Up next on News 7 at six, rat poison, fires and sabatoge... week three of
the Abed crime family trial is set to begin.
And are you one of the drivers putting school children in jepoardy?
News 7 at 6 is next.
Tonight in sports, two relative newcomers earn prominent roles in the NBA
all-star game, the Express is riding high in first place tonight.
Denise Allen profiles radio king Jim Carroll.
And despite plays like this one, the Chicago Bulls lose to a western
conference team at home for the first time since Jordan came out of retirement.
Lots of Sun for Sunday-- We'll watch clouds thicken back up tomorrow.
Then, Monday night, another shot of the world famous "mixed bag of
Details coming up.
The Abed crime family trial is about to begin its third week. The
prosecution has already put on some of its most controversial and damaging
witnesses but the government is no where near resting its case.
Keith Humphry takes a look at what's ahead.
IN Q=Restaurateur Robert Khatib
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Year; :00
SUPER=10-Robert Khatib/Potential Witness/March, 1997; :18
OUT Q=at the federal courthouse in Roanoke.
((Restaurateur Robert Khatib will get to tell his story about how his
cousin Abed Jamil AbdelJalil spent years trying to sabotage his business...
even had flyers distributed claiming Khatib was a terrorist.
IN Q=Did you ever
((Did you ever have any dealings with him?
NO I HAVE NEVER HAD A DEAL WITH HIM. BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE HAD A DEAL WITH
ME. YOU HAVE TO ASK HIM THAT... IF HE HAVE ANY BEEF WITH ME. I NEVER HAVE ANY
BEEF WITH HIM.))
OUT Q=beef with him.
The government's principal witness testified last week that AbdelJalil
wanted him to put rat poison in the food buffet at Khatib's Brown Derby
Mario Ottallah says AbdelJalil gave him a enough poison to "kill a camel."
"We're going to close the place," Ottallah quoted AbdelJalil as saying.
The defense intends to put on evidence that Khatib has a penchant for
setting fires himself, though he told the Grand Jury investigating the Abeds
that he'd never been convicted of arson.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7 at the federal courthouse in Roanoke.))
Federal revenues are ahead of projections,
And Chuck Robb says "the wish lists are popping up like spring flowers,"
But, the Virginia Senator says he hopes Congress will resist spending the
Robb was in Roanoke last week to meet with members of the Regional Chamber
He said the increase in revenues will bring the federal budget into
balance during the next 10 years.
But with a national debt still exceeding five TRILLION dollars, Robb said
reducing that debt should be the number one priority.
IN Q=I would urge you not
((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D- VIRGINIA: I WOULD URGE YOU NOT TO GET TOO CARRIED AWAY
WITH THE PROSPECT FOR A LOT OF ADDITIONAL SPENDING OR FOR THAT MATTER TAX CUTS
AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. I AM GOING TO BE RESISTANT TO THOSE. I WILL BE RESISTANT
TO MOST OF THE SPENDING PROPOSALS THAT WILL BE ON THE TABLE. I WILL BE VERY
SUPPORTIVE OF HANGING ON, FIRST OF ALL TO SEE IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE KIND
OF MONEY THAT WE'RE PROJECTING AND SECONDLY USE IT TO PAY DOWN THE DEBT IF WE
CAN EVER GET TO THAT PARTICULAR POINT.))
OUT Q=to that particular point.
Robb admits that will be "an intensely unpopular approach," but he says a
federal spending spree will only add to the nation's economic troubles.
Three people are dead following traffic accidents today--two of them after
being thrown from their truck on impact.
The accidents happened in Pittsylvania and Tazewell County.
The victims include 32 year old Addison Glen Zuncannon of Hurt, 53-year old
Garland Fred Anderson of Vansant, and 25-year old Guyda (GWEE-DAH) Lynn Lester
of Rowe, Virginia.
None of the victims wore a seatbelt and all died at the scene.
Everyone wants to see children get to and from school safely...
But some drivers are still putting those children in danger by speeding
through school zones.
David Johnson has more.
IN Q=OVER THE LAST
SUPER=01-Lissy Runyon/Roanoke City Schools; :17
SUPER=01-Lt. R.A. Bower/Roanoke City Police; :57
SUPER=01-Officer Charlie Hurd/Roanoke City Police; 1:18
OUT Q=DJ, NEWS 7
((Over the last two years, there have been more than a dozen accidents and
incidents involving Roanoke city school buses.
The school administration has taken measures to reduce the risk of students
being injured on their way to and from school-- starting with preparing bus
((LISSY RUNYON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS; THERE ARE THE EXPECTATIONS TO THE STUDENTS
AND THEN ASKING PARENTS TO TEAM WITH US AS WELL IN TERMS OF ENFORCING AND
UNDERSTANDING APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR GETTING ON THE BUS AND WHILE THEY'RE ON THE
But what about speeding motorists going through school safety zones.
There are 48 such designated areas with warning lights-- 18 of which are
monitored by cross guards.
So what about violators in the other areas.
((RUNYON; THEY'RE REPORTING MECHANISM TO THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION CAN
REPORT THAT TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ASK FOR THEIR EXTRA ASSISTANCE IN THE
USE OF "RADAR GUNS" IN MONITORING THE TRAFFIC FLOW AND ENFORCING.))
((LT. R.A. BOWER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; WE'LL GO OUT AND WILL SEND A RADAR CAR
SPECIFICALLY OUT THERE AT A SPECIFIC TIME BASED ON THE COMPLAINTS WE'RE GETTING
AND SEE IF IT'S REAL OR PERCEIVED AND ENFORCE WHAT'S THERE.))
Law enforcement officials say they treat speeding motorists the same--
((OFFICER CHARLIE HURD/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; THE LEVEL OF TOLERANCE DOESN'T
CHANGE FROM A SCHOOL ZONE TO A NON-SCHOOL ZONE. THE SPEED LIMIT IS WHAT
(( THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR SPEEDING THROUGH A SCHOOL ZONE HAS INCREASED TO 250-
HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE A DETERRANT AGAINST MOTORISTS WHO MAYBE WILLING TO
RISK A CHILD'S LIFE IN ORDER TO GET WHERE EVER THEY ARE GOING JUST A LITTLE
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
An open house this week spotlighted one of Virginia Tech's newest teaching
Last fall--the school renovated the former "Roses" store at the University
mall into what's now known as the "Math Emporium".
It's an innovative way to teach math to undergraduates.
Students enrolled in the course don't follow the lead of an instructor.
Instead-- they learn, to complete practice problems and take tests at a
self-paced rate by computer.
IN Q=The problem
((CHRISTOPHER BEATTIE/ASSOC. PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS:A PROBLEM....NEEDS ANY
PEGGY MESZAROS/VT VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST:IT'S PREMATURE....SUCCESSFUL
SUPER=01-Christopher Beattie/Assoc. Professor of Mathematics; :00
SUPER=01-Peggy Meszaros/VT Vice President and Provost; :21
OUT Q=successful direction.
The students use locally developed software and course materials.
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Coming up on News 7--we'll check in at a Wytheville truckstop--
where truckers are partying for free this Superbowl Sunday.
It's one of only a few sites like it across the country.
But, first let's check in with Andrew in the weather center.
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SUPER=82-5.17''/plus 3.19''/5.17''/plus 3.19'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.22 foot/Down 0.87 foot;Lake levels
The Oak Level community in Henry County is trading in its water well system
for a new public water service.
The town was given a million dollar grant and a one-point-three million
dollar loan, courtesy of the U.S. Rural Utility Service.
Officials credit Senator John Warner and Congressman Virgil Goode with
getting the funding, although the community only recently warmed up to the
IN Q=I would say
((R.J. FISHER/RURITAN BO. OF DIRECTORS; I WOULD SAY ABOUT 90-PERCENT OF THE
PEOPLE HERE WERE AGAINST THE WATER. ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, WE STARTED AGAIN AND
EVERYBODY HAD CHANGED THERE MIND ABOUT IT BECAUSE WE'VE GOT PLENTY OF WATER BUT
IT'S GOT IRON AND SULFUR IN IT. VIRGIL GOODE/U.S. CONGRESSMAN; IT'S A GROWING
AREA AND WHEN YOU'RE GROWING YOU HAVE GREATER DEMANDS ON WATER IN THE GROUND.
SO THIS WATER SYSTEM WAS VERY MUCH NEEDED FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ALSO WILL HELP
ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE YEARS AHEAD.))
SUPER=01-R.J. Fisher/Ruritan Board of Directors;
SUPER=01-Virgil Goode/U.S. Congressman
OUT Q=YEARS AHEAD.
Residents in favor of the water project say it's been a long time coming.
IN Q=RIGHT NOW
((ROGER WOODS/OAK LEVEL RESIDENT; RIGHT NOW I'M ON A WELL AND I DON'T KNOW HOW
LONG THAT WELL IS GOING TO LAST. SO GETTING THIS WATER MEANS THAT I DON'T HAVE
TO WORRY ABOUT BEING WITHOUT WATER AT ANY TIME. I'LL ALWAYS HAVE WATER.))
SUPER=01-Roger Woods/Oak Level Resident;
OUT Q=HAVE WATER.
269- homes in the community currently getting water from a well system will
receive public water service by June 1999.
Pregnant teenagers often find themselves faced with many issues and little
But, a group in Lynchburg has spent more than a decade helping to make
Here's this week's edition of the Virginia Profile.
IN Q=By most standards
SUPER=01-Holly/Godparent Home Resident; :12
SUPER=01-Ryan Rush/Liberty Godparent Home; :41
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( By most standards, 17- year- old Holly is your average American teenager.
She's smart, comes from a good home and is on track to graduate high school
She's also seven months pregnant.
IN Q=I've heard
((HOLLY/GODPARENT HOME RESIDENT: I'VE HEARD TALK BEFORE AND I WAS JUST LIKE `OH
THAT COULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ME', BUT OBVIOUSLY IT DID AND I'M HERE.))
OUT Q=I'm here.
"Here" is the Liberty Godparent Home in Lynchburg.
For 16 years, the home has taken in young, pregnant women from across the
country.. girls from every kind of background who share a common bond: they're
pregnant and they have nowhere else to turn.
An outgrowth of Reverend Jerry Falwell's ministry, the Godparent home offers
these young women many choices: but abortion is not one of them.
IN Q=Anyone who would
((RYAN RUSH/LIBERTY GODPARENT HOME: ANYONE WHO WOULD OPPOSE, REALLY, A PROGRAM
LIKE THIS WOULD HAVE TO ADMIT THEY'RE NOT PRO- CHOICE, THEY'RE ADAMANTLY PRO-
ABORTION, BECAUSE WE'RE PROVIDING A PRACTICAL, VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO BOTH THE
MOTHER AND THAT UNBORN CHILD.))
OUT Q=unborn child.
IN Q=When I told
((HOLLY: WHEN I TOLD MY PARENTS, THEY WERE LIKE `HOLLY, THAT'S DEFINITELY OUT
OF THE QUESTION. WE'LL DO ANYTHING WE CAN EXCEPT THAT', SO IN A WAY IT WAS, BUT
IN A WAY IT'S NEVER BEEN THE ACTUAL THING TO DO.))
OUT Q=thing to do.
Instead, Holly left Tennessee and came here, to get away from the questions,
the pressures and the embarrassment.
She and the other eleven girls keep up with their schoolwork, receive life
skills training and learn to make some touch decisions about what to do with
their baby once it's born.
IN Q=And that's really
((RYAN RUSH/LIBERTY GODPARENT HOME: AND THAT'S REALLY THE MOST CRITICAL THING
ABOUT WHAT WE DO, BECAUSE WHEN A GIRL COMES IN, WHETHER SHE'S 13 OR SHE'S 20,
SHE HAS TO REALIZE THAT SHE'S ABOUT TO ENTER INTO A NEW LEVEL OF MATURITY
WHETHER SHE LIKES IT OR NOT.))
OUT Q=or not.
IN Q=I've grown
((HOLLY: I'VE GROWN CLOSER TO THE LORD HERE, IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE,
IT REALLY IS. PEOPLE THINK, `OH YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE IN A HOME WITH A BUNCH OF
GIRLS, WHAT'S THAT', BUT IT'S REALLY A GOOD EXPERIENCE. IT'S NOT THE BEST
SITUATION OR ANYTHING BUT IT'S HELPED ME GROW IN A LOT OF WAYS.))
OUT Q=lot of ways.
For the Godparent Home, Holly is another of 700 success stories they've
helped write since 1982.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
You can catch special segments including the one you just saw
Take Fullscreen Board 9404 Weekend News
with Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden.
Join them for News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning--both days
at 8 a-m.
They'll bring you up to date on all the local news, weather and sports.
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When the news continues Mike Stevens will be here with sports highlights.
And, Andrew Freiden will take an extended look at the weather for the week
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Snow and ice already on the roadways may slow you down tomorrow depending on
where you live and the same is true for construction.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's edition of Road Report.
IN Q=Construction along the
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :08
OUT Q=I'm Stacey Martin.
((Construction along the bridge over Route 220 near the Franklin County line
is set to wind up later this month but last minute repairs continue.
Some lanes may be closed from time to time.
In Roanoke County V-DOT crews are still making repairs to the Wood Haven
bridge over Interstate 5-81 and lanes will occassionally be closed there as
Looking elsewhere around the region..
repairs continue to two bridges along Route 52 in the Rocky Gap area in
And, in Dickenson County crews are repairing three miles of road along Route
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report, I'm Stacey Martin.))
The "Flying-J" truckstop in Wytheville is one of 40 locations nationwide
hosting Superbowl Parties for truck drivers.
The fun is courtesy of Volvo.
It's part of the company's "Best Drive in the Game" commercial campaign
where Volvo recognizes safe truck drivers while promoting its newest truck.
IN Q=THE V-N IS CONSIDERED
((NEIL BLAKE/FULTON TRUCKS; THE V-N IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE SAFEST TRUCKS
BUILT IN THE WORLD. VOLVO HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN FOR THEIR CARS, THE SAFETY AND
INNOVATION. A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, VOLVO PUT OVER 500-MILLION DOLLARS INTO THIS
TRUCK AND IT TOOK THEM ABOUT 13 OR 14 YEARS TO DEVELOP IT.))
SUPER=01-Neil Blake/Fulton Trucks;
OUT Q=TO DEVELOP IT.
This is Volvo's first year advertising during one of the world's most
The company is also having a sweepstakes and will offer qualified trucker's
a chance to win a 120-thousand dollar special edition of its newest tractor.
The Jazz plays a number on the Bulls, Bird gets a rookie honor as a result,
the Express is riding high in first place
and Denise Allen pulls veteran broadcaster Jim Carroll out of his radio and
puts one of the valley's veteran sports voices in your living room.
The Utah Jazz are the first team to beat the Bulls on their home floor since
Michael Jordan came out of retirement in 1995.
That 38 game streak came to a screeching halt today at the United Center as
Karl Malone threw in a game high 35 points.
Jordan scored 32 with some of his old magic. Look at the crossover dribble
and the slam over seven footer Greg Ostertag.
But the Jazz beat the Bulls to finish the first half of season with 28 wins.
The Jazz win today means that the Pacers have a better winning percentage
than Chicago in the Eastern division.
And that means that rookie coach Larry Bird will coach the East in the
all-star game in two weeks, and Phil Jackson will have to watch.
PINNACLE EAST STARS
Bird will have plenty of talent with which to work. Jordan, Penny, Grant
Hill, Kemp and Dikembe Mutumbo will make up the starting for the east as voted
by the fans.
WIPE TO PINNACLE WEST
The West team will features the youngest starter in all-star history, Kobe
Bryant, who is 19.
He is joined by Payton, the Mailman, Garnett and Shaq.
The game is Sunday February 8th.
The Roanoke Express is all alone in first place in the ECHL's northeast
division tonight thanks to their 3-to-2 shootout win over Hampton Roads last
night at the Roundhouse.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express; :00
Dave Stewart got the party started with this wicked slap shot from the top of
the zone. The Express take s a one to nothing lead in the first period.
The Express was one top 2-to-nothing heading to the final period thanks to
Jeff Loder and Tim Christian.
SUPER=38-Roanoke/3/Hampton/2/; Loder's shot is stopped, but Christian rams
it home for the tally. Roanoke now has 23 wins, 50 points and a home date this
coming Tuesday night with Johnstown at the Civic Center.
The pressure is the participants in today's Super Bowl.
And for the most part the Broncos and Packers are accustomed to high
But often athletes need to be TAUGHT how to handle the anxiety these events
For instance, skater Michelle Kwan repeats a confidence building statement
Dr. Joel Fish, who was in town this week, works with Kwan, and many other
IN Q=WHEN THEY'RE IN
((DR. JOEL FISH/76'ERS SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST: WHEN THEY'RE IN THAT PRESSURE
SITUATION THEY'RE BETTER ABLE TO SAY I KNOW WHAT I'M FEELING BUT I KNOW WHAT TO
DO. I'M GOING TO TALK TO MYSELF IN A CERTAIN WAY. I'M GOING TO MOVE IN A
CERTAIN WAY AND WHEN I DO THESE THINGS I CALM MYSELF DOWN AND I TRUST THAT IF I
CALM MYSELF DOWN AND DO THOSE THINGS THAT IT WILL INCREASE THE CHANCES I WILL
SUPER=01-Dr. Joel Fish/76ers' Sports Psychologist;
OUT Q=I'LL PERFORM BETTER
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/Last Year; :00
Most athletes say the game is at least 50-percent mental.
Dr. Fish says learning to focus on just what you can control is the key.
GRAPHIC=high school basketball
High school basketball fans in the area might not know his face but chances
are they've heard his voice.
He is Jim Carroll, the voice of high school sports in Roanoke for 34 years.
Denise Allen tells us how his love of the game keeps him on the air.
IN Q=IT'S WILLIAM HANKINS
SUPER=01-Jim Carroll/Radio Sports Announcer; :22
SUPER=01-Mike Bell/Jim's Football Broadcast Partner; :32
OUT Q=News 7 Sports
IN Q=IT'S WILLIAM
((IT'S WILLIAM HANKINS. 22-7 WILLIAM FLEMING. HANKINS MOVING THE BALL.))
OUT Q=THE BALL
For three decades Jim Carroll has been calling high school football and
basketball games in the Roanoke Valley.
He's had the opportunity to take his act to bigger markets but he says this
was the best place to raise his family.
IN Q=MY SPORTS CASTING
((CARROLL: MY SPORTSCASTING HAS BEEN A PROFESSIONAL AVOCATION RATHER THAN A
CAREER. I WAS A GENERAL SALES MANAGER FOR THREE STATIONS THAT PROVIDED MY
INCOME AND THE SPORTS HELPS ME PAY MY GOLF BETS.))
OUT Q=MY GOLF BETS
IN Q=for the first
((MIKE BELL/JIM'S FOOTBALL BROADCASTING PARTNER: FOR THE FIRST 29 YEARS HE DID
THIS HE NEVER GOT A PENNY. HE DID IT BECAUSE HE LIKED IT. FOR THE LAST TWO
YEARS WE'VE BEEN ON TWO DIFFERENT STATIONS AND JIM HAS DONE IT BECAUSE HE LOVES
IT AND VIEWS IT AS A PUBLIC SERVICE.))
OUT Q=PUBLIC SERVICE.
This public service comes to you from the cramp quarters of high school gyms
IN Q=I FEEL THE
((CARROLL: I FEEL THE SAME ABOUT DOING THEM TODAY AS I ALWAYS DID. I LOOK
FORWARD TO DOING THE BALL GAMES. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THEM AS LONG AS I CAN
GET AROUND AND DO THEM WITHOUT HAVING TO BE CARRIED AROUND.))
OUT Q=CARRIED AROUND.
((WILLIAM FLEMING OWNS THE BOARDS.))
And Jim Carroll owns the airwaves.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
The PGA senior's tour officially begins later this week, but today Raymond
Floyd won enough money to get him through the rest of the year.
SUPER=03-Mauna Lani, HI/ABC; :00
Floyd won his fifth straight Senior skins Game by beating Hale Irwin, Arnold
Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
Floyd won 11 of the 18 Skins that were up for grabs, and in so doing pocketed
$300 thousand dollars.
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/18-22/Partly/Cloudy/40-45;
The pre-superbowl partying is probably well underway and there's more to
come when the game is over.
Tonight on News 7 at Eleven, we'll have a look at a local celebration.
That's it for News 7 at Six, goodnight.
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