(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...JESSE JACKSON AND THE N-DOUBLE-A-C-P PUMP
THE PUBLIC TO BOYCOTT TEXACO.
TWO PEOPLE ARE FOUND DEAD IN A BURNING CAR OUTSIDE THE LYNCHBURG NEWS AND
ADVANCE--POLICE ARE CALLING IT A MURDER-SUICIDE. ))
OUT Q=murder suicide
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Tuesday, November twelfth-- tonight's Top Story
How is the Southside involved in a foiled gun smuggling ring--running from
North Carolina to New York?
TAPE# net-g from 96-79
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
Investigators following a drug smuggling trail were lead unexpectedly to
Halifax County today.
The pilot of a small plane was arrested yesterday, minutes after landing at
the Tuck Airport, near South Boston.
Sources say the pilot is believed to be part of a RING smuggling guns from
North Carolina to New York.
Members of a Joint Firearms Task Force had been tracking the plane since it
Authorities do not know why the pilot decided to land in Halifax County-- he
was apparently supposed to fly to New Jersey.
Whatever the reason, the arrest created quite a stir at the airport.
IN Q=It didn't
((BEN CLARK/TUCK AIRPORT EMPLOYEE:IT DIDN'T SCARE ME BUT I WAS EXCITED BECAUSE
I HAVEN'T EVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. ))
SUPER=01-Ben Clark/Tuck Airport Employee; :00
OUT Q=this before.
When authorities searched the plane earlier this evening they found 12- high
Authorities say these weapons sell for about a thousand dollars apiece on
the streets of New York.
Lynchburg Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide...Two people
were found dead in a burning vehicle outside the Lynchburg News and Advance
A van caught fire in the parking lot of the newspaper just before eight.
The bodies of 29 year old Sharon Gilliam and 34 year old Dennis Oxford
were discovered in the Chevrolet Van after firefighters extinguished the blaze.
But that's not all authorities found.
SOT 596-28 00:58:44
IN Q=We found a
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE FOUND A GUN IN THE VAN SINCE WE'VE
HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT IT. IT HAS BEEN FIRED. UNTIL THE AUTOPSY IS
PERFORMED I DON'T WANT TO SAY AS TO THE NUMBER OF SHOTS AND SO FORTH. ALSO
SOME MATERIALS WERE FOUND IN THE VAN THAT CAN BE USED AS A FLAMMABLE LIQUID.
WE WILL HAVE TEST TO BE CONDUCTED ON THOSE AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police;
OUT Q=those as well.
The two victims apparently dated a few times, but there was no indication of
any trouble between the two.
A note found near the burning car offered some clues.
SOT 96-82 00:41:17
IN Q=Without going
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WITHOUT GOING INTO THE EXACT DETAILS
OF WHAT WAS CONTAINED IN THE NOTE, OTHER THAN TO SAY THAT MR. OXFORD, WHO
APPARENTLY LEFT THE NOTE, SEEMS TO BLAME MISS GILLIAM FOR A MEDICAL PROBLEM
THAT HE MAY HAVE THOUGHT HE HAD.))
OUT Q=thought he had.
Autopsies are expected to show whether the two died of gunshot wounds
before they burned in the fire.
SUPER=03-Charki Dadri, India; :
Thousands have gathered in the dark, at the scene of a jet crash in India--
where hundreds of bodies are scattered over farmland.
The death toll is feared at 351 people-- after a Saudi jumbo jet that had
just taken off, collided with a Kazak Airlines jet.
The collision resulted in twin fireballs--
Two Americans may be among the dead.
The crash occurred some 50 miles from New Delhi.
Hoping to avert a possible boycott endorsed by Reverend Jesse Jackson and
the N-double-A-C-P, Texaco held a series of high-level meetings today.
But as Liz Mullen reports, it was too little, too late.
IN Q=Jesse Jackson
SUPER=03-White Plains, NY; :00
SUPER=01-Kweisi M'Fume/NAACP President; :07
SUPER=07-Rev. Jesse Jackson; :
OUT Q=Liz Mullen, CBS News, New York.
Jesse Jackson and the N-A-A-C-P have turned up the heat on Texaco.
KWEISI M'FUME, PRESIDENT, NAACP:IS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION NEEDED IN AMERICA? YOU
CAN SPELL THE ANSWER T-E-X-A-C-O YES IT IS!"
After a racial discrimination lawsuit was filed two and a half weeks ago,
taped conversations were made public in which top executives at the oil company
were heard allegedly making racist comments about minority emloyees.
M'FUME: THIS BECOMES THE RODNEY KING OF CORPORATE AMERICA: THE RACIST AND
ANTI-SEMITIC TONE OF THE LANGUAGE USED BY EXECUTIVES AT TEXACO WE BELIEVE IS
JUST SYMPTOMATIC OF A LARGER MOOD OF
INTOLERANCE THAT IS TOO OFTEN GIVEN COMFORT IN CORPORATE AMERICA.
With Jesse Jackson calling for Americans to boycott Texaco, senior
executives are now engaged in corporate damage control.
Chairman Peter Bijur, hoping to
avoid economic sanctions, is calling boycotts divisive. Nevertheless...
JESSE JACKSON: WERE DETERMINED TO CHANGE THIS CULTURE...WE'LL HAVE TO USE
Both Jackson and the NAACP want texaco to settle the discrimination lawsuit
in favor of the plaintiffs.. and they are giving the company 30 days to come up
with a concrete plan for fair hiring and promotion of minorities.
Liz Mullen, CBS News, New York.))
A victory for civil rights advocates in Lynchburg tonight.
A group know as the Legacy Project asked the city's permission to display in
City Hall a large mural honoring local civil rights leaders.
Council tonight okayed a new policy that sets guidelines for what can be
displayed in municipal buildings.
Advocates say the mural meets all the new requirements.
IN Q=There may be
((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: THERE MAY BE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT
WOULD WANT TO HAVE DISPLAYS THAT WOULD BE OBJECTIONABLE TO THE COMMUNITY AND WE
TRIED TO DESIGN THESE GUIDELINES TO REALLY GIVE A FOCUS ON LYNCHBURG, LYNCHBURG
HISTORY, AND WHAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE IN A MUNICIPAL BUILDING AND PARTICULARLY
IN THE DISPLAY CASE.))
SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager; :00
OUT Q=the display case.
City staff will decide what constitutes an appropriate display.
Their decisions can be appealed to City Council.
The driver of a Job Corps van that crashed last summer, killing one student,
was cleared of criminal charges today in Amherst County.
The wreck occurred on the Fourth of July on this winding stretch of Route
635 near Pedlar Mills.
20- year- old Linel K. Miller died in the crash...12- other Job Corps
students were injured.
A state police expert testified the driver, 35- year- old Harry Johnson, had
been going 66 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.
But after a three- hour hearing, the judge found Johnson NOT guilty of
The murder trial that called daytime talk shows into question, is over-- as
a verdict is finally reached.
We all know "Virginia is for lovers",
But how does "The Southside is Virginia's Racing Region" sound?
We'll explain, when NEWS-7 primetime returns.
go to break
A verdict was finally reached in the Jenny Jones talk show murder case.
A jury found Jonatahn Schmitz guilty of the lesser charge of Second Degree
Defense attorneys say Schmitz is devastated.
But the victim's family wanted a first degree conviction.
((REPORTER: DO YOU THINK THIS IS JUSTICE FOR SCOTT? PATRICIA GRAVES/VICTIM'S
MOTHER: NOT REALLY.))
((FRANK AMEDURE JR/VICTIM'S BROTHER: NONE OF THIS WOULD'VE HAPPENED IF IT
WASN'T FOR JENNY JONES EXPLOITING A SENSITIVE ISSUE.))
SUPER=01-Patricia Graves/Victim's Mother; 00-03 quick!
SUPER=01-Frank Amedure Jr./Victim's Brother; :04
OUT Q=A SENSITIVE ISSUE."
Schmitz could get life in prison-
He killed Scott Amedure after SUPER=04-"The Jenny Jones Show";
Amedure revealed he had a crush on Scmitz on the Jenny Jones show.
Amedure's family is now suing the show for several million dollars.
GRAPHIC=violence on tv
Thursday is "Tune Out the Violence" Day--
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
It's designated by the nation's attorneys general to heighten awareness
of the possible effect of TV and movie violence on children.
