Next on News Seven,
Police in Roanoke
County are investigating a fatal shooting tonight.
They say 25-year-old David Ray King apparently shot himself with a hand gun.
In Lebanon, the fighting continues as Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah
Guerrillas trade gunfire.
And the British Red Coats win another one Roanoke County.
News Seven is next.
Roanoke County Police are investigating a fatal shooting tonight.
It happened around five o'clock this afternoon on Bent Mountain Road.
Police say 25-year-old David Ray King apparently shot himself in the stomach
with a handgun.
They don't suspect foul play.
IN Q=At this point
((DET. PAUL NEILSON/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: AT THIS POINT WE DON'T SEE ANYTHING
THAT'S SUSPICIOUS. THE WOUND IS INFLICTED FROM HIM. THERE IS NO CAUSE TO
BELIEVE OR REASON TO BELIEVE THAT IT CAME FROM ANOTHER PERSON. AS FAR AS
KNOWING IF IT WAS INFLICTED ON PURPOSE OR BY ACCIDENT THAT WOULD BE VERY
DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE.))
SUPER=01-Det. Paul Neilson/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=difficult to determine.
King's body was taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy.
A couple hours later, county police responded to a car accident at the
bottom of the mountain.
A car, driven by 41- year- old Charles Moore, went over the embankment at
Moore and his passenger, 45- year- old Francis Baker Junior of Roanoke were
transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Both are in serious condition.
Police say alcohol is a factor in the accident and charges are pending.
Authorities in Tennessee say five children and one adult were killed
yesterday in a house fire.
SUPER=03-South Fulton, TN;
All the victims were related.
The South Fulton Fire Chief says the victims were a 31-year-old man, his
five-year-old son and four of the boy's cousins -- all under the age of nine.
The man's wife and daughter managed to escape.
But the others were trapped by intense heat and smoke.
A fire in Amherst County destroyed a home this afternoon.
It happened near Winesap Road around 3:30.
Fire officials say the home was fully involved when they arrived-- but
luckily no was home at the time.
Officials say the blaze also caused small brush fires in the area but was
No one was injured in the blaze.
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University of Virginia basketball star Harold Deane has become the third
Cavalier player to be arrested in a span of about two months.
Deane and four others were arrested early yesterday morning in the parking
lot of a club that was hosting a fund-raiser dance.
Police say Deane and the others were asked to leave the premises, but the
junior guard refused, leading to his arrest.
Police say Deane also resisted arrest.
A potential U-V-A player is also in trouble.
In March, 19- year- old recruit Melvin Whittaker was arrested and charged
with malicious wounding.
Whittaker allegedly assaulted a Cavalier football player after a pickup
And in mid- February two Cavalier freshmen were arrested for shoplifting in
a Charlottesville department store.
Mark Warner has clinched the number of delegates needed to gain the
Democratic U-S Senate nomination.
The state party says Warner took in nearly two thousand delegates
yesterday-- easily exceeding the 1,751 needed to gain the nomination.
The delegates will formally select the party's nominee at a June convention.
For the fourth straight day, Israeli warplanes bombed southern Lebanon
sending thousands of panicked residents fleeing in cars, trucks and on foot.
However, Hezbollah guerrillas retaliated and fired volleys of rockets into
Both sides have been launching attacks at regular intervals since Thursday.
As the rocket attacks continued, the Israeli army warned residents in
southern Lebanon to leave the region or risk being attacked.
Israel officials have dubbed the military operation "Grapes of Wrath."
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
"The check is in the mail" --or at least it should be.
Tomorrow is April 15, and that means it's time to pay the piper.
Denise Allen tells us retailers are starting to realize that the disabled
are great customers.
Let's check in with Kimberly.
Wx ad lib
You can just feel that Spring Fever's settling in--
What a warm and pleasant weekend it turned out to be.
The rest of tonight looks pretty mild-- but another round of showers and
thunderstorms are on the horizon by late tomorrow.
We'll have the complete details-- straight ahead in the forecast.
So, please stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
Virginia businesses now have a new organization helping them secure
affordable health care plans for workers.
"The Commonwealth Coalitions on Health" is a statewide cooperative,
comprised of groups like the Blue Ridge Regional Health Care Coalition.
In all, "The Commonwealth Coalitions" represents some 150 businesses with
more than 100-thousand employees.
IN Q=The focus is
((KIM BARNES/COMMONWEALTH COALITIONS: THE FOCUS IS TO TAKE THE EMPLOYER ENERGY
AND CONCERNS ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND LOOK AT WAYS WE CAN WORK WITH THE PROVIDER
COMMUNITY TO IMPROVE ACCESS, TO LOWER OR STABILIZE COSTS, AND CERTAINLY TO
IMPROVE QUALITY. ))
SUPER=01-Kim Barnes/Commonwealth Coalitions C.E.O.; :
OUT Q=improve quality
Barnes says while H-M-O's are still new-- there ARE kinks to be worked out.
But, she believes managed care is much easier for employees-- as their
health care is coordinated FOR them.
The Commonwealth Coalitions does have it's own managed care package-- the
"Virginia Health Protection Plan."
Barnes spoke this past week to the Roanoke Kiwanis Club.
For years retailers have overlooked a major market.
But now merchants are realizing disabled consumers have tremendous buying
As Denise Allen reports retailers are now targeting this major market.
IN Q=Many major retailers
SUPER=01-Susan Knight/Easter Seals; :11
SUPER=01-Scott Ashcraft/Valley View Marketing; :24
OUT Q=News 7.
(( Many major retailers are utilizing a once un-tapped market.
Hechts and Wal Mart are two chains in our area that regularly show disabled
models in their ads.
((SUSAN KNIGHT/EASTER SEALS: WE'RE BECOMING A VERY AGING POPULATION AND
THEREFORE WITH OUR AGING VERY OFTEN THERE COME DISABILITIES. THEY ARE
RECOGNIZING THIS IS A MARKET THAT IS NOT LOST. THAT IT IS A VERY VALUABLE
MARKET TO THEM.))
((SCOTT ASHCRAFT/VALLEY VIEW MARKETING: IT'S BEEN ESTIMATED THAT PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES SPEND AN AVERAGE OR HAVE AN INCOME OF 30-BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
AND THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND AGAIN IT'S NOT ONLY SMART
BUSINESS IT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO.))
The American With Disabilities Act and retailers' drive to attract a wider
customer base have brought about changes in the shopping environment.
Making store entrances curb-less is one way merchants make their goods more
((ASHCRAFT: THINGS LIKE BRAILLE LETTERING ON THE RESTROOM AREAS, DIFFERENT MAPS
AND BROCHURES, TO GET PEOPLE UPSTAIRS AND DOWN WITH ELEVATORS.))
((KNIGHT: EVEN IN GROCERY STORES YOU WALK IN AND SEE THE MOTORIZED SCOOTERS
WITH THE BASKETS ON THEM. THE ISLES ARE WIDER, THE DOORS ARE WIDER. THERE ARE
AUTOMATIC OPENING DOORS.))
Most of these changes have occurred in the last 20 years.
Susan Knight says increased awareness has helped, but she says more
improvements still needs to be made if retailers plan to cash in on this
Denise Allen News 7.))
Unemployment numbers are flat,
While First Union scores an expected profit.
And Leggett might be sold to a business partner.
We recap the week's top economic stories in southwest and central Virginia
with the News-7 Business Review.
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OUT Q=NAT SOT
The Virginia Employment Commission reports the jobless rate in our area
hovered around the three percent level.
Statewide, it came in a little over four percent, and that compares well
with other states across the country.
Leggett's partner has expressed an interest in buying the central Virginia
retailer, now that it may go on the selling block.
Belk Store Services of Charlotte says it has a financial interest in keeping
Leggett from being purchased by competitor.
First Union's quarterly earnings are up 24 percent compared to the same
period a year ago.
The figures from one of the region's largest employers are in line with Wall
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped 150
points, closing at 55-32-point-59.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, a company called Host Hospitalities announced it will build
a new Hampton Inn along Business route 220 in Henry County.
The 64 room hotel represents an investment of more than three million
And the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia reports that
filings increased at a record rate in the first quarter of this year.
Compared to the same period last year-- they're up almost 31 percent.
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It's coming down to the wire for getting your income taxes together.
Tomorrow is the deadline for squaring things with Uncle Sam.
Even if you seek an extension, you must estimate what you owe and send a
The I-R-S is bracing for the crush.
The agency estimates that about 30 percent of taxpayers waited until the
final two weeks to file.
The postal service has some tips when mailing your return.
If you plan to use collection boxes, double check the pickup schedule so
your documents will be collected before the midnight deadline.
Try to mail as early in the day as possible.
Mondays are traditionally very busy at the Post Office.
And also weigh your returns to make sure you have proper postage.
For sure--- tax agencies won't pay the postage.
MUSIC ON TAPE
This Thursday, the "Valleypoint After Hours" concert kicks into full swing.
We'll have a preview.
The British won a battle at the Explore Park today--
But they're not favored to win the war.
MUSIC UP FULL
The mail this week brought some praise for covering a Christian rock group,
and criticism for NOT covering pro soccer.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/April 5; 00
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
NAT SOUND DC TALK
The profile of popular Christian music group DC Talk was a hit with one
We really enjoyed the segment on the band, and were impressed by reporter
Melanie Moon's knowledge of the group...We know we can count on WDBJ for the
latest news, sports and weather information, but it was great to see a feature
on the lighter side, and one from a Christian perspective.
We'll keep watching, please keep up the good work and any future coverage of
Christian-oriented events will be much appreciated.
A viewer from Blacksburg wants more coverage of professional soccer.
I was very disturbed when I saw your sports report did not include coverage
of the first Major League Soccer game...I think it was an important game for
area residents since many of D.C. United players and the coach came from UVA.
Soccer is very important to me. Not only do I watch soccer, but I play soccer
for the Blacksburg High School Girls Varsity soccer team. Soccer deserves to
receive attention because it's the number one sport in the world.
If you'd like to kick around some ideas for better news coverage, send your
letters to News-7 Feedback, PO Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
For E-mail, the address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
The warm weather and sunshine may bring to mind thoughts of summer and
The "Valleypointe After Hours" concert series kicks into full swing this
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
This is the sixth year Easter Seals has organized the concert series.
It's the organization's biggest fundraiser.
Concerts are scheduled April through August.
Organizers say the event fills an entertainment need.
IN Q=WE OFFER EXCELLENT
((SUSAN KNIGHT/VALLEYPOINT AFTER HOURS CONCERTS: WE OFFER EXCELLENT BANDS. A
NICE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GET TOGETHER. THEY CAN DANCE. THEY CAN MIX AND
MINGLE. FAMILIES COME OUT AND REALLY JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME. WE OFFER FOOD AND
SOFT DRINKS CONCESSIONS AS WELL AS SOME ADULT BEVERAGES TOO.))
SUPER=01-Susan Knight/Valleypointe After Hours Concerts;
OUT Q=ADULT BEVERAGES TOO
SS=Full screen (16019)
Admission is three dollars for adults... children under 12 are free.
Here's a look at some of bands on tap.
This Thursday "The Entertainers" take the stage.
On April 25th "The Fat Ammon's Band" is in town.
May kicks off with "The Breeze."
And in mid-May "The Embers" heat things up.
All the proceeds go to the Easter Seals Society.
Greg Norman led through three rounds and he started the final round with a
six stroke lead.
But the Shark lost his lead after 12 holes of the round and Nick Faldo
wins the Masters in a stunning turnaround on the final day.
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/CBS SPORTS; :
Norman's troubles began at the turn. He bogeyed holes 9, 10 and 11 and
then he hit his tee shot at the par three 12-th tee into the creek. Norman
would double bogey that hole and give Faldo a 2 shot lead.
Faldo tightened up his game and he finished the round with a 5 under par
67 giving him a total of 276, 12 over par and a five shot win over Norman who
finished second at 281.
IN Q="I generally
((NICK FALDO/1996 MASTERS WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Nick Faldo/1996 Masters Winner; :
OUT Q=......feel sorry for greg.
Phil Mickelson finished third and Frank Nobilo was fourth.
The Salem Avalanche prevented a sweep in their three game series with the
Frederick Keys this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Keys; :
A beautiful afternoon for a ball game at Salem Memorial Stadium as the
Avalanche hosted the Keys.
Leading 2 to nothing in the bottom of the fourth Blake Barthol doubles to
left field scoring Chad Gambill and the Avalanche took the 3 to 1 lead.
Then in the top of the sixth Fredericks Rick Short hits a sacrifice fly to
right field. Todd Dyess tags at third and scores to make it 3 to 1 Salem.
The Avalanche answers in the SUPER=34-Salem/==5/Frederick/==4;
bottom of the sixth Pookie Jones doubles off the centerfield wall John Guidice
slides under the tag at home to make it 4 to 1 and the Avalanche wins it 5 to
The Minnesota Twins stopped Baltimore's win streak beating the Orioles this
afternoon at Camden Yards.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/MSC; :
Twins manager Tom Kelly watching the action.
And Minnesota would break a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth
Chuck Knoblauch hits a shot in the alley of right centerfield for a triple
scoring Rich Becker for a one to nothing lead.
Still in the fifth. Matt Lawton SUPER=35-Minnesota/==4/Baltimore/==1;
rips a shot through the drawn in infield for a single scoring Knoblauch
Minnesota led 2 to nothing and the Twins win it 4 to 1.
The Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 5 to 3 in the first game of a
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/KTXH; :
Joe Oliver and Eric Davis two of the three players the reds brought back
in the offseason from their 1990 world series championship team each hit homers
to lead the Cincinnati victory.
For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
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And coming up, Terry Labonte completes a record weekend at North Wilkesboro
Magic Johnson is ejected from today's game against Phoenix
And the Chicago Bulls have tied the N-B-A record for consecutive wins with
today's victory over Cleveland.
A weekend to remember for Terry Labonte at North Wilkesboro. He tied
Richard Petty for consecutive started on the pole and won the First Union 400.
SUPER=03-North Wilkesboro, NC/ESPN; :
Six lead changes early in the race and when Sterling Marlin passed Robert
Pressley on the inside he was the seventh leader with 252 laps to go.
Dale Earnhardt who started in the 26-th position was running second in the
race with 177 laps in the book.
Jeremy Mayfield gets caught in traffic he loses control and hits the
inside wall bringing smoke from the left front tire and the first caution.
Labonte, who tied Richard Petty for consecutive starts, was the leader
after 200 laps of the race.
With less than 40 laps to go John Andretti gets lose hits the outside
wall drifts to the inside hitting the water barrels then he gets hit by leader
Rusty Wallace doing front end damage to his car and sending Rusty to the garage
The race was red flagged with 14 laps to go and on the restart Labonte got
the jump and he would hold off teammate Jeff Gordon to win the race.
IN Q="the thing
((TERRY LABONTE/FIRST UNION 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/First Union 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=.........CAME TRUE."
Gordon was second, Earnhardt third Robert Pressley fourth and Sterlin
The Chicago Bulls have tied the N-B-A record of 69 victories in a season by
routing the Cleveland Cavaliers.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/NBC SPORTS; :
Mike Fratello watches his team fall behind in the first quarter.
Chicago's Tony Kukoc passes inside to Luc Longley for the jam and the Bulls
led 18 to 13.
Then Dennis Rodman throws the ball the length of the court to Michael
Jordan who scores for two of his game high 32.
Cleveland's Bobby Phills finds the SUPER=32-Chicago/=98/Cleveland/=72;
range on this three pointer but it was not enough the Bulls beat the Cavaliers
98 to 72.
The Charlotte Hornets beat Philadelphia today to tie Miami for the 8-th and
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/NBC SPORTS; :
In L. A. Magic Johnson was ejected from today's game against Phoenix after
bumping a referee during the second quarter.
Johnson made contact with Scott Foster while complaining about a non call.
Johnson blamed himself and said there was no excuse for the incident. He
expects to be fined and suspended.
IN Q="It was...
((MAGIC JOHNSON/EJECTED FROM GAME: ))
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/Ejected From Game; :
OUT Q=....poor example."
The Florida Panthers have wrapped up the home-ice advantage in the first
round of the playoffs.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/FOX SPORTS; :
Scott Mellanby had a goal and one assist as the Panthers dominated the first
period scoring three goals and outshooting the Rangers 14 to 7.
For all of the N-H-L and N-B-A scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
Today the British won the battle.
The Redcoats, kilted Highlanders and Tory Militia squelched a rebellion in
Denise Allen and videographer Rob Monroe take us to the Days of Revolution
at Virginia's Explore Park.
IN Q=Go and tell
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Chuck Wallace/2nd South Carolina Regiment; :13
SUPER=01-Sgt. Ian McAllister/84th Regiment; :24
OUT Q=SHOT ZOOMS OUT MUSIC
IN Q=go and tell
((SGT. CHUCK WALLACE/2ND SOUTH CAROLINA REGIMENT: GO AND TELL YOUR FATHER TO
BOY: STAND BACK ))
OUT Q=boy says stand back
SOT BITE TAPE 10:56:30
IN Q=I HAVE BROUGHT
((SGT CHUCK WALLACE/2ND SOUTH CAROLINA REGIMENT: I HAVE BROUGHT MY TROOPS IN
HERE IN WESTERN PART OF VIRGINIA TO ASSIST OUR LOCAL PATRIOT FORCES IN
SUPPRESSING THE MINIONS OF THE KING ACROSS THE OCEAN.))
OUT Q=ACROSS THE OCEAN
SOT BITE TAPE 11:01:07
IN Q=MY JOB IS TO
((IAN MCALLISTER/SGT OF THE 84TH: MY JOB IS TO GET THE COLUMN THROUGH THE
VALLEY. OUR INTELLIGENCE TELLS US SOME OF THOSE SEDITIOUS REBELS ARE GOING TO
BE ATTEMPTING TO AMBUSH US.))
OUT Q=TO AMBUSH US
SOT BITE TAPE 10:57:16
IN Q=I HAVE WOODSMEN IN
((WALLACE: I HAVE WOODSMEN IN THE WOODS NOW LOCATING THE FORCES TRYING TO
ASCERTAIN THE NUMBER OF MEN THAT ARE OPPOSING US.))
OUT Q=ARE OPPOSING US
SOT BITE TAPE 11:01:47
IN Q=THE REBELS MAKE
((MCALLISTER: THE REBELS MAKE US OF A LOT OF THE SAVAGES. THEY ATTEMPT TO
CARRY OFF OUR WOMEN. SO WE HAVE TO BE A BIT WATCHFUL OF THAT.))
OUT Q=WATCHFUL OF THAT
SOT BITE TAPE 10:57:04
IN Q=AS THE BRITISH
((WALLACE: AS THE BRITISH FORCES ENTER THE FIELD WE'LL ATTEMPT TO HANDLE THEM
OUT Q=THEM PROPERLY
SOT TAPE 2 14:10:26
IN Q=THERE ARE MEN
((WALLACE: THERE ARE MEN COMING AROUND THE CREST BELOW THE HILL.))
OUT Q=BELOW THE HILL
SOT BITE TAPE 11:03:23
IN Q=EVERY FIGHT
((MCALLISTER: EVERY FIGHT IS A TOUGH FIGHT.))
OUT Q=A TOUGH FIGHT
SOT BITE TAPE 11:03:29
IN Q=FIGHTING IN THIS ERA
((MCALLISTER: FIGHT IN THIS ERA THAT WE LIVE IN NOW IS ALWAY HAND TO HAND AND
EYE TO EYE. WHEN YOU'RE AGAINST SOMEONE AND HE'S TEN YARDS AWAY OR 10 FEET
AWAY, YOU SEE THE EYES OF THE MAN'S LIFE YOU TAKE.))
OUT Q=LIFE YOU TAKE
SOT TAPE 2 14:17:54
SOT tape 3 14:21:15
IN Q=to the front
((WALLACE: TO THE FRONT MARCH. music))
OUT Q=SHOT ZOOMS OUT MUSIC