It's over before it began.
Amid strong opposition and criticism from one U.S. Senator, the Radford Arsenal decided to scrap its plan to close part of the New River.
As Justin McLeod discovered the river will remain open but not without some restrictions.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Benny Surface/Fisherman; 1:04 (QUICK BITE)]
[SUPER=01-Lonnie Acord/Fisherman; 1:14]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Montgomery Co.]
((((NAT SOUND OF BOAT AND WAVES))
It is an issue that has been causing waves for months.
[IN Q=It would have been bad]
((LONNIE ACORD/FISHERMAN: IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BAD FOR A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=lot of people]
At issue was a plan put forth by the Radford Arsenal to close portions of the New River near its facility.
Officials argued tighter security was needed in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Fisherman like Gary Ferrell didn't buy that argument.
[IN Q=I didnt believe in that]
((GARY FERRELL: I DIDN'T BELIEVE IN THAT BECAUSE IF THEY ARE GOING TO GO IN THEY ARE GOING TO GO IN OTHER PLACES BESIDES THE RIVER.))
[OUT Q=besides the river]
And there were other arguments too for keeping the river open.
Some said it would hurt the area's economy as well as cut off recreational opportunities.
[IN Q=Those who opposed]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THOSE WHO OPPOSED CLOSING A SECTION OF THE NEW RIVER GOT SOME MAJOR SUPPORT THIS PAST WEEK WHEN SENATOR ALLEN SENT A LETTER TO THE ARSENAL URGING THEM TO DROP THE PLAN. AN ARSENAL SPOKESPERSON SAYS THIS DECISION WAS WELL IN THE WORKS BEFORE THAT LETTER ARRIVED.))
[OUT Q=that letter arrived]
((NAT SOUND OF BOATING))
The decision allows for boating and fishing on the river where it passes through the arsenal property.
But the only access will be through checkpoints.
[IN Q=If you have nothing to hide]
((BENNY SURFACE: IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE THERE'S NO PROBLEM GOING THROUGH A CHECKPOINT.))
[OUT Q=through a checkpoint]
Fishermen say it's a small price to pay to enjoy the open waters.
[IN Q=There's not a whole]
((LONNIE ACORD: THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF PLACES YOU CAN GO AND REALLY EXPERIENCE A GOOD FISHING TRIP AND HAVE A GOOD TIME THAT YOU'RE NOT IN POLLUTED WATERS OR SO CROWDED YOU CAN'T FISH.))
[OUT Q=you can't fish]
And for that, they hope this issue is now resolved and dead in the water.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Montgomery County.))
Senator George Allen released a statement yesterday saying he is delighted with the decision.
He says the plant is a wonderful neighbor and an understanding community leader.
The federal investigation into GOP eavesdropping is picking up.
Former party head, Ed Matricardi, resigned in April following allegations he listened in on two Democratic conference calls.
At least two Republican operatives were subpoenaed Wednesday for questioning, including Jeff Ryer, a former aide to Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith.
Jessica Johnson, a Republican Party employee, was also subpoenaed and questioned by authorities.
Neither is believed to be a target of the investigation.
A Maryland truck driver won a 700-thousand dollar damage award from a federal jury in Roanoke Wednesday.
Management at the Flying J truck stop near Wytheville had Michael (Sta-MATH-is) Stamathis arrested in December for driving off without paying for fuel.
HE said he was just moving his rig before going inside to pay.
The charges were dropped in state court.
(Sta-MATH-is) Stamathis sued for defamation of character and malicious prosecution.
The federal jury sided with Stamathis on both counts, found he had NOT stolen fuel.
They held Flying J and truck stop Manager David Hansen liable for a total of 700-thousand dollars in damages.
A Roanoke doctor who is facing federal charges is now facing a battle with cancer as well.
In addition to the pending federal racketeering case against him, Doctor Cecil Knox has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
His attorney says his prognosis is reasonably good, especially if a suitable bone- marrow transplant donor can be found.
Tony Anderson points out he's a lawyer not an oncologist, but he believes Doctor Knox can beat the cancer and then successfully fight the federal government.
Knox has been on chemotherapy treatments for three or four weeks.
His trial is set for next January.
