Next on News 7-
The jury decides between life in prison and death for Earl Bramblett-
And Republicans celebrate victory and look to the future.
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((JIM GILMORE/GOVERNOR-ELECT: NEVER BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF VIRGINIA HAVE WE
HAD A COMPLETE REPUBLICAN SWEEP AT THE TOP.))
OUT=SWEEP AT THE TOP
Rain on the way late Thursday and will likely stick around through Friday.
Complete weekend forecast details coming up.
Tonight on Health Check--
It is no secret many Americans are overweight.
Exercise we are constantly advised to do may do more than keep the pounds
off-- it could DECREASE the risks of breast cancer.
IN Q=it's one less thing
((IF IT'S ONE LESS THING I CAN HAVE, I'M IN FAVOR OF IT.
IT GETS ME EVEN MORE MOTIVATED TO GET OUT HERE EARLY IN THE MORNING ))
OUT Q=IN THE MORNING
An emotional moment for family members outside the Roanoke County
courthouse after a death sentence in the case of Earl Bramblett.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The jury deliberated a bit longer this time- an hour and 20 minutes, before
deciding Bramblett should die for the 1994 murder of the Hodges family.
Members of the extended, close-knit family were grateful for the capital
conviction and death penalty verdict... but respectfully subdued by it.
IN Q=I don't take
((RANDY HODGES/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I DON'T TAKE ANY JOY IN HAVING ANYONE KILLED,
WHETHER IT'S EARL BRAMBLETT OR NOT. BUT THEN SOMETIMES IN LIFE THERE COMES A
TIME WHEN YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. AND IF I COULD, I'D BE THE ONE TO IMPOSE
SUPER=01-Randy Hodges/Victim's Brother
OUT Q=impose the sentence.
Several members of the Hodges and Fulcher families said they simply wanted
to THANK the jury.
Bramblett apparently plotted the murder for nearly two years... even while
living with the Hodges family in Vinton.
Police theorize Bramblett killed Blaine Hodges Saturday night- then kept
Teresa and the two girls away from the house until SUNDAY evening when he shot
Winter and Anah at point blank range in their own bed, then strangled their
mother, doused the place with fuel and set it ablaze.
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IN Q=You look
((SKIP BURKART/PROSECUTOR: YOU LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR CRIME AND THE
CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING IT AND IT'S JUST SUCH A HORRIBLE CRIME THAT IN AND OF
ITSELF IT DESERVES THE DEATH PENALTY.))
OUT Q=death penalty.
As in any capital conviction and death sentence, the case will
automatically be appealed.
A Pittsylvania County firefighter was killed and another injured when a
firetruck flipped over this afternoon.
The accident happened on Golf Club Road about three o'clock.
Police say the two Tunstall Volunteer firefighters were carrying water to a
Skid marks show the truck went off the road as it rounded a curve, veered ot
of control, and came to a stop after rolling over into the woods.
Police say both men were thrown from the vehicle--one died at the scene.
The other firefighter suffers neck and back injuries.
Police have not released the victims names yet.
Virginia's new governor- elect is getting down to business today.
And Virginia's shifting political scene is starting to come into focus.
DOUBLE BOX=Jean/Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What did Jim Gilmore have to say today?
Governor-elect Gilmore named his transition team and a chief of staff today.
That will be campaign director Boyd Marcus.
And, Gilmore made it clear that his signature campaign promise was NOT to be
toyed with by General Assembly Democrats.
IN Q=I believe
SUPER=01-Jim Gilmore/Governor-Elect; :00
OUT Q=succeed together.
((JIM GILMORE/GOVERNOR-ELECT: I BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN LOOK AND SEE THIS
MANDATE WHICH WAS VERY DRAMATIC.))
But Gilmore's post-election victory lap was short on boasting and heavy on
his laser-like focus toward achieving his goals.
((JIM GILMORE/GOVERNOR-ELECT: I BELIEVE THAT THE CHALLENGE OF STATESMANSHIP IS
TO HARMONIZE THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA AND TO SHOW COMMON GROUND WHERE WE CAN ALL
LIVE=Ellen full/State Microwave
On a personal note, Gilmore says he's eager for Virginians to get to know
his wife and two sons, and their "combination labrador-pit bull Sparky,
Virginia's new first dog."
DOUBLE BOX=Ellen and Jean/State Microwave
On a business-like note, all eyes are now on the House of Delegates, where a
possible 49th Republican seat is subject to a recount in Norfolk, and where the
sole independent, Lacey Putney of Bedford, is playing footsy with the GOP.
So Putney could provide a historic tie in the House?
He said today Jean that he has NOT made up his mind about joining any party,
but his philosophies are more in line with the GOP.
But rest assured, Putney is NOT the sole object of speculation about people
Don Beyer spoke to his staff this morning, but did not hold a news
conference before returning home to northern Virginia.
With the Democratic defeat in the statewide races, and a power struggle
now brewing in the General Assembly the party faces more difficult days ahead.
Former party chairman and U-S Senate candidate Mark Warner says there are
important lessons in the numbers.
IN Q=Voter turnout
((VOTER TURNOUT THIS YEAR WAS LOWER THAN EVER. ONLY A THIRD OF THE ELIGIBLE
VOTERS VOTED. VOTERS ARE TIRED OF CAMPAIGNS THAT ARE ALL NEGATIVE THAT ARE
CONSTANT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE NEED TO CLEAN UP THE CAMPAIGN PROCESS WE NEED
TO GET RID OF SOME OF THIS NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING.))
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/Former U.S. Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=negative campaigning.
Warner also finds some encouragement in the party's ability to recover.
He cited Democratic successes that followed Mary Sue Terry's loss in the
last Governor's election.
A big win for Republicans around the nation-
Rudy Giuliani was easily re-elected mayor of New York City-
In New Jersey, Governor Christine Whitman picks up another term-
And the only Congressional seat at stake went to Republican Vito Fossella.
President Clinton says a sound economy and declining crime gave Republicans an
But Newt Gingrich says it's the GOP message.
((REP. NEWT GINGRICH/(R) HOUSE SPEAKER: WE ARE TRULY BECOMING A NATIONAL PARTY
WITH A NATIONAL REACH INTO EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD, INTO EVERY PRECINCT AND I THINK
THAT'S VERY GOOD FOR AMERICAN AND I THINK IT'S VERY EXCITING.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/(R) House Speaker;
OUT Q=IT'S VERY EXCITING."
Voters in Oregon said yes to doctor assisted suicide-
Opponents of the state law say they'll file a lawsuit against it.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Will it really put the balance of power back in the hands of the taxpayer?
Coming up on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- lawmakers approve a complete overhaul for the
And Dick Cranwell is breathing easier today after being re-elected last
night by a slim margin. Now he's concentrating on what he'll do while in
Patrick's doing a little early holiday shopping... his live report when we
A United Nations envoy is in Iraq-
The hope is that Iraq will agree to let U-N inspection teams with American
members continue their work.
President Clinton said the missions are the most successful way of finding
nuclear weapons and he called for patience-
((THAT'S THE MOST PEACEFUL WAY OF DEALING WITH THIS PERMITTING EVERYONE TO GO
ON WITH THEIR LIVES. ))
((IRAQ OBVIOUSLY HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE THIS MUST BE THE REASON WHY THEY ARE NOT
PERMITTING FULL INSPECTIONS.))
SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/U.S. Ambassador to UN; 06!
OUT Q=full inspections
The inspections are part of a cease fire agreement ending the Gulf War.
A revamping may be in the works for the taxman.
Lawmakers voted to create a board that oversees the Internal Revenue
Serivce- and gives taxpayers 20 new rights.
The measure is meant to clamp down on the IRS-
It comes in the wake of taxpayer complaints.
Senate action is expected next year.
The election is over, but Delegate Dick Cranwell isn't through campaigning.
The democrat narrowly defeated newcomer Al Bedrosian last night, taking 52
percent of the vote.
The Republican made a strong showing, despite running a campaign on a
Cranwell says the car tax issue hurt him in the polls, now he's prepared to
oppose Jim Gilmore's tax relief plan in the house.
IN Q=when he is right
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/(D)VINTON; WHEN HE IS RIGHT, I AM GOING TO WORK MY
BACKSIDE OFF TO HELP HIM, WHEN I THINK HE'S WRONG, I'M GOING TO STANDUP AND
ARTICULATE THOSE REASONS, THAT'S THE WAY THOMAS JEFFERSON, GEORGE MASON AND
PATRICK HENRY ENVISIONED OUR SYSTEM OF WORKING, OF CHECKS AND BALANCES. ))
OUT Q=checks and balances
Cranwell acknowledges fighting the governor over the car tax may hurt the
Some registered Roanoke voters are still waiting for their ballots to be
counted from yesterday's election.
The votes were stuck in a jammed voter booth.
The South Roanoke two precinct was at Crystal Spring Elementary School.
Registrar Louella Faxton says 319 votes were not counted from that location
last night-- but they will NOT effect any of the races.
The machine is fixed and those votes are being tallied at this hour.
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November is here, and in just a matter of weeks the traditional start to the
shopping season begins...
(Patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Halloween is behind us, and the Holiday Season is headed into full swing.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
If you want a head start on shopping for the season, Patrick Evans tells us
about Holly Daze, a very select crafters show featuring well-made merchandise.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly canvasses the viewing area with previews of the
And on Health Check-- airbags DO save lives, but for kids the number of
deaths is frightening...
Smart Airbags are on the way-- the latest life saving technology.
IN Q=FOR A
((FOR A FULL SIZE ADULT RIGHT ON TO A SMALL CHILD WE CAN TAILOR THAT
OUT Q=AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT
Good Afternoon, I'm Keith Humprhy...here's a look at something special on
News 7 at Six.
When you think of antebellum women, Scarlet O'Hara may come to mind, but
actually very few women lived "The Gone With the Wind" life.
The women stayed home during the Civil War running the family farms and
They ended up taking on new responsibilities such as nursing, teaching or
working in industry.
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((JAMES ROBERTSON/CIVIL WAR SCHOLAR: THE CIVIL WAR WAS A GREAT BREAKTHROUGH
FOR AMERICAN WOMEN. UNTIL THEN THEY WERE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS. THEY COULD
NOT OWN LAND, THEY COULD NOT VOTE. THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO MAN THE HOUSEHOLD,
BARE THE CHILDREN, BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD.))
SUPER=01-James Robertson/Civil War Scholar;
OUT Q=seen not heard
Tonight on News 7 at Six we'll hear from the women of a Civil War era
plantation in Bedford.
Through their diaries you'll be able to experience what life was like during
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Denise Allen begins a three-part series "A Woman's War."..only on NEWS-7 at
Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom
Join us for the story and a lot more stuff in about 40 minutes.
British doctors believe they have uncovered a rare type of child abuse caught
on video from hidden cameras.
But the investigation is prompting serious debate about medical ethics.
VO-NAT 20:31:41- full screen graphic
It shows 30 children with life threatening conditions brought in by their
Doctors call it (much-hasin) Munchausen Syndrome Proxy-- a rare
psychological disorder when a parent fabricates illness in a child, or injures
them for their own attention.
((DR. JEROLD LUCEY/PEDIATRICS: THESE MOTHERS ARE INCREDIBLY GOOD AT
CONVINCING YOU THAT THEY REALLY CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THAT THEY ARE REALLY
BRINGING THEM INTO THE HOSPITAL FOR YOUR CARE."))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jerold Lucey/Pediatrics;
OUT Q=for your care.
Some doctors say using hidden cameras to expose the problem violates medical
Others say its the only way to uncover the abuses.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that
passenger-side air bags DO save lives,
but when it comes to children, there's more risk than protection.
Today's report is a shocking confirmation of what's been feared for a long
((ELISA BRAVER/JAMA STUDY CO-AUTHOR: FOR CHILDREN 9 AND YOUNGER THERE IS A 34
PERCENT INCREASED RISK OF DYING IN A FRONTAL CRASH. ))
SUPER=01-Elisa Braver/JAMA Study Co-Author;
OUT Q=FRONTAL CRASH
Forty-nine children have been killed by airbags--
Now that all new cars are required to have passenger-side airbags, those
numbers could climb.
The auto industry is scrambling to overhaul a flawed safety system.
Tony Corrado, who once designed smart bombs for the Pentagon, is now
developing smart air bags.
IN Q=FOR SOME REASON
((IF YOU GET OUT OF POSITION......ORR: ...I'M CLOSE TO THIS AIR
BAG....TONY: ...IN OUR KEEP OUT ZONE WHERE THE DEPLOYING AIR BAG WOULD LIKELY
INJURE YOU IN THAT POSITION THEN THE SENSOR WILL DETECT IT AND SHUT THE AIRBAG
OFF.1/41/41/41/4 ORR: SO IF I HAD BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT UP HERE THE AIR BAG
WOULD NOT HAVE FIRED.... TONY: GONE OFF, RIGHT. ORR: ...AND THAT'S BEEN THE
PROBLEM WITH SOME OF THESE ACCIDENTAL INJURIES AND DEATHS. TONY:
Despite the journal's findings, the report concludes airbags ARE a
Breast cancer is one of the most common and feared cancers in the country--
and becoming overweight as we age is a common problem.
A new study connects breast cancer to weight.
A Harvard University study of 100 thousand nurses is being called the
strongest evidence yet of a link between obesity and a woman's risk of breast
This research finds that women who gained a lot of weight as adults nearly
doubled their risk of breast cancer later in life.
((DR. WALTER WILLETT/HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: WE FOUND THAT WEIGHT
GAIN DURING MID-LIFE IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO RISK OF BREAST CANCER AFTER
MENOPAUSE. :06 FOR EXAMPLE-- WOMEN WHO GAINED 45-POUNDS OR MORE ALMOST DOUBLED
THEIR RISK OF BREAST CANCER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Walter Willett/Harvard School of Public Health
OUT Q=RISK OF BREAST CANCER
The heavier you are, the more estrogen you have in your body.
It's that increase of estrogen that's blamed for causing breast cancer.
Doctors say any weight gain after age 18, adds to the danger.
IN Q=even a moderate
((EVEN A MODERATE WEIGHT GAIN OF 20-40 POUNDS WHICH VERY MANY AMERICAN WOMEN
DO, CAN SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER.))
OUT Q=THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER.
Many risk factors such as family history are not in our control.
So doctors say this news about weight is encouraging-- because it gives
women a way to fight back against breast cancer.
The girls single and double A basketball campaigns are winding down.
Here's Steve Mason with a post-season installment of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Head Coach; :22
SUPER=01-Tracey Driscoll/Salem Head Coach; :42
SUPER=01-Lisa Black/Bassett Head Coach; 1:08
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; 1:22
SUPER=01-Katrina Williams/Glenvar Point Guard; 1:31
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; 1:46
SUPER=01-Mark Melton/Parry McCluer Head Coach; 1:52
OUT Q=...See ya next time"
((Before the next level; there's the semi finals tomorrow night in Vinton.
The Lady Terriers face Blacksburg. Salem plays Northside in the night cap.
Robert Locusts Gretna girls are the favorites in the Dogwood District
tournament. They open with host William Campbell. Altavista and Tunstall battle
in the second game.
at 19 and 2; Bassett is the favorite in the Piedomnt district tournament. The
Lady bengals play Laurel Park and then give way to martinsville/Magna Vista.
In sinlge A; Allen Cantrell's Floyd County Lady Buffaloes and Brian Harvey's
Glenvar team are on a collision course for a 3-Rivers tournament championship
showdown. Both beleive a state title could be in the cards.
In the Pioneer tourney; bath County and James River hook up. Many eyes will
be on the Parry McCluer Fighting Blues as they try and keep their undefeated
district record alive in their semi final game.
The Mountain Empire tournament semi's favor Fort Chiswell and Galax; but
never count Narrows out of the mix.
What's three and a half feet in diameter and takes four men to lift it?
SUPER=03-Oshima Island, Japan;
You probably didn't guess a mushroom.
This giant strain was found last month on Oshima Island in Tokyo Bay.
Villagers there were surprised by its size.
They were unsuccessful in their first attempt to hoist the mushroom from
Initially it was tasteless--
But when villagers dug in, they found it was very similar to the matsutake
mushroom, used as a delicacy in cooking.