Next on News Seven one person is dead as two tractor trailors and three cars
mix it up on Interstate 81.
And W-D-B-J remembers one of it's own.
In sports, Lance Armstrong retains the yellow jersey after today's stage of
the Tour Dupont and Brady Anderson leads the orioles over the Brewers.
We'll be trading in the sunshine for rain later on tonight.
A band of showers and thunderstorms are moving into the area--
The wet details -- coming up in the forecast.
An Illinois man is dead and three others are in stable condition at area
hospitals after a five vehicle accident on I-81 in Botetourt County.
The southbound lane was blocked for hours backing up traffic for about three
Police say 63- year- old Merritt Kirkpatrick was driving a tractor trailer
and apparently did not notice traffic was slowing for construction.
Denise Allen has the details.
IN Q=Ann Balun is lucky to
SUPER=01-Ann Balun/Accident Witness;
SUPER=01-Malcolm Austin/State Police;
SUPER=01-Greg Sleboda/Troutville Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=News 7
(( Ann Balun is lucky to be alive.
She had just pulled out from behind this tractor trailer into the left lane.
((ANN BALUN/ACCIDENT WITNESS: THAT'S HOW VERY CLOSE. CAUSE HE CAME DOWN
PRETTY QUICK AS I MOVED OVER. HE EVIDENTLY CAME DOWN PRETTY QUICK AND HIT THE
SILVER CAR THAT PUSHED INTO ME. BUT IF I HADN'T MOVED OVER WE WOULD BE HISTORY
Police say road work several miles down the interstate slowed traffic.
Witnesses told police the driver of this tractor trailer did not brake and
rammed the back of another truck.
((MALCOLM AUSTIN/STATE POLICE: IN TURN IT PUSHED THE FIRST TRACTOR TRAILER UP
INTO A CAR THAT IN TURN HIT ANOTHER CAR KNOCKED IT OVER INTO THE LEFT LANE AND
INTO THE GUARDRAIL AND ALSO A VAN WAS STRUCK.))
Police say the driver did not appear to be speeding.
He was hauling two trucks piggy back style.
And was pinned between his load and the truck infront of him.
He died at the scene.
((GREG SLEBODA/TROUTVILLE FIRE DEPT.: UNFORTUNATELY THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULD
DO FOR HIM. WE HAD THREE OTHER INJURED, IN TWO OR THREE OTHER CARS. SO OUR
FIRST CONCERN WAS GETTING THE PATIENTS LOADED IN THE AMBULANCE. WE ALSO HAD A
DIESEL SPILL OF ABOUT 100 GALLONS.))
The regional hazmat team contained the spill.
And according to state police the highway is properly signed, warning
drivers miles in advance of the construction project.
Ann Balun says she saw the warning signs.
And she says she's grateful that she and her friends walked away from this
tragic scene unharmed.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The man best known as "Mr. Fitness" in Western Virginia has died.
Artie Levin passed away yesterday.
His friends at W-D-B-J remember him and his contribution to the community.
IN Q=To more
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-John Harkrader/Retired WDBJ-7 President; :20
OUT Q=was 82.....hold out pre-pro..
(( To more than one generation of television viewers, Artie Levin WAS Mr.
The "Artie Levin Show" first aired in 1961.
Later, he teamed up with Irv Sharp and his presence on WDBJ continued into
the early 80s.
IN Q=I would think
((HARKRADER: I WOULD THINK THEY WOULD REMEMBER HIM MOST FOR HIS INSISTENCE ON
PHYSICAL FITNESS FOR EVERYBODY. HE BELIEVED IN THAT DEEPLY AND WAS COMMITTED
TO IT 100 PERCENT. ))
OUT Q=100 PERCENT.
Throughout the years, Artie received thousands of letters from viewers
wanting physical fitness advice.
Even after he left WDBJ, he was constantly involved in the community... and
a regular in local athletic events.
Last year, Artie returned to the station to help celebrate its 40th
IN Q=But he'll surely
((HARKRADER: BUT HE'LL SURELY WILL BE MISSED. HE WAS ONE FINE HUMAN BEING AND
WE'LL ALL BE SORRY TO LOSE THAT. ))
OUT Q=sorry to lose that.
Artie Levin was 82.))
A historic Roanoke Landmark is up for sale.
The U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development
says it's accepting bids for the Patrick Henry Hotel on Jefferson Avenue.
The hotel was in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, along with more than a
dozen other properties listed as FORECLOSURES.
The New York based company that owns the Patrick Henry Hotel would not
Just a month ago the hotel ended its affiliation with Radisson, a national
The hotel's general manager insisted THEN that this was not an indication
it was encountering serious financial trouble.
A family-run appliance and electronics store in our region may be sold.
A North Carolina investor has proposed to buy Holdren's.
Holdren's president Stan Cross says the company will remain independently
run, and all existing management and employees will remain in place.
The investor wants to put more money into the operation to help it compete
with its larger rivals.
Cross emphasizes that Holdren's officials only has a verbal agreement with
Holdren's has stores in Roanoke, Vinton, Lynchburg, Martinsville, and the
New River Valley.
It employs 60 full and part time employees.
Presidential hopeful Bob Dole today endorsed fellow
Senator John Warner in his run for re-election.
Speaking at a Falls Church gas station -- Dole said Warner is doing a great
Warner has been challenged in the Republican primary by Jim Miller.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Pomp and Circumstance was playing today,
We'll check in with Radford's commencement exercises.
We'll meet one graduate who is especially proud of her diploma.
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
Wx ad lib
Well after having fun in the sun this afternoon-- you'll want to carry along
an umbrella if you're planning to be out tonight.
Showers and thunderstorms are making their way in the region.
A Severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for northwestern Virginia--
including Bath County.
The Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia is also under a severe thunderstorm
We'll have the complete weekend forecast-- coming up.
MUSIC UP FULL
Radford University's 83rd graduating class was a record breaker.
Nearly 17-hundred students received diplomas from the university.
That's the largest in the school's history.
In addition to the academic achievements of students, the school celebrated
the careers of a number of retiring faculty members.
More than 50 educators are retiring this year.
That's also a record number.
For Shelley Heberlein (Heb-Er-Line), receiving her diploma today was a
symbol of the future she never thought she'd have.
Doctors expected her die in 19-94.
A cancer relapse caused her to go into a coma.
Relatives had even picked out a grave site.
But a miraculous comeback enabled her to graduate magna cum laude.
IN Q=with this
SUPER=01-Shelley Heberlein/Radford Graduate;
OUT Q=live several times
Shelley's relapse was related to an earlier bout with leukemia.
A bone marrow transplant from her sister Susan, saved her life.
IN Q=seeing here
SUPER=01-Susan Heberlein/Shelley's Sister;
OUT Q=other human beings
The journey to get a degree has taken Shelley seven years.
At 25 she, like other Radford graduates, feels she has the rest of her life
ahead of her.
Roanoke College's graduating seniors were addressed by the Honorable
Lawrence L. Koontz today.
Approximately 340 students walked Roanoke College's front lawn at
One student, however, had to work harder to get there.
Scott Prince has more.
IN Q=For Wendy
SUPER=07-Wendy Lundstrum; :15
OUT Q=S.P., News 7, Salem
(( Wendy Lundstrum has finally made the grade.
She's walking away from Roanoke College with a diploma, but only after a
long, hard- fought struggle.
You see Lundstrum is not only a wife and mother of two... she's also legally
IN Q=If you look
((WENDY LUNDSTRUM: IF YOU LOOK THROUGH A VERY, VERY DIRTY WINDOW THAT'S ALL
DISTORTED, THAT IS WHAT I SEE. ))
OUT Q=what i see
stand up tape 2 10:13:26
Lundstrum suffers from retinitis pigmentosa... or tunnel vision.
She also has macular degeneration, which means she's losing her central
That makes everyday reading very difficult... and reading text books next to
end stand up
To help her through, she used what's called a "computer book."
Her P- C can scan any piece of paper and then read the contents aloud.
Nat sound 9:36:59
And to take notes, Lundstrum used another device... called Type and Speak.
On campus she had to make a number of adjustments... like memorizing the
She also had to admit to her professors that she needed a little help.
IN Q=They were
((LUNDSTRUM: THEY WERE VERY HELPFUL AND UNDERSTANDING AND THEY ASSISTED ME AS
BEST THEY COULD WITHOUT GIVING ME EXTRA FAVORS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN UNFAIR TO
OTHER STUDENTS. ))
OUT Q=other students
Now that her education is complete, Lundstrum hopes her accomplishment
serves as a lesson to us all... that no goal is out of reach... no matter what
Scott Prince, News- 7, Salem.
Hospital stays often translate into a maze of paperwork.
And if you're insured you may think your policy will cover the bills.
But some medical charges fall through the cracks of the different insurance
And the bills start to mount.
