Up next on News 7-
Neighbors said No, but lawmakers said Yes- to the smart Highway. We'll have
Valujet is grounded as of midnight tonight- We'll tell you why.
Plus these three little piggies are getting kicked out of their Vinton home.
News 7 is next.
Valujet will quit operations as of midnight tonight.
FAA inspectors have found serious safety deficiencies and asked the
airline to stop flying until the problems were corrected.
Valujet hopes to resume service in a month.
Elizabeth Bowles ends her 20 year career on Roanoke's City Council today.
She was honored by colleagues as she bid an emotional farewell.
And the international saga of a man and his dog comes to a close.
We'll have the happy ending.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
The Smart Road has overcome yet another pothole.
Tonight the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors condemns conservation
land for the high tech road.
Jay Moore was there for tonight's decision.
SUPER=01-Henry Jablonski/Montgomery Co. Supervisor;
SUPER=01-Paul Torgensen/Va. Tech President;
SUPER=01-Rick Roth/Smart Road Opponent;
OUT Q=moore, News 7
After listening to more than 30 people on the Smart Highway issue, the board
decided to voted in favor of the resolution four to three.
The question before the board was whether to allow VDOT to build the road
through an agriculture and forest district.
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OUT Q=Monty Co.
The land in question was 140 acres which stretch through scenic Ellett
Some opponents says politics played a major roll in the decision.
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VDOT officials say they're glad to have jumped this hurdle and are ready to
SOT first bite altizer
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Altizer says the next step is a schedule of right of way for land owners.
The department hopes to have that completed within the next 90 days.
In Christiansburg, Jay Moore, News 7.
ValuJet is halting operations in one hour-
Federal regulators asked the airplane to stop flying temporarily and
As Dave Fehling reports, the move comes after a special inspection found
trouble with the airline.
SUPER=01-Kathleen Peterson/Valujet Passenger;:12
SUPER=01-David Hinson/FAA Administrator;:35
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/CBS News;1:19
OT Q=CBs News, Washington."
(( (LOCATOR: NASHVILLE, TN)
In the 31 cities like Nashville, served by Valujet, passengers caught what will
be the last flights out, possibly for a long time on the upstart, discount
KATHLEEN PETERSON/VALUJET PASSENGER:
I'VE NEVER HAD A FLIGHT ON TIME.
ONLY AIRLINE WITH SUCH LOW FARES.
In a stinging and stunning announcement, the Federal Aviation
Administration said Valujet is so problem-plagued, it had to be grounded.
DAVID HINSON/FAA ADMINISTRATOR:
WE ASKED THEM TO CEASE OPERATION AND THEY AGREED.
But valujet is already protesting, calling the shutdown grossly
unfair because the company says it didn't get a chance to respond to the
The F-A-A says following the everglades crash of flight 592 last
month in which all 110 aboard died, it found that valujet lacked proper
procedures to insure the airworthiness of its fleet, and the quality of its
The F-A-A Says Valujet can fly again after it meets regulations.
the company says it doesn't know how long that will take but a
spokesman said anyone holding a Valujet ticket can get a full refund.
Inspectors initially found over 100 serious problems. Among them, a mechanic
was caught using a hammer and chisel to loosen an engine part. He did not know
the procedure required a special tool. Dave Fehling, CBS News, Washington.))
A Roanoke teenager is back home tonight after a POTENTIALLY- fatal fall in
16-year old Daniel White was one of a dozen hikers taking part in Camp
Bethel's Backpacking Week along the Appalachian Trail.
But he strayed from the path and went rock climbing.
White lost his grip and fell nearly forty feet.
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((BOBBIE SCOTT/WITNESSED ACCIDENT: THERE WERE A LOT OF HOLES... BUT THEY COULD
HAVE BEEN REAL LOOSE AND HE STEPPED ON ONE AND JUST WENT DOWN AND HIT ANOTHER
LEDGE AND WENT ALL THE WAY DOWN. SO I KIND OF FLIPPED OUT AND RAN UP HERE
YELLING, 'GUYS, HE FELL." ))
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Because of the remote location... emergency crews had a difficult time
reaching the scene.
So, initially, hikers along the trail came to White's aid.
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((MICHAEL PAINTER/HIKER: WE WERE SITTING HERE EATING LUNCH AND A GUY CAME
RUNNING OUT AND SAID SOMEONE FELL OFF THE ROCKS UP THERE. SO WE PUT OUR PACKS
ON AND RAN UP THERE, CRAWLED DOWN AND SAW THAT HE WAS ALRIGHT AND EVERYTHING.
WE TOOK SOME WATER DOWN TO HIM. ))
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White was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
But he was released a short time ago... apparently suffering no significant
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is offering no explanation for how her
missing law firm records turned
up in the White House.
In an affidavit to the Senate
Whitewater committee, Mrs. Clinton says she doesn't know what happened.
Republicans have charged the White House tried to thwart the investigation
by withholding subpoenaed billing records.
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Meanwhile Whitewater trial number two is under way in Little Rock.
Two campaign contributors later appointed by then Governor Clinton to
state positions are on trial.
They're accused of stealing money to reimburse themselves for the donation.
It seems lately that every few days another black church goes up in flames-
Today was no exception.
SUPER=03-Rocky Point, NC;
This church was destroyed in Rocky Point, North Carolina-
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is on the scene investigating.
((MARK LOGAN/ATF SPECIAL AGENT: WE'RE TRYING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS.
WE'VE HAD A RASH OF THESE FIRES RECURRING OVER AND OVER AND OVER. THESE
INVESTIGATIONS ARE COMING ALONG WELL, BUT AS WE'RE GETTING MORE HCURCHES BURNED
AND MORE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT MORE SEEM TO BE BURNING.))
SUPER=01-Mark Logan/ATF Special Agent; RUNS=:13
OUT Q=SEEM TO BE BURNING."
Authorities have not determined if it is arson yet, but say the blaze fits
the pattern of the other black church burnings in the south.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, Lynchburg authorities are concerned about two
fatal shootings at an area restaurant,
and after 20 years of service, a Roanoke councilwoman bids the city a fond
Robin in Wx office
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Closing arguments will be heard tomorrow morning in the murder case against
Danny R. Jones in Lynchburg.
Jones is accused of shooting to death 24-year old Robert Lewis Allen during
a fight on January 21st.
He told a Lynchburg jury today he acted in self-defense.
Allen's murder was the first of two killings this year outside the Glass
Police have responded to dozens of calls there during the past year and
they're looking at ways of curbing the violence.
One option is start a petition to take the night club's liquor license away.
IN Q=Clearly the Glass
((CHIEF CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE: CLEARLY THE GLASS HOUSE HAS SOME
SECURITY, BUT OBVIOUSLY WHAT GOES ON THERE AND WHAT SPILLS OUT INTO THE STREET,
IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO CONTROL ALL OF THE ACTIONS THAT GO ON
WITH THE CLIENTS THAT COME IN. AND THAT'S TRUE IN THAT LOCATION AND IT MAY BE
TRUE IN OTHER LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY TOO, AND WE'RE GOING TO TAKE EVERY
REASONABLE STEP TO ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC IS PROTECTED.))
SUPER=01-Chief Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police; :00
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Glass House owners could "not" be reached for comment.
Roanoke City Council approved a rental inspection program today, but not
without complaints from some who fear it doesn't go far enough.
Joe Dashiell reports on the new program and the concerns of neighborhood
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SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :51
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Stung by criticism that the program has been watered down, City Manager
Bob Herbert repeatedly defended the rental inspection program as the maximum
state law will allow.
IN Q=There aren't any surprizes
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: THERE AREN'T ANY SURPRIZES WHAT'S IN THE
FINAL RECOMMENDATION. LET ME ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE MAY BE SOME DISAPPOINTMENT,
BECAUSE THERE WERE CERTAINLY SOME POWERFUL SUGGESTIONS FROM THE CITIZENS AND
TASK FORCE THAT WERE OUTSIDE THE STATE LAW.))
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Under state law, the city can only require inspections when a unit becomes
vacant, but the program will offer incentives to landlords to encourage
voluntary inspections on a regular basis.
Still representatives of some neighborhoods say they are skeptical that the
city is doing everything it can to insure the safety of tenants and improve the
quality of rental housing.
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((REV. WAYNE HARRISON/BELMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF YOU
HAVE A LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT YOU ON COUNCIL WOULD WANT TO MAKE SURE IT HAS
ENOUGH TEETH IN IT.))
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All but one member of city council voted to implement the program.
Mac McCadden objected because it doesn't treat all of the city's
But others insist it's a good start, and they say they won't be bashful
about amending it later if they need to.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
For Elizabeth (BOWLS) Bowles, Wendell Butler and Mac McCadden, today's
meeting was their last as members of Roanoke City Council.
The three are stepping down at the end of the month, and for Bowles it is
the end of a 20-year career.
This afternoon, Bowles received tributes from Total Action Against Poverty
and her colleagues on council.
And she offered an emotional farewell.
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IN Q=To our staff
((ELIZABETH BOWLES/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: TO OUR STAFF, BOB HERBERT, ALL OF OUR
APPOINTEES, AND TO YOU THE PEOPLE, I LOVE YOU. AND I'VE LOVED YOU AND WILL
ALWAYS LOVE YOU.))
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Nelson Harris, Carroll Swain, and Jim Trout will take their seats on
Roanoke City Council in July.
Former Carroll County administrator Billy Mitchell is experiencing more
A grand jury today handed up nine more indictments against him.
Special prosecutor Gino Williams says eight of the charges involve
Mitchell's handling of funds for a private cemetery.
The ninth charge concerns a 350-thousand dollar check that was supposed to
be used to post bond in an annexation case.
Williams says the money was deposited in another agency's account, to cover
money Mitchell allegedly embezzled.
Fiber optic cable made in Roanoke County will soon be used in Japan.
This morning Optical Cable announced it has landed its largest contract
A company from Japan will purchase 13- million- dollars worth of the
company's product, for use in local and long distance telephone lines.
Optical Cable already has customers in 65 countries around the globe.
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((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE PRESIDENT: THIS IS IN A MARKET SEGMENT THAT WE
HAVE NOT TRADITIONALLY BEEN IN BEFORE. SO WE FEEL THAT THIS ENDS UP GIVING US
A VERY MAJOR OPPORTUNITY FOR GLOBALLY POSITIONING THIS COMPANY.))
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable;
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Optical Cable's president, Bob Kopstein (COP-steen), says this particular
sale will NOT create any new jobs.
But it will speed up the hiring of some 200 people scheduled to work in the
company's new facility.
It will sit alongside Optical Cable's current plant at the Valleypointe
The groundbreaking for that project is slated for later this month.
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Stay with us when News 7 at 11 returns, Pugsy the dog is reunited with his
owner in Germany
and we'll tell you why a Vinton family says the law is seperating her from
her pet pigs.
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An inmate at the Buckingham Correctional Facility is suing prison officials
in federal court.
He contends they are denying him his religious freedom by not letting him
eat a special Muslim diet.
Rahim X says he is a converted Muslim and needs a special diet as outlined
by the Nation of Islam.
Prison officials say their policy allows inmates to receive special
religious diets if a clergyman is willing to confirm the inmate is sincere.
Rahim has yet to receive an endorsement from a muslim clergyman.
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((EDWARD MORRIS/DEPUTY DIR. DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS: FOR SOME REASON THE LAST
COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAD HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF INMATES WANTING TO GET ON THESE
DIETS AND ONCE THEY'RE ON THEY DON'T FOLLOW THE DIET AND WE HAVE TO REMOVE
THEM. SO IT'S BECOME A VERY EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO
PROVIDE THESE DIETS.))
SUPER=01-Edward Morris/Deputy Dir. Dept. of Corrections;
OUT Q=provide these diets.
Buckingham prison has about 125 inmates that receive special diets.
A federal judge will rule on the matter within the next few days.
The future isn't looking so bright for three pigs today following a ruling
by a circuit court judge.
The pigs were living with a family in Vinton.
But, today a judge ruled that violated a town ordinance.
Town officials said neighbors began to complain about the pigs especially
the smell coming from the house.
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IN Q=Mostly they were
((CLAY GOODMAN/VINTON TOWN MANAGER;
MOSTLY THEY WERE ADDRESSING THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE ANIMALS WANDERING AROUND
LOOSE AND THE ANIMALS EXCREMENT AND URINE AND BI-PRODUCTS OF THE ANIMALS.))
SUPER=01-Clay Goodman/Vinton Town Manager;
OUT Q=of the animals
Today's ruling overturns an earlier one when a judge decided in favor of the
But, after that decision last summer, town officials changed the law and
brought the family back to court.
The Saunders say they have no plans to appeal the decision and will put the
pigs to sleep.
Mary Slaney is quickly proving that, in her case, age and the Olympics can
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ESPN; :00
The 37 year old will have another chance to win an Olympic medal!!
Slaney, who qualified for her first Olympics back in 1988, used a strong final
leg on the final three laps to finish second to Lynn Jennings in the women's 5
thousand. Most remember Slaney as Mark decker, who was tripped by Zola Bud.
Carl Lewis is currently 6th in the long jump and is in danger of not making
the games, he is 35.
The celebration was still going strong in Chicago as the NBA champs got
together for a party last night!
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Some place in Chicago called the Excalibur hosted this televised event.
The featured guessed...you guessed it, Dennis Rodman in fine form.
The worm was joined by his Bulls teammate, John Sally.
The worm had some advice for everyone on how to party now that he's not
((DENNIS RODMAN/CHICAGO FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Dennis Rodman/Chicago Forward; :00
OUT Q=...clothes off"
The worst from both coasts got together last night as the AL west division
cellar dwelling A's met the East division last place Tigers last night in
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/A's vs. Tigers; :00
Geronamo Beroa with this towering shot to left that gets out in a hurry and
the A's would go out in front 4-nothing in the top of the first.
Detroit came back with three runs in the third. Travis Fryman with the
one bagger to left that plates Chad Curtis, 4-3 A's.
Terry Steinbach would nail his 10th career grand slam and the A's win 8-4 in 10
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
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East and west got together in the national league as well as the defending
world champs welcomed the Padres.
Greg Maddux would end a personal winless drought as he tossed a four
hitter through 8 innings in a 9-3 Atlanta win.
Maddux got the bat support he needed. Thank Ryan Klesko for that, he nailed his
22nd homer on the season.
Chipper Jones also knocked in 2 runs on a double, Braves by6.
The Pirates and Mets were in action in the Steel City yesterday.
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Both teams in second to last place in each of their respective divisions
and the mets jump out in a hurry.
Bernard Gilkey puts New York on the board with this RBI one bagger that
plates Lance Johnson in the top of the first.
Jeff Kent and Mr. Johnson would then hit home runs in the second and third.
5 total runs come home on those hits.
The Pirates came back to tie it. New York needed Jose Vizcaino's RBI single in
the tenth to win 7-6.
In NFL news, Seattle Seahawk wide receiver Brian Blades was cleared of
manslaughter charges today.
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL; :00
Blades was facing up to 10 years in prison for his alleged involvement in
the shooting death of his cousin, Charles,
But a Florida circuit judge overturned the jury's guilty verdict
and acquitted Blades, who broke down in tears after the verdict was read.
A couple of soccer notes. City Council got it's kicks in chambers
Monday Mayor David Bowers and council honored the Roanoke Star Youth 13
team for winning the soccer state championship June 2nd.
The mayor proclaimed June 17th Roanoke Star Youth Soccer day in celebration
of the team.
((JOHN SARVER/YOUTH 13 COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Sarver/Youth 13 Coach; :00
OUT Q=...the goal"
still to come tonight, Roy Stanley will tell us about the Roanoke Star
youth soccer team and it's trip to the Regionals,
But first the team took a shorter journey downtown to get it's kicks with city
Roy Stanley visited with that team over the weekend
He found out that these players, who will represent the state in the regional
soccer tournament, have become embassadors for the Star City.
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SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Youth Soccer Executive Director; :16
SUPER=01-Donnie Smith/Central Midfielder; :52
SUPER=01-Michael Bear/Sweeper; 1:00
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
((The Roanoke Star U-13 White team qualified for the regionals by knocking off
defending champion Midlothian in the state championship a couple of weeks ago.
Its the first time a team from Southwest Virginia has qualified for the
((DANNY BEAMER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROANOKE VALLEY YOUTH SOCCER: ))
((The Star will compete against teams from 14 different states in region one.
The majority of the teams are state champions which will take the
competition to a higher level than the state.
But the kids that make up the star squad has been together since day one of
the youth soccer program.))
((DONNIE SMITH/CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: ))
((MICHAEL BEAR/SWEEPER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
He had to travel half way around the world, but Pugsy the dog has been
successfully reunited with his owner.
Roanoke's best known stray arrived in Frankfurt, Germany this morning.
Pugsy got lost in Roanoke and ended up at the S-P-C-A sometime in April.
After some searching, shelter workers found his owner, Randy Fair in
Fair is currently stationed there at an army base and has no idea how Pugsy
got to the Star City.