Here's what's coming up on NEWS-7 Primetime...Health and Human Services
Secretary Donna Shalala says FDA regulations on tobacco will NOT impact
More than 30-people are arrested in Pulaski County on numerous drug charges.
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And the Top Story this Wednesday night September Eleventh...
The conflict in Iraq continues--as the president tells the Pentagon to do
whatever is necessary to protect American pilots.
This is NEWS-7 Prime Time, Good Evening I'm Connie Stevens.
The tension is growing in the Persian Gulf.
The Pentagon announced today that more fire power is headed into the
Regina Blakely reports from Washington.
IN Q= U.S. B-52's
SUPER=01-William Perry/Defense Secretary; :21
SUPER=03-Sun City, AZ; 1:05
SUPER=01-Jack Kemp/GOP Vice Presidential Candidate; 1:30
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/Reporting; 1:44
OUT Q=RB, CBS News, Washington.
U.S. B-52s and F-117 stealth-fighter bombers are now headed to the Persian
Gulf. This comes after an Iraqi missile fired at two U-S jets
patrolling the northern no-fly zone, and an Iraqi fighter penetrated the
enlarged southern no-fly zone. Defense Secretary William Perry had strong
words for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY:IRAQ AIR DEFENSE CREWS ARE PLAYING SOME KIND OF
GAME. THEY WILL SOON LEARN THAT WE ARE NOT PLAYING GAMES. WE HAVE BOTH THE
ABILITY AND THE RESOLVE TO PROTECT OUR INTEREST AND TO PROTECT OUR FLIGHT
The U.S. action also follows reports that Iraq is re-building it's
air-defense system taken out in last week's cruise missile attacks by
attaching new radar systems to surface to air missiles. The two fighters
fired upon were unable to locate the radar site.
PERRY:THE AIR DEFENSE CREWS ONLY HAD THEIR RADARS TURNED ON FOR A FEW
SECONDS. THAT WAS VERY WISE ON THEIR PART BECAUSE IF THEY HAD IT TURNED ON ANY
LONGER THEY WOULD HAVE HAD ANTI-RADIATION MISSILE DOWN THEIR THROATS.
President Clinton, is campaigning out West, also talked tough on Iraq.
DETERMINATION OF THE UNITED STATES IN DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM OF IRAQ SHOULD
NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED.WE WILL DO WHAT WE MUST DO TO PROTECT OUR PEOPLE AND OUR
Bob Dole has suggested the President was too quick last week to
proclaim success... and left the official Dole campaign statement up to
vice-presidential nominee Jack Kemp.
JACK KEMP/GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE:THE FAILURE TO DEFINE THE MISSION AND TO...
THE COALITION... AND DEAL WITH THREATS ACROSS THE BORDERS... SHOULD BE
SOMETHING OF CONCERN TO THE
AMERICAN VOTERS.. ALLIANCE WITH ALLIES ACROSS THE WORLD.
There is no official confirmation that this latest action will lead to
more strikes, but at the very least it is the administration's attempt to send
the message again, that the U.S. means business.
Regina Blakely, CBS News, Washington.))
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
A Washington hearing on proposed federal regulations designed to curb teen
smoking brought in some unlikely experts on the topic today.
A 12 year old told federal lawmakers he's addicted to smoking.
Justin Hoover told the Senate panel he started smoking when he was six
years old and now he can't stop.
((JUSTIN HOOVER/12 YEAR OLD SMOKER: I WOULD ALWAYS SEE TOBACCO ADVERTISING
ESPECIALLY JOE COOL FOR CAMEL CIGARETTES AND REALLY THOUGHT IT LOOKED KIND OF
SUPER=01-Justin Hoover/12 year old Smoker;
OUT Q= looked kind of cool."
A woman who lost her voice box to throat cancer also spoke out as best she
((JANET SACKMAN/THROAT CANCER VICTIM: IT'S SO SAD. WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING
SERIOUSLY DO SOMETHING TO STOP KIDS FROM SMOKING. I STARTED SMOKING AND THIS IS
SUPER=01-Janet Sackman/Throat Cancer Victim;
OUT Q=IS WHAT HAPPENED."
Sackman used to pose in Lucky Strike Ads.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
In 1988, presidential candidate Michael Dukakis suggested tobacco farmers
try growing belgian endive instead.
