IN Q=tonight on
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO HAND THE GAVEL TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, NEWT
GINGRICH OF GEORGIA. APPLAUSE
DESPITE CONTROVERSY NEWT GINGRICH BEGINS A SECOND TERM AS SPEAKER OF THE
ALSO ON THE HILL-- NOW--CONGRESSMAN VIRGIL GOODE WAS SWORN IN TODAY WITH
DOZENS OF SUPPORTERS MAKING THE TRIP TO WISH THE FRANKLIN COUNTY MAN LUCK.))
OUT Q=Franklin COunty man luck.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Tuesday January Seventh- tonight's Top Story
Fire at a Roanoke County apartment complex forces several tenants out of
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
The fire broke out this afternoon at Bent Creek Apartments on Greenway
It took firefighters nearly two hours to contain the blaze, which damaged
at least six units.
No one was injured.
Residents salvaged what they could-- while loved ones comforted one other.
IN Q=Everything they have
((STACY RICOTTA: EVERYTHING THEY HAVE-- THEY HAVEN'T BEEN MARRIED LONG, AND
EVERYTHING THEY HAVE IS GONE. IT'S ALL DAMAGED AND THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO
REPLACE IT ALL. ))
OUT Q=replace it all
The left side of Building- G suffered the most fire, smoke and water
Investigators haven't determined what caused the fire.
But they have narrowed down the initial location.
IN Q=There's a common area-- please B-roll
((DAVID HAFEY/ROANOKE CO. FIRE BATTALION CHIEF: THERE'S A COMMON AREA, WHERE A
LOT OF THE PLUMBING AND A LOT OF THE CHASES ARE, AND A LOT OF THOSE AREAS
BETWEEN THE FIRST FLOOR AND THE ROOF. LOOKS LIKE THE FIRE STARTED IN THAT
GENERAL AREA, AND WORKED ITS WAY UP FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP, AND THEN
THROUGH THE ROOF AREAS. ))
SUPER=01-David Hafey/Roanoke Co. Fire Battalion Chief; :00
OUT Q=through the roof areas
Fire officials don't know when the residents will be able to return home.
IN Q=The honorable
((THE HONORABLE NEWT GINGRICH OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, HAVING
RECEIVED A MAJORITY OF ALL VOTES CAST BY NAME FOR A CANDIDATE IS DULY ELECTED
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 105TH CONGRESS. ))
OUT Q=105th Congress
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
Newt Gingrich won his battle to remain speaker of the House of
Still, though he'll have to face the music for this admitted violations of
IN Q=To the degree
((REP. NEWT GINGRICH/R- SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE:TO THE DEGREE I WAS TOO BRASH, TOO
SELF-CONFIDENT, OR TOO PUSHY I APOLOGIZE. TO WHATEVER DEGREE AND IN ANY WAY
THAT I BROUGHT CONTROVERSY OR INAPPROPRIATE ATTENTION, I APOLOGIZE. IT IS MY
INTENTION TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO WORK WITH EVERY MEMBER OF THIS CONGRESS.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker; :
As Gingrich today took the seat as second in line to the Presidency....the
ethics committee is scheduled to begin it's public investigation into
Gingrich's violations tomorrow.
The 105th U.S. Congress took its place in history today with a new face from
Fifth district Democrat Virgil Goode was sworn in-- to the House seat from
which L.F. Payne retired.
But the real "doings" had already gone on in the Longworth office building,
where supporters from Franklin County to Charlottesville gathered to share in
IN Q=Well naturally
((WILLIAM HELMS/GOODE SUPPORTER: WELL NATURALLY I ... IN THE FUTURE.))
((CONGRESSMAN VIRGIL GOODE/D-5TH DISTRICT: THIS MORNING... FIFTH DISTRICT.))
SUPER=01-William Helm/Goode Supporter; :00
OUT Q=Fifth district.
Democrat Goode of course voted against Newt Gingrich for speaker.
Don't bet on playing Keno in Virginia for at least another year.
Lottery director Penelope Kyle says there are NO plans to ask for General
Assembly approval for the controversial game in the upcoming session.
But that means lawmakers need to understand that the Lottery has "maxed out"
on its earning potential for now.
IN Q=What I have
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE WILL TRY TO PRODUCE...THIS IS IT.))
SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Virginia Lottery Director;
OUT Q=this is it.
The potential of keno in last year's legislative session drew immediate fire
from anti-gambling forces.
Keno games can be drawn every few minutes, all day long, on video terminals
in restaurants, stores and gas stations.
THe state's largest health insurer is eliminating jobs.
Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield is cutting 40 positions at its Roanoke offices
due to a systemwide restructuring.
In all, the health insurance company has over 700 people working there.
The jobs being eliminated range from entry level workers to management.
The bigger hit is in Richmond, where more than 100 people learned today
they're losing their jobs.
Throughout the year, Trigon will be cutting another 70 jobs systemwide.
Some of those positions could also come from Roanoke.
Stick around--volunteers from our neck of the woods are heading out west to
help life return to normal.
And how did using a racquetball court at the YMCA escalate into a huge
lawsuit? The story when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
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The Greenbrier resort must pay nearly a quarter- million- dollars as a
result of a sex and age discrimination lawsuit.
Barbara Sweetwood worked in accounts receivable at the White Sulphur Springs
resort for nearly 27 years when she was fired.
Her attorney says the Greenbrier refused to offer Sweetwood a transfer as it
did with male employees.
The Greenbrier says the judge's ruling is without merit and will be
It adds that Sweetwood refused to adapt to new technology and she was
offered an alternative position, but refused.
A couple of prominent Roanoke residents have become embroiled in a
high-stakes law-suit over an incident a year ago at the Y-M-C-A.
One of the men is a city official; the other a nationally- renowned
Keith Humphry has the story.
IN Q=I'm limited
SUPER=07-John Coates; :15
OUT Q=keith humphry news-7.
IN Q=I'm limited
((I'M LIMITED IN WHAT I CAN DO WITH IT NOW.))
OUT Q=with it now.
John Coates lost a piece of his right ring finger. He filed an
850-thousand dollar lawsuit over it.
Coates claims Andy Hudick severed the flesh and bone of that finger by
slamming a door on his hand... more than once.
IN Q=As I opened
((AS I OPENED THE DOOR, SOMEONE SLAMMED THE DOOR SEVEN OR EIGHT TIMES AND
AMPUTATED THE END OF MY FINGER.))
OUT Q=of my finger.
NAT SOT Full:
racquetball players on the court
Hudick was playing racquetball during the lunch hour at the "Y" January 3rd
Coates says he had reserved the court for that hour- -so he simply opened
the door, not realizing Hudick and his partner were in mid-game.
Hudick says he shoved the door out of instinct to protect himself, and
denies Coates' contention that he "violently slammed" the door.
The "Y" suspended Hudick's membership for six months over the incident.
IN Q=Be glad
((BE GLAD TO LET YOU TALK TO MY ATTORNEY ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=about it.
According to court records, Hudick's net worth is one million dollars.
His financial advice is often quoted in local and national newspapers.
Hudick has served as President of a national association of "Fee-Only
Coates is Manager of the City Department of Parks and Recreation. A
A year's worth of rehabilitation and surgery- -including a skin graft-
-have cost somewhere between 40 and 60-thousand dollars.
IN Q=Initially, I went
((INITIALLY I WENT THROUGH THREE SURGICAL PROCEDURES TO RECONSTRUCT THE FINGER
THAT WAS AMPUTATED, SO I'VE BEEN THROUGH QUITE A LOT, JUST TRYING TO GET BACK
TO WHERE I WAS A YEAR AGO.))
OUT Q=a year ago.
The case is still a long way from a jury trial, but there've been no offers
to settle it OUT of court. Keith Humphry NEWS-7.))
Three years ago, a Franklin County woman gave her pet away. Now she's
afraid she made a terrible mistake.
Phyllis Mason handed her dog over to Valery Green... who was recently
charged with animal neglect.
Mason says at the time, she had no idea Green was running a kennel.
Now that the criminal allegations have surfaced, she's fearful of the dog's
safety... and wants it back.
IN Q=When I gave
((PHYLLIS MASON: WHEN I GAVE UP MY DOG, I GAVE UP MY RIGHTS TO THAT DOG. BUT IT
DOESN'T GIVE UP MY RIGHT AS AN OWNER TO THAT DOG FOR ONE TIME IN HIS LIFE... TO
STOP CARING ABOUT THAT ANIMAL. ))
OUT Q=that animal
A few days ago, the breeder checked herself into a local hospital and left
about a hundred animals in the care of a neighbor.
Despite the criminal charges, most of the animals remain at Valery Green's
Franklin County home.
IN Q=We felt
((CLAUDE WEBSTER/FRANKLIN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: WE FELT THAT IT
WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE ANIMALS IF WE KEPT THEM IN THAT AREA THAT THEY
WERE. THE AREA DOES HAVE ADEQUATE RUNS AND SPACE FOR THEM. MORE SO THAN WE HAVE
IN OUR LOCAL KENNEL. ))
SUPER=01-Claude Webster/Dept. of Public Safety;
OUT Q=local kennel
The animals could be taken away from Green after a court hearing next week.
A motorist with car trouble gave a Southwest Roanoke laundromat a new
drive-through this afternoon.
68- year- old Arthur Wilson plunged his vehicle through the Fabricare
Center on Franklin Road.
The Roanoke man told News-7 his brakes failed as he was traveling down
Wonju Street, and he had nowhere else to turn.
Wilson's wife was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Police say charges are pending following an examination of Wilson's car.
Tonight on Primetime sports-- Steve has highschool hoops highlights from
Northside and Patrick Henry...
On Health Check-- a simple new test may be the key, in helping doctors
quickly identify if a patient with chest pain is actually having a heart
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While the rain may have finally stopped falling out West-- volunteers are
pouring in, including some from Roanoke.
Reba Thomas and Fred Dooley took a flight to San Francisco today.
They'll be helping other relief workers with logistics, getting people and
supplies from one place to another.
That could be a tough job, with many west coast roads covered by mud and
IN Q=we'll check with
((FRED DOOLEY/RED CROSS VOLUNTEER; WE'LL CHECK WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES RIGHT
OFF THE BAT AND FIND OUT IF THEY HAVE ALTERNATE ROUTES. IF WE HAVE TO GET TO A
PARTICULAR DESIGNATION, WE CAN FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES, EVEN IF IT INVOLVES
HELICOPTERS OR BOATS OR WHATEVER.))
SUPER=01-Fred Dooley/Red Cross Volunteer;
OUT Q=boats or whatever
Dooley and Thomas will join two other Roanoke volunteers already there.
They'll spend at least three weeks helping the west coast clean up.
SUPER=330-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/22-25/Increasing Clouds/Snow Late/36-39;
SUPER=331-Clear Skies/Wind NW-10/24-26/Clear Early Then/Clouding Up/38-40;
SUPER=332-Clear Skies/Wind NW-10/15-19/Clouding Up/Wind Var-10/34-38;
SUPER=333-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/18-22/Clouding Up With/Snow Late/32-36;
SUPER=334-Clear & Cold/Wind NW-10/10-15/Increasing Clouds/Snow Late/32-34;
Thousands of people every day think they're having heart attacks-- some
are....others are experiencing indigestion.
Telling the difference is the problem.
IN Q=You can't put
((YOU CAN'T PUT EVERYBODY THAT WALKS INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM INTO THE INTENSIVE
CARE UNIT. YOU DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO IT AND IF YOU DID
IT WOULD BE VERY EXPENSIVE ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Warren Moore/Texas Heart Institute; :
OUT Q=very expensive.
But one recent study found that doctors mistakenly release up to
50-thousand people a year who had real heart attacks, but ones which were too
mild to be easily diagnosed.
Now, doctors at the Medical College of Virginia think they've found a
relatively inexpensive solution.
SUPER=04-Virginia Commonwealth Univ.; :
By using a gamma camera-- something even small hospitals now have--
and injecting patients with a radioactive liquid, doctors can see these images
of the heart and spot where blood flow is dangerously restricted.
IN Q=And gives
((DR. JAMES TATUM/VCU-MCV: AND GIVES YOU THE ANSWER TO WHETHER IN FACT THIS IS
A PATIENT THAT IN FACT HAS A RISK OF HAVING A HEART ATTACK, OR IS ONE WHERE THE
RISK IS VERY SMALL. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. James Tatum/VCU-MCV; :
OUT Q=very small.
The procedure is more accurate than relying on electronic readings from
E-K-G machines, and better-able to reveal problems than blood tests, which
detect an enzyme produced during an attack.
If put into widespread use, the procedure is expected to save millions of
dollars now spent on people who don't need intensive care.
But at the same time, it would allow doctors to accurately diagnose people
whose heart attacks were mild, but were heart attacks nonetheless.
Our video pick tonight is undoubtedly a source of mild embarrassment for
The story originates from Capitol Hill, at today's swearing in of
Louisiana's new U-S Senator, Mary Landrieu.
Vice President Al Gore asked her son Conner to hold the bible-- and he
brought a little life to an otherwise dignified, very formal ceremony.
Conner stole most of the spotlight-- mimicking his mom.
Then of course, there was the group photo op.
At least she couldn't see his face.
Highlights from two local high school basketball games to bring you in
Primetime sports, as well as a preview of our NASCAR Media tour coverage this
SUPER=03-Poolsville, MD; :00
But. to the Summit Hill Turf Farm in Maryland where the NFL has purchased a
lot of grass which will be rolled out onto Lambeau Field in Green Bay for this
weekends Packers/Panthers NFC championship game. Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Kentucky #3///Miss. St./////Iowa State #4///Marquette////;
SUPER=0098-j/Radford/56//UMBC/47//Women/j/Liberty/89//E & H/49///;
SUPER=0098-/Clemson #5///Duke #10/////Boston College #25///Syracuse////;
SUPER=0096-j/LA Clippers/87//Toronto/80////Dallas/72/j/New York/102///;
SUPER=0097-/Glenvar/65/j/Floyd Co./77//Floyd 10-0/j/Cave Spring/57//Franklin
Byrd/69//Wilson 23 pts./;
OUT Q=....last score."
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Its Tuesday night at the fights high school basketball style and there are
plenty of games to get to. First, one score, Salem beat Alleghany 85-65. Now to
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Indians vs. Vikings; :00
Over in Roanoke County, Northside was looking for it's second win of the
season, but Blacksburg stood in the way.
The Indians big Man Phillip Klaus was strong all night knocking down a team
high 17 points including this short hook in the paint.
But the Viking guards were to strong on th is night. Xavier Lee was the go
to guy. Lee scored a game high 23 on the evening to lead the Northside attack.
And the Vikings improve to 2 and 7 on the season, 2 and 2 in the Blue Ridge
with a 55-52 win over Blacksburg.
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Hilltoppers vs. Patriots; :00
It turmned out to be a tough night for the Lady patriots of patrick Henry as
the visiting Hilltoppers of E.C. Glass came into town and beat the home team 50
The Toppers scored most of their first half points on turnovers adn go on to
the Group 3A victory over patrick Henry.
The racing season is getting ready to crank up again, and News 7 Sports is
your Hometown source for a preseason look into the Winston Cup season.
Mike Stevens has more on what you can expect in the coming days on the
NASCAR Media Tour.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
OUT Q=...in the carolinas."
((It's hard to believe that the Winston Cup drivers will be in Daytona a month
from now preparing for the Busch Clash and the Daytona 500.
But the fact is these teams actually have been hard at work since the end of
Here's a look at some of the stories photographer Lynn Eller and I will have
for you this week from the NASCAR Media Tour.
After coming up short in 1996 both Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt hope to get
back to the top this season. We'll see what their plans are for 1997, plus hear
from the reigning champ Terry Labonte.
With Daytona now on the horizon, we'll see what Dale Jarrett thinks about his
chances for a repeat at the beach.
Plus, we'll talk with NASCAR's elder statesman Darrell Waltrip, and see what
his plans are for the future.
Richard Petty is being in ducted into the North Carolina racing hall of Fame
this week, as well. We'll give you a front row seat for that ceremony.
We'll also travel to Rick Mast's new racing shop, and check on Kyle Petty's
new endeavor in Petty Enterprises 2.
Those stories and much more coming up in the coming days from the
11 on WDBJ-7, in 30-minutes. See you tomorrow. goodnight.
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