Up next on News 7-
A 26 year old man is found dead inside a Brambleton Avenue auto shop.
We'll have details.
Some positive news for federal workers from Capitol Hill tonight.
Plus a Tech student who says two football players raped her - is now filing
a multi million dollar lawsuit- (----------------)
Robin says colder air is on the way. News 7 is next.
Police are trying to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of a
Blue Ridge man-- whose body was found early this morning.
Authorities say 26- year- old Christopher Lee Wilson was found dead at his
workplace--General Import Services on Brambleton Avenue.
Wilson's co- workers discovered his body shortly after 7 A-M.
Police are investigating the incident as a suspicious death.
An autopsy is scheduled tomorrow to determine the cause.
It's a new year, but an old problem.
No Balanced Budget.
High level budget talks are over for the night at the White House but no
There could be some positive news for federal workers though.
The Senate okayed Bob Dole's bill to repen government-
But as Regina Blakely reports, there is one catch.
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((There was constructive progress at the first meeting of the new year between
President Clinton and Republican leaders, but still no solid agreements.
Prior to the meeting the president had a positive comment about a resolution
agreed to by the senate which would re-open the government and send federal
workers back to their jobs and pay them through January 12th.
I WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE SENATE FOR VOTING...I HOPE THE HOUSE WILL FOLLOW
But the catch- The house must agree and House Speaker Newt Gingrich was
making it clear that many house members especially those GOP Freshman who
have said they want a balanced budget before agreeing to re-open the
government might kill the idea.
HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH: I DON'T THINK THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO
AGREE TO AVOID DEALING WITH GETTING TO A BALANCED BUDGET, WE SPENT A YEAR
GETTING TO THIS POINT.
REGINA BLAKELY/WASHINGTON: BUT UP UNTIL NOW.. THEY HAVE ONLY BE TALKING ABOUT
POLICY. THEY HAVE YET TO GET DOWN TO TALK ABOUT THE REAL NUMBERS.. SO IT LOOKS
AS IF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WILL SPEND ANOTHER DAY OFF THE JOB. REGINA BLAKELY, CBS
Federal employees are not standing by quietly. In fact in Kansas City
((WE'RE GONNA REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER. WHAT DID I SAY? CROWD: WE'RE GONNA REMEMBER
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO; 00
OUT Q=remember in November(second time)
Most of the these folks are forced to work as essential
employees- even though they will not get a regular paycheck.
They're angry at lawmakers and the President and vowed to remember when
it comes to vote in November.
These federal employees did get a pay check for the first
time in two weeks-- the checks reflected half of their salaries with ALL of the
deductions taken out.
Local federal workers say they need some questions answered now-- and
Congressman Bob Goodlatte responded today.
IN Q=Since the government
SOT 10:42:40 (Tape 1)
((STEVE LAX/FEDERAL WORKER: SINCE THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T MANAGE THEIR OWN BUDGET
HOW COME THEY HAVE TO MESS UP MY BUDGET.))
SOT 10:47:55 (Tape 1)
((GARY GREEN/FEDERAL WORKER: I'D LIKE TO KNOW IF HE THINKS ITS APPROPRIATE THAT
CONGRESS GETS PAID WHILE WE'RE ON FURLOUGH AND THEY ARE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.))
SOT 13:15:26 (Tape 2)
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: WELL, I DON'T THINK IT LOOKS GOOD AND
CERTAINLY THERE HAVE BEEN EFFORTS MADE IN THE CONGRESS THAT WOULD HOLD UP OUR
COMPENSATION UNTIL THE MATTER IS RESOLVED. I THINK IF ANYTHING LIKE THIS
OCCURS AGAIN THERE ARE A LOT OF CHANGES IN THAT OUGHT TO BE MADE IN LEGISLATION
IN ANTICIPATION OF THESE KIND OF CONFRONTATIONS.))
SUPER=01-Steve Lax/Federal Employee; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Green/Federal Employee; :07
OUT Q=kind of confrontations.
Goodlatte says he's still optimistic something can be worked out.
He also says this may be an election issue later in the year.
Mexican authorities say a bus driver may have fallen asleep before his
vehicle slammed into an oncoming bus, killing 25 people.
Survivors of the crash say the driver seemed to be dozing off.
And they say there may have been just one driver making the long trip --
not two taking turns, as is usually the case.
One passenger also says he overheard the driver talking about mechanical
problems at a stop 400 miles before the crash site.
The buses collided on a desolate highway between Tijuana and Guadalajara.
Police say speed may have been involved in single car accident that killed a
Lynchburg man earlier today.
Police say 33 year old Ricky Louis Roberts was driving in the 700 block of
Leesville Road around 10 this morning when he ran into a tree.
The car was so badly mangled, Roberts had to be cut from the wreckage.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Roberts was not wearing a seat belt.
Massive layoffs at A-T-and-T-
It's cutting 40-thousand jobs in a huge reorganization.
The layoffs will not impact this area though.
Meanwhile the New River Valley is still trying to comeback after losing the
A-T-and-T plant in Fairlawn five years ago.
More than one thousand people lost their jobs, including Kimberly
She found another job after taking advantage of a job training program for
Burchett recommends going back to school, especially if your former employer
will help out.
IN Q=Yes, if it's offered
((KIMBERLY BURCHETT/FORMER AT&T EMPLOYEE: YES, IF IT'S OFFERED THAT'S WHAT I
WOULD DO. THAT WAY YOU COULD GET ANOTHER EDUCATION UNDER YOUR BELT.))
SUPER=01-Kimberly Burchett/Former AT&T Employee;
OUT Q=under your belt.
Pulaski leaders say since the dark days of the early 1990's, their region
has one thousand MORE jobs than BEFORE the A-T-and-T layoff.
They admit though, many of the jobs don't pay as well.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, a Virginia Tech student is suing the
university for over eight million dollars
and we'll tell you why Roanoke County wants protection from its neighbors.
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A Virginia Tech student is suing the school and two football players-
saying she was raped by the players.
Christy Braun-kala (Brzonkala) filed the complaint in federal court,
claiming Tech and the two team members violated her civil rights.
She says Linebacker Tony Morrison- -and another player- -raped her in
September of 94.
Morrison was convicted of sexual assault by a University Judicial Committee
last Spring and suspended for two semesters.
(Braun-kala) Brzonkala claims Head Coach Frank Beamer was responsible for
getting the suspension overturned-
though Morrison was later kicked off the team for some un-related offenses.
Neither Morrison- -nor the other player, James Crawford- -were allowed to go
to the Sugar Bowl.
Tech issued a statement tonight, saying it expects the facts- -once fully
presented in court- -will support the University's position.
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Even though controversy is clouding Tech's finest hour, football players
don't seem too concerned.
The team got back from New Orleans around one this afternoon.
While there was no fanfare, there were plenty of smiles.
IN Q=It was just
((BRIAN EDMUNDS/VIRGINIA TECH FULLBACK: IT WAS JUST TREMENDOUS. I'VE NEVER BEEN
IN A GAME THAT MEANT SO MUCH TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE. IT WAS JUST A GREAT FEELING.
SUPER=01-Brian Edmunds/Virginia Tech Fullback;
OUT Q=a great feeling
From Roanoke Regional Airport, the Hokies jumped on three charter buses and
headed to Blacksburg.
They were met by a dozen fans-- showing gratitude, and looking for
IN Q=I THINK THEY
((KERRI BEASLEY/VIRGINIA TECH FAN: I THINK THEY NEED THE SUPPORT. I DON'T THINK
THEY GET THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE AND THEY WORKED HARD. I DEFINITELY THINK THEY
NEED PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE BEHIND THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Kerri Beasley/Virginia Tech Fan;
OUT Q=we're behind them
Even though victory was sweet, most players are not sticking around to bask
in the glory.
Many are heading home for what's left of their winter vacation.
GRAPHIC=Hold Sugar Bowl
The mystery of Tech's missing Sugar Bowl trophy was answered tonight.
It was feared the trophy was lost after Coach Frank Beamer turned it over
to his senior players.
After that the seniors said they weren't sure what happened to it.
Beamer promised an all-out search for the trophy--only to discover one of
his players had hidden it as a joke.
It's now safe and sound at its new home in Blacksburg.
Roanoke County wants permanent protection from annexation-
Today the board of supervisors requested a controversial change in the
The proposed legislation is bringing complaints from Roanoke city council
and skepticism from some lawmakers who say its prospects are not very good.
Though state law now prohibits cities from initiating annexation, county
officials say they fear changes would allow Roanoke or Salem to chip away at
the county's tax base.
IN Q=I'm not in for
((BOB JOHNSON/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I'M NOT IN FOR ANY ADVERSARIAL
RELATIONSHIPS. THE MEDIA WILL HAVE A FIELD DAY WITH THIS, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO
APOLOGIZE FOR ROANOKE COUNTY AND THEIR CITIZENS RIGHT TO EXIST. THEY DESERVE
IT. WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT THEY GET IT.))
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: WELL IT SOUNDS LIKE WHAT ROANOKE COUNTY WANTS TO
DO IS RUN A COUNTY WITH ALL THE BENEFITS THAT COUNTIES HAVE UNDER OUR SYSTEM OF
GOVERNMENT HERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND YET THEY ALSO WANT THE BENEFITS OF
BEING A CITY. THEY WANT IT BOTH WAYS AND I JUST DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO
FLY. I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO WORK.))
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OUT Q=that's going to work.
Also today, the supervisors elected Bob Johnson chairman.
City Council tried and failed to name a replacement for John Edwards.
Council met in executive session for more than an hour, but a motion to
appoint former councilman Bob Garland failed on a tie.
Danville's police department will welcome two new officers to the force.
City council tonight approved an agreement between the city and the Danville
Housing and Re-development authority.
Under the agreement, two full time police officers will patrol the city's
five housing communities.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return, we'll find out why French radio stations are speaking out
against a new law,
and the U-S government says "cheers" to its new guidelines for diet and
exercise. We'll explain when we return.
The federal government's proposal to impose tougher restrictions on the use
and marketing of tobacco products is being met by new opposition.
As Teresa Hamilton reports, the measure is not very popular with Southside
farmers or lawmakers.
IN Q=The federal government
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OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((The federal government wants to keep cigarettes away from underage
The idea may seem noble.
But Southside tobacco farmers say the FDA is threatening their livelihood.
IN Q=In the first
((DONNIE MOORE/PITTSYLVANIA CO. TOBACCO FARMER: IN THE FIRST PLACE WE DON'T
THINK THEY'RE REALLY TRYING TO REGULATE NICOTINE, THEY'RE GETTING THEIR FOOT IN
THE DOOR TO PUT US OUT OF BUSINESS, AND I JUST HOPE THEY GET THE MESSAGE, WE'RE
NOT GOING TO TAKE IT SITTING DOWN. ))
OUT Q=sitting down.
Donnie Moore is pinning his hopes on lawmakers, like Congressman L- F
The Democrat says the FDA has no business regulating nicotine as a drug,
because all 50- states already ban underage smoking.
He recently drafted a letter to the FDA-- calling the agency's proposals
((REP. L. F. PAYNE/D-5TH DISTRICT: WHAT'S BEING DONE HERE IS THAT THE
PRESIDENT AND THE FDA ARE USURPING AUTHORITY THAT BELONGS TO THE CONGRESS AND
THAT'S WHY WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE IN CONGRESS, ALMOST 130 PEOPLE WHO'VE SIGNED
THE LETTER OBJECTING TO WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. ))
OUT Q=on here.
Congressman Payne isn't the only one to lash out at the FDA.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, five major tobacco
companies have filed two- thousand pages of documents-- calling the FDA's
The tobacco controversy is a nationwide issue.
Congressman Payne's letter was signed by both Democrats and Republicans--
from across the country. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Tobacco industry OPPONENTS in Virginia are hailing President Clinton and
F-D-A Director David Kessler for having the courage to take on the powerful
Virginia's chapter of the Group To Alleviate Smoking in Public -- or GASP --
fired off seven pages of its own comments to the FDA today.
IN Q=When you have
((ANNE MORROW DONLEY/VA. GASP: WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE LIKE FORMER PRESIDENT
CARTER WHO WENT TO CLINTON AND URGED HIM TO TAKE THIS STEP. AND SAID THAT HE
HAD HAD THE CHANCE TO TAKE THIS STEP AND HADN'T DONE IT. THAT HE HAD BELIEVED
THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY THAT THEY WOULD REGULATE THEMSELVES AND THEY HAD LIED TO
HIM. I THINK THAT'S ALSO VERY SIGNIFICANT. THAT NOW THOSE OF US WHO ARE OUT
THERE AND WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR MANY YEARS, AND WHO HAVE BEEN
SUFFERING AND SEEING PEOPLE DYING WITH TOBACCO RELATED ILLNESSES, THAT WE SEE
NOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS WILLING TO LISTEN.))
SUPER=01-Anne Morrow Donley/Va. GASP;
OUT Q=to listen.
GASP points out that cigarette sellers regularly display tobacco products in
a way that entices children.
The proposed FDA regulations are all aimed at trying to keep children from
buying, smoking... or even wanting tobacco products.
Americans are on notice to shape up.
New government dietary guidelines are out-
((DONNA SHALALA/HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: THEY WILL ALLOW AMERICANS
TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE NEW DIET RESOLUTIONS THAT'LL PROTECT THEIR
HEALTH AND MAYBE SAVE LIVES.))
SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Health and Human Services Secretary; 00
OUT Q=and maybe save lives."
*****(JEAN ON CART!!!)
The governments new guidelines include some changes.
Exercise gets greater emphasis- at least 30 minutes a day of things like
brisk walking or housework.
They say your diet should be one of moderation, variety and low fat.
And in a new twist, alcohol, instead of being discouraged is now allowed
in moderation, after several studies found it can have healthful benefits.
The Government also says its a myth that as you get older you inevitably
((FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THE GUIDELINES RECOMENNED THAT ADULTS MAINTAINT HEIR
WEIGHT IN ONE HEALTH RANGE THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES.))
OUT Q=THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES."
Guidelines also caution if you're trying to shed those after holdiay
pounds, do it a half pound a week at a time through diet and exercise.
Nebraska wins the National Championship.
Tech comes back home as Sugar Bowl shirts are flying off the racks.
We'll check some news concerning Bruce Arena and tonight's high school hoops
after we run through these numbers.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers spread a little Gator meat on their Tostitos last
night as they claimed their second straight national championship with a
dominating 62 to 24 win.
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Steve Spurrier was hoping to give the Gators their first ever national title.
And Florida's high flying offense came out winging with Danny Wuerfell and
Chris Doering doing the damage.
Florida scored first, but Nebraska then went on a scoring binge as Lawrence
Phillips take the screen and flies in down the left side and dives in for the
Then in the second quarter Nebraska put the game away with a 26 point
explosion. Michael Booker intercepts SUPER=36-Nebraska/=62/Florida/=24;
Wuerfell and returns the pass for a touchdown.
The Huskers win their second straight national title 62 to 24.
The Hokies can add another honor to their list of accomplishments this
The Sugar Bowl champions were voted number one today in the final Lambert
Poll of the season.
This poll ranks the top 10 teams in the Northeast and the Hokies earned all
seven first place votes to outpoint Penn State.
The team touched down in Roanoke this afternoon.
And Leading the parade of players back into the Commonwealth was Sugar Bowl
MVP, Bryan Still.
IN Q="It's just...
((BRYAN STILL/SUGAR BOWL MVP:))
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/Sugar Bowl MVP; :00
OUT Q=...JUST GREAT."
Many of the Tech players left New Orleans with their parents to head home for
The entire team and the trophy are now back safe and sound.
Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl championship is already starting to pay dividends
for some Roanoke Valley businesses.
Roanoke's Scribners screen printing has enough Sugar Bowl orders for T-shirts
and sweat shirts to keep the company's staff busy through the Spring.
IN Q="As big as...
((GREG SCRIBNER/OWNER - SCRIBNER SCREEN PRINTING:))
SUPER=01-Greg Scribner/Owner-Scribner Screen Printing; :00
OUT Q=...TOWARDS US."
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;
You might call Scribner an eternal optimist. Two days before the Hokies beat
Texas in the Sugar Bowl, photographer Greg Moore and I accidentally bumped into
him in the French Quarter.
At the time Scribner was already wearing a Tech Sugar Bowl champion T-shirt.
IN Q="Right after...
OUT Q=...for twenty."
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
The William Fleming Colonels hosted George Washington Danville in a triple
A battle last night hoping to derail the undefeated Eagles.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs. Eagles;
Fleming kept the visitors in the dark during pregame intros, but GW lit up
the scoreboard in the first quarter.
Nathan Poole starts the break with the swat and Howard Graves finds Marcus
Cunningham for the easy layin.
Fleming hangs in. Sterling Tate makes the nice move on the baseline to
keep his club in it.
Then watch Richard Wilson with the theft and the breakaway finish at the
But the Eagles were too much in this one. Tyrone Robertson picks up
SUPER=33-G. Washington/=77/William Fleming/=70;
the loose rock in the paint and puts it in and GW wins it 77 to 70.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Patriots vs. Cougars;
Across town, Patrick Henry and Pulaski County tipped off the Roanoke Valley
Pat Burns' club trailed by 7 at the half. Justin Peek tries to rally the
Cougars. The little guy goes in among the trees and kisses it off the window.
Then Dorian Hendricks gets the steal and takes it to the hole and scores as
Pulaski tries to stay close.
But the Patriots open things up. Brooks Berry goes to the rack and
finishes strong for 2 of his 29 on the night.
Colby Leftwich then finds Philip Taylor in the post for the deuce. PH led
by 12 after 3 and they win it 75 to 56.
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TAKE A BREAK
Still to come tonight, come hoops news,
And some big news involving Virginia Cavaliers' soccer coach Bruce Arena.
Tomorrow night's Radford University men's basketball game could be the
bargain of the year, even though the year will only be three days old by then.
Radford athletic director Chuck Taylor, disguised as Santa Claus, announced
tonight that all fans attending tomorrow night's game with Duquesne at the
Dedmon Center get in FREE.
The game starts at seven and again the cost is absolutely nothing.
The Washington Bullets had their six game home winning streak snapped tonight
in Landover by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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The Bullets were without Chris Webber, Calbert Cheaney and Mark Price tonight
as that trio is out with an assortment of injuries.
Juwan Howard tried his bets to pick up the slack for the Bullets, here he
benefits from John Crotty's turnover and throws down the jam.
But the Cavs would get 27 from Terrell Brandon and another good effort from
Bobby Phills as they win it 107 to 100 at the USAir Arena.
And finally this morning the Virginia Cavaliers are expected to lose head
soccer coach Bruce Arena to the pros.
At 11:30am, sources tell News 7 that Arena will be named the new head coach
of the DC United, the New Major league soccer franchise that begins play in
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1995 NCAA Playoffs; :00
Under Arena's direction the Cavaliers won five national championships in 18
seasons at UVa.
They won four of those in a row before their string was snapped this past
season in the final four.
Last year he was also named as the US Olympic coach in 1996.
French disc jockeys are at a loss for words this year, at least for French
A new law requires all French radio stations to play French artists at
least 40 percent of the time.
Radio listeners and station employees are not happy with the new law, to
say the least.
IN Q=No, it's stupid
((NO, IT'S STUPID BECAUSE IF PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THE FRENCH MUSIC, EVEN IF THEY
HAVE 80 PERCENT OF FRENCH SONGS ON THE RADIO, THEY WON'T BUY IT.))
OUT Q=won't but it.
The government hopes the law will boost French culture.
Failure to meet the new requirement could result in large penalties.