Up next on News 7 at eleven-
Federal workers will head back to their jobs.
Congress takes action tonight.
A family reacts to the death of their child- hit by a car while on his way
Plus your cable bill may be going up yet again.
And Robin says heavy snow may be on the way beginning tomorrow.
News 7 is next.
After 21 days federal workers are going back to work.
The Senate joined the House tonight passing a measure that'll keep the
government running through January 26th.
Regina Blakely reports from Washington.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; 00
SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Gephardt/(D) Missouri; 18
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/House Speaker; 49
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News; 1:24
OUT Q=at the white house.
(( The house agreed to send employees back to work with pay until January 26th.
And while national parks and passport offices will open and veteran's
benefits and meals on wheels will be protected, many other federal employees
will have little to do with no funding for a number of programs.
REP. DICK GEPHARDT/D- MISSOURI: WE NOW HAVE BEFORE US A MEASURE WHICH MAKES
NO SENSE. HOW CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ANYBODY WHY WE BRING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND
PAY THEM TO DO NOTHING?
In the second part of the deal, the GOP agrees to completely re-open
government through January 26th but only if President Clinton submits a seven
year balanced budget plan as they contend he promised to do under a deal
reached to end the previous shutdown.
HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH: THE CHALLENGE NOW IS FOR THE PRESIDENT TO
SUBMIT A BALANCED BUDGET, THE BURDEN IS NOW ON HIS DESK, ON HIS SHOULDERS.
Before the vote, President Clinton, having lunch at a senior citizen
center, pointed out the Republican plan leaves many things including
government backed home mortgages and small business loans in limbo, but he has
reluctantly accepted the deal.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: THIS IS WRONG, IT'S WRONG AND IT AMOUNTS TO CRUEL AND
UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE WHO NEED THESE SERVICES AND THOSE WHO PAY FOR
REGINA BLAKELY/WHITE HOUSE: SO WHILE TEMPERS HAVE SUBSIDED FOR NOW.. THE
CRISIS IS FAR FROM OVER, BOTH SIDES REMAINING FAR APART ON CRITICAL ISSUES.
REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING ONTO THIER TRUMP CARD, AN OPEN BUT NOT ENTIRELY
FUNCTIONING GOVERNMENT. REGINA BLAKELY, CBS NEWS, AT THE WHITE HOUSE.))
Even though the furlough may be over for now, not all federal workers are
Employees at the V-A hospital in Salem say a temporary spending measure is
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=It's just not right
SUPER=01-Alma Lee/V.A. Union President; :00
SUPER=01-Sharon Martin/V.A. Hospital Worker; :16 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Danny LeBlanc/Virginia AFL-CIO; :21
SUPER=01-Anthony Hall/V.A. Hospital Worker; :30
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
IN Q=It's just not right
((ALMA LEE/V.A UNION PRESIDENT: IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT ))
OUT Q=it's just not right.
Workers at the VA Hospital in Salem have had enough of Federal budget
They're not convinced a temporary stop- gap measure will solve anything--
especially they're OWN financial woes. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=I haven't
((SHARON MARTIN/V.A. HOSPITAL WORKER: I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PAY MY RENT THIS
OUT Q=this month
Some speakers ridiculed politicians.
IN Q=We can not be defined
((DANNY LEBLANC/VIRGINIA AFL-CIO: WE CAN NOT BE DEFINED BY A BUNCH OF YOUNG
UPPITY FRESHMAN IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. ))
OUT Q=United States Congress
Others haven't lost faith.
IN Q=I'd like everyone
((ANTHONY HALL/V.A. HOSPITAL WORKER: I'D LIKE EVERYONE TO BOW THEIR HEADS
BECAUSE THOSE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON NEED THE DIVINE WISDOM. ))
OUT Q=divine wisdom
Workers ARE able to get some immediate help.
Many banks are offering low- interest short term loans.
And utility companies are cutting them some slack.
But unless a permanent budget solution is reached soon, they won't be the
only ones in trouble.
There's been lots of concern that funds would cease for medical supplies and
drugs--placing patient care in jeopardy.
But VA Hospital employees have vowed to do everything in their power to
They just want everyone to know that they will never forget this dilemma.
IN Q=We will
((ALMA LEE: WE WILL REMEMBER DECEMBER IN NOVEMBER. ))
OUT Q=IN November;
Nat sound crowd
Scott Prince, News 7.))
A 40- foot fall for an Evington man this morning.
37 year old Steven Twedy was working at the Lynchburg Wastewater Treatment
He was trying to hook his safety line when he slipped and fell into a well.
It happened around 10-30.
A crane was used to bring Twedy out of the well.
Tweedy was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he was treated for two
It's hard, if not impossible, to imagine how a family feels after the sudden
death of a relative in a car accident.
Earlier today, Len Besthoff got some insight after speaking with relatives
of a boy killed after a car hit him near his bus stop.
IN Q=Eight year
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Yesterday; :05
SUPER=01-Rhonda Helton/Kyle Helton's Mother; :12
SUPER=01-Kathy Helton/Kyle Helton's Sister; :35
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :42
SUPER=01-David Martin/Henry Co. School Supt.; 1:10
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Eight-year-old Kyle Helton never made it to class Thursday.
He was struck and killed by a car after he ran across a busy road near his
schoolbus stop in Henry County.
SOT 22:24:11 TAPE THREE
IN Q=I mean
((RHONDA HELTON/KYLE HELTON'S MOTHER: I MEAN, HE'S BEEN DOING THAT EVER SINCE
HE'S BEEN IN KINDERGARTEN, WALKING UP THERE AND CATCHING THE BUS HIS-SELF.))
OUT Q=catching the bus his-self.
State police don't expect to charge the woman who hit Kyle, but right now
his family isn't even thinking about that.
They're just trying to recover from their heartbreaking loss.
SOT TAPE THREE 22:24:46...LEAVE QUICK ZOOM IN THERE
IN Q=Family and
((RHONDA HELTON: FAMILY AND FRIENDS THEY'RE HELPING ME A LOT. THEY'RE UM,
LONG AS THEY'RE AROUND I'M FINE, BUT WHEN I'M ALONE IS WHEN IT HURTS. ))
OUT Q=when it hurts.
SOT TAPE THREE 22:28:32 TO KILL JUMP CUT COVER FIRST :02 WITH CLASPED HANDS
SAME TAPE...TOT 22:31:09
IN Q=I think
((KATHY HELTON/KYLE HELTON'S SISTER: I THINK ABOUT THE HAPPY THINGS AND JUST
LIKE MOM, LIKE MY MOM THINKS, THAT ONE DAY HE'S GONNA WALK THROUGH THAT DOOR.))
OUT Q=through that door.
This marks the second time in two months a Henry County student has been
struck by a car before boarding a school bus.
SOT TAPE THREE 22:26:04
IN Q=I know
((RHONDA HELTON: I KNOW THEY'RE BAD COINCIDENCES BUT I THINK THE SCHOOL NEEDS
TO TELL THE KIDS HOW TO GET ON, THEY HAVE TO SHOW EM HOW TO GET ON AND OFF THE
BUS. I MEAN THAT'S WHAT HE WAS DOING, WAITING FOR THE BUS.))
OUT Q=waiting for the bus.
In response, Henry County's school system will urge parents through the mail
and the local paper to get more involved in their kids safety efforts.
It's also re-emphasizing basic schoolbus safety rules with students.
SOT TAPE TWO 19:48:06
IN Q=We're looking
((DAVID MARTIN/HENRY CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: WE'RE LOOKING FOR A LOT OF PREVENTATIVE
MEASURES THAT WE CAN HELP STUDENTS WITH, TO INSURE THAT THESE ACCIDENTS NEVER
OUT Q=never occur.
But Henry County still needs closure on the fatal accident that DID occur.
Kyle Helton's funeral will take place 3-p-m Sunday at the County Line
Christian Church on route 57.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on our broadcast,
O-J Simpson won't answer questions for opposing attorneys just yet.
And Roanoke Valley cable TV viewers will tune in to higher cable bills come
wx ad lib
A judge dismissed the second degree murder charge against Kerri Ann Koehler,
but prosecutors say they'll probably still seek indictments against her AND her
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./September 11;
Police charged Koehler and William Ray Lindsey in the death of Jabe Ferguson
at Rural Retreat campground.
Authorities say Lindsey struck Ferguson twice in the head with an axe.
Judge Danny Bird certified the charge against him today, but ruled there was
insufficient evidence to send the case against Koehler to a grand jury.
Assistant prosecutor Keith Blankenship says evidence related to Koehler's
alleged involvement is still developing.
O-J Simpson won't have to tell
his side of the story under oath just yet.
A judge rescheduled Simpson's deposition in a wrongful death suit.
Simpson's attorney says one of the Goldman family lawyers has a conflict
They want a hearing into the matter, but legal experts say Simpson will
eventually have to testify.
((JAY JAFFEE/ATTORNEY: O.J. SIMPSON IS GOING TO HAVE TO OBEY A COURT ORDER FOR
HIM TO TESTIFY AT HIS DEPOSITION. IF HE DOESN'T SHOW UP AT HIS DEPOSITION AFTER
THE COURT HAS ORDERED HIM TO DO A BODY ATTACHMENT COULD BE ISSUED AND HE COULD
OUT Q=could be arrested."
Simpson was supposed to have given a deposition Monday.
Police and the courts can't prosecute someone until they've committed a
That's the problem for victims of domestic violence and stalking.
Members of a Roanoke family want something done about a system that failed
Alesha Johnson had taken out five warrants against Larry Mack.
HER family insists he'd been stalking her before he shot and killed her and
himself October 19.
Alesha's mother says she's tempted to take the law into her own hands.
IN Q=I waited for
((SYLVIA JOHNSON/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I WAITED FOR THE SYSTEM TO WORK. THE SYSTEM
DIDN'T WORK. MY DAUGHTER'S DEAD. NOW I FEEL LIKE: WHY SHOULD I PAY TAXES? WHY
DON'T I JUST GO OUT AND TAKE CARE OF THINGS MYSELF? I'M A SINGLE PARENT. THIS
GUY WAS THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN ME. I COULDN'T FIGHT HIM.))
SUPER=01-Sylvia McCollum Johnson/Alesha's Mother;
OUT Q=fight him.
Keith ON eng
Last night the Commission on Family Violence Prevention heard Alesha's
future brother-in-law outline what he intends to do if it happens again.
IN Q=I told all
((ROBERT PENDERGASS: I TOLD ALL FOUR OF MY SISTERS: IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY
STALKING YOU, YOU CALL ME UP. BECAUSE I'M COMING DOWN. AND IF THE POLICE CAN'T
DO IT, I'M GOING TO DO IT. BECAUSE I'D MUCH RATHER MY SISTERS COME TO THE
PENITENTIARY AND VISIT ME THAN FOR ME TO GO TO THE GRAVEYARD AND VISIT THEM.))
OUT Q=and visit them.
The Commission is considering a number of legislative reforms that would
give magistrates and police more authority.
Roanoke Valley cable viewers will see their cable rates increase.
Cox Communications raises its rates March first, but the exact amount won't
be decided until the end of this month.
Cable officials say it's understandable that subscribers may have questions
about the new billing.
IN Q=If any customer receives
((GRETCHEN SHINE: COX CABLE GENERAL MANAGER: IF ANY CUSTOMER RECEIVES THE BILL
MESSAGE OR HAS ANY CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT THIS RATE INCREASE IS GOING TO CONSIST
OF OR WHY--WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO WILL ANSWER THE PHONE WHO ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE
ABOUT THIS SUBJECT AND WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO EXPLAIN IT.))
SUPER=01-Gretchen Shine/Cox Cable;
OUT Q=every effort to explain it.
Cox Communications says the increase is because of programming and
technology changes in the cable industry.
Mascotech laid off 34 workers at its Salem plant today.
Company officials say it's due to a cutback in orders from its only
customer, the Volvo G-M Heavy Truck Corporation.
Mascotech supplies Volvo with engines and axles.
It moved here after Volvo's truck plant in Dublin announced a major
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./File Tape;
But since then, the Volvo plant has slowed production and announced plans
to lay off at least 200 workers this month.
One hundred workers remain at Mascotech.
TAPE# edit of 95-25
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
A contract has been approved by the union workers of the Martinsville DuPont
For the first time in 10 years, the workers and company this morning agreed
upon a contract.
76 percent of the union members who participated in the two-day vote
supported the offer.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later in the broadcast,
The British are keeping their fingers crossed for tomorrow's 90 million
And in Virginia, army personnel are warming up the feet and stomachs of
troops in Bosnia.
Rare maps and other documents stolen from the University of Virginia library
are still missing, but police think they've found the man responsible
for the theft.
Gilbert Bland surrendered to police in Coral Springs, Florida.
He's accused of stealing maps and prints from three 17th century books
at U-V-A's Alderman Library.
The items are valued at more than five- thousand dollars.
They still haven't been found.
Bland is also suspected in thefts from six other university libraries.
He's due back in Virginia in time for a January 17th court date.
Fort Lee is the home of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps.
The Virginia- based Corps is playing one of the most crucial support roles
for U.S. troops in Bosnia -- keeping feet warm and stomachs full in what the
Army calls "extreme cold weather."
Ellen Qualls spoke with the experts.
IN Q=See this
SUPER=01-Sgt. Liza Herring/U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps; :11
SUPER=01-Sgt. Donnie Williams/U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps; :38
SUPER=01-Chief Peter Motrynczuk/U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps; :49
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Petersburg.
((nat sot tape 2 02:12:27
((SEE THIS IS FOR EXTREME COLD WEATHER.))
Sgt. Liza Herring ought to know.
She trained as an Army food service officer in Alaska.
sot TAPE ONE 04:04
((COOKING IN COLD WEATHER ENVIRONMENT -- IT'S NOT THE BEST THING. So you guys
learned the hard way. THE HARD WAY.))
Herring is part of the Quartermaster Corps at Fort Lee, Virginia.
The Corps supplies the Army and Marines with the right equipment for any
kind of conditions.
nat sot tape two 02:16:06
((YOU HAVE TO KEEP THIS CLOSED SO THE AIR WILL STAY IN THE BOOT. BUT ONCE AIR
GET IN HERE AND THE AIR IS COLD YOUR FEET IS COLD.))
Fort Lee is also home to "92- Gulf" -- the food service training division.
((SGT. DONNIE WILLIAMS/U.S. ARMY QUARTERMASTER CORPS: YOU IN BAD CONDITIONS.
AND FOR YOU TO SUPPLY THE SOLDIER WITH HIGH, TOP-NOTCH QUALITY FOOD -- THAT'S
SAYING A LOT. AND THAT'S OUR JOB.))
sot TAPE TWO 01:24:56
((CHIEF PETER MOTRYNCZUK: YOU CAN'T JUST KEEP GIVING ...GOTTA TASTE GOOD.))
About three years ago, an Army innovation revolutionized the much- maligned
MRE -- meal ready to eat.
nat sot tape one 01:41:37
((ALL HE WANTS IS FOR THAT CHEMICAL TO ACTIVATE.))
Just add water, and a chemical reaction in a bag warms your food to 140
nat sot tape one 01:49:50
((AND IT'S QUITE A BIT OF BEEF STEW IN FACT.))
Fort Lee expertise is at work in Bosnia now.
Getting the right equipment to the remotest areas to help the troops feel
like they're in Mom's kitchen.
Even if it's glazed sweet potatoes among land mines.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Petersburg.))
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
We start on the high school hard wood where Northside and William Byrd
opened up district play with a double overtime battle that went down to a final
SUPER=03-Vinton/Vikings vs. Terriers; :00
Paul Barnard and his Terriers were protecting their 7 and 1 record
while the Vikings were hungry to take early control of Blue Ridge play.
We pick it up with 20 seconds left in regulation. Northside's Ben Peete
scored 2 of his 16 with the jumper to force the first overtime; 55-55.
Northside led 61-59 with time running out in the first OT, But Byrd's Frank
English knocks down this baseline drive to force a second overtime.
Chris Childress scored a game high 28 points for his Terriers, including this
jumper in the second OT.
But with under 10 seconds to play, Northside's Justin Porterfield goes to the
hoop and hits the shot and The Vikings beat the Terriers in double overtime 66
SUPER=01-Justin Porterfield/Scored Winning Basket; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Barnard/William Byrd Coach; :10
OUT Q=..is gonna help us"
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng!!
SUPER=03-Salem/Mountaineers vs. Spartans; :00
Over in salem, the Spartans also held Blue Ridge District court with
The Mountaineers made the long trek looking to come home with a win.
We pick it up at the start of the second half, Herschel Thomas dishes to
Scott Hall who puts home the bucket; 35-27 Spartans had the advantage.
Alleghany answered. Chris Morris gives to Casey Burks. The junior guard
rattles in the three pointer from the right side.
Salem's Andy Beach then drives the white line and hits the lead in jumper to
give his Spartans a 37-30 cushion. and the Spartans win 63-48.
For the rest of high school and pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, Don Shula officially retires as head coach of the Miami
And Dan Reeves will remain in the "Big Apple" as head coach of the New York
The winningest coach in pro football, Don Shula is stepping down as head
coach of the Miami Dolphins.
SUPER=03-Davie, FL; :
This afternoon at Nova University Shula announced that he will retire as
the Dolphins head coach.
Shula is leaving football after 33 years in the sport. He said he plans to
spend time with his family but he will also remain with the Dolphins as part
owner and Vice Chairman of the Board.
IN Q="The thing
((DON SHULER/RETIRES AS DOLPHINS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Don Shula/Retires as Dolphins Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......Can be.
Shula has won a record 347 games 328 of them in the regular season during
his career that began in Baltimore in 1963. Shuler celebrated his 66-th
As expected, Speculation is centering on former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy
Johnson as Shula's possible replacement.
Shula's resignation shocked the sports world. But the veteran coach will
leave the game with the respect of his players who know what Shula's absence
will mean to South Florida.
IN Q="It really
SUPER=01-Brian Cox/Dolphins Linebacker; :
OUT Q=......being accountable."
Dan Reeves has agreed to return as head coach of the New York Giants next
Reeves has two years remaining on his original five year contract but he
created controversy when he said he would not remain as head coach if he could
not have more input into the scouting and drafting of college players.
IN Q="the Giants
((DAN REEVES/NEW YORK GIANTS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Dan Reeves/New York Giants Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........the job done."
While Virginia Tech All-American Cornell Brown's post season is over; his
brother's is just beginning. Reuben Brown and his Buffalo Bills face the
Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow in the AFC playoffs.
Reuben might just be the only Bill anxious to travel into Pittsburgh,
considering he played his college football at Pitt.
IN Q="Very excited
((REUBEN BROWN/BUFFALO OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Reuben Brown/Buffalo Offensive Lineman; :00
The Bills are known for their post season stability; and that experience
will be put to the test against the Steeler defense.
IN Q="Oh yeah
OUT Q=...have one"
After sitting out a year after graduating from Virginia Tech Maurice
Deshazo will resume his football career next year in Canada.
Deshazo's agent says the quarterback has signed a two year contract to play
for Calgary of the Canadian Football League.
The contract also has an option to allow Deshazo to return to the N-F-L
after the contract expires.
Deshazo was hoping to play in the C-F-L this season but negotiations fell
Calgary's number one quarterback is Veteran Doug Flutie. And Former
Virginia quarterback Shawn Moore is also on the team.
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
Finally, if basketball or hockey doesn't suit your fancy; then you might
want to check out the Motor Sports Spectacular over at the salem Civic Center.
Flying motorcycles filled up the air instead of basketballs as riders from
age 5 to over 60 competed for over 30 thousand dollars in prize money spread
out over 6 different events.
You can't forget the monster trucks; who's tire are taller than News 7
photographer Mark Hollinsworth!
The fast action continues tomorrow starting at 7:30 and then Sunday at 2pm.
IN Q="Of course
SUPER=01-Ed Beckley/Event Director; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Yentzer/Motorcross Pro; :13
OUT Q=lot of good crashes"
Imagine the chance to win 90 million dollars-
That's how much tomorrow's lottery jackpot is in England.
It's enough to bring people out in droves-
Lottery fever is gripping the British with visions of wealth and leisure.
((I'D GO ON A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY WITH MY FAMILY AND PROBABLY BUY A HOUSE AND A
CAR AND EVERYTHING ELSE.))
((I'D BE QUITE HAPPY TO SHARE IT WITH SOME FRIENDS AND HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF FUN
IN MY LIFE.))
OUT Q=OF FUN IN MY LIFE."
The total prize is five feet tall and 13 feet wide- 90 percent of the
population has bought tickets in tomorrow's drawing.