News 7 at SIX tonight begins with a tale of three Universities.
Liberty makes a million dollar interest payment.
Virginia Tech's rector and faculty endorse the administration's handling of
indicted football players.
Radford's President gets good marks from the consultants.
And part-one of "Prisons Under Pressure." Is the lid about to come off?
One prison chaplain says it already has.
Tonight in sports, can the Cavs bounce back and keep the Heels on the ground?
Steve Mason has that story from Charlottesville plus, an arrest in the NBA, a
title for Terry--
And the return of the Mod Squad at the Martinsville Speedway for the track's
50th anniversary celebration.
No gentle slide into winter this year. Near record cold on the way tonight.
Threatened with foreclosure on its Lynchburg campus, Liberty University
today reluctantly made more than a million dollars worth of interest payments
to its creditors.
The problems arose from a bond issue the school made in the 1980's.
Liberty still owes investors about fifteen million dollars, but had offered
to make a lump sum payment of half that amount.
The school says it stopped paying interest on the bonds while it waited to
see if that offer would be accepted.
But the committee controlling the account reportedly never told bondholders
about the offer.
Instead, the committee threatened to foreclose on the school's property
unless those interest payments were made.
Liberty says it paid the money today to avoid putting the school and its
students in danger.
But that payment has nixed a bank loan that would have financed the buyout
The Rector of Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors says he supports the way the
University has handled the indictment of 9 football players.
The matter was not discussed in open session today.
When board members went into executive session, they were briefed by
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((HENRY DEKKER/RECTOR/;THE BOARD FULLY SUPPORTS DR. TORGERSEN, IN THE ACTIONS
HE'S TAKEN AND WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AND THE FOOTBALL
COACH AND WE THING THE CONTINUING APPROPRIATE ACTION WILL BE TAKE.))
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The head of the faculty senate also expressed support for the way the
University handled the situation, saying "whatever it takes, this cannot go
Radford University President Douglas Covington says the consultants hired
by the university's board of visitors have given him a positive evaluation of
his first year in office.
A board of Visitors Meeting with its findings just broke up.
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Tracy Altizer is on campus and joins us live now.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--Ellen Qualls with the start of a series of
reports "Prisons Under Pressure."
She'll examine the conflicts that come with Virginia's rapidly- growing
and Veterans Day: we'll take a moment to honor the men and women who served
their country in uniform.
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A Blue Ridge man says he was carjacked as he drove through northwest
Roanoke this morning.
According to police, 48- year- old John Alexander Carter stopped for a
group of men on Center Avenue.
When he did, Carter says a man wearing a white stocking cap opened the
passenger door, displayed a semi- automatic handgun, and demanded money.
Finding NO money, the suspect reportedly fired shots through the driver's
Carter then jumped out and called police.
They're still on the lookout tonight for Carter's 1997 Dodge Ram pickup
Meanwhile the number of thefts FROM automobiles in Lynchburg has skyrocketed
Authorities say thieves have stolen nearly 200- thousand dollars worth of
goods from cars since January first.
They're urging the public to be more careful, especially during the holiday
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((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM IN THE CITY
THAT HAS NOT BEEN ISOLATED TO ANY PARTICULAR AREA. IT'S BEEN HAPPENING ALL OVER
THE CITY, BUT IT HAS BEEN HAPPENING MORE OFTEN IN THE SHOPPING AREAS.))
((CHIEF CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT REALLY IS VERY TEMPTING, BECAUSE
THESE ARE CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO RIDE AROUND, THEY SEE
SOMETHING GOOD IN YOUR CAR AND IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT TO BREAK IN.))
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Police are hoping a new reward program will help curb the number of car
Anyone with information about an automobile crime is urged to call 804-847-
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Virginians elected a Governor in 1993 who promised to lock up violent
criminals and throw away the key.
Safer streets may be the result for the voters.
But for 11-thousand Virginians who work for the Department of Corrections --
and the more than 25-thousand prisoners they oversee- -this is a scary time to
be on the wrong side of the razor-wire fence.
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Ellen Qualls has the first in a four- part series: "Prisons Under
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(( We want to show you what's going on behind the perimeters of Virginia's
prisons... but for 18 months, cameras and microphones have been banned.
((RUSS FORD: THE FEELING WE HAVE AROUND THE STATE IS THAT THE LID'S GONNA BLOW
OFF. AND THE MEDIA WHO ARE KEPT OUT OF IT WON'T EVEN KNOW. AND THERE ARE SOME
PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THE LID HAS BLOWN. THAT IT'S ALREADY OCCURRED. AND ALL
WE'RE SEEING NOW IS DAMAGE CONTROL.))
Russ Ford's been ministering to Virginia inmates AND victims for two
((RUSS FORD: RON ANGELONE IS THE BUSIEST DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS THAT WE'VE
EVER HAD. THERE IS NOTHING TO COMPARE IT TO. AND HE'S LEFT WITH THE FEWEST
Over 36 months, Virginia's prison population has increased 48 percent, from
17-thousand-and-19 to 25-thousand-242 inmates.
Local jails are finally clear of state inmates.
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((RON ANGELONE: YOU GOTTA REMEMBER. THIS IS THE FIRST ADMINISTRATION THAT
SAID LET'S GET THE 10- THOUSAND INMATES OUT OF THE JAILS AND LET'S GET THEM
INTO THE PRISON SYSTEM, AND LET'S TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT. WELL, PROBLEMS
COME WITH THAT.))
Currently, over 27- hundred inmates, or about 11 percent, are NOT eligible
A long sentence with NO parole means nothing to lose.
Laura Rinier's with Virginia Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of
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((LAURA RINIER: THAT WAS ONE OF OUR ARGUMENTS DURING THE PAROLE ABOLITION
DEBATE. YOU KNOW, THE HOPE, THE DANGLING CARROT OF PAROLE WAS OFTEN-TIMES A
TREMENDOUS INCENTIVE TO THE INDIVIDUALS INCARCERATED TO MAINTAIN THEIR GOOD
Ron Angelone points to facts his department supplied:
The rate of assault on inmates is down, from 5.7 per 1,000 inmates in 1993
to 3.6 per 1,000 in 1996.
The rate of assault on staff is down too, from 4.7 in 1993 to 3.7 in 1996.
Tomorrow, presiding over a prison boom requires tough new rules.
But are some of them making matters worse?
That's part two of Prisons Under Pressure.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The stock market set more records today.
The Dow gained 36 points, NASDAQ was up five-points, both records.
State republicans are hoping to make history.
The party has never held a majority in the Virginia senate...
but with Virgil Goode moving on to Washington, the opportunity may have
The hopes of the G-O-P rest with Delegate Allen Dudley, who announced his
candidacy for Goode's vacated seat this morning.
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((ALLEN DUDLEY/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: I HAVE THE EXPERIENCE. I'VE WORKED
WITH VIRGIL GOODE FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. I'VE KNOWN HIM FOR THE LAST THIRTY-
SOME YEARS. OUR POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY IS ALMOST IDENTICAL AND I FELT THAT WE
NEEDED TO CONTINUE THAT TYPE OF LEADERSHIP FOR THIS DISTRICT. ))
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Dudley says he's running for the senate seat for a variety of reasons... but
that the potential senate Republican majority is not one of them.
He says his priorities include promoting economic development and supporting
schools and education in the 20th senate district.
Democratic Delegate Roscoe Reynolds is expected to announce his bid for the
Senate seat on Wednesday.
And today, Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer said he will do what he can to
help Reynolds' campaign.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WITH VIRGIL GOODE'S ASCENSION TO CONGRESS, WE'RE GOING TO
BE FIGHTING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THAT 20 - 20 BALANCE IN THE VIRGINIA
GENERAL ASSEMBLY. ROSCOE REYNOLDS IS A PROSECUTOR, A DUKE GRADUATE, UNIVERSITY
OF VIRGINIA LAW SCHOOL, A VERY BRIGHT GUY AND WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE
CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT HE WILL REPRESENT THE FRANKLIN, MARTINSVILLE, HENRY AND
PATRICK COUNTY AREA IN THE SENATE.))
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With control of the Senate at stake, Beyer predicts that both parties will
pour enormous resources into a three or four week race.
A day of remembrance and celebration for the nation's veterans also
provided a call to arms.
Today at William Fleming High School, World War II combat veteran Clyde
Easter said a new generation of leaders must not forget the sacrifices that men
and women have made for their country.
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((CLYDE EASTER/COMBAT VETERAN: AND I JUST HOPE THAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL
REALIZE THE TREMENDOUS COST THAT IT HAS BEEN FOR OUR FREEDOM THAT WE ENJOY
SUPER=01-Clyde Easter/Combat Veteran;
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And at the Virginia Veterans Care Center, Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer
said the nation must stand by its commitment to quality health care for
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((AS CONGRESS FIGHTS TO MAKE GOVERNMENT EVEN LEANER, PRESIDENT CLINTON
YESTERDAY SAID HE'S GOING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET IN THIS TERM, LET US ALL
RESOLVE THAT THERE BE NO RETREAT ON OUR COMMITMENT TO HEALTH CARE FOR
OUT Q=health care for veterans.
Beyer says the state and nation must also do more to promote full
employment for former servicemen and women.
Veterans Day also brought a protest in front of the Salem V- A Medical
Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and some employees
of the center picketed near the front gate for several hours.
In an on- going dispute, the group has claimed that employees have not been
treated equally with promotions, discipline, and grievance procedures.
Medical Center Director John Presley has met with the group.
Presley says he believes in affirmative action and practices it, and says
unhappy employees have recourse through grievance procedures, and equal
Presley says he's digusted the group decided to picket the hospital.
Coming up tonight in sports, the national League Cy Young award winner is
being announced at this hour, the Mod Squad is coming back to Martinsville,
And Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville as North Carolina gets ready
to kick up its Heels this Saturday afternoon.
The Baseball Writers of America have just named Atlanta Braves pitcher John
Smoltz the National League Cy Young Award winner.
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That's not a big surprise. Smoltz finished the season with a 24-and-8
record and a 2-point-94 E-R-A.
He also led the major in wins and strikeouts.
It was the fifth time in six years that a Braves pitcher has won the honor.
Florida's Kevin Brown received two first place votes and finished second.
Cardinal pitcher Andy Benes finished third.
The 25th ranked Virginia Cavaliers are feeling blue this week, not because of
the Clemson loss, but because the Tarheels and their sea of Carolina Blue are
coming to town this weekend.
And Steve Mason says the Cavs are ready for the challenge of stopping the 6th
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And Virginia Tech has a huge game on tap this weekend as the Hokies travel to
the Orange Bowl in Miami to battle the Hurricanes.
And your hometown station has a front row seat for you Saturday at 3:30. You
can catch all of the action right here on WDBJ.
Also, tonight at seven at Cassell Coliseum the Tech men's basketball team
plays an exhibition against Yugoslavia a team with four players at 6-10 or
Ace Custis should play tonight. Tickets are five dollars.
Those of you making plans for watching the Redskins play in the playoffs,
better hold tight for a few weeks.
Not only are the Skins fighting their lives in the NFC East with Dallas now
back in the game,
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The the wildcard chase is also going to be very interesting.
The Panthers stayed unbeaten at home with a 27-to-17 win over the Giants last
night to improve to 6 and 4 on the season.
And they are very much in the thick of things.
By the way the Skins now have to play the Eagles, 49ers and Cowboys in a 12
The NBA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, and today it
suffered its first black eye of the golden anniversary year
as Washington Bullets star Juwan Howard, was arrested early this morning
around 3:45 for speeding in downtown DCTERMS.
Howard was also charged with drunk driving. Police say he was in this Club
near the 22 hundred block of L street before getting in his car.
He has a December 6th court date.
The Labonte Family won the battle and the war yesterday in Atlanta on the
final weekend of the Winston Cup season.
Terry Labonte in the Kellogg's Chevy finished fifth to win the season long
points championship, while brother Bobby won the race in the Interstate
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((TERRY LABONTE/1996 WINSTON CUP POINTS CHAMP:))
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The Martinsville Speedway celebrates its 50th anniversary next season, and as
part of the celebration the track is bringing back an oldie but a goodie.
The open wheeled Modified cars that were a fixture at the Speedway until 1992
when they ran their final event at the half mile oval will return on April 19th
in the Goody's 200.
The Modifieds have run 103 races at the track, that more than any other
division including Winston Cup.
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