Governor Jim Gilmore will announce the creation of a new commission today -- whose sole purpose is to combat school violence.
Gilmore will unveil the plan at Armstrong High School in Richmond, where a 14-year-old shot and wounded two adults Monday.
Suspect Quinshawn Booker made his first court appearance yesterday.
He will be held in a juvenile detention center until his preliminary hearing, set for July first.
Meantime, students at Armstrong High finished up final exams yesterday under tight security.
It is the eve of execution day for Dennis Eaton.
Last night the U-S Supreme Court turned down Eaton's final appeal, and shortly after, Eaton issued a tape-recorded apology to the families of his victims.
[SOT 17:38:30 AND 17:43:45]
[IN Q=The things that happened]
((THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED SHOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED. AND I'M SO VERY VERY SORRY FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED. AND I'M SO VERY VERY SORRY FOR EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE DONE TO CAUSE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH.))
[OUT Q=gone through.]
The sister of Trooper Jerry Hines, who was killed by Eaton in 1989,
is fighting Eaton's execution.
Maria Hines is speaking out about the Department of Corrections' decision NOT to allow her to act as Eaton's spiritual advisor.
[IN Q=I believe that]
((MARIA HINES/MURDER VICTIM'S SISTER: I BELIEVE THAT WHEN A PERSON IS DYING...KIND OF PLAYING GOD.))
[SUPER=01-Maria Hines/Murder Victim's Sister;]
[OUT Q=playing God.]
Hines is a former nun.
Eaton's execution is scheduled for tomorrow night.
An accident in Patrick County late last night took the life of a truck driver.
State Police say a tractor trailer was traveling southbound on Route 8, when it ran off the side of the road.
The truck plunged down an embankment and struck several trees.
Police say the driver died at the scene.
The accident is under investigation.
A car accident on a Bedford County bridge last night has some residents rallying to keep that bridge closed for good.
Today, some concerned parents gathered at the bridge to voice their opinion on the safety of the bridge.
[IN Q=I as a ]
((TERESA DRUMMOND/ RESIDENT- BEDFORD COUNTY: I AS A CONCERNED PARENT WOULD LIKE TO NOT SEE THE SCHOOL BUSES PASS THIS BRIDGE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT MY CHILD GETS HOME SAFELY AND THAT AND THAT MY NEIGBOR'S CHILDREN GET HOME SAFELY. THIS IS CRAZY.))
[SUPER=01-Teresa Drummond/Bedford Co. Resident]
[OUT Q=This is crazy]
However, VDOT says the bridge is safe and will re-open on Friday.
[IN Q= VDOT bridge safety]
((DAVID ENGLISH/VDOT: VDOT BRIDGE SAFETY INSPECTORS WILL CHECK IT WHEN REPAIRS ARE COMPLETED TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS 100% SAFE FOR THE PUBLIC.))
[SUPER=01-David English/Va. Department Of Transportation;]
[OUT Q= for the public]
Right now V-DOT is repairing the bridge.
Also they are working to recover the car.
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Meantime in the CITY of Bedford last night firefighters helped prevent a motel from going up in flames.
At about 11, crews were called to the Bedford Motel on on Route 460.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the west end of the structure.
They say the fire started in the roof over the motel office.
No employees or guests were injured.
No luck yet in the search for two men who allegedly robbed a restaurant manager at gunpoint early this morning.
The manager of Papa John's Pizza on Brambleton Avenue in Cave Spring says two men entered the restaurant and demanded cash at about one a-m.
One of the suspects reportedly had a handgun.
Police say the two fled in a car with an undetermined amount of money.
The Ku Klux Klan is planning a rally in Jasper, Texas next week to publicly deny any part in the brutal death of a black man.
Three white men are suspects in the dragging death of James Byrd Junior.
Meantime, members of the House and Senate yesterday called for passage of a bill designed to stiffen federal penalties for hate crimes.
((Rep. John Conyers, (D-MI):A MAN WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY FROM JASPER TEXAS...A SERIOUS OMMISSION IN THE LAW.
[SUPER=01-Rep. John Conyers/(D) Michigan]
[OUT Q=IN THE LAW.]
The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 19-98 amends federal criminal statutes to set penalties for anyone who hurts another person because of their race, religion, color or nationality.
A former inmate of the Danville Juvenile Detention center is sueing the city, saying he was forced to wear women's underwear in front of other prisoners.
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Charles Crumpton says it happened in 1991 and 1992.
The federal lawsuit says he was forced to walk through the dining area and dance in his cell in a bra and panties.
Crumption is asking for 500 thousand dollars in damages.
City officials says he has a weak case and they'll win in court.
Louise Woodward is free to go home to England but her legal battles in America are far from over.
Hours after the Supreme Court of Massachusetts upheld her reduced manslaughter conviction, she was slapped with a civil suit by the parents of the baby who died in her care.
Meantime, in Woodward's home town of Elton there is relief among her supporters.
Vicki Mabrey reports.
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[SUPER=01-Rev. Ken Davey/Vicar of Elton; :40]
[SUPER=01-Vicki Mabrey/Reporting; 1:08]
[OUT Q=CBS News, London, England][insulin]
Some good news for diabetics.
A national study shows inhaled insulin controls diabetes at
least as well as insulin shots.
Insulin-dependent diabetics must get injections several times daily and their medicine must be kept cold.
The inhaler pumps insulin into the lungs, where it's absorbed into the blood.
A final trial on the inhaler is set for this fall.
The Lynchburg school board has re-appointed a controversial board member despite strong objections from a minority committee.
The committee was outraged last month when school board member Tracey Shaw said he could tell some students were from low- income families "simply by looking at them".
Many said the remark was racist, but Shaw denied any racial undertones.
[IN Q=I think that]
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I THINK THAT THERE WAS SOME CONTROVERSY AND SOME THINGS THAT MAYBE TOOK PLACE THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN PLACE, AND THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME CONTINUING DISCUSSION TO TAKE PLACE ON THE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED. BUT I BELIEVE THAT TRACEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO A GOOD JOB ON THE SCHOOL BOARD.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00]
[OUT Q=the school board.]
Lee Greever and Lyle Schweitzer were also re-appointed to the school board.
Danville city council has found the funding for its year round school program.
Last night members voted to increase water and waster water fees.
The revenue would pay for the school program.
That means Gibson Middle School will now get an extra 40-days of instruction, the same schedule already in place at Schoolfield Elementary.
But some say this alternative form of education should not be paid for with public money.
((MATTIE TRAVIS/OPPOSES YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS: WE ARE SIMPLY ASKING THAT OUR SCHOOL BOARD USE OUR MONEY MORE JUDICIALLY TO PROMOTE QUALITY FOR ALL RATHER THAN QUANTITY FOR JUST A FEW.))
[SUPER=01-Mattie Travis/Opposes Year-Round Schools;]
[OUT Q=for just a few.]
But most who attended the meeting spoke in favor of the program, calling the rate hike an investment in children.
The increases will only last a year.
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If you are looking to own farmland in Franklin County, you may have to buy more than you expected.
Supervisors have raised the minimum lot sizes that buyers must purchase.
Now you must buy at least 35-thousand-square-feet -- that's almost an acre.
The point is to preserve the rolling hills characteristic of Franklin County.
Some say the new rule is especially important for Smith Mountain Lake where houses are cropping up constantly.
[IN Q=There's only]
((THERE'S ONLY A CERTAIN DENSITY OF PEOPLE THAT CAN BE SUPPORTED IN A PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT LIKE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE IS.
TOO MANY PEOPLE WILL RUIN IT, THEY'LL RUIN IT FOR EVERYBODY.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Dinwiddie/Lake Resident;]
[OUT Q=ruin it for everybody]
But others call it a waste of land.
[IN Q=Well you are]
((WELL YOU ARE KEEPING IT OPEN FOR NOW BUT LATER ON DOWN THE ROAD WHEN I73 COMES THROUGH OUR LAND MAY BE BETTER USED AS RESIDENTIAL OTHER THAN FARMING. YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE THE LOTS WASTED JUST TO MAKE THE LOTS BIGGER.))
[SUPER=01-Eddie Shelton/Farm Bureau;]
[OUT Q=to make the lots bigger]
And developers say it will now be more expensive to buy farmland in Franklin County.
The Radford Army Ammunition plant needs help cleaning up hazardous materials.
And while several citizens are rising to the cause, many more are still needed.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :13]
[SUPER=01-Rick Parrish/Volunteer; :31]
[SUPER=01-Rob Davie/Restoration Program Manager; 1:02]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 1:18 ]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Montgomery Co.]
(( After years of searching, the Radford Army Ammunition has finally secured enough interest to create a "Restoration
Advisory Board"---- made up of residents willing to lend their time and expertise.
They'll be figuring out the best way to clean-up various lagoons, landfills and trenches where material, possibly hazardous, was deposited years ago.
About 20 residents responded favorably-- after the plant sent out about 150 letters asking for help.
[IN Q=I thought]
((RICK PARRISH/VOLUNTEER:I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON NOW, WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE PAST, AND TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY BY HELPING OUT WITH THE CLEAN UP EFFORT AND ESPECIALLY WITH INFORMATION BECAUSE I BELIEVE KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED ON ANY TYPE OF OPERATION LIKE THIS IS CRITICAL. ))
[OUT Q=is critical.]
Plant officials have identified 45- sites, which MAY or MAY not be in need of clean-up.
It's a process that actually began a number of years ago.
[IN Q=The restoration]
((ROB DAVIE/RESTORATION PROGRAM MANAGER:THE RESTORATION AND CLEAN-UP PROGRAM HERE IS WHAT I WOULD CALL A PAST SIN PROGRAM, IT'S A PROGRAM THAT BASICALLY EVOLVED AS OUR KNOWLEDGE BASE INCREASED BECAUSE AS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE HAS GOTTEN MORE AND MORE SOPHISTICATED WE'RE ABLE TO SEE THAT WHAT WAS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND PRACTICE 30- YEARS AGO WOULD NOT BE TODAY. ))
[OUT Q=be today.]
The Radford Army Ammunition plant would like to attract even more volunteers-- willing to help out on a project that will likely take a number of years to complete.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Montgomery County.))
America is helping out the ailing Japanese yen.
A Treasury Department spokesman says the U-S has intervened in
foreign exchange markets to try to boost the value of the currency.
It's the first time the Clinton administration has ever stepped in to support another currency.
The move is seen as a sign of the seriousness of the Asian economic crisis.
Don't expect to see any N-B-A players at the World Cup championships this summer in Greece.
With the players threatening a lockout, USA basketball is taking no chances that they could boycott the games in order to gain bargaining leverage.
Yesterday USA hoops cut all of the NBA players when they couldn't get assurance that they wouldn't walk out.
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/December 1996; :00]
Also, Brent Conley the former freshman of the year at VMI has finally left the institution for good.
Conley was king at the school when he was on the court, but demerits and academics also kept him off it.