A historic power sharing deal is reached in the House of Delegates.
Late last night, the House hammered out the measure giving Republicans equal
representation in all but one of its 21 committees.
IN Q=I doubt
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: ))
((DEL. JOHN RUST/R- FAIRFAX: ))
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R- SALEM:))
SUPER=01-Del. John Rust/(R) Fairfax; :29
OUT Q=COURAGE THANK YOU.
While the democrats retain the speakership-- in a 90 to two vote, Republicans
finally get co-chairmanships.
Ellen Qualls reports on the changes at the 19-98 Session of the General
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
IN Q=They probably
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( They probably could have gotten away with it for two more years.
But the Democratic leadership saw the writing on the wall.
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I THINK IT'S THE BEGINNING OF A REBIRTH OF
OUR PARTY. I THINK WE NEEDED TO RE-EVALUATE WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE AND
THIS ISSUE OF FAIRNESS IS SOMETHING A LOT OF US FELT STRONGLY ABOUT. SO YES, I
THINK IT'S A NEW BEGINNING FOR US AND I HOPE WE'RE GONNA BUILD ON IT.))
Tom Moss is still the Speaker-- Dick Cranwell now "floor leader" NOT
But the big change is to the powerful committee system.
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: WE'LL HAVE PROPORTIONAL SEATING ON THE
COMMITTEES. WE'LL HAVE CO-CHAIRMANS.))
Pulaski's Tommy Baker's spent ten years in the minority, but knew the day
((DEL. THOMAS BAKER: SURE I DID. ULTIMATELY IT HAS BEEN ON IT'S WAY FOR A
LONG TIME AND IT'S FINALLY HERE. AND I THINK THE DEAL THAT HAS BEEN STRUCK
APPARENTLY BETWEEN THE TWO CAUCUSES WILL BE GOOD FOR THIS TERM AND THEN AFTER
THAT THINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE EITHER WAY.))
It's just more icing on the cake for the folks who celebrated just across
((GOV.-ELECT JIM GILMORE: THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA AS
WAS DEMONSTRATED THIS WEEK ARE OVERWHELMINGLY VOTING REPUBLICAN BECAUSE THEY'RE
INTERESTED IN ELIMINATION OF THE CAR TAX. I'M HAPPY ABOUT THE CHANGES. IT'S
OPENING UP THE GOVERNMENT OF VIRGINIA AND GIVING THE PEOPLE GOOD
There were plenty of reasons for cigar lighters at the party for the party
with the power -- finally.
((YOU TOOK THE CAR TAX FROM ME!))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
George Allen is using his last few days as Governor to deliver some good
He was in Lynchburg yesterday to help the Ericsson Corporation announce yet
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=As usual
SUPER=01-Rolf Stahre/Ericsson V.P. Manufacturing; 40
SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager; :55
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( As usual, the Governor didn't come empty- handed.
Allen presented Lynchburg with a check for 800- thousand dollars to help
build a massive new warehouse facility for Ericsson's mobile phone division.
By his own count, Allen has created more than 300- thousand new jobs over
the last four years.. on this day he added another 150.
IN Q=Ericsson's decision
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ERICSSON'S DECISION MEANS MORE JOBS FROM THESE INDUSTRIES
AND IT DOES HELP US FINISH OFF WITH A STRONG KICK.))
OUT Q=a strong kick.
The warehouse will be built in the Lynchpin Industrial Park, right next door
to the company that makes the plastic casings for Ericsson's phones.
With the cell phone market booming, Ericsson said it had to expand to keep
IN Q=In the next
((ROLF STAHRE/ERICSSON V.P. MANUFACTURING: IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE MOBILE
PHONE MARKET IS EXPECTED TO TRIPLE IN SIZE. THE LYNCHBURG MANUFACTURING
FACILITY IS CRITICAL TO OUR ABILITY TO CAPITALIZE ON THE GROWTH AS WE INCREASE
OUR SHARE OF THE MARKET.))
OUT Q=share of the market.
IN Q=It's a good
((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: IT'S A GOOD LOCATION AND IT HAS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUTURE EXPANSION SHOULD THE NEED ARISE AS WELL, SO WE'RE VERY
PLEASED AND EXCITED FOR WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO FOR THE LYNCHBURG AREA.))
OUT Q=the Lynchburg area.
The city's investment tops a million dollars, but Church says that's the
price of keeping a good neighbor happy.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Salem police confiscated a handgun at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem
School officials found a fully loaded thirty-eight caliber pistol in a
A thirteen- year- old was taken into custody at the school and later
released to his parents.
Police charged him with possessing a firearm on school property.
The 7th-grader has been suspended for 10 days. And the administration is
recommending that he be expelled.
A pipe bomb was discovered inside the main Roanoke post office late Tuesday
Postal inspector Kevin Boyle says the explosive was found in a machine that
handles collection mail.
A-T-F, State Police and Postal officials were called to defuse the bomb, and
removed it from the scene.
The device was apparently picked up from a collection box somewhere in
The UN-Iraq standoff is heating up. Britain announced today that it was
sending its warship "the Invincible" to the Persian Gulf.
This, after a weapons inspection team led by American Scott Ritter was
forced to cut short its mission and left Baghdad today.
IN Q=we agreed.
SUPER=01-Robin Cook/British Foreign Minister;
OUT Q=those inspections
Yesterday chief U-N weapons inspector Richard Butler said Ritter's team had
been pursuing suspicions the Iraqis tested chemical and biological weapons on
prisoners several years ago.
The federal psychiatrist examining Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski is
expected to submit her report to a judge today.
John Blackstone reports.
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SUPER=01-Glen Craig/Sacramento Co. Sheriff; :16
SUPER=01-John Blackstone/Reporting;1:24 (SU)
OUT Q=Jb cbs news sacramento
While federal prison Psychiatrist Dr. Sally Johnson continues her examination
of Ted Kaczynski, Kaczynski's jailers have given us new insight into the daily
life of the most famous inmate in the Sacramento county jail.
GLEN CRAIG, SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFF
"HE IS IN HIS CELL FOR MOST OF THE DAY. HE'S TAKEN OUT TO EXERCISE. HE LIKES
TO RUN AND HE LIKES TO READ."
In a strange admission Sacramento County Sheriff Glen Craig, says Kaczynski
may make some sense in his fears about the computer age.
"I WON'T SAY HE WAS RIGHT//BUT I THINK THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE ALL NEED
TO BE LOOKING AT AND SAY HEY WAIT A MINUTE WE'VE GOT TO HAVE SOME CONCERNS
WITH THE WAY WE'RE MAKING INFORMATION AVAILABLE."
Except for the apparent suicide attempt and the fact he's charged with
horrendous crimes, Kaczynski's jailers say he is a model prisoner, sometimes
even making jokes.
"THERE WAS AN OCCASIONAL CHUCKLE AND A LAUGH AT COMMENTS THAT YOU KNOW, HE'S
NOT ALL TOTALLY DEAD SERIOUS."
There are estimates th eKaczynski trial could cost more than five million
dollars. But talks continue over a plea bargain that co uld end the trial and
send Kaczynski to prison for the rest of his life.
We've learned that the main obstacle in the negotiation is Kaczynski's
insistance that he has the right to appeal the legalities of the search of his
cabin. He also wants assurances that he will be kept in a facility where he
can spend time outdoors.
There's more insight into Kaczynski's mind in transcripts just released of
private meetings the judge held with Kaczynski. Just hours before his
apparent suicide attempt Kaczynski said he was 'too tired' to take on the
difficult task of representing himself. And the judge said he believed
Kaczynski WAS mentally competent. I find him lucid and calm, the judge said.
He presents himself in an intelligent manner.
Jb cbs news sacramento.))
