Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A 30-million dollar lawsuit filed today over the mock hostage drill at
Martinsville Hospital at this time last year.
And move over Rush Limbaugh... this local prosecutor's got his own radio
show in Hillsville.
We'll check that out in a bit.
Tonight in sports, Raleigh is in town to battle the Express tomorrow, Arnold
Palmer talks about his comeback plans, Steve Mason has an up close and personal
visit with Astros star Billy Wagner,
Plus, tragedy at the Super Bowl, as a performer in Sunday's elaborate
halftime show falls to her death in the Superdome.
A Winter Weather Advisory is up for the New River Valley and The Alleghany
But all the precipitation should change to rain by morning.
The details ahead.
One year after a mock hostage situation at a Martinsville hospital, three
emergency room nurses have filed suit seeking 30- million dollars in damages.
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 layoff at the Salem G-E plant will be smaller than originally planned.
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.
Freezing rain and icy roads have created some dangerous driving conditions
in parts of Southwest Virginia.
Some school systems sent students home early.
And State police were busy this afternoon responding to a number of weather-
No one was seriously injured when this van overturned on icy Mount Tabor in
Police urge motorists to use extreme caution, because the ice may not be
visible on the roads.
Let's check in with Robin Reed for the latest on what we can expect.
(Robin ad libs)
toss to Keith
What promises to be the most complex murder case ever tried in the Roanoke
Valley has been postponed.
The capital murder trial of Earl Bramblett was supposed to begin next
But his attorneys are finding it slow- going, wading through the results of
a two-year investigation into the murder of a family of four in Vinton.
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.
**Keith on ENG**
And his attorneys say they're NOT ready... with or without the psychiatric
exam the judge ordered at the first of the year.
SOT 9:31 Roy
((THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION THAT WILL EVER BE MADE IN YOUR
SUPER=01-Judge Roy Willett/Roanoke Co. Circuit Court
OUT Q=in your life.
The judge commended Bramblett for a "a wise decision," and re-set the trial
to begin June 10th. It may take a month or more to try to case.
Gil Davis, a republican candidate for state attorney general, says he's no
That's how Davis responded to a videotape that shows him discussing a
"Playboy" appearance with a client.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Jan. 15;
Davis was representing Ramona Hines in a sexual discrimination case.
Hines released excerpts from a video tape that shows Davis drinking and
talking about arranging a magazine photo-shoot.
Davis has asked to have himself removed from the Hines case and says he
doesn't owe anybody an apology for his taped appearance.
Davis is also representing Paula Jones in her sexual harassment case against
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
what will happen to the dozens of dogs and cats taken away from an animal
and all about the law--a prosecutor takes to the radio airwaves to give
listeners a personal look into the legal system.
MUSIC UP FULL
A head- on collision in Montgomery County last night claimed the life of a
27 year- old Steve Burton was killed when a Ford Explorer with NO headlights
swerved into his path on Peppers Ferry Road.
The driver of the Explorer, Timothy Chaffin was trapped in his vehicle for
45 minutes, but suffered only minor injuries.
Chaffin may face charges of driving under the influence.
The Franklin County Humane Society has been flooded with phone calls since
Most callers want to know the status of the 100 dogs and cats that have been
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.
New revelations today from the Allen Administration about how much
consideration an embarrassing memo received.
Department of Environmental Quality external affairs director Mike McKenna
resigned amidst scandal two weeks ago.
Governor Allen publicly condemned a memo McKenna wrote.
It called for a series of media leaks and intimidating letters to
counter-act negative publicity about DEQ's recent performance.
