Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
After two veto's President Clinton signs welfare reform into law- just weeks
before the election.
How do you keep safe on the farm? We'll have some advice.
Plus Sharom Bottoms and her female lover talk about their defeat fighting
for visitation of Sharon's child.
News 7 is next.
President Clinton has signed a bill to law that no longer guarantee's
federal welfare assistance.
Not all democratic leaders were not behind the legislation though.
The President calls this an historic change to make welfare a second
chance, not a way of life.
Over 2 hundred farmers gathered in Franklin County today to get some
Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a road trip.
We'll tell you how some area cyclists are making donations in sweat to
help the cause.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A doctor at a Pontiac, Michigan, hospital says that Dr. Jack Kevorkian has
brought yet another body to the hospital.
This would be the second suicide Kevorkian attended today- the fourth in
The 40 year old woman Kevorkian brought in earlier today suffered from
On Tuesday, Kevorkian attended the death of a woman with Lou Gehrig's
It was just last week that Kevorkian was there when another woman died.
Several doctors said that woman did not have a fatal illness, and just
three weeks before her death, her husband was charged with assaulting her.
Sweeping changes are on the way for Welfare across the nation.
President Clinton signed a welfare reform bill today- and it's already
causing a stir among Democrats.
Regina Blakely reports from the White House.
SUPER=01-Gov. James Hunt/(D) North Carolina; 1:09
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News; 1:17
OUT Q=at the white house
WITH THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION SET TO GET UNDERWAY IN JUST A FEW
((President clinton signed into law welfare reform legislation
that ends the federal government's guarantee to assistance..
PRESIDENT CLINTON: TODAY WE ARE TAKING AN HISTORIC CHANCE TO MAKE WELFARE WHAT
IT WAS MEANT TO BE A SECOND CHANCE NOT A WAY OF LIFE.
With democratic leaders conspicuously absent the President said
he would work to change portions of the law signaling he will use next
week's convention to introduce tax incentives to businesses to provide jobs
for those on welfare. The administration has already waived some states from
compliance and is considering a grace period for legal immigrants who will
PROTESTORS: STOP THE WAR ON THE POOR!!
But those who say the legislation hurts children were promising
to make thier voices heard from chicago to election day.
PATRICIA IRELAND/NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN:
WE WILL NOT LIFT A FINGER TO RE-ELECT THE PRESIDENT AND IF HE
COULDN'T TAKE LEADERSHIP WHEN HE HAD A 20 POINT LEAD, I DONT HAVE ANY MORE
FAITH IN HIS PROMISES.
With that controversy brewing... on Friday... the President is
expected to accept classifying nicotine as a drug... allowing the FDA to
strictly limit the advertising and availability of tobacco products to
minors. That decision brought crys from tobacco state democrats.
SOT GOVERNOR JAMES HUNT/D-NC:
THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL OF BRINGING ABOUT THE PROHIBITION OF TOBACCO
DOWN THE ROAD HE'S MADE A REAL MISTAKE HERE.
REGINA BLAKELY/WHITE HOUSE: BUT THE SCREAMING ASIDE... THE WHITE HOUSE LOOKS AT
THE POLLS WHICH SHOW THE PUBLIC WELCOMES WELFARE REFORM... AS WELL AS LIMITING
TEENS ACCESS TO TOBACCO... AND THE ADMINISTRATION KNOWS THAT IT'S MOVE TO THE
MIDDLE IS A GOOD POLITICAL TRADE OFF FOR SOME PARTY DISUNITY. RB, CBS NEWS, AT
THE WHITE HOUSE.))
Whatever the case, Southside tobacco farmers are NOT embracing the proposed
There are about five-thousand tobacco farmers in Southside.
Many view the proposed regulations as a way to put local farmers out of
Tobacco accounts for about 21-percent of Virginia's crop income and
eight-percent of the state's total agricultural income.
Clarence Bryant is Chairman of the group "Concerned Friends for Tobacco".
