Coming up on News 7-
Republicans meet tonight deciding if Newt Gingrich will get another term.
More possible incriminating photos released in the O-J Simpson case.
This local singer says she was taken by a Nashville scam.
Plus we'll show you some Penguins who don't like the cold.
News 7 is next.
A local singer recently won an award as a rising new artist- but she says
it turned out to be more of a scam.
Cythia Angell says a Nashville Company required her to buy tickets and pay
fees to claim her award. We'll have her story.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich is appealing to fellow republicans to re-elect
him as speaker tomorrow.
He's trying to ensure support despite his admission he broke house rules.
Plus penguins who don't like the cold? We'll show you this unusual bunch.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
House Republicans now say it's clear Newt Gingrich will be re-elected
speaker when the new Congress convenes tomorrow.
As Liz Mullen reports, Republicans met for hours tonight- hashing out who's
behind Gingrich and who's not.
SUPER=01-Rep. Susan Molinari/(R) New York;
SUPER=01-Rep. Linda Smith/(R) Washington;
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/CBS News;
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((House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent the hours before Tuesday's vote with the
house GOP conference, trying to convince fellow Republicans he should serve a
SUSAN MOLANARI/R-NEW YORK: MOST OF THE CLOSE TO FOUR HOURS OF THE CONFERENCE
WERE SPENT BY MEMBERS VOICING THEIR SUPPORT OF THE SPEAKER.
Though re-election is characterized as a "sure thing" by Republican leaders,
support for Gingrich is not unanimous.
LINDA SMITH/R- WASHINGTON: I DON'T THINK I WOULD CARE IF HE WAS MY BROTHER
RIGHT NOW IF HE WAS GETTING IN THE WAY OF WHAT WAS BEST FOR AMERICA AND RIGHT
NOW I THINK THAT HE'S IN THE
WAY OF THE AGENDA THAT WE ALL BELIEVE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR AMERICA.
Banking committee chairman James Leach and Congressman Michael Forbes have
also come out against Gingrich.
The Speaker of the House has come under fire after admitting that he violated
House Ethics rules in using charitable contributions to finance a college
course he taught- a violation that could seriously weaken the speaker's
LIZ MULLEN/CBS NEWS: THE VOTE FOR GINGRICH'S RE-ELECTION WILL MOST LIKELY BE
THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR THE 105TH CONGRESS. THE SESSION WILL GET
UNDERWAY AT NOON, LOCAL
TIME. THE ETHICS COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN DEBATING ANY PUNISHMENT FOR
THE SPEAKER ON WEDNESDAY.
LIZ MULLEN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
More photos released in the O-J Simpson trial.
The pictures apparently show Simpson wearing designer Bruno (Molly) Magli
That's the kind that made bloody shoe prints at his ex-wife's murder scene.
An expert defense witness had testified a photo released earlier was a fake
but analysts say these extra pictures may be hard to explain.
((LAURIE LEVINSON/LEGAL CONSULTANT: AND ONCE AGAIN THE DEFENSE IS GOING TO HAVE
TO ATTACK THOSE PICTURES AS FAKES. THE MORE PICTURES THERE ARE THE MORE
DIFFICULT THE DEFENSE TASK.))
SUPER=01-Laurie Levinson/Legal Consultant;
OUT Q=THE DEFENSE TASK."
Simpson is expected to take the stand later in the week, when he'll likely
face questions about the shoes.
The family of a man shot to death by Roanoke Police last year has filed a
one and a half 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 in the doorway of his home on Cherryhill Circle in
The City Prosecutor decided the officers "reasonably believed their lives
were in danger."
The suit filed by an ABINGDON law firm today claims Plunkett's death "is
only one incident in a pattern of violent misconduct perpetrated by the police
A Danville police officer wounded in the line of duty sat within inches of
the man accused of shooting him in the neck as he recalled what happened.
31-year old Dennis Haley told a judge he was executing a search warrant at a
home on Moffett Street when he was shot in late November.
The alleged shooter, Marlowe Andre Farmer, was arrested within minutes.
