When the power is gone at Justice House, it's gone for good.
Coming up on NEWS 7, the latest attempts to salvage the low-income housing
And a race in a place where there's such a shortage of lawyers, they're
having to ship them in from outside.
Tonight in sports, the Burton Brothers talk about Ward's first career win!
The Braves talk about not getting too cocky as the World Series heads to
And the St. Louis Cardinals announce the hiring of Tony LaRussa as their new
manager this afternoon.
Our weather remains fairly calm while other parts of the country get a taste
of winter. The forecast and weatherschool are just ahead.
If the lights go out, it could mean 'lights- out' for Justice House.
The electricity is scheduled to be cut off again tomorrow at the low- income
apartment building, unless a deposit payment is made.
That's according to a letter from Appalachian Power Company.
Justice House residents say they don't have enough money to keep the
electricity on, and they fear for the many children who live there.
Some also believe they'll be forced out if the power is cut off.
IN Q=It's going
((GAIL ANDREWS/JUSTICE HOUSE RESIDENT: IT'S GOING TO CLOSE DOWN. THAT'S WHAT
THEY'RE WAITING ON RIGHT NOW. SOMEBODY OUT THERE IS WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO
GET CLOSED OFF, SO THIS PLACE CAN GET CLOSED DOWN. ))
IN Q=I don't see
((ROBERT LELOUP/JUSTICE HOUSE RESIDENT: I DON'T SEE WHY APPALACHIAN POWER CAN'T
CUT US A LITTLE BREAK UNTIL THE FIRST OF THE MONTH WHEN THE PEOPLE DO HAVE
MONEY. THEN THEY CAN PAY. ))
SUPER=01-Gail Andrews/Justice House Resident;
SUPER=01-Robert LeLoup/Justice House Resident; :11
OUT Q=they can pay
But officials from Appalachian Power say Justice House residents have been
cut a break in recent weeks.
They agreed to wipe the slate clean if someone stepped forward to take
responsibility for the bills.
IN Q=It's not that
((VICTORIA RATCLIFF/APPALACHIAN POWER: IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE UNSYMPATHETIC. IT'S
NOT THAT WE HAVEN'T TRIED TO WORK WITH THEM. WE REALLY HAVE MADE EVERY EFFORT
TO WORK WITH THEM. BUT RIGHT NOW WE CAN'T FIND ANYONE WHO IS EVEN WILLING TO
HAVE THE ACCOUNT PUT IN THEIR NAME. ))
SUPER=01-Victoria Ratcliff/Appalachian Power;
OUT Q=in their name.
In the past three weeks, only a few residents have moved out.
That's despite the current confusion over management and ownership of the
Roanoke Area Ministries is offering financial assistance to anyone who wants
But the majority of residents say they'll go to any length to stay.
Authorities say the death of a 25- year- old Henry County man appears to be
Sheriff's deputies were called to the home of Orbin Smith Junior at around
10- p.m. by a neighbor.
Authorities say Smith had been shot in the right upper arm and was bleeding
profusely but was able to talk.
Smith later died at the hospital.
Authorities say circumstances surrounding his death have lead them to
believe there was a drug connection.
Police say they've spoken with suspects but have NOT made an arrest.
A man from Virginia Beach has been sentenced to death for killing four
people during a bar robbery.
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach/June 30, 1994;
33- year- old Michael Clagett was convicted in July of five counts of
capital murder, plus 43 years for robbery and the use of a firearm.
His girlfriend was sentenced to five life terms for her part in the murders.
She had been fired from her waitress job at the Witch Duck Inn shortly
before the killings.
The murders occurred during the summer of '94.
They've been called the worst multiple killings in the city's history.
John Edwards says his opponent's campaign literature is spattered with mud
and misleading statements.
But Brandon Bell insists he's telling the truth about Edwards' public
statements and political agenda.
The Democratic challenger called a news conference this morning.
He said Bell has mislead voters on a number of issues including Edwards'
position on abortion and health- care reform.
IN Q=His negative campaigning
((JOHN EDWARDS/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: HIS NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING IS ALSO AN
ATTEMPT TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM HIS OWN RECORD OF BLINDLY FOLLOWING THE NARROW
AGENDA OF THE ADMINISTRATION IN RICHMOND AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PEOPLE HERE IN
THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
((SEN. BRANDON BELL/R- ROANOKE: WE'RE USING MR. EDWARDS' STATEMENTS, POSITIONS
HE HAS MADE IN THE PAST, PRESENTING THOSE TO THE VOTERS CONTRASTING HIS LIBERAL
BACKGROUND AND HIS LIBERAL POSITIONS WITH MY CONSERVATIVE IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE
AND I THINK THAT IS AN APPROPRIATE THING TO HAPPEN IN A LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN.))
