Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
Is this intersection dangerous? Some folks living nearby say yes after two
bad wrecks. They want something done about it.
Take a look at this- A twister touches down in this region. We'll have
Plus a controversial magazine cover is causing sparks to fly-
News 7 at eleven is next.
Some residents in Franklin County say they're fed up with wrecks at the
intersection of Route 220 and 605.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co/File Tape;
Tonight citizens spoke out.
Folks are concerned after two tankers overturned there- forcing the
evacuation of a school.
Take a look at this. A tornado touched down in Pittsylvania County today.
News 7 photographer Andrea DiRocco caught the twister on videotape.
We'll have details.
Plus a controversial magazine cover is schocking subscribers to one
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A tornado touched down in Southside this morning downing hundreds of trees
and power lines.
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco caught the twister on
videotape as it made its way through one Pittsylvania County community.
IN Q=The tornado
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Doris Strader; :18
SUPER=07-Wesley Jones; :45 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( The tornado captured by News 7 was spotted in Mount Airy.
About 30- minutes earlier the twister had touched down in Chatham where it
left behind a trail of destruction.
Doris Strader was at home when she learned a warning had been posted.
She quickly opened a window and began to pray.
IN Q=I just
((DORIS STRADER: I JUST ASKED THE LORD TO BE WITH US AND TO HELP KEEP US SAFE
AND ABOUT THAT TIME I HEARD SOMETHING VERY VERY LOUD AND I JUST, I LOOKED UP
AND I SAW THE TREES IN THE BACK AND OF COURSE THEY WERE GOING ALMOST TO THE
OUT Q=to the ground.
A large Oak tree in Strader's front yard was one of the storm's casualties.
Wesley Jones also lives in Chatham and heard the noise.
IN Q=You could hear
((WESLEY JONES: YOU COULD HEAR THE WIND SOUNDING JUST LIKE, JUST LIKE THAT
TRUCK GOING BY RIGHT NOW. IT WAS THAT HEAVY. ))
OUT Q=it was that heavy.
Two trees in Jones' yard were also heavily damaged.
Officials from the National Weather Service are continuing to assess the
damage in hopes of determining the tornado's strength. Teresa Hamilton, News
The National Weather Service confirms that the tornado actually originated
in Henry County.
Residents near the town of Axton can attest to that.
The twister caused extensive damage to a number of structures... including
But despite the destruction... there were no reported injuries...and Henry
County officials were grateful.
((STEVE EANES/HENRY COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL: NOBODY IS INJURED AT THIS POINT.
NOBODY HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY HURT. AND SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, WE'RE IN GOOD
SUPER=01-Steve Eanes/Henry Co. Fire Marshal;
OUT Q=good shape
Hundreds up of uprooted trees were scattered across the area.
Residents say the tornado hit so fast... they didn't know what was going on.
IN Q=I felt
((MARSHA WALKER/STORM DAMAGE VICTIM: I FELT IT. I FELT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE
'SHIMYIN.' SO I GRABBED MY BABY AND JUST RAN TO GET MY OTHER LITTLE GIRL TO GET
IN ONE PLACE AND WHEN I LOOKED OUT AND SAW IT ALL IT WAS ALL OVER WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Marsha Walker/Storm Damage Victim;
OUT Q=all over with
There are no estimates yet on the damage.
Cleanup from the twister could take weeks.
A woman was killed in a two-car crash in Lynchburg this afternoon.
It happened shortly after three on Candler's Mountain Road near the entrance
to River Ridge Mall.
Seventy-two year year old Margaret Elder of Lynchburg was killed when her
vehicle collided with a van, pushing the car into a tree.
Rescue crews tried to revive Elder at the scene, but she died at Lynchburg
The driver of the van, Susan Ann Roberson, was treated for minor injuries
Some citizens in Franklin County say they are fed up with the recent tanker
wrecks at the intersection of Route 220 and 605.
And as Ron Jones reports they are organizing and taking their concerns to
IN Q=It's sharp-- and
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :20
SUPER=01-Janet McCloud/Henry Resident; :25
SUPER=01-Robert Gillespie/Henry Resident; :41
SUPER=01-Doug Batty/VDOT Representative; 1:05
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
((It's sharp-- and it's deadly.
That's the assessment of some Franklin County residents of the Route 2-20
Within the past seven months two tankers have overturned-- causing
evacuations of numerous homes and an elementary school.
It also threatened the area's drinking water.
A public hearing was held on the matter as citizens asked for help.
((JANET McCLOUD/FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: WE PAY TAX MONEY AND THE LOTTERY MONEY
I THINK THEY COULD FIX THAT CURVE. I THINK THAT THEY NEED TO FIX THAT CURVE
FOR THE SAFETY OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS AREA. I MEAN IF THEY'RE NOT GOING TO
THEY NEED SOMEBODY DOWN THERE TO HAND OUT TICKETS.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((ROBERT GILLESPIE, JR./FRANKLIN CO. RESIDENT: WE'VE HAD TWO ACCIDENTS IN THE
LAST SEVEN MONTHS AND THE LAST ONE SPILLED OVER 6-THOUSAND GALLONS OF CHEMICALS
USED IN PAINT THINNER INTO OUR GROUND WATER AND INTO A STREAM THAT FEEDS INTO
THE SMITH RIVER.))
But the biggest obstacle for the road is not the hazardous curves or the
poor visibility-- but funding.
State officials say there's no money allocated to make it safer.
((DOUG BATTY/VDOT REPRESENTATIVE: THE LONG RANGE PLAN TO ALLEVIATE THE WHOLE
SITUATION IS TO GET SOME MONEY AND TO IMPROVE THE CURVE. BUT WE HAVE TO DO SOME
THINGS IN THE INTERIM.))
They hope to tap into some special state funds-- but that's a few years down
Meanwhile, V-DOT officials plan to add more signs and lights to warn
motorist of the dangerous curve.
But for now these residents are banding together to put pressure on state
officials-- hoping the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
Roanoke City police report a young boy was killed this evening after being
struck by a car.
4-year-old Robert Thomas Blevins of Roanoke was hit in the 1600 block of
The child was apparently playing in the street when a small car hit the
A 19-year-old girl who was driving the car says she was travelling around
25-miles an hour prior to impact.
No charges have been filed and police are still investigating.
Montgomery County supervisors were expected to vote tonight whether to
condemn conservation land for the smart highway.
The vote never came, though the debate raged on.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=The question before
SUPER=01-John Lipsey/Conservation District Landowner;:20
SUPER=01-Alwyn Moss/Smart Road Opponent; :38
SUPER=01-Gary Schafer/Smart Road Supporter; :55
SUPER=01-Scott Prince/Smart Road Supporter; 1:03
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( The question before Montgomery County supervisors is whether to allow the
highway department to build the smart road through an agriculture and forest
VDOT wants 140 acres which stretch through scenic Ellett Valley.
John Lipsey, who owns 65 of those acres, urged the board to consider the
precedent it's vote could set.
((JOHN LIPSEY/CONSERVATION DISTRICT LANDOWNER: NOT ONLY FOR THE 12 FOREST
DISTRICT THAT REPRESENTS 50 THOUSAND ACRES IN THIS COUNTY, BUT FOR THE 164 IN
THIS STATE THAT REPRESENT 550 THOUSAND ACRES. ))
Others simply asked the board not to sacrifice the area's beauty for the
sake of research.
((ALWYN MOSS/SMART ROAD OPPONENT: THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY FOR EVERYWHERE
IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH HAS TRIUMPHED AND THEY'RE
MISERABLE AND SICK AND FULL OF CRIME, AND THEIR CHILDREN ARE SICK. ))
But VDOT's studies have found minimal environmental impact, and smart road
supporters say the economic benefits outweigh the drawbacks.
((GARY SCHAFER/SMART ROAD SUPPORTER: I BELIEVE THAT THIS HIGHWAY, WITH THE
ASSOCIATED HIGH TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRIES WILL BE MUCH-NEEDED ECONOMIC BOOST TO
((SCOTT PRINCE/SMART ROAD SUPPORTER: THE OPPORTUNITY BEFORE US TODAY GIVES US A
CHANCE TO TELL NOT ONLY VIRGINIA OR THE UNITED STATES, BUT THE WORLD WHAT
MONTGOMERY COUNTY IS ALL ABOUT AND WHAT IT WANTS TO BE.))
Due to the absence of supervisor mary Biggs, the board delayed the vote
until June 24th when all members may have their say. Tracy Altizer, News 7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, the family of a Virginia Tech football player
speaks out as he is dropped from the Christy Brzonkala lawsuit,
and President Clinton pledges his support as two more black churches burn in
the last 24 hours.
Robin in Wx office
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
President Clinton will visit a burned church in South Carolina Wednesday.
Meanwhile two more black churches went up in flames last night- this time
As Regina Blakely reports, the ministers are now calling out for help.
SUPER=01-Spiver Gordon/Southern Christian Leadership Conf.; 19
SUPER=01-Jim Johnson/Treasury Department; 38 very quick!!
SUPER=01-Robert Rubin/Treasury Secretary; 55
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News;
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((As three young men were questioned about two new fires in northern
texas... and a 13 year old white girl was arrested in connection with the fire
that destroyed a Charlotte church last week ministers from black churches
alleged racist motivations link the more than 30 fires over the last 18
SPIVER GORDON/SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:
THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT THERE IS A CONSPIRACY THAT IS
GOING ON IN THESE CHURCH BURNINGS.
Federal agents report no evidence of any organized plot by white
supremacists. In fact, Charlotte officials say their case is not linked to
other investigations but the ministers were promised investigators will not be
JIM JOHNSON/TREASURY DEPARTMENT: GIVEN THE PATTERN WE WOULD BE NUTS NOT TO BE
LOOKING AT A LARGER CONSPIRACY.
Following up weekend meetings with President Clinton and the
attorney general the minister's asked treasury secretary Robert Rubin to
curb what they allege is harassment of ministers and congregation members by
TREASURY SECRETARY ROBERT RUBIN: WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING THAT IS HUMANLY
POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THESE INVESTIGATIONS ARE CONDUCTED WITH TOTAL SENSITIVITY
AND I HAVE NOT A DOUBT HAVING HEARD THE PASTORS, I THINK THERE HAVE BEEN
200 agents are now working the cases... A toll-free tip hot-line is
at full speed.. and congress is considering legislation which would make it
easier to prosecute church arsons.
And in a San Diego speech, President clinton said the church attacks
have to stop.
WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO RE-BUILD OUR CHURCHES FORCES OF HATE
STANDUP REGINA BLAKELY/WASHINGTON:
IN ADDITION TO ASKING FOR INVESTIGATIVE HELP.. THE MINISTERS ARE
ASKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS OTHER CHURCHES FOR TWO MILLION
DOLLARS TO RE-BUILD THE CHURCHES THEY HAVE LOST. RB, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Virginia's Attorney General is leading southern states in a new fight
against the church fires and other hate crimes.
Jim Gilmore was elected head of the Southern region of the National
Association of Attorneys General today.
His first official act- winning support from 12 southern states to work
together on hate crimes.
A spokesman for Gilmore says he was also motivated by recent attacks on
synagogues in Richmond.
GRAPHIC=Plane crash invest
The search is over in the Everglades.
SUPER=03-Dade Co, FL;
Investigators have recovered 75 percent of the ValuJet plane that crashed
((ROBERT FRANCIS/NAT'L TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: WE'RE CONVINCED THAT WE'VE
GOT THE THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO US TO BE ABLE TO PROCEED WITH THE
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/Nat'l Transportation Safety Board; 00
OUT Q=WITH THE INVESTIGATION."
Francis says investigators will now focus on analyzing the parts.
And the chief medical examiner says there's nothing left to recover.
The remains of 36 victims have been identified- All 110 people died on the
A New Yorker magazine cover is shocking subscribers all over the nation.
The "Don't Tell" sketch actually tells all- showing two male sailors
passionately kissing each other.
The cover mocks the military's don't ask, don't tell policy on
The New Yorker magazine has taken a harder, more aggressive attitude
since its new editor began.
Tina Brown was with Vanity Fair magazine.
Under her leadership, The New Yorker has been covering
controversial issues, and has even included nude photos and profanity within
the stories, to make its point.
The National Organization for Women and the U-S Justice Department
bolstered the case of Christy Brzonkala today.
In arguing whether the Violence Against Women Act is Constitutional,
attorneys for "NOW" and "Justice" cited domestic abuse as the number one cause
of injury to women.
Brzonkala says she was raped by a couple of Virginia Tech football players.
In court today the judge dismissed her claim against a THIRD football
player- - Cornell Brown.
Brown's mother was there today. She says it's been hard on the family.
IN Q=Because a lot
((OGLESSA BROWN/CORNELL BROWN'S MOTHER: BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT
ATHLETES ARE BRUTES AND THEY DO THINGS LIKE THIS AND I'M GLAD THIS IS OVER THIS
BEHIND. AND HE'S INNOCENT.))
SUPER=01-Oglessa Brown/Cornell Brown's Mother;
OUT Q=he's innocent.
Though Cornell Brown was NOT charged with a crime in this case, Brzonkala's
attorney says she may still pursue a claim against him in state court.
MUSIC ON TAPE
Stay with us, another cereal maker says it's lowering prices,
And we'll see how Russian President Boris Yeltsin is stepping up his
campaign to become the choice of the new generation.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=State Seal of Virginia
Fingers are pointing in Richmond as an independent state audit is released
on the computer system that would automate welfare reform.
The development of that system is currently on hold.
The Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission -- or J-LARC- says former
Allen Administration appointee Kay Coles James may have pulled the plug on the
troubled system TOO EARLY.
The report says that's left local social service directors scrambling to
learn and apply thousands of new welfare regulations with NO computer system.
IN Q=As one of
((DEL. JAY DEBOER/JLARC MEMBER: AS ONE OF THEM PUT IT, WE'VE BEEN LED OUT INTO
THE DESERT AND THEN OUR CAMEL HAS BEEN SHOT ON ADAPT. THAT'S HOW THEY FEEL
THEY'VE BEEN TREATED BY THE STATE AGENCY.))
((PAUL CONWAY: I MEAN THE FACTS ARE VERY CLEAR THAT ALL THE ACTIONS THAT WERE
TAKEN ON ADAPT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION WERE PRO-ACTIVE, PRO-TAXPAYER. AND I
THINK IF YOU REVIEW THAT DRAFT DOCUMENT, ONE OF THE TELLING THINGS IS THAT
NOWHERE IN THE DOCUMENT IS TAXPAYER MENTIONED. THERE WERE SEVERAL INACCURACIES
AND WE ACTUALLY FELT AS THOUGH BY THE TIME WE COMPLETED READING THE THING, WE
MIGHT HAVE ACTUALLY FOUND OUT WHO THE MAN ON THE GRASSY KNOLL WAS, SOME OF
THEIR CONCLUSIONS WERE SO OFF BASE.))
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/JLARC Member; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Conway/Dep. Sec. of Health & Human Resources; :12
OUT Q=off base.
A state police investigation is ongoing into possible CRIMINAL wrongdoing
with the welfare computers.
It's not often you see a world leader cutting the rug-
but Boris Yeltsin did.
((nat sound of music.))
OUT Q=nat sound music."
SUPER=03-Rostov Don, Russia;
Despite 86 degree temperatures, the Russian president danced a jig in
front of thousands of young people.
It was part of a campaign stop and concert to encourage young people to
vote June 16th.
Once finished, Yeltsin left the stadium to roars of approval from the
Yeltsin's opposition has accused the Russian president of using this
program to recruit votes for himself.
The Stanley Cup is still up for grabs at this time. Colorado and Florida are
deadlocked at 0-0 in sudden death overtime.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/ESPN; :00
You guessed it...the goaltending has been perfect on both sides in game
four of the Stanley Cup finals. Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy has stopped 35
while the Panthers John Vanbeisbrooke has turned away 29 shots for a grand
total of 64 shots on goal that have yet to find the rope. Colorado is trying to
sweep the panthers for the Cup.
The Salem Avalanche is hoping to get well in a hurry this week with a 7
game homestand. But things got off to a "rocky" start last night with a 4-3
loss to Kinston.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Indians;
Look who was in the house last night...King Daddy Roy Stanley, sporting the
casual suit in style.
The Avalanche played like anything but Kings. Kinston tagged reliever Sean
Murphy for 4 runs in the 5th. Guillermo Mercedes slaps this delivery into left
for the RBI and 1-nothing lead.
Still in the 5th, Tim Jorgensen with the shot that gets under Kyle Houser's
glove, scoring Patricio
The Avalanche got no breaks. The Indians' outfielder drops the fly ball
from Blake Barthol, but John Fantuzzi gets caught in the middle and forced
out. The Avalanche falls for the 12th time in 15 games, 4-3.
The Baltimore Orioles ran into the detroit Tigers last night and paid for
the encounter, losing 8-3.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Orioles vs. Tigers; :00
maybe the Birds could have used this fan's hustle...what we will do for a
foul ball. this guy's is ready to suit up.
On to the real action. Chad Curtis threads the needle between third and
the foul lin with this two bagger that SUPER=35-Detroit/==8/Baltimore/==3;
plates a run and Detroit led 2-zip.
The Tigers, believe it or not were tough on the hill as well! Omar Olivares
tossed 8 shutout innings and allowed 4 hits. Tigers by 5. It's the Birds 4th
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Braves vs. Mets; :00
On to the national League where the mets handed the braves a loss. But the
Mets also suffered. Watch the braves Steve Avery nail Jose Viszcino in the leg
with this pitch, sending the met to the ground.
A bench clearing brawl would later take place involving Steve Hundley and
Marquis Grissom to name a few. No punches were thrown.
Hundley had the final say, clocking this pitch out of the yardHe hit homers
from both sides of the plate as New York wins 8-3.
To the hard wood. The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers have named their new head
The franchise called a morning news conference to introduce Johnny Davis as
the new skipper of the Sixers. Davis replaces John Lucas, who was fired at the
end of the NBA season.
Davis has been a Trailblazer assistant under P.J. Carlisemo in Portland.
IN Q=I only
((JOHNNY DAVIS/NEW 76ERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Johnny Davis/New 76ers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...of Philadelphia"
Now the numbers!!
wipe to boards!!!!!!!!
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
Still to come tonight, a Winston Cup driver leaves his team, we will tell
you who in a few,
and Roy Stanley checks in with some are volleyballers who are trying to
spike their way into the junior Olympics.
NASCAR's Winston Cup drivers are at Pocono this weekend for the Teamwork
500. There will be no more teamwork between Junie Donleavey and driver Mike
Wallace, the two parted ways today.
SUPER=03-Wilkesboro, NC; :00
Wallace has competed in 58 Cup events and has 1 top 5 finish and only 2
top 10 finishes in thje heilg Meyers Ford.. No full time replacement has been
named for the Richmond based team. Phil Parsons will fill in this weekend in
the UAW-GM Teamwork 500.
A group of area young ladies will represent Virginia in the Junior Olympic
National Championships in San Jose California.
And Roy Stanley says these underdogs have made volleyball a hot topic in
IN Q="The team...
SUPER=01-Allison Suggs/Volleyball Player; :19
SUPER=01-Dean Barao/Asst. Head Coach; :50
SUPER=01-Susan Clements/Volleyball Player; 1:12
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((The team called the NRV team Jupiter is made up of girls from the valley and
as far away as Gretna, Jefferson forest and Brookville.
The team qualified for the nationals by shocking the field and winning the
Old Dominion Region 18 and under championship in Richmond last month.
((ALLISON SUGGS/VOLLEYBALL PLAYER: ))
((NAT SOUND: ))
((The team has only been together for four years. It's success in the state
tournament is an indication that the sport is becoming competitive in this part
of the state.
Of course the Jupiter would like to bring a national title back to the area
but that's a long shot.))
((DEAN BARAO/ASST. COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((SUSAN CLEMENTS/VOLLEYBALL PLAYER: ))
((The Jupiter will leave Roanoke June 28-th for the nationals in San Jose,
Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
TAPE# Net C
Your frosted flakes may be a little easier to come by in a few weeks.
SUPER=03-New York City;
Kellogg is slashing prices by 19 percent on 16 popular brands of cereal.
Tony the Tiger gave his opinion on the new prices.
IN Q=they're grrrrrrreat
OUT Q=they're grrrrrrrrrreat
Kellogg officials hope the decision will boost lagging sales.
IN Q=Well I just
((WELL I JUST HEARD KELLOGGS NOW, AND I THOUGHT, WELL I JUST MIGHT START
CHANGING, AND I MIGHT JUST START BUYING ANOTHER BRAND OF CEREAL.))
((I LIKE A LOT OF KELLOGGS CEREALS, I GUESS IF THEY WERE CHEAPER AND I LIKED
THEM, THEN I WOULD BUY THEM.))
OUT Q=would buy them.
The decision to lower prices was made after Post Cereal cut their costs,
and hurt Kellogg's sales.
Analysts say NOT to expect Kelloggs and Post to have a price war, but more
changes are to come.
Kelloggs hopes the lower prices will hit the shelves in two to three