The news is next on W-D-B-J - 7:
Capital murder suspect Earl Bramblett is ready for trial; his attorneys
want a psychiatric evaluation that may postpone next month's trial.
And we'll meet a Gulf War Veteran who's suffering from his service but says
he'd do it all over again.
In sports, the final college football polls are out, we will give them to
you, plus recap the Gators' Sugar Bowl win,
and Ronde Barber holds a news conference to announce where he will be making
interceptions and tackles next season..at Virginia or in the NFL, wait and see.
All over the region, record highs were set but the warm spell will be gone
in 48 hours. Details just ahead.
A Campbell County man remains hospitalized afer being shot during a
confrontation with a state trooper today.
It happened outside Carpenter's Market on Leesville Road around 3:20.
Trooper Keith Kincaid was on routine patrol when he spotted a man using the
payphone outside the store.
Kincaid recognized the man as being wanted on a Campbell County warrant, and
approached him to make the arrest.
IN Q=The individual
((CAPT. HOWARD GREGORY/VA STATE POLICE: THE INDIVIDUAL MADE AN OVER ACTION, THE
TROOPER FELT THREATENED, SHOT THE SUSPECT..HITTING HIM IN THE SHOULDER.
Reporter: Did he act like he was going for a weapon? GREGORY: Reporter:
Was a weapon found? THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING RIGHT NOW.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Howard Gregory/VA State Police; :00
OUT Q=continuing right now.
The suspect, whose identity has not been released, is listed in stable
condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Trooper Kincaid will be placed on paid administrative leave while an
investigation into the shooting is conducted.
Earl Bramblett says he wants a speedy trial.
But today his attorneys were also asking for a psychiatric evaluation, to
determine if the man accused of killing a Vinton family of four is competent to
Bramblett is charged with capital murder and could face the death penalty
if he is convicted.
He is accused of killing the Hodges family and burning down their Vinton
home in August of 1994.
IN Q=I just want this to be
((EARL BRAMBLETT/DEFENDANT: I JUST WANT THIS TO BE FAST. LET'S GET TO A
OUT Q=to a trial.
Today in Roanoke County Circuit Judge Roy Willett granted a defense request
for a new psychiatric evaluation.
A Martinsville doctor will consider whether Bramblett is competent to stand
IN Q=Mr. Bramblett
((TERRY GRIMES/BRAMBLETT'S ATTORNEY: MR. BRAMBLETT IS NOT BEING UNCOOPERATIVE
AT ALL. HE'S BEING VERY COOPERATIVE. BUT DOCTOR NELSON SEEMS TO THINK THAT IN A
CAPITAL CASE HE OUGHT TO HAVE A COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AND THAT'S WHY IT'S
SUPER=01-Terry Grimes/Bramblett's Attorney;
OUT Q=taking place.
The trial is scheduled to begin February 18th, but the competency
evaluation ordered today could force a delay.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore is leading the fight in Virginia against
federal regulations aimed at teen smoking.
To back up that stance, he says he wants to put some serious teeth in
Virginia's own laws on the issue.
Under Gilmore's proposal, kids who bought cigarettes AND the merchants who
sold them could be fined 500- dollars.
The current fine is 50- dollars.
IN Q=We want
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT KIDS KNOW THAT IT'S
WRONG TO BUY CIGARETTES WHEN THEY'RE UNDERAGE. IT'S WRONG TO BE SMOKING, IT'S
DANGEROUS TO THEIR HEALTH. AND WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT MERCHANTS HAVE
SOME INCENTIVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE LAW'S ENFORCED. SO WE WANT TO DO
EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STOP UNDERAGE SMOKING.))
OUT Q=underage smoking.
Gilmore would also get state ABC agents in on the enforcement of teen
His proposal goes to the General Assembly, which goes into session next
A Danville woman who lost her home in a New Years Day fire is overwhelmed by
the number of people who've offered help.
25- year old Trease (TERESA) Burton and her family lost nearly everything
when the home she rented caught fire.
The mother of eight has since received numerous donations.
But she and her husband are still in need of a home. Right now they're
staying with her in-laws.
Businessman Frank Roupas offered the family four months free rent in Roanoke
but Burton says she wants to stay in the Danville area to be close to her
IN Q=Oh, Lord
((TREASE BURTON:OH LORD, I'VE GOT LIVING ROOM SUITS HERE AND THERE, BEDS,
PEOPLE HAVE SENT CLOTHES, STUFF FOR THE KIDS, ME CLOTHES, MY HUSBAND STUFF, I
DON'T KNOW, I DIDN'T KNOW PEOPLE WAS THAT GOOD, I DIDN'T. ))
SUPER=07-Trease Burton; :00
OUT Q=I didn't.
Burton is still in need of many basics-- including clothes, for her three
She has two sons ages seven months and 22- months. Her daughter is four
Anyone who wishes to help can contact the American Red Cross in Danville.
A long list of layoffs in the past month begs the question...has our local
economy hit the skids?
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff says area experts believe it's too early to tell.
Keith it's important to point out that in many parts of our region
unemployment remains at historic lows.
The Roanoke area's latest figure, for example, was two- point- eight-
Still, a lot of pink slips have been passed out lately.
IN Q=It was
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Month; :11 (QUICK)
SUPER=01-Marjorie Skidmore/VA Employment Commission; :28
SUPER=01-Beth Doughty/Economic Dev. Partnership; :49
OUT Q=to hire now.
SOT FROM 96-95 tot
IN Q=It was
((DAVID STANLEY/FORMER HANOVER DIRECT EMPLOYEE: IT WAS JUST A BLANKET
STATEMENT. WE'RE LAYING OFF SECOND SHIFT.))
OUT Q=second shift.
David Stanley is among several hundred people in our area to lose a job over
the past month, as more than eight companies have cut payrolls or announced
unscheduled shutdowns, including Hanover Direct, New River Castings, the Salem
G-E plant, and Allen Morrison.
But Marjorie Skidmore with the Virginia Employment Commission won't call
this an economic downturn just yet.
IN Q=I think
((MARJORIE SKIDMORE/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: I THINK REALLY THE THING TO SEE
WHETHER WE'RE HEADED INTO SOMETHING WOULD BE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN JANUARY AND
OUT Q=and February.
Beth Doughty with the Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership admits
she's no economist.
But she says when you factor in things like recent plant locations, this
flurry of job cuts looks more like a small correction, not a recession.
((BETH DOUGHTY/ECONOMIC DEV. PARTNERSHIP: COMPANIES THAT ANNOUNCED LOCATIONS
LAST YEAR LIKE DYNAX AMERICA, OR R-R DONNELLEY, YORK INTERNATIONAL, THOSE
COMPANIES ARE JUST GETTING READY TO HIRE NOW.))
OUT Q=hire now.
Keith it's also important to point out that some of the cutbacks mentioned
were NOT caused exclusively by slow workloads.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
(Keith question: and doesn't this time of the year get a little slow for
industries that traditionally thrive during the warmer months?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six,
it may still be a mystery to the government but Gulf War Syndrome is very
real for one local family.
and Mother Nature apparently has an VERY early case of spring fever--but the
lack of snow has NOT kept some skiers off the slopes.
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Lynchburg Republican Preston Bryant has the Governor's blessing in his
pre-emptive strike on Ebonics.
That's the so- called black English Oakland's school board has recognized as
an official language.
IN Q=I would
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY OPPOSED TO ANYBODY COMING UP WITH
AN IDEA THAT WE SHOULD BE TEACHING EBONICS IN OUR SCHOOL. I AGREE WITH JESSE
JACKSON ON THIS ONE, WHERE HE ALSO DISAGREED WITH WHAT THEY WERE DOING IN
OAKLAND WITH EBONICS. BUT THAT PARTICULAR BILL, I'LL LOOK AT IT WHEN IT GETS
THROUGH. BUT WE'VE ALREADY SET THE STANDARDS IN VIRGINIA. AND EBONICS DON'T
OUT Q=don't fit in.
Bryant says Virginia's new standards of learning don't address the teaching
of dialects except as they relate to poetry.
He fears Ebonics -- or any other ethnic or regional dialect -- being
elevated to the status of a primary language in any Virginia school.
It's NOT just parents who can spot a bargain for their child's future
The director of the Virginia Prepaid Education Program says grandparents are
snapping up the plans.
Still, the program's measuring its first year success in terms of inquiries
-- NOT necessarily tuition contracts sold.
IN Q=We still
((DIANA CANTOR/VA. PREPAID EDUCATION PROGRAM: WE STILL ARE GETTING HUNDREDS OF
PHONE CALLS A DAY. THE AVERAGE IS ABOUT 400 TO 500 CALLS A DAY. WE'VE BEEN
OFF THE AIR DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. WE WENT ON THE AIR AGAIN THIS WEEK.
AND SO PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE AGAIN FROM THE AIRWAVES, FROM THE RADIO, AND FROM
THE PRESS ABOUT WHERE TO GET INFORMATION FROM US.))
SUPER=01-Diana Cantor/Va. Prepaid Education Program;
OUT Q=from us.
If you want to find out how to spend as little as 15- thousand dollars for
an estimated 80- thousand dollar tuition bill 18 years from now, there's a
deadline for this year.
The tuition plans are only available through February 28th.
While many Virginians are enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures ski
resorts say they're seeing too much green- -grass, that is.
At Wintergreen Ski Resort the Spring-like weather is drawing customers to
other attractions at the resort.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=Skiing at
SUPER=03-Nelson Co.; :00
SUPER=01-John Kirchner/Area Ski Manager; :10
SUPER=01-John Holcomb/Wintergreen Resident; :43
SUPER=01-Mark Glickman/Wintergreen Ski Resort; :54
OUT Q=News 7
((Skiing at Wintergreen is limited. Five of 17 slopes are open.
The snow that is on the ground is loose and moist, like spring snow.
IN Q=IT'S EARLY IN THE
((JOHN KIRCHNER/AREA SKI MANAGER: IT'S EARLY IN THE SEASON AND WE HAVEN'T HAD
TIME TO MAKE SNOW IN THE WHOLE AREA. BUT WE DO HAVE TERRAIN OPEN TO APPEAL TO
OUT Q=TO MOST SKIERS
John Kirchner says the conditions are perfect for snow boarding.
And While the ski terrain is limited the opportunity for fun is wide open.
Wintergreen officials say the unseasonably warm temperatures couldn't have
come at a better time.
The week after the holidays is traditionally a slow period and the warm
weather has brought more business to other areas of the resort.
John Holcomb moved to Virginia from upstate New York.
IN Q=I REALLY CAME
((JOHN HOLCOMB/WINTERGREEN RESIDENT: I REALLY CAME HERE TO SKI IN AND PLAY
GOLF. MOST OF THE TIME IN THE WINTER I SKI IN THE MORNING AND THEN COME DOWN
HERE AND PLAY NINE HOLES OF GOLF.))
OUT Q=NINE HOLES OF GOLF
IN Q=PEOPLE ARE OUT
((MARK GLICKMAN/WINTERGREEN SKI RESORT: PEOPLE ARE OUT HERE HAVING A GOODTIME,
CATCHING A TAN, PLAYING GOLF, SKIING, HIKING. THERE IS LOTS GOING ON. PEOPLE
REALLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES.))
OUT Q=REALLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES
But Mark Glickman admits he'll be enjoying himself more when colder
temperatures move back into the area.
Those are scheduled to arrive in a few days. Then resort workers will help
mother nature along by making their own snow to cover the slopes.
But until that time Glickman says they'll enjoy the business the warm
Denise Allen News 7.))
The stock market was surging in its second session of the new year.
The Dow jumped 101 points, finishing the week at 65 hundred 44.
NASDAQ gained 30 points.
It's been more than five years since Desert Storm ended, but there are
thousands of veterans who are forced to remember it everyday.
Gulf War Syndrome has disrupted the life of one Southwestern Virginia
Scott Prince tells us how family members are coping with it.
IN Q=Mark Powers
SUPER=03-Smyth Co.; :11
SUPER=01-Mark Powers/Gulf War Syndrome Victim; :24
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :40 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=03-Khamisiyah, Iraq/1991; :46
SUPER=01-Dr. George Ford/V.A. Medical Center; 1:00
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((Mark Powers has a host of good memories from his 8 years in the U- S Army.
But when he returned to his Southwestern Virginia home after Desert Storm,
he brought back with him some symptoms he'd rather forget.
Chronic fatigue, repeated stomach viruses and massive headaches.
He suffers from Gulf War Syndrome.
