Yesterday was day one for the state task force assigned to reduce underage drinking on college campuses...
And already one solution is off the table.
Attorney General Mark Earley says Virginia will NOT consider lowering its drinking age to take away the allure to teens.
But four groups of the task force started work on other priorities.
They heard from the father of a Radford sophomore.
His son was killed in a drunk driving accident last Halloween.
[IN Q=Now you]
((COL. JEFFREY LEVY: NOW YOU HEAR STORIES THAT THE SOLE PURPOSE IS JUST TO GO GET DRUNK. YOU JUST START-- GETTING FUN EQUATES TO GETTING DRUNK. PARTYING EQUATES TO GETTING DRUNK. NOT DRINKING OR NOT JUST HAVING A DRINK. STARTING OUT WITH THE SOLE GOAL OF JUST GETTING COMPLETELY DRUNK. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.))
[SUPER=07-Col. Jeffrey Levy;]
[OUT Q=That's unacceptable.]
Colonel Levy (LEH-vee) says he'd like to see the task force order school punishment the first time a student can be proven to be legally drunk on campus.
The second time, he'd push for a suspension.
The capital murder trial of Louis Ceparano has been moved back at the request of his attorneys.
A Grayson County judge granted the defense request yesterday.
Attorneys representing Ceparano, who's charged with burning and beheading a black man, are still waiting to hear a judge's reply to another request.
Ceparano's lawyers want the court to appoint a toxicologist who would serve as an expert defense witness.
Ceparano is one of two men accused of killing Garnett "G.P." Johnson after a night of drinking last summer.
Ceparano's lawyers said he was too drunk to premeditate a murder the night Johnson was killed.
Being drunk is NOT a defense for murder.
But expert testimony might help Ceparano's lawyers get charges reduced to second degree murder.
The judge did not say when he'll decide if the expert can testify.
A former Halifax County jailer may soon find HIMSELF behind bars.
Jonathan Majors was indicted yesterday on two counts of oral sodomy.
Last year, two female prisoners accused Majors and two other jailers of sexual misconduct.
All three men were fired, but there was only enough evidence to indict Majors.
He is expected to turn himself into authorities and faces a maximum penalty of ten years in jail.
Another former White House aid is meeting with a grand jury over an alleged sexual encounter with President Clinton.
Kathleen Willey arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington this morning.
Prosecutors are expected to ask Willey about reports that people
with ties to the White House tried to get her to change her story.
It's been reported that Willey testified in the Paula Jones case
that Clinton groped her in his office in November 19-93.
Meantime, an apology to the president from the reporter whose article sparked the Jones lawsuit.
David Brock says he no longer believes statments made by
Arkansas state troopers who were sources for his story.
I CAN'T TELL YOU WHICH PARTS OF IT I THINK ARE WRONG, BUT I CAN SAY
THAT I CAN'T STAND BY IT. AND I THINK THAT IT DOESN'T MEET THE TEST OF GOOD
[OUT Q=TEST OF GOOD JOURNALISM.]
In an unrelated development, the White House says President Clinton will not be in the courtroom when the Jones trial begins.
The probe into the death of JonBenet Ramsey may be headed to a grand jury.
The Boulder, Colorado prosecutor says the idea is under serious consideration.
Grand jury proceedings are sometimes used to force uncooperative witnesses to testify.
And a grand jury may issue an indictment to arrest someone for probable cause.
Six year old Jonbenet was found murdered in her home more than a year ago.
Lawyers for her parents are declining to comment on the this latest development.
Two members of the Roanoke City School Board are up for reappointment and today is the deadline for applications.
Harry Davis has been at the center of school board controversy in recent weeks, but he hasn't revealed whether he plans to seek reappointment.
Melinda Payne has indicated her desire to serve another term, but this morning she had not filed her application either.
The city clerk's office has received two applications so far, from Ruth Willson, and Bud Oakey.[Medication]
The General Assembly is addressing the problems of over-the-counter medicine in school.
The House Education Committee endorsed a bill to prohibit expelling or suspending students who bring the medicine to school with a parent's written permission.
The bill's sponsor says some schools treat having an aspirin as serious as having a gun.
His bill still allows suspensions for giving such drugs to another child.
Some parents aren't too happy with the school's results after their children were found handing out and eating Flintstone's vitamins at school.
Pulaski County school officials say the charge and suspension are on the records of four Snowville elementary students to stay.
Bill Asbury says the mark will specify the incident involved vitamins to prevent anyone from thinking the violation involved something more serious.
The school system's drug policy does NOT mention vitamins-- but Asbury says officials consider Flintstone's an over the counter medication-- which students are prohibited from possessing.
[IN Q=What is]
((BILL ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT:WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE FOR CHILDREN THAT AGE, FLINTSTONE'S VITAMINS, OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM-- ONE TABLET A DAY, NOT TEN, NOT FIVE, ONE. THIS ENTIRE BOTTLE WAS EMPTY. ))
[SUPER=01-Bill Asbury/Pulaski Co. Superintendent; :00]
[OUT Q=was empty.]
Nine-year old Scott Boyd was one of the students suspended for accepting the vitamins.
Before the incident-- he had perfect attendance.
[IN Q=Even if ]
((SCOTT BOYD/STUDENT:EVEN IF I WAS SICK SHE SENT ME TO SCHOOL AND THEN LATER ON IF I GOT TOO SICK SHE'D COME GET ME AT LEAST I'D GOT THERE.
DONALD BOYD, JR./SCOTT'S FATHER:THEY SHOULD'VE CALLED ALL THE PARENTS TOGETHER, HAD A MEETING WITH PARENTS AND STUDENTS AND WORKED IT OUT AND I'M NOT SAYING HE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN PUNISHED, HE'S BEEN PUNISHED I'D IMAGINE, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE, BUT I THINK IT WAS JUST TOO HARSH.))
[SUPER=01-Scott Boyd/Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Donald Boyd, Jr./Scott's Father; :08]
[OUT Q=too harsh.]
Donald Boyd says he's considering hiring an attorney in an attempt to clear his son's record.
Doctors say new drugs should give patients with rheumatoid arthritis hope of relief.
One Roanoke woman couldn't wait for the experimental drugs to be approved and she took her life last week with the assistance of Doctor Jack Kevorkian.
61- year- old Patricia Graham, like two and a half million American suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.
The chronic pain can be debilitating, but doctors say therapies can reduce the swelling.
And in some cases patients go from being in constant pain to being completely healed.
[IN Q= Patients go]
((DR. WILLIAM BLAYLOCK/RHEUMATOLOGIST:PATIENTS GO INTO WHAT WE CALL A SPONTANEOUS REMISSION AND SO WE NEVER KNOW WHETHER THE MEDICATION DID IT OR WHETHER IT JUST SORT OF HAPPENED.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. William Blaylock/Rheumatologist; ]
[OUT Q=just sort of happened]
Doctor Blaylock says there is no cure for the inflammatory disease that attacks the joints, but treatment makes it easier for sufferers to tolerate the pain.
Severe winter weather is causing cross country misery.
The snowstorm blanketing the Midwest and Plains has now dropped temperatures to record lows.
At least 200-thousand are without power.
Frank Currier has the story.
[SUPER=01-Frank Currier/Reporting;:54 SU]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, CHICAGO.][E-Ray]
A Bedford County man is free on bond, but a grand jury could indict him next month on charges of manufacturing marijuana.
Authorities raided 23- year- old Anthony Gordon Ray's home in Forest last October.
That's where they found an elaborate marijuana growing operation, complete with water tanks and special lights.
87 plants were seized in the raid, each worth an estimated one thousand dollars.
Police believe most of the pot was being sold in Blacksburg.
Rocky Mount says it has an offer Franklin County cannot refuse -- trading sewer lines for land.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;]
Rocky Mount says it will build new sewer lines along Route 40 East in the county, only if it can then annex the surrounding land.
That way, the town would share in the tax revenue if big businesses moved in.
[IN Q=There has been]
((POSEY DILLON/TOWN COUNCIL: THERE HAS BEEN SEVERAL BUSINESSES ... CAN'T POSSIBLY LOCATE THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Posey Dillon/Town Council;]
[OUT Q=locate there]
The town says the lines would pay for themselves with sewer revenue -- and then, if all goes well, the two parties could extend the deal to other parts of the county.
The county still must accept the town's offer.
Oscar night is less than two weeks away but already the nominees are lunching together and breathing easy -- for awhile.
[SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA]
The ballroom of the Beverly Hilton was the site of the nominees' luncheon -- a tradition that began back in 1982. The lunch is designed to give the nominees the chance to meet in a relaxed setting.
Among the guests were Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Duvall, Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson.
This is the 70-th annual Academy Awards.
It's tournament time... And if you've ever wondered how sports officials come up with the brackets for these tourneys... you're not alone.
For instance, in women's hardwood play... How does Va. Tech play a WEST regional game in Gainesville, Florida?
And better yet, how can the unbeaten Liberty women be a low number 16 seed?
Despite being 28-to-Oh Liberty must open the tournament against top seed Tennessee on the Lady Vols home court.
Coach Rick Reeves says the NCAA has thrown the Christians to the Lions.
[IN Q="You know]
((RICK REEVES/LIBERTY HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Rick Reeves/Liberty Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=DO OUR BEST."]
Chalk one... make that two... up for the North Carolina Tarheels. Last night's final A-P basketball poll lists the ACC tournament champs as the number one team.
[SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC; :00]
The Heels also have the ACC player of the year.
Antawn Jamison was overwhelmingly named the ACC player of the year by the Associated Press.
The 6-foot-9 junior from Charlotte received 96 and a half of a
possible 102 votes by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers
Association to become the first North Carolina player since Larry
Miller to be named the league's regular season and tournament MVP in the same season.
[GRAPHIC=NCAA FINAL FOUR]
You can catch Jamison and the Carolina Tarheels in tournament play right here on Your Hometown station.
[PINNACLE PAGE THURS. AFTERNOON]
The action begins Thursday afternoon at 12:10 with a short pregame pregame show and then the Heels and Navy tip things off at 12:20.
The second afternoon game around 2:50 will have the Richmond Spiders hooking with South Carolina.
[PINNACLE PAGE THURS. NIGHT]
Then after a short dinner break you can check out the most interesting opening day matchup as Princeton meets UNLV at 7:40.
The late game at 10:10 will have Fairleigh Dickinson battling U-Conn.
Of course you will get bonus coverage from the other games.
[wipe to eng!!!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC; :00]
One team you won't get to see is Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons were bypassed in favor of Florida State by the selection committee, something Dave Odom can't understand.
[IN Q="You ...]
((DAVE ODOM/WAKE FOREST HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Dave Odom/Wake Forest Head Coach;:00]
[OUT Q=...AT THE END."]
[SS=ncaa final four]
And in case you're wondering... the Radford-Duke tip-off is scheduled for 10pm, Friday night. You can catch it right
here on WDBJ.[ski-dummies]
Skiers on the slopes in New York state had to share the space with a few dummies.
It was the annual downhill dummy ski competition at Holiday Valley Ski Resort.
The homemade dummies are no Olympians -- they're just trying to make it to the bottom of the hill without getting snowed.
(------------) To win, dummies must complete the run with their bodies intact.