Up next on News 7, Virginia lawmakers continue to negotiate the state's so called partial birth abortion law just da
ys before it is supposed to go into effect. We'll have the very latest.
and a woman accused of endangering the lives of her children following a fatal accident is found NOT guilty.
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Kicking off this work week with the hot weather story. Temperatures are high with lots of humidity as well. We will show you where the showers popped up in a moment.
The first allergy drug for toddlers has been approved by the government.
Critics of some ideas in the late Doctor Spock's new book are calling him crazy.
And President Clinton unveils a new plan to keep tabs on which cigarette companies are selling to minors.
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((BILL HURD/SENIOR ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THIS IS A LAW THAT WE BELIEVE IS CONSTITUTIONAL.))
((SIMON HELLER/CTR. FOR REPROD. LAW AND POLICY: I DON'T KNOW HOW CAN HE SAY THAT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE. AND MAYBE IT WASN'T QUITE A STRAIGHT FACE. ))
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A clearly skeptical judge tries to negotiate a limited injunction of Virginia's newest abortion law.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A ban on so-called partial birth abortions is set to take effect July first.
But the Virginia Attorney General's office has agreed -- in theory at this hour -- on a set of terms more specific than the law is itself under which doctors could be prosecuted.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What happened in court today?
Jean, federal Judge Robert Payne spent hours questioning the lawyers over graphic specifics about how so-called "conventional abortions" are performed.
To ensure that it doesn't interfere with the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade protections, he pressured both sides to try to agree to a strictly worded injunction.
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[SUPER=01-Simon Heller/Ctr. for Reproductive Law & Policy; :12]
[OUT Q=vagueness of the law.]
((BILL HURD/SENIOR ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THIS IS A VICTORY FOR THE STATE. IF THIS GOES THROUGH, AND WE HOPE IT WILL, IT MEANS THAT THE LAW BANNING PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT JULY FIRST.))
((SIMON HELLER/CTR. FOR REPROD. LAW AND POLICY: THEY MAY WANT TO PUT WHATEVER SPIN ON IT THEY WANT, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE DOCUMENTS THEY SUBMITTED TO COURT DEFINE A CONVENTIONAL ABORTION OR CERTAIN CONVENTIONAL ABORTIONS IN WAYS THAT DON'T REFLECT MEDICAL REALITY. SO IT LEAVES DOCTORS SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION.))
Judge Payne was clearly uncomfortable with Hurd's argument, saying eventually:
"Here you have the Supreme Court of the United States defining the breakpoint on this. This law seeks to extend the reach back into 10 weeks of pregnancy. That's been decided for a long time."
((SIMON HELLER/CTR. FOR REPROD. LAW AND POLICY: I THINK THAT THE JUDGE HAS INDICATED BY HIS QUESTIONS THAT HE'S VERY ATTUNED TO THE VAGUENESS OF THE LAW.))
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A Montgomery County judge found a woman used poor judgement, but was not guilty of endangering her children when she allowed her children to ride in the back of a pick-up truck.
One of the three youngsters died after being thrown from the vehicle.
(Teresa Anders Wrench) Treca Anders Rentch was facing felony child abuse and neglect charges.
Late May last year, Rentch, her children and three other adults were returning home after a day of swimming.
Rentch's boyfriend, Chris Fisher, was driving the pick-up.
Seven year old Samantha Darlene Rentch was thrown from the vehicle when Fisher swerved in an attempt to avoid a potential accident.
Rentch was accused of putting her children in harm's way, something her sister said Rentch wasn't capable of.
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((FREDA HALL/RENTCH'S SISTER; MY SISTER, SHE BABYSITTED FOR ME AND I KNOW SHE WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO HURT HER KIDS OR ANYONE ELSES CONCERNED, INTENTIONALLY.))
((TRECA RENTCH; I'M GLAD THIS PART IS OVER. BUT IT'LL NEVER REALLY BE OVER. I MISS MY BABY. BUT I NEVER MEANT TO HURT ANY OF MY KIDS. NEVER INTENDED ON ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN.))
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Judge Ray Grubbs said Rentch paid the ultimate penalty for her poor judgement.
Au Pair Louise Woodward spoke to the BBC in an exclusive interview that airs tonight in England.
As Vicki Mabrey reports, Woodward came across as posed, confident and angry.
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[OUT Q=CBS News, London.]
((At the press conference held shortly after she touched down in England last Thursday, Woodward refused to speculate on who or what may have
caused the fatal injury to baby Matthew Eappen. When asked if she had a message for the Eappens, she gave a terse reply.
WOODWARD: NO, I DON'T.
In tonight's interview, she says she was made a scapegoat. "If the parents didn't do it, who did?" she asks, adding that she felt someone would have to pay, and that someone was her. She also talks about the
support she received in Britain, criticism of her in the American press, and her reaction to being allowed to return home. The interview
was conducted by the same reporter who handled the infamous princess
diana chat and the British tabloids today are
making much of the fact that Woodward seems to model herself on the Princess: same sort of dark suit , same demure looks, similar setting.
VICKI MABREY: THE BBC SAYS ANY RESEMBLANCE TO THE PRINCESS DIANA INTERVIEW IS PURE
COINCIDENCE, AND IS TAKING PAINS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE NETWORK DID
NOT FOR THIS INTERVIEW. BUT THE WOODWARD FAMILY IS DRAWING FLACK FOR
PAYMENTS THEY RECEIVED FROM ONE BRITISH TABLOID, ABOUT 66-THOUSAND
DOLLARS, THOUGH THE PAPER SAYS THE MONEY WAS PAID BEFORE WOODWARD WAS
CONVICTED, AND WENT TO HELP HER DEFENSE FUND. VM, CBS NEWS, LONDON.))[(toss to R)]
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Is a meals tax coming to Henry County? We'll have the details in a moment.
and the man accused of killing entertainer Bill Cosby's son goes on trial today in California.
In Health Check, the late Dr. Benjamin Spock makes a controversial suggestion in his latest baby book.
We'll have that and a report of the New River Valley's day of caring.
The trial is under way for the man accused of killing Ennis Cosby.
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Defense attorneys told the jury the defendant is not the killer- that he was at home at the time of the murder.
Attorneys say a friend of Mikail Markhasev is responsbile.
19 year old Markhasev has a history of gang affiliations and has been in trouble with the law before.
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Ennis Cosby was changing a flat tire on a dark road when he was fatally shot in January of 1997.
The 27 year old was a graduate student at Columbia University.
Will it cost more to dine out in Henry County?
Voters will decide in November.
The Board of Supervisors agreed this morning to put a meals tax referendum on the ballot in the next election.
The plan to generate new revenue is part of a nearly 83-million dollar budget supervisors approved today.
The pending meals tax would be four percent on meals at restaurants.
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((SID CLOWER: THE CITIZENS HAVE TO VOTE ON IT TO APPROVE IT. IT'S VERY BADLY NEEDED. AND IF IT'S NOT APPROVED, CERTAINLY THE BOARD'S GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT REAL ESTATE TAX INCREASES.))
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[OUT Q=estate tax increases.]
Supervisors also agreed to pursue a five-percent admissions tax on Martinsville Speedway tickets.
Henry County will need approval from the General Assembly for that to happen.
Franklin County is asking the town of Rocky Mount to kick in some money for an economic development director.
Franklin County has lots of fertile soil for business -- but cannot seem to hire an economic development director.
[IN Q=We've advertised]
((WAYNE ANGELL/FRANKLIN CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THE PERSON WE'RE LOOKING FOR, WE MAY AS WELL FACE IT, PRIVATE INDUSTRY IS LOOKING FOR THIS TYPE PEOPLE. IF IT COMES DOWN TO WHO CAN PAY MORE MONEY MOST OF THE TIME LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WILL LOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Angell/Franklin Co. Supervisor;]
[OUT Q=GOVERNMENTS WILL LOSE]
The county will currently pay 36-thousand-dollars but it's asking the town of Rocky Mount to share the position and add to that salary.
The two governments already share an industrial park.
Other available business sites are near the town.
New business would depend on Rocky Mount for sewer service, and their employees would likely spend money in the town.
[IN Q=The existence of the town]
((BEN PINCKARD/TOWN COUNCIL: WE HAVE JUST GOT TO REMEMBER ... COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Ben Pinckard/Town Council;]
Town council will decide whether to help pay for the position on July 13th.
Ground was broken today for the first of four new libraries in Bedford County.
The first earth was turned in Forest, where construction on a 10-thousand square foot facility will get underway this summer.
New buildings are also planned for Moneta, Stewartsville and Montvale.
An existing library in Big Island will be expanded.
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((TOM HEHMAN/LIBRARY DIRECTOR: PRESENTLY BEDFORD COUNTY IS SERVED BY A NETWORK OF LIBRARIES THAT WE'VE EITHER OUTGROWN OR IN ONE CASE, WE DON'T HAVE ONE IN PLACE AT ALL. THE PEOPLE IN BEDFORD VALUE LIBRARIES, THEY APPRECIATE THE ONES THEY HAVE AND THE WANT MORE. AND THEY VOTED TO SUPPORT A BOND REFERENDUM OF 7- POINT- ONE MILLION DOLLARS THAT WAS PASSED IN NOVEMBER OF 1995, THIS IS GOING TO GIVE US THE MODERN LIBRARY SYSTEM THAT WE NEED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Hehman/Library Director; :00]
[OUT Q=throughout the county.]
Construction on all five projects should be completed by the fall of 1999.
Up next on the newscast, benefactors of the United Way got together today to make a visible sign of their support.
The United Way works hard to make the lives of countless people better EVERY DAY, but today is special- because it highlights that effort.
The "Day of Caring" brings out member organizations and individuals from all walks of life to show support in tangible ways.
Patrick Evans tells us more from the New River Valley, where United Way volunteers have been hard at work.
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In Sports, former Express coach Frank Anzalone talks about moving on.
On Health check, a prescription pain killer is recalled after some patients suffer severe liver damage.
and President Clinton says he wants parents to know which companies are marketing their cigarettes to teenagers.
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Four people have died and eight others required liver transplants after taking a powerful prescription painkiller.
Duract is being recalled for causing potentially fatal liver damage if used for a duration of longer than ten days.
The Food and Drug Administration had approved the Wyeth-Ayerst drug for short term use.
But once a drug is approved, doctors can prescribe it however
President Clinton says he wants to know which cigarette brands are the most popular with teenagers.
Today Clinton announced the first annual survey to track which brands teens are smoking most.
The survey which the Department of Health and human Services will conduct, also will monitor which companies are marketing most agressively at teen smokers.
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(("THE TOBACCO COMPANIES AUTOMATIC AND ANGRY DISMISSAL OF THIS NEW SURVEY
SHOWS THEIR CONTINUED DISREGARDS FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND
PARENTS' CONCERNS. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND
YEARS THEY HAD INFORMATION THAT PROVED TOBACCO WAS ADDICTIVE AND IT
DEMONSTRATED THEY WERE MARKETING TO CHILDREN.. AND THEY DIDN'T THINK WE
HAD A RIGHT TO KNOW THAT EITHER."
[OUT Q=right to know that either.]
The President insists that keeping tabs will help ensure tobacco companies are held accountable for their actions.
Although he died earlier this year, Doctor Benjamin Spock left behind a controversial diet reccomendation for children.
Spock suggests in the seventh edition of his best selling "Baby and Child Care" that kids over the age of two should have a diet free of dairy products and meat.
Many peditricians including Spock's co-author, Dr. Steven J. Parker, think the reccommendations are too extreme.
Parker says Spock believed his vegetarian diet had given him a new lease on life.
Spock wanted the book to be in the forefront of linking animal foods and disease.
Longtime friend and a noted pediatrician himself, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton says Spock's theories were absolutely insane.
In Sports, there are some coaching changes coming in the Major Leagues and N-B-A
With that and more, here's Mike with the Two Minute ticker.
Good afternoon, welcome to the two minute ticker.
former Express coach Frank Anzalone was introduced as the AHL Lowell Lock Monsters new coach last week. Steve Mason caught up with him today.
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((from his home Monday morning, spent 2 and half hours on a conference call with the New York Islanders and the Lowell Lock Monsters staff.
Coming up at six, we will tell you what Anzalone and new Express G.M. Tony Mancuso are working on for next season. In Roanoke, Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
The first piece of the Chicago Bulls dynasty departed this afternoon.
Head coach Phil Jackson cleaned out his office this afternoon at the team's headquarters and then drove off on new motorcycle that was autographed by the entire team.
Meanwhile the Dodgers cleaned house again this morning by firing manager Bill Russell and general manager Fred Claire.
Glenn Hoffman takes over as manager and Tommy Lasorda as GM
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Wimbledon highlights and world cup action are coming up at six.
Take care everybody.
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The clock is ticking on Kelli Quick's reign. But today, Miss Virginia said she's ready to pass her crown to another young woman.
Twenty- five contestants gathered around the pool of the Hotel Roanoke this afternoon for a photo session.
They're competing for the title, scholarships, and a place in the Miss America Pageant.
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((KELLI QUICK/MISS VIRGINIA 1997: ITS BEEN A WONDERFUL, VERY EDUCATIONAL VERY FULL YEAR. AND IT'S EXCITING TO ANTICIPATE THE CROWNING OF A NEW MISS VIRGINIA. AND IT'S A LITTLE SAD, IT IS. I THINK I'M READY TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL, BUT I'M SURE GOING TO MISS THE LIFESTYLE AND THE OPPORTUNITIES, BUT I'VE HAD A GREAT TIME, WONDERFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Kelli Quick/Miss Virginia 1997]
[OUT Q=great time, wonderful.]
The competition begins Thursday at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.