Coming up on News 7-
An area lawmaker apparently tries to take his own life- after he's indicted.
Temps dips near zero as Canadians enter week two without power.
A new study shows what second hand smoke can do to your arteries. The
findings may suprise you.
Plus a decision on Monday Night Football.
News 7 is next.
A new study shows second hand
smoke can be dangerous for your heart-
((ENVIORNOMENTAL TOBACCO HAS ONE THIRD THE IMPACT AS ACTIVE SMOKING OF THE
SUPER=01-Dr. George Howard/Wake Forest University;
OUT Q=cigarette itself."
Blackburg town council members dressed in costume tonight- but it's
obviously not Halloween. We'll tell you what's going on.
Plus CBS gets the NFL back- and a decision on where Monday Night Football
will go is made tonight.
And Robin Reed says the temperatures are getting colder.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A Giles County supervisor apparently attempted suicide this afternoon just
after he was indicted.
The supervisor is Bobby Williams-- who's been a member of the board for two
Sources tell NEWS 7 the indictment revolves around an illegally taped phone
conversation- in which callers refer to an alleged affair between Williams and
Giles County realtor Kim Frazier.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
IN Q=Law enforcement
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Giles County.
(( Law enforcement officials were under the assumption Williams was planning
to turn himself in at the Sheriff's department.
But --by mid afternoon-- when Williams failed to appear authorities went to
his Ripplemead home.
That's when they discovered Williams had slashed one or both his wrists.
The family has asked that the hospital reveal no information-- but sheriff's
officials say he's expected to make a full recovery.
The indictment is sealed-- but sources who spoke to NEWS 7-- have shed some
They say Williams did NOT tape the conversation but played it in front of
others and physically confronted one of the callers discussing his alleged
The case eventually ended in court-- with the judge taking the case under
advisement-- if Williams agreed to pay costs and get counseling.
A magistrate NEWS 7 talked with says Derick Gavin Ratcliff-- who's also
named in the indictment-- said he's the one who taped the conversation.
Another man-- Herman Willie Dent- is also charged with illegally taping a
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Giles County.
Giles County relator, Kim Lavender Frazier, is also named in the indictment
and is free tonight on 500- dollars bond.))
Virginia Republicans have successfully defended two House seats tonight, and
picked up a third in Prince William County-- but they lost a crucial battle in
Virginia's Supreme Court voted six to one NOT to interfere with the state
electoral board's plans to certify votes Friday from today's special elections
in three House districts.
That means the three Republicans who won seats today can't take their seats
tomorrow when the 1998 General Assembly convenes-- so the G-O-P may be
outnumbered in the votes to decide the House leadership.
It's a blow to Governor Allen, who appointed state Board of Elections
Secretary Bruce Meadows.
Late this afternoon, the Virginia Supreme Court heard the Governor's
argument that the Board should be forced to meet before Friday.
IN Q=The earlier
((JOHN GIBNEY/ELECTORAL BOARD ATTORNEY: THE EARLIER THE STATE BOARD'S MEETING
IS, THE GREATER THE RUSH. THE GREATER THE RUSH, THE GREATER THE CHANCE OF
((ROBERT BROOKS/VA. ATTORNEY GEN : PROCRASTINATION IS NOT ONLY THE THIEF OF
TIME, BUT HERE IT THWARTS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE BY IN EFFECT DISENFRANCHISING
THEM DURING THE CRITICAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE 1998 GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
THE REASON GIVEN IS NOT SATISFACTORY.))
SUPER=01-John Gibney/Electoral Board Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Brooks/Governor's Attorney; :23
OUT Q=not satisfactory.
The electoral board's attorney says the court's decision will uphold the
integrity of the electoral process.
House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell says he wasn't showing disrespect to the
new governor-- just good judgment.
Cranwell says his doctor's instructed him to stay out of the cold because of
a circulation problem that causes numbness in his hands and feet.
So when The Washington Post quoted him as saying he wouldn't attend Jim
Gilmore's inauguration because he didn't want to sit out in the cold-- he says
that was only half the story.
IN Q=It was
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: IT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE A SNUB TO ANYONE. I
INTEND TO TRY TO WORK WITH JIM GILMORE OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS TO TRY TO MOVE
THIS STATE FORWARD. AND WHEN I AGREE WITH HIM, HE'S GONNA HAVE THE BEST
SUPPORT I KNOW HOW TO GIVE.))
OUT Q=to give.
Cranwell says he may actually attend Saturday's swearing-in ceremony now, as
a show of respect for Gilmore.
A Roanoke City School Board member has taken issue with what he calls a
school administration that spends its money loosely.
Board member Harry Davis says the administration was inefficient in
selecting a contractor to replace the roofs on Fishburn Elementary and Roanoke
IN Q=THE ASSISTANT
((HARRY DAVIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD; THE PEOPLE WE PICKED WERE THE LEAST
QUALIFIED OF THE FOUR CANDIDATES AND BECAUSE OF DOING THAT, THE TAXPAYERS WOUND
UP SPENDING ANOTHER 35-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WE DIDN'T NEED TO SPEND.))
SUPER=01-Harry Davis/Roanoke City School Board
OUT Q=we didn't need to spend.
Davis says the school superintendent overspent Breckinridge Middle School's
renovation budget, something he says happens consistently each year.
Wayne Harris makes no apologies for coming in less than one percent over the
IN Q=WE BUDGETED
((DR. WAYNE HARRIS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; WE BUDGETED AN AMOUNT THAT WAS 875-
DOLLARS LESS AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OVER A MILLION, SIX- HUNDRED THOUSAND
DOLLARS AND WE WERE OFF BY 875- DOLLARS. HONESTLY, THAT'S PRETTY GOOD
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/School Superintendent;
OUT Q=GOOD BUDGETING.
Harris says the school board does an "outstandingly prudent" job with the
Iraq has done it again- today stopping a United Nations inspections team
from doing its job.
Randall Pinkston has more.
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SUPER=01-Scott Ritter/U.N. Inspector;27
SUPER=01-Randall Pinston/CBS News; 1:20
OUT Q=CBS News, Baghdad."
((This was the day iraq had ordered American Scott Ritter, one of the
chief inspectors here, to halt his work. so his 11 vehicle convoy came out of
the compound, parked and waited.
SCOTT RITTER: WE HAVE A JOB TO DO OUT HERE, I'LL COME TO YOU IN A SECOND.
The Iraqis stopped Ritter just by staying away not providing the
monitors who are supposed to accompany every U.N. Team.
SCOTT RITTER: UNFORTUNATELY, THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ HAS
UNDERTAKEN NOT TO PROVIDE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM THE NATIONAL MONITORING
DIRECTORATE WHOSE JOB IT IS TO FACILITATE OUR INSPECTIONS.
It may have looked like an event staged for the cameras but Ritter made
it clear the stakes are high using language that has been the rationale for
military strikes in the past.
RITTER THIS REFUSAL IS A FAILURE OF IRAQ TO COMPLY WITH ITS
OBLIGATIONS TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS.
This was old ground for Ritter, who last November was one of several
Americans ordered out by Saddam Hussein after Iraq complained about U.S.
domination of the inspection teams. Ritter himself was accused of spying for
the U.S. military.
RITTER: ALLEGATIONS OF ME BEING A SPY ARE RIDICULOUS.
RANDALL PINSTON: TODAY, OTHER TEAMS OF U.N. WEAPONS INSPECTORS - NOT LED BY
SCOTT RITTER - LEFT THE COMPOUND AS USUAL, ASSISTED BY IRAQI MONITORS. A U.N.
SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY DID THEIR WORK WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM.))
Temperatures are supposed to dip to zero tonight in Eastern Canada- where
more than one million people are without power.
((NAT SOUND ICE AND TREE FALLING ))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
While utility crews and the military work to restore power, others go door to
door- urging people without heat to go to shelters.
((WE'RE EVACUATEING THE BUILDING CAUSE THRE'S NO HEAT, NO WATER.))
((IT'S BEEN LONG ENOUGH IT'S GETTING TOO COLD FOR THE OLD PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=for the old people."
Many of the elderly are crowded in nursing home corridors-
Other folks grocery shop with flashlights-
Dangerous ice slabs are falling from rooftops in Montreal.
It could be weeks before power is back for everyone.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
V-Dot proposes changes for a dangerous intersection in our area. We'll have
that story in just a moment,
and new findings about second hand smoke could affect where people can light
((FROM MY POINT OF VIEW IT MEANS PUBLIC SMOKING SHOULD SIMPLY BE ELIMINATED.))
OUT Q=simply be eliminated.
The state transportation department is making plans for the growing section
of Route 114 in Christiansburg.
V-DOT proposes to widen about a mile and a half of Peppers Ferry Road,
beginning at the New River Valley Mall.
Officials say the commercial and residential development growth within the
corporate limits has spurred the action.
IN Q=THE TRAFFIC
((DAN BRUGH/VDOT ENGINEER; THE TRAFFIC COUNT HAS GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE YOU
DO NEED TO WIDEN IT FROM TWO LANES TO A FOUR LANE.))
SUPER=01-Dan Brugh/VDOT Engineer
OUT Q=FOUR LANE.
But residents are more concerned with the part of the road with frequent
IN Q=THE ROAD NEEDS
((ELMER SHEPHARD/LIVES NEAR ROUTE 114; THE ROAD NEEDS TO BE EXPANDED FROM THIS
PART, FROM AS FAR AS THEY'RE GOING NOW ON DOWN TOWARD THE RADFORD ARSENAL.
HAROLD MULLINS/LIVES NEAR ROUTE 114;
I THINK WE NEED TO SCRAP THE SMART ROAD THING AND GET OUT HERE AND DO SOMETHING
ON 114 WHERE WE CAN SAVE LIVES.))
SUPER=07-Harold Mullins; QUICK!!
OUT Q=SAVE LIVES.
112 accidents have occurred on that five mile section over the past three
years. Ten of those resulted in fatalities.
Construction for the business section of Route 114 should get underway by
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co Seal
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has joined other valley
governments in support of a proposed A-E-P powerline.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./File Tape;
All five supervisors voted to support the project that would stretch from
Wyoming, West Virginia to Cloverdale.
The corridor includes about nine miles in Roanoke County.
The supervisors asked American Electric Power to minimize the negative
impact on individual properties, viewsheds and historic areas.
And they encouraged the utility to work with a committee of county
Most people know smoking speeds up hardening of the arteries- a leading
cause of heart attacks.
But a new study shows second hand smoke ALSO damaged the arteries lining-
making it easier for the bad stuff, platelets, cholesterol and fat to clog and
((DR. GEORGE HOWARD/WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY: THE DISTURBING FACTOR IS THAT IT
APPEARS TO BE
IRREVERSIBLE, THAT IS, AS THIS DAMAGE MOUNTS, STOPPING SMOKING DOESN'T RELIEVE
THE DAMAGE THAT YOU'VE DONE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. George Howard/Wake Forest University;
OUT Q=that you've done."
This latest study means other states may follow California's lead.
On January lst, that state became the first to ban smoking
in all public places including bars.
For the second day in a row, Wall Street showed signs it might be getting
over the so-called Asian Flu.
So far, it's been a tough new year for the Far-East stock markets.
And until the last couple of days, that's made for a tough month on Wall
One local stockbroker says if the U-S stock market does not get over its
Asian woes this month, we might be in for a rocky year.
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: JANUARY HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD PREDICTOR OF
WHAT THE REST OF THE YEAR WILL BE FOR THE STOCK MARKET. FORTY-TWO OUT OF THE
LAST 47 YEARS, JANUARY HAS ACCURATELY INDICATED WHICH WAY THE MARKET WILL GO.