IN Q=We are
((CLARENCE BRYANT/"CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO": WE ARE GROWING A PRODUCT
THAT IS A LEGAL PRODUCT, IT'S BEEN SO EVER SINCE THIS COUNTRY WAS DEVELOPED,
AND SUDDENLY, YOU HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT WANTS TO REGULATE IT AND DEEM US
AS SOMEONE WHO IS EVIL IN OUR INDUSTRY, AND OUR INDUSTRY IS EVIL, IT SHOULD
COME TO BACK TO, IT'S A PERSONAL CHOICE. A PERSON CAN USE IT AND NOT USE IT. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/"Concerned Friends for Tobacco"; :00
OUT Q=not use it.
Bryant believes the proposed regulations are politically motivated and
nothing more than a move toward the prohibition of tobacco.
More than 200 farmers got together in Franklin County tonight for a
refresher course in farm safety.
Two farmers have been killed in the county so far this summer.
That prompted organizers to have tonight's first Farm Alive.
Carl Barnhart survived a farming accident in 1992.
He says the program really hit home.
IN Q=I lost some
((CARL BARNHART/FARM ACCIDENT VICTIM: I LOST SOME VISION. I GOT SOME STEEL IN
MY BACK, BUT I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE.))
SUPER=01-Carl Barnhart/Farm Accident Victim;
OUT Q=very fortunate.
The Farm Bureau Women's Committee started planning the program several
The Virginia Farm Bureau Safety Director says there were 13 fatal farm
accidents in the state last year.
IN Q=We feel like
((BRUCE STONE/VA FARM BUREAU: WE FEEL LIKE IF WE CAN CONNECT WITH SOME OF THE
FOLKS AND GET THEM TO THINK IN TERMS OF SAFETY. WE CAN SAVE LIVES, REDUCE
MEDICAL COSTS AND MAKE OUR FARMS A SAFER WORKPLACE.))
SUPER=01-Bruce Stone/VA Farm Bureau;
OUT Q=safer workplace.
The program was held at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
The bureau is planning another Farm Alive next year.
It hopes to add a children's program and a course for farmer's wives.
What started out as a routine stop for speeding turned into a high speed
But the Roanoke County Police weren't chasing the suspect they intended.
Police say the speeding car got away after Tina Justus of Bassett in this
Mercury Sable would not get out of the officers' way.
When police attempted to pull the Sable over, Justus refused and drove off
reaching speeds up to 90 miles an hour on 5-81 and Interstate 81.
City and State Police joined in and forced her to stop.
Neither she nor her passenger were injured.
Police say Justus ran because she was allegedly driving a stolen car.
Justus was charged with attempting to elude police, attempted malicious
wounding, reckless driving, possission of marijuana, among other charges.
Another hold-up at a Roanoke convenience store overnight has city police
looking at a string of robberies that could be connected.
The latest incident happened just before midnight at Snappy's Food Mart on
The man wearing an orange ski mask may have been one of the two bandits who
held up three stores last weekend.
Lieutenant W-J Beason says police are looking at all four of the robberies
together- -because of similarities in the M-O, but he says they don't have a
lot to go on.
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Stay with us, when we return, Yokohama employees are getting a few extra days
off without pay,
And we'll tell you why some students at Virginia Tech and Radford say they're
having a hard time with their landlords.
Robin in the WX Office
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Deadly nerve gas rockets made 40 years ago are now burning in Utah-
SUPER=03-Tooele Army Depot;
The Army is eliminating the entire U-S chemical weapons arsenal by the year
((THE ARMY DECIDED THIS WAS NOT A WEAPONS THAT NEEDED ANYMORE IN OUR TACTICAL
ARSENAL. THESE ROCKETS ARE FORTY YEARS OLD. THEY WERE NEVER DESIGNED TO BE 40
YEARS IN STORAGE.))
((WE BELIEVE THE PROCESS WE'RE EMBARKING ON IS THE SAFEST, MOST EFFECTIVE WAY
TO DEAL WITH THE TASK OF ELIMINATED THE STOCKPILE OF OBSOLETE AND UNUSABLE
SUPER=01-Ted Prociv/Dep. Asst. Secretary of State;
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Robert Orton/Project Manager;
OUT Q=unuseable chemical weapons."
More than three and half million weapons in all will be destroyed.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
This just in to News 7, Investigators reportedly have found chemical evidence
that an explosive device went off inside the
passenger cabin of T-W-A Flight 800. Meanwhile NASA is being called to
help in the investigation of the explosion.
SUPER=03-Shinecock Bay, NY;
Parts of the fuel pumps are being sent to Marshall Space flight center in
((THEY'LL BE THE SAME FOLKS WHO WORKED ON CHALLENGER AND OTHER ACCIDENTS WILL
BE WORKING ON PARTS OF THE AIRCRAFT.))
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/Nat'l Transportation Safety Bd;
OUT Q=OF THE AIRCRAFT
SUPER=03-Off Long Island, NY/July 17;
TWA Flight 800 was on its way from New York to Paris when it crashed into
the Atlantic Ocean last month, killing all 230 people aboard the plane.
Sharon Bottoms says her battle to gain custody of her son may not be over
Bottoms and her lesbian partners spoke out today about their legal defeats.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=It's cruel
SUPER=03-Henrico Co; :16 QUICK
SUPER=07-Sharon Bottoms; :20
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Va. ACLU; :47
SUPER=07-April Wade; 1:24
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( NAT SOT 11:09:48 TAPE ONE
((IT'S CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT. YOU KNOW, IT'S WRONG.))
Sharon Bottoms gave up her custody battle last week in hopes of visitation
with her son Tyler -- in her own home for the first time in three years, with
Wade as part of the family.
Henrico Circuit Judge Buford Parsons said home was okay, Wade was NOT.
sot TAPE TWO 11:32:11
((SHARON BOTTOMS: HE ASKED ME ONE DAY ABOUT ME AND APRIL AND I SAID WE WERE
MARRIED...IT'S OKAY TO LOVE SOMEBODY SOMEBODY ELSE DOESN'T LOVE.))
The American Civil Liberties Union says the case did slightly advance civil
rights for gay and lesbian parents in Virginia.
SOT 11:49:03 TAPE TWO
IN Q=The Bottoms
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: THE BOTTOMS CASE FORCED THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT
INTO A DIFFICULT CORNER. THEY EITHER HAD TO ADHERE TO AN OLD DECISION THAT ALL
GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY UNFIT. IN WHICH CASE, DEFINITELY
THAT CASE COULD HAVE GONE TO THE SUPREME COURT AND THEY COULD HAVE LOST IT. OR
THEY HAD TO SAY "NO WE NEVER MEANT TO SAY THAT ALL GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS ARE
UNFIT. AND BY TAKING THE LATTER DECISION, WHAT THEY DID WAS LEAVE IT SO THAT
JUDGES IN VIRGINIA ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO FIND GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Va. ACLU;
OUT Q=parents unfit.
Look for more of Sharon's side of the story in a made-for-TV movie due out
SOT TAPE TWO 11:19:42
((APRIL WADE: WHAT THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO DO IS SHOW PEOPLE THAT WE ARE HUMAN
Sharon's mother Kay has the child and may get the last laugh.
Her attorney says she's considering suing Sharon for child support.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Soft market conditions and high industry inventory are causing Salem's
largest employer to extend its holiday shutdown.
That means this Labor Day, Yokohama employees will get an extra six days off
Company officials say employees will be entitled to unemployment benefits
during the work stoppage.
Just last month, Yokohama announced it was cutting back its work force and
scaling down production, meaning layoffs for about 50 workers.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, Up next Robin will be along with a look at our weekend,
and coming up a little later in our newscast, we'll see how Habitat for
Humanity is taking its program of sweat equity on the road.
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College students at Virginia Tech and Radford may savor the independence of
But in some cases when it's time to move out, efforts to get back their
security deposits leave a bitter aftertaste.
Tracy Altizer explains.
IN Q=All Susan Brennan wanted
SUPER=01-Susan Brennan/Former BCR Tenant; :07
SUPER=01-Pat Cupp/BCR Property Management; :20
SUPER=01-Piper Durrell/VT Student Legal Services; :50 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Mike Puffenbarger/Former Chase Management Tenant; 1:11
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.
(( All Susan Brennan wanted was the security deposit that her former
landlord assured her had been mailed, but never came.
