HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THIS GRANDMOTHER FROM MONETA IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR HER HEROICS...
SHOULD THE SUSPECTS IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING HAVE TWO SEPARATE TRIALS?
A JUDGE IS MULLING THAT OVER...
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Our TOP STORY tonight, Thursday October Third
Robbie Knievel's trip to our area is sure to be memorable for him.
As the motorcycle daredevil is again making the wrong kind of headlines.
This is NEWS-7 Primetime,
I'm Connie Stevens.
The Rockbridge County sheriff today confiscated Knievel's equipment, a day
after the stuntman was arrested on a charge of being drunk in public.
Knievel was supposed to leap over two dozen cars at the Salem Civic Center
But he said that his sponsors canceled his performance after his arrest.
IN Q=I came her to perform
((ROBBIE KNIEVEL/MOTORCYCLE STUNTMAN: I CAME HERE TO PERFORM, THEY ALL BACKED
OUT AND I DON'T KNOW WHY. IF WAS DRINKING AND DRIVING, I COULD SEE THEM WALKING
OUT. IF I WAS CAUGHT WITH SOME DRUGS, I COULD SEE THEM WALKING OUT. I'VE ALWAYS
SAID, NONE OF US IS PERFECT, NONE OF US ARE.))
SUPER=10-Robbie Knievel//Last Night
OUT Q=none of us are.
But the promoters dispute that.
They got a court order to have the Rockbridge sheriff seize Knievel's two
motorcycles, ramps and other gear.
In court papers, George and Sally Davis of ANTIQUE, Incorporated, say they
they didn't know the show was cancelled until they saw Knievel on TV.
They gave him a 15-thousand dollar deposit, and 10-thousand dollars for
They want that money back, plus 15-thousand dollars in damages.
A man who kidnapped a seven year old girl in Oregon-- then led police on a
100-mile interstate chase-- was killed by a police sharpshooter.
State police say they decided to shoot after the suspect held a gun to his
hostage's head and threatened to fire.
The girl is being treated at a hospital-- the kidnappers car had
overturned on a highway median strip.
He negotiated by cellular phone with police for an hour before he was shot.
The drama began when a gunman burst into a house where the girl was
staying with a babysitter.
Neither knew the abductor.
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IN Q=It's been quite
((TRENT LOTT/(R)-SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: IT'S BEEN QUITE AN EXPERIENCE THE LAST
THREE MONTHS... AND I MUST SAY, WHILE I DID ENJOY IT, I'M GLAD TO SEE IT END ))
SUPER=01-Trent Lott/(R) Senate Majority Leader; :
OUT Q=to see it end.
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The new majority leader talks about a tumultuous session of the U.S.
The 104-th is now in the history books-- concluding after the passage of
airport and park bills.
The last measures were held up by wrangling over labor and environmental
The House will formally adjourn with a ceremonial closing session tomorrow.
It seemed like a good re-election fundraiser for Bob Goodlatte, enlist the
help of fellow Republican Sonny Bono.
But now the sixth district Representative is calling some of Sonny Bono's
remarks irresponsible and inappropriate.
The entertainer turned politician was in Roanoke Monday night at a
fundraiser for Goodlatte.
The California Congressman said the U-S uses hit squads to support the
government of Haiti.
Bono later admitted he has no proof, because he says, democrats are hiding
Lawyers for the Oklahoma City Bombing defendants continue trying to
convince a federal judge to try their clients seperately--
As Byron Harlan reports from Denver, the judge seems in no hurry to make a
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SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :
SUPER=01-Michael Tigar/Nichols Lawyer; :34
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; :53
OUT Q=BH, CBS News, Denver.
Lawyers came to court ready to argue.
No more testimony.
Now it s all about the attorneys from both sides trying to convince the
judge whether or not he should conduct two separate trials.
Defense lawyers make a fairly straight forward point: they say the jury
will not be able to give Timothy Mcveigh and Terry Nichols the attention each
man deserves...that they may be presumed guilty by association.
But that's not all.
Both Mcveigh and Nichols have made statements which will--in effect--become
testimony incriminating the other.
