A man convicted of killing two men and raping two teenage girls is set to be executed tonight.
And the Mideast summit -- expected to
last for only a couple of days -- continues for a seventh day.
The mid- week forecast calls for a building of clouds, and a dropping of temperatures...
As moisture approaches from the west, we could see a few scattered showers...maybe even some SNOW showers in West Virginia.
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A man who killed two men and raped two teen-age girls in Pittsylvania County is scheduled to die tonight.
Ronald Lee Fitzgerald told his attornies he doesn't want to ask Governor Gilmore for clemency.
The 29-year old has said in interviews that he wants to be put to death because he knows the killins were wrong.
The U-S Supreme Court turned down his final appeal two days ago.
If Fitzgerald is put to death, it will be Virginia's eleventh this year.
Closing Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute is one in a series of recommendations aimed at reforming the way Virginia provides services to the mentally ill.
Right now the proposed changes are laid out in a state-commissioned plan that will eventually be considered by the General Assembly.
It includes various cost-cutting measures-- like closing state mental hospitals and relying more on community based treatment programs.
Plenty of people aren't happy about what they've seen and heard so far.
Last night's hearing in Danville was one of 14-hearings to gain public input for the final version of this plan.
Christy Hubley reports.
[IN Q=This crowd of people]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Last Night; :00]
[SUPER=01-Al Newman/Danville Community Services; :33]
[SUPER=01-Teresa Robinette/Concerned Mother; :54]
[OUT Q=Christy Hubley, News-7]
(( This crowd of people at Danville Community College wants to make sure the mentally ill don't lose out on needed services when Virginia transforms the way it provides mental health care.
Many here believe the draft plan falls short.
[SOT tape 1 6:56:17-:30]
[IN Q=I'm not convinced these are]
((WHITT CLEMENT: I'M NOT CONVINCED THESE ARE THE ONLY OPTIONS...I'D LIKE TO SEE MORE DETAIL PROVIDED...AND INDEED TO SEE MORE OPTIONS PROVIDED.))
[OUT Q=more options provided.]
What draws the most criticism is the recommended closing of Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
[SOT tape 1 7:01:42-:53]
[IN Q=In the absense of Southern]
((ALL NEWMAN:IN THE ABSENSE OF SOUTHERN, OUR CONSUMERS WOULD HAVE TO TRAVEL.. FOR STATE HOSPITALIZATION.))
[OUT Q=for state hospitalizations.]
Teresa Robinette's 12-year old daughter Courntey has cerbral palsy.
She's worried about a recommendation to move all children's services to one state facility.
[IN Q=My greatest fear is]
((TERESA ROBINETTE: MY GREATEST FEAR IS TO BE SEPARATED FROM HER AND TO NOT KNOW WHAT THE QUALITY OF CARE WOULD BE.))
[OUT Q=care would be.]))
There are hearings in Lynchburg and Roanoke today.
The final plan is expected to be completed by December.
Construction starts today on a new telecommunications tower in Botetourt County.
It will go up next to another tower on Route 606 in Botetourt County.
The new tower should speed 9-1-1 response time by allowing rescue workers to use a more advanced radio system.
The tower is scheduled to be up by next month.
County officials are leasing space on the tower to Ohio State Cellular for a thousand dollars a month -- that way, they also settle a lawsuit out of court.
Ohio State sued Botetourt County last June for not letting it build a cellphone tower.
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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Botetourt County officials are turning their attention to another construction project, too -- the proposed Greenfield Elementary School.
Yesterday county supervisors agreed to borrow seven and a half million dollars for the school.
Construction is expected to begin around March.
The county has already spent seven million dollars on Greenfield, which will also include industrial sites, a historic display and walking trails.
A man who brought a lawsuit against the city of Lynchburg in connection with an anti-abortion protest had his case thrown out of Federal Court.
John Reyes (RAY-iss) was charged with violating the city's parade ordinance when he helped organize the rally at E-C Glass High School last November.
Reyes argued the ordinance was unconstitutional, but since he was never convicted, Judge Norman Moon dismissed his lawsuit.
