These are the stories at the top of NEWS 7 at SIX:
A six- year old girl accidentally shot and killed by her great-
And a plan to eliminate management jobs at Carilion.
Tonight in sports, the Indians celebrate their first pennant in 41 years.
The Express gets set for its first road trip of the year.
We'll show you the Wood brothers new racing shop in Stuart.
And Junior Johnson is set to sell his main Winston Cup team and possibly step
out of racing.
Big time weather changes on the western horizon and Weatherschool checks out
the battle of the bulge. It will all make sense, shortly.
Police say a six- year old Halifax County girl was accidentally shot and
killed by her great- grandfather as he tried to shoot at a stray dog in the
Bridget Short was shot once in the chest yesterday evening and died at the
The six- year old, who was described by her teacher as an ideal student who
was full of laughter, was also a relative of Sheriff Eugene Short.
Police say the girl's 85- year old great- grandfather apparently thought she
was in the house.
SUPER=01-Sheriff Eugene Shortt/Halifax Co.
OUT Q=line of fire.
The sheriff says the shooting does appear to be accidental, and had it
appeared otherwise, he would have called in an outside agency to conduct an
School psychologists were on hand today to help students and teachers deal
with the loss.
There have been several reports in recent months about local schoolchildren
taking to violence-- by bringing weapons into the classroom.
One school official says it's not a growing problem-- there's simply a
growing interest in the matter.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
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SUPER=01-Stephen Burton/Bassett Middle School Principal; :09
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Chiglinsky/Psychologist; :54
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
(( A recent incident where a student cut another student with a razor brought
attention to Bassett Middle School-- but now life is back to normal.
SOT tape 1 13:09:11
((STEPHEN BURTON/BASSETT MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I THINK THAT WAS SOMETHING
THAT GOT OUT OF HAND. I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANY REAL INTENT TO COMMIT
BODILY HARM. ))
The student offender was suspended and went before a school board
disciplinary committee-- required now by state law.
And Burton says so far, the new code is effective-- and he doesn't see
weapons in school as a growing problem.
SOT tape 1 13:54:30
((Burton feels reports about youth violence have been blown out of proportion,
and that by nature, children are the same as they ever were.))
SOT TAPE 1 13:07:12
((THERE'S SOME SENSATIONALISM IN IT NOW. PEOPLE ARE TALKING WEAPONS AND WHAT
USED TO BE A POCKET KNIFE IS NOW A WEAPON-- AND THE TERM, WEAPON MAKES IT EVER
SO MUCH WORSE THAN IT EVER WAS BEFORE. ))
Meanwhile, psychologists say aggressive acts by youngsters are usually the
result of a long pattern of behavior.
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((DR. MICHAEL CHIGLINSKY/PSYCHOLOGIST: WHAT YOU GENERALLY FIND IS THAT THESE
KIDS HAVE HAD A PATTERN WHERE THEY HAVE MADE THREATS, THEY HAVE BEEN
AGGRESSIVE, THEY HAVE BEEN IMPULSIVE, THEY HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT TO MANAGE
FROM EARLY ON.))
Chiglinsky says parents can help curb violent tendencies by paying more
attention to how their children perceive violence.
And if your child does act out aggression-- Dr. Chiglinsky recommends some
form of counseling. Kimberly McBroom, News 7. ))
Back in the Spring, the area's largest employer announced plans for a
sweeping set of changes called "re-engineering."
This morning Carilion Health System explained who will be affected in the
first phase of this program.
The health care company says by January it will eliminate 10 senior level
positions, and within two years, it will cut about 125 more administrative
IN Q=There will not
((TOM ROBERTSON/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM CEO: THERE WILL NOT BE ANY REDUCTIONS
IN CARE GIVERS OR SUPPORT PERSONNEL. THIS ONLY AFFECTS THE TOP LAYERS OF
MANAGEMENT. BUT WE FELT LIKE IT WAS NECESSARY TO DO THIS TO ENABLE US TO MOVE
AHEAD WITH OUR RE-ENGINEERING EFFORTS.))
SUPER=01-Tom Robertson/Carilion Health System CEO;
Starting next year, Carilion employees will no longer be organized by which
hospital they work in.
Instead, they will be divided into departments according to which medical
services they provide.
Carilion says this will enable it to provide better patient care while at
the same time eliminating overlapping positions.
The new departments will be headed by two directors, an administrator and a
The move is designed to give doctors more say in how patient care is
HARD MUSIC UNDER
In just a moment on News-7, a look at how the candidates' political war
chests are spent,
and researchers at U-V-A are trying to learn about the benefits, if any, from a
brush with mortality.
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A Saltville man who murdered his wife and two teenaged stepdaughters five
years ago is scheduled to die tomorrow night.
Mickey Wayne Davidson said he couldn't bear it that his wife Doris and her
daughters were leaving him, so he bludgeoned them with a crowbar.
At first he wanted to die, but changed his mind about the execution several
times, filing appeals.
Saltville police chief Steve Surber believes this time Davidson will keep
his date with death, because of what he wrote to Surber in a letter several
((STEVE SURBER/SALTVILLE POLICE CHIEF: THAT HE WISHED TO GO THROUGH WITH HIS
EXECUTION AND THAT HE DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING RELEASED ON HIM. SO I FEEL LIKE AT
THIS POINT, I KNOW HE'S CHANGED HIS MIND SEVERAL TIMES BUT IT WOULD SURPRISE ME
AT THIS TIME. I BELIEVE HE'LL GO THROUGH WITH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Surber/Saltville Police Chief;
OUT Q=through with it.
Davidson even bought the cemetery plot right next to his wife.
Her brother told News-7 the family has considered moving the victims'
But he says if they do anything, they'll most likely just remove the
A man who robbed four Roanoke banks last February and March pled guilty to
the crimes this morning.
Calvin Greene was charged with four counts of robbery and three counts of
using a firearm.
He faces a maximum of four life terms plus 13 years in prison.
The prosecution says the evidence against Greene was strong.
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IN Q=In each case
((BETTY JO ANTHONY/PROSECUTOR: IN EACH CASE A PERSON HAD A MASK, PILLOW CASE
AND HOOD, WENT INTO THE BANK, PRESENTED A GUN, SAID GIVE ME YOUR MONEY AND GOT
MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS IN EACH CASE.))
SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Prosecutor;
OUT Q=in each case.
The evidence included video tape and pictures from the banks' security
cameras, the gun, and clothing Greene wore during the robberies.
Greene says he committed the crimes to help pay for medical treatment, food
and clothing for his children.
The prosecution has not yet decided what punishment it will seek.
The judge will sentence Greene in December.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials were expecting a large crowd
tonight in Blacksburg to ask questions about the proposed smart highway.
But so far, the turnout has been small.
Dble Box Scott/Keith
Scott Prince is standing by outside the hearing. Scott, why is the turnout so
(Rollcue: the sierra club has the answer.)
SUPER=01-Shireen Parsons/Sierra Club;
SUPER=01-Dan Brough/VDOT; :38
OUT Q=public hearing
( Where do things stand with the funding for the smart highway?)
General Assembly candidates in the Roanoke Valley are on their way to
raising more than a million dollars for their campaigns.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell tells us how a large measure of that money is being
IN Q=Eva Craig
SUPER=01-George Bassett/WDBJ7 Marketing Director; :49
SUPER=@Griffith; 1:17 (QK!)
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Eva Craig and other volunteers GIVE their time to local candidates, but even
postage and paper clips add up. Campaigns don't come cheap.
Consultants claim their share... but for a growing number of candidates in
the state's general assembly races, broadcast advertising will be their largest
NAT SOUND OF AVERILL ADVERTISEMENT
On three Roanoke television stations, Trixie Averill has already spent more
than 54- thousand dollars for television time.
Public files at WDBJ, WJPR, and WSLS also reveal that Dick Cranwell has
spent more than 36- thousand dollars.
NAT SOUND OF CRANWELL SPOT
And the airwaves will only become more crowded as election day approaches.
IN Q=This has gotten a lot bigger
((GEORGE BASSETT/WDBJ7 MARKETING DIRECTOR: THIS HAS GOTTEN A LOT BIGGER THAN WE
EXPECTED. MOST OF THE CANDIDATES ARE LOOKING FOR THINGS LIKE NEWS ADJACENCIES
AROUND ANY OF OUR NEWSCASTS. THEY'RE LOOKING TO BUY THINGS LIKE MAGAZINE
SHOWS, 60 MINUTES, 48 HOURS, AND THERE'S REALLY BEEN A BIG PUSH ON THAT AND
WE'RE REALLY RUNNING OUT OF INVENTORY IN THOSE KEY AREAS.))
OUT Q=in those key areas.
One of the biggest spenders has no opposition at all.
NAT SOUND OF GRIFFITH AD
Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith is running an ad that barely mentions his
name and boosts republican candidates in general. He hints that more may be
waiting in the wings.
IN Q=Timing is everything
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R- SALEM: TIMING IS EVERYTHING AND OBVIOUSLY THERE WILL
BE SOME INTERESTING MESSAGES IN THE WEEKS TO COME.))
OUT Q=in the weeks to come.
At least a half-dozen candidates promise "some interesting messages" that
will vie for the attention of viewers and voters between now and November 7th.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
A mixed day for Wall Street with bond prices dropping and technology issues
The DOW was down 18- and-a half points. It closed at 47- hundred- 77 while
Nasdaq gained nearly ten points.
Those who've had serious heart attacks but lived to tell may find comfort if
they see there's light at the end of the tunnel.
It's called the near- death experience.
And now it's getting more scientific support.
Some Virginia scientists have won a grant to see if almost dying can be good
for your health.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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SUPER=04-UVA Health Sciences Center; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Bruce Grayson/UVA Div. of Personality Studies; :20 AFTER B-ROLL
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville.
(( A quarter- million dollar German grant will marry the efforts of the highly
respected UVA cardiology unit to the more controversial studies of the
university's Division of Personality Studies.
The point: how does the so- called "near death experience" change those who
live to tell?
((DR. BRUCE GRAYSON/UVA DIV. OF PERSONALITY STUDIES: WELL, MOST OFTEN PEOPLE
DESCRIBE A SENSE OF OVERWHELMING PEACE AND CLOSENESS DURING THE NDE. THEY
OFTEN FEEL LIKE THEY LEAVE THEIR PHYSICAL BODIES AND CAN OBSERVE THE
RESUSCITATION ATTEMPTS FROM A VANTAGE POINT NEAR THE CEILING. THEY MAY
ENCOUNTER DECEASED RELATIVES OR RELIGIOUS FIGURES, THEY MAY GO THROUGH A LIVE
REVIEW, OFTEN GUIDED BY WHAT THEY PERCEIVE AS A WARM LOVING BEING OF LIGHT.))
Hundreds of cardiac patients who have and have not experienced near death
will be interviewed over the next two years.
If near death was a positive experience, UVA wants to know.
((IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN WE CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS IT ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE
THAT PRODUCES BENEFICIAL EFFECTS, TEASE APART THE EFFECTS, AND HOPEFULLY BE
ABLE TO REPLICATE SOME OF THESE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS WITHOUT BRINGING PEOPLE
CLOSE TO DEATH.))
That indeed would be the best way to keep hold of that controversial grant
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Junior Johnson is selling his main Winston Cup
team, and likely getting out racing.
The Express hits the road for the first time this season to play the Checkers
And for the first time in 41 years, the Cleveland Indians have won a pennant.
Now the Indians get set to confront the Braves.
The party is no doubt still on in Cleveland, as the Indians and their fans
celebrate the team's first pennant in 41 years.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/This Morning; :00
Fans lined the streets early this morning as the Indians arrived back in
Cleveland after last night's series clinching win over Seattle.
And perhaps Jim Thome summed up the worst to first transformation best.
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((JIM THOME/INDIANS THIRD BASEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Jim Thome/Indians Third Baseman; :00
OUT Q=...OF THEM ALL."
The Roanoke Express hits the road for the first time this season tonight as
the team rolls into Independence Arena in Charlotte to skate against the
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Weekend; :00
The Express opened the season at home last weekend losing to Richmond on
opening night and then beating Raleigh on Saturday.
Head coach Frank Anzalone is still looking for the right mix on the ice,
while also trying to give every player some playing time.
IN Q="We'll have ...
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...COMPETITIVE SITUATIONS."
NASCAR legend Junior Johnson may be on his way out of Winston Cup racing for
A spokesman for Johnson racing
said this afternoon that Junior has agreed to sell his primary Winston Cup team
to driver Brett Bodine.
SUPER=03-N. Wilkesboro, NC; :00
Brett and Junior joined forces before this season and have struggled most of
the year recording just 2 top ten finishes.
The team is currently 20th in the point standings.
Johnson has been involved in NASCAR racing as a driver or car
owner since the early 1950s. He won 50 events before retiring as a
driver in 1966.
As an owner, his teams have won 139 races and five Winston Cup
Johnson is 64 years old, and in his four decades in racing his cars have won
more than 20 million dollars.
Since 1957, the Wood Brothers racing team has produced 96 Winston Cup
victories; third only to Richard Petty and Junior Johnson. Those winning cars
came out of their old Stuart shop.
Today, the family welcomed us into their new million dollar racing
headquarters. Steve Mason and photographer Lynn Eller were there to capture the
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SUPER=01-Eddie Wood/Team Owner; :11
SUPER=01-Glen Wood/Has Owned Team for 45 Years; 1:02
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
An interesting night in the NBA in Chicago last evening as the Bulls beat the
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Bullets vs. Bulls; :00
Chicago newcomer, Dennis Rodman came into the United Center as a
Orange-Blonde last night wearing his new number 91.
But all the action in the this game would center around Chris Webber, who
takes the no look pass from Juwan Howard and dunks backwards.
Now watch Webber, with Rodman bodying him from behind - spin, reverse and
score on a beautiful move.
But here's the play of the game.
Michael Jordan makes this free throw. Webber and Luc Longley bump and touch
each other. They then start pushing and fighting and rookie Rasheed Wallace
joins the frey, as well.
Both Webber and Longley were ejected.
The Bulls win it 112 to 87.
The Roanoke Rush plays its final home game of the season this Saturday night
against the Delaware Warlocks.
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And this afternoon the team announced the signing of former Salem Quarterback
Tre Wilson, who likely will start this weekend.
All of the other quarterbacks to spend time with the Rush this year are
either hurt, sick, or no longer with the team.
Wilson is a former Friday Football Extra player of the week in 1992.