(( UP NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
EIGHT PEOPLE HAVE DIED ON A VIRGINIA HIGHWAY, IN A THREE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT--
THE START OF THE JULY FOURTH HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
WALK OR TAKE THE SHUTTLE BUS TO TOMORROW NIGHT'S MUSIC FOR AMERICANS
FESTIVITIES...IT'S BEING DUBBED THE NEW AND IMPROVED PLAN. ))
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Thursday, July 3rd--
Our top story.
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((THIS IS THE FIRST MONEY PAID OUT IN HISTORY BY THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY, EVER. ))
OUT Q=industry, ever.
The state of Mississippi has settled it's lawsuit with the tobaco industry--
for more than three billion dollars.
Good Evening, this is News 7 PRIMETIME.
I'm Connie Stevens.
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Mississippi gets the money, even if the historic national agreement
The deal works out to one-point-seven percent of the annual payments
tobacco companies agreed to-- as part of the national settlement announced
IN Q=Not many people
((MIKE MOORE/MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL: NOT MANY PEOPLE GAVE US MUCH OF A
CHANCE FOR THIS LITTLE LAWSUIT, LOTS OF PEOPLE IN THIS STATE THOUGHT IT
PROBABLY WASN'T WORTH A NICKEL. WELL WE HAVE A SETTLEMENT HERE TODAY THAT IS
WORTH THREE POINT SIX BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Moore/Mississippi Attorney General; :
OUT Q=state of Mississippi.
Until Congress and the White House approve a national settlement, cigarette
makers may end up cutting individual deals with several other states-- as their
suits come up.
40 Attorneys General had filed by the time the settlement was announced--
and trial dates aren't far off for Florida, Texas and Minnesota.
In Virginia, farmers on the Southside are looking to their Congressman to
watch out for them on Capitol Hill.
Congressman Virgil Goode met with farmers today in Danville.
Many of these tobacco growers say they're the victims in the deal heading to
Goode says they have his support.
IN Q=I want to see
((VIRGIL GOODE/U.S. CONGRESSMAN (D): I WANT TO SEE GROWERS IN THIS AREA THAT'S
TOBACCO'S VITAL TO THEIR ECONOMY -- THE ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF TOBACCO AS THEY
AFFECT SOUTHSIDE -- COVERED IN IT. I WANT IT TO BE FAIR TO CONSUMERS AND
SS=tobacco under fire
Virginia may have a voice in the discussions in Washington, Congressman Tom
Bliley from Richmond heads up the House Commerce Committee.
That's the group that will oversee much of the tobacco deal.
Eight people have died in an accident on an interstate in the southeastern
section of Virginia.
A tractor-trailer rig loaded with lumber, a minivan filled with passengers,
and a sedan collided this afternoon.
It happened on Interstate 95, near the North Carolina line, by Emporia.
The mini-van was smashed to a height of about two feet.
The bodies of three children were flung across the roadway--
All of the victims died at the scene.
It happened at about two-fifteen-- stranding thousands of holiday
travelers for hours-- traffic was backed up for more than 10 miles.
It's still not clear what caused the accident.
The two people killed in a fatal truck accident yesterday in ROanoke, were
workers at the Salem Fair.
Evan Brooker of Florida and Shannon
(VANDA-LINDAY) Vandlinde of Virginia Beach were trapped inside a pick-up truck
when it burst into flames.
The two were workers at the Salem Fair.
(VANDA-LINDAY) Vandlinde was a new employee-- Brooker worked at the fair last
The company that provides the fair attractions--says Brooker will be missed.
IN Q=He was a fine
((GREG DEGGELLER/VICE PRESIDENT DEGGELLER ATTRACTIONS: HE WAS A FINE WORKER HE
DID HIS JOB VERY WELL AND WAS WELL LIKED AROUND HERE. EVERYBODY SEEMED TO GET
ALONG WITH HIM REAL WELL ))
SUPER=01-Greg Deggeller/Deggeller Attractions Vice Pres.;
OUT Q=with him real well
25-year old Christopher Todd Deweese, the driver of the truck survived.
Investigators say Deweese sped away after seeing police at Mill Mountain
The vehicle swerved off the road and over an embankment.
Deweese was wanted for a probation violation.
Authorities say he will face other charges.
An elderly Roanoke man died in a fire at his home early this morning.
The fire broke out just after 2:30, at a house in the three-thousand block
of Grandin Road.
Police say two people who were caring for the man smelled smoke, got out of
the house and called the fire department from a neighbor's home.
Firefighters found 72-year-old William Evans in his bedroom and got him out
through a window.
IN Q=The fire was contained
((PAT TAYLOR/ROANOKE FIRE AND EMS: THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED IN A ROOM FUNCTION
AREA AT THE FAR END OF THE HOUSE. THE VICTIM SUCCUMBED TO SMOKE INHALATION IT
APPEARS AT THIS TIME.))
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OUT Q=at this time.
Investigators are considering the fire suspicious, but have not ruled out
the possibility that it was accidental.
The federal appeals judge who cleared the way for Virginia's new parental
notification law is explaining his decision.
Judge Michael Luttig released a 37- page ruling today, BLASTING Judge James
Turk for his temporary injunction of the law Monday.
Luttig disagrees with Turk on every major provision of his ruling.
He writes that the status quo should be upheld until the constitutionality
of the law is decided...
And that status quo is "that which the People have wrought, not that which
unaccountable federal judges impose on them."
Planned Parenthood has appealed Luttig's ruling.
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The airbag debates continue-- this time a study looks at the various
designs of the safety device-- are they all the same? And a little later on
Tomorrow's festivities at Music for Americans sports no parking signs AT and
AROUND Victory Stadium.
We'll tell you how to get there. When we come back.
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The Roanoke woman who was fighting eviction from her Orange Avenue home,
has been ordered to leave.
The brick home has serious problems, including several holes in the roof.
But 70- year- old Lucy Hogan was determined to stay in her residence of
more than 30- years.
Today, a Roanoke judge said she will give the Hogans the opportunity to
make repairs, but Jackie Talevi said she is concerned about Hogan's safety.
She ordered the woman and her daughter to leave the home next week.
All automobile air bags are not created equal.
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Consumer groups say variations in design could mean the difference between
life and death.
IN Q=Yesterday we filed
((CLARENCE DITLOW/CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY: YESTERDAY WE FILED A LAWSUIT IN
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT TO OBTAIN THE IDENTITY BY MAKE AND MODEL OF NHTSA'S
CRASH TEST RESULTS SO WE CAN
TELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WHAT NEITHER NHTSA OR THE MANUFACTURERS WILL DO.
WHICH MODELS ARE SAFER.))
SUPER=01-Clarence Ditlow/Center for Auto Safety; :
OUT Q=are safer.
43 car fatalities have been linked to airbags that inflate directly into
the passenger's chest and face.
None have been linked to vertically inflating bags used on several Ford,
Nissan and Honda models.
A convience store chain could close several of its stores in Virginia.
Uni-Mart is looking to consolidate its operations.
The Pennslyvania based company could close about 50 stores-- mainly in
Roanoke, Richmond and Hampton Roads.
This move is reportedly blamed on disappointing earnings.
No word on which Uni-Mart locations are effected.
Bill Dolan wants to help his fellow hunters.
Today, the democratic candidate for Attorney General announced his proposal
for an amendment to the state constitution.
Dolan calls it a Bill of Rights for those who hunt and fish-- a pre-
emptive strike against any potential opposition to the sports.
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((BILL DOLAN/D- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: IF THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD
SEEK TO RESTRICT IT OR ELIMINATE IT, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CONFRONT THIS
AMENDMENT AND THIS MOVEMENT THAT WE'RE GOING TO BUILD IN VIRGINIA WITH A PAST
IN IT.. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Dolan/(D) Candidate for Attorney General;
OUT Q=PAST IN IT.
Dolan says just last year, eight states had constitutional amendments or
ballot initiatives restricting both hunting and fishing.
Tomorrow night's "Music for Americans" is being touted as "better than
ever" but first you have to GET to Victory Satdium.
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Organizers have altered the parking plan to hopefully ease congestion
before and after the show.
There will be NO parking on Reserve Avenue as well as the Victory Stadium
lot... except for production personnel.
