(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
JIM GILMORE: I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT I'M A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR IN 1997.
JAMES STEWART GILMORE THE THIRD MAKES IT OFFICIAL -- AND HE'S GOT A BASKET OF
GOODIES FOR VOTERS.
THE INVESTIGATION OF THE RAPE AND MURDER OF A TODDLER DATING BACK TO 1980
IN BEDFORD IS STARTING BACK UP AGAIN.))
OUT Q=back up again
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's THURSDAY May Eighth, our Top Story
A camera at an Automatic Teller Machine helps authorities arrest a suspect
in the murder of a Roanoke man at a rest stop along Interstate 81.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 PRIMETIME on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
The victim, 57 year old (Es-tull) Singleton's bank card was used at an ATM
inside a nearby food store within hours of the slaying.
This is the videotape authorities used to track down the suspect
33-year old Livingston "Bud" Pritchett of Roanoke.
SOT 19:25:52 Marrs field tape
IN Q=from this tape
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Ruhland/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=meeting the description.
**CONNIE AUDIO ON CART**
Sources tell NEWS-7 Pritchett is unemployed and used to be a truck driver
who is very familiar with the Ironto rest area.
Singleton was found shot in a grassy area there, his wallet was lying next
to him... his pockets were turned inside out.
During questioning today at the state police headquarters in Salem,
authorities say Pritchett made self incriminating statements and was taken into
The victim's daughter in-law, didn't want to appear on camera.
SOT 17:48:39 stacey tape
((I THINK RIGHT NOW WE'RE FEELING PRETTY RELIEVED AT LEAST THAT THERE IS
SOMEONE IN CUSTODY AND WE'RE ALL HOPING FOR SOME SENSE OF CLOSURE TO ALL OF
SUPER=01-Susan Singleton/Victim's Daughter-in-Law
OUT Q=all of this.
Pritchett will remain behind bars in the Montgomery County Jail until his
A 16-year old murder case in Bedford is being reopened in hopes of tracking
down a killer.
TWO-year old Brandy Barlow disappeared from her home on South Street in
Bedford in October of 1980.
Her body was discovered four months later by a group of men walking along
State Route 6-77, about a mile outside the city limits.
She had been strangled and left in a drainage ditch.
No one was arrested- but a little over a month ago, Bedford authorities met
and decided to review the case.
Chief Milton Graham hopes new forensic and investigative technology can give
them some new leads.
Several local and state agencies have promised to lend manpower to the
investigation, but that may not happen for several months.
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In Arkansas, those nearby a chemical packaging plant in West Helena are
getting shots to fight the effects of poison gas after a fiery explosion there.
Three firefighters were killed battling a pesticide-fueled blaze that
followed the blast.
IN Q=The main chemical
((TIM SNYDER/HELENA FIRE DEPARTMENT:THE MAIN CHEMICAL THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE
FIRE WAS AZINPHOSMETHYL. IT GIVES OFF A VAPOR CLOUD THAT IS HAZARDOUS.))
SUPER=01-Tim Snyder/Helena Fire Dept.; :
OUT Q=is hazardous.
Sixteen people were injured in that explosion.
Closer to home...there was a smaller explosion in Salem...
An Oxygen tank apparently ignited then skyrocketed about 500 feet, landing
on the roof of this nearby building.
No one was hurt, but witnesses were shaken up by the incident.
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IN Q=I was driving
((RHONDA SELLERS/WITNESS: I WAS DRIVING BY AND MY SON AND I WERE HERE AND
HEARD THIS BIG " WOOSH" SOUND AND THEN ALL THESE SPARKS AND EVERYTHING FLEW
THIS WAY. I HAD TO STOP AND BACK-UP BECAUSE I THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO
DROP ON MY CAR.))
SUPER=01-Rhonda Sellers/Witness; :02
OUT Q=on my car
The explosion happened at the Highway Machinery and Supply Company in Salem.
The tanker contained 600 pounds of liquid oxygen-- a highly flammable
It is unknown what triggered the accident.
Jim Gilmore's been the official Republican candidate for governor for weeks.
Today, he made a four city campaign kick-off tour, beginning in Roanoke and
ending in Richmond..
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=He officially
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
He's officially put the more in Jim Gilmore.