Reyes is still appealing a six-month jail term he received for trespassing.
President Clinton is back at the White House this morning following all night talks with Prime Minister Arafat and Palestinian Chief Arafat.
It's not certain if Mr. Clinton will return to Washington for a seventh day of talks with the two sides.
Meantime, there's no word on when a federal appeals panel will decide whether to reinstate Paula Jones' lawsuit against President Clinton.
Lawyers for both sides argued their cases in court yesterday.
[IN Q=THE AMERICAN]
(( ROBERT BENNETT/CLINTON'S ATTORNEY:THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THE PRESIDENT....GET THIS MESS, STUFF BEHIND THEM.
DONOVAN CAMPBELL, JONES' ATTORNEY:WHAT PAULA JOMES WANTS IS JUSTICE, HOW LONG DOES JUSTICE TAKE. ))
[SUPER=01-Robert Bennett/President Clinton's Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Donovan Campbell/Jones' Attorney; (:15-quick)]
[OUT Q=does justice take.]
Meantime, both lawyers say settlement talks continue.
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In sports, Radford and North Carolina get all tied up on the soccer field.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=Let's get your]
[OUT Q=on this morning.]
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[SUPER=01-Melissa Ratcliff/RN, BSN;]
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"Hot Rod Magazine" took its act on the road, literally, as it travels through Southwest Virginia.
The magazine is sponsoring its first annual "East Coast Tour.
Spokeswoman Missy Fletcher says its held four tours on the west coast, but nothing as successful as this.
[IN Q=THE KICKOFF]
((MISSY FLETCHER/HOT ROD MAGAZINE; THE KICKOFF PARTY HAD 813 CARS THERE. THEN WE GO DOWN INTO NEW YORK AND IT'S OPENING NIGHT OF THE WORLD SERIES AND WE STILL HAD 1870 CARS THERE. THE RESPONSE IS TREMENDOUS. THERE'S NO WAY WE'LL STOP THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Missy Fletcher/Hot Rod Magazine;]
[OUT Q=WE'LL STOP THIS.]
The tour began last Saturday in Fitchburg, Massachuttes and concludes this Sunday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Fletcher says they brought the cars through Southwest Virginia because of the area's history.
They picked I-81 because of the surrounding beauty.
October is breast cancer awareness month.
Timeliness is crucial when it comes to fighting the disease.
A new Breast Care Center in Roanoke is making it easier for women to remember their annual mammograms.
[SOT ub 12 31 30]
[IN Q=As a woman]
((MARGARET HARVEY/BREAST CARE CENTER DIR.: AS A WOMAN, OUR SCHEDULES GET SO BUSY AND WE FORGET TO GO GET OUR MAMMOGRAM, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE WRITE IT DOWN AND WHAT WE DID IS WE HAVE A BASKET FULL OF FORGET ME NOT SEEDS AND WHEN THE PATIENT LEAVES WE GIVE HER THE PACKAGE SO SHE CAN REMEMBER TO GET HER MAMMOGRAM AND GET AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE NEXT YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Margaret Harvey/Breast Care Center Director; ]
[OUT Q=the next year]
The center is equipped with four mammography rooms, an ultrasound room, and dressing rooms all in a comfortable atmosphere.
Since the Breast Care Center opened in late August, they've averaged 65 patients a day.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, some researchers think herpes may trigger a disease that cripples the nervous system.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(( GOOD MORNING.
A NEW STUDY BACKS PREVIOUS FINDINGS THAT SUGGEST THERE MAY BE A LINK
BETWEEN THE CRIPPLING DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS... AND THE VIRAL
SCIENTISTS IN MILWAUKEE SAY THEY FOUND A FORM OF THE HERPES VIRUS
LURKING IN THE BRAINS AND THE BLOOD OF OVER HALF OF THE M-S PATIENTS
RESEARCHERS THINK THE VIRUS MAY BE SOMEHOW TRIGGERING M-S, WHICH
ATTACKS THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM--AND ULTIMATELY--CAUSES PARALYSIS.
ALTHOUGH THESE LATEST FINDINGS AREN'T CONCLUSIVE, THEY COULD LEAD TO
BETTER M-S TREATMENTS.//
HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON A SILENT KILLER.
THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IS LAUNCHING A NEW CAMPAIGN TO SPREAD
AWARENESS ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S A MAJOR RISK FACTOR FOR HEART DISEASE AND STROKES.
UNFORTUNATELY, MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DON'T EVEN
DOCTORS RECOMMEND THAT YOU GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED AT LEAST
ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS.//
A COMPUTER COULD BE A DOCTOR'S BEST FRIEND.
A BOSTON STUDY FOUND SEVERAL ADVANTAGES TO TYPING DRUG PRESCRIPTIONS
ON A COMPUTER.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, PATIENTS ARE ABLE TO READ THEM-- ELIMINATING THE
NEED TO SECOND-GUESS POORLY WRITTEN NOTES.
RESEARCHERS SAY COMPUTER PROGRAMS ALSO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF A DOCTOR
GIVING OUT THE WRONG DOSES.
THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION IS ALSO RECOMMENDING THAT DOCTORS
PROVIDE MORE SERVICES TO THEIR PATIENTS ON THE INTERNET.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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[IN Q=Hollywood Legend Charleton]
[SUPER=01-Charleton Heston/Actor; :46]
[OUT Q=at today's forecast]
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
Texans are looking for federal help after days of heavy rain.
Governor George W. Bush has asked President Clinton to declare 20 counties in the state disaster areas, making them eligible for U-S aid.
The death toll from the storms now stands at 22.
He represented O-J Simpson, now Attorney Johnnie Cochrane is defending a 20 year old man left paralzed during a confrontation with Bluefield, West Virginia police.
Cochrane said yesterday he plans to file a 7 MILLLION dollar lawsuit against the Bluefield Police Department.
And The New York Yankees are looking for a World Series sweep.
They now have a three-games-to-none lead over the Padres after last night's 5-to-4 victory.
Game-Four is tonight in San Diego.
And that's what's making news on this Wednesday October 21-st..
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
Johnnie Cochran, who's perhaps best known for defending O-J Simpson, is representing a 20-year old paralyzed last month during a scuffle with Bluefield, West Virginia police.
He plans to file a 7-million dollar lawsuit against the police department.
Teresa Hamilton was at yesterday's press conference in Charleston, West Virginia and has the story.
[IN Q=If there's]
[SUPER=01-Johnnie Cochran/Ellison's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=03-Charleston, WV; :07]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Ellison/Robbie's Uncle; :15]
[SUPER=03-Bluefield, WV/File Tape; :33]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Charleston, WV.]
[IN Q=If there's]
((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/ELLISON'S ATTORNEY:IF THERE'S ANYTHING WE WANT TO DO IT'S TO MAKE SURE WHAT HAPPENED TO ROBBIE ELLISON WAS NOT IN VAIN. ))
[OUT Q=in vain.]
Johnnie Cochran says he decided to get involved after he was contacted by the young man's family members still trying to deal with their grief.
((BOBBY ELLISON/ROBBIE'S UNCLE:HE'S WANTED TO DIE, HE HAS A NEWBORN CHILD HE'S NEVER HELD AND HE NEVER WILL. ))
[OUT Q=never will.]
Cochran wants the highest ranking federal officials to investigate this case and others.
He's especially critical of an internal investigation by the Bluefield P-D that recently cleared the officers of any wrong doing.
((IT'S EXACTLY THE SITUATION WHERE THE FOX IS GUARDING THE HEN'S HOUSE, WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT THEM TO DO.))
[OUT Q=them to do.]
Ellison says his neck was broken when he was slammed against the trunk of a car and then knocked to the ground.
However, police say Ellison's injury occurred when one of the officers fell on top of Ellison while trying to bring him under control.
[IN Q=It's ]
((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/ELLISON'S ATTORNEY:IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO SUFFER A TRANSECTION OF YOUR SPINAL CHORD AT C4 AND C5 MERELY FALLING TO THE GROUND, I THINK YOU'LL FIND IT TAKES A GREAT AMOUNT OF FORCE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. ))
[OUT Q=that to happen.]
Although the Bluefield police department has wrapped up its findings...
The F-B-I's investigation is still ongoing.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Charleston, WV.))
For a few frightening moments, passengers on a Roanoke City bus thought a child had been shot last night.
The bus was driving on Andrews street in Northwest Roanoke about 8:30 when something smashed into a rear side window.
A young boy was hit by flying glass.
[IN Q=we were turning]
((PEGGY STONE/DRIVER; WE WERE TURNING, COMING UP THE HILL, HEARD A LOUD BANG AND THE CHILD STARTED CRYING AND WE THOUGHT HE'D BEEN SHOT))
[OUT Q=he'd been shot]
Police say it was a rock.
The child was treated on the scene and not seriously hurt.
It was a terrifying experience for passengers.
[IN Q=just scared]
((ROBIN EASLEY/PASSENGER; JUST SCARED, ALL OF US WAS JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT IF HE WAS ALRIGHT, BECAUSE HE WAS SCREAMING AND CRYING... I DON'T LIKE RIDING THE BUS NO MORE NOW, I AIN'T RIDING NO MORE AFTER THIS, I'LL GET MY MOTHER TO TAKE ME TO WORK.))
[OUT Q=take me to work]
The bus driver says this is the second time something like this has happened to her bus, three weeks ago someone shot it with a b-b gun.
An accident on Interstate 81 injured two people last night.
It happened at mile marker 1-17 around 8:30.
Police say a tractor trailer struck a car, then hit a cement column on a bridge.
The driver of the car was thrown from the vehicle.
Both drivers were air lifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police have not released their names or conditions, but did say both of the victims are from out of state.
The accident is still under investigation.
The death toll continues to go up in the wake of flooding in Texas.
At least 22 are now known dead, and a seven-year-old boy is still missing.
In the town of Victoria the Guadalupe River, which runs through the town, has already reached 33 feet.
Locals call it the worst flooding since 19-36.
[SUPER=03-New Braunfels, TX;]
Texas Governor George W. Bush is asking President Clinton to
declare 20 counties disaster areas.
((GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH:AND THE ONLY THING I KNOW WHAT TO DO IS TO TELL PEOPLE TO KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON...BECAUSE NATURE'S NOT ALWAYS GONNA DO WHAT WE WANT IT TO DO. UM...TEXANS GO THROUGH ADVERSITY A LOT IN OUR HISTORY. WE'RE A HEARTY BUNCH...AND PEOPLE WILL GET THE HELP THEY NEED." ))
[SUPER=01-Gov. George W. Bush/(R) Texas;]
[OUT Q=GET THE HELP THEY NEED.]
[SUPER=03-Harris Co., TX;]
Meantime some tense moments in Harris County as rescuers set out to save three people in a capsized boat.
Firefightes used a line to reach the all three and pull them to safety.
The 105th Congress is winding down.
The Senate is set to close out the session this morning with the expected approval of the half trillion dollar budget bill.
The house approved the bill last night and President Clinton says he's ready to sign it.
The bill funds almost one-third of the federal budget for the fiscal year that began October first.
It includes money to hire teachers, build a missile defense, find medical cures and put more cops on the streets.
[SUPER=01-Mike Ballantyne/V. P. of Facility Services]
[SUPER=01-Kris Peters/Registered Nurse]
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[GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal]
The old state song was retired to "emeritus" status for its references to plantation life.
And whether you think we need a new one or not, there are now 339 submissions before a state committee.
That's 17 hours on tape.
Yesterday, the committee decided to try to narrow the list to the 50 favorites of each member.
