Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
A deal to settle several tobacco lawsuits could snuff out cigarette
They're driving for a cure at the Martinsville speedway...
And heart trouble lands a huge star on the operating table.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Tobacco companies are trying to negotiate away their liability for smoking
related health problems.
The proposed deal between Phillip Morris, RJR-Nabisco and six states could
limit future cigarette advertising...
There was a different kind of pit crew at work at the Martinsville Speedway,
as a bone marrow drive gets revved up.
And Arnold Schwarzenneger is recovering from heart surgery. The actor had a
heart valve replaced.
A spokewoman says a full recovery is expected.
Those stories and much more, tonight on News 7 at 11.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Stock prices for Philip Morris and RJR-Nabisco soared today with word the
tobacco giants are negotiating to settle billions of dollars in lawsuits.
Liz Mullen reports a deal could also radically change cigarette advertising.
IN Q=For the first time
SUPER=01-Hubert "Skip" Humphrey III/Minnesota Attorney General;
SUPER=01-Sen. Frank Lautenberg/(D) New Jersey;
OUT Q=CBS News, New York;
((TRACK: FOR THE FIRST TIME TOP EXECUTIVES FROM THE NATION'S TWO BIGGEST
CIGARETTE COMPANIES ARE AT THE BARGAINING TABLE, GIVING BREATH TO A POSSIBLE
SETTLEMENT IN THE CASE AGAINST TOBACCO.
SUPER: ATTY. GEN. HUBERT "SKIP HUMPHREY III/MINNESOTA
SOT (134112-134121)"the tobacco industry is on the ropes and after 40 years
they finally want to come to the table...crimes they've committed."
TRACK: THE KEY PLAYERS IN THESE SECRET TALKS ARE THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL OF SIX
STATES AND A WHITE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE. REPORTEDLY UNDER DISCUSSION: A 300
BILLION DOLLAR DEAL THAT WOULD ABSOLVE THE CIGARETTE INDUSTRY OF LIABILITY FOR
CIGARETTE RELATED LAWSUITS. INSTEAD...A 25 YEAR FUND WOULD BE CREATED FROM
WHICH SMOKERS COULD SEEK PAYMENTS - A DEAL CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO APPROVE.
SUPER: SEN. FRANK LAUTENBERG/D-NJ
"it could be the beginning of the end of America's deadliest addiction,
America's largest cause of preventable premature death and seduction of our
TRACK: EXECUTIVES FROM PHILIP MORRIS AND RJR NABISCO ARE ALSO REPRESENTING
TWO OTHER TOBACCO COMPANIES. THE DEAL INCLUDES MAJOR CONCESSIONS FROM
CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS...NEVER BEFORE THOUGHT POSSIBLE:
(GRAPHIC) THE TERMS INCLUDE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION REGULATION OF THE
CIGARETTE INDUSTRY - A BAN ON BILLBOARD ADVERTISING.. WHICH MEANS NO MORE JOE
CAMEL OR THE MARLBORO MAN. IN OTHER WORDS: CIGARETTE MAKERS WOULD NOT BE
ALLOWED TO USE PEOPLE OR CHARACTERS IN THEIR ADVERTISEMENTS.
LIZ MULLEN, CBS NEWS, NY))
There was little reaction to news of the talks at the RJR Nabisco
stockholders meeting in Winston Salem today.
Company officials said that topic was not on the meetings agenda.
But some shareholders weren't pleased with the company for not addressing
that and other issues.
IN Q=Our objective in
BRENDA COFFEE/SHAREHOLDERS REPRESENTATIVE; I THINK THAT FOR THESE PEOPLE, FOR
THIS MEETING, PROFIT WAS THE BOTTOM LINE. I THINK ANYTHING ELSE ISN'T RELEVANT,
I THINK THE VERY FACT THAT THEY ARE TARGETING YOUTH, THEY ARE TARGETING AFRICAN
AMERICANS AND OTHER MINORITIES AND I THINK THAT IS OF NO CONCERN.
CHARLES BLIXT/RJR SENIOR VP; OUR OBJECTIVE IN AN ANNUAL MEETING IS TO PRESENT
THE RESULTS FOR 1996, TALK ABOUT THE BUSINESS OR WHERE WE'RE GOING IN THE
BUSINESS, WE'RE NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT ALL THESE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Brenda Coffee/Shareholder's Representative;
SUPER=01-Charles Blixt/RJR Senior V.P.; :15
OUT Q=controversial issues today
Stock prices for RJR-Nabisco and Phillip Morris rose ten percent after word
of the negotiations hit Wall Street today.
Hundreds of workers in Brookneal are pondering their future tonight after
the Thomasville Furniture plant announced it would close down in June.
The factory has been in Brookneal since 1977 and currently employs about 320
They'll be offered job search counseling and extended medical benefits once
Plant officials blame the closure on a slow market.
IN Q=No bearing
((TIM RAMSDELL/PLANT MANAGER: NO BEARING AT ALL ON OUR PERFORMANCE AT THIS
PLANT. THE LEVEL OF QUALITY WAS FINE IT WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED WITH OUR
DEALERS. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE SALES TO SUPPORT THIS FACILITY PLUS ALL THE
OTHER ONES AT THOMASVILLE ALSO.))
SUPER=01-Tim Ramsdell/Plant Manager; :00
OUT Q=at Thomasville also.
Meanwhile area businesses are bracing for the loss of hundreds of regular
IN Q=I mean financially
((DEBRA MCCLINTOCK/DELI WORKER: I MEAN FINANCIALLY, EMOTIONALLY, BECAUSE SO
MANY PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE GOING TO BE CHANGED THAT ARE USED TO HAVING REGULAR
INCOMES AND SOME OF THEM THAT'S THEIR ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME.))
SUPER=01-Debra McClintock/Deli Worker; :00
OUT Q=source of income.
Campbell County officials say they'll start searching immediately for
another company to move into the plant, once Thomasville closes down.
She says she went to get a gun when her husband got home at 5-A-M, because
he'd been violent before.
Rhonda Banks Cunningham told police the .38 revolver went off while they
were fighting for control of the gun.
A witness waiting for the bus told police he heard the couple fighting.
IN=She was hollering
((MIKE MEADOR/ROANOKE POLICE DETECTIVE: SHE WAS HOLLERING AT HIM, SAYING THAT
HE'D BEEN OUT SCREWING AROUND ALL NIGHT, SAID THAT HE HAD HEARD HER MAKING
THREATS THAT SHE WAS GOING TO KILL HIM. THEY WENT INSIDE AND HEARD SHOTS
SUPER=01-Mike Meador/Roanoke Police Detective
OUT Q=shots fired.
Police recovered the .38, and charged Rhonda Cunningham with first degree
murder in the death of her husband, Garrett.
She pled guilty today to SECOND- degree murder, without admitting her
guilt, because she figured a jury would have found her guilty anyway.
The plea agreement calls for her to serve a sentence of 11-and-a half years
The infield of the Martinsville Speedway looked like a hospital this
That's because of a bone marrow typing drive, held in honor of Nascar team
owner Rick Hendrick.
Hendrick has life threatening leukemia that only a transplant can treat.
And as Andrew Freiden tells us, some people are hoping they can save
SUPER=01-Dolores East/Marrow Drive Participant; :00
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February; :16
SUPER=01-Steve Lovelace/Va. Marrow Center; :27
SUPER=01-Brian Lomax/Marrow Drive Participant; :52
((DOLORES EAST/DONOR: I SURE WOULD LIKE TO HELP HIM. IF NOT HIM, THEN SOMEONE
More than 100 thousand patients are diagnosed with fatal blood illnesses
every year-- diseases that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant.
Rick Hendrick is just one of the thousands of Americans waiting for a donor
with bone marrow that matches his tissue type.
Hendrick's celebrity status has sparked widespread interest in the need for
more marrow donors.
((STEVE LOVELACE/MARROW CENTER OF VIRGINIA: RICK HENDRICK HAS RAISED A LOT OF
AWARENESS DUE TO HIS SEARCH EFFORTS. BUT THERE ARE 600 PATIENTS THAT ARE
SEARCHING EVERY DAY, JUST LIKE RICK HENDRICK, AND WITH DISEASES LIKE THIS, IT
BRINGS US ALL TO THE SAME LEVEL. ))
It doesn't take much to become a potential marrow donor.
((IT TOOK MAYBE 5, 7 MINUTES-- REALLY PAINLESS. DIDN'T BREAK A SWEAT, SHED A
TEAR OR ANYTHING. IT WAS REALLY PAINLESS. ))
((IT'S REAL SIMPLE, A LITTLE PAPERWORK, JAB YOUR ARM, THAT'S ABOUT IT. ))
Drive organizers say there aren't enough people on the national donor
That's because it costs 47 dollars to become a donor at most typing drives.
But the National Marrow Foundation, and Hendrick's racing team raised the
money for this drive--
And before the free drive wrapped up, 1 hundred more people became potential
((STEVE LOVELACE: IF YOU ARE WALKING AROUND UNTYPED, THERE'S NO WAY TO TELL IF
YOU ARE A MATCH FOR SOMEBODY THAT'S SEARCHING RIGHT NOW OR MAYBE IN THE FUTURE,
5 YEARS FROM NOW. ))
IN Q=this weekend
((ANDREW FREIDEN: THIS WEEKEND THE GRANDSTANDS AT THIS MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY
WILL BE FILLED WITH THOUSANDS OF RACING FANS. SOME OF THEM SHOWED UP EARLY,
MAKING A DONATION THAT THEY HOPE WILL SAVE A LIFE. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS 7
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, we'll see how a Vinton family is working to get
dangerous products out of the nation's homes,
and problems for Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is about to be
charged with influence trading.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Israeli police say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be indicted for
breach of trust and influence trading.
Police wrapped up a 12 week investigation into charges Netanyahu's
government appointed an attorney general candidate in order to win favorable
treatment for a political ally already involved in a corruption trial.
Netanyahu met with U.S. envoy Dennis Ross today, but had no comment on the
A Vinton couple is helping the Consumer Product Safety Commission get the
word out about dangerous products-- which are recalled, but REMAIN in
Betty and Tom Jarvis lost their nine-year-old son Tim, when he was
strangled by a mini-hammock.
Eleven other children have died this way, as the mini-hammock-- without a
spreader bar-- wraps around a youngster's neck.
IN Q=We need
((TOM JARVIS/VICTIM'S FATHER: WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT THAT ANYBODY WHO HAS
THESE SHOULD DESTROY THEM, THEY'RE KILLERS OF CHILDREN, THEY'RE NOT SAFE.))
SUPER=01-Tom Jarvis/Victim's Father; :
OUT Q=not safe.
Government inspectors have launched a recall round-up.
They'll be canvassing states, also looking for dangerous bean-bag chairs,
as well as outdated bunk beds and cribs with siderails that are too wide.
Wakefield, Virginia was hallowed ground today for political junkies.
The 49th annual Shad Planking drew all ten candidates for statewide office.
Ellen Qualls has the story of the fish fry that's become a political rite of
IN Q=Let's face it
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Wakefield.
Wakefield wasn't the only site for political stumping today.
Closer to home, Mary Harkins accepted the Democratic nomination for the 9th
District seat in the House of Delegates.
She'll go up against Republican incumbent Allen Dudley.
IN Q=I am very
((MARY HARKINS/D- NINTH DISTRICT LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE: I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR THIS NOMINATION. WITH YOUR HELP AND YOUR SUPPORT,
TOGETHER WE WILL WIN THE NINTH DISTRICT SEAT ON NOVEMBER FOURTH. ))
SUPER=01-Mary Harkins/(D) 9th District Candidate;
OUT Q=November 4th
Harkins is a Rocky Mount attorney... and she's chairwoman of the Franklin
County Democratic Party.
If elected, she promises to donate her state salary to programs that promote
volunteerism and education.
Soft Music Under
Up next on our newscast, the secretary of defense warns there is no place in
the military for sexual misconduct,
and one of Hollywood's biggest stars has heart surgery...but don't
worry...he'll be back.
MUSIC UP FULL
Secretary of Defense William Cohen says there is no place in the U.S.
military for hazing or harassment.
Cohen visited Lexington to address the top R- O- T- C cadets from across
He invoked the memory of V-M-I grad, General George C. Marshall, and urged
the next generation of army officers to act with dignity and respect.
IN Q=And he understood the keys
((WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: AND HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE KEY TO
MILITARY SUCCESS, WHETHER AT THE PLATOON LEVEL OR THE NATIONAL LEVEL INVOLVED
TRUST AND TEAMWORK AND WHETHER BASED ON SEX OR RACE OR JUST GENERAL RESPECT,
HARASSMENT AND HAZING DESTROY TRUST AND BREAK DOWN MORALE AND BREAK DOWN
COHESION OF THE TEAM.))
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;
OUT Q=cohesion of the team.
Cohen also made the case for military preparedness.
If defense cuts continue, Cohen said Americans must be willing to accept
Some may have groaned when the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission was
formed, claiming it just created more excess governmental baggage.
But since several Roanoke Valley communities set up the board, the airport
has soared to new heights.
It has a new passenger terminal, a new cargo ramp under construction, and an
annual contribution to the local economy topping a quarter- BILLION- dollars.
Today marks the commission's 10th anniversary and a number of its original
members were on hand to celebrate.
IN Q=The architects
((BOB JOHNSON/AIRPORT COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: THE ARCHITECTS, THE ENGINEERS, AND
SOME OF THE FOLKS, THE FORMER AIRPORT MANAGER MR. POOLE IS BACK, TO TAKE A LOOK
AND NOT ONLY REMEMBER BUT TO UPDATE THEM AS TO WHERE WE'RE HEADED NOW.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Airport Commission Chairman;
OUT Q=headed now.
Up until 1987, the city of Roanoke ran the airport itself.
The forming of the commission allowed municipalities such as Roanoke County
to take part in the decision making.
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SUPER=331-Increasing Clouds/Showers Late/50-52/Partly Sunny/And Breezy/54-56;
SUPER=332-Clouding Up/Passing Showers/46-48/Partly Sunny/And Windy/48-50;
SUPER=333-Rain By/Midnight/46-48/Partly Sunny/Turning Colder/50-52;
SUPER=334-Brief Shower/Wind W-10/40-44/Cold & Windy/Flurries Late/40-44;
First in sports, a big finish to the Seminole District baseball battle
bewteen Brookville and Jefferson Forest.
SUPER=03-Forest/Bees vs. Cavaliers; :00
Forest's Jay Johnson wins the game tonight in the Cavaliers final at bat.
trailing 4-2, Johnson's basehit with the bases juiced brings in 3 runs as the
Cavaliers top the Bees 5-4. Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-/Cincinnati/1/j/Atlanta/7///j/Los Angeles/5//NY Mets/2///;
SUPER=0092-/St. Louis/1/j/Florida/2///j/San Francisco/6//Philadelphia/4///;
oc- ...LAST SCORE."
wipe to break
The NHL playoffs have started as eight teams went head to head,
in the first round with one thing in mind; winning the Stanley Cup.
SUPER=03-Royal Oak, MI; :00
The NHL has issued a strong warning to the Detroit Red Wings that the
traditional throwing of these slimy octopi onto the ice during the playoffs
will not be tolerated.
The Wings would not hold up. in the first period, Geoff Courtnall puts the
puck in the basket on the assist from bret Hull.
Pierre Turgeon then scored on the power play and that was it, 2-0 Blues.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/Oilers vs. Stars; :00
In other playoff action; Dallas topped Edmonton 5-3 in game one of their
Western Conference playoffs. The the Star exploded for three goals in the third
to win 5-3.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Blackhawks vs. Avalanche;
The Colorado Avalanche is beating Chicago 5-nothing in the thirdin game one
of their Western Conference playoffs. Peter Forseberg scored one of 4 first
period Av's goals.
To softball. Seminole District power Rustburg met Blue Ridge contender
William Byrd last night.
SUPER=03-Vinton/William Byrd vs Rustburg; :
Byrd won the only meeting of the year in 17 innings.
The Lady Terriers got off to a quick Start. Pitcher Wendy Belcher hits a
double to the fence in right center field scoring Brandy Welch but Bren
Hamblett is thrown out at the plate. Byrd led one to nothing.
The Lady Devils tied the score in the top of the second. Laura Stauffer
hits a fielders choice to second base scoring Tara Perrow from third to make
the score 1 to 1.
Byrd regained the lead in the SUPER=34-William Byrd/4/Rustburg/1;third.
Belcher brings in Brandy Welch from second and the lady Terriers go on to win 4
Nearly 200 golfers took some swings for charity yesterday at Countryside.
The Cave Spring Corners Kroger grocery store held its sixth annual golf
tournament for the March of Dimes today.
The one day event raised $12 thousand dollars for the charity through entry
fees and a raffle.
And there's always plenty of good food for the participants.
((MIKE WALKER/CAVE SPRING KROGER MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Walker/Cave Spring Kroger Manager; :00
OUT Q=...ON THE COURSE."
Four time Cy Young award winner Greg Maddox missed his start yesterday with a
strained right hamstring. Depite his abssence; the Braves still shutdown the
big red machine.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Reds vs. Braves - TBS;:00
Reds skipper Ray Knight was checking things out early in the fifth, and he
didn't like what he saw.
In the bottom of the inning Jeff Blauser, who has been on fire this season
lifts a solo homer to left field to give Atlanta 3-to-1 lead.
Still in the 5th, Kenny Lofton then comes up on the other side of the plate
and hits his first homer as a Brave to make it 4-to-1.
The Braves go on to win it 7-to-1.
Still to come in sports tonight, the Ferrum Panthers startted the year as
but Roy Stanley is about to tell us they are now believers as the cats
prepare for the Dixie baseball tournament.
Ferrum begins Dixie Conference baseball tournament play in just over a week.
Roy Stanley explains how thtese Panthers have turned arebiulding year into
a winning season.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Abe Naff/Ferrum Head Coach; :21
SUPER=01-Riley Hodges/Ferrum Catcher; 1:06
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((When Abe Naff and his Panthers started the season many questions needed to be
The major question was pitching. Naff's staff was very inexperienced with
3 sophomores and a group of Freshman.
But as the Panthers prepare for the Dixie Conference tournament their
already closing in on a 30 win season.))
((ABE NAFF/FERRUM HEAD COACH: ))
((Ferrum has relied on itt offense for most of the season. The Panthers are
averaging 10 runs a game and they're batting 370.
The big stick in the lineup is Franklin County native Riley Hodges the son
of former major leaguer Ron Hodges.
Riley is batting 481 and he's hit 13 homers this season. And his work
behind the plate has help mature a young pitching staff.))
((RILEY HODGES/FERRUM CATCHER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((At Ferrum College Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
Arnold Schwarzenegger is recovering from heart surgery.
The 49 year old body-builder turned actor had the aortic valve in his heart
A spokeswoman says Schwarzennegger was born with a defective valve, and
though it wasn't causing him any problems, he decided to have it fixed.
The name of the hospital is NOT being released, neither is Schwarzenegger's
His spokeswoman says a full recovery is expected...
Schwarzenegger stars in the upcoming movie "Batman and Robin" as the evil