Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX:
The judge in the V-M-I case orders the Institute to spell out its plans for
He wants quarterly reports.
And are you ready? SNOW, it hasn't happened yet... but you know it's
coming. We'll talk about being prepared for the big one.
Tonight in sports, the Hokies try to get a handle on their postseason bowl
plans, the finalists for the Dudley Award have been announced,
And the Carquest and Gator Bowls have finalized their matchups---as Tiki and
the Cavaliers get set to meet the Miami Hurricanes in the Carquest.
After a weekend of rain, how about a week of dry and cool weather? Those
details and WeatherSchool just ahead.
It's not enough that Virginia Military Institute is making progress toward
The judge wants "a plan of action," a series of quarterly reports.
V-M-I 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 Jackson Kiser concluded today that the justice department overstated
its case, but he nonetheless sided with the government.
V-M-I spokesman Mike Strickler said tonight he sees no problem complying
with today's order, noting the judge said it does not mean the state has to get
prior approval from Washington at every step.
The man accused of shooting a Danville police officer was denied bond today,
touching off a violent outburst in court.
Marlow Andre Farmer's attorney argued bond SHOULD be set, saying her client
works and is responsible for seven children.
Farmer was arrested last month, after he allegedly shot officer Dennis Haley
in the neck during a drug raid at Farmer's Moffett Street home.
But the judge denied bond based partly on Farmer's criminal record.
The judge's decision did NOT sit well with one of Farmer's relatives who was
inside the home the night of the shooting.
IN Q=This is bull
((ROY WOMACK:THIS IS BULL, THIS IS BULL, THIS IS BULL.
MARLOW FARMER: LISTEN, DON'T PUSH ME, I'M GOING, THAT AIN'T RIGHT THOUGH, YOU
ALL KNOW IT AIN'T RIGHT, IT AIN'T RIGHT, AIN'T GOING NOWHERE, AIN'T THAT RIGHT.
OUT Q=ain't right.
No one was arrested--instead the judge ordered a five- minute recess to
clear the courtroom.
The trial for a Halifax County man accused of killing three people is
drawing to a close.
This morning Raleigh Dean Martin pled guilty to shooting and killing
32-year-old Joseph Siffert, Jr. and his girlfriend, Barbara Hackney.
About 30 minutes ago, a judge found Martin guilty of second-degree murder
for shooting and killing his wife, Marian.
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./November 1995
The killings took place election night, one year ago.
The judge will begin hearing evidence tomorrow morning to determine whether
Martin will be sentenced to death, or life in prison.
Roanoke lawyers endorsed a CIVIL trial attorney today to the fill a vacancy
on the Circuit Court bench.
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.
But she's certainly 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.
It could be Glenn or Apgar... or someone entirely different.
An extra hour and a half of freedom may add up to more time behind bars for
the former football coach at Lord Botetourt High School.
Over the weekend, Andy Ward served part of his 14 day sentence... but his
late arrival reporting to the jail prompted an additional charge of failure to
obey a court order.
Ward was convicted last week of reckless driving and driving on a restricted
He already had two DRUNK driving convictions on his record.
A hearing is set for later this month to determine whether Ward will receive
an additional penalty.
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by a former Danville police
officer who says he was fired for being a whistle-blower.
Jeffrey Williams filed the five- million dollar lawsuit in February claiming
he was fired because he looked into allegations of police brutality.
Judge Jackson Kiser dismissed the lawsuit stating Williams failed to prove
his first amendment rights had been violated.
Judge Kiser also ruled Williams failed to prove Chief Neal Morris and his
assistant discriminated against black officers and created a racially hostile
IN Q=I think
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:I THINK WE SAID FROM THE VERY BEGINNING
THAT WE WOULD TRY OUR CASE IN COURT AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE AND I THINK THE
COURT'S DECISION PRETTY MUCH SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=for itself.
Morris says Williams was fired two years ago for disclosing confidential
information about a stake-out.
Williams and his attorney were also ordered to pay the defendants' attorneys
fees totaling 264- dollars.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--
if the thought of parking a mile away from the mall is making you put off your
holiday shopping---you'll want to see what Tanglewood Mall is offering to ease
and sooner or later--preferably later--the snow will come, so are we ready
for it? We'll check in with Roanoke city leaders who remember only too well
last year's heavy snowfalls.
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So far this season, The Roanoke Valley has been spared any serious
But city officials say they're preparing for a repeat of last year's
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Newsroom
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on their plans.
Keith, last year the city endured two and half times the average snowfall
and a mountain of complaints from citizens who were unhappy with snow removal.
But officials have spent the intervening months adding equipment and
assessing their approach to the problem.
IN Q=When the snow flies
SUPER=03-Roanoke/January, 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Public Works Director; :14
OUT Q=it will melt.
