TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
STEVEN LEFTWICH TELLS THE JURY HIS SIDE OF THE STORY...HE SAYS HE WAS
ATTACKED BY POLICE, FOR NO REASON.
A CALIFORNIA JURY WILL BEGIN IT'S FIRST FULL DAY OF DELIBERATIONS TOMORROW IN
THE CASE AGAINST O-J SIMPSON. ))
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It's TUESDAY January 28th- our Top Story
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((MIKE FARRIS/HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOC.: I BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO
RIGIDLY AND UNREASONABLY HAVE OPPOSED PARENTAL RIGHTS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ARE GOING TO BE THE LOSERS IN THE LONG RUN, BECAUSE THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT WILL
NOT GO AWAY.))
The Virginia Senate narrowly defeats a parental rights amendment.
Good Evening, You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
The controversial measure went down on a 21 to 19 vote this afternoon.
Ellen Qualls followed the Senate's heated debate in Richmond.
IN Q=To approve
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Waddell/(D) Loudoun; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :22
SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/(R) Hanover; :34
SUPER=01-Mike Farris/Home School Legal Defense Assoc.; :53
OUT Q=qualls, news-7 Richmond.
((SEN. CHARLES WADDELL: TO APPROVE THIS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IS A
DANGEROUS AND EVEN RECKLESS ACTION BY THIS BODY.))
That's the Democratic line.
Establishing the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and
education of their children would mean chaos in schools, immunization programs,
libraries, counseling centers, and child abuse investigations around Virginia.
sot 13:51:48 EARL
((SEN. JANET HOWELL: WHERE IS THE CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AMENDMENT? WHERE IS THE
AMENDMENT THAT SAYS CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED FROM CRUEL AND
sot 13:58:25 EARL
((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER: WE'VE HEARD HERE TODAY THAT THE PASSAGE OF THIS
AMENDMENT WOULD UNLEASH THE PARENTS OF VIRGINIA TO COMMIT ALL TYPES OF PHYSICAL
ABUSE ON THEIR CHILDREN. ALMOST AS IF THEY'RE LYING IN WAIT.))
So now there's a promise from 1993's Republican candidate for lieutenant
governor .. who unveiled a poll showing the amendment --
SOT 09:49:20 TAPE ONE
((MIKE FARRIS/HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOC.: HAS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN
VIRGINIA. AND I THINK WILL HAVE TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THE 1997 ELECTIONS IF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY DOESN'T SEE FIT TO PASS IT IN BOTH HOUSES.))
((ELLEN QUALLS: ))
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It's all over but the verdict.
The jury now has the case in O.J. Simpson's civil trial.
The jurors began two hours of deliberations before adjourning for the
They got the case after a highly emotional rebuttal argument-- and about
40 minutes of instructions from the judge.
Jurors must decide whether Simpson was responsible for the deaths of
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman-- and if so, what financial penalty he
Deliberations are scheduled to resume tomorrow morning.
Roanoke police say Steven Leftwich was the agressor during a fight in
downtown Roanoke a year ago.
Today in court, Leftwich told his side of the story.
Steven Leftwich says he didn't attack police, or provoke the officers.
But they attacked him, he says-- for no reason.
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IN Q=I was getting beat
((STEVEN LEFTWICH/DEFENDANT; I WAS GETTING BEAT AT THE SAME TIME WITH THE
CHOKEHOLD, AND I COULD FEEL THAT AND I JUST SAID THERE'S TOO MANY OF THEM, I
CAN'T GET LOOSE SO I SAID A PRAYER, I SAID LORD JUST DON'T LET ME DIE.))
OUT Q=let me die
Leftwich admitted drinking several beers that night, but denied using any
SOT tape 7 15:39:05
IN Q=any kind of
((ANN GARDNER/PROSECUTOR; ANY KIND OF ILLEGAL DRUG?
GARDNER; NEAR THE TIME THAT THE OFFICER STOPPED YOU?
GARDNER; DO YOU SMOKE MARIJUANA?
Closing arguments begin tomorrow, then the case will go to the jury.
Frito Lay answers about a hundred job inquiries EVERY day for its plant in
Lynchburg--but it isn't even open yet.
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A lot has changed, though since the Hill City welcomed the snack food giant
to the area last spring.
Now on this 100-acre tract of land is a 400-thousand square foot building--
soon to be the newest Frito Lay processing facility.
Today Lynchburg city council members and civic leaders were invited to check
out the dramatic progress.
IN Q=As you can
((BOB REVAY/FRITO- LAY: AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE FLOOR, ROOFING INSTALLATION IS
NOT YET COMPLETE, BUT WE'RE WORKING ON IT, AS MUCH AS WE CAN IN BETWEEN THE
WEATHER RIGHT NOW.))
SUPER=01-Bob Revay/Frito Lay;
OUT Q=right now.
The 150-million dollar project is expected to employee 800 people.
Pre-training is already underway for some positions at Central Virginia
IN Q=In addition to
((BELLE WHEELAN/CVCC PRESIDENT: IN ADDITION TO THE ECONOMIC BOOST THAT IT'S
GOING TO BRING TO ALL KINDS OF BUSINESSES, IT'S JUST EXCITING TO HAVE ANOTHER
NATIONALLY NAMED PRODUCT THAT'S GOING TO BE HERE.))
SUPER=01-Belle Wheelan/CVCC President;
OUT Q=to be here.
Frito Lay says most of the employees won't be hired for another six months.
The plant is expected to start making chips and other snacks by next summer.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 Primetime...President Clinton says you can balance
the budget and save schools at the same time.
Plus Congressman BOb Goodlatte shares his experiences on the Hill with some
Roanoke County students. The story when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
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President Clinton today promised to make increased spending for education a
top priority for his second term, but he was short on details.
He also had little to say about questions over his campaig financing.
Lee Cowan reports.
IN Q=The talk
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :07
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:38
OUT Q=L.C. CBS News, the White House.
The talk in Washington is over money.
Where it's being spent, who's spending it, how it's being
raised...and where most of it will go duringthe next fiscal year.
A hint of the president's budget priorities came from the first few
words, of Mr. Clinton's first press conference since the innauguration.
Key word: education.
THESE PROPOSALS WILL MOVE US MUCH CLOSER TO OUR COMMON NATIONAL GOAL. AN
AMERICAN WHERE EVERY EIGHT YEAR OLD CAN READ, WHERE EVERY 12 YEAR OLD CAN LOG
ONTO THE INTERNET.
As part of a budget proposal set for release next week, the President hopes
to increase spending for education by nearly three billion
dollars....with an emphasis on technology in the classrooms.
But just as quickly as the president brought education up...he put it
aside, to address the growing skepticism about campaign fundraising
EVERY ONE OF US WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN THIS SYSTEM EVEN IF WE DID IT BECAUSE
WE THOUGHT WE HAD TO DO IT TO SURVIVE
OR TO JUST KEEP UP HAS TO TAKE SOME RESPONSIBLITY FOR ITS EXCESSES AND I TAKE
Criticism has come from all sides over millions of dollars worth
of campaign funds raised for his re-election bid.
And there are even more questions raised over coffees at the
White House, one in particular, attended by the president, members of the
banking industry, and perhaps, improperly, the nation's top banking regulator.
It's a trouble spot that dogged the president during the last few weeks of
his campaign....and that dog hasn't gone away.
I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH RAISING MONEY FOR THE POLITICAL
PROCESS. THE PROBLEM IS, IT IS THE VOLUME OF MONEY, THE AMOUNT OF MONEY, THE
TIME IT TAKES TO RAISE, THE INEVETIBLE QUESTIONS THAT ARE RAISED.
There were questions about a balanced budget amendment...of
welfare reform proposals, bi-partisan cooperation, and the health of russian
President Boris Yeltsin....a high volum of questions...a low output of new
Lee Cowan, CBS News, the White House.))
Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte says Newt Gingrich was wrong to
violate House ethics rules--
But the Sixth District representative says the house speaker was the
victim of too many "frivolous" charges.
Goodlatte was in Roanoke County, speaking to Northside Middle School
students about government.
While he hopes the historic case sets a new standard for filing ethics
charges, he says Gingrich's violations warranted punishment.
IN Q=I think they were
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: I THINK THEY WERE SERIOUS FROM THE STANDPOINT THAT THEY
CAUSED A GOOD DEAL OF DISRUPTION, AND COST THE COMMITTEES A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT
OF MONEY TO INVESTIGATE FURTHER TO FIND OUT WHETHER THE STATEMENTS HE'D MADE
WERE ACCURATE OR NOT, AND AS A RESULT, I THINK THE PUNISHMENT OF HAVING TO PAY
SOME MONEY BACK IS APPROPRIATE. ))
OUT Q=is appropriate
Goodlatte says he's optimistic that Congress is getting closer to balancing
the budget and reforming Medicare.
Lynchburg City Council is staying on track when it comes to renovating a
Council voted unanimously to apply for federal funds to restore the city's
old Amtrak station.
Plans call for refurbishing the building and sprucing up the grounds to
make the area more attractive to retail businesses.
Lynchburg's hoping three million dollars in transportation money will pay
for the project.
Amtrak has indicated it is willing to contribute a quarter million dollars.
It could be another year before the city knows whether the money will be
The Singer Company may soon get out of the furniture business altogether.
Less than a year ago it announced the closing of its Roanoke plant.
Last month it restructured even further, cutting jobs in North Carolina.
Now the company says it lost 20- million- dollars in its fourth quarter.
It blames the shortfall on its furniture division.
It says for that reason it may have to shut it down.
But some Singer Furniture executives are looking at another option.
They're considering whether to buy the division and spin it off into an
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Tonight on Primetime Sports- the Virginia Tech Hokies had a tall order to
fill-- playing the number two nation on the road.
First on health Check-- Lab work by drug company researchers could lead to
a whole new approach of stopping the flu dead in it's tracks.
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Elliot Schewel and his wife Rosell (Roe-ZELL) made a two- million dollar
gift to Lynchburg College and Randolph Macon Woman's College.
Elliot Schewel represented Lynchburg in the state senate for 20- years. He
served on the Randolph Macon Board of Trustees for fifteen.
Rosel Schewel earned graduate degrees from Lynchburg College, worked as an
associate professor there, and now serves on the school's Board of Trustees.
The Schewels say they feel privileged to support two colleges that have
meant so much to them and to the Lynchburg community.
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Human tests will soon begin on a chemical compound that may not just
treat-- but PREVENT-- the flu.
Researchers at California's Gilead Sciences say they've already found it
cures influenza in lab animals.
IN Q=When this compound
((NORBERT BISCHOFBERGER/GILEAD SCIENCES: WHEN THIS COMPOUND WAS GIVEN TO
INFECTED FERRETS, THE SYMPTOMS RESOLVED WITHIN A DAY. ))
SUPER=01-Norbert Bischofberger/Gilead Sciences; :
OUT Q=within a day.
It's also given orally-- making it easier for patients to take.
Influenza viruses have an enzyme on their surface that acts like a glue,
attaching them to cells to produce more flu virus.
This new drug blocks that enzyme so the flu viruses can't attach to the
IN Q=If you block
((IF YOU BLOCK THIS ENZYME WITH THIS COMPOUND,THE VIRUS IS BASICALLY
OUT Q=basically crippled.
Scientists say they aren't ready to declare the substance a "magic bullet"
for the flu-- but do say it shows great promise.
Testing could take a few years, so it may be a while before the F-D-A
reviews the compound-- known now simply as GS 41-04.
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For our video pick tonight-- more dramatic shots of the flooding in
SUPER=75-Manteca, CA; :
It has become a waiting game along the San Joaquin (Wah-keen) River-- as
the rescued cows are a testement to.
Repair crews are still working to close the main breaks that snapped
levees and flooded some 25-thousand acres in the county earlier this month.
Still the flood waters are rising through the holes in the levees-- and as
you can see, the rescuers have their work cut out for them.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, the Hokies get dumped by the Deacons in
UVa is taking on the Wolfpack tonight, and Ferrum is playing its
best ball of the season.
The Roundhouse is quiet tonight, but tomorrow Roanoke will skate against
Knoxville at seven.
The game was postponed from tonight because of some refrigeration problems.
The New Orleans Saints named MIke Ditka their new head football coach today.
He averaged 10 wins a season in Chicago.
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And NASCAR mogul Rick Hendrick reveled today that he is battling Leukemia.
Now let's check the scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0098-j/Louisville #9/71//DePaul/54///j/Michigan #16/67//Penn
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OUT Q=....last score."
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The Virginia Tech Hokies traveled down 220 to Winston-Salem tonight to battle
second ranked Wake Forest in a game that was anything but a game.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/HTS; :00
Head coach Bill Foster knew he would have his hands full with Tim Duncan, but
he did not expect Jerry Goolsby to light up the sky with 3 straight three
pointers in the first ten minutes to give Wake a 23-to-8 lead.
Duncan would then rear his head with the block on the defensive end, beat
everybody else down the floor, and convert on the offensive end for 2 of his 12
Ace Custis would nail this three pointer late in the first half, but the
Hokies still trailed 30-to-17 at halftime.
Wake went up by as many as 24 in the second half, and this play says it all.
Duncan at 6-11, leads the break dribbling through the defense and passing the
ball to Joe Amonett, then getting it back SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/44/Wake
and getting the assist to Jerry Braswell, as the Demon Deacons pound the Hokies
61-to-44. Tech is now 10-and-9.
The Virginia Cavaliers are hosting N.C. State in an ACC game at University
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/N.C. State vs. Virginia; :00
Neither team shot well in the first half of this game, but Curtis Staples was
able to knock down this three pointer to cut the State lead to 9-to-8.
Staples would later shoot UVa into the lead in the first half 10 minutes with
this 2 pointer.
Jamal Robinson, starting in place of the injured Courtney Alexander then gets
the old fashioned three point play. UVa lead 13-to-9 with six to go.
SUPER=33-N.C. State/28/Virginia/27/Second Half;
State Justin Gaffney would break an 11 minute drought for the pack with this
Hoop and right now State leads it
28 to 27 in the second half. You can catch the end of this game over on WDBJ.
The Ferrum Panthers have been red hot of late winning 6 of their last 8
Steve Mason has more on their success under first year coach Larry Mangino.
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SUPER=01-Marcus Toney/Ferrum Guard; 1:09
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((The local stars are out in Ferrum. One time Alleghany Mountaineer Michael
Hunter is the teams second leading scorer and Magna Vista's own Marcus Toney is
averaging 12.9 points a contest. Two reasons the cats are at times driving
opposing coaches to do crazy things.
Former Patrick Henry Patriot Blue Cook is a prime example. he's one of 11
players Mangino uses but is not a regular starter. Last night, he scored a team
The Panthers won 11 games last season. Larry Mangino, who took over in June,
already has 10 wins with at least 8 games still to play this year.
2 and 2 in Dixie Conference play, Ferrum hopes to return to the 1992 form
where the cats won the conference regular season and tournament titles
Ferrum hosts conference rival Shenandoah Thursday. Steve Mason News 7
GRAPHIC=us postal service
The Postal Service is honoring the nation's first black general.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The Benjamin O. Davis commemorative stamp was released today.
Retired General Colin Powell and Davis' son Benjamin Junior, who
is also a retired Air Force general, attended the commemoration.
Davis fought in two wars and rose from Army private to general in 1940.
In World War Two, he served as special adviser to the European Theater
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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Consolidation was the topic for debate in Rockbridge County...
SUPER=77-To Build or Not To...
As Buena Vista grapples with building a new school or consolidating with the
rest of the County.
SUPER=78-In the Minority;
Plus, we'll introduce you to Heather Cash-- a young woman on the WRESTLING
team at James River High School.
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Joe Dashiell will be along in half an hour--Thanks for watching NEWS-7