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ITALIAN DIGNITARIES WHO WANT TO STOP WEDNESDAY'S EXECUTION OF JOSEPH O'DELL
MAKE THEIR PLEA AT THE STATE CAPITOL.
FORMER ANIMAL BREEDER VALERY GREEN RETURNED TO COURT TODAY, THIS TIME SHE'S
FOUND GUILTY OF THREATENING TO BURN DOWN A HOUSE. ))
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It's MONDAY July 21st--
Our top story--
IN Q=Virginia's got
((JOHN CLARKE/CATAWBA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: VIRGINIA'S GOT A NEW BUMPER STICKER.
VIRGINIA'S NOT ONLY FOR LOVERS IT'S FOR BANK MERGERS.))
OUT Q=bank mergers.
First Union gobbles up another Virginia bank-- this time its Richmond's
This is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
First Union's deal with Signet would give the Charlotte-based bank the
commanding market share in Virginia.
At a news conference today, representatives from both banks said First Union
shouldn't experience any major job losses in the Roanoke Valley because of the
First Union added that the Richmond area, where Signet has the bulk of its
four-thousand employees, may not feel much of an impact either.
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IN Q=I really
((ED CRUTCHFIELD/FIRST UNION CEO: I REALLY AM OPTIMISTIC THAT THIS THING MAY
WELL, COULD WELL WORK OUT WITH NO JOB LOSSES. BUT AGAIN I WANT IT UNDERSTOOD
AND SAID, I WANT IT ON THE RECORD, I AM NOT PROMISING THAT.))
SUPER=01-Ed Crutchfield/First Union CEO; :00
OUT Q=promising that.
First Union is expected to purchase Signet for more than three- billion-
Just last month-- Wachovia of Winston- Salem bought Central Fidelity.
A fatal gas pipeline blast near Indianapolis.
The explosion shattered six houses in an affluent subdivision.
Fire officials say they found the body of a woman in one of the burned-out
The fire department says construction workers using a backhoe apparently
punctured a gas main.
It's unclear what caused the gas to ignite.
It's possible Andrew Cunanan may have been at Gianni Versace's Miami Beach
mansion just days before the murder.
Newsweek magazine reports a Brazilian woman claims to have seen Cunanan at a
Versace party and says she has video and photos to prove it.
That Brazilian connection is just one of hundreds of leads authorities are
And According to police-- the suspected killer may now be dressing as a
((RICHARD BARETTO/MIAMI BEACH POLICE CHIEF: IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO
HIDE SO I WOULDN'T PUT IT PAST HIM TO DO ANYTHING THAT MIGHT DISGUISE HIS
SUPER=01-Richard Baretto/Miami Beach Police Chief;
OUT Q=DISGUISE HIS IDENTITY."
The F-B-I confirms it's warning celebrities who might know Cunanan that
their lives could be in danger.
Wednesday, Joseph O'Dell is scheduled to die in Virginia... but European
officials are trying to halt the execution.
Today, Italian supporters came to the State Capitol to plead his case.
The mayor of Palermo, Italy met with the governor's chief counsel to convey
the concerns of the 15 nation European Parliament.
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IN Q=And I know
((LEOLUCA ORLANDO/EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER: AND I KNOW WHEN A MAN IS
INNOCENT AND WHEN A MAN IS GUILTY. You're convinced that Mr. O'Dell is
innocent? I THINK HE'S INNOCENT OF THIS CRIME. HE'S A CRIMINAL. HE HAS MADE
OTHER CRIMES. AND IS GUILTY OF OTHER CRIMES. BUT IT IS NOT PROVED THAT HE'S
GUILTY FOR THIS CRIME.))
SUPER=01-Leoluca Orlando/European Parliament Member;
OUT Q=this crime.
Despite a massive P-R campaign and a request for clemency from Pope John
Paul the Second, O'Dell is to be executed Wednesday for raping and murdering a
Virginia Beach woman in 1985.
The Italian delegation said it would welcome O'Dell's body for burial in
Palermo if he's executed-- as the inmate requested.
Governor Allen has refused a request for a D-N-A test, saying O'Dell's
conviction is based on other overwhelming evidence.
Today, his chief legal counsel heard arguments for clemency.
It could be back to jail for former animal breeder Valery Green.
She was found guilty of threatening to burn someone's house to the ground.
Green could be sentenced to six months behind bars.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;
Green is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow.
The prosecution wants to check her record to make sure she doesn't have any
Defense Attorney Chhris Tuck says her past convictions are misdemeamors--
he doesn't think she'll have to serve any time.
IN Q=I believe it
((CHRISTOPHER TUCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:I BELIEVE IT WILL COME BACK CALLING FOR NO
JAIL TIME AND BY GETTING THE ONE FELONY DISMISSED TODAY, WE WERE ABLE TO REMOVE
THE LARGE POSSIBILITY OF HER GOING TO JAIL.))
SUPER=01-Christopher Tuck/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=going to jail
A Montgomery County judge found Green guilty today of threatening to torch
Liz McKinney and her sister's home when they refused to drop civil and criminal
charges against Green.
IN Q=Yes I was afraid
((LIZ MCKINNEY/FALLING BRANCH KENNEL:YES I WAS AFRAID AFTER SHE THREATENED TO
BURN ME OUT. I WOULDN'T LEAVE MY HOUSE FOR MONTHS WITHOUT LEAVING SOMEONE THERE
IN CHARGE TO WATCH THAT MY HOUSE WASN'T BURNED DOWN. ))
SUPER=01-Liz McKinney/Falling Branch Kennel
OUT Q=burned down
The alleged incident occured after Green took a dog from McKinney's kennel.
The dog was supposed to be spade.
Instead Green bred the dog-- McKinney says she did it to benefit from the
sale of the puppies.
A routine traffic stop helped Lynchburg police make an arrest in the city's
first murder this year.
31- year- old Steven Withers was found shot to death near the intersection
of 15th and Monroe Streets Tuesday.
Witnesses reported hearing more than a half dozen shots fired.
Saturday morning, Lynchburg police stopped a taxi for a routine traffic
They questioned a 17- year- old male passenger in connection to Withers'
The juvenile was later charged with murder and the use of a firearm.
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As News 7 continues--
The owner of Liggett Group says it under oath -- smoking causes deadly
diseases and is addictive.
Plus the 581 interchange at Valley View Mall near Huff Lane school is a go...
But it still isn't meeting everyone's approval...stay close.
go to break
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Objections today from tobacco company lawyers in a Miami Courtroom--
That as an industry turncoat testified in a major secondhand smoke trial.
Here's what Liggett Group owner Bennett LeBow had to say.
IN Q=Does cigarette smoking
ATTORNEY: DOES CIGARETTE SMOKING CAUSE LUNG CANCER, HEART AND VASCULAR
DISEASE AND EMPHYSEMA?
BENNETT LEBOW/LIGGETT GROUP OWNER: BASED UPON THE REVIEW OF THESE CERTAIN
DOCUMENTS MY ATTORNEYS HAVE REVIEWED AT MY REQUEST, BASED UPON MY OWN LAYMAN'S
KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT I SEE IN THE POPULAR PRESS AND VARIOUS REPORTS I READ ABOUT
AND MY OWN PERSONAL FEELINGS,THE ANSWER IS YES. ))
SUPER=01-Bennett LeBow/Liggett Group Owner; :08
OUT Q=answer is yes.
Some 60-thousand non-smoking flight attendants are seeking five billion
dollars in a lawsuit, claiming they were harmed by secondhand smoke.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
City leaders have been shopping for a new interchange for Valley View Mall--
today it was given the green light.
City Council voted four to one to approve a new 581 interchange, a mile south
of Hershberger Road.
But before the vote, residents of the nearby neighborhood continued their
IN Q=are you going
((NETTIE KITCHEN/NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT: ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT AS
MUCH TAXES AS YOU LOSE FROM THOSE OF US WHO INSIST YOU LOWER OUR TAXES BECAUSE
YOU CERTAINLY ARE GOING TO LOWER THE VALUE OF OUR PROPERTY. ))
SUPER=01-Nettie Kitchen/Area Resident;
OUT Q=our property.
Parents say the students safety is at risk, pointing out the road will come
within 60 feet of Huff Lane School.
But Roanoke's School Superintendent says the safety issues have already been
Wayne Harris notes Oakland Elementary School is already 88 feet from
IN Q=i've spoken
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: I'VE SPOKEN TO THE SECRETARY
WHOSE BEEN THERE 15 YEARS. AND SHE'S NOT HAD REGISTERED COMPLAINTS FROM A
PARENT, STAFF, OR STUDENT ON THE ILL EFFECTS OF THAT TRAFFIC. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/School Superintendent;
OUT Q=that traffic
Council also approved funding for air conditioning and soundproofing at Huff
Lane School and Round Hill School.
Construction on the roadway is slated to begin in November.
In tonight's evening session, council voted unanimously to place a 39-and a
half million dollar bond referendum on the November ballot.
The money raised would be part of an 82 million dollar capital improvement
After endless critism about his tax plan, Jim Gilmore wasted no time
pointing out holes in Don Beyer's tax cut proposal.
The republican candidate for Governor held a news conference with local
elected officials and party leaders this afternoon.
Gilmore has promised to eliminate the personal property tax on cars... and
says Beyer's plan for a tax credit just won't fly.
IN Q=But the essential difference
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: BUT THE ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE IS THAT I
HAVE CRAFTED THIS CAREFULLY AND MADE IT CLEAR WE'RE GOING TO PHASE IT IN OVER
FIVE YEARS, SO THAT WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GROWTH RATES THAT ARE GOING ON
AND THE ADDITIONAL REVENUES THAT ARE COMING IN. THAT'S WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT
MY CAREFULLY CRAFTED PROPOSAL AND THIS TAX SCAM THAT HE'S BROUGHT FORWARD.))
OUT Q=that he's brought forward
Beyer maintains that even conservative estimates indicate that natural
revenue growth will pay for the democratic plan.
A Beyer spokesman says the criticism isn't credible when it comes from
someone who has proposed an alternative plan that costs nearly three billion
dollars over five years.
The Republican candidate for attorney General also visited the valley
Mark Earley collected the endorsement of Sixth District Congressman Bob
Goodlatte, who remained neutral in the four- way race for the nomination.
Today, Goodlatte described Earley as an experienced senator and solid
family man who will strike a balance between government regulation and free
Beer may soon be on the menu at Pulaski Rangers games at Calfee Park.
The Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control board decided to allow the sale of
Last week at a hearing, residents living close to the ballpark said the
sale of beer could mean more accidents and trouble in their neighborhoods.
The A-B-C's decision can be appealed--and that may prevent sales this
The last home game for the Rangers is next month.
Is it man versus nature or a fact of life?
That's the debate going on in Clifton Forge...
It's all surrounding Georgia Pacific's logging efforts in the George
Washington National Forest.
Members of the Shenandoah Ecosystem Defense Group are protesting the
"Hematite" Timber Sale.
Georgia Pacific had contracted to cut down 187 acres of trees.
IN Q=We're talking about
((WOODY LIPPS/SUPERVISOR LAW OPERATION JEFFERSON NATIONAL PARK: WE'RE TALKING
ABOUT A FEW TREES.. WE HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO PURSUE LOGGING IN THIS AREA IT
COULD BE TODAY OR TOMORROW. ))
SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/Jefferson Natl. Forest Law Operation;
OUT Q=today or tomorrow.
Construction had just started last week after 4 months of lawsuits by the
((JASON HALBERT/SEDG ACTIVIST: ROADS DAMAGE THE ENVIRONMENT TO NO END.. A LOT
OF WHAT YOU SAW IN THE FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES OUT WEST THAT WAS BECAUSE TO THE
FOREST SERVICE CUTTING AND BUILDING ROADS IN THE FOREST ))
SUPER=01-Jason Halbert/SEDG Activist; :00
OUT Q=building roads in the forest
Despite the protest, Park officials say logging will eventually continue in
Right now they're pursuing action that would force protestors off the land
because of health and safety reasons.
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Stick around-- and meet the Bluesman.
His appearance, coming up on News 7 PRIMETIME-- right after this break.
The number of alcohol-related traffic deaths is on the rise among
teenagers-- prompting a news conference today by SADD-- Students Against Drunk
IN Q=2315 of my peers
((NIKKI FINCH/SADD STUDENT OF THE YEAR: 2315 OF MY PEERS DIED LAST YEAR IN
ALCOHOL RELATED CRASHES. EACH ONE OF THESE 2315 STUDENTS REPRESENTS SOMEONE WHO
HAD A FAMILY WHO MUST NOW DEAL WITH THE VOID CREATED BY THEIR DEATH. EACH
NUMBER REPRESENTS SOMEONE WHO DID NOT INTEND TO DIE AT A YOUNG AGE. ))
SUPER=01-Nikki Finch/SADD Student of the Year; :
OUT Q=at a young age.
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The group has a new program-- 2000 by 2000.
It represents 2000 youth alcohol related traffic deaths by the year 2000.
That would be a 13- percent reduction in fatalities.
Wayne Dempsey figures it's a miracle -- he needs a kidney transplant, and
he's found a woman who has three kidneys.
The story of the two West Virginians began three years ago, when Dena Parry
thought she had an ulcer. Instead, doctors discovered a rare, third
About the same time, Dempsey found out he had severe kidney disease.
The transplant operation is scheduled for next month.
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For our Video of the Day-- it's one of those Rising Star stories....a
Japanese musician hopes to become the future "King of the Blues.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
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And he's got plenty of time, Taro Senga is only six years old-- he already
has a c-d out.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
Taro's father is a musician-- the two spend their evenings jamming with
the pros and performing live.
By day though, the pint-sized blues player is pretty much a run-of-the-mill
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight on Primetime sports, Avalanche highlights from Memorial Stadium,
diamond action from the bigs as well, plus Kordell Stewart and the Steelers are
set to head overseas, and the Rage is headed to Philly.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00
And speaking of the City of Brotherly Love, the Phillies today traded 13 year
veteran Darren Daulton to Florida.
This Phil shipped the often injured catcher to the Marlins in exchange for
minor league outfielder Billy McMillon.
WIPE TO SCORES
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OUT Q=....last score."
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The Salem Avalanche came into tonight's Carolina League action three games
behind Kinston in the southern division, a team they will host next Monday
But this evening the team was busy
SUPER=03-Salem/Cannons vs. Avalanche; :00
closing out a seven game home stand at Salem Memorial, against Prince
And forget about the saying -"Good things come to those who wait" - as Salem
got six runs in the first. Tal Light's single past third base plates Garrett
Neubart and it's 1-to-nothing.
Later in the inning, Kyle Howser will blast a single to right field scoring
Forry Wells as Salem takes a 4-to-nothing lead.
Salem would bat around in the inning with Neubart knocking in Vicente Garcia
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on the fielder's choice.
The Avalanche takes a 6-to-nothing lead and goes on to win big ___ to ___.
In the big leagues, six teams got a n early start on the day by taking part
in some matinee action.
SUPER=03-New York/Reds vs. Mets; :00
Lets start in the Big Apple where Deion Sanders wrestled with his teammates
as well as the New York Mets.
In the bottom of the second, Carl everett goes yard on Dave Burba. The solo
shot gave the mets a 1-nothing lead.
In the 6th, Jon Nunnally puts the Reds up 2-1 on this solo blast off Bobby
Jones that gets over the right field fence in a hurry.
Everett would find the power again. This time in the 8th he smacks a two
run homer and the mets down the Reds 5-3.
SUPER=03-Miami/Padres vs. Marlins;
The Padres felt the heat in Miami as they visiting the Florida marlins at
pro Player Stadium.
Trailing 3-nothing in the fourth, Gary Sheffield gets all of this pitch.
His 12th homer on the season closes the gap to 2, but The Padres hammer the
SUPER=03-Atlanta/Dodgers vs. Braves;
The Braves hosted Mike Piazza and his Dodgers at Turner Field. Trailing
2-nothing in the third, LA's Raul Mondesi jacks this Tom Glavine pitch out of
the park. The three run homer puts the Dodgers out in front by 1.
Then Atlanta's Crime Dog, Fred Mcgriff takes a bite out of the Dodgers with
a solo homerun. The Braves edge Los Angeles 5-4.
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
The Richmond Rage of the American Basketball League has officially traded
SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Season; :00
The Rage played last season in Richmond and almost won the league
championship as it finished second.
But league officials were disappointed with ticket sales and Richmond's
relatively small market size.
So, today the team officially shifted its home base to Philadelphia.
The Washington Redskins continued training camp workouts in Frostburg today
on this, receiver Henry Ellard's 36th birthday.
The Skins have until August 2nd before they play their first preseason game.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD/Saturday; :00
The Pittsburgh Steelers, on the other hand, don't have that luxury.
This past Saturday the team scrimmaged the Skins, and soon the players will
be on their way to Dublin, Ireland for this Sunday's game with the Chicago
This will be Kordell Stewart's first big opportunity to show his stuff at
IN Q="I'm not relaxed...
((KORDELL STEWART/STEELERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Kordell Stewart/Steelers Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...UPCOMING WEEKEND."
A number of Steelers' fans were disappointed when head coach Bill Cowher
picked Stewart as his starter over Jim Miller, and 13 year veteran Mike
They felt keeping him exclusively at quarterback would limit the flexibility
of the man called "Slash" for his versatility.
OUT Q=...HERE ON OUT."
full pinnacle (1020)
While the Steelers head across the Atlantic we are on our way to Spartanburg,
South Carolina to check in on the NFC West Champion Carolina Panthers as they
continue their training camp workouts at Wofford College.
Our reports with Steve Mason begin this Wednesday night.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 at Eleven over on WDBJ-7.
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Firefighters are battling a blaze in Downtown Lynchburg at this hour....
SUPER=77-Office Building Blaze;
The fire broke out around nine tonight... at an office building.
Steve Smallshaw will have an update.
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That report and more news on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime,