IN Q=Here's what's next
((HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
KATHRYN WHITLOW: MR. TALLEY HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HELPING ME GET
WHERE I AM NOW. I AM PROUD OF WHO I AM.
TEACHERS AND PARENTS GO TO BAT FOR A HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL WHO'S BEEN
RE-ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL.
AND A BREAKDOWN IN THE TALKS TO BEEF UP THE T-V RATINGS SYSTEM.
ROADCASTERS HAVE WALKED AWAY FROM THE NEGOTIATIONS. ))
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It's THURSDAY JUNE 19TH...
Our top story--
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OUT Q=terrific day for us.
One of the top negotiators in the tobacco talks says
significant concessions are on the way.
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Good Evening I'm Connie Stevens.
You're watching News 7 Prime Time on WEFC.
SS=Tobacco Under Fire
There is no deal but there is word of possible significant concessions from
Mississippi attorney general Mike Moore says the states have made tremendous
progress after day-long talks.
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IN Q=We think the industry
SUPER=01-Mike Moore/Mississippi Attorney General
OUT Q=we promise you
Moore is the chief negotiator for talks to settle lawsuits for 40 states.
The states want tobacco companies to pay for the costs of treating
SS=Tobacco Under Fire
While no settlement was reached today, Moore says he is optimistic.
Such a deal still requires ratification by Congress, and that could be a
major scheduling hurdle.
Virginia is NOT part of the lawsuit filed against the tobacco companies.
The television industry says it's picked up some interference in talks to
strengthen the T-V ratings system.
So, it's stopped all negotiations-- until further notice.
The group of broadcasters, cable T-V and movie producers is blaming Vice
President Al Gore, who spoke today in favor of labelling shows with a V for
The T-V industry and advocates of stronger ratings had been inching toward
an agreement, which would add new codes for violence, sex and crude language to
the ratings system that took effect in January.
Clinton Administration officials today say they're disappointed by the
set-back, but suggest the move could be a bargaining tactic.
A school personnel change is not a popular decision in Martinsville.
High School assistant principal Zeb Talley has been transferred to a new
This afternoon, several parents, students and teachers spoke out against
moving Talley from Martinsville High School to Martinsville Middle School.
They say it's not in the best interest of the students.
IN Q=Do you choose
((DO YOU CHOOSE NOT TO LISTEN? HAVE YOU EVER ASKED MR. TALLEY HIMSELF IF HE
THINKS THIS MOVE IS DEROGATORY TO HIS CAREER. I WONDER, BECAUSE I HAVE. HE
DOESN'T WANT TO GO; WE DON'T WANT HIM TO GO. PARENTS DON'T WANT TO GO.))
OUT Q=want him to go.
Rising senior Kathryn Whitlow gave a heartfelt testimony about how Talley
helped her overcome her learning disabilities.
IN Q=Mr. Talley
((KATHRYN WHITLOW: MR. TALLEY HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HELPING ME GET
WHERE I AM NOW. I AM PROUD OF WHO I AM.))
OUT Q=who I am.
But as of July first Talley will be transferred.
The assistant principal at Albert Harris Intermediate will take his place.
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SUPER=04-The Arizona Republic;
Cartoons usually make people laugh- even when they have a message-
But one editorial cartoon is causing an uproar.
Steve Benson's latest work depicts that now famous firefighter from the
Oklahoma City bombing.
In it, the baby says "stop the killing."
The firefighter replies- oh stop your whining.
Benson claims he was trying to point out the irony of sentencing
McVeigh to death.
The baby depicted in the cartoon died in the bombing. The child's mother
and the firefighter want an apology.
Benson says he won't apologize to people who don't understand editorial
It's being described as another blow to efforts to increase the
voting clout of minorities.
The Supreme Court has upheld a congressional redistricting plan in Georgia
that features only one majority-black district.
The ruling is being carefully studied here in Virginia, where the battle is
over the state's Third District.
Virginia's only black congressman, Bobby Scott, represents the
Commonwealth's only black majority district.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the state are now asking the Supreme
Court to uphold it.
IN Q=What the
((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: WHAT THE SUPREME COURT DID SEVERAL YEARS AGO WAS TO
SAY THAT WHEN RACE WAS THE PREDOMINANT FACTOR IN DRAWING THE DISTRICT, SUCH
THAT ALL THE OTHER TRADITIONAL FACTORS ARE SECONDARY, THEN THAT VIOLATES THE
EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION. BECAUSE IT'S A RACE CONSCIOUS
DISTRICT. THE ARGUMENT WE'VE MADE HERE IN VIRGINIA AND HAS BEEN MADE IN OTHER
PLACES IS THAT IN MOST CASES ACTUALLY, WHILE RACE IS ONE OF THE ISSUES IT IS
NOT THE PREDOMINANT ISSUE.))
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU;
OUT Q=predominant issue.
The court will decide later this year if it will even hear Virginia's case.
If NOT, lawmakers will go back to the drawing board to try again.
Virginia death row inmate Joseph O'Dell will NOT get a new sentencing trial.
O'Dell's the inmate who's drawn the sympathies of the Pope and much of the
He faces execution for a 1985 murder of a woman outside a Virginia Beach
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a 1994 precedent, which allowed juries to
be told that life in prison is an alternative to the death penalty, canNOT
apply retroactively to O'Dell's case.
One of the men credited with helping to build Liberty University, Doctor
Pierre (Giller-men) Guillermin, is stepping down.
Guillermin has been with the University for almost 30 years.
Guillermin is the only president Liberty has ever known. He says health
reasons would have forced him to step down five years ago, but Reverend Falwell
convinced him to stay on.
IN Q=And now that
((DR. PIERRE GUILLERMIN/RETIRING LIBERTY U. PRESIDENT: AND NOW THAT MUCH
PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE TO STRATEGICALLY POSITION THE UNIVERSITY TO ENTER THE
NEXT CENTURY, I FEEL THIS IS THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO STEP ASIDE AND ALLOW THE
INSTITUTION TO BRING IN NEW LEADERSHIP.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Pierre Guillermin/Retiring Liberty U. President; :00
OUT Q=new leadership.
School officials say they'll conduct a nationwide search for Guillermin's
Reverend Falwell says the school's past financial troubles should "not"
scare away prospective applicants.
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The troubled Crenshaw's electronics chain is set to re-open its stores,
but more inventory was taken away today.
That story-- up next on News 7 Prime Time.
And a new study says the Smart Road may not be very smart after all---
given its cost and possible environmental impact.
go to break
Earlier this week a finance company seized three truckloads of merchandise
from Crenshaws Electronics and Appliance.
That same lender returned today to claim more inventory to help pay off what
it says is an overdue, 370-thousand dollar debt.
The hauling crews are also scheduled to visit Crenshaws' other location in
Crenshaws plans to reopen its Roanoke store tomorrow, no word on Lynchburg
The North Carolina chain has had a troubled history here.
Last year it purchased the assets of Roanoke-based Holdren's.
But several customers were upset when Crenshaws said it didn't have a legal
obligation to honor Holdren's service warranties.
His opponents say its not possible, but Republican candidate for governor
Jim Gilmore contends he can both increase education spending and get rid of the
personal property tax.
Gilmore was in Lynchburg today speaking to about 800 rising high school
seniors at the Boys State convention.
The former attorney general says he'll introduce legislation to hire four
thousand new teachers as soon as he takes office.. and gradually phase out
property taxes by the time he leaves.
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((JIM GILMORE/FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE'RE GOING TO PUSH FORWARD ON THE
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN PUT THEM INTO EFFECT. BUT
PART AND PARCEL TO THIS IS THE PROPERTY TAX CUT. WE BELIEVE WE CAN IMPLEMENT
THIS ENTIRE PROGRAM.))
OUT Q=this entire program.
Gilmore refutes criticism that his tax cut plan is unconstitutional.
His opponent, Democrat Don Beyer, calls the idea a "feel-good" political
Last year Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition scrutinized W-D-B-J's hiring
practices concerning women and minorities.
The group then took its case to the Federal Communications Commission asking
that WDBJ 7's license NOT be renewed.
But, today the F-C-C- disagreed.
Part of its ruling stated that the facts don't justify the allegations and
that renewing the station's license is in the public interest.
A private study concludes the Smart Road isn't such a smart idea after
Opponents of the five-point seven mile highway between Blacksburg and
Christiansburg outlined the findings today.
The study, conducted by a coalition of environmental and community
activists, claims the Smart Road is a waste of money and harmful to the
IN Q=We've known
((MICHAEL ABRAHAM/SMART ROAD OPPONENT:WE'VE KNOWN ABOUT THIS LIST FOR A LONG
TIME, AND WE'VE KNOWN THAT THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR THIS PROJECT, IT'S
NEVER BEEN A GOOD PROJECT, IT'S NEVER BEEN PARTICULARLY WELL FOUNDED AND IT'S
CERTAINLY NOT POPULAR, SO, NO, IT DIDN'T SURPRISE ME AT ALL. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Abraham/Smart Road Opponent; :00
OUT Q=at all.
Supporters of the Smart Road say the project will ease future traffic
But Abraham claims his research indicates the level of traffic projected by
the state won't actually occur for decades.
A local country music singer already has more than 40 years of experience
over most of the industry's newest stars, such as teenager Lee Ann Rimes.
But they do have something he wants--name recognition.
Chuck Love is heading back to Nashville-the country music capitol--for a
second time trying to make it big.
The Yokohama Tire worker knows some may see how old he is and tell him not
to quit his day job.
Still he says he's not letting skeptics make him think twice.
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IN Q=Everybody's going on
((CHUCK LOVE/COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER: EVERYBODY'S GOING ON ABOUT LEE ANN RIMES
BEING YOUNG AND HOW GREAT SHE COULD SING AND THIS AND THAT AND SHE WAS SO
YOUNG. BUT, IN MY MIND I THOUGH IF I COULD DO THAT IT WOULD TURN AROUND THE
OPPOSITE FOR ME. THEY'D SAY WELL, THIS GUY IS 55-YEARS OLD AND HE'S GOT A HIT
SUPER=01-Chuck Love/Country Music Singer;
OUT Q=hit song
Love has made more than a few trips to Nashville, finally recording his
first album in 1978.
But, that album got little attention.
He says if this one fares the same he'll keep trying anyway.
Effort should be made to put some of the responsibility for teen sex on
That's the message from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
It sites a recent survey, which finds that 31-percent of teenage girls say
their first sexual encounter was unwanted.
The government has come up with guidelines for treating HIV and AIDS
With eleven antiviral drugs-- that can be taken in 320 different possible
combinations-- treatment options have been confusing.
Experts warn selecting the wrong dose of the new protease inhibitors can
do more harm than good-- and once patients start using them, the treatment must
15-hundred bicyclists are rolling along the highways-- for the Washington
D-C AIDS Ride.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :
It began at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this morning-- and will
wrap up at the end of the weekend --360 miles later at the capitol.
Net proceeds will be funneled to AIDS service providers in Washington D-C.
But some AIDS charities in North Carolina and Virginia aren't
participating-- saying not enough of the money raised actually helps AIDS
Still, for some riders, it's not just about money.
IN Q=The bottom line
((THE BOTTOM LINE IS MY FRIENDS ARE DYING AND MY FRIENDS ARE SICK AND THEY NEED
SUPPORT. THIS IS THE BEST SUPPORT VEHICLE THAT I HAVE SEEN COME AROUND. ))
SUPER=01-Greg Zahn/Rider; :
OUT Q=come around.
There will be five AIDS rides around the country this summer-- raising
close to 25 million dollars
Japan's parliament has lifted the ban in that country on life-saving organ
It was eight-year-old Miyuki Monobe's desperate trip to America that helped
change Japan's mind.
She was rushed to a California hospital for a transplant--- but a donor
couldn't be found in time, and she died waiting.
SUPER=03-Tokyo, Japan; :
Restrictions on the newly-allowed procedures will be tight.
And Japanese are uncomfortable with organs taken from loved one..so donors
may be very rare.
Experts predict they'll only perform two or three of these lifesaving
operations in a year.
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Plug your ears-- it's time for the Video of the Day.
This you'll see, is a publicity stunt-- one that makes you yearn for a
SUPER=75-Los Angeles; :
Universal Studios celebrated the first anniversary of it's Jurassic Park
Ride-- with a contest-- to see who could make the best dinosaur sounds.
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****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
Louise Cavaro's been practicing-- every day.
His winning roar will be boosted, tweaked, tuned, modified and
reverberated until it sounds especially threatening.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, football news from both coasts, hockey awards in
Toronto tonight, and Roy Stanley with tonight's report from the Roanoke Valley
But first Chip Sullivan shot a even par 71 today during the first round of
the Buick Classic in Rye, New York.
SUPER=03-Rye, NY; :00
And at least for one day, Chip can say he beat Tiger Woods.
Tiger, who struggled at the U.S. Open last week in Maryland, shot a one over
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((TIGER WOODS/ROUND OF 72 TODAY:))
SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/Round of 72 Today;:00
OUT Q=...CAN GET HOT."
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SUPER=0092-j/Colorado/8//San Diego/4////Pittsburgh/6//New York/6/9//;
SUPER=0092-/Los Angeles/0//San Francisco/0/1//;
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TAKE A BREAK
Last night the Redskins announced they had signed free agent Jeff Hostetler
as a veteran insurance policy for Gus Frerotte.
Today the former West Virginia signal caller met the DC media and talked
about his reasons for joining the Skins.
IN Q="Well, ...
((JEFF HOSTETLER/REDSKINS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Hostetler/Redskins Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...PAID TO DO."
Another former all-pro is also close to signing with a new team.
But that depends on if you're listening to Rod Woodson or the 49ers.
Woodson has reportedly told the other 9 teams in the league that were
interested in his services, including the Steelers, that he has come to terms
with the Niners.
Several broadcast outlets in the Bay area are also reporting the signing of
the 32 year old all-pro.
The only problem is that the Niners are denying the signing.
However, it appears the only hold up is that team president Carmen Policy is
on vacation until next month.
Black riders, black trainers, and black owners are not exactly commonplace
at horse shows.
But this week the Roanoke Valley Horse show is hosting one of the most
respected trainers and riders in the business.
Roy Stanley checks in from the Roanoke Valley Horse Show with Rick Coward's
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SUPER=01-Rick Coward/Horse Trainer And Rider; :20
SUPER=01-Courtney Petersen/Rider For Cavalier Farm; :1:07
OUT Q=........7 sports."
((Coward has been around horses for all of his life. His family owned a horse
farm in New Jersey.
After relocating in Washington, Coward began to teach at one of the top
riding schools in the country.
But working a horse show in North Carolina is where Coward got his big
((RICK COWARD/TRAINER AND RIDER: ))
((Coward and Cavalier Farm have 8 horses he's working with At the Roanoke
Valley Horse show.
He has his moments in the ring as rider but Coward spends most of his time
on the outside ring training
And they say he's the most laid back trainer in the business.))
((COURTNEY PETERSEN/RIDER FOR CAVALIER FARM: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The National Hockey League is honoring its biggest and brightest stars
tonight at the league's annual awards presentation in Toronto.
The big winner of the night is Buffalo Sabres' goalie Dominik Hasek who has
picked up both the Lester B. Pearson award which is given annually to the
league's Most Valuable player, and the Hart trophy which the league hands out
to the NHL's top MVP.
Hasek edged Mario Lemieux for the honors.
The Norris trophy, given the league's top defenseman was picked up by the
Rangers Brian Leetch.
over on W-D-B-J. Good night.
That's News 7 Prime Time. Thanks for joining us. Don't forget News 7 at 11