On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight, we go INSIDE the Radford Arsenal to see what the
fuss is about between the E-P-A and Governor Allen over environmental clean-up.
And the Attorney Discipline Board cites Jens Soering's lawyer for lying
cheating AND stealing.
In sports, The Athletes get ready for day six of the Olympics in Atlanta.
But Kerri Strug, The hero of the American Gymnastics gold team Has pulled
out of tonight's individual competition because of a sprained ankle.
Showers and storms will end this evening, and you can expect a very pleasant
scenario for tomorrow and the weekend. Stay tuned for your complete weather
outlook from the News 7 Weather Center.
You may not see the changes now, but they're coming soon to an airport near
President Clinton has ordered immediate steps to increase the safety of U-S
So far there have been no noticeable delays here.
The Roanoke Regional Airport hasn't heard from the F-A-A yet, regarding
Clinton's new directives.
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((FROM NOW ON WE WILL HAND SEARCH MORE LUGGAGE, AND SCREEN MORE BAGS. AND WE
WILL REQUIRE PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTIONS FOR ANY PLANE FLYING TO OR FROM THE UNITED
OUT Q=CARGO HOLD, EVERY TIME."
Airlines in Roanoke are already following the enhanced, federally mandated
measures introduced last fall.
They include photo I-D checks, reminding passengers to keep track of carry
on luggage, and asking passengers more questions about both checked- in and
carry on items.
Last week, Governor Allen intervened to keep the E-P-A from listing the
Radford Army Ammunition Plant as a Superfund site.
That designation would have put the arsenal on the national priority list
for environmental cleanup.
But plant officials say cleaning up hazardous sites is already a priority.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Paul Wojciechowski/RAAP Commander; :12
SUPER=01-Ken Dolth/Alliant Techsystems Plant Mgr.; :32
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Lieutenant Colonel Paul Wojciechowski has had command of the Radford
Arsenal just two weeks, but he's already proud of its environmental efforts
under the E-P-A's Resource, Conservation and Recovery program.
((LT. COL. PAUL WOJCIECHOWSKI/RAAP COMMANDER: WE'VE ALREADY ENTERED A GREAT
DEAL OF MONEY INTO THAT PROGRAM AND WE'D LIKE TO KEEP DOING THAT, PUTTING MONEY
INTO CLEANUP AND NOT INTO ADMINISTRATIVE ENDEAVORS. ))
Wojciechowski says administrative costs would skyrocket under Superfund.
And officials for Alliant Techsystems, the plant operator, say Superfund
designation would hurt efforts to lure commercial tenants.
((KEN DOLTH/ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS PLANT MGR.: IF WE WERE PUT ON THE NATIONAL
PRIORITIES LIST THE OTHER TENANTS WOULD BE MORE RELUCTANT TO COME ONTO THE
Already under the RCRA program, the arsenal monitors 43 solid waste
management units--cleanup sites-- along with regulators from the state and the
Some are as inconspicuous as grass- covered hillsides which, long before
tougher environmental laws, stored ash and production residue.
((WHAT WE'RE CLEANING UP NOW IS OLD STUFF. WE NEED TO DO THAT, BUT MORE
IMPORTANTLY WE ALSO NEED TO PUT MONEY INTO POLLUTION ABATEMENT. ))
To that end, the Army Corps of Engineers last month finished a 12 million
dollar expansion and upgrade of the bio plant, which treats wastewater from the
And a new air pollution control system will go on line in September.
((SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE INVEST IN POLLUTION PREVENTION. THAT'S HOW WE
PRESERVE THIS PLACE FOR THE FUTURE. ))
The arsenal has requested seven million dollars in cleanup funds for 1997.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
An emotional day for the family of a shooting victim... as they heard
details of the confrontation that took their relative's life.
Outside the courthouse... kin folks of Jesse Darnell Ferguson were so
distraught, they were nearly hit by a car.
But inside, they were focused on 22- year- old Cepeda (ceh-PAY-dah) Renaldo
Wiley... the man charged with gunning down Ferguson on Independence Day.
Testimony centered around a police statement given by Wiley.
He said his BROTHER got into a brawl with Ferguson... outside the Embassy
Wiley then indicated to police that he feared for his own life.. and started
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((DETECTIVE S.P. LUCAS/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: HE REFUSED TO GIVE HIS BROTHER THE
GUN. INSTEAD, HE STARTED FIRING AT MISTER FERGUSON, WHO WAS STILL ON THE
GROUND, ATTEMPTING TO GET UP OFF OF THE GROUND. ))
SUPER=01-Detective S.P. Lucas/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=of the ground
The charges will be sent on to the Grand Jury.
Meanwhile, Wiley remains free on bond.
Jens Soering was right about his lawyer.
At least the Attorney Discipline Board in Michigan thinks so.
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A Review Board concluded this month that Rick Neaton misappropriated
5-thousand dollars from Soering, lied to him about lining up witnesses, and
His Michigan law license was suspended for four years.
Neaton unsuccessfully defended the German-born U-V-a honor student as an
accomplice in the murder of Derek and Nancy Haysom in the mid-80's.
