Iraq may be bowing to international pressure and opening up some of its
sensitive sites to inspectors.
And Franklin County authorities investigate a double shooting.
A large storm is looming, with the potential for heavy rain and even some
snow. I'll have the latest, along with an overview of the weekend's sports.
News 7 at noon is next.IRAQ
Baghdad may be responding to western pressure.
There's word from Russia that Saddam Hussein is offering to meet with the
chief U-N weapons inspector, and open up as many as eight presidential sites
This as secretary of State Madeleine Albright continues her mideast trip
today, trying to garner support for a possible military strike.
Iraqi lawmakers put off a decision on how to respond to U-S threats.
The delay comes as the U-N secretary General today suggested Iraq be allowed
to sell more oil and receive more emergency aid in return.
Authorities say a Franklin County man shot his wife Saturday night and then
Sheriffs deputies found Rodney Feazell dead and his wife Patricia bleeding
from gunshot wounds to the chest, shoulders and head.
Lieutenant Ewell Hunt says the couple's 15- year- old daughter called 9-1-1
shortly before ten Saturday night to report the shooting.
Rodney Feazell was apparently a hunter and used two different guns from his
collection during the shooting.
Patricia Feazell is in serious condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial
Congress has a new budget to look over and for the first time in three
decades this one includes a surplus.
President Clinton sent his fiscal 19-99 spending plan to Congress
this morning, declaring an end to "an era of exploding deficits."
The proposal includes a nearly ten billion-dollar surplus, yet calls for
increased spending for education, child care and medical research.
Republicans say the surplus should be used to cut taxes, not to pay for new
Maureen Maher has more on the president's budget and the sex scandal that
continues to steal the spotlight.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Last Night;
SUPER=01-William Ginsburg/Lewinsky's Attorney;
SUPER=01-Kenneth Starr/Special Prosecutor;
OUT Q=cbs news, washington.
This morning President Clinton presented the first balanced budget in 30
years. The White House is conducting business as usual while the
investigation into whether she had a sexual relationship with the
President. The 24 year old former White House
intern is scheduled to fly to California some time this week to see her
father. She has stayed out of sight at the Watergate Hotel since the
Philippine radio stations are reporting that search teams have found the
wreckage of a jetliner that crashed this morning.
However, officials haven't confirmed the report, and postponed the search
for the plane because of bad weather. The D-C 9 was carrying 104
passengers and crew.
The search began soon after the plane didn't show up at its scheduled
There were some foreigners on board, but their nationalities have not been
The investigation continues into two separate fires that took their toll in
At about six yesterday morning, firefighters responded to a blaze at a
condemned building in the 11-hundred block of Hunt Avenue.
It's the third time they've responded to a call at that site.
Another fire broke out at a house near Tazewell Avenue in the downtown area.
Damage is reportedly in the thousands of dollars.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
Roanoke County is starting the year off right, on the back of last year's
great economic record.
25-new businesses or expansions yielded more than 94-million dollars in
investments and over a thousand new or retained jobs.
Officials say there were three major reasons--
The announcement of I-T-T Nightvision's 20-million dollar expansion plans,
creating 125-new jobs.
The company's other division, Galium Arsenide plans to relocate to
ValleyPointe, and the Kroger warehouse expansion.
IN Q=THE FIRST PHASE
((TIM GUBALA/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR; THE FIRST PHASE OF THAT, IT'S A
35-MILLION DOLLAR TOTAL EXPANSION. THE FIRST PHASE OF ABOUT EIGHT TO NINE
MILLION IS NEARING COMPLETION FOR THE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE CENTER.))
SUPER=01-Tim Gubala/Economic Development Director;
OUT Q=MAINTENANCE CENTER.
Plans to keep those type of numbers rolling in include the development of
Valley Gateway near the Roanoke Centre for Technology, the Glenn-Mary property
in west county and the McDonald Farm in Vinton.tease1
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It's groundhog day and we'll see what Tweeter from the Mill Mountain Zoo has
The infamous Punxsutawney Phil already made his prediction earlier today.
First let's check in with our own forecaster, Patrick Evans.
music up full
America's favorite furry weather watcher has made his prediction.
And if Punxsutawney Phil is right, don't get out the picnic and beach gear
Phil saw his shadow shortly after sunrise -- meaning, according to legend,
that winter will last another six weeks.
Records from the National Climactic Date Center in North Carolina put Phil's
accuracy rate at 59 percent since 19-80.
Roanoke held its first Groundhog Day celebration at Mill Mountain Zoo this
morning, hoping our groundhog might offer a more pleasant forecast than Phil.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Eric/Microwave
Eric Earnhart is at the Zoo to tell us what happened.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: what we wanted to hear.)
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OUT Q=do you like that? (Silent head nod)
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Eric/Microwave
Lynchburg's city council election is still three months off, but one
incumbent councilman has decided he WON'T seek re- election.
After five years on council, Republican Bob Davenport says he's ready to
have a little time to himself.
Davenport says while he may be stepping down, he's NOT stepping aside.
IN Q=I'm not just
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I'M NOT JUST GOING TO GO AWAY AND NOT
DO ANYTHING. I'M GOING TO BE INVOLVED IN SOMETHING, I'M GOING TO VOLUNTEER AT
THE HOSPITAL, I'M GOING TO DO DAILY BREAD, I HOPE TO DO SOME OTHER THINGS AND
AS I SAY, IF THE COUNCIL NEEDS A CERTAIN PERSON TO BE ON A COMMISSION OR A
BOARD, I'D CERTAINLY BE ABLE TO CONSIDER THAT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=to consider that.
Republican leaders say they have several strong candidates lined up to run
for Davenport's seat.
All three at- large seats and the Ward Two spot on council will be up for
grabs in May.
Today begins week four in the trial of Roanoke's alleged "Crime Family."
But, the trial is only half way over.
Keith Humphry takes a look ahead at this week's case against Joe Abbott and
IN Q=The fatal apartment
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SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994; :40
OUT Q=Humphry NEWS 7, Roanoke.
((The fatal apartment fire is likely to be the focus of testimony when the
Homicide is certainly the most serious charge here. The Government wants
to link the deaths of two people on 13th Street with the firebombing of the
Corner Store earlier the same day... and pin it on the owner of the Speedway
Mart across the street.
There's also evidence of drug dealing in and out of the Speedway... with a
tenuous link to Joe Abbott. Witnesses say he spent a lot of time there.
Another convenience store may come into play this week... the Sonic Mart on
Brambleton has been the subject of a bitter civil battle between Abbott and
And there's the Mixer's fire... a Salem nightclub where the flaming roof
caved in seconds after the dance floor cleared with 75 people inside.
Riyadh Gibriel- -an Atlanta businessman- -is accused of insurance fraud,
along with his business partner, Doctor Ahmad Thiab.
Four of the Abeds are accused of actually setting the fire.
standup @ 7:00:23
((THE GOVERNMENT HAD SOME OUT OF TOWN WITNESSES HERE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR
FRIDAY... UNTIL THE JURORS GOT SICK.
ONE IS AN ARSON INVESTIGATOR FROM ARLINGTON. AND THERE'S A POLICE OFFICER
FROM OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND WHO'S SUPPOSED TO TESTIFY ABOUT ALLEGED DRUG DEALS AT
A STORE IN MARYLAND.
THE GOVERNMENT'S CASE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST THIS WEEK... PERHAPS
GOING INTO NEXT WEEK BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT RESTS.
KEITH HUMPHRY, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Looking for a way to keep some of your tax money?
We'll have some tips as April 15th approaches.
Olympic Athletes continue to flow into Nagano, Japan as the price tag for
the games continues to grow.
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Nicotine is addictive, that's what tobacco executives admitted last week
before tha House Commerce Committee.
Congress is trying to decide whether or not to approve the proposed
settlement on liability lawsuits.
News-7's Feedback this week has a few thoughts about that, from a relative
of tobacco farmers.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
IN Q=I am really
OUT Q=JM, News7.
(("I am really just tired of hearing about the tobacco industry and all the
harm that it does, while nothing much is said about the alcohol industry. I
would like to see the statistics on cigarettes compared to alcohol as to how
many marriages break up...how many automobile accidents occur...We all see the
fatal accidents on the news because of a drunk driver getting behind the wheel
and killing innocent people...And what about the health problems excessive
alcohol drinking can cause: living damage, kidney damage and heart
damage...When is the government going to step in and start taking some
precautions on that???"
NAT SOUND OF MEDIA HORDE
Shots of press surrounding Clinton or Lewinsky, from national feeds
The investigation of President Clinton's relationship with a White House
intern had dominated the news lately.
We'd like to know what you think of the coverage.
Send your letters to News-7 Feedback, at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia. The
zip code is 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
Email goes to firstname.lastname@example.org. And, you'll find a moderated on-line forum on
our web page, at wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))WEATHER
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The clock is ticking as tax day approaches.
Scott Goldberg has some advice that might help you save money in this week's
SUPER=01-Gary Duerk/Brown, Edwards & Company; :13
OUT Q=I'm Scott Goldberg
((Investing money in certain types of bonds could help you put off some of your
Gary Duerk of Brown Edwards and Company has a couple of suggestions for
taxpayers looking to lighten their tax burden.
((GARY DUERK/BROWN, EDWARDS AND COMPANY: TAXPAYERS MIGHT CONSIDER BUYING
MUNICIPAL BONDS FOR THEMSELVES.
THEY AVOID FEDERAL TAX ALTOGETHER AND IF THE BONDS ARE OBLIGATIONS OF VIRGINIA
MUNICIPALITIES THEY ARE TAX-FREE FOR VIRGINIA PURPOSES SO THOSE ARE THE BEST
KINDS TO HAVE. ALSO YOU CAN BUY SAVINGS BONDS OR T-BILLS THAT MATURE IN THE
FUTURE, AND YOU CAN AVOID PAYING TAXES UNTIL THEY MATURE. ))
OUT Q=THEY MATURE
SOT "Common Sense 2/2" at 15:24:05
((Duerk says taxpayers can save lots of money this year IF they know where to
OUT Q=to look
IN Q=WITH THE TAXPAYERS
((GARY DUERK: WITH THE TAXPAYERS' RELIEF ACT THERE ARE SOME BENEFITS IN THERE,
BUT YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO WORK HARD TO GET THEM. AS WE SAY IN THE PROFESSION,
CONGRESS ONCE AGAIN SIMPLIFIED THE TAX CODE BEYOND ALL COMPREHENSION.))
OUT Q=ALL COMPREHENSION
SOT "Common Sense 2/2" at 15:24:53
IN Q=the kindler
((The kinder and gentler Internal Revenue Service is offering free advice this
year, to help you get your maximum number of benefits when you file your tax
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg. ))
OUT Q=scott goldberg))
The market is advancing on the heels of a powerful rally in Asia.
At Noon, the Dow was UP 156 points.tease3
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
And in sports...
The U-V-A men's basketball team was in college park last night.
Curtis Staples was red hot from behind the arc, but would it be enough for
We'll find out in sports, coming up. (---------------)
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TAPE#net (edit of BB98-2)
Kyle Murphy scored 16 points to lead Roanoke College to a 99 to 68 win over
Lynchburg and move back to 500 in the ODAC.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Lynchburg; :
Kyle Murphy scored 16. Here he passes inside to Michael Ball who scores the
easy basket giving the Maroons the lead.
But the Hornets come right back Chris Whelan gets it to Jerry O'Hara who
scores the inside hoop but the Hornets trailed at the half.
Roanoke gets its outside game going. SUPER=33-Roanoke/99/Lynchburg/68/;
Former Fleming star Brad Dunleavy pulls up and nails the three pointer at the
side of the key and Roanoke wins it 99 to 68.
TAPE#net (edit of VB98-1)
It was a good night for Virginia's Curtis Staples, but overall it wasn't so
good for U-V-A.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/JP-RAYCOM;
Maryland came out with the hot hand, this jumper makes it was 4 to nothing.
Staples answered from behind the line. He hits one of his seven three
pointers to move into fourth place on the N-C-A-A career list with 376.
Rodney Elliott hits a three pointer for the Terps.
The Cavaliers get it out on the SUPER=33-Virginia/70/Maryland#23/77/;
break again this time Norman Nolan takes it to the hoop for the Jam, but
Maryland holds on to win the game 77 to 70.
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-1)
Duke had little trouble putting away Georgia Tech.
Duke's Trajon Langdon had three trey's in the first half, this one gave the
Blue Devils a 10 point lead.
The Yellow Jackets get the ball to their main man Matt Harping. He takes
it to the hoop and scores off the glass.
But the Blue Devils were too hot SUPER=33-Duke/90/Georgia Tech/69/;behind
the line. Roshown McCleod steps back and nails this three and Duke wins the
game 90 to 69.
The A-F-C came from behind to beat the N-F-C 29 to 24 in the Pro Bowl.
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/ABC Sports;
But the big winner was Dennis Crawford. During halftime of the game
Crawford kicked this 35 yard field goal to win one-million Dollars.
It's the second year in a row that a contestant has won the cash in the
Contest sponsored by Hershey.
Don't forget to tune in to News 7 every weekend morning
take Wknd Am Promo 9403essC
From 8 to 9 Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will have the latest news,
weather and sports on News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning.
With the start of the Olympic games less than a week away the athletes are
arriving in Japan.
The U-S Olympic Team was officially welcomed into the Nagano Olympic Village
The '98 games are likely to top ten billion dollars, making this year's
version the most expensive games ever.
Among the expenditures: a new bullet train and a new expressway from Tokyo
The city's share of the load is predicted at about 824 million.