Today in Baghdad an American-led weapons inspection team was prevented from
carrying out its work.
Iraqi officials say the monitoring
team led by former U-S Marine Scott Ritter has too many Americans...and they
claim Ritter is a spy.
Randall Pinkston reports the latest from Baghdad.
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A harrowing day at the Tokyo Stock Exchange and it had nothing to do with
An armed man took an official hostage, demanding to meet with the Japanese
The hostage was freed six hours later and trading at the exchange was not
That was good news because the Nikkei index closed up more than half a
And in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng gained more than seven percent after
plunging nearly nine-percent yesterday.
In the Northeast, more than a half million homes and businesses are still
without power this afternoon.
Utility workers from as far away as Hawaii are trying to restore service in
Yesterday, FEMA director James Lee Witt toured some of the hardest-hit areas
of New York State.
In Canada, electricity has been restored to downtown Montreal, but more
than a million people outside the city are still without power.
At least 15 deaths have been reported in Canada.
Jury selection is in its second day in the trial of Roanoke's alleged Abed
Just two of the nine defendants are out on bond, nearly a year after the
racketeering indictment was returned in U-S District Court in Roanoke.
The case is expected to take six weeks to try.
With jurors coming from as far away as Cumberland County- -in hopes of
finding citizens who haven't heard about the case- -the court may have to rent
rooms in Roanoke for some jury members.
Special elections in Tidewater, Northern Virginia, and suburban Richmond
could shift the balance of power in the House of Delegates.
The question over when these results can be certified is making its way
through the state's courts.
Governor Allen is even suing his own appointees to the State Board of
Elections-- and losing.
Ellen Qualls has this report.
IN Q=Electoral board
SUPER=01-John Gibney/Meadows' Attorney; :27
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Electoral Board Secretary Bruce Meadows won't allow his board to meet to
certify the special election votes before Friday -- two days after the House
votes on the re-election of powerful Democratic Speaker Tom Moss.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK NORMAL PEOPLE THINK "AS SOON AS POSSIBLE" MEANS
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THAT MEANS RIGHT QUICK, OR EXPEDITIOUSLY, OR TODAY AS
OPPOSED TO THREE DAYS LATER.))
So Allen and Attorney General Richard Cullen took it court -- and lost.
((JOHN GIBNEY: I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE GOVERNOR'S TRYING TO DO...PROCESS.))
The Governor says he will appeal.
All the legal wrangling only matters if Republicans win all three special
elections -- bringing their total to 49 in the house and making Bedford
Independent Lacey Putney their new best friend to force a power sharing
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Meantime the state supreme court will consider the issue today.
Last night a federal judge refused to stop local electoral boards from
speeding up the certification of the three special elections for House of
Judge Robert Payne ruled that the process the local boards are planning
after today's elections does NOT violate the federal Voting Rights Act.
However, his decision could be moot after a Richmond Circuit Court judge
ruled the State Board of Elections can wait until Friday to certify the
The special elections aren't the only things making news in Richmond.
This weekend Jim Gilmore will be inaugurated.
House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell of Vinton was to introduce Gilmore at
Perhaps remembering the bitter cold of four years ago, Cranwell is bowing
He tells The Washington Post he did not want (quote) "to go out and get
fitted for a morning suit and sit out in the cold. Nothing less, nothing
Meantime as Governor Allen prepares to leave office, his mark is being left
at the state capital,
Or rather his image.
His official portrait was unveiled yesterday.
He stands tall in front of columns.
But the artist tried to portray
his warmth with the color scheme.
Governor Allen had a chance to talk about the painting, despite a slight
IN Q=Each and every
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: EACH AND EVERY ASPECT OF THAT PAINTING-- YOU HAVE KIDS
CRYING... FRIGHTEN THE BABY. ACTUALLY IT WAS YELPING IN JOY AND HAPPINESS.))
OUT Q=joy and happiness.
Allen's portrait takes its place among the other governors just outside the
office he'll vacate this weekend.
Despite the dreaded personal property tax, the Commonwealth is a low tax
That's the finding of a new study conducted by a University of
It found Virginians paid an average of 98-dollars and 25-cents in state and
local taxes for every thousand dollars of income in fiscal 19-94.
That's the fifth lowest in the
country -- after Alabama, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Missouri.
The national average per thousand was 113 dollars and 57 cents.
A Halifax County high school student who claims she was raped now faces
sexual misconduct charges.
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The teenage girl alleged she was sexually assaulted by two 16- year- old
students while two others played watchdog.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the attack.
A Judge rejected the girl's rape claims.
Prosecutors say evidence showed the girl was not forced into sexual
The girl has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sodomy and one fornication
Each of the boys were charged with one count of sodomy and one was charged
They both pleaded "no contest" to all of the charges.
Lawyers presented evidence in a million-dollar lawsuit against three
Danville police officers.
Sam Sakellaris, Junior says he was beaten by three officers during a routine
This is what Sakellaris looked like after the alleged attack in February
The officers say they did nothing wrong... and say it was Sakellaris who
started throwing punches.
The civil trial got underway yesterday in federal court in Danville and is
expected to last through the week.
Whether or not local judges will be able to rule on grievances generated by
the consolidation of Roanoke's Fire and E-M-S Departments is still unclear.
Last year, a group of employees unsuccessfully challenged the policy that
requires them to serve on ambulance crews.
Fifteen- year veteran Ron Mathews says the standards he agreed to when he
was hired did not include emergency medical service.
He has returned to court with what he contends are new issues.
But Chief Jim Grigsby says the new grievance is identical to the one the
court rejected last year.
Some extra money for Bedford County could translate into some extra input
Many of them spoke out at last night's board of supervisors meeting.
The supervisors learned that Bedford County is looking at a 13 percent
growth in revenue this year.
That's the highest increase the county has seen in recent memory.
IN Q=Overall all of
((KATHLEEN GUZI/DEPUTY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: OVERALL, ALL OF THE REVENUES FOR THE
GENERAL FUND HAVE INCREASED BY OVER 13 PERCENT, THAT'S MADE OF REVENUE
INCREASES FROM OTHER GOVERNMENTAL SOURCES THAT WOULD INCLUDE MONEY WE RECEIVED
FROM THE CITY OF BEDFORD, THE COMMONWEALTH, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.. THAT HAS
INCREASED BY MORE THAN TEN PERCENT.))
SUPER=01-Kathleen Guzi/Deputy Co. Administrator; :00
OUT Q=than ten percent.
Guzi (GUZZ-ee) says the increase was spurred by the residential growth
Bedford County has experienced.
That growth means the county needs things like new schools.. the board will
decide how MANY in two weeks.
But some residents last night said they want more input on the budget
One taxpayers group is asking that the first half hour of every supervisors
meeting be devoted to public discussion about spending.
One in ten jobs in information technology in America is vacant.
That's according to a survey conducted by Virginia Tech.
Federal officials are addressing the issue.
The Clinton administration is planning to provide MILLIONS of dollars in
The money will be used to help industry attract and train workers.
A nationwide job bank will also be posted on the Internet.
Roanoke's chapter of the American Red Cross is searching for blood donors.
The Red Cross says bad weather kept donors away from holiday blood drives
and now inventories are below emergency levels.
Healthy donors of all types are needed.
The Appalachian Region Red Cross supplies blood to 44 hospitals and nine
dialysis centers in the area.
To donate blood, you must be healthy, at least 17- years- old and weigh at
least 110 pounds.
The McCaughey's (mih-KOY's) welcome home two more of their septuplets.
Weighing just over five pounds each, two of the boys, Brandon James and Joel
Steven were released from Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.
They join their brother, Kenneth, who went home on January third.
Four of the world's only known surviving septuplets still remain in fair
One of the teams attempting to rack up another first with a round the world
balloon flight called it quits just after it began.
Dick Rutan and Dave Melton survived their bail out last Friday thanks to a
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When the two balloonists jumped to safety, the bright orange parachutes
that carried them to the ground came were custom made in Roanoke.
Butler Parachute Systems designed a parachute and survival pack with life
raft, oxygen tank and emergency supplies so the men could survive a bail-out
anywhere from Africa to Siberia.
Sunday Rutan left a message on their answering machine saying thanks.
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((DICK RUTAN/YEA THE MESSAGE AT THE BEEP IS FROM DICK RUTAN, WANNA CALL MANLEY
AND THANK HIM FOR AN OUTSTANDING PARACHUTE, ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND DAVE
MELTON, GOOD JOB GUY, YOU OUGHT TO BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND YOU SAVED OUR
MANLEY BUTLER/BUTLER PARACHUTE SYSTEMS; WE'RE REAL PROUD OF OUR PRODUCT AND
EVERYBODY HERE THAT PARTICIPATED IN BUILDING IT, EVERYBODY IN THE BUILDING THAT
YOU'RE LOOKING AT HAD A PIECE OF IT ))
SUPER=01-Manley Butler/Butler Parachute Systems; :16
OUT Q=had a piece of it
Manley Butler met Rutan 11 years ago when he designed the parachutes for the
famous round-the-world "Voyager" flight.
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SUPER=331-Clear/& Colder/24-28/Increasing Clouds/& Cool/41-45;
SUPER=332-Clear &/Colder/21-24/Clouds with/Rain Possible/40-43;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Colder/20-24/Increasing Clouds/Cooler/38-42;
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C-B-S will soon say welcome home to the N-F-L.
The network has clinched a four billion-dollar, eight-year deal to televise
American Football Conference games, which had been on N-B-C.
C-B-S sports says the deal will start in the 19-98 football season and will
include two Super Bowls.
Fox, meanwhile, is paying four billion to continue televising National
Football Conference games.
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Within the N-F-L.. The Indianapolis Colts hired Jim Mora as the team's new
head coach yesterday.
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At a news conference; he was flanked by Colts president Bill Polian and team
owner Jim Irsay. Mora starts from scratch with a 3 and 13 team. He coached the
New Orleans Saints for 10 years and then spent some time as a TV analyst, but
is now anxious to rebuild the Colts.
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The Virginia Cavalier scored a victory against Virginia Tech last night.
Roy Stanley has this report.
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SUPER=01-Myron Guillory/8 Points; :49
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SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/Virginia Head Coach; 1:15
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From 8 to 9, Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will have the latest new,
weather and sports, plus some special features like weekend diner.
This Saturday Andrew will be cooking with our own Patrick Evans.
Those little Matchbox cars are made to look so real, but in one town on Long
Island, they almost are.
Second-graders at the only elementary school in Ridge, New York, won a
Matchbox contest and the honor of having their town's name emblazoned on the
tiny die-cast emergency trucks and school buses.
The students showed their mettle by re-creating their town and pointing out
the importance of community service vehicles.
The students also picked up 25,000 dolalrs for their school.