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ROANOKE COUNTY PROMOTES FROM THE INSIDE, SELECTING CAPTAIN RAY LAVINDER AS
THE NEW CHIEF OF POLICE.
TIMOTHY MCVEIGH'S MOTHER ASKS A JURY TO SPARE HER SON'S LIFE.
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It's WEDNESDAY June Eleventh...
Our top story--
((CHARLES CUNNINGHAM/VICTIM'S FRIEND:YOU KIND OF GIVE UP HOPE AFTER A WHILE,
YOU JUST FIGURE NOTHING'S GOING TO HAPPEN, IT WAS JUST A BIG RELIEF. ))
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An arrest in last year's fire that killed a Radford University student is
welcome news to the victim's fraternity brother.
Good Evening you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
A former Radford University student has been arrested and charged with
arson and murder.
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21-year old Christopher Mirch died in February of 1996 when the Delta Tau
Chi fraternity House on Grove Avenue was torched.
His body was found in a bedroom.
Yesterday a grand jury indicted 20-year old Michael Harvey.
Authorities have NOT released a motive.
IN Q=We always
((CHARLES CUNNINGHAM/VICTIM'S FRIEND:WE ALWAYS KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING ELSE,
WE WERE ALWAYS SET ON TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED FROM THE START AND I'M
VERY PLEASED ABOUT WHAT HAS COME OUT.))
SUPER=01-Charles Cunningham/Victim's Friend;
OUT Q=come out.
Harvey was arrested during annual National Guard training at Fort A- P Hill.
Authorities say Mirch's family hired a private investigator who discovered
valuable evidence in the case.
A domestic dispute turned violent in Roanoke-- one person was stabbed and
others dodged gunfire this afternoon, at an apartment building.
It happened at Brightwood Manor Apartments on Hunt Avenue.
Police say the confrontation developed as a woman tried to move furniture
from an apartment she shared with her 15-year old boyfriend.
The girl's uncle allegedly stabbed the juvenile in the side.
38-year old Myron Wiley of Woodbridge is charged with malicious wounding.
Police say the 15-year old later fired four shots at the uncle.
Timothy McVeigh's parents pleaded today with jurors, asking them to spare
their son's life-- saying he's not a monster.
In court today, McVeigh appeared to tear up briefly.
Jurors, though, seemed unmoved.
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((RANDY RENNER/KWTV-TV: I HAD A REALLY GOOD LOOK AT THE JURORS, THEY HAD SOME
VERY STERN LOOKS ON THEIR FACES. ))
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OUT Q=their faces.
Tomorrow the jury will hear a final plea for mercy from McVeigh's lawyers.
If just one juror is swayed, that would be enough to spare McVeigh from
Parental notification in Virginia-- for teens who want an abortion-- is 19
days away from being law.
Tomorrow, Planned Parenthood will try to stop it.
The group will file for a temporary restraining order in a Charlottesville
federal court house.
Arguments are tentatively scheduled for Friday morning.
Republican Mark Earley won the abortion measure's passage this year.
Earley was also given the nod for the Attorney General's slot on the
election ballot by 60-thousand Virginia voters yesterday.
Today, in Norfolk, Jim Gilmore and John Hager said "welcome aboard."
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IN Q=I am so
((JIM GILMORE: I AM SO PROUD OF THIS TICKET I JUST CAN'T TELL YOU HOW PROUD I
OUT Q=proud I am.
Gilmore says he would have been happy with any of the four Republicans
running for Attorney General, but Earley brings a strong legislative record and
a base of support in Hampton Roads.
Those supporters relied completely on direct mail and grassroots tactics to
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IN Q=Many of you
((MANY OF YOU CAME TO OUR HEADQUARTERS, YOU MADE CALLS, YOU STUFFED ENVELOPES,
YOU STAPLED SIGNS... WE LIKE A LITTLE ZEALOUS ENTHUSIASM IN A CAMPAIGN, YOU
OUT Q=you know?
Today, DEMOCRATIC party chair Sue Wrenn labeled the ticket "Pat Robertson's
Dream Team," partly because of Earley's strong support among social
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IN Q=The simple
((JIM GILMORE: THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT THIS IS JUST NORMAL, BUSINESS AS USUAL
FOR THE DEMOCRATS. THEY'RE ALWAYS OUT THERE CALLING NAMES.))
OUT Q=calling names.
Gilmore, Hager, Earley and Governor George Allen took off on a four city
fly-around tour that breezed through Roanoke and went on to the Pork Festival
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Tonight on Primetime Sports-- the Washington Redskins pick up a Buccaneer...
And on Health Check-- the sting of the honey bee as therapy for Multiple
Researchers want to find out if there's truth to the claims of some
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More public input is scheduled before the state board of education takes a
final vote on its standards in September.
The board says it will NOT try to write charter schools into its new
re-write of the Standards of Accreditation... although board members debated it
over the weekend.
But elementary school guidance counselors and sex ed or "family life
education" would be optional.
IN Q=Now I know
((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: NOW I KNOW THAT THIS IS SEEN BY SOME
AS A CONTROVERSIAL MOVE. AND I'M NOT GOING TO GET INTO THE MERITS OR DEMERITS
OF "FLE." THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE. THE ISSUE HERE IS PURELY AND SIMPLY
WHETHER THE STATE SHOULD MANDATE IT ON LOCAL BOARDS. AND THERE'S CONSENSUS
AMONG THE BOARD THAT THIS IS A UNIQUELY LOCAL DECISION.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Virginia Board of Education;
OUT Q=uniquely local decision.
The bulk of the changes deal with increased graduation requirements in the
Board President Michelle Easton calls these SOA's the "the most sweeping
changes for Virginia schools" in state history.
A state tax department employee is getting attention.
Julio (JEW-lee-o) Del Corso convinced tax commissioner Danny Payne to build
a smokers room.
The agency's offices are in an open building... with a centralized smokers
lounge and shared space in the cafeteria.
In 1992, one worker who complained was given a respirator mask.
Del Corso says he's not satisfied...
He wants smoking banned throughout the tax department like in some other
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Roanoke County didn't go very far to find its new police chief.
Ray Lavinder, an 18-year veteran on the force takes over a suburban
department of about 100 uniformed police officers.
He assumes the position from John Cease who left last month after seven
years on the job.
Lavinder says he won't be making any major changes.
IN Q=We would like
((RAY LAVINDER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE CHIEF: WE WOULD LIKE TO GET MORE INTO THE
NEIGHBORHOODS, MAYBE OFF OF THE MORE TRAVELED LIKE 419, WILLIAMSON ROAD, PETERS
CREEK ROAD, BRAMBLETON. WE'D LIKE TO GET THE OFFICER OFF OF THOSE AREAS AND
INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS, LET US FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS
AS FAR AS LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CONCERNED. ))
SUPER=01-Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police Chief;
OUT Q=is concerned.
Lavinder rose through the ranks to commander of the criminal investigations
He assumes the chief's job with a 60-thousand dollar salary.
A Roanoke substance abuse program has a new focus and a new address.
Today, the Phases program celebrated its move into a renovated home on
Less than a year old, the drug treatment program adds another dimension to
substance abuse services in the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q=We've been heavily laden
((HENRY ALTICE/PHASES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE'VE BEEN HEAVILY LADEN WITH
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS IN THE PAST, WHICH HAS REDUCED OUR ABILITY TO ADDRESS DAY
TREATMENT, SUPPORT SERVICES, MORE OUTPATIENT- BASED SERVICES AND THIS ENABLES
US TO PROVIDE ANYWHERE IN THE COURSE OF A YEAR, I'D SAY, SERVING MORE LIKE 500
MORE INDIVIDUALS THAN WE COULD HAVE OTHERWISE.))
SUPER=01-Henry Altice/Phases Executive Director;
OUT Q=could have otherwise.
The Phases program has been operating since last summer in rented space.
The move to Campbell Avenue has consolidated offices and meeting rooms
under one roof.
Remembering names can be difficult for many people, so some professionals
are trying to work on name and word association.
A two day workshop given by the Memory Training Institute, wrapped up in
People taking part use vizualization techniques- associating names or words
Training Consultant Gary Castellano says remembering someone's name is
useful in business.
IN Q=the friendship
((GARY CASTELLANO/TRAINING CONSULTANT: THE FRIENDSHIP PRINCIPLE IS VERY VERY
IMPORT IN BUSINESS AND WHAT THAT ACTUALLY IS...PEOPLE LIKE TO DO BUSINESS WITH
PEOPLE WHO THEY LIKE AND TRUST))
SUPER=01-Gary Castellano/Training Consultant
OUT Q=like and trust
Research shows that people only remember 14-percent of what the hear but
over 50-percent of what they see.
IN Q= debbie could be
((GARLY CASTELLANO/TRAINING CONSULTANT: DEBBIE COULD BE..A DEAD BEE..AND YOU
JUST PICTURE THAT DEAD BEE ON THAT PERSON ))
OUT Q= on that person
The Memory Training Institute is a national organization-- about 100 people
signed up for this week's workshop.
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Another health concern for people with AIDS.
The Food and Drug Administration says patients taking powerful protease
inhibitors should be watched for symptoms of diabetes.
Some AIDS patients have developed the disease-- others who already had
diabetes have seen their conditions worsen.
The sting of a bee might not be your idea of a good time, but for millions
who suffer from the devastating disease multiple sclerosis, it could be the
therapy of the future.
The F-D-A is sponsoring a year-long trial, in which people will get stung
for their health.
IN Q=Does it hurt?
SUPER=02-Steve Shapiro/Multiple Sclerosis Patient; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Joseph Bellanti/Georgetown Medical Center; :21
OUT Q=prednisone anymore.
IN Q=Does it
((STEVE SHAPIRO/MS SUFFERER:
DOES IT HURT? A LITTLE BIT, BUT I'D RATHER HURT AND BE ABLE TO WALK. ))
OUT Q=able to walk.
In a study funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America,
researchers at Georgetown University are looking at the safety of bee venom as
treatment for patients with chronic progressive MS.
IN Q=We will
((DR. JOSEPH A. BELLANTI, DIR., GEORGETOWN MEDICAL CENTER: WE WILL EXAMINE AND
ENROLL 8 PATIENTS WITH MS WHO ARE IN A STEADY STATE AND WHO WILL THEN RECEIVE
IMMUNIZATIONS OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR. ))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND BEES!
For years, MS sufferers themselves, have reported that bee venom provides
relief from this crippling disease which slowly affects the nervous system--
ultimately resulting in paralysis.
Right now doctors treat MS with anti-inflammatory drugs like prednisone but
bee venom is believed to work differently and may actually give the immune
system a boost to fight the disease on it's own.
IN Q=To friends
((STEVE SHAPIRO: TO FRIENDS WHO SAY IT'S IN YOUR MIND, I SAY'I'M NOT TAKING
PREDNISONE ANYMORE. ))
But researchers don't want patients to jump to the conclusion that bee
venom is a cure.
In fact, there could be serious side effects that patients need to be aware
of like dangerous allergic reactions.
Their goal in this study is to scientifically evaluate claims that it works.
You be the judge if the phrase pretty in pink fits this one.
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Some criminals in Buffalo, New York are looking at wall to wall pink-- as
research has shown looking at the color pink may reduce aggressiveness.
No word on what the guests think about the new interior decorating.
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It's just what they intended with this advertising gimmick.
We're falling for it, and calling it the Video of the Day!
In New York City today, Delta Airlines unveiled what it calls a "Living"
The 44-foot long display features the airline's new enhanced Business Class.
If you look 30-feet up, you'll see ten passengers on board the jet replica
complete with flight attendants.
Meals, hand-held videos and flight instructions are provided.
Flights are scheduled to "take off" three times a day until Saturday.
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Avalanche highlights, the Redskins newest signee, and the Scott Robertson,
all on primetime
But first, the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings grace the cover of Sports
Illustrated, while these poor souls are assigned the task of climbing Billy
Penn in Philadelphia and stripping him of his Flyers jersey high atop city
hall. Numbers please.
WIPE TO SCORES
OUT Q=....last score."
The roof caved in on the Avalanche again tonight as Kinston doubled up
Salem 6-3 at Memorial Stadium.
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Not even a little clowning around could help loosen up the Avalanche as the
Indians won their third in as many nights.
In the bottom of the second; Salem got on the board first. Chad Gambill
connects on th is shot to left to score Ben Petrick from second. 1-nothing
To the top of the fourth; 3-2 SUPER=34-Kinston/6/Salem/3;
Indians out in front; they add to that with Rafael Gross's one bagger to left
to score a run.
That's all Frankie sanders needed; here he KO's Vincente Garcia and Kinston
tops salem 6-3.
Today the Washington Redskins signed wide receiver Alvin Harper.
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Harper, general manager Charley Casserly and head coach Norv Turner made
it official today.
The contract is worth 3.5 million dollars over three years. The 28 year old
was released by Tampa Bay yesterday. Harper spent his first four seasons with
Dallas when Turner was his offensive coordinator.
IN Q="coming here
((ALVIN HARPER/SIGNS WITH REDSKINS:))
SUPER=01-Alvin Harper/Signs With Redskins; :00
OUT Q=...step right in"
A couple of changes have hit the NASCAR Winston Cup scene involving two
Morgan Shepherd is no longer the driver of Richard Jackson's Pontiac. It did
not take him long to land a new ride.
Shepherd takes over as the driver of the Jasper engines number 77 Ford;
formerly driven by Bobby Hillin. Cup drivers are in Brooklyn Michigan this
weekend for the Miller 400.
The Scott Robertson Memorial Golf tournament is in August. Tournament
officials got a jump on the festivities this afternoon with the scholarships
This years tourney will command quite a national junior presence.
Roy Stanley has more.
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SUPER=01-Martin Kessler/Scott Robertson Scholarship; :13
SUPER=01-Brian Sutton/Eugene Hawthorne Scholarship; :21
SUPER=01-Miller Baber/Entry Committee Chairman; :36
SUPER=01-Mike Smith/Scott Robertson Committee Chairman; 1:00
OUT Q=......NEWS 7 SPORTS."
((This years scholarship recipients happen to attend the same school.
They are William Byrds Martin Kessler and Brian Sutton. They both have a 4
point 0 grade point average and will attend Virginia Tech.))
((MARTIN KESSLER/SCOTT ROBERTSON SCHOLARSHIP: ))
((BRIAN SUTTON/EUGENE HAWTHORNE SCHOLARSHIP: ))
((The tournament entry committee has already received 189 applications from 29
states and 5 foreign countries.
And this years field could be the best ever.))
((MILLER BABER/CHAIRMAN ENTRY COMMITTEE: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((MIKE SMITH/CHAIRMAN SCOTT ROBERTSON COMMITTEE: ))
((The tournament qualifier is scheduled for August 11-th the tournament is
August 12-th, 13-th and 14-th at the Roanoke Country Club.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
We all know life has its ups and downs--
And at Kings Dominion, about a dozen couples from across the country decided
to take the plunge-- renewing their wedding vows on a roller coaster.
IN Q=For better for worse
((FOR BETTER FOR WORSE, FOR RICHER FOR POORER, IN ALL THE UPS AND DOWNS AND
TWISTS AND TURNS AND DIZZYING LOWS AND SOARING HIGHS THAT MARRIAGE CAN BE. ))
OUT Q=marriage can be.
Then it was blast-off, aboard the thrill ride "Flight of Fear"
Some might consider that an appropriate ride!
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
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SUPER=76-Henry Co. Fire;
Firefighters battled a blaze at a wood plant in Henry County earlier
SUPER=77-Wood Products Fire;
at the Compton Wood Products company off route 220.
Deadbeat moms and dads may be interested to know there is a second chance
for you to pay, but time is running out.
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