The United Nations chief says he's optimistic there may be a peaceful solution to the Iraqi crisis.
Kofi Annan arrived in Baghdad this morning.
Byron Pitts has our report.
[SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/UN Secretary General;]
Greeted with smiles and handshakes. UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived in
Baghdad today. to do what others have tried and failed: Negotiate a
diplomatic settlement with Saddam Hussein and avoid a US military air strike.
The Secretary General will sit down with Iraq's Deputy Prime
Minister Tariq Aziz tomorrow -- And then a face to face with Saddam Hussein on
Annan told CBS NEWS Correspondent MIKE WALLACE . he's hopeful.
SOT/KOFI ANNAN, UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL
Meantime, more US troops have arrived in Kuwait, joining the
sizeable naval force already in the Persian Gulf.
President Clinton said yesterday, time for diplomacy is running out
Saddam Hussein must comply with UN sanctions sooner than later.
SOT/PRES. BILL CLINTON
'WE HAVE THE SECRETARY GENERAL'S MISSION WILL SUCCEED, BUT LET ME BE CLEAR, IF
DIPLOMACY FAILS, WE MUST BE AND WILL BE PREPARED TO ACT."
The F-B-I is investigating two men charged with possessing the deadly germ- warfare agent Anthrax.
[SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;]
The government is conducting tests on the substance found on both men in Las Vegas to determine if it's military- grade anthrax or an anthrax vaccine.
Meantime, the suspects will remain in jail until a detention hearing scheduled for Monday.
Roanoke County high school students held an early-morning rally to defend their principal.
Students say principal Bob Patterson was right to call police when a student kicked his classmate last week.
Police then charged 16- year- old Joseph Grissom with assault and battery and locked him in a Lynchburg detention facility for four days.
The boy's parents -- and the girl who was kicked -- have criticized Patterson and called for his resignation.
But this morning, 68 students stood by their leader -- and many more sounded their support.
[IN Q=nat sound honking]
((nat sound honking))
[IN Q=I really don't feel]
((JESSI BECKNER/STUDENT: I REALLY DON'T FEEL HE WAS WRONG. BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WANT SOMEBODY TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THINGS GOING ON IN THE SCHOOL AND WHEN HE FINALLY DOES HE'S GETTING CRITICIZED FOR IT. SO WE'RE ALL OUT HERE TO SHOW HIM WE DO SUPPORT HIS DECISION.))
[OUT Q=support his decision]
Bob Patterson was out of town today.
A packed house filled last night's board of supervisor's meeting in Giles County.
Nearly all were there in opposition to A-E-P's proposed high voltage power line.
Most also offered support to embattled Giles County supervisor Bobby Williams.
It was Williams' first appearance since his suicide attempt last month.
Williams slashed his wrists inside his Ripplemead home following a grand jury indictment for his alleged role in the illegal taping of a phone conversation.
Just prior to the indictment-- board members had asked for Williams resignation.
But last night-- board chairman Jay Williams had only kind words.
[IN Q=I know]
((JAY WILLIAMS/GILES CO. BD. CHAIRMAN: I KNOW YOU AND I HAVEN'T ALWAYS SEEN EYE TO EYE BUT I JUST LIKE TO TELL YOU THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE DIFFERENCE I STILL DON'T HAVE ANY PERSONAL VENDETTAS OR ANYTHING AGAINST YOU MR. WILLIAMS.
BOBBY WILLIAMS/GILES CO. SUPERVISOR: WELL, I APPRECIATE THAT.
JAY WILLIAMS: AND I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE ON WITH BUSINESS.
BOBBY WILLIAMS; MR. CHAIRMAN I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH, ME AND YOU'VE PROBABLY AGREED AS MUCH AS WE'VE DISAGREED. ))
[SUPER=01-Jay Williams/Giles Co. Board Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Williams/Giles Co. Supervisor; :10]
[OUT Q=as we've disagreed.]
The board did agree to appoint an attorney to help the county fight A-E-P's proposed high voltage line.
Virginians grocery bills won't be going down any time soon.
Barring a parliamentary miracle, the Senate sent Senator Madison Marye's food tax relief plan back to committee.
The maneuver allowed Republicans to effectively kill the bill without actually voting against it.
[IN Q=If you]
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE INTERNAL FORTITUDE TO PUT IT UP ON THE BOARD HOW YOU STAND ON SOMETHING, THAT'S YOUR BUSINESS.))
[SOT cranwell 18:38:25]
((SEN. MARTY WILLIAMS/R-NEWPORT NEWS: I BELIEVE IN TAX CUTS. I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE I'D VOTE AGAINST. BUT THIS ONE NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED BEFORE IT'S BROUGHT BACK UP ON THIS FLOOR.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Marty Williams/(R) Newport News; :09]
[OUT Q=this floor.]
All the tax action yesterday in the Senate now faces the House.[E-Tax-Bills]
[GRAPHIC=Personal Property Tax]
The state Senate has passed its version of the car tax cut bill.
Governor Gilmore is praising the move, even though the proposal is a far cry from what he promised.
Ellen Qualls reports.
[IN Q=It was a]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach; :29]
[SUPER=@Cranwell; 1:09 QUICK!]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond]
It was a Republican-- Senate Finance Committee Co-Chairman John Chichester-- who scaled back the Gilmore plan.
The Chichester alternative scales the per-car reimbursement back to 15- thousand dollars, from 20- thousand, until the massive cost falls under four percent of the General Fund budget.
It's NOT Gilmore's plan.
[sot GILMORE 17:09:48]
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: BUT THERE WERE ENOUGH ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT SAYS IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN THAT WAY. THE ONLY WAY IT WOULD BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE IS TO DO IT IN THE SAME FASHION WE'RE DOING IT NOW.))
[SOT 17:34:55 LONNIE]
((SEN. STOLLE: WHEN THE GOVERNOR HAD SENATOR CHICHESTER, THE SENATOR FROM STAFFORD, INTRODUCE THIS BILL, HE LOST CONTROL OF THE BILL.))
[sot GILMORE 16:19:24]
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE AVERAGE VIRGINIAN, DAY AFTER DAY, THIS IS THE BILL TO PASS.))
With the admissions of Republicans that even they couldn't swallow Gilmore's massive plan, Democrats reveled.
[sot ROXANE ]
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: I BELIEVE IT MAY HAVE BEEN MY UNCLE BILLY WHO SAID "OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE WHEN WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE."))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THIS IS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT WHAT WE'VE BEEN SAYING IS CORRECT.))
((SO THE 21 REPUBLICANS AND 19 DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE SENATE VOTED 31 TO 9 TO PASS THE CHICHESTER ALTERNATIVE TO THE GILMORE PLAN. NOW IT HEADS TO THE HOUSE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll]
President Clinton is scoring higher marks with Virginians that the Commonwealth's own Governor in a NEWS 7/Mason-Dixon poll,.
The jury is still out on Governor Gilmore.
32-percent of those polled say Gilmore's doing an excellent or good job.
18- percent say fair.
Eight percent say poor.
And a full 42-percent have NO opinion yet on Gilmore's first month in office.
President Clinton is enjoying his highest ratings yet in Virginia --at 49-percent excellent or good ratings.
25-percent of Virginia voters polled say Clinton's doing a fair job.
26-percent say he's doing a poor job.
Looking ahead to the year 2000 U-S Senate race, Senator Chuck Robb faces a tough re-election battle.
If former Governor George Allen were to take him on today, the poll gives Allen a 48-38 victory over Robb.
A high speed chase in California ended with a dramatic collision yesterday--
Police say they tried several times to stop the vehicle during the pursuit.
They say the fugitive was driving at speeds more than 100 miles an hour.
The chase came to a crashing halt when the driver ran a red light, and smashed into two pickup trucks and a car.
No word on WHY police were chasing the vehicle.
Sheriff Mike Brown's "Operation Clean Sweep" is pulling a number of suspects into Bedford County's jail.
Five months of undercover work resulted in 135 charges against 70 people for selling a variety of drugs.
Police also seized thousands of dollars worth of property, including this auto repair shop in Big Island and more than a dozen cars.
Sheriff Mike Brown says the raid won't wipe out the county's drug problem, but it WILL have an effect.
[IN Q=Are we making]
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: ARE WE MAKING A DENT? YES, I THINK WE'RE MAKING A DENT. ARE WE ERADICATING IT? NO. JUST HOW BIG A DENT I WOULDN'T ESTIMATE, BUT HOPEFULLY WE ARE PUTTING A DENT AND I THINK WE ARE.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00]
[OUT Q=think we are.]
Brown hopes to have all 70 suspects in custody by this weekend.
A 33- year- old woman is being charged with trying to get her 14- year- old daughter to perform sex for money.
Roanoke police say the woman, who has been convicted of prostitution three times since 19-94, wanted money to support her cocaine addiction.
The mother wasn't identified to protect the identity of the teen-ager.
Lynchburg's Ward Two councilman Ed Barksdale will try to retain his seat in May's election.
Incumbent councilman Carl Hutcherson announced yesterday he'll seek re- election to his at- large seat.
While he's a fiscal conservative, Hutcherson says the election shouldn't be about political labels.
[IN Q=I think the]
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I THINK THE CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG REALLY DO WANT TO SEE ISSUES THAT ARE BEYOND POLITICAL AFFINITY.))
[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00]
[OUT Q=political affinity.]
There are now five names on the ballot for May's city council race.
The long- awaited showdown between skaters Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski is over--
For those of you who want to be in suspense for tonight's performance, look away from your set for just a moment.
We have the results from the final competition.
[music up full]
Meantime, the U-S Hockey Team has left Japan, even though the N-H-L continues investigating what happened at the Olympic village.
Officials say the players did about three- thousand dollars' damage to a couple of apartments.
[IN Q=WELL ANYTIME]
((BRIAN LEETCH/U.S. HOCKEY TEAM: WELL ANYTIME YOU LOSE YOU'RE GOING TO GET CRITICISM ))
[OUT Q=get criticism]
Nagano police and Olympic officials are investigating reports that shortly after the U-S lost to the Czechs, team members took out their frustrations in the Olympic dormitory.
Chairs were broken and fire extinguishers were set off.
Glass from a shattered window seriously cut a Canadian athlete.
[IN Q=They have created]
((MIKE MORAN/U.S. OLYMPICS COMM.: THEY HAVE CREATED A LOT OF PROBLEMS FOR THEMSELVES IN TERMS OF IMAGE HERE IN THE GAMES IN WHICH THEIR PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CRITICIZED EITHER RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY. ))
[SUPER=01-Mike Moran/U.S. Olympic Committee;]
[OUT Q=rightly or wrongly]
Officials have not yet named the players believed to have been involved in the incident.
It was kudos all around for three Craig County Sheriff's deputies who saved the life of a four- year- old girl.
Deputies Jimmy Greenway, Ike Craft and Jeff Huffman were presented the Transportation Safety Award for Valor.
The awards were given by the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board in recognition of saving the life of Wendy Wills.
Back in January, she was trapped in a creek under a van for 15 minutes.
[IN Q=Today we]
((ROBERT STRICKLER/BLUE RIDGE TRANS. BOARD; TODAY WE RECOGNIZE THESE OFFICERS FROM CRAIG COUNTY FOR THE HEROISM THAT THEY DID IN SAVING THE LIFE OF A 4 YEAR OLD CHILD.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Strickler/Blue Ridge Trans. Board]
[OUT Q=old child]
The Transportation Board is a volunteer organization that promotes transportation safety throughout the region.
[TAPE#=net (edit of BB98-1)]
[GRAPHIC=Blue Ridge tourney]
The Blue Ridge District Championship is tonight at 9 at the Salem Civic Center.
Last night it was the semi-finals.
Let's start with Salem against Christiansburg.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Demons vs. Spartans; :00]
Christiansburg draws first blood. Anthony Lewis finds Scott Baker and the 6 foot senior drives in for the basket.
Salem then went on a run. Watch Scott Carter make the pass to Sammy Lazzaro who scores the lay up off the glass and
the Spartans were rolling. [SUPER=33-Salem/61/Christiansburg/37;]
The Blue Demon's Jonathan Bradley tried to keep his team within reach with three's but Salem wins 61-37.
[TAPE#net (edit of BB98-2)]
Alleghany and Blacksburg tipped it off in the nightcap of the Blue Ridge District semi finals with a spot in the regional up for grabs.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Indians vs Mountaineers; :]
Blacksburg's Pat Curran gets the layup.
The Indians went on an 8 to nothing run taking advantage of the Mountaineers inside again Matt Maher on the power move.
Alleghany's Shawn Moss scored 6 of [SUPER=33-Blacksburg/43/Alleghany/42;] the Mountaineers first 8 points, but Blac
ksburg holds on for the 43 to 42 win.
[TAPE#net (edit of BB98-3)]
The Pioneer district's final four action took placed at its traditional home last night as four of the district's best hooked up in Clifton Forge.
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/P. McCluer vs. Covington; :00]
The Blues get the inbounds pass as they move it coast to coast and get the jumper in the corner from Damion Beverly.
The Cougars would have to play catchup on the boards as Courtney Wooding gets the rebound and the bucket. But the Blues still led by 14.
Parry McCluer's David
Downs makes the steal, makes a great fake and finds Eric Catlett for the score.
The Blues roll to the 82-to-52 win.
[IN Q="We did...]
((NELSON FOX/PARRY MCCLUER HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Nelson Fox/Parry McCluer Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...COME BACK."]
[WIPE WIPE WIPE[Bath]
[TAPE#net (edit of S8-2)]
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/Bath Co. vs. James River; :00]
The James River Knights came in looking to make quick work of Bath County.
The Knights' Joey Ingram passes in the corner to Quincy Springs.
Bath wold attempt to charge back as Phillip Neff drives in and shoots the deuce for a Chargers lead.
James River's defense would play tough though for the rest of the game as Ingram knocks the ball loose and [SUPER=33
-James River/61/Bath Co./42;]
Tommy Blankenship goes in for the layup as the River rolls into regional play with a 61-to-42 win.
And finally this afternoon,
A California newborn hasn't broken any records, but he probably made his mother's back pretty sore...
[SUPER=03-Long Beach, CA;]
Alfred Atkins, who's been nick- named "Big Al" weighed 14 pounds when he was born on Monday.
That's not a record-- but it is unusual to have a 14- pounder who's also nearly two feet long.
He comes from a family of large babies-- one was eight pounds and two others weighed 11 pounds.