News-7's intrepid Capital correspondent unveils a scandal of white -water
proportions in Richmond... image over substance.
And George Allen is right in the middle of it- -or is he the one over there
next to Jimmy Dean?
And we'll meet a Pulaski County couple suddenly SIX MILLION dollars richer,
thanks to a spur- of- the- moment impulse buy.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville with our
regular Monday night chat with the Cavaliers.
The NCAA cracks the whip on the football program at Michigan State.
and Golden State Warriors star Joe Smith was in court today in Norfolk facing
malicious wounding charges.
After the showers end tomorrow we can enjoy a mid-September stretch with
lots of sun and pleasant temperatures.
A second Democratic heavy- hitter has weighed in on 1997.
Fifth district Congressman L.F. Payne gave public encouragement to his
exploratory committee -- without actually announcing a bid for Lieutenant
Payne admits he's got bigger fish to fry down the road.
IN Q=There's certainly
((THERE'S CERTAINLY NO GREATER HONOR THAT COULD BE BESTOWED UPON ANYONE THAN TO
BE THE GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA. HAVING SAID THAT, MY FOCUS IN TERMS OF THE
LIEUTENANT GOVERNORSHIP... IMPORTANT TO US.))
OUT Q=to us.
Payne is the only Democrat who's formally announced his interest in running
with Don Beyer.
Beyer's been campaigning full-time for Governor for months.
President Bill Clinton and Governor George Allen have had little in common
-- outside the Southern Governors Association, where Allen took the helm last
George Allen finally has his own little "Whitewater" scandal.
Ellen Qualls takes the wraps off the deception.
IN Q=Sooner or later
SUPER=03-Richmond/July 25; :00
SUPER=01-Albert Pollard/Sierra Club of Va.; 1:14
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Sooner or later, when steering the ship of state, the Governor's bound to
Hit some rough waters.
But the July photo-op to promote clean rivers should have been a p-r slam
The July trip is even the September cover story on the state employees
But wait -- NEWS 7 noticed the old switcheroo.
A little photo doctoring moves country music star and sausage king Jimmy
Dean from the third row back in the real run to a position as the Governor's
left- hand man in the newsletter.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: NO, NO. BECKY WAS IN FRONT. AND JIMMY DEAN WAS HERE.
Jimmy Dean was one person back cause he went over and hit his head against--
Hmmm. So maybe the head honcho didn't know about the deception...
But the sausage king says, quoting now, "there's NO doubt about it, they
switched some things around. That's not very nice."
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, I AGREE WITH YOU, IT IS
CLEARLY AND LITERALLY A WHITEWATER ISSUE. WHITEWATER COMES TO VIRGINIA. AND
IF THAT'S THE WORST THING WE EVER DO--))
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: WELL IT'S VIRTUAL RAFTING IT APPEARS TO ME. I UNDERSTAND
THAT THERE'S A PICTURE OF THE SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE THAT
THEY'RE WORKING ON. They're working on that now? YEAH. HEH HEH.))
((ALBERT POLLARD/SIERRA CLUB OF VA.: IN THIS TIME OF CYNICAL VOTERS WE DON'T
NEED MORE OF THE GOVERNOR'S STAFF TIME BEING SPENT ON IMAGE. WE NEED MORE OF
IT BEING SPENT ON REAL POLICY.))
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries magazine took the high road, and
used the undoctored photo.
The Department of Personnel and Training admits it took a little editorial
license to highlight the major players.
((REGARDLESS OF HOW WE'RE SITTING IN SOME RAFT, FOLKS NEED TO GET INVOLVED IN
VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF DEBRIS TO CLEAN UP IN OUR
RIVERS AND STREAMS. Governor we've got to-- HA.))
Nice save, Governor.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The Director of the Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services
unloaded months of frustration today.
Gerald Todt (TOTE) called a news conference to announce a federal lawsuit
against his agency and a social worker has been dropped.
Until now, Todt says he's been unable to comment on Daniel and Laurie
Cardwell's case because it was unresolved.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Nov. 1995;
The home school advocates filed the lawsuit after an illegal subpoena was
used in an attempt to question their children regarding child abuse
Todt says his agency did nothing wrong because it's up to the court to issue
subpoenas NOT his department.
The practice, which has been in place for more than 20- years, has since
IN Q=The thing
((GERALD TODT/PITTSYLVANIA CO. DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES DIR.: THE THING I'M
MOST UPSET ABOUT WAS THE SYSTEM WORKED SO WELL THAT WE WERE ABLE TO KEEP A LOT
OF FAMILIES OUT OF COURT BUT NOW WHEN A PERSON WON'T MAKE THEIR CHILD AVAILABLE
FOR INTERVIEWS WE DON'T HAVE ANY CHOICE BUT TO FILE A PETITION WITH THE COURT
AND GET THE FAMILY INVOLVED WITH THE COURT SYSTEM. THAT'S THE DOWN SIDE OF THE
DENEATTA ROARKE-RUIZ/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SOCIAL WORKER:I JUST FEEL THAT THE AGENCY
HAS BEEN VINDICATED, FROM THE BEGINNING I WAS CONFIDENT IN OUR DECISION
REGARDING THIS CASE AND REALLY I'M JUST GLAD IT'S OVER WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Gerald Todt/Pittsylvania Co. Dept. of Social Services Dir.; :00
SUPER=01-Deneatta Roarke-Ruiz/Pittsylvania Co. Social Worker; :20
OUT Q=over with.
The Cardwells received a three thousand dollar settlement from the Sheriff's
Department and personnel with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Roanoke Police are searching for three men who, armed with hand guns,
allegedly bound a couple with duct tape and terrorized them in their home.
It happened around 10:30 last night
in the 2000 block of Indian Village Lane.
Police say the men entered the apartment where 25-year-old Carolyn Andrews
and her three young children live, demanding money and drugs.
When they couldn't find anything, the men began yelling and threatening
Andrews and a friend who was with her.
The suspects then forced their way into the apartment next door and grabbed
another woman by the throat, firing a shot into the floor.
After finding nothing in the second apartment the three men fled the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
A new approach for helping businesses succeed in Botetourt County.
and a Pulaski County couple strikes it rich--the newest Virginia Lottery
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Botetourt County is by far one of the fastest growing areas in Virginia
thanks to a large number of incoming businesses.
But what about the companies already located in Botetourt County?
Are they getting the same attention?
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=Botetourt County
SUPER=04-File Tape; :07
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :30
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator; :39
SUPER=01-Rick Poplstein/VFP President; 1:00
OUT Q=S.P., N- 7, Botetourt County
((Botetourt County Administrator Jerry Burgess has seen his county grow by
leaps and bounds in recent months.
Attracting new industries like Meadville Forging and Dynax have increased
the tax base... and added hundreds of new jobs to the area.
But now the focus has slightly changed.
IN Q=and this
((...AND THIS AREA WE CAN MAKE AVAILABLE TO THEM. ))
OUT Q=to them
David Moorman has been brought on board, and is in charge of the Business
Service Initiative-- a program designed to help EXISTING corporations.
It started just a few months ago... so the two are still just getting their
feet wet-- but they're already making strides.
IN Q=We spend
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME GOING
OUT AND MAKING THESE KIND OF CALLS, ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATION, MAKING SURE WE
KNOW THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED. AND LET THEM KNOW WHO THEY NEED TO WORK WITH IN
THE COUNTY. ))
OUT Q=the county
NAT SOT-- DRILLING
VFP makes communications shelters for Bell South, AT&T and other companies
around the world.
It recently expanded.
But with growth comes questions... questions the county has come to answer.
IN Q=With Jerry
((RICK POPLSTEIN/VFP PRESIDENT: WITH JERRY AND DAVE COMING OUT FROM BOTETOURT
COUNTY, WE'VE ALWAYS ENJOYED A GOOD RELATIONSHIP FROM THE ONSET-- OF LAUNCHING
THIS FACILITY. AND THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO US. ))
OUT Q=helpful to us
About an hour later, after a conference room meeting and a quick tour of the
facility, Burgess and Moorman are out the door.
Their work here is complete for now... and the next business awaits their
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
For the second time in a month, Congressman Rick Boucher has announced
funds for small business growth in the New River Valley.
Pulaski County was the recipient last month.
Today it was Montgomery County's Industrial Development Authority.
It will use the one- point- two million- dollar Department of Commerce grant
to renovate the old Imperial Redding plant in Christiansburg.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-NINTH DISTRICT: BY BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THROUGH GRANTS SUCH AS THIS IS
ENABLING US TO ATTRACT NEW JOBS TO A COMMUNITY VERY MUCH IN NEED OF GROWTH. ))
OUT Q=in need of growth.
The I-D-A is turning the building into a small business incubator and light
It's seeking another grant to provide low-interest loans for tenants.
((DAVID SHANKS/MONTGOMERY CO. IDA DIRECTOR: WE'VE GOT A BUILDING HERE WHICH
WE'RE GONNA BASICALLY RENOVATE, BUT THEY'RE GONNA BE SOME WIDE OPEN SPACES
THERE AND THIS WILL ALLOW THEM TO CUSTOMIZE THOSE SPACES TO THEIR NEEDS AND
PROBABLY PURCHASE SOME ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT. ))
SUPER=01-David Shanks/Montgomery Co. IDA Director;
OUT Q=additional equipment.
Two computer-oriented companies now occupy part of the building.
Construction should be complete for new tenants to move in late next year.
It's probably not the "best" situation for a Richmond retailer.
Best Products, which has a store in Roanoke, has stopped payments to its
An analyst that follows the company closely says this likely means the
company will file for bankruptcy for the second time in two years.
Best lost more than 95- million- dollars last year, the second- worst loss
in its history.
And the news gets worse for Best.
A Miami company that was interested in a buyout has taken withdrawn its
A multi- million- dollar acquisition will place Crestar only a step away
from joining the ranks of the nation's 30 largest banking companies.
The Richmond based bank will pay more than 750- million- dollars for
Citizens Bancorp of Washington, D-C.
The move will help Crestar increase in size by nearly a quarter.
IN Q=Strategically we
((BOB LAWSON/CRESTAR ROANOKE PRESIDENT: STRATEGICALLY WE WANT TO BE AN ACQUIRER
OF NEW FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT SEEM TO MAKE A GOOD FIT WITH CRESTAR, AND
NOT TO BE AN ACQUIREE.))
SUPER=01-Bob Lawson/Crestar Roanoke President;
OUT Q=an acquiree.
Once the merger is complete, Crestar will have the largest deposit market
share in the Greater Washington area, and it will hold the number two position
Crestar is the largest bank headquartered in Virginia.
The stock market soared into uncharted territory again today. The Dow gained
50 and a-half points for a record close
of 58 hundred 89.
NASDAQ was up five points.
The government has approved more than 300 applications from Virginians, so
far, for disaster housing assistance resulting from Hurricane Fran.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Last Week
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the grants for disaster
housing assistance total almost 670-thousand dollars.
Among those applying are residents in the hard-hit areas of South Boston
The grants allow disaster victims to pay for rental housing or emergency
repairs to make their own homes livable.
Officials say it usually takes 15 to 20 days for applicants to get
their checks after they apply.
A retired Pulaski County couple has just become six million dollars richer
after selecting the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery this weekend.
Warren and Dorothy Collins will receive 200-thousand dollars every year for
the next 20 years.
Dorothy says she didn't plan on buying a ticket until the last minute.
She says she let the computer pick her numbers.
IN Q=I went over
((DOROTHY COLLINS/LOTTERY WINNER: I WENT TO THE SHOP-EZ TO GET SOME GET JAR
LIDS AND A CAN OF A FEW TOMATOES. WROTE ME A CHECK TO PAY FOR THAT AND I SAID
JUST GIVE ME A LOTTERY TICKET WHILE I'M HERE. AND THAT WAS IT.))
SUPER=01-Dorothy Collins/Lottery Winner;
OUT Q=that was it.
Dorothy says believe it or not, when she and her husband found out about
their win they didn't get too excited.
IN Q=I said oh Lord...
((DOROTHY COLLINS/LOTTERY WINNER: I SAID OH LORD I'VE WON IT. HE SAID YEAH YOU
HAVE. SO I WENT BACK TO SHOP-EZ AND THEY WERE JUMPING UP AND DOWN, HAVING A
BALL. COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY I COULDN'T GET EXCITED.))
OUT Q=couldn't get excited.
Both Warren and Dorothy are retired and they say the money will come in
Dorothy was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and will use some of the
money to pay for medical expenses.
Coming your way tonight in sports, Joe Smith bounces his way into a criminal
court today in Chesapeake, the NCAA lowers the boom on Michigan State,
and Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville where the UVa quarterbacks
hope to get a Wake up call this weekend.
The NBA's number one draft pick in 1995 was back in the wrong kind of court
Joe Smith, the Golden State Warriors top selection last year was in court
today for his preliminary hearing.
The Norfolk native is charged with malicious wounding for allegedly whacking
a male dancer with a beer bottle.
The altercation occurred in a Chesapeake nightclub while Smith was
celebrating his 21st birthday.
Today's proceedings have been slow going for all involved as over 20
witnesses are being called.
Smith was the ACC player of the year at Maryland and a high school standout
at Maury high.
Virginia travels to Winston-Salem this weekend for a Saturday afternoon
meeting with ACC rival Wake Forest.
Despite a 21-3 Wahoo win over Maryland, the cavs have a lot to work on if
they are to remain undefeated. Steve Mason has Virginia's rather dreary first
of the week football report.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Football Coach; :25
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/51 Yards Passing & 2 INT's Saturday; :38
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Scored 2 TD's Saturday; 1:02
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Caught 1st INT. of Season Sat.; 1:32
OUT Q=..news 7 sports"
Week three in the NFL comes to close tonight as the Bills travel to
Pittsburgh to battle the Steelers.
Yesterday the Packers solidified their spot as the team to beat with a
42-to-10 win over the previously unbeaten Chargers.
IN Q=WHEN WE...
((BRETT FAVRE/PACKERS QUARTERBACK:))
((ANTONIO FREEMAN/PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Packers Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Antonio Freeman/Packers Wide Receiver; :17
OUT Q=...TO WORK HARD.
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ/FOX;
The Redskins improved to 2-and-0 yesterday by shelling the Giants 31-to-10.
Washington take on the Rams next Sunday.
IN Q="When you...
((NORV TURNER/REDSKINS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...Works together."
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SUPER=333-Flash Flood Watch/Wind Shift NW/58-60/Morning
SUPER=334-Occasional Heavy/Rain/54-58/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Early/64-68;
Fame and fortune don't come easily-- but they may come early for a
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon's here to tell us about a high school senior who's on the
verge of a major singing career.
Her name is Trisca Waller.
Her chums call her the "Million Dollar Girl."
Waller just signed a four-album deal with Charm Citi Records of New York.
We'll hear Waller sing some of her original tunes-- as well as find out how
she got discovered.
That story plus a complete wrap up of today's other news, sports and weather
Take Fullscreen Board
tonight on News 7 Prime Time--that's at the earlier time of 10pm on WEFC
Television--you can check your cable listings for the channel in your area--
and of course join us for News 7 at 11 here on WDBJ.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom