Coming up next on News 7, a Danville man on death row gets a stay of execution.
and the surviving mother of the babies switched at birth in Charlottesville may seek custody of both children as the fight over a settlement continues.
A Cold front stalled out across the Roanoke Valley today-- The result?
Temperatures in the 80s in the New River valley while it stayed in the 50s in Roanoke.
Details coming up.
On health check --
The Commonwealth's policy on paying for Viagra could be changing.
Plus -- new findings suggest women aren't alone in the fight against osteoporosis.
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((WE ARE PREPARED TO SUSTAIN TIHS EFFORT FOR THE LONG HAUL. OUR PLAN IS PERSIST UNTIL WE PREVAIL.))
[OUT Q=WE PREVAIL.]
The American response as Yugoslav President Slobadon Milosovic refuses to back down.
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Meanwhile NATO is taking on the massive job of relocating hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Thousands would be moved into temporary shelters all around Europe- the U-S may accept 20-thousand alone.
Many have little more than the clothes on their backs.
Lee Cowan as the latest as the war in the Balkans continues.
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[SUPER=01-James Rubin/State Dept. Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=back to you]
CLEAR SKIES OVER THE BALKANS MEANT A BUSIER THAN USUAL FLIGHT PLAN
FOR NATO WARPLANES - MANY OF WHICH JUST ARRIVED AS PART OF A FRESH
BUT DESPITE A 13TH STRAIGHT DAY OF AIR BOMBARDMENT - YUGOSLAV
PRESIDENT SLOBODON MILOSIVIC SHOWED NO SIGNS OF BACKING DOWN.
SERB TV SHOWED HIM MEETING WITH HIS TOP ADVISORS - URGING
RECONSTRUCTION OF THE AREAS HIT BY NATO PLANES OVER THE WEEKEND.
BUT AS STORIES OF SERB ATROCITIES CONTINUE TO LEAK OUT WITH EVERY
REFUGEE THAT CROSSES THE BORDER, THE U-S IS BEGINNING TO SUGGEST THE
IDEA OF ANY FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE YUGOSLAV PRESIDENT, IS GROWING
LESS AND LESS LIKELY.
JAMES RUBIN//STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN
"It is harder and harder to see, how we can sit down at the table with
someone who is at least politically responsible for these horrendous and barbaric acts..."
AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS REMAINED FOCUSED ON
WHAT IS INCREASINGLY TURNING OUT TO BE A SPLIT MILITARY DEPLOYMENT -
WARPLANES AGAINST SERB TARGETS - TROOPS AND SUPPLIES TARGETING
"We are prepared to sustain this effort for the long haul. Our plan is to persist until we prevail."
BUT, MORE RELIEF SUPPLIES HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO ARRIVE, AND NATO
IS BEGINNING A MASSIVE AIRLIFT CAMPAIGN - MOVING THOUSANDS INTO
TEMPORARY SHELTERS ALL AROUND EUROPE - THE U-S WILLING TO ACCEPT SOME 20 THOUSAND ALONE.
BUT COUNTING THE MISERY IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE - FIGURES STAGGERING
BY ANY HISTORICAL STANDARDS.
JAMIE SHEA//NATO SPOKESMAN:
"The total number of displaced - 1 million mark."
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS
"But many fear dispersing the refugees throughout Europe - even as far
away as Guam in some cases, will play directly in Slobodon Milosivic's
hands - the ethnic Albanian population would in effect be scattered all
around the globe. The White House response: that would only be
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With nearly 20-thousand Kosavar refugees entering the United States, local resettlement agencies are on alert.
If the bombings in Kosovo continue for a long period of time, the refugees may not go home any time soon.
That would mean possible entry into the mainland.
The Roanoke Valley could accept about 50 refugees.
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[IN Q=If they are granted]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Smith/Refugee & Immigration Services]
((BARBARA SMITH: IF THEY ARE GRANTED SOME KIND OF TEMPORARY ASYLUM BASIS OR REFUGEE STATUS THEN THEY COULD COME HERE FOR A TEMPORARY TIME, TO THE MAINLAND UNITED STATES.))
[OUT Q=the mainland United States.]
They would be offered housing and assistance from the local Refugee and Immigration Services.
Employees here specialize in teaching English, and offer all the services necessary to prepare a refugee for resettlment.
Volunteers are needed to teach refugees everyday chores such as shopping and opening a bank account.
Workers at the Newport News shipyards are striking for the first time in 20 years.
Members of the United Steelworkers say they are striking Newport News Shipbuilding over wage and pension benefits.
A shipyard spokeswoman says some employees did report to work today, but she declined to give
Police say there have not been any incidents reported since the strike began at midnight.
The company is the Navy's only source of nuclear powered aircraft carriers.
Is two million dollars enough compensation for a little girl who was switched at birth?
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That was the question debated in a Buena Vista courtroom this morning.. Steve Smallshaw was there and has more for us..
Jean, state attorneys, who represent the UVA Medical Center where the baby switch occurred, say that's a generous offer and the judge agreed..
But one of the families involved is still not satisfied.
[IN Q=The deal gives]
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[SUPER=01-Steuart Thomas/State Attorney; :09]
[SUPER=01-John Blakely/Paula Johnson's Attorney; :23]
[SUPER=01-Linda Rogers/Grandmother; :43]
[OUT Q=that's all we asked.]
(( The deal gives 3- year- old Rebecca Chittum 200- thousand dollars now and a million and a half dollars between the ages of 18 and 30.
((STEUART THOMAS/STATE ATTORNEY: WE THINK IT'S MORE THAN REASONABLE, WE THINK UNDER THE FACTS OF THE LAW THIS IS THE BEST THEY CAN DO.))
[OUT Q=they can do.]
But Paula Johnson and her attorneys disagree.. they say Paula, as Rebecca's biological mother, has the right to refuse the offer.
((JOHN BLAKELY/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: IN MY OPINION, THE JUDGE DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER TO FORCE A COMPROMISE OVER THE OBJECTION OF THE GUARDIAN.))
[OUT Q=of the guardian.]
Blakely also says Rebecca's three sets of grandparents have NO legal claim to 125-thousand dollars of that settlement..
The Rogers and Chittums say the money's not important.
((LINDA ROGERS/GRANDMOTHER: TO ME IT'S NOT A MONEY ISSUE, WE'VE JUST GOT TO SECURE THESE LITTLE GIRLS' FUTURES AND THAT'S ALL WE ASKED.))
[OUT Q=all we asked.] ))
That future, like the settlement is still in doubt.
Paula Johnson's lawyers say they'll appeal the judge's decision today..
.. and they've also indicated Paula may seek legal custody of Rebecca Chittum, a move that would effectively END any fr
iendly agreement the two sides had over caring for the girls. Jean?[5-Williams]
A Danville man set to be executed tomorrow has won a reprieve.
The U-S Supreme Court today agreed to hear Terry Williams' appeal.
Williams was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder and robbery of another Danville man.
But he's fighting for a new hearing, saying his lawyer did a poor job of representing him.
The high court won't set a date for oral arguments until its fall term.
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Coming up next on News 7 at 5, a surprise guilty plea in the brutal murder of a gay student in Wyoming,
And after 10 years of negotiations, the suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 are handed over to international authorities.
On health Check, dentists have a new tool to take the pain out of drilling.
We'll have that and lots more. Stay with us.
A decade of waiting came to an end today as the two men accused of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotlan were flown to Holland.
They will face trial by a scottish court.
Elizabeth Kaledin reports.
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[SUPER=01-Robin Cook/British Foreign Secretary;]
[SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/UN Secretary General;]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS New York]
AS THE TWO SUSPECTS LEFT LIBYA.. THEY LOOKED MORE LIKE DEPARTING
DIGNITARIES, THAN ACCUSED MURDERERS.
BUT FOR DIPLOMATS WHO HAVE SPENT YEARS TRYING TO BRING THE MEN TO
TRIAL... THE HANDOVER WAS A BREAKTHROUGH THAT COULD NOT BE OVERSTATED.
SOT: ROBIN COOK/BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY
"THIS IS AN HISTORIC MOMENT, THE END OF A TEN YEAR DIPLOMATIC STALEMATE."
FOR VICTIM'S FAMILIES, THE DEAL IS SEEN AS A NEW BEGINNING.
SOT: VICTORIA CUMMOCK/HUSBAND DIED IN CRASH
"THIS IS THE CLOSEST WE'VE EVER GOTTEN TO JUSTICE."
(LOCATOR: THE WHITE HOUSE)
IN WASHINGTON, PRESDIENT CLINTON ALSO ECHOED THAT SENTIMENT.
"FINALLY DIPLOMACY AND SANCTIONS HAVE PRODUCE THE RESULTS WE WANT.
FINALLY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE JUSTICE DONE." :07
FOR LIBYA THE CARROT IN THIS DEAL... IS AN END TO SEVEN YEARS OF UNITED
NATIONS IMPOSED SANCTIONS.
