Up next on News 7 at five-
The man who headed up the state's parole system resigns- amid charges of
Will Kroger warehouse workers walk off their jobs? We'll have the latest
on the possible strike.
Plus honors go out to Sharon Stone in Hollywood.
Clouds early tonight in the western mountains and a few flurries... otherwise
just another chilly evening.
On Health Check-- it's the Great American Smokeout-- and the kids at
Woodrow Wilson Middle School tell us what they think of smoking.
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Our report today comes from one of the increasingly popular smoke-free
restaurants in our area.
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((WE'RE CERTAINLY ...METZGER'S NOT PROUD.))
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The chairman of Virginia's parole board steps down amid controversy.
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Parole Board chairman John Metzger resigned today, citing irreconcilible
But an internal administration audit clears him of criminal wrongdoing.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's in the audit?
(ROLL cue: more questions than answers.)
((KILGORE: I HAVE FORWARDED...ACCORDINGLY.))
((MARYE: WELL I THINK THAT HE SHOULD SAY...IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION .))
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Public Safety Secretary;
The most serious allegation was about the possible back- dating of a parole
This internal audit found no criminal wrongdoing there.
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(questions:What do other board members say?)
Former Amherst Mayor Roger (BIDE-ler) Beidler is standing trial on nine
federal charges of money laundering.
Beidler is the last of seven defendants to stand trial in connection with
what authorities say was a widespread drug and gambling ring in Amherst County.
Beidler is accused of helping convicted drug dealer Wendell Wood launder
more than 100- thousand dollars in drug and gambling profits.
Investigators say Beidler divided the money into small amounts and invested
it in a real estate development in Amherst.
Beidler turned down a plea agreement in July.
A vote by the Wythe County Board of Supervisors today may kill plans for a
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Tracy Altizer is in our New River Valley newsroom with the latest.
Jean, it wasn't on the agenda and caught most of the board members by
But they voted six- to- one to adopt a resolution OPPOSING construction of
any type of state, federal or privately-operated prison within the county.
The board has been split on the issue since a four-three vote early this
year to welcome Corrections Corporation of America.
But two of those members were ousted from the board in last week's election,
and the two other prison supporters reversed themselves today.
((CHARLES DIX/BLACK LICK SUPERVISOR: I REALLY DON'T THINK WYTHE COUNTY HAS A
CHANCE OF GETTING A PRIVATE PRISON, SO I DIDN'T SEE ANY POINT IN FIGHTING IT
ANY LONGER. ))
((BILL SMITH/PRISON OPPONENT: NOW THAT IT'S A CLOSED ISSUE AS FAR AS OUR LOCAL
GOVERNMENT GOES I FEEL CERTAIN AND CONFIDENT THAT IT'S A CLOSED ISSUE AT THE
STATE LEVEL ALSO.))
SUPER=01-Charles Dix/Black Lick Supervisor; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Smith/Prison Opponent; :12
OUT Q=state level also.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./File Tape;
C-C-A has an option on farm land on which it wants to build a minimum-
It's one of three finalists for a contract to build a facility somewhere in
The Department of Corrections is expected to award the contract soon, and
officials have said local government support is a major consideration in the
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President Clinton is intervening in the Government shutdown.
The President says Social Security and Veterans workers will be recalled
to work Monday, despite the shutdown.
Meanwhile the President's offered his own stop gap spending bill to
((I HAVE PROPOSED A PLAN TO BALANCE THE BUDGET WITHOUT UNDERMINING MEDICARE AND
MEDICAID, EDUCATION, THE ENVIRONMENT OR WORKING FAMLIES INCOMES.))
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The President has promised to veto the Republican bill.
Just a reminder- effective tomorrow night- The Blue Ridge Parkway's
concession areas and campgrounds will shut down.
The Peaks of Otter Lodge is also closing tomorrow.
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Still to come on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the water system in Boones Mill will
flow smoothly in the near future.
Plus Kroger and the Teamsters Union steer clear of a strike- Len Besthoff
has a live report.
On Health Check, Attorney General Janet Reno reveals she has Parkinson's
That story and much more right after this break on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
A strike at the local Kroger distribution center is on hold, for now.
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Len Besthoff says last minute negotiations have prevented a walkout.
Len, how many Kroger supermarkets depend on this distribution center?
Jean, the Kroger warehouse in Roanoke County supplies approximately 60
stores, all the way from Winchester, Virginia to Fayetteville, North Carolina.
And for the time being, they'll keep getting their deliveries.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Blankenship/Kroger Employee; :31
OUT Q=nothing yet.
The trucks are still rolling at Kroger's distribution center.
After more than seven hours of talks, the Teamsters union agreed not to go
on strike so it can vote on another offer from the supermarket chain.
IN Q=We don't know
((DAVID FLORA/KROGER EMPLOYEE: WE DON'T KNOW IF IT'S THAT MUCH BETTER THAN IT
WAS BEFORE OR NOT.))
OUT Q=or not.
