The murder of a doctor who performed abortions focuses the spotlight on a man who championed the opposition's cause
Also coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The political season features a Congressional candidate and a drink referendum.
Tonight in sports, we'll have the latest from Charlottesville on Anthony Poindexter's condition.
The Redskins change quarterbacsk again.
And VMI's Aaron Mitchell wins Southern Conference freshmen of the week honors.
Nature puts on another dry display for southwest Virginia and cranked up a big hurricane in the Caribbean. The latest details along with the Monday WeatherSchool are coming up.
The murder of an abortion doctor in upstate New York has fanned the embers of the abortion debate across the country... AND right here in central and southwest Virginia.
One of the most visible participants is also a familiar face to many central Virginians.. Steve Smallshaw is here with that.
Keith, the Reverend Flip Benham has appeared on numerous national talkshows today, giving his take on the murder of Doctor Barnett Slepian.
Benham calls Slepian's killing a "tragedy", but says the only way to prevent another is to outlaw abortion.
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(( After years as a target of anti- abortion crusaders, Dr. Barnett Slepian became their victim Saturday.
Even as Slepian was laid to rest today, his murder has sparked new debate over the issue of abortion.
Operation Rescue director Flip Benham.. who was jailed in Lynchburg for trespassing during an anti- abortion rally.. blames a legal system that punishes people like himself while allowing vigilantes like Slepian's killer to operate.
Benham's supporters agree.
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((REV. RICHARD KNODEL/BENHAM SUPPORTER: GOD SAYS IN GENESIS THAT WHEN WE SHED MENS BLOOD, BY MENS BLOOD OUR OWN BLOOD SHALL BE SHED. NOW THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE IS BY THE COURTS OF THE LAND, BUT IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY THE COURTS ARE PUTTING INNOCENT PEOPLE IN JAIL AND ACTIVELY ENCOURAGING INDUSTRIES LIKE THE ABORTION INDUSTRY.))
[OUT Q=abortion industry.]
Meanwhile, local Planned Parenthood offices are warning their doctors and stepping up security.
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((DAVID NOVA/PLANNED PARENTHOOD: BUT ONE THING WE WILL NOT DO, NONE OF THE CHANGES THAT WE'RE MAKING HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ABANDONING WOMEN WHO ARE SEEKING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE FROM US HERE IN ROANOKE OR ANYWHERE.))
[OUT Q=Roanoke or anywhere.]))
Nova would "not" say whether any local doctors have stopped performing abortions because of any perceived risk or threat.
As we said earlier Benham is a familiar face in these parts.. and he may be back next month for a rally on the one- year anniversary of his arrest outside E.C. Glass High School. Keith?
It'll be a while before we know what killed the man who died in Roanoke Police custody over the weekend.
The local chapter of the S-C-L-C issued a statement, expressing "outrage" over the incident, calling for a federal investigation.
In the course of a traffic stop Friday night, police arrested Derek Glenn Poindexter for possession of crack cocaine.
An officer thought Poindexter was hiding more crack in his mouth, so he sprayed Poindexter with pepper spray.
The man collapsed and died.
The medical examiner says he needs a toxicology report to determine the cause of death. That generally takes six w
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Blinding morning sun may be to blame for a deadly accident this morning in Halifax County.
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It happened on Route-603 in Nathalie.
A school bus had stopped to load children-- when a Corvette rounded the corner and slammed into the back of the bus.
The driver of the Corvette, 42-year old Harry Edward Ray, was killed instantly.
State Police believe Ray might not have seen bus because of the bright sun.
None of the 18-children on the bus or the bus driver was seriously hurt.
Roanoke College has received the largest gift in the school's 157-year history, but the present is conditional.
A Pennsylvania family has donated five-million dollars to the Salem school. Here's the catch .. the college is required to match the gift through fund-raisers by December 2001.
All of the money will go towards improving the Sutton Student center, which is presently being renovated.
The Roanoke Regional Homebuilders say they're trying to avoid another controversy like the one over Home Depot. They're taking aim at Roanoke County planners.
The Homebuilders Association is unhappy with the County's Comprehensive Plan, a document that will guide growth and development during the next ten to fifteen years.
Builders say the plan does not make adequate provisions for economic development.
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((STEVE STRAUSS/ROANOKE REGIONAL HOMEBUILDERS: AND WE DON'T THINK THE TIME AND EFFORT AND THE EXPERTISE HAS BEEN PUT INTO IT THAT'S NEEDED.))
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But county officials say the plan has been in the works for four years, based in part on an economic development strategy that has been in place for ten.
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((JANET SCHEID/SENIOR PLANNER: THERE'S BEEN AN ABUNDANCE OF CITIZEN INPUT. AND THERE'S A LOT OF CITIZENS OUT THERE THAT HAVE SPENT THE LAST FOUR YEARS WORKING ON THIS PLAN WHO WANT TO SEE IT ADOPTED NOW.))
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[OUT Q=to see it adopted now.]
The supervisors will consider the comprehensive plan at a public hearing Tuesday night.[Minority-Health]
Black Virginians live, on average, six years less than white Virginians.
That's just one disturbing statistic Virginia lawmakers will hear next month.
And it was unveiled as part of a national teleconference with U-S Surgeon General David Satcher today.
For every one hundred thousand Virginians, 128 whites die of heart disease.
187 blacks die.
Breast cancer is an equal opportunity disease.
But twice as many black women in Virginia are letting it get past the untreatable stage and actually dying from it.
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((ROBERT BOLLING/VIRGINIA MINORITY HEALTH DIRECTOR: WE THINK IT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT IN EDUCATING BLACK WOMEN TO BE SCREENED EARLY, WHETHER IT'S GETTING MAMMOGRAMS, GOING TO YOUR PHYSICIAN, GETTING IT CHECKED, DOING SELF BREAST EXAMINATIONS.))
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[OUT Q=breast examinations.]
Blacks make up about 19- percent of Virginia's population.
But in 1997, blacks comprised 71- percent of all new AIDS cases in the state.
Lawmakers get the full report November 17th.
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Voters in two places in our part of the state get ready to decide whether to allow the sale of mixed drinks. We'll visit one of them in a few minutes.
And just ahead on NEWS 7, the record and the hopes of David Bowers, a mayor who would like to move up to the nation's capitol.
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A team of law enforcement officers -- including a Democrat -- says it will vote for Republican Bob Goodlatte for Congress.
Sheriffs from the city of Salem plus Bedford and Botetourt counties say they like Bob Goodlatte's tough policies on drugs, school violence and theft.
They say he gives them grant money without interfering in their jobs.
Even Sheriff Reed Kelly, a Democrat, supports Goodlatte.
[IN Q=It's been]
((SHERIFF REED KELLY/BOTETOURT CO.: IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I'VE SEEN A RACE THIS CLEAR, AS FAR AS WHO WILL BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND WHO WILL REPRESENT OUR DISTRICT THE BEST.))
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The Virginia Police Benevolent Association is also backing Goodlatte for the first time.
In 1996 the group supported Goodlatte's opponent.
But this year members say Goodlatte's answered a list of questions more effectively than his challenger, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers.
Bowers was in meetings all afternoon and could not be reached for comment.[Bowers]
YOU'LL get to decided a week from tomorrow.
We'll spend the next four days displaying snapshots of the local congressional candidates.
Tina Tenret talked with the Democratic challenger in the sixth district.
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Mayor David Bowers calls the Roanoke Valley -- a million dollar view.
But he'd rather check out the scene in Washington, from a seat in the U-S Congress.
He's hoping the Democratic ticket will take him there.
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((DAVID BOWERS/(D) CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I THINK THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AS THE CONGRESS MEETS IN JANUARY IN WASHINGTON IS TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY. AFTER THAT I'M IN FAVOR OF TARGETED MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS. I'M GOING TO SUPPORT CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. I'M GOING TO BE VERY PROACTIVE WITH REGARDS TO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. I MEAN LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL PART OF VIRGINIA WE HAVE.))
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Bowers says his opponent, Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, has veered too far right.
He says voters want a change -- and that's why this Democrat thinks he can lead a mostly Republican district.
[IN Q=You know]
((BOWERS: YOU KNOW I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE POLARIZATION OF OUR NATIONAL POLITICS. EVERYTHING'S EITHER DICTATED BY THE LIBERAL LEFTS OR THE FAR RIGHT CONSERVATIVES. WHO STANDS UP FOR THOSE OF US IN THE MIDDLE? WHO STANDS UP FOR MODERATES? WHO SEES SOME VALUE IN DEMOCRATS AND SOME VALUE IN REPUBLICANS?))
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Bowers is used to bridging gaps.
He calls himself the tourism mayor.
Under his watch, the Hotel Roanoke was restored, and minor-league hockey skated into the Roanoke Civic Center.
He also takes credit for the quality of inner-city schools and public safety.
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((I'M GOING TO SEND YOU A CHECK. DAVID BOWERS: OH BOY YOU MADE MY DAY.))
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The promise of money sounds sweet to Bowers, an attorney.
At last count he had only 52-thousand-dollars to spend.
Goodlatte has about fourteen times that much.
So Bowers is banking on the power of personality.
He began his campaign in tiny Monterey at midnight and has been pumping the flesh ever since.
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But is this underdog really pining for the year 2000 congressional election?
Could this year be a practice run to build name recognition?
Bowers says he's in it to win.
[IN Q=We're going to see]
((WE'RE GOING TO SEE A HARRY TRUMAN UPSET. THE PRESS, THE PUNDITS, THE POLLS ALL SAID HARRY TRUMAN WASN'T GOING TO WIN. BUT THE PEOPLE KNEW BETTER.))
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((I'M RUNNING FOR MY LIFE. I AM RUNNING FOR MY LIFE. AND I'M RUNNING FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN. AND I BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO WIN THIS ELECTION.))
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Bowers has one week to make you too believe.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.
A mixed day on Wall Street.
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There's only one place to buy liquor by the drink in Giles County .. high atop the resort made famous by the movie, Dirty Dancing.
But Mountain Lake could get some company next week if voters in nearby Pearisburg approve a mixed drink referendum.
Teresa Hamilton tells us what's behind the vote.
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Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on Pearisburg's newest Italian restaurant, La Terraza.
Owner Nino Ceritano says a number of residents have indicated they'd like him to offer mixed drinks.
[IN Q=This is ]
((NINO CERITANO/RESTAURANT OWNER:THIS IS FOR SOMEONE WHO ENJOYS FINE DINING, TO GET A DRINK WITH THEIR MEAL. ))
[OUT Q=with their meal.]
Ceritano hired Pearisburg attorney Richard Chidester to get the issue on the ballot.
Chidester says despite what some may think-- there's little chance the restaurant would encourage heavy drinking.
[IN Q=The ]
((RICHARD CHIDESTER/PEARISBURG ATTORNEY:THE COST OF THOSE THINGS IS NOT GOING TO JUSTIFY A PERSON GOING IN AND GETTING DRUNK THERE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SPEND FOUR OR FIVE DOLLARS ON A DRINK IF YOU'RE GOING TO GET DRUNK YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO THE ABC STORE. ))
[OUT Q=abc store.]
[IN Q=Research shows]
((DR. WAYNE BRACKENRICH/MIXED DRINK OPPONENT: RESEARCH SHOWS THAT, YOU KNOW, JUST ONE DRINK OF ALCOHOL IMPAIRS YOU, IMPAIRS YOU VISION, IT IMPAIRS YOUR THINKING.))
[OUT Q=your thinking.]
Dr. Wayne Brackenrich is a Giles County physician.
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((DR. WAYNE BRACKENRICH/MIXED DRINK OPPONENT: WHEN I HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND PRONOUNCE, LIKE I HAD TO DO NOT TO LONG AGO, A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN, AND A MAN AND HER YOUNG DAUGHTER ALL DEAD IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AS A RESULT OF A DRUNK DRIVE ACCIDENT, IT REALLY CHANGES YOUR WHOLE ASPECT OF THIS SUBJECT. ))
[OUT Q=this subject.]
Indeed Brackenrich feels so strongly, he and the Giles County Christian Coalition took out an ad in the local paper listing the negative aspects of alcohol.
[IN Q=48- percent]
((48- PERCENT OF ALL MURDERS OR ATTEMPTED MURDERS HAVE ALCOHOL ON BOARD, 86-PERCENT OF ALL SUICIDES INVOLVE ALCOHOL. ))
[OUT Q=involve alcohol.]
Voters in Pearisburg have a week to decide which way they'll vote.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Giles Co.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Redskins change quarterbacks, again!
Mike Piazza is almost the $100 million dollar man.
Former UVa soccer coach Bruce Arena has a new job,
and Steve Mason will have the latest on Anthony Poindexter and his banged up knee.
He underwent an MRI exam on the knee earlier today.
The rest of the school's athletic programs are finally getting back to normal.
This afternoon coaches and other personnel were finally allowed to get back in their offices at University Hall.
The building has been closed since August 12th due to structural problems.
20 teams and 50 employees were dislaced, but even the women's basketball team got back on the arena's main floor today.
Yesterday former UVa soccer guru Bruce Arena and his DC United players were denied thier third straight Major League Soccer title.
But tomorrow Arena will become the new coach of the American national team. He will lead the US to the 2002 World Cup.
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VMI hit a new low on Saturday losing to Morehead State, but don't blame freshman quarterback Aaron Mitchell.
He was named freshman of the week in the Southern Conference today after passing for 266 yards and three TDs. It's his second honor this year.
The Washington Redskins are making another change at quarterback this week.
Sonny Jurgensen, Sammy Baugh and Billy Kilmer all had something to do, so Norv Turner is going back to Trent Green this week and putting Gus Frerotte back on the bench.
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The Skins were off yesterday but they still suffered key injury as Dana Stubblefield injured his right knee while walking down some steps at his home.
He sat out today's practice but may play on Sunday against the Giants.
Week eight in the NFL closes out tonight with the Steelers taking on the Chiefs in Kansas City.
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Yesterday a record alo
most as unbreakable as the Roger Maris homer run mark was tied in Denver as Jason Elam drilled a 63 yard field goal tying the all-time record that was set by Tom Dempsey of the Saints 28 years ago.
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And if you want to go ahead and make some of your weekend football plans where in the schedule coming up on WDBJ. Georgia battles Florida on Saturday at three.
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And then Sunday the Tennessee Oilers travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers at one, right after the NFL today.
If you need a loan, how about dropping the Mets Mike Piazza a line.
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This afternoon the Mets signed the all-star catcher to a seven year $91 million dollar contract.
That is an average of $13 million a season.
As part of the deal he will get a hotel suite to himself on all road games and use of a luxury box for all home games.
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Salem City Council will discuss the future of part of the Elizabethe campus tonight.
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Eric Earnhart is at the site with a preview.
Keith, there is a public hearing tonight on the proposed sale of five acres for an assisted-living center.
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[OUT Q="...city of Salem.]
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