The car tax made its way to the front of Jim Gilmore's first state of the
Commonwealth speech last night.
IN Q=We have
((WE HAVE REVIEWED VITAL INFORMATION THAT WAS NOT AVAILABLE LAST YEAR TO
ACCURATELY MEASURE THE IMPACT OF MY NO CAR TAX PROMISE. TO THE EXTENT NEW
INFORMATION REVEALS THAT VIRGINIANS PAY EVEN MORE CAR TAXES THAN ORIGINALLY
ESTIMATED, THE PUBLIC WILL GET EVEN MORE OF THEIR MONEY BACK. THAT IS GOOD
SUPER=07-Gov. Jim Gilmore;
OUT Q=good news!
Gilmore says if lawmakers don't give the people the tax cut -- they'll be
But mostly, the tone was warm.
IN Q=Whatever success
((WHATEVER SUCCESS I HAVE HAD IN POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT, IS IN LARGE MEASURE
BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS HAD AN OPEN DOOR. MY DOOR IS OPEN TO YOU AND TO ALL
OUT Q=all Virginians.
Friday, the Governor's expected to unveil more specifics on the car tax cut.
They tore down the house in Vinton where the Hodges family lived.
A crew from Joe Bandy and Son made short work of demolishing the house on
East Virginia Avenue this morning.
Don Hodges says he'd been told the house could have been renovated and
repaired, but the family didn't want to be reminded of the murders.
IN Q=You know I'm down
((YOU KNOW I'M DOWN HERE ALL THE TIME. I TRAVEL THIS ROAD FOUR OR FIVE TIMES A
DAY. PLUS I KNOW THE TOWN. ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT IT, WHAT HAD
HAPPENED, JUST DIDN'T WANT TO SEE IT HERE ANY LONGER. ))
SUPER=01-Don Hodges/Murder Victim's Brother;
OUT Q=here any longer.
Earl Bramblett- -a friend of the family who actually lived here off and on
was convicted last November of killing Blaine and Teresa Hodges and their two
children, then setting the house on fire.
A move is in the future for the family of a convicted sex offender.
His wife says they plan to move away from a Covington school.
A few days ago, parents who live near Edgemont Primary School discovered
that Randall Akers was living in a house right next to the playground.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 11, 1989
Akers was convicted for videotaping teenage girls in the bathroom of his
He also has a statutory rape conviction.
Police and school officials knew where he was living, but current law
doesn't allow them to tell parents.
IN Q=we got a big
((CHRIS ALDERSON/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; WE GOT A BIG LEGISLATIVE PROBLEM HERE
AND WE'RE KIND OF HAMPERED BY THE LAW AS IT EXISTS NOW, AND THE LEGISLATURE HAS
PROMISED TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT BEFORE JUL AND WE'RE COUNTING ON THEM TO DO IT.
DAVID KIDD/PARENT; WE'RE NOT VIGILANTES, WE'RE NOT HERE TO RUN THE MAN OUT WITH
A STICK OR BURN HIS HOUSE DOWN, BUT WE ARE AS PARENTS GOING TO TURN UP THE HEAT
ANYWAY POSSIBLE TO MAKE THE MAN AS UNCOMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE IN THE HOUSING
THAT HE'S IN.
SUPER=01-Chris Alderson/Covington Commonwealth's Att'y;
SUPER=01-David Kidd/Parent; :12
OUT Q=that he's in
Aker's wife says he's not a child molester, and not a threat, because he's
legally blind, can't even see the playground next door.
But because of the controversy, they're looking for another place to live.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
A new trial is beginning today against the tobacco companies--
This lawsuit was brought by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue
Their claims against the companies range from violating anti- trust laws, to
trying to hook young smokers.
Pat Kessler reports.
SUPER=01-Pat Kessler/Reporting; :04
SUPER=10-Michael Ciresi/Anti-Tobacco Lawyer/1994; :13
SUPER=01-Hubert Humphrey III/MN Attorney General; :36
SUPER=03-St. Paul, MN; :54
OUT Q=CBS News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at the White House today.
He's discussing plans with President Clinton to withdraw Israeli troops from
the West Bank.
Netanyahu reportedly said the Israeli's have "made a decision to go for
Meanwhile, peace also appears to be on the mind of Palestinian leader Yasser
He's in Paris today in an attempt to break the deadlock in the peace process
Arafat will have HIS meeting with President Clinton on Thursday.
U- S Defense Secretary William Cohen is wrapping up a three- day trip to
Cohen met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin today.
Before the two leaders met today, Jiang told reporters that Cohen's visit
had bolstered the friendship between the two countries.
Cohen said he was pleased with the assurances he received on the issue of
Beijing's sales of anti- ship cruise missiles to Iran.
The Queen of TV- Talk is CAUSING quite a bit of talk in Texas.
Oprah Winfrey arrived in Amarillo today for a beef defamation lawsuit.
Texas cattlemen claim Winfrey's show caused ranchers to lose money when a
vegetarian guest said that American beef could cause Mad Cow disease.
Jury selection is scheduled today.
Meanwhile, there's een a STAMPEDE for tickets to her show's taping in
Amarillo at the end of the week.
A suspect is under arrest in connection with the shooting at the Martin
Luther King Day parade in Louisiana.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
Family members brought 19- year- old Brandon Johnson to the police
Johnson is charged with one count of first degree murder and three counts of
ATTEMPTED first degree murder.
One man was killed, three children were injured by the gunfire.
IN Q=This act of violence
((TOM ED MCHUGH/BATON ROUGE MAYOR: THIS ACT OF VIOLENCE BY AN INDIVIDUAL THAT
DESTROYS THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS THAT HAPPENED TO BE THERE JUST-- THERE'S JUST
NO WAY TO MAKE ANY LOGIC OUT OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Ed McHugh/Baton Rouge Mayor;
OUT Q=logic out of it
Local authorities say Johnson pulled a gun and fired several shots into the
crowd after his friend and the murder victim got into a fight.
Police are still investigating and have NOT ruled out additional arrests.
And there was some protest closer to home in Patrick County.
The Ku Klux Klan donned hoods and marched through the town of Stuart.
The protestors denounced African-Americans on a holiday celebrating civil
About 15 Klan members chanted "white power" on the way to the courthouse --
holding swastika signs and encouraging people to join them.
The Sheriff says the Ku Klux Klan had permission for their march.
Others rallied in support of the slain civil rights leader.
A celebration paid tribute to a man who died leading a non-violent civil
Participants enjoyed songs of praise and guidance and were taken back in
time as a friendly reminder to keep the dream alive.
IN Q=WE WILL BE
((DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING; WE WILL BE ABLE TO SPEED UP THAT DAY WHEN ALL OF
GOD'S CHILDREN, BLACK MEN AND WHITE MEN, JEWS AND GENTILES, PROTESTANTS AND
CATHOLICS WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN HANDS. MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP PRESIDENT; WE'RE
EITHER GOING TO LIVE TOGETHER AS BROTHERS OR PERISH TOGETHER AS FOOLS AND THAT
BEGINS WITH DIALOGUE. WE'VE GOT TO START TALKING TO EACH OTHER.))
SUPER=10-Dr. Martin Luther King//File Tape;
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Local NAACP President;
OUT Q=each other
King often reminded African-Americans to be "Drum Majors for Justice.
Last night, the N-double-A-C-P honored William Fleming educator and football
coach George "Kila" Miller with its first ever "Drum Major for Excellence"
Organizers of a Richmond rally are lashing out at city and business leaders
for not attending yesterday's rally.
Several people listed on the program didn't show.
During the ceremony the Reverend Tyler Millner called the turnout "a
disgrace and a shame."
TAPE#net (edit of 97-89)
Many people turned out to celebrate the other part of yesterday's holiday.
Statewide the day also honors confederate generals Robert E. Lee and
Washington and Lee University marked the occasion with a tribute to the man
who led the school during the difficult days after the civil war.
Faculty members and students gathered in Lee Chapel for the Founder's Day
Virginia Tech Professor and civil war historian James Robertson spoke-saying
he believes Lee's greatest achievement was the presidency of Washington
IN Q=He's one of the few figures
((JAMES ROBERTSON/CIVIL WAR HISTORIAN: HE'S ONE OF THE FEW FIGURES IN AMERICAN
HISTORY THAT ILLUSTRATES A TIME WHEN THE VANQUISHED HAD PERHAPS MORE INFLUENCE
ON THE COURSE OF EVENTS THAN THE VICTOR.))
SUPER=01-James Robertson/Civil War Historian;
OUT Q=than the victor
Lee accepted the presidency of Washington College following the civil war
when the school was struggling to stay open and is largely credited with saving
Two medical facilities that share the Lewis Gale name are now partners
The Clinic and Medical Center made it official yesterday.
After a 26- year hiatus, the two health care centers are once again
combining their operations.
In addition to offering patients cheaper, faster care--
Lewis- Gale is planning to extend its presence in the public eye.
IN Q=If you look
((BILL DOWNEY/PRESIDENT AND CEO/LEWIS-GALE MEDICAL CENTER: WE CAN DO MORE WITH
SCREENINGS, WE CAN DO MORE COMMUNITY EDUCATION AS ONE ENTITY. SO, I THINK
WE'LL HELP PROVIDE A BETTER COMMUNITY, WE WILL HELP THE COMMUNITY BE BETTER
SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Medical Center Pres. & CEO; :
OUT Q=better served.
And by teaming up, Downey says the path ahead is bright.
IN Q= For the physicians
((FOR THE PHYSICIANS AND FOR THE MEDICAL CENTER TO BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER
WILL POSITION US AND HAS POSITIONED US SO THAT WE CAN BE HERE FOR ANOTHER 90
OUT Q= 90 years.
The two facilities are only yards apart-- but split in 1972 after a 60- year
Seeing-eye dogs can make all the difference for professionals.
Thanks to the Lions Club- Leader Dogs have become available to those who are
still LOOKING for work.
