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TOBACCO COMPANIES ARE ASKING A FEDERAL JUDGE IN GREENSBORO TO BLOCK THE
REGULATION OF NICOTINE AS A DRUG.
FEDERAL FUNDING COULD BE SLOW GOING FOR INTERSTATE 73- THE PROPOSED HIGHWAY
THAT COULD STRETCH THROUGH OUR AREA.
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It's Monday, February tenth--
Our top story--
The civil case winds down-- as O.J. Simpson is socked with 25 million
dollars in punitive damages for the murder of Ron Goldman, and the battery of
Nicole Brown Simpson.
IN Q=When the liable
((WHEN THE LIABLE CONVICTION CAME BACK I SAID YOU KNOW WHAT? MAYBE THERE IS A
GOD. I KNEW THERE WAS A GOD BUT
MAYBE THERE IS A JUSTICE SYSTEM. ))
OUT Q=a justice system.
You're watching News 7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Jurors in the trial say O.J. Simpson had very little credibility on the
witness stand when he testified in his own defense.
In fact, some jurors spoke out today-- as we hear from Byron Harlan, in
IN Q=The penalty
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SUPER=01-Fred Goldman/Victim's Father; :56
SUPER=01-Denise Brown/Victim's Sister; 1:13
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:21
OUT Q=BH, CBS News, Santa Monica.
The penalty was huge.
12 and a half million dollars for the Goldman family.
Another 12 and a half million for Nicole Brown's estate.
After hearing conflicting reports of O-J- Simpson's wealth, the jury
socked him with 25 million dollars in punitive damages.
The judgement is on top of eight and a half million dollars in
compensatory damages already awarded.
Payment is to start immediately, with Simpson's money, bank accounts and
other assets being seized.
After the verdict, members of the jury, sworn to silence since the trial
began four months agao, finally shared some of their views with the media.
((JUROR:FINDING OJ SIMPSON LIABLE OF THE MURDERS AND ACTING WITH OPPRESSION
AND MALICE IS ONE OF THE EASIEST DECISIONS I HAVE EVER HAD TO MAKE.
JUROR: BY THIS EVIDENCE, I THINK WITHOUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND, I THINK HE'S
DEFINITELY GUILTY OF THE CRIME. ))
OUT Q=the crime.
As for the plaintiffs, they say they hope to get on with their lives, but
do expect lengthy appeals.
IN Q=The jury's
((FRED GOLDMAN/VICTIM'S FATHER: THE JURY'S DECISION OF LAST TUESDAY WAS THE
ONLY DECISION THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO US. HAVING THE KILLER OF MY SON FOUND
RESPONSIBLE WAS IMPORTANT TO OUR FAMILY
DENISE BROWN/:YOU MAY SEE OUR FACE AGAIN. I DON'T KNOW HOW SICK THE PUBLIC
ABOUT THE OJ SIMPSON TRIAL.
BUT I SURE AM. ))
OUT Q=sure am.
OJ Simpson has a couple of options to prevent him from paying right away.
The first is to declare bankruptcy and the other is to put up a bond, but
that would cost about 13 million dollars.
Othwerwise, the other side can begin collecting the 33-and a half million
dollar rewards, immediately.
Byron Harlan, CBS News, Santa Monica.))
Meantime, a Los Angeles T-V-station is reporting that O.J. Simpson was at
a public golf course eating a chili dog when the punitive damages verdict came
down this afternoon.
One patron is quoted as saying that Simpson showed only a slight reaction
at the announcement.
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Future funding for a new Interstate-73 doesn't look promising.
Southside and southwest Virginia lawmakers got briefed today on the
Senator John Warner says he can't guarantee so-called (ice tea) ISTEA
federal funds will be available.
If they are, then THEY have to compete with other projects in Virginia.
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IN Q=There's a
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: THERE'S A LOT OF LEGITIMATE
NEEDS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. OH IT'S A LOT OF BILLIONS. I'M NOT TRYING TO BE
FLIPPANT. BUT IT'S A VERY BIG NUMBER. BUT IT'S A VERY BIG NUMBER. I THINK
THAT WHAT YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON, IMMEDIATE FOCUS, IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S
ENOUGH MONEY IN THE POT SO THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO SLOW DOWN.))
OUT Q=no slow down.
One of those competing needs is upgrading Interstate 81.
Business owners say it means the state will have to find a new source of
funds for I-73.
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IN Q=Some areas
((SOME AREAS HAVE DESIGNATED HIGHER SALES TAX ALONG CERTAIN CORRIDORS. SOME
HAVE USED A GENERAL SALEX TAX...CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
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Just building the stretch of I-73 from Roanoke south to the state line is
estimated to cost up to 800 million dollars.
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It's still unclear who stands to gain from Friday's federal court ruling on
the state's only black majority congressional district.
Virginia's now UNconstitutional third congressional district was the hot
topic today at a working lunch Governor George Allen hosted with the state's
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IN Q=All of
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ALL OF THIS IS UNDER REVIEW AND CONSIDERATION. THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL IS TALKING TO THE VARIOUS PARTIES.))
OUT Q=VARIOUS PARTIES.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore had a chance to rub elbows with third district
Congressman Bobby Scott.
A General Assembly briefing on re-districting possibilities was canceled
because Gilmore has NOT decided whether to appeal Friday's ruling.
The president of an Ohio based embroidery company says representatives from
his firm are heading to Martinsville regarding a major job announcement.
Published reports last week linked the "5-B's Embroidery Company" of
Zanesville Ohio, to the location of a major plant in the Martinsville- Henry
The report said as many as 500 new jobs could be created.
Henry County economic development leaders would not comment.
A newsconference is scheduled for later this week.
SS=new century council
A study released today by the New Century Council, reveals manufacturing
jobs in southwest Virginia are at a standstill.
Analysts say jobs that ARE being created don't boost the economy.
When it comes to the jobless rates-- the Virginia Employment commission
released it's latest figures...
Statewide, unemployment increased to just under four-percent, one percentage
point above the November rate.
Lynchburg's also rose a little, to just under three and a half percent.
Roanoke's jobless rate went DOWN a percentage point, to two and a half
Among individual cities and counties, Dickenson County had the highest
unemployment, pushing 17 percent.
Lexington and Roanoke County were among the lowest, roughly in the
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Still to come-- what does a former cabinet member think about the country's
sanctions against Cuba and Iraq?
Plus-- he didn't win the G-O-P presidential nomination,
but Steve Forbes WAS supported for his tax plans-- today he continued talking
taxes at Liberty University-- we'll hear from him when NEWS-7 Primetime
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The murder trial could wrap up tomorrow for a Lynchburg man after a
confrontation at a nightclub turned deadly.
20- year- old Troy A. Brown is charged with gunning down 18- year- old
Derrick Crews in the early morning hours of July 27th.
Brown and Crews had argued outside the Pepper Baux (box) restaurant when
Brown allegedly shot Crews in the chest.
Defense attorneys claim Brown was in fear for his life when he killed Crews.
Prosecutors call it cold- blooded murder.
The jury will hear closing arguments in the morning.
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In other news--The father of one of the two remaining female cadets at The
Citadel will be overseeing military activities at the school.
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Retired Army Brigadier General Emory Mace has been named commandant of
He's a Citadel graduate who once taught classes at the college.
Mace says he was concerned that his daughter Nancy get the same
treatment as men-- he says so far she has.
Mace replaces Joseph Trez who is busy dealing with legal and disciplinary
matters stemming from the alleged hazing of two female cadets.
A former U.S. Attorney General who served in the Kennedy and Johnson
administrations visited Radford University-- spreading his views on the
sanctions against Iraq and Cuba.
Ramsey Clark has visited Iraq each year since the Gulf War.
He says ongoing U.S. sanctions have led to inadequate food and medical
supplies, even death.
((RAMSEY CLARK/FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: 500 THOUSAND CHILDREN UNDER THE
AGE OF FIVE DEAD AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE SANCTIONS. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE
WORTH THAT? NOTHING. IT'S A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. ))
SUPER=01-Ramsey Clark/Former U.S. Attorney General;
OUT Q=crime against humanity.
Clark says the U.S. is also crushing Cuba.
He called on President Clinton to respond to the United Nation's vote
condemning the U.S. embargo.
((TO STAND UP THERE AND SAY YOU'RE RIGHT AND WE'RE BIG ENOUGH TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT
AND WE'RE BIG ENOUGH TO SAY WE'RE WRONG AND WE'RE RIGHTEOUS ENOUGH TO STOP
OUT Q=to stop it.
Clark is active in world-wide efforts to end political repression and human
He was at Radford for its "Peace and World Security Studies Week."
Technological advancements have created an "era of opportunities" for the
United States....according to Steve Forbes.
The former presidential candidate made his remarks in Lynchburg today, where
he addressed a large crowd of Liberty University students.
Forbes says excessive regulations, high taxes and a poor educational system
are making it harder for Americans to be productive.
IN Q=If we work
((STEVE FORBES/FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: IF WE WORK TOGETHER WE WILL
OVERCOME THE CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS WHICH PLAGUE US TODAY. WE WILL
REGAIN OUR MORAL BEARINGS AGAIN. WE WILL REMOVE THESE OBSTACLES THAT STAND IN
THE WAY OF PEOPLE REALIZING THE AMERICAN DREAM.))
SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/Former Presidential Candidate; :00
OUT Q=the American dream.
A champion of the "flat tax", Forbes still wants to get rid of the Internal
He also did NOT rule out another run for political office.
Despite Virginia's child safety seat law, the state Department of
Health says child safety seat usage in the state has dropped to its lowest
level in ten years.
And the department reports that 67 percent of the children who died in car
accidents in the last decade were not secured in safety seats.
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Tonight on Primetime Sports-- Mike Stevens reports from the Daytona
But first-- what kind of winter has it been for area ski resorts? The story
when we come back.
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Ski resort operators around the region say next weekend's Presidents Day
Holiday will be important to their revenues.
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The snow has been hit and miss at Virginia's resorts this season--
Business actually started with a boom in November, stalled in December and
took back off again this month.
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YOu might not want to bring your appetite along for our video of the day--
stick around for the story when News-7 Primetime continues...right here on
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It's the federal government versus the tobacco industry,
Today, the battle unfolded in federal court, where the cigarette makers are
trying to put the breaks on new federal rules about cigarette marketing, and
the F-D-A's intent to regulate tobacco as a drug.
IN Q=Congress has the
(( BERT REIN/BROWN AND WILLIAMSON ATTORNEY: CONGRESS HAS THE FREEDOM TO
REGULATE TOBACCO OR NOT TO. IT HAS CHOSEN TO REGULATE IT IN VERY SPECIFIC WAYS.
IT HAS NOT IN OUR VIEW, CHOSEN TO GIVE THE F-D-A CARTE BLANCH.))
SUPER=01-Bert Rein/Brown and Williamson Attorney; :
OUT Q=carte blanche.
It is their right, tobacco companies say, to advertise their
product in any way.
And advertise they do, spending up to six billion dollars a year on
billboards and magazine ads.
But critics charge it's all too much, too soon, for the estimated
one million teenagers that start smoking every year.
And just because the F-D-A didn't regulate tobacco before, doesn't
mean it can't start now.
IN Q=Even today
((JOHN BANZHAF/ACTION ON SMOKING AND HEALTH:EVEN TODAY, NICOTINE PATCHES,
NICOTINE CHEWING GUM...NICOTINE IN ALL OTHER FORMS IS REGULATED BY THE F-D-A.
BUT ACCORDING TO THE TOBACCO COMPANIES, WHEN IT WINDS UP IN TOBACCO, IT
SUDDENLY IS GRANTED IMMUNITY??...THAT'S A STRANGE ARGUMENT.))
SUPER=01-John Banzhaf/Action on Smoking & Health; :
OUT Q=strange argument
It could take the judge up to ten weeks to decide if the F-D-A has
overstepped its bounds.
But the regulations go into effect in less than three weeks-- so a
preliminary injunction would have to be decided on first.
Meantime a bill to overturn the Virginia law that legalized medical
marijuana is stalled in a senate committee.
As lawmakers debate, police chiefs from across the state were briefed by the
Greg Williams said the DEA will continue enforcing federal drug laws.
He said the legalization of marijuana is unnecessary, because the ingredient
that helps AIDS and cancer patients is already available in prescription form.
IN Q=we're opposed to
((GREG WILLIAMS/ DEA DEPUTY DIRECTOR; WE'RE OPPOSED TO ANY TYPE OF
LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA, THERE IS MARINOL RIGHT NOW THAT IS A CONTROLLED
SUBSTANCE AND PRESCRIBED FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO RELIEVE PAIN FOR CANCER
TREATMENT, AND THINGS LIKE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Greg Williams/DEA Deputy Director;
OUT Q=things like that
Williams says future D-E-A investigations will focus on growers and
practicioners who are selling and prescribing medical marijuana for profit.
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For tonight's more peculiar video-- they say art is in the eye of the
In this case it may be in his or her sandwich as well.
This weekend in Seattle, they carved works of art in SPAM.
The lunchmeat sculpture contest was all part of the city's Fat Tuesday
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toss to steve
Lots of primetime spoorts heaed yuor way, but first a boxing note. Heavy
weight contender Oliver McCall, who quit in his fight against Lennox Lewis the
other night, was found to not be on drugs during the fight as was originally
thought. Nevada Boxing officals are still investigating.
SUPER=03-Columbia, SC; :00
Inother boxing news, Boot camp has begun for former heavyweight champion
Riddick Bowe. Bowe reported to parris Island today. he is heaeded for basic
training after joining the Marine Reserves. Now the numbers from tonight.
WIPE TO SCORES
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Last year at this time Mike Skinner was driving a pick up in NASCAR's super
Now the 39 year old Winston Cup Rookie has the fastest car at Daytona.
Mike Stevens has more from Speedweeks 97.
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OUT Q=News 7 sports.
The top 2 teams in the Big South, Liberty and UNC-Asheville, locked horns
tonight in Lynchburg in what could be a post season preview.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Bulldogs vs. Flames;
Asheville's Robert Stevenson got things started right, taking the feed and
punching in 2 of his 11 first half points for an early 6 point Bulldog lead.
The Flames then went to the "Aluminator" Peter Aluma, who gets the hoop and
the harm. He led the Flames with 22
Brian Richerson would stroke this trey just before the half, but the
visitors still trailed by 3 at the break.
Liberty held on in the 2nd half. SUPER=33-UNC Asheville/68/Liberty/65;
Erik Sorenson with the outlet to Marcus White, but UNC Asheville pulls out the
A changing of the national guard took place in our nations capital as the
Washington Bullets introduced their new head basketball coach.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
Earlier today, Berni Bickerstaff was officially sworn in as the Bullets new
coach in a news conference.
Bernie is no stranger to the DC area. he served as a Washington assistant
coach from 1973 to 1985. He gets the job a day before his 53rd birthday.
GRAPHIC=New York Jets
the NFL's worst team, a commissioner and another team all received a
valentines day present early.
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Former Patriot coach Bill Parcells is now able to coach the New York Jets
immediatley thanks to NFL commiosioner paul Tagliabue, who worked out a deal
with New England where New England will get 3rd and 4th round draft picks this
year, a2nd round pick next year, a first round pick in 1999 and 300 thousand
dollars for team charities.
There's more news--coming up in 30-minutes...Here's what
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The Bedford County School Board is at odds with its supervisors when it comes
to paying for new schools.
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We begin our series "voices from the past"-- a look back at where some of
our favorite disc jockeys have been and where they are now.
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NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along in half an hour on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching