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VMI's football coach abruptly quits- the reason why is still up for debate.
Police track down a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Roanoke teen.
Plus the hot lights get to one of President Clinton's cabinet member picks
The weather looks fine for the weekend. The clouds move out and a chilly
north wind returns.
On Health Check, it may soon be easier to kick the smoking habit.
A government panel is recommending F-D-A approval for the Nicotrol
inhaler-- as well as an anti-depressant that may turn people off to cigarettes.
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VMI's head football coach quits after accusations he used a racial slur against
a black player during practice.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Virginia Military Institute says Coach Bill Stewart left for personal
reasons. But players confirm he did use a racial slur.
The coach's future seemed secure, when he received a lengthy contract
extension in March.
Some of Stewart's players say they're sad to see their coach go, but realize
the administration was doing its job.
IN Q=It was a problem
SUPER=01-Thomas Haskins/VMI Football Player; :00
SUPER=01-Heath Edmiston/VMI Football Player; :10
OUT Q=towards next season
A search committee is already looking for Stewart's replacement.
VMI officails hope to fill the job as quickly as possible.
It's been two days since a teenager was gunned down in the streets of a
Northwest Roanoke neighborhood.
Tonight it appears police have a break in the case.
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Scott Prince has been following the story... and he joins us from the
newsroom with an update.
Jean police say they DO have a suspect now,Scott Full/Newsroom
but because he's a juvenile, his identity is not being released.
SUPER=01-Lt. Doug Allen/Roanoke Police COPE Unit; :26
OUT Q=Outreach Program
(( Authorities have charged a 17- year- old with murder... stemming from this
incident earlier in the week.
Antwan Gray was shot in the head Wednesday night in the 24- hundred block
of Centre Avenue... adjacent to the Lansdowne Public Housing Community.
Police believe the suspect was standing up on top of a hill and shot down at
Gray, but at this point officials won't talk about a motive.
They ARE saying that neighborhood patrols have been beefed up.
IN Q=There has
((LT. DOUG ALLEN/ROANOKE CITY POLICE COPE UNIT: THERE HAS BEEN A STEPPED UP
AMOUNT OF PATROL, NOT FROM THE COPE TEAM BUT FROM THE REGULAR PLATOONS. LAST
NIGHT, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THERE WERE 2 PLATOON OFFICERS THAT WERE PUT OUT
HERE ON FOOT PATROL. ))
OUT Q=foot patrol
Late this afternoon the suspect turned himself over to authorities.
He's being held at the Coyner Springs Detention Center... where he had been
a participant of the facility's Outreach Program.))
Just a few minutes ago I spoke with Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell.
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Jean, he says....
The Pope and the Catholic Church are weighing in against Virginia-- on the
side of a death row inmate.
Pope John Paul the Second is calling for Virginia to spare the life of
Virginia Beach killer Joseph O'Dell.
And the Italian government has asked Vice President Al Gore to intervene.
O'Dell maintains he's innocence.
His execution could be the state's ninth and final one this year.
He opted for the electric chair over lethal injection.
Two years ago, O'Dell asked that his body be stuffed and displayed in a
museum as an anti-crime message.
President Clinton's announced several new nominations for his cabinet-
including Senator Bill Richardson as Ambassador to the United Nations.
((SEN. BILL RICHARDSON/D- NEW MEXICO: THE UNITED NATIONS OF TODAY IS MORE
DISCIPLINED, MORE ACCOUTABLE AND IN MANY WAYS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN FOUR YEARS
AGO. I LOOK IF CONFIRMED TO BUILD ON THAT PROGRESS.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Richardson/(D) New Mexico;
OUT Q=ON THAT PROGRESS."
The President picked Bill Daley for Commerce Secretary.
((BILL DALEY/COMMERCE SECRETARY APPOINTEE: IT IS MY COMMITTMENT TO YOU MR.
PRESIDENT AND TO FELLOW AMERICANS TO WORK DAY AND NIGHT IN PARTICULAR WITH
AMERICAN BUSINESSES FROM FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES TO SMALL BUSINESSES IN OUR INNER
CITIES AND RURAL AMERICA.))
SUPER=01-Bill Daley/Commerce Secretary Appointee;
OUT Q=RURAL AMERICA."
Shortly after the announcement Daley collapsed- He was up and talking just
The White House says Daley did not eat lunch before the ceremony and
apparently fainted beneath the hot lights.
Changes are also on the way at the United Nations.
The Security Council's agreed on (KOH-fee Ah-NAHN) Kofi Annan as the new
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/U.S. AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: I AM PERSONALLY DELIGHTED THAT
AFTER THE LONG PROCESS, THE SECURITY COUNCIL HAS SUCCEEDED IN COMING TO A
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/U.S. Ambassador to U.N.;
OUT Q=to a consensus."
Annan is an African diplomat- now in charge of U-N peacekeeping
The Council must hold a formal vote before referring Annan to the U-N
General Assembly for ratification.
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(toss to ROBIN)
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(robin reed is next)
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- more woes for Liberty University--
as the college is put on probation--
And a bungled robbery attempt in Roanoke today-- as the would-be robber,
leaves empty handed.
On Health Check, nationwide, there's an increase in whooping cough--
babies often get the disease from adults who don't even realize they have it.
Also coming up-- Patrick is party hopping tonight.
He'll take us to one company Christmas party with a twist. Stay with us.
Police say a confused bank robber walked way without any cash.
Shortly after 10 this morning a man entered NationsBank on Melrose Avenue in
Police say the man carrying a gun gave a note to the teller demanding money.
But the teller apparently told the would-be robber there was no cash in her
Police say the man left the bank without the money.
The F-B-I and the Roanoke City Police are looking for the suspect.
Authorities describe him as a black man between six feet and six-two -- 180
to 200 pounds, wearing a heavy coat and knit hat.
If caught he faces charges of attempted robbery as well as firearms charges.
Liberty University has one year to get its financial house in order, or risk
losing its academic accreditation.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed L-U on probation
while the school tries to restructure more than 40 million dollars of debt.
School chancellor Reverend Jerry Falwell says many of Liberty's creditors
are ready to forgive or donate half that debt over the next two months.
IN Q=We've been accredited
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LU CHANCELLOR: WE'VE BEEN ACCREDITED SINCE 1980, AND WE
ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT REACHING THE STABILITY THAT WE NEED TO REACH. WE
BELIEVE YES, THAT'S A VERY POSITIVE THING, AND WE LEFT NASHVILLE FEELING VERY
GOOD ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University Chancellor; :00
OUT Q=good about it.
Liberty was also placed on probation in 1990, when the school's debt topped
110 million dollars.
The Allen administration will pay a private consultant an undisclosed amount
of money to study why minority school children aren't getting what they need to
go to college.
IN Q=We're going
((BEVERLY SGRO/VA. EDUCATION SECRETARY: WE'RE GOING TO HIRE, I'M GOING TO HIRE
A CONSULTANT TO LOOK AT THE BARRIERS THAT MAY EXIST IN THE PIPELINE OF GETTING
STUDENTS FROM MINORITY GROUPS INTO THE PIPELINE, OF GETTING STUDENTS FROM
MINORITY GROUPS INTO THE HIGHER EDUCATION PROCESS. SO IT WILL BE A NARROWLY
DEFINED PROPOSAL, AND WE'LL BE LOOKING TO SOMEONE TO HELP US GET SOME
OUT Q=some answers.
Sgro will report back to the General Assembly next December.
A legislative panel is also looking at how Virginia's doing in its two
decade old, federally- mandated plan for desegregation.
Three years after Montgomery County voters approved a bond issue to pay for
a new health and human services building, the agencies are finally moving in.
The health department and social services were closed today to set up shop
in the new Pepper Street facility in Christiansburg.
Each agency has its own wing, which will allow client convenience and
privacy, individual work space for each employee, and improved efficiency.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: WE'VE GOT NEW LAB ROOMS, WE'VE
GOT A BREAK ROOM, WE'VE GOT TEACHING ROOMS FOR OUR PATIENTS AND OUR CUSTOMERS.
IT'S JUST A FANTASTIC BUILDING. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Dir.;
OUT Q=a fantastic building.
But with rent higher than expected, the future is still uncertain for social
Federal funds and some matching county money will foot the bill through
June, but it will take STATE assistance after that.
((DAN FARRIS/SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: SO WE'VE GOT A LOT OF UNKNOWNS. WE'RE
TRYING TO DO OUR HOMEWORK WITH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO TRY TO GET THE
ADDITIONAL FUNDING WE NEED. ))
SUPER=01-Dan Farris/Social Services Director;
OUT Q=funding we need.
Social services will reopen Monday, the health department opens on Tuesday.
'Tis the season for Christmas parties-- and at one company party in downtown
Roanoke, you must give BEFORE you receive.
(Patrick ad lib)
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There are lots of Christmas parties this time of year, but some are truly
filled with the spirit of the Season.
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Patrick Evans reports from the Packett Group Christmas Party, which has a
long history of giving, while celebrating the Holidays.
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Juiliana/Salvation Army;
SUPER=01-Howard Packett/The Packett Group;
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Salem is ready for tomorrow's Stagg Bowl-- Mike Stevens has a full report
in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check, the season's early cold weather may have brought
Virginians an early bout with the flu.
If you're miserable right now....you're not alone.
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In the future, smokers hoping to become ex-smokers may have an easier
time kicking the habit.
A federal advisory panel is recommending the F-D-A approve the Nicotrol
inhaler, as a tool to help people quit smoking.
It looks like a cigarette, and is used in the same manner.
It's already been approved in other countries.
And just yesterday, a federal panel recommended that the F-D-A also
approve the drug Wellbutrin, currently used as an anti-depressant.
Scientists say it appears to reduce the desire for tobacco-- sometimes
even making cigarettes taste bad.
If approved, Wellbutrin would be the first treatment for smoking that
doesn't contain nicotine.
Virginians have started early with influenza this year....possibly because
of the season's early cold weather.
We're in good company-- millions of Americans are now suffering with the
And as bad as the chest pains, the sore throat, the runny nose and
headaches are-- experts say, in terms of numbers-- the worst is yet to come.
IN Q=I don't think
(( DR. KEIJI FUKUDA/CDC: I DON'T THINK WE'VE SEEN THE PEAK YET. I DON'T THINK
IT'S POSSIBLE TO PREDICT WHEN WE'LL SEE THE PEAK ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Keiji Fukuda/Centers for Disease Control; :
OUT Q=the peak.
Anyone who isn't sick now, can still receive a flu shot.
But even after the innoculation, there's a two-week window before the
protection kicks in.
Anti-viral drugs may also help those who have NOT received a flu shot--
ask your doctor.
Influenza activity generally peaks between December and March.
Across the country, outbreaks of whooping cough-- or PERTUSSIS-- have
Those most at risk are young babies who often catch pertussis from people
who don't even know they have the disease.
Older children and adults usually don't get that sick with pertussis, they
get more of a persistant cough.
(( DR. JAMES TODD/PEDIATRICIAN: DEFINITELY OLDER KIDS AND ADULTS CAN SPREAD
PERTUSSIS. THE PROBLEM IS
YOU DON'T KNOW HWO HAS PERTUSSIS AND WHO DOESN'T.))
SUPER=01-Dr. James Todd/Pediatrician; :
OUT Q=who doesn't
Immunizations don't prevent pertussis, but shots do make the disease less
IN Q=The most important
((THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A PARENT CAN DO IS MAKE SURE THEIR BABIES,
THEIR INFANTS ARE PROPERLY IMMUNIZED AT THE RIGHT TIME. ))
OUT Q=the right time.
If you've had a chronic cough, avoid close contact with a young child until
you've been seen by a doctor.
The health director serving Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Brunswick Counties is
finally licensed to practice medicine in Virginia.
As we told you in October, Dr. Thomas Coleman had been in violation of the
Virginia State Code by only having a North Carolina medical license.
Coleman has been on the job since February, but did NOT apply for his
Virginia license until the end of September.
When the State Health Commissioner found out, he had Farmville's director
overseeing Coleman's district until the license came through.
That finally happened in November.
The City of Salem is spending the weekend as the gracious host of the 1996
Roy Stanley fills us in on the festivities, in tonight's Ticker.
Good evening everybody and welcome to your weekend.
It has been a perfect day for the folks in Salem associated with the Stagg
Besides having their contract to host the game extended through the year
200o, City officials seem to have finally won over Mother Nature.
Mike Stevens has more.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Salem/FFE Luncheon; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Boggan/NCAA Chief Operating Officer; :16
SUPER=01-Scott Sampson/Salem Stadium Manager; :39
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Stagg Bowl Director; 1:01
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( Nearly 500 football fans attended this afternoon's Friday Football Extra
championship luncheon for Rowan and Mount Union.
And no one was more impressed with the turnout at the Salem Civic Center than
the chief operating officer of the NCAA, Dan Boggen.
((DAN BOGGEN/NCAA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER:))
The field is also in perfect shape thanks to the tireless efforts of the
Salem Stadium grounds crew and a little cooperation from the weather.
((SCOTT SAMPSON/SALEM STADIUM MANAGER:))
Tickets at the gate tomorrow are $10 for adults and $5 for students. MIke
Stevens News 7 sports.))
The highest paid pitcher in Major League Baseball is Roger Clemens.
Clemens agreed to a three year 24 point 75 million dollar contract with
The 8-point 25 million dollar annual average tops the seven point 75 million
that John Smoltz will make with Atlanta.
The 34 year old three time Cy Young award winner had spent his entire 13
year career with the Boston Red sox. He was 10 and 13 last season with a 3
point 63 E-R-A and 257 strikeouts.
IN Q="It's been
((ROGER CLEMENS/TORONTO PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Roger Clemens/Toronto Pitcher; :
OUT Q=..........CONTEND AGAIN.
More on the Stagg Bowl at Six and we'll also here from the Virginia
Cavaliers. Jean and Connie will back in a moment.
If you aren't superstitious, the fact that it's Friday the 13th probably
doesn't mean much to you....
but in Philadelphia, the group called the Friday the 13th Club met at 13
minutes after eight this morning to break some age old superstitions.
The 13 members broke mirrors and walked under ladders while stuffed black
cats looked on.
They did it all with their umbrellas open-- indoors.
The group claims in the 30-years it's been together, nothing bad has ever
happened on Friday the 13th.
Although the members had to call a substitute to fill in-- a regular member
called in sick.
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When you build a home how long are the builders responsible for construction
double boxes Jean/Keith
As Keith Humphry tells us the time frame could be changing.
That's right Jean.
A proposed change to Virginia State law
would limit the time someone could sue a homebuilder for structural defects
to three years.
Currently there is NO time limit to take legal action.
More on the story in 30-minutes
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on NEWS-7 at Six
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime with
Connie Stevens-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- have a nice weekend.