Coming up on News 7-
Will a facility for Alzheimers patients go up on Brambleton Avenue? City
council votes tonight.
One panel says break up the sexes when it comes to basic training-
A new definition could be on the way to regulate organic foods.
Plus people who light up the season-
News 7 is next.
Police catch up with an ex-con today-
charging him with robbing southwest Virgnina Savings in Roanoke Friday.
Police chased the suspect at high speeds before making an arrest.
Just what is organic food? Soon new regulations may help consumers know what
they're buying when it's labelled organic.
Several holiday products are recalled from store shelves. We'll tell you
which ones can be dangerous.
Plus these are not Christmas trees or ornaments- they're people brightening
up the holidays.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Roanoke City Council has voted in favor of a controversial rezoning.
It's for an assisted living facility for people in the early stages of
David Johnson was at the meeting-- he joins us live from the newsroom.
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Manor Care Health services wants to construct a 56-bed, single story
facility on land owned by the Elks 197 Lodge, which is right in the middle of
But before that happens City Council had to approve a zoning change-- from
single-family to multi-family residential.
IN Q=WE JUST FEEL THAT
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SUPER=01-Maryellen Goodlatte/Manor Care Representative; :12
SUPER=01-Mike Urbanski/Civic League President; :37
SUPER=01-Phillip Flarsheim/Raleigh Court Resident; :50
OUT Q=ALL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.
((BRENDA MCDANIEL/ CIVIC LEAGUE VICE PRESIDENT; WE JUST FEEL THAT IT'S NOT
APPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT FOR THIS PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE IT IS ALL
SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTS, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY AND THE NEIGHBORS WANT IT
TO STAY THAT WAY. ))
((MARYELLEN GOODLATTE/REPRESENTS MANOR CARE; TO THE FEARS OF THE NEIGHBORS THAT
MANOR CARE INTENDS TO EXPAND THE FACILITY AND TAKE UP MORE PROPERTY AT THE
ELKS, MANOR CARE HAS SAID NO AND HAS PROFFERED A CONDIDTION THAT IT WILL NOT
The site will consume three of the 15-acres that the Elks have available.
The club says it needs the money for repairs.
But some neighbors say they are opposed to ALL BUSINESSES in their
((MIKE URBANSKI/CIVIC LEAGUE PRESIDENT; THIS SESSION WAS SUPPOSED TO BE LAST
MONTH AND MARYELLEN GOODLATTE CALLED ME AND SAID, "DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS
ABOUT HOW WE COULD WORK TOGETHER?" IT'S DIFFICULT TO DO THAT BECAUSE THE
CONCEPT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD.))
((PHILLIP FLARSHEIM/IF OUR CITY IS INTENT ON BECOMING OR REMAINING A HEALTH
CARE CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WE CERTAINLY HAVE TO ACCOMMADATIONS FOR ALL
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.))))
Jean, that's what City Council thought also, approving the rezoning by a
five to two vote.
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A man with a history of bank robbery is under arrest charged with the last
week's hold-up of
the Southwest Virginia Savings Bank on Hershberger Road.
The robber told the teller he did not want any dye packs, but she gave him
one anyway... along with nearly two-thousand dollars in cash.
Twenty-six year old Dedric Lee Wiley was released from prison just last
Police caught Wiley yesterday, after a high-speed chase involving state
police, Christiansburg and Blacksburg police.
The woman he'd been living with in Christiansburg told people Wiley had
been trying to wash something red out of the cash.
Prosecutors say Terry Nichols planned death and destruction in the Oklahoma
The defense says don't believe it. Diana Olick has more.
OUT Q=is drug user."
((PROSECUTOR: WE FEEL GOOD ABOUT OUR CASE, SURE.
Prosecutors came to court this morning with what attorney Beth Wilkinson
called "an avalanche of evidence against Terry Nichols."
In her closing statement she outlined the government's case, calling it
"the road to destruction". It began in the fall of 1994, when Nichols bought
2000 pounds of amonium nitrate. On various dates along
the road Nichols and Timothy Mcveigh obtained different ingredients for the
bomb and Nichols robbed an Arkansas amunitions dealer to finance the
With the ingredients and the valuables hidden in storage lockers, Nichols
and Mcveigh waited..
Until Easter Sunday, three days before the bombing, when they stashed the
getaway car in Oklahoma City. then, the day before the blast, at this kansas
lake, together they built the bomb.
