Coming up next.
The 39- year old son of the late Robert F- Kennedy is killed this afternoon
in a skiing accident.
New information about the death of Princess Diana.
Plus, a live report from downtown Roanoke-- where folks prepare to ring in
the New Year-- alcohol free.
The NEWS is next.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton-- sitting in for Jean Jadhon.
In less than an hour, 1997 will be over and it'll be time to celebrate a New
News 7's David Johnson is in Downtown Roanoke with people waiting to bring
in 1998 in an alternative way.
Double Boxes=Teresa/David Microwave
David, what's it like down there?
((Rollcue:...quite a few people down here.))
IN Q=THIS WINTER'S
SUPER=07-Melissa Rogers; :08
SUPER=07-Bob Hall; :24
SUPER=07-Hazel Bryant; :34
SUPER=07-Chris Martin; :55
SUPER=07-Sanae Ohata; 1:11
OUT Q=we appreciate you.
(( This winter's coldest night did not stop people from coming out for the
alternative New Year's celebration.
((MELISSA ROGERS; HOPEFULLY, I'LL BE ABLE TO STAND THE COLD. BUT I'LL GO INSIDE
FOR A COUPLE OF EVENTS TO SEE WHAT THEY'RE HAVING.))
Roanoke is one of more than 80-cities nationwide to have "FIRST NIGHT", an
alcohol free way to bring in 1998.
For some it's just what the doctor ordered.
((BOB HALL; I LIKE THE IDEA OF NON-ALCOHOLIC. ALSO I LIKE ALL OF THE FESTIVALS.
I COME TO THE PARK FESTIVAL AND SO ON. I ENJOY THOSE THINGS TOO. IT'S FIRST
TIME FOR THIS ONE, HOWEVER. ))
((HAZEL BRYANT; I THINK IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES TO SPEND NEW
YEAR'S EVE TOGETHER AND BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE ACTIVITIES HERE.))
There were plenty of activities for everyone, from the youthful to the young
Party-goers could stroll for awhile, then go inside to warm-up with some
face painting, story-telling and dancing.
Teens really seemed to get into the spirit of things.
((CHRIS MARTIN; I LIKE THE FUN ACTIVITIES LIKE THE GOLF AND STUFF AND THE CAR
THING OPEN ON SALEM AVENUE. IT'S JUST FUN. ))
Even the city's newest guest, some Japanese students from Kawaguchi College
in Tokyo, took time to bring in the New Year, Roanoke style.
((SANAE OHATA; ROANOKE PEOPLE ARE VERY NICE AND HAPPY PEOPLE. WE WANT TO SAY
THANK YOU AND WE APPRECIATE YOU.))
Double Boxes=Teresa/David Microwave
A skiing accident this afternoon claimed the life of Michael Kennedy.
Officials with the Aspen Ski company say the 39- year old son of the late
Robert F. Kennedy collided with a tree.
Michael found himself in the spotlight last spring when it was revealed he'd
had an affair with his family's babysitter.
He and his wife, Victoria, daughter of sportscaster Frank Gifford, later
But recent reports indicated that the couple had reconciled.
The couple had three children.
A SWAT team and more than a dozen police officers weren't able to catch up
with a man who tried to rob a Lynchburg restaurant last night.
Just before ten, a masked gunman entered the Harbor Inn on Old Forest Road
and demanded money.
The suspect fled after taking cash from two employees.
Police were on the scene within seconds, but could not make an arrest.
IN Q=We received several
((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE RECEIVED SEVERAL PHONE CALLS ABOUT
THE ROBBERY ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE LAST NIGHT, SOME FROM WITHIN THE BUILDING,
SOME FROM OUTSIDE WHERE SOME OF THE EMPLOYEES HAD FLED. WE WERE FORTUNATE THAT
WE HAD SOME UNITS REAL CLOSE TO THE LOCATION WHEN THESE PHONE CALLS CAME IN,
BUT BEFORE WE COULD GET SET UP AND SECURE THE BUILDING, HE HAD FLED OUT THE
SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=out the back door.
Wingfield says last night's robbery and another this morning in the Plaza
Shopping Center don't appear to be related to a string of twenty other armed
robberies in recent months.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Lynchburg
Crimestoppers line at 1- 888- 798- 5900.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The Environmental Protection Agency's investigation into a dump site
discovered at the Roanoke Public Works Service Center will continue into the
43 barrels containing paint-like and tar-like material were unearthed this
An EPA investigator says the results will be turned over to the U.S.
Attorney's office, which is standard procedure for all EPA investigations.
A city investigation is complete, officials are waiting for an analysis of
the material in the drums. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=Based on analysis
((WIL DIBLING/ROANOKE CITY ATTORNEY; BASED ON ANALYSIS, WE'LL KNOW HOW TO DEAL
WITH THE SUBSTANCE AND WE'LL KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT THE CLEANUP WILL ENTAIL.
WE'RE WORKING WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND THE EPA.
SUPER=01-Wil Dibling/City Attorney;
OUT Q=and the EPA
EPA officials say they don't know how much longer their investigation will
The jury in the Terry Nichols trial endured YET another day of emotional
testimony from those who lost loved ones in the Oklahoma city bombing.
Dave Fehling reports.
IN Q=For the
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :00
SUPER=01-Randy Norfleet/Victim; :18 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Lynn Gist/Victim's Sister;:27 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Andrew Cohen/CBS Radio Legal Analyst; :47 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Dan McKinney/Victim's Husband; 1:00 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Sue Crosthwait/Survivor; 1:05 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:12
OUT Q=NEWS, Denver.
((FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT DAY, THE PEOPLE MOST HURT BY THE BOMBING
TESTIFIED ABOUT THE AGONY OF THEIR INJURIES AND OF THE LOSS OF PEOPLE THEY
RANDY NORFLEET IS A FIGHTER PILOT WHO TOLD THE JURY HE CAN NO
LONGER FLY BECAUSE SHATTERING GLASS LEFT HIM BLIND IN ONE EYE.
(( RANDY NORFLEET/VICTIM:THE DOCTORS HAD SAID I HAD MAYBE FIVE MINUTES LEFT TO
LIVE BEFORE I BLED TO
LYNN GIST TOLD JURORS ABOUT LOSING HER SISTER.
((LYNN GIST/SISTER OF VICTIM:
ITS JUST NOT DESCRIBABLE. IT IS JUST AS PAINFUL NOW AS IT WAS IN THE
AT ONE POINT, AFTER THE DEFENSE COMPLAINED, JUDGE RICHARD MATSCH
TOLD JURORS: IT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF YOUR OATH TO BE SWEPT AWAY BY SUCH
EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY. THIS HEARING IS NOT FOR SEEKING REVENGE, OR FOR A
DECISION BASED ON ANGER.
((ANDREW COHEN, CBS RADIO LEGAL ANALYST WELL WHAT THE DEFENSE IS WORRIED ABOUT
IS THE JURY IS GOING TO GET SO
SWALLOWED UP BY THE ENORMITY OF THE CRIME THAT THEY'RE GOING TO DISREGARD
TERRY NICHOLS APPARENTLY SMALL ROLE IN IT...AND VOTE FOR DEATH
RATHER THAN LIFE.))
OUT Q=than life.
FOR MANY FROM OKLAHOMA CITY THERE'S LITTLE QUESTION ABOUT SUITABLE
(( DAN MCKINNEY/HUSBAND OF VICTIM) "Q. SHOULD TERRY NICHOLS BE PUT TO DEATH? A.
FOR ME, YES." ))
((SUE CROSTHWAIT/SURVIVOR:"HE CONSPIRED TO DO IT, HE PLOTTED, HE SECRETLY
AGREED WITH MCVEIGH TO DO
DAVE FEHLING CBS NEWS DENVER: WHEN THE DEFENSE GETS ITS TURN FRIDAY, THE
DEFENSE WILL TRY TO CONVINCE JURORS TO SPARE NICHOLS' LIFE. THEY WILL BE
ASKED TO DECIDE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK.
DF CBS NEWS DENVER.))
A chilly night out there--
Let's head over to Robin for a look ahead to the forecast.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, the city of Roanoke says goodbye to its long
and from Paris, witnesses have new information on the crash that killed
GRAPHIC=Diana Crash Probe
A French newspaper is reporting new information surrounding the death of
A source close to the investigation says a couple told police in mid
September that a white Fiat Uno passed them outside the tunnel's exit shortly
after the crash.
The couple reportedly says the car's exhaust pipe was making a loud noise as
if it had been damaged and the driver was "zigzagging."
Pieces of a Fiat Uno's tail light, and traces of white paint on the right
side of the wrecked Mercedes were found in the tunnel.
Alvin Hudson has been Roanoke City Sheriff for 20 years, but at midnight
the office passes to his longtime chief deputy, George McMillan.
Hudson says it's time for a new challenge, and Joe Dashiell reports that
challenge may keep Hudson in the public eye.
IN Q=It was a bittersweet morning
SUPER=01-Alvin Hudson/Retiring Roanoke Sheriff; :12
SUPER=04-November 1977; :24
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((It was a bittersweet morning for Alvin Hudson, as he handed his keys to
Sheriff-Elect George McMillan... and prepared to leave the department he has
lead for twenty years.
IN Q=You have to walk away
((YOU HAVE TO WALK AWAY FROM IT, BUT IT'S TIME TO GO I MEAN, I FELT THAT I'VE
ACCOMPLISHED MOST OF ALL MY GOALS THAT I SET FORTH WHEN I STARTED OVER HERE.
WE'VE GOT A GOOD DEPARTMENT AND GOOD PEOPLE AND I JUST WANT TO DO SOME OTHER
OUT Q=started over here.
When Hudson "started over here" in 1977 he already had 28 years experience
in local law enforcement.
He seen some dramatic changes.
IN Q=I had 48 employees
((I HAD 48 EMPLOYEES IN AN OLD, OLD COURTHOUSE, THE JAIL ON THE ROOF THERE AND
I SAT IN MY DESK THE FIRST DAY AND SAID, "WHAT IN THE WORLD AM I DOING HERE.))
OUT Q=am I doing here.
Since then, the city has built a new jail, and expanded it.
The number of inmates has grown from 162 when Hudson took over, to an
average of 750 today.
And Hudson says he is proud of the professional staff he has assembled.
But don't expect a quiet retirement. Hudson is considering a run for
another elective office, and says he will announce his intentions early in the
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Nineteen ninety-eight should bring a little relief to taxpayers ... if you
know where to look.
One way some people might save is with what's called a Roth Individual
Gary (DIRK) Duerk, of Brown, Edwards and Company in Roanoke, says starting
tomorrow, you can put money in a Roth I-R-A.
You'll have to pay a one-time tax.
But after that, you'll never again pay taxes on the money in your account.
IN Q=it's a big choice
((GARY DUERK/BROWN, EDWARDS AND COMPANY: IT'S A BIG CHOICE IF YOU WANT TO
CONVERT. BUT IT'S A GOOD WAY TO PUT MONEY AWAY FOR RETIREMENT. AND WHEN IT
COMES OUT IT'S TAX FREE AND YOU GUARANTEE YOURSELF THAT ANY RAISE IN THE TAX
RATES WON'T AFFECT YOU. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Duerk/Brown, Edwards & Co.;
OUT Q= affect you
Duerk says there are other ways to save money in the new year:
Transfer money to lower-income family members, like your children, giving
them bonds or insurance policies -- Kids have much lower tax rates.
Also, Duerk recommends you buy municipal bonds, because there's no federal
tax taken out.
And if you buy savings bonds or Treasury bills that mature in the future, you
can defer taxes you'd normally pay next year.
Stay with us, in just a moment Robin Reed will have the chilly forecast.
but first, we'll meet Evan Sutherland. He's a special football fan who is
getting his wish to see the Super Bowl up close.
A little boy from Roanoke will be sitting on the sidelines at the Super
Bowl in San Diego next month.
His 50-yard-line seats would cost you and me 35-hundred dollars apiece, but
Evan Sutherland's got free tickets.
Keith Humphry tells us what's so special about this nine-year old.
