The Virginia Tech Hokies kick off a new football season-- with a few changes.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at six-- how fans are dealing with a new traffic pattern.
And, an electrial worker falls to his death at the site of the new Parry McCluer sports complex.
In sports, The college football season kicked off this afternoon Ferrum comes up short in its season opener.
But Grant Noel leads the Hokies to a win in his first college football start.
Well the Labor Day weekend began wet... and it may end wet. But we'll find out what kind of weather is expected in between... coming up.
[IN Q=I expected as soon]
((PAULA DUKE/FAN: I EXPECTED AS SOON AS I GOT OFF OF 81, BACKED UP TRAFFIC ALL THE WAY BACK AND THERE WAS NOTHING. SO WE WERE WONDERING WHERE WERE ALL THE PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=all the people (LAUGH)]
A new traffic pattern seems to be a winner, as thousands of fans come out for the first Virginia Tech football game of the season.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Today's game attracted more than fifty thousand fans.
Many had to tackle a new way of doing things as the university introduced new traffic and parking patterns.
Justin McLeod shows us what worked and what still needs improvement.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of cars flying by on the highway]
[SUPER=01-Amy Keyes/Motorist; :10]
[SUPER=01-Bob Guzzo/Fan; :19]
[SUPER=01-Tim Teegarden/Motorist; :33]
[SUPER=01-Paula Duke/Fan; :48]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Simpkins/Fan; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Debra Duncan/VT Police Chief; 1:32]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Blacksburg]
((((NAT SOUND OF CARS FLYING BY ON THE HIGHWAY))
The gameplan for most fans was to get there early.
After all, many expected major backups.
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[IN Q=It wasn't a lot of]
((AMY KEYES/FAN: IT WASN'T A LOT OF TRAFFIC FROM WHAT I EXPECTED FROM WHAT I HEARD IT WAS GOING TO BE.))
((BOB GUZZO/FAN: IT WAS PRETTY MUCH BARREN, CLEAR TRAFFIC, VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC COMING UP.))
[OUT Q=traffic coming up]
Not bad when you consider there's a new traffic pattern on I-81.
Fans must now exit at 118 and then use 118B to get to the 460 bypass.
[IN Q=It seem like it was]
((TIM TEEGARDEN/FAN: IT SEEM LIKE IT WAS A WHOLE LOT EASIER WITH THE NEW EXIT. WE CAME RIGHT IN WITH NO PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=with no problem]
The State Police monitored (shot of helicopter) the new traffic pattern throughout the morning.
The backups started when motorists hit the 460 lane drop.
Heavy congestion continued all the way to the stadium.
[IN Q=When we started to come here]
((PAULA DUKE/FAN: WHEN WE STARTED TO COME HERE, RIGHT HERE WHEN YOU GET INTO VA TECH, THAT WAS A LITTLE BUMPER TO BUMPER BUT IT KEPT MOVING.))
[OUT Q=but it kept moving]
[IN Q=It was a different story]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IT WAS A DIFFERENT STORY WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR FANS TO PARK. THE ENTRANCES TO THE PARKING LOTS HAVE CHANGED. YOU CAN NO LONGER PARK ALONG TECH CENTER DRIVE. BUT THE MAIN THING IS NOW THERE IS ONLY ONE MAIN PUBLIC PARKING LOT WHICH IS FURTHER AWAY FROM THE STADIUM.))
[OUT Q=away from the stadium]
((NAT SOUND OF PARKING))
The parking lot also has just 18-hundred spaces.
An expansion project at the stadium is partly to blame.
That forced the university to change all the parking lots.
[IN Q=I wasnt sure when it]
((SANDY SIMPKINS/FAN: I WASN'T SURE WHERE IT WAS UNTIL I GOT HERE, THEY GOT THE SIGNS MAKRED PRETTY WELL. ITS JUST A LITTLE FURTHER THAN THE FIELD, BUT THATS OK.))
[OUT Q=but thats ok]
Tech officials say they're ok with the new chnages, but they're also listening and learning.
[IN Q=We're going to work]
((DEBRA DUNCAN/VT POLICE CHIEF: WE'RE GOING TO WORK OUT SOME KINKS. DO WE HAVE A PERFECT PLAN? NO, THERE IS NO PERFECT PLAN. BUT I THINK WE KEEP IMPROVING ON IT AND THATS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO.))
[OUT Q=trying to do]
That way fans and hopefully the team can always go home a winner.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Blacksburg.))
