Next on News Seven, are Kroger employees going on strike?...
They voted on a contract offer today.
We'll have a live report.
And a DOG inherit's his master's estate.
In sports, A rain delay at Bristol the Magic clinches a division title and
the Express returns home down two games.
April showers are getting a bit of a head start--
Look for the rain to continue off and on tonight.
Meanwhile, a flash flood watch is in effect for far Southwest Virginia.
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Main street in Roanoke was blocked early this morning by a two- car
An eyewitness says one car was traveling at a very high rate of speed when
the driver apparently lost control.
He then skidded on two wheels, crossed the center line and slammed into a
car traveling in the opposite direction.
Police have not released the names of the two victims, and the investigation
The accident happened around 12:30.
An autopsy indicates that a Lord Botetourt High School freshman may have
died of heart problems.
Fourteen-year-old Justin Wilburn collapsed Thursday in shop class.
The medical examiner said the boy had a history of heart problems.
Further tests are needed to pinpoint the exact cause of death.
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A former Roanoke resident will be sworn- in to the Virginia Parole Board
Monty Tucker was appointed as chairman of the board last month by Governor
Tucker served as U-S Attorney in Roanoke from 19-90 to 93.
Prior to his appointment, Tucker was employed as legal counsel and office
chief for the F-D-I-C in Dallas, Texas.
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Virginia prison officials will soon require proof of an inmate's religious
beliefs before serving special Jewish or Islamic meals.
The special meals will stop May 1st if inmates have NOT supplied a written
statement from a religious leader testifying to the inmate's beliefs.
The meals are offered at one prison -- the Buckingham Correctional
Center in Dillwyn.
Corrections officials say the higher cost of religious meals, combined with
the cost of transferring approved inmates to Buckingham prompted the new
A popular New River Valley tourist attraction is almost ready to take in
Flood waters ravaged The Cascades in January.
As Denise Allen reports crews have been working for months, making the trail
safe for hikers.
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SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :04
SUPER=01-David Collins/Blacksburg District Ranger; :24
SUPER=01-Jan Thomas/Giles Co. Chamber of Commerce; 1:16
OUT Q=News 7
(( Thousands of people walk this trail to enjoy the water, but in January
melting snow and rain water turned this beautiful stream into a recking ball.
Flood waters wiped out the lower trail leading to the water falls and two
On the upper trail water washed away culverts and top soil.
((DAVID COLLINS/BLACKSBURG DISTRICT RANGER: THE REASON WE HAD TO CLOSE THE
AREA WAS BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE AND THE HAZARDS THAT WERE INVOLVED.))
The past two months have been full of back breaking work for forest rangers.
They've cleared boulders off the trail and replace top soil and stone foot
But they're working on a limited budget--using money allotted for the usual
winter clean up.
They plan to reopen the park April fifth, but despite their hard work the
lower trail remains closed indefinitely.
David Collins says it will take more money to dig out the trail which was
covered by landslides.
((THE DIFFERENCE WOULD BE IT USED TO BE A LOOP TRAIL BUT OF COURSE WITH THE
BRIDGES GONE IT'S NO LONGER A LOOP.))
Volunteers organized by the Giles County Chamber of Commerce have helped
move the clean up along, by picking up truck loads of debris and moving tons of
This effort was to help reopen one of the county's top attractions.
((JAN THOMAS/GILE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: PEOPLE LOVE TO HIKE AND WHEN
THEY COME TO GILES COUNTY THEY THINK OF NATURE AND THE OUTDOORS AND HIKING,
THE RIVER AND THINGS LIKE THAT SO THAT'S ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THEY COME TO THE
There's still work to be done.
The Giles County Chamber of Commerce plans another volunteer work day in mid
And forestry officials say they'll study the cost of reopening the lower
But regardless of the work that's done, David Collins says mother nature may
have made changes that will last forever.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
We'll find out if anyone was a big winner in last night's lottery.
Speaking of money, someone threw this dog a five- thousand- dollar bone...
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
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Light showers have been falling across the region--
A flash flood watch is in effect until tomorrow night for the New River
Valley and areas West.
That's because the ground is still wet from the recent rainfall--
And a slow- moving low pressure system could create rain heavy enough to
cause flash flooding problems.
More of the wet stuff is expected through tomorrow afternoon.
The latest doppler radar is coming up-- we hope you stay tuned.
MUSIC UP FULL
The hospital wars in the New River Valley take a turn for the ugly, and an
expansion of major proportions in Southside Virginia.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :07
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Wednesday; :17
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wednesday; :30
SUPER=03-Richmond/Thursday; :45 (QUICK)
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./Thursday; 1:05
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Passenger traffic at the Lynchburg Regional Airport was down for the second
In February it dropped seven-percent compared to the same period a year ago.
Wednesday was WalMart day in both Southside Virginia and the New River
Valley, as the discount retailer opened two massive SuperCenters on the same
There are now four of these stores in our area, which sell both general
merchandise AND groceries.
About 100 Union workers from tire and rubber plant across our region rallied
outside a Firestone store in Roanoke County this week.
They were protesting what they consider unfair treatment of employees at
five Bridgestone-Firestone plants in the midwest.
A battle to get the lone permit to build a new hospital in the New River
Valley has become downright nasty.
During a meeting before regulators this week, it was revealed that the
leader of Montgomery Regional Hospital was allegedly willing to pay employees
20-dollars to tear down petitions in support of Radford Community Hospital's
The news was a bit more cheery in Halifax County, where the Family Dollar
discount chain announced plans to build a 30-million-dollar distribution
When completed next year, it will employ 500 people.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped
50-points, closing at 55-87-point-14.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
The Virginia Lottery says two tickets matched all six numbers for a share of
the 26- million dollar jackpot.
The winning tickets were purchased in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Last night's numbers were 11, 16, 24, 26, 37 and 39.
The Lottery is also searching for a Powerball type multi- state game to
thrill players with even larger jackpots.
But Lottery officials are walking softly around the issue of the Americans
with Disabilities Act.
That's after some other state lotteries have been sued by disabled rights
groups for retail locations that were inaccessible.
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IN Q=Since I have
((PENELOPE KYLE/VIRGINIA LOTTERY DIRECTOR: SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE WE HAVE HAD
A COUPLE CALLS FROM PLAYERS WHO FELT THAT THEY COULD NOT GET INTO THE COUNTER
AND BUY THEIR LOTTERY TICKETS AS THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO. AND I JUST SIMPLY
BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A FEDERAL LAW OUT THERE. WE THE LOTTERY ARE COMPLYING IN
EVERY ONE OF OUR OFFICES, BUT THE FEDERAL LAW ALSO APPLIES TO THE PRIVATE
OUT Q=private sector.
Lottery officials are sending letters to retailers, asking them to try to
comply with the law.
One Danville store owner has compromised -- he delivers lottery tickets to
disabled players in their cars.
Most of us wouldn't want to live a dog's life.
But if the you're a rich dog that might be a different story.
As Denise Allen reports one dog has inherited its owner's estate.
IN Q=when Donna Wood
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dick Brown/Leigh's Friend; :18
SUPER=01-Claude Carter/Ambie's Attorney; :54
OUT Q=News 7
(( When Donna Wood picked up Ambie from the pound she didn't know she'd
inherited a rich pooch.
Wood's friend Leigh Jones had just died and relatives were unable to take
Jones had few friends and was described as a recluse who cared for his
ailing mother for 18 years.
((DICK BROWN/LEIGH'S FRIEND: HE WAS A FINE GENTLEMAN AND AMBIE WAS HIS FAMILY.
IT WAS HE AND AMBIE AGAINST THE WORLD.))
Now Sir Abercombie Of Danlin, or Ambie, has an attorney who doles out his
10-thousand dollar inheritance.
The 13 year old dog has medical problems which cost about 100- dollars a
The inheritance covers that and his new owner gets a small food stipend.
Ambie also bought a fence which affords him plenty of running room.
((HE LEFT MONEY TO HIS DOG, MONEY HE DIDN'T REALLY HAVE BUT I GUESS HE DID HAVE
IT IN A WAY. HE KNEW THE HOUSE WOULD BE WORTH SOMETHING.))
((CLAUDE CARTER/AMBIE'S ATTORNEY: PEOPLE BECOME VERY ATTACHED TO THEIR ANIMALS
AND WANT THEM TO BE CARED FOR. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THE AMOUNT WAS THE
THING I THOUGHT WAS SIGNIFICANT.))
Dick Brown says Jones poured all his affection into Ambie.
Needless to say Ambie was spoiled.
((THE DOG HAD NO TRAINING WHAT SO EVER. HE WAS A NUISANCE TO BE AROUND BECAUSE
HE JUMPED ALL OVER YOU.))
Medical bills are depleting Ambie's trust fund.
His attorney says when Ambie dies, the remainder of HIS estate goes to Leigh
But until that time, it's not a dog's life for Ambie.
Denise Allen News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Clean Valley Day
Some young people convicted of vandalizing a store in Roanoke, spent Clean
Valley Day painting over their graffiti.
Yesterday Roanoke City employees and members of the 11th and Melrose
neighborhood group helped young people clean up the area.
In addition to the painting, truck loads of trash were picked up and hauled
to the dump.
Residents say cleaning up the area will help people feel safer and may even
rejuvenate their neighborhood.
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT OF
((L.H. HAMLAR/NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT: THERE'S A LOT OF LITTERING, GRAFFITI ON
THE WALLS AND WE THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT TIME TO CLEAN IT UP. WE KNOW IT'S GOING
TO COME BACK BUT EACH TIME WE DO IT, IT'S LESS AND LESS EACH TIME WE COME
SUPER=01-L. H. Hamlar/Neighborhood Resident;
OUT Q=EACH TIME WE COME OUT
Participants in the clean up say they hope their efforts will show young
people they care.
Several other neighborhoods also sponsored clean-ups.
MUSIC ON TAPE
We have the latest on the Kroger contract vote.
And we'll see if the Straight Street teen center has found a home in
MUSIC UP FULL
Some Kroger employees are at the Roanoke Civic Center at this hour to decide
on a new contract.
There was even talk of a possible strike.
Denise Allen is at the Civic Center with the latest.
Denise what can you tell us?
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SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/President Local 400;
SUPER=01-Janet Hale/Union Member;
OUT Q=make more money.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte gave a lesson in U-S government to some elementary
The Congressman spoke to third graders at Green Valley Elementary School.
He says it's important to teach young students about politics.
IN Q=i think it's
((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE-R-6TH DISTRICT: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO START
WITH CHILDREN AT ANY AGE AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT WHAT GOVERNMENT IS ALL ABOUT
AND WHO THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ARE AND WHAT WE DO BECAUSE EVEN THOUGHT
IT MIGHT BE VERY RUDIMENTAL IN THE THIRD GRADE IT'S NONE THE LESS IMPORTANT FOR
PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS AND TO FEEL LIKE THEY'RE A PART OF
OUT Q=part of the process
Goodlatte says children who are educated in the political system will become
responsible voters and understand the government's responsibility to them.
Some Montgomery County teenagers say they're looking for a safe hangout.
They're hoping business leaders will help find a new home for their old teen
The Straight Street teen center is homeless.
Due to various circumstances, the ministry left the old facility but finding
a new home has proved difficult.
Bob Anderson says all Straight Street activities are drug free and offer
teenagers a safe haven.
He says he knows there's a need for the program because the center offers
guidance government programs can't.
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((BOB ANDERSON/STRAIGHT STREET MINISTRIES: TEENS TODAY ARE SEARCHING
SPIRITUALLY. WHERE AM I GOING? WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT. WE NEVER BIBLE THUMPED
TO THE TEENS, BUT WHAT THEY KNEW IS THAT THEY COULD COME HERE AND IF THEY HAD A
QUESTION WE WERE ABLE AND WILLING TO TALK WITH THEM ABOUT IT.
ANGELA HICKS/STRAIGHT STREET PARTICIPANT: YOU COULD CONVERSATE AND SIT AROUND.
IT WAS LIKE A CAFE AND EVERYTHING ELSE ALL PUT TOGETHER, LIKE A HIDEAWAY FOR
TEENS THAT DIDN'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH OTHER THING THAT COULD GET THEM IN
SUPER=01-Bob Anderson/Straight Street Ministries; :00
SUPER=01-Angela Hicks/Straight Street Participant; :14
OUT Q=GET THEM IN TROUBLE
Anderson says he's looking for a building with at least 3000 square feet
with a high ceiling so the teens can play basketball.
He hopes to find new location soon so Montgomery County teenagers will have
a safe place to go.
And coming up, After a couple of rain Delays they finally called off the
Food City 500 at Bristol Orlando clinches another division title.
and the roanoke Express will return home down two games to none in its
Playoff Series with the Charlotte Checkers.
A 45 minute delay because of rain before the start of the race and twice
during the race the race was red flagged because of rain and gas on the track
but their still running at Bristol in the Food City 500.
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After a 45 minute rain delay the drivers were anxious to get started three
cautions in the first 50 laps the third coming when Ward Burton gets under Mike
Skinner and slides into the inside wall.
Skinner remained on the track but several laps later while leading the
race he gets lose in turn three and hits the wall but no caution.
Rick Mast, suffering from the flu, was having a strong run he was second
behind leader Bill Elliott with 100 laps in the book.
But Rusty Wallace finally worked his way to the front with a strong run
and he was the leader at the halfway mark of the race.
Another shower hit the area and the Cars were red flaged on lap 324.
The race resumed but after a couple of laps Darrell Waltrip hits the wall
in turn one doing heavy damage to his car and bringing out another red Flag.
The rains got heavier over the track forcing NASCAR to call it after 343
laps and declare Jeff Gordon the winner.
Terry Labonte was second, Mark Martin third, Earnhardt fourth and Rusty
Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell introduced his new late
model stock car racing team this past week.
Campbell and his new Taco Bell team will enter a total of 20 late model
races this summer at both the New River Valley Speedway and South Boston.
Campbell just recently installed new seating at the Martinsville track in
an attempt to accommodate more fans.
The track president also announced that the upcoming Goody's 500 at
Martinsville will distribute the largest purse in track history at over 1
million, 100 thousand dollars.
Campbell's ever growing schedule raises the question...will his new late
model stock car endeavor take away from his time at Martinsville.
((CLAY CAMPBELL/MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President; :00
The Orlando Magic clinched their second straight Atlantic Division today by
defeating the New York Knicks 98 to 79.
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the Magic is always tough at home in Orlando and they were again today.
The ball goes inside to a wide open Shaquille O'Neal who throws down the
slam for two of his 32 points.
But the Knicks come right back John Starks from downtown hits the three
pointer to keep New York in the game.
Orlando then took over again the ball goes in to Shaq for the jam as the
Magic began to pull away.
Horace grant had a good day he SUPER=32-Orlando/=98/New York/=79;scored
23 points as the Magic beats the New york Knicks 98 to 79.
Several other afternoon games in the N-B-A and the National Hockey league
lets take a look at the boards.
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The Roanoke Express has some work to do when their East Coast Hockey League
playoff series resumes at the Roundhouse this Tuesday Night.
Last Night, The Express lost to Charlotte 4 to 2 giving the Checkers a 2
to nothing advantage in the best of five series.
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The Express came out smoking Tim Hanley takes the puck and fires a shot
from the blue line and Roanoke took a one to nothing lead.
But moments later the checkers would tie the game. Eric Phenton gets the
puck on the break away and the score was deadlocked 1 to 1.
Charlotte would take the advantage when Dennis Maxwell comes out of a
crowd in front of the net and tips in the shot to make it 2 to 1 Checkers.
Roanoke Answered Jeff Jestadt fires a shot at the face off circle and the
Express was back in it tied at 2 to 2.
But the checkers took advantage of SUPER=33-Charlotte/==4/Roanoke/==2;the
power play Kimbe Daniels gets the puck about 3 feet out and scores and the
Checkers hold to beat roanoke 4 to 2.
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