Some Virginia Tech players are in Holiday spirit.
The players have been tough this season- now they're showing their
gentler side- helping some folks in need. The story on News 7 at eleven.
Up next on News 7 at five
A Virginia Tech Student is murdered- Now three people are charged in a
A bus accident kills two students in Southern California.
Plus we'll show you a hot item that's hard to find this holiday.
How about a dusting of snow to put you in the holiday spirit? Fast moving
weather system will do just that this evening.
On Health Check-- dealing with pain.
State lawmakers want to insure Virginians get better relief when they're
(Jean AD LIB)
Virginia Tech is stunned by the murder of one of its students, killed in a
crime spree that may have crossed four jurisdictions in the New River Valley.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It all started in Blacksburg last night.
Police say the victim was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Tracy Altizer is in our New River Valley Newsroom with the latest.
Jean, 22 year- old Alexander DeFilippis was just sitting in his car at the
Hethwood Express convenience store when he was carjacked.
It was the beginning of a night of terror allegedly waged by three suspects.
IN Q=Blacksburg police say
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; 08
SUPER=01-Lt. R.L. Hamlin/Montgomery Co. Investigator; :23
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director; :35
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :39
OUT Q=two convenience stores.
(( Blacksburg police say the suspects ditched their car at Hethwood Express
when it ran out of gas.
So they allegedly carjacked DeFilippis and drove him to the Whitethorn
area of Montgomery County.
Police say two suspects have given corroborating statements that the plan
was to let DeFilippis go.
But police allege 27 year- old Ben Lilly changed his mind, and shot the
student four times in the head.
((LT. R.L. HAMLIN/MONTGOMERY CO. INVESTIGATOR: WHAT THEY SAY IS THAT BEN WAS
WORRIED ABOUT GOING BACK INTO THE PEN, AND THIS BOY HAD SEEN THEIR FACE. ))
It happened the very day Virginia Tech was reported by the FBI as one of
Virginia's safest schools.
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR: AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS IT SENDS
KIND OF A SHOCK WAVE THROUGH, IT'S KIND OF HARD FOR THE WHOLE UNIVERSITY TO
DEAL WITH IT. ))
The suspects are being held in Giles County, where they were arrested after
allegedly robbing two convenience stores.))
Ben Lilly, the alleged triggerman, his younger brother Mark Lilly and Gary
Wayne Barger all face charges in Montgomery County of capital murder,
abduction, robbery and carjacking.
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(QUESTION: Do you have any information on arrangements for the victim?)
Two children are dead in a freak accident between a school bus and a
garbage truck in Los Angeles.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/This Morning;
It happened this morning-
Apparently the bus drove by the truck- just as the garbage truck's
hydraulic arm broke free.
Officials say the arm was like a missile coming out of a launch pad-
It punched a one foot hole in the side of the truck- and raked the windows
on the left side of the bus.
((WHEN I WAS TALKING TO THE DRIVER OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK HE SAID HE WAS UNAWARE
THAT THE CYLINDER HAD BROKEN LOOSE IN HIS TRASH TRUCK WHILE HE WAS COMPACTING
THE TRASH AND AS HE WAS DRIVING IT STRUCK THE SIDE OF THE BUS.))
OUT Q=side of the bus.
Forty-eight elementary school children were on the bus--two were
One is in critical condition with a head injury and another is listed in
Officials say the other students had mostly minor injuries.
Northern Virginia was the winner in Richmond today.
State Senate Democrats say Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer's vote makes them
the majority after voters gave them a 20- 20 split.
Today, the self- proclaimed majority picked its leaders.
The new caucus chairman is from Spotsylvania County.
IN Q=What you see
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D- SPOTSYLVANIA: WHAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU TODAY IS REALLY THE
NEW GENERATION. AND THE NEW SENATE OF VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania;
OUT Q=Senate of Virginia.
A three- way fight for the seat of power went to new majority leader Dick
Saslaw (SASS-law) of Springfield.
He says he would NOT know how to equally share power with the Republicans.
IN Q=It's hard to run
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: IT'S HARD TO RUN THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATURE
TRYING TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. ONE PARTY OUGHT TO HAVE RESPONSIBILITY OR
THE OTHER PARTY OUGHT TO HAVE RESPONSIBILITY.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield;
OUT Q=responsibility. DOUBLE OUT
Saslaw defeated Fairfax Senator Joe Gartlan, and Bluefield Senator Jack
Reasor for the top post.
