Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We'll tell you how they found funds for a teachers pay raise.
We'll hear Senator Warner's unapologetic bid for re-election.
And we'll take the mainstream approach to public school- -learning some
lessons about disabled kids and how their classmates treat them.
Tonight in sports, Tech and VMI return to action tonight, the ODAC women's
tournament opens in Salem.
Sterling Marlin is counting his blessings this week.
as is Warren Moon who was found innocent today in his domestic violence case
in Richmond, Texas.
Our weather view features 60 degree conditions for the next 5 days and the
new long range outlook says NO Snow. Show you why in a moment.
The murder suspect's friend gave police the whole story.
Today he told it to a judge.
Christopher Martin was a reluctant witness.
But once he saw the news on T-V that night, he figured he'd be in trouble if
he didn't tell what he knew about Christopher James Saul.
The Roanoke resident had shown up at Martin's home, driving Chris Wilson's
car, carrying Wilson's wallet.
Martin says Saul pulled a "stick" out of the car.
IN Q=He said he'd
((CHRISTOPHER MARTIN: HE SAID HE'D BEEN IN A STRUGGLE, HIT THIS GUY WITH THE
STICK ACROSS THE FACE ONCE AND THIS GUY WAS STILL COMING AT HIM WHEN HE LEFT.))
SUPER=01-Christopher Martin/Suspect's Friend
OUT Q=when he left.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./January 2
Wilson's body was found at General Imports on Brambleton Avenue with
multiple blows around his head and shoulders.
His wallet was gone, pants pockets turned inside out.
A city police officer found Wilson's car a few days later... just 100 yards
from Saul's apartment.
The suspect's finger prints were all over it, even on the A-T-M receipts.
Martin testified that he and Saul had gone to the bank that night, using
Wilson's A-T-M card to gain access to the dead man's account.
A Grand Jury will look at the case in April.
Bedford County authorities have yet to release any information about the
discovery of a body near Leesville Lake today.
Few details are available, but the body apparently was discovered off Route
608, about five miles from the Pittsylvania County line.
Residents say the body was found at the bottom of a steep drop- off that
made it difficult to see from the road.
The regional homicide task force has been activated to assist in the
The body of a Vinton man was discovered yesterday afternoon near the Roanoke
The remains of John Horsley were found below the dam by two workers in the
Horsley was reported missing in August of 1994.
Roanoke County police are investigating but do NOT consider the 23-year old
man's death suspicious.
Police have captured an inmate who escaped from a Powhatan prison.
Now Governor Allen has ordered a state police investigation into how
Geoffrey Ward escaped.
The 38- year- old was taken into custody this afternoon in Louisa County,
about 15 miles from the prison.
Corrections officials say Ward climbed a razor-wire fence yesterday and ran
across a field to get away from Powhatan Correctional Facility.
Ward was serving eight life sentences for raping and killing a 14- year- old
girl and a 38- year- old woman in 1984.
Allen said the failure to contain criminals will NOT be tolerated by his
A Blacksburg family lost almost every thing they owned this afternoon
when the trailer they rented caught fire.
Family members say Alice Rose and her two children were in the back of the
mobile home on South Main Street when she smelled smoke coming from the
Rose and her children escaped the flames unharmed.
Firefighters put out the blaze quickly but not before the trailer was
Family members say Rose was not insured.
A political scramble to get on teachers' good sides ended today in Richmond
with a three-point-75 percent pay raise over two years.
The Democratic plan got the passing grade.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Governor George
SUPER=01-Del. John Watkins/(R) Chesterfield; :39, at 2nd appearance
SUPER=01-Rob Jones/Va. Education Assoc.; :52
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Governor George Allen had NO state money for schoolteacher pay raises.
Lawmakers who ran on education platforms got to Richmond and came up with
Republicans offered to borrow from college professors' pay raises.
The Governor wouldn't say if he like that plan.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHAT MY ANSWER IS... OH
YEAH. RIGHT. RIGHT. snicker))
But the Democratic leaders in the House offered up a smaller amount, still
enough to get the approval of the might Virginia Education Association.
((DEL. JOHN WATKINS: I HAVE CONCERN OVER WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE... CLOUT IN
((ROB JONES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOC.: I KNOW THAT DEL. WATKINS FOR EXAMPLE IS IN
CHESTERFIELD. HIS WIFE IS A TEACHER. ...PORTSMOUTH OR TAZEWELL.))
