(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
A CONVICTED MURDERER IS SCHEDULED TO BE PAROLED LATER THIS WEEK AND RETURN
TO HIS HOME TOWN OF PEARISBURG...
WE'LL HEAR FROM THE MAN WHO HEROICALLY PULLED TWO PEOPLE OUT OF A BURNING
CAR ON INTERSTATE 581... ))
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And it's Wednesday, September 25th,....Our Top Story tonight,
The death toll is growing, with fighting in the Middle East.
Hundreds are injured-- in a fierce flareup over a Muslim holy site.
Good Evening, this is News 7 PRIMETIME on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
The U-S is now putting pressure on Israel's Prime Minister-- to take
personal charge of the gun battle-- and negotiate a settlement.
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Seven are dead-
And at least 350 are hurt in clashes between Palestinian and Israeli
Palestinians are protesting construction of a tunnel near a Jerusalem
((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: IT DOESN'T TOUCH THE TEMPLE
MOUNT. IT'S ON THE SIDE OF THE MOUNT. IN NO WAY DOES IT MOVES IN OR BODE INTO
THE ISLAMIC HOLY PLACES.))
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Netanyahu says Israel has total respect for Jewish, Islamic and Christian
On Capitol Hill....the House is hoping to crack down on illegal aliens.
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The house has passed a bill that doubles the number of border patrol
officers, and speeds up the deportation process.
The measure now goes to the Senate, along with a second immigration bill
that President Clinton had threatened to veto.
That bill would allow states to deny public school education to illegal
Roanoke doesn't have a significant problem with illegal immigration.
But the city does have a growing foreign population.
This Cambodian restauranteur says current laws are tough on most legal
immigrants-- but not tough enough on illegal aliens.
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((CHAMREUN BUN/IMMIGRANT: I THINK THEY SHOULD BE TOUGHER TO THE ILLEGAL ALIENS
THAT COME WITHOUT PAPERS AND THEY SHOULD BE FAIR AND MORE ON THE SIDE OF PEOPLE
THAT TRY SO HARD TO DO IT IN THE RIGHT WAY. ))
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A local immigration official says employer sanctions must be included for
regulations to be effective.
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SUPER=07-Staff Sgt. Frankie Lee Hall;
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If it weren't for the quick action of Frankie Lee Hall, yesterday's fiery
crash on Interstate 581 might have ended tragically.
Today, the marine recruiter said HE is thankful he was able to help.
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Hall was travelling behind the two vehicles when the small car collided
with the truck and became wedged beneath its trailer.
He helped Nicole Hicks from the car, then went back for Kevin Billinger.
Both were treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and released.
A classroom full of students watched as a fellow student shot and killed his
teacher in Georgia.
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Authorities say the 16-year old student was new to the Alternative
Education School in DeKalb (de-CAB) County.
They say he shot his English teacher-- and was taken into custody a short
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The Alternative Education school is designed to help keep troubled students
So many parents say the school should have metal detectors in case kids
bring weapons in.
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At least four people were shot today at the Church of Scientology
headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
According to witnesses, a man walked into the building with a can of
gasoline, started a fire then began shooting.
Police have one man in custory-- and are checking reports a second person
may have been involved.
The victims all remain hospitalized.
A man who spent 15-years behind bars for killing two people, walks back into
society Friday...that story next on News-7 Primetime--
Plus a Northern Virginia computer expert is arrested for passing defense
secrets to South Korea...
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A Navy Intelligence Analyst has been arrested for spying--
Robert Kim of Sterling is charged with passing defense secrets to South
The 56-year-old computer expert from Northern Virginia, is a native of
Korea but a naturalized U-S citizen.
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((JIM CLARK/KIM'S ATTORNEY: THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS TO HAVE HAD KNOWLEDGE THAT
THE ACTIVITIES DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT WERE GOING ON SINCE LAST MAY AND MADE
NO EFFORT TO STOP IT, WHICH LEAVES ME TO BELIEVE THAT
PERHAPS THE DOCUMENTS THAT THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS WERE BEING PASSED
CERTAINLY SHOULDN'T HAVE CREATED A RISK TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY ))
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The State Department would only say official U-S contact has been made
with the South Korean government.
