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The tobacco industry is paying up--again.
This time, it's Florida that has reached a settlement in its lawsuit to
recover Medicaid money spent on sick smokers.
TAKE PRE- PRO BOARD-essC
Tracing the history of tobacco litigation--
The first liability lawsuit filed against the tobacco industry occurred in
It was later dropped.
Four decades later, the industry agreed to spend billions of dollars to curb
under- aged smoking.
Mississippi became the first state in the country to settle with the
industry for three- point- six billion dollars.
And today, Florida is added to the list.
Lee Cowan has the latest from West Palm Beach.
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***take from NEWSPATH***
SUPER=05-West Palm Beach, FL;
IN Q=IT's a deal
OUT Q=state deals
((It's a deal that Florida Governor Lawton Chiles is hailing as a "historic
victory over the nation's cigarette makers".
With state attorney's getting ready to go to trial, the agreement was
hammered out behind their backs on sunday afternoon.
The agreement.. that doesn't have to be approved by state or federal
lawmakers.. brings the state 11 point three billion dollars over 25 years. It
also puts strict restrictions on billboard advertising and tobacco companies
will make public about 400 confidential documents now being reviewed by the
Florida is the second state to make an out-of-court deal with big tobacco.
Last month, Mississippi reached an agreement to receive 3.36 billion over
twenty five years.
In June, Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore was the driving force behind
a -proposed- national agreement in which the tobacco industry will pay 368
billion to forty states, also over twenty five years. Congress is scheduled
to debate that deal next month and if passed.. it will override individual
SUPER=05-West Palm Beach, FL;
(Lee ad libs tosses back to studio)
Virginia Military Institute's first co-ed rat line showed its solidarity
yesterday as it stepped out of line.
Keith Humphry was there yesterday, when it happened at New Market.
IN Q=They were told
SUPER=03-New Market; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Warburton/VMI Senior; :18
SUPER=04-1989 Re-enactment; :25
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :36 QUICK!!
SUPER=03-Lexington/Last Week; :54
SUPER=01-Dawn Marshall/Jen Jolin's Mother; 1:04
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
((They were told to WALK across the battlefield.
NAT SOT--walk ,roar, run
The largest rat class- -ever- -at V-M-I- -the first co-ed class- -broke into
Though it was a mark of defiance- -upperclassmen were delighted by the rats'
SOT Tape #1 12:28:45
IN Q=When rats wanna run
OUT Q=exhibited here.
This is a history lesson.
Modern-day cadets learn the entire corps of cadets was pressed into service
by the Confederacy late in the Civil War.
Ten cadets died saving the day for the Southern cause.
IN Q=Uncalculating valor
OUT Q=about it.
It was also a coming out... a swearing in, and a ceremony to bestow the New
Market pins on these fledgling cadets.
YES-Sir- -Jolin at 12:42:55
Dawn Marshall of Highland County had been concerned about her daughter,
She thought those pictures she'd seen on T-V might have shown Jen buckling
under the attention of the cadre.
Jen assured her mom she was doing fine.
IN Q=As long as you
OUT Q=figured out.
If she can carry a tune all the way downtown- -by the end of her first
week- -after all she's been through, she might just make it.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
A weekend accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway killed a 12- year- old boy, and
injured several other teens.
Authorities say the single car accident happened at 3- 45 Sunday morning, 13
miles south of Rock Fish Gap in Nelson County.
A 16- year- old was driving, with four passengers, aged 12 to 15.
They were taken to area hospitals-- two of them were flown to the U-V-A
No word yet on their conditions.
Their names are NOT being released at this time.
The accident is still under investigation.
A Danville housefire sent a mother and daughter to a burn center with
Inspector Ronnie Harvey says he thinks a 12- year- old girl had a can of gas
in her hand when the fire started in the kitchen.
Second and third degree burns cover most of the girl's body.
She is reportedly being flown to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Her mother, Mary Stewart, suffered smoke inhalation and burns on her hands.
Flames damaged the rear of the house and firefighters are still trying to
confirm the cause of the blaze.
This is their final offer--
That's what the United Parcel Service is saying about its contract offer to
The company is apparently hoping to prevent another strike by offering pay
raises and improved pensions.
The president of the Independent Pilots Association says he'll present the
offer to the two- thousand U-P-S pilots.
The proposed contract includes raising flight captain's salaries by 34-
percent during the next five years.
Dow Corning is offering to settle breast implant claims for two- point- four
The company just announced the offer today as part of a plan to resolve all
claims in its Chapter Eleven bankruptcy case.
The overall plan is worth three-point- seven billion.
Women who decide to accept the offer may choose among four options--
including compensation to have their implants removed.
A Washington State couple re- united with their infant son this weekend
after he was kidnapped from a hospital.
Three- day- old Stewart Rembert is back in his mother's arms-- after he was
found in a cardboard box outside a convenience store.
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IN Q=Thanks to everybody
((MELINDA COEN/BABY'S MOTHER: THANKS TO EVERYBODY THAT HELPED US. AND I JUST
DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY. I'M JUST GLAD HE'S HERE. IT'S JUST BEEN
A TERRIBLE NIGHTMARE. I'M GLAD HE WAS FOUND SAFE. ))
SUPER=01-Melinda Coen/Baby's Mother;
OUT Q=was found safe
Authorities say 30- year- old Kimberly SKUR-ZOO-skee admitted stealing Baby
Stewart from his mother's hospital room.
But police are not sure of her motives.
SKUR-ZOOK-skee faces possible kidnapping and attempted murder charges.
She is scheduled to appear in court today.
Roanoke's College of Health Science has a new tenant.
It's Virginia's first Physician Assistant Program.
((DR. DOUG SOUTHARD: ACTUALLY, THERE HAVE BEEN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAMS
DEVELOPING SINCE 1965. BUT THIS IS THE FIRST PROGRAM IN VIRGINIA. IT'S A
PROGRAM THAT'S RAPIDLY EXPANDING, AND WE'RE PROUD TO BE A PART OF THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Doug Southard/Physician Assistant Program;
OUT Q=part of that.
There are 24 members of the first class of Physician Assistants-- 14 women,
and ten men.
And their average age is 30.
That's because most of the students have had prior experience in the medical
IN Q=THE PHYSICIANS
((DR. DOUG SOUTHARD: THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM IS A TWO YEAR PROGRAM
DESIGNED TO PROVIDE PRIMARY CARE IN RURAL, MEDICALLY UNDER SERVED AREAS OF
VIRGINIA, AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS DO THAT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED
OUT Q=LICENSED PHYSICIAN
Physician Assistants work alongside Family Practitioners.
They are authorized to do 80 percent of the work done by Physicians.
Democrats are asking for law enforcement support is building a better
Virginia through crime prevention.
Candidate for Governor Don Beyer and Attorney General candidate Bill Dolan
spoke at the Sheriff's conference this morning at the Roanoke Airport Marriott.
Beyer says education is directly linked to preventing crime in the state
noting that about 80-percent of those behind bars lack a high school degree.
Beyer also says getting the community aware of their surroundings is key to
IN Q=So that when
((DON BEYER/:SO THAT WHEN A SEX OFFENDER IS RELEASED EVERYBODY IN THAT
NEIGHBORHOOD GETS TO KNOW ABOUT IT. SO YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND PROTECT
OUT Q= your children
And candidates also talked about making Virginia not only the smartest state
in the nation on juvenile offenses, but also the toughest.
IN Q=No free
((BILL DOLAN/:NO FREE BITE AT THE APPLE. WE'VE GOT TO HAVE CONSEQUENCES AND
KIDS HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT WHEN THEY DO SOMETHING, THERE IS A PENALTY. ))
OUT Q= a penalty
Dolan says cracking down on juvenile crime by using new approaches is the
only way to solve the problem.
The murder in Grayson County was the topic of this week's viewer mail.
Assignment Editor Joe McKean has more about that in this week's edition of
IN Q=The murder
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( The murder of G.P. Johnson has brought state civil rights leaders and
federal officials to Grayson County, as they and county residents wonder how
much race was a motive in his killing.
That prompted a viewer from Bedford to write:
"My heart goes out to the Johnson family. I do not know them personally, but
my parents knew them when they lived in the Elk Creek/Bethel area of Grayson
County. They have been deeply concerned for the family. The Johnsons are a fine
As I listened to [the] story regarding the negative impact this murder might
have on Grayson County, my eyes teared. It pains me deeply to think that anyone
could think badly of Grayson County. My husband and I visit the Elk Creek area
quite often to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the everyday work
When we visit...I close my eyes and listen to the sounds--the milk cows
munching on grass, the sounds different types of birds are making, the buzzing
of bees, the engine of a tractor, the men talking about their plans for the
My husband and I are presently looking for some land in the Bethel/Elk Creek
area in which to build a home, hopefully within the next five years. I want to
be a part of the Home Demonstration Club, the quilting bees, the community
suppers. I want my children and grandchildren to have a place to come in order
to find that peacefulness my husband and I find and to make Grayson County a
part of their life, too.
News-7 welcomes your comments on this story, or other topics in the news.
Send your letters to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia.
If you'd like to send us a fax, the number is 343-7269.
For email, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can drop in on our moderated online forum on our web page at
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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Computers, carpet and wood were just a few of the articles being moved into
dorms by new students at Virginia Tech. (----------------)
Parents with parked moving trucks filled with all the comforts of home were
a common site.
Once the move-in is complete the party begins.
Tech is celebrating 125 years with a picnic and a very LARGE cake.
IN Q=THIS CAKE CONSISTS
((KIMBERLE BADNELLI/CULINARY SERVICE PROJECT MGR.: THIS CAKE CONSISTS OF ABOUT
720 HALF SHEET CAKES, 14-HUNDRED POUNDS OF ICING AND ABOUT THREE WEEKS OF
UNDIVIDED ATTENTION AND A COMMUNITY THAT WORKS TOGETHER TO PUT IT TOGETHER.))
((KRISTIE FAIRBANKS/PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSUMER ADVOCATE: WITH THE THEME BEING
"UT PROSUM THAT I MAY SERVE" WE JUST DECIDED TO GO AND REPLICATE THE THEME FOR
SUPER=01-Kimberle Badnelli/Culinary Service Project Mgr.; :10
SUPER=01-Kristie Fairbanks/Public Relations; :13
OUT Q=FOR THE CAKE
The cake serves about ten-thousand people and took more than 17 hours to
Officials on the volcano-hit island of Montserrat hope a visit from
Jamaica's Prime Minister today could mean more money to help people get off the
But not everyone wants to leave.
Only 12 people left on the British sponsored ferry this weekend.
Scientists on the island report that the volcano is erupting more violently
every three to six weeks, and the violence of the eruptions are growing.
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SUPER=331-Variable Clouds/& Cool/61-64/Partly/Sunny/82-85;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Some Fog/54-57/Morning Fog/Partly Cloudy/76-79;
SUPER=333-Variable Clouds/& Cool/55-58/Partly/Sunny/78-82;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Some Fog/53-56/Morning Fog/Partly Cloudy/78-81;
Succeeding in the struggle to save money in investment vehicles is NOT the
end of the process.
Len Besthoff has more in this week's edition of Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones Inc.; :13
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
IN Q=So you've
((So you've done a good job of putting together that nest egg and you have a
big bunch of mutual funds sitting there. Do you sell them all off at once to
get some income, or is there some other way to do it? We asked Ben Hartman
with Edward Jones.))
OUT Q=Edward Jones.
IN Q=Len off of
((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES INC.: LEN OFF OF A STOCK MUTUAL FUND THERE ARE FIVE
DIFFERENT WAYS AN INVESTOR COULD RECEIVE INCOME. ONE WOULD BE THE INVESTOR
COULD TAKE THE DIVIDENDS FROM THE STOCK PORTFOLIO IN CASH. SECONDLY THE
INVESTOR COULD TAKE THE DIVIDENDS AND CAPITAL GAINS IN CASH, THIRDLY THE
INVESTOR COULD RECEIVE A FIXED PERCENTAGE OF THE INITIAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT
INVESTED AS INCOME. FOURTHLY THE INVESTOR COULD MAKE SELF ADJUSTING
WITHDRAWALS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, BASED ON THE ACCOUNT VALUE AT YEAR END. AND
FIFTHLY THE INVESTOR COULD RECEIVE INCOME OFF OF THE MUTUAL FUND FOR LIFE BASED
ON THEIR LIFE EXPECTANCY.))
OUT Q=life expectancy.
IN Q=I'm Len
(( I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, lets send it
back to the newsdesk.
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The Orangemen trampled Wisconsin 34 to nothing in the Big East Kickoff
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/ABC Sports; :
The Orangemen wasted no time getting on the board. Kevin Johnson takes the
opening kick-off and cuts to the side line out running the Wisconsin defense 89
yards for the touchdown.
Syracuse Quarterback Donovan McNabb rolls to the left on the option he keeps
it and scores from 21 yards out the Orangemen led 17 to nothing.
Then with four minutes left in the SUPER=36-Syracuse/34/Wisconsin/0/;
second Fullback Rob Conrad gets the handoff and bulls over from the one
Syracuse led 24 to nothing and the Orangemen win it 34 to nothing.
The Carolina Panthers said good bye to defensive end Kevin Greene
Carolina releasing Greene after he had accumulated more than 292-thousand
dollars in fines during his holdout.
Greene, who turned 35 last month, was scheduled to make up to 1-point-6
million dollars from Carolina this season.
He held out because the Panthers failed to rework the second season of his
two year contract.
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Greg Norman continues to dominate the World Series of Golf. Norman won the
tournament for a second time in three years and he's finished among the top 8
in his last seven trips to the event.
SUPER=03-Akron, OH/CBS Sports; :
John Cook birdied the 11-th hole and he tied Norman for the lead. Cook
finished tied for third.
Norman birdied three holes in a four hole stretch on the back nine
shooting a 3 under par 67.
Norman finished at 273, 7 under par and four shots ahead of defending
champion Phil Mickelson.
Chip Sullivan shot a final 72 to finish at 6 under par for the day.
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A number of homerun helped Baltimore hold the lead over the Minnesota Twins
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :
The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the third. Brady Anderson
takes this pitch deep over the left field wall to make it 1 to nothing
The game was tied at 1 in the fourth.. Rafael Palmerio hits a solo homer and
Baltimore took back the lead.
The Orioles Geronimo Berroa put the SUPER=35-Baltimore/5/Minnesota/1/;
Twins away with this two run homer over the left field wall in the fifth and
Baltimore cruises to the 5 to 1 win over the Twins.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, we begin our three- part series on
domestic violence, "Why Does She Stay?"
Tonight's segment features one woman's story of abuse.
We'll also hear from counselors about the reasons certain women BECOME
And finally today-
Most models begin their careers in their teens or 20s--
But for one 60- year- old Texan, you're never too old to strike a pose.
It hasn't been a model life for Bill Lackey.
He's battled cancer and lost jobs in the corporate world.
But now the 60- year- old grandfather has turned his misfortune into a
fashionable career move.
Lackey hopes to keep modeling, right into his 70s.