Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
The battle is on, President Clinton approves the F-D-A's position that tobacco
should be regulated as a drug.
And small amounts of an explosive
residue reportedly have been discovered on a chunk of wreckage of T-W-A Flight
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco under fire
Just days before the start of the Democratic Party Convention President
Clinton has declared nicotine an addictive drug.
That means the Food and Drug
Administration will begin enforcing new regulations that strictly control
tobacco advertising and sales to minors.
And it's not sitting well with tobacco state democrats.
(( GOVERNOR JAMES HUNT/D-NC:
THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL OF BRINGING ABOUT THE PROHIBITION OF TOBACCO
DOWN THE ROAD HE'S MADE A REAL MISTAKE HERE. ))
SUPER=01-Gov. James Hunt/(D) North Carolina;
OUT Q=he's made a real mistake her.
SS=Tobacco under fire
New F-D-A rules are expected to include bans on some vending machines,
teen-friendly advertising logos such as Joe Camel, and brand-name sponsorship
of sporting events.
The President is expected to make a formal announcement this afternoon.
More workers could be laid off from the Yokohama Tire plant in Salem.
Union President Eddie Robitson confirms that the company will layoff some
employees in the coming months.
That's in addition to the 44 workers who lost their jobs last month.
Robitson did not know how many jobs would be lost... nor did he know when
the company would make the official announcement.
At this point, Yokohama officials in Fullerton, California will not confirm
the claims... but would not deny that another round of layoffs could be on the
10NA - 10:07:10
A strong clue this afternoon that could solve the mystery of T-W-A flight
C-B-S News has learned that investigators testing the wreckage have found
small traces of P-E-T-N, a chemical used in some plastic explosives.
Bob Orr has the details.
SUPER=01-Frank McGuire/CBS Aviation Security Consultant;
OUT Q=CBS News Washington.
The trace of p-e-t-n, identified by the f-b-i labortory, was found on one
piece of wreckage from center section of the boeing 747.
Sources say the evidence was found on a seat between rows 17 and 28, in the
passenger cabin bound by the plane's front gally and lavatory.
CBS News has learned investigators discovered the explosive trace several
days ago, perhaps two weeks ago, but apparently withheld the information
waiting to find additional confirming evidence.
Still aviation experts say a single trace discovery of explosive residue may
be enough for investigators to declare a crime was committed.
MCGUIRE:I WOULD SAY FINDING TRACES OF P-E-T-N IS A 95% ASSURANCE THAT A BOMB
BROUGHT IT DOWN.
Bob Orr, CBS News Washington.))
Officially investigators are not confirming the report and will still
continue to look into mechanical failure as a possible cause in the crash.
Rescue teams are on Maryland's Eastern shore searching for a military
pilot who crashed yesterday.
The Air National Guard A-Ten went down on a maintenance test flight.
Authorities say they have not determined if the pilot ejected
before the crash.
SUPER=04-Coast Guard Video;
Meanwhile, searchers have no hope that the pilot involved in another
military crash is alive.
They stopped looking for him last
night after searching eleven-hundred square miles of the Atlantic
Ocean near Ocean City, Maryland.
The single-seat Marine Corps F-A-18 Hornet was on a training mission.
Suicide Doctor Jack Kevorkian had a run in with Michigan police last night.
Some officers detained him at a hospital where he dropped off his 38-th
assisted suicide patient, a New York man who suffered from multiple sclerosis.
Police say Kevorkian became loud and abusive to officers on the scene..
but he was not charged.
IN Q=HE WAS NOT
SUPER=01-Geoffrey Fieger/Kevorkian's Attorney;
OUT Q=JACK'S BEEN RELEASED.
It was Kevorkian's second trip to the hospital yesterday.
Earlier, he brought the body of a Missouri woman, also an m-s sufferer.
An overnight hostage situation in Prince George County has left three police
officers with injuries.
Tyrone Young-El, of Prince George County, opened fire on the officers when
SUPER=03-Prince George Co.;
they arrived at his house last night to take him to jail for previous charges.
Young-El then barricaded himself inside his home with four of his children.
The State police SWAT team was called in, along with hostage negotiator, in
an attempt to get the man to surrender.
IN Q=They began negotiating with
SUPER=01-Lt. Terry/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=without incident.
Two of the officers received minor injuries.
The third suffered a fractured arm and wrist.
Young-El now faces charges of three counts of attempted capital murder.
A teenager is dead and three others are injured after an attack at a slumber
party this morning.
Chesapeake police say a man broke into a house during the party and stabbed
Michelle Harper to death.
They say at least two of the girls were raped.
A boy who was sleeping upstairs was stabbed several times when he woke up
and tried to intervene.
A 19-year-old neighbor, Curtis Lee White, has been arrested in connection
with the attack.
The names the three people injured have not been released.
A 22 year old man has been charged with D-U-I after his car smashed into a
Blacksburg apartment building early this morning.
Police say Mark Heinrich's pickup truck was totalled and the building at
Sturbridge Square apartments suffered extensive damage.
A passenger in the truck, Michael Lien, suffered minor injuries but refused
The accident happened shortly after midnight.
Sharon Bottoms says her battle to gain custody of her son may not be over
Bottoms and her lesbian partner spoke out yesterday about their legal
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=It's cruel
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; :16 QUICK
SUPER=07-Sharon Bottoms; :20
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Va. ACLU; :47
SUPER=07-April Wade; 1:24
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( NAT SOT 11:09:48 TAPE ONE
((IT'S CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT. YOU KNOW, IT'S WRONG.))
Sharon Bottoms gave up her custody battle last week in hopes of visitation
with her son Tyler -- in her own home for the first time in three years, with
Wade as part of the family.
Henrico Circuit Judge Buford Parsons said home was okay, Wade was NOT.
sot TAPE TWO 11:32:11
((SHARON BOTTOMS: HE ASKED ME ONE DAY ABOUT ME AND APRIL AND I SAID WE WERE
MARRIED...IT'S OKAY TO LOVE SOMEBODY SOMEBODY ELSE DOESN'T LOVE.))
The American Civil Liberties Union says the case did slightly advance civil
rights for gay and lesbian parents in Virginia.
SOT 11:49:03 TAPE TWO
IN Q=The Bottoms
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: THE BOTTOMS CASE FORCED THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT
INTO A DIFFICULT CORNER. THEY EITHER HAD TO ADHERE TO AN OLD DECISION THAT ALL
GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY UNFIT. IN WHICH CASE, DEFINITELY
THAT CASE COULD HAVE GONE TO THE SUPREME COURT AND THEY COULD HAVE LOST IT. OR
THEY HAD TO SAY "NO WE NEVER MEANT TO SAY THAT ALL GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS ARE
UNFIT. AND BY TAKING THE LATTER DECISION, WHAT THEY DID WAS LEAVE IT SO THAT
JUDGES IN VIRGINIA ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO FIND GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS
OUT Q=parents unfit.
Look for more of Sharon's side of the story in a made-for-TV movie due out
SOT TAPE TWO 11:19:42
((APRIL WADE: WHAT THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO DO IS SHOW PEOPLE THAT WE ARE HUMAN
Sharon's mother Kay has the child and may get the last laugh.
Her attorney says she's considering suing Sharon for child support.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Doctors in Calcutta, India say Mother Teresa's condition has taken a turn
for the worse.
The 85 year old nun has suffered her second heart problem in as many days.
Doctors say she suffered left ventricular failure today.
Yesterday, Mother Teresa's heart stopped for a minute, but she
She's also running a 100-degree fever brought on by malaria, and remains
on a respirator.
French police stormed a Paris church this morning to evict some unwelcome
OUT Q=(4 seconds ofnat sound of unrest)
Officers hauled away some 300 illegal African immigrants who had occupied
the Church for nearly two months.
They had to use clubs to fight their way through a crowd of supporters.
Today's raid came just hours after the French prime minister went on
national T-V and announced that a constitutional council had ruled that the
immigrants had no right to live in France.
Toyota says it will voluntarily recall some of its Tacoma pickups to
correct a problem with the front suspension.
The company is not saying how many trucks are involved, but ``The
Dallas Morning News'' reports about 90-thousand.
The recall includes 1995-96 two-wheel-drive pickups.
Triangle Lanes Bowling Alley in Christiansburg is closed today after an
The blaze broke out sometime between eight and eight-thirty this morning.
Manager Terry Stike says it started in a power amp, and wiped out the main
computer scoring system.
After the sprinklers came on, water and smoke caused most of the damage.
No one was inside at the time.
Attorney Jeff Rudd surrendered his law license this week.
The State Bar Disciplinary Board had been investigating charges against
Rudd has had a private practice in the Roanoke area since 1991.
He also served as the regional drug PROSECUTOR for three years.
Among the pending charges against Rudd: failure to tell clients about
settlement offers and cancelled court appearances.
None of that will be pursued now that the Board has revoked Rudd's license.
Rudd says he decided to quit after becoming disenchanted with the practice of
The bee population has been decimated by an infestation of mites this
year, and all across the country people are feeling the effects.
Today in Growin' It Patrick Evans tells us more about why honey prices are
up, and some crop yields are down.
SUPER=01-Steven Barber/Beekeeper; :25
OUT Q=TODAY ON GROWIN IT.
WIPE WIPE WIPE TO:
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/65-69/Partly Sunny/Scattered Showers/84-88;
SUPER=331-Patchy Fog/Partly Cloudy/66-70/Partly Sunny/Scattered Storms/86-90;
SUPER=332-Scattered Storms/Partly Cloudy/62-66/Showers/Likely/80-84;
TAPE#Net (edit of 96-55)-new bite
The Pulaski County area has ben having a good few weeks.
Wednesday Jefferson Mills announced an expansion.
Last week the future site of the New River Industrial Park received a half-
million- dollar grant to install water and sewer lines.
Yesterday Congressman Rick Boucher announced that after two years of work,
he has helped that same industrial park win a TWO- MILLION- dollar grant to
build a small business incubator.
IN Q=The creation
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-9TH DISTRICT: THE CREATION OF THIS INCUBATOR WILL BE A
GENUINE IMPETUS TO THE FORMATION OF NEW BUSINESSES IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY.))
OUT Q=New River Valley.
Incubators provide space and shared services with flexible leases below
This one will be called the New River Valley Competitiveness Center.
Construction begins next spring.
Stocks turned lower after two hours of trading as a strong durable goods
report fanned some lingering inflation worries.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 16 points.
The second class of the Radford Hall of Fame was on campus last night.
The inductees include a couple of basketball greats, two soccer players and
a tennis coach.
Roy Stanley has more on the special night that also featured a hall of
IN Q="Ron Shelburne...
SUPER=01-Ron Shelburne/Radford Hall of Fame; :23
SUPER=01-Pat Barrett/Radford Hall of Fame; :55
SUPER=01-Wes Unseld/Bullets Executive Vice President; 1:37
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Ron Shelburne, a native of nearby Snowville, Virginia headed the list of
Shelburne played for the Highlanders in the late 80's. He averaged over 11
points a game and shot 51 per cent from the field.
And check this out, Shelburne never missed a game during his four year
career. And he finished in 1991 as the school's all time leading scorer.))
((RON SHELBURNE/RADFORD HALL OF FAME: ))
((When Radford began its women's basketball program in 1971 Pat Barrett was the
sports first head coach.
She coached for 13 years and posted a 198 and 95 record never having a
((PAT BARRETT/RADFORD HALL OF FAME: ))
((Also inducted into the hall this year were Dr. Tom Hondras, who coached
tennis as the university for 16 seasons.
Peggy Poore, a goal keeper on some of Radford's strongest soccer teams.
And Billy Gerber, The Highlanders first soccer All America Selection in
The guest speaker at the Athletic banquet was N-B-A Hall of Famer Wes
Unseld is the executive Vice president of the Washington Bullets, a team he
led to the world championship in 1978.
He was in the spotlight recently involving the trade of Juwan Howard, who
appeared to be headed to Miami but eventually signed with the Bullets.))
((WES UNSELD/BULLETS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: ))
((Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
More pink slips were passed out in the NFL yesterday as the Philadelphia
Eagles released former Virginia Tech running back Vaughn Hebron.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
Hopefully, Hebron can catch on with another team like former Redskins running
back Reggie Brooks was able to do yesterday..
Brooks was waived earlier in the week, but was picked up by Tampa bay
Brooks ran for more than one thousand
yards in his rookie season in 1993, but has been terrible since then with
countless fumbles and a number of injuries.
Coming up today on Health Check-- concern in the medical field about
calcium channel blockers, and an increased risk of cancer.
Studies are conflicting, and experts want more research.
Join us for the story, along with all the news of the day....on News 7 at
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