THAT PUTS ON ME THE BURDEN OF TRYING TO SHOW-AS I SAID IN COURT TODAY--THAT
TIM McVEIGH IS A LIAR. MR. JONES IS GONNA TO HAVE TO SHOW--TRY TO SHOW THAT
TERRY NICHOLS IS A
If they re tried together, neither defense lawyer will be able to
challenge those statements through cross examination. That--they say--is
against the law.
But prosecutors say, two trials would be too cumbersome, too burdgnsomg on
victims and too expensive. they say, nearly all of the evidence applies to
both Nichols and McVeigh, that the bombing was a joint operation and this
should be a joint trial. Byron Harlan, CBS News, Denver.))
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A Rockbridge County man has been sentenced to 69 years in prison, for
shooting two people Christmas Eve.
Ronald Hewitt pled guilty in July to the murder of 24-year-old Christopher
Higgins, his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend.
Hewitt also pled guilty to aggravated malicious wounding, for shooting
Armed with a rifle, Hewitt forced his way into the couple's home, walked
into their bedroom and shot them.
He could have gotten life in prison.
(toss to meteorologist Robin Reed)
Admid questions concerning his leadership, Radford University President
Douglas Covington says his first year at the helm has been productive.
And these paths are just the beginning at what will soon be known as the
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail.
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The job of Radford University's President has come under fire recently, but
Douglas Covington says he's made a lot of progress his first year.
Covington was in Roanoke speaking to a group of Public Relations executives.
He told Keith Humphry this afternoon he hopes his work will be recognized
and rewarded with a vote of confidence from the Board of Visitors.
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((DOUGLAS COVINGTON: THAT IN MY MIND/ A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IS JUSTIFIED,
CONSIDERING THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE AND THE AMOUNT OF EFFORT, DILIGENCE
AND PERFORMANCE. BASED ON THE RECORD, THE UNIVERSITY IS MAKING PROGRESS. ))
SUPER=01-Douglas Covington/Radford Univ. President
OUT Q=making progress.
Covington acknowledges there are problems at Radford- -including declining
enrollment over the past five years- -and he points out it'll take more than a
year to turn that around.
A Bedford County woman is receiving national recognition for her heroic
Moneta resident Phyllis West is being honored by the Carnegie Commission for
saving her GRAND-DAUGHTER from a burning trailer.
She was visiting relatives in Mount Airy, North Carolina when a runaway
truck slammed into a propane tank next to the home, and exploded.
Everyone was outside when it happened, except for one- year-old Beth
With some help from other family members, West climbed through a bedroom
window and pulled the girl out.
IN Q=I said
((PHYLLIS WEST/HOMETOWN HERO: I SAID KAREN, I CAN'T GET THROUGH. WE GOT TO GET
HER OUT FAST. SO SHE TOOK AND CUPPED HER HANDS TOGETHER AND I PUT MY FOOT IN
THE STIRRUP- LIKE AND SHE SHOVED ME THROUGH. ))
SUPER=01-Phyllis West/Hometown Hero;
OUT Q=me through
West doesn't consider herself a hero... but the Carnegie Commission does.
She received a certificate and a medal... along with a cash gift of
In Campbell County, 911 telephone service is just a few months away.
The system, which immediately identifies the location of an emergency call,
is expected to come on line in December.
The project has been in the planning stages for more than four years.
IN Q=It's a long
((MIKE MILNOR/PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR: IT'S A LONG PAINSTAKING PROCESS. ANY TIME
YOU'VE GOT A PROJECT OF THIS SIZE TO JUST UNDERTAKE JUST THE ADDRESS CHANGES
AND THAT MUCH ALONE IS A HUGE TASK, AND WHEN YOU THROW IN THE COMMUNICATIONS
UPGRADE AND BRINGING ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE AND RESCUE ON THE SAME
COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM, THEN IT'S A LARGE UNDERTAKING, IT TAKES TIME.))
SUPER=01-Mike Milnor/Public Safety Director; :00
OUT Q=it takes time.
Now that every COUNTY road has been re-named, residents must return their
change of address forms to be entered into the system.
Those notices are being mailed out through the end of November.
Phase one of the valley's very first greenway located in Roanoke County is
just a year away.
Today, residents of the area got a sneak peek at the Hanging Rock
The first phase of the project will follow an old rail bed along Kessler
More than 500- thousand dollars in federal funds have already been earmarked
for the trail.
