The news is next on W-D-B-J-7:
With word of controversy over state workers getting abortions.
And a first- hand account from the officer who subdued a suicidal young man
Tonight in sports, William Byrd plays for the state soccer championship
tonight, Roland Lovelace gets ready to take over at Fleming, while Roland
Lazenby takes the Bulls by the horns.
And speaking of the Bulls, Dennis Rodman has a new "Do" for the championship
series that opens tonight.
Smooth sailing in this weather package with pleasant temperatures and dry
conditions. Let's enjoy.
The Allen Administration is cracking down on state workers seeking
A July first policy change has leaked out and is already under fire.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's in this proposed new policy?
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave;
Keith, the Key Advantage health care plan has covered 452 abortions for
state workers or their family members in the past year.
The policy CHANGE would be line with coverage for Medicaid recipients: only
for rape, incest, or gross fetal abnormality -- but would add danger to the
life of the mother.
IN Q=I became
SUPER=01-Mike Thomas/Va. Secretary of Administration; :00
SUPER=01-Grace Sparks/Va. Planned Parenthood; :26
OUT Q=General Assembly.
((MIKE THOMAS/VA. SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION: I BECAME AWARE OF IT IN THE
EARLY PART OF MAY WHEN WE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A CONSTITUENT COMPLAINING
ABOUT IT AND MADE THE ASSERTION THAT THE STATE EMPLOYEE HEALTH PLAN COVERED
ABORTION FOR ANY CIRCUMSTANCE WHATSOEVER. I FOUND THAT HARD TO BELIEVE BUT
CHECKED INTO IT AND FOUND OUT THAT WAS THE CASE.))
Planned Parenthood says the Allen Administration should be encouraging
((GRACE SPARKS/VA. PLANNED PARENTHOOD: WE CAN ARGUE ALL DAY ABOUT ABORTION,
BUT WE COME TOGETHER IN SAYING THAT UNINTENDED PREGNANCY DOES NOBODY ANY GOOD.
IT DOESN'T DO THE BABY ANY GOOD. IT DOESN'T THE WOMAN ANY GOOD. AND IT
DOESN'T DO SOCIETY, OUR STATE ANY GOOD. WE SHOULD WORK ON THE ISSUES WE CAN
AGREE ON, LIKE REDUCING UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES, ON REDUCING ABORTION. NOT BY
The Governor says he's being consistent with his campaign stance.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: SO FOR ANY OF THOSE WHO ARE YELPING AND WHINING AND
COMPLAINING AND CRITICIZING, WHICH GOES WITH THE TERRITORY, IF THEY DON'T LIKE
IT, LET 'EM TRY AND CHANGE THE LAW NEXT YEAR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
LIVE=Ellen Full/State Microwave
So you heard the challenge there.
Some lawmakers who favor abortion rights that we spoke to are worried
Allen's singling state workers out from the private sector.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
(( Keith QuestionAnd how do taxpayers foot the bill?
If the overall cost of insuring Virginia's workforce increases, the
insurance provider could raise premiums. Taxpayers pay the workers' premiums.
Workers pay for family coverage.))
A recent double-murder near the Appalachian Trail has revived memories of an
earlier crime -- one which shocked this region in the early 1980s.
News 7's Ted Stone covered that case. He says it was headed back into the
news even without the latest violence on the trail.
IN Q=The first
SUPER=03-Conway, SC/1981; :40
SUPER=01-Hezekiah Osborne/Former Giles Co. Prosecutor; 1:13 (QUICK!)
OUT Q=Stone, News 7.
((The first multiple-murder on the Trail in Virginia occurred 15 years ago.
And the man who did it is set to walk out of prison this fall.
On the last weekend in May of 1981, the bodies of two social workers from
Maine were found near a shelter on the trail, in the Walnut Flats section of
Giles County. Susan Ramsay and Bob Mountford had been hiking the trail
Mountford had been shot to death in his sleeping bag. Ramsay had been
stabbed and slashed to death, after apparently putting up a fierce fight.
A week after the bodies were found, a pickup truck belonging to Randall Lee
Smith of Pearisburg was found abandoned in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Searchers eventually found and arrested Smith, who'd been hiding out in the
woods near the beach.
When Smith went to trial in March of 1982, many court watchers were
expecting a life sentence. His bloody fingerprint had been found at the scene
of the murders.
But the case ended in a surprise plea bargain. Smith pled guilty to two
counts of second- degree murder, and was sentenced to a 30 years in prison.
Before he died, former Giles County prosecutor Hezekiah Osborne discussed
the case. He said Smith's lawyers offered to plead after Smith was sent off for
a mental examination.
((HEZEKIAH OSBORNE/FORMER GILES CO.PROSECUTOR: AND I BELIEVE WHEN HE GOT THERE,
RANDALL STARTED CONFESSING. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT TRIGGERED A PLEA BARGAIN.
BECAUSE THEY KNEW THEN THAT HE WAS GUILTY.))
Thanks to the plea bargain, Smith became eligable for parole back in 1986.
He's scheduled for mandatory release on September 23rd. And Parole Board
officials say there's no way to keep him locked up after that. Ted Stone, News
Meantime at the Shenandoah National Park today, investigators sifted through
evidence at a primitive campsight where two women were found murdered, their
throats slashed. Authorities say right now there are no suspects. The Park
Service has also begun handing out safety fliers to hikers and other visitors.
A British-based company is making a 25 million dollar investment in Henry
Drake Extrusions officially opened its new plant in Martinsville today.
The company makes fibers used in carpets and upholstery.
It will eventually bring about 120 jobs to the area.
Drake is the U-S subsidiary of Readicut Group, a company based in England.
The new plant is a result of Governor Allen's trade mission to England last
year, aimed at boosting foreign investment in Virginia.
Roanoke City Police officers were armed with patience yesterday as they
tried to bring a stand- off to a peaceful conclusion.
After an hour of trying to calm the teenager, Sergeant Marvin Brown decided
he had to act. Joe Dashiell reports.
IN Q=As the 15- year- old
SUPER=01-Sgt. Marvin Brown/Roanoke City Police Dept.; :18
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((As the 15- year- old boy paced the parking lot with a large knife at his
wrist, Sergeant Marvin Brown tried to calm the youth and convince him to
The boy repeatedly told police to kill him... and as time passed and the
crowd of spectators grew, Brown says he feared the situation would get out of
IN Q=And I realized
((SGT. MARVIN BROWN/ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPT.: AND I REALIZED THAT MAYBE WE HAD
TO TAKE CARE OF THE SITUATION AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ANYONE GETTING
INJURED AND THAT'S THE TIME I REALIZED THAT MAYBE THE BEST THING TO DO WAS USE
PEPPER AND WE MOVED AND THANK GOD THAT'S THE WAY IT TURNED OUT.))
OUT Q=the way it turned out.
Brown may have brought the incident to an end with a blast of pepper spray,
but he also credits the quick action of other officers who cleared the area,
took cover and used restraint when the incident was unfolding.
IN Q=Hopefully, you never
((SGT. MARVIN BROWN/ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPT.: HOPEFULLY YOU NEVER HAVE TO END
UP IN A STAND- OFF LIKE THIS, BUT YOU TRAIN FOR IT. HOPEFULLY YOU NEVER HAVE TO
USE IT, BUT WHEN YOU USE IT AND IT WORKS, YOU FEEL GREAT.))
OUT Q=you feel great.
After the arrest, Brown says the boy was very apologetic.
The officer says he is simply relieved that no one, including the boy, was
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
It's a rarity for the Roanoke Valley--a woman dons the robes of General
District Court judge.
Also dozens of area physicians will have a new employer.
They're thinking of forming a doctor-driven H-M-O.
IN Q=We let
((WE LET THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE GET OUT OF CONTROL OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS,
AND THIS IS THE RESPONSE TO IT. WE'VE GOT TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM. ))
OUT Q=correct the problem.
What it could mean for patient care--that story and more coming up.
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More today on Carilion Health System's massive buyout of dozens of area
Connie Stevens joins us from the newsroom, with details of the
Double Boxes=Keith and Connie/Newsroom
plan....as well as a unique new H-M-O now in the works.
Keith, this deal, which falls somewhere north of 20-million dollars, will
give about 80 physicians a new boss...Carilion.
Today, the spin was on benefits to patients.
IN Q=Through this
SUPER=01-Don Lorton/Carilion Health System; :00
SUPER=03-Boones Mill; :22
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Page/Primary Care Physician; :35
OUT Q=quality oriented manner
IN Q=Through this
((DON LORTON/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM: THROUGH THIS INTEGRATED DELIVERY SYSTEM
THAT WE HOPE TO BRING TOGETHER, OUR GOALS ARE TO IMPROVE ACCESS AND
CONVENIENCE FOR THE PATIENT, TO IMPROVE QUALITY WHILE LOWERING COSTS ))
OUT Q=lowering costs.
For Carilion the deal nearly doubles its staff of physicians... it also
paves the way for a stronger presence in the New River Valley.
For doctors, though, the point is increased buying power...as the Carilion
name will give doctors more control over how patients are treated.
Also in the works is a-- for lack of nothing better to call it...a new
h.m.o, driven by physicians.
IN Q=This is
((DR. PAUL PAGE/PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN: THIS IS TRULY CUTTING EDGE, NOT JUST IN
THIS MARKET BUT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO HAVE PUT TOGETHER WHAT WE'RE CALLING AN
INTEGRATED DELIVERY SYSTEM
THAT WILL INTEGRATE ALL THE ASPECTS OF HEALTH CARE UNDER ONE ROOF
SO WE CAN PROVIDE SPECIALIST CARE,
HOSPITAL CARE , WE CAN PROVIDE THE ANCILLARY CARE SUCH AS HOME HEALTH, NOT JUST
THE PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS
WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO DO ALL THOSE SORTS OF THINGS IN COST EFFICIENT AND
QUALITY ORIENTED MANNER. ))
OUT Q=oriented manner.))
All seem to be agreeing that these days, medicine is big business, and it's
going to be MANAGED as such.
Double Boxes=Keith and Connie/Newsroom
Six out of seven trial judges in Virginia are men.
Most of the state's 50 WOMEN on the bench are in populated urban areas
around Washington, Richmond and Norfolk.
So it was unusual when a woman donned a black robe in Roanoke today.
Jackie Talevi will be the only woman on the General District bench in the
IN Q=So help me
SUPER=01-Judge Jackie Talevi/General District Court
OUT Q=able to do that.
OUT Q=so help me God.
Talevi was endorsed by both local bar associations AND the Virginia Women
To the over-flow crowd of lawyers who came to see the ceremony, Talevi added
a personal pledge.
IN Q=to treat all
((TO TREAT ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO APPEAR BEFORE ME AND THEIR LAWYERS WITH RESPECT
AND COURTESY AND PATIENCE.))
OUT Q=and patience.
The 42-year old judge recognizes her appointment marks a milepost.
She joins CIRCUIT Judge Dianne Strickland, the only other woman on the bench
in the Roanoke Valley.
And yet she'd rather be considered: calm, compassionate, competent- -not
just the lady lawyer who's now a judge.
IN Q=I think we
((I THINK WE ARE ALL THE SUM OF OUR EXPERIENCES AND YOU CAN'T JUST SIMPLY CUT
OUT AND SEAR A SERIES OF EVENTS AND SAY: "OH, WELL, I CAN EXPLAIN THAT BECAUSE
I'M A MALE OR A FEMALE."))
OUT Q=or a female.
This mother of four-year old Christopher and eight-year old Jennifer says
her father, a retired attorney, taught her not to be limited by gender.
She's spent her entire legal career- -13 years- -defending those who didn't
have the money to HIRE a lawyer... against criminal prosecution.
IN Q=Can I balance
((CAN I BALANCE THEM? I THINK SO. WHEN YOU KNOW BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUMENT,
THEY YOU KNOW THE WEAKNESSES AND THE STRENGTHS OF BOTH SIDES. AND A JUDGE OUGHT
TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=do that.
Talevi replaces John Apostolou on the bench.
A fairly quiet day on Wall Street today. The Dow gained 31 and a half
points, while NASDAQ was up nearly six points.
Christiansburg is shopping for a town manager for the first time in 40
That's how long John Lemley has held the post, but in September he'll hang
up his hat.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=In 1956 Christiansburg
SUPER=01-John Lemley/Christiansburg Town Manager; :14
SUPER=01-Harold Linkous/Christiansburg Mayor; :35
SUPER=01-Betty Thomas/Montgomery Co. Administrator; 1:07
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( In 1956 Christiansburg was one square mile in size, with a population of
Now with 14 square miles and about 18 thousand residents, it's the fourth
largest town in Virginia.
((JOHN LEMLEY/CHRISTIANSBURG TOWN MANAGER: THAT'S ANOTHER GOOD REASON FOR ME TO
HANG IT UP, IT'S CHANGING TOO FAST. ))
His colleagues say Lemley has been the driving force behind the growth.
Mayor Harold Linkous credits him with spearheading the town's successful
annexation of the route 460 corridor.
Less than 10 years later, it's now the retail center of the New River
((HAROLD LINKOUS/CHRISTIANSBURG MAYOR: HE HAS ALWAYS PLACED EMPHASIS ON
INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES, AND THAT IS THE REASON THAT WE HAVE BEEN
SUCCESSFUL IN DEVELOPING ))
((ALL THE COMMERCIAL GROWTH THAT HAS BEEN HERE.))
Lemley's proud of that, but says two earlier annexations and a merger with
the town of Cambria 30 years ago were equally important.
((ALL OF THESE THINGS, AT THE TIME THEY HAPPEN ARE VERY GRATIFYING. ))
As news spread of his retirement, Lemley's colleagues echoed shared
((BETTY THOMAS/MONTGOMERY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: HIS WISE COUNSEL, HIS PROFESSIONAL
EXPERTISE ARE GOING TO BE MISSED. ))
Lemley plans to stay in Christiansburg, and says he may continue serving on
the water authority and various other boards.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Byrd gears up for a state championship run
tonight, and it's a big night for a couple of Rolands - one named Lovelace at
and another named Lazenby from Wytheville - who'se in Chicago to continue
chronicling the Bulls record setting season.
William Fleming is expected to introduce Roland Lovelace as the school's new
head basketball coach tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock.
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
This past season Lovelace served as the Lady Colonels head basketball coach,
but he will now have to give up that position.
He is expected to continue as an offensive coordinator on the Fleming
Roland replaces Burrall Paye who stepped down in the middle of last season.
When the finals crank up tonight, a Roanoke resident will be on press row
following the Bulls' every move.
Roland Lazenby, a Radford University professor, has parlayed his writing
prowess into a string of successful sports books.
This morning he flew out of Roanoke to continue work on the official book of
the Bulls' record breaking season.
It's entitled "BULL RUN" and it has kept Lazenby on the run for most of the
past six months.
IN Q="I've probably...
SUPER=01-Roland Lazenby/Author of "Bull Run"; :00
OUT Q=... OF HIS ACT."
(( Bull Run is Lazenby's 31st book since 1984 when he wrote Ralph Sampson
biography, "Life Above The Rim."
Last year he wrote the complete history of the Chicago Bulls to commemorate
the team's 30th anniversary.
It has sold very well, although finding it Roanoke isn't always easy.
Nothing archaic about Phil Jackson's coaching methods in Chicago.
In fact Jackson, who has been labeled by some as a Zen Christian has embraced
Lazenby also has become a friend and admirer or Dennis Rodman, although he
admits nothing from his formative years as a child in Wytheville prepared him
for Rodman's antics.
SUPER=03-Deerfield, IL; :00
Rodman's opening act in Chicago played out again today as he unveiled his new
hairdo for the championship series.
With or without the rainbow colored do, the Bulls with Rodman and Michael
Jordan leading the way are 10-to-1 favorites in many folks eyes.
William Byrd soccer coach Jeff Highfill is the Group Two a coach of the
year and his star player Michael Berry is the co-player of the year.
And tonight in Vinton the Terriers will play for the state soccer
championship, against Western Albemarle the runner up last year.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Friday; :
Byrd has made it to the final four three straight years. They advanced to
the championship with a 1 to nothing win over Blacksburg last Friday night.
In that game the Terriers had a shaky first half. And that can't happen
in tonight's championship game because the Warriors have been to the big show
IN Q="I think if
((JEFF HIGHFILL/TERRIERS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Highfill/Terriers Head Coach; :
OUT Q= ......out this time."
Game time tonight is 7 o'clock at William Byrd High School in Vinton.
GRAPHIC=STATE A BASEBALL
It took the Giles Spartans two days but they have finally advanced to the
state semi-finals in Group-A baseball.
Today they completed yesterday's rain suspended game with St. Paul by beating
the Deacons 10-to-7.
Giles plays at Powell Valley tomorrow night at 7.
On the college diamond, Ferrum's Abe Naff has been named college coach of the
year by the state's sports information directors.
Naff led the Panthers to 35 wins and their eighth NCAA tourney appearance.
Also, pitcher Jimmy Hamilton who was drafted in the 7th round by the
Cleveland Indians today was named the player of the year. He had a 12-and-2
record this season.
The NFL was reluctant to let the Browns leave Cleveland, in fact they
wouldn't let them take the Browns name.
But they couldn't get them to take the Browns dull uniforms.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :00
So, this afternoon the Baltimore Ravens as they are now known unveiled their
uniforms for their inaugural season.
They are Purple, gold and Black with white trim.