Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX, we'll take you to the scene of a working fire
in Roanoke County.... a LIVE report in just a moment.
We'll go to Washington to witness Congressmen Goode's first day on the job.
And the story of a man's finger amputated by a door slammed on his hand
In sports, the NASCAR media tour begins this week, Mike Stevens will have
a preview of what's ahead, the Panthers and the Packers talk shop,
and former Virginia Tech star Maurice DeShazo has signed a professional
Winter Storm Watches will go into effect tomorrow as snow and ice head for
the mid-Atlantic. Forecast details just ahead.
Firefighters in Roanoke County are working a stubborn blaze tonight at the
Bent Creek Apartment Complex.
One of the buildings caught fire over an hour ago, and crews have had
difficulty bringing the flames under control.
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Kimberly McBroom is near the fire on Greenway Drive.
Kimberly, What can you tell us?
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VO-NAT **Kimberly Mic Hot**
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It's been a long road from Rocky Mount to Capitol Hill.
Virginia's newest Representative took his seat today in the 105th U.S.
Ellen Qualls has Virgil Goode's story.
IN Q=Love ya honey
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
SUPER=01-William Helms/Goode Supporter; :13
SUPER=01-Susie Besecker/Goode Relative; :20
SUPER=01-Lucille Wyatt/Goode Supporter; :27
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) Georgia; 1:14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Washington.
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((LOVE YA HONEY.))
That's an understatement.
Virgil Goode supporters burst forth from every nook and cranny of his
not-so-big freshman office space, eventually making the hallway impassable.
((WILLIAM HELM: HE BRINGS PERSONALITY...CARES ABOUT PEOPLE.))
((SUSIE BESECKER: GOOD STRONG MORALS, HIGH VALUES, JUST A WONDERFUL PERSON.))
((LUCILLE WYATT/GOODE SUPPORTER: WELL VIRGIL IS A SPECIAL
A quick tour of his office demonstrates that last point.
There is of course the famous desk.
And the tree stump chair.
((VIRGIL GOODE: I'VE ALWAYS USED THAT DESK. OR AT LEAST FOR 18 YEARS. I
LIKED IT AND I'M COMFORTABLE WITH IT...NO I SIT ON THE TREE STUMP SOMETIMES.))
When the time came for formal business, Congressman Goode pleased the
Democrats who got him there.
These words from the Speaker who won without his help.
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((TO THE FRESHMAN...WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.))
And then the real deal.
The swearing in.
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((AND THAT YOU WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY...CONGRESS.))
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(( QUALLS, NEWS 7, WASHINGTON.))
GRAPHIC=General Assembly 97
The state capitol hits critical mass tomorrow with the start of the 45- day
1997 session of the General Assembly.
Fights will center around a tiny portion of the state budget, education, and
But one proposal that appeared dead on arrival may have new life.
Governor George Allen is taking a second look at a Manassas senator's bill
to eliminate the personal property tax on cars, boats, and the like.
IN Q=I don't want
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T WANT TO PLAY OUT ALL MY CARDS ON THIS ONE AT THIS
TIME. AND THAT'S WHY I DON'T THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO CHARACTERIZE MY VIEW AS
THAT I WILL VETO THE BILL. I'M OPPOSED TO RAISING TAXES. I'M OPPOSED TO
SHIFTING TAXES. MY GOAL IS TO REDUCE TAXES...I'D LIKE TO SEE WHAT IT LOOKS
((SEN. CHARLES COLGAN/D-MANASSAS: I'M GONNA MAKE ANY KIND OF DEAL THAT WILL
GET RID OF THE TAX. BUT I THINK THE REVENUE HAS TO BE REPLACED. I DON'T THINK
WE CAN JUST CUT THE LOCALITIES OFF. MY BILL WOULD INCREASE THE SALES TAX BY A
CENT AND A HALF. AND THAT WOULD REMOVE ABOUT 80- PERCENT OF THE PERSONAL
PROPERTY TAX. THE BALANCE OF 20- PERCENT WOULD BE PHASED OUT OVER A PERIOD OF
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Colgan/(D) Manassas; :24
OUT Q=of years.
If the Governor gets the tax elimination bill, he can amend it, veto it, or
Amending it could be a way to get the tax cut he promised voters and has
failed to deliver thus far.
Virginians won't be playing keno for at least another year.
Lottery director Penelope Kyle says she has NO plans to ask for General
Assembly approval this year for the controversial game.
