Coming up on news seven the Bedford Sherriff's Department is investigating
yet another suspcious fire tonight.
That brings today's total to five.
State lawmakers have finally agreed on a new budget.
They will vote on it tomorrow.
And K-9's from all over the country were strutting their stuff at a dog show
at the Salem Civic Center.
News seven is next.
As the 19-96 General Assembly heads into its second day of overtime, it
finally has a budget and has scheduled to vote on it tomorrow afternoon.
But it wouldn't be party politics without a fight.
And today, the Governor's office picked one with Democrat Dick Cranwell over
the last... and some say most important, outstanding issue: juvenile justice
IN Q=Let us be
SUPER=01-Rev. George Williams/Deputy House Clerk; :03
SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Walker/(D) Norfolk; 1:22
SUPER=01-Del. Earl Dickenson/(D) Louisa; 1:34 QUICK!
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((REV. GEORGE WILLIAMS/DEPUTY HOUSE CLERK: LET US BE IN PRAYER. MY LORD WHAT
A WEEKEND. THE SESSION. THE END OF THE SESSION IS ALMOST IN SIGHT.))
The handful of lawmakers assigned to iron out the last details of a massive
overhaul to the juvenile court system are the final holdouts.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE ARE MACHINATIONS. THERE'S HOSTAGE TAKING THAT
OCCURS IN THESE SESSIONS AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PRISONERS THAT WILL PROBABLY
GET RELEASED AT THE LAST SECOND. YOU MIGHT RECALL LAST YEAR WE DIDN'T GET
WELFARE REFORM RELEASED UNTIL THE VERY LAST MINUTE.))
Like welfare reform, Democrats are trying to claim some of the bragging
rights from Allen on juvenile justice reform.
But they react angrily to the suggestion they're trying to torpedo the bill.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: come here a minute. LET ME TELL YOU THAT THAT
IS THE FURTHEREST THING FROM THE TRUTH. WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO IS MAKE SURE
THAT WHEN WE TAKE THIS -- WHAT I THINK IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT STEP -- ON
JUVENILE JUSTICE, THAT WE ALSO PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS AND THAT WE
FUND THE PROGRAM ADEQUATELY SO THAT WE NOT ONLY PUNISH BUT THAT WE ALSO MAKE AN
HONEST TO GOD ATTEMPT TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE.))
Norfolk Democrat Jerrauld Jones was the Democrats' point man on the reform
effort -- and his side wants more rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention
money than Allen's staff wants.
But the nine powerful politicians who've tailored the Governor's original
budget over the last few days say they're proud of the end product.
((SEN. STANLEY WALKER/D-NORFOLK: WE AGREED WITH THE HOUSE ON THE TEACHER
SALARIES. ... HIGHER EDUCATION.))
((DEL. EARL DICKENSON/D-LOUISA: AT THE END WE'RE ALL HAPPY.))
On at least one issue,
nat sot cranwell
that remains to be seen.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The budget plan does have small pay raises for teachers, larger ones for
other state workers, a two year tuition freeze at colleges, and 163- million
dollars for college building projects.
It also has increased economic development money and puts off a decision on
what to do with some state profits from Trigon's conversion to a for- profit
Lawmakers vote on the plan tomorrow afternoon.
The Bedford County Sherriff's Department is at the scene of yet another
This one is a hay barn off of Route 5-0-1 in Boonsboro.
The fire broke out around 8-30.
That brings today's total to five.
Police believe the same person or persons are behind this fire and the other
four set this morning.
There have no reports of injuries.
A News-7 crew is on the scene.
We'll have more information on News 7 Mornin'.
Meanwhile, Bedford County authorities are asking anyone with information to
call their crime line at (540) 586-9441.
In Roanoke County, an appliance appears to be the cause of a house fire this
The fire broke out on Terry Drive around three in the basement.
Officials say the blaze was knocked down in a matter of minutes.
IN Q=the owner says
((CHRIS STULL/VINTON FIRE DEPT.; THE OWNER SAYS HE WAS WATCHING TV AND HEARD
HEARD TWO POPS IN THE AREA OF THE BASEMENT AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN HE STARTED
GETTING A LOT OF SMOKE.))
SUPER=01-Chris Stull/Vinton Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=A LOT OF SMOKE
The fire was contained to the basement, but the rest of the house received
Traffic was tied up on I-81 this evening following a two vehicle accident.
The driver of a tracter trailer was travelling northbound on the bridge over
5-81 when it struck a car while switching lanes.
It happened around 6-30.
The driver of the car was treated and released at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The driver of the truck, Gary Anderson of Nashville, has been charged with
TAPE# net 15:24:31
The U-S ambassador to the U-N says Chinese officials have been "warned very
specifically" that they should avoid confrontation with the U-S in the seas
But Madeleine Albright didn't make it clear if U-S warships will enter the
area where China plans live-ammunition exercises in the coming week.
Earlier, Secretary of State Warren Christopher said warships will move
closer to Taiwan in the coming days.
The actions are aimed at discouraging any pro-democracy sentiment in
Taiwan's presidential election scheduled for later this month.
At least one Israeli soldier was killed, four others wounded, in a skirmish
at Israel's "security zone" in southern Lebanon.
The soldiers were hit when Iranian-backed Hezbollah members bombed a convoy.
In retaliation, Israel shelled Hezbollah forces.
Hezbollah and other guerrillas launch attacks almost everyday to drive the
Israeli occupation forces out of the nine mile wide border zone.
It was set up by Israel in 19-85 to ward off guerrilla raids on northern
Rival motorcycle gangs went on a shooting spree at two different airports in
At Copenhagen International Airport one man was fatally shot and three
In Oslo one man was shot in the chest.
The shootings are the latest in a growing war between two rival rocker
groups in Norway-- the Hell's Angels and the Bandidos.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Some viewer mail we received this week,
We'll take a look ahead to the stock market opening tomorrow morning.
Wx ad lib
After enduring a record cold weekend-- you're probably ready for a warm-
Well, Mother Nature's going to accomodate you-- but later in the week.
Until then, temperatures will stay well below normal.
Could we set another record low tonight?
It's possible, as overnight lows are expected to drop into the teens.
The complete forecast is on the way-- you'll want to stay tuned for that.
MUSIC UP FULL
Investors and analysts are anxiously awaiting tomorrow morning's opening of
the stock markets, following one of the biggest points drops in history.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Friday;
On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 171 points.
The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped nearly 30 points.
It was the third biggest point drop on record.
IN Q=Even it we
((RICHARD FISCHER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: EVEN IF WE HAVE SOME FOLLOW THROUGH
MONDAY THAT'S HOW THE MARKET MOVES AND I DON'T THINK THAT SHOULD BE A CAUSE FOR
SUPER=01-Richard Fischer/A.G. Edwards & Sons;
OUT Q=great concern.
Since the Dow has been so high, Friday's PERCENTAGE drop is not even among
the top 100 worst days for the market.
IN Q=The market
((FISCHER: THE MARKET HAS GONE UP AT A FAIRLY RAPID CLIP FOR SOMETIME NOW AND
RETRENCHMENT OR RETRACEMENT OF SOME OF THE UPWARD MOVE IS VERY NATURAL. ))
OUT Q=very natural
The stock and bond markets plunged following a Labor Department
report showing a strong employment situation in February.
Leggett might get bought out by a Tennessee company,
And Grand Piano and Furniture is on the move.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :20
OUT Q=NAT SOT
As soon as Heironimus announced plans to close its Christiansburg store,
Grand Piano and Furniture said it will move into the space.
Grand will consolidate its Blacksburg and Radford stores there, leaving the
two communities with some gaping holes in their downtown areas.
The directors of Leggett are apparently considering the sale of at least
part of the department store chain, which is headquartered in central Virginia.
Published reports indicate the Tennessee-based Proffitt's chain may be
A few years ago Sara Lee Knit Products had upwards of 3000 employees in the
Martinsville-Henry County area...that figure is now about a tenth of that
The activewear maker will close its last...and largest manufacturing
facility in the area, idling 420 people.
Another local textile firm is also cutting its workforce.
Tultex says it has given pink slips to 120 people.
A California pillow company's intentions should soften the blow of this news
American Fiber Industries says it plans to employ about 100 people in its
new Henry County plant by July.
That same day Diversified Distributors revealed it will lease part of an old
Sara Lee facility in Henry County and hire up to 60 people.
The company has signed a three year deal to distribute ski clothing for
Pacific Trail, a division of London Fog.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped
66-points, closing at 54-70 point-45.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week,
A world famous fireworks company announced it's coming to the New River
On Friday, Fireworks by Grucci put the finishing touches on a deal which
expands its' operations in the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
Grucci will employee 25 to 50 people to start.
A murder suspect's arrest, and women's basketball are the topics in our
recent viewer mail.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=The day
SUPER=03-Henry Co./February 22
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
The day that Mark Anthony Carter was arrested on charges of killing two
people in Pittsylvania County, our photographer caught him making an obscene
gesture as he was driven off to jail.
A Roanoke viewer objected to that image.
"As I feel that your station is a socially-responsible news organization, I
am amazed that you allowed that to be shown as early as six p.m. I cannot
imagine what positive value this brought to the newscast, but can think of
plenty of negatives. With so many coalitions and groups lobbying for removal of
such acts from the television screen, these acts are not good for the valley,
the children watching the news and definitely not for your marketing
strategy...I trust that in the future you will more carefully decide the value
of the film you place on your news programs."
A viewer from Hollins called a foul on our coverage of women's basketball.
"I would be interested to know why men's basketball is referred to...as
basketball but basketball played by women is called girls basketball or more
recently "ladies hoops?" Similar sexist language is used in reference to every
other sport. If they need to, let them refer to basketball teams made up of men
as "men's basketball" and women's basketball as "women's basketball", but if
you show footage these terms are usually not necessary as most viewers can
differentiate between the genders."
If you have some thoughts about our news coverage or issues in the news,
send them along to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
We accept faxes as well, as 540-343-7269.
And for E-mail, the address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Coming up later in the newscast,
We'll have an update on the condition of Billy Graham's wife.
The pooches were getting primed to win prizes at the Salem Civic Center.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Reverend Billy Graham's wife has been upgraded to critical but stable
condition after undergoing surgery for spinal meningitis.
A family member says the next 12 to 48 hours are critical for Ruth Bell
Graham, who is hospitalized in Asheville, North Carolina.
Mrs. Graham is 75.
She's been in the hospital since last Wednesday.
The NCAA pairings are out and the Virginia Tech Hokies have a date in
Tech is the ninth seed in the Midwest and the hokies have a Thursday night
matchup against Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The 22 and 5 hokies are making their first tournament trip since 1986 and
they look at the NCAA tournament as a chance for redemption.
IN Q="Right now I
((SHAWN SMITH/TECH FORWARD: ))
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Tech Forward; :
OUT Q=......we will."
V-C-U is the 12-th seed in the Southeast region. The Rams will play
Mississippi State, which beat top ranked Kentucky in the S-E-C tournament
V-C-U goes to the show for the first time in 10 years.
Three teams will represent the state in the Women's NCAA tournament.
The Lady Highlanders of Radford are the 16-th seed in the East. That
means the Big South champion will play Top seeded Tennessee in the first round.
Old Dominion is the number two seed in the east and the Lady Cavaliers of
Virginia are the number three seed. Virginia will play Manhattan Friday Night
Wake Forest is the number two seed in the Midwest at Milwaukee the Demon
Deacons have a first round game against North East Louisiana.
This afernoon Wake won its second straight A-C-C tournament championship
beating Georgia Tech 75 to 74.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Demon Deacons vs Yellows Jackets; :
The Deacons led by 15 at the half and Tony Rutland, Who left later with a
knee injury, hits this three to make it 47 to 41.
And when Tim Duncan takes his game outside and nails the jumper the score
was 54 to 38 Wake Forest.
But the Yellow Jackets chipped away at the lead. Drew Barry with his
first field goal a three pointer cut the lead to 8, 58 to 50,
Georgia Tech trailed by 10 with 3 minutes left but Michael Maddox goes out
side for the three and the Yellow Jackets trailed 71 to 70.
After Duncan missed a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left the Jackets
SUPER=33-Wake Forest/=75/Georgia Tech/=74;had a shot at the win But Marbury's
behind the basket shot hit the board and Wake holds on for the 75 to 74 win.
IN Q="We Knew
((TIM DUNCAN/WAKE FOREST CENTER: ))
SUPER=01-Tim Duncan/Wake Forest Center; :
OUT Q=......pulled it out."
The Orlando Magic set an N-B-A record for consecutive regular season home
wins with a 122 to 106 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Brian Hill watches his team go after it's 39-th straight win at home.
And Shaquille O'Neal gets the Magic off with this Alley-Oop dunk to tie the
score at 31 to 31 in the second quarter.
The Suns remained in striking distance when Danny Manning pulls up and
hits the three pointer to make it 38 to 34 Magic.
But Shag would score a game high 25 SUPER=32-Orlando/122/Phoenix/106;
points as the Magic gets the victory with the 122 to 106 win over the Suns.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/NBC SPORTS; :
In New York, Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy's first win as a head coach is a
Derek Harper scored 16 of his 23 points in the third quarter as New York
beats the Bulls.
For all of the scores lets go to the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, The Roanoke Express picks up a big divisional win on the road
And Dale Earnhardt picks up his second win of the 1996 Winston Cup Season.
The Roanoke Express beat Hampton this evening 6 to 3. The win moves the
Express to one point behind the fourth place Admirals.
Steve Mason has these hockey notes.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :11
SUPER=01-Chris Potter/Express Right Winger; :32
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Express Left Winger; 1:04
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((The Express is beat up; no question about it. Bruiser Jason Clarke has an
injured shoulder that has slowed him.
Captain Dave Stewart was in street clothes against South Carolina Saturday
((FRANK ANZALONE: HE'S GOT A BAD WRIST AND IT'S JUST ON OF THOSE THINGS WHERE
IT'S NOT GETTING ANY BETTER. THERE IS NO SENSE TEASING ME AND THE TEAM BY
BRINGING HIM. HE'S SO IMPORTANT. WE MIGHT AS WELL FACE LIFE WITHOUT HIM ONE
Somehow; Anzalone has managed to keep the team above .500. His motivational
techniques keep working. This week; a picture of Mike Tyson hangs in the
entrance way to the player locker room.
((CHRIS POTTER/RIGHT WINGER: HE REFUSES TO LOSE, SO THAT'S A LITTLE MOTIVATION
FOR US. AND FRANK LIKES TO DO THAT YOU KNOW, ONCE IN A WHILE. GIVE US A LITTLE
NOTE, AND THAT HELPS US A LOT.))
The league trading deadline was February 19th; Rumor has it; the Express is
trying to acquire another player to help in the playoffs.
Jeff Jablonski isn't counting on it and he is stepping up his game. A 3rd hat
trick of the season against South Carolina is proof of that
The 5th place Express has a first round date with Richmond in the playoffs,
But, with 6 divisional games left this season, that COULD change.
((JEFF JABLONSKI/37 GOALS ON SEASON: IT'S A MATTER OF FOURTH OR FIFTH PLACE.
AS A TEAM, WE WANT TO FINISH AS HIGH AS WE CAN. IT ALSO MATTERS WHO WE FACE IN
THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS.))
One more note; the Express is 25 and OH this season..when the team scored 4
or more goals. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
Virginia Lottery players can now check the winning numbers by home computer,
and even track the history of different number combinations before playing
The Virginia Lottery is supplying game information to a private Internet
site called InterLotto.
The site features results of 140 games in 40 lotteries in the
United States and Canada.
The site tries to have results on line within a half-hour -- and players can
search a data base of Virginia's Cash 5 and Lotto numbers to see whether they
have been winners this year.
There were NO cats but it was raining DOGS at Salem Civic Center this
The Roanoke and James River Kennel Clubs drew spectators and contestants
from across the country for a dog show.
Four-legged visitors from all over the country traveled to Salem for the
Even these contestants needed a shampoo and blow-dry before appearing in
front of the judges.
But beauty is not a factor.
IN Q=it also helps
((DEBBIE STRAW/JAMES RIVER KENNEL CLUB PRES.: IT ALSO HELPS ESTABLISH THE
BETTERMENT OF EACH BREED. IF WE'RE OUT HERE SHOWING THESE DOGS THEN HOPEFULLY
WE'RE PICKING THE BEST DOGS AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BREED TO THOSE DOGS AND
CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE BREED.))
SUPER=01-Debbie Straw/James River Kennel Club Pres.; :12 QUICK!!
OUT Q=IMPROVE THE BREED
The two day event included obedience trials.
Winners of these shows earn points which go toward a championship title.
Dale Earnhardt takes the checkered flag winning the Purolator 500 at the
Atlanta Motor Speedway.
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/ABC SPORTS; :
Rusty Wallace was strong at the beginning of the race he would pass
Earnhardt and moves his car to the front for the lead.
But the strongest car on the track appeared to be the Kelloggs Chevrolet
of Terry Labonte. He was the leader after 105 laps of the race.
Earnhardt came back and he took the lead in his Chevrolet with 197 laps
left in the race.
But the move of the day belongs to Defending points champion Jeff Gordon.
Earnhardt tapped Dick Trickle and got lose Gordon made his move and went to the
front with 187 laps left in the race.
The second caution of the day came out when Hut Stricklin lost parts of his
spoiler for the second time on lap 237.
Earnhardt was the first to pit in the closing stages of the race and his
crew got him out quickly. Earnhardt held off a charge by Terry Labonte winning
the Purolator 500, his second win of the season.
IN Q="That last stop
((DALE EARNHARDT/PUROLATOR 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Purolator 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.....Hard in the pits."
Terry Labonte was second Gordon third, Ernie Irvan fourth and Jeremy
Mayfield driving for Cale Yarborough was fifth.
Rookie Tim Herron posted his first victory on the P-G-A tour today.
SUPER=03-Coral Springs, FL/NBC SPORTS; :
Herron shot a final round 3 under par 69 in a steady downpour to finish at
17 under par for a one shot win over Mark McCumber.
Herron led from wire-to-wire, the first time that's happened on the P-G-A
tour in over a year and a half.