(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... ANOTHER ROUND OF
LAYOFFS AT SALEM'S YOKOHAMA PLANT...
AT THE NORMALLY PEACEFUL CAMPUS OF PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, GUNFIRE ERUPTS AS
A STATE COLLEGE RESIDENT OPENS FIRE ))
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And the Top Story this Tuesday night September 17th...
Jens Soering will return to the Bedford County courthouse--
He's hoping to get a new trial-- after he was convicted six and half years
ago of murdering his girlfriend's parents.
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens...
Did Jens Soering commit the murder in 1985, or was it a couple of drifters
from Lynchburg who committed another murder around the same time in Roanoke?
That's the theory that is bringing Soering's case back to the Bedford
County courthouse... six and a half years after
Soering was tried and convicted of killing Derek and Nancy Haysom.
Their daughter, Elizabeth, pinned the blame on Soering. HE says he TOOK
the blame, initially, to protect her... that he was in Washington at the
time... creating an alibi while SHE was in Bedford County committing the crime.
IN Q=I've always felt
SUPER=01-Gail Stalling Marshall/Soering's Attorney
OUT Q=blood type is.
Marshall believes the two men: Robert Louis Albright and William Shifflett
were questioned about the Haysom murders, at the request of Bedford County
If so, the Bedford County prosecutor never told Soering's trial lawyer about
Soering's new lawyer also wants the suspects' fingerprints so she can
compare them with unidentified prints found in the Haysom home.
The hearing will be conducted December 9th and Soering will be present.
The normally peaceful routine at Penn State University was disrupted by
SUPER=03-State College, PA;
Police in State College, Pennsylvania say one person is dead and another
wounded after a woman stormed onto campus with a high-powered rifle.
19-year old Jillian Robbins, a resident of the town, but not a university
student, allegedly killed one woman and wounded a man who tried to stop her.
IN Q=It sounded like a
((IT SOUNDED LIKE A CANNON ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. AND NO ONE THOUGHT ANYTHING
OF IT. ))
OUT Q=OF IT.
Robbins stabbed herself after a second man finally caught her.
There's no information on what might have triggered the attack.
The wounded man and Robbins are both listed in serious
Robbins reportedly told police she didn't know any of her victims.
(OPEN OPEN OPEN)
Yokohama is announcing layoffs for a second time in as many months.
80 more jobs will be phased out at the Salem tire plant over the next
Company officials say a slow market is forcing them to cut down
A spokesman says they hope the action is on a short- term basis-- and at
this time, no additional layoffs are planned.
Meanwhile union leaders say they were expecting the layoffs, but didn't
know how many there would be.
Just last month, 44 employees were let go.
It's the eve of O.J. Simpson's civil trial, and the judge has issued some
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :
He will allow Simpson to present evidence of a police frame-up-- but only
under strict limits.
The plaintiffs in the wrongful death case do get to bring up the issue of
domestic violence in the Simpson household.
Simpson was in a DIFFERENT courthouse today--
In Orange County, he's fighting for custody of his children.
He was advised by his attorneys NOT to take the stand in his criminal
trial, but Simpson now says he is eager to be heard.
IN Q=I can't wait
((I CAN'T WAIT. IT REALLY IS FUNNY, SAYING I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THE STAND. WHAT
DO YOU MEAN, I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THE STAND? YOU CAN'T KEEP ME OFF THAT STAND
SUPER=10-O.J. Simpson//June 28;
OUT Q=keep me off that stand.
Simpson's testimony could take as long as two weeks-- that's also how long
lawyers think it will take to find a jury.
Selection starts tomorrow.
The Clinton Administration says the Anti-Saddam Coalition in the Middle
East is alive and well....
There will be a full brigade of American forces in Kuwait later this week.
An army force of five-thousand from Fort Hood, Texas, will be in place to
protect that nation in case Iraq attacks.
IN Q=If we have
((WILLIAM PERRY/DEFENSE SECRETARY:IF WE HAVE A CRISIS, WE CAN--WITHIN A FEW
DAYS--HAVE THIS HEAVY ARMORED BRIGADE OPERATIONAL AND READY TO GO. ))
SUPER=01-William Perry/Defense Secretary; :
OUT Q=ready to go.
Today President Clinton told Congressional leaders that the U.S. is ready
to act further against Saddam Hussein if he tries to expand his influence.
Some Republicans say though, that the damage is already done.
IN Q=Saddam Hussein is
((SEN. JOHN McCAIN-R, AZ: SADDAM HUSSEIN IS FAR BETTER OFF THAN HE WAS TWO
WEEKS AGO. HE NOW CONTROLS PARTS OF NORTHERN IRAQ HE DIDN T SINCE 1991 AND HE
EITHER SPLIT OR REVEALED SIGNIFICANT SPLITS WITHIN THE COALITION WHICH CAN DO
NOTHING BUT HELP HIM IN THE LONG RUN. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona; :
OUT Q=long run.
And, Defense Secretary Perry says in the last few days, Iraqi air defense
crews have refrained from making any threatening moves.
Perry says he feels better now about the standoff in the Gulf, than he did
one week ago.
Stick around for more NEWS-7 Primetime-- three's a crowd when it comes to
Presidential debates-- Ross Perot isn't invited to the upcoming forum.
And the woman who left animals without food or water in Pulaski County turns
herself in...details right after this break...Don't go away.
go to break
The Commission on Presidential Debates says Ross Perot has no place in the
fall debates-- because he has no real chance of being elected.
The commission voted unanimously today against letting any third party
into the debates.
((PAUL KIRK/DEBATE COMMISSIONER: PARTICIPATION IS NOT EXTENDED TO CANDIDATES
BECAUSE THEY MIGHT PROVE INTERESTING OR ENTERTAINING. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Kirk/Debate Commissioner; :
OUT Q=or entertaining.
Meantime, Ross Perot says he's outraged at the decision-- and vows to sue
if he's excluded.
The Dole camp is welcoming the decision.... while the Clinton campaign
wants Perot in.
A Democratic Presidential candidate hasn't won in the Commonwealth for 32
SS=news 7 poll
But the latest News- 7 Mason Dixon Poll shows Bob Dole in a dead heat with
Bill Clinton among Virginia voters.
That's not welcome news for the Dole campaign.
While Dole does continue to hold a very narrow lead.
Statewide, 44- percent support the Republican challenger, while 43-
percent back the President.
Reform party candidate Ross Perot is barely in the running-- with only
two- percent support.
SS=News 7 Poll
Virginia is considered a base state for any Republican presidential
If the race stays this close in the final weeks of the campaign, here,
political analysts say it would be difficult for Dole to win the election.
One of the biggest thorns Bob Dole keeps sticking in President Clinton's
side is over youth drug abuse rates.
Today, Clinton's drug policy director confronted the issue head-on during a
rare stop in Virginia.
IN Q=There's been
((GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY/CLINTON DRUG CZAR: THERE'S BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF DEBATE.
AND MY OWN VIEW IS IT'S PROBABLY HELPFUL. IT'S DRAWING ATTENTION BACK ON THE
ISSUE. WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THE ISSUE AGAIN, THEY WILL SOLVE IT MOSTLY
ON THEIR OWN.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Barry McCaffrey/Clinton Drug Czar;
OUT Q=their own.
McCaffrey says youth drug use is half what it was in 1979 -- but admits it's
been growing since 1992.
IN Q=A new generation
((A NEW GENERATION CAME ALONG. AND THEY DIDN'T SEE THE WRECKAGE OF LIFE WE SAW
IN THE '70'S AND '80'S... EARLIER GENERATIONS HAD.))
OUT Q=generations had.
McCaffrey says 47- percent of Americans know someone who's affected in a
major way by drug addiction.
A judge in Richmond ruled against Virginia Cares, the Roanoke- based agency
that filed suit to protect its state funding.
Virginia Cares provides services to state inmates as they're released from
prison, and earlier this year the General Assembly earmarked one- point- six
million dollars for the program.
A veto by Governor George Allen ultimately cost the agency more than a
third of its funding, and a judge has now refused to overturn that decision.
IN Q=We're disappointed in the decision
((BILL HOPKINS JR./ROANOKE ATTORNEY: WE'RE DISAPPOINTED IN THE DECISION. THE
JUDGE HAS LEFT OPEN THE POSSIBILITY OF AMENDING THE PLEADING TO CURE WHAT HE
CITES AS A DEFICIENCY IN OUR CASE. WE'RE WEIGHING OUR OPTIONS WHETHER WE WANT
TO DO THAT AT THIS POINT, AND WE'RE WEIGHING OUR OPTIONS WHETHER WE WANT TO
TAKE AN APPEAL.))
SUPER=01-Bill Hopkins Jr./Roanoke Attorney;
OUT Q=take an appeal.
Virginia Cares has 18- sites in the state serving 30 prisons.
Officials say it is now likely that some of those locations will have to
Still to come on NEWS-7 Primetime-- Mike Stevens has highlights from the
rematch of the girls double-A state basketball game-- pitting Lord Botetourt
against William Byrd.
But first--In Boones Mill, they're going with the flow when it comes to a
new water system...we'll explain in a moment.
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A judge has ordered a Pulaski County woman to pay for the veterinary
treatment and boarding of 30 dogs and cats seized from a defunct kennel.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./June 1996;
The kennel was also Annette Jenkins' home in Pulaski County-- which her
fiancee Terry Weaver operated as a ministry.
Weaver and Jenkins both disappeared in June, leaving the animals tied up or
caged without food or water.
Tipton Ridge Veterinary Clinic has cared for the animals since, and has
found homes for all but six.
Jenkins turned herself in, pleading guilty to five counts of cruelty to
animals. The judge suspended her 12-month sentence.
Weaver is still at large.
The water problems plaguing Boones Mill could soon be drying up.
The system is nearly 60 years old...
and sometimes it doesn't work at all.
The problem appeared to be solved a few months ago, after the Franklin
County town was awarded more than 400- thousand dollars to replace the system.
But bids on the project came in 30- percent higher than expected.
Despite the set-back, officials recently secured an additional grant.
Now the project is once again on solid ground.
IN Q=If we
((BONNIE NEWLON/FRANKLIN COUNTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR: IF WE HADN'T BEEN ABLE
TO ACCESS EMERGENCY FUNDS FROM R.A.C.D., IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT TO
PUT TOGETHER FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT. WE JUST SIMPLY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH AT THAT
POINT IN TIME TO COVER BOTH THE TANK AND THE WATER LINE. ))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Newlon/Franklin Co. Asst. Administrator;
OUT Q=water line
The project now has to go through another bidding war.
Town officials hope the new water system will be in place next year.
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At Case Western University, researchers are working with patients with
inoperable kidney cancer to test another way to destroy cancer cells.
It's called MRI-directed "Heater Probe Ablation."
Here, doctors are using MRI-images to guide a small probe through the
patients back, into the wall of a renal cell tumor left behind after his
cancerous kidney was removed.
To annihilate the cancer, high-energy radio waves are shot through a small
needle directly into the tumor.
IN Q=When that much
((DR. JONATHAN LEWIN/RADIOLOGIST, UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF CLEVELAND: WHEN THAT
MUCH ENERGY IS DEPOSITED THROUGH A BODY IT CAUSES THE TISSUE AROUND IT TO HEAT
UP SIGNIFICANTLY TO JUST BELOW THE BOILING POINT. AND AT THAT TEMPERATURE
WHETHER IT'S TUMOR OR NORMAL TISSUE NOTHING SURVIVES.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathan Lewin/Radiologist; :
OUT Q=nothing survives.
Although experimental, this type of MRI-Radio Frequency may provide a real
way to locally control disease by offering patients with small inoperable
tumors another option-- if chemotherapy and radiation therapy don't work.
The American Cancer Society is recommending everyone curtail the red meat
Saying the two are linked to colon and prostate cancer, the society
recommends a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains...and low in high
These are similar to federal recommendations-- but the government says one
or two alcoholic drinks a day don't seem to do any harm to adults.
Each night NEWS-7 Primetime brings you some of the more intriguing pictures
of the day....
SUPER=75-Orange Co., FL;
Tonight, there's a reason this video is of poor quality...because the
teenager and his friends who stole the camera didn't have a chance to learn how
to use it.
Besides stealing the camera, as you can see, the teens stole money, jewelry
IN Q=YOU EXPECT KIDS
((YOU EXPECT KIDS....NICE CASE. ))
SUPER=75-Miguel Pagan/Sheriff's Office;
OUT Q=NICE CASE.
Nice case indeed, despite the shaky pictures, police say the video was good
enough to be incriminating evidence.
First, those involved denied the charges, until they saw the tape.
A busy Tuesday in sports as Steve Mason gets up to date on this Prime Time
edition with our weekly Virginia Tech report.
Plus, the Pirates Jim Leyland says he's leaving Pittsburgh.
And we'll check on tonight's state championship rematch in girl's hoops as
Botetourt hosts Byrd.
SUPER=03-St. Louis; :00
And speaking of hoops, today in St. Louis Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner
Kersee said she's leaving the heptathlon to play for the Richmond Rage in the
all new, all women's American Basketball League.
She was a four year starter on the women's team at UCLA!
Now tonight's baseball scoreboard.
wipe to score
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
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Area basketball fans got an early season treat tonight as Lord Botetourt
hosted William Byrd in a rematch of last year's Group Two-A state championship
SUPER=03-Daleville/Terriers vs. Cavaliers; :00
To Daleville we go where Richard Thrasher and his Lady Terriers came into a
hostile environment and fed off the crowd early.
Andrea Gay makes the nice drive to the hoop, she gets fouled on the play but
still converts the layin and the free throw.
Byrd would also play tough inside as Brandy Allen gets the offensive rebound
and puts it in as Byrd stays in control.
Botetourt would have to play catch up all night long as Katrina Elliott
passes to sara moore, who gets it to Sarah Hicks for the hoops.
SUPER=33-William Byrd/54/Lord Botetourt/39;
But Byrd pulls off the upset tonight betaing the defending state champs
More bad news for the Cavaliers tonight as Sarah Hicks sprained an ankle and
will likely miss Thursday night's game with Blacksburg.
Head coach David Wheat says HIcks will see a doctor and have x-rays tomorrow
to determine the extent of the injury.
On the diamond tonight, the Pirates Jim Leyland announced that he will not be
back in 1997 as the Bucs skipper.
Leyland says he plans to keep managing and the Pirates have given him
permission to talk to other clubs.
IN Q="IF AT THE...
((JIM LEYLAND/WILL RESIGN AFTER THE SEASON:))
SUPER=01-Jim Leyland/Will Resign After The Season; :00
OUT Q=...OR NOT."
Va. Tech is gearing up for its home opener this weekend against Rutgers.
The Hokies set a school record this past weekend with their 12th straight win
and Steve Mason says number 13 should be within reach.
IN Q="first audio
SUPER=03-Chestnut Hill, MA/Hokies vs. Eagles; :09
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Va. Tech Linebacker; :27
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :49
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
For more news tune into WDBJ-7 for NEWS-7 at 11-- here's what we're working
on for that newscast...
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The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is teaching ministers how to
protect churches from crime in the wake of the recent fires at black churches
throughout the south.
What are they suggesting? Some answers in just 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11,
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime. See you tomorrow goodnight.