News 7 is next-
An apparent drag race ends in an crash on 220 in Roanoke.
A freak accident at a train stop where President Clinton spoke today.
Plus if you're a Holdrens customer you may want to stay tuned. Find out
what to do about your extended warranty now that the store's been sold.
News 7 is next.
A spectacular accident on Route 220 in Roanoke this evening sends one man to
the hospital as his car is almost cut in half.
It happened around seven o'clock in the north bound lanes near the Wonju
Witnesses say this Corvette appeared to be racing with another vehicle in
heavy traffic when it lost control and crashed.
IN Q=We saw him speed
((WE SAW HIM SPEED PAST US WITH ANOTHER CAR THAT VANISHED WHEN THE ACCIDENT
OCCURRED. AND HE HIT THE WALL. HE GOT TOO CLOSE TO THE WALL, HIT THE WALL,
BOUNCED OFF, HIT THE GUARD RAIL AND SPUN AROUND AND THE CAR FELL A PART AND HE
FELL OUT. HE WAS EJECTED FROM THE CAR.))
OUT Q=ejected from the car.
Traffic was backed up for about an hour.
Police are still investigating the accident and have not released the name
or condition of the driver.
The main event of the democratic convention takes place tonight.
Bill Clinton officially becomes the nominee for a second term as
Regina Blakely is at convention hall in Chicago with more.
SUPER=01-Al Gore/(D) Vice President; :43
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News; 1:26
OUT Q=CBS News, Chicago."
((In presidential style... and with his family on hand... president clinton
arrived in the town that will give him a chance to be the first democratic
president re-elected to a second term since franklin Roosevelt.
THE BEST DAYS OF AMERICA... THE BEST DAYS OF CLINTON/GORE..THE BEST DAYS TO
LIFT UP OUR COUNTRY... AND MOVE FORWARD.. THANK YOU.
BAck at the convention center.. a video introduced the man looking forward to
not only another clinton term... but possibly in four years... his own turn
in the spotlight...
But before the serious business.. mr. gore couldn't pass up an opportunity to
make fun of his trademark stiff self...
Then it was on to the night's business... after first recognizing opponent Bob
Dole as a good and decent man... the vice-president attacked Dole's record..
votes against the creation of medicare, medicaid, the clean air act, head
start and the peace corps... and then a not so subtle reference to the age
VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE:
MAKE NO MISTAKE//IN HIS SPEECH FROM SAN DIEGO SEN. DOLE OFFERED HIMSELF AS A
BRIDGE TO THE PAST. TONIGHT BILL CLINTON AND I OFFER OURSELVES AS A BRIDGE TO
THE KICKOFF SPEECH OF THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF HIS LIFE...))
Some trouble on the way to Chicago at one of Clinton's train stops.
SUPER=03-Michigan City, IN;
A metal beam collapsed onto the crowd below.
((STAY CALM PEOPLE. PROFESSIONALS WILL DEAL WITH THIS. PLEASE STAY CALM.))
OUT Q=please stay calm. (double out)
At least twelve people were hurt in the- many taken away by ambulance.
The 20 foot tall stand was meant to hold portable speakers.
The accident happened before the President arrived.
Bob Dole is attacking Clinton's handling of the drug war.
SUPER=03-Santa Barbara, CA;
Dole said Clinton hasn't done anything while teen drug use has doubled.
((BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: SOME PEOPLE AT THE WHITE HOUSE HAVE BEEN
USING DRUGS SO THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE ABOUT DRUGS. LET'S FACE IT THEY
HAVE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE AND MY VIEW IS DRUGS ARE WRONG. YOU SHOULDN'T USE
DRUGS. YOU SHOULDN'T SMOKE CIGARETTES.))
((JACK KEMP/R- VP CANDIDATE: I JUST WANTED TO COME BACK AND ASK SOME OF YOU TO
VOTE IN SOUTH CENTRAL L.A.))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :09
OUT Q=South Central L.A."
Meanwhile Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp campaigned in L-A talking
to kids about football, growing up and politics.
Ross Perot will run on the Reform Party ticket.
He defeated the former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm for the party's
Now Lamm says he won't endorse Perot but would not say why.
With stores in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Martinsville, and the New River Valley,
there are many Holdren's customers who say they've been ripped off since the
chain's new owners are not covering some service warranties.
Len Besthoff reports the state is now looking for some answers.
IN Q=Since we
SUPER=01-Ronald Pearson/Holdren's Customer; :12 QUICK
SUPER=01-Andy Robeson/Holdren's Customer; :30
SUPER=01-Stan Cross/Former Holdren's President; 1:02
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News-7.
(( Since we first reported how Holdren's appliance stores aren't honoring
service warranties sold by its previous owner, customers have visited, phoned,
and become infuriated with the chain.
IN Q=It's not fair
((RONALD PEARSON/HOLDREN'S CUSTOMER: IT'S NOT FAIR, THERE OUGHT TO BE
SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=about it.
The Virginia Department of Consumer Affairs is looking into the matter.
It urges warranty holders to get complaint forms by calling 800-552-9963, or
804-786-2042 if the line's busy.
IN Q=A company
((ANDY ROBESON/HOLDREN'S CUSTOMER: A COMPANY HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE
OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS, AS LONG AS THEY HAVE COMMITMENTS FOR THEM. IT'LL BE
INTERESTING TO SEE.))
OUT Q=to see.
The company that recently bought Holdren's also owns the Crenshaw appliance
chain in North Carolina.
It insists its not at fault.
But next month the new owners and Holdren's former president will all meet
with the Department of Consumer Affairs in Richmond.
IN Q=There will be
((STAN CROSS/FORMER HOLDREN'S PRESIDENT: THERE WILL BE A LOT OF RELATED
PARTIES THAT WILL COME TOGETHER ALL WITH AN INTEREST TO TRY TO COME TO A
SOLUTION. TRY TO WORK OUT A WAY THAT THE WARRANTIES CAN BE COVERED.))
OUT Q=can be covered.
IN Q=Now no
((Now no matter how this situation ends up, odds are it's going to take a while
because the folks who used to run Holdren's said thousands, perhaps tens of
thousands of people have these extended warranties. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, a former police officer in our area is headed
to jail for embezzlement,
And Roanoke police take a drastic step after a pair of allegedly vicious dogs
threaten a neighborhood.
Robin in the WX Office
MUSIC UP FULL
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City police shot a couple of dogs in Roanoke today, then threw the book at
A patrolman shot the two pit bills after they killed a poodle and were
mauling another smaller dog.
Witnesses said even people on the street weren't safe with these two on the
street... especially at Burrell Nursing Center around shift change at seven
IN Q=I originally
((STANLEY PULLINS: I ORIGINALLY TRIED TO HIT ONE OF THEM WITH MY CAR. BUT I
DIDN'T WANT TO MESS UP MY CAR. BUT ANYWAY, I WAS TRYING TO HIT ONE OF THE DOGS
TO STOP HIM FROM INJURING THE EMPLOYEES. AND I PICKED UP A PEDESTRIAN FURTHER
DOWN THE BLOCK TO GET HIM OFF THE STREET AND WARNED ANOTHER ONE TO GET BACK IN
HIS CAR, BECAUSE THE DOGS WAS COMING AFTER HIM. THEY WERE ATTACKING ANYTHING
THAT WAS MOVING ON THE STREET.))
OUT Q=on the street.
A city patrolman got permission from his supervising sergeant to shoot the
pit bulls, killing one instantly, stopping the other.
The owner was charged with six counts of harboring dangerous dogs running at
large without rabies shots or a license.
A jury is recommending a two year sentence for a former South Boston police
officer convicted of embezzlement.
42-year old Larry Jerome Stovall was found guilty of taking more than one
thousand dollars seized in drug cases.
He was also convicted of misappropriating state police funds used for drug
Stovall worked as a narcotics investigator until earlier this year.
His attorney tried to persuade the jury the missing two-thousand dollars was
nothing more than a bookkeeping error.
Aside from time in jail, the jury also recommended that Stovall pay more
than 15-hundred dollars in fines.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Pot
Dozens of marijuana growers have no crop to harvest this year, thanks to the
state police and local sheriff's departments- and some help from the sky.
Virginia National Guard helicopters have been busy the past few weeks,
traveling across the state to help with the marijuana eradication program.
Each aircraft carries a spotter, trained to pinpoint marijuana from the air.
IN Q=It's a different
((DEP. JOE CAREY/CHARLOTTE CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT'S A DIFFERENT COLOR GREEN
FROM MOST OTHER VEGETATION AND USUALLY YOU'RE GOING TO FIND IT IN OPEN CLEAR
SPOTS BECAUSE IT'S GOT TO BE SOMEWHERE WHERE THE SUN CAN SHINE IN.))
SUPER=01-Dep. Joe Carey/Charlotte Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=can shine in.
In Campbell County, ground teams destroyed more than two hundred marijuana
plants in these woods near Naruna. (Nar-una)
The same spot yielded thousands of plants two years ago.
IN Q=It's intelligence
((CAPT. MIKE HARRIS/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT'S INTELLIGENCE GATHERING,
WE KEEP RECORDS ALL YEAR OF WHAT DEPUTIES AND OTHER AGENCIES GIVE US, AND WE
COLLECT THAT AND PLOT THE DATA AND WE SEARCH BASED ON THAT. SO YOU'VE GOT SOME
PRETTY GOOD INTELLIGENCE ON IT TO BEGIN WITH.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Mike Harris/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=to begin with.
Harris says each plant that's destroyed has a street value of about one
Scientists may have found a tool to fight lung cancer.
Researchers at the University of Texas think injecting a gene in cancer
patients will make big headway.
The gene has already destroyed cancer in one patient, shrank tumors in two
others and stunted further growth in three other cases.
State senator Virgil Goode was the focus at a forum at Lewis Gale Medical
He spoke to hospital workers about the future of the health care industry.
Administrators from Lewis Gale held the forum so that Goode could address
Goode says one of his top priorities is the preservation of Medicare.
IN Q=We need to
((VIRGIL GOODE/D- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: WE NEED TO PROTECT MEDICARE. I KNOW
IN 1965 BEFORE MEDICARE WAS IN EXISTENCE OVER HALF OF THE PERSONS OVER AGE 65
HAD NO HEALTH INSURANCE. TODAY WE HAVE 97 TO 98 PERCENT COVERAGE... THAT'S
BECAUSE OF MEDICARE.))
SUPER=01-Virgil Goode/(D) Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=because of medicare.
Goode also commented on Dupont's announcement it will close its Henry County
plant in 19-98.
Goode says he will work to bring more small businesses to the area.
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later on our newscast, salvage workers are stirring up
controversy as they attempt to raise the Titanic,
and we'll tell you why V-M-I's head says the school's latest battle with the
government could become a private affair.
MUSIC UP FULL
The four women cadets at The Citadel have been able to take the training
so far -- and that's more than you can say for five of their male counterparts.
A spokesman at the military school says the four women made it through
today's fitness tests and drills. Five men dropped out.
VMI's top officer gave a scathing public review today of a new Justice
General Josiah Bunting blasted what he calls a government "gag order."
The end result: even more alumni resistance to women at VMI.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Upper lips
SUPER=03-Lexington/August 21; :
SUPER=01-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :24
SUPER=01-William Berry/VMI Board Chairman; :50
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/Monday; 1:07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Upper lips are getting a little stiffer at VMI.
Fewer men are quitting after the rat line over the year before.
And General Josiah Bunting says the U.S. Justice Department has actually
increased alumni resistance to admitting women.
((IT HAS FIRED UP THE ALUMNI. YES INDEED.))
That's after the department said VMI could talk to no one about co-education
without first seeking government approval.
IN Q=The order
((GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: THE ORDER ON ITS FACE IS FOOLISH,
REPREHENSIBLE, AND POSSIBLY EVEN UNCONSTITUTIONAL. ANYTHING IN A FREE SOCIETY
WHICH CUTS OFF THE FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION AMONG PEOPLE OR INSTITUTIONS OF
GOOD WILL IS INHERENTLY EVIL.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
OUT Q=inherently evil.
VMI's Board of Visitors is still pondering trying to go private -- despite a
warning it may lose its R-O-T-C program if it does.
But now, the day before the scheduled September 21st vote,
((WILLIAM BERRY: THE BOARD WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
DURING THAT PERIOD.))
That's the first time the public's input will have been formally sought.
Bunting says he can't really say if the renewed vigor makes a costly and
politically challenging bid to go private more or less plausible.
Citadel b-roll begins at 15:17:39 on the Monday 3-4PM CBS feed tape.
Meanwhile, South Carolina's Citadel is wholeheartedly integrating its new
VMI's General Bunting says their hairdos are "just about right."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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The Braves last night acquired lefty Denny Neagle from the Pirates to help
bolster their pitching staff with Steve Avery likely unable to come back this
Ironically, Neagle beat the Braves Tuesday night.
A couple of former Virginia Tech stars were in Salem last night.
Dell Curry of the Charlotte Hornets and Bimbo Coles of the Golden State
Warriors were guest speakers at the Roanoke Valley sports club meeting.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="Curry spoke...
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Hornets Guard; :22
SUPER=01-Bimbo Coles/Golden State Warrior Guard; :
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Curry spoke at the sports club banquet when it re-organized three years ago.
The smooth shooting guard has spent the past nine seasons as the sixth man
for the Charlotte Hornets.
With the signing of former Laker Vlade Divac the Hornets will have a
different look this season.
And just this week the Hornets picked up New York Knicks bad boy Anthony
((DELL CURRY/CHARLOTTE HORNETS: ))
((Coles, who started his career in Miami, was traded to the Golden State
Warriors near the end of last season.
He was a starter at the guard position for Miami. Coles is one of three
warrior guards who will be battling for a starting spot.
And even though he wasn't happy with the trade he feels his future will be
with the Warriors.))
((BIMBO COLES/GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The Cleveland Indians completed the team's first ever seasonal sweep of the
Detroit Tigers yesterday by shelling Buddy Bell's club 9-to-3.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Indians vs. Tigers; :00
Albert Belle provided the big fireworks in the sixth inning as he crashed
this grand slam into the left field seats.
It was a part of 6 run sixth inning for the tribe.
Jim Thome and Jeff Kent also homered on the day.
Belle now has 43 homeruns on the season.
The Lynchburg Hillcats are now within a half game of first place Wilmington
in the Carolina League's Northern Division.
Wilmington lost to Kinston last night, while the HIllcats beat Prince William
SUPER=03-Salem/May 5, 1996; :00
Yesterday the Cats also got some big news when they learned that Jose
Guillen, their big time outfielder is the Carolina League's player of the year.
He's hitting 317 with 18 homers this season.
Guillen is on the first team all-Carolina league squad along with two of his
teammates. Third baseman Freddie Garcia who has hit 20 homers this season and
racked up 83 rbis is on the post season all-star squad,
Along with MIke Asche, the team's outfielder, who leads the team in triples
and runs scored this season.
Rice will continue to be served in San Francisco through the year 2002.
Yesterday Jerry Rice, signed a seven year contract extension worth $4
million a year to stay with the Forty Niners until he retires.
The future Hall of Famer holds 10 major NFL career receiving records.
WIPE TO ENG#
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Now right after Emmitt Smith got his new contract he went out and strained
That was 11 days ago.
Yesterday Emmitt said he's feeling better and hopes to play and start Monday
night against the Bears.
Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins signed former UVa tight end Bobby Neely to the
team's five man practice squad.
And former Virginia Tech running back Vaughn Hebron, who was cut on Monday by
the Eagles, was resigned yesterday by the Denver Broncos.
Still to come on this Wednesday night, the Virginia Tech football team is
filling some holes this preseason,
Steve Mason gives us inside look in the huddle to see how things are coming
for Frank Beamer nationally ranked club.
Tiger Woods officially ended his storied amateur career today by turning
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI; :00
Woods begins tomorrow in the Greater Milwaukee Open and he says his
happiness and not millions of bucks let him know the time is right.
IN Q="It wasn't
((TIGER WOODS/3 TIME U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/3 Time U.S. Amateur Champion; :00
OUT Q=...pointed to yes"
The Virginia Tech Hokies are busy playing the match game these days as they
try to replace some of the senior stars off last year's team.
Steve Mason has an update on how the new parts are working.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/All-American Defensive End; :10
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :57
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:23
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((First on the defensive line; All-American J.C. price, Hank Coleman, Jim
Baron, Jeff Holland, and Lawrence Lewis, all have started over the last 2
years, all gone.
((CORNELL BROWN/VA. TECH ALL-AMERICAN:))
Who will help Big East defensive player of the year Cornell Brown and Waverly
Jackson up front?
Junior tackle Brad Baylor will replace Price,
and redshirt junior Danny Wheel is at the top of the depth chart to fill the
other defensive end spot. Wheel broke a bone in his left hand this week in
practice, but should be okay for the Akron game.
Linebacker Tony Morrison will step in for the departed George de Ricco.
On offense, both Brian Still and Jermaine Holmes graduated. Cornelius White
is back, but Jim Druckenmiller will need help from newcomers; redshirt junior
Shawn Scales and Michael Stuewe will play.
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
Beamer is hardly stressing a 4th straight bowl trip, or a Big East title;
however the 9th year Hokie leader does preach doing the things that will get
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
The Hokies open the season September 7th at Akron. Steve Mason News 7
Salvage crews are still trying to bring up a chunk of the Titanic's hull.
They're using large balloons filled with diesel fuel to raise a 15 ton piece
of the doomed ocean liner.
Diesel Fuel is lighter than water and can take the incredible pressure two
and a half miles beneath the North Atlantic.
One previous attempt this week failed when two of the balloons failed to
Organizers say they merely want to preserve history.
Critics argue the wreckage should be left in place where the Titanic sank in
1912, killing more than 15-hundred people.