Today, DEQ officials admitted Cabinet Secretary Becky Dunlop had been in on
SOT tape two 04:12:45
IN Q=Is this
((IS THIS THE FIRST TIME YOU'D SEEN MR. MCKENNA'S MEMO? BECKY NORTON
DUNLOP/SECRETARY OF NATURAL RESOURCES: I HONESTLY DON'T RECALL WHEN I FIRST
SAW IT. BUT MIKE WAS ASKED AT THAT MEETING IF HE HAD ANYTHING HE WANTED TO
CONTRIBUTE. HE HANDED THIS MEMO OUT, WE ALL LOOKED AT IT. WE LOOKED AT THE
VARIOUS ITEMS. I HAVEN'T LOOKED AT IT SINCE SO I DON'T EVEN RECALL ALL THE
ITEMS. BUT I THINK THAT THE IMPORTANT FACT IS NONE OF THEM WERE ACTED ON.))
sot 04:19:08 tape two
((DEL. TOMMY JACKSON/D-CARROLL CO.: I THINK IT'S A BIG DEAL. I THINK IF
THEY'D COME OUT EARLY AND TOLD US WHAT THE TRUTH WAS, THERE PROBABLY WOULDN'T
HAVE BEEN THAT MUCH SAID OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT IT'S POOR THAT THAT TYPE OF
THING WAS BEING DISCUSSED WITHIN AN AGENCY. BUT TO HAVE DECEIVED AND TO HAVE
MISLED LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE ISSUE I THINK IS A FAR WORSE CRIME THAN THE FACT
THAT THE MEMO WAS WRITTEN.))
SUPER=01-Becky Norton Dunlop/Secretary of Natural Resources; :00
OUT Q=was written.
Democrats say they expect acting DEQ director Tom Hopkins of Roanoke to have
a hard time getting confirmed by the legislature next week.
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/Va. 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.))
On Wall Street--another big loss in a volatile session.
The Dow dropped nearly 60 points, finishing the week at 66 hundred 96.
NASDAQ lost 14 points.
If you've never been involved in the legal system, a visit to court may be
So one Southwest Virginia prosecutor has taken to the airwaves in an effort
to help steer residents through the halls of justice.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Good morning.
SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :08
SUPER=03-Hillsville/January 15; :57
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY'S
REPORT. THIS IS GREG GOAD, YOUR COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY. ))
Carroll County prosecutor Greg Goad is no stranger to radio, after growing
up with an older brother who worked as a deejay.
((AND I WOULD COME WITH HIM AND HANG OUT AT THE STATION WHILE HE DID HIS SHOW,
AND SO I'VE ALWAYS BEEN FAMILIAR WITH IT. AND THEN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD
IDEA TO DO THE RADIO SHOW TO FURTHER INFORM THE CITIZENS OF WHAT I'M DOING AS
LOCAL PROSECUTOR. ))
This day, Goad's radio guest is General District Judge Ed Turner.
((WELCOME TO THE RADIO SHOW JUDGE. ))
In 15 minutes, Goad and Turner discuss topics including Turner's family and
professional background, Carroll County's new victim/witness program and plans
for a new courthouse.
Even Pulaski County's litter control program.
((THEY HAVE A VERY EFFECTIVE LITTER CONTROL PROGRAM OVER THERE AND I'M
SYMPATHETIC TO THAT. LITTER IS ONE OF THE THINGS I FRANKLY DON'T CARE FOR. AND
BY THE WAY, OUR SHERIFF IS DOING A FINE JOB WITH HIS SHERIFF'S TRASH PATROL. ))
Goad and his guests have even discussed high-profile local trials, such as
the recent Gammon brothers murder case and the legal maneuvering involved.
He says it's all in the name of public education.
suThe show is broadcast here on WHHV in Hillsville every other Saturday. It
recently expanded to WBOB in Galax, where it will also air twice a month.
((AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL CONTINUE TO GET A LARGER AUDIENCE.
QUESTION: FOR SYNDICATION?
GOAD: LOOK OUT RUSH! ))
OUT Q=ENDS AFTER LAUGH
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Express is set to rock the Roundhouse
tonight against Raleigh, Arnold Palmer says he plans to play competitive golf
in the near future.
And Steve Mason talks with a local major leaguer who also has a bright future
despite an unsettling past.
The Express is 2-2 and 1 against the Icecaps. Tonight at 7:30, the two
teams meet for the 6th time.
