Regulate cigarettes, but not the advertising.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, details on a judge's ruling with far-reaching
implications for tobacco growers and manufacturers, as well as smokers- -even
And what would have happened if the Soering jury had heard evidence of two
OTHER killers in the area around the time the Haysoms were murdered?
We'll get some idea from members of the original trial jury.
In sports, we will have Busch Pole Qualifying from Talladega, plus, early
highlights from the Cosmo invitational,
and Redskin Darrell Green's head is spinning; He's signed a multi year
million dollar contract today.
Fast moving weather systems mean a dry Saturday but a wet Sunday. The
complete forecast and WeatherSchool continues the environmental theme tonight.
A federal judge says the Food and Drug Administration can regulate
cigarettes as "drug delivery systems."
That's a blow to the tobacco industry.
But the advertising limits the FDA proposed for August have been struck
Double Boxes=Keith/Ellen Microwave
Ellen Qualls in our Richmond newsroom.
Virginia filed a brief fighting these regulations.
What's the party line on this mixed ruling?
Live= Ellen Full/Microwave
Accentuate the positive.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore said in a written statement the ruling is "a
tremendous victory for NASCAR and other tobacco-sponsored sports."
We'll have more on that in a minute.
Gilmore had NO comment on nicotine as a drug.
But he pledged to continue what may be a lengthy fight on appeal.
IN Q=I supported
SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Va. GASP; :19
SUPER=01-Ed Sweda/Tobacco Products Liability Project; :35
OUT Q=that regard.
(( sot 05:23:21
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I SUPPORTED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S AMICUS BRIEF IN IT.
YES I THINK WE SHOULD STAND UP FOR VIRGINIANS. ONE THING I THINK SHOULD BE
POINTED OUT HERE...GOING TO MINORS.))
((ANNE DONLEY: CERTAINLY I THINK THAT GILMORE WAS WRONG IN TAKING TAXPAYER
MONEY AND TIME TO GO AND FILE THIS SUIT IN FAVOR OF THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY'S
SUIT. HE SHOULD BE PUTTING MORE ATTENTION TO THE HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN OF
((ED SWEDA/TOBACCO PRODUCTS LIABILITY PROJECT: IT REALLY SENDS A SHARP REBUKE
TO PHILIP MORRIS AND THE SHAREHOLDERS WHO AT THURSDAY'S SHAREHOLDER MEETING
WERE TRYING TO ARGUE THAT NICOTINE IS NOT ADDICTIVE BECAUSE IT IS POSSIBLE TO
STOP USING IT. THAT'S CLEARLY NOT WHAT ADDICTION MEANS. AND THIS JUDGE'S
DECISION IS GOING TO BE LOOKED AT YEARS FROM NOW AS REALLY A HISTORIC TURNING
POINT IN THAT REGARD.))
Live= Ellen Full/Microwave
One of the historic points NOT lost on the health advocates is that the
tobacco companies lost a big part of their battle in a North Carolina federal
court, in a court the health advocates say the companies picked as being
possibly friendly to tobacco.))
Double Boxes=Keith/Ellen Microwave
((Q&A: So we can expect appeals on both sides?
Yes, President Clinton and RJ Reynolds have already announced appeals of the
parts each lost.))
The mixed ruling received a mixed reaction in our area today.
Teenagers we talked with said the ruling won't stop them from smoking.
One said it doesn't make sense to allow billboards but oppose teen smoking.
IN Q=OK, they're going to
((HOLLY CLYBURN/TEEN SMOKER; OK, THEY'RE GOING TO CRACK DOWN ON THE STORES, BUT
YET THEY PUT UP CIGARETTE BILLBOARDS THAT SAY "COME ON, SMOKE IT'S GOOD", AND
THEN YOU GO TO SMOKE AND YOU GET IN TROUBLE FOR IT, I THINK IT'S STUPID.))
OUT Q=think it's stupid
Officials with the Salem Avalanche say Phillip Morris is talking with them
about adding the Marlboro man to their billboard lineup... they haven't made a
decision so far.
The Marlboro Man came down at the Hillcats stadium in Lynchburg when his
contract expired last year.
Officials there say he will NOT be coming back.
And folks at the Martinsville Speedway say they're delighted Winston will be
able to participate in racing.
Norfolk Southern is making some changes at its Roanoke shops, affecting
about 85 workers.
The railroad is reducing the number of coal cars it rebuilds, from 12 to 6
Several of the employees involved will be moving to the locomotive shops; a
handfull will shift to the transportation department.
That leaves about 60 workers, who will probably be shifted to train
An NS spokesman says he's not sure whether any of these moves will mean
fewer jobs in Roanoke.
All this is being done in response to new federal requirements for more
Two men have now agreed to testify against an alleged killer, in exchange
for lighter sentences themselves.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last September;
Darick Wetzel of Pulaski County pled guilty as an accessory to first degree
murder in the death of Elmer Eugene Fisher.
The state will ask for a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Fisher was stabbed to death--his body found in the New River.
Last week Eddie Gibson of Richmond pled no contest.
Gibson and Wetzel are both expected to testify against Joseph Graham Junior.
GRAPHIC=wipe, wipe, wipe
In Roanoke, capital murder suspect Miguel Ortiz recovered enough from his
injuries to make his first appearance in court today.
He was arraigned on six charges associated with a double murder April 1st
at Carew Apartments.
He allegedly shot and killed Sharon and Deborah Casey before police subdued
him with gunfire.
Ortiz is being held withOUT bond.
This week's court decision rejecting a new trial for convicted killer Jens
Soering has stirred memories for some of those who served on the Soering jury
seven years ago.
Steve Smallshaw has that story.
IN Q=Sterl Irvine has
SUPER=03-Nelson Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Sterl Irvine/Soering Trial Juror; :20
SUPER=01-Larry Sheridan/Soering Trial Juror; :37
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Sterl Irvine has jury duty today.. for the first time since he spent 13 days
deciding Jens Soering's fate in 1990.
Like many of his fellow jurors, Irvine has followed Soering's push for a new
trial.. he doesn't put much stock in the former UVA student's claims that
someone ELSE murdered Derek and Nancy Haysom.
IN Q=Wherever they
((STERL IRVINE/SOERING TRIAL JUROR: WHEREVER THEY BROUGHT OUT WHERE HE HAD
ACTUALLY SAID THAT HE HAD DONE IT, BUT WE STILL HAD TO LISTEN TO ALL OF IT TOO.
BUT AT THE END OF IT, THERE WAS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND.))
OUT Q=in my mind.
IN Q=If they both
((LARRY SHERIDAN/SOERING TRIAL JUROR: IF THEY BOTH KNEW THAT HE DIDN'T DO IT
AND ELIZABETH DIDN'T DO IT AND THEY SUSPECT SOMEBODY ELSE MUST HAVE DID IT, WHY
DID HE GIVE THIS CONFESSION AND WHY DID THEY LEAVE THE COUNTRY? NO, I THINK THE
JURY REACHED THE RIGHT DECISION WHEN THEY DECIDED HE WAS GUILTY.))
OUT Q=he was guilty.
Other jurors we spoke with agreed.. they believed Soering's confession but
NOT the story he told at trial.
One woman feels Soering and his attorneys are "grasping at straws".
IN Q=But it only
((But it only takes one unconvinced person to cause a mistrial. Two other
jurors we spoke with say they just weren't sure.. this new evidence MIGHT have
swayed their verdicts, but they'd have to hear the whole story laid out in
court. That's exactly what Jens Soering keeps fighting for. Steve Smallshaw,
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six--
we conclude our series--"Hopping Mad at N-S", with a look at alternatives to
the controversial dry hopper system Norfolk Southern uses on its trains.
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After four years, Al Alexander is leaving as executive director of the
Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A.
Last month, Alexander denied complaints of sexual harrassment from three
former S-P-C-A workers.
The president of the S-P-C-A Board wouldn't say whether the accusations are
related to Alexander's departure.
Instead, he blamed a lack of cooperation and stress on the job.
IN Q=Being executive director
((FRANK VAN BALEN/S.P.C.A. BOARD PRESIDENT: BEING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
S.P.C.A. IS A VERY STRESSFUL JOB AND I THINK IT FINALLY GOT TO AL AND HE WANTED
TO TAKE SOME TIME OFF. ))
SUPER=01-Frank Van Balen/S.P.C.A. Board President;
OUT Q=some time off
A news release says Alexander is resigning for "personal reasons."
He could not be reached for comment.
Van Balen says the shelter will operate as usual until a replacement is
GRAPHIC=Hopping Mad at N-S
For the past two nights we've told you about complaints surrounding the
method workers on Norfolk Southern trains use to dispose of human waste.
Tonight in the last of his reports, Len Besthoff considers the alternatives
and efforts to force the railroad to make a change.
IN Q=Norfolk Southern's
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Chester Melvin/Retired NS Engineer; :15 (VERY QUICK!!)
SUPER=04-June 1992; :22
SUPER=01-Bob Benoit/Va. Tech Microbiologist; :36
SUPER=01-Bob Godwin/Chmn. Brotherhood Loc. Eng. (NY); :59
SUPER=01-Lawrence Mann/Rail Union Safety Attorney; 2:21
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Norfolk Southern's "dry hopper" waste disposal system requiring on board
employees to relieve themselves in plastic bags draped over a commode and then
store them has its share of critics.
Many N-S workers don't like it.
SOT NS WASTE VII TOT 03:10:19
IN Q=It's pretty
((CHESTER MELVIN/RETIRED NS ENGINEER: IT'S PRETTY DEGRADING TO HAVE TO USE A
TOILET IN THAT MATTER.))
Folks alongside N-S's tracks say the bags of waste have ended up on their
property, because workers can't bear the smell and they throw them off the
There are also health concerns...what if a disease- laden bag were to
contaminate a water supply, or come in contact with someone?
SOT NS WASTE VIII TOT 02:09:55
IN Q=Suppose these
((BOB BENOIT/VA. TECH MICROBIOLOGIST: SUPPOSE THESE BAGS FALL ON YOUR
FARMLAND, SUPPOSE YOU HAVE CHILDREN, SUPPOSE YOU HAVE GRANDCHILDREN, SUPPOSE
THEY START PLAYING.))
OUT Q=start playing.
SOT NS WASTE VIII TOT 02:10:09
((BENOIT: CHILDREN HAVE A VERY SHORT LAG BETWEEN THEIR HANDS AND THEIR MOUTH,
AND THERE'S A POSSIBLE THREAT.))
OUT Q=possible threat.
N-S has options.
It's the only class one railroad without on board toilets, similar to this
one on a Conrail engine.
SOT GODWIN CLEAN 10:33:13
IN Q=That is the
((BOB GODWIN/CHMN. BROTHERHOOD LOC. ENG. (NY): THAT IS THE SANITARY WAY OF
DOING IT, RATHER THAN HAVING WASTE IN A PLASTIC BAG SITTING IN A LOCOMOTIVE CAB
THAT HAS THE TEMPERATURES UP TO OVER A HUNDRED DEGREES IN THE SUMMERTIME.))
SUPER=01-Bob Godwin/NY United Trans. Union Chmn.;
N-S won't comment about this because of pending litigation, but in a 1994
hearing, it said an internal study showed its "dry hopper" system is the best
waste disposal method because of its cleanliness and simplicity.
As far as cost goes, N-S once told a West Virginia newspaper it would have
to spend six- million- dollars to equip its engines with toilets.
That probably doesn't include maintenance costs.
Keep in mind N-S is about to spend six- BILLION- dollars to buy part of
And in its most recent quarter, N-S PROFITED well over 170- million- dollars
before merger expenses.
SOT godwin clean 10:36:38
IN Q=It's all about money
((GODWIN: IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY. THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO PUT IN HOLDING TANKS.
OUT Q=holding tanks.
SOT NS WASTE VIII 03:14:45
IN Q=Money's got
((MELVIN: MONEY'S GOT A LOT TO DO WITH IT. YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE
TO TAKE CARE OF THESE TOILETS.))
OUT Q=these toilets.
SOT NS WASTE IX 6:24:28 6:22:58
IN Q=NS apparently
((NS apparently has no plans to change its dry hopper system. But it has made
a few modifications to track these bags if they are thrown off a train. For
example, all employees must now all sign up for these bags, and they all have
serial numbers to identify them.))
OUT Q=identify them.
Nat Sot train whistle again?
Nevertheless, rail unions in eight states, some as recently as this year,
have proposed legislation requiring on- board toilets with limited success.
Now organized labor is pursuing this on a national level.
SOT NS-WASTE X TOT 05:29:13
IN Q=So the
((LAWRENCE MANN/RAIL UNION SAFETY ATTORNEY: SO THE WAY TO TRULY END IT, IS
EITHER TO HAVE CONGRESS MANDATE IT, OR TO HAVE THE FEDERAL RAILROAD
ADMINISTRATION ISSUE A REGULATION.))
OUT Q=a regulation.
The United Transportation Workers Union's chief safety counsel in Washington
believes within the next year or so there will be a law that will force N-S to
discontinue the "dry hopper" system.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
While Norfolk Southern chose not to comment for this story, it apparently
has a keen interest in what we're airing.
Before tonight's report even aired, N-S filed a legal request for copies of
all the material we have that is related to this story, including un-aired
videotapes and reporters' notes.
News-7 plans to challenge the subpoena in court.
The Dow lost 53 points, to close at 67-hundred 39 today.
Nasdaq lost 19 points.
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A Pittsylvania County civil rights leader says his organization is not
responsible for telephone threats involving Governor Allen.
Members of the local N-Double-A-C-P are upset by the Governor's decision to
proclaim April "Confederate History and Heritage Month".
But the group's leader says his organization did not threaten anyone, if
Allen spoke at a tobacco function earlier this week.
The Governor cancelled the appearance.
IN Q=We oppose
((WILLIE FITZGERALD/LOCAL NAACP PRESIDENT:WE OPPOSE HIS SIGNING OF THE
PROCLAMATION AND ANYTHING IT DOES TO REFLECT UPON SLAVERY AND THE CAPTIVITY OF
OR BONDAGE OF ANOTHER RACE, IT ONLY REKINDLES THE FLAME THAT WAS ONCE THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Willie Fitzgerald/Local NAACP President; :00
OUT Q=once there.
Fitzgerald says he called a news conference to put an end to any rumors.
Qualifying from Talladega, highlights from the Radford/Richmond baseball
and Roy Stanley will have a report on a long shot favorite in the Cosmo track
Winston Cup cars just finished up first round Busch Pole Qualifying for
the Winston 500 at Talladega.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN2; :00
It looked like Dale earnhardt would capture his 7th career pole as he
turned the 2.66 mile track at a speed of 192.699 miles per hour for the top
But then John Andretti took the superspeedway and knocked Earnhardt off with
a speed of 193-627 miles per hour in the RCA Ford to sit on the pole.
Cup points leader Dale Jarrett qualified 9th but Andretti was the man of
the hour. Here's your top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. John Andretti/193.627/2. Bobby Hillin//3. Dale Earnhardt//4.
Rusty Wallace//5. Mike Skinner//;
SUPER=0107-6. Ken Schrader//7. Ernie Irvan//8. Bobby Labonte//9. Dale
Jarrett//10. Bill Elliott//;
SUPER=0107-11. Jeff Gordon//12. Derrike Cope//13. Greg Sacks//14. Lake
Speed//15. Rick Mast//;
SUPER=0107-16. Sterling Marlin//17. Johnny Benson//18. Mark Martin//19. Geoff
Bodine//20. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-21. Kyle Petty//22. Ward Burton//23. Hut Stricklin//24. Steve
Grissom//25. Ward Burton//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Over a thousand athletes from 25 schools are competing in the 32-nd Annual
Cosmopolitan Invitational Track Meet.
And Roy Stanley says the Golden Eagles of Staunton River are set to
challenge Group Three-A powers Patrick Henry and William Fleming.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Jarrett Ferguson/Staunton River Sprinter; :
SUPER=01-Joe Curcio/Staunton River Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((Last Year, The Golden Eagles were favored to win the meet.
But through two days of competition the best they could do was fourth place
((JARRETT FERGUSON/STAUNTON RIVER SPRINTER: ))
((Several weeks after the performance in the Cosmo, Staunton River would
capture the Group Two A state track title.
The Cosmo experience contributed to that win and the Golden Eagles have
hung on to that competitive edge.))
((JOE CURCIO/STAUNTON RIVER HEAD COACH: ))
((BRADLEY BASHAM/SPRINTER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((The competition continues tomorrow morning with the senior field events.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
The Washington Redskins shelled out a ton of green today in order to
retain some green.
SUPER=03-Carlisle, PA; :00
Today, the Redskins signed 37 year old cornerback Darrell Green to a 5 year
contract worth 12.5 million dollars that included a two million dollar signing
After signing the contract; green went out on his first day of mini camp
and ran the 40 yard dash in 4.3 seconds.
Roanoke Catholic Running Back P.J. Moyer is headed to Montgomery Junior
College in Rockville, Maryland.
Moyer rushed for over 57-hundred years and 61 touchdowns in four years.
He had over 7-thousand all purpose yards and he was first team all state
four straight years.
Moyer's teammate Mark Buchy will join his brother Phillip at the Air Force
Mark will play defensive back for the Academy's prep school for a year.
To the diamond. Radford played host to Richmond today at Dedmon Center
SUPER=03-Radford/Spiders vs. Highlanders; :00
The Highlanders would get on the bags early as Kelly Dampeer singles up the
middle, moving Mike Lombardi to second.
Chris carr then loads the bases on this scary play as he is beaned by the
pitch. He was okay.
Chad Gordon does the clean up job with the sacrifice fly to left.
Lombardi scores from third, the catcher overthrows second, and Dampeer also
Former Glenvar star Jason Anderson was strong on the hill; here he fans Dan
Phipps. RU wins it )6-2.
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