IN Q=After decades
((SCOTT HARSHBARGER/MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL: AFTER DECADES OF MEDICAL
RESEARCH ON THIS ISSUE, I BELIEVE IT'S WITHOUT QUESTION THAT THERE IS A
CAUSAL LINK BETWEEN THE VIOLENT SCENES AND MESSAGES THAT ARE CHILDREN GET FROM
THE MEDIA TV, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES, AND MUSIC-- AND REAL-LIFE VIOLENCE. ))
SUPER=01-Scott Harshbarger/Massachusetts Attorney General;
OUT Q=and real-life violence.
The American Medical Association suggests parents limit children to one to
two hours of quality television a day, and that they watch what programs their
children are viewing.
Southside Virginia, known for its racing-- is hoping to cash in on that
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
Martinsville, Danville and South Boston officials are asking the General
Assembly to declare the area Virginia's "official racing region."
They believe having the title would put the area on the fast track to
IN Q=Obviously, what we hope
((TOM HARNED/ASST. TO CITY MGR. FOR DEVELOPMENT: OBVIOUSLY, WHAT WE HOPE TO DO
IS ENCOURAGE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE MARTINSVILLE, SOUTH BOSTON, DANVILLE AREAS
TO ATTEND RACES, TO SPEND ANOTHER DAY IN OUR AREA AND TO HOPEFULLY OPEN THEIR
WALLETS A LITTLE BIT WIDER WHILE THEY'RE HERE AND TO ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY
ATTRACTIONS IN THIS AREA. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Harned/Asst. to City Mgr. for Development;
OUT Q=attractions in this area
The area's attractions will be featured in a visitors guide that will be
sent to fans who buy tickets for races at the Martinsville or South Boston
Tonight on Primetime Sports-- it's tournament time for girls basketball
throughout the area--
But first-- V-DOT is taking the heat on its latest project in Amherst County,
but no one seems to mind.
go to break
The Virginia Department of Transporation is counting on a warming trend when
it comes to its newest bridge.
The reason-- it's heated.
The bridge is located on U- S Route 60 just west of Amherst.
And here's how it works.
Sensors determine the temperature and precipitation levels on the bridge.
Once those factors reach a certain level, heat pipes underneath the
structure automatically turn on... melting snow and ice.
If it's successful, other similar bridges may be on the way.
IN Q=We'll be
((DAVID GEHR/VDOT COMMISSIONER: WE'LL BE MONITORING THE IMPACT OF THIS
PARTICULAR INSTALLATION. AND IF IT WORKS OUT THAN WE'LL LOOK AT OTHER BRIDGES
AROUND THE STATE-- PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE A TENDANCY TO ICE OVER OR MAYBE
IN REMOTE AREAS TO TRY ANOTHER INSTALLATION. ))
SUPER=01-David Gehr/VDOT Commissioner;
This it the eighth heated bridge in the entire United States.
VDOT says it costs about 664- thousand dollars.
SUPER=330-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/20-22/Increasing Clouds/Wind N-10/44-46;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/20-22/Sunny Early/Then Clouds/45-48;
SUPER=332-Clear & Cold/Calm Wind/15-18/Increasing/Cloudiness/38-40;
SUPER=333-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/15-20/Afternoon/Cloudiness/34-36;
SUPER=334-Clear & Cold/Calm Wind/14-18/Clouding Up/Snow Late/25-30;
Stay tuned-- News-7 Primetime on WEFC, will be right back.
go to break
The American Health System isn't prepared to address the long-term care of
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
That's the gist of an upcoming report in the Journal of the American
About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes,
bronchitis, or arthritis.
((DR. LEWIS SANDY/ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION: ACUTE CARE IN THE UNITED
STATES IS THE BEST, AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE, AMONG THE
LIBERALLY DISPENSED IN THE WORLD. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING HELP FOR A
LONG-TERM ILLNESS, ASSISTANCE TO ACCOMPLISH SIMPLE DAILY TASK SUCH AS BATHING,
SHOPPING OR EATING, PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS ARE OFTEN NOT AS
SUPER=01-Dr. Lewis Sandy/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; :
OUT Q=as fortunate.
The current yearly cost of treating the chronically ill is estimated to
be about 659-BILLION DOLLARS.
And that figure is expected to rise as the population ages.
By the year 20-30, chronic illnesses could plague 148 MILLION Americans.
Tonight's video pick comes from Thailand.... where the Beetles got together
SUPER=75-Bangkok, Thailand; :
The owners of about 500 Volkswagon Bugs, that is.
They came to show off their road classics-- painted pretty in
One even looked like a Rorschach test on wheels.
Another had the Dalmatian effect.
But it apparently isn't the cars' distinctive look that attracts fans and
It's also, the performance.
Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, highlights from the Round house as
the Express hosts Richmond, plus Region-C girls hoops from Floyd, and the
Hokies getting ready for the Canes.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
But first, Patrick Henry head football coach Ed Scott, who has been at the
school since 1990, plans to submit his letter of resignation tomorrow morning.
Scott,led the Patriots to a share of the RVD championship last season, but
this season PH slumped badly losing its final three games and missed making the
Now let's check the scoreboard.
wipe to scores
SUPER=0103-/Buffalo/0//Pittsburgh/1/3///Washington/2//New Jersey/2//Going To
oc= LAST SCORE
go to break
The Express made a successful return to the Round House tonight by whipping
the East Division's top team in the Richmond Renegades 6 to 2.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs. Express; :00
Fans gave Ilya Dubkov a warm welcome as the franchise's leading scorer took
the ice for a second run with his old team.
Jeff Jablonski put Roanoke on the board in the first period with this
blast. Credit the assist to Tim Christian. Jablonski's 6th goal of the season
came at the 4:53 mark.
Dubkov tallied this goal with about 3 minutes left in the first. Roanoke
went into the first intermission up 3-nothing.
The Express got a scare when Dave Stewart left the game. Early reports say
he severely twisted an ankle.
Dave Gagnon picked up the slack for his injured defenseman with some pretty
Christian would score early in the third to put Roanoke on top 4-1 and The
Express beat Richmond 6-2.
Girl's high school basketball regional tournament action began tonight in a
number of gyms across the area.
SUPER=03-Floyd/Covington vs. Floyd Co.; ;00
Rob Bennett brought his Pioneer district runners-up to Floyd tonight to take
on the Buffaloes.
Covington would make a statement quickly jumping out to a four point lead
with the help of Jo Ann Helton, who scored a game high 33 points against the
But Floyd would comeback with a flurry of points, as Sonya Hylton finds an
open Julie Sowers, who drives and scores 2 of her team high 21.
Just second before the end of the first quarter, Amy Vest would turn into a
one woman gang as she makes the steal and drives back inside for the layin and
a 22-to-13 lead.
Floyd would continue to pour it on as Hylton dishes to Jill Quesenberry for
the jumper and Floyd County advances to Thursday night's Region-C semi-finals
with the 89-to-61 win.
SS=hold tourney time
Also, tonight in Region-C Parry McCluer beat Galax 56-to-34. Andin Region 3,
Grtena beat Brookville and Byrd topped Tunstall.
GRAPHIC=BIG EAST FB
The Virginia Tech Hokies leave the friendly confines of Lane Stadium for the
final time this season on Saturday when they travel to the Orange Bowl to
It's the first of three pivotal games to close out the regular season.
IN Q="Week after...
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Saturday Night; :
SUPER=01-Michael Stuewe/Virginia Tech Split End; :22
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :50
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Week after week, Tech Coach Frank Beamer has been waiting for his offense to
put together the total package.
Well, the Hokies came through in a 35 to 14 win over East Carolina.
The Hokies used a balanced ball control offense that produced 323 yards on
the ground and 268 through the air.))
((MICHAEL STUEWE/VIRGINIA TECH SPLIT END: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((A win this weekend will pull the Hokies even with Miami in the Big East
Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
wipe to pinnacle page 18075
And don't forget you can watch the Hokies try to raise some Cane in Miami
right here on Your Hometown station Saturday afternoon at 3:30.
Here's what we are working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at
dissolve to boards
SUPER=76-Prisons Under Pressure
Ellen Qualls continues her series, "Prisons Under Pressure"
Tonight the focus is on rules behind bars and what inmates are allowed to
do while locked up.
on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
These are just some of the stories you'll see in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11