It looks like Virginia Tech
will take on Nebraska at the Orange Bowl without two key players.
And Democrats have stopped a Republican bid to win control of the Virginia
Winter weather is heading our way. Many areas could see several inches of
snow by morning. I'll have details in the forecast in a few minutes.
The Democratic party went home with a major victory last night.
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Voters elected delegate Roscoe Reynolds as the 20th District's next state
Teresa Hamilton was in Henry County where Reynolds celebrated his victory.
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SUPER=07-Barnie Day; 1:01
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The defeat of Allen Dudley meant a missed opportunity for Republicans to
take control of the state senate.
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In his concession speech last night, Dudley thanked supporters for
standing by him.
But he says the efforts during his month- long campaign could not measure
up to the monumental support Reynolds received from Congressman- elect Virgil
IN Q=I think if you compare
((ALLEN DUDLEY/R-ROCKY MOUNT: I THINK IF YOU COMPARE MY RECORD AND MY
OPPONENT'S RECORD WITH THE ISSUES WE PRESENTED, WE DID REAL WELL WITH THAT
PRESENTATION. UNFORTUNATELY, WE COULDN'T BEAT ROSCOE REYNOLDS AND VIRGIL GOODE
SUPER=01-Del. Allen Dudley/(R) Rocky Mount;
OUT Q=Virgil Goode combined
Dudley says he plans to continue working for the good of the commonwealth
when he returns to the House of Delegates.
The Hokies will play their biggest football game yet two men short.
Tech will travel to the Orange Bowl without starting fullback Brian Edmonds,
and receiver James Crawford.
Monday Blacksburg police charged the players with the rape and attempted
sodomy of a 19- year- old student.
Tech officials last night said the alleged criminal activity reflects poorly
on the integrity of the athletic programs and the university, and apologized to
fans, students and the community.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA. TECH ATHLETIC DIR.: OUR COURSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO TRY TO BE
FAIR. WE'VE TAKEN A DAY TO LOOK OVER EVERYTHING AND TO TALK TO PEOPLE. AFTER A
LOT OF SERIOUS THOUGHT WE FEEL LIKE THIS IS THE PROPER WAY TO GO. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=way to go.
Braine was quick to point out the suspensions should NOT be construed as an
indication of the players' guilt.
The two players filed a 32 million dollar lawsuit against the alleged
The suit accuses her of trespassing, attempting to extort so-called hush
money, slander, and assault.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=The woman tells News-7
SUPER=01-Matt Pethyridge/Players' Lawyer; :22
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OUT Q=News 7, Blacksburg.
(( The woman tells News-7 she dated James Crawford in the summer of '95 and
is friends with him and Brian Edmonds.
She says after a party Friday night at the players' apartment both men
started taking turns with her while she was drunk. She says they ran when she
yelled for help.
The players' lawyer says it's ludicrous to think a rape victim would return
to the scene of the crime.
((MATT PETHYRIDGE/PLAYERS' LAWYER: SHE CAME IN THE APARTMENT, THEY WERE ASLEEP
AND SHE ACCOSTED JAMES IN HIS BED WHILE HE WAS ASLEEP. SHE EITHER DID THAT OR
SHE DID NOT, AND IF SHE DID SHE'S LIABLE FOR DAMAGES REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR
NOT SHE WAS RAPED. SHE WAS, OF COURSE, NOT RAPED BY EITHER OF THESE TWO
The woman says she did go back, to hurt the players like they had hurt her.
She admits beating Crawford with her boot, and says he told her he thought
she had consented to sex.
She denies the players' accusations that she demanded hush money, and says
the only mention of money all evening came during the party, when she asked
Crawford to borrow two dollars and he said it would cost her sex.
Meanwhile the players have now filed formal complaints with Blacksburg
police, requesting an investigation into THEIR claims.
((A DOZEN WITNESSES ALL PREPARED TO OFFER INFORMATION SUGGESTING THE INNOCENCE
OF THESE TWO PLAYERS. NONE OF THESE PEOPLE WERE INTERVIEWED BY THE BLACKSBURG
POLICE DEPARTMENT. NONE. ))
Blacksburg police chief Bill Brown says his department has consulted with
the prosecutor from the beginning and will continue to investigate the case.
Tracy Altizer, News 7, Blacksburg.))
Even before the suspensions were announced,
some of Virginia's POLITICAL leaders gave their opinions on what should be
done with the two players in question.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Uhhh... Boy.
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: UHHH. BOY. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT YOU PUNISH
SOMEONE BEFORE THEY'RE ACTUALLY PUNISHED. NEVERTHELESS, IT'S FAIRLY SERIOUS,
AND IT SEEMS TO ME THE COACH WOULD TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AND THAT THEY,
IN MY VIEW, NOT PLAY.))
Allen's NOT alone in his concern about the case.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IF IT LOOKS LIKE EITHER A JUDGE OR A GRAND JURY IS GONNA
INDICT THEM AND BIND THEM OVER FOR TRIAL, I WOULD NOT LET THEM REPRESENT
VIRGINIA. THEY SHOULDN'T PLAY FOR VIRGINIA TECH WITH THESE SERIOUS CHARGES
HANGING OVER THEIR HEAD.))
((ATTORNEY GEN. JIM GILMORE: WELL I'M THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE. I'M
NOT THE FOOTBALL COACH AT VIRGINIA TECH OR UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA OR ANYWHERE
ELSE. BUT I HAVE ALWAYS CONDUCTED THE PUBLIC LIFE THAT I HAD AND THE PLACES
THAT I HAVE RUN AS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL AT HIGH STANDARDS, AND THE HIGHEST
sot TACK STANDUP ON HERE
Governor Allen -- who was himself a quarterback at UVA, and whose father a
very successful NFL coach -- told us about his own experience coaching 5th
through 8th graders one year in Albemarle County.
He said if there were any infractions -- his player sat out the next game.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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Still to come,
We'll look at the Citadel's hazing controversy and what it may mean for
A massive hostage situation continues in Peru.
Some Americans are believed to be among the captive.
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In Lima, Peru, Pro-Cuba rebels continue to hold some 200 people hostage at
the home of Japan's ambassador.
The gunmen are threatening to kill the hostages unless their jailed leaders
At least seven of the hostages are believed to be Americans.
Liz Gonzalez has the latest.
IN Q=At approximately
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OUT Q=entered the residence.
An F-B-I employee has been arrested on spying charges.
A source says the employee was arrested today at work at the F-B-I Academy
There's no word yet on the suspect's name and rank-- or any information on
who he was spying for.
Meantime, an American man recently freed from North Korea after being
accused of spying reportedly has committed suicide.
Police Evan Hunziker (HUHN'-zih-kur) shot himself this morning at his
parents' hotel in Tacoma, Washington.
Hunziker was held in North Korea for three months before being freed last
His family said he wanted to be a missionary.
The United Nations has a new Secretary General.
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(KOH'-fee ah-NAHN') Kofi Annan of the African country Ghana was formally
sworn in yesterday.
He succeeds Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt who was vetoed for a second term
by the United States.
Annan says he wants to lobby Congress personally for payment of more than a
billion dollars the U-S owes in back-dues.
The attorney representing two female cadets at the Citadel says the women
had their clothes set on fire not once, but THREE times.
The attorney says hazing directed at the two began in mid-October and
continued after Thanksgiving.
He says fingernail polish was poured on them and set on fire.
Could such a thing happen when women join the corps of cadets at VIRGINIA
Military Institute next year?
IN Q=I think the
((COL. MIKE BISSELL/VMI: I THINK THE MONITORING PROCESS IS THERE. THE CADETS
ARE THERE AND SURELY IF CADETS, WHICH IS A LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
ENVIRONMENT, SOMETHING HAPPENS, THE MONITORING PROCESS CAN BE KICKED IN AND
PEOPLE CAN JUMP IN TO STOP IT, I REALLY DO.))
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Bissell/VMI
OUT Q=I really do.
Colonel Bissell points out that- -unlike the Citadel- -V-M-I has a year to
prepare for co-education and that it makes first classmen- -seniors-
-responsible for the "rats."
Norfolk Southern may still have a chance of winning its bid to purchase
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Conrail already signed an agreement to merge with C-S-X, another railroad.
And their deal had a provision that allows them to postpone a shareholder
vote on the merger if they don't think it will pass.
But a judge ruled they cannot do that because it would be "fundamentally
This opens the door for Norfolk Southern.
Conrail shareholders are scheduled to vote on the C-S-X offer Monday, and
many favor the N-S bid because they'll get more money.
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It's flat tire time for the Tour Dupont and it looks like the Roanoke Valley
won't be able to find a replacement this year.
We'll find out if this kind of weather is coming to our area.
The midwest is suffering through snowfall and bitter cold weather.
Stay with us.
A Lynchburg maintenance plant for nuclear power equipment is under
investigation by the Nuclear Regulatory
Framatome Cogema (Co- GEE- ma) Fuels accidentally shipped a loaded fuel
assembly to Germany. The container was found intact with its nuclear fuel
pellets in mid-November, after a
search by company officials.
Both company and N-R-C officials said there was little risk to the public
because the fuel was stable and
its radiation amount is small. But the mistake could cost the company up to
25-thousand dollars in fines.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
They're calling themselves the Governor's Welfare Ambassadors.
And these business leaders say they have a three-fold mission as they help
Virginia speed up its implementation of the final "workfare" part of welfare
IN Q=First educate
((TOM FARRELL/WELFARE AMBASSADOR: FIRST EDUCATE. SECOND ANALYZE. AND THIRD,
AS IMPORTANT AS THE REST, IS HIRE. EVERYONE HERE MUST DO THEIR BEST TO HIRE
THESE TRANSITIONAL WORKERS. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT THING FOR US NOT TO JUST
HAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT. AND THE PEOPLE HERE ARE COMMITTED TO FOLLOWING
SUPER=01-Tom Farrell/Welfare Ambassador;
OUT Q=following through.
Social Service officials also announced a new program to train welfare
recipients to be nursing assistants in 350 of the state's nursing homes.
The Roanoke Valley will NOT be hosting an international cycling event next
Sources close to Cycle Roanoke Valley says efforts to find new sponsors for
the last year of the Tour DuPont have fallen through.
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DuPont announced earlier this month that it was pulling its name and money
from the race, after a falling out with promoters.
Since then, organizers have been trying to find the money for a May race.
But the Cycle Roanoke Valley sources say "the logistics just wouldn't work."
The group will work on getting international cycling back to the state by
A fierce winter storm continues to blow across the northern plain states.
Blizzard conditions have trapped people and closed major highways.
Snow drifts as deep as four feet have closed highways from the South Dakota
line all the way up to Canada.
And temperatures in the single digits created windchills of up to MINUS 60
degrees below zero.
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Total/Falling to 25;
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Total/Falling to 25;
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 35 points.
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When we return,
The Bulls/Lakers game in the N-B-A was packed full of All-stars.
And over in Women's Basketball, one player delivers a sucker punch in the
All the hard-hitting sports highlights are next.
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In the N-B-A, fans were treated to what many believe is preview of the
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Michael and the Bulls welcomed Shaq and the Lakers to town.
Jordan overwhelmed rookie Kobe Bryant with this backdoor spin and flying jam.
Shaq would counter on the other end with some inside muscle as he gets the
jump hook to drop.
Nick Van Exel would have a huge game for the Lakers with 36.
But the Bulls win it 129 to 123 in overtime.
GRAPHIC=news 7 sports
From the marquee game in the N-B-A we go to a highlight that literally, packs
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Watch Clarissa Davis of the New England Blizzard on the right side of the
screen hit Cindy Brown in the A-B-L all-star game on Sunday.
Last night she was fined $15 hundred dollars and suspended for 2 games.
The Express pushed its win streak to 3 games by beating Johnstown at the
Round House last night.
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J-93's Slam Dunkin dropped the game puck in recognition for his efforts in
the Bikes or bust campaign.
Another legend was on hand.
N-H-L Hall of Famer Brad Park is temporarily filling in for the Chiefs'
coach who is serving a five game E-C-H-L suspension.
((BRAD PARK/NHL HALL OF FAME MEMBER: WHEN HE GOT THE SUSPENSION, I ASKED IF
THERE WAS ANYTHING I COULD DO, SO I ENDED UP DOWN HERE FILLING HIS SHOES, THE
KIDS ARE SO ENTHUSIASTIC.))
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The Express played with that same enthusiasm last night. After falling
behind by a goal, Jeff Cowan notches SUPER=38-Roanoke/6/Johnstown/3;
one of his two goals on the night on this power play tally.
Cowan scored his second goal with about four minutes left in the first and
Roanoke goes on to win 6-3.
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The Governor's concern about the state of the Tech football team these days,
has not hindered his excitement about the team's Orange Bowl appearance.
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He is still considered by many to be the team's unofficial good luck charm,
dating back to the 19-93 season.
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Last December Allen bet his Texas counterpart on the Sugar Bowl and won.
He now trying to make a wager on Tech with Nebraska Governor Benjamin
IN Q="Last year..
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: LAST YEAR TECH DID GREAT IN BEATING TEXAS, AND REGAINING
THE HONOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, AS OUR WAHOOS HAD LOST TO THEM AND
HAD A PAGE OF THOSE BRAGADOCCIO TEXANS, BUT WE HAD A GREAT TIME EATING THOSE
BEEF RIBS WITH COACH BEAMER AND HIS STAFF AND THE CAPTAINS LAST YEAR AT THE
GOVERNOR'S MANSION, AND THAT GOOD TEXAS GRAPEFRUIT. I GUESS WE'LL GET A MESS
OF CORN OUT OF NEBRASKA.))
OUT Q=...OUT OF NEBRASKA."