Coming up on News 7 at six...
After long negotiations, the tobacco industry agrees to tighter restrictions
and a 360 BILLION dollar settlement.
We'll have that story plus reaction from local tobacco growers.
and we'll see how a Vietnamese family has found refuge in the Roanoke Valley.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Cup cars are just getting warmed up in
California, an olympic gold medalist is in Franklin County this weekend,
And former Friday Football Extra player of the week, Tyrone Robertson, the
Tech recruit from Danville failed to graduate from high school earlier this
Summer arrives at 4:20 tomorrow morning, and it will feel like summer with
highs in the 90's. I'll have all the weekend weather details coming up.
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Tobacco companies will pay 360-billion dollars to settle smoking lawsuits.
And the government gains a lot more control over cigarettes. The deal was
announced today in Washington.
After months of negotiations, cigarette companies and lawyers from 40 states
announced a deal that gives the government the power to control nicotine and
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((MICHAEL MOORE/MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL; WE HAD TO PUNISH THIS INDUSTRY IN
SUCH A WAY THAT EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY AND EVERBODY IN THIS WORLD WOULD
RECOGNIZE THAT THEY HAD PAID A HIGHER PRICE THAN ANY OTHER CORPERATION IN
HISTORY, CAUSE FRANKLY THIS CORPERATION HAS DONE MORE HARM THAN ANY OTHER
CORPERATION IN HISTORY. ))
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In return, the tobacco companies no longer have to worry about dozens of
pending lawsuits, including 40 filed by individual states to recover the cost
of tobacco-related illnesses.
People will no longer be allowed to sue tobacco companies for their actions
in the past.
The deal is not expected to go into effect until at least September.
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The deal must first be approved by Congress, and the president.
Senator John Warner issued a statement this afternoon,
He said although he hasn't had a chance to review all the details, the
agreement does "appear to make strides toward ...keeping tobacco out of the
hands of children."
Congressman Virgil Goode's news secretary says Goode plans to review the
agreement closely, to see how it affects tobacco growers and dealers.
No comment so far from other members of the Virginia delegation.
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Word of the national tobacco settlement is spreading through southside
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Tina Tenret joins us from our Danville newsroom to tell us what local
tobacco growers think of today's agreement.
Well Jean, tobacco farmers here have been holding their breath and wondering
why they were never asked to the negotiating table.
Tobacco is their livelihood.
They say they should have been part of talks that will hurt them.
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SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :20
SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Tobacco Warehouse Co-owner; :44
OUT Q=and morals
(( Danville farmers plan to sell at least 50 million pounds of tobacco this
feeding 100 million dollars into the economy in only 15 weeks.
But this settlement could send next year's profits up in a puff of smoke.
Farmer Clarence Bryant says treating tobacco like a drug is pure nonsense.
IN Q=No one
((CLARENCE BRYANT/PRESIDENT, CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO: NO ONE HAS MADE
ANYONE CONSUME IT OR USE IT. I THINK IT'S A REAL DANGER WHEN YOU SINGLE OUT AN
INDUSTRY LIKE WHAT I'M IN, GROWING TOBACCO, AND START CALLING IT AN EVIL PLANT.
WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO STAND UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN
OUT Q=own actions
IN Q= We've seen
((HARRY LEA/TOBACCO WAREHOUSE CO-OWNER: WE'VE SEEN WHAT THEY'VE DONE WITH
TOBACCO. NOW THEY'RE GOING TO TELL YOU YOU CAN ONLY DRINK FROM FIVE TO SEVEN
OR A BAR CAN ONLY BE OPEN THAT LONG. YOU'RE JUST NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO
LEGISLATE PERSONAL BEHAVIOR AND MORALS.))
Many people here see this as a fight for personal freedom ...
They say the government should not restrict their right to smoke.
But it's also a fight for jobs...
If cigarette sales are cut, so is their livelihood.
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An associate professor at Virginia Tech believes the U-S is finally getting
into step with other industrialized nations.
Matt McAllister favors restrictions on tobacco advertising.
Under today's deal, Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man will no longer grace
IN Q=If you
((MATT MCALLISTER/COMMUNICATION STUDIES DEPT.:IF YOU LOOK AT A LOT OF EUROPE,
PRINT ADVERTISING IS BANNED, SPONSORSHIP IS BANNED, GREAT BRITAIN JUST RECENTLY
LOOKED AT INCREASING ITS REGULATIONS OF ADVERTISING FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND I
THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME THE U-S GOT ON BOARD WITH ADVERTISING OF WHAT IS A
DANGEROUS AND ADDICTIVE PRODUCT. ))
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OUT Q=addictive product.
McAllister recently published a book about the affects of advertising on
A lack of funds has temporarily closed a state program that helps
ex-offenders successfully re-enter society.
Virginia CARES administrative office is closed until July 1st.
Locally TAP Virginia-CARES was forced to reduce its staff to two.
TAP director Rosana Anderson says its difficult to operate with three fewer
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((ROSANA ANDERSON/TAP VA- CARES DIRECTOR: THAT MAKES ME FEEL SAD. I JUST WISH
THAT THERE WERE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR EX-OFFENDERS TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY ))
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OUT Q=an opportunity
Anderson says the program is cost effective and saves tax payers money.
IN Q=It takes
((ROSANA ANDERSON/TAP VA-CARES DIRECTOR: IT TAKES OVER 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO
HOUSE AN INMATE IN PRISON FOR AN AVERAGE OF TWO YEARS..OUR AVERAGE WE CAN TAKE
2-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN TWO YEARS A DEAL WITH ONE PARTICIPANT ))
OUT Q=one participant
VA-Cares lost the majority of its funding when it had to split state funds
with other agencies.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6, a modern day Booker T. Washington reaches his
Local American Legion members want to honor hospitalized veterans,
and we'll see how some Green Berets are working hard to bring their former
Vietnamese Allies to safety in the Roanoke Valley.
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Crenshaws says a good number of the items repossessed from its stores this
week were holdovers from the store's previous owner that weren't selling well.
For that reason it was able to reopen its Roanoke store today, with a fair
amount of electronics and appliances still on its showroom floor.
Crenshaws had been closed the previous four days.
A major lender was repossessing merchandise from the North Carolina chain to
repay an overdue debt.
There's no word yet on when Crenshaws' Lynchburg store will reopen.
A majority of the "repo" was completed after haulers took away merchandise
from that location last night.
Twenty-two years after the end of the Vietnam War, a group of Green Berets
has finally brought some of its fellow soldiers to the United States.
These Vietnamese commandos fought along side U-S special forces.
Denise Allen introduces us to one such soldier and his family.
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But he says what they found was more persecution.
Ho was one of the many Vietnam Nung soldiers which fought side by side with
United States Green Berets.
And in the end it was the special forces soldiers who lobbied the U.S.
government to give the Vietnam Nung political asylum.
31 families arrived in the country yesterday.
But Ho says at least 30 more had already been shipped back to Vietnam before
the U.S. intervened.
It was a fate he and his family fear and one he says could have cost them
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((BARBARA SMITH/IMMIGRATION SERVICES: THEY WERE LITERALLY JUST DAYS AWAY FROM
BEING SENT BACK TO VIETNAM AND BEING RE-PATRIATED TO A COUNTRY THAT IS NOW
DOMINATED BY THE COMMUNISTS AGAINST WHICH THEY FOUGHT.))
OUT Q=WHICH THEY FOUGHT
IN Q=when the Ho family
((DAVID BURGESS/SPECIAL FORCES ASSN: WHEN THE HO FAMILY LANDED ONE OF THE
FIRST THINGS SAM HO DID WAS TAKE OUT SOME MINITURE FLAGS AND BEGIN WAVING THEM.
SO THAT SAYS A LOT FOR HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT AMERICA.))
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Ho, his wife and three children will start their new lives by staying with
relatives in Roanoke.
He says he is grateful to the U. S. and hopes his children will grow up to
serve their new government.
Denise Allen News 7.
Plans are underway in Lynchburg to build a memorial to honor all American
veterans, living AND deceased.
American Legion members say there are plenty of monuments honoring those who
died in America's wars, but very few that remember veterans whose injuries keep
them confined to local V-A hospitals.
IN Q=And you go
((JIM TUCKER/AMERICAN LEGION POST 16: AND YOU GO TO THOSE PLACES AND YOU SEE
THE SHAPE THAT SOME OF OUR VETERANS ARE IN AND THEY HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR
THEIR EFFORTS EXCEPT THEIR PAIN. SO WE DEVISED THIS IDEA OF PUTTING TOGETHER
THIS MONUMENT THAT THOSE WHO ARE LIVING CAN ENJOY AND KNOW THAT IT BELONGS TO
THEM AND NOT ONLY TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIFE.))
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The monument will be placed on the front lawn of the American Legion Hall on
The project carries a 30-thousand dollar price tag.
The post needs to raise half that amount in the next month in order to get
Dedication is scheduled for Memorial Day, 1998.
Like Booker T. Washington before him, Joe Bundy has made it to Charleston.
The man duplicating the march to freedom by the famous 19th century educator
arrived in West Virginia yesterday.
He and some high school students walked 250 miles, starting at Washington's
birthplace in Franklin County.
Along the way, they had to endure heavy rains and stifling heat.
IN Q=We wanted
((JOE BUNDY/HISTORIAN: WE WANTED TO EXPERIENCE WHAT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND
HIS MOTHER AND SISTER AND BROTHER MUST HAVE FELT WHEN THEY WERE OUT IN THE OPEN
AND HAD NOWHERE FOR SHELTER AND YOU GOTTA KEEP GOING.
OUT Q=keep going.
Bundy received a warm welcome from West Virginia officials at the State
Capitol this morning.
On Wall Street today, the stock market closed the week at a record level.
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The DOW gained more than 19 points to close at 77-hundred-96.
NASDAQ lost a fraction.
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Things have cooled off in terms of the weather, but its heating up over at
the Roanoke Civic Center where some skateboard professionals are putting on a
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Stacy Martin is standing by with more.
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Stacy adlibs over 15 seconds of vo.
Stacy tosses to Jean, No question.
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Coming your way tonight in sports, the Hokies lose top recruit Tyrone
Robertson to an academic problem, the Winston Cup cars are just getting started
out at California,
and Roy Stanley and photographer Dennis Brown take aim at an olympic gold
medal winner who showcasing his bow and arrow skills this weekend in Franklin
The Virginia Tech Football program has lost one of its top freshman recruits
for next season.
Tyrone Robertson, the all-state lineman from Danville's George Washington
high school won't be attending Tech because he failed to graduate from high
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Two of Robertson's coaches confirmed tonight that Robertson dropped out of GW
in late May because he reportedly was close to failing an English class.
He did not get his high school diploma, and now is considering enrolling at
Fork Union prep school for a year.
Robertson was a Friday Football Extra player of the week last season, and one
of the most dominating players in the state.
The Winston Cup cars are out on the west coast tonight preparing to tackle
Roger Penske's brand new California Speedway.
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Rusty Wallace was one of the first drivers to test at the track and he says
fans should expect slower qualifying speeds than they witnessed at California's
sister track in Michigan last week.
((RUSTY WALLACE/PENSKE FORD DRIVER:))
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OUT Q=....at california."
Rusty is the last driver to win a race near LA, as he was victorious at
Riverside 10 years ago.
I'll have first round results tonight on News 7 Primetime at 10 on WEFC.
For the second year in a row, The Roanoke Valley and Franklin County are
hosting the Trebark A-S-A Pro/Am 3-D Archery Tournament.
And Roy Stanley says this year's field will include an olympic gold
medalist plus a Roanoker who is ready to turn pro.
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SUPER=01-Richard Leftwich/Future Pro; :1:09
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((Over 13 hundred archers will compete in this years event.
And among that group is Rod White, a member of the 1996 United States
archery team that won the gold medal at the Olympics.))
((ROD WHITE/OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST: ))
((After the gold medal, It was natural for the 20 year old White to turn pro.
He did so in February and this weeks shoot in Union Hall is only his third
event as a pro.))
((Roanoke's Richard Leftwich is considering a pro career in the Sport.
He's competed in only two previous events. It's almost certain he'll make
the move no matter what the cost but this weeks pro am event will play a role
in any decision he makes.))
((RICHARD LEFTWICH/AMATEUR ARCHER: ))
With the NBA draft set for next Wednesday two teams got into a little pre
draft trading today.
The 76ers get Celtics forward Dino Radja from Boston, the former second round
pick played in just 25 games last season.
In exchange the Celtics get two players, power forward Clarence Weatherspoon
and and veteran forward MIchael Cage.
Chip Sullivan shot a ____ today to go with yesterday's even par round of 71
at the Buick Classic in Rye, New York.
We won't know if he makes the cut until the rest of the field is in, but
right now he's ____ shots behind leader Ernie Els.
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((ERNIE ELS/SECOND ROUND LEADER -10))
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Els followed up yesterday's 64 with a 68 today.
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Coming up later on News 7 at Eleven
the next time you buy a men's tie you may want to check the label for the
name Megan Glover.
She's a Bedford County girl who's art work has caught the attention of a
men's apparel designer.
We'll have that story, along with the latest news, weather, and sports
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tonight on News 7 at 11.