[SOT TAPE 3 15;13:04]
[IN Q=If it's]
((ROBERT HODGE: IF IT'S BECOMING A POPULARITY CONTEST, I MIGHT WANT TO BUY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF STAMPS AND LET THESE PEOPLE SEND THEIR LETTERS TO YOU.))09
[SOT TAPE 3 15:29:22]
((I'M JUST AMAZED TO HEAR ABOUT LETTERS BEING SENT IN TO VOTE FOR A SONG. BECAUSE AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, THEY'RE AN UNINFORMED ELECTORATE.))09
[SOT TAPE 3 13:52:57]
((WHAT HAPPENS TO THE 338 LOSERS?))
[SUPER=01-Robert Hodge/Songwriter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Margaret Ann Holt/Songwriter; :10]
[SUPER=01-Maria McLaughlin/Songwriter; :]
[OUT Q=338 losers?]
The committee expects to get to some number "like 10 songs" early next year.
That list would probably be debated until the General Assembly's 2000 session.
He's the one who made the term "feeding frenzy" apply to American politics.
Last night, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato was the fish food, as six Virginia governors and our U-S Senators finally got their revenge.
The roast of Larry Sabato was a fundraiser for UVA's new Center for Governmental Studies.
Ellen Qualls has more on the festivities.
[SUPER=01-George Allen/Former Governor; :06]
[SUPER=01-Gerald Baliles/Former Governor; :18]
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor; :38]
[OUT Q=News-7, Richmond ]
(( [sot TAPE ONE 09:36:54]
((GILMORE: LARRY TONIGHT YOU ARE A PILGRIM IN AN UNHOLY LAND.))
[sot TAPE FOUR 21:45:39]
((GEORGE ALLEN: HE'S THE MOST QUOTED PROFESSOR IN THE LAND... EVEN THOUGH HE GETS IT WRONG...EVEN A BLIND HOG FINDS AN ACORN EVERY NOW AND THEN.))
[sot TAPE THREE 21:16:05]
((GERALD BALILES: THE DONKEY TURNED TO BALEM AND ASKED WHY HE WAS BEATING HIM. YOU SEE IN BIBLICAL TIMES IT WAS CONSIDERED A MIRACLE IF AN ASS COULD SPEAK.))
[sot TAPE THREE 21:16:34]
((BALILES: IN OUR DAY AND TIME, IT'S A MIRACLE IF AN ASS DOESN'T SPEAK.))
[sot tape three 21:28:48]
((DOUG WILDER: TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS YOU HAVE BEEN MIRACULOUS, MIRACULOUS IN BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER IN THIS ROOM WHO LITERALLY HATE EACH OTHER. laugh LITERALLY HATE EACH OTHER.))
Chuck Robb versus Larry Sabato may have been the most anticipated grudge match...but Robb had words for all.
He remembered Sabato had once been a Democrat.
[sot tape two 21:00:39]
((IN FACT, IT'S HARD TO THINK OF ANYBODY WHO'S GOTTEN AS MUCH MILEAGE OUT OF TRASHING HIS FORMER PARTY. WITH ONE EXCEPTION.))
[show wilder react]
And for his possible future Senate opponent, a dig at George Allen's mixed results downsizing of state government.
((CHUCK ROBB: I WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE SOONER, BUT WHAT'S LEFT OF VDOT WAS OUT WORKING ON THE ROADS. laugh ))
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In sports, Scott Brosius (BRO-SHUS) hits two homeruns for the Yankees- but is it enough to overtake the Padres?
Mike Stevens has the answer.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=Howdy folks]
[OUT Q=later tonight.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Ronald Lee Fitzgerald is scheduled to become Virginia's eleventh executed inmate of 1998 tonight.
In 1993 he murdered two men and raped two teen-age girls in Pittsylvania County.
He told his lawyers he does not want to ask the governor for clemency because he knows the killings were wrong.
A public hearing on the state's new plan to repair Virginia's mental health system was held in Danville last night.
A proposal to close the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute drew the most criticism.
Public hearings in Lynchburg and Roanoke are scheduled for today.
The plan should be finalized by December.
A state committee is sifting through 339 new state song possibilities.
Yesterday they tried to narrow that number to the 50 favorites of each member.
They hope to have a ten song list next year.
The finalists would probably be debated until the General Assembly's 2000 session.
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