Coming up on NEWS at SIX--
Roanoke City is looking for some public input, on overseeing rental property
Exploring Explore Park-- the third season kicks off.
Plus-- preventing carpal tunnel syndrome-- and keeping your body in top
shape on the job.
In sports, VMI's football alumni come back to test the new talent, the
Indians finally win and reports say Allen Iverson is headed for the draft.
The calendar says Easter-- but the temperatures seem more like January.
Today's highs didn't make it beyond the 40s.
And the forecast promises more cool weather through the holiday weekend.
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This is News 7 at Six.
I'm Connie Stevens, sitting in for Ron Jones.
When a Roanoke house fire claimed five lives in January, public attention
turned to the condition of low-income rental properties.
Now, four months later, the city's Rental Inspection Program is almost
Denise Allen has the details.
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SUPER=01-Richard Winstead/Landlord; :
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke City Spokesperson; :
OUT Q=News 7
((The fire that killed four children and their grandmother put the heat on
A Rental Inspection Program was already in the works, but after the tragedy
residents wanted the plan enacted soon.
Tenants and landlords joined city officials at a public workshop in March,
to help fine tune the first draft of the proposal.
((RICHARD WINSTEAD/LANDLORD: THE CITY NEEDS TO PUT THEMSELVES IN THE PROPERTY
OWNER'S SHOES AND THE PROPERTY OWNERS NEED TO PUT THEMSELVES IN THE TENANT'S
SHOES AND AS LONG AS WE'RE ALL THINKING IN TERMS OF THE OTHER'S INTEREST WE CAN
COME UP WITH A GOOD WORKING.))
((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE CITY SPOKESPERSON: WHAT THIS COMMITTEE MAKE IT
City officials released the outcome of that workshop late yesterday
Some notable changes include inspections every two years which shifts the
focus away from inspecting a unit every time its vacated.
Landlords will be eligible for three free inspections if the unit passes.
And the city will make the inspection guidelines available to landlords and
They hope this will open the lines of communication for all involved.
((AND IF IT GETS TO THE POINT WHERE IT'S NOT PROFITABLE OR FINANCIALLY
REWARDING THEN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE GETTING OUT OF IT.))
Some low income housing may be lost as a result of the inspection program,
but Michele Bono says there are other options available.
((WE DO HAVE FIND ANOTHER PLACE.))
The Rental Inspection Program will impact target areas like southeast
You can pick up a copy of the proposal at the city muncipal building.
Another public workshop is scheduled for Monday at the Roanoke Civic Center.
There tenants and landlords can continue to shape the plan which will affect
their homes and businesses.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Visitors may once again explore the state's history.
Virginia's Explore Park opened for it's third season today.
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The chilly weather may have stopped many people from coming out but
employees say that just gives them extra time to smooth out some of the rough
Several new attractions have been under construction during the off season.
Soon visitors will be able to stop by the Mountain Union Church and the
Brugh Tavern will be complete sometime in '97.
Officials have also moved the park's souvenirs store from the blacksmith
shop to a larger space at the entrance of the trails.
The bigger store should help bring in revenue.
IN Q=It will go
((ANN MEYER/VIRGINIA'S EXPLORE PARK: IT WILL GO INTO THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS,
BUILDING. ANY SORT OF EXTRA MONIES WE MIGHT NEED TO IMPROVE OUR PROGRAMS DOWN
SUPER=01-Ann Meyer/Virginia's Explore Park;
OUT Q=down here.
A spur to join the Blue Ridge Parkway with the Explore Park is under
The target date for its opening is the summer of '97.
Officials say that should translate into even more visitors.
Richard Teaff (TAYFF) wants to make Dabney S. Lancaster Community College a
The New York transplant became president of the school last July.
And as Jay Moore reports, Teaff is also pushing to have the school work
closer with area businesses.
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SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; :03
SUPER=01-Richard Teaff/D.S.L.C.C. President; :10
OUT Q=News 7
(( He's bringing a whole new meaning to Community College.
For the last nine months, Richard Teaff has been busy trying to find out
what the community expects of Dabney.
IN Q=One of the
((ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING IS STARTING A LONG RANGE PLANNING
PROCESS. THAT INVOLVES OUR FACULTY, STAFF, AND REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE
COMMUNITY SO WE CAN SEND THE COLLEGE INTO THE NEXT CENTURY. ))
OUT Q=the next century.
Before coming to Dabney, Teaff served as vice president and dean of a
college in New York.
Teaff says he wants to make the two- year college a center of activity for
IN Q=We've been talking
((WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS ABOUT HAVING DINNER
THEATERS ON CAMPUS, HAVING PLAYS AND CONCERTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BRING THE
COMMUNITY TO THE COLLEGE. ))
OUT Q=to the college.
Working with local businesses is also important to Teaff.
He wants the college to continue to provide specialized training programs.
IN Q=We're bringing
((WE'RE BRINGING THEIR POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES INTO PROGRAMS AND PROVIDING THEM
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND TESTING AND HELPING THOSE INDIVIDUALS COMPANIES EMPLOY
THEIR NEW WORKFORCE.))
OUT Q=new workforce.
IN Q=While Teaff holds
((WHILE TEAFF HOLDS BIG PLANS FOR THE FUTURE, HE SAYS ONE THING WON'T CHANGE
AND THAT'S THE COLLEGE'S COMMITMENT TO BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIES IN THE
SURROUNDING AREA. IN CLIFTON FORGE, JAY MOORE, NEWS 7. ))
More than six-thousand Virginians have registered by mail since motor voter
registration began a month ago.
Officials with the State Board of Elections say a total of 31- thousand- 857
people registered last month.
That compares with 25 thousand- 686 in March two years ago when there were
also U-S Senate and city council elections.
Under the new law -- people can register at the Department of Motor Vehicles
-- welfare -- Game and Inland Fisheries or disabilities offices.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
A department store chain in Mecklenburg County is growing fast,
And the debate over carpal tunnel syndrome continues.
Should the injury that occurs slowly over time be covered under workers
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
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All right, Connie--
Kind of messy out there today-- with cloudy skies, chilly temperatures, and
a few sprinkles.
A low pressure system over the southeastern U-S is what we have to blame for
the gray weather.
Meanwhile, Easter looks a little brighter-- but still on the cool side.
We'll have the complete forecast for the holiday weekend-- stay tuned for
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A Mecklenburg County department store chain is growing.
Peebles Incorporated says it plans to merge with Carlisle Retailers, which
operates seven stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Peebles says the deal will cause few, if any changes affecting its
The South Hill company has most of its 65 locations in the southeast and
But it has recently been expanding into Pennsylvania and upstate New York.
Last weekend brought the Home Show to the Valley, and with it a number of
innovative ideas in home construction.
Many of the companies represented were regional, and offered new insights
into home building.
One concept featured-- of interest to many-- was "Universal Access", which
makes a home accessible to people of all ages and levels of ability.
Universal design provides construction techniques that can be utilized in
all homes to insure access.
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((JAN REAGAN/UNIVERSAL DESIGN CENTER: AND THIS IS BASICALLY DESIGN FOR
EVERYBODY, OLD PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES, PEOPLE WHO
DON'T, TALL PEOPLE, SHORT PEOPLE. BUT ALSO DESIGN SOLUTIONS, MORE ACCESSIBLE
SPACE THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE, ACCESSIBLE ROUTES SO YOU CAN MANEUVER A WHEELCHAIR
OR OTHER ASSISTED DEVICE, LOWERED COUNTERTOPS WHICH YOU WILL SEE HERE IN THIS
SUPER=01-Jan Reagan/Universal Design Center;
OUT Q=in this kitchen.
Patrick Evans takes a closer look at universal design this week On Record,
shot entirely at the Home Show.
Tune in tomorrow at 11 a-m, here on your hometown station.
Next year the Virginia General Assembly will resume study of carpal tunnel
syndrome and repetitive trauma injuries.
There had been an effort to make the conditions covered under workers
compensation law-- but it died in committee.
Here's more on the causes and treatments of these conditions.
IN Q=The whole issue
SUPER=01-Bill Mercer/Professional Therapies; :00
OUT Q=to that worker.
IN Q=The whole issue
((BILL MERCER/PROFESSIONAL THERAPIES: THE WHOLE ISSUE OF REPETITIVE MOTION
INJURIES I THINK IS A MULTI-FACETED PROBLEM THAT INCLUDES JOB DESIGN, THE TASK
THAT AN INDIVIDUAL DOES DURING THE DAY. THE POSTURE, WHETHER OR NOT THEY SMOKE.
A LOT OF LIFESTYLE CHOICES LIKE THAT SO YOU HAVE TO TAKE ALL THOSE THINGS INTO
OUT Q=into consideration.
Mercer says the debate over workers compensation coverage occurs because--
unlike some on-the-job accidents-- repetitive motion injuries occur over time.
IN Q=In our
((IN OUR AREA THE BIG PRESS ITEMS ARE REPETITIVE MOTION INJURIES YOU SEE AT A
KEYBOARD WHICH AGAIN I THINK THE BIG DETERMINING FACTOR THERE IS POSTURE AND
THE WAY THE INDIVIDUAL IS LINED UP IN FRONT OF IN FRONT OF THEY KEYBOARD. AND
ANYBODY WHO DOES A LOT OF WORK AT SHOULDER LEVEL AND ABOVE, WITHOUT AN
OPPORTUNITY TO REST IN THAT NEUTRAL POSTURE. SO THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY, SERVICE
OCCUPATIONS, LOADERS AND UNLOADERS. ANY OF THOSE ACTIVITIES. I THINK A LOT OF
BACK INJURIES ARE REPETITIVE MOTION INJURIES. ))
OUT Q=motion injuries.
In physical therapy, Mercer measures strength and flexibility.
After identifying the source of pain, exercises can help overcome it.
IN Q=A lot of NAT SOUND
((A LOT OF THE INJURIES THAT WE SEE INVOLVE THE LITTLE MUSCLES OF THE HANDS.
USE REALLY SIMPLE LITTLE THINGS THEY HAVE ACCESS TO AT HOME, LIKE RUBBER BANDS.
JUST PUSH YOUR FINGERS AND BACK TOGETHER ))
OUT Q=back together NAT SOUND
Mercer applauds advances in ergonomics-- or the study of work.
It's a way of tailoring work stations to the individual needs of employees.
IN Q=You as a worker
((YOU AS A WORKER WOULD HAVE YOUR OWN WORK STATION WHERE EVERYTHING WOULD BE
SET UP IN PROPORTION TO YOUR BODY BUILD. SOMEBODY ELSE COMES ALONG THAT'S A
HALF A FOOT SHORTER THAN YOU THEN THE IDEAL WORK STATION WOULD BE ONE WE COULD
ADAPT TO THAT WORKER ))
OUT Q=to that worker.
Mercer says many industries are now looking at job rotation and shortening
the lengths of shifts as the remedy to some repetitive motion injuries.
He says it's also important for workers to take stock of their posture-- and
make sure their extracurricular activities aren't compounding the problem.
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V-M-I football players, both past and present, tangled on the gridiron
We'll tell you all about it.
Some equestrians were riding high in the saddle at Hollins College this
Stay with us.
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Equestrians from all over the area gathered at Hollins College to strut
Today the school sponsored the 37th annual Spring Horse Show.
The school is a member of the Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association.
Winners in today's event earn points for awards given at the end of the
You're watching the Hunter Class perform-- and it's not as easy as it looks.
Riders say there's more to being a good equestrian than sitting in the
IN Q=You're dealing with an
((PARRIS COZART/COACH: YOU'RE DEALING WITH AN ANIMAL YOU HAVE TO GET INTO
THEIR MIND. ALSO UNLIKE TENNIS OR EVEN BASKETBALL WITH TEAM MEMBERS. BUT HERE
YOU'RE DEALING WITH AN ANIMAL AND THAT'S THE CHALLENGE.))
OUT Q=that's the challenge
In the Hunter Class the HORSE is judged on performance and manners.
Riders could also compete in the Equitation Classes.
There the EQUESTRIANS are judged on position, control and guidance.
Riders say this is one of the only sports in which men, women, and children
can compete at the same level.
VMI's spring football game took center stage up in Lexington as the alumni
suited up to test the new talent, did the Indians finally find their way into
the win column,
and is Georgetown point guard Allen Iverson entering the NBA draft.
All of those stories in a few.
The defending American league champion Cleveland Indians got their first win
of the season today after an OH and 3 start.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Blue Jays vs Indians; :00
The Tribe received a whole bunch of help from the Toronto Blue Jays. Erik
Hanson makes the throwing error that allows Albert bell and Tony Pena to score
and it's 2-nothing Cleveland in the second.
Toronto continued to gift wrap the game. Ed Sprague takes a turn at making
an error on Eddie Murray's grounder. Carlos Baerga scoots home.
The Indians Omar Visquel shows why SUPER=35-Cleveland/==5/Toronto/==3;
HE is one of the best infielders in the game...getting the force.
John Olerud with a little power, but it was too little to late, Indians
hand the Jays their first loss of the season 5-3.
To the national league where the Chicago Cubs hosted the Los Angeles
Dodgers at Wrigley today.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Dodgers vs. Cubs; :00
A scary moment for the Dodgers. Pitcher Ramon Martinez was forced to leave
the game after injuring his groin while batting in the second. He hit an
infield grounder...took a few steps.. and then fell to the ground. Right now,
L.A lead 3-1 in the ____.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Pirates vs. Mets;
A big day in the Big Apple for Pittsburgh's Jay Bell. Bell was a one man
wrecking crew. Bell Homered and tripled to lead the Pirates to a 5-nothing
spanking over the New York Mets. The Bucs have won 4 of 5.
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/Rockies vs. Expos;
In Montreal, Colorado held off the Expos 5-4. Most of the Rockies offense
came on one swing of the lumber. Vinny Castilla tags Kirk Rueter's pitch. The
grand slam put Colorado up 4-zip in the first.
Andres Galaraga tagged the eventual game winner. Rockies by one over the
The Avalanche plays game two of the 1996 season tonight. Salem will try
and rebound fro last night's opening season loss to Prince William on the road.
the Lynchburg Hillcats will also try and avenge their season opening loss
to Wilmington tonight. the game gets under way at 7pm. Now, today's numbers.
wipe to boards!!!!!!!
Chyron in motion
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In other college hoops news, one of Allen Iverson's former coaches says the
All-American will enter the NBA draft.
AAU coach Boo Williams told the Daily Press of Newport News that the
Georgetown guard will announce his decision sometime this weekend.
Iverson led the Hoyas to a 29 and 8 record and to the East regional Finals
in the NCAA tournament.
Two games faced off on the NHL freezer floor today. The new Jersey devils
topped the Hartford Whalers 6-3.
SUPER=03-Hartford, CT/Devils vs. Whalers; :00
The devils would score a franchise record 6 goals in the second period to
ice the win. The victory ties New Jersey with Tampa Bay for the eight and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The game was physical. Scott SUPER=31-New Jersey/==6/Hartford/==3;
Stevens with the love tap in the second period.
Bob Carpenter was part of the devils second period barrage as he notches
this tally. devils win 6-3.
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The VMI Spring football and Alumni scrimmage kicked off at VMI today.
Alumni, coaches and current players fought off the cold by making some warm
Festivities got under way at 2pm with the Alumni scrimmage. The Alums
suited up in the traditional VMI red and were fired up to butt heads again on
their old stomping grounds.
Coach Bill Stewart wasn't taking this scrimmage lightly.
It wouldn't be long, though, before Thomas Haskins eased his mind by
sailing around the end. The All american would break several tackles on his way
to a 63 yard gallop down the left sideline for the touchdown.
The Alumni made an impressive showing with Kelly Raber. The 1984 Keydet
quarterback scambles and then connects with receiver Marlon Anderson for the
On to second half action. VMI would put more points on the board. sophomore
quarterback Al Lester makes the pass to Greg Harris in the flat for the
Lester concludes the day with this one yard touchdown, but who's keepimng
score...no one in Lexington as fun was had by all.
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SUPER=01-Kelly Raber/1984 Keydets Quarterback; :00
One other VMI note. Head basketball coach Bart bellairs has been named the
state's coach of the year.
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Bellairs will have to share the award though. The state's sports
information directors selected Bellairs and VCU's Sonny Smith as co coaches of
VMI freshman Brent Conley was named to the second team to join his coach in
receiing an award.
In playing Bart ball, the Keydets finished 18 and 10 on the season.
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((BART BELLAIRS/VMI BASKETBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=..."a whole lot
Thanks for watching and have a good evening.
That's it for News 7 at 6.