Up next on News 7 at five-
What's in this year's state budget. The Governor unveils his plan today.
We'll have a live report.
Plus police are looking for a teenager wanted in the death of an elderly
A cold rain continues to fall across the region, with some ice reported in
the upper elevations.
Rain will continue falling overnight.
On Health Check-- the first symptoms of Tourette Syndrome-- apparently many
parents don't pick up on them.
Plus, the flu bug is making it's way around the region-- boosting absentee
rates in area schools.
(Jean AD LIB)
IN Q=There's certain
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE'S CERTAIN THINGS THAT YOU'RE GONNA FIGHT FOR
CONSTANTLY. BUT YOU HAVE TO FOCUS THE FIGHTS ON ONES THAT ARE LIKELY TO WIN.))
OUT Q=to win.
Governor Allen's got a new two- year budget proposal -- and Democrats are
saying it's a good place to start.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE I'm Jean Jadhon.
In stark contrast to the federal budget (de-bockle) debacle, and last year's
battle in Richmond, Governor Allen and the General Assembly money committees
are off on the right foot.
Ellen Qualls is at the state capitol with highlights.
Jean, the good vibes were flowing today.
There will be battles, and it's NOT George Allen's original vision for
Virginia -- but it may work this time.
IN Q=I want to avoid
SUPER=01-Sen. Hunter Andrews/(D) Hampton; :27
OUT Q=the reporters.
sot tape one 09:55:37
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WANT TO AVOID THE RANCOR AND DIVISION OF LAST YEAR'S
TAX CUT DEBATE. TAKE THE POLITICS OUT OF THIS ISSUE. SEE IF WE CAN FORM A
BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS ON POSITIVE STEPS THAT WE CAN TAKE HERE IN VIRGINIA TO
REFORM OUR TAX POLICIES AND REDUCE THE TAX BURDEN IN WAYS THAT WILL ENHANCE AND
MAKE US EVEN MORE COMPETITIVE.))
Translation: no tax cut this year, but a bi-partisan commission to study
sot tape three 10:43:03
((SEN. HUNTER ANDREWS: THIS IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT APPROACH THAN ONE YEAR
AGO. WHERE HE WAS GONNA CUT TAXES 2.3-BILLION AND CUT, CUT, CUT.))
Democrats may want more money for higher education and less for prisons.
They may question some of the Governor's math.
SOT TAPE THREE 10:42:21
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: WE'RE ALL IN THE SAME GYMNASIUM. AND WE ALL HAVE THE
SAME UNIFORMS ON. AND WE'RE ALL PLAYING WITH THE SAME ULTIMATE GOAL. AND THAT
MAKES THE JOB A LOT EASIER.))
SOT TAPE TWO 10:15:41
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK THIS WILL BE A MUCH MORE BI-PARTISAN, MUCH MORE
WORK TOGETHER SESSION. THE GOVERNOR'S TONE TODAY WAS VERY POSITIVE. AND THE
PEOPLE THAT ARE GONNA BE DISAPPOINTED WILL BE ALL THE REPORTERS.))
The Governor says what makes this budget different from past Democratic
budgets is that it packs the punch of accountability.
Like students meeting tougher new academics.
double boxes jean/ellen
And the Governor's showing voters that even he is accountable to them, and
what he believes they said November 7th.
( Questions: What would the big budget fights be over?
One may lie in the massive changes to juvenile justice law that both parties
would like to see. Democrats want more preventive measures than punitive --
and that likely will spark lively debate.)
The President's blaming Republicans.
Republicans are blaming the President- Meanwhile the government remains
partially closed down- with no budget in place.
((IT IS WRONG FOR THE CONGRESS TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN JUST OT MAKE A
POLITICAL POINT THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND ITS UNFAIR TO THE PUBLIC AND ITS
UNFAIR TO THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.))
OUT Q=TO THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES"
President Clinton had his veto pen in hand today- striking down two spending
bills he says will hurt the environment.
The bills would have cut budgets for the departments of Interior, Veterans
Affairs and Urban Development.
The President says he worked all weekend on alternatives that could cut the
The second time around may not be any easier for Federal agencies here in
Scott Prince joins us from the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke.
Scott, how are the different offices handling the situation?
Jean, it just depends which agency you visit.
Some aren't experiencing too many changes, but other offices are feeling the
brunt of the shutdown.
IN Q= It's a sequel
SUPER=01-Fred Ayscue/Social Security Director; :23
SUPER=01-Jim Maye/Veterans Affairs Director; :44
OUT Q=little bit of overtime.
(( It's a sequel no one wanted to see.
And its varied affects are showing up at Federal agencies here in Southwest
You'll still find motorists on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
But you won't find any park rangers, only law enforcement officers.
At the Social Security office, it looks like business as usual.
No one has been furloughed and checks will be delivered on time.
But there are still some things that won't get done.
SOT 12:10:17 tape 2
IN Q=For instance process
((FRED AYSCUE/SOCIAL SECURITY DIRECTOR: FOR INSTANCE, PROCESS NEW SOCIAL
SECURITY CARDS, NEW APPLICATIONS OR REPLACE ANY WAGE MAINTENANCE. ANYTHING
THAT'S NOT OF CRITICAL NATURE WE'RE NOT PERMITTED TO DO THAT AT THAT TIME. ))
OUT Q=at that time
Just eight flights up, things are drastically different at Veterans Affairs.
Nearly 220 workers have been furloughed at V- A and visions of last month
are still fresh in the director's mind.
SOT 9:57:15 tape 1
IN Q=We still are
((JIM MAYE/VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: WE STILL ARE PROCESSING SOME OF THE
BACKLOG THAT OCCURRED TWO WEEKS AGO. WE'VE PROBABLY MADE UP A LARGE PART OF
IT-- EIGHTY OR NINETY PERCENT OF IT BUT NOT FULLY. BUT WE HAD TO DO THAT WITH A
LITTLE BIT OF OVERTIME. ))
OUT Q=bit of overtime
double boxes Jean/Scott
(Question: last time the Peaks of Otter Lodge was shut down. What's the status
of the resort during this shutdown?)
As federal government workers trudged in and out of work this morning,
Time Magazine's Man of the Year was hard at work for Virginia Republicans.
Newt Gingrich packed in about 12- hundred Republicans at a fundraising
breakfast for Richmond Congressman Tom Bliley.
The House Speaker defended taking the trip during the budget showdown with
IN Q=I'll be back
((REP. NEWT GINGRICH/(R) HOUSE SPEAKER: I'LL BE BACK BY 9:30 OR 10:00. I WAS
IN WASHINGTON ALL DAY YESTERDAY. I WAS IN WASHINGTON SATURDAY. HE COULD HAVE
CONTACTED US SATURDAY. I WAS IN DOLE'S OFFICE BOTH DAYS. IN FACT WE HAD A
PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY, SENATOR DOLE AND I. WE HAD THE TELEPHONE BETWEEN
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/House Speaker;
OUT Q=between us.
Governor Allen and Attorney General Jim Gilmore got in on the act, joining
Gingrich for breakfast.
U-S planes finally landed in Tuzla today- from Aviano Italy.
Bad weather had delayed the arrivals for several days.
But today the planes landed, carrying mostly vehicles, equipment and
((COL. NEAL PATTON/U.S. AIR FORCE: IF THINGS HAD BEEN PERFECT WE WOULD HAVE
DONE THESE THINGS ALONG TIME AGO. GIVEN THE TIME CONSTRAINTS AND THE EQUIPMENT
AVAILABLE TO US I THINK WE HAD THE CAPABILITY THIS MORNING OF GETTING RIGHT
BACK ON TRACK.))
SUPER=01-Col. Neal Patton/U.S. Air Force;
OUT Q=RIGHT BACK ON TRACK."
Twenty planes are scheduled to make the trip into Tuzla today.
A Roanoke County prosecutor says he will seek to transfer the case of a
Glenvar High School student to circuit court.
The boy was charged with killing a school teacher in a high- speed, drunk-
driving accident last week.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 14
The 16-year old suspect struck and killed 45- year old Bonnie Kitts Thursday
evening as she and her husband were walking along the street in their
The boy is set for trial in Juvenile court in early January.
But Commonwealth's attorney Skip Burkart says the circumstances are serious
enough to warrant trying him as an adult.
IN Q=aggravated by
((SKIP BURKART/PROSECUTOR: AGGRAVATED BY THE SPEED, THE DEGREE OF INTOXICATION
AND THE OTHER DRIVING. OTHER DRIVING SUCH AS? SUCH AS SWERVING ALL OVER THE
ROAD, STRIKING THE CURB, THINGS OF THAT NATURE.))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=of that nature.
A transfer report will be prepared and then the Juvenile Court judge will
decide whether to transfer the case to Circuit Court.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Ahead in the newscast--the body of a 72-year old man missing for several
days is discovered in Pittsylvania County.
But first-- a bomb squad investigates a bomb in the parking lot of the I-R-S
And on Health Check--
The C-D-C is trying to formulate guidelines for new transplant procedures
mixing animal and human marrow.
Plus, we'll tour Botetourt County's new Red Cross office.
Mike is at Virginia Tech where the team is holding a pre-Sugar Bowl
A live interview with the school's athletic director later on NEWS-7 at
A scare for workers at an I-R-S office in Reno, Nevada.
A bomb was found in the parking lot-
The explosive device was in a 25-gallon plastic drum on a dolly.
Bomb squad officials X-Rayed the device to determine if they could move
The bomb squad evacuated the two-story IRS building, a dentist's office
and a small office building nearby.
Officials say the bomb could have damaged a number of cars and blown out
windows facing the parking lot.
Murder warrants are out against a Pittsylvania County teenager wanted in
connection with the death of an elderly Museville man.
The body of 72- year- old Clark Aubrey Adkins was found near (CAL-inds)
Callands Sunday night, four days after he was reported missing.
Police believe Adkins had been shot to death.
IN Q= We had been
((SHERIFF HAROLD PLASTER: PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY: WE HAD BEEN PICKING UP SOME
INFORMATION AND KNEW WHAT TYPE OF VEHICLE HE WAS OPERATING. SUNDAY, YESTERDAY,
WE DECIDED TO CONCENTRATE ON SOME AREAS THAT HE MAY HAVE WENT TO, TO THE POINT
OF DRAGGING A SMALL POND.))
SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=a small pond.
Authorities are looking for 19- year- old Paul Michael Dalton who is
considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information as to Dalton's whereabouts should contact the
Pittsylvania County sheriff's department.
A Franklin County man is undergoing psychiatric evaluation following a
It all started when a woman told deputies her roommate, 31-year-old Billy
Joe Kline, had left home with an assault rifle.
Kline, apparently upset, was walking into the woods when deputies arrived.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department says Kline fired between 50- to a
hundred rounds in the air.
He also tossed bullets into a campfire he made.
Authorities say Kline has a history of mental health problems.
He was taken to Lewis Gale Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
So far no charges have been filed.
You could pay more for gasoline-
Roanoke City council hopes to replace dwindling federal funds with a two
percent increase in the gasoline tax.
Today, city council asked local lawmakers to press the issue in the General
IN Q=The federal government
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY CUT 175 TO
190- THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM OUR BUDGET, THAT THE CITY TAXPAYERS HAD TO PROVIDE
THIS YEAR FOR VALLEY METRO. OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY ELIMINATE ALL SUBSIDIES FOR OUR BUS SYSTEM.))
OUT Q=for our bus system.
Roanoke hopes to create a valley- wide transportation district that would
provide a reliable source of funding for Valley Metro--the area's bus system.
State law would require the city to offset any gas tax increase with a cut
in real estate taxes, but Delegate Chip Woodrum wasn't ready to endorse the
idea this afternoon,
IN Q=Sometimes an idea
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D- ROANOKE: SOMETIMES AN IDEA NEEDS TO MATURE A BIT BEFORE
WE CAN GIVE YOU A FLAT YES IT'S A GOOD IDEA OR NO IT'S BAD. I'D LIKE TO SLEEP
ON THAT FOR A FEW DAYS.))
OUT Q=for a few days.
The city has invited Roanoke County and the city of Salem to join the
proposed transportation district.
groovy music under
Up next--Toys For Tots took its campaign to another level--
93-feet in the air.
Did a local radio station and the Marine Corps meet the goal in the toy
drive? The answer-- right after this break.
stocks bump next
It caused quite a spectacle in Roanoke County-- and the end result was
A local disc jockey and the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots had a bird's eye
view of the valley from Friday until this morning.
J-93 radio D-J Slam Duncan and Marine Staff Sergent Steve Gardner were
suspended in this trailer 93-feet in the air.
Their goal was to raise 93-bikes for Toys for Tots.
But they were pleasantly surprised: More than 500-bikes were donated.
All the toys and bikes collected in the toy drive will be distributed by
the Salvation Army.
Virginia Tech talks about the Sugar Bowl and life after the bowl-- Mike
takes the Two Minute Ticker on the road to Blacksburg.
And on Health Check-- motor tics in children.
Many parents are misled by the symptoms of these unconscious muscle
IN Q=Once everybody
((ONCE EVERYBODY IS EDUCATED TO THE PROBLEM AND YOU TRY TO MAINTAIN THE CHILDS
SELF-ESTEEM MOST CHILDREN DO QUITE WELL. ))
OUT Q=very well.
'Tis the season for the flu.
The state Health Department says three different strains of type-A flu
virus have been confirmed around Virginia so far-- with more cases expected to
move into the area.
The department's influenza tracking network started up in October.
Some area schools are noticing the bug's effect on students.
For example, at Oak Grove Elementary in Roanoke County, 83 students out of
545 were out sick Friday.
Today, 85 were sick, marking all-time absentee records at the school.
If your child jerks his head or blinks his eyes repeatedly, it may not be
a sign of a bad habit, but rather, the symptom of a motor tick-- an unconscious
SUPER=01-Dr. Marvin Fishman/Baylor Medical College; :00
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :13
OUT Q=can be used.
((DR. MARVIN FISHMAN/BAYLOR COLLEGE NEUROLOGIST: CHILDHOOD TICS CAN BE EYE
BLINKING, IT COULD BE REPEATED FACIAL GRIMACING, HEAD TURNING TO THE SIDE, NECK
JERKING WOULD BE COMMON ))
OUT Q=would be common
Tics can manifest as a motor tic like eye-blinking or vocal tics like
throat-clearing of sniffing.
At their most extreme, tics are part of the neurological disorder
Turrett's Syndrome. Both motor and vocal tics must be present for one year to
be considered Turrett's.
IN Q=Depending on the
((DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF TICS AND HOW MUCH IT INTERFERES WITH THE CHILD'S
EVERY DAY FUNCTIONS, MEDICATIONS AND BEHAVIORAL THERAPY CAN BE USED. ))
OUT Q=can be used.
Dr. Fishman says most children do quite well after the diagnosis.
The Centers for Disease Control is stepping into the debate over
Agencies are trying to develop guidelines to make sure transplants of
animal tissues into humans don't give patients devastating new infections.
The issue follows approval of the first baboon-to-human bone marrow
transplant-- last week an AIDS patient underwent a procedure.
Meantime, the AIDS patient who underwent that procedure last week is said
to be doing fine.
Jeff Getty is in stable condition and his vital signs are good.
Doctors are hoping the procedure will boost his immune system-- because
baboons are immune to AIDS.
GRAPHIC=american red cross
The American Red Cross has opened an office in Botetourt County.
The Troutville facility was dedicated this afternoon.
Red Cross officials say the satellite office will offer convenience to
Botetourt County residents.
The office will provide classes in first aid, disaster response, and C-P-R.
But, organizers say it offers more than just emergency training.
IN Q=We feel like the
((JOHN KILBY/BANK OF FINCASTLE PRESIDENT: WE FEEL LIKE THE PRESENCE OF THE RED
CROSS HERE IS JUST ANOTHER STEP IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT, THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RELATIONS THAT GO ALONG WITH THIS. WE
LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING THE RED CROSS HERE SO THAT OUR PEOPLE CAN GO TO BE
TRAINED ON THE PROPER TECHNIQUES OF FIRST AID.))
SUPER=01-John Kilby/Bank of Fincastle President;
OUT Q=techniques of first aid.
The Red Cross says it will start offering training in just a few weeks.
Virginia Tech has wrapped up exams, now the final push is on before the
Tonight the team held a pre-bowl media conference--
DOUBLE BOXES MIKE/JEAN
And that's where we find Mike--
Mike is the team making any predictions?
(Mike ad lib)
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
(roll cue: second question)
(mike tosses to break)
Remember the Osbournes in Little Rock, Arkansas?
The name may not be familiar but the family's Christmas display probably
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR/Saturday Night;
This is a toned down version, though--
Only 12-THOUSAND lights were used this year compared to the three-point-two
MILLION lights in recent years.
Most of the bulbs and displays from last year were donated to Disney World.
Neighbors took the Osbournes to court last year--after many complaints
about the thousands of people trashing their yards and traffic jams in their
(toss to PATRICK)
(PATRICK ad lib)
(PATRICK tosses to Jean)
Wytheville is losing a downtown mainstay.
double boxes Keith/Jean
Central Drug is closing up shop after close to 100 years of business on Main
Jean, it's another one of the independent, family- owned pharmacies going
the way of the super-chain.
Owner Eugene Warren has sold Central Drug to Revco. Today he filled the
last of his prescriptions on Main Street, as employees and customers said their
((BEA PORTER/FORMER EMPLOYEE: I'M TRYING NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT.
A LITTLE SAD?
YEAH, IT'S A LITTLE SAD. ))
SUPER=01-Bea Porter/Former Employee;
OUT Q=it's a little sad.
So put the coffee on, Jean.
double boxes jean/Keith
On News-7 at Six we'll see what Central Drug has meant to its customers in
(ad lib bye)