IN Q=Well, I'm hoping
SUPER=07-Evan Sutherland; :05
SUPER=01-Terry Sutherland/Evan's Mother; :24
SUPER=01-Ron Sutherland/Evan's Father; :36
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/January 26, 1997; :56
OUT Q=Humphry, News 7.
With eight teams still in the race, the Grace Academy fourth grader has
already made his picks.
((WELL, I'M HOPING IT'S SAN FRANCISCO OR DENVER.))
Evan has Muscular Dystrophy, and that makes him eligible to make-a-wish and
have the Make-a-Wish Foundation make it come true.
He's a sports fanatic... mostly as a spectator, his mom says.
The Sutherlands found out he has muscular dystrophy when Evan was three
((SO FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS THAT WE'VE HAD TO ADJUST TO THIS, A LOT OF PRAYERS
HAVE GONE UP. THROUGH ALL OF THIS THE BLESSINGS HAVE JUST BEEN PHENOMENAL.))
A trip to the Super Bowl is just the most recent example.
((AN INDIVIDUAL HAS EVEN STEPPED FORWARD THAT WE HAVE NEVER EVEN MET AND HAS
PURCHASED A POWER CHAIR THAT EVAN WILL BE SHORTLY GETTING AND USING AT
Evan has a conventional wheelchair, but he's dependant on others to push
him in it.
The "power chair" will be his in time for his trip out West.
((A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN TICKETS ALREADY.))
At 35-hundred dollars a seat, even Make-a-Wish- -working with the N-F-L-
-has, so far, come up with only two tickets to the game.
There is thing that excites Evan even more than an all-expense paid trip to
San Diego for a week during the Super Bowl....
He hopes "Luke" will come to live with him. The 1-year old service
dog-in-training will make life a lot easier.
((IT WON'T MAKE ME FEEL LONELY ANYMORE. I MEAN WITH SOMEBODY THERE ALL THE
Do you feel lonely a lot?
WHEN I FALL DOWN IT'S KIND OF HARD.
AND BEING IN WHEELCHAIRS ALL THE TIME. I GUESS SOMEBODY COULD BE WITH ME.))
It beats having to rely on his sister to fetch stuff for him.
He's not sure he'll get Luke.
((But you're on the list?
NAT SOT- [grace]-keep it brief
The entire family leaves for California January 22, courtesy of the
The one wish the foundation cannot grant is that Evan be able to run and
play as hard as other fourth graders.
Keith Humphry News 7.))
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/12-18/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/38-40;
SUPER=332-Flurries Ending/Light Winds/7-10/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/32-35;
SUPER=333-Flurries Ending/Light Winds/10-14/Sunny/Light Winds/30-35;
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V-M-I beat Virginia Tech at the Cassell this afternoon William Fleming wins
the NationsBank Holiday Hoops championship and Tech and Carolina are set for
tomorrow's Gator Bowl.
But first our Extra point.
Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy resigned today after coaching the N-f-L
team for 11 years.
Levy took the Bills to the Super Four times and management wanted Levy to
coach the team for one more.
IN Q="maybe this
((MARV LEVY/RETIRES AS BILLS COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Marv Levy/Retires as Bills Coach; :00
OUT Q=........a change."
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0103-/N.Y. Rangers/0/j/Tampa Bay/2////St. Louis/2/j/Detroit/5///;
OUT Q=....last score."
V-M-I will celebrate the New Year with its first win over Virginia Tech
since the 1971-72 season.
The Keydets beating the Hokies at the Cassell 73 to 65.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Keydets; :
Tech coach Bobby Hussey is not to happy as the Hokies were behind in the
V-M-I's Jason Bell passes to Darryl Faulkner who hits the three for three
of his game high 24 points.
The Hokies answer Jenis Grindstaff passes to Roland Roberts for two of his
game high 16.
But the Keydets come right back Faulkner hitting another three pointer as
the V-M-I added to its lead.
Tech gets out on the break and SUPER=33-VMI/73/Virginia Tech/65/;despite
the Roberts monster jam the Keydets hold on to beat the Hokies 73 to 65.
The Mountaineers of West Virginia could lose their spot in the top 25 after
losing this afternoon to Georgetown 74 to 65.
West Virginia head coach Gale Catlett looking cool on the bench.
In the first half Georgetown's Jamal Waskins gets out and throws down the
jam as the Hoyas took a 5 point lead.
But the Mountaineers came right back with this steal and jam by Damian Owens
and the West Virginia took a two point lead.
Georgetown's Trez Kilpatrick broke SUPER=33-Georgetown/74/West
Virginia/65/;a 25 to 25 tie with two straight three pointers and the Hoyas win
the game 74 to 56.
It took a couple of extra days, but the Fleming Colonels wrapped up the
snow-delayed NationsBank Holiday Classic at the Salem Civic Center this
SUPER=03-Salem/Fleming vs. Cave Spring; :00
The Colonels were anxious to end 1997 on a positive note.
But Cave Spring would provide the early fireworks. Watch Justin Shirley
penetrate and dish behind his back to Daniel Penn for the jump shot to open the
Fleming Rasul Majied would answer that with a three point bomb from the top
of the key for the Colonels.
But back come the Knights. Ricky Dierker hangs in the lane and throws in the
runner as Cave Spring stays close.
SUPER=33-Cave Spring/50/William Fleming/59/ ;
But Derrick Turner helps lead the Colonels to the NationsBank Classic with
the 59 to 50 win.
And coming up, Syracuse and Kansas State hooked up in the Fiesta Bowl this
And the talking is over Virginia Tech and North Carolina are ready for
tomorrow afternoon's Gator Bowl.
GRAPHIC=Gator Bowl W/Helmets; :
In just over 12 hours, Virginia Tech and North Carolina will be strapping on
their hats and getting ready to but heads in the Gator Bowl.
Earlier this week head coach Frank Beamer announced that Al Clark will start
Tech had two good days of practice to get ready for the big game and even
though their 11 and a half underdogs head coach Frank Beamer has a game plan
for the 10 and 1 Tar Heels.
IN Q="I think...
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....won't work."
Earlier this morning Beamer was joined by North Carolina head coach Carl
Torbush at the final news conference before tomorrow's 53-rd annual Gator Bowl.
The coaches traded last minute throughts at the Radison Riverwalk hotel
before finishing up their final preparations for the game.
As for Torbush, He and his staff would have liked to have finished those
details and played the Hokies long before the first day of the New Year.
IN Q="I would..
((CARL TORBUSH/NORTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Carl Torbush/North Carolina Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........be playing."
Both Teams spent part of this afternoon going through their final workouts at
Alltel Stadium and mugging for the camera at the Mandatory photo shoot.
As double digit underdogs, The Hokies have nothing to lost tomorrow.
But the once beaten tarheels insist they aren't letting the pressure of
being the favorite bother them.
IN Q="I don't
OUT Q=.....like Virginia tech."
Syracuse received the Big East Alliance Bowl spot and squared off tonight
against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ/CBS SPORTS; :
The Orangemen took a three to nothing lead on their first drive but Kansas
State quarterback Michael Bishop goes to the air and hits his big receiver
Darnell McDonald who takes it in from 21 yards out and State took the 7 to 3
Then later in the second quarter SUPER=36-Kansas
St./35/Syracuse/18/;Bishop drops back
to pass instead he pulls it in and scores from 12 yards out to make it 14 to 3
and the Wildcats go on to win it 35 to 18.
The President and the First Family took time out today for a little R-and-R
on the beach.
SUPER=03-Hilton Head, SC
The Clintons are officially on their annual retreat to Hilton Head Island,
Tonight they attended a New Year's Eve bash along with hundreds of regulars
at the invitation-only Renaissance Weekend.
Each year-- for the past 13 years, the Clintons have spent New Year's Eve
at the highbrow get-together on Hilton Head Island.
The invitation-only event over New Year's combines socializing with seminars
on everything from finance to religion.
And as the old year comes to a close, settle in and try to forget about the
Tonight photographer Mark Hollandsworth warms the spirit with a glimpse of
some snowy scenes from the New River Valley.
Have a Happy New Year.
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