(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... AN ATTEMPT IN THE
SENATE TO OVERRIDE THE PRESIDENT'S VETO OF A BAN ON LATE TERM ABORTIONS FALLS
FORMER SALEM TEACHER AND GOLF CHAMP PENNY STALLINS WAS IN COURT TODAY ON DRUG
RELATED CHARGES... ))
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And it's Thursday, September 26th,....Our Top Story tonight,
The U-S will reluctantly take part in discussions on the mounting violence
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Good Evening, this is News 7 PRIMETIME on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
SS=mid east peace
Street fighting in the middle east killed at least another 48 people
But efforts are reportedly underway to also arrange a meeting in Cairo
tomorrow between Israli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat-- along with Egypt's President.
Jesse Schulman has more.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Nabil Sha'ath/Palestinian Cabinet Minister; :43
SUPER=01-Yitzhak Mordechai/Israeli Defense Minister; 1:12
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:33
OUT Q= J.S. CBS News, Tel Aviv
This is not how Prime Minister Netanyahu had planned to spend his
hundredth day in office... hurrying home from a European tour to
face widespread fighting between Israeli and Palestinian forces.
The deadly violence spread around the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Young Arabs armed with the traditional weapons of protest,
were backed up by their elders with weapons of war. There were
gunfights between Palestinian policemen and Israeli soldiers at outposts,
checkpoints and around Jewish settlements.
There were casualties among the Palestinians... among the Israeli
soldiers.... and among the journalists, CBS News cameraman Issa Freij was
injured by a bullet that narrowly missed his heart.
DR. NABIL SHA'ATH, PALESTINIAN CABINET MINISTER: THIS IS A TRAGIC EXPLOSION OF
POPULAR ANGER AND A TOTAL DISREGARD OF HUMAN LIFE BY ISRAELI TROOPS.
And with the toll of dead on both sides rising, the first funerals, the
first outpourings of grief... there will be many more.
PLO chief Yassir Arafat has ordered his men not to fire unless their lives
are in danger... it's not clear they're listening.
ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER YITZHAK MORDECHAI: SOME ARE WORKING WITH US, SOME ARE
SHOOTING, SOME ARE NOT UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITIES.
As bad as it is, the fighting has so far been limited to small arms. That
may shortly change. Israel has been bringing up the big guns, moving tanks near
the fighting but not unleashing their might, yet.
Netanyahu seems to be hoping a show of force will convince the Palestinians to
end the fighting on Israel's terms. But Arafat has terms of his own... US
pressure could probably end the killing... it's getting hard to see what else
Jesse Schulman. CBS news tel aviv.))
The House Ethics Committee wants to know whether Newt Gingrich has been
telling the truth about the college course he taught.
The panel voted today to expand it's investigation-- to find out if
Gingrich told all about the relationship of his former political action
committee to the course.
A Spokesman for the House Speaker says Gingrich told the truth.
((TONY BLANKLEY/GINGRICH'S SPOKESMAN: NEWT HAD ASKED THAT THE REPORT BE MADE
PUBLIC...THEY HAVEN'T FOUND ANYTHING THAT SUGGESTS THAT HE'S VIOLATED ANY RULE
OF THE HOUSE OR ANY LAW.))
SUPER=01-Tony Blankley/Gingrich's Spokesman; :
OUT Q=any law.
The probe originally dealt with whether the course was a political
activity that violated tax laws.
Some Democrats in the house are now calling for Gingrich's resignation as
the investigation continues.
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((ON THIS VOTE THE AYES ARE 57 THE NAYS ARE 41. TWO THIRDS OF THE SENATORS NOT
HAVING VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL ON RECONSIDERATION FAILS TO PASS
OVER THE PRESIDENT'S VETO ))
OUT Q=President's veto.
In the Senate, lawmakers opposed to so-called partial birth abortions
failed to garner enough votes to override President Clinton's veto of a bill
that would have banned the late-term procedure.
Some Democrats had opposed the ban because it allowed the procedure only
in life and death circumstances-- not when the mother's health was in JEOPARDY.
In our region-- Ninth District congressional candidate Patrick Muldoon says
incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher should be ashamed for supporting late- term
Muldoon held a puppy named Babe to illustrate for reporters what he called a
He said what Boucher is condoning for babies would never be tolerated for
((PATRICK MULDOON/R-CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: 85 PERCENT OF THESE CASES ARE
PURELY ELECTIVE. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE FETUS. IT'S A NORMAL CHILD
JUST INCHES AND MINUTES AWAY FROM LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Patrick Muldoon/(R) Candidate for Congress;
OUT Q=away from life.
Boucher says he would have voted differently if exceptions were included.
Muldoon says he supports late- term abortions ONLY when the mother's LIFE is
ValuJet has the green light to fly again.
The Transportation Department says the company has shown it's ready to
comply with all laws and regulations.
The budget-priced airline was grounded in June because of doubts about its
That after the May crash in the Florida Everglades that killed all 110
people on board.
The Federal Aviation Administration already cleared ValuJet to fly again,
but the Transportation Department also had to give approval.
Prosecutors win the first round in the Penny Stallins drug case, details in
And a federal raid at a small research firm in Radford. Tracy Altizer tells
us about the investigation.
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A former amateur golf champ... and retired Salem school teacher... cried on
the witness stand as she talked about her drug addiction.
Penny Stallins is charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to
At a motions hearing in Botetourt County Circuit Court today, Stallins
sobbed as she recounted her 10 year addiction to the drug.
Her attorneys tried to have some evidence thrown out... but those motions
Stallins is a 3- time winner of the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame Women's Golf
Tournament, and a former phys- ed instructor at Andrew Lewis High School.
She faces similar drug charges in Salem, as well.
The Radford Chamber of Commerce "Businessman of the Year" is now the target
of a federal investigation.
Tracy Altizer has this report on the American Research Corporation and
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OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Federal investigators seen in and around ARCOVA today would not comment
about what they were doing.
But some former employees tell News-7 the feds have been asking questions
about altered time sheets.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said investigators also wanted to
know about what the ex-employees call a common practice at ARCOVA of taking
money from one project to pay for another, and to pay company overhead.
Owner Russell Churchill was not available for comment, and his wife Ann
Churchill refused to answer any questions.
((CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT'S GOING ON IN THERE?
ANSWER: IF I KNEW I COULD TELL YOU. I DON'T KNOW. AND IT'S NONE OF YOUR
BUSINESS, OKAY? ))
ARCOVA is a designated Small Business Innovative Research company.
Congress enacted the SBIR program in 1982 to help small companies bring new
products to the market.
The ex-employees we spoke with say ARCOVA has secured more than 100
contracts to engineer products such as software and robotics, mostly with
government agencies, using taxpayer dollars. Tracy Altizer, News 7. ))
For couples going through a divorce, sometimes it's hard to find neutral
A woman in Salem has opened a unique business called "A Helping Hand."
IN Q=This is my dining room
((SCOTTIE LAUGHON: THIS IS MY DINING ROOM. I'VE SET THIS UP FOR FAMILIES WHOSE
VISITATION IS REQUIRED TO BE SUPERVISED. YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR CHILD'S BIRTHDAY
HERE OR YOUR OWN BIRTHDAY. I CAN ENVISION FAMILIES ENJOYING THEIR THANKSGIVING
MEAL HERE, OR CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER.))
OUT Q=Christmas Eve dinner.
Scottie Laughon (LAWN) says she saw a need for the service while she was
employed as a deputy clerk in the juvenile court.
She is trying to provide a comfortable alternative to a shopping mall,
restaurant or park.
IN Q=I want families
((SCOTTIE LAUGHON: I WANT FAMILIES AND CHILDREN TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WHEN THEY
COME HERE. I WANT THEM TO FEEL LIKE THEY'RE VISITING A FAVORITE AUNT'S HOME
INSTEAD OF A SERVICE OR LOCATION FOR THIS TYPE OF SERVICE. I WANT PEOPLE TO
RELAX AND FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY COME HERE.))
SUPER=01-Scottie Laughon/"A Helping Hand";
OUT Q=feel good when they come here.
"A Helping Hand" also provides a location for visitation exchange and
transfers of personal property.
The services will be available at night and on weekends and holidays.
Overcrowding in Lynchburg's juvenile detention home won't be such a problem
in the near future.
Dignitaries helped break ground this morning for a five million dollar
addition to the Florida Avenue facility.
The expansion will add 40-new beds and create room for more programs and
services that can't be offered now.
IN Q=It will reduce
((PAT HALEY/JUVENILE SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR: IT WILL REDUCE THE FRUSTRATION OF
THE COURTS AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENTS IN THEIR ATTEMPTS TO LOCATE SPACE FOR
JUVENILES. THE QUALITY OF CARE, THE SUPERVISION AND SERVICES FOR THESE YOUTHS
WILL BE VASTLY IMPROVED. AND IT WILL GIVE US A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO REDIRECT
THESE MISGUIDED YOUNG PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Pat Haley/Juvenile Services Administrator; :00
OUT Q=misguided young people.
The new addition should be finished in 1998.
NEWS-7 Primetime is far from finished-- you won't want to miss tonight's
Video of the Day--
And we'll meet Edna Nicely who is now a proud homeowner in Botetourt County
thanks in part to a local organization.
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It's "Home Sweet Home" for one Botetourt County woman.
Edna Nicely didn't think she'd ever be able to buy her own house.
But with the help of the Greater Roanoke Valley Homebuyers Club, her dream
became a reality this afternoon.
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((EDNA NICELY/NEW HOME OWNER: THERE'S TOO MANY OBSTACLES AND YOU GET
DISCOURAGED IF YOU DON'T HAVE PEOPLE TO HELP YOU. IT'S LIKE A SUPPORT GROUP. SO
I WOULD RECOMMEND ANYBODY... THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS. ))
SUPER=01-Edna Nicely/New Homeowner;
OUT Q=the means
The Homebuyers Club is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Housing Development
Organizers work with members for an extended period of time... hoping to
pre-qualify them for a mortgage loan.
The group hopes to assist 200 potential home buyers in the next year.
