Next on News Seven, transportation officials respond to yesterday's deadly
pile up on Interstate 81.
And a V-Wil cadet wins top honors.
In sports, Mike Stevens will join us live from Salem Memorial Stadium and
Steve Mason has a live report on Stage five of the Tour Dupont.
Quite a stormy Sunday across the region this afternoon--
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect tonight for southwest and central
We'll check to see if more storms are headed our way--coming up in weather.
Transportation officials say construction work zones are more dangerous for
motorists than for highway workers.
That proved true for an Illinois man killed on I-81 yesterday afternoon.
The chain reaction collision happened in a posted work zone.
But as Denise Allen reports there are steps drivers may take to make
traveling these areas safer.
IN Q=Saturday afternoon
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :28
SUPER=01-Sgt. Joe Rader/State Police; 1:00
OUT Q=News 7
(( Saturday afternoon travel near the 158 mile marker slowed.
Several miles down the highway the road narrowed to one lane as construction
workers repaved the highway.
Witnesses told police Merritt Kirkpatrick did not try to brake before
slamming his truck into the tractor trailer in front of him.
The accident killed Kirkpatrick and injured three others.
Officials say signs are posted four miles in advance of the work to prepare
drivers for slower traffic.
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: THE LAYOUT OF A WORK ZONE IS FEDERALLY
PRESCRIBED. SO WE FOLLOW SPECIFIC LAYOUTS FOR WORK ZONES DEPENDING ON THE TYPE
OF WORK THAT'S BEING DONE AND THE HIGHWAY IT'S TAKING PLACE ON.))
V-Dot and construction crews also use low frequency radio advisories to
update motorists on road conditions and reduced speeds.
Bullock says obeying the signage is the first key to safety.
She also suggests not changing lanes and maintaining the posted speed.
Statistically work-zones are more dangerous for motorists than for the
((SGT. JOE RADER/STATE POLICE: THEY NEED TO REDUCE THEIR SPEED AND NOT BE
TALKING LIKE TO SOMEONE ELSE IN THEIR CAR OR READING A MAP. IF YOU JUST KEEP
YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD YOU'LL BE FINE.))
((BULLOCK: THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS IF A PERSON IS CAUGHT SPEEDING AND
CONVICTED OF SPEEDING IN A WORK ZONE, WHERE THE SIGN IS POSTED THEY COULD BE
FINED UP TO 250 DOLLAR FINE))
((RADER: WE SUPPLEMENT OUR REGULAR PATROL WITH ADDITIONAL TROOPERS IN THE
ACTUAL WORK ZONE AND THEIR SOLE PURPOSE IT TO MAINTAIN THE SAFETY OF THE
WORKERS AND TO REDUCE THE SPEED IN THAT AREA.))
Laura Bullock says the construction will be around for a while.
In addition to the repaving being done in Botetourt County, V-DOT is
replacing bridges on 81 near Salem.
She says this work will take nearly two years to complete.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The Town of Boones Mill was on the Tour DuPont map this year.
But all the pageantry of the race closed one of southwest Virginia's busiest
Route 2-20 in Franklin County was blocked so the cyclists could continue
their journey to the finish line in Roanoke.
When all was said and done the road was only closed for 20 minutes but the
motorists didn't seem to mind.
IN Q=not much at all
((BRENT WILLS/MOTORIST: NOT MUCH AT ALL. I'M ON MY WAY TO A SOCCER GAME IN
ROANOKE. WE'LL BE THERE IN TIME. COULD BE WORSE COULD BE RAINING.))
((MARY WEBB: I GUESS FOR THE CITY AND THE TOWN IT'S NOT TOO BAD. WE'LL
SUPER=01-Brent Wills/Motorist; :00
SUPER=07-Mary Webb; :07
OUT Q=WE'LL TOLERATE IT
The race was a boom for the town bringing in many visitors.
Most were just happy to take part in the third largest bike race in the
If you were paying attention to the U.S. senate race in Virginia
two years ago...there is a movie coming out you may want to see.
IN Q= I TELL YOU
((OLIVER NORTH/FORMER SENATE CANDIDATE: TELL YOU RIGHT NOW COUNSEL, AND ALL THE
MEMBERS THAT HAVE GATHERED. THAT I MISLED CONGRESS ))
SUPER=10-Oliver North/Former Senate Candidate/File Tape;
OUT Q=misled congress
SUPER=04-"A Perfect Candidate"
It's called "A Perfect Candidate," it charts the campaign between Chuck Robb
and Oliver North from inside the North Campaign.
Senator Chuck Robb, the victorious candidate, has seen the movie, and is not
a big fan.
IN Q=The candidate thought
((CHUCK ROBB/SENATOR: THE CANDIDATE THEY THOUGHT WAS GOING TO WIN DIDN'T, AND
THEY'RE DOING THEIR BEST TO RECOUP THEIR LOSSES. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT.))
OUT Q=understand that
"Perfect Candidate" will be released in major markets sometime next month.
No word yet on when it may make its way to Virginia.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
A suprising winner of a top R-O-T-C award at VMI,
A state army reserve unit does some humanitarian work far from home.
Wx ad lib
Well, Ron the skies opened up and let loose a series of thunderstorms.
The stormy weather is continuing across southwestern and central Virginia--
where a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect.
Rainfall amounts have been generally less than half an inch-- and there have
been reports of quarter and half- dollar sized hail.
More showers and thunderstorms are possible tonight-- we'll show you latest
doppler radar straight ahead.
MUSIC UP FULL
An coveted award at V-M-I goes to a member of the V-WIL program.
On Friday, Roanoke's Trimble Bailey was named as the top ranked first year
cadet in the Air Force R-O-T-C program at V-M-I.
Bailey competed for the award with the 127 men at V-M-I and her 17
classmates at the state's alternative program for women at Mary Baldwin.
While the regular academic programs at the two schools are single sex, the
R-O-T-C programs are co-ed.
Radford University has opened the doors to its latest addition on campus.
Martin Hall is the new administrative building named after the former
University President Douglas Covington presented a plaque in honor of
The late Dr. Charles Martin served the university for 20 years.
IN Q=he was dedicated
((DR. EDWIN MARTIN/BROTHER OF DR. CHARLES MARTIN: HE WAS DEDICATED TO THIS
UNIVERSITY HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THIS UNIVERSITY AND SO I KNOW THAT THIS IS
SOMETHING THAT WOULD PLEASE HIM TO NO END. AND SO WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE
SUPER=01-Dr. Edwin Martin/Charles Martin's Brother;
OUT Q=sincerely appreciate it.
The building houses the registrars, financial aid, and the president and
vice president's offices.
Army Reserve soldiers from Virginia are taking part in a humanitarian
exercise in Central America.
The 7th of the 60th Engineer Battalion from Marion is in Panama rebuilding
the region's infrastructure.
The soldiers are taking stone from a river to build roads.
IN Q=Quarrying stone out
((1ST LT. MARK MCLAIN/U.S. ARMY RESERVE: QUARRYING STONE OUT OF A RIVER IS NOT
SOMETHING WE NORMALLY DO OR BE ABLE TO EVEN DO IN THE STATES, BUT BEING ABLE TO
PULL IT OUT OF A RIVER HERE WE LEARN HOW TO PULL THE STONE OUT OF THE RIVER
WITHOUT GETTING STUCK. ))
SUPER=01-1st Lt. Mark McLain/U.S. Army Reserve;
OUT Q=without getting stuck.
The end result will be a new avenue of easier transportation for local
When it came to crunch time, Lynchburg beat out several other cities for a
new Frito Lay plant,
and Norfolk Southern is mentioned as a possible merger candidate.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
OUT Q=NAT SOT
It's official...Frito-Lay is coming to Lynchburg, and 800 jobs along with
Construction of the snack food giant's newest plant starts in July, with the
plant scheduled to open in 1998.
A North Carolina investor has proposed to purchase Holdrens, an electronics
and appliance store chain that has been in Roanoke for 60 years.
Holdren's has stores in Roanoke, Vinton, Lynchburg, Martinsville, and the
New River Valley.
A historic Roanoke Landmark may be up for sale.
The U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development says it's accepting bids
for the Patrick Henry Hotel, which was on a list of FORECLOSURES in Friday's
Wall Street Journal.
The Washington Post is reporting that Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, the
nation's largest railroad, has made preliminary contacts with Norfolk Southern
regarding a merger.
A deal between the two would create the nation's first transcontinental
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it fell 90 points,
closing at 5478.03.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, an Indiana furniture company is locating an operation
in Grayson County, eventually bringing with it more than 200 jobs.
English Furniture Industries plans to move into the Old Mount
Vernon Mills Building in the town of Fries (frees).
The company makes mid-priced home and office furniture.
English Furniture will initially employ 50 people, but could add another 150
workers within the next three years.
The company says production should start in July.
A coalition of regional businesses is educating the public on the ABILITIES
of the disabled.
The group is called Rising Expectations and this Thursday they're gathering
at Valley View Mall to demonstrate services available to the handicap.
Vendors supplying appliances for the disabled will display their wares
throughout the day.
Seminars teaching business owners how to better service handicap customers
will also be offered.
IN Q=I DON'T THINK
((DEBBIE HELMS/RISING EXPECTATIONS: I DON'T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE THAT DISABLED
PEOPLE CAN WORK AND CAN LIVE NORMAL LIVES AND PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE HOW TO WORK
WITH DISABLED PEOPLE. WE'D LIKE TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE. TO IMPROVE
PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES ABOUT DISABILITIES.))
SUPER=01-Debbie Helms/Rising Expectations;
OUT Q=ATTITUDES ABOUT DISABILITIES
The Rising Expectations Awareness Day takes place at Valley View Mall on
Thursday, May 9th.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Outdoor activities are on the slate--
We'll get some tips on the right way to go mountain biking.
Folks were enjoying the water at a canoe and kayak event.
MUSIC UP FULL
Some families took advantage of the nice weather today by attending the Loch
Haven Lake Canoe and Kayak Festival in Roanoke County.
The event was held for beginners and experts alike.
Over 40 canoes and kayaks were available for paddling.
An instructor was also on hand to offer tips on boating.
Officials believe this gives people the opportunity to get in touch with
IN Q=I think boating
((SKY PREECE/LOCH HAVEN MANAGER: I THINK BOATING IS A GREAT WAY WHERE FAMILIES
CAN GET OUT AND REALLY BE CLOSE TO NATURE AND ENJOY SOME EXPOSURE TO THE
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. IT'S QUICK WAY TO COME IN CONTACT AND PARTICULARLY WHEN
YOU'RE NOT INTO MOTOR BOATS. WHEN YOU HAVE SMALL BOATS YOU CAN CARRY ON YOU
CAR AND ENJOY AT A LAKE LIKE LOCH HAVEN.))
SUPER=01-Sky Preece/Loch Haven Manager;
OUT Q=lake like Loch Haven.
Normally the Loch Haven facility is ONLY open to paid guest-- but today's
event was open to the public.
With the spring weather, more folks will be heading out to the trails on
The national forest has many trails open to bikers, especially old fire
Beth Myer reports-- it's good to know what the trail is like and what the
general rules are before you venture out.
IN Q=(natsot open) Rushing down a mountain
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Pohowsky/Biker; :13
SUPER=01-Ashwin Amanna/Biker; :30
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News
open with natsot of bikers going down the mountain trail
Rushing down a mountain trail on a bike is NOT as easy as it looks and it's NOT
a good idea for beginners.
11 05 51 00 - 11 06 02 00
IN Q=Most importantly
((CHRIS POWHOWSKY/BIKER: MOST IMPORTANTLY STAY IN CONTROL AT ALL TIMES. THERE
ARE A LOT OF STEEP HILLS AROUND HERE AND YOU CAN GO PRETTY FAST. AND YOU CAN
REALLY HURT YOURSELF AND IT'S DEFINITELY WORTH BEING CAUTIOUS.))
OUT Q=being cautious.
Staying in control and on the trail will not only keep you safe, it will also
preserve the area.
11 08 57 00 - 11 09 07 00
IN Q=If you're going
((ASHWIN AMANNA/BIKER: IF YOU'RE GOING TOO FAST, WHEN SLOWING DOWN DO NOT
SKID. SKIDDING WILL TEAR UP THE TRAIL . YOU GET OUT OF CONTROL AND YOU DON'T
STOP ANY FASTER THAN IF YOU'RE IN CONTROL. ))
OUT Q=you're in control.
video of hiker's feet
Common courtesy is the general rule of mountain biking. Bikers should always
yield to hikers and horses.
10 44 30 00 - 10 44 35 00
IN Q=Rider up!
((RIDER UP... ONLY 8 MORE MILES! ))
OUT Q=8 more miles.
When passing in the opposite direction, the up- hill rider gets the rite of
way. Bikers say it's that way because it's so much harder to stop, then start
again when going up hill.
And when YOU'RE riding up hill resist the urge to stand.
10 40 01 00 - 10 49 10 00
IN Q=Generally, it works better
((CHRIS POHOWSKY/BIKER: GENERALLY IT WORKS BETTER IF YOU STAY SEATED WHEN
YOU'RE CLIMBING. IF YOU STAND UP YOU'LL START TO SPIN OUT. ))
OUT Q=to spin out.
Bikers need helmets and a few tools when out on a ride. A spare tube, tire
pump and tire levers are generally a good idea to have on hand.
Also take along plenty of water and food for the ride.
Beth Myer, News 7.))
The Atlanta Hawks advance to the second round of the N-B-A playoffs, Mike
Stevens will join us from Memorial stadium in Salem, and Steve will have
coverage of the Tour Dupont.
TAPE#Roll from truck
The Salem Avalacnhe wrapped up a three game set with Lynchburg this
afternoon at Salem Memorial Stadium.
Mike Stevens and Robin Reed called this afternoon's game, Mike.
(Mike, Robin, Patrick ad lib...)
(MIKE THROWS IT TO STEVE)
ROLL CUE: TO WINNING STAGE FIVE
SUPER=03-Boones Mill; :12 Quick!!!
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :17 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Scott Mercier/Team Saturn; :24
SUPER=07-Lance Armstrong; :52
OUT Q=.....JUST AS GOOD.
The Winston Cup Drivers were in Sonoma, California for the Save Mart
Supermarkets 300 road course race.
SUPER=03-Sonoma, CA/ESPN; :
Ricky Craven, Injured last week at Talladega, started the race and ran a
lap before turning the car over to back up driver Ron Hornaday.
Terry Labonte would lead the field for the first three circuits around the
track with Dale Earnhardt second.
Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd run side by side with 63 laps left to go in
the race Rusty would take the lead on lap 55.
Mark Martin had his problems on the first lap of the race and he dropped
to the back of the field.
Earnhardt moved into second on the start of the race and he would take
advantage of traffic and move past Wallace for the lead of the race.
The race is still going on and we will have more highlights and the winner
tonight at 11.
The Atlanta Hawks have become the lowest seeded team to advance to the
second round of the Playoffs with an 89 to 87 win over Indiana.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/NBC SPORTS; :
The Pacers were ready to go with the return of Reggie Miller to the lineup
for today's game.
After missing the first four games, Reggie came out hot he hits his first
shot of the game to give the Pacers the early lead.
Atlanta comes back Grant Long goes to the hoop after the missed shot from
Christian Laettner for the jam giving the Hawks the lead.
Miller then takes his game inside for the basket and two of his game high
29 points but the Pacers still trailed the Hawks.
Mookie Blaylock led the Hawks in SUPER=32-Atlanta/=89/Indiana/=87;
scoring including the driving layup with 43 seconds left and Atlanta wins it 89
Atlanta jumped out to a 9 to 1 lead and the Braves hold on to beat
Philadelphia 11 to 8.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS; :
Dave Justice started the game with the long ball he sends this pitch deep
over the centerfield wall for his first of two homers on the day and a 3 to
nothing Braves lead in the first.
The Braves continued to hit the long ball. In the bottom of the third
Fred McGriff hits a solo homer over the centerfield wall and Atlanta took a 4
to nothing lead.
In the fourth, Ryan Klesko gets all
SUPER=35-Atlanta/=11/Philadelphia/==8;of this pitch sending it over the right
field wall the Braves led 5 to nothing and Atlanta wins the game 11 to 8.
For all of this afternoons pro scores lets take a quick look at the boards.
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=.....ST. LOUIS/DETROIT."