RE-criminalizing marijuana in Virginia- -
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, the REPUBLICAN delegate from Salem weighs in on
the side of legalization, even acknowledging the political risks.
And a bank teller is shot and killed in a Richmond robbery.
Tonight in sports, Bob Johnson is returning to the bench at Emory & Henry,
Riddick Bowe is joining the Marines, Chip Sullivan has a nice day at the Beach,
And Kerry Collins hopes to do the same, as he is invited to play in the Pro
Bowl in Hawaii, after Steve Young drops out.
Frozen precipitation along the Blue Ridge will end this evening with a big
warm up on tap for Friday. Details straight ahead.
The New England Journal of Medicine now says marijuana does have some
legitimate medical uses.
Most members of Virginia's House of Delegates scoffed at that today.
But NOT Salem Republican Morgan Griffith.
Ellen Qualls reports on the politics of pot in Virginia.
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SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :05
SUPER=01-Del. Kenneth Melvin/(D) Portsmouth; :17
OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.
85 out of 100 Delegates agreed with Bob Marshall.
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((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: THERE IS NO SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND EVIDENCE THAT SMOKED
MARIJUANA IS MEDICALLY SUPERIOR TO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE THERAPIES. FORGET
SINCERITY. I'M TALKING SCIENCE.))
But 13 members took a political risk.
SOT FRED TAPE 12:25:36
((DEL. KENNETH MELVIN: THIS IS A MATTER OF COMPASSION HERE. WE HAVEN'T HAD
ANY PROBLEMS. THIS HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS. WHY ARE WE RUSHING TO DO THIS?
SIMPLY BECAUSE OF SOME KNEE-JERK REACTION TO SOMETHING GOING ON ON THE OTHER
California and Arizona drew national scorn by legalizing prescription pot
But Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith says Virginia's legalization law is much
more narrowly drawn.
SOT FRED TAPE 12:21:39
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: THIS HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS SINCE '79, AND WE
HAVEN'T HAD A SINGLE PROBLEM WITH IT. SO I KNOW IT'S AN ELECTION YEAR. I KNOW
I MAY NOT BE BACK NEXT YEAR-- AND I KNOW THERE'S GREAT JOY IN THAT --BECAUSE I
WILL BE PORTRAYED AS SOME KIND OF PROPONENT OF LEGALIZED MARIJUANA.))
The irony is that NO pharmacies are licensed to prescribe marijuana in
Virginia -- so the law has never really been invoked. Terminal patients must
still break the law to get their drugs.
A Richmond area AIDS patient, who asked NOT to be identified, is one of
SOT GRAY TAPE #3? 13:57:09 AIDS PATIENT
((MOST OF THESE DRUGS, UNFORTUNATELY, CAUSE NAUSEA AND VOMITING. AND I HAVE
FOUND IF I SMOKE TWO OR THREE HITS AFTER I TAKE MY PILLS, I DON'T GET SICK.))
The House says pot's synthetic cousin marinol is good enough.
The AIDS patient says NO.
Now it's up to the Senate.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Virginia Tech police have now filed involuntary manslaughter charges against
the driver of a car that killed a student on campus.
20 year- old Dan Kelly and his friend were walking on Southgate Drive when
they were hit from behind.
Police say the couple was on the edge of the road, just to the right of the
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, half the legal limit.
But Jones believes a forensic formula for calculating what the level would
have been hours earlier will prove Williams was legally intoxicated.
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.
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((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. ))
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A 15-year old witness to the murder on Chapman Avenue testified she heard
SOMEBODY say: "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 died almost instantaneously, from a shot to the back of the head.
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Teenage killer Tommy Helms will do all of 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 the fall of
1995, along a roadside in the Bassett area.
In court today, the prosecution and defense agreed that Helms should start
his sentence in a juvenile detention center.
But the judge ruled that Helms should serve his sentence in the state prison
A bank teller was killed and three other people shot during a holdup in
Police and the FBI are still looking for two men who opened fire as they
went into a Nationsbank branch this morning.
The men were armed with an M-16 assault rifle, a shotgun and a revolver.
They shot and killed a teller, grabbed an undisclosed amount of money, and
At one point, the robbers got into a gunfight with a police officer
But eventually they made it into the nearby Richmond National Cemetery, got
into a car and drove off.
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 reassessing maintenance guidelines for whirlpools and spas.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
now that it appears that "Carry Me Back to ol' Virginia" is out as state song,
Governor Allen weighs in on a possible replacement.
and the applications are piling up--nearly three thousand people are
interested in working at a new factory being built in Roanoke County.
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A Pittsylvania County man is no longer facing the death penalty for double
Less than an hour ago a judge accepted 25-year old Mark Anthony Carter's plea
The Axton man admitted he killed Sidney Sherrell Hairston and her boyfriend
The couple was found shot to death last February outside an abandoned car
wash near Tunstal.
Mark Carter also pled guilty to shooting and stabbing a third victim.
Knova Day survived the attack and was in the court room this evening.
Day was stabbed 14 times and shot twice.
Still he says he is relieved Carter will not face the death penalty.
Carter WILL spend the rest of his life in prison.
Community leaders say they are troubled by a study that rates Roanoke as the
most segregated metropolitan area in the state.
But they say they're also hopeful that a negative headline can have a
positive impact on the area.
The study was conducted by a researcher at the University of Michigan who
used 1990 census data to analyze racial patterns in residential areas.
Roanoke's rating has improved since the 1980 census, but it's still above
the national average.
The local leader of the N- Double A- C- P says he hopes the study will spark
a larger discussion of racial issues.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: THIS ARTICLE GIVES US AN APPROPRIATE
CONTEXT FROM WHICH, AS FAR AS THE NAACP IS CONCERNED, TO LAUNCH A CONSTRUCTIVE
DIALOGUE, CONSTRUCTIVE ACTIVITIES AROUND HOW WE DEAL WITH THIS, WHETHER IT'S
WITH THE CITY, WHETHER IT'S WITH REALTORS OR WHETHER IT'S WITH THE BLACK
COMMUNITY, SO I AM EXCITED ABOUT THAT.))
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I'M REAL DISAPPOINTED IN THAT HEADLINE. THAT'S
NOT ANYTHING FOR US TO BE PROUD OF. IF IT PROMPTS DISCUSSION ON HOW WE CAN
BECOME A MORE INTEGRATED, MULTI- CULTURAL COMMUNITY, I'M GOING TO BE AT THE
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :00
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The same study included Charlottesville and Danville among the LEAST
segregated cities in the country.
While the General Assembly debates the state song, 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.
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((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
Most of the time, companies looking to build new plants avoid areas with low
unemployment, since it may be hard to find workers.
But the Roanoke Valley's low jobless rate hasn't hindered R-R Donnelley's
During a three day session last week, close to THREE- THOUSAND people filled
out applications to work
at the new plant Donnelley is building in Roanoke County.
The jobs start at nine- dollars- an- hour.
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((MARJORIE SKIDMORE/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION: A NEW STARTUP ALWAYS BRINGS A LOT
OF FOLKS OUT. WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, WHETHER A THOUSAND OR TWO
THOUSAND, WE CERTAINLY DIDN'T EXPECT THREE THOUSAND.))
SUPER=01-Marjorie Skidmore/VA Employment Commission;
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At first Donnelley will hire just 40 people.
But by the end of this year, close to 200 could be working there.
The V-E-C also believes the company's reputation played a big role in the
Donnelley has a magazine- printing facility in Lynchburg.
Another sharp gain for the stock market today.
The Dow jumped 83 points, closing at 68 hundred 24.
NASDAQ UP 16 points.
These days, D- N- A testing is being used for a wide variety of purposes--
everything from proving someone's guilt or innocence to finding cures for
Now its being used in the classroom.
Scott Prince explains.
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SUPER=01-Evelyn Thornton/L.B.H.S. Student; :27
SUPER=01-Rebecca Ross/Fralin Biotechnology Center; 1:01
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
((Biotechnology. For many, it's complicated to grasp.
But these Lord Botetourt High School students are breaking down the science
through DNA testing... and enjoying it.
NAT SOT 9:13:42
IN Q=You can
((ADRIAN DUEHL/LORD BOTETOURT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: YOU CAN SEE THEM RUNNING
HERE AND THAT ONE DOWN THE END. YOU SEE A LITTLE PIECE THERE AND DOWN THIS END.
IT SEPARATED VERY WELL. ))
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IN Q=You can
((EVELYN THORNTON/LORD BOTETOURT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: YOU CAN ACTUALLY USE THIS
IN THE REAL WORLD... WHICH MAKES IT INTERESTING BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER
THINGS YOU LEARN DON'T ACTUALLY APPLY TO OUTSIDE LIFE. ))
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But in this case, learning has a serious price tag.
The equipment these teens are using can cost more than 6- thousand
dollars... and that's too expensive for most school systems to handle.
Enter Virginia Tech's Fralin Biotechnology Center.
Through its Outreach Program, the university is able to supply these DNA
kits to students and teachers across the state... for free.
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((REBECCA ROSS/FRALIN BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER: WE KNOW THAT THIS IS AN EXPLOSIVE
FIELD. THAT MANY STUDENTS WILL PROBABLY GO INTO THAT FIELD FOR CAREERS. SO IT'S
GOOD TO GET THEM INTERESTED WHILE THEY'RE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL AND LET THEM
KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FIELD AND THE TECHNOLOGY. ))
OUT Q=the technology
Ross says if these students decide to make a career in a biotech field,
there's a strong possibility they could enjoy long, prosperous careers.
In other words, they won't be STRANDed in the work force.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Riddick Bowe joins the Marines, Deion returns
to baseball, Chip Sullivan is smoking at Pebble Beach,
and Steve Mason takes sports to the mat tonight with a look at a Tech
wrestler looking for a national title.
Emory & Henry College has reinstated head basketball coach Bob Johnson
Johnson was suspended with pay after five players quit the team and
complained about his coaching.
A four person committee reviewed the complaints and reinstated the coach
One of Boxing's top heavyweights will be marching to a different drummer
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Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe joined the Marine Corps Reserves
The 29-year old fighter will go through boot camp at Paris Island and then
be assigned to a reserve unit in Washington, D.C.
Bowe's boxing career is on hold until after basic training.
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((RIDDICK BOWE/JOINS THE MARINE RESERVES:))
SUPER=01-Riddick Bowe/Joins Marine Reserves; ;00
OUT Q=...I CAN BE."
While Riddick gets set for boot camp, Deion Sanders is returning to the
Diamond and resuming his career as a two sports star.
Deion agreed to a one year contract with the Cincinnati Reds today with a
option clause for another season.
Last year he skipped baseball for the first time since 1988.
He is the only pro athlete to play in both the World Series and Super Bowl.
The Carolina Panthers will now eight players in this weekend's Pro Bowl out
This morning Steve Young pulled out of the game because of sore ribs
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and Kerry Collins was named as his replacement.
Collins led the Panthers to the NFC championship game this year in just his
second season in the league.
Dom Capers will coach the NFC team that will now feature 8 Panthers' players.
When Michael Jordan signed a one year contract for $30 million dollars last
year, many thought this would be his last season in the NBA.
But do not fear, Michael says he will be back next season, and maybe one or
two more after that.
The 33 year old perennial all-star says he feels like he's at the top of his
game, and that he's been energized by the fans in the league.
It's been a good day for Chip Sullivan at the Pebble Beach pro-am out in
California. Chip is 3 under with a 69 after the first round, 4 shots off the
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As you know this is a pro-am!
And want all you weekend hackers out their to take a look at this shot by one
of the unidentified amateurs in the community.
He hooks his fairway shot into the water, but like magic it hits a rock in
the surf and ends up about a foot from the hole on 18.
John Dattalo transferred from Campbell to Virginia Tech mid way through his
With a new head coach and a top training partner; it might just have been the
best move he's ever made.
Steve Mason explains.
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((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.))
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