Motorists drove right by a house fire in Roanoke late this morning. It
turned out to be fatal.
That's the top story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And word of some major changes in television ad strategies on the part of
the candidates for Governor.
We'll call on Ellen Qualls in Richmond to sort out it for us.
In sports, week 8 of Friday Football Extra is here. Roy Stanley will preview
the Fleming/Pulaski game, The Marttinsville Speedway's ttaco Bell 300 hits the
and tthe Roanoke Express will try and stop the Chill tonight in the season
Light rain and cool temperatures highight the weekend outlook. But we use
the Warm waters of El Nino to heat up WeatherSchool tonight.
Fire claimed a life in Roanoke this morning.
Witnesses say cars passed the burning house in the East Gate neighborhood
and no one stopped.
One man had to hold a family member down to keep him from being killed.
IN Q=He was on fire
((THOMAS THURMAN/WITNESS: HE WAS ON FIRE, HE WAS SMOKING, AND THEN WHEN SHE
CALMED HIM DOWN, HE SAID THERE'S SOMEBODY IN THERE.))
OUT Q=somebody in there.
The victim trapped in the fire is not being identified until an autopsy is
Firefighters will only say the victim was a man in his 30's.
GRAPHIC=First Union/Signet Merger
The Federal Reserve Board has given its approval, but First Union's plan
to acquire Signet Bank is still drawing fire from a local coalition of
The coalition says First Union hasn't met its obligations under the
Community Reinvestment Act.
The group says minority and low- income consumers will have even less
access to loans and other services if the First Union / Signet merger occurs.
IN Q=Quite frankly
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Community Reinvestment Coalition;
OUT Q=sensitive to our communities.
Members of the coalition plan to meet with federal regulators.
They'll sit down with bank executives next week.
First Union officials say they are proud of the bank's community
Meanwhile, a Raleigh, North Carolina bank announced today it's acquiring 15
Signet branches in western and southside Virginia.
The Signet branches will become part of First Citizens Bank early next year.
Customers shouldn't notice many changes, though.
First Citizens said everyone's Signet account will be automatically
And, all current Signet employees will stay on the job.
First Citizens says it will HIRE 67 NEW workers after the acquisition.
Jury selection is complete in the capital murder case of Earl Bramblett.
That clears the way for opening statements Monday, immediately followed by
the first testimony.
Sixteen Roanoke County citizens- -an even number of men and women- -were
sworn in today to hear the facts of the 1994 arson and murder.
There are four alternates- -in case one of the 12 jurors is unable to make
it all the way through the trial which is expected to last at least two or
three more weeks.
A campaign in trouble -- or a slight change of strategy?
That's the question tonight about Democrat Don Beyer's campaign for
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with more.
Keith, for the last two weeks, the Beyer campaign has been scaling back TV
advertising across the state.
On our own station, he has cancelled from 16 to 42- percent of what he
bought each week in the month of October.
But he increased his ad buy in the final days before election day to more
than double what will run the week before.
Comparatively this week, Jim Gilmore has INCREASED his media buys.
VO-NAT **Ellen Mic Hot**
(Ellen ad libs over video)
The Gilmore campaign says two weeks out you don't pull back on advertising,
and calls the Beyer cancellation trend the sign of a desperate campaign,
running out of money and ideas.
That's based partly on finance reports released this week that show Gilmore
outraised Beyer two-to-one in the month of September.
The Beyer campaign points out that doesn't include a fundraiser with the
President that pulled in over 600- thousand dollars.
Beyer's spokeswoman, Page Boinest says she's NOT going to talk strategy with
reporters, but they simply re-evaluated their TV needs.
She says Beyer has enough money to do what he needs to do.
Now beyond all the hysteria, the bottom line on our own station, again, is
that when Beyer scaled back and Gilmore scaled up -- they ended up with ROUGHLY
the same dollar figure each week from here on out --
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
so voters in our market won't really see one more than the other unless those
figures change again.
It's pink slips to paychecks for shoemakers in Pittsylvania County.
Lynchburg's Capps Shoe Company bought this plant and will start making
military shoes here Monday.
The former owners, Craddock-Terry, went bankrupt in August. The plant
closed and 168 people lost their jobs.
Now Capps has rehired about 100 of those employees.
IN Q=I can't speak
((DAVEY LEE MOORE/PLANT WORKER: I CAN'T SPEAK FOR EVERYBODY BUT I KNOW MYSELF,
I GOT BEHIND ON MY BILLS AND STUFF A LOT. I HOPE WHEN I GET BACK INTO FULL
OPERATION THAT WILL HELP STRAIGHTEN IT OUT.))
SUPER=01-Davey Lee Moore/Plant Worker;
OUT Q=straighten it out
The reopening is also good for the county.
IN Q=With the threat to tobacco
((FRED INGRAM/COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WITH THE THREAT TO TOBACCO CAUSED BY BILL
CLINTON AND I'M SCARED, MR. BEYER ALSO, WHEN WE SAY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IT HAS
NEW MEANING BECAUSE WE NEED TO DIVERSIFY AND WE NEED TO CREATE THE JOBS JUST IN
CASE SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN TO TOBACCO.))
SUPER=01-Fred Ingram/County Supervisor;
OUT Q=to tobacco
Capps is NOT rehiring people who made women's shoes.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Some Roanoke students played host to their foreign counterparts at a high
The activity was meant to strengthen their sister city ties with those
across the Atlantic.
That story in a few minutes but first the chilly details from Robin Reed in
the weather center.
wx ad lib
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When voters go to the polls next month to cast their ballots in the race for
9th district house of delegates, they'll be looking for someone they can talk
Both candidates claim to be the most accessible...Tonya Flory sat down with
both of them.
IN Q=Mary Harkins
SUPER=01-Mary Harkins/(D)-Candidate for Delegate; :10
SUPER=01-Del. Allen Dudley/(R)-Franklin Co. ;:27
OUT Q=News 7.
((Mary Harkins is a lawyer from Wheeling West Virginia.
She grew up on a small cattle field and came from humble beginnings, but made
her way to Duke University.
IN Q=I left home
((MARY HARKINS:I LEFT HOME WITH ABOUT 600 DOLLARS I'D SAVED FROM AN AFTER
SCHOOL JOB AT KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN, NOT KNOWING HOW FAR THAT WOULD REALLY
OUT Q=really take me
so far it's taken her to Hardy where she's lived since 19-93.
The incumbent Allen Dudley is a native...born and raised in Franklin County...
IN Q=I know the
((ALLEN DUDLEY:I KNOW THE DISTRICT, I KNOW THE PEOPLE, I KNOW THE AREA, I GREW
UP ON A FARM AND WE'RE VERY MUCH STILL AGRICULTURAL IN THIS DISTRICT))
OUT Q=in this district
This is Harkins first run for political office.
She says she's the approachable, hard working candidate and dedicated to the
IN Q=I've pledged
((MARY HARKINS:I'VE PLEDGED TO HOLD TOWN MEETINGS AROUND THE DISTRICT AT LEAST
EVERY OTHER MONTH SO THAT HARD WORKING PEOPLE CAN COME AND TALK TO ME AFTER
OUT Q=after hours
IN Q=We've had town meetings
((ALLEN DUDLEY:WE'VE HAD TOWN MEETINGS. USUALLY ATTENDANCE IS NOT VERY WELL AT
THAT AND I'VE TRIED TO BE SO ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T REALLY HAVE TO
HAVE A TOWN MEETING, IF THEY HAVE A CONCERN OR PROBLEM THEY PICK UP THE PHONE
AND CALL ME OR THEY SEE ME SOMEWHERE))
OUT Q=see me somewhere
Both candidates have made education a priority in their campaigns.
Dudley and Harkins agree overcrowding is a problem in Virginia schools.
Harkins says she'll work to reduce classroom size, especially in primary
Dudley says school facilities don't meet the growing number of childen
attending and adds the buildings need to be renovated to keep up with
So as both candidates pave their way down the campaign trail...where they
differ could be the key that sways the voter.
Tonya Flory, News 7.))
And there is a third candidate in the race. It is Charles Jordan's first run
He's on the Green party ticket...a political group that concentrates on
Homecoming festivities looked a little strange to two seniors at Roanoke
Catholic School today.
That's because Andrew and Paul are exchange students from Poland.
And this was the first pep rally they had ever seen.
There were the usual chants from cheerleaders, and battles to see which class
has the most spirit.
But there also was a skit where teachers and students made ice cream sundaes
on each other's faces.
That looks strange no matter where you're from.
IN Q=IT LOOKED VERY FUNNY
((ANDREW HOLUB/POLISH EXCHANGE STUDENT: IT LOOKED VERY FUNNY. I WAS HAPPY IT
WASN'T ME LYING THERE WITH ICE CREAM ON MY FACE. JUSTIN PENDARVIS/STUDENT
COUNCIL PRESIDENT: I KNOW IF I WAS THEM I'D STAND BACK A LITTLE AND SAY, "OH
MY GOSH, WHAT ARE THEY DOING? THEY'RE CRAZY!" BUT WE'RE ALL HAVING A LOT OF
FUN. I THINK THEY ARE, TOO.))
SUPER=01-Andrew Holub/Polish Exchange Student;
SUPER=01-Justin Pendarvis/Student Council President; :08
OUT Q=THEY ARE, TOO
Andrew and Paul are from Roanoke's sister city, Opole (o-POH-lay), Poland.
They say they will tell people back home that Roanoke is a friendly -- and
sometimes crazy -- town.
The stock market closed with a sharp loss in an
TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
The Dow dropped 92 points to finish the week at 78 hundred 47.
NASDAQ lost 33 points.
Some Virginia Tech students hope to erase negative images associated with
Pianist Bob Dawson, who spent part of yesterday afternoon entertaining kids
at Kipps Elementary School, will play at a benefit concert at Tech on Saturday.
The show is organized by the fraternity-- Delta Sigma Pi.
Members of the co-ed business fraternity want folks to realize they're about
more than partying.
IN Q=We're hoping to
((RUSSELL JENKINS/DELTA SIGMA PI FRATERNITY: WE'RE HOPING TO GIVE SOME MONEY TO
THE SAINT FRANCES EYE DOG, THAT TRAINS SEEING EYE DOGS, WE'RE LOOKING TO GIVE A
LITTLE BIT OF MONEY TO SOME OF THE HOMELESS SHELTERS, SUCH AS CHRISTIANSBURG.
WE ALSO GIVE SOME MONEY TO THE RETIREMENT HOME IN CHRISTIANSBURG, WE WERE JUST
THERE LAST WEEKEND, PLAYED A LITTLE BINGO WITH THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Russell Jenkins/Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity;
OUT Q=with them.
Dawson is a nationally recognized pianist.
His concert is two P-M Saturday at Squires Student Center.
For one reason or another police officers are often stereotyped.
But a program in Montgomery County is changing opinions by letting ordinary
citizens experience what it's like to make life and death decisions.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff; :16 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Nannie Slate/Retired; :29 SUPER QUICK!!!!!
SUPER=01-Richard Kingrea/Pastor; :33 SUPER QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Kathy Dawson/Medical Assistant; :52 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Dale Ashworth/Electrical Salesman; 1:04
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
(( Learning to load and fire a semi-automatic handgun is just one of the
skills taught at the Montgomery County Citizens Police Academy.
The 13- week course, organized by Sheriff Doug Marrs, meets each Thursday
night-- covering a wide range of topics.
IN Q=We don't
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF:WE DON'T SPARE ANYTHING, WE LET THEM SEE
THE WHOLE COMPLETE GAMUT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.))
OUT Q=law enforcement.
That includes going over everything from how the court system operates-- to
what it's like to ride in a cruiser.
((NANNIE SLATE/RETIRED:I'VE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN POLICE WORK AND I JUST
WANTED TO LEARN MORE.
RICHARD KINGREA/PASTOR:I HAVE SEVERAL OFFICERS THAT ATTEND THE CHURCH I PASTOR,
SO I JUST WANTED TO SEE WHAT THEY FACE ON A DAY BY DAY BASIS. ))
OUT Q=day basis.
What they face-- in many instances-- are life and death decisions-- where
shooting skills are a necessity.
RELAX YOURSELF AND KEEP IT PULLED INTO YOUR SHOULDER:
IN Q=Oh, definitely
((KATHY DAWSON/MEDICAL ASSISTANT:OH, DEFINITELY, I JUST HAVE A WHOLE NEW
APPRECIATION FOR THE WHOLE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSION. ))
It's an opinion shared by some of Dawson's classmates-- who admit they're
not up for a career change.
IN Q=I don't
((DALE ASHWORTH/ELECTRICAL SALESMAN: I DON'T THINK SO, NA, THEY FACE A LOT MORE
DANGER THAN I'M WILLING TO FACE.))
OUT Q=to face.
This particular class is about to wind down-- time for the instructors to
gear up for the next class of students-- in January.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Week 8 of Friday Football Extra is loaded with big games but none is bigger
than the Roanoke Valley District showdown at Victory Stadium.
Double Boxes=Steve and Roy/Microwave
Roy Stanley is on the scene--Roy?
Steve, this is what high school football is all about William Fleming ranked
second in the state and first in the Super Seven poll taking on district power
IN Q="For years...
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-George "Kila" Miller/Fleming Head Coach; :26
OUT Q=......determine our destiny."
((For years the mind set in Pulaski County has been in order to win the Roanoke
Valley District you must go through the Cougars.
But this is the first year the Cougars have come to the valley as the
And Fleming can change that mind set for at least one year.))
((JOEL HICKS/PULASKI COUNTY HEAD COACH: ))
((GEORGE "KILA" MILLER/FLEMING HEAD COACH: ))
((The Colonels have been the talk of the Roanoke Valley District this season.
They've beaten every school in the Western District and are undefeated.
But the pressure this year according to Joel Hicks is on the Colonels.))
(Roy ad libs)
Double Boxes=Steve and Roy/Microwave
Our Friday Football Extra crews will brave the elements to bring you
highlights from 13 other games as well. Here's the list.
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OUT Q=LOGO COMES FULL. (FADE MUSIC)
wipe to score reminder
coaches, players, girlfriends, athletic directors; who ever...please don't
forget to call in your scores tonight. 1-888-777-WDBJ.
In College football; Liberty is on the road at Virginia Union in a 1:30
The Virginia cavaliers chase their third straight ACC win tomorrow against
Duke; a team with multiple quarterbacks.
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Germane Crowell/UVa Receiver; :11
OUT Q=...duke game"
VMI plays at Navy tomorrow at 1pm.
James Maddison is at home tomorrow in a 1:30 tilt against Deleware.
The Ferrum Panthers are on the road for a 1:30 game against Chowan
SS=w & l
and Washington and Lee also must travel. The general s play at Hampden
The Express opens the 1997-98 season tonight at 7:35 at the Round House
against the Columbus Chill.
19 first year Express players make their debut after a productive
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...getting along"
As of 4:30 today; nealry 6 thousand, 500 tickets had been sold for the game
against a relatively unknown Columbus team.
((DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE:))
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; :00
OUT Q=...we will win"
The Taco Bell 300 burns up the Martinsville Speedway this Sunday at 12:30.
Qualifying for the first 20 positions gets underway tomorrow at that same time.
120 late model stock teams are expected to battle for 42 starting positions
and the over 92 thousand dollar purse. The winner pockets 25 grand and a
((RODNEY "SIX PACK" CUNDIFF/CUNDIFF TRUCKING FORD DRIVER:))
((TONY MCGUIRE/1995 TACO BELL 300 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff/Cundiff Trucking Ford Driver; :00
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/1995 Taco Bell 300 Winner; :10
OUT Q=...forward to it"
SUPER=335-What Effects Will/El Nino Have On/Our Winter Weather?/Check Out The
Answer/On Our Home Page At/www.wdbj7.com/;
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