Next on News Seven-- the mayor of Roanoke says federal funding cuts is
threatening bus service the in Valley.
And a major discount retailer is targeting Virginia.
In sports, The Yankees beat the Orioles Ernie Irvan is back in Victory Lane
and Tony McGuire dominates the field at New River Last night.
We wrap up the weekend with scattered showers and thunderstorms here--
And a farewell to what was Tropical Storm Bertha.
All that, coming up in weather.
Eight people were injured in an bus accident in Roanoke this morning.
It happened around nine at the intersection of Melrose Avenue and 15th
The Police say the driver of a church bus stopped at a yield sign.
The driver then turned left into oncoming traffic.
That's when a car struck the bus.
None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
Police say they're charging the bus driver with failing to yield the right
Federal funding cuts are threatening the future of bus service in the
That according to Roanoke Mayor David Bowers.
And he says he continues to look to state lawmakers for help.
IN Q=It's a critical need
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: IT'S A CRITICAL NEED AND WE'RE FACING IT
OUT Q=facing it immediately.
Federal cuts in funding for mass transit are making it more difficult for
local governments to keep their busses on the road.
This year, the General Assembly refused to authorize a transportation
district that could create a local fuels tax.
But Roanoke City Council hasn't given up on the idea, and last week the
Roanoke County Board of Supervisors agreed to form a committee.
IN Q=I think Roanoke County to their credit
((I THINK ROANOKE COUNTY TO THEIR CREDIT HAS JOINED WITH THE CITY OF ROANOKE IN
SAYING THAT WE NEED THIS COMMITTEE TO GO OUR AND EDUCATE THE PUBLIC, EDUCATE
OUR LEGISLATORS THAT WE ARE FACING A CRITICAL FUNDING SHORTAGE FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT, THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHICH MAY MEAN THE ABANDONMENT OF THE BUS
SYSTEM. WE CAN'T ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN.))
OUT Q=can't allow that to happen.
Over the next several years, federal subsidies for mass transit are expected
to dry up.
And Bowers says local governments intend to keep the issue before the
A program that's helping more local students attend college is winning some
U-S-A Today recently recognized "Partners for Success" as one of 50
community solutions for education.
Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris says the program is working, as
it prepares students for a college career.
IN Q=This year we had
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THIS YEAR WE HAD 57 STUDENTS WHO
TOOK COURSES IN PRE-ALGEBRA, ALGEBRA, FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND WHEN WE ANALYZED
THEIR RESULTS AT THE END OF THE FIRST SEMESTER, 80 PERCENT OF THEM RECEIVED A's
and B's. SO WE'RE JUST PLEASED.))
OUT Q=we're just pleased.
Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and the city of Salem have joined forces in
the Partners for Success program, along with Hollins College, Roanoke College
and Virginia Western Community College.
A NEW man has taken the wheel in Floyd County.
Roy Crawford says as county administrator he hopes to bring more business
into the area.
As Denise Allen reports, Crawford is spending most of his time educating the
business community about Floyd County.
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SUPER=01-Roy Crawford/Floyd Co. Administrator; :17
SUPER=01-David Ingram/Floyd Co. Supervisor; :45
OUT Q=News 7.
((Roy Crawford says the biggest challenge during his first three months on
the job has been letting entrepreneurs know Floyd County is open for business.
He says the county has facilities available for any interested business
IN Q=it's a farm
((ROY CRAWFORD/FLOYD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: IT'S A FARM THE COUNTY BOUGHT SEVERAL
YEARS A GO AND IT'S BEEN SITTING, WAITING FOR US TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT. I'VE
HAD A LITTLE INTEREST FROM A COUPLE OF COMPANIES.))
OUT Q=COUPLE OF COMPANIES
There is also an empty shell building just waiting for a tenant.
Crawford says a new business at that site, could be in the near future.
County Supervisors chose the Virginia Tech alum from more than sixty
Crawford has spent much of his career working in local government in the
IN Q=THERE'S A LOT OF
((DAVID INGRAM/FLOYD CO. SUPERVISOR: THERE'S A LOT OF NEED FOR JOBS AND FOR
SOME INDUSTRIAL GROWTH WE'RE HOPING MR. CRAWFORD CAN HELP US WITH ENTICING NEW
OUT Q=ENTICING NEW INDUSTRY
Crawford says this rural community needs new businesses.
A bigger tax base is required to meet the growing needs of the community
IN Q=i'd like to
((CRAWFORD: I'D LIKE TO SEE SOME HIGH PAYING JOBS SO PEOPLE CAN STAY IN THE
COUNTY AND NOT TRAVEL TO ROANOKE OR CHRISTIANSBURG AND AT THE SOME TIME KEEP
THE RURAL ATMOSPHERE IN THE COUNTY.))
OUT Q=IN THE COUNTY
Crawford says it's the atmosphere that will make Floyd County an easy sell.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The ex-wife of famed photographer O. Winston Link was jailed for stealing
more than a thousand of Link's prints.
The photographs of Norfolk and Western steam locomotives disappeared from
the Links' house in New York state around the end of 1991.
The prints are worth almost 2-million dollars.
On Friday, a jury in White Plains, New York convicted Conchita Link of grand
larceny for stealing the pictures.
She'll be sentenced next month, and could get up to 25 years in prison.
The pictures are still missing.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Target stores are gunning for Maryland and Virginia-- the discount chain
wants a piece of the discount retailing pie.
The Salem fair means plenty of visitors and plenty of money being spent.
But first let's check in with Kimberly
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If you're planning to head out to the Salem Fair tonight, you'll probably
want to bring along an umbrella.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms have been moving through late this
afternoon-- we'll check those out on the doppler.
But first, let's look at the highs and lows and rainfall totals...
MUSIC UP FULL
The Salem Fair is more than just a fun business.
According to organizers, it's big business-- to the tune of about eight
Organizers say this year the weather cooperated.
Cooler temperatures and less rain translated into a record number of
visitors in the 14-day event.
IN Q=FOR US IT
((CAREY HARVEYCUTTER: FOR US IT TAKES A WEEK OR 10 DAYS TO GET THE FIGURES.
ECONOMIC IMPACT WISE THIS EVENT GENERATES SIX TO EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS
ECONOMICALLY TO THE VALLEY. ON SITE WE PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT 750 TO 800-THOUSAND
DOLLARS THAT CHANGES HANDS.))
SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Salem Fair;
OUT Q=THAT CHANGES HANDS.
SHOTS AT 12:03:51
The owner of this traveling western store says this was his best Fourth of
July in six years at the fair.
IN Q=THE WEATHER
((JOE REUTER/CHIEF TRADER: THE WEATHER FOR ONE THING AND THE PEOPLE JUST SEEM
TO COME OUT. THE FACT THAT IT DOESN'T COST THEM A BIG PRICE AT THE GATE TO GET
SUPER=01-Joe Reuter/Chief Trader;
OUT Q=TO GET IN
Carey Harveycutter estimates about 350-thousand people walked through the
gates this year.
The Salem Fair attracts people from as far away as Bluefield, West Virginia
and South Boston.
This is the last day of the fair.
Fireworks are scheduled for 10 tonight, and the gates close at 11.
The nation's third-largest discount retailer is setting it sights on
Virginia and Maryland with unprecedented force.
Target Stores will open 21 huge discount stores in eight months, creating
thousands of jobs and tens of MILLIONs of dollars in construction investment.
By the end of the month, Target will open four stores in Virginia and nine
stores in Maryland.
By 19-99, Target is expected to have as many as 80 stores in the
In October, Target announced plans to build a 85-million-dollar distribution
center in Augusta County, creating 500 new jobs.
The facility will serve a growing number of stores the chain plans to put in
The region's jobless figures look good overall,
and two big expansions of note... one in Roanoke County,
and the other in Rockbridge County.
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-Roanoke Co./Thursday; :33
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge/Friday; :49
OUT Q=NAT SOT
lbraw 1:02:18 try to use only 1-2 shots file so we can put bedford/mon super
In a second contract vote, union workers at the Rubatex plant in Bedford
have decided to go along with the company's demands regarding new work rules
and mandatory overtime.
The "Yes" vote will apparently keep 300 jobs at the rubber products company
from being moved out of state.
lbraw 1:03:33 pre pro
The latest figures indicate the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas have some of the
lowest jobless rates in Virginia.
Greater Roanoke came in just above two- and- a- half- percent...Lynchburg
just below three- and- a- half- percent.
Optical Cable lbraw 56:02
Optical Cable in Roanoke County broke ground on a major expansion project
The fiber optic cable company says the move will double the size of the
facility its using, and triple the size of its workforce.
DesChamps lbraw 56:45
A Rockbridge County company that makes air exchangers is growing again.
