Although the Indonesian government imposed martial law, the people of East Timor are still running for their lives.
And in Indiana, a nurse accused of killing some of his patients is on trial.
News 7 at noon is next.
Opening statements are under way in the trial of an Indiana nurse accused of murdering seven patients.
Drew Levinson reports.
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[SUPER=01-Helen Vastine/Daughter of Victim; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; 1:21]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, BRAZIL, Indiana.]
(((LOCATOR: BRAZIL, IN)
Orville Lynn Majors didn't say a word as he entered the Clay County Court House in what has become Indiana's most notorious murder trial. The man nicknamed the "Angel of Death" says he likes life.
"I like people, I like caring for people."
But it's some it's some of those people he cared for that the former nurse is accused of killing.
Prosecutors say that between 1993 and 1995 Majors murdered dozen of elderly patients while he worked in the intensive care unit at Vermillion County Hospital. He's charged with killing seven people.
Today prosecutors will tell an Indiana jury that Majors injected them with deadly drugs.
State police exhumed the bodies of 15 patients after an affidavit revealed the death rate in the ICU quadrupled when Majors' was on duty.
"I would not do anything to shorten someone's life. I am not God."
Helen Vastine's mother Goldie died in the ICU while majors was on duty.
She says he always appeared to be friendly.
sot: Helen Vastine/Daughter of Victim
"Very nice, he called her sweetie in there. He was a very nice person."
natz.."Do you still say you are innocent? Yes"
Prosecutors plan to create an image of a man who hated old people. It's up to the 12 jurors to decide if that's an accurate image.))
[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
And jury selection began today in the trial of former Clinton Cabinet member Henry Cisneros.
The former Housing Secretary is accused of lying to federal investigators about 264- thousand dollars he paid his former mistress Linda Jones between 1990 and 93.
The case is based primarily on taped phone conversations between Jones and Cisneros.
It's described as the largest media deal ever.
CBS and Viacom are joining forces in a deal valued at about 80 billion dollars.
The deal would create a media powerhouse -- including the C-B-S network, cable's M-T-V, Nashville Network and Nickelodeon, and the Paramount Pictures film studio.
A news conference will be held in less than an hour to formally announce the deal.
It's about revenge, not about money.
That's how Paula Johnson describes her 31-million dollar lawsuit against the U-V-A Medical Center.
She says she wants to make the hospital pay for the harm it caused when it mistakenly gave her the wrong baby four years ago.
Johnson is raising four-year-old Callie Conley, the biological daughter of Kevin Chittum and Whitney Rogers.
The Chittum and Rogers family are raising Rebecca Chittum-- Johnson's biological daughter.
But Johnson is also seeking custody of Rebecca. A judge will
hear custody arguments September 17th in Rockbridge County.
At least 100 thousand people are fleeing the chaos of East Timor.
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The wave of violence began after voters overwhelmingly approved separating from Indonesia.
The Indonesian government has declared martial law, but violence by pro-Indonesian militias have dozens dead.
Meantime, a Timorese rebel leader freed from detention in Indonesia is pledging to do his best to stop the savage fighting.
((XANANA GUSMAO, EAST TIMORESE REBEL LEADER AS A FREE MAN I WILL DO EVERYTHING TO BRING PEACE TO EAST TIMOR, AND TO MY PEOPLE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH."))
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[OUT=THANK YOU VERY MUCH.]
U-N officials say there's growing sentiment toward sending in an international peacekeeping force.
And the White House is refusing to rule out a U-S role.
While on a diplomatic mission in Vietnam, U-S Secretary of State Madeline Albright said the Indonesian government must put an end to the violence or let the international community do it for them.
In Hanoi, Albright made a historic visit that may help close a painful chapter in America's recent history with Vietnam.
She attended a repatriation ceremony for the remains of four U-S soldiers killed during the Vietnam War.
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((OUR HOPE IS TO PROVIDE SOME AMERICAN FAMILIES WITH A LIMITED AND LONG DELAYED SOLACE THAT CERTAINTY CAN PROVIDE ABOUT THE FATE OF THEIR LOVED ONES."))
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[OUT Q=FATE OF THEIR LOVED ONES.]
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Later, she flew to the southern city of Ho Chi Minh to preside over the opening of an American consulate.
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There's more good news to report about Carvin's Cove.
We'll have the latest update on Roanoke's water supply when News-7 at Noon returns.
And we all know that adjusting to new classmates and teachers at the beginning of the school year can be tough for kids.
Still ahead, find out how some local schools are making it a thing of the past.
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President Clinton's visit to Virginia yesterday brought relief in the form of federal assistance to residents of the Tidewater area.
