Among the stories on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
Steven Leftwich has HIS say in court about last year's arrest.
And we'll hear the arguments of our State Senators on whether the State
Constitution needs a "parents rights" amendment.
Tonight in sports, Winston Cup car owner Rick Hendrick has Leukemia, the
Hokies and Cavaliers have big tests tonight on the hardwood,
And the New Orleans Saints officially welcome Mike Ditka aboard as their new
Cold air invades the region again this evening and a snow maker will arrive
by Thursday. More on that coming up.
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Steven Leftwich told his side of the story today. Leftwich says he did not
start the fight that injured four police officers a year ago.
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Eric Earnhart joins from the courthouse with more.
((Rollcue:...who the jury believes.))
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The Virginia Senate stepped up to one of this year's most controversial
issues today and split down the middle.
But with one Republican defection, the Democrats defeated a parents rights
amendment to the state constitution.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Did the debate live up to expectations today?
Well Keith, one Republican Senator likened the opposition to the parents
rights amendment to Chicken Little crying the "sky is falling."
If that was the case, the Chicken Little's had just enough votes to stop it.
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It would have established the right of parents to direct the upbringing of
their children as fundamental.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: GOOD PARENTS DO NOT NEED THIS AMENDMENT. BAD
PARENTS COULD ABUSE IT.))
sot 14:02:32 EARL
((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER: DO WE BELIEVE, REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOVERNMENT
OR SOME OTHER SOCIAL INSTITUTION HAS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS?))
SOT 12:31:48 EARL
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: I SUGGEST TO YOU THAT IT WILL THROW OUR SCHOOL
SYSTEM...INTO A TAILSPIN.))
sot 13:50:41 EARL
((SEN. JANET HOWELL: MANY ABUSERS THINK THEY ARE MERELY DISCIPLINING THEIR
CHILD. THEY THINK THEY'RE MERELY EXERTING PARENTAL AUTHORITY --cut out one
sentence-- IT'S FRIGHTENING, IT'S HORRIFYING. BUT IT'S REAL.))
SOT 14:30:29 SENATE TWO
((SEN. BILL BOLLING: WHY DON'T WE IMAGINE THAT THE PARENTS OF VIRGINIA MAY
ACTUALLY KNOW MORE ABOUT DIRECTING THE EDUCATION AND THE UPBRINGING OF THEIR
CHILDREN THAN DO ALL THOSE WE'VE HEARD ABOUT HERE TODAY.))
SOT 09:51:22 TAPE ONE
((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.))
Republican Jane Woods crossed over to vote against it... and in the past,
she might have been countered by conservative Democrat Virgil Goode.
Goode's successor toyed with the idea, but Roscoe Reynolds finally voted
with his fellow Democrats.
((Q&A=That means NO tie vote, so Don Beyer didn't have to break it, right?
Beyer's said he was against this parents rights bill... but he did NOT have
to cast the vote that Jim Gilmore could portray as against the parents of
And as for the bill being killed by Senate Democrats, they're NOT up for
re-election for another two years.
It's the delegates who are this fall, and they won't have to vote on it.))
The Senate did agree to pass a bill that would retire the state song.
Senators Steve Newman of Lynchburg and Louise Lucas, who represents Halifax
County and points east, are pushing the compromise.
It would retire "Carry Me Back To Old Virginia" as the state song emeritus.
If the House and Governor approve, a commission would then look for a new,
less offensive state song.
Southside authorities are continuing to round up suspects nearly a week after
concluding a large scale drug investigation.
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So far, federal, state and local police have placed 109- suspects under
The majority were taken into custody last week while authorities had a
command post set up at the former Mount Herman Elementary school, near
At this point, authorities are still searching for more than 30- suspects.
The undercover drug investigation, dubbed "Operation Flashpoint" took more
than a year to complete.
Most of the suspects are from the Pittsylvania County area.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on our newscast, we'll see how things are going as one firm
prepares to chip away at Lynchburg's unemployment rate,
and we'll meet a young lady who is making quite the name for herself, wrestling
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Nine months after they first broke ground, construction crews are making
progress on Lynchburg's Frito- Lay plant.
City leaders got a tour of the facility and an update on the company's plans
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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A lot has changed since Lynchburg first welcomed the Frito- Lay corporation
to this 100 acre patch of land last spring.
Now residing on this rolling hillside is a 400- thousand square foot
building that will house the snack food giant's newest processing facility.
So much has changed in the last nine months, Frito- Lay invited city council
members and civic leaders back for an update.
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.))
OUT Q=right now.
Even as they dodged mud and water, everyone seemed impressed.
Economic development director Lee Cobb was instrumental in bringing Frito
Lay to the Hill City.. he pays a visit to the site almost every day, as if to
convince himself that the 150 million dollar project is for real.
IN Q=We're about
((LEE COBB/LYNCHBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: WE'RE ABOUT TWO THIRDS ON THE WAY
TOWARDS COMPLETION, AND I THINK HOW WE'RE REALLY GOING TO START SEEING IT TAKE
SHAPE, AND THAT WILL BE EVEN MORE EXCITING, BECAUSE WE'LL KNOW THAT WE HAVE A
FACILITY THAT'S READY TO GO TO WORK.))
OUT Q=go to work.
So will an estimated 800 employees.
Pre-training for some of them is already underway 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.))
OUT Q=to be here.
Weather and contractor delays have pushed back the hiring of those employees
about six months.
The first chips should be rolling out of here by next summer.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Three men wearing ski masks held up a Blacksburg convenience store last
Police say one stood outside the A and J Quick Shop on North Main Street as
a lookout, while the other two forced a clerk at gunpoint into a back room.
The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away.
All three are believed to be juveniles or young adult men.
A million dollars a piece.
Lynchburg College and Randolph Macon Woman's College are the beneficiaries.
Former Senator Elliot Schewel and his wife are the donors.
Elliot Schewel represented Lynchburg in the state senate for twenty 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.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says House Speaker Newt Gingrich deserved to be
punished-- but not to be the victim of a political witch hunt.
Goodlatte was in Roanoke today, addressing a group of eighth graders at
Northside Middle School.
He told News- 7 that while Gingrich violated house ethics rules-- he was
also the target of too many "frivolous" charges.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: IT WAS A HIGHLY POILITICAL FISHING EXPEDITION. AND WHEN
YOU FIND THAT SOMEBODY HAS DONE WRONG, YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE MEASURES TO DEAL WITH
THAT. BUT I ALSO THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A SYSTEM THAT DOESN'T ENCOURAGE THAT
KIND OF POLITICAL ABUSE OF THE ETHICS PROCESS. ))
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House speaker Gingrich confessed to misleading the ethics committee about
a college course financed by tax exempt groups.
The stock market went on a roller coaster ride today.
The DOW was UP 100 points early, then took a loss late in the day.
It finished DOWN about five points, at 66-hundred-56.
NASDAQ gained a point and a-half.
A few months ago, a Botetourt County high school student went looking for a
challenge... and found it on the wrestling mat.
That story doesn't even raise an eyebrow, until you find out that student is
Scott Prince has more.
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((It's easy to see that Heather Cash is grappling with a lot these days...
and we're not just talking about homework.
You see she's the first girl to ever hit the mat for James River High
School... and she's doing it to prove a point.
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((HEATHER CASH/WRESTLER: I JUST WANTED TO SHOW EVERYBODY THAT A GIRL CAN
OUT Q=can wrestle
Heather has definitely made the cut.
In fact she's the STARTER in the 125 pound weight class.
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((BACK TO YOUR BASE HEATHER. BACK TO YOUR BASE. HIPS UP. C'MON UP. GRAB THE
OUT Q=the wrist
At first, Coach Otis Timberlake wasn't thrilled with the idea of having a
girl on the team.
But now that she's proven that she belongs... the coach has reversed his way
IN Q=I've got
((OTIS TIMBERLAKE/WRESTLING COACH: I'VE GOT A LITTLE MORE ADMIRATION FOR HER
FOR COMING OUT AND GIVING IT A TRY-- ESPECIALLY, SHE'S A SENIOR BY DOING THAT--
THAN I HAVE FOR THE FORTY OR FIFTY GUYS WE'VE GOT WALKING THE HALLS AROUND HERE
THAT WON'T GIVE IT A TRY. ))
OUT Q=it a try
According to the Virginia High School League, about a DOZEN girls are
wrestling in the Commonwealth this year.
Heather says she'd like to see that number rise... and she's offering up
IN Q=I hope
((HEATHER CASH: I'D LOVE TO SEE A LOT MORE GIRLS... BECAUSE GIRLS CAN DO IT.
THEY JUST HAVE TO SET THEIR MIND TO IT, WORK OUT A LOT AND BE AGRESSIVE. ))
At this point she has more losses than wins.
But Heather says its not because she's a girl.
She attributes her record to a lack of wrestling experience.
And even though she's having some problems taking down the competition...
she's scoring big points when it comes to taking down the gender barriers of
high school athletics.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, health problems for NASCAR's Rick
Hendrick, Mike Ditka takes over the coaching duties in New Orleans,
And Steve Mason checks in with the Ferrum College basketball team that is
excelling under its new head coach.
More troubles for NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick tonight and unfortunately
these can't be remedied on a track on a courtroom.
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The multi-millionaire Charlotte-based businessman is suffering from a
life-threatening form of Leukemia.
His condition was revealed in a court document at his money laundering trial
in Asheville, North Carolina.
Hendrick's attorneys are asking the trial be moved to Charlotte where he is
undergoing treatment for the disease.
Hendrick drivers Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte have won the last two Winston
Cup stock car championships.
The city of New Orleans is still cleaning up after Sunday's Super Bowl bash,
but today the Crescent City stood still for a moment to Welcome Mike Ditka to
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Ditka averaged ten wins a season while he was the head coach of the Bears
from 1982 to 1992, but before taking over today he talked to his predecessor in
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((MIKE DITKA/NEW SAINTS HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...in this town."
Ditka will return to Chicago this coming season when the Saints play the
Also, the Virginia Tech Hokies are on the road tonight in Winston-Salem
getting ready for their toughest game of the year.
Tonight at seven, the Hokies battle second ranked Wake Forest and
All-American center Tim Duncan.
Wake is 15-and-1 largely because Duncan is averaging 21 points and 15
rebounds a game.
Highlights for you tonight at 11, and on News 7 PrimeTime at 10 on WEFC.
ACC basketball is back in the spotlight tonight on Your Hometown Station as
we bring you as we bring
you the Virginia-N.C. State game from University in Charlottesville.
The game tips off at nine o'clock tonight and you can catch all the action
right here on WDBJ.
The Cavs maybe a little shorthanded tonight as guard Courtney Alexander is
listed as doubtful for the game.
he sprained his ankle last week against Georgia Tech.
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If tonight's game at U-Hall is anything like last night's women's game it
will worth watching.
UVa's Tora Suber scored a career high 35 points and helped bring UVa back
from a 17 point deficit in the second half against North Carolina.
But the Heels Tracy Reed scored the game winner with 2 seconds to go, and
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finished with 41 points and 16 rebounds as Carolina tops the Cavs 75-to-71.
The Ferrum Panthers have won 6 of their last 8 under first year coach larry
Mangino with mush of the season still to play.
Steve Mason has the story of a team on the rise.
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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 regualr 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 Maosn News 7
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Representatives from the Buena Vista school board will be meeting with the
Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors to discuss consolidation.
Those representatives are a part of special committee that's studying Buena
Vista's school problems.
Last year a state study found the Parry McCluer School building did not meet
minimum state standards.
Now the city will have to build a new school or consolidate with the county.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 after the basketball game.
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