Coming up next on News 7 at Six...
A shooting in Pulaski County leave a husband and wife dead in the yard
outside their home.
And we'll tell you about a project that affects almost everyone who drives
In sports, a complete listing of WDBJ bowl listings headed your way, Mike
Stevens will join us once again from Miami with all of the days news about the
Virginia Tech Hokies,
and speaking of Hokies, a former one receives a parting playoff gift for yet
another strong season.
You might have looked twice at the calendar today-- these temperatures
certainly don't feel like December.
The numbers will moderate a little-- but stay pretty warm during the
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is investing what they believe to be
SS=News 7 at Six
I'm Eric Earnhart.
The bodies of Betty D. Burgess and her estranged husband Douglas were
discovered, last night, in front of their home on Alum Springs Road.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last Night;
Investigators say the couple had been separated for some time but Douglas
Burgess was living in the house.
Neighbors say they heard shots ring out sometime around nine last night.
IN Q=SO WE WENT
((BARRY LANE: SO WE WENT OUT TO USE THE BATHROOM. ALL AT ONCE WE HEARD TWO
SHOTS LIKE A HIGH POWERED RIFLE. LIKE 20 SECONDS LATER ANOTHER SHOT WENT UP.))
((A.R. WEBB/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: RESPONDED TO HEARING GUN SHOTS IN THE
AREA. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY FOUND TWO BODIES IN THE FRONT YARD, A MALE AND A
FEMALE WITH APPARENT GUN SHOT WOUNDS.))
SUPER=07-Barry Lane; :00
SUPER=01-A.R. Webb/Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :17
OUT Q=GUN SHOT WOUNDS
Webb says both suffered gun shot wounds to the head.
Investigators say Douglas was found clutching a high powered revolver, but
there's is evidence that there was another handgun at the scene.
Deputies believe Betty Burgess may have suffered other gunshot wounds from a
smaller caliber gun before the fatal wound.
The incident is still under investigation.
Still no word yet on the identifies of the two men found dead Friday in
The badly decomposed bodies of two black men were found in an apartment at
4-29 Day Avenue.
An autopsy conducted yesterday showed that both men had been shot once in
the head by a gun of the same type found near one of the bodies.
A maintenance man found the bodies after residents complained of a foul odor
in the building.
Police say the men had been dead for about a week.
Traffic was back up for miles in Christiansburg after a four vehicle pileup
One man was partially ejected from a pickup truck.
It happened a little after 6 o'clock on the westbound lane of Pepper's Fairy
Road near the intersection of Stafford.
One vehicle was turning when another one hit two others causing a chain
A man was taken to Radford Community Hospital, after being thrown into the
Police have not released his name or condition.
No one else was injured.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is in the process of developing a
20 Billion dollar plan which would make Interstate 81 a safer road to travel.
The project would affect every Virginia mile of I-81.
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=Increased traffic
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Friday; :00
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :08
SUPER=01-Floyd Miller/Truck Driver; 1:25
OUT Q=News 7
((Accidents like this overturned tractor trailer point to needed
improvements to interstate 81.
IN Q=the interstate
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: THE INTERSTATE IS AT CAPACITY. BASICALLY
ALL WE HAVE OPEN IS THE LEFT LANE TO MANEUVER AND THAT JUST IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM
FOR ALL THE VEHICLES OUT THERE.))
OUT Q=vehicles out there
stand up 12:19:50
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: INTERSTATE 81 IS HANDLING MORE TRAFFIC AND
HEAVIER VEHICLES THAN IT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO DO 30 YEARS AGO.
INITIALLY THIS HIGHWAY WAS DESIGNED TO HANDLE 15-PERCENT TRUCK TRAFFIC. NOW
TRUCKS MAKE UP TO 40-PERCENT OF THE TRAFFIC AND AT NUMBER WILL CONTINUE TO
IN Q=IT'S ONE OF
((BULLOCK: IT'S ONE OF THE EIGHT MOST TRAVELED ROADS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT
CARRIES ABOUT 20-PERCENT OUT OF STATE TRAFFIC SO WE KNOW THERE'S A GREAT DEAL
OF INTEREST IN KEEPING IT OPEN AS A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE.))
OUT Q=AS A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE
V-DOT is developing a master plan.
Officials started by dividing Virginia's 325 mile stretch of 81 into ten
IN Q=each of those
((BULLOCK: EACH OF THOSE SECTIONS WILL HAVE A CONSULTANT FIRM BROUGHT ON TO
HELP US DECIDE SUCH THINGS AS WHERE THE WIDENING SHOULD BE DONE. SHOULD IT BE
IN THE MEDIAN OR SHOULD IT BE ON THE OUTSIDE. DO THE INTERCHANGES NEED TO BE
OUT Q=NEED TO BE RE-CONFIGURED
These studies will take about two years.
They will prioritize which sections should be first on the upgrade list.
Bullock says 81's mountainous terrain make the widening process a challenge.
Truck drivers say when the improvements finally occur it will be a welcome
IN Q=it'll cut down
((FLOYD MILLER/TRUCK DRIVER: IT'LL CUT DOWN THE CONGESTION AND IT WOULD
GREATLY IMPROVE THE SAFETY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT YOU GET THAT LANE OUT THERE
FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE IN A TERRIBLE HURRY.))
OUT Q=a terrible hurry
The state wide project will take about 20 years to complete.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6, the top five business stories of 19-96 are
highlighted in the year end Business Review,
and Virginia Tech fans are making their way to Miami.
They think their chances are good against Nebraska.
wx ad lib
Well you didn't have to travel down south to enjoy warm weather-- we had
plenty of it right here.
Another day with highs in the 60s-- even reaching the 70s in the star city.
Here's the list of highs and lows..
MUSIC UP FULL
Charter planes carrying thousands of Virginia Tech fans have been taking
flight from the Roanoke Regional Airport this weekend.
Hokie fans are hoping their team will introduce Nebraska to a new breed of
The Fighting Gobblers are taking on the Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl
The New Year's Eve contest is drawing many southwest Virginians to Florida
and some are turning the trip into a family reunion.
IN Q=MY TWO SONS
((CHICK WISMAN/TECH FAN: MY TWO SONS AND DAUGHTER ARE GRADUATES THERE AND MY
OLDER SON IS COMING IN FROM COLORADO TO MEET US DOWN THERE.))
SUPER=01-Chick Wisman/Tech Fan;
OUT Q=US DOWN THERE
But Tech is meeting a formidable foe in Miami.
Nebraska has won back to back national championships.
But these fans say they have divine guidance and no mountain is to high to
climb when a good time is the goal.
IN Q=I'M LIKE SEMONES
((MELBA WISMAN/TECH FAN: I'M LIKE SEMONES. HE SAYS WE CAN DO ALL THINGS
THROUGH CHRIST. HE STRENGTHENS US. HE THINKS I'M SILLY. BUT I THINK HE'S ON
OUR SIDE AND IF HE'S NOT THAT'S ALL RIGHT AND BESIDES GEORGE WALSH PICKED US TO
((MICKY HATCHER/TECH FAN: WE'LL GO. WE'LL HAVE A GOOD TIME. IT'LL BE A FUN
GAME. IT'S A BIG GAME FOR TECH. IF WE WIN IT'S GREAT. IF WE LOSE IT'S FINE.
NO WORRIES ABOUT NEBRASKA?
NO. WIN OR LOSE THE PAY'S THE SAME.))
SUPER=01-Melba Wisman/Tech Fan; :00
SUPER=01-Micky Hatcher/Tech Fan; :13
OUT Q=PAY'S THE SAME
If you can't make the trip to Miami, you can get front row seats courtesy of
Your Hometown Station.
WDBJ-7 will air the Orange Bowl Tuesday night.
You'll want to tune in at 6:30 for Mike Stevens' pre-game show.
Last week we told you how bowl appearances have upped student's applications
to Virginia Tech.
The same seems to be true with the University of Virginia.
University officials say a record number of students applied for -- and were
offered -- early admission for the fall semester.
U-V-A admissions officers reviewed two-thousand 325 early-decision
applications in recent months.
That's an increase of 36 percent over 19-94.
1996 had its share of big business stories in our area.
Bidding wars, industrial locations, and plant closings round out the top
five economic events.
Len Besthoff brings us part two of the News-7 Business Review Year End
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Spring 1996; :07
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February; :29 Quick!!!
SUPER=03-Henry Co./August; :50
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/November; :57
OUT Q=Nat Sot
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
During a two month stretch this spring Botetourt County sealed the deal on
four separate industrial locations.
Employers including York, Dynax, and Meadville Forging will create hundreds
of new jobs in the area.
Around the same time, Frito Lay announced plans to put a new plant in
Lynchburg that will create 800 positions.
The Hill City beat out competitors from several other states jockeying for
the snack food giant.
Earlier in the year Roanoke County landed a big one when R-R Donnelley
announced plans to put a book factory in its industrial park.
The company projects it could employ up to 700 people within a few years.
Southside Virginia took two big hits in 1996.
First Sara Lee Knit Products closed its last plant in the area, costing
about 400 jobs.
Then Dupont announced plans to close its nylon operation in Henry County,
eliminating roughly 550 positions.
The top story of the year involved the bidding war for Philadelphia based
Two large employers in our area, Norfolk Southern and C-S-X, are willing to
spend billions for it, but so far no one has won this battle.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
Soft Music Under
Still to come on News 7, we'll have an Orange Bowl update.
Mike Stevens we'll join us live from Miami.
and bad choices with food has left one in four children in the country
Experts say better choices comes from education.
MUSIC UP FULL
Recent studies have found that kids are consuming too much fat, sugar and
A South Carolina survey found most kids only eat ONE serving of fruit and
vegetables a day.
And there are warnings it's up to PARENTS to set a better example.
It may also be helpful for kids to understand just WHY better food choices
are so important.
IN Q=I think it's
((NANCY MAURELLI/NUTRITION EXPERT: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT NOT TO GET INTO POWER
STRUGGLES WITH KIDS ABOUT FOOD AND LET THEM HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF AUTONOMY
WITHIN CERTAIN PARAMETERS
AND ALSO TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THE RATIONALE WHY. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD
YOU MUST DRINK THAT GLASS OF MILK OR YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE CANDY BEFORE DINNER
BUT WE DIDN'T EVER EXPLAIN, WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT, HOW DID THAT EFFECT ME, WHAT
DIFFERENCE DOES THAT MAKE. AND I THINK TREATING CHILDREN AS A LITTLE BIT MORE
INTELLIGENT AUTONOMOUS CREATURES WOULD PROBABLY GO A LONG WAY TOWARD HELPING
THEM MAKE BETTER CHOICES IN TERMS OF THEIR OWN BEHAVIOUR.))
SUPER=01-Nancy Maurelli/Nutrition Expert
OUT Q=their own behaviour.
More than one in four children under age 12 is overweight--
Aside from the obvious health problems, being out of shape can cause
But, the pendulum swings both ways.
Other studies tell us 50 percent of fourth grade GIRLS are on diets
because they think they're too fat.
And in high school 90-percent of the girls are also on diets.
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Good news on the gypsy moth front.
State officials say not a single acre of Virginia was defoliated by the
destructive pests this year.
That follows a record year for destruction last year, when almost a million
acres was ravaged.
But the list of localities whose forests are quarantined because of the
moths will expand by 16 in January.
As of now, 90 localities are required to notify state agriculture officials
when logs are transported.
Experts say the moths probably will rebound in the future.
The Iron Curtain falls on the Cinderella Colts, Bruce Smith receives a
We are also gonna talk about current Hokies.
Mike Stevens near down town Miami.
(toss to Mike)
(Mike ad lib)
TAPE#=Starlink (Rolled from Truck)
The Oeange Bowl Media day was the main focus down in sunny Miami today as
reporters from all over the country decensed on the Hokies and the Huskers.
Double Boxes=Steve and Mike/Starlink
Mike Stevens joins us once again from the sunshine state with more on the
days's hapennings. Mike
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: "a chance to loosen up a little bit" )
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Frost/Nebraska Quarterback; :25
SUPER=01-Ahman Green/Nebraska I-Back; :39
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :59
SUPER=01-DeAngelo Evans/Nebraska I-Back; 1:13
SUPER=01-Myron Newsome/Virginia Tech Lineback; 1:34
OUT Q=....tuesday night"
roll Q=break his silience"
( ad lib)
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=04-Orange Bowl Media Day; :00
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Virginia Tech Running Back; :26
OUT Q=..it behind me"
Double Boxes=Steve and Mike/Starlink
The Virginia Tech/Nebraska Orange Bowl game airs right here on your
Hometown Station New Years eve at 7. And Mike Stevens and our Miami Vice sports
team has a half hour pre game special in store for you at 6:30.
WIPE TO BOARDS-----1020 SUN BOWL
The Bowl Bonanza continues on your Hometown State. at 2pm on the 31st, WDBJ
will air the Sun Bowl
Your Hometown Station will also carry the BYU/Kansas State Cotton Bowl new
years day at 1:30
and the Penn State/Texas Fiesta Bowl at 8pm new years day. All of those
games right here on WDBJ.
The Pittsburgh Steelers turned in a 29 point second half on their way to a
42-14 domination of the Indianapolis Colts today in the AFC wild card at Three
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/NBC; :00
The Colts battled back from a 13-nothing deficit that started with
defense. Eugene Daniel..is gonna read Mike Tomczak like book and pick off this
pass and return it 59 yards for a touchdown. 13-7 Steel Curtain.
Then, Jim Harbaugh hooks up with Aaron Bailey and it looked like yet
another inspirational Colt comeback as they led by one at the half.
...Not today. The Steelers used their bus, Jerome Bettis to score on the
first two drives of the third quarter. SUPER=30-Pittsburgh/42/Indianapolis/14;
This TD, plus the 2 pt conversion put Pittsburgh up 21-14.
Kordell Stewart relieved Mike Tomczak in the 2nd half and scored a pair of
TD's, Slash, the bus, and the Steelers will now play New England next Sunday.
IN Q="I think
((JEROME BETTIS/SCORED TWO TOUCHDOWNS:))
SUPER=01-Jerome Bettis/Scored 2 Touchdowns; :00
OUT Q=...set up the pass"
A former Boston Celtic was in Charlottesville watching his old team
beat Radford at University Hall yesterday.
Former Cavalier standout Junior Burrough was back checking out this year's
edition of the Hoops 'Hoos as they dismantled the Highlanders.
The 6-9 forward spent a year with the Celtics in the NBA, but was released
before this season. Despite the setback, he's finding some greener pastures as
a pro in Florence, Italy.
((JUNIOR BURROUGH/NOW PLAYING OVERSEAS:))
SUPER=01-Junior Burrough/Now Playing Overseas; :00
OUT Q=....to be back