There's never been a doctor we know of who helped patients commit suicide
State lawmakers nevertheless took the first step today toward making it a
We'll hear some of the debate in the Virginia Senate.
And we'll check in with Larry and Laban as "Cookin' Cheap" starts making
the big bucks.
Tonight in sports, we will talk with Michael Waltrip about the upcoming NASCAR
Plus, take a look back at stunner in the ODAC last night.
And the New York Jets have a new head coach and Bill Parcells.
And he and Bill Bellichick both sign on to work for the worst team in
More rain on the way with a chance of flurries in the mountains tomorrow
morning. The forecast is coming up.
Dr. Kevorkian lost one in Virginia's statehouse today.
The Virginia Senate would make physician- assisted suicide a criminal act...
even though there have been NO known cases in the Commonwealth.
The bill was one of the many controversies Virginia lawmakers race through
on Crossover Day -- when each chamber must trade legislation.
SOT 11:50:49 fred tape
IN Q=He says
((SEN. MARK EARLEY: HE SAYS THE PRACTICE OF ASSISTED SUICIDE IS SO COMMON IN
THE NETHERLANDS THAT THE LINE HAS BECOME BLURRED, AND DESPITE GUIDELINES,
HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS ARE KILLED EVERY YEAR WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT.))
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: TAKE A POSITION ON THE FUNDAMENTAL NOTION THAT IN THIS
COMMONWEALTH WE SIMPLY ARE NOT READY TO ACCEPT THE NOTION THAT ONE PERSON CAN
ASSIST ANOTHER IN KILLING THAT OTHER.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :15
OUT Q=that other.
But opponents of the bill say it's a choice Virginia lawmakers should stay
IN Q=There is
((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: THERE IS NO PROBLEM IN VIRGINIA. AND THERE IS
NO DR. KEVORKIAN GOING AROUND.))
SOT 11:57:02 fred tape
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: IN MICHIGAN, THEY HAVE ADOPTED LAW AFTER LAW AFTER LAW TO
GET AT DR. KEVORKIAN. AND HE HAS BEEN TRIED THREE TIMES AND THREE TIMES THAT
JURY HAS REFUSED TO CONVICT THAT MAN.))
SOT FRED TAPE 12:05:29
((SEN. JANET HOWELL: BUT IT IS SOMETHING SO INTENSELY PERSONAL WITHIN A
MARRIAGE, WITHIN A FAMILY, THAT I AM TERRIBLY CONCERNED WITH WHAT WE'RE
SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; : :05
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :17
OUT Q=we're doing.
The criminalization of assisted suicide has failed before on the House side
-- where it heads next.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Some call it a compassionate fix -- some backsliding.
Either way, an evenly divided House of Delegates couldn't touch welfare
reform in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Ted Bennett's
SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) McLean; :35
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 8; :41
SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hargrove/(R) Glen Allen; :59
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Ted Bennett's Southside district has the highest unemployment in the
sot fred tape 11:24:40
((DEL. TED BENNETT/D-HALIFAX: WHAT OPPORTUNITY IS THERE FOR THOSE SO INDEBTED
AND POOR, OR WITH SUCH LITTLE EDUCATION, COMING OUT INTO A SOCIETY AND JOB
MARKET WHERE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 12-PERCENT? HOW IS THAT THOSE PEOPLE ARE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO MOVE UP THE ECONOMIC LADDER OTHER THAN BY GOING TO
The bill would have allowed students in good standing to keep collecting
welfare -- without having to take a job -- while they complete their degrees.
sot fred tape 11:31:48
((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-MCLEAN: WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH A BUNCH OF DEADBEATS
HERE. WE'RE DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES, AND WE SHOULD
But Governor George Allen had anticipated this defection from his legacy
legislation in his State of the Commonwealth speech.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I SHOULDN'T EVEN NEED TO THREATEN TO VETO ANY BACKSLIDING
IN THIS SESSION.))
sot fred tape 11:35:10
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R-LYNCHBURG: LET'S NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THIS IS THE
FIRST STEP TOWARD ROLLING BACK WELFARE REFORM.))
sot fred tape 11:29:11
((DEL. FRANK HARGROVE: THE WORK REQUIREMENT THAT WE HAVE IN THIS WELFARE
REFORM IS HEALTHY.))
So twice the House voted on it.
And twice, it came down to a 50- 50 tie.
That means welfare reform in Virginia remains largely how the Governor
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
It started out: a spurned lover stalking his former girlfriend in Roanoke.
Today the case took on vastly new dimensions as a Grand Jury in Charlotte
charged Aquila Barnette in an 11-count FEDERAL indictment.
The charges include arson, carjacking, weapons violations, and numerous
violations of the Violence Against Women Act.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 30, 1996
Last Spring- -the indictment says- -Barnette firebombed Robin Williams'
apartment on Keswick Avenue.
She was burned, but recovered... only to be gunned down with a sawed-off
shotgun outside her mother's house two months later.
The entire case will now be handled by federal authorities in Charlotte,
The U.S. Marines say night vision goggles were partially to blame for a
crash that killed a Vinton man last year.
VO-NAT on tape 96-45
SUPER=03-Camp Lejuene, NC/May 11, 1996;
A marine report says a navigational error, and problems with night vision
gear led to the crash of two helicopters during a training exercise.
14 people were killed, including Britt Stacey of Vinton.
The report says the crew on one helicopter lost sight of the other chopper.
The marine's night vision goggles are made by ITT in Roanoke, and Litton
Industries in Arizona.
An ITT spokesperson says the company doesn't know who made the goggles
involved in the crash.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--new help for pregnant women struggling with
alcohol or drug problems. Connie Stevens will have a report.
And more exposure for two popular Roanoke Valley chefs. After 17 years,
"Cookin' Cheap" is still in demand.
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The ten people looking to replace the late Junius Haskins on Lynchburg city
council are all African- Americans.
That's the word from council member Carl Hutcherson.
Hutcherson and his colleagues met privately today to review the
SUPER=04-File Tape; :07
Republicans now hold a 4 to 2 majority on city council, and could
essentially dictate the appointment process.
But some admit it would be politically risky to choose anyone who wasn't a
minority or a Democrat to replace the outspoken Haskins.
IN Q=I think it's
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK IT'S PROBABLY SOMETHING THAT
SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. I THINK THE MAJORITY OF WARD TWO IS MINORITY, AND SO
THEREFORE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE PEOPLE ARE REPRESENTED APPROPRIATELY
ON CITY COUNCIL.))
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: MY PERSONAL VIEW IS WE WANT TO SEE
SOMEONE WHO WORKS WELL WITH COUNCIL, SEE SOMEONE WHO IN MANY WAYS CARRIES THE
DREAM THAT JUNIUS CARRIED, AND I THINK WE HAVE SOME EXCELLENT APPLICANTS. I
THINK ANY AND ALL OF THOSE PERSONS COULD DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Member; :13
OUT Q=could do that.
Council has until February 16th to make the appointment, but likely will do
so early next week.
The chosen candidate will serve out the remainder of Haskins' term which
expires in July of 1998.
The city of Lynchburg has put the brakes on Habitat for Humanity's plans to
build more than 100 low- income homes over the next three years.
A 750- thousand dollar grant Habitat received last year is providing the
startup money for the new "Jubilee Heights" subdivision.
The original plans called for 108 homes to be built on the site off Florida
Avenue, but the zoning appeals board said that was too many.
After months of negotiations, Habitat offered to reduce the number of houses
to 75, but learned today its grant requires at least 88 be built.
Habitat officials hope that new figure is still acceptable to the city.
