Next on News Seven-- V-M-I officials are nervously waiting for the U-S
Supreme Court to decide their fate.
And one year after the floods-- what progress has been made to rebuild
communities in our area?
In sports, Rusty wallace wins at Michigan while Ernie has a strong showing,
highlights from three major league matinees, and Page Moir talks about his
upcoming hoops camp.
Weatherwise, the weekend turned out just about perfect.
The sunshine lingers into the work week-- along with the chance of some
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule tomorrow on whether the Virginia
Military Institute will remain all- male or be forced to admit women.
The battle over V-M-I's single- sex admissions policy has been going on for
The state- supported school created a satellite program for female cadets at
nearby Mary Baldwin College in Staunton.
State officials say they're ready to abide by the court's decision, whatever
IN Q=I think we'll
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK WE'LL JUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT THEY SAY. I HAVE
SUPPORTED V-M-I AND SUPPORTED THE MARY BALDWIN PROGRAM, BUT I'M ALSO READY TO
OBEY THE LAW, WHATEVER THE SUPREME COURT DECIDES THAT IS.))
OUT Q=decides that is.
Both schools have set news conferences tomorrow afternoon.
V-M-I has barred women for more than 150 years.
Mary Baldwin is a private school that set up a military program for women as
an alternative to V-M-I.
A lower court ruled that was acceptable, but the Justice Department carried
the case to the Supreme Court.
It's been a year since heavy rains and high water forced evacuations in our
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./June 23, 1995;
Flooding washed out some roads and blocked others.
Rising waters threatened homes, and caused evacuations.
In some areas rain fell at the rate of three inches per hour.
Governor Allen declared a state of emergency for most of Virginia.
Rockbridge County was one of the most hard hit areas.
For some families life is just getting back to normal.
Last year we introduced you to two elderly couples who needed to rebuild a
bridge connecting their homes to a state road.
The bridge has been replaced.
But as Denise Allen tells us even though the river may have receded, the
waters are still troubled.
IN Q=This is a
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Higgins/Rockbridge Co. Engineer; :11
SUPER=07-Daisy Hall; :36
SUPER=01-Thomas Spencer/Ramsey's Attorney; 1:14
OUT Q=News 7
(( This is a tale of two bridges.
One in dis-repair.
The other an historic steel truss bridge transplanted from Collierstown to
private property over the South River.
SOT tape 1 11:27:44
IN Q=This is a
((TOM HIGGINS/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY ENGINEER: THIS IS A ONE LANE BRIDGE THAT'S WHY
THIS ONE WAS REPLACED SO A WIDER ONE COULD BE PUT IN AND THERE JUST AREN'T MANY
OF THEM LEFT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF TRAFFIC TODAY.))
OUT Q=OF TRAFFIC TODAY
Last year flood waters nearly washed away the bridge two families used to
get to their homes.
The Ramseys and the Halls looked to the federal disaster authorities for
A state representative told Daisy Hall to look for an out of service state
bridge as a replacement.
SOT tape 1 11:37:40
IN Q=that was his
((DAISY HALL: THAT WAS HIS SUGGESTION. THE BEST WAY FOR US TO GO IS FIND AN
OLD VDOT BRIDGE SO THAT'S WHAT WE STARTED LOOKING INTO.))
OUT Q=LOOKING INTO
Both the Halls and Ramseys received a federal grant to pay for a new bridge.
But the two families couldn't agree on how to spend the money and the
Ramseys filed suit against the Halls.
The Ramsey's attorney says the trouble started before the flood.
He says this suit concerns well water rights and property right-of-way.
The Halls, with the help of three other property owners have put in this one
The Ramseys' attorney says his clients have been unable to build a bridge of
SOT tape 2 13:52:52
IN Q=that's what they've
((SPENCER/RAMSEY'S ATTORNEY: THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO SINCE
FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR. BUT EVERY MOVE THEY MAKE THEY GET STYMIED BY SOME
ACTION TAKEN BY SOMEONE.))
OUT Q=BY SOMEONE
The Hall's attorney says his clients have filed a counter suit to protect
He declined to talk on camera saying he hopes this matter can be resolved
out of court.
IN Q=IT WOULD BE
((THOMAS SPENCER: IT WOULD BE MY HOPE THAT THESE PEOPLE WOULD SIT DOWN AND
TALK TO EACH OTHER AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO LIVE NEXT DOOR AND A WAY TO GAIN
ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC ROAD.))
OUT Q=THE PUBLIC ROAD
As it stands now the muddy waters under these bridges won't be cleared until
these two parties meet in court this September.
Denise Allen News 7.
During natural disasters, such as flooding, ham radio operators may be
called to duty.
Every year these HAMS gear up to make long distance connections and to
practice their emergency communication skills.
This is called field day.
The Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club set up their portable equipment
The competition began at two yesterday afternoon.
The club then has 24 hours to make as many contacts as possible with other
clubs across the country.
IN Q=it's the only
((DON ALDRIDGE.ROANOKE VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: IT'S THE ONLY TIME WE REALLY
GET OUT HERE AND SET UP A GENERATOR AND RUN CABLES AND SET UP PORTABLE ANTENNAE
AND BRING OUT THE RIGS. NORMALLY WHEN WE OPERATE IT'S WITH LITTLE HAND HELD
UNITS AT LOCAL EVENTS LIKE WALK-A-THONS AND SUCH.))
SUPER=01-Don Aldridge/Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club;
OUT Q=walk a thons and such
The club that makes the most contacts wins the contest.
Last year the Roanoke Valley club placed second in the state.
This year they say they're on their way to setting a personal record-- by
the end of the competition they say they'll have made more than 2000
Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County was partially blocked for more than hour
A vehicle accident sent several people to the hospital.
It happened around 2-30.
State police say the driver of this white car was traveling north on I-81
when the car struck a guardrail and overturned into the median.
The accident occurred near Natural Bridge.
Police say the injuries did NOT appear to be life threatening.
Several people, two of those children, were transported to Stonewall Jackson
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
The Virginia Department of Transportation expects heavy TOURIST traffic on
the interstate during the Olympics.
We'll find out what their plan is to prevent delays.
A Southside Bank goes through some changes.
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
wx ad lib
Well, one thing's not going through many changes-- and that's the weather.
Partly to mostly sunny skies prevailed-- and so did the heat.
You'll want to sip something cool while you take a look at the high
temperatures of the day...
MUSIC UP FULL
As the Olympic Games draw near State Police and the Virginia Department of
Transportation are gearing up for the large number of travelers hitting the
The traffic volume is expected to increase as tourists make their way to
As you know their are several posted construction zones in Roanoke and
Repaving is taking place in Botetourt, while bridge work is going on near
Officials say steps are being taken to help make traveling easier for
IN Q=i don't see
((SGT. JOE RADER/STATE POLICE: I DON'T SEE PROBLEMS. THEY'RE GOING TO STOP
FOR A WHILE WHEN THE OLYMPICS START BECAUSE OF PEOPLE TRAVELING BACK AND FORTH.
THE KEY IS TO BE ATTENTIVE TO WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND YOU AND ADHERE TO THE
SUPER=01-Sgt. Joe Rader/State Police;
OUT Q=warning signs
Rader says obeying the posted speed limits and defensive driving will
increase your chances of a safe trip.
If your planning on attending the Olympic Games, opening day is July 19th in
A Southside Virginia bank is splitting up and getting bigger at the same
Effective July first, the Patrick Henry National Bank will spin off some
offices into TWO NEW national banks.
Branches in Galax and Hillsville will become the Mountain National Bank.
Offices in Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro become the Shenandoah
Patrick Henry will keep its offices in Martinsville, Henry County and
By the end of the year it will open two new branches, in Eden and
Reidsville, North Carolina.
A big employer is a step closer to opening in Halifax County, and a
prominent business leader steps down from his post at a Roanoke bank.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Monday; :10 (QUICK!)
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./Tuesday; :31
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :50
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Friday; :57 (QUICK!)
OUT Q=NAT SOT
The Smart Road project in the New River Valley is moving into a higher gear.
Montgomery County has given the state the okay to put the high tech highway
through an agricultural district.
A big blow for American Electric Power's attempt to build a high voltage
transmission line from West Virginia to Botetourt County.
The U-S Forest Service says it won't let the line cross federal lands, which
are in all 13 routes the utility proposed.
Local leaders joined in and helped Dollar General break ground on its new
warehouse that will be going up in Halifax County.
It will eventually employ 500 people.
The nation's letter carriers hit the picket lines, but DID NOT go on strike
The action was taken to draw attention to their displeasure with some of the
policies at the U-S Postal Service.
The Ingersoll Rand plant in Roanoke County has eliminated 85 jobs.
The company is ending all local manufacturing of tool and hoist products
this fall to concentrate on its core business- rock drill production.
The Blue Ridge Small Business Development Center have chosen a site for its
new small business incubator, inside the building that used to house the
corporate headquarters of Advance Auto.
And an unexpected reorganization has led to some changes at Roanoke- based
Guy Byrd, the bank's president and CEO, has resigned.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose about 56
points, closing at 5705.23.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Polls show most women need a little extra push when deciding to run for
A group called Make Women Count and a Richmond law firm are giving Virginia
women that push this weekend.
The second annual "Women in the Running" conference is being held in
It teaches the nuts-and-bolts of successful campaigning to potential women
candidates of any political persuasion.
IN Q=In 1994
((CLAUDIA SALOMON/WOMEN IN THE RUNNING: IN 1994, WE WERE RANKED 43RD IN THE
NATION IN PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN. IN 1995, WE WERE RANKED 36TH. AFTER THE 1995
ELECTION HOWEVER, WE'RE NOW RANKED 37TH. AND WE'RE 15- PERCENT OF THE GENERAL
ASSEMBLY. WOMEN MAKE UP 15- PERCENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THAT'S COMPARED
TO 21- PERCENT NATIONALLY. BUT OUR NUMBERS HAVE REALLY INCREASED.))
SUPER=01-Claudia Salomon/Women in the Running;
OUT Q=really increased.
1995 saw the election of three new women to the Senate and two to the House.
Soft Music Under
When News 7 continues,
Kimberly will give us the whole weather story.
Lynchburg legislators are joining citizens in the effort to save an old
MUSIC UP FULL
As the drive to save Lynchburg's historic Academy of Music Theater
continues, local legislators are beginning to jump on the bandwagon.
State senator Steve Newman got his first real glimpse of the inside of the
90- year- old structure this week.
Newman says the Academy is a "gold mine" which deserves support from across
IN Q=The state is
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: THE STATE IS INTERESTED NOT ONLY IN THE ARTS
BUT ALSO THE HISTORY AND PRESERVATION, SUSAN ALLEN CERTAINLY HAS BEEN
TREMENDOUSLY INVOLVED IN THOSE THINGS, BUT ALSO OCCASIONALLY FINANCIALLY. YOU
NEVER WANT TO PROMISE THOSE THINGS BUT WE'VE GOT SOME MONEY FOR D- DAY AND
POPLAR FOREST AND OTHER THINGS AND IF EVER A STRUCTURE DESERVED SOME SUPPORT
FROM ALL OF THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE STATE, THIS PROBABLY WOULD QUALIFY.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=probably would qualify.
A benefit magic show will be held at E.C. Glass High School on Friday.
All proceeds will go towards renovation of the Academy theater.
We will recap the Miller 400 from Michigan, Major League baseball
highlights to show ya,
and the Roanoke College basketball camp hits the hard wood over in salem
this week, director Page Moir talks about his camp next.
Rusty Wallace got the best gas mileage and won the Miller 400 at Michigan
International Speedway today.
SUPER=03-Brooklyn, MI; :00
The green flag dropped with Bobby hamilton on the pole, the first time
since 1979 the STP Pontiac has started first.
Not a good afternoon for Michael Waltrip and the Wood Brothers Ford. He
would finish 32nd.
Many eyes were on the driver who started 32nd, Ernie Irvan, who was racing at
Michigan for the first time since his near fatal crash 2 years ago. But Ernie
and the Havoline Thunderbird moved to 2nd place by lap 107!!!
There were only 2 cautions on the day and the race came down to the final 12
laps and who was willing to gamble with fuel. Sterling Marlin came in for a
half a can,
Then the leader, Jeff Gordon pitted for fuel only and would give up the lead
he finished 6th.
Earnhardt, who was in fifth, also came in for fuel and would lose some
positions. Dale finished 9th.
But Wallace and crew chief Robin Pimperton rolled the dice and won, Wallace
did not pit and wins his 3rd Michigan 400 and now has 44 career victories.
IN Q="The car...
((RUSTY WALLACE/WINNER OF MILLER 400:))
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Winner of Miller 400; :00
OUT Q=...gas in it"
Irvan delighted the crowd with his 5th place finish, especially after almost
losing his life at this same track 2 seasons ago.
IN Q="I didn't
((ERNIE IRVAN/FINISHED 5TH:))
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Finished 5th; :00
OUT Q=...doing that"
Terry Labonte's second place finish has now trimmed Dale Earnhardt's points
lead to just 15 points. Marlin was 3rd, Jimmy Spencer 4th, his best finish of
the year and Ernie Irvan 5th. Jeff Burton was 17th, Rick Mast finished 19th,
Ward Burton 35th. Kyle Petty 38th
To the diamond where the yankees topped the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at
Jacobs field today. It's the 5th consecutive "W" for the bronks Bombers.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Yankees vs. Indians; :00
Some funny business at the yard. a youngster and Mascot involved in the
water gun battle roYAL near the Yankee Bullpen.
Rough start for Cleveland's jack McDowell. In the top of the first, Paul
O'Neil says goodbye to this pitch...
In the 4th, Tino Martinez...takes McDowell to right...
But watch this play. Wade Boggs with the liner right at McDowell..hey. look
what I found, He MAKES the catch.
But the Yankees get the 4 game sweep of Cleveland. Doc Goode wins for the
7th time in 8 attemps, he's 7 and 4 on the year.
The American League central's last place Kansas City Royals ended
Baltimore's 3 game winning streak today behind the pitching of Kevin Appier.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Royals vs. Orioles; :00
Appier struck out 11, walked 3, and allowed just 2 hits in 8 innings.
Cal Ripken...have a seat in the dugout...
Mark Smith...you may join Cal...
The dugout bench is getting crowed...Greg Zaun...sit.
Greg, move over and make room for Brady Anderson...
KC didn't need much offense, Sal Fasano homered to left in the top of the
second, 3-nothing KC after 2 and the Royals shut out the O's.
The Atlanta Braves won their 6th straight today, handing the Giants a real
San Francisco treat in the form of a 1-nothing defeat.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Giants vs. Braves; :00
Here's grace in it purest form...Keith Williams stumbles for you, but
makes the catch on the pop up.
They can pitch in the National League as well. Tom Glavine sends Barry Bonds
to the bench..
Matt Williams is soon to follow. For Glavin' his 8th win on the season.
Atlanta's Chipper Jones provided the offense. he nails his 14th dinger on
the season to center field and the Braves blank the Giants. Scoreboard please!!
wipe to boards!!!!!
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
The Roanoke College basketball camp invades Salem tomorrow for a week of
The camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:45 in the morning until 4:30 in
the afternoon. 110 campers from age 8 to 15 have enrolled. The focus, as always
, is on fundamentals, team concepts and having fun.
IN Q="I'm Not
((PAGE MOIR/CAMP DIRECTOR: I'M NOT INTERESTED IN MAKING A TON OF MONEY, I WANT
TO HAVE A GOOD CAMP, AND THAT'S WHY WE LIMIT IT TO 125 KIDS, WE'VE GOT GREAT
FACILITIES HERE AT THE BAST CENTER. ALL OUR COURTS IN ONE BUILDING, AND A
GREAT REASON TO COME HERE IS OUR FOOD SERVICE IS UNBELIEVABLE. THE FOOD THEY
DOLE OUT FOR THEM OVER THERE. THAT'S PROBABLY THE WORST THING FOR MY DIET--
HAVING TO EAT MEALS ON CAMPUS FOR TWO WEEKS.))
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Camp Director; :00
OUT Q=...2 weeks"
In addition to the food, kids are looking forward to an appearance by
Charlotte Hornet star Dell Curry.
IN Q="So few
((SO FEW NBA PLAYERS HAVE TO DO THAT. DELL HAS 3 YOUNG CHILDREN AND HE TRAVELS
SO MUCH DURING THE SEASON HE DOESN'T NEED THE MONEY. HE DOES IT BECAUSE
SOMEONE DID IT FOR HIM WHEN HE WAS A KID. IT'S NEAT TO HAVE HIM HERE. THE KIDS
LOOK FORWARD TO IT.))
((DELL CURRY/CHARLOTTE HORNET GUARD: IT'S GOOD TO SEE KIDS GROW UP AND BECOME
GOOD BASKETBALL PLAYERS, SO I ENJOY COMING HERE EVERY YEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Hornet Guard; :16
OUT Q=...come every year"
A few select riders and horses from the Roanoke Valley Horse show are now
turning their focus to the Olympic show jumping at the end of July.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
Manuel Torres won the 50 thousand dollar grand prix last night. His
Columbia International jumping team used the Roanoke Valley horse show as a
tune up for the games.
But, United States rider Paul Long WON'T be competing in Atlanta, he failed
to make the U.S. team in the trials.
IN Q="I didn't
((PAUL LONG/15TH IN ROANOKE GRAND PRIX: I DIDN'T DO AS WELL AS I'D HAVE LIKED
TO HAVE DONE, BUT I WENT IN, IT WAS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE, AND OF COURSE, NOW
AS YOU COME BACK TO THE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT, THE FENCES LOOK A LOT SMALLER, UBT
I'M GLAD I DID IT, AND IF I HAD TO DO IT OVER AGAIN, I WOULD. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Long/15th in Roanoke Grand Prix; :00
OUT Q=...I would"
Long competed in the Roanoke Valley Horse Show's grand prix and the junior
amateur classic, where he finished 2nd. he says the American team should hold
it's own in the games.
IN Q="I think
((I THINK THE YOUTHS HAVE A VERY GOOD SHOT. THERE IS NO ONE FAVORITE TEAM.
THERE ISN'T A TEAM THAT IS GOING TO BE DOWN IN THE OLYMPICS THAT IS GOING TO BE
A FAVORITE I MEAN THERE IS TWO OR THREE RIDERS PER TEAM THAT ARE VERY GOOD
OUT Q=...good riders"