Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The G-O-P primary will NOT be derailed.
Hazing at V-M-I gets 15 cadets in trouble.
And the formal announcement is a couple of days away- -but we'll tell you
TONIGHT who the new Roanoke Symphony director is going to be.
Tonight in sports, the Festival Classic run gets official sponsorship for
Kirby Puckett is diagnosed with glaucoma.
The Bulls go for 70 wins tonight.
And the FBI is going through Alonzo Mourning's house, collecting boxes of
records and impounding at least one vehicle of the Heat superstar.
The mountains of western Virginia see snow showers once again. But we will
focus of the 60 degree weather in the Wednesday forecast.
Authorities in Franklin County are looking for a possible missing airplane.
The Roanoke tower lost radio and radar contact with an aircraft about three
miles south of Boones Mill late this afternoon.
Franklin County sheriff Quint Overton says emergency crews are searching in
the vicinity of (kah-HAYS) Cahas Mountain, but so far have NOT spotted
Virginia's Republican primary to select a U-S Senate candidate is a go.
A federal judge in Richmond has tossed out a legal challenge to how the
G-O-P picks a candidate.
Party chairman Pat McSweeney opposes fellow Republican John Warner's
But a federal judge today said McSweeney and Manassas Delegate Bob Marshall
do NOT represent the party, and therefore have NO legal standing to challenge
the state's primary law.
The challenge asked the state to require some party certification to help
keep Democrats and independents from voting in the Republican primary.
IN Q=If we don't
((DAN CARRELL/ATTORNEY FOR MCSWEENEY & MARSHALL: IF WE DON'T HAVE THAT LIMITED
AMOUNT OF ASSOCIATIONAL FREEDOM, WHAT'S LEFT FOR POLITICAL PARTIES?))
((R. HEWITT PATE/ATTORNEY FOR JOHN WARNER: WELL OBVIOUSLY WE'RE PLEASED THAT
THE JUDGE DISMISSED THE LAWSUIT AND AFFIRMED THAT THERE WILL BE AN OPEN PRIMARY
IN CONNECTION WITH STATE LAW ON JUNE 11TH.))
SUPER01-Dan Carrell/Attorney for McSweeney & Marshall; :00
SUPER=01-R. Hewitt Pate/Attorney for John Warner; :08
OUT Q=June 11th
Warner chose the open primary over the party convention when it became
obvious party activists preferred Jim Miller.
McSweeney left the door open today for an appeal.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
Republican Governor George Allen is riding high atop our latest NEWS 7 -
Roanoke Times poll.
But the big fight Allen's picked for tomorrow's veto override session of the
General Assembly is NOT a big winner with the public.
Ellen Qualls has the numbers.
IN Q=George Felix Allen
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( George Felix Allen is looking good.
According to the latest Mason Dixon poll, 58- percent of regular voters say
the Governor is doing an excellent or good job.
That's his highest score ever in one of our polls.
In contrast, the General Assembly doesn't fare as well.
39- percent say lawmakers are doing excellent or good jobs.
And that bunch's approval rating actually jumped seven points over last
Suffolk Republican Robert Nelms apparently did a good job of making the
public aware of a law that protects legislators from arrest during the session.
Nelms used it to get an indecent exposure charge dismissed lat week.
Should lawmakers be immune from such arrests?
No according to 73- percent of those polled.
14 percent say the law's okay.
Less arresting for the public has been the Governor's lonely fight against
federal Goals 2000 money.
Allen says it will mean too much federal control.
Leading Democrats say the state should accept the almost seven million
dollars it's due.
We asked you.
49- percent say yes -- the state should accept the money.
28- percent say no -- the Governor's right.
And a significant 23- percent say they still don't know.
((ALONG WITH THE GOALS 2000 DEBATE, THIS VETO OVERRIDE SESSION WILL GET
PERSONAL. EXPECT TO HEAR MORE FROM ROANOKE DEMOCRATS ABOUT THE GOVERNOR'S VETO
OF THREE PROJECTS IN THEIR BACKYARD. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
Officials at Virginia Military Institute say they are not going to tolerate
what happened on post over the weekend.
Six cadets have been suspended for attacking a fellow classmate. Nine
others have been disciplined.
The 15 cadets -- all freshmen -- allegedly held down Cadet Jason Smith and
tried to shave his head.
They also sprayed a chemical on his genitals.
Smith dislocated his shoulder in the fracas
Officials say Smith had missed a "Rat Line" event because of medical
problems and the freshman cadets retaliated.
IN Q=Although there was
((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESPERSON: ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NOT THE INTENT FOR
PHYSICAL HARM. WHEN YOU HOLD A PERSON DOWN AND THAT PERSON IS RESISTING THERE
IS ALWAYS CERTAINLY THAT POSSIBILITY. AND THAT POSSIBILITY OCCURRED.))
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesperson;
OUT Q=that possibility occurred.
V-M-I officials say they have also put the entire class on notice that such
acts will not be tolerated.
Wipe Wipe Wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
More than two-hundred Army R-O-T-C cadets from across the country landed in
These college cadets are considered the best in the nation.
They will participate in a three day seminar hosted by V-M-I and Washington
and Lee University.
Former Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney, kicked off the event.
He said the cadets' leadership is vital to national security and world
IN Q=Your willingness to serve
((RICHARD B. CHENEY/FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: YOUR WILLINGNESS TO SERVE.
YOUR DEDICATION TO THE CAUSE. YOUR DEVOTION TO DUTY. YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF
CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATIONS THE UNITED STATES ARMY HAS BEEN THE GUARANTOR FOR
MORE THAN 200 YEARS ARE OF ENORMOUS VALUE TO THE NATION.))
SUPER=01-Richard B. Cheney/Former Secretary of Defense;
OUT Q=value to the nation.
During the seminar the cadets will discuss issues such as foreign policy and
An eighth- grade student at Carroll County Intermediate School broke his
back today after jumping from a second- floor window.
Superintendent Oliver McBride says the boy got up during class, opened the
window and jumped out.
The student broke two vertebrae, an arm and bones in both feet.
McBride says class was progressing normally and there was no disturbance
prior to the incident.
The matter is still under investigation.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Over the objections of some, a major new housing development is coming to
Botetourt County. We'll have details.
and from a field of five finalists--there is now only one. We'll tell you
who's going to be the new Roanoke Symphony conductor.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The new conductor of the Roanoke Symphony is a young man- -barely 30 years
old. But he comes with TWENTY years experience.
David Wiley made his debut as a pianist and composer at age 10, performing
his own piano concerto in concert in Boston.
His dramatic conducting style propelled him through two seasons as an
assistant conductor in Indianapolis.
He is NOW assistant conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra. He's been in
Minneapolis less than a year.
IN Q=I think it's
((DAVID WILEY/ROANOKE SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR: I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS EDUCATE THEIR AUDIENCE THROUGH PRE CONCERT LECTURES, GOING
AROUND THE COMMUNITY GETTING PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC.))
SUPER=10-David Wiley/Roanoke Symphony Conductor/October, 1995
OUT Q=classical music.
In addition to classical music, Wiley admits to a fondness for folk music,
especially Scottish and Irish fiddlers.
He also dreams of accompanying Williamsburg native and fellow pianist Bruce
Hornsby with a full orchestra.
Wiley has a degree in RELIGION from Tufts University, earned his piano
performance degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and is close to a
doctorate in conducting.
The Roanoke Symphony Society will make the formal announcement of Wiley's
appointment Thursday. He officially takes over as music director at the start
of the new season in July.
It's possible Wiley may be able to maintain his third ASSISTANT conductor's
position in Minneapolis, while serving as ROANOKE's full-time conductor.
GRAPHIC=Virginia Supreme Court
The debate over whether a Wendy's restaurant should be allowed in a Salem
neighborhood is now a matter for the state's highest court.
The Supreme Court -- including Salem's own Lawrence Koontz -- heard the
zoning appeal case today.
Wendy's of Western Virginia argues the city is being arbitrary and
capricious in denying the zoning change.
IN Q=You've got a
((YOU'VE GOT A HARDEES ACROSS THE STREET. YOU'VE GOT AN ADVANCE...INDUSTRIAL
((THERE ARE HOUSE... ON HIGHLAND ROAD.))
SUPER=01-Ed Natt/Wendy's Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-William Maxwell/Salem Attorney; :11
OUT Q=on Highland Road.
The justices won't rule for several weeks.
Lynchburg phone customers will see a slight increase in their monthly bills,
now that the city is ready to buy into a regional radio system.
The new system will allow fire and rescue crews from different localities to
communicate with each other during emergencies.
Council members got an update on the system today... they're expected to
okay the city's participation next week.
IN Q=They're calling for
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THEY'RE CALLING FOR IT BECAUSE IT
WILL GIVE THEM A GREATER CAPACITY, IT WILL GIVE THEM A REGIONAL OUTLOOK, IT
WILL HELP THEM WITHIN THEIR OWN JURISDICTIONS AS FAR AS COMMUNICATING WITH EACH
OTHER, SO IT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT SYSTEM.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=really important system.
To pay Lynchburg's share of the 12- million dollar system, a two dollar
E-911 surcharge will be added to monthly telephone bills.
Customers currently pay just a 44- cent surcharge.
Botetourt County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state, but its
not without growing pains.
A new subdivision was approved today by the board of supervisors, despite
plenty of debate from unimpressed residents.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=Sue Mundy
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Sue Mundy/Concerned Resident; :15
OUT Q=S.P. News 7, Botetourt County
Sue Mundy is concerned about her new neighbor- to- be... the 422- acre
Ashley Plantation subdivision.
On the other side of her fence will soon lie a 300- home golf course
community... one of the biggest ever in Botetourt County.
IN Q=One of the
((SUE MUNDY/CONCERNED RESIDENT: ONE OF THE REASONS WE BOUGHT THIS HOUSE WAS THE
FACT THAT WE LIKED BEING OUT FROM THE CITY. ))
OUT Q=the city
After a number of revisions and months of public hearings, the Botetourt
County Board of Supervisors elected to rezone the land... located on Braemar
Road, between Troutville and Fincastle.
The vote clears the way for owner Raleigh Overbay and his multi- million
That despite a number of residents still teed off over Ashley Plantation--
in fact four out of the five speakers were against the plan.
The subdivision also divided a family.
Reed McMurray spoke out against the project, even though his brother is the
But despite all the debate, the golf course community will be built.
For folks like Sue Mundy, it was only a matter of time.
IN Q=We knew
((MUNDY: WE KNEW THERE WAS A LOT OF LAND BEHIND US AND WERE TOLD MANY YEARS
DOWN THE ROAD THAT IT WAS POSSIBLY GOING TO BE DEVELOPED. ))
OUT Q=be developed
Mundy says now that the vote is over, there's nothing to do but wait... and
hope Ashley Plantation stays par for the course.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.
Brendles is closing its remaining two stores in Virginia due to financial
Workers at the company's Christiansburg store were very upset after getting
Employees say the company SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;
is also closing its store at the Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke County.
Brendles announced today that for the second time in three years it has
filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The stock market continued to climb today. The Dow gained nearly 27 points.
NASDAQ was up 14 and a half points.
GRAPHIC=Unabomber (not Kaczynski)
Could there be a connection between the Unabomber and the Oklahoma City
A Radford University criminal justice professor has a theory.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Ted Kaczynski is described
SUPER=01-Dr. Tod Burke/Radford Criminal Justice Prof.; :16
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City/April, 1995; :32
OUT Q=altizer, News 7.
(( Ted Kaczynski is described as a loner who lived in a woodsy cabin and
spurned the advantages of technology.
The description, all the way down to a beard, fits the Unabomber profile
Professor Tod Burke gave his students last Fall.
((DR. TOD BURKE/CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSOR: I SAID IF THIS GUY IS REALLY
ANTI-TECHNOLOGY, HE'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE A WOODSY INDIVIDUAL, HE'S GONNA
LIKE THE ENVIRONMENT, SO HE'S GONNA BE ISOLATED. AND HE'S GONNA FIT IN WELL
WITH HIS ENVIRONMENT AS MOST SERIAL KILLERS DO. ))
Burke suggests the alleged Unabomber, who stumped the FBI for 18 years, may
have finally slipped up after the Oklahoma City bombing a year ago.
((I THINK HE WAS JEALOUS OF THE PUBLICITY THAT THAT BOMBING GOT. ))
Just days after the Oklahoma tragedy, the Unabomber mailed his last bomb,
and his 35-thousand word manifesto which the Washington Post eventually
It was the manifesto which led Kaczynski's brother to turn him in.
((IT TOOK THE OKLAHOMA BOMBING INCIDENT TO MAKE A MISTAKE BECAUSE HE ENDED UP
WRITING THAT MANIFESTO, ENDED UP GETTING IT PUBLISHED, AND IF IT WASN'T FOR
GETTING IT PUBLISHED HIS BROTHER WOULD NOT HAVE READ THIS AND SAID LOOK AT THE
Burke is a former police officer who now specializes in the study of serial
He says the Unabomber most likely believes the Oklahoma bombers were
undeserving of the attention because they killed innocent people.
The Unabomber, Burke says, probably believes he is protecting society.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Bulls go for 70, the FBI for Mourning, the
Festival Classic acquires new sponsorship.
and Rusty Wallace is teaming up with NASA in an effort to chill out on
I'll have the details of that partnership when we come back.
The Chicago Bulls will try to do what no other team in NBA history has been
able to do tonight when they take the floor against the Bucks in MIlwaukee.
SUPER=03-Deerfield, IL; :00
A win tonight will make the Bulls the first team ever to win 70 games in the
To Michael Jordan it's just another hurdle in the ultimate race.
((MICHAEL JORDAN/BULLS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Bulls Captain; :00
SUPER=04-1971-72 Season; :00
The Bulls will eclipse the old mark set in the 1971-72 by the Lakers who won
69 games and lost 13 with Wilt Chamberlain and Pat Riley leading the way.
In a not so promising move off the court in the NBA, the FBI has confirmed
tonight that it has competed a search of Alonzo MOurning's house in Potomac,
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Last Night; :00
An F-B-I spokeswoman says Mourning is NOT the target of the search, but a
task force from the agency along with District of Columbia police hauled away
what appeared to be, boxes of records from the home this afternoon.
Authorities also impounded a Toyota Supra parked in Mourning's garage.
Alonzo, who played his college ball at Georgetown shares the house with a
An FBI will not say what investigators are seeking or what had been taken
from the residence.
Organizers of Roanoke's annual Festival Classic Run had an uphill battle on
their hands when they lost their main sponsor over the winter.
But they've kept pace with the changes, even adding a few new features to
this year's race.
American Electric Power and the First American Bank are the new sponsors of
the five and 10- K runs.
The sponsors were joined in a morning news conference by students from
Northside High School.
Every year they challenge all the schools in the region to see who will
enter the most runners in the race...the one with the highest total gets a
IN Q=Oh, Northside
((CARMEN DAVIS/NORTHSIDE JUNIOR: OH, NORTHSIDE ALWAYS BRINGS THE MOST, I THINK
THAT WE'LL HAVE THE MOST THIS YEAR.))
((CATHY GRIFFIN/NORTHSIDE JUNIOR: NORTHSIDE HAD OVER 200 KIDS LAST YEAR AND I
THINK WE'LL BLOW EVERYBODY OUT OF THE WATER THIS YEAR. No chance anybody will
even come close? GRIFFIN: NO, I DON'T THINK ANYBODY HAS THE GUTS.))
SUPER=01-Carmen Davis/Northside Junior; :00 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Cathy Griffin/Northside Junior; :05
OUT Q=has the guts.
This year there will also be a corporate challenge.
Trophies will be awarded to the companies with the best combined times for
their top three runners.
Race organizers will also hold a media challenge, a competition that was a
big feature in the Shenandoah Four Miler, which was discontinued this year.
The Festival Classic Run will take place Saturday June first.
The race has drawn more than a thousand participants from Virginia and other
states in past years.
The Winston Cup circuit rolls into Martinsville this Friday to begin the
Goody's 500 weekend.
And the hottest driver at this track in recent years had been Rusty Wallace.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00
But now Rusty is trying to become the coolest driver at the track.
Recently he spent some time at Daytona testing some new heat shields inside
his Miller ford.
These are the same shields used on the space shuttle, and the silicone based
insulation helped lower the temperature in the car some 50 degrees, and it
coOled the floor board more than 150 degrees.
IN Q="We just put...
((RUSTY WALLACE/DRIVER - MILLER FORD:))
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Driver - Miller Ford; :00
OUT Q=...NASA DID FOR US."
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/1995 Coke 600 Week; :00
And tonight the reigning Winston Cup champions Jeff Gordon is in Danville for
a special appearance at the area Coca-Cola plant.
Coke is an associate sponsor on Gordon's Chevrolet.
Tonight at 11, Steve Mason will talk to Gordon about the constraints on his
time and the importance of keeping the sponsors happy.
The Minnesota Twins will be without Kirby Puckett for next few months and
This afternoon doctors confirmed that the former all-star does have an early
form of glaucoma.
He has been on the disabled the entire season because of blurred vision.
The doctors plan to treat the disease with laser surgery, and say there is a
good chance he may play again.