(( HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...ROANOKE POLICE WERE KEPT ON THEIR
TOES EARLY THIS MORNING DURING A CHASE.
A DESERT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY? YOU BET...ITS FULL OF CACTI AND RIGHT NEAR
OUT Q=near civilization.
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It's Friday October Fourth--
Our top story tonight--
21-years ago a two year old was killed in a car bombing in Roanoke County--
Today a 76-year old man is accused of the crime.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens-- Good Evening.
Two of the toddler's family members were also injured in that car bomb,
Now the investigation is re-opened following today's grand jury indictment.
Double Boxes Connie/Jay
Jay Moore joins us now with the latest information on the arrest.
Police belive this crime was racially motivated.
Apparently Frank Helvestine the Third allegedly planted a bomb in a car
owned by Ruth Pearman because he didn't approve of the white woman dating a
But, rather than injuring Pearman, the bomb exploded hitting three innocent
bystanders walking by.
SUPER=01-Marian Kelley/Ass't. Commonwealth's Attorney; :25
OUT Q=solve it.
(( The bomb exploded in what's now the North Ridge Apartments' parking lot
off Cove Road.
It happened May 10th, 1975.
23 month- old Carrie Mask was walking along the sidewalk with her father,
Barry Mask and another relative Henry Newman.
The explosion killed her and injured her father and Newman.
The assistant commonwealth's attorney says authorites re- opened the case
when a person who wanted to clear his conscience came forward.
IN Q=An investigation went
((MARIAN KELLEY/ASS'T. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: AN INVESTIGATION WENT ON AT
THE TIME BUT BEING NO LEADS IT ENDED AND SOMEONE CAME FORWARD MOST RECENTLY
THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO RE- OPEN AND GO FORWARD TO SOLVE IT.))
OUT Q=and actually solve it.
The identity of the person who came forward is not being released.
Kelley says the informant was close to the situation.
double boxes Connie/Jay
Helvestine is now 76- years- old.
He's being held in the Roanoke County jail without bail.
SUPER=03-Bal Harbour, FL; :
The presidential candidates are getting a little r-and-r....preparing for
Sunday's debate in Connecticut.
Bob Dole's been in Florida, getting a list of do's and dont's from top
IN Q=The president
((BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: THE PRESIDENT ALWAYS HAS SOMEWHAT OF AN
UPPER HAND. HE'S THE PRESIDENT. HE CAN DO THINGS. SAY THINGS. SO IT'S AN
OPPORTUNITY AND A CHALLENGE FOR ME. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :
OUT Q=challenge for me.
SUPER=03-Chautauqwa, NY; :
Meantime, the President came out of his semi-seclusion at a resort-think
tank in New York State.
He's been holed up, practicing his debate technique with former Senator
((SENATOR MITCHELL WON LAST NIGHT. I'M BADLY OUT OF SHAPE BUT I'M TRYING TO GET
BETTER AND I WOKE UP AND MASSAGED MY BRUISES. I'M READY TO GET AT IT AGAIN. ))
OUT Q=at it again.
No presidential debate for Ross Perot, Sunday.
A federal appeals court has turned down Perot's last-ditch stab at
trying to sue his way onto the debate stage.
The Hartford debate will be televised live Sunday night at 9 o'clock on
A federal Judge has ordered major league baseball umpires to Play Ball.
The umps say they will obey, and work through the World Series.
They threatened a strike in protest of failure to immediately suspend
Baltimore's Roberto Alomar.
Alamor spat on an umpire last week after he was thrown out of the game- but
his five game suspension was postponed until next season.
IN Q=It is important
((BUD SELIG/ACTING BASEBALL COMMISSIONER: IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO MOVE
FORWARD. THERE HAVE BEEN TENSIONS THAT HAVE EXISTED FOR A LONG TIME. I BELIEVE
CONTRIBUTED TO WHAT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY NIGHT IN TORONTO.))
SUPER=01-Bud Selig/Acting Baseball Commissioner;
OUT Q=night in Toronto."
Selig announced a baseball summit for November 14th in Phoenix.
He says codes of conduct will also be established so an incident like last
Friday never happens again.
Roanoke Police were in hot pursuit early this morning during a high speed
chase in Northeast Roanoke.
A man identified as a 45-year old city resident drove through two red lights
and rammed a patrol car TWICE during the chase.
But in the end the man drove his van into a telephone pole, and was injured.
At one point police had pulled the man over and got him out of his van.
But he jumped back in and sped away.
Right now the driver is in a special care unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He faces various traffic offenses.
One officer suffered minor injuries.
A Pulaski mining machinery plant is laying off some of its workers.
The Long-Airdox Company confirmed a temporary layoff.
38 production workers are affected.
