(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...THREE NURSES ARE SUING A MARTINSVILLE HOSPITAL
WHERE THEY WERE TAKEN HOSTAGE DURING A MOCK ARMED ROBBERY LAST YEAR.
WHAT COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX MURDER CASE EVER TRIED IN THE ROANOKE
VALLEY HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
OUT Q=has been postponed.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Friday January 24th- our Top Story
There's good news for at least some workers in our area.
The layoff at the Salem G-E plant will involve fewer employees than
You're watching News 7 Primetime on W-E-F-C.
I'm Connie Stevens.
The forced job reductions that begin next Monday have been cut from 167 to
138, because an additional number of employees have opted for a voluntary
layoff that runs through March.
IN Q=And to find
((ANDREW DELEO/SALEM GE EMPLOYEE: AND TO FIND OUT THAT THEY WOULD BE RE-
EMPLOYED OR AT LEAST NOT HAVE TO HIT THE BREAD LINES FOR TWO OR THREE MONTHS IS
FINE. I THINK IT'S AN IMPROVEMENT. IT'S A POSITIVE ASPECT HERE IN THE
SUPER=01-Andrew DeLeo/Salem GE Employee;
OUT Q=in the department.
Of the 138 that will still be out of work, 56 of them will only be
unemployed for a WEEK.
That's because G-E has shifted some of its drive system work from schedules
later in the year.
That reduces the total number of indefinite layoffs to 82.
G-E anticipates many of those people will be back on the job by mid- year.
(OPEN OPEN OPEN)
A mock hostage drill at a Martinsville hospital a year ago has resulted in a
30-million dollar lawsuit filed by three emergency room nurses.
In the early morning hours of January 25th, a group of
masked men carrying guns took over the emergency room of Memorial Hospital.
The lawsuit filed this afternoon names the hospital, a management company,
and nine individuals as defendants.
The nurses say they have suffered severe emotional and physical injury as a
result of the drill.
IN Q=It's one of the most horrible
((PETE BELLER/ATTORNEY: IT'S ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE THINGS I'VE EVER SEEN AND
IF YOU'RE THINK YOU'RE GOING TO DIE IT GETS PRETTY SERIOUS. AND THESE GIRLS
THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO DIE.))
((JIM SHORTT/ATTORNEY: WE FEEL THAT THE INTENSIVE MEDICAL SCRUTINY THAT THEY'VE
RECEIVED DESERVES THE SUM THAT'S BEEN SUED FOR.))
SUPER=01-Pete Beller/Nurses' Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Shortt/Nurses' Attorney; :08
OUT Q=that's been sued for.
None of the defendants was convicted of criminal charges, and an attorney
representing the hospital promises a vigorous defense.
The capital murder trial of Earl Bramblett was supposed to begin next month.
But what could turn out to be the most complex murder case ever tried in the
Roanoke Valley has been postponed.
It's an entirely circumstantial case... involving arson and the murder of a
family of four in Vinton.
State and local police spent two years piecing it together.
And the defense needs more time to prepare for the trial.
IN Q=Last time
((EARL BRAMBLETT/CAPITAL MURDER SUSPECT: LAST TIME I WAS IN COURT I DIDN'T HAVE
A CHANCE TO SAY MUCH, BUT I THINK I GOT ACROSS THE IDEA THAT I WAS ANXIOUS TO
GO TO TRIAL. BUT I'M NOT AN IDIOT. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO TRIAL, UNTIL WE'RE
SUPER=01-Earl Bramblett/Capital Murder Suspect;
OUT Q=we're ready.
At the first of the year, Judge Willett ordered a new psychiatric exam for
Bramblett, but it hasn't been done yet.
The trial in June could still be moved OUT of the Roanoke Valley.
A tornado has struck in Tuscaloosa, Alabama--
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killing at least one person.
The storm flipped over dozens of cars in a strip mall parking lot-- and
collapsed part of the roof of a store.
In Murfreesboro, Tennessee-- a powerful storm has damaged hundreds of homes,
downing powerlines and closing all lanes of the interstate.
It's not clear whether a tornado was the cause-- but officials say twisters
have been spotted in the region.
An accident at rehearsal for Superbowl half time show.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/Last Night;
A woman was killed while practicing a bungee jumping stunt.
43 year old Laura Patterson of Sarasota, Florida died of massive head
injuries after striking her head on the Superdome Floor.
((PAUL TAGLIABUE/NFL COMMISSIONER: MRS. PATTERSON IS A MEMBER OF A PROFESSIONAL
16 MEMBERS BUNGEE JUMPING TEAM.))
(( MEMBERS OF THE TEAM INCLUDED MRS. PATTERSONS HUSBAND AND SISTER WHO WERE
ALSO PART OF THE REHEARSAL.))
SUPER=01-Paul Tagliabue/NFL Commissioner; 07
OUT Q=of the rehearsal."
The cause of the accident is under investigation- Halftime show producers
have eliminated the bungee jumping routine from Sunday's event.
CBS News is reporting that it learned from a rigging crew that it MIGHT
have been human error.
Patterson's ropes were reportedly controlled by a local climbing crew--
and while she fell safely the first time and bounced back in the air, when she
fell the second time, the rigging failed to catch her.
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For the second year in a row, a bill that would allow public schools to
function like private ones has been killed.
and it doesn't have its own facility...so the Franklin County Humane Society is
footing the bill for putting up more than a hundred animals.
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Virginia's most contentious education debate has been laid to rest for
Charter schools went down on a tie vote in a House of Delegates committee
Ellen Qualls has details.
IN Q=Newport News
SUPER=01-Del. Phil Hamilton/(R) Newport News; :14
SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Virgnia NAACP; :36
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Newport News Republican Phil Hamilton has fought for two years to craft a
charter schools bill that would allow total local control of 2 schools per
district -- but keep them public, NOT religious, and open to all.
sot tape one 58:49
((DEL. PHIL HAMILTON: UH WE'VE BEEN ACCUSED AS POSTER CHILDREN FOR THE RADICAL
RELIGIOUS RIGHT, WHOEVER THEY ARE. WE'VE BEEN ACCUSED THAT THIS IS JUST THE
CAMEL'S NOSE UNDER THE TENT FOR VOUCHERS. 59:03 AND QUITE FRANKLY MR.
CHAIRMAN, SOME OF THE LAST SPEAKERS THAT SPOKE THE OTHER DAY I THINK BASICALLY
CALLED ME RACIST. AND I RESENT IT.))09
sot 01:07:06 TAPE ONE
((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: IS IT A THREAT BECAUSE A BLACK MAN -- IF A BLACK
MAN COMES UP AND SAYS "I PROMISE YOU WE'LL WORK AGAINST YOUR RE-ELECTION, IS
THAT THREATENING? NO HE SAID I'LL PROMISE YOU AND THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN A THREAT AND A PROMISE.))
The Virginia N-double-A-C-P says charter schools in southern states could
funnel money away from poorer schools, and be a return to the separate but
unequal days of segregation.
Dublin's Tommy Baker was the lone Republican to agree -- from a rural
SOT 01:12:38 TAPE ONE
((DEL. TOMMY BAKER: EVEN THOUGH THE BILL WAS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THIS YEAR,
I THINK THOSE OF US WHO VOTED AGAINST IT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, CONTINUE TO
HAVE THE SAME CONCERNS ABOUT ULTIMATELY WHAT I MIGHT DO TO PUBLIC EDUCATION AS
FAR AS STATE APPROPRIATIONS.))
Halifax Democrat Ted Bennett wavered.
That's after one delegate's claim that a Danville elementary school could
get more federal funds if it had the name "charter school."
But Bennett finally voted NO.
The 11 to 11 tie killed the bill ... same as last year, without it ever
getting to the House or Senate floor for debate.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The Franklin County Humane Society has been flooded with phone calls.
Most callers want to know the status of the 100 dogs and cats that were
taken from breeder Valery Green.
The majority of the animals are being kept at a Roanoke kennel.
And officials from the Humane Society say they might stay there for a while.
Yesterday, after she lost custody of her dogs and cats, Green filed an
So, the animals can not be adopted just now.
IN Q=They're trying
((TAMMY JAVIER/FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY: THEY'RE TRYING TO GET THAT TO GO
THROUGH IN FEBRUARY, SO OF COURSE WE DON'T HAVE TO KEEP THESE ANIMALS BOARDING
IN KENNELS FOR TOO LONG.))
SUPER=01-Tammy Javier/Franklin Co. Humane Society;
OUT Q=too long
The Humane Society is hoping for donations to help pay for the boarding.
Officials anticipate they will spend about 15- thousand dollars before any
of the animals can be adopted.
The bidding war for Conrail seems to be approaching some kind of three-way
Yesterday Conrail and C-S-X agreed to meet with Norfolk Southern to discuss
the competing offers for Conrail.
And a published report today says C-S-X is preparing to offer
significant rail assets in the Northeast to Norfolk Southern.
SOT from common sense #2 01:24:20
IN Q=I think if
((ETHEL NOELL/NS & CSX SHAREHOLDER: I THINK IF CONRAIL AND CSX ALLOW NORFOLK
SOUTHERN SOME OF THAT EASTERN RAIL LINE. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT AS TO
HOW MUCH MUCH THE RAIL LINE ACTUALLY DOES BENEFIT.))
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/NS & CSX Shareholder;
OUT Q=does benefit.
The two Virginia railroads are vying for Conrail.
N-S and C-S-X both employ a large number of people in Virginia and West
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Still to come on the newscast-- The confusion continues following the
government's stance yesterday on breast cancer and mammograms.
And the backup/shuttle astronaut for Apollo 13 landed tonight at Lynchburg
We'll explain, if you stick around.
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A standing- room only crowd in Lynchburg tonight was treated to a firsthand
account of the Apollo 13 space mission from astronaut Ken Mattingly.
Mattingly's speech was the keynote address for the 1997 Anderson Leadership
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Universal Pictures; :05
Mattingly was portrayed by Gary Sinise in the 1995 blockbuster "Apollo 13".
He was the astronaut bumped from the ill-fated mission for medical reasons.
Mattingly says he often asks people who they thought was the hero of that
IN Q=I'm always afraid
((KEN MATTINGLY/APOLLO 13 ASTRONAUT: I'M ALWAYS AFRAID THEY'RE GOING TO PICK
SOME CHARACTER, AND NORMALLY THEY'LL START ONE PERSON WILL SAY `I THINK IT WAS
GENE KRANTZ' AND SOMEONE ELSE WILL SAY `IT WAS JIM LOVELL OR FRED HAYES' AND
THEN ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY THEY COME TO THE CONCLUSION IT WAS EVERYBODY, WHICH IS
THE RIGHT ANSWER.))
SUPER=01-Ken Mattingly/Apollo 13 Astronaut; :00
OUT Q=the right answer.
Mattingly went on to command the Apollo 16 lunar mission and help develop
the space shuttle program.
He was ready to be the ultimate team player-- but his sister didn't live
Carlos Rogers of the N-B-A's Toronto Raptors lost his sister Rene to kidney
He had offered to donate his own kidney.
IN Q=People say my
((CARLOS ROGERS/DETROIT RAPTORS: PEOPLE SAY THAT MY STATEMENT ABOUT GIVING MY
SISTER MY KIDNEY WAS KIND OF JUMPING THE GUN. BUT I FEEL THAT ANY SANE PERSON
WOULD DO IT FOR THEIR FAMILY. SO I DON'T THINK I DID ANYTHING THAT ANY ORDINARY
PERSON WOULDN'T DO.))
SUPER=01-Carlos Rogers/Toronto Raptors; :
OUT Q=wouldn't do
29-year-old Rene Rogers had been critically ill with an infection, and was
back on kidney dialysis after one kidney transplant had already failed.
Rogers was apparently the only one of his ten siblings with a compatible
Women may be getting mixed messages on mammograms, but some lawmakers want
insurance to pay for them anyway.
Just yesterday, a government panel said women should decide for themselves
whether to have mammograms during their 40's.
Some members of congress have jumped
into the fray-- and quickly introduced legislation to guarantee coverage.
Despite some long-term studies to the contrary, the government does not
actually recommend annual mammograms until age 50.
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Our video of the day now depicts a traffic jam to end all tie ups.
SUPER=75-Near Amsterdam; :
It was a serious situation in the Netherlands-- where at least three people
were killed and dozens injured-- as more than a hundred cars and trucks crashed
into each other, in sudden dense fog.
It took fire brigades from several cities hours to release all the trapped
drivers and passengers from the wreckage.
Police say speeding was also a major cause of the chaos-- many drivers
have reportedly been ignoring the 35 mile per hour speed limit.
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a number of high school games were postponed tonight because of the weather,
but we found a couple of games for you.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Ice Caps vs. Express; :00
But first, the Roanoke Express was back in the Roundhouse tonight trying to
snap a three game losing streak as they hosted Raleigh.
Tim Christian puts everyone to sleep and then get the wrap around goal to
make it 2-to-nothing.
Roanoke beats Raleigh 4 to 1.
Now your NBA scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0096-/Dallas/65//San Antonio/72/4///Portland/60//Phoenix/51/H/Two Late
SUPER=0103-j/N.Y. Islanders/5//Hartford/2//Milbury Quits As
SUPER=0103-/Toronto/0//Chicago/1/2///New Jersey///San Jose///10:30pm Start/;
OUT Q=....last score."
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GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
The William Fleming Colonels held on to the top spot in the R-V-D with a 68
to 44 win over Pulaski County tonight.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs Cougars; :
The Cougars came into the Fleming Gym with high hopes of handing the
Colonels their first district loss.
But Brad Dunleavy set the tone of the game when he hits this jumper giving
Fleming a three point lead.
Pulaski's Dorian Hendrick started a Cougar run when he takes the inbound
pass and scores the basket.
Pulaski County finished the 8 to nothing run Justin Peak picks up the loose
ball and scores tieing the game at 9 to 9.
But Fleming pulled away in the SUPER=33-William Fleming/68/Pulaski
Co./44/;fourth quarter and the Colonels get a rare easynight at the office
against Pulaski winnning it by 24.
GRAPHIC=HIgh School Hoops
Over in Vinton, Lord Botetourt took Byrd to the wire before the Terriers
pulled off the 45 to 41 win.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Terriers vs Cavaliers; :
The Cavaliers were looking for a little respect as they took on the
Terriers on their home floor.
In the third quarter, Botetourt's Sean Osborne steals the ball and scores
and the Cavaliers trailed 27 to 26.
But Byrd answered Jason Bailey hits the jumper from the corner and the
Terriers led 29 to 26.
The Cavaliers hit a three and this Jack Patterson old fashioned three
point play made it 35 to 31 Botetourt.
The Terriers tightened up their SUPER=33-William Byrd/45/Lord
Botetourt/41/;sneakers down the stretch to pull out the 45 to 41 win.
And surprising Rockbridge County beat Alleghany 72-to-59.
The VMI Keydets are in South Carolina tomorrow taking on former VMI boss Joe
Cantafio and the Furman Palladins.
But Roy Stanley says that challenge is nothing compared to what the Keydets
already have had to overcome since the start of the new year.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/December; :00
SUPER=03-Johnson City, TN; :17
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; :32
SUPER=01-Maurice Spencer/VMI Point Guard; 1:00
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
((When Keydet head coach Bart Bellairs received the word that Andre Quarles and
his leading scorer Brent Conley were suspended for the year by the school this
was his reaction.
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH: ))
((Well, the tears have dried and the sleepless nights are over.
Conley and Quarles will return to school when their suspensions are over and
the team has won two of its last three games.))
((The Keydets continue to run their up tempo game. The only change is Former
Martinsville star Maurice Spencer has switched from number two guard to point
((MAURICE SPENCER/VMI POINT GUARD: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
There's more news--coming up in 30-minutes...Here's what we're working on for
NEWS-7 at 11 over on WDBJ-7.
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Some women say they weren't promoted at work because of their gender.
They sued a southeast grocery store chain and won.
We'll have details.
Plus a sneak preview of some superbowl commercials.
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Primetime, have a good weekend.
Jean Jadhon will be along in half an hour--Thanks for watching NEWS-7