Chinese Premier, Li Peng accused the U-S of heightening tensions in the
region by sending warships to Taiwan.
Chinese forces have been staging military exercises off Taiwan since early
this month, and more of the same is scheduled to begin tomorrow.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
Defense Secretary William Perry is denouncing the exercises, but says he
doesn't think China has any intention of attacking the island.
IN Q=The chinese don't
((WILLIAM PERRY/U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY: THE CHINESE DON'T HAVE THE CAPABILITY
TO LAUNCH AN INVASION OF TAIWAN. ))
SUPER=01-William Perry/U.S. Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=of Taiwan
Parry says he finds it deplorable that China is trying to intimidate Taiwan.
He also says the U-S and Mexico will conduct joint naval exercises in near
TAPE# net 15:02:10
Closing arguments have been delivered in the trial of Yitzhak Rabin's
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;
Yigal Amir attorneys argued that their client should be convicted of
manslaughter instead of murder.
They say Amir only intended to DISABLE the Israeli prime minister.
However, the prosecution said Amir should be convicted of murder.
And if convicted of murder Amir could get life in prison... but if it's
manslaughter the punishment could be 20 years in prison.
A date has not been set for the verdict.
Roanoke City police are investigating a traffic accident tonight.
It happened around 6:30 near the intersection of West Side and the Salem
Apparently a pickup truck went head on with another truck while attempting
to avoid another vehicle.
A man was injured in the wreck.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police have not released his identity or condition.
A bill changing the way the court system handles juveniles is now in the
hands of Governor George Allen.
The bill originated from two commissions-- one appointed by the governor,
the other by the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
Lawmakers melded the two reports together.
If Governor Allen signs the bill children 14 and older will automatically be
tried as adults when charged with murder.
For other violent offenses such as robbery and sex crimes, the
Commonwealth's Attorney will determine how the juvenile will be tried.
IN Q=it's unfortunate
((MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-ROANOKE: IT'S UNFORTUNATE WE HAVE A JUVENILE CRIME
PROBLEM. BUT WE DO AND WE NEED TO SOLVE IT AND ONE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO MAKE
THE YOUTH ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR FELONIOUS ACTIVITIES.))
OUT Q=FELONIOUS ACTIVITIES
The bill also pumps money into intervention programs and boot camps.
Lawmakers say this gives judges more options.
IN Q=we've appropriated
((CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: WE'VE APPROPRIATED ABOUT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS FOR
ADDITIONAL PROBATION OFFICERS IN THE JUVENILE SYSTEM STATEWIDE. SO THAT NOW WE
CAN HAVE SOME INTENSIVE PROBATION AND PAROLE OPTIONS.))
OUT Q=PAROLE OPTIONS
Woodrum and Griffith say this bill is another example of what can be
accomplished when both parties work together.
They may not have the horsepower of their full- sized cousins, but miniature
race cars may be returning to Victory Stadium this summer.
Promoter Danny Taylor is planning a series of 13 races this summer with cars
that are smaller and substantially quieter than full-sized race cars.
Tomorrow, Roanoke City Manager Bob Herbert will ask city council to approve
an agreement that will pave the way for the races.
Taylor will pay a lower rental fee, but will give the city a higher
percentage of concession sales.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Lynchburg's attempt to lure a snack food company tops the business stories
of the week.
The search for the next Roanoke Symphony Conductor is just about over.
IN Q=music up
The last finalist for the job took the reins of the symphony this afternoon.
We'll take a look at all five of the candidates for the job.
Wx ad lib
Instead of green, gray was the dominant color on this St. Patrick's Day.
The clouds will linger on tonight-- along with patchy drizzle and fog.
Then, another storm system rising up from the south promises more rain
tomorrow night and Tuesday.
So, you'll want to have the umbrellas handy this week-- more on the wet
forecast, coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
The world's largest snack food maker may cause a dip in Lynchburg's
and there could be some tough times ahead in tobacco country.
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-Plano, TX/File Tape; :17
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Downtown Roanoke is gearing up for the next step in its revitalization
This week leaders hired a Pittsburgh consultant to help guide the effort.
Efforts to bring the world's largest snack food maker to Lynchburg are in
The General Assembly set aside more than two-million-dollars worth of
incentives to bag Frito Lay and convince it to build a plant in the Hill City.
A consolidation plan at Alleghany Regional Hospital is leaving about 25
employees out of work.
Two units will be merged because of fewer in-patients and shorter hospital
For the second straight week a setback hits the local textile industry, this
time in the New River Valley.
Diversified Apparel's 135 workers in Pulaski will soon be out of work,
following a merger involving the company's corporate parent.
Tobacco interests in Southside Virginia can't like the latest news coming
out of the courts.
For the first time ever one of the five largest cigarette makers in the U-S
has agreed to pay a settlement in a smoking lawsuit.
And in Patrick County, a big boost for the drive to build the Wood Brothers
Racing Museum and Virginia Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Tobacco giant R-J Reynolds donated 50-thousand-dollars to the cause.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 115-points,
closing at 55-84-point-97.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, the Federal Reserve's "Beige Book" was released, noting
modest growth in our area.
The report from the Fed's Richmond bank says that in January and February
manufacturing picked up and ski resorts did exceptionally well.
The strike at General Motors is taking its toll in Southwest Virginia.
260 workers at the Kingston-Warren molding plant in Wytheville remain
furloughed since the plant shut down Monday, and in Radford, officials at New
River Castings are watching the strike on a daily basis.
And two Danville banks have joined forces.
A merger between the American National Bank and the Mutual Savings Bank went
into effect Thursday.
The Roanoke Symphony is rich with tradition... but currently is short a
But symphony officials are down to five finalists and will announce their
NEW artistic leader soon.
IN Q=Music permeates the
SUPER=01-Patricia Avise/Symphony Exec. Dir.; 1:10
OUT Q=on April 22nd. (fade out)
Music permeates the air as the sweet aroma of melody and rhythm blends into
an artistic dessert for the appreciative audience to savor.
This is all being enjoyed at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
However, the Roanoke Symphony is going through a transition period.
They are looking for a new conductor... and after nearly two-hundred
applicants and a year of searching the WORLD, symphony officials are down to
five candidates... they are... David Wiley... presently an assistant Conductor
Stephen Stein, resident conductor of the Houston Symphony...
Leslie Dunner, resident conductor of Detroit's symphony...
Ming-Feng Hsin is a conductor on Long Island.
And last but not least is Yong-Yan Hu.. a music director and conductor in
Roanoke Symphony officials say it will be hard to pick a winner.
((PATRICIA AVISE/SYMPHONY EXEC. DIR.: ANY ONE OF THEM I WOULD BE MORE THAN
PLEASED TO SEE AT THE HELM OF OUR ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP. BUT ONCE WE HAVE THE
CONDUCTOR THAT EVERYONE IS SET ON IT'LL BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO LOOK TO THE
However, the search committee will decide on the future of the symphony
April 22nd when they pick a new conductor.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
It wasn't by accident that so many families showed up at the Roanoke Civic
It was to learn about how to PREVENT accidents and to learn about fire
And one of America's best known bluegrass players was burning it up this
afternoon in Roanoke.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
In television, pictures tell the story.
But for one viewer this week, the story those pictures told was almost too
hard to watch.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=News-7 at noon
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
((News-7 at noon last Monday carried a story about the death of a motorcycle
stunt rider in Nevada.
A viewer from Radford sent us E-mail, saying:
"As someone who considers your noon news an important part of my day, I
write to express my disappointment concerning today's broadcast. While
feeding my 4-year-old son lunch, I was disturbed to see graphic footage of
a motor cycle daredevil's fatal mishap jumping a footbridge. I do not
remember hearing any warning that such footage might not be suitable for
younger viewers before it appeared on my screen. More importantly, though,
I have to wonder whether such footage warrants being shown at all. In a
word, this segment was "sensationalistic," not a term I normally associate
with your news programs. Please show a little more discretion in the
future. Just because something is captured on videotape does not
necessarily mean it is worth broadcasting."
