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A shooting erupts near Danville tonight. We'll have the latest.
In California- Six firefighters are hurt after they were trapped in a
stalled fire truck.
Plus it's a first of its kind- celebrating Hanukkah through the mail.
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A shooting tonight in Pittsylvania County- but so far NO motive.
Gunshots were reported at the Old Mayfield Trailer Park near Danville around
Sheriff's deputies say 44- year old Jacob Watkins had already been taken to
the emergency room when they arrived.
He's listed in stable condition but must undergo surgery.
Authorities aren't sure what sparked the shooting.
Sheriff's deputies say they DO have a suspect, but so far no one's been
Gary Wayne Barker has already admitted his part in a 2-county December crime
spree that left a Virginia Tech student dead.
This afternoon, he took the witnesses stand in Montgomery County Circuit
Court, and pointed most of the blame at his friend Ben Lilly.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Capital murder
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SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 1995; :08 QUICK!!!
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SUPER=01-Gary Barker/Witness; :21
OUT Q=S.P. N-7, Montgomery County
((Capital murder suspect Ben Lilly could only sit and listen as his friend,
Gary Barker, gave him up.
Barker was with Ben Lilly and Lilly's brother the night Virginia Tech
student Alexander Defillipis was shot and killed.
He says Defillipis was outside a convenience store when Ben Lilly decided to
pull off a carjacking.
IN Q=He yelled
OUT Q=the wheel
Barker testified that Lilly drove the group to the Whitehorn section of the
He had Defillipis strip down to his underwear and socks but was prepared to
let the Tech student go free.
But Barker then said Lilly changed his mind... and killed him.
IN Q=He told
OUT Q=and shot him
Stand up close
Barker said there was only one reason why Lilly changed his mind and shot
He said Lilly was afraid Defillipis would be able to identify him and send
him to jail on kidnapping charges.
As for Gary Barker, he'll back on the stand... as he faces cross examination
from the defense.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Montgomery
Fires are not JUST claiming homes in California- They are also causing injury.
Six firefighters were hurt today- two seriously.
Byron Harlan has the latest as fires rage through Southern California.
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A former FBI manager is accused of obstructing justice in the Ruby Ridge
Federal prosecutors say E. Michael (Kay-hoe) Kahoe destroyed an FBI internal
critique of the standoff.
SUPER=03-Ruby Ridge, ID/1992;
It was 1992 that agents confronted white separatist Randy Weaver at his
Weaver's wife and child were killed by FBI gunfire.
Weaver's attorney says he doesn't care so much about the alleged coverup as
he does the shootings themselves.
((GERRY SPENCE/WEAVER'S ATTORNEY: THAT'S WHAT NEEDS PROSECUTION IN THIS CASE.
THE POEPLE WHO ORDERED THE SHOOTINGS. THE PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE RULES OF
ENGAGEMENT, THAT PERMITTED THE SHOOTINGS.))
SUPER=01-Gerry Spence/Weaver's Attorney; 00
OUT Q=PERMITTED THE SHOOTINGS."
Kahoe could face up to ten years in prison.
It was a candle rather than a spotlight that drew attention in Danville
tonight to children living without child support.
The vigil was organized by the "Association for Children for Enforcement of
Carol Waldie (Wal-dee) says she regrets the time she had to spend away from
her children to make ends meet.
IN Q=I mean
((CAROL WALDIE:I MEAN I KNOW IT WAS WORTH IT AS FAR AS HAVING A ROOF OVER THEIR
HEAD AND EVERYTHING BUT THERE WAS SO MUCH TIME WE LOST AND IT REALLY HURTS. ))
SUPER=07-Carol Waldie; :00
OUT Q=really hurts.
554-thousand children in Virginia went without child support in 1994.
Organizers say the vigil helps children and parents realize they're not
IN Q=We just
((JAMES HORSLEY:WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO GET ANYTHING, JUST CAN'T GET MUCH, WE
CAN'T GO OUT TO EAT HARDLY ANY TIME.
JEFF CUMBO/VIGIL ORGANIZER:THE NAMES CHANGE, THE NUMBERS SOMETIMES CHANGE A
LITTLE BIT BUT IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT THE INNOCENT CHILDREN THAT ARE DOING WITHOUT
AND THAT ARE SUFFERING. AND, LIKE I SAID, THE MONEY IS ONE THING BUT IT'S THE
PHYSICAL PRESENCE THAT ALSO IS VERY PAINFUL. ))
SUPER=07-James Horsley; :00 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Jeff Cumbo/Vigil Organizer; :08
OUT Q=very painful.
Cumbo says an average of 25-hundred new cases are filed in Virginia each
month by parents with custody who aren't receiving support for their children.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, we'll see how the General Assembly is working
to overturn a law that protects its members from prosecution,
and Canadian auto workers could end their strike against General Motors. It's a
strike that's had an impact in this country.
Robin in WX CENTER
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It looks like the General Motors strike in Canada may be coming to an end.
IN Q=We have reached
((WE HAVE A NEW 1996 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT - APPLAUSE ))
OUT Q=natsound applause
G-M and the Canadian Auto Workers have reached a tentative settlement.
Union members will vote on the contract tomorrow.
IN Q=It's a good
(( IT'S A GOOD AGREEMENT, IT FITS OUR BUSINESS NEEDS AND IT FITS YOU BUSINESS
((I'M ABSOLUTELY ELATED AT THE OUTCOME OF THESE NEGOTIATIONS))
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SUPER=01-Buzz Hargrove/Canadian Auto Workers; :05 QUICK
OUT Q=of these negotiations
The strike shut down General Motors in Canada for three weeks and forced
many layoffs in the United States.
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Virginia's General Assembly wants to change public perception on a recent
A legislative subcommittee is recommending changes to a law that granted
immunity from arrest to lawmakers during the winter legislative session.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: ALTHOUGH THEY MAY BE IMMUNE FROM BEING
PHYSICALLY INCARCERATED FOR CERTAIN MISDEMEANORS. THAT THEY CAN BE CHARGED
WITH A SUMMONS OR A WARRANT OR INDICTED DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION SO THAT
THE PROCESS WILL GO FORWARD TO MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR TO EVERYONE THAT NOBODY
IS IMMUNE FROM THEIR CRIMINAL CONDUCT BECAUSE OF SERVICE IN THE GENERAL
The immunity law came under close scrutiny earlier this year when Suffolk
Delegate Robert Nelms used it as a defense for an indecent exposure charge.
Nelms ended up pleading GUILTY.
Our series of candidate profiles moves to the Ninth District, which
stretches from Roanoke County to the coalfields.
Tonight we'll get reacquainted with Rick Boucher.
The democrat from Abingdon is seeking an eighth term.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :47
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OUT Q=Altizer, news 7.
(( The start of construction on a new sewer system in Wythe County had Rick
Boucher performing one of his favorite duties, breaking ground for a project to
spur economic development.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-NINTH DISTRICT: THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION HAS
FIGURES SHOWING THAT EVERY TIME IT INVESTS A FEDERAL DOLLAR IN BUILDING A
WASTEWATER SYSTEM OR WATER SYSTEM OR A SHELL BUILDING OF INDUSTRIAL PARK, 12
MILLION DOLLARS IN PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT IS THEN GENERATED. ))
Attracting jobs is Boucher's top priority.
10 years ago he says less than a third of the ninth district's cities and
counties had industrial parks.
Boucher is proud of his efforts to build more.
((TODAY I'M PLEASED TO SAY AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE FEDERAL INVESTMENTS THAT
HAVE BEEN MADE WE NOW HAVE INDUSTRIAL PARKS IN 22 OF THE 23 COMMUNITIES IN
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. ))
But Boucher says the battle now is making sure those investment dollars
remain available, despite a movement to take the federal government out of the
economic development game.
