President Clinton sends Congress his proposal to balance the budget.
Meantime, lawmakers consider legislation to prevent electronic eavesdropping
on your cell phone calls. (/////////////)
Sunshine will give way to increasing clouds as we head into the evening
hours. I'll have all the forecast details, plus a look at the latest in the
world of sports.
Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.
President Clinton's 19-98 budget hit Capitol Hill this morning.
It promises to balance the books by 2002.
Under the plan, the deficit would actually rise in the coming fiscal year,
and most of the savings needed to balance the budget would not happen until Mr.
Clinton leaves office.
Leading Republicans say the spending plan does not go nearly far enough.
Meantime, President Clinton offered a confession today at a prayer breakfast.
He said Washington was in the grip of hypocrites, sometimes including
((IT'S LIKE SOMEBODY SAID...WERE' IN THE BREACH. ))
OUT Q= IN THE BREACH.
He said he gives in at times to the impulse to take political revenge.
Lynchburg school officials want to make it harder for people with a
questionable past to be hired by their school system.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=It seems like
SUPER=01-Barry Campbell/Lynchburg Deputy School Supt.; :26
SUPER=01-Marty Harvey/Campbell Co. Schools; :53
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It seems like common sense.. don't hire a convicted criminal or sex offender
to work in your city schools.
But until now, Lynchburg's screening process has consisted of just a few
questions on the job application and a local criminal history check.
That should change next fall when prospective employees will undergo
extensive criminal background examinations, including the list of known sex
offenders, BEFORE they're offered a job.
IN Q=When you do
((BARRY CAMPBELL/LYNCHBURG DEPUTY SCHOOL SUPT.: WHEN YOU DO SEE INSTANCES OCCUR
NATIONALLY AND OTHER SCHOOL DIVISIONS AND OTHER PLACES, IT MAKES YOU STOP AND
PAUSE AND THINK `COULD THAT HAPPEN HERE?' THAT'S BEEN ONE OF THE REASONS WE'VE
GONE FORWARD WITH THIS POLICY TO PUT IN PLACE SOME OF THE MOST EXHAUSTIVE
SAFEGUARDS WE CAN.))
OUT Q=safeguards we can.
Lynchburg is finally catching up with what state law has allowed for years.
Other area school systems already conduct full background checks.. it can be
costly, but officials say they can't afford NOT to.
IN Q=If we haven't
((MARTY HARVEY/CAMPBELL CO. SCHOOLS: IF WE HAVEN'T DONE A GOOD JOB OF SCREENING
PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, THAT'S GOING TO COME BACK TO HAUNT US.))
OUT Q=to haunt us.
IN Q=But the new policy
((But even with a screening process, there's no telling what a CURRENT school
employee might do. In the last year in Bedford County a bus driver has been
accused of child molestation and an elementary school janitor charged with
selling crack cocaine. Both passed their initial background check when they
were hired. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
More accusations of sloppy work at the F-B-I crime lab's explosives unit.
In summaries of statements obtained by C-B-S News one agent says workers in
the unit purportedly drank liquor and played poker while on duty.
The lab is the subject of a Justice Department probe that resulted in four
lab workers being removed from their jobs.
Three are senior F-B-I agents who handled evidence in the Oklahoma City
Cell phone conversations are becoming public domain with the help of a
simple radio scanner.
Yesterday a House committee took up the problem of cellular security.
Lawmakers got a first hand look at how a scanner can be modified to pick up
cell phone calls.
It was demonstrated right in the hearing room with a scanner picking up a
IN Q=we've got
((nats of phone conversation ))
SUPER=01-Rep. Ed Markey/(D) Massachusetts;
OUT Q=over turn 'em.
Lawmakers are considering legislation to toughen existing laws
against equipment alterations to prevent so called "electronic stalking."
The manager of the Radio Shack at Tanglewood Mall says some customers DO
inquire about scanners they can buy to listen to cell-phone calls.
Dan Wendell says the models sold in his store need to be illegally altered to
pick up phone calls....so usually the buyers go elsewhere.
IN Q=people will go
((DAN WENDELL/RADIO SHACK MANAGER: PEOPLE WILL GO LOOKING FOR USED MODELS OR
WHATEVER, SEEING IF THEY CAN FIND SOMETHING THAT PICKS UP THESE THINGS. IT'S
NOT ANYTHING THAT WE'RE GOING TO REFER THEM TO, OF COURSE YOU HEAR ABOUT THESE
PEOPLE TRYING TO FIND AND OLD MODEL.))
