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(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
OPENING STATEMENTS TODAY IN THE OKLAHOMA BOMBING TRIAL ARE COMPLETE.
A JUROR IN A MURDER TRIAL TEN YEARS AGO IN BEDFORD COUNTY NOW SAYS SHE WAS
THE LONE HOLD-OUT IN THE DAVID FISHER CASE. ))
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It's THURSDAY, April 24TH, our Top Story
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Tobacco giant Philip Morris comes to Richmond for its annual shareholders
meeting...and a face to face fight over tobacco.
This is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
The world's largest producer of consumer packaged goods and America's top
taxpayer had another year of record earnings.
And many predict that a secret settlement of health lawsuits could mean a
massive boost in share prices.
As Ellen Qualls reports, the annual Philip Morris pow-wow at its Richmond
cigarette plant is always about one thing: tobacco.
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SUPER=01-Dr. David Lewis/Martinsville Physician; :06
SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Virginia GASP; :24
SUPER=01-Mildred Cassaday/Richmond Shareholder; :37
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(( If there was ever a company with an outspoken conscience, it's Philip
((DR. DAVID LEWIS/MARTINSVILLE PHYSICIAN: I BECAME VERY VERY ANGRY IN THE LAST
FOUR OR FIVE YEARS BECAUSE OF WHAT THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY HAS DONE.))
He's a shareholder.
But he'd rather NOT see the tobacco giant settle cases and be protected from
CEO Geoffrey Bible told the crowd in a NO cameras meeting NO comment.
((ANNE DONLEY/VA. GASP: I THINK FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, MR. BIBLE'S BEEN
INCREASINGLY CAREFUL OF EVERYTHING THAT HE SAYS. AND THE SECURITY HERE IS
INTENSIFIED. I MEAN I DON'T KNOW ANYWHERE ELSE WHERE YOU GO WHERE IT'S LIKE AN
((MILDRED CASSADAY/RICHMOND SHAREHOLDER: IT'S PERFECTLY ALRIGHT TO GET A GUN
AND SHOOT 40 PEOPLE, AND TO SMOKE POT, AND CRACK, AND COCAINE, AND ALL THAT
JAZZ. BUT DON'T LIGHT A CIGARETTE. THAT'S A MORTAL SIN.))
((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: AND YOU CAN'T GIVE 'EM ENOUGH.
ALWAYS WANT MORE.))
There were more questions tonight in Buena Vista over the planned purchase
of the Old Blue Bird plant.
Last week, city council approved the regional project that would bring
Deschamps Laboratories to the former bus factory.
But now critics on council and some residents are asking if Buena Vista is
receiving a fair shake from Rockbridge County and the city of Lexington.
The Buena Vista Council did not reconsider its vote tonight, but members did
propose some changes in the agreement.
The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors and Lexington City Council will
vote on the issue next week.
The government wants a delay in the case of Joe Abbott-- and the rest of
the Abed family.
It's an unusual step-- and even more so: Lawyers for at least one of the
defendants hope to block the delay, pushing for trial May 12th.
Abbott himself was back in court today, as his lawyer discussed whether he
and the prosecutors may remain on the case.
The Abeds have already contacted ANOTHER lawyer, in the event the judge
removes Jack Kennett.
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((JOE ABBOTT/RACKETEERING SUSPECT: I'M NOT A CRIMINAL. THEY ARE THE CRIMINALS,
THE MURDERERS, THE KILLERS.))
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Abbott was referring to the fact that many of the government's key
witnesses are convicted criminals themselves.
The Judge made no decision on the status of attorneys in the case, but he
DID say he intends to postpone the trial.
The government says it'll take four weeks to put on evidence of
Ten years ago a Bedford County jury sentenced a man to die in a murder-
for- hire scheme.
Now, one of the jurors in the David Fisher case, says she was the "lone
'hold-out'" against a death sentence.
Bertha Thomas says she finally went "along with the rest of them," only
after her husband told her to.
Fisher was found guilty of arranging the murder of 18-year old David Wilkey
on a hunting trip in the Stone Mountain area in 1983.
Fisher had been named Wilkey's guardian and had taken out a 50-thousand
dollar life insurance policy on the young man.
In a sworn affidavit filed in federal court, Bertha Thomas also says the
jury learned during deliberations that Fisher had said he'd kill the jurors if
he ever got out of prison.
A federal magistrate today ordered a new hearing to determine whether Fisher
should be re-sentenced.
Distributing drugs on university property--
That's the charge against seven Virginia Tech students-- at least six of
them live in dorms on campus.
The students are among 20 people the Montgomery County Drug Task Force has
investigated over the last six months.
A grand jury returned a total of 47 indictments against the suspects.
The investigation turned up cocaine, crack, L-S-D, mushrooms, pot and
several prescription drugs including Ritalin.
Police say the task force focused on individuals, rather than an organized
Testimony begins tomorrow in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
Today was devoted to opening statements.
The prosecution says Timothy McVeigh blew up the federal building to
spark a second American revolution.
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They described how mothers rushed to the building frantically looking for
children killed in the day care center.
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((JOHN WALSH/FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: AND USED THAT AS SORT OF AN EMOTIONAL
PUNCH TO PUT THE JURY IN A FRAME OF MIND THAT WHAT A HORRIBLE THING THIS WAS.))
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The defense maintains their client is innocent-- and the government has
the wrong man.
McVeigh's attorney says one witness contends the man she saw emerge from
the Ryder truck was short and stocky-- not the lanky Tim McVeigh.
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The employee of an elected official in ROanoke, now wants his boss' job.
And a little later...Fourth and fifth- graders at a Blacksburg School saw the
fruits of their labor today...stay with us.
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Two women who worked at a Baskin Robbins store in Tennessee have been
Their bodies were recovered in a state natural area two miles from the ice
21 year old Angela Holmes and 16 year old Michelle Mace were reported
missing last night.
Police say cash was also missing-- as well as the tape from the store's
He works for the Commissioner of Revenue, Marsha Compton Fielder.
Now Sherman Holland wants her job-- today he announced his candidacy.
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((SHERMAN HOLLAND: SINCE MARSHA COMPTON FIELDER'S ELECTION IN 1993, I HAVE BEEN
WITNESS TO MANY NEGATIVE TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE.))
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Holland says Fielder's tax policies hurt working class families, senior
citizens and small businesses.
If elected he says he would focus on changing revenue assessment.
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((SHERMAN HOLLAND: I'VE BEEN THERE FOR 16 YEARS, I'VE SEEN HOW IT HAS BEEN RUN,
I'VE SEEN HOW IT'S RUNNING NOW AND I'D INCORPORATE THE BETTER OF THE TWO
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Holland and Fielder will face-off in the Democratic Primary June tenth.
Meanwhile he still works in the Commissioner's office.
Young women entered the job world today in the annual "Take Our Daughters
to Work Day."
This is the fifth year Hollins College has sponsored the program, to give
girls a taste of the working world.
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((TINA ROWLAND/ASSOC. DIR. OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT: I THINK IT'S A REALITY
CHECK. I ALSO THINK THAT GIRLS NEED TO SEE THAT WOMEN CAN GO OUT INTO THE
WORLD AND DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND HANDLE RESPONSIBILITY AND DO A LOT OF
DIFFERENT THINGS IN THE WORLD. ))
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Girls ages nine to 15 can participate.
The job descriptions ranged from metering mail, to cleaning rest rooms--
even preparing "goody bags" for students.
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((SARAH ROWLAND: WE GOT TO COME AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT OUR MOM DOES TO WORK.))
((MOLLY STEELE: IT'S REALLY NEAT, AND MY MOM WORKS HERE AND I'M A LOT LIKE MY
MOM. SO, I THINK I'LL WORK HERE. ))
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Some students at Tall Oaks School in Blacksburg enjoyed seeing their work
in full bloom today.
The students hiked the Spring Bulb Walk they helped create at Nellie's Cave
Although the early Spring blooms are gone, they still saw evidence of the
250 bulbs they planted last year.
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((STEPHANIE VOSHELL/4TH-GRADER: I THINK IT'S NEAT BECAUSE YOU GET TO PLANT
SOMETHING AND SEE WHETHER IT WORKED, THEN YOU GET TO LEARN WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
NEXT TIME TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER. ))
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The students also saw evidence that tulips are a favorite food for deer.
And they learned their work isn't over.
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((JAMES DUNAY/5TH-GRADER: THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF UP THERE THAT WE NEED TO WEED,
AND WEEDING IS HARD.
QUESTION: DO YOU THINK YOU'LL COME OUT HERE AND WEED SOMETIME?
ANSWER: YEAH, PROBABLY. ))
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Today the students planted two rhododendrums.
Saturday, volunteers are invited to work at the arboretum in celebration of
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Don't go away-- there's more News-7 Primetime right after this break.
We have a special report--- for all you secretaries out there.
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More and more women are having babies later in life, with the aid of
in-vitro fertilization techniques.
At age 63, a California woman has become the oldest woman on record to
successfully give birth.
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It's a surprising announcement, but by no means extraordinary.
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((DR. MARK SAUER/COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER: I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE
CAN MAKE WOMEN PREGNANT EVEN WELL BEYOND 63.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Sauer/Columbia-Presbyterian Med. Ctr.; :
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Dr. Sauer was the first to treat the woman--
He says new technology can make almost any age woman pregnant, but questions
whether it should be done.
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((I AM CONCERNED NOT TODAY ABOUT HER AND HER BABY, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT HER WHEN
SHE'S GOT A 15 YEAR OLD WHO MAY BE A REAL PROBLEM, AND NOW SHE'S PUSHING 80. ))
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Most fertility clinics place an age limit of 55 on motherhood.
The 63-year-old woman lied about her age, to get into the program.
Some doctors point out that men have been fathering children in this age
group without societal reproach.
All that egg donation does, they say, is level the playing field.
Remember the high school health fair?
Turns out those annual events may actually be doing something, to improve
kids lifestyle habits.
At least that's the thinking at Franklin County High School.
Here's Scott Prince.
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(( It's not something folks at Franklin County High School are proud of...
but "steps" are being taken to make sure the situation is remedied.
At the school's Health Fair, students are given the opportunity to learn
about different aspects of fitness... something that appears to have fallen by
the wayside in recent years.
In 1991 Franklin County High School students were ahead of the game.
36 percent of them passed the state fitness test... which was better than
most schools across the Commonwealth.
But there's been a steady decline recently.
In 1995 only 16 percent of these students were successful... 10 percentage
points below the state average.
That's why more emphasis has been placed on this Health Fair.
Here students can see how much fat is in everyday foods.
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((MAN I BE EATIN' THESE ALL THE TIME. ))
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They can also take part in a step aerobics class... something many of these
teens have never tried.
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((JESSICA DUNCAN/STUDENT: I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE IT IN OUR SCHOOL. INSTEAD OF
JUST DOING PUSH-UPS OR PULL-UPS AND ALL OF THAT STUFF. THIS IS "FUNNER." ))
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Across the gym, there's more exercise.
And after some mild exertion... heart rates are measured.
All of this seems to be "working out."
Last year, fitness tests at Franklin County High School showed significant
And now that the scores are "taking shape"... students are also finding out
that fitness can be fun.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))
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Our Video of the Day commemorates National Secretaries Week-- it's for all
of you out there who do what you do to keep the world running on schedule.
SUPER=75-Springfield, MO; :
In Springfield, Missouri, they're celebrating by hurling big, heavy
typewriters from a cherry picker, onto a target on the street below.
Hit the bullseye...and win a prize.
SUPER=75-Grants Pass, OR; :
Or, how about relieving some stress, by beating an office copying machine
into a pile of junk.
Why give flowers-- when a sledgehammer will do?
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Tonight on PrimeTime Sports, The Avalanche was at home again Mike Stevens
followed Chip Sullivan at Greensboro today and a couple of High school
basketball stars are set to play college ball in the Valley.
Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo is the N-B-A's defensive player of the
year. The seven foot two Mutombo got 60 of a possible 115 votes from a media
panel to win the award.
He averaged 13 point three points a game ranked second in blocked shots and
second in rebounds.
The Hawks open the playoffs tomorrow but here's tonight's scores.
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The Salem Avalanche was at home again tonight taking on Winston-Salem at
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A nice night out tonight as some fans from Channel 7 watch the action.
The Avalanche threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth-- Jamie Taylor
hits a shot that drops in between two Warthog outfielders for a single but the
Warthogs closed the inning.
Then later in the game the Warthogs scored. Clemente Alvarez singles and
SUPER=37-Winston-Salem/9/Salem/5/; Brent Wilhelm rounds the bases to score to
make it 5 to 3 Salem but Winston-Salem comes from behind to win it 9 to 5.
The 59th Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic opened this morning without
Fuzzy Zoeller and without the rain.
Mike Stevens and photographer Dennis Brown followed local favorite Chip
Sullivan during his first 18 holes.
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Two local high school basketball standouts have decided to play college
ball at home.
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William Fleming senior Brad Dunleavey will attend Roanoke College and play
for the Maroons.
Dunleavey, a two year starter for the Colonels, averaged 13 points and 5
rebounds per game this season.
Patrick Henry's Colby Leftwitch has also committed to Roanoke.
Leftwitch averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Patriots.
Sources tell News 7 sports that Cave Spring senior Alex Phillips is close
to committing to Roanoke. He's also considering Randolph Macon.
Liberty head football coach Mike Scharnus announced his resignation today.
Scharnus led the Minutemen to their first playoff in school history in 1995
against William Campbell.
That same year he was the Friday Football Extra Group Two-A coach of the
Scharnus, a former receiver at Virginia Tech, will still remain in the
Seminole District-- as head coach at Rustburg High School.
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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Len Besthoff continues his series, "Hopping Mad at Norfolk Southern."
There are indications bags of human waste are showing up where Norfolk
Southern trains travel...both in and out- of- state.
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((CHESTER MELVIN/RETIRED NS ENGINEER: WELL ON MY DIVISION YOU COULD SEE THEM A
LOT. AND I'VE TALKED TO GUYS ON THE OTHER DIVISIONS, IT'S A PROBLEM
EVERYWHERE. And your division's where? MELVIN: BLUEFIELD TO ROANOKE WHEN I
WAS WORKING. I WORKED BLUEFIELD TO ROANOKE, AND YOU WOULD SEE BAGS, EVERY FEW
MILES, YOU'D FIND ONE SOMEWHERE YOU KNOW.))
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Norfolk Southern is the only "class one" freight railroad in the country
where crewmembers on board must relieve themselves in a plastic bag draped over
a commode, instead of a toilet.
It's called the "dry hopper" system, and it's apparently not too popular
with N-S workers.
More on this in part two of our series, "Hopping Mad at N-S"-- tonight: just
where people say they've seen these bags.
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Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7