IN Q=tonight on
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THE ROLLER COASTER DEBATE OVER WHEN WOMEN SHOULD START GETTING REGULAR
MAMMOGRAMS-- NOW THE EXPERTS ARE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE.
THE CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR DEBATE TOBACCO REGULATIONS.
IT'S MONDAY, MARCH 24TH, OUR TOP STORY
AFTER THREE DISMISSALS, THE STATE WINS A GUILTY VERDICT AGAINST ONE OF THE
VIRGINIA TECH FOOTBALL PLAYERS CHARGED IN A CAMPUS BRAWL. ))
OUT Q=in a campus brawl.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Tyron Edmond was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in the beating
of another student.
After the incident, Edmond admitted he hit Jonathan Nelson.
Nelson also identified Edmond as one of the people in a mob who landed a
But Edmond now says he was really only protecting HIMSELF after someone else
((TYRON EDMOND: AND AS HE WAS FALLING BACK, AS HE FELL BACK I NUDGED HIM LIKE
THAT AND GOT HIM OFF OF ME. ))
SUPER=01-Tyron Edmond/Tech Football Player;
OUT Q=him off of me.
Montgomery Circuit judge Ray Grubbs didn't buy it, and ordered Edmond to
serve two days of a 30- day jail sentence.
((DUTTON OLINGER/EDMOND'S LAWYER: WITH THAT TYPE OF SENTENCE ONE DAY KILLS TWO.
SO HE'LL HAVE 24 HOURS THAT HE'LL HAVE TO SERVE. ))
SUPER=01-Dutton Olinger/Edmond's Lawyer;
OUT Q=have to serve.
The judge dismissed charges against three other players charged in the
fight. Four more are awaiting trial.
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There were some scary moments in Roanoke this afternoon when a delivery
truck lost its brakes, near Hunting Hills Plaza on route 220 in Roanoke.
It happened when the truck was heading down a steep cross-street leading
into the plaza.
It made it through the busy intersection, then sideswiped two cars and
landed on top of another.
The truck driver swerved and tried to avoid hitting any cars, but his luck
ran out after crossing route 220.
Several of the people in the cars suffered injuries-- none life threatening.
Fire officials are investigating a suspicious blaze that broke out in a
northwest Roanoke home today.
No one was injured, but the home at the corner of Tenth Street and Forest
Hill Avenue suffered serious damage.
Witnesses did NOT report anything unusual, but the fire apparently started
outside the house... investigators say there was no obvious cause.
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It appears it was an electrical short that sparked the fire at the Hardy
Community Center earlier this month.
Investigators have completed their review, and today the remains of the
building were demolished.
The fire department is now making plans for an addition to the fire house
that will also provide room for training and community events.
They want prayer in schools.
And they also want an end to what they see as the government's "hostility"
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Sponsors today unveiled the "Religious Freedom Amendment"-- a measure
calling for the right to acknowledge religious heritage-- and the freedom to
display religious symbols on public property.
IN Q=For example,
((REP. ERNEST ISTOOK/R- OKLAHOMA: FOR EXAMPLE, JUST ON VOLUNTARY SCHOOL PRAYER
FOR OVER 30 YEARS PUBLIC OPINION POLLS HAVE SHOWN THREE QUARTERS OF THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE DESIRE AND SUPPORT SUCH A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. IT'S LONG
PAST DUE FOR CONGRESS TO ACT ON SUCH A PROPOSAL.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Ernest Istook/(R) Oklahoma; :
OUT Q=such a proposal.
Opponents though say the proposed measure will just be used to marginalize
IN Q=It will permit
((BARRY LYNN/AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE:
IT WILL PERMIT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THE POWER TO RUN ROUGHSHOD OVER RELIGIOUS
MINORITIES. IT WILL ALSO USURP PARENTAL CONTROL OVER THE RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING
OF OUR CHILDREN. FRANKLY I DON'T WANT POLITICIANS OR TELEVISION PREACHERS
TELLING MY CHILDREN AND ME WHEN AND HOW TO PRAY, AND I DON'T THINK MOST OTHER
AMERICANS DO EITHER ))
SUPER=01-Barry Lynn/Am. for Sep. of Church & State; :
OUT Q=do either.
The Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberties says the Constitution already
provides adequate protection for the practice of religion.
The Virginia Governor's race is heating up and so is the candidates' battle
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer today accused Attorney General Jim Gilmore of
"blessing" illegal cigarette sales to children by fighting FDA regulations in
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: TO FIGHT THE BEST NATIONAL
ATTEMPTS TO KEEP TOBACCO FROM KIDS IS ESSENTIALLY TO BLESS THE SELLING OF
TOBACCO TO KIDS. IT'S TO DRAW BACK INTO A SITUATION IN VIRGINIA WHERE TO THE
BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE IN VIRGINIA WE'VE NEVER EVEN HAD A CONVICTION FOR SELLING
TOBACCO TO KIDS.))
OUT Q=to kids.
A spokesman for the Republican called Beyer's remarks "the most ridiculous
thing" he'd ever heard.
Gilmore's made efforts to strengthen Virginia's laws against children
But he says he still has NO intention of withdrawing Virginia's "friend of
the court" brief AGAINST the FDA regulations.
Gilmore says tobacco is too important to Virginia's economy.
The candidates do agree the state should NOT sue any tobacco companies over
the health- related costs of smoking.
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A Virginia Tech Engineering student apparently leapt to his death from the
stands at Lane Stadium. That story next--
And in Bedford-- they've been telling the story of the County's history for
nearly 20-years, and now museum officials would like to add another chapter.
Details when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
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An 18-year old Virginia Tech student apparently committed suicide by
leaping off the stands at Lane Stadium.
Police discovered the body this morning of Douglas Steven Ainey-- a
freshman from Exton, Pennsylvania.
The Medical Examiner says Ainey sustained multiple injuries.... Virginia
Tech officials say Ainey jumped from the east-side stands of the stadium.
Vice President Al Gore arrived in Beijing today.
He is the highest level U-S official to visit China since the Tiananmen
Massacre in 1989.
Gore's four day trip is expected to open a new era of cooperation
between Washington and Beijing.
China and the U-S have seen "up and down" political and trade ties over
The Vice President is promoting his environmental agenda.
While in Tokyo, Gore laid the groundwork for an environmental conference
in Kyoto next December.
As one of the nation's few female governors, the former Governor of
Texas-- Ann Richards says a lack of money and security prevents more women from
running for office.
The politician spoke to reporters before her speech earlier tonight at
Roanoke College called--"The Path Ahead for Women in Public Service."
Richards says the doors are open for women, if they'll take the plunge.
IN Q=Women should get
((ANN RICHARDS/FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR: WOMEN SHOULD GET OVER THE BUSINESS OF
ALWAYS BEING THE GIVERS AND THE CARETAKERS- WOMEN HAVE GOT TO ACCEPT THE FACT
THAT MAKING A LIVING, PUTTING MONEY IN THE BANK, BECOMING FINANCIALLY AND
ECONOMICALLY SECURE, SHOULD BE THEIR NUMBER-ONE GOAL.))
SUPER=01-Ann Richards/Former Texas Governor
OUT Q=number-one goal.
Richards was governor of the Lonestar State from 19-90 through 19-94.
Expansion is in the works at Bedford's city- county museum.
Visitors have been coming to the museum to see everything from 12- thousand
year old arrowheads to World War Two uniforms.
But its what visitors can't see that's prompting the expansion.
IN Q=Because we have
((ELLEN WANDREI/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY ITEMS FROM BEDFORD THAT
NOBODY GETS TO SEE FROM THE COUNTY. ALL THESE FARM TOOLS THAT WERE MADE IN THE
COUNTY, AND NO ONE OTHER THAN THE PERSON WHO DONATED THEM, PROBABLY DOESN'T
KNOW THEY'RE HERE.))
SUPER=01-Ellen Wandrei/Museum Director;
OUT Q=they're here.
So the museum plans to open the third floor of the building to show off
hundreds of pieces of county history.
The plans also include an elevator to make the entire museum accessible to
But, it will all carry a big price tag
The renovations will cost a quarter of a million dollars.
Museum officials hope to raise enough money to match a state historic grant
to make it all possible.
Fund-raising should begin in the next few months.
At Roanoke's Harrison Museum of African American Culture, a lack of
storage space forced it to turn away some artifacts... But not anymore.
A ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon opened a new museum annex on
Public and private grants paid for the construction. Central Fidelity Bank
donated the lot.
The new building provides a climate- controlled space to store the
IN Q=Any type of memorabilia
((ALETHA BOLDEN/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: ANY TYPE OF MEMORABILIA THAT'S DATED, AS WELL
AS WOODEN ARTIFACTS NEED TO BE IN A QUALITY CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE WHERE THE
HUMIDITY IS WATCHED AND SO FORTH. SO WE'LL DEFINITELY HAVE THAT AVAILABLE.))
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Museum Director;
OUT Q=have that available.
The new building still requires shelving and other equipment.
Museum officials hope to enlist volunteer labor, and additional
contributions to complete the project.
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Almost as fast as a speeding Corvette, the 1997 model of the sports car is
G-M wants owners to bring in their 1997 Chevrolet Corvettes because of a
rear suspension problem that could cause the car to go out of control.
The '97 'Vette went on sale just two weeks ago.
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tonight's video of day-- coming up on News-7 Primetime right here on
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GRAPHIC=breast cancer prevention
On Health Check-- the American Cancer Society is revising its
recommendations on when women should get mammograms.
The new guideline deals specifically with women between the ages of 40 and
50...and urges ANNUAL exams instead of every two years or so.
The American Cancer Society says the changed recommendation is aimed at
It hopes the National Cancer Institute will follow in its footsteps this
week-- and also recommend yearly mammograms for women in their forties.
GRAPHIC=Breast Cancer Prevention
Local physicians are afraid conflicting recommendations only leave women
Dr. Alan Henry at the Breast Care Center of the Blue Ridge is a strong
advocate of YEARLY testing.
He says aggressive use of mammography is now reducing the mortality rate of
women with breast cancer.
IN Q=Most people
((DR. ALAN HENRY/BREAST CARE CENTER OF THE BLUE BRIDGE: MOST PEOPLE THAT DEAL
IN BREAST DISEASE ON A REGULAR BASIS... CLINICAL BASIS... DAY TO DAY ARE QUITE
CONVINCED BASED ON BOTH OF THE RESEARCH DATA AND THEIR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
WITH THEIR PATIENTS THAT MAMMOGRAPHY DONE YEARLY IN THIS AGE GROUP
PARTICULARLY, IS VERY EFFECTIVE AND VERY IMPORTANT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Alan Henry/Breast Care Center;
OUT Q=very important
In Virginia alone this year, it's likely that more than 40 thousand cases
of breast cancer will be diagnosed-- More than ten-thousand women in the
state will die from the disease.
Recently we reported on a study that found the pain killer Ibuprofen may
help in preventing Alzheimer's Disease.
Now, there may be another simple solution.
French doctors report that elderly people who drink three or four glasses of
wine a day cut their risk of developing Alzheimer's by a startling 75-percent.
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What happens when you gather some of the biggest stars in figure skating,
and turn them loose on the ice at the Roanoke Civic Center?
Well, you end up with the Video of the Day.
It's the Discover Stars on Ice Tour in the Star City tonight.
And it certainly is a star-studded cast, with the combined talents of
Kristi Yamaguchi, Torville and Dean, Ekaterina Gordeeva and many others.
Missing from the lineup tonight, though-- was one of the event's
creators-- Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton.
He started treatment this week after being diagnosed with testicular
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, the Associated Press all-state is
out and a local coach and player hit it big, Rick Barnes puts a Tiger in his
tank and Mo money in the bank by staying with Clemson, the Old Dominion
Athletic conference has a new commish, and Frank Beamer talks about the start
of Spring practice.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :00
But first, one of Beamer's top returning defenders, Tony Morrison is not
taking part in Spring drills and he is not even a part of the team any longer.
Beamer and Morrison met in the past week to discuss the future of the often
troubled linebacker. The verdict is that he will not play in 1997. The
statement says the decision is a mutual one.
Now tonight's scoreboard.
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Dominion/53//Florida/51//NCAA Mideast Women/;
Women//Stanford///Georgia///NCAA West Women - 11:30pm/;
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The Associated Press Group-A all-state basketball team was announced tonight
and it has good bit of local flavor.
SUPER=04-1996-97 Season; :00
Glenvar's Art Lawrence who took a team that started the season 3-and-9 all
the way to the state semi-finals was named Group A coach of the year.
And the man who knocked his Highlanders out of the state tournament heads up
the first team. Travis Cantrell of Floyd earns first team all-state honors.
Glenvar's Josh Williamson, the Highlanders leading scorer. earned second team
The Clemson basketball team won 23 games this past season and made it to the
Sweet 16. The team also was in jeopardy of losing its coach Rick Barnes as
Tennessee badly wanted him to come coach the Volunteers.
But Barnes said no, and for good reason.
Tonight he agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Clemson
through the year 2004.
His new contract will also give him a significant salary increase. Barnes
will now make $668 thousand bucks a year.
At the top of PrimeTime sports tonight we told you that linebacker Tony
Morrison is no longer with the Tech football team.
He will be missed by a defense that also lost linebackers Brandon Semones and
Myron Newsome to graduation.
In fact the Hokies have a number of spots to fill this Spring.
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...LITTLE BIT BETTER."
SS=HOLD TECH FB
The Hokies play the annual Maroon-White game on April 19th at two pm at Lane
And finally tonight, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference has named Brad
Bankston the league's new commissioner.
Bankston has worked with the ODAC in several capacities since 1992 and, he
has been the league's assistant commissioner since 1995.
He replaces Dan Wooldridge, who is retiring in June.
And at 26, Bankston brings more than youth to the job.
SUPER=01-Brad Bankston/New ODAC Commissioner; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Wooldridge/Retiring ODAC Commissioner; :16
SUPER=01-Scott Allison/Roanoke College Athletic Dir.; :25
SUPER=01-Joe Bush/Hampden-Sydney Athletic Dir.; :41
OUT Q=...WHERE EVER."
The changing of the guard will officially take place at the end of the
current academic year. Wooldridge is also serving as a consultant for the
conference for a year.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
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Who's that?-- it could be a familiar question for viewers watching the
SUPER=76-The Oscar Goes To....
The 69th annual Academy Awards is truly the year of the Independents.
Of the 20 people nominated in the acting categories-- 14 have never been
We'll recap some of the winners along with all the hype that surrounds the
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NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow. Goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7 with a wrapup. Thanks for watching