(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
A VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT HAS DIED FROM THE BACTERIA THAT CAUSES
MENINGITIS...NOW STUDENTS WHO HAD CLOSE CONTACT ARE BEING ASKED TO CONTACT THE
TWO DOZEN SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS ARE GIVEN A BREAK, FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF A
BEDFORD COUNTY POLICE INFORMANT. ))
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It's Thursday, February 27th- our Top Story
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IN Q=The state
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE STATE DOES ENFORCE FEDERAL LAWS.))
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Attorney General Jim Gilmore is given a very public reprimand from the
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
It's been quite a day for the Commonwealth--
This morning, Virginia was the lone state in the nation standing up against
the Food and Drug Administration's tobacco regulations that take effect
It all started with a Washington Post article with an interview
from Attorney General Jim Gilmore's spokesman-- talking about the regulations.
Then fellow republican Governor George Allen heard the news.
Ellen Qualls brings us up to date.
IN Q=In that article
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(( In that article, Gilmore spokesman Mark Miner, seen here a few weeks ago
with his boss, was quoted as saying:
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"They're federal laws. States don't enforce federal laws."
But massive resistance-like thinking is NOT the image fellow Republican
George Allen chose to present today.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THAT FEDERAL LAW WILL BE OBEYED AND IT WILL ENFORCED IN
THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. NOT JUST BY FEDERAL AGENTS, BUT ALSO BY THE
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. AND SO THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. THAT'S THE
FACTS. I'M THE GOVERNOR. THAT'S WHAT OUR ADMINISTRATION'S DOING.))
Gilmore's spokesman is NOT alone.
Virginia Health commissioner Randy Gordon also did NOT speak to us today...
but health officials and anti-smoking advocates also understood Gilmore's
position to be one of NOT enforcing the regs.
((ANNE DONLEY/Va. GASP: IF THE GOVERNOR HAD NOT COME OUT PUBLICLY... NOT ANY
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A Roanoke County Fire Marshal is investigating a house fire at this hour in
The blaze broke out around 8 o'clock at a home on South Pacific Drive.
When firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the basement
and several rooms on the main floor.
Two adults and one child were at home when the fire broke out.
They were not injured.
No word yet on the cause of the blaze.
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An 18 year- old Virginia Tech student has died from Meningococcemia.
Austin Fox of Orange, was admitted to Montgomery Regional Hospital with a
bloodstream infection yesterday-- he died early this morning.
Fox lived on the fourth floor of Shanks Hall on the Tech campus.
Health officials want other students on the floor or anyone else who had
CLOSE personal contact with Fox to take an antibiotic.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: HE WAS IN A DORM SITUATION AT
TECH. I UNDERSTAND APPROXIMATELY 60 STUDENTS IN THAT DORM. WE'RE LOOKING
PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO SHARED THE SAME BATHROOM AS THE STUDENT.
AND THESE ARE BEING IDENTIFIED, AS WELL AS OTHER CLOSE PERSONAL CONTACTS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Dir.;
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Students with questions may contact Tech's Student Health Services at
This is the first meningitis death in the New River Valley since two people
died in 1992.
Meningitis is spread through close contact, such as kissing or sharing
eating utensils, or living in the same household with a carrier for an extended
Some other notes-- meningitis is a rare but lethal disease that causes
swelling in the brain and spinal chord.
There are two major kinds of meningitis, bacterial and viral.
Bacterial can be deadly--
We've heard about other such cases in recent years around the region...
though there are treatments.
--Stiff neck & back
Investigators now have more questions about the alibi of Jon Bonet Ramsey's
20 year old stepbrother.
Police have reportedly been trying to verify his whereabouts when the girl
Meanwhile authorities say the investigation is on track.
Two detectives are just back from a ten day trip looking for clues.
((THEY WERE IN WEST VIRGINIA, ARIZONA, GEORGA, ILLIONOIS AND OHIO AND BASICALLY
THEY WERE DOING INTERVIEWS, GATHERING INFORMATION THAT'S ESSENTIAL TO THE
SUPER=01-Leslie Aaholm/Boulder City Spokesperson;
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Six year old Jon Bonet Ramsey was found murdered in the family's home the
day after Christmas.
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Police in Chicago are frustrated that noone is coming forward with
information on the horrendous assault of another little girl-- near death since
early last month.
The nine-year-old they call Girl X was found lying on a landing in a
Someone had cornered her-- then smashed her skull, strangled, raped and
Police resent not only how horrible the case is-- but the difference in
the amount of attention it's received, compared with the case of JonBenet
IN Q=An affluent
((PAUL JENKINS/CHICAGO POLICE SPOKESMAN: AN AFFLUENT AND ATTRACTIVE YOUNG
PERSON AS OPPOSED TO AN UNKNOWN LOWER INCOME YOUNG PERSON. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Jenkins/Chicago Police Spokesman; :
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The girl is recovering in a rehabilitation center.
But so far there's been no national spotlight on the case-- and no
break-through in the investigation.
