Investigators try to determine just why a small plane crashed into Catawba
and Virginia's Kay Cole James is causing some controversy at the Republican
National Convention in San Diego.
Tonight in sports, the Scott Robertson leader board has some local flavor,
the Yankees come back to win in Chicago this afternoon, the Hokies welcome the
vets to campus,
but Salem's Marcus Parker is in the dog house after getting suspended
indefinitely from game competition.
It could be months before investigators figure out the reasons behind
yesterday's fatal plane crash in Roanoke County.
Scott Prince returned to the scene this afternoon, and files this report.
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((Investigators continued their efforts near McAfee Knob, in an attempt to
find out what caused this single- engine aircraft to go down.
But officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are quick to
point out that they're still in the preliminary stages of the investigation.
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. ))
OUT Q=the engine
The pilot was 28- year old Praveen Bhaskaran of Vinton.
He was found dead at the scene.
Investigators say he aborted one landing attempt at Roanoke Regional
Airport... and then shortly before the crash, he reported some sort of problem
in the air.
Officials from the N-T-S-B are expected to head to the airport and listen to
a recorded conversation between Bhaskaran and air traffic controllers.
Meanwhile at the crash scene, a towing crew was trying to figure out how to
clean up the wreckage.
IN Q=The rain
((RUCKER TIBBS/NEW LONDON AIRPORT: THE RAIN, IT'S SLICK UP HERE AND IT'S GOT TO
GET UP A HILL. ))
OUT Q=up a hill
Eventually, the engine was hoisted away from the crash site.
But the body of the plane will remain for one more day.
That's how long investigators plan to remain in the area.
They say, they should have a preliminary report completed by the end of the
Scott Prince, News- 7, Roanoke County.))
The American Red Cross is coming to the rescue of eight Franklin County
families left homeless after heavy downpours earlier this week.
Leaking water and mud slides led county officials to condemn this building
on Green Meadow Road in Rocky Mount.
Heavy rain caused severe structural damage- that made the building slide
almost one foot off its foundation.
Officials evacuated the building and directed families to the American Red
Cross for help.
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((JANICE WALKE/AMERICAN RED CROSS;
RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ABOUT EIGHT PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING TAKEN CARE OF IN A MOTEL.
WE'VE ALSO ARRANGED TO HAVE THEM FED IN A LOCAL RESTAURANT. WE'RE ALSO
ASSISTING WITH NEW CLOTHING BECAUSE EVERYTHING THEY HAD IS STILL IN THE
BUILDING BUT THEY CAN'T GET TO IT.))
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OUT Q=get to it
Officials hope to let residents back in their apartments to retrieve their
belongings by the weekend.
But, first owner Bill Bratton of A-and-B Properties in Roanoke must present
a plan to secure the building to county officials.
Even if the plan is approved the building inspector for the county said he
expects the complex will eventually be demolished.
Trigon goes before policyholders September 6th -- and the State Corporation
Commission the following week -- in its bid to become a private, for- profit
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.))
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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 practices.
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.
A new state grant will help double the size of Lynchburg's victim-witness
Steve Smallshaw reports, felony cases in the Hill City have more than
doubled in the past ten years, making the program even more valuable.
IN Q=She's a familiar
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SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( She's a familiar sight in the halls of Lynchburg's courthouses... getting
witnesses to the stand on time... comforting the families whose lives have been
torn apart by violent crime.
IN Q=I'd say 50
((SUSAN CLARK/VICTIM- WITNESS COORDINATOR: I'D SAY FIFTY PERCENT OF MY JOB IS A
OUT Q=sounding board.
Susan Clark may have the most difficult job in the court system.
For every felony crime that occurs in Lynchburg.. from a purse snatching to
murder.. there's a victim, who often feels victimized a second time by a
daunting and confusing court system.
That's where Clark, Lynchburg's victim- witness coordinator, steps in.
IN Q=They feel like
((CLARK: THEY FEEL LIKE THERE'S SOMEBODY THERE THAT CARES, IT'S NOT JUST A CASE
NUMBER, IT'S SOMEBODY THAT CARES AND SOMEBODY THAT CARES WHETHER THEIR
QUESTIONS GET ANSWERED. IT'S REAL REWARDING BECAUSE I REALLY FEEL LIKE PEOPLE
APPRECIATE. I JUST WISH I COULD BE THERE FOR MORE PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=for more people.
Help is on the way.
A 60- thousand dollar state grant will fund a portion of Clark's salary and
create another full- time victim-witness coordinator position.
IN Q=We've recognized
((BILL PETTY/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: WE'VE RECOGNIZED THAT THERE'S OTHER
PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT NEED HELP EVEN IF IT'S JUST MAKING SURE THAT THEY DON'T
COME TO COURT UNNECESSARILY, AND THOSE WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH
BETTER WITH THE ADDITIONAL POSITIONS.))
OUT Q=additional positions.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, we'll tell you why one group of firefighters
is trying to light a fire under their fundraising,
and a former cabinet figure in the Allen administration becomes a target of
controversy at the Republican National Convention.
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Governor Allen says Bob Dole is just now hitting his stride.
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Allen was in San Diego last night for day two of the Republican
During a live interview, Allen told News 7 he believes Dole will win
Virginians votes with his 15- percent tax cut proposal.
