NEWS-7 Primetime is next...
Did a school bus driver tell students just to walk home when the bus
couldn't cross a flooded area?
....Fast work for a Botetourt County Sheriff's Deputy who nabs a robbery
suspect, and tracks down the stolen money.
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And the Top Story this Monday night September Ninth...
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Mopping up from Fran's unwelcome visit to the SOuthside-- besides dealing
with the wet, muddy remains, some residents are still in the dark.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime, I'm Connie Stevens with our premier
Southside towns are getting back to normal since Fran left her mark.
MOST residents have electricity now and roads are opening for traffic.
But, there's still a long way to go.
There are 24 hundred homes in the South Boston district still without
Many businesses are just trying to clear out the mud and water so they can
dry out and re-open.
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IN Q=It's a lot of
((ITS A LOT OF INCONVENIENCE. HAVING TO LOAD ALL THAT FURNITURE UP. WE LOOK
FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS. HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE GETTING BACK TO
BUSINESS THURSDAY. ))
OUT Q=to business Thursday
Bunny Ratliff says the condition of her grocery store now, after the
cleanup, is actually an improvement.
Still, when the businesses open, will anyone be able to get there?
Route 58 is open for travel to Danville, but 501 is still not passable.
The residential community isn't in much better shape, either.
This home on Hodges Street was nearly cut in half when an Oak tree
succumbed to Fran's strong winds.
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IN Q=The way it
((THE WAY IT HIT THE ROOF WAS OVERWHELMING, HOW ON EARTH, WHAT DO YOU DO NEXT
IS THE WAY YOU FEEL. ))
way you feel
Officials are trying to set up a regional office to assist in emergency
loans and applications.
So far it's estimated that Fran left a destructive trail of 35 million
dollars in Halifax County alone.
A school bus driver in Pittsylvania County accused of abandoning school
children in a flooded area has been placed on administrative leave.
School officials say it all began Tuesday at Blairs Middle School.
The driver picked up the children and took them to a drop-off point, but
stopped because of a flooded road.
The children's parents say seven students were then told to leave the bus
and cross the flooded area to get home.
IN Q=We understand what
((JERRY E. WEBB/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE UNDERSTAND WHAT
HAPPENED, WE UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED, BUT WHAT WE WANT
TO DO IS TO BE SURE THAT WE'VE GATHERED ALL THE INFORMATION THAT WE FEEL IS
APPROPRIATE FOR OUR MAKING THE DECISION ABOUT THE INCIDENT AND THEN
COMMUNICATING IN A WAY THAT IS ACCURATE AND DOES REFLECT WHAT WE BELIEVE SHOULD
BE THE RESULT OF OUR INVESTIGATION.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Webb/Pittsylvania Co. School Superintendent;
OUT Q=of our investigation.
Superintendent Webb met with the parents Friday and says the investigation
will probably continue for few more weeks.
The bus driver's name has NOT been released.
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President Clinton is promising quick action to help the areas clobbered by
SUPER=03-Great Falls; :
Clinton today toured the surging floodwaters of the Potomac River, and
then announced additional assistance for flood relief.
With roads closed in and around Washington, it took some drivers two to
three hours to get to work.
If they were going to historic Georgetown or Alexandria, more trouble was
waiting for them.
SUPER=03-Carolina Beach, NC; :
In North Carolina at Carolina Beach, some residents were finally getting
to see the damage Hurricane Fran caused their homes and businesses.
While there's plenty of clean-up left, many say the hurricane could have
IN Q=When we came
((WHEN WE CAME IN HERE YESTERDAY IT WAS A REAL MESS, ALL OF THE FURNITURE WAS
UPSIDE DOWN, THE INSULATION WAS RIPPED OUT AND THE SHEET ROCK WAS DOWN.. WE
CLEANED IT ALL UP AND NOW IT DOES NOT LOOK THAT BAD. NOW IF WE HAD A ROOF WE'D
BE BACK IN BUSINESS!))
OUT Q=back in business.
Heavy rain and flooding from claimed two lives in the New River Valley
21- year- old Anthony Long
lost control of his car on Meadow Creek Road in Riner.
Long and his passenger... 16- year- old Susan Meadows were killed after they
crashed into a small creek.
Friends and family are grieving the loss.
IN Q=My brother
((PATRICIA REDDEN/SUSAN MEADOWS' AUNT: MY BROTHER IN- LAW CAME DOWN AND TOLD US
ABOUT IT. AND IT WAS JUST A SURPRISE. AND FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT... IT'S JUST
HARD TO BELIEVE. ))
SUPER=01-Patricia Redden/Susan Meadow's Aunt;
OUT Q=to believe
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In Gretna, a 60-year old man was killed in a flood-related accident.
John Perkins Senior was reported missing by his family Friday when he never
showed up to a doctor's appointment in Lynchburg.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department says flood waters swept his
vehicle into a culvert near the intersection of route 29 and 3-64.
Perkins' body was found Saturday night in a stream about a mile from his
Hurricane Fran is responsible for 12 deaths across the Commonwealth.
A fast-moving Sheriff's deputy caught a bank robber today in Botetourt
The Bank of Fincastle was robbed just after one this afternoon.
Authorities say a man wearing a green ski mask ran into the bank, jumped
over a desk, cleaned out three cash drawers, and then left.
After a brief chase, a sheriff's deputy apprehended the suspect, 30-
year- old David Ray Martin of Botetourt County.
What took longer to find was the bag of money.
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IN Q=When the suspect
((SGT. D.A. DUDDING/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WHEN THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN
INTO CUSTODY, WE DID NOT FIND A MONEY BAG, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, LIKE HE WAS
SUPPOSED TO HAVE TAKEN FROM THE BANK. BUT AFTER A STATE POLICE DOG WAS CALLED
IN, AND WE DID A GROUND SEARCH OF THE AREA, THE SAME DEPUTY THAT APPREHENDED
THE SUSPECT ALSO FOUND THE MONEY. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. D.A. Dudding/Botetourt Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=found the money
Martin was NOT armed.
He's being held in the Botetourt County jail.
There's much more headed your way tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime--
The president announces his plans to beef up security at airports.
And the lesson was "patience is a virtue" for students at Stonewall
Jackson--we'll explain when we come back.
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You're watching News-7 Primetime on W-E-F-C, I'm Connie Stevens.
SS=mid east peace
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told President Clinton he's
eager to re-open peace talks with Syria.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
But Netanyahu is ruling out a pullback on the Golan Heights as a
precondition for negotiations.
Clinton and the "Likud" party leader met in the Oval Office today.
The prime minister openly appealed to Syria not to have a "fixed position"
if it wanted to see talks.
Airline employees with access to security areas- may soon be subject to
background and fingerprint checks.
That's according to President Clinton who says he also supports installing
improved bomb detection equipment at airports.
He'll seek one billion dollars from Congress to make the changes.
IN Q=As a result
((AS A RESULT OF THESE STEPS NOT ONLY WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FEEL SAFER. THEY
WILL BE SAFER. ))
OUT Q=WILL BE SAFER."
Clinton made the suggestions after receiving recommendations from a special
panel on air safety.
It's show time for Trigon's bid to become a private, for-profit corporation.
The State Corporation Commission has begun several days of public hearings
on the fate of the state's largest health insurer -- with only about 15 members
of the public slated to speak.
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IN Q=The 88
((JEAN ANN FOX/VA. CITIZENS CONSUMER COUNCIL: THE 88-POINT5 MILLION DOLLAR
COST OF THE CO-PAY SCANDAL IS BY FAR THE LARGEST, BUT BY NO MEANS THE ONLY
INSTANCE IN WHICH THIS COMMISSION AND OTHER AGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT HAVE FOUND
THAT TRIGON, LED BY THE CURRENT MANAGEMENT SHOWED A LACK OF WHAT CAN ONLY BE
JUDGED AS INTEGRITY.))
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((TOM BUEHLER/INDEPENDENT INSURANCE CONSULTANT: ALMOST ALL COMPANIES THAT DO
ANY ... EQUITABLE WAYS TO THE POLICYHOLDERS.))
SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Va. Citizens Consumer Council; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Buehler/Independent Insurance Consultant; :18
OUT Q=to the policyholders.
Trigon's policyholders overwhelmingly approved the bid Friday.
The company says it must become for- profit to survive.
GRAPHIC=BACK TO SCHOOL
It's a week late, but far from a dollar short-- students, parents and
teachers say the new Stonewall Jackson Middle School was worth the wait.
Construction crews were still hard at work this morning, as students headed
The demolition of the old Jackson School building angered some in the
southeast neighborhood, but the new school opened to favorable reviews this
IN Q=We're right excited
((ROBERT EWERS/PARENT: WE'RE RIGHT EXCITED WITH THE SCHOOL AND MY DAUGHTER SHE
PRETTY MUCH COULDN'T WAIT TO GET OVER HERE AND SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.))
((HELEN TOWNSEND/JACKSON PRINCIPAL: IT'S THE EXCITEMENT OF SEEING PARENTS,
TEACHERS AND CHILDREN THIS MORNING LOOKING VERY PLEASED WITH THE FACILITY AND
AT LONG LAST THEY HAVE A REAL 21ST CENTURY BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Robert Ewers/Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Helen Townsend/Jackson Principal; :10
OUT Q=21st century building.
School officials hope to have the construction complete by the end of
Here's what's coming up next on NEWS-7 Primetime....
He was famous for "Blue Moon of Kentucky" even before Elvis Presley sang
The man who was known as the father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe died today.
We'll take a look back on his career, right after this break.
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From his Kentucky roots to the Country Music Hall of fame, Bill Monroe sold
millions of records and led a legendary career.
The Father of Bluegrass died today at the age of 84.
IN Q=OPENS ON MUSIC
Bill Monroe was playing dances before he was twelve, and with his own
string band he created the distinctive sound that became known as Bluegrass.
He was a frequent visitor to western Virginia, and talked with WDBJ about
his music during an appearance here in the early seventies.
IN Q=I set out to originate
((BILL MONROE: I SET OUT TO ORIGINATE A MUSIC OF MY OWN WHEN I WAS YOUNG. AND
WHEN I ORGANIZED THE BLUEGRASS BOYS, WHY A LITTLE LATER ON THEY STARTED CALLING
IT BLUEGRASS MUSIC. AND IT'S A MUSIC PEOPLE WENT TO COPYING AND IT'S BEEN A
GREAT MUSIC EVER SINCE.))
OUT Q=a great music ever since.
Bill Monroe was hospitalized after suffering a stroke earlier this year.
He would have turned 85 Friday.
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The National Institutes of Health is looking for patients to help test
small crystals of insulin, as a treatment for juvenile diabetes.
The disease usually strikes children or adults under 45-- it often means a
lifetime of insulin injections.
But these small doses being tested could stop or delay the condition.
A new gene therapy could be ready to test on sickle cell anemia patients
within a year.
Scientist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia say they've
developed a synthetic molecule that corrects the gene mutation causing sickle
The disease affects 50-thousand Americans, most of them black.
It causes flawed, or sickle-shaped red blood cells, resulting in severe
pain and anemia, even death.
Researchers say the gene therapy is not a cure, but it could greatly
relieve the symptoms.
IN Q=Because sickle cell
((DR. ERIC KMIEC/JEFFERSON MEDICAL SCHOOL: BECAUSE SICKLE CELL ANEMIA AND OTHER
ARE CAUSED BY SPECIFIC MUTATIONS IN THE GENE, WE THEORIZE THAT THE CORRECTION
OF THOSE PARTICULAR MUTATIONS
WOULD RESTORE NORMAL FUNCTION OF THE GENE AND ALLEVIATE THE DISEASE. ULTIMATELY
THIS TREATMENT GOES TO THE CAUSE OF THE DISEASE RATHER THAN THE SYMPTOMS ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Eric Kmiec/Jefferson Medical School; :
OUT Q=the symptoms.
And if it works in human testing, the same kind of therapy could be used
on other inherited diseases, such as cystic fibrosis.
By the way, September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month.
Each night NEWS-7 Primetime brings you some of the most dramatic and
interesting pictures of the day.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :
Tonight's video comes from Houston, Texas, where they're already thinking
The exclusive department store Neiman Marcus unveiled it's annual Christmas
There's everything from gifts for the pampered pet-- how about a designer
aquarium-- or maybe a bicycle built for six?
This years his and her's gift....an airstream fantasy trailer, filled with
all the comforts of home--for a mere 195-thousand dollars.
There are even a few million dollar items, for more frivoulous shoppers.
GRAPHIC=prime time in big screen
Connie, what better way to begin News 7 Prime Time than with one of
America's prime time performers.
Despite the back surgeries, despite the battle with Hodgkins disease and
despite his relatively old 31 year old body
Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux says he is coming back for the 1996-97
Mario won his 5th scoring title last year after sitting out the 1994-95
He skipped this summer's world cup competition saying he needed the time off
Now let's check tonight baseball and high school football scoreboards.
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SUPER=55-G.W. Danville/42/Person NC/14/Shawsville/No/Roanoke
Catholic/Rpt./Rockbridge Co./19/Robert E. Lee/22;
SUPER=55-Cave Spring/No/Jefferson Forest/Rpt./Bassett/No/Chatham/Rpt./Pulaski
SUPER=55-Bland Co./6/Grayson Co./27/Rustburg/No/Nelson Co./Rpt;
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Hurricane Fran played havoc with the Friday Football Extra schedule last
Some games were made UP on Saturday, while a number were held over until
SUPER=03-Forest/Cave Spring vs. J. Forest; :00
Down to Forest we go where Bob Christmas and his Jefferson Forest Cavaliers
hosted Cave Spring.
With 1:31 left in the first half, quarterback Jerton Evans hands off to Nick
Mistretta, who strolls in from 29 yards out for the TD and Jefferson Forest was
leading Cave 26-6 in the third.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Northside vs. Heritage;
At CIty Stadium in Lynchburg, the Heritage Pioneers welcomed the Northside
VIkings to town.
Pioneers quarterback Shaunta Jefferson pitches the pill to Dewayne Banks who
scores on the outside run and Heritage beats Northside 38-to-14.
Now let's check the scoreboard.
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Virginia opens its ACC schedule this Saturday against the Maryland
The Cavs put 55 points on the board against Central Michigan, but Steve
Mason says all is not well in Charlottesville.
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Saturday Night; :00
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Football Coach; :27
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :47
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
WDBJ's Fall Football lineup fires back up again this Saturday at Noon as
bring you live coverage of the UVa-Maryland game.
And that's Saturday at Noon.
In girls basketball, Brookville made the trip up 460 to Salem for a
rematch of last Thursday's showdown in Lynchburg.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bees vs. Spartans; :00
First year Brookville coach Rob Roma was looking for revenge after last
But Salem head coach Dee Wright would have none of that.
Salem jumped out to a 12-nothing lead thanks to leading scorer Sarah Palmer
and Mandy Williams. Palmer scored 6 first quarter points,
Williams knocked down 8, including this coast to coast lay up off a Lady
Brookville battled back. karen SUPER=33-Salem/54/Brookville/32;
Thomasson hits this shot for the Lady bees first two points on the evening.
But Salem remains undefeated while Brookville falls to OH and 3 with the
54 to 32 Spartan win.
Here's what's coming up on NEWS-7 at 11.
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SUPER=77-Warner vs. Warner;
The battle of the Warners continues in the Commonwealth.
The challenge is NOT "put your money where your mouth is."
John Warner is reminding Mark Warner of his spending cap promise for their
Jean Jadhon has that story in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11, on WDBJ-7.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow evening, goodnight.