(( STRAIGHT AHEAD ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
WHAT DO PARENTS WANT FROM THE NEW T-V RATING SYSTEM? APPARENTLY MORE THAN
WHAT THEY'LL SOON BE GETTING.
PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES PUERTO RICO A DISASTER AREA FOLLOWING A DEADLY
EXPLOSION IN SAN JUAN. ))
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Thursday, November 21st- Our Top Story
A Carroll County jury spares the life of a convicted killer, recommending a
LIFE sentence for Dennis Stoneman.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Scott Prince, filling in for
The jury that convicted Dennis Stoneman of capital murder last night, spared
his life today.
It found Stoneman guilty of the murders of Tina and Steve Quesenberry
(QWESS-en-berry), even after the defense tried to pin the blame on Stoneman's
17 year- old son who witnessed the shootings.
Today Stoneman's ex-wife, who says Stoneman abused her and threatened her
family, says the sentence of life without parole isn't enough.
((TERESA STONEMAN/DEFENDANT'S EX-WIFE: IF HE WAS TO EVER GET OUT MY WHOLE
FAMILY, MY CHILD AND ALL OF US WOULD BE IN VERY BAD DANGER. SO I FELT LIKE IF
HE HAD GOTTEN DEATH WE COULD'VE PUT ALL THIS BEHIND US AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO
WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ANYMORE. ))
SUPER=01-Teresa Stoneman/Defendant's Ex-wife;
OUT Q=anything anymore.
Stoneman first asked the jury to sentence him to die.
But he later asked his lawyer to make a closing argument on his behalf.
((GARY LUMSDEN/STONEMAN'S LAWYER: WELL THERE'S A SAYING ABOUT SOMETHING ABOUT
THE POT COMING TO A BOIL AND I THINK THE POT WAS ON FIRE AND I GUESS HE JUST
CHANGED HIS MIND. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Lumsden/Stoneman's Lawyer;
OUT Q=changed his mind.
Stoneman has 30 days to appeal.
Their fingerprints already eliminated a pair of drifters as suspects in the
1985 murder of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
Now a judge has ordered the state crime lab to look at a KNIFE taken from
the two men.
The medical examiner says it could have been used to kill the Haysoms...
but some of the wounds were too deep to be caused by the knife in question.
(Yenz Sirr-ing) Jens Soering confessed to the Haysom murders, then said he
took the blame to protect his girlfriend, ELIZABETH Haysom, the victims'
(Sirr-ings) Soering's new lawyer suggests William Shifflett and Robert Louis
Albright committed the double murder in 1985.
They're serving life sentences for a murder in Roanoke right after the
Haysoms were killed.
Police in San Juan, Puerto Rico say they expect to find at least ten more
bodies in the mounds of torn steel and concrete that were offices and
20 people were killed and more than 80-hurt when an explosion ripped a 50
foot hole in the side of the six-story building.
Officials suspect a leak in a pipe carrying cooking gas.
Gas company workers were repairing a gas main outside the building just
before the blast.
President Bill Clinton has declared Puerto Rico a disaster area.
Another member of the Clinton Cabinet has quit.
Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros submitted his resignation letter to the
President earlier today.
He said he's leaving his post because of financial reasons.
IN Q=I had
((HENRY CISNEROS/RESIGNS FROM CABINET: I HAD SET FOUR YEARS AS ABOUT AS LONG AS
I COULD STRETCH OUT THE FINANCIAL STRAIN AND SURE ENOUGH THAT'S WHAT WORKED
OUT. SO I'VE DONE THE CALCULATIONS AND CONCLUDED THE BEST THING IS NOT REQUEST
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FURTHER SERVICE. ))
SUPER=01-Henry Cisneros/Resigns From Cabinet;
OUT Q=further service
Cisneros becomes the sixth Cabinet member to resign in recent weeks.
It once seemed like an insurmountable task.
But it now seems California Democrat Loretta Sanchez holds an insurmountable
LEAD over a 9- term Congressional incumbent.
Republican Bob Dornan isn't quite ready to concede... but in order for him
to keep his seat... he'd half to capture 1- thousand of the 13- hundred
remaining absentee ballots in Orange County.
The remaining ballots will be counted tomorrow.
In Southwest Oregon, part of the Interstate collapsed...from heavy rain.
This sinkhole on Interstate Five is 100 feet wide- 30 feet deep.
A truck drove into the hole- another teetered on the edge and a third wound
up across the median after hitting another vehicle that stopped near the
Authorities say all three truck drivers only suffered minor injures.
The driver in the fourth vehicle was seriously injured.
Transportation officials say runoff water along the highway- and high water
in a river below caused the sinkhole.
Still to come on NEWS-7 Primetime, the Governor talks about tobacco
regulation and the F-D-A.
And African American history unknown to many in the Star City is now
chronicled in a book.
go to break
Parents across the country are broadcasting a message-- they won't be
satisfied with the soon- to- be- implemented rating system for television
Results of a nation-wide T- V survey were released today.
And according to the report, an overwhelming number of people said they want
more detailed information on program content.
IN Q=We have
((REP. EDWARD MARKEY/D- MASSACHUSETTS: WE HAVE TO MOVE FROM THE ERA OF THE
1950'S OF "LEAVE IT TO BEAVER" TO THE ERA OF THE 1990'S WITH "BEAVIS AND
BUTTHEAD". AND AS A RESULT, UPGRADE THE ON/OFF BUTTON TO SOMETHING WHERE THE
PARENT HAS TO BE IN THE ROOM TO THE POINT WHERE THE PARENT CAN PROGRAM THE TV
SUPER=01-Rep. Edward Markey/(D) Massachusetts;
OUT Q=the tv set
The rating system that will be put in place is very much like the one used
in the motion picture industry.
It's scheduled to begin early next year.
Just back from a cultural mission to the Middle East, Governor George Allen
is expressing surprise
at Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer's latest public stand concerning tobacco
regulation by the Food and Drug Administration.
Allen says the FDA regulations aimed at stopping tobacco sales to children
would hurt Virginia's economy.
IN Q=You take
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU TAKE THAT SORT OF INCOME OUT OF THOSE COMMUNITIES,
THAT'S GONNA AFFECT HOME BUILDERS, RETAILERS, SMALL COUNTRY STORES, GROCERY
STORES, AND ALL THE REST. AND AGAIN, I THINK HE'S OUT OF TOUCH WITH EVEN
PEOPLE IN HIS OWN PARTY WITH IT.))
OUT Q=with it.
Privately, many Republicans are saying Beyer's move is a smart one.
Recent polls suggest a majority of Virginians statewide believe in more
government regulation of tobacco.
African Americans say there's a hidden history that hasn't been told.
Well, that isn't the case anymore-- at least for the Roanoke Valley.
The Harrison Museum is featuring a pictorial history of African Americans
contributions in the Roanoke Valley.
The author, Dr. Reginald Shareef says this is a good book for anyone to
learn Roanoke's OTHER history.
IN Q=So this book
((REGINALD SHAREEF: SO THIS BOOK FILLS IN THE GAPS AND ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE
BOOK IS THAT FOR FUTURE HISTORIES MAYBE THEY WILL BE MORE INCLUSIVE, AND I
THINK THIS ADDS TO THAT PROCESS ))
OUT Q=to that process
The book is available in the Harrison Museum and will soon be sold in
local book stores.
Tonight on Primetime Sports-- Northwestern's head football coach says he is
NOT interested in coaching at Notre Dame.
And the law of supply and demand is uncorked in Roanoke...we'll explain when
NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
go to break
Wine lovers lined up today throughout the WORLD for bottles of Beaujolais
Nouveau (BOE-juh-lay new-VOE).
A special delivery in downtown Roanoke brought ten cases to Lee and Edwards
Wine Merchants this afternoon.
Facing unusual demand for the first wine of the new vintage year, the store
is rationing bottles until another shipment arrives next week.
IN Q=The French will not allow
((GORDON KENDALL/STORE MANAGER: THE FRENCH WILL NOT ALLOW IT TO BE RELEASED
BEFORE THE THIRD THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER, WHICH IS TODAY. SO EVEN IN PARIS IT'S
THE SAME THING. AND THAT POLICY CREATES A PENT- UP DEMAND. AND THERE HAS BEEN A
LOT OF ANTICIPATION. OUR PHONE HAS BEEN RINGING A LOT FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS,
PEOPLE ASKING AND RESERVING NOUVEAU.))
SUPER=01-Gordon Kendall/Store Manager;
OUT Q=reserving nouveau.
It might not have been the best day for flying, but that didn't stop one
A U-S Air pilot took his balloon up this morning, and gave the principal at
Clearbrook Elementary School a ride.
It was part of the school's celebration of American Education Week.
The balloon floated across southwest Roanoke County and into Roanoke, then
Salem, landing safely at the V-A Hospital.
(toss to Robin)
It probably was little cold to be up in the sky today....
SUPER=330-Turning Partly/Cloudy/30-32/Partly Sunny/Gusty NW Wind/44-46;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/And Cold/30-32/Turning Sunny/And Breezy/46-48;
SUPER=333-Variable/Cloudiness/28-30/Turning Sunny/And Breezy/42-46;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/And Cold/27-29/Turning Partly/Sunny/43-46;
Some men might inherit a tendency for prostate cancer.
Researchers say they've found evidence for a genetic link to the disease by
proving a mutated gene may account for about three percent of all prostate
Researchers say the discovery advances efforts to develop a genetic test and
find new therapies.
The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins
University and a Swedish university.
Prostate Cancer kills more than 40-thousand American men every year.
A warning tonight about a popular children's playpen that could collapse
The top rails of Century Products "Fold- N- Go" play yard may collapse...
forming a potentially- deadly trap for children.
Recently, an 18- month- old boy in Centerville died because of the problem.
Now the company is sending out repair kits for the collapsing hazard.
IN Q=The repair
((DAVID CAMPBELL/CENTURY PRODUCTS COMPANY: THE REPAIR KIT INCLUDES NEW TOP
RAILS WHICH INCLUDE THE NEW LOCK FEATURE WHICH PREVENTS THE TOP RAILS FROM
FOLDING OR COLLAPSING DURING NORMAL PLAY WITH A CHILD. ))
SUPER=01-David Campbell/Century Products;
OUT Q=a child
There are two affected play pen models according to the report... 10-710 and
dissolve to pinnacle
If you own one of these products, the company urges you to call them at
The American Cancer Society gave hundreds of local elementary school
students reason to shout this afternoon.
((NAT SOUND OF STUDENTS: DON'T START. ))
More than 300 students at Fishburn Park Elementary helped to get the WORD
out on the Great American SMOKEout
SOT 14:42:22 & 14:41:39
IN Q=I learned not
(( PIERRE WEBSTER/5TH GRADER: I LEARNED NOT TO SMOKE. JAY MOORE/REPORTING:
WHY SHOULDN'T YOU SMOKE. WEBSTER: CAUSE IT CAN KILL YOU.
DANIEL DRIVER/5TH GRADER: THAT YOU SHOULDN'T SMOKE AND IF SOMEONE ASK YOU
SUPER=01-Pierre Webster/5th Grader; :00
SUPER=01-Daniel Driver/5th Grader; :07 Super Quick!!!
OUT Q=you say no.
The smokeout was founded in 19-77 BY the American Cancer Society.
And health officials say people are starting to smoke at a younger age.
IN Q=Hit em while
((KERIN WALLACE/SCHOOL NURSE: HIT EM WHILE THEY'RE YOUNG CAUSE 90 PERCENT OF
ALL SMOKERS START BEFORE THE AGE OF 18. THE AVERAGE AGE THAT A CHILD WILL
EXPERIMENT OR TRY A CIGARETTE IS AGE NINE. ))
SUPER=01-Kerin Wallace/School Nurse;
OUT Q=cigarette is age nine.
More than 12-hundred people die each day from smoking related illnesses.
For our video pick tonight we leap out west to Seattle, Washington...
where a couple of parachutists jumped off the Space Needle... including 29-
year- old Jessica (KLUTE-myer) Kluetmeier.
But after she released her chute... her gear became tangled... causing her
to fall at a much faster rate.
Luckily... she was able to land on the grass and avoid serious injuries.
IN Q=Right now
((ANDY CALISTRAT/PARACHUTIST: RIGHT NOW IT DOESN'T HURT. SO THEY'RE JUST TRYING
TO BE REAL CAREFUL NOT TO MOVER HER IN CASE ANYTHING IS WRONG. ))
OUT Q=is wrong
Kluetmeier had already jumped off the Space Needle earlier in the
day...apparently without any problems at all.
(toss to mike)
Mike, that seems like something you guys in the sports department do every
Coming up tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, Gary Barnett says no to
Notre Dame, we'll have your FFE regional championship lineup, plus Steve Mason
with a Roundhouse wrapup.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Checkers vs. Express; :00
But first the Roanoke Express is on the home ice tonight trying to gets its
sixth straight win.
The Express would get off to a good start as Ilya Dubkov slaps in Jeff
They led 2-to-nothing after 2 periods, but Charlote gets three in third to
end the Express' winning streaks with the 3-to-2 win.
Now your scores.
wipe to scores
oc= LAST SCORE
go to break
The list of candidates to replace Lou HOLTZ at Notre Dame got a lot smaller
today as Northwestern's
Gary Barnett withdrew his name from consideration for the job.
The man most considered the top candidate says he was never offered the job
and that he is staying put for personal reasons.
As you saw at the top of tonight's sportscast, the Express was beaten
tonight at home by Charlotte.
But despitethe setback it has been a good week 10 day stretch for the team.
Steve Mason has more on some of the keys to the team's recent success with
another addition of Round House Wrap up.
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SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Week; :32
SUPER=01-Ilya Dubkov/Express Center; :52
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; 1:13
OUT Q=...News 7 sports" (FADE OUT STANDINGS AND MUSIC.)
((The way Anzalone trains the Express; it's quite clear the coach prefers an
athlete who is in top physical shape all the time.
The teams conditioning is paying off. Roanoke won all four of it's home
games from November 12 to this past Tuesday by a combined score of 25 to 7.
Ilya Dubkov had 3 goals and 6 assists during the stretch.
The Express has had only 4 defenseman on the roster of late. Dave Stewart's
severely sprained left ankle has forced Anzalone and G.M. Pierre Paeiment to
shop for other defenders.
It's a good thing Dave Gagnon is the leader in minutes among ECHL goalies and
is second in saves.
One note, Jeff Jablonski is 5th in the league in overall scoring,
Roanoke fans got a chance to see a legend Tuesday. Wheeling coach Tommy
McVee has coached over 40 years in the NHL, AHL, IHL, and the old eastern
Now lets take a look at the standings.
That's it for this addition, Steve Mason, Round House Wrap up.))
The football season is winding down quickly and tomorrow night Friday
Football Extra will give you a front row seat for the Regional Championships.
Here are the six games we'll have for you tomorrow night.
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL."
The weather is causing problems in Highland County-- schools there are
running one hour late tomorrow.
Here's what we are working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
dissolve to boards
A Danville Police officer is shot in the throat during a raid.
SUPER=77-"Under Whose Influence?"
Plus Melanie Moon wraps up "Under Whose Influence?" a series on teen
on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, GOodnight.
These are just some of the stories you'll see in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11