GRAPHIC=iraq conlfictconflicte possible developments in the Iraqi standoff.
Baghdad is now pledging to make serious efforts to peacefully resolve the
stalemate over weapons inspections.
In a statement issued today, Iraq also said it welcomed a visit by U-N
Secretary General Kofi Annan and hoped he would come to Baghdad with an open
But Annan has so far been unable to win unanimous backing from the Security
Council for a personal visit to Iraq.
Meantime President Clinton is ready to make a case for military action when
he addresses the nation in a televised speech.
The speech comes as more troops are headed for the Persian Gulf.
Maureen Maher reports.
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SUPER=03-New York, NY;
SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/UN Security General;
OUT Q=back to you.
THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF ARRIVED AT THE PENTAGON ... TO BRIEF THE LEADERS OF THE
MILITARY... AND WITH THEM AS A BACKDROP... ASK AMERICANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR
A MILITARY STRIKE AGAINST IRAQ.
(CLINTON SOT--12:45PM UPDATE)
THE PRESIDENT'S APPEARANCE IS TO BE FOLLOWED BY ONE FROM HIS FOREIGN POLICY
TEAM... WHICH WILL TAKE HIS PITCH DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE DURING A TOWN HALL
MEETING IN OHIO TOMORROW.
THE MILITARY TAP-DANCE IN WASHINGTON IS BEING SUPPORTED BY A DIPLOMATIC ONE
IN NEW YORK... WHERE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN IS ONCE AGAIN
CONSULTING WITH MEMBERS ABOUT A MISSION TO IRAQ.
SOT: KOFI ANNAN/UN SECRETARY GENERAL (20)
I HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT I WOULD GO TO BAGHDAD ONCE THE SERIES OF
CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PERMANENT FIVE IS CONCLUDED.
IRAQ TODAY IS INDICATING A POSSIBLE SOFTENING.... A WILLINGNESS TO MEET WITH
THE SECRETARY GENERAL-- AND WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT. IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS
MORNING, THE REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL SAID IT WILL WORK FOR "SUCCESS."
(NAT?--PARATROOPERS IN TURKEY OR OTHER TROOPS)
...THAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY TAKE MUCH NEGOTIATING. SADDAM IS WELL AWARE OF THE
MILITARY MIGHT ALREADY IN THE GULF. BUT HE ALSO KNOWS THAT THIS TIME AROUND
OTHER ARAB STATES HAVE BEEN LESS THAN WILLING TO JUMP AT AMERICA'S BECKONING.
MAUREEN MAHER STANDUP--CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))
A retired Secret Service agent is at the federal Courthouse in Washington
today, apparently giving testimony to the grand jury investigating the Monica
Lewis Fox told reporters he escorted Lewinsky into the the Oval Office to
see the President in the fall of 19-95
It's still not clear when Lewinsky herself will be called to testify.
Meantime, White House press Secretary Mike McCurry was quoted in today's
Chicago Tribune as saying President Clinton's relationship with Lewinsky may
turn out to be "very complicated."
Former Naval Academy midshipman Diane Zamora has been found guilty of
capital murder in connection with the death of a romantic rival.
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;
Prosecutors were not seeking the death penalty, so the 20- year- old
automatically received a life sentence.
Zamora had first confessed to helping her finance kill his one time lover,
16- year- old Adrianne Jones, and then tearfully told jurors she wasn't
David Graham still awaits his trial.
Trial is underway for three people charged with staging an anti- abortion
rally at E-C Glass High School last fall.
Liberty University students Jeff Brown and John Reyes, along with Operation
Rescue director Reverend Flip Benham, are charged with trespassing, disorderly
conduct and protesting without a permit.
Authorities say the three were the ring leaders of a rally of about 150
Liberty University students at E-C Glass on November 10th.
School officials say the group accosted students as they entered the high
school that day, forcing religious literature on them.
21 witnesses are scheduled to testify, among them several E-C Glass
The trial continues at this hour and we will have more tonight on News 7 at
Five and Six.
It's going to be a long night for virginia legislators.
It's crossover day at the General Assembly.
By midnight the House of Delegates and the Senate must complete work on
bills that were introduced in their own chamber.
Starting tomorrow, the House will take up Senate bills, and vice
But the reality is that many bills won't cross at all.
That's because too many are introduced for legislators to get to
A decision hasn't stopped the criticism facing the process of selecting
Roanoke's new police chief.
Joe Gaskins was named to the position on Friday, following a search that
considered more than 100 applicants.
The local chapter of the N- Double A-C-P was pleased with Gaskins'
selection, but officials say they still have concerns about the process.
IN Q=And I think
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: AND I THINK THAT WHETHER YOU'RE
TALKING ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN ON HENRY STREET OR WHETHER YOU'RE DEALING
WITH OLD SOUTHWEST OR WHETHER YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN
GENERAL, THE GREENWAYS PROJECT, I THINK IT'S CRITICAL WE ANSWER THE QUESTION
CAN WE SET UP A PROCESS, CAN WE TRUST THE CITY TO DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE
GOING TO DO.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President
OUT Q=what they're going to do.
On Friday, Gaskins' selection brought complaints from Mayor David Bowers and
Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell, who favored Roanoke Police Lieutenant
Jeffrey questions the timing of their criticism, but says it supports his
argument that the search process may have been flawed.E-American-Eagle
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
American Eagle is trying to take the lay-over out of traveling between
Roanoke and Chicago.
The airline says it'll know within two weeks if it can start non-stop flights
between the two cities.
But Chicago's O'Hare is the world's busiest airport.
So busy that the federal government assigns specific take-off and landing
slots to airlines that fly in there.
American is urging travelers who would like the service to write letters to
U-S Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater.
If the government gives American Eagle the go-ahead, jets will begin their
daily routes to Chicago on September 15th.
America brings home the first ever olympic gold medal for women's hockey.
America beat arch-rival, Canada, 3-to-1 in the title game in Nagano.
Goaltender Sarah Tueting (TEE'-ting) stopped 21 shots while Gretchen Ulion
(yoo-LEE'uhn), Shelly Looney and Sarah White scored goals.
This is the first time the USA has defeated Canada in a major championship
Canada has held the victory in the last four world championship title games.
Carring for the elderly in Lynchburg is not as easy as you may think.
Dora Cunningham has been caring for elderly women in her Edley Street home
for about four years.
But after a neighbor complained about traffic problems, Cunningham was
unable to get a conditional use permit. Now, a circuit court judge has given
her 90 days to find new homes for the two women that currently live there.
IN Q=Medicare has made
((DORA CUNNINGHAM/HOME HEALTHCARE PROVIDER: MEDICARE HAS MADE A LOT OF CHANGES
IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY, HOME HEALTH ALONE HAS RELEASED A LOT OF PATIENTS THAT
MEDICARE IS NOT PAYING FOR HOME HEALTH TO GO INTO THE HOMES TO HELP THESE
PEOPLE. THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF ELDERLY PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO NEED MORE
HOMES. I'VE CALLED EVERY NURSING HOME IN LYNCHBURG, I CALLED IN BEDFORD, IN
GRETNA, IN BROOKNEAL, IN ALTAVISTA.. THEY'RE ALL FULL, THEY HAVE NO VACANCIES,
THEY ALL HAVE WAITING LISTS.))
SUPER=01-Dora Cunningham/Home Healthcare Provider; :00
OUT Q=have waiting lists.
Cunningham says she may ask city council to amend the zoning ordinance to
allow home health care in a residential area.
Virginia students at private colleges may lose part of their financial aid
The state usually gives two-thousand-dollars to Virginia residents who
attend local private colleges.
But the state never expected more than 13-thousand-students this year, and
there's just not enough money for all of them.
So... most students will lose 55 dollars -- and students who STARTED school
this semester will lose their whole thousand dollars.
The state asks colleges in advance to predict the number of students and
that's where the numbers may have been off.
IN Q=Their steps are
((TOMMY BLAIR/FINANCIAL AID DIRECTOR: THEIR STEPS ARE GOING TO BE ...
SUPER=01-Tommy Blair/Financial Aid Director
Blair says the governor may pull money from next year to give to students
this year, but that's not definite yet.
And next year -- the state is offering each Virginia student 600 dollars
MORE than this year.
People seeking help filing their taxes can once again turn to the League of
Older Americans Area Agency of Aging.
The L-O-A has 55-volunteers and counselors on hand at seven Roanoke Valley
Tax filers or those wishing to have their prepared taxes reviewed can get
assistance at various times of the day everyday except Fridays.
The service is available to basically anyone in the low to medium income
bracket, but older citizens are given preferential treatment.
IN Q=WE FEEL
((JIM KASTNER/REGIONAL COORDINATOR; WE FEEK THAT MANY OF THE ELDERLY
ESPECIALLY, REALLY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY PEOPLE TO DO THEIR TAXES. THEY
NEED EVERY PENNY THEY HAVE TO PAY THEIR BILLS FOR THE GROCERIES AND THAT SORT
OF THING. SO WE OFFER THIS FREE SERVICE.))
SUPER=01-Jim Kastner/Regional Coordinator;
OUT Q=FREE SERVICE.
The service coverage area runs from Pulaski to Covington through Roanoke to
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For site location information, call 1-888-AARP-NOW or 1-888-227-7669.
For the last four months, Virginia's gasoline prices have continually
The state is one of many places around the country where fuel costs are are
the lowest they have been since 1991.
Experts say several reasons are contributing to the decline, including a
lighter demand for heating oil following an unseasonably warm winter.
IN Q=PART OF THE
((JOYCE BRADFORD/ROANOKE AAA BRANCH MANAGER; PART OF THE REASON IS THAT IT HAS
STOCKPILED. WE'VE GOT AN ABUNDANCE OF IT. I THINK THAT'S PART OF IT. ANOTHER
REASON IS THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT DRIVING AS MUCH. SO THEY'RE NOT USING IT.))
SUPER=01-Joyce Bradford/Roanoke AAA Branch Mgr.
OUT Q=USING IT.
Gas prices commonly run in cycles and an upswing in price is pretty much
IN Q=AS THE DEMAND
((BRADFORD; AS THE DEMAND INCREASES, AS PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE WEATHER'S GOING TO
BE NICER. YOU'VE GOT SPRING BREAKS, BOTH COLLEGE AND OTHER SCHOOLS AND I THINK
YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE AND MORE ROAD TRIPS ALONG THAT. AND DEFINITELY IN THE
SUMMER. WE ALWAYS SEE AN INCREASE IN THE SUMMERTIME.))
Even with an increase, prices are not expected to return to where they were.
Two N-F-L brothers who gott heir start in the Roanoke Valley, returned
Rookies Ronde and Tiki Barber spoke at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club.
Before the 6:15 program began; Tiki; who now plays for the New York Giants
and Ronde; a cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed autographs.
Ronde; who looks to start for the Bucs next year, was in Tampa before
((RONDE BARBER/TAMPA BAY CORNERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Tampa Bay Cornerback; :00
OUT Q=...something to say"
Both Ronde and Tiki had encouraging words for those in attendence;
including Mom Geraldine Barber. Role models, life in the league, and how crazy
their schedules have become were among the topics.
((TIKI BARBER/NEW YORK GIANTT TAILBACK:))
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/New York Giants Tailback; :00
(-------------)OUT Q=...special back here"