Up next on News 7 at five-
A verdict is in for Michael Draper- the man accused of trying to kill his
More people admit they were involved in a huge pot growing business in
And water problems in the Town of Narrows.
The return on normal weather for mid-December. Temperatures are warming up a
bit and some rain is on the way.
On Health Check--
The future may bring a new way to treat millions of ulcer patients--
If scientists have their way, 90-percent of ulcers would be wiped out.
(Jean AD LIB)
Appalachian Power moves a step closer to plugging in a new high voltatge
power line from West Virginia to Cloverdale.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It is far from a done deal, but Appalachian Power is moving closer to
approval from State Regulators.
The controversial high-voltage power line would stretch from West Virginia
to Cloverdale--in Botetourt County.
double boxes Jean/Len
Len Besthoff is at APCO's Cloverdale station to explain what all this
Len how did the power company respond to the news?
(len ad lib)
(roll cue: "...early Christmas present.")
IN Q=well obviously
SUPER=01-Charles Simmons/Appalachian Power Co.; :00
SUPER=04-File Tape; :23 QUICK !!
OUT Q=out to lunch
(len ad lib)
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(questions: What kinds of things does the S-C-C want to know?)
The man accused of planting a pipe bomb in a Martinsville parking lot was
found not guilty this afternoon.
Michael Draper was charged with malicious wounding and possession of an
Police believe the blast was intended for the father of Draper's former
girlfriend, who was scheduled to testify against him in court.
Another man was seriously injured.
Draper's first trial ended with a hung jury- his second with a verdict of
IN Q=I think the only reason
((MICHAEL DRAPER/DEFENDANT: I THINK THE ONLY REASON WHY THE CASE CAME OUT LIKE
IT DID IS BECAUSE OF THE WAY I HAVE ALWAYS TREATED PEOPLE. I HAVE ALWAYS
TREATED PEOPLE DECENT, TREATED THEM WITH RESPECT NO MATTER WHAT FEELINGS THEY
HAVE TOWARD ME. I NEVER TRIED TO DO ANYTHING AGAINST THEM.))
OUT Q=against them.
Prosecutor Randy Smith says he believes a guilty man has gone free.
He said the verdict was a "triumph of pseudo- science," because a defense
expert was able to cast doubt on fingerprint evidence linking Draper to the
Four more people have admitted to playing a role in an indoor marijuana
growing operation in the Roanoke area.
The group was busted a year ago.
Federal authorities eventually charged ten people in the conspiracy to
As the investigation continued, the drug task force discovered ten separate
houses entirely devoted to growing marijuana.
Victor Layman, the alleged organizer of the operation, was expected to
plead guilty today, too.
But the attorneys are still working out details of a plea agreement.
The Richmond police department has internally reviewed the shooting of a
Danville man by one of its own-- but has yet to release the results.
Marco Loney was fatally shot in the back by a Richmond patrol officer in
A grand jury refused to indict the officer.
Loney's family campaigned in Richmond for the officer's firing.
The department's part- civilian "use of force" committee has investigated,
but NOT publicly released its findings.
The Senate Whitewater committee is ordering a former White House counsel
to turn over crucial notes- or face subpoena.
The White House now says it'll turn over the notes- but under some
The offer says private attorneys must be exempt from questioning and the
committee must regard the meetings as privileged.
IN Q=there are
((SEN. ALFONSE D'AMATO/R- NEW YORK: THERE ARE CERTAIN CONDITIONS SPELLED OUT IN
THE LETTER THAT WE JUST RECEIVED. THE PROPOSAL WE JUST RECEIVED THAT MAKE IT
IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO ACCEPT THESE CONDITIONS.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Alfonse D'Amato/(R) New York;
OUT Q=ACCEPT THESE CONDITIONS."
The notes are from a disputed 1993 meeting on the Clinton's Whitewater
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next-- with a stroke of the pen a Bosnian peace treaty is signed in
And residents in Narrows are being asked to conserve water throughout the
weekend after a water main break.
On Health Check-- a possible new AIDS treatment is tested tonight on a
The results could be miraculous, or deadly.
Some of the music world's biggest stars have hit the airwaves--
But they aren't peddling their recent recordings--we'll explain, as NEWS-7
Peace in Bosnia is official- at least on paper.
Three presidents signed the Peace treaty in Paris this morning.
((IN THIS CHORUS FOR PEACE TODAY WE ALSO HEAR THE HALLOWED VOICES OF THE
OUT Q=VOICES OF THE VICTIMS."
Tomorrow final approval comes on deploying NATO troops to Bosnia-
The alliance still needs United Nations approval to deploy 60 thousand
The U-S commander also needs formal approval of tougher rules of
The Roanoke School Board thinks former Superintendent Frank Tota can do
better work for 35-thousand dollars.
That's Tota's annual consulting fee under his early retirement contract.
Tota left Roanoke City in 1993 to become school superintendent in Dobbs
Ferry, New York.
He submitted a report on funding Roanoke's Magnet Schools, but the board
returned it to him requesting more information.
School Board Chairman Nelson Harris hopes Tota will not take legal action to
try to get the full fee.
IN Q=He has not
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: HE HAS NOT COMMUNICATED THAT TO
US, ONLY TO THE NEWSPAPER. HE MAY EXERCISE THAT OPTION. WE HOPE WE DON'T GET
INTO A SITUATION INVOLVING LITIGATION BUT THE BOARD IS COMMITTED TO ITS
POSITION AND WE'RE GOING TO REMAIN FIRM. WE ARE AWARE THE FEE IS PAID BY TAX
PAYERS' MONEY AND THE BOARD IS COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE THE MONEY IS WELL SPENT
AND WELL EARNED.))
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke School Board Chairman;
OUT Q=and well earned.
Harris says Tota's contract is worth a quarter of a million dollars over its
seven year term.
He says the deal IS a legal contract, but it is the first retirement
agreement of its kind for any Roanoke city official or employee.
Kay James ushered Virginia welfare reform into the national spotlight -- and
then became George Allen's first Cabinet Secretary to QUIT.
Now political observers are debating if she got out while the getting was
good -- or was forced out.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the buzz on Capitol Square.
Jean, Kay James has been dodging reporters since her resignation was made
public last weekend.
So without her input, sources close to the Governor tell us she's had some
friction with Allen, had hoped he'd back her for Republican party chairman, and
may be disappointed that he has yet to do so.
IN Q=In fact, Allen
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa Political Analyst; :10
OUT Q=this year.
(( In fact, Allen insiders have already endorsed Chesapeake Delegate Randy
Forbes for the job.
But with or without George Allen, Kay James has a bright future ahead.
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: SHE'S IN A VERY SPECIAL POSITION. SHE IS
A BLACK WOMAN IN A PARTY THAT DOES NOT ATTRACT MANY MINORITIES AND HAS A
PROBLEM WITH WOMEN VOTERS, SO SHE'S A GREAT ASSET FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
AND THERE'S CONSIDERABLE TALK ABOUT HER RUNNING FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE. POSSIBLY
AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.))
James is staunchly pro- life and helped Bob Dole shore up his credentials
with the Christian right earlier this year.
That last connection is major.
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Republican circles in Virginia are positively gleeful about James's chances
for a Cabinet post in any Republican Presidency.
(question:Between now and whatever political future she has, what might she
Water problems continue plaguing residents in the town of Narrows.
Crews repaired one broken water main last night, but then a second one
Another break was found this morning.
Water in the town's storage tanks dropped considerably last night, but there
have been some improvements.
IN Q=They are
((W. H. CLEMONS/NARROWS POLICE CHIEF: THEY ARE GAINING A LITTLE BIT ON THE
PUMPS NOW, BUT THE WATER SUPPLY IS STILL CRITICAL, STILL IN EMERGENCY
SUPER=01-W. H. Clemons/Narrows Police Chief;
OUT Q=emergency situation.
Schools in the town were closed today.
All Giles County fire departments are prepared to respond to fires in
Because of the water situation, Narrows Elementary and High Schools will
close at noon tomorrow.
groovy music under
You can have more than visions of sugar plums dancing in your head this
weekend in Roanoke.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
One staple of the Holidays is great music, and the Roanoke Symphony has
teamed up with the Southwest Virginia Ballet to bring us a classic: The
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium to tell us
more about the performances this weekend.
SUPER=01-Terri Post/Artistic Director;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
Don't go away-- the Roanoke Express will have to be all fueled up for its
Mike has details in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
And Burlington Elementary rallies around a special classmate.
Students spent the afternoon raising money for Jessica Brizendine's cancer
fund-- they also helped her celebrate her birthday.
IN Q=blowing out candles
A tense day today for AIDS researchers, awaiting the outcome of an
experimental procedure in San Francisco.
An AIDS-infected man is being injected with baboon bone marrow in an
effort to save his life.
But the surgery could just as easily kill him.
There is research to show baboon marrow is resistant to the AIDS virus,
and could rebuild Jeff Getty's immune system.
But some scientists are worried the treatment could kill Getty, or even
unleash a dangerous new animal virus among humans.
Others raise animal rights issues, or question the morality of mixing
human and animal tissue.
The patient fought the F-D-A to approve the treatment for years.
Getty's sister says that too many people quote-- "just shut up and die"
once they get AIDS.
The surgery will start at about seven o'clock this evening, and is
expected to continue into the night.
The latest AIDS forecast offers little reason for optimism.
At a conference in Uganda, activists say AIDS is likely to spread unchecked
Twenty million people worldwide have been infected by the AIDS virus-- with
about 60-percent of these cases in Africa.
Millions of ulcer sufferers could soon undergo a new type of treatment.
Government scientists are urging approval of the first antibiotic therapy
to kill the bacteria behind the pain.
As it turns out, it's not excess stomach acid-- but rather, a bacteria
that causes most ulcers.
The doctor who discovered the virus a decade ago says 90-percent of peptic
ulcers in the U.S. could be wiped out within five years.
We've seen communities on many recent occassions-- rally behind those who
truly need help.
It's also been the case with sick children in our region, undergoing costly
IN Q=You don't
SUPER=01-Judy Brizendine/Mother; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07
OUT Q=clapping NAT SOUND
IN Q=You don't realize
((JUDY BRIZENDINE/MOTHER: YOU DON'T REALIZE IT UNTIL YOU'RE IN A SITUATION LIKE
THIS JUST HOW MANY GOOD PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE. ))
OUT Q=are out there.
The Brizendine family has seen that charitable spirit firsthand-- through
the emotional and financial support of their daughter Jessica's battle against
The family's learned quite a bit about life since Jessica was diagnosed
with bone cancer last March.
IN Q=The most important
((THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I'VE LEARNED IS TO SPEND QUALITY TIME TOGETHER.
BEFORE IT SEEMED LIKE WE NEVER HAD ENOUGH TIME TO DO THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. BUT
WE MAKE THE TIME NOW. ))
OUT Q=make the time now.
To offer their support, Jessica's classmates at Burlington Elementary today
helped her celebrate her ninth birthday.
IN Q=blowing out candles
The kids also tried to dance till they dropped-- a dance-a-thon at the
school helped raise money for Jessica's on-going chemotherapy treatments.
This spring the Brizendines will be heading to Disney World-- a gift trip
made possible through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Baseball season just wrapped up but there's a lot of action going on--OFF
THe Indians may not have won the world series, but they won over a big name
for its roster-- let's hear from Mike.
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Thursday afternoon Two minute
Let's begin on the baseball diamond where the free agent signings have been
fast and furious today.
SUPER=03-Cleveland/This Afternoon; :00
In Cleveland the rich just gut richer as the Indians inked hard throwing
Jack McDowell to a two year contract worth nine-point-eight million dollars.
The 1993 Cy Young Award winner says he's pleased an punch to be with a true
contender in a city that's excited about its baseball.
IN Q="Obviously, I can't...
((JACK MCDOWELL/SIGNS WITH INDIANS:))
SUPER=01-Jack McDowell/Signs with Indians; :00
OUT Q=...A LOT OF FUN."
Also, the Orioles have signed the national league saves leader Randy Myers to
a 2 year deal worth 6 point 3 million.
Craig Biggio has agreed to a four deal with the Astros.
Mike STanley is with the Redsox for a season, and Lance Johnson has joined
the Mets outfield for the next two years.
The Roanoke Express is gearing up for their first back-to-back-to-back 3
game stint of the season.
Roanoke plays Hampton Roads, Richmond and Tallahassee in a two and a half
day period with the first game tomorrow night, and the last Sunday afternoon.
The team has not had a game this week, but most of the players held an
optional practice yesterday.
Roanoke is currently third in the east division and the first two games of
this series are against divisional opponents.
IN Q=It's gonna be
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/HAS WON 7 STRAIGHT IN GOAL:))
((JOHN LARSON/LEFT WINGER:))
SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/Second Rated Goalie in ECHL; :00
SUPER=01-John Larson/Express Winger; :21
OUT Q=....be even longer"
More on the Express and the Peach Bowl bound Cavaliers as we chat with
MIke Groh at @ 6.
I hope to see you then, have a nice evening.
TAKE A BREAK
It is a different kind of security at a middle school in Georgia.
The school board wants to build an eight-foot high wall around the school
to protect the students and faculty from stray bullets.
Gunfire from shootings at a nearby apartment complex frequently hits school
So far no one has been injured, but the County school board says parents
have complained about the problem for 15-years.
Some say the wall is nothing but a Band-Aid on the problem.
Some of the music industry's biggest recording artists tuned up to kick off
a campaign against drunk driving.
IN Q=NAT SOUND MUSIC
((BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR....HI, I'M CLINT BLACK WITH RADD. RECORDING
ARTISTS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING. TWO THINGS THAT DON'T MIX ARE DRINKING AND
OUT Q=DRINKING AND DRIVING.
SUPER=04-Public Service Announcement;
Artists -including Melissa Etheridge and Julian Lennon- appear in three t-v
and radio announcements.
The ads were made to heighten awareness especially among young adults.
TOSS TO ROBIN
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN ad lib)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
It's been almost seven months since Tina and Steve Quesenberry were gunned
down outside a Hillsville apartment complex.
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And since then Keith, the murders have triggered even more losses for their
The family is trying hard SUPER=@Keith1;
to make this a happy holiday season, Jean.
But the five surviving brothers and sisters have also lost their parents
this year, and the alleged murderer, Dennis Stoneman has yet to be indicted.
((TERESA STONEMAN/SUSPECT'S WIFE: IT'S HARD, IT'S SO HARD TO GO, TO TRY TO GO
ON WITHOUT TINA AND MAMA. ))
SUPER=01-Teresa Stoneman/Victim's Sister;
OUT Q=Tina and Mama.
In their first public interview since the murders the family spoke to
Tracy Altizer about their ordeal, double boxes jean/Keith
and we'll hear from them on News-7 at Six.
(ad lib bye)