The news is up next here on W-D-B-J- -7.
With word of a new industry for Russell County.
And a home destroyed by fire in Newport. It might not have been so bad, if
the Giles County 9-1-1 system had already been up and running.
In sports, action from the second round on the Open, your hometown station
and Kroger team up for the WDBJ TV 250,
and Dale Jarrett crashes during qualifying at Pocono, that story plus the
pole winner in sports.
It's a weekend forecast that features sunshine, warm temperatures and only
an outside threat of showers. Details straight ahead.
The wheels have been set in motion to bring more than 500 jobs to far
Reynolds Metals Company announced this morning it's building an automotive
wheel manufacturing plant in Russell County.
The Fortune 500 company will be in the Cumberland Plateau Regional
Industrial Park in Lebanon.
It'll employ up to 125 people- -at first- -with the potential of employing
more than a thousand.
Govenor Allen hopes this will bring more businesses to the area.
IN Q=When they
((GEORGE ALLEN/VA GOVERNOR: WHEN THEY SELECTED RUSSELL COUNTY, THAT'S A GOOD
HOUSEKEEPING SEAL THAT MEANS SOMETHING TO OTHER BUSINESSES THAT WE WANT TO
ATTRACT HERE AS WELL. ))
OUT Q=here as well.
The new facility will manufacture forged aluminun wheels for automotive
customers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Reynolds plans to have the plant in operation this year.
A Henry County honor student will have to wait one more week to find out if
a judge will re-instate him.
Brian Wood was expelled earlier this year for violating the school's weapons
Today both sides were in court to defend their actions.
Denise Allen reports.
SUPER=07-Brian Wood; :15
SUPER=01-J. David Martin/Henry Co. Division Super; :56
OUT Q=News 7
((Brian Wood says he didn't realize he had his pocketknife.
The 16-year-old discovered the five inch knife was in his pocket during a
field trip to the Henry County Jail.
When school officials found out, they expelled the Bassett High sophomore.
IN Q=I LOST
((BRIAN WOOD: I LOST ONE CREDIT FROM BAND. I GOT AN INCOMPLETE. SOCIALLY I
DON'T GET TO TALK TO MY FRIENDS.))
OUT Q=TO MY FRIENDS
Wood was just about to be inducted into the National Honor Society and his
parents say he's never been in trouble before.
PRE PRO FROM FILE
But school officials say their rules are clear.
The policy states it will expel any student who has brought a firearm or
destructive device onto school property or to a school-sponsored activity.
The policy recommends the student be expelled for 365 days but a school
official says exceptions were made in this case.
David Martin recommended Wood be allowed to reapply to school after a six
IN Q=THE SCHOOL BOARD
((J. DAVID MARTIN/HENRY CO. DIVISION SUPERINTENDENT: THE SCHOOL BOARD MODIFIED
MY RECOMMENDATION AND ADDED THAT WE WOULD PROVIDE HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION AND THE
PRECEDING PUNISHMENT WOULD BE EXPUNGED FROM THE STUDENT'S RECORD.))
OUT Q=THE STUDENT'S RECORD
The Woods feel the school board's punishment is too harsh and are asking the
judge to reverse the board's actions.
A decision on the case is expected by late next week.
Denise Allen News 7.))
A mother and her two children lost everything they owned when a fire
swallowed their rented log house this morning.
Giles County firefighters had difficulty finding the house on route 610.
But as intern reporter Surae Chinn reports a new 9-1-1 system will help
crews find their way.
IN Q= Firefighters from three
SUPER=03-Giles Co. ; :00
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/911 Dispatch Supervisor; :20
SUPER=01-Denise O'Brien/Dispatcher; :30 quick
SUPER=01-Matthew Sarver/Newport Firefighter; :54
SUPER=20-Surae Chinn; :1:04
OUT Q=Surae Chinn, News 7 Giles County.
((Firefighters from three departments rounded their way to the residence in
the Newport community,
but not without trouble finding the blaze.
Now the Giles County Emergency Dispatch Center is making changes to improve
((GILES 911 WHAT IS YOUR EMERGENCY?))
Prior to E-911 residents had to dial a seven digit number.
((911 IS A BIG PART OF THE EMERGENCY SYTEM THROUGHOUT THE STATE. WE FELT THE
COUNTY ITSELF NEEDED TO BE UPDATED TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE.))
((WHEN THEY DIAL 911 IT'S GOING TO BE ANSWERED MORE QUICKLY THEY'LL GET MORE
When a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report the fire, the computer only dislpayed
her phone number.
