Q=FIX IT
The facility even has sleeping quarters--for those long nights when crews are
on 24-hour snow patrol.
A typhoon that hit Guam brought with it record winds.
A wind gust from Typhoon "Paka" is the strongest ever recorded on Earth, 236
miles- per- hour.
No deaths have been reported, but dozens were injured.
Damage is estimated at 200 million dollars.
The governor of the U-S territory says it's one of the worst storms in
Guam's history, and he's asking the White House for a federal disaster
Health officials around the world are concerned about new cases of a flu
transmitted by birds.
There are three more suspected cases in Hong Kong.
Health officials yesterday said two of the cases were young cousins of a
five- year- old who came down with the bird flu.
This reinforces fears that the virus is not only spreading from chickens to
people, but from person to person.
IN Q=WE FEEL
((DR. MARGARET CHAN: WE FEEL THAT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT BOTH MODES OF
TRANSMISSION ARE OCCURRING BUT AS TO THE EXTENT OF EACH THAT NEEDS TO BE
STUDIED FURTHER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Margaret Chan/Hong Kong Health Director;
OUT Q=BE STUDIED FURTHER
Of the six confirmed cases of the chicken flu, two people have died.
Hong Kong health officials are now taking steps to contain the outbreak.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Republicans in Virginia's General Assembly chalked up a win in yesterday's
State G-O-P chairman Randy Forbes easily won the race to fill the District
14 seat vacated by Attorney General-Elect Mark Earley.
Unofficial results show a 69 to 31 percent margin separated Forbes from
Democratic challenger James J. Wheaton.
Republicans now hold 20 of the Senate's 40 seats.
Republican Lieutenant Governor-elect John Hager will wield the tie-breaking
vote, effectively ensuring G-O-P control.
It's not the five percent workers wanted, but Governor Allen yesterday
proposed two and a quarter percent raises for state workers in both 19-98 and
It includes a pay-for-performance bonus that only about half the state work
force could get.
And, as Ellen Qualls reports, all budget decisions this year must pass the
"no car tax" test.
IN Q=This makes sense
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk; :16
SUPER=01-Father Gerry Creedon/Virginia Interfaith Council; :38 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Steve Colecchi/Catholic Diocese of Richmond; :42
(( sot 03:56:32
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS MAKES TO YOU. IT MAKES GOOD SENSE TO A LOT OF
PEOPLE WHO THINK NORMALLY. MY CONCERN WITH THIS WAS WHETHER THE LEGISLATURE
WILL THEN JUST TAKE ALL THAT MONEY AND END UP GIVING IT IN AN ACROSS THE BOARD
INCREASE WHICH WILL END UP BEING TWO AND A HALF PERCENT OR SOMETHING LIKE
((DEL. TOM MOSS/D-NORFOLK: I'M A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED IN THE NUMBERS. AND
I'MSURE WE CAN LOOK AT THOSE AGAIN. BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S BEEN
SOMANY OTHER PROMISES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE WITH THE CAR TAXING SITUATION
THATMONEY IS GOING TO BE VERY TIGHT.))
The car tax cut was the focus of an ongoing legislative tax commission too,
with a call for an earned income tax credit for the working poor.
((FATHER GERRY CREEDON/VA. INTERFAITH COUNCIL: WE'RE IN A MOOD TO CUT TAXES,
LET'S CUT TAXES FOR ALL.))
((STEVE COLECCHI/CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RICHMOND: MANY POOR FAMILIES DO NOT OWN
AUTOMOBILES, OR THEY OWN AUTOMOBILES THAT ARE WORTH SO LITTLE THAT THEY PAY
VIRTUALLY NO PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX.))
sot attach standup here
So it's the dark cloud looming over all the special interest requests in the
annual budget beg-a-thon... but it seems clear that everyone at Capitol Square
accepts SOME kind of car tax cut will take place under Jim Gilmore's watch.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
South Boston could take Halifax County to court... that is if a land
agreement cannot be reached within 30 days.
South Boston says if it had more land, the town's tax burden would be less.
But Halifax County residents are concerned annexation would mean higher
taxes for them.
And they're critical of the town's methods.
IN Q=Now that the going
((PAT WINGLER/COUNTY RESIDENT: NOW THAT THE GOING GETS TOUGH, YOU WANT TO GO
OUT AND LAND-GRAB. FRIENDS, THAT'S NOT THE ANSWER. YOU NEED TO LEARN TO LIVE
WITHIN YOUR MEANS JUST LIKE THE REST OF US.))
SUPER=01-Pat Wingler/Halifax Co. Resident;
OUT Q=the rest of us
Halifax County leaders say they will give South Boston land only if it will
combine certain services like 9-1-1 with the county to save money, but so far
the town has not committed to that.
In last night's crowd of roughly 200 only two raised their hands in favor of
South Boston was the first city in Virginia to revert to town status -- it
only recently won the right to annex county land.
Some fear the General Assembly will take away that privilege and say that's
why South Boston is rushing to draw new boundary lines.
The lion alert continues in central
Since Monday a 450 pound female lion has been on the loose.
NALA (NAHL-LA) escaped when workers were repairing her cage at the
zoom, a popular attraction in the heart of the tourist district near Orlando.
She wandered into a nearby wooded area not far from several neighborhoods.
NALA is two and half years old, born in captivity, but far from people
(( KATHY BACON, JUNGLELAND SPOKESPERSON:...WE'RE DEALING WITH A VERY DISTRAUGHT
ANIMAL---015818--IT'S VERY THICK VEGETATION OUT THERE, IT'S EASY FOR AN ANIMAL
SUPER=01-Kathy Bacon/Jungleland Spokesperson;
OUT Q=ANIMAL TO HIDE.
Nala has been declawed, but still has her fangs.
She is wet, cold and hungry, and wildlife officers fear natural instincts
will take over and cause
her to become more aggressive.
Two Franklin County homeowners have turned on some extra lights for the
holidays and attracting quite a crowd.
David Johnson has more.
IN Q=HAZEL AND ROY HALE
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Hazel Hale; :20
SUPER=19-David Johnson; :27 (SU)
SUPER=07-Roy Hale; :36
SUPER=01-Lyndia Thornton/Martinsville Resident; 1:00
OUT Q=Franklin County
(( Hazel and Roy Hale estimate they have more than 50-thousand Christmas
lights decorating their property.
Hazel's sister and her husband live just around the bend. They have about
63-thousand lights on theirs.
They begin the process in September and the end result brings in spectators
from miles around.
((HAZEL HALE; WE JUST LOVE DOING IT. WE LIKE SEEING THE PEOPLE AND WE KIND OF
LIKE PUTTING IT UP. IT'S A LOT OF HARD WORK BUT WE LIKE DOING IT.))
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE HALES SAY THEIR CREATIVE GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY
BEGAN IN 1987 WITH THIS NATIVITY SCENE. FROM THERE, IT JUST CONTINUED TO
((ROY HALE; WE GO EACH YEAR AFTER CHRISTMAS AND BUY WHATEVER WE CAN FIND. THEN
WE'LL DISPLAY IT THE NEXT YEAR. THEN, THE SAME THING NEXT YEAR, WE'LL DISPLAY
WHAT WE GOT THAT YEAR. ))
Roy says they've had at least two-thousand people stop by. He says he knows
because he's given out that many lollipops, which is part of the event.
Guests say being here will make you feel like a kid again.
((LYNDIA THORNTON/MARTINSVILLE RESIDENT; I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL THAT THEY TAKE
THE TIME AND THE TROUBLE AND THE EFFORT BECAUSE THESE THINGS, I HAVEN'T SEEN
SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. IT DOES BRING OUT THE CHILD IN YOU AND I JUST WISH
MORE PEOPLE WOULD DO THIS.))
The lights are on between 5:30 and 10:30 each evening for the whole month of
December. Although the Hales spend an extra 150-dollars for their monthly
electric bill, they turn away donations, saying it's enough just to see the
smile on people's faces.
David Johnson, News 7, Franklin County.))
SUPER=300-53/25/Southwest 7mph/29.92f/72/1984/ 5/1951;
SUPER=301-55/21/Variable 3mph/29.92f/76/1924/ 3/1989;
SUPER=330-Clear/& Chilly/28-32/Sunny/Not as Warm/53-56;
SUPER=331-Clear/& Chilly/30-33/Sunny/Not as Warm/54-58;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Cold/24-28/Sunny/Not as Warm/48-52;
A seven day work week at Danville's Goodyear plant will be put to another
SUPER=03-Caswell Co., NC/File Tape;
885 union members want to re-consider the offer, while only 532 people did
Last time the union voted, members did NOT want to work mandatory Sunday
shifts for religious reasons-- and because they said they'd lose overtime pay.
Since then Goodyear has laid off people and stopped investing in the
Danville plant, which may have changed some minds.
No word yet on when the union will vote on the package again.
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
The William Fleming Colonels out-ranked the Patrick Henry Patriots in hoops
action last night.
SUPER=03-Salem/Fleming vs. P.H.; :00
Colonels took the early lead on Derrick Turner's steal and driving layin.
It's 7-2 Colonels. P-H had 19 turnovers.
P-H would try to stay close with the long ball as Mike Peery knocks down the
three pointer off of Mike Hill's assist.
The Patriots got within a point thanks to their main man Boo Battle, who
banks this one with a soft touch.
But Fleming opens it up with William Hankins throwing down the jam.
The Colonels beat P-H last night 55 to 44.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Fleming enjoyed a clean sweep last night as the girl's team opened the
evening by blowing out P-H.
Alycia Garrison's banker underneath made it 14-to-nothing Fleming in the
It was 21-to-zip before P-H's Tara Cofer turned Erika Haley's pass into a
deuce with 25 seconds left in the quarter.
But this one was all Lady Colonels.
Shaunaray Walker makes the steal and SUPER=33-William Fleming/67/Patrick
goes solo in transition for the bucket as Fleming wins it 67-to-26..
Yesterday Roanoke Express fans were shocked to hear that the team's General
Manager Pierre Paiement resigned.
Paiement was unavailable for comment yesterday, but it was said his decision
to leave the Express was dicussed with the team president and Board of
Head coach Frank Anzalone and the rest of the team are trying to stay
focused on the ice.
IN Q=Pierre announcing
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Captain;
OUT Q=hard we work.
There is speculation of friction between Paiement and other team owners.
It is also rumored that Paiement will take over for the Seawolves, but that
has not be confirmed.
Officials say the search for a new Express G-M is underway.
Some Boulder, Colorado residents got a chance to see the running of the
bulls..or rather bull..without going to Spain.
Phil Lebeau reports on the bull's "mad dash for freedom".
SUPER=03-Boulder, CO; :00
SUPER=01-Phil Lebeau/Reporting; :43
OUT Q=CBS News
"Spot's" run lasted more than a half-hour and covered more than a dozen