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((THE U.S. AND SOUTH KOREA ARE STRONG ALLIES AND FRIENDS AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE
COUNT ON FULL SOUTH KOREAN COOPERATION IN BRINGING THIS VERY DISTURBING AND
PUZZLING CASE TO RESOLUTION. ))
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Though South Korea is a U-S ally, it's interested in U-S intelligence on
North Korea and in American military technology.
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In 1981, two hikers from Maine were murdered on the Appalachian Trail in
15-years later their killer is due to be released from prison.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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(( This is Ingram Village in Pearisburg, the neighborhood where Randall Lee
Smith grew up, and where he'll return this Friday to live with his mother after
serving about half of a 30 year- sentence for murder.
Some neighbors are worried.
((BOBBY REYNOLDS/NEIGHBOR: THEY JUST WONDER HOW IT'S GONNA BE.
QUESTION: THEY'RE WORRIED?
ANSWER: YEAH, OF COURSE, LIKE I SAY THAT STANDS TO REASON. ))
But Joe and Dessie Whittaker watched Smith grow up. They describe him as
friendly, helpful, and quiet. They don't believe he could have committed the
crimes without provocation.
((DESSIE WHITTAKER/NEIGHBOR: YEAH, HE WAS JUST AS GOOD AS HE COULD BE. I'VE
KNOWN HIM EVER SINCE HE WAS BORN AND I HAVEN'T HAD NO TROUBLE WITH HIM
But in May in 1981, Susan Ramsay was slashed to death after a fierce
Her companion, Bob Mountford was shot dead in his sleeping bag.
A week later Smith's abandoned truck was found in Myrtle Beach. Inside
authorities found a suicide note linking him to the crimes, then nabbed Smith
hiding in woods.
His fingerprints matched the bloody ones on evidence that had been buried
near the murder scene.
Investigators who worked the case say they were disappointed with the plea
bargain then, and remain so now as Smith's homecoming nears.
But his release is not without conditions.
Smith will remain on supervised parole for ten years. For an undetermined
amount of that time he'll have to wear a home electronic monitoring device.
Some neighbors say how he gets along in Ingram Village will be up to him.
((SABRINA PAYNE/NEIGHBOR: EVERYBODY DESERVES A CHANCE. HE'S DID HIS TIME. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The state court of appeals has overturned the conviction of Tina Zelenak.
She was involved in a series of armed robberies in the Blacksburg area four
Zelenak claimed she did it, because she was AFRAID of her boyfriend, Paul
The judge wouldn't let Zelenak's social worker bolster the claim at trial.
Without that testimony, the jury found Zelenak guilty of attempted robbery.
That prompted her to plead "no contest" to murder a few days later, rather
than risk another trial.
The Court of Appeals sent the case back to Montgomery County for a new
trial on the attempted robbery.
Zelenak is serving a LIFE sentence for her role in two other incidents
where the victims were KILLED.
He's only been at the helm of Radford University for a litte more than a
year-- but now the school's governing board is asking
for a performance evaluation of president Douglas Covington.
Some students and faculty members reportedly are worried whether there's a
plan to oust Covington, the school's first African American president.
Covington came to Radford in June of 1995.
University officials say the evaluation is designed to measure Covington's
But board member Nancy Wilson said discussion of firing Covington surfaced
within the board this summmer.
Covington has agreed to the evaluation.
Students right here in our region are getting pumped up about taking care of
And some big names in the medical field are helping boost the size of the
workforce at one Salem company-- we'll take you to Noble-Met...next.
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A Salem company will double the size of its plant in the coming months to
accomodate its growing business.
Noble- Met makes metal components for medical equipment, principally
Increased sales to a client list boasting names like Johnson- and- Johnson
and Boston Scientific have prompted this expansion.
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((JOHN FREELAND/NOBLE MET PRESIDENT: RIGHT NOW WE'VE INCREASED TO ABOUT A 50
MAN WORKFORCE AND WE SHOULD BE UP TO ABOUT 70 TO 80 PEOPLE, I'D IMAGINE BY THE
END OF 1997.))
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This is the second expansion for Noble Met since it moved to its new plant
two years ago.
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The study of a clot-dissolving drug to treat stroke victims has been
halted because the drug-- Streptokinase-- was found it wasn't helping patients.
Researchers also found it may cause complications if given more than three
hours after a stroke.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Also in JAMA, Alzheimer's Disease may partially be caused by environmental
Men of Japanese ancestory living in Hawaii had twice the rate of
Alzheimer's Disease as those in Japan.
The authors of the study speculate exposure to pesticides and stress of
moving from Japan to Hawaii may be to blame.
Cardiac care generally focuses on adults, but did you know-- four million
children have higher- than- normal blood pressure.
Up to one- third of the nation's children are obese.
And 27- million kids have high cholesterol levels.
Tonight, Scott Prince tells us about a new program schools will use to
hopefully reduce those figures.
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((HEART DISEASE IS THE BIGGEST HEALTH PROBLEM IN AMERICA TODAY. ))
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Educators and health officials are afraid THAT message is getting lost..
especially when it comes to area youngsters.
That's why the American Heart Association has introduced "Heart!Power"-- a
new program designed to get kids excited about healthy lifestyles.
It's a series of videos, books, and activities presented in a slick,
Nickelodian- style package.
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((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT. IT'S
QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL AND IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN
THEIR LEARNING. ))
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Students from Oak Grove Elementary School got the first look at Heart!Power,
and they're giving the program high marks.
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((JOE PIRRO/THIRD GRADER: THEY'RE NEAT. I THINK EVERYBODY WOULD LIKE TO MAKE
HEALTH MORE INTERESTING TO LEARN AND THE KIDS WILL LIKE THEM FOR WHATEVER GRADE
THEY'RE IN. ))
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Thanks to a 74- thousand dollar grant from Columbia Healthcare, Heart!Power
will be found in every elementary school in the Roanoke Valley-- and parts of
the New River Valley, too.
But that's not all.
There will be one kit for every two teachers.
A- H- A officials say that's the key to the program.
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((VICTORIA LONGLEY/AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY: WITH SO
MUCH OF IT, WE FEEL IT WILL BE USED. IF YOU JUST HAD ONE KIT THAT SAT IN THE
LIBRARY, THEY'RE GOING TO FORGET ABOUT IT. BUT THIS IS COLORFUL AND IT'S GOING
TO BE SITTING IN THE ROOMS AND THEY'RE GOING TO USE IT-- AND THAT'S WHAT IS
IMPORTANT- THAT THEY USE IT. ))
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And students won't have to wait very long.
Heart!Power will make its classroom debut in a few weeks.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
And from the "Imagine That" department, how old is really old?
Our video of the day comes from a remote corner of Australia, where
scientists believe they've found proof that may re-write the history of man.
They've found some of the oldest rock carvings, dating back to as much as
176-thousand years ago.
The scientists used thermo-luminescence to unearth the aboriginal art
Still, some scientsts are skeptical of the methods, and the findings.
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The New York Yankees clinch the American League East pennant tonight, Steve
Mason talks with the 49er and former Hokie Tyronne Drakeford, and we'll check
out Jackie Joyner-Kersee on the hardwoods.
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But first I must tell you NASCAR fans that Jeff Gordon will be on Late Night
with David Letterman this evening at 11:35 on WDBJ.
Gordon has an 81 point lead in the Winston Cup standings with 5 games to go.
Now your ball park figures.
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The New York Yankees clinched the American League eastern division tonight
with a 19-to-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
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The 19 runs marked the Yanks highest scoring game in some 34 years, and
everyone got into the act today including Darryl Strawberry, who delivers with
this two run double to right center field.
Tino Martinez and Tim Raines would homer to give David Cone the win.
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After a 13 year dry spell the Yankees have clinched playoff berths the past
Making the move from College to the NFL is a big step for even a Heisman
Former Hokie Tyronne Drakeford who is now in his third year in the league
with the 49ers has found out first hand just how tough stepping up can be.
Steve Mason has more on the 1994 Virginia Tech grad.
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The Chicago Bulls, who usually prefer experience over youth, signed 20 year
veteran Robert Parish to a two year deal today.
Parish definitely fits that mold he is 43 years old.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee isn't nearly that old but she says she felt it today as
she began workouts with the Richmond Rage in the new all-women American
The former UCLA players struggled a bit but she says she will stick it out.
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Here are some of the stories we're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at
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Students riot at California College as David Duke debates Affirmative
SUPER=78-Death Penalty OK;
Plus-- Capital punishment remains an option in the Oklahoma City bombing
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