He was a valuable police informant in Bedford County before he died--
Now charges against at least two dozen suspected drug dealers will be
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Month;
Nearly 30 people were rounded up last month as part of "Operation
The arrests stemmed from undercover drug buys made by an informant for the
Bedford County sheriff's department.
That informant died of a heart attack two weeks ago, and without his
testimony, the cases can't go forward.
IN Q=We're disappointed
((LT. JOHN MCCANE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE'RE DISAPPOINTED WITHOUT
QUESTION. WE'RE DISAPPOINTED FIRST FROM THE STANDPOINT BECAUSE WE LOST A
FRIEND. THE INFORMANT WAS WELL KNOWN TO SEVERAL OF US INCLUDING MYSELF, AND
SECONDLY, THESE PEOPLE WON'T HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT. THE COMMONWEALTH FEELS AS
WE DO THAT THE CASES WERE STRONG, THAT THEY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE LED TO
CONVICTIONS AND IN BEDFORD COUNTY, LENGTHY SENTENCES ARE THE RULE, AND WE'RE
DISAPPOINTED FROM THAT STANDPOINT.))
SUPER=01-Lt. John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=from that standpoint.
McCane says the operation still sends the message that the Sheriff's
Department will not tolerate illegal drugs in Bedford County.
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Hit the books hard in community college and you'll be compensated...that's
the latest state-wide incentive plan.
And creditors were geared up to seize motorcycles and other vehicles from a
Roanoke store-- more on the story when News-7 Primetime continues-- here on
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If you get good grades in community college, a new state bill will help you
cash in on your success.
Starting in July of 1998, full- time students earning a "B" average or
better during their first year of school are eligible for a paid scholarship
their second year.
But the community college incentive scholarship program does have one more
IN Q=If they are
((MARK EMICK/VA WESTERN COMM. COLLEGE: IF THEY ARE ENROLLED FULL TIME IN A
PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY THE COOPERATION OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AS A PROGRAM THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE
SUPER=01-Mark Emick/Virginia Western Comm. College;
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Emick says the scholarship will help community colleges develop more
economic partnerships across the state.
It's been a landmark on Williamson Road for years...now Gio's Cycle Mart is
Creditors were at the shop today hoping to seize 220 motorcyles, four
wheelers, and jet skis-
But they were forced to stop- because creditors say Gio's filed bankruptcy.
According to court documents, Gio's owes (Doy-tcha) Deutsche Financial
Services Corporation more than 730- thousand dollars.
Sources say Gios also owes Kawasaki up to a million dollars.
Gio's was closed this afternoon and attempts to reach company officials were
The Roanoke Valley will soon have a publication exclusively covering local
The same people that publish the Blue Ridge Business Journal unveiled their
newest creation this afternoon-- The Roanoke Valley Sports Journal.
It will cover high school and recreational sports.
The Journal will also cover local college athletics and local professional
teams in the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q=The Business
((JOHN MONTGOMERY/SPORTS JOURNAL PUBLISHER: THE BUSINESS JOURNAL HAS A BROADER
AREA OF CIRCULATION, INTO LYNCHBURG AND THE NEW RIVER VALLEY. BUT WE DECIDED
TO START SMALL START WITH THE ROANOKE METRO AREA, AND SEE HOW WE DO WITH
SUPER=01-John Montgomery/Sports Journal Publisher;
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Among those heading up the project, Sam Lazzaro, a former Salem Avalanche
He says the concept has received overwhelming support from potential
The Sports Journal will debut as a free insert in the April edition of the
Blue Ridge Business Journal.
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The side kick of Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was on the air in the
New River Valley today...
And residents in two counties are pleasantly surprised as the Air Force
announces it's suspending plans to increase some low-level training flights.
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It's being called a guarded victory for residents of Highland and
Today, the Air Force announced it is suspending plans to increase low-level
training flights over the region.
Residents have been voicing fierce opposition since they learned the Air
Force wanted to expand the military operations area, and dramatically increase
the number of flights.
Highland County Attorney Melissa Dowd says it's wonderful to see Virginia's
least- populated county receive such clear attention from its public officials.
Three congressmen and four senators became involved in the controversy.
Dowd also says residents will remain vigilant, because the Air Force could
revive the proposal in the future.
Rush Limbaugh fans tuned in today to hear his radio show being broadcast
nationwide from Christiansburg radio station W-F-N-R 710 A-M.
Noted film critic and political historian Michael Medved was sitting in as
((MICHAEL MEDVED/SUBSTITUTE "RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW" HOST: HERE RUNNING "THE RUSH
LIMBAUGH SHOW" FROM THE NEW RIVER VALLEY IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Medved/Substitute Host;
OUT Q=Southwestern Virginia.
Medved made sure to hit some local topics, calling the Supreme Court ruling
forcing V-M-I to admit women "an incredibly foolish and destructive decision."
W-F-N-R just enjoyed the limelight.
((BOB TRAVIS/TRAVIS BROADCASTING OWNER: IT ESTABLISHED THE STATION AS A TALK
SHOW STATION, WHICH IS THE TREND CERTAINLY IN A-M RADIO. AND TO HAVE THE LEADER
IN TALK SHOWS, THE RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW ORIGINATING FROM HERE MEANS A LOT TO THE
SUPER=01-Bob Travis/Travis Broadcasting Owner;
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Medved spoke at Washington and Lee University tonight.
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Better treatment for AIDS, along with counseling and testing--
are being credited with the first significant decline in deaths from the
The government says in the first six months of last year, deaths from AIDS
fell by 13-percent from the previous year.
But not all the news is good. While there's been a substantial
drop in deaths among white gay men, the reduction among blacks and hispanics is
Women and heterosexuals actually increased.
And nothing has changed in the developing world.
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(( DONNA SHALALA/HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: IT IS INCREASINGLY A
DISEASE OF WOMEN, OF CHILDREN. IT IS INCREASINGLY A DISEASE RELATED TO
INTRAVENOUS DRUG USERS. ))
SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Health & Human Services Secretary; :
OUT Q=drug users.
The new figures don't include the effect of expensive drug cocktails and
They weren't widely used until mid- 1996.
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Time for our video of the day-- the greens don't necesarily have to be
green and lush to play a round of golf.
Some will settle for white and frosty.
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Golf is Butch Labounty's obsession.
His goal in life.. to play golf everyday of the year.. despite the bitter
He works at night.. golfs by day.. and tries to avoid at least one hazard
his fellow duffers aren't likely to face.
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((WHEN THERE'S NO SNOW ON THERE I BOUNCE THEM RIGHT OFF THAT BRANCH. ))
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SUPER=75-Mauna Kea, HI; :
And speaking of snow, even though it happened yesterday-- we still think
it's a pretty neat site.
Take a look at these shots of SNOW in Hawaii.
There were two inches of the white stuff on (MOW-NUH KAY-UH) Mauna Kea--
and still more snow fell overnight as a winter storm passed over the islands,
already causing more than a million dollars in damage.
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Postseason hoops are in control of tonight's Primetime sports here on WEFC.
High school regional highlights from Fleming, Pulaski and Martinsville plus,
the ODAC women's tournament.
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But first Radford opened the Big South women's tourney with a 77-to-57 win
over Charleston Southern today.
Kim Hairston had 18 points and 11 assists.
Radford has won the past seven tournament titles.
Now some more tournament scores.
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SUPER=0098-j/Bridgewater/78//Va. Wesleyan/55//ODAC Women/j/Guilford/66//W &
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The William Fleming Colonels lost to George Washington high school twice
during the regular season, but tonight when it mattered most the Colonels beat
the defending state champs to earn a trip to the state tournament.
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A trip to Saturday night's regional championship in Northern Virginia was
also on the line tonight.
And Fleming scored early with some good ball movement, as Jaron Walker gets
the hoop and the harm inside.
GW countered that with Charles Stephens. The steal, the jam and the Eagles
are back in business.
Marcus Cunningham would then drive and nail the off-balance jumper to give GW
But Fleming outscores the Eagles 17-to-5 in the final four minutes of
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the game. Brad Dunleavy leads the way with a game high 21 as Fleming grounds
the Eagles 75-to-60.
In the Northwest Region girl's game tonight down in Pulaski, the Lady Cougars
also ended the Lady Eagles season with a 65 to 48 win.
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Head Coach Buddy Farris and his girls were ready to get this game in the
books and put away the Western district champs.
And Pulaski was hot early. Lisa Skeens dishes to sophomore sensation Katrina
Williams who converts the layin.
This time Williams was the giver, and Robin Bowers takes her pass and drops
the short jumper for the Lady Cougars.
GW would battle back and get within four as Shana Price goes coast to coast
for the bounce in off the glass.
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But Pulaski would prevail. Mandy Sexton tosses to Sarah Donald, who hit the
"J". Pulaski moves onto to the state quarterfinals with the 65 to 48 win.
Let's now head down to Martinsville for tonight's Region IV semi-finals
between Martinsville and Virginia High.
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Bulldogs head coach Troy Wells gave his team some added instruction before
the start of the second quarter.
And the Dogs would get agressive on the offensive end with Manti Venable, who
goes straight up the middle and converts the short jumper.
Virginia High's Karon Smith would then take a nice pass inside and convert
the layin for the Bearcats.
But back come the Bulldogs with Leander Preston picking up the loose ball and
hitting the three at the first half buzzer.
Martinsville goes on to beat Virginia High 68 to 55 to advance to the Region
IV title game.
With the win, the Dogs have earned a spot in the state quarterfinals!
The two teams that battled for the ODAC championship last year met very
different fates in the first round of this year's tournament.
Steve Mason has more on a Roanoke win and a Randolph-Macon loss.
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SUPER=01-Amy Athey/26 Points & 9 Rebounds; :
SUPER=01-Aimee Beightol/Injured Macon Player; :
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That's it for us tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime, but there's more news--coming
up later... Here's what we're(----------------)
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A dispute over warranty work at a local auto dealership got ugly--as a
disgruntled customer was picked up by police, fingerprinted and booked on a
Keith Humphry tells us the story involving Holiday Mitsubishi.
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Jean Jadhon will be along in 30-minutes over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching
NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.