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It's a ruling that will have enormous importance in the workplace.
The Supreme Court today made it easier for workers who are sexually harassed to sue their employers.
In a ruling on two cases from Illinois and Florida, the court says employers are always potentially liable for supervisors' sexual misconduct toward employees.
The decision in the Illinois case could revive Paula Jones's appeal of effort to revive her sexual harassment suit against President Clinton.
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Virginia's Governor and Attorney General are unmoved by the 97 page opinion of a federal judge that blocks Virginia's so-called "partial birth" abortion ban from taking effect.
[IN Q=We're reviewing]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'RE REVIEWING IT RIGHT NOW. I'M CONFIDENT THAT AS IT GOES THROUGH THE APPEALS PROCESS IT SHOULD STAND UP. THIS IS A TERRIBLE PROCEDURE THAT SHOULD BE BANNED AND ABOLISHED.))
[OUT Q=and abolished.]
In the opinion released yesterday, Judge Payne writes:
"The term 'partial birth abortion' is a term coined by legislators, anti-abortion activists, and the media. It has no accepted medical meaning."
Judge Payne seems to accept the abortion doctors' argument that the law is worded too vaguely, and could apply criminal sanctions to other routine abortion procedures.
"...the Act's 'chill' on the physicians' ability to perform the medically appropriate method of abortion in this manner would result in a less safe performance of an abortion for the patient."
Attorney General Mark Earley issued only a brief statement, promising an immediate appeal.
Unless Judge Payne's injunction is reversed on appeal, the law's on hold until it goes to trial August 18th.
350 Danville factory workers received a 2-month notice yesterday that their plant was shutting down.
The Durham 2000 hosiery plant-- which has been in Danville for more than 100-years-- announced yesterday it will close in 60-days.
Employees received letters at work telling them about the shut-down.
They say they knew business wasn't good but never expected this.
A Kentucky businessman-- who bought the plant in January-- says sales are down 30-to 50-percent.
And with no hope of turning a profit, he says the plant must close.
Workers say they'll have to start all over.
[IN Q=I'm going to look]
((CARL DIXON: I'M GOING TO LOOK FOR A NEW JOB. I HATE TO LEAVE. IT'S JUST LIKE A HOME WHEN I LEAVE HOME. I LOOK FORWARD TO GOING TO WORK. I ENJOY IT, THE PEOPLE, THE SUPERVISORS, AND EVERYTHING, THEY'VE BEEN GOOD. AND I'M GOING TO MISS IT. I WISH IN SOME WAY IT WOULDN'T HAVE TO CLOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Carl Dixon/Durham 2000 Employee;]
[OUT Q=it wouldn't close.]
The company's president says he'll do everything he can to help workers find new jobs.
An elderly woman says she stole money from a homeowners' association to pay her husband's medical bills.
Mary Lou Fisher was treasurer of the Lynville-on-the-Lake homeowners' group at Smith Mountain Lake.
She admits she took at least 24-thousand-dollars over six years.
Prosecutors argue she stole 60-thousand-dollars.
In court today for embezzlement -- Fisher said she was bankrupt, jobless, and devastated by her mistake.
[IN Q=Like I say]
((MARY LOU FISHER/DEFENDANT: LIKE I SAY I'VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE. I'VE NEVER BEEN RAISED THIS WAY AND I'M VERY REGRETFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Lou Fisher/Defendant;--QUICK!]
[OUT Q=very regretful]
Judge William Alexander says Fisher cannot sugarcoat her crime.
He sentenced her to 15 years in prison but suspended the sentence.
He ordered Fisher to turn over her husband's 10-thousand-dollar retirement fund plus a piece of property worth another 10-thousand-dollars -- to the homeowners' group.
And she will have to pay the rest of the money back month by month.
President Clinton is in Beijing this afternoon -- on the eve of the most controversial stop on his tour of China.
Bill Plante reports.
[SUPER=01-Bill Plante/Reporting; :07]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Berger/National Security Adviser; 1:34]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS BEIJING.]
From China today President expressed concern for the health of his former Whitewater business partner, Susan McDougal.
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[4:13:26 AND 4:11:08]
McDougal was released from prison yesterday because of a painful back problem.
The judge sentenced McDougal to time served for her Whitewater fraud convictions and ordered her to spend 90 days in home detention.
[IN Q=Can you tell us]
REPORTER;CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU'LL DO IN THE NEXT TEN DAYS?
SUSAN MCDOUGAL I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T KNOW I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD HAPPEN,
I JUST DON'T KNOW ANYTHING JUST ASK HIM ALL THE STUFF, I DON'T KNOW
[OUT Q=i don't know anything.]
But her new freedom may be short-lived.
McDougal still faces embezzlement-related charges in a trial set for July 13th in California.
And she will be tried for criminal contempt in Little Rock on September 28th.
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Bad teen drivers beware.
On July first, your right to drive depends on how well you do it.
Governor Jim Gilmore put the ceremonial touch today on a bill he'd already signed into law.
[IN Q=A bill]
((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: A BILL THAT WE'RE CONVINCED WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WILL SAVE LIVES, WILL PERHAPS CHANGE THE CULTURE A BIT ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY OF DRIVING.))
[OUT Q=of driving.]
The new law sends teens with one moving violation to driver improvement clinic, and limits their number of teen passengers to three.
The second moving violation means a six month license suspension.
On a third violation, the teen driver loses the license for one year or until he or she turns 18, whichever is longer.
A state task force on college drinking has a plan to curb binge drinking on Virginia's campuses.
After nearly 4 months of meetings, the Attorney General's Task Force is calling for a culture change.
It's main idea is to change campus culture to make heavy drinking unpopular.
It calls for each college to develop its own unique plan.
Among other recommendations: more Friday classes, to slow the weekend binge.
Former Attorney General Richard Cullen formed the task force last year after five Virginia college students died in drinking-related incidents.
The state financed a full-time staff of six people.
The final report will be voted on July first.
A call to conserve energy.
That's what is coming from American Electric Power during this week's scorching summer heat.
With the sun bearing down and the temperature climbing above 90 degrees, demand for electricity soared during the day.
The utility has an unusual number of generating units out of service, and a spokesman says that's created a serious problem.
[IN Q=If we were the only one]
((TOM AYRES/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: IF WE WERE THE ONLY ONE FACING THAT PROBLEM, WE COULD PURCHASE SHORT TERM POWER FROM OUR NEIGHBORS, BUT SEVERAL ARE FACED WITH THE SAME THING, SO THE AVAILABILITY OF GENERATION ON THE MARKET IS PRETTY TIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Ayres/American Electric Power]
[OUT Q=pretty tight.]
A-E-P is asking customers to turn up their thermostats, and use dishwashers and washing machines at night.
The utility hopes voluntary conservation will prevent interruptions of service.
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When News 7 at Noon returns, the F-B-I investigates a death threat in Southwest Virginia against a former mine union president.
And every county in Florida except one is now threatened by raging brush fires.
Details coming up, but right now Patrick Evans has a look at today's weather.
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The F-B-I is investigating a death threat against a former United Mine Workers President in Wise County.
Sam Church says he received the treatening letter after requesting documents on the town of Appalachia's finances.
Church says he DOES think the threat is related to his questioning of money matters in his hometown.
Brush fires continue to threaten 66 of Florida's 67 counties.
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The state finally got some rain yesterday.
But firefighters say it actually made matters worse.
Lightning strikes sparked more fires.
And it rained just long enough to wash off the chemical retardent firefighters had put down to smother the flames.
Now the flames and thick smoke have caused a medical emergency.
A child and a jogger with respiratory problems died.
Area hospitals say the number of respiratory emergencies have doubled since Sunday.
(PAUL MONACO, EMPHYSEMA PATIENT:
LAST COUPLE OF DAYS I COULDN'T EVEN STICK MY NOSE OUT THE DOOR BECAUSE
OF THE SMOKE. ))
[SUPER=01-Paul Monaco/Emphysema Patient;]
[OUT Q=of the smoke.]
No one is immune to the burn of flame... not even the Magic Kindom
of Disney World.
Firefighters from Orange County, Florida battled flames on the back property of Disney World last night.
A Buena Vista man will take over as C-E-O of Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington.
Robert Huch is the current Vice President of Administration and Finance at Southern Virginia College.
However, he has 13 years experience in health care.
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[IN Q=I hope the]
((ROBERT HUCH:I HOPE THE EXPERIENCES I'VE HAD WILL BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONTIUNED SUCCESS OF THE HOSPITAL. I THINK THE HOSPITAL HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL. I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF ISSUES THAT WE STILL NEED TO ADDRESS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO JUMPING RIGHT IN.))
[OUT Q=jumping right in.]
367 people from around the country applied for the top job.
Will Mahone, the hospital's current C-E-O, will step down when the hospital's management under Carilion ends.
Huch will take over July 16th once the hospital's affiliation with VaLiance Health begins.
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Roanoke's Medical Center for Children at Community Hospital is expanding its range of pediatric care.
Two weeks ago Doctor Michael Hart came to Roanoke to treat children with feeding problems including abdominal pain and allergic reactions to food.
He's the first pediatric gastroenterologist in the area and he's alerting parents to problems that can lead to medical conditions.
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[IN Q=All infants]
((DR. MICHAEL HART/PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGIST:ALL INFANTS THROW UP A LOT AND EXPERIENCE PROBLEMS WITH CONSTIPATION AND ABDOMINAL PAIN AS WILL OLDER CHILDREN. WHEN A PARENT SHOULD BE WORRIED IS WHEN THAT PROCESS INTERFERES WITH NORMAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Hart/Pediatric Gastroenterologist; ]
Doctor Hart came to Community Hospital from Atlanta where he was the Medical Director for Nutrition at Egleston Children's Hospital.
Two congregations are joining forces to address race in the star city.
The Williams Memorial Baptist Church is a predominantly black church.
While, its neighbor, the First Church of the Brethen is mostly white.
The two congregations came together to offer week-long Vacation Bible Study Classes.
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[IN Q=It was time]
((RUTH ANN HANNAH/CO-ORGANIZER: IT WAS TIME TO WORSHIP TOGETHER, TO LIVE TOGETHER, TO STUDY TOGETHER AND WE THOUGHT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE TO START. THE CHILDREN ARE QUITE WILLING IT'S WE ADULTS WHO HESITATE.))
[SUPER=01-Ruth Ann Hannah/Co-organizer;]
[OUT Q=adults who hesitate.]
Youngsters and adults attended last night's bible study session.
Activities include arts and crafts as well as music and religious study.
Church leaders say they're hoping the classes will help improve race relations in Roanoke.
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August 31st is the deadline for aspiring songwriters.
A legislative and citizen subcommittee got down to work yesterday in Richmond to replace "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia."
The subcommittee put the song search on the fast track-- and some budding songwriters are already out in front.
[IN Q=I've got]
((I'VE GOT 45 DIFFERENT VERSIONS. I DON'T ALL OF THEM ON TAPE OR CASSETTE OR ANYTHING, BUT MOST OF THEM I DO. AND SOME OF THEM ARE VERY GOOD.))
((SEN. STEVE MARTIN/(R) CHESTERFIELD CO.: WHILE WE DO WANT TO BRING IN AS MANY ARTISTS WHO CARE TO PARTICIPATE, THE FACT IS THE LONGER YOU DRAG IT OUT, THE MORE OPPORTUNITY THERE IS FOR DISAPPOINTMENT, FOR FRUSTRATION, FOR RESOURCES SPENT, AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER ONE WOULD CONSIDER THEM TO BE WASTED RESOURCES OR NOT. BUT WE SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH PEOPLE LIKE THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Martin/(R) Chesterfield Co.; :10]
[OUT Q=like that.]
Augusta Senator Emmett Hanger is the subcommittee's chairman.
If you have a song-- or just want to weigh in -- stay tuned for specifics over the next few weeks.
Former Patrick Henry High standout Curtis Staples made a name for himself on the UVa hardwood.
Now he's headed to Chicago to show his stuff to the Bulls.
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Curtis had hoped Chicago would call his name in the second round of Wednesday night's draft, but instead they selected two other guards and a forward with their three picks.
Staples will get a free agent tryout with the Bulls.
And the Phoenix Suns have expressed a strong interest in giving him a look, as well.
Norman Nolan, his UVa teammate is expected to sign a free agent deal with either the Wizards, Hawks or Knicks.
Former Virginia Union star Charles Oakely is included in the latest big trade in the NBA.
The New York Knicks traded the 13 year veteran power forward, who also had some greta years with the Bulls, to the Raptors for Marcus Camby, who was the top pick in the 1996 draft.
Camby is anything but a power player.