IN Q=Here's what's next
((HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
KATHY BENNINGTON/WOOLWORTH'S CUSTOMER: THE TIMES ARE CHANGING. EVERYBODY
WANTS TO RUSH, RUSH, EVERYTHING'S SUPERMALLS. NOBODY LIKES THE LITTLE CORNER
STORE. THAT'S WHAT I THINK OF WOOLWORTH'S AS, THE LITTLE CORNER STORE. I'M
REALLY GONNA MISS IT.
THEY SELL A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING-- AND GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN SHOPPERS
HAVE FOUND BARGAINS-- BUT NOW WOOLWORTH'S STORES ARE CLOSING THEIR DOORS.
PLUS, ROAD RAGE-- AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS WITH BAD EXCUSES ARE APPARENTLY
BOOSTING THE HIGHWAY DEATH RATE.
SHE WAS DRIVING TOO SLOWLY, THEY KEPT TAILGATING ME," "I WOULD NEVER
HAVE SHOT HIM IF HE HADN'T REAR-ENDED ME.))
OUT Q=rear ended me
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It's THURSDAY July 17th--
Our top story--
IN Q=We've had
((WE'VE HAD VOLUMINOUS NUMBER OF CALLS THAT HAVE COME IN SINCE CUNANAN WAS
IDENTIFIED AS OUR NUMBER ONE SUSPECT.
THESE CALLS HAVE PROVED TO BE VERY FRUITFUL. ))
OUT Q=very fruitful.
As the search continues for Andrew Cunanan, the suspected killer is named in
an arrest warrant for a murder in Chicago.
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Good Evening, this is News 7 PRIMETIME on WEFC..
I'm Connie Stevens.
The alleged serial killer is suspected of killing millionaire developer Lee
Miglin last spring-- an arrest warrent was issued this afternoon in Chicago.
Andrew Cunanan is also the primary suspect in four other killings--
including that of Gianni Versace.
There's now a 45-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the
arrest of the fashion designer's killer.
And now, Miami police are studying clues, to see if the serial killer may
have struck again--
Just ten-miles from the Versace murder scene, police found a 49-year-old
Cuban doctor dead in the bedroom of his home.
Neighbors say they heard two shots and saw a man run from the house-- a man
who fit the general description of Andrew Cunanan.
IN Q=One of the
((ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS SAW
A WHITE MALE, ABOUT FIVE-TEN, SLIM BUILD, WELL-DRESSED WITH DARK HAIR. ))
SUPER=01-Det. Nelda Fonticiella/Metro-Dade Police; :
OUT Q=dark hair.
Meantime, the manhunt for Cunanan continues, nationwide-- with warnings the
suspect is armed and dangerous.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
SUPER=03-Long Island, NY; :
A moving tribute to those who died in the crash of TWA Flight 800-- one
year ago today.
Unveiled at the beachside service-- a memorial with the names of those who
IN Q=We have gathered
OUT Q=of your lives
While the healing process may be underway, many family members and friends
say the wounds will not close-- until they know exactly why the jet crashed.
Bus drivers for the Roanoke Valley's public transportation agency have been
working for weeks now without a contract.
Valley Metro management and union representatives held another negotiating
One driver we spoke with says company officials are trying to --quote "cut
costs and give the bus drivers less money."
But after today's meeting officials with Valley Metro had few comments.
They say the negotiations are going fine and they will have a joint
statement when talks finish--that's expected to be Sunday.
The company was receiving about one million dollars in federal money.
But those dollars are NOT expected to be renewed next year.
That's led Valley Metro to focus on other ways of generating revenue.
An American institution is closing its doors--
Woolworth's five and dime stores will be no more.
The company has two stores in our area-- one in Roanoke and another in
Those employees will be among about ten-thousand others in the country to
lose their jobs.
Last year, Woolworth's lost 37-million dollars nationwide. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=I think there's
((FRED MARX/RETAIL SALES EXPERT: I THINK THERE'S A PLACE FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD
KIND OF STORE.
BUT IT'S CALLED A DRUG STORE. IT ISN'T THESE LITTLE TRYING TO BE ALL THINGS TO
ALL PEOPLE, LITTLE CATCH ALL, NEIGHBORHOOD FIVE AND DIMES. THEY DON'T MAKE IT
SUPER=01-Fred Marx/Retail Sales Expert; :
OUT Q=don't make it today.
Nationally, Woolworth will convert about a quarter of its locations into
its Foot Locker and Champs specialty shops-- but no word on what will happen
with stores here.
wipe wipe wipe wipe
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In other retail news, it looks like the Roanoke Valley could get another
The hardware giant has discussed with Roanoke County the possibility of
locating a second "big box" location across from the Walmart on route 220 just
past Tanglewood Mall.
Lowe's already has a store at the Crossroads Mall in Roanoke.
A 19-year-old woman is pleading not guilty to charges of murdering and
robbing an elderly man.
Mary Katherine Dalton stood trial for more than 12 hours today as her family
testified against her.
Both sides agree...
Mary Katherine Dalton relied on 72-year-old Aubrey Adkins for money and
He was devoted to her.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./ December, 1995;
But Mary Dalton's brother Michael says in 1995, she lured Adkins to the side
of the road and left the passenger door wide open...
moments before her boyfriend shot and killed Adkins.
today's trial video
Mary Dalton wept today as her brother testified against her.
Michael Dalton was convicted a year ago of murdering and robbing Adkins but
says he confessed to protect his sister.
Defense Attorney Bryan Haskins says Mary Dalton would have no reason to want
Federal safety officials, testifying before Congress, are worried about
It's known as road rage-- and it's to blame for an increase in deaths on
the highway this past year.
IN Q=The so-called
((THE SO-CALLED 'REASONS' FOR 'ROAD RAGE' CAN BE INCREDIBLY TRIVIAL.
THAT MEANS THAT MOTORISTS ARE BEING SHOT, STABBED, BEATEN AND RUN OVER FOR
TOTALLY INANE REASONS, SUCH AS, "HE CUT ME OFF,"SHE WAS TAILGATING ME,"
"NO ONE GIVES ME THE FINGER," "HE WAS PLAYING THE RADIO TOO LOUD SO, I SHOT
SUPER=01-David Willis/AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety; :
OUT Q=so I shot him.
A recent Triple-A study found the majority of aggressive drivers are men
About a third of the nation's car crashes and two-thirds of the nearly
42-thousand highway fatalities last year may have been caused by agressive
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A stepped up campus security force will greet students at one area college
this fall. That story, up next on News 7 Prime Time.
Also--you say "tomato," I say "tomhato," -- but the Virginia State Police
says "marijuana." And it's caused quite a bit of embarrassment for a
Montgomery County couple.
go to break
Botetourt County's population is quickly expanding---and there are the
inevitable growing pains.
Tonya Flory explains how the new is impacting the old.
IN Q= In the 90's
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator; :01
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Jim Johnson/Va Cattlemen's Assoc.; :18
SUPER=01-Ray Sprinkle/Realtor Developer; :48
OUT Q= News 7.
IN Q= In the 90's
((JERRY BURGESS:IN THE 90'S IT'S BEEN THE FASTEST GROWING LOCALITY IN THE
ROANOKE VALLEY, AVERAGING ABOUT TWO-PERCENT A YEAR INCREASE IN POPULATION))
OUT Q= in population.
The trend of outmigration from the cities is a mixed blessing, demanding more
services and schools in suburban and rural areas, and sometimes putting a
strain on those who make their living off the land...
IN Q= We were here
((JIM JOHNSON:WE WERE HERE AND OUT AGRICULTURE WAS HERE AND SOME PEOPLE ARE
MOVING IN AROUND US AND IT GETS A LITTLE TOUGH))
OUT Q= little tough
But if they're willing to sacrifice the family farm they grew up on, the value
of the property is double or even triple.
IN Q= Farming is very
((JERRY BURGESS:FARMING IS VERY TOUGH NOW AND SO THEY'RE OPPORTUNITY TO SELL
THAT LAND AT A GOOD PRICE IS SOMETHING THEY FEEL LIKE THEY DESERVE))
OUT Q=like they deserve
although in most cases the sentimental attachment is stronger than the
IN Q= In some situations
((JIM JOHNSON: IN SOME SITUATIONS YOU'LL SEE HOUSES SPROUT UP ALL THE WAY
AROUND THE FARM AND WE'RE SEEING SOME OF THAT ALSO))
OUT Q= of that also
IN Q= There basically running
((RAY SPRINKLE:THEY'RE BASICALLY RUNNING SHORT OF GOOD LAND TO BUILD ON IN
ROANOKE COUNTY. WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF BEAUTIFUL LAND IN BOTETOURT WITH
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE WANT TO COME DOWN HERE))
OUT Q= come down here
IN Q= This wide open
((TONYA FLORY:THIS WIDE OPENED FIELD WILL SOON BE DOTTED WITH HOMES, BUT THE
INFLUX OF RESIDENTS WON'T COST BOTETOURT COUNTY TAXPAYERS. ACCORDING TO ZONING
REGULATIONS, THE DEVELOPER HAS TO BUILD THE WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM))
OUT Q= sewer system
IN Q= We built
((JERRY BURGESS:WE BUILT AND OPENED TWO NEW MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN THE PAST TWO
YEARS AND WE'RE RENOVATING AND EXPANDING THE HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT NOW, SO WE'RE IN
PRETTY GOOD SHAPE))
OUT Q= good shape
Subdivisions and industrial parks continue to crop up along route 220 and all
over this once rural community...Tonya Flory, News 7.
Dick Cranwell's challenger for a seat in the House of Delegates is
challenging legislators to spend more time in their own houses.
Republican Al Bedrosian chose to announce his legislative reform ideas
right on his front lawn.
Bedrosian supports term limits, limits on the number of bills introduced
in the General Assembly, and recesses during those sessions.
But he says NO limits should be placed on education.
IN Q=The education issue
((AL BEDROSIAN/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE EDUCATION ISSUE IS
PARAMOUNT IN MY MIND BECAUSE I'VE GOT THREE CHILDREN AND I THINK WE NEED TO
OPEN UP THE DEBATE ABOUT EDUCATION. WE NEED TO OPEN UP THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS,
PRIVATE SCHOOLS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, HOME SCHOOLING. I THINK ALL THOSE IDEAS NEED
TO BE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE, BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE INSTITUTIONS HAS
PROVED SUCCESSFUL IN SOME AREA.))
SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;
OUT Q=in some area
The businessman says he's running for political office in an effort to
help return state government to the citizens.
Security at Ferrum College has been upgraded, but it's more than just new
The Public Safety Office is now a fully accredited police force.
The office was upgraded by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice
The new status also benefits students.
Working alongside sworn police officers, criminal justice students can take
what they've learned from books and put it into action.
IN Q=He was able
((PETER LEFFERTS/V.P. STUDENT AFFAIRS:HE WAS ABLE TO COMBINE THOSE TYPES OF
EXPERIENCES WITH HIS CLASSROOM WORK,NOW HE'S GONE ONTO THE ACADEMY IN SALEM AND
BEEN HIRED IN ROANOKE TO SERVE AND AN OFFICER FULL TIME))
SUPER=01-Peter Lefferts/V.P. Student Affairs;
OUT Q=full time.
And Ferrum officers not only serve and protect students, they're also
back-up support for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.
IN Q=A lot of
((PHILLIP YOUNG/FERRUM POLICE OFFICER:A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT I'VE TALKED TO IN
THE STORES IN THE LAST FEW DAYS HAVE SAID THEY'RE REAL HAPPY THAT THEY'RE GOING
TO HAVE A POLICE DEPARTMENT CLOSE BY THAT THEY CAN USE IF THEY EVER NEED
SUPER=01-Phillip Young/Ferrum Police Officer;
OUT Q=need anything
Hiring standards have also risen.
Officers get drug screenings and F-B-I background checks.
Raymond Millirons never thought his garden was much to look at, but it
caught the attention of a state police helicopter earlier this week.
Investigators on the ground quickly found out-- what the man in the sky
thought was marijuana--was nothing more than 14 tomato plants.
You might think "end" of the story-- but the Richmond Times Dispatch picked
up on what happened.
It's the second time in three years authorities "raided" the Millirons'
IN Q=Well I
((RAYMOND MILLIRONS:WELL I THINK IT'S KIND OF RIDICULOUS THAT THEY DON'T, THAT
THEY CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARIJUANA AND TOMATO PLANTS, I THINK
THEY NEED TO DO A LITTLE SCOUTING AROUND AND LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT
MARIJUANA LOOKS LIKE.))
SUPER=07-Raymond Millirons; :00
OUT Q=looks like. (laughter).
The (Mill-irons) Millirons say they're not mad-- just a little embarrassed--
since they're now-- the talk of the neighborhood.
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SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/65-70/Partly Sunny/Wind W-10/88-90;
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On Health Check tonight-- a new high-tech treatment for infertility.
Here's the living proof
two-month old Emma, conceived in a laboratory and born to Maureen and Micheal
39-year-old Maureen has defective eggs-- after four failed in-vitro
fertilizations, she allowed doctors in New Jersey to experiment-- and perform
what's called a cytoplasmic transfer.
IN Q=This is
((DR. JACQUES COHEN/ST. BARNABAS MEDICAL CENTER: THIS IS SURGERY ON A CELLULAR
SCALE. WE BASICALLY DO A MICROSURGERY TECHIQUE ON ONE CELL, THE EGG. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jacques Cohen/St. Barnabas Medical Center
OUT Q=one cell, the egg.
The egg is made up of two parts-- a nucleus, which contains a mother's
genetic material...and cytoplasm which fuels the egg's development.
Doctors removed a small amount of the cytoplasm from the healthy egg
of another woman, a donor.
They inserted it into Maureen's egg, along with her husband Micheal's sperm.
Then, the embryo began to develop.
Despite the involvement of another woman, genetically, Emma is purely
Micheal and Maureen's.
Doctors have performed this transfer in only six cases-- and in four cases,
A second woman is now pregnant-- and of course, there is Emma.
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While most newlyweds are looking for privacy on their honeymoon--one Russian
couple was apparently in search of some attention.
SUPER=75-St. Petersburg, Russia
Natasha and Sergei certainly got it.
The newlyweds agreed to live in a store window in St. Petersburg, for 15
days-- as a living advertisement for a furniture store.
As they went about their daily lives, the crowds gathered--
While many were amused and intrigued-- the National Bolshevik Party
protested outside the store-- saying the display made a farce of marriage.
At the end of the two weeks, the couple headed home in a horse-drawn
carriage with a home-full of new furniture-- payment for their services.
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GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
Updates from the East/West baseball ans football all star games, the lattest
on Tiki and Ronde barbers contract talks, and Avalanche and Hillcats
But first, basketball. The denver Nuggets have signed both first round draft
picks. Danny Fortson and Bobby Jackson have agreed to three year contracts.
Fortson, the 10th pick, has a 6.7 million dollar deal while Jackson has a 2.4
mil dollar pact. now your numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-/Colorado///Atlanta/////San Diego///St. Louis////;
OUT Q=....last score."
take a break!!
News 7 sports learned this eveningthat former Cave Spring and Virginia star
Tiki Barber has signed an NFL contract.
Tiki has come to terms with the New York GIants. His contract is for three
years. No monetary terms have been released at this time because other players
contracts are still being negotitated.
Brother Ronde is still negotiating his contract with Tampa Bay.
The Salem Avalanche took on Frederick tonight over at Salem Memorila
SUPER=03-Salem/Keys vs. Avalanche; :00
The Av's would play in front of a good size audience tonight on a great
evening for baseball.
In the bottom of the first; the Keys second baseman miss fired on a throw
to second base; the error allows Salem's Kyle Houser to score a nd the Av's
Still the same inning. Fredierck again gift wraps a run. This time an
errant pitch gets by the catcher and Fory Wells comes in for a 2-nothing
SUPER=34-Salem/ /Fredierick/ ;
To the fourth we go. Vincente garcia gets all of this pitch; hammering the
rock over the left field wall. Wells scores as well; salem goes on to win __to
The Hillcats did not fair as well tonight as the Carolina League North
Division leaders fell to Wilmington 2-1.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Blue Rocks vs. Hillcats; :00
A good crowd on hand at Historic City Stadium to watch the cats.
It would be a pitchers dual. In the top of the seventh; Wilmington leading
1-nothing. Tony Longueira connects on a soft grounder to third and Lynchburg
third baseman Aramis Ramirez; cannot find the handle and Gary Coffey comes on
home. 2-nothing rocks.
Ramirez takes a shot at redemption with this sacrifice fly to right that plates
Tony Robinson from third; 2-1 Cats; but the Rocks spoil Lynchburg's final game
of the homestand by that count.
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Dot Bolling added another win to her list this summer by winning the
Roanoke City County championship this afternoon at Hunting Hills.
Roy Stanley Has this report.
IN Q="Bolling's three
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Wins Third City County Championship; :28
SUPER=01-Marilyn Bussey/Tied For Second; :40
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Bolling's three shot lead at the start of the round left the tournament wide
open for the final round at Hunting Hills.
A birdie at the 8-th hole allowed her to finish the front nine in 40 the
same as Janet Cochrane and Marilyn Bussey who were tied for second.
Bolling added two birdies on the back to finish with a 75. Her total of
225 was a six shot win over Bussey and Cochrane who tied for second at 231.))
((DOT BOLLING/WINS THIRD CITY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP: ))
((MARILYN BUSSEY/TIED FOR SECOND: ))
((Bussey and Cochrane finished tied for second place at 231. Valeta Pittman
was third at 237.
Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
Virginia Military Institute will become the new resting place for a famous
Civil War horse this weekend.
The cremated skeleton of Stonewall Jackson's Little Sorrel will be buried at
the base of his master's statue, on the VMI parade ground.
Jackson rode Little Sorrel in his famous Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1862.
And he was riding the horse a year later when he was mortally wounded by his
own men at the battle of Chancellorsville.
Little Sorrel's mounted hide will remain on display at the VMI Museum.