He says he'll share power more with fellow Democrats than ousted Majority
Leader Hunter Andrews of Hampton did.
Don Beyer calls the feisty Saslaw "a fighter and a healer at the same time."
Conservative Democrat Virgil Goode of Rocky Mount was the notable absence.
Democrats say they consider him a vote to give them the majority-- even
though he frequently votes with Republicans.
It sounds like a familiar story- but its happening again today.
The President vetoed the republican plan to balance the budget in seven
It contains more spending cuts and bigger tax cuts than the President
Clinton says he'll present his own seven-year plan to Republicans
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Bob Packwood is still packing-- and that's making some of his former
colleagues in the U-S Senate furious.
The former Oregon Senator was granted a 30-day extension to clear his
things out of his office.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/File Tape;
The Ethics Committee recommended Packwood be expelled for making unwanted
sexual advances toward women.
Just yesterday, committee members learned his office won't officially close
until December 30th.
Packwood's chief of staff says they needed extra time to deal with
The secretary of the Senate says not granting the extension would have
caused "sloppiness" and boxes in the hallway.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come--Hill City educators make their wish-lists for next year,
and in a Danville housing development they are checking out crime by moving
in-- we'll explain.
On Health Check-- Alleghany Regional Hospital is joining the ranks of
The story, plus Lewis Gale Hospital is giving one newborn the star
THe nationally ranked U-V-A men's basketball team falls to unranked
Vanderbilt at home.
That and an update on this weekend's kickoff of the Stagg bowl later on
NEWS-7 at Five.
Some residents of a Danville housing developments are hoping a community
room will help take a bite out of crime.
Liberty View is the city's oldest housing development.
Security Manager Kenny Wiggins says because of it's size, it also has the
highest crime rate.
But Wiggins is fighting back.
Last night, Danville city council gave Wiggins the go-ahead to build a
community room at Liberty View.
He says a meeting place will give residents and Liberty View's part time
police officers a chance to improve relations.
IN Q=In that aspect
((KENNY WIGGINS/SECURITY MANAGER:IN THAT ASPECT WE PLAN TO CONDUCT CRIME WATCH
MEETINGS, NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, HOPEFULLY BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH A RESIDENT PATROL
WHICH HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER HOUSING AUTHORITIES THROUGHOUT THE
STATE OF VIRGINIA. ))
SUPER=01-Kenny Wiggins/Security Manager; :00
OUT Q=of Virginia.
Renovations are expected to take two-to three months.
It's a little early- but education leaders in Lynchburg already have a list
of New Year's resolutions.
They've outlined their priorities for the State Legislature session that
begins in January.
The Lynchburg school board this morning hosted its annual legislative
breakfast for area state lawmakers.
Both sides say they benefit from the exchange of ideas and opinions before
the upcoming session.
IN Q=They're very helpful
((DR. JULIUS SIGLER/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THEY'RE VERY HELPFUL BOTH
IN TERMS OF GETTING OUR VIEWPOINTS ACROSS TO LEGISLATORS AND IN TERMS OF OUR
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFICULTIES THEY FACE. IT'S AWFULLY EASY TO SIT HERE AND SAY
`WELL, WHY DON'T THEY DO THIS IN RICHMOND' WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING ALL THE
PRESSURES THE LEGISLATORS FACE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Julius Sigler/Lynchburg School Board Chairman; :00
OUT Q=the legislators face.
Sigler says the cost of required state programs like the new Standards of
Learning are of particular concern to Lynchburg.
He estimates the city will have to come up with an extra three and a half
million dollars in education spending to pay for the program.
Hollins College president Maggie O'Brien says she accomplished most of her
objectives at the Roanoke County school.
This morning O'Brien officially announced she is leaving Hollins College to
take the helm of St. Mary's College of Maryland.
She says one of the biggest hurdles she cleared in her more than four years
as President was raising a landmark 60 million dollars for the school.
O'Brien says her family supports her career move.
SOT 12:06:38 (From the Air Check)
IN Q=I chuckled when
((MAGGIE O'BRIEN/HOLLINS COLLEGE PRESIDENT: I CHUCKLED WHEN I READ THE NEWSWEEK
ARTICLE ON COLLIN POWELL AND HIS FAMILY'S THOUGHTS ABOUT THE DECISION PROCESS.
OUR'S TOO IS VERY MUCH A COLLECTIVE ENDEAVOR WHERE THE THOUGHTS OF ALL ARE
WEIGHED THOUGH THE FINAL DECISION REST WITH THE PERSON WHO NEEDS TO MAKE
SUPER=01-Maggie O'Brien/Hollins College President;
OUT Q=to make that.
O'Brien will start at St. Mary's of Maryland in June.
Hollins hopes to fill her vacancy soon.
groovy music under
Have you wondered what some of the homes in Old Southwest look like on the
inside? Now's your chance you wander through them.
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Roanoke's Old Southwest is showing off both its proud past and its future--
during the Parlor Tour this weekend.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans has a look inside this neighborhood that's focusing on
revitalization and renewal.
SUPER=01-Jan Wilkins/Parlor Tour Chairman;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
The field is just about ready for the Stagg Bowl in Salem. A little later,
Mike will tell us if this weekend's game is a sell-out.
On Health Check-- it's the first White House Conference on AIDS.
President Clinton outlined the government's priorities-- he also got an
earful from an AIDS activist.
IN Q=We need the
((WE NEED THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY TO DEMAND THAT CANDID AND HONEST
INFORMATION ABOUT SEXUALITY, AIDS AND OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO
YOUNG PEOPLE IN SCHOOLS AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES ))
OUT Q=their communities.
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Whether you consider government a source of pain or a pain reliever is one
difference between Republicans and Democrats.
But some lawmakers from both parties think Virginians should demand better
relief from real physical pain.
A legislative subcommittee studying laws and attitudes related to acute and
cancer pain called doctors, pharmacists, and insurers together today.
They say patients are becoming more savvy health care consumers.
IN Q=They're becoming
((DR. JOHN ROWLINGSON/UVA: THEY'RE BECOMING AWARE THAT THERE ARE NEW
TECHNIQUES AND DIFFERENT WAYS TO APPROACH OLD- FASHIONED KIND OF PAIN. WITH
THAT KNOWLEDGE, THEY'RE GOING TO PHYSICIANS. AND WHEN THEY INTERACT WITH
PHYSICIAN WHO HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO KEEP UP TO DATE BECAUSE MEDICAL SCIENCE HAS
BEEN SO BURDENSOME IN ITS DEVELOPMENTS, THEY END UP HAVING A NOT VERY
SATISFYING SOLUTION TO THEIR PAIN PROBLEM.))
((SEN. JANE WOODS/PAIN SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZER: THE IMPETUS I THINK TO THE
SYMPOSIUM AS I'VE SAID TO MANY PEOPLE WAS A LITTLE BOY NAMED MARIO, WHO HAD
CERTAINLY LATE-STAGE CANCER AND WHOSE PAIN WAS WELL ENOUGH MANAGED THAT THIS
WAS A VIBRANT, EXCITED, INVOLVED YOUNGSTER RIGHT UP UNTIL THE END.))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Rowlingson/University of Virginia; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/Pain Symposium Organizer; :22
OUT Q=to the end.
One of the legislative concerns is that state employees have the same access
to good pain management that private sector workers do.
Doctors say reimbursers should pay for proper pain management to help cut
down on unnecessary testing and longer hospital stays.
Back in May health care giant Columbia-H-C-A purchased Alleghany Regional
Now details have emerged on some of the changes in store for the facility.
Alleghany Regional outlined the plans at a conference sponsored by the
Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce.
SUPER=03-Low Moor/File Tape;
For starters, the hospital will soon offer one of the first managed care
programs in the area.
It will become part of both a Health Maintenance Organization, or H-M-O, and
a Preferred Provider Organization, or P-P-O.
IN Q=One of our
((WARD STEVENS/ALLEGHANY REGIONAL HOSPITAL: ONE OF OUR BIGGEST GOALS IN 1996 IS
TO DEVELOP AND BE ABLE TO PROVIDE TO AREA EMPLOYERS A MANAGED CARE PLAN WHICH
WILL MEET THEIR NEEDS.))
SUPER=01-Ward Stevens/Alleghany Regional Hospital;
OUT Q=their needs.
Alleghany Regional will also begin marketing itself more aggressively.
It wants to keep area residents from going to Roanoke for the same services
it can provide at a lower cost.
President Clinton says the goal of the first White House AIDS conference is
to find a cure and a vaccine for the disease,
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
Clinton today told advocates he would oppose efforts in Congress to cut
funds for AIDS research and medicaid programs.
