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POLICE ARE CALLED TO A ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL- AFTER A ROWDY GROUP WALKS IN
AND REFUSES TO LEAVE.
A FEDERAL JURY FINDS U-S AIR NEGLIGENT IN A CRASH THAT KILLED 37 PEOPLE--
BUT IT'S NOT A COMPLETE VICTORY FOR SURVIVORS AND RELATIVES.
IT'S FRIDAY, MARCH 7TH, OUR TOP STORY
DEVELOPMENTS TONIGHT AFTER A BEDFORD COUNTY MAN WAS KILLED A WEEK AGO WHILE
RIDING A BULL.
OUT Q=while riding a bull.
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC. I'm Connie Stevens.
Rodeo riders were back in the saddle again tonight in Bedford County.
28- year- old Ronald Phillipe (fill-EEP) died last Friday after being thrown
from a bull during a rodeo event at Northwind Stables.
It was the second bull-riding fatality in Bedford County in a year.
Organizers say they take every safety precaution, but it can still be a
IN Q=It's dangerous
SUPER=01-Bob Williams/Northwind Stables; :00
OUT Q=as we can.
Williams and his partner have been holding weekly bull- riding events since
40 riders and more than 400 fans turned out for tonight's event.
A federal court has decided that US Air was NEGLIGENT in the 1994 crash that
left 37 people dead.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/July 2, 1994;
Flight ten-16 went down near the Charlotte Airport in an intense
Jurors said US-Air's negligence in the crash was NOT intentional-- so US
Air-- now known as US-Airways, canNOT be held liable on wrongful death claims.
IN Q=The decision
((NANCY ROHRBACH/US AIRWAYS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT: THE DECISION TODAY DOES NOT
DETRACT FROM THE FACT, THAT FOR US AIRWAYS AS FOR ALL AIRLINES IN THIS COUNTRY,
SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY.))
SUPER=01-Nancy Rohrbach/US Airways Senior Vice Pres.; :
OUT Q=our first priority.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a strong downward
wind slammed the jet into the ground as it tried to land.
The airline claims traffic controllers didn't alert the crew to the
But attorneys for the victim's families said the pilots should have known
the storm was in front of the airplane.
Police arrested and charged eight people this afternoon with trespassing at
Northside High School.
What's alarming is not what they brought in, but what was left in the car.
Police confiscated this nine-millimeter handgun along with 13 golf-ball
sized bags of marijuana from a car outside the school.
School administrators called police after the eight teens walked into the
school apparently looking for a student - and then refused to leave.
IN Q=They were in
((OFFICER T.M. MILES/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: THEY WERE IN A VERBAL ALTERCATION
WITH THE PRINCIPAL WHO WAS TRYING TO HAVE THEM LEAVE, WASN'T DOING ANYTHING OUT
OF THE ORDINARY OTHER THAN, YOU KNOW, GENTLEMEN, YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE PARKING
LOT, HE WAS CURSED AT.))
SUPER=01-T. M. Miles/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=cursed at.
Police say they don't know whether the teens intended to use the gun or
distribute the marijuana at the school.
One of the them told police he was looking for a student who had a problem
with a relative of his.
The teenagers are not students at the school.
The case against alleged organized crime boss Joe (Ah-bed) continued today.
An angry disk jockey was one of the many people to testify before a Grand
Rick Landers provided the music the night of the fire at Mixers Lounge.
He's known for some time now that authorities determined the fire was
But he's upset about the arsonist's disregard for other people's lives.
IN Q=If you're in
((RICK LANDERS/DISC JOCKEY: IF YOU'RE IN BUSINESS AND YOU'RE LOOSING BUSINESS,
THEN YOU SHOULD GET OUT OF BUSINESS. I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD DO ANYTHING LIKE
THAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN PEOPLES' LIVES ARE INVOLVED.))
SUPER=01-Rick Landers/Disc Jockey;
OUT Q=lives involved.
The owners of the Lounge are accused of hiring the Abeds to set the fire
for insurance money.
One of the owners was arrested this week in Atlanta.
The other remains at large, believed to be in Ontario, Canada.
(toss to Robin Reed)
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Coming up on News-7 Primetime,
Attorney General Jim Gilmore says the Commonwealth's only black majority
congressional district won't go down without a fight.
And President Clinton defends his administration's fund-raising activities.
Stay with us.
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President Clinton answered lots of questions about campaigning at a news
conference today, but he mostly defended the actions of those who've
come under media scrutiny, including his Vice President.
Lee Cowan reports.
IN Q=The word scandal
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:13
OUT Q= LC, CBS News, Washington.
The word `scandal' is becoming more and more popular with the White House
press corps these days.
And the words `no legal wrong doing' are becoming just as popular
with the president.
((I HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW ON THIS THAN YOU DO.))
OUT Q=than you do.
So that semantic battle continued in the east room....with both
sides pushing their favorites words.
IN Q=I don't think
((I DON'T THINK YOU WILL FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF THE FACT THAT I HAVE CHANGED
GOVERNMENT POLICY SOLELY BECAUSE OF A CONTRIBUTION))
The President has been struggling to maintain his agenda amidst the
almost daily allegations of campaign fundraising improprieties.
Nearly all of which were brought up...one by one...from overnight
stays in the Lincoln bedroom, to a donation check handled by the first lady's
Chief of Staff, to the Vice President's dialing for campaign dollars.
It's a political fact of life the president abhors..
IN Q=This business
((THIS BUSINESS OF RAISING MONEY TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND IF YOU HAVE TO DO THAT
MUCH OF IT, IT WILL TAKE TOO MUCH TIME AND CAUSE TOO MANY QUESTIONS.))
OUT Q=too many questions.
And with questions posed about it here, the president maintained he
has not put this administration in harm's way.
IN Q=How are we
((HOW ARE WE VUNERABLE?? ONLY VUNERABLE IF YOU THINK IT IS INEVITABLY BAD TO
RAISE FUNDS...AND YOU BELIEVE THESE TRANSACTIONS ARE BETWEEN PEOPLE THAT ARE
ALMOST CRAVEN...I MEAN, I DON'T AGREE WITH THAT.))
OUT Q=don't agree with that.
Almost lost in the fundraising furor was the President's call to
help veterans complaining of gulf war syndrome....and encouraging words about
the nation's economy, and a push for a balanced budget.
Some of just a number of subjects he's tried to bring up lately, but
which no one asked about here. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
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Virginia will fight to keep its only black majority congressional district.
That decision announced today by Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore.
IN Q=We want
((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE WANT TO DO A RE-DISTRICTING... NEW
ELEMENTS OF THIS.))
OUT Q=of this.
Virginia's only black congressman, Bobby Scott represents the third
district, running from Tidewater to north of Richmond.
Police have charged four men for the beating of a Blacksburg pizza delivery
They're charged with malicious wounding by mob for the the January attack.
Police say two men approached the driver's car at College Park Apartments,
and one poured beer through the sunroof.
When the driver tried to run away, he was beaten and kicked.
The men allegedly took about 16 hundred dollars worth of items from the car,
including pizza, cash and jewelry.
Police have charged Duane Darnell Brown, Braxton Mullen, and Christopher
Donald Lee, all of Woodbridge, and Brian Landgrover of Baltimore.
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Call it hands-IN learning...some Roanoke county students are learning how
computers work from the inside- out.
Plus-- if you did spend the day in front of the old keyboard and terminal--
you may have gotten plenty accomplished.
But what's it doing to your eyesight?
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It seems like everyone is learning how to use a computer.
But some Roanoke County students are also learning how to put them together.
Fourteen students at the Arnold Burton Technology Center have assembled 43
I-B-M compatible computers for use in offices and classrooms.
Administrators believe the student's work will save the school system more
than 20- thousand dollars.
IN Q=The students have done an excellent
((PHIL SIMS/INSTRUCTOR: THE STUDENTS HAVE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB HERE. THEY'VE
WORKED REAL HARD ON THE COMPUTERS. I'M VERY PROUD OF IT. AS YOU CAN TELL WHEN
YOU GET ALL OF THIS GOING TOGETHER AND IT WORKS, THAT'S SOMETHING TO BE REALLY
OUT Q=real proud of.
The computers come with a warranty.
The students will be responsible for repairs if any of the equipment fails
after it's put into service.
Asthma patients whose disease is triggered by sulfites should not eat
certain kinds of canned tuna.
And the same goes for anyone allergic to the preservatives.
Sulfites were inadvertently added to about a third of the canned tuna sold
in the U-S.
Sulfite-sensitive people can suffer life-threatening reactions if they eat
All brands of white or albacore canned tuna contain the sulfites, as well
as several brands of light tuna.
The industry has set up a consumer hotline, at 1-800-283-1112 for those who
need more information.
Again, that's 1-800-283-1112.
A new option in health care will soon be available to Pulaski County
Columbia Pulaski Community Hospital is opening a rural health facility.
It's intended to serve patients who don't have a family physician, and in
turn, cut down on the number of emergency room visits.
The center will be staffed by a nurse practitioner under the supervision of
((KEVIN MEYER/COLUMBIA PCH MARKETING DIR.: PREVENTIVE CARE AND TEACHING,
PATIENT TEACHING ARE STRESSED IN THEIR COURSE WORK. AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL
CARRY OVER IN THIS SETTING TO HELP PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES BETTER AND
KEEP FROM BECOMING ILL AS OFTEN. ))
SUPER=01-Kevin Meyer/Columbia PCH Marketing Dir.;
OUT Q= ill as often.
Officials broke ground for the facility this morning.
It's expected to open on Cougar Trail Road this summer, offering weekend and
extended evening hours.
Ailments like carpel-tunnel syndrome have been linked to computer use for
but the strain could be affecting another part of your body, your eyes.
Intern Reporter Amy Bohutinsky has more.
IN Q=Does this look
SUPER=01-Dr. Lee Thomas Helms/Ophthalmologist; :15
SUPER=19-Amy Bohutinsky; 1:21
OUT Q=Amy Bohutinsky, News 7
Does this look familiar? Squinting at a computer screen-- most of us do it
everyday-- whether for work or play, we're focusing in-- a lot.
But what's all this screen-staring doing to your eyes?
IN Q=I see a lot
((DR. LEE HELMS/OPHTHALMOLOGIST: I SEE A LOT OF PATIENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHO
HAVEN'T HAD A PROBLEM IN THE PAST, AND NOW THEY'RE USING THE COMPUTER A WHOLE
LOT AND START HAVING EYE STRAIN))
OUT Q=eye strain
Doctor Lee Helms is the new President of the Roanoke Valley Academy of
Medicine-- and a practicing ophthalmologist.
He says many of his patients complain of eye problems from using
computers-- though a New York research study found the computer does NOT cause
long-term focusing problems.
IN Q=They found a lot
((THEY FOUND A LOT OF FATIGUE, AND EYE STRAIN, AND CONDITIONS THAT WERE
SELF-LIMITED, TEMPORARY NUISANCES AND DISCOMFORTS-- BUT THEY DIDN'T FIND ANY
LONG-TERM DEFINITIVE EFFECT ))
OUT Q=definitive affect
What this means is that staring at a screen all day won't give you an eye
problem-- but it may trigger an existing problem you didn't know you had.
This can be easily corrected by wearing glasses-- but sometimes the solution
can be as simple as giving your eyes a rest.
IN Q=taking a break
((TAKING A BREAK, AND WHEN YOU TAKE A BREAK NOT GOING IN THE BREAKROOM AND
READING THE NEWSPAPER, BUT MAYBE WALK AROUND OUTSIDE AND RELAX.))
OUT Q=and relax.
If you can't take the time for a walk, try focusing on an object that's far
away. This might even give you an excuse to stare out the window-- and
Amy Bohutinsky, News 7. ))
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Our top shots tonight are going to be especially appealing if you're a Vette
Today marked the first day the public could get out and buy the newest
Berglund Chevrolet is one of about 400 dealers around the country, to offer
the new Vette-- the first complete re-design in 13 years.
There are no parts on the 97 borrowed from the 96 model--
in fact, there are a third FEWER parts used.
IN Q=I got to ask
((I GOT TO ASK, WHAT'S THE STICKER PRICE ON SOMETHING LIKE THIS?
THIS CAR WILL ONLY BE ABOUT 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
IS THAT ALL?
AND DOES THIS ONE HAVE A HOME ALREADY?
IT DOES. THIS CAR IS ALREADY SOLD ACTUALLY.
SUPER=75-Robert Harper/Berglund Chevrolet; :
OUT Q=sold actually.
The car can apparently do 175 miles an hour.
That's zero-to 60 in four-point-seven seconds.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, Group A tourney highlights from the Dedmon
Center, plus some fan friendly Express items, and a look at NC State's upset of
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/Winston Cup Qualifying;:00
But first in Hampton, Georgia Mark Martin thought he had the pole position
for this Sunday's Primestar 500.
But he had to settle for second because rookie Robby Gordon won the pole at
186 and half miles an hour.
Now the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Robby Gordon/186.507/2. Mark Martin//3. Darrell Waltrip//4. Dick
Trickle//5. Hut Stricklin//;
SUPER=0107-6. Lake Speed//7. Ted Musgrave//8. Geoff Bodine//9. Dale
Jarrett//10. Kenny Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-11. Billy Standridge//12. Jimmy Spencer//13. Ricky Craven//14.
Jeremy Mayfield//15. Bill Elliott//;
SUPER=0107-16. Rick Mast//17. Ernie Irvan//18. Bobby Hamilton//19. David
Green//20. Sterling Marlin//;
SUPER=0107-21. Morgan Shepherd//22. Terry Labonte//23. Jeff Gordon//24. Mike
Skinner//25. Ricky Rudd//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
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The State basketball tournaments opened tonight with a doubleheader in the
Group A at the Dedmon Center.
SUPER=03-Radford/Glenvar vs. J.I. Burton; :00
Art Lawrence's Highlanders were ready to get this opener over and head to the
Vines Center. But first they had to put away J.I. Burton.
And the boys from Norton looked sharp early as Isaac Adkins knocks in the
short jumper for two of his team high 24 points.
But it was all Glenvar after that as they pad a 13 point halftime lead with
Josh Williamson going coast to coast for the layin and foul. He finished with
Glenvar kept hammering the Black SUPER=33-Glenvar/ /J.I. Burton/ ;
Raiders as Williamson gives it to Chris Evans. He scores 18 and the
Highlanders advance to the final four with 75-to-69 win.
IN Q="Great victory...
((ART LAWRENCE/GLENVAR HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...to state."
SUPER=04-Floyd Co. vs. Haysi; :00
In the nightcap, Alan Cantrell's Buffaloes had their hands full with Haysi.
The Region D champs were hot early as Heath Sutherland finds Cory Bostic for
the drive and score and the lead.
The Buffs then went to work with Adam Harris assisting Travis Cantrell on the
three point bucket to tie it..
SUPER=33-Haysi/72/Floyd Co./84 ;
Floyd continued to hang on as Jason Dalton scores off the Alan Underwood pass
and Floyd beats Haysi 84 to 72.
In the Group Two A ranks tonight, defending state champion Liberty
beat Martinsville 92-to-75 behind Peanut Arrington's 32 points in the
The Minutemen now move on to Friday's semi-finals at the Vines Center in
There was a huge upset at the ACC tournament today as North Carolina State
knocked off Duke, the top seed 66-to-60.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Blue Devils vs Wolfpack; :
Coach K and the Blue Devils had a comfortable lead at this point in the
Jeff Capel takes it to the hoop and scores off the glass Duke led 42 to
But the Wolfpack rallied Jeremy Hyatt's three put State ahead, and he
scored this layup to make it 50 to 46 State.
Clint Harrison put the icing on SUPER=33-Duke/60/N.C. State/66/;the cake
with the jam as time was running out and N.C. State upsets Duke 66 to 60.
Maryland beat Clemson, and Wake Forest nipped Florida State by one.
Right now Virginia trails North Carolina 34-to-28 at halftime in the final
The Roanoke Express came into tonight's game with Charlotte leading the
Checkers by just a point in the East Division standings.
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The Express came into the game hoping to hang onto fourth place.
But it was Charlotte that came out with the hot hand. Number 22, Matt
Robbins fires the shot from the right side and number 11 Eric Boulton tips it
in. The Checkers jumped on top 2-to-nothing.
But Roanoke would rally with Jeff Jablonski blasting one in from the left
side. Nick Vitucci doesn't even see it as Roanoke starts to come back.
The Checkers went up 3-to-1, but Roanoke has now moved in front of the
Checkers 5 to 4 late in the third.
Earlier this week Steve Mason found what it takes to be a Roanoke ice hockey
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SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :54
SUPER=01-J.F. Tremblay/Express Right Winger; 1;04 quick
SUPER=08-Matt O'Dette/Express Defenseman
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That's all for us
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime.
Have a good weekend.