Up next on News 7 at eleven-
Say goodbye to 55- The national speed limit is on the way out-
A 15 year old was reportedly sold by his mother to pay a drug debt- Today
he appears in court.
Plus just how did the baseball strike affect the Colorado Rockies and its
farm club in Salem? We'll have a report.
And colder weather is on the way. Patrick with the forecast. News 7 is
American drivers are revving up their engines.
The 55 mile an hour national speed limit is no longer.
In ten days states will be free to set their own speed limits.
President Clinton signed a bill today ending the 55 mile-an-hour limit.
((I THINK THEY SHOULD GO BACK TO A HIGHER SPEED LIMIT I DO. I THINK THE ROADS
CAN HANDLE IT.))
((I THINK 55 IS PRETTY GOOD SPEED LIMIT.))
OUT Q=GOOD SPEED LIMIT."
Lead foot driveways will have more leeway-
In Colorado the speed limit will increase to 75 in some places.
Montana drivers will have no speed limit during the day.
The law also ends a mandate that states require motorcyclists to wear
The provisions are part of a six
billion-dollar highway measure.
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The legislation also includes routing for the proposed highway known as
That is the north-south highway that'll go from Michigan to South Carolina.
In our area, it will pass through the New River Valley, the Roanoke Valley,
Congressman Bob Goodlatte applauded President Clinton's decision to sign the
Goodlatte has been a strong backer of the I-73 project.
He says it means new jobs for many people and better access to markets like
Greensboro and Raleigh.
Attorneys for a 17 year- old accused of murder are trying to bar his alleged
confession from the trial.
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;
Chris Gammon and his older brother Willie are charged in the shooting of
their father and stepmother a year ago.
Gary Gammon died and his wife was critically injured in the Carroll County
home they shared with Gary's sons.
Chris Gammon's lawyers argued today the teen's mother should have been
present when police questioned him.
But the prosecutor says Chris was told his rights and gave his statement
without asking anyone to be there with him.
Convict (Yens SIRR-ing) Jens Soering is now on the Internet.
His new autobiography is already available "on-line."
He promises to update the Soering "home page" with the pleadings his
lawyer plans to file in a few weeks.
The 27- year- old convict is serving two life terms for the murder of his
girlfriend's parents... a crime he says Elizabeth Haysom committed... and HE
took the rap.
IN Q=Basically, we decided
((JENS SOERING: BASICALLY, WE DECIDED THE ONLY WAY I COULD HELP HER--THAT COULD
POSSIBLY WORK- -WAS FOR ME TO ACCEPT THE BLAME FOR WHAT SHE'D DONE.))
SUPER=10-Jens Soering/Convicted Killer/June 18, 1990
OUT Q=what she'd done.
About the only new revelation in the 12-chapter book now on the Internet is
that (Sir-ings) Soering's trial lawyer has since gotten in trouble.
Rick Neaton's law license was suspended for three years for misrepresenting
and neglecting a client in Michigan.
Neaton's problems could be enough to get Soering a new trial.
A Detroit boy allegedly sold by his mother to pay off a one thousand
dollar drug debt- is now in the state's care.
Authorities found the boy early today in this Detroit home.
They say his drug-addicted mother and a known drug dealer are now being
The boy apparently had been missing for several months-
((MICHAL HALL/DETROIT POLICE: THE INITIAL INFORMATION WAS THAT HE HAD BEENS OLD
TO THE DOPE DEALER TO REPAY A DRUG DEBT, THAT HE HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED))
((ISAIAH MCKINNON/DETROIT POLICE CHIEF: OUR CONCERN IS WHEN THIS YOUNG MAN IS
RELEASED WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO HIM. I THINK WHAT THE INSPECTOR IS SAYING IS
THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR HIM TO GO BACK TO THE SAME KIND OF LIFE HE JUST
SUPER=01-Michael Hall/Detroit Police;
SUPER=01-Isaiah McKinnon/Detroit Police Chief; :10 wait til see face!
OUT Q=LIFE HE JUST LEFT."
Police say the boy eventually became a willing drug dealer -- but say he
is a victim who needs help.
Roanoke residents are taking the city's teen pregnancy problem seriously.
At least that's what they indicated by the turnout for a meeting on this
cold, rainy evening.
Around 150 people showed up for a public discussion on the subject.
The latest studies say Roanoke has the second highest teen pregnancy risk
rate in the state.
IN Q=Really our
((TED FEINOUR/TEEN PREGNANCY TASK FORCE: REALLY OUR HOPE ON THE TASK FORCE
TONIGHT WAS TO REALLY TRY TO GET THE COMMUNITY TO REALLY EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS.
AND THE TURNOUT TONIGHT IS REALLY WONDERFUL. BECAUSE THERE ARE A TREMENDOUS
NUMBER OF ADOLESCENTS HERE, THERE ARE A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE HERE
WHO REALLY CAN EXPRESS HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THE TEENAGE PREGNANCY PROBLEM IN THE
CITY AND WHAT WE CAN DO.))
SUPER=01-Ted Feinour/Teen Pregnancy Task Force;
OUT Q=we can do.
The meeting featured speeches on the latest research on teen pregnancy in
People there ventually broke into small discussion groups to try to come up
with some solutions.
The Task Force will pass on its final recommendations to the city manager.
The Bedford Historical Society has made a last- minute offer to renovate the
historic Wharton House on the grounds of the Bedford Library.
But as Steve Smallshaw reports preservationists and city officials don't see
eye to eye on how to get the job done.
IN Q=The Bedford
SUPER=01-Robert Lambeth/Historical Society Attorney; :20
SUPER=01-Joanne Grahame/Library Committee Chairman; 1:04
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( The Bedford Historical Society says it's willing to renovate the historic
Charles Wharton House, but NOT under the terms the city is proposing.
The major differences between the two are time and money: the city wants
the job done within a year, with a guarantee of financial backing.
But preservationists say that's asking too much of a volunteer, non- profit
IN Q=We think that
((ROBERT LAMBETH/HISTORICAL SOCIETY ATTORNEY: WE THINK THAT ...CAN START
OUT Q=can start work.
IN Q=From here the
((From here the bid goes to the city's library committee, which will come back
in two weeks with its own recommendation. City Council can then vote to allow
the historical society to take over the Wharton House or they can reject them
altogether..renewing the debate about the building's future.))
OUT Q=building's future.
Committee chairman Joanne Grahame says there's room for compromise in the
lease agreement, but the bottom line is the city wants the project done
IN Q=Council wants
((JOANNE GRAHAME/LIBRARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: COUNCIL WANTS A NICE BUILDING
...BE DONE RIGHT.))
OUT Q=be done right.
A decision should come December 12th.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
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Coming up on News-7, is your employer misusing your retirement money?
We will have advice on how to protect your 401K money.
Plus, seven hundred U-S troops could be packing their bags this weekend as
they prepare to head to Bosnia.
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
700 U-S troops could be in Bosnia by this weekend- to set up
communications and logistical sites.
As Regina Blakey reports, while the troops prepare to go, the Presidnet
begins his hard sell to congress on sending the troops.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; 00
SUPER=01-Rep. Dick Armey/(R) Texas; 17
SUPER=01-Brent Scowcroft/Former Nat'l Security Advisor; 57
OUT Q=CBS News, The White House."
((Before departing for his European trip, President Clinton asked lawmakers
to the White House for the first of what he promises will be many meetings to
answer their questions on his decision to send U.S. troops to Bosnia.
CLINTON: I'LL KEEP ANSWERING THEIR QUESTIONS, REASSERTING THE VALUES OF THE
REP. DICK ARMEY/MAJORITY LEADER/R-TEXAS: IT WILL BE LIKE PULLING TEETH THROUGH
THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD.
Earlier, the president took his case directly to lawmaker's turf. He has
also spoken with former president George Bush.. and former Joint Chiefs of
Staff chairman Colin Powell. according the white house about 2500 calls have
been received... opinion... quote.. pretty well evenly split..
SEN. DIRK KEMPTHORNE/R-IDAHO: IS BOSNIA WORTH DYING FOR?
On capitol hill, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee began
asking the tough questions. President Bush's National Security advisor.. gave
lukewarm approval to the plan saying the potential for a disaster is high,
but that without U.S. leadership, a catastrophe is certain.
BRENT SCOWCROFT/FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR: THEREFORE, IT IS MY
JUDGEMENT THAT OF TWO VERY UNPALATABLE CHOICES, TURNING OUR BACKS IS CLEARLY
THE WORSE OPTION.
REGINA BLAKELY CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE."))
Do you know where your 401-K money goes-
According to the Labor Secretary- some employers are raiding workers
((ROBERT REICH/SECRETARY OF LABOR: I WANT TO SEND A VERY CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS
MESSAGE TO EMPLOYERS WHO MIGHT BE TAKING THIS MONEY OR TEMPTED TO DIVERT SOME
OF THIS 401-K MONEY AND THAT MESSAGE IS- HANDS OFF. THIS IS NOT YOUR MONEY.))
SUPER=01-Robert Reich/Labor Secretary; 00
OUT Q=is not your money." (QUICK OUT)
Some warning signs to look for-
irregular or late account statements, mistakes in balances, Contributions held
for more than 90 days and former employees having trouble collecting benefits.
Virginia Republicans will choose a new party chairman in May.
And outgoing chairman Pat McSweeney is already one of the biggest critics of
the only announced candidate.
Ellen Qualls reports on concerns over a potential conflict of interest.
IN Q=Secretary of the
SUPER=03-Richmond/November 1993; :05
SUPER=01-Pat McSweeney/Va. Republican Party Chairman; :21
SUPER=01-Mike Thomas/Va. Secretary of Administration; :39
SUPER=03-Danville/March 26; 1:14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Secretary of the Administration Mike Thomas wanted McSweeney gone in 1993.
That's when the George Allen won over a million votes -- and still blamed
McSweeney for NOT supporting him more.
But Thomas says the campaign feuds are yesterday's news -- he's ready to
serve as both a Cabinet Secretary and a party chairman.
McSweeney's NOT supporting his bid.
((PAT MCSWEENEY/VA. REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN: PARTIES IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO
TAKE OVER TEND TO PUT IN SOMEONE WHO IS NOTHING MORE THAN THE LONG ARM OF THE
PRESIDENT. AND THE PARTY GOES DOWNHILL. INSTEAD OF BUILDING GRASS ROOTS.))
((PAT MCSWEENEY/VA. REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN: I JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR
THE PARTY TO BE INDEPENDENT. AND I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT AGREES WITH THAT.
AND IT'S NOT A REPUBLICAN, AND IT'S NOT PARTICULARLY A CONSERVATIVE VIEW. IT'S
JUST A PARTY VIEW.))
((MIKE THOMAS/VA. SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION: I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT
FOR OUR PARTY CHAIRMAN, FOR OUR PARTY STRUCTURE, TO HAVE A GOOD WORKING
RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. BE THAT A GOVERNOR, A LEGISLATOR, OR
A LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL.))
Former Democratic party chairman Paul Goldman says its the perfect example
of a vindictive law boomeranging on Republicans.
During his party tenure, Goldman was the target of a law that keeps party
officials from lobbying.
He says Cabinet Secretaries lobby for the Governor's agenda.
Conflict or no, McSweeney's announcement signals the end of a colorful
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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When we return, environmentalist are worried about the latest developments
with the smart road,
and an executive from the Colorado Rockies comes to see what life is like down
on the farm.
Local environmentalists are urging the Montgomery County board of
supervisors NOT to yield to pressure from smart road planners.
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Last Night; Last night the board gave the road
another chance, when it rescinded last week's decision barring the state from
taking land in an agriculture district.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape; It appointed a committee to seek more
information from the state on how the road would affect that land.
2-shot Opponents say the highway department's information has been
incomplete so far.
((ED WESLEY/NRV ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION: AND I THINK IF THE INFORMATION IS FAIR
AND ACCURATE, AND THE BOARD FAIRLY DEBATES IT, IMPARTIALLY, THE SMART HIGHWAY
IS DEAD. ))
SUPER=01-Ed Wesley/NRV Environmental Coalition;
OUT Q=highway is dead.
The highway would link Blacksburg to I-81 and provide a test ground for
lucrative intelligent vehicle research.
The committee is to report back to the board of supervisors December 11th.
A proposed 160 million dollar bypass around Madison Heights is drawing a
lot of attention.
The new road would draw traffic congestion away from Route 29 and onto a new
section of Route 460 just east of Lynchburg.
Concerned citizens today got their first look at Phase 2 of the project,
which would displace about 17 property owners in Campbell County.
IN Q=We're looking for
((BOB GIBSON/VDOT ENGINEER: WE'RE LOOKING FOR INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC SO THAT IF
OUR PLANS, THERE ARE CONCERNS WITH THEM, THAT WE CAN TRY TO ADDRESS THOSE
BEFORE WE SUBMIT IT FOR APPROVAL.))
SUPER=01-Bob Gibson/VDOT Engineer; :00
OUT Q=submit it for approval.
Gibson says the bypass plans are "not" set in stone, and resident's
suggestions are taken seriously.
Construction would get underway in 1998 and be complete in 2002.
We start on the grid iron where Virginia football coach George Welsh has
been named the ACC coach of the year.
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI/August 26; :00
Under Welsh, the Cavaliers opened the season with a disappointing loss at
Michigan, but went on to win a tie for the conference title.
The Cavs handed Florida State it's first ever ACC loss since the seminoles
joined the conference back in 1993.
Welsh was a runaway in the voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers
Association, capturing 52 of the 86 ballots cast. Clemson's Tommy West was
The 22nd ranked Virginia Tech Hokies opened their season last night down
in Blacksburg against Coastal Carolina.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Chanticleers vs. Hokies; :00
Bill Foster had his defending NIT champs ready for this non conference
showdown at the Cassell.
About a minute into the game, Shawn Good passes to Ace Custis in the
corner. He gives to Shawn Smith, who sinks the shot and draws the foul.
Then, Custis hits Damon Watlington, he gives to Travis Jackson on the
baseline and he finishes the play with the hoop. Tech was up by 5.
The Hokies kept poundin. Smith, under pressure gets the rock back out to
Watlington who drives and nails the pull up J.
The Chanticleers refused to pack it in. A Coastal player knocks the ball
loose. Donald Moore scoops up the ball and finishes the break with the deuce,
SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/=93/Coastal Carolina/=49;
but Tech still lead 22-12.
The Hokies answer. Former Patrick Henry star Troy Manns dishes to Jackson.
He sinks the trey from the corner Tech was infront 48-22 at the half and the
Hokies open the 95-96 season with 93-49 win.
GRAPHIC=VMI/Washington and Lee
Earlier tonight, your hometown station brought you the VMI/Washington and
Lee basketball game live. The Keydets opened the game up in the second half to
win 100 to 62.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Generals vs. Keydets; :00
The generals entered the game OH and 5 on the year and in need of a win
but they would not get it against Division I VMI.
The Keydets established the lead early, Lawrence Gullette snaps the
bottom of the net with a three pointer and VMI was up by 5.
Former Lord Boetourt star Bobby Pricen then pulls up and hits the lean in
jumper and the Keydet lead was 12, 24-12 in the first half.
But W & L would go on a run. Kelly Dyer's basket pulled the Generals to
within 1, 30-29 with 5 minutes left in the first half.
VMI answered. Former Cave Spring standout matt Matheny knocks down the three
pointer and VMI took a 42-35 lead into the break.
The generals ran out of steam in the second half, only using 9 players.
SUPER=33-V.M.I./100/Washington & Lee/=62;
Matheny again, this time getting the basket inside and the Keydets led 58-38.
Cam Dyer tried to keep his tema close with this drive, but it was not
as VMi coasts to the 100-62 win.
IN Q="First half...
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH:))
((KEVIN MOORE/WASHINGTON & LEE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Moore/W&L Head Coach; :18
OUT Q=...25 point game."
To the ice house we go. The Express lost to the Toledo Storm last night,
6-3 at the Round House to fall to 12 and 9 on the season.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Storm vs. Express; :00
The Express hit their hard water riding a four game winning streak, but the
ECHL's best team was too much.
In the second, the score tied at 2 apiece, on the power play. Eliya Dubkov
gets one of his 2 assists with the pass to John Larsen, who cranks it up, Tim
Christian tips it in for the goal, 3-2 Roanoke.
The Storm was brewing. In the third, Toledo's Jason Gladney works his way
through a couple defenders and beats Matt delJuidice on the tough angle. The
score is tied at 3.
The Storm took the lead for good on Rick Judson's tally 8 minutes into the
third and Toledo beats Roanoke 6-3.
In NBA action, the New York Knicks welcomed the Atlanta Hawks to the garden
last night for a non divisional game.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Hawks vs. Knicks; :00
Watch Derrike Harper make the nifty pass to Anthony mason who converts
with the monster dunk in the first half.
His teammate, Patrick Ewing can dunk as well. He takes the missed shot and
slams home the bucket.
But the hawks rallied to win. Spudd Webb finds the range from outside for a
three pointer and the Hawks beat the Knicks 102-97.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Tarheels vs. Spiders; :00
One more college note, the North carolina Tarheels beat the Richmond
Spiders in Richmond last night 83 to 76.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
And still to come tonight, Virginia tech head football coach Frank Beamer
talks about his teams state of mind,
and The Charlotte Motor Speedway has cancelled a racing event for next
season, we'll tell you why in a few.
The bowl scenario has yet to unfold for Virginia Tech, so the 9 and 2
Gobblers continue to play the waiting game.
In the mean time, the coaching staff is exercising the minds and legs of
the 13th ranked Hokies.
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...skill part of football"
GRAPHIC=Charlotte motor speedway
To racing. The Charlotte Motor Speedway announced today that the
Sportsman racing division will be replaced at his track next year.
SUPER=03-Charlotte/This Year; :00
His decision stems from the three racing fatalities in 6 years at
Charlotte, in the Sportsman division.
Russell Phillips was killed at the track almost two months ago in this
Wheeler will replace the Sportsman races with two events for ARCA cars in
Outfielder Albert Belle of the Cleveland
Indians was convicted today of reckless operation of a motor
vehicle on private property. Belle pled no contest to chasing
teenagers who had ``egged'' his home on Halloween. Belle's car
ended up on a neighbor's lawn. The Indians' slugger was fined
GRAPHIC=Major League Baseball
Major league baseball had its work cut out after a strike that turned fans
away in droves.
Len Besthoff explains how the Salem Avalanche's parent club won its fans
IN Q=To say
SUPER=01-Scott Hall/Baseball Fan; :06
SUPER=01-Mike Arthur/Rockies Marketing Director; :42
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( To say the least, the baseball strike spanning two seasons left fans
SOT TAPE TWO 16:58:58
IN Q=It did
((SCOTT HALL/BASEBALL FAN: IT DID MAKE ME A LITTLE UPSET WHERE I COULDN'T
WATCH MY BASEBALL GAMES ON THE WEEKEND AND REST LIKE I'D LIKE TO.))
OUT Q=like to.
When it ended, it presented an uphill battle for an expansion teams like the
Colorado Rockies, which had just begun developing its fan base.
Nat Sot from file
SOT 17:12:55 TAPE TWO
IN Q=But the
((But the Rockies ended up defying the odds. They sold tons of merchandise,
drew in millions of fans, and they even made it to the playoffs.))
OUT Q=the playoffs.
So how did the team win back its fans?
Its marketing director explained during his visit to the Roanoke Valley,
home of the Rockies class A affiliate, the Salem Avalanche.
SOT TAPE ONE 18:26:13
IN Q=When you
((MIKE ARTHUR/ROCKIES MARKETING DIRECTOR: WHEN YOU TALK SUCCESS, YOU'RE
TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS NOT JUST THE PENNANT ON THE FIELD.))
OUT Q=on the field.
Mike Arthur says the Rockies bend over backwards to give fans what they
That means doing anything from broadcasting more games...
To making sure the new stadium's toilets work...
SOT TAPE ONE 18:27:06
IN Q=To some
((ARTHUR: TO SOME CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY LIKE THE INTERNET FOR EXAMPLE. AND
CREATING A DIALOG BETWEEN FANS AND THE TEAM OR PLAYERS ON THE INTERNET.))
OUT Q=the Internet.
Arthur says this attention to detail will soon become standard practice for
teams to succeed, especially the ones in smaller cities.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))