A Senate committee is putting a spotlight on sexual abuse in the Army.
And the commonwealth tires to decide what to do with V-WIL program now that
Virginia Military Institute is going Co-Ed.
Clouds, light rain, and chilly temperatures are all highlights of today's
forecast, but clearing is anticipated with a return to warmer readings coming
up by tomorrow. I'll have all the weather details, along with a look at
V-M-I's conference win last night on the hardwood.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Tonight President Clinton gives his 5th State of the Union address.
Republicans in Congress will be watching to see if he delivers on promises
about tax cuts, education, and balancing the budget by 2002.
Mark Knoller reports.
IN Q=the president
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
SUPER=08-George Voinovich/(R) Ohio Governor; :34
SUPER=01-Mark Knoller/Reporting; :55 (no SU)
OUT Q=at the white house.
On capitol hill today a Senate committee has opened hearings into the sex
scandal that has rocked the Army.
The committee is investigating charges of sexual abuse at a training center
in Aberdeen, Maryland.
But the panel is also likely to hear about a new scandal involving the
Army's top enlisted man -- Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney.
A retired female sergeant has accused him of sexual misconduct.
McKinney denies the charges, but has stepped down from a special panel
investigating sexual harassment.
The Supreme Court addressed the future of Virginia Military Institute.
Now it's up to the General Assembly to decide the future of the V-WIL program
at Mary Baldwin.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=House budget
SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Walker/(D) Finance Comm. Co-Chair; :34
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( House budget writers would phase out the Virginia Women's Institute for
Leadership in four years.
And why not, some say?
Women will be among the ranks at VMI this fall.
sot TAPE ONE 02:02:38
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: BUT BECAUSE VMI IS GOING CO-ED DOES NOT MEAN WE'VE
GOTTEN RID OF THAT NEED FOR STRONG LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG WOMEN. THE
YOUNG WOMEN I KNOW AT MARY BALDWIN VWIL. IT'S GREAT WHEN THEY COME DOWN HERE.
THEY LOOK GREAT IN THEIR UNIFORMS. THEY'RE POLITE, THEY'RE SMART.))
Governor Allen's committed V-WIL ... and Senate leaders agreed, for now, in
sot TAPE ONE 02:14:08
((SEN. STANLEY WALKER/D-SENATE FINANCE CO-CHAIR: I JUST DO NOT KNOW THE TRACK
RECORD ON IT RIGHT NOW. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE WANTED TO LOOK AT IN THE
In other budget matters, NO more money for the Governor's School in Pulaski.
sot tape one 02:11:19
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: WELL YOU KNOW I MADE A BIG SPEECH IN THE
BEGINNING ON THE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL. I'D LIKE TO HAVE SEEN THAT. WE HAVE A
LITTLE INDUSTRIAL PARK IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY WE'RE TRYING TO GET SOME MONEY
FOR. I'D LIKE TO HAVE SEEN A LITTLE MORE IN THAT SPOT.))
But generally good news for Southside.
sot TAPE ONE 02:14:32
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: WELL THERE WERE SEVERAL THINGS THAT I WAS
SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED IN. OF COURSE, WE WERE TRYING TO GET A NEW SOCIAL
SERVICE BUILDING AT HOME, AND WE WERE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT. OTHER THAN THAT,
THAT'S PROBABLY MY ONLY MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT. BUT WE GOT A LOT OF OTHER THINGS
TOO THAT WE NEEDED. THAT WE'D BEEN PUTTING OFF FOR A WHILE. WE WERE ABLE TO
DO SOME THINGS IN ALL THE AREAS OF LIBRARIES, COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITIES, ARMORIES. STUFF THAT WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO. SO IT WAS A
PRETTY GOOD YEAR FOR US.))
Each chamber votes on its budget later this week... and then a team of
negotiators irons out the difference.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
One of America's most prominent diplomats has suffered a serious stroke in
Officials say 76- year- old Pamela Harriman, the U-S ambassador to France
and former Clinton campaign adviser suffered the stroke while taking her daily
((MARY YATES:'THE INITIAL DIAGNOSIS IS THAT THE AMBASSADOR SUFFERED A CEREBRAL
HEMORAGE AND THAT HER CONDITION IS SERIOUS. MEMBERS OF THE AMBASSADOR'S FAMILY
ARE WITH HER.' ))
SUPER=01-Mary Yates/Embassy Spokesperson;
Harriman was national co-chairman of the 19-92 Clinton-Gore Presidential
As ambassador, she has mediated disputes over trade, Bosnia, NATO, and the
Harriman is also famous for her marriages, first to a son of
Winston Churchill and later to U-S diplomat Averell Harriman.
Six suspects are now behind bars in connection with a bombing spree in
Yesterday, the man officials say MASTERMINDED a bomb-for-hire plot,
turned himself in.
Authorities say Kevin Lee Robinson tried to use the bombings to disrupt
his drug trial.
The explosions last week destroyed three A-T-Ms and blasted a hole in a
The O-J Simpson jury begins deliberations today by hearing
some testimony read back.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
No word on what the jury's interested in.
Yesterday, the judge rejected a second request by the defense for a
mistrial over the dismissal of a juror last week.
That juror failed to tell the court that her daughter works for the Los
Angeles district attorney's office.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke City Council can not prevent floods, but it is doing something about
Yesterday, the Council approved a plan to buy homes in the flood plain.
The Garden City neighborhood has always had problems with flooding, but
heavy rain on June 28th 19-95 caused unprecedented damage.
With a combination of federal, state and local dollars, the city is now
moving to buy and demolish more than 40 buildings that are prone to flooding.
IN Q=We went in there
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WE WENT IN THERE AND INVOLVED THE CITIZENS
IN FINDING THE SOLUTIONS THAT WERE RIGHT FOR THEM. IT'S TAKEN A WHILE BECAUSE
RATHER THAN US GOING IN AND SAYING THIS IS WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU. WE LISTENED TO
OUR CITIZENS AND FOUND WHAT IS THE BEST SOLUTION FOR THEM. AND I'M VERY GLAD
WHAT'S HAPPENED AND I THINK THE CITY AND THE PEOPLE WILL BE BETTER FOR IT.))
SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council;
OUT Q=will be better for it.
The properties must be assessed before the city makes any offers to
The program is voluntary. No one will be forced to sell, but city
officials say the first residents could be moving within six months.
GRAPHIC=drug bust (pot)
A traffic stop in Wytheville turned up a van load of marijuana headed for
the streets of Richmond.
Two men from Texas were detoured when a sheriff's deputy pulled them over on
The officer suspected a drunken driver when he stopped the vehicle.
When the two men inside gave conflicting stories, he called for a drug-
sniffing dog to search the van.
The search turned up about 40 pounds of pot, packaged in dryer sheets,
plastic wrap and moth balls.
((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: THIS IS THE THIRD TIME IN LESS THAN A YEAR
WE'VE INTERDICTED OR INTERCEPTED A LARGE LOAD OF ILLEGAL DRUGS. TWO OTHER VANS
LOADED HEAVILY WITH IT. ))
OUT Q=heavily with it.
The suspects face various state and federal drug and weapons charges.
They're each being held on 50 thousand dollars bond.
The House of Delegates will now get their shot at a bill requiring minors to
notify their parents before having an abortion.
The Senate passed it in a 26 to 14 vote yesterday, despite some opposition.
SOT 13:32:17 EARL TAPE
IN Q=In the past
((SEN. JANET HOWELL: IN THE PAST, MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE VOTED FOR A PARENTAL
NOTIFICATION BILL. I DID IT FOR A BILL THAT I VIEWED AS COMPASSIONATE. THIS
BILL MR. PRESIDENT IS PUNITIVE.))
SOT 13:38:16 EARL TAPE
((SEN. JANE WOODS: IT PAINS ME NOT TO BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL, BUT THIS
BILL DOES NOT WORK FOR FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/(R) Fairfax; :12
OUT Q=the Commonwealth.
VO-NAT 13:41:10 vote
If the same version passes House scrutiny, Governor Allen says he will sign
it into law.
In anticipation of Hawaii courts approving same sex marriages, Virginia's
House of Delegates is working on a bill to ensure they're NOT recognized in
Its main sponsor is Abingdon's Joe Johnson.
