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NEWS you won't find elsewhere:
...including an interview with the Roanoke woman with a test-case before the
Supreme Court. She says she was fired because she had a baby.
New poll numbers in the Senate race.
A chain gang in downtown Roanoke.
And a maybe treat our concert preview with Montell Jordan.
Tonight in sports, the Express make some big moves off the ice today bringing
in three new players, the flame is out on Cigar, and BIll Mallory,
is out in Indiana as the Hoosiers fire the 61-year old head football coach.
No tricks in the forecast tonight but after that, all treats are gone.
Talking cold and a little wet in the weather story just ahead.
A Roanoke woman who says she was fired because she had a baby will be a test
case for Virginia's sexual discrimination laws.
Lisa Bailey lost her job in 1994 at Cloverdale's Scott-Gallaher Incorporated
equipment rental company.
She says she missed 11 weeks of work during her pregnancy on doctor's
IN Q=And I said
((AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, WHEN DO YOU WANT ME TO COME BACK TO WORK? SHOULD I
COME BACK TO WORK ON A MONDAY? SHOULD I COME BACK WHEN THE PAY PERIOD STARTS?
AND HE BASICALLY TOLD ME THAT I DID NOT HAVE A JOB ANY LONGER, THAT I WAS NO
LONGER DEPENDABLE BECAUSE I HAD A CHILD. THAT IF MY DAUGHTER WAS TO GET SICK
HE WOULD HAVE TO LET ME LEAVE AND HE NEEDED SOMEBODY MORE DEPENDABLE TO DO THE
JOB. AND THAT MY PLACE WAS AT HOME.))
OUT Q=at home.
The company denies her allegations.
But the Virginia Supreme Court heard arguments today just on whether
anti-discrimination laws apply -- NOT the merits of Bailey's case.
IN Q=We have
((CLINTON MORSE/SCOTT-GALLAHER, INC. ATTORNEY: WE HAVE TO GO BY THE LAWS AS
DRAFTED BY OUR LEGISLATURE. IT'S NOT THAT I'M AGAINST WOMEN BEING PROTECTED
WITH RESPECT TO PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH. IT'S JUST THAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE
LAWS AS THEY'RE CURRENTLY WRITTEN.))
SUPER=01-Clinton Morse/Scott-Gallaher, Inc. Attorney;
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A decision is expected in several weeks.
The year- long dispute over ownership of Roanoke's Justice House is coming
to an end.
Last October, dozens of low- income families lost electricity and water.
They were eventually forced out of the apartment building because the city
deemed it unsafe.
This morning at a court hearing, members of the the Mennonite Board of
Missions said they thought the property had been sold to co- founder David
Hayden and Justice House tenants.
But that deal was never finalized because the deed was never signed.
Nonetheless, Hayden thought he left Justice House in the hands of Roanoke
IN Q=The discussion
((DAVID HAYDEN/JUSTICE HOUSE CO- FOUNDER: THE DISCUSSION WAS WITH R.A.M. AND
THEY WERE TO OFFER A SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR THE WORK. I ACTUALLY SIGNED A
WRITTEN AGREEMENT WITH THEM THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE MY PRESENCE THERE AT THEIR
REQUEST. THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND ABOUT THAT AND THE BUILDING CLOSED DOWN. ))
SUPER=01-David Hayden/Justice House Co-Founder;
OUT Q=closed down
An ownership decision is expected in a few weeks.
A fatal accident at a busy interchange in Roanoke this afternoon... though
authorities had trouble finding it.
State police say a truck ran off the exit ramp at Orange Avenue and
Interstate- 581 around lunchtime.
The truck went into the median and struck a concrete drain, killing the
driver, 40-year-old Benny Joe Brant.
A passing motorist called in the accident, and police went to check it out.
They didn't see it the first time around. Only after checking a few minutes
later, did they find it.
State police say it appears Brant suffered a fatal heart attack just before
No new confirmed cases of Legionnaires Disease in the New River Valley...the
number stands at 13.
Those MOST at risk are middle-aged to older men who are heavy drinkers or
smokers, or people who suffer from chronic illnesses.
But Tracy Altizer reports there are precautions we can all take in our
IN Q=Medical investigators are still
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health Dist. Dir.; :26
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Medical investigators are still collecting samples at numerous buildings
throughout the New River Valley, AND interviewing patients, trying to find a
common source of the 13 Legionnaire's cases so far.
At home, you can easily reduce the spread of the Legionella bacteria.
Common household sources include humidifiers, humidification systems
connected with central air- conditioning, even hot water heaters offer a
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIST. DIR.: YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR HOT WATER
HEATER AT ABOUT 122 DEGREES OR ABOVE TO PREVENT THE GROWTH OF BACTERIA IN THAT
HOT WATER HEATER.SOT 23:32:03HUMIDIFICATION SYSTEMS, ROOM HUMIDIFIERS,
COOL-MIST AND HOT-MIST HUMIDIFIERS, PEOPLE NEED TO DISINFECT AND CLEAN THESE ON
A ROUTINE BASIS. ))
IF investigators are able to isolate a common source for the current
outbreak, Hershey says they'll take fast action to eliminate any further threat
to public health.
((IT MAY MEAN SIMPLY JUST QUICKLY DISINFECTING THE AIR-COOLING SYSTEM.SOT
23:34:50 OR FIXING A HOT WATER HEATER TO THE PROPER TEMPERATURE, OR FIXING A
FAUCET SO THAT THE LITTLE SCREEN IN THE FAUCET ISN'T SPRAYING WATER ALL OVER
EVERYTHING. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT IF WE FIND WE CAN CERTAINLY
CORRECT RIGHT ON THE SPOT. ))
Hershey says the investigation will likely take weeks to complete. Tracy
Altizer, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
The latest Senate race numbers are in -- and John Warner's heavily favored.
But he's NOT playing the role gracefully.
IN Q=If he
((SEN. JOHN WARNER: IF HE THROWS HIS MONEY AROUND LIKE THIS IN A CAMPAIGN.
WHAT WOULD HE DO WITH YOUR HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS IF HE EVER GOT TO WASHINGTON
IN ANY POSITION? HE'S NOT GOING TO MAKE IT TO THE SENATE. BUT I GUESS HE'S
HELL BENT ON TRYING TO DO SOMETHING, SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME.))
That's about Mark Warner's nine million dollar personal contribution to his
John Warner appeared today with Governor George Allen to comment on the NEWS
7-Mason Dixon poll numbers.
The numbers show the Republican with 52- percent support, Democrat Mark
Warner with 37- percent, and 11- percent still undecided.
Mark Warner's campaign says its internal poll numbers show a much tighter
IN Q=Well I
((SEN. JOHN WARNER: WELL I THINK HE BETTER BUY MASON DIXON. I MEAN HE'S OUT
TRYING TO BUY EVERYTHING ELSE...14:05:49 WHAT ELSE CAN THE MAN SAY? IT'S
HALLOWEEN, AND THIS IS HIS IDEA OF A TRICK-OR-TREAT.))
A spokesman for Mark Warner says his candidate is a businessman who
understands the value of a dollar -- NOT a career politician.
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The Mason Dixon poll results can be found on W-D-B-J's home page--the address
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
Our candidate profile of Mark Warner continues tonight--the Democrat explains
why he would be an effective Senator for Virginia.
also-- grade schoolers in Halifax County say good bye to a good friend. A
loss of funding means cuts in a program with an important message. We'll
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Mark Warner still hopes to prove the polls and pundits wrong.
Tonight in the second part of our profile, Joe Dashiell reports on the
challenge Mark Warner must overcome, and the choice he hopes the voters will
IN Q=Two weeks before election day
SUPER=03-Richmond/Oct. 22; :00
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Two weeks before election day, a Richmond first- grader asks if the two
Warners are related.
SOT 04:32 WARNER FILE TAPE
IN Q=No he's not my brother
((NO HE'S NOT MY BROTHER. I'M THE NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION.))
OUT Q=new and improved version.
In a classroom and on the air, Mark Warner is still trying to explain how
he differs from the Senator who shares his last name.
And as the Democratic challenger faces the final days of the campaign, his
biggest enemy may be the image of John Warner as a middle of the road
Republican who stood up to Ollie North.
IN Q=So while I say
((SO WHILE I SAY IT WAS ALL WELL AND FINE AND I RESPECT WHAT HE DID IN THE CASE
OF MR. NORTH, BUT WHEN YOU GET THERE, YOU'VE GOT TO PERFORM ON THE FLOOR AND
HIS VOTES HAVE NOT BEEN VOTES THAT ARE GOING TO MOVE VIRGINIA FORWARD.))
OUT Q=move Virginia forward.
Moving Virginia forward, Mark Warner insists, will require an understanding
of how technology is transforming the economy...
IN Q=And i don't think
((AND I DON'T THINK MOST OF THE POLICY MAKERS, I DON'T THINK MOST MEMBERS OF
CONGRESS, THEY'VE BEEN THERE SO LONG, I DON'T THINK THEY GET IT.))
OUT Q=don't think they get it.
... a willingness to balance the budget and a commitment to the working
families of Virginia.
IN Q=When it comes to issues
((WHEN IT COMES TO ISSUES LIKE PROTECTING WOMEN'S RIGHTS OR THE FAMILY MEDICAL
LEAVE ACT, OR RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE, WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A SENATOR WITH
COMPASSION THAT IS WILLING TO STAND UP FOR THOSE FAMILIES.))
OUT Q=for those families.
If voters are to choose MarknotJohn, they will lose the seniority of an 18-
year incumbent, but the challenger says that's not the sacrifice it may seem.
IN Q=I think you can make up with
((I THINK YOU CAN MAKE UP WITH ENERGY AND PASSION AND WITH NEW IDEAS AND A
WILLINGNESS TO PUT IN HARD WORK AND LORD KNOWS I THINK EVEN MY WORST CRITIC
WOULD SAY I HAVE WORKED MY TAIL OFF IN THIS RACE. THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.))
OUT Q=that makes a difference.
Mark Warner has put in the miles on the campaign trail, and while he'll be
happy to leave behind a campaign that has cut and pasted his photograph, kept
him away from his family, and cost him millions of dollars, he says he has no
IN Q=I believe with all my heart
((I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART, EVEN MORE TODAY THAT WHEN I STARTED THE PROCESS
THAT I'M THE RIGHT CANDIDATE TO GO TO THE SENATE. THAT I UNDERSTAND THE
CHANGING ECONOMY. THAT I CAN MAKE SURE GOVERNMENT CAN HELP PROTECT PEOPLE'S
LIVES... NOT TAKE OVER THEIR LIVES, BUT PROTECT PEOPLE'S LIVES.))
OUT Q=people's lives.
And that is what he hopes the voters will remember when they make their
choice on Tuesday.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
A different approach to Congress here in Roanoke today:
A chain-gang of "tax slaves" snaked its way through downtown Roanoke this
noon with Libertarian Party candidate Jay Rutledge leading the way.
IN Q=Free us
((FREE US. WE PAY 50% OF OUR INCOME IN TAXES, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY.))
OUT Q=or indirectly.
SOT 12:17:43 OR 12:18:05
IN Q=Help me free
((HELP ME FREE THESE PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=you and me.
**KEITH on eng**
The UN-orthodox plea for votes is simply Rutledge's way of dramatizing his
contention that half of all private income is taken to support some level of
IN Q=This is what
((JAY RUTLEDGE: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHEN YOU SEND SPECIAL-INTEREST
GOOD-GUYS TO CONGRESS TO DO A GOOD, SPECIAL-INTEREST JOB ON US. WE END UP
HALF-OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT.
Keith Humphry: How did you get roped... er, I mean... chained into this? TED
CLARK/RUTLEDGE'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER: WELL, EVERY APRIL 15TH I GET CHAINED INTO
THIS. SO, I THOUGHT THIS YEAR I'D SO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.))
SUPER=01-Jay Rutledge/Libertarian Cand. for Congress
SUPER=01-Ted Clark/Rutledge's Campaign Manager;
OUT Q=something different.
Most citizens they encountered took it with good humor... though not
everyone was amused.
The stock market pushed higher today. The Dow was up 36 points.
NASDAQ gained 17 points.
The DARE program aims to get the anti-drug message to school children at an
But now funding for the Halifax County Sheriff Department's DARE program has
been drastically cut.
Teresa Hamilton reports: 2- thousand children will feel the impact.
IN Q=A visit
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jessica Hodge/First Grade; :18 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Danny Martin/Halifax Co. Deputy; :50 QUICK!!!!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( A visit from Deputy Danny Martin is a welcome TREAT on any day at Wilson
IN Q=Let's work
((LET'S WORK ON OUR "A's". A LITTLE BIT BETTER WHEN WE'RE WRITING THESE. ))
OUT Q=writing these
Wilson Memorial is one of 15- schools Martin visits throughout the County
((WHAT KINDS OF THINGS DO YOU TALK ABOUT?
JESSICA HODGE/FIRST GRADE:DON'T PUT STRANGE STUFF THAT DON'T GO IN YOUR MOUTH.
OUT Q=in your mouth.
It's been a bittersweet week for Martin-- saying goodbye to the younger
Halifax County will no longer receive an annual nine-thousand dollars in
federal money to pay for a part time DARE officer.
Martin will continue to work with fifth grade-- but without help, he'll no
longer visit kindergarten through fourth.
IN Q=One big
((ONE BIG HUG, BEFORE I LEAVE NOW.))
OUT Q=leave now.
IN Q=It hurts
((DANNY MARTIN/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF:IT HURTS VERY MUCH, AS I MENTIONED
2-THOUSAND KIDS ARE GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY THIS, IT REALLY HURTS.))
OUT Q=really hurts.
Many worry that by fifth grade, students have already formed opinions not
only about drug use, but officers in general.
That's why the Sheriff's department is seeking help.
There's little hope for any assistance this year, but in July, Sheriff Jeff
Oakes will ask the County Board of Supervisors and School Board for help.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Indiana's head football coach is fired this
afternoon, a Mariner other than Griffey is player of the year,
And Steve Mason checks in from the Roundhouse where the Roanoke Express
brought in some new players today in attempt to change things up a bit.
The university of Indiana has had enough of its football team struggling, and
today the Hoosiers fired head coach BIll Mallory.
SUPER=03-Bloomington, IN; :00
The 61 year-old coach will finish out the season, but after giving his all
for 13 years, walking away is never easy.
((BILL MALLORY/FIRED AS INDIANA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Mallory/Fired As Indiana Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...its a shock."
SUPER=03-Shreveport, LA/1994 Independence Bowl; :00
Ironically, Indiana's downfall began against Virginia Tech in the 1994
Independence Bowl. Since that day the Hoosiers program has hit rock bottom,
losing 15 of its past 19 games.
At 2-4 and 1, in last place in the East Division, and with some injuries
to a few key players; Express head coach Frank Anzalone is making his move.
Steve Mason has today's ice breaking stories.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Norfolk/Express vs. Admirals; :20
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :25
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :34
SUPER=01-Chris DeProfio/Express Center; 1:37
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The Express figured out part of the combination last night, beating Hampton
To further the team's progress, Anzalone brought in defenseman Oligs Sorokin
in return for cash.
Foward Steve Salhaney is a long shot trying out for the team, he comes from
the Riverfrogs on a tryout basis.
Goalie Paul Taylor also comes from Louisville. Roanoke, St. John and Calgary
believe he has potential.
The Express's affiliates did not ask Anzalone to bring these players in, but
it was dicussed.
Injuries have also damaged the Express. J.F. Tromblay hurt his ankle last
night against Hampton.
Right winger Tim Christian is out with a separated right shoulder and has
been relegated to the bike.
He had a partner Thursday afternoon, goalie Dave Gagnon, whose right knee is
Taylor is also here to spark Gagnon who has struggled, like most of the team.
The Express hosts defending riley cup champion Charlotte Friday night at
the Round House. Steve Mason, news 7 sports.
The Associated Press has named Seattle Mariners shortstop Alex Rodriguez the
major league's player of the year.
The 21 year old all-star batted 358 with 36 homers and knocked in 123 runs
He received 103 votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters beat Ken
Caminiti and John Smoltz, who were second and third respectively.
SUPER=03-Arlington Heights, IL/July 13th; :00
And finally, the successful racing career of six year old thoroughbred
"Cigar" is over.
The record setting horse was retired to stud today.
This win at Arlington Heights back in July tied "Cigar" with "Citation" as
the only two horses to win 16 straight races in North America.
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He's best known for his song "This Is How We Do It."
Montell Jordan is making an appearance tonight in Roanoke.
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Jean Jadhon joins us with more on tonight's concert.
Keith, lots of people are already downtown listening to Jordan's opening
The concert is taking place next to the First Union tower.
Jordan is expected to hit the stage within the next hour.
We caught up with him earlier this afternoon.
IN Q=yo what's up
OUT Q=don't miss it.
We'll have the latest news,
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weather, and sports tonight on News 7 Prime Time. That's at 10 p-m on
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region's only Prime Time Newscast.
And of course join us here on W-D-B-J for News 7 at 11.
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