Today's message to V-M-I from Washington: Start taking applications from
woman NOW, or stop taking them from MEN.
That's the TOP story on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
Along with a LIVE report from SOUTHSIDE... mopping up from the flood- -and
the cost of recovery.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason an update on the turbulent times at Virginia
Plus, Reggie White talks about the Green Bay dominance last night against the
Plus, Marcus Camby the A-10 player of the year signs with the Raptors for
over 8 million bucks.
Some spotty showers tonight then more clouds than sun tomorrow. Details and
a hurricane update just ahead.
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Government lawyers are tired of waiting for V-M-I to start fielding
applications from women.
The Justice Department filed a motion today for a preliminary injunction
against Virginia Military Institute.
V-M-I's male-only admissions policy has remained un-changed since the
Supreme Court ruled in June that the state- supported school can no longer
Since then the Institute's Board of Visitors has been working on a plan to
admit women, but hasn't invited any who've expressed an interest to apply.
"After more than six years of litigation," the government says, VMI
continues "doing business as usual, fully serving the interests of men but
refusing even to send applications to women...."
A spokesman at V-M-I points out that the Board of Visitors is set to meet
next week and unveil it's plan for co-education. But the alumni are also still
considering a plan to buy the place and make it a private school.
Superintendent Josiah Bunting called the government's motion "reprehensible
Tonight state Attorney General Jim Gilmore told NEWS 7 that the Justice
Department hasn't explained how waiting another eight days has harmed anyone.
Gilmore's office FAXed the government a letter YESTERDAY offering to send
out applications the moment the board adopts a co-ed plan- -if that's what it
does- -on September 21st.
Justice Department lawyers responded today by "busting through the
courthouse door with their legal guns blazing," as the Attorney General put it.
Now that the water has left their homes, thousands of flood victims in
Southside are wondering how they can AFFORD to make things right again.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw joins us live.. Steve, what can the federal government do to
help these people?
Keith, residents and businesses in the communities that have been declared
disaster areas will be eligible for federal disaster aid.
And this time, help will be just a phone call away.
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(( Now that they've baled out their homes, flood- stricken residents in
southside are hoping the government can help bail THEM out.
But instead of waiting in line for hours at a disaster application center,
flood victims can let their fingers do the walking, and apply for financial
assistance over the phone.
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((GENE NEIDITCH/FEMA: THAT'S OUR ONLY WAY OF GETTING YOU INTO THE SYSTEM.
REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU HEAR, THERE ARE NOT GOING TO BE DISASTER APPLICATION
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Authorities say not only does the phone process move more quickly, any and
all claims are kept private.
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((BILL BRYANT/FEMA: IT'S IN STRICT CONFIDENCE, THE INFORMATION DOESN'T GO
ANYWHERE BUT IN THAT PROCESSING CENTER, SO THERE'S A BEAUTY IN THE SCHEME OF
THINGS THAT IT'S EXPEDITIOUSLY HANDLED AND THEY SHOULD RECEIVE A PROMPT
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No matter how quick the federal response, there are still some residents who
need help right now.
That's where the Red Cross, which has set up shop in Danville's First
Presbyterian Church, can help out.
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((MARSHA GUNNELL/RED CROSS: AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS
TAKE CARE OF THEIR BASIC EMERGENCY NEEDS, IN OTHER WORDS FOOD, CLOTHING, IF
THEY NEED ANY TYPE OF TEMPORARY SHELTERING BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN DISPLACED BY
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The number to call to register for disaster assistance is 1- 800-
462-9029... FEMA officials stress that you MUST call this number to get into
the program and be eligible for financial aid.
That number will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
FEMA says it's also important to have your documentation ready when an
inspector comes to your house: things like photographs of the damage, bills or
receipts for flood- related repairs etc.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Once you've been inspected, FEMA says you can expect a check within a couple
of weeks. Keith?
(Keith question: how do they determine who gets an outright grant and who gets
a low- interest loan?)(steve adlib answer)
The destructive wake of Hurricane Fran is still being analyzed.
But the property damage is already approaching 300- million dollars.
Today, a multi- agency state task force went to work on the recovery.
Offices will be set up in Southside and the Shenandoah Valley and stay in
operation for close to a year.
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((BOB SKUNDA/VA. COMMERCE SECRETARY: THOSE OFFICES WILL UP AND
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The shadow over the proceedings -- Hurricane Hortense, is looming on the
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The latest stats show 560- thousand power customers were out statewide at
the height of the destruction.
That means at least a million people.
78 primary roads and 853 secondary roads were closed Friday night.
A Washington D-C firm wants to build a halfway house for former inmates on
Roanoke's Melrose Avenue.
The project is opposed by many nearby residents and today those neighbors
got their wish.
The Board of Zoning voted five to zero to deny an application from
Washington Halfway Homes Incorporated.
But halfway house officials believe some inmates will end up in the Roanoke
Valley one way or the other.
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((LORETTA CALDWELL/WHHI EXEC. DIR.: But no matter.... in their home
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Melrose Avenue neighbors say they want to see something more constructive in
IN Q=I love this...
OUT Q=park for the kids.
The halfway house firm has 30 days to appeal in Circuit Court.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--what's the hot new photo op for politicans
this campaign season?
If you're a Democrat in Virginia, it seems you want to align yourself with
kids and computers. Ellen Qualls will have that story from Richmond.
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A jury in Martinsville has sentenced a former school teacher to a month in
jail for taking indecent liberties with a student.
Anna Corbin was found guilty of the crime that occurred 18 years ago.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Joe Dashiell has more tonight on this unusual case.
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VO-NAT Joe adlibs over :30 seconds of video.
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(Q&A:Did the victim have any reaction to the verdict?)
A month-long trial next FEBRUARY maybe somewhere OUTside the Roanoke
Those were the arrangements made today in the case of Earl Bramblett.
He's accused of killing a family of four in Vinton, then setting their
house on fire.
Bramblett was arrested in July- -almost two years to the day after Blane
and Teresa Hodges were murdered together with their two daughters in their own
The suspect was brought back to Virginia August second.
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((YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE TRIED WITHIN FIVE MONTHS, I
BELIEVE, OF AUGUST 2ND.))
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OUT Q=August 2nd.
In court today, Bramblett waived his right to a speedy trial, agreeing to
give his lawyers six months to prepare for a trial that the judge says will
last three or four weeks.
The trial is tentatively set to begin February 18th.
Bramblett's lawyers want the case moved OUT of the area ...hoping to find
jurors who haven't heard of the case.
Authorities are remaining tight- lipped about their investigation into the
murder of an elderly Marion woman last week.
68 year- old Anna Jean Anderson was found strangled to death in her home
last Wednesday night.
The Smyth County sheriff's department is alerting police throughout
Southwest Virginia to be on the lookout for two people wanted for questioning.
They're looking for a man and a woman in their early 20's, driving a cobalt
blue mini-van with Tennessee tags.
The couple may be selling cleaning products or vacuum cleaners, and giving
away paper towels and Joy dishwashing liquid.
State police agent Don Lambert told News-7 the van and the couple were
simply seen in the area, and are NOT considered suspects.
The stock market was mixed today as the Dow registered a small loss of six
NASDAQ was up nearly one point.
For some Virginia schoolchildren, the only exposure they've had to the
Internet may have been in a "photo op" with a politician.
It's a campaign tactic that's been cropping up in the old Dominion quicker
than your Pentium processor can pop you to the next web site.
Ellen Qualls spotted the trend.
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(( Mark Warner did it the day before he was nominated for the Senate race.
Mark Warner did it this week in Richmond.
But he's not alone.
Chuck Robb asked children too young to know who their congressman was if
they'd visited his site on the world wide web.
And Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer brought Charlotte County computer whiz
kids to a meeting on funding educational infrastructure.
He's running for Governor next year of course.
They're all Democrats.
Democrats obviously want to give out the impression they've cornered the
market on technology in Virginia.
((DON BEYER: WELL I THINK WE DO, BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S DRIVEN SO MUCH BY
PARTY BUT BY INDIVIDUAL...SOME TIME OF THE DAY.))
((SCOTT LEAKE: FIRST OF ALL, I HOPE IT'S MORE THAN COSMETIC...RIGOROUS
There is a Republican who obviously spends a lot of time surfing the net.
Ultra-conservavtive Delegate Bob Marshall eagerly showed reporters the kind
of cyber- porn he'd like to ban.
More luck on that bill next year.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Steve Mason has the latest on the controversy
swirling around the Tech Football Team.
Marcus Camby signs on the dotted line for over $8 million today.
And we'll take a look back at last night's dominating performance by the
Green Bay Packers.
The Virginia Tech football team is dealing with both on and off the field
concerns this week.
The suspension of some key players and a police investigation have left a
cloud of uncertainty hanging over the program.
Steve Mason has some leftovers from the Akron win and an update on what's
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The Green Bay Packers, the preseason pick to represent the NFC in the Super
Bowl this season, looked mighty tough last night in the team's 39 to 13 win
over the Eagles.
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Elvis was a Lambeau field last night doing his version on the Macarena, but it
was the Packers who did most of the dancing as they basically named the score
against the Eagles.
Brett Favre threw for three TDs as the Pack led by 23 points at halftime.
The Green Bay defense was also outstanding forcing four turnovers before
intermission in the 39-to-13 win.
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((REGGIE WHITE/PACKERS CAPTAIN:))
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OUT Q=...WE'LL CELEBRATE."
Marcus Camby made himself an instant millionaire this afternoon by signing a
three year contract with the Toronto Raptors.
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The second overall pick in the June draft will receive $8 point four million
bucks over the next three seasons.
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((MARCUS CAMBY/SIGNS WITH RAPTORS:))
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OUT Q=...LAST YEAR."
The Pennant races tend to create a lot of excitement this time of the year,
but some folks just don't like to get too close to the action.
This couple had a nice rail seat for the Mets-Marlins game at Shea stadium and
don't they look happy.
Well, that was until Jeff Conine chased down this foul ball, and watch the
lady's terrified reaction as the ball heads right for her seat.
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The revitalization of Henry Street has been an controversial issue in
Roanoke for years.
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Jean tells us tonight a committee will meet to explore several proposals.
Keith, the Henry Street Revival Committee is near completion of its study of
Tonight they begin a workshop ... the first one since Mayor Bowers took
leadership of the city's committee.
Committee members plan to introduce their recommendations at three public
The first hearing begins tonight.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll have that story plus a complete wrap up of today's other news, sports
11 here on WDBJ.
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