Coming up on news seven at six one of the northbound lanes on Interstate 81
in Montgomery County is closed due to an accident.
And area residents prepare for tomorrow's million man march.
In sports, Mike Stevens will have a live report from the Martinsville
Speedway and the Indianapolis Colts win their third game in a row.
You had to hang onto something sturdy today-- as winds gusted up to 30
miles an hour at times.
More sunny, breezy weather as we head into the work week.
One of the northbound lanes on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County remains
closed at this hour due to a tractor trailer accident.
About 2-30 this afternoon, the tractor trailer overturned at the 1-23
milemarker between Christiansburg and Ironto.
Traffic is moving slowly and is backed up for about five miles.
Police expect the lane to be blocked off for another three hours.
State Police say the truck, hauling fabric, was apparently cut off by a car.
The car left the scene.
The man driving the truck was transported to Montgomery Regional Hospital.
No word yet on his condition.
No charges have been filed.
When a million black men march on Washington, D.C., hundreds of people from
our area will be keeping pace.
Denise Allen caught up with some of the people heading up to the Capitol for
IN Q=Washington is preparing
SUPER=01-Rev. Jimmie Hawkins/Grace Presbyterian Church;
SUPER=01-Minister Malvester X/Nation of Islam;
OUT Q=news 7
((Washington is preparing for The Million Man march.
Members of the nation of Islam say a 60 block area will be corded off.
When the masses gather, these Virginians will be among them.
They say the march has grown to be more than a demonstration by Louis
Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
They say it's about bringing the black community together.
IN Q= there's a lot
((REV. JIMMIE HAWKINS/GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: THERE'S A LOT OF DESPAIR OUT
THERE. A LOT OF HOPELESSNESS AND REALLY THIS IS TRYING TO PROVIDE HOPE TO THE
COMMUNITY SAYING THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE CAN DO.))
OUT Q=WE CAN DO
IN Q=BY MAKING THIS MARCH
((MINISTER MALVESTER X/NATION OF ISLAM: BY MAKING THIS MARCH IT'S TELLING THE
WORLD WE ARE READY TO DO SOMETHING FOR OURSELVES AND THROUGH UNITY WE CAN DO
OUT Q=ALL THINGS
Minister X hopes this march helps change society's view of black men.
He also hopes it helps black men look at themselves differently by raising
their self esteem.
The participants of this march say they want it to spark a change and draw
attention to issues hurting black men, such as unemployment and crimes
committed against fellow blacks.
They say these issues affect the entire country.
IN Q=caucasian people
((MINISTER MALVESTER X: CAUCASIAN PEOPLE ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE GOVERNMENT.
EVERYBODY IS DISSATISFIED. BLACK MALES ARE PUSHED DOWN MORE NOW THAN EVER
OUT Q=EVER BEFORE
Organizers call this a march for unity and empowerment.
But it also has drawn controversy.
Members of the Jewish community say Louis Farrakhan has a history of making
anti-semitic remarks and the N-Double-A-C-P is one of several civil rights
groups not supporting the march.
But the Reverend Jimmie Hawkins hopes the participants will become leaders,
returning home to work on ways to make their communities better places to live.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Music lovers in the valley were able to get a peek today at the man who may
be the next conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
David Wiley held rehearsal this afternoon.
He's the first of five candidates going for the job.
He says his main focus will be community involvement.
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IN Q=I think it's
((DAVID WILEY/CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: I THINK IT'S
VERY IMPORTANT THAT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS EDUCATE THEIR AUDIENCE THROUGH PRE
CONCERT LECTURES, GOING AROUND THE COMMUNITY GETTING PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT
CLASSICAL MUSIC. I THINK IT IS A CRUCIAL MISSION OF THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. ))
SUPER=01-David Wiley/RSO Conductor Candidate;
OUT Q=the symphony orchestra.
Wiley also wants to plant roots in the area.
9 13 26 00 - 9 13 51 00
IN Q=My family recently moved
((DAVID WILEY: CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: MY FAMILY
RECENTLY MOVED TO FLOYD COUNTY. WE'VE VISITED. WE LOVE THE AREA AND WOULD
LOVE TO MAKE ROANOKE OUR HOME AND TO WORK WITH THE ORCHESTRA AND BUILD IT'S
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH MISSION HERE IN THE AREA. ))
OUT Q=in the area.
