(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
A HILLSVILLE MAN COULD SPEND UP TO 40-YEARS IN PRISON FOR SHOVING A TODDLER
INTO A WALL--LEADING TO HIS DEATH.
WHILE THE DIRECTOR OF THE SALEM V-A IS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, VETERANS
RALLY AROUND JOHN PRESLEY...SAYING HE'S BEEN GOOD FOR THE CENTER.))
OUT Q=for the center.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Thursday, March 20th, our Top Story...
IN Q=You know and
((YOU KNOW AND I KNOW THAT ALL ISSUES
REGARDING TOBACCO AND HEALTH SHOULD BE MADE PUBLIC.))
OUT Q=made public.
Reaction tonight, after a dramatic confession within the tobacco industry.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
SS=tobacco under fire
The Liggett group broke from the rest of the tobacco industry--
settling lawsuits with 22 states.
Liggett will now provide evidence states can use-- to try to recover
medicaid money spent treating tobacco-related illnesses.
Correspondent Wyatt Andrews has more.
IN Q=Legally, today's
OUT Q=suing for injuries.
Legally, todays announcement could be the stake thru the heart of big
MIKE MOORE/MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL: AND I THINK THIS WILL BRING THE
TOBACCO COMPANIES TO THEIR KNEES.
Heres the deal: To settle a lawsuit Ligget, the smallest American tobacco
company, will admit tobacco is addictive, admit that all the tobacco companies
market cigarettes to children..and in an deal finalized just this afternoon,
Ligget shipped to judges in 22 states documents that are tobacco's crown
jewels...internal notes on what the companies knew about nicotine and addiction
MOORE: THOSE PARTICULAR DOCUMENTS, PROBABLY 25 TO 30 DOCUMENTS, WILL BE THE
MOST INCRIMINATING DOCUMENTS EVER IN THE HISTORY OF TOBACCO LITIGATION
THESE ARE DOCUMENTS WE SEE THAT WE WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO FIND OUT ABOUT.
Today Phillip Morris and 3 other companies got a North Carolina court to
temporarily block the release of the documents, with the companies claiming the
"materials (are) covered by attorney client privilege."
However the 22 state attorneys general who signed todays deal said that
order wont matter.
MOORE: WE HAVE A SAYING DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI. THAT DOG WON'T HUNT. (4) I DON'T
BELIEVE OUR JUDGE IN MISSISSIPPI IS GOING TO CARE TOO MUCH ABOUT WHAT A JUDGE
IN NORTH CAROLINA HAD TO SAY ABOUT DOCUMENTS.
It means that damaging document could reach juries in all the states suing
big tobacco for billions in the medicaid costs of treating smoker.
The documents might be used by any smoker suing for injuries.))
Even though Liggett admits it marketed a deadly and addictive product TO
Virginia Attorney General -- and candidate for governor -- Jim Gilmore says he
still has NO plans to sue any tobacco companies.
Meantime, anti-smoking activists say they're not surprised the Liggett Group
But they're interested to see what's in the agreement.
IN Q=We think
((TED GLICKMAN/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF VA.: WE THINK IT'S A VERY HISTORIC
DAY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH. THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF COURSE APPLAUDS THE
LIGGETT GROUP'S DECISION TO ADMIT SOMETHING THAT THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE
KNOWN FOR YEARS, THAT CIGARETTES ARE ADDICTIVE AND THEY'RE DEADLY.))
SUPER=01-Ted Glickman/American Lung Assoc. of Va.;
OUT Q=they're deadly.
The Chairman of "Concerned Friends for Tobacco" says Southside farmers are
worried about the economic impact this announcement could have on their
IN Q=You have
((CLARENCE BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO CHAIRMAN:YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
THAT A FARMER, LIKE MYSELF, MOSTLY, EVERYTHING WE HAVE IN ASSETS IS TIED, YOU
KNOW, TO OUR FARMS, SO YOU KNOW, OUR LIVELIHOOD IS REALLY AT STAKE. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :00
OUT Q=at stake.
22- percent of Virginia's adult population are smokers, as are one in four
The man accused of killing his girlfriend's son pled guilty to second
degree murder tonight.
Steven Wayne Cole was being tried for the first degree murder of two
year-old Joshua Blevins.
Cole told police he was high on drugs when he shoved the child into a wall.
During testimony, Cole agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
Charles Blevins, Joshua's father, hopes the end of the trial will bring some
IN Q=he was
((CHARLES BLEVINS/JOSHUA'S FATHER: HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BOY AND I MISS HIM
SO MUCH. AND THE PART THAT'S JUST SO HARD IS I'D GIVE ANYTHING IF I COULD'VE
SPENT MORE TIME WITH HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Charles Blevins/Joshua's Father;
OUT Q=time with him.
Cole faces five to 40 years in prison-- he'll remain behind bars until his
Meanwhile his sister Christy Cole is in custody tonight.
She was charged with attempting to intimidate a witness today.
Lawmakers questioned the chief executives of Norfolk Southern and C-S-X
about their deal to take over and split up Conrail.
Pennsylvania representatives are worried if the two Virginia based railroads
divide Conrail, it could mean jobcuts in the Keystone state.
N-S Chief Executive David Goode testified before a Senate subcommittee
today-- addressing concerns about shutting down a repair shop in Altoona,
Pennsylvania-- similar to the ones Norfolk Southern has in Roanoke.
IN Q=we're in a position
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern CEO;
OUT Q=we're gonna need them
Goode would NOT speculate on any job cuts the deal might create...saying
only the transaction is based on growth--
N-S and CSX agree breaking up Conrail will open up the Northeast for
competititve rail service.
Debate is the essence of competition-- that according to former Vice
Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp.
Tonight Kemp spoke to college students taking part in the National Debate
Tournament at Liberty University.
The republican says democracy can't survive without men and women coming
together to DISCUSS, dissect and debate the great issues of the day.
IN Q=the real competition
SUPER=01-Jack Kemp/Former Vice Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=for the world
Speaking of debates, when asked whether he'd like to be in the presidential
debate in the year 2000, he said for now the American people need a rest, but
will make a decision next year.
More than 400-debaters, coaches and judges from the nation's leading
colleges and universities participated in the four day tournament.
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The latest on the recent dysentery outbreak tonight on Health Check.
And Members of the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council rally behind Salem V-A
Director John Presley-- stay with NEWS-7 Primetime right here on WEFC.
go to break
Police investigating the Jon Bonet Ramsey murder
are now meeting with investigators hired by the girl's parents.
((KELVIN MCNEILL/BOULDER POLICE SPOKESMAN: TWO OF SUCH MEETINGS WERE HELD THIS
PAST WEEK. WE NOT AT LIBERTY TO DISCUSS THE NATURE OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS.
BOULDER POLICE WILL TALK WITH ANYONE WITH INFORMATION THAT MAYBE BE OF USE IN
SUPER=01-Kelvin McNeill/Boulder Co. Police Spokesman;
OUT Q=IN THIS INVESTIGATION."
Meanwhile the Ramseys ARE being allowed to observe DNA testing or have
their own scientist present.
Six year old Jon Bonet was found murdered in her parents home the day after
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation
State police investigators have cleared two local law enforcement officers
accused of using excessive force.
Bedford County Sheriff's Lieutenant John McCain was cleared of any
wrong-doing involving the arrest of David Fielder last Summer.
Glasgow Town Sergeant Leonard Stewart will not face charges.
Neither will the man he arrested in January.
Because Sergeant Stewart was actually out of jurisdiction- -in Rockbridge
COUNTY when he tried to arrest Gary Gibson,
prosecutor Joel Branscom says it could technically be considered assault.
But there were also racial overtones to this incident- -as Gibson indicated
he was not about to be apprehended by a black officer.
The director of the V- A Medical Center in Salem remains on administrative
leave, but today Dr. John Presley was supported by area veterans.
Members of the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council and other Presley supporters
demonstrated at the front entrance of the center this morning.
They say Presley has improved patient care and working conditions at the
facility, and they believe charges made against him are unfounded.
IN Q=Any time
((WAYNARD CALDWELL/ROANOKE VALLEY VETERANS COUNCIL: ANY TIME THAT SOMEBODY IS A
SUPERVISOR, THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SOME ENEMIES, THAT IS REGARDLESS OF WHO YOU
ARE. YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ENEMIES, BUT I THINK HE'S GOT MORE PEOPLE SUPPORTING
HIM THAN HE DOES ENEMIES.))
SUPER=01-Waynard Caldwell/Roanoke Valley Veterans Council;
OUT Q=than he does enemies.
Both Presley and Associate Director William Delamater (DELL-uh-MAY-tuhr)
have been placed on leave.
A V- A panel is reportedly investigating allegations NOT related to
Construction of the Timberlake dam destroyed by floods 18-months ago is
moving right along.
A homeowner financing plan raised more than 800 thousand dollars to get
the community dam back in operation.
The new structure is made of over one thousand square yards of concrete
built on tons of red clay.
It also acts as a spillway to let water go over it rather than break
SOT 97-11 22:15
IN Q=We took some
((WE TOOK SOME PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE BUILDUP OF SILT WOULDN'T OCCUR, SO
THIS SHOULD BE PRETTY THIS SUMMER, PEOPLE WILL ENJOY IT. ))
SUPER=01-Joe Piccolo/Counts and Dobyn Construction;
OUT Q=will enjoy it
But the memories of firefighter and Timber Lake resident Carter Martin
SUPER=04-June 23, 1995;
He died while saving residents when the dam gave way to flood waters.
SOT 97-11 21:56
IN Q=out of tragedy
((OUT OF TRAGEDY SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOOK FOR A SILVER LINING, AND I THINK IT
REALLY WORKED OUT TO BE A WONDERFUL END. ))
SUPER=01-Charles Falwell/Lake Resident;
OUT Q=a wonderful end
...and residents say the new dam is also a wonderful beginning.
Old tires are a common eyesore in many neighborhoods, and in April Roanoke
Valley residents will have a good excuse to round them up and throw them away.
Roanoke City, Roanoke County and the town of Vinton are sponsoring tire
Amnesty days on April 11th and 12th.
Residents will be able to bring old tires to five drop- off sites in the
valley and dispose of them without charge.
Roanoke city is also scheduling curbside collection of brush, and large
bulky items during the month of April.
IN Q=I think it will really enhance
((CHARLES ANDERSON: I THINK IT WILL REALLY ENHANCE THE NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE OF
THE FACT THAT SO MUCH LITTER AND TRASH HAS BEEN AROUND AND SINCE WE HAVE BEEN
IN THIS PROGRAM IT HAS ALREADY ENHANCED THE NEIGHBORHOOD THUS FAR. SO HOPEFULLY
THIS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN AND BEAUTIFY OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.))
SUPER=01-Charles Anderson/Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Forum;
OUT Q=beautify our neighborhoods.
Clean Valley Day is April 5th.
Last year, more than one thousand people pitched in to pick up trash.
SUPER=330-Patchy Fog/And Cool/37-39/Mostly Sunny/And Warm/68-70;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/38-42/Sunny/And Warmer/70-72;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/32-36/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/66-68;
SUPER=333-Patchy/Dense Fog/33-35/Partly Sunny/And Mild/60-64;
SUPER=334-Patchy Fog/And Chilly/30-34/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/60-65;
THere's more News-7 Primetime straight ahead right here on WEFC.
go to break
Health officials believe that outbreak of dysentery at a Bedford Elementary
School is over.
In all, 20 cases were diagnosed at Stewartsville Elementary.
There haven't been any new cases since Tuesday.
Dysentery can result in diarrhea, high fever, nausea and often
severe stomach cramps.
The Shigella bacterium is found in fecal matter and is transmitted by
It's believed the outbreak started in late January-- other children at a
Vinton Day Care center also became ill.
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British scientists have been racking their brains to come up with this
list...they've picked the top 100 best discoveries ever-- and surprisingly
neither fire nor electricity made the list.
Rather, this one celebrates the ordinary-- as does our video of the day.
Ranking number one is the toilet-- or as they call it in England, the W-C,
or the loo.
Alexander Graham Bell's telephone ranks number nine.
And how about this battery-powered domestic electricity supply, which
automatically switches to a backup diesel generator when the system's
IN Q=Inventing is
((BOB SYMES/INVENTOR: INVENTING IS LIKE HAVING A BABY. THE INVENTION IS THE
SEX. THAT'S PURE FUN, BUT ACTUALLY BRINGING THE CHILD UP, THAT TAKES A LONG
SUPER=75-Bob Symes/Inventor; :
OUT Q=a long time.
Other everyday items on that list-- ballpoint pens, post-it notes, and
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A local flavor to primetime sports tonight; visits with rotarians, division
III hoops teams, and Avalanche baseballers on the way,
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Panthers vs. 49ers; :00
but first the Carolina Panthers have lost wide receiver Willie Green. The
free agent has signed a 4 year contract with the Denver Broncos reportedly
worth 4.3 million dollars.
Also, Green Bay Packer Jim McMahon, who led the Chicago Bears to their only
Super Bowl win, is reportedly retiring at 37. Numbers please.
WIPE TO SCORES
Final in OT/;
SUPER=0098-j/Michigan/67//Notre Dame/66//NIT Third Round/;
SUPER=0096-/Golden State/95/j/Orlando/100///j/Los Angeles/89//Cleveland/76///;
got to break!!!!!!!!!
GRAPHIC=NCAA Final Four
Utah and Minnesota picked up some serious mileage on the road to the final
SUPER=03-San Jose, CA/Utes vs. Cardinals; :00
Utah topped Stanford 82 to 77 in overtime in the West Regional semi final.
Keith Van Horn and the Utes are heaed to the regional finals.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/Golden Gofers vs. Tigers;
It's been an overtime night. Minnesota and Clemson are in OT right now in
the Midwest Region semi's. Clemosn scored at the buzzer tit tie the game at 72-
all, Minnesota blows a lead it had all game.
D III's top teams will battle in the N-C-Double-A final four championship
The four teams held workouts this afternoon at the Salem civic Center.
Nebraska Wesleyan went through an early practice.
Joining the Plainsmen in the final four are Williams, Illinois Wesleyan and
The two day tournament is hosted by the Salem Civic Center and the Old
Dominion Athletic Conference.
IN Q="BEING ABLE...
((BRAD BANKSTON/ODAC ASST. COMMISSIONER: ))
SUPER=01-Brad Bankston/ODAC Asst. Commissioner; :
OUT Q=...TO DO."
Nebraska Wesleyan played at home during the early rounds of the
And the Plainsmen's first trip to the valley is one they will never
IN Q="As the pilot...
((TODD RARIDON/PLAINSMEN HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Todd Raridon/Plainsmen Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...OR 1:30.
pinnacle board - (18087)
Illinois Wesleyan and Alvernia play tomorrow at six. Williams and Nebraska
Wesleyan tip it off at 8.
Along with the Final Four in Salem,
The city's Rotary Club announced this morning it is co-sponsoring the new
The award will be given annually to the top player in Division Three starting
with the 1998 season.
The club also announced the formation of the Wooldridge scholarship, in honor
of retiring ODAC commissioner Dan Wooldridge.
The player of the year's university will receive $500 a year.
IN Q="I was...
((MARK HENRICKSON/SALEM ROTARY CLUB:))
((DAN WOOLDRIDGE/RETIRING ODAC COMMISSIONER:))
SUPER=01-Mark Henrickson/Salem Rotary Club; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Wooldridge/Retiring ODAC Commissioner; :15
OUT Q=...and josten."
On Monday the ODAC is expected to name Brad Bankston as the ODAC's new
commissioner, but Dan won't be dissapearing.
IN Q=" I THINK...
The Salem Avalanche's season is just about here.
Two weeks from tomorrow night the team hosts Durham at Salem Memorial.
This afternoon workers inside the stadium were finishing up work on the
outfield wall billboards.
The team is planning a number of events this year to compliment the action on
IN Q="We're gonna do...
((DAVE OSTER/AVALANCHE GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Dave Oster/Avalanche General Manager; :00
OUT Q=...A LOT OF FUN."
same time, same place....goodnight.
That's all for us-- Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow,