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Flash flood warnings in the Galax area- -have given way to concerns about the
New River expected to crest above flood stage sometime tonight.
Joe Dahiell will be along with a LIVE report on the river's edge in a
In sports, qualifying rained out again, we will give you the new schedule,
plus, recaps of baseball playoff action,
and we will have another report from camp Express. Today's topic; head
coach Frank Anzalone.
Opal's visit was indeed short and wet for us, Tropical Storm Pablo grows in
the Atlantic and cooler weather is the forecast this weekend.
Fears of heavy damage from high water and winds faded this afternoon, as the
remnants of Hurricane Opal passed to our west.
Periods of precipitation did raise the level of rivers and streams
throughout the area, but we did not see any severe flooding.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell brings us up to date from the banks of the Roanoke
Keith, we did experience some periods of heavy rain as the storm moved to
In places like Galax and Grayson County, run-off did cause minor flooding.
But for the most part, the Roanoke Valley didn't miss a beat.
IN Q=Ernest Murphy
SUPER=01-Ernest Murphy/Fisherman; :07
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :18
SUPER=01-Bob Bass/Va. Agriculture Statistics; :38
OUT Q=but not from farmers'.
((Ernest Murphy says a little rain can't keep him away.
He claims his biggest fish when the Roanoke river is rolling.
IN Q=I've caught four
((I'VE CAUGHT FOUR, THE BIGGEST ONE I 18 INCHES. AND THIS MUDDY WATER DOESN'T
HOLD YOU BACK? MOST TIME I CATCH THE LARGER FISH WHEN IT'S MUD AND THE RIVER'S
UP AND IT'S MUDDY.))
OUT Q=and it's muddy.
Throughout western Virginia, the remnants of Opal brought periods of heavy
Run- off was the result, but most of the region's rivers and streams stayed
within their banks.
High winds threatened trees and power lines, but APCO reported only
While the storm promised some relief from the drought, state agriculture
experts say it may be a mixed blessing for farmers.
IN Q=Farmers have got
((BOB BASS/VA. AGRICULTURE STATISTICS SERVICE: FARMERS HAVE GOT PEANUTS DUG
AND LAYING ON TOP OF THE GROUND. THE COTTON BOLLS ARE OPEN. IT WILL INFECT
THE QUALITY OF THE COTTON. THE HARVEST WILL BE SLOWED DOWN. SO THESE RAINS,
ALTHOUGH WE ARE DEFICIT FOR THE YEAR, ARE BENEFICIAL FROM SOME PEOPLE'S POINT
OF VIEW, BUT NOT FROM FARMERS'.))
OUT Q=from farmers.))
There were fears that high winds associated with this storm could take a
heavy toll on trees...
We have reports of damage in higher elevations, but the weather service
says the ground was not saturated to the point that trees were easily uprooted.
So Keith, while the clouds may bring more rain to the area overnight, the
threat of any serious damage appears to have passed us by.
Residents in Grayson County and Galax braced for the worst this morning when
the National Weather Service posted flood WARNINGS in those localities.
For a while, it looked like the storm might pose a real threat as small
streams began jumping their banks, forcing authorities to close several roads.
But Opal had mercy. The rains were sporadic, and not as heavy as
At noon the warnings were lifted.
Runoff from the mountains and streams continues pouring into the New River.
The National Weather Service issued a river flood warning at Galax. It's
expected to crest at 11 feet, two feet above flood stage.
A service dog that has been attending school with a wheelchair- bound
student in Pulaski County has been quarantined after supposedly scratching
The incident happened in a special education classroom at Critzer (CRY-zer)
Linda Stowers says her mentally- retarded son crawled under the table where
the dog was sitting and was clawed in the face.
The wound required two stitches.
School Superintendent William Asbury says the dog is highly trained, and may
have reacted to the boy playfully or defensively.
State law requires the animal be quarantined for 10 days.
Officials are working with both families and legal consultants to determine
whether the dog will return to the classroom.
The U-S Supreme Court will decide whether or not
Virginia Military Institute can remain all-male, even if the state offers a
separate program for women.
The court agreed today to hear two appeals, one from the Clinton
administration and one from Virginia officials.
Virginia argues V-M-I should remain all-male in order to preserve its
SUPER=03-Craig Co./File Tape;
The Justice Department says the W-WIL program established at Mary Baldwin
College reflects the "separate but equal" kind of discrimination seen in the
years of segregation.
IN Q=They're separate where they
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THEY'RE SEPARATE I SUPPOSE IN THAT YOU HAVE WOMEN'S DORMS
AND MEN'S DORMS, I SUPPOSE. THEY'LL BE WHINING ABOUT THAT ONE TOO IN THE
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. NO THIS IS A VERY APPROPRIATE APPROACH I THINK FOR
VIRGINIA. ALL OF VIRGINIA'S HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM IS DIFFERENT. THAT IS ONE
OF THE STRENGTHS OF VIRGINIA'S HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM IF YOU LOOK AT IT.))
OUT Q=approach for Virginia.
In a written statement this afternoon V-M-I's Superintendent Josiah Bunting
said he's confident the high court will side with V-M-I as part of an effort to
uphold, quote "Virginia's outstanding higher-education system."
Mary Baldwin's President said tonight: "we welcome the scrutiny."
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up in the newscast, one student from the region faces charges of
toting a gun to class, another threatens a classmate with a razor.
And it was supposed to take the road to victory, but it was more like a wrong
turn. Some snafus for the Republican bus tour this morning.
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Pulaski County school officials are investigating whether a sixth- grader at
Dublin Middle School should return to classes.
The student was suspended indefinitely for allegedly bringing a gun to
Several students reported seeing the weapon and ammunition on Tuesday, and a
parent alerted the principal.
School officials and police are investigating.
The student could be expelled for at least a year under a new policy begun
at the start of this school year.
In Martinsville, a 13- year- old middle school student faces charges for
allegedly threatening a 12- year- old classmate with a razor blade.
Police say the teenager has been charged with attempted robbery by force.
The incident took place on a school bus Tuesday.
The 12- year- old says the suspect shoved him and demanded money.
The 12- year-old was not injured.
Police say a few minutes later, the 13- year- old cut a high school student
on the lip.
School officials say the cut was minor and they believe it was an accident.
The murder of Wythe County Deputy Sheriff Cliff Decker was cited by the
Governor today as a reason to crack down on juvenile criminals.
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IN Q=That family
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THAT FAMILY DOESN'T HAVE ANY LESS GRIEF BECAUSE IT WAS A
15- YEAR OLD WHO MURDERED THEIR FATHER.))
OUT Q=their father
The Governor received a tough new set of recommendations from a bi-partisan
Included in them: boot camps and military schools for young thugs, opening
juvenile courts to the public, requiring schools to notify parents of violence
and drugs, and automatically trying serious violent offenders age 14 and older
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IN Q=They commit
((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THEY COMMIT ADULT CRIMES. THEY SHOULD
SERVE ADULT TIME.))
OUT Q=adult time.
The Commission would like to see what it calls "violent predator" juveniles
removed from the detention centers.
IN Q=So that adequate
((JIM GILMORE/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: SO THAT ADEQUATE EDUCATIONAL AND
CORRECTIONAL METHODS CAN BE EMPLOYED AND THE COMMONWEALTH CAN SAVE THOSE THOSE
CHILDREN WHO CAN BE SAVED. RATHER THAN JUST LUMPING THEM TOGETHER IN A SYSTEM
THAT IN MANY CASES SPAWNS BETTER CRIMINALS RATHER THAN BETTER CHILDREN.))
OUT Q=better children.
The proposals go before the public for four hearings, including one October
24th in Roanoke City Council chambers.
A Brookneal family's pet cat is the latest victim of a rabies outbreak in
Health officials say the cat may have exposed seven people, including its
owner, to the disease.
The owner brought the animal to the Addison Animal Hospital in Lynchburg,
where it died last week.
Four members of the hospital staff who came in contact with the cat will
have to be treated for rabies exposure.
Authorities say the cat is the first documented case of rabies in a domestic
animal this year.
Health officials urge everyone to have their pets vaccinated.
Republicans say it's time for conservatives to stand up and be counted.
Democrats urge voters to be careful what they wish for.
Both sides met at a political forum in Lynchburg today.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=About 425 students
SUPER=01-Preston Bryant/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :19
SUPER=01-Gil Cobbs/(D) House of Delegates Candidate; :27
SUPER=01-Barbara Coleman/(D) State Senate Candidate; :54
SUPER=01-Steve Newman/(R) State Senate Candidate; 1:10
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( For about 425 students, it was a taste of real politics as the Lynchburg
Christian Academy hosted a debate for the 23rd District General Assembly
Republican Preston Bryant used the forum to apologize once again for a
controversial radio ad that blasted his Democratic opponent Gil Cobbs.
IN Q=So I drove
((PRESTON BRYANT/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: SO I DROVE OVER TO THE RADIO
STATION AND LISTENED TO IT AND I DIDN'T LIKE IT. IT WASN'T FACTUAL AND I PULLED
IT OFF THE AIR.))
OUT Q=off the air.
IN Q=I would hope
((GIL COBBS/D- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: I WOULD HOPE THAT THIS ONE, WE CAN
PROVE TO ALL OF VIRGINIA THAT THIS ONE CAN BE THE CLEANEST, THE HEALTHIEST IN
THE WHOLE COMMONWEALTH.))
OUT Q=whole commonwealth.
SU 14:44:01 (#2)
((Admittedly the Republicans enjoyed something of a homefield advantage in this
debate, both Steve Newman and Preston Bryant are LCA graduates. And the
questions from the students made it easy to differentiate between the
OUT Q=the candidates.
Nowhere was the difference more clear than on the issue of abortion.
IN Q=I myself
((BARBARA COLEMAN/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: I MYSELF AM A PERSON WHO SUPPORTS
THE RIGHT OF THE WOMAN TO MAKE THE CHOICE. HOWEVER, PERSONALLY, I AM OPPOSED TO
USING ABORTION AS A MEANS OF CONTRACEPTIVE.))
OUT Q=means of contraceptive.
IN Q=If I get
((STEVE NEWMAN/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: IF I GET THROWN OUT OF OFFICE
TOMORROW BECAUSE OF MY PRO- LIFE POSITION, SO BE IT, IT'S OKAY WITH ME. BECAUSE
SOME THINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN POLITICS AND I THINK CHILDREN ARE MORE
IMPORTANT THAN POLITICS AND I'M NOT WILLING TO GO ANY FURTHER THAN THAT.))
OUT Q=further than that.
A straw vote among the students gave the Republicans an overwhelming
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A rally for Wall Street today on the strength of high-tech stocks.
Nasdaq gained nearly 12 points.
The DOW gained 22. It closed at 47- hundred- 62.
Depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the country,
affecting some 17 million Americans.
double box Keith & Connie
Health Check's Connie Stevens is in our newsroom, to tell us about National
Depression Screening Day-- going on right now.
While clinical depression is very common, only about half of all sufferers
get treatment-- that allows the symptoms to linger-- maybe for a lifetime.
IN Q=If depression
SUPER=01-Micheal Morykon/Lewis Gale Counseling Center; :00
SUPER=01-Kay Kostura/Lewis Gale Psychiatric Center; :40
IN Q=If depression
((IF DEPRESSION IS UNTREATED AND GOES ON FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME
PEOPLE CAN BECOME SUICIDAL OR THEY CAN LOSE THEIR SENSE OF HOPE AND SO-ON, AND
IT CAN BECOME VERY DEBILITATING. ))
OUT Q=very debilitating.
Depression brings on a wide range of symptoms, such as:
-- Feeling sad, anxious or empty
-- Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism, or guilt.
-- Loss of interest in hobbies
-- Sleep disturbances such as insomnia or oversleeping
-- Changes in appetite and weight
-- Thoughts of death or suicide
-- Restlessness, or irritability
-- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
IN Q=Often with
((KAY KOSTURA/LEWIS-GALE OUTPATIENT SERVICES:OFTEN WITH DEPRESSION YOU SEE AN
INCREASE OF SYMPTOMS WITH PHYSICAL ILLNESS AS WELL. SO IF WE SEE A CLUSTER OF
THESE SYMPTOMS AND THEY CONTINUE OVER A PERIOD OF TWO WEEKS, THEN WE'RE
CERTAINLY GOING TO SUGGEST THAT THE INDIVIDUAL GO ON AND PURSUE FURTHER
Now, today for Depression Screening Day, professionals in our region, and
all around the country are asking some tough questions-- some people will be
referred to agencies like Connect or Respond.
The Mental Health Association of the Roanoke Valley is sponsoring one more
screening tonight, at Virginia Western Community College in the Whitman
DBLE BOX/Connie & Keith
It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30, and it is free.
The 19-95 Republican "Road To Victory" bus tour got off on the wrong foot in
Richmond this morning -- when a potential candidate who uses a wheelchair was
unable to board because the charter company sent the wrong bus.
Party Treasurer John Hagar was the only dignitary to make it to the first
part of an 11- day campaign blitz.
IN Q=I've been exploring
((JOHN HAGAR/VA. GOP TREASURER: I'VE BEEN EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF RUNNING
FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN 1997. WHILE AT THE SAME TIME CONCENTRATING ON
SUPPORTING OUR LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES THIS YEAR. AS WE ALL SHOULD BE DOING.))
SUPER=01-John Hagar/Va. GOP Treasurer
OUT Q=be doing.
The tour will hit four regions of the state over eleven actual days leading
up to November 7th.
It is travel day for the American and National Leagues, we will recap last
night's action, Roanoke Express players talk about their coach,
and a few Hokies size up this weekends opponent. The Midshipmen of navy.
For the second day in a row, Heavy rains have postponed qualifying at
Charlotte for this weekends running of the UAW-GM 500.
The Winston Cup and Busch cars are now scheduled to practice tomorrow
morning at 9.
Winston Cup qualifying will begin at noon and the Busch Cars will follow
The Atlanta Braves left Colorado this morning with a 7 to 4 victory and a
2 games to none lead on the Rockies in the National league division series.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/NBC SPORTS; :
It was a typical Brave finish. In the top of the ninth with the score tied
4 to 4 Mike Mordecai hits a shot up the middle scoring Fred Mcgriff Atlanta
took a 5 to 4 lead and the Braves win the game 7 to 4.
IN Q="The Hurricane
((DON BAYLOR/COLORADO MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Don Baylor/Colorado Manager; :00
OUT Q=......against that club."
The Dodgers also, down two games to none, head to Cincinnati.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Mariners vs. Yankees; :00
In the American league, the Seattle Mariners are down two games to none to
New York. The Yankees Jim Leyritz's hit a two run homerun in the bottom of the
15th; New York wins 7-5.
Seattle's Tim Belcher gave up the hit and vented his anger on a couple of
photographers. he even jerked a camera off a photographers shoulder.
Tomorrow, Jack McDowell pitches against Randy Johnson.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Red Sox vs. Indians;
In the other AL playoff game, Cleveland downed Boston 4-nothing. Eddie
Murray added a homerun in th win, The Indians are also up 2 games to none.
GRAPHIC=San Antonio Spurs
To the courts. The "San Antonio News" reports that the Spurs have agreed
to terms with top draft pick Cory Alexander.
The report says the three year deal will pay the former Virginia point
guard around one and a half million dollars.
Alexander broke the same ankle on two different occasions during his career
Virginia Tech battles Navy this weekend. And after two conference
victories; Frank Beamer hopes his team does not expect smooth sailing against
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/September 16; :12
SUPER=01-George DelRicco/Hokies Leading Tackler with 51; :56(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Jay Hagood/Virginia Tech Offensive Lineman; 1:05(QUICK)
OUT Q=...as a Big East game"
The Roanoke Express continues its training camp at the Sportscomplex in
Hillsborough, North Carolina.
SUPER=03-Hillsborough, NC/Yesterday; :
The Express has a strong group of veterans and rookies that can provide the
muscle and speed needed to compete in the East Coast Hockey League.
But Roanoke has three goalies in camp veterans Mike Parson, Matt DelGuidice
and rookie Scott Barber.
Barber is right out of college and may take some time to come along but
the Express is building its team around Parson and Delguidice.
IN Q="We're hoping that
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: WE'RE HOPING THAT PARSON AND DELGUIDICE
CAN REGROUP THE FORM THAT THEY WERE USE TO. MATT HAD A PRETTY SOUR SEASON LAST
NEAR IN NASHVILLE AND PARSON DIDN'T HAVE A GOOD YEAR HE HARDLY PLAYED AT ALL IN
PORTLAND BUT THEY ARE QUALITY GOALIES AND WE'RE HOPING BY HAVING TWO OF THEM IF
MINNESOTA SHOULD NEED A GOALIE AT LEAST WE HAVE THE OTHER ONE TO TAKE UP THE
REINS WHILE THAT GUYS GONE.))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......guys gone."
The Express will break camp this evening and head to Hampton for an
with the Admirals.