Next on News Seven-- President Clinton gets warmed up in West Virginia as he
rips into Bob Dole and the Republicans.
And a Roanoke neighborhood is upset that a halfway house may be coming to
In sports, former G.W. Danville star Travis Brooks is making waves at VMI,
we will tell you about Danville's Kenny Lewis connection,
and The Yankees honor Mickey mantle, highlights from 4 major league matinees to
come in sports.
Lingering clouds and cooler temperatures made it feel more like Fall today.
But the work week forecast promises a warm- up-- we'll have details.
President Bill Clinton is on his way to Chicago.
He began his Whistlestop train tour in West Virginia today.
The President ripped into Bob Dole and the Republicans for opposing his
Clinton declared the nation IS on the right track... and will NOT make a
Clinton pointed to 10-million new jobs... a falling budget deficit... and
lower interest rates as evidence his program is working.
In an answer to Dole's 15 percent tax cut proposal... Clinton says Dole's
plan would blow a big hole in the deficit.
The Democratic National Convention kicks off tomorrow.
Doug Wilder says he REFUSES to attend the convention to avoid what he
calls... Republican bashing.
The Former Governor and presidential candidate also says his party will NOT
focus on solutions.
IN Q=That isn't
((DOUG WILDER/D-FORMER GOVERNOR: THAT ISN'T GONNA CUT IT FOR ME. I WANT TO
KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO BE STANDING RELATIVE TO BUILDING AND MAKING THIS
COUNTRY AVAILABLE FOR ALL PEOPLE. REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT
DIVERSITY BUT NOT PRACTICING INCLUSION. AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO BE
TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE.))
OUT Q=have done
Wilder held out in 1992, and endorsed former fellow candidate Clinton only
at the last minute.
This time he only offers lukewarm support for the President.
IN Q=I haven't
((DOUG WILDER/D-FORMER GOVERNOR: I HAVEN'T FOUND THAT I'M DISAPPOINTED IN
HIM TO THE DEGREE THAT I WOULD SAY I CAN'T DO THIS OR I CAN'T DO THAT. ON THE
OTHER HAND, THERE'S NOTHING BURNING IN ME TO SAY "HEY LOOK, I JUST GOT TO GO
OUT Q=go out.
And as far as the Republican National Convention in San Diego... Wilder says
Colin Powell's speech was fantastic... but he also called it "window dressing"
for a party that Powell himself knows is NOT inclusive.
A domestic dispute turns fatal in Halifax County this morning.
48- year- old Robert Lewis Clay shot his wife, Joy at around 11 O'Clock.
She was shot in the arm and head with a 12 gauge shotgun.
It happened at their residence on highway 7-0-6.
Clay turned himself over to the sheriff's department 30 minutes after the
He's being charged with first degree murder.
A Virginia truck driver faces charges in a wreck on Friday that killed six
people on Interstate 85 in North Carolina.
Esau Roosevelt Dixon of Montross is charged with six misdemeanor counts of
death by motor vehicle.
State Police says Dixon was traveling too fast as he headed into a
He was released on 10- thousand- dollars- bond.
Several other people are still in the hospital.
Dixon faces up to 12 years in jail.
Franklin County Fire and Rescue Squads were busy yesterday.
At around 2:30, a bad lightning storm moved through the county.
Lightning stuck a tree, which fell on a boy camping in a tent.
It happened in Horseshoe Point Park.
The boy was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital.
No word on his condition.
About the same time, lightening stuck Dushea (Doo-shay) Recording Studios in
The Sheriff's Department says the building was completely destroyed by fire.
And a barn went up in flames on route 6-06.
No one was hurt in either one of those fires.
Still to come on News 7,
We'll have a wrap up of the week's top business stories
All sorts of changes took place at William Byrd High School over the summer.
But first let's check in with Kimberly.
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We've seen some changes in our weather-- especially in the temperatures.
It was as much as 11 degrees cooler today than yesterday.
We also had some lingering moisture that brought a few scattered showers--
the numbers of the day look like this...
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A proposed federal halfway house has some residents in northwest Roanoke
A Washington, D-C, firm is trying to expand and Roanoke is their location of
Denise Allen has more.
SUPER=07-Tony Martin; :20
SUPER=01-Jason Perdue/U.S. Parole Officer; :51
SUPER=07-Deana Willard; 1:13
OUT Q=News 7
(( These homeowners say they're working hard to rebuild their neighborhood.
They live just off Melrose Avenue and say a proposed federal halfway house
will hurt their efforts to revitalize the area.
The homeowners say they've already fought similar projects and won on four
They say their area is a target because property is inexpensive.
IN Q=we're concerned
((TONY MARTIN: WE'RE CONCERNED WITH THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN, OUR
NEIGHBORHOODS AND BUSINESSES IN THIS AREA. WE ALREADY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT CRIME
OUT Q=significant crime rate
Officials at Washington Halfway Homes, Incorporated, out of Washington,
D.C., told the group they want to build a 20 bed facility.
Their property of choice is this lot on the corner of Melrose and Fantress
Inmates would serve out the end of their sentence in the halfway house.
The goal is to help them rejoin society.
IN Q=when somebody
((JASON PERDUE/U.S. PAROLE OFFICER: WHEN SOMEBODY DOESN'T HAVE A HALFWAY HOUSE
AND THEY JUST COME RIGHT TO ROANOKE FROM THE INSTITUTION THEY HAVEN'T HAD A
CHANCE TO ESTABLISH A RESIDENCY. THEY HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO FIND A JOB. SO
THERE'S TWO STRIKES AGAINST THEM RIGHT OFF THE BAT.))
OUT Q=right off the bat
Jason Perdue says halfway house or not these inmates will be re-entering the
But these residents say the inmates that come to the Roanoke facility won't
necessarily be from the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q= they will be
((DEANA WILLARD: THEY WILL BE LOOKING FOR JOBS IN THE ROANOKE COUNTY, ROANOKE
CITY, VINTON, SALEM AREA. THEREFORE WHEN THEY FIND JOBS THEY WILL BRING THEIR
OUT Q=families here
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS7 REPORTER: CITY OFFICIALS CONFIRM THAT THE COMPANY IS
LOOKING INTO BUILDING A HALFWAY HOME IN ROANOKE.
THEY SAY THEY SHOULD HAVE THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THESE FACILITIES IN HAND
BY THE BEGINNING OF THE WORK WEEK.
PAROLE OFFICER JASON PERDUE SAYS ROANOKE NEEDS A HALFWAY HOUSE.
BUT RESIDENTS SAY IT SHOULD BE IN A NON-RESIDENTIAL AREA.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
Students are heading back to school in Roanoke County tomorrow...
And when William Byrd High School students return, they'll notice a few
Workers started a three and a half million dollar construction project in
The first phase includes 22 additional rooms.
School officials say east Roanoke County is growing fast and this project
will help alleviate overcrowding problems.
IN Q=WE'RE GOING TO
((DR. RICHARD TURNER/WILLIAM BYRD HIGH SCHOOL ASST. PRINCIPAL: WE'RE GOING TO
BE ENLARGING THE SCIENCE ROOMS AND WE'RE GOING TO ADD AN ADDITION TO THE
LIBRARY AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO BE ADDING TO THE TECH EDUCATION LAB.))
SUPER=01-Richard Turner/William Byrd H.S. Asst. Principal;
OUT Q=EDUCATION LAB
Teachers and students will also see a change in the middle and high school
The small lot in front of the high school will be closed because of the
Money for the construction comes from the state literary loan program.
School officials say they're hoping the project will be complete by the
start of the next school year.
A Pulaski textile company is growing, and one of Salem's largest employers
has extended its holiday shutdown.
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-Salem/File Tape; :30
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Thursday; :45
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Thursday; :57
OUT Q=NAT SOT
The Stanley W. Bowles Corporation has selected a 250- acre site near the
Blairs section of Pittsylvania County to build an industrial park.
A distribution center, primarily for apparel, will be the first business to
locate there, creating up to 300- jobs.
Jefferson Mills of Pulaski broke ground for a new warehouse addition.
It won't mean new jobs immediately, but it will free up space for expanded
One of Salem's biggest employers says soft market conditions and high
industry inventory is causing it to extend its holiday shutdown.
Just last month, Yokohama announced it was cutting back its work force and
scaling down production, meaning layoffs for about 50 workers.
Congressman Rick Boucher announced that after two years of work, he has
helped bring a TWO- MILLION- dollar grant to the future site of the New River
The money will go toward the construction of a small business incubator.
In a blow to tobacco and tobacco related interests in our area, the Clinton
Administration has decided to declare nicotine found in tobacco products an
addictive drug, bringing it under the control of the Food and Drug
And Roanoke Electric Steel says it expects fourth quarter earnings will
The steel bar maker saw its third quarter profits drop 43- percent due to
construction problems related to a new furnaced being installed.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average and Nasdaq were on the upside.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Soft Music Under
Still to come,
Kimberly has the work-week weather story.
And some Senior citizens were working hard to put on a good show last night
Stay with us.
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Age and experience can beat youth any day-- that's the consensus at the Ms.
Virginia Senior Citizen Pageant.
The pageant wrapped up last night after a weekend of sisterhood and
Andrew Freiden reports.
IN Q=The 19-96 ms. Virginia
SUPER=01-Jane Pendleton/Pageant Co-Chair;
SUPER=01-Estelle McCadden/Pageant Co-Chair;
SUPER=01-Lowell Hill/Pageant Emcee;
SUPER=01-Shirley Vaughan/Pageant Winner;
SUPER=01-May Vaughan/Winner's Mother;
OUT Q=Freiden, News 7.
(( The 19-96 Ms. Virginia Senior Citizen Pageant wrapped up last night in
After 2 evenings of competition, and a full year of planning, a winner was
((AND MS. VIRGINIA SENIOR CITIZEN 1996 IS CONTESTANT NUMBER 2, SHIRLEY
The Roanoke winner made her way through poise questions, evening wear
judging, and the talent competition.
Talents on display were dramatic, musical, whimsical, and athletic.
And the leg-work didn't just take place on stage.
((IT'S A LOT PREPARATION, A LOT OF PLANNING, BUT MOSTLY HARD WORK.))
Event organizers agree the weekend went well, but they'd like to see more
((ESTELLE MCCADDEN/CO-CHAIR: THE ATTENDANCE IS WHAT WE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT WE
WANT THE PUBLIC TO COME AND SEE THE GOLDEN OLD LADIES IN RARE FORM.))
The crowd may not have matched that of the MISS Virginia pageant, but the
man who emceed both events finds age doesn't mean a drop off in enthusiam. SOT
((LOWELL HILL/EMCEE: DEFINITELY SOME COMPETITION HERE, THESE LADIES HAVE A LOT
OF PRIDE BUT I DO THINK THERE'S LESS COMPETITION THAN IN THE MISS VIRGINIA
This year's winner AND HER MOTHER were amazed she made it through the stiff
((SHIRLEY VAUGHAN: I'M JUST REAL SHOCKED. I'M REAL PLEASED, BUT I MUST ADMIT,
THAT I WAS TERRIBLY SURPRISED ))
((MAY VAUGHAN/WINNER'S MOTHER: I'M SURPRISED THERE WAS SO MUCH COMPETITION,
AND EVERYONE WAS SO GOOD.))
And as the curtain closed on this golden weekend, everyone involved gave the
pageant high marks.
Andrew Freiden, News7))
The Yankees honor Mickey, the Angels pound the Orioles, plus results from
the U.S. Amatuer championship, did someone catch tiger by the tale,
and we will check in on a few local footballers who hope to pull their
weight and more at VMI.
The Oakland A's were in the Big Apple today for a showdown with the Bronx
Bombers at Yankee Stadium. And not even an A''s 6-4 win over New York could
spoil a tribute e to one of baseball's all time greats.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/A's vs. Yankees; :00
The Yankees began the day with a dedication to one of the most celebrated
Yankees of all time; Mickey Mantle.
Billy Crystal offers some kind words,
and then a statue in honor of Mickey was unveiled.
Speaking of future legends, Mark SUPER=35-Oakland/==6/New York/==4;
McGuire tagged this pitch for his major league leading 43rd homerun on the
How about a "Strawberry Sunday" Darryl Strawberry answers McGuire with one
of his one but the Bombers fall by 2.
The California Angels caged the Baltimore Orioles 13 to nothing this
afternoon at Camden yards.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Angels vs. Orioles; :00
Something you do not often see. Roberto Alomar cannot handle the check
swing pop up that falls for a basehit.
The Angels broke the game wide open SUPER=35-California/=13/Baltimore/==0;
with a 7 run 4th, capped off by Randy Velarde's first career grand slam
homerun. Dennis Springer gets the win, california 13, O's nothing.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Mariners vs. Red Sox; :00
To Bean town we go where the Boston Red Sox are over the 500 mark for the
first time this season. They topped the seattle Mariners 8-5. Mo Vaugn wasn't
the one doing the SUPER=35-Boston/==8/Seattle/==3;
damage...this guy was. Troy O'Leary connects on the homerun.
Jeff frye also smacked a 4 bagger as the BoSox beat the mariners by 3.
Over in the national League, the east Division leading Atlanta braves had
their 2 game winning streak snapped by the Chicago Cubs.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Cubs vs. Braves; :00
The braves did come up with some great defense. Ryan Klesko says..look
mom I can still do a belly flop and make a great catch.
Chicago pitcher Kevin Foster was true blue Cub Scout today. He held the
Braves to 2 runs on 6 hits over 8 innings, plus ending Fred McGriffs 28 game
hitting streak and Chipper Jones 17 game streak.
When walking a batter...be careful..or this could happen. Mark
Wolhers with the overthrow that advances a runner.
Brian McCrae knocked in the eventual game winner, a 2 out double, and the
Cubs drop the Braves by the count of 3 to 2.
wipe to boards
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=0092-/St. Louis///Houston///Late Game//Pittsburgh/9/j/Colorado/13///;
SUPER=0092-/New York/4//Los Angeles/4/8///Philadelphia/2//San Diego/6/5//;
SUPER=101-/Southern Cal/7//Penn State/24///;
VMI opens the 1996 football season at Ole Miss a week from this saturday. 4
of the Keydets first 5 games this year are on the road.
A tougher summer weight lifting program should help the Keydets this year.
Former G.W. Danville standout Travis Brooks is turning heads at linebacker and
could see ample playing time this season.
((MIKE ROGERS/VMI JUNIOR LINEBACKER:))
((TRAVIS BROOKS/VMI FRESHMAN LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/VMI Junior Linebacker; :00
SUPER=01-Travis Brooks/VMI Freshman Linebacker; :09
OUT Q=...play in the game"
While the VMI linebacking corp is in good hands; the receiving unit is
another issue. All three starting receivers from last year's 4 and 7 team are
gone. Look for former Rockbridge star Brandon Bissell to get a shot.
((BRANDON BISSELL/VMI SOPHOMORE FLANKER:))
SUPER=01-Brandon Bissell/VMI Sophomore Flanker; :00
OUT Q=...get the coaches trust"
Would anyone catch Tiger Woods and stop his pursuit of a third straight
U.S. Amateur golf championship? He is still playing right now and is in danger
of losing his title. Steve Scott leads Woods 2 up with four holes to play at
the U.S. Amateur.
The next olympian from Virginia may be growing up in our own back Yard.
11 year old Kenny Lewis of Danville, who just happens to be the son of
former Hokie Kenny Lewis, won a gold medal at the A-A-U Junior Olympic games in
Lewis is following in the foot steps of his father Kenny who played
football at Virginia Tech and with the New York Jets.
Lewis's coach Robert Marshall says he has natural talent, works hard and
has the support of his parents.
IN Q="Kenny works hard
((ROBERT MARSHALL/DANVILLE TRACK AND FIELD CLUB: ))
SUPER=01-Robert Marshall/Danville Track and Field Club; :
OUT Q=.........what he has."
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :
It all came together this year at the Junior Olympics. After a fourth
place finish last year Lewis would win the 80-meter hurdles in a close race to
capture the gold medal.
And Lewis credits his success to his dad.
IN Q="He used to
((KENNY LEWIS/AAU GOLD MEDALIST: ))
((KENNY LEWIS/KENNY'S DAD: ))
SUPER=01-Kenny Lewis/AAU Gold Medalist; :00
SUPER=01-Kenny Lewis/Kenny's Dad; :16
OUT Q=........lot of things.
It's one of the nation's textile giants.
For more than 60 years Burlington Industries has provided jobs for thousands
of people in our area.
On this installment of `Made in Virginia', Len Besthoff takes a look at the
Glasgow plant, which makes commercial carpet.
We'll have that story plus all the news, weather, and sports... on News 7