Coming up in just a moment-
Elizabeth Dole and others speak as Republicans nominate a presidential
A victory for Oklahoma Bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
Plus clues to yesterday's plane crash may be at the Roanoke Regional
Airport. We'll tell you why.
News 7 is next.
Key insight into yesterday's fatal plane crash at McAfee's Knob might be
found at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Investigators say the pilot, Praveen (Busk-air-in) Bhaskaran reported a
problem shortly before his plane went down.
A Virginian has a key part in tonight's republican convention.
Kay Coles James is calling the roll of states for Bob Dole's nomination.
And a sweet story for you- It includes peach cobbler and peach pie. We'll
tell you about one festival you won't want to miss.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
It is the night Bob Dole has waited for- the night when he is nominated as
the GOP choice for President.
Regina Blakely is standing by live in San Diego as the roll call continues.
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News;
SUPER=01-Sen. Nancy Kassebaum/(R) Kansas;
SUPER=01-Robin Dole/Dole's Daughter;
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Dole/Dole's Wife;
SUPER=01-Senator John McCain/(R) Arizona;
((Republicans used the nomination night to reintroduce Bob Dole's story of
small town roots and world war two service to the voters.
SEN. NANCY KASSEBAUM, R-KS, "FOR BOB DOLE THE GUIDEPOSTS BEGAN IN THE
SMALL TOWN OF RUSSELL. BOB GREW UP LEARNING THE VALUES OF HARD WORK AND
PERSONAL INITIATIVE. TO KNOW KANSAS IS TO KNOW BOB DOLE.
Republicans used the nomination night to reintroduce Bob Dole's story of small
town roots and world war two service to the voters.
Bob Dole's daughter, Robin, opened the window to her father.
ROBIN DOLE/DAUGHTER: MY DAD TAUGHT ME THE IMPORTANCE OF STRENGTH IN SUCCESS AND
THE NOBILITY OF STRENGTH IN FAILURE. I AM THE IMPERFECT CHILD OF A
GREAT MAN. I WANT HIM TO BE PRESIDENT WITH ALL MY LIFE.
And Elizabeth Dole, taking the story about her husband directly to the crowd.
ELIZABETH DOLE, WIFE:
In a further effort to present a picture of inclusion, convention organizers
brought out a disabled former Miss America, a wounded new york city police
officer and olympic athletes.
It all led to the highlight of the night, Dole's official nomination, his name
put before the delegates by former P.O.W., Arizona Senator John Mccain.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-AZ: WE NOMINATE BOB DOLE FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE
IS A MAN OF HONOR, A MAN OF FIRM PURPOSE AND DEEP COMMITTMENT TO HIS COUNTRY'S
Virginia's former Health and Human Resources Secretary has the glory job
tonight at the Republican national convention.
She's also already kicked off some controversy.
Kay Coles James was hand-picked by Bob Dole to serve as convention
secretary, calling the roll of states for his nomination.
James is a dean of Pat Robertson's Regent University and sits on the state
Board of Education.
A member of the Republican National Committee from Idaho suggested James was
picked for the high profile role because of her race.
Cindy Moyle told reporters SHE'D been promised the secretary position.
James says she's offended by the implication.
She says Moyle's comments "sound like something a Democrat would say."
Clues into yesterday's fatal plane crash near McAfee's Knob, might be
found at Roanoke Regional Airport.
Investigators say the pilot, Praveen (bus-kair-in) Bhaskaran, reported a
problem shortly before his plane went down.
Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are listening to a
recorded conversation between the Vinton pilot and air traffic controllers.
But investigators point out they're still in the very early stages in the
IN Q=Just kind
((RANDI- JEAN KUKLA/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: JUST KIND OF
DOCUMENTING, DOING A WRECKAGE DIAGRAM. LIKE DOCUMENTING WHERE DIFFERENT PIECES
ARE AND STUFF LIKE THAT. EXAMING THE AIR FRAME AND THE ENGINE. ))
SUPER=01-Randi Jean Kukla/N.T.S.B.;
OUT Q=the engine
Meanwhile, a wrecking crew helped to clear away debris from the crash site.
The engine of the airplane was hoisted away from the scene.
But the fuselage won't be removed until tomorrow.
Investigators are planning to stay in the area only for another day.
They hope to have a preliminary report completed by Friday.
Word of possible arrests in the Saudi Arabia bombing- that killed 19 U-S
A opposition group is reporting that six Muslim militants have confessed.
But neither Saudi nor U-S officials would confirm that.
((GLYN DAVIES/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: WE ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE
SAUDIS. THE FBI IS REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES INT HIS AND IS PRESENTLY IN
SAUDI ARABIA CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION.))
SUPER=01-Glyn Davies/State Dept. Spokesman;
OUT Q=THE INVESTIGATION."
A Clinton Administration official speaking anonymously says an unknown
number of people have been detained- but he says it's not known if any formal
arrests have been made.
A victory for Oklahoma Bombing Suspect Timothy McVeigh.
A federal judge threw out key evidence against McVeigh.
At issue- a rambling statement defendant Terry Nichols volunteered to the
He allegedly said he met McVeigh two days before the bombing and McVeigh
told him quote "Something big is going to happen."
Today the judge ruled Nichols' statement can be used against him, but not
The judge says under the constitution McVeigh has a vital and
indispensable right to question his accuser. If Nichols does not testify,
McVeigh could not challenge his statement.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, Lynchburg gives some help to the helper,
and we'll hear from members of the Brosville Fire Department as they try to
spark interest in building a new firehouse.
Patrick in the WX Office
MUSIC UP FULL
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Will Trigon become a for-profit company?
Policyholders and the State Corporation Commission have until September to
approve Trigon's bid.
IN Q=I think
((JEAN ANN FOX/CONSUMER ADVOCATE: I THINK THE COMPANY'S RECORD SHOULD BE
WEIGHED CAREFULLY IN THE DECISION IN THIS CASE.))
SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Consumer Advocate;
OUT Q=this case.
A new report from the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council details the
insurance giant's spotty regulatory record.
That record includes a five million dollar state fine and 83 million dollars
in refunds to customers for unfair billing.
IN Q=That is
((JEAN ANN FOX/CONSUMER ADVOCATE: THAT IS A RATHER SPECTACULAR INDICATION THAT
THERE WAS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG. NOW THE COMPANY HAS NEVER ADMITTED TO MY
KNOWLEDGE THAT IT DID ANYTHING WRONG.))
OUT Q=anything wrong.
The Consumer Council says the record IS relevant because state law mandates
that the people who control the new company must have integrity.
Trigon's record also includes three cash settlements in six years for
Trigon has NO comment on what a spokeswoman calls "old news," but urges
policyholders to read up on the conversion plan and be fully informed to vote.
In the past ten years, the number of felony crimes has more than doubled in
the city of Lynchburg.
As a result, the city's victim- witness assistance program has been overrun
with requests for help.
Now the program is getting some help of its own.
A state grant will create another full- time position, taking some of the
workload off the current coordinator Susan Clark.
Clark's responsibility is to make it easier for prosecutors to do THEIR job.
IN Q=It's so
((SUSAN CLARK/VICTIM- WITNESS COORDINATOR: IT'S SO TIME- CONSUMING, THEY HAVE
TRIAL PREPARATION, WHERE I CAN BE THERE FOR THE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT WHEN IT'S
NEEDED. AND A LOT OF MY JOB IS A SOUNDING BOARD.))
((BILL PETTY/PROSECUTOR: SHE HAS REALLY HELPED PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS,
SHE'S HELPED THEM DEAL WITH THEIR ANGER AND THEIR FRUSTRATION AT THE SYSTEM,
AND SHE HELPS THE PROSECUTORS BY LETTING THEM DO THEIR JOB, WHICH IS TRY TO THE
CASE TO THE JURY.))
SUPER=01-Susan Clark/Victim-Witness Coordinator; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Prosecutor; :13
OUT Q=to the jury.
Petty says while the grant helps, the victim- witness program could still
use even more help than what the state is providing.
Business leaders in the Martinsville- Henry County area say they're going to
have a hard time replacing the person in charge of their job creation efforts.
But they also say that Frank Novakowski is leaving them with a good
foundation for future growth.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Rarely will
SUPER=01-Carolyn Shaugh/Nationsbank-Martinsville; :12
SUPER=01-Frank Novakowski/Patrick Henry Dev. Coun.; :44
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Rarely will you see a big sendoff for an economic developer.
But Frank Novakowski has made his mark in Martinsville and Henry County.
SOT tape one 04:22:26
IN Q=Frank has
((CAROLYN SHAUGH/NATIONSBANK-MARTINSVILLE: FRANK HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS ASSET
TO THE PATRICK HENRY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND TO OUR COMMUNITY. AND HE HAS
FOSTERED SOME EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE STATE PEOPLE IN ECONOMIC
OUT Q=economic development.
During Novakowski's three years at the Patrick Henry Development Council,
the region's textile industry has LOST several thousand jobs.
But he responded by luring more than a half dozen new employers to town,
constructing a new shell building to lure industry, and reshaping the area's
SOT tape one 04:00:56
IN Q=We at
((FRANK NOVAKOWSKI/PATRICK HENRY DEV. COUN.: WE AT ONE TIME WERE KNOWN AS THE
INDUSTRIAL HEART OF THE BLUE RIDGE. AND WHAT WE REALLY WANTED TO SAY IS WE'RE
OPEN TO A LOT OF OTHER KINDS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, BACK OFFICE INDUSTRY,
HEADQUARTERS OPERATIONS, AS WELL OF COURSE, AS INDUSTRIAL.))
