News 7 at SIX is next... with the story of federal scrutiny on how political
parties go about nominating candidates... could the Justice Department have to
OK everybody who wants a seat in the state legislature?
On one side of the road it's a dry county- -liquor by the drink is sold only
across the street.
We'll re-visit the only split county in the Commonwealth tonight.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in LIVE with a pregame report on
tonight's Riverdawgs playoff opener,
The Brickyard 400 field is set, Rodman signs with the Bulls,
And Michael Johnson won't make a run at a third gold medal.
A hamstring injury is keeping him out of the 1600 meter relay.
Scattered showers headline the forecast through the next 24 hours but it
should be clear sailing after that.
Virginia Republicans say a federal court order that bans them from charging
fees for conventions may be costly for state taxpayers.
The decision to hold primaries rather than conventions and mass meetings
marks a major change for the Grand Old Party.
Ellen Qualls takes a look at some of the implications.
IN Q=Used to be
SUPER=03-Richmond/June 1994; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Va. GOP Caucus; :17
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; 1:06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Used to be Virginia Republicans paid their own way to pick candidates like
This year, the Supreme Court put its foot down on fees.
Now party officials wish former party chairman Pat McSweeney had pushed for
an out-of-court settlement and a little more wiggle room.
((SCOTT LEAKE/VA. GOP CAUCUS: WELL IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT THE NEW PARTY
COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN WERE KIND OF FORCED INTO TAKING A KIND OF TAKE IT OR
LEAVE IT, AND THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT TO TAKE.))
So the 1997 ticket with Jim Gilmore as the likely headliner for Governor
will be decided by primary.
But what about the 100 House of Delegates seats up for grabs -- if the GOP
nominations are contested?
((SCOTT LEAKE/VA. GOP CAUCUS: IT MIGHT BE PRESUMED THAT BY THE SAME TOKEN, ALL
OTHER NOMINATIONS HAVE TO GET JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL. HOW MUCH YOU CAN
CHARGE FOR A MASS MEETING, OR A LITTLE COUNTY CONVENTION? HOW MUCH NOTICE YOU
HAVE TO GIVE? THINGS LIKE THAT. THERE MAY BE A WHOLE LOT OF FEDERAL HOOPS WE
HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH. I HOPE THERE AREN'T.))
So many special elections carry a price to taxpayers.
The primary process may also cost some groups influence -- especially
Christian conservatives, who've packed conventions in the past.
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITIAL ANALYST: THESE FOLKS CAN BE VERY HELPFUL IN A
GENERAL ELECTION. THEY CAN DO A LOT OF WORK LIKE LABOR DOES FOR THE DEMOCRATS.
BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IF THE PARTY IS SEEN AS CAPTIVE TO SMALL INTEREST
GROUPS, THE PARTY CAN HAVE A BIG PROBLEM COME THE GENERAL ELECTION.))
But with the vote of confidence a primary can give a candidate like John
Warner, Republican convention winners -- who bomb later at the ballot box may
be relics of the past.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Getting a liquor license in Franklin County is NOT as easy as A- B- C.
One Franklin County man is trying to change that.
But as Scott Prince found out, he's running into some problems.
IN Q=It's a sign
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Jerry Leonard/Jerry's Steakhouse; :18
SUPER=01-Carl Simpson/Supports Petition Effort; :48
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Franklin County
((It's a sign of the times for this Franklin County eatery.
Jerry's Steakhouse can only sell beer and wine-- no mixed drinks.
That's because only certain districts in the county allow the sale of hard
Owner Jerry Leonard says that's too tough to swallow... and wants to change
the law come election time.
IN Q=We've got
((JERRY LEONARD/JERRY'S STEAKHOUSE: WE'VE GOT OUR PETITIONS, AND GOT THEM OUT.
AND I PUT MY FIRST PETITIONS OUT JUNE THE TENTH. ))
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((I WAS IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING IT PUT ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER TO BE VOTED
OUT Q=voted on
But his plans have to be put on HOLD.
His petitions are now barred, because of a filing error.
Stand up 4:41:59
But even if the issue did make it on the ballot, there's no guarantee it
Two times, similar referendums have made it on.
Both times they've been shot down.
End Stand up
Even still, there are some who feel there would be enough support to get the
IN Q=If it's
((CARL SIMPSON/SUPPORTS PETITION EFFORT: IF IT'S LEGAL IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA
TO SELL AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE, EVERYONE WHO WANTS A LICENSE SHOULD BE ABLE TO
DO IT-- AS LONG AS THEY COMPLY WITH THE RULES AND REGULATIONS. ))
OUT Q=and regulations
Leonard says he'll be better prepared next time around.
Even if he was able to sell liquor... he believes the focus at his
restaurant would always be the food.
And he hopes THAT'S good enough to keep his customers in high spirits.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))
A year ago, a new federal law helped Lynda Murphy get thousands of dollars
in child support.
But once again, the checks are NOT in the mail.
Murphy and her daughter picked up a check for more than 12-thousand dollars
last year, after a five- year fight with her ex-husband.
James Murphy paid up after federal prosecutors used a new law to go after
"deadbeat dads" that move out of state.
But Murphy appealed his conviction, saying the case against him should not
have been handled in the Western District of Virginia.
Judge Sam Wilson agreed, although he wrote that it's clear "Murphy has
shirked financial responsibility for his daughter."
The U.S. Attorney's office in Roanoke is considering what its next step
A police tracking dog is being credited with nabbing two armed robbery
suspects in Lynchburg today.
It happened around 8:15 at the Midget Market on Polk Street.
Authorities say two masked teenagers entered the store, produced a gun and
They fled on foot, but police called in a tracking dog from the Lynchburg
IN Q=At that time
((CMDR. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AT THAT TIME THE DOG WAS PLACED INSIDE
THE STORE. HE PICKED UP A SCENT, HE TRACKED TO A HOUSE AT THE INTERSECTION OF
THIRD AND POLK STREET. THAT'S WHERE WE STARTED OUR INVESTIGATION. BASED ON THAT
SUBSTANTIAL LEAD SUPPLIED BY DEPUTY MILES AND HIS DOG, WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE TWO
ARRESTS INVOLVED IN THIS ARMED ROBBERY.))
((DEP. GEOFF MILES/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THEY CONTAINED THE AREA WHERE
NOBODY CAME ON, THE DOG PICKED UP THE TRACK LIKE HE'S SUPPOSED TO AND FOLLOWED
IT TO THE END.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Miles/Lynchburg Sheriff's Department; :20
OUT Q=to the end.
Authorities say one of the teens lived in the area where the dog traced the
Both suspects are fourteen years old.
They're being held in juvenile detention, charged with armed robbery and use
of a firearm in commission of a felony.
It'll be next week- -perhaps the END of the week- -before Earl Bramblett has
his first court appearance in Virginia.
The man who's been the primary suspect from the first in the arson and
murder of an entire family in Vinton was brought back to the Roanoke Valley
Bramblett waived extradition, rather than fight being transferred to
Virginia from South Carolina.
The 54-year old suspect has lived in Spartanburg for most of the past two
years... where he was arrested Tuesday.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six continues,
A scam artist hits several banks in our area.
And a mail catalog company is looking to double the size of its facility.
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A two- million- dollar expansion in Roanoke that will create dozens of new
jobs is no longer on the back burner.
On Monday city council is scheduled to vote on a deal that will sell Orvis
the land it needs to DOUBLE the size of its facility.
City council is expected to approve the deal.
The mail order giant originally announced plans to expand its distribution
center a year- and- a- half ago.
The increased space will allow Orvis to add an average of 50 employees a
year to its workforce.
Right now Orvis has 500 full- time and part- time people.
Police are looking for a woman who has been trading in a few dimes for a few
A scam artist is traveling Interstate 81 and taking advantage of few banks
along the way.
On Wednesday, a woman walked away with several hundred dollars from two
banks in Wytheville and one in Pulaski.
Sheriff Wayne Pike says banks in Kingsport, Tennessee and Roanoke have also
been victims of this dime scam.
IN Q=A WHITE FEMALE
((SHERIFF WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE COUNTY: A WHITE FEMALE, 45 TO 50 YEARS OLD GOES
INTO BANKS WITH ROLLS OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE DIMES BUT TURNS OUT TO BE PENNIES
WITH DIMES SHOWING ON EACH END.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Pike/Wythe Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=ON EACH END
Sheriff Pike says investigators do have a suspect.
They're looking for a white woman age 45 to 50.
Witnesses say she drives a teal colored sedan with either Tennessee or South
If you have any information call your local police department.
A Vinton family is saying little about the whereabouts of their three pet
A judge ruled earlier this summer that keeping the pet pigs violated a town
Pet owner Emma Saunders then said that she would likely put them to sleep.
But, soon after the court case a man approached Saunders about adopting the
pigs but he never followed up on the offer.
Now, the three pigs are apparently no longer with the family.
There's no comment yet from the Saunders but their attorney Pat Ferrence
said he's confident the family complied with the judge's ruling.
It soon will be easier for visually- impaired people to ride the bus system
Thanks to a grant from the Department of Rehabilitative Services, the city's
bus company is now mounting external speakers on all of its buses.
The outside speakers will announce arrivals and departures, helping disabled
riders make the right connections.
IN Q=It not only
((MICHAEL CARROLL/GLTC: IT NOT ONLY HELPS THE SIGHT- IMPAIRED BUT I THINK IT
HELPS JUST THE REGULAR RIDERS AS WELL. IT GIVES ANOTHER CLUE AS TO WHAT BUS IS
PULLING UP AT YOUR STOP, PARTICULARLY AT A BUSY LOCATION SUCH AS THE PLAZA
CONNECTION- TRANSFER POINT.))
((DENNIS GRAGG/CENTRAL VA PLANNING DISTRICT: IT REALLY HELPS THE VISUALLY
IMPAIRED PERSON REMAIN INDEPENDENT WITHOUT HAVING TO ASK SOMEBODY FOR
ASSISTANCE, AND I THINK THAT'S A QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE THAT'S REALLY
SUPER=01-Michael Carroll/GLTC Director; :00
SUPER=01-Dennis Gragg/Central VA Planning District; :11
OUT Q=that's really important.
The grant will pay to retrofit buses bought before 1992 that have only
The stock market surged today to end a spectacular trading week.
The market responded to falling interest rates and fewer fears about
The Dow gained 85 points, closing at 56-hundred-80.
NASDAQ was up 26 points.
Patrick Muldoon hopes a trip down the river leads him to the United States
The young republican is challenging incumbent Rick Boucher for his seat in
As Denise Allen reports the challenger is looking for creative ways to make
up for a comparatively small campaign budget.
SUPER=01-Patrick Muldoon/(R) Congressional Candidate; :19
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday; :31
OUT Q=News 7
((Congressional candidate Patrick Muldoon took to the New River in hopes of
paddling to a political victory.
The canoe trip is one way the challenger hopes to bridge the money gap.
Democratic incumbent Rick Boucher has big bucks to spend on his re-election
So this political newcomer is trying different ways to spread his message.
IN Q=IT'S SERIOUS BUSINESS
((PATRICK MULDOON/R-CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: IT'S SERIOUS BUSINESS BUT YOU
ALWAYS CAN HAVE FUN ALONG THE WAY. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO
OURSELVES SO PEOPLE GET EXCITED ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN AND KNOW THERE'S A CHOICE.))
OUT Q=there's a choice
Concerning issues that Congress is currently addressing, Muldoon says he'd
vote for the Health Care bill which would let Americans take their insurance
with them if they change jobs.
Muldoon also says welfare reform would put money back into taxpayers'
IN Q=THAT FIVE YEAR
((THAT FIVE YEAR LIMIT IS A NICE CUSHION. IT'S PLENTY OF TIME TO GET UP OFF
YOUR FEET AND TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE.))
OUT Q=RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE
Muldoon says that's why he's paddling to Washington--to put the
responsibility of living back into the hands of the people at the local level.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The Peach Festival in Downtown Roanoke is offering more than just sweet
goodies, they're lending a helping hand to a very good cause.
Patrick Evans has more.
IN Q=We're here
SUPER=01-Matt Kennel/Downtown Roanoke, Inc.;
OUT Q=Patrick Evans.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the field is set for tomorrow's Brickyard
400, but a couple of late crashes are sending cars to the back of the pack.
We'll check out Michael Johnson's record breaking run in the 200.
And Steve Mason is getting his kicks down at Victory stadium tonight.
Steve adlibs to the break
A couple of first for the Roanoke Riverdawgs tonight. They're playing the
Nashville Metros in their first ever playoff game, and the Dawgs are playing at
Victory Stadium for the first time as well.
Double Boxes=Mike and Steve/Microwave
Steve Mason joins us from Bob McLelland field for a preview, Steve.
Mike, The Riverdawgs lease at Cave Spring Junior ran out July 20th. so the
City has leased Victory Stadium for a small fee.
The Riverdawgs are hot, in there last 6 games, they're 5 and 1 and have
outscored the opposition 29 to 7!!
They play the Metros in tonight's first round a team they've beat twice
already this season, but as Ian Spooner will agree, beating a team three times
is a tall order.
SUPER=01-Ian Spooner/Nations' 4th leading Scorer; :00
Ian is the 5th leading scorer in the country and his teammate, Patrick mcSorely
is the 9th!. Combined they have about 70 points!!. Pat, as we look at the
telestrator, talk about the metros and that they have the nations' leading
scorer in Pasi Kinturi.
As we look at the telestrator, talk about how you an Ian have connected
b-roll over the two questions!!!
SUPER=01-Patrick McSorely/32 Points on Season; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Season; :00
RUNS=:50 worth of b-roll
Double Boxes=Mike and Steve/Microwave
Mike, the game starts at 8pm and tickets are 5 bucks a person. We will have
the highlights at 11. Mike
Steve tosses back to Mike
As you know it's either feast or famine when it comes to occupancy of Victory
stadium, and this week the stadium is enjoying a 48 hour buffet.
After the Dawgs run wild on the field tonight, the Roanoke Rush plays its
National Minor League Football season opener against the Carolina Bobcats.
IN Q="That is one of...
((DUKE STRAGER/ROANOKE RUSH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Roanoke Rush Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...HAVE TO USE IT."
The field for tomorrow's Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is
Gary Bradberry in the Shoney's Fordwas the fastest qualifier today, here's
how they'll stack up in spots 26 through 40.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-26. Gary Bradberry/174.584/27. John Andretti//28. Jeff Burton //29.
Geoff Bodine//30. Michael Waltrip;
SUPER=0107-31. Kenny Wallace//32. Ward Burton//33. Darrell Waltrip//34. Robert
Pressley//35. Derrike Cope;
SUPER=0107-36. Ricky Rudd//37. Bobby Hamilton//38. Morgan Shepherd//39. Ricky
Craven//40. Dave Marcis;
wipe to ENG#
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ESPN; :00
The final practice sessions were quite eventful this afternoon, as Bobby
HIllin, who qualified 5th hit the wall and somehow didn't hit anyone else,
he'll have to go to a backup car.
And so will Bobby Hamilton who crashed the STP Pontiac late in practice and
will now have to start at the back of the field tomorrow.
IN Q="We was up here...
((RICHARD PETTY/OWNER - STP PONTIAC:))
SUPER=01-Richard Petty/Owner - STP Pontiac; :00
OUT Q=...TRY IT AGAIN."
GRAPHIC=Atlanta Olympic Logo
Double Gold medalist Michael Johnson will not get the chance to win a third.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC Sports; :00
Johnson, who already won the 400 blazed through the 200 last night in a
record time of 19.32 and will have plenty of time to celebrate the victories.
During the race's home stretch Johnson felt a tightness in his hamstring
which will force him to bypass the 1600 meter relay.
Johnson says he doesn't want to hurt the team's chances for another gold.
The "Worm" will remain a Bull. According to Dennis Rodman's agent the
flamboyant forward has agreed on a deal with the Chicago team.
The NBA's top rebounder has reportedly agreed to a one year deal worth
considerably more than the six million dollars the Bulls offered last month.
Official terms of the deal will not be released until Rodman officially