Coming up on News 7, the Governor's office says it made a mistake when it
turned down federal money to fund local Headstart programs.
And we'll tell you how firefighters from our area are heading out west to
repay a favor from last year.
Tonight in sports, the Panthers finally get their top draft pick to sign,
Bill Swift is set to get on the hill in Salem, Billy Wagner continues to make
it in the big time,
and Jeff Burton picks up his first career winston cup pole by taking the top
qualifying spot at Michigan today.
Severe weather abounds all around us, but should be gone for the weekend.
We'll examine doppler radar and the complete forecast coming up from the News 7
Call them rebels with a cause.
Two appointees of Governor George Allen rejected some Head Start funding
that the Governor now says he wants.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Head Start
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Va. Social Services Director; :18
SUPER=01-Robin DeJarnette/The Family Foundation; :54
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Head Start has broad, bi-partisan support nationally.
In Virginia: two letters, same day, different Allen appointees, one
rejecting some Head Start funds -- the other condemning the program's ties to
liberal think tanks.
The dying act of a since-dissolved state Council.
((CLARENCE CARTER/VA. SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: IT'S NOT CLEAR TO ME HOW THAT
HAPPENED. I WOULD TELL YOU THAT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD SUNSET THIS COUNCIL.
AND AS IT BEGAN TO CLOSE ITS ACTIVITIES DOWN IN THE MONTHS OF MAY AND JUNE, I
SUSPECT SOME THINGS COULD HAVE GOTTEN LOST IN THAT.))
In steps an angry Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer.
He spoke with local and federal Head Start officials yesterday.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: TO A PERSON, THEY WERE CONVINCED THAT VIRGINIA HAD
WITHDRAWN FROM THE PROGRAM.))
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((THE ALLEN ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT SUPPORTS HEAD START. BUT ITS OWN APPOINTEES
AND FRIENDS LIKE THE CONSERVATIVE FAMILY FOUNDATION BALK AT WHAT THEY PERCEIVE
AS A LIBERAL CURRICULUM RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN THE PROGRAM.))
((ROBIN DEJARNETTE/THE FAMILY FOUNDATION: IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THEIR ANTI-BIAS
CURRICULUM, WHICH I HAVE A COPY OF, YOU CAN FEEL FREE TO READ THROUGH IT, IT
TALKS ABOUT DOING AWAY WITH THANKSGIVING. THAT IT'S A VERY RACIAL HOLIDAY.
NOW THAT'S SOMETHING BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN TO DECIDE. THAT'S NOT
SOMETHING THAT THE STATE SHOULD BE MANDATING THROUGH A CURRICULUM.))
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THEY MAY BE OBJECTING TO THE ANTI-BIAS CURRICULUM. BUT
I HAVE NOT SEEN IT OR READ IT. BUT WHAT IS EVIDENTLY CLEAR IS THAT IN HEAD
START, DECISIONS ON CURRICULUM ARE MADE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. THEY ARE NOT
FORCED UPON LOCAL PROGRAMS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.))
Pre-schoolers in Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties are most in danger of
The feds must now decide whether to accept Virginia's change of heart.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond. ))
Police involved in a high speed chase yesterday not only had to dodge other
motorists but flying objects as well.
Police say 18-year old David Lucas led them on a high speed chase through
four counties before finally crashing near the Washington/Smythe County line.
During the chase Lucas and another passenger allegedly threw objects at the
police in an effort to escape.
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((SGT. MIKE HONAKER/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE; THEY THREW OUT SEVERAL BOTTLES THAT
CONTAINED SOME TYPE OF LIQUID. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS AND THEY EVEN THREW
OUT A CHILD SAFETY SEAT AT ONE POINT.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Mike Honaker/Virginia State Police
OUT Q=at one point
Lucas eluded police for 60 miles until he finally crashed into a tractor
He was taken to the Smythe County jail.
Tammy Lilly, the passenger in the car was flown to Smythe County Hospital
where she is in stable condition.
Lucas was allegedly driving on a suspended license and was already wanted by
Police and rape counselors in Lynchburg say they're frustrated by two recent
cases where women claimed they were raped, then later recanted their stories.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=The stories are
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :20
SUPER=01-Donna Nash/Sexual Assault Response Center; :38
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( The stories are frightening.
A woman is abducted from a grocery store parking lot, then raped and her car
Another is attacked and raped in a mall parking lot by two unknown
The problem is neither story is true.
In the last two weeks, Lynchburg police have spent valuable time
investigating two rapes that never occurred.
IN Q=Then when you
((CMDR. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THEN WHEN YOU FIND IT, AFTER GOING
THROUGH ALL THIS WORK AND FIND OUT THAT IT'S SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHAT WAS
REPORTED, IT'S REALLY.. IT'S FRUSTRATING.))
OUT Q=it's frustrating.
Just as frustrated are the city's rape counselors.
They say it's hard enough getting women to report a rape... worrying whether
anyone will believe you is an unnecessary burden.
IN Q=We were very
((DONNA NASH/SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE CENTER: WE WERE VERY OPTIMISTIC IN THE
NUMBER OF WOMEN THAT WERE REPORTING RAPE AND NOW I JUST HOPE THAT THIS DOESN'T
INTERFERE WITH THAT INCREASE, BECAUSE REPORTING IS VERY IMPORTANT.))
OUT Q=very important.
Donna Nash and her volunteers handle upwards of 125 rape incidents every
Like the police, the false reports won't change how they treat each case
that comes in.
IN Q=We will not
((DONNA NASH: WE WILL NOT BE JUDGING PEOPLE, AND THAT'S NOT OUR JOB. WE'LL
LEAVE THAT UP TO THE POLICE TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE'S BEEN SEXUALLY
OUT Q=sexually assaulted.
IN Q=A false report
((A false report can result in criminal charges. One woman already stands
accused of perjury for lying to a magistrate... charges are pending against the
other. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Firefighters out west issued an urgent call for help this week, and
Virginia is responding.
Wildfires have threatened thousands of acres in several states, and Joe
Dashiell reports reinforcements from our area are on the way.
IN Q=High winds and low humidity
SUPER=03-Warm Springs, OR; :00
SUPER=01-Gary Brunk/U.S. Forest Service; :14
SUPER=03-Craig Co./April 1995; :31
OUT Q=JD News 7
((High winds and low humidity are fanning wildfires in at least seven
While the trouble is thousands of miles away from western Virginia, state
and federal foresters here remain on alert.
IN Q=It's the highest level
((GARY BRUNK/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: IT'S THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF FIRE ALERT WHICH
TELLS US WE NEED TO KEEP OUR OFFICES OPEN. WE NEED TO BE CONTACTING OUR PEOPLE
TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY AVAILBALE TO GO ON
FIRES, SO IT'S A PRETTY ACTIVE TIME FOR US RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=right now.
When fires burned six thousand acres in Craig County last year, firefighters
from the west helped to bring those blazes under control.
This year, Virginians are on the move... with an estimated 200- 300 now
pulling duty in Oregon and other states hit hard by the latest fires.
IN Q=So it takes a special person
((GARY BRUNK/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: SO IT TAKES A SPECIAL PERSON, BUT ONCE YOU
IDENTIFY THOSE PEOPLE THEY RAISE TO THE OCCASION. REALLY IT'S A VERY GOOD
OUT Q=very good fraternity.
That "fraternity" includes both men and women, and a cooperative spirit
that crosses government boundaries.
Just this morning, 20 firefighters from our area, employees of the State
Department of Forestry boarded a plane in Tennessee bound for the burning
woodlands out west.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, a local free clinic leads the way for others
to follow in its footsteps,
and we'll tell you why Southside is looking to race fans to rev up its bottom
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The Smart Road got the final go-ahead yesterday from the Commonwealth
But, two pending lawsuits may soon stop the project in its tracks.
At a hearing today a lawyer for three environmental groups claimed
environmental impact studies for the road were done improperly.
The National Environmental Policy Act requires government agencies to study
the effects of proposed projects on the environment.
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((TOM LINZEY/THE COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND; ))
THEY DID NOT PREPARE A WILDLIFE STUDY AT ALL. THEY HAVE NO CLUE AS TO WHAT
WILDLIFE SPECIES EXIST WITHIN THE CORRIDOR BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T SEND ANYONE OUT
TO DO A SURVEY.
SUPER=01-Tom Linzey/Comm. Envir. Legal Defense Fund;
OUT Q=do a survey
The second lawsuit filed by the head of the Roanoke chapter of the Sierra
Club has yet to get underway.
About two months ago, close to sixty cattle died on a Botetourt County farm
from heat exhaustion and dehydration.
The operator of the farm was charged with cruelty to animals.
Today, the case was dismissed.
Roger Steele wept on the witness stand testifying in his own defense.
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./June 19;
He told the court he had no idea the herd was being brought to his farm off
Steele said if he DID know, he would have taken care of the cows.
((PAUL TUCKER/STEELE'S ATTORNEY: ROGER CERTAINLY HAD NOTHING TO HIDE AND HE
WANTED TO LET THE COURT KNOW THAT. SO ULTIMATELY, THAT WAS HIS DECISION.))
