Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: they're fighting over the cost of trash
disposal in the Roanoke Valley.
And you can never be too phat for school.
We'll check out the latest fashion controversy.
Tonight in sports, high school football practice opens around the state.
The Olympics come to a close in Atlanta,
and today Michael Johnson and several other medal winners got the royal
treatment at Disney World.
Isolated rain only today. Some get really wet, others stay very dry. We
will all be hot for much of the week.
Non- residential trash haulers and the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority are
approaching a showdown on an issue that has apparently been building beneath
the surface for some time.
The Resource Authority, which serves taxpayers in Roanoke City, Roanoke
County, and Vinton, believes one of its largest revenue sources may be in
Non- residential haulers are threatening to take their trash elsewhere.
They say the Authority's "tipping fees" are too high.
Authority members have a threat of their own.
During a Roanoke City Council meeting, the idea of having the Authority
COMPETE with the non- residential haulers was presented.
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((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: IT IS A ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY
THOUSAND DOLLAR DEFICIT ITEM IF WE DO NOTHING, SO I WOULD EXPECT THAT COUNCIL
WOULD BE LOOKING TO US AND SAYING, GIVE US SOME OPTIONS.))
((KAREN FREELAND/BFI: CITY STAFF IS PRESENTING, IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE THAT
CITY STAFF AND THE RESOURCE AUTHORITY HAVE IS TO THREATEN TO PUT THE PRIVATE
COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE WASTE IN THE VALLEY. WELL THERE
ARE MANY OTHER THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE BEFORE WE GET TO THAT POINT.))
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Non- residential haulers say there wouldn't be a problem if the Authority
would just lower its tipping fees.
Two men allegedly claiming to be federal agents each pulled a gun on a man
on Chapman Avenue around midnight last night.
They told Howard Allen St. Clair that they wanted their money back from an
under-cover drug deal.
Staring into the barrels of a pair of nine millimeter handguns, St. Clair
gave them 125-dollars.
City police followed a tip to Twelfth Street, southwest, where they found
handguns, handcuffs and two 25- year olds who matched the description.
Thomas Neil Hudson and Paul Linwood Hutchinson were charged with armed
Tis' the season for the political campaigns to get into full gear, and many
vacationing politicians are making good use of their time away from Washington.
Steve Smallshaw caught up with incumbent Republicans Bob Goodlatte and John
Warner in Lynchburg today.
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SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/(R) 6th District; :42
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( With a month to kill before they head back to Washington, many politicians
are spending the next few weeks making sure they have a seat to go back to.
((HOW ARE YOU TODAY? I'M SENATOR WARNER.))
With an emphasis on his title, John Warner pressed the flesh today, trying
to make up for spending weeks in Washington.. while his Democratic challenger
Mark Warner was spending millions getting his name out.
IN Q=He can
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA: HE CAN, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, CARPET THE
STATE IN HIS OWN PERSONAL CASH, IT'S NOT GOING TO BOTHER ME ONE BIT.))
OUT Q=one bit.
Warner says money can't buy experience, and that's what he and Congressman
Bob Goodlatte have to offer.
The two paired up for a joint campaign tour, touting their accomplishments
in the Republican- controlled Congress.
IN Q=You have to
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOMEBODY IN THE HOUSE
AND THE SENATE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE JOB GETS DONE AND SO WE'RE GOING TO RUN ON
A TEAM OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE SIXTH DISTRICT, AND
I'M SURE, THE SENATOR, FOR ALL OF VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=all of Virginia.
IN Q=Just as many
((In Goodlatte's words, this campaign is just getting started. Just as many
vacationing families are hitting the road this month, the political candidates
also are racking up the miles. This time it was Goodlatte and John Warner... on
Tuesday, Democratic Senate hopeful Mark Warner brings his own campaign to
central Virginia. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Bob Dole is gearing up for San Diego.
The all-but-coronated Republican presidential candidate announced an
economic plan today.
He's also picked a Virginian as the highly visible secretary of next week's
Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Kay Coles James was the first
major player to step down from Governor George Allen's administration.
James has since held a seat on the state Board of Education, and is now dean
of Pat Robertson's Regent University Law School.
Meanwhile, former boss George Allen will play a lesser role -- as one of
Dole's many caucus chairmen and media spokespeople.
IN Q=I think
((KEN STROUPE/ALLEN SPOKESMAN: I THINK CRIME TO THE EXTENT THAT THE DOLE
CAMPAIGN'S GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THAT. JUVENILE JUSTICE IN PARTICULAR IS GOING TO
BE AN ISSUE THAT THEY'VE ASKED THE GOVERNOR TO TALK ABOUT. WELFARE REFORM.
AND FEDERALISM. RETURNING AUTHORITY BACK TO THE STATES AND MOVING IT OUT OF
SUPER=01-Ken Stroupe/Allen Spokesman;
OUT Q=of Washington.
George Allen is infrequently mentioned as a possible Dole running mate.
The Governor himself says he'd pick a mid-westerner with more electoral
college clout if he were Dole.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six-
Danville is trying something new to make its streets safer,
And September is just around the corner.
That means back to school and back to the mall for new clothes, but what
will that mean for your wallet?
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One of Lynchburg's biggest sources of white- collar work is being sold.
First Colony Life Insurance announced it will be purchased by G-E Capital.
The pricetag: one- point- eight- BILLION- dollars.
G-E Capital is a subsidiary of General Electric.
In June, First Colony said it was considering alternatives to increase the
value of its stock.
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((RONALD DOLAN/FIRST COLONY PRESIDENT: WE HAVE A PARENT NOW WHO OBVIOUSLY IS
VERY COMMITTED TO THIS BUSINESS AND THEY'RE COMMITTED TO IT NOT JUST WITH
WORDS, BUT WITH MONEY. WE HAVE A PARENT WHO BRINGS SOMETHING TO THE TABLE, THEY
BRING VISIBILITY, THEY BRING FINANCIAL CREDIBILITY AND FINANCIAL STRENGTH.))
SUPER=01-Ronald Dolan/First Colony President;
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The company has roughly 900 employees in Lynchburg.
First Colony does not expect the buyout will effect the workers.
Nearly all of the company's operations take place in Lynchburg.
It's headquartered in Richmond.
Trigon is about a month away from public hearings on its plan to convert to
a publicly- held, for- profit company.
Consumer advocates are trying again to drum up some public interest in what
they say is the biggest decision the State Corporation Commission will have to
make for a few years.
The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council is warning that there's NO guarantee
in the conversion plan that the insurance company has to continue to provide
insurance for those who can't get it anywhere else.
That so- called open enrollment coverage won Trigon years of tax breaks from
IN Q=Even if it
((JEAN ANN FOX/VA CITIZENS CONSUMER COUNCIL: EVEN IF IT BECOMES A FOR-PROFIT
COMPANY IT GETS TO KEEP ITS PREFERENTIAL TAX RATE AS LONG AS IT WRITES OPEN
ENROLLMENT COVERAGE. AND THAT'S NOT AVAILABLE TO ANY COMPETITOR. SO
APPARENTLY THEIR PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT IS EXPECTED TO EXTEND BEYOND THE POINT
WHERE THEY BECOME JUST ONE MORE FOR-PROFIT COMPANY.))
SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Va. Citizens Consumer Council;
OUT Q=for-profit company.
Ten days of hearings on Trigon begin September 9th.
The state Attorney General's office is satisfied with the plan Trigon is
Danville police are on a mission.
They're searching for community leaders and residents interested in
enrolling in the department's first "Citizen Police Academy".
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=Community policing
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :20
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
(( "Community policing" is probably a foreign concept to those unaccustomed
to police patrolling the neighborhood on foot.
The philosophy encourages officers to develop a rapport with the same people
they're sworn to protect.
The program is one of several expected to be highlighted during the
"Citizen Police Academy".
IN Q=We'll talk about
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:WE'LL TALK ABOUT FILING COMPLAINTS AGAINST
POLICE, WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW THEY PATROL AREAS, WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW THEY CAN
HELP US IMPROVE LIFE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, WHAT THEY SHOULD DO IF THEY SEE
CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. ))
OUT Q=criminal activity.
The eight week course will be structured similar to a traditional police
academy-- but the program is not intended to make participants an actual police
IN Q=In general
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:IN GENERAL, WE'LL JUST COVER EVERYTHING WE
CAN ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BETTER EDUCATE PEOPLE IN DANVILLE. WE THINK THAT
WILL MAKE IT BETTER FOR THEM AND CERTAINLY IT WILL MAKE IT BETTER FOR US IF
THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE ABOUT AND HOW THEY CAN HELP US MAKE DANVILLE A SAFER
OUT Q=a safer place.
The "Citizen Police Academy" will begin next month-- one night a week for
Anyone interested will be subject to a complete background check. Teresa
Hamilton, News 7, Danville.))
The June jobless figures in Virginia are slightly UP.
But that's not the whole story.
The Virginia Employment Commission says the summer flood of students into
the labor force has something to do with it.
The V-E-C also points out that statewide, June unemployment is the lowest it
has been in six years.
Roanoke's jobless rate for June was two- point- eight- percent, up two
tenths of a percent compared to May.
Lynchburg's unemployment came in at four- percent.
That's up about a half percent.
America's largest builder of mobile homes is getting bigger-- thanks to a
second manufacturing plant in Franklin County.
At a ribbon- cutting ceremony this morning, Fleetwood showed off its new 85-
thousand square foot facility at the Franklin County/Rocky Mount Industrial
IN Q=We will
((GARY CLARK/FLEETWOOD GENERAL MANAGER: WE WILL MOVE OUR WORKFORCE TO THIS NEW
BUILDING AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE 60 HOUSES A WEEK. WE'LL GO BACK AND
RETROFIT THE OLD FACILITY AND BUILD A NEW DOUBLEWIDE PRODUCT OUT OF THERE, AND
HOPEFULLY WE'LL DOUBLE OUR CAPACITY AND HIT 120 HOUSES A WEEK. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Clark/Fleetwood General Manager;
OUT Q=houses a week
Along with an increase in production... the California- based company will
also expand its Rocky Mount workforce.
By mid- October, Fleetwood will have hired a total of 175 new workers.
The new plant will start churning out the houses next week.
The stock market gave back a little of last week's gains.
The Dow dropped six points today, closing at 56-hundred-74.
NASDAQ lost four points.
Classrooms will open next month and that means some students will be
sporting new back to school clothes.
But as Ron Jones reports classroom fashions can not only hurt checkbooks but
self-esteem's as well.
IN Q=School is just around
SUPER=07-Ricky Watkins; :
SUPER=01-Dr. Wally Scott/Roanoke Family Center; :
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
(( School is just around the corner and that means-- the fashion show begins.
Designer pants-- shoes-- and hats.
Things have changed quite a bit from good ole blue jeans and P-F Flyer
tennis shoes of the 1960's.
((And these won't make you run faster or jump higher like P-F Flyers, but I
was told they do make you look cooler and more phat... which means good.))
((RICKY WATKINS: I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS... WEARING THE SAME THING NOW.))
And what if you don't have the cool stuff?
((PROBABLY GET LAUGHED AT... BECAUSE YOU'LL LOOK PRETTY STUPID.))
These cool pants?... 28 dollars.
These phat shoes?... 140 dollars.
But what about children who can't afford to be part of the in crowd?
Experts believe it can distract from the learning experience.
((DR. WALLY SCOTT/ROANOKE FAMILY CENTER: WELL KIDS ARE MORE... HAVE'S AND THE
FILE FROM DANVILLE
A high school in Danville has already addressed this issue.
School officials are requiring standard uniforms this year.
But if you want your kids to be cool and phat this fall... be ready to pull
out your designer check book and pay a designer price.
Ron Jones, News Seven.
Coming up tonight in sports, the olympics are over and athletes are heading
their separate ways, Wes Unseld is coming to Radford,
and here's a sure sign that summer is winding down, high school football
practice began today for most schools across the state.
GRAPHIC=pre season practice
Friday Football Extra teams from all over the commonwealth opened their
Steve Mason roamed the practice fields in Roanoke, Salem and Blacksburg.
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SUPER=01-Ed Scott/Patrick Henry Coach; :08
SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; 1:03
SUPER=01-Dave Crist/Blacksburg Head Coach; 1:27
OUT Q=..news 7 sports"
((High School football boot cam is now in session.
((ED SCOTT/PATRICK HENRY COACH:))
Patrick Henry is getting IN shape OUT of pads. 11 starters return, 6 on
defense and 5 on offense.
((DENNIS DUNNAVILLE/PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK:))
Salem also welcomes back 11 starters from a year ago. There are some new
faces, like 6 foot 8, 327 pound lineman Joe Bender.
The Spartans open the season in a kick off classic scrimmage August 24th
The 1995 Blue Ridge champs are bigger and stronger this year. Their
coach, who begins his 33rd year of coaching is also wiser.
((WILLIS WHITE/14TH YEAR AT SALEM:))
David Crist is a veteran at Blacksburg, but, along with Christiansburg, opens
a new chapter in the Blue Ridge District.
((DAVID CRIST/BLACKSBURG HEAD COACH:))
The Friday Football Extra preview show kicks off August 23rd so make sure you
mark your calenders, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
Former Friday football Extra player of the week and Salem quarterback
Seth Moore took a big step towards enhancing his college football recruiting
status today when he accepted an opportunity to play at Hargrave Military
((SETH MOORE/FORMER FFE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:))
SUPER=01-Seth Moore/Former FFE Player of the Week; :00
OUT Q=...willing to go play"
Initially, Moore was headed to Virginia Tech as a student only! He leaves
for Hargrave August 15th to begin competing for the quarterback job. For now,
he's hanging out with his former team.
OUT Q=...in shape now"
The olympics are over and while the city of Atlanta gets ready for a big,
well deserved nap,
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL; :00
Michael Johnson and several of the U.S. stars headed to Disney World today.
Softball queen Dot Richardson, Boxer Antonio Carver and Sprinter Gwen
Torrence also made their way around Disney's MGM studio theme park.
Not all of the United States olympians left Atlanta with medals, and in fact,
not all of the athletes even left Atlanta.
SUPER=03-Tucker, GA; :00
Meet U.S, olympic high jumper Tisha Waller, a South Boston native and former
all-american at the University of North Carolina.
Waller finished 11th in the high jump finals Saturday night, and now it's
back to work at Livsey Elementary school in Tucker, Georgia where she teaches
IN Q="If you're...
((TISHA WALLER/U.S. OLYMPIC HIGH JUMPER:))
SUPER=01-Tisha Waller/U.S. Olympic High Jumper; :00
OUT Q=...IN EVERY ASPECT."
Last night the United States women's Dream Team equalled the men's gold medal
performance by whipping Brazil 111-to-87.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC Sports; :00
Former UVa star Dawn Staley helped key the blowout win with this awesome
no-look pass to Lisa Leslie, who gets two of her game high 29 points.
The United States indeed rules Roundball.
Area basketball fans will get chance to see and hear the former Bullet star
on August 22nd at the at the annual Radford University Athletic Association
The Hall of famer, who led the Bullets to to the NBA championship in 1978,
will serve as guest speaker for the event.
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