GRAPHIC=Pope JP II
Pope John Paul the Second is en route on a historic trip to Cuba.
The pope is expected to arrive in Havana this afternoon for a five- day
For the last two weeks, Cuban residents have been busy making preparations
for the papal visit.
The efforts were also encouraged by Cuban president Fidel Castro, who asked
residents of all faiths to put their best face forward.
Lee Cowan joins us now from Havana.
****Take from NEWSPATH***
SUPER=01-Mariella Lopez/Cuban American;
OUT Q=back to you
(( DAWN IN HAVANA SOFT ORANGE GLOW SILHOUETTES A CITY IN WAITING WAITING FOR
HISTORY TO TURN A PAGE.
THE HOURS TICK BY HERE LIKE DAYS NOW.PREPARATIONS FOR THE POPE S ARRIVAL
HAVE BEEN GOING FOR SO LONG IT S HARD TO IMAGE IT S FINALLY HAPPENING.
AFTER ALL THE NEGOTIATING THE HAND SHAKES THE SCHEDULE FIXING AND THE MEDIA
ATTENTION TODAY IT ALL COMES DOWN TO HIS BEING SIMPLY A PLANE RIDE AWAY.
(( NAT ))
THERE ARE STILL QUESTIONS ABOUT JUST WHAT WILL HAPPEN HERE THIS AFTERNOON
AND IN THE DAYS TO FOLLOW UNCERTAINTY IS PART OF THE FRANTIC NATURE OF THIS
FIRST EVER VISIT.
(( SOT, NAME UNAVAILABLE ))
Maybe he s coming to save the Church, because here in Cuba there is no
religious freedom at all.
THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS ARE SHARED NOT ONLY BY THOSE STILL HERE BUT BY THOSE
WHO HAVE LONG SINCE LEFT.
(( NAT ))
AT THE HAVANA AIRPORT CUBAN AMERICANS ARRIVE FROM FLORIDA. A BITTER SWEET
(( SOT, MARIELLA LOPEZ, CUBAN AMERICAN))
We are here as humanitarians which is the main concentration.
BUT IT S NOT JUST CUBANS PEOPLE ARE COMING HERE FROM ALL OVER THE
WORLD ARGENTINA FOR THESE WOMEN
(( SOT, NAME UNAVAILABLE ))
You came all the way here to see the pope all the way to see the pope, yes.
(( COWAN STANDUP ))
NOT ONLY IS THIS HISTORY IN THE MAKING, BUT LYING IN THE SHADOWS OF ALL THE
POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS, IS A SHOWING OF FAITH IN IT S DEEPEST FORM. LC, CBS
The chief U- N weapons inspector is talking tough against Iraq--
Richard Butler says he may send inspectors to Iraqi presidential sites
That comes after Iraqi officials proposed the inspectors back off on demands
to search those sites, pending more talks.
Butler says he told Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister that the proposal "flies in
the face" of the U- N's demands for open access to the sites.
GRAPHIC=middle east peace
President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu burned the
midnight oil last night.
After all day talks about the middle east peace process, the Israeli leader
returned for a two- hour meeting with the President.
Mr. Clinton is urging Netanyahu to organize a significant and credible troop
pullback from the West Bank.
Last night's session was described as intense and useful.
Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat will meet with the President tomorrow.
Meanwhile, President Clinton is said to be outraged over allegations that he
had an affair with a former White House intern.
There are reports that the Whitewater prosecutor is now looking into the
contacts between Mr. Clinton and former aid Monica Lewinsky.
The reports also say there are tapes of Lewinsky telling a colleague that
the President instructed her to deny any sexual relationship with him.
A spokesman for the President says Mr. Clinton never had "any improper
relationship" with the woman.
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Wythe County is taking action after a strip bar opened last summer.
The board of supervisors is just steps away from resolving the issue with
the aid of an ordinance which helps define obscenity.
IN Q=To allow
((REV. RICHARD LINDAMOOD/ORDINANCE SUPPORTER:TO ALLOW THIS TYPE OF
ESTABLISHMENT IN WYTHE COUNTY IS AN INVITATION TO ORGANIZED CRIME, I CAN JUST
SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPENED IF THE FORT CHISWELL AREA ALONG THE INTERSTATE IF CLUBS
WERE ALLOWED TO SPRING UP, IT'S AN OPEN DOOR FOR MUCH MORE TROUBLE. ))
SUPER=01-Rev. Richard Lindamood/Ordinance Supporter; :00
OUT Q=more trouble.
The ordinance would penalize the person exhibiting the questionable
behavior-- his or her employer-- as well as the person who owned the
The strip bar that opened last summer is NOW closed.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
The evenly weighted scales in Virginia's Senate have now tilted to the
Loudoun County's Senate seat went to the G-O-P in a special election.
Republican Delegate Bill Mims has won the State Senate seat formerly held by
Democrat Charlie (Wah-DELL) Waddell.
Waddell accepted an appointment in the Gilmore administration.
The Senate will now have 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats, making it the
first time EVER the G-O-P has out outright control of either chamber of the
Prior to last night, Republicans only had the tie-breaker vote in an evenly
Mims' election means another special House election-- but that seat will
probably remain Republican.
Proposed changes to the tax system are catching the attention of those who
collect the funds.
Local constitutional officers want more input on the car tax cut.
They say, for instance, the car tax voucher idea the Governor previewed
Monday night may NOT be such a good one.
IN Q=A number
((WILLIAM ORNDORFF/FREDERICK CO. TREASURER: A NUMBER OF US THAT WORK WITH THE
PUBLIC EVERY DAY, A LOT OF TIMES THEY SHOW UP WITH A CHECK AND THEY HAVE TO
RESEARCH THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE ACTUAL TAX BILL. SO I THINK WE WOULD TRY
TO AVOID ANY OF THOSE PROBLEM AREAS AND HAVE RECOMMENDED SO TO THE
SUPER=01-William Orndorff/Frederick Co. Treasurer;
OUT Q=to the administration.
Talking tax cuts, Shawsville Democrat Madison Marye's done the numbers on
his grocery tax cut bill.
IN Q=It will
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: IT WILL AFFECT THE POOR AND THE RICH ALIKE.
THE FOOD TAX HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONSIDERED A REGRESSIVE TAX. AND I JUST WISH THE
GOVERNOR WASN'T QUITE SO ADAMANT IN HIS TAX ON CARS BECAUSE I THINK THAT CAN BE
OUT Q=addressed locally.
Marye says he'd phase out the first three-and-a half cents of the four-and-a
half cent sales tax on groceries.
He say it would save the average family 180 dollars a year.
A man hospitalized Sunday after being shot in the face has died.
22- year- old Vincent Johnson died yesterday morning.
Monday, police arrested 32- year- old Aubrey Hughes in connection with the
They would NOT discuss a possible motive. Hughes remains held without bond.
A weapon was recovered from his home Monday.
The city of Roanoke has narrowed its search for a new police chief, and is
now interviewing eight finalists for the job.
In a news release, Public Safety Director Chip Snead says all of the
candidates have at least 20 years experience in law enforcement. Four are
currently chiefs of police in cities or urban counties.
While there are no women in the group, city officials say there is racial
Two panels of citizens, administrators and police officers will interview
the candidates today and tomorrow.
The city hopes to name the new chief by mid- February.
Some Roanoke city employees are pooling their resources to fight the
mistreatment they say they face.
Workers have called on the A-F-L--C-I-O to help them join the "American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
It has been said that policies are being ignored by the city's
IN Q=THEY WILL TELL
((EVELYN WHEELER/CITY MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE; THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT THEY HAVE
BEEN AND THAT THEY ARE WORKING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS AND PROCEDURES. BUT
IN REALITY, AND IF YOU WOULD TAKE A POLL FROM CITY WORKERS, YOU WOULD SEE THAT
THEY ARE NOT.))
