As of today 20-something smokers will have to pull out I-D when they go to
And the Governor responds to published reports that the commonwealth would
not be enforcing the new F-D-A rule.
Showers will continue for much of the rest of this afternoon, with more on
the way for tomorrow. Temperatures will remain fairly mild, so the news is not
all bad. We'll have you complete weekend forecast, plus a look a local hoop
action in sports.
Stay with us News 7 at Noon next.
If you're under 27- years- old, or you look that young, you're going to have
to show some I-D if you plan to you purchase cigarettes.
That's the new federal rule taking effect today.
Surrounded by children, President Clinton highlighted the new rule at a
Washington ceremony this morning.
Mr. Clinton cited studies that show that minors succeed in buying
cigarettes over the counter nearly 70 percent of the time.
((THAT MUST STOP. THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS WILL HELP TO KEEP CIGARETTES OUT OF
REACH FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHILE GIVING STORE CLERKS AND MANAGERS A TOOL THEY
NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE NOT INADVERTENTLY VIOLATING THE LAW. ))
OUT Q=THE LAW.
National anti-smoking leaders say the rules show the country is finally
serious about under-age smoking.
But some vendors call it a waste of time.
Governor Allen and Attorney General Jim Gilmore took steps yesterday to
clarify that the new F-D-A rule WILL be enforced in Virginia.
That, after a spokesperson for Gilmore was quoted in a Washington Post
article as saying it would NOT.
Ellen Qualls has more.
IN Q=The article was
SUPER=03-Richmond/January 16; :19 QUICK!
OUT Q=News 7 Richmond
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE ARTICLE WAS OF COURSE A SURPRISE TO ME. I DIDN'T
KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I DID TALK TO ATTORNEY GENERAL GILMORE AND I DID TALK
TO SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES, MY SECRETARY ROBERT METCALF, AND I
SAID WE ARE ENFORCING THESE LAWS IN VIRGINIA AND I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYBODY ELSE
IS SAYING, THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING.))
But in the Post, Gilmore spokesman Mark Miner, seen here a few weeks ago
with his boss, was quoted as saying:
pre pro page one
"They're federal laws. States don't enforce federal laws."
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DID NOT WRITE THE STORY, I DID NOT INTERVIEW ANYONE.
ALL I CAN SAY IS AS GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, THE STATE DOES
ENFORCE FEDERAL LAWS.))
Jim Gilmore declined to be interviewed for this story.
But he released a statement saying his spokesman, and a health department
official in charge of enforcement, were wrong about his stance.
pre-pro page two
Gilmore now says "All federal laws and regulations are valid in Virginia and
will be enforced."
((We spoke with Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer also.
He's of course Gilmore's all-but-nominated opponent for Governor this fall.
Beyer says, despite the clarification, the message has already been sent to
Virginia teens: it's okay to NOT obey laws you don't agree with.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A Virginia Tech student from Orange County died yesterday from a bacterial
form of meningitis.
Austin Fox was admitted to Montgomery Regional Hospital with a bloodstream
Fox lived on the fourth floor of Shanks Hall on the Tech campus.
Health officials want other students on that floor, as well as anyone else
who may have had CLOSE personal contact with Fox, to take an antibiotic to
prevent spread of the illness.
((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 District Dir.;
OUT Q= close personal contacts.
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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 19-92.
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
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The tide may be turning in the AIDS epidemic.
For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control reports a significant
drop in deaths from the disease.
Doctors credit prevention, new treatments and a slowing growth in new AIDS
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 far smaller.
And the number of cases among women and heterosexuals has actually grown.
((DONNA SHALALA/HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: IT IS INCREASINGLY A
DISEASE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN. IT IS INCREASINGLY A DISEASE RELATED TO
INTRAVENOUS DRUG USERS.))
SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Health and Human Services Secretary;
OUT Q=intravenous drug users."
In the first six months of 19-96- 22- thousand people died from AIDS- a 13
percent drop from a year earlier.
Fire officials investigating the cause of a house fire in Vinton last night.
Two adults and one child were at home on South Pacific Drive when the
fire broke out around eight last night.
They were able to get out of the house unharmed.
IN Q=When the first
((STEVE POFF/ROANOKE CO. FIRE CHIEF: WHEN THE FIRST ENGINE GOT HERE THEY HAD
BRICK RANCH WITH HEAVY SMOKE SHOWING FROM THE FRONT OF THE STRUCTURE, FIRE
SHOWING FROM THE BASEMENT ON THE REAR OF THE BUILDING. THEY WERE ABLE TO TAKE
TWO LINES THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR AND ONE THROUGH THE BASEMENT AND ABLE TO PUSH
THE FIRE THROUGH THE REAR OF THE BUILDING. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Poff/Roanoke Co. Fire Chief;
OUT Q=of the building.
It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the blaze under control.
The home suffered severe damage.
A Halifax County man accused of killing his wife could spend life in prison
based, in part, on his son's testimony.
Five- year- old Bradley Cole was among the witnesses who testified yesterday
against 37- year- old Mark William Cole.
Prosecutors say Cole abducted his estranged wife in front of their two young
children before shooting her outside the home they once shared.
Bradley Cole testified he heard his mother scream.
Cole's attorney claims his client shot his wife because he saw her having
sexual relations with another man earlier in the evening.
Close to 80 people are dead after a powerful earthquake rocked Pakistan
early this morning.
Many of the deaths occurred when mud huts collapsed, trapping victims
Officials fear the death toll could top 100.
The seven- point- three quake was followed by several strong aftershocks.
Remember the "cheerleader mom," accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill
the mother of her daughter's cheerleading rival?
Well today Wanda Webb Holloway was paroled from prison.
In 19-91 a jury convicted Holloway of solicitation of capital murder and
sentenced her to 15 years.
But her conviction was overturned.
She then pleaded no contest and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
She served six months of the sentence.
The United Nations suspects Iraq of building a missile capable of carrying
toxic nerve gas some two-thousand miles.
That would put most of Europe into range.
Yesterday A U-N official said U-N inspectors were convinced Iraqi weapons
scientists had succeeded in stabilizing nerve agents so that they could be used
in spray bombs dropped from aircraft, artillery shells or missile warheads.
(( ROLF EKEUS: IRAQ HAS BEEN DOING SOME DESIGN WORK AND COMPUTER SIMULATION AND
SIMILAR ACTIVITIES AND WE HAVE TO BE WATCHFUL ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER
SUPER=01-Rolf Ekeus/UN Investigator;
OUT Q=further progress.
The U-N Security Council will hear a full report of the inspector's
discoveries next week.
Officials from Highland and Pocahontas Counties are cautiously claiming
victory in their fight with the Air Force over air space.
Yesterday, the Air Force announced it was suspending plans for a dramatic
increase in low- level training flights.
Residents feared the effect on livestock and the quiet character of the
Highland County Attorney Melissa Dowd says the county will remain vigilant,
because the Air Force could revive the proposal in the future.
The Rush Limbaugh Show was in Christiansburg yesterday, without its star.
That made no difference to W-F-N-R radio.
The station was happy to have noted political historian and film critic
Michael Medved sitting in as substitute host, though not necessarily at Rush's
((MICHAEL MEDVED/"THE RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW" SUBSTITUTE HOST: I'M SITTING BEHIND
THE GRAY WFNR MICROPHONE. I'M IN BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA. ))
((BOB TRAVIS/TRAVIS BROADCASTING OWNER: IT'S A NATIONALLY SYNDICATED SHOW AND
IT'S NOT JUST A NATIONAL SHOW. IT'S THE NATIONAL SYNDICATED TALK SHOW WITH
ABOUT 650 AFFILIATES OR SO. AND TO HAVE MICHAEL MEDVED AS THE SUBSTITUTE HOST
BE OUT OF BLACKSBURG IS REALLY VERY EXCITING.))
SUPER=01-Michael Medved/"The Rush Limbaugh Show";
SUPER=01-Bob Travis/Travis Broadcasting Owner;
OUT Q=really very exciting.
Medved was in the area to speak at Washington and Lee.
A local car dealer is not living up to many people's expectations.
Keith Humphry has the story of some people who say they were ripped off.
IN Q=That's what happened
SUPER=07-Vicki Kreider; :15
SUPER=07-Jay Kreider; :37 Quick
SUPER=01-Wayne Maddox/Holiday Mitsubishi General Manager; 1:23
SUPER=07-Valerie Rasheed; 2:35
SUPER=07-Carolyn Hardy; 3:14
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( That's what happened to Vicki Kreider.
She and her husband had taken their Mitsubishi in to get an oil leak
They expected the service would be covered under an extended warranty
they'd purchased when they bought the car from Holiday Mitsubishi.
((THEY SAID THE WARRANTY HAD EXPIRED OR IT WASN'T ANY GOOD, SO WE PAID THEM.))=
...a check for 340-dollars.
Then they got to thinking about it that night.
((AND I CALLED THE CREDIT UNION THE NEXT MORNING AND STOPPED PAYMENT ON THE
Over the next three months Holiday Mitsubishi launched a campaign to collect
Kreider got a registered letter threatening her with criminal charges and
((...SENT A FAKE CRIMINAL WARRANT IN THE MAIL TO HER, SAYING THEY WERE GOING
CHARGE HER WITH A FELONY.))
((But eventually a police officer came to your door.
UH HUH, WITH A FELONY WARRANT AND TOOK ME DOWNTOWN, AND I WAS BOOKED AND
FINGERPRINTED AND TAKEN BEFORE THE MAGISTRATE.))
When the criminal case came up, Judge Vince Lilley took one look at the
words "Stop Payment" on the face of the check.
SOT 21:52 on 2-shot
((HE SAID: "CASE DISMISSED." I LOVED IT.))
Kreider's glee was shortlived.
The dealership sued her CIVILLY. She countersued.
SOT 18:50 on a 2-shot
((I SUED THEM FOR HALF A MILLION.))
...for malicious prosecution.
Though the dealership had THREATENED to seek criminal warrants, Holiday
Mitsubishi claims it was the Magistrate who mistakenly assumed this was
((THEY WERE THE ONE'S THAT ERRED IN WHAT THEY ISSUED FOR THIS LADY'S ARREST,
AND THAT'S IN THE RECORD AS WELL. WE DIDN'T ORDER THAT KIND OF WARRANT TO START
IT WAS A STOP PAYMENT ON A CHECK, IT WASN'T A BAD CHECK. WELL THAT'S TRUE.))
Circuit Judge Pat Doherty concluded the magistrate was wrong.
"Despite the injustice of Kreider's arrest," he ruled the dealership
legally known as Autoworld was "protected and would not be punished."
But he sided with the Kreiders on the warranty issue, chiding the warranty
company for trying to change the expiration date after it was issued.
Last September The Supreme Court rejected the Kreider's appeal for monetary
They're not the only ones claiming warranty problems with Holiday
SOT Rasheed (walking- 2:34:30)
((I DON'T WANT THE VEHICLE. I WANT THEM TO TAKE THIS BACK, BECAUSE IT CONTINUES
TO HAVE A PROBLEM.))
Valerie Rasheed paid 800 dollars for an extended warranty.
Until she got a lawyer involved, she says Holiday Mitsubishi refused to
address her growing list of problems with the van she bought four months ago.
((TRANSMISSION, WATER CRANK SEALS, RADIATOR, SEALS, A SERIOUS OIL LEAK. THE
ENGINE IS BURNING OIL.))
The van was back in the shop the day after we talked with her.
IN Q=Would you buy
((Would you buy an extended warranty again?
WELL, THE EXTENDED WARRANTY THAT I HAVE HASN'T DONE ME MUCH GOOD, SO I WOULD
MAYBE THINK TWICE ABOUT THAT AS WELL. That's a pretty expensive warranty. IT
IS, BUT EVERY TIME YOU GO TO, YOU KNOW, IF SOMETHING THAT'S WRONG, THEY SAY IT
DOESN'T COVER THIS OR IT DOESN'T COVER THAT.))
OUT Q=doesn't cover that.
Carolyn Hardy says she's thinking about taking legal action herself.
((I HAD A GUY CHECK OUT THE CAR. ))
Her mechanic discovered all the motor mounts were busted....
IN Q=I got motor mounts
((I GOT MOTOR MOUNTS, UH HUH, TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS, OIL. THEY SAID IT HADN'T
BEEN CHANGED IN GOD KNOWS HOW LONG.))
OUT Q=God knows how long.
Despite having bought her own extended warranty, she says she's had to
shell out additional funds to get her '93 Grand Am fixed.
IN Q=I felt like
((I FELT LIKE, MY PROBLEM IS I FELT LIKE THESE THINGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN
CARE OF IN THE BEGINNING.
My question is: did you give them an opportunity to do that?
I TOLD THEM, THEY SAID IT DIDN'T COVER- THE WARRANTY. AND IT HADN'T EVEN BEEN
OUT Q=been 30 days.
Management at the dealership declined to discuss Hardy's car problems.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
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It turns out West Virginia's loss is the Roanoke Valley's gain.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Last month Kroger announced plans to expand its Roanoke County warehouse and
add 125 jobs.
This move has apparently had an effect over in the Mountain State.
Kroger has also decided to close its Charleston warehouse and move those
operations to Roanoke County.
About 250 people worked at Kroger's West Virginia warehouse.
The governor of West Virginia has complained that the timing of the
company's decision did not give him the chance to offer incentives to stay.
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The William Fleming Colonels are headed to the state tournament after
knocking off the defending state champs last night in the Northwest regional
SUPER=03-Roanoke/G.W. Danville vs. Fleming; :00
Fleming scores early as Jaron Walker gets the hoop and the harm inside.
G-W's Charles Stephens countered that with the steal and the jam.
Marcus Cunningham would then drive and nail the off-balance jumper to give
G-W the lead.
But Fleming outscores the Eagles 17-to-5 in the final four minutes.
SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/60/Wm. Fleming/75;
Brad Dunleavy leads the way with a game high 21 as Fleming grounds the Eagles
TAPE#net (edit of S6-28)
It was also a season ending night for the Danville girls as they were
eliminated by Pulaski County 65 to 48.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./G.Washington vs. Pulaski Co.; :00
Pulaski's Lisa Skeens dishes to sophomore sensation Katrina Williams who
converts the lay-in.
This time Williams was the giver, and Robin Bowers takes her pass and drops
the short jumper.
G-W would battle back and get within four as Shana Price goes coast to coast.
SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/48/Pulaski Co./65;
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.
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Martinsville is also headed to the state tournament after beating Virginia
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Bearcats vs. Bulldogs; :00
The Bulldogs 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 pass inside and converts 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.
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V-M-I kicked off the Southern Conference tournament last night with an
overtime thriller against Furman.
Furman took an early lead with a six to nothing run. They struggled to hold
onto that lead going into the half, up 45-41.
The Keydets found themselves trailing by two in the second with just two
Maurice Spenser hit the jumper at the buzzer sending the action into
V-M-I took the lead in O- T and went on to win it 87-to-84.
V-M-I advances to the semi-finals of the Southern Conference Tournament.
A birthday bash, secret service and all for Chelsea Clinton.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Last Night;
The first daughter turned 17 yesterday.
Teenagers in tow, the Clintons celebrated with dinner at Washington's
This weekend the Clintons head to New York where they plan to treat Chelsea
to a broadway show.