((When the snow flies, officials hope Roanoke will be ready.
The city has doubled its supply of salt, added six snow plows, and fourteen
additional salt spreaders.
And for the first time, bridges and other trouble spots will be treated
with liquid chemicals.
IN Q=Normally if we would just
((BILL CLARK/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: NORMALLY, IF WE WOULD JUST PUT DOWN THE
ROCK SALT BEFORE THE SNOW FELL IT WOULD BOUNCE OFF THE PAVEMENT AND THEN CARS
GOING BY WOULD WHIP IT TO THE SIDE AND IT WOULDN'T BE THERE. BY PRE-WETTING THE
CHEMICALS, IT WOULD STAY ON THE PAVEMENT AND AS THE SNOW FALLS IT WILL MELT.))
OUT Q=it will melt.))
Today, Council members raised the possibility of a test with one of the
city's neighborhoods, to encourage parking on one side of the street during
snow emergencies and allow better access for the snow plows... but that is
still in the works
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Newsroom
Keith, officials say they hope the valley will be blessed with better
weather... and all of these preparations won't be needed.
Investors be warned: you may make more in a mutual fund.
But Governor George Allen was the first dad in line today to buy a prepaid
tuition plan for daughter Tyler and son Forrest.
The plans can drop the cost of college in 18 years from about 80- thousand
to about 15- thousand dollars.
IN Q=Whether it's
((DIANA CANTOR/VA. PREPAID EDUCATION PROGRAM: WHETHER IT'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE,
A UNIVERSITY, WHATEVER IT IS. WE PROVIDE IT FOR YOU. AND I THINK THAT'S
REALLY THE ANSWER. TO THINK NOW ABOUT SOMETHING. AND THEN, WHEN YOUR CHILD'S
GOING TO COLLEGE, TWO THINGS CAN HAPPEN. ONE, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF DEBT. AND
TWO, PARENTS CAN ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT THEIR RETIREMENT.))
SUPER=01-Diana Cantor/Va. Prepaid Education Program;
OUT Q=their retirement.
At the current cost the Virginia Prepaid Education Program is only available
through February 28th.
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Virginia's future college students have their work cut out for them.
A new draft report by the state Board of Education shows lower fourth grade
reading scores, but more students qualifying for college credit.
Governor Allen says the report bolsters his administration's new academic
standards in the core subjects.
IN Q=And in fact
((AND IN FACT, AT THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION MEETING EARLY LAST
WEEK. ... RIGOROUS HIGH ACADEMIC STANDARDS OF LEARNING.))
OUT Q=of learning.
The state is also preparing tests for the 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 11th grades to
make schools accountable to the new standards.
R-R Donnelley is under fire for alleged racial discrimination.
The Chicago printing giant has a satellite plant in Lynchburg and one under
construction in Roanoke County.
A lawyer suing Donnelley says it selectively fired several hundred African-
American employees at a plant it was shutting down, while offering the white
workers new jobs.
R-R Donnelley denies the allegations. Its local plants are NOT involved in
In a statement today the company said it will defend its actions vigorously
in a court of law, maintaining its employees were, and continue to be, treated
A federal jury says Circuit City is guilty of employment discrimination.
Two black employees won their civil suits against the Richmond-based
electronics retailer today.
The employees called the victories "satisfying and important."
IN Q=Satisfying because
((JOSEPH SELLERS/PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY: SATISFYING BECAUSE TO OUR CLIENTS AND
TO THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING THEM, WE HAVE FOR SOME TIME NOW SEEN EVIDENCE OF
THIS, AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT A JURY OF THEIR PEERS HAVE COME TO THE
SAME CONCLUSION. IMPORTANT AS WELL BECAUSE CIRCUIT CITY IS A LEADER IN THE
SUPER=01-Joseph Sellers/Plaintiffs' Attorney;
OUT Q=retail community.
Lawyers say the decisions may open the door to other lawsuits against
The stock market was mixed today.
The Dow was unchanged from last Friday, while NASDAQ posted another record
close--up seven points.
The Tanglewood Mall is using golf carts as a "hook" this holiday season.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=This is
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :04 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Judy Tullius/Tanglewood Mall; :14
SUPER=01-Lois Kerns/Shopper; :25
SUPER=01-"Mr. T"/Shuttlebug Driver; 1:02
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
IN Q=This is
((MR. T/SHUTTLEBUG DRIVER: THIS IS COMPLEMENTS OF TANGLEWOOD MALL.))
OUT Q=Tanglewood Mall.
The Tanglewood Mall has come up with a unique way to draw in shoppers this
IN Q=Are we
((MR. T: ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?))
OUT Q=fun yet?
A fleet of four golf carts make up the Tanglewood Mall Shuttlebug Service.
SOT 10:05:30 can cover half of this...from SHOPPING I tape
IN Q=We've got
((JUDY TULLIUS/TANGLEWOOD MALL: WE'VE GOT GOLF CARTS THAT WILL BE AT EACH OF
OUR ENTRANCES OF THE MALL, AND WHEN THEY COME OUT OF THE MALL WITH ALL OF THEIR
PACKAGES, WE'LL GIVE THEM A RIDE TO THEIR CAR.))
SUPER=01-Judy Tullius/Tanglewood Mall;
OUT Q=ride to their car.
So far, the Shuttlebug has had a lot of takers.
IN Q=I'm trying
((LOIS KERNS/SHOPPER: I'M TRYING TO FIND MY HUSBAND IN THE CAR AND IT'S A LOT
BETTER THAN WALKING UP AND DOWN EVERY AISLE, THIS IS SO GREAT.))
OUT Q=so great.
Apparently, word of the slow moving golf carts is traveling fast in shopping
circles, because those who haven't used the service still seem to know about
((THAT'S VERY NICE I HEARD ABOUT YOU GUYS BUT I DIDN'T BELIEVE IT.))
OUT Q=didn't believe it.
Anticipating greater demand, the mall plans to increase the Shuttlebug fleet
to half a dozen vehicles during the shopping peak.
IN Q=So a
((So a number of folks using this service are wondering do you tip these guys
OUT Q=or what.
The answer is no, this is the purest form of a free ride.
But the driver known as "Mr. T" says some still tip.
IN Q=I'll take
((MR. T: I'LL TAKE IT IF THEY SAY WELL GO AHEAD FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.
Why not! MR. T: WHY NOT FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPIRIT?))
While the golf cart work brings this schoolbus driver some extra green, it
also appears he, and his passengers, are having fun.
IN Q=All right
((MR. T: ALL RIGHT, HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY.))
OUT Q=happy holiday.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the mathcups in the Gator and Carquest Bowls are
all set, the finalists for the Dudley award have been announced,
And Steve Mason checks in from Virginia Tech where the Hokies are trying to
figure out if they'll be eating Oranges or having a Fiesta later this month.
The mystery surrounding the Carquest Bowl and the University of Virginia's
opponent in the December 27th game
was resolved tonight at 5:30, when the Carquest officially invited the Miami
Hurricanes to battle the Cavaliers at Pro Player stadium.
The Cavaliers knew they would either play West Virginia or Miami before last
Friday's game with the Hokies in Blacksburg.
The Canes had hoped to play in the Gator Bowl, against UNC, but will now
settle for the Carquest.
The West Virginia Mountaineers ended up being the Big East's second selection
as they were grabbed by the Gator Bowl to face North Carolina at 12;30 on New
The Mountaineers, who won their first seven games of the year, appeared to be
headed to the Liberty Bowl before Miami upset Syracuse on Saturday.
The Gator picked the Mountaineers over the HUrricanes because of their fan
base. West Virginia brought 20 thousand fans to Jacksonville in 1989.
The Virginia Tech Hokies jumped to 11th and 9th in the Associated Press and
coaches polls this week, a move that virtually assures them an Alliance Bowl
Steve Mason caught up with the Hokies today in Blacksburg.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :13
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Tech Athletic Director; :35
SUPER=@Steve1; 1:00 (Quick!)
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Tech Cornerback; 1:07
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Tech Quarterback; 1:18
OUT Q=News-7 Sports.
The only other Big East member eligible for the bowl is Syracuse, and the
Orangemen get the short end of the stick.
They now end up going to the Liberty Bowl to likely play Houston.
IN Q="Yeah, that's...
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...RETURNED THE FAVOR FOR US."
The annual Dudley award which is given to the best college player in the
state will be handed out this Wednesday night in Richmond at the Downtown club.
And the list of finalists is pretty impressive.
UVa's Tiki Barber, who finished second in the balloting last year is joined
by Virginia Tech's Jim Druckenmiller, and VMI's Thomas Haskins, who finished
third last year.
The 1995 winner Cornell Brown was not nominated this season.
The Radford University Highlanders play their home opener at the Dedmon
Center tonight as they welcome Sonny Smith and the VCU Rams to town.
The last time VCU came to town in 1991 they left with a loss.
We'll have the highlights for you tonight at 11, and on News 7 Primetime.
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For many, religious beliefs are an important part of this holiday season.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon's here to tell us about a meeting tonight where
religion--actually the issue of religion in schools--will be discussed.
Keith, the Supreme Court outlawed school prayer more than 30 years ago.
But students are still able to display their religious beliefs on specific
A spokesman for the Americans United for Separation of Church and State
will talk about school prayer and other issues tonight at Roland E- Cook
Elementary in Vinton.
We'll have that story plus all the latest news,
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
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