SUPER=01-John Edwards/(D) State Senate Candidate; :00
OUT Q=in the Roanoke Valley.
Today, both men said they would support a review of the state's stalking
law, in the wake of last week's murder- suicide in Roanoke.
In that case, Larry Mack had been arrested six times in three weeks, on
charges that included stalking his former girlfriend.
If you think lawyers are a dime a dozen, Bland County might make you think
The two candidates for Commonwealth's Attorney there are from TAZEWELL
County, because Bland didn't have anyone to run.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=IN a small
SUPER=01-Ronald Hall/Clerk of Circuit Court; :14 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Greg Matney/(R) Candidate; :44
SUPER=01-Jim Dudley/(D) Candidate; :56
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( In a small, rural county located between Wytheville and Bluefield, West
Virginia, Mickey Newberry is the lone resident lawyer. She's the current
prosecutor, but she no longer wants the job.
So two Tazewell County lawyers are vying for it.
((RONALD HALL/CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT: YEAH, PEOPLE ARE TAKING SOME INTEREST
BECAUSE IT'S A CONTEST FOR A CHANGE. ))
SU Having a non-resident Commonwealth's Attorney is nothing new for Bland
County. What is unusual is that this is an election and it's a contested race.
In the past, the non-resident prosecutors have been appointed.su
It's been several decades since two lawyers who lived here ran against each
Now the state code has been amended to allow outsiders to run if there is no
one within the county to do it.
So, enter Jim Dudley of Bluefield, Virginia, and Greg Matney of Tazewell.
((GREG MATNEY/R-CANDIDATE: I'VE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE ASK ME IF I WOULD CONSIDER
MOVING TO BLAND COUNTY, WHICH I HAVE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED. IT'S HEARTWARMING
FOR A COMMUNITY TO WANT A LAWYER TO COME IN TO THAT COMMUNITY, SO GOD BLESS
BLAND COUNTY FOR THAT REASON. ))
((JIM DUDLEY/D-CANDIDATE: PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME TO RUN AND I DECIDED TO DO IT
BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING I'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE, IS PROSECUTE. AND I'M HERE AND
I'D LIKE TO TRY TO DO IT. IT'S A PART TIME JOB AND I WANT TO TRY TO SEE IF I
CAN PAY BACK A LITTLE BIT OF THE GOOD CLIENTS I'VE HAD OVER HERE.))
Both candidates are attracted by the part- time hours of the job, which
would still allow them to handle civil cases in their private practices.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A little later in the newscast, a check to see if Bacova's house is in order
as the home furnishings company draws closer to finishing its expansion plans,
and Roanoke students will be seeing red this week as they're urged to resist
the temptations of drugs and alcohol.
wx ad lib
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A tractor-trailer overturned on Route 220 in Franklin County this morning.
It happened about 6:30.
The trucker was southbound near the Henry County line, when he ran off the
road and flipped over.
State police say the driver, Lonnell Jiles of Hartford, Connecticut, was
trapped in the cab for several minutes.
Once rescue workers got him out, he was taken by Lifeguard 10 to Roanoke
But Jiles is apparently OK.
Police say he was treated and released.
Starting today, rush hour will be a whole lot easier for employees at
Lynchburg's Ericsson Corporation.
This morning, officials dedicated Ericsson Drive, a quarter mile stretch of
access road leading into the communications facility.
The road now offers drivers easier access to Route 460, easing traffic
congestion on Candler's Mountain Road.
IN Q=And though
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: AND THOUGH AFTER TODAY EVERY CITIZEN WHO HAS
EVER TRAVELED THIS WAY DURING RUSH HOUR WILL BE SENDING UP PRAYERS OF
THANKSGIVING BECAUSE OF THIS ROAD, I BELIEVE THIS IS A SIGN OF WELL- DESERVED
PROSPERITY AND SUCCESS.))
((GEORGE FATH/ERICSSON V.P.: YOU MIGHT SAY THIS IS A PRETTY BIG CELEBRATION FOR
A QUARTER- MILE STRETCH OF ROAD. BUT WE'RE ACTUALLY HERE TO CELEBRATE A MUCH
BROADER EXPANSION. THAT ROAD ALLOWS BETTER ACCESS TO OUR 80- THOUSAND SQUARE
FOOT MANUFACTURING FACILITY.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
SUPER=01-George Fath/Ericsson VP; :15
OUT Q=manufacturing facility.
The new road became necessary when Ericsson announced a 35- million- dollar
expansion last winter.
That addition meant 440 new jobs for the city.
Back in the spring people in the Alleghany Highlands learned about the
largest industrial expansion ever announced in their neck of the woods.
Len Besthoff visited the site today to see if everything's falling into
IN Q=Seven acres
SUPER=03-Low Moor; :00
SUPER=01-Glynn Loope/Economic Development Authority; :21
SUPER=01-Mack McCutchen/Construction Inspector; :44
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Alleghany County.
(( Seven acres of land is under one roof, and the plans to build a
350-thousand-square-foot facility for the Bacova Guild Company is on track.
The home furnishings company from Bath County is constructing the new
building in neighboring Alleghany County; it will employ approximately 400
people when it opens next year.
IN Q=Seven point
((GLYNN LOOPE/ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY:
SEVEN-POINT-FIVE-MILLION-DOLLARS IS THE INVESTMENT IN THIS PLANT ON THIS SIDE
OF THE RIVER, PLUS APPROXIMATELY THREE-TO-FOUR-MILLION-DOLLARS WORTH OF
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT WILL BE PUT INSIDE OF THIS.))
OUT Q=inside of this.
Nat Sot On Bridge
But that's only half of what's going on here...the communities in the region
have raised three-and-a-half-million-dollars to build water, sewer, and bridge
connections across the Jackson River to make the Bacova site accessible.
IN Q=The biggest
((MACK MCCUTCHEN/CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR: THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS THE WATER
AND SEWER AND WE'VE BEEN FORTUNATE, HAVEN'T HAD VERY HIGH WATER, AND THAT'S
HELPED KEEP US ON SCHEDULE. ))
OUT Q=on schedule.
But the portion of this project paid for with public money won't just
benefit Bacova...it will give a big boost to the region's economic development
IN Q=12 to 15
((LOOPE: 12 TO 15 SITES, FIRST OF THE YEAR, WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ALLEGHANY
COUNTY FOR THE FIRST TIME.))
OUT Q=for the first time.
IN Q=Now the crews
((Now the crews working on this facility and the bridge have to have it all
complete by January 15th, because Bacova wants to begin manufacturing here in
February. So they're all praying that the weather holds up. Len Besthoff,
News-7, Alleghany County.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Alleghany County.
A bank that employs many people in our region is in talks that could make it
the largest bank in the country.
The "Los Angeles Times" reports Nationsbank of Charlotte has begun
discussing a possible merger with BankAmerica of San Francisco.
The blockbuster deal would create a bank with more than 400-BILLION-dollars
Nationsbank chairman Hugh McColl has made it no secret that he wants to
enter the California market.
One sticking point is where to put the bank's headquarters.
Washington D-C has been suggested as a compromise.
A lower dollar and a falling bond market pushed stocks down today.
Nasdaq lost two- and- a- half points, but the DOW took a heavier hit.
It fell 39 points to 47- hundred- 55.
The American Red Cross is getting much more than BLOOD donations these days.
Troutville officials are donating two rooms of their town hall in order to
MAKE room for the organization.
This is the first time the Roanoke Valley chapter of the Red Cross has
decided to set up a satellite office in a neighboring county.
IN Q=We're very
((BETTY WHITTAKER/ROANOKE VALLEY RED CROSS: WE'RE VERY EXCITED. BOTETOURT IS
PART OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY SERVICE AREA AND WE REALIZE THE DRIVE TIME FROM
THERE TO ROANOKE CAN BE QUITE LONG. WE FEEL THIS WILL CUT DOWN DRIVING TIME AND
MAKE US MORE ACCESSIBLE TO INDIVIDUALS IN THE BOTETOURT AREA. ))
SUPER=01-Betty Whittaker/Roanoke Valley Red Cross;
OUT Q=Botetourt area
The new facility will offer a variety of classes including C-P-R,
lifeguarding and disaster control.
Right now volunteers and workers are getting the rooms ready, and Whittaker
says it will be up and running by December.
She believes this is just the first of many new ventures for the Roanoke
Valley chapter of the Red Cross.
In case you notice a surge of red ribbons wrapping everything from schools
to businesses, it's Red Ribbon Week around the region.
RAYSAC-- the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Council-- sponsors a week
of events to send kids a message about drugs and alcohol.
Here at Virginia Heights Elementary-- and at many schools-- they're
starting these life lessons early.
IN Q=I don't think
((CAROL BRASH/VIRGINIA HEIGHTS ELEM. P.T.A: I DON'T THINK IT'S EVER TOO YOUNG
FOR A CHILD TO BE AWARE OF THE NEGATIVE INFLUENCES THAT ARE OUT THERE
AND I THINK IT'S NEVER TO YOUNG TO START INFLUENCING CHILDREN TO CHOSE HEALTHY
SUPER=01-Carol Brash/Virginia Heights Elem. P.T.A.; :
OUT Q=healthy alternatives
This week, kids will participate in activities promoting basic health
Experts say even learning about healthy eating, dental care, and personal
safety helps steer kids away from drugs.
Coming up tonight in sports, the St. Louis Cardinals have a new manager.
The Series has a day off.
The United Nations anniversary has some New York Giants talking.
And South Boston's Ward Burton has the NASCAR world buzzing after picking up
his first career Cup win yesterday.
The Virginia Tech athletic department announced today that the Hokies Big
East showdown with Syracuse November 4th will be televised regionally on ABC.
The Game was originally set for 1pm that afternoon, but please the game
will now start at 3:30.
SUPER=03-St, Louis, MO/This Afternoon; :00
And in St. Louis, the Cardinals have introduced Tony La Russa as their
manager this afternoon.
La Russa has been with Oakland since 1986, leading the A's to
three American League pennants and the 1989 World Series title.
The Cardinals fired Joe Torre in June. He was replaced by
interim manager Mike Jorgensen. The Cards finished a distant fourth
in the National League Central.
The world series teams have tonight off as they are both traveling back to
Cleveland for game three of the series, which is set for tomorrow night.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC - Last Night; :00
Last night the Braves won their second straight one run contest against the
Indians to take a commanding lead in the best of seven series.
But both managers know the Indians and their fans will be ready tomorrow
IN Q="IT;'S GONNA...
((MIKE HARGROVE/INDIANS MANAGER:))
((BOBBY COX/BRAVES MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Hargrove/Indians Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Bobby Cox/Braves Manager; :16
OUT Q=...BALL CLUB."
The Braves John Smoltz will face the Tribe's Charles Nagy tomorrow night in
Ward Burton picked up his first career Winston Cup win yesterday at
Rockingham, on a day when Dale Earnhardt closed the gap even more on Jeff
Gordon in the points race.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00
The South Boston native was all smiles in victory lane with his wife Tabitha
and their children Sarah, and three year old Jeb.
Ward probably had the strongest car in the field, but when NASCAR threw the
yellow flag for a competition caution when they mistakenly black flagged Dale
Earnhardt when they thought he was a lugnut short, Burton was able to hold off
his chasers including his brother to the line to win the A.C. Delco 400.
((WARD BURTON/WINNER - A.C. DELCO 400:))
SUPER=01-Ward Burton/Winner - A.C. Delco 400; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Finished Fifth Yesterday; :17
OUT Q=...YOU KNOW."
Winston Cup points leader Jeff Gordon was in the wrong place at the wrong
time all day.
He finished 20th, while Earnhardt finished 7th.
That means his lead has now been reduced to 162 points with 2 events to go.
IN Q="Every break...
((JEFF GORDON/LEADS EARNHARDT BY 162 POINTS:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Leads Earnhardt By 162 Points; :00
OUT Q=...NEXT TWO THOUGH."
Gordon needs to finish 20th in the final 2 events to win the title.
The series heads West to Phoenix this Sunday for the Slick 50 - 500.
Tonight's Monday night football game pits the best and the worst from the
AFC East against each other. Buffalo is 5 and 1 while New England has stumbled
to a 1 and 5 start. After last year's success; the Patriots terrible record has
been a surprise; But the Bills, who lost to New England 41-17 last year, are
hardly ready to cash in on the lowly Pats.
IN Q="Yeah I think
((JIM KELLY/BUFFALO BILLS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Kelly/Buffalo Bills Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=..embarrass ourselves"
The Giants and Jets have anything but headline news this season so far.
The Jets did get a big win yesterday, but the Giants were off.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
And that means the New York players have had plenty of time to study up on
the worldly happenings in the Big Apple this week concerning the United
Nation's 50th anniversary.
And they had this to say about Fidel Castro and the other leaders who are in
town for something other than football.
IN Q="i JUST HOPE
((MICHAEL STRAHAN/GIANTS DEFENSIVE END:))
((KEITH HAMILTON/GIANTS DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=01-Michael Strahan/Giants Defensive End; :00
SUPER=01-Keith Hamilton/Giants Defensive End; :15
OUT Q=...GIANTS STADIUM.
(toss to Jean)
The school board is still doing its homework to determine the future of
southwest Roanoke County schools.
At the top of its list-- a proposed new high school that would be built
across from Penn Forest Elementary.
School board members are meeting tonight to hear recommendations from
We'll hear their suggestions-- plus take a look at all the day's news
tonight at 11.