Nineteen year old race car driver Adam Petty killed in a crash.
That's our top story today.
And census takers come knocking at the Governor's Mansion. ...something about a missing form with the names Jim and Roxanne Gilmore on it.
Tonight in sports NCAA tennis and NCAA softball in the area both take a backseat to racing.
As the NASCAR family loses one of its young up and coming stars today when Adam Petty is killed at Loudon, New Hampshire.
Unseasonably warm weather will exit the region by Mother's Day. After that, it's quite cool for about a week. We will explain and test your skill with a Friday WeatherSchool in just a moment.
The heir-apparent to racing's first family-- 19 year old Adam Petty-- is dead
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
(Keith tosses to Mike)
Mike Stevens spoke with Adam earlier this week in Charlotte.
This is a real blow to race fans everywhere.
The Petty Family celebrated its 50th anniversary racing last year. But so far the start of the next 50 has been a disaster. Last month, the family patriarch Lee died at the age of 86.
And today the unthinkable happened. 19 year old Adam Petty was killed in wreck.
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Petty's Busch Grand National car crashed into the outside wall during practice at Loudon, New Hampshire.
Rescue workers had to cut Adam out of the car by removing the roof. He was then airlifted to a nearby hospital where he was soon pronounced dead of head trauma.
The News 7 sports team had just visited with Adam earlier this week in Charlotte during an open practice session for the upcoming events at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
He was excited about having the opportunity to race against his dad in the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend.
Adam Petty was just 19 year old and barely 150 pounds soaking wet. He was a mannerly respectful young man who possessed that trademakr Petty smile.
He is the first Busch series driver to die since 1992, when Clifford Allison was killed during practice in Michigan.
Keith, I will have more Adam Petty's career later in the newscast.
More than a hundred elderly and disabled people must wait till tomorrow afternoon to get air conditioning.
The A-C in their Roanoke public housing complex broke yesterday.
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Tina Tenret is at Morningside Manor.
Tina what's the hold-up?
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(Rollcue:In their apartments.)
[IN Q=Maintenance workers]
[SUPER=01-Minnie DeBusk/Resident; :24]
[OUT Q=AND THINGS]
(( Maintenance workers were ready to bring in the big guns for Minnie DeBusk, but she didn't need one of those new fans.
She has one of her own -- she just needs help plugging it in.
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((IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I USED IT.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
FAN CUTS ON
THAT FEELS BETTER ALREADY. GIGGLES))
Minnie says she couldn't sleep last night, her bedroom was so hot.
And she has nowhere else to go.
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[IN Q=I'd go see my friends]
((I'D GO SEE MY FRIENDS ... I'LL BE OKAY.))
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Roanoke's public housing authority has shelled out 700 dollars to buy 50 new fans, not only for residents' rooms but also for the hallways.
The problem here is the broken part on the air conditioner, the compressor, must be custom made, and it might be cheaper to just replace the whole unit.
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((EVER SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE IT'S BEEN BROKEN DOWN, ORDERING PIECES AND THINGS.))
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The runaway son of Roanoke's former N-double-A-C-P President has turned up.
Broderick Jeffrey spent the last four days hanging out in a vacant house in Roanoke.
Martin Jeffrey was so concerned about his missing son, he announced his resignation yesterday.
Today he referred to Broderick's disappearance as an "adolescent adventure."
The 14-year old showed up last night at his mother's house. Martin Jeffrey has custody of the couple's three children, but his ex-wife frequently takes care of the kids at his house when he's away.
A fire nearly destroyed a Pittsylvania County saw mill.
The Stevens and Sons lumber company in Ringold erupted in flames early this morning.
Fire investigators believe it may have started from an electrical problem.
The owner, Mark Stevens, plans to rebuild his family business.
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((MARK STEVENS/OWNER:THIS IS MY WHOLE LIFE BACK HERE. MY WHOLE LIFE. IT'S THE WAY I FEED MY FAMILY PUT MY KIDS THROUGH SCHOOL EVERYTHING. IT'S A SEVEN DAY A WEEK JOB IT'S BEEN FOR ME FOR 15 YEARS. WHAT DO YOU DO KNOW? PUT IT BACK. BUILD IT BACK.))
[OUT Q=build it back.]
At least 30 firefighters from six different departments battled the blaze.
The state says safety problems contributed to a fatal fire at the International Paper Company in Stuart.
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Two men from North Carolina died in the fire last fall at the particle board plant.
A report this week from the state Occupational Safety and Health office found three violations...two serious and one willful.
They include leaving combustible material near a fuel silo, and failing to have a fire prevention plan in place during demolition work.
The state fined the company 82-thousand dollars.
They're still asking the question "what's next?" in Bedford.. and tomorrow they may have some answers.
Thousands of young people and their parents are expected to turn out for the second annual "What's Next?" anti- violence rally at Liberty High School.
The rally will include a carnival, track and field events and a unity rally.
Organizers say it's all about sending a message.
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((JOHN EGGLESTON/RALLY ORGANIZER: THE MESSAGE IS THAT VIOLENCE HASN'T TAKEN A BREAK AND NEITHER ARE WE. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GIVE THESE KIDS POSITIVE THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO SHOW THESE KIDS THAT WE AS ADULTS CARE ABOUT THEM AND AS ADULTS, IF WE DON'T SOMEBODY ELSE WILL.))
[SUPER=01-John Eggleston/Rally Organizer]
[OUT Q=somebody else will.]
The non- violence rallies were first organized two years ago after a Liberty High School student was murdered by two of his classmates.
Guess who didn't get a census form-- and why the two census-takers who went to the Governor's mansion are now in hot water.
We'll explain when News 7 returns.
And, we'll take a ride through the streets of Radford with a 130 year old schoolhouse.
Everybody counts, according to the U-S Census Bureau.
Even Governor Jim Gilmore and the first family.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Miner/Governor's Press Secretary; :42]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.]
(( The family of four at the only residence in Capitol Square has nothing to hide.
They just never got a census form.
So census enumerators Bill Fant and Sherry Douglas came calling Wednesday, looking for 101 Capitol Street.
It just so happened that a Richmond T-V crew was at the Capitol and caught it on tape.
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((BILL FANT/CENSUS ENUMERATOR: I WAS VERY SHOCKED. WHEN I SAW IT ON THE MAP I DIDN'T BELIEVE IT. BUT I SAID SHERRY LET'S GO ON DOWN AND TAKE A LOOK.))
((SHERRY DOUGLAS/CENSUS ENUMERATOR: I HAD NO IDEA IT WOULD BE THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION. SO GET YOUR CENSUS IN, MR. GOVERNOR.))
There is no Capitol Street... so the post office never delivered the Gilmores' form.
So the Governor's personal assistant filled out his form.
((Do you know if he got the long form or the short form? MARK MINER/GOVERNOR'S PRESS SECRETARY: THE SHORT FORM AND IT WAS FILLED OUT YESTERDAY AND IT DIDN'T REALLY TAKE LONG AT ALL.))
And what of the census workers?
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(( THEY LIVE THERE, YOU'RE RIGHT.))
Did they violate the First Family's privacy?
((MARK MINER/GOVERNOR'S PRESS SECRETARY: NO NOT AT ALL. THEY SHOWED UP AT THE MANSION. THE GOVERNOR WASN'T HOME. THE CAPITOL POLICE SAID THAT HE WASN'T THERE. THEY ... THINK IN THE END, EVERYTHING WORKED OUT WELL.))
Well, not really.
The U-S Census Bureau says the two enumerators were fired today for violating strict confidentiality procedures by even talking to the news crew.
Turns out the First Family was the last family they'll count.
Ellen Qualls, News7, Richmond.))
Will he or won't he?
Former fifth district congressman and lieutenant governor candidate L-F Payne says he will declare his intentions for 2001 on Monday.
That could mean a Democratic bid for governor.
Or it could be an endorsement of another candidate.
Fellow Democrat and communications tycoon Mark Warner holds his fundraising kickoff Wednesday in northern Virginia.
A Lynchburg man charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife will remain in jail, at least for now.
27- year- old Michael Farner was arrested last week, after he allegedly tried to pay an undercover A-B-C agent to murder his wife.. because she knew too much about crimes he'd been involved in.
Farner has a string of felony convictions dating back seven years, and prosecutors argued today it would be a mistake to let him out on bail before trial.
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((NEIL VENER/PROSECUTOR: WE WOULD SUBMIT THAT HE CONSTITUTES AN UNREASONABLE DANGER TO THE PUBLIC AND TO SET ANY KIND OF BOND WOULD PUT A PRICE ON THE VICTIM'S HEAD. HE'S INDICATED HE WANTS TO KILL A WITNESS AND A PERSON LIKE THAT SHOULD NOT BE RELEASED.))
[OUT Q=not be released.]
Judge J-C Crumbley agreed and ordered Farner held without bail.
Farner also is a suspect in last year's robbery of a Lynchburg bank.. he reportedly bragged about that crime to the same undercover agents.
Norfolk- Southern won a preliminary injunction today against "maintenance of way" employees.
The judge was converting a temporary restraining order issued last week against the B-M-W-E, the day the union struck the railroad in seven states.
This means the union is enjoined from any further job actions. At the same time, however, B-M-W-E attorneys won the right to air their grievances in a case already pending in federal court in Cleveland.
They say N-S is re-hiring people without first posting job vacancies.
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[SOT We want this]
[IN Q=We want this]
((WE WANT THIS JUDGE TO ISSUE AN ORDER- -THE JUDGE IN OHIO TO ISSUE AN ORDER- -TO STOP DOING THAT, POST JOBS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE POSTED, LET OUR PEOPLE BID FOR THEM ACCORDING TO THE RIGHTS THEY'VE ACCRUED OVER SO MANY YEARS.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Edelman/Union Lawyer]
[OUT Q=so many years.]
Judge James Turk in Roanoke will wait to see how his counterpart in Ohio rules, before taking any further action.
Stocks finished the week on a positive note.
[TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
The DOW gained 64-points while NASDAQ rose 29.
The Bloomberg News-7 Index rose about two-thirds of a point.
It's not every day that you see a 130-year-old schoolhouse rolling down the streets of Radford.
This one-room schoolhouse from the 1870s took a ride through the city to its new home at the Glencoe Museum.
Getting there took nearly four hours and a lot of maneuvering...
Workers tore down tree limbs and hoisted up power lines to get it across town intact.
Museum officials hope to turn the run-down structure into a local attraction.
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[IN Q=We definitely want]
((LAUREN WINDHAM/GLENCOE MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE DEFINITELY WANT TO RECONSTRUCT THIS AS A ONE- ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE, AS LONG AS IT'S OK WITH OUR CITY COUNCIL... AND USE THIS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN, SHOW THEM WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GO TO SCHOOL IN THE 1800S.))
[SUPER=01-Lauren Windham/Glencoe Museum Director;]
[OUT Q=in the 1800s.]
The schoolhouse WAS going to be torn down.
But community members chipped in to save it.
The museum hopes to have it restored by September, with the help of donations.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, a look back at the short career of 19 year old Adam Petty.
Roanoke College opens play in the NCAA regionals.
And the Hokies prepare to meet the best as the NCAA men's event opens in Blacksburg.
The racing world got the air knocked out of it again this afternoon when Adam Petty was killed during a practice run in Loudon, New Hampshire.
The 19 year old driver with the famous Petty smile - was full of life earlier this week as he charted his future in racing.
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[OUT Q=...at Charlotte."]
(( Most 19 year olds think they are invincible - but NOT Adam Petty. This past Monday when the fourth generation driver in the Petty clan pulled into Charlotte for an open test session, he took a few moments to talk to us about his efforts to make the Memorial Day Coca-Cola 600.
He wasn't making bold predicitions, just expressing his humble hopes.
He had come to Loudon, New Hampshire to attempt to earn a top starting spot in this weekend's Busch series race when he hit the wall during practice.
Rescue workers had to cut him out his car and airlift him to a nearby hospital.
He was later pronounced dead of head trauma.
Video after the wreck indicates that Petty's car hit the outside wall more than ten times before it finally came to rest.
Adam Petty was proud of the fact that he was the only four generation professional athlete in any sport. And he proud that his great grand father Lee was able to see him race in the big leagues before he himself passed away earlier this year.
Adam was expected to lead Petty Enterprises' effort in racing for at least the next 20 years.
In January of 1999, he began racing full-time on the Busch Grand national Series and immediately made him mark with a tpo 10 finish at Daytona that year.
The biggest victory of his short career came in September of 1998 when he won the ARCA series' Easy Care 100 at Charlotte.))
Adam is survived by his dad Kyle and mom Pattie. His grandfather Richard, a younger brother Austin and a younger sister Montgomery Leigh.
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The Roanoke College Softball team opened the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Tournament against Methodist today at Moyer Sports Complex in Salem. Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-Amy Layman/Roanoke College Pitcher; :23]
[SUPER=01-Kari Whitney/Roanoke College Third Base; :56]
[SUPER=01-Alan Bayse/Roanoke Softball Coach; 1:02]
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For the 2nd straight year, Va. Tech's Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center is the site for the N-C-Double-A tournament.
And Roy Stanley says for the Hokies to be successful they will have to beat the best.
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[SUPER=01-Davor Dupljak/Tech #1 Player; :17]
[SUPER=01-Jay Bruner/Tech Captain; :32]
[SUPER=01-Jim Thompson/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :55]
[OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."]
((The two days of tennis will feature 8 of the top 100 singles players in the country and that group includes two ranked in the top 5.
The Hokies are at home and well prepared physcially but when you reach the national tournament the mental part of the game becomes important.))
((DAVOR DUPLJAK/TECH #1 PLAYER:))
((JAY BRUNER/TECH CAPTAIN:))
((38-th ranked Virginia and 19-th ranked V-C-U will meet to open the tournament.
Tech has the task of taking on 13-th ranked Mississippi, the highest ranked tennis team to play in Blacksburg.))
((JIM THOMPSON/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))