(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...AS A DARK CLOUD LOOMS OVER VIRGINIA TECH--
ADMINISTRATORS SAY THEY WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO PREVENT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY BY
THE PARTY NUMBERS MAY STAY THE SAME, BUT IS THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE CHANGING
NOW THAT ROSCOE REYNOLDS IS HEADING TO RICHMOND AS A STATE SENATOR?
IT'S WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18TH--TONIGHT'S TOP STORY
THE REGION PREPARES TO DO BATTLE WITH A PRE-CHRISTMAS BOUT OF SNOW--
OUT Q=BOUT OF SNOW.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie
The eastern part of the country is facing the same winter storm that socked
in much of the Plains.
And the snow is now here--effecting much of Southwest Virginia.
double boxes Connie/Kimberly
Kimberly McBroom spent the evening traveling across the New River Valley,
now she joins us from Christiansburg..
Kim, what's it like out there?
(roll cue: "...of much more to come.")
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SUPER=01-David Clarke/Va. Dept. of Transportation; :18
OUT Q=a bad start.
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With snow, comes school delays and cancellations-and here's the latest
dissolve to Schoolwatch
Concord College is operating one hour late -- but employees report on time
Covington is operationg two hours late.
SChools in Carroll and Floyd Counties are closed tomorrow--so are schools in
Galax and Grayson County.
The Virginia Tech faculty senate has been working on how to handle criminal
activity, even before the recent rape charges against two football players
surfaced earlier this week.
The rape charges against Tech football players Brian Edmonds and James
Crawford are the latest in a string of criminal charges various football
players have racked up.
Faculty senate members say coaches and administrators must be held
Senate president Paul Metz says officials MUST take action, even if it
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((PAUL METZ/FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT: WHEN YOU START TO HOLD ADMINISTRATORS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENTIRE PACKAGE, THEN THEY START TO SAY WELL MAYBE THIS
SUPERSTAR KID THAT I'VE GOT REAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS CHARACTER, MAYBE THIS IS
SOMEBODY I'M GONNA LET GO TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION AND I'LL PASS ON HIM, EVEN
THOUGH HE MIGHT WIN THE BIG GAME FOR US ONE DAY.))
SUPER=01-Paul Metz/Faculty Senate President;
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Meantime the alleged victim says she was the only one left at the party when
the Tech players raped her in Edmonds' bedroom around one-thirty A-M.
Yesterday, the players' lawyer said there are witnesses who say that's not
((MATT PETHYBRIDGE/PLAYERS' LAWYER: WE HAVE NUMEROUS MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN'S
TRACK TEAM WHO WILL TESTIFY THAT THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY THAT SHE COULD'VE
BEEN RAPED IN THE TIME THAT THE PARTY WAS GOING ON BETWEEN 10 AND TWO. ))
SUPER=01-Matt Pethybridge/Players' Lawyer;
OUT Q=between 10 and two.
But one of those track team members, Gena Franklin tells News-7 she and five
others were the last to leave the party, EXCEPT the alleged victim who stayed
behind with Crawford and Edmonds.
She says that was at one-thirty, around the time the alleged victim says she
Peruvian guerrillas holding hostages in Lima have released the ambassadors
of Canada, Greece and Germany-- and a Peruvian official.
Rebels disguised as waiters stormed a reception at the Japanese
ambassador's home last night.
Early on about 170 people were released-- but hundreds of dignitaries are
still being held-- possibly including six Americans.
((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: WE CALL UPON THE TERRORISTS WHO ARE
HOLDING THESE HOSTAGES TO RELEASE THEM QUICKLY AND SAFELY AND UNHARMED. THERE
CAN BE NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS SHAMEFUL AND VIOLENT ACT OF TERRORISM.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/State Dept. Spokesman;
OUT Q=act of terrorism."
Members of the Tupac Amaru movement are demanding the release of their
Still to come-- what do the top state officials think about yesterday's special
And as many people continue searching for "Tickle Me Elmo"-- one
well-connected man didn't have any trouble buying several of the dolls.
go to break
An FBI agent is charged with spying for the Russians.
Federal Prosecutors say Earl Pitts was willing to sell out his country for
roughly 250 thousand dollars.
((HELEN FAHEY/U.S. ATTORNEY: NOTHING WAS SACRED TO PITTS. HE WAS WILLING TO
BETRAY HIS COUNTRY, HIS AGENCY AND HIS FELLOW AGENTS.))
