We're looking at tornado damage. And coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: we'll
hear from the National Weather Service on the unusually high number of tornados
we've had in Virginia.
And the price tag for necessary repairs to public schools in the
Commonwealth is in the BILLIONS.
Tonight in sports, Steffi Pulls out of the Olympics, the Braves win again,
the Martinsville Speedway joins forces with the United Way,
and Michael Irvin is formally sentenced today in Dallas - part of his sentence
involves 800 hours of community service.
A perfectly normal July day weatherwise...lots of sun and increasing
humidity. Looks a lot warmer tomorrow.
It WAS a tornado that ripped through parts of Bedford County yesterday
leaving extensive property damage in its path.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
Ron Jones is in Bedford County. He spoke with National Weather Service
officials and has this update.
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(Rollcue:skipped through the county.)
IN Q=The storm was first
SUPER=01-Michael Emlaw/National Weather Service;
OUT Q=in the atmosphere.
The storm was first spotted in Stewartsville Monday afternoon.
It ripped through structures and tossed some debris as far as three miles
It travelled along an eight to ten mile path and stopped in Bedford City.
A day later residents, city crews and utility workers pitched in to clean
up the mess.
National Weather Service meteorologists were on hand to assess the
They say there have been an unusually high number of tornados in Virginia
IN Q=We didn't have any...
((MICHAEL EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: ))
SUPER=01-Michael Emlaw/National Weather Service;
OUT Q=during the summertime.
Officials say in Bedford city alone there were 14 homes damaged by the
The National Weather Service personnel say they are gathering data to
determine if there were any changes in the atmosphere prior to the storm--that
might help them predict future activity.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
Botetourt County school officials got some "extra credit" this morning.
But they say it's not enough.
A priority list of school items totaling 500- thousand dollars was submitted
to the Board of Supervisors this morning.
The board granted slightly more than HALF that amount.
This comes about two months after the school board's budget proposal was cut
by one point four million dollars.
IN Q=It's not
((GARLAND JONES/BOTETOURT COUNTY SCHOOLS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S NOT
GOING TO BE SATISFACTORY. WE'VE GOT SOME UNMET NEEDS HERE. THE NUMBER OF
BUSSES... IN ORDER TO KEEP BUSSES SAFE, BUSSES ON THE ROAD... WE NEED TO
REPLACE SIX BUSSES A YEAR AND WE CAN'T DO THAT WITH THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Garland Jones/Asst. Superintendent;
OUT Q=with this
Jones believes funding the school system is not the Board of Supervisor's
But board members reject that claim... saying there is a strong committment
to education in the county.
They point to 21- million dollars in school construction and renovation over
the past three years.
A new survey shows one-third of all Virginia classrooms are NOT fit for
Immediate repair and construction costs of between two and eight BILLION
dollars "wowed" a high profile state commission today.
It may mean an historic change in the way Virginians pay for school bricks
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Both Republican
SUPER=03-Richmond; :47 QUICK
SUPER=@Beyer; 1:17 QUICK
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Both Republican George Allen and the Democrats promised a computer in
every classroom in last fall's General Assembly campaigns.
A new survey shows that 72- percent of Virginia classrooms aren't modern
enough to support a computer.
63- percent of Virginia schools need major renovation or replacement.
Three-thousand-621 trailers make up for classrooms statewide.
The survey was done confidentially to encourage superintendents to report
problems parents and school boards may NOT even be aware of.
sot STANDUP 13:02:13
((EVEN SO, THE NEW SURVEY SHOWS THAT SUPERINTENDENTS MAY BE UNDER-REPORTING
THEIR ACTUAL NEEDS BY 54- PERCENT. THAT'S BECAUSE THE NEEDS ARE SO STAGGERING
THEY SAY, THEY'RE AFRAID TO ASK.))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: WHAT IS REALLY A WISH LIST? AND SOMETHING
THAT'S NOT PRACTICAL TO GO AFTER.))
A somewhat skeptical new commission must come up with solutions.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THE STATE COULD ACTUALLY ISSUE SOME DEBT OF ITS
OWN... BUILD PRISONS.... DIRECT REVENUE SOURCES IN TERMS OF APPROPRIATIONS.))
Translation: state tax dollars may start going to build schools localities
simply can NO longer afford.
((LT. GOVERNOR DON BEYER: SENDING OUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL SHOULD NOT MEAN
PLACING THEM IN HARM'S WAY.))
A new budget challenge for the 1997 General Assembly.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
For the last several months, a tire theft ring has eluded authorities in
both southside Virginia and North Carolina.
But now, at least one of the alleged bandits is behind bars.
36- year- old John Daniel Moore of Martinsville was arrested over the
weekend in Eden, North Carolina.
Riverside Tire Service was one of the first Henry County businesses hit.
Last November, thieves cut a hole through the building-- stealing almost
300- dollars worth of tires.
Six months later they were back, making off with nearly four- thousand
dollars' worth of stolen tires.
Moore is charged with eight counts of burglary and grand larceny in Henry
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
The zoo choo is back on track, but it faces a half million dollar lawsuit
from a man who was injured on the miniature train two years ago.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 15, 1994
The derailment at Mill Mountain Zoo injured 16 people- -most of them
Last week- -just in time to beat the 2-year filing deadline- -one of the
three adults who was hurt in the accident filed a half million dollar lawsuit.
Edward Kawamura was pinned beneath one of the overturned cars. He had a
deep gash on one leg.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
The area's largest newspaper has changed its approach to covering the news.
Len Besthoff looks at the impact of that decision in his special series
Changing Times at the Roanoke Times.
And these pets were rescued from an unsanitary kennel and taken to the vet.
IN Q=The ones
((THE ONES THAT ARE LEFT NOW ARE REALLY GETTING TIRED OF BEING COOPED UP IN A
OUT Q=in a pen
Now they have clean bills of health, but no place to call home.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 1.14 Feet/Down 0.29 Foot;Lake levels
In part one of Changing Times at the Roanoke Times, we explained how the
past few years have been tough on newspapers.
This has brought big changes at papers such as the Roanoke Times.
Some say they HAVEN'T been for the better.
Tonight, Len Besthoff begins exploring those changes.
IN Q=If you
SUPER=01-Joe Salerno/Wytheville Resident; :15
SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/Roanoke Times Editor; :46
SUPER=01-Mark Layman/Roanoke Times Editor; 1:20
SUPER=01-Larry Matz/Roanoke Times Subscriber; 1:37
SUPER=01-Paul Dellinger/Roanoke Times Reporter; 1:43
SUPER=01-Doug Pardue/Former Roanoke Times Reporter; 2:06
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
If you ask subscribers in Wytheville what they think of the Roanoke Times,
you might hear this.
SOT 13:40:56 WYTHEVILLE READERS TAPE
IN Q=The name
((JOE SALERNO/WYTHEVILLE RESIDENT: THE NAME SAYS IT ALL, IT IS THE ROANOKE
TIMES, WE DON'T HAVE A NEWSPAPER THAT BIG IN THIS AREA OF THE STATE AND I DON'T
THINK THEY DO A GOOD JOB, AS GOOD A JOB OF COVERING THIS AREA OF THE STATE AS
OUT Q=as they should.
Three years ago, longtime beats such as Wythe County, Rockbridge County, and
the Alleghany Highlands were excluded from the paper's new "Core Area" of
The paper's traditional coverage area had 19 counties, now it's six.
SOT ZOMPARELLI TAPE ONE TOT 07:58:39
IN Q=Our core
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: IT INCLUDES THE NEW RIVER VALLEY. THE
COUNTIES OF MONTGOMERY, PULASKI, THE CITY OF RADFORD. IT INCLUDES WHAT WE
CONSIDER TO BE THE ROANOKE VALLEY, WHICH IS ROANOKE CITY, ROANOKE COUNTY,
VINTON, SALEM, BOTETOURT COUNTY AND THEN WE ALSO INCLUDE PARTS OF BEDFORD AND
FRANKLIN IN THAT CORE AREA.))
OUT Q=core area.
The Roanoke Times says this business decision helps cut the cost of news
coverage, printing, and distribution.
It notes the Core Area still houses 80- percent of its readers and most of
its advertising base.
SOT 10:52:20 LAYMAN TAPE
IN Q=I think
((MARK LAYMAN/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: I THINK ALL WE'VE SAID WITH OUR CORE AREA
PHILOSOPHY IS THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE THE NEWSPAPER OF RECORD IN PLACES LIKE
COVINGTON AND LEXINGTON AND MARTINSVILLE AND NORTON THE WAY THAT MAYBE WE HAD
BEEN IN SOME YEARS PAST WHEN WE HAD MORE RESOURCES. BUT WE STILL GO IN THOSE
AREAS FOR BIG STORIES.))
OUT Q=big stories.
The paper says core area communities now get more coverage, and readers have
SOT FROM ROANOKE READERS TAPE 15:08:19
IN Q=I think
((LARRY MATZ/ROANOKE TIMES SUBSCRIBER: I THINK IT'S A LOT BETTER THAN IT USED
Q: REALLY? HOW?
A: WELL, IT'S GOT MORE STORIES AND EVERYTHING IN IT NOW.))
OUT Q=in it now.
But for longtime reporters such as Paul Dellinger, who ran the paper's now
closed Wytheville bureau, and Doug Pardue, an awarding winning reporter who
left in 1993, the new core area is a pullback.
IN Q=I always
((PAUL DELLINGER/ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: I ALWAYS HATE TO GIVE UP A CIRCULATION
AREA. YOU KNOW I FELT A LITTLE BIT LIKE GORBACHEV MUST HAVE FELT WHEN THE
SOVIET UNION FELL APART. ))
OUT Q=fell apart.
SOT PARDUE TAPE TWO 14:48:56
IN Q=And I think
((DOUG PARDUE/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: AND I THINK IF YOU FALSELY CREATE
BOUNDARIES, WHICH TO SOME EXTENT THE ROANOKE TIMES IS DOING, YOU'RE LEAVING OUT
AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=of people.
In a short period of time the paper lost a number of frontline journalists
such as Pardue.
We'll look at that in part three.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Police have few leads after a shooting in Danville this afternoon that left
two people injured.
Authorities say the victims were apparently unable to identify their
Police say 40- year old Phyllis Loney (low-knee) of Richmond was shot in the
27- year old Robert Holland was also taken to the hospital.
He's been shot in the lower jaw.
The couple reportedly told police when they answered a knock at the door a
man and woman entered and someone began shooting.
Police say both injuries were minor.
Another wild day on Wall Street.
The Dow dropped more than 160 points early this afternoon, but closed up
nine points, at 54-hundred-59.
NASDAQ lost nearly seven points.
Libertarian Jay Rutledge has been notified by the state Board of Elections
that his name WILL appear on the ballot in November.
He's running for Congress against Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte and
his Democratic challenger Jeff Grey.
Rutledge got some press when he was thrown out of Roanoke's Festival in the
He sued the city and festival for the right to collect names on his
petition. He gathered more than 2-thousand names.. to gain a place on the
ballot in the Sixth District Congressional race.
After 45 days cooped up in cages, eight dogs and two cats in Pulaski County
are waiting for room to run.
The animals are among 29 boarded at Tipton Ridge Veterinary Clinic after
their rescue from the defunct Solid Rock Kennel in early June.
Nine dogs were put down due to disease and other problems.
The remaining adoptions have proceeded slowly.
((RANDY VAUGHN/VETERINARIAN: EVEN THOUGH WE EXERCISE THEM THREE TIMES A DAY,
IT'S NOT LIKE BEING IN A FENCED- IN YARD OR SOMETHING WHERE THEY CAN GET MORE
EXERCISE. SO WE WOULD LIKE FOR THEM TO BE PLACED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ))
OUT Q=soon as possible.
The situation has also taken its toll on Vaughn and his staff, who have
worked overtime and lost money caring for the animals.
((THOSE BILLS BECAME EXTREME BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM HAD INFECTIONS THAT NEEDED
TO BE CLEARED UP, WE HAVE SPAYED AND NEUTERED ALL OF THE ANIMALS AT NO CHARGE
TO THE POTENTIAL OWNER, THEY ALL HAVE THEIR VACCINATIONS AND THEY'VE BEEN
BOARDED FOR 45 DAYS. SO THOSE COSTS ARE QUITE A BIT. ))
OUT Q=are quite a bit.
The former operators of Solid Rock Kennel, Terry Weaver and Annette Jenkins
are each charged with 31 counts of cruelty to animals.
Authorities believe they've left the state.
Coming up tonight in sports, Michale Irvin is formally sentenced in Dallas,
the Braves take another game from the Expos, The Commonwealth games golf
competition is winding down
and Steffi Graf is pulling out of the Summer Olympic Games because of a knee
It was sentencing say in Dallas for Cowboys star Michael Irvin.
This morning the all-pro wide receiver
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
arrived in court with his daughter in his arms and his lawyers by his side.
