Coming up on News 7 at SIX, Mother Nature continues to defy the calendar.
The threat of WINTER weather is once again in the forecast.
And a Virginia militia group evokes Governor Allen's name.
Tonight in sports, the Avalanche hopes not to live up to him name tonight
during its home opener.
Roanoke Valley Christian wins a big award from the Civitan Club.
an a member of the United State women's olympic volleyball team was in town
today at Raleigh Court Elementary.
Snow Advisories are up for tonight, as the temperature falls and some snow
is likely. I'll tell you how much to expect, and how long it will linger
coming up from the News 7 Weather Center.
Well, Easter is over, but Winter apparently isn't--
We've had below normal temperatures for the last few days-- NOW there's a
threat of snow for much of our area.
Patrick Evans joins us now with an update on the spring storm.
Jean/Patrick Two Shot on Set
Because of this latest threat of snow- V-DOT is getting ready.
Crews are already loading trucks with chemicals just in case they're
IN Q=we're preparing as
((ALLEN WILLIAMS/VDOT: WE'RE PREPARING AS USUAL FOR A WINTER STORM EVEN THOUGH
IT IS SPRING AND WE'VE BEGUN HOPING FOR SPRING WEATHER TO COME IN AND US BE
ABLE TO ENJOY PUTTING AWAY OUR SNOW PLOWS AND NOW BLOWERS BUT WE'LL BE READY
TONIGHT WHEN THE SNOW STARTS FALLING.))
OUT Q=snow starts falling
VDOT has spent more than twice the allotted budget already.
Four teenagers accused of beating up another student at Patrick Henry High
School in Roanoke will face malicious wounding charges.
The students were originally charged with assault and battery following the
incident Friday morning.
The victim, a Patrick Henry senior was beaten, kicked and apparently bitten.
Today in juvenile court, the charges were upgraded to malicious wounding.
IN Q=Usually if someone has a minor injury
OUT Q=matches the elements better.
One of the defendants said he did not hit the victim, but was trying to
break up the fight.
And parents of the defendants said the young men have not been in trouble
before. They say there is more to the story than initial police reports
Three of the teenagers will remain in custody until bond hearings can be
scheduled. A fourth student has been charged, but he was not arraigned today.
The militia movement in Virginia thinks the federal government has gone too
So does Republican Governor George Allen.
Now the Virginia Citizen's Militia is handing out a new pamphlet that quotes
Allen and uses his name.
Ellen Qualls asked the Governor if he minds.
SUPER=01-Douglas Jeffreys/Va. Citizen's Militia; :23
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( SOT 02:50:47
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WONDERFUL. CITIZEN'S MILITIA. IT LOOKS LIKE RECYCLED
PAPER THOUGH. It looks nice. DOESN'T IT?))
Since the Oklahoma bombing almost a year ago, Virginia's militia movement
has worked hard for positive p-r.
Part of the effort is new leaflets -- quoting the founding fathers...
And then, George Allen.
((DOUGLAS JEFFREYS: AND WE FELT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO SORT OF UPDATE THAT AND
HAVE SOMEONE FROM A SORT OF MORE CURRENT POLITICAL STANDING TO INCLUDE A
STATEMENT FROM THEM ALSO.))
Allen's quote blasts our own federal government as "a government that has
defied, and that now ignores, virtually every constitutional limit fashioned by
Does Allen mind the militia borrowing it?
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WELL I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW. TWO CENTURIES AGO, THE
CHALLENGES, YA, YA, YA. WHAT IS THIS FROM? I don't know. Might be from your
inauguration. MIGHT BE. I DON'T KNOW. IT'S TRUE. IT'S A TRUE STATEMENT.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'M GONNA READ THROUGH THIS. AND I DON'T THINK THAT
PEOPLE SHOULD BE INSINUATING THAT EVERYBODY MUST HAVE A RIFLE AND A HUNDRED
ROUNDS. I THINK THAT'S UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL. BUT AS YOU WELL KNOW I DON'T
WANT TO DIMINISH ANYBODY'S RIGHTS.))
The militia says it's passed out over five thousand of the George Allen
leaflets so far.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
For the second straight year, Lynchburg bus riders may feel the bite of the
Steve Smallshaw reports fewer federal dollars could mean higher fares and a
reduction in bus services.
IN Q=For the Greater
SUPER=10-Scott Lansing/Former GLTC Director/April 26, 1995; :05
SUPER=01-Michael Carroll/GLTC Director; :27
SUPER=01-Mike Rosser/Bus Rider; :54
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( For the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, it is deja vu all over again.
SOT Edit #196 00:53:52
IN Q=Because I think
((SCOTT LANSING/FORMER GLTC DIRECTOR: BECAUSE I THINK THAT THIS TREND IS GOING
TO CONTINUE WITH FEDERAL MONEY AND WE'RE GOING TO BE FACED WITH A SIMILAR
SITUATION NEXT YEAR.))
OUT Q=next year.
That was 1995 when the GLTC was staring at a 200- thousand dollar reduction
in its federal funding.
Twelve months later Scott Lansing's prediction has come true, and new
director Mike Carroll has to make up for a 170- thousand dollar cut.
IN Q=There seems to
((MICHAEL CARROLL/GLTC DIRECTOR: THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF CONCERN ON CAPITOL
HILL THAT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION REALLY ISN'T DESERVING OF FEDERAL SUPPORT. NOW
OF COURSE WE DISAGREE WITH THAT, BUT THAT SEEMS TO BE THE TENOR RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=tenor right now.
With a 12 percent hole in its budget, the GLTC has come up with some ideas
to balance its books.
Among them would be to eliminate all together service on Sundays and
holidays and to the Sandusky area of the city... and of course, to raise fares
IN Q=I really think
((MIKE ROSSER/BUS RIDER: I REALLY THINK THEY OUGHT NOT GO UP ON THE FARES. I
THINK THEY OUGHT TO KEEP IT THE SAME, THE WAY IT IS NOW, BECAUSE A LOT OF
PEOPLE MIGHT CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY MORE ON THE BUS FARE.))
OUT Q=the bus fare.
IN Q=Mike Carroll says
((Mike Carroll says he understands paying more for less services won't sit well
with many riders, but he adds those proposals are not set in stone. Residents
will get a chance to air their views during two public meetings, the first of
which gets underway Tuesday night. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, Pulaski County residents will have to pay to get to
and we'll meet three former Liberty Students who are proving they can talk
the talk as they walk their Walk. We'll meet D-C Talk in just a moment.
Pulaski County residents will soon have to pay for ambulance rides, unless
they chose to participate in a unique ambulance membership program.
Tracy Altizer reports on the first- of- its- kind program in Southwest
IN Q=Next month, when
SUPER=01-David Smith/REMSI Exec. Director;
OUT Q=News 7, PUlaski co.
(( Next month, when the Pulaski County Lifesaving Crew or the New River
Valley Emergency Squad responds to a call, Regional Emergency Medical Services,
Incorporated, set up to oversee the two, will bill the patient about 300
For most, health insurance will pick up a large percentage. Officials say
it's an untapped resource, since most policies cover ambulance rides, but few
localities charge for the service.
((DAVID SMITH/REMSI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: AMBULANCE BILLING, IF IT'S DONE
CORRECTLY, WHAT YOU'RE AFTER IS THE RESOURCES THE CITIZENS ARE ENTITLED TO BY
VIRTUE OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. ))
Meanwhile REMSI is selling ambulance memberships for 39 dollars a year per
Members won't even have to pay what insurance won't. But Smith stresses non-
members will still receive the same care and service.
((ALL AMBULANCE MEMBERSHIP DOES IS OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR ANYTHING THAT YOUR INSURANCE DOESN'T PAY. ))
Smith says the program will free up local government money.
And he says it should improve emergency response by allowing REMSI to hire
full- time rescue personnel, recruit and train additional volunteers, and
suREMSI will begin billing patients May first, and will offer memberships
throughout May and June. It plans to have 10 to 12 paid personnel on staff and
answering calls by October. Tracy Altizer, News 7.
Better test scores and more parent involvement.
The two are probably at the top of any teacher's wish list.
Teresa Hamilton introduces us to a Danville teacher who's enjoying both.
SUPER=01-Pat Bolt/Teacher; :11 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Mattie Travis/Parent Volunteer; 1:13 QUICK!
OUT Q=News 7
(( Neat little rows of desks are absent in this Glenwood Elementary
Pat Bolt has broken from the traditional way of teaching and has no plans to
((PAT BOLT/TEACHER:I'M ABLE TO PROVIDE A NURTURING, LOVING, SAFE ENVIRONMENT
THEY'RE COMFORTABLE WITH. ))
OUT Q=comfortable with.
Bolt attributes her success to the use of a multi-age classroom.
The teaching method combines two grade levels into one. In this case, first
and second grade.
Bolt says it works to the students' advantage because the older children
help the younger ones.
Glenwood Elementary is considered an "at risk" school.
But over the years, test scores and parent involvement have improved.
((nat sound of student reading))
Bolt can't help but bond with students, like Amanda.
Each child who enters her classroom is there for two years.
Individuals desks are tossed aside in favor of a group like atmosphere where
the children work on an array of projects.
She says this prompts their imaginations-- there's also more time for
Mattie Travis is a volunteer with twin daughters.
IN Q=When they
((MATTIE TRAVIS/PARENT VOLUNTEER: WHEN THEY ENJOY SCHOOL MOMMY ENJOYS IT, IT'S
REALLY WONDERFUL BECAUSE THEY'RE GRADES ARE EXCELLENT AND I FEEL LIKE IT'S THE
ENVIRONMENT THEY'RE IN.))
OUT Q=they're in.
OUT Q=they're in.
Apparently someone else agrees. Last year, the school was recognized by
Redbook magazine as one of the best in the nation.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
On Wall Street today the stock market continued Friday's sell-off as blue
chip stocks lost over a percent and a half.
The DOW dropped nearly 89 points.
NADSAQ lost almost 13.
GRAPHIC= DC Talk #4345;
One of the hottest groups in contemporary Christian music has its roots
right here in Central Virginia.
The three members of D-C Talk met while attending Liberty University nearly
a decade ago.
Melanie Moon caught up with the trio when the group made a return trip to
Lynchburg this weekend.
SUPER=04-"Jesus Freak"-DC Talk; :00
SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :24 Quick
SUPER=01-Toby McKeehan/DC Talk; 1:18
SUPER=07-Michael Tate; :56 Quick
SUPER=07-Kevin Smith; 1:46
SUPER=20-Melanie Moon; 1:58
OUT Q=News 7, Lynchburg;
DC TALK took the Christian music industry by storm when it arrived on the
scene in the late 80's.
Since then the group has garnered a platinum album, a grammy, two gold
records, a gold video and is now on a 60 city tour promoting its 4th release
And it all started here, at Liberty University.
WELCOME TO THE FREAK SHOW AND IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK AT A PLACE WE ALL KNOW
TOO WELL, SPEAKING FOR TOBY, KEVIN AND MYSELF.
(wide shot from bleachers)
This weekend the former L-U students returned to campus, performing at a
sold out Vines Center.
(NATS UP 5 seconds)(Help)
TOBY MCKEEHAN:I THINK LIBERTY HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR ALL OF US BECAUSE THIS
IS WHERE WE MET.
MICHAEL TATE:IT'S WEIRD, WHEN YOU DRIVE ON CAMPUS I SAW LIBERTY WELCOMES DC
TALK, (BUTT BITE COVER WITH SIGN)
ANYWHERE ELSE IT WOULD BE CORNY, BUT HERE'S IT WE ARE ITS OUR HOME, WE STARTED
D-C Talk's sound can best be described as eclectic, a blend of hip hop rap,
rock, and soul.
It's contemporary christian music that easily transcends into the
mainstream,-- the difference the band says lies in the Lyrics.
TOBY MCKEEHAN: WE FEEL RESPONSIBLE WHEN WE WRITE OUR LYRICS, THERE'S A
RESPONSIBILITY IN OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES AND IN OUR SOCIAL STANCE.
(NATS OF COLORED PEOPLE 12:35-41 or 12:39-52)
With songs like "Colored people" D-C Talk is also using the stage to spread a
message of racial unity, an idea the band has been committed to since its
KEVIN SMITH: YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING OR
A MALCOLM X, IT'S BEEN ONE BLACK MAN SPEAKING ABOUT INTERRACIAL HARMONY, YOU'VE
NEVER SEEN A WHITE MAN AND A BLACK MAN SPEAK TOGETHER ON THAT PLATFORM.
(more nats 5 seconds ) (SONG DC TALK-11;57:33)
And while D-C Talk's sound continues to evolve to different levels, band
members say their existence remains the same: to be musical missionaries.
Melanie Moon, News 7, Lynchburg.))
ANCHOR=SS=DC TALK #4345
"Jesus Freak" debuted late last year with the biggest first-week sales ever
for a Christian album, 85-thousand.
Coming up tonight in sports, an Olympic Volleyball star in in town, an area
private school wins the Civitan Sportsmanship award and Steve Mason is
chilling in Salem at the Avalanche opener.
steve adlibs to break
The Salem Avalanche opens it season tonight, not with a bang but with the
threat of snow!
Toss to Steve DOUBLE BOX
Steve Mason has the current conditions and some pregame notes from Salem
Steve Full w/ adlib
...who's professional career has had some rough spots.
SUPER=01-Al Shirley/Wilmington Outfielder; :00
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :12
SUPER=04-This Afternoon; :29
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Salem Manager; :45
OUT Q=...triple a ball park."
Steve out on two shot for one question interview!!
SUPER=01-Brian Culp/Salem Outfielder;
Steve wraps up and tosses back to Mike
The Civitan Club of Roanoke, which for many years has rewarded an area high
school football for its outstanding sportsmanship, is now giving equal time to
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00
The club has only about 10 percent female membership and ironically it was
one of the male members who said it was time to honor girls' sportsmanship.
IN Q="In this day...
((BETTY JO ANTHONY/CIVITAN SPORTSMANSHIP CHAIRPERSON:))
SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Civitan Sportsmanship Chairperson; :00
OUT Q=...for the idea."
Last year Carroll County won the award, this year Roanoke Valley Christian
takes the honor.
Bobby Dixon's team won 20 games, the Blue Rodge Conference championship and a
lot of respect this season.
IN Q="IT MAKES YOU...
((BOBBY DIXON/R.V.C. HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Dixon/R.V.C. Head Coach;
OUT Q=...KIND OF EXAMPLE."
The Club also gave a $500 scholarship to Gina Guthrie, the team's freshman
point guard, who averaged 15 points a game this past season.
The United States women's volleyball team will at the Roanoke Civic Center
next Friday night, April 19th, battling the Russian National team as their
preparations for Summer Olympic games continue.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
This morning, the United States' most valuable player, middle blocker, Paula
Weishoff, literally put on clinic at Raleigh Court Elementary school.
Children in the YMCA's Magic Place program learned the basics today, but next
Friday area fans can learn more than that at USA-Russia match.
IN Q="It's very...
((PAULA WEISHOFF/USA MIDDLE BLOCKER:))
SUPER=01-Paula Weishoff/USA Middle Blocker; :00
OUT Q=...GREAT DEFENSE."
Tickets are available at the Roanoke Civic center box office.