DesChamps Labs will purchase the old Natural Bridge High School for an
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it fell 78 points,
closing at 5510.56.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Students from all corners of Virginia are learning together at Radford
University this summer.
An Arts Conservatory is providing intensive training for students of all
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=41 year-old Tom Bone
SUPER=01-Tom Bone/Video Animation Student; :13
SUPER=01-Melissa Rollings/Video Animation Student; :25
SUPER=01-Ian Blubaugh/Theater Student; :54
SUPER=01-J.D. Roberto/Actor; 1:02
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( 41 year- old Tom Bone took a week off from his public relations job to
learn how to create video cartoons.
In the process, he discovered a passion.
((TOM BONE/VIDEO ANIMATION STUDENT: WELL IT COULD MEAN IN A FEW YEARS A CAREER
CHANGE. 1:43:18THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE THRILL OF SEEING THAT FLUID MOTION
AND KNOWING THAT YOU'VE DONE IT RIGHT. ))
Video art was also a first for Melissa Rollings, a high school student who
has long had a passion for drawing and painting.
((MELISSA ROLLINGS/VIDEO ANIMATION STUDENT: IT KIND OF PUTS REALITY INTO ALL
THE DISNEY MOVIES AND STUFF, HOW LONG IT MUST'VE TAKEN THEM. ))
((PLANT YOUR FEET, TAKE YOUR SPACE, YOU ARE IN CHARGE, YOU ARE GIVING MELVIN
THE BUSINESS. 2:15:59YOU DID WHAT? YOU ATE MY COUGH DROPS. GOOD GOD MELVIN.
These students are learning what it takes to be IN the movies, or on stage.
J-D Roberto, a former soap opera actor and a choreographer for Disney theme
parks shared his expertise, which included a dose of not-so-glamorous reality.
((IAN BLUBAUGH/THEATER STUDENT: HE'S BEEN EXPLAINING THAT TO US, I MEAN HOW TO
SURVIVE AS AN ACTOR, WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO LIVE, GETTING JOBS AND EVERYTHING.
((J.D. ROBERTO/ACTOR: IT'S HARD TO GET ACTING TRAINING WHEN YOU'RE IN HIGH
SCHOOL BECAUSE USUALLY THE FOCUS IS ON PUTTING UP THE SCHOOL MUSICAL AT THE END
OF THE YEAR. SO WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET TOGETHER AND JUST DO A WEEK OF INTENSIVE
ACTING WORK. ))
SOT 2:45:49 NAT BREAK W/DANCE
Some of these teenagers hope to dance their way into the limelight.
In all, about 90 students and teachers took part in the camp. The state
department of education co-sponsored it, in the hope participants will share
their new skills in their own schools and communities. Tracy Altizer, News
MUSIC ON TAPE
Later on News 7 at 6,
Kimberly has the weather story, and hopefully, no more Hurricane warnings.
The Roanoke Valley was overflowing with Commonwealth Games participants.
And that means plenty of potential injuries.
Stay with us.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Commonwealth Games are winding down.
Competition in most of 44 sporting events is nearly complete.
About 15-hundred volunteers make these games happen.
And among those are medical personnel.
The number of athletes competing in these games has more than doubled in the
event's six year history.
The number of medical volunteers has also increased.
These volunteers are on the scene to provide help when it's needed.
They say most of the injuries are NOT as serious as this broken collar bone.
IN Q=JUST BEING ON THE
(( JACKSON METCALF/MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS: JUST BEING ON THE LOOK OUT FOR PEOPLE
WHO HAVE SOME KIND OF INJURY LIKE FALLING DOWN AND SCRAPING THEMSELVES OR THEY
MIGHT HAVE PULLED A MUSCLE, HAVE A MUSCLE CRAMP. WATCH OUT FOR PEOPLE WHO LOOK
LIKE THEY'RE OVERLY HOT.
STU ISRAEL/COMMONWEALTH GAMES: THEY PROVIDE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL TREATMENT. I
GUESS WE CAN CALL IT TRIAGE AND THEY ARE THERE IT THERE'S ANY SERIOUS INJURIES
TO TREAT THEM UNTIL AN AMBULANCE CAN GET THERE.))
SUPER=01-Jackson Metcalf/Medical Volunteers; :00
SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Commonwealth Games; :16
OUT Q=can get there.
Medical volunteers stand by to help at all Commonwealth events.
In addition to the volunteers there is always plenty water on-hand.
Stu Israel says athletes have consumed about 40-thousand gallons of bottle
water during this event.
The Commonwealth Games continued in the valley this weekend the Winston
Cup drivers were in New Hampshire.
And last night at New River Tony McGuire blew away the field in the Late
Model Stock Car Race.
It was August 1994 when Ernie Irvan was seriously injured in a Wreck at
Well, The veteran stock car driver finally completed his comeback today by
winning the Jiffy Lube 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire.
SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/TNN SPORTS; :
Jeff Gordon was running in 9-th place early in the race and his hood was a
but the man on the point was Bobby Hamilton in Richard Petty's car and he
was just ahead of Geoff Bodine.
Then with 189 laps to go Robert Pressley was the leader when he remained on
the track after a caution.
Darrell Waltrip was running strong but he would get loose and hit the wall
on lap 160 bringing out the sixth caution of the day.
Terry Labonte was the leader at the halfway mark but he fell behind and
Johnny Benson took the point with Dale Earnhardt running third.
Gordon made a move and he looked like the car to beat but he had problems
and was forced to pit his car.
Irvan took the lead at that point but it was after the final pit stops that
Irvan began to pull away from the field and he held on to that lead to win his
first race since returning from the Injury.
IN Q="The team
((ERNIE IRVAN/JIFFY LUBE 300 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Jiffy Lube 300 Winner; :
OUT Q=.....Winston cup.
Dale Jarrett was second Ricky Rudd third South Boston's Jeff Burton was
fourth and Robert Pressley came in fifth.
GRAPHIC=NEW RIVER S'WAY
Tony, Tony, Tony has done it again!
Roanoke's Tony McGuire put the WDBJ-Berglund Chevy back in victory lane in last
night's 200 lap Late Model Stock Car event at New River.
Mike Stevens has the highlights.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Radford/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Philip Morris/Finished Second Last Night; :56
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Pennzoil-Basham Oil 300 Winner; 1:11
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
Atlanta scored five times in the bottom of the 8-th to beat the Florida
Marlins in a high scoring game 15 to 10.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WBFS; :
An nice aerial view of Fulton County Stadium today.
The Marlins took the lead in the first inning Jeff Conine belts this three
run homer over the left field wall to make it 3 to nothing Florida.
But the Braves rallied in the third. Javier Lopez sends a bullet into the
left field stands for a solo homer and the BRAVES took the 6 to 3 lead.
Atlanta would pad its lead in the third. Ryan Klesko with a two run
SUPER=35-Atlanta/15/Florida/10/;homer deep over the right field wall to make
it 8 to 3 Braves and Atlanta wins it 15 to 10.
The Yankees were in Baltimore again this afternoon for another shot at the
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/WPIX; :
Davey Johnson watches the action from the Dugout.
He didn't want to see this in the second inning Mike Aldrete hits a single
up the middle scoring Darryl Strawberry and the Yankees took the 1 to nothing
But the Orioles came back in their half of the fourth. B.J. Surhoff rips a
single to right field Cal Ripken rounds the bases to score and the game was
tied 1 to 1 after four.
New York went with a squeeze play Joe Giraldi lays it down in front of
SUPER=35-New York/4/Baltimore/1/; the plate Darryl Strawberry beats the throw
home the Yankees led 2 to 1 and New York wins it 4 to 1.
The Commonwealth Games continued today-- and the Roanoke Valley was
peppered with sports.
The American Legion field in Salem looked a lot like a California Beach.
The Roanoke Valley Volleyball Association held a weekend tournament.
Co-ed matches were played yesterday, and single sex matches were today.
A Silver medalist from yesterday is proud of the R-V-V-A's involvement in
IN Q=We've been
((JOEL SELKIRK: WE'VE BEEN TOLD WE'RE THE BEST ORGANIZED SPORT-- I THINK THE
REASON BEING, WE DO THIS EVERY WEEKEND SO THAT SORT OF HELPS US OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Joel Selkirk/Silver Medalist;
OUT Q=helps us out.
Over in Roanoke, several current and former college basketball stars matched
up in the championship game of the over 19 bracket.
Blacksburg and "Stan's Team" from Lynchburg played in a rematch of last
year's gold medal game.
Blacksburg's squad was stacked with former Virginia Tech star Shawn Goode
and several Roanoke College Players.
Lynchburg won 67 to 65, breaking Blacksburg's two year winning streak.