Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
I think you'll want to hear the debate in the state Senate over abortion-
-and parental notification... some strident rhetoric from all corners.
And a bomb goes off in a local high school- -a typical school-kid prank or
enough to warrant charges and expulsion?
Tonight in sports, Roy Stanley reports from Greensboro as the Cavaliers get
set for could be their final wake up call of the season.
And Steve Mason checks in with Bill Foster as the Hokies prepare to battle
Rhode Island tonight at 7.
Ready or not... another blast of cold air is here. Some folks in western
Virginia will see snow showers. Details ahead.
Seventeen years of abortion battles in Virginia's General Assembly -- and
finally a victory for abortion foes.
Parental notification has cleared its biggest hurdle, and is expected to
become law in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=An amendment
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :25
SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/(R) Hanover; :35
SUPER=01-Karen Raschke/Planned Parenthood of Va.; :41
SUPER=01-Anne Kincaid/Governor's Spokeswoman; 1:15
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
An amendment to a NOT very closely related bill got through a parliamentary
tangle and onto the Senate floor in a 20 to 19 vote.
The 40th Senator who did NOT vote said he didn't sleep well the night
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-BOTETOURT CO.: AND I'D GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE POLITICS
WAS STARTING TO OVERRULE THE SUBSTANCE OF THE GERMANENESS QUESTION. AND I SAID
I'M NOT GONNA PLAY THIS GAME.))
Trumbo took a walk down the hall for that vote, but was back for the final
25 to 15 vote.
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: SPARE ME THE ARGUMENT THAT I'M PRO-CHOICE BUT. IF YOU
WERE PRO-CHOICE BUT, YOU WOULD HAVE TAKEN SOME OF THESE AMENDMENTS THAT THESE
WOMEN OFFERED UP OVER HERE.))
((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER: THIS ISN'T A GUY THING. I THINK THERE ARE A
LOT OF PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA WHO THINK THAT PARENTS SHOULD BE INVOLVED.))
((KAREN RASCHKE/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VA.: I BELIEVE THERE ARE TWO CLASSES OF
PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND THERE'S ONE CLASS OF PEOPLE I RESPECT. THEY
HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT A BILL REQUIRING CHILDREN TO NOTIFY PARENTS WILL ACTUALLY
CAUSE IT TO HAPPEN. ALL THE EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER STATES -- ALL THE EXPERIENCE
-- ALL THE EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER STATES PROVES THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. WE KNOW
FOR A FACT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. NO STATE HAS REPORTED -- NO STATE HAS REPORTED
The other class Raschke refers to is the Christian right -- that would like
to outlaw abortions.
But they say requiring parental consent is NOT the next step in Virginia.
((ANNE KINCAID/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESWOMAN: I DON'T THINK SO. I THINK WE'RE VERY
HAPPY TO SEE THE RESULTS IN OTHER STATES. THERE ARE OVER 30 STATES THAT HAVE
PUT FORTH SIMILAR LEGISLATION TO THIS. THEY'VE HAD GOOD RESULTS OF SEEING THE
FAMILIES MORE INTACT. AND REALLY EXCELLENT CONSEQUENCES FROM THIS
((THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IS EXCITED. SO EXCITED IN FACT THAT AS SOON AS THE
VOTE WENT DOWN IN THE SENATE, A STAFF MEMBER ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE PANIC BUTTON,
SUMMONING A HORDE OF CAPITOL POLICE TO THE THIRD FLOOR. NO INTRUDER. JUST A
BIG LEGISLATIVE VICTORY. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND. ))
Authorities say a domestic dispute apparently led to a fatal shooting last
night in Halifax County.
26- year old Barry Dwight Thomas, Junior is now charged with first degree
He's accused of shooting 33- year old Anthony Meadows once in the chest with
a small caliber pistol.
It happened around 10- 30 at a trailer home on Route 809- East of Turbeville
Authorities say the suspect's girlfriend lived there.
They believe the victim may have struck the woman.
IN Q=I don't
((LT. ERNEST POWELL/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHICH
WOMAN WAS HIS GIRLFRIEND, BUT IT WAS TWO WOMEN LIVING AT THE TRAILER,
APPARENTLY SOME TYPE OF ALTERCATION BETWEEN THE VICTIM AND ONE OF THE WOMEN
OCCURRED AND THE SUSPECT KIND OF TOOK IT UP. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Ernest Powell/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=took it up.
Meadows died at the hospital.
Thomas was released today on 25- thousand dollars bond.
