Race fans across the country are crossing their fingers and hoping this
coming weekend's Daytona 500 lives up to it's billing as the Great American
But Mike Stevens says the performance in Sunday's Busch Clash has fans and
competitors alike wondering if this year's Daytona might not be a dud.
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Coming up on News 7-
A jury decides punitive damages in the O-J Simpson trial. Tonight jurors talk
about the case.
Susan McDougal denies allegations she had an affair with the President.
And Mike Stevens is in Daytona Beach Florida as drivers gear up for the
News 7 is next.
Reaction tonight to jurors decision for punitive damages in the O-J Simpson
The jury awarded 25 million dollars in punitive damages to the families of
Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown.
Tonight we'll hear reaction from the families.
Popular radio deejays of the past. Where are they today?
Tonight a look back at one radio wizard.
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Plus rain put a halt to the final preparations for this Sunday's Daytona
Mike Stevens is in Daytona Beach. He'll have a full report.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Jurors in the O.J. Simpson civil trial say Simpson had little credibility on
the witness stand.
They decided on 25 million dollars in punitive damages.
Byron Harlan has reaction.
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((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 ago, finally shared some of their views with the media.
Meanwhile, the plaintiffs say they hope to get on with their lives, but do
expect lengthy appeals.
BYRON HARLAN CBS NEWS, SANTA MONICA.))
A court case with national ramifications is being argued in Greensboro.
Tobacco manufacturers are trying to stop a new tougher set of government
regulations that would limit cigarette marketing.
The new rules are scheduled to go into effect on February 28th.
They include no tobacco sponsorships of sporting events and a ban on hats,
t- shirts and other promotions.
Lawyers representing both sides are arguing whether the F-D-A has the
authority to control tobacco.
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(( SUPER: BERT REIN//ATTORNEY, BROWN AND WILLIAMSON "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: 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
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SUPER=01-John Banzhaf/Anti-Smoking Activist;:10
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The judge- -who is a former tobacco lobbyist- -says it could take up to 10
weeks to reach a decision.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Speculation is rampant in Richmond about who will gain from Friday's court
ruling on the state's only black majority congressional district.
Virginia's now UNconstitutional third district was the hot gossip today at
this working lunch.
Governor George Allen hosted the lunch with the state's congressional
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((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.
GRAPHIC=Bedford Co Seal
There will be no funding for two new elementary schools in western
Virginia's fastest growing school district-- at least not this year.
By a four-to-three margin, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted down
a 3.5 million dollar bond proposal from the county school board.
The money raised by the sale of Virginia Public School Authority bonds
is not bound to a specific project.
Board member Dale Wheeler says he won't approve any bond sale, since the
school board can spend the money on any capital improvement project it wishes.
((DALE WHEELER: FINALLY, THERE WILL BE A LEGITIMATE BLUEPRINT LAID IN FRONT OF
THIS BOARD SAYING, THIS IS WHAT WE INTEND TO BUILD. ))
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Members of the Jefferson Forest P-T-A say their area is suffering because of
the mismanagement of funds by the school board.
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((DEBBY ALLEN: JEFFERSON FOREST PTA: WE'VE GOT TO KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS
SPENT-- NOT THAT IT IS ILLEGAL WHAT HAS BEEN DONE, BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL
PROJECTS, AND PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHEN THEIR PROJECT IS PLANNED, THAT IT'S
GOING TO GET DONE. ))
SUPER=01-Debby Allen/District PTA Chair;
OUT Q= going to get done.
A bond sale last year raised money for school improvements in Moneta,
Stewartsville, and Staunton River.
Those projects have not yet been completed.
The only member of the Bedford County school board attending the meeting did
More close encounters in the sky for the Air Force.
It's suspended all training flights over the Gulf of Mexico while it
The Air force is looking into two new reports of F-16s coming too close to
It was last week, the Air Force suspended flights off the East Coast after
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New talks may keep the nation's largest airline in the sky.
American Airlines and its pilots began mediated talks today.
If they don't reach an agreement by Saturday the 93 hundred pilots could
Today pilots held an informational picket- they want an 11 percent pay
increase over four years.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11, enthusiasm for local highway construction is
And we'll tell you why a former U-S Attorney General says American foreign
policy is crippling at least two countries.
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Susan McDougal says her ex-husband is lying- She did not have an affair with
The allegations are in the New Yorker magazine.
It also reports that Jim McDougal will now tell prosecutors Clinton knew
about an illegal loan Susan McDougal got in 1986.
The article says some of the loan wound up helping the Whitewater real
Susan Mcdougal says it's all lies.
((LET ME SAY SUSAN MCDOUGAL ABSOLUTELY DENIED WHAT MR. MCDOUGAL SAID ABOUT HER
AND ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. SHE'S NOT GOING TO COOPERATE.))
SUPER=01-David Berg/Susan McDougal's Attorney;
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Susan McDougal's testimony is needed to make a case against the Clintons-
but she refuses to talk.
A former U-S Attorney General brought his calls to end sanctions against
Iraq and Cuba to Radford University.
An international lawyer, Ramsey Clark served in the Kennedy and Johnson
Clark has visited Iraq each year since the Gulf War, and says ongoing U.S.
sanctions have led to inadequate food and medical supplies, and 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. ))
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Clark says the U.S. is also crushing Cuba.
He called on President Clinton to respond to the United Nation's 107-to-two
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 IT.
OUT Q=to stop it.
Clark is active in world- wide efforts to end political repression and human
He visited Radford for its Peace and World Security Studies Week.
Former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes told a Liberty
University audience today that he has NOT ruled out a second attempt at the
While he bowed out of the presidential race early on, today's speech sounded
like it came straight from the campaign trail.
Forbes attacked the federal government for what he calls excessive
regulations that stifle economic progress.
Even still, Forbes says he remains an optimist.
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((STEVE FORBES/FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: SO WHILE WE FACE ENORMOUS
PROBLEMS, WE ALSO FACE ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITIES. WE HAVE THE ENERGY, WE HAVE THE
FUNDAMENTALS IN FAVOR OF US, ALL WE HAVE TO DO NOW IS MAKE IT HAPPEN.))
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OUT Q=make it happen.
Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts will visit Liberty next month.
When the line for Interstate 73 was drawn through Roanoke and Martinsville
last year, business leaders cheered.
But now comes word that Virginia taxpayers may have to dig deep to build
their portion of the Detroit to Charleston road.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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SUPER=01-George Lester/Job Link; :52
OUT Q=News 7 Richmond
(( John Warner says he's filing a bill immediately to re-authorize the six
year ISTEA road building act that helps pay the bills.
But even with a formula that's more generous to Virginia...
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((SEN. JOHN WARNER: IT'S GONNA BE A BATTLE ROYAL. WE'RE FIGHTING THE
NORTHEAST STATES. ANOTHER CHAPTER OF THE WAR OF NORTHERN AGGRESSION. WE'RE
GONNA HAVE A REAL FIGHT.))
So IF Warner wins, that means Virginia gets between 60 and 280 million more
dollars a year -- and the Roanoke to state line portion of I-73 could cost a
BILLION dollars by itself.
And it's in competition with projects in Virginia that are just as near and
dear to lawmakers' hearts.
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((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: PUT IT REAL STARK FOR
YOURSELVES. I-81 GOES THROUGH MANY OF YOUR DISTRICTS.... DESIGNATED ROUTE.))
Southside manufacturers are NOT cheering.
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((GEORGE LESTER/JOB LINK: WELL I'M EXCITED THAT WE'RE MOVING ALONG AS WE ARE.
I'M FRUSTRATED THAT WE'RE NO FURTHER ALONG THAN WE ARE.... 15 YEARS TO 20 YEARS
-- THAT'S A LONG TIME....MAY BE SHELVED ALTOGETHER. AND THAT'S A CONCERN OF
So far, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has authorized only six
million dollars over the next few years for picking the exact route out of a
five mile wide corridor.
Money beyond that is anybody's guess.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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Stay with us, when we return
Ted Stone catches up with some of the Valley's Voices from the Past.
Even though we don't hear from them with the same frequency, many of them are
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Some of the people we grew up with were people we never even saw.
They were the radio deejays who kept us company and played our favorite
So, whatever happened to those voices from the past?
News 7's Ted Stone went looking for some of them, and this week, he'll show
us what he found.
Tonight, he remembers a radio wizard who turned his back on his best friend.
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OUT Q=News 7.
((If you could go back in time to the Roanoke of the mid-'70s, and ask
people "what makes this city unique?", some of the answers you'd get would
include the Mill Mountain Star, the headquarters of the N-and-W Railway -- and
((BART PRATER: IT'S 98 DEGREES AT THREE O'CLOCK.))
From 1968 until 1981, Prater's wit and gruff delivery helped make WROV-AM
one of the top radio stations in the valley.
In 1975, Billboard Magazine named him the nation's "Radio Personality of The
Year" for markets under one-million people.
((BART PRATER/FORMER WROV DISC JOCKEY: GOT ME A TRIP TO CALIFORNIA AND SOME JOB
OFFERS, AND IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. I GOT TO MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
He was probably the most well-known deejay in Roanoke. Yet as is typical in
radio, the listeners never knew him very well.
((BART PRATER/FORMER WROV DISC JOCKEY: PEOPLE ALWAYS THOUGHT I WAS RELATIVELY
NUTS AND OUTGOING, AND I'M NOT. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY QUIET AND WITHDRAWN.
THE MICROPHONE WAS MY BEST FRIEND. I WOULD TELL IT EVERYTHING. SOMETIMES I
WOULD TELL IT THINGS I SHOULDN'T.))
For example: something he once told that friend about fellow deejay Rob
((BART PRATER: AND SOMETHING HAD ANNOYED HIM. AND I SAID "AND BOY, DID THAT
PERTURB O'BRADY OFF." AND THEN I REALIZED WHAT I HAD SAID. BECAUSE I WAS SO
COMFORTABLE WITH THIS MICROPHONE, YOU KNOW. AND TURNED LIKE SEVEN SHADES OF
RED. COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. AND THEN I SAID "WELL, IT DID!" AND WENT ON.))
Prater eventually did a stint at K-92, then walked away from the microphone
in the late '80s.
Today, the man once known as the "Wizard of Rock" is an engineering wizard
at public radio station WVTF in Roanoke.
((BART PRATER: IT'S A LOT OF FUN. IT'S JUST A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO BE
DOING, INSTEAD OF SITTING IN A STUDIO ALL DAY, WHICH IS THE WAY I LIVED MY LIFE
When he checks out radio stations today, he doesn't always like what he
((BART PRATER: PEOPLE READING THESE LITTLE FLIP CARDS. YOU KNOW, "WXXX, WHERE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN SO LONG TO HEAR A SONG YOU DON'T LIKE." AND I'M GOING
"WHAT?" I THINK THAT WAS THE BIG CHANGE. IT BECAME RESEARCH-DRIVEN.))
So, will the Wizard and his best friend get back together again?
((BART PRATER: I THINK I SAID EVERYTHING I HAD TO SAY. TWICE.))
O.K, but friends are always ready to listen.
Ted Stone, News 7.))
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Tomorrow on Voices From The Past, we'll meet a deejay who's being heard in
Roanoke now, years after he made his mark in Lynchburg at the old W-L-L-L.
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((VOICE OF DISC JOCKEY: I'M A DINOSAUR IN THIS MARKET, REALLY.))
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The Chicago Bulls welcomed one of their most famous players back into the
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The Worm, Dennis Rodman has rejoined the Bulls for practice today after
sitting out an 11 game suspension for kicking a camerman during a Bulls game.
Now your numbers.
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The Virginia tech mens basketball team lost to La Salle tonight 59-56 in an
Atlantic 10 game in Philadelphia. The Hokies trailed 34-28 at the half. Tech
outscored La Salle 28-25 in the second half, but it was not enough. Ace Custis
had a double double with 14 points and 12 boards, Troy Manns scored 10 points
while Keefe Mathews was the Hokies leading scorer with 16. Tech is now 13 and
10 overall and 6 and 5 in the conference.
The top two teams in the Big South, Liberty and UNC-Asheville, met at the
Vine center in Lynchburg.
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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.
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Erik Sorenson with the outlet to Marcus White, but UNC Asheville pulls out the
Radford had better luck last night as the Highlanders improved to 12 and 10
overall, 6 and 4 in the Big South by dropping Winthrop at the Dedmon Bubble.
SUPER=03-Radford/Eagles vs. Highlanders;
The Highlanders knew a combined inside/outside effort would aid their cause.
In the first half, the Highlanders waisted little time in lighting up the
scoreboard. Marquis Williamson drives through traffic for the lay up.
Winthrop used the long ball to stay close. Tyson Watterman drains the three
pointer from the top of the key.
But R-U was just to strong. Anthony Walker, who had a team high 16 points, gets
one of his 5 assists, dishing to Eric Bowens for the bucket and Radford goes on
to win 88-74.
The Roanoke mens basketball team broke a five game losing streak last night
and avenged a defeat at the same time, by downing Lynchburg 84-71 at the Bast
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Right to the action. In the second half, Maroons up 43-36; Nathan Hungate is
gonna work the entire floor, giving to John Mayer for the basket.
Roanoke's Jason Bishop would lead all Maroon scorers with 18 points
including this trey from the wing and SUPER=33-Roanoke/84/Lynchburg/71;
Page Moir's team was on fire.
The Hornets tried to stay within striking distance. Chris Wheeling hits
the jumper but the lead for Roanoke was still 20.
Derek Byrant, the pride of Franklin County, would tie Roanoke's all time
career three point basket record with three on the night. He ties Ron
Pendelton. Roanoke wins 84-71.
GRAPHIC=New York Jets
Valentine's day came early for the NFL's worst team, the commissioner and
another team today.
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Former Patriot coach Bill Parcells is now able to coach the New York Jets
immediatley thanks to NFL commisioner Paul Tagliabue, who worked out a deal
with New England where the Patriots will get the Jets' third and fourth round
draft picks this year, a 2nd round pick next year, a first round pick in 1999
and 300 thousand dollars for team charities.
Still more sports on the way, including Riddick Bowe's introduction to the
and Mike Stevens will have a report from Speedweeks 97 in daytona.
To the Ring. Tests show that heavy weight contender Oliver McCall, who quit
in his fight against Lennox Lewis the other night, was not on drugs during the
fight. Nevada Boxing officals are still investigating.
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In other boxing news, former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe began boot
camp today. Bowe reported to Parris Island today. He is headed for basic
training after joining the Marine Reserves.