Coming up on News 7 at 5, a defense witness could help the prosecution's case in the murder trial of former N-F-L player Rae Carruth,
and Roanoke Gas customers receive a surprise in the mail. Cold weather and higher gas prices push their bills higher.
The cold weather will continue as another storm system heads our way..I'll tell you what it means for us coming up.....
In medical news, President Clinton issues new federal laws protecting the privacy of medical records.
and we'll examine the latest gadgets for the music lovers on your Christmas list.
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An admitted killer says a former N-F-L player scared him into comitting murder.
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Testimony from a key defense witness may turn out to help the prosecution in the murder trial of Rae Carruth.
Instead of helping the former Carolina Panther prove his innocence, the admitted hit man said Carruth made him kill a pregnant woman.
Jennifer Jones reports.
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[SUPER=01-David Rudolph/Defense Attorney;]
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For the first time the jury heard from the admitted triggerman in the
November 1999 drive-by shooting of Cherica Adams. Van Brett Watkins
detailing how Adams murder was plotted and paid for by the father of her
unborn child, former NFL star Rae Carruth.
in:This wasn't a one day affair it was for 6 months, he dragged me into
something I didn't want to be involved. (32:05)
Watkins may have sounded more like an ideal witness for
prosecutors...but it was the Defense who called him to the stand.
Attorney David Rudolph struggled to convinced jurors that Watkins shot
Adams after Carruth reneged on bankrolling a drug deal.
The defense laid out Watkins' history of dealing drug as well as his
violent criminal past.
in:(-3:19) like how you held a meat clever to somebody's face or how you
shot some by stander in the face.
The defense also made it clear, that Watkins cut a deal with Prosecutors
to avoid the death penalty.
But no matter how the Rudolph angled his defense, the triggreman always
pointed the finger back at Rae Carruth.
in:Defense Attorney Rudlolph: 2 weeks after you caused that, I hope the
bitch dies, did you say that?
ANS:Watkins: That's the bitch I was talking about (pointing at
carruth). Rae Carruth, I'm referring to him who got me in this. He
didn't stand up. I stood up for mine I said I did it because he made me
do it. (points at Carruth)--that's your client.
NARR; And it is still not clear if that client ....Rae Carruth the
former Carolina Panther will testify in his own defense.JJCBSNews
A Northside High School graduate was convicted today of conspiring with a 15-year-old student to sell drugs.
Derek Chapman pled no contest to selling less than a half ounce of marijuana to an undercover cop -- twice.
Officer Katrina Moulton posed as a Northside student in what was called Operation Babyface.
Chapman is ONE of about a dozen students charged with selling drugs but the only one who worked with a 15-year-old's help.
Chapman faces up to 12 years in prison but will be sentenced in February.
He's cutting state agencies three percent next year, and six percent the year after.
He's borrowing 600 million dollars for building projects.
Those strategies are helping Governor Jim Gilmore pay for the final 70 and 100 percent phase-out steps of the car tax cut he campaigned on.
Gilmore presented his final two year budget today to the General Assembly money committees.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THESE HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE MOST PROSPEROUS TIMES OF OUR HISTORY. AND I THINK THAT WE'VE BEEN LEADERS. BUT AS OUR ECONOMY SLOWS, WE MUST DRAW DEEPER FROM WITHIN THAT WELL OF LEADERSHIP THAT IS WITHIN EACH OF US.))14
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Gilmore did NOT include money to continue the phase-out of the sales tax on groceries.
His budget goes before the General Assembly in the early spring.
A Henry County Company is stepping up production and hiring seven new employees.
Drake Extrusion makes the fiber for trunk linings in automobiles.
It's competitors left manufacturing, so Drake Extrusion decided it was a good time to expand.
New workers will make in excess of eleven dollars an hour.
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((GEOFF SCHOFIELD: OUR MAJOR COMPETITORS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE POLYPROPYLENE STAPLE IS WITHDRAWING FROM THE MARKET WHICH MEANS WE WILL GAIN ADDITIONAL BUSINESS.))
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The company has been in business since 1995.
It currently employees 210 people in Henry County.
The temperature's falling and home heating bills are rising.
Roanoke gas has been busy answering phones- Customers want to why the bills are so high.
One customer service rep took over 160 phone calls in one day- from people who want to know what's going on.
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((ON AVERAGE WE ARE EXPECTING TYPICAL NATURAL GAS CUSTOMERS TO SEE ABOUT A SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLAR HIGHER BILL FOR THEIR DECEMBER USAGE THAN DECEMBER LAST YEAR))
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And don't expect the bills to come down anytime soon. Officials say if the temperatures keep dropping, the bills are surely to rise. That's because demand is up from past years.
There are some actions you can take to keep your bill down. One key is to turn your thermostat down a few degrees.
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President elect George W. Bush names three more members of his cabinet. We'll have the latest after this break,
and some protestors in London take an unusual approach. They take over one of the world's tallest ferris wheels.
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If economic times turn rough- you need a steady hand at the helm.
President Elect George W. Bush says that's why he's nominated Paul O'Neill to be treasury secretary- Terisa Estacio has more.
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((President Elect George W. Bush announced four cabinet positions,
starting with his treasury secretary... Alcoa chairman, Paul O'Neill.
OUR ECONOMY IS SHOWING WARNING SIGNS OF A POSSIBLE SLOWDOWN, SO ITS
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO ME TO FIND SOMEBOCY WHO HAD VAST EXPERICENCE.
O'Neill served with Vice President-elect Cheney in the Ford
Administration and will bring to the Bush White House an important
asset, a long friendship with Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
PAUL O'NEILL, SEC. OF TREASURY DESIGNATE
I'VE MADE IT MY BUSINESS, AT HIS REQUEST, TO COME BY ON A
REGULAR BASIS AND TELL HIM WHAT I THINK HE'S DOING WRONG AND WHAT HE'S
BEEN DOING RIGHT. O'Neill will be joined in the proposed Bush cabinet by Don Evans as
Secretary of Commerce. A chief fundraiser for the campaign, Evans,
raised a record 100 million dollars for the presidential race.
Former Cuban refugee Mel Martinez becomes Housing Secretary. Martinez,
chaired Bush's Florida campaign and is a close ally of his brother Jeb,
the state's Republican governor.
The Department of Agriculture will be headed by Ann Veneman, 51, the
first woman director of the California Food and Agriculture Department.
Veneman worked in the administration of the president-elect's father.
STandup: also met with church leaders today...packed up his office
including his prized collection of baseball memorabilia..))[5-London-Eye]
A protest isn't all that unusual- but the way they're protesting in London is-
The group brought a giant ferris wheel to a halt- 32 people- all of Turkish origin- have taken over two pods of the London Eye-
This is not a typical ferris wheel either. It stands 446 feet high. Other people on the ferris wheel were evacuated.
The protest ended quietly just a short time ago- protestors surrendered quietly to police after about four hours.
They're angry about a crackdown on prison uprisings in Turkey- 19 people have died there in the past two days-- mostly prisoners who set themselves on fire.
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A new gift shop was supposed to open today at Roanoke Regional Airport... but the sprinkler system put a damper on the occasion.
Clean-up crews spent most of the day mopping-up the water that flooded the Hudson News and Gift shop.
Airport officials say while they were doing some last minute work-- a sprinkler line broke --pouring water from the ceiling.
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((JACQUELINE SHUCK: SOME OF THE WATER CAME DOWN THREW THE CEILING ON ONE SIDE OF THE STORE BUT NOT ANOTHER SIDE, SO FORTUNATELY A LOT OF THE HARD BACK BOOKS AND SO FORTH WORTH WEREN'T DAMAGED AND SOME THE ITEMS YOU WOULD BUY THAT ARE NOT READING MATERIALS WEREN'T DAMAGED EITHER SO THAT'S GOOD NEWS))
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The water also seeped down one floor into U-S Airways offices, damaging some computers.
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((I DON'T THINK THE CUSTOMERS SAW ANY DIFFERENCE,THE TICKET COUNTER FOLKS WERE STILL THERE, BUT I THINK INTERNALLY IT HAD AN IMPACT ON SOME OF THEIR OPERATIONS ))
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Shuck says the goal is have the gift shop reopened no later than Friday.
The new 34-cent stamps are now on sale.
These are not boring stamps- You can choose from flags- and farms
to flowers- The new thirty four cent stamp is hot off the press and available for sale.
The new price doesn't take effect until January 7th but the post office is selling them now so customers can avoid a last minute rush.
Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will tell us what is being done to boost the spirits of our soldiers over seas.
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As many of us prepare to visit friends and family this holiday season, there are American troops all over the world who won't be able to see their loved ones.
To ease their loneliness, the Association for the United States Army and Advance Auto Parts have teamed up to send cards to the troops.
Jacey Birch is with a group right now working to get those holiday cards in the mail.
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There's still more News 7 to come, today after sports, we'll see some high tech stocking stuffers.
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Soon patients will no longer have to worry about the privacy of their medical records.
President Clinton has issued the first federal law protecting them.
