On the News at Six tonight:
Two more people stricken with Legionnaires Disease... even as health
officials begin to determine the source of the problem.
And a penny for your sweat.
We'll visit a middle school trying to come up with 2 and a half million
In sports, the Charlotte Checkers will visit the Roundhouse tonight,
another big night of High School Football,
and Virginia Tech and Virginia get ready for big football games this
Just in time for the weekend, cold and wet weather. For more on the
forecast and our monthly weather almanac, stay tuned.
The number of Legionnaires Disease cases in the New River Valley has risen
Officials confirmed two more cases today, a man and woman, both in stable
condition at Radford Community Hospital.
But Tracy Altizer reports there IS progress in the investigation into the
cause of the outbreak.
IN Q=After extensive interviews
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Dir.; :12
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((After extensive interviews with the Legionnaires patients, the New River
Health District Director says officials have formulated some ideas of how the
patients MAY have picked up the Legionella bacteria.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: WE CERTAINLY HAVE SOME THEORIES
OR BELIEF OR SUSPICION AFTER WE'VE DONE THESE IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS THAT THERE IS
SOME LINKAGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCE AS A CAUSE FOR THIS OUTBREAK. ))
Still, Hershey emphasizes that sightings of the medical teams as they
continue collecting samples at various locations should not be cause for alarm.
((JUST BECAUSE WE MAY BE IN A CERTAIN PLACE OF BUSINESS OR CERTAIN LOCATION
DOING THIS DOESN'T NECESSARILY IMPLICATE THAT BUSINESS OR THAT SPECIFIC PLACE.
Hershey also says all of the cases appear to have occurred up to two and a
half weeks ago...even the newly- confirmed patients were already hospitalized
with pneumonia when they were tested as a result of the outbreak. Tracy
Altizer, News 7.))
A man was found dead in a church in Salem yesterday.
The body was inside the Tabernacle Baptist Church on East Main Street.
Police say the man had been dead about two days.
Police do NOT suspect foul play, but they do need some help identifying him.
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He was white, between 25 and 30.
His height: about six feet.
He had brown hair and brown eyes.
He was wearing a black T-shirt, cloth shorts and black tennis shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Salem Police.
Bob Dole's national chances for victory may be slim, but his supporters say
the GOP will still take Virginia.
That was the word from Governor George Allen and Attorney General Jim
Gilmore who are canvassing the state, stumping for Republican candidates.
At a stop in Lynchburg today, Allen said the character of the presidential
candidates still matters to Virginians.
IN Q=So you compare
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: SO YOU COMPARE BOB DOLE'S RECORD OF TRUSTWORTHINESS, OF
CHARACTER IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE AS WELL AS HIS PUBLIC LIFE, I THINK THAT THE
MAJORITY OF VIRGINIANS WILL BE GOING FOR BOB DOLE AND WILL REJECT PEOPLE WHO
WILL NOT TELL THEM THE TRUTH.))
OUT Q=tell them the truth.
After an overnight stay in Danville, Allen and Gilmore will visit Roanoke
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GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
Democratic Senate Candidate Mark Warner may also be facing long odds in his
bid to unseat Republican John Warner.
But today in Roanoke, he insisted his own polls tell a different story.
Mark Warner campaigned on the city market with 6th district congressional
candidate Jeff Grey.
Warner said a new poll conducted by his campaign shows him trailing John
Warner by six points.
IN Q=And let me tell John Warner
((MARK WARNER/D- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: AND LET ME TELL JOHN WARNER, HE AIN'T
SEEN NOTHING YET. WE'RE DOWN TO 96 HOURS. I'M GOING TO KEEP TALKING AND
FIGHTING AND SPENDING AND WHATEVER ELSE IT TAKES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WIN ON
OUT Q=that we win on election day.
Warner also rallied supporters in Danville and Martinsville today, before
heading to Virginia Beach for the final debate of the campaign.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--when you buy your Christmas stamps this year,
you'll be bringing home a little piece of Virginia art.
Plus a penny at a time--students hope to raise enough to pay for some
improvements to their school.
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A Roanoke man is accused of dousing a popular downtown bar with gasoline.
Authorities say 21 year old Larry Hicks was spotted at about two a-m pouring
gas on a back door and walls of Corned Beef and Company. He left the scene when
a worker confronted him.