To blame-- a slowdown in orders for the equipment made at the Pulaski plant.
The company hopes the layoff will be short- term.
Does the new minimum wage effect waiters and other people who make tips?
That story in a moment--
And the Frontier Museum is looking for a new leader to guide it into the 21st
go to break
If you make tips on the job, listen up.
The fate of your hourly wage is now in the hands of Attorney General Jim
The Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association asked for his interpretation
of the new minimum wage.
IN Q=The confusion
((THE CONFUSION IS SIMPLY THAT WE'VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET A DEFINITIVE ANSWER
FROM THE STATE... IT'S UNCLEAR.))
SUPER=01-Bob Ramsey/Va. Hospitality & Travel Assoc.;
OUT Q=it's unclear.
The Attorney General is expected to give his opinion within 90 days.
Meanwhile, tip workers' wages are frozen at two-dollars-and-13-cents an
Bassett Furniture has settled a lawsuit in which it's accused of copying a
Thomasville Furniture of North Carolina says the Southside furniture maker
has a product line bearing a close resemblance to its American Revival
To settle the suit, Bassett has agreed to cease production of its "Legacy"
In return, Thomasville is dropping its claim for three times the profits
Bassett has made on the Legacy line.
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The Board of Trustees at the Museum of American Frontier Culture says it's
time for a new leader.
The man who's held the job for 11 years, Walter (Higher) Hayer, resigned
yesterday, apparently under some pressure from the board.
A spokesman says while Hayer (Higher) did a good job, supporters of the
living history museum hope for big things.
IN Q=I THINK THEY
((SUE HANSON/INTERIM DIRECTOR: I THINK THEY WOULD LIKE TO RAISE THE PRESENCE
OF THE MUSEUM FROM A REGIONAL PRESENCE TO A NATIONAL PRESENCE AND THEY WOULD
LIKE ALSO TO EXPAND CERTAIN AREAS OF THE MUSEUM.))
((JOE GRANDSTAFF/MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FRONTIER CULTURE: AND FIND SOMEONE THAT
WILL HAVE THE LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES TO TAKE US INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND
CREATE THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS MUSEUM WHETHER THAT'S NEW EXHIBITS OR
EDUCATIONAL; INSTITUTIONS WITHIN OUR FACILITY HERE.))
SUPER=01-Sue Hanson/Interim Director; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Grandstaff/Museum Of Amer. Frontier Culture; :12
OUT Q=OUR FACILITY HERE
The museum includes living history exhibits of working farms from 18th and
19th century Europe and America.
THe skinny on the fat substitute, Olestra--we'll have the good and bad
And come to the desert with us-- the one in Franklin COunty-- Scott Prince
has details when we come back.
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It's not the Sahara, but it truly is a desert-- on a rocky mount in Franklin
And if seeing is believing-- here's Scott Prince with a tour.
IN Q=These Franklin
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-J.D. Mitchell/F.C.H.S. Junior; :27
SUPER=01-Kim King/F.C.H.S. Junior; :34
SUPER=01-Dr. Bob Pohlad/Ferrum College Professor; 1:11
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Franklin County
((These Franklin County High School students are walking out on their first
class... and heading to the desert.
But they'll definitely be back for second period.
You see, they're hiking up Bald Knob... located right behind the school.
And once at the top... it looks like a mirage... but it's for real.
Desert- like plants are actually growing in Rocky Mount.
The reason-- this granite outrock is storing sun light... and giving off
IN Q=I just
((J.D. MITCHELL/FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR: I JUST DIDN'T REALIZE THIS
AREA WAS SO UNIQUE... AND THE VEGETATION THAT GROWS HERE. I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST
LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY DIFFERENT. ))
IN Q=This is
((KIM KING/FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR: THIS IS NOT ONE OF THE PLACES
YOU EXPECT TO FIND CACTUS YOU KNOW-- JUST RIGHT HERE AT YOUR BACK DOOR. ))
OUT Q=back door
Ferrum College biology professor Bob Pohlad led the expedition.
Aside from the hundreds of cactus plants, he showed them other unique life
thriving on the rocks-- like this tiny fern... possibly three decades old.
But once he took a few steps off the granite, he found some very familiar
NAT SOT 9:18:55
IN Q=It's a
((IT'S A WILD ONION. SAME GENUS. SAME SCIENTIFIC NAME AS THE ONIONS WE SEE BUT
THAT'S GROWING UP HERE. ))
OUT Q=up here
The wild onion may not survive through the winter.
But surprisingly, the desert plants probably will... especially if there's
lots of snow fall.
((DR. BOB POHLAD/FERRUM COLLEGE PROFESSOR: SNOW WOULD SIT UP HERE LONGER, BUT A
LOT OF TIMES THE SNOW PROVIDES A BLANKET LAYER. SO IT'S WARMER UNDERNEATH. SO A
LOT OF THE PLANTS AND ANIMALS WILL ACTUALLY THRIVE UNDERNEATH A LAYER OF SNOW.
OUT Q=of snow
The entire trip through the Rocky Mount desert lasted only about an hour...
but many of the students said they'd be back.
They say it's not exactly the Mojave... but it's the closest thing to it in
this neck of the woods.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))
SUPER=330-Frost Warning/Light Winds/32-34/Mostly Sunny/Wind NE-10/58-62;
SUPER=331-Frost Warning/Light Wind/33-36/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/58-62;
SUPER=332-Frost Warning/Light Winds/30-34/Sunny And/Cool/57-59;
SUPER=333-Freeze Warning/Light Winds/26-30/Sunny Skies/But Cool/54-56;
SUPER=334-Freeze Warning/Clear Skies/25-29/Mostly Sunny/Wind SE-10/60-63;
Virginia can finally go beyond education, and start performing mammograms
and pap tests for uninsured women.
Public health commissioner Randy Gordon announced a five million dollar
grant today from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
The cancer screenings are aimed at low-income and minority women over age
IN Q=The folks who
((THE FOLKS WHO ARE AT THE HIGHEST RISK FOR NOT HAVING MEDICAL INSURANCE
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND IN THE COMMONWEALTH AS WELL ARE THE ONES IN
FAMILIES, WHAT WE CALL WORKING POOR FAMILIES, WHO ARE NOT POOR ENOUGH TO
QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID AND YET THEIR WORK MAY NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR
SUPER=01-Dr. Randy Gordon/Va. Health Commissioner;
OUT Q=coverage for them.
Virginia's been laying the ground work for the grant for three years.
Olestra, the fat that really isn't fat, is making waves again....as another
product is test marketed.
For dieters, it might be a dream come true....a calorie-free fat replacer
with the taste and feel of the real thing.
IN Q=Until now
SUPER=01-Casey Keller/Procter & Gamble; :01
SUPER=01-Lynn Markley/Frito-Lay; :52
SUPER=04-Procter & Gamble; 1:05
SUPER=01-Barry Swanson/Food Scientist; 1:14
SUPER=01-Joe Cassis/Customer; 1:37
OUT Q=stand up from it.
IN Q=Until now
(( CASEY KELLER/PROCTER & GAMBLE UNTIL NOW, CUTTING FAT MEANT CUTTING TASTE.
THAT S ALL CHANGED. WITH THE NEW
FAT FREE PRINGLES, YOU CAN GET NO FAT AND GREAT TASTE IN THE SAME CHIP.))
OUT Q=same chip.
In fact, many who've tried these new Pringles agree... they do taste like
the real thing.
IN Q=I think they're
((I THINK THEY RE EXCELLENT. BETTER THAN EXPECTED. ))
OUT Q=than expected
But critics say when it comes to Olestra-- taste isn't the final test.
Products made with Olestra have a warning label, telling you that olestra
may cause stomach upset.
IN Q=It's safe to
((IT S SAFE TO PREDICT THAT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN COLUMBUS WILL EAT THESE
PRINGLES AND DEVELOP CRAMPS, LOOSE STOOLS, DIARREAH ))
Micheal Jacobson and Center for Science in the Public Interest want the
product banned-- the group produced this ad which suggests people wouldn't feed
Olestra to their dogs.
IN Q=Well this warning
((WELL THIS WARNING ISN'T ON DOG FOOD. IT S ON THESE NEW MAX POTATO CHIPS FROM
FRITO LAY? ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE THEM TO YOUR KIDS? ))
OUT Q=to your kids?
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=Micheal raises
MICHAEL RAISES A STINK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO EAT CINNAMON BUNS AND PEOPLE WHO EAT
MOVIE POPCORN, SO YOU LL HAVE TO ASK MICHAEL. MICHAEL DOESN'T FEEL THAT
OLESTRA IS AN INGREDIENT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. WE DISAGREE.))
OUT Q=we disagree.
And there are plenty of independent scientists who say there's no need to
worry about snack foods made with Olestra.
INQ=I think the
((BARRY SWANSON/FOOD SCIENTIST, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY:
I THINK THE STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THE FAT PRODUCT IS SAFE, THERE S NO RISK IN
CONSUMING IT ))
OUT Q=consuming it.
Test-market areas for Olestra products, like Max Snacks report brisk
Some stores are even getting mail order requests.
That's not to say there haven't been complaints.
IN Q=I thought I
((I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE WITH MY PANTS DOWN. ))
OUT Q=pants down.
Joe Cassis blames Olestra for a recent gastrointestinal episode-- but says
he can't prove it.
IN Q=It was so
(( JOE CASSIS/CUSTOMER: IT WAS SO TERRIFFIC, THE PAIN IN MY GUT THAT I BUCKLED
OVER AND COULDN'T EVEN
STAND UP FROM IT. ))
OUT Q=stand up from it.
For now, both sides are collecting reports of digestive distress-- the
information is being turned over to the Food and Drug Administration for
Now, check out our video of the day.
The White House has MOVED-- from Pennsylvania Avenue to Electric Road in
In miniature of course....
This 60- foot replica took 40-years to build and is proudly on display for
every American to experience.
From the Oval Office to the State Dining Room to the Lincoln
Bedroom...every corner is visible.
SOT TC 7:09:04
IN Q=You're seeing fifty more...
((JOHN ZWEIFEL/MASTER CRAFTSMAN: YOU'RE SEEING FIFTY MORE ROOMS THAN YOU WOULD
ON THE ACTUAL TOUR. WE CAN SHOW THE BEDROOMS, WE CAN SHOW ALL THE PRIVATE
ROOMS, ROOMS THAT EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE DON'T GET TO SEE.
AND THE REASON BEING IS, ALL THE PRESIDENTS HELPED. MANY PRESIDENTS WOULD HAVE
LIKE TO OPEN UP MORE ROOMS, BUT IT WAS NEVER CREATED AS A MUSEUM.))
SUPER=75-John Zweifel/Master Craftsman;
OUT Q=created as a museum.
To go along with the miniature work of art, you'll see a display of White
House China and other Presidential memorabilia.
The White House Exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through Saturday-October
12th in the old Brendle's at Tanglewood Mall.
Tickets are six dollars for adults, with special rates for seniors, students
Proceeds benefit "Center in the Square" and Greenvale Nursery.
toss to roy
The Houston Astros fired Manager Terry Collins and named Larry dierker as
their new manager.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :
Dierker is no stranger to the Astros. He was the teams first 20 game
winner during his playing days and he's been in the Astros broadcast booth
IN Q="you get...
((LARRY DIERKER/ASTROS NEW MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Larry Dierker/Astros New Manager; :
OUT Q=......few get."
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :
Jim Leyland has had many chances to manage in baseball and he's returning
to the game as the new boss of the Florida Marlins.
The former Pittsburgh skipper agreed to a three year contract with the team.
IN Q="I made this
((JIM LEYLAND/MARLINS NEW MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Leyland/Marlins New Manager; :
OUT Q=......STAYED IN PITTSBURGH."
We'll have highlights of the playoff games tonight--I'll be back with more
in a moment.
The undefeated Falcons of Fuqua made a trip up to North Cross this
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Fuqua vs North Cross; :
Jim Muscaro and the Boys were definitely looking for the upset.
The Falcons drive to the Raider 5 yard line but Trey Taylor fumbles and its
recovered by Jake Copty of North Cross.
But the Falcons started another drive in the third quarter. Toby Spry
SUPER=36-Fuqua/20/North Cross/7/;hands off to Whitney Reid who finds daylight
over the left side on his way to a 32 yard touchdown and the Fuqua beats North
Cross 20 to 7.
A big night of games durying week six of Friday Football Extra.
Lets check in and see some scores from tonight's action.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=....LAST SCORE."
TOSS TO MIKE:
SUPER=55-Patrick Co./0/Carroll Co./12/Hd Woodson/6/Pulaski Co./41/Wm.
SUPER=55-Salem/28/Lord Botetourt/0/G.W. Danville/22/Thomas
SUPER=55-George Wythe/8/Bland Co./12/Christiansburg/13/Rockbridge Co./21/Bath
SUPER=55-Grayson Co./28/Galax/9/Roanoke Catholic/20/Blue
SUPER=55-Northside/14/Wm. Byrd/12/Franklin Co./10/Cave
SUPER=55-Albemarle/28/Wm. Fleming/34/Patrick Henry/No/E.C. Glass/Rpt./Amherst
SUPER=55-Covington/No/Buffalo Gap/Rpt./Wm. Monroe/No/Riverheads/Rpt./Ft.
SUPER=55-Montcalm WV/No/Pocahontas/Rpt./Craig Co./No/Circleville WV/Rpt./Parry
Here are some of the stories were working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at
dissolve to boards
SUPER=77-What is Art?
A look at some unconventional art-- it's literally the rear-view....
SUPER=78-Friday Football Extra Week #6
And of course Mike Stevens has highschool football highlights as he tackles
a season high 17 games tonight, on Friday Football Extra at 11:35 on WDBJ.
Join Joe Dashiell for NEWS-7 at 11 -just 30-minutes away on WDBJ.
Have a good weekend.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime.