Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Up a tree without a flight plan.
We're LIVE at Smith Mountain Lake with the story of a small plane stuck in
Speaking of trees: 70-to-80 -percent of the hardwoods are dying on Mount
We'll check out the view from above- -with Reporter Teresa Hamilton.
Tonight in sports, Earnhardt is cleared to drive at Richmond, Dave Stewart is
coming back to Express himself in Roanoke, and Roy Stanley is in
Charlottesville tonight getting set for a big party at Scott Stadium.
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As temperatures tumble tonight, we will likely set some record lows. The
chilly details coming up.
A mishap at the Smith Mountain Lake airport has left a pilot in a tricky
He and his plane are stuck in a tree.
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Tonya Flory is at the airfield, as rescue crews try to help him down.
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History was NOT only taught in Virginia schools today.
It was made.
Governor George Allen's hand-picked Board of Education approved new
standards today for schools -- that would tie school accreditation to student
test scores for the first time ever.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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SUPER=01-Lil Tuttle/Va. Board of Education; :00
SUPER=01-George Tryfiates/Family Foundation; :32
SUPER=01-Roxanne Grossman/Va. State PTA; :44
SUPER=01-Cherie Yecke/Va. Board of Education; 1:00
SUPER=01-Cheri James/Va. Education Assoc.; 1:18
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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((LIL TUTTLE: I THINK THERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT ARE INCREDIBLY DIVISIVE. ))
A meeting punctuated by equal amounts of cheers and hisses gave George Allen
the forum to check off another campaign promise to conservatives.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE...OF OUR ADMINISTRATION.))
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n((GEORGE TRYFIATES/FAMILY FOUNDATION: THERE ARE TWO THINGS THAT HAPPENED
TODAY, LOCAL...PARENTS HAVE NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT.))
These standards make sex education and elementary guidance counseling the
option of the local school board -- no longer the parent.
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((ROXANNE GROSSMAN/VA STATE PTA: WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TODAY IS TO ALLOW GROUPS
OF PARENTS....ELSE'S CHILDREN.))
But it is what happens ten years from now... when a school that's NOT making
the grade would lose state accreditation, that is the meaty center of these
((CHERI YECKE: I WAS A PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR. TAUGHT FOR NINE YEARS. AND
THERE IS A MATTER OF PROFESSIONAL PRIDE... SLAP IN THE FACE TO DEDICATED
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((CHERI JAMES/VEA: SHE DOESN'T LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD. THOSE OF WHO
TRAVEL..IS NO TAX BASE. IF THERE IS NO INDUSTRY.))
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((WHAT REALLY IRRITATED ME..HAPPEN HERE.))
What will happen after the handshaking is that opponents will start drafting
bills for the 1998 General Assembly.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, RIchmond.
A federal fraud investigation has put Columbia- H-C-A in the news lately.
The president of its Salem hospital recently gave Len Besthoff the Southwest
Virginia side of the story.
SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Columbia Lewis Gale President; :27
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Thousands of confiscated documents hauled around, while mid- level
executives get hauled into court.
These are some scenes associated with Columbia- H-C-A lately.
Some billing practices of the nation's largest for- profit hospital chain
have become the subject of a federal fraud investigation.
But the president of Columbia Lewis- Gale Hospital in Salem says don't lump
Columbia's Southwest Virginia facilities in the same category.
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((BILL DOWNEY/COLUMBIA-LEWIS GALE PRESIDENT: THERE'S NO INVESTIGATION OF ANY OF
THE COLUMBIA HCA HOSPITALS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA OR THE HOME HEALTH AGENCIES.))
OUT Q=health agencies.
One item under investigation is upcoding: treating a patient for a mild
medical problem, then billing Medicare for something more expensive.
This was apparently driven by Columbia's now- dismissed CEO, who wanted 15-
percent annual profit growth, when the industry standard was closer to five-
Downey says it's not that simple.
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((DOWNEY: WE HAD GROWTH EXPECTATIONS. BUT WE WERE NEVER UNDER ANY DIRECT OR
INDIRECT REQUIREMENT TO GROW AT ANY COST. ))
OUT Q=any cost.
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IN Q=Columbia's new
((Columbia's new CEO recently expressed concern that all this bad publicity may
eventually prompt layoffs. But Downey says here in Southwest Virginia,
patient volumes continue to rise, and besides, employment decisions are made on
a local level. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Weight loss is often a struggle at any age but diets and teenagers can be a
dangerous mix. Coming up on News 7 at Six, we'll tell you how some teens are
going to the head of the class with a common sense approach to dieting.
and a local family welcomes a temporary new addition---with hopes he'll
grow into a real helper for someone.
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State police are releasing the name of an alleged shoplifter, a week after
he was killed by a Danville police officer.
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25-year-old David Jerome Pryor lived in New York.
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Police say Pryor's mother called yesterday to identify him.
They say Pryor was carrying no identification
when he was arrested for shoplifting in Danville last week.
Moments later, Officer Dewey Hancock Junior shot and killed Pryor in a
reported fight for the officer's gun.
Pryor was arrested earlier this month on charges of credit card theft, but
police say he used a fake name.
Black community leaders maintain Pryor was killed because he was black, and
the officer is white.
State police are not commenting on the allegation.
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((LT. JIM RUHLAND/STATE POLICE: WE COLLECT THE FINDINGS. WE PRESENT THEM TO
THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY. HE MAKES THE DECISION.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Ruhland/State Police;
OUT Q=he makes the decision
Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell will serve as special
prosecutor for the case.
Lynchburg officials are investigating an illegal dump site on Lakeside
The owner of the property recently had some fill delivered there.
But retired dentist George Orr says he had no idea the material included
hundreds of 55-gallon drums.
The crushed and dented barrels are empty, but have labels indicating they
once contained chemicals.
State and federal officials are doing soil tests.
So far, they haven't found any signs of damage to plants or animals.
The site is near College Lake and Blackwater Creek.
In far Southwest Virginia, the area's hardwood trees appear to be under
attack from something besides insects.
An environmental group studying the issue believes it's pinpointed the
Teresa Hamilton explains.
IN Q=What we're
SUPER=03-Mt. Rogers Forest; :00
SUPER=01-Harvard Ayers/Anthropologist; :26
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
IN Q=What we're
((HARVARD AYERS/ANTHROPOLOGIST:WHAT WE'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW ARE WHAT ARE
PROBABLY YELLOW BIRCH TREES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF ELK KNOB... THE TREES IT
APPEARS... 70 TO 80 PERCENT OF THE STANDING MATURE TREES ARE DEAD. ))
OUT Q=are dead.
Anthropologist Harvard Ayers believes air pollution is to blame-- that ozone
and acid rain are literally starving the area's hardwoods-- trees such as the
sugar maple and beech.
IN Q=When acid
((HARVARD AYERS/ANTHROPOLOGIST:WHEN ACID RAIN FALLS TO THE GROUND, IT ACTUALLY
INVADES THE SOIL AND LEECHES OR TAKES THE NUTRIENTS FROM THE PLANT AWAY SUCH AS
CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM AND MAKES THE PLANTS UNABLE TO FEED THEMSELVES..))
OUT Q=feed themselves.
Ayers is a member of the Sierra Club-- a group of environmentalists studying
He says height has left hardwoods along Mount Rogers in Grayson and Smyth
Counties-- and Grandfather Mountain near Boone, North Carolina-- especially
((CLOUDS HANG ON THESE MOUNTAINS MANY DAYS OF THE YEAR AND THESE CLOUDS ARE
VERY ACIDIC, MUCH MORE ACIDIC THAN THE RAIN THAT ACTUALLY FALLS FROM THE
OUT Q=from the clouds.
Ayers believes coal burning plants out West-- are to blame for much of the
In about three weeks-- his group expects to release a preliminary report.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
On Wall Street blue chips lost ground but other stocks finished
TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
The Dow lost 27 points closing at 78 hundred 67.
NASDAQ gained six points.
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
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A Golden Retriever named Jackson got a new home today.
He'll get a very important job along with it.
IN Q=Jackson flew
SUPER=01-Mitzi Tinaglia/Puppy Raiser;
SUPER=01-David Tinaglia/Puppy Rasier;
OUT Q=the fun begins.
(( Jackson flew into Roanoke aboard a commuter jet from Detroit.
Saint Francis of Assisi- -the Service Dog Foundation- -bought the puppy
from a breeder in Michigan.
Jackson's new care-takers may have been more nervous about the hour and
40-minute flight he endured in the cargo compartment than he was.
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((I WOKE UP A COUPLE OF TIMES LAST NIGHT THINKING ABOUT IT.))
NAT SOT dog whimpering in cage
The TINAGLIA family will raise him to maturity, and then someone else will
teach him how to make life easier for a disabled person.
Jackson was already getting pointers from the Australian Shepherd who came
to meet him at the airport.
((I HAVE TWO PUPPIES AND HAVE DONE A LOT OF OBEDIENCE TRAINING WITH THEM, AND
JUST REALLY ENJOY IT. AND IT'S JUST A LOT OF FUN.))
It'll actually be a family project.
The boys were each angling to have the dog sleep with HIM.
((I WON THE FIGHT, AND HE'S STAYING IN MY ROOM, BUT HE'LL GET THE OTHER DOG IN
HIS ROOM, SO A LITTLE BIT OF A COMPROMISE. ))
David will have to give up Jackson in the Spring.
Til then there's house training to be done, squeaky toys to be chewed and
lots of "heel, sit, stay. Good dog."
5:28:10NOW THE FUN BEGINS))
While many students are just going back to school..
these teens can say they're graduates, already.
They're the first to complete the 12-week course called Shapedown--a weight
loss program for teenagers.
It's a course they say has taught them a life long lesson.
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IN Q=They helped me
((AMANDA BANES/WEIGHT LOSS GRADUATE: THEY'VE HELPED ME FIGURE OUT WHAT FOODS
WERE GOOD FOR ME, WHAT FOODS WERE NOT GOOD FOR ME; HOW TO KEEP MY WEIGHT AT THE
LEVEL THAT I WANTED IT. BASICALLY, JUST HOW TO KEEP MY BODY HEALTHY.))
SUPER=01-Amanda Banes/Weight Loss Graduate;
OUT Q=my body healthy
Teens set their own weight loss goals from week to week.
And, they focus becoming healthier instead of trying to become thinner.
They've lost a total of almost 100 pounds by eating healthier foods, using
appetite suppressants and increasing their exercise.
But, more importantly they say it's helped them regain a bit of their
Coming your way tonight in sports, Roy Stanley joins us LIVE from
Charlottesville with a pregame report on tonight's Auburn - UVa game at Scott
Dale Earnhardt has been cleared to drive at Richmond.
And Gus Frerotte is preparing for what he hopes will be a happy homecoming
this weekend in Pittsburgh.
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The Virginia Cavaliers are anxious to get their 1997 football party started
tonight, but are they ready for the nationally ranked Auburn Tigers.
DOUBLE BOXES MIKE/ROY
Roy Stanley is at Scott stadium, and he now joins us LIVE via Starlink from
Charlottesville to provide a little pregame insight into tonight's matchup.
(ROLL CUE: "...WITH SOME HOLES TO FILL ON THE DEFENSE.)
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IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Tony Dingle/UVa Defensive Tackle; :12
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Defensive End; :34
SUPER=01-Rich Murray/UVa Sports Information Director; :58
OUT Q=...PART OF THE PUZZLE.
MIKE WILL ASK A QUESTION IF TIME PERMITS
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Dale Earnhardt has been cleared by doctors to drive this weekend in Richmond,
although the physicians who have examined him over the past three days admit
they have no idea what caused the dizziness and blackout-like symptoms he
experienced before the start of this past Sunday's race.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Tuesday Night; :00
Earnhardt was in Lexington Tuesday night at Rick Mast's charity event, and he
said then that he has felt great ever since Sunday night.
Tomorrow, Dale and neurologist Dr. Charles Branch will address his condition
at a newsconference International raceway.
But as of both NASCAR and the doctors have given him the OK to race.
Last week Deion was turned upside down while playing against the Steelers.
Redskins' quarterback Gus Frerotte is hoping he doesn't suffer a similar fate
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Much of Frerotte's family lives in around the Pittsburgh area and Gus has
reserved 40 tickets for his relatives this Sunday.
The main ticket is for his Dad, who is unable to attend too many games
because of his poor health.
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((GUS FREROTTE/REDSKINS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/Redskins Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...THERE THOUGH."
The Roanoke Express has retained another key veteran player for the upcoming
This afternoon head coach and director of hockey operations, Frank Anzalone,
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
announced that defenseman Dave Stewart has committed to play for the Express
for the 1997-98 season.
Last year Stewart anchored the Roanoke defense and tallied 39 points with 9
goals and 30 assists.
In one other Express note, goalie Dave Gagnon and forward Tim Christian will
be at the New River Valley speedway this Sunday afternoon to sign autographs
for fans from 2 until 5.
The Lynchburg Hillcats will be looking to take 2 games to none lead on
Kinston as their best of five championship continues tonight in the Hill City.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night - Game One; :00
Last night the Indians went on top 1-to-nothing but then Lynchburg came
back to take the win 5-to-3.
Aramis Ramirez untied broke open a 3-all game in the bottom of the fifth
inning with this shot down the line in left. Mike
Asche's scores the eventual game winner as the Cats take game one 5-to-3.
Tonight's game starts at 7:05.
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SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Record Lows?/42-46/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/76-78;
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SUPER=333-Clear With/Record Lows?/38-42/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-10/70-72;
SUPER=334-Clear And/Very Cold/36-38/Mostly Sunny/Wind N-10/68-70;
That's News 7 at Six.
Later tonight we'll have the latest on that small plane stuck in a tree in
Bedford County--the pilot apparently not injured, just a little embarrassed.
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Join Jean Jadhon, Robin and Mike for News 7 at 11.