President Clinton was sceduled to arrive in Nelson County as Officials in
his administration say support is growing for airstrikes against Iraq.
Earlier, at the White House, Mr. Clinton noted new support from
Canada and Australia.
Both countries say they're willing to support force if diplomacy fails.
((I HOPE WE AVOID USE OF FORCE...MUST BE PREPARED TO ACT. ))
OUT Q=PREPARED TO ACT.
Meanwhile, U-S officials are bolstering personnel in the region by
sending an additional three thousand troops to Kuwait.
SUPER=03-Persian Gulf, Off Bahrain;
And the U-S-S George Washington is patrolling the Persian Gulf off the coast
of Bahrain, ready for any orders from the White House.
There's plenty of firepower there, including the aircraft carriers U-S-S
Independence and U-S-S George Washington.
Meantime, the President focuses his attention at this hour on Democrats.
Today he's spending time at the Wintergreen resort in Nelson County.
Mr. Clinton plans address the House Democratic Caucus.
Its is holding a three- day retreat at Wintergreen.
Secret Service agents and Capitol police have spent the past few days
IN Q=Beyond that
((MARK GLICKMAN/WINTERGREEN RESORT: BEYOND THAT THIS AREA'S GOING TO BE PRETTY
SECURED, NEEDLESS TO SAY. AND IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE
HIM. HE'S JUST HERE TO MAKE A QUICK SPEECH AND HE'LL BE IN AND OUT OF
WINTERGREEN PRETTY QUICKLY.))
SUPER=01-Mark Glickman/Wintergreen Resort; :00
OUT Q=pretty quickly.
Wintergreen officials say skiers and guests are still welcome.. but they
shouldn't expect to be rubbing elbows with the President.
In the ongoing investigation into the alleged affair between President
Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, the question today is will Lewinsky testify
Thursday before a grand jury?
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
Her attorney is expected to go to court today to block the testimony until
she is granted full immunity.
Yesterday, President Clinton's attorney asked a federal court to find
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in contempt for alleged leaks in the
grand jury investigation.
An ordinary looking garage in Burnt Chimney turned out to be housing some
A secret panel revealed a major moonshine operation.
Tina Tenret has the story.
SUPER=01-Gerald Joyce/ABC Special Agent;:10
OUT Q=Franklin Co.
((ABC agents busted this secret den of moonshine -- and found a surprisingly
high-tech alcohol factory.
IN Q=This is a lot more
((GERALD JOYCE/ABC SPECIAL AGENT: THIS IS A LOT MORE SOPHISTICATED. WELL
CONCEALED, EXTREMELY WELL THOUGHT OUT, WELL PLANNED OUT -- A LOT OF DETAILS AS
FAR AS THE ABILITY TO CONCEAL IT AND HIDE IT AND COMPACT IT -- IT'S A LOT
DIFFERENT. IT'S NOT A NORMAL BLACK POT OPERATION WE FIND OUT IN THE WOODS.))
OUT Q=in the woods
Bootleggers here used steam to make alcohol from mash -- a mixture of
sugar, yeast and meal.
This still also features everything from specially wired electricity to
industrial size fans.
And it's all underground.
Agents say these twelve stills probably cooked up about 1500 gallons a week
clearing a profit of roughly 20 thousand dollars PER WEEK.
Now agents pump the leftover mash into a septic tank.
Authorities say they must have missed the workers by minutes.
The still owners found bags of sugar piled up against the tanks, ready to
They'll try to track down the runaway bootleggers through fingerprints left
here -- no arrests have been made yet.
IN Q=ABC agents say
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ABC AGENTS SAY THEY MIGHT NEVER KNOW WHO WAS RUNNING THIS
STILL BECAUSE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS A CODE OF SECRECY. THEY SAY PEOPLE HERE
LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER AND IT'LL BE TOUGH GETTING THEM TO TALK. TINA TENRET,
NEWS7, FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
OUT Q=Franklin County
Covington parents are on a mission to improve school safety measures and
change a state law.
Members of the Edgemont-Parent- Teacher- Association have asked that the
playground at Edgemont Primary School be fenced in.
The group also wants celluar communication for Physical Education teachers
when children are playing in the school yard and a safety survey conducted.
The group has also written to lawmakers, asking for a change in the state
law which prohibits the police and school officials from informing the public
when a sex offender moves into town.
IN Q=PARENTS HAVE
((DAVID KIDD/PARENT; PARENTS HAVE A RIGHT. IF YOU BELIEVE IN SOMETHING AND YOU
DON'T THINK SOMETHING IS GOING, DO IT, CHANGE IT, DON'T SIT STILL. DON'T HOLLAR
AND SCREAM. THERE ARE WAYS OF DOING IT. YOU NEED TO GET OUT THERE AND GET IT
DONE AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE. ))
OUT Q=WE'VE DONE.
The E-P-T-A sought the measures after learning that a convicted sex offender
lives next to the school.
Roanoke County's commitment to its affirmative action plan is being called
into question by local N-double-A-C-P officials.
They point to Cynthia Best as an example.
Best says ever since she filed an E-E-O-C complaint against the county, her
supervisors in the Assessors Office have unfairly harassed her for being late.
When she complained, she says she was disciplined for speaking
She says other women in her office have experienced similar treatment.
IN Q=basically I believe
((CYNTHIA BEST/ASSOCIATE APPRAISER; BASICALLY I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A HOSTILE
ENVIRONMENT IN MY OFFICE THAT IS PROMOTED BY MANAGEMENT, I BELIEVE THAT THERE
ARE A MAJORITY WHITE MALES THAT I WORK WITH AND THEY HAVE MADE IT INCREASINGLY
DIFFICULT FOR ME TO DO MY JOB.
MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP; WE'RE NOT SAYING THEY HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING, WE'RE SAYING
THEY HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH, AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE HAS NOT BEEN EFFECTIVE.))
SUPER=01-Cynthia Best/Associate Appraiser;
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/NAACP; :15
OUT Q=not been effective
County Administrator Elmer Hodge disagrees.
IN Q=I have not seen
((ELMER HODGE/COUNTY MANAGER; I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY INDICATION OF THAT AND I
DON'T KNOW THAT MR. JEFFERIES CAN GIVE YOU ANY STATISTICS TO SHOW THAT. WE
CERTAINLY HAVE DONE WELL WITH OUR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN, WE'VE MADE GREAT
PROGRESS SINCE IT WAS PUT IN PLACE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, I REALLY THINK WE'VE
OUT Q=done well
Best says she plans to file another E-E-O-C complaint against the county.
One of the male rats to drop out of V-M-I's first co-ed class says
upperclassmen spanked him regularly, with a belt and a coat hanger.
George Wade, Junior says the attacks left serious bruises.
Wade's family wants the beatings treated as hazing.
That would mean V-M-I would have to refer the incidents for criminal
The former "rat" says he just wants justice.
IN Q=What happened to me
((GEORGE WADE, JR./FORMER VMI CADET: WHAT HAPPENED TO ME AT VMI WAS WRONG, BUT
I DON'T FAULT VMI FOR THAT. I FAULT THE PEOPLE WHO HAPPENED TO BE AT VMI FOR
THAT. I WANT IT DEALT WITH IN A JUST MANNER. I JUST WANT IT RESOLVED.))
SUPER=01-George Wade, Jr./Former VMI Cadet;
OUT Q=want it resolved.
V-M-I says a student disciplinary committee will review the incidents and
the way they were handled.
Spokesman Mike Strickler promises a "thorough investigation."
Three seniors were suspended for hitting six "rats" on different occasions
California is bracing for more wet weather.
Another El Nino driven storm is expected to dump up to two inches of rain by
tonight on the coast north of San Francisco.
Yesterday, President Clinton released federal disaster aid for the state.
California authorities say the storm has caused up to 300 million dollars
A new tremor is hindering rescue
efforts in northern Afghanistan -- and rattling nerves.
Officials say a tremor with a magnitude of five-point-four hit
the region this morning.
Aid workers are already struggling to get help to the area after last
Wednesday's powerful quake.
Aid workers now say the death toll is at least three-thousand.
But Afghan officials say the number is higher, near five-thousand.
Alvin Hudson retired from the sheriff's office, but he isn't planning to
retire from public service. Today, he announced his campaign for Roanoke City
Hudson started his career in law enforcement as a Roanoke police officer in
19-50, and became city sheriff in 19-77.
He says he has more to offer the city.
IN Q=I promise to work hard
((ALVIN HUDSON/D- CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I PROMISE TO WORK HARD AND BE A GOOD
CANDIDATE, BE A GOOD COUNCIL MEMBER AND LOOK AFTER THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE
CITY OF ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-Alvin Hudson/(D) City Council Candidate
OUT Q=in the city of Roanoke.
Council members Bill White, Nelson Harris, and Jack Parrott are up for
re-election. Other likely candidates include Bill Bestpitch, and Jeff Artis.
Council elections will be held on May 5th.E-Car-Tax
Law makers are getting to work, looking at how to make Governor Jim
Gilmore's "no car tax" pledge a reality.
Vinton Democrat Dick Cranwell's tax committee took it up last night.
Cranwell seemed surprised to learn that the state would be locked in to
whatever the actual cost of the cut would be.
SOT TAPE ONE 06:59:47
IN Q=So if it's
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: SO IF IT'S 525 MILLION DOLLARS, SOMEBODY'S
GONNA WRITE A CHECK TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN VIRGINIA FOR 525 MILLION
DOLLARS. YES OR NO. RON TILLETT/FINANCE SECRETARY: YES. CRANWELL: THANK
SOT tape one07:01:26
((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON: SUPPOSE THAT THE ATTENTION THAT THIS INITIATIVE HAS
DRAWN REALLY LEADS VIRGINIANS TO PURCHASE MORE VEHICLES -- TIMES ARE GOOD --
AND THAT THE FLEET OF VEHICLES RISES, BY TWO, THREE, FIVE, TEN PERCENT. AND
THE TAX OBLIGATION RISES-- NOT JUST TO 525 MILLION, BUT TO 550 OR 600
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg; :12
OUT Q=600 million.
One possible compromise with rural Democrats emerged last night.
Governor Gilmore's staff is promising to look again at the dollar figure
phase-out Gilmore campaigned on -- along with the percentage plan he's now
"Gangsta rap" has made its way into Virginia's General Assembly.
It may not be a candidate for the new state song, but lawmakers are still
taking a closer .
Richmond Delegate Dwight Jones wants the Virginia Retirement System to study
divesting itself of any holdings in companies that produce violent rap music.
IN Q=I have teenage
((DEL. DWIGHT JONES/D-RICHMOND: I HAVE TEENAGE YOUNGSTERS WHO KIND OF LET ME
HEAR SOME OF THESE THINGS. AND IT'S REALLY AMAZING WHEN YOU RECOGNIZE THAT
YOUNG PEOPLE WHO PERHAPS DON'T KNOW THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG HAVE
MEMORIZED THESE LYRICS. KNOW THEM WORD FOR WORD.))
SUPER=01-Del. Dwight Jones/(D) Richmond;
OUT Q=word for word.
The Virginia Retirement System says its investments in the music divisions
of companies like Time-Warner and Seagrams are "miniscule."
And one radio program director says "gangsta rap" is already out of style.
The rap music bill has yet to get out of its first committee at the State
Private and public dollars could soon make their mark on Danville's
The Kiwanis Club says it will give 150-thousand dollars to the project..
but only if the city pitches in the same amount.
The money would go to add heating and air-conditioning to the community
room section of the old freight warehouse as well as a new floor and a full
IN Q=300,000 It may very well
((JOHN WALES/KIWANIS PRESIDENT: 300-THOUSAND. IT MAY VERY WELL RUN 350-THOUSAND
OR SO. ANY MONIES OVER AND ABOVE THE 350-THOUSAND CONTRIBUTED BY THE KIWANIS
CLUB WOULD COME FROM THE CITY OF DANVILLE OR OTHER SOURCES.))
SUPER=01-John Wales/Kiwanis President;
OUT Q=or other sources.
The Kiwanis Club says Danville needs a facility that can handle large
Besides the community room, the building is also home to an 18-thousand-
square- foot farmers' market.
Two controversial pieces of firefighting equipment made their way to
Fire trucks known as QUINTS were brought down from Pennsylvania over the
QUINTS have the same capabilities of both aerial ladder trucks and fire
pumper trucks and will be in use by mid-March.
IN Q=WE WILL SPEND
((CHIEF JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.; WE WILL SPEND ABOUT THREE WEEKS
TRAINING WITH SOME ENGINEERS FROM THE FACTORY. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING
IS RIGHT ABOUT THE UNITS. MAKE SURE ALL OF OUR PERSONNEL ARE UP TO SPEED
TOTALLY ON THE UNITS. THEY OPERATE UNITS VERY SIMILAR EXCEPT ON ONE UNIT THEY
DON'T HAVE A PUMP, ON THE OTHER UNIT THEY DON'T HAVE THE AERIAL.))
SUPER=01-Chief Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=THE AERIAL.
The QUINTS replace two ladder trucks and will primarily serve the Southwest
and Northwest sections of the city.
There are concerns among some firefighters the QUINTS are part of a plan to
downsize the department.
It's already shattering box office records-- now it's nearly shattered an
OUT Q=(nat of titanic)
The Titanic picked up 14 Oscar nominations today including Best Picture,
Actress and director.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
The other Best picture Nominees include L-A Confidential, Good Will
Hunting, As Good as it Gets
and the Full Monty.
Oscar winners will be announced March 23rd in Los Angeles.
Snow is spoiling the fun for Olympians in Nagano, Japan, where more than two
feet of snow has fallen since Sunday.
The snow has caused many events to be postponed and created bad conditions
Meanwhile, inside, the pairs figure skating competition starts tonight.
U.S. pair Jenni Meno and Todd Sand are a long shot for a medal after a
disappointing sixth place finish in the short program Sunday.
America's best chance for a medal in pairs lies with Kyoko Ina (kee-ok-oh
EE'-na) and Jason Dungjen who are currently in fourth place.
TAPE#=net (edit of BB98-3)
The ODAC men's tournament is just two weeks away.
Roanoke ventured into the hive to battle the Hornets of Lynchburg.
Roanoke's Ramsey Hathaway dishes to Duane Bullock underneath for two.
Lynchburg comes right back. Matt Long converts the lay up after taking a
perfect pass; but the Hornets still trailed 16-8.
Maroon Kyle Murphy then snaps the nylon with the pull up J.
R-C takes a nice cushion into the half. Kyle with the statement and Roanoke
makes one with the 85 to 68 victory.
TAPE#net (edit of TB98-1)
In a battle for first place in the Atlantic 10 West Division the Lady Hokies
pick up a loss.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Va. Tech vs Xavier;
Lisa Witherspoon gets the ball on defense and goes coast to coast for the
Her counterpart Xavier's Jonelle Riley would return the favor and drive to
the hoop for two.
The Lady Hokies get some good 'D' for Tere Williams with the steal. She'll
finish the play for two of her game high 17 points.
But Xavier would hold on to squeak by Tech 69-to-68.
GRAPHIC=High school basketball
The Associated press top 10 polls for Single, double and triple A boys
basketball has been released. Steve Mason has the list.
IN Q=first audio
OUT Q=...news 7 sports
((In triple A; Chris carter's George washington Eagles remain atop the rankings
with a perfect 18 and OH record.
Look who has also creepd into the rankings. William Flemimng checks in at
number 10. The Colonels are 14 and 3.
Liberty holds the number one double A spot down with a 19 and 1 mark.
Salem has made an appearance; coming in at number 9.
Single A is loaded. Floyd is number 2 at 18 and 2; followed by Powell
Vally, John vbattle and Parry McCluer. nelson Fox;s Blues are 13 and
TAPE#=net (edit of R-38)
At Daytona, Rick Mast looks in his Ford's rearview mirror at a disappointing
weekend and the Labonte brothers set the course for brotherly love at The
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL
In Sunday's Bud Shootout, Kenny Wallace gave older brother Rusty an
aero-dynamic push into victory lane.
But could this winning family spirit extend to Darrell and Michael Waltrip?
IN Q=Hmm. I don't know
((HMMM. I DON'T KNOW. I'M STILL TRYING TO GET HIM TO RUN BETTER. I DON'T KNOW
WHAT I'M GOING TO DO. IT WOULD BE GREAT FOR US TO HAVE A DAY LIKE THAT. HE
DESERVES IT. HE'S A GOOD RACE CAR DRIVER.))
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/Former Daytona 500 Winner;
OUT Q=a good race car driver.
While brothers celebrate their family ties, Rick Mast remains disheartened.
IN Q=It hasn't been
((IT HASN'T BEEN A GOOD WEEK DOWN HERE FOR US. WE CAN'T GET THE THING TO RUN. I
MEAN WE BACKED UP WHAT WE TESTED, THE PROBLEM IS, WE CAME FOR THE FIRST TEST
AND WE HAD ABOUT THE BEST COURSE. EVERYBODY CAME BACK FOR THE SECOND TEST AND
THEY GOT THEIR CARS A LOT BETTER. WE FAILED TO COME BACK FOR THAT TEST AND IT'S
BITING US IN THE BUTT RIGHT NOW.))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Driver of Remington Ford;
OUT Q=butt right now.