(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... PARENTAL NOTIFICATION-- A BILL GOVERNOR
ALLEN PROMISED, NOW ONLY NEEDS HIS SIGNATURE TO MAKE HISTORY IN THE
ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM CONTINUE IN WYTHEVILLE...THIS MORNING, A HATE MESSAGE
IS FOUND SPRAY PAINTED ON THE ROAD NEAR A HIGH SCHOOL. ))
OUT Q=near the high school.
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It's Thursday, February 20th- our Top Story
A Montgomery County Judge finds probable cause to certify charges against
two Virginia Tech football players on to a grand jury.
Good Evening, You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Virginia Tech players James Crawford and Brian Edmonds face rape and
sodomy charges-- after their accuser took the witness stand today.
A 19 year old Virginia Tech student attended a party at Crawford's and
She claims both men forced her to have sexual intercourse, as she called
Both players deny the charges-- they've filed a 32 million dollar lawsuit
against their accuser.
A defense attorney says there were inconsistencies in the woman's
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IN Q=The story is out there
((MATT PETHYBRIDGE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE STORY IS OUT THERE. THE TIMELINE IS
OUT THERE FOR YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT. YOU ALL CAN GET YOUR OWN TRANSCRIPTS AND
TAKE A LOOK AT IT, AND SEE WHAT CONCLUSIONS YOU CAN REACH FROM THAT.))
SUPER=01-Matt Pethybridge/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=can reach from that.
Supporters of the defendants' cried after the judge announced his
decision, even though the charges were expected to move on to the Grand Jury.
Alleged racial problems resurfaced in Wytheville...now civic leaders fear
the situation could turn violent.
Earlier this week black students spoke out when a group of white students
tied their jacket drawstrings into nooses.
Those students were suspended, but the problems aren't over.
This morning, students and teachers were greeted with a racial slur painted
on the road leading up to the school... and the adjacent school board office.
((ROBERT GREEN/CONCERNED CITIZENS NETWORK: THEY HAD WROTE BURN NIGGER OUT
TOWARD THE SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE AND THAT'S ALL I KNOW ABOUT THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Green/Concerned Citizens Network;
OUT Q=know about that
That's all most anyone knows at this point.
We spoke with George Wythe principal R.T. Phillips.
He calls this latest incident "very unfortunate," but says at this point
there's very little the school can do.
The principal says since the racial slur was painted on public property, the
school is not really involved in the investigation.
Phillips adds that at this point there's no evidence it was done by a
Abortion opponents and Governor Allen scored a major victory today.
Lawmakers passed what abortion opponents call "true parental notification."
What may be most notable about today's vote is how heavily everyone lobbied
on both sides, but how quietly it went into the record books.
IN Q=This issue has been
SUPER=01-Del. Thelma Drake/(R) Norfolk;
OUT Q=would notify.
The first order of business was to strip off the amendment that the House
committee had tacked on.
That would have expanded notification to other adult relatives.
That done, the bill that abortion opponents have fought for for so long was
finally coming out of a second chamber -- with NO debate.
The vote: a whopping 74 to 26, with a rare smattering of applause
All that's left now is Governor Allen's signature, for it to become law.
A man shot to death in Floyd County this week may have been killed over a
rifle and a 20-year old car.
The body of 38-year old Stanley W. Harmon was found yesterday morning at
his home in the Buffalo Mountain area.
His rifle was missing, along with a 1977 Pontiac Firebird.
Police in West Virginia found the car in Greenbrier County last night.
That led to the arrest of 18-year old Mark Anthony Beavers and 21-year old
Jerry Wayne McKinney on auto theft and fugitive warrants.
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A Giles County man has been charged in the murder of his girlfriend.
Benjamin Scot Elliott shot Misty Dawn Dellinger in the head at their home
HE says it was an accident. County sheriff's investigators charged him
with SECOND- degree murder and use of a firearm.
The two had lived together for the past couple of months in the mobile home
where the shooting happened.
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No one is ruled out as a potential suspect in the murder of a six-year-old
beauty queen....now authorities are focusing on the death of the girl's
And the College of Health Sciences is outgrowing its digs-- plans for the
campus, just ahead when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
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Police in Colorado say they'll look into how JonBenet Ramsey's 22-year old
John Ramsey's daughter from his first marriage, died in a car crash in
SUPER=03-Boulder, CO/December 1996;
A city spokesman refused to say why the stepsisters autopsy has become part
of the investigation.
Meanwhile police aren't saying much anything.
IN Q=Our investigations
((KELVIN MCNEILL/POLICE SPOKESMAN: OUR INVESTIGATION IS MOVING FORWARD. WE
CONTINUE TO BE IN CONTACT WITH COUNSEL FOR THE RAMSEY FAMILY. OUR RELATIONSHIP
CONTINUES TO BE COOPERATIVE.))
SUPER=01-Kelvin McNeill/Boulder Police Spokesman;
OUT Q=to be cooperative."
McNeill says they haven't ruled anyone out as a potential suspect.
Some of the most valuable information may be D-N-A, the kind of scientific
evidence that could link body fluids and hair found at the murder scene to that
from potential suspects.
Police say those samples are just about ready to be sent to the lab.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors must now take its fight to the
Today, the Senate passed a bill that would allow the Olde Mill Golf Resort
to sell mixed drinks in it's restaurant.
That's even though Carroll County voters have NOT approved liquor by the
IN Q=I know there
((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS: I KNOW THERE ARE MANY PARTS...COMMUNITIES.))
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: THIS HAS BEEN DONE...BY THE DRINK.))
OUT Q=the drink.
The bill was sponsored by Roanoke Democrat Chip Woodrum.
Two candidates are already gearing up to run for Lynchburg sheriff-- even
though the election is eight months away.
Retired Lynchburg police officer Ron Gillispie says it's time for a change
in that office.
The sheriff's department has come under fire recently after a female deputy
claimed she'd been sexually harassed on the job.
But Gillispie says he "won't" make that a campaign issue.
IN Q=It might be
((RON GILLISPIE/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF CANDIDATE: IT MIGHT BE A SITUATION WHERE
LATER ON I COULD LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITY OF PUTTING IN SOME HARRASSMENT TYPE
POLICIES, BUT I'M NOT PLANNING ON MAKING IT AN ISSUE.))
SUPER=01-Ron Gillispie/Lynchburg Sheriff Candidate; :00
OUT Q=making it an issue.
23- year incumbent Lawrence Simpson is confident his department will be
IN Q=There are always
((LAWRENCE SIMPSON/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF: THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
AND WHATEVER HAS BEEN SAID ON ONE SIDE IS NOT NECESSARILY THE FACTS INVOLVED IN
THE OTHER SIDE.))
SUPER=01-Lawrence Simpson/Lynchburg Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=the other side.
Simpson has filed his paperwork but has not officially announced his
The College of Health Sciences is planning to relocate.
At a news conference this morning, the school received the deed to 38 acres
of land just west of Dixie Caverns.
The tract was donated by American Electric Power.
College officials say they expect to outgrow their current Roanoke facility
in the next few years.
((DR. HARRY NICKENS/COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES: THE GROWTH... BECAUSE JOBS ARE
THERE... IS JUST GOING TO CONTINUE. NOT ONLY IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, BUT
THROUGHOUT VIRGINIA AND THE NATION. SO OUR CHALLENGE IS TO CONTINUE TO BE AHEAD
OF THE JOB DEMAND CURVE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Harry Nickens/College of Health Sciences;
OUT Q=demand curve
The College of Health Sciences currently has around 550 students.
That number is expected to increase by more than 35- percent by the time the
new campus is opened.
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In tonight's Health Check report--
A top panel of experts says while there's little scientific evidence, it
seems smoking marijuana may actually help some patients.
And....the next 24 hours are crucial, but actress Elizabeth Taylor is doing
well after undergoing surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. A progress
report when we come back.
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Elizabeth Taylor is as used to surgery as she is stardom.
The screen legend has gone under the knife some 20 times in her life--
survived two near fatal bouts of pneumonia, overcome addictive painkillers--
and now, survived an operation to remove a tumor in her brain.
IN Q=At the
((DR. MARTIN COOPER, CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER:AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY I
AM ALLOWED TO SAY THAT MS. TAYLOR IS RESTING COMFORTABLY IN THE INTENSIVE CARE
UNIT HERE AT THE HOSPITAL, THE TUMOR APPEARS TO BE BENIGN, THE TUMOR IS TOTALLY
REMOVED, AND SHE WILL BE IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT FOR A DAY OR SO.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Martin Cooper/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; :
OUT Q=a day or so.
The next 24 hours though, are extremely important-- but all indications
are that Taylor will recover fully.
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A panel of experts at the National Institute of Health has spent the past
two days, taking up the issue of the possible medicinal benefits of marijuana.
IN Q=I'm in a
((ANDREW HASERFELD: I'M IN A WHEELCHAIR ALREADY--DO YOU WANT TO SEE ME IN
OUT Q=in jail?
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In a debate often ruled by politics and passion...the advisory panel drew
this preliminary conclusion.
IN Q=For some of
(( DR. WILLIAM BEAVER/GEORGETOWN U. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: FOR SOME OF THESE
INDICATIONS, THERE IS A RATIONALE FOR LOOKING FURTHER INTO THE THERAPEUTIC
EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA.))
SUPER=01-Dr. William Beaver/Georgetown Univ. School of Medicine; :
OUT Q=of marijuana.
Final recommendations on what to do about marijuana are still about four
If the panel comes out against marijuana, it may give the Clinton
Administration more ammunition to go after doctors who prescribe it.
Otherwise, it could open up a whole new chapter into the investigation of
marijuana as medicine.
Governor Allen declared this week "Exceptional Children's Week"-- a time
to learn more about learning disabilities.
In recent years, we've heard a great deal about conditions like dyslexia
and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell takes us on a tour of one school, helping kids find
their own way of learning.
IN Q=A visit to the Achievement Center
SUPER=07-Jared Palmer; :15
SUPER=01-Barbara Ann Whitwell/The Achievement Center; :39
SUPER=07-Jonathan Carriker; 1:09
OUT Q=JD for health check.
((A visit to the Achievement Center finds an atmosphere of quiet
While some students work at their desks, others receive individual
attention from their teachers.
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IN Q=Are you glad
((JARED PALMER: ARE YOU GLAD YOU CAME HERE? YEAH. WHY? BECAUSE I'VE LEARNED HOW
TO READ BETTER AND I'M DOING A LOT BETTER IN MATH THAN I WAS.))
OUT Q=than I was.
Sharing the campus of Roanoke Catholic School, the Achievement Center is an
independent, non- sectarian facility.
Since 1975, enrollment has grown from fewer than 25 students to more than
90, expanding into portable classrooms behind the main building.
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IN Q=I think that people
((BARBARA ANN WHITWELL/THE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER: I THINK THAT PEOPLE OFTEN LOOK
AT THE L-D CHILD AND THINK THAT THEY ARE DUMB, THINK THAT THEY ARE SLOW, THINK
THAT THEY ARE LAZY, CALL THEM CARELESS, YOU KNOW, AND NONE OF THESE THINGS
APPLY TO THESE CHILDREN. THEY ARE BRIGHT CHILDREN WHO ARE TRYING AS HARD AS
THEY CAN. AND THEY WANT TO LEARN AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR, TO HELP THEM
TO LEARN IN A WAY IN WHICH THEY CAN.))
OUT Q=a way in which they can.
That alternative approach is one that stresses phonetics, and employs all
of the senses.
Students say it works.
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IN Q=What's made the difference?
((JONATHAN CARRIKER: WHAT'S MADE THE DIFFERENCE? PROBABLY LESS PRESSURE,
BECAUSE IN MAIN SCHOOLS THEY SOMETIMES WANT YOU TO GET ALL OF THAT WORK DONE AS
FAST AS YOU CAN AND HERE THEY SAY TRY TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND JUST GET IT DONE,
AND HOPEFULLY YOU GET IT RIGHT.))
OUT Q=hopefully you get it right.
For students with learning disabilities, frustrated by traditional
teaching, that can be a powerful message.
Joe Dashiell for health check.))
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Do you remember your school days?
If you graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, tonight's video of
the day will bring back some memories. (----------------)
It's the day that every RAT at V-M-I waits for..."Breakout" Day.
This afternoon, members of the class of 2000 faced their final obstacle as
One cadet from Vinton says the experience was worth it and he'd do it again.
IN Q=It was just
((JOHN HARTSOCK: IT WAS JUST APPREHENSION. NOBODY KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT. WE
KNEW WE WERE GOING TO GET MUDDY BUT THAT WAS ABOUT IT. WHEN WE HIT THE HILL
ALL THE THOUGHTS WENT AWAY AND JUST WANTED TO GET TO THE TOP OF THE HILL. ))
SUPER=75-John Hartsock/VMI Rat from Vinton;
OUT Q=of the hill.
The annual ritual is said to establish a bond between first and fourth year
It gives rats their last chance to prove themselves to everyone who has done
The school's superintendent knows all too well about the experience.
IN Q=I remember how
((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: I REMEMBER HOW TOUGH IT WAS BUT
AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE SO EXCITED YOU KNOW YOU'RE SO CLOSE TO FINALIZING THAT
IT'S NOT THAT BAD.))
SUPER=75-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
OUT Q=not that bad.
Bunting says the rats can look forward to August when they'll be on the
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, Hokie lowlights from DC,
Floyd-Radford hoop highlights from the Three Rivers district, and Jeff Burton
getting ready for the rock.
But first, the Panthers signed another talented linebacker today to go with
their trio of pro-bowl backers.
Former Houston Oiler Michael Barrow signs a five year, $19 million dollar
Now these numbers.
GO TO SCORES
Night at 7:30pm/;
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The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped their seasonal record to an even 500 with a
69 to 52 loss to the George Washington Colonials in Atlantic 10 action tonight
SUPER=03-Washington DC/HTS; :00
The first half of this game was an absolute nightmare for the Hokies as they
failed to score a basket in the first 8 minutes and 24 seconds.
And oh yes, did I mention that the Hokies also turned the ball over 17 times
in the first half.
Bill Foster was absolutely beside himself. Finally, Russ Wheeler would
finally get this basket to fall from the baseline, but the Hokies still trailed
GW 30-to-16 at halftime.
The second half wasn't a whole lot better as the Colonials pushed the lead to
21 with 15 minutes to go.
The Hokies fall to 13-and-13 with the 69 to 52 loss.
GW also tried to physically take the Hokies out. J.J. Brade jerks Jim
Jackson to the floor by his jersey.
No need for any punches - the Hokies were already knocked out.
The Three Rivers district boys basketball semi-finals are taking place
tonight at Blacksburg high school.
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In the opener, top seeded Floyd County took on hot shooting Radford as Tony
Hash slices through the Buffaloes defense and scores off the glass.
Then the Bobcats Adam Artrip would step outside and drill the three pointer
from beyond the arc for Rick Cormany's team.
But Floyd would start flexing its superior inside muscle. 6-4 senior Derek
Saunders crashes the offensive board and gets the putback.
And Junior Travis Cantrell creates a jumper off the drive and Floyd County
advances to Saturday night's title game with the tight 56-to-54 win.
SS=HOLD THREE RIVERS
They will meet the winner of tonight's Glenvar-Giles game.
The warm weather has definitely followed the Winston Cup drivers up from
Daytona as they get set for this weekend's activities at the North Carolina
Motor Speedway in Rockingham.
South Boston's Jeff Burton is anxious to get back to the Rock for this
weekend's Goodwrench 400.
But he some work to do to top last year's season opening performance.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/91 Career Winston Cup Starts; :00
OUT Q=...THAT THIS YEAR."
(( As the newest member of Jack Roush racing, Jeff Burton was outside looking
in last season, trying to find his place amongst veteran team members Mark
Martin and Jack Roush.
But the Exide battery team came out of blocks on fire, finishing 5th at
Daytona, 13th at Rockingham and 4th at Richmond to move into second place in
the points standings.
But reality set in the next week in Atlanta when Burton failed to even
qualify for the race. His absence killed his chances of finishing in the top
10 in the final points standings, but as Rick Mast found out last week making
races on your reputation is no longer possible in Winston Cup racing.))
The News 7 sports team will be in Rockingham tomorrow for qualifying, and of
course highlights for you tomorrow night.
There's more news--coming up in 30-minutes...Here's what
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Denise Allen continues her series on women at work-- tonight an interview
with the director of the Bradley Free Clinic.
How hard is it for women to shatter what's called the glass ceiling?
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Jean Jadhon will be along in half an hour on WDBJ-7.
Have a good night.
Thanks for joining us for NEWS-7 Primetime.