(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE NOW ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... THE PROS AND CONS OF THE
PROPOSED TOBACCO SETTLEMENT...FROM THE TRACK TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.
SOME CONSIDER HER TO BE A "GREAT PIECE OF AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY."
TODAY THE WIDOW OF MALCOLM X DIED OF BURNS SUFFERED IN A FIRE THREE WEEKS
OUT Q=three weeks ago.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's MONDAY JUNE 23RD...
Our top story--
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IN Q=we're simply
OUT Q=better place to live.
M-David Hooper, Roanoke's chief of Police died this afternoon, after 30-years
at the helm of the department.
You're watching NEWS-7 Primetime, on WEFC.
Good Evening, I'm Eric Earnhart, filling in for Connie Stevens.
M-David Hooper was on medical leave in recent months fighting cancer.
He came to western Virginia in the summer of 1967.
Hooper was the chief of police in Pottstown, Pennsylvania when he was
selected to lead the force here in Roanoke.
IN Q=As far as I am concerned
SUPER=10-M. David Hooper/Roanoke Police Chief/1967;
OUT Q=to this community.
Hooper's tenure was marked by accomplishment, and controversy.
The department achieved national accreditation under his leadership, but in
past years it also faced complaints of racial discrimination and use of
Hooper's death was not a complete shock to his colleagues--
Most of his co-workers were aware he was fighting terminal cancer.
But that didn't make the loss easier to take.
((BOB HERBERT: ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: HE'S GONE THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME, WE'VE
RESPECTED HIS PRIVACY, AND HAVE BEEN THERE TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY DURING THIS
TIME PERIOD BECAUSE THE CITY IS A BIG FAMILY, AND THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO
WILL FEEL THIS AS A VERY PERSONAL THING.
MAJOR JAKE VIAR/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: FEELING MIGHTY LOW. I VISITED HIM AT
LEAST SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK AND I SAW HIM STEADFASTLY GO DOWNHILL. EVEN THOUGH
THE FAMILY WAS TOLD, AND I HAD BEEN TOLD THAT THIS WOULD BE TERMINAL, IT'S HARD
TO ACCEPT THIS FROM SOMEONE YOU'VE BEEN CLOSE TO FOR 30 YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Maj. Jake Viar/Roanoke City Police; :15
OUT Q=close with for 30 years.
Major Viar will serve as interim chief until a new one is named.
Herbert says funeral plans have not been made yet.
A small plane made an emergency landing about an hour ago in Bedford County.
Reports indicate a small Cessna touched down along route 122, just missing
some power lines.
The pilot reportedly is NOT hurt.
NEWS-7 has a crew at the site and will have more information as it becomes
Firefighters are still at a blaze that destroyed an Amherst County home
earlier this evening.
Smoke from the fire on Dixie Airport Road could be seen from miles away.
A passerby spotted smoke coming from under the roof of the single story
home, left to call 9-1-1, then returned to see if anyone was still inside.
IN Q=I come back down
OUT Q=were already here.
The home was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived.
They've spent the past hour and a half bringing the blaze under control.
It is UNKNOWN whether any of the residents were at home when the fire broke
(relax, take a drink)
Three weeks after most of her body was burned, Betty Shabazz has died.
The 61 year old widow of Malcolm X was caught in a fire at her New York
apartment June first, and has been in extremely critical condition ever since.
The fire was allegedly set by her 12 year old grandson, who was upset about
being sent to live with his grandmother.
Betty Shabazz was widowed when her husband was assassinated in 1965.
She raised six children after his death, becoming a university administrator
and an activist.
Betty Shabazz, dead at age 61.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
As the debate continues over the proposed tobacco settlement, some small
businesses are wondering how the effects are going to trickle down to them.
While doctors are supporting the agreement's intent to reduce teen smoking
by cutting out advertising... businesses that depend on that advertising,
including the New River Valley Speedway, are worried about the impact.
IN Q=a track
((STEPHANIE CARROLL/NEW RIVER VALLEY SPEEDWAY SPOKESPERSON:A TRACK IS A
BUSINESS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER CORPORATION AND WE WORK ON, ON PROFITS AND THERE'S
NOT A LOT OF PROFIT MARGIN IN A RACE TRACK AND WINSTON HELPS TAKE UP THAT
SLACK, THEY DO AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF STUFF FOR US. ))
SUPER=01-Stephanie Carroll/NRV Speedway; :08
OUT Q=amount of stuff for us
Winston supplies the speedway with everything from schedules to paint.
A tobacco crisis of another kind has crossed into the Commonwealth.
Blue mold is killing vast acres of tobacco plants in the Virginia counties
of Pittsylvania and Halifax.
Eldridge Keen's farm was not spared.
IN Q=I went to Greenville
((ELDRIDGE KEEN/TOBACCO FARMER: I WENT TO GREENVILLE AND I PICKED UP SOME
PLANTS FROM A FARMER DOWN THERE AND EITHER THE MOLD WAS ALREADY ON THEM OR IT
GOT ON THEM TRAVELLING BACK BECAUSE THE SPORES WILL SPREAD IN THE AIR.))
SUPER=01-Eldridge Keen/Tobacco Farmer;
OUT Q=in the air
Keen says blue mold could cost him 30-thousand-dollars.
The fungus has destroyed 12 acres of his tobacco crops.
IN Q=If you see
((LEE WRIGHT/EXTENSION AGENT: IF YOU SEE IT JUST SHOWING UP ON LARGER PLANTS ON
THE LEAVES, USUALLY IT WILL DO ENOUGH DAMAGE TO WHERE THOSE LEAVES WILL JUST
START TO FALL OFF. BUT THE BEST THING TO DO WOULD BE TO GO THROUGH AND PULL
THE BOTTOM LEAVES OFF THE PLANT AND GET PLENTY OF AIR CIRCULATING THROUGH THERE
AND MAYBE HOPEFULLY DRY IT UP.))
SUPER=01-Lee Wright/Extension Agent;
OUT Q=dry it up
Wright advises farmers to spray tobacco plants with a chemical called
Acrobat -- BEFORE blue mold hits.
(Toss to Robin Reed!)
(Robin Reed is next)
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How economical is Jim Gilmore's proposal to eliminate the personal property
tax? One legislative commission is asking questions..
ANd a little later on NEWS-7 Primetime-- Bike Virginia is pedalling through
the state...offering a good workout and an education.
go to break
Three Virginia Tech students were arrested in connection with several
burglaries in the northwest section of Blacksburg.
20- year old Tiffany Taylor of Roanoke is charged with credit card forgery.
21- year old Justin Davis and 21- year old Paul Price both of Maryland are
charged with several charges including breaking and entering.
The Virginia Municipal League says Jim Gilmore's campaign pledge to
eliminate the tax on cars and trucks will cost more than twice what he says.
Gilmore's defenders say his plan was jumped in an unorthodox way by a
SOT tape two 12:36:41
IN Q=I certainly
((DEL. THELMA DRAKE/R-NORFOLK: I CERTAINLY CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEIR INTENTIONS,
BUT ON THE SURFACE IT LOOKS LIKE A TOTAL SET-UP.))
SUPER=01-Del. Thelma Drake/(R) Norfolk;
OUT Q=total set-up.
Drake and a band of sign-wavers defended Gilmore's tax cut in the face of
withering questions and criticisms.
SOT tape TWO 12:32:51
IN Q=It allows
((DEL. THELMA DRAKE/R-NORFOLK: IT ALLOWS THAT MONEY THAT YOU OR I WOULD PAY IN
PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX TO REMAIN IN THAT COMMUNITY....PLUS THE MONEY THAT THE
LOCALITY WOULD HAVE RECEIVED FROM THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ))
SOT TAPE ONE 11:17:45
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: THE TAX BURDEN IN THIS COMMONWEALTH'S BEEN CUT IN HALF
SINCE I'VE BEEN CHAIRMAN OF HOUSE FINANCE. WE RANK 47TH IN AMERICA IN OVERALL
TAX BURDEN. WE HAVE THE THIRD LOWEST CORPORATE INCOME TAX IN AMERICA. I
BELEIVE WE HAVE THE LOWEST SALES TAX IN AMERICA.))
OUT Q=in America.
The Municipal League says Gilmore's cut will drain 1-point-3 BILLION dollars
from state coffers, that's more than twice Gilmore's estimates.
Virginia voters can do a little homework on the world wide web before
The Commonwealth's six candidates for statewide office have a lot more to be
proud of than their platforms.
The Virginia Public Access Project has gotten them to agree to hand over
their campaign finance reports on computer disks.
IN Q=I think
((DAVID POOLE/VA. PUBLIC ACCESS PROJECT: IT'S NOT SOME FUTURE THING TO TALK
ABOUT. IT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING. AND PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES CAN GO AND LOG ONTO
THE INTERNET AND FIND OUT ALL SORTS OF INFORMATION THAT BEFORE WOULD HAVE BEEN
VIRTUALLY INACCESSIBLE -- WOULD HAVE TAKEN WEEKS AND WEEKS AND WEEKS OF
SUPER=01-David Poole/Va. Public Access Project;
OUT Q=of digging.
It's a searchable database run cheaply out of an apartment in Richmond.
Last year, Virginia was ranked as the second most inaccessible state in
terms of campaign spending reports.
TAKE PINNACLE PAGE FULL
The World Wide Web address for the Virginia Public Access Project is
w-w-w-dot-c-r-p dot o-r-g slash v-p-a-p.
You'll find also find a link to the site on our WDBJ home page.
The reign for Michelle Kang, will end this weekend when she crowns the
next Miss Virginia.
Twenty-four women from across the Commonwealth are gathering in Roanoke for
rehearsals of the Miss Virginia Scholarship Pageant.
There are also plenty of other activities planned this week, including
a public appearance tomorrow night at the Hotel Roanoke and a visit to Hunting
Hills Country Club.
The pageant will be held this Saturday at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The winner will represent Virginia in the Miss American pageant.
The new Miss Virginia will also make a number of public appearances during
Kang has used her position to promote child abuse prevention.
Virginia is the origin and the destination for 17- hundred bicyclists from
throughout the country.
The tenth annual Bike Virginia tour rolled through Appomattox County today,
the third day of a five- day, 340 mile trip.
Cyclists have been following the same path General Robert E. Lee took in the
days before his surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
IN Q=I'd never really
((BOB COOPER/CATONSVILLE, MD: I'D NEVER REALLY BEEN THROUGH THIS PART OF
VIRGINIA OTHER THAN GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAYS. BEEN DOWN 81 AND I-95, BUT NEVER
REALLY BEEN IN BETWEEN SO IT'S NICE TO SEE SOME OF THE TOWNS.))
((RAY GRAMMO/STERLING, VA: I FOUND OUT I WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION IN HISTORY
CLASS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BIT YOUNGER. MY BROTHER AND I THOROUGHLY ENJOY IT AND
WE ARE LEARNING A LOT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Bob Cooper/Catonsville, MD; :00
SUPER=01-Ray Grammo/Sterling; :12
OUT Q=history of the area.
The bike tour wraps up Wednesday in Sussex County.
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/62-64/Mostly Sunny/And Warm/88-90;
SUPER=331-Clear And/Mild/63-65/Sunny And/Humid/88-92;
SUPER=332-Patchy Fog/Otherwise Clear/60-62/Mostly Sunny/And Warm/85-87;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/And Mild/60-62/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/85-88;
SUPER=334-Clear Early/Patchy Fog/60-62/Mostly Sunny/Wind S-10/84-86;
Topping tonight's Health Check-- experts say everyone should be tested for
An international panel of experts says all adults should be tested before
The screening process involves a relatively simple 5 to 10 dollar blood test
requiring you to fast for eight hours.
The purpose is to diagnose diabetics, and get them started on diets,
exercise programs and drug treatment before the disease causes serious damage.
The findings were released at a meeting of the American Diabetes
Women who suffer from severe headaches are more likely to have
Chronic migraines are more common in women then men, and researchers may be
finding out why.
A study of women with migraines found 41 percent had a hysterectomy,
40-percent had ovarian cysts, and 61 percent had irregular periods.
Doctors suspect a hormonal connection.
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IN Q=be sure that you
((DR. DON PENZIEN/UNIVERSITY OF MISS. MED. CENTER; BE SURE THAT YOU SPEAK WITH
YOUR PHYSICIAN, NOT ONLY ABOUT YOUR HEADACHES BUT ABOUT GYNECOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS
YOU MAY BE HAVING, BECAUSE IT MAY, KNOWING ABOUT YOUR GYNECOLOGICAL HISTORY,
MAY GIVE YOUR DOCTOR SOME CLUES TO HELP BETTER UNDERSTAND AND TREAT YOUR
SUPER=01-Dr. Don Penzien/University Of Mississippi Med. Center;
OUT Q=treat your headaches
Birth control pills tend to make migraines worse, so if you're on the pill
and have headaches, talk to your doctor.
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If you have sensitive ears, beware...
SUPER=75-Spivey's Corner, NC;
Tonight's video comes from --- Spivey's Corner, North Carolina... home of
the National Hollerin' Contest...
And here's your winner, 82-year-old Roby Morgan...
SOT take nat sot full
((Roby Morgan hollering "mama's little baby" ))
OUT Q=ooo ooo ooo
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight on Primetime sports, Hillcats highlights from Lynchburg, golf and
tennis news from Roanoke, plus a rainy day at Wimbledon, and 300 game at
But first, the Hokies football team wrapped up its gruelling ironman
Quarterback Nick Sorensen finished a strong third in the battle, while Corey
Moore completed the tough obstacle course in second place.
But the man was former E.C. Glass star Carl Bradley who set a new Iron man
record, manhandling this car and completing the course in two minutes and 52
GO TO SCORES
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=0091-/Kansas City/6//Chicago/4/6///Anaheim/1//Texas/0/5/A's & Mariners
SUPER=0092-/Atlanta/2/j/New York/3////Colorado/0//Los Angeles/0/1/Giants &
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The Lynchburg Hillcats were back on the field at historic City stadium
tonight as they played host to the Frederick Keys in game two of their three
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Keys vs. Hillcats; :00
The Keys lost 5-to-1 on Sunday, but tonight they used big third inning to get
on top of the Cats.
Rick Short rips a long shot over the WDBJ billboard in left field. Two
runners were on base at the time, and the Keys take a 4-to-nothing lead after
two and a half.
The HIllcats would mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning as Tike
Redman smashes a line drive down the first base line. Jeff Conger dashes home
as Lynchburg outscores the Keys.
10-to-3 rest of the way, to win the offensive shootout by a score of 10-to-7.
The 20th annual Virginias Women's Stroke Play Championship tees off at the
Roanoke Country Club Tomorrow.
The ladies practice today. The 54 hole event is limited to the low 96
handicap indexes. Six time Virginia Amateur championship Robbye Youel has been
impressed with the turn out.
((ROBBYE YOUEL/TOURNAMENT COMPETITOR:))
((VALETA PITTMAN/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Robbye Youel/Tournament Competitor; :00
SUPER=01-Valeta Pittman/Tournament Director; :29
OUT Q=...like that"
The three day tournament begins tomorrow morning at 8. The Sydney Elliott
trophy is up for gabs in what many hope will be an enjoyable week.
((LOUISE BOWEN/TOURNAMENT COMPETITOR:))
SUPER=01-Louise Bowen/Tournament Competitor; :00
OUT Q=...out for the fun"
The United States Tennis Association Mid Atlantic Championship for boys 14
to 16 is also holding court at the Roanoke Country Club.
This is the first time the tournament has been held in Roanoke. Virginia,
West Virginia and Maryland are the three states represented.
((NICK MOLLOY/ROANOKE COUNTRY CLUB ASST. PRO:))
SUPER=01-Nick Molloy/Roanoke Country Club Asst. Pro; :00
OUT Q=..women's tournament"
The Roanoke Country Club is the site for the 14 and under divisions while
the 16 and under boys are playing at Hidden Valley and Hunting Hills. 78
players began play yesterday. The 14 and under finals are Wednesday at Roanoke
while the 16 and under championship is Thursday at Hidden Valley. The event is
free to the public.
Rain reigned supreme today at the All England Tennis club as Wimbledon 97
opened under less than perfect conditions.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC; :00
Drizzle, showers and occasionally a downpour interrupted play and suspended
matches on several occassions.
In fact one man was so desperate to stay dry that he paid $56 bucks for an
umbrella in the gift shop.
One of the few matches that was completed saw defending men's champ Richard
Krajicek advance the second round with a 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Germany's
Goran Ivanisevic also moved on while on the women's side, Lindsey Davenport
and French Open champ Iva Majoli were winners.
And finally tonight, Brian Correll hit the jackpot tonight at Viking Lanes.
The 28 year old Roanoker, who usually averages around 200, rolled a perfect
300 games tonight.
He also rolled a 300 game back in 1992.
Correll gets $300 and a jacket for tonight's effort.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
SUPER=x5024; Coming up at 11 Load
The latest on an airplane emergency landing in Bedford County at about nine
SUPER=77-New Castle Junkyard?
And travel with us to New Castle-- where the close to 200-residents are
dealing with a controversy.
A junkyard dealer from Craig County has moved his business into town,
because he was violating its zoning codes.
Now it sits right behind a pair of New Castle's most historic buildings,
one of which dates back to the 1840's.
SOT tape one 02:19:12
IN Q=We have
((WILLIAM ANDERSON/JUNKYARD NEIGHBOR: WE HAVE GOT TO COME UP WITH BETTER AND
MORE DETAILED LAND USE POLICIES FOR BOTH THE COUNTY AND THE TOWN.))
OUT Q=and the town.
Two council members in the sleepy town have already resigned, in part because
of this controversy.
SUPER=78-Zoning on the Horizon?
Does this mean zoning may be on the horizon?
SUPER=x5025; Coming up at 11 Stop
NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Tune into NEWS-7 at 11 with Jean Jadhon over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching