450 prisoners cause a disturbance in the Buckingham Correctional Center
after the warden is stabbed.
And we'll check in as merchants hope to squeeze out the last of the holiday
dollars now that the post Christmas shoppers have returned to the stores.
In sports, another NFL coach and his staff is fired today, we will here
from him, the nationsbank tourney tips off,
and Mike Stevens tips off his Virginia Tech and Virginia Bowl coverage from
A period of light rain is on the way tonight followed by a big warm up as we
head for the new year. The weather story is coming up.
The Virginia Department of Corrections says Buckingham Correctional Center
was in "chaos" today, but it was NOT a riot.
SUPER=03-Buckingham Co./File Tape;
That's after an inmate stabbed warden Eddie Pearson in the neck.
Corrections spokesman David Botkins says Pearson is in serious but stable
condition at a hospital in Farmville.
Botkins says the stabbing happened near the mess hall.
About 200 inmates were in the rec yard at the time.
Those inmates refused to return to their cells for about 45 minutes.
Botkins says dogs and a warning shot from a non-lethal pellet gun helped get
the situation under control.
The stabbing is under investigation, and the department has a suspect who
has not yet been charged.
NTSB officials listened to the cockpit voice recorder of the ill-fated
Airborne Express flight that crashed in Giles County.
But at this point, they're not releasing their findings.
Investigators returned to the scene late this afternoon, and hope to wrap up
their on sight probe tomorrow.
All six people on board were killed when the D-C 8 went down Sunday night.
A Greensboro T-V station is reporting the plane had trouble with its
hydraulic system the day before the crash.
Meanwhile, officials at Triad International Maintenance Corporation-- the
company rebuilding the plane-- believe the problem had been fixed... and
they've launched their own investigation.
TIMCO which just settled racial discrimination and sexual harrassment
lawsuits... says its probe is out of concern for the victims' families.
A man who was driving backwards on Route 29 last night was killed when his
car collided with another vehicle.
It happened around nine in the northbound lanes of Route 29 near Arrington.
State police say 40-year old Lionel Dwight Crawford was backing up to meet
with friends he had just passed along the roadway.
Crawford died at the scene.. a passenger in his car was treated and released
from U-V-A hospital.
The driver of the other vehicle and her three-year old daughter were not
injured in the crash.
For retailers, the crush of business before Christmas was only half the
Today the assault continued with the first round of returns and post-holiday
Double Box=Jean/Joe Microwave
Joe Dashiell has more on the shopping season and what it will mean for local
He's at Tanglewood Mall tonight.
Joe are merchants pleased with the results?
(Joe ad lib)
(Roll cue:....and improve the bottom line.)
IN Q=Santa's chair is empty
SUPER=01-Renee Coles/Shopper; :19
SUPER=01-Carrie Conard/Store Manager; :36
OUT Q=coming through the door.
(Joe ad lib)
(What type of items are the best bargains today?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the Newscast, Virginia Tech is still reaping sweet
rewards from last year's Sugar Bowl victory,
and we'll tell you why one of Tech's bands is not bowled over with a recent
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-2.56''/plus 0.13''/54.76''/plus 14.17'';
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Two men have been arrested for the robbery of a Roanoke convenience store.
39-year old Roger Dean Poindexter of Vinton pulled a pocket knife on a clerk
yesterday at the Uni-Mart on South Jefferson Street.
Another man, 28-year-old Farris Slade Junior was waiting outside for
Both men were charged with robbery and are being held on bond.
The man accused of a Christmas Eve murder in Lynchburg made his first court
appearance this morning.
33-year old James Michael David is charged with the beating death of his
roommate inside their motel room early Tuesday morning.
37-year old Richard Lee (Mo-Yey) Moye apparently died of blunt force trauma
to his body.
Police say the two men had been staying at the Ramada Inn for about two
They would not discuss a possible motive.
David was given a court-appointed attorney today, and remains held without
Summer vacations may seem years away.
But the Virginia State Park system wants to remind you of some summer
outings that are decades away.
Ellen Qualls checked out a new photo exhibit at the Virginia Historical
IN Q=Sixty years ago
SUPER=01-Joe Elton/Va. State Parks Director; :36
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Sixty years ago, Virginia became the first state to open an entire park
system on one day.
Six parks, from Douthat to Fairy Stone, Hungry Mother to Seashore.
In commemoration, park officials dug deep into their archives to find what
makes the parks special.
Some shots are just regular folks captured by the Civilian Conservation
Corps that helped build the original parks.
Some are professional models, hired for promotional pictures.
((JOE ELTON/VA. STATE PARKS DIRECTOR: THE BATHHOUSES THAT WERE CREATED AT THE
TIME WERE VERY LARGE, VERY EXTRAVAGANT YOU MIGHT SAY IN TERMS OF THE SPACE
AVAILABLE. BUT PEOPLE RECREATED DIFFERENTLY THEN. THEY MIGHT AFTER CHURCH ON
SUNDAY, THE WHOLE FAMILY WOULD HOP IN THE CAR IN THEIR SUNDAY BEST ATTIRE AND
GO TO THE PARK. AND THEN CHANGE AT THE PARK INTO THEIR SWIMMING WEAR. WHICH
OF COURSE STYLES BEING WHAT THEY ARE HAVE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY SINCE THE
1930'S. AND SO THE APPROACH IS DIFFERENT. AND I THINK FAMILIES RECREATED
TOGETHER A LOT MORE THEN. AND THAT'S DEPICTED IN THESE PHOTOGRAPHS.))
White Virginians have enjoyed 60 years of parks...but until 1964, black
Virginians went only to Prince Edward State Park for Negroes.
It's definitely a different era.
Smoking's big in these pictures.
And take a look at the cut of meat this camper's putting on the grill.
((JOE ELTON/VA. STATE PARKS DIRECTOR: WE'VE GROWN DRAMATICALLY. WE HAD
PROBABLY 91- THOUSAND VISITORS IN THAT FIRST YEAR IN 1936. AND WE'RE PROBABLY
AT ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE MILLION THIS YEAR, DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE'VE HAD ONE OF
THE WETTEST YEARS IN HISTORY.))
And if you were in a park in 1996, this could be you in another few decades.
They sent the cameras back out this year to record it all for posterity.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
On Wall Street, the stock market posted strong gains today.
The DOW was up 24 points, closing at 65-hundred-47.
NASDAQ finished UP seven points.
Virginia Tech's football team problems OFF the field don't seem to be
affecting student interest in the university near as much as its ON-field
It appears more high school students than ever are considering becoming
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Last year's Sugar Bowl
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 31, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Karen Torgersen/Interim Undergrad. Admissions Dir.; :20
OUT Q=News 7 Blacksburg.
(( Last year's Sugar Bowl victory over Texas thrust Virginia Tech into a
limelight it had never seen before, and apparently left potential students
clamoring to be a part of it.
Freshman applications AND enrollment jumped significantly.
There was even double the number of students from Texas and Louisiana, where
the Sugar Bowl was played.
Ironic? Maybe not.
((KAREN TORGERSEN/INTERIM UNDERGRAD. ADMISSIONS DIR.: I EVEN HAD A CALL FROM A
MOTHER AFTER THE SUGAR BOWL. THEY WERE FROM NEW ORLEANS AND HER SON WAS SO
EXCITED ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH THAT HE ENDED UP GOING TO THE HOTEL WHEN THE GAME
WAS OVER AND BEING IN THE LOBBY WHEN THE TEAM CAME IN, AND IN FACT HAD NEVER
REALLY SHOWN ANY INTEREST IN VIRGINIA TECH. BUT IT TURNED OUT HE DID APPLY TO
VIRGINIA TECH. ))
Torgersen says last summer, the number of visitors who came to check out the
campus increased 50 percent.
So far this year, early decision applications are up 30 percent.
Officials are convinced the athletic success is directly related, though
they're quick to point out other factors as well.
((I THINK WE'RE BECOMING VERY WELL-KNOWN AS A HIGH-TECH SCHOOL AND THAT'S VERY
APPEALING TO TODAY'S GENERATION. WE'RE ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF SCHOOLS IN THE
NATION THAT AMONG THEIR GRADUATES THIS YEAR HAD BOTH A NOBEL PRIZE WINNER AND A
RHODES SCHOLAR. AND SO ACADEMICALLY THE WORD IS CERTAINLY OUT IN THE STREET
THAT WE'RE AMONG THE BEST. ))
Torgersen says it's too early to tell how the upcoming Orange Bowl game
against the Cornhuskers may impact the numbers of applications from Nebraska
Tech has targeted next Fall's freshman enrollment at 43 hundred 50 students.
That's 600 fewer than this year's.
Tracy Altizer, News 7 Blacksburg. ))
One of Virginia Tech's marching bands is being excluded from the Orange Bowl
The university had committed 36 thousand dollars to send the
Highty-Tighties- the Corps of Cadets regimental band.
But the director, Major George McNeill says the band was told last week that
the parade is overbooked, and there's only room for ONE Tech band.
So it will be "The Marching Virginians" performing in the parade AND at half
McNeill says the Highty-Tighties are disappointed, but still honored to be
selected as the band to represent Virginia in the presidential inaugural parade
Mike Stevens will have a report from Miami as Virginia Tech and Virginia get
ready for bowls,
The Nationsbank tourney tips off,
and another NFL coach is fired after a disappointing regular season finish.
The Virginia Cavaliers have finished preparing for tomorrow night's showdown
with the Miami Hurricanes in the Carquest Bowl.
And while they're almost set to head back home,
the Hokies are just beginning their Florida excursion.
But Mike Stevens says it didn't take Tech long to figure out this vacation
isn't going to be all fun and games.
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback; :14
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Va. Tech Receiver; :27
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :35
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/UVa Quarterback; 1:09
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Co-Captain; 1:22
OUT Q=News 7 sports
Today, Detroit's Wayne Fontes and his staff became the latest to receive
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI; :00
Fontes Hugged owner William Clay Ford before speaking at his last news
conference as coach. The Lions were just 5 and a 11 this season. Fontes's
playoff record was 1 and 4.
IN Q="its been
((WAYNE FONTES/FIRED AS LIONS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Wayne Fontes/Fired Lions Coach; :00
OUT Q=...I appreciated you"
In the day's only NBA matinee game, Former UMass star Marcus camby returned
from a back injury to beat his old coach as Toronto beat New Jersey 98-96.
SUPER=03-Hamilton, Ontario/TBS; :00
Camby did not start but came off the bench early to face John Calipari.
Camby didn't waste any time in trying to impress his former Minutemen
coach, as he hesitates and then goes over the defender for the jumper.
The Raptors little man, Damon Stoudelmire then goes to work, driving the lane
for 2 of his 18 points.
The Nets Robert Pack packed a big punch, scroing a game high 27 but the
Raptors win by 2.
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops weekly
The NationsBank Holiday Hoops Classic tipped off this afternoon at the
Salem Civic Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Highlanders vs. Knights; :00
In the opener, Cave Spring coach Billy Hicks contended with Glenvar's Art
In the third, Glenvar's Josh Williamson picks off Alex Phillips
pass, goes coast to coast for the lay up.
Cave answered. Wally Kern nails the three pointer from the top of the key to
tie it at 44 all.
Then, Glenvar's Josh Hollyfield connects on the shot and the Highlanders
stun the Knights 72-64.
((ART LAWRENCE/GLENVAR HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...gravy for us"
SUPER=04-William Byrd vs. Patrick Henry;
William Byrd took on Patrick Henry in the second game. The Terriers Kevin
SUPER=33-Patrick Henry/62/William Byrd/55;
Stump led his team with 21 points,
But the Patriots were to strong. Boo Battle tallied 21 as PH wins 62-55.
A win over Richmond tomorrow, and the Express will tie it's longest win
streak of the season at 5. (----------------)
In 4 wins, Roanoke has scored 23 goals. Jeff Jablonski and Ilja Dubkov have
combined for 60 points on the year.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...pressure off Jablonski and Dubkov"
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SUPER=331-Light Rain/Mostly Cloudy/34-36/Continued Cloudy/Wind W-10/48-50;
SUPER=332-Patchy Light/Rain/34-36/Drizzle Early/Cloudy & Warmer/53-55;
SUPER=333-Sleet Early/Then Light Rain/33-36/Mostly Cloudy/Wind W-10/44-46;
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at 11,
It all started 30 years ago as an attempt to boost African-American pride.
Now, the festival of Kwanzaa is becoming a larger part of the holiday
The seven-day observance kicked off today.
We'll bring you some of the local celebration tonight at 11.
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