SUPER=01-Helen Fahey/U. S. Attorney;
OUT Q=HIS FELLOW AGENTS."
Pitts is accused of selling classified documents relating to the national
defense-- as well as personal and medical information about fellow FBI agents
who might be vulnerable to recruitment.
Now that Roscoe Reynolds is heading back to Richmond as a state senator,
his old job is up for grabs.
Fellow democrats are pushing for Barnie Day to fill Reynold's House of
Republicans are still looking for a candidate.
Ellen Qualls has more on the impact of last night's election.
IN Q=If Republican
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(( IF Republican Allen Dudley had tipped the Senate balance of power to the
GOP, it would have bolstered the power of George Allen, and weakened Democrat
Don Beyer in the year he will run for Governor.
But Dudley didn't win.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME WITH EITHER... CONSERVATIVE
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT KEEPS A 20-20 SENATE WHICH I LIKE. BUT FAR MORE
IMPORTANT THAN THAT, IT SENDS A WISE, CONSCIENTIOUS, VERY SINCERE INDIVIDUAL TO
RICHMOND. ROSCOE REYNOLDS IS A GOOD MAN, NOT A PARTICULARLY PARTISAN MAN.))
Some Republicans are smarting today from an 11th hour bullet to the Dudley
campaign they frankly didn't expect.
The National Rifle Association sent out blaze orange postcards endorsing
Democrat Roscoe Reynolds over the weekend.
Ellen Qualls, NEWS-7 RIchmond.))
One man who benefits from a Reynolds victory, Democrat Don Beyer unveiled
what may be his most important legislative agenda in eight years as Lieutenant
Beyer says his relatively modest 14- point agenda is politically achievable.
IN Q=But I'm here
((BUT I'M HERE PUSHING FOR GIVING TEACHERS THE ABILITY TO THROW DISRUPTIVE
STUDENTS OUT OF THEIR CLASSROOMS RIGHT NOW...LITERACY PASSPORT... GOALS
2000...NEED TO ACT ON THEM RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=act on them right now. 4TH REF.
Beyer says his TOP priority when the legislature reconvenes January 8th is
to fix the "lag pay" issue for state workers.
Moving state paychecks back two weeks may be better accounting businessman
Beyer says -- but it should NOT cost state workers money.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Also unveiled today-- one of two competing commissions on Virginia's
The Governor's commission, headed by Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore
concluded the state was mostly on the right track environmentally.
That's despite a recent watchdog agency report that polluters weren't being
punished much by the Allen administration.
IN Q=That's why
((ATTORNEY GEN. JIM GILMORE: THAT'S WHY THIS COMMISSION HAS INCLUDED A
RECOMMENDATION THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL POWERS
FOR CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT. I THINK THAT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT RECOMMENDATION.
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEYS ACROSS THE
OUT Q=the state.
A Sierra Club spokesman described the report as "not much meat... not much
The skinny on those increasingly popular diet pills...the magic bullet is not
On Primetime Sports-- three Salem starters are benched, but the Spartans
still give Cave Spring a fight on the hardwoods.
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It's no secret the hardest toy to find in time for Christmas is
Tickle-Me-Elmo... but apparently one person didn't have any problems.
Two New York newspapers are reporting John Gotti Junior-- the son of the
jailed mob boss-- bought a case of the Tickle Me Elmo dolls.
Gotti, his wife and several other couples did some late night shopping
Friday at Toys-R-Us in Queens...and spent eight-thousand dollars on many carts
of toys including the red stuffed muppets.
Most stores ran out of Tickle Me Elmos weeks ago, but one store manager says
Gotti was just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.
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Primetime sports is headed your way on News-7 Primetime right here on WEFC.
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On Health Check, some people may need a second flu shot this year.
And--It's not the magic potion-- we'll have the latest on diet drugs and
Plus-- two new studies from the National Cancer Institute suggests a new
timetable for treating breast cancer.
Here are some of the top medical items of the day.
IN Q=It appears the
OUT Q=uterine cancer.
It appears the influenza vaccine from one manufacturer isn't effective
enough against one of the three flu viruses around this year.
Consequently 11 batches of the
vaccine were recalled...because of lack of potency - it just wasn't strong
So who needs a second shot?
Only those people who received the recalled vaccine and are at risk for
complications from the flu - like the elderly or those with chronic heart and
Contact your health care provider to find out what vaccine you received.
