Dr. Kevorkian's not welcome in Virginia.
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
The Virginia General Assembly is ready to fine physicians who assist
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll hear some of the debate in the House.
And we'll meet a business woman who has a very distinct set of priorities
in running her "good news" newspaper.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason will join us LIVE with from the Salem Civic
Center with a pregame report on tonight's Blue Ridge district semi-finals.
Plus, we'll have some highlight from last night's Express win in Charlotte.
And Tim Duncan and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are getting set to battle
North Caroline in a game you can watch right here on Your Hometown station
Cooler air arrives tomorrow ending the early spring outbreak...clouds and
rain also work their way into the forecast.
The clock is ticking on the 1997 General Assembly.
Budget negotiators have given themselves a 24-hour extension.
Debate has been delayed on some hot-button issues, such as abortion.
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.
SOT earl tape 15:58:56
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.))
sot earl tape 16:00:45
((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.
Pending Governor Allen's almost certain signature, the state song is
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.
The Wythe County School Board is being asked to referee a racial dispute at
George Wythe High School.
The parents of at least four white students are now asking the board to
overturn the punishment their children received.
Ten students were reportedly suspended for tying their jacket drawstrings
Earlier this week, members of the group, Concerned Citizens Network,
complained that black students have been subjected to repeated slurs and other
But the parents of some of the suspended students have asked the School
Board to overturn the suspensions.
The board is expected to consider that request next month.
Last season's leading rusher for the Ferrum College football team has been
acquitted of assault.
But two of his former teammates will spend three days in jail for starting
the brawl at the school's recreational facility last month.
Wes Mattera... who was a linebacker on the squad... testified he was badly
beaten by some of his fellow players after a pick- up basketball game.
He said freshman tail- back Maurice Clark started a VERBAL argument with
him... then he was BLIND SIDED by two other people.
IN Q=A few seconds
((WES MATTERA/BEATING VICTIM: A FEW SECONDS AFTER HE WAS IN MY FACE, I GOT HIT
TWICE. (FINGER SNAPS) JUST LIKE THAT. IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD AND IN THE SIDE
OF THE HEAD. ))
SUPER=01-Wes Mattera/Beating Victim;
OUT Q=of the head
19- year- old David Cooper and 19- year- old Al Anderson were found guilty
of throwing those first punches.
They have been thrown out of school.
Clark's status in unclear.
Our calls to Ferrum's administrative offices went UN- returned.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
we continue our profiles of Women at Work.
Tonight, a newspaper publisher who's been on the job for 25 years.
and we all know about the danger of rumors--but there's concern one now
circulating on the internet could have a life and death impact.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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A Lynchburg man remains in critical condition following yesterday's tank
explosion in Campbell County.
The blast at W-E-L Incorporated killed 25- year- old James Garrett and
severely injured his co- worker, Jeffrey Falls.
Falls was airlifted to Charlottesville where he's now in the burn unit at
the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Labor investigators are looking into whether the tank the two men were
working on had been properly ventilated before they began cutting it apart.
Plans for two new elementary schools in Bedford County may be put on hold
for ANOTHER year.
Supervisors last night refused to apply for a 3-and-a-half million- dollar
loan to pay for the architectural design and land for the two schools.
But school officials say the overcrowding problem is only getting worse, and
the county can't handle any more growth.
IN Q=If the board
((DR. JOHN KENT/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DOES NOT
WANT TO BUILD NEW SCHOOLS, THEN WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS NOT APPROVE RESIDENTIAL
((DEBBY ALLEN/PTA COALITION: WHATEVER PROBLEMS THERE'S BEEN IN THE PAST, IT'S
TIME NOW TO MOVE FORWARD AND SAY WE'RE ALL GOING TO WORK TOGETHER. IT'S
CRITICAL TO GET THAT FUNDING IN THE FALL, AND I CAN'T STRESS THAT ENOUGH.))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Kent/School Superintendent; :00
SUPER=01-Debby Allen/PTA Coalition; :12
OUT Q=stress that enough.
Forest supervisor Dr. Robert Bashore
IN Q=We really can't
((DR. ROBERT BASHORE/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: WE REALLY CAN'T WAIT A YEAR FROM
NOW, AS YOU SAID EARLIER, BECAUSE VERY SIMPLY, IF YOU START TWELVE MONTHS FROM
NOW, IT'S GOING TO TAKE TWO YEARS FROM WHEN YOU START UNTIL YOU OPEN THE
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Bashore/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=open the doors.
School officials say they may ask the county to buy the necessary property
outright, instead of borrowing the money.
GRAPHIC=Women at Work
**Note Anchor Tag**
Successful business women have often had to create their own opportunities.
In this country women now own 34-percent of all the companies, employing
But it didn't just happen. Somebody had to pave the way.
In the second part of our series Women at Work, Denise Allen introduces us
to a woman who has owned and published a Roanoke newspaper for more than 25
IN Q=The obstacles
SUPER=01-Claudia Whitworth/The Roanoke Tribune Publisher; :00
SUPER=01-Drucilla Barker/Hollins College Assoc. Prof.; 1:00
OUT Q=news 7
SOT tape 5 02:04:06
IN Q=the obstacles
((CLAUDIA WHITWORTH/THE ROANOKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHER: THE OBSTACLES DIDN'T REALLY
START WITH THE PUBLISHING. THE OBSTACLES STARTED WITH WORKING ON PAPERS IN ALL
THESE OTHER CITIES, NEW YORK AND COLUMBUS, BECAUSE IT WAS ALL MALE SHOPS. I
DIDN'T WORK AS JOURNALIST. I WAS A LINE-TYPE OPERATOR WHICH IS DIRTY, GREASY
OUT Q=greasy shop work
That was around 1945. Whitworth spent years learning the business and in
1971 she bought the Roanoke Tribune from her father.
But assuming the editor position brought new challenges for Whitworth as she
tried to manage a business comprised of mostly male employees.
SOT tape 5 03:31:18
IN Q=i tried my best
((I TRIED MY BEST NOT TO GIVE ORDERS BECAUSE MEN DON'T LIKE TO TAKE ORDERS FROM
A WOMAN. SO I TRIED DIPLOMATICALLY TO LET THEM HAVE MY WAY.))
OUT Q=have my way
Economist Drucilla Barker says many women find a whole new set of problems
when they reach managerial positions.
Women with personality traits normally associated with men are often
SOT tape 4 26:15:11
IN Q=so for example
((DRUCILLA BARKER/HOLLINS COLLEGE ECONOMICS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: SO FOR
EXAMPLE MEN ARE AGRESSIVE, WOMEN ARE PUSHY. MEN ARE DECISIVE, WOMEN ARE BOSSY.
MEN ARE OBJECTIVE, WOMEN ARE COLD AND UNCARING. THESE ARE REAL OBSTACLES FOR
WOMEN, PARTICULARLY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN.))
OUT Q=professional women
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: MANY WOMEN ARE TAKING WHITWORTH'S ROUTE AND STARTING
THEIR OWN BUSINESSES.
CORPORATE DOWNSIZING AND CREATING A FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULE ARE SOME OF THE
REASONS WOMEN ARE STRIKING OUT ON THEIR OWN.
BUT BARKER SAYS MINORITY WOMEN HAVE AN EVEN TOUGHER ROAD.
SOT tape 6 32:48:28
IN Q=it's been shown
((IT'S BEEN SHOWN THAT MINORITY WOMEN EARN APPROXIMATELY 10-PERCENT LESS THAN
WHITE WOMEN WITH COMPARABLE EDUCATION AND TRAINING. YOU MENTIONED OWNING ONE'S
OWN BUSINESS, THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR MINORITY WOMEN BECAUSE MINORITY WOMEN
HAVE TREMENDOUS DIFFICULTY IN GAINING ACCESS TO CREDIT.))
OUT Q= access to credit
And yet Whitworth believes it's the individual, not the environment, that
And she says the Tribune is run on that belief.
SOT tape 5
IN Q=I CAME TO
((I CAME TO THE TRIBUNE AS EDITOR WITH THREE OVERALL OBJECTIVES TO PROMOTE
SELF-ESTEEM, TO FOSTER RESPECT FOR DIFFERENCES AND TO TRY TO PROVIDE A VEHICLE
THROUGH WHICH DIFFERENCES CAN UNITE ON SOME COMMON BASIS.))
OUT Q=SOME COMMON BASIS
Whitworth describes the Tribune as a "good news" paper and she says as such
it is not a big seller. The paper has a circulation of around 56-hundred, but
Whitworth says with all she's gone through, she not in the business just to
make a buck.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Fullscreen Women at Work
While more women are now working in jobs traditionally held by men, the
boardroom remains a mostly male domain.
In part three of Women-At-Work, Denise Allen introduces us to Estelle
Nichols-Avner, a woman who's taken a seat at the top.
Stocks backed away from the record levels they hit yesterday.
The Dow DROPPED 47 points.
NASDAQ was off a fraction of a point.
A Roanoke County company has become a hot commodity on Wall Street again.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Optical Cable stock has been trading at more than 14 times its usual volume.
It's price has gone from the 10- dollar range to as much as 15- dollars.
Optical Cable C-E-O Bob Kopstein has several guesses for the stock's first
big run-up since last Summer.
A month ago he publicly stated the stock was undervalued.
He adds people may also be buying it because they want to purchase it before
it goes up any further.
The stock actually dropped a little today, closing just under 16- dollars.
Urban legends are frequently harmless rumors--but not always.
Consider this story spreading on the internet--
First, it is NOT TRUE....but here's the way 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
Coming up in sports, another big game is on tap tonight in the ACC, we'll
take a look back at last night's road win by the Roanoke Express.
Plus, Steve Mason is tuning up for tournament play in Salem.
Steve adlibs to the break
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
District tournament action has been in full swing since Monday night and
tonight the Hometown Hoops Weekly crew is over in Salem.
MIKE AND STEVE DOUBLE BOX
Steve Mason joins us from the Civic Center for a preview of tonight's Blue
Ridge Semi Finals.
STEVE ADD LIBS INTO LIVE INTERVIEW WITH TWO COACHES
SUPER=01-Bill Pope/Northside Head Coach; :
PLEASE B-ROLL (S6-24) OVER SECOND QUESTION!!
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
STEVE COMES OUT OF THAT AND ASKS COACH # 2 A QUESTION
SUPER=01-Paul Barnard/William Byrd Head Coach; :00
PLEASE B-ROLL (S6-28) OVER SECOND QUESTION!!
SUPER=03-Daleville/Blue Ridge Playoff Game; :
STEVE THANKS BOTH COACHES AND THEN TOSSES BACK TO MIKE!!
There is also some postseason action tonight for the Roanoke Valley District
girls, as they play their semi-finals at Cave Spring.
The Seminole district's semi-finals are on tap tonight at the Vines Center in
Lynchburg, and the Pioneers district has a couple of quarterfinal games set
tonight at home sites.
The Duke Blue Devils tightened their grip on first place in the ACC last
night with an 84-to-77 win over Clemson.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Clemson vs. Duke; :00
Trajan Langdon scored a career high 34 points and his teammates gave him
plenty of support.
Carman Wallace drills the three pointer in the second half to key an
11-to-nothing Duke run.
Ricky Price then dishes to Greg Newton and Duke improves to 11-and-3 on the
year with the 84-to-77 win over Clemson.
wipe to pinnacle board
FULL SCREEN PINNACLE (18083)
Wake Forest hopes to close back within a half game of the Blue Devils tonight
with a win over North Carolina.
But beating the Heels in Chapel Hill may not be so easy since Carolina now
has its sights set on third place in the league.
You can watch the Tarheels and Demon Deacons slug it out tonight at nine LIVE
right here on Your Hometown Station.
Another key A-C-C game in Raleigh tonight as the Wolfpack of N.C. State
At 16 and 10 overall and 5 and 8 in the A-C-C the Cavaliers need a win
tonight to keep their post season hopes alive.
Virginia has beaten State 10 of the last 11-times they've met.
The Roanoke Express got its four game road trip off on the right track last
night with a 4-to-2 win over the Checkers in Charlotte.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Express vs. Checkers; :00
A pretty decent crowd on hand last night at Independence Arena, and also a
pretty big crowd in front of the net, as Dave Gagnon has no chance of stopping
But Jeff Jablonski would come through with two goals to up his seasonal total
to 34 as Roanoke skates to a 4-to-2 win over the Checkers.
The Roanoke Road warriors now skate into Jacksonville for a Friday night
date with the Lizard Kings.
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(toss to Jean)
Carillon used to own the Cherry Hill Mansion-- and it's been vacant for more
than 10 years.
But that's going to change soon-- Two developers bought the South Roanoke
property in October, and have big plans for the place.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom--
Jean, apparently the Home holds fond memories for people who grew up in the
It does, Keith.
It used to be the home of the Roanoke Fine Arts Center and was the
site of many field trips for schoolchildren.
Now two developers are planning a condominium complex on the property.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11. Keith?