Coming up on NEWS 7:
Gingrich and Allen compare budget notes.
We'll see there's considerably more agreement in Richmond than Washington.
And we'll visit a locally-owned drug store in Wytheville- -a community
cornerstone for most of the century- - that's finally going the way of the rest
of corporate America.
In sports, Mike Stevens will have a report on the Hokies Sugar Bowl news
conference, the issue concerning Frank Beamer and the Georgia job is settled,
and the Redskins win over the Rams is bitter-sweet as Washington loses a
Mostly rain, a little ice, and then some pretty cold weather, all features
of our forecast tonight. Stay tuned for the details.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
It was budget day in Richmond.
Federal budget soundbites from Newt Gingrich at a Virginia Republican
fundraiser, and Governor George Allen's new two-year plan for the Commonwealth.
But Allen and the General Assembly saw something close to eye-to-eye, putting
Gingrich and the President to shame.
We begin tonight's coverage with Ellen Qualls at the state capitol with the
In one sense it's no surprise.
The Democrats who've been making budgets in Virginia like it because it
looks much like one of theirs.
IN Q=For better or
SUPER=01-Sen. Hunter Andrews/(D) Hampton; 1:03
OUT Q=very tight budget.
(( For better or for worse, the Governor has learned something in the last
sot tape two 10:04:09
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IN ELECTED OFFICE YOU NEED TO HAVE SOME COMMON SENSE,
THICK SKIN, AND A SENSE OF HUMOR. WELL IN THIS CASE, THE COMMON SENSE TELLS
YOU THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A TAX CUT THROUGH THIS GROUP. IT JUST WAS NOT THE
TIME. I'M HOPEFUL THOUGH THAT WE WILL GET A TAX CUT IN THIS BIENNIUM, BUT IT
WILL BE IN THE SECOND YEAR OF THE BIENNIUM.))
Allen's calling for a bi-partisan commission to study the tax cut question.
sot tape two 10:15:09
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I'M HAPPY AND I'M SAD. ON THE ONE HAND, I'M VERY
PLEASED THAT THE GOVERNOR'S CLEARLY GOTTEN THE MESSAGE THERE'S MUCH MORE MONEY
FOR EDUCATION THAN THERE WAS LAST YEAR. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE NEED A LOT MORE.
WE'RE NOT ANYWHERE NEAR BEING ABLE TO FULFILL THE THINGS THAT WE HOPED AND
PROMISED DURING THE CAMPAIGN.))
SOT TAPE TWO 10:22:39
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: IT'S CERTAINLY MUCH MORE IN THE MAINSTREAM OF
HOW I THINK MOST VIRGINIANS WANT STATE GOVERNMENT TO OPERATE.))
The defeated master of the budget ceremonies gave his last, and he says,
most honest budget assessment.
Senator Hunter Andrews says Allen's priorities are in sync with the
legislature, but there's little room for error.
sot TAPE THREE 10:43:50
((SEN. HUNTER ANDREWS/D-HAMPTON: BLOCK GRANT PROGRAMS BY THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT WILL DRASTICALLY AFFECT WHAT WE DO, SO IT'S A VERY TIGHT BUDGET.))
Other concerns from Andrews:
Still too much spent on things that drain the budget -- like prisons --
rather than enhancing the state's economic vitality -- like schools.
No regular plan for performance- based raises for all state workers.
And too much reliance on one-time cuts that won't show up in future
(( Q&AOne argument on the federal level is over how much money there actually
will be to work with. Is that a problem here?
Not in big way Keith
But folks will be watching the 95- million dollars Trigon proposes to pay
the state in return for the right to go public.
That number is based on stock that has yet to be sold and so no value has
been set yet.
And that's all money dedicated toward higher education -- fast becoming the
sacred cow that fuels economic development in Virginia.))
Richmond also hosted part of the FEDERAL budget showdown today.
House Speaker and Time Magazine Man of the Year Newt Gingrich shared little
link sausages with Governor Allen this morning.
The occasion: a 12- hundred guest fundraiser breakfast for Richmond
Republican and House Commerce Chairman Tom Bliley.
Gingrich used the Virginia media to deliver his daily message to the
IN Q=Yes this is
((REP. NEWT GINGRICH/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: YES THIS IS A DIFFICULT TIME. YES
THIS IS A REAL STRUGGLE. YES THIS IS A REAL STRUGGLE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME,
HOW SERIOUS AS A COUNTRY ARE WE ABOUT GETTING TO A BALANCED BUDGET. I MEAN WE
COULD HAVE AGREED TO THIS WEEKS AGO.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/Speaker of the House;
OUT Q=weeks ago.
Gingrich showed his support for the orphanage concept with a tour of the
Virginia Home for Boys after the breakfast.
There seems to be no end in sight to the government shutdown.
House and Senate Democrats met today with White House staffers to work on a
But leaders on both sides doubted that anything would be resolved right
That's bad news for some Federal agencies here in Southwest Virginia.
Scott Prince joins us live from the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke.
Scott which agencies are hardest hit from the shutdown.
Keith without a doubt, Veterans Affairs is in the worst shape.
They only have fourteen percent of their workforce.
But a bad situation could get worse.
IN Q=Jim Lam doesn't
SUPER=01-Jim Lam/Veteran; :14
SUPER=01-Jim Maye/Veterans Affairs Director; :38
OUT Q=percentage of disability (bite)
Jim Lam doesn't know what a stopgap spending measure would entail.
Nor does he understand why Democrats and Republicans can't agree on a
But he does know if things don't change, he could be in world of trouble.
IN Q=I think they
((JIM LAM/VETERAN: I THINK THEY BETTER GET ON THE BALL, OUR PRESIDENT AND THE
CONGRESS. GET THINGS STRAIGHT. THERE'S NO SENSE IN THIS. IT HURTS A LOT OF
OUT Q=a lot of people
It's going to hurt even worse if a balanced budget agreement is not reached
by this Thursday.
If an accord is not met by then, Veterans checks for January will be
Nearly 220 Veterans Affairs workers have been furloughed in Roanoke, and the
ones that are working will be very limited in their duties.
IN Q=We can answer
((JIM MAYE/VETERANS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: WE CAN ANSWER THE PHONES AND PROVIDE
BASIC INFORMATION AND START THE INITIAL PROCESSING OF CLAIMS. ))
OUT Q=processing of claims
But that doesn't mean much to the thousands of veterans here in Southwest
They need their benefits to survive... and they need them on time.
IN Q=It's going to hurt
((JIM LAM: IT'S GOING TO HURT A LOT OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING ME. WE'VE GOT BILLS TO
PAY AND WE DEPEND ON THAT CHECK, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE ON A LOWER PERCENTAGE
OF DISABILITY. ))
OUT Q=percentage of disability
(QUESTION: WHAT'S THE SITUATION WITH THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY AND PEAKS OF OTTER
A Pittsylvania County man is dead and authorities are looking for his
killer... the suspect is a 19- year- old Chatham resident.
Murder warrants have been sworn out for Paul Michael Dalton, Junior in the
death of 72- year- old Clark Aubrey Adkins.
Police found Adkins' abandoned car in the Callands section of Pittsylvania
County Sunday night.
Adkins' body was located a short distance away He apparently had been shot
Authorities won't say why they suspect Dalton of the murder.
IN Q=We don't have
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: WE DON'T HAVE A FULL REPORT FROM THE
MEDICAL EXAMINER TO CONFIRM WHAT OUR INVESTIGATION HAS REVEALED. IT WAS JUST
INVESTIGATION FROM OUR DEPARTMENT, PICKING UP INFORMATION HERE AND THERE.))
SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=here and there.
Anyone who may know where Dalton is can contact the Pittsylvania County
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6---the charm of a time long gone.
It's the end of an era in Wytheville.
We'll show you what one family owned business has meant to the community all
Toss to Patrick
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
This was the first day of the arson murder trial of the man accused of
killing an Old Southwest Roanoke woman.
30- year- old Raymond Mahoney is charged in the murder of 40- year- old
Brenda Ann Davis last May.
Some witnesses told the jury they saw Mahoney at Davis' Washington Avenue
home around the time of the fire.
SOT tape 4 15:25:11
IN Q=Is there any doubt
((ATTORNEY: IS THERE ANY DOUBT IN YOUR MIND THE PERSON YOU SAW ON THE BICYCLE
GOING DOWN WASHINGTON AVENUE WAS THE DEFENDANT SITTING TO YOUR LEFT?
GARY WAYNE CARTER: NO DOUBT IN MY MIND.
ATTORNEY: IS THERE ANY DOUBT IN YOUR MIND THAT THIS WAS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN
FIVE AND SEVEN A-M?
GARY WAYNE CARTER: THAT'S RIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Wayne Carter/Witness;
OUT Q=that's right
Other witnesses said Mahoney and Davis were arguing outside her home--
and Mahoney was also involved in a scuffle with another MAN involved in a drug
Authorities say Mahoney returned several hours later and set fire to the
The trial is set to resume tomorrow morning.
A Glenvar High School honors student may be tried as an ADULT for the
traffic death of a school teacher last week.
The 16- year- old boy is charged with driving while intoxicated and
aggravated IN-voluntary manslaughter.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 14
Forty- five- year- old Bonnie Kitts was killed Thursday night, as she and
her husband were walking in their own neighborhood.
The teenaged suspect is scheduled for trial in Juvenile court next month.
But Commonwealth's attorney Skip Burkart says the nature of the charges is
serious enough to transfer the case to Circuit Court.
IN Q=and because
((SKIP BURKART/PROSECUTOR: AND BECAUSE SOMEBODY WAS KILLED AS FAR AS WE'RE
CONCERNED JUST SENSELESSLY, IT'S EXCEEDINGLY SERIOUS. AND WE'RE GOING TO ASK TO
HAVE THIS TRANSFERRED AND TRIED AS AN ADULT.))
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Attorney
OUT Q=as an adult.
Burkart says his office has already received several calls from citizens
urging him to vigorously prosecute the case.
It's up to the judges to decide whether the boy will be treated as an adult
or tried in Juvenile Court.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Consultants say the structure of Victory Stadium is sound, but today they
told members of Roanoke city council that needed renovations would cost more
than ten million dollars.
The consultants laid out several options this afternoon.
The first would tear down the stands on the east side of the stadium to
allow expansion of the track and field.
A second alternative would raise the playing field several feet and take
the front section of seats on both sides of the stadium.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
The consultants say construction of a field house could cost the city more
than 20- million dollars.
City Council will narrow its options in January.
The coffee pot is running dry at Central Drug in Wytheville.
After almost 100 years of business on Main Street, the pharmacy is closing
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Bud Crockett had to have
SUPER=01-Bud Crockett/"Coffee Crowd" Member; :12
SUPER=01-Eugene Warren/Pharmacist; :25
SUPER=01-"Doc" Crockett/Former Pharmacist; :51
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Bud Crockett had to have one last cup of coffee at Central Drug.
For years, this has been the morning gathering place for a group of retirees
affectionately known as the coffee crowd.
((BUD CROCKETT/"COFFEE CROWD" MEMBER: IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO LOAF AND SOLVE THE
PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD, WE DISCUSS THEM ALL. ))
Plenty of them through the years.
Central Drug has made matches and survived wars.
((EUGENE WARREN/OWNER: SOLDIERS WHO WENT TO WAR IN 1918 REMEMBER THIS PLACE,
AND THE SOLDIERS WHO WENT TO WAR IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR REMEMBER THIS PLACE
BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE THEY MET THEIR GIRLFRIENDS. ))
The store has also taken care of a lot of ailments over the years.
The back room and the basement bear the proof.
((WE FIGURED ONE TIME WE HAD ENOUGH PRESCRIPTION PAPER IN THIS STORE TO MAKE A
SOLID WHITE LINE FROM WYTHEVILLE TO ROANOKE. ))
So it's understandable that Warren's decision to sell to Revco and close up
shop has upset some folks.
(("DOC" CROCKETT/FORMER PHARMACIST: IT'S HIT CLOSE, IT'S KIND OF LIKE HOME. ))
SOT next to last standup
((FOR CUSTOMERS, IT'S NOT JUST THE STORE THAT THEY'RE LOSING BUT THE SERVICE.
THIS STORE STILL DELIVERS, AND NOT ONLY PRESCRIPTIONS, BUT ALSO ITEMS SUCH AS
GREETING CARDS, EVEN CANDY.))
Warren says it'll be different for him, working in a chain store. But
maybe he can teach Revco a few things too.
((PERHAPS WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE CAN SHARE WITH THEM ABOUT THE WAY WE CARE FOR
OUR PEOPLE. ))
Meanwhile, the coffee crowd is in the market for a new pot. Tracy Altizer,
Dial "M" for merger.
That's what two regional phone companies may do.
The Wall Street Journal says Bell Atlantic and Nynex (NINE-ex) are in
preliminary merger talks.
Bell Atlantic has about 11-hundred workers in our area.
An analyst who follows the company doubts the merger will impact many of
Richard Klugman of PaineWebber predicts most of the cutbacks would effect
the company's white collar ranks.
Most of those people aren't located here.
Bell Atlantic and Nynex have cooperated in the past.
They recently merged their cellular phone businesses.
It was a long day on Wall Street, with the Dow falling more than 100
points, the sharpest one-day drop this year.
Analysts blame the federal budget standoff in part.
They say that's caused uncertainty over the direction of interest rates.
NASDAQ was off 28 points.
A Toronto woman who lost her cat during a car ride through Southwest
Virginia is asking for help in locating the missing feline.
Donna Palermo is offering a two thousand dollar reward for the return of
Sammy, an 18- pound black and white cat.
Palermo was driving home to Toronto on Interstate 77 when she lost Sammy.
She thinks he got out somewhere between Wytheville and Beckley, West
By the way, just in case you think you spot him, Sammy also answers to the
name of his favorite pet food-- Fancy Feast.
The few, the proud, and a D-J took an unconventional approach in making this
Christmas a special one for hundreds of Roanoke -area children.
J-93 radio D-J Slam Duncan and Marine Staff Sergent Steve Gardner were
suspended in this trailer 93-feet in the air.
Their goal was to raise 93-bikes for the Marines' Toys for Tots campaign.
But they were pleasantly surprised: More than 500 bikes were donated.
All the toys and bikes collected in the toy drive will be distributed by the
Some sweet news for Hokie fans concerning Frank Beamer and the Georgia job,
however the Redskins win over the Rams has turned out to have a bitter taste in
the form of an injured player,
and a former VMI head basketball coach steps down from his current post in
The Virginia Tech Hokies continued their preparations for the Sugar Bowl
this afternoon. They also took time to entertain media members from all across
the state for the final time before Christmas. Mike Stevens has more from
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/Tech Senior Flanker;
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach;
SUPER=01-William Yarborough/All Big East Safety;
OUT Q=News 7 Sports.
GRAPHIC=Frank Beamer/Georgia ?
Questions about Frank Beamer taking the Georgia job were answered today. He
will not take that post
because Kansas coach Glen Mason was named the Bulldogs new head coach this
Mason is 42-47 and 1 in 8 years at Kansas. He was 9 and 2 this season. He
replaces Ray Goff, who will coach the Bulldogs against Virginia in the Peach
Bowl December 30th.
Oklahoma head coach Howard Schnellenberger has resigned after just one
SUPER=03-Lincoln, NE/This Season; :00
Under Schnellenberger, the Sooners started the season 3 and OH and were
ranked 10th in the nation.
But Oklahoma faded to a 5-5 and 1 record and was shut out in it's final two
games of the season. The Sooners finished 2 and 5 in the Big eight, their worst
conference mark since 1965.
According to head trainer Bubba Tyer's examination results today,
Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler has a broken finger.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Redskins vs. Rams; :00
The Redskins beat the St.Louis Rams 35-23 yesterday, but, on this play,
Shuler suffered a hairline fracture on his pinky finger on his throwing hand
and sprained two other fingers on that same hand. Tyer says Shuler is doubtful
for Sunday's season finale against Carolina.
Former VMI basketball coach Bill Blair has been fired by the Minnesota
Blair has coached Minnesota to a 6 and 14 record so far this season.
Timberwolves Vice President Kevin McKale has replaced Blair with G.M. Flip
Saunders through the end of the season.
Blair coached at VMI from 1972 through 1976.
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
Two time Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Stefan Edberg announced he will
from tennis next year. The former number one ranked player cites family
reasons and a lack of motivation for ending his career.
Edberg slipped to 23rd in the world this year. He has 6 grand slam titles to
Virginia Tech hosts West Virginia tonight at the Cassell in a 7pm tip
Tech is 3 and 1 after this past weekend's loss to Georgia which dropped
the Hokies to number 22 in the AP poll.
The Mountaineers are 3 and 2, Mike Stevens will have a report at 11.