Only 5-7% of all people who got a flu shot got that particular vaccine
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The latest studies show obesity drugs-- like redux-- do help some people
lose weight....and keep it off.
But researchers note obesity is a chronic disease so the medication would
likely need to be continued for years.
There are few studies on how safe and effective these drugs are over the
The study concludes that outline use of these drugs shouldn't be
recommended just yet and short term use is definitely a poor idea.
Those who do benefit from taking the drugs are those who have other health
problems like diabetes or hypertension.
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And for women with early breast cancer-- researchers say patients may
benefit from taking the drug "tamoxifen" for 10-years.
That recommendation is in direct conflict with one last month that said
women should only stay on the drug for 5-years.... in part because tamoxifen
may slightly increase the risk of uterine cancer.))
Tonight's winner for the more curious video of the day....comes from
SUPER=75-Clearwater, FL; :
where what some believe is an image of the Virgin Mary is causing quite a stir.
Hundreds have flocked to this office building, as some are calling it a
miracle, a holy vision appearing on the windows.
IN Q=I know
OUT Q=Whoo lord.
Others though, are not quite ready to say what this quote-- apparation--
toss to steve
UVa/Liberty hoops highlights and some high school, action to bring you, but
first...Christmas came early in the orient.
SUPER=03-Beijing, China; :00
Kids got a special treat as Beijing Lions pro basketball player Tyrone
Dolemcn played Santa Clause for the youth. He not only gave up lap time butr
also showed off some sant moves. now the numbers.
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SUPER=0096-/New York/63//Detroit/94/3///LA Lakers/54//Milwaukee/61/Half//;
SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/3//Buffalo/4/3///Los Angeles/0//NY Rangers/4/3//;
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SUPER=0098-/Alabama #20/72//North Texas/55/2///Stanford #22///Alaska///Late//;
OUT Q=....last score."
7 and 1 Liberty came in confident against 4 and 2 Virginia at U-Hall. But
the Cavs rolled to a 67-54 win.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Flames vs. Cavaliers;
The Wahoos were back in action for the first time since an ACC loss to
Clemson 11 days ago.
They would start quickly. Jamal Robinson hits Roanoker Curtis Staples who
goes to the rack in transition, and Virginia led by 4.
But the Flames hung tough. Peter Aluma and Mark Reed play the 2 man game.
Reed strokes the area code 3 from the corner.
Courtney Alexander led the Cavs with 20 tonight. He slices down the lane
for the reverse layin. But he would later leave the game with a sprained
Liberty would not go away. Eric Sorenson gets the steal and kicks it out to
Gabe Caldwell for the deuce.
UVa's board work put out the fire. Here they get not one, not two, but six
shots and Norman Nolan finishes with the jam. Cavs go to 5 and 2 with the 13
Cave Spring power forward Alex Phillips is one focus of this Wednesday's
addition of Hometown Hoops Weekly. Tonight, the college recruit and his mates
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Knights; :00
3 Spartan starters, including Hershel Thomas, Salem's top player were
suspended for the game because of technical fouls last night against
Phillips took advantage. Ryan Bointott goes inside to the big man,
Phillips uses the window for the bucket.
Salem's Sam Lazarro took matters into his own hands, driving the lane in
traffic and getting the roll around the iron.
Phillips...too strong inside at SUPER=33-Salem/32/Cave Spring/45;
6'6". Ricky Dierker gives to the senior and...money!!!
Salem kept an early lead thanks to some long bombs but the Spartans had
trouble stopping Cave's inside game. Cave goes on to win 45-32.
One note from the ring. Part time Martinsville resident Oliver Mccall and
Lennox Lewis are scheduled for a rematch in February.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas; :00
Lewis was at the fight news conference today, but Mccall, who is facing
charges in Nashville for Vandalism, disordely conduct and resisting arrest, was
nowhere to be found.
IN Q="I had
((LENNOX LEWIS/FORMER HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Lennox Lewis/Former Heavyweight Champ; :00
OUT Q=...1 time"
Teams from the Major Leagues continue to make off-season moves today.
Eddie Murray thought he was done with the west coast when he left the Dodgers.
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :00
The free agent needs a moving truck again. The Anaheim Angels have a greed
to terms on a one year contract with the 40 year old Murray, who played last
season with Cleveland and Baltimore.
Also, Greg Swindell has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland
Indians. Swindell split the 96 season with Houston and the Indians.
That's it for us on NEWS-7 Primetime--
See you tomorrow, Goodnight.
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