IN Q=this is
((THIS IS A DISEASE AND WE HAVE NEVER BEFORE HAD A DISEASE THAT WE COULD NOT
CONQUER. WE CAN CONQUER THIS.))
OUT Q=can conquer this
An H-I-V positive AIDS activist told the President he doesn't want to die
feeling cheated or let down by the country's leaders.
IN Q=I do not
((SEAN SASSER/AIDS ACTIVIST:I DO NOT WANT ANOTHER PERSON TO DIE FEELING AS
THOUGH WE AS A COMMUNITY AND A COUNTRY
HAVE NOT DONE EVERYTHING WITHIN OUR POWER TO FIND A CURE FOR THE AIDS
SUPER=01-Sean Sasser/AIDS Activist; :
About 250 people-- mainly AIDS activists, physicians, researchers and
clergy participated in the day-long meeting.
Lewis Gale Hospital showed off a lucky baby just born there.
Holly Katherine Rader became the one-thousandth baby born this year at the
It's the first time in its history Lewis Gale has ever delivered a
thousand babies in a year.
To celebrate-- Holly's parents, Melanie and Brian-- were given a gift
basket complete with a free night at the Marriott Hotel.
The baby, who was just born last night, received a thousand dollar savings
Is Salem ready for the return of the Stagg Bowl?
Mike Stevens knows and joins us with a complete report.
Good evening everybody and welcome to the midweek sports ticker.
The clock is ticking down toward this Saturday afternoon's Stagg Bowl in
Ticket sales for the Division Three national championship have picked up a
bit this week.
And even though sales are still a little bit behind games from the past two
years a sellout is still a possibility.
IN Q="Right as this morning...
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER/STAGG BOWL DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Stagg Bowl Director; :00
OUT Q=...weather is good."
Scott Sampson, Bud Hale and the rest of the guys over at Salem stadium were
hard at work today painting logos on the field.
Sampson's crew has benefitted greatly from its experience over the past two
IN Q="The first year...
((SCOTT SAMPSON/SALEM STADIUM MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :00
OUT Q=...in the past."
Sampson and company were hustling to finish up the paint job today so they
can cover the field with a tarp if the snow comes tonight.
The Roanoke Express set a franchise record for goals scored in one game last
night as they spanked the Wheeling Thunderbirds 11 to 3.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Thunderbirds vs. Express; :00
Last night during the Ticker Frank Anzalone said he was worried his team
would come out flat.
They were anything but deflated. Jeff Jablonski muscles the puck off the
boards and slaps it in off the right side in tight and Roanoke takes a 5-to-2
lead just over five minutes into the second period.
Later in the second, Jablonski would take the pass from Ilia Dubkov and
blast this one in off the left side for a 6-to-3 advantage.
He had a hat trick and assist and Dubkov had two goals and three assists.
Roanoke would also make the visitors from West Virginia pay for the loss as
Jason Clarke checks out Louis Dumont and then works on Derrick Decosty.
The Express has now won 6 of its last seven.
In a couple of other notes, the San Antonio Spurs have extended the contract
of center David Robinson.
Last year's MVP has inked a new contract that is good for life.
And Virginia Tech women's basketball star Michelle Hollister will miss
tonight's game with UVa. The sophomore has been suspended for breaking an
unspecified team rule.
Lot's more coming your way at six.
Stay warm tonight everybody and have a great night.
take a break
Each year there's always a hot toy stores can't keep on the shelves.
This season is no exception.
The big seller is Mattel's Happy Holiday Barbie.
If you've just started looking for it now, you're probably too late-- as
anxious parents are begging, pleading, even fighting to get one of the limited
To appease customers, the toy company is handing out IOUs and even
promising home delivery early next year.
Redemption certificates for the limited edition Barbie will go on sale at
retailers nationwide December 16th.
(toss to ROBIN)
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Here's a Pop Quiz for you.
What region of the Commonwealth gets the least educational funding?
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Keith Humphry has the disturbing answer.
The answer, unfortunately, is Southwest Virginia-- that's according to the
state's Education Association.
But a group called Virginians for Improved Education is trying to change all
They kicked off a state- wide campaign today in an effort to increase
awareness on school funding.
Members hope they can eventually get new legislation to increase educational
dollars in Southwest Virginia.
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We'll see if they can make the grade in about 30 minutes from now.
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