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
More details are expected to be released today about the multi-billion
dollar settlement between big tobacco and the state of Texas.
Sources say the industry has agreed to cough up about 14 billion dollars to
settle a lawsuit filed by the state.
The deal follows the disclosure of R-J Reynolds documents showing the
company tried to lure 13- and- 14- year- old smokers.
That prompted President Clinton to reiterate his pledge to fight the
tobacco industry's firm grip on young Americans.
((PRES. CLINTON:I'M CONFIDENT THAT EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, WITHOUT REGARD TO
PARTY, WHO REVIEWS THESE DOCUMENTS, WILL RESOLVE TO MAKE 1998 THE YEAR THAT WE
ACTUALLY PASS COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND THE PUBLIC
OUT Q=the public health.
Today's announcement makes Texas the third state to settle a suit against
He's waited 36 years to go back into space -- and John Glenn will apparently
get his wish.
Just minutes ago NASA announced it plans to send the 76- year- old on an
October space shuttle flight, making Glenn the oldest man in orbit.
Meanwhile, "The Washington Post" reports that school teacher Barbara Morgan
will also be cleared for a future shuttle mission.
Delaware authorities have positively identified the body of Lynchburg native
22- year- old Mark Domaleski.
97-88, 1/14, Domaleski
SUPER=03-Lewes, DE/Last Month;
Domaleski has been missing for nearly two months.
The body found was found on the beach of the Rehoboth Bay earlier this week.
The Delaware medical examiner's office confirmed the identification and
ruled the death accidental.
97-75, 12/04, Missing-Man
Domaleski was working with AmeriCorps, to restore a coastal landmark on the
Owning a dog that's part wolf is now a bit more difficult in Lexington.
SUPER=03-Lexington/November 21, 1997;
Owners now have to get a permit for the hybrids, install a fence that's at
least eight feet high and make sure it's escape proof.
SOT 11.32.09 - 11.32.23
IN Q=The ordinance is
((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: THE ORDINANCE IS REALLY A PREVENTATIVE
MEASURE--ONE THAT WE WANTED TO COME UP WITH BEFORE WE HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH
WOLF-HYBRID TYPES OF ANIMALS. SO, WE'VE TRIED TO COME UP WITH REGULATIONS AND
SOME REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS OF THE OWNERS AS FAR AS THE CARE AND KEEPING OF
SUPER=01-Jon Ellestad/Lexington City Manager;
OUT Q=keeping of these.
The new regulations came about after the city learned of Lobo--a wolf-hybrid
owned by Melanie and Jerry Beard.
But, officials admit there are some loopholes in the ordinance since it
relies on the honesty of pet owners in classifying their animals.
SOT 11.32.54 - 11.33.13
IN Q=Well, that's the
((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: WELL, THAT'S THE REAL WEAKNESS IS THAT IT'S
REAL DIFFICULT TO DEFINE A WOLF-HYBRID. THEY'RE ADVERTISED AND SOLD AS THAT
BUT THERE'S NO BLOOD TEST TO TELL WHAT IS 50 PERCENT WOLF, WHAT'S A QUARTER
PERCENT WOLF WHATEVER. THAT'S THE REAL DIFFICULTY IN THIS WHOLE THING.))
OUT Q=this whole thing.
On April 19th of last year, the General Assembly voted to let smaller, local
governments come up with laws to control wolf-hybrids.
Lexington city officials were some of the first to undergo the task.
Donations to the Christian Coalition last year were down 36 percent from
19-96 and the coalition says a direct-mail order company is partially to blame.
The Chesapeake-based group founded by Pat Robertson has sued Hart Conover,
saying the company fraudulently obtained the coalition's donor list and used it
to raise money for rival organizations.
The coalition took in about 17 million dollars last year.
Hart Conover denies the allegations.
In honor of Martin Luther King's birthday yesterday several Americans were
awarded the Medal Of Freedom.
President Clinton awarded Spotsylvania County resident and civil rights
activist James Farmer one of the medals.
