(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...AN INFANT IS KILLED BY AN AIRBAG DURING A
MINOR CAR ACCIDENT.
AND WHATEVER MODE YOU CHOOSE, HOLIDAY TRAVEL IS HEAVY FOR THE THANKSGIVING
IT'S WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27TH- OUR TOP STORY
HE'S SPENDING THANKSGIVING BEHIND BARS, BUT WILL COACH ANDY WARD STILL BE
EMPLOYED BY THE BOTETOURT COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM?
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Ward hasn't been back in class since he was sentenced to jail for traffic
violations two days ago.
He was sentenced to two weeks in jail for speeding, and for driving with a
license that was restricted because of two drunk driving charges.
The assistant Superintendent tells us Ward is still employed with the school
system, but won't say if he's been suspended.
Teachers at Lord Botetourt have been holding classroom discussions about the
One student told us what her classmates are saying.
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((AMANDA NICHOLS/LORD BOTETOURT JUNIOR; HOW IT'S UNFAIR, THAT THEY JUST SAY THE
BAD THINGS ABOUT HIM, AND HE HAD GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM, BUT WE DON'T LIKE WHAT
HE DID, BUT WE LIKE HIM AS A PERSON.))
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Nichols says most of the students she knows think Ward should keep teaching
Ward will serve part of his jail sentence this weekend.
Thanksgiving Eve traditionally marks the heaviest day for Holiday
travelling, with predictions of a record 32-million travelers taking to the
roads, skies and rails this weekend.
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((BEWARE AND GET THERE EARLY!
EVERYBODY'S SICK, EVERYBODY'S TIRED, IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S ALWAYS DELAYED
FLIGHTS AND YOU JUST EXPECT THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A LOT HARDER ))
OUT Q=alot harder.
Airport officials are reminding passengers to carry photo I-D's, and leave
packages unwrapped-- or loosely wrapped.
Sunday travel is also expected to be very heavy this year.
By far MOTORISTS make up the majority of holiday travelers--
double boxes Connie/Scott
Scott Prince has been checking out the traffic flow tonight and he joins us
Scott, has it been crowded out on the interstate?
(roll cue: "...12-year high.")
SOT *scott on cart*
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SUPER=01-Tonya Pierce/Holiday Motorist; :39
OUT Q=more hours, hopefully
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An Army Reserve Unit here in the Roanoke Valley is among the latest to be
placed on alert for possible duty in Bosnia.
The 110 members of the 21-74th Garrison Support Unit are based at the Salem
The unit has been notified to begin making preparations for the mission,
but an army spokesman says that does NOT mean the soldiers will definitely be
The Pentagon says some troops will begin moving out after Christmas.
And by mid-March, it expects to deploy a full 85- hundred soldiers.
Stick around for more NEWS-7 Primetime--
It's tax day for some native American Indian tribes-- but they aren't filing
forms-- we'll explain when we come back..
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Radford fire department sources say a firefighter's alleged drug use may
have been a public safety concern for years.
The question is, how long did city officials know about it?
Yesterday, Tommy Long was fired.
Last week he was charged with driving under the influence of drugs when the
fire engine he was driving hit a parked police car.
Several sources who did not wish to be identified said Long's termination is
Fire chief Martin Roberts says there's been only one other incident in the
three year's HE'S been chief.
Last spring he wrote Long a letter telling him to straighten up or he'd be
He says there were no other problems until the accident last Thursday.
State police say Long admitted he had taken prescription medication.
At the accident scene, Roberts said he could tell Long was impaired when he
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((MARTIN LONG/RADFORD FIRE CHIEF: I DO NOT REMEMBER MAKING ANY COMMENT LIKE
THAT AT ALL.
QUESTION: IF YOU COULD TELL HE HAD SOME SORT OF PROBLEM WOULD HAVE LET HIM
LONG: NO, IF I HAD KNOWN HE HAD A PROBLEM I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD HIM DRIVE. I
WOULD NOT HAVE HAD HIM ON DUTY. ))
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OUT Q=had him on duty.
