Investigators say careless smoking may have caused a fire in Henry County
that claimed two lives.
Firefighters were called to a home on Fairystone Park Highway.
Heavy smoke was coming from the building.
68- year- old James Privette, and 40- year- old Banks Tunstall were inside.
Firefighters were unable to revive them.
The blaze apparently started on a sofa.
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In Franklin County, a family of eleven managed to escape their burning home
Mary Lou and Tony Brooks and their nine children were asleep when the smoke
alarms went off around two A- M.
Everyone made it out safely, but most of their belongings were destroyed.
Neighbors have rallied around the family with offers of food, clothing,
money and temporary shelter.
IN Q=The outpouring of this neighborhood
((THE OUTPOURING OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS JUST WONDERFUL. I WAS BORN HERE AND
I'VE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE FOR 21 YEARS. AT SEVEN O'CLOCK THIS MORNING, NONE OF
MY CHILDREN HAD ANY CLOTHES. NONE OF MY CHILDREN HAD ANY SHOES AND NOW MY
MOTHER'S LIVING ROOM IS STACKED TO THE CEILING WITH CLOTHES AND SHOES.))
OUT Q=clothes and shoes.
((TONY BROOKS: WE'VE BEEN ON THE OTHER SIDE A FEW TIMES AND HELPED OTHERS, BUT
WE'VE NEVER HAD IT POURED OUT ON US THIS WAY AND IT'S OVERWHELMING.))
SUPER=07-Mary Lou Brooks; :00
SUPER=07-Tony Brooks; :21
OUT Q=it's overwhelming.
Volunteers from four fire departments and two rescue squads responded to
A wood stove in the basement may have been responsible.
The home was insured, and the Brooks say they hope to rebuild.
The Kennedy family members have gathered their compound in Massachusetts for
a private wake for Michael Kennedy.
The 39- year- old son of the late Senator Robert Kennedy died New Year's Eve
in a skiing accident.
Family members say he was participating in a ski- slope football game when
he ran into a tree headfirst.
((HE WAS IN QUITE A CRITICAL STATE, WE AT FIRST DID NOT KNOW EXTENT OF HIS
INJURIES, WE PURSUED EVERY POSSIBLE RECESSIVE MEASURE THAT WE COULD ))
SUPER=01-Dr. William Rodman/Aspen Valley Hospital;
OUT Q=THAT WE COULD.
SUPER=03-Hyannis Port, MA;
His body arrived yesterday in Cape Cod.
A private funeral will be held tomorrow.
The Chicago medical examiner says the death of comedian Chris Farley was
But while the final report says Farley died from a cocaine overdose, the
death has been ruled an accident.
It also says arteries supplying the heart muscle were a significant
Farley's body was found December 18th on the floor of his apartment in
He was 33.
GRAPHIC=OK Bombing Trial
It's the defense's turn to present its case in the penalty phase of the
Oklahoma City bombing trial.
Terry Nichols' family and friends are testifying in Denver, trying to
persuade jurors that Nichols does NOT deserve to die for his role in the
Nichols was convicted of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter-- but
acquitted of murder.
Because of the mixed verdict, legal
experts don't think he'll get the death penalty.
Governor-elect Jim Gilmore has not yet taken office, but some state
Democrats are already upset with his administration.
They say Gilmore is trying to use cleverly-crafted back-room deals to
engineer a Republican takeover of the General Assembly.
Gilmore has already given one Democratic legislator a job in his
administration -- and rumor has it the Republican will offer a job to the
Democrat in the predominantly Republican district of Loudoun County.
Virginia Democratic Party chairwoman Sue Wrenn says Gilmore is trying to buy
what he couldn't win at the polls -- a G-O-P controlled legislature.
One more Senate seat or two more House seats will give the G-O-P its
first-ever majority in either body.
Rocky Mount is closer to naming a new town manager.
The position has been empty since October, when Mark Henne (HEN-knee)
resigned under pressure.
The town received 25 applications for the job.
The mayor says council has narrowed the field to six finalists.
Ten local businesses were honored yesterday by the N- double- A- C- P after
they promised to do more to hire and promote minority workers.
The employers were recognized during Jubilee Day ceremonies at First Baptist
But picketers outside the church say that, so far, those companies are all
talk and no action.
IN Q=I think we're
((NANCY WILSON/SALEM NAACP PRESIDENT: I THINK WE'RE SENDING A MESSAGE THAT WE
WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS AND WE HOPE THAT IN THE FUTURE THAT WHOEVER'S THE
PRESIDENT, ESPECIALLY IF MR. JEFFREY'S STILL PRESIDENT, THAT THIS WILL NOT
SUPER=01-Nancy Wilson/Salem NAACP President; :00
OUT Q=will not happen.
Roanoke N-double-A-C-P president Martin Jeffrey says the important thing is
these businesses are willing to make a commitment.
IN Q=And what these
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: AND WHAT THESE EMPLOYERS,
CORPORATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SAID IS THAT WE WANT TO LEAD, WE REALIZE
THAT WE'RE NOT DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN DO AND WE'RE NOT MEETING THE GOALS
THAT WE OURSELVES WANT TO MEET.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :00
OUT Q=want to meet.
Protesters also objected to honoring the companies on Jubilee Day, which
commemorates the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation in 18-63.
Triple- A is educating motorists on the requirements for getting on- off
switches installed for air bags in their vehicles.
Drivers can pick up applications for the switches at Triple- A.
This comes after the federal government set up guidelines for which vehicles
can receive the switches.
IN Q=For those who
((VICKI HOPKINS/AAA OF VIRGINIA: FOR THOSE WHO CAN NOT AVOID PLACING
REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS IN THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT, THOSE THAT MIGHT HAVE A
MEDICAL CONDITION, THOSE THAT CAN'T ADJUST THE DRIVER'S SEAT THAT IT BE WITHIN
THAT 10- INCH RANGE, FOR WHICH WE ARE GOING TO HAVE LITTLE RULERS IN HOUSE THAT
PEOPLE CAN PICK UP TO BE ABLE TO MEASURE THAT 10- INCH SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND
THAT AIR BAG. ))
SUPER=01-Vicki Hopkins/AAA of Virginia;
OUT Q=YOU AND THAT AIR BAG
Hopkins says the on- off switch is probably only a temporary solution to the
ongoing debate over the safety of air bags.
The new year is bringing internal political turmoil to Israel.
Foreign Minister David Levy yesterday threatened to resign in
protest of the 19-98 budget.
Levy is upset the budget does not address the growing problems of
Levy's resignation could topple the government of Israeli Prime Minister
A new wave of violence in Northern Ireland has prompted police to step up
armored car patrols.
A pro- British extremist group called the Loyalist Volunteer Force has
claimed responsibility for two fatal attacks on Catholics New Year's eve.
The group is a maverick gang hoping to wreck cease- fires by the two big
pro- British paramilitary groups and the Catholic- based Irish Republican Army.
The escalation of violence has religious leaders on both sides calling for
((THE ORDINARY PEOPLE OF NORTHERN IRELAND, ROMAN CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT ALIKE
THEY TOGETHER HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE FUTURE OF VISION OF PEACE AND QUALITY AND
DECENCY AND THAT VOICE HAS GOT TO BE HEARD.))
SUPER=01-Archbishop Robin Eames/Church Of Ireland Primate;
OUT Q=to be heard.
The two recent killings were in retaliation for the jailhouse murder last
month of the group's leader.
Central Virginia lawmakers are opening up the process of appointing new
A 15- member citizens panel has been created to interview and gather
background on potential candidates.
2-shot at end of intvw.
Legislators say the idea is to try and take politics out of the appointment
IN Q=We tried to
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: WE TRIED TO APPOINT PEOPLE FROM A WIDE
RANGE OF BACKGROUNDS, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, ELECTED
AND NON- ELECTED PEOPLE, LAWYERS AND NON- LAWYERS, TO GET AS WIDE A RANGE OF
OPINIONS AND VIEWS AS POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=views as possible.
file of Sweeney tape #97-44
The commission's first job wil be to find a replacement for retiring circuit
court judge William Sweeney.
Its final report should be completed by January 20th.
It's one question many of us have asked -- should I take a multivitamin
As Dr. Emily Senay explains, it depends.
SUPER=01-Susan Goldman/Vitamin Consumer; :00
SUPER=01-Joyce Bahr/Vitamin Consumer;:10
SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/Reporting; :17
SUPER=01-Dr. Victor Herbert/Vitamin Expert; :40 (VERY QUICK)
SUPER=01-Barbara Levine/Nutritionist; 1:06
OUT Q=cbs news.
MOS - Susan Goldman: I really do take about seven different vitamins a
SOT: MOS - Joyce Bahr: I take B-vitamins, I take vitamin C, I take a
Senay standup: When it come to vitamins, there seems to be two
extremes...those who can't get enough...and those who believe that taking
vitamin supplements have little, if any, value.
Dr. Victor Herbert is an expert on vitamins.
Senay: Vitamins have never been hotter. I think more people are taking
vitamins than ever before. Should we all be talking a multi-vitamin everyday?
