It's now or never for Jim Miller.
His cash-strapped campaign pulled out its biggest GUN today.
The gamble is-- that gun may misfire.
SS=GOP State Convention
Ellen Qualls has highlights of day TWO of the Virginia Republican convention
IN Q=Pat Robertson
SUPER=03-Salem; :00 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Pat Robertson/Televangelist; :05
SUPER=07-Oliver North; :34
SUPER=@miller; 1:03 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa Political Analyst; 1:06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Salem.
(( Pat Robertson prayed for the divine guidance of the Virginia Republican
nat sot tape one 10:08:10
((PAT ROBERTSON: AND WE PRAY YOUR BLESSING IN OUR DELIBERATIONS. WE PRAY YOUR
BLESSING ON THIS ASSEMBLY.))
But the blessing Jim Miller may have coveted just as much finally came.
nat sot 11:16:54 tape two
((A REAL AMERICAN HERO. COLONEL OLLIE NORTH!))
With the showdown at the polls between Miller and incumbent Senator John
Warner just ten days away, the state party's most charismatic and controversial
figure finally weighed in.
sot 11:32:26 TAPE TWO
((OLIVER NORTH: GO TO THE POLLS ON JUNE 11TH AND VOTE FOR JIM MILLER FOR THE
UNITED STATES SENATE. applause))
And then a symbolic stage presentation that once again was less about Jim
Miller's attributes than John Warner's betrayal Ollie North and Mike Farris.
nat sot 11:36:17
((MISSION IMPOSSIBLE THEME.))
John Warner's re-election is Mission Impossible, with a little cooperation
between former foes.
sot TAPE THREE 11:36:17
((JIM MILLER: THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE MOST EXCITING HOUR OF MY LIFE.))
sot tape one 10:43:13
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: IT'S A TREMENDOUS GAMBLE. BECAUSE WHILE
IT MAY PRODUCE MORE CONSERVATIVE VOTES FOR JIM MILLER, IT MAY ALSO ENCOURAGE
MANY DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS TO GO INTO THAT REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ON JUNE 11TH
TO SEND YET ANOTHER MESSAGE TO OLIVER NORTH.))
And then the final slap at Warner.
A straw poll that favored Miller by a hefty margin -- a signal to the party
faithful who couldn't make this convention.
sot TAPE FOUR 12:43:38 standup
((WHATEVER MESSAGE IS SENT BY THESE DELEGATES MAY NOT BE AS LOUD AS THEY HOPED.
THIS IS NOT A FULL HOUSE. AND IT IS NOT THE ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD THAT HAS
NOMINATED REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN VIRGINIA IN RECENT HISTORY. ELLEN QUALLS,
NEWS 7, SALEM.))
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
While Virginia Republicans were wooping it up in Salem, Republican Senator
John Warner was getting back to his farming roots.
He was introduced to Pat the Pig at Virginia Tech this morning.
Pat has been injected with human genes as a part of an experiment in Tech's
Warner sits on the Committee on Agriculture which he says benefits state
farmers as well as Virginia Tech.
IN Q=i can provide
((JOHN WARNER/R-U.S. SENATOR: I CAN PROVIDE A CLOSER TIE BETWEEN VIRGINIA TECH
AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THAT'S THE JOB OF A SENATOR. AND TODAY IS
WHAT I CALL A DAY FOR JOBS. JOBS IN AGRICULTURE.))
OUT Q=JOBS IN AGRICULTURE
Researchers educated Warner on some of the many projects taking place at the
Warner says these projects and Virginia farmers could be in jeopardy if Jim
Miller wins the G-O-P nomination.
He says challenger Jim Miller has called agriculture funding inefficient and
GRAPHIC=Festival in the Park
Would-be politician Jay Rutledge along with other locals was out enjoying
activities at Festival in the Park today...but he wasn't handing out any
Earlier today a judge ruled that Rutledge could not distribute his handouts
or pass out a petition on Festival grounds.
He was trying to collect two thousand signatures in order to run for
Congress in the fall.
SOT 05.16.22 - 05.16.40
IN Q=How do you
((JAY RUTLEDGE/LIBERTARIAN POLITICIAN;
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE WAY THINGS WENT TODAY? WELL, I THINK IT'S
DISSAPPOINTING. FRIDAY, ANY PERSON HAD THE RIGHT TO FREELY HAND OUT LEAFLETS
IN ELMWOOD PARK FOR 365 DAYS A YEAR, TODAY THEY DON'T.))
SUPER=01-Jay Rutledge/Libertarian Politician;
OUT Q=today they don't
SS=Festival in the Park
The ruling overturns an earlier one that said that city officials violated
the constitution by forcing Rutledge to leave the event.
Today's ruling is in effect until the Festival ends.
