(( HERE'S WHAT'S YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...A SINKHOLE IS
FORCING TRAFFIC TO BE REROUTED OFF OF INTERSTATE 81...
IT WILL TAKE LONGER THAN EXPECTED TO GET MONEY TO TRANSFORM THE LINCOLN
TERRACE HOUSING COMPLEX INTO A VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOOD. ))
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Our TOP STORY tonight, Wednesday October Ninth--
The Vice Presidential candidates take center stage-- they're duking it out
at a debate in Florida.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC... I'm Connie Stevens.
Al Gore and Jack Kemp are getting their 90 minutes in the spotlight at this
SUPER=03-St. Petersburg, FL; :
The vice president and the man who would like to replace him are now
For the Dole camp, the debate is an opportunity to increase the Republican
hopeful's standings in the polls.
((JACK KEMP/R- VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: THIS ECONOMY IS OVERTAXXED AND
OVER-REGULATED. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY PEOPLE SUING EACH OTHER, THERE'S TOO MUCH
LITIGATION. OUR EDUCATION IS NOT UP TO THE STANDARDS THAT THE AMERICAN FAMILY
AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND CLEARLY THE WELFARE SYSTEM
IS A DISGRACE TO OUR JUDEO-CHRISTIAN PRINCIPALS.))
SUPER=08-Jack Kemp/(R) Vice Presidential Candidate; :02
For the Clinton team, this is a chance to broaden what appears to be at
this stage-- a comfortable lead.
IN Q=We have a plan
((AL GORE/VICE PRESIDENT:WE HAVE A PLAN TO BALANCE THE BUDGET WHILE PROTECTING
MEDICARE, MEDICAID, EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT, CREATING MILLIONS OF NEW
SUPER=01-Al Gore/Vice President; :
OUT Q=millions of new jobs.
Political analysts say many voters tonight may be examining Gore and Kemp
as possible presidential candidates four years from now.
Debate plans have been hammered out for Congressional candidates in the
Incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher, Republican Patrick Muldoon and independent
Tom Roberts will square off at seven p-m on October 25th.
The event will be held at Emory and Henry College.
College president Tom Morris will moderate, and the public is invited to
Travelling on Interstate 81 will be slow going tonight.
A sinkhole has closed a 15- mile, southbound stretch of the highway near
the 200 mile marker.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the hole was created from
water getting in between the rock.
IN Q=What we're doing
((DANNY MARTIN/TRANSPORTATION MAINTENANCE CREW: WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW IS
EXCAVATING DOWN UNTIL WE HIT SOLID ROCK, MAKE SURE WE GET ALL THE LOOSE
MATERIAL OUT, BLOCK OFF ALL THE WATER THAT'S COMING IN. ))
SUPER=01-Danny Martin/VDOT Maintenance Crew;
OUT Q=that's coming in
Officials say repairs could take 24 hours.
A 30- minute detour has been mapped out.
A former Halifax County football player is on the DEFENSE in court.
21-year old Lewis Jordan Powell Junior admits he shot and killed a man
outside the Super-Eight Motel in Riverdale.
At his trial today, Powell's attorney said he acted in self defense.
But prosecutors say 17-year old Jason Lamont Chandler was UNarmed when he
was shot New Years Day.
The two apparently belonged to different gangs.
Powell was a member of the 1991 High School State Championship- Halifax
County football team.
As we told you last night-- 67-people were indicted on narcotics charges
following a six-month long investigation in Roanoke.
It is the second time this year Roanoke police engineered a serious crack
down on drugs.
Undercover officers staked out a number of neighborhoods-- most notably near
13th Street Southwest... and Lafayette Boulevard Northwest.
They focused on street dealers, pushing everything from cocaine and heroin,
Officials say this bust is much bigger compared to the sweep earlier this
IN Q=What we
((DENNIS NAGEL/ROANOKE CITY PROSECUTOR: WHAT WE FOUND WITH THIS DRUG SWEEP IS
THAT THE TYPE OF OFFENDER IS WORSE THAN IN JANUARY AND PERHAPS BY TAKING THE
GROUP OFF THE STREETS IN JANUARY, WE'RE NOW BEING ABLE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH A
WORSE CLASS OF DRUG OFFENDERS. ))
SUPER=01-Dennis Nagel/Roanoke City Prosecutor;
Nagel (Nay-gull) says more than half of those indicted, have already been
The Scotish city of Dunblane stood still today as 16 children and their
teacher were remembered with a memorial service.
SUPER=03-Dunblane, Scotland; :
Some 600 mourners filed into the city's cathedral for the service-- among
them Prince Charles.
The sermon was held by the reverend who conducted a memorial service after
the 1988 bombing of PanAm flight 1-0-3 over Lockerbie.
IN Q=All of us
((REVEREND PROFESSOR JAMES WHYTE: ALL OF US WHO HAVE SHARED THE HORROR MUST
MAKE OUR JOURNEY OUT OF THAT HORROR INTO A SAFER AND A MORE CIVILIZED
SUPER=07-Rev. Prof. James Whyte; :
OUT Q=more civilized society.
In March, lone gunman Thomas Hamilton walked into a school and opened fire
on a class of four-and-five year olds, and their teacher, before killing
(toss to meteorologist Robin Reed)
Students at Roanoke College are spending the night under the stars-- but it
isn't a pleasure trip...
And Governor Allen says he's a friend of the environment-- he puts his money
where his mouth is, and helps clean up a park.
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If you spotted a group of college students camping out-- you might think
they were waiting for tickets to a sporting event or concert.
But these students are camping out for a cause.
Members of the Roanoke College chapter of Habitat for Humanity are
spending the night in cardboard boxes for the second annual "Shack Attack."
IN Q=It's growing each
((CHARLES HAMMOND/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: IT'S GROWING EACH YEAR, AND IT'S SLOW
BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS, OR WHAT WE'RE DOING. BUT THAT'S
ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE'RE DOING IT IS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT POVERTY
SUPER=01-Charles Hammond/Habitat for Humanity;
OUT Q=about poverty housing
About 10 students are sleeping out in tonight's 40- degree temperatures
and damp conditions.
IN Q=We originally had
((ADAM GRIFFITH/"SHACK ATTACK" ORGANIZER: WE ORIGINALLY HAD THOUGHT MAYBE WE
WOULD HOLD IT INSIDE, BUT YOU KNOW, THE GROUND REALLY WASN'T THAT SOGGY AND I
THINK YOU CAN SEE NOW THEY'RE TAPING PLASTIC BAGS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BOXES,
AND WE'RE GOING TO BRAVE THE NIGHT, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY. ))
SUPER=01-Adam Griffith/"Shack Attack" Organizer;
OUT Q=i guess you could say
Tonight's event features music by a local singer, as well as a speech by
Roanoke's Habitat for Humanity president.
Plans to renovate the Lincoln Terrace Housing community will be delayed.
But Roanoke officials say the failure to win a major federal grant will not
destroy the project.
The Roanoke Housing Authority is developing ambitious plans to transform
the housing project into a neighborhood.
The blueprint for Lincoln 2000 would remove some buildings, renovate those
that remain and build new duplexes and single family homes.
IN Q=Now we're simply turning
SUPER=01-Dave Baldwin/Project Coordinator;
OUT Q=on those funding sources.
The Housing Authority did receive a million dollars to help families who
must relocate during construction.
It has been encouraged to re- apply when more federal funds become
available in the spring.
Site preparation could begin as soon as January on the Falling Branch
Industrial Park in Montgomery County.
Congressman Rick Boucher announced four-and-a-half million dollars in loans
and loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-NINTH DISTRICT: WE NEED THESE INDUSTRIAL PARKS, WE NEED
THE WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS, WE NEED THE SHELL BUILDINGS AND WHEN THEY ARE
IN PLACE, INDUSTRY CAN THEN COME TO THIS AREA AND UTILIZE OUR OTHER NATURAL
OUT Q=other natural assets.
The funds will allow the Montgomery County Industrial Development Authority
to develop the park, which overlooks interstate- 81.
((DAVID SHANKS/MONTGOMERY CO. I.D.A. DIRECTOR: WE FEEL BEING ADJACENT TO THE
INTERSTATE AND BEING ON LAND THAT LAYS PRETTY WELL FOR WESTERN VIRGINIA THAT WE
HAVE A PRIME SITE. WE'RE GONNA BE LOOKING FOR THE TOP INDUSTRIES. ))
SUPER=01-David Shanks/Montgomery Co. I.D.A. Director;
OUT Q=the top industries.
Shanks says the I-D-A has a list of industries which have expressed
interest in the park.
Governor George Allen continues cleaning up his image on the environment--
Today the Governor actually, well...cleaned.
Allen mucked through a swampy park near Richmond this morning as part of his
Fall River Renaissance volunteer effort.
IN Q=The need
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE NEED FOR THESE SORT OF VOLUNTEER EFFORTS WERE THERE
BEFORE HURRICANE FRAN. THE DAMAGE FROM THAT STORM ACTUALLY MAKES IT ALL THE
MORE IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE GET INVOLVED.))
OUT Q=get involved.
The Governor also wants to set the record straight.
He says 95-percent of the streams Virginia monitors, fully meet water
quality standards for swimming, fishing, and aquatic life.
The national average is only about 60-percent.
More NEWS-7 PRimetime straight ahead-- including a preview of tomorrow's
National Depression Screening Day--
Plus Patrick Evans introduces us to one man with quite a few tricks of the
trade-- that story's next.
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It's called "Physical Theater", and Doug Berky has made it his life's work.
Tonight Patrick Evans looks at this Scholar-in-Residence who may mask his
face, but doesn't hide his talent.
IN Q=Today we are
SUPER=01-Doug Berky/Scholar-in-Residence; :30
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Tomorrow is National Depression Screening Day.
Two-thousand sites around the country will be offering free education and
screening for depression.
It's a cause that's even rallied the soap opera world.
IN Q=We have a problem
SUPER=04-"As The World Turns"; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Ann Marie Woo-Ming/Psychiatrist; :32
SUPER=01-Diane Kelly/Mental Health Association; :56
OUT Q= of their symptoms
IN Q=We have a
((WE HAVE A PROBLEM HERE MIKE, NO I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM, I JUST HAVE A LOT OF
WORK TO DO. OK FINE, THEN I HAVE THE PROBLEM, BUT I NEED YOUR HELP SOLVING
OUT Q=solving it.
Problems for Sarah Kasnov come and go with the stroke of a writer's pen.
But in real life, it's never so easy.
So actress Lisa Lawrence, and her "As The World Turns" cast-mate, actor
Kerr Smith want to get the message out to their viewers who might be suffering
from depression that help is available.
The experts say many people aren't even aware they're depressed, because
they don't recognize the symptoms.
((DR. ANN MARIE WOO-MING/PSYCHIATRIST: DEPRESSION CAN BEST BE DESCRIBED AS A
SENSE OF NOT HAVING ANY ENJOYMENT IN LIFE. SO THE THINGS THAT NORMALLY WOULD
HAVE GOTTEN YOU HOPEFUL AND JOYFUL ARE JUST NOT THERE ANYMORE. ))
OUT Q=there anymore
Other symptoms can include sleeping too much or too little.
Lack of an appetite, or overeating.
Feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless.
And at the extreme, feeling suicidal.
IN Q=Treatment for
((DIANE KELLY/MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION OFTEN
CONSISTS OF BOTH MEDICATION AND SOME PSYCHOTHERAPY. USUALLY BRIEF TALK
THERAPIES. SOME PEOPLE ARE ALSO HELPED SIGNIFICANTLY BY PARTICIPATING IN
SUPPORT GROUPS. EASILY 80% OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEPRESSION AND SEEK TREATMENT CAN
GET SIGNIFICANT RELIEF OF THEIR SYMPTOMS.))
OUT Q=of their symptoms.
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If you want more information on sites for tomorrow's free screenings, call
the Mental Health Association of Roanoke Valley at 540-344-0931.
If you're outside the area call 1-800-573-4433-- that's the national
If you've got a midnight snack on your mind tonight, you might just like to
nibble on this one.
SUPER=03-New York; :
Our video pick today comes from Manhattan's South Street Seaport, where
Kraft Foods created the world's largest grilled cheese sandwich...using
They used 32-thousand of the new reduced fat singles-- obviously a
publicity stunt for the new product.
And publicity is what they got....and some.
The sandwich weighed about three-thousand pounds by the time they
GRAPHIC=HOMETOWN - BIG SCREEN
The Orioles lose a tough one to the Yanks in extra innings. I'll show you the
game winning homer.
Plus, We'll check in with Rick Mast and meet his one week old twin daughters.
But first, more news from Tech that the Hokies did not KNEE-D!
Ace Custis is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow at
Montgomery Regional hospital.
The senior forward hurt his LEFT knee on September 19th during a conditioning
drill, but at the time it was thought to be just a lateral sprain.
However, increased swelling has forced DOCTORS to opt for surgery.
Ace could be ready for practice in a just two weeks if all goes well and no
major damage is discovered.
The rest of Primetime sports is straight ahead.
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The Baltimore Orioles played well enough to beat the New York Yankees in game
one of the American League championship series tonight, but they end up losing
the opener 5-to-4 in 11 innings.
SUPER=03-New York/NBC; :00
Bernie Williams would clinch the extra inning party with this solo blast into
the second deck of the left field Yankee stadium seats.
The homer came off reliever Randy Myers, and its Williams fourth homer in
five postseason games.
Myers gets the loss. Game two is set for tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in the National League championship series the Braves ____
the Cardinals ___ to ___ in game one.
The Winston Cup circuit is off this week and that means plenty of extra time
for Rick Mast to polish up his diaper changing skills.
Roy Stanley and photographer Lynn Eller visited Rick and his wife Sharon
today to give us all an up close at the couple's new one week old twin girls,
Sarah and Katy.
IN Q="Rick and Sharon....
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SUPER=01-Sharon Mast/Rick's Wife; :14
SUPER=00-Rick Mast/Proud Papa; :42
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
Last night it looked like NBA rookie Marcus Camby would be the NBA's latest
training casualty as he was limping around with a bad foot.
In fact it was feared that Camby had broken his right ankle and foot during a
team scrimmage on Sunday.
But an MRI exam today turned up negative. He just has sprain and is day to
day. He may even pay in the team's exhibition opener on Friday.
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And don't forget coming tonight on News 7 at 11 on WDBJ, Steve Mason will
have this week's installment of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
The weekly feature airs each and every Wednesday at 5 and 11, and tonight
Steve profiles one of the surprise success stories in the area, plus gives a
whirlwind tour of southwest and central Virginia hoops.
Here's what we're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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SUPER=77-...and the winner is?
We'll have more on tonight's Vice Presidential Debate, as both camps give
their spin on the candidates' performance.
SUPER=78-First Baptist Church;
Plus Larry Dowdy takes us to First Baptist Church-- 35 years after Doctor
Charles Fuller took the pulpit before the Roanoke congregation.
NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7 is just 30-minutes away. Thanks for watching NEWS-7
Have a good night.