Ahead on News 7 at Noon, the clean-up is underway in Puerto Rico from
Hurricane Hortense as it heads next for the Domincan Republic and the Bahamas.
And a Pittsylvania County school bus driver's job is in jeopardy following a
complaint from students and parents.
Scattered showers are in the forecast today, as well as some heat and
humidity. Tomorrow things change just a bit, with cooler, drier air settling
into the region. I'll have complete weather details.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
After roaring through Puerto Rico early this morning, Hurricane Hortense is
heading for the Dominican Republic.
The center of the storm is expected to move along the northeastern coast of
that country, and possibly take aim at the Bahamas.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for the Turks and Caicos (KY'-kohs)
Islands and for several islands in
the southeastern Bahamas.
SUPER=03-Patilla, Puerto Rico/Yesterday;
The Hurricane's winds have dropped to 75 miles-per-hour, since it moved over
Puerto Rico shortly before 4 a.m.
Ninety percent of the population is now without power or drinking water.
Hortense is so far blamed for the death of a two year old girl.
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And this is the scene in southern China after Typhoon Sally came ashore
The storm left 139 people dead and another 130 are reported missing.
The typhoon also damaged plantations and fishing boats and left more than
30-thousand people homeless.
Pittsylvania County children returning home from school last week had to
walk home through flooding when their bus driver allegedly abandoned them.
The driver has since been placed on administrative leave.
School officials say the incident began last Tuesday at Blairs Middle
The driver picked up the children and took them to a drop-off point, but
stopped because of a flooded road.
The children's parents say seven students were then told to exit the bus and
cross the flooded area to get home.
School officials say the children's safety is their number one priority.
IN Q=We understand what
((JERRY E. WEBB/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE UNDERSTAND WHAT
HAPPENED, WE UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED, BUT WHAT WE WANT
TO DO IS TO BE SURE THAT WE'VE GATHERED ALL THE INFORMATION THAT WE FEEL IS
APPROPRIATE FOR OUR MAKING THE DECISION ABOUT THE INCIDENT AND THEN
COMMUNICATING IN A WAY THAT IS ACCURATE AND DOES REFLECT WHAT WE BELIEVE SHOULD
BE THE RESULT OF OUR INVESTIGATION.))
SUPER=01-Jerry E. Webb/Pittsylvania Co. School Supt.;
OUT Q=of our investigation.
Superintendent Webb met with the parents on Friday and says the
investigation will probably continue for a few more weeks.
The bus driver's identity has NOT been released.
The flood may be over, but the clean up is just begining in Southside.
Steve Smallshaw reports the Dan River has finally receded, but it's left
devastation in its wake.
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SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Reid Tanksley/Furniture Mart; :19
SUPER=01-Bunny Ratliff/Grocery Store Owner; :48
SUPER=01-Sarah Wade Owen/Homeowner; 1:07
OUT Q=News7, Halifax County.
(( With Route 58 finally re- opened, Southside residents could finally make
the 30- mile trip between Danville and South Boston. The trouble is, whether
you were in Danville or in Halifax county, there isn't much anyone would want
to see, unless you were a fan of muddy water and damp storefronts.
((REID TANKSLEY/FURNITURE MART: IT WAS A LOT OF INCONVENIENCE HAVING TO LOAD
ALL THAT FURNITURE UP. BUT WE LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING BACK IN BUSINESS,
HOPEFULLY, WE'LL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS THURSDAY.))
Tropical Storm Fran certainly inconvenienced this convenience store. The
Dan River pushed its way in here Saturday morning, and didn't leave for almost
48 hours. Believe it or not, owner Bunny Ratliff says this is an improvement
over what her store looked like a few hours before.
((BUNNY RATLIFF/GROCERY STORE OWNER: EVERYTHIN LOOKS LIKE THIS. EVERYTHING.
WE'VE SET SOME OF THE STUFF BACK UP. WE'RE TRYING TO CLEAN WALKWAYS NOW.))
The business owners weren't alone in their misery. Almost every resident
could show you their own property damage, but most paled in comparison to Sara
Wade Owen's front yard on Hodges Street. She came home to find this giant oak
tree had toppled and taken a chunk out of her house.
((SARA WADE OWEN/HOMEOWNER: THE WAY IT HAD HIT THE ROOF WAS JUST
OVERWHELMING-- HOW ON EARTH, WHAT DO YOU DO NEXT IS THE WAY YOU FEEL.))
