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"IT'S AS CRITICAL AS IT CAN GET." THAT'S NASA'S ASSESSMENT OF THE
PROBLEMS ON BOARD THE RUSSIAN SPACE STATION MIR. ))
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's WEDNESDAY JUNE 25th..
Our top story--
((CARLTON COURTER/VA. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: I THINK THERE ARE GONNA BE ANY
NUMBER OF ADVOCATES TO HELP THE GROWERS LAND SOFTLY, IF YOU WILL.))
OUT Q=if you will
Who's watching out for the Virginia tobacco farmers?
Those who've been in on the secret negotiations say an aid package for
farmers was struck down by cigarette makers.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Tomorrow, 40 states and the nation's cigarette makers return to the
Eight thousand Virginians who work for Philip Morris will be represented.
But Virginia's 84-hundred tobacco farmers will NOT.
IN Q=But the
((CARLTON COURTER/VA. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: BUT THE GROWERS LAST YEAR GOT
RECORD PRICES FOR THEIR TOBACCO. THEY WERE UP UNTIL RECENTLY FEELING PRETTY
GOOD. THEIR CONCERN IS THAT THEY MIGHT BE DEALT OUT OF THIS DEAL, SHUT OUT OF
SUPER=01-Carlton Courter/Va. Agriculture Commissioner;
OUT Q=this deal.
And indeed they have been.
An aid package to tobacco farmers was part of the secret negotiations at one
The tobacco giants that axed it.
Don Beyer would like to see some settlement money go the way of the farming
IN Q=Virginia needs
((VIRGINIA NEEDS TO FIGHT FOR ITS SHARE. AND WHEN WE GET OUR FAIR SHARE, I
THINK WE NEED TO COMMIT A SIGNIFICANT BULK OF THAT TO THE TOBACCO GROWING
REGIONS OF THE STATE: SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=southwest Virginia.
Former attorney general and candidate for governor Jim Gilmore says his
office closely watched the negotiations... but had NO role in negotiating.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said rapists and molesters can be held
beyond their prison sentence if they're shown to still be a danger.
After a flurry of calls by Virginia lawmakers on the subject, Don Beyer was
the first out of the gate today with a proposal of his own.
IN Q=In Kansas,
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: IN KANSAS, THEY USED AN
INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT PROCEDURE TO CONTINUE CONFINING AN ADMITTED PEDOPHILE, A
CHILD MOLESTER. SOMEONE WHO SAID THE ONLY HE WAY HE COULD KEEP FROM ABUSING
CHILDREN IS IF HE WERE TO DIE. WELL, WE NEED THAT KIND OF PROTECTION FROM
CAREER PEDOPHILES HERE IN VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=here in Virginia.
Beyer's "sexual predator act" is based on Kansas molester Leroy Hendricks.
Beyer is also pushing for two to three million more dollars for the state's
highly regarded DNA lab.
That money would be used to enter a backlog of 130- thousand inmates' DNA
samples into the state database.
Authorities in Franklin County say they do not believe a fatal car fire was
the result of foul play.
The burned Camaro was discovered near the Blue Ridge Parkway on Monday
Though authorities may never know exactly what started the fire, they say
it appears to have been an accident.
((LT. EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFFS DEPT.: WHEN WE INITIALLY FOUND THE CAR,
WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHO IT WAS, WHERE THE VEHICLE MIGHT HAVE COME FROM, AND
THEN WE HAD TO INVESTIGATE IT AS A WORST- CASE SCENARIO. BUT PROBABLY AS OF
YESTERDAY EVENING AT 4:30 OR FIVE O'CLOCK WE DO NOT THINK IT IS FOUL PLAY AT
THIS TIME WHICH WE PROBABLY CAN'T TELL POSITIVELY FOR SURE, PROBABLY TOTALLY
RULE THAT OUT, UNTIL THE AUTOPSY IS COMPLETED.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Ewell Hunt/Franklin Co. Sheriffs Dept.;
OUT Q=the autopsy is completed.
Authorities have identified the victim as 37- year- old Michael Dekker of
The medical examiner's office told investigators that he was apparently
overcome by smoke, and his death has been ruled an accident.
The Russian Mir Space Station is limping in orbit on only half its power--
after a potentially disastrous collision overnight with a resupply ship.
The crew, which includes American astronaut Micheal Foale, is okay--
But new questions are being raised about whether people should continue to
man the aging space station.
The U-S is heavily invested in Mir-- paying Russia 400 million dollars to
IN Q=Risks and dangers
((JIM OBERG/RUSSIAN SPACE EXPERT: RISKS AND DANGERS KEEP SHOWING UP AND IF IT
HAPPENS OFTEN ENOUGH ITS TIME TO SAY I DON'T WANT ANYMORE OF THIS. MAYBE THE
NEXT TIME I WONT BE AS LUCKY AS I'VE BEEN THE LAST 20 TIMES. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Oberg/Russian Space Expert; :
OUT Q=last 20 times.
The 13-year-old craft was originally designed to last just four years.
For now, the Russians say there is no reason to utilize the (Soy-USE) Soyuz
Space Craft which is attached to Mir-- and could be used for an emergency
escape back to earth if neccessary.
The House has joined the Senate in approving a spending plan that promises
the first balanced budget since 1969.
Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved measures aimed at erasing
federal red ink by the year 2002.
Differences between the two measures, and with the White House, still have
to be worked out.
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The former animal breeder who was ordered NOT to own any pets, may be back
in the doghouse.
Later tonight on Primetime Sports-- no surprise-- former Wake Forest star
Tim Duncan is the first pick in the N-B-A Draft. Mike has more from Charlotte,
go to break
A Franklin County woman found guilty of animal neglect will be back in
Back in January more than 100-dogs and cats were found on Valery Green's
property--she was ordered not to have pets again.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;
After viewing a video tape recently, the Commonwealth's Attorney believes
Green is in contempt of court for violating a judge's order prohibiting her
from having any pets.
IN Q=And I
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN CO. COMM. ATTORNEY: AND I ASKED JUDGE DAVIS TO ISSUE
A SHOW CAUSE AS TO WHY SHE SHOULD NOT BE HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR FAILING TO ABIDE
BY HIS ORDER BASED ON THE MATERIALS I HAVE SEEN.))
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Commwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=I have seen.
Hapgood believes Green has been keeping six cats.
Green's attorney says after all the facts come out it will be clear to
everyone that she has not violated the judge's order.
If found guilty of contempt, Green could face a maximum jail sentence of 18
In April she was found NOT guilty on a similar charge.
A major department store is moving its regional headquarters out of the
Southside and to the state capitol...
At the cost of 100 jobs.
Belk of Virginia is closing its offices in Danville and South Boston in the
Store officials say they prefer Richmond's airport and interstate, plus the
proximity to four Belk stores.
South Boston leaders say losing 100 downtown jobs will hurt the local
IN Q=Members are deeply
((NANCY POOL/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT: MEMBERS ARE DEEPLY SADDENED ABOUT
THIS MOVE. I CAN'T SAY THAT ALL OF US ARE NOT DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE DECISION
BELK MADE TO MOVE THE CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS OUT OF HALIFAX COUNTY AND SOUTH
BOSTON. JUST EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW IS KIND OF IN SHOCK AND DISBELIEF AND VERY
SUPER=01-Nancy Pool/Chamber of Commerce President
OUT Q=very saddened
The transfer to Richmond is not expected to affect the stores.
One South Boston Belk employee says the company announced the move Monday.
Halifax Regional Hospital owns the Belk building, sources there say they've
known about the move for months.
Hospital officials say they have no future plans for the building.
Virginians have one night next month to speak their mind on the most recent
radical overhaul of the standards for accrediting state schools.
But today in Richmond, lawmakers on the joint education committees spoke
their minds to the President and Vice-President of the State Board of
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: YOU ALL HAVE FAILED. I'M GONNA GIVE YOU ALL
A BIG F WHEN IT COMES TO VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT. YOU HAVE EITHER PURPOSEFULLY OR
MISGUIDEDLY, YOU ALL HAVE MADE A SERIOUS MISTAKE.))12
((THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE HAVE NOT REALLY BEEN INCLUDED IN
THIS PROCESS EXCEPT FOR A PUBLIC MEETING HERE A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU TAKE FINAL
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania;
OUT Q=final action.
The Standards of Accreditation pushed by the board include local options for
sex ed and elementary guidance counselors.
IN Q=It needs
((IT NEEDS TO BE NOTED NOW THAT THE BOARD'S POSITION IS ONE OF NEUTRALITY.
WE'RE NOT GONNA PRESCRIBE IT. AND WE'RE NOT GONNA PROSCRIBE IT.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Va. Board of Education;
OUT Q=proscribe it.
The only public hearing on the S-O-As in our area is scheduled for Cave
Spring High School July 14th.
Carroll County's prosecutor is no longer working alone.
After seeing his case load nearly double he's getting some help.
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;
Greg Goad took office back in 1992, on a part-time basis. Three years later
he was promoted to a full-time position...but he says even then, the work still
continued to flow heavily.
IN Q=I enjoy
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: I ENJOY REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE IN COURT
AND MAKING SURE THOSE WHO ARE CHARGED WITH CRIMES, WHO ARE GUILTY, ARE HELD
OUT Q=are held accountable.
Last Spring the comp board addressed the need for a larger staff.
A full time assistant was hired, earlier this month.
Goad says the proximity of Interstate 77 and a growth in industry are just
two factors contributing to a rise in crime in Carroll County.
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More news coming right up-- including the video of the day, from the depths
of the sea.
Remembering explorer Jacques Cousteau-- ahead on News 7 PRIMETIME.
A product warning tonight from The Evenflo company-- which makes portable
SUPER=04-Consumer Product Safety Comm.; :
The company says its Happy Camper, Kiddie Camper-- and Happy Cabana have
hinges on the play yards that may be dangerous.
If the hinges aren't in the proper position, the whole thing could
collapse--a child inside could be caught in the V formed by the sides flanking
Two children died when the play yards folded accidentally.
The company is providing the one million owners of the play yards with a
Call Evenflo at 1-800-447-9178 for more information on the recall.
Heat and humidity can make for dangerous conditions.
And now that the warm summer weather is here, it's important to be cautious.
In Roanoke this afternoon temperatures reached 90-degrees--with the humidity
it felt like 96.
For those who work outside, days like this can dangerous.
Doctors say in these conditions take frequent breaks and drink plenty of
fluids..like water and sports drinks.
But children are especially at risk. Remember to dress them in light
colored clothing to reflect the heat.
Cramps and fatigue are the first signs of heat exhaustion.
Over exposure to heat can cause a heat stroke..a serious condition in which
the body losses it's ability to cool itself.
The key is common sense.
IN Q=Get out of
((DR.MICHAEL RORRER/ROANOKE MEMORIAL EMS: GET OUT OF THE SUN..DRINK PLENTY OF
FLUIDS..PLAN THEIR ACTIVITIES AROUND THE TIMES OF DAY WHEN THE TEMPERATURE IS
COOLEST..IN THE MORNINGS AND EVENINGS ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Rorrer/Roanoke Memorial EMS
OUT Q=mornings and evenings
Don't forget about your pets.
The need lots of water and never leave them closed up in the car.
For most kids there's no denying, staying in the hospital is not a fun way
to spend summer vacation.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Community Hospital; :
The positive attitudes of these kids at the Carilion Medical Center for
Children didn't go unnoticed today.
To help get them through the doldrums, they were treated to a cookie party
by Archway cookies-- a sponsor of the Children's Miracle Network.
IN Q=When you get
((PAUL STAFFORD/ARCHWAY COOKIES: WHEN YOU GET A LITTLE OLDER, YOU KNOW WHY
YOU'RE THERE AND YOU CAN KIND OF ACCEPT WHY YOU ARE THERE, BUT WITH CHILDREN
THEY ARE USED TO RUNNING AND PLAYING SO TO BE HERE IS A DOUBLE WHAMMY ON A
CHILD TO NOT BE ABLE WITH CHILDREN THEY ARE USED TO RUNNING AND PLAYING AND
CONFINED AREA, DOING SOMETHING LIKE THIS, IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO FEEL LIKE A
CHILD A LITTLE BIT, AT LEAST FOR A FEW MOMENTS.))
SUPER=01-Paul Stafford/Archway Cookies; :
OUT Q=for a few moments.
So maybe it's no day at the park-- but it just might be a start.
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Tonight's Video of the Day marks a time to celebrate the life of famed
Oceanographer and Filmmaker Jacques Cousteau.
SUPER=75-File Tape; :
He died last night at the age of 87.
Cousteau inspired a generation about life under the sea-- transporting
audiences from their living rooms, to thousands of miles beneath the globe--
thousands of feet beneath the surface.
He challenged modern technology to keep up with his dreams--
Cousteau invented the aqualung, to go deeper underwater than ever before.
He called on governments to stop polluting the ocean-- his second home, and
to start taking better care of the environment.
Cousteau's warning to the world-- The future of civilization depends on
I beg you to understand this.
IN Q=When I will be
((WHEN I WILL BE READY TO LEAVE THIS WORLD, I WILL BE SORRY NOT FOR MY
PLEASURE, BUT FOR ALL THE THINGS THAT I'M INTERESTED IN THAT I WILL NOT BE
ABLE TO FOLLOW UP. ))
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight on Primetime sports, It's draft night in the NBA, we take a look at
the first round picks, plus the Avalanche was back home tonight, and the Wrath
is helping some area kids get their kicks this week.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/Orioles vs. Brewers; :00
But first, the Orioles won their 50th game of the season today with a 9-to-1
bashing of the Brewers.
Jeffrey Hammonds hit a pair of two run homers to support Mike Mussina's
3-hit, 12 strikeout effort.
Now tonight's ballpark figures.
GO TO SCORES
IN Q=first audio
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SUPER=0091-/Kansas City/7/j/Chicago/8////Anaheim/4/j/Texas/5//A's & Mariners
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SUPER=0092-j/Atlanta/14//New York/7////San Diego/7//San Francisco/14/9/Rockies
& Dodgers -LATE/;
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
TAKE A BREAK
The 1997 NBA draft is continuing at this hour in Charlotte.
As expected tonight, the San Antonio Spurs
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/Last Season; :00
used the number one selection in the draft to take former Wake Forest Demon
Deacon Tim Duncan.
The 6 foot 10 inch forward is considered the only can't miss prospect in the
IN Q="I think...
((TIM DUNCAN/SPURS TOP DRAFT PICK:))
SUPER=01-Tim Duncan/Spurs Top Draft Pick; :00
OUT Q=...my own aspect."
Tracy McGrady, the high school phenom from Mt Zion Academy in Durham was the
9th overall pick, taken by the Toronto Raptors.
Now let's take a look at the first round rundown.
go to chyron
SUPER=0111-1. Tim Duncan/Spurs/2. Keith Van Horn/76ers/3. Chauncey
Billups/Celtics/4. Antonio Daniels/Grizzlies/5. Tony Battie/Nuggets/;
SUPER=0111-6. Ron Mercer/Celtics/7. Tim Thomas/Nets/8. Adonal
Foyle/Warriors/9. Tracy McGrady/Raptors/10. Danny Fortson/Bucks/;
SUPER=0111-11. Olivier Saint-Jean/Kings/12. Austin Croshere/Pacers/13. Derek
Anderson/Cavs/14. Maurice Taylor/Clippers/15. Kelvin Cato/Mavs/;
SUPER=0111-16. Brevin Knight/Cavs/17. Johnny Taylor/Magic/18. Chris
Anstey/Blazers/19. Scot Pollard/Pistons/20. Paul Grant/Wolves/;
SUPER=0111-21. Anthony Parker/Nets/22. Ed Gray/Hawks/23. Bobby
Jackson/Sonics/24. Rodrick Rhodes/Rockets/25. John Thomas/Knicks/;
SUPER=0111-26. Charles Smith/Heat/27. Jacque Vaughn/Jazz/28. Keith
The Salem Avalanche returned home tonight to open an eight game home stand,
that gets started tonight with the first of three straight against Wilmington.
SUPER=03-Salem.Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
A great crowd of four thousand and 69 on hand this evening at Salem Memorial.
And they would watch the Blue Rocks Mark Quinn get Carlos Febles home on the
fielder's choice to make it 1-to-nothing Rocks.
Salem would finally start to get offensive in the fifth inning as Chad
Gambill lifts over the left fielder's head and plates David Feuerstein
Salem gets the eventual game winning run in the fifth with Garrett Neubart
picking up his third hit of the night SUPER=37-Wilmington/3/Salem/4;
to get Vicente Garcia home.
Salem gets its third win of the second half with the 4-to-3 win.
In women's basketball, Virginia Tech assistant coach Beth Dunkenberger is
leaving the Lady Hokies to take an assistant's coaching job at Florida.
No replacement has been named and Tech will begin interviewing for the
vacancy in August.
In Baseball, Tech ace pitcher Denny Wagner has come to terms with the
His contract is worth 300 thousand dollars. Wagner reports to Class A ball
The Roanoke Wrath's summer soccer camps opened this week all over the
valley as kids age 6 to 15 began getting their kicks.
The Rivers Edge serves as one of seven sites for the camps from Botetourt
Count to Bedford.
The strength of this camp is obviously the interaction between the kids and
some of the state's premiers soccer players.
((JAMES BROWN/WRATH CAMP DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-James Brown/Wrath Camp Director; :00
76 campers are enrolled at the Rivers Edge session this week. The day is
broken up into two parts; technical training in the morning and games in the
afternoon...with a lot of water breaks.
((IAN SPOONER/WRATH CAMP DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Ian Spooner/Wrath Camp Director; :00
OUT Q=...we need them"
watch NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. See you tomorrow, Good night.
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