This week, the Clinton Administration sent another message to Virginia
Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala is the latest bearer of
bad tidings to the growers of the golden leaf.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=First the
SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Health & Human Services Sec.; :18
SUPER=01-Annice Pell/Chesterfield Co. Farmer; :36
SUPER=01-Jimmy Mullen/Va. Extension Specialist; 1:06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( First the FDA crackdown -- Now Hurricane Fran.
Virginia tobacco farmers are harvesting what they can.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala -- in Richmond for a
ribbon cutting -- isn't doing much to ease their pain.
((DONNA SHALALA: AS THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHO CHILDREN WHO START SMOKING
COMES DOWN, THERE OBVIOUSLY IS AN IMPACT. BUT THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS ARE FAIRLY
MARGINAL ON TOBACCO FARMERS... WANT TO GO INTO AN ALTERNATIVE CROP.))
((ANNICE PELL/CHESTERFIELD CO. FARMER: I'D LIKE TO DO THAT. BUT I DON'T
NOTHING THAT WOULD-- WE FARM. WE'VE GOT HORSES. WE'VE GOT GRAIN. WE'VE GOT
PIGS. WELL WE DON'T, BUT OUR SON-IN-LAWS DO HERE ON THE FARM. AND DON'T NONE
OF IT MAKE NO LIVING. THEY'VE GOT TO WORK SOMEWHERE ELSE. THIS SON-IN-LAW
OVER HERE'S A VETERINARIAN.))
((DONNA SHALALA: WE BELIEVE THAT OUR RECOMMENDATIONS WILL NOT HAVE A SERIOUS
IMPACT ON THE TOBACCO FARMERS OF VIRGINIA FOR EXAMPLE.))
((JIMMY MULLEN/VA. EXTENSION SPECIALIST: AS OF RIGHT NOW, I HAVE NOT SEEN A
CASH CROP THAT CAN REPLACE TOBACCO.))
((ANNICE PELL: WELL IF THERE IS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS. UNLESS IT WOULD BE
MARIJUANA. HEH HEH.))
That's NOT one of President Clinton's recommended crops, by the way.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A drug roundup netted Pulaski County authorities 31-arrests this morning
in an undercover operation.
The suspects face a total of 55 charges, including distribution of crack,
marijuana, meth-amphetamine and various prescription drugs.
The undercover operation began in January and targeted street dealers, as
well as mid-level suppliers-
Police say most of the suspects bring drugs into the COUNTY from other areas.
((RALPH DOBBINS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: WHAT WE'RE UNDERSTANDING RIGHT NOW IS THAT
THE RUNGS OF THE LADDER ARE OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY, THEY'RE IN OTHER
JURISDICTIONS, D.C., NEW YORK. AND WE'VE MADE SOME CONNECTIONS, MADE SOME
CASES. WE'VE FURNISHED SOME INFORMATION TO THOSE JURISDICTIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Ralph Dobbins/Pulaski Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=to those jurisdictions.
The Pulaski County Drug Task Force conducted the county wide investigation.
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Was Virginia's first and only black majority congressional district legally
That's the question facing a three-judge panel in Roanoke.
The Third Congressional District stretches from Richmond and the northern
neck down to Tidewater.
A national conservative group has mounted a constitutional challenge,
arguing that the district was drawn primarily along racial lines.
Today state lawyers argued there were other considerations as well, and
incumbent Congressman Bobby Scott said he's confident the state will prevail.
IN Q=There are a number
((REP. BOBBY SCOTT/D- 3RD DISTRICT: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF COURT CASES THAT WILL
CONSIDERED IN FINAL ARGUMENT, BUT I CERTAINLY THINK THE LINES WERE LEGALLY
DRAWN. THE STATE IS PUTTING ON THAT EVIDENCE AND I THINK THIS CASE OUGHT TO BE
DECIDED IN THE COURTROOM AND NOT IN THE MEDIA. BUT YOU REMAIN FAIRLY CONFIDENT?
I'M OPTIMISTIC FROM WHAT I'VE SEEN SO FAR.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Bobby Scott/(D) 3rd District;
OUT Q=what I've seen so far.
Today, the judges heard from two experts on redistricting and a delegate
from Chesterfield County.
The case continues tomorrow with more testimony, but the judges are not
expected to rule for several weeks.
Hurricane Hortense is slowly moving to the northwest-- there is some
concern it could hit the Northeast and New England by Sunday.
SUPER=03-Puerto Rico; :
The storm killed at least 12 people when it ravaged Puerto Rico, and
another two in the Dominican Republic.
More than six-hundred homes were destroyed by the storm.
A day later-- many areas remain flooded, and more than two million people
are still without electricity.
GO TO ROBIN
Here's what's coming up next on News-7 Primetime--
does the region need more hospitals? That's the view of one challenger for
the Sixth District Congressional Seat.
And Hurricane Fran's reign of destruction, washed away some Campbell County
history. We'll explain when we come back.
go to break
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
Flood victims in Southside will finally have someone they can talk to face to
face about their losses, beginning tomorrow afternoon.
At one o'clock tomorrow, disaster recovery centers will open in South Boston
and Danville, and will remain open as long as necessary.
Even as residents recover from Hurricane Fran, many are wondering whether
Hortense will hit the area as well.
IN Q=We're still watching
((DOUG YOUNG/DANVILLE EMERGENCY SERVICES: WE'RE STILL WATCHING IT. SOME OF
THESE AREAS THAT WERE HARD HIT IN DANVILLE, I'M SURE THE PEOPLE ARE VERY
WORRIED ABOUT IT, BUT WE ARE WATCHING IT, HOWEVER WE'VE BEEN TOLD IT SHOULDN'T
BE THE INTENSITY OF THE OTHER NIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Doug Young/Danville Emergency Services; :00
OUT Q=of the other night.
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Authorities remind residents to call 1-800-462-9029 to register for
Fourteen jurisdictions in Virginia are eligible for federal aid.
It may be too late... to come to the aid of one piece of Campbell County's
history, washed away from the flooding.
It may not have been the most costly loss, but the 120 years of memories
it housed were priceless.
Steve Smallshaw salvaged some of those stories in this report.
IN Q=When last we
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./File Tape; :00
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Ben and Juanita Miller; :08
SUPER=01-Paul Good/Eyewitness; :31
SUPER=01-Janson Harrill/Artist; 1:12
OUT Q=News7, Campbell County.
(( When last we saw the Marysville bridge, it had withstood the worst of Mother
Nature for nearly 120 years.
Last Friday however, rain from Hurricane Fran swelled Seneca Creek to the
point where water was pushing against the sides.
Just minutes after these pictures were taken, the bridge was washed away.
((BEN MILLER: WE HAD JUST PULLED AWAY AND THEY TOLD US LATER IT HAD COLLAPSED
RIGHT AFTER WE LEFT.))
Paul Good had carved his name somewhere on that bridge.
He watched a piece of his childhood go.
IN Q=It actually
((PAUL GOOD/EYEWITNESS: IT ACTUALLY PULLED IT OFF AND IT WAS STILL UPRIGHT, AND
IT FLOATED DOWNSTREAM PROBABLY 20 TO 30 FEET UPRIGHT TILL IT HIT A TREE.))
OUT Q=hit a tree.
IN Q=There had been
((There had been four or five covered bridges at this same spot since the late
1700's.. all fell victim to flooding and were eventually rebuilt.
However, with a modern span already in place, it's highly unlikely the last
version of the Marysville bridge will be replaced, which means Campbell County
has a lost a piece of its history.))
OUT Q=of its history.
But the bridge will live on, in the memories of the residents and on the
canvas of Janson Harrill.
Harrill retired to central Virginia two years ago to devote more time to his
hobby of oil painting.
Looking to capture the flavor of some local historic sites, he was directed
to the Marysville bridge.
IN Q=I feel like
((JANSON HARRILL/ARTIST: I FEEL LIKE I'VE LOST AN ELDERLY FRIEND THAT WAS VERY
WISE AND I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GLEAN SOME OF THAT WISDOM.))
OUT Q=that wisdom.
Harrill says sales of his limited edition print have doubled since last
Like the bridge itself, there will soon be just a few of them left.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
Sixth District Congressional candidate Jeff Grey is trying to BRIDGE the gap
in the polls, between himself
and incumbent Bob Goodlatte.
The Democratic challenger hit the campaign trail this afternoon meeting with
workers at Lewis Gale Medical Center.
Grey talked about health-related issues specifically the need for more
hospitals in the region.