But within six months it will also provide callers' names and addresses once
officials finish naming streets and assigning house numbers.
Color coded maps will help dispatchers direct rescue personel to the scene
of an emergency.
((IT'S GOING TO IMPROVE OUR RESPONSE A WHOLE LOT. YOU KNOW WE HAVE PEOPLE
OUT SECLUDED OUT HERE YOU KNOW PLACES WE CAN'T GET TO WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE SO
IT'S GOING TO HELP US OUT A WHOLE LOT.))
For Sandra Bugg and her two children it's too late to save their home...the
E-9-1-1 number may save others in the future, Surae Chinn News 7 Giles
Lynchburg's downtown will come alive once again this weekend, as the city's
annual Festival by the James gets underway.
Steve Smallshaw tells us there will be no shortage of things to see and do
along the riverfront.
SUPER=01-Stevie Dovel/Chamber of Commerce; :19
SUPER=01-Richard Doty/Academy of Music; :49
SUPER=01-Barbara Cornett/Riverviews; 1:13
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
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Believe it or not, by this time Saturday, Lynchburg's riverfront will
teeming with even more activity as the city's annual Festival by the James gets
underway once again.
Music, crafts, batteaux rides and fireworks are just a few of the things in
store for this year's visitor, and the city has been working over- time to get
IN Q=We're working fast
((STEVIE DOVEL/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'RE WORKING FAST AND FURIOUS BECAUSE
TOMORROW MORNING ALL THE VENDORS ARE GOING TO BE COMING IN AND UNLOADING AND
THE ARTS AND CRAFTERS AND THE EXHIBITORS AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO A BIG DAY
OUT Q=big day tomorrow.
IN Q=The batteau
((While the batteau festival is as much about celebrating Lynchburg's historic
past, festival-goers also will get a glimpse of downtown's future, where two of
the city's more historic buildings are undergoing renovations.))
OUT Q=undergoing renovations.
The average visitor might not be aware of some of the sweeping changes
taking place at the Academy of Music Theater.
IN Q=We love to
((RICHARD DOTY/ACADEMY OF MUSIC: WE LOVE TO HAVE IT OPEN ANY TIME LIKE THIS AND
WE'VE DONE A LOT OF THINGS THAT YOU CAN'T SEE FROM OUTSIDE SO WE'D LIKE TO HAVE
PEOPLE COME ON IN AND SEE WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHAT'S IN THE PLANS FOR THE
OUT Q=for the future.
natsot champagne pop & cheer
The future is now for the Riverviews group which is celebrating its
acquisition of the old Craddock Terry building on Jefferson Street.
After a facelift, the building will house studios and gallery space for
IN Q=We hope to
((BARBARA CORNETT/RIVERVIEWS: WE HOPE TO HAVE STUDIOS OPEN BY FALL IF POSSIBLE.
THEY'LL BE VERY ROUGHED OUT STUDIOS BUT WE WANT TO GET INTO THE BUILDING AS
SOON AS POSSIBLE.))
OUT Q=as possible.
The festival gets underway at 10 a-m Saturday, and wraps up with a fireworks
show that night.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When news 7 continues, the city of Lynchburg experiences more trash tag
And we'll see how Virginia Tech is giving little seed money to an investing
It's using real money in hopes of reaping more than just educational
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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The theft of thousands of Lynchburg city trash tags has landed three more
people in jail.
Fifty thousand of the stickers were stolen from the Progress Printing plant
in Lynchburg between October and February.
Police have arrested three men and charged them with fraud: they are 35-
year- old David Wayne Carter, 34- year- old Harry Wendell Harvey and 28- year-
old Rick McDonald Cobbs, all of Lynchburg.
All but 12- hundred of the trash tags have been recovered.
In an unrelated case, five other people have been charged with stealing
boxes of tags from Lynchburg's welfare office, then re- selling them to local
Governor Allen has named a Fairfax County educator as the new superintendent
of public instruction.
Richard LaPointe worked in the U.S. Department of Education during the
Reagan and Bush Administrations.
He said today he strongly supports Allen's policies, and those of the state
board of education.
IN Q=I'm confident
((RICHARD LAPOINT/NEW SUPT. OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: I'M CONFIDENT THAT THE
CHILDREN OF VIRGINIA CAN MEET THE STANDARDS THAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
HAS SET. I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE VISION AND TO HAVE FAITH AND I HAVE
BOTH IN THE CHILDREN AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
SUPER=01-Richard LaPointe/New Supt. of Public Instruction;
OUT Q=of the commonwealth.
