Buying and selling for some major Roanoke companies, and we're not talking
And a White House panel has a long lists of ideas to protect jetliners from
Partly Sunny skies today, with temperatures in the upper 30's and lower
40's. We'll examine all the forecast details in just a few minutes.
Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.
Takeovers were the topic of choice with two of the area's most prominent
Len Besthoff has details.
IN Q=Less than
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Blum/Innotech Founder; :14
SUPER=01-Bernie Walsh/Johnson & Johnson; :37
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
A year after selling its stock to the public, Innotech is being bought out.
The eyeglass lens and lens casting machine maker will be purchased by
Johnson- and- Johnson, a leader in the personal health care product industry.
SOT innotech tape 04:49:28
((RON BLUM/INNOTECH FOUNDER: JOHNSON AND JOHNSON ALLOWS US TO JUST REALLY
EXPAND AND GROW AND THE RESOURCES THAT THEY BRING TO BEAR MAKE IT SO WONDERFUL
FOR US TO PENETRATE THE GLOBAL MARKETS TO INTRODUCE NEW PRODUCTS.))
OUT Q=new products.
Innotech and J- and- J agree their deal should not affect Innotech's
previous plan to have upwards of 500 employees in Roanoke over the next three
to four years.
SOT INNOTECH TAPE 04:56:18
IN Q=We're very
((BERNIE WALSH/JOHNSON & JOHNSON: WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THAT IT'S GONNA BE A
VERY SUCCESSFUL GROWTH OPPORTUNITY FOR JOHNSON & JOHNSON AND THE ROANOKE
OUT Q=Roanoke area.
An hour before Innotech's announcement, Advance Auto Parts of Roanoke said
it's exploring a possible sale.
The third largest chain of its kind has been based here since 1932, and the
news got this reaction from the city.
SOT innotech tape 03:51:07
IN Q=We always
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: WE ALWAYS LIKE TO HAVE A LOCALLY OWNED,
HEADQUARTERED COMPANIES HERE IN ROANOKE, BUT THE REALITY IS, AS THIS BECOMES AN
INTERNATIONAL, GLOBAL MARKETPLACE, IS THAT SOMETIMES, THESE ACQUISITIONS CAN
HAPPEN, AND SOMETIMES THEY CAN HAVE VERY POSITIVE EFFECTS ON THE COMMUNITY.))
OUT Q=the community.
SOT 11pm standup tape 17:43:09
((Advance Auto wouldn't explain why it's thinking about going on the selling
block, or if it would sell shares of the company to the public. One industry
analyst says that scenario probably won't happen. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
Passenger profiles, bomb-sniffing dogs and better training of security
Those are some of the 53 recommendations in a report on air safety being
issued today by a White House commission.
The President formed the panel after the T-W-A disaster last summer.
The panel wants the government to look for ways to protect airliners from
Meantime, on Capitol Hill, a promise to work together.
President Clinton and Republican leaders met yesterday, pledging to
cooperate on welfare reform, education, crime, and improving the District of
(( TRENT LOTT/SENATE MAJORITY LEADER:IT WAS AN OVERALL GOOD SESSION, AND THE
ATMOSPHERE WAS THE BEST I'VE SEEN IT IN QUITE SOME TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Trent Lott/Senate Majority Leader;
OUT Q=IN QUITE SOME TIME.
Several key issues notably absent from the talks were: campaign finance
reform, toxic waste clean-up, and expanding children's health care coverage.
Convicted killer James Henry Burley
says he did not murder two people.
Burley blamed the murders of two women on a friend of his named Sammy Lee
He says he never spoke up because he was protecting Brown.
The judge, however, upheld the jury verdicts and sentenced Burley to two
consecutive life terms.
IN Q=It's always satisfying
((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: IT'S ALWAYS SATISFYING WHEN A JURY VERDICT'S UPHELD. I
THINK THAT'S THE STRENGTH OF OUR SYSTEM.. TWELVE CITIZENS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE
COMMUNITY, SIT DOWN AND DECIDE WHAT THE CASE SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT. AND I THINK
THE JUDGE REAFFIRMED THAT AND THAT'S A GOOD THING TO HAVE HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=to have happen.
Burley's attorneys say they're considering an appeal.
Ten minutes was all in took for a Lynchburg jury to decide on a 23-year
prison term for convicted murdered Troy A Brown.
Brown was found guilty of shooting to death 18- year- old Derrick Crews
during a confrontation last summer.
The sentence was the lightest Brown could have gotten for a FIRST degree
IN Q=I'm satisfied
((MIKE DOUCETTE/PROSECUTOR: I'M SATISFIED WITH TWENTY YEARS AND THREE YEARS,
AND I CAN GO HOME AND SLEEP JUST FINE WITH THAT.))
SUPER=01-Mike Doucette/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=fine with that.
Brown will be back in court after a pre-sentence report is prepared.
Published reports suggest an increased focus on family members in the
JonBonet Ramsey murder case.
The Denver Post reports the parents of the six- year- old beauty queen have
been asked to give additional handwriting samples.
Police have also reportedly taken hair, blood and writing samples from a man
who played Santa Claus at the Ramsey home three days before the murder.
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The interim president at the Citadel says he expects charges to be filed
against male cadets accused of hazing and harassing female cadets.
The F-B-I and state officials are now investigating the allegations.
President R. Clifton Poole believes authorities will make an example of the
Meantime, Poole says a 12th male cadet will be disciplined in
the case after being implicated in a sworn statement by one of the
In Bridgeport, Connecticut, the night started with four children watching
T-V and playing, it ended with an 8- year- old girl dead and a ten- year- old
charged in the death.
Police say the girls may have been imitating a shooting scene from a
violent rap video.
Dennis House reports.
SUPER=01-Leatrice Gatners/Victim's Sister;:00
SUPER=03-Bridgeport, CT; :12
SUPER=01-John Donovan/Bridgeport Police; 1:06
SUPER=01-Dennis House/Reporting; 1:18
OUT Q=I'm Dennis House.
State officials predicted the State Board of Juvenile Justice will recertify
Roanoke's Juvenile Detention Home in March.
They say they're impressed with improvements at the center.
Board members and officials from the Department of Juvenile Justice toured
the detention center at Coyner Springs.
The facility has been on probation for violating a variety of state
standards, but the city has made substantial progress since then.
IN Q=I think the city has certainly
((RON BATLINER/DEPT. OF JUVENILE JUSTICE: I THINK THE CITY HAS CERTAINLY TAKEN
THIS SITUATION VERY SERIOUSLY. THEY'VE DEVOTED A LOT OF EFFORT AND RESOURCES TO
TURNING THINGS AROUND AND I THINK THEY'VE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB TURNING THINGS
SUPER=01-Ron Batliner/Va. Dept. of Juvenile Justice;
OUT Q=turning things around.
The vote probably won't come until the board's meeting in March, but
officials expect the detention center to be certified for one year, with a
status report required after three months.
She admitted to having a cocaine habit while she was a teacher in the Salem
And for Penny Stallins, that addiction eventually led to a six month jail
sentence for possesion with intent to distribute the drug.
Because of that, Salem school officials were prepared to strip Stallins of
her teaching certificate.
But yesterday afternoon, Stallins wound up submitting a voluntary request
for cancellation of her certificate.
The school board was still given the option of revoking it... but instead
accepted Stallins request.
A new approach to learning has some students excited to go to school.
The curriculum goes beyond the standard three "R's."
Students are also learning how to be government leaders, work in business,
and forecast the weather.
Andrew Freiden visits this unique school.
IN Q=the student mayor
SUPER=01-Whitney Denson/Fifth Grade; :10
SUPER=01-Rashad Anderson/Fifth Grade; :26
SUPER=00-Amanda Hartley/Tour Guide; :35
SUPER=01-Dustin Shumate/Student Weatherman; 1:03
OUT Q=Andrew Freiden, News 7;
(( The student mayor of Huff lane micro village joined forces with Roanoke's
mayor at the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Students and teachers alike say a new attitude has taken over their school.
WHITNEY DENSON/FIFTH GRADE: I USED TO JUST WAKE UP, SAY MOM-- I DON'T WANT TO
GET UP, DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL, BUT NOW, I GET UP, MAKE MY BED, DO ALL THIS
STUFF, GET ON THE BUS, AND GO TO SCHOOL!
At the open house, Student guides lined the halls, and gave parents and
visitors their money's worth.
RASHAD ANDERSON/5TH GRADE: WE WERE JUST LIKE AN ORDINARY SCHOOL, BUT NOW, SINCE
WE'VE GOT THE VILLAGE AND ALL THE MICRO MONEY, IT'S LIKE A NEW SCHOOL.
AMANDA HARTLEY/TOUR GUIDE: THIS LAB WILL STORE A DIE CUTTER, A PAD PRESSER, A
LASER COLOR PRINTER, AND A POSTER MAKER.
The students also have their own government, make and sell their own
products and even print their own money.
They also have their own TV station, that produces a daily show with
important information for each day like...
CARISSA KEITH/STUDENT ANCHOR: WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
State of the art technology helps with the weather reports. And the weatherman
says he's learning skills for the future:
IT'S GOING TO HELP ME KNOW WHERE THE STATES IS AND KNOW WHAT THE WEATHER'S
Enrollment is up, and test scores are showing that the micro village is
THANKS FOR COMING TO OUR SCHOOL!
Andrew Freiden, News7.))
Two houses were destroyed in an early morning blaze on Melrose Avenue.
Firefighters say the fire started suspiciously in an abandoned house.
It destroyed that house and the house next door, which was occupied.
No one was injured.
A third house was threatened, but firefighters managed to contain the blaze.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Sports fans want the city of Lynchburg to pinch hit financially.
The proposed sports complex is in need of funding.
Supporters of the 15- million dollar project asked city council last night
to buy the 170- acre plot of land and hold onto it while they try to raise the
money for the complex.
They add the future of the city's recreational programs is at stake.
IN Q=If the Sports
((STUART TURILLE/SPORTS CAPITAL OF VA. CHAIRMAN: IF THE SPORTS COMPLEX IS TO
HAVE A HOPE OF MOVING FORWARD, SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN. THE SIX OF YOU ARE THE
ONLY PEOPLE IN THE CITY WHO CAN REASONABLY TAKE THE NEXT STEP. WE WANT TO HELP
YOU, BUT WE HAVE GONE AS FAR AS WE CAN GO WITHOUT YOU.))
SUPER=01-Stuart Turille/Sports Capital of Va. Chairman; :00
OUT Q=go without you.
Opponents of the project said to council last night "we told you so."
IN Q=Don't fund something
((PROJECT OPPONENT: DON'T FUND SOMETHING THAT WE TOLD YOU WHEN YOU FIRST GOT
THIS STARTED IN TALKING ABOUT THIS COMPLEX WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, AND THAT WAS
THAT THEY WERE GOING TO COME TO YOU TO ASK FOR MONEY AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.
IF PRIVATE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DO IT, LET THEM DO IT.))
OUT Q=let them do it.
No action was taken on the Sports Authority's request.
Council also met in executive session to discuss a replacement for the late
councilman Junius Haskins.
They adjourned without saying whether a choice had been made.
Virginia's state song is a controversial subject.
Grammy- winning pop star Bruce Hornsby gave his opinion on Virginia's
He says the state needs to retire "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia."
IN Q=Oh absolutely
((OH ABSOLUTELY IT'S A GOOD THING TO GET RID OF THAT SONG. IT'S SO OFFENSIVE
TO SO MANY PEOPLE FOR SO LONG. I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE BLASTED IT OUT WHEN
DOUG WILDER ORIGINALLY BROUGHT IT UP BACK IN WHAT '71 OR SO.))
OUT Q=71 or so.
Hornsby is a Williamsburg native who stopped off at the Capitol yesterday
for a quick hello.
He says writing a new state song would be a tough assignment.
In Arizona, a 10- year- old autistic boy and his brother are on safe ground
after being stuck on a 120- foot high- voltage tower for two hours.
John McNeil climbed to the top of the tower yesterday afternoon.
His 17- year- old brother then climbed up after him.
They were lowered to the ground in a cherry picker.
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If you were thinking La Maison would be a nice place for a romantic
Valentine's Day dinner,
The up-scale restaurant went on the auction block yesterday, SO suddenly
that it was news to the man who's run the kitchen here for the past two
The tables were set for dinner last night, but reservations were not
Thomas Taylor had been running the restaurant and was trying to buy the
place. He handed over the keys to the property owners Saturday.
IN Q=My understanding
((JIM WOLTZ/AUCTIONEER: MY UNDERSTANDING WAS HE WAS TRYING TO COME UP WITH SOME
FUNDS TO CLOSE ON THE LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT AND WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN COMING
UP WITH THE SECONDARY FINANCING.
And wound up defaulting?
IT APPEARS THAT WAY, YES.))
OUT Q=that way, Yes.
The auction will be held sometime in the next couple of months.
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-3)
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Highland ended a decade of frustration in an old fashion Pioneer district
game between the second place Chargers and the third place Rams.
SUPER=03-Warm Springs/Rams vs. Chargers; :00
Highland's Bryan Werner gets the ball inside to Jacob Hull who nails the
shot and the game is tied in the first half.
The Chargers' Adam Grist gets the the ball to Eric Essex who puts up the
shot. Bath led by 2 points.
Josh SUPER=33-Highland/75/Bath Co./68;
Perdue knocks down the three pointer.
Brian Cauley gives to Grist who snaps the net with the trey, but Highland
beats Bath for the first time in 10 years 75-68.
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-2)
William Fleming faced Pulaski on home turf yesterday.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Cougars vs. Colonels;
The Lady Colonels would break the Pulaski press early. Shaunary Walker finds
Elizibeth Lawrence for the bucket.
But Pulaski came right back. Katrina Williams finds Sarah Donald for the
basket and the score was tied.
Fleming answered, Walker then dishes to Klaun Trent who
SUPER=33-Pulaski/74/William Fleming/58 ;
buries the jumper from the top of the key,
But the Cougars were too strong as they improve to 17 and 1 on the season.
TAPE#=net (edit of VB97-1)
The Virginia Cavaliers hosted 6th ranked Duke.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Blue Devils vs. Cavaliers; :00
The Cavaliers Colin Ducharme nails the baby hook in the lane to get the
University hall crowd fired up.
Norman Nolan continued his solid performance. Nolan grabs the rebound and
slams home the basket.
Duke's Steve Wojohowski pulled the Blue Devils to within one point in the
first half with this long bomb.
And he hit the game winning free throw with time running out as Duke beats
U-V-a 62 to 61.
Dennis Rodman drew the spotlight with his return to the court as the
Charlotte Hornets took on the Bulls in the Windy City.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Hornets vs. Bulls; :00
Rodman was out of the line up for almost two weeks.
But Charlotte's Glen Rice was the one with the firey touch early in the
game. He downs the jumper from near the top of the key.
Rodman was his vintage self, collecting this rebound, doing what he does
best, and scoring on the play.
Then, watch Mugsy Bogues make the bullet pass to Rice for the hoop, but the
Bulls top the Hornets 103 to 100.
If you are thinking of getting your loved one a pet for a Valentine'S
surprise, you may want to stay away from exotic pets, like lions.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
This lion cub is called Koh-Sha.
She was smuggled illegally into the United States from Africa, then sold in
a pet store.
A Cleveland resident tried to raise the cub as a pet, but that didn't work.
The cub was just too difficult to handle.
IN Q=We can't just
SUPER=01-Kathi Travers/Exotic Animal Expert;
OUT Q=as possible.
Now the A-S-P-C-A has brought Koh-sha to New York.
The cub will eventually get a new home on the West Coast, but she can never
go back into the wild.