He's still on the run but the Justice Department is about to charge Eric Rudolph with three bombings in Atlanta, including the Olympic Park blast. ]
And more debate in Roanoke County over the Home Depot rezoning issue.
Mostly clear skies to start off your Wednesday, as another area of high pressure takes center stage.
Today looks slightly COOLER, but there's a possibility of frost in the colder valleys tonight.
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Roanoke County's supervisors revisited the controversial Home Depot rezoning request last night, as some county citizens let the board know what they think not only of the project, but also of how the local government does business.
David Johnson reports.
[IN Q=Some put the trio]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00 QUICK]
[SUPER=07-W. T. Hubbard; :08]
[SUPER=07-Suzanne Seth; :32]
[super=01-Bill Axselle/Cave Spring Citizen Group Atty.; 1:08]
[OUT Q=News-7 Roanoke County]
(( Some put the trio of Supervisors Johnson, Nickens and Harrison in the same category as our nation's leader.
[IN Q=I WANT YOU]
((W.T. HUBBARD/HOME DEPOT OPPONENT; I WANT YOU TO REALIZE THAT I HAVE A VERY HIGH REGARD FOR THREE OF YOU. I PUT YOU IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.))
[OUT Q=THE UNITED STATES.]
The topic was supposed to be whether to rezone 20 acres of land now occuppied primarily by Springwood Park.
But the people were more concerned with the board's reversal of the initial decision to deny the request and what some citizens feel they've learned from the process.
[IN Q=CHAIRMAN JOHNSON]
((SUZANNE SETH/HOME DEPOT OPPONENT; CHAIRMAN JOHNSON, DR. NICKENS, SUPERVISOR HARRISON. YOU DO NOT GIVE A RED HOOT ABOUT THE CAVE SPRING OR THE WINDSOR HILL MAGESTERIAL DISTRICTS.))
[OUT Q=MAGESTERIAL DISTRICTS.]
Some business was accomplished as Home Depot representatives laid out their plans to be good neighbors.
It was noted that V-Dot has not made a final ruling regarding traffic issues because the traffic study is not complete.
The board has said if V-Dot doesn't approve the results of that study, then the project is dead.
But counsel for a local group opposed to the home improvement store says that's not true.
[IN Q=V-DOT WILL NOT]
((BILL AXSELLE/CAVE SPRING CITIZENS GROUP ATTORNEY; V-DOT WILL NOT DENY HOME DEPOT FROM HAVING ANY ACCESS TO THE ADJOINING ROAD NETWORK IF IT MEETS THEIR NORMAL STANDARDS. THEY CAN TELL YOU WHERE THOSE ACCESS POINTS SHOULD BE LOCATED, BUT ONCE YOU DETERMINE THE USE IS APPROPRIATE, ACCESS CONSISTENT WITH GOOD TRAFFIC ENGINEERING CONSIDERATIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY V-DOT.))
[OUT Q=APPROVED BY V-DOT.]
Two floors of Roanoke's Community Hospital will remain closed at least until this weekend.
The contractor who's repairing damage from last week's fire said a lot of work still needs to be done.
Emergencies other than women having babies are being sent to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem is trying to accommodate patients who want to schedule outpatient surgeries.
The hospital's C-E-O says all patients need to do is make sure their insurance companies will foot the bill.
[SOT 12 43 20]
[IN Q=MOST OF]
((BILL DOWNEY/LEWIS GALE CEO: MOST OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES NOW REQUIRE YOU TO GET AUTHORIZATION, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S ONE WHERE WE'RE NOT ON THE PANEL, BUT AGAIN, I THINK THIS IS SUCH A UNIQUE SITUATION, IT'S A BIT MORE FLEXIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Lewis Gale CEO;]
[OUT Q=more flexible]
Community Hospital has been closed since last Monday's boiler room fire.
Fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph is about to be charged with three more bombings.
Federal officials say a complaint is expected to filed today charging Rudolph with the 19-96 Olympic Park bombing and two other Altanta bombings in '97.
One at an abortion clinic.
The other at a gay bar.
Rudolph is already charged with the January bombing of an abortion clinic in Alabama.
Rudolph is on the F-B-I's Ten Most Wanted List, with a one million-dollar reward on his head.
A manhunt is underway in Southern California for a gunman who shot and killed a German tourist in Santa Monica.
Sandra Mitchell reports.
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[SUPER=01-Gunnar Stark/German Tourist; :11]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Mitchell/Reporting; :19]
[SUPER=01-Chief James Butts/Santa Monica Police Department; :36]
[SUPER=01-Anna Tietz/German TV Reporter; :51]
[SUPER=01-Wolfgang Pillig/German Tourist; 1:04]
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In sports, Mark McGwire eats his wheaties and lends a hand in the fight to cure paralysis.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=Hey! Good morning]
[OUT Q=on this morning.]
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Charges have been upgraded against the two men accused in the fatal beating of a gay college student in Wyoming.
Matthew Shepard died Monday, five days after he was attacked.
Yesterday Aaron McKinney and Rusell Henderson were charged with first degree murder and could face the death sentence.
Their girlfriends also face charges for allegedly failing to report the crime.
Two hispanic teens say the suspects attacked them the same night.
((JEREMY HERRERA/WITNESS: "I YELLED TO EMILIANO HE HAS A GUN IN HIS HAND
EMILIANO AND TIME TO TURN HIS HEAD AND THE OTHER GUY HIT HIM." ))
[OUT Q=the other guy hit him.]
Shepard's beating has prompted calls for legislation enabling federal prosecution of hate crimes.
But the attack has also prompted a wave of ANTI-GAY sentiment.
Gay and lesbian groups are receiving e-mail applauding the attack.
And a religious organization is planning an anti-gay protest at Shepard's funeral on Friday.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
Franklin County health providers have pledged to reduce the cost of medicine-- now they have 165-thousand-dollars to back them up.
After a recent countywide survey, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital decided to make dental care, mental health and prescription drugs more affordable.
The hospital has given social service agencies 165-thousand-dollars to spend on new programs.
Yesterday was their first brainstorming session.
[IN Q=We're going to be]
((MATT PERRY/HOSPITAL DIRECTOR: WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMMUNITY GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY WITH THE GOAL OF GETTING AS MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH SOLVING SOME OF THE NEEDS WE'D IDENTIFIED.))
[SUPER=01-Matt Perry/Hospital Director;]
Perry says proposals and funding should be nailed down within four months.
Carilion also plans to survey health needs in Roanoke, Bedford, and the New River Valley.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, the use of common household products to get high is gaining popularity among kids.
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.
IF YOU'RE A PARENT, YOU'RE PROBABLY DOING ALL YOU CAN TO PROTECT YOUR
CHILDREN FROM THE DANGERS OF ILLEGAL DRUGS.
BUT YOU MAY NOT REALIZE.. THERE'S
A VERITABLE DRUG DEN RIGHT IN YOUR OWN HOME--
ONE THAT ALLOWS YOUR KIDS TO GET HIGH FREE-OF-CHARGE.
ACCORDING TO A GOVERNMENT SURVEY, CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS SECOND GRADERS
ARE SNIFFING COMMON HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS LIKE AIR FRESHENER, HAIR SPRAY,
AND GLUE.. IN ORDER TO GET HIGH.
AND STUDIES SHOW THAT THIS TREND IS GROWING AT AN ALARMING RATE.
BUT EVEN THOUGH THESE PRODUCT'S ARE LEGAL, HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY
INHALANTS CAN BE JUST AS HARMFUL AS COCAINE.
THE NATION'S DRUG CZAR, BARRY MCCAFFREY, IS TRYING TO SHED SOME LIGHT
ON THE PROBLEM WITH A NEW AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.//
AUTOPSIES ARE NO LONGER ROUTINE IN U-S HOSPITALS...
BUT A NEW STUDY SAYS THE TESTS COULD PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN
HELPING SCIENTISTS BETTER UNDERSTAND DISEASES LIKE CANCER.
RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
LOOKED AT MORE THAN A THOUSAND AUTOPSIES DONE ON PATIENTS WHO DIED IN
THE PROCEDURE REVEALED UNDIAGNOSED CANCERS IN 10-PERCENT OF THE CASES.
THE STUDY RECOMMENDS THAT AUTOPSIES BE PERFORMED MORE OFTEN-- AND NOT
JUST WHEN A DEATH IS CAUSED BY AN ACCIDENT OR FOUL PLAY.//
A NEW REPORT FINDS THAT LOW-INCOME MOTHERS WHO RECEIVE IN-HOME
COUNSELING ON A REGULAR BASIS.. ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE CHILDREN WITH
SEVERE BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS.
A STUDY IN TODAY'S JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FOUND
THAT POOR WOMEN WHO WERE VISITED BY NURSES DURING AND AFTER THEIR
PREGNANCIES.. WOUND UP RAISING CHILDREN WITH FEWER CRIMINAL AND DRUG
RESEARCHERS SAY THE NURSES' SOUND ADVICE... WAS PROBABLY A MAJOR HELP
TO THESE FAMILIES.//
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.
A sixth Virginia Tech fraternity member has been charged in connection with a frat party involving an exotic dancer.
Nicholas Desarno (DE-SAR-NO) faces charges of sexual battery and indecent exposure.
General Motors is reporting it lost more than 800 million dollars in the third quarter because of a pair of summer strikes at key parts plants.
But G-M'S C-E-O says the company expects to have a "strong" fourth quarter with continued strengthening into the new year.
And Nancy Fowler has delivered what she says will be her last message from the Virgin Mary -- to a huge crowd at her Georgia farm.
Crowds have flocked to hear about Fowler's visions for about eight years.
And that's what's making news on this Wednesday October 14-th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
When the Lynchburg Expressway was built back in 1979, the Diamond Hill Historical Society agreed to look the other way as several buildings were torn down to make room for that construction.
In exchange, the city created the Diamond Hill Historic District.
Steve Smallshaw tells us the city also promised to eventually make those empty parcels part of the district.
[IN Q=And now]
[SUPER=01-Hal Devening/Historical Society's Attorney; :12]
[SUPER=01-Ray Stokes/Supports Historic Designation; :29]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Slaughter/Opposes Historic Designation; :44]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( And now preservationists say it's long past time to fill in those gaps.
The empty plots of land sit right next to existing historic properties and lie within the natural street boundaries of the district.
[SOT 20:18:01 (tape 2)]
[IN Q=And we feel]
((HAL DEVENING/HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S ATTORNEY: AND WE FEEL IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO MAKE THE DISTRICT CONTIGUOUS, PROVIDE BUFFERS TO PROTECT THE PROPERTIES ALREADY IN IT.))
[OUT Q=already in it.]
Supporters say rounding out the historic district will keep unwanted development like convenience stores or billboards from cropping up on its outskirts.
[IN Q=Why not ensure]
((RAY STOKES/SUPPORTS HISTORIC DESIGNATION: WHY NOT ENSURE THAT THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA WILL BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE HISTORIC NATURE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD?))
[OUT Q=the neighborhood?]
But some residents oppose expanding a district which they feel already imposes too many restrictions on homeowners.
[IN Q=If these properties]
((BOBBY SLAUGHTER/OPPOSES HISTORIC DESIGNATION: IF THESE PROPERTIES WERE IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE INCLUDED IN THE DISTRICT, THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED 20 YEARS AGO WHEN DIAMOND HILL BECAME A HISTORIC DISTRICT.))
[OUT Q=a historic district.]
[IN Q=Slaughter was]
((Slaughter was part of a group of property owners that tried to secede from the historic district last February. City council turned them down, but said the group could try again in one year. They do plan to come back.. so council decided to postpone any decision on expansion until then. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]
The man convicted of killing an Ethiopian immigrant nine years ago in Fairfax County faces execution tonight.
Dwayne Allen Wright would be the first person in 74 years to be executed in Virginia for crimes committed as a minor.
He would also be the tenth inmate exectued this year, a new modern Virginia record.
Wright's lawyers filed an appeal with the U-S Supreme Court yesterday, saying he suffered brain damage as a child.
Several jurors recently said they would not have recommended a death sentence if they new about the brain damage.
Police have charged a sixth Virginia Tech fraternity member for his alleged role in a party involving an exotic dancer.
He faces charges of sexual battery and indecent exposure.
Bond was set at 75- hundred dollars for 19- year old Nicholas Desarno (Da-Sar-no).
An exotic dancer from Roanoke says the Tech sophomore exposed himself and then tried to remove her lingerie during a fraternity party last month.
Five other members of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity have already been arrested on separate charges relating to the incident.
All five are charged with felony abduction.
The exotic dancer says the men refused to let her leave the party, because she wouldn't take off ALL her clothes.
Virginia Tech police say their investigation is ongoing and that more arrests could be made.
Governor Gilmore apparently did NOT like a secret economic report produced by the state's top business leaders last week.
So he's created a new panel.
The secret report in question predicted a BILLION dollar shortfall per year in the state's budget until 2001.
That's, perhaps coincidentally, the projected annual cost of eliminating the car tax.
Yesterday, Governor Jim Gilmore created a ten-member Governor's Advisory Board of Economists.
The executive order will keep the Board in place until 2002.[GM-EARNINGS]
The World's largest automaker is reporting third quarter losses of more than 800 MILLION dollars.
General Motors says its due to the summer strikes at parts plants in Michigan that halted all of its North American production.
Drew Levinson has details.
[SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Trandel/Local 594 Vice President; :25]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; :50]
[SUPER=10-G. Richard Wagoner/General Motors President/October 6; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Keith Crain/Automotive News Publisher; 1:22]
[OUT Q=cbs news, Pontiac, Michigan.]
(( ON THE DAY GENERAL MOTORS ANNOUNCED MASSIVE LOSSES DUE MOSTLY TO LAST SUMMER'S STRIKES, THERE ARE SIGNS THAT THE ROAD TO LABOR PEACE IS STILL LINED WITH POTHOLES.
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TUESDAY, ABOUT 200 HUNDRED UNITED AUTO WORKERS PROTESTED WHAT THEY SAY
IS A LITANY OF BROKEN COMPANY PROMISES AT A DETROIT AREA PLANT.
SOT Larry Trandel/Local 594 Vice President
"It's just a peaceful protest that we've got goin to show management
that we're serious about them not living up to the contract."
(GENERAL MOTORS TAPE)
THE TARGETTED PLANT IS PART OF A COMPLEX THAT'S KEY TO THE ROLLOUT OF
GM'S NEW FULL-SIZED PICKUP TRUCKS - AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE AUTOMAKER'S
RECOVERY PLANS. THE COMPANY HOPES STRONG SALES OF THE PROFITABLE PICKUPS
WILL HELP STEM THE FLOW OF RED INK.
Drew Levinson Reporting S/U
"No one at General Motors would talk on camera about the huge losses.
But, in the quarterly report the company said the strikes cost more than
a BILLION dollars. And, in recent interviews, GM executives have
stressed the need to make peace with the UAW.
SOT G. Richard Wagoner, Jr/General Motors President - October 6, 1998
"We've hopefully moved the needle some in improving the relationship,
but clearly there's a long way to go and there's tough issues in front
of us. There's opportunities, and they are tough issues.
GM IS THE LEAST EFFICIENCT U.S. AUTOMAKER, AND UNDER TREMENDOUS PRESSURE
TO REDUCE COSTS. CUTTING COSTS, ACCORDING TO ONE INDUSTRY OBSERVER,
MEANS SHEDDING JOBS.
SOT Keith Crain/Publisher, Automotive News
"They talk about how there's going to be a period of time when they're
going to restructure, that there will be, simply put, a natural
attrition of jobs. But, the fact of the matter is they're going to be a
GENERAL MOTORS EXECUTIVES SAY THEY EXPECT THE NEXT THREE MONTHS TO BE
MUCH BRIGHTER., AND, EVEN WITH THE LOSSES FROM THE STRIKES, THEY'VE
STILL MADE MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS SO FAR THIS YEAR. DLCBSN,
[out=back to you.]
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Thousands have been flocking to Conyers, Georgia for what one woman says will be the last time she goes public with a visitation from the Virgin Mary.
Leigh Green has the story.
[SUPER=03-Conyers, GA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Leigh Green/Reporting; 1:07]
[OUT Q=in Conyers Georgia.][S-Halloween-Laws]
Really good Halloween costumes are already in the planning.
But if you're planning yours, bear in mind, there is a Virginia law that applies.
Ellen Qualls has the legal, and the lighter side, of holiday costuming in Virginia.
[IN Q=Everyone's got]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Daniel/Costume Shopper; :05]
[SUPER=01-Angel Brooks/Costume Shopper; :11]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Gum/Richmond's Premiere Costumes; :23]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(( Everyone's got their own criteria for costuming.
((JENNIFER DANIEL: SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE'S GONNA KNOW IMMEDIATELY WHAT IT IS. I DON'T WANT TO JUST WEAR A BIG ORANGE BAG AND EVERYBODY'S LIKE "WHAT ARE YOU?"))
((Is looking attractive important? ANGEL BROOKS: KIND OF, YEAH. I DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE A BIG PUMPKIN OR A BIG M&M OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.))
This year, of course, there is the faddish solution-- they claim the wig was already named Monica.
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: I HAVEN'T HAD A SINGLE REQUEST FOR ANYTHING KEN STARR.))
Bill and Hillary are always an option.
Then there's the ghost of impeachments past.
And the option that really lets folks know how you feel about President Clinton.
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: THERE'LL BE SOMEBODY WHO WANTS TO DO THIS I'M SURE. IT'S MIDDLE-AGED WHITE MAN THING. laughs. WHAT CAN I SAY?!))
What else is in demand?
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: TELETU-, UH TELLY, TELETUB, TELETUBBIES! YEAH, THOSE THINGS. EXCEPT IT'S ALL ADULTS THAT WANT TO BE THEM. OF COURSE THEY DON'T EVEN MAKE THOSE COSTUMES.))
There is a lot of stuff they do make though.
But there are rules.
Virginia has a law that actually prohibits the wearing of masks or hoods in public -- except for:
-- things that are clearly holiday outings, like trick-or-treating,
-- a job like surgery, where a face covering is a job requirement
-- and theatrical productions.
There are reasons.
For one, a Virginia tradition the General Assembly would like to see die.
And then there's the anti-crime aspect.
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: USE COMMON SENSE. DON'T WALK INTO A BUSINESS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY WEARING A MASK. OR EVEN ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT, IF YOU HAVE TO STOP IN TO PICK UP SOMETHING AT A STORE, TAKE YOUR MASK OFF. YOU'RE ASKING FOR TROUBLE IF YOU WALK INTO A STORE.))
[sot STANDUP 14:27:57]
((CLEARLY THERE ARE SOME SORTS OF MASKS THAT BANK TELLERS WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE COME INTO THE BANK.))
[sot 14:04:09 ]
((JERRY GUM: I'VE HAD TO SELL MASKS TO PEOPLE WHO I WASN'T REALLY THRILLED ABOUT THE INDICATION THAT I THOUGHT THEY MIGHT BE USING IT FOR.))
((And why don't you choose masks? JENNIFER DANIEL: UM, I DON'T KNOW, WELL FOR ONE, I DON'T WANT TO BE ANYTHING SCARY OR UGLY. YOU KNOW?))
((THE GOOD NEWS FOR VIRGINIANS WHO WANT TO WEAR COSTUMES IS THAT THE LAW ONLY APPLIES TO MASKS. SO ANYTHING ELSE AT ANY TIME OF YEAR IS FAIR GAME. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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In sports, the Yankees pick up their thirty-fifth American League pennant in New York.
Mike Stevens has the highlights.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=Good morning]
[OUT Q=take care everyone.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Roanoke County Supervisors approved the Home Depot project at the corner of Brambleton Avenue and route 419 again last night.
The rezoning was approved three to two after after a public hearing.
Supervisors are still awaiting the results of a V-Dot traffic study before the project can move forward.
Lynchburg City Council has delayed a plan to enlarge the Diamond Hill Historic District.
20 years ago, council promised to make some empty parcels of land part of the district in return for putting in the Lynchburg expressway.
Preservationists say it's time to keep that promise so convenience stores and billboards don't encroach on the district.
But opponents say the district already impsoses too many restrictions on landowners.
Two floors of Roanoke's Community hospital won't reopen until this weekend at the earliest.
They've been closed since October fifth, when a fire broke out in the boiler room.
Meanwhile, Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Lewis Gale Medical Center are trying to pick up the slack.
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