In court this morning, Farmer's attorney tried to persuade the judge his
client never intended to shoot Haley.
Farmer's nephew Roy Womack was also in the house. He testified both thought
someone was trying to break in.
IN Q=The gunshots
((ROY WOMACK/DEFENSE WITNESS:THE GUNSHOTS JUST STARTED RINGING OUT, I SEE ANDRE
GO BACK TO THE ROOM, AND GUNFIRE JUST STARTED RINGING OUT, IT KNOCKED THE
WINDOWS, I MEAN THE MIRRORS, OFF THE WALLS, AND ALL THIS, AND I JUST, TELL THEM
TO CALL THE POLICE, THAT'S MY GIRLFRIEND NAME THAT I'M ON THE PHONE, CALL THE
POLICE, CALL THE POLICE, WE'RE BEING ROBBED, BY THAT TIME, I HEARD SOMEONE
YELLING, POLICE, POLICE, POLICE, AND THAT'S WHEN I KICKED THE TABLE BACK
BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT THEM TO SHOOT ME OR NOTHING AND I SPREAD MY HANDS OUT ON
THE FLOOR. ))
SUPER=01-Roy Womack/Defense Witness; :00
OUT Q=on the floor.
Farmer's fate now rests with a grand jury which will hear the case in March.
In the meantime, Farmer remains in jail, charged with attempted capital
An awards ceremony in Nashville struck the wrong chord with a local
Cynthia Angell says instead of furthering her musical career-- she became
the victim of a scam.
Kimberly McBroom has her story. (/////SOT/////)
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SUPER=07-Cynthia Angell; :31
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
IN Q=nat sound of singing (first song)
Cynthia Angell is one of many singers who dreams of hitting the big time.
So, when she received nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year and
Songwriter of the Year from the Academy of Independent Recording Artists,
Angell thought her time had come.
The catch was-- she had to BUY tickets and pay membership dues to claim her
award in Nashville.
But Angell says that's NOT normal practice for nominees of other awards,
such as the Grammy's.
((THROUGH THAT, THE RECORD COMPANY PAYS FOR IT. THE PERSON, THEMSELVES DOES
NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. SO, I SHOULD HAVE SMELLED A SCAM RIGHT THERE. ))
After spending nearly one- thousand dollars attending the event, Angell
didn't win anything.
She says only scheduled performers actually walked away with awards.
((THERE WAS, LIKE, NO COMPETITION. IT SEEMED THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHO WAS GOING
TO WIN BEFORE THEY DID. ))
SOT standup here, last one please
Angell says she hasn't spoken with her record producer, since the awards
show. We tried to contact Silver Wing Records, but its phone number is no
longer in service-- and there was no forwarding number.
Angell says the experience hasn't lessened her ambition to pursue a
musical career-- but it has made her more cautious.
((IF SOMEBODY TELLS YOU SOMETHING, AND YOU THINK THAT IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE,
MOST OF THE TIME, IT IS. ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the Newscast, the city of Roanoke tries to deal with
cutbacks in its drug education program
And it may come as a surprise to some, but Virginia's had a law allowing
medical marijuana use for 18 years. We'll have more on that story in just a
MUSIC UP FULL
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If the phrase conjures up California and Arizona, you may be interested to
know it's been the law in Virginia for nearly two decades.
Ellen Qualls reports the 1979 law's apparently never been used.
And its chief patron wants to point out it's virtually impossible to do so.
IN Q=Hold on
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :21
OUT Q=News 7, Richmond
(( Hold on to your hat.
That chief patron is southwest Virginia Congressman, then state senator Rick
Boucher says even HE doesn't recall the marijuana portion of the law -- but
he says it would require a doctor's prescription in capsule form.
NO pharmacies we've found have the federal drug trial designation necessary
to fill them.
Boucher's co-patron is still in the Senate.
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN/D-FAIRFAX: AS I RECALL IT. WELL, AS I'VE BEEN TOLD,
BECAUSE I REALLY DON'T RECALL IT, IT WAS ONE OF A PACKAGE OF BILLS IMPLEMENTED
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CRIME COMMISSION FOR MAKING A GENERAL REVISION IN
CRIMINAL SENTENCES RELATING TO DRUG OFFENSES.))
Gartlan warns we should expect what he calls law and order types to try to
repeal the law.
What about the House Republican leader?
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: IN CERTAIN CASES, IF THAT IS THE BEST AND MOST
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT, I SEE NO REASON TO PROHIBIT OUR CITIZENS FROM GETTING THE
BEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT.))
The Democrat running for governor takes a different view.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP KIDS AWAY FROM MARIJUANA. WE DON'T
WANT THEM TO DRINK UNDERAGE. WE'RE IN A MAJOR STRUGGLE NOW ABOUT THE RIGHT WAY
TO KEEP KIDS FROM SMOKING. I MEAN THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO NOW IS DO
ANYTHING TO SAY VIRGINIA STATE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT'S OKAY TO USE MARIJUANA FOR
THIS OR THAT MEDICAL PURPOSE.))
((REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE'S RUNNING AGAINST DON BEYER FOR
GOVERNOR THIS YEAR. HIS SPOKESMAN SAYS IT'S ENTIRELY CONCEIVABLE HE'LL TAKE A
STAND TO REPEAL THE LAW. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
As teen drug use soars, Roanoke City Schools are fighting back with fewer
As federal money dried up over the
past three years, Roanoke drastically cut it's Student Assistance Program.
Eric Earnhart reports.
IN Q=As government figures
SUPER=01-Lissy Runyon/Roanoke City Schools; :12
SUPER=01-Jo Ann Burkholder/SAP Coordinator; :43
SUPER=01-Jan McLeod/Principal; 1:02
OUT Q=News 7
(( As Government figures show eighth grade drug use doubling in five years,
and high school drug abuse up 40 percent, Roanoke Schools are left with one SAP
IN Q=so the board
((LISSY RUNYON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS; SO THE BOARD HAD TO MAKE A TOUGH DECISION
AND PLACE THAT ONE INDIVUDUAL IN ECH OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS. ))
OUT Q=each of the schools
Runyon says guidance counselors, teachers, DARE officers and community
servicess are taking over the job.
IN Q=so there are
((LISSY RUNYON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS; SO THERE ACTUALLY ARE A LOT OF STRATEGIES
AND RESOURCES OF A PRO-ACTIVE NATURE THAT ARE IN PLACE TO PICK UP THE SLACK A
LITTLE BIT. ))
OUT Q=slack a little bit
Roanoke County schools face the same funding cuts, but decided to support the
program with local money, and added another counselor this year, with the
ultimate goal of a full time counselor in every school.
IN Q=the sap program
((Jo Ann Burkholder/SAP Coordinator; THE SAP PROGRAM COORDINATOR IS THE PERSON
WHO HAS THE EXPERTISE IN DEALING SPECIFICALLY WITH DRUG AND ALCOHOL
OUT Q=alcohol difficulties
The program is credited with helping to lower the county schools' dropout
rate, and principals say having a SAP counselor in the building makes a big
((JAN MC LEOD/PRINCIPAL
I THINK IF YOU ASKED EVERY PRINCIPAL IN ROANOKE COUNTY WE'D ALL LIKE TO HAVE
OUR OWN SAP COUNSELOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK AND WOULDN'T WANT TO HAVE TO SHARE
AMONG BUILDINGS. :08 ))
OUT Q=share among buildings.
City school officials say despite their cuts, Their records show a drop in
drug abuse referrels and disciplinary hearings.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
While Rocky Mount Democrat Virgil Goode's being sworn in to the seat
Congressman L-F Payne gave up... Payne will pump hands for a part-time job.
Payne's on a two day official campaign kick-off tour for the job of
Formerly passionate in his opposition to the Lake Gaston pipeline, Payne's
tailored his stance.
IN Q=I understand
((I UNDERSTAND AT THE SAME TIME VIRGINIA BEACH NEEDS THE WATER TO CONTINUE TO
GROW AND TO PROSPER.))
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Payne says that's NOT a reversal.
