Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll tell you why Jens Soering is headed back
to Bedford Circuit Court in December and explain his new lawyer's theory of who
DID kill Derek and Nancy Haysom, if HE didn't.
And the numbers that show it's a tight race for President- -here in
Virginia, at least.
Tonight in sports, the Hokies get ready to welcome Rutgers to town, John
Stockton gets a new contract worth $15 million.
And NASCAR gets its hands on JImmy Spencer's wallet, fining him $10 thousand
dollars for these escapades.
What...a forecast with no rain? That's the story...also be ready for some
chilly readings this week.
Maybe it wasn't Jens Soering who murdered his girlfriend's parents eleven
Just maybe... it was a couple of drifters from Lynchburg who committed
another murder around the same time in Roanoke.
That's the theory that will bring 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 the Haysom' home.
The hearing will be conducted December 9th and Soering himself will be
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It's been 32 years since a Democratic Presidential candidate has won in
the Old Dominion.
But the latest News- 7 Mason Dixon Poll shows Bob Dole in a dead heat with Bill
Clinton among Virginia voters.
And that does NOT bode well for a Dole victory in November.
Dole continues 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.
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Virginia is considered a base state for any Republican presidential
If the race stays this close here in the final weeks of the campaign,
political analysts say it would be difficult for Dole to win the election.
One issue that Bob Dole won't let Bill Clinton forget is the rising rate of
teen drug use -- since 1992, when Clinton was elected.
Clinton's drug policy director was in Richmond today -- the first time his
staff remembers him appearing in Virginia.
But a spokesman says General Barry McCaffrey is NOT campaigning for the
IN Q=We are
((WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A PROBLEM OF ENORMOUS CONSEQUENCE. UH LOOK -- THE DRUG
PROBLEM HAS BEEN WORSE BY FAR IN HISTORY. IT WAS AT THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR
WITH OPIATES. IT WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY WITH COCAINE. IN 1979,
WAS THE PEAK BAD YEAR OF DRUG ABUSE IN AMERICA. IF YOU WERE IN THE ARMED
FORCES, A THIRD OF THE ARMED FORCES WERE USING DRUGS REGULARLY.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Barry McCaffrey/Clinton Drug Czar;
OUT Q=drugs regularly.
McCaffrey admits teen drug use is on the rise, but says it's only half what
it was in 1979.
He attributes the rise to a new generation that doesn't remember the
devastation of drugs in past decades.
But, he says, the election year discussion has been good, because it focuses
more attention on the problem.
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A judge in Richmond has 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 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 eighteen sites in the state serving 30 prisons.
Officials say it is now likely that some of those locations will have to
More layoffs at Salem's Yokohama plant.
Yokohama announced today that 80 jobs will be phased out over the next few
The company says the additional layoffs are part of its plan to adjust
inventory and production levels to stay competitive.
Just last month, the plant cut 44 jobs.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
a company with a century of tradition rooted in the Roanoke Valley has been
and Governor Allen talks quality during his visit to one area high school.
That story and more but first here's Robin Reed.
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A judge has ordered Annette Jenkins to pay for the veterinary treatment and
boarding of 30 dogs and cats seized from a defunct kennel.
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Jenkins' home in Pulaski County was the site of the kennel, 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 adopted
out all but six.
Jenkins has turned herself in, pleading guilty to five counts of cruelty to
animals. The judge suspended her 12-month sentence.
Weaver is still at large.
Water problems in a Franklin County town may FINALLY be evaporating.
The water supply system in Boones Mill is nearly 60 years old... and
sometimes it doesn't work at all.
The problem appeared to be solved last year, after the 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 obstacle, officials were recently able to secure an additional
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 will now go through another bidding war.
Town officials hope the new water system will be in place sometime next
Hurricane Fran delayed George Allen's return to the classroom, but today
the Governor brought his bid for tougher academic standards and higher
expectations to the Roanoke Valley.
This morning, Allen toured Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County, a
visit delayed by flooding earlier this month.
Allen said he was there to highlight the tougher standards of learning that
Virginia public school students will face this year.
IN Q=We're not only spending money
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WE'RE NOT ONLY SPENDING MONEY, BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO
HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY. AND THERE'S GOING TO BE TESTING AT THE END OF GRADES
THREE, FIVE, EIGHT AND ELEVEN TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE LEARNING
OUT Q=learning these skills.
Allen says Cave Spring High School is among the state's best, a school in
which rigorous standards and high expectations are paying off.
Conservative Virginia Baptists have officially split with the more moderate
Baptist General Association of Virginia.
For the first time, there are two separate southern Baptist groups in the
The new Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia group includes about 115
churches, and is about one- tenth the size of its more moderate counterpart.
An ideological power struggle within the Southern Baptist Convention was the
main reason for the defection.
There's a degree of hair- splitting: the conservatives believe the Bible is
the literal truth, and moderates believe some of the Bible is simply meant to
A Salem company that has been owned by the same family for more than a
century has been sold.
Oak Hall Industries was purchased earlier this month by a group headed by
the founder of the Rite Aid drug store chain.
The company makes caps, gowns, and academic robes.
Terms of the sale are not being released.
The new owners do not plan any immediate changes that would affect Oak
Hall's 100 workers.
The company is one of the largest cap and gown makers in the U-S.
It was founded more than 100 years ago in Roanoke.
Following a couple of record- setting sessions the Dow remained virtually
unchanged today, off by just a fraction.
NASDAQ gained NINE points.
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Roanoke's downtown district is in a strong growth mode.
33 new businesses have moved there in the past year alone.
