Up next on News 7 at 6, a civil rights group pickets the offices of Chuck
Robb and John Warner.
A mother wants to see greater protection for the mentally ill.
and we'll see a Chatham home that came straight from the Sears' catalog.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from Tech with our Tuesday night
chat with the Hokies.
The Bengals may have lost Ki Jana Carter for the rest of the season.
And we'll hear from Pittsburgh kicker Norm Johnson who tried in vain to put
his best foot forward last night against the Jaguars.
It looks like the rain is on the way to our drought stricken landscape.
Scattered showers are in the forecast through Sunday.
Race relations may have come a long way over the past few decades in the
But a number of minority groups here say major problems with discrimination
Len Besthoff has the story.
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(( For the next two days, picketers will walk in front of the offices of
Senators Robb and Warner, and Representative Bob Goodlatte.
The reason: the Roanoke Valley delegation's alleged inaction regarding
reforms of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or E-E-O-C.
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((HENRY CRAIGHEAD/PICKETER: THEY WON'T, THEY WON'T, PURSUE IT.))
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Warner's office says "We are well aware of their concerns, which we have
forwarded to the EEOC on more than one occasion. We understand that they are
Goodlatte and Robb's office didn't comment.
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(( At the same time all this is going on, the topic of racial discrimination
made the agenda of this week's city council meeting in Roanoke.
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((JAMES CRONE: PUT YOUR PREJUDICE BEHIND YOU, LIVE AMONGST US AS ONE-- NOT
SEPARATE. BECAUSE WE ARE A TRULY A COMMUNITY IN TURMOIL. AND THERE'S A FIRE
BURNING SO DEEP IN THIS COMMUNITY, THAT IT'S BOILING OVER.))
OUT Q=boiling over.
City workers have filed discrimination complaints with several federal
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says he'll look into the accusations.
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((DAVID BOWERS: DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE OR SEX OR RELIGION OR
NATIONALITY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN CITY OF ROANOKE GOVERNMENT.))
City workers say they've given council a deadline.
Now they're waiting for a response.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Fire destroyed an apartment house today in Roanoke.
No one was home when the fire started shortly after two this afternoon.
A neighbor spotted flames coming from the building and called 9-1-1.
Firefighters had to hose down the home next door to prevent the blaze from
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((PHILLIP TAYLOR/ROANOKE CITY FIRE: A SEARCH AND KNOCKDOWN STARTED
IMMEDIATELY-- FORTUNATELY THE FIRE DID NOT EXTEND BEYOND THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE
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The house in the 16-hundred block of Rorer Avenue is subdivided into four
apartments, but only two were occupied.
The Fire Marshal hopes to pinpoint the cause of the fire by tomorrow.
An Elliston woman, trying to come to grips with the suicide of her
20-year-old son, wants some changes in state policy.
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Connie Stevens joins us from the newsroom now, to explain.
Barbara Tsapel is on a mission.
She wants a change in Virginia's laws regarding the mentally ill-- and the
lack of power of physicians to keep patients hospitalized against their will--
for their protection.
Currently, a representative from an area's Community Service Board would
have to hear and act on a request for a committment order.
In Tsapel's case, it all started in February when her son Jef Faris was
hospitalized at Richmond's Tucker Pavilion.
He suffered severe depression, and threatened suicide.
And he didn't want to be hospitalized.
IN Q=My son had
((BARBARA TSAPEL/JEF'S MOTHER: MY SON HAD DRAWN A PICTURE OF HIS GRAVE AND WAS
GIVING ALL RIGHTS OF HIS BURIAL TO HIS FATHER AND HE GAVE THAT TO THE DR. THE
DAY HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL. IN TURN, DR. SHENOY PLACED THAT IN THE
VERY FRONT OF THE FILE SO THE INDIVIDUAL FROM THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD--
BUT THEY NEVER OPENED IT, THEY NEVER OPENED MY SON'S FILE. ))
SUPER=01-Barbara Tsapel/Jef's Mother; :
OUT Q=son's file.
The Richmond Community Services Board denied the request of Jef's doctor--
and ordered he be released from Tucker Pavilion.
Four days later, he shot himself in the head.
Tsapel is now canvassing state policy-makers, as well as the media.
She wants a more thorough review into committment requests by Community
She calls her proposal "Jef's Law".
In part, she may just get her way.
At the State Department of Mental Health, which oversees the Community
Service Boards-- they are now trying to create a protocol-- standard procedures
for conducting screening exams on patients.
As many are learning, it may be a fine line, trying to monitor and secure
both patient rights, and patient safety.
The call for a new interstate highway through western Virginia carried
local leaders to Washington today.
Members of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce joined business and
government leaders from five other states who support construction of
They're in Washington for two days, lobbying members of Congress.
IN Q=We also want to make sure
((BUD OAKEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT THEY REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS TO US IN
SUPPORTING EXISTING BUSINESS AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS BRING THE FOLKS
FROM BACK HOME THAT EMPLOY THE PEOPLE OR THAT ARE THE EMPLOYEES AND SAY THIS IS
IMPORTANT TO US. OUR JOBS DEPEND ON IT. OUR COMMUNITIES DEPEND ON IT. WE NEED
SUPER=01-Bud Oakey/Roanoke Reg. Chamber of Commerce;
OUT Q=need the support.
The state receives just 79 cents of every dollar that Virginians pay in
federal gasoline taxes... and local leaders are also arguing for a larger share
of transportation dollars.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us, the idea of testing students on the national level creates
controversy in the state governor's race.
and we'll visit an antique home in Chatham... it may never rival the Sear's
Tower, but it was bought their catalog.
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Sixty people are facing charges in Lynchburg after they were caught in part
of the city's "Weed and Seed" program.
It started with the demolition of a suspected crack house last week, and
continued with anti-crime sweeps through two neighborhoods over the weekend.
Police said today they arrested 28 people on drug charges, 10 for soliciting
a prostitute, nine for driving under the influence and thirteen others on other
IN Q=We're not interested
((CAPT. LEON THOMAS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE'RE NOT INTERESTED IN PUTTING PEOPLE IN
JAIL, GETTING THE NUMBERS IN THE ARRESTS, IT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE ABOUT. WHAT WE'RE
ABOUT, AGAIN, IS TO RESTORE PUBLIC ORDER IN PUBLIC PLACES AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO
BEHAVE THEMSELVES. THIS IS AMERICA, PEOPLE NEED NOT TOLERATE OPEN- AIR DRUG
MARKETS IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSES.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Leon Thomas/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=of their houses.
Police hope the show of force encourages residents to take back their
A national testing program for schoolchildren is fodder for fights on
Capitol Hill right now.
It's also a dividing line in Virginia's race for governor.
Democrat Don Beyer said today he supports President Clinton's idea, because
he'd like to know how Virginia children stack up nationally.
Combined with new state testing, that could mean standardized tests in
grades three, four, five, eight, and 11.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I SEEM TO REMEMBER TESTS EVERY
WEEK THE WHOLE TIME I WAS GROWING UP. AND IT DON'T THINK THAT'S A BAD THING.
ONE OF THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT SATS IS THAT SOME CHILDREN DO BETTER THAN
OTHERS BECAUSE THEY'RE GOOD AT TAKING TESTS. WELL, BY THE TIME VIRGINIA KIDS
GETTING AROUND TO TAKING THEIR SATS THEY'RE GONNA BE PRETTY GOOD AT TAKING
OUT Q=taking tests.
Republican Jim Gilmore's already blasting Beyer.
Gilmore says the national tests in the fourth and eighth grade would "dumb
down" Virginia's new standards.
IN Q=No because
((DON BEYER: NO BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ATTEMPTING TO MANDATE WHAT WE TEACH.
THEY'RE JUST GIVING US A BENCHMARK.))
OUT Q=a benchmark.
Gilmore says Virginia students already participate in two national tests to
provide comparative data on how they're doing.
Both candidates in the governor's race say education is their top priority.
But it's clear Jim Gilmore thinks his tax cut proposal is the key to
So now Republicans are holding four public hearings around the state to talk
IN Q=We've decided
((CHRIS LACAVITA/REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VA.: WE'VE DECIDED TO SOLICIT SITES ON
OUR OWN AND WE'RE GONNA RUN THESE IN A FAIR AND OPEN MANNER. AND ANYONE THAT
WISHES TO COME AND DISCUSS JIM GILMORE'S PLAN, OR EVEN BEYER'S PLAN, THEY'RE
PERFECTLY -- BEYER'S SCAM ACTUALLY -- THEY'RE MORE THAN WELCOME TO COME AND
SUPER=01-Chris LaCavita/Republican Party of Va.;
OUT Q=come and speak.
The Republicans have blasted a state commission studying taxes for NOT
holding public hearings.
The group WILL hold a public hearing December 16th -- after the election.
The commission's chairwoman, Eva Tieg (TEEG), says that's so they'll have
more time to "responsibly" consider all the tax and spending issues facing the
On Wall Street this afternoon, poor earnings reports and a weak bond market
forced the stock market lower today.
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The DOW lost nearly 27 points to close at 79-hundred-70.
Nasdaq GAINED almost eight points.
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Back in 1922, if you were in the market for your dream house, you could
order it right out of the Sears catalog.
Tina Tenret found just such a home, tucked away in a quiet corner of
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(( Seventy-five years ago, Bill Batterman's grandparents ordered this house
out of the Sears wishbook.
Each piece of lumber was labeled to fit together.
IN Q=I remember my dad
((BILL BATTERMAN: I REMEMBER MY DAD TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE WAS JUST A TEENAGER
GOING TO CHATHAM ON HORSE AND WAGON WITH HIS FATHER LOADING LUMBER AND BRINGING
IT OUT AND HELPING TO BUILD A HOUSE THAT SUMMER.))
OUT Q=that summer
With no electricity, the men sawed the lumber and dug the basement by hand,
pausing to carve their names.
IN Q=A lot of hard
((A LOT OF HARD WORK DONE IN YEARS GONE BY. THE OLDER GENERATION WOULD
APPRECIATE IT AND UNDERSTAND. WE YOUNG FOLKS DON'T UNDERSTAND BECAUSE WE NEVER
HAD TO DO THAT SORT OF THING. ))
OUT Q=that sort of thing
Now Bill Batterman's house holds a thousand tales.
His grandmother's china, the cabinet built into the wall.
His grandfather's rolltop desk.
His mother's piano, where she practiced for church.
The old furniture tousled by family gatherings through the years.
IN Q=I moved back out
((I MOVED BACK OUT HERE AFTER MY PARENTS DIED IN 93. THIS WAS HOME. THIS WAS
WHERE I WAS RAISED AND I JUST FELT LIKE THIS WAS WHERE I NEEDED TO BE.))
OUT Q=needed to be
Over to the side stands the log cabin where his grandparents lived before
building their Sears home.
Generations of initials carved between logs.
IN Q=nat sound of crickets
((nat sound of crickets with initials shot still up ))
IN Q=It's quiet here
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: IT'S QUIET HERE, ONLY THE BUZZ OF CRICKETS AND AN
OCCASIONAL MOSQUITO. BILL BATTERMAN LIKES IT THAT WAY, ALONE WITH HIS DOG, HIS
CATTLE AND MEMORIES.))
OUT Q=and his memories
Even though he can only afford to heat three rooms in the wintertime, this
Sears house is still Bill Batterman's home. Tina Tenret, News7, Chatham.))
Coming up in sports, a look back at another tem kicking itself on Monday
Night Football, the Braves and Junior are heating up the big leagues this week,
Grant Hill strikes it rich,
and after surviving the Temple of Doom, the Hokies are now looking ahead to
Saturday home game with the Indians of Arkansas State.
Virginia Tech goes out of the Big East this Saturday to battle Arkansas
State at 1pm at Lane Stadium. Steve Mason says the Hokies prepare for the
Indians after getting kicked around by Temple in a number of ways.
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Thanks to the finish in last night's Monday Night game, the Steelers are
nursing come bruised psyches courtesy of a botched field goal attempt that
could have given PIttsburgh a win over the Jaguars.
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The snap to holder Mike Tomczak from center Jim Sweeney was off line forcing
kicker Norm Johnson to kick a crooked football.
His kick was blocked and returned for a TD. Instead of winning 24-to-23, the
Steelers lost it 30-to-21.
((NORM JOHNSON/STEELERS KICKER:))
((KORDELL STEWART/STEELERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Norm Johnson/Steelers Kicker; :00
SUPER=01-Kordell Stewart/Steelers Quarterback; :08
OUT Q=...WANNA DO."
Some bad news for the hard luck Bengals tonight.
Running back Ki-Jane Carter, who rushed for 104 yards this past Sunday
against Denver, may be out for the rest of the season.
Doctors found out today that he has a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
If he undergoes surgery it will end his season.
The Atlanta Braves became the first team to clinch a divisional title this
season as they beat the expos 3-to-2 last night to wrapup the NL East.
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The Braves are the first team to win six straight divisional titles and last
night the champagne was flowing and spraying.
And while the division is nice - the Braves want it all.
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((RYAN KLESKO/BRAVES OUTFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Ryan Klesko/Braves Outfielder; :00
OUT Q=...DOWN THERE."
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The Mariners didn't clinch anything last night, but Ken Griffey Junior moved
two giant steps closer to Roger Maris' all-time single season homerun record.
Junior's 54th homer was a rope to right that just sneaked in behind the foul
His 55th of the year was a bomb to straight away center field.
He now has 5 more games to hit 6 homers and tie the record of 61.
The NBA continues to prove it is the king when it comes to garnering
endorsement bucks for its big stars.
This afternoon Grant Hill, the man many believe is the heir apparent to
Michael Jordan's throne once he retires, signed a new endorsement contract with
FILA worth $80 million dollars.
The Wall Street Journal says the deal is second only to Michael Jordan's $20
million dollar a season contract with Nike.
Hill will earn at least $11 million a season.
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Tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll find out if Roanoke County families can have
more than two dogs per household.
Right now to legally keep more dogs, residents had to apply for a kennel
Families that don't qualify would have to give away a pet.
Tonight, Roanoke County will consider changing that law.
We'll let you know what happens.
We'll have that story and we'll see if Elton John's tribute to Princess
That's all coming up tonight at 11.
Diana is selling well in local music stores.