Coming up on News 7 at SIX,
authorities believe alcohol may have played a role in a head-on fatal crash in
and young pilots and their instructors here in Roanoke react to today's
fatal crash in Wyoming. 7 year old Jessica Dubroff died when the small plane
she was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff.
Tonight in sports, Frank Reich leaves Carolina for New York, Roy Stanley
profiles the Ferrum College baseball team, that is on a tear.
And the 60th Masters championship is underway in Augusta, as Hot Springs Sam
Snead gets things started with the ceremonial tee shot.
Folks spending time outside tomorrow will be treated with lots of sun and
temperatures near 80. The fine details coming up.
State police say alcohol may have played a role in last night's fatal wreck
in Botetourt County.
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Authorities believe 38- year- old Kenneth Wayne (VAY-den) Vaden was speeding
down Carvins Cove Road, when he slammed head on into another vehicle.
The Boones Mill man died this morning at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Emergency crews had trouble getting five other victims to the hospital
because of the narrow road.
Police would not comment on THEIR injuries.
Virginia has become the only state in the nation limiting its own power to
sue tobacco companies.
Governor Allen signed a bill that protects the corporate world-- including
tobacco companies-- from lawsuits over Medicaid costs of product-related
IN Q=This bill would
((THIS BILL WOULD KEEP THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA -- THE CURRENT ONE AND
ANY FUTURE ONES -- FROM BEING ABLE TO DO WHAT ATTORNEY GENERALS ARE DOING RIGHT
NOW IN SEVEN OTHER STATES. AND THAT IS TO GO AND SAY TO THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY
YOU SHOULD BE PAYING THE BILL ON THIS. NOT THE TAXPAYERS.))
((ANTHONY TROY: CERTAIN SMOKERS DO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GETTING INTO. THERE IS
A WARNING LABEL ON THE PACKAGE. INDIVIDUALS DO SMOKE. INDIVIDUALS DO EAT
EXCESSIVE RED MEAT.))
SUPER=01-Anne Donley/Va. GASP; :00
SUPER=01-Anthony Troy/Tobacco Institute Attorney; :17
OUT Q=red meat.
The Tobacco Institute says the bill merely upholds traditional law-- and
sends a positive message to the business community.
Republican Governor George Allen and the Democratic-controlled General
Assembly are headed for another standoff over the budget.
A spokesman for the Governor says lawmakers should have given Allen a full copy
of the budget that runs through June 30th, instead of just the amendments.
IN Q=What they
((KEN STROUPE/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESMAN: WHAT THEY IN EFFECT HAVE DONE IS TO
CURTAIL AND THWART THE GOVERNOR'S LINE ITEM VETO AUTHORITY.))
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Governor's Spokesman;
OUT Q=veto authority.
Stroupe (STROOP) says Allen will take the legislature to court if he has to.
Democrats say the Assembly has only done it Allen's way in recent years and
changing back to the old system won't hurt anything.
Radford University president Douglas Covington says more than Radford's
nursing school would have been hurt if funding were cut for its new building.
The university will hire an architect this summer to design a seven million
Governor Allen nearly scrapped the plan though.
But lobbying from area legislators and health officials, and a talk last
night with Covington changed his mind.
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THIS WILL ENHANCE THAT QUALITY PROGRAM. IT WAS
NEEDED AND PRESIDENT COVINGTON, I JUST WANTED TO TALK TO HIM TO MAKE SURE HE
THOUGHT IT WAS NEEDED, HEAR HIS VIEWS. I WAS VERY HAPPY THEREFORE TO APPROVE
OUT Q=to approve it.
After the bitter loss of Radford's Global College last year, Covington says
losing the nursing facility would have been devastating.
((DOUGLAS COVINGTON/RADFORD UNIV. PRESIDENT: IF YOU LEAD THE PUBLIC AND THE
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY TO EXPECT A PROGRAM AND THEN IT SUDDENLY FALLS THROUGH,
THIS DOES AFFECT MORALE AND IT DOES AFFECT CREDIBILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Douglas Covington/Radford Univ. President;
OUT Q=does affect credibility.
Radford hopes to open the new facility in three years.
She was trying to become the youngest person to fly across the country.
But Jessica Dubroff's flight ended in a deadly crash.
Here in our area there are some TEENAGE pilots who say they're ready to take
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=Seven year old
SUPER=03-Cheyenne, WY; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Pearman/Fleming Ruffner Magnet Center; :43
SUPER=01-David Hunter/Student and Pilot; 1:03
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Seven- year- old Jessica Dubroff was at the controls when this four- seat
Cessna went down in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The crash killed the young girl, her father, and her flight instructor.
It also has many people wondering about the safety of having someone so
young inside the cockpit.
Getting a pilot's license is similar to getting a driver's license-- the
legal age is sixteen.
But according to the Federal government, there is nothing to stop anyone
from taking flight lessons-- no matter what their age.
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The Roanoke City Schools System is active in getting TEENAGERS involved in
Each year, the Fleming Ruffner Magnet Center trains more than a dozen
students to take to the skies.
The program started in 1988, and officials say there has never been a single
incident where a student's life was at risk.
IN Q=We've never
((TOM PEARMAN/FLEMING RUFFNER MAGNET CENTER: WE'VE NEVER HAD ANY INSTANCES OF
POOR JUDGEMENT ON A STUDENT'S PART WHILE THEY WERE IN THE AIR. EVERYTHING,
THANK THE GOOD LORD, HAS RUN SMOOTHLY. ))
OUT Q=run smoothly
Some students say the program has made a significant impact on their lives.
David Hunter is a senior at William Fleming High School.
He's already earned his wings, and plans to earn a living as a pilot.
IN Q=They're very
((DAVID HUNTER/STUDENT AND PILOT: THEY'RE VERY TOP NOTCH PEOPLE. THEY
DEFINITELY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING AT ALL TIMES AND I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF
CONFIDENCE IN THEM. ))
OUT Q=in them
Those involved in the program view today's crash as a tragedy.
They hope other young people like Jessica Dubroff will stay grounded for a
few more years.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
An adult daycare center in Bedford, once close to shutting down, makes a
And a little later--meet some Pittsylvania County high school musicians who
are about to do their home state proud--
They're headed to Atlanta and the Olympics.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Governor Allen says the state needs to protect the environment.
His administration has come under fire for its environmental policies. But
at Virginia Military Institute today Allen says the quality of Virginia's air,
water and land is improving.
IN Q=our environmental
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: OUR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY I'M PLEASED TO REPORT IN
VIRGINIA IS GOOD AND IT'S GETTING BETTER. INDEED VIRGINIANS SHOULD BE PROUD TO
KNOW THAT MUCH OF THE ENVIRONMENT PROGRESS IS TAKING PLACE NOT JUST IN A FEW
ISOLATED PLACES BUT ALL ACROSS OUR COMMONWEALTH.))
OUT Q=across our commonwealth
Allen announced today plans to form an environmental commission. It will be
headed up by Attorney General Jim Gilmore, to examine Virginia's environmental
Democrat Mark Warner says he's NOT claiming victory.
He's claiming only that he's going to keep working hard for the Democratic
nomination for the U-S Senate.
But mathematically speaking, Warner now has a three-to-one advantage over
Leslie Byrne in the number of committed delegates.
Local caucuses this weekend will decide which delegates go to the June
IN Q=If you want
((MARK WARNER/(D) U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: IF YOU WANT TO GET INTO THE
ARCANENESS OF SOME OF THIS PROCESS, THEN SOME OF HER DELEGATES MIGHT BE -- ON
THE TOP LINE THEY FILED UNCOMMITTED FOR PRESIDENT. SO THEY COULD FORM THEIR
OWN CAUCUS AND HYPOTHETICALLY IF THEY HAD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SHOW UP -- NEVER
IN POLITICAL HISTORY HAS ANYTHING LIKE THAT EVER HAPPENED, BUT I MEAN, UH.))
OUT Q=but I mean, uh.
Byrne says she playing travel agent now to get all of her delegates to the
Four Lynchburg city council candidates have picked up the support of central
Virginia law enforcement officers.
The John Lynch lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police heard from seven of
the nine council candidates last night.
They voted to endorse Republicans Jim Whitaker, Robert Garber and Robert
Vogel, along with independent candidate Carl Hutcherson.
IN Q=It's very important
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE LAW
ENFORCEMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY AND THAT'S THE
NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF GOVERNMENT: TO TAKE CAR OF ITS CITIZENS AND TO PROTECT
((DR. ROBERT VOGEL/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: THESE ARE GUYS WHO ARE GOING
OUT AND RISKING THEIR LIVES FOR US EVERY DAY AND TO GAIN THE RESPECT OF THESE
GUYS BY GETTING THEIR ENDORSEMENT IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT I HOLD VERY
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Vogel/Lynchburg Council Candidate; :12
OUT Q=hold very special.
The F-O-P is made up of officers from Amherst, Bedford and Campbell Counties
and the city of Lynchburg.
From near shutdown to a brand new facility, Bedford's adult daycare center
has come full circle in the past eighteen months.
Steve Smallshaw has our story.
IN Q=When last we
SUPER=01-Linda Lee/Home Healthcare Director; :23
SUPER=01-Howard Ainsley/Hospital Director; :56
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( When last we saw the Bedford Adult Daycare Center, it was teetering on the
brink of collapse.
A shortage of money and clients was about to force the center to close its
SU 2:43:43 (2)
IN Q=Oddly enough
((Oddly enough, daycare officials say almost being shut down is probably the
best thing that ever happened to the center. That's when the community first
started to realize that adult daycare was available in Bedford County, and the
support began rolling in.))
OUT Q=rolling in.
SOT 1:25:03 (1)
IN Q=Interest in the
((LINDA LEE/HOME HEALTH CARE DIRECTOR: INTEREST IN THE CENTER HAS ESCALATED
SINCE THE COMMUNITY BECAME INVOLVED IN IT AND WE'RE JUST REALLY PROUD OF THE
THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON AT THE DAYCARE.))
OUT Q=at the daycare.
natsot 2:15:29 (2)
((WADE IN THE WATER CHILDREN, WADE IN THE WATER...GOD'S GOING TO TROUBLE THE
They're still short a few volunteers here, but an increase in clients and
donations has kept the center afloat the past year.
Now, a large grant from the Maupin- Sizemore foundation will put everyone in
a brand new building on the grounds of Bedford Memorial Hospital.
SOT 1:21:30 (1)
IN Q=The new facility
((HOWARD AINSLEY/HOSPITAL DIRECTOR: THE NEW FACILITY WILL BE FOR 25 PATIENTS
AND WE EXPECT IN TIME WE'LL BE ABLE TO FILL THOSE NUMBERS.))
OUT Q=fill those numbers.
That's because the country's elderly population is booming, making daycare
centers like this a valuable alternative to nursing homes.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
On Wall Street, after being down by as much as 70 points during the session
the Dow finished up a point.
NASDAQ dropped eight points.
A group of Pittsylvania County students are among those practicing for the
upcoming Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
However, the students we're about to introduce you to aren't athletes--
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Tabitha Jamison/Junior; :39
SUPER=01-Brad Worley/Eighth Grade; :47
SUPER=01-Debra Bray/Band Director; 1:00
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Countless hours of hard work and dedication have paid off for the Tunstall
High School Percussion Ensemble.
The 29- students performed Wednesday night for family and friends, before
heading home to pack for Dayton, Ohio.
They're about to compete in the Winter Guard International World Finals.
The Tunstall High School Percussion Ensemble was formed in 1991-- since then
the group has won numerous competitions.
In fact, it was the group's award winning history, coupled with a color
photo and videotape that helped the students land their biggest invitation.
tape one: 1:01:03
IN Q=It was like
((TABITHA JAMISON/JUNIOR:IT WAS LIKE OH MY GOD, I'M GOING TO THE OLYMPICS AND
YOU NEVER WOULD THINK YOU WOULD MAKE IT TO THAT HIGH LEVEL, IT WAS JUST
OUT Q=just shocking
tape one: 1:04:05
IN Q=The olympics
((BRAD WORLEY/EIGHTH GRADE: THE OLYMPICS, WHAT AN HONOR, NOT MANY PEOPLE GET TO
GO TO THE OLYMPICS OR ANYTHING.))
OUT Q=or anything.
The students will perform for three days in Atlanta's parks and public
tape two: 1:12:54
((DEBRA BRAY/BAND DIRECTOR:GEORGIA ISN'T BUT SIX HOURS AWAY BUT IT'S AN
INTERNATIONAL EVENT, THERE WILL BE PEOPLE THERE FROM ALL OVER THE U-S, ALL OVER
THE WORLD AND WE'LL BE PART OF IT.))
OUT Q=part of it.
The trip to Atlanta will cost thousands of dollars. The Tunstall High School
Music Boosters is hoping the community will pitch in with donations. Teresa
Hamilton, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Masters opens in Augusta with a left hander
leading the way.
More fines for fighting in the NBA.
and Roy Stanley checks in with the Ferrum College baseball team that is
ranked tenth in the nation this week.
The greatest tournament in golf began this morning amongst the azaleas and
many years of tradition at Augusta National.
The 60th Masters golf championship, golf's first major
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/This Morning; :00
could also turn out to be this man's first major championship.
Phil Mickelson, the southpaw who already has two victories on the tour in his
career shot an amazing 6 under 30 on the backside and finished the first round
with a 7 under par 65 to hold down the clubhouse lead.
IN Q="I look back...
((PHIL MICKELSON/EARLY FIRST ROUND LEADER:))
SUPER=01-Phil Mickelson/Early First Round Leader; :00
OUT Q=...right spots."
Six-time Masters champ Jack Nicklaus opened today with a two under par round
Defending champ Ben Crenshaw had a nightmare of an opening round with a five
over round of 77. That means he's now 12 shots back.
A number of golfers are still on the course, we'll take a complete look at
the leader board tonight at 11.
The Highlight of the opening round each year is the ceremonial tee-off by
three former Masters champs.
First to tee off was 94 year old Gene Sarazen, who won the Masters in its
second year in 1935.
Two time champ Byron Nelson, who is now 84 was the second off the tee.
And three time champions Sam Snead, the youngster in the bunch at 83 hit the
final tee shot to officially open the 60th Masters championship.
The Carolina Panthers first starting quarterback in the team's inaugural
season last year is now a member of the Jets.
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The 34-year-old unrestricted free agent started the first three
games for the Panthers,but spent the
final 13 contests watching rookie Kerry Collins take his job.
Reich had wanted to resign with the Panthers, but when Carolina signed
Steve Buerlein he had to look for work elsewhere.
In New York he will backup
More bad behavior on the basketball court has resulted in some time in the
NBA's Time Out chair, and a fine.
This time the culprit is the Orlando Magic's Horace Grant, who hit danny
Ferry last night in the Magic's win over Cleveland.
Grant is suspended for one game and fined five thousand bucks.
The Ferrum Panthers have two more regular season games before the Dixie
conference baseball tournament.
Ferrum is 22-4-and 1 and primed for a showdown this weekend for the
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="Ferrum College...
SUPER=01-Abe Naff/Panther Head Coach; :16
SUPER=01-Shannon Gray/Panther Outfielder; :44
OUT Q=.......News 7 sports."
Tomorrow night, a Roanoke gallery will unveil the latest paintings of
(cor-NELL-yoo Bru-DOSH-koo) Corneliu Brudascu.
He's a Romanian artist making his second visit to western Virginia... and
tonight Joe Dashiell reports his work is finding a new audience.
IN Q=In the skilled hands
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=02-Vasile Gocan/Brudascu's Manager; :16
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((In the skilled hands of Corneliu Brudascu, the brush brings a bouquet of
color to the canvas.
For several weeks, the Romanian artist has been at his easel here, preparing
for a show that begins Friday night at Roanoke's Gallery Three.
IN Q=He always stops
((VOICE OF VASILE GOCAN/BRUDASCU'S MANAGER: HE ALWAYS STOPS AND LOOKS AT
FLOWERS IN SHOPS, IN GARDENS. IF HE SEES, HE MEMORIZES. HE JUST PICTURES THEM
AND THEY GO IN THERE FOR A WHILE UNTIL THEY COME OUT NOW ON CANVAS.))
OUT Q=now on campus.
A painter for more than 40 years, Brudascu is well-known in his own country.
He reached a wide audience only after the fall of the communist regime there
and he says it was a liberating experience.
IN Q=He feels the freedom behind him
((VOICE OF VASILE GOCAN: HE FEELS THE FREEDOM BEHIND HIM. HE DOESN'T FEEL THAT
SOMEONE IS LOOKING OVER HIS SHOULDER MAKING SURE THAT HIS PAINTING DOESN'T HAVE
A POLITICAL MESSAGE. HE FEELS THAT FREEDOM OVERWHELMING AND UNTIES HIS HANDS OF
DOING WHAT HE FEELS LIKE, HIS RIGHT TO DO.))
OUT Q=his right to do.
For some Romanian artists Brudascu says freedom came too late.
But he is thankful to be hre, cathcing up on the artistic movements he
missed and bringing his work to an appreciative audience in another part of the
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))