There's no shortage of opinions about American Electric Power's plan to build a new high voltage power line. Today the State Corporation Commission will hear some of those opinions at the first in a series of public hearings.
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Scott Goldberg is in Tazewell County, site of today's hearing.
Scott, what do you expect to hear today?
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[IN Q=i had no idea]
[SUPER=01-Wendy DeGray/Power Line Opponent; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Teresa Paine/Power Line Opponent; :22]
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power;:46]
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((WENDY DEGRAY/POWER LINE OPPONENT: I HAD NO IDEA THAT WE WOULD BE FIGHTING, AS NEIGHBORS, AEP. I MEAN WE HAD NO IDEA))
[OUT Q=no idea]
Fifteen years ago Wendy DeGray moved to Tazewell County to get away from it all.
Now she and her few neighbors are waging war against a proposal that could drastically change the landscape near their homes.
((TERESA PAINE/ POWER LINE OPPONENT: AESTHETICALLY, TO HAVE THIS PLACE DESTROYED BY HAVING A POWER LINE RIGHT NEXT TO IT, WOULD BE JUST DEVASTATING TO OUR COMMUNITY))
[OUT Q=OUR COMMUNITY]
These are the people who today will plead their case before the State Corporation Commission.
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Over the next month, the commission will hold hearings in four other Virginia counties--
Each located along the route where American Electric Power wants to build a 765-kilovolt line.
[IN Q=this is where]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: THIS IS WHERE THE PUBLIC INPUT THROUGH THE HEARINGS COMES INTO PLAY BECAUSE THERE ARE THINGS THAT THE PUBLIC CAN BRING TO THE TABLE THAT CAN IMPROVE THE CORRIDOR AND ULTIMATELY PUT THE LINE IN THE BEST PLACE.))
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A high profile rape case in Giles County appears to be over.
This morning, a judge agreed to drop the final charge against former rape defendant Corey Kast.
You may remember, Kast was indicted on several charges related to the alleged rape of a young woman after prosecutor Garland Spangler missed the speedy trial deadline on the actual rape charge.
The new charges included breaking and entering, robbery and abduction.
Last month, all but ONE of the charges were dropped.
This morning, Kast was also cleared on the remaining robbery charge.
In both instances, Kast's CURRENT attorney successfully argued when the speedy trial deadline was missed his client was quote "forever discharged from prosecution".
[IN Q=I don't know]
((CHRISTOPHER TUCK/KAST'S ATTORNEY: I DON'T KNOW IF I'D CHARACTERIZE IT AS EASY, I WOULD SAY THAT MR. KELLERMAN LAID THE FOUNDATION AND IT WAS VERY EASY FOR ME TO BUILD UPON THAT AND HE DID A GOOD JOB IN PROTECTING MR. KAST'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ))
[SUPER=01-Christopher Tuck/Kast's Attorney; ;00]
[OUT Q=constitutional rights. QUICK!]
Floyd County commonwealth's attorney Gino Williams was appointed as special prosecutor to the case at Spangler's req
Gunfire killed the Montgomery County man found dead in Catawba Sunday morning.
An assistant state medical examiner says 36-year old Michael Gregory Durham died from multiple gunshots to the chest and abdomen.
But officials were unable to determine how long he'd been dead.
A passerby discovered the body shortly before noon along Mossy Spring Road.
Sheriff's investigators are NOT sure if Durham died at the scene-- or if his body was dumped there.
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((NEAL TURNER/MONTGOMERY CO. CHIEF DEPUTY: IT COULD'VE BEEN AND THAT'S UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME, IF THAT OCCURRED, OR EXACTLY WHAT HAS OCCURRED AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DETERMINE RIGHT NOW. ))
[SUPER=01-Neal Turner/Montgomery Co. Chief Deputy; :00]
[OUT Q=right now.]
Investigators are following several leads but so far no one's been arrested.
Durham was originally from Maryland but had been living in Montgomery County working odd jobs.
A Virginia death row inmate now has the support of a former First Lady and a local college professor in his campaign to save his life.
Rosalynn Carter is asking Governor Jim Gilmore to intervene on behalf of Ronald Watkins, who is scheduled to die tomorrow for the 1988 murder of William McCauley of Danville.
Meantime William Geimer, a Washington and Lee University law professor, has filed a clemency petition to Gilmore. He notes Watkins has accepted responsibility for his crime and has become a born again Christian.
But the victim's father says Watkins' punishment
A change of heart for Russian president Boris Yeltsin.
Yesterday Yeltsin announced that he'd fired his entire Cabinet.
Now a Yeltsin aide says most of the Cabinet will likely be retained.
The turnaround may have been prompted by criticism from liberal
commentators who warned the purge could destabilize Russia just as
the economy was starting to rebound.
President clinton is in Uganda on the second day of his historic six-nation tour of africa.
This morning is sat down with that nation's president.
During a brief picture taking session Mr. Clinton couldn't escape questions about his legal problems back at home.
He was asked about whether invoking executive privilege meant that he had something to hide.
CLINTON:THAT'S A QUESTION THAT'S BEING ASKED AND ANSWERED BACK HOME BY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE.''
[OUT Q=who are responsible.]
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Later in the day the president and first lady visisted an overcrowded primary school.
President Clinton pledge 20 million dollars in aid for African Schools.
Tornado recovery continues today for people who live along Virginia's southern border.
At the same time, some counties are preparing themselves for the possibility of future twisters.
Pittsylvania County conducted a tornado drill this morning.
All of the schools were put on alert.
When they heard the warning bells, students and teachers filed out of their classrooms and into the hallways.
They crouched into position with their hands over their heads to protect themselves from flying debris.
The county's emergency management director says the drill is very timely in the wake of the recent tornadoes that swept through the Southside.
[IN Q=We were unfortunate]
((JIM DAVIS/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: WE WERE UNFORTUNATE AS TO WHAT HAPPENED BUT AT THE SAME TOKEN WE ALSO ARE FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE DRILLS TO KEEP US PREPARED AND JUST TO BE IN A READY MODE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Davis/Emergency Services Director;]
[OUT Q=in a ready mode.]
This drill also allowed Pittsylvania County to test it's new pager system for alerting the schools of serious weather.
U-N inspection teams are a step closer to getting inside Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces.
Eighteen diplomats arrived in Baghdad today.
They're among those who will tag along with the inspectors on their palace searches.
Chief weapons inspector Richard Butler says the inspections could within a week.
Meantime, Iraq is denying new allegations that it planned to spread the deadly biological weapon anthrax in Great Britian.
Tom Fenton reports.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Obrien/Home Officer Minister; :24 ]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS LONDON.][Tax-Ideas]
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Governor Gilmore's proposed car tax plan has some Bedford County residents fearing their tax burden will increase.
At last night's Board of Supervisors meeting, one man suggested the panel explore broader tax options, such as a Business, Professional and Occupational license tax.
Another idea the local government may consider is a consumer utility tax differential between businesses and residents.
Officials say that tax would generate about 405-thousand dollars in additional revenue.
Authorities have yet to determine how much money a B-POL tax would yield.
It's day two on the job Roanoke's new police chief Joe Gaskins.
Gaskins was sworn in yesterday... and he says he's prepared for the challenges he will face.
[IN Q=I'm looking forward]
((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE JOB, AND CONTROVERSY AND CHALLENGE ARE A PART OF THAT JOB.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief]
[OUT Q=part of that job.]
The head of Roanoke's N-Double-A-C-P chapter says there is definite meaning in the selection of Gaskins for the position.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: IT IS A HISTORIC EVENT BAR NONE. AND ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY. I THINK IMAGERY IS IMPORTANT. INCLUSION IS IMPORTANT.))
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President]
[OUT Q=Inclusion is important.]
Gaskins says one of his top priorities is to build strong partnerships between the police department and Roanoke's residents.
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The Women's final four set, thanks to regional championship play, and there were a few surprises last night.
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In the East regionals, N.C. State won its way into the final four for the first time ever.
The Wolfpack trailed by ten points in the second half, but came back to beat second seeded U-Conn.
State beat number one seed Old Dominion 55-to-54 on Saturday.
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Also last night Louisiana Tech beat Purdue 72-to-65 to win the Midwest regional and earn a spot in the final four.
Unbeaten Tennessee defeated UNC 76-to-70 in the regional final in Nashville.
The University of Virginia's coaching search has focused on some of the top black coaches in America.
Sunday, George Washington coach Mike Jarvis interviewed for the position
and now News 7 sports has learned that Terry Holland received permission from the University of Dayton to interview former Radford boss Oliver Purnell.
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Also, UVa officials have received permission to talk with Melvin Watkins, the head coach at UNC Charlotte about the vacancy. He has guided the 49ers into the NCAA tourney two straight seasons.
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And how about this man: Dave Odom?
Well, the Daily Progress in Charlottesville conducted a poll and the majority of those responding favored the return of Odom to replace Jones.
The Wake coach was of course an assistant under Holland.
Interstingly enough, the survey had Ricky Stokes as second choice.[Curry]
UVa fans should know this afternoon... finally... where Virginia high school phenom Ronald Curry plans to go to college this fall.
The National football and basketball player of the year says his announcement will come at 2:30 today.
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Curry committed to UVa way back last Fall, but he has since had second thoughts. Yesterday morning he said he planned to make his announcement after Wednesday night's McDonald's all-star game at the Scope.
Speculation is that he will sign with North Carolina and play basketball exclusively.
In fact today's edition of the Virginian Pilot in Tidewater quotes unnamed sources as saying Curry will sign with North Carolina.
Curry would only say last night that he has made up his mind. [oscars]
A boatload of Oscars for Titanic at the 70th annual Acadamy Awards.
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"Titanic" sailed away with a record- tying 14 nominations, and 11 Oscars, including one for best director.
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((SEAN CONNERY/ AND THE OSCAR GOES TO "TITANIC"))
((JAMES CAMERON/ I KNEW WE WERE OUT OF THE WOODS ON THIS PICTURE WHEN PEOPLE FIRST STARTED SCREENING IT AND PEOPLE SAID THAT THEY WANTED TO SEE THE DIRECTORS CUT.))
[OUT Q=director's cut.]
In the Best Acting categories, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt won for their roles in the romantic comedy, "As Good As It Gets."
Kim Basinger took supporting actress for "L-A Confidential"
And Robin Williams captured best supporting actor for his role in "Good Will Hunting."