(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS 7 PRIMETIME.
WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY TALKS TOUGH ON HAZING-- AT THE LEXINGTON
AND REMEMBERING ANN HARPER-- THE HOLLINS COLLEGE STUDENT MURDERED AT HER
HOME A YEAR AGO.
WE'LL HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE INVESTIGATION.
OUT Q=update on the investigation
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It's Monday December Second- Our Top Story
A federal judge rules Virginia Military Institute must file quarterly
updates on its plan to admit women.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime, I'm COnnie Stevens.
Judge Jackson Kiser says he wants "a plan of action," from V-M-I.
The Lexington school pointed to a list of accomplishments in recruiting
women and preparing for female cadets on Post-- but balked at providing
blueprints... fearing government bureaucrats would micro-manage the process.
The government accused V-M-I of dragging its feet on implementing the
Supreme Court order issued last June.
Judge Kiser concluded today the justice department overstated its case, but
sided with the government.
V-M-I spokesman Mike Strickler says he sees no problem complying with
About 2 dozen Hollins College students gathered this afternoon to pay their
respects to a fallen classmate.
One year ago, Ann Harper was murdered as she visited her family during the
Thanksgiving holiday in Fairfax County.
Today a plaque was dedicated bearing her name, and green ribbons were tied
around a tree that had been planted in her honor.
IN Q=It's a
((JAN FULLER-CARRUTHERS/HOLLINS COLLEGE CHAPLAIN: IT'S A SYMBOL OF REMEMBERING
HER AND GREEN WAS HER FAVORITE COLOR AND IT'S JUST A SYMBOL OF LOVE. SOME
STUDENTS HUNG NOTES, PRAYERS. I SAW A COUPLE OF THEM DO THAT. BUT THEY DO
FREQUENTLY JUST COME DOWN TO THE TREE AS A SIGN OF LOVE. ))
SUPER=01-Jan Fuller-Carruthers/Hollins College Chaplain;
OUT Q=sign of love
There are still no arrests, nor any suspects.
Police in Fairfax County are now distributing fliers, hoping that may lead
to a break in the case.
Students taking part in hazing other students will be risking it all at
Washington and Lee University.
This afternoon the faculty approved a new hazing policy, that holds
individual students responsible for hazing activities.
Past policies only targeted the organization involved.
The university has been working on the policy since last year, but hazing
problems found the national spotlight last month.
The New York Times Magazine published pictures that showed W & L students
involved in hazing rituals.
The new policy affects any organization that involves students.
Students charged with hazing will face a joint faculty-student board.
If they're found guilty, the minimum punishment is suspension from the
A Virginia business faced accusations of racial discrimination in court
Richmond-based Circuit City has lost two of three federal lawsuits alleging
racial bias in promoting employees at its headquarters.
A federal jury ruled against Shelby McKnight's claim -- but she hopes the
other two discrimination findings end such practices at Circuit City.
IN Q=I certainly
((SHELBY MCKNIGHT/PLAINTIFF: I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. I THINK UNTIL THE COMPANY
ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE PROBLEMS EXIST, AND WORKS AS VEHEMENTLY IN RESOLVING THE
ISSUES AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN DEFENDING THEIR CASE... UNLESS THEY DO THAT, THERE
WILL NOT BE A LOT OF CHANGES.))
OUT Q=of changes.
The jury awarded 237- thousand dollars to Renee Lowery and 51- thousand
dollars to another plaintiff.
On the heels of successfully settling a race discrimination suit against
oil giant, Texaco-- the Reverend Jesse Jackson is now targeting
printing giant R-R Donnelley.
The company has a plant in Lynchburg, and another under construction in
Roanoke County-- but those two plants are NOT involved.
A lawsuit claims the company fired African American employees and then
rehired them weeks later to avoid paying pensions.
IN Q=They have
JESSE JACKSON: THEY HAVE TEN YEARS OF WORKING STATUS THOUGH THEY'VE BEEN THERE
FOR 30 THIS, THIS IS WORSE THAN TEXACO. NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE AGEISM, RACISM AND
SEXISM, HERE YOU HAVE A KIND OF CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE GOVERNMENT, IT SEEMS
THEY ARE BREAKING LAWS ALL OVER THE PLACE. ))
SUPER=07-Rev. Jesse Jackson; :
OUT Q=all over the place.
R-R Donnelly denies the allegations.
There's now another option to help you save for you child's college
But first two crew members are killed during training maneuvers at an Air
Force base in Alabama.
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Two men from Marion were killed this morning during a collision near
Interstate 81 in Wythe County.
State Police say 18- year- old Jason Allan Williams was driving a pick-up
truck northbound on state route six-58.
Williams apparently crossed the center line and hit the pick- up driven by
31- year- old Harold Lewis Crook.
Authorities say both men were killed instantly.
Two Navy aviators are dead after their plane crashed in Alabama.
SUPER=03-Maxwell AFB, AL;
That word comes from Maxwell Air Force Base, where a Navy T-34 went down
Officials say the pilots were practicing touch and go landings when the
plane went down.
A witness says it sounded like the plane was having engine problems just
before it crashed.
The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration says doctors who prescribe
marijuana could face arrest as drug traffickers.
California and Arizona voted last month to allow doctors to prescribe pot
to patients suffering ailments like glaucoma, and the nausea associated with
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The federal government may try to override the medical marijuana laws.
IN Q=I have a
((GEN. BARSY MCCAFFREY/NATIONAL DRUG POLICY DIRECTOR: I HAVE A CHART THAT I
DIDN'T PUT UP THAT TALKS ABOUT SOME OF THE MEDICAL ADVISORS TO PROPOSITION 215
IN CALIFORNIA WHO PUTS UP A LIST OF OTHER AILMENTS FOR WHICH MARIJUANA IS
BELIEVED TO BE A REMEDY. IT INCLUDES
WRITERS CRAMP, CORNS ON TOES. ETC. SO TO SOME EXTENT THIS IS A CHEECH AND CHONG
SHOW, NOT A MEDICAL ISSUE. ))
SUPER=01-Gen. Barsy McCaffrey/National Drug Policy Dir.; :
OUT Q=not a medical issue.
Proponents though, say voters have taken a different approach to just
imprisoning non-violent drug offenders, at the taxpayers expense.
IN Q=Arizona voters
((MARVIN COHEN/"ARIZONANS FOR DRUG POLICY REFORM" ARIZONA VOTERS HAVE DECIDED
IT IS TIME TO RETURN TO RATIONALITY AND DEAL WITH DRUGS IN A WAY THAT CAN
BENEFIT RATHER THAN HARM SOCIETY. ))
SUPER=01-Marvin Cohen/"Arizonans for Drug Policy Reform"
OUT Q=harm society.
If your child is planning on going to college in Virginia, you can get a
head start on paying for it NOW.
Governor George Allen was the first in line when the new prepaid tuition
plans went on sale today.
The state will sell a four-year tuition for about 15-thousand dollars.
That, instead of the estimated 80-thousand dollar cost in 18 years.
IN Q=Parents need
((DIANA CANTOR/VA. PREPAID EDUCATION PROGRAM: PARENTS NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT
EARLY. THIS IS ONE WAY TO LOCK IN ONE PART OF THAT EDUCATION. YOU CAN PUT
THAT CERTIFICATE ON YOUR CHILD'S WALL, IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, IN YOUR KITCHEN,
AND SAY "LOOK. I HAVE MADE A VESTED INTEREST, A VESTED INVESTMENT IN YOUR
FUTURE. NOW YOU NEED TO STUDY, YOU NEED TO DO WELL."))
SUPER=01-Diana Cantor/Va. Prepaid Education Program;
OUT Q=do well.
There are 12 similar programs around the nation.
Virginia's is the first to launch with a tax-free status just approved by
Coming up on Primetime Sports- Mike tells us how the bowl picture is shaping
up for Virginia Tech--
And we haven't really seen much winter weather yet, but Roanoke City is
hoping to win the war against Mother Nature -- quicker than last year.
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Roanoke lawyers endorsed their pick to fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court
About half the 437 members of the city bar association spent nearly two
hours casting and counting votes this afternoon.
Jane Glenn emerged from the meeting the winner on the fourth ballot.
IN Q=Well, I'm a trial
((JANE GLENN: WELL, I'M A TRIAL LAWYER. I DO CIVIL LITIGATION, FOR THE MOST
PART. THAT'S MY AREA OF SPECIALTY. AS A JUDGE I WOULD BE HANDLING OTHER
MATTERS. I THINK THAT WOULD BE INTERESTING AND CHALLENGING.))
OUT Q=and challenging.
She's not assured the job.
John Apgar was endorsed by the Salem-Roanoke County Bar Association last
By naming Glenn- -rather than ratifying Apgar- - CITY lawyers essentially
threw the position
wide-open to anyone the General Assembly wants to nominate...which could be
someone entirely different.
Organized prayer hasn't been allowed in public schools for more than 30
Still the issue of religion in schools remains controversial.
Tonight, Roanoke county educators and administrators heard a presentation
from an advocate of teaching children to be tolerant of all religions.
Bunnie Riedel (RI-DEL) says public schools are often "ground zero" in the
ongoing church- state conflict.
She says her organization helps smooth out the conflict.
IN Q=We do a lot of
SUPER=01-Bunnie Riedel/Amer. for Sep. of Church & State;
OUT Q=have agreeed with
Reidel says there are about two- thousand different religions in the U-S
With winter weather expected in the near future, Roanoke City is preparing
for the worst.
Last year's winter weather caught snow workers off guard with more than
twice the regular snowfall.
This year, in hopes of making the job easier, the city has doubled its
salt supply and added six snowplows and 14- spreaders.
But this time around, city officials want to put their plan in motion
before the white stuff hits the ground.
IN Q=t=That is try
((THAT IS TRY TO ATTACK THE SNOW EVEN BEFORE IT FALLS. GETTING CHEMICALS ON
THE ROAD EVEN BEFORE THE SNOW HAS A CHANCE TO ACCUMULATE IS MUCH EASIER TO DEAL
WITH THEN WAIT TILL YOU HAVE SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW AND THEN TRY TO PLOW IT. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Public Works Director;
OUT Q=to plow it.
Council members suggested a test run in one neighborhood--
The city wants to see if parking only on ONE side of the street would give
snowplows better access.
SUPER=330-Clear Skies/Light Winds/23-24/Sunny Skies/Wind SW-10/50-53;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Light Wind/24-26/Sunny Skies/Wind SW-10/52-54;
SUPER=332-Clear & Cold/Light Wind/18-20/Partly Sunny/Wind SW-15/48-50;
SUPER=333-Clear Skies/Light Wind/20-24/Sunny Skies/Wind SW-10/45-50;
SUPER=334-Clear & Cold/Light Wind/18-20/Partly Sunny/Wind SW-15/48-50;
Stay tuned-- more News-7 Primetime, right here on WEFC will be back after
this short break.
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Dow Corning is offering two billion dollars-- TOTAL-- to women who claim
its breast implants made them sick.
But a plaintiffs' lawyer says the settlement is grossly inadequate.
The plan could pay women less than what the company offered two years ago.
The day after World AIDS Day-- actress and activist Elizabeth Taylor made a
guest appearance at the United Nations today--
She was one of several people honored for their work fighting AIDS.
IN Q=Today no less
((ELIZABETH TAYLOR/ACTIVIST & ACTRESS: TODAY NO LESS THAN 90-PERCENT OF NEW
INFECTIONS ARE AMONG WOMEN. EVEN SO LITTLE RESEARCH IS DEDICATED TO DEVELOPING
THE PREVENTION METHODS THAT WOMEN THEMSELVES CONTROL. WE NEED A FEMALE CONDOM
THAT IS CHEAP AND EASY TO USE.))
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Taylor/Activist & Actress; :
OUT Q=easy to use.
Taylor became a prominent figure in the AIDS fight in 1984.
She has lost a number of friends to the disease.
Tonight's video pick comes from where else, but the Mall!
A place some of us will be spending considerable time in the coming weeks.
SUPER=75-Roanoke Co.; :
At Tanglewood Mall, they're pleased with their new draw for holiday
A fleet of four golf carts make up the Tanglewood Mall Shuttlebug
Service-- and word seems to be travelling fast in shopping circles.
IN Q=What it
((MR. T/SHUTTLEBUG DRIVER: WHAT IT DOES ALSO IS PROVIDES A LITTLE BIT OF
SECURITY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ELDERLY AND PARKED FAR AWAY AND HAVE A LOT OF
PACKAGES TO TAKE BACK TO THEIR CAR.))
SUPER=75-"Mr. T"/Shuttlebug Driver;
OUT Q=to their car.
And this is truly a free ride.
During peak shopping week, they hope to expand their fleet to six golf
Coming your way on tonight's edition of PrimeTime sports here on WEFC, the
Hokies are still waiting for the official word from the folks at the Orange
The Carquest and Gator have completed their matchups, and we'll check in on
tonight's VCU at Radford men's basketball game.
But first the Houston Rockets are playing without Hakeem Olajuwon, who left
the hospital today after his second bout with an irregular heart beat in the
past two weeks.
IN Q="We want...
((DR. JAMES MUNTZ/ROCKETS TEAM PHYSICIAN:))
SUPER=01-Dr. James Muntz/Rockets' Team Physician; :00
wipe to scores
SUPER=0098-j/Michigan #7/66//Bradley/64///j/Indiana #8/76//Notre Dame/75///;
SUPER=0098-j/Duke #10/103//Lehigh/51///j/N. Carolina
SUPER=0098-/Tulsa #21///Delaware St.////j/Xavier #23/95//Florida A&M/64///;
SUPER=0098-/V.C.U./77/j/Radford/81////Catholic/59/j/William & Mary/78///;
SUPER=0098-/Va. Wesleyan///Eastern Mennonite/////Chicago State///Maryland////;
oc= LAST SCORE
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The last time VCU came to Radford they lost at the buzzer back in 1991,
tonight they reluctantly reentered the Dedmon Dome only to leave with another
SUPER=03-Radford/Rams vs. Highlanders; :00
VCU head coach Sonny Smith came back to his coaching roots that run
throughout the New River Valley tonight.
He would watch Radford come out hot with Marquiz Williamson feeding the loose
ball to Corey Reed, who drives in for two of his 16 to give RU a 6 point lead.
But Rams' senior George Byrd would get position insiDe with the turnaround
jumper. He draws the foul. Byrd finished with 14.
Then watch the Rams' Melvin Drake takes to the hole with authority on the
baseline drive as VCU takes a 10 points 41-to-31 lead.
But nine different Highlanders would score in this one to lead a spirited
second half comeback as Radford upsets VCU 81-to-77.
Anthony Walker led Radford with 21.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are finally starting to tone down their celebration
after last Friday's win over UVA.
Steve Mason says the Commonwealth Cup is now safe and sound, and so is Tech's
bowl bid in the Alliance.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director; :31
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :48
OUT Q=...more on that.
The Gator and Carquest Bowls made their Big East selections today, and the
big loser was Syracuse.
The Carquest Bowl officially welcomed the Miami Hurricanes to their
postseason bash tonight at 5:30.
The redhot Canes will meet the Virginia Cavaliers at 7:30 on December 27th.
And as expected the Gator Bowl welcomed West Virginia to Jacksonville for its
New Year's Day battle with the University of North Carolina.
That game begins at 7:30.
Here's what're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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A white couple is sentenced to prison for assaulting a black boy in South
SUPER=77-Charges Thrown Out;
A judge has thrown out Charles Keating Junior's federal conviction on fraud
and racketeering charges.
The story, plus the latest breast cancer studies on just WHEN women should
begin having regular mammograms.
for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
You catch these stories in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Thanks