Local law enforcers use technology to bust a drug dealer.
And a new early abortion procedure is stirring up the debate...when does
life actually begin?
And, this peddling barber shop quartet
hands out crime prevention advice in a song.
Stay with us the news is next.
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Marijuana
Good evening. I'm Denise Allen sitting in for Eric Earnhart.
The Bedford County Sheriff's Office surfed the Internet to nab a local drug
Authorities say the suspect was setting up drug transactions on-line.
Police raided a home in Vinton today and arrested 52-year old Kirby Adams of
1999 Drewry's Hill Road.
Charges against Adams include possession of marijuana with intent to
Sheriff Brown said the investigation and arrest is evidence that drug
dealers are becoming bolder and investigations are becoming more complex as
The first family left for Bosnia this afternoon to show the need for a U.S.
presence in the area.
The Christmas time visit comes just days after President Clinton announced
there would NOT be a set timeframe for U.S. troop withdrawal from Bosnia.
Troops were originally scheduled to leave the area next June.
Now the President, along with other NATO members are considering long terms
Bob Dole and his wife Elizabeth, alone with about a dozen members of
congress joined the president on the trip.
Louis Farrakhan has arrived in Libya--a visit that is highly criticized by
the U.S. government.
The controversial U.S. Nation of Islam leader met with Libyan leader Moammar
According to Libyan television reports Farrakhan called for the end of U-N
sanctions against the country.
He reportedly called the sanctions the "equivalent of collective terrorism."
The U.S. State Department denounced Minister Farrakhan's Libyan trip saying
that the visit could be used for anti-American propaganda.
This trip is part of Farrakhan's three month tour of 54 countries.
The medical community is offering it up as another alternative for women.
But pro-life advocates say it's still just another way to kill a human
Jeffrey Kofman explains a new abortion procedure.
IN Q=This technique
SUPER=03-New York; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Jerry Edwards/Houston Planned Parenthood; :20
SUPER=01-Kate Michelman/Nat'l Abortion & Reproductive Rights; :58
SUPER=01-Joe Scheidler/Pro-Life Action League; 1:18
SUPER=19-Jeffrey Kofman; 1:25
OUT Q=CBS News NY
((THIS TECHNIQUE GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE TERM EARLY ABORTION. IT OFFERS
OPTION FOR WOMEN... ONE THAT IGNITES YET ANOTHER DEBATE ABOUT JUST WHEN LIFE
BEGINS. THERE ARE NO VACUUM PUMPS, THERE IS NO DELAY. JUST A SIMPLE SYRINGE
THAT CAN SUCTION OUT A TINY FERTILIZED EGG WITHIN JUST TEN DAYS OF CONCEPTION.
DR. JERRY EDWARDS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR, PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF HOUSTON
THE PROCEDURE WAS DEVELOPED AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN HOUSTON AND IS NOW BEING
USED AT TWO DOZEN CLINICS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
WITH IMPROVED HOME PREGNANCY TESTS WOMEN ARE ABLE TO DETERMINE IF THEY HAVE
CONCEIVED WITHIN A WEEK, LONG BEFORE THEY HAVE MISSED THEIR PERIOD... AND WITH
THE SYRINGE DOCTORS NO LONGER HAVE TO WAIT SIX WEEKS TO SAFELY PERFORM AN
ABORTION. FOR WOMEN IT CAN MEAN A LOT LESS ANXIETY.
KATE MICHELMAN PRESIDENT, (NATIONAL ABORTION AND REPRODUCIVE-RIGHTS ACTION
IT'S A BETTER OPTION, IT'S BETTER FOR WOMEN TO BE ABLE TO ACT ON THEIR
DECISION TO TERMINATE A PREGNANCY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (:10)
THESE ALMOST INSTANT ABORTIONS MAY SOUND A LOT LIKE CONTRACEPTION TO SOME, BUT
NOT TO ABORTION OPPONENTS.
PRO-LIFE ACTION LEAGUE (EX: CHICAGO)
WHEN ASKED ABOUT ABORTION, MOST AMERICANS ARE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE
PROCEDURE IF IT'S IN THE EARLY STAGES OF PREGNANCY. THIS TECHNIQUE IS PROVING
TO BE POPULAR BECAUSE IT CAN BE DONE SO SOON AND SO SIMPLY. BUT IT'S TOO
SIMPLE, MEDICALLY AND MORALLY, FOR THOSE WHO OPPOSE ABORTION. JK CBS NEWS NY))
Like many people, you may be counting down the days until Christmas.
But for one person the countdown holds more meaning--if you're a believer
Santa's not spending the few remaining days shopping.
He's preparing for his busiest day of the year--and of course I'm talking
about his Christmas Eve flight around the world.
Also Santa and his helpers have been working all week to get the sleigh and
reindeer up to speed.
He may still use his sled for transportation but, the world's favorite jolly
old elf is hip to the times.
Claus now uses a computer to keep track of who's been nice or well you
((HO.HO. HO. MERRY CHRISTMAS! HO.HO.))
Sources tell News 7 Santa will be making a few practice runs before the big
So keep an eye out.
Some families in the Roanoke area are playing host to more than a dozen
students from Japan this holiday season.
The students are visiting as part of a cultural exchange program. Their
stay includes rounds of shopping and a meeting with Roanoke's mayor.
We'll have the complete story when the news continues.
The Christian Coalition says it plans to layoff about one-fifth of its
The group also plans to end production of its magazine--Christian American
by the end of this month.
Other items on the chopping block include the Samaritan Project--which
reached out to black Americans.
It will now become an independent group.
People attending a Danville church who are considered to be less fortunate
are being given an incentive to make a fresh start in life.
David Johnson has more.
SUPER=01-Bill Motley/Abundant Life Pastor; :13
SUPER=19-David Johnson; :27
SUPER=01-Gracie Wilson/Attends Outreach Church; 1:01
SUPER=01-Angela Saunders/Attends Outreach Church; 1:15
OUT Q=News 7 Danville.
((Families lacking a holiday meal and gifts for their children can get those
items at the Abundant Life World Outreach Church.
But before getting their hands on the goods, each family must attend
((BILL MOTLEY/ABUNDANT LIFE PASTOR; WE'RE DOING THIS TO IMPACT FAMILIES. IT'S
NOT SO MUCH WHERE THEY END UP GOING TO CHURCH AFTER THEY VISIT HERE. BUT WE
WANT TO IMPACT THEIR LIFE BOTH PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. ))
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE CHURCH STARTED DOING THIS FOUR YEARS AGO. IT
BEGAN FEEDING 100-FAMILIES AND ADDED 50-FAMILIES EACH YEAR. THIS YEAR MORE THAN
250-FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE A 15-POUND TURKEY AND THREE BAGS OF GROCERIES FILLED
WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS. ADDED TO THAT 400-BICYCLES WILL BE GIVEN TO THE
CHILDREN IN THOSE FAMILIES. TOTAL COST FOR THIS COMMUNITY GIFT, AROUND
((SOME OF THE LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE COME IN AND HELPED US PURCHASE ONE OR TWO
BICYCLES. BUT PRIMARILY, THE SOURCE IS GOD. GOD'S OUR SOURCE AND OUR
CONGREGATION HAVE ALL REALLY CHIPPED IN AND GOTTEN INVOLVED. WE JUST ALL WANT
TO BE A BLESSING TO THIS COMMUNITY.))
Recipients like the initial gift, but say the long term benefits are what
make the difference.
((GRACIE WILSON/ATTENDS OUTREACH CHURCH; I FOUND A NEW PERSON IN ME. I HAD GOT
JOBS THAT I THOUGHT WOULDN'T AMOUNT TO NOTHING BUT THEY DID. WORKED AT
MAURICE'S FOR A YEAR. I WORKED AT FOOD COURT IN THE MALL FOR TWO YEARS. ))
((ANGELA SAUNDERS/ATTENDS OUTREACH CHURCH; I'M BUYING A HOME AND I'M DRIVING. I
DIDN'T HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE WHEN I CAME HERE, I'M DRIVING.
I'VE HAD ANOTHER CHILD AND I'M MARRIED NOW.))
The church feeds several hundred people throughout each year, but Pastor
Motley says Christmas is the season for giving and the one big time when people
respond best to the church's offerings.
David Johnson, News 7, Danville.))
College delegates from Tokyo made their way to Roanoke today, just in time
for the holidays.
21-Japanese students from Kawaguchi College are staying with Roanoke-area
residents for three weeks.
During their stay, the young women will go shopping, spend a day downtown
meeting the mayor and perform at Friendship Manor.
It's all part of a Cultural-Homestay, where the students get to learn about
American life while teaching their host families about the Japanese culture.
IN Q=ROANOKE VIRGINIA
((RAY MCKEE/PROGRAM COORDINATOR; ROANOKE VIRGINIA WILL BE FOR THEM THEIR FIRST
EXPOSURE TO THE UNITED STATES. ))
SUPER=01-Ray McKee/Program Coordinator;
OUT Q=UNITED STATES.
The students stay will finish-up about mid-January with a trip to Disney
After that they'll prepare a Japanese meal for their host families as a way
of saying "thank you".
The program was put together by Roanoke citizens. Directors say there are
already enough volunteers for next year's homestay to accommodate around
A convention for young students featured some pretty unusual but practical
including a lighted study guide.
The students came up with the creations after being asked to give their
parents a helping hand.
Three area hospitals are no longer on the preferred list of the state's
largest health care provider.
And, another vote by union workers in Danville means a 7-day work week.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business
IN Q=Biz Review music
SUPER=03-Salem; :06 (quick!)
((The Commonwealth's biggest health-care network is dropping three
Columbia/H-C-A hospitals from its list of preferred providers.
This after Trigon/ Blue Cross Blue Shield and hospital management deadlocked
on contract negotiations.
In Danville, Goodyear union workers went back to the polls and reversed last
month's vote against working seven days a week.
In return...Goodyear has promised to rehire laid off workers and add 300 new
In Martinsville, city leaders are being selective about the businesses they
pick to fill an industrial park.
Developers say there's room for two thousand new, high-paying jobs.
In the Roanoke Valley, every Moore's Lumber and Building Supplies store is
closed except one on Franklin Road.
This, one week after Moore's was bought out by an Oklahoma company that
pledged to "aggressively reallocate" Moore's resources.
So far that "reallocation" has cost close to 100-jobs.
I-T-T's dark-defying Night Finder might be on your holiday gift list..
If you're willing to pay 600-dollars to see in the dark.
The Roanoke company envisions big sales now that the public can buy
technology similar to what the military has used for years.
djia pre pro
Asia's problems keep plaguing Wall Street.
The Dow Jones industrials lost 82-points this week.
The Nasdaq dropped 12.
That's this week's Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Can you imagine your fifth grader pondering the question 'what can I do to
make my parents' life easier?'
Well that's what students at Grandin Court Elementary did.
The results were displayed at the second annual Invention Convention on
The assignment was to create something that would help people by saving
time, energy or space-- making everyday life a little easier.
If you're a tennis fanatic and the weather is bad don't worry with this you
can practice inside.
Big laundry day--no problem the easy roller will help you get your clothes
to the washing machine.
And the light-bulb learner makes a good study guide.
IN Q=you put the
((NOAH WRIGHT/INVENTOR: YOU PUT THE NAIL ON ONE SCREW AND THE QUESTION IS LIKE
"WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE FEMALE CAT GARFIELD TRIES TO IMPRESS?" AND YOU PUT IN
ON 'C' ARLENE AND IT'S RIGHT AND THE LIGHT WILL LIGHT UP, BUT IF YOU SAY ITS
NAME IS LOCO THEN YOU'RE NOT RIGHT AND IT WON'T LIGHT UP.))
OUT Q=won't light up
Teachers hope their fifth graders learn how to use their creativity and
ingenuity to help others.
And if you own cats--here's one for you.
The little black box records your cat's meow.
When your cat is outside and ready to come in all he has to do is meow and
the kitty door opens.
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SUPER=331-Sleet & Freezing/Rain Late/30-33/Changing to/Afternoon Rain/33-36;
SUPER=332-Freezing Rain/& Sleet/29-31/Sleet Changing/to Rain/34-37S;
SUPER=333-Sleet & Freezing/Rain Late/26-30/Changing to/Afternoon Rain/31-34;;
SUPER=334-Rain &/Freezing Rain/30-33/Rain Tapering/to Showers/38-42;
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/ESPN; :00
Something the 49ers didn't get this evening. Jim Druckenmiller got some
playing time last night and looked good when he had time to throw as the Niners
rested many of their starters to prepare for the playoffs.
This was Seattle's playoff game and Warren Moon lit up the Niners with four
TD passes as Seattle beats San Francisco 38-to-9.
Coaches often tell players to worry only about the things they can control.
For the Redskins that meant beating the Eagles today.
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/WJPR-Fox; :00
The Washington defense was certainly up for the challenge early in the game.
Darrell Green picks off the Bobby Hoying pass on the diving catch. He gets up
and goes 83 yards for the TD. That coupled with Daryl Pounds' fumble return
for a TD gave the Skins a 14-to-nothing lead in the first quarter.
But Hoying, for former third round pick from Ohio State, was unfazed as he
hits Jason Dunn with a perfect pass to make it a 14-to-7 game after a quarter.
The Skins' offense would then come to life itself, Jeff Hostetler with the
shovel pass to Brian Mitchell, who drags tacklers down to the one setting up a
Stephen Davis TD.
The Eagles cut the Skins advantage to 21-to-14 on a Charlie Garner TD, but
Washington got this three yard blast from Larry Bowie to make it a 28-to-14
game at halftime.
Philadelphia and Garner got a field goal, this TD and a two point conversion
to make it 28-to-25 with under seven minutes to go.
But a 74 yard kick return from Brian Mitchell set up this TD pass from
Hostetler to Michael Westbrook.
Washington wins it 35 to 32 to clinch a winning season at 8-7 and-1.
The Skins then needed the Vikings to lose to the Colts to put them in the NFC
playoffs as a wildcard team.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/NBC; ;00
But Minnesota veteran quarterback Randall Cunningham would have none of that
mess as he tossed four touchdown passes.
Three of the scoring strikes were caught by Cris Carter, as the Vikings beat
the Colts 39-to-28 to snap a five SUPER=30-Indianapolis/28/Minnesota/39;
game losing string and get themselves in the playoffs.
The Skins last hope to make the postseason rested with the Jets who needed to
tie or beat the LIons to help them out.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/NBC; :00
And things looked good for the Skins and Jets as New York and former West
Virginia star Adrian Murrell jumped out to a 10-to-nothing lead.
But former great Eric Dickerson didn't come to watch Murrell. he came to see
Barry Sanders go after the 2000 yard plateau.
He would not be disappointed. Barry was bottled up early, but he broke off
two big runs in the second half to finish with 184 yards on the game and
2 thousand 53 for the season.
The Lions won 13-to-10 and Sanders joins Eric the Great and OJ as the only
three men to top 2000 in one season.
wipe to eng#
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sanders' record and the playoff implications seemed insignificant for much of
the second half after Lions' linebacker Reggie Brown was knocked unconscious
and feared paralyzed on this play.
It took 20 minutes to get him safely off the field, a time in which players
and coaches alike prayed, cried and hoped.
The good news is that Brown now has movement in his arms and legs and his
CAT scan was negative.
Doctors say he has a bruised spine.
wipe to eng#!!!!!!!!!
The Giants will open the playoffs against the Vikings next Saturday at home,
but yesterday they were in Dallas putting the Cowboys out of their misery.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX; :00
Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones was down on the field again yesterday up in Barry
And why not. The Giants jumped out to a 20-to-nothing lead as Danny Kanell
tossed this TD to a wide open Cris Calloway, and Rodney Hampton came back and
scored one on a short run to complete New York's worst to first transformation.
SUPER=30-New York/20/Dallas/7/Tiki Barber - 82 Yards;
Dallas finishes the season at 6-and-10, and rest assured some wholesale
changes are on the way.
IN Q="As I...
((BARRY SWITZER/DALLAS HEAD COACH:))
((TROY AIKMAN/DALLAS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Barry Switzer/Dallas Head Coach; :01
SUPER=01-Troy Aikman/Dallas Quarterback; :07
OUT Q=...CAUGHT UP WITH US."
Still to come this evening Steve Mason takes us on a trip back in time as we
revisit Tech's last trip to the Gator Bowl in 1994.
Plus, I tell you why Patrick Ewing is shooting left handed, and why he won't
be shooting much at all for along time to come.
Virginia Tech Gator Bowl date with North Carolina on New Year's Day will be
Tech second Gator appearance in four years.
And Steve Mason says they hope to change a few things that went wrong the
first time around.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/December 31, 1994; :00
SUPER=01-Todd Washington/Va. Tech Center; :20
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :29
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Va. Tech Receiver; :44
SUPER=01-Rick Catlett/Gator Bowl Committee Member; 1:02
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Va. Tech Guard; 1:31
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The NBA has lost one of its perennial all-stars to injury for the rest of the
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/Last Night; :00
13 year veteran center Patrick Ewing dislocated his right wrist on this fall
during last night game against the Bucks.
He had surgery this morning to set a dislocated bone and repair several torn
He'll be in a cast for two months, and doctors say there is no guarantee he
will be ready to play next season.
The Roanoke Express moved into third place in the Northeast Division last
night with a character building road win at Wheeling.
The Express was down 2-to-nothing in the third, but scored three unanswered
goals to win the game 3-to-2. Chris Cantu, Jeff Loder and Mike Peron scored in
the third, while Daniel Berthiaume had 23 saves.
There are a few more working days before the Christmas holiday--at least for
most of us.
And, you can make them a little easier by avoiding traffic on the roadways.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's Road Report.
IN Q=VDOT crews plan
OUT Q=happy holidays.
((VDOT crews plan to shut down the railroad crossing along Hollins Road in
Roanoke beginning Tuesday.
It'll be closed from 9 a-m to 5 p-m but there's no word from the agency on
how many days the shut down will last.
Repairs are scheduled for Memorial Bridge along Route 11 between Radford and
Starting today traffic will be squeezed down to one lane going over the
And, two roads are once again open to traffic..
In Russell County, most of the repairs to the Virginia Avenue bridge over
the Clinch River are complete and traffic is flowing once again.
And, in Wythe County work is finished on the bridge over Tate Run along
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin -- happy holidays.))
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Super=X5045 (starts FX)
They're Indiana cops on wheels and they can sing.
They harmonize together in an effort to remind the public about safety tips.
Their songs, set to Christmas carols, encourage citizens to park in well-lit
areas and lock their cars.
IN Q=Before you go to shop (sung)
OUT Q=our delight
How did the five officers get together for this gig?
IN Q=I don't know
((I DON'T KNOW HOW IT CAME TOGETHER. OUR VOICES JUST BLENDED WELL AND WE'RE
HAVING FUN WITH IT))
OUT Q=fun with it.
Super=X5043 (clears FX)
That's it for News 7 at 11. Good night.