Next on News Seven.
The Ku Klux Klan is being sued for a church fire set in South Carolina.
So far more than two dozen black churches have burned in the South this
Bob Dole is promoting Senator John Warner in his re-election campaign--
General Colin Powell was there as well.
And cyclist take to the hills for Habitat for Humanity.
News Seven is next.
The Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is being sued for a church fire
set in South Carolina.
More than two dozen black churches have burned in the South this year-- the
latest one was this week in North Carolina.
Bob Dole is promoting Senator John Warner in his re-election campaign.
Dole and General Colin Powell attended a fund-raiser today for Warner in
And cyclist take to the hills all in the name of Habitat for Humanity.
We'll bring you that and more at eleven.
Mark Warner wants to be Virginia's next Senator.
But the 100 million dollar communications magnate doesn't have the name
recognition of his Republican counterparts.
SS=Democrats State Convention
Ellen Qualls was at the Democratic State Convention and files this report.
IN Q=Go get em pal!
SUPER=07-Lt. Gov. Don Beyer; :14
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVa. Political Analyst; :33
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor; 1:20
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Hampton.
((GO GET EM PAL!))
It was nomination by resounding voice acclamation -- and then a plunge into
the crowd to charge up the almost 25- hundred Democratic activists he'll need
to achieve the impossible.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: OUR MISSION: ELECT THE AMERICAN DREAM. MARK WARNER TO
THE UNITED STATES SENATE.))
But with polls showing incumbent Republican John Warner towering at the top
-- and challenger Jim Miller still ahead -- does the 41- year old cell phone
tycoon have the fire in the belly?
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: WELL 100 MILLION DOLLARS CAN BUY YOU A
LOT OF CHARISMA. AND HE'S GOT THE TWO THINGS THAT ARE MOST PRIZED IN MODERN
POLITICS. A TON OF MONEY. AND ABSOLUTELY NO PUBLIC RECORD SO IT'S VERY
DIFFICULT TO CRITICIZE HIM.))
sot 05:44:09 first warner tape
((MARK WARNER: I WILL EARN THIS SENATE SEAT THE SAME WAY I'VE EARNED
EVERYTHING THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME IN MY LIFE. I'LL WORK MY TAIL OFF FOR IT.
sot 05:46:55 second warner tape
((AND THEY WILL SAY IN NOVEMBER THAT MARK WARNER IS THE RIGHT WARNER FOR
VIRGINIA'S FUTURE. THANK YOU. GOD BLESS AMERICA. AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF
Former Governor Doug Wilder pleaded with Democrats to forget the good deeds
Republican John Warner's done for their party in the past.
((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: POLITICS MAKES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS. BUT DON'T
LET IT GET SO STRANGE THAT YOU FORGET WHO BRUNG YOU TO THE PARTY.))
The man who brung these happy Democrats to this fairly enthusiastic party
must now put his money where his mouth is.
And try to avoid the campaign pitfalls of political newcomers.
((MARK WARNER SAYS HE'LL TAKE HIS CAMPAIGN TO EVERY CITY AND COUNTY IN THIS
STATE BY LABOR DAY. HE'LL HAVE TO. BOTH OF HIS REPUBLICAN OPPONENTS HAVE
HIGHER NAME RECOGNITION. ONE OF THEM WILL BE CHOSEN TUESDAY. ELLEN QUALLS,
NEWS 7, HAMPTON.))
One of Bob Dole's last acts as senator was to promote Senator John Warner in
his re-election campaign.
Dole and General Colin Powell attended a fund-raiser today for Warner in
At the 500- dollar- a- plate event, Dole said Warner has proved his worth to
Warner faces Jim Miller in Tuesday's Republican primary.
Members of Virginia's third party still haven't decided if they will
nominate a senate candidate.
The Virginia Independent Party held their convention today in Lexington.
SOT 5:16:23 & 15:15:45
IN Q=whoever goes
(( WHOEVER GOES OUT THERE AND WEARS OUR LABEL, THAT'S WHO WE WILL BE IDENTIFIED
WITH AND THAT COULD BE A PLUS OR IT COULD BE A BIG, BIG MINUS.
WE MADE PHONE CALLS. WE ATTENDED MEETINGS. I'VE BEEN TO RICHMOND. I'VE
BEEN TO ROANOKE. I'VE BEEN HERE AND THERE. I'VE MADE PHONE CALLS. THE
INFORMATION IS OUT THERE. SUPPORT MR. WOOD.))
OUT Q=support mr wood
Members of the V- I- P decided to set priorities for their party today.
The debate heated up as members decided whether or not it should nominate a
Most thought the party was too young to carry a candidate in a statewide
But the convention will reconvene in July to take up the matter again.
IN Q=if you are
((GEORGE "TEX" WOOD/POTENTIAL SENATE CANDIDATE: IF YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED AND
ARE DRIVEN ALMOST TO THE POINT OF DISGUST THEN YOU NOT I OR ANYBODY ELSE ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE THIS PETITION DRIVE WORK.))
SUPER=01-George "Tex" Wood/Potential Senate Cand.;
OUT Q=make the petition drive work
Tex Wood says he's not surprised by the party's non-committal attitude
towards his campaign.
He needs 15-thousand registered voters to sign a petition to get him on the
Recently Wood won a court case which could impact independent candidates
A federal judge ruled Virginia's ballot-access laws were unconstitutional.
Wood has been fighting for years to change the law requiring independent
candidates to turn in petitions by June 11th.
The court victory gives him nearly two more months to get the needed
The Independent Party will have candidates on the ballot in November.
Several V-I-P candidates are seeking seats in the House.
As Denise Allen reports party members hope these candidates can bring the
beginning of government reform.
IN Q=George Spinnet
SUPER=01-George Spinnet/Virginia Independent Party; :13
SUPER=01-Tom Roberts/VIP 9th Dist. Congressional Cand.; :56
SUPER=01-Gary Thomas/VIP 5th Dist. Congressional Cand.; 1:06
SUPER=04-June 1994; 1:33
OUT Q=News 7
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
State Police say alcohol led to a fatal accident in Botetourt County-- we'll
have the latest.
Members of the Ku Klux Klan come under fire for a recent church burning in
But first, let's check in with Beth Myer.
Wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Ku Klux Klan for the burning of
a black church.
The lawsuit is seeking damages from the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux
Klan for the fire at Macedonia Baptist Church in South Carolina.
Two members of the K-K-K chapter are in jail awaiting trial on burglary and
The lawsuit also says they have admitted their involvement in the fire.
Meanwhile, President Clinton says he'll do whatever is necessary to stop the
series of church fires in the South.
The latest fire was set Thursday night at a church in Charlotte, North
Clinton said there's no evidence of a national conspiracy but he has vowed
to take some action.
IN Q=It is clear that
((IT IS CLEAR THAT RACIAL HOSTILITY IS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND A NMBER OF
THESE INCIDENTS. THIS MUST STOP.))
OUT Q=this must stop.
Clinton wants a national task force that will report back to him with
recommendations on how to stop the crimes.
State police say alcohol was a factor in a vehicle accident tonight in
Three people were transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital after they lost
control of the truck and flipped down an embankment.
The truck was also towing a boat.
It took place around nine o' clock on Hardy Road.
Police say none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
State Police believe alcohol was also a factor in yesterday's accident that
killed two people on Route 2-20 in Botetourt County.
38- year- old Edward Tyrone Lee of Roanoke was the driver of an Isuzu
Impulse that swerved and collided with a tractor trailer.
The car was lodged underneath the truck as it skidded another 60 yards.
The car then exploded, killing Lee.
Lee's passenger was thrown from the car and died at the scene.
His name is not being released until his family is notified.
The truck driver, Johnny Douglas Roach, suffered minor injuries.
The Isuzu that Lee was driving was borrowed.
State Police traced it back to the owner through a Pawn Shop receipt.
The owner then assisted Police in identifying the two men in the car.
State Police say that Edward Lee was at fault in the accident.
Only one lane of traffic is getting by on a section of Interstate 81 in
That's due to a sinkhole.
V-DOT crews are making repairs in one of the southbound lanes around exit
1-82 near Fancy Hill.
Crews are working around the clock to repair the road.
They hope to have it open by Tuesday.
A downtown Blacksburg bookstore closed up shop in March--
But as Tracy Altizer reports, tearing down a wall may open the door to new
IN Q=When the doors closed
SUPER=01-Peggy Smith/The Booksmith Owner; :08
SUPER=01-Ranae Gillie/Bollo's Owner; 1:13
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( When the doors closed on Books, Strings and Things, it was only the end of
Peggy Smith has turned the page.
((PEGGY SMITH/THE BOOKSMITH OWNER: I RAN A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN OVERLAND,
OHIO, AND I'VE BEEN A MOM, A WIFE, A STUDENT, AND NOW I'M A BOOKSTORE OWNER. ))
OUT Q=ENDS ON LAUGH
SUFor Peggy Smith it began with a walk downtown. A friend told her Books,
Strings and Things was closing. She decided she couldn't let that happen.
Several hours later she had made an offer, and four days later she was its new
((THE OTHER DAY WE HAD A WOMAN IN HERE WHO SAT AND READ TO HER CHILD FOR AN
HOUR AND A HALF. SHE NEVER BOUGHT A THING BUT THAT LITTLE KID WAS SO HAPPY. SO
IT'S MORE COMMUNITY-BASED. ))
At The Booksmith, as it's now called, an expanded children's section is only
Smith has remodeled, though the familiar cherry shelves and reading stools
are a mainstay.
The back room will eventually hold an expanded book AND music selection, and
allow seating and direct access to Bollo's coffee shop next door.
((SO PEOPLE CAN BROWSE THROUGH BOOKS AND HAVE THEIR LITTLE MEETINGS AND LOOK
QUESTION: AND YOU'LL JUST KNOCK OUT THIS WALL?
ANSWER: YES, KNOCK OUT THAT WALL AND GO RIGHT THROUGH. ))
((RANAE GILLIE/BOLLO'S OWNER: IT WILL DRAW PEOPLE DOWNTOWN, IT WILL DRAW THE
STUDENTS DOWNTOWN AND MAKE BOTH BUSINESSES VERY SUCCESSFUL.))
Soon, The Booksmith will host signings and poetry readings. Smith wants a
place where people gather to talk about books, not just buy them. Tracy
Altizer, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Virginia Supreme Court
It's a fast end to a fast food restaurant proposal in Salem.
The Virginia Supreme Court has backed the Salem City Council's decision to
deny a rezoning request for a Wendy's restaurant.
The chain had its eye on some property at the corner of Midland and Electric
When the city turned them down, the company went to court, and a circuit
judge ruled that council's decision was "arbitrary and capricious".
But yesterday the Supreme Court said council's action was reasonable, and
overturned the lower court's decision.
Soft Music Under
You've heard of cross-country running-- But what about cross- desert
We'll find out later.
Keeping the cross country theme-- Bikers are on their way west, drumming up
support for Habitat for Humanity.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
A cross country bike ride will provide a new home for one family.
Yale University students started their cycling trip at the beginning of this
month to promote Habitat For Humanity.
This morning local cyclists hooked up with the students to escort them
through southwest Virginia.
They say the trip will take about 64 days.
And the hardest leg of the journey is just beginning.
The cross-country riders say if they can make it through the Appalachian
Mountains, the rest of the trek will be much easier.
IN Q=once we get
((BRIAN VOGT/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: ONCE WE GET OUT WEST THE CLIMBS THEY'RE
LONG, BUT THE CLIMBS ARE A LOT WELL, GRADED MUCH BETTER.
JIM GARMAN/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: THESE ARE FOLKS THAT KNOW ABOUT HABITAT.
THIS IS BOLSTERING WHAT THEY KNOW. JUST GETTING THE WORD OUT FURTHER. BUT OUT
WEST THERE ARE VERY FEW HABITATS. ACTUALLY SEVERAL HABITATS HAVE BEGUN DUE TO
BIKERS THE PAST TWO YEARS SPREADING THE WORD.))
SUPER=01-Brian Vogt/Habitat For Humanity; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Garman/Habitat For Humanity; :09
OUT Q=just spreading the word
Area cyclists met up with students in Salem.
From there the cyclists set out to cross Christiansburg Mountain.
The trip has already raised 50-thousand dollars.
When these Yale students return to school they'll use the money to build a
Habitat For Humanity helps those who can't afford to move into their own
The field will be chasing Jake Allison in the final round of the Roanoke
Valley Golf Hall of Fame.
Allison shot a 71 at Ole Monterey today for a total of 140 two under for
Allison leads Adam Harrell and Danny Hopkins by three shots. Scott Hunter
and Greg Burns, Yesterday's leader are tied at 144 with Mike Stinnette.
Allison will have a slight advantage the final round will be played at the
Roanoke Country Club Allison's home course.
Botetourt is the team leader at 886 Blue Hills is second four strokes back
followed by Hanging Rock, Hunting Hills and Hidden Valley.
GRAPHIC=Hall of fame Golf
The women opened first round play this morning in the Roanoke Valley Hall
of Fame Golf Tournament over at Ole Monterey Country Club.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
50 ladies are competing in the 23rd annual tournament. As usual, 1995
runner up Dot Bolling is the favorite. Dot was 5 over through 15 and finished
with a 76. She leads after the first round.
Marilyn Bussey is tied for second with Cathy Hull. Each shot a round of 79
on the Par 72 course. The scores were good considering the conditions.
IN Q="It got
((MARILYN BUSSEY/CURRENTLY IN SECOND PLACE: IT GOT REALL SOAKING LAST NIGHT
WITH THE RAIN THAT CAME DOWN AND IT'S MADE THE FIRWAYS PRETTY WET, NOT A LOT OF
ROLL. GREENS ARE HOLDING WELL-- THEY'RE NOT REAL FAST, THEY'RE NOT REAL SLOW.
I'VE PLAYED SLOWER BEFORE. ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, THE GOLF COURSE IS IN REAL
SUPER=01-Marilyn Bussey/Currently in Second Place; :00
OUT Q=....good shape"
While the Ole Monterey course is in good shape, some of the lady
competitors wish they could fine tune their sport by bringing in younger
golfers. Defending champion Lee Shirley was one of several young stars not
IN Q="I think
((AUDRY NAJJUM/4 TIME HALL OF FAME CHAMPION: I THINK WE NEED MORE YOUNGER
PLAYERS. IT'S THE SAME ONES EVERY YEAR. WE GOTTA LOT OF NEW PLAYERS AROUND
ROANOKE, BUT THEY WON'T PLAY TOURNAMENTS. THEY ARE JUST NOT REAY TO GO OUT
AND PLAY, AND LET PEOPLE SEE THEM PLAY. AND I'M SURE ALL THE OTHER CLUBS ARE
THE SAME WAY BUT WE DO NEED A LOT OF YOUNG BLOOD. AND I WISH THEY WOULD COME
SUPER=01-Audry Najjum/4 Time Hall of Fame Champion; :00
OUT Q= would come out"
Countryside is the team leader at 240 four strokes in front of second place
Tom Weiskopf will take a three stroke lead into the final round of the
Pittsburgh Senior Classic.
Weiskopf shot a five under par 67 today and he's at 9 under par.
SUPER=03-Harrison, NY/CBS SPORTS; :
Ernie Els padded his lead at the P-G-A's Buick Classic.
Els shot a 2 under par 69 today for a total of 200 13 under par for 54
holes. Els leads Tim Herron by six strokes.
SUPER=03-East Lansing, MI/ESPN; :
On the ladies tour, Tracy Hanson tied a course record shooting a 9 under par
63 today and she's the Leader of the Oldsmobile Classic.
Hanson's at 12 under par two strokes ahead of Pat Bradley.
The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles slugged it out at the Yard this
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/FOX SPORTS; :
The White sox jumped on the Orioles in the top of the First. Danny Tartabul
hits this high fly ball off the wall in deep centerfield two runners round the
bases to score and the White Sox took the 2 to nothing lead.
Baltimore got on the board in the bottom of the third. Roberto Alomar
extended his hitting streak with this single that also scored a run but the
Orioles trailed 2 to 1.
Late in the game Bobby Bonilla SUPER=35-Chicago/==2/Baltimore/==1;
hits a high hopper back to the pitcher for the easy out and the White Sox go on
to beat the Orioles 2 to 1.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
In Houston the Astros used a big seventh inning to beat Philadelphia.
The Phillies rallied in the top of the sixth. Jim Eisenreich hits this
shot over the left field wall for a two run homer to tie the game at 3 to 3.
But Houston's Craig Biggio started
SUPER=35-Houston/==7/Philadelphia/==3;the rally in the seventh with this two
run homer ove the left field wall and the Astros hold on to beat Philadelphia 7
The Lady Highlanders of Glenvar came up short in the Group A state softball
Powhatan beats Glenvar 9 to 7.
SUPER=03-Omaha, NE/CBS SPORTS; :
In Nebraska, Warren Morris hits this two run homer with two outs in the
bottom of the ninth to give Louisiana State a 9 to 8 win over Miami in the
College World Series.
Morris missed most of the year with a broken hand and it was his first
homer of the season.
For the rest of the scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST TEAM
And coming up, "Editors Note" wins the Belmont Stakes Steffi Graf is the
queen at the French Open.
And Todd Bodine takes the checkered flag at South Boston winning the
Winston Motorsports 300.
"Editors Note" won the final leg of the Triple Crown today finishing first
in the Belmont Stakes.
Lets listen to the call by A-B-C sports Dave Johnson.
IN Q="On the outside
SUPER=03-Belmont, NY/ABC SPORTS; :
OUT Q=......philly third."
The Busch Grand National Cars made a stop in South Boston this afternoon
and it was a good Day for driver Todd Bodine.
SUPER=03-South Boston/TNN SPORTS; :
Randy Lajoie was covering the field in the Winston Motorsports 300 until
he gets tapped in the rear and crashes with 36 laps left in the race.
Bodine took over the front on the restart and he would hold off Mike
McLaughlin to win the race, his fourth Busch title and the first for his team
IN Q="It means
((TODD BODINE/WINSTON MOTORSPORTS 300 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Todd Bodine/Winston Motorsports 300 Winner; :
OUT Q=........WITH IT."
Larry Pearson was third, Lajoie fourth and Curtis Markham fifth.
Defending champion Steffi Graf came from two games down in the third set to
beat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in three sets and claim the French Open title.
SUPER=03-Paris, France/NBC SPORTS; :
After splitting the first two sets Sanchez Vicario took control in the
third she hits a winner when Graf returns the show wide to break Graf and lead
in the third set 3 to 2.
But Graf is always under control she comes back with the strong baseline
shots from all angles on the court and hit a shot down the line for a winner to
get back in the match.
Sanchez Vicario served twice for the championship in the third set but Graf
battled back to win the three and a half match 6-3, 6-7, 10-8. Her 19-th Grand
Unemployment numbers in Virginia are far lower than the national average of
around six percent.
Statewide, unemployment was three- point- eight percent for April... the
same as it was in March.
The Roanoke Valley came in at two- point- five percent.
Lynchburg wasn't far behind, with a two- point- nine percent rate.
The Virginia Employment Commission officials say the traditional temporary
furloughs in textiles and apparel kept the unemployment level from falling.
A 38-year-old Korean has become the first person to cross the Sahara desert
on foot, travelling from west to east.
During his journey Jong Yul Choi crossed five countries.
The trip across the Sahara began last November.
Initially, he walked 25 miles a day before increasing it to 37 miles.
And get this... Jong wore through seven pairs of shoes.