Police say Hicks had been in the restaurant earlier in the evening and
was asked to leave after he had a fight with another customer.
A gas can and matches were found in Hicks car. There was no fire at the
What would it take to get you to eliminate your own job?
Say the boss wants to know how to justify getting rid of you... and he
wants YOU to make a case for it.
That's what they're doing at G-E Drive Systems in Salem.
Without offering any incentives beyond normal retirement benefits, the
Company has announced a "Voluntary Job Elimination Program."
The human resource director says it's not really a "program," and not really
an "announcement of anything new."
The letter to Salaried Employees from General Manager Russ Shade one week
ago speaks for itself. It's a cost- saving measure "aimed at those employees
who can suggest how to eliminate their job."
Applicants must sign a statement that says: "...I understand that my job
will be eliminated, with any remaining work assigned to others and I will be
removed from the payroll."
Human Resource Manager Mike Allee says it would appeal to employees who are
close to retirement or may have a job opportunity elsewhere and want to collect
The Drive Systems plant has about 11-hundred salaried workers.
It's too soon to tell, Allee says, how many people might apply.
Governor George Allen has lost a battle with the General Assembly for
broader veto powers.
SS=Virginia Supreme Court
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled today the argument of Republicans Allen and
Attorney General Jim Gilmore "had no merit."
Allen had these comments after hearing the ruling.
IN Q=I will
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WILL CONTINUE TO USE WHATEVER WAYS I CAN TO REDUCE
WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND MAKE SURE THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY IS NOT BEING
SQUANDERED ON PORK BARREL PROJECTS OR PROJECTS THAT ARE NOT OF HIGH PRIORITY,
OR WHERE THERE'S NOT COMPETITIVE BIDDING FOR IT.))
OUT Q=for it.
Three of Allen's five vetoes in last year's disputed budget were aimed at
the Roanoke Valley.
Roanoke's College of Health Sciences, inmate services provider Virginia
CARES, and Roanoke County's Rusco Incorporated all lost direct state aid the
legislature had approved.
Those vetoes will stand.
Vinton Delegate Dick Cranwell considered them a political slap.
Democrats, including Cranwell, said today the fight over veto powers could
have been resolved without an expensive court battle.
One BILLION new Christmas stamps went on sale today.
Governor George Allen says they're like mini-advertisements for Virginia
After all, the stamps are adapted from a painting at the Virginia Museum of
Fine Arts in Richmond.
IN Q=It would
((HENRY PANKEY/U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: IT WOULD BE VERY BUSY IF WE TRIED TO PUT
THE ENTIRE PICTURE ON THE STAMP AND WE THOUGHT WE CAUGHT THE PARTICULAR ESSENCE
OF THAT PICTURE BY FOCUSING IN ON THE MADONNA AND CHILD. AND WE NORMALLY EVERY
YEAR DO A MADONNA AND CHILD STAMP. LAST YEAR WE DID GIATTO'S STAMP. AND THAT
WAS JUST OUTSTANDING ALSO. BUT THIS IS REALLY TRULY SIGNIFICANT FOR THE FOLKS
SUPER=01-Henry Pankey/U.S. Postal Service;
OUT Q=of Virginia.
It's called "Adoration of the Shepherds" -- but the shepherds were cropped
That's not all.
The first draft of the stamp had airbrushed out a certain element of the
baby Jesus's anatomy.
Anatomical correctness prevailed in the final version.
The stock market was mostly lower today.
The Dow lost seven and a-half points to finish the week at six thousand 22.
NASDAQ gained a quarter of a point.
Eating lunch in the Blairs Middle School cafeteria is a chore during the
But the Pittsylvania County students aren't complaining, they're taking
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
SUPER=01-Ashley King/Blairs Middle School; :12
SUPER=01-Barbara Wilson/Blairs Middle School Principal; :34
SUPER=01-Ashley Thomasson/Blairs Middle School; :55
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( Unless you're trying to shed a few extra pounds, eating in a stuffy
cafeteria without air conditioning, has an unwelcome affect on a student's
IN Q=Tell me
((TELL ME WHAT IT'S LIKE HERE IN THE SUMMER?
ASHLEY KING/BLAIRS MIDDLE SCHOOL:WELL IT'S VERY HOT, CROWDED AND EVERYTHING
WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE IN HERE AND EVERYTHING.))
OUT Q=and everything.
The Blairs Middle School parent/teacher organization knew something had to
That's when a teacher came up with the idea for a penny drive.
Little did they know, the fundraiser would blossom into a teaching tool.
IN Q=They will
(BARBARA WILSON/BLAIRS MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:THEY WILL TALK ABOUT THE HISTORY
OF PENNIES, THE MINTING OF PENNIES, THEY WILL TALK ABOUT PENNIES MAKE MORE
MONEY. AND, WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS TO INSTILL IN CHILDREN THE WORTH OF A
OUT Q=of a penny.
The school needs to raise a minimum of 26- thousand dollars.
The penny drive is just getting off the ground but at least one lesson is
IN Q=I've learned
((ASHLEY THOMASSON/BLAIRS MIDDLE SCHOOL:I'VE LEARNED THAT, THAT MONEY, CAN TAKE
YOU A LONG WAYS IF YOU PUT IT TOWARD GOOD THINGS AND THAT SOMETIMES MONEY
DOESN'T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE FOR MATERIAL THINGS. ))
OUT Q=material things.
The penny drive won't stop once the students reach their goal. The school is
actually striving for a world record.
The school is trying to collect more pennies than Averett College.
Students there are under consideration for a spot in the Guiness Book of World
Records. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
And coming up, Steve Mason has a report from one of the big high school
games tonight we'll look at the Friday Football Extra schedule.
and the Roanoke Express is back at the Roundhouse tonight for a game against
the Charlotte Checkers.
Week 10 of Friday Football Extra is here both G.W. of Danville and amherst
are coming off bye weeks as they prepare to butt heads tonight in a Western
Steve Mason has a preview from Lancer Land.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Mickey Crouch/Amherst Head Coach; :22
SUPER=01-Ed Martin/G.W. Danville Head Coach; :57
SUPER=01-David Pugh/Amherst All American Offensive Guard; 1:19
SUPER=01-Tyrone Robinson/G.W. Danville Defensive Tackle; 1:36
OUT Q=.......in the studio."
16-games on tap tonight on Friday Football Extra so lets take a look at the
IN Q=First score
OUT Q=....last score."
The Virginia Tech defense should be back to full strength this weekend when
the Hokies line up against the Ragin Cajuns of Southwestern Louisiana.
Cornell Brown returns after recovering from surgery and Tony Morrison will
be back in the lineup after a one game suspension for breaking curfew.
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The Hokie defense can use the help against a Cajun team that likes to put
the ball in the air with both short and long passes.
IN Q="They're going to...
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((PIERSON PRIOLEAU/VIRGINIA TECH ROVER: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; :20
OUT Q=.........us apart."
Kickoff at Lane Stadium Worsham field is one oclock.
The 2-4-and 1 Express hits the Roundhouse Freezer floor tonight to battle
defending Raleigh Cup champion Charlotte with more confidence and more
One big question is who will start in goal for the express. Dave Gagnon
was on the exercise bike yesterday with a banged up right knee and did not
The Express could go with either Larry Moberg or new arrival Paul Taylor.
Tim Christian is doubtful with a separated shoulder and was also on the
One thing is certain the Express will have to play flawless hockey to top
the Checkers, who beat them 9 to 1 in their last meeting.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....WIN THE GAME."
Face off tonight is 7:30
October was kind of a weird month and not just because of Halloween. Record
highs and a big rainfall deficit. But November begins cold and wet. For more
on the next 30 days, here's Patrick Evans will our monthly almanac.
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The Warners will go head- to head one last time before election day.
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Jean Jadhon tells us tonight the U-S Senate candidates will have their final
The Virginia Chapter of the N-double-A-C-P is hosting John and Mark Warner
at its annual convention in Virginia Beach.
It's a one hour debate that kicks off at 8, and you can see it live right
here on your Hometown Station.
Make sure you join us for that plus all the latest news,
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weather, and sports tonight on News 7 Prime Time.
That's at 10 p-m on W-E-F-C.
Check your cable listings for the channel in your area.
And of course join us here on W-D-B-J for News 7 at 11.
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