IN Q=here's what's
(( HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...A BULLDOZER SLIDES DOWN A HILL IN
FRANKLIN COUNTY CRUSHING A MAN TO DEATH.
THE TEENAGER WHO GAVE BIRTH AT THE HER PROM, THEN ALLEGEDLY DISPOSED OF THE
NEWBORN, FACES MURDER CHARGES. ))
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It's TUESDAY JUNE 24TH...
Our top story--
A judge could block the state's parental notification law from taking effect
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC. I'm Connie Stevens.
A last minute effort by abortion rights advocates to block the parental
notification law could be successful.
In federal court today, the controversy centered on how the law was worded,
and not the actual law itself.
Parental Notification states any girl under the age of 18 seeking an
abortion must tell her parents OR ask a juvenile court judge for a waiver.
If the judge finds the girl is mature enough to make that decision on her
own, the statute says that judge "MAY" grant the girl's request.
An attorney for Planned Parenthood argued the word "may" is open to
interpretation... and that the law instead should read "shall".
IN Q=They went out
((SIMON HELLER/PLANNED PARENTHOOD ATTORNEY: THEY WENT OUT ON THEIR OWN AND
DRAFTED SOMETHING THAT I THINK EVEN THE JUDGE INDICATED WASN'T VERY WELL
DRAFTED AT A MINIMUM, AND MAYBE I THINK HAS THE INTENTION OF STOPPING WOMEN
FROM GETTING ABORTIONS.))
SUPER=01-Simon Heller/Planned Parenthood Attorney;
OUT Q=from getting abortions.
State attorneys agree it COULD be worded differently, but that it should
still go into effect July First, as scheduled.
IN Q=The harm about
((CLAUDE ALLEN/DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE HARM ABOUT A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING
ORDER IS THAT IT PREVENTS THE LAW OF THE STATE FROM GOING INTO EFFECT WHICH IS
DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Claude Allen/Deputy Attorney General;
OUT Q=citizens of Virginia.
Judge James Turk already indicated he didn't believe it would harm the state
if parental notification is delayed 30-to 60 days.
He could rule on the issue Monday.
The plane that's been missing since Sunday Morning has been found, but the
pilot has yet to turn up.
David Turner left the Roanoke airport early Sunday morning, but never
arrived in Clearwater, Florida, his destination.
Tonight airport officials in Saint Augustine, Florida confirm his plane is
on the ground there.
They say they have not spoken with Turner and don't know how long the plane
has been at the airport.
The discovery ends a multi-state search by the Civil Air Patrol.
The C-A-P searched Turner's anticipated flight path by air today.
There is still no word on Turner's whereabouts.
A man was killed today in a bulldozer accident in Franklin County.
Two men were using bulldozers to clear a lot on this hillside off Route 116.
The larger machine was stuck, so they tried to pull it up the hill with the
IN Q=the SMALL TRACTOR
((CLAUDE WEBSTER/FRANKLIN CO. PUBLIC SAFETY: THE SMALL TRACTOR'S ENGINE
STALLED AS IT WAS PULLING THE WINCH. THE LARGE MACHINE THEN PULLING THE
SMALLER TRACTOR DOWN THE HILL.))
SUPER=01-Claude Webster/Franklin Co. Public Safety;
OUT Q=down the hill.
The smaller tractor apparently slid on top of one of the men, crushing
63-year old Ivan Maurice Green.
SUPER=03-Elkhart, IN; :
In Indiana, an explosion at an aerosol packaging plant has left 34 people
hurt and one person dead.
The blast released a highly toxic gas-- ethylene oxide.
The fire is out now, and no word yet on the cause of the explosion.
Many of the injured are said to have suffered respiratory trouble.
The New Jersey teen who gave birth at her prom is charged with murder.
Melissa Drexler's attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf-
The judge then set bail at 50 thousand dollars.
The charges came after an autopsy determined the baby had been strangled or
suffocated when it was placed in a plastic bag.
((JOHN KAYE/MONMOUTH CO. PROSECUTOR: THIS WAS A FULL TERM BABY AND THERE WERE
NO ABNORMALITIES WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR THIS CHILD TO LIVE A
SUPER=01-John Kaye/Monmouth Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=A NORMAL LIFE."
Prosecutors say only Drexler knew she was pregnant.
She could face 30 years to life in prison if convicted.
A 19 year old who got his underage girlfriend pregnant will be tagged a sex
offender for years.
SUPER=03-Port Washington, WI;
Kevin Gillson's 15 year old girlfriend is due tomorrow.
While both teens say the sex was consensual, Wisconsin law considers it a
Gillson was charged with sexual assault, given two years probation- 100
hours of community service and must register as a sex offender.
((KEVIN GILLSON/CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER: YOU HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THE
LAW TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT YOURSELF MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON AND BE
SUPER=01-Kevin Gillson/Convicted Sex Offender;
OUT Q=and be careful."
Gillson wants to marry his girlfriend. He quit school and got a job with
health benefits to take care of the girl and their baby.
North Carolina's Wachovia bank is planning to come to Virginia.
In a deal, Central Fidelity Bank would be purchased for two-point three
SUPER=03-Winston Salem, NC/File Tape;
Within two weeks, Wachovia, based in Winston-Salem has gone from having NO
presence in Virginia to having the LARGEST, if the deal is approved.
Central Fidelity has long vowed to remain independent, apparently Wachovia
made an offer it couldn't refuse--
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IN Q=It came
((LEE COBB/LYNCHBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOP. DIR.: IT CAME AS A BIT OF SURPRISE TO
EVERYBODY I'VE TALKED TO TODAY ABOUT IT. CENTRAL FIDELITY, OVER THE YEARS, HAS
BEEN VERY ADAMANT ABOUT NOT BEING FOR SALE, SO THIS DID COME AS A SURPRISE.))
SUPER=01-Lee Cobb/Lynchburg Economic Dev. Director;
About 600 Central Fidelity employees work in Lynchburg.
Business leaders-- among others-- say they're anxiously waiting to see what
happens in the transaction with Wachovia.
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Controversy continues surrounding the proposed Valley View Boulevard
Extension--tonight nearby residents did the talking.
Also coming up-- The Senate has voted to increase monthly Medicare
premiums for better-off seniors.
It's all part of a sweeping budget-balancing bill.
The story, coming up.
go to break
Plans are almost finalized for a 581 interchange near Valley View Mall, but
neighboring residents aren't giving up the fight.
The developer of Valley View Mall wants to build a new interchange on 581 to
ease traffic to the shopping area.
Tonight the school board held the last of four public meetings with
The first three were marked by parents of Huff Lane students who spoke out
against the plans to extend Valley View Boulevard.
But now nearby residents are concerned as well.
They have questions about the road that would cut across Huff Lane school's
property, close to their homes.
IN Q=they have
((ANNA SHELTON/AREA RESIDENT: THEY HAVE THE WINDOWS OPEN AND AT NIGHT YOU HEAR
THE NOISE YOU HEAR THE BRAKES...SOMETIMES CARS HITTIN'. ))
OUT Q=cars hittin'
Last week the school board approved the city's plans for the road.
Tonight it was the residents who spoke out on issues such as noise, dust
control and pedestrian access to the mall.
IN Q=that the builder
((BETTIE HUTTON/AREA RESIDENT: THAT THE BUILDER GETS HIS WISHES AND THE PEOPLE
AND THE COMMUNITY DON'T! (APPLAUSE) ))
School Superintendent Wayne Harris will use tonight's comments and report to
After bungling a robbery that left him in the hospital, a 21 year old
Chatham man turned himself in to State Police today.
Randall Lee Gilbert faces several charges including burglary and grand
State Police say Gilbert and another man broke into a Martinsville home last
When Les Hussey returned to his home, he found the two men trying to rob
Hussey then shot Gilbert in the chest, the other man ran away.
Gilbert is free on a 20-thousand dollar bond.
The other man is still at large.
Investigators say an electrical problem apparently sparked last night's
blaze that destroyed an Amherst County home.
SUPER=03-Madison Heights/Last Night;
A passerby spotted smoke pouring from this home on Dixie Airport Road
shortly after eight.
It was engulfed in flames when the first crews arrived.
Firefighters spent more than an hour trying to bring the blaze under
The house is owned by Sandy and Christine Witcher.. the couple and their two
sons were NOT home when the fire broke out.
Investigators believe the blaze started near an electrical outlet in the
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Starting October first, welfare recipients in the Roanoke area will have 90
days to find a job or risk losing their benefits.
It's part of a program known as VIEW--Virginia's Initiative For Employment
Supporters say the program will help end a cycle of dependency.
IN Q=What governor Allen
((SCOTT OOSTDYK/DEPUTY SECRETARY HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES:WHAT GOVERNOR ALLEN
HAS SAID BASICALLY IS HERE ARE YOUR RESOURCES..HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY. BUT IN
EXCHANGE FOR THAT YOU HAVE TIME LIMITED BENEFITS. YOU ONLY HAVE TWO YEARS TO BE
SUPER=01-Scott Oostdyk/Va. Health and Human Resources
OUT Q=to be on welfare
The program has already started in some parts of Virginia.
So far 70-percent of the affected recipients have found jobs.
IN Q=The earlier
((SCOTT OOSTDYK/DEPUTY SECRETARY HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES: THE EARLIER PEOPLE
GET STARTED ON EARNING THEIR OWN LIVING THE MORE EXPERIENCE THE HAVE WHEN
WELFARE REALLY KICKS IN ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL))
OUT Q=the federal level
SS=Welfare in Virginia
Those welfare recipients who do not find jobs will be required to do
community work or volunteer for a government non-profit organization.
The day after cancer claimed the life of Roanoke Police Chief M. David
Hooper, there were tributes...
Flags are flying at half staff in front of city buildings.
Members of the police force are wearing black ribbons over their badges.
And groups that didn't always see eye to eye with the chief are offering
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IN Q=It's not good
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: IT'S NOT GOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY ANY
TIME A GOOD OFFICER GOES DOWN.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :00 quick
SUPER=01-David Mays/Police Benevolent Association; :05
OUT Q=everyone involved.
Police officers from across the country are expected for Chief Hooper's
funeral at St. Andrews Catholic Church Thursday afternoon.
It could bridge the gap to the future.
A Virginia Tech professor teamed up with V-DOT and the town of Blacksburg to
design a more efficient bridge.
The span, on Tom's Creek Road, has beams made of graphite and fiberglass in a
Researchers hope to prove they're more durable than traditional steel beams.
IN Q=One of the
((JACK LESKO/VA TECH ENGINEERING PROFESSOR: ONE OF THE PRIMARY REASON THAT YOU
WANT TO USE A COMPOSITE MATERIAL, OR POTENTIALLY USE A COMPOSITE MATERIAL, IS
THE DURABILITY. THE PROBLEMS WITH TRADITIONAL MATERIALS IS THAT THEY REQUIRE A
CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF MAINTENANCE. ))
SUPER=01-Jack Lesko/Va Tech Engineering Professor
OUT Q=of maintenance.
Researchers will monitor the bridge for ten years-- watching for signs of
wear and tear.
Although there are four other composite bridges in the country none has been
used specifically for research purposes.
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SUPER=332-Clear And/Mild/64-66/Partly Cloudy/And Hot/88-90;
SUPER=333-Fair And/Muggy/64-66/Sunny And/Humid/90-92;
SUPER=334-Patchy Fog/Otherwise Clear/64-66/Partly Cloudy/And Hot/85-90;
The Senate has taken aim at Medicare-- voting to increase monthly Medicare
premiums for better-off seniors and gradually raise the eligibility age for
benefits to 67...as a quote-- guarantee for the future.
IN Q=Stand up for
((SEN. RICK SANTORUM/(R)-
STAND UP FOR THE FUTURE! STAND UP FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO PAY
AND ARE GONNA BE PAYING THE REST OF THEIR LIVES VERY DEARLY FOR THIS PROGRAM,
AND STAND UP AND MAKE SURE THAT IT'S HEALTHY FOR THEM! ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Rick Santorum/(R) Pennsylvania;
OUT Q=healthy for them
But there was an angry challenge to begin the sacrifice...at home.
IN Q=Sacrifice, I'll tell you
((SEN. FRANK LAUTENBERG (D)-:SACRIFICE, I'LL TELL YOU HOW TO SACRIFICE. CUT
THE BENEFITS HERE! CUT 'EM NOW! STAND UP AND SAY WE'LL TAKE LESS FOR OUR HEALTH
INSURANCE AND OUR RETIREMENT AND EVERYTHING ELSE! ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Frank Lautenberg/(D) New Jersey;
OUT Q=everything else.
The moves are opposed by the White House.
And the Medicare changes are far from a sure bet in the House--
Where lawmakers would rather wait for a bi-partisan commission to make the
tough and unpopular decisions.
Good friends can add up to good health.
A new study suggests the more friends and social contacts you have-- the
stronger your immune system.
Researchers inoculated more than 270-healthy volunteers with cold
viruses-- then looked at who got sick.
IN Q=People who are
((DR. SHELDON COHEN/CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER: PEOPLE WHO ARE
RELATIVELY ISOLATED IN THE STUDY ARE OVER 6-TIMES AS LIKELY TO DEVELOP A COLD
THAN THOSE WHO HAD 6-OR MORE TYPES OF RELATIONSHIPS. AND WITH
EVERY INCREMENT IN YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK, WITH EVERY INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF
SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS YOU HAVE, THAT DECREASES YOUR RISK FOR A COLD. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Sheldon Cohen/Carnegie Mellon Univ. Researcher; :
OUT Q=for a cold.
Those with most social contacts not only were less likely to get sick---
But when they did get sick, their colds were less severe and they were also
less contagious than those people who live isolated lives.
How does it all work?
The thinking is-- friends and social contacts trigger positive changes in
brain chemistry-- and these changes make your immune system stronger.
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Jurassic fever has been spreading-- and infection is on the rise with the
summer hit "The Lost World."
SUPER=75-Windsor, England; :
As you'll see in our Video of the Day, now, even Legoland, a theme park in
England, is the latest to join the craze.
The Mega Technosaurus was unveiled today-- it's 23 feet tall, and made
entirely of Lego blocks-- more than a million in fact.
It's the largest Lego model ever-- inspired by the 65-million year old
Legoland has another 40 attractions-- including rides, shows, and building
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Tonight on Primetime sports, Wimbledon upsets, a new race sponsor in
Richmond, new duds in the NBA, and a new homer for Barry Bonds.
But first former Roanoke All-american Hilliary Scott, who has played the last
three seasons of pro ball in Europe, is coming back home to the valley to
become Page Moir's assistant coach at Roanoke College.
The Lynchburg native replaces his former teammate Kevin Martin, who's moving
to Myrtle Beach.
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SUPER=0092-j/Cincinnati/7//Montreal/6//Final In 10
SUPER=0092-/Atlanta/4//New York/3/7///San Diego/1/j/San Francisco/4//Rockies &
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The San Francisco Giants got today's major league schedule of action started
today out at 3-Com Park with a 4-to-1 win over the Padres.
SUPER=03-San Francisco/Padres vs. Giants; :00
Dusty Baker's team was really on top of its game when it came to hitting
That would be hitting batters for starters. Shawn Estes deliberately hits
Steve Finley just because he hit three homers in last night's game.
The Giants also took care of business with their bats as Barry Bonds hits his
SUPER=35-San Francisco/4/San Diego/1;
17th homer of the year off loser Danny Jackson.
The Giants beat the Padres 4-to-1.
Yesterday at Wimbledon it rained, today it poured, or at least it felt like
that to many of the top seeded players who were washed out of the tournament in
the opening round not by the precipitation, but precise play on the part of
7th seed Mark Philippoussis, French Open champ Gustavo Kuerten, 17th seeded
Jonas Bjorkman, and women's 13 seed Kimberly Po were all bounced from the
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO; :00
along with American Michael Chang.
This match went five sets before Todd Woodbridge pulled off the 7-6, 3-6,
6-2, 3-6, and 8-6 victory to advance to the second round.
Pete Sampras had a much easier time in his opening match as he went airborne
to beat Michael Tillstrom in straight sets.
On the women's side, top seeded Martina Hingis topped Anne Kremer 6-4 and 6-4
in her opening match.
The Fall night race at the Richmond International raceway is one of the most
popular events on the Winston Cup schedule,
SUPER=03-Richmond/This Afternoon; :00
but until this afternoon Speedway officials didn't have a sponsor for the
The Miller Brewing company pulled out after last season, leaving the folks in
Richmond scrambling for sponsorship dollars.
Today the race got a jump start as the Exide Battery Corporation signed on
for the next three seasons.
((PAUL MECCA/EXIDE SPOKESMAN:))
((WAYNE SAWYER/RIR VICE PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Paul Mecca/Exide Spokesman; :00
SUPER=01-Wayne Sawyer/RIR Vice President; :15
OUT Q=...THEIR ORGANIZATION."
Exide got into NASCAR in the early 90's sponsoring Geoff Bodine.
The company currently sponsors Jeff Burton's Ford on the Cup circuit and
Chuck Bown's ride on the Super Truck series.
The NBA draft is set for tomorrow night in Charlotte, and the Nets have the
7th and 21st picks in the first round.
They hope they can use those spots to improve their sorry franchise.
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ; :00
Already the team has made a change for the better by changing logos.
The Nets unveiled a more contemporary logo during this elaborate ceremony,
junking the one that represented the team for more than a decade.
The Nets also have gone to a deeper blue color in their road uniforms, and
It's doubtful the Phoenix Suns will make a move for a point guard in tomorrow
night's draft after veteran Kevin Johnson had a change of heart today.
The former all-star guard announced his retirement plans at the end of this
But this afternoon, KJ said he plans to be back for his 11th pro season.
The 31 year old guard has been plagued by injuries in recent years, but his
career got a big boost late in the past season when he stayed healthy and
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Former animal breeder, Valery Green was ordered by a judge NOT to own any
But now there are allegations the Franklin County woman has animals at her
An Indiana mall had a different kind of customer-- a deer found its way
inside, then made a rather dramatic exit-- bursting through a window.
SUPER=x5025; Coming up at 11 Stop
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
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