(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... CHINA IS MOURNING THE
DEATH OF COMMUNIST PARTY PATRIARCH DENG XIAOPING (DUNG CHOW PING).
TWO FERRUM COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS WILL SPEND TIME BEHIND BARS FOR STARTING
A FIGHT WITH A FELLOW PLAYER ON CAMPUS. ))
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It's Wednesday, February 19th- our Top Story
Parents of a handful of suspended students at George Wythe High School say
a punishment for alleged racial incidents is too harsh.
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Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
Apparent racial incidents at the high school are generating controversy in
The parents of at least four white students are now asking the school board
to overturn the punishment.
Ten students were reportedly suspended for tying their jacket drawstrings
But black parents contend the suspensions are too lenient.
Earlier this week, members of the group, Concerned Citizens Network,
complained that black students have been subjected to repeated slurs and other
The school board is expected to consider a request to overturn the
suspensions at its meeting next month.
Two Ferrum College football players have been punished by the school and the
This afternoon, 19- year- old Al Anderson and 19- year- old David Cooper
were convicted of assaulting one of their teammates last month.
Both have been kicked out of school and will serve three days in the
Franklin County Jail.
The incident happened during a pickup basketball game at the school's
Linebacker Wes Mattera said he was badly beaten after his team won the game.
IN Q=It's really
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IT'S REALLY JUST A
HOT- TEMPERED THING THAT GREW OUT OF A GAME. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED IN ANY
BASKETBALL GAME ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ))
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Two players were acquitted... 18- year- old Michael Bryant and starting
running back Maurice Clark.
A suspicious death this morning in the Buffalo Mountain section of Floyd
The Floyd County Sheriff's department discovered a body at a home on route
State police and local authorities are on the lookout for a car missing from
Authorities are still investigating the death, and are awaiting autopsy
One person is dead following a shooting in Giles County tonight.
Sheriff's investigators say a woman was shot shortly before eight in a mobile
home off route 460 near the entrance to mountain lake.
Officials say at this point, the shooting appears to be accidental.
IN Q=A WHITE
((A WHITE FEMALE APPROX 20-22 YEARS WAS FOUND DECEASED.. THERE WERE TWO
INDIVIDUALS IN THE HOME. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING))
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/Giles Co. Investigator;
OUT Q=IS CONTINUING
Police are not releasing details-- and still no charges have been filed.
The last of the founding Communist revolutionary leaders in China is
93-year- old Deng Xiaoping (Dung Shauw-Ping)-- credited with stabilizing
the Chinese government and reforming the economy-- had been in failing health
President Clinton says Deng's (Dung's)leadership was a driving force
behind improved relations between the U-S and China.
His death could bring quiet or chaos to China-- depending on which analyst
CBS Washington Correspondent Rita Braver reports, on U-S concerns over how
the transition of power could play out.
IN Q=In returning
OUT Q= and Cambodia.
That was Rita Braver reporting.
To reiterate, the U.S believes that the current Chinese government will
stay in place-- one way to judge it will be to see how it handles the takeover
of Hong Kong later this year.
The clock is ticking on the 1997 General Assembly.
Budget negotiators have given themselves a 24-hour extension.
Debate has been delayed concerning abortion issues.
But finally today, both chambers signed off on a bill banning assisted
suicide in Virginia.
Consolidating two slightly different versions could still de-rail the ban,
but it finally puts the legislature on record.
IN Q=I think
((DEL. BILL MIMS/R-LOUDOUN CO.: I THINK THAT THIS TELLS SOMEONE LIKE DR.
KEVORKIAN OR THE DR. KEVORKIAN WANNA-BES THAT ARE OUT IN SOME OTHER STATES,
YOU'RE NOT WELCOMED IN VIRGINIA. IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT VIRGINIA ALREADY
HAS A DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bill Mims/(R) Loudoun Co.;
OUT Q=dignity act.
The ban has a 10- thousand dollar civil penalty for assisting one suicide --
a 100- thousand dollar fine for a second.
Amendments to make it tougher failed in the House.
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IN Q=Please send
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/R-MANASSAS: PLEASE SEND A MESSAGE TO SENIOR VIRGINIANS.
WE DO LOVE YOU, WE DON'T THINK THAT GIVE THEM MARIJUANA, GIVE THEM DEATH IS THE
WAY TO PROCEED.))
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((HOUSE SPEAKER TOM MOSS/D-NORFOLK: IT'S YOUR FUNERAL. NOT MINE. NO PUN
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :00
SUPER=01-House Speaker Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk; :12
OUT Q=intended there.
Unlike Virginia's legislature, Michigan chose a criminal penalty for
NO Michigan jury has yet enforced it against Dr. Kevorkian.
Abortion clinics had some help from the Supreme Court reinforcing their
OUT Q=nat sound
It's scenes like this the court was dealing with.
The justices today upheld permanent buffer zones around clinics.
The 15 foot barriers at clinic entrances, the court says- are O-K but it
ruled they should not be made any larger.
The justices said protestors are free to confront patients on the street.
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Still to come in the newscast-- Plans for two new elementary schools in
Bedford County may be held back for ANOTHER year.
And Carry Me Back will soon be stripped of its state song status-- if the
Governor agrees with the House and Senate--the story when NEWS-7 Primetime
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A two vehicle accident in Danville tonight stopped traffic for about an
hour along one of the city's busiest highways.
At least six people were injured when two cars collided on Route 58 at about
Emergency crews had to cut the roof off a station wagon to rescue several
victims who were apparently pinned inside.
At least one person was hurt in the other car.
Danville police have not released the victim's identities or the cause of
Labor investigators are still waiting to talk with a man who was severely
injured in yesterday's tank explosion in Campbell County.
33- year- old Jeffery Thomas Falls of Lynchburg was airlifted to the
University of Virginia Medical Center where he's listed in critical condition
in the burn unit.
His co-worker, 25- year- old James Earl Garrett was killed instantly by the
blast at W-E-L Incorporated in Concord.
Authorities say fumes inside the fuel tank the men were cutting may have
ignited, causing the tank to explode.
The issue of credit unions throwing huge auto tent sales was up for debate on
the floor today in Richmond.
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IN Q=I wondered
((I WONDERED FROM THE OUTSET WHY THE CREDIT UNIONS WERE SO INVOLVED...ARE
SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach;
OUT Q=taking place.
But Carroll County's Tom Jackson prevailed -- calling the tent sales a good
deal for "the little people."
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IN Q=I can't
((DEL. TOM JACKSON: I CAN'T IMAGINE A BETTER EXAMPLE OF FREE ENTERPRISE...MORE
ARM-TWISTING GOING ON ON THIS BILL THAN WILL EVER GO ON UNDER THESE TENTS.))
OUT Q=these tents.
So over the objections of car dealers, the ban was re-referred to committee
for another year of study.
It's now up to Governor George Allen to put the state song to rest.
The Senate cast the final vote on retiring "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia"
to "state song emeritus" status.
IN Q=In the new
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: IN THE NEW DOMINION I THINK IT'S TIME TO MOVE FORWARD...
((THERE ARE MANY THAT WOULD HAVE PREFERRED THAT IT REMAIN THE OFFICIAL STATE
SONG WITHOUT COMPROMISING IT TO THE STATE SONG EMERITUS. AND I SHARED THE VIEW
THAT WE SHOULD RETAIN IT AND JUST CHANGE SOME OF THE OBJECTIONABLE WORDS. I
DID FIND THAT AFTER I TOOK KIND OF A HIGH PROFILE WITH THE DISCUSSION ON IT,
THAT QUITE A NUMBER OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY, AND SOME OF THE MORE PROMINENT
LEADERS CONSIDER IT A PART OF THEIR HISTORY AND DIDN'T WANT TO SEE IT GO
SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co.; :11
OUT Q=go either.
There are NO formal plans to search for a new song as a part of this bill.
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Ahead on NEWS-7 Primetime
There are a lot of things to worry about when you go on a trip....but
despite one widespread rumor, losing your kidneys to the black market, does NOT
need to be on your list of concerns.
Tonight on primetime sports-- MIke has highlights from the Roanoke Valley
District girls basketball semifinals.
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Supporters of a plan to build two new elementary schools in Bedford County
were dealt another blow by the board of supervisors last night.
By a 4 to 3 vote, the board refused to apply for a three and a half million
dollar state loan.
The money would have paid to design the schools and buy the necessary land.
School officials say, at some point, the board is going to have to address
the overcrowding problem.
IN Q=When you approve
((DR. JOHN KENT/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WHEN YOU APPROVE A DEVELOPERS PLAN TO
TAKE 400 ACRES OF LAND AND HAVE 600 NEW RESIDENCES IN THAT 400 ACRES OF LAND,
THEN I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WOULD COME BACK A YEAR LATER AND SAY `WHY DO WE
SUPER=01-Dr. John Kent/School Superintendent; :00
OUT Q=we need schools.
Kent says Bedford County is the fastest growing area in western Virginia,
but also spends the least per student.
A Roanoke County company has become a hot commodity on Wall Street again.
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Optical Cable stock has been trading at more than 14 times its usual volume.
Its price has gone from the 10- dollar range to as much as 15- dollars.
The head of Optical Cable has several guesses for the stock's first big
run-up since last Summer.
A month ago, the company stated the stock was undervalued-- but adds people
may also be buying it because they want to purchase it before it goes up any
The stock actually dropped a little today, closing just under 16- dollars.
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Urban legends are frequently harmless rumors--but not always.
Consider this story spreading on the internet--
First, it is NOT TRUE....but here's how WE heard it:
A college student is visiting New Orleans and drinking at a bar.
Hours later, he wakes up in a strange bathtub, submerged in ice.
He learns from a note on the wall that his kidneys have been harvested-- to
be sold on the black market.
Again, this is all a hoax--
It's also impossible considering this country's tightly controlled system
of organ donation and allocation.
Still experts worry it could have a negative impact.
IN Q=A story like
((TOM REED/VOPA: A STORY LIKE THIS JUST UNDERMINES PEOPLE'S CONFIDENCE IN THAT
PROCESS AND BASICALLY UNDERMINES THEIR CONFIDENCE IN ORGAN DONATION IN GENERAL.
SUPER=01-Tom Reed/Va. Organ Procurement Agency; :
OUT Q=in general.
And that could mean these gruesome tales can be a major source of lost
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Our video pick tonight may be especially intriguing for Mel Gibson fans.
The actor was honored with Harvard University's Hasty Pudding award--
SUPER=75-Cambridge, MA; :
given to performers who've made contributions to the world of entertainment.
During the ceremony, Gibson proved it does take a brave heart to eat dog
food in public.
Reminiscent of his roles in Mad Max and Lethal Weapon-- he choked down some
dog food from a monogrammed dish, before sinking his teeth into a hearty dog
((IT FRESHENS YOUR BREATH AND HELPS PREVENT TARTAR. ))
SUPER=01-Mel Gibson/Actor; QUICK!
OUT Q=prevent tartar
Gibson also donned a red wig and plaid skirt-- while being presented with a
sparkly new bra-- the Hasty Pudding Cross Your BRAVEHEART bra.
As you saw, he was one step ahead though, revealing he had already begun
the evening in a leopard skin selection.
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Coming your way tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, highlights from
the girl's Roanoke Valley district semi-finals.
Plus, hoop highlights from the UVa-NC State showdown in Raleigh.
But first, the United States tennis association officially named the new
National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York - "Arthur Ashe Stadium" today.
The late Richmond native's wife was on hand for the announcement.
IN Q="The Arthur Ashe...
SUPER=07-Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe; :00
OUT Q=...and athlete."
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SUPER=0103-/N.Y. Rangers/1//New Jersey/1//Final In
Overtime//Hartford/2//Philadelphia/2//Going To Overtime/;
SUPER=0098-j/Minnesota #2/60//Ohio State/48///j/Kentucky #3/75//Alabama/61///;
SUPER=0098-/Wake Forest #4/24//N. Carolina #12/46/2//j/Maryland #14/76//Ga.
Tech/68//Terps 20th Win/;
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Over at Cave Spring tonight, The Girls opened play in the Roanoke Valley
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Cougars vs Eagles; :
Franklin County head coach Deborah Crockett setting up a play.
Pulaski county opened the scoring in the game Robyn Bower pulls up and hits
the jumper giving the Cougars the lead.
The Lady Eagles had to work for every point they god on this play Tina
McBride gets the loose ball and scores the basket.
But the Lady Cougars pulled away in SUPER=33-Pulaski Co./80/Franklin
Co./70/;the fourth quarter and Pulaski county advances with the 80 to 70 win
over Franklin County.
IN Q="We changed...
((BUDDY FARRIS/PULASKI CO. HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Buddy Farris/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=........first half."
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The Lady Colonels of William took on host Cave Spring in the nightcap.
The Lady Knights came out firing from outside Amy Causey hitting the
jumper from the corner.
Fleming struggled with its shot at the other end but Shaunarey Walker
drives to the hoop for the layup.
Cave Spring could go inside on SUPER=33-Cave Spring//William
Fleming//;this play Alyssa Redick takes it in and hits the jumper off the
glass and _____ goes on to win it ____ to _____.
The Virginia Cavaliers were on the road tonight in Raleigh in need of a win
over a dangerous N.C. State team.
And Jeff Jones boys would get it 55-to-46.
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Virginia did a great job of taking the Wolfpack out of the game early as
Courtney Alexander drives to the hoop and scores with the left hand.
The Cavaliers were able to take a 36-to-17 halftime lead thanks largely to
the outside shooting of Roanoke's Curtis Staples.
Staples assaulted the three point stripe throwing in 26 points on the
And backcourt mate Jamal Robinson, the senior captain also came in and got
aggressive with this nice score off the glass.
State would come back and outscore the Cavs 29-to-19 in the second half.
But Virginia wins its 17th game of the year 55-to-46.
Elsewhere, in the ACC tonight the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are trying to
stay in the hunt for the regular season championship in the league.
To do so, they need a win over North Carolina tonight.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP Sports; :00
Tony Rutland would get the Demon Deacons on the board early with this long
three pointer from the left side.
But the first half was all North Carolina, or make that all Vince Carter.
First, he knocks down the long three pointer from the left wing.
Then later in the half watch him go to the roof and throw down the alleyoop.
SUPER=33-Wake Forest #4/33/N. Carolina #12/50/2nd Half;
Carter had 21 points at the half.
Right now, UNC LEADS Wake 33 to 50 in a game being televised on WDBJ.
There's more news--coming up in 30-minutes...Here's what
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The vacant mansion in South Roanoke known as Cherry Hill is undergoing a
And Denise Allen continues her series Working Women--Role Models- we'll hear
from newspaper publisher Claudia Whitworth.
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NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along in half an hour on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching