Up next on News 7 at Six... could a little more pavement tame a deadly
stretch of Montgomery County Road?
And we'll tell you why you shouldn't take those voting machines for granted
The Winston Cup cars were in Phoenix for the Dura Lube 500 scores and
highlights from the N-F-L.
And the Roanoke Express scored their second straight shoot out win at the
Roundhouse last night.
Cool and Breezy tonight. Tomorrow afternoon will bring rain showers-- and
snow showers in the upper elevations.
The forecast details are coming up.
THERE'S AN ANCHOR TAG!!!
In the past two weeks, four people have died in accidents on a stretch of
Montgomery County some say is too dangerous.
Today Denise Allen talked to residents and rescue workers who say Peppers
Ferry Road needs improvement.
IN Q=On Halloween night
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Friday; :00
SUPER=01-Rita Boland/Montgomery Co. Resident; :14
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :40
SUPER=01-Capt. Kelly Walters/Christiansburg Rescue; :50
OUT Q=News 7
(( On Halloween Night three people died and one was critically injured in a
two car head on collision.
To motorist who frequent route 1-14 called Peppers Ferry Road, this is an
all too familiar site.
SOT TAPE 1 3:50:33
IN Q=i think about
((RITA BOLAND/MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESIDENT: I THINK ABOUT IT WHEN MY SON GOES TO
WORK. I THINK ABOUT IT WHEN HE AND HIS FRIENDS ARE GOING OUT AND WHETHER
THEY'RE GOING TO GET BACK SAFELY. YOU CAN DRIVE DEFENSIVELY BUT IT'S HARD TO
DRIVE DEFENSIVELY IF SOMEBODY'S COMING IN YOUR LANE AND YOU DON'T KNOW IT UNTIL
YOU TOP THE HILL.))
OUT Q=YOU TOP THE HILL
An accident similar to Friday's killed a Radford man exactly one week
And unofficially Rita Boland puts the death toll on Peppers Ferry Road at 11
in the past four years.
Rescue workers say this thoroughfare is one of the busiest roads in the
SOT tape 2 3:11:04
IN Q=ON ACCOUNT OF
((CAPT. KELLY WILSON/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD: ON ACCOUNT OF THE MALL FOR
ONE THING, THE OTHER THING IS VPI STUDENTS TRAVELING BACKWARD AND FORWARDS AND
FOLKS FROM RADFORD AND PULASKI COMING TO THE MALL THAT AWAY.))
OUT Q=THAT AWAY
Boland and Wilson say traffic signals like this one at the intersection of
Pepper's Ferry and Prices Fork Road have helped some.
But both would like to see route 1-14 widened.
SOT tape 2 3:11:48
IN Q=IN THE MORNING IT'S
((WALTERS: IN THE MORNING IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET UP AND DOWN RT. 114
AND THE SAME THING IN THE LATE EVENINGS. IF YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT YOU WOULDN'T
BELIEVE HOW MUCH TRAFFIC GETS BACKED UP ON THAT ROAD.))
OUT Q=ON THAT ROAD
Boland has written her congressmen in hopes of clearing the way for a safer
Denise Allen News 7.))
State police say the survivor of the Friday's crash, Travis Stedman of New
Jersey, is still in intensive care at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The other victims include Mary Ann Moore of Radford, Matthew Wright West of
Richmond, and Jonathan Levy of Alexandria.
Virginia Tech police have NOT come up with any contributing factors in the
death of a student yesterday, according to University spokesman Larry Hincker.
A paper carrier found 18-year old Melinda Marie Somers dead yesterday
outside of Slusher Hall.
She fell to her death from an eighth story window.
Hincker said investigators should learn more from the preliminary medical
examiners' report expected tomorrow.
As election day draws near the campaigns are winding down, but the
candidates are gearing up for any potential power plays that might give them
the edge on Tuesday.
Both gubernatorial candidates were in Southwest Virginia this weekend.
Democrat Don Beyer is trying to overcome a deficit in the polls.
But some knowledgeable observers say this race is all over but the crying.
IN Q=IT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT
((HARRY WILSON/POLITICAL ANALYST: IT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO MAKE UP THAT
TYPE OF DIFFERENCE IN JUST TWO DAYS. I WOULD SAY ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO
DO MUCH OF ANYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Harry Wilson/Roanoke College Pol. Science Dept.;
OUT Q=MUCH OF ANYTHING
But Gilmore's success in the race for the governor's mansion doesn't
necessarily transfer to the Republican candidates for the second and third
highest elected positions in state government.
IN Q=THE OTHER TWO
((WILSON: BOTH OF THOSE ARE CLOSE TOO THE MARGIN OF ERROR TO PREDICT. SO THE
LT. GOVERNOR AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL RACES ARE UP FOR GRABS.))
OUT Q=ARE UP FOR GRABS
But of course it isn't over until all the votes are tallied.
The latest poll indicates that Republican Jim Gilmore has widened his lead
over Democrat Don Beyer.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch poll shows Gilmore with the support of 44
percent of those surveyed while Beyer has 32 percent.
But, at a rally yesterday, Beyer urged his supporters to dismiss the polls.
SOT 10.42.13 - 10.42.25 (tape 2)
IN Q=Polls don't mean
((DON BEYER/(D)CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: POLLS DONT' MEAN A THING. WHAT WORKS IS
WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART, THE FIRE IN YOUR EYES AND THE WORK WE WILL DO. ELECTIONS
ARE HAND MADE THINGS. THEY ARE WHAT WE MAKE THEM.))
OUT Q=we make them.
The latest poll has a margin of error of three-point-five
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When voters show up at their precincts on Tuesday, the machines will be
in place and poll workers will be poised to help them cast their ballots.
But an election takes plenty of preparation, as Joe Dashiell discovered
recently when he visited with Roanoke's voting machine mechanics.
IN Q=Before the first voter
SUPER=01-Jeter Doss/Voting Machine Mechanic; :20
SUPER=01-Corbin Beach/Voting Machine Mechanic; :
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Before the first voter pulls a lever... Before the party faithful can
gather to watch the returns... someone has to set up the machines.
And in Roanoke, that job falls to an experienced crew employed by the
city's electoral board.
Retired railroad conductor Jeter Doss has been at it for 20 years, and says
most folks have no idea what's involved.
SOT JETER DOSS 10:04:21
IN Q=They don't have the least idea
((JETER DOSS/VOTING MACHINE MECHANIC: THEY DON'T HAVE THE LEAST IDEA AND YOU
CAN'T EXPLAIN IT TO EM. UNTIL THEY'VE SEEN IT LIKE YOU'VE SEEN IT HERE NOW, YOU
CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT GOES ON.))
OUT Q=can't imagine what goes on.
It's more complicated than you might expect, installing just enough levers
for the votes at hand, sliding the paper guides into place, making sure that
someone can vote for one candidate and one candidate only.
There are many checks and balances designed to prevent vote fraud.
SOT CORBIN BEACH 09:59:06
IN Q=It's a whole lot easier than
((CORBIN BEACH/VOTING MACHINE MECHANIC: IT'S A WHOLE LOT EASIER THAN WHEN I
FIRST STARTED. I WAS ABOUT READY TO QUIT WHEN I STARTED WHEN I SEEN WHAT ALL WE
HAD TO DO, BUT IT GOT EASIER AS I WENT ALONG.))
OUT Q=as I went along.
Corbin Beach and the rest of the crew have it down to a science now. and
their experience has paid off with few election- day snags.
IN Q=They've got em now
((JETER DOSS/VOTING MACHINE MECHANIC: THEY'VE GOT EM NOW WORKING BETTER THAN
THEY'VE EVER WORKED I BELIEVE. FEWER CALLS ON ELECTION DAY, AND THAT'S WHAT WE
LIKE BECAUSE WE CAN SIT IN THE OFFICE AND TALK.))
OUT Q=sit in the office and talk.
There have been two recounts in the city since Jeter Doss has been setting
up the voting machines.
and in each case, Doss says, they haven't had to change a number.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
A 12 year old girl is dead after her halloween costume caught fire Friday
SUPER=03-Sherman, TX/Friday Night;
It happened in Sherman, Texas.
12 year old Erin Jenkins was walking past a jack-o-lantern.
IN Q=She was wearing
((ROBERT KOON/WITNESS; SHE WAS WEARING A LONG WIG AND IT WAS LIKE DOWN TO HER
FEET AND SHE WALKED
OVER A SMALL PUMPKIN THAT HAD A CANDLE IN IT AND THE WIG WENT UP IN FLAMES AND
SHE WENT UP IN FLAMES AND SHE RAN AROUND AND DROPPED TO THE GROUND AND ROLLED
AROUND AND THEN AND SOME GUYS RAN OVER THERE AND PUT HER OUT. ))
OUT Q=put her out
Jenkins was burned over 90 percent of her body... she died yesterday
Roanoke keeps its cool while the stock market goes wild.
And a new store gets rave reviews from book lovers.
Scott Goldberg has those stories in this week's News-7 Business Review.
Biz Review Intro
IN Q=Music/Biz Graphic
SUPER=03-New York; :08
SUPER=03-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons; :
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :44
NY Stock Exchange
(( With a stock market like this, who needs cholesterol?
Investors' hearts were racing Monday when the Dow Jones industrials lost a
Then on Tuesday, a record 340-point GAIN.
It was enough to send Wall Street into a frenzy...
But local investors played it cool.
IN Q=Locally we're
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: LOCALLY WE'RE SEEING THE INDIVIDUAL
INVESTOR AT THIS POINT IS INTERESTED IN OPPORTUNITIES, NOT PANICKING. ))
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons
OUT Q=not panicking
In the New River Valley, United Cities Gas Company says it's laying off
Company officials won't say how many people got severance packages this
Only that layoffs had been in the works since United Gas merged with Atmos
In Roanoke County...Barnes and Noble welcomed its first wave of book junkies
to the new store by Tanglewood Mall.
Besides carrying more than 130-thousand book titles, the megastore boasts its
own custom-brewed blend of Starbucks coffee...and lots of comfortable chairs.
Heading into a much-needed weekend on Wall Street, the Dow ended up losing
273-points to finish the week at 74-hundred-72.
The technology-driven NASDAQ composite lost 57 points.
That's this week's News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
Biz Review close
Parenting - 10/31/97
Now that little ghosts and goblins have bags stuffed with candy some parents
may be concerned about them filling their tummies with all that sugar.
Stacey Martin has some tips on how you can monitor their intake in this
week's edition of Parenting.
IN Q=Tootsie Rolls, kit
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Halloween Night; :00
SUPER=01-Gwen Firing/Nutritionist; :23
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
use file tape 97-73, Halloween
((Tootsie Rolls, kit-kats, and Hershey bars are just a sampling of the sweets
your child probably bagged last Friday.
Many studies differ about whether sugar causes hyperactivity in youngsters,
but nutritionists say that parents should use their discretion when it comes to
satisfying a child's craving for candy.
SOT 13.42.13 - 13.42.34
IN Q=Parents need a
((GWEN FIRING/NUTRITIONIST: PARENTS NEED A COMMON SENSE APPROACH IF THEY FIND
THEIR CHILDREN ARE MORE ACTIVE AFTER EATING LARGE AMOUNTS OF CANDY, SLUGGISH,
MOODY, THEY MAYBE, MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT CHANGING THEIR DIET BY OFFERING
MORE HEALTHIER FOOD LIKE FRESH FRUITS, BREADS, AND GRAINS. THOSE KINDS OF
THINGS INSTEAD OF HAVING CANDY AROUND.))
OUT Q=having candy around.
Firing also says parents can bargain with their children --offering up some
of their child's favorite toys in exchange for the youngster's Halloween candy.
SOT 13.42.42 - 13.43.08
IN Q=Kids can be
((GWEN FIRING/NUTRITIONIST: KIDS CAN BE NEGOTIATED WITH AND YOU MIGHT SET THIS
UP AHEAD OF TIME. SHOE A DISPLAY OF THE THINGS YOU BOUGHT THAT ARE NON-EDIBLE,
LIKE BEANNIE BABIES, CARS, TOYS AND THEN PUT A PRICE TAG ON THEM AND LET THEM
NEGOTIATE WHAT THEY WANT TO GIVE YOU.))
OUT Q=to give you.
Sugar has little nutritional value and according to nutritionists with
tempting bags of Halloween candy lying around it's even more important to make
sure meals are healthy and balanced.
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
The wrath of el nino has already left it's mark on the South American
Country of Chile... and along with the bad weather, it's causing problems you
might not expect.
Jonathan Freed has more.
IN Q=When scientists talk
SUPER=03-Vina Del Mar, Chile; :01
SUPER=01-Dr. Ingrid Heitmann/Institute of Public Health; :29
SUPER=19-Jonathan Freed; 2:12
OUT Q=JF, for CBS News.
LOCATOR: VINA DEL MAR, CHILE)
(NATS--Waves crashing ashore)
When scientists talk about El Nino, they usually mention this... (NATS)
Heavy rains, high winds, and a potential for destruction.
All part of the Pacific weather phenomenon that has many in the U-S concerned.
But there's another side to El Nino that has scientists worried....it's this.
(Pictures of rats)
It's an explosion of rodents, fueled by El Nino's rains.
(SOT: Dr. Ingrid Heitmann, Head of Microbiology at Institute of Public Health
Tape 6 6:03:43 "El Nino increases the amount of rain and amount of
humidity. Therefore it increases the number of shrubs and flowers and
vegetation in general rodents eat. And it has a direct effect on increasing
the rodent's number."
Here in Chile, the rodents have brought disease. More specifically the
deadly Hanta Virus.
A vicious illness that attacks the respiratory system and can kill in days if
not treated immediately.
The US had a deadly outbreak in 1993. It killed dozens of people. Now El
Nino's approach has many fearing it could happen again.
(SOT: Dr. Ingrid Heitmann, Institute of Public Health Tape 6 6:04:39 "Is El
Nino to blame? I think so, we had infected mice before, but this year, it's
made a big difference. I mean, this year we had an explosion of cases.")
El Nino's wild weather conditions have also brought other medical problems.
Hepatitis, malaria, even yellow fever. All caused by the massive amounts of
rain, and the resulting water contamination. All concerns for American health
(SOT: Dr. Heitmann Tape 6 6:1:05 "One thing for sure though, El Nino seems
to be getting worse as it comes every ten years. It seems to be getting more
powerful, and creating more troubles."
But El Nino has also shown a gentler side. This is Chile's Atacama Desert.
Usually the driest place on earth, El Nino's heavy rains have brought the
landscape to life.
Ana Maria La Fuente is a resident of this usually arid place. She says EL
Nino has caused a miracle.
(SOT: Voice of translator: Ana Maria La Fuente Tape 2 9:26:12 "So not only
me, but all the people who come here realize this is a marvelous miracle.
That this is a unique phenomenon in all the world.")
Nobody's sure if El Nino will turn the same trick with the deserts of the
American southwest. But Chile's experience with this powerful weather system
has got them wondering if the tumbleweeds will have to make a little room for
And coming up, The Express ups its record to 4 and 1 after a win last night
at the Roundhouse a busy day in the N-F-L
And the Washington Redskins crushed the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in
Dale Jarrett won his seventh race of the season and he also sends the race
for the Points championship to Atlanta taking the checkered flag in the Dura
Lube 500 at Phoenix.
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/TNN SPORTS; :
Several battles early in the race Jimmy Spencer and Rusty Wallace race each
other for second place.
The guy they were chasing was bobby Hamilton in the S-T-P Pontiac he was the
leader after 75 laps of the race.
Jeff Gordon was hanging tough he begin to make a move and he was running in
fourth place with a strong car.
South Boston's Ward Burton was close to the lead cars but he crashes in
turn one and he was through racing for the day.
But Wallace came back to challenge and he was the leader of the race at the
Dale Jarrett waited for his turn and he made his move on lap 240 taking the
lead from Wallace and pulling away from the field.
Gordon then had some problems he had a tire go flat sending him to the pits
and by the time he returned to the track he was three laps down.
Jarrett conserved his fuel and he holds off Rusty Wallace winning the Dura
Lube 500 for his seventh win of the season.
IN Q=First audio
((DALE JARRETT/DURA LUBE 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Dura Lube 500 Winner; :00
OUT Q=........day for us."
Rusty was second, Hamilton third Ken Schrader fourth and Earnhardt fifth.
Mark Martin was sixth and Gordon finished 17-th.
Washington jumped out to an early lead with a strong rushing game and the
Redskins crushed the Chicago Bears at Solider Field this afternoon 31 to 8.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/FOX SPORTS; :
The Redskins scored on their first possession capping an 8 play 76 yard
drive when Gus Frerotte hits James Johnson on the 9 yard touchdown pass to make
it 7 to nothing in the first quarter.
After a punt return the Skins moved into the red zone again. This time
Fullback Larry Bowie bulls his way into the endzone from the five yard line
Washington led 14 to nothing.
Washington's running game was super with the return of Terry Allen. On this
play Allen takes the handoff and picks up 34 yards he had 79 on 7 carries and
he finished the first half going over 100 yards.
That was the first of an 8 play SUPER=30-Washington/31/Chicago/8/; drive
that ended when Frerotte sneaks it over from the one to make it 24 to nothing
and the Redskins hold on to win it 31 to 8.
The Carolina Panthers took a trip to California this afternoon and they
whipped the Oakland Raiders 38 to 14.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/Panthers vs Raiders; :
Panther head coach Dom Capers sending a play in from the sideline.
Leading 7 to nothing, Carolina's Fred Lane scores his second Touchdown of
the day on this 18 yard run and the Panthers took the 14 to nothing lead.
The Raiders came back Jeff George hooks up with Napoleon Kaufman who takes
it into the house for the 25 yard scoring play to make it 21 to 7 Panthers.
Carolina continued with the running
SUPER=30-Carolina/38/Oakland/14/;game on this play Scott Green bulls his way
over from the 10 yard line to make it 28 to 7 and the Panthers win it 38 to 14.
The Bills beat Miami, The Jets down Baltimore in overtime and Tampa Bay gets
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0100-/St. Louis/31/j/Atlanta/34////San Diego/31/j/Cincinnati/38///;
OUT Q=....last score."
The Roanoke Express won its fourth straight game at the Roundhouse last
night it was the second straight shootout in the 5 to 4 win over the Raleigh
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Icecaps; :
The Zamboni smoothing the ice before last nights opening faceoff.
The Express would get it going when Todd Norman centers this pass to Tim
Christian who scores and Roanoke led 1 to nothing.
The Icecaps strike back Bryan Forslund picks up the loose puck and fires
into the net to tie the score at 1 to 1 in the first period.
In the second period, Roanoke's SUPER=38-Roanoke/5/Raleigh/4/;Dave
Trembley gets it to his brother J.F. who scores to goal to make it 2 to 1 and
the Express wins 5 to 4 in a shootout.
With last nights win the Express upped its record to 4 and 1 in the East
Coast Hockey league's Northeast Division.
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