Straight ahead on News 7
Prosecutors offer information that may link Earl Bramlett to the muuder of a
Word tonight that John Devner was flying without a valid pilot's license.
And check out these John Travlota wannabees complete with the white suits and
Clouds and some light rain today. Clouds will hang tough for another day.
The damage from Hurricane Pauline was bad enough on Acapulco-- now the
Medican city is trying to fight off new cases of cholera.
Plus....food cravings...when you gotta have it...there may just be a reason
It's all coming up on Health Check.
The prosecutor in the case against Earl Bramblett offers a link between
Bramblett and the crime scene.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Even before they started picking a jury today, the Commonwealth's Attorney
advanced a piece of evidence that he says "only the killer would know."
One of several pre-trial motions was about a statement attributed to
Bramblett in a newspaper interview right after he was arrested in South
Carolina last year.
Though he'd just been arraigned on eight charges involving the arson and
murder of the Hodges family in Vinton, Bramblett told the reporter he wasn't
convinced they were dead.
"I knew something happened to Teresa," he said, because a relative told him
gasoline had been sprinkled around her body."
Commonwealth's Attorney Skip Burkart says HE didn't know that. He says it
took the state crime lab to determine that there was gasoline on and around
Teresa Hodges' body and ONLY hers.
Jury selection began around mid-afternoon. The case is set to last at
least three weeks.
A sentence of life in prison was handed down to Harold David Davis for
killing a retired Smyth County school teacher.
Davis was supposed to stand trial today-- but last week he plead guilty to
capital murder, robbery and burglary.
The 24-year old was sentenced to three life terms.
Davis was arrested last September for killing 68-year old Anna Jean
The retired teacher was raped and strangled to death inside her home.
The alleged accomplice, Josh Widener, stands trial in January.
Widener was one of the victims former fifth grade students.
Word tonight that John Denver was not flying with a valid pilot's license
when his plane crashed Sunday.
SUPER=03-Pacific Grove, CA;
National Transporation Safety Board Investigators say his license was
Apparently his medical certificate was denied-
((GEORGE PETTERSON/NTSB: IT WAS LISTED AS BEING DENIED. THAT SOUND LIKE IT WAS
DENIED FOR A RENEWAL, BUT I'M NOT SURE. THERE WAS SOME CODED INFORMATION, BUT I
COULD NOT MAKE OUT WHAT IT MEANT IN TIME FOR THIS MEETING SO IT'S BEING PURSED
BY WASHINGTON AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL TO GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER.))
SUPER=01-George Petterson/Nat'l. Transportation Safety Bd.;
OUT Q=a straight answer.
Denver was killed when his plane crashed into Monterey Bay.
Toxiocology tests being run on Denver should be back in three to four weeks,
but people who saw Denver before the crash say there was no sign he'd been
The Attorney General IS extending her investigation into
President Clinton's campaign fundraising.
Janet Reno is looking into whether the President violated federal law when
making phone calls from the White House.
Reno's task force needs more time to see if there's enough evidence to
request a special prosecutor.
The investigation is overshadowing the President's trip to South America.
((I KNOW I DIDNT' DO ANYTHING WRONG. I DID EVERYTHING I COULD TO COMPLY WITH
THE LAW. I FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=GOOD ABOUT IT."
Reno's task force will also look at 100 more video tapes of White House
So far a review of 44 tapes showed no wrongdoing.
Callers beseeched him to come home to the Democratic party.
But former governor Doug Wilder left the question open on his statewide
as to whether he'll endorse Don Beyer -- his former ticket mate.
Wilder also gave more details on his chat last week with President Clinton.
SOT 21:14:32 tape two
IN Q=He said
((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: HE SAID "YOU KNOW YOU BAILED OUT CHUCK ROBB."
HE SAID "I'M REASONABLY CERTAIN THAT WHAT TOOK PLACE LAST TIME WHEN CHUCK ROBB
RAN, YOU BAILED HIM OUT." AND I SAID "DID YOU REALLY APPRECIATE IT? DO YOU
THINK THE STATE PARTY REALLY APPRECIATED IT?" AND THERE WAS SILENCE.))
butt*butt SOT 21:15:19
((I SAID SO I'M NOT NEW TO CAMPAIGNING AND GETTING PEOPLE ELECTED. THIS ISN'T
SOMETHING NEW WITH ME. BUT THE QUESTION IS HOW MANY TIMES MUST YOU GO TO THE
WELL TO PROVE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS.))
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor;
OUT Q=your effectiveness.
Wilder has two more Monday night radio shows before election day.
He says he's giving his choice "prayerful consideration."
An earthquake again takes a toll in Italy.
This time it was a 15th-century belltower that collapsed in central Italy-
The bell tower was damaged from previous quakes.
Today it simply gave way.
This earthquake is the latest in a series of strong quakes to strike the
But there's no additional damage to the basilica in (A-see-see) Assisi,
where a section of the ceiling fell last month, killing four people.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The candidates for Attorney General squared off in the Star City this
afternoon-- a recap is just ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
But first-- last week they were let go-- Today about a quarter of the
employees at a Roanoke County fiber optics plant will return to work,
Surprising results from a pioneering health study of middle-aged American
Many are far more frail, and in more physical pain than most experts
Patrick's checking out this year's apple crop.ANCHOR=connie
Stay tuned for his live report from the Roanoke City Market--
A limited workforce will return to a Roanoke County fiberoptics plant.
The union and Alcatel reached an agreement to send in 56-employees Monday
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Week; (TAPE 97-63)
Alcatel shut down last week leaving 215 plant employees without jobs.
Union workers with seniority are being called back to help finalize the
IN Q=The company
((DAVID TERRY/UNION PRESIDENT:THE COMPANY HAS ALREADY PURCHASED A SHIPMENT OF
GLASS THAT THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO RUN AND FULFILL ONE OBLIGATION TO A
CUSTOMER AND AFTER THAT THE PLANT WILL CEASE OPERATION))
SUPER=01-David Terry/Union President
OUT Q=cease operation
Whether they return to work, all 215 employees will continue to receive
paychecks until the end of the year, along with a severence package.
Alcatel is offering an incentive to go back to work:
The company says it will match a week's pay for every week worked, in a lump
sum in January.
Few voters may be focused on the race for attorney general, but the
candidates are sharpening their attacks.
Today, Democrat Bill Dolan and Republican Mark Earley made a joint
appearance at a meeting of the Roanoke Bar Association.
They sparred over issues including abortion and public education, with
Dolan suggesting that Earley's conservative record should raise concerns among
IN Q=Who the attorney general is
((BILL DOLAN/D- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: WHO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS AND
WHAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BELIEVES MAKES A VERY BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOU'RE
GOING TO LIVE YOUR LIFE.))
((MARK EARLEY/R- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: PEOPLE KNOW WHERE I STAND ON
THE ISSUES. THERE'S A TEN- YEAR RECORD AND I THINK SOMEBODY WHO LOST THE RACE
FOUR YEARS AGO AND IS NOW TRYING TO REINVENT THEMSELVES, I THINK THE VOTERS ARE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE THROUGH THAT.))
OUT Q=see through that.
Earley promises to fight any challenges to the (A-bolition) abolition of
parole and welfare reform.
Dolan says he will defend abortion rights, and fight proposals such as
school vouchers that he fears will compromise public education.
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Roanoke County's books need to be checked over more closely.
That's according to the independent candidate vying for the Hollins
district seat on the board of supervisors.
Don Terp wants a complete audit of the county's finances.
Terp says he's not accusing anyone of wrongdoing-- but believes citizens
should have a better idea of how the county is spending their tax dollars.
IN Q=You go down there
((DON TERP/I- BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CAND.: YOU GO DOWN THERE AND YOU ASK THEM
FOR SOMETHING AND THEY REFUSE TO GIVE IT TO YOU, AND IT'S OUR MONEY AND WE
SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHERE IT'S GOING AND WHAT'S HAPPENING TO IT. ))
SUPER=01-Don Terp/(I) Board of Supervisors Cand.;
OUT Q=happening to it
Terp is also calling for county assessments to be taken every THREE years,
instead of every year.
Incumbent-- Democrat Bob Johnson says the county has an audit done every
year, and that copies are available at all the county libraries.
He also said Terp's assessment proposal is "ludicrous".
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Whether red or golden-- they're delicious this time of year-- and Patrick is
snacking on some of this year's crop.
(PATRICK AD LIB)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The Apple crop in central and southwest Virginia continues to roll in, and
it's all but off the trees.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is on the Market in Downtown Roanoke with more on this year's
crop and how the farmers fared.
SUPER=01-Mark Woods/Apple Grower;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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Redskins fans are celebrating today over last night's big win against the
Mike has a look back in tonight's Ticker.
If chocolate occupies your thoughts day in and day out-- don't miss this
On Health Check, WHY we crave WHAT we crave.
IN Q=It's junk food
((ITS JUNK FOOD. IT'S THINGS WITH BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE AND WHIP CREAM
AND ITS PIZZA.
I CRAVE NICE CHEESE WITH A PIECE OF BREAD, EARLY IN THE MORNING.
I CRAVE STEAKS, PORTERHOUSE STEAK.
CHOCOLATE IS MY FAVORITE! ))
OUT Q=chocolate is my favorite.
Good Afternoon, Keith Humphry here-- stick around for NEWS-7 at SIX in about
A local civil rights group says the Hotel Roanoke should NOT be called a
racist place of business.
Hotel management met with representatives of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference this morning.
The SCLC says an on-going boycott of hotel may no longer be necessary...
double boxes Jean/Keith
Why did it change its decision-- the complete story on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Cholera has broken out in hurricane-ravaged Acapulco, where it may be weeks
before running water is restored.
Officials are also worried about the threat that could come from other
diseases, such as typhoid.
Researchers have been looking at middle-aged women in America -- and and
they're surprised by what they've learned.
It turns out middle-aged women are weaker and have more aches and pains
than researchers expected.
Ten-thousand women between 40 and 55 were studied over two and a-half
Eight- percent reported significant difficulty completing such simple tasks
as climbing stairs, carrying groceries or walking around the block.
55-percent said they had felt soreness or stiffness in their necks, backs
or shoulders in the last two weeks.
Two different types of cholesterol may be important in determining the risk
Veteran's Administration researchers found levels of so-called "good"
cholesterol may be as important to stroke risk as the "bad" kind.
Good cholesterol removes artery-clogging fat from the blood.
Experts say men who already had heart disease had up to twice the risk of
suffering a stroke if their levels of good cholesterol were low.
More now, from the CBS series-- Food, Glorious Food.
Today, the foods we just can't seem to live without-- it seems craving has a
lot less to do with your stomach, and a lot more to do with your brain.
Whether you crave crunchy food, salty fast food, a big deli sandwhich, or
death by chocolate...your food are a message from your brain.
IN Q=I don't think
SUPER=01-Judith Wurtman/M.I.T. Biochemist; :07
OUT Q=your tastebuds.
IN Q=I don't think
((I DON'T THINK THERE ARE ANY BAD FOOD CRAVINGS. I THINK YOUR BODY JUST TURNS
ON TO SOMETHING THAT IT FEELS IT NEEDS.
JUDITH WURTMAN/BIOCHEMIST, M.I.T.: CRAVINGS ARE A WAY OF SIGNALING OUR BODY
THAT WE NEED TO EAT OR DRINK SOMETHING FOR OUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND PERHAPS OUR
PHYSICAL HEALTH. ))
OUT Q=physical health.
The mystery of WHY we crave WHAT we crave WHEN we crave it is only now just
Most scientists agree it's not about the hunger in your stomach-- but about
the chemistry in your head.
IN Q=We know there
((WE KNOW THERE IS A CHEMICAL IN THE BRAIN CALLED SERATONIN. AND SERATONIN
REGULATES OUR MOOD, OUR APPETITE AND SOMETIMES EVEN HOW HOW WELL WE SLEEP, IS
MADE WHEN WE EAT SWEET AND STARCHY FOODS. ))
OUT Q=starchy foods.
Judith Wurtman believes some foods act as edible tranquilizers.
But how do you control the out of control snack attacks on the brain?
Notice WHEN and WHAT you crave-- and if you often reach for something
sticky, sweet, gooey or salty-- then try instead to match it up to a
healthier, low fat alternative.
IN Q=What you pick
((WHAT YOU PICK TO SATISFY YOUR CRAVINGS SHOULD BE BASED ON THE NUTRITIONAL
VALUE AS WELL AS WHAT IT DOES TO YOUR BRAIN, RATHER THAN JUST WHAT IT DOES TO
Of course, nutrition is always important-- but most experts don't recommend
giving up the stuff you love.
Just be sure not to overdo a good thing.
Depending on who you cheer for, last night's football game was either great,
The Redskins--Cowboys matchup is just one thing Mike has in tonight's
Ticker. Hi Mike.
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to your two minute ticker.
Last night the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-16 pushing
their record to 4 and 2.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/ABC; :00
But the win had a price as Washington running back Terry Allen was knocked
out of the game after injuring his knee.
IN Q="I think..
((TERRY ALLEN/REDSKINS TAILBACK:))
SUPER=01-Terry Allen/Redskins Running Back; :
OUT Q=...soon as I can"
Second string tailback Stephen Davis had no problem picking up the slack;
scoring two touchdowns.
In fact, it was a night made for back ups as reserve tight end James Jenkins
caught a Gus Frerotte TD pass as well.
IN Q="I seen
((JAMES JENKINS/REDSKINS TIGHT END:))
SUPER=01-James Jenkins/Redskins Tight End; :00
OUT Q=...on monday night"
The Virginia Hokies are taking advantage of this week off to heal up some
wounds, rest their minds, and give thanks for the steadily improving condition
of coach J.B.Grimes - who is back home a week after having triple bypass
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...as heck."
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/October 4; :00
Beamer also is hoping flanker Shawn Scales can rehab his way back into the
lineup for the West Virginia game in two weeks.
Scales sat out the Boston College game after injuring a tendon in his left
ankle against Miami of Ohio.
IN Q="We're gonna...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
OUT Q=...MORE PROBLEMS."
The Atlanta Braves hope to even their best of seven National League
championship series with the Marlins at a game a piece tonight at Turner Field.
The Braves trail the Fish three games to two.
Atlanta sends Tom Glavine to the mound tonight to face the Marlins Kevin
And in one hoop note for you, the Utah Jazz learned today it will be without
future hall of famer John Stockton for six to eight weeks.
Stockton has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery to remove some loose
Coming up at six, we'll talk Tech basketball as we check the pulse of both
the men's and women's programs.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Almost 20 years ago, the fever shocked the rock and roll industry-- as well
as the fashion world.
SUPER=04-"Saturday Night Fever" - Paramount;
In 1977 "Saturday Night Fever" gave birth to the disco phenomenon.
John Travolta helped light up the dance floor in a Brooklyn night club.
A radio station is holding its own Travolta look alike contest at a fast
food restaurant to find the best look-alike.
The winner returns to the same bar to dance and pose with guests.
IN Q=GREW UP IN
OUT Q=CAN'T BEAT IT.
Many New Yorkers say they've never shaken the fever.
They're sharing their pictures and souvenirs from the movie along with some