He was given four years probation, a $10 thousand dollar fine and ordered to
perform 800 hours of community service.
IN Q="This plea...
((MICHAEL IRVIN/COWBOYS RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Michael Irvin/Cowboys Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...the community."
Judge Manny Alvarez told Irvin he also must undergo counseling and drug and
alcohol testing within the next 45 days.
IN Q="I am sorry...
OUT Q=...BLESS EVERYBODY."
The Cowboys training camp opens tomorrow.
The favorite to win the gold in women's tennis is favoring her knee instead.
French Open and Wimbledon champ Steffi Graf has pulled out of the Olympics
due to a chronic kneecap injury.
Graf, who won the gold in '88 and the silver in '92 has been wearing a
brace in practice and bandage in matches since Wimbledon.
Doctors have instructed her to take a couple of weeks off.
And late this afternoon American Pete Sampras also pulled out of the Summer
Games. He has an achilles tendon injury.
Already this afternoon the Atlanta Braves have picked up another win and
another game on the second place Expos.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Expos vs. Braves; :00
Jave Lopez and Chipper Jones led the Braves back in the eighth and ninth
inning with key hits as they beat the Expos 3-to-2 to move nine games up in the
Atlanta has won five in a row as they now get set for a 17 game road trip
while the Olympics invade their home.
The Commonwealth Games junior golf tournament wrapped up over at Hanging
Rock Golf Course today.
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
The 69 golfers began second round action of the 36 hole stroke play tourney
this morning. With the passing of yesterday's thunder storm, the golfers could
focus on beating each other instead of the elements.
IN Q="I was
((BILLY MCBRIDE/HANGING ROCK GOLF DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Golf Director; :00
OUT Q=....virtually impossible"
It was also impossible for Meg Davies NOT to win a medal. She was the only
girl who entered the Commonwealth Games golf event.
IN Q="it was
((MEG DAVIES/GOLD MEDAL WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Meg Davies/Gold medal Winner; :00
OUT Q=....hope for the best"
The Martinsville Speedway has reached out its hand to help the United Way
fund raising efforts in the Martinsville and Henry County areas later this
With the theme "Working together for the Human race" the speedway hopes to
help raise $800 thousand bucks for the areas 23 non-profit agencies.
Darrell Waltrip, the second winningest driver in Martinsville history will
serve as guest speaker for a kickoff dinner at the track on September 19th, and
his younger brother Michael Waltrip and Citgo Ford crew chief Eddie Wood also
have agreed to make a video on behalf of the United Way.
The track will also host a United Way Day on October 19th complete with a 5K
run, carnival games and a NASCAR auction.
Your hometown station continues to make some big plans for the Kroger-WDBJ
250 coming up at the New River Valley Speedway on July 27th.
This morning station engineers were busy installing three in car cameras into
Tony McGuire's Chevrolet.
WDBJ has used seven cameras in each of its first five LIVE telecasts from the
track but we will now be able to give the viewer two new looks from inside
McGuire's car, plus a rear bumper cam shot.
GRAPHIC=Tour de France
In the Tour de France, tour leader Bjarne Riis captures today's stage as
french police capture a bomb along tomorrow's leg of the race.
Danish rider Bjarne Riis won the 124-mile stage in a time of 4:56:16, 49
seconds ahead of Frenchmen Richard Virenque. Riis maintains the overall lead
for the tenth day in row.
Meanwhile, police detonated a bomb found along Wednesday and Thursday's
route in northern Spain.
It was believed to be planted by a group of Basque Separatists. For
precautionary measures, race officials have tightened security along the route
The Dream Team continues to tuned up for the Olympics as they practice this
week in Orlando.
The players have also had a good time joking and talking about the new big,
outlandish contracts in the league.
((PENNY HARDAWAY & CHARLES BARKLEY:))
OUT Q=...MULTI MILLIONAIRES."
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A Republican Presidential candidate will be in the area tonight--
But it's NOT Bob Dole.
Former U-S Ambassador Alan Keyes is helping out a fellow G-O-P candidate
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon joins us from the newsroom with more on that story.
That's right, Keith.
Alan Keyes is scheduled (----------------)
to speak at a fundraiser for fifth district Congressional hopeful George
Landrith's campaign could use the money.
Recent figures show his fundraising lagging behind that of democratic
opponent, Virgil Goode.
accused of fraud tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll have that story plus a verdict in the case of a Bedford pharmacist