IN Q=Still if it's
((KEVIN CAMPBELL/LYNCHBURG HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: STILL IF IT'S 88 LOTS OR 75
LOTS, WHATEVER. IT'S STILL THE THE BIGGEST THING WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO IN
LYNCHBURG AND IT SETS OUR FUTURE UP FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS, AND THAT'S WHAT WE
FIGURED.. THE 20 LOTS THAT WE WERE GIVING UP WILL REALLY AFFECT US FOUR YEARS
FROM NOW, SO WE HAVE TIME TO REPLACE THEM.))
SUPER=01-Kevin Campbell/Lynchburg Habitat For Humanity; :00
OUT Q=to replace them.
Roadwork for the new subdivision should start this spring, with house
construction getting underway in the fall.
Pre-natal care is crucial in helping women have healthy babies.
That is even more true, with pregnant women addicted to drugs and
Connie Stevens tells us about efforts in Roanoke to save both mother and
child-- and even the system that pays for their care.
IN Q=In Virginia and
SUPER=01-Devonette Turner/Perinatal Substance Abuse Clinician; :25
OUT Q=CS, News 7.
In Virginia, and around the country, it's estimated that one in every
eleven children has been exposed to illicit substances in utero.
The Roanoke Valley Health Care Foundation-- along with Project Link and
Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital may be able to change the outcome of these
dangerous situations-- by linking women, prenatal care and substance abuse
IN Q=One of the
((DEVONETTE TURNER/PERINATAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE CLINICIAN: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
WE DO IF A WOMAN COMES IN AND SHE HAS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM, WE WILL GIVE
THEM A SPECIAL ULTRA SOUND WHICH WOULD DETECT EXPOSURE TO SUBSTANCES AND WE
WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THEM GENETIC COUNSELING. WE ARE WILLING TO HELP THEM, MAYBE
THEY NEED TO BE IN HIGH RISK CLINIC AND SEE THEM MORE OFTEN, MAYBE THEY NEED A
NUTRITIONAL CONSULT, BECAUSE THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH DRUGS, IT CAUSES YOU NOT
TO WANT TO EAT AND EATING AND PROPER NOURISHMENT IS ONE OF THE KEY FACTORS IN
COMBATTING INTER-UTERINE GROWTH RETARDATION.))
OUT Q=uterine growth retardation.
And to combat the other obstacles to prenatal care and substance abuse
treatment-- transportation is even provided, along with day care for a woman's
This office hopes to stress that it's in everyone's best interest-- for
women to get help...and the earlier the better-- to improve the chances for a
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
On Wall Street the Dow was UP 27 points, closing at 68 hundred 33.
NASDAQ LOST two points.
Laban Johnson and Larry Bly say they weren't even sure they'd make it
through their first season.
Their public television program Cookin' Cheap not only survived, it found
a nationwide audience.
And tonight, Joe Dashiell reports the story doesn't end there.
IN Q=Over 17 seasons
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Blue Ridge Public Television;
SUPER=01-Larry Bly/Cookin' Cheap Co-host; :20
SUPER=00-Laban Johnson/Cookin' Cheap Co-host; :25
((Over 17 seasons, Laban Johnson and Larry Bly have served up a successful
blend of humor and home cooking.
NAT SOUND OF SHOW
IN Q=Oh no
OUT Q=oh no
Even their mistakes make entertaining television and over the years,
Cookin' Cheap has found a loyal audience on public stations across the country.
IN Q=We've paid our dues
OUT Q=investment for us
On January first, they joined the line- up of the Nostalgia Cable
Channel... which claims 35- million viewers nationwide
IN Q=It continuously amazes us
OUT Q=like that ever since.
WBRA- television will share in any profits, a modest return that will
improve if the show catches on and is renewed by the cable channel.
Meanwhile, Johnson and Bly may go global. Their syndicator is now shopping
the show in Europe.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Coming up tonight in sports, Rodman is coming back soon, the New York Jets
have a new head coach, the Hornets welcome the T-wolves to the hive tonight.
And as the countdown to Daytona continues, we'll check in with Michael
waltrip and the Wood Brothers tonight and get their thoughts on the upcoming
The Virginia Tech Hokies are back in action tonight at Cassell Coliseum
taking on Atlantic 10 rival George Washington.
The game is a battle for second place in the West Division.
If you are headed to the game, don't forget it tips-off at 9;30 tonight.
For the first time in 20 regular season games, Lynchburg has knocked off
Roanoke College in hoops. Last night in the Hill City, the Hornets prolonged
the 6th ranked Maroons' losing skid and picked up a big 105-93 conference win.
This wasn't one for the faint of heart or for those fans of defensive
Joe Davis's club put 5 in double figures, including Rodney Early and Mike
Preston who poured in 22 each.
The win keeps the Hornets within striking distance of Roanoke in the
conference race at 7 and 5, as the stretch run approaches.
IN Q="Neither team...
((JOE DAVIS/LYNCH BURG HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Joe Davis/Lynchburg Head Coach;
OUT Q=...game it was."
The Charlotte Hornets are back home in the hive tonight hosting the much
improved MInnesota Timberwolves.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/This Afternoon; :00
This afternoon the T-Wolves worked out at the Charlotte Coliseum, and tonight
is a homecoming of sorts for former N.C. State star Tom Gugliotta.
IN Q="You know...
((TOM GUGLIOTTA/MINNESOTA FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Tom Gugliotta/Minnesota Forward; ;00
OUT Q=...good ourselves."
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Last Week;
And the NBA has reinstated Dennis Rodman.
He will return to the Bulls on February 11th following his 11 game
League commissioner david Stern says any further incidents could end his
The Express 's Matt O'dette is the latest Roanoke player to sign a two way
contract with one of Roanoke's affiliates.
Express general manager Pierre paiement announced this morning that the 6'5
220 pound defenseman has signed a two way contract with the Saint John Flames
of the American Hockey League.
O'dette's agreement with Saint John will enable him to remain with the
Express as he develops while providing an avenue for being called up to the
Flames. There aren now 4 Express players under contract with either Calgary or
The NHL could see a couple of milestones tonight.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux needs one goal against Vancouver to
reach his 600th career tally.
The Detroit coach Scotty Bowman needs to beat the Blues tonight to become the
first man in NHL history to record 1000 coaching wins.
The New York jets this afternoon named Bill Belichick their new head coach
but on an interim basis. Belichick has been hired to run the team as
head coach for one year, until Bill Parcells obligations to the Patriots are
Parcells will have an office at the Jets complex and work as a consultant.
((BILL BELICHICK/NEWS JETS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Bellichick/New Jets Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...THIS ORGANIZATION."
The Winston Cup stars begin arriving in Daytona today as practice starts to
crank up for this weekend's Busch Clash - NASCAR's preseason all-star race for
pole winners from last season.
Michael Waltrip and the Wood Brothers Ford will not be apart of the Clash,
but they hope to make a big splash in
the Daytona 500 the following Week.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Citgo Ford Driver; :22
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/Last February; :31
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Last September; :46
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/Last May; :51
OUT Q=...pole or two.
(( The Wood Brothers race team has been burning the midnight oil in Stuart this
Winter trying to find a way to improve on their relatively average preseason
test speeds at Daytona.
But that's just part of the plan for 1997, as the team looks to make a
number of improvements over 1996.
((MICHAEL WALTRIP/CITGO FORD DRIVER:))
Michael & the Woods finished 14th in the points and only had one top 5
Their biggest accomplishment was winning the Winston Select all-star race on
May 18th, but even that accomplishment had its drawbacks.
The Wood brothers drivers have won 116 poles over the years, but they haven't
captured one since 1984 with Buddy Baker.
And that is just one of a number of goals the team has set for this season.))
And be sure to catch the Busch Clash this coming Sunday from Daytona right
here on Your Hometown station. The green flag drops at Noon.
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That's News 7 at 6.
CBS' coverage of the State of the Union address begins at nine p-m.
And remember for the region's first TEN O'clock newscast,
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watch News-7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
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example we're on Cable Channel 19 in Martinsville.
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