Wiley auditions tomorrow night at eight O'Clock at the Roanoke Civic Center
Members of the First Baptist Church in Fincastle, say they're making history
Today, Botetourt County's first African American church is celebrating its
The congregation started in 18-31 in the basement of a white Baptist Church
Sometime after 18-49 African Americans were allowed to form their own
And in 18-66 this church was built by former slaves.
IN Q=you look at
((MARY WILEY/CHURCH MEMBER: YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THESE THINGS AND THEY'RE GOING
BACK TO HISTORY, NOT ALL OF THESE MODERN THINGS. WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
THAT'S GOING TO STAND AND SHOW SOME OF THE YOUNGER PEOPLE THAT OLDER THINGS
KEEP GROWING AND GROWING UNTIL THEY COME INTO HISTORY.))
SUPER=01-Mary Wiley/Church Member;
OUT Q=INTO HISTORY.
This church has survived fire and a loss of members who left to find work
after the industrial revolution.
But members say it's lasted and is the cornerstone of their community,
largely due to the older members.
IN Q=THIS A PRIME
((GWEN JOHNSON/CHURCH MEMBER: THIS IS PRIME EXAMPLE OF THAT AFRICAN PROVERB
"IT TAKES A WHOLE COMMUNITY TO RAISE A CHILD." I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT THE
MEMBERS OF THIS CHURCH NOW, EVERYBODY HAS ROOTS IN THIS COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Gwen Johnson/Church Member;
OUT Q=in this community.
The congregation is currently looking for a new pastor.
They're hoping to find a new leader who will take them to their 200th
anniversary and beyond.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on news 7 at six, The Y-W-C-A is promoting a week of awareness
And area retailers are hoping the cooler weather that is just around the
corner will bring a boost in clothing sales.
Kimberly in Wx Office
You could say the cooler weather is already here--
Northwesterly wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour kept daytime highs in the
50's and the 60's.
And tonight we'll see lows dropping into the 30's.
Scattered frost is a possibility-- especially in far southwest Virginia and
the Greenbrier Valley.
All the chilly details-- plus the five- day forecast.
Please stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Every ten minutes a victim seeks help from a Sexual Assault Crisis Center.
And every thirty-seven minutes a child is abused or neglected.
The Y-W-C-A of Roanoke is promoting a week of awareness.
Nationally it's called a week without violence.
Today the Y-W-C-A started the week off by honoring the spirit and memory of
those who died as the result of violence.
Members hope educating the public will help erase the stigma connected to
victims of violence.
They also hope people will stop excepting violence as a way life.
IN Q=We can open
((SALLY GRAVELY/YWCA COORDINATOR OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS: WE CAN OPEN OUR EYES.
WE CAN STOP TURNING A DEAF EAR. IF WE HAVE A NEIGHBOR THAT WE KNOW IS BEING
ABUSED, WE MIGHT BE THE ONE TO HELP THEM IF THEY CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES.))
SUPER=01-Sally Gravely/YWCA Coordinator of Special Programs;
OUT Q=help themselves.
The Y-W-C-A has scheduled a week of seminars and panel discussions on
They are hoping these special events help people learn to live in peace.
Virginia may start running background checks on anyone visiting prison
Corrections officials say Virginia is rare among states that DON'T currently
check criminal backgrounds for prison visitors.
IN Q=The best way I can
((RAY GOMES/VA. CORRECTIONS DEPT.: THE BEST WAY I CAN PUT IT IS, YOU KNOW, WE
ALL HAVE PRIVATE HOMES. AND AN INSTITUTION IS A HOME OR A PLACE WHERE INMATES
ARE LIVING. AND YOU WOULDN'T OPEN YOUR DOOR AND LET A TOTAL STRANGER IN. OR
YOU WOULD BE CAUTIOUS AND UNCOMFORTABLE IF YOU DID. AND ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO
IS MAKE SURE THAT WE KNOW WHO IN FACT IS VISITING INMATES.))
SUPER=01-Ray Gomes/Va. Corrections Dept.;
OUT Q=visiting inmates.
Advocates of inmate families say the new policy would just make it tougher
Already under the Allen Administration, some families have had to ride a bus
to Texas to visit transferred inmates, and visiting hours have been cut down at
IN Q=I think
((I THINK ALL OF THESE EVENTS ARE CERTAINLY NOT VERY FAMILY FRIENDLY. AND MY
POSITION, AND I THINK THE POSITION OF OUR ORGANIZATION IS THAT FAMILIES ARE A
VERY COST-EFFECTIVE WAY OF HELPING TO SUPPORT INMATES AS THEY PREPARE FOR AND
MAKE THAT TRANSITION INTO SOCIETY.))
SUPER=01-Susie White/Inmate Advocate;
OUT Q=into society.
The new policy would mean background checks on 24- thousand inmates' 10-
person visitor lists.
That's 240- thousand checks.
Corrections officials say they can do it with existing personnel and
equipment, so the cost would be "minimal."
Last month, clothing sales jumped up a bit after August, which some analysts
say was one of the worst months for apparel sales in recent years.
Beth Myer reports experts say the weather has something to do with the
IN Q=According to merchants
SUPER=00-Beth Myer/Reporting; :22 Quick!!
SUPER=01-Bruce Young/Davidsons Operations Manger; :27
SUPER=01-Tyler Pugh/Wheat First Securities; :54
OUT Q=News 7.
(( According to merchants, the cooler, brisk fall temperatures bring more
shoppers out to spend money.
In September, same store sales increased 3 percent over August sales, but
retail analysts say the numbers were still poor compared to sales recorded in
May, June and July.
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IN Q=Some salesmen compare
((BETH MYER: SOME SALESMEN COMPARE WORKING IN RETAIL TO FARMING. THEY SAY THE
VOLUME OF SALES OFTEN DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER AND COOLER TEMPERATURES IN THE
FALL WILL DRIVE UP CLOTHING SALES.))
OUT Q=up clothing sales.
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IN Q=We obviously can
((BRUCE YOUNG/DAVIDSONS OPERATIONS MANAGER: WE OBVIOUSLY CAN SELL TOP COATS
AND HEAVIER GARMENTS NOW. AND WHEN YOU GET WARM FALL DAYS, PEOPLE ARE NOT AS
INTERESTED IN THAT, LIKE THE FARMERS WE NEED GOOD WEATHER TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN
OUR OWN TRADE. ))
OUT Q=our own trade.
XXXX says business at Davidson's has been strong and sales last month were
better than in September of 1995.
Analysts say while September was better than August for retail, the change
was not robust.
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IN Q=Computer sales continue to be very strong and there are
((TYLER PUGH/WHEAT FIRST SECURITIES: COMPUTER SALES CONTINUE TO BE VERY STRONG
AND THERE ARE SO MANY DOLLARS TO GO AROUND. THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE AS MUCH
INTEREST IN APPAREL AS THERE IS IN OTHER SEGMENTS OF THE RETAIL MARKET.))
OUT Q=the retail market.
That means prices could be lower for the holidays. Inflation is running
about 3-percent this year and analysts predict if merchants try to increase
prices, they'll have to reduce them again to sell the merchandise. Beth Myer
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Len Besthoff tells us what a leading economist has to say about the
David Orr of First Union Bank shares his long and short-term projections
for the stock market.
MUSIC UP FULL
If you've been wondering what to do with your money, you might want to
listen to what David Orr has to say.
He's the most trusted economic experts for First Union, one of the largest
banks in the country.
Orr spoke with Len Besthoff earlier this week.
IN Q=If you're
SUPER=01-David Orr/First Union Chief Economist; :17
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( If you're thinking about buying a car, or anything requiring a short term
loan, David Orr has some good news.
The chief economist at First Union expects short term interest rates, like
the prime rate, will drop from eight-point-seven-five-percent as the economy
IN Q=We think
((DAVID ORR/FIRST UNION CHIEF ECONOMIST: WE THINK BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR,
THAT'LL BE IN THE SEVEN-AND-A-HALF, EIGHT-PERCENT RANGE FOR THE PRIME, IN OTHER
WORDS, ALMOST A POINT LOWER THAN IT IS NOW. ))
OUT Q=than it is now.
Orr also warns against panicking when the Dow Jones Industrial Average drops
more than fifty points in a day, like it did twice this week.
IN Q=A 50 point
((ORR: A FIFTY POINT DROP WHEN THE DOW JONES IS AT A LEVEL OF 47-HUNDRED
DOESN'T MEAN ANYWHERE NEAR THE SAME THING IT MEANT WHEN THE DOW JONES WAS AT
OUT Q=was at 2000.
But he does predict that in the near term we could see the market dip even
IN Q=I personally
((ORR: I PERSONALLY THINK THE STOCK MARKET'S GONNA GO DOWN YOU KNOW MAYBE
THREE OR FOUR HUNDRED POINTS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, BUT THAT'S NOT A REASON
TO GET TERRIBLY UPSET THIS JUST HAPPENS AS PART OF THE BUSINESS CYCLE.))
OUT Q=business cycle.
Additionally, Orr believes that over the next ten years the Dow will hit the
10-thousand mark as baby boomers keep pouring their retirement money and their
kids college money into mutual funds.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
And coming up, Mike Stevens will join us live from the Martinsville Speedway
The Braves sweep while the Indians and Mariners are tied.
And the Indianapolis Colts are the hottest team in the National Football
Chalk up another upset for the Indianapolis Colts. This afternoon the
Colts beat San Francisco 18 to 17 for their third straight win.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/FOX SPORTS; :
San Francisco took the lead in the second quarter when Steve Young hits
Jerry Rice on a 5 yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to 3 Niners.
The Colts came back with 11-minutes left in the third quarter Jim
Harbaugh hits Ken Dilger over the middle he scores to make it 12 to 7 Colts.
then with 7-minutes left in the third, Derek Loville takes the handoff and
scores from 4 yards out to make it 14 to 12 San Francisco.
Cary Blanchard kicked four field SUPER=30-Indianapolis/=18/San
Francisco/=17;goals on the day including the game winner as the Colts upset
the 49-ers 18 to 17.
The Eagles beat the giants and Tampa Bay upsets Minnesota in overtime.
For those and all of today's N-F-L scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=......DALLAS/SAN DIEGO."
The Taco Bell 300, The richest Late Model Stock car race was run at the
Martinsville Speedway this afternoon.
Dble box Roy/Mike
Mike Stevens is standing by at the track on this sunny day to give us a run
down on the race activities, Mike.
(mike ad libs into Package)
Harder to get in this race than it was to win it.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Taco Bell 300; :
SUPER=01-Johnny Rumley/Failed to Qualify; :
SUPER=01-Elliott Sadler/Taco Bell 300 Winner; :
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Finished Second; :
OUT Q=.....and Try again."
(ad lib toss back to roy)
Atlanta is hoping that its third trip to the World Series in the 90's
will be the charm.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC SPORTS; :
Last night in Atlanta, Mike Devereaux, The Series M-V-P hit a three run
homer in Atlanta's five run seventh to lead the Braves to the 6 to nothing win
and a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.
IN Q=First audio
((MIKE DEVEREAUX/NATIONAL LEAGUE SERIES MVP: I TRY TO PREPARE MYSELF EVERYDAY.
I DON'T WANT TO PUT MYSELF IN A SITUATION WHERE I'M NOT PREPARED AND I CAN'T DO
ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE JOB))
SUPER=01-Mike Devereaux/National League MVP; :
OUT Q=..........OF THE JOB."
The college basketball season tipped off this morning at 12:01.
Midnight Madness found it's way into Cassell Coliseum at Virginia Tech as the
1995-96 Hokies made their debut.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Morning; :00
The Hokies return all five starters from last year's team that went all the
way to win the NIT championship.
The addition of three top freshman prospects should give the Hokies needed
The team played 2; 12 minute halves to the delight of a couple thousand
Tech's midnight madness featured several games and events, plus the fan
favorite slam dunk competition which got the loudest applause from the
The Hi-Techs also drew cheers from the audience as the Hokies dance team
displayed some moves of it's own.
Fans helped your hometown station celebrate it's 40th anniversary by
participating in a halftime shootout.
The first fan out of a group of 40 to hit a shot from half court won a 35 inch
No one made the shot so a ticket stub drawing decided the winner. The fan
with the winning number had to make it down to half court in under a minute and
this enthusiastic young man made record time to claim a new TV.
The Hokies now begin a regular practice schedule for their first season in
the Atlantic 10.