Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We'll get some sense of what's going through Joseph Savino's mind in the
last few hours of his life.
Ellen Qualls will be along with a LIVE report from the prison where Savino
is set to be executed tonight.
And an antiques dealer missing since May surrenders to authorities. We'll
have the story of Clyde Bryant in a moment.
In sports, Campers and coaches are learning the game of basketball at
Radford University. Mike Stevens will have a report on the Redskins training
And Brett Favre is ready to report to the Green Bay Packer Training camp.
The dog days of summer are here in this forecast cycle. Maybe an afternoon
shower tomorrow will cool off a few folks.
It appears Condemned killer Joe Savino has precious little time left.
Barring U-S Supreme Court intervention, the man who refused to appeal his
case in 1990 -- and then changed his mind at the 11th hour faces execution in
just three hours.
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Ellen Qualls is at the Greensville Correctional Center.
Is Joe Savino ready to die this time?
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IN Q=that may be
SUPER=03-Jarratt/December 1990; :00
SUPER=10-Joe Savino/Condemned Killer/1990; :15
OUT Q=out for them
((JOE SAVINO: I STILL DON'T BELIEVE THAT I DID IT. I MEAN I KNOW THAT I DID
IT, BUT I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I DID DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT IS TOTALLY
AMAZING TO ME. THAT'S WHAT I KEEP GOING OVER AND OVER IN MY MIND. WHAT WAS I
THINKING ABOUT? HOW COULD I DO SUCH A THING. HOW COULD I MAKE SUCH A BAD
DECISION? SUCH A VIOLENT DECISION?))
((I HAVE MY FAMILY TO THINK ABOUT AND IT'S VERY TOUGH ON THEM. I'M VERY SORRY
ABOUT THAT. BUT I ALSO FEEL LIKE, IF I'M WAITING ON DEATH ROW FOR EIGHT, TO
TEN TO TWELVE YEARS, I'M ALSO DRAGGING IT OUT FOR THEM. ))
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((Q&A Since lethal injection became an option two years ago, no one has chosen
electrocution. What was Savino's choice?))
A high- rolling fugitive from Franklin County is behind bars tonight.
Clyde Shield Bryant, Junior, turned himself at noon today.
The 51-year old Smith Mountain Lake resident disappeared in May, shutting
down his antique shop on 220... leaving behind as many as 35 people with claims
Court papers list "the total amount taken by fraudulent means through
Bryant's schemes at well over one million dollars."
Though three grand larceny warrants against him are already on file in the
county courthouse, Brant told the judge today that he hasn't been running from
IN Q=No, he did
((HARVEY LUTINS: NO, HE DID NOT KNOW THERE WERE ANY KIND OF WARRANTS OF ANY
SORT AGAINST HIM. HE DIDN'T LEARN IT UNTIL YESTERDAY, THAT'S THE DAY THAT HE
IMMEDIATELY MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO TURN HIMSELF IN.))
SUPER=01-Harvey Lutins/Bryant's Attorney
OUT Q=turn himself in.
Lutins says HE doesn't know where Bryant's been.
Investigators believe he was in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi... a center of
casinos and river boat gambling.
His friends believe high- stakes gambling and six- figure high- interest
loans are what did him in.
With two prior felony convictions, the judge ordered Bryant held without
bond, despite the fact Bryant surrendered on his own.
Bedford County authorities are blaming a stray cigarette for a fire that
claimed the life of an elderly man this morning.
Firefighters were called to this home in the Body Camp area of the county
The house already was engulfed in flames, trapping 80- year- old Jobey Nelms
The wheelchair- bound victim was found in his front bedroom, near the spot
where a cigarette apparently started the blaze.
Nelms' body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
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He was suspected of setting a series of fires in Southwest Roanoke.
Today, 20- year- old Phillip Vincent Orren pled guilty to six counts of
In January, Orren was charged with setting fire to a Patterson Avenue
home, while someone was asleep inside.
As a result of a plea agreement, Orren will spend NO more time in jail.
He'll be on probation for ten years.
A publishing company is once again investing in the Commonwealth by building
its third facility in the state.
R.R. Donnelly specializes in graphics and printing.
And, despite the popularity of the internet and the world wide web, company
executives say there's still a future in the printed word.
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((STEPHAN CARTER/R.R. DONNELLEY;
WE FIND THAT OFTEN TIMES TYPES OF BUSINESSES ACTUALLY EXPAND IN BOOKS. WIRED
MAGAZINE WHICH IS ONE OF THE WEB MAGAZINES ACTUALLY JUST CAME OUT WITH A BOOK
IMPRINT LINE BECAUSE THEY FIND THAT BOOKS ARE STILL THE BEST WAY TO COMMUNICATE
SUPER=01-Stephan Carter/R.R. Donnelley;
OUT Q=to communicate information
The company already has two other plants located in Virginia--one in
Lynchburg and the other in Harrisonburg.
Construction of the Roanoke plant will be completed by 1999.
The company plans to hire more than 300 new employees.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
Expansion in the Roanoke Valley means new jobs,
And readers have noticed the turnover at the region's largest newspaper.
SOT 14:09:26 FROM ROANOKE READERS TAPE
IN Q=A lot
((CAROLYN EDELSTEIN/ROANOKE TIMES READER: A LOT OF THE REPORTERS I'VE NOTICED
HAVE NEW NAMES.))
OUT Q=new names.
Len Bestoff looks at the impact of a new generation of writers in his
series Changing Times at the Roanoke Times.
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Journalism is a nomad's trade.
So it's not surprising that a lot of staffers come and go at the Roanoke
Within recent years, though, close to a dozen frontline journalists left...
including a Pulitzer Prize finalist, an award-winning investigative reporter,
and a business writer with four decades of experience.
Len Besthoff examines what kind of an impact this has had on the paper in
part three of his series, Changing Times at the Roanoke Times.
IN Q=Surprisingly, a number
SUPER=01-Carolyn Edelstein/Roanoke Times Subscriber; :16
SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/Roanoke Times Editor; :47
SUPER=01-George Kegley/Former Roanoke Times Reporter; 1:16(QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Mark Layman/Roanoke Times Editor; 1:34
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Surprisingly, a number of Roanoke Times readers DO pay attention to who
writes the stories in the paper each day.
And they say they've detected a changing of the guard.
IN Q=A lot
((CAROLYN EDELSTEIN/ROANOKE TIMES SUBSCRIBER: A LOT OF THE REPORTERS I'VE
NOTICED HAVE NEW NAMES.))
OUT Q=new names.
In the last four years, a highly talented and experienced group...names such
as Doug Pardue, Chuck Hite, Vickie Ratcliffe, Rob Eure, Dan Howes, Ed Shamy and
George Kegley, have all moved on to other jobs, or retired. Some though admit
their departure was hastened by policy changes at the paper.
So what kind of an effect did this have on the Roanoke Times? According to
the person in charge of the paper's day to day news operations...not much.
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IN Q=Looking at
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: LOOKING AT THE STAFF AS AN AGGREGATE,
I THINK WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST STAFFS WE'VE EVER HAD.))
OUT Q=ever had.
Wendy Zomparelli and many others say that new, and in many cases, younger
talent bring a fresh approach to covering the news.
But many staffers both past and present say the newsroom has lost something
called "institutional memory"...which basically means how well the Roanoke
Times as a whole understands the history and background of the region it
SOT KEGLEY 10:19:27
IN Q=We have
((GEORGE KEGLEY/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: WE HAVE A GOOD LIBRARY SYSTEM
AND A LOT OF BACKGROUND THERE. BUT IT'S VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE SOME PEOPLE
AROUND WITH EXPERIENCE WHO CAN REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED.))
OUT Q=what happened.
But the loss of some key talent at the Roanoke Times in the early 90's may
be best summed up by Mark Layman, an editor who has seen dozens of staffers
come and go during his tenure.
IN Q=The analogy
((MARK LAYMAN/ROANOKE TIMES: THE ANALOGY I LIKE TO USE IS THAT OF A BASEBALL
TEAM THAT WON THE WORLD SERIES FOR A COUPLE OF SEASONS AND THEN LOST SOME KEY
PLAYERS AND HAD TO REBUILD FOR A FEW SEASONS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN
DOING, WE'VE BEEN REBUILDING HERE. BUT NOW I THINK WE'RE READY TO PLAY IN THE
WORLD SERIES AGAIN.))
OUT Q=World Series again.
In part four of our series, we'll look at a controversial team- based
program at the paper called Continuous Improvement.
Some say it has helped the newsroom make great strides, others say it's a
big reason behind the departure of some key staffers.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
An independent drug store owner stood up to the giant insurance industry
Joseph Chopski was celebrating last night- -after a federal jury found him
NOT guilty on all 19 counts of fraud.
The F-B-I had searched his Wonder Drug three years ago... based on
information from a Blue Cross/Blue Shield audit.
The insurance company told the feds that Chopski had over-billed hundreds of
thousands of dollars. He was eventually charged with taking 19-hundred dollars.
CHOPSKI believes Blue Cross was being vindictive, because of the sign he'd
put up in the store that said: "We accept Blue Cross, but it sucks."
IN Q=I'd like
((JOSEPH CHOPSKI/PHARMACIST: I'D LIKE TO SAY THIS IS A CASE OF A SMALL
CORPORATION VERSUS A LARGE CORPORATION AND I THANK GOD I HAD THESE GUYS ON MY
SIDE. AND I THANK GOD THAT WE WON THE CASE. AND THINK JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE.))
OUT Q=justice has been done.
One of the jurors told News 7 last night that Chopski's lawyers did a great
job of discrediting Trigon's auditor.
Things were a bit calmer on Wall Street today, after the rollercoaster rides
of the past two days.
The Dow gained 18 points, closing at 53-hundred-76.
NASDAQ was up 33 points.
It's been up and running for almost three months, but today marked the
official dedication of the new Georgia Pacific plant in Campbell County.
State and local officials helped cut the ribbon for the 80- million dollar
facility in Brookneal.
In addition to the new jobs, the plant also figures to generate about 300-
thousand dollars in tax revenue every year for Campbell County.
IN Q=The financial
((MIKE DAVIDSON/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: THE FINANCIAL IMPACT THAT THIS
FACILITY WILL HAVE ON CAMPBELL COUNTY AND THROUGHOUT REGION 2000, WHILE
DIFFICULT TO MEASURE, CAN BE SEEN IN THE 130 EMPLOYEES THAT THE PLANT HAS, OF
WHICH OVER 80 PERCENT WERE EMPLOYED LOCALLY.))
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OUT Q=were employed locally.
Georgia Pacific employs more than 15- hundred people at its plants across
The Brookneal facility makes oriented strand board for use in construction.
The way people shop in Franklin County may never be the same.
The Walmart Supercenter in Rocky Mount has officially opened for business.
And from the looks of things, it was doing plenty of it.
Like other supercenters in our area, it offers a wide range of services--
like a grocery store, a bank, and a beauty salon-- all under one roof.
IN Q=It's a really
((SHEILA CAMPBELL/SHOPPER: IT'S A REALLY CONVENIENT STORE WITH THE GROCERY
ITEMS AND WITH THE CLOTHING... AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED, YOU CAN GET IT HERE. ))
OUT Q=get it here
Walmart's 10- million dollar investment in Rocky Mount will be a big boost
to the Franklin County economy.
Officials estimate the store will dish out 250- thousand dollars annually in
On News- 7 at a 11, we'll take a closer look at the Rocky Mount Walmart...
and find out what it means for locally owned businesses in Franklin County.
And coming up, Brett Favre is ready to report to the Green Bay Packer
training camp. Mike Stevens has a report on the Redskins camp.
And Radford University's boys basketball camp has taken over the Dedmon
Center as both campers and coaches are learning new things about the game.
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The Washington Redskins open training camp tomorrow morning at Frostburg
State university, and only one Virginia television station was on the scene as
the team arrived in town this afternoon.
Mike Stevens and photographer Scott Ayers have more on the Redskins arrival
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SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/Redskins Quarterback; :47
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SUPER=01-Charlie Casserly/Redskins General Manager; 1:44
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Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre addressed the media today and
said he did not have a problem with alcohol.
Favre, who spent six weeks in drug rehabilitation for an addiction to
painkillers, said he no longer is addicted and is ready to report to training
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((BRETT FAVRE/GREEN BAY QUARTERBACK: ))
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Radford University's individual boys basketball camp has taken over the
Dedmon Center this week.
While there are 110 campers, the camper/coach ratio is smaller than years
past. In addition, both student and teacher are learning.
IN Q="I'm learning
((MARQUIZ WILLIAMSON/RADFORD POINT GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Marquiz Williamson/Radford University Point Guard; :00
OUT Q=...the season"
The campers go over fundamentals and proper technique, but there is always
time for fun and friends.
IN Q="its kinda neat..
((TYLER CANNOY/WYTHEVILLE CAMPER:))
((THOMAS CANNOY/WYTHEVILLE CAMPER:))
SUPER=01-Tyler Cannoy/Wytheville Camper; :00
SUPER=01-Thomas Cannoy/Wytheville Camper; :08
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If you listen to pop music, you've probably heard singer Gloria Estefan's
Olympic anthem, "Reach."
But did you know a local band is also taking part in the Olympic
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Jean Jadhon knows all about this stuff.
It's an acoustic rock band, Keith.
They're Radar Rose- The band will perform at several Olympic villages this
It's the only Roanoke- based group with that distinction.
We'll catch up with the band tonight before they leave on their Olympic-
and weather tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll have that story plus a complete wrap up of today's other news, sports