Next on News 7-
Some of Virginia's black civil rights leaders want the Governor to resign.
We'll tell you why.
A potentially deadly form of Salmonella bacteria turns up in the U-S.
Plus swimming with the dolphins in Florida. We'll tell you how you can do it.
News 7 is Next.
Too many babies- not enough nurses.
That's what some nurses claim the problem is at Roanoke Coummunity Hospital.
State Health Officials say they've received complaints for six months.
Carilion says there are more babies but there's also a larger staff.
A deadly new strain of salmonella's now turned up in the U-S.
The government's says it apparently made 19 children sick in Nebraska.
How would you like to swim with the dolphins. you can- at Sea World in
Florida. It's the newest attraction there.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Some of Virginia's black civil rights leaders say Governor George Allen
That's after Allen signed a proclamation expressing pride in Confederate
history -- with NO mention of slavery.
The civil rights groups want to know where Allen's would-be successors stand
on the issue too.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Governor Allen's
SUPER=01-Rev. Curtis Harris/Southern Christian Leadership Conf.; :11
SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Va. NAACP; :22
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Governor's Spokesman; :36
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Va. NAACP; :59
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Governor Allen's office now says it's the third year he's proclaimed pride
in the Confederate cause -- without mentioning slavery.
The civil rights groups say they're appalled but NOT surprised.
((REV. CURTIS HARRIS/SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONF.: THAT THE GOVERNOR
WILL TAKE TIME TO REMIND US THAT WE ARE NOT FREE YET.))
((SALIM KHALFANI: WE HAVE HERE IN THE WORDING...LIBERTY FOR WHOM?))
((KEN STROUPE/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESMAN: THERE ARE ALL MANNER OF AFRICAN AMERICAN
ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH THAT HAVE REQUESTED PROCLAMATIONS.
THE GOVERNOR HAS GLADLY ISSUED THEM. THERE WAS EVEN ONE PROCLAMATION FOR
MUSLIM HOLY DAY OF RAMADAN.))
The NAACP says its gotten 25 to 35 hate calls since NEWS 7 first ran the
story ... and it will ask the FBI to investigate.
((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN: HE IS A GOVERNOR OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME.
AND WE NEED TO HOLD POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE WHO ARE SOMETIMES LEADERS, AND
So what about the candidates for the job?
((BEYER: AND I THINK IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THINGS THAT BRING US
TOGETHER RATHER THAN THINGS THAT DIVIDE US.))
But would they sign the Confederate proclamation?
Beyer says he hasn't read it.
((GILMORE: I BELIEVE THAT GOVERNOR ALLEN AND I HAVE PUT THE COMMONWEALTH ON
THE RIGHT TRACK AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE THIS FORWARD MOTION. Was that a
yes or a no?))
((GILMORE: AS WE RECOGNIZE MUCH OF THE HISTORY OF THIS COMMONWEALTH WE ALSO
HAVE TO RECOGNIZE MATTERS LIKE IN FACT THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY AS WELL.))
But a Washington Post reporter repeated the question-- would he sign the
((I THINK I'VE ANSWERED THE QUESTION. I don't believe you have. WELL I
BELIEVE I HAVE.))
The civil rights group says it will continue asking.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Meanwhile a black civic group in Botetourt County loses its battle against
the school board.
The Countywide League was hoping to strip William Clark Middle School of its
name... and replace it with Central Academy.
That was the school's name in the sixties when it was the only black
learning institution in Botetourt County.
But the school board rejected the idea.
IN Q=We came
((CURTIS BROWN/COUNTYWIDE LEAGUE PRESIDENT ))
SUPER=01-Curtis Brown/Countywide League President;
OUT Q=down flat
Brown says the school is the only structure that represents black history in
Nineteen year old Timmy Stocks will spend the next 17 years of his life
Botetourt County Circuit Court judge George Honts sentenced the teenager
today for causing an accident that killed a Covington man.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./September 30;
Stocks pled guilty to second degree murder in January.
He was running from police at high- speed when he crossed the center line on
Route 220 and struck a car driven by Timothy Mays.
Mays was killed.
Today Stocks wept as he apologized to Mays' family.
IN Q=I'd like to
((TIMMY STOCKS/CONVICTED MURDERER: I'D LIKE TO SAY I'M SORRY TO MRS MAYS FOR
WHAT HAPPENED. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. I JUST WISH IT WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED.
IT'S HARD ON ME BECAUSE I CAN'T SEE MY FAMILY AND I KNOW ITS HARD ON MRS MAYS
BECAUSE HER SON IS GONE.))
SUPER=01-Timmy Stocks/Convicted Murderer;
OUT Q=her son is gone.
Stocks says he did not stop for police because the car he was driving was
Judge Honts says Stocks showed total disregard for the law.
Roanoke police say a double shooting last winter was a case of
SUPER=04-December 27, 1996
Two men were found shot to death inside a Day Avenue apartment last
Police say gunshot residue tests have determined that 54-year-old Spencer
Dickason killed 44-year-old Odell Hairston, and then shot himself.
Investigators offered no information on a possible motive.
Carilion is defending itself against accusations that it's understaffing
the neonatal intensive care unit at Roanoke Community Hospital.
Some nurses say the unit falls below the state-mandated nurse to patient
As Eric Earnhart reports, the nurses have asked the State Health Department
IN Q=officials with the
SUPER=01-Beth Myer/Carilion Spokesperson; 1:01
OUT Q=News 7
Officials with the State Health Department's Center for Quality Health Care
Services won't confirm or deny that an investigation is underway, but will say
nurses in the unit have called over the past six months, complaining about
A spokesperson says the nurses were told...
"If they would give us information about problems with patient outcomes or
any issues that would cause poor patient care we would be glad to investigate."
One neonatal nurse, who doesn't want her name used, says she has given the
Health Department information about the risk of poor patient care.
She says staffing regularly dropped below the required two and a half to one
ratio, down to 3 or 4 to one.
And she said it's talking it's toll on employees...
"The nurses are maxed out, 40 hours overtime over 2 weeks is not unusual.
I've heard staff say it's not safe anymore."
Carilion disagrees, saying they have NOT dropped below state staffing
standards, but have increased staffing in the unit to compensate for a sharp
rise in the number of babies...
IN Q=we've bumped
((BETH MYER/CARILION SPOKESPERSON; WE'VE BUMPED THE 36 HOUR EMPLOYEES UP TO 40
HOURS, AND PART-TIMERS ARE GETTING MORE HOURS WHEN THEY'RE WILLING, AND WE'RE
ALSO HIRING ADDITIONAL NURSES.))
OUT Q=additional nurses
Carilion officials say they're not aware of any Health Department
investigation, but add, should there be one, they're confident their records
will back them up.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, new developments may complicate the Ennis
Cosby murder case,
and health care officials are concerned as a new potentially deadly strain of
salmonella is discovered in the U-S.
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-0.12''/minus 0.81''/7.63''/minus 2.44'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.97 foot/Down 0.95 foot;Lake levels
A deadly strain of Salmonella is now discovered in the U-S.
It's called Salmonella DT-104. Federal Health Officials say this new strain
is resistant to antibiotics.
Doctors say the bacteria made 19 children sick in Nebraska last October.
It's also been detected in ten other states.
((DR. JEREMY SOBEL/CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL: WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE
POSSIBILITY THAT THIS SUBTYPE OF SALMONELLA COULD INCREASE RAPIDLY AND CAUSE A
LOT OF HUMAN ILLNESS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jeremy Sobel/Centers For Disease Control;
OUT Q=of human illness."
Unlike other forms of salmonella associated with chicken or eggs,
DT-104 is also prevalent in beef and pork.
Scientists are urging people to wash vegetables, make sure counter tops are
clean and cook meats thoroughly.
A federal judge has struck down the president's line item veto power.
The rulings says the 1996 law giving the president the power to veto
specific items in spending bills passed by Congress is Un-Constitutional.
The White is expressing disappointment, but is declining any further comment
until the Justice Department reviews the decision.
Chrysler workers are striking in Detroit-
These are the workers who make engines for pickup trucks and Jeep Grand
Union members are mad the company is contracting work outside the plant.
((WE'D JUST LIEK TO GET IT SETTLED WE DON'T WANT TO BE OUT HERE AS MUCH AS THEY
DON'T WANT US TO BE OUT HERE.))
((YEA, I THINK WE SHOCKED EM. THEY NEED 600 THOUSAND ENGINES A YEAR FROM US.
YOU'RE NOT GONNA GET THAT WITH US ON THIS SIDEWALK OUT HERE.))
SUPER=01-Claude Tarter/Chrysler Worker; :00
SUPER=01-Al Koles/Chrysler Worker; :10
OUT Q=SIDEWALK OUT HERE.
The strike IS affecting workers in Warren, Michigan. They were sent home
early- because the plant is running low on engines.
A key witness in the Ennis Cosby slaying apparently could NOT pick the
suspect out of a police lineup.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/File Tape;
But L-A's police chief says it's not a big deal and should not be a problem
Defense lawyers say the witness was unable to identify Michael (Mar-ka-Sev)
The Ukrainian-born 18-year old is charged with killing the son of
comedian Bill Cosby.
A Los Angeles T-V station says the witness was the woman Ennis Cosby was on
the way to visit the night he was killed.
She helped police create a sketch of the suspect. The drawing
closely resembled Markhasev.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Federal welfare reform is changing the eligibility requirements for those
people who receive food stamps.
While the regulations were designed to make the system more efficient, not
everyone agrees it's for the better.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Like many couples
SUPER=07-Sabrina Sigmon; :13
SUPER=01-Corrine Gott/Roanoke Social Services; :50
SUPER=01-Callie Simmons/Food Bank Volunteer; 1:12
SUPER=07-Tim Sigmon; 1:32
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((Like many couples, Tim and Sabrina Sigmon struggle with expenses as they
raise their four- year- old son, Dusty. But now that both are working,
they say the government is threatening to cut their food stamps and medical
SOT tape 3 10:30:48
((SABRINA SIGMON/FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT: THEY DON'T LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING OUT IN
BILLS. THEY JUST LOOK AT WHAT'S COMING INTO THE HOUSEHOLD. AND I TOLD HER-- I
SAID, THERE'S MORE GOING OUT THAN COMING IN. ))
The latest welfare changes are sharply reducing the number of stamps for
those WITHOUT CHILDREN.
SOT tape 2 03:22:15
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: NEW REGULATIONS STARTED MARCH FIRST, REQUIRING ABLE-
BODIED ADULTS, AGES 18 TO 50 WITHOUT DEPENDENTS BE LIMITED TO THREE MONTHS OF
FOOD STAMPS WITHIN A 36 MONTH PERIOD-- UNLESS THEY ARE WORKING.
more shots of stamps tape 2
THAT new rule means some 400 Roanoke households are now ineligible for food
So what will be the long- term effects?
SOT tape 2 2:26:01
((CORRINNE GOTT/ROANOKE SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT.: IT'LL REDUCE THE COST OF THE
FOOD STAMP PROGRAM. BUT WILL IT REDUCE THE PROBLEMS? I WILL SAY NO, IT WILL
INCREASE THE PROBLEMS.))
two-shots here tape 2
Gott says the "problems" include homelessness, urban crime, and higher
demand on emergency food sources.
food bank video
The Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank is already seeing an
SOT 10:34:18 tape 1
((CALLIE SIMMONS/FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER: IT'S FAMILIES-- IT'S SINGLE WOMEN THAT
HAVE FIVE AND SIX CHILDREN-- SOME OF THEM GOT SEVEN. AND I WOULD SAY IT'S HARD.
BUT THROUGH IT ALL, I BELIEVE IT WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF. ))
Tim Sigmon hopes so--
In the meantime, he's not apologizing for counting on government assistance
to support his family.
SOT tape 3 10:38:05
((TIM SIGMON/FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT: I DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT, BECAUSE THAT'S
ADDED EXTRA HELP. IT MAKES A DOLLAR GO FURTHER, AND I CAN'T LOOK IN MY BABY'S
EYES AND TELL HIM HE'S GOING TO GO HUNGRY TONIGHT. ))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next on the newscast, fruit growers begin to look for crop damage
following last night's freeze,
and we'll head to Florida where one tourist attraction hopes its new program
will make a big splash.
MUSIC UP FULL
Fruit Growers in western Virginia are watching the thermometer, hoping to
escape a second night of damaging cold.
Freezing temperatures have already claimed part of the apple crop in the
On Bent Mountain, the temperature fell into the low 20s overnight causing
In Botetourt County, the news was better... but scorched blossoms left
growers wondering how much of the fruit survived.
IN Q=We were pretty worried
((WE WERE PRETTY WORRIED WHEN WE HAD THIS EARLY SPRING WITH ALL OF THIS WARM
WEATHER. STUFF IS PROBABLY 10 DAYS TO TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND WE ALWAYS
GET COLD WEATHER IN APRIL SO WE FIGURED IT PROBABLY COULD HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Ben Ikenberry/Ikenberry Orchard;
OUT Q=it probably could happen.
Growers say they won't know for a few days just how damaging the cold
And they say it may be another couple of weeks before the threat of frost
This isn't the only area with frosty weather.
This is what they're dealing with in Nebraska- a spring blast of winter
weather. Up to ten inches of snow also fell over the Dakotas and Iowa.
The snow is making travel tough-
((THE ROAD SIGNS ARE COVERED AND SNOW PACKED AN YOU CAN'T TELL WHEN IT SAYS TO
MERGE RIGHT OR MERGE LEFT.))
SUPER=01-Art Pawlak/Triple A;
OUT Q=OR MERGE LEFT."
When drivers can't see, THIS is what happens- accidents.
Cars into guardrails- and into other cars and trucks.
So far no serious injuries reported.
SUPER=330- Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/30-35/Partly Sunny/Wind S-10/64-66;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Light Winds/30-35/Partly Sunny/Wind S-10/66-68;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Frost Likely/28-30/Partly Sunny/Wind S-15/60-64;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Frost Likely/28-30/Partly Sunny/Wind S-10/60-62;
SUPER=334-Clouding Up/And Cold/22-26/Turning Partly/Sunny/60-64;
The Avalanche finally gets a win, I'll show you how they did it, hundreds pay
tribute to jack Kent Cooke, Terry Holland drops by Lynchburg tonight, and Steve
Mason presents out final edition of the season of Round house wrapup.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Pistons vs. Heat; :00
But first, the Miami Heat clinched the Atlantic division title tonight with a
93-to-83 win over the Pistons.
Tim Hardaway led the way with 30 points while Alonzo had 26.
Now the rest of the numbers.
GO TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Texas/2//Milwaukee/0////Baltimore///Kansas City///Postponed Snow
SUPER=0092-/Montreal///St. Louis///Postponed Snow &
Cold//Cincinnati///Colorado///Postponed Snow & Cold/;
SUPER=0094-j/Cave Spring/15//Pulaski Co./0///j/Amherst/6//E.C. Glass/2///;
SUPER=0103-j/N.Y. Rangers/6//Philadelphia/3////Pittsburgh/3/j/Tampa Bay/4///;
OC - LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The five game losing streak is over my friends!
The Salem Avalanche got its first win of the season in style last night at
the new yard in Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
Mugsy the mascot was doing his best to stir up the fans at Salem Memorial.
Salem defense would also stir things up in the top of the 7th, as Link
Jarrett robs Matt Treanor of a base hit by snaring this line drive.
The in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Kyle Howser would plate the
winning run with this shot to center.
Jarrett scores from second and Salem wins it first of the year 1-to-nothing.
((BILL MCGUIRE/SALEM MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Salem Manager; :00
OUT Q=...WAS PERFECT."
Scott Randall and Lariel Gonzalez combined to pitch a no hitter last night
for Salem in game one of the doubleheader.
Salem wins the second game 3 to 2.
The Hillcats lost last night to Frederick 1-to-nothing.
John Huston has the first round lead at the Masters after closing with an
eagle on 18 to finish at five under par 67.
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/USA & CBS; :00
As for the favorites - defending champion Nick Faldo made this long putt off
the fringe, but he struggled with a three over 75.
Speaking of struggling - Greg Norman who has vowed to stay out of the water
this year, found the wet stuff today on hole number 15 dropping this five iron
in the drink. The Shark shot a 77.
Tiger Woods almost blew up as well.
After shooting a 40 on the front side, he blistered the back 9 with a 30 to
finish at 2 under 70.
On a less desirable note from the links, the wife of troubled pro John Daly
has filed for divorce.
This action comes less than two weeks after her husband went on a drinking
spree at eventually checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic.
She says to continue living with Daly would not be safe.
GRAPHIC=JACK KENT COOKE
The man known as the squire was honored today
as hundreds of mourners paid tribute to Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke during
a private ceremony in Northern Virginia.
Cooke died on Sunday afternoon and today Governor Allen and former Governor
Wilder and Joe Gibbs were among those in attendance.
((JOE GIBBS/FORMER REDSKINS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Joe Gibbs/Former Redskins Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=YOU THAT."
Terry Holland was the keynote speaker last night at the Lynchburg Area Sports
Hall of fame induction ceremonies in the Hill City.
The Virginia Gentleman is always a welcome sight in any town.
And we asked him last night about his chances of becoming the next ACC
IN Q="WELL, AS FAR...
The Winston Cup stars roll into Bristol this morning for practice and
qualifying for this weekend's Food City 500.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN; :00
The half mile oval has been under non-stop construction for the past few
months with crews sliding back the back stretch wall to add more racing room,
and adding seats for more spectator room.
No matter what they do to the place, it will always be one of the most
demanding and exciting tracks on circuit.
IN Q="You just...
((MIKE SKINNER/LOWE'S CHEVY DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Skinner/Lowe's Chevy Driver; :00
OUT Q=...gonna make it."
Qualifying gets underway at three this afternoon, News 7 sports will be in
Bristol with qualifying reports beginning on News 7 at 5.
And it looks like Roger Penske has acquired more than a piece of the rock.
An agreement reached today will allow Penske Motorsports Incorporated to take
control of the track from the current stock holders.
Penske has been battling Bruton Smith for ownership of the track.
And right after this quick break we'll check in with Steve Mason
as he takes a look at the Roanoke Express through the eyes of some fans in
The Roanoke Express would like to be getting ready for it's second round
playoff series right now.
Instead the team is already looking ahead to next season.
SS=round house wrap up full
Steve Mason addresses some issues surrounding the end of the franchises 4th
year in this season's final edition of Round House Wrap Up.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :15
SUPER=04-1974 S. Hockey League Championship; :28
SUPER=01-Claude Piche/Former Professional Hockey Star; :42
SUPER=01-Gary Caldwell/Regular Season Ticket Holder; 1:03
OUT Q=...round house wrap up"
If you've dreamed of walking and talking with the animals, you might want
to consider a trip to Sea World.
((NATSOT dolphin squeak))
OUT Q=nat sound.
They have a new Dolphin Interaction Program where you can touch and feed
You can even shake hands and meet face to face.
Professional trainers are with you in the water to show you the tricks of
The water park opened the program yesterday.