A frat house arson suspect gets out on bond in Blacksburg- -though he's
accused of lying to authorities about his drug and alcohol problem.
And the latest night- vision technology- -made right here in the Valley-
-is available for private use... for a price.
In sports, the investigation continues involving seven North Carolina
football players involved in a bar brawl. A big trade in the N-B-A.
And the Florida Marlins trade another key player from their World
Sunny and warmer tomorrow, then some clouds, rain and cooler temperatures.
All the forecast details are headed your way.
The Virginia Tech student accused of setting fire to a frat house and lying
to a magistrate will have to forego alcohol.
That's one of the conditions set by the judge who released Chad Justin Niemi
(knee-me) today on 30- thousand dollars bond.
The 21- year old was charged with arson shortly after the Kappa Alpha house
was gutted by fire Tuesday morning.
Niemi's bond was originally set at 15- thousand dollars but was later
Prosecutors say Niemi failed to mention prior convictions for being drunk in
public and possession of marijuana.
The judge also ordered Niemi to remain in Virginia and check in with
Blacksburg police daily.
Columbia HCA officials are now responding to yesterday's announcement that
Virginia's largest health insurer is dropping three Columbia-owned hospitals
from one of its plans.
Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield and Columbia have been in contract negotiations
for the past several months.
Columbia officials say the talks were held in good faith.
Lewis-Gale, Montgomery Regional and Pulaski Community Hospital C-E-O's say
they submitted numerous proposals to Trigon.
And up until this past Monday--hospital officials claim they were led to
believe they were in the Preferred Provider Organization and final negotiations
were still underway.
Trigon has now entered into an exclusive agreement with Carilion Health
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
They went above and beyond the call of duty, and because they did, four
people are alive today.
Five Lynchburg firefighters were honored this afternoon for their work in
saving the victims of two recent fires in the Hill City.
Among them was Robert Ore, who rescued a 3- year- old girl from her burning
apartment last weekend.
IN Q=That's the biggest
((ROBERT ORE/LYNCHBURG FIREFIGHTER: THAT'S THE BIGGEST REWARD. THE PLAQUES ARE
NICE, THE RECOGNITION IS NICE, BUT THE BIG REWARD IS KNOWING THAT THERE'S A
LITTLE THREE- YEAR- OLD GIRL, TYANA HUBBARD, THAT'S GOING TO BE AT HOME WITH
HER FAMILY THIS YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS.))
((ROBERT LIPSCOMB/L'BURG FIREFIGHTERS ASSOC.: THIS IS SOMETHING EXPECTED OF
FIREFIGHTERS BUT EVERY NOW AND AGAIN, INDIVIDUALS DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES ABOVE
AND BEYOND OTHER FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER COMPANIES DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES, AND
WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE LIKE THAT, I FEEL IT'S APPROPRIATE TO RECOGNIZE AND
SUPER=01-Robert Ore/Lynchburg Firefighter; :00
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OUT Q=and honor that.
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The assocation also honored four firefighters who pulled three people from
their burning home the night of November 4th.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
It seems everyone has a holiday wish list this time of year, INCLUDING the
city of Lynchburg.
City leaders and their local delegates sat down this morning to discuss
priorities for the next session of the General Assembly.
Lynchburg wants to make sure it gets the state money it's been promised for
projects like sewer repair and economic development.
Senator Steve Newman says the state should be able to fund those one- time
expenses this year.
IN Q=I think it's
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO
HAVE LESS PROSPERITY IN THE FUTURE, THAT WE ARE NOT SPENDING IT ON JUST AGENCY
EXPENSES WHICH MEANS IT WILL JUST CONSTANTLY GROW AND GROW AND GROW, SO THIS IS
A BIG CHANGE, I THINK, IN OUR BUDGETING.))
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OUT Q=in our budgeting.
Also: Lynchburg doesn't want the elimination of the personal property tax to
affect other state funding.
IN Q=That's definitely
((MITCH NUCKLES/L'BURG COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE: THAT'S DEFINITELY A CONCERN OF
THE LOCALITIES. IT HAS TO BE A DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR REPLACEMENT AND ALSO SOME
FACTOR OF THE GROWTH. PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX GROWS ON AVERAGE BETWEEN SEVEN AND
TEN PERCENT A YEAR, SO A GROWTH FACTOR DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE PUT INTO THE
SUPER=01-Mitch Nuckles/L'burg Commissioner of Revenue; :00
OUT Q=into the factor.
Senator Newman promised the group that the tax cut plan WILL be passed in
Virginia schoolteachers will get theirs.
Two-and-a-quarter percent raises each year starting in 1999 -- which could
be boosted by local school boards -- mirror what Governor George Allen promised
state workers in his final budget he'll unveil tomorrow.
The announcement came with news of 447- million more dollars to support the
state's new academic standards and testing program.
And in what may be a little wishful thinking -- the Governor included five
million dollars for charter schools.
IN Q=And you know
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND YOU KNOW WHERE THAT'S COMING FROM? THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY SAYS IF YOU RUN A CHARTER SCHOOL
WE'LL GIVE YOU MONEY. BUT THAT'S ON OUR TERMS AND IT WOULD BE THE DECISIONS OF
OUT Q=of Virginians.
The 1998 General Assembly will take up charter schools in a matter of weeks.
The concept has its best shot ever of passing next year.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
If Virginia begins establishing charter schools--many parents and students
want to know, what are they like? Coming up on News 7 at Six, Ellen Qualls
has more about a charter program in North Carolina.
and a little later--home for the holidays, but the honeymoon will have to
wait. A Roanoke soldier ties the knot while on leave from his duties in
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Charter schools pop back up on the Virginia General Assembly's radar next
month -- with their best chance ever of becoming law.
Last night, we visited one such school in North Carolina.
Tonight, Ellen Qualls talks with the players in that state's three-month old
experiment about what Virginia should consider.
IN Q=Rocky Mount, North
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SUPER=01-Cheryl Ellis/Charter School Teacher; :37
SUPER=01-Travis Twiford/Nash-Rocky Mount Superintendent; 1:03
SUPER=01-Tiffani Wallace/Charter School Student; 1:25
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( Rocky Mount, North Carolina's three month old Charter Public School is off
to a good start.
sot TAPE TWO 12:07:34
((ROB BARROW/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: I LOVE IT. IT'S-- Why? THE WAY WE
LEARN. AND THE WAY THAT IF SOMEBODY MAKES TROUBLE, THEY CAN GET RID OF THEM.
In fact, one criticism is that charter schools will cherry pick the best
behaved and the brightest... or segregate by race or ethnicity.
But this school has a 60-40 racial split.
It may be cherry-picking the best parents out of the system though.
sot tape three 21:44:30
((CHERYL ELLIS/CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHER: SO WHEN I CAME HERE AND I WAS HEARING
"THE PARENTS REALLY WANT TO BE INVOLVED," AND I WAS THINKING "YEAH I KNOW,
PARENTS REALLY LIKE TO BE INVOLVED, BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THESE PARENTS.
WE HAD FOUR GRAND OPENINGS IN TWO WEEKS.))
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((CHERYL ELLIS/CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHER: 350 PARENTS CAME TO THE FOURTH GRAND
OPENING IN TWO WEEKS. THEY'RE SERIOUS.))
The local Superintendent fought the school's startup as harmful to the
existing schools -- but now he says he's neutral.
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13;29:24
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, AS A
PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, I'M A LITTLE BIT JEALOUS. BECAUSE THEY'RE GIVEN
FREEDOM TO NOT BE CONSTRAINED BY STATE REGULATIONS. AND I FEEL LIKE THE PUBLIC
SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE THAT SAME OPPORTUNITY.))
He predicts parents will eventually teacher-shop, picking the regular school
or the charter school based on that year's teacher.
sot tape two 12:03:34
((TIFFANI WALLACE/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: IT'S GREAT. What do you like about
it? THE TEACHERS. THE STUFF THAT WE LEARN. AND HOW WE LEARN IT.))
It is money that both sides in the debate say is the biggest stumbling
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13:29:47
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: THERE'S IN OUR SITUATION IN
EXCESS OF TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF LOCAL AND STATE MONEY THAT'S LEAVING OUR
BUDGETS AND GOING INTO THE CHARTER SCHOOL BUDGETS.))
Still, the charter school gets NO capital funds.
It retro-fitted an old JC Penney store.
So far, its library is empty.
A loan pool from the state would help.
But without money, there are fewer strings -- more room for innovation.
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13:49:07
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: SO I THINK THAT THEY CAN
CAUSE CHANGE FASTER THAN WE CAN. AND THAT'S WHY I SAID "I SURE WISH THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY WOULD TAKE THE SHACKLES OFF OF US.))
Charter schools haven't been around long enough for independent evaluations
That leaves other states to decide if they're willing to wait.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Many Christmas gifts this season will end up right back where they
started--in the stores due to refunds, returns or exchanges.
And, most shoppers will be stuck without a receipt, which makes the return
process more difficult.
Double Boxes=Keith and Stacey/Microwave
Stacey Martin is at Valley View Mall to tell us more.
Keith, most major retail stores we talked with are actually prepared for
shoppers to come back without a receipt, and thus they have special policies
for returns and exchanges after the Christmas season.
IN Q=My wife
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OUT Q=to do the refund
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IN Q=My wife, she
((GILBERT JONES: MY WIFE SHE TRIES TO KEEP ALL THE RECEIPTS TOGETHER SO WHEN
SHE DOES HAVE TO RETURN SOMETHING SHE DOESN'T HAVE THE PROBLEM OF LOOKING FOR
OUT Q=for the receipt.
In the frenzy of last minute gift buying, many of us will forget that it's
important to save receipts.
But, major retailers know this and usually relax restrictions to make
returning an item, or getting a refund or exchange easier.
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IN Q=It generally is
((TOM TYREE/BELK STORE MGR.: IT GENERALLY IS A BUSY EXCHANGE PERIOD BETWEEN
CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR'S SO WE GIVE STRAGGLERS ALL THE WAY UP TO
OUT Q=up to February
Tyree says Belk's takes refunds and exchanges after the holidays on a
However, Tyree says if it's coming up on Valentine's Day, you're waiting too
late to return the item.
Other stores such as J.C. Penney's ask for ID.
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IN Q=We do require
((MARY CATHERINE ROONEY/J.C. PENNEY STORE MGR.: WE DO REQUIRE A PICTURE ID,
DRIVER'S LICENSE OR STATE-ISSUED ID CARD. WE DO REQUIRE THAT INORDER TO DO THE
OUT Q=to do the refund.
Rooney says if you paid by check or cash, the store will give you cash back
or credit your account if you used your credit card--as most stores will--but
JC Penney's won't give you store credit.
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(Keith question -- What else can shoppers due to help make the process
easier? Stacey response-- Well, most people probably remove the tag fro ma
gift, but most store managers I spoke to said it's best to just cut off the
dollar amount and leave the bar code. That way they can scan it and verify the
item came from their store.)
A sharp drop for the stock market today--
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
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[Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel/Roanoke Gas]
[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
GRAPHIC=ITT Night Vision
For years, I-T-T's Night Vision products have been shrouded in secrecy.
The Roanoke company supplies armies around the world with high-tech gear that
helps troops see at night.
This year, I-T-T is selling one Night Vision product to the public.
As Scott Goldberg reports, it's a nifty little toy -- IF you can see past the
SUPER=01-Betsy Williams/Science Museum of Western Va.; :10
SUPER=01-Sandra Coan/ITT Night Vision; :29
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OUT Q=SG, News-7
((Of the hundreds of toys inside the Science Museum of Western Virginia's gift
shop, there's one little dark-defying gadget that is sure to open a lot of
IN Q=they will
((BETSY WILLIAMS/SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VA:THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE
THROUGH NEW YEAR'S AT THIS SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF 595-DOLLARS. ))
If the price doesn't make you see infra-red..
Roanoke-based I-T-T Night Vision hopes its Night Finder will find a home with
or people who worry about prowlers outside their homes.
IN Q=they use them
((THEY USE THEM TO SURVEY THEIR PROPERTY, OR FOR PERSONAL SECURITY. PEOPLE WHO
HEAR A NOISE OUT IN THE BACK YARD AND THEY JUST WANT TO SEE WHAT IT IS. ))
OUT Q=it is
Night Finder uses the same technology police and armed forces have used for
It traps little bits of light and lets you see things that normally would not
show up in the dark.
IN Q=you're able
((SANDRA COAN: YOU'RE ABLE TO SEE IT AS IF YOU WERE LOOKING AT IT IN DAYTIME,
BUT IT IS A GREEN IMAGE.))
OUT Q=green image
IN Q=during the
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: DURING THE GULF WAR ALMOST SEVEN YEARS AGO, TV
NETWORKS BROADCAST MISSILE STRIKES OVER BAGHDAD. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WATCHED.
AND SOME SAID, "GEE, WITH TECHNOLOGY LIKE THIS, I COULD TRACK DOWN MY CAR IN A
PARKING LOT AT NIGHT-- EVEN IF IT'S REALLY CROWDED.))
OUT Q=REALLY CROWDED
IN Q=the gulf war
((DAN TURCIC/ITT NIGHT VISION: THAT'S WHERE WE BASICALLY GOT A LARGE MAJORITY
OF INTEREST SPARKED.))
I-T-T envisions big sales this holiday season.
But even those who like what they see get a little glassy-eyed when they
think about the 6-hundred-dollar price tag.
IN Q=a little
((A LITTLE PRICEY FOR MY POCKET BOOK WITH KIDS IN COLLEGE.))
Scott Goldberg, News-7.
And coming up, The Sixers and Pistons trade players Mister Basketball is
leaving the Indiana basketball program.
And the Hokies talk about their trip to the 1998 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.
GRAPHIC=Tech/UNC Gator Bowl
Virginia Tech preparation for the 53rd Gator Bowl begins tomorrow when the
Hokies return to the practice field in pads and helmets.
SS=FULL SCREEN TECH/UNC JOURNEY TO JACKSONVILLE
Steve Mason says; a late season skid has these football players focussed
more than ever on ringing in the new year on a positive note.
IN Q=first audio
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((Over the last three seasons; the Hokies had handled the November nerves
well; posting a 10 and OH record. That streak was broken by back to back losses
to West Virginia and Virginia.
While deep threat Shawn Scales was lost before the season's midpoint; his
absence hurt most against the final two teams who ganged up on the running
But now that a full recovery for the Gator Bowl weighs in Scales's favor and
Al Clark's surgically repaired knee continues to heal, the Hokies have new
motivation for erasing an irregular finish to their regular season schedule.
North Carolina, Tech's opponent in the Gator Bowl, continues to interview
seven players that were involved in a brawl at a Chapel Hill night club
The players involved are defensive starters Greg Williams, Robert Williams
and Kivuusama Mays as well as Varian Ballard, Stephon McQueen, Ricco McCain and
They all face misdemeanor assault charges filed by a freshman who suffered a
broken cheekbone and other injuries.
U-N-C head coach Carl Torbush said he will not take immediate action
against the players and it may not be resolved before the Gator Bowl January
From the Gridiron to the hardwood and college basketball this afternoon.
The word from Indiana is that last year's mister basketball in the state is
leaving Indiana University.
Seven foot sophomore center Jason Collier says he's transferring but he
hasn't said where are why.
Indiana head coach Bobby Knight says the decision is in everyone's best
And a big trade in the N-B-A involving the Philadelphia 76-ers and Detroit
Jerry Stackhouse was the third player chosen in the 1995 draft and the
Sixers felt as though they had a polayer to build around.
Today the Sixers traded Stackhouse and his former North Carolina teammate
Eric Montros to the Detroit Pistons for Center Theo Ratliff, Guard Aaron McKie
and future draft picks.
Stackhouse, who left Carolina after his Sophmore year, was averaging 16
points a game.
The Florida Marlins continue to trade away the players that led the team to
the World Series championship this season.
Today the Marlins traded relief pitcher Dennis cook to the New York Mets for
a pair of Minor league players.
Cook is the sixth key player the Marlins have traded since the team won the
Cook was 1 and 2 in the regular season however, in the post season he was 2
and 0 in nine shutout innings with 10 strikeouts.
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A two week leave turned into more than just a chance to spend the holiday
season with family.
Sgt. Frank Davilla (Da-villa) used the time to marry his girlfriend.
The National Guard soldier is on the peace-keeping mission in Bosnia.
And today ended up being a perfect day to tie the knot.
IN Q=WE HAD CALLED
((TRACEY DAVILLA/NEWLYWED: WE HAD CALLED THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE AND HE SAID
ANY DAY WOULD BE FINE. WE HAD DIFFERENT THINGS PLANNED FOR EACH DAY SO
EVERYTHING KIND OF HIT FOR TODAY.))
OUT Q=FOR TODAY
Frank returns to Bosnia Monday, so that doesn't leave time for a honeymoon.
The trip may also include a stop at Disney World, but that will have to wait
until Frank returns home in late May.
(toss to Jean)
That's News7 at Six.
Tonight at 11, we'll take to the skies.
Flying is a natural high for Charles Scott--
but his dream and his career crashed 15 years ago.
He was diagnosed with diabetes and lost his right to fly.
Scott is up in the air again -- and he's changed the federal rules so ALL
diabetics can fly.
IN Q=Don't give up
((CHARLES SCOTT/DIABETIC PILOT: DON'T GIVE UP, PARTICULARLY IF YOU'VE GOT A
GOOD ARGUMENT. I DON'T CHASE WINDMILLS, BUT I DON'T GIVE UP ON GOOD DREAMS.))
OUT Q=up on good dreams
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Tina Tenret will bring us this powerful story tonight on News 7 at 11.