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((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK THAT THE MESSAGE THAT BOB DOLE AND JACK KEMP
ARE DELIVERING, TO REDUCE THE TAX BURDEN ON VIRGINIA FAMILIES IN A WINNING
MESSAGE AND I BELIEVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T NEED TO TAKE AS MUCH OUT
OF THEIR PAYCHECK AS THEY ARE. I DO BELIEVE PEOPLE WILL RESPOND TO THIS
OUT Q=to this message
Allen also praised Dole's choice of Jack Kemp as his running mate.
He says Dole is gaining confidence, and the G-O-P is building momentum.
Tonight the convention will formally make Dole the Republican Presidential
The first member of George Allen's cabinet to jump ship takes center stage
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. She will call 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.
But 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."
A regional marketing organization from the greater Lynchburg area is in the
Region 2000 is featured in (ONTRA-Pre-neur) Entrepreneur magazine, for its
efforts in helping new businesses get their start.
The magazine said Region 2000's most noteworthy aspect is teamwork displayed
by the group's members, at a time when so many communities are competing
AGAINST one another.
Region 2000 includes Altavista, the counties of Amherst, Bedford, and
Campbell, and the cities of Bedford and Lynchburg.
On Wall Street today, a strong showing in technology stocks helped boost the
The DOW rose over 19 and a-half points, closing at 56-hundred-67.
Nasdaq was UP over seven points.
Locally grown peaches may be a little harder to come by this summer. Cold
weather claimed a large share of the crop in Southwest Virginia this year.
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But Joe Dashiell reports the news is not all bad. And tonight he joins us from
the Virginia Peach Festival with the tasty details.
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(Rollcue: as sweet as ever. )
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OUT Q=done real well.
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The (Bras-ville) Brosville Volunteer Fire Department is putting some last
minute touches on an upcoming fundraiser.
The department needs money to fix up 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 is causing the floor to sink.
A festival and telethon held last year were successful.
This year organizers are hoping 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 small children.
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.
Coming up tonight in sports, highlights from a trio of matinees in the
Former Friday Football Extra player of the week Marcus Parker is suspended
indefinitely from the Tech team.
But his absence didn't affect today's Picture day festivities at Lane
Roy Stanley will have more on that after this break.
One of the stars off Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl championship team has been
suspended indefinitely from game competition for violating team policy.
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Marcus Parker, the three time Friday Football Extra player of the week
pleased no contest to a shoplifting charge back on July 25th.
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 return to the team but not until he
Head coach Frank Beamer cleared the air concerning Parker at today annual
preseason media gathering saying the situation simply would not be discussed.
Beamer and the Hokies are looking at the positive things as they open the
season with high expectations.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="it was....
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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."
((It was picture day at Lane Stadium Worsham field. And the Hokies showed up
with their game faces on.
Hot off the Sugar Bowl season which included 10 straight wins and a Big
East Championship, The Hokies have been ranked in several pre season
All the hype is new at Virginia tech but the players seem to feel like they
deserve the recognition.))
((CORNELL BROWN/TECH DEFENSIVE END: ))
((BRANDON SEMONES/TECH LINEBACKER: ))
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
((The pre season recognition puts the Hokies in the national spotlight and
that's were they want to be.
But The glory of last year will only carry the Hokies so far. The next
step is to keep the program at that level.))
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((BILLY CONATY/TECH CENTER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The Carolina Panthers are getting ready to break training camp in
Spartanburg, South Carolina and head back to Charlotte.
And they may finally have their top draft pick in uniform.
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Tim Biakabutuka, shown here in mini-camp back in May, has missed 28 practices
and two preseason games while holding out for a big money contract.
The Panthers had been offering a seven-year 12-point-5 million-dollar deal,
but withdrew it over the weekend saying Biakabutuka would have to settle for
league's standard one year deal worth $131 thousand.
The bigger offer is now back on the table and both sides are close to ending
After 2 rounds at the Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament, Shane
Foster leads the 15 to 18 boys. Salem's Tommy Lesperance is one stroke off the
lead 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. She leads Angela
jerman by 3 strokes.
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((CIMMIE SHAHAN/LEADER AFTER 2 ROUNDS:))
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OUT Q=...what it was"
Three matinees are on the American League menu today including one in Chicago
where the Yankees came from behind to beat the White Sox.
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This was a pitcher's duel until the sixth inning when the Big Hurt, Frank
Thomas hit this solo homer to deep center field off the Yankees Andy Pettite to
make it 1-to-nothing.
But the Yankees would come back in the 7th, with Tino Martinez hitting a solo
homer off James Baldwin to tie the game at 1-all.
Still in the 7th, Darryl Strawberry rips a double down the right field line
and drives in Bernie Williams with the go ahead run as the Yankees win it
3 to 1.
Elsewhere this afternoon the Milwaukee Brewers jumped on the A's early and
are in a slugfest with Oakland at this hour.
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The Twins set the stage for this wild offensive show as Chuck Knoblach hit
the first pitch of the game out of the yard.
The Twins got 5 runs in the top of the first inning and right now they lead
the A's 13-to-7 in the 7th.
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The Orioles and Brewers are also playing at this hour at Camden Yards.
Rafael Palmiero and Bobby Bonilla collected run scoring singles in the first
to give the O's a 2-to-nothing lead. But right not that game is tied at 5 in
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