Send your comments about our news coverage or subjects in the news, to
Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia, 24022-0007.
For faxes, the number is 540-343-7269.
E-mail goes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
Roanoke children played it safe this afternoon.
The Roanoke Civic Center Exhibition Hall was turned into a safe-zone -- a
place where children and parents learn what to do in times of emergency.
Today's event kicks off Child in Health Care week.
Organizers say the best way to keep children healthy is to keep them safe.
Fire safety was one of the main focuses of the day.
One of the exhibits showed children how to escape a burning house.
IN Q=we're trying to
((CHIEF WINSTON SIMMONS/ROANOKE FIRE EMS/WE'RE TRYING TO REALLY LOOK AT WAYS TO
FIGHT FIRE THROUGH PREVENTION. AND EDUCATION, AND WE'VE MADE A CONCERTED
EFFORT IN THAT AREA TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT FIRE
IS TO PREVENT IT. THROUGH SAFETY AND EDUCATION.))
(( ANY CHILD THAT'S MAYBE 4,5,6 AND UP CAN CERTAINLY LEARN SOMETHING AND CAN
LEARN WHAT TO DO WITH, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PAYING ATTENTION TO MOM AND DAD
WHEN THEY ARE TALKING TO THEM ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A FIRE. ))
SUPER=01-Chief Winston Simmons/Roanoke Fire EMS; :00
SUPER=01-Lin Young/Organizer; :16
OUT Q=in case of fire
Smoke detectors were given away as door prizes.
Fire officials say they've given away more than a thousand detectors since a
fatal fire in January killed five people.
Community Hospital is sponsoring seminars throughout the week on health care
The Apple was ripe, but not for the picking today at Martinsville, as Donnie
Apple won a wild and occasionally wet Miller 300.
Mike Stevens has more on this afternoon's Late Model Stock car event.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Miller 300; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Landreth/Halfway Bonus Winner; :59
SUPER=01-Donnie Apple/Miller 300 Winner; 1:40
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Finished Second; 1:57 Quick
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Roanoke Express ran into a red hot Raleigh team tonight at the
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Icecaps; :
Before the game goalie Daniel Berthiaume receives the teams M-V-P trophy.
But the Icecaps were not intimidated. Raleigh's John Larson takes the
slap shot inside the blue line for a score to make it 3 to nothing in the
The Express comes back in the second period. Michael smith gets a clear
shot and scores but Roanoke trailed 3 to 1.
A few minutes later Raleigh works SUPER=34-Raleigh/==5/Roanoke/==1;the
puck in close and Jeff Reid scores on the back hand flip shot Raleigh led 4 to
1 and the Icecaps win it 5 to 1.
The Lady Cavaliers have advanced in the NCAA women's East Regional in
Virginia beat George Washington this afternoon 62 to 43.
And coming up, The A-C-C has advanced two teams to the NCAA sweet 16.
But Dean Smith and his North Carolina Tar Heels came up short in the East
Regional in Richmond.
Georgetown used a 12 to 3 run midway through the second half to break open a
tight game and beat New Mexico 73 to 62 in the East Regional at Richmond.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Georgetown vs New Mexico; :
It was somewhat of a home coming for Allen Iverson who is from Hampton,
Georgetown's Victor Page takes the ball coast to coast fort this layup and
the Hoyas took a 20 to 12 lead.
But New Mexico gave the Hoyas all they could handle and this three pointer
gave New Mexico a 33 to 27 lead.
But Iverson, who struggled in the SUPER=33-Georgetown/=73/New
Mexico/=62;first half, took over he would finish the game with 25 points
Georgetown beats New Mexico 73 to 62.
North Carolina's shot at the national championship ended in the second
game of the East Regional at Richmond.
SUPER=03-Richmond/North Carolina vs Texas Tech; :
The Tar Heels getting ready for the game against Texas Tech.
Antwan Jamison gets the Heels off with a bang when he takes it inside for
the short jumper and foul.
But the big bang in the Richmond Coliseum came when Texas Tech Center
Darvin Ham goes in for the slam and shatters the backboard delaying the game
while officials removed the glass and replaced the basket.
The break didn't bother Texas SUPER=33-Texas Tech/=92/North
Carolina/=73;Tech's Jason Sasser. He came out and scored 27 points in the 92
to 73 win over North Carolina.
IN Q="I thought we
((DEAN SMITH/NORTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH: THEY PLAYED SO POORLY AGAINST NORTHERN
ILLINOIS AND I KNEW THAT WE'D GET THEM AT THEIR BEST, BUT I HOPED WE COULD BE
AT OUR BEST, BUT MAYBE WE WERE, AND THEY STILL WERE A BETTER TEAM. MAYBE
THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE ))
SUPER=01-Dean Smith/North Carolina Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......bottom line."
Wake Forest trailed by 10 at the half but the Demon Deacons rallied to beat
Texas 65 to 62.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/CBS SPORTS; :
Dave Odom and Tom Penders on the sideline before the start of the game.
Wake's Tim Duncan working the inside for the layup but the Demon Deacons
trailed by 8 30 to 22 in the first half.
The Longhorns controlled the opening minutes of the second half Kris Clack
hits a three pointer and Texas led 48 to 40.
But Wake slowly cut into the lead and when Duncan went in for the power
jam the game was tied at 59.
Wake got the winning points from SUPER=33-Wake
Forest/=65/Texas/=62;Steve Goolsby who hit two free throws with 16 seconds
left and Wake wins it 65 to 62.
Georgia Tech freshman Stephon Marbury had the game of his career this
afternoon as Georgia Tech beat Boston College 103 to 89 in the Southeast
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
Drew Barry's dad and NBA legend Rick Barry in the Stands.
And Marbury gives him something to cheer about this bucket on the fast
break gave the Yellow Jackets an early three point lead.
But the Eagles managed to lead early in the half when Duane Woodward hits
the three pointer making it 15 to 12 Boston College.
Marbury turned it up hitting this three pointer in the second half. He
scored 29 as the Yellow Jackets advance with the 103 to 89 win.
IN Q="The passing
((BOBBY CREMINS/GEORGIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bobby Cremins/Georgia Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....MISSED A SHOT."
Glen Rice scored 27 and the Charlotte Hornets moved one game ahead of
Miami in the race for the 8-th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/NBC SPORTS; :
But it was this basket from back up guard Anthony Goldwire off the board
that sealed the Hornet win.
For that and all of the pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
We leave you tonight with a story about one of the best known banjo players
in the country.
This afternoon Ralph Stanley treated the crowd at the Iroquois Restaurant to
his brand of blue grass.
Denise Allen and videographer Rob Monroe take a look at the legendary
SUPER=01-Ralph Stanley/Musician; :18
SUPER=10-Ralph Stanley & Don Reno//File Tape; :45
OUT Q=News 7
For fifty years Ralph Stanley has been playing his brand of bluegrass.
He says his music stands the test of time because it's authentic and down to
((RALPH STANLEY/MUSICAN: I'VE GOT A DIFFERENT SOUND AS FAR AS PLAYING AND
SINGING AND I JUST SING IT THE OLD MOUNTAIN STYLE.))
That old mountain style has inspired many young musicians.
Stanley says he has an eye for talent and helps promising performers along.
((I'VE GOT THE BEST BAND I'VE HAD SINCE THE SEVENTIES. YOU KNOW RICKIE SCAGGS,
KEITH WHITLEY, ROY LEE CENTERS AND PEOPLE LIKE THAT WERE WITH ME THEN AND NOW I
THINK I'VE REPLACED THEM.))
Stanley started playing in three states -- Virginia, Tennessee and West
Now he travels the whole country, playing concerts in 48 states.
((HOW LONG DO YOU PLAN TO CONTINUE TRAVELING?
WELL I LOOK LIKE I'M GOOD FOR ABOUT 35 TO FORTY MORE YEARS.))
Stanley is commemorating his 50th anniversary in show business with a box
set of his music called Ralph and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
He hasn't yet decided how he'll celebrate the next 50 years.
Denise Allen News 7.))