Coming up on News Seven at Six, Bedford County is asking the public's help
in finding an arsonist.
And the State Lawmakers are dead locked, at this hour, on the budget.
In sports, Dale Earnhardt takes a trip to victory lane, Wake Forest wins the
A-C-C tournament title, and Virginia Tech is waiting to see where it will play
in the NCAA.
The bitter cold continues-- as we head into the last full week of Winter.
But relief is in sight-- the forecast promises a gradual warm- up.
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A 20-20 split in the State Senate is being blamed for the gridlock at
Virginia's General Assembly.
At this hour, lawmakers are just beginning today's floor session-- one day
beyond yesterday's deadline for this year's session.
And they still don't have the final budget proposal.
That means the session will continue at least into tomorrow.
Fingers are pointing at the leadership of the 20- 20 partisan split Senate.
IN Q=Yeah it's easy
((YEAH, IT'S EASY TO COOPERATE WHEN EVERYONE AGREES. BUT WHEN THERE'S ANY
SUBSTANTIAL DISAGREEMENT ON EITHER PROCESS OR SUBJECT MATTER, THEN A
POWER-SHARING ARRANGEMENT SUCH AS THAT THEY'VE DEVELOPED FOR THEMSELVES IN THE
SENATE MAKE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO DO BUSINESS.))
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg;
OUT Q=to do business.
Some reports say the budget committee has agreed to small pay raises for
teachers, a two year tuition freeze at state colleges, and almost all the
economic development money Governor George Allen was requesting.
The Assembly is also still working on the final touches to juvenile justice
Bedford County authorities are asking the for public's help in finding a
Police report at least four structure fires were set in remote areas near
They say it all began early this morning between the hours of five and
In all four incidents no one was hurt and the buildings were vacant at the
Anyone with information is asked to call their crime line at (540) 586-9441.
An appliance may be the cause of a house fire in Roanoke County.
The owners of the house on Terry Drive say they think the blaze started near
The fire broke out around three this afternoon in the basement of the house.
Officials say the blaze was knocked down in about five 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
The owners are spending the night with family.
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A Franklin County man will be in court tomorrow facing charges of killing
his five- month- old son.
26-year-old Jerry Griffis was arrested in February after his baby died at
Community Hospital in Roanoke.
However, police later found out Griffis was also a fugitive from Florida.
Griffis, a convicted child molester, fled a Gainesville court room six years
ago before the jury returned a verdict.
He still faces multiple LIFE sentences for sexually abusing a five- year-
old Florida youngster.
Many eyes will be on the stock market tomorrow following one the biggest
POINTS drop 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.
Record- setting low temperatures can make it very difficult to imagine NOT
having a warm place to call home.
But many men, women AND children find themselves in that situation everyday.
As Denise Allen reports, an education and well-paying job are no guarantee.
IN Q=Herman Patterson
SUPER=01-Nadirah Preston/Transitional Living Center; :32
SUPER=01-John Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission; :43
SUPER=01-Ben Clarke/Rescue Mission Resident; 1:02
SUPER=01-Herman Patterson/Rescue Mission Resident; 1:11
OUT Q=News 7
((Herman Patterson has a bachelors degree in sociology and is now homeless.
Ben Clarke use to owned a convenience store, now he's trying to recover from
a downward spiral which nearly cost him everything.
Both men are starting a new life in the Roanoke Rescue Mission's drug
Addiction is one cause of homelessness.
But families are also becoming more frequent guests at shelters.
The Transitional Living Center on 24th Street is nearly full.
14 of those residents are children under 10.
((NADIRAH PRESTON/TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER: ALL OF THE SUDDEN BECAUSE OF THE
ECONOMY, THE PLANT CLOSES OR THEY DOWNSIZE AND THEY SUSTAINED FOR A FEW MONTHS,
BUT THEN IT WAS ALL GONE.))
((JOHN SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION: 10 OF THE 40 HAVE SOME COLLEGE.
WITHIN THE LAST YEAR WE'VE HAD A GUY ON OUR RECOVERY PROGRAM WHO HAD COLLEGE IN
TWO ADVANCED MASTER DEGREES.))
The Rescue Mission helps residents assimilate back in society by putting
them to work at the mission.
Educational opportunities are also offered for those who want to fine tune
((BEN CLARKE/RESCUE MISSION RESIDENT: I'M GETTING INTO THE LEARNING PART
AGAIN. IT FEELS GOOD TO NOT GIVE UP COMPLETELY.))
((HERMAN PATTERSON/RESCUE MISSION RESIDENT: I PLAN TO FIND ME SOME EMPLOYMENT.
I PLAN TO GET MARRIED IN ABOUT A YEAR. I JUST PLAN TO GET ON WITH MY LIFE.))
Officials at the Transitional Living Center and the Rescue Mission say
they're in the business of giving second chances.
They say they offer people like Herman Patterson and Ben Clark the keys to
unlocking a successful future.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Grand Piano & Furniture is packing up and moving into a space vacated by
That story and more coming up on the News 7 Business Review.
Some people are expressing gratitude for care given to their loved ones
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Well Ron, the cold weather out- did itself yet again last night-- setting
another round of record low temperatures.
Arctic high pressure is keeping a tight grasp over the mid- Atlantic--
So you'll probably need the hot chocolate for another couple of nights.
Temperatures will gradually get back to normal during this last full week of
More on that coming up in the forecast.
MUSIC UP FULL
A store closing by Heironimus has a big ripple effect in the New River
Sara Lee Knit Products and Tultex
both cut jobs in Martinsville, while two other companies announce they're
hiring in Southside.
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.
Hospice is a form of health care that provides physical, emotional and
spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their families.
As Connie Stevens reports-- the caring and compassion of hospice has now
been documented in art-- with a new exhibit, including works by Lexington
photographer Sally Mann.
IN Q=As so many
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :13
SUPER=01-Sally Mann/Photographer; :29
OUT Q=C.S. News 7.
As so many patients and their families have discovered first-hand, hospice
is the ultimate form of caring....Often in the home... it embraces quality of
life, until a patient's final hours.
Last week in Washington D.C. the Corcoran Gallery unveiled "Hospice-- A
Lexington's Sally Mann was one of five artists commissioned for the
For her, it was a chance to repay hospice, for the care her father received
before his death.
IN Q=It made me
((SALLY MANN/PHOTOGRAPHER: IT MADE ME LOOK AT IT FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW. I WAS
SO CAUGHT UP IN HIS DEATH PROCESS THAT I NEVER REALLY SAW WHAT HE WAS SEEING,
OR THOUGHT WHAT HE WAS THINKING. ))
OUT Q=what he was
Mann met families around Rockbridge County, and documented their
She chose to focus on the details-- the images, that may at first seem
insignificant-- that stay with us forever.
IN Q=I decided to
((SALLY MANN/PHOTOGRAPHER: I DECIDED TO TRY AND LOOK OUT THE WAY THE PATIENT
WOULD SEE THE IMAGE INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT THE PATIENT OR EVEN LOOKING AT THE
CARETAKERS SO THIS IS SORT OF A CHALLENGE FOR ME. ))
OUT Q=challenge for me.
The mission of the Corcoran Gallery's project is to document not just
dying, but the living involved in hospice.
Along the way, it just may take a taboo subject-- the inevitability of
death-- and add some dialogue to these snapshots of life.
Connie Stevens, News 7.
The story of hospice will also be told in MOVING pictures.
H-B-O will soon debute a documentary entitled, "Letting Go: A Hospice
It's said to be the most extensive film ever made about the process of
MUSIC ON TAPE
The Salem Civic Center was full of hot dogs today,
But there wasn't any ketchup or mustard.
We'll take a trip to the dog show..up next.
MUSIC UP FULL
There was more primping and grooming going on at the Salem Civic Center this
weekend than at the Hotel Roanoke during the Miss Virginia Pageant.
The Roanoke and James River Kennel Clubs put on the dog show this weekend.
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 there's more to this than just beauty.
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.;
OUT Q=IMPROVE THE BREED
The two day event included obedience trials.
Winners of these shows earn points which go to a championship title.
And coming up, The Winston Cup Drivers were in Atlanta today Virginia Tech
waits to see where it will play in the NCAA tournament.
And Wake Forest beats Georgia Tech for its second straight A-C-C tournament
Dale Earnhardt became the first two time winner of 1996 when he took 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 Dale
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.
Wake Forest will join an elite group the Demon Deacons winning their
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 other college action Mississippi State upsets top ranked Kentucky 84 to
73 in the S-E-C title game and Iowa State knocks off fifth ranked Kansas 56 to
The NCAA selection show is coming up at six thirty on your Hometown Station
and the Virginia Tech Hokies will have their eyes on the tube.
Despite the disappointment of losing to Rhode Island in the first round of
the A-10 tournament the Hokies are anxious to find out their destination in the
IN Q="We are excited
((SHAWN SMITH/TECH FORWARD: ))
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Tech Forward; :
OUT Q=......HAVE A TOUGH ONE."
Northisde advanced to the state semifinals last night with a 68 to 39 win
over Virginia High.
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And the Vikings were fired up for tonight's game against Virginia High at
Northside opens the game from the outside Spence Peters with three of his 19
points to give the Vikings the early first quarter lead.
Ben Peete passes the ball to Justin Porterfield who hits another three
pointer from the same spot Porterfield scored 15 points.
Peete then makes the nice move to the hoop and scores on the running one
hand jumper as the Vikings continued to control the game.
Northside continued to work the SUPER=33-Northside/=68/Virginia
High/=39;ball to Peete this time he takes the pass from Porterfield and hits
the trey the Vikings win it 68 to 39.
G.W. of Danville moves into the semifinals after beating Wakefield 73 to
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Eagles vs. Warriors;
The GW faithful was struttin' its stuff down at Heritage High School for
the top ranked and still unbeaten Eagles.
Marcus Cunningham picks up the loose ball and dishes to Nathan Poole for
the easy layin. 8-zip Eagles early.
Then watch Reggie Morris stop and pop from long range and GW led by 7 after
Wakefield tried to keep things close. Ricky Diggs nails the jumper in the
But this one was all Eagles. Bobby SUPER=33-G.
Wimbush hits Cunningham in transition and GW cruises to the 73 to 58 win.
They'll play the winner of the Indian River/Douglas Freeman matchup Friday
night at the Vines Center.
In other group Three-A action James Stokes scored 40 points as Fleming
advances with a 100 to 89 win over J.E.B. Stuart.
But Nationally ranked James Madison beat the Pulaski County girls 75 to 54.
For the Roanoke Express; the stakes for tonight's game are the highest of
this season with only one exception; When the team secured a playoff spot.
The Express Plays Hampton Roads at the Scope. Steve Mason has these hockey
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.))