The area was the site of the Roanoke Valley's most important civil war
battle, and designers have tried to incorporate that history into their plan.
IN Q=A lot of the details
((DAVID HILL/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: SO A LOT OF DETAILS THAT WE'RE STARTING TO
DEVELOPED ARE DERIVED FROM BOTH CIVIL WAR ERA DETAILS, AND THE ERA THAT THE
RAILROAD CAR THROUGH THE VALLEY.))
SUPER=01-David Hill/Landscape Architect;
OUT Q=through the valley.
Designers say little is set in stone. Comments from today's workshop will
help them refine their design.
NEWS-7 Primetime will be right back-- Mike takes us to the track, diamond,
hardwoods and the gridiron, in Primetime Sports--
And we'll head to Franklin County where the mail delivery was slower than
usual, but no one seemed to mind.
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A century old system is being celebrated in Franklin County-- by bringing
history to life.
Scott Prince shows us that today residents took time out to appreciate a
mail delivery service that is indeed a horse of a different color.
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SUPER=01-Debbie McAlister/Moneta Post Office; :42
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7.
((Nelson and Bernice Jones got a very special delivery from the Moneta Post
It wasn't a letter, or a package, it was more like... childhood memories.
Letter carriers spent part of the day delivering the mail in a mule driven
carriage-- the way it was done years and years ago.
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((NELSON JONES: THEY RODE HORSES ALL THE TIME.))
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
IN Q=Aw yeah
((JONES: AW YEAH IT BRINGS BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES. ))
OUT Q=of memories
Postal Workers across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of
Rural Free Delivery, a service which still has plenty of importance today.
This is just one of 57- thousand remote postal routes in the U- S... and the
century old program continues to serve more than 25- million customers, six
days a week.
IN Q=And another
((DEBBIE MCALISTER/MONETA POST OFFICE: AND ANOTHER INTERESTING FACT WOULD BE
THAT THE ROAD SYSTEM-- THE AMERICAN HIGHWAYS DUE TO THE NECESSITY TO HAVE THE
MAIL DELIVERED. ))
It took these letter carriers an hour and half to ride about 2 miles.
Obviously the mail was a little late, but for once, no one seemed to care.
In fact some residents stood outside their homes and took pictures.
Nelson and Bernice Jones didn't need to.
For them, this was not a gimmick.
This was a trip back through time... a time they've already treasured for
nearly a century.
Scott Prince, News- 7. ))
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More NEWS-7 Primetime is coming up-- right after this short break.
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A controversial finding about the anti-depressant Prozac.
University of California researchers found the drug can cause several
minor abnormalities in infants born to mothers who took it during early
They also found taking the drug LATE in pregnancy can lead to a higher
risk of premature delivery.
Still, some believe the study is flawed-- previous research hasn't
uncovered any problems with newborns.
About a million baby monitors are being recalled.
The wires in Gerry Baby Products Deluxe Baby Monitor-- Model 602 may not
be properly connected.
That could cause it to overheat and possibly cause a fire,
Consumers who own the monitors can call Gerry at 1-800-672-6289 for
instructions on how to return the monitors for a free replacement.
Attention Deficit Disorder creates serious problems for millions of
people....adults, and children.
Doctor Edward Hallowell of Boston is one of the country's leading experts on
Today he spoke with staffers at the Achievement Center, a school for kids
with learning disabilities.
Hallowell explains some of the things to look for in kids with A-D-D.
IN Q=The core
((EDWARD HALLOWELL/PSYCHIATRIST: THE CORE SYMPTOMS OF ATTENTION DEFICIT
DISORDER ARE DISTRACTABILITY, IMPULSIVITY, AND RESTLESSNESS SOMEWHAT, SO THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A-D-D AND NON- A-D-D IS THE INTENSITY AND DURATION OF THOSE
OUT Q=those symptoms.
Hallowell says if the symptoms are very intense and lifelong, the child may
in fact have A-D-D.
But the only way to make that determination is to see a professional.
For severe cases of A-D-D, Hallowell says special schooling is helpful.
He adds that A-D-D is not a condition that will hold you back in life,
unless it goes undiagnosed and untreated.
Concentration is key when you're on the road....especially, say, in the
busy traffic of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.
SUPER=75-San Francisco; :
Imagine the surprise of motorists this week when they drove by a
parachutist caught in the cables of the bridge.
The police received dozens of calls....but didn't bother sending rescue
THEY knew the parachutist was just a dummy.
There's a movie being made there.
They didn't tell commuters because they were worried it would draw too
Big news from the NFL including the return of Rypien and Irvin.
Plus, the Cards now leads the Padres two games to one, and I have the
schedule of games for week six of Friday Football Extra.
But first the field for Sunday's UAW GM Quality 500 is all set.
Let's check out positions 26 through 43 that were filled this afternoon at
the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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SUPER=0107-26. Geoff Bodine/180.078/27. Ken Schrader//28. Jimmy Spencer//29.
Dick Trickle//30. Chad Little;
SUPER=0107-31. John Andretti//32. Billy Standridge//33. Sterling Marlin//34.
Dale Earnhardt//35. Greg Sacks;
SUPER=0107-36. Derrike Cope//37. Wally Dallenbach//38. Loy Allen//;
SUPER=0107-39. Ricky Rudd/Prov./40. Kyle Petty/Prov./41. Kenny
Wallace/Prov./42. Robert Pressley/Prov./43. Darrell Waltrip/Prov./;
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Bobby Labonte beat out Jeff Gordon in last night's first round time trials to
get the pole for the UAW GM Quality 500.
But the man who hopes to break through this weekend is Mark Martin.
The races defending champ, who is winless in 1996, starts 12th Sunday.
((MARK MARTIN/GM QUALITY 500 DEFENDING CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/GM Quality 500 Defending Champ; :00
OUT Q=...DO IT AGAIN.
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The major league umpires are threatening to boycott all division playoffs
after tonight because of the Robert Alomar spitting incident.
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But they were at work today as the Padres and Cardinals hooked up in game two
of their best of five series.
San Diego's Ken Caminiti ties the game at one all with this blast to right.
But one of my favorites Ron Gant, the former Brave and motorcross star clears
the bases with a double to deep center SUPER=35-San Diego/4/St. Louis/5/Cards
with the bases loaded.
Three runs score and the Cards win it 5-to-4 to take a 2 games to none lead.
The Braves lead the Dodgers
3 to 2 in the 9th in game two.
The prodigal son returned to Valley Ranch today to rejoin his Dallas Cowboys
SUPER=03-Irving, TX; :00
Michael Irvin checked into practice today after serving his five game
suspension for violating the league's drug abuse policy.
Irvin was a sight for sore eyes for many on the team who have struggled to a
2-and-3 start so far this season.
And the Eagles today signed former Redskins Mark Rypien to a one year
The former Super Bowl MVP will fill the void created by the loss of Rodney
Peete, who is out for the year with a knee injury.
Speaking of knee injuries, the Jets Keyshawn Johnson, the first overall pick
in this year's draft suffered cartilage damage in his right knee yesterday.
He will miss the next three to four weeks after undergoing surgery today.
And this afternoon the PIttsburgh PIrates named Gene Lamont their new
The 49 year old former White Sox skipper was the PIrates third base coach
this past season.
In 1993 he was named American League Manager of the year.
Week six of Friday Football Extra is upon us but we're not ready to kick back
Tomorrow night we turn up the heat with a season high 17 games on the slate.
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OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL.
Lots of girls basketball action hitting the hard wood tonight, as well as
some volleyball action, but first the hoops.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Cavaliers vs. Vikings; :00
Marylin Bussey had her Northside Lady Vikings ready against Lord
The Lady Cavs went up by as many as 10 in the first half with some pin
point marksmanship, but Northside fought back.
The Lady Vikes came back and trailed 32-29 at the half, but Botetourt wins
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Knights vs. Colonels;
In volleyball, William Fleming hosted Cave Spring. The lady Colonels fought
hard, but Cave Spring comes away with the 15-8, 15-6 and 15-12 win.
Here are some of the stories we're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at
One of our crews has a live report from tonight's Kiss concert at the
Roanoke Civic Center...we'll take you there, plus find out what fans think of
the 70's band now that it's back on the road.
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SUPER=77-Crooning with KISS;
SUPER=78-Death Row Wedding;
Plus wedding bells for a convicted killer on death row...the bride wore
white, the groom wore prison blues.
NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7 is just 30-minutes away.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime.
See you tomorrow.