(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
IS THERE JUSTICE FOR JUSTICE HOUSE? THE QUESTION IN COURT TODAY WAS WHO
OWNS THE CONDEMNED LOW INCOME APARTMENT BUILDING.
A CHAIN-GANG OF "TAX SLAVES" FLANKED BY LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE JAY
RUTLEDGE MAKES ITS MARK ON DOWNTOWN ROANOKE.))
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Tonight is Thursday, October 31st-- our TOP STORY--
A Roanoke woman claims she was fired because she had a baby--now the
Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether it was sexual discrimination.
This is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
SS=va supreme court
Lisa Bailey was in Richmond today putting the state's law to the test.
Bailey was fired from her job at the Cloverdale equipment rental firm of
Scott-Gallaher Incorporated after missing eleven weeks of work during her
She says she was told her place was at home with her baby.
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((LISA BAILEY: I DO KNOW OF OTHER CASES AND STUFF. BUT I'M JUST AMAZED THAT
IN THIS DAY AND TIME... DISCRIMINATION THING.))
((CLINTON MORSE/SCOTT- GALLAHER, INC. ATTORNEY: WE ABSOLUTELY DENY THE
ALLEGATIONS SHE MADE. AND OF COURSE THIS IS NOT THE TIME OR THE PLACE TO
EXPLAIN OUR SIDE OF THE STORY.))
SUPER=07-Lisa Bailey; :00
SUPER=01-Clinton Morse/Scott-Gallaher, Inc. Attorney; :14
OUT Q=the story.
The company argues Virginia's sexual discrimination laws don't apply to
pregnant women or mothers.
The state Supreme Court is NOT deciding the merits of Bailey's case-- just
whether those laws apply.
A decision will come in a few months.
(OPEN OPEN OPEN)
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Both flight recorders have been recovered from the wreckage of a Brazilian
jetliner that crashed after takeoff today on Sao Paulo (SOW)
All 95 people aboard the plane died, including at least three Americans--
as well as others on the ground.
Flames engulfed apartments, homes and cars, and bodies have been pulled
from the rubble.
Officials say the death toll is likely to rise.
An accident at a busy interchange in Roanoke this afternoon...but
authorities almost couldn't find it.
State police say a truck ran off an exit ramp at Orange Avenue and 581
The truck went into the median and struck a concrete drain, killing the
driver, 40-year-old Benny Joe Brant.
A passing motorist called in the accident, and police went to check it out.
They didn't see it the first time around, but after checking again a few
minutes later, they found it.
State police say it appears Brant suffered a fatal heart attack before the
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It's been boarded up nearly a year--but soon we may finally find out who
is responsible for Roanoke's Justice House.
Last October, dozens of low- income families lost electricity and water.
They were eventually forced out of the apartment building because the city
deemed it unsafe.
This morning at a court hearing, members of the the Mennonite Board of
Missions said they thought the property had been sold to co- founder David
Hayden and Justice House tenants.
But that deal was never finalized because the deed was never signed.
Nonetheless, Hayden thought he left Justice House in the hands of Roanoke
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((DAVID HAYDEN/JUSTICE HOUSE CO- FOUNDER: THE DISCUSSION WAS WITH R.A.M. AND
THEY WERE TO OFFER A SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR THE WORK. I ACTUALLY SIGNED A
WRITTEN AGREEMENT WITH THEM THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE MY PRESENCE THERE AT THEIR
REQUEST. THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND ABOUT THAT AND THE BUILDING CLOSED DOWN. ))
SUPER=01-David Hayden/Justice House Co-Founder;
OUT Q=closed down
An ownership decision is expected in a few weeks.
(TOSS TO ROBIN REED)
With a Legionnaires' Disease outbreak in the New River Valley-- we'll have
some tips to help prevent the bacteria from growing--
And talk show host Jenny Jones was ANSWERING the questions today on the
go to break
A bed shortage at Carilion's Roanoke Memorial and Community Hospitals
earlier this week did not harm patients according to hospital and EMS
David Hoback says this is the first time two hospitals have had a bed
shortage at one time, but he does not believe this will be an ongoing problem.
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((DAVID HOBACK/ROANOKE FIRE-EMS: IT WAS NOT A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION. WE HAD
SOME PATIENTS DEFERRED TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL AND THEY WERE TRANSPORTED WITHOUT
PROBLEMS... NO ADDITIONAL INJURY AS A RESULT OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-David Hoback/Roanoke Fire-EMS;
OUT Q=result of it.
Hospital officials say diverting patients is not uncommon--in fact it's been
done by every facility in this area.
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((DR. RICHARD SURRUSCO/CARILION MEDICAL DIRECTOR: WE'RE IN A PEAK CENSUS TIME
AND WE'RE GOING TO INSURE THAT OUR PATIENTS DON'T BEAR THE BURDEN OF RESOURCES
NOT MATCHING DEMAND. WE WILL CARE FOR YOU AT THE FACILITIES WHERE WE CAN AND
WE INSURE THAT IF WE CAN'T MEET YOUR NEEDS WE WILL TRANSPORT YOU TO A FACILITY
THAT CAN. ))
SUPER=01-Dr.Richard Surrusco/Carilion Medical Director;
OUT Q=facility that can.
In the temporary shortage earlier this week, it was heart attack or stroke
patients who would have most likely been affected.
The hospitals continued to accept head trauma, obstetrics, and pediatric
In the past 24-hours Carilion has not diverted patients to other facilities.
There are still 13 cases of Legionnaires' Disease confirmed from the New
There were no new cases reported today-- in the midst of Virginia's first
Again, those most at risk are middle aged and older men who are heavy
drinkers or smokers-- or people who suffer from chronic illnesses.
There are steps we can take to reduce the spread of legionella bacteria.
Common HOUSEHOLD sources include humidifiers, humidification systems
connected with central air conditioning, even hot water heaters offer a
IN Q=You need to
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER VALLEY HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR: YOU NEED TO KEEP
YOUR HOT WATER HEATER AT ABOUT 122 DEGREES OR ABOVE TO PREVENT THE GROWTH OF
BACTERIA IN THAT HOT WATER HEATER. HUMIDIFICATION SYSTEMS, ROOM HUMIDIFIERS,
COOL MIST AND HOT MIST HUMIDIFIERS, PEOPLE NEED TO DISINFECT AND CLEAN THESE ON
A ROUTINE BASIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District; :
OUT Q=routine basis.
Meantime, medical investigators are still collecting samples at sites all
over the New River Valley.
They're also still interviewing patients, trying to find a common source
for the bacteria.
In a Michigan courtroom, talk show host Jenny Jones has denied misleading
the public about the topic of a taped show that led to murder.
Byron Harlan fills us in.
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SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI; :00
SUPER=01-Jenny Jones/Talk Show Host; :14
SUPER=04-Court Evidence - March 1995; :21
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:32
OUT Q=BH, CBS News, Pontiac Michigan.
She's bold and outspoken on the air. But Jenny Jones was subtle and subdued
when she took the stand, in a
case where the talk is all about murder.
The questions she's answering are all about how she prepares to host
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((THERE'S A LOT OF HOMEWORK INVOLVED. IT TAKES HOURS AND HOURS OF READING AND
Just how much homework she does: exactly what she new about this man
and the context in which he would appear on the program are at the
heart of the questions she's got to field.
The producers invited John Schmitz and Scott Amedure to appear on the
program back in March of 1995.
The program was all about same sex secret admirers.
John Schmitz says he didn't know Scott Amedure had a crush on him.
He found out right there in front of the audience in a program that
He appeared good humored about the revelation.
Three days later he shot and killed the admirer.
Schmitz admits he pulled the trigger.
His lawyers say he was humiliated, utterly embarrassed and because of
psychological problems, is not guilty of premeditated murder.
They say Jenny Jones and the producers knew well in advance a secret they
were going to spring on John Schmitz involved a homosexual admirer.
IN Q=I'm not
((I'M NOT NECESSARILY GIVEN ADVANCE WARNING. IF I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE TOPIC
IS, SOMETIMES I LOOK. SOMETIMES I WON'T LOOK UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW.
OUT Q=before the show.
Defense lawyers are trying to show that Jenny Jones and the
producers deceived John Schmitz..and they're saying the surprise they sprang on
him..drove him to kill.
Byron Harlan, CBS News. Pontiac Michigan.))
Was it a publicity stunt-- or adults trick or treating at lunchtime?
Rather-- the message was vintage Libertarian.
Congressional Candidate Jay Rutledge led a chain-gang of taxpayers around
downtown Roanoke this afternoon.
He pleaded for votes, so he can help free the "tax slaves."
The entourage stopped at the Municipal Building, so one of the "slaves"
could visit the Commissioner of Revenue's Office.
IN Q=This is our
(("TAX SLAVE:" THIS IS OUR HALLOWEEN PAYMENT FOR THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE,
AND WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR LETTING US KEEP HALF OF ALL OF OUR INCOME.))
OUT Q=of our income.
Rutledge would repeal the income tax.
Tomorrow he plans to dramatize the size of the national debt.
Tonight on Primetime Sports-- the Indiana Hoosiers give the boot to their
head football coach.
But first-- vintage warplanes bring back memories to some of the men who
flew aboard them during World War Two.
go to break
World War two history touched down at the Roanoke Regional Airport today.
A B-17 flying fortress and a B-24 Liberator circled the airport and landed
around four o'clock this afternoon.
Walter Philpott, Dick Finch, and Ramsey Roland were among the first to take
a look at the airplanes and a look back.
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SUPER=01-Dick Finch/B-24 Crew Member;
OUT Q=but we were all lucky.
The airplanes are owned by the Collings Foundation of Stow, Massachusetts.
They will be open to the public from 8:30 to 5:30 on Friday and 8:30 to
1:00 on Saturday. There is an admission fee.
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SUPER=331-Turning Mostly/Cloudy/42-46/Clouds With/Light Rain/50-53;
SUPER=333-Clouds Will/Move In/39-42/Drizzle Likely/Light Winds/42-46;
SUPER=334-Rain Late/Rather Chilly/40-42/Rain Ending/Wind W-10/48-50;
News-7 Primetime on WEFC, will be right back. Stay tuned.
go to break
Columbia Healthcare hospitals in the region are trying to sweeten the deal
for patients over the holidays.
They're giving away phone cards worth ten minutes of long distance phone
calls to hospital patients beginning tomorrow, through the start of the New
IN Q=During the holidays
((TERRY REYNOLDS RUSH/MARKETING DIRECTOR: DURING THE HOLIDAYS PEOPLE WOULD
PREFER NOT TO BE HOSPITALIZED, WE FEEL LIKE THESE CARDS MIGHT HELP DO A LITTLE
BIT TO BRIGHTEN THEIR STAYS AND HELP THEM STAY IN TOUCH WITH THEIR LOVED
SUPER=01-Terry Reynolds Rush/Marketing Director; :
OUT Q=their loved ones.
The Columbia Healthcare hospitals in Southwest Virginia include Montgomery
and Alleghany Regional Hospitals, Lewis Gale and Clinch Valley Medical Centers,
and Pulaski Community Hospital.
Several thousands of people flocked the streets of downtown Roanoke
tonight...not to trick or treat but to hear Montell Jordan.
And that's our video pick of the day.
SOT nat sound
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The fans came out to hear the man known for his song, "This is how we do
The free concert was a way both parents and children could celebrate
Montell Jordan says he owes a lot to radio stations in Roanoke and
IN Q=When the rest
((MONTELL JORDAN: WHEN THE REST OF THE NATION, NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, WERE
GETTING ON BOARD. I HAD STATIONS THAT WERE HERE THAT WERE PLAYING MY MUSIC OFF
THE HOOK ON A CONSISTENT BASIS ))
OUT Q=consistent basis.
Jordan has other goals besides performing-- he says one day he'd like to
attend law school.
Tonight on PrimeTime sports here on WEFC, Indiana's head football coach is
fired, The Express picks up three new players today, and we're ready to unveil
the schedule of Friday Football Extra game for week 10.
But first some baseball boys are making big news. John Smoltz and Steve
Avery each filed for free agency today. Smoltz should be back in Atlanta, but
look for Avery to move on.
And the Associated Press named Seattle Mariners star Alex Rodriguez Major
league baseball's MVP today.
Alex hit 358 with 36 homers and he knocked in 123 runs.
Now here's the latest scores from the NHL.
wipe to scores
TAKE A BREAK
The university of Indiana played a bad trick on head football coach Bill
Mallory as they fired the Hoosiers head coach.
SUPER=03-Bloomington, IN; :00
The 61 year-old Mallory will finish out the season, but after giving his all
for 13 years, walking away is never easy.
((BILL MALLORY/FIRED AS INDIANA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Mallory/Fired As Indiana Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...its a shock."
SUPER=03-Shreveport, LA/1993 Independence Bowl; :00
Ironically, Indiana's downfall began against Virginia Tech in the 1993
Independence Bowl. Since that day the Hoosiers program has hit rock bottom,
losing 15 of its past 19 games.
That Independence Bowl win set the Hokies on a path of upward mobility in the
college ranks that they hope to continue this season.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 30, 1995; :
The Hokies have played in three straight bowls including last years Sugar
Bowl in New Orleans.
Six wins would almost certainly extend the Hokies bowl appearances to four
straight and that makes the remaining games on the schedule very big.
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((T.J. WASHINGTON/VIRGINIA TECH OFFENSIVE TACKLE: ))
((KEN OXENDINE/VIRGINIA TECH RUNNING BACK: ))
SUPER=01-T.J. Washington/Virginia Tech Offensive Tackle; :
SUPER=01-Ken Oxendine/Virginia Tech Running Back; :18
OUT Q=.....bowl decision."
This Saturday the Hokies take on Southwestern Louisiana at Lane Stadium
The high school football season has reached the next to last Friday night of
the regular season.
Tomorrow night marks week number 10, and here's where our crews will be
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OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL
The Roanoke Express welcomes the Charlotte Checkers to town tomorrow night,
but today they welcomed three new faces to the Roundhouse.
Steve Mason has more on the trio's arrival and what these players might mean
to the team.
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SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :44
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
Appropriately enough, this Halloween....the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a
new set of postage stamps.
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Universal Classic Movie Monsters.
The new commemorative stamps feature Hollywood's most monsterous
characters-- still skulking on the silver screen.
The stamps also honor the movie stars who portrayed these characters.
Joining in the celebration were the descendants of Bela Lugosi-- better
known as Dracula--
And Boris Karloff, renowned for his Mummy and Frankenstein roles.
That's it for NEWS-7 Primetime. See you tomorrow Goodnight.