NEWS 7 at SIX is just two minutes away
...with Johnnie Cochran- -of O-J Simpson fame- -in Bluefield, WEST Virginia.
A live report will explain what that's about.
And the tortuous process of narrowing down the candidates for state song- -from more than 300 to one.
Tonight in sports, we'll check the pulse of the Hokies three days after the Temple tumble.
Big Mac upstages the world series, again.
And we'll see what's up in Martinsville as the state double-a golf event winds down at the Forest Park country club.
Brilliant blue skies outside today, as a batch of Canadian dry air makes an appearance.
The really chilly stuff waits until tomorrow night to arrive.
All the details are coming up. [Bluefield-Beating]
The attorney known world-wide for defending O.J. SImpson took his first crack at the Bluefield, West Virginia police department today.
Johnny Cochran plans to sue on behalf of a man paralyzed from the neck down during a confrontation last month with officers.
Teresa Hamilton just returned from Charleston, West Virginia and she's in our Blacksburg newsroom.
What's the word, Teresa?
Johnnie Cochran says this case is about more than money-- because money could NEVER give Robbie Ellison his life back as he knew it back.
But he says he can do something about what he perceives as a pattern of brutality within the Bluefield police department.
[IN Q=If there's]
[SUPER=01-Johnnie Cochran/Ellison's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=03-Charleston, WV; :07]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Ellison/Robbie's Uncle; :15]
[SUPER=03-Bluefield, WV/File Tape; :33]
[OUT Q=to happen.]
[IN Q=If there's]
((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/ELLISON'S ATTORNEY:IF THERE'S ANYTHING WE WANT TO DO IT'S TO MAKE SURE WHAT HAPPENED TO ROBBIE ELLISON WAS NOT IN VAIN. ))
[OUT Q=in vain.]
Johnnie Cochran says he decided to get involved after he was contacted by the young man's family members still trying to deal with their grief.
((BOBBY ELLISON/ROBBIE'S UNCLE:HE'S WANTED TO DIE, HE HAS A NEWBORN CHILD HE'S NEVER HELD AND HE NEVER WILL. ))
[OUT Q=never will.]
Cochran wants the highest ranking federal officials to investigate this case and others.
He's especially critical of an internal investigation by the Bluefield P-D that recently cleared the officers of any wrong doing.
((IT'S EXACTLY THE SITUATION WHERE THE FOX IS GUARDING THE HEN'S HOUSE, WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT THEM TO DO.))
[OUT Q=them to do.]
Ellison says his neck was broken when he was slammed against the trunk of a car and then knocked to the ground.
However, police say Ellison's injury occurred when one of the officers fell on top of Ellison while trying to bring him under control.
[IN Q=It's ]
((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/ELLISON'S ATTORNEY:IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO SUFFER A TRANSECTION OF YOUR SPINAL CHORD AT C4 AND C5 MERELY FALLING TO THE GROUND, I THINK YOU'LL FIND IT TAKES A GREAT AMOUNT OF FORCE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. ))
[OUT Q=that to happen.]
Cochran says it the case goes to trial he will be in court.
He plans to sue for at least seven million dollars.
(Does Cochran believe race was a factor?)[Tech-Dancer]
More charges in that exotic dancer case at Virginia Tech.
University police charged 20 year old Ryan Worch with grand larceny this morning.
He's already among several Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity members accused of holding a dancer and her boyfriend against their will, unless she performed a strip tease.
Now Worch is charged with taking 325 dollars from the boyfriend's pocket, after the woman refused to strip.
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the city of Lynchburg stemming from last year's anti- abortion protest at E.C. Glass High School.
John Reyes (RAY-iss) was charged with violating the city's parade ordinance when he helped organize the rally last November.
Reyes argued the ordinance was unconstitutional, but since he was never convicted, Judge Norman Moon dismissed his lawsuit.
Reyes is still appealing a six- month jail term he received for trespassing.
State officials were back in Campbell County today, trying to track down the possible source of P-C-B contamination in the Staunton River.
Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality used electro- shock methods to gather a new sample of fish for testing.
The sampling is a follow- up to a 1993 study that showed fish caught near Altavista and Brookneal had alarmingly high levels of the carcinogen P-C-B.
Residents were warned not to eat more than 16 ounces of fish per month.
[IN Q=They're doing additional]
((SHELTON MILES/FRIENDS OF THE STAUNTON RIVER: THEY'RE DOING ADDITIONAL TESTING, THESE FISH WILL BE SENT TO THE LAB AND WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT EVERY SPECIES THAT THEY NEED IS COLLECTED AT EVERY STATION, SO WE CAN DETERMINE IF PCB CONTAMINATION IS STILL A PROBLEM AND ALSO SO WE CAN BEGIN TO TRACK THE SOURCE AND BEING TO THINK ABOUT REMEDIATION.))
[SUPER=01-Shelton Miles/Friends of the Staunton River; :00]
[OUT Q=think about remediation.]
Miles says residents are still angry they were never told of the problem until four years AFTER the first study was finished.
Henry County has found a way to save more than 700-thousand dollars a year.
The Public Service Authority is turning over operation of its waste water treatment plants to a private company.
Severn Trent Environmental Services-- based in Houston Texas-- has a five year contract with the county that begins December 1.
One way the company plans to cut costs is by cutting about a dozen jobs.
Henry County says if without privatization, customers would see a rate increase.
We retired "Carry Me Back To Old Virginia."
Now a state song selection committee is working its way through 339 new possibilities.
That's 17 hours on tape-- with the words "mountains," "beaches," and "history" ever-present.
Today, the committee narrowed the list to the 50 favorites of each member.
[SOT TAPE 3 15;13:04]
[IN Q=If it's]
((ROBERT HODGE: IF IT'S BECOMING A POPULARITY CONTEST, I MIGHT WANT TO BUY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF STAMPS AND LET THESE PEOPLE SEND THEIR LETTERS TO YOU.))09
[SOT TAPE 3 15:29:22]
((I'M JUST AMAZED TO HEAR ABOUT LETTERS BEING SENT IN TO VOTE FOR A SONG. BECAUSE AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, THEY'RE AN UNINFORMED ELECTORATE.))09
[SOT TAPE 3 13:52:57]
((WHAT HAPPENS TO THE 338 LOSERS?))
[SUPER=01-Robert Hodge/Songwriter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Margaret Ann Holt/Songwriter; :10]
[OUT Q=338 losers?]
The committee expects to get to some number "like 10 songs" early next year.
That list would probably be debated until the General Assembly's 2000 session.
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Scores of Hot rods roar through the Roanoke Valley today. Still ahead, we'll tell you what's going on.
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We still don't know why it happened, but the damage caused by a fire at Community Hospital is fixed.
Eric ad libs...
[roll cue: "...back where they belong."]
[IN Q=nobody likes]
[SUPER=01-Lin Young/Pediatric Services Director; :08]
[SUPER=01-Carolyn Wade/Mother; :31]
[OUT Q=a good job]
Nobody likes to move, especially when you're sick, but fortunately, not many patients had to be relocated.
[IN Q=we experience]
((LIN YOUNG/PEDIATRIC SERVICES DIRECTOR; WE EXPERIENCE IN PEDIATRICS, A CENSUS LEVEL THAT FLUCTUATES, SOME DAYS WE'LL HAVE 19, MOST DAYS WE ONLY HAVE 9 OR 10, TODAYS VERY UNUSUAL IN THAT WE ONLY HAVE ONE PATIENT))
[OUT Q=have one patient]
The dozen children who had to be evacuated when the fire broke out have since been transferred or released, so the one small patient now in the unit recieved plenty of attention during the move... his mother was delighted.
[IN Q=I think they]
((CAROLYN WADE/MOTHER; I THINK THEY HANDLED IT WELL, THEY'RE TAKING GOOD CARE OF HIM, I'M PLEASED WITH THEM TAKING CARE OF HIM, THEY'RE DOING A GOOD JOB. ))
[OUT Q=doing a good job]
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Two Virginia men were killed in a three-vehicle wreck in North Carolina.
It happened yesterday in a construction zone on Route 220 north of Stoneville.
Johnnie Shelton of Martinsville and Richard Merriman of Patrick Springs were killed when their car was hit head-on by a tractor trailer.
The first three months of 1999 state tax revenues are running higher than the official estimate.
Thirteen percent higher.
But even with such a healthy bottom line-- the fate of a proposed food tax cut is still greatly in doubt.
So today, a House committee debated exactly which foods should even be in line for a tax cut.
[IN Q=You know]
((YOU KNOW YOU CAN GET PACKAGES OF THOSE... IF YOU BOUGHT A PACKAGE OF KLONDIKES WOULD THAT BE TAXED OR NOT?))
[SUPER=01-Del. Jack Reid/(R) Henrico;]
[OUT Q=or not?]
Lawmakers debated whether Snapple is a soft drink and Twinkies are food.
They were urged to think of the:
[IN Q=Minimum wage]
((MINIMUM WAGE LABORER SITTING THERE TRYING TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT YOUR INTENTION IS AND WHAT IT ISN'T.))
[SUPER=01-Jo Kittner/Virginia Retail Merchants;]
[OUT Q=it isn't.]
The tax cut itself will be fodder for the 1999 General Assembly.
The Wall Street Journal calls political pundit Larry Sabato "the most quoted college professor in the land."
So when six Virginia Governors and some United States Senators get together tonight to "roast" him in Richmond-- they've got a lot of material to work with.
Like this on Doug Wilder:
[IN Q=He's not]
((HE'S NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/U.Va. Political Analyst;]
[OUT Q=prime time.]
And on tonight's host, Governor Jim Gilmore:
((GILMORE'S VERY LIKELY NOT TO EXCITE THE VOTERS.))
[OUT Q=the voters.]
All revenge aside, the Sabato Roast is a fundraiser for his new cause: a non-partisan center to get average citizens involved in improving American politics.
We'll have more on NEWS 7 at ELEVEN.[Stocks]
A mixed day on Wall Street.
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The Dow rose almost 40 points to climb above 85-hundred, but many other averages, including NASDAQ, were down.
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Plans for a new elementary school in Botetourt County are moving forward, apparently without opposition.
The school will take up 25 acres in the Greenfield industrial complex.
County officials today agreed to borrow seven and a half million dollars for the school.
Construction is due to start around March.
Now classrooms are crowded, some have almost 30 students.
Botetourt County has already spent seven million dollars on the Greenfield project, clearing space for several hi-tech industries, a historic area and hiking trails.
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Tomorrow, Botetourt County starts more construction.
A new telecommunications tower will go up next to a tower on Route 606.
It will allow rescue workers to use a more advanced radio system and should speed up 9-1-1 response time.
The tower is supposed to be ready next month.
County officials are also using the tower to settle a lawuit from Ohio State Cellular -- letting the cellphone company lease a spot on the new tower for a thousand dollars a month.
"Hot Rod Magazine" came to life on Interestate 81 today, as it rolled its East Coast Tour through Southwest Virginia.
David Johnson caught up with the owners of some vintage automobiles.
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[SUPER=01-Missy Fletcher/Hot Rod Magazine; :12]
[SUPER=01-"Wild Bill"/Power Tour Driver; :37]
Motorists driving down interstate-81 may have thought they were in the middle of a car show.
Actually, car enthusiasts from around the country were taking their street machines for an annual drive.
[IN Q=ABOUT FOUR YEARS]
((MISSY FLETCHER/HOT ROD MAGAZINE; ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO THEY HAD SO MANY READERS WHO CHALLENGED THE EDITORS. THEY SAID, "YOU BUILD THESE CARS, BUT DO THEY REALLY TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY". SO THE EDITOR SAID, "YEAH, WE'LL SHOW YOU".))
[OUT Q=WE'LL SHOW YOU.]
The tour started on the west coast in 1994.
This year marks the first year for an east coast tour, but Fletcher says there's been a much better response on this side of the country.
Drivers have found the scenic views and hospitality through Southwest Virginia especially enjoyable.
[IN Q=CERTAINLY COMING]
((WILD BILL; CERTAINLY COMING DOWN THROUGH THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY, WE HIT IT AT PEAK FOLIAGE TIME, THE CRUISE THROUGH HAS JUST BEEN FANTASTIC.))
[OUT Q=BEEN FANTASTIC.]
[IN Q=THE LEAVES CHANGING]
((FLETCHER; THE LEAVES CHANGING. WE'VE GOT BEAUTIFUL WEATHER. IT'S JUST GORGEOUS. AND THE PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY. WE'VE GOT PEOPLE LINING UP AT THE OVERPASSES WAVING AT US AND HONKING. IT'S JUST BEEN BEAUTIFUL.))
[OUT Q=BEEN BEAUTIFUL.]
Fletcher says choosing I-81 as one of the east coast route did not happen by mistake.
[IN Q=WE SENT OUT]
((FLETCHER; WE SENT OUT A SCOUTING CREW AND THEY PICKED OUT THE PRETTIEST LOCATIONS. AND THE HISTORY OF THE EAST COAST, AND 81 AND VIRGINIA. AND THAT'S WHERE WE ENDED UP.))
[OUT Q=WE ENDED UP.]
The group is making a 19-hundred trek from Fitchburg, Massachuttes to St. Petersburg, Florida in nine days.
The tour started last Saturday and wraps up this Sunday.
David Johnson, News7.[Sports Tease]
Coming your way tonight in sports, an update on the state double-a golf event in Martinsville.
A local author has cranked out yet another top selling sports book.
And after getting hit in the temple by a bunch of Owls, the Hokies are in hurry to regroup for their tri to Bama this weekend.
The William Byrd Terriers and Martinsville Bulldogs came up a little short in their attempt to win this year's State Group Two-A golf title.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/Group AA Golf; :00]
The defending state champion Terriers of Byrd played well today, but ended up in third place.
Host Martinsville did an excellent job at the Forest Park Country Club, the Bulldogs' home course, but the Ville comes up two strokes short.
Sherando hangs on to the first round lead and wins the title by two shots over Martinsville.
Michael Wray of Martinsville will be the top local finisher.
Botetourt's Ryan Greer finished 5th.
15th ranked Virginia Tech spent part of their weekly media day lunchean feasting on the things that SHOULD of happened against Temple. Steve Mason says the 5 and 1 Hokies appear hungrier for this weekend date with the UAB.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :13]
[SUPER=01-Tim Schnecker/Virginia Tech Center; :48]
[SUPER=01-Chris Cyrus/Virginia Tech Defensive End; 1:15]
[SUPER=04-November 1st, 1997; 1:27]
[OUT Q=...new 7 sports"]
So far the world series has been the least watched of any series in history.
Tonight it shifts to San Diego with the Yanks leading 2 games to none.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/Worldwide Pants; :00]
Last night David Letterman and slugger Mark McGwire closed off 53rd steet and put some life into the postseason with a little impromtu homerun derby.
McGwire hit the third itch from Letterman from Midtown Manhattan to downtown Manhattan.
[super=04-This Afternoon; :00]
Today, McGwire stayed an extra day in the Big Apple and received a huge $25 thousand dollar diamond ring from Harry Winston. The ring is platinum and gold.
If the Chicago Bulls' dynasty does not return in one piece this season, you can find out some of the reasons why Da Bulls are anything but one big happy family.
Roanoke resident Roland Lazenby, a native of Wytheville, has written over 35 sports books and his latest is drawing rave reviews.
"Blood on the Horns" is a behins the scenes look at just bad the riff between general manager Jerry Krause and the team was and still is.
This bok is already in its third printing and available at all major book stores.
The Washington Redskins are off to their worst start since 1961, and the only good thing you can say about the team this week, is that it doesn't play!
Here's a good indication of just how bad things have gotten in DCTERMS.
Check out this editorial cartoon. With the Capital in the background, two congressmen apparently talking politics say "It's ugly, it's embarrassing and everyone's sick of it! It's time for him to go!"
But then the other quickly chimes in- "I agree, but is it legal for us to impeach the Redskins coach?"
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No Skisn this Sunday, but we have a doubleheader coming up for you. The Patriots and Dolphins play at one and the Jags take on the Broncos at 4.
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The future of an area state mental hospital is up for debate tonight.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean]
Jean Jadhon has more from our newsroom.
This summer, a consultant hired by Governor Gilmore said the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute is inefficent, and should be closed.
Now Virginia's Department of Mental Health has drawn up three different options for the hospital.
One involves closing it.
The other two involve reducing services, bed space and staff.
Tonight, there's a hearing on these three plans-- and the public will be able to offer suggestions.
[Double Box=Keith & Jean/Full]
We'll have the story for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
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