Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
If State Senators can't agree on who to appoint to the Supreme Court- -and
it seems they can't- -it'll be up to the Governor.
And we'll examine the impact of a state law that'll require a pregnant
teenager to tell her parents before getting an abortion.
Tonight in sports, a qualifying report from Rockingham with Roy Stanley and
pole winner Mark Martin, plus - the President has tickets to see Rodman,
And even Gomer Pyle's stay in the Marine Corp was long than Riddick Bowe's.
The former heavyweight champ quits the Corps after two weeks of boot camp.
Rain followed by a strong west wind tomorrow signals a return to winter.
That story and our WeatherSchool question just ahead.
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A new justice for Virginia's highest court may be a bridge too far for the
newly cooperative 20-20 Senate.
The appointment is one of the legislature's dying acts this year...and so
far it's been a slow death.
Ellen Qualls has the latest.
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((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-WILLIAMSBURG: BUT FOR DEADLINES AND EMERGENCIES, VERY
LITTLE GETS DONE IN LIFE.))
Very little is what got done.
In the House--
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: I'M ATTEMPTING TO DETERMINE THE RULES. MAY I
ASK-- HOUSE SPEAKER TOM MOSS/(D) NORFOLK: I DON'T SEE WHERE WE HAVE THE
PROBLEM. IF AND WHEN WE GET TO THAT PROBLEM WE'LL DEAL WITH IT. I'D LIKE TO
PROCEED WITH THE ELECTION OF THE JUDGES. IF THE GENTLEMAN WISHES TO CHALLENGE
IN COURT LATER OR WHATEVER HE WANTS TO THAT'S FINE. BUT WE'RE GOING TO PROCEED
NOW. DEL. GRIFFITH: THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER IF THAT'S THE APPROPRIATE REMEDY.))
A threat of court action over the process from House Republicans -- who are
in the minority.
So the House voted for Richmond Judge Margaret Spencer.
NAT SOT FRED TAPE 13;35:51
((CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.))
But Senate Republicans, are in effect, blocking what would be the first
African American woman jurist on the high court.
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN: WE HAVE, BEING THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, HAVE SIMPLY ASKED FOR
ONE THING THE WHOLE TIME. AND THAT IS NOT FOR A REPUBLICAN JUDGE, BUT JUST
COME AND MEET WITH US. AND LET US MEET TOGETHER AND GET A GOOD SUPREME COURT
Senate Republicans like former Salem Delegate Steve Agee.
NAT SOT FRED TAPE 11:24:06
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I BELIEVE I JUST READ THE CONSTITUTION TO THE SENATOR.
IT SAYS VERY CLEARLY THAT THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SHALL CAST THE VOTE IN CASES
OF EQUAL DIVISION IN THE SENATE.))
But there was NO tie, because Republicans simply didn't vote on Margaret
Spencer -- and the rules say 21 votes are needed.
Meanwhile, on the third floor...
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: TO ME IT'S JUST BEEN A WONDERFULLY EXHILIRATING AND
The man who will pick a justice if the Assembly can't says he doesn't want
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IF A JUDGE DOESN'T LIKE THE WAY A LAW IS WRITTEN, THEY
CAN WRITE THE MOST SCATHING, HIDEOUS OPINION OF WHAT AN IGNORANT LAW IT IS.
BUT-AND THE LAW OUGHT TO BE CHANGED-BUT THEY NEED TO APPLY THE LAW.))
At times the wrangling process had a sense of humor.
But the makeup of the court of last resort in Virginia is NO laughing
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
While we're on the subject of judges, there's bound to be a lot of
scrambling to fill the vacancy on U-S District Court.
Chief Federal Judge Jackson Kiser plans to take "senior status" this
Spring, creating an opening on the bench.
Likely candidates for the job include:
Diane Strickland, currently a Roanoke City Circuit Judge.
Clifford Weckstein, another Roanoke city circuit judge.
And former State Attorney General Mary Sue Terry.
In addition to being a Democrat who's paid her dues to the party, Terry is
from Patrick County... a suitable geographical replacement for Kiser who lives
Strickland and Weckstein are out of town, attending a Criminal Law Seminar
and unavailable for comment.
White students at George Wythe High School say the racial problems at their
school are being blown out of proportion.
Yesterday, a hate message against blacks was spray painted on the road
leading up to George Wythe.
Before that... a group of white students was suspended for tying knots in
their jacket drawstrings to resemble nooses.
Many members of the African- American Community were outraged.
While most whites admit there is a problem... they say it's not a big one.
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((PAUL MCDANIEL/GEORGE WYTHE STUDENT: IT'S NOT NEARLY AS SERIOUS AS SOME PEOPLE
ARE MAKING IT OUT TO BE. I HEARD WE WERE IN THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE
RICHMOND TIMES AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT. ))
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((BRYAN QUESENBERRY/GEORGE WYTHE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: I REALLY DON'T THINK WE
HAVE THAT MUCH OF A RACIAL PROBLEM UP HERE RIGHT NOW, BUT PEOPLE KEEP BLOWING
IT OUT OF PROPORTION. ))
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SUPER=01-Bryan Quesenberry/George Wythe Student; :09
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News- 7 has learned the noose incident was repeated at another Wythe County
According to officials at Scott Memorial Elementary, a white student was
suspended for knotting his jacket drawstrings, the day after the group of
George Wythe students was reprimanded.
Deciding whether to have an abortion is a difficult decision at any age.
But now that parental notification will likely become law in Virginia,
pregnant teens will no longer be able to make that decision on their own.
Kimberly McBroom reports the law will also affect young women from outside
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SUPER=01-Kathy Shaw/Va. Society for Human Life; :47
SUPER=01-David Nova/Planned Parenthood; 1:09
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((This young woman was 17.
Her boyfriend was a college student.
They knew the risks of a sexual relationship.
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((WE HAD USED PROTECTION. IT WASN'T LIKE I WAS STUPID ABOUT SEX. I ALWAYS
THOUGH I WAS A SMART PERSON, THEN I FIND OUT THAT I'M PREGNANT. ))
She says she didn't want her parents to know because she couldn't face their
But parental notification is the law in her home state--so she had to cross
the state line to have the procedure done.
((I HAD TO TRAVEL A FEW HOURS AWAY-- WHAT WAS I GOING TO TELL MY PARENTS? HOW
WAS I GOING TO GET THERE? ))
But abortion opponents say parental notification will encourage needed
communication between parents and children.
((KATHY SHAW/VA SOCIETY FOR HUMAN LIFE: THEIR PARENTS NEED TO KNOW, SO THAT
THEY CAN HELP THEM THROUGH NOT ONLY THIS EMOTIONAL CRISIS, BUT ALSO SOMETHING
THAT'S GOING TO BE PHYSICALLY TAXING ON THEIR BODY.))
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Planned parenthood officials say pregnant teens from surrounding states have
come to Virginia to avoid parental notification.
They're now worried that the further away teens have to travel to get
abortions, the less likely they are to get follow- up care.
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((DAVID NOVA/PLANNED PARENTHOOD: ENCOURAGING MINORS TO TALK TO THEIR PARENTS
BEFORE THEY HAVE AN ABORTION IS VERY IMPORTANT BUT MANDATING IT, MANDATING THAT
FAMILY COMMUNICATION CAN BE DANGEROUS.))
Planned Parenthood will likely challenge the legislation in court.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
a new twist on the old boys network.
Denise Allen concludes her series "Women at Work" with a look at mentoring.
and do you think you know where the most dangerous intersections are in the
Roanoke Valley? One group is out with its list of highway "hot spots".
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Virginia lawmakers delved into the murky waters of generic drugs versus
name- brand pharmaceuticals this year.
For Lynchburg Senator Steve Newman -- it was less about medicine and more
Newman helped get the House of Delegates to leave the decision up to the
state Pharmacy Board.
IN Q=The effect
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: THE EFFECT OF THIS BILL WAS TO BE PURELY
MONOPOLISTIC AND TO HURT A COMPANY THAT HAS JUST MOVED INTO LYNCHBURG. WE WERE
ABLE TO GET THE AMENDMENT ON AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, I THINK CONSUMERS ARE
GOING TO HAVE A LOWER PRICED DRUG, AND THE JOBS WILL BE SECURE IN BEDFORD
OUT Q=Bedford County.
That company is Barr Labs, a 20 million dollar venture that means 120 jobs.
It will make a generic heart medicine that competes with Merck
pharmaceuticals in the Shenandoah Valley.
GRAPHIC=Women at Work
Men have been doing it for years and now successful business WOMEN say it's
time they take a page out of the businessman's book.
They're talking about mentoring.
In the final installment of her series Women-At-Work, Denise Allen takes a
look at some programs in place to help women along the career path.
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SUPER=01-Paula Katz/High School Student; :16
SUPER=01-Gail Trussell/Cytology Supervisor; :23
SUPER=01-Cate Fosl/Hollins College History Lecturer; :45
SUPER=01-Gailen Miles/Network For Professional Women; 1:18
OUT Q=News 7
((Paula Katz isn't sure if she wants to be a medical doctor, but she's
always been interested in biology research.
Now through a high school mentorship program this 17 year old is getting a
first hand look at her possible future career.
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((PAULA KATZ/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: I TOLD THEM TO EITHER GIVE ME BIOLOGY
RESEARCH OR PATHOLOGY. I FOUND ONE I COULD DO BOTH IN SO IT'S REALLY BEEN A
GOOD PLACEMENT FOR ME.))
OUT Q=PLACEMENT FOR ME
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IN Q=THIS WAY SHE'S
((GAIL TRUSSELL/CYTOLOGY SUPERVISOR: THIS WAY SHE'S AT LEAST EXPOSING HERSELF
TO THE KIND OF ATMOSPHERE THAT SHE MIGHT SOMEDAY BE WORKING IN. IF SHE WANTS
TO GO INTO RESEARCH.))
OUT Q=GO INTO RESEARCH
Many business people who have made it to the top attribute their success to
Hollins College instructor Cate Fosl says such nurturing relationships help
prepare young women for the challenges and competition of the business world.
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IN Q=ALSO IN TERMS
((CATE FOSL/HOLLINS COLLEGE HISTORY LECTURER: ALSO IN TERMS OF THE TEXT OF THE
JOB, JUST HELPING WOMEN ALONG DIFFERENT STEPS ALONG THE WAY ESPECIALLY WHEN
THEY'RE CHALLENGING SOCIETAL NOTIONS.))
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The Roanoke Network for Professional and Managerial Women is all about for
women sharing their work experience and encouraging each other.
During Network meetings members make business contacts and help each other
deal with problems which often come along with being a woman in the workplace.
President Gailen Miles says the organization also stresses leadership
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IN Q=PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS
((GAILEN MILES/NETWORK FOR PROFESSIONAL AND MANAGERIAL WOMEN: PROFESSIONAL
BEHAVIORS ARE THOSE THAT KEEP US OBJECTIVE AT ALL TIMES AND THEY ARE WAYS TO
WORK TOWARDS THE DIGNITY OF SAVING THE DIGNITY OF OTHER PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=OF OTHER PEOPLE
Miles says women are only really just now starting to learn the importance
of networking and mentoring in the business community.
And that can only help young women like Paula Katz.
SOT tape 7 51:59:05
IN Q=I'VE LEARNED
((I'VE LEARNED A LOT THAT WILL HELP ME IN WHAT EVER KIND OF CAREER I GO INTO.
AS FAR AS RESEARCH, I'VE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT DIFFERENT CELL STRUCTURES, A LOT
ABOUT DIFFERENT LAB TECHNIQUES. AND MAYBE IT WILL GIVE ME A DIFFERENT IDEA
WHAT PATH I'D LIKE TO GO IN.))
OUT Q=LIKE TO GO IN
Paula notes aside from her career mentorship , she's also benefitting from
what she calls an "amazing" set of role models in school--women science and
Denise Allen News 7.))
Stocks wrapped up a see-saw session with a mixed showing.
The Dow gained four points to end
the day at 69-hundred-32.
That's a 57 point drop for the week.
NASDAQ LOST 13 points today.
A longtime Roanoke employer has seen its profits rise 27- percent in the
Shenandoah Life announced the results at its annual meeting today.
The insurance company reports in 1996 it made more than 11- million-
dollars, a new record.
C-E-O Robert Clark says gains from the sales of securities and lower federal
income taxes more than made up for rising claims costs.
Shenandoah Life has 250 employees at its Roanoke headquarters.
If you travel the highways in the Roanoke Valley, you know there are
sometimes close calls between truckers and cars.
The American Trucking Association is out with a list of "hot spots", five
intersections indentified by the group as this area's most dangerous.
State police say in 72-percent of accidents involving trucks and cars the
fault lies with the driver of the CAR.
Truck drivers want motorists to follow three safety rules: don't tailgate
an 18-wheeler, if you have to pass, do it quickly and on the left side if
possible--and do not cut in front of a truck.
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((PAUL TODOROVICH/TRUCK DRIVER: WE KEEP A CUSHION OF SAFETY BETWEEN US AND THE
VEHICLE WE'RE FOLLOWING, BECAUSE IT TAKES US SO MUCH LONGER TO STOP THAN A CAR.
IT TAKES US APPROXIMATELY THREE FOOTBALL FIELDS TO STOP A FULLY LOADED TRUCK
TRAVELING 55 MPH.))
SUPER=01-Paul Todorovich/Truck Driver;
OUT Q=TRAVELING 55 MPH
The A-T-A says the trouble spots include: the 5-81 corridor, the
intersections of Franklin Road and Roy Webber, Orange Avenue and Williamson
Road, Hershberger Road and Williamson and the Roanoke College area.
Coming up tonight in sports, Riddick Bowe quits the Marines, Chocolate
Thunder hits the jackpot,
and Roy Stanley checks in from Rockingham, North Carolina with a look at
today's Winston Cup qualifying that put not the man in black - but the nam
named Mark on the pole.
Mark Martin was the 40th car to roll on to the track for today's time trials
for the Goodwrench 400.
But when his run was over, Martin was sitting on the pole at "The Rock".
Roy Stanley has more on first round qualifying from Rockingham, North
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SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Goodwrench 400 Pole Winner; :55
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wipe to boards on Roy's Cue
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Gordon//5. Geoff Bodine;
SUPER=0107-6. Ken Schrader//7. Steve Grissom//8. Ricky Craven//9. Brett
Bodine//10. Ricky Rudd;
SUPER=0107-11. Ward Burton//12. Mike Skinner//13. Kenny Wallace//14. David
Green//15. Terry Labonte;
SUPER=0107-16. Morgan Shepherd//17. Jeff Burton//18. Steve Grissom//19. Bobby
Hamilton//20. Kyle Petty;
SUPER=0107-21. Johnny Benson//22. Lake Speed//23. Rusty Wallace//24. Jeremy
Mayfield//25. John Andretti;
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Riddick Bowe's entrance into the Marine Corps will probably be labeled a
Especially now that he has left after only eleven days of boot camp.
A Marine Corps Spokesman says that, Bowe left the Corps stating that the
regimented training lifestyle was too much for him.
Recruits can ask for dismissal at any time during their training.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
The Salem Civic Center will be busy with district tournament championship
action tonight. At 5:30, Pulaski County meets William Fleming in the Roanoke
Valley Girls title game, then at 9 the Fleming boys play Patrick Henry for
their RVD title.
In the Blue Ridge championship at 7:15; Region III bound Salem is in the
title tilt. The Spartans expected to meet William Byrd, but the second seed was
knocked out by Blacksburg.
The Indians will use their momentum from wins over Byrd and Botetourt
((BOB TREAR/BLACKSBURG HEAD COACH: WE DO KNOW THEY HAVE SOME QUICKNESS. IT
POSES SOME PROBLEMS FOR US. SHOOTING WISE. THEY DO HAVE THREE SHOOTERS. BUT AT
THE SAME TIME, LORD BOTETOURT HAD SOME PRETTY DECENT SHOOTERS AND WE WERE ABLE
TO CONTAIN THE. I DON'T KNOW, WE JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE AGAINST SALEM,AND
SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON IT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Trear/Blacksburg Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...happens on it"
And as the ACC regular season continues to wind down, Your hometown station
is your for the key mathcups, especially tomorrow.
AT 1:30 on Saturday afternoon grab a seat and join us for the Wake
Forest-Virginia game LIVE from University Hall as the Cavs go for their 18th
win of the year.
Then right after that game around 3:50, North Carolina invades Maryland to
tangle with the Terps in what should be another outstanding game tomorrow right
here on WDBJ.
In one other hoop note - old NBA players don't retire and get real jobs, they
just win the lottery.
Darryl Dawkins, the man known as Chocolate Thunder in his playing days, won
$14 thousand one hundred and 57 dollars playing PICK 4 in the New Jersey State
He used his old jersey number 53 to make his picks.
And finally, the President and First Lady will have another night on the town
This one at U-S-Air arena to cheer on the hometown Bullets in their NBA game
A White House spokesman says the First Family is trying to get more
involved in the life of the capital city.
Of course, they just happened to pick the night when Michael Jordan and the
Bulls were playing the Bullets.
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