IN Q=Tonight on News 7 Primetime
((TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GOVERNOR ALLEN'S SUPPORT OF CONFEDERATE HISTORY
MONTH AND THREATS MADE TO A SOUTHSIDE SCHOOL?
DESPITE SEVERAL RECENT REPORTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN OUR REGION EXPERTS
SAY WOMEN ARE BECOMING MORE AWARE OF THEIR OPTIONS FOR GETTING OUT OF ABUSIVE
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's TUESDAY, April 22nd, our Top Story--
A judge says there's no proof information that didn't come out at Jens
Soering's double murder trial would have changed the trial's outcome.
Good Evening, this is News 7 PRIMETIME on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Jens Soering's conviction for the murder of his girlfriend's parents will
A Bedford County judge has rejected Soering's request for a new trial in the
murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
Soering had claimed prosecutors withheld evidence about other suspects that
might have cleared HIM.
But judge William Sweeney ruled there was "no" proof two men who killed a
Roanoke drifter could also have murdered the Haysoms a week earlier.
And without that connection, the story would not have been admissible at
IN Q=Back then we
((DET. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: BACK THEN WE DID LOOK AT
THESE GUYS AND THEY WERE ELIMINATED AS SUSPECTS. A LARGE PORTION OF CRIMINAL
INVESTIGATION IS NOT ONLY FINDING OUT WHO THE GUILTY PERSON IS, BUT GOING
THROUGH AN ELIMINATION PROCESS ALSO.))
SUPER=01-Det. Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=elimination process also.
Gardner says as far as he's concerned, the guilty people are in jail.
Soering is serving two life terms for the murders.
His girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom received a 90-year sentence.
Soering's attorney Gail Marshall told News-7 she will appeal Sweeney's
ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.
President Clinton is pledging to
help flood victims "in the fight of their lives."
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND; :
He flew over flood-ravaged Grand Forks, North Dakota today.
Clinton says he'll ask Congress for nearly half a billion dollars in flood
aid for the Dakotas and Minnesota.
The president's visit was a welcome one for those sheltered at the Air
Force Base-- including Grand Forks mayor.
IN Q=I thought what do
((I THOUGH WHAT DO I WEAR? WHAT YOU WEAR WHEN YOU COME TO THIS IS YOU WEAR THE
HEART AND SOUL OF OUR COMMUNITIES, YOU WEAR THE INTEGRITY OF OUR
COMMUNITIES AND THE STRENGTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND YOU BRING THAT FORTH.))
SUPER=01-Pat Owens/Grand Forks Mayor; :07
OUT Q=that forth.
Clinton says the federal government will pay all of the immediate emergency
costs in communities devastated by Red River flooding.
The people of Grand Forks have endured fire, flood and a blizzard-- all at
the same time.
In a flash of gunfire and explosions, the Peru hostage siege ended today.
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru; :
Peruvian troops stormed the Japanese Ambassador's compound where 72
hostages were being held by Marxist rebels.
All the rebels-- along with one hostage, and two soldiers were killed, but
all the other hostages were freed.
It was December of last year, when leftist Tupac Amaru guerrillas seized
hundreds of hostages during a party at the ambassador's residence.
They were demanding hundreds of their comrades be released from jail.
His declaration of April as Confederate History and Heritage Month continues
to cause problems for Governor Allen.
Last night the governor had to cancel an appearance because of threatening
The governor had planned to speak to the annual meeting of the Concerned
Friends for Tobacco.
The dinner meeting was to be held at Woodlawn Academy, but then the school
got a call threatening the students.
IN Q=It just
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT JUST WAS'T WORTH RISKING THEIR LIVES AND THEIR SAFETY
FOR THIS. AND IT'S OBVIOUSLY A VERY SAD DAY FOR VIRGINIA, BUT THAT THAT SORT OF
INTOLERANT HATEFUL BEHAVIOR WOULD OCCUR. I WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE A REPEAT OF
WHAT HAPPENED AS COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHERE SUCH HATEFUL ACTS ENDED UP IN
OBVIOUSLY GREAT LOSS OF LIFE. ))
OUT Q=loss of life.
The Governor was referring to the Oklahoma City bombing.
Allen has said he did not mean to offend anyone by signing the Confederate
History Month proclamation.
Police in Richmond say two men and a woman have been shot to death in an
apartment complex that caters to the elderly and disabled.
As the investigation continues, police are only saying now that one of the
dead-- a man in his 30's, had been a longtime resident of the Kensington
The identities of the other two, and the circumstances of their deaths,
has not been released.
He's best known for his moonshining exploits, but Franklin County's William
"Dee" Stanley was in court today on another matter--and came away the winner.
In February, Dee Stanley was charged with shooting his son Scott Stanley in
But the case was thrown out of court this morning because of the son's
SCOTT Stanley said he had taken drugs and alcohol before he got shot... and
couldn't remember who pulled the trigger... or why.
IN Q=Defense and
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: DEFENSE AND PROSECUTION BOTH BELIEVE
THAT THERE WAS NO OTHER PERSON REALLY AT THE HOME. SO IT IS PRETTY DIFFICULT
WHEN THE VICTIM CAN NOT REMEMBER WHO SHOT HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth's Atty;
OUT Q=shot him
Dee Stanley didn't need to present any evidence.
The judge dismissed the felony malicious wounding charges immediately
following Scott Stanley's testimony.
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Still to come on News 7 Prime Time--
cadets at V-M-I get a pep talk about
welcoming women to the school.
and it's been a popular dining spot for Roanokers--now there's a chance to
OWN a piece of La Maison.
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A former Air Force Academy superintendent is urging Virginia Military
Institute cadets to uphold the honor of their school by accepting women into
Lieutenant General Winfield Scott spoke to VMI cadets and faculty, as the
school wrapped up a series of meetings on the assimilation of women.
Scott said he is convinced that V-M-I will be better off for having
IN Q=If they will step back
((LT. GEN. WINFIELD SCOTT/USAF RETIRED: IF THEY WILL STEP BACK AND REALLY TAKE
A CAREFUL LOOK AT IT, THEY'LL KNOW THAT IT'S IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF VMI THAT
THEY INTEGRATE ONE, AND TWO THAT THEY DO IT RIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott/USAF Retired;
OUT Q=that they do it right.
V- M- I is expecting between 25 to 30 women to join the corps of cadets at
the start of the next school year.
Central Virginia Democrats have a candidate for the 22nd District House of
Delegates race this fall.
Real estate broker Kaye Sweeney Lipscomb says she will seek the party's
nomination to replace Republican Joyce Crouch in Richmond.
While she's running as a Democrat, Lipscomb calls herself a conservative
thinker, who wants to continue the kind of service Crouch and her husband have
IN Q=She's one of
((KAYE SWEENEY LIPSCOMB/HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: SHE'S ONE OF THE BIG
MOTIVATORS AS TO WHY I'M DOING THIS. I WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO SEE THE QUALITY
OF WORK THAT THEY HAVE COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO WHEN THEY WENT TO RICHMOND
CARRIED THROUGH. AND THAT'S WHY I CONSIDERED DOING IT.))
SUPER=01-Kaye Sweeney Lipscomb/House of Delegates Candidate; :00
OUT Q=considered doing it.
Republicans are urging Lynchburg optometrist Gary St. Clair to seek the GOP
Mike Stovall says he has big plans for Roanoke county schools.
Today, the current School Board Chair announced he's running for re-election.
Stovall says he's concerned proposed tougher academic standards are only
geared toward college-bound students-- leaving vocational students out of the
IN Q=YOUR LIGHTS
((MIKE STOVALL/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: YOUR LIGHTS ARE PUT IN, YOUR BRICKS ARE
LAID, YOUR PLUMBING PUT IN BY PEOPLE THAT CHOSE A VOCATION. IF THEY ADD MORE
CLASSES TO THEM-- THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT A BUNCH OF CREDITS. ))
Stovall's campaign will also focus on the importance of capital improvements
in the county's school system.
IN Q=we're going
((MIKE STOVALL: WE'RE GOING TO THE CITIZENS, AND SAY THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO
BUILD, AND WITH THIS BEING WHAT WE NEED TO BUILD, THEN FROM THERE WE'LL GET THE
OUT Q=GET THE FUNDING
So far Stovall is the only announced School Board candidate.
A rash of deadly domestic violence has hit our area in recent weeks.
In most of the cases, men upset that their wives and girlfriends were
leaving them turned violent... in one instance, a police escort did not protect
a woman from her ex-husband's rage.
Is it a growing trend in Virginia?
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Are they dead
SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 2; :06!
SUPER=01-Kristi Van Audenhove/Virginians Against Domestic Violence; :16
SUPER=03-Hillsville/April 3; :21
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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((ORTIZ: ARE THEY DEAD MAN? I'M ASKING YOU ARE THEY DEAD? bystander: I
In a frightening series of recent crimes in southwest Virginia, they have
Wives, girlfriends, children, mothers.
It mirrors what hotline workers are hearing.
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: THE THINGS THAT
WOMEN ARE EXPERIENCING ARE MUCH MORE HIDEOUS TO LISTEN TO.))
A statewide hotline's been getting 2000 calls a month -- double what it got
before the OJ Simpson case -- and on top of what 43 local hotlines get.
But the homicide numbers Virginia keeps show very little's changed in the
last five years.
Homicides involving a spouse or boy or girlfriend were 12-point-4 percent of
all Virginia murders in 1991.
They're up only slightly as a percentage.
Homicides of other family members are about equal as a percentage of overall
murders in the same five year snapshot.
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: I THINK WE'VE
DONE A GOOD JOB IN EDUCATING THE POTENTIAL VICTIMS.))
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: WHAT WE HAVEN'T
MADE A DENT IN IS THE NUMBER OF MEN WHO FEEL ENTITLED TO ENGAGE IN THIS
BEHAVIOR OR IN THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO PERPETRATE.))
These are men with incredible jealousies, who can't live without the woman
they feel they own.
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: AND THEY OFTEN
HAVE VERY STRONG FEELINGS THAT SHE'S NOT GOING TO LIVE WITHOUT THEM EITHER.))
There is some good news among the body bags.
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: VIRGINIA HAS
PASSED SOME OF THE-- I THINK WHAT IS THE LEADING EDGE LEGISLATION IN THE
Those laws take effect July first.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
At Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo the writing is on the wall----
Ruby the Tiger doesn't seem to notice the difference- but you probably will.
Terra-cotta tiles are being installed throughout the zoo inscribed with the
names of supporters.
Businesses and individuals can purchase the tiles, which start at one-hundred
IN Q=It's not only
((BETH POFF/ZOO DIRECTOR: IT'S NOT ONLY A NEW RECOGNITION PROGRAM FOR THE ZOO,
BUT IT'S VISIBILITY AND RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO INVEST AND CARE ABOUT THE ZOO
SO THAT PEOPLE WHO VISIT THE ZOO WILL KNOW WHO'S INVESTING IN THEIR ZOO AND
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Zoo Director
OUT Q=their community.
Equitable Life Assurance Society unveiled its 25-thousand dollar tile
today... it's the zoo's partner in this program.
The Zoo hopes to raise 300 thousand dollars with the program, to help improve
and maintain the facility.
If you want a piece of La Maison, make a reservation for Monday, May 12th.
That's the date the restaurant and its contents are put up for auction.
The bidding will start at 10am.
La Maison went out of business last winter, after the man who was trying to
buy it couldn't complete the financing.
Tables, chairs, silverware, a grand piano.
Everything will be sold to the highest bidders.
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The Imperial Romanov Jewels remain on ice....all part of a diplomatic tug
We'll explain, straight ahead on New 7 PRIMETIME, it's the Video of the
Day-- only on WEFC.
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The makers of calcium supplements and antacids will soon be reducing the
levels of lead in their products.
The state of California has settled its case against eight manufacturers--
including those of Rolaids, Di-Gel and Os-Cal.
Consumer advocates though-- say the settlement doesn't go far enough in
lowering levels of lead-- which have been linked to birth defects and
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The 100-million dollar Romanov jewel collection marks our Video Pick
The gems were supposed to tour several U-S museums, but the Russians have
stopped the tour at Washington's Corcoran Gallery.
SUPER=75-Washington, DC; :
And Russian diplomatic cars continue to block the moving van that
was to transport the 150 imperial treasures to Houston, for the next
Many of the treasures had never been viewed outside Russia.
In fact, the tour was scheduled to show off just how close U-S-Russian
relations had become.
A State Department Spokesman says the dispute is "not an issue of war and
peace" and not an issue of "life and death."
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Tonight on Primetime sports, the latest on the Tiger flap with Fuzzy Zoeller.
Isiah Thomas is set to make history, Liberty has a new athletic director, and
Roanoke has another win in Lacrosse.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Highlanders; :00
But first; two high school baseball games to talk about. Glenvar hosted Giles
in a Three Rivers showdown. Watch Giles catcher Jonathan Bostic make the alert
play; throwing out the Highlander runner on the infield hit. Giles wins 8-2 to
improve to 9 and 3 overall while Glenvar suffers it's first district loss.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Knights vs. Colonels;
In triple A; Cave Spring topped William Fleming 11-4. The Colonels rallied
in the late innings and did load the bases, but Cave Spring's Greg Miller got
his Knights out of the jam as they win 11-4. Now your numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Minnesota/5//Oakland/3//Canseco & McGwire
SUPER=0091-/Chicago/2//Baltimore/3/7///Milwaukee/1//New York/10/5/Two Late
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Rangers/2/3/Series Tied At 1-All/;
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Louis/2/2/Red Wings Lead Series 2-1/;
OUT Q=....last score."
Liberty University wasted little time naming its new athletic director.
This afternoon the school gave the job to Kim Graham.
He has been the school's assistant athletic director for the past seven
years, and he was an assistant football coach from 1978 through 1988.
IN Q="i APPRECIATE...
((KIM GRAHAM/NEW LIBERTY UNIVERSITY A.D.:))
SUPER=01-Kim Graham/New Liberty University A.D. ; :
OUT Q=...THE JOB DONE."
He replaces Chuck Burch, who has taken a similar post at his alma mater,
The Roanoke men's lacrosse team stepped out of division III competition
today to take on Radford at Alumni Field.
SUPER=03-Salem/Highlanders vs. Maroons; :00
Bill Pilat's maroons are ranked fourth in the country and would face a stiff
challenge from RU early.
Watch sophomore attackman Kris Karppala finish the one on one; beating
Roanoke All-American goalie Chris Gordon. 4-3 Maroons in the lead.
Roanoke would extend it's advantage to 5-3. Bobby Vallario feed Australian
Jason Davenport. he finds the back of the net and Roanoke led by
2 with six and a half minutes remaining in the first half.
Two Minutes late; Roanoke's other Ausie; Adam Jackson scores from in close
and the maroons go on to beat Radford 19 to 7. Roanoke is now 11 and 2 while RU
falls to 4 and 8.
The Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, one of that tournament's most
popular all-time players, and golf's new king
get us started tonight.
You may have heard by now that Fuzzy Zoeller, golf's clown prince, put his
foot in his mouth recently after making some less than desirable comments
concerning Tiger Woods.
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/1997 Masters; :00
During the 1997 Masters, Zoeller made a racially charged remark about the
newly crowned champ on the CNN Program, "Pro Golf Weekly."
Zoeller told the reporter to congratulate Tiger and tell him not to serve
fried chicken next year at the championship dinner, where the winner picks the
Fuzzy is in Greensboro this week for the GGO, and he had this to say today
about his comments.
IN Q="I meant it as...
((FUZZY ZOELLER/PGA TOURING PRO:))
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Zoeller/PGA Touring Pro; :00
OUT Q=...I respect that."
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
Fuzzy is playing in this week's Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, and
while many of the big names on tour will be in the Triad for the event, the
celebrities will be not be playing their normal Wednesday round.
The Greensboro Jaycees say they decided to stop inviting the stars because
their appearance fees had become outrageous, and the true big names no longer
wanted to come to the event.
There will still be a pro-am tomorrow, and the 72 hole tournament itself
opens on Thursday with, Chip Sullivan among others in the hunt.
IN Q="You can expect...
((CHIP SULLIVAN/PGA TOURING PRO:))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Touring Pro; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE FAIRWAY."
On the same day Fuzzy's comments reminded us all we still have a ways to go,
Isiah Thomas, the current general manager for the Toronto Raptors took a big
step toward closing the gap.
He has signed a letter of intent
to buy a majority interest in the team.
When the deal goes through Thomas will become the first African-American to
hold a controlling interest in a major league sports team.
IN Q="I think...
((ISIAH THOMAS/NEW MAJORITY OWNER OF RAPTORS:))
SUPER=01-Isiah Thomas/New Raptors Majority Owner;:00
That's all for us.
watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along with more news in 30 minutes on WDBJ-7. Thanks for