The tobacco deal is dead.
We've got reaction from the heart of tobacco-growing country.
And the man convicted of setting the bomb that blew up on a Montgomery County prosecutor is out of prison and headed home with a mission- -to determine who booby-trapped the potato chip can that cost Pat Graybeal his hands.
Tonight in sports, the Express gets ready to open its series with the Admirals, Sam Snead is feeling much better, Liberty has a new men's basketball coach,
and it's been a rewarding day in Hot Springs for two Bath County student athletes who inked scholarship papers
Severe Thunderstorms are invading the old dominion from the south.
A Stormy night is on tap for most of us.
Details coming up.[Tobacco-Deal]
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R. J. Reynolds fired the opening shot today, and now other major cigarette manufacturers are lining up in opposition to the proposed tobacco settlement.
In their deal with the states, the tobacco companies agreed to pay about 370 billion dollars in exchange for immunity from lawsuits.
But the bill now working its way through Congress raises the cost and reduces the company's protection.
[IN Q=The extraordinary settlement]
((STEVEN GOLDSTONE/RJR NABISCO CEO: THE EXTRAORDINARY SETTLEMENT REACHED ON JUNE 20TH THAT COULD HAVE SET THE NATION ON A DRAMATICALLY NEW AND CONSTRUCTIVE DIRECTION IS DEAD.))
((I THINK THEY OUGHT TO COME BACK TO THE TABLE AND THEY OUGHT TO WORK WITH US, BUT WHETHER THEY DO OR NOT, I AM DETERMINED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THE CONGRESS IS GOING TO HAVE A FAVORABLE REACTION TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Steven Goldstone/RJR Nabisco CEO;]
[OUT Q=to the announcement today.]
The Senator pushing the current legislation says the companies can afford the cost.
Arizona Republican John McCain says Congress will proceed with or without their cooperation.[React-Tobacco]
If the tobacco settlement is dead, now what?
[Double boxes=Keith and Christy/Danville Bureau]
Christy Hubley joins us from our Danville bureau with reaction from Southside tobacco producers.
[LIVE=Christy Full/Danville Bureau]
Keith, people I talked to today who make a living in the tobacco industry say they're not suprised to hear R-J-R Nabisco call the deal dead.
They say the bill-- drafted by Senator McCain-- asked for too much and gave too little.
Now it's just more wait and see.
[SUPER=01-Todd Haymore/Dimon Inc.;]
[SUPER=01-Glenn Nunn/Tobacco Grower;]
[OUT Q=hammer somethjing out]
(( Dimon Incorporated is in the business of buying and selling tobacco.
The company says bad faith negotiating put the national settlement in jeopardy.
[IN Q=Everybody agreed to the settlement]
[OUT Q=lost control of it.]
Growers like Glenn Nunn say there's so much uncertainty in the future of tobacco, he's cutting back.
[IN Q=I'm just spending]
[OUT Q=growing tobacco.]
Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode says this tobacco deal may be dead... but there's still hope an agreement can be reached with the cooperation of all parties involved.
[IN Q=it's in deep trouble]
[OUT Q=hammer out something]))
[LIVE=Christy Full/Danville Bureau]
[Double Boxes=Keith and Christy/Danville Bureau][DeWease]
The man convicted 24 years ago of a revenge-motivated bombing is out of prison and headed home soon to Montgomery County.
Ellen Qualls re-introduces us to Frank DeWease.
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[SUPER=01-John Spiers, Jr./Former Commonwealth's Attorney; 1:39]
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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.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[PH-Search]
After weeks of preparation, Roanoke City School leaders put their newest weapon against drugs on the job.
The first drug dog search took place this afternoon at Patrick Henry High School.
Officials were not surprised by what they found.
[IN Q=We found no]
((ANNIE HARMON/STUDENT SERVICES-ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR; WE FOUND NO DRUGS. I WANT TO MAKE THAT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT WE FOUND ABSOLUTELY NO DRUGS ON THAT CAMPUS.))
[SUPER=01-Annie Harmon/Student Services;]
[OUT Q=THAT CAMPUS.]
The search took place on the outside grounds-- perimeters of the buildings and cars in the parking lot.
Patrick Henry principal Elizabeth Lee says the procedure went smoothly.
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((ELIZABETH LEE/PATRICK HENRY PRINCIPAL; AS I MOVED ABOUT CAMPUS, STUDENTS SEEMED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND THEY WERE VERY RESPONSIBLE. THEY JUST SORT OF MOVED TO THE AREA THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO BE AND JUST OBSERVED WITH CURIOSITY.))
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Lee/Patrick Henry Principal;]
[OUT Q=WITH CURIOSITY.]
The searches are random and unannounced.
More will be conducted at P-H, William Fleming, the Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy and the Governor's School when the students return from spring break.
A Spanish teacher is suing the Roanoke County School system for 200-thousand dollars.
Sofia Poskocil claims the county discriminated against her when it failed to hire her, based on her national origin. She's from Colombia.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission quotes witnesses who say the foreign language supervisor at Northside High School stated that "anyone who teaches Spanish 'here' should have English as her first language." Poskocil speaks fluent English, with a distinct accent.
The E-E-O-C rejects 90-percent of the civil rights claims it reviews, but granted Poskocil the right to sue in THIS
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Roanoke authorities are on the lookout for an arsonist.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Six.
And age makes little difference in these olympics.
We'll talk to some folks from the New River Valley who are pumping up for the Senior Olympics.
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Someone is setting fire to abandoned houses in Northwest Roanoke.
The latest in a string of suspicous fires flared up on Harrison Avenue last night.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Microwave]
Eric Earnhart is there with details...
Keith, while the targets are "abandoned houses" last night's fire spread, and two elderly women escaped with their lives, and little else.
(rollcue: and little else)
[SUPER=01-Gertrude Jumper/Fire Victim; :14]
[SUPER=01-Marlan Morris/Assistant Fire Marshal; :51]
[SUPER=03-Trina Quarles/Neighbor; 1:03]
[OUT Q=Down this street]
(( 103 year old Gertrude Jumper had to move fast when she saw the flames next door through her bedroom window, flames that quickly spread to her house.
12 hours later, she wasn't sure quite what to do.
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((GERTRUDE JUMPER/FIRE VICTIM; NO NO, DON'T KNOW A THING, I'M JUST STANDING HERE AND I'M TO SORRY OR LAZY TO GO AND SEE WHAT'S WHAT.))
[OUT Q=see what's what]
The fire destroyed the abandoned house next door, and the fire heavily damaged the house where Jumper and her daughter live.
[IN Q=we aint got]
((GERTRUDE JUMPER/FIRE VICTIM; WE AIN'T GOT MUCH BUT MAYBE WE CAN GET THE DISHES AND COOKING UTENSILS AND WASH THEM UP AND USE SOME OF THEM.))
[OUT Q=some of them]
Friends and the Area Agency on Aging are making sure they have a place to stay, while investigators try to keep this from happening again.
[IN Q=we've had a number]
((MARLAN MORRIS/ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHAL; WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF SUSPICOUS FIRES IN THIS AREA AND WE'RE REAL CONCERNED ABOUT THAT, WE'RE WORKING VIGOROUSLY TO TRY AND DETERMINE THE CAUSES AND WHO MAY BE INVOLVED. ))
[OUT Q=may be involved]
Neighbors are worried about what might burn next.
[IN Q=yea I'm scared]
((TRINA QUARLES/NEIGHBOR; YEA I'M SCARED IT COULD BE THE SCHOOL THAT CATCHES ON FIRE AND I LIVE THERE, I DON'T WANT MY PLACE CATCHING ON FIRE, I THINK THE POLICE SHOULD RUN A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION CAUSE THEY'RE GOING FOR THE ABANDONED HOUSES SO THEY NEED TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY MORE ABANDONED HOUSES ON DOWN THIS STREET. ))
[OUT Q=down this street]))
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Microwave]
A man in Lynchburg lost HIS home in a fire this afternoon.
The fire broke out just after three, in the 700 block of Cabel (CAB-ill) Street downtown.
The owner, Fred Calloway, wasn't home when the fire started.
Authorities believe it began in the basement, where Calloway works on gas engines.
No one was hurt.
Wall Street's slide following Monday's record close continued today. The Dow
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lost 65-points, closing at 88-hundred- 91.
NASDAQ gained seven- and- a- half points.
You might think competition is synonymous with the Olympics.
But that's not the case if you're involved in the "Senior Olympics".
The program emphasizes fellowship over competition.
No one knows this better than this group from the New River Valley.
This morning, they got together at the Christiansburg Recreation center to practice for next month's regional competition.
There are a number of categories to choose from: ranging from basketball to billiards.
[IN Q=You don't]
((CATHERINE MCKENZIE:YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE JOCKS AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE WITH COACHES AND PEOPLE WHO REALLY FELL LIKE THEY JUST HAVE TO BE THE TOPS, WE ALL HAVE A GREAT TIME.
SHOCKEY PRICE:I'VE BEEN IN IT FOR 15 YEARS AND I'M LEGALLY BLIND BUT I DO PRETTY GOOD IN IT. ))
[SUPER=07-Catherine McKenzie; :00]
[SUPER=07-Shockey Price; :10]
[OUT Q=in it.]
ANYONE interested in taking part in the regional competition needs to register by April 20th.
Coming up tonight in sports, Sam Snead is on the mend in Augusta, two Bath County athletes ink scholarship papers this afternoon.
And Liberty University named Mel Hankinson a former coach at Roanoke College and most recently West Virginia as its new head basketball coach.
We begin tonight with some encouraging news from Augusta, Georgia the site of the Masters, which begins play tomorrow morning.
[SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/Last Year; ]
Hot Springs native Sam Snead, who was hospitalized yesterday in Augusta with stroke like symptoms was released from the hospital this afternoon.
And his doctors say the 85 year old golfing legend can take part in tomorrow morning's ceremonial Master's opening.
Snead has been a part of the Masters every year since 1937.
Nurses says 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.
The Liberty Flames went across the state line and picked up a University of West Virginia assistant to take over the school's men's basketball program.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Morning; :00]
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, but he hopes to remedy that by using an innovative motion offense he developed with two NBA coaches
[SUPER=01-Mel Hankinson/New Liberty Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...STYLE OF PLAY."]
Many of you may remember that Hankinson coached Roanoke Collegeback in the mid-70's.\
He replaces interim head coach Randy Dunton, who was denied in his effort to get the head coaching job on a fulltime basis.
It's also been a big day in Bath where two of the County high school finest inked scholarship papers.
[SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00]
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.
[IN Q=A LOT OF PEOPLE...]
[SUPER=01-Katie Hardbarger/Signs With JMU; :00]
[super=01-Levi Fish/Gets $64 Thousand Scholarship; :15]
[OUT Q=...WHERE I AM]
Both students are involved in extra curricular activities and carry grad point averages above 91.
The Univeristy of Virginia didn't get Ronlad Curry, but today the team nabbed two pretty good players to serve as captains for the upcoming season.
Anthony Poindexter, the rising senior safety from Jefferson Forest high school will serve as the defensive captain. He is considered one of the top defenders in the nation.
And quarterback Aaron Brooks was voted the team's offensive captain by his teammates.
The rising senior led the ACC in passing last season.
The Cavs open their season September 3rd at Auburn.
The Roanoke Express has crossed the first hurdle in their way as they attempt to capture the Kelly Cup by beating The Huntington Blizzard in the opening series of the play offs.
The Express plowed the Blizzard in West Virginia, Monday night by a score of three-to-two, to win the series.
With the absence of high profile players like Chris Cantu, who's gone home to take care of family business, the team needs the less talked about players to step up their play.
Rick Schuhwerk has answered the call with one goal and two assists during that series.
[IN Q=coach moved up]
((RICK SCHUHWERK/EXPRESS FORWARD: COACH MOVED ME UP TO FORWARD THREE MONTHS AGO. I'M JUST TRYING TO DO MY BEST, PLAYING WITH JEREMY SCHAFFER AND JEFF LODER--WE'RE CLICKING TOGETHER REALLY WE'LL AND WE'RE JUST TRYING TO GET IT IN THE NET.
FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS COACH: CERTAINLY WHEN YOU CAN PUT GUYS LIKE SCHAFFER AND SCHUNWERK AND IF THEY GIVE YOU QUALITY MINUTES AND SCORE AN OCCASIONAL GOAL FOR YOU, YOU WIN GAMES AND RIGHT NOW SCHUHWERK AND SCHAFFER ARE DOING THAT.))
[Super=01-Rick Schuhwerk/Express Forward; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Coach; :16]
[OUT Q=are doing that]
The team started its preparation for Hampton Roads with a workout at the Y.
The puck drops in the Round House Thursday night at 7-05 for game one.
The second game of the series is also at the Round House Saturday at 7-30.
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