[TAPE#98-39; TC 1:30:32]
A jury in Roanoke County is trying to determine the value of a life this afternoon.
It's the wrongful death case of Bonnie Kitts, the school teacher who was killed by a teen-ager driving under the influence.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave]
Keith Humphry is at the courthouse in Salem.
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(Rollcue: owe the Kitts family some compensation.)
[SUPER=01-Travis Lam/Defendant; :14]
[SUPER=03-Salem/December 14, 1995; :37]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave]
(Question: The plaintiffs are asking for 2.3 million dollars. What is behind that figure?)[Mental-Patient]
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A Campbell County man who may be suffering from mental problems led Lynchburg police on a short chase this morning in a stolen ambulance.
51- year- old Dennis Ray Carter had told authorities he was hearing voices, and they offered to take him to Lynchburg General Hospital for an evaluation.
That's when Carter walked out of the emergency room and drove off in an ambulance belonging to the Brookneal Rescue Squad.
Officers at police headquarters spotted him driving down Court Street and gave chase on foot.
Carter stopped a few blocks later and was apprehended without a struggle. (/////SOT/////)
[IN Q=Apparently he]
((SGT. MARGARET BLANK/LYNCHBURG POLICE: APPARENTLY HE BELIEVED HIS HOUSE WAS BEING BUGGED, THAT DIFFERENT CARS WERE TELLING HIM WHAT TO DO AND CERTAIN COLOR CARS WERE TELLING HIM CERTAIN THINGS, AND THE T-V WAS TELLING HIM THINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Margaret Blank/Lynchburg Police; :00]
[OUT Q=telling him things.]
Carter is still being held pending a psychiatric evaluation.
Evidence from the murder of a baby on mother's day will go before a grand jury.
That was a judge's ruling yesterday at the preliminary hearing for Sharon Alley.
She's accused of stabbing her infant daughter Brooke in the heart on Mother's Day.
Alley allegedly tried to take her daughter to the hospital for help-- but her car broke down.
A volunteer firefighter testified about how he stopped to help.
[IN Q=I asked Ms. Alley]
((MARK EANES/VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER: I ASKED MS. ALLEY WHAT WAS WRONG. SHE SAID TAKE MY BABY TO THE HOSPITAL. I ASKED HER AGAIN WHAT WAS WRONG. SHE SAID ME AND MY HUSBAND WAS ARGUING ON THE TELEPHONE AND I TURNED AROUND AND MY BABY WAS BLEEDING.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Eanes/Volunteer Firefighter;]
[OUT Q=baby was bleeding.]
The prosecution's star witness is Alley's nine-year old son Eric-- who could not be videotaped because he is a minor.
The boy testified his mom came out of his sister's room yelling that she had killed the child.
Alley has pleaded NOT guilty to the murder charge.
The White House wants adults to take more responsibility when its comes to children and guns.
At the White House today the Clinton administration announced its support for a bipartisan Senate bill that would impose criminal penalties on adults if their guns are used by a child to hurt others.
ROBERT RUBIN:EVEN AS WE MAKE PROGRESS...OF SUCH ACCESS. ))
[SUPER=01-Robert Rubin/Secretary of Treasury]
[OUT Q=OF SUCH ACCESS.]
The mother of a student killed in the Arkansas school shooting was at today's ceremony.
The Justice Department is deciding whether to appeal a ruling from a three-judge panel requiring agents to testify in the Monica Lewinsky probe.
The department argues that any action that could distance the Secret Service from the President increases the danger to his life and that of future presidents.
CBS News has also learned Starr has subpoened secret service logs,
which include observations officers made, while on duty.
The legal battles continue over late-term abortion in the Commonwealth.
Lawyers for abortion providers have made the latest move -- asking a federal appeals panel to overturn last-week's ruling that allowed the bill banning so-called "partial-birth abortions" to become law.
Before that a lower court HAD blocked the bill until a trial could be held to determine it's constitutionality.
That trial is scheduled in August. [E-Health-Commissioner]
A high-ranking member of the Gilmore administration has been fired.
Governor Gilmore gave state Health Commissioner Randy Gordon 30 days' notice.
A spokesman for the Governor says he simply "wants to hire a different person" to head up the Virginia Department of Health.
Gordon was hired by former Governor George Allen.
Gilmore has also re-vamped the state Department of Environmental Quality, and environmentalists call the changes promising.
Among the changes, a new position has been created to coordinate legal action against polluters.
Most of the other changes reverse those made by former governor George Allen.
A controversial law that makes the past of sex offenders public information is coming to Virginia.
It's called Megan's law.
There is a July 12th deadline for every one of Virginia's six thousand some sex offenders to submit fingerprints and photos to the State Police.
The data are then available from state police computers to any one at all-- one request at a time.
[IN Q=They must]
((CAPT. LEWIS VASS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THEY MUST LIST THE INDIVIDUAL'S NAME AND AS MUCH INFORMATION AS THEY CAN ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL, ESPECIALLY AN ADDRESS. OR IF THEY HAVE ANY OTHER DEMOGRAPHICS, IF THEY HAPPEN TO KNOW THE DATE OF BIRTH OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, SO THAT WE CAN GIVE THEM THE BEST POSSIBLE INFORMATION IN RETURN.))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Lewis Vass/Virginia State Police;]
[OUT Q=in return.]
Florida and a handful of other states list convicted sexual predators on a web site.
Virginia will have one in January.
At that point, the police say zip code searches of your neighborhood will probably be possible.
It's an extra step NOT required by the federal legislation -- a law inspired by seven year old Megan Kanka-- raped and abducted by a twice convicted molester in New Jersey in 1994.
Until the web site is up and running in January, there is a 15- dollar cost for each request.
Loudoun County authorities believe they know what caused the house explosion that killed one person and injured three others yesterday.
Authorities say a leak in new underground gas pipes running to the home is to blame.
[IN Q=We just saw]
((WE JUST SAW THE WHOLE HOUSE IN FLAMES, JUST A BIG FIREBALL THE WHOLE STRUCTURE JUST CAVED IN AND IT WAS JUST TERRIBLE.))
[OUT Q=It was just terrible]
Andrea Bea Jacobs died in the blast.
Her husband and two children were injured.
The family had only lived in this house for one week.
The blast also destroyed many of the surrounding houses still under construction.
The attorney for Mikail Markhasev plans to appeal the guilty verdict that will send his client to jail for life.
[SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;]
A JUROR in the trial says Markhasev convicted himself by writing a series of jailhouse letters.
Yesterday Joseph Vagner and the other jurors deliberated for less than six hours before finding the 19- year- old guilty of murdering Ennis Cosby during a robbery in California.
Vagner calls it an open and shut case.
[IN Q=How stupid]
He (Markhasev) convicted himself. How stupid can you
be...Reasonable doubt was not present
[OUT Q=REASONABLE DOUBT WAS NOT PRESENT.]
Markhasev will be sentenced next month.
Dow Corning has reached a settlement with women who claim they're silicone breast implants made them sick.
The deal is worth more than 3 billion dollars.
The money would be paid to some 400 thousand women.
The settlement was approved today by a federal bankruptcy judge in Michigan.
A month after Pat Robertson made predictions of divine retribution against central Florida for allowing ``Gay Days'' celebrations, he's coming to the aid of fire victims.
Robertson's Operation Blessing yesterday delivered food and money to Orlando's Human Crisis Council.
Robertson's spokeswoman says the donations have nothing to do
with his recent comments.
Meantime, firefighters have the rain to thank for helping them gain the upper hand against drought-induced wildfires.
But the risk is still high for more flare ups.
ROBERT FREEMAN//FIREFIGHTER:I DON'T THINK THEY WANT TO RELEASE US TOO SOON, JUST IN CASE SOMETHING
WERE TO BRAKE LOSE, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF TIRED FIREFIGHTERS AND
WE'RE PRETTY FRESH RIGHT NOW, AND THEY WANT TO KEEP US ON STANDBY JUST
[OUT Q=to get a good handle on it.]
More showers are in today's forecast.
It's been tested and approved -- even used to help firefighters in Florida -- and it came from a company in Lynchburg.
The new product, "Pyrocool", could prove revolutionary in fighting fires.
Steve Smallshaw has details.
[IN Q=Pyrocool was]
[SUPER=04-Pyrocool Technologies; :15]
[SUPER=01-Mike Hagar/Pyrocool Technologies; :28]
[SUPER=01-Robert Tinsley/Pyrocool Technologies; :53]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Pyrocool was developed by a New York scientist eight years ago.. and it didn't take long for Lynchburg firefighter Mike Hagar and his partners to become believers.
They now own the rights to what may be the most significant advancement in firefighting technology in recent years..
Pyrocool uses a chemical reaction to attack a fire by reducing its HEAT.. it extinguished this oil tanker fire in twelve minutes.. this diesel fire in just seconds.
When it comes to selling this product, Mike Hagar says seeing is believing.
[IN Q=I explain to]
((MIKE HAGAR/PYROCOOL TECHNOLOGIES: I EXPLAIN TO THEM WHAT THE PRODUCT IS SUPPOSED TO DO, SO THEN WE GO OUT AND WHEN THEY SEE THAT IT DOES WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO, THEN IT HELPS BUILD CREDIBILITY WITH US.))
[OUT Q=with us.]
[IN Q=For now]
((For now Pyrocool's headquarters are still inside these small offices in Lynchburg, but the company continues to grow. Every major fire around the world gives them another chance to put their product to the test.))
[OUT Q=to the test.]
[IN Q=Everybody wants]
((ROBERT TINSLEY/PYROCOOL TECHNOLOGIES: EVERYBODY WANTS TO SEE IT, THEY WANT TO USE IT THEMSELVES, THEY WANT TO USE IT WITH THEIR EQUIPMENT AND JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES, AND THE PRODUCT STANDING ALONE HAS JUST COME THROUGH THAT REPEATEDLY WITH HIGH MARKS.))
[OUT Q=with high marks.]
A new line of HOME products should hit the market in about two months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
William Fleming Magnet Middle School is looking for a new principal -- Catherine Lassiter says she is the right person for the job.
A native of Staunton, Lassiter is presently the principal at an upper elementary school in Picayune, Mississippi.
Lassiter favors school uniforms because she says it would cut down on middle school peer pressure.
[IN Q=SCHOOL UNIFORMS WOULD]
((SCHOOL UNIFORMS WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP WITH THAT A LOT, PARTICULARLY WITH LIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN. ECONOMICALLY, IT WOULD BE A WONDERFUL BREAK FOR THE PARENTS. AND FOR SECURITY, WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WHO IS NOT IN UNIFORM, YOU KNOW THEY DON'T BELONG ON CAMPUS.))
[SUPER=01-Catherine Lassiter/Principal Finalist;]
[OUT Q=on campus.]
19-candidates applied for the position, which became available after Lynda Bigger-Brown resigned last December.
Lassiter was one of three finalists for the job.
The other two withdrew from contention.
School superintendent Wayne Harris will decide by Friday whether to appoint Lassiter or continue searching.
For the first time in 41 years, Jack Nicklaus just isn't feeling up to par.
Nicklaus has announced he will pull out of next week's British Open, ending a streak of 154 major tournament appearances.
The 58-year old says the preparation time and physical demands are just too difficult.
Nicklaus hasn't missed playing in any major golf tournament for which he's been eligible since 1957.
A young final round for the women's state amateur golf championships at the Cascades course in Hot Springs.
Two high school girls, two college women and hot Dot Bolling are among the great 8 who will battle in match play today.
The collegians in the field are two time defending champ Lee Shirley and Wytheville's Joannah Pattison.
Marilyn Bussey and Kathy Hull are still alive in the first flight.
Finally today, we head to Volusia County, Florida for a story of survival.
But not of the human sort.
[SUPER=03-Volusia Co., FL;]
Brush fires have forced this black rabbit to do battle with nature already.
But he probably never had a close call like this.
[IN Q=uh oh]
((UH OH....I DON'T WANT TO SEE IT, NO..))
[OUT Q=nat sound]
One more time, a look at the bunny-turned-acrobat who performed a life-saving maneuver.