From the White House to Hollywood, policiticans, celebrities and fans are
mourning the loss of Sonny Bono.
The entertainer turned congressman was killed yesterday in a skiing accident
at a Lake Tahoe resort.
Jonathan Freed has the story.
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SUPER=03-South Lake Tahoe, CA;:28
SUPER=01-Ron Pierini/Douglas Co. Sheriff;:45 QUICK
SUPER=04-Paul Brownstein Prods.; :48
SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; (no SU)1:20
OUT Q=Lake Tahoe, California.
HIS FRIENDS DESCRIBE HIM AS A "ACCOMPLISHED" SKIER-- WHO LOVED THE SLOPES. IT
WAS ON THOSE SLOPES -- IN THE SHADOWS OF LATE AFTERNOON THAT SONNY BONO LOST
SOT: JOHN WAGNON / HEAVENLY SKI RESORT
BONO WAS ON VACATION AT THE HEAVENLY SKI RESORT IN LAKE TAHOE -- WITH HIS WIFE
AND TWO OF HIS FOUR CHILDREN WHEN HE WAS REPORTED MISSING.
SOT: WAGNON AGAIN
SOT: RON PIERINI / DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF
SONNY BONO IS PERHAPS MOST REMEMBERED FOR HIS HIT CBS SHOW WITH THEN WIFE
"CHER" IN THE SEVENTIES... A MIXTURE OF MUSIC -- AND COMEDY.
((SOT - JOKING WITH CHER))
THE COUPLE LATER SPLIT UP.... CHER MOVING ONTO THE BIG SCREEN AND CONTINUING
HER SINGING CAREER. SHE LEFT LONDON THIS MORNING WITHOUT COMMENT.
AFTER THEIR BREAK-UP, SONNY-- FIRST TRIED HIS HAND AT THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS
AND THEN MOVED INTO THE POLITICAL ARENA... AS MAYOR OF PALM SPRINGS,
IN 1994.... HE WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS...AND WOULD HAVE BEEN SWORN INTO HIS
THIRD TERM-- THIS MONTH. HE WAS 62.
JONATHAN FREED, CBS NEWS, SOUTH LAKE TAHOE.))
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/September 30, 1996;
Bono made a visit to Roanoke in the fall of 19-96 to attend a fundraiser for
fellow Republican Bob Goodlatte.
The hotel Roanoke event raised money for Goodlatte's re-election campaign,
but also raised a bit of controversy.
During a speech Bono said that the U- S uses hit squads to support the
Haitian government, but admitted he had no proof to back up that claim.
The accused unabomber could end up representing himself.
Legal experts say that's one possible scenario now that Ted Kaczynski has
delayed the start of his trial by protesting the efforts of his lawyers to
portray him as mentally ill.
Kaczynski and his defense team are expected to meet behind closed doors
again today to try to resolve their impasse.
In Denver its the second day of sentencing deliberations in the trial of
Yesterday, the panel spent about five hours debating whether Nichols should
get the death penalty for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Jurors also asked the judge for clarification of their conspiracy conviction.
The last two months of four- year- old Annie Leftwich's life were marked by
abuse from her mother and stepfather.
That, according to the Dickenson County Commonwealth's Attorney prosecuting
35- year- old Kenneth Jessie for murder.
start with Ken video
Jurors in Montgomery County are hearing the case because of pre-trial
publicity in far southwest Virginia.
The defense maintains Jessie was at work the day the child died last May.
But prosecutors contend Jessie did nothing to prevent what had become a
pattern of abuse.
In opening statements-- the Commonwealth says the day Annie Leftwich died
she was imprisoned in a utility room, tied to her bed with tape and clothing
and gagged as punishment for bedwetting...the autopsy revealed she was
smothered to death.
Her mother Elizabeth Jessie pleaded guilty to child abuse and second degree
Kenneth Jessie's trial is expected to last several days.
A man accused of a local murder is standing trial in Charlotte, North
The capital murder case against
(A-KILL-uh) Aquillia Barnette got underway yesterday.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 22, 1996
It's been a year and a half since his girlfriend was gunned down in the
street outside her home on Loudon Avenue in Roanoke.
Barnette is being tried in FEDERAL court in North Carolina for that crime
AS WELL AS the murder of a Charlotte man the same day.
Court records indicate Barnette confessed to both offenses.
Prosecutors plan to portray Barnette as a violent man who has been involved
in several crimes. They will ask the jury for a death sentence.
Robin Williams' mother, Bertha will tell the jury how she watched in horror
as her daughter was shot to death.
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Staulking charges against Bedford County sheriffs department's former second
in command have been dropped.
Special prosecutor Fred King says there wasn't enough evidence to convict
John McCane of stalking his ex-wife's friend.
McCane says Tammy (GIN-ter) Ginther used her influence as a dispatcher for
the Lynchburg police department to have the warrant sworn out.
IN Q=I think this
((JOHN MCCANE/LEAVING SHERIFF'S DEPT.: I THINK THIS IS A SUBVERSION OF THE
SYSTEM. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MS. GINTHER IS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE
LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT. I PLAN ON HAVING MY RECORD EXPUNGED, BUT
UNFORTUNATELY I CAN'T EXPUNGE THE DAMAGE THAT SHE HAD DONE TO ME, MY FAMILY AND
((FRED KING/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: THE MAGISTRATE, WHOEVER ISSUED THE WARRANT AND
I THINK IT WAS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE TO ISSUE THE WARRANT, BUT NOW WE'RE NOT
LOOKING AT PROBABLE CAUSE, WE'RE TRYING TO ASSESS THE CASE FROM A POSITION OF
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.))
SUPER=01-John McCane/Leaving Sheriff's Dept.; :00
SUPER=01-Fred King/Special Prosecutor; :16
OUT Q=a reasonable doubt.
State police are still looking into whether McCane mis-used sheriff's
Thousands of people were waiting on their social security benefits this
The League of Older Americans...
...says there's a new payment cycling system for those who signed up for
benefits on or after May first.
Depending on when your birthday is, you'll get your check the second, third
or fourth Wednesday of the month.
Officials say late checks are no cause for alarm.
IN Q=I THINK IT HAS A LOT
((MICHELLE GEREAUX-KARIM/LOA SPOKESWOMAN; I THINK IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE
HOLIDAY AND IT COULD BE THIS PAYMENT CYCLING SYSTEM. IT COULD BE DIRECT DEPOSIT
TOO. SOME PEOPLE DO RECEIVE A DIRECT DEPOSIT ON THEIR CHECK AND MAYBE THEY ARE
NOT AWARE OF THAT.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Gereaux-Karim/LOA Spokeswoman;
OUT Q=AWARE OF THAT.
But no one can explain yesterday's mystery at the post office.
IN Q=THE MAIL PROCESSING
((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER; THE MAIL PROCESSING CENTER DOWNSTAIRS CALLED
TO SAY THEY HAD FOUND EIGHT TRAYS OF MAILED DESTINED. IT WAS FROM THE SOCIAL
SECURITY OFFICE, IT WAS SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS.))
SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster;
OUT Q=SECURITY CHECKS.
Postal workers stayed on their routes until the four- thousand checks were
Jim Gilmore's newly seated cabinet is drawing some attention.
NOT one of his nine cabinet secretaries is from southside or southwest
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=They are inclusive
SUPER=01-Bryan Slater/Sec. of Admin.-Designee; :17
SUPER=01-Del. Alan Diamonstein/(D) Newport News; :56
SUPER=01-Sen. Patsy Ticer/(D) Alexandria; 1:06
SUPER=01-Sen. Charlie Waddell/Dep. Transportation Sec.-Designee; 1:18
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((JIM GILMORE: THEY ARE INCLUSIVE. A HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEAM. THEY'RE GOING TO
BRING AN EXTRAORDINARY DEGREE OF EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE AND DEDICATION.))
None of it from the perspectives of Southside or Southwest Virginia.
But apparently a new attitude about state workers.
((BRYAN SLATER: WE ALSO NEED TO BE ATTUNED TO ...HONESTLY AND EFFECTIVELY AS
Bryan Slater managed Jim Gilmore's campaign.
Wilbert Bryant moves up from Deputy Secretary to Secretary of Education.
Former Newport News Mayor Barry DuVal takes over at Commerce and Trade.
And Deputy Attorney General John Paul Woodley takes over the embattled
Natural Resources Secretariat.
But it was for the lower level Deputy Secretary of Transportation
appointment. that Gilmore got the loudest applause.
He stole a Democratic state Senator from the evenly split senate, drawing
hisses from across the aisle.
((DEL. ALAN DIAMONSTEIN: SOME OF US MAKE DECISIONS ON HOW IT AFFECTS OUR
FAMILY, AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE PEOPLE WHO HELP US GET WHERE WE ARE, AND THE
PUBLIC IN GENERAL. OTHERS MAKE DECISIONS ON A VERY SELFISH BASIS.))
((SEN. PATSY TICER: UNFORTUNATELY MONEY TALKS. AND THAT'S KIND OF WHAT WE'RE
Waddell says he's surprised to hear the criticism, after speaking to many
((SEN. CHARLIE WADDELL: THEY WERE ALL VERY VERY SUPPORTIVE OF MY DECISION.
THEY UNDERSTOOD THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES OF MY LIFE. I'M 65 YEARS OLD. THIS
IS A GOOD CAPSTONE FOR MY CAREER.))
((SEN. PATSY TICER: WELL I THINK... BRILLIANT IN A DEMONIC SORT OF WAY.))
Of his snub to southside and southwest, Gilmore says through a spokesman
"Hey, we're having an inaugural ball down there."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The legislators who move to Gilmore's cabinet may not have the benefits they
thought they would.
Under current law, members of the General Assembly who accept full-time
positions in the governor's administration can roll over their years of
PART-TIME legislative service into a big pension when they retire.
Delegate Chip Woodrum is introducing a bill to end what he calls an "abuse"
of the state pension system.
IN Q= IT'S BEEN
((IT'S BEEN BOTHERING ME FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. I JUST DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE
DONE. IT MAY HAVE SOME EFFECT ON RECENT APPOINTMENTS, BUT REALLY IT'S TO STOP
WHAT I THINK IS A LONG-STANDING ABUSE.))
OUT Q=long-standing abuse
Some of the first people who would be affected by the bill are Democrats who
have accepted jobs in Republican Jim Gilmore's administration.
The proposed American Electric Power high voltage power line stretching from
Wyoming, West Virginia to Cloverdale won the support of Roanoke's City Council.
The utility must win approval for the line from state regulators in Virginia
and West Virginia, and from the National Forest Service.
Yesterday, members of Roanoke City Council voted unanimously to endorse the
Mayor David Bowers said he believes the project is vital to economic
development in the valley.
IN Q=And I'm glad to see
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL HAS
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THAT AND I HOPE THAT THE CITY
OF ROANOKE WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE THE LEAD WITH OTHER LOCAL JURISDICTIONS.))
((TERRY MCMAHAN/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: THE CITY OF ROANOKE WITH ITS HIGH
PROFILE. WE ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE POSITION THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN AND
THINK THAT THE COMMISSIONS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA WILL
WEIGH IT QUITE HEAVILY.))
SUPER=01-Terry McMahan/American Electric Power; :11
OUT Q=quite heavily.
No one spoke against the project at the city council meeting, but opponents
will have their say in March when the State Corporation Commission will host a
new round of public hearings.
A Danville man was hospitalized after being shot in a robbery at his
Police say a man shot storekeeper Fred Bevill twice at his Christian
bookstore on South Market street.
The man then took money from the register and Bevill's wallet and ran off.
Bevill is listed in fair condition at the Danville Regional Medical Center.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 20's, wearing a dark stocking
cap, green sweater and gray overcoat.
And in Blacksburg, police are investigating an armed robbery at a Revco drug
No one was injured when three suspects allegedly entered the store on Prices
Fork Road and stole drugs and money.
Police say two of the individuals were armed.
The Sara Lee yarn and textile plant in Galax is getting a new owner.
Winston-Salem-based National Textiles L-L-C is buying the Galax operation and
eight other Sara Lee plants.
It's part of a cost-cutting strategy by Sara Lee, which has been losing money
Workers at the Galax plant are expected to keep their jobs.
But they'll become employees of National Textiles.
This year's Grammy nominees were named in New York today.
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19-60's rock legends Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney are competing for album of
the year against 19-90's music sensations Babyface, Radiohead and Paula Cole.
The award for record of the year will go to Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl
Crow, Hanson or R. Kelley.
Nominees for best new artist are rap star Puff Daddy, singers (Erika)
Erykah Badu, Paula Cole, Fiona Apple and teen pop trio Hanson.
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Long term interest rates continue to drop.
The benchmark yield of the 30 year Treasury bond is at historic lows,
meaning many consumer loan rates are also moving lower.
Bond traders say it's in part due to comments from Alan Greenspan that he
sees a risk of deflation.
That's been interpreted as meaning that the Federal Reserve has no plans to
raise interest rates any time soon.
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Don Sutton is heading to Cooperstown.
The fifth time was the charm as the Baseball writers voted Sutton in to the
baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.
He won 324 games as a pitcher for a number of teams, but he still bleeds
IN Q="I had...
((DON SUTTON/ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME: I HAD A GREAT TIME IN MILWAUKEE, THE MOST
FUN PLACE I EVER PLAYED. I WON MY 300TH BALLGAME WITH THE ANGELS. I LEARNED A
LOT ABOUT ME IN OAKLAND. I THINK I HAD THE BEST COLLECTION OF FRIENDS I EVER
HAD WHEN I PLAYED IN HOUSTON BUT FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, I CAN'T SEE MYSELF
GOING INTO COOPERSTOWN IN ANY OTHER HAT BUT DODGERS. MY MOTHER WAS A DODGER
FAN, IT'S WHAT SHE WOULD HAVE WANTED. I WISH SHE WERE HERE TO ENJOY THAT. IT'S
A DECISION SHE WOULD HAVE HELPED ME MAKE.))
SUPER=01-Don Sutton/Elected to Hall of Fame; :00
OUT Q=...HELP ME MAKE.
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The Radford University Highlanders beat Tusculum College last night with the
home court advantage.
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Kevin Robinson looks inside and gets the assist to Eric Parker.
Stuarts Draft native and Pioneers sophomore Shane Banks hits the jump shot
to get Tusculum within one.
With 13 rebounds and 25 points Robinson set two career highs last night.
Radford's pressure defense was also on..as Jon Belt
capitalizes on the Pioneer turnover and draws the foul.
The Highlanders improve to 4-and-06 on the season with the 83 to 72 win.
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Ranked ninth in the nation this week, the Virginia Cavaliers women's team
lost to Clemson.
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/HTS; :00
After falling behind early, Clemson started asserting itself with the help
of Natasha Anderson. She cuts inside and scores on the jumper.
Anderson then scores off the right block. She finished with 18 points 4
rebounds and 4 assists.
Virginia was down by eight at the half, and despite plays like this one from
Demya Walker, Clemson is able to SUPER=33-Virginia #9/67/Clemson/74;
upset ninth ranked Virginia last night 74-to-67. The Lady Cavs are now
General Motors wrapped up its three day test session at Daytona yesterday
with Terry Labonte running the fastest time of the day at 188 points 080 miles
Bobby Hamilton, the Morgan McClure Kodak Chevy was fourth fastest at 187 and
The Ford teams begin three days of testing today with the new Tauruses.
Starting this weekend you can catch the latest news on
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News 7 Saturday morning and News 7 Sunday morning.
Starting at 8 a-m Denise Allen will bring you news and sports and Andrew
Frieden will have the weather.
In Japan today, the slogan could have been "let the games begin."
Some high school students began a month long nationwide torch relay for next
month's Winter Olympic Games in Nagano.
Some 7,000 will be part of the relay.
The flame ignited last month in the Greek temple ruins of Olympia, and
divided into three in Tokyo on Sunday, will be reunited in Nagano on the eve
of the opening of the games, February 6th.