Government regulation of tobacco as a drug.
The issue debated in court today, and we'll sum that up for you in a moment
on NEWS 7.
And we'll re-introduce you to a mild mannered deejay who says he's actually
"very quiet and withdrawn."
If you remember Bart Prater, you may wonder about that.
ANCHOR=Mike ON TAPE
IN Q=Well as you
((WELL AS YOU CAN PROBABLY SEE, IT WAS NOT A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
HERE IN DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA. NONE THE LESS, WE'LL JOIN YOU LIVE WITH OUR
FIRST REPORT FROM SPEEDWEEKS 97...OR IS IT SPEED-WET 97? ROBIN, WE NEED YOUR
HELP DOWN HERE.))
OUT Q=your help down here.
You got it Mike, a least until Thursday and Friday, when more rain is headed
your way and perhaps some by in our neighborhood.
The issue is being debated more than 100 miles away... but the ramifications
hit much closer to home.
Does the Food and Drug Administration have the right to regulate tobacco?
That decision will ultimately be made in a North Carolina courtroom.
Lawyers representing tobacco companies said today the F-D-A never got
Congressional authority to control tobacco.
And thus the rules the government is attempting to implement are not legal.
On February 28th, a set of government regulations is expected to take
They include no tobacco sponsorships of sporting events and a ban on hats
and t- shirts.
Lawyers representing the F-D-A argued the government does have the right to
set these rules.
The judge- -who is a former tobacco lobbyist- -says it could take up to 10
weeks to reach a decision.
A Pittsylvania County man accused of killing his wife has two weeks to hire
his own attorney.
34- year old Timothy Wayne Abbott was arraigned this morning in Juvenile and
Domestic Relations court.
Abbott was arrested Saturday night for allegedly shooting and killing his
wife outside the home they shared in the Keeling community.
Sheriff's officials say 31- year old Melissa Faye Holland Abbott was shot
once in the chest and died at the scene.
Authorities say they still don't have a motive.
Abbott is being held without bond.
A Lynchburg man is standing trial for his part in a deadly confrontation
outside a Hill City night club last summer.
20- year- old Troy A. Brown is charged with gunning down 18- year- old
Derrick Crews in the early morning hours of July 27th.
The two men 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 tomorrow morning.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
It wasn't on the agenda, but it quickly became topic number one.
Virginia's now UNconstitutional third congressional district was gingerly
discussed today as Governor George Allen hosted the state's congressional
delegation for a working lunch.
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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 WHO ARE IN THIS CASE.))
OUT Q=in this case.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore sat with third district Congressman Bobby Scott
A General Assembly briefing on possible re-districting was canceled because
Gilmore has NOT decided whether to appeal Friday's ruling.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
voices we grew up with.
Ted Stone begins a series of reports on some of the disc jockeys
who changed the sound of radio in Roanoke and Lynchburg.
Tonight, a visit with a deejay once considered one of the best in the
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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The era of the interstate is over.
That's the word today from Virginia Transportation Secretary Robert
Martinez, who says federal dollars are increasingly hard to come by for big
And news that frustrates southwest and southside Virginians who support
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's the latest on the project?
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
Keith, with Virginia's Washington delegation in town, Henry County Delegate
Ward Armstrong called together all the interested parties for an update on
Last year, there were cheers and pats on the back from Roanoke and
Martinsville for Senator John Warner -- who chairs the committee that picked
the road's route through Virginia.
But this year, the news is grimmer.
IN Q=John Warner
SUPER=01-George Lester/Job Link; :52
OUT Q=concern of mine.
(( 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
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
So far, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has authorized six million
dollars over the next few years for picking the exact route out of a five mile
corridor designated now.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
Money beyond that is anybody's guess.
(Keith question: So is anyone suggesting the state earmark some?)
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
Well, beyond the public hearings over the exact route, that's the next big
Supporters of the road aren't too shy to suggest raising the sales tax,
designating toll roads, or selling bonds to raise more state funds.
The deputy director of the D-E-A says laws legalizing the medical use of
marijuana won't stop his agents from arresting people who grow it, and
penalizing doctors who prescribe it.
Greg Williams spoke to a meeting of Virginia police chiefs in Roanoke today.
He maintains referendums passed in California and Arizona allowing medical
marijuana are part of a national-wide effort to legalize drugs.
On the other hand, Williams acknowledged that some people distributing the
drug are simply trying to relieve suffering.
IN Q=will DEA go out
((GREG WILLIAMS/ DEA DEPUTY DIRECTOR; WILL DEA GO OUT AND ARREST ALL
PRACTITIONERS? PROBABLY NOT.
IF WE IDENTIFY PRACTITIONERS THAT ARE TRULY IN IT JUST FOR MAKING MONEY AND
PROFITING BY THIS, WE WILL MAKE INVESTIGATIONS WITH THE LOCAL DEPARTMENTS.
SUPER=01-Greg Williams/DEA Deputy Director;
OUT Q=the local departments
Efforts to overturn Virginia's law legalizing medical marijuana are
currently stalled in a state senate committee.
A year after he surprised a lot of his fellow Republicans in the primaries,
former presidential candidate Steve Forbes says he's "not" ruling out another
run at political office.
Forbes was in Lynchburg today, addressing students and faculty at Liberty
The champion of the flat tax, Forbes also tackled the issues of education,
abortion and moral decay...all things he wants to see addressed in the next
IN Q=Can't rule anything
((STEVE FORBES/FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: CAN'T RULE ANYTHING IN OR OUT AT
THIS STAGE. WHAT I AM DOING IS LAUNCHING AN ORGANIZATION CALLED `AMERICANS FOR
HOPE, GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY', TO PROMOTE THESE ISSUES SO THAT WE DO GET A
POSITIVE AGENDA ON THE NATIONAL AGENDA IN 1998 AND THE YEAR 2000.))
SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/Former Presidential Candidate; :00
OUT Q=the year 2000.
Forbes was invited to Liberty after speaking at several prayer breakfasts
with the Reverend Jerry Falwell.
Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts is scheduled to appear next month.
On Wall Street the Dow started the week with a loss, DOWN 49 points, closing
at 68 hundred seven.
NASDAQ dropped 22 points.
GRAPHIC=Voices From The Past
**Note Anchor Tag with Wipe**
If you grew up listening to the radio -- if you ever had a favorite song --
then you probably had a favorite disc jockey.
The old songs are still around, but whatever happened to those radio voices
from the past?
Recently, News 7's Ted Stone went looking for a few of the deejays many of
us remember. In a five-part series this week, he'll be showing us what he
Tonight, he has an update on a Roanoke deejay who once made national
IN Q=For almost
SUPER=01-Bart Prater/Former WROV Disc Jockey; :49
OUT Q=News 7.
((For almost 30 years, WROV-AM was one of the top radio stations in the
With a signal that barely reached Bedford, the station relied on a
procession of talented disc jockeys to keep listeners tuning in.
All of them were part of the station's success, but it's doubtful any of
them achieved as much recognition as a lanky guy from Marion with an
((BART PRATER/FORMER WROV DISC JOCKEY: IT'S 98 DEGREES AT THREE O'CLOCK.))
((BART PRATER/FORMER WROV DISC JOCKEY: IT WAS A HOT LITTLE RADIO STATION. ONE
KILOWATT OF AM, BUT IT WAS A DOMINATE STATION.))
Bart Prater's growl radiated out on that one kilowatt from 1968 until 1981.
But as with other deejays, the listeners never know him as well as they
thought they did.
((BART PRATER/FORMER WROV DISC JOCKEY: THE MICROPHONE WAS MY BEST FRIEND. I
WOULD TELL IT EVERYTHING. PEOPLE ALWAYS THOUGHT I WAS RELATIVELY NUTS AND
OUTGOING, AND I'M NOT. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY QUIET AND WITHDRAWN.))
That didn't stop him from tormenting WROV's owner, the late Burt Levine,
with some devilish practical jokes.
((BART PRATER: FIND THE FISH. THAT WAS A FAVORITE ONE OF MINE. I'D GO FISHING
DOWN BEHIND THE RADIO STATION EVERY DAY ON MY LUNCH BREAK AND CATCH A BREAM,
AND PUT IT IN THE BUILDING SOMEWHERE. AND THEN PEOPLE WOULD HOPEFULLY FIND IT
EVENTUALLY. ONE LASTED FOR TWO WEEKS MOUNTED ON A PLAQUE IN THE FRONT LOBBY,
AND FINALLY BURT NOTICED IT.))
In 1975, Billboard Magazine named Prater the nation's "Radio Personality of
The Year" for markets under one-million people.
((BART PRATER: 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 passed up the offers and stayed in Roanoke, and did a stint at K-92 in
These days, Bart and his best friend are no longer on speaking terms. Yet
they're never far apart.
He's now an engineer at public radio station WVTF, helping to bring you the
hits by Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi.
((VOICE OF BART PRATER: ALSO CHANGE THE LIGHTBULBS.))
The deejay once known as the "Wizard of Rock" admits he's even developing a
taste for classical music.
As for his own future on the air -- don't start scanning the dial.
((BART PRATER: I THINK I SAID EVERYTHING I HAD TO SAY. TWICE.))
He may have signed off for good in Roanoke, but there's an echo of the old
Wizard in the air up north. His son is a deejay at station in Detroit.
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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IN Q=I'm a dinosaur
((VOICE OF DISC JOCKEY: I'M A DINOSAUR IN THIS MARKET, REALLY.))
OUT Q=this market, really.
MIke Stevens will join us live from Daytona with a speedweeks report on a
rather damp day, The maroons talk about turning things around tonight against
and the Express man handled the Renegades early and held on for a win,
highlights in sports.
The final week of preparations for this Sunday's Daytona 500 were put on
hold today as rain saturated the 2.5 mile oval.
DOUBLE BOX/MIKE AND STEVE
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller braved the elements earlier today and
Mike now joins us from the Speedway, Mike I hope this bad weather is not a sign
SUPER=06-Daytona Beach, FL; :00
MIKE ADD LIBS INTO INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SKINNER.
SUPER=01-Mike Skinner/Daytona 500 Pole Winner; :00
VO-NAT Rolled from Starlink
SUPER=04-Saturday; :(B ROLLED OVER SECOND QUESTION)
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :(B-ROLLED OVER 3RD QUESTIONS)
MIKE ADD LIBS AND TOSSES BACK TO STEVE.
MIKE AND STEVE DOUBLE BOX
The Valentine month has been more like the heartbreak tour for the Roanoke
College mens basketball team. The Maroons have lost all 5 February ODAC
contests. But Page Moir is keeping the regular season in perspective
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...in my eyes
Roanoke lost to Lynchburg last Monday, the third loss of the current 5 game
OUT Q=...rights back"
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
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In the NBA, the East beat the West in the all star game yesterday. Charlotte
Hornet Glen Rice captured the MVP trophy with his 26 point performance.
While no one could question Rice's game, everyone was wondering wether or
not this was Jordan's last all star game.
((MICHAEL JORDAN/CHICAGO BULLS FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Micheal Jordan/Chicago Bulls Guard; :00
OUT Q=...old i am"
The Express returns to the Round House ice Wednesday night to face the
SUPER=03-Richmond/Express vs. Renegades; :00
Last Night, the east division 4th place Express beat the 2nd place
Renegades 4-3 in Richmond thanks to Jeff Loder's hat trick! Loder Scored 2 of
his three under 30 second a part in the 2nd period.
Richmond did fight back, as Roanoke's SUPER=38-Roanoke/4/Richmond/3;
Jason Smith and Tommy Holmes get into it.
The Renegades mounted a late charge but Express Goalie Dave Gagnon turned
away shot after shot after shot as Roanoke holds on for the 4-3 win.
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SUPER=331-Slow Clearing/Light Winds/23-26/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW-10/38-42;
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SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Snow Flurries/24-26/Partly Cloudy/Wind W-10/34-38;
(toss to Jean)
Last week it was the State of the Union address.. this week it's the state
of the city...the city of Lynchburg that is.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon is here to tell us about that.
Keith, Lynchburg mayor Jim Whitaker will deliver his annual state of the
city address tonight from city hall..
Whitaker is the only Hill City mayor to give this kind of speech... in the
past he's touched on the economic health of the city, and the major issues he
sees confronting Lynchburg in the coming year.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11. Keith?
And for the region's first TEN O'clock newscast,
Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen
tune in to News-7 Prime Time
It's on Channel 38 "over the air," and on a lot of cable systems. For
example we're on Cable Channel nine in Lynchburg.
And don't forget to tune in to News 7 at 11, right here on W-D-B-J.