GRAPHIC=Va State Seal
Republican Governor- elect Jim Gilmore's knocked another Democrat out of the
Senate... and into his administration.
A source tells News 7, Gilmore will name Loudoun County state Senator
Charlie Waddell as his Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
Waddell has headed up the Senate Transportation Committee.
His northern Virginia district leans Republican, but he's held the seat as a
Democrat for 27 years.
His appointment forces another special election in the Senate -- and could
tip the balance of power firmly Republican.
As the Senate stands today, there are 20 Democrats and 20 Republican... with
Republican Lieutenant Governor- elect John Hager about to take office as the
Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is returning to
She says she plans to run for U-S Senate, hoping to unseat Republican Al
Six years ago, she lost a bitter Democratic primary battle in an effort to
capture that Senate seat.
The former three term Congresswoman ran as Walter Mondale's running mate in
The trial of alleged Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is on hold this afternoon.
Just as it was about to get underway this morning Kaczynski requested to
make a statement.
The defendant, his lawyers and the judge then adjourned into a private
Last month, Kaczynski met twice with the judge in an effort to fire his
lawyers, during a dispute over whether they would argue that he is insane.
Jonathan Freed has more on the start of his trial.
SUPER=01-Michael Sands/Legal Consultant;
OUT Q=News, Sacramento.
((In the Unabomber trial, you could say that justice is being served
a rare kind of twist.
What makes this case so unusual is the weight of the evidence against Theodore
The legal signals coming from Kaczynski's defense team suggest that even his
own lawyers expect he'll be found guilty.
SOT (MICHAEL SANDS/CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT): THEY WILL TRY TO POKE HOLES IN
THE PROSECUTION'S EVIDENCE, BUT THEY DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE VERY MUCH OF THEIR
OWN TO PRESENT.
So, the prospect of this trial having a penalty phase is looming large...where
the accused anti-technology radical would likely be eligible for the death
The government believes Kaczynski is the mastermind behind a string of some 16
bomb attacks since the late 1970's...killing three, and injuring many more.
Two of the deaths happened a decade apart, here in Sacramento...the third in
This case is expected to last several months. Kaczynski's cabin, a
centerpiece of evidence, was trucked in from backwoods Montana...so the jury
will be able to see first-hand where the former math professor turned hermit
is alleged to have orchestrated his campaign of terror.
Throughout the jury-selection process, Kaczynski has often been at odds with
his lawyers. He didn't like their idea of claiming he has mental problems.
So no psychiatric experts will take the stand...at least, not in the first
part of the trial.
TAG (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS):SITTING ON THE SIDELINES THUS FAR HAS BEEN THE
MAN WHO TURNED THEODORE KACZYNSKI IN TO THE GOVERNMENT, HIS OWN BROTHER.
DAVID KACZYNSKI HAS SINCE SOURED ON PROSECUTORS FOR THEIR INSISTENCE ON
SEEKING THE DEATH PENALTY FOR HIS BROTHER, WHO HE DESCRIBES AS A SICK MAN.
JONATHAN FREED, CBS NEWS, SACRAMENTO.))
GRAPHIC=OK Bombing trial
Meantime, the Terry Nichols' trial in Denver is slowly winding down.
Closing arguments are slated for today.
After that jurors begin deciding what penalty Nichols should receive.
He could get life in prison or the death sentence for his conspiracy
conviction in the Oklahoma City bombing.
A woman from Dickenson County today pleaded guilty to killing her four-
year- old daughter.
Annie Leftwich was found beaten, burned, bound and gagged in her crib as
punishment for bedwetting.
Twenty- year- old Elizabeth Jessie admitted her guilt just before she and
her husband Kenneth were set to be tried in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
She faces up to 50 years in prison when sentenced on March 19th.
Balloonist Steve Fossett has given up his attempt to become the first
person to circle the globe in a balloon.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/December 31;
Fossett brought his balloon down in Russia this morning after two heaters
broke down leaving him cold and uncomfortable in his cockpit.
A burner that gave his balloon extra lift also malfunctioned.
(( THE FACT THAT IT...CANNOT DENY THAT THIS WASN'T A SIGNIFICANT FLIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Alan Blount/Mission Control Director;
OUT Q=wasn't a significant flight.
Fossett had wanted to break his old record of travelling ten-thousand 361
miles by balloon before landing.
One four legged creature managed to interrupt power for nearly four-thousand
American Electric Power customers this weekend.
A squirrel found its way into a transformer at this power station.
IN Q=WE HAVE
((TERRY MCMANN/ROANOKE AEP DISTRICT MGR.; WE HAVE ALSO EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS
SOMETIMES WITH BIRDS. EVEN SNAKES, SNAKES CAN GET INTO OUR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
SOMETIMES. THINGS A LITTLE LARGER LIKE CATS, RACCOONS AND POSSUMS EVEN.))
SUPER=01-Terry McMann/Roanoke AEP District Manager;
OUT Q=POSSUMS EVEN.
This is the second time in less than two weeks South Roanoke County
residents have been victimized by a squirrel.
The day after Christmas, about six-thousand A-E-P customers lost power for
an hour and a half.
But officials say NOT every animal strolling through the electrical area is
apt to cause a problem.
IN Q=PROBABLY FOR
((PROBABLY FOR EVERY BIRD OR SQUIRREL THAT CREATES A PROBLEM, THERE MAY BE A
THOUSAND THAT SOMEHOW GAIN ENTRY AND DON'T CREATE PROBLEMS.))
McMann says there's only so much the company can do to keep animals from
Bob Johnson will return as Chairman of the Roanoke County Board of
On a unanimous vote this morning, the new board elected the Hollins District
Supervisor to another term as chairman.
Board members also named Vinton Supervisor Harry Nickens vice-chairman.
Johnson says he'll be working to expand the tax base, to help pay for school
IN Q=We're looking at expanding
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WE'RE LOOKING AT EXPANDING THE TAX BASE AS
A CRITICAL PART AND THEN ONCE WE'VE EXPANDED IT, BEING ABLE TO PAY FOR ALL OF
THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT OUR SCHOOLS NEED, WHICH IS WELL IN EXCESS OF 120- MILLION
DOLLARS. SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE CAN DO THAT WITHIN EXISTING TAX RATES. I
FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT WE CAN.))
OUT Q=that we can.
Today's meeting was also the first for Joseph McNamara, the Windsor Hills
supervisor who succeeds Lee Eddy.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke has a new sheriff and George McMillan says he wants people to know
the sheriff's department is a service-oriented agency.
McMillan has worked for the sheriff's department for 24 years, and has
served as chief deputy for 15.
He was elected in November after longtime sheriff Alvin Hudson decided not
to seek another term.
IN Q=Somebody said
((GEORGE MCMILLAN/ROANOKE CITY SHERIFF: SOMEBODY SAID I'LL HAVE TO WALK IN HIS
SHOES A LITTLE WHILE TO UNDERSTAND IT, AND I SAID I CAN NEVER WALK IN HIS
SHOES. I CAN FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS LIKE A CHILD DOES HIS DAD, BUT YEAH IT'S A
HARD ACT TO FOLLOW.))
SUPER=01-George McMillan/Roanoke City Sheriff;
OUT Q=hard act to follow.
Among his first challenges are federal mandates that will change many of the
department's procedures... and require an updated computer system.
IN Q=The sheriff has
((THE SHERIFF HAS TAUGHT ME TO ALWAYS BE ON TOP OF THE ISSUE, TRY TO BE THE
FIRST, SO I WANT TO TRY TO DO THAT WITH THE COMPUTER SYSTEM, BUT THE MOST
IMMEDIATE THING WE'VE GOT RIGHT NOW IS JUST TRYING TO GET REORGANIZED AND USED
TO THE SHERIFF BEING GONE.))
OUT Q=the sheriff being gone.
McMillan says he's looking forward to working with citizens, city
administrators and state legislators.
Expectant mothers in Central Virginia will soon have a new way to get the
care they need.
The program called Beds and Britches Etcetera, or BABE, will give
mothers-to-be coupons good for child care supplies.
The program is intended to encourage pregnant women to get good prenatal
A non-profit store will open this April at the Woman's Resource Center in
Items will include maternity and baby clothing and baby beds.
The store will be the first for the BABE program in Virginia.
Virginia's Board of Education already set up new Standards of Learning and
now it's looking to teachers.
Later this week the Board will look at ways to overhaul teacher licensing
The changes have drawn criticism for a move to streamline endorsements for
special education teachers.
Critics say the changes don't take into account that learning disabilities,
emotional disturbance and mental retardation are different and require specific
Some people throw away aluminum cans, while other recycle them.
One man in Indiana has found a very unique way of using them.
Ray Rice has the story.
SUPER=07-Bill Hammons; :15
SUPER=01-Ray Rice/Reporting; :40
OUT Q=CBS News Indianapolis
NASA is counting down toward its first mission to the Moon in 25 years.
An unmanned rocket is scheduled to blast off tonight with a little robot
aboard named lunar prospector.
The probe will search for evidence of frozen water and map out the "full"
But officials can't waste any time, there is only a four minute window of
opportunity to get the rocket off the ground.
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SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Some Sprinkles/43-46/Showers/Possible/57-60;
If you plan on moving into a higher tax bracket before retirement a new type
of I-R-A may be just what you need.
Scott Goldberg has detailss in this week's edition of Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Gary Duerk/Brown, Edwards & Co.;:18
OUT Q=Scott Goldberg
((In 19-98 the government is giving you a chance to move money from your
current Individual Retirement Account to a Roth I-R-A.
With a Roth account you don't pay federal taxes when you take out money.
But as Gary Duerk of Brown, Edwards & Company explains, you might have to pay
IN Q=you can
((GARY DUERK/BROWN, EDWARDS & CO.: YOU CAN CONVERT A TRADITIONAL INDIVIDUAL
RETIREMENT ACCOUNT OVER TO A ROTH I-R-A A PAY A TAX -- THE FEDERAL TAX MAY BE
SPREAD OVER FOUR YEARS. (46) ONE CAVEAT THAT I TRY TO MENTION TO TAXPAYERS IS
THAT WE DON'T KNOW THE AFFECT OF VIRGINIA TAX.(52) IF VIRGINIA WANTS TO GO
ALONG WITH THE FEDERAL AND SPREAD THE TAX OVER FOUR YEARS I THINK THE
LEGISLATION WILL HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH THIS COMING LEGISLATIVE SEASON. ))
Roth I-R-As work best with people who expect in the future to move into a
higher tax bracket.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
TAPE#net (edit of VB98-1)
Virginia's Colin Ducharme scored his only four points of yesterday's game
in the last minute as Virginia beat Wake Forest.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Cavaliers vs Demon Deacons; :
The Cavaliers controlled most of the first quarter as Curtis Staples hits
three of his game high 24.
Wake kept it close in the first half, but the Demon Deacons trailed 28 to 22
at the half.
Norman Nolan takes it to the hoop with the left hand to send the game to
Wake's Loren Woods makes the steal and gets the basket. The Deacons led
early in the overtime.
Staples comes right back and hits SUPER=33-Virginia/73/Wake
Forest/64/;this three pointer to make it 66 to 64 and the Cavaliers hold on
for the 73 to 64 win in overtime.
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-1)
Roanoke College had to settle for third place in the Domino's Lewis Gale
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Spartans;
The Maroons came out to start the second half with a 9 point lead.
Roanoke gets out to an 11 point lead.
But the Spartans come right back. Brent Fortuny drives the lane and gets the
ball to go in drawing the foul.
Roanoke's Nathan Hungate drives the SUPER=33-Roanoke/90/York/82/;lane and
kicks it out to Kyle Murphy who hits the jumper.
The Maroons win 90 to 82.
IN Q="I'm glad...
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; RUNS=:10
OUT Q=.......play now."
SUPER=03-Salem/Monarchs vs Wolverines;
Wesley and Methodist squared off in the championship game.
Johnny Wilson takes the pass on the wing and knocks down the three pointer
Wesley comes back with a three of its own.
Wesley's Dallas Preston works hard to put
SUPER=33-Wesley/75/Methodist/62/;it through the hoop and Wesley wins it 75 to
TAPE#net (edit of FB97-5)
The Green Bay Packers advance to the N-F-C championship game against San
Francisco next weekend.
Dorsey Levens rushed for a team playoff record of 112 yards and a touchdown
as Green Bay beat Tampa Bay.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/FOX Sports;
Green Bay got on the board in the first quarter. Brett Favre throws the 3
yard touchdown pass to tight end Mark Chumra.
Tampa prevented the shutout in the second half when Mike Alstott scores from
six yards out.
Green Bay comes back.
Levens takes the handoff SUPER=30-Green Bay/21/Tampa Bay/7/;and scores
from the two and the Packers beat the Bucs 21 to 7 to remain undefeated in the
Playoffs at Lambeau field.
IN Q="We've been.
((BRETT FAVRE/GREEN BAY QUARTERBACK: WE'VE BEEN OFF TWO WEEKS AND WE WERE READY
TO PLAY, WE REALLY WERE, AND OUR DEFENSE PLAYED LIKE IT, OUR SPECIAL TEAMS
PLAYED LIKE IT AND WE HAD SOME PENALTIES BUT REALLY MADE SOME GOOD PLAYS.))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Green Bay Quarterback; :
OUT Q=......play better."
TAPE#net (edit of FB97-4)
Denver will take on Pittsburgh Steelers next weekend in the A-F-C
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/NBC Sports; :
Terrell Davis goes over the left side on the one yard run to make it 7 to
Elvis Grbac goes to the air and hits Tony Gonzalez on the 12 yard touchdown
pass to make it 10 to 7 Chiefs.
That lead lasted until the fourth SUPER=30-Denver/14/Kansas
City/10/;quarter when Davis scores again from the one yard line and the
Broncos advance with the 14 to 10 win.
Starting this weekend you can catch the latest news on
take Wknd Am Promo 9403essC
News 7 Saturday morning and News 7 Sunday morning.
Denise Allen will bring you news and sports and Andrew Frieden will have the
weather from 8 to 9 every weekend morning.
Advance sale tickets to visit Princess Diana's grave went on sale this
SUPER=03-September 1997/Northamptonshire, England;
Visitors to the Spencer family estate outside London will be able to see the
island where Diana is buried, but not set foot on it.
The estate will be open from July first -- Diana's birthday -- to August
Tickets to enter the estate cost 15 dollars 50 cents.