A teenage girl is the second 16 year old to be charged in connection with the murder of a Liberty High School student.
And the federal reserve cuts interest rates a quarter poing, but so far the financial world is too pleased.
After a night of scattered showers, you're waking up to areas of dense fog this morning.
Expect highs in the mid 80s today-- before a strong cold front cools us down for the start of October.
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A second teenager faces a murder charge in connection with the Labor Day weekend murder of a Liberty High School student.
16-year old Randy Ross was arrested September 7th for the shooting death of Jamelle Poindexter.
Now authorities are charging Ross's 16-year old girlfriend with murder as well.
The teen had originally faced just robbery charges for the theft of Poindexter's car.
But investigators say new information has led them to charge the girl with murder, robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Both are being held in the Lynchburg juvenile detention home.
A former teacher pleaded guilty in Wythe County circuit court yesterday to 12 charges relating to a sexual relationship with one of his students.
[SUPER=03-Smyth Co./May 7;]
35-year old Michael Blevins had already pled guilty in SMYTH County to similar charges pertaining to the same student.
Blevins was the girl's eighth grade science teacher at Rural Retreat high school.
He'll be sentenced in late November.
Blevins also faces trial in Montgomery County where he worked as a teacher and coach--- for allegedly having sex wit
h two other students.
Time is running out on the live t-v drawing of the Virginia Lottery.
Tomorrow will be the last night the Virginia Lottery will broadcast its nightly lottery drawing on stations like this and others around the state.
[IN Q=Only a few]
((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY SPOKESMAN: ONLY A FEW ARE WATCHING BECAUSE THEY WANT TO ENSURE THE RANDOMNESS OF THE DRAW. IN THE VERY BEGINNING, IT WAS DIFFERENT. IN 1989 PEOPLE WERE WATCHING BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO SEE THE VERIFICATION OF THE DRAW. I THINK IN TEN YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE GROWN TO TRUST US AND KNOW THAT WE HAVE A FAIR PROCESS AND A PROCESS THAT HAS LOTS OF INTEGRITY.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Scarborough/Virginia Lottery Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=of integrity.]
Lottery officials say money is the bottom line.
The drawing costs more than a million dollars a year to show on TV.
You can still go to lottery headquarters to see the drawing if you want.
NEWS 7 will continue to bring you the winning numbers -- without the lottery video -- every night on NEWS 7 at 11 and News-7 Mornin.
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For the first time in two years, the Federal Reserve has lowered interest rates.
But the financial world isn't thrilled.
The benchmark federal funds rate was cut one quarter percent yesterday.
The move was an effort to demonstrate to trouble financial markerts overseas that the U-S economy is still solid, despite problems.
((LYLE GRAMLEY,ECONOMIST, MORTGAGE BANKER'S ASSN.:WHILE 25 BASIS POINTS IN SOME OBJECTIVE DOESN'T MAKE MUCH
DIFFERENCE, PSYCHOLOGICALLY IT HELPS. IT SAYS THAT SOMEBODY CARES,
SOMEBODY IS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING. THIS WILL HELP BE A STABALIZING
FORCE IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS. ))
[OUT Q=IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS.]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
But Stocks fell sharply, then inched back up, yesterday because Wall Street actually wanted a bigger rate drop.
And, Asia's top three markets followed Wall Street today, disappointed by the conservative cut.
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In sports, a double overtime shocker in girls' high school hoops.
Steve Mason has details.
Good Morning Steve.
[IN Q=Good morning]
[OUT Q=see you then.]
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An African-American lawyer is standing up for an imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan-- and, he says, for the Constitution.
Ellen Qualls has the story from Richmond.
[IN Q=So why is a black guy]
[SUPER=01-David Baugh/Barry Black's Attorney; :06]
[SUPER=03-Ebensburg, PA/May 1992; :29]
[SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Prosecutor; 1:04]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.]
(( So why is a black guy representing the Klan?
