Up next on News 7 at 11...
A Danville fire forced them out of their homes... now they may be going to
The JonBenet Ramsey murder case may be headed to a Grand Jury.
And singer Tim McGraw draws a crowd at the Roanoke Civic Center.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Victims of a recent apartment fire in Danville may try to recover some of
their losses in court.
The Thanksgiving night fire at Cabin Lake Apartments left 250 people
Now, they're asking for their money back.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=THEY'RE TELLING US
SUPER=01-Stephanie Harris/Cabin Lake Resident; :01
SUPER=01-Debra Corcoran/Attorney; :25
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=THEY'RE TELLING US
((STEPHANIE HARRIS/CABIN LAKE RESIDENT: THEY'RE TELLING US IF WE DIDN'T HAVE
RENTERS' INSURANCE WE'RE OUT OF LUCK. THERE ARE FAMILIES THAT HAVE NOWHERE TO
OUT Q=HAVE NOWHERE TO GO
Stephanie Harris says she's probably not going to get her deposit back or
the rent she's paid.
The Cabin Lake complex is actually classified as condominiums.
That means there are many different owners or landlords.
IN Q=tell me what
((Tell me what you all are seeking?
IMMEDIATELY TO AT LEAST GET THEIR SECURITY DEPOSITS BACK AND POSSIBLE SOME
PRO-RATED RENT SO THEY CAN BUY SOME BASIC NECESSITIES.))
OUT Q=SOME BASIC NECESSITIES
Some of the tenants are getting their deposits back, but they still plan to
take legal action because of the serious maintenance problems they say existed.
IN Q=basically people don't
((HARRIS: BASICALLY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT THE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED
ABOUT IT , BUT WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER AND DISCUSS IT, IT COMES OUT THAT THIS
HAS BEEN A PROBLEM AND NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT IT. IT HAD TO RESULT TO THIS.))
OUT Q=RESULT TO THIS
Debra Corcoran has represented many other fire victims and says even the
tenants who just experience smoke and water damage could be at risk.
IN Q=the people remaining
((CORCORAN: THE PEOPLE REMAINING IN THIS BUILDING WILL PROBABLY SUFFER FROM
SOMETHING WE CALL TOXIC TORT SYNDROME; ALLERGIES, FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS AND THEY
WON'T REALLY BE ABLE TO ISOLATE IT AND WHAT IT WILL HAVE BEEN IS THE SMOKE
COMING ON OVER.))
OUT Q=COMING ON OVER
Fire officials are looking into complaints that the smoke detectors did not
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Corcoran says drawing attention to the possible safety hazards could help
prevent other tragedies.
Denise Allen News 7.))
There are reports that the prosecutor in the JonBenet Ramsey murder will
take the case to a grand jury.
Ramsey was murdered almost a year ago.
Newsweek magazine says Boulder, Colorado district attorney Alex Hunter
wants to present the case to a grand jury, hoping witnesses testifying in
secret will give up information they haven't given police.
Hunter is also under pressure from a new Colorado law that says a report on
the case must be made public, if the grand jury doesn't issue an indictment.
There are still no named suspects in the case.
As negotiators try to salvage the peace process in the Middle East, there
were more harsh word for Israel today. (----------------)
SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza;
The spiritual leader of the Islamic group Hamas called on his supporters to
continue a holy war against Israel.
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said "now we are a weak people, but in the future we
will be a strong people and Israel will vanish from the earth."
Yassin was released from an Israeli prison last month.
His release was part of an effort to calm Palestinian anger over a failed
Israeli attempt to assassinate a Hamas official in Jordan.
Holiday travel is taking its toll on motorists along Virginia highways -
nearly a dozen people have died in traffic accidents over the past few days.
Students heading back to college and travelers making their way home from
relatives' homes make the Sunday after Thanksgiving a busy one for state
75-percent of the state police work force is on the road for the "CARE
IN Q=and the CARE
((R.J. CARPENTIERI/STATE POLICE: AND THE CARE HOLIDAY STANDS FOR COMBINED
ACCIDENT REDUCTION ENFORCEMENT BY OUR DEPARTMENT. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME THERE
WERE SEVEN FATALITIES IN THE STATE AND ALREADY THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 11 AS
OF THIS MORNING AND 2 OF THOSE WE KNOW WERE ALCOHOL RELATED.))
SUPER=01-R. J. Carpentieri/State Police;
OUT Q=ALCOHOL RELATED
Carpentieri says the weather plays a big role in the number of accidents.
The holiday travel weekend started Wednesday and ends midnight tonight.
It's normal for people to be in high spirits during the holidays.
But, police are hoping those who drink don't get behind the wheel.
So, officials are setting up checkpoints like this one to catch drunk
It's part of a state wide effort that we'll tell you more about when the
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Scientists in Scotland fear they may have three new cases of Mad Cow
Disease on their hands--after a transplant involving infected human tissue.
Eye tissue from a 53-year old woman infected with the disease was
reportedly transplanted into two men and an elderly woman.
An expert says the odds of contracting the disease through the procedure
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((DR. STEPHEN DEALER/CJD SPECIALIST: IT'S A VERY RARE DISEASE, AND I'M VERY
UNHAPPY THAT IT'S BEEN TRANSFERRED TO SOMEBODY ELSE. I MUST ADMIT, THE RISK OF
TRANSFERRING THROUGH A CORNEAL GRAFT IS UNACCEPTABLY HIGH. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Stephen Dealer/CJD Specialist
OUT Q=...UNACCEPTABLY HIGH
The woman suffered from lung cancer.
But, an autopsy also revealed that she had Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease
(KROYTS'-felt JAY'kuhb) or C-J-D, which kills the brain.
As the holiday season comes near, so does the watchful eye of Roanoke City
police on the lookout for drunken drivers.
Intern reporter Matt Feret talked to officials at one checkpoint and has this
IN Q=A sobriety checkpoint
SUPER=20-Matt Feret; :20
SUPER=01-Lt. Bower/Roanoke City Police Dept.; 1:14
OUT Q=News 7.
((A sobriety checkpoint was set up near Vinton last friday night in an
effort to curb holiday drunk driving.
There, law enforcement officials approached drivers to see if they had been
Officers don't just smell for an alcoholic beverage, they use other means of
detection as well.
Not maintaining eye contact, speech patterns and other tell-tale signs can
tip off an officer that the driver may have had one too many.
If an officer suspects the driver to be drunk, a series of simple
coordination tests are done.
IN Q=Describe what
((Describe what i need to do here now, what kind of things are you looking for
when i walk? THIS IS A WALK AND TURN TEST, YOU WILL TAKE NINE STEPS, FIRST
THING, LET'S GET YOU IN THIS POSITION. PUT YOUR RIGHT FOOT IN FRONT OF YOUR
LEFT. Right foot in front of my left. HANDS AGAINST YOUR SIDES. Sides.
REMAIN IN THAT POSITION UNTIL I TELL YOU TO DO OTHERWISE. Ok. DO YOU
UNDERSTAND SO FAR? uh-huh. ALRIGHT.))
OUT Q=understand so far? Uh-huh. Alright.
And following those directions EXACTLY are a big part of the test.
IN Q=The only thing
((THE ONLY THING YOU DID WRONG WAS YOU TURNED WRONG. I turned wrong. YOU TURNED
TO YOUR RIGHT. Now, what would happen if I did turn wrong? Would i go to
another test? WELL, WE COUNT THAT AGAINST YOU. I LOOK FOR TWO OUT OF A
POSSIBLE EIGHT DETECTION POINTS, AND THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THEM. BUT THAT'S THE
ONLY THING I SAW. SO, WITH THAT ALONE.. NO.. IF YOU HAD REALLY BEEN DRINKING,
I WOULD HAVE GONE ON TO MORE TESTS.))
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But for those drivers who DO chose to drive while under the influence, big
brother will be watching.
IN Q=These other folks
((Lt. Bower/Roanoke City Police Dept.: THESE OTHER FOLKS THAT CHOOSE TO DRINK
AND DRIVE, NEED TO BE AWARE THAT WE'RE GONNA BE OUT HERE, AND BE OUT HERE IN
FORCE AND ITS FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL AND IF YOU'RE CAUGHT IMPAIRED DRIVING,
YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING WITH US. DOESN'T MAKE FOR A GOOD HOLIDAY.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Bower/Roanoke City Police Dept.; :
OUT Q=a good holiday.
The checkpoint was operated as part of a massive state-wide traffic program,
"Smart, Safe and Sober" emphasizing safe driving.
Matt Feret, News 7.))
A slice of historic Roanoke land is spared from industrial development.
And area malls brace for an onslaught of holiday shoppers.
Scott Goldberg has those stories in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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OUT Q=biz stuff
((Horses will once again graze near the old Monterey mansion in Roanoke's
The city is moving Roanoke's mounted police headquarters onto the land where
Yelverton Oliver raised horses before the Civil War.
The land would've been next in line for industrial expansion.
Virginia growers say it's a healthy crop of Christmas trees this year.
Farmers credit a dry summer for fighting off fungus and other diseases.
And recent rain should help trees last longer after they're cut down.
Will it be a healthy season for retailers?
Economic forecasts say no, but at least one local mall says yes.
Valley View reports sales are up six percent from last year.
A good sign, because the mall counts on strong holiday sales.
IN Q=some stores
((SCOTT ASHCRAFT: SOME STORES WILL DO ONE-HALF THEIR ANNUAL SALES THIS TIME OF
YEAR. WE'LL DO 40 % OF OUR ANNUAL PROFIT.))
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Not much action on Wall Street.
The Dow finished the week losing 58-points.
The Nasdaq dropped 20.
That's this week's News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Roy Stanley will be here in a few minutes with more highlights from last
night's Virginia, Virginia-Tech match-up.
And, Andrew Freiden will be along with the extended weather forecast for
your work week.
Cozy hearth fires create more than atmosphere for many people. Often they're
a primary source of heat.
So, Project Warm is offering free firewood to people who can't afford to pay
Volunteers from the Church of the Brethren run the program.
All the needed firewood is donated, usually by contractors; then the
volunteers split it and deliver it to the needy.
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((MARC WILSON/PROJECT WARM: THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM ARE ELDERLY OR RETIRED
FOLKS. A LOT OF THEM ARE HANDICAPPED. WE DO HAVE A LOT OF SINGLE MOTHERS ON
OUR LIST WE DELIVER TO REGULARLY, LIMITED OR FIXED INCOME FAMILIES.))
SUPER=01-Marc Wilson/Project Warm;
OUT Q=fixed income families.
This is the program's second year.
Last year Project Warm delivered 190 loads of wood to 63 families.
Marc Wilson says they don't need any more wood, but they would like to serve
IN Q=I EXPECT THAT
((WILSON: I EXPECT THAT WE WILL DOUBLE THAT THIS YEAR AND WE'RE PREPARED TO DO
IT. WE COULD PROBABLY HANDLE 400 LOADS OR MORE TO THESE FAMILIES.))
OUT Q=TO THESE FAMILIES
The Salvation Army coordinates the project's deliveries.
So if you or someone you know needs help keeping warm this winter, contact
The Salvation Army and ask about Project Warm.
The goal of the Virginia Housing Development Authority is safe, affordable
housing for everyone.
So, the Authority is bringing the money to the people in the
The R-V is a fully equipped loan office--the brain-child of the Virginia
Housing Development Authority.
V-H-D-A staffers travel through far Southwest Virginia offering loan
They're targeting people who thought they'd never be able to afford a home.
IN Q=PEOPLE WHO HAVE
((MICHAEL LOCKING/FIELD ORIGINATOR AGENT: PEOPLE WHO HAVE A GROSS FAMILY
INCOME BETWEEN 18-THOUSAND TO 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT'S THE RANGE WE COVER THE
MOST. DEPENDING ON THE PROGRAM WE GO UP TO 48-THOUSAND FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR
AND THERE'S NO REAL BOTTOM LIMIT OTHER THAN THE AMOUNT OF HOUSE THEY CAN
SUPER=01-Michael Locking/Field Originator Agent;
OUT Q=THEY CAN PURCHASE
V-H-D-A officials say traditional banking systems don't usually accommodate
these people, and they thought the mortgage-mobile would be less intimidating.
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The Washington Redskins are behind the wall as far as the N-F-L playoffs go.
St. Louis upsets the Redskins yesterday afternoon 23 to 20 on a Jeff
Wilkins field goal.
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/FOX SPORTS; :
The Redskins would get on the board first when Gus Frerotte hits Larry Bowie
who take it in from 39 yards out and Washington led 7 to nothing in the first
Washington led 10 to 3 but the Rams would score when Tony Banks hit Amp Lee
he takes it in from 36 yards out and the score was tied at 10 to 10 at the
The Rams took the lead with five minutes left in the third quarter Gerald
Moore takes the handoff and scores from the five to make it 17 to 10 Rams.
A field goal made it 17 to 13 then Washington would tie the game at 20 to 20
when Frerotte hands off to Brian Mitchell who scores from the two yard line.
But The Rams got the ball back with SUPER=30-St.
Louis/23/Washington/20/;1:50 left drove it down field and set up the Jeff
Wilkins field goal and the Rams beat the Redskins 23 to 20.
IN Q="They never...
((DICK VERMEIL/RAMS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Dick Vermeil/Rams Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......football team."
Washington drops to 6-6-and 1.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
The Washington loss allows the New Giants to maintain a one game lead in the
But New York failed to help itself losing to Tampa Bay 20 to 8.
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Tampa took the lead in the second quarter when Trent Dilfer passes one yard
to Mike Alstott to make it 7 to nothing Buccaneers.
Tiki Barber taking a break riding the bike on the sideline.
Alstott would score his second touchdown of the day when he takes the
handoff and scores up the middle from the 10 to make it 14 to 3.
Tampa Bay put the icing on the cake SUPER=30-Tampa Bay/20/N.Y.
Giants/8/;in the fourth quarter when Eric Rhett takes in from 1 yard out Tampa
Bay beats the Giants 20 to 8.
The Panthers lose to New Orleans. More on that later on Mornin'.
Carolina's drive for a playoff spot was road blocked yesterday afternoon
when Doug Brien booted a field goal to give the New Orleans Saints a 16 to 13
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Mike Ditka was back on the sidelines over the weekend as his team went to
In the second quarter, Ray Zellars scores on the 10 yard run over the right
side and the Saints led 10 to nothing.
But the Panthers rallied in the fourth quarter Fred Lane takes the handoff
breaks a tackle and bounces out side to score Carolina trailed 13 to 10.
John Kasay tied it with a field goal SUPER=30-New
Orleans/16/Carolina/13/;then with just seconds left on the clock Brien boots
the field goal and the Saints win it 16 to 13.
San Francisco's 11 game win streak ended this afternoon at the hands of
the Kansas City Chiefs.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer checks his play sheet on the sideline.
Rich Gannon threw three touchdown passes two to Andre Rison as the Chiefs
knocked off the 49-ers.
For all of this afternoons scores lets check the boards.
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SUPER=0100-j/Tampa Bay/20//N.Y. Giants/8///j/Denver/38//San Diego/28///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, The Cavaliers and Hokies wait for bowl invitations we'll show
you a putt worth a million Dollars.
and Tom Lehman wins the big money after two days of the Skins Game.
Virginia and Virginia Tech can now turn their focus to the bowl season.
Steve Mason addresses that issue in a recap of last night's 34-20 UVa win.
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/23-34 for 390 Yards; :17
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :23
SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/22 Carries, 102 Yards, 2 TD's; :52
SUPER=01-Al Clark/12-27, 187 Yards, 2 TD's; 1:17
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; 1:41
SUPER=01-Germane Crowell/2 TD's, 162 Receiving Yards; 1:46
SUPER=01-Peirson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; 2:00
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((There is nothing chilly about Aaron Brooks's November numbers. 14 touchdown
passes and only 1 interception. 390 passing yards accompanied 4TD's against a
Virginia Tech team ranked 9th nationally in scoring defense.
Virginia tech's offense was nearly 100 yards short of it's season rushing
average and asked quarterback Al Clark to pick up the slack; He did; throwing 2
touchdown passes on a bumb knee.
UVa running back Thomas Jones turned in his second best rushing effort of the
season; gaining 102 yards while scoring 2 touchdowns.
Gator Bowl officials attended the game and could invite a Tech team that; by
bowl time; should have had enough time to heal physically and mentally.
While the Hokies will have a post season; the wahoos proved; to at least the
Independence bowl official in the press box; that they deserve one.
The Cavaliers victory was the first over the Hokies at Scott Stadium since
1991. In Charlottesville, Steve Mason news 7 sports"))
Tom Lehman took home the big money in the Skins game this afternoon.
SUPER=03-La Quinta, CA/ABC SPORTS; :
Lehman had the hot hand in the two day event he ran off seven birdies over
the final nine holes to win a total of 300-thousand dollars. Lehman won the
overall battle with 10 Skins.
Mark O'Meara would came back today and get in the money. He earned 240
thousand dollars to finish second in the Money.
Tiger Woods won 60-thousand yesterday but his putter was off today and he
was shutout over the final nine holes.
And how about a putt worth 1 million dollars. Well, 41 year old Edd
Lancaster took a stroke at it today in Palm Harbor, Florida.
SUPER=03-Palm Harbor, FL; ;
Lancaster was selected from one million entires in the Gillette Putting
He worked for a week with former L-P-G-A player Jane Blalock. but his putt
rolled over the edge of the cup. He didn't win the million but collected
50-thousand dollars and a kiss from his wife.
Now here's the rest of tonights numbers.
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Union/79//Roanoke/77//Nathan Hungate 20 Points/;
OUT Q=.........last score.
Your drive into work should be much easier than fighting the holiday traffic
these last few days.
But, there are some trouble spots on the roadways to avoid and a tip from
V-DOT to speed-up your commute.
Stacey Martin has this week's Road Report.
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SUPER=01-Bobby Perdue/VDOT; :24
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
((There's little to hold up your commute except a few lingering
In Roanoke, bridge work continues along Wood Haven Road over Interstate 581.
Some lane closures are possible this week.
And, VDOT says they've been getting many false calls about malfunctioning
traffic lights due to confusion about new technology requiring drivers to
pull-up closer to road markings.
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IN Q=There's a white
((BOBBY PERDUE/VDOT: THERE'S A WHITE LINE ABOUT 18 INCHES WIDE RIGHT AT THE END
OF THE LANE THAT EVERY INTERSECTION, NOT ONLY AT SIGNAL INTERSECTIONS, BUT AT
STOP SIGN TOO. PULL UP TO THAT WHITE LINE LIKE YOU MEAN BUSINESS DON'T CRAWL
IN THERE AT A SNAIL'S PACE. PULL UP TO THTA LINE AND THE ELECTRONIS WILL KNOW
THAT YOU'RE THERE.))
OUT Q=that you're there.
Elsewhere around the region..
In Smyth County VDOT says temporary traffic signals are set up along the
Route 6-60 bridge.
Only one lane of traffic is crossing the bridge while repairs to it are
And, in Bland County bridge repairs are underway along Route 52 in the Rocky
That's it for this week's Road Report.
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
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About 6,000 people crammed the Roanoke Civic Center to see country singer
Tim McGraw tonight.
Many fans got their first glimpse of the singer overhead--on a platform.
But, most waited anxiously to see if he would sing "It's Your Love" with his
wife Faith Hill.
IN Q=THAT WAS LIKE ALMOST OUR WEDDING SONG...
SUPER=75-Tracy & Laura Sweeney/Concert-Goers
OUT Q=duet at our wedding
How far would fans drive to see McGraw, who's show included performances by
Martina McBride and Sons of the Desert?
IN Q=I DON'T KNOW, JUST ABOUT
OUT Q=I guess
And what is it about McGraw that draws such a crowd?
IN Q=Just look
OUT Q=at him
Tim McGraw is the son of former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw.
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