Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We'll hear from Valley Metro bus riders as we consider various plans to
And why they're saying Virginia's welfare reforms are setting an example for
the rest of the nation.
Tonight in sports, Roy Stanley reports from Hot Springs where Lee Shirley and
Dot Bolling tried to claim state golf titles.
Qualifying in winding down at Talladega.
and the Redskins talk about Joe Gibbs entering the pro football Hall of Fame
Splendid weather for late summer. Our weekend forecast begins in a dry
note. Details straight ahead.
Roanoke's plan for a local transportation district may be headed down a
Lawmakers say they do NOT expect the General Assembly to embrace a local
gas tax increase to help pay for bus service.
This week, Joe Dashiell spoke with politicians, and passengers, about the
future of Valley Metro.
IN Q=On a ride down Williamson Road
SUPER=01-Mary Lawhorn/Valley Metro Rider; :14
SUPER=01-Del. Morgan Griffith/(R) Salem; :43
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((On a ride down Williamson Road, passengers are full of praise for driver
Jimmy Carter, and protective of the service he provides.
Cut back on bus service, they warn, and riders such as Willie Brown and
Mary Lawhorn will suffer.
IN Q=I'm like her
((MARY LAWHORN/VALLEY METRO RIDER: I'M LIKE HER. IT'D MEAN I'D HAVE TO STAY
HOME OR HIRE SOMEBODY TO TAKE ME PLACES. I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN ON SOCIAL
SECURITY AND ALONE, SO THAT WOULDN'T BE VERY EASY.))
OUT Q=wouldn't be very easy.
The loss of federal subsidies is putting the squeeze on bus systems across
Roanoke has proposed a local transportation district that would use a two
cent increase in the motor fuels tax to help pay for mass transit.
But local lawmakers say that isn't going to fly in Richmond... especially
when all of the Valley governments haven't signed on.
IN Q=What that means
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R- SALEM: WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT GAS PRICES IN ROANOKE
CITY AND ROANOKE COUNTY WILL GO UP, BUT THEY WON'T GO UP IN BOTETOURT, WHERE A
LOT OF FOLKS WHO WORK IN THE CITY LIVE AND THEY WON'T GO UP IN SALEM. THEN WHAT
YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE IS A SITUATION WHERE A LOT OF FOLKS ARE GOING TO BE BUYING
THEIR GAS AT THE CHEAPER PLACES WHERE THE GAS HASN'T GONE UP.))
OUT Q=hasn't gone up.
Senator John Edwards says one possibility is a STATEWIDE gas tax increase
to pay for mass transit and highways.
While lawmakers wait for a general assembly committee to issue a report
riders in Roanoke are hoping they will find a way to keep the busses rolling.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
A Salem woman has died while attending the summer games in Atlanta.
Officials say 44- year- old Vicki White was waiting to see the track and
field events, when she suffered a fatal heart attack outside the Olympic
Her brother, Mark White, was with her when she collapsed.
He says it took emergency crews 15- minutes to get to her.
But police say the 9-1-1 call was made at 7- 56 this morning... and that the
ambulance was there four minutes later.
Joe Giarratano was spared from the electric chair by then- Governor Doug
Wilder in 1991.
Now he claims corrections officials are about to transfer him to an
out-of-state prison, because he refused to cooperate in an internal
As president of "Peace Studies," the convicted killer joined the likes of
Joan Baez and others preaching NON-violence.
Corrections officials suspect it was a scam to get federal funding.
Giarratano says he's on the list of inmates to be transferred because of his
"political activities." He wants a federal judge to block the transfer.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
As a third try at federal welfare reform heads to the White House, Virginia
officials say their one-year old program is tougher, smarter... and so far,
untouchable by Washington.
Ellen Qualls takes a look at the most comprehensive statewide reform in the
IN Q=With a year
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Va. Social Services Director; :16
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( With a year of welfare reform under her belt, Virginia has started a two
year clock ticking on benefits for a quarter of her recipients.
They must start looking for jobs immediately.
In two more years, the clock will have started for all -- and run out for
sot TAPE ONE 01:20:01
((CLARENCE CARTER/VA. SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: WE KIND OF WATCH THE NATIONAL
DEBATE WITH ALMOST A BIT OF SMUGNESS, BECAUSE WHILE OTHER PEOPLE ARE STILL
TALKING THE TALK, WE'VE BEEN WALKING THE WALK.))
Clarence Carter scoffs at the five years of welfare Congress would provide--
with a two year grace period to find work.
He marvels that the Clinton administration is holding out on the federal
bill -- but approved Virginia's drastic plan for a waiver from federal law last
sot TAPE ONE 01:17;55
((IT WAS NOT EASY FOR VIRGINIA TO SECURE IT'S WAIVER. IT LITERALLY WAS LIKE
DOING BATTLE WITH THE GREATEST FORCES IN THE UNIVERSE TO TRY TO ALLOW THE
COMMONWEALTH TO FASHION ITS OWN PROGRAM.))
Virginia welfare recipients get NO increased benefits if they a baby on
The federal plan dropped such a child cap.
Virginia welfare children must attend school.
But parents get child care and transportation help to go to work.
TAPE ONE 01:18:43
((COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF STATES ARE SHOWING EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT WE DO HAVE
CREATIVE ENGAGING SOLUTIONS.))
So far, Virginia's law is untouchable by Washington.
Congress has left the waiver process in the federal legislation.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Virginia Tech is asking upperclassmen to consider moving off- campus.
It appears freshman enrollment may be about 400 higher than expected, so the
university needs more dorm space.
Upperclassmen who agree to move out will have their 100 dollar dorm
prepayment refunded, and they'll get 150 dollars to spend in campus dining
They'll have to act quickly though.
Blacksburg realtors are reporting few vacancies, so finding an apartment
isn't likely to be an easy task.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six returns-
We'll tell you why getting pulled over by Lexington police might make you a
And if you'd like to have the wealth of a Hollywood star you may have your
We'll tell you why one man thinks there's buried silver in southside
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A new state commission wants to bring trains to Virginia that can run more
than 100 miles an hour.
That means a Richmond-to- Washington trip could take less than an hour.
But high speed rail service to southwest Virginia could take decades --
despite the promises of the politicians.
IN Q=High speed
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: HIGH SPEED SERVICE TO THE PORTS OF HAMPTON ROADS, AND TO
THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA MUST BE A COMPREHENSIVE PART OF THE
TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR THE COMMONWEALTH.))
OUT Q=the Commonwealth
That's how the commission's first meeting opened yesterday.
But it soon narrowed its focus.
IN Q=You obviously
((MARK ARON/CSX RAILROAD: YOU OBVIOUSLY, YOU FOCUS ON RICHMOND TO WASHINGTON
BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE. YOU DON'T WANT TO RUN A TRAIN FOR TEN
SUPER=01-Mark Aron/CSX Railroad;
OUT Q=ten people.
Just laying tracks from Richmond to Washington could cost more than 300-
Lexington Police are going high tech in their pursuit of speeders and other
traffic offenders, and it may make fighting a ticket a lot tougher.
Ron Jones has more on the story.
IN Q=Ever been stopped by
SUPER=01-Lt. Steve Crowder/Lexington Police Dept.; :23
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
Ever been stopped by the police?
Well, if it happens in Lexington you may be the star of their latest video.
This patrol car is equipped with a high tech camera and VCR.
It records routine traffic stops, crime scene investigations, some
surveillance-- and even attitude problems.
((LT. STEVE CROWDER/LEXINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT: ONE OF THE OTHER BIGGEST OR
AS BIG BENEFIT THAT I SEE IS PRISONER TRANSPORTATION. IF YOU'VE GOT SOMEBODY
IN THE BACK SEAT YOU CAN TAKE THE CAMERA AND FLIP IT AROUND ON THE PERSON IN
THE BACK AND YOU CAN BE RECORDING ON THE WAY TO THE JAIL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT
IF THEY ARE ACTING UP OR GIVING YOU A FIT.))
But the camera is not just to keep track of drivers' actions-- it also keeps
the officer honest.
((IT CAN WORK BOTH WAYS. IT CAN WORK IF SOMEBODY GETS OUT OF THE CAR OR
ASSAULTS YOU OR SOMETHING. WORK IN THAT ASPECT. BUT ALSO IF MAYBE YOU HAVE A
TENDENCY TO BE A LITTLE HIGH TEMPERED OR SOMETHING AND IF YOU KNOW YOU ARE
GOING TO BE SCRUTINIZED LATER ON BY A CAMERA THEN YOU'RE GOING TO BE MORE
Lieutenant Crowder also believes the camera can save the courts time and
((JUST YESTERDAY ONE OF MY OFFICERS STUCK HIS HEAD IN MY DOOR AND SAID
LIEUTENANT WE TOOK CARE OF ONE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE TODAY BY THE VIDEO.
BECAUSE HIS ATTORNEY PLEADED HIM GUILTY BECAUSE HE TOOK THE TAPE INTO COURT AND
HIS ATTORNEY KNEW WHAT HE HAD ON RECORDING. SO THEY AUTOMATICALLY PLED
The video camera costs about 23-hundred dollars. Crowder believes they are
so efficient, more departments will begin using them.
So the next time you're stopped by one of Lexington's finest-- SMILE-- you
may be on their version of-- candid camera.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
Union leaders may protest the sale of the American Tobacco plant in
Reidsville, North Carolina.
For years it has employed hundreds of people from the Reidsville and
Union workers, who have considered buying the plant themselves, may ask
regulators to REJECT the sale.
They say the company that wants to buy it, Commonwealth Brands, will
probably close it.
Commonwealth Brands says it WILL operate the plant.
It calls the union comments incorrect, irresponsible, and uninformed.
At one time the plant employed 1000 people.
Now its workforce stands at about 300.
The stock market continued its rally today.
The Dow gained 51 points, closing at 54-hundred-73.
NASDAQ up 17 points.
The legacy of the Civil War is "rich" in more ways than one--one man
believes a Confederacy treasure is waiting to be unearthed.
Teresa Hamilton talked to him about the book he's written on the subject.
SUPER=01-J. Frank Carroll/Author; :19
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Frank Carrol first heard Confederate treasure may be buried in Danville at
a Baptist revival when he was 12- years old.
But it wasn't until the late "70's" that he began to research the
18- years later Carroll isn't about to pinpoint the exact location, but he
does supply clues.
IN Q=What you need
((J. FRANK CARROLL/AUTHOR: WHAT YOU NEED IF YOU ARE GOING TO FIND THIS TREASURE
IS NOT A PHYSICAL SHOVEL, IT'S NOT WORTH A VISIT TO THE YOUR LOCAL HARDWARE
STORE TO PICK UP ONE UNLESS YOU FIRST OF ALL, USE A MENTAL SHOVEL, YOU'VE GOT
TO THINK THROUGH THE CLUES THAT ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE BOOK AND THEY'RE
LIKE LITTLE FOOTPRINTS THAT LEAD TO THE LOCATION OF THE TREASURE.))
OUT Q=location of the treasure.
According to Carroll's research, the treasure ended up in Danville after the
Confederates decided to move their government South from Richmond.
The treasure, comprised of 4-thousand Mexican silver dollars, was enclosed
in 49- kegs.
Carroll believes a Confederate supporter named George Trentholm may have
decided to bury the treasure while staying at the Sutherlin Mansion perhaps to
keep the collection out of the hands of the Yankees.
IN Q=It is there
((J. FRANK CARROLL/AUTHOR:IT IS THERE, I KNOW, BUT I WAS TOLD BY MY BROTHER,
WHO IS AN ATTORNEY, I'LL JUST TELL THEM I'M NOT AT LIBERTY TO DIVULGE THAT
OUT Q=that information.
Carrol says he decided to write a book rather than unearth the treasure
himself for several reasons.
For one, multiple sclerosis has confined Carroll to a wheelchair.
Ironically, his second reason, actually supplies a valuable clue to the
He's convinced it's buried in a residential neighborhood. Teresa Hamilton,
News 7, Danville.))
2 shot toss
Carroll's book is due in bookstores this fall.
Coming up tonight in sports, qualifying news from Talladega, Joe Gibbs
prepares to enter the pro football hall of fame tomorrow morning.
And Roy Stanley checks in from Hot Springs where Salem's Lee Shirley won the
women's state amateur, while Dot Bolling was denied the senior crown.
Jeremy Mayfield won his first career pole position this afternoon by blowing
away the field at Talladega.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL; :00
Jeff Gordon was on the pole for most of the time trials with a lap at just
under 191 and half miles an hour, but Mayfield blew him away with lap at 192
point 370 miles an hour.
Now let's check the top 25.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-1. J. Mayfield/192.370/2. Jeff Gordon/191.419/3. Dale Jarrett//4.
Dale Earnhardt//5. Lake Speed;
SUPER=0107-6. Ernie Irvan//7. Jeff Burton//8. Mark Martin//9. Darrell
Waltrip//10. Bobby Hillin;
SUPER=0107-11. Dick Trickle//12. Kenny Wallace//13. Rick Mast//14. Robert
Pressley//15. Jimmy Spencer;
SUPER=0107-16. S. Marlin //17. Ted Musgrave//18. Kyle Petty//19. J. Andretti
//20. Jeff Purvis;
SUPER=0107-21. Dave Marcis//22. Michael Waltrip//23. Derrike Cope//24. Bobby
Labonte//25. Hut Stricklin;
You can watch the Diehard 500 Sunday at one right here on your hometown
plus tomorrow at 1:45 we'll have the Busch Grand National race for you from
Talladega as well.
Talladega will have to take a back seat to Canton, Ohio this weekend for Car
owner Joe Gibbs.
Tomorrow morning, the former Redskins head coach will be inducted into the
pro football hall of fame.
SUPER=03-Carlisle, PA/July 1992; :00
Gibbs' Redskins teams won 140 games from 1982 though 1993 and won 3 Super
He is the only coach in NFL history to win three championships with three
Recently he sat down with one of favorite players Darrell Green to discuss
his unexpected entrance in the hall.
IN Q="It was very...
((DARRELL GREEN/14 YEAR REDSKINS VETERAN:))
SUPER=01-Darrell Green/14 Year Redskins Veteran; :00
OUT Q=...TO EVER GO IN."
Gibbs was a like a father and friend to many of his players, but he was
always able to communicate who was boss to his team.
IN Q="You gotta...
((RUSS GRIMM/REDSKINS ASSISTANT & FORMER PLAYER:))
SUPER=01-Russ Grimm/Redskins Assistant & Former Player; :00
OUT Q=...TO BE THERE."
Salem's Lee Shirley is the 1996 State amateur Champion. But Dot Bolling
also of Salem came up a little short on the Senior Division.
Roy Stanley has this report.
IN Q="Shirley, who....
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00
SUPER=01-Lee Shirley/State Amateur Champion; :17
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Senior Runner Up; :43
SUPER=01-Peggy Woodard/Senior Champion; 1:04
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((Shirley, who attends North Carolina, played her best round ever at the
She led Margaret Balch two up through 9 holes. That lead was up to four
strokes before Shirley captured her first state amateur title beating Balch 4
((LEE SHIRLEY/STATE AMATEUR CHAMPION: ))
((Bolling, The favorite to win the senior division, trailed Peggy Woodard of
Virginia Beach by two shots at the 17-th hole.
She lost the match 2 and 1. Bolling was satisfied with her play in the
tournament but she was upset with a couple of calls during the match.))
((DOT BOLLING/SENIOR RUNNER UP: ))
((PEGGY WOODARD/SENIOR CHAMPION: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
It's been a chocking day in Atlanta for the United State women's softball
The team had won 115 of its last 116 international games, and was unbeaten in
Atlanta until today when Australia beat the US 2-to-1.
The Dream team returns to action tonight playing China.
The 9th annual Jan Tana bodybuilding and Fitness Classic is underway.
The athletes were briefed during an afternoon news conference at the Hotel
Roanoke this afternoon.
Then the NPC Amateur women and men competitors flexed their muscle over at
the Roanoke civic center auditorium in prejudging.
((WAYNE DEMILLA/IFBB OFFICIAL:))
SUPER=01-Wayne DeMilla/IFBB Official; :03
OUT Q=...amateur event"
The women's pro fitness competition and the women's pro bodybuilding
segment is Saturday night. For fans who prefer the softer female look, this is
a show for you.
((MICHELLE SCHIRRA/PRO FITNESS COMPETITOR:))
SUPER=01-Michelle Schirra/Pro-Fitness Competitor; :00
OUT Q=average public"
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