Next on News Seven-- a former Roanoke airline employee is suing her company
after allegedly being fired because she was pregnant.
And the Bedford County fire department burns down a home on purpose.
In sports, the USTA crwons a champ at Hunting Hills in tennis, two Bopston
Red Sox pitchers are in a car accident and intern reporter Kent Shiner catches
up with a trio of Hokie Hoopsters.
Patchy fog as you woke up this morning-- we'll see more of the same tonight.
Meanwhile, hazy, hot, and humid weather make up the work week forecast.
A single vehicle accident in Campbell County this afternoon claimed the life
of a Roanoke man.
57- year- old William Watkins Lee was driving his pickup truck eastbound on
Route 4-60, outside of Lynchburg, when he wrecked.
IN Q=According to witnesses
((J.B. MURRAY/STATE POLICE: ACCORDING TO WITNESSES IT RAN OFF THE RIGHT
SHOULDER OF THE ROAD, OVERTURNED, KILLING THE DRIVER.))
SUPER=01-J.B. Murray/State Police;
OUT Q=killing the driver.
Lee died at the scene.
The accident happened around 12:20.
A former ticket agent is suing an airline for pregnancy discrimination.
Tammy Engel claims Mesaba-Northwest Airlink at Roanoke Regional Airport
fired her because she was pregnant.
Her attorney says Engel had a spotless employment record before she lost her
job last year.
IN Q=ONE PIECE OF
((TERRY GRIMES/ENGEL'S ATTORNEY: ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE YOU LOOK FOR IS WAS SHE
TERMINATED DURING HER PREGNANCY BEFORE SHE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON
MATERNITY LEAVE. THAT BEGS THE QUESTION WHY. WHY WAS SHE LET GO NOW, NOT
EARLIER OR SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD? THAT RAISES THE INFERENCE OF PREGNANCY
SUPER=01-Terry Grimes/Engel's Attorney;
OUT Q=pregnancy discrimination
Grimes says his client is seeking restitution.
No court date has been set.
Company officials were not available for comment.
In another legal matter, a pharmacist accused of stealing money from a major
medical insurance company celebrated a victory this weekend in Bedford County.
He never spent time behind bars, but party goers say they celebrated his
liberation from legal trouble.
This party got started when a federal jury found Joseph Chopski NOT guilty
on 19 counts of fraud.
Last month's verdict ended a four year battle in which Chopski was charged
with over-billing insurance companies.
Yesterday his neighbors and long-time customers of his "Wonder Drug Store"
kicked up their heals in victory over Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
IN Q=WE KNEW THAT
((SUSAN FERRIS/WONDER DRUG CUSTOMER: WE KNEW THAT THERE WAS NOTHING TO CHARGES
AND THAT WE FELT LIKE WE WERE GOING THROUGH IT TOO.
JOSEPH CHOPSKI/PHARMACIST: I WAS SURPRISED THIS MANY PEOPLE SHOWED UP AND
I'M REALLY PLEASED AND THERE'S NO WAY I'LL EVER BE ABLE TO THANK THEM. I TOLD
THEM IF I STAYED HERE FOR 100 YEARS I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO REPAY ALL THE
FAVORS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE.))
SUPER=01-Susan Ferris/Wonder Drug Customer; :00
SUPER=01-Joseph Chopski/Pharmacist; :10
OUT Q=HAVE BEEN DONE
Organizers sold t-shirts to help pay for the fun.
They say any left over money is going to the Chopski family to send them on
a summer vacation.
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GRAPHIC=Welfare in VA
Senatorial Canidate Mark Warner says he backs the proposed welfare bill.
Warner said he would support the bill despite having a few reservations.
SOT 15.03.43 - 15.03.57
IN Q=One of my
((MARK WARNER/DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CANDIDATE;
ONE OF MY CONCERNS WITH THE WELFARE LEGISLATION IS THAT WE DIDN'T INVITE THE
PRIVATE SECTOR INTO THE DISCUSSION EARLIER ENOUGH BECAUSE WHAT WE WANT THESE
PEOPLE TO TRANSITION TO IS FROM WELFARE INTO PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. AND, TO DO
THAT AT THE TABLE AS WELL.))
OUT Q=table as well.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Week;
Warner made the comments while campaigning through the Roanoke area.
He toured the Brambleton Center trying to pick-up more votes and a last
minute game of basketball.
Despite his efforts last week, a News-7/Mason Dixon poll showed less than 30
percent of voters would back him for the Senate.
Senator JOHN Warner will stop in Roanoke tomorrow.
He'll be meeting with Congressman Bob Goodlatte and supporters.
The senator also plans to stop in Lynchburg, Lexington, and Buchanan.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six continues,
The telecommunications business is becoming more jumbled.
One of the baby bells is offering internet service.
Bedford County firefighters were on the scene of a fire that they knew was
going to break out.
But first let's check in with Kimberly.
wx ad lib
Well it didn't get quite as warm as we had counted on today-- Some lingering
cloud cover kept temperatures down a bit.
As for this week-- look for more hazy sunshine and yes, hotter temperatures.
In the meantime, let's take a look at today's numbers, which didn't get past
the low 80s...
MUSIC UP FULL
Fire destroyed a house in Bedford County this afternoon.
Not to worry-- the blaze was part of a training exercise for volunteer
departments in the county.
This house was scheduled to be demolished so county officials took the
opportunity to use it as a training exercise.
Fire fighters used the first day of a two day training event to prepare for
today's big fire.
IN Q=WE ACTUALLY FILLED
((DAVE NICHOLS/BEDFORD COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY: WE ACTUALLY FILLED THE STRUCTURE
WITH ARTIFICIAL SMOKE AND ALLOWED THE STUDENTS TO CRAWL AROUND BECAUSE WHEN
YOUR INSIDE THERE YOUR BLIND. WE WANTED THEM TO GET USE TO THEIR EQUIPMENT AND
THEIR SKILLS BEFORE WE INTRODUCED THEM TO FIRE.
AS VOLUNTEERS THEY'RE NOT DOING THIS EVERYDAY AS A CAREER. SO WE LIKE TO
GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO HONE THEIR SKILLS PRIOR TO THE EMERGENCY
SUPER=01-Dave Nichols/Bedford County Public Safety; :00
OUT Q=EMERGENCY INCIDENT
About 10 volunteer departments participated in the training exercise.
The house was allowed to burn to the ground.
The lot will be cleared, and a new building will be built in it's place.
A local National Guard Armory on the Southside is moving closer to getting a
Congress has agreed to provide nearly one-point eight million dollars for
long term expansion and renovation of the Squire National Guard Armory in
The facility was built in 1971.
Congressman L- F Payne says a variety of changes are in store.
IN Q=It will
(REP. L. F. PAYNE/D-NELSON CO.: IT WILL PROVIDE A MUCH BETTER PLACE FOR THE
UNIT THAT'S THERE TO BE ABLE TO DO THE NECESSARY TRAINING THAT THEY NEED TO DO,
IT WILL ALSO BE USED BY THE CITY OF DANVILLE WHICH WILL BE ABLE TO USE THIS
WHEN THE GUARD ISN'T USING IT, AND IT WILL BE USED IN THEIR RECREATION AND
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. ))
OUT Q=educational programs.
Payne credits Senator Chuck Robb and Delegate Whitt Clement for securing
Danville has also committed 50-thousand dollars toward the project.
The congressional money for the renovation is part of a bill that must be
signed by the President-- who's expected to give his approval.
GRAPHIC=Bell Atlantic Logo
There is now more evidence of how the Telecommunications Act has blurred the
lines separating television, telephone, and the Internet.
SUPER=04-Bell Atlantic Video;
This week Bell Atlantic, one of the largest phone companies in our area,
introduced its own Internet service.
It's already in Baltimore and Washington D-C.
Bell Atlantic has made it a priority to have information accessible on local
points of interest, such as Washington's tourist sites and the Redskins.
IN Q=We tried
((GWEN KETCHAM/BELL ATLANTIC: WE TRIED TO FIND ALL THE LOCAL CONTENT WE COULD.
SO THAT WHEN SOMEBODY GETS ON THE NET, THEY CAN NOT ONLY GET ONLY GET WORLD
INFORMATION, BUT THINGS ABOUT THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY. THEY CAN KEY INTO
COMMUNITY EVENTS, RESTAURANTS IN THE AREA, MOVIES AND MOVIE LISTINGS. THEY CAN
GET INVOLVED WITH THEIR FAMILIES.))
SUPER=01-Gwen Ketcham/Bell Atlantic;
OUT Q=their families.
The service is being marketed to both individuals and businesses, both small
Bell Atlantic has not said when this service might be coming to our area.
A Roanoke robotics company is touting its new inventions, and a hopeful
outlook for Southside Virginia's flue cured tobacco crop.
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-Martinsville/File Tape; :05
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday; :22
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week; :30
OUT Q=NAT SOT
TULTEX FILE 13:35
After several years of tough times in the apparel industry, Tultex of
Martinsville appears to be on the rebound.
This week the activewear maker purchased a dyeing and finishing plant in
Asheville, North Carolina that was owned by Champion.