IN Q=And I firmly
((DEL. JOE JOHNSON/D-ABINGDON: AND I FIRMLY BELIEVE ... WOULD BE BETTER OFF.))
SUPER=01-Del. Joe Johnson/(D) Abingdon;
OUT Q=better off.
The gay rights group, Virginians for Justice, says Johnson's bill is
rejecting rights NO one has even asked for in Virginia.
Eagle Rock residents are supporting their bridge.
The bridge in question spans the James River, and connects the Botetourt
County community to route 220--
It's also one of just two ways in and out of town.
IN Q=A matter of inconvenience
((ROBERT MCRAE: A MATTER OF INCONVENIENCE, BUT THAT'S NO LITTLE THING, PEOPLE
GOING TO AND FROM WORK-- IT'S GOING TO BE VERY INCONVENIENT, TO SAY THE LEAST,
BUT IT GOES BEYOND INCONVENIENCE.))
SUPER=01-Robert McRae/Eagle Rock Resident;
If the state board of Transportation goes through with plans to demolish the
bridge, and NOT build a new one, five to 10 minutes will be added to the 40
minute commute to Roanoke.
Those extra minutes could be costly to commuters, as well as rescue
A local contractor says it would take two million dollars to build a
But residents worry the real cost could be a human life.
IN Q=you're talking
((PAT MCGRATH/RESIDENT: YOU'RE TALKING A 4-5 MINUTE DIFFERENCE GETTING ON
CALLS. A LIFE IS MORE THAN 2 MILLION DOLLARS TO ME ))
SUPER=01-Pat McGrath/Eagle Rock Resident;
OUT Q=dollars to me.
Current V-DOT plans have the bridge coming down within 6 to 12 months.
One Danville school is transferring school spirit from sports to studies.
Teachers at Taylor Middle school in Danville believe in getting students
excited about learning.
Yesterday, they hosted a pep-rally to encourage students to do their best on
the upcoming "literacy passport test".
Virginia law requires students to pass the test in order to earn a standard
IN Q=The reason
((MOISIS JAMES/GUIDANCE COUNSELOR:THE REASON WE'RE DOING THIS IS TO GIVE THEM A
CHANCE TO GET EXCITED, TO GET OUT SOME OF THAT NERVOUS ENERGY AND TO GET READY
TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS WEDNESDAY WHEN THE FIRST TEST IS GIVEN.
STUDENT SPEAKS:I HAD A LOT OF FUN, IT WAS GREAT.
STUDENT SPEAKS:IT WAS EXCELLENT, I GOT OUT OF CLASS, PLUS, SEE I'M LOOKING
FORWARD TO PASSING THE LITERACY PASSPORT TEST THE FIRST TIME SO I DON'T HAVE TO
TAKE IT NEXT YEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Moisis James/Guidance Counselor; :00
OUT Q=next year.
This is the third year the school has hosted a pep- rally.
There's a place in Low Moor where people can escape the fast paced life of
Eric Earnhart introduces us to a woman simply known as Granny.
IN Q=Her customers call her
SUPER=03-Low Moor; :00
SUPER=01-Alpha Averill/"Granny"; :13
SUPER=01-Robert Brown/Low Moor Resident; :28
SUPER=01-Richard Stogdale/Selma Resident; :50
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( That's what all her customers call her...
Alpha Averill was working here when her uncle opened the store in 1941.
She's the owner now... recently celebrating her 90th birthday...
IN Q=my husband died
((ALPHA AVERILL/"GRANNY"; MY HUSBAND DIED 22 YEARS AGO AND OF COURSE IT CAME TO
ME, AND I'M STUCK WITH IT, AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO...))
OUT Q=what I'm going to do
What she does is open the store every weekday morning at 5:30, working until
the lunch counter closes at 2:00...
IN Q=Granny is an exceptional person
((ROBERT BROWN/LOW MOOR; GRANNY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL PERSON AND THIS IS A GREAT
PLACE... PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER TO VISIT AND GET THE FOOD AND VISIT WITH
OUT Q=visit with her
It;s easy to see why.
In the middle of the hustle and bustle, you see smiles, hear laughter and
words like please, thank you... and yes m'am.
Customers like the fact that little has changed over the years.
IN Q=not that much
((RICHARD STOGDALE/SELMA; NOT THAT MUCH, SHE HASN'T EITHER, SHE STILL LOOKS
ABOUT THE SAME AS SHE DID BACK THEN...AND STILL GOING STRONG. ))
OUT Q=going strong
The place is packed during lunch... the rush of customers keeps Granny on
her toes... she keeps the books on paper... no computers here...
She says hard work keeps her young.
IN Q=that's the reason
(( AVERILL; THAT'S THE REASON I KEEP GOING, IT KEEPS ME ON MY FEET. I THINK IF
I HAD QUIT WHEN MY HUSBAND DIED AND JUST SOLD THE STORE THEN, I WOULD HAVE BEEN
DEAD BY NOW.))
OUT Q=been dead by now
Folks in Low Moor hope they can enjoy Granny's cooking and company, for many
years to come.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
An Natural Bridge athlete has taken her skills from Virginia all the way to
Canada to compete in the Special Olympics Winter Games.
Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics began last night, and marching
along in the fanfare was 17- year- old Tina Camden.
The Rockbridge County native is there to ski in the womens' slalom, giant
slalom and downhill events... and was the ONLY delegate from Virginia chosen
for the Games.
Camden is one of two-thousand athletes from 75 countries who have traveled
to Canada to compete.
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SUPER=331-Cloudy/Rain Ending/36-40/Overcast/Partial Clearing/50-54;
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SUPER=333-Cloudy/Rain Ending/34-38/Clouds Early/Partial Clearing/44-48;
SUPER=334-Occasional Rain/Ending/32-36/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/34-38;
GRAPHIC=news 7 sports generic
Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul (ahk-SAH'-nah by-OOL') avoided a
trial on drunken driving charges.
She pleaded no contest to reduced charges resulting from a January car crash
She must attend an alcohol counseling program and perform 25 hours of
TAPE#=net (edit of bb97-4)
Lynchburg beat Roanoke in ODAC basketball for the first time in 10 years.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Maroons vs. Hornets;
Lynchburg raced to an early 10 point lead.
Rodney Early and Mike Preston led the 'Burg with 22 each.
But the 6th ranked Maroons did not go quietly. Mike Ball with the nice look
to John Maher, but 'Noke still trailed by 7 at the break.
Jason Bishop knocked down 25 on the night, including this finish.
But Lynchburg pulls away down the stretch. Chris Whelan strokes a triple
and the Hornets upset Roanoke and shake up the conference race with the 12
IN Q="They're the...
SUPER=01-Joe Davis/Lynchburg Head Coach;
OUT Q=...our guys."
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-1)
V-M-I completed a sweep of Southern Conference rival Appalachian State by
whipping the Mountaineers 78-65.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Mountaineers vs. Keydets; :00
In the first half, Maurice Spencer snaps the nylon from the perimeter.
Matt Matheney would then grab the rebound and put it back out to Darryl
Faulkner for the three point bomb that falls.
On the break, Faulkner finds Jason Bell for the easy lay up and the Keydets led
44-31 late in the first half.
Spencer finished with 29 points and VMI improves to 6 and 3 in the
conference and 10 and 11 overall with the 78-65 win.
TAPE#net (edit of BB97-3)
Last night the Lady Hokies got a much needed win as they beat Fordham
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Fordham vs. Virginia Tech; :00
The Hokies came together with Stacy Brown zipping the pass to Katie O'Connor
for the bucket to tie the game at 32.
Floyd's Lynette Nolley comes in and drills the turnaround jumper.
Senior Sherry Banks would then get the ball and drive all the way in for the
hoop for two of her 11 points as Tech wins it 63-to-61.
Kim Seaver, the Atlantic 10 Freshman of the week had 14 points and 16
rebounds for Tech last night.
David Letterman is celebrating 15 years on late night television.
SUPER=04-Worldwide Pants, Inc.;
The talk show host kicked off a month long celebration last night with
guests Charles Barkley and Elle MacPherson.
Richard Simmons and Billy Crystal also made a brief appearance.
There will be a big blow-out Letterman show to celebrate the
anniversary on February 24th.