Farmer founded the Congress of Racial Equality and led sit-ins and the
Freedom Rides against segregation.
Fifteen recipients were honored, including the first female Indian chief.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established by President Kennedy in
It is the highest honor a civilian can receive.
The Virginia Military Institute is aiming to move its gun collection.
School officials say they'd like to get more than 300 antique guns out of
storage, and on display.
V-M-I is seeking state permission to buy the New Market Civil War Military
Museum for around two- and- a- half- million dollars.
The building rests alongside the New Market Battlefield State Historical
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Virginia Tech took on Dayton.
SUPER=03-Dayton, OH/Hokies vs. Flyers;
Edwin Young take the pass and buries the three pointer for the Flyers.
Dayton continued their aerial assault before intermission.
But the Hokies never quit. Eddie Lucas drives hard to the iron and finishes
with the nifty lay up.
Then, freshman Jenis Grinestaff SUPER=34-Dayton/80/Virginia Tech/65;
grabs the rebound at the Flyers end. He's goes coast to coast and takes it in
for the shot off the window.
The Hokies with some nice passing; Lucas finds Andre Ray who goes in for the
slam; but Dayton tops Virginia Tech 80-65.
TAPE#=net (edit of VB98-1)
Virginia and Georgia Tech met in an A-C-C match up. The Yellow Jackets stung
The Cavs by shooting nearly 60 percent from the field in a 83-65 win.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers; :00
Senior Norman Nolan tallied 19 points and 10 boards; including this nice
jumper from the right side.
Later; Yellow Jacket Forward Michael Maddux come off the pick and make the
statement with the slam.
A-C-C leading scorer matt Harpring scored 22 as Georgia Tech drops U-V-a to
9 and 8 on the season.
The U-V-a women faired better; beating North Carolina 105 to 100 in triple
It was a blast from the past with NASCAR champions past and present,
celebrating the Sport's 50th anniversary.
Today marks the conclusion of the NASCAR Media tour in Charlotte North
Carolina. The week long event has drawn enormous crowds from across the nation.
For those in attendance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway-Grand Ballroom, it
seemed more like a history lesson, with shared memories dating back to the
sport's teen years-- But although the sport may be aging, some say it is jsut
beginning to hit it's stride.
IN="I tell people..."
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/1989 Cup Champion; :02
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 & 97 Cup Champion; :10
OUT Q="...a lot about the sport"
Be sure to tune into your Hometown station WDBJ-7 tonight, Mike Stevens
will wrap up his coverage of the tour tonight at six.
The Express lost to Chesapeake last night on the road in a Northeast
Division game 3-1. Chris Lipsett scored the only Roanoke goal and Dave Gagnon
had 29 saves. The Express is now 21-11 and 3 on the season and play the
Checkers today in Charlotte.
It might be a bit chilly now, but there are still some pleasant days during
these colder months.
Roaring Run is a hiking trail in the Jefferson National Forest that also has
pieces of Civil War history.
This 19th century iron furnace is said to have kept people warm from 18- 38
And as you take a few steps back in time-- you can also get some winter
((DONNA WILSON/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: IT'S IDEAL FOR A WINTER OUTING. WE DON'T
WANT TO HIBERNATE IN THE HOUSE OVER THE WINTER AND WE WANT TO WORK OFF SOME OF
THOSE EXTRA POUNDS THAT WE PUT ON FOR THE HOLIDAYS.))
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We'll take a stroll along Roaring Run in this week's edition of "Time Off".
It's just one of the features in News 7 Saturday Morning.
Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden have the latest news, weather and sports
every weekend morning at 8.
Musicians have a variety of instruments to choose from to make their
but one man has foregone the usual and plays his face.
No kidding...Cui Wenping developed the muscles in his throat, tongue and
mouth so that it has a range of two and a half octaves.
nat sound of guy playing his face
The 43- year- old electrician has been giving performances for quite some
time now in and around Beijing.