A federal probe could lead to criminal charges against Tobacco Company
And a Roanoke City councilman has a change of heart about the big raises
council just approved for its members and the mayor.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
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New information today into a U-S government investigation regarding Tobacco
C-B-S News has learned a Federal law enforcement task force is working on
the first major case, involving POSSIBLE criminal charges against top cigarette
A federal grand jury in Washington is said to be looking into charges that
tobacco companies intentionally deceived federal agencies about their
products, specifically the addictiveness of nicotine.
Also being investigated, the lawyers for tobacco companies.
((REP. MARTY MEEHAN/I WOULD BE CONCERNED IF I WERE A TOBACCO COMPANY LAWYER.
THERE ARE ETHICAL RULES AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT THAT ALL LAWYERS HAVE TO
ADHERE TO, AND THAT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THAT STANDARD OF CONDUCT.))
SUPER=07-Rep. Marty Meehan;
OUT Q=THAT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THAT STANDARD OF CONDUCT.
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Meantime, some smokers are about to get stronger warnings with their
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Liggett Group, as promised in its
lawsuit settlement, is printing the phrase "smoking is addictive" on its
Liggett's brands include Eve, Chesterfield and L AND M.
The new packs should arrive in stores within a week.
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A Roanoke city council member who voted for a pay raise is changing his
Jack Parrott was one of five city council members who approved a 14-percent
raise for council, plus a 28 percent raise for the mayor, earlier this week.
Councilman Parrott joins Kimberly McBroom in the studio today, Kimberly...
SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/Roanoke Councilman;
Mr. Parrott, thanks for joining us today.
Now, I understand you've re- considered your decision about the council pay
I know you all have to vote again on this issue Monday.. what motion do you
plan to make?
(What made you change your mind?)
(Why did you vote for the pay raise in the first place?)
(How do you think Council will react to this?)
What kind of phone calls have you received from local residents?)
Ten- year- old Reggie Hutchins is home from the hospital after being gunned
down in the doorway of his home almost a month ago.
The fourth grader may not understand why he was shot, but his mother says
she thinks she knows.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=I guess
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hutchins/Reggie's Mother; :12
SUPER=07-Reggie Hutchins; :36 QUICK
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
IN Q=I guess
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER: I GUESS WE JUST TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME.))
OUT Q=at a time.
It's been nearly a month since Carolyn Hutchins' ten year old son was shot
twice-- once in the chest and once in the stomach.
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER: ACTUALLY THE PERSON HAD OPENED THE STORM
DOOR ALREADY AND WHEN REGGIE OPENED THE BIG DOOR, THE SHOTS WERE FIRED, AND MY
HUSBAND SAYS HE JUMPED UP AND REGGIE TOLD ME THE SHOTS ACTUALLY KNOCKED HIM
BACK IN THE FLOOR. ))
OUT Q=in the floor.
Reggie spent three weeks in critical care before returning home-- with the
dozens of balloons and cards that once filled his hospital room.
IN Q=How does
((REPORTER SPEAKS:HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL TO KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE CARE?
REGGIE HUTCHINS:HAPPY. ))
Reggie doesn't like talking about what happened or why.
But his mother is speaking out.
She says her husband made it clear they did NOT want drug dealers around
IN Q=We've never
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER:WE'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN
WHAT OTHER REASON WOULD THERE BE. ))
OUT Q=there be.
Danville police are still investigating-- but do NOT have a suspect.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Danville.))
A judge says no to a Bedford County father who says his son should be able
to read Rush Limbaugh material in school.
A teacher said the book "The Way Things Ought to Be" was too advanced for
nine- year- old Jason Gardner, and refused to let him read it in class.
Gardner's father sued, claiming his son's First Amendment rights were
But yesterday a judge said he'll probably dismiss that part of the lawsuit.
Gardner still claims there have been other incidents where teachers have
engaged in "viewpoint discrimination".
IN Q=I think he's
((JOHN PYLE/GARDNER ATTORNEY: I THINK HE'S GOING TO ALLOW THE AMENDMENT. THE
AMENDMENT TALKS ABOUT NEW INCIDENTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED THIS YEAR, WHICH I THINK
SHOWS THERE'S AN ONGOING PROBLEM AT THE SCHOOL AND WE'RE REALLY PLEASED ABOUT
((PAUL LACY/SCHOOL SYSTEM ATTORNEY: THESE ALLEGATIONS RELATING TO THE INCIDENTS
IN THE FIFTH GRADE ARE JUST THAT, THEY'RE ALLEGATIONS, THEY HAVEN'T BEEN
PROVEN, THEY'RE JUST BALD ALLEGATIONS, WHICH WE CATEGORICALLY DENY.))
SUPER=01-John Pyle/Gardner's Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Lacy/School System Attorney; :11
OUT Q=we categorically deny.
The alleged incidents involve teachers asking Jason Gardner to remove an
Oliver North bumper sticker from his book bag and an anti-Bill Clinton patch
from his shirt.
After a fire tore through Leisure Publishing, the owner estimated minimal
damage, but a thorough inspection the next day turned up more trouble than
Andrew Freiden reports.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Richard Wells/Publisher; :15
OUT Q=Roanoke Co.
(( The fire started on the top floor, and didn't reach the main level.
And it looked like the publishing company would be back in business soon.
But inspections Tuesday morning revealed a different story-- the smoke
damage was extensive.
((NAT SOUND OF SAWING/HAMMERING ))
((RICHARD WELLS/OWNER: WE'RE HAVING TO GUT 1500-2000 SQUARE FEET OF THE
BUILDING, IT'S LIKE WE'RE STARTING OVER. ))
The company's Art department wasn't damaged, but right upstairs, it's a
((IT'S A HUGE HASSLE-- WE'RE NOT REALLY ABLE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS AS USUAL.
SOME OF OUR PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO WORK OUT THEIR HOMES-- WE HAVE MOVED OTHER
PEOPLE INTO THIS PART OF THE BUILDING WHICH WAS RELATIVELY UNAFFECTED.))
A conference room has been turned into a makeshift office...
((IT'S VERY HARD, AS YOU CAN SEE WALKING AROUND HERE. TO GO ON BUSINESS AS
USUAL, I DIDN'T SEE THAT MONDAY AFTERNOON, BUT NOW WE'RE LIVING IN A
CONSTRUCTION ZONE AND MY CONTRACTOR SAYS HE MAY BE HERE A MONTH. ))
Despite the mess and disorganization, Wells says upcoming projects will make
it to press, just a few days later than normal.
Andrew Freiden, News7 Roanoke county.))
It's been a year since the crash of ValuJet crash Flight 5-92 and Congress
wants to know what's been done to improve safety.
A House hearing has opened on restricting hazardous material on passenger
The Valujet disaster has been blamed on a fire caused by oxygen canisters in
the cargo hold.
In testimony this morning the head of the N-T-S-B said early warning of
trouble in an aircraft's cargo hold can mean "the difference between life and
The shuttle Atlantis is on its way to the Russian space station Mir this
afternoon, on a critical resupply mission.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;
Following its flawless pre-dawn launch, Atlantis will deliver a new oxygen
generator and equipment to repair Mir's cooling system.
Atlantis is also transporting astronaut Michael Foale (Full) to replace
Foale is scheduled to live on Mir for four and a half months.
One of the two Whitewater grand juries reportedly has finished its work.
The "Washington Times" reports the federal grand jury in Washington has been
The panel has been looking into the removal of papers from the office of
White House attorney Vince Foster after his death in 19-93.
The Times says it's unclear whether the jury reached any conclusions or
voted to return any indictments.
AT LEAST 30 women will join the rat core at Virginia Military Institute
Last year the Superintendent said it would take that number of young ladies
to make co-education work at V-M-I.
The thirty women have sent in their money to hold a position in the ranks
and-- there could be more.
A total of sixty-four women have been accepted.
And-- the once all-male Institute is still accepting deposits, -even some
The women who have signed up, so far, represent a dozen states as well as
some foreign countries including Taiwan and Russia.
One boxer at V-M-I is finding he can fight the same way he's lived his life,
with strength, determination and toughness.
Scott Prince has his story.
IN Q=He's barely
SUPER=01-Andy Nguyen/Collegiate Boxing Champion; :18
SUPER=04-File Tape; :28
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Lexington
((He's barely 5 feet tall and weighs a meager 112 pounds... but don't make
((PUNCHING THE PUNCHING BAG. ))
VMI senior Andy Nguyen is the National Collegiate Boxing champion in his
weight class... winning the title just four years after he first slipped on a
pair of gloves.
IN Q=When coach
((ANDY NGUYEN/COLLEGIATE BOXING CHAMPION: WHEN COACH ASKED ME TO BOX MY RAT
YEAR I SAID, 'NO WAY. I CAN'T BOX." ))
OUT Q=I can't box
Those are pretty surprising comments... considering Andy's been a FIGHTER
for most of his life.
When he was just six years old living in Saigon, his parents... fearful of
communist rule... sent him to America.
He hasn't seen them since.
And once he arrived in this country he found himself up against the ropes
IN Q=I was
((NGUYEN: I WAS ABUSED WHEN I WAS A CHILD TOO AND THAT HELPED ME TO GROW UP A
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((NGUYEN: THAT KIND OF PUTS PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT LIFE IS AND WHAT YOU WANT IT TO
OUT Q=want it to be
Andy could have thrown in the towel at that point... but he didn't.
He went on to live with a family in Richmond, where he flourished in school.
Now he's set to receive his degree in biology and in a few weeks he'll join
the Air Force.
Clearly, by rolling with the punches of life, Andy Nguyen has proven himself
a winner both in and out of the ring.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Lexington.))
Andy (WHEN) Nguyen will get a chance to reunite with his natural family in
the coming months.
Once he finishes up his Air Force training he'll be stationed in South
Korea... placing him within traveling distance of his native Saigon.
You won't find any fifth grade students in class today anywhere in Bedford
They were NOT skipping.. this was DARE Day in Bedford, and all 900 kids are
spending the day at Liberty Lake Park.
All the children have completed 17 weeks of drug and alcohol resistance
Today was the day they got to see what kind of careers could be open to them
if they stay drug- free.
Law enforcement, the National Guard and emergency service personnel were on
hand to talk with the kids and give tours.
A tug of war and rap contest are on the schedule for this afternoon.
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Salem and Lynchburg took to the diamond last night, rain or no rain.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats;
Salem's Chad Gambill gets the base knock up the middle and Garrett Neubart
scores for a 1-zip Avalanche lead.
The visitors tacked on another run in the 2nd, with Elvis Pena at the
But the 'Cats didn't whimper. Lynchburg loaded the bases for Nilsson
Antigua in the 4th and Antigua delivers SUPER=37-Salem/3/Lynchburg/6;
with the grounder through the right side of the infield for 2 R-B-I's and a
2-all game. Lynchburg wins it 6 to 3.
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The Heat is still in the playoffs after pulling off another win against the
Knicks to force game six in their Eastern conference semi-final.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/TNT; ;00
Down three games to one, the Heat needed a win to stay alive.
John Crotty would come off the bench and try to ignite the Heat with a
hesitation drive that gets him an open lay in.
Pat Ewing answered that with a
SUPER=32-New York/81/Miami/96/Knicks Lead 3-to-2;
two handed jam, but the Heat is able to win game five 96-to-81. Game six is
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
The Miami Heat may still be alive. But just barely--watch the bottom right
of your screen, as P.J. Brown picks up Charlie Ward and body slams him to the
court on the box out.
Three players were ejected.
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The Riverdawgs were officially replaced yesterday by the Roanoke Wrath, a
team with new owners, new uniforms and a new home field.
The Wrath principals met the media in the Patrick Henry Hotel lobby.
Nine owners make up Roanoke Pro Soccer Incorporated. The Wrath will play
this season at Victory Stadium. It is hoped low ticket prices, a new look, and
other factors will help the new franchise succeed.
IN Q="this year
((GRAYSON PRILLIMAN/ROANOKE WRATH PLAYER-COACH:THIS YEAR WE'VE GOT TWO FULL
TIME COACHES WITH THE WRATH, FULL TIME GENERAL MANAGERS, AND OPERATIONS
MANAGER. SO THAT'S GOING TO GIVE US A LOT MORE LEADERSHIP AND HOPEFULLY HELP
OUT ON THE BUSINESS END. ))
((LANG WEDEMEYER/ROANOKE WRATH MIDFIELDER: THE LEVEL OF SOCCER PLAYING IS GOING
TO BE JUST AS GOOD AS IT WAS LAST YEAR. I THINK IT'S GOING OT BE EXCITING, VERY
ATTCK ORIENTED SOCCER WITH A LOT OF GOALS AND I A LOT OF SCORING CHANCES.))
SUPER=01-Grayson Prilliman/Roanoke Wrath Player-Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Lang Wedemeyer/Roanoke Wrath Midfielder;
GRAPHIC=raising the bar
Coming up on NEWS 7 at six-- we continue our special series..."Raising the
Bar-- Virginia's Schools."
In tonight's installment, Teresa Hamilton reports on a new program in
Danville aimed at increasing student test scores.
A SECOND high school will open this fall for students who've chosen to
enroll in what are called "focus schools".
The program gives high schoolers an opportunity to learn based around a
particular theme-- such as business or arts and technology.
IN Q=Those of
((MACLYN SLACK/FOCUS SCHOOL TEACHER:THOSE OF US WHO ARE INVOLVED IN FOCUS
SCHOOLS ARE SEASONED TEACHERS. WE'VE BEEN AT IT FOR A LONG TIME, WE WON'T DO
ANYTHING TO HURT THE STUDENTS AT ALL, WE HOPE VERY MUCH THAT WE WILL DO A
BETTER JOB AT WHAT WE DO AND SIMPLY THE FACT AGAIN, IF THE STUDENTS ARE
INTERESTED IN WHAT THEY'RE DOING THEY WILL SPEND MORE TIME STUDYING AND DOING
IT BECAUSE IT'S WHAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN. ))
SUPER=01-Maclyn Slack/Focus School Teacher; :00
OUT Q=interested in. (double out)
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The class size will be smaller than those at G-W High school-- which is
another reason teachers believe the students will excel.
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It wasn't a NASA launch, but it wasn't bad for amateurs.
OUT Q=(ROCKET LAUNCH)
Yesterday, students at a central Texas high school launched what could
be the largest model rocket ever built.
Their teacher says the students used calculus, physics and engineering and
put in hours of hard work to produce a picture perfect launch.