Next on News 7- Death Penalty opponents head to the state capitol in an effort to change the Governor's Mind. We'll have a live report.
and in Sports, after just two seasons at the helm, Virginia Tech fires men's head basketball coach Bobby Hussey.
Increasing clouds and showers on the way. Details ahead.
Today on health Check,
we'll see why at least one study says a popular type of heart burn medicine is leading to an icrease in cancer.
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((BISHOP WALTER SULLIVAN/CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF RICHMOND: WE ARE URGING OUR STATE AUTHORITIES: PLEASE PUT AN END TO THIS KILLING. BECAUSE IT IS WRONG. IT'S IMMORAL. ))
[OUT Q=it's immoral.]
As Virginia gears up for a record run of executions... Virginia religious leaders make a plea for an end to the practice.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.[5-Death-Penalty]
Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Jewish leaders today called for the abolition of the death penalty in Virginia.
It comes as Virginia prepares to execute six killers in 36 days-- setting a one month modern record in April alone.
[Double Boxes=Jean/Ellen State Microwave]
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with more.
Jean, their stances against the death penalty are nothing new.
What is new is the urgency, the unity, and the organization behind their fight to end executions in the nation's second most executing state.
[IN Q=The faith]
[SUPER=01-Rabbi Leivy Smolar/Congregation Or Ami; :05]
[SUPER=01-Bishop Frank Gray/Episcopal Diocese of Virginia; :]
[SUPER=01-Cessar Scott/Baptist General Convention; : ]
[SUPER=01-Gary Aronholt/Virginia Public Safety Secretary; : ]
[OUT Q=what is moral.]
The faith leaders gathered for a news conference in Richmond.
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((RABBI LEIVY SMOLAR/CONGREGATION OR AMI: WE BELIEVE THAT THIS PRACTICE IS A STAIN ON OUR ENTIRE PENAL SYSTEM AND BRUTALIZES THE HUMAN SPIRIT. AND WE APPEAL TO EVERYONE TO ELIMINATE THIS PRACTICE WHICH LIES AS A BLEMISH UPON OUR CIVILIZATION AND OUR RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE.))
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((BISHOP FRANK GRAY/EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF VIRGINIA: THE TAKING OF HUMAN LIFE FALLS WITHIN THE PROVIDENCE OF ALMIGHTY GOD ALONE.))
[SOT 11:13:03 ]
((CESSER SCOTT/BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION: THERE STILL IS DISPARITY IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE SENTENCING OF THE POOR AND BLACK WHEN IT COMES TO THE DEATH PENALTY. AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A REAL LOOK AT THIS BY OUR STATE.))
They're calling on Governor Jim Gilmore to immediately commute all death sentences to life in prison.
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((GARY ARONHOLT/VIRGINIA PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: THIS IS A DECISION THAT HAS BEEN MADE BY THE PEOPLE THROUGH THE REPRESENTATIVES...FINAL ARBITERS OF WHAT IS MORAL.))
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Dr. Jack Kevorkian is on trial for a fifth time- but this time the stakes are higher than ever.
Drew Levinson reports, if Kevorkian is convicted he could go to prison for the rest of his life.
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[Super=01-Patrick Keenan/Law Professor;]
[Super=01-Dr. Jack Kevorkian/Defendant;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Pontiac, Michigan]
((THE SCENE WAS FAMILIAR - DR, JACK KEVORKIAN ENTERING A COURTHOUSE
TO FACE A JURY.
THIS TIME WAS DIFFERENT THOUGH, INSTEAD OF BEING CHARGED WITH ASSISTED SUICIDE, IT'S MURDER.
EXCHANGE BETWEEN JUDGE AND KEVORKIAN:
"Do you understand you are charged with first degree murder? Yes.
Do you understand you could spend the rest of your life in
prison.there's not much of it left your honor."
THE CASE STEMS FROM LAST FALL'S DEATH OF 52-YEAR OLD THOMAS YOUK
WHO SUFFERED FROM LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE.
IT WAS TAPED AND AIRED ON CBS'S 60 MINUTES.
60 MINUTES: "I'm going to administer the injections."
MOST OF MONDAY WAS SPENT SELECTING 12 JURORS WHICH BOTH SIDES AGREE
ANOTHER CHANGE FROM HIS PREVIOUS FOUR TRIALS - THE MAN NICKNAMED
DR. DEATH IS ACTING AS HIS OWN LAWYER.
EXCHANGE BETWEEN JUDGE AND KEVORKIAN: Is there a reason you want to represent yourself? Yes there are certain
points I could bring out better.
LEGAL EXPERTS QUESTION HIS ATTEMPT TO DEFEND HIMSELF.
PATRICK KEENAN, UNIV. OF DETROT LAW PROF, I Think it is
It's going to be one hell of a trial.
THE CASE IS BEING CLOSELY WATCHED BY A GROUP OF DISABLED RIGHTS
ADVOCATES WHO CLAIM KEVORKIAN'S REAL MOTIVE IS TO PROMOTE EUTHANASIA
AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE.
DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS
"Knowing that millions of people watched on national television as
he videotaped a man die doesn't seem to concern Kevorkian. This case may
not be so much about the facts as whether jurors will actually vote to
convict him. Drew Levinson, CBS News, Pontiac, Michigan.))
The United States is warning Yugoslav President Slobadan Milosovic he has one last chance for peace.
The U-S says Milosovic must sign a Kosovo peace deal or face air strikes.
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((IF PRESIDENT MILOSOVIC CONTINUES TO CHOOSE AGRESSION OVER PEACE NATO'S MULTI-NATIONAL PLANS MUST CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD.))
[OUT Q=move forward.]
U-S Envoy Richard Holbrooke is meeting with Milosovic in Belgrade.
Holbrooke is hoping to force the Serb leader to call off the offensive against ethnic Albanian rebels and sign a peace deal.
Milosovic has balked at the deal because it would include a 28 thousand strong NATO peacekeeping force.
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(toss to Robin)
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A large tobacco company based in our area is consolidating some of its jobs. We'll that story after this break.
And there were some suprises at last night's Academy Awards. We'll have a wrap up in a moment. Stay with us.
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In the face of smaller tobacco crops this year, one of Southside's biggest tobacco processors is being forced to consolidate some of its operations.
Dimon Incorporated, which is headquartered in Danville, announced today it will close one North Carolina processing plant and reduce staffing in another.
About 25 percent of Dimon's total workforce will be eliminated.
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[IN Q=The quota cuts]
((TODD HAYMORE/DIMON SPOKESMAN: THE QUOTA CUTS THAT WE'VE SEEN HERE AT HOME, COMPILED WITH THE UNCERTAINTY IN WASHINGTON, THE STATE HOUSES, ALL HAVE COMPILED ON EACH OTHER TO CREATE THIS REAL CONSOLIDATION ON ALL LEVELS OF THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY FROM THE GROWER THROUGH THE LEAF DEALER UP TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Haymore/Dimon Spokesman]
[OUT Q=manufacturing sector.]
"No" Danville jobs will be affected by the cuts.
The move should save Dimon about 25 million dollars this fiscal year.
The New River Valley Regional jail in Dublin is just weeks away from housing inmates from eight area jurisdictions.
The 25-MILLION dollar facility is set to open in mid-April and will house both male and female inmates.
Superintendent Ralph Dobbins says the jail is as modern as you'll find in terms of security.
Most doors open and close electronically and security cameras are located throughout.
Security is also top notch because the jail cells are divided into minimum, medium and maximum security.
[IN Q=We can]
((RALPH DOBBINS/REGIONAL JAIL SUPERINTENDENT:WE CAN PUT INMATES THAT NEED MORE CUSTODY, MORE SECURITY, WE CAN PUT THEM IN A HOUSING UNIT, THOSE THAT NEED LESS PUT THOSE IN ONE, THOSE THAT WANT TO BETTER THEMSELVES, GET AN EDUCATION WE HAVE MEANS OF THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Dobbins/Regional Jail Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=of that.]
Inmates here won't be wearing your typical orange jumpsuit.
We'll explain why, tonight at six.
If you couldn't stay awake for the entire Oscars telecast, you apparently weren't alone.
The telecast was the longest in Academy Award history, but it wasn't a big winner in ratings.
Ratings for last night's telecast were down 21 percent from last year when "Titanic" dominated the awards.
Still over 70 MILLION people watch at least part of the broadcast.
Mark McEwen has the details of who won.
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[SUPER=01-Gwyneth Paltrow/Best Actress; :18]
[SUPER=01-James Coburn/Best Supporting Actor; :43]
[SUPER=01-Roberto Benigni/Best Actor; 1:31]
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Coming up next on news 7 at five, the state is preparing for a tornado drill tomorrow. Up next Patrick Evans will look at what it takes to get ready for severe weather,
and then a little later in the newscast, we'll hear what two ballonists credit with helping them successfully circle the globe.
Tornado Preparedness is growing more important, as reported incidents are on the rise from year to year in the Commonwealth.
With an eye toward keeping people apprised and aware of the dangers, the National Weather Service, along with the State Department of Emergency Services will hold a Tornado Drill at ten tomorrow morning.
Schools, as well as businesses, have been invited to participate, but participation is voluntary. Many local schools will be conducting the drill, along with schools and businesses across the state
Janet Clements from the Department of Emergency services sums up the goals for tomorrow's drill.
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[SUPER=01-Janet Clements/Department of Emerg. Services; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Emlaw/National Weather Service; :28]
[OUT Q=actually coming toward you.]
(JANET CLEMENS/DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES: WE HOPE THAT A LOT OF THE SCHOOLS DO PARTICIPATE, THAT KIDS LEARN WHER
E TO GO TO GET TO SAFETY WITHIN THEIR SCHOOLS BUT ALSO LEARN WHERE THEY'D GO IF THEY WERE AT HOME, OR SOMEPLACE ELSE IF A TORNADO WERE TO STRIKE. THE SAME WITH BUSINESSES, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE KNOW WITHIN THEIR COMPANIES WHERE THE SAFE PLACES IN THEIR BUILDINGS.)
(MIKE EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE; DURING AN ACTUAL TORNADO WARNING, YOU NEED TO REMEMBER THE SAFE PLACES TO GO, THA
T BEING A BASEMENT, THE LOWEST FLOOR INTERIOR ROOM OR CLOSET, AWAY FROM WINDOWS. YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO WITH A FRESH SUPPLY OF BATTERIES AND YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND EVERYBODY IN YOUR PLACES OF BUSINESS KNOW WEHRE TO GO IF A TORNADO WERE ACTUALLY COMING TOWARD YOU.)
Mike Emlaw stresses that the test will be as similar to an actual warning as possible because it's important to be practiced in emergency skills in the unlikely event of a tornado.
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Robin and I will be monitoring tomorrow mornings's drill on our Weather Alert computer. Robin, can you take a moment to explain how we receive and air emergency weather bulletins.[Forecasts]
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Virginia Tech will have to find a new men's basketball coach. Mike Stevens will have a live report to let us know why.
On Health Check, a new study says the problems of illiteracy are only getting worse.
And could the popularity of over the counter heart burn medications be causing a dramatic rise in some forms of cancer.
At least one study says it's possible.
[GRAPHIC=Children's Well Being.]
A new study estimates 25 percent of the world's children will face poverty because of a lack of education and illiteracy.
In 1990, world leaders set a deadline to make sure all children received a primary education by the year two thousand.
Today's report says not only will the deadline pass unfulfilled, but the problem is getting worse.
It says developing countries are spending too much money on servicing government debt and the military.
The use of popular over the counter drugs could be leading to an increase in the cases of cancer of the esophagus.
A new study suggest that acid suppressors are causing an increase in this form of cancer.
While there were just about 12-thousand cases of esophagial cancer last year, that number is skyrocketing.
Dr. Micheal Breen has more.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Santiago Horgan/University of Illinois;]
[OUT Q=CBS News]
The U-S Supreme Court says an Indiana school district can NOT require all suspended high school students to submit to a drug test before they can be reinstated.
A lower court had struck down the requirement as a violation of student's privacy rights. Today the Supreme Court let that ruling stand.
In October, the court did allow another Indiana school district to conduct random tests on students participating in extracurricular activities.
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In sports, Virginia Tech is looking for a new leader for its men's basketball program.
Mike Stevens joins us now with the latest.
The ticket comes to you live from Blacksburg this afternoon, with news of Bobby Hussey's dismissal.
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(rollcue: simply wasn't getting the job done on or off the court)
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[IN Q=this athletic department]
[SUPER=01-Jim Weaver/Va Tech Athletic Director;]
[OUT Q=cassell coliseum]
(mike ad lib obvious toss to break)
The two balloonists who successfully circled the globe for the first time celebrated in Switzerland today.
Wellwishers gathered at the Geneva airport in the pouring rain to welcome Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones.
The pair touched down in Egypt Sunday following a nearly 27-thousand mile trip around the world.
Piccard says an invisible hand guided them through thunderstorms, wars, and bad wind directions.
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[IN Q=we would]
[OUT Q=guiding us]
One of the balloonists' chief competitors was gracious in defeat. Billionaire Richard Branson popped a bottle of champagne and hugged the two men.