IN Q=Here's what's next
((Here's what's next on NEWS-7 Primetime.
LISA KIRKWOOD/CRENSHAW CUSTOMER: MY DISH IS ON A TREE, AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO
BE ON A STAND AND THEY KNEW THAT WHEN THEY INSTALLED THE DISH AND I'M TRYING
RIGHT NOW TO GET ANY KIND OF SERVICE THAT I CAN OUT OF THEM.
Unhappy Crenshaw's customers find they're shut out as the store's merchandise
Millions of Americans are being cheated out of money some of them have
worked their entire lives to earn.
A government audit on pension errors. ))
OUT Q=pension errors
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It's MONDAY June 16TH...
Our top story--
A confrontation between a homeowner and would-be burglars leads to a
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Good Evening, this is News 7 PRIMETIME on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
A burglary suspect remains at large tonight after a shooting in Henry
Police say a homeowner surprised two would-be burglars in his home.
The resident shot one suspect; the other fled the scene.
Dogs, a helicopter, and state troopers were called in to search nearby
IN Q=About 12:12
SUPER=01-K.D. Cecil/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=by the homeowner
The second suspect is described as a white male, about five eight or five
nine, slender, wearing blue jeans and no shirt.
He is reportedly armed with a 25-semi automatic, taken during the attempted
IN Q=We later
OUT Q=negative results so far.
The other would-be burglar is in critical condition after the homeowner
shot him in the chest.
Moving crews began hauling away refrigerators and other merchandise from
Crenshaw's Electronics and Appliances Roanoke store today.
A finance company has repossessed a sizeable chunk of Crenshaw's inventory.
The company claims it is entitled to more than 100- thousand- dollars worth
of appliances in Crenshaw's merchandise.
The store did not open for business today.
IN Q=The sheriff's
((LISA KIRKWOOD/CRENSHAW'S CUSTOMER: THE SHERIFF'S ANSWERED THE TELEPHONE, AND
TOLD ME THAT THEY WOULD BE REOPENING AT 10 TOMORROW MORNING. SO I'M NOT SURE
WHAT I'M GOING TO DO. I HAVE A SATELLITE DISH THAT I CAN'T USE-- I HAVE NO
ALTERNATIVE TO GET IT FIXED.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Kirkwood/Crenshaw's Customer;
OUT Q=no alternative to get it fixed
Crenshaw's ran into trouble when it purchased the Holdren's appliance chain
last year, began honoring Holdren's extended warranties, then
stopped...explaining it only bought Holdren's assets, not its liabilities.
Crenshaw's has also been sued by WDBJ-7 for failure to pay its advertising
Crenshaw then sued WDBJ, claiming our coverage of last year's events hurt
its bottom line.
A spokesman says Crenshaw's is surprised the finance company took today's
As for the debate over extended warranties, the state continues to look
into the matter.
Pension laws are so complex, and employers are so confused-- that millions
of Americans aren't getting their fair share of pension money.
At least that's according to a government audit.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :
It found that nearly 14-percent of pension recipients are being underpaid.
One third are being under-compensated by one-thousand dollars a year.
IN Q=That's the kind
((SEN. CHARLES GRASSLEY/R-IOWA: THAT'S THE KIND OF MONEY THAT BUYS A LOT OF
FOOD, PAYS A LOT OF BILLS FOR RETIREES AND WORKERS--FOR THAT MATTER--OF ANY
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Grassley/(R)-Iowa; :
OUT Q=of any age.
Until the problem is solved-- the advice-- each pensioner should double
check their employer's calculations-- before they retire.
Virginia may not be a part of the lawsuit against tobacco companies, but the
Commonwealth may still benefit.
Just five days after Jim Gilmore stepped down from the office of Attorney
General to run for governor, SUPER=03-Richmond/Today;
one of his former deputies told a legislative subcommittee the news.
Deputy Attorney General Claude Allen says Virginia could grab some cash from
a settlement without ever suing tobacco companies.
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IN Q=If there's
((CLAUDE ALLEN/DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL: IF THERE'S A POT OF MONEY SET ASIDE
FOR SETTLEMENT OF MEDICAID CLAIMS, THAT POT OF MONEY IS NOT SIMPLY SET ASIDE
FOR JUST THE STATE'S THAT ARE SUING, BUT OTHER STATES, THOSE NON-SUING STATES
WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN ON THAT AS WELL. THAT'S A SIMPLE
STATEMENT OF--THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Claude Allen/Deputy Attorney General;
OUT Q=would happen.
Skeptical Democrats say Allen may be relying on Congress for help.
The attorney general's office also has NOT decided whether to weigh in on
behalf of tobacco companies in their appeal of the FDA regulations.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The issue has been debated for 20 years in Roanoke-- how to elect city
council and the mayor.
Tonight a task force presented a proposal for a Ward system.
Supporters say such a plan will guarantee representation for all sectors of
Under the proposal, the city would be divided into five wards, with each
voting for its own council seat.
The mayor and vice-mayor would remain at-large seats.
IN Q=WE WENT INTO
((LISA FARTHING/TASK FORCE MEMBER:WE WENT INTO ALL KINDS OF NEIGHBORHOODS.
EVERYBODY WAS VERY POSITIVE, AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PUT TO A VOTE. IT
WAN'T OUR CHOICE TO TAKE THIS TO A VOTE, BUT I THINK IT'S TIME THE VOTERS ARE
ALLOWED TO DECIDE WHICH IS BEST. ))
SUPER=01-Lisa Farthing/Task Force Member;
OUT Q=IS BEST
Several public hearings will be held in the coming weeks.
Then council will decide if the ward system will face a November referendum.
The Western Virginia Land Trust has joined the call for a new greenway
between downtown Roanoke and Valley View Mall.
Today, Rupert Cutler offered the group's assistance as the city considers
creating the Lick Run Greenway.
He says the Land Trust supports the inclusion of a pedestrian walkway and
bike path on the new 5-81 interchange that will be built near Valley View Mall.
IN Q=And so for a lot of reasons
((RUPERT CUTLER/WESTERN VA. LAND TRUST: AND SO FOR A LOT OF REASONS,
NEIGHBORHOOD RECREATION, WILDLIFE HABITAT, TOURISM, PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO JOG
FROM THE HOTEL ROANOKE AND COME IN THE OTHER DIRECTION FROM THE HOTELS OVER BY
THE AIRPORT, AND ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM VALLEY VIEW, BUILDING
THE LICK RUN GREENWAY IS A DARN GOOD IDEA.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Western Va. Land Trust;
OUT Q=darn good idea.
Engineers are preparing two sets of plans for the 5-81 interchange, one
that includes the walkway and one that leaves it out.
It will be up to city council to decide if the cost is warranted.
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Their quick work kept a stressful situation from becoming much worse.
And today emergency crews and Bedford Memorial Hospital workers gave each
other a pat on the back.
That story when News 7 Prime Time
Plus they're galloping, prancing and being put through their paces at the
Salem Civic Center.
go to break
A Spotsylvania County man is no longer a suspect in the disappearance and
death of a teenage girl.
Abduction charges against Karl Roush were dropped today.
Roush was accused of kidnapping 16 year old Sofia Silva, who was later
The charges were based on fiber evidence from the Virginia state crime lab.
Last week, authorities learned the lab made a mistake analyzing the fibers.
The move re-opens the possibility that Silva's murder is linked to the
killings of Kristin and Kati Lisk.
Autopsy reports show similarities in the crimes.
A plane crashed and killed the pilot in Buchanan County.
Police say 31 year old James Goodwin of Cedar Bluff took off from a private
airfield in his experimental plane.
He was trying to fly to Tazewell County when he crashed in the Short Gap
Investigators say this was the plane's first flight.
Virginia is setting the education pace with its new Standards of
State education secretary Beverly Sgro says the S-O-A's are a model for the
rest of the nation.
Sgro was in Lynchburg today-
She talked to more than 800 rising high school seniors at the Boys State
Sgro says delaying the high school barrier tests until the year 2000, should
ease concerns that the new standards are being implemented too fast.
IN Q=The board very
((BEVERLY SGRO/VA EDUCATION SECRETARY: THE BOARD VERY CAREFULLY DID LISTEN TO
THE PUBLIC, THE PUBLIC DID THINK IT WAS GOING TOO FAST, THE BOARD CHANGED IT
AND I THINK HAVING THAT REQUIREMENT THAT NINTH GRADERS IN THE YEAR 2000, THE
GRADUATING CLASS OF 2004, BE THE FIRST ONES WITH THE BARRIER, IS A VERY
REASONED APPROACH, IT GIVE STUDENTS AMPLE TIME TO LEARN WHAT THEY NEED TO
LEARN, FOR TEACHERS TO TEACH WHAT THEY NEED TO TEACH AND FOR SCHOOLS TO BE
PREPARED TO DO IT.))
SUPER=01-Beverly Sgro/Virginia Education Secretary; :00
OUT Q=to do it.
The state education council gave tentative approval to the new standards
They were brought together in a tense emergency situation and today they
were able to look back on a job well done.
Two weeks after fire damaged the nursing home at Bedford Memorial Hospital,
staff and volunteers were the honored guests at a picnic on the hospital
grounds this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Bedford/June 3; :10
Hundreds of police, fire and rescue volunteers helped safely evacuate 87
elderly patients that night.
IN Q=And they just
((BESSIE PUGH/NURSING HOME RESIDENT: AND THEY JUST COULDN'T HAVE DONE BETTER.
THINGS COULDN'T HAVE GONE BETTER FOR US.))
((ARDETH HALL/NURSING SUPERVISOR: IT'S NOT OFTEN THAT YOU SEE THAT EVERYBODY
GOT OUT SAFELY AND I THINK IT ALSO SPEAKS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING AN AREA
LIKE THAT SPRINKLED, SO THAT YOU HAVE SPRINKLERS THAT GO OFF WHEN YOU DO HAVE A
SUPER=01-Bessie Pugh/Nursing Home Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Ardeth Hall/Nursing Supervisor; :07
OUT Q=have a fire.
Hospital officials say the picnic is just a small way of thanking everyone
for their hard work the night of the fire.
Preparing for the future means parting with the past at Roanoke Catholic
It was a historic occasion for the school as a building constructed in 18-93
crumbled to the ground.
-- A sentimental event for several on-lookers.
IN Q=It brings back
((FATHER RANDY RULE/ST.ANDREWS CHURCH: IT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF MY OWN
SCHOOLING HERE WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL..THAT WAS THE HOME FOR THE NUNS THAT TAUGHT
ME AT THE TIME..AND WAS CERTAINLY A PLACE THAT WAS PART OF WHAT MY WHOLE
EXPERIENCE OF ROANOKE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WAS ))
SUPER=01-Father Randy Rule/St. Andrew's Church;
OUT Q=catholic school was
The building originally functioned as an orphanage and convent.
A new multi-purpose facility including a library will soon take up the
Principal Karen Mabry says this is the first phase in campus renovation.
IN Q=I think for
((KAREN MABRY/PRINCIPAL ROANOKE CATHOLIC SCHOOL: I THINK FOR THE NEEDS OF THE
COMMUNITY AND THE NEEDS OF THE SCHOOL..IT'S OBVIOUS THAT WE NEED TO MOVE
SUPER=01-Karen Mabry/Principal Roanoke Catholic School;
OUT Q=to move forward
Construction will start in April.
The new facility is set to open for the fall 19-99 school year.
The 25th annual Roanoke Valley Horse Show at the Salem Civic Center has an
Horses and riders from Southwestern Virginia were taking part on this
The show also attracts trainers and owners from all over the world.
IN Q=We usually come
((TRACY NININGER/HORSE TRAINER: WE USUALLY COME EVERY YEAR. WE TRY TO COME UP
FROM GEORGIA. IT'S A GREAT SHOW. WE HAVE A GREAT TIME, AND IT'S RUN REALLY,
REALLY WELL. THEY DO A GREAT JOB HERE. SO, WE LOVE IT. SO, WE COME EVERY
SUPER=01-Tracy Nininger/Horse Trainer;
OUT Q=come every year (double out)
Although the Junior League of the Roanoke Valley is NOT a sponsor this
year, organizers say the week-long show is off to a good start.
IN Q=The Junior League
((JUNE CAMPER/HORSE SHOW CHAIRMAN: THE JUNIOR LEAGUE IS NOT WITH US THIS YEAR,
BUT THE SHOW BEGAN IN 1972 WITH THE HORSEMAN'S ASSOCIATION. AND THE HORSEMEN,
OF COURSE, HAVE CONTINUED IT. AND EVERYTHING HAS SURPASSED LAST YEAR, SO WE'RE
IN GOOD SHAPE. ))
SUPER=01-June Camper/Horse Show Chairman;
OUT Q=in good shape.
Half of all proceeds will go to the Bradley Free Clinic.
The show runs through Saturday.
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More News Ahead.
Shake, stirred....but un-injured.
Two painters spent the day dangling 300 feet in the air....you'll see it on
News 7 PRIMETIME's Video of the Day.
The way you cook up your coffee could increase your cholesterol intake--
according to a report in the British Medical Journal.
It suggests unfiltered brews, such as espresso, Turkish coffees and French
pressed, could increase cholesterol levels.
IN Q=If you're a heavy
((ALICE LIECHTENSTEIN/TUFTS SCHOOL OF NUTRITION: IF YOU'RE A HEAVY COFFEE
CONSUMER, WHICH RIGHT NOW IS DEFINED AS ABOUT ABOUT FIVE PERCENT, IT CAN RAISE
PLASMA-CHOLESTEROL LEVELS ABOUT FIVE-PERCENT. SO THAT IF SOMEONE HAS CLOSE TO
THE LEVEL OF 200, IT WILL BRING IT UP TO 210. ))
SUPER=01-Alice Liechtenstein/Tufts School of Nutrition; :
OUT Q=up to 210.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
The culprit is a substance Cafestol-- it's naturally present in
coffee beans, but is removed when the coffee is passed through a
Cafestol is thought to be hard on the blood vessels and heart, raising the
amount of L-D-L or bad cholesterol in the body.
IN Q=It's very important
((IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR SOMEONE THAT CONSUMES UNFILTERED COFFEE SUCH AS
FRENCH PRESS COFFEE OR ESPRESSO, THEN IF THEY DO HAVE ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL
LEVELS, THEY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT OTHER WAYS TO BE A BIT MORE STRINGENT WITH
THEIR DIET. IT'S A BALANCE. ))
OUT Q=it's a balance.
This study is easy to swallow for those who do drink FILTERED java.
The bottom line, it doesn't affect cholesterol.
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For tonight's video of the day-- we can't think of many worse ways to spend
SUPER=75-Las Vegas, NV; :
In Las Vegas, the lives of two painters were left hanging-- 300 feet in the
They were working on a billion-dollar resort on the strip, when the
They hung for hours by their safety harnesses-- at the 29th floor.
Eventually rescuers lowered themselves from the rooftop, while a giant
crane maneuvered below the men.
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, George Lynch gets a key to the
city, the Bulls strut their stuff in the Chicago, the Cubs & Whitesox hook up
on the diamond on the west side, and we'll check out the big chill in the
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
But first, North Carolina's new NHL franchise, the Carolina Hurricanes
unveiled its new logo today.
The franchise which left Hartford and eventually will settle in Raleigh, has
junked its blue, green and silver colors in favor of red, black, white and
The logo is supposed to resemble the eye of a hurricane.
Now, the interleague scoreboard.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-/N.Y. Yankees/0//N.Y. Mets/6/9///Montreal/5//Baltimore/3/7//;
OUT Q=....last score."
Roanoke's shining star, George Lynch, returned home today to open his week
long Hometown basketball camp at Fleming and Ruffner.
But tonight he got a big surprise when mayor David Bowers and Roanoke City
Council members honored the Vancouver Grizzlies' star by giving him a key to
Big George also got one back in 1992 when he returned to Roanoke with North
Carolina to play Virginia Tech at the Civic Center.
IN Q="This is the...
((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :00
OUT Q=...POSSIBLE FOR ME."
Council also proclaimed this George Lynch day in the valley. The only
problem is that they waited
until seven o'clock at night to do so.
The Chicago Bulls were also busy today showing off their most recently
acquired golden gifts as fans turned out in full force to honor the five time
world champion Bulls with a ceremony in Grant Park.
The rally has become almost an annual event for the Bulls who have now won
five world championships in the last seven years.
Playoff Most Valuable Player Michael Jordan dedicated the latest title to the
But Jordan's backup Steve Kerr, who hit the series clinching jumper against
Utah drew the most laughs with his version of the final seconds of game six.
IN Q="I thought...
((STEVE KERR/BULLS GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Steve Kerr/Bulls Guard; :00
OUT Q=...one more time."
Dennis Rodman spoke for less than 30 seconds and almost managed not to offend
anyone as he vowed to be back next year to make a run at another championship
with the Bulls.
IN Q="A lot of...
((DENNIS RODMAN/BULL FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Dennis Rodman/Bulls Forward; :00
OUT Q=...I'll be back baby."
Major League Baseball's interleague play experiment continued today with more
positive results as the Cubs and Whitesox met for the first time in 91 years.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/WGN-MLB; :00
The two Windy City rivals hadn't met in a game that counted in the standings
since the 1906 World Series.
Today they put on vintage uniforms, and the Cubs Brian McRae put on a show.
McRae collected three hits, two rbi's and he scored from first on this double
to the wall in right.
The Cubs beat the White Sox 8-to-3.
By the way, interleague games have produced 38 percent bigger crowds, so far.
And finally tonight, the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association finally got was
able to hold a swim meet this evening.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Evening; :00
Memorial Day came early this year, and so did the opening of area pools.
Unfortunately, the weather has been anything but swimmer friendly so far this
In fact, last Monday night the water and air temperatures were both too low
for competition, forcing the RVAA to cancel a meet for the first time ever
because of the cold.
IN Q="It has definitely...
((SUE BLACKWELL/R.V.A.A. VICE-PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Sue Blackwell/RVAA Vice-President;:00
OUT Q=...for all of us."
Mike forgot one sporting event-- an annual challenge in Paris.
SUPER=03-Paris, France; :
Waiters in the City of Light showed-off their (Sav-Vwah) savior-faire in
the 28-th annual Waiter's Race.
"Miss France" was on hand to start off the traditional street race... where
each waiter is required to balance a bottle and glasses of water on their tray.
Speed doesn't matter much in this
competition... which celebrates professionalism... and the French love affair
That's News 7 Prime Time. Thanks for joining us--we'll see you tomorrow.