GRAPHIC=tobacco Under Fire;
A Congressional Commission is set to oppose portions of the landmark tobacco
Panel members say the proposed deal sharply restricts the government's power
to regulate nicotine as an addictive drug.
The panel outlines its position today to the Clinton administration and
presents a report to Congress.
It's judgement day for Mike Tyson.
Nevada boxing regulators are set to hold a hearing today to decide what
punishment Tyson must face for chewing on the ears of opponent Evander
Holyfield during last month's title fight.
They could revoke his boxing license and fine him up to three million
Tyson was expected make a personal plea for his career at today's hearing,
but he reportedly flew from Las Vegas to New York overnight.
Lee Cowan reports.
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SUPER=05-Las Vegas, NV;
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV/June 30; :01
SUPER=04-July 1; :17
SUPER=01-Uzell Collins/Fight Fan; :30
SUPER=01-Ann Mulhall/Irish Tourist; :52 quick
SUPER=01-Marcus Matthews/Fight Fan; :56
OUT Q=back to you in the studio.
HE SAID HE WAS SORRY, BUT SORRY MAY NOT CUT IT ANYMORE. MIKE TYSON FACES
PUNISHMENT THAT COULD INCLUDE REVOCATION OF HIS BOXING LICENSE BY THE NEVADA
(SUPER: JULY 1)
LAST WEEK, THE COMMISSION WATCHED A TAPE OF THE FIGHT, INCLUDING THE NOW
INFAMOUS MOMENTS WHEN TYSON BIT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP EVANDER HOLYFIELD ON THE
EARS. TYSON WAS DISQUALIFIED AND HOLYFIELD RETAINED THE TITLE.
UZELL COLLINS/FIGHT FAN:WE WANT TO SEE A REAL FIGHT... STILL WAITING.
THE COMMISSION'S PROSECUTOR RECOMMENDED TYSON BE BANNED FROM BOXING, A BAN
THAT COULD CARRY WITH IT A FINE OF 3-MILLION DOLLARS. BUT THE COMMISSION COULD
JUST SUSPEND HIM FOR UP TO 5 YEARS.
WHILE THE COMMISSION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT THEIR INTENTIONS,
OPINION ON THE STREET IS FAIRLY CONSISTENT.
ANN MULHALL, IRISH TOURIST:I THINK HE SHOULD BE BANNED...ACTED LIKE AN ANIMAL.
MARCUS MATTHEWS, FIGHT FAN:I THINK HE WAS AFRAID... LOST HIS MIND.
REFLECTING TYSON'S DESIRE TO GET THIS OVER WITH QUICKLY
TODAY,AND HIS PROMISE TO ABIDE BY WHATEVER PUNISHMENT THE COMMISSION DEALS HIM
BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO.))
GRAPHIC=rack & sack closing
After a little more than a year in the Roanoke Valley a local grocery store
abruptly closed its doors to business.
Stacey Martin has the story.
IN Q=The Rack and Sack
SUPER=01-Heather Adkins/Former Rack & Sack Employee; :22
SUPER=01-Ann Perrin/Former Rack & Sack Customer; :42
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke
((The Rack and Sack store near Valley View Mall closed its doors permanently
at 6 p-m.
An hour earlier, employees at the store were called to an emergency
mandatory staff meeting.
They were all terminated and told the store would be shutting down.
One employee said management blamed the closing on poor sales.
But, the news was a surprise to almost everyone.
SOT 04.39.05 - 04.39.13
IN Q=I don't know
((HEATHER ADKINS/ FORMER RACK AND SACK EMPLOYEE: I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING
TO DO. I'M GOING BACK TO COLLEGE AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO FOR THE
NEXT TWO MONTHS BUT I KNOW NO ONE'S GOING TO HIRE ME FOR TWO MONTHS. ))
OUT Q=for two months.
Some customers were caught up in the closing as management shut the doors
refusing to let people in.
Remaining shoppers bought their groceries and strolled off while would-be
customers were turned away by a security guard.
SOT 04.35.34 - 04.35.41
IN Q=I drive over
((ANN PERRIN/FORMER RACK AND SACK CUSTOMER: I DRIVE OVER HERE FROM SOUTHWEST
COUNTY BECAUSE I PAY HALF FOR GROCERIES THAN WHAT I PAY ELSEWHERE.))
OUT Q=I pay elsewhere
Management is refusing to make any comments at this time, referring all
questions to corporate headquarters.
SOT 03.59.23 - 03.59.36
IN Q=As this sign
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: AS THIS SIGN POINTS OUT THE ONLY SHOPPERS THEY WERE
LETTING IN ARE CUSTOMERS FOR DRUG EMPORIUM LOCATED INSIDE RACK AND SACK. THAT
STORE WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL JULY 22ND. STACEY MARTIN NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke. ))
On Capitol Hill today, the former Democratic National Committee finance
director is the first witness at the Senate Hearings into campaign fund-raising
Richard Sullivan is being questioned about warnings he raised two years ago
about controversial fund- raiser John Huang (hwahng).
Yesterday movie actor turned Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson charged that
China tried to sway last year's U-S elections by pumping in illegal money.
((SEN FRED THOMPSON, R-TENN/COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN:OUR INVESTIGATION SUGGESTS IT
AFFECTED THE 1996 PRESIDENTIAL RACE AND STATE ELECTIONS AS WELL. THE
GOVERNMENT OF CHINA IS BELIEVES TO HAVE ALLOCATED SUBSTANTIAL SUMS OF MONEY TO
ACHIEVE IT'S OBJECTIVES. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Fred Thompson/Committee Chairman;
OUT Q=IT'S OBJECTIVES.
Democrats countered that both
Republicans and Democrats are guilty of campaign finance abuses.
Investigators from the Army Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama are on the
scene of a deadly helicopter crash at North Carolina's Fort Bragg.
SUPER=03-Fort Bragg, NC;
An Army black hawk helicopter was on a routine training mission when it
crashed and burned yesterday killing eight soldiers.
All of the dead were from the 82nd Airborne.
There are new worries about the diet drug combination known as Fen- Phen.
Findings by the Mayo Clinic indicate Fen- Phen may cause serious heart and
This is not the first time the F-D-A approved drugs have been labelled risky.
About a year ago, doctors discovered a possible connection between Fen- Phen
and pulmonary hypertension.
IN Q=The relationship between...
SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathan Halperin/Mount Sinai Medical Center;
OUT Q=chance alone.
The F-D-A plans to alert physicians across the country and researchers are
now planning a large scale study of Fen- Phen.
Travelers are stranded by the tens of thousands this afternoon, due to a
walkout by flight attendants at British Airways.
Eighty-five-hundred union flight attendants are on a 72-hour strike because
of a pay restructuring deal imposed by the airline.
The new deal cuts back overtime pay.
Passengers flying out of London's Heathrow have so far suffered the most.
The airline had to cancel 135 of its departing flights.
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The smart road is making tracks now that officials have broken ground on a
stretch of road that will connect Blacksburg to Interstate 81.
The Smart Road road will provide a testing ground for Virginia Tech and
They will study road-to- vehicle communication as well as automated vehicle
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THIS ROAD OF DREAMS...THAT ONCE IT'S BUILT, THEY WILL
COME. AND WHAT WILL COME WITH THEM IT'LL BE INNOVATIVE IDEAS. FORWARD LOOKING
IDEAS, NOT STODGY, STAGNANT IDEAS, BUT THOSE WHO ARE CREATIVE, ARE LOOKING AT A
BETTER WAY OF GOING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION.))
Right now the first stretch of two miles is underway-- that phase should be
completed by next summer, with a price tag of 17-point- three million dollars.
But not everyone at yesterday's announcement was praising the project.
IN Q=nat sound
OUT Q=its lovely green mountains.
Opponents say the project is destroying the scenic area.
One of them was was arrested during the Governor's speech.
Lynchburg residents will still have to pay to have their trash hauled away.
An effort to eliminate the trash tag system was narrowly defeated during
last night's city council meeting.
Councilman Robert Garber argued the city could easily afford to offer its
residents' free trash pickup.
But Garber's motion to repeal the trash tags failed by a four to three vote.
IN Q=My biggest concern
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS THAT IF WE ELIMINATE THE
TAG SYSTEM AND DO NOT REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING THAT ENCOURAGES RECYCLING, THAT
WE ARE GOING TO SEE A TREMENDOUS INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF WASTE THAT GOES INTO
THE LANDFILL, THEREFORE SHORTENING THE LIFE OF THE LANDFILL.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00--double out
OUT Q=of the landfill.
Council instead voted to reduce the cost of the trash DECALS from 50 dollars
to 40 a year- the decals are attached to residents' garbage can.
Garber says he does NOT plans to bring up the issue again.
IN Q=Well I think
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WELL, I THINK EVERYBODY'S HAD ENOUGH
OF IT FOR A WHILE. I THINK WITH THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL, WE GOT WHAT WE GOT,
IF PEOPLE WANT TO GET RID OF IT THEN THEY NEED TO SEND SOME MORE PEOPLE THAT
WILL VOTE TO GET RID OF IT.))
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=get rid of it.
The new decal prices will take effect October 1st.
Henry Howell may have lost a number of campaigns --
But he's being remembered for his contributions to Virginia politics.
Howell died Monday at his Norfolk home at age 76.
He served one term in the early '70's as lieutenant governor.
IN Q=I mean people
((PAUL GOLDMAN/FORMER VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR: I MEAN PEOPLE DON'T
REMEMBER... THEY RACE-BAITED, THEY JEW-BAITED, THEY DID EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Paul Goldman/Former Va. Dem. Party Chair;
OUT Q=did everything.
So it was Howell's fiery rhetoric that served as the conscience of a party
opening its doors to the working class, minorities, and women.
IN Q=Needless to say
((NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT I'M EXTREMELY INTERESTED IN HAVING A NEW VIRGINIA. I
WANT TO HELP EVERYBODY, MILLS GODWIN AND ALL OF THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE VIRGINIA
CATCH UP WITH THE TIMES. ))
IN Q=That's his
((PAUL GOLDMAN/FORMER VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR: THAT'S HIS LEGACY. IT'S A
GREAT LEGACY. YOU KNOW, HE'LL BE TREATED MORE KINDLY...HIS CONTEMPORARIES.))
OUT Q=his contemporaries.
Howell's controversial style is also credited with mobilizing the modern
Republican party in Virginia against him.
GRAPHIC=Virginia Supreme Court
A law classmate of Governor Allen's is the newest Virginia Supreme Court
Cynthia Kinser was administered the oath yesterday morning.
She's a former Lee County Commonwealth's Attorney- -and most recently
served as the federal magistrate in Abingdon.
She replaces Roscoe Stephenson on the Supreme Court bench.
After a long wait, Virginia's state troopers are going on line.
As Ellen Qualls reports the computers are already making a big difference.
IN Q=There's just
SUPER=03-Hanover Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Julie Blanton/State Police Dispatcher; :33
SUPER=01-Maj. Jean Henries/Virginia State Police; : :45
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Hanover Co.
There's just NO way to automate much of what Virginia State troopers do
But as the rest of the world speeds into the computer age, Virginia's
troopers have been held back.
NAT SOT TROOPER TAPE 12:34:58
((YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 100 AND 65 MILES PER HOUR?))
Last month, the first computer-aided dispatch center went online in the
first division near Richmond.
And mounds of paperwork went away with the touch of a key.
NAT sot 11:31:44
((YEAH IT'S STATE POLICE... TRUCK FIRE.))
Tracking the high speed chase may in fact be the best use of the new
IN Q=Before, you
((JULIE BLANTON/STATE POLICE DISPATCHER: BEFORE, YOU WOULDN'T, THE
DISPATCHER'S TRYING TO WRITE THIS AND TRYING TO FLIP THE CARD BACK AND FORTH
AND KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES, AND A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE
TO HAVE WASN'T GETTING KEPT TRACK OF.))
((MAJ. JEAN HENRIES/VA. STATE POLICE: THE DOWNSIDE IS WE DON'T NEED LESS PEOPLE
IN THE RADIO ROOM... MORE TIME ON THE ROAD TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.))
((MAJ. JEAN HENRIES: THIS IS THE PLATFORM FOR FUTURE GROWTH...MOBILE COMPUTER
TERMINALS IN OUR TROOPERS CARS, THAT WE HOPE TO HAVE SOME IN PLACE NEXT YEAR.))
All seven divisions will be computerized by January.
Computers start going into the troopers' cars later next year.
Ellen Qualls, NEWS 7, Hanover County.))
Thomas Jefferson is serving as teacher to a number of architecture students
from around the world as they study his buildings and designs.
They are from Britain's Prince of Wales Summer School in architecture, which
is focusing this year on preservation of historic homes.
The students were impressed with the techniques used by craftsmen restoring
Jefferson's Poplar Forest estate.
IN Q=I'd like to
((LOUISE WALKER/GREAT BRITAIN: I'D LIKE TO SEE MORE PROJECTS LIKE THIS IN THE
U.K. UNFORTUNATELY THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A LOT OF PROJECTS AROUND THAT DO
THIS SORT OF THING. I THINK THIS IS FAIRLY UNIQUE IN ITS IDEAS AND FUNDING AND
THAT SORT OF THING.))
((RICHARD JOHN/PRINCE OF WALES ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL: I THINK THESE ARE
TRANSFERABLE, ALMOST UNIVERSAL VALUES. IT'S NOT ABOUT COPYING A PARTICULAR
STYLE BUT ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THE TECHNIQUES AND APPROACHES, WHICH AS YOU SAY,
CAN BE APPLIED ELSEWHERE.))
SUPER=01-Louise Walker/Great Britain; :00
SUPER=01-Richard John/Prince of Wales Architecture School; :13
OUT Q=be applied elsewhere.
Those taking part are architecture students, engineers, town planners and
even one biologist.
After two weeks in Charlottesville, the students will spend time in
Washington, D-C and Berkeley, California.
A local group wants drivers to help in their battle to control pet
The Prevent Animal Litters Coalition is campaigning for tags featuring a cat
The group is hoping for 350 orders by September first.
Money from the tags will eventually go toward helping pet owners spay and
neuter their animals, especially cats. (/////SOT/////)
SOT 02.30.18 - 02.30.33
IN Q=We don't have
((LINDA ALBERT/SALEM ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER: WE DON'T HAVE A LAW HERE IN THE
CITY OF SALEM ON THE CATS RUNNING AT LARGE. SO THEY'RE ALLOWED TO GO OUT THEIR
AND WHILE THEY'RE OUT THERE IT THEY'RE AN INTACT MALE OR FEMALE THEY ARE GOING
TO BE BREEDING. THE MINUTE THE FEMALE TURNS SIX MONTHS SHE USUALLY GOES INTO
HEAT AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW WE HAVE A LITTER.))
SUPER=01-Linda Albert/Salem Animal Control Officer
OUT Q=have a litter.
The Department of Motor Vehicles needs 350 orders before they'll start
making the special license plates.
After one thousand plates are sold, a portion of the proceeds from future
sales will go to help local residents cover the cost of spaying and neutering
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To order an animal friendly license plate you can contact.. The Roanoke
Valley S-P-C-A, the Salem Animal Shelter or PAL-- the Prevent Animal Litters
SUPER=330-Storms Early/Then Partly Cloudy/60-65/Mostly Sunny/Less Humid/80-85;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Fog Late/60-64/Becoming Sunny/& Mild/78-82;
SUPER=333-Chance of/Evening Storms/58-62/Mostly Sunny/Wind NW 15/80-85;
SUPER=334-Showers Early/Fog Developing/60-64/Turning/Mostly Sunny/75-79;
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GRAPHIC=MLB ALL STAR
The American League topped the Nationals yesterday in Cleveland.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/FOX; :00
After watching a fastball fly over his head, Larry Walker switched sides of
the plate and turned his hat around backward.
That was a joke, but this wasn't.
The Mariners' Edgar Martinez rips a solo homer to make it 1-to-nothing.
The A-L also got some great defensive help. Cal Ripken Junior gets the
barehanded pickup and throws to first.
SUPER=35-American League/3/National League/1/Alomar Named MVP;
Hometown hero Sandy Alomar put the A-L stars back on top with a two run
The American League wins it 3 to 1.
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It is now official.
Team owner Robert Yates announced yesterday that Ernie Irvan will not be
back as the driver of Havoline Thunderbird next season.
Irvan has struggled a good part of this year and is just 16th in the points
Reports of his dismissal from the team surfaced this past April after Irvan
and his wife Kim got into scuffle with another woman outside a Charlotte night
Ernie, who is now 38, says he will announce his plans for 19-98 in the next
month or so.
After losing a trio of players last month, Express general manager Pierre
Paiement and head coach Frank Anzalone gladly announced the signing of one of
last year's key players.
Steve Mason has more on Tim Christian's return to the Express Line.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1996-97 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Christian/Entering 3rd Year with Express; :08
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((Christian played right wing for the Express this past season; scoring 25
goals while registering 28 assists for a total of 53 points.
He's fully recovered from a shoulder injury that sidelined him this past
season and is ready to take on a veteran role on a team that has already lost
Jeff Jablonski, Ilja Dubkov, and Michael Smith.
Driving in Saint Paul, Minnesota has become a bit more dangerous.
SUPER=03-St. Paul, MN;
Heavy rains have taken a toll on the roads.
Days of rain and debris pushed a sewer line to its limit, resulting in a
sink hole large enough to swallow a car.
Crews hope to fix it in a few days.
Union workers at the G-E plant are set to vote on whether or not to accept
their new contract.
We're closely monitoring the situation and hope to bring you results later
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