News 7 is up next on your Hometown Station.
With the latest in a book- banning dispute in Montvale.
A decision on whether to buy radio equipment from a LOCAL vendor in
An arson investigation at a black church in Alabama.
And the novel "Crime and Punishment" acted out at William Fleming High
Campbell County voted tonight AGAINST a local radio equipment supplier in
filling its radio equipment needs.
The controversial move meant a loss for the local Motorola dealer; a win
The Gardner family showed up in federal court in Lynchburg today-- hoping
to win an injunction.
They didn't get one, but HAVE ALREADY gotten one thing they wanted.
The Rush Limbaugh book that was taken from Jason by his fourth- grade
teacher was quietly returned Friday.
And the suspect in a string of threatening calls to Roanoke Valley teenagers
is hit with nine new felonies.
Details at 11.
A nine- year- old Bedford County boy will continue to fight for the right to
read his Rush Limbaugh book in school.
But a federal judge today said it won't happen until next year, if at all.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=The flap started
SUPER=01-Tom Gardner/Father; :26
SUPER=01-John Fishwick/Gardner's Attorney; :49
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( The flap started two weeks ago when Jason Gardner's copy of this Rush
Limbaugh book was taken from him during a "recreational reading" time in his
Jason's teacher Robert Bays says when he saw the word "condom" at the head
of Chapter 12, he didn't feel that was appropriate material for a fourth-
grader to be reading.
Jason's father Tom disagreed, and he filed suit to get the book back in
Jason's hands and back in the classroom.
IN Q=I'm very worried
((TOM GARDNER/FATHER: I'M VERY WORRIED ABOUT RIGHTS BEING TAKEN AWAY AN INCH AT
A TIME, AND I FEEL LIKE IF THERE IS A VIOLATION, IT SHOULD BE BROUGHT UP AND
STOPPED AT THAT POINT.))
OUT Q=at that point.
But Judge James C. Turk agreed with educators who felt the Limbaugh book was
above Jason's reading level.
Turk refused to allow Jason to bring the book to class during this final
week of school, but left open what will happen next year.
IN Q=Tom Gardner
((JOHN FISHWICK/GARDNER'S ATTORNEY: TOM GARDNER HAD GIVEN PERMISSION TO JASON
TO READ THIS BOOK AND WE THINK THAT'S AN ISSUE WE'LL PURSUE AT TRIAL, THE JUDGE
SAID THE NEXT THREE DAYS HE WON'T BE ALLOWED TO REVIEW THAT BOOK.))
OUT Q=review that book.
IN Q=Lawyers say
((Lawyers say what's at stake is a child's constitutional right to read what
they want in class, and a parent's right to help them choose it. The case will
move forward in the federal court system, as Gardner and his son, with the
support of Limbaugh himself, continue their fight. Steve Smallshaw, News7,
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
An accident claimed the life of a Pittsylvania County teenager today.
Police say Mary Beth Cooper of Poplar Trace was killed.
Authorities say Cooper was travelling on Mountain Hill Road in Danville--
when she apparently pulled out in front of a tractor trailer.
The two vehicles collided at the intersection near South Boston Road.
The wreck is still under investigation.
A controversial decision tonight over who will provide new radio equipment
for Campbell County.
The Elecom company of Madison Heights won the original contract with a 450-
thousand dollar bid last month, beating out the Ericsson Corporation.
But the supervisors agreed then to let Ericsson submit another bid.
Tonight, an emergency communications committee again recommended Elecom be
given the contract, but the board voted 6 to 1 in favor of Ericsson.
IN Q=This is a
((TOM BARKSDALE/ERICSSON: THIS IS A HOMETOWN, THIS IS ECONOMY, THESE DOLLARS
WILL STAY IN CAMPBELL COUNTY AND THE CENTRAL VIRGINIA REGION, AND IF ANYTHING
CATASTROPHIC EVER HAPPENS, WE ARE TEN MILES AWAY AND WE CAN CALL OUT THE TROOPS
TO DO WHATEVER'S NECESSARY TO RE- ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS
SYSTEM HERE IN CAMPBELL COUNTY.))
((MACK BURKHOLDER/ELECOM: I GUESS THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE DOING WHAT'S IN THEIR
BEST INTERESTS BUT YOU WANT TO LOOK AT ALL THE THINGS THAT HAVE GONE DOWN, IT
HAS BEEN HIGHLY UNETHICAL. I'M LEAVING HERE WITH MY INTEGRITY TONIGHT, THERE'S
A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE THAT WON'T.))
SUPER=01-Tom Barksdale/Ericsson; :00
SUPER=01-Mack Burkholder/Elecom; :23
OUT Q=here that won't.
Elecom is a local dealer for the Motorola Company, Ericsson's biggest
competitor in the communications market.
The F-B-I means to be stepping up the pressure on the Freemen compound.
A government helicopter briefly flew along the perimeter of the
property tonight, shortly soon after power was shut off to the ranch.
The F-B-I cut the electricity, in an effort to get the Freemen to resume
The standoff between the F-B-I and the anti-government group is in its 71st
A father and son on Long Island have been accused of illegally exporting gas
masks and other military supplies to the Japanese cult allegedly involved in
last year's fatal gas attack in Tokyo.
The U-S attorney says Milton and Howard Somberg made 160 illegal shipments.
Some of the items included tear gas, handcuffs, night vision equipment and
chemical protective suits which were destined for places like the Czech
Republic, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru.
Another rural black church in the south has burned to the ground.
This one in Greensboro, Alabama.
Investigators went to the scene of the early- morning fire, hoping to
determine whether it was a racially- motivated arson.
The Rising Star Baptist Church fire is the fifth at a black house of
worship in west Alabama since late last year.
Damage could be a quarter million dollars.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in VA
A Christiansburg woman, a Smyth County woman, and a Winchester woman believe
one part of Virginia's 1995 welfare reform is UN-constitutional.
That's the part that requires they identify the fathers of their children so
the state can help force deadbeat dads to pay up.
But these three women say they don't know -- so they're suing because their
AFDC checks will be taken away.
IN Q=This is a good
((MARTIN BROWN/VA. SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT.: THIS IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT
HELPS PEOPLE. FOR 30 YEARS OR 40 YEARS WELFARE HAS CAUGHT WOMEN IN A CYCLE OF
DEPENDENCY. IT'S CAUGHT CHILDREN IN A CYCLE OF POVERTY. AND WHAT THIS DOES IS
IT PUTS THEM ON NOTICE THAT NO LONGER WILL THEY RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FOR AN
UNCONDITIONAL PERIOD FOR UNCONDITIONAL BENEFITS.))
SUPER=01-Martin Brown/Va. Social Services Dept.;
The Virginia Poverty Law Center says the state is violating FEDERAL
The Center says those rules allow mothers who can't identify fathers to
attest to a lack of information, under penalty of perjury.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, some Botetourt County parents want more money
for education, a man accused of making threatening phone calls in the Valley
faces new charges,
and federal investigators say new evidence suggests the victims of the Valujet
crash were dead before the plane hit the ground.
Robin in Wx office
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A ValuJet D-C-Nine developed a fuel leak in its left wing today at Bradley
Field in Connecticut.
The F-A-A says 50 gallons of fuel was lost.
It's now believed that all 110 people aboard ValuJet Flight 592 last month
were dead by the time the D-C-Nine hit the Florida everglades.
IN Q=Once flames
((ONCE FLAMES GOT INTO THE CABIN AND STARTED IGNITING CABIN MATERIAL AND
PRODUCING THE TOXIC AND FLAMMABLE GASES, I DON'T THINK THERE WAS ANY CHANCE
WHATSOEVER OF SURVIVAL.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Williams/Aviation Expert
Also today a truck driver hired to transport wreckage admitted taking parts
of the aircraft... including a circuit breaker panel that could offer clues to
the cause of the crash.
Two women whose bodies were found in the Shenandoah National Park over the
weekend, may have been killed.
The F- B- I and the National Park Service are now investigating the deaths
The bodies were discovered Saturday-- about 25 miles east of Luray near the
No word yet on either woman's identity or cause of death.
A man suspected of making obscene phone calls to young girls is now facing
NINE more felony charges.
A Roanoke grand jury indicted Michael Obremski today on four counts of
taking indecent liberties with a minor, and five counts of making abduction
All the new charges involved calls to girls, from January of 1994 to
December of last year.
Obremski was arrested last month on a misdemeanor charge in Roanoke County.
Authorities believe he's also the same man who was seen stalking school
children in the Raleigh Court neighborhood.
There's little doubt Botetourt County will be an industrial haven in years
It seems like every week a new business plans to locate in the county and
with each one... there is the promise of more employment.
But some residents are afraid a lack of educational funding will mean
Botetourt County students won't be properly prepared.
The County Board of Supervisors did not approve 1- point- 4 million dollars
of the recently proposed school budget.
SOT 10:02:28(tape 1)
IN Q=The quality
((JOHN PATTERSON/FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN THIS
COUNTY WILL SUFFER AS A RESULT OF THEIR FAILURE TO FUND THE SCHOOL BOARD'S
REQUESTED BUDGET. WITHOUT EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN TO THAT LEVEL, THEY WON'T GET
THOSE JOBS. SOMEONE ELSE WILL GET THEM. ))
SUPER=01-John Patterson/Former School Board Member;
OUT Q=get them
According to the county's financial report there are 16 million dollars in
But Jerry Burgess says: "undesignated" is just an auditing term.
He says the money is divvied up into various reserve funds... and that there
is a surplus of only about 700- thousand dollars.
IN Q=I think a lot
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE, TOO,
HAVE FORGOTTEN THE BOARD HAS APPROVED OVER 16- MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING FOR
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION IN THE LAST 3 YEARS. OVER 8 MILLION OF WHICH IS BEHIND US.
AND THEY'VE ALSO APPROVED ANOTHER 5 MILLION FOR EXPANSION AND RENOVATION OF
LORD BOTETOURT HIGH SCHOOL. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=high school
School board members will go before the supervisors next month, in an
attempt to get more money for the schools.
When an attorney general takes a stand on an issue nobody asked his opinion
on -- he may be running for Governor.
Republican candidate Jim Gilmore has just said NO to gambling in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls reports he's even looking askance at the Lottery.
IN Q=For two
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( For two and half years, Jim Gilmore has been walking in the shadow of
George Allen, doing the legal business of the state as its Attorney General.
But the 1996 Republican convention set the stage for his first major
personal policy statement.
Gilmore chose gambling -- and with it -- to break ranks with his Governor.
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: THIS FOLLOWS UP ON THE WORK THAT I'VE DONE
WITH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL. THERE'S BEEN NO ISSUE NO
MORE CONSISTENTLY DISCUSSED IN THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION THAN CASINO GAMBLING.))
Allen finally suggested this year that riverboat gaming could be damaging to
He supports the lottery and is okay with its soon to be announced venture
into a new Powerball- type game.
And he doesn't even remember ever supporting the lottery.
((I DOUBT SERIOUSLY THAT I VOTED FOR THE LOTTERY. I DON'T RECALL BUT I THINK
THAT I DID NOT VOTE FOR THE LOTTERY. I'M NOT VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THAT MANNER
OF RAISING FUNDS. THAT'S ON THE BOOKS NOW. AND THAT'S WORKING AHEAD.))
But still, he'd like a commission to study the lottery -- to see if Virginia
could be weaned from 300 million dollar a year money pump.
He'd rather voters focus on the casino issue though.
((IT IS QUANTITATIVELY AND QUALITATIVELY DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING ELSE WE'VE
EVER SEEN HERE IN THIS STATE. THE SIZE OF THE MONEY IS ENORMOUS. WE'VE SEEN
MAJOR LOBBYING EFFORTS COME INTO THIS STATE. WE COULD SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT
((MANY SUPPORTERS OF RIVERBOAT GAMBLING SAY THE EFFORTS TO PASS IT INTO LAW
PEAKED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS IN THE LEGISLATURE. THE LESS POLITICALLY FEASIBLE
THE ISSUE IS THE SAFER THE CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO BLOCK IT. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7,
MUSIC ON TAPE
When News 7 at 11 returns, Roanoke City Council votes itself a raise,
And a little later in our broadcast, we'll see how a high school jury is
giving a fictional character a lesson in "Crime and Punishment."
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The F-D-A has cleared a new, non-invasive way to test for HIV, the virus that
can cause AIDS.
The Orasure H-I-V-One kit, an antibody confirmation test is taken orally
and requires no blood or needles.
A specially- treated pad is placed between the patient's lower cheek and gum
for two minutes.
The pad is then put in a vial with a preservative and sent to a laboratory
Orasure will be available at doctors' offices and health clinics within
A regional symbol will play a pivotal role in a new campaign against drunk
Today, Roanoke City Council agreed to a plan that will turn the Mill
Mountain Star red for 24 hours following a drug or alcohol- related traffic
Members say they still have some reservations about the "Keep the Star
White" campaign, but they approved a 90- day trial run that will begin
IN Q=I think it symbolizes
((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: I THINK IT SYMBOLIZES SO MUCH IN THE
HEARTS OF THESE PEOPLE, THAT IF THEY LIKE IT THEY'LL TELL US AND IF THEY DON'T
LIKE IT, THEY'LL REALLY TELL US.))
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council;
OUT Q=they'll really tell us.
Members of City Council also revisited the vote to raise their own
Fearing they mishandled the original decision, council reconsidered, but
the result was the same.
They approved increases of one thousand dollars for council members and
three- thousand dollars for the mayor.
A scenic area in Amherst County now has the law on its side.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte has dedicated a part of the George Washington
National Park as the Mount Pleasant Scenic area.
The Congressman said he proposed legislation to maintain trails in the area
and protect the site's natural beauty.
There are only seven other such areas in the country.
IN Q=This was a
((BOB GOODLATTE/CONGRESSMAN 6TH DISTRICT;
THIS WAS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR AMHERST COUNTY AND A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL
ORGANIZATIONS WHO FELT THAT THIS VERY BEAUTIFUL SCENIC AREA WAS NOT BEING
PROTECTED UNDER THE PREVIOUS LAW.))
OUT Q=the previous law
Because it's a designated scenic area, no commercial development or timber
sales will be allowed.
Environmentalists also wanted to protect a reservoir in the park that
provides drinking water for the city of Lynchburg.
SUPER=03-Ferrum/May 1993; :00
The Houston Astros recalled former Ferrum Star Billy Wagner yesterday
The 12th overall selection in the 1993 amateur draft was moved up from the
organization's Triple A Tuscon Toros.
The hard throwing left hander made his major league debut on September 12 of
The Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 5-to-4 last night in a game that
many folks hoped would produce John Smoltz's 12th win of the season.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Mets vs. Braves; :00
Smoltz was on the hill baffling the Mets with a good mix of fast balls and
off speed stuff.
In fact he was untouchable or was he?? Chris Jones rips a homer over the
fence in the second to give the Mets a 2-to-1 lead
Smoltz would fall behind 4-to-1 before the Braves bailed him out.
In the seventh Jermaine Dye singles up the middle and plate Jave Lopez to tie
the game at foue as the Braves get three runsin the 7th.
Then RYan Klesko hit this triple to the wall in the eight to drive in Fred
McGriff. Brad Clontz gets the win in relief, Smoltz doesn't figure in the
decision and the Braves win it 5-TO-4.
Off the field in the big leagues, the Belle has once again tolled for Albert,
and this time it will cost the Indians volatile slugger a 5 game suspension.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/Last Friday; :00
What could he have possibly done you ask, just watch how he breaks up the
The elbow to the face and the forearm shiver to Fernando Vina were totally
That incident led to some hit batsman, including catcher Mike Matheny who was
tagged by the Indians Julian Tavarez.
Tavarez should have kicked out for much more than five games because as you
can see, he also threw an umpire to the ground.
The Avalanche scored the games' first run and that was about it as
visiting Wilmington spanked Salem 11 to 2 at Salem Memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
Avalanche manager Bill McGuire put Mike Vavrek on the mound only to watch
one of his aces get rocked.
In the bottom of the second, Salem gets one run on this Blake Barthol's 2
out triple to center that SUPER=34-Wilmington/=11/Salem/==2;
just does get over the center fielder's glove. Chad Gambill scoots home.
But that would be about it, as Wilmington rocks Salem 11-2.
The Pulaski County school board last night went into executive session to
consider among other things the hiring of former Friday Football Extra coach of
the year Paul Wheeler as a teacher and coach within the school system.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
No decision was reached last night, but one should be coming in the near
Wheeler won two state titles as the head coach at Rustburg, but last season
he walked away from the game and taught history at Brookville.
Wheeler played for Joel HIcks in Beckley, West Virginia at Woodrow Wilson.
GRAPHIC=Friday Football Extra
Jerry Cannaday has been a very special friend to Friday Football Extra ever
since the shows inception back in 1985. Last night, the coach, architect,
teacher and athletic director retired.
And he went out in style as his fellow Shawsville high school faculty
members and student athletes shocked him with a retirement surprise party.
All indulged in cake with a very special message to the departing athletic
He received several gifts, including a putter, and while he will miss
everyone, grand children and the greens await him.
IN Q="You reach
((JERRY CANNADAY/RETIRING SHAWSVILLE A.D.:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Cannaday/Retiring Shawsville A.D.; :00
OUT Q=....ready for it"
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra;
Cannaday has spent the last 17 years in the public school system with stops
at Bassett and Shawsville to name a couple.
He coached Maurice DeShazo at Bassett. He's spent the last 5 years as an
((BILLY WELLS/SHAWSVILLE BASEBALL COACH:))
((NELSON SIMPKINS/SHAWSVILLE PRINCIPLE:))
SUPER=01-Billy Wells/Shawsville Baseball Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Nelson Simpkins/Shawsville Principal; :08
OUT Q=....puts kids first"
Still to come tonight, a candid chat with George
who says he's safe in Los Angeles, and the Lakers are better off without
Stay with us.
George Lynch's basketball camp in Roanoke is coming up later this month, and
this weekend George stopped by to talk about the camp, and number of other
topics including Magic Johnson's disappearing act.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
SUPER=01-George Lynch/L.A. Lakers Forward; :25
SUPER=03-Vinton/Last Summer; 1:21
OUT Q=...week of camp."
(( In George's three years in the NBA, he's played under four different
coaches, changed jersey numbers and changed lockers. The latter move was made
to accommodate the return of Magic Johnson, whom George says did more harm than
good in the long run.
((GEORGE LYNCH/L.A. LAKERS FORWARD:))
With Magic out of the picture, George says the Lakers have assured him that
he will not be traded. But he desperately wants more playing time next season,
and to increase the likelihood of that he's on a strict daily workout schedule
summer in Northern Virginia.
George regrets not being able to spend more time in the Roanoke Valley during
the offseason, but when he's in town for his week long camp, you can rest
assured he'll be in town and on the court fulltime.))
After more than 100 years a Russian fictional character finally got his day
in court-- at William Fleming High School.
Dostoevsky's 1866 book, "Crime and Punishment," tells the story of a young
university student who murdered a pawnbroker.
During this mock trial the students acted as judge, attorneys and witnesses.
The jury was made up of school officials and prominent members of the legal
IN Q=It seems that it's
((JACQUELINE TALEVI/GEN. DIST. COURT JUDGE-ELECT: IT SEEMS THAT IT'S WELL
RECEIVED HERE AT FLEMING. THE STUDENTS ARE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC. THE PRESENTATION
MADE TODAY WAS ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT AND VERY ENJOYABLE AND VERY LIFE LIKE I
MIGHT ADD AS WELL.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((SYLVIA MILLER/WILLIAM FLEMING SENIOR: THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO DO AND
I WON MY FIRST CASE TODAY SO I'M LIKE VERY HAPPY.))
SUPER=01-Jacqueline Talevi/Gen. Dist. Court Judge-Elect;
SUPER=01-Sylvia Miller/William Fleming Senior;
OUT Q=I'm like, very happy.
Jury members entered their verdict via computers and found the murder
suspect guilty-- but insane.