More teachers, more money for higher education, more money and laws to fight
drugs and crime, and more tax dollars going back to the voter than Don Beyer's
((WE WILL ABOLISH THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ON PERSONAL CARS AND TRUCKS HERE IN
THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
butt-together with cheers
((IN THE GILMORE ADMINISTRATION WE WILL PROVIDE FUNDING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR
LOCALITIES FOR FOUR THOUSAND NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS.))
But there's a string attached and Gilmore's quick to point it out.
Virginia revenues need to grow TWO BILLION dollars over the next five years.
He's confident they will because of a strong economy.
((BUT THE TIME HAS COME TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND SAY THAT THE WORKING PEOPLE
OF VIRGINIA ARE ENTITLED TO A DIVIDEND ON ALL THIS SUCCESS.))
It's a campaign pledge Governor George Allen would have liked to have
made...but some of his welcome with the General Assembly had worn out after a
blockbuster first two years of criminal justice and welfare reforms.
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((THERE'S ALREADY BICKERING OVER THE NUMBERS. THE VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE
ESTIMATES THE TAX CUT PLAN WOULD COST THREE BILLION DOLLARS. NOT THE ONE
BILLION DOLLARS JIM GILMORE'S ESTIMATING. THE GILMORE CAMPAIGN SAYS IT'S
WORKED HARD ON THE NUMBERS AND STANDS BY THE FIGURES. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7,
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Goodyear tire plants across the country and in nearby Danville are waiting
for word concerning today's union vote.
Plus dozens of jobs in Roanoke will be axed as major cutbacks are announced
nationwide for U-S Airways-- these stories when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
go to break
17- year- old (STEFF-ahn) Stephan (dee-WAYNE) Dwayne Jones maintains he's
not a killer... but today he pled no contest to FIRST degree murder charges
for the shooting death of another 17- year- old.
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Antwan Gray was gunned down nearly five months ago on Center Avenue near
Roanoke's Lansdowne Housing Complex.
Jones told police that he was at a relative's house when the crime went
But his defense team felt that his alibi wouldn't have held up during a
Jones was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
More than 100 high-paid, highly- skilled aircraft maintenance positions
will be eliminated at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
U-S Airways made the announcement this morning, as part of a system- wide
cost- cutting move.
The aircraft maintenance operations in Roanoke, Greensboro and
Winston-Salem will be consolidated with those in Pittsburgh, Charlotte and
For members of the Machinists UNION, that means a transfer- -but NOT
necessarily loss of a job.
IN Q=They have options
((PAUL ZEITLER/LOCAL MACHINISTS UNION CHAIRMAN: THEY HAVE OPTIONS OF GOING
ANYWHERE IN THE SYSTEM THAT THEIR SENIORITY CAN TAKE THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Zeitler/Local Machinists Union Chairman
OUT Q=can take them.
U-S Airways will begin re-assigning personnel and shutting down its less
profitable facilities in September.
It'll also eliminate JET service to nine cities, put 22 aircraft
permanently in the hangar and close its reservations centers in Nashville and
A West Virginia judge is ordering Kroger to stay put for now.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
The grocery store chain had planned to move its distribution center to
Roanoke County next week.
But a temporary injunction was issued today... forcing the company to remain
in Charleston for at least 60 days.
Kroger says a move to the Roanoke Valley would save the company FOUR-
MILLION dollars anually.
The votes are in, and the ballots are being tallied across the country
tonight, for the 12-thousand members of the United Steelworkers union walking
the picket line at nine Goodyear plants.
In Danville-- 18-hundred workers have been off the job for nearly three
If the latest contract is ratified, workers will get pay hikes and enhanced
In the past workers have inked three year deals with the tire maker, this
time though, it's a six year contract.
IN Q=It's a
((RANDY RUDD/GOODYEAR EMPLOYEE: IT'S A SIX YEAR CONTRACT BUT THEY CAN OPEN IT
BACK UP IF BOTH SIDES AGREE IN THREE YEARS. SO THAT MIGHT BE FOR OUR
SUPER=01-Randy Rudd/Goodyear Employee;
The third shift could return to work within the hour. The company expects to
be working at full speed by Saturday, if the contract is approved.
(relax/take a break)
GRAPHIC=Festival in Park
The Star City may ressemble the Big Easy in two weeks.
Roanoke's 28th annual Festival in the Park is scheduled to kick off May
22nd with a Mardi Gras gala.
Festival '97 will include the usual itinerary of outdoor concerts, sporting
events and children's activities.
Organizers say new attractions include a soap box derby and lumberjack
Meanwhile, executive director Wendi Schultz says this year's Saturn Cup
Bike Race will likely fill a void in the absence of the more prominent Tour Du
IN Q=And I think
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK EXEC. DIR.: AND I THINK WE DID THAT
BEFORE THE TOUR CAME THROUGH, BECAUSE OUR BIKE RACE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN GOING ON
LONGER THAN THE TOUR'S BEEN COMING. SO, YEAH, I CERTAINLY THINK IT WIL BE AN
EXCITING RACE AND ONE THT A LOT OF THE AMATEURS AS WELL AS THE PROS LOOK
FORWARD TO. ))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival in the Park Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=pros look forward to
The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Diamond Rio are two of the featured musical
acts this year.
A three- dollar Festival button is required for admission into most events.
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Fettucine alfredo, fried chicken-- cheesecake and chocolate eclairs.
According to one cookbook author, these foods don't have to be forbidden.
And Stacey Hill just might know what she's talking about.
After all, she lost 200 pounds in 18 months.
IN Q=Everbody tried to
SUPER=08-Stacey Hill; :00
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :49
OUT Q=no comparison.
((STACEY HILL:EVERYBODY TRIED TO BRIBE ME WITH EVERYTHING. MY FATHER PROMISED
ME A TRANSAM IF I WOULD JUST LOSE IT, HE EVEN PROMISED ME TEN DOLLARS A POUND
AT ONE TIME. BUT YOU HAVE TO DECIDE YOURSELF AND DO IT FOR YOURSELF. ))
OUT Q=for yourself.
For this registered nurse, the bottom dropped out at 375 pounds.
She knew her excess weight could cause fatal health complications-- she
started a diet and exercise plan that would change her life.
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IN Q=This is the dress
((THIS IS THE DRESS THEY MADE FROM A 22 TO A 54. ))
OUT Q=to a 54.
Learning new recipes limiting fat and calories, and exercising as much as
she could stand-- she dropped from that size 54....to a 12.
IN Q=These are my
((THESE ARE MY JEANS, AND I CAN GET BOTH LEGS IN ONE SIDE OF THEM. ))
OUT Q=side of them.
She's published the secrets to her success in a new cookbook-- called "I
Stacey lives in Indiana-- but wrote the book with the help of her sister,
Gail Alford, who lives at Smith Mountain Lake.
IN Q=I'm going to
((I'M GOING TO PUT MY CHICKEN IN A SKILLET THAT HAS BEEN SPRAYED WITH PAM AND
WE'RE GOING TO COOK THIS , PUT OUR SEASONINGS IN. ))
OUT Q=seasonings in.
For instance-- how about chicken and dumplings, made in one skillet in ten
This recipe uses fat free chicken broth and flour tortillas.
IN Q=Just drop them
((JUST DROP THEM IN SLOWLY AND THEY'LL TAKE FORM. ))
OUT Q=take form.
While Stacey's in town promoting the book, she's offering free weight loss
Tomorrow, she'll be at Lynchburg's Holiday Inn Central at Noon, Two and
Saturday, she'll speak at Roanoke County's Holiday Inn Tanglewood, again
at noon, two and four.
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IN Q=Your doctor can
((YOUR DOCTOR CAN TELL YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT ALL THEY WANT. MY DOCTOR WAS A SKINNY
TINY THING THAT I KNOW HAD NEVER TRIED TO LOSE WEIGHT OR NEEDED TO. I FEEL THAT
LEARNING IT AND HEARING IT FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN THERE AND KNOWS WHAT IT'S
LIKE TO GO INTO A STORE AND BUY A SIZE 54 DRESS OR A SIZE 32 PAIR OF PANTS.
THERE'S NO COMPARISON.))
OUT Q=no comparison.
And after losing 200 pounds she ought to know.
The weight loss has also brought Stacey professional success.
She now runs her company's wellness program.
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New meaning tonight to that old saying, birds of a feather flock together.
SUPER=75-Hollywood, CA; :
True Love marks our video of the day.
These two swans have been inseparable for six years.
Only thing is, one of the swans is actually a boat.
Elliott the REAL swan has even tried to attack people who attempted to
clean the boat.
IN Q=About five weeks
((ABOUT FIVE WEEKS AGO, WE PULLED IT OUT, NOT NEEDING IT ANY LONGER, BUT WHAT
HAPPENED WITH ELLIOT-- IT APPEARED THAT WASN'T GOING TO WORK REAL WELL SO WE
DECIDED TO PUT IT BACK IN. ))
SUPER=75-Joe Robinson/Hollywood Park Employee; :
OUT Q=back in.
So the two are reunited again.
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Coming your way tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, highlights from the
Bulls-Hawks series, more hirings and firings in the NBA.
And it's been a great day for both Chip Sullivan and Willis White.
And it's also been a decent day for Pat Riley, who after leading the Miami
Heat to a franchise best 61 wins this season, was named the NBA's coach of the
Riley is the first to win the honor with three different teams, doing it also
with the Knicks and Lakers.
And Tubby Smith has been offered the Kentucky head coaching job. The current
Georgia coach has strong ties to the Cats. He served as a Rick Pitino
assistant eight years ago.
Now the scores.
wipe to boards!!!
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go to break
The NBA playoffs are rolling on tonight in Chicago as the defending world
champion Bulls are playing host to Atlanta in game of their best of seven
eastern conference final.
SUPER=03-Chicago/TNT - Game Two; :00
The Hawks felt like they gave game one away as they lost by 3 so, tonight
they took it right at the Bulls, as Christian Laettner throws down the jam with
Steve Kemp would come off the bench and answer that with some outside noise
cutting the Hawks lead to five.
But no one would stop Mookie Blaylock. The former Oklahoma Sooner scorched
the nets for 20 points in the first half.
And watch Mookie set the back screen for Alan Henderson, who goes back door
for the dunk and a 7 point lead.
But Michael got hot late in the half and cut the Hawks advantage to 2 at
Right now the Hawks LEAD the Bulls 93-to-83 in the fourth quarter.
It has been a day of mixed emotions for Boston Celtics' fans.
For starters, Rick Pitino arrived in town to take over more than the
the team's head coaching duties.
Pitino is also taking over as president of the team, replacing Red Auerbach,
who after 47 years has been given a special vice president's position.
Auerbach is 79 years old.
While Auerbach is moving up Larry Bird is moving out.
After 18 years in Boston as a player and front office member he has agreed to
take over the Indiana Pacers.
Bird's first head coaching position will take effect on this coming Monday
when he's formally introduced at Market Square arena in Indianapolis.
P.J. Carlesimo is looking for work tonight.
Today, Carlesimo was fired as head coach of the Portland Trailblazers.
He had two years remaining on his contract and led the Blazers to the
playoffs this season.
They lost in the first round for the third straight year.
After struggling for a couple of months and missing the cut in 7 straight
events, Chip Sullivan finally got on track today during the first round of the
Bell South Open in Duluth, Georgia.
Chip shot a three under round of 69 today highlighted by a 32 on the back
Don Pooley leads after the first 18 with an 8 under par 64.
If you thought the hoopla surrounding the City of Salem's first ever
football state championship ended on cereal box, guess again.
This afternoon, the Salem Rotary Club named Willis White its Citizen of the
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
The Salem High School Teacher and Football coach has taught mathematics for
He began his career in Wythe County, before moving onto Roanoke City and
finally to Salem, where he has worked for the past 14 years.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 12, 1996;
Willis has been Blue Ridge district and Friday Football Extra coach of the
year on numerous occasions, but his biggest accomplishment came this past
December when the Spartans won their First Group AA Division 4 state
championship by beating Sherando at Victory stadium.
IN Q="Really it's
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM ROTARY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Rotary Citizen of the Year; :00
OUT Q=...they were right."
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 at 11 over on WDBJ-7.
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SUPER=76-Goodyear Union Results;
The results of today's union vote at Goodyear Tire plants have just been
SUPER=77-Back to Work?
Members of the Steelworkers Union at the Danville plant walked off their
jobs almost three weeks ago.
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Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon has the latest over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7