OUT Q=as industrial.
In some parting words Novakowski says Martinsville-Henry County and the
Roanoke Valley will do better economically if they combine some of their
SOT tape one 04:03:59
IN Q=As Franklin
((NOVAKOWSKI: AS FRANKLIN COUNTY CONTINUES TO GROW, ROCKY MOUNT GROWS, AS THE
TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR BUSTLES, AS GREENSBORO GROWS NORTH, I THINK
MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY IS WORTH THE ROANOKE VALLEY'S ATTENTION. I THINK
THAT THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER REGIONALLY.))
SOT TAPE TWO 05:03:48
IN Q=Addressing this
((Addressing this area specifically, Novakowski says to bring more job growth
here the region needs to think about building yet another shell building, and
buying more land to build a new industrial park. Len Besthoff, News-7,
OUT Q=LB, News 7, Martinsville.
The Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau has found at least a
temporary replacement for its embattled executive director.
Catherine Fox, shown here in the navy overcoat, has been appointed ACTING
She replaces Martha Mackey, who resigned in June.
Mackey had become the subject of harsh criticism by one of the Bureau's
board members this year.
Fox has been with the Bureau for eight years, serving in various capacities.
Mackey will stay on as a consultant on a temporary basis.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, up a little later in our newscast,
we'll head to Patrick County where fruit growers are trying to turn things
peachy after a rough spring.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Brosville Volunteer Fire Department is turning to the community for a
The department needs money to repair or build a new fire department.
Fire officials say the existing facility, on Route 58, is "unsound" because
it's resting on "fill dirt" which has caused the floor to sink.
A festival and telethon held last year was successful.
This year organizers hope to draw an even larger crowd August 24th and 25th
at Brosville Middle School.
The event will feature food and music as well as an auction, antique
tractors and show cars.
There will also be a carnival for younger kids.
IN Q=We raised 25 thousand
((RANDY WILLIAMSON/TELETHON DIRECTOR: WE RAISED 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS LAST YEAR,
NETTED ABOUT 22 WHICH WAS A SOCK, SO THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO GO FOR 35
THOUSAND. WE'VE ADDED A FEW THINGS AND WE HOPE TO RAISE THE MONEY. THE
COMMUNITY HAS BEEN REAL GOOD TO US; THEY'VE REALLY TURNED OUT TO SUPPORT THIS
SUPER=01-Randy Williamson/Telethon Director; :00
OUT Q=this project.
The department needs a total of 110- thousand dollars to make the project a
The County Board of Supervisors has already pledged 30-thousand dollars.
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In Colorado, the Rockies have decided to activate Larry Walker for tonight's
game with the Marlins.
Walker has been out more than two months with a broken left collarbone, which
he rehabed in Salem last week.
The salem Avalanche had to wade through two nights of wet weather but they
finally got to hook up with the Lynchburg Hillcats last night.
SUPER=03-Salem/Hillcats vs. Avalanche; :00
After falling behind 2 to nothing in the top of the first Salem would come
back in its half of the inning.
With the bases loaded and one run already in, Chad Gambill comes through with
the double that drives in three runs. Salem takes a 4-to-2 lead, and that
would turn out to be the game winning sequence.
As come stellar defense from _______ SUPER=37-Salem/6/Lynchburg/3;
on this play helps salem preserve a 6-to-3 win.
The two teams play a doubleheader tonight at 6.
Before last night's Avalanche game, the Rawlings Sports Caravan traveling
workshop and museum was on display for fans of all ages.
Steve Mason gives us the grand tour.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Aaron Boutwell/Rawlings Caravan Representative; :20
SUPER=01-Jack Bogaczyk/Roanoke Times Sports Columnist; :47
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
((An 18 wheel baseball museum with some legendary baseball artifacts for the
game's future prospects to enjoy. A visit with Mickey, Brooks and Hank, is only
part of the fun. Watching major league bats and balls being made...as Mel Allen
once said, howa bout that!!
Fans watched as the Rawlings crew put together a ball step by step.
Hey, for one fan, there's nothing like watching a nice piece of lumber being
The 18 wheeler also drives you down memory lane with it's museum. bats used
by members of the 500 home run club are on display.
Rawlings also appeals to the football and basketball buffs and there is even
a video highlight reel for everyone's enjoyment. Steve Mason news 7 sports"))
The Baltimore Orioles are tyring to make one last push to the catch and keep
pace with the Yankees.
Yesterday they beat the Brewers 8-to-5.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Brewers vs. Orioles; :00
Eddie Murray continues to move in on a number of milestones as he hit two
homeruns to push his career total to 497.
He also is now in 8th place all-time SUPER=35-Baltimore/8/Milwaukee/5;
on the rbi list with one thousand 880.
The Orioles have now won 11 of their last 15 games.
Elsewhere this afternoon, a former Expo, Andre Dawson announced his
retirement from baseball effective at the end of the season.
He's one of only four players ever to accumulate 300 homers and 300 steals.
But he's also been through 12 knee operations.
wipe to eng#!!!!
Also, off the field today the Braves traded Mark Whitten to the Mariners just
a couple of hours after he came off the bench and hit a homerun last night.
He became expendable when the Braves traded for Terry Pendleton yesterday.
The Braves also called up Andruw Jones from Richmond for the stretch run.
Only 18 holes remain in the Scott Robertson Memorial and the locals are
Salem's Tommy Lesperance is one stroke off the lead in the 15-18 year old age
group with a two round total of 143.
In the 13-14 year old division, Roanoke's Lee Taylor is the leader after
two rounds. He followed up yesterday's 72 with an even par round of 70 today
to grab a six shot lead.
Taylor birdied 10 and 11 on the back side.
Amherst's Ryan Stinnett and Matt Chandler round out Taylor's threesome.
Stinnett shot a 75 yesterday and A 73 today to grab second place. He's six
shots back. Chandler is also in contention for the title.
On the girls side, Cimmie Shahan is your leader through two rounds. She
fired an even par 71 today for a two round total of 144.
IN Q="It was
((CIMMIE SHAHAN/LEADER AFTER 2 ROUNDS:))
SUPER=01-Cimmie Shahan/Leader after 2 Rounds; :00
OUT Q=...what it was"
Still to come tonight in sports, the Virginia Tech Hokies strike a pose for
picture day at Lane Stadium,
But until further notice, Salem's Marcus Parker will be out of the Hokies
game day picture.
One of the stars off Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl championship team has been
placed on the shelf for taking something off of one.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 31, 1995; :00
Marcus Parker, the three time Friday Football Extra player of the week
pleaded no contest to a shoplifting charge back on July 25th stemming from an
incident at the Blacksburg Kroger.
Police say the former Salem tailback was attempting to steal a small jar of
garlic salt and a pack of condoms.
Parker was fined $100 and given a suspended 10 day jail sentence.
The team's Co-Number one tailback may practice with the team but cannot play
in games until he undergoes counseling.
Parker wasn't in the picture today during the Hokies media day and head
coach Frank Beamer preferred not to discuss his situation and instead focus on
the upcoming season.
Roy Stanley has today's snapshot.
IN Q="it was....
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 31, 1995; :07
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/Tech Defensive End; :22
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Tech Linebacker; :31
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Tech Quarterback; :47
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :1:07
SUPER=01-Billy Conaty/Tech Center; :1:27
OUT Q=.......7 SPORTS."
1996 may have been a tough year for many of southwest Virginia's peach
But today, Patrick County was celebrating the harvest.
At J. P. Via's Orchard in Critz (RHYMES WITH BITES) trees in the higher
elevations are heavy with fruit, but they are the exception.
Elsewhere on the farm, a hard freeze took a heavy toll in early March.
IN Q=Anything that was open then
((J.P. VIA/PATRICK CO. PEACH GROWER: ANYTHING THAT WAS OPEN THEN WAS KILLED.
ABOUT THE ONLY THING WE HAD LEFT WAS WHAT WAS RIGHT ON TOP OF THE HILLS, THE
VERY BEST PEACH SITES AND THEY'VE DONE REAL WELL. WHAT FEW WE DID HAVE, HAVE
DONE REAL WELL.))
SUPER=01-J.P. Via/Patrick Co. Peach Grower;
OUT Q=done real well.
Today at the ninth Annual Virginia Peach Festival near Stuart, the
disappointment of March was a distant memory.
A fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce, the event also served as a tribute
to the peach growers in the region.
IN Q=It was started
((AL BRAMMER/PEACH FESTIVAL FOUNDER: IT WAS STARTED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE
FARMERS TO SALUTE OUR PEACH FARMERS HERE IN PATRICK COUNTY, WHERE THEY GROW
EXCELLENT PEACHES, AND ALSO GET THE CHAMBER OUT OF DEBT. WE WERE STRUGGLING AS
A RURAL AREA BACK THEN.))
SUPER=01-Al Brammer/Peach Festival Founder;
OUT Q=rural area back then.
The crowd of two- thousand also brought out the politicians.
Both candidates for the 5th district seat in Congress, Virgil Goode and
George Landrith campaigned at the Peach Festival this afternoon.