Up next on News 7 at eleven-
A little girl is hit by a school bus today in Halifax County.
Porn on the internet. A court rules it can stay- We'll have the story.
Plus Marge Schott agrees to give up control of the ballclub.
Steve Mason will have the details.
News 7 is next.
A young girl was struck and killed by a school bus this afternoon in
Tiffany Shanelle Harris of South Boston died at the scene after she walked
in front of the bus.
Pornography will NOT be banned on the internet.
Federal judges ruled that banning indecent material is unconstitutional.
Many say this is a victory for free speech.
Marge Schott is giving up control of the Cincinnati Reds.
Baseball officials have pressured her to step aside for making
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Six- year old Tiffany Harris had just marked the beginning of summer
vacation when she was struck and killed this afternoon by a Halifax County
Tiffany and her twin sister were students at "South of Dan Elementary".
The accident apparently happened about ten minutes after Tiffany got off the
Family members say the driver went to the end of Route 744 to turn around
and apparently stopped on her way out to talk to Tiffany's older sister.
The driver apparently didn't see Tiffany as she stepped in front of the bus
after checking the mail.
IN Q=If you
((LINWOOD CHAPPELL/TIFFANY'S UNCLE: IF YOU GOT TO KNOW HER FOR ABOUT A HALF
HOUR YOU WOULD NEVER EVER FORGET HER, SHE WAS JUST THAT SPECIAL, VERY LOVING
CHILD, SHE LOVED HER MOTHER VERY MUCH, SHE LOVED EVERYONE AND SHE LOVED HER
TWIN SISTER AND SHE CARED FOR HER LIKE A MOTHER, TIFFANY, WAS REALLY SPECIAL.))
SUPER=01-Linwood Chappell/Tiffany's Uncle; :00
OUT Q=was really special.
The accident happened around 12:30.
So far, no charges have been filed against the driver.
Investigators are pouring over thousands of transactions.
They're trying to track down hundreds of thousands of dollars believed
stolen from Carroll County.
Former county administrator Billy Mitchell already faces 18 counts of
embezzlement, and more charges may be coming.
Investigators say AFTER the board of supervisors bought the old Gardiner
property for what is now Magnolia Manufacturing, Mitchell got the county to pay
for it AGAIN.
He allegedly submitted bills to the Industrial Development Authority under a
fictitious name, then spent the money himself.
((GINO WILLIAMS/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: THEY END UP BUYING, BASICALLY PAYING FOR
THE BEAVER DAM LAND IN THE NAME OF THE GARDINER CEMETERY LAND TRUST. THAT MONEY
THEN GOES INTO AN ACCOUNT, OF WHICH WE BELIEVE MR. MITCHELL IS THE ONLY
SIGNATORY, AND THEN FROM THERE IT'S SPENT ON VARIOUS PURCHASES WHICH WE'RE
TRYING TO TRACK DOWN. ))
SUPER=01-Gino Williams/Special Prosecutor;
OUT Q=to track down.
Authorities have traced checks worth thousands of dollars to various
retailers, and they've barely gotten started.
They also suspect Mitchell embezzled from Gardiner Cemetery, where he was a
Representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission met with
citizens in Roanoke today.
They discussed numerous allegations of mistreatment of employees in the
But as Ron Jones reports the E-E-O-C itself was the main subject of
IN Q=You're not doing
SUPER=01-Rev. Leonard Hines/Roanoke Resident; :25
SUPER=01-Perneller Wilson/Roanoke Resident; :35
SUPER=01-Linda Gross/Sen. Chuck Robb Representative; :44
SUPER=01-Barbara Veldhuizen/EEOC Official; :57
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
((YOU'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING NOW AND HAVEN'T THEN. AND WE'RE ANGRY ABOUT IT.))
Ineffective and all talk.
These are some charges brought against the E-E-O-C in Roanoke.
These citizens say from sexual harrassment to layoffs-- the commission is
intimidated by big business and are drowning in their own murky waters of
They say these meetings are just feel good rhetoric.
((REV. LEONARD HINES/ROANOKE RESIDENT: YOU'RE COMING UP HERE TO LISTEN TO WHAT
WE SAY AND GOING BACK TO RICHMOND DOING NOTHING AND WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF
There were even accusations of unchallenged racism in the work place.
((PERNELLER WILSON: RACISM IS BLATANT IN ROANOKE. I'VE EVEN TOLD OUR MAYOR
THAT HE NEEDS TO BE WAKEN UP BECAUSE IT'S HERE.))
We asked state officials about that.
((LINDA GROSS/SENATOR CHUCK ROBB'S OFFICE: ON A WHOLE I'VE SEEN SPECIFICALLY
FROM ROANOKE IS.. SEEMS TO BE DEALING WITH RACIAL DISCRIMINATION.))
E-E-O-C officials say they here similar complaints in other cities and are
trying to reach out.
((BARBARA VELDHUIZEN/EEOC REPRESENTATIVE: WE ARE HERE TO BASICALLY LISTEN TO
WHAT THE COMMUNITY HAS TO SAY ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND
BASICALLY GET THEIR REACTION TO WHAT EEOC IS DOING WITH THEIR COMMUNITY AND HOW
WE CAN BE OF MORE ASSISTANCE, HOW WE CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE.))
Their next step is to develop a plan of action with citizens in the valley
to properly challenge employers.
They say these forums may be a little heated-- but they are also healthy.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
It's considered a major victory for Free Speech on the Internet- but it
means you probably won't see an end to porn on computers.
As Elizabeth Kaledin reports, federal judges ruled against a new law that
would've banned indecent material on the Net.
SUPER=01-Ira Glasser/American Civil Liberties Union; 21
SUPER=01-Sen. Jim Exxon/(D) Nebraska;
OUT Q=CBS News, New York."
((According to a panel of federal judges...peddling Playboy on the
internet is just the same as selling the magazine at a newsstand, a freedom
guaranteed by the first amendment right to free speech.
The ruling was silently hailed on computer screens around the world, and not
silently praised by the American Civil Liberties Union:
IRA GLASSER/EXEC. DIR. AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION: THE DECISION WAS A
VICTORY AS BIG AND AS TOTAL AND AS COMPLETE AS IT WAS POSSIBLE TO HAVE
The A.C.L.U. was one of several plaintiffs who brought the case to
They charged that the new Communications Decency Act signed into law by
President Clinton last February was unconstitutional because it banned
transmission of "so called" indecent material. A move they say amounted to
censorship. The judge's ruling protects the internet in the same way print is
IRA GLASSER/EXEC. DIR. AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION: IT SETS THE STANDARDS
FOR THE HOW THE FIRST AMENDMENT WILL APPLY TO WHAT MAY BE THE MAJOR MEDIUM OF
THE 21ST CENTURY.
One of the author's of the Communications Decency Act Senator Jim
Exon says he expected the ruling, but still believes the internet can be
regulated without censorship.
SEN. JIM EXON/D-NEBRASKA: WE THINK IT CAN BE DONE. WE ARE NOT TRYING TO MAKE
A PRISTINE INTERNET, OUR AIM WAS ALWAYS TO PROTECT CHILDREN. THE JUDGES ALSO
FOUND THAT THE NEW LAW WAS A THREAT TO THE INTERNET'S VALUE AS A GLOBAL
ROUNDTABLE. ONE OF THE PLAINTIFF'S IN THE CASE, A GROUP WORKING TO END
PRISONER RAPE SAID CENSORING THE INTERNET WOULD HAVE PUT THEM
OUT OF BUSINESS.
The battle is far from over. Both sides of this issue agree there is
no place left for this debate to go but to the United States Supreme
Court. Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS News, New York.))
The Southern Baptist Church says it's through with the mouse until the
company cleans up its act.
It's talking about the Walt Disney Company.
Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention voted to urge the church's 16
million followers to boycott Disney theme parks, films, toys and other
They're critical of Disney's health benefits for companions of homosexual
employees and it's gay-themed events at its parks.
They also don't like controversial films by Disney subsidiaries such as the
violent Pulp Fiction.
The company is firing back- saying its ironic that quote: " a group that
claims to espouse family values would vote to boycott the world's largest
producer of wholesome family entertainment."
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, last year's dam break in Campbell County leads
one family to sue homeowners in the Timberlake area,
and now that all the nominations have been locked up, U-S Senate candidates
John and Mark Warner prepare to battle each other.
Robin in Wx office
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
President Clinton says he's sorry the White House collected FBI files on
Republicans in 1993.
He say it was all a mistake.
((I WOULD NEVER CONDONE OR TOLERATE ANY KIND OF ENEMY LIST OR ANYTHING OF THAT
KIND. I THINK THIS WAS AN HONEST BUREAUCRATIC MESS UP.))
OUT Q=BUREAUCRATIC MESS UP."
The files came to light only recently. Some repbulicans have called for an
investigation to find out why the files were colleted and what Clinton aides
did with them.
SUPER=03-Overland Park, KS;
Meanwhile Bob Dole compared the files flap to Watergate tricks-
He campaigned at a rally in his home state of Kansas.
It's a kick off to a Three-day Eight-city Heartland tour.
Warner versus Warner is just one day old, but already in high gear.
Senator John Warner headed back to Washington with the Republican
Democrat Mark Warner headed for the airwaves.
Ellen Qualls has the fallout from the GOP primary.
IN Q=It was to
SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Anne Kincaid/Conservative Consultant; :46
SUPER=01-Jim Miller/Former Senate Candidate; :59
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( It was to be John Warner's day.
sot TAPE TWO 09:10:52
((SEN. JOHN WARNER: LADIES AND GENTLEMAN... THANK THEM.))
But just hours later, media markets all over Virginia started hearing that
Democrat Mark Warner was
NAT SOT AD 04;33:41
((RAISED IN A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY, THE FIRST IN HIS FAMILY TO FINISH COLLEGE.))
And the ideological paintbrush was out.
((MARK WARNER: JOHN WARNER HAS BEEN TOUTING HIS VERY CONSERVATIVE VIEWS OVER
THE LAST THREE TO FOUR WEEKS BEFORE THIS PRIMARY. I'M GONNA POINT THAT OUT AS
HE TRIES TO SLIDE BACK TO THE MIDDLE.))
So if John Warner ran right and won over someone running slightly farther
right -- how far right is right for Republicans?
((ANNE KINCAID/POLITICAL CONSULTANT: THIS IS NOT REPUDIATION OF THE CHRISTIAN
...TARRED AND FEATHERED JIM MILLER.))
sot 14:01:28 MILLER ONE
((JIM MILLER: IF A CHALLENGER CAN'T RAISE A LOT OF MONEY, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT
TO BE COMPETITIVE. MOREOVER, I'M NOT SURE THAT I'M THE BEST VEHICLE. I DON'T
HAVE THAT INHERENT GOOD LOOKS.))
sot ALLEN 05:55:36
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I REALIZE THAT THE DAY AFTER THIS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF
LICKING OF WOUNDS THAT WILL BE NECESSARY.))
sot insert standup here
So there are tough questions for conservative Republicans.
A push for unity behind John Warner from the rest.
And a lot of work for Democrat Mark Warner to even make it a fair fight in
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Virginia used to be the number one "gun-running" state in the nation.
A new study says NO more.
A study by the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence looked at the number of
guns used in crimes and seized by authorities.
The number coming from Virginia has been reduced by two thirds since the one
handgun a month law began.
Its chief advocate is proud.
IN Q=What troubles me
((WHAT TROUBLES ME IS THAT THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE CHEWING THE
RAG.. LOOK AT THE FIGURES.))
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor;
Even gun rights advocate George Allen says the law's okay.
IN Q=I'm very
((I'M VERY PLEASED TO SEE THAT VIRGINIA IS NOT BEING LOOKED UPON AS A SOURCE OF
ILLEGAL TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS.))
The National Rifle Association is NOT pleased however.
It says the study is "all sputter and NO science."
A former researcher at Washington and Lee University is free tonight after a
judge dismissed conspiracy charges against him.
Kurt Russ was charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine.
But, a circuit court judge said there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute.
SOT 13.02.12 - 13.02.30
IN Q=He is not
((THOMAS SPENCER/DEFENSE ATTORNEY;
HE IS NOT CONVICTED OF ANYTHING BUT HE WILL HAVE TO RELY ON SOME OTHER WAY TO
REGAIN HIS REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE AS THE COURT OBSERVED THAT
EVIDENCE AS PRESENTED SHOWED SOME DESPICABLE CONDUCT.))
SUPER=01-Thomas Spencer/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=some despicable conduct
Russ was one of five people arrested as part of a drug bust in Lexington
and Rockbridge County.
It's believed the group was part of a drug ring that stretched from Florida
Prosecutors aren't sure at this point if they'll try to bring other charges
MUSIC ON TAPE
Stay with us when News 7 at 11 returns, Robin Reed will let us know if the
rain will ever end,
and we'll show you how one school prepared to split today.
MUSIC UP FULL
It's been almost one year since the Timber Lake dam collapsed under flood
Now residents there have something else to worry about besides rebuilding
As Steve Smallshaw reports, the family of one of the victims is suing the
homeowners for two million dollars.
IN Q=The Timber Lake
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./June, 1995; :00
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( The Timber Lake dam collapsed under torrential rains last June, emptying
millions of gallons of water downstream.
Firefighter Carter Martin and Bedford County resident Doris Stanley were
caught in that wall of water and drowned.
Now Stanley's family blames her death on the people responsible for the
operation of the Timber Lake dam. They're suing the Timber Lake
Homeowners Association, claiming the group "negligently allowed hazardous
conditions to exist" and "failed to warn the decedent of the dangerous
conditions" created by an unsafe dam.
Also named in the suit are the engineers at Hurt and Proffitt, who allegedly
acted "negligently in their inspections of the dam."
The family is seeking two million dollars in damages.
IN Q=Lawyers on both
((No one who's involved in this lawsuit wanted to comment on the case, but Hurt
and Proffitt's attorney did say while Doris Stanley's death was indeed tragic,
the engineering firm aggressively denies it was at fault. Both sides have until
June 30th to file various responses.. if the suit does go before a jury, it
won't happen until early 1997. Steve Smallshaw, News 7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Tonight's Lottery drawing failed to show the Kicker Numbers. Those Numbers
Lots of sports to talk about tonight, but first lets put a close on the
NHL hockey season with rally's for winners and the losers.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :00
Today the streets of Denver were graced with the Stanley Cup champion
Colorado Avalanche in an afternoon parade, thats cup final MVP Joe Sakic
holding the Cup.
Florida owner Wayne Huezinga paid tribute to the runner ups, the Panthers
in a rally in Miami. Now the numbers.
wipe to boards!!!!!!
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott has been stripped of day to day control
of the team through the 1998 season.
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :00
Terms of the suspension will allow her to retain her partner ship shares as
controlling owner, but she will not be able to make day to day decisions.
She can still attend games.
IN Q="They delt
((BARRY LARKIN/rEDS SHORTSTOP:))
SUPER=01-Barry Larkin/Reds Shortstop; :00
On to some action. The Texas Rangers used two Mickey Tettleton homers and a
grand slam to pound the Milwaukee Brewers 13-6 today.
SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/Brewers vs. Rangers; :00
The Brewers did put the games first runs on the board. Greg Vaugn crushes
this 2 run shot to left, but it did not last.
Mickey tettleton, took care of that SUPER=35-Texas/=13/Milwaukee/==6;
with two dingers on the day, his first flew solo and cut the Milwaukee lead to
1, in the second.
Damon Buford clocked a grand slam in the 5th to make it 10-2, Rangers by 7.
The Orioles smoked the Tigers in the Motor City today.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Orioles vs. Tigers; :00
Trailing 2-nothing, Roberto Alomar gets his Birds even with this bloop
single. Greg Zaun and Brady Anderson find the welcome mat at home plate. 2 all.
The Birds scored 3 in the 9th to win 10-7.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Cubs vs. Phillies;
In the national league, the Philadelphia Phillies topped the CHicago Cubs
Gregg Jefferies led the Phillie charge with this shot in the bottom of the
4th and the Phils win by 1.
When it rains it pours, as is the case lately for the Avalanche. Salem lost
for the 14th time in 17 games last night, dropping a decision to Kinston.
SUPER=03-Salem/Indians vs. Avalanche; :00
Fans suffered through a brief rain storm before game time.
Kinston then proceeded to wrap up it's 3 game sweep of Salem. In the top of
the second, Tim Jorgensen doubles in Perry Chan for a 1-nothing Indians
Sean Casey did the most damage. His three run homer in the top of the third
proved to be the game winner. Salem falls 5-3 to Kinston.
The Roanoke Riverdawgs were back at it tonight over at Cave Spring Junior.
The Richmond Kickers were in town, that means the Premier league Dawgs had
their hands full with the select league Kickers.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Kickers vs. Riverdawgs; :00
Richmond took an early 1-nothing lead. The dawgs did get going.
Former Roanoke College great Grayson Prilliman has an opening but is stopped
at point blank range by the richmond keeper.
Roanoke's defense also played strong. Goalie Aaron Ewert with one of his
patented acrobatic saves with 12 minutes left in the half, and the Riverdawgs
win 4 to 2.
One football note. The Washington Redskins have signed a local college
standout to their roster.
Former Ferrum star Jim Kitts inked a deal with the Skins this afternoon. The
Linebacker played for the Panthers from 1990 to 93. He played 1 year in the
Arena Football League with the Albany Firebirds.
The felony drug indictment against Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin
has been thrown out....
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
at least for the moment. Today, a Dallas judge dismissed drug chargers
against the all pro receiver on a technicality because one of the jurors in the
case is not a resident of Dallas County. The prosecution says it will now
present the case to a new grand jury. Irvin faces drug possession charges.
Still to come tonight, we will head to the greens..
as Roy Stanley has lunch with some of the areas brightest young golfers at the
Scott Robertson Memorial Scholarship luncheon.
VO-NAT WIPE to #eng!!!!!!
SUPER=03-Bloomfield Hills, MI; :00
The weather did not cooperate at the 96th U.S. Open as a terentual down
pour forced some soaked participants inside. The tourney begins tomorrow at
Oakland Hills Country Club. the evnt will be a wet one. 2 and a half inches of
rain fell in 3 hours today. Country Club officals said water stood 1 and a half
feet deep on the first hole fairway.
The Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament invades the valley In less than
3-months. Some of the country's top junior golfers will be on hand for the
13-th annual tourney.
The focus today was the presentation of the annual scholarships at the
Roanoke Country Club. Roy Stanley was there.
IN Q="This years
SUPER=01-Thomas Salter/Scholarship Recipient; :17
SUPER=01-Andrew Green/Scholarship Recipient; :43
SUPER=01-Mike Smith/Scott Robertson Committee Chairman; 1:00
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
((This years Scott Robertson scholarship was presented to William Fleming
Senior Thomas Salter.
Salter, who is the valedictorian of his class, will use the 8-thousand
dollar scholarship toward his education at Cornell University.))
((THOMAS SALTER/SCOTT ROBERTSON SCHOLARSHIP RECEPIENT: ))
((Andrew Green of Lord Botetourt was awared the Eugene Hawthorne 2-thousand
Green, who will attend Virginia Tech, is senior class president and will
graduate with a 3 point 96 grade point average.))
((ANDREW GREEN/EUGENE HAWTHORNE SCHOLARSHIP RECEPIENT: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((MIKE SMITH/SCOTT ROBERTSON COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: ))
((The tournament will be held August 13-th through the 15-th. Over 130 golfers
have already applied for the event.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Today was both Sun-day and the last day of school for students and faculty
at Roanoke's Fishburn Park Elementary.
Top student READERS got to decorate their principal as an ice cream sundae...
complete with syrup and whipped cream!
This last-day of school activity is their reward for reading so many books
this year and doing well in the Accelerated Reader Program.
Principal Tom (Dun-LEEvey) DonLeavy allows the students to chose their own
reward for meeting reading goals.
10 42 19 00 - 10 42 34 00
IN Q=They read the books
((MARGARET JONES/LIBRARIAN: THEY READ THE BOOKS. THE ACCELERATED READER BOOKS
AND THERE ARE COMPUTER TESTS FOR EACH BOOK AND ARE AUTOMATICALLY SCORED ALSO...
ON THIS COMPUTER SO THEY'RE TOTALED AT THE END OF THE YEAR.))
OUT Q=end of the year.
The three top readers from each classroom got to help make the sundae.
Teachers hope students will continue reading throughout the summer.