Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We'll hear from family of the Galax couple who are terrorist casualties in
And the first public comment from the Roanoke Police officer who rescued a
woman from her burning car.
In sports, Virginia forward Norman Nolan is out with ankle injury the Magic
beats the Bulls in Orlando.
And former Jefferson Forest teammates Anthony Poindexter and Bryan Jennings
will go head to head in Charlottesville this Saturday.
A blustery day gives way to a rather cold night. Walking in the wind tonight
The bombing Monday in Saudi Arabia hit close to home for families of three
victims in Southwest Virginia.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=The blast ripped through
SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; :00
SUPER=01-Harold Lambert/Georgetta Combs' Father; :20
SUPER=01-Lorie Lambert/Georgetta Combs' Mother; :35
SUPER=01-Rubye Cockerham/W.L. Combs' Sister; :57
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( The blast ripped through a headquarters building for a U.S. Army program
to help modernize the Saudi National Guard.
Galax native and former school board member W.L. Combs, Junior, a contract
purchasing agent, was among the five Americans killed.
His wife Georgetta was a secretary in the same building and sustained
((HAROLD LAMBERT/GEORGETTA COMBS' FATHER: SHE'S GOT A FRACTURED SKULL AND A
BROKEN ARM, NOW WE DON'T KNOW WHICH ARM IT WAS, AND A COLLAR BONE AND A RIB
((LORIE LAMBERT/GEORGETTA COMBS' MOTHER: HE'S ALWAYS SO GOOD TO US. AND SEE
GEORGETTA'S THE ONLY CHILD I HAVE, SO IT'S JUST BAD ALL THE WAY AROUND. AND OF
COURSE I'M SURE HIS FAMILY'S KILLED TOO BECAUSE HE WAS THE ONLY BOY.))
W.L.'s sister was looking forward to the couple's homecoming to Galax for
((RUBYE COCKERHAM/W.L. COMBS' SISTER: WE SAW IT ON TELEVISION WHEN IT FIRST
HAPPENED, YOU KNOW. ))
((BUT I BRUSHED IT ASIDE, I THOUGHT "WELL, I DON'T WANT TO EVEN THINK THAT IT'S
THEM." AND THEN IT WAS A SHOCK.))
The brothers of another American victim are on faculty at Virginia Tech.
John and Paul Brodovsky say their brother Alaric Brodovsky of California was
also a civilian contractor in Riyadh.
John Brodovsky said Saudi Arabia seemed like a world away from Blacksburg
until the bombing brought it close to home. Tracy Altizer, News 7. ))
One night in May two juveniles knocked on the door of an apartment in Old
Southwest Roanoke, claiming to be police officers.
When David Chase answered the door, 17-year old Leo Harper nailed him with a
sucker punch, then FOURTEEN- year old Davon Anderson clobbered him with a
sawed- off baseball bat.
Despite their ages, both the culprits are being treated by the court as
Harper pled "no contest" today to two counts of malicious wounding. Anderson
pled last week.
The two beat up Roger Booth later the same night at the corner of Fifth and
Both victims suffered skull fractures; one almost died.
The judge could SENTENCE Harper and Anderson as juveniles... or they could
get up to 20 years in prison for each incident.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Seal
The man who was Roanoke County's Communications Director has pled "no
contest" to grand larceny.
The evidence produced in court today indicated Sherman Ace Cable, Senior
stole as much as 10- thousand dollars worth of equipment from the county.
NAT SOT FULL
IN Q=Cutler hammers
((CUTLER HAMMERS, GENERAL ELECTRIC BREAKER BOX.))
OUT Q=breaker box.
Keith on ENG The prosecutor read from a list of hundreds of items Cable
stacked up in his home over the past decade.
IN Q=His house was packed
((SKIP BURKART/PROSECUTOR: HIS HOUSE WAS PACKED WITH STUFF. I MEAN JUST LINING
THE HALLWAYS, LINING THE ROOMS, ALL KINDS OF ITEMS, A LOT OF IT NEW IN THE
BOXES AND PACKAGES.))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Atty.
OUT Q=boxes and packages.
Keith ON ENG The fact that it was still in the original container is
"puzzling" to Cable's Attorney.
Unlike the typical thief, he says, "Red" Cable was not fencing the stolen
property, not even using it himself.
IN Q=that greed was
((MORGAN GRIFFITH/CABLE'S ATTORNEY: THAT GREED WAS NOT A MOTIVE IN THIS CASE.