IN Q=We weren't
((MARK POWERS/GULF WAR SYNDROME VICTIM: WE WEREN'T FOR SURE WHAT WAS WRONG. WE
KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG AND WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS GULF WAR SYNDROME. BUT
JUST AS SOON AS WE WENT TO THE V- A, THERE WAS A DOCTOR THAT MET ME AT THE
DOOR. HE CHECKED ME OUT AND HE TOLD ME HONESTLY, STRAIGHT UP AND SAID YOU'VE
BEEN EXPOSED TO CHEMICALS AND NO ONE IS ADMITTING TO IT. ))
OUT Q=to it
After five years, the U- S Department of Defense finally launched a full
blown investigation into the illness.
Officials say the likely source was this chemical ammunition bunker... which
was destroyed shortly after the war.
Powers was one of 20- thousand troops in the vicinity of the explosion...
and now many of them need constant medical care.
IN Q=They have
((DR. GEORGE FORD/VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER: THEY HAVE SO MANY OF THE
SAME COMPLAINTS AND IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THEY'RE VERY SINCERE IN WHAT THEY'RE
SAYING ABOUT IT. SO WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IT. THERE'S ALL KINDS OF STUDIES
BEING DONE ))
OUT Q=being done
Despite the attention now given to the disease, doctors have yet to find a
And in a number of cases, patient conditions are getting worse.
IN Q=I have
((MARK POWERS/GULF WAR SYNDROME VICTIM: I HAVE WHAT THEY CALL BAD DAYS AND REAL
BAD DAYS. IT'S VERY RARE I HAVE A GOOD DAY. ON A BAD DAY, I CAN GET UP. ON A
REAL BAD DAY, I'M IN THE BED ALL DAY-- SOMETIMES 2 OR 3 DAYS IN Row))
OUT Q=in a row
Powers fears he's given the disease to his wife and youngest son... who was
born after the war.
But at this point there's no medical proof to back that claim.
Despite the strain the illness has put on his family... he says first and
foremost he's an American... and would do it all over again if he had to.
IN Q=I love
((MARK POWERS/GULF WAR SYNDROME VICTIM: I LOVE THE SERVICE. I DID AND YEAH, I'D
DO IT AGAIN. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Powers/Gulf War Syndrome Victim;
OUT Q=do it again
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Tech basketball coach Bill Foster talks about jumping into the Atlantic 10
schedule, UVa's Ronde Barber makes the decision on whether to stay at UVa or
enter the draft
and the gators are jumping after being crowned national champs.
University of Virginia players, coaches and fans have been on the edge of
their seats lately.
Would Ronde Barber stay for his final year of eligibility or enter the
draft. He answered that question today.
((RONDE BARBER/15 CAREER INTERCEPTIONS:))
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Had 15 Career Interceptions; :00
OUT Q=...97 nfl draft"
Ronde enters the draft with his brother Tiki, although he said today that
playing without him was not a big factor in his decision.
Ronde was an All-American and an All-ACC selection at defensive back with 154
Florida woke up today number 1 after trouncing Florida State 52-20 last
night in the Sugar Bowl.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/ABC; :00
The Gators captured their first ever national championship. Quarterback
Danny Wuerffel threw three touchdown passes to receiver Ike Hillard.
The Heisman trophy winner also ran for another score, this collective win
means more to the QB than individual recognition.
((DANNY WUERFFEL/FLORIDA QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Danny Wuerffel/Florida Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/Florida State Head Coach; :14
OUT Q=..."they were super"
The final Associated Press and USA Today/CNN Coaches poll was released
today. Virginia and West Virginia were not in the final top 25, Here' the list
of teams who made the list.
wipe to boards
IN Q=first team
OUT Q=last team"
About a half hour ago, San Diego Charger head coach Bobby Ross resigned.
Thhe search for his replacement will begin immedialtey.
Charger owner Bobby Beathard will reportedly honor Ross' contract worth $1
million per year through 1999.
Ross led the Chargers to its first Super Bowl appearance in 1995 and
finshed 47 and 33, but 8 and 8 this season.
The next 5 of 7 games are Atlantic 10 conference tilts for the Virginia
Tech Mens basketball team. THat schedule gets started tomorrow on the road at
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
Last night, the Hokies opened conference play with an impressive 92-80 win
over St. Bonneventure at the Castle.
Xavier is up next, a team that has beaten Cincinnati. But Foster keeps
learning that this team is much different from last year's.
((BILL FOSTER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...better coaching job"
Jim Jackson tied a career high with 24 points. His performance is special,
considering he sat out all last year do to injury.
OUT Q=...being a starter"
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