(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
A THIRD VIRGINIA TECH FOOTBALL PLAYER TO STAND TRIAL FOR A CAMPUS BRAWL IS
ANTI-SMOKING ACTIVISTS CONTINUE TO DUKE IT OUT WITH THE STATE'S TOP
THE TOBACCO DEBATES CONTINUE. ))
OUT Q=debates continue.
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It's FRIDAY, March 21st, our Top Story.
Joe Abbott and his associates will not get out of jail before the
racketeering trial-- a judge denied them bond tonight.
Good Evening, this is News 7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Judge Jackson Kiser's decision overturns a ruling earlier in the week from
a federal MAGISTRATE that would have freed Abbott and one of his co-defendants.
At today's hearing, Abbott testified that the arson, intimidation and
extortion charges are all fabricated.
Abbott himself may have had limited direct involvement in any of the 16
acts of racketeering.
SUPER=04-June 20, 1991
An agent testified the 53-year old suspect set the fire at the Wagon Wheel
Beyond that, the government says he was behind seven or eight other fires,
threats and assaults.
Militiaman Bill Stump was hoping to delay his sentencing in Roanoke until he
filed an appeal with the U- S Supreme Court.
But his request was denied after a 12- minute hearing this afternoon.
Stump argued he wouldn't have enough time to prepare a Supreme Court
petition if he was sent to prison.
Moreover, he didn't think the Federal District Court even had the authority
to punish him.
IN Q=I'm being
((BILL STUMP: I'M BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY BECAUSE I'M IN AN ILLEGAL COURT. AS I
JUST TOLD YOU, NO OFFICER HAS BEEN ABLE TO TELL ME THE CLAUSE OF THE
CONSTITUTION THAT DELEGATES TO CONGRESS THE POWER TO MAINTAIN THIS COURT IN THE
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. ))
OUT Q=of Virginia
Stump was convicted of possessing illegal silencers.
Last year, he was sentenced to two months in prison... but that punishment
was well below Federal guidelines.
Because of that, he will be re- sentenced... and given a stiffer penalty.
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Michael Hawkes was aquitted of assault and battery in the beating of Tech
track athlete Hilliard Sumner.
Sumner identified Hawkes as the man who tackled him in downtown Blacksburg.
But Hawkes and several other players testified he was standing back from the
SUPER=04-January 27; Earlier Sumner accused another man, Greg Melvin, but
later asked to drop the charge, saying Melvin WASN'T involved.
Judge Ray Grubbs said he admired that honest stance, but it may have hurt
((AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S THAT SAME STANCE, EVEN WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS
THAT IN MY MIND CANNOT COMPLETELY OVERCOME ALL THE INCONSISTENCIES IN THE
WITNESSES' TESTIMONY. ))
SUPER=01-Hon. Ray Grubbs/Circuit Court Judge;
OUT Q=the witnesses' testimony.
Earlier this week, Grubbs also acquitted Angelo Harrison in the beating.
Two more football players, Tyron Edmond and Brian Edmonds are set for trial
Meantime Brian Edmonds and his teammate James Crawford have dropped their
extortion and defamation suit against the woman who says they raped her.
Crawford withdrew from the suit last month.
Edmonds decided to abandon it yesterday, fearing it would hurt his chances
in the N-F-L draft if he's forced to give depositions now.
A lawyer representing the players, Matt Pethybridge says he expects to
refile in June, after the draft is over.
A Virginia Tech basketball player had a brush with the law this week.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/December 9, 1996;
Center Alvaro Tor was charged with possession of stolen property.
Tor received a summons for having a license plate that was reported stolen.
A rising junior, Tor started eight games for the Hokies last season.
The case will be heard in Blacksburg district court next month.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Virginia health advocates say the earth has shifted after revelations this
week from the Liggett Group tobacco company.
And they say, Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore needs to adjust.
((JUDY CASTLEMAN: ATTORNEY GENERAL GILMORE CONTINUES TO SIDE WITH THE PHILIP
MORRIS AND THE OTHER TOBACCO INDUSTRY FOLKS IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT LIGGETT
... CAUSE CANCER AND OTHER DEADLY DISEASES.))
SUPER=01-Judy Castleman/American Cancer Society;
OUT Q=deadly diseases.
But Gilmore's boss supports the continued stance that Virginia's tobacco
industry is worth defending-- even in the face of Liggett saying it marketed
cigarettes to teens.
IN Q=If they're
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IF THEY'RE MINORS, THEY SHOULDN'T USE IT AT ALL....You
have no misgivings about our stance on that? NO.))
OUT Q=stance on that? NO.
Attorney General Gilmore says he has NO plans to reconsider his defense of
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Start your engines...what was once dubbed the South Roanoke Speedway, is
now the Victory Stadium Speedway...with 20-races scheduled this year.
Plus imagine shooshing down the slopes at a ski resort in Bath County. It
could happen...details when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
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Workers at the Kroger distribution center in Roanoke County could lose their
jobs because of union seniority.
Kroger is expanding its warehouse here and closing one in West Virginia.
West Virginia workers get first crack at the 125 new jobs being created.
If transfers outnumber the new positions though, ROANOKE COUNTY workers
could get displaced.
The County says it didn't know this when it was trying to convince Kroger to
stay here and expand.
IN Q=I really
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: I REALLY BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE AN
OBLIGATION TO THE PEOPLE IN ROANOKE VALLEY TO PROTECT THE JOBS THAT ARE HERE,
AND EXPAND THOSE IF WE CAN, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID. ))
OUT Q=what we did.
Both Kroger and the county believe chances of local workers getting bumped
WHere some may see a rundown building on Lynchburg's riverfront, others
consider it an opportunity.
This office complex was vacated two years ago, when the foundry closed.
Charles Gunn bought it, renovated it and started the City Renaissance
IN Q=You're seeing the
((CLAUDE GUNN/CITY RENAISSANCE CENTER: YOU'RE SEEING THE REBIRTH AND WE
INTEND TO BE A PART OF IT. AGAIN, AS I SAID, RECYCLE THIS OLD BUILDING AND HAVE
AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE LYNCHBURG CITY'S
TAX BASE ))
SUPER=01-Claude Gunn/City Renaissance Center;
OUT Q=city's tax base
The empty 50 thousand square feet will hopefully be filled with small
businesses and also non-profit groups.
The center is open to anyone-- but there will be an emphasis on minority
Gunn says there is a need for black business development.
His center provides an opportunity to develop a business without worrying
about immediately generating income.
It could be the biggest thing to hit Bath County since the FOUR- STAR
Homestead resort opened.
A development company is considering building a ski resort in the northern
end of the county.
Jay Moore reports.
SUPER=03-Bath Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Wood/MPS Development; :13
SUPER=@Jay1; :36 Quick!!!
SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co., WV/File Tape; :45
OUT Q=News 7.
(( M-P-S Development is in the preliminary stages of turning this land into
one of the biggest ski resorts in the region.
Once it's completed, the resort could allow up to eight-thousand skiers on
the slopes at one time.
IN Q=We think this
((MIKE WOOD/MPS VICE PRESIDENT: WE THINK THIS WILL BE A BIG ECONOMIC BENEFIT
FOR BATH COUNTY. WE ONLY HAVE 5000 PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND TOURISM IS ONE
OF THE BIGGEST REVENUES SOURCES.))
OUT Q=revenues sources.
The development group is eyeing this site in the Duncan Knob area.
In skiing lingo-- it's unique because the potential scope and vertical rise
is greater than any ski area south of New York and east of the Mississippi.
IN Q=At 3900 feet
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: AT 3900 FEET THIS IS THE HIGHEST ELEVATION OF THE
PROPOSED SKI AREA, IN FACT YOU CAN SEE THE MOUNTAIN WHERE THE
SNOWSHOE/SILVERCREEK SKI RESORT IS LOCATED.))
OUT Q=is located.
The West Virginia Resort is about an hour- and- half away from this site but
it could serve as the biggest competitor.
Developers are quick to point out they're not looking for all the business
IN Q=You want to
((JAY MOORE: YOU WANT TO KEEP THE SMALL TOWN FLAVOR BUT YOU STILL WANT TO BE
COMPETITIVE WITH SNOWSHOE. WOODS: WE THING WE CAN DO THAT BECAUSE OF THE
VERTICAL DROP AT 1900 HUNDRED FEET WOULD BE THE LARGEST AND WE THINK THAT IN
AND OF ITSELF WILL MAKE US A COMPETITIVE DESTINATION WITH SNOWSHOE.))
OUT Q=destination with Snowshoe.
The project would take anywhere from 10- to 15 years to complete and cost
more than 50 million dollars.
It could employ as many as 500 workers.
In Bath County, Jay Moore, News 7. ))
Racing returns to Roanoke's Victory Stadium.
Promoter Danny Taylor just cut a three- year deal with the city to bring
motor sports back to the facility.
This morning, paving crews were laying asphalt at the ends of the stadium.
Taylor says a guard rail and an eight foot fence are on the way, and a new
scoreboard will soon be installed on the roof of the armory.
IN Q=We're trying to get this
((DANNY TAYLOR/RACING PROMOTER: WE'RE TRYING TO GET THIS AS SIMILAR, AS CLOSE
TO BOWMAN GRAY STADIUM WHICH IS WINSTON'S OLDEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL RACING
FACILITY, THAT HAS A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION HERE IN ROANOKE. AND YEAH, WE'LL BE
SUCCESSFUL AS LONG AS WE CAN GET IS AS CLOSE TO THAT, BECAUSE THE DEMAND IS
SUPER=01-Danny Taylor/Racing Promoter;
OUT Q=the demand is here.
Taylor plans to run 20 races at the Victory Stadium Speedway this year, the
first one is scheduled for Friday April 4th.
Governor George Allen is going high profile on what may be his biggest
accomplishment this year.
Today, state workers were decorating the State Capitol portico for tomorrow
Allen will sign into law the requirement of parental notification for teens
to get an abortion.
Opponents and supporters of abortion rights are both expected to attend.
Invitations were mailed out to four thousand of the bill's supporters on the
Governor's office budget.
A spokeswoman says she does NOT know how much the mailing cost taxpayers.
Civil war buffs brace yourself:
Plans for a 40- million dollar privately- funded National Museum of the
Civil War Soldier were unveiled today near Petersburg.
The world class, state of the art museum will be the latest addition to the
two year old Pamplin Park Civil War Site.
It's where Union forces broke through Confederate defenses in the final week
of the war.
And a new exhibit called "A Land Worth Fighting For" opens tomorrow.
It shows why Confederate soldiers fought and died to preserve a lifestyle
that included slavery and the plantation house economy.
IN Q=I think it's
((I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO STUDY HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PEOPLE OF THE
TIME AND NOT JUDGE PEOPLE OF THE PAST BY OUR OWN STANDARDS.))
SUPER=01-Wilson Greene/Pamplin Park Civil War Site;
Meanwhile, just up the road in Richmond, the Virginia Historical Society is
hosting "Back of the Big House."
It's a harsh look at plantation life from the slaves' point of view.
IN Q=Well the
((WELL THE EXHIBIT WAS ORGANIZED BY THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. AND YET, WHEN IT
WAS SET UP THERE, THEY TOOK IT DOWN WITHIN A FEW HOURS MOSTLY BECAUSE SOME OF
THE EMPLOYEES OBJECTED TO IT -- AFRICAN AMERICAN EMPLOYEES.))
SUPER=01-Jim Kelly/Va. Historical Society;
"Back of the Big House" is in Richmond until April 19th.
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If you know where the Big Station at the End of the Line is-- if Birdy the
Bus and Sir Topham Hat are friends of yours....you won't want to miss this.
The story of Thomas the Tank Engine, coming up on News 7 Primetime, right
here on WEFC..
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Many people enjoy a hot cup of tea for its soothing powers-- but now
researchers are discovering those tiny leaves may do more than relieve stress.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :
A team of researchers has discovered that green tea just may be a natural
protector against sun damage.
Instead of brewing it up to drink, it's being applied to the skin.
But they don't rule out that DRINKING green tea offers the same benefits.
IN Q=People can ingest
((DR. KEVIN COOPER.SKIN DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER: PEOPLE CAN INGEST TEAS
ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE
HAVE HIGH U-V EXPOSURE, IT MAY ALLOW EVEN SOME PROTECTION IN THOSE AREAS WHERE
YOU CAN'T GET THE CREAMS FOR SUNSCREEN. YOU CAN'T PUT IT ON YOUR EYELIDS FOR
SUPER=01-Dr. Kevin Cooper/Skin Disease Research Center; :
OUT Q=for instance
Researchers are also looking at other types of teas to see if they offer
the same protection against the sun.
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SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
Tonight's video of the day-- is all part of a story that has enthralled
children for more than fifty years.
IN Q=NAT SOUND!
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
It's "Thomas The Tank Engine"-- the adventures of which have made their way
into 26 books and a internationally-famed television cartoon series.
Some sad news for fans tonight-- as Thomas's creator, the Reverend Wilbert
Awdry, died at his home in England.
Reverend Awdry made up the tale for his son, when he was ill with the
measles-- and the first books went on sale after being hand-copied.
Thomas the Tank Engine, and his friends Henry, Gordon and James, now
represent a multi-million dollar business world-wide.
IN Q=Poor Thomas
OUT Q=long long drink.
Awdry grew up near a railway line and liked to listen to the trains.
He was said he could always imagine they were talking.
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And coming up on Primetime sports tonight Highlights from the N-C-A-A
division one and three playoffs and a run down of qualifying at Darlington.
But first, uniform number 23 will not be worn again by a New York Yankee
unless Don Mattingly returns to Yankee stadium for Old Timers Day.
On August 31-st the 35 year old Mattingly will become the 14-th Yankee to
have his number retired.
Now here's the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/96//Philadelphia/97/4///L.A. Lakers/88//Miami/83/4//;
SUPER=0096-/Chicago/91//Indiana/79/4/Two Late Games/;
OUT Q=....last score."
The road to the final four continued tonight as Kansas took on Arizona in
the Southeast Regional.
SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL/CBS SPORTS; :
Kansas head coach Roy Williams checking the action from the bench.
The Wildcats came out hot and took the lead by four 22 to 18 on this jumper
from the baseline.
Kansas rallied Billy Thomas hit five straight points but the Jayhawks
trailed 38 to 36 at the half.
After a 40 to 40 tie the Wildcats would take the lead again Mike bibby
with the jumper to make it 43 to 42.
The Jayhawks fell behind by 8 but when Raaf Lefrentz went inside and got
the put back Kansas trailed 55 to 49.
The game remained close the rest SUPER=33-Arizona/85/Kansas/82/;of the
way and Arizona advances with the 85 to 82 win.
Over in Salem tonight, The Final four of the Division three championship
tipped it off.
SUPER=03-Salem/Illinois Wesleyan vs Alvernia; :
A good crowd on hand to watch the opener between Illinois Wesleyan and
Alvernia came out smoking in the first half and would go in at the half
The game remained close throughout SUPER=33-Illinois
Wesleyan/85/Alvernia/82/;the second half but the Titans of Illinois Wesleyan
would pull out the 85 to 83 win in the Semi finals.
Dale Jarrett has led the most laps and he's on top of the points race.
And today he picked up his first pole of the year as the top qualifier for
Sunday's Transouth 400 in Darlington.
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/ESPN2; :00
Jarrett rolled his Thunderbird out, and knocked Mark Martin off out of the
top spot with a blistering lap at 171 point 095 miles an hour to win the pole.
IN Q="WE KNOW...
((DALE JARRETT/TRANSOUTH 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/TranSouth 400 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...TO DO THAT."
As for the locals, Jeff Burton had the best day qualifying sixth, older
brother Ward who won the pole last Spring was 44th fastest.
Rick Mast wasn't much better checking in at 41st. Michael Waltrip just
missed the top 25 at 26, and Earnhardt continues to struggle. He was 39th.
Now let's look at the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Dale Jarrett/171.095/2. Ricky Craven//3. Bobby Labonte//4. Geoff
Bodine//5. Mark Martin//;
SUPER=0107-6. Jeff Burton//7. Mike Wallace//8. Ernie Irvan//9. Sterling
Marlin//10. Jeff Gordon//;
SUPER=0107-11. Lake Speed//12. Terry Labonte//13. Ken Schrader//14. Gary
Bradberry//15. Rusty Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-16. Ricky Rudd//17. Bill Elliott//18. Jeremy Mayfield//19. Dave
Marcis//20. Ted Musgrave//;
SUPER=0107-21. David Green//22. Morgan Shepherd//23. Greg Sacks//24. Derrike
Cope//25. Jimmy Spencer//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
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Meantime, Former South Boston track champion Elliott Sadler captured the
pole for the Busch Diamond Hill Plywood 200.
He turned in a lap speed of 166 point 051 miles per hour. Sadler also
started on the pole at Daytona. Jeff Green is on the outside.
A sad day in the world of racing.
John Nemechek, the younger brother of Winston Cup star Joe Nemechek died this
morning in Miami,
SUPER=03-Homestead, FL/Sunday; :00
where he had been in a coma since suffering brain damage in a super truck race
this past Sunday.
The director of the neuro-trauma at Jackson Memorial hospital in Miami said
the brain injury was inoperable.
John Nemechek was 27.
To clarify an earlier story in the newscast--
Virginia Tech Football player Michael Hawkes WAS CLEARED today in the
beating incident of track athlete Hilliard Sumner.
That's all for us tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime, have a nice