City officials say once the event is over, they'll take legal action to make
sure this type of thing doesn't happen again.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
The Roanoke County Police Department is offering a new computer program
which offers businesses some ideas on how to reduce crime.
and more than a hundred people from southwest Virginia took a stand for
children today in Washington.
MUSIC UP FULL
Every day in America there are 85-hundred reports of child abuse, nearly
3-thousand teens drop out of school and more than 26-hundred babies are born
These are some of the issues for participants in the first "Stand for
They hope to bring it to the attention of lawmakers.
Denise Allen caught up with some Southwest Virginians making the march.
IN Q=The sun had
SUPER=01-Jimmiel Johnston/Stand For Children; :18
SUPER=01-Marion Ware/Stand For Children; :38
SUPER=01-Alan Vierling/Summer Safety Party; :1:10
SUPER=03-Washington DC; 1:26
OUT Q=News 7
((The sun had just started to rise when 150 Southwest Virginians boarded
buses to Washington.
Jimmiel Johnston is taking 24 girl scouts to the Stand For Children rally.
There they'll meet up with more than four thousand scouts taking a stand for
((JIMMIEL JOHNSTON/GIRL SCOUT LEADER: IN GIRL SCOUTS OUR ROLE IS TO MAKE THESE
GIRLS RESPONSIBLE AND YOUNG LEADERS AND WE'RE SHOWING THEM THEY CAN MAKE A
DIFFERENCE AND TAKE A STAND EVEN AT THEIR YOUNG AGE.))
Social workers, concerned citizens and people who have benefited from social
programs make up this delegation.
They say they're hoping politicians wake up and take notice--especially
since this is an election year.
((MARION WARE/STAND FOR CHILDREN: IF THERE'S CUTS IN CHILD CARE THEN THERE'S
GOING TO BE NO SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN. CHILDREN HAVE NO RIGHTS. THEY CAN'T
VOTE. SO WE HAVE TO BE THE ONE'S TO SPEAK UP FOR THE CHILDREN.))
In Blacksburg, children's advocates celebrated Stand For Children day in a
While the marchers in D-C tried to draw attention to many issues surrounding
child welfare, organizers of the first Summer Safety Party tried to teach
parents and children how to have a safe summer.
((ALAN VIERLING/SUMMER SAFETY PARTY: WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS SAY PAY
ATTENTION TO THEM. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR KIDS. TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN. BE
AWARE OF WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE DOING AT ALL TIMES.))
Nearly a quarter of a million people from all over the country joined these
southwest Virginia travelers in Washington.
Organizers say politically it was a non-partisan day.
A day, they say, to start work on creating a better tomorrow for children.
Organizers say the gathering at the Lincoln Memorial was a chance for
Americans to gather as a community.
And they say, after all it takes a whole community to raise a child.
Denise Allen News 7.))
A Virginia Tech English instructor hopes his book will prompt readers to
take steps to end child abuse.
Carl Bean's novel, "A Soul To Take"-- hit stores today.
The thriller is about a police investigator that tracks down a child
molester and murderer.
We caught up with Bean at a book signing in Blacksburg.
He says NOW that Americans realize that child abuse is happening, it's time
to take a stand.
IN Q=instead of
((CARL BEAN/AUTHOR, "A SOUL TO TAKE": INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT THE HEADLINES AND
TURNING AWAY, TO LOOK AT THE HEADLINES AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. THAT WE
ALL HAVE A ROLE. SO THIS IS A WAY TO EXPERIENCE WHAT HAPPENS AND OPENING YOUR
EYES TO IT.))
SUPER=01-Carl Bean/Author, "A Soul To Take";
OUT Q=your eyes to it
Some of the profits from book sales will benefit the Child Abuse Prevention
Coalition of the New River Valley.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal
Some Tech students have teamed up with the Roanoke County Police Department
to help businesses fight crime.
Jay Moore has that story.
IN Q=With a touch of
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :02
SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police; :12
OUT Q=Moore, News 7.
((With a touch of the finger, business owners can find out what to watch out
for when designing a building.
It's called "Crime Prevention through Environmental Design."
Architecture students from Tech used grant money to develop the software.
IN Q=What they've done
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: WHAT THEY'VE DONE IS COME UP WITH AN
INTERACTIVE CD ROM. PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT EXPERIENCED IN THESE CONCEPTS AT ALL
CAN SET DOWN AT THEIR COMPUTER AND USE IT TO LEARN ABOUT SOME OF THE BASIC
CONCEPTS AND THE WAYS THEY CAN REDUCE CRIME IN A GIVEN ENVIRONMENT.))
OUT Q=given environment.
The county police department is making the c-d available to businesses.
Kincaid hopes it will make owners more safety conscientious.
IN Q=They can set
((KINCAID: THEY CAN SIT DOWN AND LOOK AT THIS AND COME UP WITH SOME GREAT
EXAMPLES OF WAYS THEY CAN REDUCE THE CHANCES OF CRIME OCCURING ON THEIR
PROPERTY AND NOT COST THEM ANY MORE MONEY.))
OUT Q=any more money.
IN Q=This is a good
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING BUSINESSES
SHOULDN'T DO. THESE DUMPSTERS ARE ALLOWING WOULD BE ROBBERS TO HIDE BEHIND
THEM, HOWEVER THE PHONES ARE IN A GOOD LOCATION ALLOWING THE CLERK INSIDE TO
HAVE A GOOD VIEW OF THE PERSON USING THEM. ))
OUT Q=using them.
IN Q=Criminals like
((KINCAID: CRIMINALS LIKE DARKER PLACES WHERE THEY CAN'T BE OBSERVED. THEY
LIKE PLACES WHERE PEOPLE DON'T FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE AREA. ))
OUT Q=for the area.
Kincaid says the c-d will be available to the county's engineer and to site
It'll also be up for grabs when new businesses look to locate to the area.
In Roanoke County, Jay Moore, News 7.))
And coming up, the field is set for tomorrows running of the Miller 500 at
And Mike Stevens has a recap of the Festival 5 and 10k runs this morning in
The 1996 Festival run was punctuated by ideal weather conditions and the
support of two news sponsors, as American Electric Power and First American
bank led the runners to the starting line this morning.
Mike Stevens has more on today's 5 & 10K events.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-George Probst/Men's 10K Winner; :31
SUPER=01-Beth Howell/Women's 10K Winner; :58
SUPER=01-Justin Mosby/Men's 5K Winner; 1:35
SUPER=01-Nancy Ferris/Women's 5K Winner; 1:55
SUPER=01-Dan Carson/AEP President in Va. & Tennessee; 2:20
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( The sun was shining but the humidity was low at eight this morning as the
sea of runners made its way from the starting line and headed up Jefferson
Folks of all ages and abilities traditionally take part in this Festival
Fun, but it never takes the big boys long to move to the front.
In this case the rabbit was eventual 10K winner George Probst an industrial
engineering Grad student at Virginia Tech who would win the 10 K event in a
time of 31 minutes and 17 seconds.
((GEORGE PROBST/MEN'S 10K WINNER:))
While this marked Probst's first win in this event, the women's 10K champ is
a household name. Blacksburg's Beth Howell, who couldn't even run in this race
last year because of a ruptured disc in her back, picked up her first Festival
win win since 1991.
((BETH HOWELL/WOMEN'S 10 K WINNER:))
The 5K race put two more first time winners in the victory circle. In the
men's division CHristiansburg high school senior Justin Mosby, who graduate
next Friday and run at Radford University next year dusted the field in a time
of 15 minutes and 48 seconds.
((JUSTIN MOSBY/MEN'S 5K WINNER:))
The women's 5K champ was Nancy Ferris. She competed in the 100th Boston
marathon earlier this year, but was just a thrilled with today's win in 19
minute and 6 seconds.
((NANCY FERRIS/WOMEN'S 5K WINNER:))
((DAN CARSON/AEP PRESIDENT FOR VA. & TENN.))
In downtown Roanoke with Festival in the Park, Mike Stevens news 7 sports.))
Second round qualifying was completed at Dover this afternoon.
Gary Bradberry will start 26-th and Michael Waltrip 27-th.
SUPER=03-Dover, DE/Speedvision; :
After turning his best performance of the year a 13-th place finish at
Charlotte Darrell Waltrip is nearly 5-miles an hour slower that pole winner
Jeff Gordon and he'll use a provisional to get in the race.
SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=400-26/Johnny Benson/152.404/27/Michael Waltrip/28/Mike
Wallace/29/Rickey Craven/30/Hermie Sadler
SUPER=401-31/Ken Schrader/32/Lake Speed/33/Todd Bodine/34/Wally
SUPER=401-36/Joe Nemechek/37/Morgan Shepherd/38/Bobby Hamilton/39/Greg
SUPER=402-41/Darrell Waltrip/42/Jeremy Mayfield
OUT Q=...Jeremy Mayfield."
The Cincinnati Reds jumped on Greg Maddux in the first inning and go on to
beat Atlanta 3 to 2.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/FOX SPORTS; :
Bobby Cox watched the Reds first inning rally from the dugout.
Thomas Howard hits a shot to left field for a double Barry Larkin rounds
the bases to score and the Reds took the 1 to nothing lead.
Still in the first, Eddie Taubense hit a single to right field pushing home
another run across the plate and the Reds took the two nothing lead.
Fred McGriff gets all of this pitch SUPER=35-Cincinnati/==3/Atlanta/==2;
for a solo homer over the wall but it was not enough as the Reds slip by the
Braves 3 to 2.