STI VIDEO LB RAW 15:30
A Roanoke County company has developed a new product that may become very
popular with railroads.
Systems Technology of Virginia has built a machine that can reduce the time
it takes repair a critical part of a boxcar by 95- percent.
INCUBATOR LB RAW 08:17
The Roanoke Valley's new small business incubator has landed its second
tenant, less than a week after opening.
The New Century Venture Center announced that SynCom Electronics has moved
into one of its spaces.
TOBACCO LBRAW 18:07
Danville's annual flue cured tobacco market opened this week.
Tobacco prices were stable or higher compared to last year, and the crop is
plentiful thanks to a relatively strong growing season.
WYYD remains on top in the latest radio ratings by Arbitron.
It's more than three points higher than urban sister stations W-J-J-X and
DOW PRE PRO
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it closed up 207
POINTS points, finishing at 5679.83.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, Roanoke based Telebrands has settled a 515- thousand- dollar
law suit involving a hearing aid it sells.
The product is considered unsafe, and the company must reimburse anyone who
asks for a refund within 90 days.
When News 7 at Six continues,
Hayden Via of Botetourt County was king for a day this weekend.
The World War One veteran was born in 18-96.
We'll turn our attention to the skies-- and visit with some Pulaski
A group of Pulaski County residents take to the wild blue yonder every
The planes soar to new heights, but the pilots never leave the ground.
Denise Allen explains.
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SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Don Wilson/Flying Aces Vice Pres.; :06
SUPER=01-Roger Vass/Flying Aces; :39
OUT Q=News 7
SOT tape 1 10:37:10 nat sot plane
SOT b-roll with continuation of nat sot video tape 1 10:22:01
IN Q=loops, spins
((DON WILSON/FLYING ACES VICE PRESIDENT: LOOPS, SPINS, SHONDELLS, ROLLS,
WHATEVER. THEY'LL DO IT ALL.))
OUT Q=they'll do it all
These are the Flying Aces.
Members rent a lot at the New River Valley Industrial Park, where every
weekend they take to the air.
SOT tape 1 10:24:44
IN Q=your basic plane
((WILSON: YOUR BASIC PLANE WOULD PROBABLY BE MORE LIKE THREE TO 350 AND THAT
COULD PUT YOU FLYING WITH A BRAND NEW AIRPLANE.))
OUT Q=new air plane
SOT tape 1 nat sot
The planes are built from kits.
And each member takes pride in the finished product.
SOT tape 1 10:13:42
IN Q=glue it, cover it
((ROGER VASS/FLYING ACES: GLUE IT, COVER IT, PUT A MOTOR ON IT. PUT A RADIO
IN AND GET IT TO DO WHAT YOU WANT IT TO DO. IT'S A FANTASTIC FEELING TO SEE IT
LIFT OFF THE GROUND.))
OUT Q=to see it lift
SOT stand up tape 2 11:08:54
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: THE AERONAUTIC ACROBATICS ARE AMAZING, BUT YOU
DON'T BECOME A TOP GUN OVER NIGHT.
IT TAKES A LOT OF TRAINING TO BECOME A MODEL PILOT.
SOT TAPE 2 11:16:16
IN Q=PULL THE STICK
((PULL THE STICK BACK TO YOU. VERY GOOD. HOLD IT THERE.))
OUT Q=HOLD IT THERE
Trainers instruct new pilots like me with linked radio remote controllers.
If the student is heading for a crash the trainer assumes control.
The Flying Aces are 40 members strong.
They say the model plane clubs are cropping up all over the country.
And they're hoping more people will take to the sky by joining their club.
Denise Allen News 7.))
A birthday party at the Snyder Nursing Home in Salem drew a big crowd
Everyone came to celebrate a century of life.
IN Q=Haden Via
SUPER=01-Haden Via/100 Years Old; :16
SUPER=01-Ruby Via Harlow/Daughter; :40
OUT Q=I never did.
(( Haden Via was born in Botetourt County on August 2nd, 1896.
Via used to shoot rabbits as a boy-- and his sharpshooting skills were put
to good use in World War One-- he taught his fellow soldiers marksmanship.
((HADEN DENNIS VIA: I SHOWED THEM EVERYTHING I KNEW HOW TO HOLD THEIRSELF. I
SAID THAT GUN'LL KICK YOU AND IT'S LIABLE TO HIT YOU IN THE FACE OR SOMETHING.
Via lost his sight in 1941,
But he has kept active-- the oldest living member of the 82nd Airborne was
an avid gardener until surgery slowed him down a few years ago.
((RUBY VIA HARLOW/DAUGHTER: HE TOLD ME I'LL BE GLAD WHEN THIS IS OVER, SO I
CAN GET BACK TO WORK AND HE IS A VERY HAPPY MAN-- I HOPE I'LL BE THAT HAPPY
WHEN I'M 100! ))
This Centegenarian isn't afraid to put his two cents in-- he's got good advice
for anyone who wants to live for a century.
((HADEN DENNIS VIA: MY SECRET WAS, DON'T GO WHERE YOU SHOULDN'T BE THAT'S
SOMETHING I NEVER DID. ))
A number of major league matinees to bring ya, the USTA Challenger of Roanoke
crowns a tennis champ at Hunting Hills,
and intern reports Kent Shiner has the story of three former tech hoopsters
who are in the hunt for professional basketball jobs.
The Boston Red Sox got a scare today..off the field when pitchers Tim
Wakefield and Mike Maddux were involved in a car accident around 10 in route to
Fenway park this morning for today's date with the twins. Neither pitcher was
seriously hurt, but Maddux missed afternoon's scheduled start.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Twins vs. Red Sox; :00
The BoSox offense DID do some serious damage to the Minnesota pitching
staff!! Boston broke the game wide open in the second with 7 runs. Reggie
Jefferson is "movin on up" with this bases loaded triple. Jefferson drove in 4
Mike Greenwell kept the inning going with this RBI single for 1 of Boston's 13
Mo Vaugn slammed two dingers on the day, Boston wins 13-6.
Speaking of blow outs, The Cleveland Indians spanked the baltimore Orioles
14 to 2 at Jacobs Field this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/Orioles vs. Indians; :00
You know you're in trouble when cal Ripken is tagging up!! Manny Ramirez
locks, then, loads..and then guns down cal at third in the 4th inning.
Bobby Bonilla did show some Orioles offense, smashing his 14th homer of the
season to tie the game at 1 all.
Then in the 5th, Kenny Lofton gives a fan a nice souvenir, smoking his 9th
home run on the year to put the Indians a head.
Lofton with some great defense.. Watch this incredible catch on the wall in
center that robs B.J. Surhoff, Indians cage the Birds 14-2.
In National league action, under the direction of Tony larussa, the St.
Louis Cardinals are in second place in the NL Central. Today, the cards beat
the mets 4 to 2.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Cardinals vs. Mets; :00
The team that's a head of them...the Houston Astros by a half game. The
Stros edged out the San francisco Giants 7-6 today.
But the mets gave this game with the cardinals away. Ron Gant's routine
grounder cannot be handled and a couple of runs scor, Cards by 2.
The Virginia state baseball all star team from Vinton plays South Carolina
tonight at 7 in the second round of the Dixie World Series in Cleveland
The 14 year olds beat Florida6-5 last night to continue in the winners
Tonight at 11, We will have highlights of Dixie pre-majors world series
action taking place at Salem Kiwanis field. Now, today's numbers,
WIPE TO BOARDS!!
wipe to scores
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SUPER=0091-j/New York/5//Kansas City/3////Chicago///Texas///8pm Start/;
SUPER=0092-j/St. Louis/4//New York/2////San Francisco/6/j/Houston/7///;
On to Tennis where Karen Miller needed defeated Marie Jose Gaidona in the
finals of the USTA Challenger of Roanoke Tennis Tournament over at Hunting
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Miller came into the tourney the 3rd seed and needed 3 sets to top Gaidona,
the number 1 seed. Miller prevailed 1-6, 6-4 and 6-love and in the process
pocketed the 4 thousand dollars in first place prize money.
The doubles finals is not yet over.
Damon Watlington, Shawn Smith, and Shawn Good are three exiting college
basketball stars that were not drafted. Intern reporter Kent Shiner caught up
with the threesome and found out there is indeed life after Blacksburg.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Past Season; :00
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Former Virginia Tech Forward; :
SUPER=01-Shawn Good/Former Va. Tech Guard; :45
SUPER=01-Damon Watlington/Former Va. Tech Guard; :56
SUPER=19-Kent Shiner; 1:12
OUT Q=..news 7 sports"
and Shawn Good are three reasons Tech's basketball program is back on the
Their playing tenure at Tech is over but the trio has made a smooth
transition by turning in a Hokie jersey for a whistle at Radford University's
Boys' basketball Camp.
Coaching kids is only temporary. While the NBA has initially stayed away from
them, all three have plans of playing professional basketball.
It's a safe bet Watlington, Smith, and Good will compete professionally
either home or abroad, but if their pro careers don't work out they still have
These Hokies have not only made a mark on the court at Tech they have now
made a mark in the hearts of some young athletes. From the Dedmon Center in
Radford Kent Shiner News-7 Sports.))