One member of the Michigan hearing panel argued Neaton's license should be
REVOKED, not just suspended.
Either way, Soering believes he deserves a new trial.
Neaton told the Charlottesville "Daily Progress:"
"Jens is in prison, because he made a conscious decision to help Elizabeth
Haysom. I was his lawyer," Neaton said, "not his magician,"
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Coming up on News 7 at Six-
A program at Virginia Western Community College is placed on probation.
We'll have details.
And Governor Allen navigates some choppy waters on the issue of taking care
of the state's rivers.
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They checked their cowboy boots at the Capitol and rafted some radical waves
to make a point--that Governor George Allen and his environmental regulators
care about Virginia rivers.
Ellen Qualls stayed high and dry and filed this report.
IN Q=The Virginia
SUPER=01-Julie Holt/Va. Citizen's Action; :41
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The Virginia Sierra Club says George Allen promoting clean water is kind
of like O.J. Simpson fighting domestic violence: they're glad he's out there
but they have to question his motives.
There was NO question that a paddling Allen and controversial Secretary of
Natural Resources Becky Dunlop made a class A photo op -- in class IV
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: MUCH HAS BEEN GIVEN. MUCH IS EXPECTED. THAT'S SOMETHING
WE BELIEVE IN IN OUR ADMINISTRATION. AND WE BELIEVE IN STRENGTHENING AND
IMPROVING VIRGINIA'S ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CARING, RESPONSIBLE, AND COMMON SENSE
STEWARDSHIP OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES.))
((JULIE HOLT/VA. CITIZEN ACTION: THE MAIN THING THAT GOVERNOR ALLEN HAS DONE
IS APPOINT THE INDUSTRY PEOPLE TO MONITOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROVISIONS IN THE
STATE. AND SURE, THE INDUSTRY PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE A SEAT ON THE TABLE, BUT SO
SHOULD THE CITIZENS.))
The Governor's Fall River Renaissance clean-up program runs for one month,
starting September 21st.
The point is for those who love and live on Virginia rivers every day to get
organized for water monitoring, trash pickup, and stream bank stabilization.
It's the Governor's latest effort to make a splash as a pro-environment kind
((LOVE IT, IT'S WONDERFUL, ISN'T IT?))
But with sausage king Jimmy Dean in the back of the boat, and heading up the
project, Allen's business-first message came through crystal clear.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Lately R-R Donnelley's plans to build a new plant in Roanoke County have
been in the news.
But today the printing company announced it's also going to upgrade its
Donnelley will invest up to 30- million- dollars to build a press room
addition, two high speed printing presses, and an ink solvent recovery system.
The Lynchburg plant produces retail and mail order catalogs.
It has roughly 900 employees.
Donnelley anticipates when the project is completed in 1998, it will create
40 new jobs.
A seed planted seven years ago is finally bearing fruit.
Today, the Roanoke Valley's small business incubator opened its doors with
a new name and its first tenant.
A ribbon cutting this afternoon officially opened the New Century Venture
Center in a building that once served as the headquarters for Advance Auto.
The first tenant is Brian Keys, a Lynchburg businessman who is expanding
his sign company into the Roanoke market.
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((BRIAN KEYS/INCUBATOR TENANT: I HOPE TO MOVE FROM A SMALL OFFICE TO A
PRODUCTION AREA IN THE INCUBATOR. DO ALL OF THE PRODUCTION FOR ROANOKE AND ALL
OF THE SURROUNDING AREAS HERE AND WITHIN THREE YEARS GRADUATE FROM THE
INCUBATOR AND HAVE A SHOP IN ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-Brian Keys/Incubator Tenant;
OUT Q=have a shop in Roanoke.
The center will house a variety of businesses, including light
manufacturing and professional services.
IN Q=Statistics are very good
((HOPE PLAYER/BOARD CHAIRMAN: STATISTICS ARE VERY GOOD THAT WE'RE GOING TO KICK
OUT AN AWFUL LOT OF JOBS HERE OUT OF THIS FACILITY. IF WE HAVE 15 TO 20
BUSINESSES, AT A MINIMUM WE HAVE 15 TO 20 JOBS, BECAUSE WE HAVE THE
ENTREPRENEUR, BUT WE'RE ANTICIPATING AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT FIVE TO SEVEN
EMPLOYEES PER COMPANY.))
SUPER=01-Hope Player/Board Chairman;
OUT Q=employees per company.
Local businesses have donated services and furniture to the new center,
and today Nationsbank contributed five thousand dollars for the center's
A strong rally on Wall Street today.
The Dow gained 67 points, closing at 54-hundred-22.
NASDAQ was up 20 points.
One course of study at Virginia Western Community College is not making the
The State Council of Higher Education has placed the school's radio and t-v
program on probation.
Officials at the college say they anticipated the move because of past
problems they had with graduates.
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IN Q=The graduation rate
((WAYNE MICHIE/VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE;
THE GRADUATION RATE DATA, THIS HISTORIC DATA OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD WAS THE
TRIGGER FOR HAVING THE PROGRAM ON A WATCH LIST AND THAT SIMPLY REFERS TO A
SLUMP IN THE GRADUATION RATE BACK IN THE '90s.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Michie/Virginia Western Community College;
OUT Q=in the '90s.
College officials said they've yet to receive official correspondence from
But they suspect the council will monitor the program's progress for the
next couple of years.
Meanwhile, new courses focusing on electronic journalism have been added to
attract more students.
College officials say the probationary status will not affect any students
returning for the fall semester next month.
Virginia Democrats say George Allen's appointees to the State Council of
Higher Education are "politicizing" colleges and universities.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer is leading the charge to hold hearings on the
Council's latest power play.
Allen appointees created a small executive committee that will take power
away from the Council's 44- member professional staff.
IN Q=When I
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHEN I PUT PEOPLE ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, I DON'T
EXPECT THEM TO JUST SIT AROUND LIKE POTTED PLANTS BEING HAPPY TO BE THERE.))
OUT Q=be there.
Among other duties, the Council oversees the state's 3-point-5 BILLION
dollar higher education budget.
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It used to be a doctor setting up his or her own practice did it
all--treating patients as well as keeping the books for the office.
But today's independent physicians are finding it harder to juggle business-
paperwork along with patient care.
This Brookneal clinic is filled. The three doctors say they have more work
than they can handle, but it used to be worse.
Two months ago the doctors merged under the umbrella of Centra Health, the
corporation that manages Lynchburg's two hospitals.
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((MIKE BARGER/SR. V.P. CENTRA HEALTH: WE FEEL IF WE BUILD THE QUALITY AND
CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP WITH THESE THREE PHYSICIANS, THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO
RECEIVE THE REFERRALS AND THE ADMISSIONS AND WHATEVER, AND THE TESTS THAT ARE
REQUIRED FOR THEM TO DO THEIR JOB APPROPRIATELY. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Barger/Centra Health Sr. Vice Pres.;
The doctors are NOT required to send their patients to Lynchburg hospitals,
but Centra Health benefits from increased exposure in the community.
The chief advantage, the doctors say, is now they can leave the paperwork to
the corporations and concentrate on their patients.
And coming up, The Dream Team remains undefeated The Roanoke Valley Hall of
Fame Junior-Senior tournament opened at Botetourt today.
And rain couldn't keep the Late Model Stock drivers from practicing for the
15-thousand dollar purse in Saturday's Kroger-W-D-B-J 250.
In just two nights some of the top Late Model Stock car drivers in the
Mid-Atlantic will take a shot at winning the big bucks in the Kroger-WDBJ 250.
Mike Stevens says some drivers got a jump on the competition during today's
wet open practice.
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SUPER=01-Frankie Pennington/4 Career New River Wins; :13
SUPER=01-Shane Ferguson/Driver From Siler City, NC; :54
SUPER=01-Bobby Radford/Former Franklin Co. Speedway Champ; 1:02
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/4 Wins This Year At New River; 1:26
SUPER=01-Mike Stevens Robin Reed; 1:43
OUT Q=...at NINE O'CLOCK.
The Olympics continue to roll on day six of the games in Atlanta.
The Unbeaten U.S. baseball team faces Japan, in swimming Gary Hall Junior
goes after the gold in the 50 meter Freestyle event while Janet Evans has a
chance for a fifth golod medal in tonight's finals in the 800 meter freestyle.
And the Women's all-around individual gymnastics finals begin tonight.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC SPORTS; :
But Kerri Strug, the hero in the team competition will not compete in the
individual event. She's pulled out because of a sprained ankle. It was her
vault that captured the team gold.
The United States remains unbeaten in Men's basketball. Last night,
Charles Barkley scored 16 points to lead the Dream team to a 104 to 82 win over
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((SCOTTIE PIPPEN/DREAM TEAM FORWARD: ))
SUPER=01-Scottie Pippen/Dream Team Forward; :
OUT Q=....over passing the ball."
Meantime, the largest crowd ever to see a women's basketball game watched
the United States team beat Zaire 107 to 47.
31-thousand people watched the lopsided victory at the Georgia dome.
The Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame junior and senior golf tournaments opened
today at Botetourt Country Club.
In the juniors, Roanoke Country Club's Jacob Jarrett and the Waterfront's
Michael Jefferson each shot rounds of 73 to grab a share of the lead.
In the senior division 59 golfers from the area's clubs began the day chasing
defending champ Don Foster.
A number of players had their putters working today as Hunting Hills John
Thacker had three birdies in the first 13 holes.
Former salem basketball coach John Edwards also had his putter working as he
saves par on hole number 13.
We'll check the seniors leader board tonight at 11. The final round will be
played tomorrow at the Waterfront.
The Redskins broke camp in Frostburg today and headed south to Florida.
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The Redkins, tired of bumping heads with each other, went head to head
with the Miami Dolphin's in a light scrimmage.
And despite limited practice outside because of the rain, the Skins looked
pretty sharpe in the scrimmage.
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((NORV TURNER/REDSKINS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........because of it."
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