The Express is trying to end a three game losing streak that includes a loss
to the caps.
((JEFF JABLONSKI/EXPRESS LEADING SCORER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Express Leading Scorer; :00
OUT Q=...bare down a little bit more"
Express winger Eric Landry has been suspended for three games by the ECHL
for excessive force in last saturdays game against Raleigh.
Great health news this evening for Arnold Palmer.
Doctors say his cancer was contained in his prostrate, and that he may be
able to play professionally again by the Masters Tournament in April.
IN Q="If the doctors...
((ARNOLD PALMER/70 PGA & SENIOR TOUR WINS:))
SUPER=01-Arnold Palmer/70 PGA & Senior Tour Wins; :00
OUT Q=...in the future."
The Super Bowl excitement was interrupted by the unthinkable late last night
when one of the performers
SUPER=03-New Orleans,LA/Last Night; :00
in Sunday's halftime show was killed during a rehearsal.
While James Brown, the Blues Brothers and ZZ Top were jamming on stage,
bungee jumpers began their decent to the Dome floor.
Something went wrong and 43 year old Laura Patterson died when her head hit
IN Q="At this...
((PAUL TAGLIABUE/NFL COMMISSIONER: AT THIS POINT WE DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD
AS TO THE PRECISE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT - WHETHER IT WAS HUMAN ERROR OR
SUPER=01-Paul Tagliabue/NFL Commissioner; :00
OUT Q=...EQUIPMENT FAILURE."
Former Ferrum pitcher Billy Wagner has experienced extreme low's and
This week, the Major Leaguer spoke about his life to the Roanoke Fellowship
of Christian Athletes. Steve Mason has more.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Bill Wagner/2-2 & 9 Saves, 2.4 ERA in 1996; :
SUPER=01-Mike Gibson/FCA Sponsor; :23
SUPER=01-Kim Kays/Patrick Henry FCA; :; :30
SUPER=03-Ferrum/May 1993; :37
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :42
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((The Houston Astros closer opened his heart to the Roanoke Calvary
baptist church FCA Thursday morning and it was clear fame and fortune haven't
changed Billy Wagner.
The 1993 1st round draft out of Ferrum College, now strikes out Raul Mondesi
of the Dodgers, along with Barry Bonds and Matt williams.
In May of 95 , Billy's father in law Steve Quisenberry and his new wife
Tina were murdered.
Billy and his family's strength and perserverance from that tragedy are
evident in his message to kids.
Visiting the FCA chapter is one of Billy's many scheduled off season speaking
engagements. Steve Mason, New 7 sports.
SUPER=330-Freezing Rain/Changing to Rain/32-34/Partly Cloudy/And Windy/50-52;
SUPER=331-Cloudy With/Scattered Showers/32-35/Partly Cloudy/And Windy/50-52;
SUPER=332-Spotty/Freezing Rain/28-30/Mostly Cloudy/Wind NW-20/30-32;
SUPER=333-Wintry Mix/Changing to Rain/31-34/Mostly Cloudy/Scattered
SUPER=334-Patchy Freezing/Drizzle/30-32/Mostly Cloudy/Turning Colder/30-32;
(toss to Jean)
Apollo 13 astronaut Ken Mattingly has landed at Lynchburg College.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon says he'll deliver a speech tonight entitled "Lessons in
If you saw the movie, Ken Mattingly was played by actor Gary Sinise.. he was
the astronaut who was dropped from the Apollo 13 mission because of medical
But Mattingly says staying home also gave him a unique perspective on a very
powerful human drama.
IN Q=And the story
((KEN MATTINGLY/APOLLO 13 ASTRONAUT: AND THE STORY IS REALLY NOT ABOUT SPACE,
IT'S NOT ABOUT ASTRONAUTS, IT'S ABOUT HUMAN DRAMA, LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATION.))
OUT Q=leadership and dedication.
Mattingly's speech gets underway at 7:30..it's free and open to the public.
We'll have that story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports
tonight on News 7 at 11. Keith?
And for the region's first TEN o'clock newscast,
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