Keith Humphry caught up with a Franklin County man who's trying to find his
way in the world... now that he's mastered getting around.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
SUPER=07-Rodney Brown; :28
OUT Q=KH News 7
(( You get ride to town, get out of the car, cross the street and go to the
All pretty routine... unless you can't see.
Having been at it about a year now, Rodney Brown and his Yellow Labrador
Retriever have it figured out.
((I PUT HIM THROUGH ALL KINDS OF TESTS, WOODS, DIFFERENT PATHS, BY MYSELF.))
When they started out, Brown concedes he was scared to death, but he says he
would encourage others to try it.
((ANYBODY THAT NEEDS A DOG, I THINK THEY SHOULD GO FOR IT. MAN, THAT'S LIKE,
I'VE GOT A FRIEND NOW THAT I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH, AND I'M TRYING TO TALK HIM
INTO GETTING A DOG. AND HE'S GOT MOBILITY JUST LIKE ME.))
Rodney Brown's dog has two names; his pet name, Juneau and his working
name. That's a secret.
Because Juneau can't be bothered when he's working.
Brown has discovered one of the more subtle advantages to having a leader
dog. Juneau serves as an emblem- -a different kind of handicapped sign-
-almost a badge of honor.
((WHEN I GO UP IN A PLACE, AND I AIN'T GOT NO CANE OR NOTHING TO KNOW THAT I'M
BLIND, THEY'RE GOING TO THINK THAT I'M CRAZY OR RETARDED OR SOMETHING, YOU
Now, if he could just find work... an experienced mechanic in small-
engine repair, he just hasn't been able to find anyone willing to take a chance
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
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Jobs in the textile industry continue to leave our area.
85- employees at a Giles County plant will soon be out of work.
Oxford Garment in Pearisburg is closing its doors in mid-March.
The plant makes women's clothing.
A company spokesman blames the closing on foreign competition.
Matt Geiger (GY'-gur) matched his
career high of 28 points and Glen Rice poured in 38 as Charlotte ripped
Geiger was making his first start since the Hornets learned Vlade Divac
(VLAH'-day DEE'-vahts) will need at
least two months to recover from knee surgery.
Geiger scored 16 points during the Hornets' 33-to-10 run in the second half.
Zan Tabak scored 23 points to lead the Raptors.
The Hornets go on to win 109 to 88.
The Hornets also placed backup wing guard Dell Curry on the injured list
with a strained right calf.
Curry has missed seven consecutive games because of the injury.
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-17)
On to the high school ranks where James River hosted Bath County.
SUPER=03-Buchanan/Chargers vs. Knights; :00
The Knights draw first blood. Quincy Springs hits Jeremy Sink and he gets
off the lightning quick shot that put James River up by a basket.
Bath would charge back as Darrell Hicklin benefits froma nice inside pass
for an easy lay up to tie the game.
James River doesn't wait long to steal back the lead. Joey Ingram drives and
then nails the jumper for the Knights.
The Chargers Phillip Neff answers; but James River prevails 68 to 55.
TAPE#=net (edit of BB98-3)
The day before the Citadel's three year anniversary of co-education, the
school's basketball team met up with another military school that just went
co-ed this year.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Bulldogs vs. Keydets; :00
V-M-I's Aaron Demory opened up the scoring last night with this jumper to
put the Keydets out in front by two.
V-M-I's Darryl Faulkener would then lend a hand as he takes the nice pass
and scores on the turn around jumper and the keydets seemed to be rolling;
leading by 4.
But the Citadel would play tough SUPER=34-Citadel/67/VMI/62;
inside. Watch Bryan Patton dish the ball to Matt Newman who finishes the play
to cut the deficit to a basket.
V-M-I comes right back. Eric Mann has the ball knocked loose; picks it up
and scores; but the Citadel wins it 67-62.
Tonight A-C-C basketball returns to Your Hometown Station as the Virginia
Cavaliers hit the road
to battle the Clemson Tigers.
U-V-a is coming off a three point win over N-C State, while Clemson just
barely lost to the new number one Duke 81-to-80 on Saturday.
Catch the Tigers and Cavs tonight at 8 right here on WDBJ.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-16)
Jeff Burton got a big career boost yesterday as he was named to drive in the
prestigious IROC series.
Jeff also has a brand new paint scheme on his Ford Taurus for races on the
regular Winston Cup series.
Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon will also represent Winston Cup in
the four race event.
Every weekend morning you can catch the latest local news on
News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning with Denise Allen and Andrew
This Saturday Andrew will be heading to Robin Reed's house for Weekend
And finally today--
They're a special group of craftsmen who make artwork out of wooden SPOONS.
The carvers of these "Friendship Spoons" have mental disabilities, but their
employer says they've taught her many lessons.
IN Q=These guys
((DEBBIE CUNNINGHAM: THESE GUYS GO THROUGH MORE STRESS AND MORE FIGHTS JUST TO
LIVE A NORMAL LIFE. AND THEY NEVER GIVE UP. IT IS INCREDIBLE WHAT I HAVE
LEARNED FROM THEM. ))
OUT Q=learned from them
The project began more than 15 years ago, and runs on a tight budget.
Employees say they enjoy their jobs...as they CARVE their own niche in the