((DAVID BAUGH/BARRY BLACK'S ATTORNEY: EVERYONE, AS I SEE IT, UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT, HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY ANYTHING THEY WANT TO IN THIS COUNTRY. EVEN TO SAY THINGS THAT I PERSONALLY DESPISE. SO WHEN THE KLAN-- WHEN THE KLAN-- WHEN THE ACLU TOLD ME ABOUT THE CASE, AND ASKED ME IF I'D TAKE IT, I SAID YES. I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN. I AM ALSO AN AMERICAN.))
The client is Barry Black-- Imperial Wizard of the Keystone Knights of the KKK.
He's made waves for years in Pennsylvania-- where he's currently fighting his local prosecutor to remain town constable-- sort of like a sheriff's deputy.
But Barry Black's August Klan rally and cross-burning in remote Cana is what's drawn David Baugh's help.
((DAVID BAUGH/BARRY BLACK'S ATTORNEY: ACTUALLY IT'S KIND OF GRATIFYING. WHEN YOU GO TO LAW SCHOOL AND YOU BELIEVE IN IT, TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, TO TAKE ON THE KIND OF CASE THAT REALLY TESTS YOU AND YOUR FAITH IN THE CONSTITUTION, IT'S SORT OF GRATIFYING. IT'S LIKE THE DOCTOR WITH THE REALLY DIFFICULT CASE.))
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: THEY BURNED AN APPROXIMATELY 30- FOOT CROSS WHICH COULD BE SEEN FROM A PUBLIC ROAD WHEN PEOPLE DROVE PAST IT AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS COULD SEE IT FROM THE PUBLIC ROAD ALSO. ))
((DAVID BAUGH/BARRY BLACK'S ATTORNEY: THIS A GROUP OF PEOPLE GETTING TOGETHER TO HAVE THEIR LITTLE CLUB MEETING, AND THEY ENDED WITH A CROSS BURNING.))
Whether there was intent to intimidate or not, as Virginia's law assumes -- the ACLU says the Klan has as much right to burn a cross as Martin Luther King had to march on Selma. Barry Black's case is expected to be the first Constitutional test of Virginia's decades-old law.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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A gay protestor has reached an out- of- court settlement with the city of Lynchburg.
Bill Connelly was arrested last year for protesting what he calls anti- gay policies at the Lynchburg Y-M-C-A.
Police say Connelly was picketing past the time his permit allowed.
The charges were later dropped, but Connelly says his arrest was embarassing and his artistic work suffered as a result.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
A local health care organization is stressing the importance of childhood immunizations.
At an immunization clinic last night, chicken pox and hepatitis B vaccines were administered to those who showed up with their shot records.
Community-Based Immunization Project organizers say the clinics are proving successful in preventing highly contagious diseases.
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[IN Q=During the years]
((LIN YOUNG/CBIP CHAIRPERSON: DURING THE YEARS THAT WE'VE BEEN IN EXISTENCE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ACCESS THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN IMPROVEMENT IN IMMUNIZATION STATUS IN TWO YEAR OLD CHILDREN WHICH IS THE AGE WE TYPICALLY ARE LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE IMMUNIZED.))
[SUPER=01-Lin Young, RN/CBIP Chairperson; ]
[OUT Q=they are immunized]
The next clinic is scheduled for next month at the Roanoke County Health Department in Salem.
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For more information on updating vaccines, contact the Pediatric Clinic at 985-8284.
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In medical news, researchers may have found help for those who are lactose intolerant.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(( GOOD MORNING.
THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO EXPAND A CONTROVERSIAL TREATMENT
FOR HEROIN ADDICTS.
WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL DRUG POLICY DIRECTOR, GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY, IS
PROPOSING TO MAKE METHODONE MORE READILY AVAILABLE TO RECOVERING HEROIN
THE POLICY WOULD ALLOW DOCTORS TO ADMINISTER THE HEROIN SUBSTITUTE IN
RIGHT NOW IT IS ONLY AVAILABLE AT SPECIAL CLINICS.
CRITICS SAY METHODONE THERAPY IS JUST REPLACING ONE DRUG FOR
ANOTHER--AND THAT IN THE LONG RUN--IT DOES THE PATIENT NO GOOD.
GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY/NATIONAL DRUG POLICY DIRECTOR
RESEARCHERS MAY BE CLOSER TO SOLVING A GENETIC DISORDER THAT AFFECTS
HALF THE WORLD'S POPULATION--
IT'S THE INABILITY TO DIGEST MILK AND OTHER DAIRY PRODUCTS.
THE PROBLEM STEMS FROM A GENETIC DEFICIENCY THAT PREVENTS THE BODY
FROM BREAKING DOWN MILK SUGAR CALLED LACTOSE-- AND IT CAN CAUSE CHRONIC
NAUSEA AND DIARRHEA.
NOW SCIENTISTS IN THE U-S AND NEW ZEALAND SAY THEY'VE DEVELOPED A
TECHNIQUE THAT INVOLVES INJECTING A SPECIAL GENE INTO THE DIGESTIVE
RESEARCHERS SAY THE METHOD HELPED LACTOSE-INTOLERANT RATS DIGEST MILK
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
In Roanoke, a call for the resignation of President Clinton.
Some one hundred residents gathered outside the Roanoke courthouse yesterday to hold what they called a Rally for Morality.
What's left of "Georges" continues to weaken... as the big clean-up
begins along the Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coasts.
Meanwhile, forecaster say several rivers swollen by Georges' heavy rains are expected to crest today.
And Baseball's playoffs are underway, with the Yankees continuing their hot play.
New York beat Texas two-to-nothing in one division series opener.
The other American League game saw Boston crush Cleveland eleven-to-three.
In the National League, it was San Diego nipping Houston by a two-to-one score.
And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, September 30th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
The Louisiana truck driver severely burned in last week's pile-up in Interstate 81 remains in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
But nine other people who were injured in that accident are now out of the hospital and are coming to grips with what happened.
Joe Dashiell spoke with three of them.
[IN Q=With burned out]
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[super=01-Vince West/Accident Victim; :10]
[super=01-David Paterno/Accident Victim; :38]
[super=01-Justin Prillaman/Accident Victim; 1:04]
[OUT Q=Joe D. N7]
((With burned out vehicles, and wreckage scattered across the highway, Interstate 81 looked like a battleground.
It was surprising, then that more people weren't seriously injured.
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[IN Q=Definitely lucky]
((DEFINITELY LUCKY, MY NUMBER JUST WASN'T UP AT THAT TIME. HOPEFULLY, I'LL MAKE IT A WHILE LONGER.))
[OUT Q=hopefully, I'll make it a while longer.]
Truck Driver Vince West says he feels lucky to be alive.
David Paterno is thankful too... but believes there was more than luck at work last week.
He was driving a car that belonged to his late father. Above the visor was a cigar his father kept for good luck... in the console a small cross that was a gift from his grandfather.
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[IN Q=And out of all the destruction]
((AND OUT OF ALL THE DESTRUCTION THAT WAS DONE TO MY CAR, THESE TWO THINGS SURVIVED. AND I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOT, THEY'LL BE IN MY NEXT CAR. AND SO I'M REALLY THANKFUL. I REALLY BELIEVE MY FATHER AND EVERYBODY ELSE UPSTAIRS WAS WITH ME.))
[OUT Q=was with me.]
Paterno's car was totalled. So was the vehicle Justin Prillaman was driving.
Like West and Paterno, Prillaman is still sore... with back and neck pain... but he's also feeling fortunate.
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[IN Q=I feel that was a lucky day]
((I FEEL THAT WAS A LUCKY DAY, ONE OF THE LUCKIEST DAYS OF MY LIFE, AS OPPOSED TO BEING A REAL UNLUCKY DAY. BUT CERTAINLY I REPLAY THE INCIDENT ALL THE TIME THINKING WHAT IF IT HAD BEEN ME.))
[OUT Q=if it had been me.]
The men say they appreciate the fire departments and rescue squads that responded, and they say they're praying for John Franklin and his family.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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Virginia Senator John Warner is leading the Congressional charge against college drinking.
A bill sponsored by Warner has now passed both houses of Congress, and awaits presidential approval.
It would knock down privacy laws that make it difficult for colleges to notify parents when a student has broken a drinking or drug-related law or policy.
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It's an idea that came from Attorney General Mark Earley's binge drinking task force.
This summer, Radford University instituted its own voluntary policy to notify parents of freshmen, under age 21, who are financially dependent on their parents.
They called it the "Rally for Morality."
About a hundred people gathered on the steps of the Roanoke Courthouse yesterday to call for the President's resignation.
They held signs indicating their feelings about the President's morals and ethics.
The group says Mr. Clinton should step down or be impeached because he's a bad influence on the nation's youth.
[IN Q=I THINK IT]
((AL BEDROSIAN/FORMER GOP CANDIDATE; I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT, VERY IMPORTANT. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE TOUTING YOURSELF AS BEING FOR THE CHILDREN AND NOW YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING WITH A CHILD. THAT'S TERRIBLE, I JUST THINK IT'S TERRIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/Former GOP Candidate;]
[OUT Q=IT'S TERRIBLE.]
Bedrosian is a republican who last year ran against Dick Cranwell for the house of delegates seat.
He says the ongoing investigation of the President is like a cancer eating away at the country that will take years to repair.
Residents in several Southern towns near the Gulf are nervously watching rising rivers and streams this morning.
Forecasters say several rivers are expected to crest after being swollen by the drenching rains of Hurricane ``Georges.''
And more rain is expected today.
In Mobile, Alabama streets have turned into rivers that can be crossed by boat only, homes are flooded.
More than a thousand are without power.
[IN Q= I LIVED THROUGH ]
((ALABAMA RESIDENT:I LIVED THROUGH OPAL AND A COUPLE OTHER HURRICANES THIS ONE BY FAR WAS WORST, I THINK IN TERMS OF VOLUME OF WATER THIS WAS ABOUT WORST THAT WE COULD HAVE. ))
[OUT Q=WORST THAT WE COULD HAVE.]
[SUPER=03-Mullet Point, AL;]
Federal funds will aid the clean- up effort.
President Clinton has declared parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida disaster areas.
Local nutrition experts say there is an over-the-counter supplement used by Mark McGwire is being unfairly categorized as a steroid.
For that reason, (Andro--steen-Die-Own) ANDROSTENDIONE may be banned from baseball.
David Johnson has more.
[IN Q=Mark McGwire rewrote]
[SUPER=04-1998 Season; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Thom Baader/Nutrition Expert; :38]
[SUPER=01-Krista Kurvitz/Nutrition Expert; :51]
[SUPER=01-Dave Oster/Salem Avalanche Gen. Mgr.; 1:15]
[OUT Q=Djo, News 7.]
((Mark McGwire rewrote the record books this year by smashing the single season homerun record.
During the season, McGwire admitted to using
ANDROSTENDIONE --an over the counter supplement that temporarily boosts testosterone levels.
The NFL, the NCAA and the International Olympic Committee have banned players from using andro and list it as an anabolic steroid.
Major League Baseball is considering doing the same thing.
But local experts say the only accurate comparison between andro and steroids is that they are both ergogenic aids, meaning they are both performance enhancers.
But they say that's where similarities end.
[IN Q=IT HAS NO]
((DR. THOM BAADER/NUTRITION EXPERT; IT HAS NO ANABOLIC PROPERTIES WHATSOEVER. SO TO EVEN COMPARE IT TO A STEROID WOULD SUGGEST A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING.))
[OUT Q=OF UNDERSTANDING.]
[IN Q=IT'S LIKE SAYING]
((KURVITZ; IT'S LIKE SAYING THAT ASPIRIN SHOULD BE GROUPED WITH COCAINE OR SOMETHING. THEY BOTH DO SOMETHING BUT THEY'RE NOT AT ALL THE SAME TYPE OF DRUG.))
[OUT Q=TYPE OF DRUG.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SO ACCORDING TO BOTH NUTRITIONISTS, THERE IS NO PHYSIOLOGICAL REASON TO BAN ANDRO FROM BASEBALL BECAUSE THE SUPPLEMENT DOESN'T HELP BASEBALL PLAYERS HIT HOME RUNS. THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SALEM AVALANCHE AGREES.))
[IN Q=IN MY OPINION]
((OSTER; IN MY OPINION, THE HARDEST THING IN ALL SPORTS IS TO HIT A ROUND BALL WITH A ROUND BAT. I DON'T CARE WHAT TYPE OF SUPPLEMENT YOU'RE ON, THAT'S NEVER GOING TO CHANGE.))
[OUT Q=TO CHANGE.]
Oster says hitting home runs doesn't require great strength, but timing, bat speed and hand-eye coordination.
As far as the andro investigation, he has his own theory.
[IN Q=I THINK WHAT]
((DAVE OSTER/SALEM AVALANCHE GM; I THINK WHAT IT'S TURNED INTO IS A LITTLE BIT OF A WITCH HUNT AND SOME OF THESE PEOPLE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF WHAT MARK MCGWIRE HAS DONE THIS SEASON.))
[OUT Q=THIS SEASON.]
Nutritionists say if baseball officials ban andro due to its performance enhancer qualities, then it will have to consider banning many more substances, including caffeine, ginseng and even Vitamin C.
David Johnson, News7.))
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[OUT Q=win this weekend]
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The events are completely out of their control, but the summer dry spell and economic problems in Asia are hitting local beef producers where it hurts.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
[IN Q=L one, angus ]
[SUPER=01-John Scott, Jr./Giles Co. Extension Agent; :23]
[SUPER=01-Cecil Carr/Beef Producer; 1:06 QUICK!!!!!]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Narrows.]
[IN Q=L one]
((NAT SOUND:L ONE, ANGUS STEER. ))
There was NO shortage of activity at the Narrows Livestock Market in Giles County-- where calves were weighed for large companies to come in and buy.
But beef producers won't be earning nearly as much as they did last year.
Cattle prices are down 10 to 15 cents a pound.
[IN Q=The main]
((JOHN SCOTT, JR./GILES CO. EXTENSION AGENT: THE MAIN PROBLEM IS WE JUST GOT SO MUCH MEAT AND WHEN I SAY MEAT I'M TALKING ABOUT BEEF AND PORK AND CHICKEN AND TURKEY ON THE MARKET AND THEN WE, OF COURSE, HAD THE PROBLEM WITH THE ASIAN ECONOMY GOING DOWN, WHO WERE IMPIORTING A LOT OF MEAT, SO THIS REALLY COMPOUNDED THE PROBLEM. ))
[OUT Q=the problem.]
Beef producers who raise cattle for a living are the ones really feeling the impact.
((ALL YOUR OTHER EXPENSES, MACHINERY AND REPAIRS, AND SUPPLIES ALL REMAIN THE SAME AND EVEN GO HIGHER SO IT REALLY PUTS THE FARMERS IN A BIND. ))
[OUT Q=in a bind.]
Drought like conditions over the summer are also taking a financial toll on local farmers.
The lack of rain has dried up pastures-- which means many beef producers will either have to sell early or begin dipping into their feed.
((CECIL CARR/GILES CO. BEEF PRODUCER:YEAH, I'LL HAVE TO START FEEDING PROBABLY ABOUT A MONTH EARLIER THAN I DID LAST YEAR. ))
[OUT Q=last year.]
Fortunately for Cecil Carr-- raising cattle is NOT his primary means of making a living.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Narrows.))
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In sports, it's postseason time for major league baseball, and records are falling all over the playoffs.
Steve Mason has details.
Good Morning Steve.
[IN Q=Good morning]
[OUT Q=day everybody.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Police have charged a second teenager with murder in connection with the slaying of a Liberty High School student.
The girlfriend of 16-year old Randy Ross is charged with murder, robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Ross is charged with capital murder.
Both are being held in the Lynchburg juvenile detention home.
Local cattle raisers are feeling the effects of mother nature and the economy's ups and downs.
Prices are down ten to 15-cents a pound, partly because Asian countries are not importing as much beef.
The dry summer also took its toll-- drying up pastures and forcing farmers to sell early or start buying feed.
And tomorrow night may be the last time you see a Virginia lottery drawing on television.
Lottery officials say they're pulling the plug on the drawing because it costs too much.
Dont' worry, though, you can still see all the winning numbers on News-7 at Eleven and News-7 Mornin.
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