Coming up on News 7-
Where will taxpayer money go in Bedford County? We'll have the latest.
A chopper rescuing a skiier from an avalanche- crashes.
Plus a local company made the parachutes that saved two balloonists-
And who's new in the Rock n Roll hall of fame. We'll check out tonight's
News 7 is next.
Federal officials toured ice ravaged New York State today-
where thousands are still without power.
((I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER SEEN AN ICE STORM THIS DEVASTING.))
OUT Q=this devastating."
A helicopter rescuing people from an avalanche crashes killing all four
people aboard- including the injured skiier.
A local company made the parachutes that saved the lives of two balloonists
Plus new inductees are entered into the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Who made
it in- We'll take you to the ceremonies tonight.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Bedford County will have more money to play with during the next fiscal
year, but will residents there let the government spend it?
Some aren't sure whether they trust their elected leaders to spend it
Many of them spoke out at tonight's board of supervisors meeting.
The supervisors learned that Bedford County is looking at a 13 percent
growth in revenue this year.
That's the highest increase the county has seen in recent memory.
IN Q=Overall all of
((KATHLEEN GUZI/DEPUTY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: OVERALL, ALL OF THE REVENUES FOR THE
GENERAL FUND HAVE INCREASED BY OVER 13 PERCENT, THAT'S MADE OF REVENUE
INCREASES FROM OTHER GOVERNMENTAL SOURCES THAT WOULD INCLUDE MONEY WE RECEIVED
FROM THE CITY OF BEDOFRD, THE COMMONWEALTH, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.. THAT HAS
INCREASED BY MORE THAN TEN PERCENT.))
SUPER=01-Kathleen Guzi/Deputy Co. Administrator; :00
OUT Q=receiving high growth.
Guzi (GUZZ-ee) says the increase was spurred by the residential growth
Bedford County has experienced.
That growth means the county needs things like new schools.. the board will
decide how MANY in two weeks.
But some residents tonight said they want more input on the budget process.
One taxpayers group is asking that the first half hour of every supervisors
meeting be devoted to public discussion about spending.
The same Halifax County high school student who maintains she was raped on
campus last June is now facing sexual misconduct charges.
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./July 1997;
The teenage girl alleged she was sexually assaulted by two 16-year old
students while two others played watchdog.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the attack.
Judge Franklin Slaydon rejected the girl's rape claims.
Prosecutor John Greenbacker says evidence showed the girl was not forced
into sexual relations.
The girl has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sodomy and one fornication
Each of the boys were charged with one count of sodomy and one was charged
They both pleaded "no contest" to all of the charges.
The United Nations will go ahead with weapons inspections in Iraq tomorrow.
But Iraq says it'll block a team led by an American.
Iraqi officials say there are too many Americans on the inspection teams, and
they claim team leader Scott Ritter is a spy.
Ritter- is an ex marine who denies that charge.
((IF SADDAM HUSSEIN... SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION.))
OUT Q=security council resolution."
The United Nations leader says there is no plan to stop any inpsections.
((NO DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO HALT AND I HOPE TIS CAN BE WORKED OUT IN AN
SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U.N. Secretary General;
OUT Q=in an acceptable manner."
The inspectors are trying to verify that Iraq has destroyed its weapons of
The Governor's suing his own appointees to the State Board of Elections--
It's all part of a crazy drama unfolding in Richmond as Wednesday's start of
the 1998 General Assembly fast approaches.
And it's spurred by three special House elections tomorrow in Tidewater,
Northern Virginia, and suburban Richmond.
Ellen Qualls has this report.
IN Q=Electoral board
SUPER=01-John Gibney/Meadows' Attorney; :27
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Electoral Board Secretary Bruce Meadows won't allow his board to meet to
certify the special election votes before Friday -- two days after the House
votes on the re-election of powerful Democratic Speaker Tom Moss.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK NORMAL PEOPLE THINK "AS SOON AS POSSIBLE" MEANS
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THAT MEANS RIGHT QUICK, OR EXPEDITIOUSLY, OR TODAY AS
OPPOSED TO THREE DAYS LATER.))
So Allen and Attorney General Richard Cullen took it court -- and lost.
((JOHN GIBNEY: I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE GOVERNOR'S TRYING TO DO...PROCESS.))
The Governor says he will appeal.
All the legal wrangling only matters if Republicans win all three special
elections -- bringing their total to 49 in the house and making Bedford
Independent Lacey Putney their new best friend to force a power sharing
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Meanwhile a federal judge late tonight refused to stop local
electoral boards from speeding up the certification of the three
special elections for House of Delegates seats.
Judge Robert Payne ruled that the process the local boards are
planning after tomorrow's elections does ``not'' violate the
federal Voting Rights Act.
However, his decision could be moot after a Richmod Circuit
Court judge earlier today ruled that the State Board of
Elections can wait until Friday to certify the election results.
Getting the session off on an even colder note, House Majority Leader Dick
Cranwell of Vinton was to introduce Jim Gilmore at Saturday's inauguration
Perhaps remembering the bitter cold of four years ago, Cranwell is bowing
He tells The Washington Post he did not want quote "to go out and get fitted
for a morning suit and sit out in the cold. Nothing less, nothing more."
It's tough going without electricity- dangerous to go with heating.
But hundreds of thousands of people in New England won't have their power
back for at least another week.
Today federal management officials toured the areas in New York State hardest
hit by ice storms.
Five deaths in New York State are now attributed to last week's storm.
((I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER SEEN AN ICE STORM THIS DEVASTATING. THAT'S WHAT THIS
IS. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. WE HAD ICE STORMS IN SOUTH CAROLINA NAD ICE STORMS,
BUT THIS IS A VERY HEAVY ICE STORM.))
SUPER=01-James Lee Witt/FEMA Director;
OUT Q=VERY HEAVY ICE STORM.
Virginia Power is helping out in the Northeast.
Crews from across the area are on the way to Vermont to help with repairs.
Twenty-seven employees and nine bucket trucks are expected to spend a week.
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From the Northeast to the NorthWEST-Mother nature is hitting with force.
In Portland, an unusually heavy blast of winter weather included snow and
The slick conditions are blamed for many accidents in Oregon and Washington
In Utah, a medical helicopter transporting a skier injured in an avalance-
crashed killing all four people aboard.
((CAPT. JEFF CARR/SALT LAKE CITY SHERIFF'S DEPT: I DON'T THINK I CAN RECALL
ANYTHING AS TRAGIC AS THIS IN THE FIFTEEN YEARS I'VE BEEN HERE. ANYTIME YOU
HAVE RESCUERS THAT BECOME VICTIMS IT REALLY HITS CLOSE TO HOME OBVIOUSLY.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Jeff Carr/Salt Lake City Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=CLOSE TO HOME OBVIOUSLY."
The chopper suddenly rose, disappeared and later exploded.
A Roanoke firefighter says he is being asked to do a job that he was not
hired for. We'll have that story in just a moment.
But first a Roanoke company is apparently laying off workers after a year of
Roanoke-based Innotech has been expanding over much of the past year.
But today the maker of high-tech eyeglass lenses reversed course and
announced a series of layoffs.
Johnson and Johnson, the company that owns Innotech, will not say how many
people were fired...
Only that the Fortune-500 company is making room on Innotech's payroll to
hire new workers in the future.
This round of layoffs affects workers in four departments:
Sales, marketing, operations and manufacturing.
Before the layoffs, Innotech employed close to 200-people in Roanoke.
One in ten information technology jobs in the U-S is unfilled.
That's according to a survey conducted by Virginia Tech.
Federal officials are addressing the issue.
The Clinton administration is planning to provide MILLIONS of dollars in
The money will be used to help industry attract and train workers.
A nationwide job bank will also be posted on the Internet.
The mental evaluation of Ted Kaczynski began today.
Psychiatrist Dr. Sally Johnson arrived at the Sacramento County jail this
morning- with Ted Kaczynski's defense attorneys at her side.
At issue is whether Kaczynski is competent to stand trial and defend
Last week he tried to fire his attorneys and then apparently attempted
Dr. Johnson has evaluated hundreds of other defendants-
JACK MARTIN/ATLANTA DEFENSE ATTORNEY:
SHE IS A KILLER TYPE OF WITNESS IN THAT SHE IS A TYPE OF PERSON WHO APPEARS TO
BE OBJECTIVE AND CAREFUL, BUT I BELIEVE SHE HAS STRONG BIASES AND TAKES EXTREME
SUPER=01-Jack Martin/Atlanta Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=TAKES EXTREME POSITIONS.
Jack Martin had a client who claimed the government implanted transmitters
in his body. Dr. Johnson cleared him to stand trial.
((STRANGER THINGS CAN HAPPEN, BUT I WOULD BE AMAZED IF SHE FINDS HIM
ANYTHING OTHER THAN COMPETENT--ITS ALMOST PRE-ORDAINED. ))
OUT Q=almost preordained.
This weekend Kaczynski's defense asked that plea bargain discussions begin
with the government again. Prosecutors agreed and talks may start this week.
They spent all day today in federal court quizzing potential jurors in the
trial of what the government has portrayed as the Abed crime family.
Just two of the nine defendants are out on bond, nearly a year after the
racketeering indictment was returned in U-S District Court in Roanoke.
The case is expected to take six weeks to try.
With jurors coming from as far away as Cumberland County- -in hopes of
finding citizens who haven't heard about the case- -the court may have to rent
rooms in Roanoke for some jury members.
At this rate, it'll be at least Wednesday before the first witness is
The Roanoke Fire and E-M-S Departments merged two years ago, but the
consolidation is still generating grievances from firefighters.
Last year, a group of employees unsuccessfully challenged the policy that
requires them to serve on ambulance crews.
Fifteen- year veteran Ron Mathews says the standards he agreed to when he
was hired did not include emergency medical service.
He has returned to court with what he contends are new issues.
But Chief Jim Grigsby says the new grievance is identical to the one the
court rejected last year.
Judge Richard Pattisal denied a motion to remove local judges from the
He'll hear more evidence later this month.
Coming up after this break, the Roanoke Red Cross says blood donors are
and two balloonists say they owe their lives to a Roanoke company that makes
The American Red Cross in Roanoke says it urgently needs blood donors.
The Red Cross says bad weather kept donors away from holiday blood drives
and now inventories are below emergency levels.
Healthy donors of all types are needed.
The Appalachian Region Red Cross supplies blood to 44 hospitals and nine
dialysis centers in the area.
To donate blood, you must be healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh at
least 110 pounds.
Last week balloonists Dick Rutan and Dave Melton had to bail out just an
hour into their attempt to fly across the world.
The two men fared better than their balloon did and they have a Roanoke man
to thank for it.
Eric Earnhart has more.
IN Q=Their balloon torn
SUPER=03-Near Yeso, NM; :00
SUPER=01-Manley Butler/Butler Parachute Systems; :26
SUPER=03-Cook Co., TX; :50-quick
SUPER=02-Dick Rutan/Balloonist; 1:00-quick
SUPER=01-Dave Melton/Balloonist; 1:13
OUT Q=Eric Earnhart, News 7
(( Their balloon torn and leaking... Dick Rutan and Dave Melton had no
choice... they bailed out...
The bright orange chutes were a pretty site to Manley Butler...
He designed them... they were made here at Butler Parachute Systems in
Butler met Rutan 11 years ago when he designed the emergency chutes for the
round-the-world Voyager flight.
For this flight, Rutan turned to Butler again, but he needed more than just
IN Q=In this kind of flight
((MANLEY BUTLER/BUTLER PARACHUTE SYSTEMS; IN THIS KIND OF FLIGHT YOU'RE GOING
TO BE SUBJECTED TO ANYWHERE FROM SUBTROPICAL CONDITIONS OVER NORTHERN AFRICA TO
POTENTIALLY ARCTIC CONDITIONS OVER SIBERIA.))
OUT Q=over Siberia
So Butler designed a parachute survival pack, complete with life raft,
oxygen tank, radios, blankets and emergency rations...
Rutan was prepared for everything but the cactus he landed on... Painful,
but thanks to the chutes, he and Melton weren't on the gondola when it hit
power lines and exploded in Texas.
Sunday morning, Rutan left a thankyou message on Butler's answering
IN Q=wanna call
((DICK RUTAN/BALLOONIST; ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND DAVE MELTON, GOOD JOB GUY,
YOU OUGHT TO BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND YOU SAVED OUR BUTTS. ))
OUT Q=saved our butts
From his hospital bed in New Mexico, Melton says his skydiving experience
taught him to trust his parachute...
IN Q=before that
((DAVE MELTON/BALLOONIST; BEFORE THAT I DIDN'T HAVE A LOT OF FAITH IN
PARACHUTING, BUT EVER SINCE I WENT SKYDIVING I HAD AN AWFUL LOT OF FAITH IN
PARACHUTES AND SKYDIVING. ))
OUT Q=parachutes and skydiving
Buttler's glad his part of this round-the-world trip worked the way it was
IN Q=we're real proud
((MANLEY BUTLER/BUTLER PARACHUTE SYSTEMS; WE'RE REAL PROUD OF OUR PRODUCT AND
EVERYBODY HERE THAT PARTICIPATED IN BUILDING IT, EVERYBODY IN THE BUILDING THAT
YOU'RE LOOKING AT HAD A PIECE OF IT ))
OUT Q=piece of it.
Rutan will try again... no doubt with one of Manley Butler's packs on his
In Roanoke Eric Earnhart, News 7. ))
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Sources say CBS is back in the NFL business, reaching
agreement Monday on a $4 billion, eight-year deal to televise the
AFC package formerly held by NBC.
Earlier Monday, Fox and the NFL settled on a $4.4 billion,
eight-year contract which allows the network to continue showing
NFC games on Sunday afternoon.
Still to be decided is the lucrative Monday Night Football
NBC, after losing the AFC Sunday afternoon rights it had long held, has put
a bid challenging ABC for Monday nights
On to football. The Indianapolis Colts hired Jim Mora as the team's new
head coach yesterday.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00
At a news conference; he was flanked by Colts president Bill Polian and
team owner Jim Irsay. Mora starts from scratch with a 3 and 13 team. He coached
the New Orleans Saints for 10 years and then spent some time as a TV analyst
but is now anxious to rebuild the Colts.
((JIM MORA/NAMED COLTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Mora/Named Colts head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...senior bowl"
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :00
The youngest women's professional basketball team, the Detroit Shock of the
WNBA, unveiled it's new name and logo yesterday at an international auto show.
The coach?. Nancy Lieberman-Cline. Detroit Pistons coach Doug Collins was
on hand to offer his support. The WNBA now has 10 teams.
The Virginia Cavalier big men dominated the game inside Norman Nolan hits
20 points and Colin Ducharme a career high 16 as Virginia beat Virginia Tech 69
to 55 at the Roanoke Civic Center last night.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q="First audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Hokies vs Cavaliers; :00
SUPER=01-Norman Nolan/20 Points 11 Rebounds; :14
SUPER=01-Myron Guillory/8 Points; :45
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/13 Points; 1:10
SUPER=33-Virginia/69/Virginia Tech/55/; 1:23
SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/Virginia Head Coach; 1:30
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:47
OUT Q=..........news 7 sports."
GRAPHIC=High school basketball
To the high school ranks. the Top ten teams in the Associated press
Virginia high school basketball polls are out and single A has the sweetest
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Buffaloes vs. Spartans; :
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Eagles vs. Colonels; :26
OUT Q=.....Danville is 11 and OH/(Let music fade)
((It seems group A is loaded. Powell valley slides in at number 3 in the
state, John Battle is fourth, Rocky Gap tied for 9th. Defending state champion
Floyd County is 5th. the 10 and 2 Buffaloes Travis Cantrell is avergaging
nearly 24 points a game.
In double A; Only One Hometown Hoops Weekly team invades the polls. Mark
Hanks Liberty Minutemen are tops in the state.
In triple A G.W. Danville is also number one. the undefeated Eagles beat
Fleming in december and are 11 and OH.))
One racing note. 1997 Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon posted the fastest time
as General Motors NASCAR Winston Cup teams completed their final preseason test
today at Daytona International Speedway.
Gordon average 188.818 miles per hour. Ricky Craven was second followed by
two Pontiacs; John Andretti and Ernie Irvan. Dale Earnhardt was fifth quickest.
Now your numbers.
WIPE TO MOTION
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SUPER=0103-/Detroit/1//NY Islanders/1//Final in OT//Toronto/2/j/NY
SUPER=0098-j/VMI/61//Davidson/58///j/W & L/69//Dickinson/55///;
SUPER=0098-/Norfolk/69/j/James Madison/91///j/Emory &
OUT Q=....last score."
Still to come in sports; the stage for the Super Bowl is set and the hype is
words from the Packers and the broncos when News 7 sports returns; stay with
On January 25th; Super Bowl 32 will kick off.
the defending world champion Packers returned home
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI; :00
to a reception so warm; it cold have melted the frozen tundra. The NFC champs
hardly take the 13 and a half point underdog Broncos lightly.
IN Q=They know
((MIKE HOLMGREN/GREEN BAY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Holmgren/Green Bay Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=....something similar"
VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :00
AFC champion Denver also received an enthusiastic homecoming welcome after
downing Pittsburgh 24-21 Sunday.
Future Hall of fame quarterback John Elway; who is probably facing his last
chance at a super bowl title; got the crowd fired up.
((JOHN ELWAY/BRONCOS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-John Elway/Broncos Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...a world championship"
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The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
SUPER=75-New York, NY;
Both bands were as well known for their distinctive sounds as their
excesses off the stage.
Both groups broke up after well publicized fights among their members.
But money and nostalgia brought both bands back together to tour in recent
OUT Q=Music out
Also inducted tonight was '60's favorites the Mamas and the Papas as well as
Gene Vincent and Lloyd Price.
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