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Stay tuned-- More NEWS-7 Primetime is coming up--
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An end to so-called "drive through deliveries."
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
President Clinton today signed into law a bill forcing insurance companies
to pay for AT LEAST a two-day hospital stay for mothers and their babies.
It guarantees FOUR DAYS coverage for women who undergo a Cesarearn section.
The new law also forbids insurance companies from setting separate coverage
limits for physical and mental health treatment.
Some big names on Capitol Hill today urging for more money to be spent on
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
Members of the Senate Aging and Appropriations Committee heard from those
who want more done to finance research for both cancer and neurological
IN Q=Our current
((RETIRED ARMY GENERAL NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF/PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVOR: OUR
CURRENT BATTLE PLAN LEAVES A GREAT DEAL TO BE DESIRED. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
WOULD NOT STAND FOR A MILITARY OPERATION THAT, LIKE THE BATTLE AGAINST CANCER,
HAS TAKEN 25 YEARS AND CLAIMED TEN MILLION LIVES. ))
SUPER=01-Norman Schwarzkopf/Prostate Cancer Survivor; :
OUT Q=ten million lives.
Schwarzkopf was treated for prostate cancer.
Former baseball player Rod Carew was also there-- discussing his daughter's
losing fight against leukemia.
Just five cigarettes a day can cause harm to the lungs of teenagers---and
girls are particularly sensitive.
A new study looked at over 12-thousand teenagers who smoked.
Researchers found that lung capacity declined among girls who lit up.
Boys who smoked also experienced problems-- but smaller airways in girls
may make them MORE susceptible to damage from smoking.
Each night News 7 PRIMETIME endeavors to bring you some of the more
off-beat pictures of the day.
Tonight, I have the unfortunate task of taking you to Columbus-- where one
diehard Ohio State Buckeyes fan did the unthinkable-- just to win tickets for
the Notre Dame football game this weekend.
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Of all things, Aaron Conrad dove into a pool of manure.... to fish around
for free tickets to the game.
He even had to sift through bumper stickers and other things, to make the
task more difficult.
In the end....Conrad came out a winner.
But to say he came out smelling like a rose....that might take a bath in
vinegar and tomato juice.
toss to steve
We start with football..what else this time of year! Virginia Tech will
once again be without the services of tailback Marcus Parker. Hokie Head Coach
Frank Beamer announced this afternoon that the former Salem star's suspension
is still on going and he will miss this weekend's game against the Cuse.
This will be the 4th straight game Parker has missed. Sources say it is
only a matter of time before the tailback is red shirted. A Virginia Tech
official said today that a red shirt announcement " may be forth coming".
Parker is on suspension for violating team policy. More sports headed your way,
but first the early numbers.
wipe to score
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We start on the hard wood...not basketball...volleyball where Patrick Henry
traveled to Cave Spring for a good old fashion Roanoke Valley District
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Patriots vs. Knights; :00
The Lady Patriots are rebuilding after last year's trip to the Group 3A
Cave Spring took game one 15 to nothing!
PH came back in the second. Nicole Kent on the serve..the rally goes back
and forth before the Lady Patriots take the point.
But the Cave was to strong and wins the remaining two games 15-11 and 15-12.
Winston Cup racing will close a big chapter this weekend when drivers and
fans bid farewell to one of the oldest short tracks on the circuit.
SUPER=03-North Wilkesboro, NC; :
This weekend's Tyson Holly Farms 400 will be the last time the Cup cars
will tangle at the track know as the "Bull Ring."
The veterans like Dale Earnhardt and Ricky Rudd remember the battles at
the short track early in their careers.
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((DALE EARNHARDT/3 CHEVROLET: ))
((RICKY RUDD/10 FORD: ))
((ERNIE IRVAN/28 FORD: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/3 Chevrolet; :00
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/10 Ford; :18
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/28 Ford; :34
OUT Q= ...STOMPING GROUNDS."
The Cup cars will qualify for the race tomorrow afternoon.
Week five and Friday Football Extra is yes, very much alive!!! Our FFE
crews will bring you the highlights from 15 games, here's a quick look at
what's on the menu.
OUT Q=...FFE graphic comes full screen/music fades.
toss to connie
Finally tonight-- Cosmopolitan Magazine features a bachelor of the
month--it includes a brief biography and address for interested women.
But this month's Bachelor isn't all he's cracked up to be.
The next date for Plastic Surgeon Doctor Steven (LOCK-ni-car) Locnikar
will probably be in court.
It seems the Phoenix man owes as much a 15 thousand dollars in back child
The doctor spent the day in jail-
SUPER=03-Maricopa Co, AZ;
That gave female inmates a chuckle as they joked about their good looking
Here's what we're working on in the newsroom tonight for NEWS-7 at 11.
dissolve to boards
SUPER=77-Hear From Hooters;
Hooters is planning to open its Roanoke restaurant in November-- owners say
the waitresses,SUPER=78-"All American Cheerleaders"
in their trademark skimpy clothing, are considered "All American
And there's snow in the Black Hills of South Dakota, we'll give you a
SUPER=79-Black Hills Are Snow White;
We'll join Jean Jadhon in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7.
That's it for NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow.