The U-S Supreme Court has stayed a state execution that drew a protest from
And more legal trouble for Virginia Tech Football players.
Showers should taper off this afternoon for awhile, but it will remain cold
and damp today. I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
Convicted killer Joseph O'Dell will NOT be executed tomorrow.
The U-S Supreme Court today stayed the execution, pending a review of
SS=Pope John Paul
The case had drawn the support of Pope John Paul, who asked both President
Clinton and Governor George Allen to spare O'Dell's life.
scheduled to be electrocuted tomorrow for the rape and murder of a Virginia
Yesterday Governor Allen politely dismissed the Pope's attempts to intervene
in the case.
IN Q=You don't
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT THE POPE GETTING INVOLVED IS
NOT IMPORTANT. THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ARE THE FACTS. THE ACTUAL FACTS. THE
ACTUAL EVIDENCE. I DON'T KNOW IF THE POPE WENT THROUGH ALL THESE TRANSCRIPTS,
AND WENT THROUGH ALL THE EVIDENCE, AND WENT THROUGH ALL THE DECISIONS BY THE
FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, AND VARIOUS DISTRICT COURTS, AND THE STATE
COURTS. I DON'T KNOW IF HE DID OR DID NOT. BUT I AM.))
OUT Q=But I am.
Allen says his office has received 300 to 400 calls from Italian media and
Meantime the Commonwealth went ahead with another execution--Ronald Lee Hoke
Senior was put to death last night for the 19-85 rape, robbery and murder of a
He is the eighth inmate put to death in Virginia this year.
GRAPHIC=Va Tech Football
The two Virginia Tech football players charged with rape and attempted sodomy
have filed a civil suit against the alleged victim.
Brian Edmonds and James Crawford are both free on 45 thousand dollars bond
after their arrests yesterday.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from the Montgomery County courthouse with the
(Rollcue:alleged rape victim )
SUPER=01-Matt Pethybridge/Players' Lawyer;
OUT Q=32 million dollars
Out Q=campus this fall
Double Boxes=Melanie and Tracy/Microwave
It's being called the single worst
attack ever against Red Cross workers. (----------------)
A spokesman says a gunman broke into a Red Cross compound in Chechnya early
this morning and fatally shot six workers as they were sleeping.
It's the deadliest attack against the Red Cross in 133 years of existance.
The agency has now suspended all operations in Chechnya, pending an
At the Citadel today, two female cadets are taking final exams, but they're
living off campus.
The women say they fear for their safety.
Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos allegedly were harassed and had their
clothes set on fire.
Their attorney says the women reported the abuse, but no action was ever
IN Q=as a mother are you concerned...
OUT Q=under a lot of stress.
The Citadel has suspended two male cadets -- ordering one off
campus and placing the other under commandant's arrest.
Five other cadets have been relieved of their military command
duties during the investigation.
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At Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri a U-S Army sergeant has been found not guilty
on charges of sexual harassment.
The charges against staff sergeant George Blackley Junior had ranged from
fondling to making lewd gestures.
Two other sergeants at the base recently pleaded guilty to assault and
NASA confirms that two large objects that washed ashore this morning at Cocoa
Beach are parts of the Challenger.
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The shuttle exploded January 28, 1986, shortly after lift-off.
The parts found are described as a 15-foot by 9-foot section and
a 4-foot section.
This is the 10th anniversary year of the Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Famed Pathologist Doctor Michael Baden returns to the witness stand today
at the O-J Simpson civil trial.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA/Yesterday;
Yesterday he testified about the bloody socks found in Simpson's bedroom.
Baden said that Blood on one side
of a sock seeped through to wet the other side, suggesting there was not a foot
in it when it became stained.
The defense expert also believes more than one person killed the victims and
that the struggle lasted longer than plaintiff's contend.
((LAURIE LEVENSON/LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL;"Dr. Bahdin, is very important for the
defense because its his job to go up
here and say that the Plaintiffs' time line doesn't work. That the struggle
took so many minutes and there would't have been time for OJ to commit the
crime and gotten home."
SUPER=01-Laurie Levenson/Loyola Law School;
OUT Q=and gotten home.
Baden also told the jury that cuts on Simpson's hand were not defensive
wounds, but were more likely caused by a jagged object like glass.
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In another courtroom drama in southern California, a photographer has been
sentenced to life in prison for killing model and former L-A Raiders
cheerleader Linda Sobek.
Charles Rathbun led police to Sobek's grave site about a week after she
disappeared in November 19-95.
He maintains the death was an accident.
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When we come back,
Henry County supervisors are working with V-DOT to fix one of the area's
most dangerous intersections.
Next year when you get the urge to shop at Valley View Mall, it might take
less time to get there.
But first let's check in with Beth...
We've seen light to moderate rainfall across the region since last night. It
looks like the rain will be tapering off some this afternoon-- but there is
more on the way tomorrow. Right outside the wdbj studio--
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The fate of the Virginia Senate is now in the hands of voters from five
Today's special election in Franklin, Henry, Floyd, Patrick, and Carroll
counties will determine if Democrats keep a senatorial split... or whether
Republicans gain a majority for the first time in state history.
Early this morning Democratic hopeful Roscoe Reynolds cast his ballot in
Henry County... and at the same time made one final plea to the voters of the
IN Q=They are
((ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE
STANDING UP, SPEAKING FOR THEM. MAKING SURE THAT EDUCATION REMAINS ON THE FRONT
BURNER AND THAT OUR AREA RECEIVES ITS FAIR SHARE. I'VE TRIED TO MAKE SURE THAT
THEY UNDERSTAND THAT'S TOPS ON MY AGENDA. ))
SUPER=01-Roscoe Reynolds/(D) State Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=my agenda
Meanwhile his Republican counterpart took to the polls in FRANKLIN County.
Allen Dudley says he's confident that voters received HIS message.
IN Q=We've talked
((ALLEN DUDLEY/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE FUTURE AND THE
OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE IN THIS AREA IN JOB CREATION AND IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE
SEE. WE NEED TO CONTINUE IN EDUCATION AND VITAL PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES. ))
SUPER=01-Allen Dudley/(R) State Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=safety issues
Make sure you're tuned to News- 7 at 5 and 6 for live updates on the race.
In Delaware today, two New Jersey teens will be reunited in the courtroom for
the first time since the death of their newborn baby.
Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson are expected to plead innocent to murder
They're accused of killing their baby and dumping the body in a dumpster
outside a motel last month.
Prosecutors filed a motion yesterday arguing that the two 18- year- olds
from New Jersey should not be granted bail while awaiting trial.
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A children's advocacy group says more than half the states, including
Virginia, are spending less than 50 cents of every one-hundred dollars in taxes
on child care and early education programs.
The Children's Defense Fund has released a study that ranks Virginia among
the bottom ten states for having spent the least on children in 19-94.
The study was timed to coincide with state efforts to write new welfare
laws, including programs that benefit children.
Consolidating social services and improving a dangerous intersection--
Those are two key issues the Henry County Board of Supervisors is working
Henry County and Martinsville leaders met jointly, and voted to merge their
social services departments.
The new consolidated department will move into the Tultex building in
The new office should be in operation by June first.
The county board also heard V-Dot's plans to improve the safety of the
hazardous Route 2-20 intersection in Ridgeway.
The plan includes the re-alignment of Mica Road with the intersection of
Water Plant Road.
Also included-- a new traffic light and turning lanes.
IN Q=WE feel it's
((H.G. VAUGHN/HENRY CO. SUPERVISOR: WE FEEL IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT CITIZENS
REALIZE V-DOT HAS GIVEN THIS TOP PRIORITY THROUGHOUT ALL THE PROJECTS THAT THEY
HAVE IN THE STATE. IF CITIZENS UNDERSTAND THAT, AND WE DO-- LET'S HOPE NOT, IF
WE SHOULD HAVE ANOTHER ACCIDENT THEN THEY'LL KNOW V-DOT IS TRYING TO PUT THIS
THROUGH HAS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-H.G. Vaughn/Henry Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=quickly as possible
Vaughn expects the project to take about 18 months.
Improvements on Interstate 5-81 won't provide any relief for motorists
this Christmas season, but yesterday Roanoke City Council took another step
toward building a new interchange near Valley View Mall.
Council voted to hire an architectural and engineering firm to design the
interchange bridge and ramps.
The project will cost about five million dollars. Officials say it will
divert much of the traffic that now empties onto Hershberger Road.
Motorists will have to endure one more Christmas of traffic problems before
the project is completed.
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Still to come,
Atlantic city is leaving tourists with more money in their pockets-- the
meter maids bringing something other than tickets.
Area nurses are expressing concern over their changing work environment.
Many say patient care is suffering.
Stay with us.
Changing dynamics in the health care industry are creating concerns for
Many are worried about how they can provide adequate care while following
Kimberly McBroom has more.
IN Q=Downsizing and re- engineering
SUPER=01-Lisa Vautrot/Carilion Registered Nurse;
SUPER=01-Rebecca Rice/Va. Nurses Association Pres.;
OUT Q=McBroom, news 7
(( Downsizing and re- engineering are quickly becoming buzz words for the
health care industry.
The current trend is to have unlicensed assistive personnel help with
traditional nursing duties.
But some R.N.'s say the help is becoming a hindrance.
((LISA VAUTROT/CARILION REGISTERED NURSE: WE DELEGATE THAT DUTY. IT'S A NURSING
DUTY. THEY'RE NOT A NURSE. THEY'RE PRACTICING NURSING WITHOUT A LICENSE. WE
DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DELEGATE TO THEM TO DO THAT, AND THAT LEAVES
EVERYBODY IN A BIND. ))
Representatives with the Virginia Nurses Association met with area health
The V- N- A says the board of nursing only has authority over licensed
employees-- often leaving R-N's accountable for those who are not licensed.
((REBECCA RICE/VA NURSES ASSOC. PRES. I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO BE CONCERNED
WITH LOOKING AT HOW THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE TRAINED, THE KINDS OF EXPERIENCE THEY
HAVE, AND THEN WHAT IS THE RATIO OF NURSES TO UNLICENSED ASSISTIVE PERSONNEL,
TO PATIENTS. ))
Rice says the Roanoke Valley isn't alone-- the trend is occurring all over
She says the V-N-A will be there to offer support to nurses as they deal
with the changes.
But there may be even more support coming.
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: SOME NURSES AT THE MEETING SAY IT'S TIME THEY STOOD
TOGETHER-- PERHAPS AS A UNION. LISA VAUTROT IS A LEADER IN THE EFFORT TO
UNIONIZE CARILION. SHE SAYS THAT CAMPAIGN IS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS. KIMBERLY
MCBROOM, NEWS 7. ))
Meanwhile, Carilion officials were not availible for comment.
Layoffs have hit the Limitorque (lih-mih-TORK) Corporation in Lynchburg.
Workers confirm that the pink slips began going out last week.
In all, about 38 people are affected: 23 hourly workers, and 15 salaried
(Lih-mih-TORK) Limitorque manufactures devices that open and close valves.
The plant employs several hundred people.
A Lynchburg based retailer is closing up shop.
T-G-I-F says its locations in Lynchburg, Blacksburg, and Lexington are no
longer getting their clothing from J-Crew, their main supplier.
T-G-I-F, which stands for The Greatest In Fashion, is closing after 15 years
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Two big factors that could affect the U-S economy have Wall Street's
The Federal Reserve's policy- makers hold their final meeting of the year
There's widespread belief among economists that the central bank will leave
interest rates unchanged, as it has for nearly a year.
And the Commerce Department says housing construction grew nine-point-two
percent in November, the fastest rate of increase in 16 months.
Analysts had been looking for a much smaller advance.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 3 points.
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Coming up in sports,
Hometown hoops weekly travels to Staunton for this week's highlights.
The Dolphins are out of a playoff berth, But they did their best to spoil
things for an A-F-C east rival.
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The Buffalo Bills hit a roadblock on their road to the playoffs last night.
Jimmy Johnson and the Miami Dolphins won 16 to 14 at Joe Robbie stadium.
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The Dolphins had 3 field goals in the first three quarters.
By the fourth quarter, The Dolphins held onto a 9-7 lead.
Then O-J Mcduffie caught a Marino pass for the 16- 7 advantage.
The Bills answered with a touchdown-- but it was too little too late.
Buffalo is now forced to win next week for a shot at the playoffs.
Cowboy Michael Irvin spent time quieting rumors yesterday about possible
drug probation violations.
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In July, the dallas wide receiver was fined and sentenced to 4 years
probation for felony drug charges.
Irvin denies that he has violated his probation.
((MICHAEL IRVIN/DALLAS COWBOY RECEIVER: I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING ALL THE
REPORTS, AND ALL THE THINGS AROUND LAST WEEK. SOMEBODY RUN THIS. AT LEAST
EASE SOME OF THE PEOPLE'S HEAD. I WILL PLAY FOOTBALL HERE THIS YEAR.))
SUPER=01-Michael Irvin/Dallas Cowboy Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...this year"
Big East football added a new coach yesterday.
Former Ohio State assistant
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Walt Harris was named the new head coach at The University of Pittsburgh.
He replaces Johnny Majors and hopes his team will play like the N-F-L's
((WALT HARRIS/NAMED NEW PITTSBURGH COACH:))
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Hometown Hoops was in Moneta last night for the Staunton River/Fieldale
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The Golden Eagles seem to have had their pregame homework done and were
ready for the cavs.
Golden Eagle Matt Roberts steps up at the top of the circle and nails the
3 pointer for 3 of his game high 23.
The Cavs answered. Brad Bodkin takes the pass and nails a trey of his own.
But the Eagles K.C. Carroll serves up a masterpiece in the form of a blue
collar basket and gets the foul.
and the Golden Eagles prevail 54-48 at home.
Atlantic City, New Jersey is getting into the holiday spirit.
The city's police officers will not be issuing parking tickets from now
SUPER=03-Atlantic City, NJ;
Instead motorists will find a note on their windshields that reads:
The meter is red as time has expired.
In the rush of the season we knew you'd be tired.
A parking ticket would make you just blue.
So during this season of friendship and cheer, Merry Christmas to you and
best wishes all year.