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.
A major restructuring could have a minor impact on Trigon's Roanoke
The Commonwealth's largest health insurer employes more than 700 people
About 40 positions at the Roanoke office will be cut immediately.
A few dozen more could go NEXT year.
The move comes a month before Trigon is expected to complete its conversion
to a for- profit stock company.
In all the restructuring plan calls for Trigon to cut 276 jobs systemwide.
The bulk of the reductions will be at its headquarters in Richmond.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
one lawmaker's proposal will be music to the ears of those who pay college
and who will answer the call for help--one county considers it options for
dealing with a shortage of rescue squad volunteers.
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It was more than a spin cycle stirring up excitement at a southwest
Roanoke laundromat this afternoon.
A car smashed through the wall of the Fabricare Laundry and Dry Cleaning
Center on Franklin Road.
68- year- old Arthur Wilson says his brakes failed, and he had no choice
but to turn into the laundromat.
Wilson's wife suffered minor injuries.
Authorities say charges are pending an inspection of Wilson's car.
The future of emergency medical services is a hot topic of debate these days
in Amherst County.
Like many counties, Amherst suffers from a shortage of rescue squad
volunteers, particularly on weekdays.
That's prompted the board of supervisors to look into the possibility of
HIRING emergency personnel to cover those down times.
The board today heard from Campbell County administrator David Laurell
(lo-RELL) who organized a paid E-M-S system during his tenure in Franklin
Laurell says the county first needs to hire a public safety director to
study Amherst's emergency medical needs.
IN Q=Everything that
((DAVID LAURELL/CAMPBELL CO. ADMINISTRATOR: EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO CAN BE BASED
UP ON THE FACT THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO PROVIDE A LEVEL OF SERVICE TO THE
SUPER=01-David Laurell/Campbell Co. Administrator; :00 (quick!)
OUT Q=to the public.
A rescue squad spokesman says helping the current crop of volunteers should
be the county's first priority.
IN Q=After we have
((GARY ROAKES/MONELISON VOL. RESCUE SQUAD: AFTER WE HAVE TRIED RECRUITING AND
RETAINING EFFORTS AND EXHAUSTED ALL THOSE EFFORTS, THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY
AND ALL COUNTIES DESERVE THE BEST POSSIBLE EMS AND FIRE SERVICE AND POLICE THAT
THEY CAN HAVE PROVIDED TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Gary Roakes/Monelison Vol. Rescue Squad; :00
OUT Q=provided to them.
A decision on the matter is not expected for several months.
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
IN Q=I'm limited
SUPER=07-John Coates; :16
SUPER=07-Andy Hudick; :51 (QUICK!)
OUT Q=what happens, I guess.
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.
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racketball 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.
IN Q=We'll just wait
((WE'LL JUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS I GUESS.))
OUT Q=happens I guess.
On Wall Street the Dow was UP 33 points today and closed above the 66 hundred
mark for the first time.
NASDAQ gained 11 points.
College tuition in Virginia has jumped 57 percent in the past six years.
A Roanoke lawmaker says it's time to bring it back down.
State Senator John Edwards will introduce a bill cutting tuition 10 percent
a year, for the next four years.
The cost of the plan would be covered by the state's 265 million dollar
Students and administrators at Virginia Western Community College say it's a
IN Q=with the cost of books
((BRYAN HALE/STUDENT; WITH THE COST OF BOOKS AS THEY ARE, THAT CAN ALMOST EQUAL
YOUR TUITION IN SOME CASES. I THINK A 40 PERCENT REDUCTION WOULD BE ONE OF THE
BEST THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN TO A HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM, TO GET MORE PEOPLE
INVOLVED AND HVE A MORE EDUCATED SOCIETY.
CHARLES DOWNS/VIRGINIA WESTERN PRESIDENT; VIRGINIA'S IN THE VERY TOP 5 PERCENT
OF TUITION WHEREAS NORTH CAROLINA FOR EXAMPLE IS IN THE BOTTOM 5-10 PERCENT. SO
IT WOULD MAKE VIRGINIA MORE COMPETITIVE FROM THE ECONOMICS POINT OF VIEW.))
SUPER=01-Charles Downs/Virginia Western President; :14
OUT Q=economics point of view
Edwards says he's getting a positive response from fellow lawmakers.
He'll introduce the bill when the General Assembly convenes tomorrow.
GRAPHIC=American Red Cross
Volunteer Red Cross workers from Roanoke will be helping relief supplies
get where they're needed on the west coast.
Reba Thomas and Fred Dooley left for San Francisco this afternoon.
Both are logistics specialists, planning the best way to get people and
supplies from one place to another.
That's a difficult job right now, with many roads in Washington state and
Oregon covered by mud and water.
Dooley says they'll get help to the people who need it, even if it means
calling in boats and helicopters.
Maurice DeShazo inks a pro contract, the latest on Bobby Ross's coaching
situation, words from both the Panthers and the Packers head coaches,
and , Mike Stevens will preview what's in store this week on the NASCAR
Former Basset and Virginia Tech star Maurice DeShazo has been selling cars in
Fairfax. Not anymore; he has signed a professional contract.
DeShazo confirmed by phone today that he has signed a 5 month contract to
play overseas for the Bergamo Lions in Bergamo Italy.
DeShazo made the decision to go last week hoping his play in Europe will
boost his stock in the CFL and in the NFL.
During his tenure at Virginia Tech, DeShazo set the single season touchdown
passing record with 22 and the career TD mark with 47.
He also holds the Tech record for most yards of offense amassed in a season
with 6, thousand, 105.
One of Virginia Tech coach frank Beamers Big East Colleagues was named to
a top position today.
West Virginia head coach Don nehlen has been elected president of the
American Football Association for 1997.
Nehlen succeeds Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry. Nehlen is the first
Mountaineer coach to serve as the associations president.
The Carolina Panthers will get a taste of their own home field advantage
SS=Green Bay packers
medicine when they travel to Green Bay this week to tangle with the packers
on the frozen tundra.
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The Panthers went the entire regular season and into the playoffs this
season without a single loss at Erickson Stadium, a place where they beat the
San Francisco 49ers handily.
But the cats have a tremendous amount of respect for Green Bay, game
temperatures and the Packers home record.
IN Q=I think
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...home field advantage"
The Packers are not taking the panthers lightly, despite playing at home
this week, and Green Bay does feel Carolina's newness to the league could be
advantageous to them.
IN Q="We see
((MIKE HOLGREM/PACKERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Holgrem/Packers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...familiarity isn't there"
After being pursued by his Alma Mater, VMI, and showing little interest in the
job, Bobby Ross is now being sought after by the Detroit Lions.
A Detroit Newspaper reported today that the Lions are looking to Ross as a
replacement for former head coach Wayne Fontes after Northwestern head coach
Gary Barnett showed no interest in the job.
Ross stepped down as the San Diego head coach last Friday citing
philosophical differences with general manager Bobb Beathard.
Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin's off the field troubles seem to be
SUPER=03-Valley Ranch; :00
The Dallas-Fort Worth paper reported today that Dallas Police found no
physical evidence that Irvin was at the crime scene of an alleged sexual
assault of a 23-year-old woman Two Sundays ago.
The woman claims that Irvin allegedly held a gun to her head while Cowboy
teammate Erik Williams allegedly raped her.
GRAPHIC=NASCAR TOUR 97
Preseason testing is already well underway in Daytona, and down in the
Carolinas, the Winston Cup teams are hard at work preparing for the upcoming
News 7 Sports is also ready to crank up its racing coverage this week with
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
OUT Q=...UPCOMING SEASON."
(( This week the Charlotte Motor Speedway is hosting its annual preseason,
NASCAR media tour, and Your Hometown Station is thrilled to once again be along
for the ride.
Here's a look at some of the stories we will have for you on News 7,
beginning Wednesday night at 5, and continuing through the weekend.
No preseason tour would be complete without a visit with the reigning
champion, we'll see what terry Labonte has in store for 1997, plus talk with
Jeff Gordon and the newest Hendrick Team member Ricky Craven.
Speaking of new teams, we'll check in with Rick Mast and his new digs at
Butch Mock Motorsports, and take a look at Kyle Petty's new team fro 1997.
We'll also check in with the men in Black, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Childress
and Mike Skinner. and talk with defending truck series champ Ron Hornaday.
Visits with Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, are also in store, plus we'll give
you a front row seat for Richard Petty's induction into the North carolina
Racing Hall of Fame.
Our reports from the Carolinas begin Wednesday night on News 7 at 5, and
continue throughout the weekend and we attempt to get you racing fans fired up
for the upcoming season.))
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