SO THAT'S ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF THE TIME.))
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards & Sons;
OUT Q=the time
Brammer says investors should remember the U-S economy remains strong.
He thinks the stock market will keep climbing this year.
Meanwhile, one local company that does business in the Far East has survived
the Asian CONTAGION.
Optical Cable recently signed new contracts to sell its fiber-optic lines
C-E-O Bob Kopstein says there's plenty of business to be found in Asia He
says you just need to know where to look.
Stay with us, after this break we'll tell you why a businessman hopes a good
game of tag will help his business in the Hill City,
and we'll see how Blacksburg is kicking off it's bi-centennial celebration.
A Roanoke- based restauranteur is hoping the game of "laser tag" can revive
his sagging business in downtown Lynchburg.
Owner Spanky Macher (MOCK-er) tonight apologized to Lynchburg city council--
for the crime and security problems at Spanky's restaurant the past two years.
Macher wants to create a laser arena on the building's second floor, and add
new party rooms and an arcade.
IN Q=The business is
((SPANKY MACHER/OWNER,SPANKY'S RESTAURANT: THE BUSINESS IS AT A VERY CRITICAL
POINT. THIS COULD ACTUALLY TAKE THE BUSINESS AND PUT IT OVER THE EDGE WHERE IT
NEEDS TO BE. WE'VE TALKED TO ALL THE NEIGHBORS, ALL THE NEIGHBORS WERE VERY
MUCH IN FAVOR OF WHAT WE WANT TO TRY TO DO. IT'S GOING TO BRING PEOPLE BACK
SUPER=01-Spanky Macher/Owner, Spanky's Restaurant; :00
OUT Q=back downtown again.
Macher says he wants his business to become more family-oriented.
Council voted unanimously to grant him the permit.
Past medical studies say moderate drinking reduces the risk of heart disease.
Now a recent report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society claims
wine can also lower the risk of age-related vision loss.
More than one million Americans over age 65 suffer from macular
The condition attacks the sharp central vision needed for activities such as
reading and driving.
But one Roanoke doctor says because of the way the study was designed, it
can't actually prove that wine consumption lowers the risk of the eye disease.
IN Q=For most people
((DR. JOHN HINES/OPTOMETRIST:FOR MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IS PEOPLE WHO
ALREADY HAVE MACULAR DEGENERAION AND THE STUDY DOESN'T EVEN SUGGEST THAT IF YOU
HAVE MACULAR DEGENERATION THAT DRINKING RED WINE REDUCES THE SEVERITY))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Hines/Optometrist;
OUT Q=the severity.
Doctor Hines agrees anti-oxidants may help reduce the severity of diseases
associated with aging, but he notes anti-oxidants can be obtained through
pills, rather than drinking wine.
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/And Colder/25-30/Increasing/Cloudiness/36-40;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/And Cold/23-25/Freezing Rain/And Sleet/33-36;
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Super Bowl 32 in san Diego already has a local flavor to it.
SUPER=04-Sports Illustrated; :00
Former Virginia Tech receiver and now Green bay Packer phenom Antonio
Freeman graces the cover of this week's sports illustrated as the pack gears up
for it's second straight super bowl appearance.
Lets start on the ice. For the first time in 3 years the Express is in
first place in the division after beating Wheeling 5-3 last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Nailers vs. Express; :00
The nailers get on the board first; Mike latenddresse puts the slap shot
past Daniel berthiume to the glove side. 1-nothing in the first.
one minute later; Express with the extra man; Duane harmer just misses the
net but Tim Christian cleans up the mess with his 10th goal.
In the second; Roanoke goes up 2-1 on Harmer's freak goal that goes with a help
from the Wheeling netminder. Five Express players scored and Bert had 35 saves.
Roanoke is now 21-10 and 3.
GRAPHIC=High school basketball
To high school basketball. G.W. Danville; the state's number one ranked
group 3A team, battled Patrick Henry.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Eagles vs. Patriots; :00
Richmond bound Charles Stephens of Danville was hard to stop. Here he
knocks down the jumper from the left side late in the first half.
Stephens is feeling it...and it shows. Watch the senior hit another J from
But PH stayed close. Mike Perry drives and finds Mike Hill underneath
SUPER=34-G.W. Danville/93/Patrick Henry/67;
for 2. Patriots had the lead 36-35 under three minutes before intermission.
Perry and Hill hook up again on the long pass in transition,
But Chris Carter's Eagles hold improve to12 and OH with a second half serge;
VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Hilltoppers vs. Colonels; :00
Fleming played host to E.C. Glass last night on the Colonels home turf.
Glass came out firing. Junior brion Rucker had the hot hand in the opening
minutes of the game as he would knock down a pair of jumpers to put Glass on
Fleming had the final word. William Hankins, who scored a game high
SUPER=34-William Fleming/68/E.C. Glass/47;
18, with the no look pass to Derrick Turner for the easy bucket underneath.
Second efforts like this one by Anthony Bryant earned the Colonels a 68-47
win and a 8 and 3 record.
The Lady Hokies welcomed the Explorers into the Cassell last night.
LaSalle had beaten Tech in the last four outings.
And Tech's Amy Wetzel and Lisa Witherspoon team up to help the Hokies' cause
as Lisa cashes in on the easy lay up.
Tech led the entire game thanks to play like this as Tere Williams follows
her own shot and puts the rebound away.
LaSalle would try to play an inside game finding Carrie Jewett in the paint
But Amy Wetzel picks up the loose ball and two of her 10 points and the
Hokies pick up a 65-57 home win over LaSalle.
In an ODAC match-up the odds were in Roanoke College's favor.
The Maroons had beaten Eastern Mennonite in their last 13 tries.
The Royals easily master the boards, move the ball quickly down the court
and former Parry McCluer star Mike McElroy ices the bucket.
Mennonites' Joel Kauffman finds a wide open Forrest Hundley for the three
Roanoke's Dewayne Bullock on the steal he had 18 on the night but the
Maroons fall short.
The Royals win it 97 to 92.
WIPE TO MOTION!!!!!!
SUPER=0098-/R. M. Women/74/j/E &
River/60//Rustburg/26////Brookville/54/j/Liberty/71//Arrington 21 pts/;
OUT Q=....last score."
Still more sports heaed your way tonight. Te CBS "eye" is on the NFL once
and Mike Stevens will have the latest from all of today's happening s on tthr
NASCAR media tour.
Tough times with the new Taurus and a sponsorship deal you can sink your
teeth into were the highlights of NASCAR's 50tth birthday and
the media tour in Charlotte.
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller fill us.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :07
SUPER=01-Johnny Benson/Driver Cheerios Ford; :20
SUPER=01-Steve Hmiel/Cheerios Ford Crew Chief; :29
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :44
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Driver Quality Care Ford; :58
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The battle over Monday night football is over tonight- with ABC the winner.
The 9 billion dollar deal with the NFL today- keeps Monday night games on
ESPN gets a Sunday night package.
And CBS is celebrating a big win with the return of NFL football.
AFC football is coming back to the network- with an 8 year 4 billion
dollar deal to televise games.
((SEAN MCMANUS/PRESIDENT OF CBS SPORTS:))
SUPER=01-Sean McManus/CBS Sports President; :00
OUT Q=...for all of us"
A standing room only crowd was on hand as Blacksburg town council took a
trip back in time this evening.
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The town is celebrating it's 200th annivesary.
To mark the occasion--- town council members dressed the part at tonight's
Other events are also planned throughout the year.
IN Q=Every monday
SUPER=75-Roger Hedgepeth/Blacksburg Mayor; :
OUT Q=whole month.
The Virginia Tech theatre arts department helped with the costumes.
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