Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A free turkey dinner served in a most UN-likely setting....
The potential effects of deregulating the power companies.
And a whole lot of history crammed into one museum in Pearisburg.
In sports, The traditional Thanksgiving day N-F-L football games were played
today And Barry Sanders celebrates with a record day in The Motor City.
And what to the Hokies and Cavaliers eat on thanksgiving Steve Mason will
show you in sports.
A perfect Holiday forecast, more great weather is on the way for the
weekend. Stay tuned for all the details from the News 7 Weather Center.
A North Carolina woman died in a mutli-vehicle accident over- night on
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The four-vehicle wreck happened near the Poplar Camp exit.
State police say a tractor trailer was unable to stop for a traffic backup,
and plowed into a car causing the wreck.
Investigators say Alma Gertrude Weeks of Durham died at the scene.
A mother and her two children were found dead in their home yesterday in
Police say 27-year old Rhonda Bush had been dead for a while.
Her two children ages two and one apparently died some time later of
Police say they are treating the mother's death as a murder.
The Red Lobster restaurant in Christiansburg got into the Thanksgiving
spirit today by turning away seafood lovers.
Turkey was the only thing on the menu -- free for the less fortunate.
IN Q=This is wonderful
((EVANGELINA ABALOS: THIS IS WONDERFUL. IT'S VERY GOOD.))
OUT Q=it's very good
Only on Thanksgiving can turkeys be found in Red Lobster -- and several
generations gathered for the feast.
Volunteers served food -- with a side helping of friendship .
IN Q=If they're hungry
((CLARA SOWERS/VOLUNTEER: THEY'RE HUNGRY, THEY'RE LONELY. SO MANY TIMES IT'S
NOT SIMPLY NOT HAVING THE FOOD. IT'S A MEAL EATEN ALONE IS A VERY UNTASTEFUL
THING. SO SIMPLY COMING IN AND HAVING SOMEONE BE NICE TO YOU, TREAT YOU TO
SOMETHING, MAKES THEM FEEL GOOD AND HELPS US.))
OUT Q=and helps us
And the children seemed to enjoy the turkey idea.
Local lawmakers are serving Thanksgiving dinner to the elderly.
IN Q=Hi Miss St. Clair!
((BOB GOODLATTE/U-S CONGRESS: HI MISS ST. CLAIR! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! LILLIAN
ST. CLAIR: THANK YOU.))
OUT Q=thank you
91-year-old Lillian St. Clair lives alone in Vinton.
She recently had hip surgery and needs a cane.
But Congressman Bob Goodlatte is giving her plenty to be thankful for -- a
turkey dinner with flowers, toiletries, and a card from local children.
Meals-on-Wheels delivers food to the elderly and homebound all year.
Some legislators are struggling to beef up the program.
IN Q=We're always fighting
((DEL. VIC THOMAS/(D) ROANOKE: WE'RE ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR MORE FUNDS BECAUSE WE
GOT A WAITING LIST JUST ABOUT ACROSS THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. WE'VE HAD TO SCRAP
SOMETIMES BUT WE'VE GOTTEN THE MONEY INCREASES EACH YEAR AND IT'S THE BEST
MONEY WE COULD SPEND I BELIEVE.))
OUT Q=I believe
Volunteers say spending time is also important -- and can make the
difference in someone's day.
Try buying a Thanksgiving dinner with food stamps.
Melissa Salters saved all month to cook for her family.
She's unemployed and feeds her three children with welfare checks.
State Senator John Edwards is also living on food stamps this month.
He wants to know what it's like for Melissa.
She hopes he learns.
IN Q=How hard
((MELISSA SALTERS/: HOW HARD IT IS FOR US TO MAKE IT. HOPING, WHEN I DO START
WORKING, THEY WON'T TAKE IT ALL AWAY FROM US AT ONCE -- AND JUST GRADUALLY TAKE
IT AWAY SO WE CAN GET ON OUR FEET TO MAKE IT.))
OUT Q=to make it
The two were matched up in a program called Walk a Mile -- today Edwards
watched Salters prepare Thanksgiving dinner.
IN Q=The most important thing
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/(D) ROANOKE: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT
IT'S LIKE TO LIVE ON FOOD STAMPS FOR A MONTH -- YOU HAVE TO STRETCH IT ... AND
OUT Q=and other restaurants
Edwards says he will pay more attention to child care issues and
transportation for the poor when he returns to Richmond.
In his waning days as Governor, George Allen's putting the stamp on his own
legacy... and maybe that of one of his heroes.
Allen got his fellow Republican governors to back a bill that would rename
the Washington National Airport in Arlington the "Ronald Wilson Reagan National
IN Q=Ronald Reagan
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: RONALD REAGAN ALSO BELIEVED IN TRUSTING THE PEOPLE. AND
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE CONGRESS WERE RUNNING AND OWNING THESE AIRPORTS.
AND THE OPERATIONS WERE INEFFICIENT. AND SINCE RONALD REAGAN WAS PRESIDENT,
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION ELIZABETH DOLE, THEY TURNED
OVER THE OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE AIRPORTS, AWAY FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTHORITY.))
OUT Q=airports authority.
Allen says improvements to parking and a brand new terminal are the result
of that move.
Congress may vote on the bill by President Reagan's 87th birthday in
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Still to come on News 7 at 6, think your electric bill is too high?
The Electric company doesn't think so, and when we reuturn, we'll tell you why
deregulation could raise rates in our region.
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After the holiday season ends, one issue on the General Assembly's calendar
will be electric deregulation.
A federal law says all states must restructure their utility industries.
But in Virginia, electric rates are already low, and new laws might not lower
Scott Goldberg takes a look at Virginia's deregulation dilemma.
IN Q=When you
SUPER=01-Ken Schrad/State Corporation Commission; :23
SUPER=01-Sen. Jack Reasor/(D) Bluefield; 1:12
SUPER=01-Linn Draper/American Electric Power CEO; 2:03
OUT Q=SG, News-7
((When you moved into Southwest Virginia, bought a new home or found a new
apartment here, chances are you called A-E-P.
Standup -- cover first :05 with b-roll of AEP sign
IN Q=In most of Southwest Virginia
((IN MOST OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER HAS A MONOPOLY ON THE
SALE OF ELECTRICITY. uncovered now:
THAT MEANS YOU DON'T HAVE A CHOICE. IF YOU WANT POWER IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE,
YOU PAY A-E-P. AND YOU PAY WHATEVER THE COMPANY CHARGES. ALL THAT CHANGES IF
VIRGINIA DEREGULATES ITS ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY.))
OUT Q=electricity industry
"Ken Schrad" tape
IN Q=The Virginia
((KEN SCHRAD/STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION: THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS
LOOKING VERY CLOSELY AT THIS.))
OUT Q=AT THIS
Ken Schrad is director of the Commonwealth's State Corporation Commission.
His agency wrote a two-part plan for deregulating Virginia's utility
Under that plan, electric monopolies would end and consumers would have their
choice of suppliers.
IN Q=there are arguments
((KEN SCHRAD: THERE ARE ARGUMENTS THAT IF WE DO CHANGE THE WAY WE REGULATE THE
UTILITY INDUSTRY, EVERYONE'S GOING TO BENEFIT. WE'RE NOT SURE OF THAT YET IN
OUT Q=IN VIRGINIA
The reason for uncertainty is Virginia already has low electric rates...
Thirty-eight percent below the national average in A-E-P's territory.
Consumer groups worry that opening the electric market to competition would
actually RAISE Virginia's rates, placing them in line with what the rest of the
"coal conference" tape
IN Q=we do not
((STATE SENATOR JACK REASOR/D-BLUEFIELD: WE DO NOT HAVE THE PRESSURE ON
VIRGINIA THAT OTHER STATES ARE FACING BECAUSE OUR RATES ARE IN PRETTY GOOD
OUT Q=GOOD SHAPE
State Senator Jack Reasor is heading a joint House and Senate subcommittee on
So far, the committee has not found a way to make sure retail competition
would guarantee lower prices.
IN Q=i suspect
((JACK REASOR: I SUSPECT WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SUBCOMMITTEE INVESTIGATION FOR AT
LEAST ANOTHER YEAR BECAUSE IT IS A COMPLEX QUESTION. THERE ARE A LOT OF AREAS
natsound of factory??
generic industry shots
For example, who really stands to benefit?
The State Corporation Commission says the big push is coming from industries
that pay massive monthly electric bills.
IN Q=so if
((KEN SCHRAD: SO IF THEY CAN SAVE 10 PERCENT ON A $150,000-A-MONTH ELECTRIC
BILL, THAT'S A BIG SAVINGS TO THEM. ))
OUT Q=TO THEM
COAL CONFERENCE TAPE
IN Q=we believe
((DR. LINN DRAPER/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER CEO: WE BELIEVE THAT ALL CUSTOMER
CLASSES CAN BENEFIT.))
OUT Q= CAN BENEFIT.
Dr. Linn Draper is C-E-O of American Electric Power.
IN Q=we've seen
((DRAPER: WE'VE SEEN IN EVERY OTHER INDUSTRY AS PEOPLE HAVE CHOICE, THE PRICE
HAS GONE DOWN. ))
OUT Q= gone down
That's not entirely true.
While airline deregulation DID bring lower ticket prices...
And the breakup of A-T-and-T led to lower long-distance rates,
the cost of a pay-phone call has gone up.
So have cable rates.
A-E-P says the way to fight higher prices is to freeze rates while utilities
make the transition to retail competition...
Something Senator Reasor says is out of the question.
IN Q=if the whole
((SEN. JACK REASOR: IF THE WHOLE GOAL IS TO GET OUT OF REGULATION AND GET INTO
A FREE RETAIL MARKET, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF WE START MANDATING WHAT THOSE
RATES ARE GOING TO BE OR THE LEVELS, THEN WE'RE DEFEATING THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF
IN Q= Any state
((ANY STATE THAT DOES NOT PASS ITS OWN LAWS WILL SOON HAVE TO FOLLOW FEDERAL
DEREGULATION GUIDELINES. SO VIRGINIA'S LAWMAKERS ARE TRYING TO BEAT CONGRESS
TO THE PUNCH, EVEN IF IT MEANS FIXING A SYSTEM THAT ALREADY HAS VIRGINIANS
PAYING SOME OF THE NATION'S LOWEST ELECTRIC BILLS. IN ROANOKE COUNTY, SCOTT
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In just a few moments, Roy Stanley will along with highlights from the
Turkey day football games,
but first, we'll head to downtown Pearisburg where Giles County residents have
a new connection with their past.
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U-S Congressman Virgil Goode fielded questions from community college
students in four different schools recently -- using video technology.
Goode was at Danville Community College -- but he could see students at
Piedmont Virginia, Southside Virginia, and Patrick Henry community colleges on
Goode said the federal government should give money to schools -- but not
IN Q=The federal rules
((VIRGIL GOODE/U.S. CONGRESSMAN: THE FEDERAL RULES WOULD BE ONE SIZE FITS ALL
FOR THE NATION. WHAT'S GOOD IN CALIFORNIA, MONTANA AND HAWAII MIGHT NOT BE
GOOD IN VIRGINIA. I VERY MUCH DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE FEDS DICTATING TO THE
LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM.))
OUT Q=local school system
Meanwhile many students were concerned about child care.
IN Q=It's just so hard
((RUSSELL HAMMACK/STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION: IT'S JUST SO HARD TO GO TO
COLLEGE AND TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS TOO, SO IF WE CAN HAVE A BUILDING OR
SOMETHING IN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES THAT TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS WHILE THEY GO TO
COLLEGE THAT WOULD BE AWESOME AND SOMETHING TO TAKE A LOOK AT BUT IT COSTS A
LOT OF MONEY.))
SUPER=01-Russell Hammock/Student President;
OUT Q=it costs a lot of money
Meanwhile Saturday ends the public comment period for a proposed change in
the requirements of licensed day-care providers.
The Child Day-Care Council has held four public hearings on the changes,
which are designed to eliminate redundancy, and unnecessary paperwork. The
Council held it's final public hearing in Roanoke this week.
Next week, they'll evaluate the feedback.
IN Q=The council will go
((SHARON JONES/CHILD DAY-CARE COUNCIL; THE COUNCIL WILL GO BACK AND LOOK AT
WHAT THE PUBLIC HAD TO SAY, WE WILL LOOK TO SEE IF WE NEED TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS
AND IF SO, THEN THEY WILL DO THAT AND GO OUT FOR ANOTHER 30 DAY COMMENT PERIOD
SO WE'VE GOT ANOTHER COMMENT PERIOD AFTER THIS ONE COMING YET. ))
SUPER=01-Sharon Jones/Child Day-Care Council;
OUT Q=coming yet
Some daycare providers expressed concern about lower eduation standers for
The council chairwoman says a decision on the new regulations will come in
the middle of next year, at the earliest.
One Southwest Virginia county isn't losing touch with its ancestors.
The newly constructed Giles County Historical Museum is preserving the
area's rich history by sharing it with local residents.
Teresa Hamilton takes us inside for a look.
SUPER=01-Jean Davis/Historical Society President; :06 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Bill Hamilton/Giles Co. Historical Society; :48 QUICK!!!!
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Pearisburg.
(( If you're a local history buff-- the Giles County Historical Museum in
Pearisburg is one place you might find fascinating.
IN Q=I think
((JEAN DAVIS/HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT:I THINK PERHAPS THE OLDEST THING WE
HAVE HERE IS THE ORIGINAL LAND GRANT THAT WAS GIVEN TO GEORGE PARIS FOR WHOM
PEARISBURG IS NAMED.))
OUT Q=is named.
Other areas of the county are also well represented--- through newspaper
articles, antique books, knick knacks and clothing-- ALL from years gone by.
IN Q=The people
((JEAN DAVIS/HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT: THE PEOPLE OF GILES COUNTY ARE
MOSTLY DIRECT DESCENDANTS OF SOME OF THE EARLY SETTLERS WHO ARRIVED HERE MOST
OF THEM HAD THESE ARTIFACTS IN THEIR ATTICS, OR YOU KNOW, BASEMENT OR BARN,
SOMEPLACE THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO FIND QUITE A FEW ITEMS. ))
OUT Q=few items.
This wooden hearse-- that's a favorite with school kids-- is one example.
IN Q=This was
((BILL HAMILTON/GILES CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: THIS WAS STORED IN A BARN FOR A
LONG TIME AND JUST RECENTLY THEY REFURBISHED IT AND REFINISHED THE WHOLE THING.
OUT Q=whole thing.
The two story museum opened earlier this month after more than a year's
construction-- thanks to the generosity of the Johnston family, local
residents, businesses and grants.
The historical museum is always looking for new artifacts. THe ones on
display, now, will only be in place through January 15th.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pearisburg.))
And coming up, The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Oilers are battling in Texas
this Thanksgiving day.
And Barry Sanders has a record setting day as the Detroit Lions rout the
Barry Sanders moved past Eric Dickerson into second place on the all time
N-F-L rushing list and he also scored three touchdowns as the Lions beat the
Bears 55 to 20.
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Detroit trailed 14 to nothing after the first quarter then Scott Mitchell
hooks up with Herman Moore on the 8 yard T-D pass but the Lions trailed 17 to
Sanders scored his first T-D of the day on this playing taking the handoff
and outrunning the Bears defense for the 40 yard touchdown to make it 20 to 17
The game was tied 20 to 20 at the half then Mitchell opened the third
quarter going to the air and hitting Johnny Morton on the 50 yard touchdown to
make the score 27 to 20 Detroit.
Sanders scored again in the third SUPER=30-Detroit/55/Chicago/20/;as he
blows through the line and makes a nice cut back on the 27 yard touchdown run
and the Lions win it 55 to 20.
The Dallas Cowboys are competing in their 30-th Thanksgiving day as the host
the Tennessee Oilers.
The game is in the third quarter and Tennessee leads 24 to 7.
The game is very important to both teams. Dallas is 6 and 6 and the Oilers
have the same record and both are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive in
their respective conferences.
Most of the media attention this week has surrounded quarterbacks and
But what about the players that shoulder the heaviest load? The lienman.
Steve Mason has more on the guys in the trenches.
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Marshall receiver Randy Moss is the Mid American Conference offensive
player of the year.
Moss led the conference in all purpose yards, averaging 180 per game.
Moss has led Marshall to a 9 and 2 record and next week's championship game
against Toledo tied for the Division 1-A record for touchdown catches in a
Moss is also a candidate for the Heisman trophy.
Meantime, Fred Couples has withdrawn from this weekend's Skins game in La
Quinta, California. Couples will spend the time with his ailing father.
David Duvall takes his place in the field that also includes Tiger Woods,
tom Lehman and Mark O'Meara.
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