Clinton says medical privacy has become more of an issue since the computer age -- now new rules are needed to protect patients.
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((IT IS QUITE A PROBLEM THAT, WITH A CLICK OF A MOUSE, YOUR PERSONAL
HEALTH INFORMATION CAN BE ACCESSED WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT BY PEOPLE YOU
DON'T KNOW WHO AREN'T PHYSICIANS, FOR REASONS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO
WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE. IT DOESN'T TAKE A DOCTOR TO UNDERSTAND THAT IS A
PRESCRIPTION FOR ABUSE.))
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The new rules will require doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to have the patients explicit authorization before releasing any information.
The new rules will cover electronic and paper records, as well as oral communications.
The law will take affect in two years.
Good afternoon everybody, welcome to your ticker.
The coaching search for George Welsh's replacement continues as the Cavaliers prepare for Georgia in the Jeep Oahu Bowl set for Christmas Eve.
Ohio State defensive coordinator John Tanuta was interviewed yesterday by UVa athletic director Terry Holland.
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Sources told news 7 sports today that Boston College coach and former UVa offensive coordinator Tom O'Brien, who is also a possible candidate, has an offer on the table from Boston College to extend his contract which still has a few years left. Sources say the new deal would give O'Brien a raise somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 thousand dollars a season. Sources say he has not signed it and that he will meet with Holland in Hawaii. The Eagles play Christmas day against Arizona State in the Aloha Bowl.
The 14th ranked Virginia men's basketball team is 7 and OH thanks to it's 107-89 win over fourth ranked Tennessee last night in the Jimmy V Classic.
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UVa senior shooting guard Keith Friel chipped in 16 points on the night, the Cavs led by more than 20 points in the second half.
Donald Hand led all Cavaliers with 21 points. UVa drops the Vols to 9 and 1 and next meets UMBC this Saturday at University Hall.
The Express heads into tomorrow nights road game against Augusta with a 17 and 11 record.
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Roanoke notched win number 17 with a 7-1 whipping of Charlotte last night. The Express is in second place in the Northeast Division just eight games from the season's midway point.
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That's it for the ticker, coming up at six, a Virginia Tech football player is suspended for the Gator Bowl and Mike Stevens will tell us about the Hokies unique travel plans to Jacksonville. See ya then.
Just a reminder we have several school systems altering their schedules tomorrow.
Jean Reads School Watch Boards.
Music makes the perfect holiday gift, but the idea this year is to think outside of the box. VH-1's Rebecca Rankin explains.
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((THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND IF YOU'RE STILL LOOKING FOR
PERFECT GIFT think music and think hi-tech...it's a winning combination..
NARR:this year...everything from headphones to MP3 PLAYERS to CD
WALKMANS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND
MARIO HERNANDEZ, SONY STYLE STORE
This is actually the hottest item for the holidays is our CD walkman with
front loading cd.
today's MP3 PLAYERS can ACCOMMODATE YOUR EVERY NEED. this season's BIG
SELLERs are THE MP3 CAR STEREO AND THE "NOMAD JUKE BOX"
Best Buy Department Supervisor
This here will hold up to 6 Gigabites of data for you that usually
about a hundred hours of music .
AT l.a's BANG AND OLUFSEN...WHERE ALL THE CELEBS SHOP...custom fitting
phone are the must-have item...
Harry Friedman Bang and Olufsen General Manager
A lot of people who love Bang & Olufsen who may not have been able to get
maybe our full stereo system are coming in and getting these and it's
been really a lot of fun.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ON A LARGER SCALE TO KEEP ALL YOUR CD'S,
DOWNLOADS, AND CASSETTES IN ONE PLACE - THERE'S THE AUDIO REQUEST
Hans Eisenheis Senior Editor of Music Technology and Internet -Spin
what you're talking about is um, you could conceivably, if you have the
to do it, sit and drop all your CD- CDs into the tray, burn them, ah into
MP3 format, and never have to play, you know, never have to mess around
a jewel case again.
THERE'S A LOT OF COOL STUFF OUT THERE. HERE'S ONE OF MY FAVORITES...IT'S
MP3 PLAYER CALLED THE 'MINIJAM' THAT HOOKS UP TO YOUR HANDSPRING VISOR.
WHILE YOU'RE GETTING YOUR E-MAILS AND PLANNING YOUR SCHEDULE DURING YOUR
COMMUTE - YOU CAN LISTEN AND SKIP TO YOUR FAVORITE TUNES IN ONE UNIT.
GIFT WILL SET YOU BACK $199. I'M VH1'S REBECCA RANKIN.