T.J. Glasscock played under that old oak tree as a child. Today, 70 years
later, he was watching power crews from Tennessee working to put the lights
back on at his neighborhood. They'd been without electricity since early
So, with the water gone, and the road re-opened, things are slowly
returning to normal here in Riverdale and South Boston. But for businesses
like the Ratliff Grocery, it will be a long time before the memories of this
flood have washed away. Steve Smallshaw, News 7, Halifax County.))
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It was a short run with the money for a Botetourt County bank robber.
30-year old David Ray Martin allegedly entered the Bank of Fincastle
yesterday, at about one P-M.
Sheriff's deputies say he took some cash and then fled on foot.
They chased and caught him-- but it took a while longer to track down the
SOT bank robbery bite tape 17:39:18
IN Q=It was found
((SGT. D.A. DUDDING/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT WAS FOUND, JUST IN SOME
BRUSH. IT WAS PROBABLY UP TO YOUR SHOULDERS, AND IT WAS STUFFED UP IN SOME
BRIARS. THE SUSPECT LOOKED LIKE HE'D LAID DOWN THERE A MOMENT AND JUST STUFFED
IT UNDERNEATH THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. D.A. Dudding/Botetourt Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=underneath there
It had been 10 years since the bank's last robbery.
A new commerical airline is landing more than 300 new jobs in Buchanan
Pro-Air Incorporated plans to put its reservation center in Grundy.
The company expects to invest one- and-a-half-million-dollars in the site.
The reservation center will go in the Buchanan Information Park.
Pending F-A-A approval, Pro-Air will initially begin serving the nation's
upper Midwest and Northeast regions- It could eventually offer air service to
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Still to come on News7 at noon,
Congress is debating a bill that would outlaw gay marriages.
A landmark court case in England may outlaw spanking in private homes.
But first, let's check in with Patrick.
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And the debate rages on between the battling Warners.
Now they're talking campaign finance.
John Warner reminded Mark Warner of his challenge to put a spending cap on
their Senate campaigns.
Multimillionaire Mark Warner had already offered to agree on a cap that
equalled John Warner's last three campaign bills -- but the Senator did not
take him up on it.
Mark Warner took time from a campaign appearance yesterday to say "too
IN Q=I'm gonna spend
((I'M GONNA SPEND WHATEVER IT TAKES. I'M GONNA PUT IN WHATEVER ENERGY AND
RESOURCE IT TAKES TO GET THE VOTERS OF VIRGINIA TO UNDERSTAND JOHN WARNER'S
VOTING RECORD, WHERE MY POSITION ON THE ISSUES ARE, AND WHO'S GOT THE VISION TO
TAKE VIRGINIA INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. So you're backing away from a limit. I'M
NOT BACKING AWAY FROM ANYTHING. But you said--NO WHAT I SAID WAS "YOU ADD IT
ALL UP." MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE SHOOKEN HANDS THAT DAY. REMEMBER? HE DIDN'T.
OUT Q=remember that.
John Warner says he spent more than 3 and a half million dollars over his
last three campaigns.
Mark Warner says he believes that number is actually higher.
Mark's ALREADY spent more than two million of his own money.
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Governor George Allen and the General Assembly are duking it out in Virginia
Lawyers for Allen contend that the legislature's budget process poses a
threat to the governor's powers.
The case stems from a dispute over how the state budget bill was revised
Democrats who control the legislature asked Allen in April to approve minor
But they didn't resubmit the entire bill, which had been approved a year
Allen said the move threatened his veto power.
The Senate today is debating a bill to legally define marriage as a union
between a man and a woman.
It would also let states refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in
Gay activists call the measure discrimination and unconstitutional.
The House has already approved it, and President Clinton says he'll sign
In Britain-- and in the rest of the Europe-- a lawsuit is
stirring debate on the spanking of children.
Adam Raphael has the story.
IN Q=A Twelve year old
SUPER=01-Penelope Leach/Child Care Authority; :49
SUPER=01-Cornelia Oddie/Family Advocate; 1:10
SUPER=01-Adam Raphael/Reporting; 1:24
OUT Q=CBS News London.
A twelve year old british boy could change the way children are
brought up all over europe - he's challenging the law that allows
british parents to hit their children in the european court of
human rights.... the boy is too young to be named, - but his case
may become historic; when he was nine, his step-father beat him
with a cane - to punish him for trying to stab another child with
a kitchen knife - the man was acqutted of assaulting the hcild
by a british jury. but the boy has now taken it to a highter
court in strasbourg, france, has given him permission to sue the
british government for failing to protect him from his step
Children's welfare supporters here are jubilant at this first
victory. they say it's the first step to giving chiildren the
same rights as adults to protection from violence.