In business news,
There's a management shake-up at AOL-Time Warner and Microsoft slips past Wall Street Earnings.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[IN Q=It's not]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((IT'S NOT YOU'VE GOT MAIL, BUT YOU'VE GOT A RESIGNATION AT AOL TIME
MOMENTS AFTER THE CLOSING BELL, THE STRUGGLING MEDIA AND INTERNET GIANT
ANNOUNCED A MAJOR MANAGEMENT SHAKEUP. AS EXPECTED BOB PITTMAN IS
STEPPING DOWN AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER. Don Logan, formerly chairman
of Time Inc., becomes chairman of a new Media and Communications Group.
Jeff Bewkes, formerly head of HBO, becomes chairman of the new
Entertainment and Networks Group.
SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, THE STOCK IS DOWN 60 PERCENT AND ITS
AMERICA ONLINE UNIT HAS BEEN STRUGGLING.
AND THERE ARE REPORTS THAT WORLDCOM MAY FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY AS EARLY AS
MONDAY AS THAT COMPANY BATTLES MASSIVE DEBT AND A DEBILIATING ACCOUNTING
ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST:
MICROSOFT POSTED PROFIT THAT BEAT THE STREET BY A PENNY A SHARE..
REVENUE WAS ALSO SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN EXPECTED. THE SOFTWARE GIANT SAID
THE CURRENT MARKET ENVIORNMENT REMAINS CHALLENGING BUT IT DID STANDBY
ITS EARNINGS AND REVENUE NUMBERS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER.
ON WALL STREET, SO MUCH FOR A BACK TO BACK RALLY
THE DOW CHALKED UP A TRIPLE DIGIT DECLINE, DOWN 130 POINTS
THE NASDAQ WAS CLOBBERED, DOWN 40.
WHILE IT MAY NOT BE A GREAT TIME TO BE IN THE STOCK MARKET, IT IS A
GREAT TIME TO BUY A HOME.
MORTGAGE RATES ARE BACK NEAR HISTORIC LOWS WITH THE 30 YEAR RATE AVERAGING
TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM ... AT THE NASDAQ
I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS Now here's a look at your local stocks.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Police in Southern California have reportedly served search warrants at an apartment complex as they continue their hunt for a child's killer.
[SUPER=03-Lake Elsinore, CA;]
An L-A television station reports that deputies searched an apartment, but there's no word on what they found, or whether anyone's been arrested.
Authorities have called a news conference for this afternoon.
Five-year-old Samantha Runnion was abducted Monday outside her home in Stanton, California.
A man told her he neede help finding a lost dog.
Samantha's body was discovered the next day, 50 miles away from her home.
There's a potential break in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case--
For more than a month, investigators have been trying to figure out where Richard Ricci and his white Jeep Grand Cherokee were in the week surrounding the kidnapping.
A Salt Lake City woman has come forward, claiming to have new information.
The woman says that just two days before Smart's abduction, Ricci was at her home with the white Jeep.
She also claims that her sister, who lives in Cheyenne saw Ricci two days after Smart was kidnapped with his jeep near her home.
A single- engine plane that took off from Massachusetts crashed last night in Pennsylvania, killing two people on board.
[SUPER=03-Jefferson Township, PA;]
F-A-A officials say they don't know what the plane's destination was.
One body has been found, but authorities are still searching for the other one.
The crash happened about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
In Colorado, federal officials are investigating the latest deadly crash of a firefighting air tanker.
[SUPER=03-Larimer Co., CO;]
The plane went down near the Rocky Mountain National Park
northwest of Denver yesterday.
Both crew members were killed.
Witnesses say the tanker went down in a ball of flames.
It was the second air tanker disaster in two months.
Three men were killed in California last month, when the wings of a tanker snapped off in mid-air.
Meanwhile, around 80 firefighters are still battling the 12-hundred acre Colorado wildfire.
More than a year after it lost what many called the "architectural soul" of its campus, Longwood University is starting to rebuild from a devastating fire.
Construction got underway yesterday on a new Grainger Hall to replace the old building which was torn down after being heavily damaged in the April, 2001 fire.
Longwood lost three other buildings to fire that night.. and school officials say they are still recovering from the shock.
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[IN Q=There's a physical]
((PATRICIA CORMIER/LONGWOOD U. PRESIDENT: THERE'S A PHYSICAL PAIN THAT YOU FEEL WITH THAT LOSS, BUT IT'S THE EMOTIONAL SCARS AND IT'S THE PSYCHOLOGICAL SCARS THAT NEEDED HEALING AND THIS IS ONE STEP TOWARDS THAT HEALING PROCESS.))
[SUPER=01-Patricia Cormier/Longwood University President]
[OUT Q=that healing process.]
The Grainger construction should wrap up next August.
Rebuilding of the other three structures will start this fall.. the entire project is costing 20 million dollars.
Long before Carvins Cove ever produced a drop of drinking water, Crystal Spring was Roanoke's primary water supply.
As the city's reservoir continues to head toward a record low, Crystal Spring will soon be back on line.
The spring has been flowing into the Roanoke River for over a year, while construction crews have been building a new filter plant.
Construction on the project is running ahead of schedule, due to be complete by October first.
And pipes are now waiting for a temporary filter system that could be pumping water by the end of next week.
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[IN Q=The combination of getting]
((MIKE MCEVOY/ROANOKE CITY UTILITIES DIR.; THE COMBINATION OF GETTING THESE NEW SOURCES ON LINE AND PURCHASING WATER FROM THE COUNTY AND ALSO JUST CONSERVATION MEASURES THAT WE'VE IMPLEMENTED, WE FEEL THAT THEY'LL GO A LONG WAY TO EXTENDING THE LIFE AT THE COVE.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Roanoke City Utilities Director;]
[OUT Q=extending the life at the Cove.]
With Crystal Spring back on line, and the development of another well, the city will add about five million gallons to its daily supply... That's about half of the current demand on Carvins Cove.
An car crash killed a Blairs man last night.
Police say William Nathaniel Harris was driving his Chevy pickup on state route 707 in Pittsylvania County, when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off of the left hand side of the road.
He then apparently overcorrected, sending the truck over the right side, where he hit a tree and was thrown from his vehicle.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Department of Motor Vehicles says it's computer system is so riddled with errors, nearly three-thousand people may not be able to renew their driver's licenses next month.
The problem comes from people entered with the same Social Security numbers, or with discrepancies in their names and birth
dates compared to the federal Social Security Administration's computers.
The D-M-V does not have the staff to track down every discrepancy in its computers, so it leaves it to drivers to fix the errors.
Over the last two years, the D-M-V has found 200-thousand entries with problems in its computer system.
In business news this morning,
CVS is taking over the what remains of Phar-Mor and three of the nation's largest airlines are blaming huge second quarter losses on the air travel slump and the need to lure passengers with cheaper fares.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[IN Q=Good Mornng]
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
((GOOD MORNING THIS THURSDAY THE 18TH OF JULY.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
AN ECONOMIC CASUALTY IN THE SKIES...
MIDWAY AIRLINES HAS SUSPENDED ALL FLIGHTS AND MIGHT BE MERGING
INTO U-S AIRWAYS.
16 DAILY FLIGHTS FROM FROM RALEIGH-DURHAM ARE GONE, AND 400
EMPLOYEES LAID OFF AS THE COMPANY RECONFIGURES ITS FLEET.
MIDWAY FILED FOR CHAPTER ELEVEN IN AUGUST... AND OVERNIGHT THERE
ARE REPORTS IT HAS SIGNED A LETTER OF INTENT TO BECOME A PART OF U-S
THE EIGHT YEAR DEAL GOES THROUGH ONLY IF MIDWAY GETS UNION
CONCESSIONS AND AN EXTRA 5 MILLION IN LOANS.
U-S AIRWAYS SAID LATE LAST NIGHT THAT MIDWAY WILL OPERATE AS PART
OF ITS US AIRWAYS EXPRESS, IT WILL TRY TO ACCOMODATE MIDWAY
TICKETHOLDERS.. OR MIDWAY PASSENGERS CAN ASK FOR REFUNDS THROUGH THEIR
TRAVEL AGENTS OR MIDWAY ITSELF.
WITH THE DOW MANAGING TO BREAK ITS LOSING STREAK
TODAY WE WILL GET THE LATEST ON NEW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM FILINGS AND THE
JUNE LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS.
DISCOUNT CHAIN PHAR-MOR WILL SHUT DOWN ITS REMAINING 73 STORES.
THE BANKRUPT DRUG RETAILER WILL SELL OUT TO THE GIANT EAGLE
SUPERMARKET CHAIN AND C-V-S FOR $141 MILLION DOLLARS.
35 HUNDRED EMPLOYEES WILL GET FIRST CRACK AT GIANT EAGLE JOBS.
THE POSTAL SERVICE IS OPTING OUT OF A GOVERNMENT TIP SERVICE FOR
AUTHORITIES CONCERNED WITH TERRORISM, IT'D BEEN APPROACHED BY HOMELAND
REGARDING "OPERATION TIPS" HOWEVER, THE POSTAL SERVICE SAYS ITS
LETTER CARRIERS WILL ONLY DELIVER THE MAIL, AND NOT BECOME AN EXTRA
SET OF EYES AND EARS REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIONS.
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A Pharmaceutical Company is making its medications more affordable for seniors.
Pfizer has started its own drug card program.
And as Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us there is no enrollment or membership fee or limit to the number of medications seniors can buy with their discount drug card.
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[IN Q=The Wades are looking for any help]
[SUPER=07-James Wade; 10]
[SUPER=01-David Byrd/Pfizer Healthcare Representative; 30]
[SUPER=04-Pfizer Video; 56]
[SUPER=07-Walter Carr; 1:09]
[OUT Q=I'm JS for N7 Mornin]
(( The Wades are looking for any help they can get when it comes to paying for medications. Like many seniors on Medicare, they don't have prescription drug coverage.
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[IN Q=I hope we can get it becase]
((JAMES WADE: I HOPE WE CAN GET IT BECAUSE WE REALLY NEED IT CAUSE OUR MEDICATIONS ARE AWFULLY HIGH, ESPECIALLY MINE. I'M ON FOUR DIFFERENT KINDS OF BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINES AND I'M A DIABETIC TOO))
[OUT Q= diabetic too]
Pfizer says its program is unique because it's easy to understand and the card is good for a year before you have to re-enroll.
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[IN Q=Your provider will provide you]
((DAVID BYRD/PFIZER: YOUR PROVIDER WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A PRESCRIPTION FOR WHATEVER MEDICATION IT IS, YOU TAKE THAT WITH THE CARD TO THE PHARMACY AT THAT POINT YOU PAY 15 DOLLARS A GET A MONTHS SUPPLY OF MEDICATION AND IT'S THAT SIMPLE))
[OUT Q=and its that simple]
To qualify you have to be a Medicare recipient with no prescription coverage, who is not eligible for Medicaid or other benefit programs. You must make less than 18-thousand dollars a year if you're single or 24-thousand for families.
Pfizer offers more than 30 different medications... from drugs like Viagra to those that treat high blood pressure, cholesterol and arthritis.
For Walter Carr it could mean a huge savings. He pays close to 600 dollars a month for medications.
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[IN Q=I'm sure there are a lot of people]
((WALTER CARR:I'M SURE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT ARE IN THE SAME PREDICAMENTS THAT I AM IN THAT ARE HAVING A HARD TIME MAKING ENDS MEET))
[OUT Q=making ends meet]
I'm Joy Sutton For News 7 Mornin'))
To apply for the
[WIPT TO FULL SCREEN ]
Pfizer Share Card call 1-800-717-6005 or go the website at pfizer-for-living-dot-com.
It appears most Virginians are happy with Governor Warner's job performance.
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In a poll conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University, 60-percent rated Governor Warner's job performance as excellent or good.
Forty-percent have a negative view of his job performance.
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When the poll is broken down on party lines, 69-percent of Democrats rate Warner's performance as excellent or good,
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50-percent of Republicans share that view.
The Governor's largest support came in the western parts of the state.
A new building on Roanoke's City Market is going for an old look.
It's the first new structure on the City Market in 85 years.
The building had to meet the strict standards of the architectural review board...
Every brick and window had to be approved so it would blend in with its historic neighbors.
Two veteran merchants on the City Market tackled the project together... the owners of Sam's and Wertz's Country Store, Restaurant and Wine Bar.
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[SOT 15:39:54 - 15:40:06]
[IN Q=It's been]
((TOM ANDERTON/BUILDING CO-OWNER: IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE. THE FOOTPRINT OF THE BUILDING IS 25X70'. IT'S ON WHAT'S CALLED A ZERO PROPERTY LINE, MEANING EVERY INCH OF THE PROPERTY IS USED. THE BRICKS VIRTUALLY COME TO THE PROPERTY LINES. .))
[SUPER=01-Tom Anderton/Building Co-Owner;]
[OUT Q=the property lines.]
Plans for the building include a jewelry store and an A-T-M.
The site was a parking lot for more than 60 years ... after the Martin Brother's Produce House burned down there in the 1940s.