Dr. Herbert: No. All it does is give us expensive urine. For most people,
no vitamin supplement are necessary.
(Various of health store and vitamins on shelves)
But even Dr. Herbert believes there are exceptions -- such as pregnant women
needing folic acid supplements. And for many people, getting all the vitamins
we need from food is not always possible. Nutritionist Barbara Levine says
taking a multivitamin can be a form of "health insurance."
SOT: Levine: Many people, particularly women, that are trying to maintain
their weights at very low levels of calories need to take a multi-vitamin,
despite the fact that they try and have a good diet, they often cannot get all
the recommended dietary allowances for the vitamins and minerals they need.
(Vitamins on store shelves)
The bottom line for vitamin takers -- always let your doctor know what you are
taking and how much -- some vitamins can be toxic...and can interfere with
over-the-counter and prescription medications.
Dr. Emily Senay, CBSN.))
Roanoke's population continues falling, while surrounding counties keep
The latest figures from the Census Bureau show that Roanoke has about 95-
thousand- 500 people.
That's a drop of one percent since the 19-90 census.
During that same period, Botetourt County has reached a population of almost
28- thousand, an increase of 11 percent.
Bedford County grew even more, increasing its population by almost 16
The area of the state that grew the least was Danville- Pittsylvania County.
The fastest growing metropolitan area in Virginia was Charlottesville.
For the nation, it was Las Vegas, Nevada.
Its population grew 41 percent over the last six years.
So far its been smooth sailing for balloonist Steve Fossett.
The millionaire adventurer is now over the Atlantic in his quest to become
the first person to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.
But from subzero weather to hostile countries, Fossett still has plenty to
John Mills has more.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO; :00
SUPER=01-David Rapp/National Aeronautics Assoc.; :52
SUPER=07-Tim Cole; 1:17 (2nd time)
OUT Q=for cbs news, St. Louis.
SUPER=301-46/31/South 10mph/30.43f/76/1952/ 6/1928;
SUPER=331-Mostly/Clear/34-37/Partly Sunny/& Mild/54-58;
General Electric is calling it a "temporary shutdown."
But some workers are afraid it COULD mean layoffs.
The Salem plant is closed until January 17th.
G-E forced 760-hourly workers to take a two-week vacation.
A company spokesman said there's nothing unusual about that.
He said the plant shuts down once a year for an evaluation.
G-E's union president said he's heard rumors about layoffs...
But he said the company has NOT notified him that anyone's job will be cut.
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January first was not a lucky day for Virginia Tech.
The Tar Heels ran all over the Hokies in the Gator Bowl.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :00
Jimmy Kibble, who had never had a punt blocked in his Tech career is
smothered by the Heels.
Dre Bly scoops up the ball and scores and it's 16-to-nothing after a quarter.
Tech would self-destruct again as the offensive line breaks down and the
Heels break up the handoff. Greg Ellis recovers the ball in the endzone.
Nick Sorensen came in at quarterback in the second half, led the team to a
40-yard field goal by Shayne Graham late in the third quarter to avoid a
But this one was all Carolina, Chris Keldorf rips the Tech secondary for 290
yards and three TDs as the Tarheels win it 42-to-3.
Amazingly, the Hokies were not speechless after the setback.
wipe WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/2 & 3 In Bowl Games; :00
SUPER=01-Carl Torbush/UNC Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Tech's Gator Bowl MVP; :32
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/32 Yards Receiving; :39
OUT Q=...much harder.
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The Michigan Wolverines believe they are the national champs of college
The final polls do not come out until Saturday,
SUPER=03-Pasadena, CA/ABC; :00
but Michigan wrapped up a perfect unbeaten season in the Rose Bowl yesterday
by beating Washington State.
Charles Woodson goes airborne in the endzone to make this interception and
stop a Cougars' scoring threat.
Early in the third, Ryan Leaf and Washington State were on top 13-to-7.
But Brian Griese brought Michigan back with 2 second half T-D passes. He
had three for the game as Michigan wins 21-to-16.
The results of the Rose Bowl give Nebraska hopes of winning the national
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00
Later tonight, the undefeated Huskers meet the once beaten Tennessee
Volunteers in the Orange Bowl.
It will be Tom Osborne's last game at Nebraska and you can watch it LIVE
right here on Your Hometown station tonight at eight o'clock.
A fast-food war is under way -- and consumers will eat up the ammunition.
Burger King is planning to give away millions of free servings of its new
french fries today.
The 70 million dollar promotion is aimed at taking a bite out of rival
McDonald's dominance in the greasy finger-food market.
A spokeswoman says sales figures still show their fried spuds are number one.
McDonald's says it isn't worried.