Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A judge rules in that fake hostage drill in Martinsville. Nurses claimed
the drill terrified them.
Divers prepare to go in the water at the Valujet crash site.
Plus it's low in fat and cholesterol and tastes like beef, so why are
Virginia farmers having trouble selling it.
And will the heat continue?
News 7 is next.
Remember that mock hostage drill at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville.
Today a judge rules that a security guard and director of security did not
have criminal intent in the drill.
He dismissed the case against the two.
A deal in Iraq could mean lower prices at the gas pump.
One expert says expect to see a drop around Labor Day.
It's low in fat and low in cholesterol and tastes like beef. so why can't
farmers make a go of this meat? They say it's because of state regulations.
We'll have the story.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A NOT- guilty verdict in the trial of two Martinsville hospital employees
involved in a mock hostage drill.
A Martinsville General District Court judge dismissed the charges of aiding
and abetting, as well as brandishing a firearm.
The court ruled the security officials were acting in the safety of
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Security Director
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Commonwealth's Atty.; :31
SUPER=01-Roscoe Reynolds/Defense Attorney; :43
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( Security Director Jeff Bledsoe and Security Guard John Cassell probably
never imagined their scripted E-R drama would have such an effect.
Both testified in court they meant no harm to the nurses on duty the night
of the emergency hostage drill.
Meanwhile, the nurses testified they were frightened by the group of phony
gunmen who invaded the hospital January 25th.
But the court ruled there was no criminal intent-- something even the
prosecution admitted was difficult to prove since it was a planned drill.
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY:MOST EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE
NURSES THEMSELVES AND THE SECRETARIES ON THE DESK WERE REALLY ADVISED THAT THIS
WAS A DRILL. SO, THEY WERE SOME OF THE FEW PEOPLE NOT ADVISED IT WAS A
((ROSCOE REYNOLDS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT APPEARED TO ME THAT THE INVOLVEMENT THEY
HAD WITH POLICE, OFFERING THE POLICE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE PLANS BEFORE
THEY HAPPEEND, EVEN TAKING PART IN THE PRESENCE OF THE POLICE OFFICER NEGATED
ANY CRIMINAL INTENT.))
Both sides agreed on the importance of the testimony of Bledsoe's
supervisor-- who says periodic emergency drills are required for hospital
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THE CASE DOESN'T END HERE, THOUGH. THREE NON-
HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES WHO ALSO POSED AS MASKED GUNMEN WILL HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT
JUNE 28TH. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, MARTINSVILLE. ))
An employee at the Coyner Springs Detention Center was injured after she was
allegedly attacked by three girls being detained there.
Police say the three teenage girls tried to strangle 48-year old Mary C.
Gardner with a bed sheet.
One of the girls sprayed Gardner in the face with deodorant.
The woman was able to scream for help and another employee freed her.
Gardner suffered injuries to her neck and mouth.
She was taken to Community Hospital where she was treated and released.
A huge victory for Gay rights-
Bob McNamara reports on today's Supreme Court ruling.
SUPER=01-Priscilla Inkpen/Gay Rights Supporter;: 46
SUPER=01-Will Perkins/Gay Rights Opponent; 55 quick!
SUPER=01-Bob McNamara/CBS News; 1:01
SUPER=01-Gale Norton/Colorado Attorney General;
OUT Q=Standard Outcue."
((Four years ago, its backers called it protection for old-fashioned families.
Its critics called it old-fashioned bigotry.
Today, the US Supreme Court ended the fight if not the hard feelings declaring
Colorado's Amendment Two unconstitutional.
More than half of Colorado voters endorsed the amendment,
which forbid passage of any laws protecting homosexuals from
Today, the high court overturned the Colorado vote saying the state amendment
"classifies homosexuals to make them unequal to everyone else
Ruling "This Colorado cannot do".
The decision was the biggest legal victory yet for gay rights supporters.
PRISCILLA INKPEN/GAY RIGHTS SUPPORTER: WE'RE NOT TRYING TO DESTROY THE FAMILY.
WE'RE NOT TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICAN VALUES. WE WANNA UPHOLD AMERICAN VALUES.
For those backing the amendment- disappointment.
WILL PERKINS/GAY RIGHTS OPPONENT: WHAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS DONE TODAY COULD
RIP THE FOUNDATION OUT OF OUR CULTURE.
BOB MCNAMARA/CBS NEWS: THE BITTER FIGHT OVER AMENDMENT TWO HAS BEEN
COSTLY TO COLORADO...AND NOT JUST IN LEGAL FEES. FOR YEARS, KNOWN AS A
VACATION PARADISE. OVERNIGHT, COLORADO BECAME A TARGET FOR CRITICS WHO CALLED
IT "THE HATE STATE".
Tonight the prayers and the protests may be over.
But there is a new concern over the precedent the court set.
GALE NORTON/COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL: "THE COURT'S DECISION IS INSULTING TO
THE VOTER. IT MOCKS THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.
A new awareness that in the end, votes don't count, unless the courts say they
Bob McNamara, CBS News.))
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Divers will begin searching the ValuJet crash site in Florida.
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL;
Salvage teams have been searching around but NOT IN a crater the jet created
Tomorrow divers will go into the crater that's sixty by one hundred
seventy- five feet.
It is reportedly six feet deep.
At this point, only ten percent of the plane has been recovered.
A deal in Iraq could affect the price you pay at the gas pump.
SUPER=03-New York City;
The signing allows Iraq to sell some of it's oil on the world market- and
use the money for food and medicine.
Experts disagree on whether it'll mean relief at the gas pump.
((JACK AYDIN/MIDEAST OIL ANALYST: PROBABLY YOU'RE GOING TO SEE PRICES DROP TEN
TO FIFTEEN CENTS A GALLON FROM THE CURRENT LEVEL.))
SUPER=01-Jack Aydin/Mideast Oil Analyst; 00
OUT Q=the CURRENT LEVEL."
Aydin says Iraq won't sell it's oil for thirty days so don't expect it to
affect prices here until Labor Day.
Did you feel the heat today? People all across the East Coast did.
SUPER=03-New York City; 00
Record breaking temperatures
today from New England into the Carolinas.
Temperatures in New York City easily broke the 91 degree record.
It reached 99 degrees in Windsor Connecticut.
Forecasters say the culprit is the Bermuda High- The large high pressure
system should be around until late tomorrow.
Locally many portions of our viewing area approached record high
Some school systems are altering their class schedules for tomorrow to deal
with the heat.
For Tuesday, Henry County middle schools will dismiss students at 11-30.
High school students will go home at 11-45 and elementary students at 12-30.
In Martinsville grades Kindergarten through three will dismiss at 11-30
tomorrow morning, grades four through six at noon, and grades seven and eight
Patrick County schools will close at 1:30 on Tuesday.
And Pulaski County schools are closing two hours early tomorrow.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a Roanoke water bottler could face more
and we'll tell you why Ostrich farmers are having a hard time getting their
birds to the dining room table.
Robin in Wx office
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
V-M-I's rifle instructor will NOT be prosecuted in the shooting death of a
young Lexington boy.
Last month 10-year-old John Pickral died after an accidental shooting at the
school's rifle range.
The youngster was hit when Jim Thorpe's gun went off.
Thorpe told authorities he thought his pistol was empty when he pulled the
In a prepared statement, Commonwealth's Attorney Gordon Saunders said the
incident did not warrant charges, because it was not a willful act... and that
Thorpe had no intention of endangering the boy.
Ostrichs, emus and rheas (REE-uhs), all flightless birds called ratites
(RAT-ites) are growing in popularity in Virginia.
But while the birds may be grounded, farmers say complicated state
regulations are keeping the INDUSTRY from taking flight.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=At Feather Quest Farm
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Cindy Harmon/Va. Ostrich Assoc. Pres.; :16 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Mel Kurtz/Va. Emu Assoc. President; :28 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Russell Fallin/Va. Ratite Assoc. Pres.; :50
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( At Feather Quest Farm in Giles County, ostrich, emu and rhea burgers were
the special of the day.
Similar in taste to beef, ratite meat is about as low in fat and cholesterol
The appeal to farmers is catching on.
((CINDY HARMON/VA OSTRICH ASSOC. PRES.: IT DOESN'T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF LAND OR
A WHOLE LOT OF TIME INVESTMENT IN ORDER TO RAISE THEM. ))
And it's not just the meat that's appealing.
Emu oil is being researched for medicinal and cosmetic uses.
((MEL KURTZ/VA EMU ASSOC. PRESIDENT: I MEAN IT'S JUST GROWING BY LEAPS AND
BOUNDS, THIS OIL. WE JUST REALLY DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S GOING TO GO, IT'S REALLY
Ostrich leather has long been popular, even its feathers find a variety of
But while those markets are expanding, the meat, at least in Virginia, has
seen slower growth.
suIn Virginia, ratites are classified as livestock, but their meat is
classified as exotic. That puts growers at a competitive disadvantage.
((RUSSELL FALLIN/VA RATITE ASSOC. PRES.: SOME RESTAURANTS WOULD BE HESITANT TO
BUY IT UNLESS IT'S INSPECTED SOME KIND OF WAY, WHICH I CAN'T REALLY BLAME THEM.
But exotic meat is not included in the U.S.D.A. mandatory inspection
program, so ratite farmers have to pay inspectors themselves, 35 dollars an
((WE FEEL IT'S REALLY UNFAIR AND ALMOST UNCONSTITUTIONAL THAT WE SHOULD HAVE TO
PAY AS EMU FARMERS WHERE OTHER FARMERS, CATTLE FARMERS OR WHAT HAVE YOU DO NOT
HAVE TO PAY. ))
Kurtz says ratite farmers are organizing to mount a lobbying effort to
change the meat classification.
Meanwhile they'll continue selling to individuals and gourmet shops, and
IMPORTING the meat from states where inspections are mandatory, to supply to
restaurants in Virginia. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Almost six thousand Virginia state workers gave up their jobs last year.
It's an effort to reduce the size and cost of state government.
Now, a House of Delegates committee says turning their work over to the
private sector may NOT be the silver bullet to save taxpayers money.
IN Q=The presentation
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: THE PRESENTATION WE'VE HAD, AND I THINK THE
THINKING IS THAT OUTSOURCING NEEDS TO BE CAREFULLY PLANNED WITH DEFINITE
OBJECTIVES. IT'S NOT SUFFICIENT JUST TO RECITE THE MANTRA THAT "OUTSOURCING IS
GOOD, THEREFORE WE WILL DO IT." YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIFIC GOAL.))
OUT Q=specific goal.
Figures released by the House Appropriations Committee show more overtime
being paid to remaining state workers, and a 19-percent increase in money spent
on private contractors.
Last month a Roanoke sparkling water company stopped production after a
dispute with a supplier.
Now it appears the Quibell Corporation has a dispute with a big lender.
Nationsbank has filed papers in Roanoke Circuit court to keep Quibell from
selling its assets until it pays the 900-thousand dollars it owes the bank.
The bank cites an affidavit from a former Quibell employee that says its
owners have been trying to convert the company's property into cash, and
possibly move to SOUTH AFRICA.
Nationsbank won't discuss the matter.
Quibell's attorney could not be reached for comment.
It's another chip on the Old Dominion's block.
Microchip that is.
Japan's Motorola and German-based Siemens Corporation say they'll build a
one-and a half BILLION dollar plant in the Richmond area.
Governor George Allen CROWED about the state's third big semiconductor plant
score in a little over a year from his east Asian trade mission.
IN Q=All across
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE, FOCUS TODAY IS ON HENRICO COUNTY,
VIRGINIA. NOW MY FRIENDS, THERE ARE PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT SIGNS OF CONFIDENCE
THAT ARE EMANATING FROM THIS DECISION BY MOTOROLA AND SIEMENS TO INVEST IN
VIRGINIA. AND WE CERTAINLY THANK SIEMENS AND MOTOROLA FOR THEIR CONFIDENCE.))
The Motorola-Siemens plant is expected to employ 15- hundred workers.
Another Motorola plant in the Richmond area, announced last spring, is
expected to employ up to five thousand.
And a four BILLION dollar IBM- Toshiba joint venture in the Manassas area is
expected to employ four thousand workers.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, Roanoke's rental inspection plan hits some snags,
And we'll meet some amphibians who are making their leap to the big time.
MUSIC UP FULL
Lingering problems prevented Roanoke City Council from approving the new
rental inspection program today.
But it doesn't appear the latest hang- up will stop the program from taking
effect this summer.
Months of community meetings and major revisions to the proposed law have
reduced the opposition of many landlords.
Some disagreements remain, including concerns about a certificate of
compliance that would have to be posted on the front of each rental unit.
But early opponents of the program now say they believe the problems can be
IN Q=It's like playing
((JOHN KEPLEY/ROANOKE LANDLORD: IT'S LIKE PLAYING A BASKETBALL GAME OR A
FOOTBALL GAME. ONCE YOU GET INTO THE GAME YOU FEEL GOOD. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SIT
ON THE SIDELINES ALL THE TIME AND JUST WATCH EVERYBODY PLAY. YOU GO THROUGH ALL
THE PRACTICE, DO ALL THE GRUNT WORK, BUT NOW YOU'RE IN THE BALL GAME. SO I FEEL
PRETTY GOOD, VERY GOOD.))
SUPER=01-John Kepley/Roanoke Landlord;
OUT Q=pretty good, very good.
Neighborhood groups have called for rental inspections as a way to improve
safety and stop the decline of the city's housing stock.
Council will vote on the proposal early next month after administrators
attempt to iron out the remaining wrinkles in the plan.
It's out with the old-- In with the NEW as new owners take over Southern
Virginia College in Buena Vista.
SOT 11:16:51 (Tape 1)
IN Q=Effective this last
((DAVID W.FERREL/SVC PRESIDENT: EFFECTIVE THIS LAST WEEK IT BECAME A FOUR YEAR
SUPER=01-David W. Ferrel/SVC President;
OUT Q=year co-educational college.
That was the announcement by NEW Southern Virginia College president David
A group of businessman with ties to the Morman church saved the 130 year old
It lost its accreditation due to financial trouble.
But Congressman Bob Goodlatte worked to save the college along with
education advocate, Congressman Howard Mckeon from California.
IN Q=I think there are a
((HOWARD P. MCKEON/CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN: I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF PLUSES
WHY THIS SHOULD BE SAVED. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY, IT'S
IMPORTANT TO THE STUDENTS WHO COME HERE, AND WHO POTENTIALLY WE'LL BE COMING
HERE. I THINK TO LET THIS INSTITUTION DIE WOULD BE A REAL TRAVESTY.))
SUPER=01-Howard P. Mckeon/California Congressman;
OUT Q=be a real travesty.
School officials hope to receive official accreditation by the summer.
Some renovations are already underway- New Owners expect 250 students by
Lot's of local flavor tonight, as we talk with Cave Spring's new head
basketball coach, check on Byrd bash in the Blue Ridge baseball tournament, and
see what's up with the Avalanche and Hillcats.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
But first the nation's number one and two men got personalized jerseys from
the national champion Kentucky Wildcats today. The two power forwards honored
both the men's champions
And the Tennessee Lady Vols who won this year's women's title.
Now here are tonight's scores.
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IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score
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GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
One of the three high school head basketball coaching vacancies in the
Roanoke Valley was filled last night as Cave Spring elevated 30 year old
assistant Billy Hicks to the top spot.
IN Q="You know...
((BILLY HICKS/NEW CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/New Cave Spring Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...TENURE OF IT."
SUPER=04-1995-96 Season; :00
Hicks not only hopes to give the program stability, but he also hopes to
build rapport with the parents whom he says have been unfairly criticized in
IN Q="I want..
OUT Q=...we could ask."
William Byrd topped Salem in the Blue Ridge District baseball tournament
championship this evening at Salem Memorial Stadium.
Steve Mason says there were some major league highlights at this minor
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00
SUPER=01-Justin Likens/1.29 Season ERA; :34
SUPER=34-William Byrd/==4/Salem/==0; :57
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/William Byrd Coach; 1:19
SUPER=01-Scott Atkins/Salem Coach; 1:29
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((This district championship might just be the sweetest of the 4 Byrd has won
in the last 5 years.
The Terriers opened the tourney with a rather low .267 team batting average.
Better have great defense! The terriers did.
That's Ben Smith making the major league catch.
((JUSTIN LIKENS/1.68 SEASON ERA:))
Salem's defense was also spectacular. Avalanche general manager sam lazzaro
watched son Sam junior make this incredible play at second base.
The Terriers scored first in the bottom of the 4th. Matt mcGuire nails this
single to to center that plates Smith for a 1-nothing Byrd lead.
Parker Humphrey's, then doubles down the left field line scoring McGuire and
Ross Blankenship for a 3-zip lead.
The Terriers went up 4 nothing before the Spartans made one final run. All
district catcher Ricky Eubanks doubled off the wall in the seventh but Byrd
beats Salem for the 18th straight time, a streak that dates back to 1989.
((SCOTT ATKINS/SALEM COACH:))
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/WILLIAM BYRD COACH:))
The Region Three tournament begins next Tuesday for Salem and William at
Amherst high school. In Salem Steve Mason news 7 sports."))
The Salem Avalanche and Lynchburg Hillcats opened a three game series last
night in the Hill City, but first they had to take care of some unfinished
SUPER=03-Salem/May 5; :00
Back on May 5th, WDBJ's LIVE telecast of a Sunday afternoon game between
these two games was halted shortly after catchers Mike HIggins and Jonathan
Sweet collided at home plate.
Higgins tag kept the Hillcats from taking the lead and preserved a tie when
rain and lightning soon after postponed the game.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. HIllcats;
Last night they resumed the game in the top of the 8th in Lynchburg with
Salem as the home team.
Lynchburg had two chances to score with 2 runners on but again Higgins will
make the big play as he
stands his ground and stops big Erskine Kelly.
The Avalanche loaded the bases in the ninth and John Guidice loaded up and
knocked in the winning run.
It takes Salem 15 days and nine innings but they win it 3-to-2.
Salem took the nightcap as well last night winning 11-to-1.
The Virginia Cavaliers got their NCAA baseball tournament assignment
The newly crowned ACC champs play Notre Dame Thursday at 4 eastern in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the South Regional.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have evened their best of seven Eastern Conference
final with Panthers at a game apiece thanks to last night's 3-to-2 win at the
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh/Panthers vs. Penguins; :00
Mario Lemieux go the eventual game winner in the 8:12 mark of the third as he
skates in on the weak side and cleans up the mess in front.
The Pens win 3-to-2. Lemieux has 11 goals in the playoffs.
Still to come tonight, more hoopla including the latest on Horace Grant,
and another coronation for his airness.
Michael Jordan is the king of the hill in the NBA for the fourth time in his
Jordan led the Bulls to a league record 72 wins this season by averaging 30
points a game.
He also pulled down 543 rebounds and recorded 352 assists.
He picked up his award at the Bulls practice facility in Deerfield, Illinois
yesterday afternoon with coach Phil Jackson by his side.
Jordan also denied reports in yesterday's Chicago Tribune saying he wants a 2
year 36 million dollar contract to stay in Chicago.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC -Yesterday; :00
The Eastern conference finals resume tomorrow night, but the Magic will not
have the services of forward Horace Grant.
Grant twisted his left elbow yesterday, and although an MRI exam shows no
signs of a fracture, Grant is in too much pain to play.
In fact, he may miss the rest of the series.
Now you can call him Dr. Kermit.
Kermit the Frog received his honorary Doctorate of Amphibious Letters
yesterday from Long Island's Southampton College,
In his five minute commencement address, Kermit told graduates it was time
for them to leave the swamp and move on with their lives.
Southampton College is known for its Marine and Environmental Sciences
SUPER=03-Calaveras Co., CA;
Meanwhile, a group of Kermit's contemporaries have taken his advice and made
the leap in the big time.
Yesterday was Calaveras County's annual frog jumping contest.
And this year three legs seems to be better than four.
Yesterday history was made when a three legged-frog took home the 750-dollar
first prize by jumping almost 22-feet.
The contest grew out of a Mark Twain story and has lasted almost 70 years.