LaPointe begins work July first.
A bill introduced this week by more than 70- lawmakers is being applauded
as a way for the textile and apparel industry to remain globally competitive.
That's the opinion of at least one official with Dan River Fabrics in
Congressman L- F Payne says the Textile and Apparel Global Competitiveness
Act would put American workers on a level playing field with foreign
Payne says the bill was drafted in response to complaints that foreign
countries are continuing to ship goods illegally.
The bill would also open markets for U- S textile and apparel products
around the world.
The head of Danville's Chamber of Commerce says the company expected to buy
the "Register and Bee" newspaper is generally considered pro-business.
Media General announced yesterday plans to buy the newspaper for about 38-
The company owns the Richmond Times Dispatch as well as papers in
Charlottesville, Culpeper, Lynchburg and Suffolk.
IN Q=The fact
((ALLAN LIBBY/DANVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PRES.:THE FACT THAT THEY ARE A
PRO-BUSINESS ORGANIZATION WILL JUST PROVIDE A GOOD ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO HAVE
A LOCAL NEWSPAPER AND I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO US HERE AT THE CHAMBER.
SUPER=01-Allan Libby/Danville Area Chamber of Commerce; :00
OUT Q=here at the Chamber.
The deal is expected to be final this summer.
At one point, newspaper employees had tried to buy the paper through an
employee stock ownership plan but were turned down in favor of another bid.
One worker we spoke with off camera today said he felt most employees were
disappointed but held no grudge or animosity.
IN Q=I know
((ALLAN LIBBY/DANVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PRES.:I KNOW IT'S BEEN A VERY
DIFFICULT PAST TWO YEARS FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE NEWSPAPER, I HOPE FOR THEIR
BENEFIT THEY ARE GLAD IT'S OVER AND I HOPE THEY CAN MAKE THE BEST OUT OF THIS
NEW DEAL AS POSSIBLE. ))
OUT Q=deal as possible.
The paper will still be called "The Danville Register and Bee".
Proceeds from the sale will go into a trust which benefits nine charities.
A new financial investment program at Virginia Tech is paying large
dividends not only for students, but for the school itself.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
SUPER=01-Trey Snow/Virginia Tech Foundation; :19
SUPER=01-Scott Levy/SEED Admin. Chairman; :43 (QUICK)
SUPER=01-Emily King/SEED Admin. Committee; 1:00
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Blacksburg.
Imagine letting a bunch of college students play the stock market with YOUR
hard earned savings.
Virginia Tech's doing it, to the tune of two million dollars, in a program
called the Student managed Endowment for Educational Development, or SEED.
IN Q=SEED is
((TREY SNOW/VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION: SEED IS A ORGANIZATION THAT ALLOWS
STUDENTS TO INVEST SOME OF THE MONEY THAT'S IN THE VIRGINIA TECH CONSOLIDATED
OUT Q=consolidated endowment.
The students have Tech's money invested in a variety of stocks, mostly large
U-S companies, sort of like a mutual fund.
So far, they've put together a good track record, good enough that in some
quarters they've bested the money managers in charge of the bulk of Tech's
IN Q=SEED'S done
((SCOTT LEVY/SEED ADMIN. CHAIRMAN: SEED'S DONE QUITE WELL. IN THE PAST 12
MONTHS ENDING MARCH 31 SEED RETURNED ABOUT 32 PERCENT.))
OUT Q=about 32 percent.
Tech does monitor the money to make sure it's in line with the school's
investment guidelines, but for the most part the students are the one's saying
buy or sell.
And that's one reason the program's so popular.
IN Q=This past
((EMILY KING/SEED ADMIN. COMMITTEE: THIS PAST SPRING WHEN WE RECRUITED WE HAD
YOU KNOW AT LEAST 50 MORE APPLICATIONS THAN WE HAD POSITIONS TO GIVE THEM.
WHICH GIVES US A REAL EDGE CAUSE THEN WE GET THE REAL CREAM OF THE CROP. ))
OUT Q=cream of the crop.
SOT 13:50:28 I think could be 13:58:28
IN Q=But the
((But the members of this group know that you can't keep making money by
standing still, so in the coming months they're looking at moving some of the
fund's assets into things like foreign firms and some of the smaller companies
on the stock market.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Blacksburg.))
On Wall Street, Analysts are blaming fears of higher inflation for an eight
point drop in the DOW today and a 48 point loss for the week.
NASDAQ fell 12 and a half today closing at 12-hundred-13.
It was a sellout at the annual Meals on Wheels benefit in Roanoke today.
Over 15-hundred people bought gourmet picnic lunches for this year's Lunch
on the Lawn, sponsored by the League of Older Americans.
The L-O-A expected to raise some 20-thousand dollars to help provide hot
lunches to homebound elderly.
Several businesses helped underwrite the event.
The Southern Powers Band and members of the A-A-R-P Cut-ups provided the
Candide, the latest from Opera Roanoke, opens Saturday night under the
watchful gaze of its original star.
Mary Costa, formerly of the Metropolitian Opera, was honored with a reception
Tomorrow she will be answering questios at a pre-performance buffet.
She says she is excited to be here to enjoy the opera.
SUPER=01-Mary Costa/Opera Star;
OUT Q=in your heart.
Costa was hand picked for Candide by composer Leonard Bernstein when the
She also gained fame as the voice of Sleeping Beauty.
Dale Jarrett crashes during qualifying at Pocono while the Wonder boy takes
the top spot, Micahel Irvin is indicted,
And Roy Stanley will have the story of a blind cyclist from Roanoke who is
going to the Paralympics.
NASCAR's Winston Cup drivers qualified at Pocono today and wonder boy Jeff
Gordon captured the pole for Sunday's UAW GM Teamwork 500.
SUPER=03-Pocono, PA; :00
Not a good day for Dale Jarrett. Jarrett crashed in turn 3 during one of
his qualifying laps. He would later leave Pocono International Raceway for a
local hospital. Track officials said that Jarrett has possibly cracked ribs on
his left side and is going through x-rays.
South Boston's Ward Burton had a good run and qualified 12th in his
Jeff Gordon captured the pole with a speed of 169.725 miles per hour, a new
track record... at Pocono. now here's the top 25.
SUPER=400-=1/Jeff Gordon/169.725/=2/Derrike Cope/=3/Hut Stricklin/=4/Ricky
SUPER=401-=6/Mark Martin/=7/Bobby Labonte/=8/Joe Nemechek/=9/Ricky
SUPER=401-11/Terry Labonte/12/Ward Burton/13/Rick Mast/14/Michael
SUPER=401-16/Jeff Burton/17/Ernie Irvan/18/Jimmy Spencer/19/Rusty
SUPER=401-21/Lake Speed/22/Brett Bodine/23/Sterling Marlin/24/Todd
OUT Q=........Loy Allen."
The WDBJ TV7 250 hits the New River Valley Speedway July 27th. Your
Hometown Station and Kroger will be co-sponsoring the race, which mean more
prize money. The purse will be over 28 thousand dollars, with the winner
banking 15 grand. The halfway winner takes home 1 thousand and the pole sitter
The Second round of the 96th U.S. Open is underway and first day leader
Payne Stewart still has the lead.
SUPER=03-Bloomfield, MI/ESPN; :00
Stewart finished with a 1 over par 71 today and is 2 under par for the
event, good enough for the lead.. here he finds the cup for the birdie to go 5
Beware of sharks at Oakland Hills today. Greg Norman fired the top round
on the day, a 4 under 66. Here eagles 16 with this great shot.
Norman would also birdie 13 and is one under for the tournament.
dallas Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin has been reindicted on drug charges
by a dallas County grand jury.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
Irvin and two others were indicted on one count each of the felony charge
of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor charge or marijuana possession.
The indictments were handed down 2 days after they were thrown out because
of a technicality.
A couple of years ago Steve Aukward dreamed of participating in the
Paralympic games in Atlanta.
Well through patience and hard work Aukward's dream came true and he will
be part of the games in August.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q="Aukward a blind
SUPER=01-Steve Aukward/Olympic Cyclist; :24
SUPER=01-Jim Ritchie/Asst. City Manager; 1:01
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((Aukward a blind cyclist will represent the country as a member of the USA's
Paralympic Cycling Team.
A third place finish in road competition and a fourth place finish in three
veledrome races at Colorado Springs earned Aukward a spot on the team but it
was two years of hard work that put Aukward in position to make the elite
((STEVE AUKWARD/PARALYMPIC CYCLIST: ))
((Greg Combs, a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athletes program will pilot
Aukward's tandem in the games.
But back home he trains with assistant city Manager Jim Ritchie. The two
ride at least twice a week averaging about 30 miles a day. Then on the
weekends they sometimes ride up to 80 miles a day.))
((JIM RITCHIE/ASST. CITY MANAGER: ))
((STEVE AUKWARD: ))
((The games in Atlanta will be held two weeks after the Olympics.
Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))