((SUSAN BRENNAN/FORMER BCR TENANT: EVENTUALLY IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE THEY
WERE SENDING ME BACK AND FORTH, OFFICE TO OFFICE, GIVING ME THE RUNAROUND. AND
WHEN I FINALLY SAID "LOOK, I THINK SOMEONE HERE CAN CUT ME A NEW CHECK, I'M NOT
GONNA LEAVE UNTIL I LEAVE HERE WITH MY SECURITY DEPOSIT," THEY CALLED THE
POLICE ON ME. ))
((PAT CUPP/BCR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT: THIS INDIVIDUAL THREATENED US OVER AND
OVER, WHAT SHE WAS GONNA DO, AND THAT'S THE ONLY REASON WE WENT TO COURT, IS
BECAUSE WE WERE THREATENED AND WE DON'T LIKE TO BE THREATENED. 5:02:02THE
SECURITY DEPOSIT WAS OWED, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. 5:02:16BUT SHE WOULD NOT
ACKNOWLEDGE OUR CORRESPONDENCE. ))
Brennan, a Radford University student got her deposit after a judge ordered
BCR to pay it.
At Virginia Tech, Student Legal Services Director Piper Durrell hears
hundreds of similar complaints each year, involving various landlords.
((PIPER DURRELL/VT STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES: AND I DO PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT'S
ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. 11:50:02AND MANY PEOPLE JUST CHOOSE NOT TO
The problem is not unique to students.
Former News-7 photographer Mike Puffenbarger recently got a deposit back
which the landlord said had slipped through the cracks.
A month overdue, it came after he made repeated phone calls and finally
threatened further action in a certified letter.
((MIKE PUFFENBARGER/FORMER CHASE MANAGEMENT TENANT: I PAID MY RENT EVERY MONTH,
ON TIME FOR THREE YEARS AND I EXPECT THE SAME FROM THEM. AND THEY JUST REALLY
GAVE ME A HARD TIME ABOUT IT. ))
Durrell says many tenants also complain that certain landlords set
unreasonable cleaning and damage standards, beyond that of normal wear and
tear, and their security deposits get eaten up in charges.
She cites nail holes as an example.
((IF YOU SPACKLE THEM THEY'LL CLAIM SOMETIMES, THEM MEANING THE LANDLORD, THAT
THE SPACKLING DOESN'T MATCH AND THE WHOLE ROOM NEEDS TO BE REPAINTED. IF YOU
DON'T SPACKLE THEM, THEN YOU'RE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM SPACKLING THEM AT
SOME RIDICULOUS CHARGE. AND THE CHARGES ARE FREQUENTLY RIDICULOUS.))
suOf course, with the damages that occur, especially in college towns,
landlords have plenty of legitimate gripes. Tomorrow on News 7, we'll take a
look at how tenants can minimize the problems and protect their rights. Tracy
Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg.))
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Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller is copping an attitude.
The Dream team gunner says he wants $10 million a season from the Pacers or
he will sit out next season.
No world yet from the Pacers.
The Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs hooked up in an abbreviated
preseason game last night in the NFL.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/ABC; :00
The Chiefs were on the money in this one offensively, as Steve Bono hooks up
with Tammarick Vanover on this TD play.
Vanover trips but still manages to haul in the 36 yard TD in the 1st.
Rich gannon would come in throw this 16 yard scoring pass to Lake Dawson to
make it 14-to-10.
And that's how it ended because with 4:20 left in the third, the refs
cancelled the game because of heavy SUPER=30-Kansas
City/14/Chicago/10/Cancelled In 3rd;
rain and severe lightning.
It's ends with the Chiefs on top 14-to-10.
The second class of the Radford Hall of Fame was on campus tonight.
The inductees include a couple of basketball greats, two soccer players and
a tennis coach.
Roy Stanley has more on the special night that also featured a hall of
IN Q="Ron Shelburne...
SUPER=01-Ron Shelburne/Radford Hall of Fame; :23
SUPER=01-Pat Barrett/Radford Hall of Fame; :55
SUPER=01-Wes Unseld/Bullets Executive Vice President; 1:37
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Ron Shelburne, a native of nearby Snowville, Virginia headed the list of
Shelburne played for the Highlanders in the late 80's. He averaged over 11
points a game and shot 51 per cent from the field.
And check this out, Shelburne never missed a game during his four year
career. And he finished in 1991 as the school's all time leading scorer.))
