Coming up next on News 7...
Police charge two Roanoke parents with neglecting and abusing four children.
Investigators in Pulaski County suspect a double shooting last night was a
And a bloody civil war more than three decades long finally comes to an end
in a Central American country.
News 7 is next.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is investigating what it believes is
The bodies of Betty D. Burgess and her estranged husband, Douglas, were
discovered last night in front of their home on Alum Spring Road.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last Night;
Investigators say the couple had been separated for some time but Douglas
Burgess was living in the house.
Neighbors say they heard shots ring out sometime around nine last night.
IN Q=SO WE WENT
((BARRY LANE: SO WE WENT OUT TO USE THE BATHROOM. ALL AT ONCE WE HEARD TWO
SHOTS LIKE A HIGH POWERED RIFLE. LIKE 20 SECONDS LATER ANOTHER SHOT WENT UP.))
((A.R. WEBB/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: RESPONDED TO HEARING GUN SHOTS IN THE
AREA. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY FOUND TWO BODIES IN THE FRONT YARD, A MALE AND A
FEMALE WITH APPARENT GUN SHOT WOUNDS.))
SUPER=07-Barry Lane; :00
SUPER=01-A.R. Webb/Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :17
OUT Q=GUN SHOT WOUNDS
Webb says both suffered gun shot wounds to the head.
Investigators say Douglas was found clutching a high powered revolver, but
there's is evidence that there was another handgun at the scene.
Deputies believe Betty Burgess may have suffered other gunshot wounds from a
smaller caliber gun before the fatal wound.
The incident is still under investigation.
Authorities still haven't released the names of the men who were found dead
in Southwest Roanoke Friday.
The badly decomposed bodies of two black men were found in an apartment at
4-29 Day Avenue.
An autopsy conducted yesterday showed that both men had been shot once in
the head by a gun of the same type found near one of the bodies.
A maintenance man found the bodies after residents complained of a foul odor
in the building.
Police say the men had been dead for about a week.
Roanoke police have charged the parents of four children with child abuse
Police were called to the home on Berkeley Avenue Southwest last night after
the children thought someone was breaking in.
When police went inside they found rotten food and feces on the floor along
with garbage and moldy dishes.
Two girls ages 16 and six were home as well as two 23- month old boys.
The 39 year- old mother said she had dropped the father off for work and
then went to a bar for a pool tournament.
Roanoke City Social Services has taken the children.
A 20 Billion dollar, 20 year improvement project to I-81 is in the works.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says project would affect every
Virginia mile of I-81.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=Increased traffic
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Friday; :00
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :08
SUPER=01-Floyd Miller/Truck Driver; 1:25
OUT Q=News 7
((Accidents like this overturned tractor trailer point to needed
improvements to interstate 81.
IN Q=the interstate
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: THE INTERSTATE IS AT CAPACITY. BASICALLY
ALL WE HAVE OPEN IS THE LEFT LANE TO MANEUVER AND THAT JUST IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM
FOR ALL THE VEHICLES OUT THERE.))
OUT Q=vehicles out there
stand up 12:19:50
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: INTERSTATE 81 IS HANDLING MORE TRAFFIC AND
HEAVIER VEHICLES THAN IT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO DO 30 YEARS AGO.
INITIALLY THIS HIGHWAY WAS DESIGNED TO HANDLE 15-PERCENT TRUCK TRAFFIC. NOW
TRUCKS MAKE UP TO 40-PERCENT OF THE TRAFFIC AND AT NUMBER WILL CONTINUE TO
IN Q=IT'S ONE OF
((BULLOCK: IT'S ONE OF THE EIGHT MOST TRAVELED ROADS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT
CARRIES ABOUT 20-PERCENT OUT OF STATE TRAFFIC SO WE KNOW THERE'S A GREAT DEAL
OF INTEREST IN KEEPING IT OPEN AS A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE.))
OUT Q=AS A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE
V-DOT is developing a master plan.
Officials started by dividing Virginia's 325 mile stretch of 81 into ten
IN Q=each of those
((BULLOCK: EACH OF THOSE SECTIONS WILL HAVE A CONSULTANT FIRM BROUGHT ON TO
HELP US DECIDE SUCH THINGS AS WHERE THE WIDENING SHOULD BE DONE. SHOULD IT BE
IN THE MEDIAN OR SHOULD IT BE ON THE OUTSIDE. DO THE INTERCHANGES NEED TO BE
OUT Q=NEED TO BE RE-CONFIGURED
These studies will take about two years.
They will prioritize which sections should be first on the upgrade list.
Bullock says 81's mountainous terrain make the widening process a challenge.
Truck drivers say when the improvements finally occur it will be a welcome
IN Q=it'll cut down
((FLOYD MILLER/TRUCK DRIVER: IT'LL CUT DOWN THE CONGESTION AND IT WOULD
GREATLY IMPROVE THE SAFETY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT YOU GET THAT LANE OUT THERE
FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE IN A TERRIBLE HURRY.))
OUT Q=a terrible hurry
The state wide project will take about 20 years to complete.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, the president lays down the law on marijuana
prescribed by doctors,
and in case you didn't appreciate our balmy temperatures, check out what other
parts of the country are dealing with.
(toss to Kimberly)
Well Eric, the people living in the Pacific Northwest are getting the bad
end of the jet stream.
A series of storms and arctic air are making for some miserable weather for
Meanwhile, warm southerly air is lingering over us-- and so we're getting
high temperatures like these...
MUSIC UP FULL
In Guatemala, 36 years of civil war ended today.
Government and guerrilla leaders signed a peace accord, and vowed to fight
the poverty, repression and discrimination that started the fighting in the
12 hundred foreign dignitaries observed the signing ceremony that ended
Central America's longest civil war.
140 thousand people have died since the conflict began.
A small plane carrying ten people crashed in northern Wisconsin yesterday.
When rescue workers got to the wreckage, they say they weren't expecting to
find anyone alive, but all ten people on board survived.
The plane was carrying two families from Iowa.
They were taken to local hospitals, most were treated for cuts caused by the
Investigators still don't know what caused the crash.
While we were basking in spring-like temperatures here on the east coast,
people in the northwest were battling snow and ice.
Eric Taylor has that story.
IN Q=Power outages at
SUPER=03-Portland, OR; :00
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA; :30
SUPER=01-Eric Taylor/Reporting; :38
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA; :44
OUT Q=CBS News, Portland, Oregon
((Power outages at Portland's International Airport, along with heavy winter
weather brought travelers to a standstill.
There were long delays and some flights had to be cancelled.
((AIRPORT WORKER: BEST OF LUCK GETTING OUT OF HERE TODAY))
There was little anyone could do except react to the harsh rain, snow and
ice, even though the region had been preparing for the worst.
But some travelers were able to keep a good attitude through it all.
((TRAVELLER: GOTTA KEEP A SMILE ON YOUR FACE))
Many roads in the region were closed, leaving drivers stranded along the
Washington was also pummeled by the weather, a winter storm warning has been
declared for much of the state. Most forms of transportation were
The Seattle airport experienced problems, roads were forced to close.
And the heavy snow wrecked havoc in marinas, leaving some boat owners
helpless and sinking almost 300 boats.
The storm extends from Northern California up to British Columbia.
California, where the heaviest rain is expected, officials have called
severe flood watches.
And winds are already causing damage in the area.
But it looks like it might get worse before it gets better.
Eric Taylor...For CBS News...Portland, Oregon))
Doctors who prescribe medicinal marijuana could face federal drug charges.
Medical marijuana use has been approved by voters in California and Arizona.
On the CBS news program Face The Nation today, the Presidents anti-drug
chief said the administration will fight those state laws.
IN Q=in essence what we
((RETIRED GENERAL BARRY MCCAFFREY/WHITE HOUSE DRUG POLICY DIRECTOR; IN ESSENCE
WHAT WE SEE IT AS IS A VIOLATION OF THE SCIENTIFIC MEDICAL PROCESS THAT HAS
BROUGHT AMERICA THE MOST SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MEDICINES IN THE WORLD, AND THEN
SECONDLY WE SEE IT AS AN INDICATION OF POTENTIAL INCREASED DRUG ABUSE IN THOSE
SUPER=01-Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey/Drug Policy Director;
OUT Q=those two states
McCaffrey said doctors who prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes would
be prosecuted on a case-by-case basis.
Kids are consuming too much fat, sugar and protein and not enough fruits and
And there are warnings it's up to PARENTS to set a better example.
It may also be helpful for kids to understand just WHY better food choices
are so important.
IN Q=I think it's
((NANCY MAURELLI/NUTRITION EXPERT: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT NOT TO GET INTO POWER
STRUGGLES WITH KIDS ABOUT FOOD AND LET THEM HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF AUTONOMY
WITHIN CERTAIN PARAMETERS
AND ALSO TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THE RATIONALE WHY. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD
YOU MUST DRINK THAT GLASS OF MILK OR YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE CANDY BEFORE DINNER
BUT WE DIDN'T EVER EXPLAIN, WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT, HOW DID THAT EFFECT ME, WHAT
DIFFERENCE DOES THAT MAKE. AND I THINK TREATING CHILDREN AS A LITTLE BIT MORE
INTELLIGENT AUTONOMOUS CREATURES WOULD PROBABLY GO A LONG WAY TOWARD HELPING
THEM MAKE BETTER CHOICES IN TERMS OF THEIR OWN BEHAVIOUR.))
SUPER=01-Nancy Maurelli/Nutrition Expert
OUT Q=their own behaviour.
More than one in four children under age 12 is overweight--
Aside from the obvious health problems, being out of shape can cause
But, the pendulum swings both ways.
Other studies tell us 50 percent of fourth grade GIRLS are on diets
because they think they're too fat.
And in high school 90-percent of the girls are also on diets.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on News 7, the economic year in review is coming up in the
Year End edition of Len Besthoff's Business Review,
and we'll check in on some Hokie fans who are going bowling with the team.
They hope Tech can pull off the upset.
MUSIC UP FULL
Businesses in Virginia made notable news in 19-96.
Len Besthoff highlights the year's top five stories in the News-7 Business
Review Year End Edition.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Spring 1996; :07
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February; :29 Quick!!!
SUPER=03-Henry Co./August; :50
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/November; :57
OUT Q=Nat Sot
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
During a two month stretch this spring Botetourt County sealed the deal on
four separate industrial locations.
Employers including York, Dynax, and Meadville Forging will create hundreds
of new jobs in the area.
Around the same time, Frito Lay announced plans to put a new plant in
Lynchburg that will create 800 positions.
The Hill City beat out competitors from several other states jockeying for
the snack food giant.
Earlier in the year Roanoke County landed a big one when R-R Donnelley
announced plans to put a book factory in its industrial park.
The company projects it could employ up to 700 people within a few years.
Southside Virginia took two big hits in 1996.
First Sara Lee Knit Products closed its last plant in the area, costing
about 400 jobs.
Then Dupont announced plans to close its nylon operation in Henry County,
eliminating roughly 550 positions.
The top story of the year involved the bidding war for Philadelphia based
Two large employers in our area, Norfolk Southern and C-S-X, are willing to
spend billions for it, but so far no one has won this battle.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
GRAPHIC=news 7 sports college basketball
Lots of sports to bring ya, but first, in women's college basketball,
Liberty topped Long Beach State 66-55 tonight down in Louisville, Kentucky. The
lady Flames are 8 and 1; their best start ever, now the numbers.
wipe to boards
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-j/New Jersey/112//Indiana/102/OT/Kittles 28
SUPER=0098-j/Michigan #4/85//Washington State/79///j/Louisville #16/89//Boston
College/85//Final in 2 OT's/;
SUPER=0098-j/Xavier #17/95//Kansas State/54////Maryland #21///Hawaii///1 am
SUPER=0098-/San Diego State/59/j/Radford/65//Women//Cornell/53/j/Virginia
SUPER=0101-j/Iowa/27//Texas Tech/0//Alamo Bowl/;
SUPER=0104-j/Hampton Roads/5/3/Roanoke/3//Dubkov 2 Goals/;
As the clock ticks down to game time; the Orange Bowl focus shifts from
the fun in the sun to the game. The bowl media day invaded Pro Player Stadium
today and one of the major topics the Huskers were asked to shuck was...do they
respect the Virginia tech Hokies. Mike Stevens has more from Miami.
IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/This Afternoon; :09
SUPER=01-Grant Wistrom/Nebraska Defensive End; :15
SUPER=01-Jared Tomich/Nebraska Defensive End; :35
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/This Morning; :49
SUPER=01-Ahmam Green/Nebraska I-Back; 1:15
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Served 4 Game Suspension This Year; 1:47
OUT Q=News 7 sports.
As Mike has said, you can watch the Orange Bowl on WDBJ New Years eve at 7.
And don't miss our pregame warmup; a half hour pre game special at 6:30.
WIPE TO BOARDS-----1020 SUN BOWL
The Bowling Bonanza continues on your Hometown Station at 2pm on the 31st,
WDBJ will air the Sun Bowl
Your Hometown Station will also carry the BYU/Kansas State Cotton Bowl new
years day at 1:30
and the Penn State/Texas Fiesta Bowl at 8pm new years day. All of those
games right here on WDBJ.
The Express's 6 game win streak came to an end tonight at the Round House
as Roanoke fell to Hampton Roads 5-3.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express
In the second period, Ilya Dubkov beats the Admiral goalie and the game is
tied at 1 at the 8:45 mark. Dubkov again carried most of the load, scoring
Eric Landry notches his 12th goal on the season to put Roanoke up 2-1.
Hampton Roads's Victor Graves gets the puck luck, beating Dave Gangon and
the Admirals win 5-3 and keep the top spot in the East.
((JEFF JABLONSKI/HAD 1 ASSISTS: ))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Had 1 Assist; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...deserve to win"
A former Virginia Tech hokies was named the Associated Press NFL defensive
player of the year today. But for Bruce Smith; only a parting gift after
Jacksonville ended the Bills season yesterday.
The defensive end topped the AFC with 13 and a half sacks, one behind NFC
leader Kevin Greene. The 33 year old Smith received 56 of 93 votes from a
nationwide panel of sportswriters. He is the third player to win the award at
least twice, joining Lawrence Taylor and Mike Singletary. Smith won the award
in 90 as well.
The 49ers NFC wild card win over Philadelphia today earned them a shot at
revenge against Green Bay next week.
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/FOX; :00
Despite injured ribs, san fran QB Steve Young completed 14 of 21 passes
and ran for this TD that put his team up 7-nothing in the first. Meanwhile,
former 49er Ricky Watters was held to 57 yards.
Eagle QB Ty Detmer left the game with an injured hamstring
forcing former Redskin Mark Rypien SUPER=30-San Francisco/14/Philadelphia/0;
into action. They did not score though.
Young would also watch Jerry Rice makes this incredible one handed catch,
Jerry also caught a TD pass. Niners advance with the 14-nothing shutout.
Thanks to a 29 point 2nd half, the Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the
Indianapolis Colts in the AFC wild card at Three Rivers.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/NBC; :00
The Colts battled back from a 13-nothing deficit that started with
defense. Eugene Daniel..is gonna read Mike Tomczak like book and pick off this
pass and return it 59 yards for a touchdown. 13-7 Steel Curtain.
Then, Jim Harbaugh hooks up with Aaron Bailey and it looked like yet
another inspirational Colt comeback as they led by one at the half.
...Not today. The Steelers used their bus, Jerome Bettis to score on the
first two drives of the third quarter. SUPER=30-Pittsburgh/42/Indianapolis/14;
This TD, plus the 2 pt conversion put Pittsburgh up 21-14.
Kordell Stewart relieved Mike Tomczak in the 2nd half and scored a pair of
TD's, the Steelers will play New England next Sunday.
More News 7 sports headed your way tonight. We will check in
with a former cavalier, turned Celtic, who is now taken his talents
The New Jersey nets topped the Indiana Pacers despite a game high 37
points from Reggie Miller.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Nets vs. Pacers; :00
It was Miller time early and often, Reggie collects the loose rock, goes
coast to coast for the lay up and the foul.
But the nets had to much kittles and bits. Kerry Kittles threw down a team high
28 and was big in overtime as New Jersey wins it's 8th of the year 110-102.
in other NBA news, a former Boston Celtic was in Charlottesville watching
his old team
dominate the Radford Highlanders at U-Hall over the weekend.
Former Cavalier standout Junior Burrough was back checking out this year's
edition of the Hoops 'Hoos as they dismantled the Highlanders.
The 6-9 forward spent a year with the Celtics in the NBA, but was released
before this season. Despite the setback, he's finding some greener pastures as
a pro in Florence, Italy.
((JUNIOR BURROUGH/NOW PLAYING OVERSEAS:))
SUPER=01-Junior Burrough/Now Playing Overseas; :00
OUT Q=....to be back
Thousands of Virginia Tech fans are flying south for the holiday.
Many chartered flights and left from the Roanoke Regional Airport this
Hokie fans are hoping their team will introduce Nebraska to a new breed of
The Fighting Gobblers are taking on the Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl
The New Year's Eve contest is drawing many southwest Virginians to Florida
and some are turning the trip into a family reunion.
IN Q=MY TWO SONS
((CHICK WISMAN/TECH FAN: MY TWO SONS AND DAUGHTER ARE GRADUATES THERE AND MY
OLDER SON IS COMING IN FROM COLORADO TO MEET US DOWN THERE.))
SUPER=01-Chick Wisman/Tech Fan;
OUT Q=US DOWN THERE
But Tech is meeting a formidable foe in Miami.
Nebraska has won back to back national championships.
But these fans say they have divine guidance and no mountain is to high to
climb when a good time is the goal.
IN Q=I'M LIKE SEMONES
((MELBA WISMAN/TECH FAN: I'M LIKE SEMONES. HE SAYS WE CAN DO ALL THINGS
THROUGH CHRIST. HE STRENGTHENS US. HE THINKS I'M SILLY. BUT I THINK HE'S ON
OUR SIDE AND IF HE'S NOT THAT'S ALL RIGHT AND BESIDES GEORGE WALSH PICKED US TO
((MICKY HATCHER/TECH FAN: WE'LL GO. WE'LL HAVE A GOOD TIME. IT'LL BE A FUN
GAME. IT'S A BIG GAME FOR TECH. IF WE WIN IT'S GREAT. IF WE LOSE IT'S FINE.
NO WORRIES ABOUT NEBRASKA?
NO. WIN OR LOSE THE PAY'S THE SAME.))
SUPER=01-Melba Wisman/Tech Fan; :00
SUPER=01-Micky Hatcher/Tech Fan; :13
OUT Q=PAY'S THE SAME
Last week we found out there may be a connection from college bowl game
and student enrollment at Virginia Tech.
The same seems to be true with the University of Virginia.
University officials say a record number of students applied for -- and were
offered -- early admission for the fall semester.
U-V-A admissions officers reviewed two-thousand 325 early-decision
applications in recent months.
That's an increase of 36 percent over 19-94.