Up next on News 7 at 11...
Iraqi civilians prepare for attack as more U.S. troops head for the Gulf.
A North Carolina man now faces federal charges in the Birmingham abortion
And some city council members defend Roanoke's new police chief.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Joe Nemechek dominated the Busch race at Daytona winning the Napa Auto
SUPER=03-Daytona, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
Dale Earnhardt junior was one of several drivers to take a wild ride today
he gets hit in the rear by Dick Trickle in a group of cars and he goes airborne
before the car landed on its wheels in the infield grass. Earnhardt was not
injured in the wreck.
IN Q=First audio
((DALE EARNHARDT, JR/3 CHEVROLET: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt, Jr./3 Chevrolet; :00
OUT Q=.......those guys."
Nemechek was able to stay out of trouble because he was up front for most of
the race. Nemechek led 106 of 120 laps and the victory is his sixth as a
driver in the Busch Series.
IN Q=First audio
((JOE NEMECHEK/NAPA AUTO PARTS 300 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Joe Nemechek/NAPA Auto Parts 300 Winner; :
OUT Q=........good day."
Jeff Purvis was second followed by Mark Martin, Buckshot Jones and Randy
U.S officials are still trying to gather international support for a
military strike against Iraq.
SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD
Meanwhile, the 89th Civil Engineer Squadron left Andrews Air Force Base today
to spend the next three months supporting an airbase near Iraq.
In Baghdad, civilians were training to resist a U.S. led attack.
U.N Secretary General Kofi Annan says he hasn't decided if he will visit
Reporters caught up with him on the way to a movie today.
IN Q=I haven't excluded
((KOFI ANNAN/U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL; I HAVEN'T EXCLUDED IT, BUT I HAVEN'T SET A
DATE EITHER, LET ME GO AND ENJOY THE TITANIC MOVIE...THANKYOU VERY MUCH.))
SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U.N. Secretary General;
OUT Q=very much
Meanwhile some question how effective a military strike will be.
A story in U.S. News and World Report says Saddam many have smuggled many of
his weapons to other countries for safe keeping.
The search for a witness in the Alabama clinic bombing turned into a
search for a suspect today, as charges were filed against a North Carolina man.
The manhunt is centered in the woods of Western North Carolina, about 200
miles from Roanoke.
Paul James has the latest.
IN Q=For 2 weeks
SUPER=01-Joe Lewis/FBI; :11
SUPER=01-Jim Cavanaugh/ATF; 1:09
OUT Q=CBS News, New York
For two weeks, the FBI has hunted for Eric Robert Rudolph, saying he was a
material witness to the bombing. Saturday came word that the FBI still wants
him, but now as a suspect.
sot Joe Lewis, Special Agent, FBI
Rudolph should be considered armed and dangerous. Call FBI or ATF office if
you have any information. 12:40:29
Rudolph's truck was seen near the clinic following the blast and investigators
traced it to this mobile home in North Carolina. The trailer, the truck and a
storage facility believed to have been used by Rudolph have been searched and
the evidence seized is being examined by FBI crime labs. While agents have
been looking nationwide for Rudolph for the past two weeks, they think the 31
year old army veteran is hiding out where he feels comfortable.
He's an outdoorsman. You can bet he may be in the woods, we're searching
there. He's probably in the North Carolina woods. 12:59:45
An off-duty policeman working as a security guard was killed and a nurse was
critically injured in the Birmingham bombing. The charges issued against
Rudolph could result in life imprisonment or death. But law enforcement
officials say they hope they don't have to use deadly force to bring in their
sot Jim Cavanaugh, Special Agent In Charge, ATF 12:41ish It would be a whole
lot easier if he turned himself in.
Paul James, CBS News, New York))
The appointment of Roanoke's new top cop didn't go over well with some city
Former Newport News assistant police chief Joe Gaskins was promoted to
Roanoke's highest law enforcement post, the Chief of Police.
Gaskins and local candidate, Lieutenant David Clayton, were the last two
vying for the position.
Mayor David Bowers yesterday expressed his disappointment that Clayton was
not promoted from within.
But some city council members say City Manager Bob Herbert has done his job
in giving the people what they want.
IN Q=SOMEONE THAT
((CARROLL SWAIN/ROANOKE CITY COUNCILMAN; SOMEONE THAT IS HIGHLY QUALIFIED,
SOMEBODY WITH EXPERIENCE. SOMEBODY WHO EXHIBITED POSITIVE LEADERSHIP AND I
THINK WE GOT THAT.))
((JACK PARROTT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCILMAN; WE TURNED THIS OVER TO THE CITY MANAGER
AND HE'S HIRED WHO HE THINKS IS THE BEST CANDIDATE. I'M PERFECTLY HAPPY WITH
THAT AND I'M WILLING TO BACK THE CITY MANAGER.))
SUPER=01-Carroll Swain/Roanoke City Councilman; :08
SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/Roanoke City Councilman;
OUT Q=CITY MANAGER.
Gaskins takes over his new position next month.
A hung jury was declared last night in the murder trial involving Frank
Deliberations went on for almost 12 hours yesterday but the jurors could not
reach a decision.
SOT 05.42.41 - 05.42.54
IN Q=The jury obviously
((RANDY LEACH/ROANOKE CO. AST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE JURY OBVIOUSLY
WORKED HARD. THEY DIDN'T HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS. THEY WERE BACK THERE
DISCUSSING THE THING THE WHOLE TIME. IT'S OBVIOUS THEY WORKED HARD BUT
COULDN'T RESOLVE THE ISSUES.))
SUPER=01-Randy Leach/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=resolve the issues.
Pennington was convicted in April of 1995 of murdering Bonnie Sue Mullins
and was sentenced to 42 years in jail.
But, defense lawyers later found evidence they said proved Pennington's
innocence and won an appeal of the verdict.
Prosecutors say they're prepared to try the case yet again.
Meanwhile, Pennington remains imprisoned on unrelated federal convictions.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up later on the newscast--
a couple of doctors spent the day helping others bring things into focus.
They were giving eye exams for about a dollar.
The doctors give the exams every Valentine's Day then donate the money to
We'll have more when the news continues.
A Montgomery County organization opposed to having a major power line built
through the region is campaigning against the effort.
American Electric Power wants to place a 765-kilovolt power line between
Cloverdale and Wyoming, West Virginia.
FRIENDS OF REGIONAL CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT say there are environmental and
economic development issues which have not been addressed.
IN Q=THE PRIMARY PURPOSE
((RICHARD RICH/F.O.R.C.E.; THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE LINE IS TO SELL POWER TO
OTHER AREAS, NOT TO SERVE SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA. AND WE WOULD PAY A VERY HIGH
PRICE IN ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION AND CULTURAL DISRUPTION FOR HAVING THE LINE
COME THROUGH. WHEN THERE'S NO JUSTIFICATION FOR IT, WE JUST DON'T THINK IT'S
OUT Q=IT'S WARRANTED.
But AEP officials deny those allegations.
IN Q=THE FACT IS
((TODD BURNS/AEP; THIS LINE IS NEEDED TO SERVE THE CUSTOMERS OF THIS AREA.
SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA, SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, A SMALL PART OF KENTUCKY AND TWO
COUNTIES IN TENNESSEE ARE AEP CUSTOMERS WHO ARE SERVED IN THE REGION THAT IS
MOST AT RISK OF LOSING ITS TRANSMISSION SERVICE.))
Burns says the need for more transmission service in Montgomery County alone
has tripled over the past 25-years.
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Those seeking additional information about the power line can call AEP at
Alumni of V-M-I and the Citadel are the targets of an ad campaign to raise
money for a planned all-male, Christian, military school.
The Southern Military Institute wants to buy a college campus in Texas and
hopes to raise about 250,000 dollars.
It's putting out ads directed at alumni of VMI and The Citadel asking for
School officials plan to welcome their first class in the fall.
America Online subscribers are facing rising rates.
And, a website offers a quick solution to filing your taxes.
More in this week's webwatch.
IN Q=America Online
America Online will raise its monthly fee for unlimited access by two
dollars in April, from 19-95 to 21-95.
The company says the increase will help pay to upgrade its network.
AOL stock went up in response.
Since AOL began flat fee service, members have tripled the time they spend
If you're a valentine's day procrastinator, you can still send a quick
bouquet on-line. At the Virtual Florist, you can pick one of several different
flower arrangements, and e-mail a picture of it to your valentine...
You can also send real flowers from this site, but of course if you haven't
sent anything by now... you're already in hot water. Perhaps an "I'm sorry"
Before you buy income tax preparation software, check out some alternatives
on the web.
At SecureTax, you can download tax forms, and prepare and file your taxes
electronically. Ten bucks for a 10-40 E-Z, 15 for a regular 10-40, and for an
extra buck, they'll check for anything in your return that might trigger an
audit. They have an extensive collection and Federal and State tax forms.
Tech students and alumni will enjoy this site... Hokies At Play features
coverage of Tech sports... There's a bulletin board you can use to talk about
what's bugging you, or anything else.
There are campus classified ads, an index of clubs and bars, and an events
To join the hokie bird online, and for the links to the rest of these sites,
visit the Webwatch page on the WDBJ website, at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot com.))
If you were looking to buy a car the U.S. Marshall's Service may have had
just what you needed today.
They auctioned off 12 vehicles seized in drug-busts here in Southwest
The vehicles ranged from motorcycles to construction equipment.
Criminals forfeit the property, either by court order or action by the D-E-A
IN Q=The proceeds
((STEVE SIKKEMA/DEPUTY U.S. MARSHALL; THE MARSHALLS SERVICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE STORAGE, MAINTENANCE AND THE SELLING OF THE VEHICLES. THEN, THE PROCEEDS,
AFTER OUR EXPENSES ARE PAID, GO RIGHT BACK TO THE AGENCIES THAT DID THE WORK.))
SUPER=01-Steve Sikkema/Deputy U.S. Marshall;
OUT Q=DID THE WORK
The most expensive item on the list-- a motor home seized by State Police
It sold for 36-thousand dollars.
Straight ahead on the newscast--a
few couples made this Valentine's Day a day to remember--
by getting married.
They gathered at the Wedding Chapel--a place that's pretty busy this time of
We'll have the complete story when the news continues.
Local and state police are trying to crack down on those who violate the
seat belt laws.
It's called Smart, Safe and Sober.
The statewide program is aimed at preventing traffic deaths and injuries.
In 1996 70-percent of all the people killed in traffic accidents were NOT
wearing their seatbelts.
For the next two weeks the police will be setting up checkpoints in the area
to raise awareness on the benefits of buckling-up.
IN Q=THE DRIVER OF THE
((R.J. CARPENTIERI/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE CAN BE
ISSUED A CITATION IF A PERSON IN THE VEHICLE AGE 16 OR YOUNGER ARE NOT IN A
SEATBELT OR CHILD RESTRAINT SEAT.))
SUPER=01-R. J. Carpentieri/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=CHILD RESTRAINT SEAT
Children four years old and younger or children weighing less than 40 pounds
are required to ride in a child safety seat.
For tips on how to install these seats properly contact your local police
A Christiansburg couple got eye to eye with some youngsters today in order
to promote better vision.
Every year optometrists Becky Cook Mann and Scott Mann spend Valentine's Day
checking the eye sight of just about anyone, but usually for youngsters under
IN Q=WE DO A VISION
((MELISSA BRAKEFIELD/EYE CARE OPTOMETRIC CENTER; WE DO A VISION SCREENING FOR A
DOLLAR, JUST TO SEE IF THEY NEED AN EYE EXAM, JUST TO TRY AND HELP THEM OUT.
AND THE MONEY GOES TO THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION.))
((GENE REGAN/PARENT; I THINK THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS TO BRING
THEIR CHILDREN IN TO SCREEN THEM, TEST THEM, TO SEE HOW THEY ARE DOING. BECAUSE
A LOT OF TIMES PARENTS ARE SO BUSY, LIKE MY WIFE AND I, WE DON'T DO IT AS WE
SHOULD AND IT HELPS ENCOURAGE US TO GET OUT HERE AND GET IT DONE.))
SUPER=01-Melissa Brakefield/Eye Care Optometric Center; :06
OUT Q=get it done.
The Manns' also have a back to school vision screening in the fall.
Proceeds from that effort go to the local DARE program.
Roses and chocolates are nice to receive this Valentine's Day but a few
couples went a little further by saying I DO.
The WEDDING CHAPEL performs nuptials daily, but even more so today when it
seems CUPID is most active.
IN Q=IT'S A DAY
((WINSTON UNDERWOOD/WEDDING CHAPEL OWNER; IT'S A DAY OF LOVE, A DAY OF COMING
TOGETHER AND PEOPLE JUST LIKE TO GET MARRIED. THEY DRESS IN RED AND EVERYTHING
IS BRIGHT AND PRETTY ON VALENTINE'S DAY.))
SUPER=01-Winston Underwood/"Wedding Chapel" Owner;
OUT Q=VALENTINE'S DAY.
But, each couple has their own reasons for picking February 14th to tie the
IN Q=because it
((MR. AND MRS. DANNY SPANGLER; EH BECAUSE IT WAS A ROMANTIC.))
SUPER=07-Mr. and Mrs. Spangler;
OUT Q=a romantic.
Each wedding ceremony lasts anywhere from about 10 minutes to two hours.
Last year, eight couples took their vows at the WEDDING CHAPEL on
This year four newly weds said I DO.
SUPER=#563; wytheville viewernet
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/20-25/Mostly/Sunny/43-47;
Roanoke tuned up for this weekends ODAC tournament at the Salem Civic
Center hosting the Generals of Washington and Lee at the Bast Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Generals; :
This guy probably had more energy than both teams as they tipped it off in
the Key ODAC game.
The Maroons open with the three as Mike Henrich spots up at the top of the
key and sends it home as Roanoke maintained the lead.
Washington and Lee fights back as Walt Plyler uses the pump fake to free
himself getting the score and the foul.
Roanoke then gets it out on the break Nathan Hungate with the scoop pass to
Tom Dettloff who scores to keep the Maroons ahead.
The Maroons defense sets up this SUPER=33-Roanoke/74/Washington &
Lee/67/;easy basket as Brad Dunleavy picks off the pass and goes coast to
coast for the lay in and Roanoke wins it 74 to 67.
Virginia Tech's Eddie Lucas scored 20 but Xavier would hold on and beat the
Hokies 74 to 63 at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Atlantic 10 Network; :
Xavier head coach Skip Rosser knew his team would have a tough time with the
Hokies in Blacksburg.
Lenny Williams pulls up and hits this three pointer and the Musketeers would
trail the Hokies 10 to 8.
Tech's Jenis Grindstaff takes off to the hoop and scores the easy layup but
the Hokies trailed 39 to 32 at the half.
The Musketeers rallied in the second half James Posey takes it inside for
the layup to make it 46 to 39 Xavier.
But Rolan Roberts, who was in foul trouble for most of the game, Hits this
three pointer cutting the lead to 2, 46 to 44.
Xavier upped that lead to 6 with SUPER=33-Xavier/74/Virginia
Tech/63/;four straight points and the Musketeers hold on to beat the Hokies 74
Curtis Staples hit 9 three pointers but Georgia Tech was hot behind the line
in a 105 to 86 win over the Cavaliers.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/HTS; :
Jeff Jones giving instructions as the Cavaliers work the ball in the first
On this play Curtis Staples pulls up and hits the three pointer and the
Cavaliers trailed 27 to 22.
But the Yellow Jackets were smoking from behind the line T.J. Vines takes
his turn and nails this one and the Jackets led 58 to 35 at the half.
Virginia opened the second half with Staples hitting another three but the
Cavaliers trailed 70 to 49.
The Yellow jackets showed they could also work the boards Harpring with the
miss but Dion Glover follows with the slam for a 27 point lead.
Virginia made a 10 to nothing run SUPER=33-Georgia
Tech/105/Virginia/86/;at the 10 minute mark of the second half but Georgia
Tech holds on for the 105 to 86 win.
Joe Nemechek wins at Daytona. We'll have that in our next sports segment.
V-M-I shot only 28 per cent from the field in the second half and the
Keydets lose to Appalachian State 94 to 74.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/ABC SPORTS; :
The Band getting the party started in Chapel Hill this afternoon.
And Carolina's Antawn Jamison matched a career high with 36 points today as
top ranked North Carolina routed Maryland.
For all the college scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0098-j/Emory & Henry/97//Va. Wesleyan/82///j/Hamp.-Sydney/89//E.
SUPER=0098-j/Roanoke/74//W & L/67////VMI/74/j/Appalachian St./94///;
SUPER=0098-/VCU/70/j/JMU/88////N.C. Wilmington/54/j/William & Mary/61///;
SUPER=0098-/Norfolk St./63/j/N.C. State/81////Coastal
SUPER=0098-/East Carolina/61/j/ODU/66////C. Southern/70/j/Radford/83///;
SUPER=0098-j/Temple/68//Rhode Island#25/67///j/Duke#2/78//Wake Forest/47///;
SUPER=0098-/Arizona St./82/j/Arizona#3/83///j/Kansas#4/73//Kansas St./58///;
SUPER=0098-/New Mexico#11/80//Air Force/61/2//j/S. Carolina#15/76//Miss.
OUT Q=........last score.
And coming up, Joe Nemechek dominates the Busch race at Daytona a couple of
trades in the N-F-L.
And John Huston sets a record and takes the lead after three rounds of the
Sophomore Gray Hodges is one of three Franklin County Eagles playing
baseball at Virginia Tech.
Hodges started 34 games in centerfield for Tech as a freshman.
He was second on the team in stolen bases with 13.
Coaches say he has a great arm and has the speed to catch fly balls others
IN Q=my role on
((GRAY HODGES/TECH CENTERFIELDER: MY ROLE ON THE TEAM IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO
GET ON BASE, SCORE RUNS WREAK HAVOC ON THE BASE PATH AND TO PLAY GOOD DEFENSE.
I PLAY CENTERFIELD MOST OF THE TIME AND DEFENSE UP THE MIDDLE IS GOING TO BE
KEY TO OUR SUCCESS.))
SUPER=01-Gray Hodges/Tech Centerfielder;
OUT Q=to our success
John Huston set a new 54 hole record at the Hawaiian open yesterday
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/ABC SPORTS; :
Houston, who needs a win to regain his P-G-A card shot a six under par 66
for a 4 shot lead on the field.
He's at 22 under par the best ever three round total at the Hawaiian Open.
Meantime, Brian Barnes is the leader after two rounds of the G-T-E classic.
He shot a 1 over par 72 for a total of 135 7 under.
Billy King failed to pick up any ground yesterday he shot 77 and is 13 over
par near the end of the field.
And, that's a wrap from the News 7 Sports Department.
A couple of big trades in the N-F-L today.
The Indianapolis Colts traded quarterback Jim Harbaugh to Baltimore today
for two draft choices.
Harbaugh was a four year starter for the colts and he led the team to the
1995 A-F-C championship game. The Colts received Baltimore's third and fourth
round draft picks.
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN/WREG; And Pittsburgh Steeler tight end Yancey Thigpen is
moving on. The free agent has signed a five year deal with the Tennessee
Oilers. Terms of the contract were not released.
The Roanoke Express took its lead on the Northeast Division of the East
Coast Hockey league to Richmond tonight.
And the Express beats the Renegades tonight 6 to 5. Roanoke will travel to
Charlotte for a game with the Checkers tomorrow.
edit - 15:38:53
We end this Valentine's Day by introducing you to a Pittsburgh couple who've
made a living out of mending hearts--each in their own way.
She's a pychotherapist specializing in relationship counseling and he's a
And, they're going on 27 years of marriage.
Just how did they do it? They say it's the little things that count most.
IN Q=Phone calls during
((PHONE CALLS DURING THE DAY JUST TO SAY HOW ARE YOU, I LOVE YOU, MESSAGES THAT
ARE DELIVERED ON A DAILY BASIS--SAYING I LOVE YOU, I CARE ABOUT YOU, THAT'S THE
REAL ESSENCE OF BEING ROMANTIC ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mike Steinfeld
OUT Q=of being romantic
She prefers to write about romance by jotting down an occassional love poem.
He prefers to read up on it with books including "How to" romance guides.
They say the combination helps make for a special bond.
IN Q=She saw twinkles
((SHE SAW TWINKLES IN MY EYE AND IT'S A WAY OF KEEPING THAT TWINKLE. JUST DOING
LOTS OF THINGS THAT ARE NICE. THAT'S ANOTHER THING HE BOUGHT A PILLOW THAT'S ON
OUR BED THAT SAYS HAPPINESS IS BEING MARRIED TO YOUR BEST FRIEND))
OUT Q= your best friend
Dr. Beverly Steinfeld offers couples this last minute advice--though it's
hard juggling work and children don't forget to make time for each other.