(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... LAYOFFS ARE EXPECTED AT ROANOKE COUNTY'S
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE OUTLINES ITS PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTS FOR CADETS--
SAYING THEY'LL BE THE SAME FOR MEN AND WOMEN. ))
OUT Q=MEN AND WOMEN
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Friday December 20th--tonight's Top Story
While in the midst of a wrongful death civil trial-- O-J Simpson is awarded
full custody of his two children.
Good Evening. You're watching News 7 PRIMETIME on WEFC. I'm Connie
The tug of war for eleven-year-old Syndey and eight-year-old Justin is now
They've lived with their grandparents ever since police arrested O.J.
Simpson back in 1994.
Simpson's lawyers had argued that they belong with their father, that he
can enlighten them about their African-American heritage.
Lawyers representing Nicole Brown's parents say Simpson abused Nicole--
and therefore, the children should not be with him.
IN Q=If a man
((NATASHA RIOT/BROWN FAMILY ATTORNEY: IF A MAN CONTINUES TO DENY BEING A
BATTERER, HE IS NOT HEALED AS A BATTERER. AND IF HE IS NOT HEALED AS A
BATTERER, HE WILL COMMIT IT AGAIN. SO DO I THINK THE CHILDREN ARE EXPOSED TO
RISK? ABSOLUTELY. ))
SUPER=01-Natasha Riot/Brown Family Attorney; :
So with the fight for the children over, the number one legal matter for
Simpson, the Browns and the Goldman's is the civil case.
Jury members have now begun a two-week recess.
Worker at Roanoke County's largest employer have been notified of a major
A source in Roanoke County government confirms the company is planning to
eliminate the women's apparel telemarketing division.
Hanover Direct is also apparently planning to cut the second shift at the
distribution warehouse on Hollins Road.
Officials from the company did not respond to requests for more
Roanoke County provided incentives to bring Hanover Direct here in 1995,
and the lay- offs will NOT violate the company's performance agreement.
There's no word on the exact number of employees who will lose their jobs,
or the date the lay- offs will take effect.
Democrats say the Governor's budget plan reveals a kinder, gentler, greener
Included in his proposal: 30 million dollars more for K-through 12
Plus 11 million dollars for the Chesapeake Bay.
He's been advancing his budget plan with some of these announcements
Today, there was one more shoe to drop -- a 20 million dollar surplus that's
NOT budgeted for anything.
SOT t1 09:52;25
IN Q=Just as
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: JUST AS FAMILIES ACROSS VIRGINIA DON'T SPEND EVERY LAST
PENNY THAT THEY EARN, NEITHER SHOULD THEIR STATE GOVERNMENT.))
OUT Q=state government.
Allen did NOT propose a tax cut-- but he expressed a preference that
lawmakers enact a small one.
SOT T2 10:10:48
IN Q=The first call
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THE FIRST CALL ON THIS 20 MILLION DOLLARS IS FIXING LAG
PAY FOR STATE EMPLOYEES. THE GOVERNOR SAYS THAT NOT EVERY FAMILY SPENDS EVERY
PENNY THEY MAKE. WELL OUR STATE EMPLOYEES WILL SPEND EVERY PENNY THEY HAVE AND
SOME THAT THEY DON'T HAVE BECAUSE OF LAG PAY.))
OUT Q=lag pay.
Allen's lag-pay plan starts in January.
Each paycheck will come a day later for seven months.
SOT T3 11:16:20
IN Q=I do not
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I DO NOT THINK WHAT IS IN THE BUDGET ADEQUATELY
DEALS WITH IT. I THINK THAT MAY BE THE REASON THAT THEY LEFT THE 20- MILLION
DOLLARS FLEXIBILITY IN THE BUDGET, SO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY COULD BRING ITS
COLLECTIVE WISDOM TO BEAR ON THAT PROBLEM.))
OUT Q=that problem.
Other areas lawmakers are likely to tinker with-- include higher education,
school construction money and a possible increase of the two-percent raise
state workers won last year.
Virginia Military Institute plans to have male and female cadets take the
same physical fitness tests.
Among the requirements they'll have to meet each semester: at least 60
sit-ups in two minutes and run a mile- and- a- half in 12 minutes.
In the first quarterly report required by U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser,
VMI also says it's offered admission to 11 women.
Three of them, FULL scholarships.
In its sports program, the school plans to field women's teams in cross
country, track and swimming.
It will offer athletic scholarships to women in proportion to those already
offered to men.
The rebels holding hostages at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima,
Peru, have reportedly released 38 more captives.
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru; :
The Peruvian government is also allowing medicine and portable toilets to
make it into the residence.
Authorities had cut off power, water and phones in the building-- where
the leftist guerrillas have been holding 375 diplomats and other dignitaries
hostage since Tuesday night.
Earlier today, the Red Cross sent water and food into the compound.
In this country, the Clinton Administration continues monitoring the
IN Q=The president
((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: THE PRESIDENT HAS CORRESPONDED, HAS
EXCHANGED CORRESPONDENCE WITH PRESIDENT
FUJIMORI TO REASSURE EACH OTHER THAT THEY ARE IN CLOSE CONTACT AND THAT THEIR
GOVERNMENTS ARE IN CLOSE CONTACT
AS THE GOVERNMENT OF PERU ADDRESSES THE SITUATION ))
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman; :
The hostage drama began Tuesday night when two-dozen Tupac Amaru rebels
seized hundreds of guests at a holiday party.
The rebels are demanding freedom for 300 jailed comrades, transportation to
a central jungle and a promise to change the government's free market-economic
Coming up on NEWS-7 Primetime-- It could be a new line of attack against the
media--we'll explain Food Lion's victory today over ABC.
And a little later-- preparations are underway for the Orange Bowl-- not just
in FLorida, but right here in the Star City.
go to break
In Greensboro, North Carolina a jury has ruled that A-B-C television
committed fraud against a grocery chain.
The network's staff members went undercover as Food Lion employees for a
1992 "PrimeTime Live" expose on alleged unsanitary practices at the chain.
Today's decision opens up an entirely new line of legal attack for
companies that get hurt by such exposes.
The national spotlight on farm loan discrimination got the attention of some
Franklin County farmers tonight.
The county chapter of the National Black Farmers of America met to discuss
the recent findings against the U-S-D-A.
Hundreds of black farmers have filed complaints or lawsuits charging U-S-D-A
loan officials discouraged, delayed or rejected their loan applications because
of their race.
IN Q=It takes a
((SHERMAN WITCHER/FRANKLIN CO. FARMER: IT TAKES A FARMER TO GROW YOUR FOOD TO
EAT AND FARMING IS GOING OUT REGARDLESS IF YOU'RE BLACK OR WHITE. SO WHY PUT
THE BLACK MAN OUT OF FARMING ESPECIALLY IF HE WANTS TO DO IT. WE'RE FARMERS BY
CHOICE NOT BY FORCE. THAT'S ANY FARMER BLACK OR WHITE.))
SUPER=01-Sherman Witcher/Franklin Co. Farmer;
OUT Q=black or white.
Representives from Senator Robb and Congressman Goodlatte's office were at
Wednesday, the Secretary of Agriculture ordered a suspension of government
farm foreclosures across the country pending the outcome of an investigation.
Black students in Oakland, California who use double negatives or incorrect
grammar are now considered to be speaking a legitimate foreign language.
That's the opinion of the Oakland school board, which wants to use federal
funds to train teachers to understand the so-called "black English".
Supporters say it will help raise test scores among African- American
But many educators say it simply encourages children to use incorrect
IN Q=I am troubled
((DR. JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: I AM TROUBLED THAT NOW
WE OPEN UP OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS FOR ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THE TO THE
GENERAL PUBLIC `WE'RE GOING TO EXPECT A LITTLE BIT LESS OUT OF SOMEBODY'.))
SUPER=01-Dr. James McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent; :00
OUT Q=out of somebody.
McCormick says the issue of accepting "black English" has never been raised
before in Lynchburg.
Virginia Tech fans are seeing Orange and a local printing company is tickled
Scribners Screen Printing makes shirts for Tech's off-campus bookstore.
Since the announcement of the Hokies' Orange Bowl matchup with Nebraska,
Scribners has been working non-stop.
So far the company has filled four orders totaling 15-hundred pieces.
Last year they sold more than three thousand Sugar Bowl shirts.
Greg Scribner says this year's late bowl announcement shortened the selling
season, but they're happy with the sales totals for the Orange Bowl
IN Q=WHEN THEY DO
((GREG SCRIBNER/SCRIBNER SCREEN PRINTING: WHEN THEY DO WELL EVERYONE DOES WELL
AND THAT MAKES IT WORTH OUR TIME TO BE CONNECTED WITH THE TECH BOOKSTORE.))
SUPER=01-Greg Scribner/Scribner Screen Printing;
OUT Q=WITH THE TECH BOOKSTORE
The company has two artists on staff who come up with the designs.
And you don't have to travel all the way to Blacksburg for Orange Bowl
shirts, Scribners is selling them at its Roanoke location as well.
Tonight on Primetime SPorts-- the Hurricanes talk about their meeting with
the Cavaliers in the Carquest Bowl--
And how are shelters in our area coping with the frigid temperatures-- that
story when we come back.
go to break
With temperatures dropping in our area, the numbers are on the rise at
The Rescue Mission of Roanoke had a full house last night.
The shelter doesn't turn anyone away, and this afternoon, staff members and
volunteers were preparing for another busy night.
IN Q=The division that
((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION OF ROANOKE: THIS DIVISION THAT WE'RE IN
RIGHT NOW HAS 89 BEDS AND THEY WERE ALL FILLED AND WE HAD TWO FELLOWS IN CHAIRS
LAST NIGHT. THE RECOVERY FLOOR HAS 46 BEDS I THINK THEY'RE ALL FILLED AND WE
HAVE FOUR GUYS WAITING TO GET IN RECOVERY AND FAMILY FLOOR IS FILLING UP AS WE
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission of Roanoke;
OUT Q=filling up as we speak.
Members of the staff are watching out for signs of frostbite, and the
rescue mission welcomes donations of warm overcoats and boots.
toss to wx
SUPER=330-Clear - Near/Record Lows/5-10/Mostly Sunny/& Cold/30-35;
SUPER=331-Clear &/Very Cold/8-12/Mostly Sunny/& Cold/34-38;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Record Lows/-5-5/Sunny/ & Cold/30-34;
SUPER=333-Clear/Bitter Cold/0-5/Mostly Sunny/& Cold/30-34;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/& Cold/7-12/Partly Cloudy/& Chilly/30-34;
On Health Check tonight, some important research concerning breast cancer.
Patients may need to have more tissue removed to keep the cancer from
Researchers found that healthy-looking tissue around breast tumors may be
precancerous about 30 percent of the time.
The findings appear in "Science" magazine.
It's that time, when some of us have to mull over the evils of holiday
Tonight, a few suggestions to keep the scale steady throughout the season.
Just a reminder again this year-- bite for bite, holiday sweets and
hors'doevres are the most caloric, fat-rich foods you'll ever eat.
So a nibble of this and a taste of that can really add up.
IN Q=There's a
((DR. RANDY ECKERT/PATHOLOGIST:
THERE'S A TREND OVER OVEREATING
DURING THE HOLIDAYS, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE TYPES OF FOODS WE SERVE
THERE'S ALSO A TENDANCY TO
INCREASE FATTY FOODS WE EAT EAT DURING THE HOLIDAYS))
SUPER=01-Dr. Randy Eckert/Pathologist; :
OUT Q=during the holiday
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART******
It's easy to eat an entire day's worth of calories in one sitting-- not
only packing on pounds, but also increasing cholesterol levels.
Consider budgeting your calories as you would budget your money.
IN Q=As a
((AS A PATHOLOGIST WE SEE THAT PEOPLE OVER THE HOLIDAYS HAVE A TENDANCY TO
INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CALORIES THAT THEY TAKE IN AT THEIR HOLIDAY MEALS. AND
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO DO IS THINK OF IT AS BUDGETING. YOU BUDGET YOUR MONEY THAT
YOU HAVE OVER THE HOLIDAYS ON THE NUMBER OF PRESENTS THAT YOU WANT TO BUY. AND
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS BUDGET THE NUMBER OF PRESENTS YOU WANT TO BUY. AND WHAT
YOU WANT TO DO IS BUDGET YOUR CALORIES AS WELL. ))
OUT Q=calories as well.
Here are a few ideas to trim the fat:
Choose white, skinless turkey meat instead of dark, to cut out 50-percent
of the fat and calories.
Split desert-- a single piece of pecan pie adds up to 38 grams of fat.
Never go to a party hungry-- that can destroy even the strongest
And of course, keep up the exercise.
Tonight, our video of the day is chock full of Tickle-Me Elmo--
SUPER=75-New York; :
The best dressed Elmo is found at Cartier on Manhattan's 5th Avenue--
sporting a million dollar diamond necklace and bracelet.
The jeweler says it's a real deal.
The Elmo doll is free, with of course, the purchase of the diamonds.
Meantime, have you ever wondered about the big guy behind the Sesame Street
IN Q=Look NAT SOUND
((LOOK WHAT ELMO WROTE HIS OWN SONG. ))
((KEVIN CLASH/VOICE OF ELMO: PEOPLE ARE KIND OF SHOCKED BECAUSE I HAVE THIS
BARITONE VOICE AND I CAN GO UP SO HIGH WITH THAT VOICE, IT JUST HAPPENED AND IT
WORKS FOR THE CHARACTER, SO. ))
SUPER=75-Kevin Clash/Voice of Elmo; :04
OUT Q=for the character, so.
Clash says Elmo has had a positive force on his own life...so he's glad to
see the fuzzy red muppet become a household name.
Tonight in Primetime Sports Virginia Tech gets ready for Nebraska and the
Hurricanes talk about their Carquest showdown with Virginia
NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick was in court today in Asheville, North
SUPER=03-Asheville, NC; :00
Hendrick plead innocent to federal money laundering charges during his
Hendrick, who is the nation's largest car dealer, faces 13 counts of money
laundering, plus a charge of mail fraud and conspiracy for allegedly building
his empire through the use of bribes.
And now here's the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-/New York/88//Philadelphia/72/4///New Jersey/95//Atlanta/109///;
OUT Q=....last score."
The Virginia Tech Hokies continued their preparations for the Nebraska
Cornhuskers today, and as you know those preparations do not include Brian
As you likely know by now, the senior fullback has been suspended for the
And while that make look like a serious blow to the offense, senior captain
Billy Conaty says it may be a blessing in disguise.
Edmonds absence will allow Marcus Parker to start at fullback and play the
entire game instead of splitting time at tailback.
IN Q="I always...
((BILLY CONATY/VIRGINIA TECH CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Billy Conaty/Virginia Tech Center; :00
OUT Q=...gonna do well."
Edmonds absence also means that Shyrone Stith will be back in the tech
tailback plans backing up Ken Oxendine.
Miami coach Butch Davis already knows a couple of things about the
Cavaliers from his days as a N-F-L scout.
One the Cavaliers are well coached in all phases of the the game and the
other they have a very explosive offense led by Tailback Tiki Barber.
IN Q="obviously with
((BUTCH DAVIS/MIAMI HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Butch Davis/Miami Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=.......wide receivers."
GRAPHIC=NEW YORK JETS
Oo the NFL front, the New York Jets and head coach Rich Kotite announced that
they are parting ways after the team's season finale at home this Sunday
against the Dolphins.
Under Kotite's leadership the Jets are just 4 and 27 over the past two
IN Q="If you take...
((RICH KOTITE/RESIGNS AS JETS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rich Kotite/Resigns as Jets Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...WAY TO GO."
Here's what're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
There are just a few shopping days left before Christmas...
dissolve to boards
And with one in three people now owning a home computer, there's a huge
variety of presents out there for every age.
Len Besthoff begins his series on Cyber Santa...with the possibilities for
The story in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. Have a nice weekend.