Up next on News 7 at eleven-
The Government could come to a screeching halt on Tuesday- We'll tell you
what lawmakers are up to tonight.
These folks in Western Roanoke County don't want industry near their
homes- We'll hear from them.
Plus a woman in a coma for nearly two years miraculously wakes up.
Plus say goodbye to Calvin and Hobbes.
News 7 is next.
The Senate has passed a bill to fund government agencies- at least until
It passed a stop-gap spending measure tonight.
But the President is promising to veto it.
A woman in Orlando woke up from a 2 year coma.
The doctors don't know why she was in the coma, and held little hope for
She's now alert but has some trouble talking.
Also a comic strip favorite won't be around next year.
Say goodbye to "Calvin and Hobbes."
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The Government could shut down on Tuesday- that's when funding ends for
most government agencies.
That could mean some 800 thousand furloughed workers, delays in
veteran's benefits, and the closing of some historic sites.
But tonight the Senate voted to keep the government wheels in motion.
It passed a bill providing temporary funding through December 1st.
Democrats don't like it though and the President says he'll veto it.
((LEON PANETTA/CHIEF OF STAFF: REPUBLICANS ARE OBVIOUSLY RESORTING TO A FORM OF
BLACKMAIL IN ORDER TO PUSH THEIR AGENDA ON THE COUNTRY.))
((SEN. TOM DASCHLE/D- SENATE MINORITY LEADER: IT'S A TURKEY STUFFED WITH ALL
KIDS OF DISASTROUS ELEMENTS THAT HAVE TO COME OUT.))
SUPER=01-Leon Panetta/Chief of Staff;
OUT Q=Have to come out."
Democrats don't want cuts to Medicare and environmental regulation among
But Republicans say the President needs to negotiate.
((SEN. ROBERT DOLE/R- MAJORITY LEADER: IF HE'S NOT WILLING TO COOPERATE ON A
PATH TO A BALANCED BUDGET THEN THE CHOICE WILL BE HIS IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS
DOWN HIS FINGERPRINTS ARE GOING TO BE ALL OVER IT.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Robert Dole/(R) Majority Leader;
OUT Q=all over it.
Congress has until midnight Monday to create a spending bill.
Washington has reached this point because Congress failed to pass a
budget on time so now the government is operating on temporary funding.
More arguing today over whether Dr. Jack Kevorkian's latest patient
really was terminally ill.
Kevorkian's attorney claims the woman had incurable cancer, but the
medical examiner says an autopsy found no cancer in the woman's body.
((DR. KANU VIRANI/MEDICAL EXAMINER: OBVIOUSLY THERE IS NOW VISIBLE CANCER IN
THE INTERNAL ORGANS LIKE HAD BEEN CLAIMED TO HAVE CANCER ALL OVER THE BODY.
GEOFFREY FIEGER/KEVORKIAN'S ATTORNEY: THIS IS AS TERMINAL AS A PATIENT GETS.
YOU CAN'T HAVE A MORE TERMINAL DISEASE. DR.: NO. ANY PHYSICIAN WHO IS
EXAMINING IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULD NOT QUALIFY THIS PATIENT TO BE TERMINAL.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Kanu Virani/Medical Examiner; 00
SUPER=01-Geoffrey Fieger/Kevorkian's Attorney; 08
OUT=PATIENT TO BE TERMINAL."
Today Fieger showed Cashman's medical records which show she had breast
cancer that had spread to her bones.
The Medical Examiner says she had a breast removed but could not find any
other visible cancer.
Cashman had just been diagnosed in May.
The autopsy revealed the 58 year old died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The death is now being ruled a homicide.
A Danville man will serve 35- years in prison for his role in the murder of
a Danville grocery store manager.
19- year- old Kenneth Hudson pled guilty to murder and robbery for the
shooting of Oliver Lee Everett, Junior.
Hudson was with Michael Lamont White the night White shot Everett and stole
White pled guilty to murder, robbery and weapons violations last month and
was sentenced to life in prison.
It ain't over 'til it's over.
With a 20- 20 partisan split in the Virginia State Senate, the debate over
who will call the shots in the Commonwealth's upper chamber is just beginning.
Ellen Qualls has more.
IN Q=The Democrats
SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday; :00 QUICK!
SUPER=03-Richmond/February 1989; :34 QUICK
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor; :39
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; 1:01
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The Democrats turned to UVA constitutional expert A.E. Dick Howard to
conclude that Don Beyer gives them the 21st vote on almost ANY issue.
Beyer got more specific.
sot tape 3 11:22:31
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THE VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE OF THE BUDGET DOES REQUIRE 21
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE SENATE. HOWEVER THAT'S NOT WHERE THE ACTION IS. THE
ACTION IS ALWAYS IN THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS. IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT I CAN AS LT.
GOVERNOR VOTE ON THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS.))
However, Beyer wasn't clear on whether he would help keep Republicans off
((laughter. I'M READY TO VOTE WHEN CALLED UPON TO DO SO. AND I'LL TAKE THAT
But the Democrat who last served as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor disagrees
with his party.
((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: THE QUESTION IS WHAT ROLE DOES THE LIEUTENANT
GOVERNOR PLAY? THE LAW IS PRETTY CLEAR IN SOME INSTANCES. IT SAYS THOSE 40
MEMBERS SHALL COMPRISE THE SENATE. AND THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ELECTED FROM THE
VARIOUS DISTRICTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH. THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IS NOT ELECTED
FROM ANY OF THOSE DISTRICTS. I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTUAL ORGANIZING OF THE SENATE.))
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: I THINK THE PUBLIC WOULDN'T LIKE TO SEE
IT... SOME OF THE THORNIER ISSUES HERE WIND UP IN THE COURTS.))
((DOUG WILDER: IT IS A BRAND NEW DAY.))
And this building still houses two groups that sometimes disagree for the
sake of disagreement.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The governor wasn't up for re-election this year, but his wife managed to
get a couple of votes.
First Lady Susan Allen got one vote for the House of Delegates and one for
the Senate -- NOT enough to upset incumbent Democrats Jean Cunningham and Benny
The Richmond registrar's office confirms there were only two write- in votes
cast in the Allens' downtown precinct, which had NO Republican candidates on
The culprit must have been the Governor himself, who borrowed a pen and
asked how to write in candidates.
IN Q=You'll probably
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU'LL PROBABLY FIGURE IT OUT ONCE THE POLLS ARE CLOSED.
Cartoon character? OH, NO, NO, NO. I WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING AS FRIVOLOUS AS
OUT Q=as that.
Susan Allen did NOT write in any candidates.
The Governor said she wasn't having as much fun as he was.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County seal
Some Roanoke County residents see the county's "Vision" plan for economic
development as more hurtful than helpful.
The county wants to rezone about 45 different parcels of land for
industrial and commercial development. But a Glenvar Heights' resident
says tonight's meeting left him with more questions than answers.
IN Q=Well we got
((DAVID SHELOR/RESIDENT: WELL WE GOT NO QUESTIONS ANSWERED. THE ONLY THING WE
GOT WAS THAT THIS WAS A SITE THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO USE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AND THE ANSWER TONIGHT FROM ALL THE RESIDENTS WAS DEFINITELY NO.
TIM GUBALA/ROANOKE CO. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: I THINK AT THIS POINT WHEN
YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A GENERAL REZONING WE DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC COMPANY
LOOKING AT ANY OF THESE SITES. WE DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC PLAN. WE'RE TRYING TO
UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT THE CITIZENS HAD AS WE MOVE FORWARD SO WE COULD
PRESENT SOMETHING MORE CONCRETE IN THE FUTURE.))
SUPER=01-David Shelor/Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Gubala/Roanoke Co. Economic Development; :14
OUT Q=concrete in the future.
Gubala says the western part of the county offers larger acreage tracts and
the convenience of I-81.
But some residents say they moved to that part of the county to get away
from that kind of growth.
Another community meeting is set for January.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, a Florida woman wakes up from a two year coma,
disagreements between management and the union could keep Goodyear from working
around the clock,
and off the coast of North Carolina, the Coast Guard has to come to rescue to
save crew members of an ill fated sail boat.
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A dramatic rescue about 400 miles off the North Carolina coast.
SUPER=03-Near Elizabeth, NC;
The Coast Guard got a call from a Sailboat that was en route from Bermuda
to Long Island.
SUPER=04-U.S. Coast Guard Video;
Crewmembers say the boat was tossed about for two days- The captain put
out a distress signal when several crewmembers became dehydrated and could not
keep food or water down.
The winds took its toll on the vessel and its seven crew members, but the
coast guard lifted the men to safety.
Family members are calling it a miracle-
A woman in a coma for almost two years woke up.
It was September of 1993 that 39 year old Liz Thomas was found unconscious
on the bathroom floor. She slipped into a coma shortly after-
Doctors were mystified and held out little hope.
But this past Saturday Liz woke up.
((MARY THOMAS/SISTER: IT'S NOT OVER. MY DADDY SAYS IT'S NOT OVER TIL THE FAT
LADY SINGS AND SHE AIN'T SINGING HERE. SHE'S NOT SINGING IN HERE NOW IS SHE
BABY GIRL. NO WAY.))
OUT Q=she baby girl. No way."
Doctors say Liz is aware of her surroundings although she does have
Plans to increase the workforce at the Goodyear tire plant in Danville may
have hit the skids, at least for now.
Goodyear and the union there can't seem to agree on conditions to run the
plant 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Goodyear says it plans to hire as many as 400 people if it can find a way to
make the plant a continuous operation.
The United Steelworkers of America says it's tried its hardest to work out
an agreement with the company, but now the ball is in Goodyear's court.
The RADVA Corporation of Radford is branching out and boosting the local
The company makes plastic- foam panels, for use in buildings and homes like
these going up in Christiansburg.
It's met huge success overseas, especially in Russia.
Now people there want other Western home-building supplies, and RADVA is
buying them up from local merchants to meet the demand.
((JIM WOLFE/RADVA SPECIAL PROJECTS MGR.: EVERYTHING WE CAN GET WE GET EITHER IN
ROANOKE OR CHRISTIANSBURG OR RADFORD, AND IF WE HAVE TO, LIKE THE BRICK COMES
FROM TENNESSEE. ))
((AND THEY TAKE IT TO NORFOLK, WE USE THE NORFOLK PORT EXCLUSIVELY AND LOCAL
TRUCKERS EXCLUSIVELY ALSO.))
SUPER=01-Jim Wolfe/RADVA Special Projects Mgr.;
OUT Q=exclusively also.
Now RADVA will concentrate MORE on its overseas markets.
It sold 80 percent of its panel- building subsidiary, Thermastructure,
Limited to Ecological Systems of North Carolina.
Thermastructure bought the rights to make and market the building panels in
MOST of the U.S.
That gives RADVA working capital to expand its division which builds the
panel- making machines for its INTERNATIONAL licensees.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on our broadcast, another cartoonist is calling it quits,
and we'll see how a Smith Mountain Lake businessman is wanting to hook in
It may not take much to attract people to a public park at Smith Mountain
But Franklin County officials say they want to throw in some extra bait.
Specifically, an aquarium.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Franklin County
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-David Hill/Project's Landscape Architect; :21
SUPER=01-Neil Sigmon/Franklin Co. Parks Service; :46
OUT Q=SP, News 7
(( Franklin County officials are trying to reel in support for an aquarium at
Smith Mountain Lake.
The 12- hundred square foot aquatic center would be located here in the
Scruggs area-- where a proposed public park might be built.
Supporters say the aquarium would serve as an aquatic study center, and
bring in tourists at the same time.
IN Q=When people suggested
((DAVID HILL/PROJECT'S LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: WHEN PEOPLE SUGGESTED AN AQUARIUM
TO US IT SEEMED TO US THAT WAS A VERY APPROPRIATE USE THAT COULD DRAW PEOPLE
FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY AND ACTUALLY DRAW A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE BEYOND FRANKLIN
OUT Q=beyond Franklin County
The idea for the aquarium was born at a public workshop this past summer.
The plan calls for exhibits of a wide variety of fish, including striped
bass, walleye, trout and carp.
But right now officials are fishing for revenue.
They're hoping for state and federal money, or maybe even a corporate
IN Q=Of course
((NEIL SIGMON/FRANKLIN CO. PARKS: OF COURSE FUNDING IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE
MAIN STUMBLING BLOCK. BUT WE HAVE YET TO DETERMINE THE LEASE AGREEMENT.))
OUT Q=lease agreement
Sigmon hopes the park itself will be open by the summer of '97.
Meanwhile, initial projections show the big catch-- the aquarium, might be
on solid ground by 1998.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Blacksburg wins the final New River district girl's basketball championship.
Tech is picked to win the Atlantic Ten.
And Buddy Bell takes over the Tigers, after we take a look at tonight's
(/////Sports chyron motion/////)
Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score.
take a break
The final girls' basketball tournament game ever in the New River District
was played last night at Blacksburg high school as the Lady Indians wrote the
final chapter in the district's annals with a 48-to-33 win.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Carroll Co. vs. Blacksburg; :00
The Lady Cavaliers from Carroll County were hoping to take the trophy back to
But Blacksburg would get it going early. Off the inbounds pass, Maggie Kohler
dishes to Andrea Feret, who nails the short jumper to shoot the Indians in
It was then Carroll's turn to light up the scoreboard as India Easter picks
up an assist as she finds Bethany Hill, who drains the jumper and its a 2 point
Angie Farmer would take this Easter assist and she converts on the left side
to tie the game in the first half.
But the Indians would take over in the second period and never look back.
Senior April Rogers nets two of team high 16 points. The Indians overcome a
slow start this season to win the final New River tourney title 48-to-33.
In the three rivers semi-finals. Floyd County beat Auburn by 15 and Radford
topped Shawsville 59-to-50.
The regular season comes to a close tonight on Friday Football Extra, and
that means district titles and playoff spots will be up for grabs.
Here's where you'll catch our crews catching all the action.
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL.
The Atlantic Ten conference is celebrating its 20th season as league this
year, and yesterday
the league's 12 men's basketball coaches held a preseason media gathering in
Philadelphia to talk about the upcoming season.
U-Mass was picked to win the East division, while Virginia Tech was a runaway
choice to win the six team western division in the Hokies first year in the
IN Q="I THINK...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((JOHN CALIPARI/MASSACHUSETTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-John Calipari/Massachusetts Head Coach; :22
SUPER=01-John Chaney/Temple Head Coach; :33
OUT Q=...AND RECRUITMENT."
The Detroit Tigers have raided the American League champion Indians for their
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Last Night; :00
Cleveland infield coach Buddy Bell, who has no managerial experience but a
lot of respect among is peers in the major leagues signed a two year deal last
At the newsconference he was asked if he'd had time to talk with team owner
MIke Ilitch, who also owns Little Caesars.
IN Q="NO WE...
((BUDDY BELL/NEW TIGERS MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Buddy Bell/New Tigers Manager; :00
OUT Q=...REALLY GOOD."
The bell also tolled tonight for Los Angeles pitcher Hideo Nomo, who was
named the National League's rookie of the year.
This marks the fourth straight year the Baseball writers of American have
voted a Dodger to this award.
Nomo, who joined the Dodgers this season after starring in the Japanese
League, received 18 first place votes
and 118 total points to edge Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.
Jones was named first on 10 ballots and finished with 104 points.
Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman says he will have to miss the next month
of the NBA season because of an injury he suffered earlier this week.
The NBA's Bad Boy says he has a bad calf muscle that he hurt on Tuesday
night in the Bulls game with the Toronto Raptors.
He apparently suffered the injury while running in to the stands to track
down a loose ball.
And Dawn Staley, the former UVa all-american, who is a key member of the USA
national team, will be out of action for two and half weeks because of minor
knee surgery she had today in Charlottesville.
Still to come tonight, Roy Stanley checks in from the ODAC women''s annual
basketball media day.
Plus we'll tell you about some youth hockey players who need your support and
a little cash to take a once in a lifetime trip to Montreal.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference women's basketball race could go right
down to the wire, if you believe the coaches preseason hype.
Roy Stanley has more from their annual media Day.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=04-Last Season; :12
SUPER=01-Susan Dunnigan/Roanoke Head Coach; :26
SUPER=01-Carroll LaHaye/Randolph-Macon Head Coach; :49
SUPER=01-Karen Harvey/Hollins Head Coach; 1:03
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
((Balance is the word the coaches are using to describe the competition in the
ODAC this season.
But the coaches have picked defending ODAC champion Roanoke as the
Under head coach Susan Dunnigan, The Lady Maroons have won 10-ODAC
championships and appeared in six straight N-C-A-A tournaments.
Dunnigan's coaching talent may be tested this year. Roanoke has several
veteran players to mix with a solid group of freshman.))
((SUSAN DUNNIGAN/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: I'M FLATTERED THAT THEY HAVE THAT MUCH
FAITH IN US, BUT ITS GOING TO BE A STRUGGLE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO EQUAL WHAT WE
HAVE DONE. WE'LL GET THERE EVENTUALLY, HOPEFULLY. A LOT IS GOING TO DEPEND ON
HOW FAST OUR FRESHMEN DEVELOP. BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF FRESHMEN))
((Randolph Macon, Guilford, Bridgewater and Virginia Wesleyan round out the top
5 and either of those teams could challenge the Lady Maroons for first place in
((CARROLL LAHAYE/RANDOLPH-MACON HEAD COACH: BEING PICKED SECOND IS PROBABLY
NOTHING NEW, WE HAVE 5 SENIORS ON OUR SQUAD, SO THE SECOND PLACE RATING IS
SOMETIMES A MORAL BOOSTER THEY'LL WORK HARDER TO BEAT THAT FIRST PLACE TEAM,
BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT DOES PUT SOME PRESSURE ON YOU ))
((KAREN HARVEY/HOLLINS HEAD COACH: ODAC IS VERY COMPETITIVE, I THINK COMING
INTO THE SITUATION I KNOW THE ODAC AS WELL AS ANYBODY WHO WOULD COME INTO THIS
((Harvey is the new head coach at Hollins this season. Roy Stanley news 7
The Roanoke Valley Youth Hockey Association hopes to raise $25 thousand
dollars to send a team to the Can-Am National Hockey Tournament in Montreal
Thanks to the excitement generated by the Roanoke Express, the area's Youth
Hockey program has 260 kids ages 5 through 17.
17 of those players in the 15 to 17 year old age group will make up the
Roanoke Junior Express travel squad that will get to play on an international
level and learn a little something in the process.
((DICK PITMAN/VALLEY YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: ))
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/ROANOKE EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Dick Pitman/Valley Youth Hockey Assoc. Pres.; :
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Roanoke Express General Mgr.; :
OUT Q=........STICK TOGETHER."
The Wood Brothers have gone Hollywood for this weekend's Winston Cup season
finale at Atlanta.
As we told you Monday, the Wood Brothers number 21 Ford will have a new paint
scheme for the race, as the car helps promote the new James Bond thriller
This will also be the final race for Morgan Shepherd in that Wood Brothers
IN Q="We've had...
((MORGAN SHEPHERD/ ))
SUPER=01-Morgan Shepherd/3 Career Wins At Atlanta; :00
OUT Q=...do it again."
When Keith Baker opened his first antique mall in Salem, some residents
feared the effect on the downtown business district.
Since then, the number of antique dealers has multiplied, and so have the
benefits for other merchants.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
IN Q=A clock show
SUPER=01-Harry Blair/Antique Collector; :10
SUPER=01-Keith Baker/Green Market Antique Mall; :32
SUPER=01-Steve Edwards/Olde Salem Framing; :54
OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7
((A clock show first brought New Jersey collector Harry Blair to Salem, but
he says stores filled with antiques and artful reproductions bring him downtown
when he's passing through the area.
IN Q=And quite a wide variety
((HARRY BLAIR: AND QUITE A WIDE VARIETY OF, MY GOSH, ART GLASS AND CLOCKS AND
OLD AND NEW BOTH.))
OUT Q=old and new both.
Some residents raised a red flag when the first antique mall opened, but the
new businesses haven't turned downtown into a flea market. They HAVE lured
customers from the interstate.
IN Q=We advertise in all of the trade magazines
((KEITH BAKER/GREEN MARKET ANTIQUE MALL: WE ADVERTISE IN ALL OF THE TRADE
MAGAZINES, AND MOST OR ALL OF OUR BUSINESS COMES OFF INTERSTATE 81, ABOUT 80
PERCENT OF OUR BUYING PEOPLE COME OFF THE INTERSTATE. WE DO WELL.))
OUT Q=we do well.
Antique dealers have filled more than a few storefronts here on Main Street,
but their growth has also been good for other businesses here.
Steve Edwards says he located his framing business downtown because of the
traffic the antiques stores have created.
IN Q=It's certainly
((STEVE EDWARDS/OLDE SALEM FRAMING: IT'S CERTAINLY INCREASED THE VITALITY OF
DOWNTOWN SALEM AND IT'S ALLOWED US TO DEVELOP A DIVERSITY OF BUSINESS THAT CAN
BRING PEOPLE IN TO SHOP.))
OUT Q=bring people in to shop.
And Salem merchants hope the mix of old and new will continue to bring
customers from near and far.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
And finally tonight, fans of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes will not
find anything to laugh about in this last story.
The strip's artist, Bill Watterson, says he's retiring his popular strip as
of December 31st.
In a letter to newspaper editors the 38-year old Watterson says the decision
to stop doing the strip was difficult.
But he says his interests now lie elsewhere.
The cartoonist says he's tired of dealing with the constraints of daily
deadlines and small panels.
The strip featured the misadventures of six-year old Calvin and his
sometimes stuffed tiger Hobbes.
It currently runs in 24-hundred newspapers across the world.