About a thousand people were left homeless Saturday after a tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Dennis ripped roofs off houses and apartment buildings...causing the President to declare it a disaster area.
The President was in Norfolk speaking at an elementary school.
The declaration makes the state eligible for federal aid and is aimed at the Hampton area, where the tornado caused more than seven million dollars in damage.
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[IN Q=150 homes were]
((PRESIDENT CLINTON; 150 HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND SIX PEOPLE WERE INJURED. AS WE PRAY FOR THEIR SWIFT RECOVERY, WE ARE ALSO
ALREADY WORKING ON THOSE WHO LOST THEIR HOMES, AND TO HELP THEM GET THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTY BACK. ))
[OUT Q=property back]
Earlier the President helped fix a computer desk at another elementary school, as he attacked the Republican tax cut plan, saying it would take money away from school renovation projects.
Tropical storm Dennis might have wreaked havoc on some parts of Virginia, but it brought much needed relief for Carvin's Cove.
Since Saturday, the water level has gone up four feet.
Roanoke's main water supply is now 25- point- two feet below the spillway.
It's been more than a month since the level was that high.
City council is considering changing its water conservation program.
Council may drop the requirement that customers cut water use by 25 percent, if the cove's water level reaches 30 feet below the spillway.
Governor Jim Gilmore is feeling the pressure to draw up a plan to protect the state's wetlands.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
[IN Q=He's trying]
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[SUPER=01-Wilmer Stoneman/Virginia Farm Bureau; :23]
[SUPER=01-John Paul Woodley/Secretary of Nat. Resources; :50]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(( He's trying so hard to counteract the image that Virginia Republicans don't care about the environment.
So how was Jim Gilmore to know that just five months after he took office, a federal court decision would lift U-S Army Corps of Engineers oversight of wetlands?
It's called the Tulloch decision-- and it's meant eight thousand acres of wetlands have been planned for draining in Virginia in just over a year.
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((WILMER STONEMAN/VIRGINIA FARM BUREAU: AND HIS DIFFICULTY IS THAT HE'S MADE THE COMMITMENT. AND NOW WE'VE GOT A FEDERAL LOOPHOLE THAT IS ON ONE HAND TAKING AWAY SOME OF THOSE WETLANDS. SO HE'S, IN MY OPINION, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.))
((JOHN PAUL WOODLEY/VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF NAT. RESOURCES: WELL I WOULD SAY THAT WILMER'S PROBABLY RIGHT ABOUT THAT.))
Gilmore's own natural resources secretary says it may be his biggest headache right now.
((WOODLEY: IT'S DEFINITELY AN ISSUE THAT WE DID NOT ANTICIPATE THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH. AND WE ARE IN FACT HAVING TO ADDRESS IT AND ADDRESS IT IN A WAY THAT'S TRYING TO BE RESPONSIVE TO CONCERNS BY BOTH SIDES.))
If scientists now agree that wetlands filter water, harbor animal life, and control floods... who's against them?
((STONEMAN: THE FARMERS IN THE COMMONWEALTH ARE NOT ASHAMED TO, NOR DO THEY OBJECT TO PROTECTING WETLANDS IF THERE'S WATER IN IT.))
The problem for farmers and homebuilders is they feel the definitions are too broad... leaving just plain flat spots with NO water protected from farming and ditch-digging.
One lobbyist says expect wetlands to be an obsession of the 2000 General Assembly.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Some local elementary schools are keeping children together as they jump to the next grade.
Boones Mill Elementary School is trying this out for the first time.
The third graders have the same classmates as they did in second grade.
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((JAMI WASILEWSKI: I SEE A WORKING ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY'RE ABLE TO TAKE RISKS AND COUNT ON ONE ANOTHER BECAUSE THEY HAVE FORMED SUCH STRONG BONDS.))
[OUT Q=such strong bonds]
Kipps Elementary School in Blacksburg is in its third year of the program -- and teachers there jump to the next grade with the kids.
Learning about values is also part of the program.
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[IN Q=We've learned]
((TREY GRESH/STUDENT: WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT PERSEVERANCE, SELF-CONTROL AND GIVING, SELF DISCIPLINE, HONESTY, RESPECT, ALL THE VIRTUES.))
[OUT Q=all the virtues]
Kids are re-shuffled after two years together, and the program is NOT mandatory.
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Can we expect any more rain?
Andrew will be here with the forecast.
And the San Diego Zoo can finally put up the "it's a girl" banners, even though this baby was born two weeks ago.
We'll have that story when News-7 at Noon returns.
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It's a girl.
That's the word from the San Diego Zoo, where a panda cub was born a little more than two weeks ago.
It's the the first giant panda born in the Western Hemisphere in nearly a decade.
Zoo vets are a just now getting a chance to examine the cub up close and personal.
They say she weighs 12-and-one-half ounces and appears to be very healthy.
Renee Sanchez reports.
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[SUPER=01-Roger Simon/Colorado Tourist; :20 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Wes Mason/Panda Educator; :50]
[SUPER=01-Laura Carte/Zoo Visitor; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Renee Sanchez/Reporting; 1:19]
[OUT Q=For CBS News.]
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN three points.
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Still ahead in sports-- Andrew ill have highlights of last night's college football action.
And former Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller is switching coasts and jerseys.
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Two women's quarterfinal matches highlight play today at the U-S Open.
Top seed Martina Hingis takes on Anke Huber (AHN'-kuh HOO'-bur) and third-seed Venus Williams plays number-12 Barbara Schett (sheht).
Yesterday, Andre Agassi rolled to an easy three set victory to reach the quarterfinals.
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On the women's side, fourth seeded Monica Seles topped Jennifer Capriati in straight sets 6-4 and 6-3.
During the post match news conference Capriati was asked about her past problems, namely drug and shoplifting charges.
She burst into tears when asked if she thought the media was her adversary.
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((JENNIFER CAPRIATI/LOST TO SELES TODAY:))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Capriati/Lost to Monica Seles; :00]
[OUT Q=....all the time"]
Defending champ Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Mary Pierce also advanced to the quarterfinals yesterday.
Former Virginia Tech star quarterback Jim Druckenmiller is now a Miami Dolphin.
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The San Francisco 49ers have traded the former first round draft pick to the Fins for a conditional draft pick.
The trade was expected since the 49ers kept four quarterbacks after the final 53 man roster was announced. Druck was 21 for 52 for 238 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions with the Niners.
Miami cut Craig Erickson to make room for him.
The Tech U-A-B football game for this Saturday is already sold out.
Hopefully, the Hokies will have their starting quarterback in action.
Michael Vick, who injured his left leg during Saturday's rout of JMU, went through treatment yesterday to test the range of motion in his left leg.
He has a mild to moderate ankle sprain sustained while scoring his third touchdown. He is questionable for this weekend's game.
J-R Redmond ran for 157 yards and two scores to lead number-25 Arizona State over Texas Tech last night.
[SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ/Fox Sports Net]
We'll pick up the action in the second quarter.
State's Redmond takes the hand-off and Texas Tech has him stopped cold right?
Wrong... he breaks some tackles, and rumbles 56-yards for a touchdown.
Redmond can give as well as receive-- in the third, he hands off on the reverse and Delvon Flowers goes 40 yards for the score.
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Arizona State wins this one easily 31 to 13.
There's some breaking news in the trial of Former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros.
Cisneros will plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of lying to the F-B_I.
Finally this afternoon, Real estate prices are booming in Britain.. with some London apartments going for millions of dollars.
But if you think that's outrageous wait to you hear the asking price from one of Britain's tiniest houses.
Tom Fenton reports.
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS LONDON.]
(( Peak District, England
Two hundred year old Thimble Hall is said to be Britain's smallest house. And from the looks of it, that is probably a fair claim.
SOT REAL ESTATE AGENT
WELCOME TO THIMBLE HALL. THIS IS THE MAIN RECEPTION ROOM, IT'S 7 FOOT ONE BY 8 FOOT EIGHT. THIS IS THE LADDER UP TO THE FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE IN THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK, WONDERFUL BUY..
Only a real estate agent would call it that Thimble Hall was last lived in the 1930's. Since then, this hovel has been a butcher shop, a cobbler's and a storeroom .. Not that you could store much in it.
It's owner says she is reluctant to sell but she wants to see it used.
(No super -- ID not provided by BBC)
I FEEL SAD IN SOME RESPECT AT HAVING TO SELL IT.. BUT I WANT IT TO BE USED FOR SOMETHING. FOR SOMEBODY TO GET SOME PLEASURE OUT OF IT.
The pleasure is likely to be hers if she gets her asking price -- somewhere between 8,000 and 24,000 dollars.
COME TO THINK OF IT, IF YOU COULD SHIP LONDON BRIDGE TO AMERICA, AS SOMEONE DID YEARS AGO, THIMBLE HALL MIGHT MAKE AN I
DEAL GARDEN SHED. YOU COULD ALMOST PUT IT IN YOUR LUGGAGE. TF, CBS NEWS, LONDON))