Coming up on News 7-
A woman is stabbed several times with a steak knife in Danville. Well have
The Governor's race is off and running with the first candidate kicking off
It's a bright comet- you can see it with your naked eye. We'll find out when
News 7 is next.
Police are investigating a stabbing in Danville tonight. A news 7 crew is
at the scene. We'll have details at eleven.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyers makes it official- throwing his hat in the
ring for Governor.
Beyer kicked off his campaign in Roanoke- saying he wants to be the
The brightest comet to pass earth is visible to the naked eye.
We'll find out where to look for the Hales Bopp comet.
Plus Roanoke Express highlights from tonights game in Richmond- all coming
up on News 7 a Eleven.
A Danville woman is hospitalized after she was repeatedly stabbed tonight.
It happened around 6:30 at a house on Winslow Street.
Danville police say 39 year old Brenda Williams was stabbed approximately
six times with a steak knife in the neck, face and shoulders.
Police say Williams and another woman apparently got into a fight shortly
before Williams was stabbed.
Police are questioning a suspect but so far no charges have been filed.
He's a danger to the community and a "flight risk."
With that- -AND a claim that Joe Abed lied under oath at his detention
hearing last week- -federal prosecutors today said they will NOT present live
witnesses this week in the racketeering case against Abed and his "organized
A key element of the case involves extortion, threats, even murder.
The Government is declining to put witnesses on at this point in the case.
In its notice to the court the government points to ten earlier cases
against Abed family members that were dismissed in state court, because
witnesses were intimidated.
"The very witnesses whose testimony would be most compelling," says the U-S
Attorney, "are those people who are most at risk in this case."
Don Beyer is now a full-time candidate for Governor.
After eight years as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor, Beyer's stepped into
the campaign spotlight.
Ellen Qualls has more from the Democrat in both Roanoke and Richmond.
IN Q=It is with
SUPER=01-Don Beyer/(D) Candidate for Governor; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; 1:01
OUT Q=news 7 Richmond
((IT IS WITH PRIDE AND HUMILITY, WITH DETERMINATION AND FAITH, THAT I ANNOUNCE
MY CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA.))
And with a great deal of fanfare.
Beyer started his four city kick-off tour in Roanoke.
He had the kind of enthusiastic supporters a gubernatorial candidate can
But he wants to be something different from the lawyers who've governed
Virginia for four decades.
SOT TAPE ONE 12:05:11
((I BELIEVE I'LL BE THE FIRST CERTIFIED AUTO MECHANIC TO LEAD THIS STATE.))
He is, after all, the heir to his father's Don Beyer Volvo... where he
worked his way up from the garage.
SOT TAPE ONE 12:05:34
((I BELIEVE VIRGINIA NEEDS AN EDUCATION GOVERNOR.))
He sets himself in opposition to George Allen and his actual opponent Jim
Gilmore, who, he says...
sot 12:18:08 T2
((SUED TO BLOCK CLEAN WATER. SUED TO BLOCK VOTER REGISTRATION. TRIED TO BLOCK
GOALS 2000. ON ISSUE AFTER ISSUE, THEY HAVE CHOSEN THE MORE EXTREME
IDEOLOGICAL TACT. AND I THINK THAT'S NOT WHERE VIRGINIA IS. AND THAT'S
CERTAINLY NOT HOW I WANT TO LEAD.))
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: I THINK DON BEYER'S AN ATTRACTIVE
CANDIDATE IN A LOT OF WAYS. I THINK HIS PERSONALITY, HIS AFFABILITY, HIS
INTELLIGENCE ALL ARE GOING TO WORK VERY WELL IN THIS CAMPAIGN.))
What would NOT be attractive to many voters is a tax increase to pay for
bold education plans.
sot t2 12:14:46
((IT'S TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT ANY OF THAT. I THINK THAT THE THINGS I WANT TO
DO, THE THINGS I OUTLINED IN THE SPEECH THIS MORNING DO NOT REQUIRE A TAX
But he won't close the door.
SOT TAPE ONE 12:16:54 T2
((I THINK TO TAKE A NO NEW TAX PLEDGE IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE POLITICAL GIMMICK.))
But take note, Republican Jim Gilmore has NOT taken that NO tax increase
((DON BEYER MAY HAVE BEEN RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR FOR FOUR YEARS. BUT HE'LL BE
OFFICIALLY NOMINATED AT A CONVENTION HERE IN RICHMOND ON MAY 10TH. ELLEN
QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
The sky over North America will look a little different for the next month
A bright comet is making an appearance, and is causing quite a stir.
Andrew Freiden tells us when to look for it.
IN Q=a comet is a..
SUPER=01-Greg Topazna/Va. Tech Astronomer; :00
SUPER=01-John Broderick/Va. Tech Astronomer; :18
SUPER=01-John Semonetti/Va. Tech Astronomer; :38
OUT Q=news7, blacksburg
IN Q=a comet
((GREG TOPAZNA/VIRGINIA TECH ASTRONOMER: A COMET IS A DIRTY SNOWBALL, IT'S
MOSTLY ICE, WITH BITS OF DUST AND PRIMORDIAL MATTER, THEY WERE AROUND WHEN THE
SOLAR SYSTEM WAS FORMED ))
OUT Q=WAS FORMED.
Don't call it a meteor-- It's called the comet Hale-Bopp, and it's named
after two amateur astronomers.
IN Q=IT'S NO GREAT
((JOHN BRODERICK/VIRGINIA TECH ASTRONOMER: IT'S NO GREAT SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT
TO HAVE DISCOVERED A COMET. SO YOU WON'T GET PROMOTED, OR A PAY RAISE, OR JOB
SECURITY FROM THAT. SO AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS DO IT. AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT ROLE
THAT AMATEURS PLAY. ))
OUT Q=AMATEURS PLAY
Folks have already begun sighting the Comet on their morning drive to work--
and the show is only going to get better.
IN Q=when they come
((JOHN SEMONETTI: WHEN THEY COME, SOMETIMES THEY CAN BE QUITE SPECTACULAR--
SOMETIMES THEY ARE DUDS, THIS IS A SPECTACULAR ONE, I WOULDN'T MISS IT. ))
SUPER=01-John Semonetti/Va. Tech Astronomer;
OUT Q=miss it.
For next week or so, The comet is visible right before sunrise, low in the
After dark, the comet won't be as bright-- and will only be visible for an
hour or so in the Northwest Sky.
From March 20th to the 22nd, The comet will move higher in the twilight sky.
And the best days to view the comet are from March 24th until April 10th.
ON those days, the comet will be very easily found in the Northwest sky, just
IN Q=IF YOU REALLY
((IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GET A SPECTACULAR VIEW, OR MAYBE SEE THE LONG TAIL.
YOU WANT TO TRY TO GO TO A DARK LOCATION.))
But the Virginia Tech Astronomers say the comet is so big-- you have a front
row seat from just about anywhere.
Andrew Freiden, News7, Blacksburg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, more cadets at the Citadel are disciplined
for harassing female students,
And President Clinton says he wants to know why the White House was kept in
the dark over an investigation of the Chinese government.
MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 0.73 foot/Down 0.51 foot;Lake levels
Did the Chinese try to influence Congressional elections- and if they did,
why wasn't the President told?
The FBI apparently warned national security officers about possible chinese
attempts to donate money.
The White House says officials were told not to say anything to higher-ups.
((YES I BELIEVE I SHOULD'VE KNOWN. NO I DIDN'T KNOW. IF I HAD KNOWN I WOULD'VE
ASKED THE NFC AND THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE AND MAKE WHATEVER
RECOMMENDATIONS WERE APPROPRIATE.))
OUT Q=were appropriate."
The FBI denies it warned officials to keep quiet.
Lawmakers allegedly targeted by the Chinese say they were briefed by the
The Citadel throws one cadet out and punishes nine others for allegedly
hazing and harassing two female cadets.
Lee Cowan reports from Charleston, South Carolina.
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC; 00
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Clifton Poole/Citadel Interim President;
SUPER=01-Ted Boyd/Sophomore Cadet; 1:04
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News; 1:10
OUT Q=CBS News, Charleston."
((MAJ. GEN. CLIFTON POOLE/THE CITADEL INTERIM PRESIDENT: THE CADET'S WERE
INFORMED OF THIS DECISION AT 12:45 TODAY.
As a result of that announcement one more male cadet has been dismissed and
nine others face additional discipline in connection with the hazing and
harrassment of these two female cadets.
In sworn depositions Jeanie Mentavlos and Kim Messer complained their clothes
were set on fire, cleaning solutions was put on their heads and they were
kicked and shoved while in a closet, all by male cadets.
Two of those cadets have already been expelled, another never returned to
class. All tolled, fifteen cadets were involved, only one was exonerated.
Two of the four female cadets have stayed on here with no reported problems.
School officials admit they made mistakes and that assimilating women into the
cadet corps. is far from easy. Fellow cadets agree but say the school's
integrity will remain.
TED BOYD, SOPHOMORE CADET:
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS: DESPITE THE CONTROVERSY, SCHOOL OFFICIALS HERE SAY
IS UP TEN PERCENT AND THEY HAVE APPLICATIONS FROM OVER FORTY WOMEN, 28 OF WHOM
HAVE ALREADY BEEN ACCEPTED.
LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, CHARLESTON))
It appears a bumpy road ahead for some Roanoke County residents.
They knew there were changes coming to Route 221 in Back Creek but not the
kind V-DOT wants to make.
Everyone agrees the road has dangerous curves... but residents thought
engineers were going to straighten out the existing black top.
Instead VDOT is now examining the feasibility of wiping out one stretch of
road entirely and building a newer, straighter portion over a nearby creek.
IN Q=I feel there's
((JOE KEPHART/CONCERNED RESIDENT: I FEEL THERE'S DEFINITELY SOME POLITICS
INVOLVED HERE. I THINK WE'RE BEING SHORTCHANGED. PERSONALLY, THIS IS KEEPING US
IN LIMBO. WE CAN'T ADD ON TO OUR HOUSE. WE'RE NOT SURE IF THE ROADS GOING TO BE
OVER HERE OR OVER HERE. ))
((CAROLE KEPHART/CONCERNED RESIDENT: EVERYTHING IS PERFECT ON THIS CREEK. WE
HAVE TROUT THAT'S GONNA GO. THE BED OF THE CREEK IS BECOMING TOTALLY SHALLOW.
WE JUST WON'T HAVE ANY OF THIS ANYMORE. ))
SUPER=01-Joe Kephart/Concerned Resident;
SUPER=01-Carole Kephart/Concerned Resident; :16
OUT Q=this anymore
VDOT officials say it will likely take months before a specific plan is
The latest estimates from Wall Street say Norfolk Southern is paying roughly
four-billion dollars for about half of Conrail's routes.
Late last week Conrail signed a a deal letting Richmond based CSX take it
C-S-X and N-S have agreed to split up Conrail's assets to preserve
competition in the northeast.
People following the deal say it's a good one for N-S, one of our area's
SOT today tape 12:31:03
IN Q=Norfolk Southern
((GEORGE BRAMMER/STOCKBROKER-A.G. EDWARDS: NORFOLK SOUTHERN'S GONNA GET VERY
VALUABLE TRACK IN THE NORTHEAST. AND IT EXPANDS THEIR LINES, IT GIVES THEM NEW
SUPER=01-George Brammer/Stockbroker-A.G. Edwards;
OUT Q=new markets.
The only ones losing out on the deal will likely be Conrail employees.
Its workforce could be cut now that the railroad's getting carved up.
Another female member of the House of Delegates has decided not to seek
re-election this fall.
Lynchburg Republican Joyce Crouch announced today she's retiring after eight
years representing the 22nd District.
Crouch's husband had served in the same post for twelve years before he died
Crouch says 20 years of public service is enough for anyone.
IN Q=I feel very
((DEL. JOYCE CROUCH/R- LYNCHBURG: I FEEL VERY GOOD ABOUT THE SERVICE OF MY
EIGHT YEARS THERE. HAD GENERALLY PRETTY GOOD SUCCESS ON MOST OF THE PIECES OF
LEGISLATION THAT I INTRODUCED, AND PRETTY MUCH GAVE FULL- TIME SERVICE TO THE
SUPER=01-Del. Joyce Crouch/(R) Campbell Co.; :00
OUT Q=to the constituency.
Two other women in the House of Delegates also may step down this year.
Virginia HAD climbed to 40th in the nation for the number of female
lawmakers this past year.
Soft Music Under
Coming up next, the Salem V-A gets an unique outpatient center,
and we'll see why the warmer weather is bugging some people.
MUSIC UP FULL
Having surgery can mean a lengthy stay in the hospital.
But now the Salem V-A Medical Center is offering more procedures without
Today hospital officials gave the public a first look at its new Center for
They estimate the new 30-bed facility will allow 70-percent of all
surgeries to be done on an outpatient basis.
IN Q=As you know,
((DR. RAJIV JAIN/CHIEF OF STAFF: AS YOU KNOW, MANY OF THE SURGERIES CAN NOW BE
DONE IN OUTPATIENT SETTINGS. AND WE JUST DID NOT HAVE A FACILITY LIKE THIS IS
OUR HOSPITAL TO OFFER THIS TO OUR PATIENTS. SO, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ADVANCE,
NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Rajiv Jain/Chief of Staff;
OUT Q=no question about that
The center also offers diagnostic testing, primary care, and follow- up
It is the only hospital in the V-A's Mid-Atlantic network with such a
The water's gone- but the mess is left behind.
((NAT SOUND THROWING STUFF DOWN))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND."
Folks are picking up and rebuilding in many flood ravaged states.
Don Andrew will get help for his tire business from a federal loan- but he
doesn't have flood insurance.
((DON ANDREW/BUSINESS OWNER: FLOOD INSURANCE WHEN THIS CLOSE TO THE RIVER IS
EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. I CAN REPLACE A LOT FOR WHAT MY PREMIUM WOULD BE YEARLY
SUPER=01-Don Andrew/Business Owner;
OUT Q=YEARLY SO."
The mud soaked books at the library in Falmouth, Kentucky could not be
((WE GOT APPROXIMATELY 28 THOUSAND BOOKS IN THAT PILE. ALL OF OUR FURNITURE ALL
OF OUR COMPUTERS EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN THE LIBRARY.))
SUPER=01-Janie Harter/Library Director; quick!
OUT Q=in the library."
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Wind NW-10/38-40/Partly Sunny/And Breezy/60-65;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Wind NW-10/30-42/Sunny & Breezy/Wind NW-20/64-68;
SUPER=332-Clear & Cool/Wind W-10/28-34/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-20/58-60;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Wind NW-10/30-34/Partly Sunny/And Windy/50-55;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Wind W-10/36-39/Mostly Sunny/And Breezy/50-54;
Roanoke College senior Amy Athey is one of 40 finalists for the Kodak
The 10 member first team will be announced next Thursday.
And last night Duke's Mike Krzyzewski was named the ACC's coach of the year.
He beat out Dean Smith and Gary Williams for the honor.
Jeff Johnson will officially be named the new head football at Patrick Henry
high school later today.
New 7 Sports has learned that Johnson beat out two other finalists for the
job, including a coach from the state of Florida.
SUPER=03-Friday Football Extra; :00
Johnson has been an assistant coach at PH since 1986, coaching mainly
defensive ends and the offensive lines.
His last stint as a head coach was at old Natural Bridge high school where he
led the Rockets to a 7-and-3 record his final year in 1985.
It took four months for PH to name a successor for Ed Scott, who stepped down
at the end of last season.
Johnson will meet with his team this morning.
Four thousand and 54 Richmond fans watched their Renegades stop the express
4-2 last night.
Steve Mason, and photographer Howard Swank were at the Freezer and have this
SUPER=03-Richmond/Express vs. Renegades; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Loder/One Goal & One Assist; :10
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :28
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach;:52
SUPER=01-Tim Christian/One Goal;1:17
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Last week he was named first team all-ACC, tonight it's another honor for Tim
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC; :00
The Associated Press has tabbed the Wake Forest center a first team
all-american selection, making him the first player to earn first team honors
in the back to back years since Shaquille O'Neal.
Joining Duncan on the first team are Keith Van Horn, Ron Mercer, Raef
LaFrentz and Danny Fortson.
Keep it right here on Your Hometown station for all of this week's NCAA
Everything gets started Thursday afternoon at 12:15.
Kansas Jayhawks takes on Jackson State in the opening game of the tournament
At 2:40 Purdue tangles with A-10 member Rhode Island at 2:40.
The night session should be a dandy with North Carolina and Fairfield hooking
up from Winston-Salem at 7:30.
And Virginia and Iowa facing off out in Salt Lake City at 10:30.
Also, you will get some bonus converge Thursday night of the Maryland -
College of Charleston game in Memphis.
Then on Friday at 12:15 Clemson Tigers meets Miami of Ohio.
And later in the afternoon UNC-Charlotte plays Georgetown out in Tucson.
Then at 7:30 Friday night, Wake Forest hooks up with St. Mary's of
And the night session ends with Duke taking on Murray State from the
Also, Friday night, some bonus coverage of the Old Dominion - New Mexico game
Still to come for you tonight on News 7 sports, another one of those amazing
stories from the Winston Cup world.
A day after some how walking away from this - Steve Grissom was barely
walking with a limp as he visited the Charlotte Motor Speedway this afternoon.
The folks at LIberty University are also fired up this week for their Lady
The Liberty Ladies donned their dancing shoes this afternoon in preparation
for Friday night's Mideast Regional matchup with top seeded Old Dominion in
Rick Reeves's club was a mere 5 and 22 last season, but turned the tables
with a 22 and 7 season, and Big South tournament championship.
Playing the 29 and 1 Monarchs in their kingdom should present a challenge.
IN Q="I think we're...
((RICK REEVES/LADY FLAMES HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Reeves/Lady Flames Head Coach;
OUT Q=...challenge for us."
The Liberty women are making their first ever appearance in the NCAA
One day after walking away from the most horrific crash on the NASCAR season
Steve Grissom was doing what else but some more walking.
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA; :00
Grissom and his Kodiak Chevy took a wild ride late in Sunday's race at
Atlanta. The entire back end of the car was completely demolished, but Grissom
was basically unscathed.
In fact, yesterday he was the Charlotte Motor Speedway and his sore ankle was
barely causing him to limp as he walked.
IN Q="I'm ready...
((STEVE GRISSOM/DRIVER - KODIAK CHEVY:))
SUPER=01-Steve Grissom/Driver - Kodiak Chevy; :00
OUT Q=...BACK AT IT."
It's March, time for warmer weather, budding flowers and trees... and
As Tracy Altizer reports, the insects are infesting some homes by the
IN Q=During the winter
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Curt Laub; :12
SUPER=01-Eric Day/VT Insect I.D. Lab; :42
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( During the winter, as Curt Laub was checking out the insulation in his
newly- built home, he found something that might make most homeowners shudder,
Japanese ladybeetles by the thousands.
((CURT LAUB: AND PEELING BACK SOME OF THE INSULATION I FOUND CLUSTERS OF THEM,
BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY DO IS CLUSTER TOGETHER IN COLD WEATHER. AND NOW TODAY
I GUESS YOU CAN SEE, A WARM DAY AND THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVERAL WEEKS
The ladybugs don't bother Laub, he's an entomologist, insects are his
But Virginia Tech's Insect Identification Lab has been flooded with calls
from people who are bothered.
The experts say the best defense against the ladybugs is a vacuum cleaner.
Or you can take steps to keep them out to begin with.
((ERIC DAY/VT INSECT I.D. LAB MANAGER: TRY TO WINTERIZE YOUR HOUSE. TRY TO SEAL
UP ALL THE CRACKS AND CREVICES. ALL THE PLACES THAT COLD AIR CAN GET INTO YOUR
HOUSE ARE ALSO THE PLACES THAT LADYBEETLES GET IN TOO. ))
The U.S. Department of Agriculture first introduced the ladybugs in North
Carolina to aid fruit production, the bugs eat tree-damaging aphids.
They spread across the nation on their own, showing up in Virginia in 1993.
Despite the annoyance, they present no dangers.
((THEY DON'T CARRY ANY DISEASE, THEY MAY GIVE JUST A TINY LITTLE NIP IF YOU
HAPPEN TO PICK UP ONE WRONG, BUT THEY REALLY ARE VERY MUCH HARMLESS. ))
The ladybugs usually appear in March, while trying to get outside. Many die
from the dry indoor air before they ever reach the trees.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.)0
They're saying good-bye to winter
with a tradition at Holiday Valley ski resort near Buffalo.
The idea- build a dummy and let it go down hill over a big bump-
To win- your dummy has to land upright and get to the finish line the
fastest- Snoopy the Red Barron took the honors.
This is the 35th year the ski resort closed the season with a big party and
Have a good night.
That does it for News 7 at 11.