Clothes and jewelry found on a body discovered near Culpeper reportedly
match items worn by Alicia Reynolds the day she disappeared two months ago.
And a day after his re-election we'll have a chat with Roanoke mayor David
Coming up today, we have slightly warmer temperatures, with a very good
chance of storms rumbling through the region later this afternoon as well as
overnight, then things calm down a little.
I'll have the complete outlook.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Roanoke Democrats are savoring their sweep of yesterday's city council
They added to their majority as they took all five seats that were up for
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The Democratic victors include David Bowers, who won a second term as
He defeated his Republican challenger, Pat Green, by a margin of 12-
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This afternoon, he joins Joe Dashiell at the Municipal Building to discuss
the Democratic victory.
(Joe ad libs)
(Joe Q & A with the mayor)
Over in Salem, while the incumbents were re-elected to city council,
RACE # 520 SALEM COUNCIL
the big story was the immense popularity of retired chief of police Harry
He was the top voter getter, with 490 more votes than second-place finisher
Brown and Howard Packett were also elected to new terms on council.
It was NOT a good night for Republicans in Lynchburg, as two out of three
G-O-P candidates were defeated at the polls.
Race #420 Lynchburg Council
In the Ward One city council race-- independent Pete Warren defeated Robert
Vogel by a three- to- two margin.
Race #430 Lynchburg Council
In Ward three, incumbent Jim Curling was defeated by Republican Robert
Race #435 Lynchburg Council At-Large
And in Lynchburg's AT-LARGE council seat, independent Carl Hutcherson
defeated Stewart Hobbs.
Doctor Jack Kevorkian, on trial in Michigan for his role in assisting two
suicides, was present Monday for the assisted suicide of a Canadian right to
Jane Robelot has the details.
SUPER=07-Austin Bastable; :04
SUPER=03-Pontaic, MI; :50
SUPER=01-Jane Robelot/Reporting; 1:10
OUT Q=CBS News, New York.
A federal judge is standing behind Virginia Tech's decision to treat rape
cases differently than other violent crimes on campus.
Yesterday, Judge Jackson Kiser threw out Christy Brzonkala's claim against
Brzonkala says two football players raped her when she was a student at Tech
She claims Tech gave PREFERENTIAL treatment to the athletes through
administrative hearings on campus.
Judge Kiser said even if Tech GAVE preferential treatment, it was not based
on gender discrimination.
Brzonkala wanted the court to force the University to change its policy on
sexual assault cases.
But the judge said she offered no statistics to back up her discrimination
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When we return-
Our election coverage continues--we'll check in on races in the New River
and his legal troubles in Michigan are still not over, but it has been
confirmed Doctor Jack Kevorkian was present at a Canadian man's assisted
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An autopsy will determine if the body found in a field east of Culpepper is
that of Alicia Showalter Reynolds.
State police searched a field where buzzards were swarming. Reynolds fmaily
members says officials have told them items found on the body match what she
was wearing at the time she disappeared.
Reynolds disappeared March 2nd when she was driving from Baltimore to
Police believe she was abducted by a man who told her something was wrong
with her car.
Police have leads but have not identified a suspect.
Another bizarre twist in the case of alleged Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.
A Helena, Montana newspaper reports the F-B-I and local firefighters have
been searching a tunnel near Kaczynski's tiny cabin.
The paper doesn't go into detail about the tunnel system or say whether
anything was found.
Kaczynski has been in police custody since April third.
His case has yet to go before a federal grand jury.
A split vote between eight candidates for three seats has landed two
incumbents in Christiansburg back on town council.
And before the votes were even in, council was taking action on the main
point of controversy in the race, a new recreation facility.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Many Christiansburg voters
SUPER=01-Scott Weaver/Christiansburg Council-Elect; :07
SUPER=07-Jay Newman; :37 (Quick!)
SUPER=07-Bob Abraham; :41
(( Many Christiansburg voters had one thing on their minds as they went to
((A SWIMMING POOL FOR CHRISTIANSBURG. ))
((SCOTT WEAVER/CHRISTIANSBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: RECREATION HAS BEEN PUT ON A BACK
BURNER FOR A WHILE. BUT NOW IT'S COME TO THE FRONT AND WE NEED TO DO A WHOLE
LOT WITH IT. AND WE WILL. ))
Council took a first step even even as the votes were still being tallied.
Members adopted a resolution to proceed with the current plans for a new
recreation center, which do not include a pool.
Afterwards, two of the candidates said they were just as disappointed about
that as they were at losing the election.
((JAY NEWMAN/CHRISTIANSBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: DEFINITELY DISAPPOINTED. I WAS
HOPING THAT THEY WOULD REVIEW SOME MORE CITIZEN INPUT. ))
((BOB ABRAHAM/CHRISTIANSBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I WOULD'VE LIKED FOR THEM TO
HAVE WAITED TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION. BUT IT SEEMS THAT THE VOTE
SHOWS THAT WHAT THEY PROVED IS WHAT THE PEOPLE IN CHRISTIANSBURG WANT.))
Incumbent Scott Weaver says the town can't afford the estimated two million
dollar cost of a pool now.
But he says it is included in the ten- year plan, and he expects council to
revist the idea in a couple of years after the rec center is up and running.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.
Taking a look at some other races of interest--
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In Bedford, incumbent Mayor Mike Shelton was re-elected, along with
councilman Skip Tharp.
But Joanne Grahame and Ronnie Rice were defeated by Bob Wandrei (Wan-DRY)
and Dave Ballard.
RACE #260 COVINGTON PAY RAISE
Voters in Covington rejected a pay raise for the mayor and city council
members... even as they overwhelmingly approved some changes in the way
vacancies are filled among constitutional officers.
Race #460 PULASKI
One incumbent was re-elected on Pulaski town council: John Johnston.
The rest of the slate of winning candidates was made up of newcomers to
council. Jim Neblett, Charles Stewart and Polly Mitchell defeated incumbents.
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In the hotly contested mayor's race in Hillsville --
Incumbent Barton Cooley, who is awaiting trial for D-U-I, again defeated
former mayor Jack Akers, and write-in candidate Bob Morrison.
PAGE #330 GLASGOW
Four of the six winners in the Glasgow Town Council race are incumbents.
The newcomers to the Council will be Ben Watts and Susan Wood.
For all the results of the elections, check out NEWS-7's Web Page. The
Internet home page address is teleweb-dot-comm, slash-- w-d-b-j-seven/ slash.
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Coming up --
G-M is recalling cars with possible brake defects.
We'll tell you what models are on the list,
and the Olympic torch runs into some trouble as it crosses the country on its
way to Atlanta.
May is "Better Speech and Hearing Month" in Roanoke, and the emphasis is
Hearing tests are just one important tool in the detection and prevention
of hearing loss.
In addition to the provision of testing, the Speech and Hearing Center has
expanded it's facilities to better serve the Roanoke Valley.
Director Richard Hawkins says that prevention is high on the list of
IN Q=Just a simple
((RICHARDS HAWKINS/DIRECTOR, ROANOKE VALLEY SPEECH & HEARING CENTER, INC.: JUST
A SIMPLE LITTLE INEXPENSIVE PAIR OF EAR PLUGS CAN BE INSERTED IN THE EARS WHEN
YOU'RE OPERATING A LAWN MOWER, USING A POWER TOOL, OR CHAINSAW--SOMETHING LIKE
THAT. PROTECT YOUR EARS FROM THAT SOUND BECAUSE IT CAN CAUSE PERMANENT AND
IRREVERSIBLE HEARING LOSS.))
SUPER=01-Richard Hawkins/Roanoke Valley Speech & Hearing;
OUT Q=hearing loss.
If you have questions or concerns about speech or hearing impairments,
please contact the Speech and Hearing Center.
The Olympic torch stumbled yesterday on its long journey to Atlanta.
The bearer of the flame was bicycling under high winds across Puget sound
yesterday, when he dropped it.
A motorcyle following the bicycle ran over the torch and broke it.
A new torch was quickly lit.
Two major auto makers are having problems this afternnon.
The government wants to know whether Ford's recall of more
than eight million vehicles with possible ignition-switch problems is big
Federal regulators have been investigating millions of Ford cars and trucks
that all have the same type of ignition switch.
Meantime, G-M is recalling 44-thousand cars for a possible brake defect.
The automaker says 19-96 Buick Regal and Chevy Luminas need to have their
left front brake pipe checked for clearance.
U-P-S may start carrying more than packages.
"The New York Times" reports the company is considering a plan to offer
charter passenger flights on weekends, when its aircraft are idle.
A U-P-S spokesman says a final decision will be made in the
next few weeks.
Stocks are sharply lower today.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN sixty points.
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Next on News 7-
We'll introduce you an athlete who promotes drug-free weightlifting
and Tour Dupont cyclists are on the road in stage 8 - the difficult climb up
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George Washington High School of Danville has named its new head basketball
Chris Carter has been an assistant coach since 1993 at G-W.
Carter is replacing Harry Johnson who coached the Eagles for 30 years and
led the school to the state championship this season.
Some disturbing news from the Baseball diamond.
Dodgers' outfielder Brett Butler has been diagnosed with cancer.
Butler was having his tonsils taken out Monday when doctors discovered a
malignant tumor the size of a plum.
He officially has Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a form of mouth cancer that is
often caused by smokeless tobacco.
But because Butler hasn't smoked, dipped or chewed tobacco since the 80's,
the news is a shock.
((FRED CLAIRE/DODGERS GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Fred Claire/Dodgers General Manager; :00
OUT Q=...FOR THE BEST
Doctors say there is a 70 percent chance they can successfully treat the
tumor. The 38 year old will have surgery on May 21st.
Lance Armstrong lost yesterday's battle for stage seven of the Tour Dupont.
Federico Colonna of team Mapei-GB
crossed the finish line in Bristol in a mad sprint with a small pack of
cyclists to win stage seven.
Armstrong conserved his energy for today's difficult race, and finished in
the second pack of cyclists.
Stage 8 got off about an hour ago in Bristol.
The race involves 8 categorized climbs crammed into 109 miles, including the
almost unfair ride to the top of the 51 hundred foot high Beech Mountain at the
The Commonwealth Games are a perennial favorite in Southwest Virginia.
Weightlifting is a real crowd pleaser at the Games, and here with us today
is one of the competitors, Kathy Roberts.
So, how did you get into weightlifting?
SUPER=01-Kathy Roberts/1995 Female Athlete Of The Year;
SUPER=04-1994 Maryland A.P.A. Competition;
(Tell us about some of the competitions and awards you've won.)
(You not only travel for competitions, but you also promote drug-free
weightlifting. Is it a serious problem in the sport? How do you get your
message across to young people just getting into the sport?)
(Who is your main audience?)
(What is your training schedule like for an event or competition?)
(How much can you lift? How about a demonstration?)