IN Q=I don't
((I DON'T THINK THIS IS A CHANGE. I'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT WE NEEDED TO SEEK A
SOLUTION. I JUST THINK THAT NOW IF I'M IN A POSITION TO REPRESENT ALL THE
PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA, I COULD PLAY A CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN TERMS OF SEEKING A
OUT Q=a solution. 2ND REF!
Payne says he's raised about a quarter million dollars.
He's so far unopposed for the number two slot on the ticket Don Beyer's
Soft Music Under
Still to come on the newscast, we'll see how the local music community is
rallying as a recording studio tries to rebuild from the ashes,
and it's Chillie Willie come to life, as the penguins at an English zoo decide
it's simply too cold.
MUSIC UP FULL
Roanoke Attorney Dean Cranwell is in trouble again.
He was suspended from practicing law for four months last year.
Now a subcommittee of the State Bar has reprimanded Cranwell for twice
failing to file claims for clients within the statute of limitations.
A "public reprimand" is far short of disbarment, revocation or suspension
of a license, but it does create a disciplinary record against Cranwell. That
means those complaints are now on file with the State Bar and are open to the
If you own a Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids Doll, grab a pencil- Mattel is
recalling the toy.
It's not only coming off the market, the toy maker is offering a 40 dollar
refund to people who bought it.
The action comes after dozens of children reportedly got their hair or
fingers stuck in the doll's mouth.
The company says testing of the product failed to identify a
serious safety hazard.
Here is a phone number for more information-
t's 1-800 335-1700.
That number can be called during regular business hours.
About a half million Snacktime Kids dolls have been sold.
Europe's been in a deep freeze this winter, but is the weather too cold for
These shivering birds were born at Drusillas Zoo in England- not under
Arctic conditions MOST Penguins are accustomed to.
IN Q=For the first
((KELSEY MOORE/HEAD ZOOKEEPER: FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS LIKE ALL OF US THEY WERE
QUITE KEEN AND THEY DID A LOT OF SLIDING ABOUT. BUT I THINK NOW AS IT CARRIES
ON AND WE'VE HAD VERY VERY COLD NIGHTS THEY'RE STARTING TO GET A BIT FED UP
WITH IT AND ARE SPENDING MOST OF THEIR TIME INDOORS. ))
SUPER=01-Kelsey Moore/Head Zookeeper;
OUT Q=their time indoors.
And the penguins are indoors with hot water bottles to warm them up.
Ironically the animals that come from hot places in the world are having
the most fun- the emus, kangaroos and flamingos are enjoying the snow.
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WE start tonight's sports with the answer to a question...why has Phoenix
Sun Robert Horry been 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
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OUT Q=....last score."
go to break
Three's a charm...except if you are Phil Niekro. It took the former
pitcher five times to make the Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame!!
SUPER=04-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 and Indians. He is the only player who qualified this year.
Former pitcher Don Sutton, in his 4th try, was 9 votes shy of the 355 needed
to be elected.
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley announced today that he is selling
the team, to whom is not know yet, only inquiries have been made. O'Malley,
whose family holds the second longest tenure in ownership made the announcement
at a 1:30 news conference Los Angeles time. The owner says he is not sure how
much the team is worth, but running the franchise is to much for his family.
((PETER O'MALLEY/DODGERS OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Peter O'Malley/Dodgers Owner; :00
OUT Q= the storm"
Two of the NBA's premiere teams battled it out last night in the Windy City
as Utah and Chicago get it on at the United center.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Jazz vs. Bulls; :00
Michael Jordan...his usual self, faking out the defender and putting up
the baseline jumper that of course falls.
Then, it started raining....storming three pointers. Scottie with the pull
Tony Kokoc then snaps the nylon from the perimeter...
Even Dennis Rodman would display his shooting touch.
Jordan and John Stockton would have words, but the situation fizzled,
Stock did nail this shot in the lane, but no stoppin the Bulls, they win
The list of college underclassmen leaving early for the NFL draft
continues to grow.
Three more top college players have put their names in the hat.
