Some big names will be on hand in Atlanta this weekend to throw out the
ceremonial first pitches for games one and two of the 91st world series.
Saturday night Cal Ripken Jr, will do the honors.
And on Sunday night, Hammerin' Hank Aaron will toss out the first pitch.
Baseball's all-time homerun king is also the Braves senior vice-president.
Plus, before Saturday night's opener, Darius Rucker, the lead singer for
Hootie and the Blowfish will perform the national anthem.
The Braves of course have the experience, with the Indians not having been to
the series since 1954.
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Last night the Braves worked out under the lights at Fulton County Stadium,
and Fred McGriff says it's time to play and stop doing interviews.
IN Q="iT'S TOUGH...
((FRED MCGRIFF/BRAVES FIRST BASEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Fred McGriff/Braves First Baseman; :00
OUT Q=...READY TO PLAY."
The Roanoke Express came up with an unlikely road win last night in
Late in the second period Roanoke found itself down 5-to-2 to the Checkers.
But the Express would reel off five unanswered goals to win the game 7-to-5.
And get this, Jason Clarke led the way with a hat trick. He now has four
goals in three games to lead the team.
Last year it took him three and a half months to score one goal.
Roanoke is in Richmond Friday night.
The Wood brothers have been at it even longer than Junior.
But just recently did they make the decision to expand.
Yesterday Steve Mason and photographer Lynn Eller traveled down to Stuart to
get a look inside the family's new million dollar shop.
IN Q="first audio
SUPER=01-Eddie Wood/Team Owner; :11
SUPER=01-Glen Wood/Team Owner for 45 Years; 1:02
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
(( The Wood Brothers could only dream of doing this in their old shop, but
with the opening of their 35 thousand square foot facility, that dream along
with others has come true.
EDDIE WOOD/TEAM OWNER: THE OLD SHOP IF WE NEEDED TO MOVE ONE CAR FROM
SECTION TO ANOTHER, IT TOOK FIVE PEOPLE TO MOVE IT, BECAUSE WE HAD TO PUSH IT
OUT OF THE SHOP INTO THE ROAD, WITH CARS GOING BY, IT TOOK LIKE FIVE PEOPLE TO
MOVE ONE, AND NOW IT TAKES TWO PEOPLE TO MOVE IT BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAVE TO MOVE
IT FROM ONE AREA OF THE SHOP TO ANOTHER. ITS ALL ON ONE LEVEL.
The renovation includes a state of the art dyno room that is sound proof,
a paint booth where workers can decorate the Citgo Fords, and five new
employees that should add some spark to a team that has not won since 19- 93.
NOW WITH MORE ROOM WE'LL BE ABLE TO HAVE MORE CARS, MORE EQUIPMENT, WE'LL
BE ABLE TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE. JUST BE BETTER PREPARED
There is still a great deal of moving to do, only a small fraction of the
trophies and pictures have been relocated, but team owner Glen Wood has made
that painful chore a fun one.
GLEN WOOD/HAS OWNED TEAM FOR 45 YEARS: I DROVE IT OVER HERE FROM THE
OTHER SHOP, AND IT WASN'T DOING GOOD COMPARED TO WHAT I USED TO HAVE, SO I HAD
TO DO SOMETHING TO IT TO GET IT GOING A LITTLE BIT BETTER
The new shop will have a new driver next year in Michael Waltrip. He
visited the new facility sometime last week, and he realized his 6 foot 4 frame
has already caused some problems. He's a lot bigger than Morgan Sheperd, so the
Wood Brothers must first contend with getting this seat into this car, and then
they must change the entire seat to pedal make-up. They'll deal with these
problems before testing Michael for the first time in late November. In
Stuart, Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
Up next on News 7-
A man pleads guilty to murder and dumping the body in Wythe County.
People come out in force to tell what they think of a proposed sports
complex in Lynchburg.
Plus talk about a hungry man dinner- Here's one pot pie that's sure to
satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.
News 7 is next.
A man pleads guilty to murder.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./May 17;
23 year old Brett Matthew Wisneski entered the plea in Henrico County.
He admitted to driving Gregory Scott Spencer's body to Wythe County.
A six year old Halifax County girl was accidentally shot by her great
grandfather. Police say he was apparently trying to shoot a stray dog in the
Cuban leader Fidel Castro can come to America- The President granted him
a visa to take part in the U-N's 50th anniversary celebrations.