Kroger says "it is an outstanding offer which we are confident that the
members will ratify".
The 300 warehouse workers and truck drivers who must vote on the deal want
to hear what union leaders have to say about it.
IN Q=What are you
((What are you folks looking for in this new contract? MIKE BLANKENSHIP/KROGER
EMPLOYEE: MORE MONEY. Okay. BLANKENSHIP: LIKE I SAY, WE AIN'T HEARD NOTHING
OUT Q=nothing yet.
Jean, the Teamsters rejected an offer from Kroger earlier this month.
They had threatened to go on strike this week.
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(QUESTION: So when's the next vote?)
A Danville man arrested for protesting at the intersection where his
grandchildren were killed- told a judge he's only GUILTY of trying to save
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Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom with more from court.
Jean, Robert Jones made that statement just minutes before he and his son
were found GUILTY of blocking traffic where 12- year old Jami and 10- year old
James were killed.
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((ROBERT JONES/CHILDREN'S GRANDFATHER: IF I HAD IT TO DO ALL OVER AGAIN, I
WOULD HAVE DONE IT AGAIN, I'D HAVE DONE THE SAME THING. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Jones/Children's Grandfather; :00
OUT Q=the same thing
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Judge Ryland Dodson told Jones he was sympathetic, but, he went on to say,
Jones and his 20- year old son had broken the law.
Neither one regrets blocking the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Route
265 with their vehicles.
They call the area a deathtrap and want an overpass built.
The children's step- father also took part in the October 25th protest.
But Raymond Mustain was NOT found guilty, because he did NOT drive the cars
into the intersection.
((RAYMOND MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S STEP-FATHER: SOMEBODY HAD TO DO SOMETHING BECAUSE
WE'VE TRIED TO CONTACT BIG OFFICIALS, SMALL OFFICIALS, NO ONE WOULD TALK TO US
BUT THEY WILL NOW BECAUSE WE BLOCKED THAT INTERSECTION. ))
SUPER=01-Raymond Mustain/Children's Step-father;
OUT Q=that intersection.
Jean, Robert and his son, Ira, were fined 50- dollars but both have
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(Question: Is the family planning any type of legal action?
Yes, the family is considering a wrongful death suit against the city,
state and Department of Transportation.)
Water problems in Boones Mill will soon evaporate..
The town's received a state grant worth 442- thousand dollars-- the money
will be used to overhaul the current water system.
But town council members are looking for even more money.
They say there are other problems that need to be fixed.
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((PHIL RANDOLPH/BOONES MILL TOWN COUNCIL: I'M IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO FIND
ANOTHER 100,000 DOLLARS. I'M ALSO TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO BUILD US A NEW
RESERVOIR WHICH WE'LL BE NEEDING FOR FIRE PROTECTION. ))
SUPER=01-Phil Randolph/Boones Mill Town Council;
OUT Q=FOR FIRE PROTECTION.
Randolph says contractors' bids will be accepted in the coming months, and
hopes construction of the new water system will begin in the spring.
Several times this year, residents went without water because of 55- year-
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Hundreds of people have already taken advantage of public ice skating in
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The Roanoke Express is on and off the road all season, but when there's no
game at the Roundhouse, the ice is still there.
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Patrick Evans has the scoop on what the Civic Center does with all that
SUPER=01-Chris Powell/Roanoke Civic Center;
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Patrick Henry's Lady Patriots are hoping to bring home a state volleyball
But first On Health Check-- it's the Great American Smokeout today.
Connie Stevens will join us with a live report on the days events, and a
preview of tonight's continuing series "Tobacco Under Fire."
((THREE THOUSAND AMERICAN TEENS START SMOKING EVERY DAY, AND ONE THOUSAND OF
THESE TEENS WILL EVENTUALLY DIE FROM COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO TOBACCO
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Tonight on Health Check-- the Great American Smokeout is today--
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Connie Stevens joins us from the Wildflour Cafe at Towers Mall in Roanoke--
one of several smoke-free restaurants.
Jean, we'll tell you all about the American Cancer Society's Smoke-Out but
first, news from Washington:
Attorney General Janet Reno disclosed today that she has Parkinson's
Reno say her only symptom so far has been a trembling in her left hand.
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SUPER=01-Janet Reno/U.S. Attorney General; :00
OUT Q=on doing it.
IN Q=This is a
((JANET RENO/U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THIS IS A DISEASE THAT I UNDERSTAND IT
ATTACKS THE CELLS THAT PRODUCE THE CHEMICAL THAT CONTROLS MUSCLE RESPONSES, OR
MOST MUSCLE RESPONSES. THE CAUSE OF THE DISEASE IS UNKNOWN, SO MY DOCTOR SAYS.
BUT THE DISEASE, THE SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE CAN BE TREATED BY MEDICATION. ))
OUT Q=by medication.
The 57-year-old is in fact taking medication to control the symptoms.
Between 500-thousand and one million Americans have Parkinson's disease-- a
progressive nerve disorder that robs people of control over their movements.
It causes tremors and muscular rigidity and eventually incapacitates it's
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((NEITHER THE DISEASE NOR MY MEDICATION SHOULD IMPAIR MY ABILITY TO DO THE JOB
AND I INTEND TO KEEP ON DOING IT. ))
OUT Q=keep on doing it.
And Reno says she has the support of the White House.
As Jean mentioned, this is the Great American Smoke-Out-- and all across
the country, people are trying to give up the cigarette habit-- if not just for
Here at the Wildflour Cafe, they're offering a smoke-free environment all
That may be great news to some kids at Woodrom Wilson Middle School.
Here's what they had to say about smoking today.
SUPER=01-Lanette Ezell/Woodrow Wilson Middle School; :24
SUPER=01-Carol Kelley/American Cancer Society; :53
SUPER=01-Dr. David O. Lewis/Emergency Room Physician; 1:21
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The American Cancer Society billed it as the SMOKE-scream, where kids
nationwide yelled out against smoking.
In a somewhat-quieter setting, they also learned first hand the effects of
cigarette smoke on the lungs.
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((LANETTE EZELL/WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL:IF WE CAN CATCH THEM NOW AND KEEP
THEM FROM SMOKING THEN MAYBE AS THEY BECOME ADULTS THEY CAN LIVE HEALTHIER
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The Cancer Society believes progress is being made in diminishing the
popularity of smoking among kids.
For example, there's the Smoke-Free Class of 2000 project-- an attempt to
educate kids about the dangers BEFORE they pick up the habit.
After helping teens stay away from cigarettes, Carol Kelley now believes
there's justification for bringing up the issue even in kindergarten.
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IN Q=The majority started
((CAROL KELLEY/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: THE MAJORITY STARTED WHEN THEY WERE
NINE YEARS OLD. I WORKED WITH SOMEONE ELSE WHO STARTED AT FIVE YEARS OLD. SO WE
CAN'T START TOO YOUNG TEACHING OUR CHILDREN THE DANGERS OF SMOKING. ))
OUT Q=dangers of smoking.
In fact, we'll be talking specifically about those dangers, tonight on News
7 at SIX-- as our series, "Tobacco Under Fire" continues.
Part Four is a look at the health risks of smoking-- following reports
earlier this week on the economic impact of tobacco.
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((DR. DAVID O. LEWIS/E.R. PHYSICIAN: THERE ARE 25-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO EARN
THEIR INCOME FROM TOBACCO.
BUT THERE ARE 9,000 VIRGINIANS THAT DIE EVERY YEAR FROM TOBACCO RELATED
PROBLEMS.SO THAT'S 2.6 JOBS FOR ONE DEATH, SO YOU KNOW, IS THE PRICE REALLY
OUT Q=worth it?
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We'll also hear from some smokers past and present-- coming up in less
than an hour, on News 7 at SIX-- "Tobacco Under Fire." Jean?
History is in the making for the Patrick Henry Lady Patriots--
Steve Mason is ready to explain in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
We start on the volleyball courts where the talk of the town is Patrick
Henry. The lady Patriots are headed to the state tournament for the first time
in school history and their chances to win it all are good.
What is more amazing than the team's 19 and 2 record is how it got to this
point. The lady Patriots lost their coach to Cave Spring this past summer.
Marty Swan has commuted from Blacksburg to coach the team, and the transition
has been positive.
SUPER=01-Marty Swan/Patrick Henry Coach; :04
SUPER=01-Rebecca Hogan/Outside Hitter; :11
SUPER=01-Gene' Kent/Middle Hitter; :25
OUT Q=...change of pace"
The team is lead by five seniors including RVD player of the year Allison
Suggs and her co-captain Kris Carter.
PH plays Indian River tomorrow night at 7, The state championship game
begins at 2 Saturday.
One factor that will help determine the outcome of Saturday's
Virginia-Virginia Tech game will be who controls the line.
The Hokies Defense is second in the country against the rush leads the Big
East in sacks, so one key is getting to Mike Groh.
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SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Virginia Tech Defensive Tackle; :00
SUPER=01-Jason Augustino/UVa Offensive Tackle; :19
OUT Q=...something like that"
IN Q="Are you all...
((BUD ADAMS/HOUSTON OILERS ))
SUPER=01-Bud Adams/Houston Oilers Owner; :00
OUT Q=...ready for football...(Cheer)
SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Today; :00
The Houston Oilers announced their move to Nashville Tennessee today.
Roy Stanley will have more on that at six!! But stick around for more News-7
It's most every actors dream- A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
((LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE WELCOME MS. SHARON STONE.))
OUT Q=MS. SHARON STONE."
Today Sharon Stone got that honor.
The Actress is best known for her roles in the movies Basic Instict, Sliver
and The Quick and the Dead.
Her latest role is beside Robert Deniro in the film Casino.
(toss to ROBIN)
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
As Connie mentioned earlier in the newcast--
NEWS-7's series Tobacco Under Fire continues tonight.
Part Four focuses on the health risks of smoking cigarettes.
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