TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... SALEM DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH SAYS THERE'S
NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM WITH THE VIRGINIA LAW ALLOWING MARIJUANA FOR MEDICINAL
PURPOSES-- SO WHY CHANGE IT NOW?
POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN A BANK ROBBERY-- WHO KILLED A
TELLER AND ESCAPED BY RUNNING THROUGH A CIVIL WAR CEMETARY. ))
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It's Thursday January 30th- our Top Story
The woman accused of killing a Virginia Tech student while driving drunk is
Good Evening--you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Virginia Tech police have now filed involuntary manslaughter charges.
20 year- old Dan Kelly and his friend were walking on Southgate Drive when
they were hit from behind.
Police say the two were walking on the edge of the road, just to the right
of the white line.
Evelyn Williams was charged with driving under the influence, but refused a
breath test and field sobriety tests.
Tech police chief Mike Jones says blood tests taken six hours later revealed
a blood alcohol level of point-oh-four, well below the legal limit of
But Jones believes a forensic formula for calculating what the level would
have been hours earlier will prove Williams was legally intoxicated.
Teenage killer Tommy Helms will serve his time in an adult prison.
The 17-year-old was sentenced to life plus 23 years today, for the murder of
Helms confessed to shooting and killing the 15-year-old girl in 1995, along
a roadside in the Bassett area.
The prosecution and defense agreed that Helms should start his sentence in a
juvenile detention center.
But the judge ruled Helms should serve his entire sentence in the state
Somebody may have made some racial remarks around the time Larry Edward
Donahue was shot and killed in Roanoke last September.
But there was no clear indication at today's preliminary hearing that the
murder itself was racially- motivated.
The judge certified charges against Michael Shrawn Benton.
Benton's attorney said others may have made racial remarks; but not Mike.
IN Q=There had been
((DARREN HALEY/BENTON'S ATTORNEY: THERE HAD BEEN PREVIOUS ACCOUNTS OF RACIAL
TENSION IN THAT AREA. HOWEVER, IF IN FACT THIS IS A MURDER THAT I WILL TO HAVE
TO DEFEND, I DO NOT THINK I WILL HAVE TO DEFEND IT BASED ON ANY KIND OF RACE
VIOLENCE WHATSOEVER. ))
SUPER=01-Darren Haley/Benton's Attorney
A 15-year old witness to the murder on Chapman Avenue testified she heard
SOMEBODY say:--quote-- "We don't have no love for whities."
The judge ordered the camera turned off during the testimony of the
She said she heard Benton say "something about killing someone," and she
says she saw him fire the first shot.
Donahue was shot in the back of the head.
A teller was killed and three others injured during a bank holdup in
It happened at a NationsBank branch on the east end of the city about nine
Police say two men opened fire as they entered the bank, took an undisclosed
amount of money, and then ran out...at one point exchanging gunfire with a
IN Q=One was carrying
((BRENDA HUGHES/RICHMOND POLICE DEPARTMENT: ONE WAS CARRYING AN M 16 RIFLE.
HE'S A BLACK MALE, ABOUT 6 FEET TALL, AGE 20 TO 27. HE'S WEARING A BLACK SKULL
CAP, BLACK THREE-QUARTER LENGTH COAT AND BLUE JEANS. THE SECOND INDIVIDUAL THAT
WE'RE LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW WAS ALSO ARMED, CARRYING A SHOTGUN.))
SUPER=01-Brenda Hughes/Richmond Police Department;
OUT Q=carrying a shotgun.
The robbers ran into a nearby cemetery and drove off in a gray car.
They're still at large.
Two of the victims were bank employees.
Most members of Virginia's House of Delegates scoffed at reports that
marijuana DOES have some legitimate medical uses.
But NOT Salem Republican Morgan Griffith.
Today the House voted 86 to 13 to overturn a law it passed 18 years ago
allowing the medicinal use of marijuana.
Ellen Qualls has the story from Richmond.
IN Q=He was
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :00
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :20
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((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: HE WAS UNAWARE THAT THE AMERICAN MEDICAL
ASSOCIATION...ALL REJECT THE CLAIM THAT SMOKED MARIJUANA HAS ANY DEMONSTRATED
Supporters of the ban say there's a legal synthetic substitute for medicinal
SOT 12:32:19 FRED TAPE
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: USE OF THAT INGESTIBLE TABLET WILL
ACCOMPLISH THE SAME MEDICAL EFFECTS AS SMOKED MARIJUANA.))
But an AIDS patient in the Richmond area, who asked that he NOT be
identified, says he follows his Marinol with illegally acquired marijuana --
since even under the current law, NO pharmacies are licensed to prescribe
SOT 15:14:40 GRAY TAPE #3
((THESE ARE THE PILLS THAT ARE EIGHT DOLLARS APIECE.))
SOT 15:14:47 GRAY TAPE #3
((BUT AS I SAY THESE USUALLY JUST STAY IN THE REFRIGERATOR, CAUSE THEY'RE NOT
Salem Republican Morgan Griffith spoke out against the ban on marijuana...
after polling his constituents.
SOT FRED TAPE 12:20:04
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/D-SALEM: AND THE SAME CONSERVATIVE DISTRICT THAT WANTS
PARENTAL NOTIFICATION 77- PERCENT, DOES NOT WANT GUN CONTROL, I THINK IT'S
ABOUT 96- PERCENT DOES NOT WANT SAME SEX MARRIAGES RECOGNIZED IN THE
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, TOLD ME IN THEIR RESPONSES BY 63- PERCENT THAT THEY
FAVORED MEDICINAL USE OF MARIJUANA.))
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With the debate concerning Virginia's state song, what does the GOvernor
think about the tune?
And in Texas-- Cranes were brought in to move tons of rubble and aid the
search for victims at a mall after a wall collapsed.
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In other news from the 1997 Session of the General Assembly--
An effort to ban so-called partial- birth abortions died in a Senate
We want to warn you-- there is explicit language in this story.
A nurse who testified before CONGRESS was brought in as the star witness.
IN Q=And he
((AND HE SUCTIONED OUT THE BABY'S BRAINS. AND THE BABY WENT LIMP. HE PULLED
THE HEAD OUT, CUT THE CORD, AND THE BABY WAS DEAD.))
((I WILL TELL YOU THAT ANYONE IN MY OPINION WHO PERFORMS THAT, OR PROVIDES AID
AND COMFORT TO SOMEONE THAT THEY KNOW PERFORMS THAT, SHOULD BE HUNG FROM THE
SUPER=01-Brenda Pratt Shafer/Nurse; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Martin/(R) Chesterfield; :08
OUT Q=highest tree.
The committee defeated the ban on a 9 to 5 vote.
But abortion rights supporters expect to hear more about it this session.
IN Q=This is
((THIS IS A VERY HIGH-PITCHED, EMOTIONAL BATTLE FOR THE ANTI-ABORTION FORCES.
THEY LOVE IT. I DON'T KNOW WHY ...LIFE OR HER HEALTH.))
SUPER=01-Karen Raschke/Va. Planned Parenthood;
OUT Q=her health.
If a bill in the House of Delegates is approved, it would have to face the
same Senate committee.
Legislators continue debating dumping the state song, now Governor George
Allen is taking matters into his own hands.
He's picked a new anthem to be played at the Southern Governor's Association
meeting this fall at the Homestead.
IN Q=And I was
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND I WAS TALKING TO SUSAN LAST NIGHT ))
OUT Q=about Virginia.
Nothing wrong with the lyrics to "Shenandoah."
Except most accounts we could find in the Library of Virginia say it's about
a white trader's love for an Indian chief's daughter.
The chief's name is Shenandoah -- and the reference to a river is to the
The job applications are overflowing for positions at the new R-R
Donnelley plant in Roanoke County.
The book assembly operation is still under construction, but last week the
Virginia Employment Commission held a three day recruitment session.
THREE- THOUSAND people filled out applications.
((MARJORIE SKIDMORE/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: THE NAME RECOGNITION AND THE PAY,
THOSE TWO THINGS ARE VERY ATTRACTIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING AT JOBS FULL
TIME, PERHAPS NOT MAKING NINE- DOLLARS- AN- HOUR, OR MAYBE MAKING CLOSE TO
NINE- DOLLARS- AN- HOUR, BUT JUST ABOUT AT THE TOP OF WHERE THEY EXPECT TO
SUPER=01-Marjorie Skidmore/VA Employment Commission;
OUT Q=expect to go.
At first Donnelley will hire just 40 people.
But by the end of this year, close to 200 could be working.
The search continues for victims- at a Houston shopping mall, after a wall
At least three people are dead, six feared missing and seven others were
injured when the wall came tumbling down.
It happened an hour before the stores opened- trapping mall workers and
possibly people who walk the mall for exercise.
((SOUNDED LIKE AN EXPLOSION, WHOLE WALL TUMBLED DOWN.)
LOOKED LIKE WAVES, LADY IN FRONT OF ME WITH CANE SCREAMING))
OUT Q=hit by the concrete.
Firefighters used electronic sensors and dogs to try and find victims
beneath tons of concrete and steel.
The collapsed wall was adjacent to a vacant department store under
demolition to make way for a movie theater.
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Another day deliberating for jurors in the O.J. Simpson civil trial.
So far, the panel has requested video of the crime scene, photo boards,
read-backs of testimony and D-N-A evidence.
Meantime--Industry experts say O.J. Simpson's homeowner insurance is
covering his estimated two million-dollar civil trial.
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Stick around for more News-7 Primetime on WEFC--how does Roanoke rank when
it comes to segregated living?
And a little later on Primetime Sports-- Steve Mason has the story of a
Virginia Tech wrestler who is fighting for a dream.
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Of all the cities in the Commonwealth, Roanoke was found to be the MOST
The leader of the N double A- C- P considers the report negative, but is
looking for a way to turn it into a positive.
The study used 1990 census data to analyze racial patterns in residential
Roanoke's rating has improved since 1980, but was still above the national
IN Q=Where people live
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: WHERE PEOPLE LIVE SAYS A LOT ABOUT
THE NATURE OF THE COMMUNITY. SO, IF IN FACT THIS REPORT IDENTIFIES A KEY
PROBLEM AREA AROUND WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, WE MUST NOT BLOW THIS OFF AND WE SHOULD
NOT BLOW THIS OFF. WE SHOULD TAKE IT TO INDICATE EXACTLY WHAT IT'S INDICATING,
THAT WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE REALLY NEED TO WORK ON.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=we really need to work on.
Charlottesville and Danville made the list of the 15 LEAST- segregated
cities in the nation.
Virginia regulators have approved a rate increase for American Electric
The rates are already in effect.
It represents an increase to the average residential customer of about a
dollar-18- a- month.
A-E-P requested an increase because it spent more on fuel than it expected
to because of increased usage.
It's the first increase in A-E-P's "fuel factor" in three years.
TOSS TO ROBIN
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The ongoing investigation into the outbreak of Legionnaires disease in the
New River Valley has turned up seven more cases.
That brings the total to 23, including two people who died.
Officials stress this is NOT a new outbreak, and no one else has gotten sick
with the disease since last October.
At a news conference today, New River Health District Director Jody Hershey
outlined a Centers for Disease Control report of its preliminary study.
The report confirms health officials' findings linking the outbreak to a
display hot tub at Lowe's in Christiansburg.
The C-D-C is now re-assessing maintenance guidelines for whirlpools and
Strokes can be cured-- since the approval last June of the drug T-P-A.
The drug disolves blood clots in the brains of patients suffering the most
common type of stroke-- PROVIDED it's given within just three hours of the
onset of a stroke.
But fewer than ten-percent of eligible patients are now getting the drug--
partly because many neurologists are afraid to use it.
IN Q=This is a
((DR. PATRICK LYDEN/UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA: THIS IS A DANGEROUS DRUG, IF YOU
DON'T USE THIS DRUG CORRECTLY
YOU CAN CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD. SO I THINK DOCTORS HAVE WANTED TO GET THE
HANG OF IT SO TO SPEAK. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Patrick Lyden/University of California; :
OUT Q=so to speak.
Which is why the American Medical Association has launched a campaign to
increase the use of T-P-A.
IN Q=We are changing
((ZACH HALL/NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: WE ARE CHANGING FROM A PASSIVE
STANCE TO AN ACTIVE AGGRESSIVE TREATMENT FOR STROKE.))
SUPER=01-Zach Hall/National Institutes of Health; :
OUT Q=of stroke
To do that, the A-M-A says paramedics, hospital emergency rooms and
neurologists must begin to treat strokes aggressively, the way they treat heart
If you suspect someone is suffering a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.
New guidelines say a quick home test for colorectal cancer could make it
easier to check for the nation's second-biggest cancer killer.
The guidelines say simple tests to detect blood in stool samples every year
after age 50-- could cut colorectal cancer deaths by a third.
And there are other recommendations.
IN Q=First to
((FIRST TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT UNIFORM SCREENING AND SURVEILLANCE GUIDELINES
FOR COLON CANCER WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY. SECONDLY TO IDENTIFIY PATIENTS AT
SPECIAL RISK, PARTICULARLY THOSE ELEVEN PERCENT OF PATIENTS WHO DEVELOP CANCER
UNDER THE AGE OF 50,WHICH IS WHERE THE OLD SCREENING GUIDELINES BEGAN. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Allen/University of Minneapolis;
OUT Q=guidelines began.
More than 130-thousand cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in this country
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that offers many
Type Two diabetics the possibility of reducing -- or even stopping -- their
Rezulin is the first medicine to attack the underlying cause of the most
common form of diabetes.
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Tonight's top shots come from the shore of Lake Erie-- and a rescue
SUPER=75-Sandusky, OH; :
Coast Guard helicopters plucked 30 people from two chunks of ice that
broke from the shore--
The people were ice-fishing when the ice broke free on the southeast edge
of the lake.
IN Q=We heard the
((WE HEARD THE ICE BREAK. YOU COULD HEAR A BIG CRACK. AND THEN JUST THAT QUICK
IT WAS TOO WIDE TO GET ACROSS. ))
OUT Q=get across.
All the anglers wanted to be rescued, unlike last week, when some diehard
fishermen refused to leave a Canadian lake after a crack in the ice separated
them from shore.
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toss to mike
Tonight on PrimeTime sports, we'll get a Bugel call from the Raiders' new
boss, plus women's hoops hilites from Roanoke College, and a profile of a big
time wrestler at Tech.
But first, checkout these moves today. Kerry Collins is named to the pro bowl
as a replacement for Steve Young.
Riddick Bowe, the former heavyweight champ joins the Marine Reserves.
And Deion Sanders returns to baseball signing a one year deal with the Reds.
Now the numbers.
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OUT Q=....last score."
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The Oakland Raiders named former Redskins assistant Joe Bugel their new head
The Oakland players lobbied for Bugel and so did his former boss Joe Gibbs.
IN Q="We expect to win...
((JOE BUGEL/NEW RAIDERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Joe Bugel/New Raiders Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...PROFESSIONAL LIFE."
Another night of women's ODAC basketball at the Bast Center tonight as
Roanoke hosted Hollins.
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Hollins head coach Karen Jenkins Harvey, the former Roanoke star was dead
serious about this game.
But so was Suzanne Moore, who follows up last night's career high 25 point
performance with this bomb from the corner.
Hollins' Amy Worley did everything she could to keep this game close, scoring
15 points and pulling down 16 rebounds.
But, Jessica Ficarro dishes to Ashley McCallum - the former Byrd star
converts and Roanoke wins it 64-to-35.
The Lady Maroons are now 14-and-1.
In one other ODAC note, Emory & Henry men's head basketball coach Bob Johnson
who had been suspended with pay, was reinstated today.
Wrestling is a physical chess game in which a single mistake can determine
Conversely, an excellent can do the opposite as a Tech grappler found out
when he transferred from Campbell to Blacksburg.
Steve Mason explains.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-John Dattalo/126 & 25 Career Record; :10
SUPER=01-Dan Wirnsberger/Virginia Tech Assistant Coach; 1:14
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
((John Datallo weighed 200 pounds at the start of the season. He trimmed down
to the 167 pound weight class. Why? to win the biggest prize in all of
His last shot will be his best. Dattalo has a new coach in Keith Mourlam, a
student of legendary Iowa coach Dan Gable.
Former Michigan State all American Dan Wirnsberger, who himself is a NCAA
finalist, is Dattalo's training partner.
Dattalo is ranked 11th in the nation. Last weekend he swept his matches
against VMI and Virginia. With a 29 and 5 record, John is just 7 wins away from
breaking the Tech single season win mark.
Datallo can rack up 3 more wins tomorrow against Duke and Old Dominion and
then Sunday against N.C. State. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
There's more news--coming up in 30-minutes...Here's what
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Bedford County supervisors and school officials try to hammer out plans to
make more room for students in Forest.
SUPER=77-Finding the Funds
Tonight they worked on ideas on how to pay for two new elementary schools.
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watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along with that story in half an hour--Thanks for