Join us for News 7 at eleven
The man who dumped a body in Wythe County in May pleaded GUILTY of murder
today in Henrico County.
The victim- Gregory Scott Spencer lived in and was murdered in a Richmond
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./May 17;
But 23- year old Brett Matthew Wisneski testified today he wrapped Spencer's
body in trash bags and drove it to Route 619 in Wythe County.
Henrico prosecutors say the murder was related to a drug debt.
A letter from Wisneski to his girlfriend was presented today in court.
In it, Wisneski says he beat Spencer to death with a baseball bat, after
planning the murder for two weeks.
He wrote that he had no regrets -- it was "simply business."
Friends and family are coping with the loss of a six- year old Halifax
County girl- She was accidentally shot and killed yesterday by a relative.
Police say Bridget Short's 85- year old great- grandfather apparently
thought the little girl was inside when he fired at a stray dog in his yard.
Authorities say Bridget was shot once in the chest as she rounded a corner.
The little girl was a first grader at Virgilina Elementary school.
Her teacher remembers her as an ideal student who was known for her
laughter and love of learning.
Bridget was also a relative of Sheriff Eugene Shortt.
He says there was NO foul play involved.
IN Q=Apparently from
((EUGENE SHORTT/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: APPARENTLY FROM WHAT THE INVESTIGATION HAS
REVEALED SO FAR HE HAD THE SHOTGUN TO SHOOT AT PERHAPS SOME STRAY DOGS OR
SOMETHING THAT WAS IN HIS YARD AND THE BEST WE CAN TELL SO FAR THE YOUNG KID
JUST RAN IN FRONT OF THE LINE OF FIRE. ))
SUPER=01-Eugene Shortt/Halifax Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=of fire.
Police are not releasing the great- grandfather's name.
Several school psychologists were brought in today to help teachers and
students cope with the loss.
Bridget's classmates also drew cards to give to her family.
Mickey Wayne Davidson is set to die tomorrow night for bludgeoning his wife
and two stepdaughters to death in 1990.
The murders are remembered as Saltville's most brutal crime.
Davidson confessed, saying he could not bear to let his wife Doris and her
two teenage daughters leave him.
He first said he wanted to be executed, but changed his mind several times
to file appeals.
This time, Saltville police chief Steve Surber believes Davidson is ready to
((STEVE SURBER/SALTVILLE POLICE CHIEF: I HAD A LETTER FROM HIM, IT WAS
NOTARIZED AND HE ASKED THAT NOTHING BE RELEASED ON HIS CASE, THAT HE WANTED TO
SWIFTLY GO THROUGH WITH HIS EXECUTION. THAT'S BEEN PROBABLY FOUR OR FIVE
MONTHS AGO. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Surber/Saltville Police Chief;
OUT Q=five months ago.
Davidson has neither hired an attorney nor filed anymore appeals.
He bought the cemetery plot right next to his wife.
Her brother told NEWS-7 the family considered moving the victims' graves.
But he says if they do anything, they'll most likely just remove the
A proposed 17-million dollar sports complex in Lynchburg came under
fire tonight by people who live near the site.
About 300 people packed a Lynchburg planning commission meeting.
While just about everyone admitted the city needs
more sports facilities, hundreds of people in the Sandusky area said 'not in my
((THIS THING IS FOR THE MONETARY BENEFIT OF A VERY FEW, AT A GREATER EXPENSE TO
A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE' IT'S GROSSLY UNFAIR))
OUT Q=it's grossly unfair
But others argued Lynchburg greatly needs the fields for sports.
Part of the complex would also be the new home for the Lynchburg Hillcats.
((WE HAVE THE OLDEST FACILITY IN THE CAROLINA LEAGUE, IN FACT ONE OF THE OLDEST
IN THE COUNTRY. LET ME SAY WE SUPPORT THE COMPLEX AND THANK YOU.
SUPER=01-Calvin Falwell/Lynchburg Baseball Club
OUT Q=and thank you
Without a new complex, Lynchburg could be in danger of losing it's minor
Congress is about to take a vote that could affect your pocketbook.
As Kent Jarrell reports, it has to do with tax cuts and Medicare.
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SUPER=01-Sen. Ted Kennedy/(D) Massachusetts; 30
SUPER=01-Sen. William Roth/(D) Delaware; 1:16
SUPER=01-Kent Jarrell/CBS News; 1:25
OUT Q=for CBS News, Washington."
((Behind closed doors, last minute negotiations are underway to make sure
wavering Republicans don't vote "No" on the massive plan to save Medicare from
bankruptcy. Democrats are pounding away at the Republicans, charging budget
cuts will end up harming just about everybody, young and old. The Democratic
mantra is repeated - "Republican Medicare savings will go to pay for tax cuts,"
but Kennedy of Massachusetts takes the rhetoric up a notch.
SEN. TED KENNEDY/D- MASSACHUSETTS: REPUBLICANS LOVE THEIR TAX BREAKS,
THEY'LL DEFEND THEM TO THE DEATH, THE DEATH OF LARGE NUMBERS OF SENIOR
Senate Republicans announced the numbers in their budget are now
certified, by the Congressional budget office, to actually balance the budget
by 2002, with a $245 billion tax cut plan.
Republicans want a five hundred dollar tax credit per child, but not for
wealthy families. Individual retirement accounts would be expanded, capital
gains taxes would be cut, and the marriage tax penalty would be reduced.
SEN. WILLIAM ROTH/D- DELAWARE: MOST FAMILIES WILL END UP WITH AN EXTRA
ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS INSTEAD OF SENDING IT TO WASHINGTON.
With votes pending, the fine art of political compromise is in high
gear. President Clinton says watching all this is a form of torture. He says
he's optimistic about the outcome,but has his veto pen ready, just in case.
Kent Jarrell for CBS News Washington.))
Big reductions are coming in Carilion's executive ranks-
But those won't be the only changes people will notice as the region's
largest employer changes the way it does business.
Carilion announced today it will phase out over 135 management jobs over the
next two years.
And instead of being organized by which hospitals people work in,
Carilion will soon be divided according to the type of medical service
IN Q=We will not
((TOM ROBERTSON/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM CEO: WE WILL NOT BE NEARLY AS
INSTITUTION SPECIFIC AS WE HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST. COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AND
ROANOKE MEMORIAL WILL HAVE A COMMON MANAGEMENT TEAM HERE IN THE ROANOKE
SUPER=01-Tom Robertson/Carilion Health System CEO;
OUT Q=Roanoke Valley.
The new organizational structure will have another unique feature.
Each department will be co-managed by an administrator and a doctor, to give
physicians more say in Carilion's day to day operations.
The changes will take place next year at Carilion facilities in the Roanoke
Valley, as well as Bedford and Franklin counties.
Carilion's New River Valley operations will get revamped a little later.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, Fidel Castro may come to America.
The Bosnians will work on a peace plan in Ohio,
and we'll see why one educator says the problem of children bringing weapons to
school is no worse than it's ever been.
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Peace Talks on Bosnia will come to America- Ohio to be more specific.
Leaders of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia will come to the Wright Patterson
Air force base outside of Dayton, Ohio.
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SECRETARY OF STATE: THAT SIGHT PROVIDES US WE BELIEVE WITH
THE VERY OPTIMUM SETTING OF FACILITIES FOR THE THREE DELEGATIONS AND FOR THE
MEMBERS OF THE CONTACT GROUP WHO'LL BE THERE TO TRY TO FACILITATE THE
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=facilitate the discussions."
Christopher also says the location will offer the privacy needed for
The meetings will begin October 31st.
Cuban Leader Fidel Castro may be coming to America.
The Clinton administration authorized a visa for him.
It allows Castro to attend the United Nations 50th anniversary
Castro won't be able to travel freely in the U-S though.
The visa bans travel beyond a 25-mile radius of New York City.
The visa approval comes just as a bill to tighten sanctions on Cuba heads
for Senate approval.
Life has returned to normal at Bassett Middle School after a recent
incident where a student cut another student with a razor.
There's still talk about kids bringing weapons to school-- but as Kimberly
McBroom reports, at least one school official says the problem doesn't live up
to the hype.
IN Q=I don't remember
SUPER=01-Stephen Burton/Bassett Middle School Principal;:00
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Chiglinsky/Psychologist;:56
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT tape 1 13:08:49
((STEPHEN BURTON/BASSETT MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I DON'T REMEMBER IN THE YEARS
THAT I'VE BEEN HERE THAT ANYBODY BROUGHT A WEAPON TO SCHOOL TO INTENTIONALLY DO
HARM TO ANOTHER STUDENT INSIDE THE BUILDING. ))
And he says that includes the recent incident involving one student cutting
another student with a razor.
Burton says the situation got out of hand-- but there haven't been any
similar occurences since then.
A new state law requires school officials to suspend students for 10 days if
they bring weapons on campus.
And Burton says that seems to have done the trick.
SOT tape 1 standup 13:54:30
((Burton feels reports about youth violence have been blown out of proportion,
and that by nature, children are the same as they ever were. ))
SOT tape 1 13:08:38
((STEPHEN BURTON/BASSETT MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: IT WAS ALMOST LIKE A SHOW AND
TELL. I'VE GOT A KNIFE AND I'M GOING TO BRING IT AND I'M GOING TO SHOW IT TO
EVERYBODY SO THAT THEY CAN SEE HOW MACHO, OR COOL, OR BAD THAT I AM. ))
The motivation for agressive behavior usually comes from the child's home
life-- according to one psychologist.
SOT tape 2 15:08:13
((DR. MICHAEL CHIGLINSKY/PSYCHOLOGIST: IT'S BELIEVED THAT MANY OF THESE
FAMILIES USE PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE AS A FORM OF CONTROL-- AND EVENTUALLY, THAT
CHILD WILL SEE THAT NEED AS BEING THE BEST WAY TO CONTROL OTHER CHILDREN-- A
WEAPON IS THE BEST FORM OF CONTROL.))
Chiglinsky says parents should be advised to be watchful whenever their
children are exposed to any form of violence.
He says even if it's just played out on television-- impressionable kids
may try to act it out on their peers. Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
Opponents of the proposed Smart Highway say they're being run- over by the
Virginia Department of Transportation.
They got their chance to speak their minds tonight at a public hearing, but
they received no response from V- DOT officials.
Those against the plan say it's a waste of time and money.
((RICK ROTH/NEW RIVER VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION: BASICALLY THIS ROAD IS
ROAD THAT A BUNCH OF PEOPLE IN ROANOKE DECIDED THEY WANTED A LONG TIME AGO, AND
SORT OF GOT WHAT THEY WANTED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. ))
SUPER=01-Rick Roth/New River Valley Environmental Coalition;
Earlier in the evening V- DOT officials did try to answer questions about
the roadway in a less formal gathering.
That was met by protestors from the Sierra Club.
The Smart Highway would be a six- mile stretch, connecting a 460 bypass in
Blacksburg to Interstate 81 in Roanoke.
The first two miles would be used to test hi-tech vehicles.
The state has already pledged 10- million dollars for that specific portion,
but officials estimate the cost at 27- million dollars.
They say it will be worth every penny.
IN Q=We think
((DAN BRUGH/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: WE THINK IT'S A NEEDED
PROJECT, NOT ONLY FROM A RESEARCH STAND POINT BUT FROM AN OVERALL
TRANSPORTATION STANDPOINT IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY. ))
OUT Q=new river valley
Brugh says if everything goes according to schedule, the first two miles
should be completed near the end of 1998.
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And when News 7 continues,
we'll see how the political campaigns are spending all the money they've
MUSIC UP FULL
General Assembly candidates are raising money at a record pace.
And as Joe Dashiell reports a growing number are turning to television as
they woo voters in the final weeks of the campaign.
IN Q=Eva Craig
SUPER=01-George Bassett/WDBJ7 Marketing Director; :47
SUPER=@Griffith; 1:11 quick
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Eva Craig and other volunteers GIVE their time to local candidates, but even
postage and paper clips add up. Campaigns don't come cheap.
Consultants claim their share... but for a growing number of candidates in
the state's general assembly races, broadcast advertising will be their largest
NAT SOUND OF AVERILL ADVERTISEMENT
On three Roanoke television stations, Trixie Averill has already spent more
than 54- thousand dollars for television time.
Public files at WDBJ, WJPR, and WSLS also reveal that Dick Cranwell has
spent more than 36- thousand dollars.
NAT SOUND OF CRANWELL SPOT
And the airwaves will only become more crowded as election day approaches.
IN Q=This has gotten a lot bigger
((GEORGE BASSETT/WDBJ7 MARKETING DIRECTOR: WE DIDN'T EXPECT THE BIG OUTPOURING
IN THE TELEVISION END OF ADVERTISING, BECAUSE OF THE LOCALIZATION OF SOME OF
THESE RACES, BUT THIS HAS GOTTEN A LOT BIGGER THAN WE EXPECTED.))
OUT Q=in those key areas.
One of the biggest spenders has no opposition at all.
NAT SOUND OF GRIFFITH AD
Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith is running an ad that barely mentions his
name and boosts republican candidates in general. He hints that more may be
waiting in the wings.
IN Q=Timing is everything
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R- SALEM: TIMING IS EVERYTHING AND OBVIOUSLY THERE WILL
BE SOME INTERESTING MESSAGES IN THE WEEKS TO COME.))
OUT Q=in the weeks to come.
At least a half-dozen candidates promise "some interesting messages" that
will vie for the attention of viewers and voters between now and November 7th.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Coming up tonight in sports, the World Series preparations are underway in
The Express comes back to win on the road tonight.
We'll take trip down to Stuart and look inside the Wood Brothers new million
dollar race shop.
SUPER=03-Brighton, England; :00
And look what happened at the Brighton International Ladies Tennis
Top seed Steffi Graf lost to qualifier Marian De Swardt in three sets.
It's Steffi's second loss of the year.
Now the scores.
(/////SPORTS CHYRON MOTION/////)
Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
take a break
The NBA preseason continued tonight with the Clippers and Mavericks taking
their show on the road in Louisville, Kentucky.
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY/Clippers vs. Mavericks; :00
This was a homecoming of sorts from Dallas Forward Jamal Mashburn, who played
his college ball in Lexington at Kentucky.
He would he held to just 11 point tonight.
As the Clippers get a game high 21 points and 10 rebounds from Brian Williams
to beat the Mavs 112-TO-91.
In the NHL tonight, a new team and a team with new uniforms hit the ice in
Denver with the Colorado Avalanche hosting the Washington Caps.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Avalanche vs. Caps; :00
Cap goalie Jim Carey got off to a rough start tonight giving two goals in the
The Caps would get one of those back at the 28 second mark of the second as
Pat Peake converts in tight to make it 2-to-1 Colorado.
But the Avalanche turned it on.
Martin Rucinsky takes advantage of the sloppy puck handling by the Caps. his
first goal of the year makes it 3-to-1
Adam Deadmarsh would add another as three goals are scored in the first two
minutes of the second period.
Colorado LEADS it 4 to 2 in 3rd.
The Roanoke Rush closes out it home schedule this weekend when the team takes
on the Delaware Warlocks Saturday night at Victory stadium.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
And this afternoon the team announced the signing of former Salem Quarterback
Tre Wilson, who likely will start this weekend.
All of the other quarterbacks to spend time with the Rush this year are
either hurt, sick, or no longer with the team.
Wilson is a former Friday Football Extra player of the week in 1992.
Still to come tonight, Junior Johnson is selling his racing operation.
and we'll head down to Stuart and check on the Wood Brothers new one million
dollar racing shop.
NASCAR legend Junior Johnson appears to be making a quiet exit out of Winston
A spokesman for Johnson racing
said this afternoon that Junior has agreed to sell his primary Winston Cup team
to driver Brett Bodine.
SUPER=03-N. Wilkesboro, NC; :00
Brett and Junior joined forces before this season and have struggled most of
the year recording just 2 top ten finishes.
The team is currently 20th in the point standings.
Johnson has been involved in NASCAR racing as a driver or car
owner since the early 1950s. He won 50 events before retiring as a
driver in 1966.
As an owner, his teams have won 139 races and five Winston Cup
Johnson is 64 years old, and in his four decades in racing his cars have won
more than 20 million dollars.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a breathalizer could make a winner out of a
and we'll see why a group of New York cooks are crowing about their world
record effort to feed the homeless.
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A Virginia Tech study is quickly becoming the toast of the town.
It's national Alcohol Awareness Week, and psychology students are
administering breathalizer tests at various spots around Blacksburg.
Those tested not only walk away knowing what their blood- alcohol level is-
They also receive a raffle ticket, which could mean free-bies from area
IN Q=It's students
((SCOTT GELLER/VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR: IT'S STUDENTS BEHIND THOSE TABLES WITH
INFORMATION TO TELL OTHER STUDENTS ABOUT THE RISKS OF TOO MUCH ALCOHOL. ))
SUPER=01-Scott Geller/Virginia Tech Professor;
OUT Q=too much alcohol
Data from questionnaires, and from the tests themselves will be recorded.
The findings will be revealed in March at a North Carolina psychology
It isn't exactly four and twenty black birds baked in a pie.
It is however a 21-thousand pound chicken pot pie.
Cooks started at four this morning baking the ten- and- a- half ton entree.
Once the world record is certified, the pot pie will be donated to a charity
that feeds the homeless.
It will feed about 20-thousand people.