Hurricane Lili is already blamed for the eight deaths in Central America--
Now the storm is toppling buildings in Havana, Cuba.
And V-M-I is asking for more money to accommodate women... as the first
female high school student applies for admission.
Don't go away, the News is next.
Scores of buildings have toppled in Havana, Cuba, under the onslaught of
The storm is lashing the island nation with winds of 90- miles- per- hour
and up to a foot of rain. A hurricane warning is up for parts of the Bahamas.
SUPER=03-San Jose, Costa Rica;
The storm proved deadly in Central America where it's taking the blame for
As a tropical storm, Lili left thousands of people homeless and stranded in
Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The first woman to apply for admission to Virginia Military Institutes's
first co-ed freshman class is a Virginia native.
Brooke Adair Elliott attends Poquoson High School in Tidewater.
Ellen Qualls has her story.
IN Q=Brooke Elliott
SUPER=01-Brooke Elliott/VMI Applicant; :11
SUPER=01-Candi Elliott/Brooke's Mother; :48
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((Brooke Elliott is a traditionalist at heart.
((I THOUGHT IT SHOULD HAVE STAYED ALL- MALE.))
That having been said, the state's highest ranking Civil Air Patrol cadet is
ready to become a rat.
sot 05:40:36 TAPE ONE
((I'VE ALWAYS BEEN RAISED TO THINK THAT GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING GUYS CAN. SO I
DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT FOR THEM TO HAVE TO MAKE SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS AND GO OUT
OF THEIR WAY.))
It was in fact when Brooke heard NO exceptions would be made that she
decided to apply.
She runs a mile in six and half minutes.
VMI cadets must do a mile and a half within 12 minutes.
What about pull-ups?
((I CAN DO THREE RIGHT NOW. And how many do you have to do? FIVE. You'll
work on that. YES MA'AM. I'M WORKING ON IT.))
Her application essay's about her mom.
sot 05:43:01 TAPE ONE
((SHE ALWAYS MAKES SURE THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCES THAT WE REMEMBER LATER ON IN
LIFE AND BE ABLE TO LOOK BACK ON.))
sot t2 06:33:33
((CANDI ELLIOTT/BROOKE'S MOTHER: I DO HATE TO SEE THE SINGLE SEX EDUCATION GO
DOWN THE TUBES. I DO. I FEEL FOR THE VMI GUYS, I FEEL FOR THE CITADEL GUYS.
WE LIVED IN SOUTH CAROLINA SO WE WERE CLOSE TO THE CITADEL SITUATION. BUT NOW
THAT IT'S OPENED UP, I'M GONNA BE BEHIND HER. AND I'M SURE EVERYBODY WILL
The Citadel's Shannon Faulkner experience makes Brooke cringe.
sot TAPE ONE 05:47:30
((I THOUGHT IT MADE EVERYBODY ELSE THAT APPLIED TO GO THERE LOOK BAD. BECAUSE
SHE WASN'T PREPARED TO GO PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY. AND WHEN SHE DROPPED OUT, IT
KIND OF MADE ALL THE GUYS SAY "SEE. GIRLS CAN'T DO IT."))
((ALONG WITH HER CADET LIEUTENANT COLONEL RANK IN THE CIVIL AIR PATROL, BROOKE
HAS 10 HOURS SOLO FLYING TIME IN A CESSNA. SHE PLAYS SOFTBALL, VOLLEYBALL, AND
IS TAKING KARATE. SHE IS THE YOUNGEST PERSON CERTIFIED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT
OF EMERGENCY SERVICES TO LEAD SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS. THE REST IS UP TO
VMI. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
V-M-I's future as a coed institution may be costly.
The school says it needs more than five and half million additional dollars
in state money to cover the cost of accommodating women.
That would be a 55-percent increase over the current allocation of
10-point-4 million dollars from Richmond.
Governor Allen was on post yesterday for the annual transportation
conference at V-M-I.
He balked at footing the entire bill to adapt barracks for women's privacy.
IN Q=Most of it
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: MOST OF IT, I WOULD HOPE, CAN BE DONE WITHIN THE EXISTING
APPROPRIATIONS. I WOULD REVIEW THOSE- -ALL SORTS OF BUDGET PRIORITIES- -IN THE
NEXT MONTH OR SO.... KEITH HUMPHRY/NEWS-7: You wouldn't go out on the $five and
a half million limb? NO I WOULDN'T. HA.))
OUT Q=no, I wouldn't.
The Governor said he did not discuss V-M-I's request for additional funding
yesterday with Superintendent Josiah Bunting.