Defense Attorney Michael Tigar began with a request for the jury "let me
start with a clean page". as his client's parents, siblings and wife Marife
watched, Tigar attacked the prosecution's evidence. He called FBI lab tests
flawed and harped on the fact that the prosecution's star snitch Michael
Fortier is a drug user.))
Terry Nichols watched intently during court- but the jury was not nearly as
Three jurors nodded in and out of sleep today.
President Clinton's made his choice for the nation's civil rights chief-
Bill Lann Lee is the son of Chinese immigrants-
But Senate Republicans say they'll block his confirmation because he
supports racial quotas.
President Clinton says he shares Lee's views on Affirmative Action.
((WE CAN NEVER BE IN A POSITION OF SAYING THE PRESIDENT SHOULDN'T HAVE SOMEONE
IN OFFICE WHO AGREES WITH HIM.))
OUT Q=who agrees with him."
Lee is now serving as the acting Assitant Attorney General for civil rights-
Men and women in the military may soon go their separate ways in early
A Pentagon panel says the Army, Navy and Air Force should follow the
marines lead- and segregate the sexes in early basic training.
The panel also says male and female recruits should have separate barracks.
The committee was formed after the Army sex harassment scandal.
"Rental Towel Services" is picking up the pieces less than two weeks after
fire gutted its downtown Pulaski location.
Many are calling its rebirth a Christmas miracle.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
IN Q=The fire
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SUPER=01-Albert Upchurch/Rental Towel Co-Owner; :34
SUPER=01-Jennifer Gray/Rental Towel Employee; :1:02
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The fire that spread through "Rental Towel Services" destroyed nearly
everying in its path.
Plant Manager Eddie Linville still gets choked up-- thinking about one of
the few items-- he managed to pull from the rubble.
IN Q=We had
((EDDIE LINVILLE/PLANT MANAGER: WE HAD A BIBLE, THAT'S REALLY SOMETHING, THERE
WAS A BIBLE THAT WAS IN THE FIRE THAT, IT SEEMED LIKE EVERYTHING AROUND IT
BURNED, BUT IT DIDN'T. ))
Linville calls the company's quick turnaround a "Christmas Miracle".
Co-Owner Albert Upchurch says there was never any doubt-- he'd rebuild.
((ALBERT UPCHURCH/RENTAL TOWEL CO-OWNER:I GUESS THE HARDEST PART IS GETTING
AROUND TO SEE ALL THE OUR CUSTOMERS, TO INFORM THEM OF WHAT'S GOING ON, A LOT
OF THEM THINKS WE'VE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS, SOME OF OUR COMPETITORS WILL TELL
THEM THAT WE'RE OUT OF BUSINESS BUT WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT. ))
OUT Q=certainly not.
The owners plan to construct a new building on the original site.
In the meantime-- they've set up temporary headquarters in the Pulaski
County Industrial Park.
So far-- about half of the plant's 75 employees are back at work.
IN Q=We're just
((JENNIFER GRAY/RENTAL TOWEL EMPLOYEE: WE'RE JUST LIKE ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY,
EACH DEPARTMENT, EVERYBODY'S BEEN STICKING TOGETHER, READY TO GET BACK TO WORK
AND GET THE COMPANY GOING. ))
OUT Q=company going.
The company doesn't have an exact figure figure, just yet, but estimated
damage in excess of a million dollars.
The new building could be fully operational by early March.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
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A type of Christmas lights are getting recalled. We'll have the details in
a few minutes,
but first the federal government wants to know exactly what is going into
When you buy organic foods just what are you buying?
The Federal Governmnet hopes to answer that question with new regulations for
((DAN GLICKMAN/AGRICULTURE SECRETARY: THESE RULES ARE NOT ABOUT CREATING A
CATEGORY OF AGRICULTURE THAT IS SAFER THAN ANY OTHER. WE HAVE ONE HIGH STANDARD
FOR FOOD SAFETY IN THIS COUNTRY, PERIOD. THESE RULES ARE ABOUT GIVING CONSUMERS
CHOICES AS TO HOW THEIR FOOD IS PRODUCED.))
SUPER=01-Dan Glickman/Agriculture Secretary;
OUT Q=FOOD IS PRODUCED."
That means a consumer will know if insecticide was used on a product- but
organic food retailers hope the definitiion goes further.
((MICHAEL BESANCON/WHOLE FOODS RETAILER: THERE'S NO PLACE FOR FOOD IRRADIATION
IN ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTS, THERE'S NO PLACE FOR GROWING ORGANIC FOOD ON SLUDGE,
THEAT'S NOT ORGANIZE FARMING. AND WE DON'T THINK GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
HAVE A PLACE IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE.))
SUPER=01-Michael Besancon/Whole Foods Retailer;
OUT Q=organic agriculture.
More debate is set on the definition before regulations take effect.
Virginia voters gave Jim Gilmore a big win last month.
Some of them even gave him a lot of cash to run for Governor.
But so did NON-Virginians.
Ellen Qualls looks at who else poured money into the Old Dominion.
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(( He spent more than any other candidate for governor in Virginia.
But of the 10- point-three dollars Jim Gilmore spent, how much came from
The majority: 72- percent.
But a hefty 28- percent of Gilmore's money poured in from the Republican
National Committee and its various wings -- as well as from individual donors
in 25 other states.
((GOV.-ELECT JIM GILMORE: NATURALLY IN ORDER TO FUND A MAJOR, STATEWIDE
CAMPAIGN IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY YOU HAVE TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY. AND WE
DID. WE WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH IT.))
Democrat Don Beyer spent 8-point-7 million dollars... only about ten-percent
from out of state -- mostly because his party's virtually broke.
((DON BEYER: WELL ONE OF THE THINGS I LEARNED IS IT'S VERY BAD TO BE OUTSPENT
TWO TO ONE IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF THE CAMPAIGN.))
So how does it work?
And why did it happen?
First you have to remember that only New Jersey and Virginia had major
elections this year.
Then you have to know who people like Heinz Prechter are.
Heinz Prechter's the guy who started putting sunroofs in cars in the 1960s.
Today, the Michigan auto parts magnate is a very good friend of the
Republican National Committee.
The RNC and its committees gave more than 2-point-1 million dollars to Jim
It gave almost 200- thousand to the Republican Party of Virginia -- which
helped Gilmore big time.
Individual donors give money to the RNC -- in the sunroof guy's case, more
than 180- thousand dollars in the last four years.
And then the Gilmore campaign hits up those national donors individually.
So on election day, when Gilmore didn't even need his help, Heinz Prechter
gave five thousand dollars directly to Gilmore.
It's all legal.
It probably won't buy the sunroof guy any influence in Virginia.
But it may in Washington.
And he may sell a few more sunroofs in Virginia if we get rid of that car
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
It's the first real appointment of the Gilmore administration -- and it has
broader ramifications for state government.
Richmond state Senator and Senate Republican leader Joe Benedetti will
become director of the state's Department of Criminal Justice Services.
His son was Jim Gilmore's campaign finance director.
But the appointment creates another hole in the evenly tied state Senate.
Tomorrow, a special election will be held in Hampton Roads to fill the
senate seat of Attorney General-elect Mark Earley.
The trial of a Clifton Forge car salesman, accused of selling cars without
titles, was delayed tonight.
David Mann is charged with improperly using dealer tags, temporary and
The prosecutor says Mann used the tags to keep his customers on the road
when he couldn't afford to get their car titles.
The defense says the charges don't apply to Mann, because he is NOT a
licensed dealer, his wife is.
The judge delayed the case until December 29th so he can study D-M-V
In a related story, one of Mann's customers was convicted of misdemeanor
Douglas Church admitted he punched Mann three times after he told he
couldn't give him the title to his car, and offered to help him file a lawsuit.
Corporate takeovers can cause problems for existing employees--
As many workers at Moore's Lumber found out. When we come back, we'll check
on the fate of three Roanoke area stores.
And a little later we'll investigate the glow that's surrounding one South
Carolina town. That's coming up, when News 7 continues.
It isn't taking long for the new owners of Moore's Lumber and Building
Supplies to make their presence felt.
All area Moore's locations except one were out of business today.
It's the first round of a so-called "re-allocation of resources."
Last week, Oklahoma-based Hope Lumber Company announced it had bought
According to Hope Lumber, Moore's was losing money.
So the new owners closed 18 of Moore's 50 stores.
Some of the workers were laid off from three area locations--in Bedford,
Salem and on Williamson Road in Roanoke will move to the Moore's on Franklin
Everyone else is out of a job, along with 40-people who were laid off from
the distribution center in Roanoke's industrial park last week.
Holiday decorations help make the season festive--but the Virginia department
of Health says some ornaments are dangerous.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling several
holiday products--some sold in southwest Virginia.
One and half million sets of curtain-style Christmas lights are being taken
off the shelves because they are an electrocution hazard.
To see if you have these indoor/outdoor lights check for the names "Curtain",
Icicle", and "Wonder Lights."
The miniature lights were sold between September 1995 and November 1997.
Retailers who sold the products are accepting returns for a full refund.
The smiles on Christmas morning will light the entire valley.
This year's Bikes or Bust campaign collected a record-setting 17-hundred-90
bikes for children whose families can't afford them.
The bikes began their ride to the kids today.
Volunteers sent them to the Salvation Army where they will be distributed to
Bikes or Bust will continue its successful run next year, but organizers say
it won't be a competition to beat this year's record.
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Another big award for Fleming, a bad day for Peyton Manning, Steve Mason
gators with the Hokies, and the Wizards stay unbeaten in the long distance
But first Hampton native Allen Iverson was suspended for tonight's 76ers game
with the Boston Celtics for missing practice yesterday.
His head coach Larry Brown said he was perplexed and can't understand
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Friday Football Extra's team of the year, the William Fleming Colonels
traded in their pads and helmets for shirts and ties last night.
The Division five state runners-up were formally honored by city council for
their outstanding season.
Mayor Bowers presented proclamations, and pins to the whole team.
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Tennessee's Peyton Manning knows what it's like to be a runner-up.
He finished second in the heisman balloting on Saturday - something that
isn't sitting very well with folks in the Volunteer state.
Tennessee fans have been flooding the Downtown Athletic Club in New York
where the ceremony took place with abusive faxes.
And yesterday the Governor expressed his displeasure.
IN Q="It stinks...
((DON SUNDQUIST/GOVERNOR OF
SUPER=01-Don Sundquist/Governor of Tennessee; :00
OUT Q=...WHAT OCCURRED."
And as if having a politically incorrect governor speaking out of turn on his
behalf isn't bad enough, last night Manning was placed in the hospital to be
treated for an infection related to a ruptured bursa in his right knee.
He is expected to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days.
Virginia Tech welcomed guest from Florida and North Carolina in the first
of many post season news conferences today. SS=FULL SCREEN JOURNEY TO
Steve Mason has more on a feast fit for gator Bowl officials, a coach and a
few hungry football players in our first "Journey to Jacksonville" installment.
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While Tech got a bowl this year, UVa got a Barbie.
Back in August remember we told you how UVa was one of 19 colleges around the
country to have a special cheerleading Barbie produced for retail this season.
Mattel promised each school an 8 percent royalty from the sale of the dolls.
As of right now the dolls have earned the schools a $1 million dollar royalty
that they will split between themselves.
Still comeing your way tonight some highlights from the Monday night action
in the NBA,
and finally Frank Anzalone and the Express get some help from from the St.
The Washington Wizards are still unbeaten in the brand new MCI center.
Last night they beat the Jazz 88-to-86 for their 5th straight victory in
their new digs.
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The Wizards got a big game from Juwan Howard, who here plays the two man game
with Chris Webber to perfection, finishing the pass with a two handed jam.
Howard had 21.
Karl Malone would get the Jazz back in it with moves like this one in the
paint. The Mailman had 26.
But the Wizards hang on despite blowing an 11 point fourth quarter lead to
take the 88-to-86 win.
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In Chicago, Danny Manning and the Suns were taking on the Bulls or make that
Jordan first on the left block, rocks and then drills the fade away jumper
over the defense.
Next time down - Jordan with the beautiful pass inside to Randy Brown, who
kicks it out to Jason Calfee - he throws down the jam and the Bulls set the
Suns 111 to 104.
The Roanoke Express has finally gotten some help from its AHL affiliate St.
Rookie right winger, John Tripp, the Calgary Flames second round draft pick a
year ago has one goal and one assist in 23 games this year.
He is 6'2 and 220 pounds and will be in the lineup for Friday night's game
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In Pelzer, South Carolina, December brings thousands of sightseers to the
town's Christmas spectacular.
But, it isn't an ordinary light show they've come to see.
The "Light People" wear their holiday spirit on their sleeves, as they
greet visitors and hand out Christmas candy.
IN Q=I love to do it
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OUT Q=and they really enjoy their candy.