[GRAPHIC=City of Roanoke]
Parking ticket fines are going up in the city of Roanoke.
Starting today, an overtime parking violation will cost you 15 dollars instead of ten.
Illegally parking in a handicap spot now is a fine of 125 dollars.
The moves comes after a survey found many motorists would rather risk the fine than park in downtown garages or lots.
The Police Department believes low fines may have contributed to the violations.
Downtown businesses hope the higher fines will lead to more available parking for customers.
The Roanoke police department is also tackling another issue.
Officials say speeding has been a problem in a number of areas in the city.
So each week-- the department has been releasing several locations where officers will be enforcing radar.
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[IN Q=We do that]
[SUPER=01-Shelley Alley/Roanoke Police Department;]
((WE DO THAT FOR TWO DIFFERENT REASONS....DRIVE A LITTLE SAFER.))
[OUT Q=drive a little safer.]
Starting tomorrow-- police will be assigned to Forest Hill Avenue North East.
The 21- hundred block of Carroll Avenue.
They'll also be looking for violators on Kenwood Boulevard and Greenbrier Avenue South East... as well as Bruceton Avenue Southwest.
An electrical subcontractor fell to his death last night at the site of the new Parry McCluer high school.
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista/File Tape;]
Police say 41- year old John Bradshaw of Newcastle was working on lights at the sports complex when he collapsed in a cherry picker.
Buena Vista police believe he may have been electrocuted.
While authorities were waiting for equipment to reach Bradshaw--- they say he began moving inside the cherry picker.
Police say emergency crews urged Bradshaw to remain still-- but he continued to stir, fell some 60- feet and died.
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The issue of whether the Boy Scouts should admit gays entered Virginia's lieutenant governor's race this week.
Republican Jay Katzen raised the question, with a resounding NO as his answer.
Democrat Tim Kaine says he supports the Supreme Court decision allowing the Boy Scouts to exclude whomever they want.
But in the discussion, both candidates went on record on some issues about homosexuality.
Ellen Qualls reports.
[IN Q=Jay Katzen links the issue of gay rights]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(( Jay Katzen links the issue of gay rights to AIDS... calling homosexuality a choice, and "a lifestyle with public health consequences."
[SOT 16:25:00 ]
((JAY KATZEN/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: THIS INVOLVES A SOCIETAL PRICE. IN OTHER WORDS, SOME PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR THE ACTIONS OF CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO ARE ENGAGING IN THESE PRACTICES.))
Katzen calls children and heterosexuals who contract AIDS "innocent victims."
So we asked if homosexuals DESERVE to get AIDS.
[SOT 16:23:50 ]
((JAY KATZEN/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I'M NOT JUDGMENTAL ABOUT THAT AT ALL, NO, NO, NO. I'M NOT JUDGMENTAL ABOUT THAT. AS I SAY, I FEEL VERY BADLY, ON THE CONTRARY.))09
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((TIM KAINE/D-CANDIDATE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: MY FEELINGS ABOUT THAT STATEMENT, AND MORE GENERALLY ABOUT THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ARE THAT IT'S A CAMPAIGN OF BIGOTRY AND DIVISION. VIRGINIA'S SEEN PLENTY OF THAT IN OUR POLITICAL HISTORY. IT'S NEVER DONE ONE GOOD THING FOR THE STATE.))16
Kaine -- for the record -- is a civil rights lawyer who says he opposes discrimination against homosexuals in housing or employment.
But he does NOT favor changing state law to create the institution of gay marriage.
Katzen says homosexuality is just morally wrong.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Still to come on News 7 at 6, Lexington saw some living history caught on fim this week...
and movies can be big business for the towns that host the filming. More on that in just a minute, but first a check on your Labor Day forcast. Here's Jacey in the WeatherCenter.
This week-- the campuses of Washington and Lee and V-M-I came to life with history.
Earlier this week-- scenes were shot there for the civil war movie "Gods and Generals... which can pump thousands of dollars into a community.
By some estimates--- 25 to 35 percent of a film's budget is spent on location.
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[IN Q=You can figure ]
[SUPER=01-Camille Lownds/Virginia Highlands Film Office;]
((YOU CAN FIGURE ON A FILM WHERE THE BUDGET IS 80- MILLION OF A 100- THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY COMING INTO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH HOTELS, SHOPS, FOOD WHATEVER THEY'LL HAVE TO PAY TO CLOSE THE ROAD ))
[OUT Q=close the road.]
Camille Lownds says the movie, Hearts in Atlantis, brought six million dollars to Staunton's economy.
Now that this year's football season has kicked off, that means fall is right around the corner. Here's meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner with a look at what September may bring.
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Still to come on News 7, a big win for Virginia Tech, and a disappointing loss for Ferrum... Roy Stanley will have football highlights...
but before that, Shannon Young will take us to an unusual orchard to see just exactly what's growing in Rockbridge County...
As fall approaches, an unusual harvest is about to become ripe...
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young takes us to Virginia Gold Orchard in Rockbridge County.
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[IN Q=I love 'em. I wouldn't grow 'em unless I liked 'em.]
[SUPER=03-Natural Bridge; :05]
[SUPER=01-Paul Estabrook/Virginia Gold Orchard; :14]
[IN Q=I love 'em.]
((I love 'em. I wouldn't grow 'em unless I liked 'em.))
[OUT Q=unless I liked 'em.]
Paul Estabrook is something of a rarity in Southwest Virginia.
That's because he and his wife grow pears, and not the kind you pick up at the grocery store.
[IN Q=We have pears that will give you...]
((We have pears that will give you a pineapple aftertaste, a citrus... We had one... the kids say it smells like bubblegum when you cut it open.))
[OUT Q=when you cut it open.]
Virginia Gold Orchard specializes in fourteen varieties of Asian Pears.
The fruit is certified organic and meets Virginia's Finest standards.
[IN Q=Now, the Estabrooks don't give formal tours...]
((Now, the Estabrooks don't give formal tours but they do invite you to wander the orchard, bring a lunch and sit at a picnic table and, of course, taste test the pears.))
[OUT Q=of course, taste test the pears.]
Each has the appearance and texture of an apple, but with a distinct pear taste.
The Estabrooks say visitors are often amazed.
[IN Q=Facial expressions are...]
((Facial expressions are, "Oh, my God!", "Wonderful!", "Woo!". It's the range of surprise. Usually the next word is, "They're delightful", "They're great."))
[OUT Q=They're delightful. They're great.]
To experience the fruit for yourself you'll have to visit the orchard because you won't find Virginia Gold's pears in stores.
But Estabrook guarantees your trip will be worthwhile.
[IN Q=Until you've had one of these pears...]
((Until you've had one of these pears, picked right, grown right, you really haven't had a nice piece of fruit.))
[OUT Q=You really haven't had a nice piece of fruit.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Natural Bridge.))
Virginia Tech racked up over 600 yards of offense today and beat U-Conn 52-to-10.
Mike Stevens and photograoher Greg Moore have the highlights from Blacksburg.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Huskies vs. Hokies; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andre Davis/94 Yards Receiving & 2 TDs; :23]
[SUPER=01-Lori Noel/Grant Noel's Mom; :56]
[SUPER=01-Grant Noel/267 Yards Passing & 3 TDs; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Stinespring/VT Assistant Head Coach; 1:39]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/99 Yards Rushing & Two TDs; 2:04]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/56 Yards Passing; 2:21]
[SUPER=36-Connecticut/10/Virginia Tech #9/52; 2:31]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Jones/63 Yards Rushing; 2:40]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS.]
Suggs will have an MRI exam done on the left knee tonight. It's the same knee he hurt while at Fleming.
The Virginia Cavaliers opened their home season this afternoon against Richmond. And the Cavaliers were leading the Spiders 7 to nothing in the third quarter.
We'll have highlights tonight at 11.
Ferrum College opened its season at home this afternoon and Wesley gets the 20 to 3 win over the Panthers.
[SUPER=03-Ferrum/Ferrum vs Wesley; :]
The Panthers were ready for the challenge against the Wolverines.
Wesley got on the board in the first quarter Jason Visconti goes to the air and hits Joe Able on the 20 yard touchdown pass and the Wolverines took the 7 to nohing lead.
Following an interception, The Panthers scored their only points of the game when Matt Patrick boots the 20 yard field goals but the Panthers come up short losing 20 to 3.
Down at Victory Stadium the second annual Western Virginia Education Classic kicked off at 4 this afternoon.
This years game featured Virginia Union and Elizabeth City. Benefits from the game go to TAP's Project Recovery and organizers say the Roanoke Valley has embraced the game as its own.
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[IN Q="There were...]
[SUPER=01-Sherman Lea/Roanoke City School Board Chairman; :]
[OUT Q=......picked up momentum."]
Union was leading at the half 20 to nothing.