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ONE PERSON IS KILLED AND OTHERS ARE INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE 81
EARLIER THIS EVENING.
GOVERNOR ALLEN GIVES HIS VIEWS ON THE DECISION FACING THE VMI BOARD OF
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And the Top Story this Wednesday night September 18th...
A controversial abortion pill could soon be on the market in this country.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
R-U-486 has been used for a decade in France.
Now, tonight, it's a step closer to getting final approval-- for use in
the U.S., under a doctor's supervision.
Regina Blakely has more from Washington.
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SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/Reporting; 1:15
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RU-486, the controversial French drug that induces abortion, received
conditional approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Final approval won't
be granted until questions about the labeling and manufacturing of the drug are
DR. ALLAN ROSENFIELD, DEAN OF SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH,COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN
UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER: I BELIEVE THAT THIS MEANS THAT THEY HAVE REVIEWED
THE MEDICAL DATA AND AGREE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE THAT THIS
IS A SAFE DRUG, ALREADY TAKEN IN GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE AND SOME SCANDINVAIAN
When fully approved, RU-486 will provide American women with an alternative
to surgical abortion. A combination of pills and three visits to a doctor's
office provide a drug-induced abortion.
DR. ROSENFIELD:IT'S MORE A CHOICE OF A WOMAN'S PREFERENCE. A SURGICAL PROCEDURE
AND WHAT'S INVOLVED IN THAT, AND TAKING SOME MEDICATIONS AND WHAT'S INVOLVED IN
THAT. THERE ARE PROS AND CONS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WOMAN
AND GOOD COUNSELING ABOUT ABORTION INCLUDES ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTION AND THE
VARIOUS MEANS TO ABORTION IF THAT'S THE WOMAN'S DECISION.
RU-486 has been the focus of a heated debate between abortion rights and
Abortion opponents fear that the drug will make abortion even more readily
available and say that the drug's safety has not been sufficiently proven.
But the FDA says clinical tests show the benefits of using RU-486 to
terminate early pregnancy outweigh the risks. The final approval process for
RU-486 could take up to six more months.
Regina Blakely, CBS News, Washington.))
A fatal accident on Interstate 81 this evening killed one person and sent
four others to the hospital.
The two car accident happened about 5:30 in the southbound lanes of
interstate 81 in Montgomery County near exit 109.
A passenger in one of the cars, 78-year old Marshall Hutchins from Bristol,
Vermont was killed.
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Three other people in the car from Vermont were taken to the hospital with
The driver of the other car is also in the hospital.
State Police say traffic was backed up four miles.
So far no charges have been filed, and police are still investigating.
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An Ohio judge has ruled that Todd Hall is not competent to stand trial for
his role in a deadly blaze in a fireworks store in July.
The 24-year-old will be sent instead to a psychiatric hospital.
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Nine people were killed and 11 injured in the fire.
((LINDA CARMEN/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: HE'S OFF THE STREET, THANK GOD FOR THAT. ))
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Nine years ago, Hall underwent a partial lobotomy after a skateboard
Governor George Allen is hinting the Virginia Military Institute board may
NOT be ready to decide this weekend on admitting women or trying to go private.
In a tour of a Richmond high school, Allen answered a student question on
VMI-- saying he'd like to see women admitted without changing the school much.
Outside with reporters, he was more cautious about his preference.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T THINK AT THIS POINT IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR ME TO
SAY WHICH ONE. I THINK YOU ALL CAN GET A GOOD IDEA WHICH WAY I THINK THEY'LL
BE GOING. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A DUAL TRACK APPROACH. I DON'T THINK THAT
THEY'LL BE ABLE TO DETERMINE AS OF YET. MAYBE THEY WILL. THERE'S VARIOUS
ANALYSES GOING ON. A LOT OF THIS STUFF IS LEGAL SO I CAN'T GET INTO SOME OF
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Allen says he's been told the alumni group looking into privatization needs
That would extend the decision beyond VMI's self-imposed deadline of this
Allen said VMI would be made a pariah by the media if it turned private to
He said he wants what's good for the school, and he says THAT would NOT be
good for the school.
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Good news for Pulaski County--as it goes international.
The German company Silver Creek Technologies will locate its U-S
headquarters there soon.
Silver Creek is buying 25 acres in the New River Valley Airport Industrial
Park for a new manufacturing plant.
The company's primary market is Germany, where the unification of East and
West Germany has created a demand for its pre-fabricated buildings and wood
Officials say it's too expensive to manufacture in Germany, but the site
across from the airport in Dublin fit the bill.
((THAT'S A VERY VALUABLE TOOL FOR US. IT'S A MAJOR RUNWAY WITH AN I-L-S
FACILITY AND SINCE WE HAVE TO BE MOBILE TO DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF THE
WORLD THAT'S GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT FACTOR FOR US. ))
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Hermann expects Silver Creek will hire about 50 people when it starts up
next Spring, and more than 300 within two years.
Here's what you'll see next on NEWS-7 Primetime--
To some people it's a dirty word-- but it's being uttered in Henry County
and Martinsville...we're talking about Consolidation.
And the Lieutenant Governor gets to see for himself the cramped conditions at
a Roanoke County School.
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The idea of consolidation is resurfacing in Martinsville and Henry County,
14 years after the idea was first considered.
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Kimberly McBroom joins us from the newsroom to tell us what local officials
are saying about this.
Kim, who brought the merger idea back to the table?
Well Connie, about 40 residents and business leaders wrote a letter to the
Henry County Board of Supervisors and Martinsville City Council, asking them to
explore a merger.
They believe a single government would be more efficient and boost the
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This comes after Dupont recently announced it's closing the Henry County
plant in two years-- leaving 600 people out of work.
Both city and county leaders agree Dupont's plan jump started the merger
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((SID CLOWER/HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THIS COMMUNITY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS
HAS LOST FIVE THOUSAND MANUFACTURING JOBS. WE'VE REPLACED THEM, BUT THE NET
LOSS IS STILL APPROXIMATELY FIVE THOUSAND, AND I THINK THAT'S CAUSED GREAT
CONCERN ON THE PART OF THE COMMUNITY. ))
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The merger process is still VERY preliminary.
Both localities are first asking for public input before actually
beginning a merger study.
If the city and county DO decide to consolidate-- the whole process could
take five years.
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(Q and A: How many opportunities will the public have to offer input?)
Five public hearings are planned-- the first one is scheduled October
first at Bassett High School.)
In other news--
A speed bump is slowing down opponents of the "smart highway".
Shireen Parsons filed suit in U-S District Court in May in an effort to
prevent what she called "the threatened environmental degradation of Ellett
But Roanoke's chief federal judge dismissed the claim, because Parsons
failed to identify any specific injury SHE suffered personally.
Judge Jackson Kiser says "an allegation of injury to the general public
does not suffice."
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer has seen for himself the overcrowding at a
Roanoke County school.
He says statewide, more than 60 percent of public schools are in need of
major renovations or replacement.
And today, he said the state must do more to help local governments finance
Beyer toured Cave Spring Junior High School this morning.
He said the problems of overcrowding and outdated facilities are typical of
school systems across the state.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE KNOW PEOPLE WITH BEAUTIFUL EDUCATIONS IN ONE ROOM
CLASSROOMS, BUT WE REALIZE THOSE ONE ROOM CLASSROOMS OFTEN HAD A SMALL NUMBER
OF KIDS AND VERY DEDICATED TEACHERS. HERE WE HAVE VERY DEDICATED TEACHERS AND
KIDS CROWDED IN LIKE SARDINES.))
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Beyer heads a commission studying school construction needs in Virginia.
He says the group is considering a number of ways to free up more money to
finance school buildings and equipment.
Thousands of high school students throughout the COUNTRY took part in the
"See You at the Poles" movement today-- including dozens of teenagers in
The program encourages students to gather at their school's flagpole and
take a stand for Christianity.
At Liberty High School, more than 50-teenagers gathered for a morning prayer
The students who took part say it's important not to be ashamed of their
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((HENNA ST. CLAIR/STUDENT: JUST LOOKING AROUND, I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WAS THIS
MANY CHRISTIANS IN SCHOOL, SO I THINK THE OTHER PEOPLE WATCHING, THAT WERE
STANDING OUTSIDE NOT COMING IN, I THINK THAT THEY WERE KIND OF WONDERING WHAT
WAS GOING ON, AND HOPEFULLY THEY'LL ASK QUESTIONS AND THE PEOPLE AROUND WON'T
BE SCARED TO ANSWER.))
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The program is the brainchild of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Don't go away-- should insurance companies be required to pay for birth
And a rendezvous in Space is just about 60-minutes away. That report coming
up next on NEWS-7 Primetime. Stick around.
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In Fairlawn, authorities may have determined what caused the fire that
destroyed four businesses on Saturday.
The blaze started in The Carpet Shop and spread to Powers Fence and Schewel
The Tax Service suffered serious water and smoke damage.
All four businesses were housed under one roof.
Building owner Calvin Powers says investigators determined a short in an
electric heater started the fire.
Powers says the heater was NOT left on, but it was plugged in.
Powers plans to begin tearing down what's left of the structure tomorrow in
order to rebuild.
"Atlantis" is closing in for a docking later tonight, with Russia's SPACE
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Aboard the "Mir," astronaut Shannon Lucid is eagerly awaiting the arrival
of her American colleagues.
She's spent a record six-months in orbit on the Russian station.
Her ride home was delayed more than six weeks, because of mechanical and
Tonight, the crew has been working to fix problems with an experimental
toss to robin
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Tonight on Health Check,
A possible state mandate to force insurance companies to pay for birth
control devices is heating up Richmond.
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((JANET WOLF/NARAL: NEARLY 60- PERCENT OF ALL PREGNANCIES ARE UNINTENDED WITH
OVER HALF RESULTING IN ABORTION. VIRGINIA WOMEN URGENTLY NEED ACCESS TO SAFE,
RELIABLE, AND AFFORDABLE MEANS OF BIRTH CONTROL.))
((BROOKE TAYLOR/TRIGON: WE THINK THE BEST JUDGES... GOOD IDEA.))
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Trigon says it and some other insurers already cover birth control for
individual policyholders, HMO's, and groups that request it and pay more for
A commission appointed by the Governor will make a recommendation on the
Allen has said he doesn't like the idea.
It still faces General Assembly approval.
Accident victims rushed to hospitals around the country may soon be
receiving artificial blood instead of human blood.
The first large scale testing of artificial blood is set to get underway
at 21 U.S. hospitals.
Researchers are cautiously optimistic about blood substitutes though they
do not expect they will ever completely replace the real thing.
Artificial blood can stay fresh for up to a year while human blood lasts
only a few weeks after donation.
Blood substitutes are also free of infectious diseases like AIDS--though
experts say the U.S. blood supply is extremely safe.
850 patients will be tested during the new study.
Each night NEWS-7 Primetime brings you some of the more off-beat pictures
of the day.
Tonight's video comes from the Hard Rock Cafe in London...where Sotheby's
auctioned off a few pieces of rock and roll history.
For instance, handwritten lyrics penned by John Lennon fetched more than
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((JOHN BADDELY/AUCTIONEER:I'M SURE IN TWENTY OR THIRTY YEARS TIME, PEOPLE WILL
LOOK BACK AT A SALE LIKE THIS AND
AND SAY THINGS WERE NOT TOO EXPENSIVE BECAUSE I HAVE THIS STRONG CONVICTION
THAT THE BEATLES WILL STILL BE POPULAR IN 50, OR 100 YEARS TIME, AND ANYTHING
LIKE THIS WILL BELONG IN AN INSTITUTION OR A PRIVATE COLLECTION))
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An afghan jacket that belonged to Jimi Hendrix brought in 17-thousand
The sale was held to celebrate the restaurant's 25th anniversary.
The Virginia Cavaliers are ready for this weekends's game against Wake
Forest Washington Redskin receiver Michael Westbrook will be sidelined from 3
to 6 weeks.
And The man who caught Eddie Murray's 500-th home run ball may soon move to
a higher tax bracket.
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According to U-S-A today, Dan Jones has agreed to sell the ball to
Baltimore businessman Michael Laskey for 500-thousand dollars.
that would be the most ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilla.
Jones caught the home run ball in the right field bleachers earlier this
month at Camden Yards.
Now here are tonights scores.
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This Saturday the Virginia Cavaliers travel to Winston Salem to take on
Virginia is 12 and 4 on the Demon Deacons home turf and 26 and 11 in the
Series overall. But Steve Mason says not only are the Wahoos NOT taking Wake
lightly; they are down right worried about this weekend.
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SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/UVa Quarterback; :50
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; 1:10
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((Virginia is coming off an impressive defensive win over Maryland
highlighted by Tony Dingle's interception touchdown return.
Sure the UVa passing game needs work, but the cavs have beaten there next
opponent in the two schools last 12 meetings.
The cavaliers must also guard against overlooking Wake Forest and thinking
about their next opponent, 6th ranked Texas. UVa plays the Long Horns September
28th. So are the wahoos thinking two weeks ahead?
Virginia has outscored the demon deacons 273 to 98 in the last seven
meetings averaging 39 points per game during that stretch. In Charlottesville,
Steve mason News 7 sports.))
Washington Redskin receiver Michael Westbrook will be out of the Redskin
lineup from three to six weeks with a knee injury.
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Westbrook suffered the injury in Sunday's 31 to 10 win over the New York
He was the Redskins top draft pick last year but missed five games as a
rookie with Knee and ankle injuries.
He also missed two exhibition games this year with similar injuries.
Here are some of the stories were working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at
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The results from our latest NEWS-7 Mason Dixon Poll are in--
SUPER=78-Warner vs. Warner
tonight focuses on what Virginia voters think about the Senate Race...
SUPER=79-Is Perot a Player?
And we'll hear from political analyst Larry Sabato when it comes to third
party candidate Ross Perot, following the latest wrinkle banning him from the
Keith Humphry will have these stories in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11, on
We'll see you tomorrow.
WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime,