[IN Q=it's an effort]
((DAVID GREENBERG/PHILIP MORRIS: IT'S AN EFFORT TO OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATIONS ... TO BE POSITIVE ... TO LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS... ))
[OUT Q=FOR SOLUTIONS ...]
It's a website that says something Philip Morris has never said before:
Cigarettes ARE addictive and can be bad for you.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
It's not news to anyone in the medical community.
But this IS the first time Philip Morris has acknowledged cigarettes are addictive -- and they can cause life-threatening diseases.
Philip Morris made the statement on a new website.
It says there's "overwhelming" evidence that smoking is bad.
Philip Morris doesn't go so far as to say it agrees with the evidence ...
But says it's posting the information in an effort to be a better corporate citizen.
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[IN Q=the website]
((DAVID GREENBERG/PHILIP MORRIS VICE PRESIDENT: THE WEBSITE IS VERY CLEAR AND STANDS ON ITS OWN. IT'S OUR WEBSITE, THOSE ARE OUR STATEMENTS, WE CHOSE TO PUT THEM ON THERE. I THINK THEY COMMUNICATE A CLEAR AND CONSISTENT MESSAGE AND I DON'T THINK ANYONE WHO LOOKS AT THE SITE WILL BE CONFUSED.))
[SUPER=01-David Greenberg/Philip Morris VP;]
[OUT Q=will be confused]
President Clinton said the acknowledgment comes "far too late" ... but he said this is a good day for the cause of public health.
With Philip Morris' headquarters in Richmond and tobacco farms all over Southside Virginia, it's no surprise that the company's announcement is making waves there.
Marya Jones has response from the health and tobacco communities there.
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[SUPER=04-Philip Morris File Video;]
[SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Warehouse Owner;]
[SUPER=01-David Sartin/Tobacco Farmer;]
[SUPER=01-T. Y. Mason/Warehouse Manager;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. David O. Lewis/Public Health Advocate;]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Danville.]
((The company that sells the most cigarettes in the world is now offering smokers tips on how to quit.
It's right there in the website. Along with the acknowledgement that nicotine is addictive and smoking isn't safe.
[SOT 2:26:49 - :52]
((HARRY LEA: IT DID OBVIOUSLY COME AS A LARGE SURPRISE TO MOST OF US.))
But if the move was a surprise to Danville's tobacco community, the speculation was that it wasn't necessarily a bad one.
[SOT 2:27:27 - :28]
((HARRY LEA: I THINK IT'S A SMART THING TO DO.))
[SOT 2:22:28 - :35]
((DAVID SARTIN: MAYBE TRYING TO MAKE A LAST-DITCH STAND WITH THE GOVERNMENT. HOPEFULLY THEY'LL BACK OFF OF THEM.))
And many said they were glad the company finally cleared the air.
[SOT 2:24:58 - 2:24:58]
((T. Y. MASON/WAREHOUSE MANAGER: THEY'RE COMING FORWARD TELLING PEOPLE IT COULD BE HARMFUL TO THEIR HEALTH. SAME THING THEY'VE BEEN WRITING ON A PACK OF CIGARETTES ALL THE TIME. BUT EVIDENTLY, YOU'VE GOT TO SAY IT A LITTLE LOUDER, INSTEAD OF WRITING IT ON A PACK OF CIGARETTES.))
But Martinsville public health advocate, Doctor David Lewis, calls Philip Morris' website ... and it's new 100-million dollar advertising campaign .... a "smokescreen."
[SOT 2:31:33 - :41]
((DR. DAVID O. LEWIS/PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE: WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS SORT OF A DESPERATE, SHAMELESS MOVE ON THE PART OF PHILIP MORRIS TO IMPROVE THEIR IMAGE. AND THEY NEED TO DESPERATELY FOR LEGAL REASONS.))
And he says that when the company acknowledged that nicotine is addictive, it may have opened up the door to government regulation.
[sot 2:35:43 - :47]
((THE F-D-A MUST REGULATE, BY LAW, ANY PRODUCT THAT IS ADDICTIVE.))
((MARYA JONES/NEWS 7: PHILIP MORRIS HAS SAID IT'S JUST USING THE WEBSITE AND COMMERCIALS TO TRY AND START A DIALOGUE. BUT WHAT IT MAY HAVE SPARKED IS A WHOLE NEW DEBATE. MJN7, DANVILLE.))
A Bedford County man could spend up to eight years in prison for running what police say was a major drug operation in Big Island.
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./April 9th]
36- year- old Anthony Farmer was one of 25 people arrested last April as part of "Operation Zero Tolerance".
Police say Farmer was selling L-S-D, cocaine and marijuana from his video store and from a daycare center his wife operated.
Farmer and three other defendants pleaded guilty to a variety of drug charges today.
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[IN Q=All of these]
((DIRK PADGETT/BEDFORD CO. PROSECUTOR: ALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WERE REPRESENTED BY COMPETENT COUNSEL, SOME OF THEM RAISED LEGAL CHALLENGES, DUE PROCESS RIGHTS, ALL OF THEM WENT DOWN IN FLAMES. THE STRENGTH OF THESE CASES WAS SO STRONG THAT NONE OF THEM WANTED TO FACE A BEDFORD COUNTY JURY.))
[SUPER=01-Dirk Padgett/Bedford Co. Prosecutor; :00]
[OUT Q=Bedford County jury.]
Farmer's wife, Monica, and their son also will likely plead guilty to drug charges in two weeks.
Realtor Earl Frith will spend the next four months in home detention wearing an electronic monitoring device.
The once- active realtor and auctioneer was sentenced today for depositing 16-thousand dollars he got from drug informant Javier Cruz.
Frith was NOT convicted of money laundering- -but "structuring," trying to conceal cash transactions from the I-R-S.
Frith was also fined 10-thousand dollars today.
He's still appealing his conviction to the Supreme Court, hoping the justices will agree with District Judge James Turk who said Frith's right to a speedy trial was violated, because it took the government seven years to try the case
The board that oversees Virginia's juvenile prisons is at war with the agency's director.
It's one of two stories tonight on power struggles over Virginia prisons.
Ellen Qualls reports.
[IN Q=nat sot]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./June 2; :]
[SUPER=01-Carl Baker/Juvenile Justice Board; : ]
[SUPER=01-Gerald Glenn/Juvenile Justice Director; :]
[SUPER=01-Connie Seagle/Board Chairwoman; : ]
[SUPER=03-Powhatan Co.; : ]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; : ]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(([nat sot HWC+ demo]
For months now, the juvenile justice system has fought over whether officers should be trained to hit and kick violent teen inmates to subdue them.
Finally, the citizen board that oversees them said NO to the controversial Handle With Care Plus program.
((CARL BAKER/JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD: MY MOTION IS THAT THE BOARD DISAPPROVE...TECHNIQUES. SECOND.))
Moments later in the hallway, the director said NO to the board.
((GERALD GLENN/JUVENILE JUSTICE DIRECTOR: I AM CHARGED BY STATUTE OF MANAGING THE DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES. AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE GOVERNOR FEELS I AM NO LONGER QUALIFIED TO DO THAT....LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR: AS OF TODAY, MY POLICY STANDS.))
((CONNIE SEAGLE/JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD: I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF IT. AT THIS POINT, I GUESS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE WILL TO DECIDE WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY HERE. I THINK IT IMPORTANT THAT THE BOARD WENT ON RECORD AS OPPOSING IT, BECAUSE WE DO OPPOSE IT.))
On another hot button issue, the Board agreed to wait another month to tour the deeply troubled Beaumont correctional center.
It's Virginia's largest juvenile prison-- and the board's passed up giving it the state seal of approval for more than two and a half years.
It's another fight that deeply divides the appointed board and director Gerald Glenn.
All answer to Governor Jim Gilmore.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Two more localities decide to celebrate Halloween a day early. That story is still ahead on News 7 at 6.
(( And here in Roanoke County, a new superstore opens it doors, and the state scurries to deal with the traffic.
I'm Joe Dashiell, and I'll have that story in just a moment... Robin))
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
A major retail outlet opened its doors this morning in Roanoke County with an acknowledgment of the area's past, and some feverish work on a current problem.
Joe Dashiell is overlooking the new Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse that promises to bring even more people into the crowded corridor of US 220.
Keith, this project has been in the spotlight from the start... first with the acquisition of property in the Pinkard Court neighborhood, and now with concern over traffic congestion on US 220.
But for customers who turned out on opening day, it's also a welcome addition to the Roanoke Valley's retail community.
[IN Q=Opens on Nat Sound]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :05]
[SUPER=01-Tammy Jamison/Franklin Co. Resident; :]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Tucciarone/Store Manager; :]
[OUT Q=speed limit is temporary.]
(([NAT SOUND OF SAW]
Trading scissors for a saw, Supervisor Fuzzy Minnix made quick work of the ribbon cutting...
And Lowe's unveiled a memorial plaque acknowledging the residents of Pinkard Court, the historically black neighborhood that was displaced by the project.
Among the store's first customers was Franklin County Resident Tammy Jamison, who was shopping for a mailbox.
[IN Q=Well are you pleased]
((TAMMY JAMISON/FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: WELL ARE YOU PLEASED TO SEE THE LOWE'S OPEN. YES I AM, IT'S A LOT CLOSER FOR ME.))
[OUT Q=a lot closer for me.]
The new building is slightly larger but similar to the Lowe's warehouse near Hershberger Road. and the company is hoping it will be an attractive alternative for consumers in the southern end of the Roanoke Valley.
[IN Q=We'll be able]
((JOSEPH TUCCIARONE/STORE MANAGER: WE'LL BE ABLE TO SERVICE OUR CUSTOMERS I THINK VERY WELL NOW. AND WE'LL ALSO BE ABLE TO SERVICE FOLKS THAT ARE SOUTH OF US I BELIEVE, THAT ARE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY AND PROBABLY OUT TOWARD THE LAKE AREA AS WELL.))
[OUT Q=lake area as well.]
Roanoke County Police are now directing traffic in the area, but crews are working on a new traffic signal. And the Virginia Department of Transportation says it could be in operation by the end of the week... The 35 miles per hour speed limit is temporary.))
Traffic congestion in the 220 Tanglewood Mall area has been aggravated by a paving project on Rt. 419. A VDOT spokesman says it may be another three weeks before crews can reinstall all of the sensors that measure the flow of traffic and adjust the signals there.
So Keith, drivers should be prepared for slow traffic and some delays in the area... but hopefully it's a temp
In Virginia's ADULT prison system, a clash between the Governor's administration and the Corrections Board chairman.
Longtime Board chairman Andy Winston resigned over the fight.
[SUPER=03-Fluvanna Co./March 27, 1998;]
Then, Winston took a parting shot about media allegations this week of women prisoners being sexually assaulted by male officers in the new Fluvanna Correctional Center.
[IN Q=To have]
((ANDY WINSTON/FORMER CORRECTIONS BOARD CHAIRMAN: TO HAVE WOMEN THAT ARE DISROBED...TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.))
((RON ANGELONE: TO SAY WE SHOULD KEEP ALL MALES OUT OF FEMALE PRISONS... WOULD BE BREAKING SOME FEDERAL LAWS.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Winston/Former Board Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Virginia Corrections Director; :23 ]
[OUT Q=federal laws.]
Angelone says sexual assaults occur on inmates throughout Virginia's prison system.
He says a special internal investigation has begun on the Fluvanna situation.
Several more counties have decided to observe Halloween a day early.
[TAKE Pre-Pro Page]
So here is the current list of those places observing Halloween on SATURDAY, October 30:
Martinsville and these counties: Henry, Giles, Bath, Carroll, Pulaski and Craig.
We told you yesterday that Pittsylvania County would also observe Halloween one day early. County officials now tell us that is NOT the case.
The new owner of a historic home at Smith Mountain Lake promises to preserve it, but he may use the surrounding land for a water park.
The Holland Duncan house was built almost 200 years ago.
Its owner, Asa Holland, was a constable and confederate postmaster. There's a post office at the corner of the farm.
Pennsylvania troops raided the house in 1865.
It's being reviewed for placement on the state and national historic registers.
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[IN Q=What comes]
((WHAT COMES OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE A BENEFIT TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AND FRANKLIN COUNTY IN GENERAL. THE HOME WILL BE PRESERVED.))
[SUPER=01-Craig Caron/New Owner;]
[OUT Q=will be preserved]
Craig Caron built the water park next door and says he wants to expand, possibly on the 27 acres he got in the Holland-Duncan deal.
He says he would sell the house to the community.
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[IN Q=Ideas have ranged]
((IDEAS HAVE RANGED FROM A RESTAURANT, A BED AND BREAKFAST, USING IT AS A BRANCH LIBRARY, OPENING A VISITORS CENTER.))
[SUPER=01-Don Fink/Smith Mountain Lake Assoc.;]
[OUT Q=visitors center]
Caron says he'll reveal his plans this winter.
The Virginia men's and women's basketball teams met the media today.
Practice starts this Saturday and both programs have high hopes for the upcoming season.
[double box toss to mason]
Steve Masoin is inside University Hall tonight with the man responsible for taking Cavalier hoops into the nect "Gillen-ium."
[STEVE DOES LIVE INTERVIEW WITH PETE GILLEN]
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Head Coach;]
(THIS WILL COME UP OVER FIRST VO ROLLED FROM
(THIS WILL COME UP OVER SECOND VO ROLLED FROM
The Virginia Tech Hokies have more ties to the Syracuse Orangemen than you might imagine.
For starters, Tech quarterback Michael Vick took one of his official recruiting visits to Syracuse where he was courted by Donovan McNabb.
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[IN Q="You know...]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/5 Touchdown Passes this Year; :00]
[OUT Q=...AND SUCCESSFUL."]
Vick's favorite target this season is Andre Davis who is from the Albany area in eastern New York state.
He is looking forward impressing his old homeboys back in the north.
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[IN Q="It makes it...]
[SUPER=01-Andre Davis/Averaging 27 Yards a Catch; :00]
[OUT Q=...AWAY FOR THEM."]
The Braves and Mets are playing game two of their NL championship series this afternoon right now in the 7th the Braves lead 4-to-2.
Later tonight the Red Sox and Yankees open their AL championship series in New York. The Sox will go with Kent Me
rcker against El Duque.