(( NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...SHE THOUGHT IT WOULD ADVANCE HER SINGING
CAREER, BUT ALL CYNTHIA ANGELL SAYS SHE ENDED UP WITH WAS A SHAM.
DESPITE KIDS USING DRUGS AT AN EARLY AGE, THE ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS
FORCED TO SLASH ITS ANTI-DRUG PROGRAM.
OUT Q=anti-drug program
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It's Monday January Sixth-- tonight's Top Story
Virginia has long allowed the medical use of marijuana-- at least that's
according to a little-known bill sponsored two decades ago by then
state-senator Rick Boucher.
Good Evening, You're watching News 7 PRIMETIME on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Now a Congressman, Boucher wants to make it clear that this provision was
part of a much larger legislative package reforming drug laws-- he doesn't even
remember this part of the bill.
As we hear from Ellen Qualls-- Boucher defends it as being so narrowly
drawn that marijuana would only be available through a doctor's prescription,
in CAPSULE form, an unlikely scenario for Virginia's pharmacies.
IN Q=That's NOT
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :10
OUT Q=QUALLS, NEWS-7 RICHMOND.
That's NOT to say some politicians won't try to make some political hay out
of trying to repeal it, as Boucher's 1979 co-sponsor points out.
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN/D-FAIRFAX: IT'S SORT OF MEAT FOR THE LAW AND ORDER TYPE'S
JAWS. AND IT'S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE.))
Immediately stepping up to the plate is a man who wants to avoid a liberal
label the year he runs for governor.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING THAT BLESSES THE USE OF
THESE KINDS OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. WE'RE FIGHTING WITH OUR KIDS EVERYWHERE
TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T EXPERIMENT WITH MARIJUANA IN HIGH SCHOOL OR
COLLEGE. THAT THEY DON'T GO ON TO HARDER DRUGS. THE LAST THING WE NEED TO IS
TO LEGITIMIZE ITS USE.))
But from the House conservative leader, a different view.
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: IF WE CAN CONTROL ALL THESE OTHER DRUGS, THAN
WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA THAT MAY BE
NECESSARY TO TREAT THESE PARTICULAR DISEASES.))
OUT Q=news-7 richmond
Some patients say marijuana has helped relieve the pain of AIDS, cancer,
glaucoma and epilepsy.
Though the current and past presidential administrations deny there's any
research to back up the claims.
Republicans in the House of Representative have just hours to get their
ducks in a row...before the 105th Congress convenes tomorrow.
Earlier today, a high ranking Republican-- banking Chairman James Leach--
broke rank-- saying he will not support Newt Gingrich as House Speaker.
IN Q=Tomorrow when
((NEWT GINGRICH/R- HOUSE SPEAKER: WHEN I AM SWORN IN I WILL BE THE FIRST
REPUBLICAN SPEAKER TO BE SWORN IN TWICE IN A ROW IN 68 YEARS))
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
OUT Q=IN 68 YEARS.
One lawmaker who met with Gingrich tonight says the speaker has assured
his colleagues there won't be any more embarrassing disclosures with his ethics
An investigation evolved from a college course Gingrich once taught.
The panel of experts organized to recommend how to change Social security
just couldn't do it.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
After three years of study, debate and delay-- the panelists split today--
with three ways on how to change the system.
One would leave social security pretty much unchanged.
Under two of the proposals billions of dollars would wind up on the Wall
Street Stock Market.
One would mean mandatory savings accounts for all workers...owned by them,
but with the government managing the money.
In the second plan, there would be personal retirement accounts-- you'd
pick and chose your own investments.
Today-- six of the panelists slammed the proposals.
IN Q=There is
((ROBERT BALL/ SOCIAL SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL: THERE IS SIMPLY NO COMPELLING
ARGUMENT FOR ABANDONING THE TRADITIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM FOR A SYSTEM OF
INDIVIDUAL PRIVATE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Ball/Social Security Advisory Council; :
OUT Q=savings accounts.
Social Security currently collects about 60-billion dollars a year more
than it pays.
BUT-- with retiring baby boomers on the way, some warn the trust fund
could go broke by 20-29.
In news from Virginia's courtrooms-- the family of a man shot to death by
Roanoke Police has filed a one-point-five million dollar lawsuit against the
officers and the city.
Thirty-five year old Edwin Plunkett was holding a loaded hunting rifle when
officers shot and killed him last year at his home in northwest Roanoke.##
It's up to a grand jury in the case of Marlow Andre Farmer-- the man who
wounded a Danville Police officer.
31- year old Dennis Haley was shot in the neck in November, while trying to
serve a warrant.##
In Amherst County, a circuit court judge decided against moving the second
murder trial of James Henry Burley out of the County.
His attorneys argued there's been too much publicity.
Burley will be tried next week for the 1995 murder of Jacqueline Dorsey
Cynthia Angell has been a singer all of her life-- and thought she knew
the pitfalls of the music business.
In September, the Salem woman received two nominations from the Academy of
Independent Recording Artists.
Her label, Silver Wing Records helped organize the event, which required
nominees to BUY tickets in order to claim their awards. When she traveled to
the show, in Nashville, she left empty handed.
IN Q=So, I was all psyched
((CYNTHIA ANGELL: SO, I WAS ALL PSYCHED. I WAS READY TO GO. AND I REALLY
DIDN'T PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER UNTIL AFTER MY HUSBAND AND I GOT OUT THERE AND
SAW THE WAY THINGS WERE. ))
OUT Q=way things were
Angell believes it was all a scam.
She didn't win, but shelled out over a thousand dollars just to attend the
Angell hasn't spoken with Silver Wing Records since the awards show.
News-7 was unable to reach the record company.
Its phone number is no longer in service.
Stick around--an expansion is in the future for the Mill Mountain Zoo...but
that's not exciting news for everyone. (----------------)
And they're picking up the pieces at a recording studio in Franklin County--
but for some of these workers, it's just their DAY job.
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Recent animal cruelty and neglect charges against Franklin County breeder
Valery Greeen are not Green's first brush with the law.
Green has 12 misdemeanor convictions in Radford: including harboring barking
dogs, allowing dogs to run loose, and permitting animals to become unsanitary.
In ROCKBRIDGE County, animal warden Delbert Moore says Green owes boarding
fees for loose dogs.
And in Montgomery County, she's charged with obtaining an animal by false
pretenses and threatening to set fire to a residence.
Liz McKinney says Green used a fake name to adopt one of McKinney's former
show dogs, and violated a contract by breeding the animal for profit.
McKinney says Green threatened to burn her out if McKinney did not drop her
As teen drug use jumps alarmingly, Roanoke City Schools have cut BACK an
Three years ago, the schools had five counselors working with middle and
high school students.
Since then, federal cutbacks sliced the program to the bone.
((LISSY RUNYON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS; WHEN THOSE FEDERAL MONIES WERE CUT BACK,
IT ONLY PROVIDED FOR ONE SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR, SO THE BOARD HAD TO MAKE A
TOUGH DECISION AND PLACE THAT ONE INDIVIDUAL IN EACH OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS.))
SUPER=01-Lissy Runyon/Roanoke City Schools;
OUT Q=the high schools
Runyon says despite the cuts, referrals and disciplinary action for drug
problems are actually down.
An expansion of Mill Mountain Zoo wasn't welcomed by some Roanoke residents
At issue: a five- year lease that gives the Zoo an additional one and a half
acres on Mill Mountain.
Opponents of the expansion asked City Council to consider what effects it
might have on Crystal Spring.
IN Q=Since know one knows
((BETTY FIELD: SINCE NO ONE KNOWS THE WATER SOURCE OF CRYSTAL SPRING ANYTHING
COULD HAPPEN. ONE MISTAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN COULD CAUSE THE SPRING TO DISAPPEAR
INTO THE LIME CAVES AND CAVITIES UNDER THE MOUNTAIN. THE LOSS OF THIS WATER
SUPPLY WOULD BE A DISASTER.))
SUPER=01-Betty Field/Roanoke Resident;
OUT Q=would be a disaster.
City council members say they are satisfied the zoo will use the land
They approved the expanded lease--
Councilman William White voted no.
Five months ago fire consumed a Franklin County recording studio
But that wasn't the end of Doobie Shea (DOO-bee SHAY) Studios--
Joe Dashiell has the story.
IN Q=On a Franklin County
SUPER=01-Tim Austin/Doobie Shea Studios; :17
SUPER=01-Gary Waugh/Five for the Gospel; :57
OUT Q=Joe D. News 7 Franklin County
((On a Franklin County hillside not far from Boones Mill, the new Doobie
Shea studio is now under roof.
And on a recent afternoon, the crew was busy framing the interior walls.
NAT SOUND OF CONSTRUCTION
The sound of construction is music to the ears of Tim Austin.
SOT TIM AUSTIN 16:15:13
IN Q=I've got
((TIM AUSTIN/DOOBIE SHEA STUDIOS: I'VE GOT A LOT OF GOOD FRIENDS OUT OF
KENTUCKY AND OHIO WHO HAVE TRAVELLED DOWN AND WORKED DAYS TRYING TO GET ME
OUT Q=trying to get me going
On August 24th, lightning struck the old studio and burned the building to
Doobie Shea may not be a household name in western Virginia, but the studio
is well- known among many of the best- known in bluegrass.
Look no further than the racks of Blockbuster Music or most any record
store that sells bluegrass, and you'll find Doobie Shea Recordings.
Volunteers are lending a hand and hundreds of hours of hard work.
Many are musicians who recorded in the old Doobie Shea studios.
SOT KENTUCKY MUSICIAN 16:22:16
IN Q=We enjoy
((GARY WAUGH: WE ENJOY RECORDING WITH TIM AND WE'VE BECOME VERY GOOD FRIENDS IN
THE LAST YEAR OR TWO THAT WE'VE KNOWN HIM AND WE JUST THOUGHT WE'D CHIP IN.
IT'S QUITE A TASK TO GET EVERY THING ROLLING BACK LIKE IT OUGHT TO BE.))
OUT Q=like it ought to be.
Plenty of work remains.
But Austin is already booking new projects and hopes to have Doobie Shea
back in business sometime in February.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Franklin County))
Don't go away- VMI is looking to the NFL to fill it's vacant head football
And it's called ultra-sonics-- the latest wave of cleaning those dusty,
grimy window blinds...the story next on NEWS-7 Primetime.
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Those blinds on your windows might come in pretty handy, most days....that
is until it's time to clean them.
But an entrepreneur in Bedford wants to change that.
He's invented a device that cleans your blinds in about 30 seconds.
He uses a system called ultrasonics that jewelers and dentists have been
using for years.
The system cleans the ropes, cords and inside the head-rail.
Some customers say they can't believe what a difference a thorough
IN Q=They either
((MARK STUKEY/SHINE A BLIND OF VA: THEY EITHER FORGOT WHAT COLOR THEY WERE
WHEN THEY ORIGINALLY BOUGHT 'EM AND THEY'RE GONNA HAVE TO DO SOME REDECORATING,
OR THEY'RE MOST OF THE TIME PEOPLE ARE JUST AMAZED AT WHAT THEY CAN DO.))
SUPER=01-Mark Stukey/Shine A Blind of VA;
OUT Q=they can do.
This high-tech convenience will cost you about six or seven dollars a
But it doesn't end there, Stukey (STOOKY) says he can clean stereos and
computer keyboards as well.
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On Health Check-- when you're eating out of somebody else's kitchen...it's
espcially difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan.
But a few simple steps can make a big difference.
IN Q=If you go to
((SUSAN JAAX/DIETICIAN: IF YOU GO TO A CAFETERIA OR A RESTAURANT AND A LOT OF
THE ENTREES COME WITH A LOT OF SAUCES, A LOT OF TOPPINGS, AS IS THE CASE WITH A
BAKED POTATO. IT'S USUALLY THOSE ADD-ONS THAT TEND TO BE VERY HIGH IN FAT AND
HIGH IN CALORIES. ))
SUPER=01-Suzanne Jaax/Dietician; :
OUT Q=high in calories
Ask the restaurant staff about how foods are prepared-- find out if fats
are added, or if sauce can be put on the side.
IN Q=Balance with
((BALANCE WITH FLEXIBILITY IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF HEALTHY EATING BUT YOU HAVE
TO USE THE COMMON SENSE IN HOW MUCH DEVIATION THERE IS. ))
OUT Q=there is.
Also, don't always rely on menu items labelled heart-healthy-- there's no
guarantee they're lower in fats and calories.
Speaking of food... it's a recipe tonight that garners our video pick.
You'll especially appreciate it if you've ever enjoyed collard greens as a
main dinner course--
SUPER=75-Ayden, NC; :
...you can now also have them for dessert.
Laura Webb of Ayden, North Carolina has developed "Collard Cake"-- layers
of collard greens over layers of cornbread.
The cake is then covered with a collard frosting...and then topped with
onions, ham...pickles, tomatoes and peppers.
toss to steve
The latest on VMI's football coaching vacancy and the latest to come out in
the NFL draft, but we start Primetime sports with the answer to a
question...why was Phoenix Sun Robert Horry suspended for 2 NBA games???
For throwing a towel in Danny Ainge's face..no big deal EXCEPT that Ainge
just happens to be Phoenix's head coach. Horry also loses 2 days of pay, now
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Kansas #1/10//Texas #18/11/1///Villanova
SUPER=0098-j/Louisville #14/92//NC Charlotte/81///j/Haverford/63//W & L/57///;
OUT Q=....last score."
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VMI's search for a new football coach is not over yet, but today, a few clues
were discovered down in Lexington.
Associate athletic Director Chip Smith said the job should hopefully be
filled by the end of this week and that there are 4 to 5 candidates remaining.
VMi alumni and former san Diego Charger coach Bobby Ross is one of the
Superintendent Josiah Bunting spent part of his Keydet California recruiting
visit with Ross.
IN Q="In the
((CHIP SMITH/ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Chip Smith/VMI Associate A. D.; :00
OUT Q=...both sides.
the list of college underclassmen leaving early for the NFL draft grew
just a little bit more today.
Three more top college players have put their names in the pot.
Northwestern Running back Darnell Autry will leave the Wildcats a year early.
He rushed for over 3 thousand yards over the last 2 seasons.
Ohio State will lose two players with this years draft. Defensive back
Shawn Springs, the Big Ten defensive player of the year, and Offensive lineman
Orlando Pace, the Outland trophy winner, who says he wants to be the number 1
((ORLANDO PACE/WILL ENTER 97 DRAFT:))
SUPER=01-Orlando Pace/Will Enter 97 Draft; :00
OUT Q=...next level"
Former pitcher Phil niekro has made Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame
in his fifth try!!
SUPER=03-Major League Baseball; :00
Niekro was named on 380 of the 473 ballots in voting by the Baseball
Writers Association of America. Niekro, who is one of just 20 pitchers to win 3
hundred games, went 318 and 274 with an earned run average 3.35 in 24 seasons.
Niekro played most of those season with the Braves and then some with the
yankees. He is the only former player who qualified this year.
Former pitcher Don Sutton, in his 4th try, was 9 votes shy of the 355 needed
to be elected.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have elected to sell the team. Peter O'Malley and
his family have controlled the team since 1950. No buyers yet, only inquiries.
((PETER O'MALLEY/DODGERS OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Peter O'Malley/Dodgers Owner; :00
OUT Q= the storm"
Here's what're working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
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SUPER=76-"Snack Time" Recall
The infamous Cabbage Patch Snacktime Doll is now being recalled by toy giant
This comes after several reports of children's hair or fingers getting stuck
in the doll's mouth.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, See you tomorrow, goodnight.
THe latest information-- in just 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7.