((SO WE ARE MEETING THE PRIORITY NEED OF THIS AREA, WE ARE GROWING AT A RATE
THAT IS FASTER THAN THE STATE AS A WHOLE, BUT THAT PACE CAN ONLY BE MAINTAINED
IF THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS ALSO RETAINED. ))
As a member of a House Telecommunications subcommittee, Boucher also aims to
make Southwest Virginia a leader among rural areas in the use of information
He advocates an electronic village in EVERY community, and continued
progress in a program to link each ninth district school and college for
((THREE YEARS INTO THAT PROJECT WE HAVE 26 SITES ON LINE AND WE HAVE THE GOAL
OF ACHIEVING THE WIRING ALL 83 SCHOOLS BY THE END OF THE DECADE. ))
Boucher is an assistant whip in Congress, and serves on the House Commerce
and Judiciary Committees.
He dismisses the liberal label his opponents have given him, saying his
votes in support of tobacco farmers and gun owners are proof positive.
((WHEN YOU TAKE ALL OF THAT TOGETHER WITH THE IMMIGRATION REFORM MEASURES THAT
WE JUST PASSED, MEASURES THAT TYPICALLY LIBERALS WOULD NOT SUPPORT AND I HAVE,
I THINK FAIR-MINDED PEOPLE WOULD CONCLUDE I AM A RESULTS-ORIENTED, MODERATE
PERSON LOOKING FOR REAL SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS THAT AFFECT THIS AREA. ))
Tomorrow we'll hear from a candidate hoping to replace Boucher on Capitol
Hill, Giles County republican Patrick Muldoon. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
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Up next on News 7 at 11, the Virginia Museum of Transportation gets a
And a homeless shelter in Rockbridge County is preparing to reopen after
literally rising from its own ashes.
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Two years ago, fire shut down a homeless shelter in Lexington.
But next month, the doors of the Gladys House will open again for those in
As Eric Earnhart reports, the experience only served to strengthen the
IN Q=For Gladys Steele
SUPER=04-December 25, 1994; :12
SUPER=01-Gladys Steele/Gladys House Founder; :20
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( FOR GLADYS STEELE, LIFE HAS BEEN A TEST OF FAITH LATELY. 10 YEARS AGO SHE
CREATED THIS HOMELESS SHELTER... THINGS STARTED GOING BAD TWO YEARS AGO,
EARLY CHRISTMAS DAY,
AN ELECTRICAL FIRE BROKE OUT. STEELE AND ALL FIVE SHELTER RESIDENTS ESCAPED,
BUT THE SECOND FLOOR SHELTER ITSELF WAS A CHARRED WRECK.
IN Q=everything went fine
((GLADYS STEELE/GLADYS HOUSE FOUNDER;EVERYTHING WENT FINE UNTIL WE HAD THE
FIRE, THEN WE HAD THE FLOOD.))
OUT Q=had the flood
THE FLOOD HIT A FEW MONTHS LATER, AS STEELE WAS STILL TRYING TO RE-OPEN THE
SHELTER UPSTAIRS, RUINING THE FURNACE AND THE CARPET DOWNSTAIRS.
IN Q=when I came out
((GLADYS STEELE/SHELTER FOUNDER; WHEN I CAME OUT IT WAS LIKE COMING OUT THE
BACK DOOR INTO A BIG ISLAND. THE WHOLE PLACE WAS WATER.))
OUT Q=whole place was water
Steele went back to work again. With the help of volunteers and insurance,
the house has been repaired literally from top to bottom.
She's still short on supplies like towels and linens, but she plans to
re-open the shelter November first.
IN Q=this is my work
((GLADYS STEELE/SHELTER FOUNDER; THIS IS MY WORK, THIS IS MY MINISTRY, AND UH,
WE HAVE ALL THESE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE DO, WE HAVE
THEM IN LIFE, AND I DON'T THINK YOU BACK DOWN, I THINK YOU PICK UP AND PRAY
ABOUT IT AND GO ON.))
OUT Q=and go on
When homeless people once again check into Gladys House... they'll find
their host is a person who's been there, and knows how to come out on top.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
A large donation came rolling in tonight to the Virginia Museum of
It comes from the National Railway Historical Society Roanoke Chapter.
It held a fundraiser- and tonight presented the museum a check for more than
IN Q=Early in the
((RICHARD SHELL/NATIONAL RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: EARLY IN THE YEAR, WE
CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF HELPING THE MUSEUM BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE OUR OWN
EXCURSION ANYMORE. AND IT WAS A GOOD WAY TO GET OUR NAME IN THE PUBLIC'S EYE
AND TO GET PEOPLE WHO RODE WITH US IN THE PAST ON OUR EXCURSIONS TO HELP THE
SUPER=01-Richard Shell/National Railway Historical Society;
OUT Q=HELP THE MUSEUM
Shell says the city matches every dollar the historical society raises.
He says the 12-thousand dollar gift will go toward an 813-thousand dollar
bond issue for the museum.
IN Q=WELL, WE WILL USE IT
((KAY HOUCK/TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM EXEC. DIR.: WELL, WE WILL USE IT TO HELP OUR
MAKING TRACKS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE
ABLE TO USE THIS MONEY TO ENHANCE OUR FACILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Kay Houck/Transportation Museum Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=enhance our facility
Houck says the museum will undergo several changes next year.
She says the building will get a new entrance, a pedestrian plaza, and a
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A big night for sports on your hometown station with girls high school hoops,
UVa & Tech hooking up in volleyball, plus Frank Beamer talking about his name
being mentioned in connection the Kentucky job.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA; :00
But first, speaking of jobs, Shawn Kemp was finally back on the J-O-B today
as the 26 year old all-star ended his three week training camp holdout.
The Seattle Supersonics power forward is unhappy with his current deal that
pays him three million a season, and makes him the sixth highest paid player on
He supposedly made his point to management and now its time to play.
The rest of your sports right after this.
take a break
After getting outscored 16-to-1 in the first two games of the world series,
some folks thought a change of scenery would help New York, but you don't have
to be a baseball fans to know no group of Yankees would be welcome in Atlanta.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX; :00
But the tour guide forgot to tell Bernie Williams. The new Mister October
finally awoke from his world series slumber and put the game away with this 2
run homer off Greg McMichael in the eighth inning.
The Yankees finally get some offensive production as they beat the
SUPER=35-New York/5/Atlanta/2/Braves Lead Series 2-1 ;
Braves 5 to 2.
Braves still leads the series 2 games to 1.
Game four is tonight in Atlanta.
The defending state champs from Lord Botetourt cleaned up last night as the
rocked Rockbridge County 65-to-26.
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First year coach Susan Brown was looking for some answers as her club began
the 2nd half down by 24.
April Staton tries to get things started with the board and the stickback
for the Lady Cats.
But Botetourt is too much in this one. Watch Abby Fresh put the rock on
the floor and go to the hole for the bucket off the window.
Then it was time for a little fun. Sara Hicks is a blur as she goes behind
the back and then flips the no-look to SUPER=33-Lord Botetourt/=65/Rockbridge
Sara Moore for the deuce. Lady Cavs roll 65 to 26.
Botetourt is tied with Northside for the district lead. Last night, the
Lady Viking made the trek down 81 south to Blacksburg for a pow wow with the
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Vikings vs. Indians; :00
Marilyn Bussey's troops would improve to 10 and 1 in the Blue Ridge,
while Mickey McGuigan's tribe would fall to 2 and 9 in perhaps the toughest
district in the state.
Super Soph Amber Kern was one of Many Lady Vikes who benefitted from a
number of steals, here she converts the turnover into points.
Blacksburg never quits. The Lady Indians leading scorer, Karly Geller
nails the short J to close Northside's 3rd period lead to 11.
But the lady Vikes storm back. Samantha Webb shows her perimeter skills,
draining the trey and Northside wins 57-41.
pinnacle page full - hometown hoops
Also, last night Shawsville beat Radford 48-to-47.
And don't forget to check out Steve Mason's Hometown Hoops Weekly tonight on
New 7 at 5 and 11 for the inside track to girl's hoops in southwest and central
The Virginia tech volleyball team stepped out of the Atlantic 10 last night
in order to battle a cross state rival in ACC power Virginia at Cassell
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Cavaliers vs. Hokies; :00
The contest marks the first event to be held in the Cassell after the
building was closed for repairs in may.
The Lady Cavaliers proved to be much to strong for the Hokies and got off
to a fast start, winning game one 15-10.
Tech lost game two 15 to 2, but the Lady Hokies never gave up. Meridith
Braine played tough and registered 8 kills on the night.
Tech is now 10 and 12 on the season while UVa is 18 and 6.
The Hokies may have lost on the volleyball court, but it doesn't look like
they'll lose their popular head football coach.
Less than 24 hours after Kentucky announced that Bill Curry will not return
as the school's football coach next season, Frank Beamer's name has surfaced as
a leading candidate to replace him.
Beamer was surprised by the reports coming out of Kentucky yesterday and he
had this to say about the job as he arrived at his weekly newsconference.
IN Q="It does...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...RIGHT HERE."
Another early candidate for the Kentucky job is Tennessee Offensive
coordinator David Cutcliffe who like Beamer is a little preoccupied with this
IN Q="Well. I don't...
((DAVID CUTCLIFFE/TENNESSEE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR:))
SUPER=01-David Cutcliffe/Tennessee Offensive Coordinator; :00
OUT Q=...IN ALABAMA."
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And you can watch Cutcliffe's offense in action Saturday here on WDBJ as we
bring you the Tennessee-Alabama game from Knoxville at 3:30.
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And right before that one, you can catch Syracuse battling Boston College in
the Big East.
Still to come tonight more football, as we head up to Blacksburg and check in
with Roy Stanley
Who says the Hokies aren't taking anything for granted with lowly Pitt coming
to Lane stadium on Saturday.
After a week off, it back to work on Saturday's for the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Roy Stanley has more on this weekend's Big East game with a PItt team that
many believe is better than its 2-AND-5 record indicates.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=04-October 12; :11
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :34
SUPER=01-Gennaro Dinapoli/Va. Tech Offensive Guard; 1:11
OUT Q=... news 7 sports."
Two Virginia football players picked up ACC honors today.
Place kicker Rafael Garcia is the conference's specialist of the week after
booting two field goal and six extra points against NC State.
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And former Jefferson Forest standout Anthony Poindexter was also named ACC
defensive back of the week. The sophomore netted three interceptions, blocked a
punt and was in on a team high 10 tackles in the cavs 62-14 domination of the
Mike Gooden of Staunton's Robert E. Lee won the 36 hole Group Two-A state
golf title today in Appomattox with a 144 total.
Rockbridge County's Eric Reynolds was the top local finisher 6 shots back in
Northside's Jason Orlando was 6th, and Fieldale-Collinsville's Neil Norris
Northside was the top local team finishing third. The Harrisonburg Blue
Streaks won the team title.
We've all seen Christmas stamps- but how about a Hanukkah stamp.
Here it is.
The United States Postal Service teamed up with the Israeli Postal
Authority today- to unveil a new stamp commemorating Hanukkah.
((MARVIN RUNYON/U.S. POSTMASTER: LET THE CANDLES LIT BRIGHTEN OUR HEARTS AS
THEY BRIGHTEN AMERICANS CARDS AND LETTERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. ))
SUPER=01-Marvin Runyon/U.S. Postmaster;
OUT Q=THIS HOLIDAY SEASON."
The stamp is part of series called Holiday Celebrations- It'll be sold in
the U-S and Israel.