NOW THAT DOESN'T MEAN MR. CABLE DIDN'T DO WRONG. THAT'S WHY WE PLED "NO
SUPER=01-Morgan Griffith/Cable's Attorney
OUT Q=pled no contest.
Cable faces up to 20- years on each of the three grand larceny counts.
He'll be sentenced the week before Christmas.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Americans are telling pollsters they want more regulation on smoking.
Even a majority of Virginians say they'd like to see lawmakers crack down
more on teen smoking.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with part three in our series, the
politics of "Tobacco Under Fire."
Keith, the golden leaf that fuels the state's economy faces battles on a
number of fronts.
But still, there's NO doubt on which side most Virginia politicians are
IN Q=You've seen the slick ads.
SUPER=01-Herbert Farrar/Tobacco Warehouse Owner; :04
SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Danville Tobacco Association; :49
SUPER=01-Anne Morrow Donley/Anti-Smoking Advocate; 1:26
OUT Q=not a role of government.
(( You've seen the slick ads.
Happy, healthy smokers.
((HERBERT FARRAR/SOUTH HILL WAREHOUSEMAN: IT'S NOT FORCED ON ANYONE. IT'S
JUST WHATEVER THEY DESIRE TO DO. SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO EAT. SOME LIKE TO SMOKE.
AND WE'RE IN THE SMOKING BUSINESS.))
So goes the cool argument of the affluent tobacco lobby.
It worked -- UNTIL the EPA produced controversial evidence of the dangers of
something called second-hand smoke.
Now, OSHA may ban smoking in the workplace... late this year or early next.
President Clinton wants comments on whether the F-D-A should regulate
nicotine as a drug.
Fellow Democrat L.F. Payne says no way.
Payne is pleasing the home crowd and leading the fight, with a bill to fight
((REP. L.F. PAYNE/D-NELSON CO.: FOR SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA, THIS IS A VERY
IMPORTANT ISSUE BOTH ECONOMICALLY AND IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE CULTURALLY.))
((HARRY LEA/DANVILLE TOBACCO ASSOCIATION: BIG BROTHER'S GOT ANOTHER PIECE OF
BUREAUCRACY OR LEGISLATION THAT THEY WANT TO THROW TOWARDS US. IT'S JUST-- I
GET DEMORALIZED AND THEN DISGUSTED. IT'S NOT NECESSARY.))
Ironically, tobacco's other best friend in Virginia is delaying action on
Richmond Republican Tom Bliley took the helm of the House Commerce Committee
((REP. L.F. PAYNE/D-NELSON CO.: I THINK THE REPUBLICANS FEEL THAT THEY HAVE A
POLITICAL ADVANTAGE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS ACTED IN A WAY THAT'S UH -- (skip
to 11:25:18) AFFECTED PEOPLE IN A VERY NEGATIVE AND A VERY PERSONAL WAY.))
With congressmen like these, ANTI-smoking Virginians say who needs enemies?
sot anne morrow donley 07:09:42
((ANNE MORROW DONLEY/VA. GASP: IT'S TIME I THINK THAT WE STOP EXCUSING STATES
LIKE VIRGINIA, AND SAYING WELL YOU KNOW WE'RE A TOBACCO STATE SO YOU CAN'T
EXPECT THIS OR THAT OR THE OTHER TO HAPPEN. I DON'T THINK THAT SHOULD BE ANY
EXCUSE FOR BLOWING SMOKE IN THE FACE OF A LITTLE KID OR AN ELDERLY PERSON OR
In Richmond, the man anti-smoking forces have called the greatest "enemy of
health" says the title is undeserved.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I SOMETIMES WONDER WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SATISFY
SOME SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. BUT I DID INTRODUCE AND GOT PASSED THE FIRST
CLEAN AIR ACT IN VIRGINIA. AND I TAKE REAL PRIDE IN THAT.))
((BUT I'M NOT ONE THAT SAYS WE GO OUT AND JUST SAY YOU CAN'T SMOKE PERIOD.
THAT JUST TO ME IS NOT A ROLE OF GOVERNMENT.))
Some anti-smoking proposals still on the radar screen at the General
Assembly: licenses for cigarette merchants that could be yanked if they sell
to minors, and bans on smoking in public schools.
The argument behind it all is of course the health risk.
For more on that we go to Health Check reporter Connie Stevens.))
In part four of our "Tobacco Under Fire" series we'll hear about the
dangers of smoking.
More than 50-thousand studies have found that cigarettes present a serious
The American Cancer Society says almost one-thousand people give up
cigarettes every day-- by dying.
Incidentally, our report tomorrow airs on the Great American Smokeout
Day-- with some interesting events planned this year.
IN Q=At 2 p.m.
((CAROL KELLEY/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: AT 2 P.M. EASTER TIME ON 16TH OF
NOVEMBER-- CHILDREN ACROSS COUNTRY, GENERALLY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS GRADES
6-8, CHILDREN WILL LITERALLY SCREAM OUT
SUPER=01-Carol Kelley/American Cancer Society; :
OUT Q=against smoking.
That's the Great American Smoke-SCREAM!
We'll be there for that, plus we'll hear from some smokers-- past and
Keith that'll be tomorrow in Part Four of our series Tobacco Under fire.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, one of Roanoke's finest is recognized for his
act of heroism
and as the driver involved in a fatal accident is tried, complaints continue
about efforts to make a dangerous intersection safer.
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A Danville woman who was behind the wheel of a car that crashed killing two
young children was found GUILTY today of failing to yield the right of way.
Police say Norma Jean Daniel pulled into the path of a dump truck causing
last month's collision.
12- year old Jamie Earles and 10- year old James were passengers in Daniel's
The children's family has lobbied for an overpass and even been arrested for
protesting at the accident site.
Since then, the Virginia Department of Transportation has made changes to
the Elizabeth Street and Route 265 intersection.
Larger stop signs and a 45- mile- per hour advisory sign for motorists
approaching the intersection are among the changes.
Norma Daniel doesn't think it will make a difference.
IN Q=If they
((NORMA JEAN DANIEL:IF THEY WANT TO RUN 55, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO RUN 45,
BECAUSE I MEAN IT'S A STRAIGHT STRETCH, YOU KNOW, AND BIGGER STOP SIGNS. IT'S
NOT GOING TO HELP EITHER. THEY'RE THE SAME THING JUST A LITTLE BIT LARGER. IT'S
NOT GOING TO WORK.))
SUPER=08-Norma Jean Daniel; :00
OUT Q=to work.
Daniel was fined 150- dollars.
Upgrading our roads is on the minds of federal legislators as well.
Senator John Warner says Congress has agreed on a final version of his
national highway system bill.
Now it goes to the president.
The bill paves the way for I-73, which will stretch from Michigan to South
Carolina, by way of Virginia.
The road will go through the New River Valley, the Roanoke Valley and the
Martinsville-Henry County area.
SOT 15:19:32 WARNER CLEAN FEED
IN Q=This has
((SENATOR JOHN WARNER/R-VIRGINIA: THIS HAS BEEN A MAJOR STRUGGLE IN THE
SENATE, BUT TO AT LONG LAST GET THIS 73 CORRIDOR, THIS CORRIDOR IS SO IMPORTANT
BECAUSE ROANOKE IS BECOMING A MAJOR INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION CENTER IN OUR
OUT Q=in our state.
The money will also go toward construction of the Smart Highway in the New
Virginia's share of the highway funding is 150- million dollars.
Larry Martin is one of Roanoke's finest, and now he's got the awards to
He's been honored as the Kiwanis Club's Police Officer of the Month for
saving a woman from a burning car.
Back in late September, 68- year- old Marie Brown was trapped inside her own
vehicle-- the car had backfired and burst into flames.
Officer Martin saw the fire and pulled Brown out.
Then just a few seconds later the car windows exploded from the heat.
The vehicle was totaled, but Brown was not hurt.
IN Q=I'm proud
((LARRY MARTIN/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: I'M PROUD THAT MRS. BROWN IS WITH US TODAY
AND IF I HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT THEN I'M ALSO PROUD OF THAT.))
SUPER=01-Larry Martin/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=proud of that
Officer Martin continues to be humble about the incident.
He says anyone in his situation would have done the exact same thing.
Large gains on the stock market boosted the DOW past the 49-hundred mark for
the first time.
The DOW ROSE 51 points closing at 49-hundred 22.
Nasdaq gained ONE point.
It appears that a Patrick County defense contractor will get business from
the military for a long time to come.
SUPER=03-Patrick Co./File Tape;
Aerial Machine and Tool has won the Air Force's Blue Ribbon Contractor
The company won the award for the high quality of its products and delivery
Aerial makes a variety of life support items for military aircraft.
They include things like heavy duty seat belts, straps, and survival vests.
Aerial recently had a big claim to fame.
It learned Air Force hero Scott O'Grady was wearing on of its vests when his
plane was shot down over Bosnia.
The Roanoke Millionaire's Club turned 65 this year.
And so does the man behind the chili.
Texas Tavern counterman and manager Gordon Barbour is retiring today, a
month before his 65th birthday.
For more than 40 years, Barbour has served up bowls-with and cheesy westerns
with a smile and a friendly word.
He says he will miss the tavern.
IN Q=Well, I'll miss
SUPER=01-Gordon Barbour/Retiring Texas Tavern Manager;
OUT Q=Meat & Spices (DOUBLE OUT)
The mayor has proclaimed tomorrow as "Gordon Barbour First Day of Freedom
Day" across the city.
And coming up, Steve Mason will have a report on former teammates who will
go against each other on Saturday at Scott Stadium when Virginia hosts Virginia
And the Magic wins round one with the Bulls in the Eastern Conference match
The Virginia Basketball team will be without Norman Nolan for a week to 10
days. Nolan severely sprained his left ankle during a scrimmage Monday
Norman was projected to be a starter for the Cavaliers this year. The six
foot nine Sophomore over came some academic problems and he also dropped a few
pounds this summer.
Norman is expected to give the Cavaliers some much needed strength inside
with his scoring and his work on the boards at both ends of the floor.
IN Q="That's the main
((NORMAN NOLAN/CAVALIER FORWARD: THAT'S THE MAIN THING WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS
SOME INSIDE SCORING CAUSE OUTSIDE GAME SPEAKS FOR ITSELF WE GOT SOME GREAT
GUARDS IN THE BACK COURT WITH CURTIS STAPLES AND HAROLD DEAN RIGHT NOW WE'RE
SKEPTICAL IS OUR INSIDE GAME AND I JUST WANT TO GO OUT AND LET PEOPLE KNOW OUR
INSIDE GAME IS STILL VERY STRONG.))
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/Cavalier Forward; :
OUT Q=....is still strong."
Norman will miss tomorrow night's exhibition game against the Court
Authority and his status is day to day.
Virginia is ranked 19-th in the Associated Press preseason poll.
Last night in Orlando Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway went head to
head in a highly anticipated early season showdown between the top two teams in
the Eastern Conference.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/TNT SPORTS; :
Jordan got the game started with this three pointer from the top of the key
and the Bulls took an early 7 point lead in the first quarter.
But Hardaway would get the best of this match up. Here he hits the
turnaround jumper right in Jordan's face.
Hardaway hit a clutch three pointer SUPER=32-Orlando/=94/Chicago/=88;near
the end of the game. He finished with 36 points as the Magic beat the Bulls 94
IN Q="The bulls...
((ANFERNEE HARDAWAY/SCORED 36 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Anfernee Hardaway/Scored 36 Points; :
OUT Q=.....all that matters."
Virginia and Virginia Tech will play for state bragging rights this
weekend in the two school's 77th clash.
For the first time, Tech's Brian Jennings and UVa's Anthony Poindexter will
be adversaries. And Steve Mason says; lining up on opposite sides of the ball
will be tough after teaming up to win a state championship at Jefferson Forest.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Ettrick/1992 State Championship Game; :00
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/Played for 2 Titles with Bryan; :09
SUPER=03-Forest/September 4, 1992; :17
SUPER=01-Bryan Jennings/Graduated from Forest in 1993; :23
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Recruited Both Players; 1:34
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
((Together, they helped bring a the title to Jefferson Forest, a triumph
that built a bond you can still feel three years later when one talks about the
They not only hooked up countless times on their home field in Forest, but
off it as well.
They won't be late this Saturday. At high noon Hokies tight end Brian
Jennings and UVa linebacker Anthony Poindexter will each try and beat the other
to help their respective teams win.
Unfortunately, their college careers began on the same paths; each finding
their way to the bench due to injuries; Poindexter had a bad knee, Jennings the
same, only his knees were fraught with tendinitis. But both have exploded onto
the football scene this season. Jennings has 16 catches for 237 yards while
Poindexter is third in tackles for UVa. And while they will both feel awkward
facing each other; they should take comfort in knowing their new rivalry is
helping to set a trend in Virginia.
Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds is the National League's Most Valuable
Larkin, a surprise winner over Colorado's Dante Bichette and Atlanta's Greg
Maddux is the first shortstop in the National League to win the award in 33
Larkin hit 319 as the reds won the National League's Central Division.
It's been a long and bumpy road for the Smart Highway--
And today the road got a little rougher.
Some environmental groups filed suit against the Virginia Department of
Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
They're alleging the two agencies haven't met the necessary requirements to
build the Smart Road.
Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is hosting a public
hearing tonight on changing its comprehensive plan-- which would make way for
the road's construction.
We'll find out whether the Smart Road gets the green light-- tonight on News
(Toss back to Keith.)
7 at 11.