On News 7 at SIX in a moment:
The cause of a fire that killed a little girl in Henry County.
The state secretary of Natural Resources is publicly praised and vilivied.
State lawmakers are betting on Powerball to generate revenue in Virginia.
But it might just be too big a hit to work here.
An in-depth look at the odds of expanding games of chance coming up.
Tonight in sports, Brett Bodine crashes during practice at Daytona.
The Express hit the road for a Friday night skate at Hampton Roads.
The Colts lose their head coach.
And Cleveland loses its football team to Baltimore, but manages to keep its
name and tradition.
Bring on the weekend...the weather will cooperate fairly well with a little
sun and some mild readings.
The death of a six-month-old Henry County girl is being blamed on a jug of
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night;
Keyshe Thomas apparently died of smoke inhalation in a fire at her home.
Fire officials say the kerosene was stored beside an electric stove which
had been on, set at 500 degrees, for an extended period of time.
It happened yesterday afternoon in the Grassy Creek area of the Henry
Keyshe's siblings, 18-MONTH old Deonte (dee- ON- tay) Thomas and two- year
old Latasha Thomas were flown to a Winston-Salem hospital.
They're listed in serious condition.
The childrens' mother, Vivian Thomas, was at a neighbor's house when the
fire broke out.
Officials have ruled the fire accidental.
Investigators in Henry County say evidence from an October armed robbery
links Michael Ward to a murder the same night.
And today, during a preliminary hearing two witnesses to the robbery
identified Ward as one of the gunmen.
IN Q=So you saw the face
((VOICE OF ROBERT BUSHNELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: SO YOU SAW THE FACE OF ONE
OF THE GUNMEN? YESSIR. COULD YOU IDENTIFY THAT PERSON. YOU'RE NODDING
POSITIVELY? YESSIR. DO YOU SEE THAT PERSON TODAY? THE RECORD SHOULD REFLECT
THAT YOU'RE POINTING TO THE DEFENDANT MIKE WARD.))
SUPER=02-Robert Bushnell/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=to the defendant Mike Ward.
Merv Hairston says he saw the defendant's face when the mask Ward was
wearing fell down.
And today, an expert testified that a spent shell casing from the murder
scene was fired from a gun that was stolen during the first armed robbery.
IN Q=Mr. Ward denies that he
((BURTON ALBERT/WARD'S ATTORNEY: MR. WARD DENIES THAT HE WAS INVOLVED IN THESE
OFFENSES AND THERE ARE SOME INCONSISTENCIES IN THE PROSECUTION'S CASE.))
SUPER=01-Burton Albert/Ward's Attorney;
OUT Q=in the prosecution's case.
Judge Morgan Armstrong certified the charges to the next grand jury.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
The Sierra Club of Virgina calls her public enemy number one.
But George Allen's Secretary of Natural Resources has survived an onslaught
of criticism that led to a bill to eliminate her job.
A special House subcommittee is recommending putting the bill off for a
That's after a unique public hearing on Natural Resource Secretary Becky
Her Department of Environmental Quality director looked on as a former
employee blasted her leadership.
IN Q=Political decisions
((ART BUEHLER/FORMER DEQ EMPLOYEE: POLITICAL DECISIONS WERE OVERRIDING
SCIENTIFICALLY BASED DECISIONS. WE ALL HAD TO ANSWER TO OUR OWN PERSONAL
DECISIONS, TO OUR ETHICS, TO OUR CREDO. MANY OF US LEFT. WE DIDN'T DO IT
LIGHTLY. I'M A SINGLE PARENT OF TWO YOUNG BOYS.))
SUPER=01-Art Buehler/Former DEQ Employee;
OUT Q=young boys.
But the Secretary had her defenders.
IN Q=The opinions
((ERNEST BOWDEN/EASTERN SHORE WATERMEN: THE OPINIONS SHE'S DIFFERING WITH ARE
SOME OF THE ULTRA-ENVIRONMENTALISTS. YOU HAVE A CERTAIN GROUP OF
ENVIRONMENTALISTS THAT WOULD LIKE TO GET BACK TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN. IT'S
IMPOSSIBLE. WE'VE LEFT THERE AND THE BIBLE TELLS US WE'LL NEVER GO BACK TO
((WALTER BURROUGHS/EASTERN SHORE WATERMEN: THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAVE GONE TOO
FAR ON PROTECTING RESOURCES. A MAN'S LIVELIHOOD SHOULD COME AHEAD OF THAT.))
