Floating a flight to the surface of Smith Mountain Lake.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: a LIVE report: salvaging the wreckage,
celebrating a life.
And a celebration of tradition... another class of cadets survives the
rigors of Virginia Military Institute.
Tonight in sports, UVa opens the ACC baseball tourney with a win, Magic
Johnson is making his party plans, Dwight Gooden tosses a nohitter with a heavy
and rain has not been a friend of folks in Salem who are dodging rain drops
as the NCAA women's division 3 softball championships get ready to begin at the
A night of cold rain with lingering showers tomorrow. The forecast details
and WeatherSchool straight ahead...
A Bedford County woman and her plane are both in one piece after crash-
landing into Smith Mountain Lake.
The engine in Penny Simmons' Piper-Pacer just died in flight, forcing her to
ditch the aircraft in the water.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/StarLink
Steve Smallshaw joins is at the airport at Smith Mountain Lake.
...quite an undertaking getting that plane out of the Lake today?
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(Rollcue: searching for the plane today and not for her)
SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake; :00
SUPER=01-Melvin Simmons/Pilot's Father; :10
SUPER=01-Charles Thaxton/Scruggs Dive Team Member; :40
OUT Q=you see the results
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Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/StarLink
Philip Morris is proposing a comprehensive plan aimed at discouraging
One catch though- -the Food and Drug Administration would have to 'butt
The tobacco company is calling for Federal legislation that would ban
cigarette vending machines.
The proposal would also get rid of certain marketing practices... such as
putting tobacco logos on hats and T-shirts.
But the plan would RE-AFFIRM an existing law under which the F-D-A has NO
authority over the tobacco industry.
IN Q=The issue
((STEVE PARRISH/PHILIP MORRIS: THE ISSUE IS TOO IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONTINUE
SHOUTING AT ONE ANOTHER OR USING IT AS A POLITICAL WEDGE. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Parrish/Philip Morris;
OUT Q=political wedge
Philip Morris is calling on other tobacco companies and their critics to
support the plan.
A fire in Petersburg killed four young children and their elderly
Police officials say a babysitter was taken to the hospital for injuries
sustained while jumping from a second- story window.
The four children, described as cousins, were all under the age of four.
Fire officials are still on the scene investigating the cause.
The Class of '96 bid farewell to the Virginia Military Institute today. The
new graduates leave behind a school that's caught up in a fight to save its
Ron Jones reports.
SUPER=01-Joshua Keesal, Jr./VMI Valedictorian;
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
The Virginia Military Institute has had a trying and controversial school
From the continuing battle over whether women should be admitted to the
institute-- to the recent accidental death of a 10-year-old boy on the shooting
range. But now the cadets finally have something to cheer about.
NAT SOUND (Gloves thrown in the air)
The sounds of celebrated chaos filled the air as the traditional tossing of
cover was expressed.
It's graduation day for the 216 senior cadets.
Their valedictorian Joshua Keesal, jr. charged his fellow classmates to stay
focused and to apply the principles learned at V-M-I.
((C. JOSHUA KEESAL, JR./VMI VALEDICTORIAN: BROTHER RATS, BE MEN OF VISION. FOR
WITHOUT VISION... FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVED.))
When the formalities were done there was laughter and tears for all the hard
work and sweat four years had brought.
And in the celebrated spirit of the super bowl when asked they're going to
((I'M NOT GOING TO DISNEY LAND... AND THANK GOD THAT I'M OUT OF HERE.))
Some of these young cadets have just started their military career and will
NOW serve Uncle Sam for real.
While others will seek to march in the ranks of another army-- the corporate
Ron Jones, News Seven.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six---
The final chapter in our series Faith in Democracy. Tonight we'll take a
look at the grass roots of Virginia's religious right.
And brothers who fought beside each other during World War Two are honored.
We'll hear their D-day story.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
GRAPHIC=Faith in Democracy
As the 1996 political schedule speeds toward November, Virginia's religious
conservatives are gritting their teeth.
Often in state and national politics recently, it's been a case of "always
the bridesmaid, never the bride."
The search for a solution is what divides the grass roots religious
activists in the final part of our series "Faith in Democracy."
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Sandra Cady
SUPER=03-Albemarle Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Sandra Cady/Christian Activist; :20
SUPER=00-Chrystal Wynne/Virginia Beach; 1:08
SUPER=01-Rev. Reggie Coleman/Newport News; 1:26
SUPER=01-Marilyn Wicks/Virginia Beach; 1:42
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((Sandra Cady came to political activism through Operation Rescue--
defending what she calls the rights of the unborn.
She thinks the Republican party has "blown it" with evangelicals-- who
should put their ballots where their Bibles are and write in solid
anti-abortion candidates if Bob Dole picks a ticketmate who makes exceptions.
sot CADY TAPE ONE 02:48:14
((SANDRA CADY/CHRISTIAN ACTIVIST: THE TIME HAS COME THAT WE HAVE TO TOTALLY
VOTE OUR CONVICTIONS, NOT FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS. AND IT'S TOUGH!
BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT CLINTON BACK IN.))
Cady praises Pat Robertson and Ralph Reed's Christian Coalition for putting
her issues on the map, but worries they've gotten mushy on the specifics.
((SANDRA CADY/CHRISTIAN ACTIVIST: I THINK THEY STARTED OUT WITH NOBLE GOALS
AND WHAT'S THAT SAYING? YOU KNOW, POWER CORRUPTS. YOU KNOW I MEAN I JUST
THINK THEY'VE GOTTEN THEIR EYES OFF THE GOAL.))
Chrystal and Tammy consider themselves conservative Christians-- interviewed
here at a Christian Broadcasting Network prayer meeting.
But they favor keeping church and state separate as a way to protect their
sot CBN TAPE ONE 02:05:17
((CHRYSTAL WYNNE/VIRGINIA BEACH: IN A WAY, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE NOT A CERTAIN
RELIGION, SOMEONE COULD VOTE AGAINST YOU BECAUSE OF IT. OR THEY COULD LIKE
PUSH YOU ASIDE BECAUSE OF THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT GOD AND EVERYTHING.))
For Reggie Coleman, abortion is a litmus test.
But he'll back Dole over Clinton.
SOT CBN TAPE ONE 01:57:24
((REV. REGGIE COLEMAN/NEWPORT NEWS: THIS IS A DEMOCRACY. WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR
EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT. BUT WE NEED TO BE REALISTIC ENOUGH IN IT TO KNOW THAT
WE'RE NOT GONNA GET EVERYTHING WE WANT OUT OF IT.))
Marilyn Wicks is a former U.S. government teacher.
SOT CBN TAPE ONE 01:48:40
((MARILYN WICKS/VIRGINIA BEACH: I DO BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS HIS HANDS IN ALL
THINGS. BUT WHEN WE HAVE CHOSEN TO MAYBE NOT FOLLOW HIM OR ELECT PEOPLE-- STAY
HOME RATHER THAN GO TO THE POLLS, OR WHEN WE HAVE CHOSEN TO NOT MAYBE PRAY
ABOUT WHO WE NEED TO VOTE FOR, THEN GOD WILL LET US SUFFER SOMETIMES WHAT WE
HAVE CHOSEN TO LEAVE HIM ON.))
NAT SOT CBN TAPE THREE 03:02:42
((FORGIVE US OH GOD. AND TOUCH LORD THE WHITE HOUSE, THE CONGRESS, THE SUPREME
COURT, THE GOVERNORS, THE MAYORS, THE SENATORS, THE CONGRESSMEN FROM EVERY
CORNER OF THIS LAND.))
As the fall elections loom, those who lean to the Christian Right must be
wondering how to keep their faith alive in this democracy.
Those who lean away must have faith that democracy will protect them from
NAT SOT CBN TAPE THREE 03:03:02
((IT'S IN JESUS CHRIST'S PRECIOUS NAME WE PRAY. AND ALL THE PEOPLE SAID AMEN.
THANK YOU YOU MAY BE SEATED.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A convicted child molester- -who lived in Franklin County for the past
several years- -has been sent back to Florida to serve his time.
Jerry Griffis was a suspect in the death of his infant son here in February.
Franklin County authorities were developing a case against Griffis, but the
26- year- old fugitive was returned to Alachua (ah-LATCH-you-uh) County for
In 1990, Griffis left Florida in the middle of his trial but was convicted
anyway. He faces multiple life sentences.
A case of mistaken identification has prompted a Virginia Tech official to
sue the campus newspaper for 850 thousand dollars.
The Collegiate Times quoted Sharon Yeagle (YAY-guhl) for a story in its
April 30th issue, and identified her with a fictitious job title.
Yeagle is seeking damages for the shame, humiliation and financial loss she
says the error caused her.
IN Q=There's no explanation
((ROBERTS MOORE/YEAGLE'S LAWYER: THERE'S NO EXPLANATION FOR THIS HAVING
APPEARED IN PRINT EXCEPT THAT SOMEONE WAS INTENTIONALLY OUT TO HURT HER AND
THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED IN HURTING HER. AND SHE HAS RESPONDED IN THE ONLY WAY
THAT'S AVAILABLE TO AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND THAT'S TO FILE A LAWSUIT.))
SUPER=01-Roberts Moore/Yeagle's Lawyer;
OUT Q=file a lawsuit.
The newspaper wrote a letter of apology, but can't print a correction until
its next issue in July.
Tim Reed, assistant director of student activities, says the fictitious
title was on a dummy computer template not meant for publication.
The stock market remained virtually unchanged, with the DOW gaining a
fraction of a point; NASDAQ down one.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal
A controversial vote that split the Roanoke County supervisors yesterday,
brought cautious approval today.
The supervisors narrowly approved financing for three projects, including
the completion of the Northside Gymnasium and the installation of air-
conditioning at Cave Spring Junior High.
Today, leaders of two groups on opposing sides of the recent bond issue
debate agreed it was the right choice.
IN Q=The vote yesterday
((TERRI LANGFORD/CITIZENS FOR EDUCATION: THE VOTE YESTERDAY, WHILE IT WASN'T
THE VOTE THAT EVERYONE WANTED, AT LEAST IT WAS A SMALL STEP IN THE RIGHT
((DON TERP/CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT: YOU SAW EACH OF THE
SUPERVISORS TRYING TO RESPOND TO THEIR CONSTITUENCY WITHIN REASON. THEY SAID IT
OVER AND OVER AGAIN DURING THE MEETING THAT THEY WERE VERY SENSITIVE TO THEIR
CONSTITUENCY. IT'S MOST UNFORTUNATE THAT THEY DIDN'T SEE THAT BEFORE.))
SUPER=01-Terri Langford/Citizens for Education; :00
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Concerned Citizens for Good Government; :09
OUT Q=didn't see that before.))
SS=Roanoke County Seal
Both Langford and Terp say the toughest decisions are still ahead, as the
county studies its school needs and decides how much construction it can
A health care giant is trying to grow a little larger.
Carilion Health System is hoping to buy 42 private physician offices around
the region-- serving some 200- thousand patients.
The contracts would pay doctors a buyout amount-- plus a salary.
Doctors would retain the day- to- day control over their offices.
Coming up tonight in sports, highlights from UVA's opening day win the ACC
Jeff Gordon talks about this weekend's all-star race at Charlotte.
Magic talks about his retirement,
And Doc Gooden talks about throwing the first no-hitter of his career last
night against the Mariners.
The weather has been quite unkind to the six visiting NCAA Division Three
softball teams who are in Salem this week to crown a national champion.
SUPER=03-Salem/Moyer Complex; :00
All of the teams were scheduled to have a hour's worth of practice today, but
the main tournament field has been under tarp all day.
Several teams chose to practice inside, but three schools including
Pennsylvania's Allegheny College decided to brave the elements and workout at
Of course you would expect Allegheny to be out in the wet stuff, their
nickname is the Gators.
The tournament begins tomorrow evening at five o'clock in Salem.
Rain also had somewhat of an effect on the A-C-C baseball tournament but
the Virginia Cavaliers managed to advance to the second round with a 5 to 1 win
over N.C. State.
SUPER=03-Durham, NC; :
Rain delayed the morning games at the Durham Bulls Athletic park. But
around noon the Cavaliers and Wolfpack took the field.
Virginia outfielder Symmion Willis had the big shot of the game this solo
SUPER=33-Virginia/==5/N.C. State/==1;homer over the left centerfield fence
and the Cavaliers get the 5 to 1 win over N.C. State.
Fans at Yankee stadium were treated to a no-hitter last night as Dwight
Gooden shut down the Mariners 2-to-nothing.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG; :00
Gooden pitched well and got alot of defensive help - mainly from
centerfielder Gerald Williams, who made tow big catches to save hits.
Gooden put down the meat of the Mariners order in the ninth to get his first
He dedicated the game to his Dad who underwent open heart surgery today.
IN Q="I want to...
((DWIGHT GOODEN/TOSSED NO HITTER LAST NIGHT:))
SUPER=01-Dwight Gooden/Tossed No Hitter Last Night; :00
OUT Q=..to him."
No such thing as no-hitter today in Philadelphia as the Phillies beat the
Giants 7-to-6 in 10 innings.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Giants vs. Phillies; :00
Todd Zeile, who is not known for his power rocked the Giants with two homers
He hit one in the second and this one in the bottom of the 10th to the
opposite field to break a 6-all tie as SUPER=34-Philadelphia/==7/San
the Phils outslug the Giants 7-to-6 in a game that featured 6 homers.
The folks at the Charlotte Motor Speedway are hoping the rain clears out in
time for Friday night's qualifying for the Winston Select all-star race.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/1995 Winston Select; :00
This Saturday night's shootout under the lights will mark the 12th year for
the prestigious invitation only event that always manages to produce its share
((JEFF GORDON/1995 WINSTON SELECT WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Winston Select Winner; :00
OUT Q=...to win this race."
Th racing begins Saturday at 7:30 with the Winston Open, the Select starts
immediately after that 50 lap event is over.
Magic Johnson announces his retirement from the NBA yesterday through his
agent, and today he assured all the sceptics around the world, that is truly
his final farewell and there will not be any more comebacks.
IN Q="i FINALLY...
((EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON/RETIRES FROM LAKERS:))
SUPER=01-Earvin "Magic" Johnson/Retires From Lakers; :00
OUT Q=...OF THESE AGAIN."
One of the heir apparent to Magic throne as a premier NBA point guard, won
the league's rookie of the year honors today.
Toronto's Damon Stoudamire received 76 of the 113 votes cast of sportswriters
to beat Portland's Arvydas Sabonis for the awARD.
Stoudamire, who is under 6 feet tall averaged 19 points and 10 assists for
the Raptors. He also made 133 three pointers.
The Big South conference's executive committee announced today that the men's
and women's basketball tournaments will be held at the Vines Center in a
combined four day event starting in 1997.
The tournaments will take place during the first week of March.
160 World War Two veterans who fought in the Normandy D-Day invasion were
honored today at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem.
Awards were first handed-out two years ago in Normandy, France during a
ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the invasion.
Veterans who didn't make it overseas got their medals and certificates
Among the honorees were Carl and Craig Hamilton of Roanoke...identical twins
who fought together in the invasion.
IN Q=We stayed together
((CARL HAMILTON/VETERAN: WE STAYED TOGETHER THE ENTIRE TIME...TWO YEARS AND 10
MONTHS. AND WE WERE DISCHARGED THE SAME DAY.))
OUT Q=the same day
The Army's 29th Infantry Division sponsored the ceremony.
The division suffered the most casualties during the invasion...a total of
800 lives lost in battle.