Execution tonight for a man who killed and raped in Pittsylvania County.
A new store opens in Roanoke.
Can a breastfeeding baby really starve? Doctors respond to tonight's Chicago Hope.
And the food police attack soda.
News 7 is next.
[SUPER=#4064; News 7 at Eleven Headline Banner]
The man responsible for Pittsylvania County's most violent criminal spree has been put to death.
[GRAPHIC=Va. Death Penalty]
Ronald Lee Fitzgerald asked for no clemency from the governor, and died by lethal injection tonight.
[take pinnacle map full]
Ellen Qualls is at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt,
and has the latest on tonight's execution.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: this execution.)
[IN Q=Virginia's newest]
[SUPER=01-Robert Neville/Death Penalty Advocate; :25]
[super=01-Larry Traylor/Virginia Dept. of Corrections; :31]
[super=01-Brent Epperson/Media Witness; :43]
[super=01-Amy McLaughlin/Media Witness; :54]
[super=02-David Damico/Fitzgerald's Attorney; 1:22]
( ad lib)
Home Depot opened it's doors tonight... but it wasn't your ordinary ribbon cutting... they used a chain saw.
((nat sound of chain saw))
The store also marked the occasion with a 5-thousand dollar donation to Habitat for Humanity.
They were making money as well... even though Home Depot doesn't officially open to the public until tomorrow morning, the cash registers were running, and many customers were in a buying mood.
The big question now is, will there be ANOTHER Home Depot grand opening in Roanoke County?
Eric Earnhart is in the Newsroom to tell us how this new store could play a part in that controversy.
Jean, grand openings happen all the time, but this one is unique, because of who was there, who wasn't, and what's at stake.
[IN Q=This store is more]
[SUPER=01-Denise Knight/Employee; :08-QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Tony Brown/Operations Vice President; :23]
[SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/Vinton Supervisor; :47]
[OUT Q=in that area]
((This store is more than wood and high tech hardware for former grocery store cashier Denise Knight, it's a future.
((DENISE KNIGHT/EMPLOYEE; IT'S BETTER OPPORTUNITIES, CAREER, I'M READY TO GO TO THE TOP.))
[OUT Q=to the top]
She has good reason to aim high... Home Depot Operations Vice President Tony Brown is a Roanoke Native, and William Fleming High School alumnus who couldn't wait to come home.
[IN Q=we knew that]
((TONY BROWN/OPERATIONS VICE PRESIDENT; WE KNEW THAT ROANOKE WAS READY FOR THIS TYPE STORE, WE WANTED TO BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY, WE THOUGHT THAT ROANOKE WAS THE TYPE OF CITY WE WANTED TO GO TO.))
[OUT Q=to go to]
But does Roanoke County want Home Depot to come back... to Cave Spring?
Some County residents are still seething over that re-zoning vote... Local government officials were conspicuous in their absence tonight... Supervisor Harry Nickens was one of the exceptions.
[IN Q=I'm here to]
((HARRY NICKENS/VINTON SUPERVISOR; I'M HERE TO JUST SEE HOW HOME DEPOT DEALS WITH OPENING NEW STORES; ))
[OUT Q=new stores]
Nickens was publically thanked for his support during the opening ceremonies.
With home Depot's high profile and deep pockets, we asked if it's opponents can expect a fair fight.
[IN Q=I don't think]
((HARRY NICKENS/VINTON SUPERVISOR; I DON'T THINK THERE'S A FIGHT, I THINK THERE'S A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION, AND I BELIEVE ULTIMALY WE WILL SEE, IF HOME DEPOT GOES INTO CAVE SPRINGS, A VERY POSITIVE RECEPTION FOR HOME DEPOT IN THAT AREA.))
[OUT Q=in that area]
Home Depot officials believe THIS store is the key to making that happen... They say Cave Spring site opponents are welcome to visit.
[SOT 00:57:28 ]
[IN Q=we feel that]
((TONY BROWN/OPERATION VICE PRESIDENT; WE FEEL THAT ONCE THE COMMUNITY SEES WHATS HAPPENING IN THIS STORE, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO WANT A HOME DEPOT OVER IN THAT AREA.))
[OUT Q=in that area]))
[tape=net-F;from 98-31, 6/15, 1:33:00]
A guilty plea today from a 15-year-old charged in a Richmond school shooting that wounded a teacher and teacher's aide.
As part of the plea agreement, Quinshawn Booker will live in a home for troubled boys until he finishes its program.
He will also be on probation until he turns 21.
Booker could spend up to 25 years in prison IF he gets in any more trouble with the law.
The high school teacher wounded in the June shooting says he supports the agreement.
A Roanoke man who's about to go to trial for the May 1997 Ironto rest stop slaying will probably try to get his case continued.
Livingston "Bud" Pritchett is charged with the robbery and shooting death of (ESS-Tuhl) Estel Singleton.
Pritchett is being represented by court appointed attorneys.
Family members say the lawyers have suggested that Pritchett plead guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence.
They think it's part of a conspiracy to convict an innocent man.
[IN Q=THAT'S FROM THE]
((MARTIA PRITCHETT/PRITCHETT'S SISTER; THAT'S FROM THE DETECTIVE TO THE POLICEMEN THAT WAS ON THE SCENE AT THAT TIME, AS WELL AS THE JUDGE, THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, AND THE DEFENSE. THEY ALL WORKED TOGETHER I BELIEVE.))
[SUPER=01-Martia Pritchett/Pritchett's Sister;]
[OUT Q=I BELIEVE.]
Pritchett's attorneys would not confirm or deny whether they have recommended a plea agreement, saying only that they are doing what is in their client's best interest.
The family is seeking help from the Roanoke chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the national N-double-A-C-P and the American Civil Liberties Union.
SCLC officials say Pritchett will tell Judge Ray Grubbs he is dissatisfied with his attorneys in hopes of getting the case continued.
The family plans to replace his legal team.
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace Talks]
Israel has now dropped its threat to walk out of the Mideast Peace Summit.
The talks will go on for at least another day.
Israeli President Benjamin Netanayhau issued a statement saying that Israel wishes to achieve an agreement and hopes there is similar desire on the Palestinians' side.
Israeli officials earlier had warned if there wasn't progress in the talks they would leave during the night.
At issue now is Palestinian security guarantees in the West Bank.
[Music Up FULL]
[In Q=President Clinton]
[super=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;]
[SUPER=01-Marianne Manilov/Commercial Free Ed. Advocate;]
[SUPER=01-Michael Jacobson/CSPI; 10]
[SUPER=01-Brian Sansoni/Grocery Manufacturers Assn.]
President Clinton signed a 520 billion dollar spending package- that passed the Senate earlier today.
But even though the bill passed, many lawmakers complained they never had the chance to read it- IT was congerssional leaders that agreed on the bill with the White House.
The plan covers health, education foreign aid and justice programs.
Some complain it also includes too much for studies on grasshopper research and development of caffeinated chewing gum.
[wipe wipe wipe]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]
The bill does include money for some local projects-
250 thousand dollars has been approved for construction of a Blue Ridge Parkway Interpretive Center.
The center will go up at Explore Park.
It'll provide information to visitors on the Roanoke River Gorge, natural resources and history.
[wipe wipe wipe]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]
((SODA POP IS THE QUINTESENTIAL JUNK FOOD. IT'S CANDY IN A CAN.))
[OUT Q=IN A CAN.]
The Food Police are cracking down on soda-
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says Americans drink too much-
It accuses companies of using predatory marketing aimed at young people.
[IN Q=making money]
((MAKING MONEY OFF OF SODA SALES IN SCHOOLS IS WRONG.. IT'S WRONG TO SELL COKE AND PEPSI TO STUDENTS FOR CASH.))
((20 YEARS AGO TEEN DRANK TWICE AS MUCH MILK AS SODA NOW TEEN ARE DRINKING TWICE AS MUCH SODA AS MILK.))
[OUT Q=AS MUCH AS MILK.]
Members of the Grocery manufacturers Association say it's just another assault on foods Americans enjoy.
(( IF IT'S NOT PASTA OR POPCORN OR CHINESE FOOD OR MEXICAN FOOD IT'S SOMETHING ELSE.))
[OUT Q=something else.]))
[Fade music UP]
[Out Q=something else.]
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still to come -- if you're in need of a flu shot -- your options are limited in Southwest Virginia.
Some breast-feeding advocates are angry over tonight's episode of "Chicago Hope".
The story coming up.
[IN Q="We'll kick...]
[OUT Q=...in sports."]
((What's up Jean! This is Mike Stevens with a hoop heavy sporstcast tonight as the Hokies get ready for a new season. UVa is looking for a few good men to walk-on.
Lady Hokie Sarah Hicks is done for the year, and Steve Mason will be here with Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Hope you can join us later in sports.))
Central Virginia residents were rousted from their beds --
[take pinnacle page]
by an earthquake that hit the Buckingham County area early this morning.
The quake hit just before two, shaking houses and rattling dishes for about thirty seconds.
Most residents didn't know what happened until the next morning.
[IN Q=At first I]
((BILL MOSS/BUCKINGHAM CO. RESIDENT: AT FIRST I REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A PLANE CRASH. I GOT UP AND WE LOOKED OUT, IT WAS JUST NOTHING LIKE I HAD EVER HEARD BEFORE, IT WAS JUST REALLY ROUGH. YOU COULD HEAR THE GLASS IN THE HOUSE JUST MOVING AND TO WAKE UP AT TWO O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING TO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IT WAS KIND OF SCARY.))
((JOE JAMERSON/BUCKINGHAM CO. RESIDENT: I HEARD THIS LOUD NOISE AND THE BUILDING KINDA SHOOK. I THOUGHT SOMEBODY HAD RUN INTO THE BUILDING AT FIRST. I GOT UP AND LOOKED AROUND AND DIDN'T SEE ANY DAMAGE SO I FIGURED I WAS DREAMING AND I WENT ON BACK TO SLEEP.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Moss/Buckingham Co. Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Jamerson/Buckingham Co. Resident; :21]
[OUT Q=back to sleep.]
Buckingham authorities say they fielded about seventy calls from worried residents, but there were "no" reports of injuries or serious damage.
For information on other Virginia earthquakes, you can visit the WebWatch section of our W-D-B-J-7 website on the internet.
If you're putting of getting your flu shot -- it's already too late at some sites around the Roanoke Valley.
Due to delays in receiving the flu vaccine from one manufacturer, Carilion Health Systems is canceling its public flu shot clinics planned for the rest of October and November.
Lewis-Gale Hospital officials also say they run out of the vaccines at some local health fairs.
The shots are still available at the Health Departments and check with your doctor's office to schedule your shot no
w through December.[breast-feeding]
Breast-Feeding advocates are NOT happy with the tonights episode of Chicago Hope.
((THE ROSS CHILD DIED OF HEART FAILURE SECONDARY TO DEHYDRATION WHICH WOULD SEEM TO INDICATE STARVATION.))
[SUPER=04-Chicago Hope-20th Century Fox;]
In the CBS Drama, a baby who is breast-fed dies of dehydration.
Doctors say the show could send out the wrong message.
[IN Q=iT'S EXTREMELY RARE]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Michelle Lasker/Neonatologist]
((SOT: DR. MICHELLE LASKER/NEONATOLOGIST/MT. SINAI HOSPITAL, NY
IT'S EXTREMELY RARE FOR ANY BABY TO HAVE COMPLICATIONS FROM
BREASTFEEDING. IN FACT, WE RECOMMEND THAT ALL MOTHERS BREASTFEED THEIR
INFANTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.))
[OUT Q=whenever possible.]
The condition depicted in Chicago Hope is called "Low Milk Syndrome".
Doctors say the symptoms are easy to recognize.
[in-q=the more you]
((LASKER: THE MORE YOU BREASTFEED, THE MORE THE MILK IS
PRODUCED SO THAT'S KEY TO SUCCESSFUL BREASTFEEDING. IN ADDITION, WE
TELL MOTHERS TO LOOK FOR THE AMOUNT OF WET PAMPERS A BABY HAS. A BABY
SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST SIX WET PAMPERS PER DAY.))
CBS responded saying it's odd that those concerned about the show did NOT ask to see a script or tape of the episode before complaining.
When News 7 at 11 returns --
It's a battle for the customer's dollar among three major retailers in the area.
But can they all survive?
[SUPER=137-0 6 1/3 2 2 0/1 3 5 24 30/6 9 20 25 34 35/2 1 6 5 5 3]
(zero, six, one)
(three, two, two, zero)
(one, three, five, twenty-four, thirty)
(six, nine, twenty, twenty-five, thirty-four, thirty-five)
(two, one, six, five, five, three)
(Copyright 1998 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Now that Target's open, Roanoke has three major discount retailers.
And at least one expert says that's one too many.
Stores like Target are popular because you can buy just about anything under one roof.
But now that Roanoke has three big retailers -- Target, Walmart and Big-K, Richmond analyst Ken Gassman predicts one store won't make it.
[SOT 13 57 30]
[IN Q=what happens]
((KEN GASSMAN/RETAIL ANALYST: WHAT HAPPENS IS, IN A MARKET WHAT YOU OFTEN SEE IS, WHEN YOU HAVE THREE RETAILERS BATTLE IT OUT, THERE ARE TWO SURVIVORS AND ONE LOSER.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Retail Analyst;]
[OUT Q=one loser]
Gassman would NOT say which store he thinks is going to close.
He did say that no matter how popular big stores get, there will always be a place for small specialty stores.
[SUPER=330-Cloudy/Passing Sprinkles/42-44/Cloudy Early/And Breezy/52-54;]
[SUPER=333-Cloudy With/Showers/35-40/Cloudy And/Breezy/44-46;]
[SUPER=334-Rain & Possible/Snow Mix/34-36/Cloudy/Wind NW-20/40-44;]
Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, who is now 17 is suing for independence from her parents.
The petite tumbler says her parents have used up all her money and controlled her life. She ran away from home and filed the suit asking to be treated as a legal adult.
She didn't, however mention, that her parents got her a Mercedes 230 and recently let her trade it in for a convertible Mustang Cobra on her 17th birthday.
(ad lib bye)[S-Series]
The New York Yankees have wrapped up their 24th world title!
Last night they beat the Padres _3__ to _0_ to sweep the series four games to none.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA/Fox-MLB; :00]
Mark McGwire threw out the first pitch tonight to get game four started. He gave that ball back, but later snagged this one on a foul that was hit by Chuck Knoblauch.
The Yanks got the game winning run in the 6th on
[SUPER=35-New York/3/San Diego/0 ;]
this high bouncing fielder's choice by Bernie Williams that allows Derek Jeter to score from third.
New York wins __3__ to _0__.
After opening the season with two wins in it first three games, the Roanoke Express is off this week.
Head coach Scott Gordon is still plenty busy.
Yesterday he shook up the roster a bit by signing two rookies in Ben Schust and Dru Burgess.
Schust was released last week by the Baton Rouge Kingfish while Burgess was cut by the New Orleans Brass last week.
If you've ever dreamed of playing basketball at UVa, you need to hurry up and enroll.
Pete Gillen is looking for four or five walk-ons to compliment his roster.
The first round of tryouts were held last night.
[IN Q="We want good...]
((PETE GILLEN/UVA HEAD BASKETBALL COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Head Basketball Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...young men."]
Virginia Tech is getting ready for what it hopes will be a much better season than last year was for the team.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/1997-98 Season; :00]
Tech was 10 and 17 last year.
And despite the departure of some key players like guard Jenis Grindstaff, The Hokies return four players who started at one point last year.
[IN Q="i think]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Second Year Va. Tech Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...be our key"]
Seven players off this year's team spent a good part of the summer in Blacksburg, going to summer school and playing pick-up games.
[SUPER=01-Brendan Dunlop/Va. Tech Point Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andre Ray/Va. Tech Forward; :09]
[OUT Q=...help this ball team"]
[wipe to eng#]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Tuesday; :00]
From the Tech women's court, former Lord Botetourt standout and Hokie sophomore guard Sarah Hicks will miss the entire 1998-99 season due to an injured shoulder sustained during preseason workouts.
Hicks is scheduled to undergo surgery next week and will receive a medical redshirt. Sarah underwent the same surgery on her left shoulder at the end of last season.
Hicks played in 25 games as a freshman on a team that won the A-10 tournament and made it to the NCAA tournament.
(ad lib bye)[Sports Tease]
Still to come, Steve Mason is back in the house
testing his knowledge and his shooting prowess in relation to three pointers.
[GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops weekly]
In this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly we finally force Steve Mason to toe the line.
Actually, he has his toes behind the line.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Tracey Driscoll/Salem Head Coach; :24]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Pound/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; :55]
[SUPER=03-New Castle; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-John Looney/Craig Co. Head Coach; 1:30]
[OUT Q=See ya next time"]
((Blacksburg three point assasin Casey Beamer, whom is making over 30 percent of her three point attempts, is finding her name at the top of most apposing Blue Ridge teams hits lists.
Lord Botetourt has tripled it's number of three point tries from last season. In one game this year, the Lady Cavaliers attempted 14 trifectas and in another contest, made seven.
Parry McCluer's Nicki Barger is near the top of the Pioneer District three point category, making about 36 percent of her attempts.
Craig County is tied with the Lady Fighting Blues for the district lead at 4 and 1, 7 and 5 overall, not so much beca
use the Lady Rockets use the three pointer but because they work on defending it.)) [Close-ID]
(Weekday 6 only)
SUPER=x4032; e-mail/Most Watched/Copyright/WEEKDAYS
SUPER=x4033; Fax/Most Watched/Copyright/WEEKDAYS
(Weekend 6 only)