Two students who detonated a bomb at Floyd County High School may face
The students--ages 14 and 15-- were suspended for 10 days following
Tuesday's blast inside a boys locker room toilet, which was shattered.
Principal Norman Blanchard is downplaying the incident.
He characterized it as a typical prank, and said the device amounted to
little more than a firecracker.
But the blast was enough to send debris flying, and Floyd County
Commonwealth's Attorney Gino Williams expects to charge the students with
manufacturing an explosive device.
((GINO WILLIAMS/FLOYD CO. PROSECUTOR: AND IT'S NOT JUST DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY,
BUT IT'S ALSO THE FACT THAT YOU'RE PUTTING A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE AT RISK.
ANYBODY COULD'VE WALKED INTO THE AREA AND BEEN STRUCK BY FLYING DEBRIS, THINGS
LIKE THAT, SO FROM THAT STANDPOINT IT'S VERY SERIOUS. ))
SUPER=01-Gino Williams/Floyd Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=it's very serious.
The school superintendent still has to review the incident.
He can recommend the school board extend the students' suspension, or even
to expel them.
The man who led police on a high- speed chase through three counties Tuesday
is facing more legal trouble tonight.
22- year- old Shawn Michael Love was arrested after he crashed into another
motorist while fleeing from police on Route 460.
Love began his alleged crime spree in Prince George County where police say
he shot his girlfriend several times.
Sayanora McLaughlin remains in critical condition at M-C-V Hospital.
Love is also a suspect in the armed robberies of two central Virginia motels
Lynchburg police have now charged him with the holdup at the Innkeeper
And Amherst County prosecutors say they'll seek a direct indictment against
Love next month for the robbery of the Super 8 motel in Madison Heights.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--some GOOD economic news for Henry County.
A California company says it is setting up shop in the area--and the
announcement couldn't be
IN Q=The employment
(GREG PARBS/AMERICAN FIBER INDUSTRIES: THE EMPLOYMENT THAT WE BRING TO THE AREA
IS 100 EMPLOYEES BY THE END OF THE YEAR, AND WE'RE TALKIN' TWO SHIFTS. ))
OUT Q=two shifts
After the loss of 500-plus jobs at Sara Lee and Tultex, today's news is a
boost for hard-hit Martinsville. We'll have the story.
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Radford University's internal judicial system has been exonerated by a
Graduate Student Richard Baffour took his case to federal court after a
University review board suspended him for violating the school's policy on
At the end of a two-hour hearing this afternoon, Judge Sam Wilson cut the
lawyers short and delivered a terse ruling from the bench.
He concluded Radford gave Baffour enough notice, provided a meaningful
hearing and an unbiased decision.
He said "the federal courts do NOT sit to review disciplinary decisions of
public schools and universities" unless there are violations of federal law.
"To proceed further, " Judge Wilson said, "would be an unwarranted intrusion
in state matters."
For two straight days Martinsville and Henry County have been pounded with
bad news about job cuts in its textile trade.
But Len Besthoff says it looks as if the area will end the week on a
IN Q=A company
SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00 (QUICK)
SUPER=04-Tuesday; :06 (QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Greg Parbs/American Fiber Industries; :24
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :32 (QUICK!)
SUPER=01-George Adams/Martinsville Mayor; :38
SUPER=01-Frank Novakowski/Patrick Henry Development Council; :55
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( A company from sunny California beamed some rays of hope on Martinsville
and Henry County's gloomy economy...cutbacks earlier this week at Sara Lee and
Tultex have left 540 textile workers out of a job.
American Fiber Industries, another textile firm, will convert a Henry County
warehouse into a plant that will make pillows it sells to customers such as
WalMart and Sears.
IN Q=Maybe we're
((GREG PARBS/AMERICAN FIBER INDUSTRIES: MAYBE WE'RE THE ONLY COMPANY IN
MARTINSVILLE THAT WILL HAVE NO STRESS INVOLVED WITH IT BECAUSE YOU CAN IMAGINE
WITH PILLOWS AND HAVING PILLOW FIGHTS TO REDUCE THAT STRESS.))
OUT Q=to reduce that stress.
The plant is scheduled to open in July, initially creating 100 jobs.
IN Q=They come
((GEORGE ADAMS/MARTINSVILLE MAYOR: THEY COME AT A TIME THAT IS GOING TO BE
VERY BENEFICIAL WE FEEL TO THE CITIZENS OF HENRY COUNTY AS WELL AS THE CITY OF
IN Q=Area leaders acknowledge
((Area leaders acknowledge that while this business is basically on offshoot of
the textile industry, it does provide a cushion to some of the blow of the Sara
OUT Q=Sara Lee cutbacks.
IN Q=Beside diversifying
((FRANK NOVAKOWSKI/PATRICK HENRY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: BESIDE DIVERSIFYING YOU
ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT YOUR SKILL SET IS, AND WE HAVE A VERY EXCELLENT CUT
AND SEW TEXTILE ORIENTED SKILL SET.))
OUT Q=skill set.
American Fiber Industries says if its business keeps growing it eventually
hopes to have 250 people making its pillows in Henry County.
Pay starts around six-dollars-an-hour.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
There's some other good news on the jobs front in Southside Virginia.
Diversified Distributors of Henry County has signed a three year contract to
distribute ski apparel for Pacific Trail, a division of London Fog.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
Diversified Distributors will use a warehouse Sara Lee Knit Products
vacated two years ago.
It will hire 50 or 60 extra people to handle the work.
Worker's Compensation attorney and House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell is
getting serious in his fight for carpal tunnel legislation in Virginia.
Cranwell invited one of the plaintiffs who lost a battle for workers comp in
a Virginia Supreme Court decision last week to come meet his fellow lawmakers.
SOT neil tape 12:39:02
IN Q=But she's a brave
((BUT SHE'S A BRAVE SOUL BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO COME DOWN HERE TODAY AND THANK
YOU ALL AND I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID. CLAUDIA JEMMOTTE. applause))
((CLAUDIA JEMMOTTE/CARPAL TUNNEL PATIENT: WHAT THE CORPORATIONS ARE LOOKING AT
NOW IS BASICALLY UNLIMITED AWARDS TO CLAIMANTS WHO CAN PROVE THAT THEY'RE
INJURY OR DISEASE CAME DIRECTLY FROM THEIR EMPLOYMENT. WHICH I CAN DO.
DOCTORS FOR THE COMPANY EVEN SAID IT WAS FROM THE WORK I DID FOR THEM.))
SUPER=01-Claudia Jemmotte/Carpal Tunnel Patient; :10
OUT Q=did for them.
Jemmotte's appearance may have helped win final approval in the House of
Cranwell's emergency legislation to allow compensation for repetitive trauma
Employer groups oppose the bill.
Stocks were generally down most of the day- -though the DOW was UP 12 points
at the final bell.
NASDAQ gained a point and a half.
Authorities say a thief is hitting a sour note with some local church
In the past three weeks, members of three separate choirs have reported
stolen wallets and purses... with all of the crimes taking place during
rehearsals or services.
The most recent hit was Sunday at the Bonsack United Methodist Church.
IN Q=It surprises me
((REV. JOHN ASHLEY/BONSACK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: IT SURPRISES ME A LITTLE.
IT'S SHOCKING. IT FEELS LIKE A VIOLATION-- LIKE AN UNEXPECTED OCCURRENCE. ))
SUPER=01-Rev. John Ashley/Bonsack United Methodist Church;
Meanwhile police are trying to track down a possible suspect.
IN Q=We believe
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: WE BELIEVE THERE COULD BE A BLACK MALE
BETWEEN THE AGES OF FORTY- FIVE AND FIFTY THAT COULD BE INVOLVED IN THIS AND
DRIVES A SMALL WHITE CAR.))
SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=small white car
Kincaid says these types of crimes are all too common.
His best advice is to keep personal items nearby-- no matter where you are.
City council members in Covington will have to make a tough, controversial
decision next week.
Whether to destroy a 90-year-old land mark in the name of progress.
But as Ron Jones reports the structure being considered-- is city hall
IN Q=Covington's City Hall
SUPER=01-Dennie Stewart/Covington Resident; :20
SUPER=01-Shirley Martin/Covington Resident; :33
SUPER=01-Ann Wright/Business Owner; :50
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
(( This building was built at the turn of the century.
For 90 years the senior structure has served as a High School and now City
But according to some citizens a few council members say the building is
outdated and does NOT serve the public.
It may have to come down.
A few residents agree... but some aren't quite sure.
((DENNIE STEWART/COVINGTON RESIDENT: TEAR IT DOWN... BECAUSE MAKE WAY FOR A NEW
BUILDING, NEW IDEAS. THE BUILDING IS OLD AND IT TAKES A LOT TO FIX IT UP AND I
THINK IT'S TIME FOR A NEW CHANGE.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((SHIRLEY MARTIN/COVINGTON RESIDENT: NO, I'D RATHER SEE IT STAY...BECAUSE I BE
47-YEARS-OLD AND I'VE SEEN IT ALL MY LIFE AND I JUST HATE TO SEE ANYTHING GO
DOWN LIKE THAT.))
However, some business owners believe a new building will be a burden on
taxpayers and is a poor decision.
((ANNE WRIGHT/BUSINESS OWNER: I'M WORRIED ABOUT 70 PARKING SPACES THAT WE WOULD
LOOSE IN OUR DOWNTOWN. I THINK THAT'S CRITICAL FOR A DOWNTOWN. PARKING IS
WHAT EVERY DOWNTOWN NEEDS. AND THE OTHER IS THAT I'M REALLY WORRIED ABOUT
MONEY. FOR 200-THOUSAND WE COULD PUT AN ELEVATOR IN MAKE IT A-D-A ACCESSIBLE
AND I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO SPEND A MILLION TWO FOR A NEW BUILDING.))
Lately City Hall has been the talk of the town... and those views will be
expressed during a public hearing next week.
Ron Jones News Seven.
Coming your way tonight, Roy Stanley reports from Greensboro, as UVa prepares
for its opening round ACC tussle with Wake.
Steve Mason previews tonight's Tech-Rhode Island game.
And already today in the A-10, some big names gave filled the stands to watch
Temple and the U-Mass minutemen advance to the semi-finals.
The Virginia Tech Hokies embark on trying to win the Atlantic 10 tournament
tonight in Philadelphia. Their task begins at 7 against Rhode Island.
Steve Mason has more on Tech's March Madness motivation.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :12
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/13.6 Pts & 9.8 Rbs. Per Game Average; :25
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((Over the past two seasons, the Hokies posted records that included 20 and 18
wins, yet they were left out of the big dance both times. The fear of not
going has motivated Tech. But first, the Hokies want that conference crown. In
about a half, Rhode Island will be the first to try and prevent Tech from
reaching that goal. In Blacksburg, Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
If Tech wins the Hokies will play Temple. The Owls beat Xavier this
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/This Afternoon; :00
Temple Alum Bill Cosby liked the outcome of that game and he stayed courtside
for the other A-10 quarterfinal game this afternoon.
U-Mass beat St. Bonaventure 69-to-56 as Carmello Travieso scored a game high
The ACC tournament gets underway tonight @ 7:30 with NC State battling
Florida State in the play-in game.
This afternoon the other teams in the event, including UVa worked out in
Roy Stanley has more from the Coliseum.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Alexander/UVa Center; :15
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/UVa Guard; :47
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/UVa Shooting Guard; :59
SUPER=01-Bill Brill/Former Roanoke Times Sports Editor; 1:17
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Already this afternoon U-Conn beat Seton Hall by 21 in the Big East tourney,
while Syracuse got beat by Boston College 69-to-61.
And in Conference USA - Louisville swatted back Tulane 98-to-79.
The Big south women's event tipped off at Radford University this afternoon.
Top seeded UNC Greensboro got 12 points from Samantha Ferguson as they
crushed Liberty 84-to-40.
Winthrop also beat Coastal this afternoon.
Former Floyd star Leigh Ann Pursifull had 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Radford plays its opening game tonight at 8.
The Group-A state quarterfinals are on tap tonight at the Salem Civic Center
- as the Carey-Dome
PINNACLE BOARD AT --
In just a couple of minutes the Glenvar Highlanders will tip off the
doubleheader in their game with JI Burton.
After that Grayson County hits the hardwood to battle the state's top team
the Council Cobras.
(toss to Jean)
Tonight's the night tenants and landlords come together in Roanoke to
discuss a proposed rental inspection program.
Double Boxes=Keith Jean
Jean Jadhon joins us in the newsroom with more on the community workshop.
Keith, the city is moving forward with a program to insure rental property
meets minimum standards.
Officials hope tonight's discussion will help them refine a reasonable and
But renters, property owners and neighborhood groups are all raising
Join us for that story plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11.
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
The Zoo-Choo is back!
The Mill Mountain Zoo Train will begins its route again this spring.
The train will go back into operation starting in mid-April and then daily
during the summer.
Volunteers will replace rails along the track for the next four Saturdays.
The train derailed while carrying passengers in the summer of 19-94.
The train that had been circling Mill Mountain since 19-52-- was put out of
Proceeds from the Zoo-Choo will be shared by the Mill Mountain Zoo and the
owners of the train--The Roanoke Jaycees.