SUPER=01-Paul Tucker/Steele's Attorney;
OUT Q=his decision
The cattle apperently went without food or water for more than a week.
The loss is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.
Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom says he has no plans to pursue the
case any further.
The Bradley Free Clinic has a prescription for any community in need of
medical care for the poor.
The Roanoke center has published a how-to-book for anyone interested in
starting a free clinic.
An avalanche of letters fell on the clinic after a "Parade Magazine"
The story on clinics offering free medical care to the working poor told
readers to contact the Bradley Free Clinic for more information.
The clinic first published the book in 1990.
Estelle Nichols Avner says it takes readers step by step through the process
of developing a clinic.
IN Q=you need to have
((ESTELLE NICHOLS AVNER/BRADLEY FREE CLINIC DIR.: YOU NEED TO HAVE A LAWYER TO
HELP YOU WITH THE LEGAL MATTERS AT FIRST. YOU NEED TO HAVE THE SUPPORT AND
COMMITTMENT OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Estelle Nichols Avner/Bradley Free Clinic Dir.;
OUT Q=MEDICAL COMMUNITY
The book also covers fundraising and job descriptions of all the Roanoke
The Bradley Free Clinic has been serving the Roanoke Valley for 22 years.
It offers dental work, eye care and physical exams.
Virginia Tech is asking students who still need housing for the Fall to
contact the university.
Tech is expecting about 600 more students than anticipated, and the
university dorms are full.
Meanwhile apartments off-campus are already reporting near 100 percent
Tech has set up a hotline number to determine whether to use contingency
plans, such as shuttle service from Radford.
((LARRY HINCKER/VA. TECH SPOKESPERSON: WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT AN OLD HOTEL HERE
IN TOWN, WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING WITH RADFORD THE POSSIBILITY OF OPENING UP A
DORM. WE'RE LOOKING AT OLDER HOMES HERE IN THE AREA THAT MIGHT BE QUICKLY
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Va. Tech Spokesman;
OUT Q= be quickly converted.
Pinnacle Board #1001
The hotline number is 540-231-6906.
It will be open until midnight tonight and through this weekend- It'll also
be open from eight A-M to 11 P-M all next week.
On Wall Street today, a strong bond market pushed stock prices higher.
The DOW was UP 23 and a-half points to close for the week at 56-hundred-89.
Nasdaq finished lower but just by a point.
The Southside is at a unique advantage-- the area is home to two successful
The sport brings thousands of fans to the area each season---something area
Chambers of Commerce want to capitalize on.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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SUPER=03-South Boston/File Tape; :10
SUPER=01-Debra Dodson/Danville Area Chamber of Commerce; :24
SUPER=01-Steve Sheppard/Martinsville Speedway; :57 quick
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( The Martinsville Speedway apparently fuels the local economy.
There race fans pump an estimated 60- million dollars into the area each
The multiplier affect is also felt in Halifax County-- where the South
Boston Motor Speedway is a major attraction.
Area Chambers of Commerce plan to take advantage of the sports growing
legion of fans.
IN Q=One of our
((DEBRA DODSON/DANVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: ONE OF OUR MAIN GOALS THAT
WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW IS PUBLISHING A 1997 VISITORS GUIDE AND IT WILL SHOW
THEM ALL THE OTHER THINGS THERE IS TO DO IN THE WHOLE REGION AS WELL AS GIVING
THEM THE ANNUAL SCHEDULE TO BOTH RACEWAYS. ))
OUT Q=both raceways.
Once completed, a Virginia racing museum in Patrick County is expected to be
The guide will also list local restaurants and hotels.
It will also include racing trivia, with stories on local drivers.
And, it's virtually guaranteed to make its way into the hands of race fans,
at both speedways.
IN Q=For all the
((STEVE SHEPPARD/MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY:FOR ALL THE TICKETS THAT WE MAIL OUT FOR
FANS WHO'RE COMING TO OUR RACE, WE'RE GOING TO INCLUDE THAT BROCHURE IN WITH
ALL THEIR TICKET PURCHASES. ))
OUT Q=ticket purchases.
The brochure has yet to be printed. Chamber officials are in the process of
hiring someone to help put it all together by October-- in time for the first
batch of tickets to go out for next seasons races. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, a local driver wins the pole at Michigan,
the Panthers finally get Biakabatuka to sign on the dotted line,
and Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville with an update on how the
former Friday Football Extra stars are making a serious impact on the Cavaliers
roster this season.
The Winston Cup cars are in MICHIGAN this weekend, and Jeff won the pole
today during qualifying.
Jeff Gordon had won five poles already this year and he just waited patiently
for his turn to light up the track.
But the Dupont Chevy was only 7th fastest today.
The man was THIS JEFF, South Boston native Jeff Burton, who went out early
in the Exide battery Ford and posted a lap at 185 point 395 miles an hour.
It turned out to be good enough for the top spot in the GM Goodwrench 400.
IN Q="We've fought...
((JEFF BURTON/GM GOODWRENCH 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/GM Goodwrench 400 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...HOW TO QUALIFY.
Bobby Labonte qualified third while, Jeff's older brother ward was 24th, and
Dale Earnhardt was 16th. Now the entire top 25
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Burton/185.395/2. Bobby Labonte//3. Mark Martin//4. Dick
Trickle//5. Bobby Hamilton;
SUPER=0107-6. Sterling Marlin//7. Jeff Gordon//8. Darrell Waltrip//9. Lake
Speed//10. Michael Waltrip;
SUPER=0107-11. Dale Jarrett//12. Ernie Irvan//13. Kenny Wallace//14. Bobby
Hillin Jr.//15. John Andretti;
SUPER=0107-16. Dale Earnhardt//17. Joe Nemechek//18. Ken Schrader//19. Johnny
Benson//20. Rusty Wallace;
SUPER=0107-21. Bill Elliott//22. Terry Labonte//23. Ricky Rudd//24. Ward
Burton//25. Wally Dallenbach;
Rick Mast failed to make the top 25 as he qualified the Hooters PONTIAC 29th.
Of the 13 starters returning for the Virginia Cavaliers, 5 hail from our
Friday Football Extra coverage area.
Steve Mason updates us on the fab 5, and some other locals who should play
big roles this season.
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SUPER=01-Walt Derey/UVa Tight End; :11
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Running Back; :25
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :42
SUPER=01-Rafael Garcia/UVa Kicker; 1:00
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Outside Linebacker; 1:19
SUPER=01-Darrell Medley/UVa Fullback; 1:34
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Former Northside standout Walt Derey caught earned ACC honorable mention
honors last season. But football is just one of his passions. He really loves
stock car racing.
((WALT DEREY/UVA TIGHT END:))
Heisman trophy hopeful Tiki Barber grew up playing against Derey and is one
of his best friends.
((TIKI BARBER/UVA RUNNING BACK:))
Brother Ronde has added 10 pounds of muscle to his already impressive
resume. As the ONLY returning starter in the secondary, the 2 time all
conference selection will need every ounce of strength he can muster.
((RONDE BARBER/PRE-SEASON 1ST TEAM ALL AMERICAN:))
Former G.W. Danville standout Rafael Garcia has worked on consistency in the
off season, but hardly gets HIS kicks out of being touted an all american in
pre season polls.
((RAFAEL GARCIA/1ST TEAM ALL ACC KICKER:))
((SHANNON TAYLOR/UVA LINEBACKER:))
George Welsh says more plays have been designed for former Halifax star
Darrell Medley. Though the fullback hardly minds blocking for Tiki.
((DARRELL MEDLEY/UVA FULLBACK:))
Former Jefferson Forest great Anthony Poindexter packs a bigger punch at
strong safety, he now weighs in at 220 pounds. Steve mason news 7 sports.))
GRAPHIC= Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers have finally signed their top draft pick.
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After heated negotiations, Tim Biakabutuka has agreed to a seven year
12-point-seven million dollar contract.
The Panthers were hoping the running back would be their offensive
cornerstone, but he'll probaly see limited time after skipping training camp.
The Rockies Avalanche of players continue to fall into Salem this season.
Pitcher Bill Swift, shown here hitting a homerun, had off-season shoulder
Tonight he will start for the Salem Avalanche tonight in a rehab
He'll be the fifth Big Leaguer to play for Salem this year.
He'll also reunite with manager "Moose" McGuire, Swift's catcher in Seattle
for two years.
The man who just finished rehabbing in Salem last week,
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Rockies vs. Marlins; :00
Larry Walker made it back to the big leagues last night for the Rockies.
He went one for five at the plate in his return.
Former Avalanche star Jamey Wright gave up 8 hits and 4 runs in 6 and two
thirds innings. He would not take the loss but the Rockies did lose to the
Marlins 7 to 6.
In one other quick baseball note, you might want to check out this week's
Sports Illustrated , if you have a chance.
In the major league baseball section of the magazine on page 73, former
Ferrum star Billy Wagner is featured.
The Tazewell County native is already making a name for himself as the Astros
closer out of the bullpen.
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