Coming up on News 7-
No deal for the tobacco giants- we'll hear local reaction.
The community comes out to help a Roanoke woman whose home was destroyed by fire.
And this high school student is heading straight for the NBA.
Mike will have the story in sports.
News 7 is next. [Newsbreak]
The deal's off-
Big tobacco says no to the settlement made last year saying congress changed the terms.
How are local tobacco growers reacting? We'll find out.
Gerry Products is recalling the batteries for 86 thousand baby monitors- Clear Choice Model 618 because they can catch fire.
A Pulaski County family struck it rich in the lottery-
They'll receive 5-grand a month for life.
And a high school star Korleone (Kor-lee-own) Young-
is headed from Hargrave Military straight to the NBA.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[Tobacco]
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The Tobacco Deal goes up in Smoke.
Today RJ Reynolds announced the deal with 40 states is OFF-
The company says congressional meddling changed the deal- making it too tough on tobacco companies.
Lee Cowan has more.
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((STEVEN GOLDSTONE/CHIEF EXEC. OFFICER, RJ REYNOLDS:
Congress's proposal sponsored by Arizona Senator John McCain
called for tobacco companies to pay billions of dollars more than the original settlement reached last summer....without protectiong those same companies
from smoker's lawsuits in the future.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN/R-COMMERCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN:
R-J-R summed up the failure in one word.
GOLDSTONE: WHY DID THIS AGREEMENT FAIL...I HAVE ONE ANSWER MONEY!
As the tougher legislation progressed, other tobacco companies
besides RJR began grumbling the deal was unfair and threatened to pull out.
Already Brown and Williamson, Philip Morris and Lorrilard have joined RJ Reynolds in making good on that threat.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: I HOPE THAT RJR WILL RECONSIDE, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF OPTIONS LEFT THAT STILL HAVE TO BE EXPLORED.
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS: THEIR COOPERATION IS IMPORTANT BECUASE PART OF THE DEAL INCLUDES A RESTRICTION ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING. IF THEY'RE FORCED TO DO IT INSTEAD OF DOING IT VOLUNTARILY, IT COULD BE CHALLENGED AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND AGAIN
WE'D BE BACK TO SQUARE ONE. LEE COWAN CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Tobacco is a main-stay of the Southside economy.
And growers there aren't sure how to (----------------)
react to the latest news.
Glenn Nunn has already cut back on his farm's production.
He says he doesn't know what the solution will be to the tobacco settlement, but isn't surprised that Senator McCain's bill was rejected.
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Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode says this deal may be dead... but says there's still hope for some kind of national settlement with the big tobacco companies.
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The President says a tobacco settlement will get done with or without tobacoo companies approval.
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Yesterday, the Harrison Avenue home of a Roanoke woman was destroyed by fire. Today, part of her community came out to lend a helping hand.
David Johnson reports.
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(( Emma Jones and her 103-year old mother, Gertrude Jumper have begun piecing their lives back together.
The two have not given up, determined to focus on the positive.
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((EMMA JONES/FIRE VICTIM; WELL, ANYWAY, WE'RE THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE. THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT I'M GRATEFUL FOR. I MEAN YOU CAN ALWAYS GET MORE FURNITURE AND THINGS LIKE THAT.))
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The family is trying to salvage what they can.
Friends have come to their aid, offering gifts of food and clothing to get the family back on its feet.
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((GERTRUDE JUMPER/FIRE VICTIM; I CAN'T COUNT THEM, BUT I'VE HAD WHAT YOU CALL TWO GOOD FRIENDS. EACH ONE OF THEM GAVE ME TWENTY DOLLARS A PIECE. THAT'S MORE THAN I HAD. SO I CALL THAT A BLESSING.))
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And while "abandoned houses" appear to the the target in a recent string of house fires, people living in the community are worried about their safety.
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((SHANNON DAVIS/RESIDENT; SO I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR HOUSE. IF THEY KNOW WHO DID IT, THEY SHOULD SPEAK UP AND SAY WHO DID IT.))
((SHAQUINA DAVIS; Why are you scared? BECAUSE IT COULD HAPPEN TO US.))
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AND THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER HAS YET TO DETERMINE JUST HOW EXTENSIVE THE DAMAGE WAS. MRS. JONES AND MRS. JUMPER, WHO HAVE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE FOR THE PAST 30-YEARS SAY IF THEY CAN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. THEY'LL JUST HAVE TO PICK THEMSELVES UP AND START OVER. DAVID JOHNSON NEWS 7.))
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Gerry Baby Products is recalling the batteries on 86-thousand baby monitors because the rechargeable battery can cause a fire.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Gerry Products received one report of flames coming from the product called Clear Choice- model 618.
The flames came from the parents' unit. Officials say four calls
of smoke have been reported.
Consumers should replace the blue battery with a free black battery- You can call Gerry Baby Products at 1-800-273-3521 to get a free battery.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Seven days and counting until the dreaded tax deadline,
after almost 25 years behind bars... Frank DeWease is returning to Montgomery County to clear his name.
We'll have those stories and more when News 7 returns.
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A "potato chip can" rigged into a bomb tore off a prosecutor's hands in 19-73 in Montgomery County.
Now the man who went to prison for the crime is headed home.
Ellen Qualls spoke with Frank DeWease.
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((FRANK DEWEASE: EVERYBODY SHOULD FEAR ME. Why? CAUSE.))
He's served almost a quarter century in prison for a crime he still says he did NOT commit.
But Frank DeWease says if he gets revenge, it will take place only in the courts.
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((FRANK DEWEASE: IF YOU WAS TO ASK ME IF I'M BITTER, SURE I'M BITTER. I HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE BITTER. 24 YEARS OF MY LIFE WENT DOWN THE DRAIN. But you're not a threat. ONLY THREAT I AM IS TO GET THESE PEOPLE BACK IN COURT. THAT'S MY THREAT.))
DeWease originally served seven years for the murder of his wife.
Then-prosecutor Patrick Graybeal sent him to prison that time.
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((FRANK DEWEASE: I WAS IN FOR MURDER. Did you do that? WELL, I GUESS I DID.))
But the admitted killer says he not only didn't set a bomb for Graybeal-- he's spent years studying why he claims it was only possible for Graybeal himself to have set the bomb and accidentally exploded it.
He even brought a simulated bomb to our interview.
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((FRANK DEWEASE: IF YOU PICK THAT BOMB UP WITH ONE HAND, YOU'RE GONNA LOSE ONE HAND. SO TO EXPLAIN THAT, HE SAID THAT IT FELT HEAVY AND HE WAS CHANGING HANDS. WELL TO HAVE DONE THAT, IT WOULD HAVE EXPLODED WAY BEFORE IT EVER GOT TO THE OTHER HAND.))
But the acting prosecutor who tried the bombing case says there was other convincing evidence: testimony from jail inmates, DeWease's girlfriend at the time, and a phone book page in DeWease's possession that showed Graybeal's address.
((JOHN SPIERS JR./FORMER COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: THE EVIDENCE WAS SUFFICIENT, I WOULD NOT QUARREL WITH THE JURY'S VERDICT, IF I WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE JURY I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DECIDED THE SAME THING. ))
Spiers says he and his former staff are "concerned" about DeWease's pledge to return to Montgomery County.
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((FRANK DEWEASE: I'M NOT GOING TO STAY AWAY JUST BECAUSE I WAS WRONGLY CONVICTED. I KNOW WHEN I GO BACK I STAND A CHANCE OF GETTING SET UP AGAIN. BUT I'M GOING ANYWAY. You want to see Mr. Graybeal? YEAH I WANT HIM TO SEE ME EVERYDAY.
Why? SO HE CAN SEE WHAT HE DID TO ME.))
It is Graybeal who has the visible reminders of the explosion.
But he's unlikely to see DeWease any time soon.
He's just moved out-of-state.
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Former respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar says it was all a lie.
He tells the syndicated T-V show Extra and A-B-C's 20/20- that he made up his story about killing up to 50 [SUPER=0
terminally ill patients at a California hospital.
Saldivar says it was a suicide attempt- He wanted prosecutors to go for the death penalty.
Saldivar has not been charged- but an investigation is underway.
A former intensive-care nurse at Halifax Regional Hospital admitted to treating patients while under the influence of prescription medication.
Kimberly Elgin received a five-year suspended sentence for fraudulently obtaining morphine.
She was also put on two years' probation -- which will include random drug testing.[Ecstacy]
Four men may have thought they were selling the drug Ecstacy -- but the pills turned out to be cold medicine.
Nathan Beasley, Robert Erickson, Richard Gluth and (KI) Kai Safran were charged in February with distributing Ecstacy to Botetourt County and James Madison University.
Prosecutors say three of the men admitted to selling the pills for about twenty dollars each, but new lab tests showed the pills were actually cold medicine disguised as Ecstacy.
The men may face new felony charges of distributing an imitation drug, and their trials will be set this summer.
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Roanoke City school officials put their plans into motion this afternoon with the first drug dog search.
It took place on the outside grounds of Patrich Henry High School.
The perimeters of the buildings and random cars belonging to students and faculty were searched.
Administrators were glad to announce they came up empty-handed.
They say more searches are on the horizon after spring break.
P-H, William Fleming, the Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy and the Governor's School are all part of the pilot program.
The searches will be random and unannounced.
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One more week until tax day.
And as the countdown continues tax experts are stressing the importance of your social security number.
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((GERALD PADWE/AICPA VICE PRESIDENT OF TAXATION; MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RIGHT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR NUMBERS ON THE RETURN. IT'S VERY EASY TO TRANSPOSE DIGITS ON SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, BUT THAT'S THE WAY THE IRS ACCESSES YOU ACCOUNT AND IF THEY HAVE AN ACCOUNT FOR YOU UNDER SUCH AND SUCH A NUMBER AND IT'S NOT THE NUMBER YOU PUT ON YOUR RETURN THEN YOU'RE GOING TO GET A LETTER FROM THEM SAYING WHERE'S YOUR 1997 RETURN ALTHOUGH YOU KNOW YOU FILED IT.))
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The social security number of the filer is not the only key.
Dependant's social security numbers should also be double checked for accuracy.
Some local seniors keeping fit and having fun olympic style.
a Fairlawn couple won't have any trouble having fun, after a visit from Lady Luck.
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More than 46-hundred children are abducted each year--
Approximately 400 of them are never seen again.
Robert Stuber is a former police officer trying to curb these numbers.
His program, "Escape School" made a stop at Andrew Lewis Middle School this morning.
He taught students how to identify and avoid dangerous situations-- and led a few through mock kidnappings.
He says knowledge of the hard facts helps clear up misconceptions and get parents talking to their kids.
[IN Q=Child abduction]
((ROBERT STUBER/ESCAPE SCHOOL: CHILD ABDUCTION IS A SUBJECT THAT STRIKES A CHORD OF FEAR IN EVERY PARENT'S HEART AND I UNDERSTAND THAT BETTER THAN ANYONE, BUT WE CAN'T BE AFRAID OF IT. IF WE'RE AFRAID OF IT, WE PLAY RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF THE VERY PEOPLE WE WANT TO PROTECT OUR KIDS FROM.))
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[OUT Q=our kids from.]
Steve Pardon will have a more in-depth look at this story tomorrow on News-7 Mornin'.
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The future definitely includes dollar signs for one Pulaski County family.
Yesterday David Allen struck it rich when he bought a "Win for Life" lottery ticket at this Wilco Station in Fairlawn.
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((CHERYL VAUGHN/SALES CLERK:IT WAS A SHOCK, HE WAS JUST SO CALM ABOUT IT, HE'S LIKE, I WON "LIFE", I WAS LIKE, YEAH, RIGHT, IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD, AND I LOOKED AT IT, AND SURE ENOUGH IT WAS "LIFE". ))
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[OUT Q=was life.]
The scratch off ticket is worth five THOUSAND dollars a month for life.
But David, who's suffering from kidney failure, decided NOT to keep the ticket-- instead he gave it to his wife.
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((DAVID ALLEN: THEY SAID I HAD, LIKE TWO YEARS BEFORE I HAD TO GO ON A DIALYSIS MACHINE, AND I FIGURED SHE'D LAST LONGER AND THE KIDS. ))
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The Allens are planning a vacation to Dollywood.
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Southside hoopla leads the way tonight as the city of Danville celebrates its state basketball title, a Hargrave Military hoopster says he's headed straight to the NBA, Liberty gets a new head coach and Sam Snead gets better.
But first in tonight's Extra Point, a report out of The University of Texas' athletic department says that the school's search for a new basketball coach may soon include Dave Odom.
The Longhorns wanted to have thier new coach hired by today, but support for Odom is apparently strong enough to bring him in for an interview.
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The man considered by many to be the best high school player in the nation announced yesterday that he is giving up a chance to play college basketball to take a shot at the NBA.
Hargrave Military's Korleone Young, a six-eight and 220 pound forward who averaged 30 points and 13 rebounds a game this season made the announcement yesterday afternoon in Chatham.
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[OUT Q=...it from here."]
CNN and ESPN were on hand for the announcement, but the attention is nothing new for the Wichita Falls, Kansas native.
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Young is the 5th high schooler to jump directly to the NBA since 1995.
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Not far from Hargrave, the folks in Danville gathered last night to celebrate George Washington high school's second state basketball title in the past three seasons.
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The Eagles completed a once beaten championship year last month in NOrfolk by claiming the Group Three-A title.
Last night community members met to break bread and celebrate a very special season that was made possible through a lot of hard work.
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[OUT Q=...THE PROGRAM."]
After the eating, plenty of precious hardware was passed out to the players, coaches, and cheerleaders.
The Liberty Flames had their own celebration today as they introduced a University of West Virginia assistant to take over the school's men's basketball program.
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This morning Mel Hankinson, who has been in charge of recruiting, scouting and game preparation at WVU was introduced to the university community.
He inherits a team that won 11 games and lost 17 last season, and understands what he's up against.
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[OUT Q=...with everybody."]
Hankinson has experience coaching at a Christian school. He spent some time at the Master's College plus, back in the mid 70's he also coached at Roanoke College.
He replaces interim head coach Randy Dunton, who was denied in his effort to get the head coaching job on a fulltime basis.
Less than ideal conditions played havoc with yesterday's scheduled practice rounds at Augusta National.
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In fact, the rains have been so heavy in the past 12 hours that tournament officials have decided to postpone the start of today's opening round from 8am to 9am to give the course a chance to dry out.
One player who did take a shot today was David Duval.
And watch what he does on the par 3 second hole.
The one hopper hits the bottom of the cup.
By the way thunderstorms are in the forecast today, as well.
Another Masters' tradition will be in tact tomorrow as Sam Snead gets the doctors OK to tee off tomorrow morning.
And a couple of high school stars from Sam's hometown make a name for themselves today by inking scholarship papers.
It is tradition at Augusta for the the old veteran living champions from the early days of the tournament to begin the day with a short round.
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Hot Springs native Sam Snead, who was hospitalized Monday in Augusta with stroke like symptoms will be there this morning after getting released from the hospital yesterday afternoon.
Snead has been a part of the Masters every year since 1937.
Nurses at the Augusta hospital where he was admitted Monday say his problems were caused by fatigue and not any kind of neurological disorder.
Last Fall he was inducted into the new Bath County athletic hall of fame.
Bath County's most famous resident certainly would have been proud of a couple of current athletes at the Hot Springs high school.
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Katie Hardbarger, the talented all-district and all-Region C basketball star signed papers to continue her college education and hoop career at James Madison.
While wrestler Levi Fish picked up a $64 thousand dollar scholarship. He will attend Wentworth Military Academy before moving on to Central Missouri State to pursue a law degree.
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Both students are involved in extra curricular activities and carry grad point averages above 91.
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And finally tonight... our video of the day is out of Christiansburg, (----------------)
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where the "Senior Olympics" is providing people with exercise and a chance to make new friends.
The regional competition starts next month.
Those who take part can choose from a variety of activities ranging from basketball to billiards.
This morning-- a group of seniors from the New River Valley met for a practice session.
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((WILLIS WEBB:AS WE GET OLDER WE DO LOSE OUR MUSCLE TONE, THIS GIVES US A CHANCE TO KEEP MUSCLE TONE AND KEEP ACTIVE AND YOU FEEL BETTER.
AMIEL WILLIAMS:IT GETS US OUT AND MOTIVATES US, OTHERWISE, WE'D BE A COUCH POTATO, SO THIS GIVES US SOME RELIEF HERE. ))
[OUT Q=relief here.]
You must register by April 20th to take part in the regional competition which will be held in May.
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