SOT: KOFFI ANNAN/UN SECRETARY GENERAL
"NO NATION LIKES TO BE TREATED AS AN OUTCAST, OUTSIDE THE SOCIETY OF
THE MEN IN CUSTODY... SUSPECTED FORMER LIBYAN INTELLIGENCE AGENTS...
ARE ACCUSED OF PLANTING A SUITCASE BOMB ON A PAN AM JET THAT EXPLODED
OVER LOCKERBIE SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER 0F 19-88. 270 PEOPLE DIED INCLUDING
THE SUSPECTS ARE NOW IN THE NETHERLANDS WHERE THEY WILL STAND TRIAL
BEFORE THREE SCOTTISH JUDGES.
THEIR TRIAL CANNOT BEGIN UNTIL OFFICIAL EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS ARE
COMPLETE, A PROCESS THAT COULD TAKE MONTHS IF THE SUSPECTS APPEAL.
ELIZABETH KALEDIN, CBS NEWS NEW YORK.
A guilty plea from one of the men charged in the killing of a gay University student in Wyoming.
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Russell Henderson has pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping -
That means he could get two life sentences instead of the death penalty.
Matthew Shepard was a student at the University of Wyoming when he was beaten to death.
Today on campus protestors against the murder clashed with those holding signs against gays.
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((THEY DON'T BELIEVE IT'S A SIN YOU ONLY REPENT FROM SINS. WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS WRONG!))
[OUT Q=DOING IS WRONG.]
Authorities say the two suspects posed as homosexuals and lured Shepard out of bar last October.
They say they kidnapped and pistol whipped him and left him tied to a fence. Matthew Shepard died five days later.
The second suspect in the murder, Aaron McKinney faces trial in August.
A former tour boat on Claytor Lake is at the center of controversy... involving its future, and its past.
The Pioneer Maid floats at its mooring beside Claytor Lake State Park. The boat hasn't carried any paying customers since the fall of 1996, and park officials want it moved.
The boat's captain, Howard Barrett, says that's his plan. He claims a non-profit group in Norfolk is interested in renovating the craft.
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[IN Q=The hull of that boat]
((HOWARD BARRETT: THE HULL OF THAT BOAT IS THE SOLE REMAINING SURVIVOR OF THE FAMOUS ELCO 77 FOOT PT BOATS. THIS PARTICULAR ONE FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL.))
[SUPER=01-Howard Barrett/Pioneer Maid Captain]
[OUT Q=battle of Guadalcanal.]
Barrett says he needs six to eight weeks to make the necessary arrangements, and move the Pioneer Maid.
But park officials say the boat is an eyesore and a hazard, and after three years of unsuccessful efforts, they are moving forward with plans to dispose of it.
Still to come on News 7, Andrew Freiden will be along with a look at our weather,
and then a little later, we'll see why President Clinton is calling on 30 thousand children to help get his week rolling.
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The Salem Avalanche is ready to roll in to the Valley. Denise Allen will have a preview in Sports.
Today in medical news --
New technology promises a pain free and drug free trip to the dentist.
And some healthcare organizations are urging the Gilmore administration to reconsider Medicaid coverage of the impotence pill Viagra.
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[IN Q=I would ]
((DR. ISAAC KOZIOL/VA UROLOGY CENTER: I WOULD ASK THE GOVERNOR WHAT HE WOULD PREFER TO DO HAD HE THE SAME PROBLEM, WOULD HE THINK IT'S RECREATIONAL, WOULD IT BE A RELATIONSHIP ISSUE FOR THE GOVERNOR?))
[OUT Q=the Governor?]
A Virginia health care organization is pushing the state to cover Viagra for Medicaid patients.
The Virginia Quality Healthcare Network released the results of a survey today in Richmond that reveal 63-percent of Virginians favor Medicaid coverage of Viagra.
Some doctors say impotence is more than a lifestyle condition -- it's a serious medical problem that is often caused by life-threatening diseases.
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[IN Q=We are]
((DR. ISAAC KOZIOL/VA UROLOGY CENTER: WE ARE OFTEN ABLE TO FIND OR DISCOVER DISEASES THAT HAVE BEEN UNTREATED AND DIABETES IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE. CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES OR OTHER CHRONIC ILLNESS DON'T SHOW UP AND NUMEROUS STUDIES SHOW ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION IS OFTEN THE LEADING SYMPTOM THAT BRINGS PEOPLE INTO THE PHYSICIANS OFFICE.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Isaac Koziol/VA Urology Center; ]
[OUT Q=physicains office.]
Virginia is one of only 14 state Medicaid programs that does not pay for the drug.
The poll also shows 74-percent of the 500 people surveyed believe private health insurance plans should pay for Viagra as a treatment for impotence.
Dentists have always tried to make their work as pain free as possible.
Now thanks to technology, they are closer than ever before.
A new type of dental drill works with lasers and water and allows dentists to work quickly and painlessly without Novocain.
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[SOT 20:19:50 SUNDAY FEED]
[IN Q=We have a laser]
((DR. KEN FIELDSTON-DENTIST: WE HAVE A LASER LIGHT THAT ACTIVATES WATER, THE WATER STREAM. THE WATER MOLECULES TURN INTO A SOUND WAVE AND CAVITATE AWAY THE DISEASES TISSUE, BOTH HARD AND SOFT TISSUE-PAINLESSLY, NO BLOOD, NO MESS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ken Fieldston/Dentist;]
[OUT Q=no blood, no mess]
The drill also works very quickly. It only took the dentist 30 seconds to drill this woman's cavity.
She says it was totally pain free.
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[IN Q=All I felt was the]
((KAREN GERSCHWER-PATIENT: ALL I FELT WAS THE WATER IN MY MOUTH. I DIDN'T FEEL ANYTHING ELSE. NO DISCOMFORT. I DON'T HAVE ANY ANXIETY FROM BEING NERVOUS AND UPSET AND WORRIED ABOUT IT. IT WAS REALLY PAINLESS.))
[OUT Q=really painless.]
Only 25 dentists in the country are using the drill, but that number is expected to grow.
It doesn't cost anymore to operate than a standard dentist's drill.
Usually when we think of osteoporosis, we think of it as a woman's problem. But that's not always the case.
Men also get the fragile bone disease.
A new dairy industry survey shows one man in eight will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis in his lifetime.
Experts recommend that men consume foods high in Calcium to keep their bones strong.
The Salem Avalanche will kick off its season this Thursday.
With that and news of the Express, here's Denise Allen.[S5-Avalanche]
Good afternoon and welcome to the Monday ticker.
The baseball season has officially begun in the majors.
Close to home, the Salem Avalanche arrived in town today to begin preparing for the season opener this Thursday night.
The Avalanche has a new manager in Ron Gideon and he's known for his aggressive style of play.
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[IN Q="If There's...]
[SUPER=01-Ron Gideon/Avalanche Manager; :]
[OUT Q=...other guy."]
The Avalanche will hold their first workout on Tuesday night at Salem Stadium and open the season Thursday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Roanoke finished on top of the E-C-H-L's Northern Conference for the first time in Express history.
Now the team is turning its attention to the playoffs.
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Roanoke opens up the second season at the Round House Wednesday night at seven against Dayton.
Game two is Friday at the Civic Center. that one starts at 7-30.
Roanoke travels to Dayton for games three and four. And if a fifth game is needed that one will be in Roanoke.
This season Roanoke is oh and four against the Bombers.[S5-Redskins]
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N-F-L owners will consider the 800 million dollar bid for the Washington Redskins later this week.
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Any combination of eight "no" votes or abstentions could doom the sale, leaving the estate of the late Jack Kent Cook in possession of the team.
N-F-L owners reportedly remain concerned
about Howard Milstein's financing of the deal, and his business
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The Washington Wizards are looking for a new head coach.
Executive Vice President and G-M Wes Unseld says the organization has fired Bernie Bickerstaff.
UnSeld says he feels the team hasn't been going in the right direction with Bickerstaff at the helm.
The Wizards named Assistant
Coach Jim Brovelli interim head coach.
Coming up at six Roy Stanley gets ready for spring golfing and shows us the latest developments in golf equipment.
But first, there's more News Seven at Five coming up.[5-Blossoms]
The 87th National Cherry Blossom Festival brought thousands of tourists to Washington this weekend.
[VO-NAT CBS 7:40:41 ]
The event celebrates the 1912 gift of three thousand cherry trees from the city of Tokyo.
The trees surround the Tidal Basin in East and West Potomac Parks on the Nation's Mall.
If you weren't able to make it out this weekend, the festival continues until April 11th.
President Clinton is making sure the White House maintains business as usual despite the campaign against Yugoslavia.
And today that meant it was time for the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.
But before the festivities began the President asked Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to U-S servicemen and refugees in the Balkans.
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[SOT 9:46:35 CBS]
[IN Q=Before I say]
((I KNOW ALL OF US WILL SEND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO OUR
MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM IN KOSOVO. AND OUR PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES TO
THE MANY THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES GENERATED BY THAT TERRIBLE CONFLICT."))
[OUT Q=terrible conflict]
Despite an overnight rain and overcast weather, some 30-thousand children crowded the South Lawn for the event.