SUPER=01-Dan Wendell/Radio Shack Manager;
OUT Q=an old model.
Wendell also carries Cell-Phones at his store.
He says many customers are not aware their private phone calls may become
conference calls without their knowledge.
IN Q=The average
((THE AVERAGE JOE, NO PROBABLY ISN'T AWARE, AT LEAST NOT FRONT OF MIND, THAT
THIS IS HAPPENING. ))
OUT Q=THIS IS HAPPENING
Some magazines carry ads, explaining how people can adjust their scanners to
listen to phone calls.
After a day off, the jury that holds O-J Simpson responsible for the death
of Ron Goldman and the battery of his ex-wife, returns to a Santa Monica
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
The panel must still decide whether Simpson will have to pay punitive
In a couple of hours jurors will hear testimony on just how much Simpson is
The panel has already ordered Simpson to pay eight and a half million
dollars in compensatory damages.
The two Simpson verdicts have some people confused.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/Tuesday Night;
How can one jury find him not guilty, and then another jury find him
responsible for the crimes?
We asked a Washington and Lee Law professor if the fact that neither jury
was racially balanced taints the verdicts.
IN Q=and we did see
((JIM PHEMISTER/W & L LAW PROFESSOR; WE DID SEE A PREDOMINANTLY PERSON OF COLOR
JURY IN THE CRIMINAL CASE RETURN A VERDICT IN OJ SIMPSON'S FAVOR AND HERE A
PREDOMINANTLY WHITE JURY RETURNS A VERDICT AGAINST OJ SIMPSON AND SO ONE HAS TO
WONDER IF RACE IS A FACTOR AND I GUESS THE ONLY ANSWER TO THAT IS AS MUCH IN
THIS CASE AS ANY OTHER FACTOR. I DON'T THINK IT TAINTS IT, IT'S SIMPLY A FACT
OF LIFE IN AMERICA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.))
SUPER=01-Jim Phemister/W&L Law Professor;
OUT Q=the rest of the world
Phemister (FEM-is-ter) notes it's against the law to exclude a juror based
on race alone.
Fire has engulfed Russia's largest and oldest astronomical observatory and
destroyed many rare books.
SUPER=03-St. Petersburg, Russia/Yesterday;
It took firemen hours to put out the early morning blaze at the St.
Petersburg observatory, the main observatory of the Russian Academy
Authorities are still investigating the cause and have not ruled out arson.
Nine months of undercover work were showcased yesterday by the Rockbridge
Regional Drug Task Force.
Earlier in the week, the task force arrested 27 people on drug charges.
They also confiscated cocaine, marijuana and several prescription drugs
allegedly stolen from a Lexington nursing home by a worker.
Police Chief Bruce Beard has been with the department for 27 years.
This is the biggest single drug roundup he's seen.
((CHIEF BRUCE BEARD/LEXINGTON POLICE DEPT.; IN A SMALL COMMUNITY LIKE THIS WE
WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT DRUG FREE BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S NOT THE CASE, WE HAVE
THE SAME PROBLEMS THAT OTHER JURISDICTIONS HAVE. ))
SUPER=01-Bruce Beard/Lexington Police Chief ;
OUT Q=other jurisdictions have
The Rockbridge task force has made a total of 299 arrests since it formed in
A birthday for a former President.
Ronald Reagan turned 86 today.
Mr. Reagan and former first lady Nancy Reagan, plan to celebrate his
birthday privately at their home in California.
Mr. Reagan suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
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The director of George Allen's most embattled agency received final General
Assembly approval yesterday.
Tom Hopkins' seven month tenure at the Department of Environmental Quality
was re-affirmed with 65 votes.
34 lawmakers did NOT vote or pleaded a conflict.
One voted against him.
((THE DEPARTMENT GETS NO RESPECT...RODNEY DANGERFIELD OF STATE AGENCIES.))
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg;
OUT Q=state agencies.
Democrats have criticized what they see as political plotting and lax
enforcement of pollution laws.
But the majority refused to make history by rejecting a Governor's
((SO I WILL.. VOTE FOR HIM.))
OUT Q=vote for him.
Hopkins already has Senate approval... plus a Republican mandate to come
back with an action plan for fixing D-E-Q's problems.