The math lesson for the teachers comes from the Democrats: make the Lottery
Department lease new equipment instead of buying, borrow money from a reserve
fund, and voila, you've got enough bucks to put the twinkle back in the
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Schoolchildren get a first HAND lesson in what it's like to have a disability.
and it promises to be one of the year's toughest campaigns--today John Warner
makes it official--he's going for a fourth term in Washington.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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His campaign is based on a strong national defense, jobs for Virginians, and
But U.S. Senator John Warner clearly has the character issue foremost on his
((MY CAMPAIGN WILL ANSWER THIS QUESTION: CAN AN ELECTED LEADER VOTE HIS
CONSCIENCE, PUTTING PRINCIPLE BEFORE POLITICS AND WIN?))12
((THE VIRGINIA I LOVE WILL SAY YES.))04
OUT Q=say yes.
Warner officially kicked off his campaign for a fourth term with "no
apology" for breaking with his party on former candidates Ollie North and Mike
And of his fellow Republican opponent Jim Miller --
IN Q=I just wish
((I JUST WISH I COULD TAKE OFF THE GLOVES AND SWING TODAY. BUT THIS IS MY DAY.
Aw c'mon. OH NO.))
OUT Q=Oh no.
Warner says he'll support WHOEVER the party's nominee is in his race and in
the Presidential race.
But he almost sounded like he was campaigning for likely Democratic nominee
IN Q=He's tied
((HE'S TIED TO THIS NEXT GENERATION LOOKING AT THE 21st CENTURY... 100 PLUS
OUT Q=million dollars.
Warner's three day tour will hit Roanoke tomorrow and Danville Saturday.
A temporary stopgap measure to keep the government running will expire next
That means another Federal shutdown could be on the horizon.
But as Scott Prince reports, some agencies have yet to recover from the
IN Q=At first glance
SUPER=01-Jim Maye/Veterans Affairs; :22
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7.
(( At first glance, it looks like everything is back to normal at the
Veterans Affairs Office in Roanoke.
But that's hardly the case.
TWO furloughs and TWO feet of snow, are making for TOO big of a workload.
The backlog has increased by nearly 25- percent since December... there are
12- thousand Veterans cases waiting to be processed... and officials say those
numbers on are on the rise.
IN Q=We figure
((JIM MAYE/VETERANS AFFAIRS: WE FIGURE THAT ABOUT APRIL WE WILL SEE THE WORST
OF THE BACKLOG. IT'S STILL KIND OF PEAKING BECAUSE OF ALL THE PROCESSING. SO WE
FIGURE AROUND APRIL IT WILL BE AT ITS ZENITH. ))
OUT Q=it's zenith
But there is reason to smile around the office, at least a little bit.
One of the departments has been recognized by the V- A in Washington, D.C.
Workers received the Scissor Award for cutting through red tape.
Unfortunately, the office in general will be seeing red for quite some time.
And the prospects of another government shutdown are frightening.
IN Q=It's very
((MAYE: THEY COME INTO WORK EVEN TODAY THINKING WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN AGAIN. WE
ARE APPROACHING IN MARCH ANOTHER POINT IN TIME WHEN IT VERY WELL COULD HAPPEN
OUT Q=happen again
But even if another furlough is avoided, Maye says it will take at least a
year until workers tackle the current backlog.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Union workers from Bell Atlantic are hanging up their picket signs...at
least for the next few years.
Members of the Communications Workers of America ratified a new three-year
contract by a six-to-one margin.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/August 30, 1995;
The vote ends a bitter contract dispute that began last summer.
C-W-A members held informational pickets, but never went on strike.
The new contract has raises of three-and-a-half-percent for each of the next
The C-W-A represents more than 11-hundred Bell Atlantic workers in our area.
The Dow set a record high today on a rally of 92 points, closing at 56
NASDAQ gained 20 points, also for a record close.
Many people don't give much thought to what it would be like to have a
disability. But as part of Exceptional Children's Week, some Roanoke County
students are getting an idea of the challenges and frustrations faced by
disabled kids their age.
Beth Myer has the story.
IN Q=For these Clearbrook
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Janice Maddex/Roanoke Co. Special Education; :27
SUPER=01-Debbie Kaplan/Clearbrook Guidance Counselor; :55
SUPER=01-Harrison Basham/5th Grader; 1:11
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
((For these Clearbrook Elementary students, this particular writing exercise
is a lesson in frustration.
Right handed students must use their left hand...while those who normally
write with their left must use their right.
It is hoped the exercise will give the students some idea of what it's like
to have a disability, and inspire them to reach out to those with special
10 52 35 00 - 10 52 41 00
IN Q=What can we
((DEBBIE KAPLAN/CLEARBROOK GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP PEOPLE
THAT MAY HAVE DISABILITIES?
STUDENT: BE THEIR FRIEND.
GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: EXCELLENT ANSWER.))
OUT Q=excellent answer.
10 13 35 00 - 10 13 48 00
IN Q=Some of these
((JANICE MADDEX/ROANOKE COUNTY SPECIAL EDUCATION: SOME OF THESE STUDENTS ARE
IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM WITH THE HELP OF SUPPLEMENTAL AIDS AND SERVICES. SOME
NEED TO BE PULLED OUT FOR UNIQUE SPECIAL ED SERVICES IN A SPECIAL ED
OUT Q=special ed classroom.
Roanoke County serves 25-hundred special education students. At Clearbrook
Elementary, many of these 5th graders help tutor the students in special ed
classes. Teachers say that increases sensitivity to the needs of the disabled.
10 25 47 00 - 10 26 06 00
IN Q=Studies in the 80s
((DEBBIE KAPLAN/CLEARBROOK GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: STUDIES IN THE 80'S FOUND
ATTITUDES OF NON DISABLED TOWARD DISABLED PEERS DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE SUCCESS OF
THE DISABLED PEERS. I THINK THE MORE WE DO TO PROMOTE THAT THE GREATER THE
SUCCESS WE HAVE AS A NATION AND ALSO AS A SCHOOL.))
OUT Q=as a school.
11 07 28 00 - 11 07 37 00
IN Q=I think they
((HARRISON BASHAM/5TH GRADER: I THINK THEY SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE ANYONE ELSE
IF THEY'RE HANDICAPPED OR NOT BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST AS EQUAL AS EVERYBODY
OUT Q=as everybody else.
Exceptional Children's Week celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Individuals
with Disabilities Educational Act--the law that recognized the right of special
education students to learn along side their non-disabled classmates. Beth
Myer, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Warren Moon is acquitted of beating his wife.
A near miss for Sterling Marlin, there have been a number of trades in the
NBA this afternoon.
and the women's ODAC tournament is off and running at the Salem Civic Center.
Highlights from game one right after this.
We begin tonight not on the courts, but in one, as Minnesota Vikings
quarterback Warren Moon was found innocent of assaulting his wife during an
argument last July.
A jury in Texas reached the verdict in less than hour.
Moon's wife Felicia Moon, who didn't want to prosecute the case embraced her
husband after the acquittal was announced, and afterwards she took the blame
for the incident.
IN Q="when you...
((FELICIA MOON/WARREN'S WIFE:))
SUPER=01-Felicia Moon/Warren's Wife; :00
OUT Q=...to be educated."
Winston Cup star Sterling Marlin is no doubt counting his blessings this week
as he gets ready to head to Rockingham tomorrow.
SUPER=03-Burke County, NC/Monday Night; :00
Late Monday night a twin engine plane crashed in western North Carolina as it
was returning from Daytona.
The plane went down in a wooded area about 600 feet from the Morganton-Lenoir
The plane burned on impact and the pilot and one other person died, but
amazingly 4 of the six people on board survived.
Now Marlin was not on the plane, but he very well could have been.
You see he owned the Beechcraft B-55 Baron for about a year before selling it
less than a month ago.
12th ranked Virginia Tech is just over an hour away from their 7:30 tip
off in Philadelphia against Atlantic 10 rival La Salle.
This evening's game marks tech's first chance to shake off this past weekend's
loss to number 1 UMass.
The Hokies lead the A-10's West division while La Salle is in 5th place,
but Tech will be contending with a team that took Massachusetts to the wire and
upset George Washington over the weekend.
((SHAWN GOOD/VIRGINIA TECH GUARD:))
((DAMON WATLINGTON/VA. TECH SHOOTING GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Shawn Good/Virginia Tech Guard; :00
SUPER=01-Damon Watlington/Virginia Tech Shooting Guard; :10
OUT Q=...against them"
The VMI Keydets are in Chapel Hill tonight taking on the NOrth Carolina
VMI hasn't beaten the Heels since 1920, and they'll again have their hands
full tonight with Dean Smith's boys.
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...HAVE TO PLAY."
Roy Stanley is at the Dean Dome tonight and highlights and postgame at 11.
The Old Dominion Athletic conference's women's basketball tournament tipped
off first round action this afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/RMWC vs. R. Macon; :00
In the opener coach of the year Carroll LaHaye and the ODAC's freshman of the
year number 3, Aimee Beightol put their talents on display as top seeded
Randolph-Macon battled Randolph Macon Women's College.
Beightol would get it going early with the drive and feed to Katy Parrish who
converts the layin.
The two would then switch roles and Parrish fires the long outlet pass to
Beightol, and Aimee scores off the fast break.
Ogden, Utah's Jennifer Jensen would do her best to keep the Wildcats in this
one, with the sweet turnaround.
But top seeded Randolph-Macon rolls on with the 79-to-52 win.
They'll meet Emory & Henry in tomorrow's semi-finals.
The Wasps beat Eastern Mennonite 80-to-70.
The Roanoke women are playing Va. Wesleyan in first quarterfinal of the night
session. That game tipped off at six.
The trading deadline in the NBA is tonight at nine and a number of teams are
wheeling and dealing today.
The Raptors have traded forwards Ed PInckney and Tony Massenburg to the
Sixers for forward Sharone Wright.
And the biggest move of the involves the Minnesota Timberwolves sending
Christian Laettner to the Atlanta Hawks along with Sean Rooks.
In exchange, the Wolves get guard Spud Webb and Atlanta center Andrew Lang,
who has been in the league since 1988.
The Roanoke Junior Express hockey team is headed for Montreal, Canada!!
The team; whose players represent the Valley Youth Hockey League high
school division, departed from the Roanoke Regional Airport this morning at 10.
The team plays Houston tomorrow and will play at least four game before
(toss to Jean)
Concerned parents in Pittsylvania County are making one more effort to stop
the slated closure of an elementary school.
Double Boxes=Keith Jean
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, the worry is over the Whitmell Elementary School.
The school's been part of the community, since 1947.
But next year, the county will consolidate Whitmell with Mount Herman
Construction is already underway on a new facility.
Opponents argue the new school isn't centrally located and their children
are already getting a good education.
School officials meet with residents at the school tonight at 7.
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11.
The Pioneer Maid dining and sightseeing vessel is sitting on the BOTTOM of
Claytor Lake tonight.
It sank sometime during the night last night.
By this morning, its main deck and part of the upper deck were under water.
The Coast Guard has been called to investigate.
Owner Howard Barrett hopes the problem is as minor as a faulty hose, and the
damage will be minimal.
((HOWARD BARRETT/NEW RIVER CRUISE CO.: ALL THAT EQUIPMENT WILL HAVE TO BE
CLEANED UP. USUALLY IT DOESN'T DO ANY PERMANENT DAMAGE, BUT IT'S A LOT OF WORK
CHANGING OIL AND GETTING WATER OUT OF THE ENGINE AND SO FORTH. ))
SUPER=01-Howard Barrett/New River Cruise Co.;
OUT Q=and so forth.
A small amount of fuel spilled into the lake. Firefighters and hazmat
crews had it quickly contained and say it shouldn't pose an environmental
((MILLER FARRIS/NEWBERN VOL. FIRE CHIEF: THE FUEL OIL THAT'S ON THE ENGINE AND
STUFF IS GOING TO EVENTUALLY WORK OUT OF THE ENGINE. SO WE JUST PUT THIS AROUND
TO CONTAIN THE OIL SPILL AS BEST WE CAN UNTIL THE BOAT'S RAISED BACK UP OUT OF
THE WATER. ))
SUPER=01-Miller Farris/Newbern Vol. Fire Chief;
OUT Q=out of the water.
Barrett says the Pioneer Maid has boosted tourism in the New River Valley
by about 20 percent.
He still hopes to have it ready for tourist season May first.