((RON SHELBURNE/RADFORD HALL OF FAME: ))
((When Radford began its women's basketball program in 1971 Pat Barrett was the
sports first head coach.
She coached for 13 years and posted a 198 and 95 record never having a
((PAT BARRETT/RADFORD HALL OF FAME: ))
((Also inducted into the hall this year were Dr. Tom Hondras, who coached
tennis as the university for 16 seasons.
Peggy Poore, a goal keeper on some of Radford's strongest soccer teams.
And Billy Gerber, The Highlanders first soccer All America Selection in
The guest speaker at the Athletic banquet was N-B-A Hall of Famer Wes
Unseld is the executive Vice president of the Washington Bullets, a team he
led to the world championship in 1978.
He was in the spotlight recently involving the trade of Juwan Howard, who
appeared to be headed to Miami but eventually signed with the Bullets.))
((WES UNSELD/BULLETS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: ))
((Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Two time defending U.S. Amateur champion Tiger Woods has advanced to the
SUPER=03-Cornelius, OR/ESPN; :00
Yesterday afternoon he overcame a shaky start in his second round match to
move on by beating Jerry Courville 4-and-2.
He then won his third round match over 17 year old Charles Howell 3 and 1.
He needs 3 more wins to get an unprecedented third consecutive US amateur
The Salem Avalanche lost to the Durham Bulls last night by a touchdown an an
extra point. The final was 15-to-8.
But the Orioles were lost with out their manager.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Mariners vs. Orioles; :00
Andy Etchebaren filled in for Davey Johnson was admitting to the hospital
yesterday with an irregular heart beat.
The O's would not perform too well in his absence as Seattle's Paul Sorrento
hits this grand slam homer to right field in the fifth, to plate Ken Griffey,
Jay BUhner and Edgar Martinez.
The Mariners pound the Orioles by a 10-to-3 mark.
Say what you will about the Roanoke Valley's Hockey history, but the former
inhabitants of the Lancerlot continue to move of the pro hockey ladder.
Yesterday Roy Sommer the Roanoke Valley Rebels coach in 1991 was named an
assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks.
Sommer spent the past FOUR years as head coach of the Richmond Renegades.
Remember, Dave Allison who coached in VInton in 1989 was the Ottawa Senators
head coach last season, and is now with the Grand Rapid Griffiths.
19988 coach John Tortarella who now is a head coach in AHL was an assistant
with the NHL's Sabres for 5 years.
Still coming your way tonight, we'll head to Charlottesville and check in
on UVa freshman Thomas Jones, the former POwell Valley sensation who is now
trying to find his place in the Cavs rotation.
The Virginia Cavaliers held their one and only open practice of the year as
operation ACC football made its way through Charlottesville.
Tonight Steve Mason talks with one of the Cavs prized recruits running back
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/UVa Freshman Tailback; :18
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Starting Tailback; :56
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Football Coach; 1:22
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
GRAPHIC=Habitat for Humanity
Tomorrow morning, dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers will be spinning
Barbara Duerk is representing the Roanoke Valley chapter.
She's cycling 500 miles from Lynchburg to Atlanta... and picking up
donations along the way.
SOT "Habitat" field tape
((BARBARA DUERK/ROANOKE VALLEY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: ALL OF THE MONEY THAT I
EARN WILL GO DIRECTLY INTO BUILDING HOMES IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. I'M RIDING
WITH THE LYNCHBURG HABITAT, BUT THAT FINANCIAL OBLIGATION HAS BEEN FILLED. SO
THIS IS TO BUILD HOUSES IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. ))
SUPER=01-Barbara Duerk/Roanoke Valley Habitat For Humanity;
OUT Q=roanoke valley
Also making the trip is Franklin County Administrator Macon Sammons.
He'll be drumming up support for the Habitat chapter in Rocky Mount.
SOT "Habitat Sammons" field tape
IN Q=Our goal
((MACON SAMMONS/FRANKLIN COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: OUR GOAL IS TO HOPEFULLY GET
AROUND 2- THOUSAND DOLLARS TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY HABITAT FOR
SUPER=01-Macon Sammons/Franklin Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=for humanity
The trip is part of Habitat's 20th anniversary celebration.
Cyclists are being brought in from all over the country for the eight day