Three new REPUBLICAN members of the House are sworn in- -but Democrat Tom
Moss maintains his seat as Speaker.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll explain how that happened.
And it's Roanoke's organized crime family.... mostly DISorganized,
according to one of their lawyers. We'll have a brief summary of opening
statements at trial.
In sports; our NASCAR Media Tour coverge today will focus on Dale Jarrett and
the new Taurus, we will also hear from Virginia tech women's basketball coach
and a key Express player gets the call from the higher league this
afternoon; the details in sports.
Ice Storm and Winter Storm Warnings are up tonight. Sleet and freezing rain
will disrupt your plans tomorrow.
TAPE#97-93 **Tape Rolled from StarLink**
An unparalleled display of emotion in Virginia's House of Delegates leaves
Democrats with a thin grip on power -- but deep animosities.
Today, on the 1998 session's opening day, decorum hit a new low.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StarLink
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
Bring us up to speed.
Keith, yesterday three Republicans swept their special elections in House
districts around the Commonwealth.
Last night, they lost in the Virginia Supreme Court the right to be sworn in
today -- the State Board of Elections wants to wait until Friday for accuracy.
SOT **Tape Rolled from StarLink**
IN Q=So the freshman
SUPER=01-Del. John Rust/(R) Fairfax; :16
SUPER=01-Del. Bob Marshall/(R) Manassas; :42
OUT Q=NAT SOUND.
(( So the freshman Republicans posed for a photo-op this morning -- and then
the three newest delegates snuck off to be sworn in by their own Caucus
nat sot 49!
In their eyes, 49 Republicans were ready to vote for the powerful Speaker of
sot tape 2 23:27:35
((DEL. JOHN RUST/R-FAIRFAX: I THINK THAT WE'VE COME TO A CROSSROADS IN
VIRGINIA. WE'VE COME TO A CROSSROADS AND A PASSING OF POWER. AND ALTHOUGH
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO MAY DISAGREE WITH THAT, I THINK YOU CAN SEE WHERE
THIS BODY IS DIVIDED. AND HOW MUCH THAT'S CHANGED.))
After hours of stalling -- Democrats interpreted the rules to say they had
the floor and could vote to return their Speaker-- TOm Moss of Norfolk -- to
Then it got ugly.
So at this hour, we have a Democrat still in the role of Speaker... and a
fight over rules.
Ellen introduces Joe Dashiell
TAPE#97-100 **Rolled from StarLink**
(Ellen introduces Joe)
(Joe ad lib)
(ROLL CUE: ...elimination of the car tax.)
SOT ROLLED FROM STARLINK
IN Q=I don't think
SUPER=01-Allen Dudley/(R) Rocky Mount; :57
OUT Q=easier things that we do.
(Joe ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/StarLink
Some nasty weather is on the way tonight--Meterologist Robin Reed has the
WXPRO/FULL Weather Maps
ROBIN TOSS BACK
Speaking of bad weather--If you've been watching the news, you know ice has
caused a mess in the Northeast United States.
frozen power lines from 97-80
We've seen it here before.
It looks pretty, but ice can be dangerous.
American Electric Power says you can take some safety measures to make sure
you're ready for whatever weather hits us.
IN Q=it would be
((TERRY MCMAHAN: IT WOULD BE GOOD IF YOU HAD A QUANTITY OF DRINKING WATER YOU
COULD SET ASIDE. IT SHOULD BE STERILIZED FIRST, OF COURSE. ))
SUPER=01-Terry McMahan/American Electric Power;
OUT Q=of course.
McMahan also said you should keep flashlights, radios and batteries nearby.
And he said sleeping bags and cooking equipment will come in handy if the
power goes out.
These are, of course, worse-case scenario suggestions.
But it never hurts to be prepared.
More trouble for the garment industry.
This time it's hitting Tultex.
from tape 97-24
The maker of activewear says it's cutting jobs from its Martinsville plant.
Tultex won't say how many of its 25-hundred employees are out of a job.
Only that the number is "not significant."
This comes one week after the company announced it is closing its Chilhowie
plant, where 141-people are losing their jobs.
It may be several days before any information is released about the
indictment of a Giles County Supervisor.
Three people have been released on bond on charges connected to the taping
of a telephone conversation about an extra-marital affair.
Derrick Ratcliffe and Realtor Kim Lavinder Frazier could not be reached for
Herman Dent told us he's charged with listening to tape recording, and then
talking about it to somebody else...
Supervisor Bobby Williams has not been served because he's still in the
hospital after cutting his wrists.
IN Q=the status on Mr. Williams
((LARRY FALLS/GILES COUNTY SHERIFF; THE STATUS ON MR. WILLIAMS IS THAT, HASN'T
ANYTHING BEEN ISSUED, HASN'T ANYTHING BEEN SERVED AS FAR AS THE WARRANT, BUT I
GUESS WHEN HE'S ABLE THE STATE POLICE INVESTIGATOR WILL CONTACT HIM AND MAKE
SERVICE ON THE WARRANTS. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Falls/Giles Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=on the warrants
Until that happens, all the indictments will remain sealed.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Will a Roanoke teenager spend time in prison for the death of the father she
says was abusive? We'll have that story coming up on News 7 at Six.
and school administrators in one high school are trying to curb the number
of teens who miss multiple days of class.
MUSIC UP FULL
It started out as a way out of the lease... gradually evolved as a means of
collecting insurance benefits.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 13, 1995
Eventually- -the prosecutor says the Abed family perfected their use of
ARSON to get rid of the competition.
In the end, it became a lethal weapon used to eliminate potential
IN Q=The judge
((THE JUDGE HAS ASKED US NOT TO TALK TO YOU GUYS. Really? YEAH, SO WE'LL HONOR
OUT Q=honor that.
Though he's not allowed to tell US, Prosecutor Tom Bondurant told the jury
that Joe Abbott and his brother controlled 27 restaurants, bars and convenience
stores in the Roanoke Valley.
When things didn't go their way, Bondurant says the Abeds would say: "I'm
going to have my boys take care of you."
"Out- and- out fantasy," says the defense.
"This was not an organized crime family," inisists one defense attorney.
It's a "very DIS-organized family," he says, though some members have committed
The first witness will be called tomorrow.
A Roanoke teenager has been cleared of a charge of killing her father.
A judge today dismissed a manslaughter charge against 17-year-old Shannon
She'd been accused of stabbing her father to death in November, after he
beat her mother.
Juvenile court judge Joe Clarke dropped the charge today, having heard
Defense lawyers had argued that the girl stabbed 38-year-old David Doss out
of frustration over the abuse of her mother, and concern for her mother's
Lawyers for Paula Jones are claiming a small victory after President
Clinton's attorneys failed to appear for a court hearing today in
The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville is representing Jones in her
sexual harassment claim against the President.
Clinton's attorneys had sought to subpoena the Institute's member lists and
donor records, claiming the conservative group was simply out to get the
A court hearing today was averted after Clinton's lawyers withdrew their
IN Q=They wanted to
((TOM NEUBERGER/RUTHERFORD INST. ATTORNEY: THEY WANTED TO CHALLENGE OUR TAX
EXEMPTION, THEY WANTED TO PLACE UNDER QUESTION DONATIONS TO THE RUTHERFORD
INSTITUTE. ALL THOSE ATTEMPTS TO RUMMAGE AROUND AND CHECK INTO OUR RECORDS HAVE
BEEN DEFEATED. THEY HAVE WITHDRAWN THE REQUEST TO PUT SOMEONE ON THE STAND
UNDER OATH AND SAY `HOW COME YOU'RE PAYING YOUR SECRETARY SO MUCH? HOW COME
YOU'RE PAYING YOUR PRESS SECRETARY SO MUCH? ISN'T THAT IMPROPER?' ALL THAT,
THEY WITHDREW IT.))
SUPER=01-Tom Neuberger/Rutherford Institute Attorney; :00
OUT Q=they withdrew it.
Neuberger says both the A-C-L-U and the N-double-A -C- P were ready to join
the Rutherford Institute in its defense against the subpoenas.
A second day of recovery on Asian financial markets meant more gains for Wall
TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
The Dow was UP 53 points to close at 77 hundred 85.
NASDAQ gained almost eight points.
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
[ ETS /Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable]
[Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel/Roanoke Gas]
[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
A third new attendance policy at Rockbridge County High School is still not
doing the trick.
The school's overall attendance rate of 94 percent is close to that of other
high schools in the region.
But, the number of repeat-offenders, students who've missed five, 15, 20
days or more, has gone up--in some instances by almost 60 percent.
SOT 12.53.03 - 12.53.23
IN Q=Most students here
((JOE HATCHER/ROCKBRIDGE CO. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT:I MISSED A LOT OF DAYS BECAUSE
I JUST SLEEP OVER. AND, MY DAD HE GOES TO WORK AND IS NOT THERE IN THE MORNING
SO I HAVE ONE OF THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS HERE SHE WAS NICE ENOUGH TO CALL ME
EVERY MORNING AT 6:45 AND HELP ME GET UP AND GET ON THE BUS AND I HAVEN'T
MISSED ANYMORE SCHOOL SINCE THEN. JOHN MORRIS/ROCKBRIDGE CO. HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL: SOME ARE EMPLOYED OUT IN THE WORKFORCE AND THEY STAY UP LATE AT
NIGHT. SOME, THEIR PARENTS ARE EMPLOYED AND THEY GO TO WORK EARLY IN THE
MORNING AND THE STUDENTS A LOT OF TIMES HAVE TO GET UP ON THEIR OWN AND THEY'RE
NOT MOTIVATED TO DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Joe Hatcher/Rockbridge Co. High School Student;
SUPER=01-John Morris/Rockbridge Co. High School Principal; :17
OUT Q=to do that.
School administrators are being blamed by some for not enforcing truancy
Morris says it's a matter of getting the message through to students when
they're young, to avoid problems later in high school.
The Express wins last night but losses one of it's star players to a higher
league today, William Fleming senior tailback Lee Suggs is set for recruting
visitsto tech and UVa,
and Mike Stevens checks in with Dale Jarrett on todays NASCAR Media tour
After finishing third and then second in points the last two years; many
people believe 1998 is the year for car number 88.
Mike Stevens and Lynn Eller check in from the media tour with Ford driver
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=04-1997 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Seven Wins Last Year; :19
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :26
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/Last February; 1:03
SUPER=01-Robert Yates/Dale Jarrett Team Owner; 1:24
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
The Express begins a three game road swing tomorrow at Chesapeake. Roanoke
captured a share of first place in the division last night and then lost goalie
Daniel Berthiaume to a call up.
The veteran was sent to Roanoke AHL affiliate Saint John today. Berthiaume
might start for the Flames tonight against Rochester. Saint John has a goalie
shortage and needed Roanoke's help.
Berthiaume is schedule to play one game and then rejoin the Express
Thursday. he is second in the ECHL in goals against; but attribute his success
to his teammates.
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/CALLED UP TO SAINT JOHN:))
SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/Allowing 2.48 Goals a Game; :00
OUT Q=...to make"
In college basketball; VMI is in action tonight. The Keydets battle
Shenandoah tonight at Cameron Hall in Lexington. VMI is coming off an
impressive win over Davidson. We will have the highlights at 11.
Virginia Tech broke a four game losing streak to the LaSalle Explorers last
The Lady Hokies took the lead early and never trailed.
Freshman Coach Bonnie Henrickson says their defense ruled the game by not
allowing LaSalle to run its offensive scheme.
IN Q=AND OUR DEFENSE
((BONNIE HENRICKSON/VA TECH HEAD COACH: AND OUR DEFENSE DICTATES WE HAVE
SUCCESS. WHEN WE HAVE STRUGGLED OUR OFFENSE HAS DICTATED OUR DEFENSE. THAT'S
A SIGN OF AN IMMATURE YOUNG TEAM. CAUSE IF WE'RE NOT SCORING ALL OF THE SUDDEN
WE CAN'T STOP ANYBODY.))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Va Tech Head Coach;
OUT Q=WE CAN'T STOP ANYBODY
Former Lord Botetourt star Sarah Hicks was three for three from three point
The win brings the Hokies up to 9 and 6 on the year and 3 and 2 in the A-10.
They travel to D.C. to take on George Washington, Saturday.
The Virginian football team gets the first shot at William Fleming tailback
SUPER=03-Norfolk/Division 5 State Championship; :00
Suggs begins a two week recruiting schedule at both Virginia and Virginia
Tech this weekend in Charlottesville with the Cavaliers.
After spending this Friday and saturday with UVa; Suggs heads to Blacksburg
to visit Virginia Tech for the weekend. His choices are Wake Forest, Tech and
SUPER=330-Storm Warning/Freezing Rain/27-29/Freezing Rain/Light Winds/30-33;
SUPER=331-Storm Warning/Freezing Rain/28-30/Freezing Rain/And Rain/32-34;
SUPER=332-Ice Storm Warning/Freezing Rain/26-28/Freezing Rain/Likely/28-32;
SUPER=333-Storm Warning/Freezing Rain/27-29/Freezing Rain/Likely/30-33;
SUPER=334-Ice Storm Warning/Sleet Likely/26-28/Freezing Rain/Likely/30-35;
News 7 will keep you informed about the bad weather that is expected
tonight. Robin will have special live updates every half hour beginning at
8:30, and we'll have the complete story on News 7 at 11.
And we hope you'll join us for Governor Allen's last State of the
Commonwealth address. That begins at seven p-m, and you can see it live here
on your Hometown Station.
We'll have more on that as well on News 7 at 11.
(Ad Lib byes)
See you in about a half hour for the State of the Commonwealth.