President Clinton appeals for finance reform, as a Senate panel grills one
of his former aides about White House fundraising coffees.
And highlights from a less than friendly gubernatorial debate in Richmond.
Sunshine and exceptionally warm conditions continue across the region, with
ample warm weather for the rest of the week. We'll examine the forecast, and
check out who won and who lost on the various fields of play last night.
News 7 at noon is next.
The sparks continue to fly in Washington over the White House coffe tapes.
Congressional Republicans are angry the videotapes weren't released earlier,
and have given the White House until Friday to turn over anymore taped
President Clinton defended Democratic fundraising activities following
comments this morning on campaign finance reform.
((CLINTON: I NEVER TOLD ANYOJDN THEY HAD TO CONTRIBUTE TO ME IN ORDER TO DO
BUSINESS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE, I NEVER ASKED ANYBODY NOT TO DO ANYTING WITH THE
OTHER SIDE AND WE DIDN'T RAISE AS MUCH AS THE OTHER SIDE, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO
DONTINUE TO FIGHT AGAINST WHAT I THOUGHT WAS BAD FOR THIS NATION. ))
OUT Q=FOR THIS COUNTRY
Former White House aid Harold Ickes is testifying at this hour before the
Senate Governmental Affairs Committe.
Committe chairman Fred Thompson, started off today's hearing by showing
more of the coffee videotapes and said they show that there was a system in
place to bring in illegal money for the Democrats.
Divers have found the body of ten- year- old Jeffery Curley in a river in
South Berwick, Maine.
The boy was missing for nearly a week after he was allegedly kidnapped.
Charles Jaynes and Salvatore Sicari
(sal-vuh-TOUR' sik-AHR'-ee) are being held on kidnapping and murder charges.
Sicari told police that Jaynes smothered the boy and sexually molested the
There was no knockout punch, but there was plenty of sparring during last
night's gubernatorial debate.
Don Beyer tried to portray Jim Gilmore as the candidate of religious
broadcaster Pat Robertson.
But Gilmore was making no apologies.
SOT DEBATE#2 21:12:46
IN Q= AS FOR
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOV.: AS FOR PAT ROBERTSON, I HAVE A BROAD
RANGE OF SUPPORT FROM PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THIS PARTY, INCLUDING CONTRIBUTIONS
FROM THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. ))
OUT Q=OF PEOPLE.
Beyer was also grilled on his campaign contributors--and a weekend
fundraiser attended by President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
SOT debate #2 21:35:39
IN Q=WE RAISED A
((DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOV.: WE RAISED A MODERATE AMOUNT OF MONEY. FAR
LESS THAN MY OPPONENT HAS RAISED. BUT WE RAISED MONEY FROM VIRGINIANS. WE
RAISED IT FROM THOSE WHO WANTED TO HEAR THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT SPEAK.
WE DIDN'T GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL THE FUNDRAISING PROBLEMS AFFECTING DEMOCRATS AND
REPUBLICANS IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW. ))
OUT Q=RIGHT NOW
Polls indicate the race is still too close to call.
Meantime former Governor Doug Wilder, who moderated the debate, had a
telephone chat yesterday with President Clinton.
Clinton called to urge Wilder to endorse Don Beyer.
Jim Gilmore is also seeking Wilder's backing.
But the former governor still hasn't make an endorsement.
Roanoke Valley Democrats were pleased with Don Beyer's debate performance.
Beyer fans watched the debate at Democrat Dick Cranwell's campaign
Harry Nickens says Beyer is the best choice for residents of western
IN Q=He's going to
((HARRY NICKENS/BEYER SUPPORTER: IF YOU HEARD THE DEBATE YOURSELF, YOU'LL KNOW
THAT THE INFLUENCE OF THE TIDEWATER AREA AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AREA IS GOING TO
BE PREDOMINATING THE GILMORE ADMINISTRATION AND DON BEYER I JUST DON'T THINK
WILL THAT WILL HAPPEN. HE'LL BE A GOVERNOR FOR VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/Beyer Supporter;
OUT Q= for Virginia.
People at this gathering used the get together as an opportunity to ready
IN Q= It helps us
((GERALD HOLT/BEYER SUPPORTER: IT HELPS US TO KEEP FOCUSED AND ALSO YOU KNOW,
THIS CLOSE TO ELECTION DAY, ITS KIND OF LIKE A PEP RALLY FOR EVERYONE.))
SUPER=01-Gerald Holt/Beyer Supporter ;
OUT Q= rally for everyone.
Roanoke Valley Republicans did not sponsor a debate party-
Local activist Hugh Key said party members expected Gilmore to, "slam dunk"
Beyer, so there wasn't a need to pay much attention to the debate.
Astronaut Michael Foule is getting used to gravity this afternoon, after
returning to earth last night aboard Atlantis.
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
Foule was reunited with his wife Rhonda and his son and daughter.
Foule, who spent nearly five months on the Mir space station, became
visible upset when he tried to defend the Russian commander for the infamous
cargo ship collision.
((HE FELT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCIDENT WHICH I DON'T QUITE FEEL...NO THIS IS
TOO HARD TO TALK ABOUT. ))
OUT Q=TO HARD TO TALK ABOUT.
Meantime, Mir is getting ready for the arrival of a fresh cargo ship.
Today the crew jettisoned an old
supply ship that was filled with garbage.
A glitch prevented that
from happening yesterday.
Docking with the new resupply ship is scheduled tomorrow.
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The F-B-I is still searching
for an armored car driver suspected of stealing a van containing 15 million
Last night authorities recovered the van, with cash inside.
The missing driver, David Ghantt is described as a white male, 5'11" to 6'
tall, with strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and is approx 27 or 28 years old.
The F-B-I considers Ghantt armed and dangerous.
A diagnosis of breast cancer brings many changes for patient and family.
In Danville, a vigil brought together people who have survived the disease, and
others who have lost a loved one to it.
Tina Tenret reports.
IN Q=The candlelight vigil
SUPER=07-Judith Frances; :21
SUPER=01-Robyn Frances/Breast Cancer Victim; :38
OUT Q=News7, Danville))
IN Q=nat sound
OUT Q=nat sound
((The candlelight vigil was held under the stars outside the hospital.
One man is planning to retire early with his wife in the Blue Ridge
Mountains now that she has breast cancer.
A 13-year-old girl remembers crying in the first grade, not understanding
why her mother was never home.
IN Q=I know that
((JUDITH FRANCES/DAUGHTER OF CANCER VICTIM: I KNOW THAT MY SISTER AND I ARE AT
A HIGHER RISK OF HAVING BREAST CANCER. OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY BREAST
CANCER ONCE AND MY PRAYER IS THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO FACE IT IN THE FUTURE.))
OUT Q=face it in the future
Her mother, Robyn, has had a third child since being diagnosed seven years
ago -- a girl she calls her healing baby.
IN Q=I feel
((ROBYN FRANCES/BREAST CANCER VICTIM: I FEEL THAT MY FAITH WAS STRENGTHENED AT
THAT TIME. I DON'T REMEMBER BEING ANGRY AT GOD BUT FEELING MORE BLESSED AND
APPRECIATIVE FOR MY LIFE AND THOSE IN IT. I FEEL LIKE I'M A BETTER PERSON
BECAUSE OF MY BREAST CANCER.))
OUT Q=breast cancer
Doctors say about 44-thousand-women will die of breast cancer this year.
Meanwhile, these survivors are counting on friends, family and faith to pull
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A southwest Virginia prosecutor says he'll skip some cases because of a pay
dispute. We'll have that story coming up on News 7 at Noon.
In Italy another strong tremor is adding to the stress on a landmark already
damaged in last month's earthquake.
First though here's Patrick with a check on weather.
music up full
At least two people are dead and another wounded after a shooting in San
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;
The incident occurred at a telephone answering service.
Police say the gunman walked in, shot his girlfriend and another woman, then
took his own life.
Authorities believe the shootings stemmed from an argument the suspect had
with his girlfriend last night.
After eleven days of tremors, another strong aftershock rocked central Italy
So far only two injuries have been reported but a famous Itlalian landmark
sustained more damage.
The Basilica of Sant Francis of Assisi was already heavily damaged by two
quakes on September 26th.
Student volunteers have been trying to save as much of the Basilica's
ancient artwork as possible before winter sets in.
Three people accused of spying for the former East Germany and Russia are in
The trio includes a former Pentagon attorney and her husband.
Federal prosecutors say the couple used miniature cameras to photograph
documents and shortwave radios to receive coded messages from their spy
If convicted, they could face life in prison.
Wythe County prosecutor Tommy (Bared) Baird says he's going to skip some
cases until a pay dispute is settled.
The ones in question are considered "state offenses"-- and include driving
under the influence and assault and battery.
(Bared) Baird says he'll continue to operate this way until the county pays
him more than 20-thousand dollars.
He says it's money he's owed for paying assistants out of his own pocket.
IN Q=The officers
((TOMMY BAIRD/WYTHE CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.:THE OFFICERS HAVE NO ONE TO
PRESENT THEIR CASE ON THEIR BEHALF AND THE JUDGE HAS TO REMAIN IMPARTIAL, HE
CAN'T PROSECUTE THE CASES, AND IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT UNLESS THE MATTER IS
SUPER=01-Tommy Baird/Wythe Co. Commonwealth's Atty.; :
OUT Q=is resolved.
(Bared) Baird is still prosecuting misdemeanor cases considered "county
offenses" because the county pays him 50-dollars per case.
Wythe County's administrator declined to talk on camera-- but the county
board of supervisors will address the issue when it meets tonight at Sheffey
A suspicious fire damaged a vacant business in Madison Heights last night.
Crews were called to the old Bunny's Antiques store on Route 29 around 7:30.
Flames engulfed the rear of the building and spread to the roof.
Firefighters contained the flames but the inside of the structure was
The building has been empty for several years.
With budget and spending issues a continuing problem, candidates for the
Bedford County Board of Supervisors and School Board will have their work cut
out for them if they're elected next month.
The candidates were invited to share their views at a forum last night.
Only one school board hopeful showed up at the Staunton River High School
James Fields says schools are crowded, and the school system is two and half
million dollars in the red.
IN Q=THE SCHOOL BOARD
((JAMES FIELDS/SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE: THE SCHOOL BOARD ACTS AS IT DOESN'T
KNOW HOW OR WHY IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. THIS IS IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THEY
MUST APPROVE ALL EXPENDITURES AND THE BUDGET. THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS EXPRESSED
SUPRISE AT THE NO EXCUSES ARE ACCEPTABLE. ))
SUPER=01-James Fields/School Board Candidate;
OUT Q=are acceptable.
Candidates for Supervisor focused on ways to increase revenues.
IN Q=WE NEED TO
((ROGER CHEEK/BEDFORD COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WE NEED TO INCREASE INDUSTRY TO
BEDFORD COUNTY. THAT WILL CREATE JOBS FOR OUR CITIZENS, AND REVENUE WILL HELP
EASE THE TAX BURDEN PLACED ON BEDFORD COUNTY TAXPAYERS.))
SUPER=01-Roger Cheek/Bedford Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=COUNTY TAXPAYERS
Cheek's challenger says Bedford county needs to pursue more businesses.
((STEVEN WILKENSON/BEDFORD COUNTY SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE: THAT IS THE
OPPORTUNITY TO GROW OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO BALANCE OUT OUR RESIDENTIAL
DEVELOPMENT. AND YOU'VE HEARD IT 3 TIMES TONIGHT, SO IT MUST BE TRUE.))
SUPER=01-Steven Wilkenson/Bedford Co. Supervisor Candidate;
OUT Q=it must be true.
There are two more debates scheduled before the November election.
Most parents know fall is the season for school fundraisers.
And most say they'd rather take the merchandise to the office than have their
children go door to door.
Virginia code on fund raising and solicitation changed recently.
It prohibits elementary schools from conducting sales campaigns that require
students to go door to door.
Franklin County's had these initiatives in place since 19-89.
But school P-T-As aren't the only organizations sending children knocking on
IN Q=We've been
((STEVE WILBURN/BOY SCOUT DIRECTOR:WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WAYS TO MAKE
SELLING OF OUR POPCORN A LITTLE SAFER. POPCORN IS ONE OF THE LARGEST BOY SCOUT
TROOPS, CUB SCOUT PACKS IN OUR AREA AND WE DON'T WANT TO GIVE THAT UP, BUT WE
DO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SAFE))
SUPER=01-Steve Wilburn/Boy Scout Director;
OUT Q=are safe
The Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America has a list of safety tips
they send home with each scout while selling Trail's End Popcorn.
They include never going alone, have an adult with them, and never going into
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Plans for the restoration of one Roanoke neighborhood are back on track.
We'll have details next on News 7 at Noon.
And next time you put a quarter in a pay phone--you may find it's not
enough. We'll explain--stay with us.
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GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Reviving the rich history of Roanoke's Henry Street has once again become a
priority city project.
City Council has approved an agreement with the Roanoke Neighborhood
Development Corporation- a new group that will spearhead improvements there.
The group and a South Carolina consultant have succeeded where others have
failed, bringing together Gainsboro residents, city officials, and other
IN Q=We've had individual
((CLAUDIA WHITWORTH/RNDC CHAIRMAN: WE'VE HAD INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS WHICH JUST
COULDN'T SWIM, BUT THIS F.A. JOHNSON CONSULTING FIRM THAT CAME IN TO MIX ALL
THE OIL AND THE WATER TOGETHER HAS REALLY MADE THE DIFFERENCE AND WE'RE JUST
OVERJOYED BY COUNCIL'S UNANIMOUS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Claudia Whitworth/RNDC Chairwoman;
OUT Q=vote of confidence today.
The First Union Corporation has contributed ten thousand dollars to the new
And city council has re-allocated more than 140-thousand dollars of
Community Development funds that were already earmarked for Henry Street.
Start digging for more loose change.
Pay phones are deregulated as of today and providers get to charge whatever
they want for local calls.
They can also limit how much time you get for your money.
Up till now, the State Corperation limited the cost of a pay phone call to
25 cents for unlimited time.
But last year, congress stripped the states of their authority to regulate
pay phone prices.
Virginia fought back in court, and lost.
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SUPER=331-Clear/& Mild/58-61/Sunny/Still Warm/83-87;
SUPER=332-Clear/Fog Late/48-52/Morning Fog/Sunny & Warm/78-80;
SUPER=334-Clear/Fog Late/46-50/Morning Fog/Sunny & Warm/75-78;
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 44 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
The defending World Series Champs won't have a chance to regain the major
league glory this year.
and in Monday night football,
The Denver Broncos are now the N-F-L's only unbeaten team after their
match-up with the New England Patriots.
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The Cleveland Indians eliminated the defending world champion Yankees from
the playoffs last night.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Fox-MLB; :00
In game Five of this divisional series te Yankees put Andy Pettitte on the
But the Tribe hit him hard for the second game this series.
In the third, Manny Ramirez doubles to deep center with a bomb over Bernie
Omar Visquel and Marquis Grissom SUPER=35-New York/3/Cleveland/4/Indians Win
Series 3-2 ;
scored on the play.
The Tribe went up four to nothing and they hang on to win it 4 to 3.
They next get the Orioles.
The National League championship series opens tonight in Atlanta with the
Braves hosting the Florida Marlins.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA; :00
Yesterday both clubs got in some batting practice.
Chipper Jones skipped the workout because of a sore heel.
The Marlins will start Kevin Brown in game one, while the Braves will go with
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The Denver Broncos charged over the New England Patriots 34 -to- 13 on the
gridiron last night in Denver.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/NFL-ABC Sports;
The Broncos left New England in the dust by scoring 17 points during a seven
and a-half minute span of the third quarter.
Drew Bledsoe tossed a 44-yard pass to Keith Byars for the Patriots' lone
But Bledsoe also was intercepted by John Mobley, who ran it back 13 yards
for a score.
The Broncos are 6-and-0 for the season. Their first two 6-and-0 starts led
to a Super Bowl appearance.
This week's listings of the state's best high school football teams are
and nine different teams from the Friday Football Extra coverage area are in
And as Mike Stevens reports there's one team that has special reason to be
proud--they've made into the Triple A Top 10.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
OUT Q=...News 7 sports
(( The Fleming Colonels unofficially wrapped up the Western district last
Friday by whipping Albemarle and completing a sweep of every team in the not so
wild west. The Colonels carry the Group THree a banner for this state checking
in behind Hampton at number two.
While Fleming stands alone, the surprising Carroll County Cavaliers have
plenty of company in this week's Group Two A listing.
Brookville checks in at number five followed by Carroll, Alleghany,
Heritage, Tunstall, and Jefferson Forest.
Stormin Norman Lineburg and the Radford Bobcats are back in the top 10.
They hold down the 10 spot in this week's single-a poll, while unbeaten
Rural Retreat is number 7. Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
Last month Elton John sang a special tribute to Princess Diana at
Westminster Abbey as billions watched around the world.
Now, John has come to America to set his sights in a new arena--
comedy, making his American T-V sitcom debut on the "Nanny."
But why the Nanny you ask?
Well it seems John is a big fan of the show.
((ELTON JOHN:THATS A BIG PLUS..SHE S
ONE OF THE MOST FUNNIEST CHARACTERS ON T.VSO THAT WAS A BIG PLUS..YOU DON T
WANT TO DO A ROTTEN SHOW.NO WAY.
OUT Q=no way.
The show airs Wednesday night on this C-B-S station at 8:00.