As you age, you will most likely need more medical insurance coverage.
And in the Roanoke Valley one H-M-O has been approved by the government.
IN Q=HMO ARE NOT
((SHANNON ABELL/LOA ASST. FINANCIAL DIR.: HMO ARE NOT A MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT.
PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT. YOU WILL DIS-ENROLL IN MEDICARE AND ENROLL IN THE
HMO. YOU WILL DEAL DIRECTLY WITH THE HMO.))
SUPER=01-Shannon Abell/LOA Asst. Financial Dir.;
OUT Q=WITH THE HMO
In addition to H-M-O's, there's long term care insurance, medicaid and
Counselors with the League of Older Americans will explain the policies and
help you decide what you need.
IN Q=IF THEY'RE PRETTY WEALTHY
((BOB ADAMS/LOA INSURANCE COUNSELOR: IF THEY'RE PRETTY WEALTHY LONG TERM CARE
INSURANCE MIGHT MAKE SENSE. IF THEIR ASSETS ARE VERY LOW AND THEY'RE LIVING ON
THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY THEN IT DOESN'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE BECAUSE MEDICAID WILL
PICK UP THEIR LONG TERM CARE COSTS.))
SUPER=01-Bob Adams/LOA Insurance Counselor;
OUT Q=CARE COSTS
Join Denise Allen tomorrow morning for On Record to get more informaton on
Medicaid, medigap and long term care insurance.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
The Tour Du Pont is rolling through Boone's Mill tomorrow--
And merchants aren't sure what to expect from the extra traffic.
And we'll go to downtown Roanoke and see a HOTLY contested chili cook-off!
MUSIC UP FULL
The spice was flying on Roanoke's Downtown Market today.
The 17th Annual Virginia State Championship Chili Cook-Off had over 45
entries from as far away as Michigan.
33 judges worked to agree on a winner, but competition wasn't the biggest
issue of the day.
IN Q=IT'S ALWAYS A REALLY
((TONY WALKER/ASSISTANT CHIEF JUDGE: IT'S ALWAYS A REALLY BIG PARTY. WE'VE
BEEN COOKING EVERY YEAR UNTIL THIS ONE. GOT INVITED TO JUDGE, AND IT'S A LOT
EASIER AND A LOT MORE FUN. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN HAVING A GREAT TIME.))
SUPER=01-Tony Walker/Assistant Chief Judge;
OUT Q=having a great time.
Folks got to taste the entries and vote on the People's choice award.
Contestants didn't just take pride in the way their chili tasted, some also
made sure their chili was pleasing to the ear.
WE-B-Chili and Voodoo Chili were among the more exotic names.
Stage five of the Tour Dupont will roll through our area tomorrow.
The cyclists will start in Mount Airy, North Carolina and end in Roanoke.
One major highway that's closing is Route 2-20.
Jay Moore talks to local merchants in Boones Mill to see how it's going to
affect their business.
SUPER=03-Boones Mill; :00 QUICK!!!
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Year; :05 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Pat Wray/Tim's Texaco; :17
SUPER=01-Debbie Greer/Boones Mill Nursery; :27
SUPER=01-Greg Desaulniers/The Yankee Whittler; :41
OUT Q=Moore, News 7.
(( Traffic through Boones Mill will come to a stand still around four o'clock.
All four lanes will be closed for about 20 minutes until the last cyclist
pedals through town.
IN Q=The bikers will
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: THE BIKERS WILL CROSS OVER THIS SECTION OF 220 BUT
BUSINESSES HERE AREN'T WORRIED ABOUT THE CLOSING OF THE ROAD, THEY'RE WORRIED
ABOUT THE LIMITED PARKING SPACES.))
OUT Q=parking spaces.
IN Q=Basically traffic
((PAT WRAY/TIM'S TEXACO: BASICALLY TRAFFIC. JUST TO SEE HOW IT'S GOING TO
HOLD UP WERE EVERYONE'S GOING TO PARK AND SEE WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO.
EVERYBODY'S EXCITED SO HOPEFULLY IT WILL TURN OUT WELL.))
OUT Q=turn out well.
Some merchants are looking forward to their brief time off.
IN Q=It'll be nice.
((DEBBIE GREER/BOONES MILL NURSERY: IT'LL BE NICE. A GOOD BREAK. WE GET
ABOUT A 30 MINUTE BREAK. IT'LL BE NICE TO HAVE THE TOURIST IN TOWN IT'LL BE
OUT Q=it'll be good.
Other business owners say hopefully spectators won't leave town too
quickly...and maybe take advantage of some shopping.
IN Q=I believe it
((GREG DESAULNIERS/THE YANKEE WHITTLER: I BELIEVE IT WILL BRING SOME OUTSIDE
INTEREST THAT NORMALLY WOULD NOT BE STOPPING IN BOONES MILL. HOPEFULLY THEY'RE
NOT GOING TO RUN OUT AS SOON AS THE RACE IS DONE TOO.))
OUT Q=is done too.
After leaving Boones Mill the cyclists will continue over Lynville
Mountain..ending in Roanoke.
Jay Moore, News 7))
And coming up, The Kentucky Derby was run today Stage four of the Tour
Dupont finished in Greensboro today.
And Brady Anderson leads the Baltimore Orioles to a win over Milwaukee at
The 122-nd running of the Kentucky Derby was as close as any in the history
of the run for the Roses.
"Grindstone" made a move on the outside and won by a nose in a photo
finish. Lets listen to the call by A-B-C's Dave Johnson.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY/ABC SPORTS; :00
OUT Q=....TO CALL."
"Cavonnier" was second and "Prince of Thieves" was third.
The fourth stage of the Tour Dupont is over and Lance Armstrong continues
to wear the Yellow Jersey.,
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :
112 riders started today's stage in the downtown streets of Raleigh for the
trip to Greensboro North Carolina.
The Riders blew through the first sprint line in Chapel Hill.
Amrstrong was riding strong but he had tire problems at one point but he
was able to catch back up to the field.
The riders were in a tight bunch but several yards from the finish line Van
Bon pulled away and he crossed the finish line winning Stage four.
The Baltimore Orioles were hot with the bats at the Yard this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/WTMJ; :
Milwaukee got on the board in the top of the first. Kevin Seitzer hits a
shot to right field scoring Jeff Cirillo and the Brewers led 1 to nothing.
But the Orioles came back strong. Lead off hitter Brady Anderson does it
again with the solo shot over the right field wall for his 15-th homer on the
season its tied at 1 to 1.
Baltimore would continue the rally in the first Tony Tarasco hits a double
down to left centerfield with the bases loaded and the Orioles took the 4 to 1
The Orioles padded that lead in SUPER=35-Baltimore/=10/Milwaukee/==5;
the third inning. Jeffery Hammonds hits a two run homer over the left field
wall Baltimore led 6 to 2 and the Orioles win it 10 to 5.
Texas became the first American League team in 79 years to pitch back to
back one hitters. For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
The Salem Avalanche and Lynchburg Hillcats resume their three game series
tonight at seven at Salem Memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
Last night, the "Hard Luck" Hillcats, who have now lost 8 games in a row
dropped a six to three decision to the Avalanche as big Nate Holdren went 3 for
5 and drove in two runs including the eventual game winner in the seventh.
Despite the setback, Lynchburg manager Jeff Banister looks forward to the
rest of the weekend series.
IN Q="It's a situation...
((JEFF BANISTER/LYNCHBURG MANAGER: IT'S A SITUATION, GREAT BALLPARK, CLOSE
PROXIMITY. AND I'M SURE THE FANS GET TO TALKING TO EACH OTHER A LITTLE BIT,
AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN PUT ON A GOOD SHOW FOR THEM. IT'S A GREAT SITUATION FOR
THESE GUYS TO GET TO PLAY I NA BALLPARK LIKE THIS AND UNDER THE SETTING LIKE
THIS AND AGAINST A GOOD ORGANIZATION LIKE THE ROCKIES.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Banister/Lynchburg Manager; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE ROCKIES."
And don't forget the two teams play again 3 Sunday afternoon. If you can't
make it to that game you can watch it right here on your hometown station LIVE
Lake Speed led the second round of qualifying at Sears Point6 for tomorrows
Save Mart Supermarkets 300.
Speed turn the road course at a speed of 91 point 062 for the 26-th
Here's a look at the rest of the field.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=400-26/Lake Speed/91.062/27/Darrell Waltrip/28/Jeff Krogh/29/Scott
SUPER=401-31/Johnny Benson/32/Tommy Kendall/33/Kenny Wallace/34/Bobby
SUPER=401-36/Ken Pedersen/37/Jeremy Mayfield/38/Rick Mast/39/Jeff
SUPER=402-41/Dave Marcis/42/Mike Wallace
OUT Q=...NUMBER 42.