We'll check on the condition of a Florida man shot multiple times as he and his family checked into a Roanoke hotel.
And some people see nothing but red when they see the French flag flying over a theater in Richmond.
Tonight on News 7 sports - qualifying from Texas, an update on pitcher Tyler Lumsden
and the defending national champs play tonight on Your Hometown Station as the sweet 16 rolls on.
Between the high on Saturday and the low Monday morning, temperatures will tumble a full 30 degrees. How long will it stay cold? The forecast is just ahead.
[ANCHOR=Keith 4 shot]
News 7 at 6 is next.
A Florida man shot repeatedly outside a Roanoke hotel is clinging to life tonight.
The man charged with his wounding has a lengthy criminal history.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
31- year- old Ryan Taboada was shot eight times as he unloaded the family car early Thursday morning.
The Florida man is listed in critical condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Tonight, we have more information on the man who is accused of wounding him.
[News 7 at 6 Newsroom monitor]
[DOUBLE BOXES= Keith & Shannon/Joe Newsroom;]
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith and Shannon... Ryan Taboada and his family were unloading their SUV, when police say the suspect demanded money, opened fire... then took off in the vehicle with the couple's two- year- old daughter strapped into her car seat.
Tonight, 27- year -old Derrik Smith is facing several charges including malicious wounding, carjacking, and abduction.
The events that unfolded in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express on Gainsboro Road have added more charges to a lengthy criminal history.
Smith's adult record dates back to 1993 and includes cocaine possession, property damage and a parole violation.
In 1997, court records indicate he was sentenced to serve four and half years for malicious wounding after an incident at the Roanoke City Jail in which another inmate was injured.
Smith served that sentence, and was released last September.
[DOUBLE BOXES= Keith and Shannon/Joe in Newsroom; ]
Keith and Shannon, he's being held in the Roanoke City Jail tonight without bond, and is due back in court on May 22nd.
Two Botetourt County residents face life in prison for distributing heroin.
20-year-old Sarah Thrasher and 21-year-old Kenaz (Keen-is) Pritchard were found guilty by a judge today as part of a plea agreement.
They're charged with selling heroin last July to Drew McGalmary.
The 19-year-old Radford University student later died of an overdose.
The prosecution says the pair continued to use and sell heroin while out on bond.
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[IN Q=they knew]
((JOEL BRANSCOM/BOTETOURT CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; THEY KNEW THAT THIS SUBSTANCE HAD CAUSED THE DEATH AND THAT IT WAS POISON AND WHEN THEY GOT OUT THEY STARTED SELLING AGAIN AND PART OF THE ADVERTISEMENT IF YOU WOULD FOR THIS SUBSTANCE WAS THAT THIS IS SO POTENT IT KILLED SOMEBODY, IT'S GOOD STUFF.))
((LARRY MCGLAMARY/SON DIED FROM OVERDOSE; NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO SARAH AND KEENAZ HOWEVER LONG THEY SPEND IN PRISON, THEY'RE STILL ALIVE, MY SON, HE'S DEAD.))
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Botetourt Co. Commonwealth's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry McGlamary/Overdose Victim's Father; :16]
[OUT Q=MY SON, HE'S DEAD.]
Because each defendant faces several distribution charges, the last offense is punishable by up to life in prison.
Sentencing is set for June 24th. The defendants remain in custody without bond this time.
Convicted killer Earl Bramblett wants to be put to death in the electric chair.
The arsonist and quadruple murderer just turned 61 and is scheduled for execution April 9th.
His on-line advocate Doug Graham says Bramblett wrote him "long ago that he wanted people to see him die a horrible death for what they had done to him." Bramblett believes he was railroaded by a corrupt judiciary.
[SUPER=03-Salem/December 16, 1997]
Bramblett was sentenced to die a little more than five years ago for the 1994 murders of Blaine & Teresa Hodges and their two children in Vinton.
The Virginia Department of Corrections has confirmed that Bramblett asked for the electric chair, rather than lethal injection.
The law was changed in 1995 to allow Virginia death-row inmates to choose between electrocution and injection.[Iraq]
[GRAPHIC=War in Iraq]
An apparent missile attack has rocked Kuwait.
[TAKE CNN LIVE]
[SUPER=205-Kuwait City, Kuwait]
This is a live picture of downtown Kuwait City.
You can see smoke in the distance.
Kuwaiti officials have told C-N-N that an Iraqi missile hit near a shopping mall in the city. There was no air raid warning before the blast.
France's opposition to the war has left a sour taste in the mouths of many Americans.
Here in Virginia, anti-French sentiment is causing a flap over a flag.
Meghan Muldoon has this story.
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[IN Q=ATOP OF A RICHMOND LANDMARK]
[SUPER=201-Mike Byrd/Has friends in Iraq; :21]
[super=219-Meghan Muldoon/mmuldoon*wdbj7.com; :32]
[SUPER=201-Todd Schall-Vess/Byrd Theatre Manager; :41]
[SUPER=201-Jack Lamm/Vietnam War Veteran; 1:00]
[SUPER=201-Gov. Mark Warner; 1:14]
[SUPER=201-Peter Kirkpatrick/ French Film Festival Dir.; 1:33]
[OUT Q=MM, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.]
(( Atop of a Richmond landmark, the Byrd Theatre, the stars and stripes fly proudly...beside the French flag?
It's to promote the 11th annual VCU French film festival taking place this weekend.
But some say flying the flag of a nation critical of the U.S. is like a slap in the face to our troops fighting overseas.
[IN Q=I DON'T FEEL THAT ITS APPROPRIATE]
((I DON'T FEEL THAT ITS APPROPRIATE ESPECIALLY IN THE TIME THAT WE'RE IN BECAUSE OF THE WAR AND EVERYTHING. THE FRENCH ARE VERY NOT SUPPORTIVE OF US AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW IS SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS.))
[OUT Q=NEED SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS.]
A few days ago there were two French flags up there, but public reaction was so strong, the manager of the theatre was forced to take one down and replace it with an American flag.
[IN Q=WE STARTED GETTING CALLS]
((WE STARTED GETTING PHONE CALLS AT THE THEATRE. I STARTED GETTING PHONE CALLS ON MY PERSONAL CELLPHONE. AND PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT. AND I WAS NOT SUPRISED AT THE CONTROVERSY. WHAT I WAS SURPRISED AT WAS THE HOSTILITY.))
[OUT Q=WAS THE HOSTILITY.]
Some say its much ado about nothing.
[IN Q=IF THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT]
((IF THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT TO FLY, I'M NOT GOING TO SAY DON'T FLY IT. IT'S LIKE TAKING FRENCH FRIES AND CALLING THEM FREEDOM FRIES. YOU KNOW, THAT'S RIDICULOUS.))
[OUT Q=THAT'S RIDICULOUS.]
[IN Q=I DON'T PARTICULARLY LIKE IT]
((I DON'T PARTICULARLY LIKE IT BUT I THINK THERE'S A RIGHT TO DO IT.))
[OUT Q=RIGHT TO DO IT.]
But it's a clear sign of the growing tension between former allies and a sense of abandonment felt by many.
[IN Q=I'M DISAPPOINTED WITH THE BEHAVIOR]
((I'M DISAPPOINTED WITH THE BEHAVIOR OF THE FRENCH. I MEAN WE HAVE BEEN LONG TIME ALLIES. THE FACT OF THE M ATTER IS THAT WE'VE COME TO THEIR ASSISTANCE TIME AND TIME AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=TIME AND TIME AGAIN.]
Still, organizers say negative feelings about France have done little to dampen enthusiasm for French cinema.
[IN Q=WE'VE SOLD MORE TICKETS THAN]
((WE'VE SOLD MORE TICKETS THAN PREVIOUS YEARS. SO THE FESTIVAL KEEPS GROWING. AND I BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE THAT COME HERE KNOW ABOUT THE FESTIVAL, UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S ABOUT. AND THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT THE CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION.))
[OUT Q=ABOUT THE CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION.]
[IN Q=BECAUSE WE'RE IN THIS CONFLICT]
((BECAUSE WE'RE IN THIS CONFLICT RIGHT NOW, WE NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT OUR IDENTITY, AND I BELIEVE THAT FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND FREEDOM TO ADMIRE OTHER CULTURES NO MATTER WHAT OUR POLITICAL DIFFERENCES IS VERY MUCH A PART OF THAT AMERICAN IDENTITY.))
[OUT Q=MUCH A PART OF THAT AMERICAN IDENTITY.]
So maybe waving a French flag can be patriotic, after all.
MM, News 7, Richmond))
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A local organization is hoping greener pastures lie ahead - as it searches for ways to pay millions in debt.
And a local summer theatre group bids adieu - find out why the show will NOT go on ...when our show continues.
[first wx next]
The Virginia Horse Center near Lexington is bracing for less state funding .. a lot less.
As we explained yesterday, the state has funded the center's debt payments for years,
[VA HORSE CENTER FS BAM - ESS 4327]
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but with the trough of state money running dry, now some investors are worried about the future.
Richard Lesko joins us with that part of the story.
After the General Assembly could not reach a budget in 2001, the Virginia Horse Center had to figure out how to make its debt service payments of more than a million dollars for that year.
They came away deeper in debt, and soon they may have to pay it off without the state's help.
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[IN Q=The Bond package]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :25]
[SUPER=01-Brian Gottstein/Legg Mason Roanoke; :42]
[OUT Q=died unexpectedly.]
(( The bond package in 2001 paid off prior loans, built a new 6 million dollar barn complex, and purchased 192 acres of land.
But those bonds increased the debt from 4-point-9 million dollars, to more than 16 million. And with state funding expected to be gradually eliminated by 2008, the Horse Center may have to shoulder that load alone.
On January 7th of this year, the only financial analyst service that grades these bonds said because future state appropriations are in doubt, there was too great of a risk of default, and downgraded the bonds to non-investor grade, or junk status.
[SOT - 8:22]
[INQ=Getting your bond...]
((BRIAN GOTTSTEIN/LEGG MASON ROANOKE; GETTING YOUR BOND RATING LOWERED IS LIKE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO GETS A DING ON A CREDIT REPORT, BUT IT'S A PRETTY BIG DING. THE NEXT TIME YOU GO OUT TRYING TO GET A LOAN EITHER THROUGH BONDS OR A BANK YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY A HIGHER INTEREST RATE, IF YOU CAN GET A LOAN AT ALL.))
[OUTQ=get a loan at all.]
Some board members said the center could have been self-sufficient years ago, but kept growing. However, they say that the center would not be the world-class facility it is if it was kept to a smaller scale.
Added to the funding and bond woes, the Center suffered another large setback at the beginning of the month. Bob Reel, the man who took charge months before groundbreaking died unexpectedly.))
An economic impact study completed in the summer of 2001 showed Horse Center exhibitors spent about 30 million dollars in the state, in the form of sales tax, dining, and lodging.
Center officials hope that impact will persuade leaders in Richmond to come up with the full amount to pay off its debt this year, and for the next 20.
[DOUBLE BOXES= Richard/Shannon & Keith ;]
No matter what happens, horse center officials say they are determined to keep all scheduled events on track.
A Lynchburg man is headed to prison for 23 years for killing his girlfriend last year.
48-year-old Randall Lee Langford was arrested last March for the shooting death of Loretta Napier (NAY-pee-ur) in her home off Campbell Avenue.
Langford continued to claim in court today that the shooting was accidental.
[STOCKS TEASE NEXT]
Stocks slumped for the third straight day as investors worried about how long Operation Iraqi Freedom will last.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
Dow lost 56 .
Nasdaq dropped 15.
[STRAIGHT TO BREAK]
The words of Shakespeare are the latest to be cut by state budget woes.
The curtain is closing at the SUMMER Renaissance Festival held at Virginia Western Community College.
Business Reporter Rachel Cannon has the story.
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[IN Q=NATS performance]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Summer; :00 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Dwight Blalock/VA Western VP Finance Adm.; :39 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-B. Bagby/Festival Producer; :52]
[OUT Q=RC, News 7, Roanoke.]
Last summer it was Merry Wives of Windsor.
The summer before, it was Three Musketeers.
This year, the Renaissance Theater Festival planned three shows for its audience.
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[IN Q=THE LAST]
((B. BAGBY/FESTIVAL PRODUCER; THE LAST THERE SUMMER'S I'VE BEEN HERE WE'VE SAW GROWTH EVERY SUMMER OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAME.))
[OUT Q=THAT CAME]
Attendance isn't the problem. Funding is.
In its eight years, the festival only took donations at the doors.
Performances made it to the stage with the help of Virginia Western. Help they can no longer afford.
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[IN Q=we've had]
((DWIGHT BLALOCK/VA WESTERN VP FINANCE ADM.; WE'VE HAD SOME RATHER SUBSTANTIAL BUDGET CUTS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.))
[OUT Q=TWO YEARS.]
The college says it had to cut services of an auditorium technician and that the theater group needs to get non-profit status.
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[IN Q=what we]
((WHAT WE WERE TOLD WAS THAT WE NEEDED TO FORM A SEPARATE CORPORATION THAT WE NEEDED TO OBTAIN OUR OWN LIABILITY INSURANCE.))
Something that will take time and paperwork.
Since it's so close to summer, at this point, organizers hope they can at least put on the festival's children show.
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[IN Q=THERE MIGHT]
((B. BAGBY/FESTIVAL PRODUCER; THERE MIGHT BE SOME POSSIBILITY THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO PERFORM SOMEWHERE IN HOPES THAT YOU KNOW ANOTHER THEATER, ANOTHER COMMUNITY GROUP WILL STEP FORWARD AND WANT TO DO THE SHOW.))
[OUT Q=DO THE SHOW.]
Wherever it is, it's likely the seats will be filled.
Rachel Cannon, News 7, Roanoke.))
[SPORTS TEASE NEXT]
Coming up tonight on News & Sports - the madness continues.
The Cup cars roll in Texas.
And he could be getting ready for his second season in pro baseball.
Instead he's one of the top collegiate pitchers in the nation.
An update on Tyler Lumsden is on the way.
[GRAPHIC=MEN'S FINAL FOUR]
March Madness continues tonight right here on WDBJ-7 as the road to the Final Four rolls on.
Tonight, it's regional semi-finals from the East and the South.
[GO TO PINNACLE 12999]
U-Conn and Texas get the party started at 7.
And then in the late game - Michigan State the national champ in 2000 tries to knock off last year's national champion Maryland.
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[IN Q=YOU KNOW...]
[SUPER=01-Gary Williams/Maryland Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Blake/Maryland Senior Point Guard; :18]
[SUPER=01-Drew Nicholas/Maryland Senior Guard; :32]
[SUPER=01-Chris Hill/Michigan State Guard; :44]
[OUT Q=...DEFEND THAT TITLE."]
[GO TO PINNACLE SATURDAY]
If you're already looking ahead to tomorrow night - the elite eight doubledip features Kentucky and Marquette followed by Arizona and Kansas.
Virginia Tech has received permission to talk with Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron. I'm sure he's a great guy, but I can't see him getting Hokie alums excited.
We've yet to hear that Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson or SMU coach Mike Dement, a Coach K disciple, have been given a shout about the opening.
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Season; :00]
Speaking of openings.
Matt Doherty just wrapped up his third year as coach of the Heels, but there are rumblings that his job is in jeopardy.
The UNC players met with the school's athletic director today in Chapel Hill.
The Cup drivers are in Roanoke, Texas this weekend for the Samsung 500.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke, TX/Fox SportsNet; :00]
Before time trials started Tony Stewart's car was impounded by NASCAR after it failed to meet the new common body templates.
Stewart's team apparently try to do what is called "exotic cheating" by altering the shape of the car to improve its ability to slice through the wind.
Here's the starting grid.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/193.514 mph/2. Elliott Sadler//3. Ryan Newman//4. Jimmy Johnson//5. Jerry Nadeau//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Bill Elliott//7. Jeff Gordon//8. Kevin Harvick//9. Joe Nemechek//10. Rusty Wallace//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//12. Terry Labonte//13. Johnny Benson//14. Jeff Green//15. Steve Park//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Ricky Rudd//17. Matt Kenseth//18. Jimmy Spencer//19. Todd Bodine//20. Greg Biffle//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Tony Stewart//22. Dale Jarrett//23. Jamie McMurray//24. Brett Bodine//25. Casey Mears//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Jeremy Mayfield//27. Kyle Petty//28. Jeff Burton//29. Kurt Busch//30. Jack Sprague//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Mark Martin//32. Ward Burton//33. Robby Gordon//34. Tony Raines//35. Larry Foyt//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Sterling Marlin//37. Michael Waltrip/Prov/38. Ricky Craven/Prov/39. Dave Blaney/Prov/40. Kenny Wallace/
[SUPER=0107-41. Mike Skinner/Prov/42. Ken Schrader/Prov/43. John Andretti/Prov/;]
[OUT Q=.....last driver."]
Former Cave Spring ace and now Clemson super sophomore pitcher Tyler Lumsden enters the Tigers ACC opener tonight against N.C. State with a 5 and OH record. Steve Mason updates us on a lefty lighting up college baseball batters.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=04-2003 NCAA Baseball Season; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tyler Lumsden/Clemson Sophomore Pitcher; :21]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :32]
[OUT Q=news 7 sports"]
((The Tigers roll into conference play winners of 15 of their last 16 and Lumsden has won a third of those games. Although Clemson is far from the halfway point Tyler has already made five starts, two short of his total from all of last season.
((TYLER LUMSDEN/CLEMSON SOPHOMORE PITCHER:))
In order to stay number one all season, Lumsden knew his off season would be crucial and the six foot four 200 pound lefty hit the weight room.
((RANDY BOONE/CAVE SPRING BASEBALL COACH:))
But Lumsden, who is the first player ever drafted right out of Cave Spring, understands that while his physical skills continue to improve, the mental side of his game has made the most strides.))
((STEVE MASON:LUMSDEN IS THE 19TH RATED SOPHOMORE PRO PROSPECT IN THE NATION AND THE FIFTH RANKED PRO BASEBALL PROSPECT IN THE ACC FOR THE 2003 DRAFT AND HE IS KNOWN AROUND THE CONFERENCE AS THE PITCHER WITH THE BEST BREAKING BALL. STEVE
MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS. ))