Up next on News 7 at 6:
Give it back to taxpayers or spend it now? Hear the debate over what to do
with 20 million unspent dollars in the Governor's new budget plan.
And gift ideas for Cyber Santa--we'll have some tips if you're shopping for
a computer buff.
Tonight in sports, NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick was back in court today,
the Hokies and Hoos continue their bowl preparations, we'll check in with the
Plus, the New York Jets head coach Rich Kotite resigns, effective at the end
of the upcoming season.
Bitter cold overnight lows are in the forecast tonight, but a warming trend
is on the way as we head toward Christmas. Stay tuned for the details.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A generally healthy economy in Virginia means a little extra gravy in George
Allen's budget this year.
Ellen Qualls reports on the Governor's priorities for the last budget he'll
sign into law.
IN Q=He'd already
SUPER=01-Joan Dent/Va. Gov't. Employees Assoc.; 1:03
SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Walker/(D) Senate Finance Co-Chairman; 1:12
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
He'd already revealed new money for public education, the Chesapeake Bay,
So his last surprise?
20 million dollars NOT allocated for anything.
SOT T1 09:52:41
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AS A MATTER OF GENERAL POLICY AND PRINCIPLE, MY
PREFERENCE WOULD BE TO RETURN IT TO THE TAXPAYERS WHO EARNED IT. HOWEVER, IF
NOT, I WOULD URGE YOU TO LEAVE IT.))
So why NOT propose a tax cut himself?
SOT T2 10:08:40
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHAT CHANCE DO YOU RECKON IT HAS WITH THIS GROUP? I
THINK WE'VE GONE THROUGH THAT EXERCISE BEFORE.))
SOT T3 11:16:57
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I UNDERSTAND AND LISTENED TO THE RHETORIC ABOUT
THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS. BUT I KNOW WHY THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS IS THERE. THE
20 MILLION DOLLARS IS THERE SO WE CAN TAKE A MORE IN-DEPTH LOOK AT HOW TO DEAL
WITH THE LAG PAY PROBLEM.))
The lag pay problem is the new payroll system the Governor will enact in
January -- disbursing checks a day later each pay period, so state workers are
paid two weeks after actual time worked, like the private sector.
Allen's proposed to make up for a few days of the missing two weeks.
But the rest would consume some of state workers hard-won two percent
raises... that they were actually hoping to get sweetened this year.
SOT T2 10:14:02
((JOAN DENT/VA. GOV'T. EMPLOYEES ASSOC.: WE WOULD ANTICIPATE JUST AS TRADITION
GOES THAT WE'LL SEE A BETTER PACKAGE FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
And there are other areas of discord.
SOT T3 11:15:15
((SEN. STANLEY WALKER/D-SENATE FINANCE CO-CHAIRMAN: I DO NOT SEE MUCH THERE
FOR HIGHER EDUCATION. WE EMBARKED ON A PATH IN THE LAST SESSION. AND IT WAS
CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THAT WE HAD MADE A STRONG BEGINNING. BUT THERE WAS ALSO A
FEELING THAT WE HAD A LONG WAYS TO GO.))
But it's a far cry from two years ago -- when an in-your-face Allen laid out
an ambitious tax and spending cut scheme that Democrats decimated within weeks.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A New York man will spend Christmas in jail for his role in an organized dog
fighting ring exposed by Halifax County deputies.
24-year old Anthony Martinez will spend a total of 90-days behind bars
The New York native was also ordered to do one-thousand hours of community
service at an animal hospital.
Martinez and Alan Samuels were arrested in February after a Halifax County
deputy heard a pit bull moaning in the back of a pick up parked outside a local
Four injured dogs were discovered along with a videotape of people wagering
thousands of dollars on dog fights.
Deputies also found other evidence of dog fighting-- including drugs and a
IN Q=I think
((LLOYD COBB/HALIFAX CO. DEPUTY:I THINK MOST OF THE PEOPLE DIDN'T REALIZE THE
DOG FIGHTS WERE GOING ON AND LIKE I SAID, IT WAS AN EDUCATION PERIOD FOR ME,
TOO, GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE ANIMAL WORDEN IN THIS COUNTY OPENED UP MY EYES
QUIET A BIT TO WHAT WAS GOING ON. ))
SUPER=01-Lloyd Cobb/Halifax Co. Deputy; :00
OUT Q=going on.
All four dogs were eventually "put to sleep".
Authorities say because of the way the dogs were raised, they were not
suitable candidates for adoption.
V-M-I plans to have male and female cadets take the same physical fitness
Among the requirements they'll have to meet each semester: do at least 60
sit-ups in two minutes and run one-and-a half miles in at least 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 can have full scholarships.
In its sports program, the school plans to field women's teams in cross
country, track and swimming.
And it will offer athletic scholarships to women in proportion to those
A Roanoke police officer will NOT face criminal charges for a fatal
Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell says Officer A-C Lampe had reason to
fear for his life, and his use of deadly force was justified.
Two months ago, police responded to a call of a woman screaming for help in
They found 41-year old Rodney Lee Wilhelm outside his house, carrying two
He fired one, and pointed the other at officer Lampe.
Lampe fired five shots, hitting Wilhelm four times. Wilhelm died at the
With temperatures dropping near zero in some areas, the numbers are
climbing for people using homeless shelters in the region.
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.
Staff members are watching out for signs of frostbite.
Sylvester-Johnson says the rescue mission would welcome donations of warm
overcoats and boots.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
Virginia Tech's trip to the Orange Bowl is already translating into big
business for one local company.
and what are some of the most popular computer gifts this Christmas?
We'll have some tips for all you Cyber Santas.
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The Halifax Sheriff's department is hoping education will lower the number
of domestic violence calls in the county.
Last year, the Sheriff's department answered 200 calls.
By October of this year the county had already exceeded that number.
That increase is one reason Sheriff Jeff Oakes is pinning his hopes on a new
The department has received word more than 64-thousand dollars in federal
and state money from the Department of Criminal Justice Services is on the way.
The money will be used to hire a full time deputy who'll receive extensive
training in dealing with victims of domestic violence.
The full time officer will also be responsible for educating the community.
IN Q=We know
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:WE KNOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS AN IMPORTANT
ISSUE IN VIRGINIA, AS WELL AS HALIFAX COUNTY AND WE'RE GOING TO REACT TO IT AND
WHEN THE GRANT BECAME AVAILABLE WE FELT LIKE IT WAS A VERY OPPORTUNE TIME TO
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=of it.
Oakes says the grant is especially important because beginning next July
officers will be required to make an arrest when they see evidence of domestic
Danville Regional Medical Center and Virginia's largest health insurer are
no longer at odds.
The hospital and Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield have signed a new two year
contract which will go into affect January first.
Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield had (----------------)
threatened to drop the non-profit hospital from its network by the end of the
Trigon officials argued that the hospital's costs were approximately 30-
percent higher than comparable facilities-- a charge the hospital denies.
The new contract was announced today.
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. It 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.
The hostages being held in Lima Peru, are now receiving meals from the Red
That's some relief to a Roanoke woman whose brother-in law is being held.
SUPER=03-Roanoke; : Quick!!!
Cecilia Alami says her sister and brother- in law were captured at a holiday
party at the Japanese ambassador's house Tuesday night.
Her sister, Stella, is among the 200 hostages that have been released but
Stella's husband is still being held captive.
IN Q=I believe she's
((CECILIA ALAMI: I BELIEVE SHE'S UNDER A LOT OF STRESS, SO IS THE REST OF THE
FAMILY. I KNOW MY MOTHER IS BEING AFFECTED. ONE THING THAT IT'S DONE BEING
WE'RE 16 CHILDREN, IT'S GETTING US ALL TOGETHER SO IT'S CONSTANT COMMUNICATION.
OUT Q=it's constant communication.
Today in Peru the Red Cross brought in 500 meals of chicken, salad and sweet
The Tupac Amaru rebels are holding nearly 400 people.
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech Football
The Virginia Tech football team's trip to Miami is bringing in bucks for an
area screen printing company.
Scribner Screen Printing has been working non-stop on Orange Bowl Tee-shirts
and sweats since the Hokies' trip plans were announced.
Scribner prints shirts for the off-campus bookstore in Blacksburg.
So far the bookstore manager has ordered four additional shipments of Orange
IN Q=HE'LL ORDER
((GREG SCRIBNER/SCRIBNER SCREEN PRINTING: HE'LL ORDER AS MANY AS HE NEEDS
THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THEN HE'LL CALL US BACK AND ASK US TO DO
MORE. SO FAR WE'VE PRINTED ABOUT 15-HUNDRED FOR HIM WHICH HAS DONE REAL
SUPER=01-Greg Scribner/Scribner Screen Printing;
OUT Q=HAS DONE REAL WELL
The company has two artists on staff who come up with the designs.
Last year they sold more than three thousand Sugar Bowl shirts.
Scribner says this year's late bowl announcement made the selling season
But even so- they're happy with the sales for Orange Bowl merchandise.
The stock market advanced today in very heavy trading.
The Dow was up nearly eleven points,
finishing the week at 64 hundred 84.
NASDAQ lost seven points.
The bad news is you only have four days to finish your holiday shopping.
The good news is you have options, especially on the high-tech end.
Len Besthoff explains in part one of "Cyber Santa" report.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bob LeFevr/Computer Owner; :07
SUPER=01-Dave Dunham/Staples Electronics Expert; :27
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
With one in three people now owning a home computer, there's a whole new
world of options when it comes to Christmas presents.
SOT TAPE ONE 17:07:04
IN Q=I'm not
((BOB LEFEVR/COMPUTER OWNER: I'M NOT EVEN REALLY SURE WHAT'S OUT THERE BUT I
SEE SOME THINGS IN SOME OF THE COMPUTER STUFF IF I WOULD SHOP AROUND A BIT I
WOULD PROBABLY GET SOME COMPUTER RELATED STUFF.))
SUPER=01-Bob LeFevr/Computer Owner;
OUT Q=related stuff.
The folks at Staples say personal organizers are popular because you can
download the the information you put in them into your computer...pricewise,
you're looking at anywhere from 50 to several hundred- bucks.
IN Q=Some of them
((DAVE DUNHAM/STAPLES ELECTRONICS EXPERT: SOME OF THEM ACTUALLY VERY CLOSELY
IMITATE THE OPERATING SYSTEM ITSELF ON THE COMPUTER, SO THERE'S OF A LEARNING
CURVE AS FAR AS WORKING WITH THE ORGANIZER.))
OUT Q=the organizer.
For about 40- dollars you can get someone a Hot Wheels designer computer
mouse, that lights up, revs up, and comes with a racing game.
IN Q=These are
((DUNHAM: THESE ARE FUN ACCESSORIES THAT YOU CAN DRESS UP YOUR COMPUTER WITH.
OUT Q=computer with.
And don't forget, software, software, software.
You'll be glad to know Barbie has made the transition to the computer age,
and a 50- dollar program featuring her is a big hit.
IN Q=You can
((DUNHAM: YOU CAN USE THE COMPUTER AND DESIGN AND FIX UP AN IMAGE OF BARBIE AND
PUT DIFFERENT CLOTHES ON AND THINGS OF THAT SORT.))
OUT Q=that sort.
SOT STANDUP TAPE TWO
IN Q=Now if
(( Now if you have a home computer and you don't feel like braving the malls,
you can shop via the Internet.
We'll explore that tomorrow.
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Hokies and Hoos continue tuning up for their
bowl bashes, Rick Hendrick was back in court today, while the Jets lose their
And Steve Mason checks in with the Express in tonight's edition of Roundhouse
wrapup, right after this.
GRAPHIC=New York Jets
New York Jets Coach Rich Kotite will coach his last game this Sunday
against the Miami Dolphins.
Kotite resigned as the Jets head coach after posting a 1 and 14 record this
The team has won only four times in the last 38 games.
IN Q="I think
((RICH KOTITE/RESIGNING AS JETS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Rich Kotite/Resigning as Jets Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=......down the road."
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.
GRAPHIC=Round house wrapup
The Holiday month has been filled with good spirits for the Express. The team
is undefeated in December.
Steve Mason now checks in with our latest instalment of Round House Wrapup.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :15
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Cherokees; :29
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; 1:10(QUICK)
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Kings vs. Rangers; 1:14
SUPER=01-Brad Park/NHL Hall of Fame Member; 1:44
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((Ilja Dubkov/Jeff Jablonski exploded for a combined 8 points against
Knoxville last saturday.
This saturday, Dubkov will play in his 219th game for the Express; a new
record that surpasses Michael Smith's mark of 218.
Jeff Cowan 3 goals in 2 games, gives him 13 total.
The Roanoke Civic center put in a new score board this week.
Harry York, 1 of over 70 former ECHL players to play in the NHL, faced the
Express last season while in Nashville. York, who was November's NHL player of
the month, is now in St. Louis.
Hampton Roads goalie Byron DeFoe was singing the Blues this week when he was
shelled by Mark Messier and the New York Rangers. Speaking of the Blues, former
Roanoke Valley rebel Mike Keenan was fired Thursday by St. Louis.
NHL Hall of Famer Brad Park coached Johnstown in the Express's 6-3 win
Tuesday. Park filled in for the suspended Nick Fotiu. Park's 17 year NHl career
was spent with three clubs, including the Boston Bruins and the Detroit
Redwings, where he also coached.
Now here's a look at the standings.))
We're a little over two weeks away from Virginia Tech's Orange bowl meeting
with Nebraska, and the Hokies still remain double digit underdogs against a
Husker team that is averaging 43 points a game.
IN Q="you know...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ON OFFENSE."
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."
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