But that's not stopping people from working on ways to increase the retail
mix even further.
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated is the main organization that promotes this
At its annual meeting this afternoon, members got a sneak preview of how the
group plans to continue downtown Roanoke's revitalization.
IN Q=We need
((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: WE NEED TO PUT AN ADDITIONAL EMPHASIS ON
OUR RAIL DISTRICT, REALLY MAKE IT ROANOKE'S RIVER, AND PERHAPS BE THE MARKET
AREA, AS FAR AS BEING A STRONG DRAW FOR THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.;
OUT Q=for the area.
Other ideas include establishing a strong link between the new Second Street
bridge and downtown.
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These suggestions and others are in a new strategic plan called Outlook
Downtown Roanoke, that has been in the works for several months.
A job fair that helps Virginia Tech students get their foot in the door had
to actually close its door on some corporations this year.
The annual Engineering Expo started today with 137 participating companies,
a record number.
Due to space constraints, organizers were unable to accommodate about 20
firms that tried to register after the deadline.
((SARAH JOYCE/EXPO '96 CHAIRPERSON: WE'VE EXPANDED OUR CORPORATE DATABASE OF
THE COMPANIES WE SEND INFORMATION TO AND WE'VE ALSO HAD THE TECH NAME JUST GROW
SO MUCH. PEOPLE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH WITH THE SPORTS PROGRAM
DOING SO WELL, AND THEY'RE EXPANDING, ACCEPTING SO MANY MORE FRESHMEN. ))
SUPER=01-Sarah Joyce/Expo '96 Chairperson;
OUT Q=many more freshmen.
The Expo allows about five thousand engineering students an opportunity to
network with potential employers.
((MARC SHEFFLER/THE BOEING COMPANY: WE'RE LOOKING FOR A LARGE NUMBER OF
ENGINEERS. SO WE'RE ACTUALLY NOT ONLY CONTACTING PEOPLE THROUGH EXPO, BUT
CONDUCTING ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS THIS YEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Sheffler/The Boeing Company;
OUT Q=interviews this year.
The Expo is one of the largest in the country.
It continues through tomorrow at the Squires Student Center.
Coming up tonight in sports, some basketball players are on the move, NASCAR
fines three drivers for impersonating rasslers.
We're getting ready for a big weekend of football here on your hometown
And the Hokies are primed for their home opener as they get set to host the
Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.
Virginia Tech's 45-7 win over Boston College served as the coming out
party for the offense and defense.
This weekend, Tech plays Rutgers. Steve Mason has more from Blacksburg as
the team and the campus begin preparing for this Saturday.
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The Virginia Cavaliers will be making their second straight appearance here
on your Hometown Station this Saturday.
The Cavs Noon Kickoff at Wake Forest can be seen right here on WDBJ Saturday.
Virginia has beaten Wake Forest 12 years in a row.
pinnacle page on tennessee/florida
And right after the Cavaliers and Demon Deacons finish up down in
Winston-Salem, keep it right here on WDBJ for what many are calling the game of
the year as SEC rivals Florida and Tennessee hook up in Knoxville in a 3:30
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The largest crowd in college football history will be rocking Neyland stadium
which now seats more than 102 thousand fans.
Those fans can sing a mighty loud rendition of Rocky Top and make it tough on
the opposition to just hear itself think.
IN Q="They're not...
((PHIL FULMER/TENNESSEE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Fulmer/Tennessee Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...GO DOWN THERE."
Last night the Pittsburgh Steelers closed out week three of the NFL season
with a 24-to-6 win over Buffalo.
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Jerome Bettis rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns while Jim Kelly threw
four interceptions to key the win.
Both teams are now 2-and-1 after three weeks of play.
If you thought the Steelers were tough last night how about NASCAR breaking
bad on Jimmy Spencer today.
For trying to punch Wally Dallenbach and then breaking away from NASCAR
officials Spencer was fined $10 thousand bucks.
Also, Kyle Petty was fined $5 thousand and Michael Waltrip $2 thousand for
their feud that took place after Sunday's race.
Point Guard John Stockton has agreed to a new three year contract with the
Utah Jazz worth $15 million dollars.
Stockton could have made much more money on the free agent market, but he
preferred to stay in Utah.
The eight time all-star, who also serves as his own agent an negotiator, says
he will sign the new deal on October 4th when the Jazz opens training camp.
Stockton has missed just four games in 12 years.
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While Stockton is staying put, free agent Kenny Smith is changing teams as
leaves the Rockets for the Pistons.
The 31 year old former North Carolina Tarheel, spent six years in Houston.
He has averaged 13 points and 6 assists during his nine years in the league.
The Baltimore Orioles hopes of catching and passing the New York Yankees
without question hinge on the three game series the two teams open tonight in
The Yanks come in with a three game lead on the O's. Mike Mussina pitches
this evening against David Cone.
Also, if the Indians can beat the White Sox tonight, Cleveland will clinch
the AL central championship.
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The rash of vandalism and arsons at churches around the country have become
a source of concern for some local congregations.
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Jean Jadhon has details on a "leadership summit" set for tonight in
Danville to deal with the problem.
The meeting is designed to teach local ministers ways to protect their
churches from crime.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference began planning for tonight's
get together two months ago-
after a series of fires at black churches throughout the South.
We'll have the story plus all the other news, sports and weather
Take Fullscreen Board
tonight on News 7 Prime Time--that's at the earlier time of 10pm on WEFC
Television--you can check your cable listings for the channel in your area--
and of course join us for News 7 at 11 here on WDBJ.
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