IN Q=tonight on
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
A COURT MARTIAL JURY HAS THROWN THE BOOK AT AN ARMY STAFF SERGENT ACCUSED OF
RAPING FEMALE RECRUITS.
DISTRIBUTION WAS VERY FRAGMENTED BECAUSE THE PLANT WAS CLOSED DOWN FOR THREE
MONTHS. BUT WE'VE BEEN ACCEPTED AT VIRTUALLY EVERY GROCERY STORE CHAIN. WE'RE
AUTHORIZED TO BE IN THOSE STORES.
QUIBELL MAKES A REBOUND--THANKS TO TWO MEN WHO LIKED THE PRODUCTS SO MUCH,
THEY WANTED A STAKE IN THE COMPANY...))
OUT Q=stake in the company.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's TUESDAY, April 29TH, our Top Story
IN Q=Forced to
((FORCED TO CHOOSE...BEING A DAD.))
OUT Q=a dad.
The Republican front-runner for Lieutenant Governor has dropped out of the
Good evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC--
I'm Connie Stevens.
It was a surprise move for the man who already raised 1-point-4 million
dollars to run for lieutenant governor.
The only detail Andrews provided today was that one of his three children is
facing what he calls "a medical concern," but he would NOT elaborate.
That has NOT stopped speculation from running rampant though on whether
there's more behind the scenes.
He entered the news conference today on crutches from what he shrugged off
as a sports mishap...but focused on his responsibilities to his children as the
reason for the decision.
IN Q=All things
((ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL...MAKES THE IMPOSSIBLE.))
((BERT ROHRER/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: HE AS YOU KNOW DID NOT ...SITUATION WAS.))
SUPER=01-Bert Rohrer/Va. Democratic Party; :07
OUT Q=situation was.
Andrews did face some controversy over the declining stock price in his two
businesses...and a foray into a possible gambling operation he later pulled the
The man who benefits most directly from Andrews' misfortune is John Hager,
the other Republican running for Lieutenant Governor... Andrews endorsed him
Dozens of Bedford County teachers still don't know whether they'll have jobs
next year-- even after tonight's budget work session of the School Board.
The board still has to officially decide how it will trim more than four
million dollars out of its budget request for the next fiscal year.
Most of the proposed cuts in staffing and programs were NOT finalized
tonight, because school officials are still trying to pay THIS year's bills.
They'll be asking the Board of Supervisors for an extra two-point two
million dollars to keep the schools afloat until June 30th.
Board members say if they get that money they may not have to cut as much
IN Q=I don't see
SUPER=01-Betty Earle/School Board Member
OUT Q=or it should.
The School Board DID start trimming-- but didn't discuss personnel
It will meet with the Board of Supervisors to discuss the budget on May
Army Staff Sergeant Delmar Simpson's 13 year military career will end in
He could spend the rest of his life in a military prison.
A jury today convicted him of raping six female recruits at the Aberdeen
Proving Ground in Maryland.
IN Q=I just want to
((LT. COL. GABRIEL RIESCO/ ORDINANCE SCHOOL CHIEF OF STAFF: I JUST WANT TO
EMPHASIZE THAT WE ARE CONTINUING WITH OUR QUEST TO PROCESS ALL THESE CASES
EXPEDITIOUSLY, WE ARE INTERESTED IN PROTECTING THE VICTIMS AS MUCH AS
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Gabriel Riesco/Ordinance School Chief of Staff; :
OUT Q=as possible.
It was Simpson's case that resulted in criminal charges against 12 other
Aberdeen soldiers and prompted investigations at Army bases worldwide.
Meantime today on Capitol Hill, women's right groups called for passage of
legislation that would openly post laws protecting whistleblowers in the
military, as well as provide a lawyer for harassment victims.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
A routine audit of the buyout plans of former state workers who retired in
1995 found some mistakes.
The state's Workforce Transition Act trimmed the state job roster by five
But of the 32- hundred who used the Act to retire early, state auditors have
found problems with eight of the first 164 they've looked at.
IN Q=Our retirees
((OUR RETIREES NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THEIR
PAYMENT, WE WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM, OR THEIR AGENCY WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH
THEM RIGHT AWAY. THIS IS A ROUTINE AUDIT PROCESS THAT SHOULDN'T CONCERN ANYONE
OVERLY OR CONCERN THEM AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Bill Leighty/Va. Retirement System;
OUT Q=at all.
The Virginia Retirement System says the problems came from mistakes made by
the retirees' agencies.
The 62 local workers furloughed by Norfolk Southern must now play the
This morning at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn, employees were given the
opportunity to ask questions about their impending transfer.
They found out it could be awhile before they leave town.
IN Q=It could
((TIM JONES/FURLOUGHED NORFOLK SOUTHERN WORKER: IT COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM THIS
WEEK TO THREE OR FOUR MONTHS OR FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF
HOW LONG IT TAKES TO WORK IT OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Tim Jones/Furloughed Norfolk Southern Worker;
OUT Q=work it out
Employees like Tim Jones were given a list of cities to choose from... some
as far away as Kansas City and St. Louis.
Workers say seniority will play a major role when it comes to placement.
N- S officials say they were forced to make the transfers because of
The last time Tultex made headlines it was in the midst of a union drive.
The union succeeded.
Since then, so has the Martinsville company.
Last year Tultex had double digit sales increases in some of its largest
Shareholders, including NASCAR's Richard Petty, appeared pleased with its
progress at the company's annual meeting.
IN Q=The sales
((JACK COOPER/TULTEX SHAREHOLDER: THE SALES ARE UP AND THE OPERATING MARGINS
ARE UP. LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE DOING FINE TO ME, THEY'RE DOING VERY WELL.))
((CHUCK DAVIES/TULTEX CEO: WHILE BUSINESS IS ALWAYS TOUGH, COMPETITION, WE
STILL HAVE SOME VERY EXCELLENT COMPETITION. I THINK WE'RE DEFINITELY GAINING
GROUND AND IMPROVING OUR COMPETITIVE POSITION.))
SUPER=01-Jack Cooper/Tultex Shareholder; :00
SUPER=01-Chuck Davies/Tultex CEO; :07
OUT Q=competitive position.
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Promising news in the battle against AIDS-- researchers are hopeful this
latest finding could lead to a vaccine to prevent the disease.
And it's emergency help in a flash--giving rescue personnel some assistance
in finding a residence quickly-- the story when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
go to break
A pair of well known businessmen from the Martinsville area are two big
reasons why the water is flowing once again at the popular Quibell company in
Last year Tultex chairman John Franck and his cousin Will Pannill noticed
their favorite tea and sparkling water brand missing from the local store
Upon further investigation they learned about the company's troubles and
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IN Q=We found
((JOHN FRANCK/QUIBELL INVESTOR: WE FOUND A BUSINESS THAT WE THINK IS A LOT OF
FUN AND HAS GREAT POTENTIAL. IT'S A BRAND THAT PEOPLE IN THIS REGION ARE VERY
SUPER=01-John Franck/Quibell Investor;
OUT Q=familiar with.
Franck admits the company is not making any money yet.
But he expects Quibell will eventually regain the 10- million- dollars in
annual sales it had a few years ago.
Lynchburg City Council was talking trash again today.. specifically the
future of the controversial trash tag system.
Four of the seven city council members say the city can afford to offer
residents free trash pickup.
But some council members remain unconvinced.
They're worried that doing away with the trash tags will discourage
recycling and shorten the life of the city's landfill.
IN Q=Our landfill may
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: OUR LANDFILL MAY FILL UP QUICKER AND
WE MAY HAVE TO BUILD ANOTHER LANDFILL AND THAT'S VERY EXPENSIVE. AND SO THIS
THING REALLY NEEDS TO BE STUDIED OUT BEFORE WE MAKE ANY DECISION. AND I'M
PERFECTLY WILLING TO CHANGE IF SOMEONE SHOWS ME THAT THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO DO
THIS. I AM PERFECTLY WILLING TO DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=to do that.
Davenport and two other council members want to study the potential impact
before making a final decision.
The Lowe's Home Improvement store in Christiansburg is helping residents
plug into faster emergency response.
Lowe's is donating two thousand dollars worth of Smart-Alert safety
The devices will be distributed through the Christiansburg and Blacksburg
police and fire departments and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Once installed, three flicks of a light switch will activate Smart-Alert to
help emergency personnel locate a residence.
((DON CROMER/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPT.: YOU TURN THE LIGHT ON, THEN OFF AND
THEN BACK ON AGAIN AND THE DEVICE WILL FLASH AND IT WILL ALERT EMERGENCY
SERVICES IF THEY'RE COMING TO YOUR HOUSE. ))
((JOE TUCCIARONE/LOWES MANAGER: WE SELL A LOT OF SAFETY PRODUCTS IN OUR STORE
AND WE FELT LIKE THIS WAS A WAY WE COULD GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Don Cromer/Christiansburg Police Dept.; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Tucciarone/Lowe's Manager; :10
OUT Q=to the community.
The devices will be distributed to senior and disabled citizens, people with
life- threatening illnesses and families who can't afford them.
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When it comes to community service-- it's time for the work to begin-- now
that the pep talk is over from the leaders-- such as Colin Powell,
...Chairman of the Volunteerism Summit, which ended today in Philadelphia.
Thousands attended -- saying they're now more determined than ever to
recruit others for community service.
IN Q=This summit
((THIS SUMMIT, THESE COMMITMENTS, THEY ARE ABOUT THE HABITS OF THE HEART THAT
MAKE US AMERICANS. LET US GO SHOW THE WORLD AND OUR CHILDREN THAT WE ARE
PREPARED TO LIVE UP TO THEM. ))
SUPER=07-Hillary Rodham Clinton; :
OUT Q=prepared to live up to them.
Many of those attending the summit say they're hoping a new spirit will
sweep the nation.
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A flood warning for areas in Halifax County has been severely down-graded.
The Dan River is expected to crest tomorrow at EIGHT feet above flood
stage-- which has the potential to cause moderate flooding.
The National Weather Service toned down its flood warning this afternoon--
But it didn't slow down the packing up and moving out for some residents
and business owners in Riverdale.
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IN Q=It's a guess work
((IT'S A GUESS WORK, CAUSE WE NEVER KNOW WHAT THE GOOD LORD IS GOING TO PUT ON
US, BUT WE HAVE TO SURVIVE AND DO THE BEST WE CAN. ))
SUPER=01-Mac Ragan/Riverdale Business Owner; :00
OUT Q=best we can
The updated flooding information comes as a relief--
Many people there are still recovering from last fall's severe flooding.
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Don't go away-- there's more News-7 Primetime right after this break, here
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Researchers are a step closer to developing an AIDS vaccine.
A study published in the May issue of "Nature Medicine" reports that
doctors have successfully immunized two chimpanzees against the deadly disease.
IN Q=This is one
((DR. DAVID WEINER/LEAD RESEARCHER: THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST STUDIES
IN PRIMATES THAT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL
WITH A DNA VACCINE IN THE ABILITY TO PROTECT AGAINST SOME TYPE OF INFECTION.))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Weiner/Lead Researcher
OUT Q=type of infection.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
Researchers say the AIDS vaccine made from H-I-V genes has protected the
chimps for more than a year-- raising hopes the approach will work in humans.
And the study suggests that the D-N-A vaccine holds promise in the
prevention of other disease caused by viruses.
((DR. DAVID WEINER: INCLUDING HERPES, HEPATITIS, INFLUENZA, TUBERCULOSIS.))
The University of Pennsylvania is also conducting human trials to help
demonstrate the safety of this relatively new technology.
Unlike live vaccines-- doctors believe these new D-N-A based vaccines may
be safer, and carry no risk of infection.
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Tonight's top video comes from a disaster in Turkey earlier today.
SUPER=75-Istanbul, Turkey; :
An explosion from a liquid gas tank started a huge fire at an Istanbul
It also set off a series of smaller explosions.
Amazingly, the blaze was brought under control-- with no casualties, or
serious environmental damage.
A giant plume of black smoke and flames could be seen rising for miles
around the site of the explosion.
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, the Magic tries to keep from
disappearing from the NBA playoffs, George Lynch is getting ready for his
Hometown Hoops camp, and Joe Gibbs is starting a new race team.
But first, New York Mets pitcher Jason Isringhausen, underwent tests today
for recurring chest and rib pain.
The 24 year old began complaining of chest pains last week while in Florida.
One New York area says the team fears Isringhausen could have a form of
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Forest/7//Liberty/2//Cavs Now 13 & 2/;
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OUT Q=....last score."
take a break
After getting humiliated in the first two games of their best of five playoff
series with the Miami Heat, the Orlando magic took a big step toward getting
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/TBS - Game Three; :00
The Heat needed a win this evening to complete a three game sweep, and Tim
Hardaway helped shoot Miami to a 20 point first half advantage.
But thanks to a former college place kicker Darrell Armstrong, who is from
Gastonia, the Magic tied it at the half and went in front by 10 in the third.
He had a career high 21.
But the money man was Penny. Anfernee Hardaway scored 42 points including
this 3 pointer with the clock SUPER=32-Miami/75/Orlando/88/Heat Leads 2-1;
The Magic forces a game four with the 88-to-75 win.
George Lynch's playoff hopes ended a long time ago with the lowly Vancouver
But Vancouver's loss is the valley's gain as George is now getting ready for
his 7th annual Hometown Basketball camp in mid-June.
((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :00
OUT Q=...OFF COURT SKILLS.
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George's camp will again be held at William Fleming high school from June
16th through the 20th.
It is open to boys and girls ages 7 through 13 for fundamentals.
And there also will be an advanced section of the camp for those 14 & 15 year
And if you would like more information you can call 982-0536.
Joe Gibbs got into NASCAR racing five years ago, today he doubled his
pleasure by adding a second team to his Winston Cup operation.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
Gibbs announced that Tony Stewart, the pole at Indy last year, is joining
Gibbs racing to field a second team full time by 1999.
Stewart, who has finished no higher than 16th in 7 Busch starts knows he has
his work cut out himself.
IN Q="When you go..
((TONY STEWART/JOINS JOE GIBBS RACING:))
SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/Joins Joe Gibbs Racing; :00
OUT Q=...ON YOUR GAME."
Gibbs will work him in slowly next season, running a limited number of Cup
The Chicago Cubs continued their worst to first transformation today by
beating the Expos 14-to-8.
The Cubs have now won four of their last five games, and they are only 8
games out of first in the Central.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Expos vs. Cubs - WGN; :00
Last night the Cubs beat the Expos 5-to-2.
Today both teams came out swinging for the ivy covered wall from the opening
That's Darrin Fletcher bashing one into the seats in deep center field to
make it 4-to-nothing with one out in the first.
Henry Rodriguez then steps up and rips this Steve Traschal pitch over the
center field fence again, and it's 5-to-nothing Expos.
But Brooks Kieschnick would rally the Cubs with this 2 run homer off Jim
Bullinger to make it a 5-to-3 game.
Rodriguez would homer again in the third, but Kieschnick would come back with
his second homer of the game - a SUPER=35-Montreal/8/Chicago/14/;
three run blast to right.
It hits a building and the Cubs beat the Expos 14-to-8.
Don't dwell on this next item too long-- it may just trigger a
They're creepy, yet crunchy...gross, yet good for you.
SUPER=03-Santa Maria, CA; :
We're talking about bugs--
Insects are the main ingredient at this California Candy company.
Hotlix of Pismo Beach is known for putting the worm in tequila flavored
suckers...and now its branching out.
They'll try just about anything...scorpions are the demand in Asia...and
yes, they're safe to eat.
IN Q=Some people
((SOME PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE IT. WE GET A LOT OF CALLS, IS THE BUG REAL? IS IT
SAFE FOR MY CHILDREN? CAN I EAT IT? AND WE SAY YES, THE BUG IS REAL
IT'S FARM RAISED, WON'T HURT YOU A BIT,
HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS ))
OUT Q=highly nutritious.
The company says the average customer buys a HotLix stick for a gag gift--
and later trys it, realizing it's not so bad.
Thankfully, that's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
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Teresa Hamilton continues her series on Bosnia Peacekeepers.
Tonight how the 46- man unit from Danville spreads goodwill in a country
torn apart by internal conflict-- one of the group's missions: to provide food
and supplies to the poor.
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:WE HAD SOME IDEA THAT THAT'S WHAT
WE WERE GOING TO BE DOING BUT NOT TO THE EXTEND WE'RE DOING IT HERE, IT'S, IT'S
BEEN A REAL GOOD EXPERIENCE COMING OVER HERE. ))
OUT Q=over here.
SUPER=77-Not Just Security Guards;
These men say it's more than securing a safe environment so Bosnia can
Closer to home-- just what are these luxury condominiums popping up
throughout our area,
and who's buying these big-ticket items?
SUPER=x5025; Coming up at 11 Stop
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow. goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7 with these stories and more news.