The judge in the O-J Simpson case is ready to toss a juror.
And some residents of a Clifton Forge nursing home won't have the chance to
be home for the holidays.
Skies will gradually clear out this afternoon, as cold air moves into the
region behind a frontal zone. I'll have forecast details, and a look at last
night's NFL action, too.
This time of the year most folks are busy getting ready for the holidays.
But it's a different story for residents of a Clifton Forge nursing home.
They're busy packing up and moving out.
Last night, their families pushed to stop the move.
Kimberly McBroom has more.
IN Q=The holiday may be Thursday
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; :00
SUPER=07-Dave Mann; :08
SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/File Tape; :21
SUPER=01-Kevin McCullough/League of Older Americans; :39
SUPER=07-Virginia Smith; 1:02
OUT Q=News 7, Clifton Forge
(( The holiday may be Thursday, but many relatives of those having to leave
Shenandoah Manor aren't feeling very thankful.
((DAVE MANN: I THINK THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN A FINANCIAL BIND FOR TWO OR
THREE YEARS AND I THINK THE STATE IS PICKING ON THEM. I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN
PICKING ON THEM AND NOW IT'S COME DOWN TO THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE THEIR MEDICAID
AWAY FROM THEM. ))
Mann is one of several outspoken family members who praised the nursing
home's treatment of patients-- and say don't want to see the elderly residents
Meanwhile, state officials explained that the facility didn't pass muster
with the health department-- and residents will have to find another place to
live by December 22nd.
((KEVIN MCCULLOUGH/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS: I DON'T THINK THIS COULD COME AT
A WORST TIME. CERTAINLY, THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMASTIME TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE
TO MOVE A LOVED ONE AND TO BE THE PERSON HAVING TO MOVE TO ANOTHER FACILITY--
THIS REALLY IS A TERRIBLE TIME TO DO IT. ))
Among the alternatives for residents-- move to another nursing home, or
receive adult day care.
But neither is a desirable substitute for those who place their utmost
trust in Shenandoah Manor.
((VIRGINIA SMITH: IF SHENANDOAH EVER COMES BACK TO WHERE THEY'LL ACCEPT
MEDICAID PATIENTS AGAIN, I WILL DEFINITELY BE THE FIRST ONE TO BRING HIM BACK
BECAUSE I JUST FEEL LIKE THEY'VE GOT THE LOVE AND THE CARE THERE. ))
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: SHENANDOAH MANOR IS WORKING ON AN APPEAL TO KEEP
ITS MEDICAID CERTIFICATION. BUT AS THINGS STAND NOW, RELOCATION WILL BEGIN FOR
THE REMAINING NURSING HOME RESIDENTS AROUND DECEMBER THIRD. KIMBERLY MCBROOM,
NEWS 7, CLIFTON FORGE. ))
There's a new face on the jury panel at the O-J Simpson civil trial.
The judge in the case says he is dismissing a white female juror for alleged
This newest development comes as Simpson prepares to take the witness stand
for a third day.
Dave Fehling reports from Santa Monica.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :08
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:01
OUT Q=CBS News, Santa Monica.
11:30 UPDATE WINDOW
Federal railroad inspectors will spend the rest of the year checking for
problems at every moving railroad bridge in the country.
The move follows Saturday's Amtrak train derailment in New Jersey that
injured 36 people.
A preliminary investigation blames the derailment on the bridge
rails not being properly aligned with the rails on land.
The Federal Railroad Administration says it will inspect some 200 bridges.
President Clinton wrapped up his twelve day visit to the Pacific Rim and is
now heading home for Thanksgiving.
The President and first lady spent the day in Thailand where they paid a
visit to the King.
Mr. Clinton also pledged continued security in the region.
((I HAVE REAFFIRMED AMERICA'S COMMITTMENT TO THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. THAT
COMMITTMENT IS STRONGER THAN EVER, FOR IN THE 21 ST CENTURY, AMERICA'S FUTURE
CANNOT BE SECURE IF ASIA'S FUTURE IS IN DOUBT. ))
OUT Q=IS IN DOUBT.
While in Thailand the President
signed a minor tax treaty.
Last week's explosion in Puerto Rico that killed 27 people may have been
FROM NOON THURSDAY
Authorities have found combustible materials on the pavement around the
Investigators initially suspected a gas leak.
In addition to the dead, 20 people are still missing.
Lynchburg authorities are still looking into how a city man died and his
wife ended up in the hospital this weekend.
A neighbor found 87- year- old Edward M. Wright dead and his wife
unconscious in their Chickasaw Road home Saturday morning.
86- year- old Maureen Wright remains hospitalized in serious condition.
A medical examiner says Edward Wright had cancer but an autopsy did NOT
indicate a possible cause of death.
Police say the possibility of a murder and attempted suicide is just one
theory they're pursuing.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on the broadcast, one Carilion employee speaks out about the
need for unions in area hospitals,
and we'll visit Disneyland as they say lights out to a 25- year- old
music up full
A moped is to blame for a house fire in Northwest Roanoke this morning.
Fire officials estimate 25 to 30 thousand dollars worth of damage to this
home in the 16- hundred block of Michael Street.
According to the owner, a mo- ped was being stored in the basement.
It fell over and fuel leaked on to a nearby furnace and exploded.
No one was injured in the blaze.
Salem will soon be home to some new jobs.
One year after announcing plans to build a factory in Mexico, Virginia
Transformer is hiring 50 new people HERE.
The expansion will focus on new business in Asia and South America.
The majority of the positions are in manufacturing, with about 15 jobs in
engineering and other professional positions.
Some Carilion employees have expressed some interest in unions.
But as Len Besthoff reports up until now, no employees would discuss it.
SUPER=01-Lisa Vautrot/Carilion Cardiac Nurse; :25
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( For the first time a Carilion Health System employee is speaking publicly
about the union effort at Roanoke Memorial and Community hospitals.
Lisa Vautrot, a cardiac nurse at RMH, is trying to unionize fellow nurses.
She says a system wide reorganization has nursing assistants handling work
traditionally performed by licensed nurses, while licensed nurses are taking on
heavier patient loads.
IN Q=I've seen
((LISA VAUTROT/CARILION CARDIAC NURSE: I'VE SEEN PEOPLE JUST FALL APART ON A
WEEKLY BASIS PRETTY MUCH.))
OUT Q=pretty much.
Carilion won't comment on camera, but since the union campaign became common
knowledge, it announced it's reassessing the pace of the change at its
Though it didn't connect this decision to the union drive.
IN Q=My personal
((LISA VAUTROT/CARILION CARDIAC NURSE: MY PERSONAL OPINION IS THAT IT'S JUST A
STOPGAP MEASURE TO CALM PEOPLE DOWN AND HOPEFULLY GET RID OF THE UNION
OUT Q=union threat.
IN Q=Nurses expect
((Nurses expect that within a month they'll be able to petition the National
Labor Relations Board so they can have a union election. Len Besthoff, News-7.
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
The central Virginia man who contracted Legionnaires disease last month has
died from complications related to the virus.
The patient, whose identity has been withheld at the request of his family,
passed away late Thursday night.
Health officials say this was an isolated case of Legionnaires and was NOT
related to the recent outbreak in Christiansburg.
GRAPHIC=va state seal
The governor has set December 17th as the date for the special election to
fill the state senate seat vacated by
Congressman-elect Virgil Goode's resignation.
Rocky Mount Republican Allen Dudley and Henry County Democrat Roscoe
Reynolds both scheduled 250-dollar a head fundraisers in Richmond yesterday to
run for Goode's seat.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer co-hosted Reynolds' fundraiser, but did NOT
attend after announcing a stance last week supporting some F-D-A regulation of
IN Q=I think
((ROSCOE REYNOLDS D-HENRY COUNTY: I THINK BEYER'S DEAD WRONG. I THINK PRESIDENT
CLINTON'S DEAD WRONG. FARMERS AND AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRIES ARE HAVING A TOUGH
ENOUGH TIME WITHOUT INTERVENTION BY THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF--FDA, THE DRUG
While Reynolds distanced himself from Beyer, Virgil Goode's congressional
seat was assured by the State Board of Elections.
A Radford man is fingered as the triggerman in a shooting that killed a
man asleep in a van.
19- year- old Derrick Chapman is charged with first degree murder.
Yesterday a witness, 19- year- old Jeremy (AL-muh-rode) Almarode testified
he was driving the van when he heard a gun go off.
When he stopped, Almarode says Chapman got out of the back seat and dragged
the body of 21- year- old Anthony Keith Rempson into the grass.
The defense claims Chapman is innocent.
IN Q=I do not believe...
SUPER=01-Bev Davis/Chapman's Lawyer;
OUT Q=shown that way
Prosecutors say with only three people in the van at the time, Chapman is the
only logical suspect.
IN Q=It would've
SUPER=01-Doug Shroder/Assistant Pulaski Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=wasn't the triggerman.
The judge forwarded the charge against Chapman to a grand jury.
A 20- year- old man made a deal in court yesterday to save his life.
Christopher James Saul pled "no contest" to the first- degree murder and
robbery of a Roanoke County auto mechanic.
IN Q=The court finds
SUPER=01-Judge Roy Willett/Roanoke Co. Circuit Court;
OUT Q=reasonable doubt.
The evidence: Saul's car was in the shop over the New Year's weekend, and
he was desperate to find a ride.
He stole Christopher Wilson's '86 Chrysler and beat him to death with a
crescent wrench and a jackstand taken from Brambleton Imports where Wilson
Saul faces life in prison when he's sentenced in January.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Next on News 7 at noon, NASA completes a challenging maneuver in space,
we'll have the details,
and a Las Vegas landmark goes out with a blast to make room for a new
Area food banks are running short of turkeys this year.
They're having trouble meeting the needs of the poor this Thanksgiving.
In Lynchburg, they've received less than half the usual number of donated
turkeys this year.
Food bank officials say suppliers are NOT overproducing, and cutting back on
the number of donated birds.
That means area churches and non-profit agencies could have trouble filling
their tables on Thursday.
IN Q=It's going to
((SHARON CASH/LYNCHBURG AREA FOOD BANK: IT'S GOING TO MEAN THAT THEY WON'T HAVE
THE TRADITIONAL TURKEY, BUT WE HAVE THE VENISON, THAT'S COMING IN REAL REGULAR
AND HEAVY RIGHT NOW, SO WE'RE HOPING MAYBE TO SUPPLEMENT THE TABLES WITH THE
VENISON PRODUCT. ))
SUPER=01-Sharon Cash/Lynchburg Area Food Bank;
OUT Q=the venison product.
Cash says more than 12 thousand pounds of venison has been donated to the
Lynchburg food bank through the Hunters for the Hungry program.
A little space drama this morning for Columbia astronauts as they
successfully completed what was billed as a dangerous maneuver.
Zipping along at more than seventeen-thousand miles per hour, the crew used
the mechanical arm to grab a satellite.
This, as a second satellite, a space telescope, gained ground on the shuttle
and threatened to rear end it.
That space telescope will be retrieved early next month.
GRAPHIC=wipe to nats
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;
It took just seconds this morning to bring down a Las Vegas landmark.
The Sands Hotel was demolished at 5 a-m-- to make way for a new two billion
The Sands opened in 19-52.
It featured such top entertainers as
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Junior.
The new six-thousand room resort should be open for business in about two
SUPER=330-Clearing Windy/& Colder/24-28/Sunny/& Cold/38-42;
SUPER=331-Clearing Windy/& Colder/26-30/Sunny/& Cold/40-44;
SUPER=332-Gradual Clearing/& Cold/20-24/Partly Cloudy/& Chilly/36-40;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Windy & Cold/20-24/Sunny/& Cold/34-38;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/Flurries Possible/20-24/Partly Cloudy/& Cold/32-36;
First Colony Corporation stockholders have formally approved selling their
company to General Electric Capital Corporation for one-point-eight billion
dollars in cash.
The sale will take effect December first.
G-E Capital plans no major changes in First Colony's staffing or direction.
First Colony employs about 950 people at its main office in Lynchburg.
First Colony's main lines of business are term life insurance and various
The stock market has been both sharply higher and sharply lower so far
At Noon, the Dow was DOWN 39 and a half points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 sports, the Cavs opened hoops season with a win,
and Denver is the first team to get to the playoffs, we'll show you how
they got there.
MUSIC UP FULL
With two ten remaining, Mike Tomczak throws a 20-yard touchdown pass to
Ernie Mills, giving Pittsburgh a 24-to-17 win at Miami.
Tim Lester scored the Steelers' first touchdown on an option from Kordell
whose T-D run made it 17-14 before Joe Nedney drilled a game-tying field goal.
With the win, Denver becomes the first team to clinch a playoff berth.
The Virginia Cavaliers opened play in the Maui Invitational last night with a
relatively easy 93-to-70 win over South Carolina.
SUPER=03-Maui, HI/South Carolina vs. Virginia; :00
And the man for the Cavs was Courtney Alexander who bottomed out this three
pointer from the left wing in the first half to help U-V-A take a 12 point
Jeff Jones would get a great performance from his sophomore guard as
he hit 10-of-14 shots from the field and scored 26 points as U-V-A beat the
Many Big East coaches minus a winning record are also minus a job.
For starters Dan Henning stepped down at Boston College after seeing his
program get rocked by a gambling scandal this Fall.
Henning's Eagles were 16-19 and 1 in his three season.
And Johnny Majors, who was forced out at Tennessee in '92, also resigned
yesterday as the head coach at Pitt.
Majors who is 61, has won only 11 games and lost 32 since taking over in
And Maryland fired head coach Mark Duffner yesterday.
He had four losing seasons in his five years at Maryland.
If you don't get enough gifts or cash for Christmas this year, NationsBank
will have something for you the three days after the Holiday.
Yesterday, organizers of the Holiday Hoops Classic, and coaches from the
participating schools gathered at the Salem Civic Center to discuss the
pairings for this year's event that runs from December 26th through the 28th.
((CHARLIE MORGAN/SALEM SPARTANS HEAD COACH: YOU KNOW WE ALL HATE TOURNAMENTS AT
THE END. I THINK TOURNAMENT PLAY AT THE BEGINNING GIVES US SOME THINGS TO LOOK
AT AND GIVE US SOME DIRECTION FOR WHAT WE NEED TO GET FOR OUR TEAMS. I THINK
ALL THE GUYS LIKE IT BECAUSE THAT'S 3 OR 4 DAYS THEY DON'T HAVE TO PRACTICE AND
COME AND PLAY HA HA))
SUPER=01-Charlie Morgan/Salem Spartans Head Coach;:00
OUT Q=...AND PLAY. (HA HA)
Walt Disney is turning out the lights on one of its long time traditions.
Thousands of people crowded the streets of Disneyland last night to watch
the Main Street Electrical Parade for the last time.
It will be replaced with a new high-tech parade.
Some 75 million people have seen the electrical parade since 19-72.