Coming up on News 7 at FIVE--
Police are still searching for suspects involved in a bank robbery in
Lynchburg this afternoon.
President Clinton peddles his Bosnia plan in London.
The dean of female politicians is saying goodbye.
And after months without a contract, Bell Atlantic and the C-W-A will sit
down together again.
After some heavy rains and snows in the mid-Atlantic, we settle down now with
a chilly forecast.
On Health Check-- we'll meet Dr. Randolph Gordon, Virginia's new Health
Plus, a report on the state's teen pregnancy rates.
These stories and much more up next on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
((IT IS ALWAYS A HARD CHOICE, THE CHOICE FOR PEACE.))
OUT Q=FOR PEACE.
From Bosnia to Northern Ireland- President Clinton urges British leaders
to join him in the fight for peace.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Connie Stevens.
A sleepless President Clinton spent the evening flying across the ocean to
London, in what was supposed to be an Irish iniative peace trip.
But a breakthrough in the stalled Northern Ireland peace process with Great
Britain changed all that.
The focus turned to Bosnia as the President spent the day in London with
Prime Minister John Major.
Mister Clinton later addressed Parliament on the need to work together.
((WE HAVE STOOD TOGETHER IN THE DARKEST MOMENTS. LET US NOW STAND TOGETHER TO
PROTECT....THE NEXT CENTURY. ))
((JOHN MAJOR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: WE BOTH AGREE IT IS VITAL TO DEPLOY A
FORCE TO BOSNIA AS SOON AS PEACE AGREEMENTS COME INTO EFFECT.))
SUPER=01-John Major/British Prime Minister; :15
OUT Q=COME INTO EFFECT.
The President and First Lady continued their visit in England with a private
meeting with the queen.
Tomorrow the Clintons will travel to Northern Ireland.
Meantime, in Bosnia, a small team of American soldiers touched down today to
lay the groundwork for the deployment of the rest of the troops.
A manhunt is underway in central Virginia for a man who allegedly robbed the
Nationsbank on Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg this afternoon.
Just before two p-m, a black male walked into the bank and demanded money.
Police say he did not brandish a weapon, and witnesses say the suspect fled
on foot towards old Boonsboro Road where another suspect and a getaway car
apparently were waiting for him.
The car was later recovered off Walnut Hollow Road in Bedford County...
police officers and scent dogs have spent the past two hours searching the area
for any sign of the man.
Authorities apparently know the name of the man they are looking for and are
in the process of obtaining warrants for his arrest.
We'll have more on the story on News7 at Six.
Police may never know what happened to a Danville woman whose decomposed
body was discovered a month ago.
The skeletal remains of 26- year old Robin Annette Gatewood were found
behind Motley's Warehouse.
It took weeks for authorities to identify the woman.
But it looks like officials will NEVER be able to figure out how she died.
Assistant Chief Medical Examiner David Oxley says the body was too
decomposed to determine a cause of death.
Danville police say the case is still under investigation, but without a
cause of death there's little more they can do.
The rift between Governor George Allen and Republican party chairman Pat
McSweeney got a little wider today.
McSweeney announced he would NOT seek a new four year term as the head of
the state party yesterday.
He said he opposed the candidacy of Allen's Secretary of the Administration
Mike Thomas for his post.
Then McSweeney told the Richmond Times-Dispatch "I would first cut his heart
out with a rusty can top" before allowing Allen and his allies to take over the
IN Q=I would like to
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A PARTY UNIFIED. IT WOULD BE NICE TO
HAVE A PARTY CHAIRMAN WHO DOESN'T HAVE THOSE SORT OF VIEWS OF CUTTING HEARTS
OUT WITH RUSTY CAN TOPS... IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO'S A LITTLE MORE
SUPPORTIVE THAN THAT.))
OUT Q=than that.
The Allen- McSweeney feud publicly dates back to Allen's campaign for
Governor, when Allen felt he didn't get enough support from McSweeney.
McSweeney calls Allen's record as Governor that of "a scorched earth
A 22-year-veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives is retiring.
Democratic Colorado Congresswoman Pat Schroeder is among the country's
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The dean of female legislators says at 55, it's time to tackle new
Schroeder considered running for president in 1988.
Jesse Jackson Junior is the winner among Chicago democrats trying to
replace Mel Reynolds in Congress.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
The 30-year-old son of the Civil Rights leader raked in nearly half the
votes in a five-way primary race.
Since the district is heavily Democratic, Jackson is expected to win
election easily on December 12th-- to fill the final year of Reynolds' term.
Reynolds resigned his seat after being convicted of sexual misconduct.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE--the latest on former White House Press
Secretary James Brady's condition.
He was hospitalized yesterday.
Drive 55-- it's no longer a slogan on many U-S highways-- but what does
that mean for Virginia?
And on Health Check-- an interview with Virginia's in-coming Health
Plus, a well-known watchdog group finally has some good news about food...
All these stories and a live report atop the First Union Tower, as NEWS-7
at FIVE continues.
Former White House Press Secretary James Brady is improving-- after
spending the night hospitalized in Northern Virginia.
He went into cardiac arrest yesterday at his dentist's office-- after being
placed under anesthesia for a tooth implant.
Doctors believe it was a physiological reaction-- possibly due to stress,
rather than anesthesia-- that caused the heart seizure.
Brady was shot in the head during the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald
Governor George Allen says he MAY support raising the speed limit on rural
Virginia interstates to 70 miles per hour.
The governor's comments came in response to legislation President Clinton
signed allowing states to set their own speed limits.
Allen says traffic volume and other safety matters should be considered
IN Q=I'll tell you
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'LL TELL YOU ONE THING. I DON'T THINK WE OUGHT TO DO
WHAT MONTANA DID WHICH IS JUST TAKE THE SPEED LIMITS OFF ALTOGETHER. I KNOW
THERE'S PROBABLY SOME SUPPORT FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BUT THAT DOES NOT HAVE
MY SUPPORT. THAT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=like that.
If state lawmakers did approve a higher speed limit, opponents say it would
lead to more accidents, AND higher auto insurance premiums.
((SONNY HILL/PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE AGENTS OF VA: IF YOU HAVE HIGHER FREQUENCY
AND HIGHER SEVERITY AS FAR AS ACCIDENTS ARE CONCERNED, BOTH IN PROPERTY DAMAGE
AND IN BODILY INJURY, NATURALLY THAT'S GONNA CAUSE HIGHER RATES. ))
SUPER=01-Sonny Hill/Professional Insurance Agents of Va.;
OUT Q=cause higher rates.
Governor Allen says he expects legislators WILL file bills to raise the
speed limit when the General Assembly convenes in January.
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Bell Atlantic and union negotiators will try once again to end their
deadlocked contract talks.
The two sides agreed to meet Monday, according to the president of the
Communications Workers of America Local 22-0-4.
Issues concerning the local union include wage increases, medical benefits
for retirees and job security.
The employees' contract expired nearly four months ago.
The C-W-A represents more than eleven hundred Bell Atlantic workers in our
Bell Atlantic serves 12-million customers in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic
groovy music under
It is a breathtaking view from the 21st floor of the tallest building in the
Star City-- but now there's even a better reason to make the trek.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
Festival of Trees has returned to its former home, where the VIEW is
nearly as spectacular as the trees themselves.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the First Union Tower in downtown Roanoke,
where the great decorations are helping a good cause.
SUPER=01-Katie Van Patten/Mental Health Assoc. of Roanoke Valley;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
The fans in Cleveland are not letting go of their Browns quietly. Steve
will have the latest on this N-F-L move in tonight's Ticker.
And on Health Check--
Finally, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has something good
to say about food-- and restaurant food, at that.
IN Q=The good news is
((THE GOOD NEWS IS, AND IT'S VERY GOOD IS THAT YOU GET A FAR BETTER CHANCE OF
GETTING A HEALTHY OR LOW FAT MEAL FROM A HEALTHY OR LITE MENU THEN YOU DO FROM
A REGULAR MENU. ))
OUT Q=a regular menu.
health bump next
Topping tonight's Health Check--
Governor George Allen took 22 months to hire Virginia's new public health
But Dr. Randolph Gordon -- a former family practitioner in Roanoke -- is now
on the job and facing some tough issues.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What are Dr. Gordon's top priorities?
He comes most recently from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and
he says he can help Virginia's public health switch over to a more preventive
medicine, managed care style.
But we wanted him to react to some of the concerns of his own district
health directors -- like why did it take almost two years for George Allen and
Secretary Kay James to hire him?
IN Q=The Governor
SUPER=01-Dr. Randolph Gordon/Va. Health Commissioner; :00
OUT Q=health policy.
((THE GOVERNOR AND THE SECRETARY BOTH ARE VERY COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE
HEALTH OF THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH, AND THEY MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY
WERE GOING TO RELY ON ME TO ADVISE THEM.))
That would be refreshing news for many health directors who feel Allen and
his health and human resources Secretary were steering public health toward the
Deputy Health Commissioner Scott Daniels told us earlier this year he would
NOT deny public funding to a teen pregnancy prevention program because it
taught religious themes.
We asked Dr. Gordon to react.
((DR. GORDON: IF THEY LOOK LIKE THEY'RE SUCCESSFUL, I THINK WE SHOULD FUND
THEM. OR IF THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL, WHETHER THEY ARE IN A
CHURCH OR NOT.))
What about Daniels' plan to create a new team of family planning and teen
pregnancy policy analysts during a state hiring freeze?
((DR. GORDON: YES I THINK THAT WE NEED TO INCREASE OUR CAPACITY AT THE CENTRAL
OFFICE OF ... TO DEVELOP GOOD PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY.))
Dr. Gordon did emphasize a great desire to let the local health districts
tell the state what they needed.
double boxes Connie/Ellen
(Question:Is he happy with Virginia's health statistics overall?)
Teen drinking has long been a problem, but how about PRE-teen drinking?
The Century Council says kids often take their first taste of alcohol at
the age of ten.
To fight that, the group is launching "Ready or Not" a program designed to
help adults head off kids' drinking before it starts.
It turns out that so-called "lite" restaurant menus really do have less fat
and fewer calories.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest tested seven restaurant
chains and found 13 of 17 items on diet menus were indeed lighter than regular
Although some chefs added more fat than the menus advertised.
IN Q=But diners
((JAYNE HURLEY/CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: BUT DINERS SHOULD
KNOW THAT THEY CANT TAKE THESE NUMBERS ON THE MENU AS GOSPEL. OUR GUESS IS THAT
CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS STARTS OUT WITH THE BEST INTENTION, BUT SOMETHING'S
GETTING LOST IN TRANSLATION THE COOKS MAY BE USING TOO MUCH OIL TO SAUTE, THEY
MAY BE ADDING TOO MUCH SALAD DRESSING TO THE SALAD. OR THEY MAY BE USING
REGULAR INGREDIENTS INSTEAD OF LOWER FAT INGREDIENTS. ))
SUPER=01-Jayne Hurley/Center for Science in the Public Int.; :
Food eaten outside the home now accounts for almost half of all food
It's estimated that in the next five years, Americans will spend more
money on outside food than on groceries.
Good afternoon everyone; Virginia Tech's chances of receiving a bid to an
alliance bowl largely depend on what happens to Miami.
Reports out of Miami earlier today said the school would exclude itself from a
bowl this year.
The Hurricanes were charged with 10 NCAA rules violations last month, and
many thought they would pull out of the bowl picture this season, take their
punishment now and have a clean slate next year.
But late this afternoon, the University president flat out denied those
IN Q="We have
SUPER=01-Tad Foot/University of Miami President; :00
OUT Q=....is an error"
To the NFL. In an ongoing effort to keep the Browns at home; the city of
Cleveland has taken it's case to congress.
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Cleveland fans gathered in our nations capitol to continue their protest
of their teams move to Baltimore.
Two Ohio senators told a senate panel today that congress should stop the
move. Cleveland Mayor Michael White also voiced his opposition.
IN Q="I think
SUPER=01-Michael White/Cleveland Mayor; :00
OUT Q=...to stop with Cleveland"
Turning to European football. The Virginia Cavaliers have advanced to the
NCAA quarterfinals this weekend. The 20-OH and 2 Cavs will play Brown. UVa has
won four straight national championships, but the Wahoos are taking the
pressure to win a fifth in stride.
IN Q=In the back...
SUPER=01-Brandon Pollard/UVa Defender; :00
SUPER=01-Bruce Arena/UVa Head Coach; :16
OUT Q=....get to Richmond"
Coming up at six, more on the Miami bowl situation, plus Mike Stevens had a
conversation with Jeff Gordon earlier today--but stick around for more NEWS-7
There was nothing Mickey Mouse about the Halloween costumes for the Vice
President and his family...including the bill.
The Walt Disney Company billed Al Gore more than 83-hundred dollars for
tailor-made Beauty and Beast costumes.
More than half of the cost was for a Disney costume designer and a makeup
artist flown to Washington from Hollywood.
Ethics guidelines prohibit federal employees from soliciting gifts from
those who have business with the government.
After the Washington Post reported the initial story, the Vice President
quickly agreed to have the Democratic party pay for the costumes, rather than
charge the government.
Postcards usually capture the most beautiful sights of a region or city...
But in New York, a new series delivers the distinctive AROMA of some Big
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"New York Smells" is a scratch and sniff postcard book-- re-creating the
scent of the Fulton Fish Market, the grass of Central Park and fresh-flowers on
IN Q=I have to scratch
((I HAVE TO SCRATCH THIS? OH YEAH. I SMELL FLOWERS. IT WORKS? IT WORKS.))
OUT Q=it works. DOUBLE OUT
There's roast duck from Chinatown, fresh-minted cash from Wall Street and
dill pickles from the Lower East side-- author Caroline McKeldin's favorite.
IN Q=The pickle man
((THE PICKLE MAN, BECAUSE HE'S THE LAST PICKLE MAN IN THE CITY, DOWN ON ESSEX
OUT Q=on Essex Street.
There's also the New York Harbor, and an odor labeled "subway at rush
hour"-- described simply as "horrible."
(toss to robin)
(robin ad lib)
(robin tosses to Connie)
French movie makers are in Rockbridge County shooting a short film that will
promote the Disney animated film "Pocahontas" in Europe.
double boxes Keith/Connie
Keith Humphry is in the newsroom with the details.
Connie the star of this European Disney movie is actually host of the french
version of Wheel of Fortune. (----------------)
However, today the Europeans dropped in on Natural Bridge with cameras in
hand and plan to share a little Virginia with Europe on Christmas Day.
double boxes Connie/Keith
We'll bring you that story along with an update on the manhunt going on in
Central Virginia all this in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at SIX.
That's it for us on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Goodnight.
We'll be there!