((JEFF GREY/D- SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: HERE IN THE SIXTH
DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, THE LAST THING WE NEED TO DO IS CLOSE DOWN MEDICAL
FACILITIES. THINGS ARE PRETTY WELL TAKEN CARE OF IN SALEM AND ROANOKE, BUT YOU
GO TO SOME OF THE MORE RURAL AREAS IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, WE NEED
MORE MEDICAL FACILITIES, NOT LESS. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Grey/(D) Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=not less
Grey is also battling Libertarian candidate Jay Rutledge for the SIXTH
There's more NEWS-7 Primetime straight ahead--Scott Prince has a progress
report on plans to build cabins at Smith Mountain Lake State Park...
And a littler later-- She may not be going to Atlantic City for the Miss
America pageant but she's had more than her share of crownings...stay
go to break
It's been nearly four years since Virginia voters approved a state-wide bond
Two million dollars of it went to Smith Mountain Lake State Park... where
officials wanted to build lake-side cabins for public use.
Scott Prince took a trip to the lake to find out if the project is still on
IN Q=The plans
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Brian Heft/Park Manager; :08
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7.
(( The plans are laid out... and soon cabins will be spread out through Smith
Mountain Lake State Park.
Don't believe it?
Just take a short walk along the south end of the park.
You'll find more than orange striped box turtles... you'll see orange
striped trees-- the mark of upcoming construction.
IN Q=We picked
((BRIAN HEFT/PARK MANAGER: WE PICKED THIS AREA OF THE PARK BECAUSE IT'S
SURROUNDED BY HARDWOOD AND IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND DESIRABLE))
Brian Heft is the manager of the park.
He's hoping for a total of twenty cabins... complete with all the comforts
IN Q=Full services
((HEFT: FULL SERVICES. BATHROOM, FULL KITCHEN WITH A MICROWAVE. YOU CAN COME
AND KIND OF BE INDEPENDENT ON YOUR OWN. COOK YOUR OWN MEALS AND REALLY ENJOY
And Heft says it shouldn't be long until construction is complete.
((HEFT: HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE FINALIZED FINISHED CABINS BY THE FALL OF 1997. AND
WE'RE JUST AS ANXIOUS AS EVERYONE ELSE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE TO
PEOPLE. WE GET HUNDREDS OF PHONE CALLS EACH YEAR FOR IT. ))
OUT Q=for it
Guess he's not the only one with a touch of "cabin fever."
Scott Prince, News- 7.
Projects funded by the bond referendum were prioritized-- and the cabin
project at Smith Mountain Lake was low on the list.
That's why it's taken until now for the plan to be put into action.
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Another study has found that not all medical care, paid by MEDICARE is the
same....or even equal.
This report, in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that elderly
white people who are well off receive better medical care than blacks, or poor
people of all races.
One in five women of reproductive age suffer in varying degrees from
The exact cause of PMS is still unknown-- but the latest research suggests
varying levels of seratonin during the course of a woman's monthly cycle may be
Seratonin is a chemical in the brain that regulates things like mood and
Medications can modify seratonin levels.
This patient was given Zoloft.
IN Q=All of a
((NANCY GILINGER/PMS SUFFERER: ALL OF A SUDDEN THINGS THAT USED TO, SOMETHING
WOULD HAPPEN, AND LIKE, OH, HERE I GO, THIS IS GOING TO DO IT, AND IT WOULDN'T.
I'D BE FINE. ))
SUPER=01-Nancy Gilinger/PMS Sufferer; :
OUT Q=I'd be fine.
Doctors are also hopeful about the benefits of a new dietary supplement
called PMS ESCAPE-- a blend of carbohydrates and nutrients designed to boost
seratonin levels naturally.
Clinical trials have shown the drink significantly lowers tension levels,
mood change, anger, confusion and food cravings.
PMS Escape will be on store shelves across the country by May of 1997.
Each night NEWS-7 Primetime brings you some of the more interesting
pictures of the day.
SUPER=75-Sept. 12, 1953
Tonight's video comes from Newport Rhode Island...only it was shot in
film-- 33 years ago.
Tomorrow marks the date that then-Senator John F. Kennedy and Jaqueline
Bouvier exchanged vows at Saint Mary's Church.
About 750 people attended the ceremony.
The father of the bride wasn't present-- he had been un-invited at the
last minute by Jackie's mother.
toss to mike
Radford University takes a bold step to keep student athletes from
embarrassing themselves and the school!
Roy Stanley will give us an upclose look at Rick Mast's charity golf event
that was held today.
But first the number one pick in this year's NFL draft is about to get his
first NFL start.
Wide Receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who scored his first NFL touchdown on Sunday
will be in the starting lineup this weekend against Miami.
Now let's run through tonight's baseball scores.
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IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=0092-/Atlanta/5//Colorado/6/8///St. Louis/2/j/San Francisco/4///;
SUPER=0092-/Philadelphia/9//Houston/5/5//Two Late Games/;
Radford University and others have watched from sideline as the Virginia
Tech and UVa athletic departments have had to deal with a number of off the
field and off the court problems in the past year.
But the folks at Radford are just watching anymore as a new get tough policy
Students sign a pledge and promise to steer clear of alcohol and tobacco
during their playing seasons, and illegal drugs at all times.
The first violation results in a one- game suspension. Any further
violations mean mandatory suspension for the season, and no athletic aid for
the next semester.
((GREIG DENNY/RU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE ARE HOLDING THEM TO A HIGHER STANDARD
BUT I DO THINK IT'S A PRIVILEGE FOR THEM AND THEREFORE THEY NEED TO TAKE IT
SUPER=01-Greig Denny/Radford Athletic Director;
OUT Q=take it seriously.
Women's basketball standout Kim Hairston of Bassett agrees, and thinks the
policy will improve overall team performances.
((KIM HAIRSTON/RU BASKETBALL PLAYER: IT'LL HELP THE PERFORMANCE BECAUSE YOU
CAN'T PERFORM 100 PERCENT IF YOU'RE DOING DRUGS OR ALCOHOL OR ANYTHING. SO
IT'LL HELP. ))
SUPER=01-Kim Hairston/RU Basketball Player;
OUT Q=so it'll help.
Radford coaches are free to implement further policies of their own.
But they're obligated to report ALL violations.
GRAPHIC=Rich Mast Logo
The Rockbridge Area free clinic got another big financial boost today as the
Rick Mast Classic golf tournament putted a few dollars into its coffers.
Roy Stanley has more from the Lexington Country Club.
IN Q="The third annual
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Hooters Pontiac Driver; :24
SUPER=01-Benny Parsons/ESPN Commentator; :52
SUPER=01-Robert Pressley/Skoal Chevy Driver; 1:05
OUT Q=.........NEWS 7 SPORTS."
((The third annual Rick Mast golf tournament gave a new meaning to a shot gun
((Over 170 Golfers teed it up for the charity event at the Lexington Country
Mast wishes his handicap was equal to the number one on the Hooters car that
he drives on the Winston Cup Circuit.
But the tournament is for fun and a worthy cause.))
((RICK MAST/HOOTERS PONTIAC: ))
((ESPN Commentator and former driver Benny Parsons was making his second
appearance in the event.
And he was joined by driver of the number 33 car Robert Pressley.))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
She's only 18-months-old but she has won almost a dozen beauty pageants.
And as Atlantic City hosts the Miss America Pageant this weekend there is
one toddler in Covington who will be sizing up the competition as well.
18-month-old Angelica Denise Sylvester can barely speak... but she's the
talk of the Beauty Pageant circuit.
IN Q=She was a beautiful
((CHUCK SYLVESTER/ANGELICA'S FATHER: SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL BABY AT BIRTH AND
PEOPLE SAID, WOW. HER FACIAL FEATURES WERE MORE DEVELOPED. AND I JUST THOUGHT
IT WAS MY FIRST CHILD AND I THOUGHT IT WAS MY FIRST CHILD AND I THOUGHT IT WAS
SOMETHING I LIKE TO DO.))
SUPER=01-Chuck Sylvester/Angelica's Father;
OUT Q=like to do
Surrounded by local, state, and international trophies some may wonder if
mom and dad expect too much from their little angel.
IN Q=Who knows she may
((AUDRA SYLVESTER/ANGELICA'S MOTHER: WHO KNOWS SHE MAY BE MISS. AMERICA BUT
WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUSH HER. IT'S ALL LEFT UP TO HER WHEN SHE'S ABLE TO DECIDE
WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO.))
SUPER=01-Audra Sylvester/Angelica's Mother;
OUT Q=she wants to do.
Angelica's next competition is in Atlanta.
There's more tonight on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7....Here's what's coming up....
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Jay Moore takes us to the latest in college courses in the Roanoke
Valley....the interactive classroom.
SUPER=78-Railroad Operations Degree;
It links students and professors together for live classes from Virginia
Western Community College all the way to Clifton Forge--offering an Associates
degree in Railroad operations.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, hope to see you again tomorrow