IN Q=tonight on news-7 primetime
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THE DEFUNCT LA MAISON RESTAURANT WAS SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER TODAY...AND
ITS FUTURE DOES NOT INCLUDE FOOD.
THE PROSECUTION HAS RESTED ITS CASE IN THE QUICKLY MOVING OKLAHOMA CITY
IT'S WEDNESDAY MAY 21ST, OUR TOP STORY
THE CALLS HAVE COME IN FAST AND FURIOUSLY...AND IT'S BEEN FIVE TO ONE AGAINST
THIS PAY RAISE.
THE MAYOR LISTENS TO HIS CONSTITUENTS...REVERSING HIS POSITION ON THE
CONTROVERSIAL PAY RAISES. ))
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Scott Prince, filling in tonight for COnnie Stevens.
For two weeks, many Roanoke citizens have had their own opinion whether
council and the mayor deserve pay raises.
Today Mayor David Bowers changed his OWN mind on the salary hikes.
double boxes Andrew/Scott
Andrew Freiden is in the newsroom. He was at the late-afternoon news
conference in the mayor's office.
Scott-- The mayor says public outcry led to his change of heart.
He says his decision is an example of how he governs.
Mayor Bowers says he listens to the community, and in this case the people
were heard loud and clear.
IN Q=something different
SUPER=01-Rodger Hogan/Police Benevolence Association; :20
OUT Q=the right thing.
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: SOMETHING DIFFERENT WILL BE DONE ON JUNE 2 I
DON'T KNOW WHAT... WILL BE DONE.))
Phone calls to his office were 5 to 1 against the raise.
And monday, city employees staged a public demonstration.
Police Officer Rodger Hodgin was there.
He says he's happy the raise has been tabled, but he's not taking the heat
OFF the mayor just yet.
((RODGER HOGAN/POLICE BENEVOLENCE ASSOCIATION: IT'S WITH MUCH
HESITATION.....CITY EMPLOYEES ))
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: THE DECISION WILL BE REVERSED, AND WHEN IT'S ALLL
SAID AND DONE, I WANT THE PEOPLE TO SAY THAT ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL... THE RIGHT
The right thing, according to the mayor, is scrapping the 28 percent pay
raise for himself and the 14 percent raise for city council, as well as the 5
percent raise for top administrators.
double boxes Andrew/Scott
Scott, Mayor Bowers says the rest of the budget will stay the same.
(questions: So the issue of raises isn't dead yet?:
Mayor Bowers wouldn't give any hints as to the size of the next raise
proposal. He says this year, he might not even see a raise at all.)
Looks as if we'll just wait to see what other ideas are brought to the table
at the next meeting. Thanks, Andrew.
It took the prosecution 18 days and 137 witnesses to present its case--
today it rested in the trial of Timothy McVeigh.
Tomorrow, the defense begins.-
((GENTLEMEN HOW ARE YOU? WE'LL START TOMORROW. ))
OUT Q=we'll start tomorrow."
Stephen Jones will try to convince jurors McVeigh is not responsible for
the Oklahoma City bombing.
Sources say he will likely focus on the FBI criminal lab... questioning its
handling of the investigation.
The final prosecution witness today... a bombing survivor... told jurors
everyone in HER office disappeared after the blast.
Attorneys have been appointed for two teenagers charged with murdering a
Lynchburg woman earlier this month.
18- year- old Trevor Andrew Jones is being held on a 500- thousand dollar
bond.. he's facing murder, abduction and firearms charges.
NO bond was set for 18- year- old Brandon Wayne Hedrick, who's charged with
capital murder in the shooting death of Lisa Yvonne Crider May 11th.
They were arrested in Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday and returned to Appomattox
A preliminary hearing is set for July.
The Virginia Education Association has endorsed Democrat Don Beyer.
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((CHERI JAMES/VEA PRESIDENT: DON HAS HAD A RECORD OF SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC
EDUCATION, FOR THE CHILDREN, AND FOR EDUCATION EMPLOYEES.))
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: MORE THAN 34- PERCENT OF
VIRGINIA'S MATH TEACHERS SHOULD HAVE MAJORED OR MINORED IN MATH. THAT WE WORK
TO CREATE A PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD FOR TEACHERS JUST LIKE THE VIRGINIA
BAR, THE VIRGINIA MEDICAL SOCIETY, AND THE VIRGINIA AUTO DEALER COUNCIL. AND
THAT BY THE YEAR 2002, WE PAY VIRGINIA TEACHERS SALARIES EQUAL TO THE NATIONAL
SUPER=01-Cheri James/VEA President;
OUT Q=national average.
That would mean a pay hike of about 31-hundred dollars for each teacher.
55-thousand of Virginia's 80-thousand teachers are members of the V-E-A.
Republican Jim Gilmore's education platform calls for four-thousand new
teachers to be hired by the year 2001..
Citing lower than expected earnings, a Henry County furniture company is
closing its Martinsville plant.
Bassett Furniture announced it is shutting down the W-M Bassett plant in
Martinsville, as a part of a major restructuring plan.
400-employees work in that facility. Bassett officials say few if any jobs
will be eliminated.
IN Q=From a community
((ROB SPILMAN/BASSETT PRESIDENT: FROM A COMMUNITY STANDPOINT, WE WILL BE ABLE
TO OFFER ALL OF OUR HOURLY W-M BASSETT EMPLOYEES POSITIONS AT OUR OTHER BASSETT
SUPER=01-Rob Spilman/Bassett President;
OUT Q=Bassett area plants.
Bassett employees will have the opportunity to transfer to other plants it
owns in Henry County and Mount Airy, North Carolina.
The Martinsville plant is expected to close within four- to- five months.
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Tonight on Primetime Sports-- the latest from qualifying at the Charlotte
Motor Speedway...but first...
Barbie has a disabled friend-- meet "Share a Smile Becky" the only
difference, this strawberry blonde doll comes in a bright hot-pink wheelchair.
go to break
Two Democratic fund-raisers have agreed to plead guilty to charges of
setting up 50-thousand dollars in illegal campaign contributions.
This afternoon, the Justice Department announced Nora and Gene Lum arranged
to pass money illegally in two 1994 campaigns.
The Lums run an Oklahoma Pipeline company...their daughter worked at the
Commerce Department under the late Ron Brown--
Reports indicate they were trying to buy influence inside the Commerce
A Lynchburg businesswoman is hoping to fill the seat vacated by retiring
Delegate Joyce Crouch.
Kathy Byron announced today she's seeking the Republican nomination.
Several GOP lawmakers were on hand to lend support -- including Steve Newman
and Charles Hawkins.
Joyce Crouch is also throwing her support behind Byron.
IN Q=The people
((DEL. JOYCE CROUCH/R-LYNCHBURG: THE PEOPLE WANT SOMEONE WHO WILL LISTEN TO
THEM, WHO WILL CARE ABOUT THEIR, NOT ONLY THEIR CONCERNS ON THE ISSUES BUT WILL
CARE ABOUT THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE, WHO WILL WANT TO SHARE AND WANT TO SERVE THEM
IN A WAY THAT WILL NOT ONLY BENEFIT THEM INDIVIDUALLY BUT BENEFIT THE
SUPER=01-Joyce Crouch/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=the community.
Ron Buchanan (bew-cannon) is also seeking the Republican nomination.
A restaurant in New Castle is trying again to sell liquor- by- the drink.
Today the owner of Briz's restaurant filed his request to put the issue on
the ballot for the November election.
This time, Jim Greenway says he's appealing to voters county- wide for a
referendum to legalize the selling of mixed drinks.
Two years ago, a similar referendum was defeated in the New Castle
Dozens of people came hungry... but only one man left completely full.
For nearly 20 years, La Maison served as one of Roanoke's finest
This afternoon it was auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The property was expected to go for around 750- thousand dollars... but
aircraft broker Gary Bannister captured it for 516- thousand dollars.
At this point he's not sure how to utilize the facility.
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((GARY BANNISTER/NEW OWNER: I'M KIND OF EXCITED. I HAVE AN OLD HOME THAT I'VE
REDONE IN SOUTHWEST COUNTY. IT'S A LOT OF WORK. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING
TO DO WITH IT. ))
IN Q=I thought
((RANDY MARIANETTI/PREVIOUS OWNER: I THOUGHT HE GOT A GREAT PIECE OF PROPERTY
AT A REDUCED PRICE. BUT THAT'S WHAT THE ABSOLUTE AUCTION WAS. WE WENT INTO IT
KNOWING IT WAS A GAMBLE. THAT YOU WERE ROLLING THE DICE. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Bannister/New Owner;
SUPER=01-Randy Marianetti/Previous Owner; :11
OUT Q=rolling the dice
La Maison officially closed its doors in February.
It is NOT expected to be utilized again as a restaurant.
The first man to fly around the world without refueling is encouraging
everyone to dream big.
Dick Rutan (Roo-TAN) shared his story with young science students at Virginia
He says he accomplished more than he ever thought he could.
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((DICK RUTAN/PILOT: TO ME THAT'S THE BIG MESSAGE, THAT PEOPLE PROBABLY
UNDERESTIMATE WHAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISH. AND THEY NEED TO BE MOTIVATED
BECAUSE THE AXIOM IS, IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT.))
OUT Q= you can do it
Rutan is a month into his latest world tour on a handmade plane.
In 1986, it took him nine days to fly around the world...with his frail
plane he battled fatigue and stormy weather.
Mattel is hoping the latest addition to the Barbie collection will change
some kids' attitudes about disabilities... while improving the self esteem of
children WITH physical challenges.
The toy giant has unveiled Barbie's newest friend... "Becky."
Becky has a disability and comes with her own wheelchair.
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((JOHN KEMP/MATTEL PRESIDENT: WE BELIEVE POSITIVE SELF IMAGE IS ONE OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT THINGS WE CAN
GIVE KIDS WITH DISABILITIES TODAY. WE WANT THEM TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT
((ELIZABETH LA PRADE: ACTUALLY, MY NEIGHBOR DOWN THE STREET GOES TO A SCHOOL
THAT HAS A COUPLE OF CHILDREN IN WHEELCHAIRS. IT'S JUST A WAY OF INTEGRATING
THEM INTO OUR SOCIETY. ))
SUPER=01-John Kemp/Mattel President; :00
SUPER=07-Elizabeth La Prade; :11
OUT Q=our society;
"Becky" actually hit the store shelves a few weeks ago.
Mattel made this announcement, hoping to raise public awareness about the
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Don't go away-- there's more News-7 Primetime right after this break, here
GRAPHIC= hand washing
Tonight on Health Check-- the Centers for Disease Control reports more than
80-thousand Americans die each year from e-coli, Hepatitis and other illnesses
that could be prevented with some basic hygiene practices.
This sign is seen in every kitchen, but is it being obeyed?
The Hygiene Guard Monitoring System polices restaurant employee hygiene
Employees wear a computerized name badge and an infra red light... similar to
a television remote control... is installed in the bathroom ceiling....
Once the soap dispenser is activated, the employee must be in front of the
sink for at least 15 seconds-- if not, it is obvious to co-workers someone
didn't wash their hands...
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((GLENN COHEN/NET TECH PRESIDENT: IT'S A CHOICE OF THE REST. OR HOSPITAL, THE
BADGE COULD LIGHT UP OR BLINK, IT WILL BE RECORDED, SO THE MGR WILL KNOW. ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Cohen/Net Tech President;
OUT Q= will know
The system will be tested next month at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City.
But the Kitchen Workers Union says it invades privacy...
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((ROBERT MCDEVITT/HOTEL AND RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES UNION: THE POTENTIAL HERE IS
THAT IT IS MORE THAN A CLEANLINESS ISSUE,,,WE ARE INVOLVED NOW WITH
DISCIPLINE...HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU GET TO NOT WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE YOU GET
DISCIPLINED FOR IT. ))
SUPER=01-Robert McDevitt/Hotel & Restaurant Employees Union;
OUT Q=you get disciplined for it.
The manufacturer says it has nothing to do with rights-- but allowing anyone
to eat out... without the fear of getting sick.
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The term, "man of the cloth" has been brought to a whole new level in Esher,
That's where tonight's video pick comes from.
This is a fashion show called Clergy on the Catwalk... where men and women
of God get a chance to show off the clerical fashion trends of the 21st
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((REVEREND MICK ELFRED:WE HAVE CHRIST REIGNING... WALKING VISUAL AID. ))
SUPER=75-Rev. Mick Elfred/Fashion Show Participant;
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The clothes were created by British designers... but they DID get input from
various religious groups before unveiling them.
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Coming up tonight on PrimeTime, A historic day at the Charlotte Motor Speed
Mike Stevens will fill us in and the Winston Cup Cars qualified for the Coca
But first, Pat Burns is the new head coach of the Boston Bruins. The 45 year
old Burns replaces Steve Kasper, who was fired at the end of the season after
Boston Missed the playoffs for the first time in 30 years.
Burns coached in Toronto and Montreal but he hasn't been behind the bench
since being fired by the Maple Leafs 14 months ago.
Now here are tonights scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-/Kansas City/0//Cleveland/1/8///Toronto/4//New York/0/7//;
SUPER=0092-/Los Angeles///San Diego///Late/;
OUT Q=....last score."
Qualifying for Sunday's Coca Cola 600 got underway tonight at
But late this afternoon the track hosted an historic announcement as Dr. J.
made a house call in the infield.
Mike Stevens has more.
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SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Joe Washington/Washington-Irving Motor Sports; :26
SUPER=01-Julius Erving/Washington-Irving Motor Sports; :43
SUPER=01-Mary Scott/Wendell Scott's Widow; 1:07
OUT Q= .....through 25."
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon/184.300/2. Ricky Craven//3. Dale Jarrett//4. Jeff
Green//5. Joe Nemechek//;
SUPER=0107-6. Ken Schrader//7. Bobby Hamilton//8. Darrell Waltrip//9. Terry
Labonte//10. Bill Elliott//;
SUPER=0107-11. Mark Martitn//12. Mike Skinner//13. Ernie Irvan//14. Bobby
Labonte//15. Dick Trickle//;
SUPER=0107-16. Jeff Burton//17. Rick Mast//18. Ricky Rudd//19. Jimmy
Spencer//20. Wally Dallenbach//;
SUPER=0107-21. Rusty Wallace//22. Michael Waltrip//23. Kenny Wallace//24.
Derrike Cope//25. Morgan Shepherd//;
OUT Q=.....LAST DRIVER."
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The Saturn Festival Cup bicycle race and the ROC Hillclimb hit the
streets and hills of Roanoke this weekend.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
One local team that will be well represented is the Blue Ridge Club Bicycle
Racing team. Team members and the team sponsors were introduced to fans and the
media earlier this evening at the Roanoke County Library.
IN Q="Last year
((CHRIS NIELSEN/BLUE RIDGE CYCLING V.P.))
((RON GLOWCZYNSKI/BLUE RIDGE CYCLIST:))
SUPER=01-Chris Nielsen/Blue Ridge Cycling Vice Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Glowczynski/Blue Ridge Cyclists; :20
OUT Q=....back in 93"
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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We conclude our series-- Southeast Stories: One Neighborhood's Struggle.
In tonight's segment, Joe Dashiell focuses on a few of the neighborhood's
needs, and the reasons some Roanokers are optimistic about its future.
IN Q=We have hopes and dreams
((PAT DILLARD/PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNITY CENTER: WE JUST HAVE VISIONS AND DREAMS OF
WHAT WE CAN DO AND IN TIME WE HOPE THAT MANY OF THEM CAN COME TO PASS.))
OUT Q=come to pass.
SUPER=x5025; Coming up at 11 Stop
Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7