Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Who's got the high road to the Governor's mansion next year- -could be a
gamble- -or maybe that's the issue.
Is Botetourt County spending more time and money luring new industry than in
educating the next generation?
We'll hear opposing views.
Tonight in sports, Jordan get ready to get physical with the Sonics, The
Riverdawgs lose one of their name players, George Lynch talks about his future
and the Magic man.
Plus, the defending champ and a fan favorite get flattened today at the
French Open in Paris.
Relatives and friends of a Lynchburg man shot to death over the weekend
gathered today to mourn his death and the way he died.
Police say 21- year- old Anthony Montez Murrell was murdered Saturday
afternoon by two men who dumped his body on Second Street in Lynchburg.
That's where Murrell's family and peace activists gathered this afternoon,
calling for an end to gun- related violence.
IN Q=And we do
((HELEN MARSHALL/FAMILY MEMBER: AND WE DO APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU
ALL ARE TAKING TIME TO SHARE WITH THE FAMILY, SO ON THEIR BEHALF, THEY WANT TO
EXPRESS THEIR THANKS AND LOVE FOR ALL THAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE, AND ANY WAY THAT
YOU CAN HELP KEEP THEM GOING WE WILL APPRECIATE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Helen Marshall/Family Member; :00
OUT Q=will appreciate that.
Carl Anthony Brown and Bnjn (binjin) T. Caldwell have been charged with
Both remain held without bond, pending court hearings later this month.
A man suspected of making obscene phone calls to young girls is now facing
A Roanoke grand jury today indicted Michael Obremski 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.
A California truck driver died... following a morning accident on Interstate
It happened on the northbound side of the highway near the Troutville exit.
Police say the man lost control of his tractor trailer, then swerved in and
out of traffic.
He may have suffered a heart attack at the wheel.
Bedford County officials are investigating a drowning incident at Smith
Mountain Lake which claimed the life of a Roanoke teenager.
SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake
13- year- old Wonder Starr Reed was swimmming yesterday with friends when
she went under.
A boat apparently passed by while the group was swimming.
Eyewitnesses say it wasn't travelling fast, but the waves created by the
boat apparently overwhelmed Reed.
Officers say choppy water from heavy boat traffic is normal in the area.
They also say there are no restrictions on boats passing near swimmers but
people who live in the area can put-up their own warnings.
A neighbor said Reed was unresponsive when he pulled her from the water and
This is the first drowning incident in Bedford County this year.
Botetourt County is getting high marks for attracting new industry to the
But when it comes to education, some residents say the county does not make
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=In recent
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :08
SUPER=01-C.S. McClure/Botetourt Co. Schools Superintendent; :24
SUPER=01-John Patterson/Former School Board Member; :38
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt County Administrator; :48
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
((In recent months Botetourt County has seen an industrial boom.
New companies are popping up left and right... but is there a price to pay?
Some say yes... and that Botetourt County children are footing the bill.
The Board of Supervisors refused to grant 1- point- 4 million dollars of the
proposed school budget.
That means teacher salaries will see very little increase... and items like
new school busses could get curbed.
IN Q=It's our
((C.S. MCCLURE/BOTETOURT COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S OUR TOP PRIORITY
AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THEM AT THIS POINT... WHAT THEIR TOP PRIORITY IS. ))
OUT Q=priority is
Folks such as John Patterson say attracting new industry is the top
But he maintains there is still plenty of money to completely fund the
IN Q=They have
((BOB PATTERSON/FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THEY HAVE IN EXCESS OF 16- MILLION
DOLLARS IN UNDESIGNATED SURPLUS, AS SHOWN BY THEIR OWN AUDITED FINANCIAL
OUT Q=financial report
IN Q=There is
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THERE IS A TOTAL OF 16 MILLION
DOLLARS AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS RESERVE FUND ACCOUNTS. BUT THOSE RESERVE FUNDS PAY
FOR MANY DIFFERENT THINGS FROM THE LANDFILL TO WATER TO BALANCING THIS YEAR'S
OUT Q=year's budget
Burgess says the County's commitment to education has never been stronger.
He points to 21- million dollars in school construction and renovation over
the past three years.
As for the money spent attracting new industry, Burgess says today's
students will receive the pay off-- in the form of highly skilled jobs.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
The School Board will go before the Board of Supervisors next month... in an
attempt to receive more money for the school budget.
The high stakes bid for Governor in 1997 is starting to take shape.
Republican favorite Jim Gilmore is betting an anti- gambling stance will win
Ellen Qualls reports.
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 COULS 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,
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, a Bedford County student gets his confiscated book
back, but his father still gets his day in court,
And Roanoke decides whether crusaders against drunk driving can take their
message to the mountaintop.
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The Mill Mountain Star will be making a change in September.
Today, council approved a trial run that will turn the star red for 24
hours following a drug or alcohol related traffic fatality.
"The Keep the Star White" Campaign will begin September first and council
will decide after 90 days whether or not it should continue.
IN Q=And I believe
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council;
OUT Q=they really tell us.
Also today, council members reconsidered a vote that raised their salaries,
but the result was the same.
Fearing the original decision was not handled properly, they took up the
issue again and approved increases of one thousand dollars for council members
and three- thousand dollars for the mayor.
It has been five years since council members received their last raise,
and nine years since the mayor's salary was increased.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in VA
Virginia's Department of Social Services is being sued by three women who
can't name the fathers of their children.
That means they're among a few hundred AFDC recipients who lost their checks
in the past year as part of welfare reform in Virginia.
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 three women are from Christiansburg, Smyth County, and Winchester.
The Virginia Poverty Law Center says the state is violating federal
regulations that allow mothers who can't identify fathers to attest to a lack
of information, under penalty of perjury.
Does a fourth- grader have the constitutional right to read what he wants to
read in school?
That's the question the federal court is being asked to decide after Bedford
County educators confiscated a Rush Limbaugh book from a nine- year- old boy
The boy and his father took them to court..Steve Smallshaw checks in from
Lynchburg.. Steve, how far did the Dad get with his argument today?
They won a small victory when the school agreed to return the book to the
boy last Friday.
But whether the Limbaugh book or books like it will be allowed in Montvale
Elementary School again is another battle to be fought this summer.
SUPER=01-Tom Gardner/Parent; :29
SUPER=01-John Fishwick/Gardner's Attorney; :42
OUT Q=on down the road.
(( Ordinarily, 9- year- old Jason Gardner would be in school on a Monday like
this, but today he was in a federal courtroom, taking the stand and telling a
judge how his fourth- grade teacher confiscated this Rush Limbaugh book from
him two weeks ago.
The battle has been over whether the school seized the book because they
objected to its content or if they simply felt it was too difficult a book for
a nine- year- old to read and understand.
Tom Gardner says he agreed to let his son read it, and that's all that
IN Q=If the real
((TOM GARDNER/PARENT: IF THE REAL REASON HAD BEEN THAT IT WAS OVER HIS HEAD,
THAT WAS SOMETHING WE COULD SIT DOWN AND DISCUSS, BUT THAT'S THE FIRST TIME I
HEARD ABOUT THIS SO, THE ONLY PART I FEEL WOULD HURT HIM IS THE EMBARASSMENT
FROM HIS FRIENDS OF HAVING THE BOOK SEIZED AND TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM.))
OUT Q=away from him.
IN Q=We will be
((JOHN FISHWICK/GARDNER'S ATTORNEY: WE WILL BE SEEKING A RULING ON THE MERITS
OF THIS CASE AS TO WHETHER THE CONSTITUTION WAS VIOLATED WHEN THIS BOOK WAS
SEIZED AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL ULTIMATELY HAVE TO BE PASSED ON
DOWN THE ROAD.))
OUT Q=down the road.))
Essentially Gardner and his lawyers argue that as long as a book doesn't
contain obscene or vulgar language, it is constitutionally protected and can be
read in school.
Since there are just a few days left in the school year, the judge today
refused to issue a temporary injunction allowing Jason to bring the book back
to school... what happens next year will be decided in court this summer.
The stock market started the week off on a bad note.
The DOW lost nearly 18 and a-half points to close at 56-hundred-25.
NASDAQ lost over four points.
F-B-I officials have indicted 36 people in Buchanan County for insurance
The announcement was made this afternoon at a news conference in Abingdon.
The defendants are accused of conspiring and staging numerous traffic
accidents to collect insurance money.
FBI officials say the defendants would also claim they were slightly injured
to receive a larger settlement. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=It was a scheme
SUPER=01-Robert P. Crouch, Jr./US Attorney;
OUT Q=in excess of 200-thousand dollars.
So far 14 of the 36 have been arrested and appeared in front of a federal
Virginia's Explore Park has hosted thousands of students in its short
history... but today was a first, as an entire school made the trip.
Students and teachers from Clearbrook Elementary spent the morning walking
the trails of the living history park.
The Roanoke County school used the trip to reinforce some history lessons
and reward students for a year of hard work.
IN Q=It helps
SUPER=01-Luke Nichols/Clearbrook Student; :00 quick
SUPER=01-Karen Pendleton/Clearbrook Teacher; :06
OUT Q=good for them.
More than 150 Clearbrook students and teachers made the trip to Explore.
Coming up tonight in sports, upset city at the French Open, Jordan gets
ready for a Sonic boom.
and George Lynch drops by WDBJ to talks about his future with the Lakers, and
why it's suddenly brighter without Magic Johnson in the picture.
The world;s top clay court player was sent packing today. Michael Stich
dethroned defending French Open champion Thomas Muster today at Rolland Garros.
SUPER=03-Paris, France; :00
Stich spoke softly but carried a big stick. he beat Muster with 23
crushing service ace. He needed just 4 sets to top the second seeded Muster,
4-6, 6-4, 6-1, and 7-6.
The defeat marks just the fourth time Muster has lost on clay in the last 2
Fans at Rolland garros suffered a loss as well. Fan favorite Steffan Edberg
was defeated by Marc Roset. it was Edberg's final french, he will retire at the
end of this year.
Roset gave Edberg a rather rude going away present, nailing Steffan at the
net with this scorching ground stroke.
Most experts feel the Chicago Bulls won't be on the losing end of their NBA
final showdown with Seattle which begins Wednesday in the Windy City.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Today; :00
The Bulls went through a brief workout today at the United Center. In a
series with talented scorers like Jordan, Pippen, Kemp and Payton, this series
could be a defensive one.
IN Q="It's really
((MICHAEL JORDAN/BULLS GUARD:IT'S REALLY GONNA BE A TEST OF DEFENSES. WHO CAN
OUTFIGURE THE OTHER TEAM'S DEFENSES AND WHO CAN MAKE ADJUSTMENTS FROM MOMENT TO
MOMENT ABOUT DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Bulls Guard; :00
OUT Q=...beauty of it all"
The week long George Lynch basketball camp in coming up later this month, and
over the weekend, Big George was in town to get an update on how enrollment is
He also took a few moments to talk about the return of Magic and his own L.A.
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.))
The Roanoke Riverdawgs have lost one of their star players.
Jay Heaps has decided to return home to Massachusetts for the remainder of
Heaps, who plays both basketball and soccer for Duke University, decided
that it was in his best interest to spend time with his family before returning
to Duke in August when the heavy demands from his two sport schedule begin.
Heaps played at the midfield position for the Riverdawgs.
The Salem Avalanche open a three-game series at Memorial Stadium against the
Wilmington Bluerocks this evening.
The Bluerocks are leading the Northern Division, while Salem is 3-1/2 games
out in the Southern Division with 13 games left before the All-Star break.
Game time is 7:00.