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"
One other football note,
Two former Virginia Tech Hokies are still hoping that the hard work of their
agent, Pulaski native Rick Clark, will pay dividends in the NFL.
Clark represents former Virginia Tech linebacker Ken Brown. Brown has spent
two years with the Denver Broncos but was released last year. Today, he was
His former Tech teammate and running back dwayne Thomas hopes to be signed
by either the Buccaneers, the Falcons or the Saints.
VMI's search for a new head football coach to replace Bill Stewart heated up
just a little in Lexington.
Yesterday VMI associate A.D. 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
VMI superintendent Josiah Bunting spent part of his Keydet California
recruiting visit with Ross.
IN Q="In the
SUPER=01-Chip Smith/VMI Associate A.D.; :00
OUT Q=...noth sides.
Still a head tonigt in sports, the Redskins fill their vacant defensive
whjile VMI is also looking to the NFL to fill it's head coaching job, but
this reach might be just a little to high.
Former Washington Redskin quarterback Doug Williams has been named the new
head football coach at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Williams was the most valuable player from the 1988 Super Bowl while
leading the Washington Redskins to the championship win over the Denver
Broncos. He's been serving as an NFL scout with the Jacksonville Jaguars n the
Williams played his college football at grambling and has been mentioned as
a possible replacement there but has accepted the Morehouse job.
Odds are you'd never clean your stereo or computer keyboard by dipping it in
a tank of water.
But that's the new concept behind Shine-A Blind, a small business owned by
Mark Stukey (STEW-key) of Bedford.
Stukey mostly cleans window blinds with something called ultrasonic
It uses sound waves that move through the water and create bubbles that
explode and remove all the dirt.
He's cleaning blinds at roughly seven dollars a pop.
Customers include everyone from homeowners to small business owners, and
IN Q=The main
((MARK STUKEY/SHINE A BLIND OF VA: THE MAIN REASON WAS FOR SCHOOLS AND
HOSPITALS AND I MEAN THIS IS A LEVEL OF CLEAN THAT THEY'VE NEVER HAD BEFORE AND
THERE'S NO REASON THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT NOW.))
SUPER=01-Mark Stukey/Shine A Blind of VA;
OUT Q=enjoy it now.
Stukey's been in business since September, after he left a job in retailing.
So far Shine-A Blind has 34 clients.
Stukey did not come up with this technology on his own.
He paid a licensing fee to own and operate the equipment.
He also points out that when he cleans electronic equipment like stereos
they're unplugged, and must dry out for a few days.
Last summer, Tim Austin watched his business go up in flames.
Five months later, he's busy rebuilding Doobie Shea (DOO-bee SHAY) studios
with a little help from his friends.
Doobie Shea has recorded some of the best- known names in bluegrass.
But on August 24th, lightning struck the studio and burned the building to
Today, a new studio is under construction near Boones Mill... and the crew
includes some of the musicians who recorded with Austin before the fire.
IN Q=It was like the worst thing
((TIM AUSTIN/DOOBIE SHEA STUDIOS: IT WAS LIKE THE WORST THING THAT EVER COULD
HAVE HAPPENED TO YOU I GUESS IN BUSINESS. AFTER THE FIRE WE WERE TWO OR THREE
DAYS AT LEAST TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES OF WHAT WE WERE GOING TO DO AND
IMMEDIATELY AFTER ABOUT A WEEK, "WE'VE GOT TO GET BACK."))
((GARY WAUGH/FIVE FOR THE GOSPEL: WE LEARN AS WE GO BACK IN HISTORY THAT A LOT
OF TIMES WHEN SOMEONE HAD A PROBLEM OR WAS BURNED OUT THAT THE NEIGHBORS SORT
OF CHIPPED IN AND CAME AROUND AND TRIED TO HELP GET BUILT BACK AND I THINK THAT
NEEDS TO BE DONE TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Tim Austin/Doobie Shea Studios; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Waugh/Five for the Gospel; :17
OUT Q=needs to be done today.
While the construction isn't complete, Austin is already booking new
projects and he hopes to have Doobie Shea studios back in business by the end