Next on News Seven,
Virginia Democrats have nominated a candidate for the U-S Senate.
The Independent party meets in Lexington to talk about government reform.
And two people were killed in yesterday's car crash in Botetourt County.
In sports, Dot Bolling is the leader after one round of the women's Hall of
Fame and Steffi Graf wins the French Open.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight.
Rain could be heavy at times.
I'll tell you more about that in a few minutes.
GRAPHIC=Democrats State Convention
Everybody's theme music this summer is Mission Impossible.
It blared out at political events around Virginia this week.
But for the 100- million dollar man Virginia Democrats nominated today --
the title may really apply.
Ellen Qualls has the story of an uphill struggle.
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.))
While Democrats were officially naming their candidate in Eastern Virginia,
the state's third party was deciding NOT to nominate a senatorial candidate.
IN Q=whoever goes
OUT Q=support mr wood
Members of the Virginia Independent Party decided to set priorities for
their party today.
The debate heated up as members decided whether or not it should nominate a
In the end, most thought the party was too young to carry a candidate in a
IN Q=if you are
SUPER=01-George "Tex" Wood/Potential Senate Cand.;
OUT Q=make the petition drive work
Tex Wood needs 15-thousand registered voters to sign a petition to get him
on the November ballot.
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.
Now he has about two more months to get the needed signatures.
Even though an independent party candidate won't be in the senate race,
several V-I-P candidates are seeking seats in the House.
For them, today's convention was like a coming out party.
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
OUT Q=News 7
(( George Spinnet says he's been around long enough to know Americans need to
change the way the country is run.
The 84 year old former democrat says it's time to get back to the principals
that built this country.
Members of the Virginia Independent Party hope to reform government.
They say the first step is to eliminate conflicts of interests.
That means no V-I-P candidate will take campaign contributions from
Political Action Committees.
Some, like Tom Roberts, say they'll go even further than that.
Roberts is taking on Democratic incumbent Rick Boucher and Republican
Patrick Muldoon for the ninth district congressional seat.
Gary Thomas is seeking the fifth district congressional seat.
He'll be facing well known candidates in Republican George Landrith and
democrat Virgil Goode.
This is the first time the Virginia Independent Party will have candidates
on the ballot.
Marshal Coleman won 10 percent of the vote when he ran as an independent
candidate for the senate in 1994.
That 10 percent vote total was one criterion needed for the formation of
Virginia's third party.
A party that's already on the ballot in 14 other states, a party George
Spinnet hopes will make this country's future brighter.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Police STILL have not released the names of two victims of yesterday's fatal
car wreck on Route 2-20 in Botetourt County.
Traffic was backed up for four hours.
A tractor trailer carrying logs collided with a car around four- thirty in
State police say the truck was in the northbound lane when an Isuzu Impulse
swerved in front of it.
The car was lodged underneath the truck as it skidded another 60 yards.
Then the car exploded.
The passenger from the car was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead
at the scene.
The driver died in the explosion.
The truck driver, Johnny Douglas Roach, suffered minor injuries.
Traffic is moving slow in neighboring Rockbridge County on Interstate 81
due to a sinkhole.
V-DOT crews are making repairs in the 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.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
April's unemployment numbers are out, and Virginia's jobless rates are still
Books, Strings, and things is no more-- but that doesn't mean the popular
bookstore is closing up shop.
But first, let's check in with Beth Myer.
(Wx ad lib)
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
Virginia's latest political stance is slightly to the right-- when it comes
to presidential elections.
That's according to a News 7 poll that gives Republican Bob Dole a slim lead
over President Clinton.
In the latest News 7 poll, 37 percent of those surveyed said they have a
favorable opinion of the President. But just as many voters have an
Dole does slightly better. 39 percent have a favorable opinion of the
republican senator, while 30 percent have an unfavorable view.
If the election were held today, Dole would win in the state, but his lead
remains very slim.
GRAPHIC=Virginia Supreme Court
The Virginia Supreme Court has sided with Salem city council in a land use
The high court said the city was within its rights to deny a rezoning
request for a Wendy's restaurant.
The fast food chain had its eye on some property at the corner of Midland
and Electric Roads.
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.
In March a popular Blacksburg bookstore closed its doors.
Now the store has a new owner, a new look, and a new name.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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.))
For only the second time in six years, unemployment in Virginia has fallen
below the four- point- oh level.
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.
Soft Music Under
When News 7 continues,
Beth will give us the weather story.
Some cross-country bicyclists are rolling through Southwest Virginia,
trying to drum up support for Habitat for Humanity.
MUSIC UP FULL
For about 40 Habitat For Humanity workers the road to building a house
passed through the Roanoke Valley.
This morning local cyclists hooked up with about 25 Yale University students
biking the country in the name of Habitat for Humanity.
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
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 the students in Salem.
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 normally couldn't afford it-- move into
a home of their own.
And coming up, The Preakness was run this afternoon the women teed off in
the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame this morning.
And Steffi Graf comes from behind to win the French Open for her 19-th Grand
"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."
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
GRAPHIC=Hall of fame Golf
The women teed off bright and early 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"
SS=Hold Hall of Fame
The two day tournament wraps up tomorrow at the Roanoke Country Club.
GRAPHIC=Hall of Fame
Jake Allison is the leader in the Clubhouse after two rounds of the Hall
of Fame golf tournament.
Allison shot 71 today giving him a two day total of 140. Two groups were
still on the course we'll have all the scores tonight at 11.
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.
The Cleveland Indians shut out California this afternoon for all of today's
baseball scores lets take a quick look at the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=.....SAN FRANCISCO."
The Chicago Bulls will go to Seattle leading the Sonics two games to none
in the N-B-A championship.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC SPORTS; :
Last night at the United Center the Bulls held off a Sonic Rally in the
closing minutes of the game Michael Jordan hit 29 and Dennis Rodman chipped in
10 points and 20 rebounds the bulls beat the Sonics 92 to 88.
IN Q=First audio
((MICHAEL JORDAN/29 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/29 Points; :
OUT Q=.......game with."