A pledge of mutual respect and cooperation as the Republicans invade Roanoke City Hall.
We'll hear from the Mayor- elect in a moment.
And they're waaaaaaay bigger than life and looking for a home. Could these oversized 3-D Presidential portraits come to reside in Buena Vista?
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, we will hit the fairways with local golf news from the Scott Robertson and the Homestead.
Plus, Corey Moore checks in from the Bills camp.
Looking mighty warm in this forecast cycle. You've got to love 80s. I'll explain.
Tuesday's vote brings a Republican revival to Roanoke City Council. Democrats are still in the majority, but the Mayor and Vice- Mayor -elect promise a new attitude.
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We won't know how the election affect the dynamics of city council until later this summer, but tonight Joe Dashiell reports both Republicans and Democrats are pledging to work together.
Keith, Ralph Smith spent the day fielding congratulations, but he says he won't be taking it easy. Roanoke's mayor-elect says he wants to hit the ground running when his term begins in July.
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[SUPER=701-Ralph Smith/Roanoke Mayor-Elect; :12]
[SUPER=701-Bill Carder/Council Member-Elect; ; :42]
[SUPER=701-Bill Bestpitch/Council Member-Elect; :56]
[SUPER=701-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; 1:07]
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((Roanoke Republicans are savoring their success... as both candidates who carried the party banner into election day came away with victories...
But Ralph Smith says it wasn't a party line vote.
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While democrats are still in control on council ... the city's next Vice-Mayor says he believes he and Smith can deliver on the promise of change at city hall.
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But Carder says he also believes they can work together. That's a sentiment the winning Democrats say they share...
[IN Q=The Democrats]
((THE DEMOCRATS ARE STILL IN THE MAJORITY ON CITY COUNCIL AND WE WILL WORK TOGETHER AS MUCH AS WE CAN, AND WE HOPE THAT THE OTHERS WILL WORK WITH US, BUT THAT WILL BE THERE DECISION TO MAKE.))
((LINDA WYATT: FIRST COUNCIL I WAS ON HAD MAC MCCADDEN AND JACK PARROTT AS REPUBLICANS ON COUNCIL AND I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH BOTH OF THOSE MEN AND RESPECTED BOTH OF THEIR OPINIONS. AND I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF GROWTH THAT CAME FROM THAT EXCHANGE OF IDEAS.))
[OUT Q=that exchange of ideas.]))
That exchange of ideas has already begun Keith.
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Tomorrow, we're told that Mayor Bowers will welcome Mayor-Elect Smith to council's budget study.
Danville voters are apparently not interested in ethnic diversity on Danville City Council.
Elections changed the racial makeup of city council.
The two African American incumbents, Joyce Glaise and Sherman Saunders, lost to two white businessmen.
That leaves one African American on council, Mayor Ruby Archie.
[IN Q=At this time]
((JOYCE GLAISE/CITY COUNCIL MEMBER DEFEATED: AT THIS TIME I'M A LITTLE FRIGHTENED BY THE CHANGE HERE. BUT I FEEL LIKE WE NEED DIVERSITY, WE DO NEED OPINIONS--A CROSS SECTION OF OPINIONS.))
((PETER CASTIGLIONE/COUNCIL MEMBER RE-ELECTED: IT'S GOING TO PUT MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE WE ARE MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE WORKFORCE SERVICES AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS JOYCE AND SHERMON THAT WAS THEIR EXPERTISE.))
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[SUPER=701-Peter Castiglione/Danville City Council;]
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Some city officials are concerned that not many minority voters came out to cast their ballots.
The nation's only elected black governor is weighing in-- and trying to avert -- a proposed tourism boycott of Virginia.
Former Governor Doug Wilder says he's been talking with both the N-double-A-C-P and Governor Jim Gilmore.
Wilder says the flap over Confederate History Month is NOT Gilmore's fault.
((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: LET'S PUT IT RIGHT WHERE IT OUGHT TO BE. JIM GILMORE INHERITED THIS SITUATION FROM HIS PREDECESSOR. HE DIDN'T START IT. GEORGE ALLEN STARTED IT. AND UH, HE'S EVEN CHANGED THE LANGUAGE SOMEWHAT FROM WHAT GEORGE ALLEN HAD.))
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[OUT Q=George Allen had.]
The N-double-A-C-P confirms it has gotten advice from Wilder, and would welcome his presence at next week's meeting with the Governor.
The Governor's office confirms Gilmore and Wilder are talking on the issue.
A murder suspect has turned himself in-- not to authorities in Martinsville but in New York.
24 year old David Tashawn Martin surrendered himself to the Buffalo Police Department yesterday.
He's charged with fatally shooting 27 year old Sidney Lloyd Jones over Easter Weekend
on Fourth Street in Martinsville.
The Martinsville Commonwealth's attorney does not know when Martin may be extradited to Virginia.
Martinsville Attorney Rickey Young is being publicly reprimanded by the State Bar.
Three years ago he sued a client, claiming the man owed him 36-hundred dollars for damaging the engine in his Porsche.
Young revised that figure to SIX hundred and later dropped the suit altogether. It cost Todd Davidson 12-hundred dollars to defend himself.
The State Bar says the hearing panel reviewed Young's "prior disciplinary record," before imposing a public reprimand.
A man from Martinsville walked away from the Serenity House in Floyd County this weekend, and is still missing.
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43-year-old Clarence Preston disappeared Saturday night.
Relatives are concerned about him, because he's prone to seizures and needs medication.
Preston is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 120 to 130 pounds.
Anyone who may have seen him should contact the sheriff's department in Floyd County.
If York County considers them a headache, Buena Vista wants them.
They are giant statues of the heads of all 41 American Presidents... and they're destined for a theme park somewhere.
Ellen Qualls brings us comments from across the Commonwealth on the big heads.
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[SUPER=01-Linda Martin/Tourist; :]
[SUPER=01-Linda Barch/Williamsburg Resident; :]
[SUPER=01-Haley Newman/Park Developer; :]
[SUPER=01-Steve Douty/Buena Vista City Council; :]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News7, York County.]
(( They came from Texas, on flatbed trailers, to Haley Newman's Days Inn Hotel near Williamsburg.
Just six of the heavy hitters, to give York County a flavor of what to expect.
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((LINDA MARTIN/TOURIST: OH THEY ARE REALLY SOMETHING. THEY REALLY ARE.))
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((LINDA BARCH/WILLIAMSBURG RESIDENT: YOU KNOW WHEN EVERYBODY THOUGHT HISTORICAL VALUE, I'M NOT SURE THIS IS WHAT THEY HAD IN MIND. THIS LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE A TAD GAUDY.))
Taste aside, the county says Presidential Park is an "amusement" and as such needs a special permit.
((HALEY NEWMAN/PARK DEVELOPER: THEY DON'T DANCE... APPEAL TO YOUR PATRIOTISM.))
Enter the well-meaning elected leaders of southwest Virginia's Buena Vista-- hearing of the heads-- thinking of Glen Maury Park -- and having a tourism brainstorm.
((STEVE DOUTY/BUENA VISTA CITY COUNCIL: YES THEY'RE GIANT HEADS! THE LARGEST ONE, GEORGE WASHINGTON, IS SUPPOSED TO BE ONLY ECLIPSED BY THE STATUE OF LIBERTY.))
Well the 92 foot tall standing George Washington idea was scrapped-- some apparently thinking it would block a cell phone tower.
So could Buena Vista host the heads?
Maybe something else.
(( ONE OF OUR THOUGHTS... VIRGINIA PRESIDENTS.))
The Check's in the mail.
Still ahead on News 7, state relief money is on the way to laid-off textile workers.
And the forest service sets a Montgomery County mountainside on fire to keep it from burning later in the year.
It's a politician's dream: let the VOTERS decide whether to raise taxes on themselves.
That could be the scenario in Lynchburg this fall as the city tries to find a hundred million dollars to fix up its schools.
Steve Smallshaw explains.
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[SUPER=01-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :25]
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg City Council; :54]
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/Lynchburg City Council; 1:03]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Faced with a hundred million dollar bill for school repairs, Lynchburg city council is looking for the most painless way possible to raise the money.
Mayor Pete Warren's idea to raise the sales tax by a penny fell flat until Delegate Preston Bryant suggested they combine that tax hike with a tax cut: reduce the real estate tax rate by a dime.
Bryant admits it's not the perfect plan but he's yet to hear something better.
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: BUT THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN THROWING ROCKS AT IT, THEY HAVEN'T OFFERED ONE SUGGESTION ON HOW TO IMPROVE IT, NOR HAVE THEY COME UP WITH A PLAN OF THEIR OWN.))
[OUT Q=of their own.]
The difficulty of getting Republicans and Democrats to agree on a tax cut was evident during Wednesday's finance committee meeting..
((SO YOU'RE SAYING WE'RE FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE? BECAUSE YOU WERE ON CITY COUNCIL TOO WHEN THIS PROBLEM WAS WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM..))
Histrionics aside, everyone agrees SOMETHING has to be done.
But at least one council member thinks hiking the sales tax is not the answer.
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: FROM A RETAILER'S STANDPOINT, I DO NOT WANT LYNCHBURG TO BE THE CITY WITH HIGHEST SALES TAX IN THE STATE.))
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((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: BUT I'M SAYING LET THE CITIZENS DECIDE IN A REFERENDUM. THIS IS THE WHOLE PUSH OF MAYOR WARREN'S INITIATIVE.. LET THE CITIZENS DECIDE.))
[OUT Q=citizens decide.]
((The citizens may get their first chance this fall. Since Lynchburg doesn't have the authority to raise the sales tax on its own, it must hold a referendum to ask for permission from the General Assembly. If permission is granted, ANOTHER referendum would be held in 2001.. THAT one for the tax increase. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))
The checks are in the mail.
The Virginia Employment Commission has distributed 16-thousand-730 unemployment checks at the new higher rate.
The statewide jobless pay raise is a result of Governor Jim Gilmore's version of a textile relief plan.
In addition to the weekly increase, 14-hundred laid off Tultex workers will get almost 283-thousand dollars worth of retroactive benefits.
A crowded field of write-in candidates for two Radford school board seats delayed calling the winners until this afternoon.
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Write-in candidate Minnie Dean, a former school teacher, was the big winner, with 718 votes.
Carter Effler, the current school board vice chairman, whose name WAS on the ballot, was re-elected.
He received 483 votes.
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Only four candidates were on the ballot for six town council seats in Fincastle.
The remaining two seats were filled by write-in votes.
They are Mary Beth Smith, who got 16 votes; and Ed Bordett, who got nine.
Interest rate fears once again drove the markets lower.
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The DOW plunged 251 points.
NASDAQ lost 78.
The Bloomberg News-7 Index was down more than two and a half points.
Brush Mountain is on fire ... but that's no cause for alarm.
Forest rangers set the 980-acre controlled burn early this morning.
Smoke could be seen from miles away.
The fire is set and managed by rangers to help prevent future wildfires from flaring up.
It also promotes regrowth of rare plants and trees.
About 35 rangers set fires by hand.
They also shot flammable ping-pong balls out of a helicopter to speed up the burn.
The fire should be out by tonight, but rangers will stay on hand to monitor it through tomorrow.
Tonight on News 7 sports, Corey Moore checks in from the Buffalo Bills training camp to talk about his first few days on the job.
The Scott Robertson scholarhship recipients are announced.
And the USGA has a big event planned for this fall at the Cascades course in Hot Springs.
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The Roanoke Country Club is the backdrop for the 18th annual Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament.
Two of the areas best young golfers were honored this afternoon in the newly renovated club house.
William Byrd's Scott Wise is the recipient of the Scott Robertson Memorial Scholarship.
It goes to the area young person who excels in the classroom, the community and on the golf course.
Scott will receive 2000 dollars a year for his four years at Virginia Tech. He's playing golf for the Hokies next year as well.
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Patrick Henry's Lee Taylor is this year's winner of the Eugene A. Hawthorne Scholarship.
That money will help Taylor major in business at the University of South Carolina, but he's hoping to make golf his career.
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The Scott Robertson Tournament is later this month on the 18th through the 21st. We'll talk about the nationally ranked field playing in the event later this week.
In other golf news today, The United States Mid Amateur Golf championship is returning to the Homestead.
Roy Stanley says plans for the amateur event were released at the Cascades course today.
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[SUPER=01-Win Padgett/USGA Executive Committee; :16]
[SUPER=01-Don Ryder/Cascades Golf Pro; :51]
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((The Homesteads Cascades and Lower Cascades courses will host the event this September.
The U-S-G-A picked the courses because of their tradition for amateur events.))
((WIN PADGETT/USGA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:))
((The Cascades course, ranked number three in the country, will set up at over 66-hundred yards and par is 70.
While par on the Lower Cascades course will be 71.
264-amateur will tee off in the first round of stroke play. And the course set ups will be the same hotel guests and the public are use too.))
((DON RYDER/CASCADES GOLF PRO:))
The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their 3 day mini-camp over the weekend.
Buffalo is the new workplace for former Tech All-american Corey Moore.
Corey says his first three days of life as a pro were actually OK.
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[SUPER=01-Corey Moore/Buffalo Rookie Linebacker; :00]
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Moore is excited about playing in Buffalo because the Bills are one of only a handful of teams that still use a four linebacker set.
And he knows he'll be expected to produce like former Bill and Hokie Bruce Smith did in Buffalo.
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The Atlanta Braves continue to etch their name the big league record books.
Last night the Braves beat the Dodgers 5-to-3 to become the first National League team in 49 years to win 15 games in a row.
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Last night in the 8th, the Dodgers were on top by a run before Andruw Jones smacked this two rbi single into center field.
The Braves added another insurance run.
They play in Los Angeles against the Dodgers again tonight.
And the Rockies lead the 16-to-7 in the 8th.
Already this afternoon the Cubs beat Houston 4-to-3.