IN Q=Here's what
((HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
SHE SERVED SIX MONTHS FOR EMBEZZLING FROM A ROANOKE MUSEUM--BUT PROSECUTORS
SAY NORMA UNDERWOOD HAS ONCE AGAIN RUN AFOUL OF THE LAW.
THE 900 WORKERS AT YOKOHAMA TIRE'S SALEM PLANT ARE GIVING A NEW CONTRACT
PROPOSAL THE ONCE-OVER.
THE COLA--COST OF LIVING--IS STILL IN THERE. I WAS SURPRISED AT THE COLA, WE
STILL GET THAT. ))
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It's WEDNESDAY July 30TH--
Our top story--
The Sheriff of Plymouth, North Carolina calls it a large tragedy for a
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Good evening, I'm Connie Stevens. This is News 7 Prime Time on WEFC.
Ten teenagers died today-- all members of their high school band--
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when the sport utility vehicle they were in was broadsided by a tractor-trailer
as they tried to pass another car on a wet road.
The students were on a lunch break from a band camp at the school.
Victims and musical instruments were strewn across the highway.
Nine died instantly-- a tenth student died a few hours later at the
The organizers of a historical tour won't speculate about why their tour bus
went into the Nottoway River yesterday, killing a passenger.
But the Philadelphia ``Daily News'' quoted some who were on the bus as saying
the driver appeared to fall asleep.
The newspaper is also reporting that authorities say there were "no" skid
marks to show that the driver had applied the brakes before the accident.
34 people were hurt- mostly young children.
The bus was taking students along the path of the Underground Railway and to
major sites of the civil rights movement.
Workers at Yokohama Tire have until Saturday to decide whether or not they
like their proposed contract.
Union officials laid out all the details at a meeting this afternoon.
Overall, the worker's response seems to be positive.
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IN Q=we got all
((ED ROBTISON/UNION PRESIDENT; WE GOT ALL THE PENSION INCREASES, INSURANCE, OUR
COST OF LIVING INCREASE AND WE GOT A SIX YEAR CONTRACT TO PUT IN IN BRIEF.
OVERALL I THINK WE GOT ONE HECK OF A CONTRACT ))
SUPER=01-Ed Robtison/Union President;
OUT Q=heck of a contract
Another plus for the union, one quarter of the company's laid-off workers
will be back on the job as soon as the contract is ratified.
In return, the company is demanding more production from the plant.
That concerns some workers who say they're already doing all they can, but
union officials don't think it's a serious problem.
Workers will vote on the contract this Saturday.
The Israeli parliament has voted to suspend peace talks with the
Palestinians after today's suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed 14
150 were injured--
The almost non-existant peace process was shattered.
The Israelis and Palestinians WERE set to sit back down at the negotiating
table-- before this latest act of terror.
IN Q=We expect
((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: WE EXPECT NOT MERELY WORDS OF
CONSOLATION FROM THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND FROM ITS LEADER. WHAT WE EXPECT
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister; :
OUT Q=is action.
The militant Islamic group Hamas is claiming responsibility for
the bloodshed-- and demanding the release of all Palestinian
prisoners by Sunday night.
That ultimatum has already been answered by Yasser Arafat.
The round-up of Hamas and Jihad activists is already underway.
They championed him in life--now in death Italy is welcoming Joseph
Lori Urs-O'Dell and Sister Helen (pray-ZHAN) Prejean accompanied the body
of the executed Virginia Beach killer to its Italian resting place.
O'Dell was executed last week for the 1985 rape and murder of Helen
His wife of one day-- now his widow -- met with Pope John Paul the second
O'Dell will be buried in Palermo, Sicily tomorrow, serving as an Italian
protest of the death penalty.
The woman who confessed to embezzling 42 thousand dollars from Roanoke's
Harrison Museum is once again in trouble with the law.
Now police have linked bookkeeper Norma Underwood to an international drug
Four years ago Underwood admitted she stole the money from the museum.
She served a six- month jail term.
Shortly after she got out she started working at Mac Brother's Car Care- -a
thriving legitimate business that allegedly served as a front for cocaine
The government says Underwood traveled between Jamaica, the Bahamas and the
U-S mainland at least six times helping to smuggle cocaine that was often
hidden in a pair of shoes.
She has pled NOT guilty.
There's still no clear leader in the races for Virginia Lieutenant
Governor and Attorney General.
**CONNIE ON ENG**
In the test News 7/Mason-Dixon poll, Democrat L.F. Payne and Republican John
Hager are duking it out within the margin of error in the lieutenant governor's
Payne holds steady at 36 percent support.
Hager's shown a steady climb to 34 percent.
THIRTY percent are still undecided.
In the race for Attorney General, Republican Mark Earley's ahead of 1993
candidate Bill Dolan.
Earley checks in with 33- percent support.
Dolan is up to 29- percent.
And 38- percent of voters say they're undecided in the race.
Connie Reads Live
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You can find all the latest poll results on the W-D-B-J home page.
The address is W-D-B-J 7 dot com.
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Still ahead on News 7 PRIMETIME--
There's no doubt Americans love caffeine-- but we may just love it too
And the food cops are worried.
Also if you dislike handling the household trash, consider what those who
collect garbage for a living must think.
But automation is coming to the rescue.
go to break
It often lends a helping hand to those who are struggling--but now a
community group is having its own trouble making ends meet.
Total Action Against Poverty is gearing up its fundraising efforts.
The organization has served the Roanoke Valley for three decades by working
with programs like the Transitional Living Center and Youth Services.
Now that government funding is being reduced, TAP is looking elsewhere for
IN Q=For years
((STEVE MUSSELWHITE/TAP VICE PRESIDENT:FOR YEARS WE'VE RELIED ALMOST TOTALLY ON
STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING. AS YOU KNOW PROGRAMS LIKE OURS ARE BEING CUT, NOT
JUST HERE IN ROANOKE, BUT THROUGHOUT THE NATION AND SO WE DO HAVE TO TURN TO
OUR LOCAL CITIZENS AND RELY ON THEM MORE THAN EVER))
SUPER=01-Steve Musselwhite/TAP Vice President;
OUT Q=more than ever
TAP's goal for the 1997-98 fiscal year is 200-thousand dollars in local
They raised 150-thousand this past year.
They have overcome the odds and today they were recognized for their hard
Six residents of Roanoke's public housing system have been awarded college
The City Housing Authority has given away 50 scholarships since 1983.
IN Q=this is to
((ANITA LEE/RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR: IT IS TO REWARD PEOPLE WHO DO WORK HARD
ACADEMICALLY, AND DO HAVE THE AMBITION AND WHO HAVE A STRONG CAREER GOAL, AND
KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Anita Lee/Housing Auth. Res. Dir.;
OUT Q=want to do.
Two Vietnamese brothers who've been living in America for five years were
recipients of four year scholarships.
The (NEW-yins) Nguyens credit their parents for their success.
IN Q=I JUST HAVE
((HUNG NGUYEN/SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: I JUST HAVE TO DO MY BEST-- THAT'S WHAT
MY MOM AND DAD WANTED ME TO DO. SO THAT'S WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY. SO I'LL DO IT.
OUT Q=i'll do it.
Both brothers graduated in June from William Fleming High School-- and they
both had 3-point-3 grade point averages.
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Roanoke city trash collectors won't have to dirty their hands on the job
for much longer.
Soon automated trash machines will do the job.
Starting September eighth a new system of semi-automated and automated trash
collection will service some 19-thousand homes.
And starting next week some residents will begin receiving trash carts.
Each cart holds as much as four average-size cans.
The new system is expected to be phased in by next April.
IN Q=Your going to see
((JAMES MCCLUNG/MANAGER FLEET & WASTE MANAGEMENT: ITS GOING TO HELP US CONTROL
THE LITTER PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE ESPECIALLY IN OUR INNER CITY AREAS. IT'S GOING
TO PROVIDE CONTAINERS THAT ARE RODENT PROOF. IT'S GOING TO REALLY GOING TO MAKE
IT LOOK NICE OUT ON THE STREETS.))
SUPER=01-James McClung/Fleet & Waste Management;
OUT Q=nice out on the streets
The project is expected to save Roanoke a half a million dollars a year, with
no additional cost to homeowners.
A West Virginia based company has been wooed and won by Virginia Tech.
Long Airdox is moving its headquarters to the New River Valley.
But what's good news for Tech is a tough loss for two counties in far
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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SUPER=01-Joe Meredith/VT Corporate Research Center Pres.; :11
SUPER=03-Tazewell Co.; :45
SUPER=01-Joe Hunnicutt/Tazewell Co. Economic Dev. Dir.; :53
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( Long Airdox is expected to move its headquarters from West Virginia to
Blacksburg this fall.
The maker of underground mining equipment is the largest company to move
into Tech's Corporate Research Center.
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((DR. JOE MEREDITH/VT CORPORATE RESEARCH CENTER PRES.:I THINK THAT THE MOST
EXCITING THING TO US IS THE AMOUNT OF NEW RESEARCH THAT WE THINK WILL HAPPEN ON
CAMPUS AS A RESULT OF "LONG AIRDOX" BEING HERE AND ALSO OPPORTUNITIES FOR
STUDENTS TO WORK WHILE THEY'RE GOING TO SCHOOL. ))
OUT Q=going to school.
Long Airdox is equally excited about the move.
Company officials say they chose the Corporate Research Center for a number
of reasons-- among those-- its rich technological environment.
The move to Blacksburg is actually part of an overall restructuring within
the company-- that includes closing two plants in Smythe and Tazewell Counties.
Nearly 250- people were employed by the Richlands plant-- which was the
largest single, private, employer in the county.
IN Q=We already
((JOE HUNNICUTT/TAZEWELL CO. ECONOMIC DEV. DIR.: WE ALREADY HAVE A 9 1/2
PERCENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATER HERE, AS OF MAY, SO IT'S A BIG LOAD AND NOT ONLY
THAT, BUT JUST THE PERSONAL TRAGEDY OF PEOPLE LOSING THEIR JOBS AND MANY OF
THOSE PEOPLE ARE IN THEIR 40'S AND 50'S. ))
OUT Q=and 50's.
80- of those jobs will be transferred to the company's Pulaski plant. Long
Airdox's Pearisburg plant will also be adding to its work force.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Watch this next story closely--we may be about to get a glimpse of the
next Robin Reed.
This month Lynchburg College is hosting the Governor's School for Math,
Science and Technology.
One group of students has been tracking and predicting cloud movement and
other weather patterns.
Some of them might even be getting a head start on their future.
IN Q=This year's group
((AIR FORCE LT. COL. HAROLD MASSEY//WEATHER INSTRUCTOR: THIS YEAR'S GROUP..WE
SEEM TO HAVE MORE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN METEOROLOGY AS A CAREER. WE HAVE FOUR
STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GO INTO THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES, AND THEY'VE BEEN PRETTY
AGGRESSIVE IN DIGGING INTO THE MATERIAL AND DOING THEIR STUDIES.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Harold Massey/Air Force Weather Instructor
OUT Q=doing their studies.
The students read various radar maps and use that information to forecast
If they're right, you won't need an umbrella this week.
The class predicts cool, dry weather over the next few days.
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/And Cool/55-58/Partly Sunny/And Pleasant/80-82;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/And Pleasant/58-60/Mostly Sunny/Wind NE-10/80-82;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/54-56/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/78-80;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Cool/52-55/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/78-80;
SUPER=334-Turning/Partly Cloudy/50-54/Mostly Sunny/Wind E-10/78-80;
Three executives at Columbia HCA Healthcare Corporation have been indicted
on charges of conspiracy and fraud.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :
The criminal charges stem from an F-B-I probe of the nation's largest
for-profit hospital chain.
Two of the executives are from the Florida division-- a Nashville executive
is also indicted.
IN Q=I am NAT SOUND FULL
((I AM INNOCENT. I HAVE NO COMMENT AT THIS TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Jay Jerrell/Columbia HCA -Southwest Florida; : VERY QUICK!!!
OUT Q=at this time.
The three were charged with conspiring to submit false cost reports under
both Medicare and the military's Civil Health and Medical Program.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says when it comes to coffee
and caffeine-- "coffee nerves" are the least of our problems
And the group of scientists wants federal health officials to do something
about potential health risks.
These days, even patients undergoing surgery may be given a post-operative
caffeine-iv, to avoid withdrawal.
IN Q=Caffeine withdrawel
((DR. JOSEPH WEBBER/ANESTHESIOLOGIST: CAFFEINE WITHDRAWEL CAN CAUSE HEADACHES.
THAT'S THE MOST COMMMON.
IT CAN CAUSE MUSCLE ACHES, FATIGUE, INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE, FEELING OF BEING
UN-WELL. IT'S BEEN DESCRIBED AS CAUSING A FLU-LIKE SYNDROME. ))
SUPER=00-Dr. Joseph Webber/ Anesthesiologist;
OUT Q=flu-like syndrome.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
Research has repeatedly shown moderate caffeine consumption to be safe, but
now, experts say there may be more to worry about than addiction, stress,
anxiety and blood pressure.
IN Q=10-percent of
((DR. JACK JAMES/CAFFEINE RESEARCHER: 10-PERCENT OF HEART DISEASE, AND ABOUT
20-PERCENT OF STROKE, CAN BE CONTRIBUTED TO DAILY AND LIFE-LONG CONSUMPTION OF
SUPER=01-Dr. Jack James/Caffeine Researcher; :
OUT Q=consumption of caffeine.
But the public health concern that ranks highest-- caffeine's role in
An increased risk of infertility, miscarriage and low birth-weight babies.
The federal government already advises pregnant women to avoid caffeine.
Tomorrow, the F-D-A will be asked
to prominently display the amount of caffeine in coffee, tea, ice cream and
The coffee industry says it will fight any attempt to require additional
labelling-- calling it inappropriate.
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Today's top shots:
The annual pilgrimage for the wild ponies of Assateague Island.
SUPER=75-Chincoteague Island; :
Today, they made their ten-minute swim to the shores of Chincoteague--
As an audience of about 30-thousand tourists cheered on.
With some human prompting, about 125 ponies crossed a narrow channel.
The young foals will be auctioned off tomorrow at the carnival grounds, to
raise money for the Chincoteague Fire Department, which owns the wild herd.
The adult horses return to the island.
The auction keeps the number of ponies on Assateague Island down to 150--
all the National Wildlife Refuge there can support.
Legend has it that the ponies are descended from animals that survived a
16-th century shipwreck.
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The latest on former Virginia tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller's dealing
with the 49ers, plus Steve Young strikes gold,
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But first, practice opend at Indianapolis Motor Spedway for this saturday's
Brickyard 400. Points leader Jeff Gordon hoping for his second Brickyard
victory, but Gordon and Dale Earnhardt would take a back seat to dale Jarrett
who had the top practice spped of nearly 179 miles per hour. now your numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
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OUT Q=....last score."
Former Virginia tech standout quarterback Jim Druckenmiller has been
holding out of San francisco's training camp for about two weeks. Not anymore!
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA; :00
According to 49er public relations personnel; Druckenmiller came to terms
with the niners late this afternoon. No terms of the contract or it's signing
bonus have been released at this time; but team officials speculated that
Druckenmiller would be in camp tomorrow. Druck was the niners top draft pick.
Planted in a tight AL East race with New York; A series with Texas could
not have come at a better time for Baltimore; the Orioles have dominated the
rangers 9 to 1 this season.. make that 10 to 1 after today's sweep up job by
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
To Camden yards we go. Texas all star catcher Pudge Rodriguez, believed to
be on the trading blocks, leaves the game after being hit by a pitch.
Danger signs everywhere; New Oriole Harold Baines losing his lumber in a crowd.
The story of the game. Baltimore's Geronamo Beroa. he knocked in 2 runs to
lead the orioles over Texas 3-1.
The Yankees kept pace with the Birds; winning today as well.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/A's vs. Yankees;
In the Big Apple; New York blanked the Oakland A's 7-nothing this afternoon.
Pitcher David Wells struck out a career high 16 batters and gave up
only three hits.
The New York's Tino Martinez crushed his major league leading 36th homerun.
He also now has the Majors RBI lead with 99.
VO-NAT WIPE TO #eng
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The Boston Red Sox downed the Seattle Mariners 8-7 in 10 innings this
Mo Vaugn connects on the one bagger the right that plates a run for a
2-nothing BO Sox lead in the third.
Ken Griffey Junior cut that lead to one with this one bagger up the middle.
But Vaugn and his Sox rally to beat Seattle in extra innings.
Danville native Johnny Newman will begin his 12-th NBA season this year
with a new team.
As he does just about every summer, Newman dropped in on the Squire Armory
kids camp to talk with the young people.
On draft day the Milwaukee Bucks traded Newman to Denver. He's familiar
with the Nuggets style of play and their coaching staff.
IN Q=First audio
((JOHNNY NEWMAN/TRADED TO DENVER: ))
SUPER=01-Johnny Newman/Traded to Denver; :
OUT Q=........it's been great."
For the past several years, Newman has held a basketball camp in the city of
But this year because of a busy schedule and marriage the camp was canceled
until next year.
IN Q=First audio
OUT Q=......a camp, so."
NASCAR's Winston Cup racing series will have a new look next year. Ford
Motor Company will use a Taurus as it's new model next season.
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Take a look at the new Winston Cup Ford Taurus! The Taurus replaces the
Thunderbird, which has carried Ford drivers to 176 victories over the last 20
Ideas for the new Taurus came from several Ford racing teams and Penske
Official track testing in the new Ford will begin in the next few weeks. Ford
expects 19 Winston Cup teams to use the Taurus in the 1998 Daytona 500.
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 police camera captures a dramatic car-train collision in Kansas.
Those in the car made it out just in time.
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Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along, with that story and more on WDBJ-7.