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As Independent counsel Kenneth Starr ordered -- President Clinton's Secret Service agents have arrived at the federal courthouse.
Just moments ago an appellate court's order to stay their testimony expired, the next move belongs to Chief Justice William Rehnquist -- as he decides whether the Supreme Court will intervene.
The White House is also awaiting word.
But this morning the President tried to distance himself from the legal wrangling over the men assigned to protect him.
Maureen Maher reports.
[IN Q=I do have]
[SUPER=01-Ken Starr/Special Prosecutor;]
President Clinton) "I do have an opinion, a legal opinion, I have a
personal opinion -but I think it's important, I think it would be
completely inappropriate for me to be involved with this
At a morning event, President Clinton refused to comment on yesterday's
Court of Appeals ruling forcing Secret Service Agents to testify in the
Monica Lewinsky case. Instead, he reiterated the White House stand of
President Clinton: "These people risk their lives to protect me and
other presidents in a professional way, not a political way."
The White House continues to defer any legal action to the Justice
Department, which filed an appeal with Supreme Court Chief Justice
William Renquist, following yesterday's decision.
Ken Starr/Special Prosecutor:"We're trying to gather things as
quickly as we can."
That's why Special Prosecutor Ken Starr has ordered Larry Cockell and
six other subpoenaed Secret Service Agents to the Federal Courthouse
Stand Up: The Grand Jury hearing the Lewinsky case does not meet on
Fridays. But Ken Starr can have the agents questioned before another
Grand Jury, with the transcripts then forwarded MM CBS News -))
[OUT Q=BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO.]
No new clues today in the search for suspects who invaded a Northwest Roanoke man's home -- then killed him yesterday morning.
Police say three masked gunmen apparently forced their way into Melvin Andrew Lee's house early yesterday and demanded money.
The 35-year-old was fatally shot in the head.
Police think the robbers knew Lee because they were familiar with his house -- they went straight to Lee's bedroom after breaking in.
Police do not know if this shooting is connected to other home invasions in Northwest Roanoke.
[IN Q=Certainly we're]
SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE POLICE: CERTAINLY WE'RE LOOKING TO SEE IF THERE'S A RELATIONSHIP. BUT IF WE DON'T KNOW IF THERE IS AT THIS POINT IN TIME. ))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke Police Department;]
[OUT Q= is at this point in time.]
Lee's mother, a friend and two young nephews were also in the house but were not injured.
Police say Lee was free on bond after being arrested in April on drug and gun possession charges -- but they won't say whether the killing was drug-related.
Emmett Cressell, Junior's trial date is just over a month away -- and he will have to spend that month in jail, NOT out on bond.
Cressell is accused of burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson in Elk Creek, last summer.
He was originally charged with first degree murder and later released on bond after agreeing to testify against co-defendant, Louis Ceparano.
But the tables quickly turned for Cressell after Ceparano recently entered a plea.
In exchange for life in prison, Ceparano agreed to testify against Cressell who was then charged with capital murder.
Yesterday-- Cressell's attorneys argued their client should be granted bond because he did NOT try to flee when previously released.
[IN Q=We simply]
((JEFF DORSEY/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY: WE SIMPLY POINTED OUT, MR. CRESSELL HAS CONSISTENTLY, 100- PERCENT FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS CASE, DONE EVERYTHING HE'S BEEN ASKED TO DO. ))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Dorsey/Cressell's Attorney; :00]
[OUT Q=asked to do.]
The judge ruled against bond saying the circumstances surrounding the case are different now.
It was also revealed in court that Ceparano recently told investigators the victim's watch was NOT stolen and another person, who has never been mentioned, was there the night of the murder.
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A grand jury will hear the case of a Lynchburg man accused of trying to abduct a woman at knifepoint outside a hospital emergency room.
John Major Haygood pleaded "not" guilty to assault, abduction and malicious wounding charges this morning.
Police say Haygood tried to force Melanie Curnute (ker-NOOT) into her car at knifepoint outside Lynchburg General Hospital in April.
Curnute escaped.. a judge today found Haygood guilty of assaulting a man who came to her aid.
A grand jury could indict him on the other two charges next month.
Russia has buried its last royal leader.
[SUPER=03-St. Petersburg, Russia;]
At a solemn ceremony in St. Petersburg this morning, Czar Nicholas the second, his wife, and three of their five children were laid to rest, 80 years to the day after they were murdered by Bolshevik Revolutionaires.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin spoke at today's funeral, calling it the most shameful page of Russian history.
[GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation]
Tonight marks the two year anniversary of the T-W-A Flight 800 disaster that killed 230.
Today, victims' families will mark the anniversary with a memorial service on a beach.
Last year the F-B-I ended its probe into the explosion after ruling it was not a criminal act.
[IN Q=NOW WHETHER.]
JAMES KALLSTROM/NOW WHETHER NTSB WILL BE ABLE TO SAY...BE THAT CERTAIN.))
[SUPER=01-James Kallstrom/Former FBI Assistant Director;]
[OUT Q=BE THAT CERTAIN]
T-W-A still runs the nightly New York-to-Paris flight out of
But now it's called Flight 9-24.
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Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County are combining their efforts and resources to go high-tech.
The three localities plan to build the Virginia Enviro-Technology Center just outside of Lexington.
County and city officials hope to convince computer businesses, and other technological companies to set up shop at the center.
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[IN Q=We'll create scientific]
((DAVE KLEPINGER/ROCKBRIDGE PARTNERSHIP: WE'LL CREATE SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL AND EXECUTIVE LEVEL POSITIONS--RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THERE WILL BE NO MANUFACTURING IN THIS PARK OTHER THAN WHAT'S ASSOCIATED WITH DEVELOPING PROTOTYPES AFTER RESEARCH.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Klepinger/Rockbridge Partnership;]
[OUT Q=prototypes after research.]
The center will be located along this hillside off of Greenhouse Road near Lexington.
Once built it will span 150 acres and cost about one and a half million dollars.
Officials say designs for developing the property should be ready within the next few months.
However, they aren't exactly sure when construction will begin.
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The State is helping Lexington's Office on youth stop juvenile crime before it starts.
The city recently got a state grant worth nearly 30 thousand dollars that will go to the Office on Youth.
A program director says the fund will help provide structure when children need it most -- during the summer months and after school.
[SOT 12.07.06 - 12.07.19]
[IN-Q=If these kids]
((TAMMY MERCHANT-DUNN/OFFICE ON YOUTH: If these kids weren't here in the program they'd probably be at home by themselves, unsupervised. Many things can happen. Or out on the streets where many things can happen. So, I think it's very important to have structure, supervised activities.))
[SUPER=01-Tammy Merchant-Dunn/Office on Youth;]
[OUT Q=supervised activities.]
The Summer Fun '98 Program got underway June twenty-second and lasts for eight weeks.
Activities include dancing, swimming, arts and crafts and field trips on Fridays.
So far, 38 youngsters have signed-up.
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke COunty Schools]
Roanoke County school officials have plans not only to create a new high school, but renovation plans are in the works too.
And not everyone thinks it's necessary.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]
Current plans call for a renovated Cave Spring High School, and a new facility to be built on the Woods End property or some other site.
Some South County residents believe a single high school makes more sense. They say it will save money in the long-run, and prove less divisive.
They've received no guarantees, but county leaders have agreed to let their experts crunch the numbers one more time.
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[IN Q=Where you build a school]
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WHERE YOU BUILD A SCHOOL, WHETHER OR NOT YOU BUILD A SCHOOL. THE CURRICULA, NUMBER OF STUDENTS, PUPIL TEACHER RATIOS ARE ALL SCHOOL BOARD ISSUES. WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS SAID IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE FROM WHAT WE'VE ADOPTED SO FAR, THAT BEING TWO HIGH SCHOOLS, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS FOR YOU AND WE'LL GO DOWN THIS ROAD ONCE AGAIN AND TRY TOMAKE A VALUED AND INFORMED DECISION.))
[OUT Q=informed decision.]
Officials say they have a window of a couple of weeks, in which they can consider the question, without delaying school construction.
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Some 300-thousand students in Virginia's public schools took the state's new Standard of Learning tests.
Officials say the testing process went well, but it will be a while before they get the results.
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[IN Q=Our program]
((KIRK SCHRODER/VIRGINIA BD. OF EDUCATION: OUR PROGRAM THIS YEAR GREATLY EXCEEDED OUR GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME ADMINISTRATION OF THESE TESTS. AND WATCH THIS VERY CLOSELY ...deep breath...I'M VERY RELIEVED.))
[SUPER=01-Kirk Schroder/Virginia Bd. of Education; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm very relieved.]
Kirk Schroder's just talking about the logistics of administering the largest testing program in state history.
He's NOT talking about the scores.
The Board of Education won't talk about that until after it decides what a passing score is, some time in October.
[IN Q=We have]
((MARK EDWARDS/HENRICO CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WE HAVE SOME RAW DATA THAT WE'RE SORTING THROUGH. BUT WHEN WE HAVE THAT PERFORMANCE DATA, THAT'S WHEN WE GET DOWN TO-- I LOOK AT THAT AS A VERY MUCH LOCAL ISSUE. HOW DO WE RESPOND AND USE THAT DATA? BECAUSE CERTAINLY, THAT'S GOING TO BE THE BIG PUNCH.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Edwards/Henrico Co. Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=the big punch.]
The S-O-L test results will really matter in 2004-- when they determine who graduates from high school.
In 2006, schools with a certain percentage of students still failing will lose state accreditation.
Lynchburg fire departments recently received a report card for their efforts.
The Insurance Services Office, or I-S-O, gives departments a rating based on their response times, 9-1-1 center, and the city's water supply.
The new rating could mean lower prices on fire insurance for residents of the Hill City.
[IN Q=So it's not]
((CHIEF FRED MILLS/L'BURG FIRE DEPT.: SO IT'S NOT JUST A SCORE FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IT'S EVERYTHING THAT'S INVOLVED IN FIRE PROTECTION. SO IT TELLS THE CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG THAT WITH AN ISO CLASS THREE, THE ISO HAS SAID THAT THEY HAVE A FIREFIGHTING SYSTEM THAT IS VERY CAPABLE AND GIVES THEM EXCELLENT PROTECTION.))
[SUPER=01-Chief Fred Miller/Lynchburg Fire Dept.;]
[OUT Q=excellent protection.]
Mills says his department has earned an I-S-O rating of 78- and a half.. nearly seven points higher than last year.
He says a better I-S-O rating can convince some insurance companies to reduce their fire insurance premiums.
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Summer sports are in full gear -- and for the Roanoke Valley that means the Virginia Commonwealth Games are nearly here.
Many participants in the games will be children, who are less tolerant of high heat and humidity than adults.
If an athlete begins to experience symptoms of a heat-related illness, such as dizziness or nausea-
[IN Q=make sure they]
((PAUL EVANS/SALEM AVALANCHE TRAINER: MAKE SURE THEY TELL SOMEONE, A PARENT, COACH, PHYSICIAN, FIND SOME SHADE AND FLUID AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T PUSH THEMSELF TOO HARD, BECAUSE HEAT INJURIES CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Evans/Salem Avalanche Trainer;]
[OUT Q=very dangerous]
The Lewis Gale Foundation will provide information sheets that list the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, along with providing medical volunteers.
In the past, there's only been about 5 serious injuries out of 10-thousand participants each year during the Games.
The Annual East-West game in Hampton last night showcased some former Friday Football Extra stars.
[SUPER=03-Hampton/East vs. West; :00]
The West had two 2-thousand yard rushers on its roster in former PH star James Hickenbotham and Fleming grad Lee Suggs.
But the East had high school all-americans Ronald Curry and Bobby Blizzard. The two former Hampton stars hook up on this TD pass that is really wide open.
The East also got a good effort from Ronyell
Whitaker, the Lake Taylor back who is headed to Tech.
The East lead the game 20-to-6 at halftime, and the East rolls to the 30 to 16 win.
A Frenchman is swimming across the Atlantic to raise money for cancer research.
Thirty one year old Ben Lecomte (Lecomb) began the 34 hundred mile journey yesterday off Cape Code.
He plans to swim six to eight hours a day and sleep on a sailboat at night.
[IN Q=I wanted to]
BEN LECOMTE/ATTEMPTING TO SWIM ATLANTIC: I WANTED TO CHALLENGE MYSELF, I LIKE THE OCEAN, I LIKE THE ENVIRONMENT,
I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE. RIGHT NOW I
CAN'T WAIT TO BE IN THE WATER REALLY. I'M VERY ANXIOUS. I WANTED TO
START ON SWIMMING AND TO RELEASE THE PRESSURE.
[SUPER=01-Ben Lecomte/Attempting to Swim Atlantic:]
[OUT Q=and to release the pressure.]
The swim to France should take about eight months.
Lecomte is swimming in honor of his father who died of cancer in 19-90.