Election day in Roanoke County... Coming up on NEWS 7 at Six, a live report
from Cave Spring High School on the question of whether the voters want to pay
for a NEW high school.
One suspect apprehended in yet another lengthy high-speed chase... we'll get
accounts of the 100-mile an hour pursuit from state and local police.
Tonight in sports, Roanoke hopes to Express itself against the Checkers
tonight in game three.
Rodman comes back to the court with a new hair color.
William & Mary has a new athletic director.
And President Clinton and the sun both come out in Baltimore as the Orioles
finally get their season underway.
Hey warm weather fans...have we got a deal for you. Stay tuned for a
forecast that features 70 plus degrees.
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After two years of study and two months of debate, a 37 million dollar bond
issue went to the voters today in Roanoke County.
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The polls won't close for about another hour, but Joe Dashiell reports
turnout appears to be heaviest in areas where support for the bond issue is
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Rollcue: much higher percentage than Hollins, Vinton or Catawba.
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(Keith question--In terms of turnout is there any election we can compare this
A national manufacturing company is pounding out a future in Buchanan.
For two years Meadville (MEED-vill) Forging Company has been negotiating
with Botetourt County to build a plant near the James River.
The deal was made official this morning.
The Pennsylvania- based company will hire 75 people over the next two- and-
a- half years.
And that figure could leap to 125 employees once the plant has established
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((JIM MARTIN/MEADVILLE FORGING COMPANY: WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT AND
WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE BUCHANAN
SUPER=01-Jim Martin/Meadville Forging Company;
OUT Q=Buchanan community
Meadville might best be described as a modern- day blacksmith operation.
The company uses robotics to turn steel bars into auto parts.
Construction on the new plant is scheduled to begin in June.
There WON'T be a strike at Kroger anytime soon.
Union workers from Winchester to Wise County showed up in Roanoke for the
second straight day to vote on another contract offer from the supermarket
Unlike the first round of balloting, the rank and file decided to accept
this five year deal, which had an improved incentive package.
Still, there appears to be a split between older workers who like the
contract and younger employees who oppose it.
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IN Q=What they've
((ERNIE ODUM/KROGER UNION EMPLOYEE: WHAT THEY'VE OFFERED THE FULL TIME PEOPLE
I THINK IT'S FABULOUS, THEY'VE GOT WHAT THEY'VE ALWAYS WANTED. WHAT I FEEL
THEY'VE LEFT THE PART TIME PEOPLE OUT. THEY HAVE LEFT THE PEOPLE SORT OF NOT
WITH THE COMPANY AS LONG OUT IN LIMBO.))
SUPER=01-Ernie Odum/Kroger Union Employee;
OUT Q=out in limbo.
The acceptance of this deal comes as a big relief to Kroger, as it gears up
for a heavy dose of Easter weekend shopping.
The C-E-O of Montgomery Regional Hospital is explaining a controversial
e-mail message he sent to employees in September.
At a hearing last week, Radford Community Hospital complained about the
memo, in which Gene Wright offered 20 dollars to employees who brought him
petitions supporting RADFORD'S plans for a new hospital.
In a news release, Wright said "in reviewing the game film of this call...I
would do that one differently."
The hospitals are competing for the right to build a new facility in the
Wright said he reacted aggressively to what he perceived as heavy- handed
attempts by Carilion to inflate support for its project.
A Roanoke jury decided this evening that Norfolk Southern must pay a total
of 650-thousand dollars to three retired railroad workers.
They were all exposed to asbestos in the east end shops here in Roanoke
sometime over the past 40 years.
Five men sued the railroad, but the jury concluded that two of them had
apparently NOT contracted asbestosis- -the disease associated with prolonged
contact with asbestos.
While it's a win for the three former shop workers, the verdict was far shy
of the multi-million dollar judgments returned against the railroad in recent
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--Roanoke County police want to question a man
about a series of robberies which happened during church services.
Also--what makes THIS church service unique? It brings together a group of
mentally disabled adults and volunteers who want to share their fellowship.
We'll have the story.
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After reaching speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, a police chase through
central Virginia last night ended with a crash and the arrest of a suspected
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It all started when a Lynchburg officer spotted a stolen car at the Fort
Avenue 7-11 store.
The vehicle sped off, leading police from four jurisdictions on a high-
speed chase through Lynchburg and the counties of Campbell and Bedford.
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((TROOPER JEFF BAKER/VA STATE POLICE: AND ONCE WE GOT OUT IN THE COUNTY, IT
LOOKED AS IF HE KNEW WHERE HE WAS GOING, HE TOOK THE COUNTY ROADS REAL WELL.
THEN BEDFORD COUNTY JOINED IN ALONG WITH THE BEDFORD COUNTY STATE POLICE UNITS
AND IT JUST, IT WAS A LONG PURSUIT.))
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The chase ended when the suspect wrecked the car on Route 221 in Forest.
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((CMDR. JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: HE FLED ON FOOT AFTER THE CAR LEFT THE
ROAD UP HERE ON 221 AND HAD AN ACCIDENT, AND WAS FOUND BY ONE OF OUR OFFICERS
WITH THE LYNCHBURG CITY SHERIFF'S CANINE UNIT.))
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OUT Q=sheriff's canine unit.
20- year- old Lewis Arthur Carroll is facing a host of charges, including
grand larceny and reckless driving.
The second suspect has not been apprehended.
Senator Chuck Robb is in Roanoke tonight, dining with Democratic members of
the General Assembly who are back in town after this year's session.
Robb also made a stop in Lynchburg this afternoon for a tour of the Ericsson
Ericsson is in the midst of building a 110 million dollar radio system for
the Taiwan national police.
Robb says allowing American companies to compete for those foreign contracts
means the U-S needs to stabilize its relationships with both Taiwan and China.
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((SEN. CHARLES ROBB/D- VIRGINIA: IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO OUR LONG- TERM
INTERESTS ECONOMICALLY AS WELL AS SECURITY, THAT WE MAINTAIN THAT KIND OF
EQUILIBRIUM AND THAT THE UNITED STATES CONTINUE TO BE A KEY PLAYER SO WE DON'T
HAVE AN ARMS RACE THAT SIMPLY COULD NOT BE CONTROLLED IN THAT REGION.))
OUT Q=in that region.
Robb says President Clinton scored points in the international community by
sending warships to Taiwan during the recent Chinese weapon testing.
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Virginia corrections officials sent some prisoners to Texas today -- and got
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This privately- run prison in Texas now holds 619 Virginia inmates.
155 of those prisoners shipped out over the last year came back today to be
released or get medical attention in Virginia.
Taking their places are 155 new inmates or inmates who've violated parole.
Virginia's contract with the Texas prison runs out next spring.
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Corrections officials say the Texas contract has helped relieve jail
overcrowding in Virginia.
Critics say it puts an undue burden on prisoners' families and breaks family
ties that inmates will need when released.
Roanoke County police want to question a local man about a rash of church
Over the past month a number of wallets and purses have been stolen from at
least three churches.
Police say 46- year- old Martin Freeman hasn't been accused in THESE crimes,
but IS wanted on nearly two- dozen other charges.
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((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH
SIMILAR OFFENSES IN THE PAST. THERE ARE OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR HIM. SO WE
CERTAINLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO PURSUE HIM AND ARREST HIM FOR THE CHARGES THAT ARE
OUT THERE. ))
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Kincaid says Freeman has been known to drive a white compact car-- similar
to the one seen leaving the area following one of the church thefts.
Police are still looking for Martin Freeman.
The New River Valley Economic Development Alliance has hired one of its
founders and past presidents as its new executive director.
Officials today announced Dublin businessman Hiawatha Nicely's selection
from a pool of 70 applicants.
Officials say his local ties and statewide contacts made for an important
((BARRY EVANS/NRV ALLIANCE PRESIDENT: AND THAT WAS THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT HE
HAD ESTABLISHED OVER HIS PRIOR YEARS AS A PLANT MANAGER OF A MAJOR INDUSTRY,
HIS ORIGINAL INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CREATION OF THIS ORGANIZATION, GOVERNOR
ALLEN'S CHAIR FOR OPPORTUNITY VIRGINIA, VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PEOPLE. ))
SUPER=01-Barry Evans/NRV Alliance President;
OUT Q=economic development people.
Nicely says he'll strengthen ties with local industries to attract other
companies to complement and support them.
((HIAWATHA NICELY/NRV ALLIANCE DIRECTOR: OUR EFFORTS WILL BE CHANGED SOMEWHAT
IN THE FACT THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THE DEVELOPMENT EFFORT ONE THAT IS
COHESIVE TO WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE IN THE AREA AND ONE THAT WILL BLEND ITSELF
WELL WITH WHAT HE HAVE IN THE AREA. ))
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OUT Q=have in the area.
The Alliance is a national and international marketing agency for
Montgomery, Floyd, Giles and Pulaski counties and the city of Radford.
The stock market pushed higher again today.
The Dow gained 34 points to finish at 56 hundred 71.
NASDAQ was up nearly five points.
Attending church services each week is an important part of many people's
lives. But it's also something many take for granted.
For mentally disabled adults, regular church attendance isn't always an
Teresa Hamilton reports on a Danville organization making a difference.
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SUPER=07-Sally Ridgeway; :26 QUICK!!!!!
SUPER=07-Ann Lynn Patterson; :31
SUPER=01-Rev. Ron Graham/Volunteer; :38
SUPER=01-Kim Yeaman/C. T. R. Director; 1:00
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Every Saturday for nearly 21- years volunteers have made sure the area's
mentally disabled enjoy the warmth and friendship which are an important part
of church services.
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The interdenominational service is like any other-- bible study and choir
((SALLY RIDGEWAY:I COME HERE TO HELP GOD AND TO HELP MY SPIRIT.))
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IN Q=What is it that
((REPORTER: WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LOOK FORWARD TO?
ANN LYNN PATTERSON:TALKING TO MY FRIENDS. I LIKE EVERYBODY. ))
OUT Q=i like everybody.
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((REV. RON GRAHAM: THEY HAVE NOTHING PREJUDICE, THEY HAVE NO PRECONCEIVED
IDEAS, THEY JUST LOVE FOR WHAT THEY FEEL AND WHAT THEY FEEL IS LOVE FOR GOD AND
LOVE FOR EVERYONE. ))
OUT Q=for everyone.
The sharing of that love is made possible by the group "Christian Training
for the Retarded".
Volunteers organize the entire service-- they also provide transportation.
Kim Yeaman is the group's director.
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((KIM YEAMAN/C. T. R. DIRECTOR:WE HAVE A LOT OF CHURCHES AND CIVIC CLUBS AND
CITIZENS THAT SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM AND THEY BELIEVE IN WHAT WE'RE DOING AND
SUPPORT US. ))
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But like almost any organization, "C.T.R." is in need of volunteers and
But more importantly, they want to reach out to the mentally challenged who
are in need of a friend. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Rodman is set to come back to the Bulls tonight,
Pitino says he's staying put.
Plenty of highlights from the big leagues to serve up this evening.
Plus the Express is skating on thin ice tonight as the team's tries to avoid
elimination against the Checkers.
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Down two games to none, the Roanoke Express faces a do or die situation
tonight in game three of the ECHL playoffs against Charlotte at the Round
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The Checkers held the Express to only 2 goals in the series first two
games while putting on a power play clinic. Charlotte was 5 for 12 with an
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((JEFF JESTADT/EXPRESS LEFT WINGER:))
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SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/Express Right Winger; :33
One other note, Express right winger Chris Potter is doubtful for
tonight's 7pm face off. He has a broken rib.
The wild one Dennis Rodman returns to the lineup tonight after serving his
six game suspension for head butting a referee.
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With newly dyed red hair, Rodman participated in a shootaround this
afternoon in Miami before this evening's game with the Heat.
He says he's glad to be back, even though he knows it will take awhile for
him to earn acceptance.
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((DENNIS RODMAN/BACK WITH THE BULLS:))
SUPER=01-Dennis Rodman/Back With The Bulls; :00
OUT Q=...I do best."
The Kentucky Wildcats are still celebrating last night's national
championship win over Syracuse at Meadowlands.
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The Cats are also celebrating the fact that it looks like head coach Rick
Pitino will be staying in Lexington and not heading to Boston to take over the
Celtics next season.
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((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...SIGN A BIG MAN."
The Orioles home opener was rained out for the first time since 1972
yesterday, but it was a glorious day in Baltimore
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as the nation's number one sports fan came up from the District to throw out
the first pitch.
With secret service sharp shooters positioned on the roof, the southpaw from
Arkansas thew a changeup for a strike.
Then the most popular man in Camden Yards took over. Cal Ripken Jr. lines a
shot to center in front of the diving fielder. Robbie Alomar and Rafael
Palmiero both score and the O's beat the Royals 4-to-2.
The defending American League champion Cleveland Indians were snowed out of
their home opener yesterday, and today they were rocked at Jacob's field by the
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Joe Torre made his managerial debut for New York this afternoon and he would
get an awesome welcome from Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams.
Both hit homers and Jeter's shot of eventual loser Dennis Martinez turned out
to be the game winner.
David Cone got the win with a two hitter over seven innings. He never let a
runner reach third base.
Baseball stood still for a moment this afternoon in Cincinnati as players,
coaches and fans
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honored umpire John McSherry with a prayer and moment of silence before
today's game. McSherry collapsed and died of heart disease on the field
Once the game began the Reds got a big lift from a new old player.
Chris Sabo, a former Red who is back with the Cincinnati after stints
elsewhere looped this broken bat single to left field and plated Barry Larkin
as the Reds beat the Expos 4-to-1.
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The College of William & Mary named Terry Driscoll its new athletic
director this afternoon.
A sports marketing and event-management executive, Driscoll replaces John
Randolph who died of cancer last August.
The 48-year old was an All-American at Boston College and played 11 seasons
in the NBA. But this will be his first experience in college athletics.
((TERRY DRISCOLL: ))
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