SUPER=01-Evelyn Wheeler/City Municipal Employee;
OUT Q=THEY ARE NOT.
Organizers say they will go to the top of the ladder if that's where changes
need to be made.
IN Q=NOW, IF WE'RE
((ED CRAWFORD/FIREFIGHTERS ASSO. VICE PRESIDENT; NOW, IF WE'RE NOT HAPPY WITH
WHAT'S TAKING PLACE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNNING CITY GOVERNMENT, THESE
PEOPLE APPOINT THOSE PEOPLE AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Ed Crawford/Firefighters Asso. Vice President;
OUT Q=CHANGE THAT.
Union representatives say a local "Municipal Association" will be
established by July.
Mayor David Bowers says he was unaware of last night's meeting, and says he
wants to make sure city employees' grievances are dealt with appropriately and
They're not out for votes yet, but soon Roanoke City Council members could
be on your doorstep.
The proposal comes from council member Nelson Harris, who says a similar
program in Petersburg has worked well.
He believes a regular schedule of neighborhood visits in the spring and fall
will help council members stay in touch with their constituents' concerns.
IN Q=Let me stress that this is not
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: LET ME STRESS THAT THIS IS NOT INTENDED
TO BE A PUBLIC RELATIONS GIMMICK, AND I WANT THAT TO BE UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS IS
INTENDED TO BE A WAY THAT THE COUNCIL CAN BECOME SUBSTANTIVELY INVOLVED WITH
OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS.))
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council;
OUT Q=neighborhood organizations.
Higher parking fines are on the way. Yesterday city council approved an
increase that will double most parking fines from five to ten dollars.
Downtown merchants hope the higher fines will discourage violators and free
up more spaces for shoppers.
More prosecution witnesses are testifying today in the Abed trial.
Yesterday a woman who's been promised a place in the witness protection
program took the stand.
Rod Abed's ex-wife told the jury how Rod had been involved in a couple of
break-ins and the fire at the Corner Store on 13th Street.
SUPER=04-January 13, 1995
Though the two had separated in November 19-95, Donna Abed says Rod wrote
to her after his arrest, pleading with her not to link him to the 13th Street
Because it was started with a molotov cocktail, that offense alone carries
a minimum mandatory 30- year prison sentence.
Tracking down stolen four-wheelers now requires a special sheriff's task
force, mainly investigating Henry and Franklin Counties --
so far fourteen people have been arrested and charged with felonies
connected to stealing four-wheelers.
The task force found twenty-seven all terrain vehicles and two lawn mowers
-- all stolen.
Sheriff's deputies, state police and the F-B-I say they will continue to
Some Moneta residents are worried about the future of their town.
They fear what started out as a proposal to lessen extra traffic has evolved
into something that will turn Moneta into a "ghost town."
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=At first
SUPER=01-David Ferguson/Business Owner; :19
SUPER=01-James Roney/Resident; :41
OUT Q=News7, Moneta.
(( At first, everyone thought a bypass around Moneta was a great idea.. it
would divert heavy lake traffic and keep emergency crews from being blocked by
slow- moving freight trains.
But residents say they DIDN'T know the deal meant the railroad crossing in
the center of town would be closed off.. effectively cutting Moneta in half.
IN Q=In two or
((DAVID FERGUSON/BUSINESS OWNER: IN TWO OR THREE YEARS .. DOWN HERE NOW.))
OUT Q=down here now.
natsot man arguing
At a packed town meeting, residents asked VDOT and the commonwealth
transportation board to reconsider.
Closing the crossing, they say, would kill their little town.
IN Q=That law that
((JAMES RONEY/RESIDENT: THAT LAW THAT YOU EXPLAINED.. .. EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY
OUT Q=to every rule.
But an exception here will require the railroad, the federal government and
the state transportation board ALL to change their mind.
Once the bypass is completed this summer, the crossing will stay open
another two years.. residents hope that's long enough for them to make their
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Moneta.))
Less expensive and faster Internet access could be coming to Southwest
Virginia if Virginia Tech has anything to say about it.
The school will take part in an auction of wireless spectrum space that
begins February 18th.
With the space, Tech could provide businesses, schools, local governments
and hospitals with access to high-speed wireless voice and data transmissions.
People could link their computers to the wireless spectrum with a
roof-mounted dish the size of a dinner plate.
A local auctioneer will breath new life into Troutville's old high school.
Botetourt's Board of Supervisors accepted a local auctioneer's amended
proposal to purchase and renovate the 70- year- old building.
Brent Witt bought the facility for ten-thousand dollars and must make
130-thousand dollars in repairs, including a new roof and heating system,
within one year.
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SUPER=331-Mostly/Cloudy/30-33/Chance of/Freezing Rain/37-40;
SUPER=332-Cloudy/Skies/27-30/Morning Mix/Afternoon Rain/33-36;
SUPER=333-Mostly/Cloudy/27-30/Chance of/Freezing Rain/33-37;
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GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Salem came out on top of the crucial district game that pitted the Terriers
versus the Spartans.
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00
Byrd's Josh Wheeler scored 16 of his 34 points in the third quarter alone.
Curtis Hetherington finds Wheeler for this bucket.
One of Salem's go-to guys was Dennis Haley. He tallied 19 on the night
including this jumper for a four point Spartan advantage.
Salem's Hershel Thomas lead all SUPER=34-Salem/76/William Byrd/59;
Spartan scorers with 23 points. Here he makes a nice cut and nails the shot.
Wheeler tried to keep his team close; driving in and hitting the off balance
one handed shot. The Spartans would pull away for a 76-59 win for sole
possession of the Blue Ridge District lead.
((CHARLIE MORGAN/SALEM HEAD COACH:))
((PAUL BARNARD/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Charlie Morgan/Salem Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Barnard/William Byrd Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=...proud of our kids(DOUBLE OUT!!)
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The Virginia Cavaliers watched their A-C-C record fall to 2-and-4 last night
as they lost on the road to Clemson.
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/Raycom-JP Sports; :00
Clemson's Terrell McIntyre penetrates, draws the defense and then feeds Tony
Christie, who drains one of his four first half three pointers.
Virginia would answer with a tremendous backdoor play, capped by Willie
Dersch's slam dunk.
But McIntyre would find Harold Jamison on the baseline for the slam and
Clemson hit the half on top 36-to-22.
U-V-a loses it 69 to 52.
The East Coast Hockey League all-star game took place last night down in
SUPER=03-Lafayette, LA/HTS; :00
The Cajun Dome hosted the mid season extravaganza and the U-S star took on
And watch the bottom of your screen for number 10. That's rookie Chris
Cantu, the Roanoke Express representative in the game.
Cantu had two goals in the first SUPER=38-USA/7/Canada/11/Cantu - 3 Goals;
period alone. He finished with a hat trick, but the U-S-A Stars lose to Team
Greg Sacks in a Thunderbird again led Ford testing at Daytona yesterday
although speeds were a little slower with no one topping 190 miles an hour.
Kenny Irwin, Lake Speed and Rusty Wallace had the fastest Taurus speeds.
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Nearly every state in the U.S. has its own tree, bird and flower.
One of the issues being debated in this session of the General Assembly is
which reptile should represent the Commonwealth.
It's a scaly subject but some hope Herby the turtle wins the race.
IN Q=I've told everyone that
((DOUGLAS EGGLESTON/REPTILE ENTHUSIAST: I'VE TOLD EVERYONE THAT AS FAR AS
REPTILES GO, THIS IS PROBABLY WHAT WE CONSIDER THE WARM, FUZZY OF THE REPTILE
SUPER=01-Douglas Eggleston/Reptile Enthusiast;
OUT Q=reptile group
Eggleston, an amateur herpetologist from Campbell County has joined the
fight for Herby in the state capital.
Also being debated this session is a bill to declare an official state soil.