An expanded fleet of buses, dubbed The Totally Improved Shuttle Bus Service
is being beefed up this year to accommodate many more people.
Shuttles will operate from the upper level of Towers Shopping Center and
the Williamson Road Parking Garage in Downtown Roanoke.
IN Q=the thought was
SUPER=01-Jan Wilkins/Music for Americans Spokesman;
OUT Q=nowhere very fast.
The Music for Americans Shuttle buses begin their routes at 4:45 tomorrow
afternoon and wrap up at 11.
The Avalanche is on the road, but Salem Memorial Stadium is rocking tonight
to the sounds of Chaka Khan.
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OUT Q=be with you everywhere.
The lead singer for the group Rufus in the 70s, Khan has had a string of
hits in the solo career that followed.
Her music crosses many boundaries, from funk to jazz and tonight Khan said
she plans to continue breaking new ground.
IN Q=I love to sing everything
OUT Q=that's multi-faceted.
Sponsored by WJJS and WDBJ-7, the Mid-summer Meltdown brought about five
thousand fans to Salem Memorial Stadium.
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Stick around-- there's more NEWS-7 Primetime right after this break--
including a trip down memory lane...back to the Bicentennial.
A rabid cow was discovered in Montgomery County last week.
The animal apparently came into contact with three people before it was
The cow has been euthanized but health officials say the people will still
have to undergo treatment for exposure.
Health officials believe the cow became rabid from a wild animal bite.
IN Q=The recent
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/ NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIR.: THE RECENT COW THAT WAS
FOUND TO BE RABID WAS IN A HERD OF APPROXIMATELY 200- 300 CATTLE AND YES, THIS
WHOLE HERD NOW HAS A POTENTIAL OF BEING EXPOSED TO THIS ONE HERD MEMBER.
THEREFORE THE WHOLE HERD IS BEING QUARANTINED IN STRICT ISOLATION. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District Dir.
OUT Q=strict isolation
Mammals can carry the virus and many wild animals can be carriers for years,
before they show any symptoms.
Don't let tomorrow's 4th of July Holiday get you added to this statistic.
Each year, fireworks cause serious eye injuries to some 13-thousand people,
Intern Reporter Joy Sutton has some tips on planning a safe Independence
IN Q=Every year thousands
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SUPER=01-Dr. Tom Martin/Opthamologist; :14
SUPER=01-Timothy Webster/Fireworks Victim; :36
SUPER=20-Joy Sutton; :43 quick
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(( Every year thousands of people are injured as a result of fireworks.
And eye injuries account for a vast majority of the cases.
Cornea Specialist Dr. Tom Martin says damage can result in eye loss.
IN Q=The problem
((DR. TOM MARTIN/CORNEA SPECIALIST: THE PROBLEM WITH THE DEVICES THEY'RE JUST
NOT RELIABLE. SO EVEN IF THEY'RE OPERATED PROPERLY THEY CAN CAUSE SERIOUS
INJURY..NOT JUST TO THE USERS OF THE DEVICES BUT ALSO TO THE PASSERS-BY ))
OUT Q=to the passer-by
Timothy Webster knows first-hand the dangers of playing with fireworks.
He was 9 years old when a M-80 exploded in his hands and caused significant
IN Q=It's a quick
((TIMOTHY WEBSTER/FIREWORKS VICTIM: IT'S A QUICK COUPLE SECOND THRILL. BUT IT'S
COST ME ABOUT 13 YEARS OF NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE THAT GOOD ))
OUT Q=see that good
Even sparklers can be dangerous-- heating up to two-thousand degrees.
And they can easily ignite clothes.
Martin recommends not lighting your own fireworks.
IN Q=In everyones best
((DR. TOM MARTIN/CORNEA SPECIALIST: IN EVERYONE'S BEST INTEREST FOR SAFETY AND
THAT FIREWORKS DISPLAYS ARE BEST DONE BY PROFESSIONALS ))
OUT Q= best done by professionals
Remember some fireworks are illegal--including bottle rockets, M-80's and
Joy Sutton, News.7 ))
If you decide to launch your own, here a few tips to keep in mind.
Keep a bucket of water nearby and make sure fireworks stay away from
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We dug deep to come up with the VIdeo of the Day-- it's got 21 years worth
of dust on it to be exact.
It's an Independence Day newscast-- from the Bicentennial, July 4th, 1976--
It was anchored by Bob Schieffer of CBS.
IN Q=Good evening.
(( GOOD EVENING. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BECAME 200 YEARS OLD TODAY, AND
TO PUT IT MILDLY, THE OCCASION DID NOT GO UNNOTICED. FROM COAST TO COAST,
AMERICA'S WATERS WERE FILLED WITH SHIPS AND SAILS, AMERICA'S STREETS WERE
FILLED WITH FLAGS AND BANNED, AND TONIGHT IN MANY PLACES, THE SKIES WILL BE
ABLAZE WITH SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS.))
OUT Q=spectacular fireworks.
From the parades of tall ships--
To some down-home Dixieland,
and the traditional military re-enactments--
A very special birthday.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, Hillcats-Avalanche highlights from City Stadium,
Skinner skins them at Daytona, Poindexter continues to make national waves, and
Evander goes head to head with David Letterman.
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But first, the folks at the Hollywood wax museum have moved Mike Tyson out of
the museum's sports section and into the Chamber of Horrors.
The public complained that he no longer deserved to be near Michael Jordan
and Larry Bird.
So now he's right beside Hannibal Lecter, the psycho from "Silence of the
Lambs" who bit off someone's nose.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats beat the Salem Avalanche for the second straight night
by a single run.
This evening in Lynchburg, the Cats topped Salem 6-5.
The two teams are set to play again tomorrow night at City Stadium at 7.
Richard Childress racing put on a show today during qualifying at Daytona for
Saturday's Pepsi 400.
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Most folks figured Daytona 500 champ Jeff Gordon would be the man to beat.
He went out in the DuPont Chevy and turned a lap at 189 point 358 miles an
hour on his second circuit around the track. It was fast, but not fast enough.
Mike Skinner, who won the 500 pole back in February went out and proved it
was not a fluke this afternoon by winning the top spot for the Pepsi 400 with a
lap at 189.777 to top Gordon and his teammate Dale Earnhardt.
Now let's check out the entire top 25 qualifiers for Saturday morning's race.
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SUPER=0107-1. Mike Skinner/189.777/2. Dale Earnhardt//3. John Andretti//4.
Jeff Gordon//5. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-6. Rusty Wallace//7. Billy Standridge//8. Michael Waltrip//9. Rick
Mast//10. Lake Speed//;
SUPER=0107-11. Joe Nemechek//12. Dick Trickle//13. Ricky Rudd//14. Ken
Schrader//15. Johnny Benson//;
SUPER=0107-16. Dale Jarrett//17. Bill Elliott//18. Mark Martin//19. Hut
Stricklin//20. Brett Bodine//;
SUPER=0107-21. Ward Burton//22. Ted Musgrave//23. Ernie Irvan//24. Jeff
Burton//25. Bobby Hamilton//;
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Former Friday Football Extra player of the week, Anthony Poindexter, a rising
senior at UVa has been named a first team
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preseason all-american by the "Football News" this week.
This is the fourth publication to name him a 1st team preseason selection.
Lindy's magazine went as far as naming him the best safety in the nation.
The former Jefferson Forest star was a first team all-ACC pick last year.
Martina Hingis has advanced to her third straight Grand Slam final.
Today at Wimbledon she did so by winning the battle of 16 year olds.
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Former President Bush and his wife Barbara were courtside today as the Swiss
miss, beat fellow teenager Anna Kournikova in straight sets 6-3 and 6-2 to
reach her first Wimbledon final.
She will play Jana Novotna for the title on Saturday. Jana beat Vicario in
On the men's side, Pete Sampras won the marquee match of the day beating
Boris Becker in four sets 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 and 6-4.
Sampras plays Todd Woodbridge in the semi-finals.
Cedric Pioline and Michael Stich make up the other semi-final.
We began tonight's sportscast with boxing and we will end it in the same way.
While Tyson remains a fixture in the wax museum,
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Evander Holyfield steps into David Letterman's ring on the Late Show tonight.
The two talk about what else, but the bite.
You can catch the champ and cut-up at 11:35 tonight on WDBJ-7.
watch NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7. See you tomorrow, Good night.
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