PENELOPE LEACH, CHILD CARE AUTHORITY :
'WHY SHOULD CHILDREN BE THE ONLY PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE OF SOCIETY
WHO DO NOT HAVE PROTECTION OF LAW WHEN THEY ARE ASSAULTED. A
HUNDRED YEARS AGO WE HAD EXACTLY THE SAME ARGUMENT GOING ON ABOUT
THE LAW, REGARDING HUSBANDS HITTING THEIR WIVES'
BUT TRADITIONAL FAMILY GROUPS SAY PARENTS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT
TO DISCIPLINE THEIR CHILDREN IN THE WAY THEY FEEL BEST.
SOT CORNELIA ODDIE, FAMILY ADVOCATE:
'IF SMACKING BECOMES AN OFFENCE IT MEANS THAT THE STATE WILL
VIRTUALLY HAVE CONTROL OF FAMILIES. IT MEANS IT CAN ENTER INTO
A HOME, ARREST A PARENT, IT CAN BAN THAT PARENT FROM THAT HOME,
IT CAN VIRTUALLY BREAK UP A FAMILY'.
TODAY CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS BANNED IN BRITISH SCHOOOLS, IF THIS
CASE IS SUCCESSFUL IT COULD BE OUTLAWED IN MILLIONS OF HOMES.
ADAM RAPHAEL, CBS NEWS LONDON.))
After a trial, an appeal, and an overturned conviction, the so-called
cheerleader mom is finally going to prison.
Wanda Holloway pleaded no contest to charges she tried to hire a hitman
to kill Verna Heath.
She was sentenced to 10 years but may be out in 6 months.
Holloway allegedly thought that with Heath dead her daughter would be
grieving and the way would be clear for HER own daughter to make the junior
high cheerleading squad.
IN Q=this lady that wanted me...
OUT Q=consumed in this.
The Heath- Holloway story was also portrayed in two movies,-- and a book was
written about the case.
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Still to come on the newscast,
It was back to school-- a week late for some local students.
And the man who taught the world about bluegrass has passed away.
Stay with us.
The man known as the father of Bluegrass has died at the age of 84.
IN Q=MONROE YODELING
The Mule skinner Blues was one of Monroe's trademark tunes,-- one of the
songs that helped him sell more than 50- million records.
During one visit to western Virginia, he described bluegrass as a blend of
gospel, bagpipes, and the blues.
IN Q=All of it put together
((BILL MONROE: ALL OF IT PUT TOGETHER HAS MADE BLUEGRASS MUSIC AND IT'S MADE A
MUSIC THAT'S GOT A GOOD DRIVE AND IT'S A HIGH PITCHED MUSIC, GOT A HIGH
LONESOME SOUND AND I HAVE TO SAY AGAIN, IT'S A GREAT MUSIC.))
SUPER=07-Bill Monroe; :
OUT Q=it's a great music.
Monroe died yesterday in Springfield, Tennessee.
He had suffered a stroke earlier this year.
Monroe would have turned 85 on Friday.
Trigon says it needs to go public to survive, but consumer advocates say
going public will hurt policyholders, so they're taking it to state regulators.
The State Corporation Commission began several days of public hearings on
the state's largest health insurer --with only about 15 members of the public
signed up to speak.
SOT TAPE ONE 08:49:17
IN Q=The 88
((JEAN ANN FOX/VA. CITIZENS CONSUMER COUNCIL: THE 88-POINT5 MILLION DOLLAR
COST OF THE CO-PAY SCANDAL IS BY FAR THE LARGEST, BUT BY NO MEANS THE ONLY
INSTANCE IN WHICH THIS COMMISSION AND OTHER AGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT HAVE FOUND
THAT TRIGON, LED BY THE CURRENT MANAGEMENT SHOWED A LACK OF WHAT CAN ONLY BE
JUDGED AS INTEGRITY.))
sot TAPE TWO 09:26:04
((TOM BUEHLER/INDEPENDENT INSURANCE CONSULTANT: ALMOST ALL COMPANIES THAT DO
ANY ... EQUITABLE WAYS TO THE POLICYHOLDERS.))
SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Va. Citizens Consumer Council; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Buehler/Independent Insurance Consultant; :18
OUT Q=to the policyholders.
Trigon's policyholders overwhelmingly approved the bid Friday.
The company says it must become for-profit to survive.
Flooding couldn't keep students away from school, but construction could.
Stonewall Jackson Middle School may not be totally finished, but yesterday
it opened its doors to students.
Joe Dashiell files this report.
IN Q=While Stonewall Jackson students
SUPER=01-Helen Townsend/Principal; :16
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hoyt/Teacher; :36 quick
SUPER=01-Donna Dickerson/Parent; :45
SUPER=@Joe1; :56 quick
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((While Stonewall Jackson students were heading to class, Jack Waddell was
putting the finishing touches on a segment of sidewalk.
While classes were taking up their first assignments, workmen were laying
For a few weeks at least, the construction and classwork will coexist.
IN Q=They're going to stay
((HELEN TOWNSEND/JACKSON PRINCIPAL: THEY'RE GOING TO STAY OUT OF OUR WAY DURING
THE DAY AND THEY WILL WORK AFTER HOURS SO THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR SCHOOL DAY RUN
AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE.))
OUT Q=as smoothly as possible.
In 1995, demolition of the old Jackson Middle School angered some in the
Southeast Roanoke neighborhood.
But the new building opened to favorable reviews from students, parents and
IN Q=I think the kids
((CAROLYN HOYT/TEACHER: I THINK THE KIDS IN THIS AREA NOW WILL BE READY FOR THE
21ST CENTURY WITH THE TECHNOLOGY, WITH THE USE OF COMPUTERS AND I REALLY SEE
THAT WE'VE UPGRADED EVERYTHING.))
((DONNA DICKERSON/PARENT: IT IS A BIG CHANGE, BUT WE WENT INSIDE THIS MORNING
AND THEY LET US LOOK THROUGH THE SCHOOL AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL, THEY'VE DONE A
WONDERFUL JOB. I THINK THE KIDS ARE REALLY GOING TO ENJOY IT.))
OUT Q=going to enjoy it.
Stonewall Jackson is still a work in progress, but most of the construction
should be complete in a few weeks, virtually all of it by the end of October.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 2 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up, we'll have all the latest in sports,
And we'll find out if this Skunk got himself out of a stinky situation.
Stay with us.
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Green Bay demolished Philadelphia last night at Lambeau field.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI;
Brett Favre teamed with Robert Brooks on a 25 yard touchdown
pass in the first quarter.
The Eagles turned the ball over 4 times in the first half alone, leading to
13 Green Bay points.
An interception by George Koonce set up a green bay field goal and a
In the third quarter Favre went to Edgar Bennett, who also ran for 93 yards.
Bennett went 25 yards with a screen pass for a score and the Packers led
In the fourth Reggie White sacked Rodney Peete for a safety. Packers win
The Virginia Tech Hokies open their Big East schedule this Saturday in
Chestnut Hill against Boston College, but they will be without tailback Ken
SUPER=03-Akron, OH/Last Saturday; :00
Oxendine got off to a fast start last week in Akron, picking up good yardage
on this carry up the middle.
But watch him get smashed at the goal line trying to score on this play.
He left the game with a separated right shoulder, and will be out for three
to four weeks.
True Freshman Shyrone Stith filled in with two touchdowns and 119 yards
Girls high school basketball is usually reserved for Tuesday and Thursday
nights but last night Brookville invaded Salem trying to duplicate the success
the Bees football team had in town over the weekend.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bees vs. Spartans; :00
First year Brookville coach Rob Roma was looking for revenge after last
But Salem head coach Dee Wright would have none of that.
Salem jumped out to a 12-nothing lead thanks to leading scorer Sarah Palmer
and Mandy Williams. Palmer scored 6 first quarter points,
Williams knocked down 8, including this coast to coast lay up off a Lady
Brookville battled back. karen SUPER=33-Salem/54/Brookville/32;
Thomasson hits this shot for the Lady bees first two points on the evening.
But Salem remains undefeated while Brookville falls to OH and 3 with the
54 to 32 Spartan win.
There was some excitement at a San Antonio apartment complex yesterday.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX
A skunk with a sweet tooth stuck his head inside a yogurt container--
apparently trying to lick out the last little bit.
Residents of the complex found the skunk wandering aimlessly in the parking
Several people tried unsuccesfully to yank the container off the skunk
without getting sprayed.
The skunk was last seen heading blindly for the woods.