The Southern Christian Leadership Conference says fans at a recent high school basketball game taunted players with racial slogans and signs.
And today, the group protested the reaction of school and athletic officials.
Members of the civil rights group gathered outside Roanoke's William Fleming High School this morning.
They say that during the championship game of the Roanoke Valley District Tournament on February 20th, a group of fans from Cave Spring High School tried to intimidate William Fleming players with racial slurs.
[IN Q=By all means]
((JEFF ARTIS/SCLC VICE PRESIDENT: BY ALL MEANS, WE ARE NOT SYAING THE ENTIRE CAVE SPRING PEOPLE, ALL THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE RACIST, BUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE RACIAL SLURS AND THE TAUNTS KNOW WHO DID PARTICIPATE IN THE RACIAL TAUNTS AND THE SLURS AND IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO COME FORWARD TO MAKE SURE JUSTICE IS DONE.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/SCLC Vice President]
[OUT Q=make sure justice is done.]
The SCLC is demanding an investigation by the Virginia HighSchool League, the Roanoke Valley District, and Cave Spring High School. And the group is calling for an end to athletic contests between the two schools.
Cave Spring officials were not available this morning.[Annie's-Law]
A bill that makes the murder of a child a capital offense is headed to the Senate floor in Virginia today.
If enacted..."Annie's Law" would allow jurors to sentence an adult to death for the murder of a child under 18.
The bill is named for four- year- old Annie Leftwich, whose mother and step-father were convicted of second-degree murder in her death last year.
A teen-ager in Delaware has pled guilty to manslaughter in the death of his newborn son.
Brian Peterson will testify against his former girlfriend, Amy Grossberg.
She's also charged in the baby's death.
Their newborn's body was found wrapped in plastic in a motel trash bin in 1996.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court today heard cross appeals in the Louise Woodward case.
The justices appeared to be particularly interested in whether the defense for the former au pair from Great Britain had access to all the medical evidence.
Woodward was convicted of second-degree murder last fall for the death of a baby in her care.
But, a judge overturned that and reduced it to involuntary manslaughter.
Woodward's lawyers say the baby died of old injuries.
The prosecutor says the jury had access to all relevant medical evidence.
Before returning to the States last week, Woodward told British television that she'd be just as happy to accept the manslaughter conviction.
[IN Q=I guess the best]
((I GUESS THE BEST I CAN HOPE FOR IN THE APPEAL IS THAT THEY'LL MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO. I JUST HOPE THEY WON'T RE-INSTATE THE SECOND DEGREE. I'M MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IS THAT THEY'LL LEAVE IT ALONE. AND LET ME GO HOME.))
[SUPER=01-Louise Woodward/Former Au Pair]
[OUT Q=...let me go home.]
C-B-S obtained the interview for the CBS News broadcast Public Eye.[severe-wx]
Schools and roads are closed today in some parts of the South because of flooding over the weekend.
Storms are being blamed for at least five deaths in Alabama, one in Georgia and another in Louisiana.
Lee Cowan reports.
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[SUPER=03-Carroll Co., GA; 1:03]
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((THE SOUTHEAST IS SPENDING MONDAY MORNING MOPPING UP.AND CLEARING
UP. HEAVY RAINS AND BRUTAL WINDS MADE SUNDAY NIGHT ANYTHING BUT RESTFUL.
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(( SOT ))
LOCATOR: POLK CO. FL
CENTRAL FLORIDA WAS GROUND ZERO AGAIN AS TORNADOES TORE ACROSS
THE REGION FOR THE SECOND TME IN TWO WEEKS.INJURING 14 PEOPLE.RIPPING APART
BULDINGS AND MOBILE HOMES AND CUTTING POWER TO THOUSANDS..
(( SOT ))
AS BAD AS IT WAS, IT WAS A BABY COMPARED TO THE TORNADOES OF TWO
WEEKS AGO.THOSE LEFT 42 PEOPLE DEAD.
LOCATOR: HOLLY HILL, SC
A TORNADO'S WRATH IS SOMETHING RESIDENTS IN THE CAROLINAS GOT A
TASTE OF OVERNIGHT.AS A LINE OF THEM SPUN THEIR WAY THROUGH EVERYTHING IN
(( SOT ))
".everything turned white.couldn't see.."
THIS ONE HIT A GROUP OF HORSE STABLES..EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE
HORSES, GOT OUT ALIVE..
LOCATOR: CARROLL COUNTY, GA
BUT A 20 MONTH OLD BOY IN GEORGIA WASN'T SO LUCKY..THE VICTIM OF
.AS HIS MOTHER REACHED FOR HIS TINY HANDS WHEN THEIR CAR SMASHED
THROUGH A GUARDRAIL, THE SWIFTLY MOVING WATER TORE HIM AWAY..THE CAR WAS
RECOVERED, BUT BRANDON REDDISH WASN'T.
(( SOT ))
"...screaming to get my baby.nothing anyone could do."
LOCATOR: ELBA, AL
IN NEARBY ALABAMA.PARTS OF THE TOWN OF ELBA ARE UNDER UP TO
SIX FEET OF WATER..AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE ARE DEAD, AND THOUSANDS HAD TO BE
EVACUATED TO NEARBY SHELTERS.
THE WORST MAY STILL BE ON THE HORIZON.THE WATER BEHIND THE BROKEN
LEVEE IS EXPECTED TO RISE ANOTHER 8 TO TEN FEET OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.))
There is no definitive law in the Commonwealth to prosecute medical personnel who assist in the suicide of a patient.
That according to one local medical malpractice attorney.
Dale Burrus(Burr-Us) says issues involving assisted suicide have been specifically excluded from statutes regarding that issue.
But Burrus says without them, there is no immunity for physicians who do assist in suicide.
[IN Q=FROM A]
((DALE BURRUS/FLIPPIN, DENSMORE, MORSE, RUTHERFORD, AND JESSEE; FROM A CRIMINAL PRESPECTIVE IT WOULD BE EVALUATED AND EVALUATED UNDER THE EXISTING CRIMINAL LAWS.))
[OUT Q=criminal laws.]
Jack Kevorkian allegedly helped a Roanoke woman end her life on Friday.
The medical examiner's office in Oakland County, Michigan says Kevorkian apparently left Patricia Ann Blount Graham at the Southfield Michagan hospital.
Graham died of poisoning by lethal injection.
One of her family members said Graham was in need of psychiatric assistance, not a needle.
A Roanoke-based business that operates more than 800-stores across the country is getting a new owner.
Advance Auto Parts has been sold to Freeman Spogli (SPOH-lee) and Company, a private investment firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles.
A spokeswoman for Advance Auto said there won't be any noticeable changes at the stores.
She said the chain's headquarters will remain in Roanoke.
And she said no one is getting laid off, and none of the stores in this area will close.
The new owners are supposed to take over this spring.
Terms of the sale have not been made public.
Police are hoping a string of robberies at Subway Sandwich shops have come to an end--now that they have two suspects in custody.
Roanoke police apprehended 20- year old London Lee Lewis Friday night after he allegedly robbed a Subway restuarant earlier that day.
When authorities pulled Lewis over, they found a bag with a lot of money inside, along with a handgun, a knife, a body armor vest and other items.
Lewis was charged with robbery.
19-year old Sidney Peter Rivas was later arrested and charged with robbery in connection with a mid-February Subway robbery.
It's off to Africa for eight Roanoke County Church members.
They say fellow christians in the Sudan are being presecuted and killed for refusing to denounce their faith.
The delegation fron the "CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT" will be about 40-miles from where the worst of the fighting is taking place.
The group has no plans to engage in the battle, but instead to document the atrocities and make them public upon their return.
One member says the reason for going is similar to the Titanic's situation in which all but one life boat was full.
[IN Q=THE PEOPLE OF]
((CHARLIE TULL; THE PEOPLE OF WEALTH WERE LEAVING WITH PARTIALLY FILLED BOATS WITH PEOPLE SCREAMING TO BE SAVED. I SORT OF LIKEN THAT BACK TO MYSELF. I REALLY FEEL I'M BEING CALLED OUT OF MY COMFORT AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT GOD WILL DO WITH IT, BUT I KNOW HE HAS CALLED.))
[OUT Q=HAS CALLED.]
A norhtern Islamic regime has continued the holy war against parts of the South Sudan for the past 14-years.
It's testing time for Virginia's new learning standards.
The results of this week's testing will determine the achievement level for future classes.
Schools are expected to get raw scores by the end of the school year -- but officials won't know until summer what is a passing score.
from now, 70 percent of a school's students must pass the tests for
a school to remain accredited.
Starting today, a Lynchburg landmark is coming down.
For more than seventy years, the V-E-S water tank has dominated the skyline on the western edge of the city.
It used to supply water to the Virginia Episcopal School, but has sat unused for more than twenty years.
The tower has been a popular target of graffitti artists and thrillseekers, so the city decided to have it torn down.
Crews began dismantling it this morning.
[IN Q=Tomorrow morning]
((DOUG ISELER/ISELER DEMOLITION: TOMORROW MORNING, THE CRANE WILL SHOW UP, APPROXIMATELY 10- 11 O'CLOCK, IT WILL START TO PICK. WE'LL LOWER SECTIONS ALL DAY TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY AND BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO SHOULD BE ON THE GROUND AND LOADED OUT.))
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[OUT Q=and loaded out.]
The entire project, which includes removal of two other water towers, is costing Lynchburg about 130- thousand dollars.
If you plan to invest in a mutual fund... there are some questions you want to ask before deciding where to put your dollars.
Scott Goldberg explains in this week's Common Sense.
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[OUT Q=back to the newsdesk]
(( Maximizing your return on a mutual fund -- making as much money as possible -- means being patient and doing your homework.
So before you put money in a mutual fund, look at the fund's past performance, and listen to this bit of advice from stockbroker Ben Hartman.
[IN Q=it's also]
((IT'S ALSO GOOD TO EVALUATE THE MANAGEMENT STYLE OF THE FUND. IS IT MANAGED BY AN INDIVIDUAL MONEY MANAGER OR DO THEY TAKE A TEAM APPROACH? AND ARE THERE SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS MANAGING THE FUND? SO BOTH OF THOSE FACTORS CAN BE IMPORTANT WHEN EVALUATING A GOOD QUALITY MUTUAL FUND.))
[OUT Q= mutual fund]
You'll have to decide:
Do you go with a fund managed by an individual who's had a lot of success?
Or do you pick a fund managed by a team, where lots of people control the fate of your money.
It's up to you.
Scott Goldberg, with this week's Common Sense.
Let's send it back to the newsdesk.))
[GRAPHIC=NCAA final four]
The N-C-A-A men's and women's basketball selection shows tipped off last night.
Radford will open the tournament against Duke Friday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Though students are on spring break, a big crowd turned out at the Norwood Room in downtown Radford last night for the selection show.
While the Blue Devils are 29 and 3 and a perennial contender for the national championship; The Highlanders were excited when the bracket revealed the match up.
((ERIC PARKER/RADFORD CENTER:))
((CORY REED/RADFORD GUARD:))
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[SUPER=01-Cory Reed/Radford Guard; :09]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Robinson/Radford Forward; :18]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Big South Tournament;]
The Highlanders captured their first-ever Big South Crown in this years tournament. Radford is the seventh school to represent the conference. The highlanders have a lot of respect for Duke.
((DR. RON BRADLEY/RADFORD HEAD COACH:))
((RYAN CHARLES/RADFORD CENTER:))
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[SUPER=01-Ryan Charles/Radford Center; :23]
[OUT Q=....an experience"]
North Carolina is the A-C-C tournament champion.
Antawn Jamison scored a game high 22 points as the Tar Heels beat top ranked Duke 83 to 68.
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Jamison established his game early in the half.
He scores this jumper to tie the game at 13.
But the Blue Devils come right back with the outside game Chris Carrawell hits the three but Duke trailed by 4 at the half.
Five minutes into the second half the Blue Devils would cut the lead to one when Roshown McCleod hit the three-pointer to make it 51 to 50.
Jamison led the Tar Heels on a 6 to
2 run opening the lead to as many as five and the Tar Heels hold on for the 83 to 68 win.
[IN Q="We stuck...]
((ANTAWN JAMISON/22 POINTS: WE STUCK TOGETHER THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE GAME AND DUKE IS A TREMENDOUS TEAM AND WE KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO PULL RUNS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT WE DID A TREMENDOUS JOB BY CONTINUING TO PLAY BASKETBALL AND KEEPING OUR COMPOSURE. AND I'M VERY HAPPY WITH OUR PERFORMANCE AND I'M HOPING WE CAN CONTINUE TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.))
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[OUT Q=.......ncaa tournament."]
And finally this afternoon,
A Carroll county man is on his way to meet the president.
This isn't his first trip to Washington D.C. Wilford Burnette helped lay foundations in the capitol before Bill Clinton was even born.
Steve Pardon explains.
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[SUPER=01-Judy Jones/Green Thumb; :42]
[SUPER=01-Martin Crowder/F & M Construction; 1:07 (quick)]
[OUT Q=Steve Pardon, News 7]
((86 year old Wilford Burnette began working with power shovels back in 1932, and he knows the dirt on Washington D.C.
(Wilford Burnette/Va. Outstanding Older Worker)I WORKED ON THE PENTAGON, DOUG AND GRADED OUT THE PENTAGON THEN I WORKED
ON THE "MIXING BOWL" THERE FROM ARLINGTON TO ALEXANDRIA THROUGH THERE.
56 years later, Burnette is still running a shovel. And this Thursday the Carroll county resident will return to Washington to be honored by the Green Thumb Organization as Virginia's Outstanding Older Worker. They say they choose the WWII Purple Heart recipient from hundreds of applicants because he exemplifies their mission.
(Judy Jones/Green Thumb)WE'RE TRYING TO DISPEL THE MYTHS OF HIRING THE OLDER WORKER, EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY OF THE BENEF
ITS OF HIRING THE OLDER WORKER OBVIOUSLY HE HAS THOSE TRAITS THAT AN EMPLOYER IS LOOKING FOR.
F&M Construction Owner Martin Crowder couldn't agree more. He says Burnette has never taken a sick day in 20 years of work. His dedication to the job is the only reason F&M keeps the outdated power shovel working.
(Martin Crowder/F&M Construction)I GUESS WHEN HE RETIRES WE'LL RETIRE IT, SAME TIME
Burnette tried retirement once in 1977
I COULDN'T TAKE IT, I DIDN'T HEAR NO IRON RATTLIN', I WANTED TO BE BACK
Less than 2 months later he started with F&M Construction and has been there ever since. Virginia's Outstanding Older Worker says the physical demand of operating a shovel isn't the only thing that has kept him young.
I'VE WORKED HARD AND I'LL TELL YOU ANOTHER THING I ALWAYS WENT HOME WHEN I QUIT WORK IN THE EVENING INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE BAR
Steve Pardon, News 7))