But he DID say he wants to help, and he believes the taxpayers would accept
SOME additional expense.
The Supreme Court ruled June 26th that V-M-I cannot continue to accept state
funds without opening its enrollment to women.
One of the ironies is: it will almost certainly cost the state more to
comply with the court order.
A state correctional officer faces drug charges following a tip from a
scanner buff who overheard suspicious telephone conversations.
Authorities say Richard Quarles was already under investigation, but the
information from the tipster helped them obtain a search warrant.
Investigators say they found just over three ounces of cocaine and a pound
of marijuana in Quarles' Roanoke County home.
Quarles has reportedly resigned his position at the Botetourt Correctional
Unit. Authorities say they have no evidence that he distributed drugs in the
New York City is the latest to sue cigarette makers.
New York joins with San Francisco, Los Angeles County, and at least 17
states in seeking billions of dollars in damages.
The various governments want to cover health costs in caring for
people with smoking-related illness.
Scientists now say they now can prove smoking cigarettes causes cancer.
The study at the M-D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has identified a
tobacco carcinogen that links up with the gene that is critical in the
development of cancer in humans.
Bob Dole will be campaigning in Norfolk this weekend. He'll be joined by
Governor Allen and Senator John Warner at a rally at the Nauticus maritime
Polls show Dole trailing in the presidential race here in Virginia.
He's spent the week trying to gain support among California voters.
IN Q=And I'm gonna
((SOT: BOB DOLE: AND I'M GONNA FIGHT FOR CALIFORNIA. WE'RE IN THIS RACE TO
STAY,AND WE'RE GOING TO WIN IN CALIF ON NOVEMBER FIVE. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=november five.
President Clinton also spent yesterday campaigning in California. He greeted
voters in Orange County which was once solidly Republican, but is now behind
the Democratic President.
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Later on the newscast,
Wythe County is pumping money into a new sewer system-- and they expect
economic growth to flow from the pipes. (-------------)
And a prognosticating turtle wants to take Patrick's job.
That and more when we continue.
But first, let's check in with the weathercenter.
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Juror misconduct has slowed the
O.J. Simpson civil trial. A source indicates the problem involves
one of only two blacks on the panel, which was just seated yesterday.
That juror could be removed today.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
This jury is much different than the one in Simpson's criminal trial which
was predominately black.
IN Q=This time
(( THIS TIME WE HAVE A
PREDOMINANTLY WHITE JURY: EIGHT WHITE JURORS, TWO BLACK, ONE HISPANIC AND ONE
OF MIXED RACE, ASIAN AND BLACK.
SUPER=01-Michael Fleeman/Associated Press Reporter;
OUT Q=Asian and Black.
Almost immediately after swearing the jury in, the court announced jury
problems... Then a black juror was questioned in the judge's chamber.
IN Q=And there may well
((AND THERE MAY WELL BE A LOT OF CHANGES IN THE MAKEUP OF THE JURY BEFORE THE
CASE IS ULTIMATELY PRESENTED TO THEM AS WITH THE CRIMINAL CASE.))
SUPER=01-Carl Douglas/Former OJ Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=the criminal case.
It took nearly a month to select this panel of 12. All the jurors are
aware of the first "not guilty" verdict. But all claim they can put their
Jury selection continues in the capital murder trial of Ben Lilly today.
Lilly is accused in the abduction and murder of a Virginia Tech student.
Attorneys are trying to select a panel of 24 jurors from which to choose the
final 12 to hear the case.
The problem has been finding people who have not already formed an opinion
about the case, as well as people who are willing to consider the evidence
before making up their minds about the death penalty.
A construction worker was crushed under the weight of a steel beam in a
freak accident yesterday in Christiansburg.
Rescue Squad members say two people were standing on top of a set of beams
when they gave way.
One of the workers, described as a man in his thirties, suffered serious
Lifeguard 10 was called in and the man was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial
IN Q=I mean
((I mean you came on the scene shortly after it happened, tell me the story.
FRED PRICE/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD: HE WAS LAYING ON THE GROUND, HE JUST
HAD A LOT OF SEVERE BLOOD LOSS. WE CONTROLLED THE BLEEDING.))
SUPER=01-Fred Price/Christiansburg Rescue Squad;
OUT Q=controlled the bleeding.
The accident took place in the back of the Ames Textile Corporation off
route 460, where the company is building an addition.
Wythe County is hoping a new sewer system will encourage the flow of new
Officials say the Fort Chiswell and Max Meadows area has poor soil and a
high water table.
Septic systems are posing a danger for groundwater contamination.
The new 12 million- dollar system will protect the water as well as promote
((LLOYD JONES/RECD STATE DIRECTOR: WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE AS MUCH AS A 40 MILLION
DOLLAR IMPACT FROM AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STANDPOINT HERE IN THE MAX MEADOWS
AND FORT CHISWELL AREA, FROM THE STANDPOINT OF JOBS, BUSINESSES COMING IN,
IMPACT IT'LL HAVE ON THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND HOUSING INDUSTRY. ))
SUPER=01-Lloyd Jones/RECD State Director;
OUT Q=and housing industry.
Ten million dollars in federal grants and loans will help pay for the
It includes a treatment plant, five pump stations and 24 miles of pipe.
Construction is expected to take a year.
A couple of local health groups are teaming up today in an effort to save
It's national Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
And representatives from the Tranquility Foundation and the Breast Care
Center of the Blue Ridge are offering free mammograms at the Town Square
IN Q=Breast Cancer
((DR. ALAN HENRY/BREAST CARE CENTER OF THE BLUE RIDGE: BREAST CANCER IN ITS
EARLIEST DETECTABLE FORM IS A CURABLE DISEASE IN THE VAST MAJORITY OF WOMEN AND
THE WAY IT IS DETECTED EARLIEST IS THROUGH MAMMOGRAPHY. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Alan Henry/Breast Care Center;
These screenings are being offered by appointment only.
Dr. Henry says the response has been overwhelming.
Because of that 2 more days worth of free mammograms will be offered next
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast,
Virginia Tech's president says he wants the University's faculty to work
more closely with business leaders.
And an astronaut makes a shorter trip than she's used to.
She traveled to Lexington to let V-M-I cadets hear war stories about her
experiences in space.
Virginia Tech announced changes yesterday they hope will encourage economic
development and create jobs.
Projects such as the Hotel Roanoke renovation have generated jobs, but
Tech President Paul Torgersen says the university can do more to make its
resources accessible to the business community.
IN Q=We have faculty
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA. TECH PRESIDENT: WE HAVE FACULTY TALENT THAT IS INCREDIBLE.
I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE WHAT I KNOW EXISTS IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
AND THEN YOU ADD TO THIS SEVEN COLLEGES ALL OF WHICH HAVE INCREDIBLE TALENT. I
THINK WE HAVE THAT AVAILABLE.))
SUPER=01-Paul Torgersen/Virginia Tech President;
OUT Q=have that available.
Tech will create a new advisory board of business leaders and experts, and
an internal council of Tech faculty and staff.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer is stressing literacy for elementary school
Beyer says sixth-graders who flunk the Literacy Passport Test should have to
take extra classes until they can pass it.
IN Q=When we say
((LT. GOVERNOR DON BEYER: WHEN WE SAY WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A TEST ON WHAT
YOU KNOW ON THESE MOST BASIC SKILLS BUT IF YOU PASS IT NOTHING HAPPENS AND IF
YOU FLUNK IT NOTHING HAPPENS THEN THEY'RE NOT GOING TO WORK VERY HARD. SO WE'RE
SAYING THERE ARE REAL CONSEQUENCES AND IF YOU DON'T PASS IT YOU'RE GOING TO GO
TO SUMMER SCHOOL.))
OUT Q=summer school.
Beyer told school superintendents in Lynchburg yesterday that the state
would pay the cost of the first re-test.
But if the student flunked again and needed more work, the local school
district would have to pay for that.
Space adds a new dimension to the workplace environment.
That's what a NASA astronaut conveyed to an audience of R-O-T-C students at
Nancy Currie is an Army Major with a master's degree in engineering.
She hopes to instill in cadets the same awe she has for space flight and
IN Q=To just take
((MAJOR NANCY CURRIE/NASA ASTRONAUT: TO JUST TAKE A FEW HOURS AND TO BE ABLE TO
SOAK UP THE MAJESTY OF HOW BEAUTIFUL THE UNIVERSE TRULY IS WAS AN EXPERIENCE
I'LL NEVER FORGET. AND I THINK IT CHANGES YOU. I THINK ANYBODY WHO EXPERIENCES
SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAS TO BE CHANGED IN SOME WAY. IT'S A VERY HUMBLING
EXPERIENCE. IT'S THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE, BUT IT'S ALSO A VERY
HUMBLING EXPERIENCE. BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU GET THIS UNIVERSAL
PERSPECTIVE OF THE WORLD AND YOU TRULY GET THIS OVERWHELMING SENSATION THAT YOU
PLACE IN THE WORLD IS VERY MINUTE.))
SUPER=01-Major Nancy Currie/NASA Astronaut
OUT Q=very minute.
Major Currie says she, nevertheless, came away with a sense of the
far-reaching impact the research work has had.
There's a weather forecasting turtle in Salt Lake City, Utah-- and he's good
enough to get one city official to fix his budget to include early snow removal
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;
E.T.'s owner says he's been packing the food away all summer preparing for a
Last summer E.T. apparently hardly ate at all-- and the first snow did NOT
come until January.
This year he's been eating twice daily all summer. SO, his owner, who works
for Salt Lake Public Works has adjusted his budget to provide snow removal for
November and December of this year.
SUPER=330-Showers/Then Ending/40-45/Cloudy/Blustery & Chilly/50-54;
SUPER=331-Showers & Storms/Ending Late/44-48/Cloudy Breezy/& Cool/50-54;
SUPER=332-Cloudy/with Showers/38-42/Cloudy/Cold & Windy/44-48;
SUPER=333-Rain/Tapering Off/36-40/Cloudy/& Blustery/42-46;
SUPER=334-Showers/and Colder/34-38/Cloudy/Cold & Windy/42-46;
The Virginia State Bar Council is doing its best to "bar" non- lawyers from
closing real estate deals.
They voted for that ban last night at the Hotel Roanoke.
Attorneys were convinced that agents, independent firms and bankers were not
regulated... and therefore not suited to handle such legal transactions.
They feel as if it's in the consumer's best interest.
IN Q=If you
((STEVE HANER/VIRGINIA "REAL": IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LAWYER, YOU'RE IN REAL
DANGER IN ONE OF THOSE TRANSACTIONS. ))
((HANER: THERE'S VIRTUALLY NO REGULATION OF THIS INDUSTRY. LAWYERS ARE HEAVILY
REGULATED. IF A LAWYER DOES YOUR CLOSING, AT LEAST YOU'VE GOT SOME ONE TO
COMPLAIN TO. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Haner/Virginia R.E.A.L.;
OUT Q=complain to
Those opposed to the decision accuse attorneys of trying to monopolize the
real estate market.
IN Q=This is
((J.R. HIPPLE/CHOICE IN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS: THIS IS NOT ABOUT
CONSUMER PROTECTION. THIS IS ABOUT THE ECONOMIC INTEREST OF A VERY SMALL GROUP
OF REAL ESTATE LAWYERS. THEY'RE CALLED VIRGINIA REAL AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT
REALLY STARTED THIS. ))
OUT Q=started this
Hipple says the average consumer saves more than 40- percent on a house
closing when a non- lawyer is used.
The Bar Council will make its recommendation to the state Supreme Court in
the coming months.
Stock prices are showing a decided lack of direction this morning.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 5 points.
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The day's sports are on deck--
When we come back, Patrick has
National League Highlights of the Atlanta Braves game 7 victory.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
TAPE#=net (edit of S6-22 & 04na)
GRAPHIC=NL championship series
The Comeback is complete and the World series match up is set. Atlanta will
meet New York.
The Braves won the the national league pennant in style, beating St. Louis
by two touchdowns!!
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX; :00
The Braves are the first national league team to come back from a three
games to one hole and win the championship series.
Atlanta is the 9th team to turn the trick in the post season and the third
to do it against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Braves beat the Cardinals 15 SUPER=35-Atlanta/=15/St. Louis/==0;
to nothing in game 7 of the N-L championship series.
Javy Lopez was named the Most Valuable Player of the N-L-C-S.
Lopez batted .542 with two homers and six r-b-i's in the series.
The Braves catcher tied N-L-C-S marks with four hits in Game Five and 13
hits in the series.
The Braves will meet the New York Yankees in game one of the World Series
The Express lost to the Knoxville Cherokees 6-4 last night in Roanoke's
E-C-H-L season opener.
Knoxville scored just 20 ticks into the game.
Tim Christian scored the first goal of the season for the Express about half
way through the first period.
Bobby Brown, one of two players sent to Roanoke by Calgary, had a hat trick
in the Express's losing effort.
Week eight of Friday Football Extra is here and we will bring hard hitting
highlights from 14 games, many of which have interesting District implications.
Here's a look at the menu.
IN Q=FIRST TEAM
OUT Q=....LAST TEAM."
For those of you who like to get to bed early, you can tune into News 7
in your area.
Prime Time on W-E-F-C at 10. Check your local cable listings for the station