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A truck is hit by three big rigs on the 81 backing up traffic and injuring at
least three people.
Two people are dead in a murder suicide in Carroll County.
Can't find the toy you want at the store? How about checking the want ads?
And a preview of the movie The Titanic.
News 7 is next.
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An accident involving four trucks injured at least three people tonight and
brought traffic to a standstill.
It happened at about 6:30 about one mile south of the Roanoke exit.
Police say the driver of a utility-type pick up truck was heading north when
he apparently slowed down to try and turn around in the median.
IN Q=IT WAS HIT FROM
((SGT L.W. FINLEY/STATE POLICE; IT WAS HIT FROM THE REAR BY A TRACTOR TRAILER
TRAVELING NORTHBOUND WHICH PUSHED THE UTILITY TRUCK IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES
WHERE IT WAS STRUCK TWO MORE TIMES. ONCE BY A TANKER TRUCK WHICH WAS NOT LOADED
AND THE SECOND TIME BY A BOX TRACTOR AND TRAILER.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. L.W. Finley/State Police;
OUT Q=AND TRAILER.
At least three people were pulled from the small truck and taken to the
hospital- including the driver who suffered extensive injuries.
Traffic was halted in the southbound lane of I-81 for more than an hour.
Many trucks and cars ended up on Melrose Avenue and 419 to try and bypass the
Sheriff's officials say an argument sparked last night's fatal shooting in
Authorities say 51-year old Fredrick Ray Edwards apparently shot his live-in
girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.
Deputies found Edwards and 35-year old Mary Ruth Hiatt dead in the front
yard of their Cana home.
Sheriff Warren Manning says the number of domestic calls often rises around
IN Q=I feel
((WARREN MANNING/CARROLL CO. SHERIFF:I FEEL LIKE AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME,
ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE PROBLEMS AROUND CHRISTMAS MEMORIES, AND WE DO HAVE
PROBLEMS WITH DOMESTIC CALLS WITH THE SITUATION WE'RE IN NOW A DAYS, AND YES, I
DO THINK THERE ARE MORE AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Warren Manning/Carroll Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=christmas time.
Family members say Edwards had been depressed and drinking a lot but
appeared to be in a good mood a couple of days ago.
The couple did NOT have a record of domestic violence.
A former assistant principal at Gretna Elementary School faces charges of
molesting a girl in the school book room.
Theodore Richard Jones Junior allegedly engaged in a sexual act with the
teenager and made four other sexual propositions-- all between 1991 and 1994.
Earlier this month the school board appointed a replacement for his
assistant principal position.
Former colleagues say Jones helped organize business partnerships and
volunteer programs at the school.
A standoff is going into the night at a Texas day-care center.
Police say at least two children and one adult are still being held.
The daycare center is in the Dallas suburb of (PLAY-no) Plano.
The standoff began this afternoon when a man suspected of robbing someone
entered the center.
Tonight Dozens of hostages were released but a few more are still inside.
((THE SECOND TIME WHEN HE CAME OUTSIDE I SAW HIM WITH IT. REPORTER: YOU SAW HE
HAD A GUN.))
((THE FELLA WITH THE GUN CAME OUT ON ONTO THE PORCH AND WAS WAVING GUN AROUND
WILDLY AND WAS TALKING ABOUT KILLING A CHILD AND HE HAD A CHILD IN FRONT OF HIM
AT THE TIME ON THE FRONT PORCH.))
OUT Q=ON THE FRONT PORCH."
Officers have telephone contact with the man, and negotiations
Jurors in the second Oklahoma City bombing suspect trial have wrapped up
their first full day of deliberations.
Still no verdict in the case against Terry Nichols.
At one point, the panel asked for a list of the nearly 200 witnesses.
((I'M GOING TO BE VERY UPSET IF TERRY'S NOT CONVICTED BUT I DON'T THINK THAT'S
GOING TO HAPPEN.))
((INDEED THIS JURY IS GOING TO BE GRAPPLING VERY HARD WITH THE CONCEPT OF
CONSPIRACY AND COMPLICITY. IF IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WHAT DID HE REALLY DO. WHAT
DID HE REALLY KNOW.))
SUPER=01-Jannie Coverdale/Victim's Grandmother; 00
SUPER=01-Scott Robinson/Legal Commentator; 06
OUT Q=DID HE REALLY KNOW."
Jurors also asked a question but the judge isn't saying what.
Virginia's largest health-care provider could not negotiate a contract with
So Trigon Blue Cross-Blue Shield is dropping three area hospitals from its
list of preferred providers.
Starting February 1st, Montgomery Regional Hospital..as well as Pulaski
Community..and Lewis-Gale Medical Center are not part of Trigon's P-P-O
Trigon said the hospitals made "new demands" regarding a contract with the
insurer. Demands Trigon refused to meet.
Seven Carilion Hospitals, including Roanoke Memorial, now make up the Trigon
Carilion's executive vice president said there's a chance some Trigon
customers will decide to find a new health-care provider.
IN Q=i think
((DON LORTON: I THINK TRIGON WILL HAVE TO SEE WHETHER ITS CUSTOMERS ARE WILLING
TO STAY IN A PRODUCT THAT HAS A MORE NARROW PROVIDER NETWORK OR NOT. ))
SUPER=01-Don Lorton/Carilion Health Systems;
OUT Q=or not
Carilion's business is expected to go up by about 10-customers a day.
The health system says it will have no problem handling the new patients.
*******Toss to Robin*********8
A former chart topping singer has passed away in Los Angeles. We'll have
that story up next.
and residents of Orlando, Florida, are breathing easier now that an escaped
lion has been recaptured.
Singer Nicolette Larson has died.
Larson died yesterday from complications from cerebral edema which is a
swelling of the brain caused by an accumulation of fluid.
Larson took the song "Lotta Love," to the number one spot on the charts
during the seventies.
During a stop in Blacksburg in 1984, Larson said she found the new "art form
of music videos" restrictive.
IN Q=I don't think
Larson released six critically acclaimed albums during her career.
She was 45.
They've been called everything from the nail in the "coffin of public
education" to its savior.
The truth is, the jury's still out on charter schools.
But in the next few months, Virginia's General Assembly may finally back
So what exactly is a charter school?
Ellen Qualls crossed the border to North Carolina to check one out.
Tonight and tomorrow, we take a look at just that school.
IN Q=I love coming here
SUPER=01-Rob Barrow/Charter School Student; :00
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount, NC; :09
SUPER=01-Bob Mauldin/Charter School Board Chairman; :25
SUPER=01-Cheryl Ellis/Charter School Teacher; 1:48
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
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((ROB BARROW/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: I LOVE COMING HERE EVERY DAY. AT THE OLD
SCHOOL, I'D ACT LIKE I WAS SICK SO I COULD STAY OUT.))
This is NOT an ad for Charter Public School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
It's only three months old, so expectations are still high.
Local business leaders went over the head of the local school board and got
a charter from the state to start their own school with their own rules.
Accountability comes in the contract.
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((BOB MAULDIN: IN THE APPLICATION, WE SAID OUR TEST SCORES WOULD BE TEN
PERCENT HIGHER. AND THAT SHOULD BE EASY TO DO.))
There's also daily economic incentive.
Parents decide if the four thousand and 25 dollars per child the state pays
goes to THIS school, or to the regular public school.
SOT TAPE TWO 11:54:09
((WE LOOK AT OUR PARENTS AS OUR CUSTOMERS. AND IF WE DON'T SERVE THEM, THEY'RE
GOING TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. I THINK THAT'S GOOD.))
There's no tenure for teachers.
The students wear uniforms.
They have a longer school day.
They have a longer school year.
And then there's the lessons on virtues, like kindness.
And the way they walk in the hall, hands clasped.
sot TAPE TWO 12:07:59
((ROB BARROW/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: THE OLD SCHOOL I WENT TO PEOPLE WOULD HIT
EACH OTHER IN THE HALLS. AND IT GOT TOO VIOLENT.))
But the biggest change is the curriculum: direct instruction.. a throwback
to the 70s.
sot 12:08:12 tape two
((ROB BARROW/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: DIRECT INSTRUCTION IS GREAT. YOU READ
SOMETHING AND IF YOU DON'T DO THAT PART RIGHT, YOU HAVE TO GO BACK AND DO THE
WHOLE STORY AGAIN. SO UNTIL YOU GET THE WHOLE THING RIGHT.))
sot tape three 12:40:09
((CHERYL ELLIS/CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHER: THE NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SCHOOL BOARD IS
CONSIDERING CONTRACTING WITH ANOTHER COMPANY, AT ONE OF THEIR ELEMENTARY
SCHOOLS TO DO DIRECT INSTRUCTION. TO HAVE A LONGER SCHOOL YEAR AND A LONGER
SCHOOL DAY. AND THE ENTIRE ARTICLE SAYS "JUST LIKE THE CHARTER SCHOOL!" JUST
LIKE THE CHARTER SCHOOL!" SO YOU KNOW, THEY'RE AT LEAST CONVINCED THERE'S
In our next segment, questions about how this experiment will work for ALL
Rocky Mount's children.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
With a billion dollar budget surplus to play with, Governor George Allen has
been loosening the purse strings in the final days of his administration.
Allen today pledged three and a half million dollars for Lynchburg's
Combined Sewer Overflow project.
He's making public pitches for the budget items he considers most important.
IN Q=All of those
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ALL OF THESE ITEMS I WANT THE PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF SO THE
LEGISLATORS, TO THE EXTENT THEY ARE TO BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE, WILL
THEN ACT IN AN APPROPRIATE MANNER AND KEEP THIS FUNDING IN THERE, WHETHER IT'S
FOR THE PEOPLE OF LYNCHBURG, OR ROANOKE OR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA OR THE RICHMOND
AREA OR WHEREVER IT MAY BE.))
OUT Q=wherever it may be.
Lynchburg needs to spend about 300 million dollars over the next 25 years to
overhaul its sewer system.
City leaders say every dollar of state money will help.
If you're still searching for that hot Christmas toy, stay tuned.
After this break, we'll see how some people are turning to the want ads to get
that special and increasingly expensive gift.
*****VIDEO OF THE DAY****
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A lion that escaped from a Florida Zoo is in good shape tonight-
Nala is back in her pen and everything's back to normal in the Florida
resort city of Kissimmee.
A search helicopter spotted the 450-pound lioness today.
She hissed at a veterinarian and tried to run away- but he zapped her with
a tranquilizer dart.
Nala escaped as JungleLand workers were making adjustments to her
A wildlife official says the big cat did not go too far because the zoo is
the only home she's ever known and she's been fed there on a regular schedule.
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The closer it gets to Christmas, the more difficult it is to buy the most
As David Johnson reports, if you can't find what you're looking for in
department stores, try looking in the want ads, but only if you have some extra
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SUPER=01-Aaron Robins/Walmart Toy Director; :14
SUPER=01-Robin Rolon/Sing And Snore Owner; :42
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Jamison/Sing And Snore Owner; :47
OUT Q=NEWS 7
((Years ago it was Cabbage Patch Dolls, last year, Tickle Me Elmo. This year
some of the hottest items include a hand-held Bass Fishing electronic game, the
Talking Bubba and, most notably, Sing and Snore Ernie.
IN Q=WE HAD A CASE
((AARON ROBINS/TOY ZONE DIRECTOR; WE HAD A CASE OR TWO COME IN TWO WEEKS AGO.
THEY WERE ON THE SHELVES FOR APPROXIMATELY 15-MINUTES. WE PROBABLY GET 15 OR 20
CALLS EVERY MORNING. PEOPLE ASK IF WE GOT SING AND SNORE IN AGAIN LAST NIGHT.
WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY, LIKE I SAID, IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.))
OUT Q=COUPLE OF WEEKS
So an alternative for shoppers is the want ads, where you'll find the sing
and snores by the bunches.
In stores, they retail for about 30-dollars, but in the paper, you'll find
them somewhat more expensive.
But people say they have their reasons.
IN Q=WE DECIDED TO
((ROBIN ROLON/SING AND SNORE OWNER; WE DECIDED TO SELL IT IN ORDER TO PAY FOR
THE CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PRESENTS THIS YEAR. ))
OUT Q=THIS YEAR
IN Q=WE JUST DECIDED
((ELIZABETH JAMISON/SING AND SNORE OWNER; WE JUST DECIDED WE HAD TWO AND MY
YOUNGEST CHILD IS SIX MONTHS OLD AND WE THOUGHT IF WE SELL IT, THEN WE'LL JUST
PUT THE MONEY AWAY IN THEIR SAVINGS FOR COLLEGE AND THAT WILL PROBABLY BE JUST
AS GOOD A GIFT AS THAT. ))
OUT Q=AS THAT.
Even with an inflated price, people are inquiring about the dolls.
IN Q=WE'VE HAD TWO CALLS
((WE'VE HAD TWO CALLS. ONE LADY CALLED US AND ASKED WHAT WAS WRONG WITH OURS
BECAUSE ANOTHER ADVERTISEMENT WAS SO MUCH MORE. THE OTHER ONE WAS JUST SORT OF
SCOUTING, LOOKING TO FIND OUT WHO STILL HAD THEM AND WHO DIDN'T.))
OUT Q=WHO DIDN'T.
And sing and snore hunters have not haggled about Robin's 200-dollar asking
IN Q=THEY JUST SAY
((THEY JUST SAY THEY'LL CALL BACK IF THEY WANT IT SO, SO FAR WE STILL HAVE
OUT Q=STILL HAVE HIM.
Still, some consider these Sing and Snore Ernies something of a bargain,
even at 400-dollars. Word is, you can get a seven-dollar Princess Di Beanie
Bear over the internet for about 800-dollars.
David Johnson, News 7.))
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Steve Mason catches up with Roanoke Express General Manager Pierre Paiement
this morning and U-S-C fires John Robinson today. But first out Extra Point.
The highest paid player in the National Hockey League wears a Philadelphia
The Flyers agreed to a 2 year 16 million dollar contract extension with all
star center Eric Landros.
The deal boosts his salary for this season to 7-point 5 million and adds
another season at 8 point 5 million.
Lindros was scheduled to make 3 point 75 million this season, the last of a
six year deal.
Now, here's the scores.
WIPE TO MOTION
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Cave Spring went out of the R-V-D tonight for a game with its local rival
the Salem Spartans.
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The Knights in the spotlight as the team was being introduced before
Salem's Herschel Thomas would take charge early in the game as he goes in
for the reverse layup Salem led by three points.
Cave Spring would take the lead when Mark Snodgrass fires the ball inside
to Michael Hamlar who gets the basket for a 9 to 8 lead.
Salem Guard Sammy Lazzaro put up some points tonight including this three
pointer to tie the game early in the first half.
The teams picked up the pace Cave SUPER=33-Cave
Spring/54/Salem/49/;Spring's Daniel Penn gets the pass down court and goes in
for the basket as Cave Spring wins it 54 to 49.
Lord Botetourt beat Glenvar 60 to 53 while in girls acton Franklin County
downed Halifax 62 to 54.
The Washington Wizards were at home tonight for a game against the Miami
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Miami's Alonzo Mourning was ready to go against the Wizards.
Isaac Austin, Who's played the middle in Mourning's absence, scores inside
cutting the Washington lead to four.
But Rod Strickland comes right back takes it to the hoop for the score and
the Wizards led 8 to 2.
Washington would build its lead to 10 points going to Juwan Howard who hits
the jumper in the first quarter.
Mourning entered the game in SUPER=32-Washington/88/Miami/74/;the first
quarter here he scores 2 of His 24 points but the Wizards win the game 88 to
and coming up, Kansas City Chief offensive Coordinator Paul Hackett is the
new head coach At Southern Cal replacing John Robinson.
And Express General Manager Pierre Paiement talks with Steve Mason about his
resignation effective at the end of the season.
Uncertainty surrounded Express general manager Pierre Paiement's resignation
announcement Tuesday morning.
Steve Mason says; after returning from out of town trips; Paiement and
franchise president Joe Steffen tried to clear the ice.
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SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :09
SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 18, 1993; :22
SUPER=01-Joe Steffen/Express President; :44
SUPER=03-Roanoke/April, 4, 1996; :57
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((After a ski trip; Pierre Paiement was finally available to explain his
version for making his 5th season the last as Express general manager.
But why? Paiement's hockey involvement and enthusiasm helped make hockey's
return a reality on October 18th, 1993 when Dave Moose Morristte scored the
franchise's first goal.
It's a fixture in Pierre's office. However; the picture the Express board
of directors paints of a general manager is not a hands on hockey person.
According to Steffen; Paiement's 1996 involvement in Roanoke and Miss;
another new ECHL team, was resolved; not forgotten. But Steffen says tension
between Pierre and the other owners stems from a conflict of interest; not
Paiement will now consult family about the next business venture. His
discussions with former Express owner John Gagnon; now the ECHL Mississippi
owner, are in the early stages.
Paiement remains GM until a replacement can be found; Steve mason news 7
The rumors have been floating for better than a week now and today It comes
as no surprise Southern California head football coach John Robinson officially
lost his job today.
The university fired Robinson today just two seasons after he led the
Trojans to a Rose bowl victory.
The Trojans finished this season with a 6 and 5 record and they failed to
receive a bowl bid which can ad thousands of dollars if not more to a school's
Today's action ends Robinson's second stint at the school. he was
104-35-and 4 over 12 seasons.
The university replaced Robinson with Kansas City Chief's offensive
coordinator Paul Hackett.
Hackett was a Robinson Assistant at U-S-C from 1976 to 1980.
IN Q="he has worked
((MIKE GARRETT/USC ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: ))
SUPER=01-Mike Garrett/USC Athletic Director; :
OUT Q=.......COACH HERE."
It's a love story and a disaster movie rolled into one-
The Movie- the Titanic is coming to theaters.
((ICEBERG RIGHT AHEAD! CRASH SOUND))
OUT Q=CRASHING SOUND."
Director James Cameron sacrificed his salary to make this three hour- 14
minute big screen epic.
It's the most expensive movie ever- starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate
Winslet as lovers on a doomed boat.
((IDEALLY ONE WOULD FORGET YOU'RE ON THE TITANIC. IT'S A LOVE STORY ALL OF A
SUDDEN YOU HIT AN ICEBERG.))
OUT Q=you hit an iceberg.
The movie gives us pictures of the real Titanic-
Cameron sent a robot camera inside the ship INTO spaces not seen since it
On one of the submarines- Cameron himself.
((CAMERON: I WENT DOWN THERE WITH MY MIND. WHEN I GOT THERE, EXPERIENCE WAS
WITH MY HEART. I FELT A CONNECTION TO THE EMOTIONS THESE PEOPLE WOULD'VE FELT.
OUT Q=would've felt."
The Titanic opens in Theaters on Friday.