Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A dead heat in Virginia between Bob Dole and Bill Clinton.
And you've got to want to quit ...to quit... but hypnosis could be the
answer if you're ready to stop smoking but can't.
Tonight in sports, Roy Stanley talks with Symmion Willis the UVa quarterback
turned baseball star.
Ferrum's baseball star open play in the Dixie tourney in Danville.
And Michael Waltrip and the Wood Brothers Ford are in town.
Steve Mason will have a LIve interview with him on the eve of qualifying at
Super weather day as the north winds go away. Now our view to the south
reveals rain showers at times on Friday.
A closed door meeting at the V- A Medical Center in Salem has prompted a
hospital review of allegations of racial discrimination.
That word comes from Perneller Chubb- Wilson, who met with hospital director
John Presley this morning.
Her organization, the Concerned Citizens for Justice U-S-A, has received
discriminatory complaints from black hospital employees.
She would not comment on specific cases, but believes the problems do exist.
IN Q=It was
((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON/CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR JUSTICE U.S.A.: IT WAS HIRING
PRACTICES AND DISCRIMINATION, HIRING AND PROMOTIONS DISCRIMINATION AND HE'S
GOING TO CHECK OUT THE LIST OF NAMES THAT I GAVE HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Perneller Chubb-Wilson/Concerned Citizens For Justice USA;
OUT Q=i gave him
Roanoke City Council candidate Jeff Artis also sat in on today's meeting.
He too feels confident hospital officials will solve any problem caused by
IN Q=Dr. Presley
((JEFF ARTIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: DR. PRESLEY HAS ASSURED US THAT HE
WILL INVESTIGATE SITUATIONS WE'VE PRESENTED TO HIM. AND IF THERE ARE INSTANCES
OF DISCRIMINATION, HE WILL TAKE CARE OF IT. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/Roanoke City Council Candidate;
OUT Q=care of it.
Doctor John Presley refused to comment on today's meeting.
Roanoke's College of Health Sciences has a new class enrolled for the fall
and its president says the school has enough money to operate for the next
couple of years.
Governor Allen cut the school's funding from the state budget and yesterday
lawmakers failed to override his veto.
Harry Nickens says that 950- thousand dollars would have helped
tremendously, but an increase in enrollment and tuition along with a small
endowment will help make ends meet.
Nickens is optimistic that the school will find other funding sources.
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IN Q=What we're looking
((HARRY NICKENS/PRES., COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES: WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS
TRANSITION DOLLARS FROM WHERE WE ARE NOW FROM BEING DEPENDENT ON COMMUNITY
HOSPITAL AND CARILION TO INDEPENDENCE TO WHERE WE CAN STAND ON OUR OWN. WE
HAVE 600 STUDENTS. WHEN WE REACH 800 WE WILL BE ABLE TO STAND ON OUR OWN.))
SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/Pres., College of Health Sciences;
OUT Q=on our own.
Nickens says misinformation about the school circulating in Richmond may have
caused its funding to be cut from the budget. He plans to ask the General
Assembly for funding again next year.
Virginia voters are still NOT crazy about President Bill Clinton.
But the downside for Bob Dole
is that they're actually losing enthusiasm for him as November nears.
Ellen Qualls has the results of our latest NEWS 7-Roanoke Times poll.
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SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Kansas; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( SOT CBS MONDAY 3-4PM FEED 15:48:00
((SEN. BOB DOLE: IT'S TIME FOR CLINTON TO GO. IT'S TIME FOR HIM TO GO BACK TO
FOUR MORE SECONDS BEFORE SHOT CHANGE
Actually it might be time for Bob Dole to come to Roanoke.
In a Clinton-Dole matchup, 45- percent of Virginia voters polled this month
like Bob Dole, 43- percent like Bill Clinton, and 12- percent are undecided.
That's a dead heat with a three-and-a-half percent margin of error.
Now compare it to October of last year, when Dole had a more meaningful
seven point lead over Clinton.
15- percent were undecided then.
The good news for Dole in the Old Dominion is that only 44- percent of
Virginia voters think Clinton's doing a good or excellent job at a time when
the President is at a high point in national polls.
More bad news for Dole though if this man enters the race.
Ross Perot pulls just six- percent support in Virginia, but Dole's lead over
Clinton shrinks to 43-42, and nine percent are still undecided.
And what if Virginia's long shot ticket mate enters the race on the Dole
52- percent of Virginians say George Allen should accept the V.P. slot if
offered by Dole.
He'd give Dole a marginal boost in Virginia.
But as the pollster points out, if Bob Dole has to pick George Allen to win
a state that hasn't helped a Democrat become President in 32 years, he's NOT
likely to beat Bill Clinton anyway.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
April 19th is also an important date to America's right-wing militia groups.
Three years ago on the same date federal agents raided the Branch Davidian
compound in Waco, Texas.
And on April 19th 1992 the ATF confronted white supremacist Randy Weaver at
Ruby Ridge in a deadly exchange of gunfire.
Speaking in Roanoke, Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent John
Butler says domestic terrorism is on the rise.
Butler says Federal agents have increased security as the bombing
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((JOHN BUTLER/FBI SPECIAL AGENT: THERE HAVE BEEN PREPPARATIONS TAKEN
THROUGHOUT FEDERAL BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TO BE ON HIGHER STATE OF
ALERT - PROBABLY FOR THIS WHOLE WEEK.))
SUPER=01-John Butler/FBI Special Agent
OUT Q=for this whole week
Butler says the FBI is especially wary of militia groups which promote white
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
A group of Danville students want to ensure no one forgets the pain left by
what happened in Oklahoma City.
Last year, students enrolled in the Danville Regional Medical Center School
of Nursing planted a tree in memory of those killed.
Today-- they marked the upcoming one year anniversary with a plaque.
Shelly Thompson grew up in Tulsa, but moved back to Virginia several years
She's now studying to be a nurse, but often wonders if she knew anyone who
((SHELLY THOMPSON/DRMC NURSING STUDENT: ACTUALLY, MY MOM PLANTED A TREE IN HER
YARD AND THAT'S WHERE I GOT THE IDEA THAT I WANTED TO PLANT A TREE HERE AT THE
SCHOOL, SHE PLANTED A TREE FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING, AND SO
I CAN'T TAKE CREDIT IT WAS REALLY HER IDEA. ))
SUPER=01-Shelly Thompson/DRMC Nursing Student; :
OUT Q=her idea.
The people of Oklahoma are aware of the Virginia students generosity, thanks
to an Oklahoma newspaper which picked up the story.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
a live report as the Roanoke Symphony makes it official and names its new
Also--a Ford executive in Roanoke today talks about faulty ignition switches
and the possibility of massive recalls.
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A federal judge has been asked to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former
Danville police officer who says he was fired for being a whistle-blower.
In February, Jeffrey Williams filed the 5- million dollar lawsuit claiming
he was dismissed for raising questions about allegations of police brutality.
The lawsuit also accuses Danville Police Chief Neal Morris and his Assistant
B-C Elliott of discriminating against black officers and creating a racially
hostile work environment.
In a response filed this week, Morris and Elliott deny the allegations.
The two say Williams was fired in December of 1994 for disclosing
confidential information about a stake-out by other officers.
Ford says there's no reason to panic about its ignition switches, at least
Federal safety officials are investigating reports that fires have been
caused by ignition switches in Ford vehicles, even when they're parked and shut
Ford has recalled a quarter million vehicles in Canada, but none in the U-S.
A company spokesman visiting Roanoke says nearly all the problems have taken
place in cold weather climates.
Ford will study the situation further before making a mass recall here.
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((JOHN OCHS/FORD SPOKESMAN: THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT TYPE OF PHENOMENON. WE
DON'T KNOW IN THOSE VEHICLES IN CANADA THAT DID HAVE AN ISSUE. WE HONESTLY
DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT WHAT CAUSED IT. AND WE'RE IN A VERY INTENSIVE
INVESTIGATION AND THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING SO IN CONJUNCTION WITH US.))
SUPER=01-John Ochs/Ford Spokesman;
OUT Q=conjunction with us.
The Fords in question were made between 1984 and 1993.
Ford says owners can pay to have the switches replaced themselves, and if it
DOES issue a recall, it will reimburse vehicle owners.
Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole will NOT be the graduation
speaker at Liberty University after all.
Dole had agreed to deliver next month's commencement address but a
scheduling conflict has forced him to cancel.
Instead, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will speak to the school's
25th graduating class.
Thomas joins Phil Gramm, Newt Gingrich and Oliver North on a long list of
conservative leaders who have delivered the commencement address.
Liberty officials say Dole will be invited back to speak at the school
sometime next fall.
The stock market gained a little today, after yesterday's big selloff. The
Dow was up by not quite two points.
NASDAQ was jumped 15 and a half points.
Maybe you've noticed the recent ads in newspapers for Quitting Smoking
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
We checked in with one hypnotherapist in the region this week-- she says
you have to really be READY to quit for the technique to work.
IN Q=A lot of people
((KATHY MAURER/HYPNOTHERAPIST: ALOT OF PEOPLE COME THROUGH BECAUSE THEIR
HUSBANDS OR WIVES WANT THEM TO STOP SMOKING, ALOT OF THEM WILL SAY THEIR DOCTOR
SAYS THEY HAVE TO QUIT. THE FIRST THING I SAY IS-- BUT DO YOU WANT TO QUIT?
SOME WILL SAY ABSOLUTELY.
OTHERS WILL SAY I REALLY LIKE SMOKING, AND IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. IT ALL
WORKS TOGETHER THEY HAVE TO HAVE THE WANT AND GOAL DEFINITELY IN THEIR MIND. ))
SUPER=01-Kathy Maurer/Hypnotherapist; :
OUT Q=in their mind.
But government statistics are grim.
Apparently about 46-million smokers try to kick the habit each year.
But only EIGHT-percent are successful-- whether it's using hypnosis, the
patch, counseling, or just quitting cold turkey.
IN Q=The normal process
((DEBBIE SAMS/ALIVE & WELL COALITION: THE NORMAL PROCESS IS FOUR TO SEVEN TIMES
REALLY SERIOUSLY SAYING YOU'RE GOING TO QUIT. I DON'T MEAN YOU GET UP AND SAY I
THINK I'LL QUIT TODAY, I MEAN THINGS WHERE YOU THINK THROUGH THE PROCESS, YOU
WORK ON THE TRIGGERS, ))
SUPER=01-Debbie Sams/Alive & Well Coalition; :
OUT Q=on the triggers.
90-percent of all smokers started before the age of 20.
Coming up tonight is sports, Ferrum opens play in the Dixie Conference
tourney, Roy Stanley talks with UVa's Symmion Willis.
And a lot of folks are gearing up for big racing weekend at Martinsville,
including our own Steve Mason.
Steve adlibs toss to the break
Winston Cup drivers are just a day away from qualifying at Martinsville for
Sunday's Goody's 500.
Michael Waltrip's best finish at the half mile track is 7th back in 1991.
Double Boxes=Mike and Steve/Microwave
Steve Mason now joins us from Grand Piano at Valley View with the driver of
the Wood Brothers Ford. Steve.
Mike, there are over 20 Grand Piano locations in and out of Virginia and I
have the grandest visitor of all right here.
Michael, before every race, drivers are out and about with fans in
promotional efforts, how has your visit here at grand gone with the fans?
SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Driver of Citgo Ford; :00
Michael, neither the Wood Brothers or yourself have ever won at Martinsville
talk about the importance of that and how the testing in early April at
Martinsville has helped?
ROLL VIDEO OVER SECOND ANSWER!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Martinsville/April 3; :00
Qualifying is Friday what will you all do to try and qualify towards the
Double Boxes=Mike and Steve/Microwave
Mike, since Grand Piano sponsors Mr. Waltrip, I'll try and bring home a
grandfather clock for you and Roy, Mike.
Fans looking to catch some action tomorrow at the track can get a whole day's
just $10 dollars.
Winston Cup practice gets started at 11 tomorrow morning.
Qualifying begins at 3 o'clock with the top 25 spots up for grabs for Sunday's
Last night at Salem Memorial Stadium Symionn Willis put on a show in
leading the Cavaliers to a 2 to 1 win over Virginia Tech.
And Roy Stanley says the former Virginia quarterback may get a chance to
showcase his skills in pro baseball.
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SUPER=01-Symmion Willis/UVa Outfielder; :10
SUPER=03-Salem/Cavaliers vs Hokies; :25
SUPER=01-Dennis Womack/UVa Head Coach; :40
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((Willis quit the football team in the fall after he was told by head coach
George Welsh that he couldn't play quarterback.))
((SYMMION WILLIS/UVA OUTFIELDER: ))
((And it is happening. In his first full season of baseball Willis is hitting
293 with 3 home runs including last nights shot at Memorial stadium.
The Coaches say he's getting better every game and it's catching the eyes
of major league scouts.))
((DENNIS WOMACK/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
((Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Virginia football coach George Welsh has named Roanoke's own Tiki Barber has
one of his captains for the upcoming football season.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Saturday; :00
Barber, who is a rising senior, was a first team all ACC performer last
This year the UVa sports information office is pushing him for the Heisman
Tiki is also a first team academic all-american.
Defensive Tackle Todd White joins Tiki as the squads other captain.
The Dixie Conference baseball tournament is in its second day in Danville,
and this afternoon the second seeded Ferrum College Panthers are in the
SUPER=03-Danville/Shenandoah vs. Ferrum; :00
The Panthers were taking on Shenandoah today and they wasted little time
getting on the board as big Patrick Muncher the designated hitter crunches one
over the Texas Steakhouse sign in left. It's a two run shot and it's
Shenandoah would cut the lead to one in the third with a two out RBI double
to center field.
Right now Ferrum leads the game
2 to 1 in the 3rd inning.
The Charlotte Hornets quest to make the playoffs continues tonight at the
hive as they host the Bucks.
SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC/This Morning; :00
The Hornets are a half game behind the Heat in the race for the final Eastern
Despite the pressure, the coaching staff was loose at today's shootaround.
Matt Geiger may miss tonight's game with a sprained ankle.
The Roanoke Symphony is passing the baton to a new conductor.
This afternoon, officials named
David Wiley music director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Roanoke
Valley Choral Society.
Double Box=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Joe Dashiell reports now from the Jefferson Center where they made the
announcement just a few minutes ago.
Keith, as you reported earlier this week, David Wiley comes to the Roanoke
Symphony from Minneapolis, where he was the assistant conductor, the number
three man, in the Minnesota Orchestra.
Today, he accepted the new position and talked at length about his personal
IN Q=about 10 years
SUPER=01-David Wiley/Music Director Designate;
OUT Q=building community through music
Today's announcement ends a two- year search for Victoria Bond's
Two hundred applicants from around the world were narrowed down to five,
and now finally to one, David Wiley.
He will join the orchestra immediately and
Double Box=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Keith, Wiley will make his debut on opening night of the 96- 97 season,
October 21st at the Roanoke Civic Center.