HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
STARTING TUESDAY, IF YOU DON'T BELT YOUR KIDS YOU'RE BREAKING THE LAW--
THAT'S WHEN SEVERAL OTHER RULES OF THE ROAD TAKE EFFECT.
THE ROANOKE VALLEY'S FIRST FEMALE FIREFIGHTER ISN'T BATTLING BLAZES ANYMORE,
SHE'S BATTLING TROUBLE CLOSER TO HOME.
IT'S FRIDAY JUNE 27TH...
OUR TOP STORY--
THE SUPREME COURT SAYS THE BRADY LAW IS FLAWED.
THE HIGH COURT SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT FORCE LOCAL OFFICIALS TO
CONDUCT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN BUYERS.
FOUNDATION: THE BACKGROUND CHECKS CAN SAVE LIVES. CAN SAVE THE LIVES OF
CITIZENS, CAN SAVE THE LIVES OF POLICE OFFICERS AND THE SUPREME COURT WILL NOT
OUT Q=will not stop that.
Good Evening, this is News 7 PRIMETIME.
I'm Connie Stevens.
The High Court Justices voted FIVE to FOUR that the Federal Government
has no right requiring local police to conduct criminal background checks on
would-be gun owners.
The high court did, however, leave intact a five-day waiting period before
a person can buy a hand gun.
President Clinton called it a setback he'll side step.
IN Q=My goal is clear
((PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: MY GOAL IS CLEAR. NO CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK, NO
HANDGUN ANYWHERE IN AMERICA. NO STATE SHOULD BECOME A SAFE HAVEN FOR CRIMINALS
WHO WANT TO BUY HANDGUNS. ))
OUT Q=buy handguns.
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The Brady Gun Control law was named after former White House Press
Secretary James Brady who was seriously injured during the assasination attempt
on President Ronald Reagan.
It's a law the National Rifle Association has challenged from the
Today's ruling was a welcome vindication.
IN Q=If a check is
((WAYNE LAPIERRE, NRA: IF A CHECK IS GOING TO BE DONE, IT'S GOING TO BE DONE
NOW UNDER THE INSTANT CHECK AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL THE WAY THE NRA HAS
SUPER=01-Wayne LaPierre/National Rifle Association; :
Gun control advocates concede today's battle, but not the war.
wipe wipe wipe
Virginia's been doing its own checks under its own state law since 1989.
The Commonwealth's background check was the first in the nation, used as a
model for 26 other states...
SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./July 1996
and also used by Bob Dole last year as a model for a federal system.
IN Q=So Virginia
((CAPT. LEWIS VASS/VA. STATE POLICE: SO VIRGINIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXEMPT FROM
THE PROVISIONS OF THE BRADY LAW. SO THIS COURT DECISION HAS NO IMPACT ON US.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Lewis Vass/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=on us.
Since 1989, Virginia has prevented gun sales to more than 12-thousand
More than seven thousand of those had a felony conviction on their records.
In other U-S Supreme Court action, the justices struck down Virginia's only
black majority congressional district.
The justices refused to hear an appeal from the state and the ACLU.
So the ruling made by a federal three judge panel stands.
The panel said the district is UNconstitutional because race was the
predominant factor in determining the lines.
The third district runs from Richmond to Tidewater.
The decision means Virginia's only black congressman, Bobby Scott, will have
to run in a new district.
And Virginia lawmakers have something new to fight over.
Virginia drivers will have some new laws to follow when they hit the road
for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
So motorists, listen up.
Starting Tuesday, children age four to 16 must wear safety belts.
IN Q=Car crashes
((JEANNE CHENAULT/DMV SPOKESWOMAN: CAR CRASHES FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN ARE ONE OF
THE LEADING KILLERS FOR THIS AGE GROUP. SO KEEPING THESE CHILDREN RESTRAINED,
WHETHER IT'S IN A CHILD SAFETY SEAT OR SEAT BELT SYSTEM, WILL HOPEFULLY
DECREASE THIS PARTICULAR KILLER FOR THEM.))
SUPER=01-Jeanne Chenault/Dept. of Motor Vehicles Spokeswoman;
OUT Q=killer for them.
The child belt law now closes the gap between child safety seats and front
seat passengers already required to be belted.
Also taking effect on the first: a 250- dollar fine and three demerit
points for turning around at an interstate crossover.
Turn on those headlights if you're using your wipers in the rain or snow.
It increases your visibility...and starting Tuesday, it's also the law.
Henry County police believe a woman found murdered along a dead-end street
yesterday morning knew her attackers.
Police say they have two suspects, but have NOT made any arrests.
IN Q=Right now
((DAVID KING/HENRY CO. INVESTIGATOR: WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING THOSE
SUSPECTS. WE'VE RECOVERED SOME PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AND THAT'S IN THE PROCESS OF
BEING TAKEN TO THE FORENSICS LAB IN ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-David King/Henry Co. Investigator;
OUT Q=in Roanoke
Police found the body of 37-year-old Stephanie Parler of Chatham with a
gunshot wound to the head.
A police dog searched the woods for a murder weapon today but nothing turned
Diane Edwards was the first woman to become a paid professional firefighter
in the Roanoke Valley.
But eight years later, times have changed for Edwards.
Keith Humphry has her story of perseverance.
IN Q=Eight years ago
SUPER=03-Salem/June 1989; :00
SUPER=10-Diane Edwards/Salem Firefighter/June 16, 1989; :08
SUPER=10-Diane Edwards/Former Firefighter/Today; :28
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :48
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( Eight years ago she signed on with the Salem Fire Department- -undaunted
by competition from her male counterparts.
STOCK TAPE: 89-39
I THINK WITH TIME AND A LITTLE PATIENCE ON BOTH SIDES, I THINK WE'LL DO FINE.
After three and a half years on the job, Edwards got run over by a 15-ton
fire truck one snowy night at three o'clock in the morning.
In an instant her dream career came to an end.
IN Q=when you're injured
((WHEN YOU'RE INJURED ON THE JOB, YOU DON'T REALIZE THAT THE RIGHTS YOU HAVE
ARE LITTLE TO NONE. THAT YOUR EMPLOYER AND THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY BASICALLY
HOLD ALL THE CARDS.))
OUT Q=all the cards.
She was terminated, collected Worker's Compensation- -at about two thirds
the rate of pay she'd been making fighting fires.
The Worker's comp benefits keep getting interrupted ...like when Edwards
decided to go back to school to become a physician's assistant.
IN Q=I try to keep
((I TRY TO KEEP MYSELF FOCUSED. I'VE FOUND A CAREER THAT I WANT TO PURSUE, AND
I'M TRYING TO PURSUE THAT THE BEST THAT I CAN.
And yet in the back of your mind you will always be a firefighter?
YES, AND IN MY HEART.))
OUT Q=and in my heart.
A psychiatrist hired by the city's insurance company accused her of
"malingering," exaggerating the symptoms of her injury.
She just had an appendectomy, so benefits stopped again when she had to
take leave from a part-time, minimum-wage job in a day-care nursery.
She does get child support and relies on produce from the garden for food
on occasion. But it's tough, making ends meet.
IN Q=You think
((YOU THINK, "IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME." I THOUGHT THAT TOO, "IT'S NEVER
GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME." AND I WAS IN A CAREER THAT IS A DANGEROUS CAREER, BUT
IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY.))
OUT Q=happen to anybody.
She just wants to "become a viable part of society again," she says.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
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Tonight on Primetime Sports-- the Salem Avalanche is hoping to make up for
its dismal first half of the season in the Carolina league.
But first-- the battle in the war on drugs took to the skies of central
Virginia, in search of Marijuana plants. Stay tuned.
go to break
Area farmers may not be ready to harvest their crops yet.
But in central Virginia this week, police pulled up an ILLEGAL crop.
With the help of National Guard and State Police helicopters, Amherst County
authorities took to the skies in search of marijuana.
Two days of searching turned up a total of 113 marijuana plants, each valued
at about one thousand dollars.
More importantly, authorities say, they've sent a message.
IN Q=Definitely it sends
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: DEFINITELY IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE,
WHEN THEY GROW CROPS, AS WE CALL IT, OR A QUANTITY THAT CAN BE SEEN OR DETECTED
YOU CAN DETECT THE STUFF IN VERY SMALL AMOUNTS, MOST LIKELY THEY STAND A CHANCE
OF GETTING CAUGHT WITH IT.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=caught with it.
Ayers says it's possible his department will conduct other helicopter
searches later this summer.
Glasgow residents are tired of fleeing rising flood waters.
A new federal grant won't eliminate flooding there, but it will help lessen
the impact of future floods.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a one and a half
million dollar flood safety project for the Rockbridge County community.
The hazard mitigation grant gives residents the opportunity to relocate
their homes to elevate them above flood levels--- or sell them to the
government for demolition.
IN Q=WE DO NOT
((RITA CALVAN/FEMA REGION THREE DIR.: WE DO NOT WANT TO USE OUR MITIGATION
MONEY FOR THINGS LIKE DAMS AND LEVIES WHICH WE KNOW DO NOT WORK. THEY SOLVE A
PROBLEM IN ONE PLACE AND MAKE IT WORSE SOMEPLACE ELSE. SO WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE
TO STAY OUT OF MOTHER NATURE'S WAY.))
SUPER=01-Rita Calvan/FEMA Region Three Dir.;
OUT Q=MOTHER NATURE'S WAY
Fifty-six Glasgow homes are eligible for the federal grant.
Pulaski has 43 new jobs thanks to an expansion by a major employer.
But Pulaski Furniture expects its import- export center will need even more
people as that portion of its business grows.
The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its newest facility this
((JOHN WAMPLER/PULASKI FURNITURE PRESIDENT: IT WAS LOCATED REAL CLOSE TO OUR
CORPORATE OFFICES, AND ALSO IT'S CLOSE TO THE INTERSTATE WHERE A LOT OF
CONTAINERS COME IN AND OUT SO THAT HELPED.))
SUPER=01-John Wampler/Pulaski Furniture President;
OUT Q=that helped.
Pulaski Furniture snapped up the property shortly after it was vacated by
The move represents an initial investment of roughly two- million- dollars.
The company says the building is appealing for both its interstate access
and the room on the site for expansion.
With graduation season just behind us-- here are the latest factoids for
Nationwide, it's turning out to be a good year for pharmacy and engineering
dissolve to pre-pro
Students earning degrees in pharmacy this year can expect job offers at
more than 51-thousand dollars a year.
Chemical engineers are bringing in an average of 42-thousand plus.
Graduating artists on the other hand-- face a a common problem:
How to eat regularly.
Art professors say most beginners cannot make a living without some other
practical skill to offer.
Every spring, five to ten thousand aspiring Picassos emerge from American
colleges with degrees in fine arts.
A picture is worth a thousand words--
But not if you just don't get it. That's the theme for our Video of
the Day straight ahead on NEWS-7 Primetime, right here on WEFC.
Three out of every four adults suffer from gum disease.
Intern Reporter Joy Sutton has more on a condition that's plaguing our
IN Q=Dentist say it
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Donnie Mayhew/Periodontist; :15
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :25
SUPER=19-Joy Sutton; 1:16
OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7
Dentists say it all the time..brush after every meal, floss daily, and visit
your dentist regularly.
But despite these words of wisdom 75-percent of adults still suffer from gum
And most people don't even know they have it.
IN Q=It's pretty much
((DR.DONNIE MAYHEW/PERIODONTIST: IT'S PRETTY MUCH SYMPTOM FREE. YOU CAN GO
ALONG ACTUALLY FOR YEARS AND YEARS..YOU MAY NOTICE SOME BLEEDING HERE OF THERE
BUT NO REAL PAIN ))
OUT Q=no real pain
But Mayhew says bleeding gums indicate a problem.
And symptoms such as bad breath, shifting teeth, and swelling gums are also
signs to look for.
It starts as gingivitis.. an inflammation of the gums and can progress to
moderate or severe forms of periodontitis.
IN Q=A more advanced
((DR. DONNIE MAYHEW/PERIODONTIST: A MORE ADVANCED STAGE..A LOT OF INFLAMMATION
OF GUMS.. A REAL DEEP POCKET.. A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF BONE LOSS ))
OUT Q=tremendous amount of pain
And this bone decay leads to tooth loss.
But Mayhew says you can prevent all this by simply taking proper care of year
teeth and gums.
IN Q=It's something you
((DR.DONNIE MAYHEW/PERIODONTIST: IT'S SOMETHING YOU HERE IN DENTAL OFFICES A
LOT PEOPLE THINK HERE IS THE OLD BRUSH AND FLOSS LECTURE..BUT I WOULD SAY TAKE
IT VERY SERIOUSLY ))
OUT Q=very seriously
butt butt but butt butt
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IN Q=Brush your NAT SOUND
OUT Q=no cavities! NAT SOUND
IN Q=Studies also show
((JOY SUTTON/NEWS 7: STUDIES ALSO SHOW THAT GUM DISEASE IS NOT LIMITED TO
ADULTS. 97-PERCENT OF CHILDREN SUFFER FORM GINGIVITIS. JOY SUTTON, NEWS-7 ))
OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News-7
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Our video of the day may seem more like a chore than anything else.
That's because, laundry is about to get more complicated.
IN Q=A new generation
SUPER=75-/Public Service Ann.; 1:06
OUT Q=by a black x.
A new generation of fabric care labels is hitting the market-- labels that
use a bewildering array of symbols to tell you how to care for your clothes.
You'll find symbols like this one-- which means hand wash.
And this one, means do not wring.
This symbol means you can press the garment with your steam iron.
But some more complicated.
IN Q=Any idea
((ANY IDEA WHAT THIS SYMBOL IS?
IT LOOKS LIKE AN ENVELOPE IF YOU LOOK AT THE WHOLE SHAPE.
IT MEANS LINE DRY.
THEY BETTER PUT SOME CLOTHES ON IT THEN/
WHAT'S THIS SAY TO YOU? PERMANENT PRESS
I JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DID IT.
TO MAKE OUR LIFE BETTER.
THIS MEANS PERMANENT PRESS.
OH, OH OK.
DO YOU BELIEVE ME?
NO, NO I DON'T. ))
OUT Q=no, no I don't.
Major clothing retailers like QVC will help their customers make the
The shopping channel has produced public service announcements explaining
the new symbols...including the mysterious triangle.
IN Q=A plain triangle
((A PLAIN TRIANGLE MEANS ANY BLEACH CAN BE USED. A STRIPED TRIANGLE, ANY
NON-CHLORINE BLEACH. DO NOT WASH OR BLEACH IF EITHER ONE OF THESE SYMBOLS ARE
ACCOMPANIED BY A BLACK X. (:10) ))
SUPER=04-Public Service Announcement; :
OUT Q=by a black x.
So you may not know them now, but you'll be hearing a lot about these
labels in the coming weeks.
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight on Primetime sports, Avalanche highlights from Salem, plus Roy
Stanley chats with manager Bill McGuire.
Also on the links, King makes the cut while Chip is in a holding pattern.
And Tyson and Holyfield have a new referee.
Mitch Halpern, who worked the first fight eight months ago withdrew from this
one this afternoon.
Tyson's camp had asked for him to be removed. Their request was denied, but
Halpern says he doesn't want to be the focal point of the fight.
Mills Lane will take his place.
GO TO SCORES
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SUPER=0092-/San Francisco/2//Colorado/0/5///San Diego/0//Los Angeles/0/1//;
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TAKE A BREAK
The Salem Avalanche is closing out a three game series with the Wilmington
Blue Rocks tonight at Salem Memorial. And right now we're in the top of the
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
Mugsy the dog a number of kids were part of the more than 35 hundred fans in
Salem was down 3-to-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Chad Gambill ripped
this two run shot over the left field fence to put the Avalanche on top 4-to-3.
Wilmington would come back though and tie it in the fifth, as Carlos Beltran
smacks a solo dinger to right center and it's a 4-all game.
SUPER=37-Wilmington/5/Salem/5/Top of 11th;
But back comes Salem in the bottom of the 6th, as Forry Wells connects on a
double off the wall in deep center.
Ben Petrick scores and right now the game is tied at 11-all in the top of the
Salem is back home tomorrow night as Durham comes to town for the first of
four games in the yard.
While Salem's second half start hasn't been perfect, it's light years ahead
of the club's first half beginning.
Before tonight's game Roy Stanley talked with manager Moose McGuire about
the team's status and what's ahead in the remainder of this 8 game home stand.
IN Q="Avalanche manager...
SUPER=01-Bill "Moose" McGuire/Salem Avalanche Manager; :12
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Avalanche manager Bill "Moose" McGuire is not exactly ready to claim the
Carolina Leagues second half title.
But he is excited about the teams start.))
((BILL "MOOSE" MCGUIRE/SALEM AVALANCHE MANAGER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((Swift comes to Salem with a 4 and 1 record and a 4 point 75 E.R.A.
Swift will start this Sunday's game at Memorial stadium against the Durham
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Thunderstorms in the Memphis area today kept Chip Sullivan from playing his
second round at the Fed. Ex St. Jude Classic.
Chip and 103 others will have to start their second round tomorrow morning at
Only 47 golfers finished today.
Chip stands at 1 under par, and yes more rain is in the forecast for Memphis
The second round of the U.S. Seniors Open outside of Chicago is in the books
SS=BILLY KING (6463)
Billy King has made the cut.
Billy shot his second straight round of 73 to hit the halfway point at 6 over
The cut was plus 11.
SUPER=03-Olympia Fields, IL/ESPN;:00
The leader at the turn is Kermit Zarley, who was on "SMOKIN" today birdying
four straight holes on the back side in route to his second straight round on
one under par.
Jack Nicklaus followed up yesterday's 73 with a 72, he is now at 5 over par.
An Chi Chi Rodriguez is safely in the with a round of 72 today.
He is 3 over for the Open.
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.
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A Florida man will be charged with murder in the drowning deaths of his two
SUPER=77-Florida Boys Drown;
When he allegedly drove a vehicle with two boys in it-- into a canal.
And did Southern Baptists in our area boycott tonight's opening of the
latest disney movie Hercules?
SUPER=x5025; Coming up at 11 Stop
Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7
Primetime, have a nice weekend, goodnight.