SUPER=01-Ernest Bowden/Eastern Shore Watermen; :00
SUPER=01-Walter Burroughs/Eastern Shore Watermen; :14
OUT Q=ahead of that.
Dunlop has been both praised and criticized for her emphasis on balancing
environmental concerns with business interests.
Former U-S Attorney for Western Virginia Monty Tucker has been named as the
new chairman of the state parole board.
Tucker left the U.S. Attorney's office in Roanoke in 1993 and has been
running the F-D-I-C Office in Dallas, Texas.
He'll succeed former U.S. Marshal John Metzger.
Metzger resigned as parole board chairman amidst scandal last year -- but
has since been cleared of criminal wrongdoing by State Police.
The telecommunications bill President Clinton signed yesterday has prompted
protest in cyberspace.
Hundreds of home pages on the World Wide Web have gone black at the urging
of a group called the Coalition to Stop Net Censorship.
The protesters are decrying the law's ban on sending sexually explicit
material to minors over the Internet.
Congressman Rick Boucher helped sponsor the bill and says he was
disappointed that provision was included.
Boucher believes the courts will find it unconstitutional, and says it
should be up to parents, not the government to censor what their children see.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-NINTH-DISTRICT: I THINK PARENTS ARE IN THE BEST POSITION
TO MAKE THOSE KINDS OF DECISIONS, THEY SHOULD BE EMPOWERED TECHNOLOGICALLY TO
DO SO, AND WE SHOULD NOT ENGAGE IN CENSORSHIP ON THE INTERNET OR ON ANY OTHER
MEANS OF MASS COMMUNICATION. ))
OUT Q=of mass communication.
Opponents of the indecency provision say it restricts free speech.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Are new lottery games worth the gamble in Virginia?
We'll find out what Keno and Powerball are all about---and what kind of
business they've meant for other states.
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The exotic animals of Boar-Walla hunting preserve in Alleghany County could
be on their way out.
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./File Tape;
The House of Delegates has advanced a bill
that would ban importing such animals to enclosed hunting preserves in five
((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: PEOPLE MOST OF WHOM ARE FROM OUT OF
STATE OR OUT OF THE COUNTRY FLY IN AND PAY BIG BUCKS TO MOW DOWN TO MOW DOWN
THESE SEMI-TAME CREATURES.))
((THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN CANNED SHOOTING, SLAUGHER FOR SALE. IT'S THE
KILLING OF DUMB BEASTS FOR BUCKS. AND IT SHOCKS THE CONSCIENCE.))
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE INVESTED QUITE A SUM
OF MONEY INTO THE RAISING OF EXOTIC ANIMALS. THIS IS GOING TO PUT THEM OUT OF
BUSINESS IN ESSENCE.))
SUPER=01-Del. George Grayson/(D) Williamsburg; :00
OUT Q=in essence.
There are two other exotic hunting preserves in Virginia.
This bill is co-sponsored by Delegates Creigh (KREE) Deeds, Whitt Clement,
and Senator Bo Trumbo.
There has been mixed reaction to the proposal to bring two new Lottery games
But in States where they are available, there's no denying Powerball and
Keno have proven quite profitable.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=It seems
SUPER=03-Lewisburg, WV; :00
SUPER=01-Nancy Bulla/West Virginia Lottery; :47
SUPER=01-Carroll Hynson/Maryland State Lottery; :1:09
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( It seems the odds are stacked against lottery expansion in Virginia.
Powerball and Keno are on the table in Richmond, and early indications show
some lawmakers are not ready to take the gamble.
But in the case of Powerball, the legislature's decision might not make a
A few weeks ago the game's officers in Iowa took a straw poll to see if the
COMMONWEALTH was right for POWERBALL.
The outcome-- a resounding no.
Mainly because Virginia's population is too big-- possibly producing too
end stand- up
The idea behind the game is to combine lotto sales from less- populated
What you end up with are astronomical jackpots-- usually tens of millions of
The odds of hitting big are 55 million to 1, but lottery officials say
Powerball produces other kinds of winners.
IN Q=Everyone who
((NANCY BULLA/WEST VIRGINIA LOTTERY: EVERYONE WHO PLAYS THE LOTTERY GENERATES
WINNERS FOR WEST VIRGINIA BECAUSE OUR PROFITS ARE DEDICATED TO EDUCATION,
SENIOR CITIZENS AND TOURISM. ))
SUPER=01-Nancy Bulla/West Virginia Lottery;
OUT Q=and tourism
Winning at Keno is a little bit easier-- with payoffs ranging from two
dollars to 100- thousand dollars.
Maryland has been a Keno state for a little over three years, generating
over 500- million dollars in sales.
IN Q=Last year
((CARROLL HYNSON/MARYLAND STATE LOTTERY: LAST YEAR, LAST CALENDER YEAR THE
PLAYERS WON 113- MILLION DOLLARS OF THE 188.9- MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE MADE AND
WE PUT ABOUT 55.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE STATE'S COFFERS. ))
SUPER=01-Carroll Hynson/Maryland State Lottery;
OUT Q=state's coffers
But the knock on the game is that it's too accessible.
It's played mostly in restaurants and bars... and there are fears around the
Commonwealth that it might encourage gambling.
Governor Allen hopes the two games would generate 70- million dollars for
the state budget.
But if the stakes are too high, it's unclear how that hole will be plugged.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
The controversy over charter schools may have subsided for another year in
The House Education Committee split 11-11 today, defeating a bill to let
local school boards allow up to two public charter schools per district.
Tommy Baker was the sole Republican to break with his party -- to support
the rural delegation that fears charter schools will siphon money from other
IN Q=As far as
((DEL. TOMMY BAKER/R-DUBLIN: AS FAR AS THE CONCEPT, THAT'S FINE. THEY'VE DONE
A LOT OF WORK ON THE WHOLE BACKGROUND OF IT. AND WHAT IT COULD DO, OR CAN DO,
OR SHOULD DO, AND WON'T DO. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THERE ARE A WHOLE LOT OF
KIDS-- 99-PERCENT OF THE KIDS WHERE I LIVE -- THEIR ONLY CHANCE TO GO TO SCHOOL
IS GOING TO BE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT CHANCE WILL
ALWAYS BE THERE.))
OUT Q=be there.
Charter school supporters thought a bi-partisan study that led to this
year's bill might help it finally pass.
Students are FINALLY back to the books today in Roanoke and Roanoke County.
And after five days of being off the roads, bus drivers climbed back into the
Except for one bus route that was supposed to be cleared this afternoon-
-Roanoke County transportation officials say that road conditions were back to
normal--the ice and snow no longer a problem.
Members of the United Steelworkers union at the New River Castings plant in
Radford have just finished voting on a new contract.
The polls closed at six o-clock.
The three- year deal covers 420 of the plant's 500 workers.
Some say while it does make some advancements in vacation and retirement
benefits, the contract doesn't go far enough in pay raises.
((ALAN SMITH/STEELWORKERS LOCAL 9336: THERE'S PEOPLE BEEN DOWN THERE FOUR, FIVE
AND SIX YEARS THAT HASN'T RECEIVED A PAY-STEP RAISE, A PAY INCREASE OTHER THAN
THE COST OF LIVING RAISE THAT THE CONTRACT THAT WE ARE UNDER NOW HAS AWARDED
US. I THINK THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THE KEY ISSUES IF THIS PROPOSAL IS TURNED
SUPER=01-Alan Smith/Steelworkers Local 9336;
OUT Q=is turned down.
The union did reject the proposal earlier this week.
But due to confusion about its contents, members agreed to take a re- vote
New River Castings makes iron castings for the automotive industry.
The Dow finished up two points today, enough for yet another record,
NASDAQ gained one point.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
Heavy snow this winter has left some small aircraft owners out in the cold.
Last month more than two feet of snow caused the collapse of one of the
oldest hangars at the Roanoke Regional Airport's general aviation facility.
An inspector determined three similar hangars could also collapse.
They're now scheduled to be demolished.
IN Q=We have
((MARK COURTNEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: WE HAVE ADVISED ALL OF THE AIRCRAFT
OWNERS TO REMOVE THEIR AIRCRAFT FROM THE HANGARS, AND RELOCATED THEM TO A TIE
DOWN AREA JUST BEHIND ME.))
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Regional Airport;
OUT Q=just behind me.
By March the airport expects Piedmont Aviation will have some new hangars
Plans to renovate the general aviation area have been on the books for more
than a decade.
But the airport only clears the LAND for the hangars.
Individual investors have to put up the money for them, and so far, there
have been few takers.
It's often said that the third time's the charm.
And today was JUST THAT for the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.
After bad weather cancelled two previous ceremonies, the foundation
SYMBOLICALLY buried a D-Day time capsule today.
When weather permits, the capsule will be entombed at Lee Plaza until it is
opened on the 100th anniversary of D-Day in the year two- thousand- forty-
The capsule contains photos, letters, and newspaper clippings.
The Roanoke Valley History Museum was filled with veterans-- honoring the
soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy nearly 52 years ago.
Tonight in sports, the Browns are leaving Baltimore, but they're leaving
their name behind.
The Colts are losing their head coach.
The Express is in Norfolk tonight.
And Brett Bodine found the wall today during practice at Daytona after his
Thunderbird caught on fire.
We'll hear from him after this break.
The NFL owners have officially approved the Cleveland Browns' move to
The vote was 25-to-2 this morning, with the Bills and Steelers casting the
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00
Cleveland will lose its team, but not its identity - and by 1999, the city
will have a brand new franchise.
((MICHAEL WHITE/CLEVELAND MAYOR:))
((ART MODELL/BROWNS OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Michael White/Cleveland Mayor; :00
SUPER=01-Art Modell/Browns Owner; :12
OUT Q=...of memories."
In a shocking note from the NFL, Ted Marchibroda will not be back as head
coach of the Indianapolis Colts next season.
Marchibroda reportedly met with the Colts director of football operations
Bill Tobin and was
told there would be a new head coach of the Colts next season.
The 64 year old coach rejected a one year contract extension with no pay
increase last month.
He led the Colts to the AFC title game this season.
In one more football item, Virginia Cavaliers head coach George Welsh will
pick up an award at the halftime of tomorrow's UVa-Clemson hoop contest at
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/November 2, 1995; :00
Welsh will receive Alka Seltzer's Upset of the Week Award from a
representative of Bayer Corporation.
The award is given in honor of the Cavaliers 33-28 upset victory over
Florida State last November.
FSU was number two in the nation at the time and had never lost an ACC
The Winston Cup cars got in their first day of practice at Daytona this
afternoon as Speedweeks 96 got underway.
That's one day of hot laps and one hot foot.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/This Afternoon; :00
Brett Bodine crashed his Lowe's Ford Thunderbird into the wall in the
tri-oval after a fire broke out in the car as he was coming out of turn four
into the tri-oval.
IN Q="Coming around...
((BRETT BODINE/DRIVER - LOWES FORD:))
SUPER=01-Brett Bodine/Driver - Lowe's Ford; :00
OUT Q=...stop the car."
Not surprisingly, two time defending Daytona 500 champion Sterling Marlin
posted the fastest speed at the track with a lap at 189 point 478 miles an
Rick Mast, Jeremy Mayfield and Dale Earnhardt were the only others to top the
189 mile an hour mark.
Qualifying for the top spot in the Daytona 500 is set for two o'clock
The Martinsville Speedway will have a new look, and additional seats when
its time to go racing this season.
A 7-thousand seat Grand Stand is under construction in turn three and four
of the race track.
The structure is 10 stories high and it will have its own rest rooms and
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said its the most extensive
project done at the track at one time. It will raise seating capacity to
IN Q="its just
((CLAY CAMPBELL/MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY PRESIDENT: ))
OUT Q= ......for 1997."
Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of March in time for
the April Goody's 500.
The Roanoke Express plays Hampton Roads tonight at the Scope in an East
Division game at 7:30.
The Express beat the Admirals 1-nothing in a shootout January 27th. But
Hampton has beaten Roanoke in Norfolk twice by a combined score of 15 to 3.
IN Q="I don't
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/.906 SAVE PERCENTAGE:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/.906 Save Percentage; :24
OUT Q=...2nd place"
Olympic Figure Skaters are getting ready to take to the ice in Roanoke
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Microwave
Jean Jadhon is at the Roanoke Civic Center- Jean what's going on there now?
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Microwave
(Question: Are there any tickets left?)