It will be up to a federal judge in Richmond to determine if Virginia's new abortion law will take effect July 1st.
Last minute talks to avert a possible court order collapsed last night.
The law would ban what abortion opponents call ``partial-birth'' abortions.
Abortion providers have challenged the law in court, claiming it is too
broad and vague.
((SIMON HELLER: THE COMMONWEALTH IS SHIFTING EVERY TIME THEY CAN TO GET AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT THIS IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL STATUTE. THEY WANT TO SAVE IT SOMEHOW. BUT IT'S LIKE A SINKING SHIP. IT CAN'T BE SAVED.
BILL HURD/SENIOR ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THIS IS A LAW THAT WE BELIEVE IS CONSTITUTIONAL. THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCATION HAS APPROVED OF THE LAW AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.
[SUPER=01-Simon Heller/Ctr. for Reproductive Law & Policy; ]
[SUPER=01-Bill Hurd/Senior Asst. Attorney General;]
[OUT Q=at the federal level.]
The trial of the lawsuit is scheduled for August 18th.
The highest court in the nation handed down a ruling yesterday that is stirring debate in schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school systems can NOT be held liable when teachers sexually harrass students... That is if school officials aren't notified of the problem.
Yesterday's ruling stemmed from a Texas case, but the situation hits close to home...
Last month, John Breedlove pleaded no contest to charges he had sex with three students at Auburn Middle School in Montgomery County.
Roanoke County school officials say while the ruling gives them some legal protection, they also have the responsibility to protect students.
[IN Q=In today's]
((JAMES GALLION/ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT; IN TODAY'S WORLD, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, AND WE NEED TO SET A CERTAIN ATTITUDE, THAT IS NOT TO CONDONE ALL SEXUAL HARASSMENT, STUDENT TO STUDENT, OR EMPLOYEE TO STUDENT.))
[SUPER=01-James Gallion/Assistant Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=employee to student]
Gallion says all new school system employees are told ANY sexual harassment incident should be reported.
Several toddlers in Georgia are battling for their lives against a deadly bacteria.
Six children from around the state contracted the E. coli bacteria just days apart.
One of the children fighting contamination is the young son of an Altanta Braves player.
Kristen Lee reports.
[IN Q=The troubling news]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :12]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Harry Keyserling/Epidemiologist; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Kristin Lee/Reporting; 1:11]
[OUT Q=For CBS News.]
[SUPER=03-Orland Park, IL;]
Meantime in Illinois, health officials say potato salad is was made at least four-thousand people sick after eating food from a suburban Chicago caterer.
It's the largest E. coli outbreak of it's kind in U.S. History.
(Tree-sa) Treca Anders Rentch is a free woman today, following a judge's ruling that she was NOT criminally negligent in the death of her child.
The Montgomery County woman's seven-year old daughter died in a truck accident last year.
Rentch and her three children were riding with her boyfriend, Chris Fisher last May.
He swirved to avoid another vehicle, throwing two children from the truck.
Her seven-year old daughter, Samantha died of head trauma.
[SOT=05:33:56 - 05:39:45]
[IN Q=MY SISTER]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-Freda Hall/Rentch's Sister; :00]
[SUPER=07-Treca Rentch; :09]
[OUT Q=to happen]
Rentch could have faced up to 25 years in prison had she been convicted.
Earlier this month Fisher pleaded no contest to driving drunk.
Four people were injured in a Botetourt County auto accident last night, including a mother and her two young children.
It happened on Catawba Road just off Route 220.
Police say Catina(ka-TEE-na) Cook and her two young children were slowing down when she was hit from behind, ramming her car into the S-U-V in front of her.
Cook, her children, and the driver of the S-U-V were hospitalized.
The seventeen-year old girl who hit them from behind has been charged with reckless driving.
A Lynchburg man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection to a fatal hit and run on Thanksgiving day.
Melvin Clifton Stevens WAS charged with second-degree murder.
Stevens dragged Louis Slaughter, Jr. several miles before stopping.
He could face a 25-year prison sentence.
Some 19 Virginia firefighters have joined weary Florida firefighters trying to put out a string of forest fires.
[SUPER=03-Volusia Co., FL;]
Dry conditions and scorching temperatures throughout the state have resulted in the worst fires there in more than 50 years.
The flames continue to creep closer to homes forcing more mandatory evacuations.
In one area of the Volusia County flames have closed in on about 200 homes.
Already flames have destroyed three homes in the County.
[4:04:47 (3rds sot IN PKG)]
WHEN YOU GET RAIN AROUND 40 YOU GET LIGHTENING AND IT STARTS THE FIRE, IT WAS A CHANGE OF WIND HERE KNOW WHEN IT WILL GO. ))
[SUPER=01-Curtis Wolfe/Volusia County Resident;]
[OUT Q=KNOW WHEN IT WILL GO.]
The state has also sent bulldozers to the Daytona Beach area.
Another Virginia task force is on standby in case it is needed.
The war between Microsoft and the federal government continues.
Microsoft has won the latest battle.
The computer software giant today won a court appeal over its Internet browser.
The ruling allows Microsoft to tie its browser to its
popular Windows operating system.
A lower court HAD granted an injunction as part of the government's antitrust case against Microsoft.
Officials have recalled a powerful painkiller linked to several deaths.
One year ago, doctors began prescribing Duract for patients in need
of short-term pain relief.
[Begins and ends with frozen shot!!!]
But since then, four people have died after taking the drug.
And at least eight others suffered liver damage so severe they
required liver transplants.
The company which makes Duract chose to pull the product.
Former au pair Louise Woodward is making her case in public.
During an hour long interview last night on British televsion Woodward called her conviction in the death of Matthew Eappen...a miscarriage of justice... and said that the jury did not understand the evidence.
LOUISE WOODWARD:THE MENTALITY IS THAT SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY AND THAT SEEMED TO BE THE PROBLEM, THAT IF THE PARENTS DIDN'T DO IT, WHO DID? THERE IS ONLY YOU LEFT. AND THERE WAS THE WHOLE FEELING THAT SOMEBODY
HAS TO PAY AND THAT SOMEBODY HAD TO BE ME. ))
[SUPER=01-Louise Woodward/Convicted Au Pair;]
[OUT Q=that somebody had to be me.]
After the interview was broadcast one of the Massachusetts prosecutors said that Woodward's denial is to be expected.
[IN Q=It's very]
MARTHA COAKLEY, PROSECUTOR: IT'S VERY DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE KILLED A CHILD. ))
[OUT Q=THAT YOU HAVE KILLED A CHILD]
Wooward say the only thing that is on her conscience is that she may not have done enough to save the bay but insists she did not cause his fatal injuries.
If you've already heard the warning about crime at highway rest areas, law officials now have a new warning.
State police are advising motorists to watch out for scam artists at rest stops.
Last month a motorist in Augusta County lost 850 dollars when three people convinced him to join a betting game.
[IN Q=They know that]
((SGT. TOM FOSTER/VA STATE POLICE; THEY KNOW THAT MOTORISTS TRAVELING THROUGH ARE GOING TO BE FROM OUT OF TOWN, THEY'RE GOING TO BE LESS LIKELY TO WANT TO REPORT IT AND LESS LIKELY TO WANT TO COME BACK FOR COURT AND PROSECUTE IT. SECOND, THE CRIMINALS KNOW THAT PERSONS USING REST AREAS HAVE SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNTS OF CASH WITH THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/Virginia State Police]
[OUT Q=with them]
Police say there were five rip-offs reported last year, all involved cash and playing cards.
It seems like the Jackpot isn't big enough for some Virginia lotto players.
That's how state lottery officials explain the 22-million dollar drop in state lottery revenue this fiscal year.
Lottery Director Penelope Kyle says people aren't impressed anymore with jackpots of 20 million dollars, when drawings like the Washington Powerball boast jackpots surpassing the hundred-million dollar mark.
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Franklin County is asking the town of Rocky Mount to pitch in on funding.
The County is looking to encourage economic development, but can't find a director to lead the project.
Tina Tenret has more.
[IN Q=Franklin County]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Angell/Franklin Co. Supervisor;:08]
[SUPER=01-Ben Pinckard/Rocky Mount Town Council;:34]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin Co.]
(( Franklin County has plenty of land available for business, but it needs the right kind of person to bring it in.
[IN Q=I do know]
((WAYNE ANGELL/FRANKLIN CO. SUPERVISORS: I DO KNOW WE HAD SOME EARLY INTEREST FROM SOME PRETTY GOOD APPLICANTS AND WHEN WE TOLD THEM WHAT OUR SALARY RANGE WAS THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO WORK FOR US FOR THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY.))
[OUT Q=that amount of money]
36-thousand-dollars may not be enough.
But the town of Rocky Mount also needs business, so it may kick in extra money to attract an economic development director.
After all, even if businesses did not locate IN the town, their employees would likely shop there.
[IN Q=I think it's]
((THE PROSPERITY OF ROCKY MOUNT IS ALL DEPENDEANT ON THE PROSPERITY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY. THEY'RE INSEPARABLE. SO THEREFORE IT WOULD BEHOOVE US TO JOIN WITH THE COUNTY TO RETAIN THE SERVICES AND HIRE A DIRECTOR.))
[OUT Q=hire a director]
This kind of cooperation may even pave the way for a town-county agreement on sewer service.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County.))
Rocky Mount town council will discuss funding for the new position July 13th.
Henry County voters will have to decide whether to increase some taxes come fall.
Yesterday morning, the Board of Supervisors approved a nearly 83-million dollar budget for the next fiscal year.
It includes a four-percent meals tax-- to be voted on by county residents in November.
County supervisors also want to levy a five-percent admissions tax on Martinsville Speedway tickets.
But that proposed tax is still QUITE a way from being a reality.
[IN Q=Certainly we want to work]
((SID CLOWER:CERTAINLY WE WANT TO WORK WITH MISTER CAMPBELL WHO'S PRESIDENT OF THE SPEEDWAY AND MAKE SURE HE'S COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THIS-- AS WELL AS THE NASCAR PEOPLE-- MAKE SURE THEY'RE NOT UNCOMFORTABLE WITH IT AND AFTER WE GET PASSED THAT HURDLE WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE GOVERNOR ARE IN AGREEMENT SO THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE ON THAT ISSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Sid Clower/Henry Co. Administrator;]
[OUT Q=done on that issue.]
Henry County supervisors hope to have the admissions tax in place by the year 2000.
It's been nearly 2 and a half years since Bedford County residents decided to invest their dollars in libraries.
Yesterday, officials took the first step toward making the libraries a reality.
Ground was broken yesterday morning for the first facility, along Route 221 in Forest.
Libraries will also be built in Moneta, Stewartsville and Montvale.. an existing library in Big Island will be expanded.
[IN Q=Presently Bedford]
((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 19-99.
A thriller in World Cup soccer as Columbia and Tunisia faced off yesterday -- each needing victory to stay alive.
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Columibia kept the heat on the Tunisian goalie all day long but for the most part he was more than up the challenge as witnessed by this save.
Take a look at the right hand poke it over the bar.
But in the 83rd minute of play, the old master, Carlos Valderama sets up Leider Preciado, who beats two defenders to get the eventual game winner.
Columbia is close to advancing. Tunisia is finished.
e next level.
Romania beat England yesterday afternoon 2-to-1. England and Columbia will now meet for the right to move one to th