It's another committee assignment for Virginia's newest Congressman.
Southside Democrat Virgil Goode will sit on the House Committee on Small
It oversees the Small Business Administration.
Goode already had a seat on the Agriculture Committee.
The idea of a city-wide curfew is not something a group Martinsville teens
The students, members of the Martinsville/Henry County Youth Council,
gathered to voice their opposition.
City leaders are planning to mail a survey to Martinsville residents later
this week asking if a curfew is needed.
The students believe an ordinance would unfairly punish most teenagers.
IN Q=As far
((RUSTY LAW/YOUTH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN:AS FAR AS THE OLDER TEENAGERS ARE CONCERNED
THERE'S NOT MANY PLACES TO GO AT NIGHT AND SO PEOPLE HANG OUT IN CITY STREETS
AND IT'S NOT NECESSARILY SO MUCH TROUBLE THAT'S BEING CREATED, IT'S JUST THE
FACT THAT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE YOUNG PEOPLE HANGING OUT, I MEAN WE SHOWED SOME
STATS, THERE HASN'T BEEN THAT MUCH CRIME COMMITTED BY JUVENILES.))
SUPER=01-Rusty Law/Youth Council Chairman; :00
OUT Q=by juveniles.
If a curfew is passed by City Council, there's a possibility it would be
modeled after Danville, where a curfew has been in effect for more than a year.
Police in West Virginia say the right man was convicted for the 19-80
murders of two Rainbow Family members.
Jacob Beard was sentenced to two life terms.
But last fall white supremacist Joseph Franklin said HE shot and killed the
two women while on a cross-country murder spree.
After investigating Franklin's claims state police say they are sure Franklin
did not do it- and that his descriptions of the killings do not match evidence.
Nancy Santomero and Vicki Durian were murdered in Pocahontas County while
hitchhiking to a gathering of the Rainbow Family.
A mining company now faces a lawsuit from the brother of a 15- year- old boy
who was electrocuted.
VO-NAT 96-49, Electrocution:7/22/96
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 1996;
Edward Bowden contends in the suit filed yesterday in Roanoke that the
James River Limestone Company turned a popular James River fishing hole into a
The suit contends that a pump with faulty wiring caused the death of Eric
Bowden last July.
The teen slipped off a rock and fell into the water. Rescue efforts failed.
Thomas Jefferson is coming to television.
The man who brought tourists to Virginia by the thousands with his Civil War
documentary is now focusing on this famous Virginian.
Ellen Qualls got a sneak peak at Ken Burns' new work.
IN Q=nat sot
SUPER=01-Ken Burns/Documentary Film Maker; :14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((nat sot clapping
Virginia's staunchest bastion of tradition seldom gives as warm a welcome to
those Hollywood types.
But the maker of "Thomas Jefferson," a two-part documentary of the
Commonwealth's favorite son is different.
((KEN BURNS: HE DISTILLED A CENTURY OF ENLIGHTENMENT THINKING INTO ONE
REMARKABLE SENTENCE WHICH BEGINS "WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT THAT
ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL." AND YET HE OWNED MORE THAN 200 HUMAN BEINGS, AND
NEVER SAW FIT IN HIS LIFE TO FREE THEM.))
350-thousand Virginia tax dollars helped underwrite the project.
((ANOTHER QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS WENT INTO ORGANIZING AND PROMOTING A
JEFFERSON DRIVING TOUR THAT INCLUDES NINE STOPS. AMONG THEM, THE STATE CAPITOL
Also, the geological wonder of Natural Bridge -- which Jefferson purchased
from King George the third.
And his country retreat, the Lynchburg area's Poplar Forest.
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN: TOURISM HELPS US OUT TO A COUPLE OF BILLION DOLLARS A
YEAR. AND NOW THAT WE HAVE POPLAR FOREST, IT'S CERTAINLY A JEWEL IN OUR CAP
AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE TELL EVERYONE ABOUT IT.))
((KEN BURNS: HE REMAINED A PUZZLE EVEN TO THOSE WHO THOUGHT THEY KNEW HIM
BEST. EMBODIED CONTRADICTIONS COMMON TO THE COUNTRY WHOSE INDEPENDENCE IT FELL
TO HIM TO PROCLAIM, IN WORDS WHOSE PRECISE MEANING AMERICANS HAVE DEBATED EVER
Tune in to PBS February 18th.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
They've cheered their way to sunny Florida for the second year in a row.
Lord Botetourt's cheerleading squad left Roanoke this morning-- bound for
the national competition in Orlando.
Squad members say school spirit is a long- respected tradition at Lord
IN Q=We've always had
((JENNIFER TURNER/LORD BOTETOURT SENIOR: WE'VE ALWAYS HAD A STRONG PROGRAM AND
A LOT OF COMPETITIONS, A LOT OF GAMES, A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM OUR FANS.))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Turner/Lord Botetourt Senior;
OUT Q=from our fans
The school has QUALIFIED for the event three times in as many years.
Some of these girls have made the trip down south before-- but the
excitement is even greater for first- timers.
IN Q=I'm very excited
((HEATHER HOPRICH/LORD BOTETOURT SOPHOMORE:I'M VERY EXCITED. WE'RE ALL- THIS
IS MY FIRST YEAR GOING. SO, IT'S EXCITING. I'VE NEVER BEEN TO FLORIDA BEFORE,
SO IT'S GOING TO BE FUN. ))
SUPER=01-Heather Hoprich/Lord Botetourt Sophomore;
OUT Q=going to be fun
Lord Botetourt is competing against 25 other squads in its category.
SUPER=301-45/49/NW 6mph/30.25f/69/1884/ 7/1996;
SUPER=334-Mostly/Cloudy/24-28/Cloudy/Light Rain Likely/40-44;
After almost a year of negotiations employees at the C-F-W Directory
Assistance Center in Clifton Forge have a new four year contract.
The deal calls for wage increases of roughly four- percent the first two
It also addresses concerns both parties had about temporary workers.
TAPE#net (edit of BB97-3)
The V-C-U Rams tried to tip the scales in their favor against J-M-U last
SUPER=03-Richmond/Dukes vs. Rams - HTS; :00
Chatney Howard makes the steal and converts the breakaway into a one handed
slam dunk to put J-M-U in front midway through the first half.
Marcus Reed makes the circus scoop to tie the game at the half.
Reed, a Staunton native who led Robert E. Lee to the Group Two-A
championship in 19-91, had
a career high 18 points.
V-C-U beats James Madison 72-to-60 for the Rams fifth straight win.
TAPE#net (edit of s7-1)
It was the battle of the big cats last night in Danville as the Ferrum
College Panthers tangled with the Averett Cougars.
SUPER=03-Danville/Ferrum vs. Averett;
Ed Gwynn goes behind his back and to the rack for the score as the Cougars
set the tone for the night.
Rodney Ponzo would get into the mix for Ferrum, dropping in this bucket.
But Averett's Jay Tate was on fire! First with the three from the left
corner. Then from the left wing with another three.
DeMarcus Morrison scores with ease as Averett BEATS Ferrum 94-to-85.
In high school hoops,
The Hogoheegee's George Wythe Maroons battled Three Rivers member Radford.
SUPER=03-Radford/G. Wythe vs. Radford;
George Wythe would take the early lead as Justin Bourne hooks up with Brian
Barnes inside, and he nails the short jumper.
Midway through the second quarter Radford would close the gap as Joe Housel
passes to Tony Hash for the jumper.
George Wythe led by four at halftime and kept it rolling on Lance Goff's
assist to Damien Taylor.
George Wythe beat Radford 56 to 50.
Also, last night the Rockbridge County Wildcats beat Harrisonburg 69-to-66.
In the A-C-C last night the Maryland Terrapins improved their record to
18-and-4 with a win over N-C State.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/Wolfpack vs. Terps; :00
Maryland star Keith Booth would take his game to another level last night as
he finishes with the two handed jam.
Then the Terps went to the alley-oop.
SUPER=33-N.C. State/55/Maryland #7/66;
Leron Profit throws it down as the Terps beat the Pack at Cole Field house
Crayola has introduced eight new crayon colors but the colors do not have
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Children across the country are being asked to enter a contest, to match the
crayon colors with the names of their heroes.
The winners will be announced in October.
These are the first new colors by Crayola in four years.
San Diego's Wild Animal Park welcomed a new member to its ranks.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
Official says the rhino baby, named U-tamo, weighed in at a hefty 137
Veterinarians examining the newborn put a cast on the young one because she
was born with a weakness in her left rear leg.
Putting the cast presented a challenge, but a team of animal keepers managed
to get the newborn away from her protective mother.