Mayor Tom Starnes says city council was told of another situation involving
alcohol in the 1980's.
Fire heavily damaged a Lynchburg home this afternoon and investigators say a
baseboard heater may be to blame.
A man renting at 102 Warfield Road reported the fire around 12:30.
Rex Sigmon told authorities he turned on the heat, took a shower and came
back to find the den in flames.
It took crews about a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor hand injury.
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In Bedford County, fire damaged a barn this afternoon.
The blaze broke out just after 1:30 at Danny Simmons' farm off Route 24 near
Staunton River High School.
The building and several hundred bales of hay were ruined- totalling about
three-thousand dollars damage.
No word on what caused that fire.
Governor Allen will be going over stricter new air quality standards from
the EPA with a fine- toothed comb.
Allen is usually combative over EPA regulations he maintains are
counterproductive to jobs and industry.
So far the Governor has more questions than criticisms of the new air
IN Q=Which counties
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHICH COUNTIES AND CITIES IN VIRGINIA WOULD BE DEEMED TO
BE A NON-ATTAINMENT AREA, BECAUSE OF THE NEW GOAL POST OR THE NEW HEIGHTH OF
THE BAR THAT IS BEING DETERMINED BY EPA APPARENTLY IN THIS SITUATION. THERE ARE
THOSE WHICH CLEARLY HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE THE ROANOKE AREA, AND NOT JUST ROANOKE
CITY, BUT THE ROANOKE VALLEY AREA. THERE'S SOME THAT EVEN HAVE WYTHE COUNTY
BELIEVE IT OR NOT.))
OUT Q=it or not.
Hampton Roads and Richmond have finally met EPA's current regulations and
are awaiting re-designation for having cleaned up their air.
Earlier in the day, the governor accepted annual taxes from two of
Virginia's eight native American tribes.
Every year, the Mattaponi (matta-poh-NYE) and Pamunkey (pa-MUN-kee) Indians
hand over various game and handicrafts to the Governor the day before
This year is the three-hundred-50th anniversary of the original treaty.
IN Q=Now this
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: NOW THIS TREATY ORIGINALLY SAID THAT IN EXCHANGE FOR
PROTECTION THAT THE TRIBES WOULD IN EXCHANGE PAY 20 BEAVER PELTS WHICH WERE TO
BE PAID AT THE GOING OF THE GEESE YEARLY. NOW I SEE YOU ACTUALLY BROUGHT SOME
BEAVER PELTS. I HADN'T --.WELL THAT'S GREAT.))
OUT Q=that's great.
As well as admiring the beaver pelts and a number of personal gifts to the
Allen family, the Governor reminded the Indians he named a state office
building after Pocahontas this year.
Mattaponi (matta-poh-NYE) Chief "Little Eagle" Custalow and his family are
descendants of Pocahontas.
Tonight on PRimetime sports-- Mike Stevens continues the countdown to the
Hoos and Hokies kickoff.
But first--the Mill MOuntain Star is burning red for the next couple of
days-- as a reminder not to drink and drive.
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You may have noticed Roanoke's Mill Mountain star is burning red tonight--
It signifies a fatality in a drunk driving related accident.
Donald Ray Fuller of Glade Hill died Sunday from injuries he suffered in an
accident on November 15th.
Fuller was a passenger in a pickup truck, when the vehicle ran off the road
on Route 40 in Franklin County.
State police say alcohol was involved in the accident.
The star will burn red for 48 hours--following any drug or alcohol related
traffic death in our area.
The campaign strives to bring attention to the dangers of drinking and
Apparently, when it comes to Thanksgiving tradition-- most people would
rather gobble at the table, than gab on the phone.
A-T-and-T says the holiday with the most TRAVEL ranks dead last when it
comes to long-distance calls.
Still, nearly 87- million calls were made last Thanksgiving.
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We've heard quite a bit in recent weeks about the dangers of air bags.
Now, a report from Boise, Idaho has many parents worried--
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following the death of a one-year-old-- decapitated by an air bag.
The baby girl was in a child seat when the accident occurred last
night-- it was a parking-lot fender bender.
The only damage to the car was a broken headlight and side window.
The airbag was released into the baby's face with a force of 200 miles an
It's another reminder that the best place for your child is in the back
Now, for our video of the day....we've got some video... of video.
You'll see what we mean, with this new exhibit sponsored by the Science
Museum of Western Virginia.
Patrick Evans visited VIDEOTOPIA, in the old Brendle's at Tanglewood Mall.
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SUPER=75-Keith Finestein/Videotopia Curator; :38
SUPER=75-Patrick Evans/Reporting; 1:00
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We're talking about videotopia
it is a history of video games that goes all the way back to the very
You might remember some of the earliest games like Tank, where you had a
couple of tanks and you just got to fire a couple of times.
Not exciting graphics, certainly nothing along the magnitude of what we
have today some people think PONG was the very first video game. It was not. It
was something called Computer Space.
This goes all the way back to 1971, it's this beauiful green machine. Keith
Finestone is the curator-- the creator of this entire exhibit.
Tell me first, why did you decide to do a history of video games?
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((I FOUND THAT VIDEO GAMES WEREN'T BEING PRESERVED, AND ALSO FOR AN ENTIRE
GENERATION OF AMERICANS, THIS IS THE WAY WE PACED OUR LIVES. IN THE SAME WAY
THAT ROCK AND ROLL TOUCHED A GENERATION
OF PEOPLE, VIDEO GAMES TOUCHED A GENERATION OF PEOPLE. AND ASTEROIDS, PACK
MAN, SPACE INVADERS-- THEY'RE ALL BACK HERE WITH THE NEW GAMES AS WELL. ))
OUT Q=new games as well.
It's a lot of fun, it costs you two dollars to get in and you do get free
tokens with that.
Keith, thank you very much, we've enjoyed our stay.
And actually you can continue to play, test your knowledge of video
games--you win free tokens with that, you can stay all day.
I'm Patrick Evans, News 7 Primetime.))
Coming up tonight on PrimeTime sports, Friday's UVa-Tech battle could be a
And VMI's Thomas Haskins adds to some hardward to his trophy case,
But first, the University of North Carolina has extended the contract of head
football coach Mack Brown through the end of the year 2001.
The recently named ACC coach of the year has led the Heels to five straight
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The Virginia Cavaliers are getting ready to battle second ranked Kansas in
the finals of the Maui Invitational in Hawaii.
So far, the Cavs haven't even been challenged in the tournament rolling to
wins over both South Carolina and U-Mass.
The game tips-off at 10:30.
Virginia's comeback win over North Carolina is responsible for putting the
team in the Carquest, but Steve Mason says it's the Cavs defense that will have
to carry UVa past Virginia Tech this Friday.
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((Against Miami, the Hokies gave up only 7 points.
Against West Virginia, only 14. Cornell Brown had 3 sacks and 10 tackles. In
the last 2 years UVa has lost to tech; the All American has had huge days,
amassing 4 sacks and 20 tackles.
Last year, Druckenmiller tosses 2 touchdown passes in Tech's 4th quarter 22
point rally that led to a 36-29 victory.
UVa has had recent success against top rated quarterbacks. UNC's Chris
Keldorf came into the UVa game with 22 TD's and just 3 INT's. Virginia
intercepted him twice, the ladder sparked UVa's win, Steve Mason, News 7
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And don't forget to join News 7 sports over on WDBJ for LIVE coverage of the
game at 2:30 on Friday, and also be sure to grab a seat for our LIVE half hour
pregame show originating for Lane Stadium Friday at two.
And finally tonight, another big award for VMI's Thomas Haskins.
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The VMI running machine has been named the Southern Conference's offensive
player of the year.
Haskins is the NCAA's all-time career rushing leader with 5,349 yards.
This season he rushed for just under 17 hundred yards and averaged 155 yards
on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Have a good Thanksgiving.
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