Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Reaction to VMI's decision to admit women.
A tractor trailer brings traffic to a slow pace on Interstate 81 in
Plus, we'll head to Salem where a group of hobbyists are sharing their
passion for cars.
In sports, The Redskins and Panthers win today the Vikings upset the packers
and Jeff Gordon takes the checkered flag at Martinsville.
The change of seasons brought with it partly sunny skies and gusty winds.
A delightful autumn forecast is on the way for the work week.
The reviews are mixed on the decision reached by the The Virginia Military
Institute's Board of Visitors.
Is the decision to go co-ed, a sign of changing times or the end of
Several V-M-I alumni gave Denise Allen their opinion on yesterday's
SUPER=03-Lexington/File Tape; :03
SUPER=10-Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent/Yesterday; :16
SUPER=01-Al Soltis/VMI Alumni Assoc.; :27
SUPER=01-Roland Lazenby/VMI Alum; :45
OUT Q=News 7
SOT rat line
This is V-M-I and this is how school officials say it will remain.
As General Josiah Bunting reads it, the Supreme Court decision allows it to
keep all the traditions that make V-M-I, V-M-I.
SOT vmi #1 12:30:20
IN Q=I BELIEVE
((GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: I BELIEVE FULLY QUALIFIED YOUNG
WOMEN WOULD THEMSELVES FEEL DEMEANED BY ANY RELAXATION IN THE STANDARD OF VMI,
THE STANDARDS WE IMPOSE ON YOUNG MEN.))
OUT Q=ON YOUNG MEN
SOT TODAY 12:41:51
IN Q=I WAS DISAPPOINTED
((AL SOLTIS/VMI ALUMNI ASSOC.: I WAS DISAPPOINTED BUT I DID TAKE SOME COMFORT
IN WHAT THE BOARD OF VISITORS SAID AND WHAT THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID ABOUT HOW
WE ARE GOING ABOUT THE PROCESS NOW.))
OUT Q=THE PROCESS NOW
Roland Lazenby is relieved his alma mater is changing with the times.
But he says for VMI's tradition of excellence to continue, some lesser
traditions will have to be put away.
SOT today 14:21:39
IN Q=NO 19TH CENTURY
((ROLAND LAZENBY/VMI ALUM: NO 19TH CENTURY KEYDET HAD A BUZZ CUT HAIRCUT. TO
EXPECT A YOUNG WOMAN TO HAVE A BUZZ CUT TODAY IS UNREALISTIC AND PROBABLY MEAN
OUT Q=MEAN AND PETTY
Both Soltis and Lazenby are worried that the Justice Department may require
V-M-I to make drastic changes.
SOT today 12:42:55
IN Q=i understand the citadel
((SOLTIS: I UNDERSTAND THE CITADEL HAS BEEN GIVEN A LIST OF THINGS THEY HAD TO
CHANGE IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE WOMEN. I THINK THE THING WE ARE AFTER IS TO
MAKE THE CHANGES MINIMAL SO WOMEN IN FACT CAN RECEIVE THE WHOLE VMI SYSTEM.))
OUT Q=WHOLE VMI SYSTEM
Lazenby says he believes the Justice Department won't intervene if VMI
officials strive to make the integration of women successful.
Both agree the school is facing the greatest leadership challenge in its
But they say that's what you learn at VMI--how to rise to a challenge and
Denise Allen News 7.))
Traffic was tied up for hours after a tractor trailer overturned on
Interstate 81 in Botetourt County this afternoon.
The rig was pulling two trailers when the driver apparently lost control and
crashed in the median near Troutville.
The accident happened around three O'clock, in the North bound lane.
One of the trailers flipped on its side, the other overturned on its top.
Traffic was backed up for at least four miles.
The driver was hurt, but his injuries did not appear serious.
State Police are still investigating.
An early morning accident in Halifax County has killed a 37- year old man
Police say Johnny Otis Saint John was driving on route 6-36, just east of
route 501, when he lost control of his vehicle.
The car slid off the road and overturned landing in a nearby cemetary.
The accident happened at 12-45 this morning.
Saint John died at the scene.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
A political analyst says L-F Payne is a shoe- in for the Lieutenant
And, students in a Craig County Preschool program have more room to learn
in...thanks to an old school gymnasium...
But first let's check in with Kimberly.
wx ad lib
Well, we've been cruising through this first day of Fall with some pretty
pleasant weather-- But it has been breezy.
Overnight we saw some scattered showers-- let's take a look at the rainfall
totals since midnight...
MUSIC UP FULL
Earlier this week outgoing fifth district congressman L-F Payne announced he
will seek the Democratic nomination for Virginia Lieutenant Governor next year.
And according to one of the Commonwealth's leading political pundits, Payne
has the nomination all but wrapped up, even though early on people like former
Education Secretary Jim Dyke were mentioned as potential candidates.
SOT 10:30:44 FROM CATAWBA CAPITAL TAPE
IN Q=I'd be surprised
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: I'D BE SURPRISED IF JIM DYKE EVEN RAN.
BECAUSE I THINK WHILE IT'S ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO BEAT A PARTY CANDIDATE IN A
CONVENTION, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT AND IT'S VERY WELL KNOWN THAT DON BEYER WANTS
LF PAYNE ON THE TICKET. ))
SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVA Political Analyst;
OUT Q=on the ticket.
Sabato adds that Beyer is from northern Virginia, and he needs a running
mate from the rural part of the state, where he's had little appeal in past
A leading economist is bullish on the country's prospects for the next few
Robert Genetski (guh-NET-skee) told those attending the fourth annual
Southwest Virginia Business Forum that "inflation is dead" in the U-S.
SOT 11:00:57 from CATAWBA CAPITAL TAPE
IN Q=We're gonna
((ROBERT GENETSKI/ECONOMIST: WE'RE GONNA ENTER A PERIOD, AN EXTENDED PERIOD,
OF PRICE STABILITY AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER PRESIDENT CLINTON GETS
RE-ELECTED OR DOLE GETS ELECTED. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT THE COMPUTER CHIP,
OR PEOPLE WITH THE AID OF THE COMPUTER CHIP HAVE GENERATED A NUMBER OF STUDIES
SHOWING THAT INFLATION IS TERRIBLY HARMFUL TO ECONOMIES. CENTRAL BANKERS READ
THESE STUDIES AND WHAT THEY'VE CONCLUDED IS WE CANNOT INFLATE THE ECONOMY.))
OUT Q=the economy.
Genetski (guh-NET-skee) notes that of the top 12 countries in the world,
more than half had interest rates BELOW two- percent last year.
The highest was Italy with four- point- four- percent.
More cutbacks at Yokohama Tire in Salem, and Pulaski County lands a big new
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=@File; :29 (quick!)
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Thursday; :42
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Thursday; :56
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A rebirth for the old Imperial Redding plant in Christiansburg.
Congressman Rick Boucher has secured a one- point- two- million- dollar
federal grant to convert the building into a small business incubator.
Virginia's biggest bank is getting even bigger.
Richmond- based Crestar will acquire Citizens Bancorp of Washington, D-C,
leaving it just a step away from joining the ranks of the thirty largest banks
in the country.
Yokohama Tire in Salem says sluggish sales have forced it to lay off another
Also in Salem, after more than a century of family ownership, the Oak Hall
cap and gown company has been sold to private investors.
Silver Creek Technologies has purchased land next to the NRV Airport in
Pulaski County to build a plant and its U-S headquarters.
The German company makes pre- fabricated housing and expects to have 300
employees within two years.
Arkay Packaging is now up and running.
The New York cosmetic container company has 73 people working in its new 10-
million- dollar facility in Botetourt County.
Checking the major financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average and Nasdaq finished well on the upside.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
Craig County's "Early Childhood Special Education Program" has a new home
and the students more room to roam.
The preschool program for disabled children is holding class in the newly
renovated old high school gym.
The county has been working for six years to transform the gym into a child
Now the center is ready for business.
The preschool program just moved in and already the students are enjoying
their new digs.
In previous years, the program used a small classroom in the elementary
Teachers say this bigger facility offers many advantages.
IN Q=i think it's
((TERRI ALLEY/TEACHER: I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE VERY BENEFICIAL TO THESE
CHILDREN ONCE THE DAY CARE STARTS TO BE WITH AGE APPROPRIATE PEERS. WHERE AS
IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THE MOST AGE APPROPRIATE PEERS THEY HAD WERE
KINDERGARTNERS AND THEY WERE ALREADY FIVE AND IN SOME CASES SIX. THAT'S NOT
REALLY AGE APPROPRIATE FOR A THREE YEAR OLD. SO THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE AGE
APPROPRIATE PEERS WHO DON'T HAVE ANY DISABILITIES AT ALL AND THAT'S ALWAYS A
OUT Q=A GOOD THING
The center starts its licensed day care and after-school programs tomorrow.
Officials say the fees are on a sliding scale so quality child care is
available to low income families.
Still to come on the newscast,
Organizers in Fincastle are gearing up for next weekend's fair.
And it's a ride down memory lane when these classic car owners get together.
IN Q=If you appreciate
((IF YOU APPRECIATE THIS VINTAGE TIN, YOU'LL APPRECIATE MOST EVERYTHING IN
OUT Q=everything in life.
We'll head over to Salem for that story.
America has a love affair with automobiles-- and Southwestern Virginia is no
In Salem, word of mouth advertising has led to a bi-weekly display of some
of history's best driving machines.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
IN Q=All Summer long
SUPER=01-Cecil Ferguson/Organizer; :11
SUPER=07-Hubert Harvey; :28
SUPER=07-Georgia & Cecil Ferguson; :46
SUPER=01-Ron Bowles/Star City Cruisers; 1:06
SUPER=19-Andrew Freiden; 1:25
OUT Q=AF, News7
(( All summer long, a group of classic car hobbyists has been meeting on
Saturday nights at the Hardees on Brambleton Avenue.
The crowds eventually outgrew the lot, so they took the show to FAST
FREDDY'S in Salem.
SOT BRAD 3:18:33
IN Q=And I thought wow
((CECIL FERGUSON: AND I THOUGHT WOW-- THIS WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE FOR A CRUISE
IN AND I JUST TOLD DAN THE OWNER, WE REALLY NEED TO HAVE A CRUISE-IN OVER
HERE-- AND HE SAID, HEY, I'D LOVE TO ))
OUT Q=HEY, I'D LOVE TO
These car owners meet to show off their hard work, check out the
competition, and to reminisce about days gone by.
SOT Brad 3:40:43
IN Q=I'd go out
((HUBERT HARVEY: I'D GO OUT ON WEEKENDS, AND I'D WRECK ONE AND BRING IT BACK
HOME. ME AND DAD WOULD PUT IT TOGETHER. NEXT WEEKEND I'D BE OUT WRECKIN' IT
OUT Q=WRECKIN IT AGAIN.
Many of the car buffs fondly remember the days of drag-racing on Route 419
and cruising down Franklin Road.
So do these now middle aged drivers still cruise to impress the opposite
SOT BRAD 3:22:10
IN Q=NAT SOUND laughter
((THE FERGUSONS: I HOPE HE DOESN'T...YEAH WE DON'T TRY TO PICK UP THE GIRLS NO
MORE. REPORTER: you have the one you want, right? I HAVE THE ONE I WANT. I
GUESS I'LL STICK WITH HER. ))
OUT Q=STICK WITH HER.
Nostalgia fills the air in this parking lot-- as does the smell of money.
It can cost from 12- thousand to 50- thousand dollars to get these vehicles
looking like new.
SOT HOWARD 1: 8:08:07
IN Q=Everyone that has
((RON BOWLES: EVERYONE THAT HAS RESTORED ONE OF THESE CARS AND KEEPS THEM IN
TOP SHAPE HAS SAVED A PIECE OF THE PAST FOR OUR KIDS TO SEE. ))
OUT Q=kids to see.
And that history is on display for all to see at the corner of West Main
Street and RT. 11 every second and fourth saturday of each month.
SOT Howie 2: 6:37:34
IN Q=so, the classic
((ANDREW FREIDEN: SO, THE CLASSIC CAR COMMUNITY IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY FINALLY
HAS A PLACE TO CALL HOME. IF YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT THESE AGING BEAUTIES, PILE
INTO YOUR CAR AND HEAD OVER TO SALEM-- AND PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL. ANDREW
FREIDEN, NEWS 7 ))
OUT Q=Andrew Freiden, News7!
Fincastle is celebrating its history with an old-fashion outdoor fair.
The 27th annual event will get underway next weekend as a fundraiser for
Historic Fincastle Incorporated.
The organization will use the money raised to restore buildings like "The
James Early" cabin.
The historic building dates back to 1796-- it was used as Early's home and
SOT cover some w/b-roll 11:29:33
IN Q=THE INSIDE LOGS
((PEGGY DAVIS/HISTORIC FINCASTLE INC.: THE INSIDE LOGS MANY OF THEM ARE
ORIGINAL. SOME OF THEM HAD TO BE REPLACED BECAUSE THEY WERE SO ROTTEN. THE
CHIMNEY IS ORIGINAL AND WE HAVE A LOFT, WE USE FOR STORAGE BUT OF COURSE IN THE
EARLY DAYS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR THE CHILDREN, BUT THIS ONE ROOM WOULD HAVE
BEEN THE LIVING ROOM, KITCHEN, THE BEDROOM.))
SUPER=01-Peggy Davis/Historic Fincastle Inc.;
OUT Q=THE BEDROOM
The cabin is now used as office space for Historic Fincastle and visitors
are encouraged to take a guided tour of the house.
It will be open to the public during next week's festival.
Artists will also demonstrate their crafts during the two day event, next
Saturday and Sunday.
And coming up, Jeff Gordon wins at Martinsville Mike Stevens will have a
live report The Redskins win on the road.
And a couple of big upsets this weekend in the National Football League.
Jeff Gordon tightened his grip on the Winston Cup Points title by winning
today's Hanes 500 in Martinsville.
Double Boxes=Roy and Mike/Microwave
Mike Stevens now joins us with a wrap up of the fastest 500 lap race ever
held at Martinsville.
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(Rollcue: Nothing unusual about the eventual winner.)
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Hanes 500; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Jackson/Rick Mast's Car Owner; :55
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Hanes 500 Winner; 1:24
SUPER=01-Bobby Hamilton/Finished Third & Led 332 Laps; 1:51
SUPER=01-John Andretti/Finished Fifth; 1:58
OUT Q=...go in next week.
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Roy and Mike/Microwave
The Washington Redskins used three interceptions to hole off the St. Louis
Rams this afternoon 17 to 10.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
The Redskins got on the board with 8 minutes left in the first quarter when
Gus Frerotte hits tight end Scott Galbraith on the 2 yard touchdown pass to
make it 7 to nothing Washington.
Former Redskin Kicker Chip Lohmiller kicking for the first time against
his old team and this field goal attempt is no good.
Then the Redskin defense put on the pressure. Linebacker Ken Harvey
intercepts this Steve Walsh pass its knocked out of his hands but the Redskins
recover the ball.
Terry Allen's Touchdown made it 17 SUPER=36-Washington/17/St. Louis/10/;to
3 then in the fourth quarter the Rams's Jermaine Ross scores on this three yard
run but the Redskins win it 17 to 10.
The Carolina Panthers remained undefeated this afternoon beating the San
Francisco 49-ers in Charlotte this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/FOX SPORTS; ;
Steve Beuerlein stepped in for the injured Kerry Collins this afternoon and
early in the first quarter he hits Wesley Wall over the middle on the 19 yard
touchdown and the Panthers led 7 to nothing.
Then in the second quarter it was the Beuerlein to Wall combination again
this time the play covered 7 yards and the Panthers took the 14 to nothing
San Francisco got on the board in the third quarter when Steve young finds
a wide open Derek Loville on the 44 yard touchdown pass to make it 17 to 7
The Panther defense came up with SUPER=36-Carolina/23/San
Francisco/7;this interception by Greg Maxey and Carolina knocks off San
Francisco 23 to 7.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/FOX SPORTS; :
Another big upset this afternoon in the N-F-L. The Minnesota Vikings
knocking off Green Bay Handing the Packers their first loss of the season.
For that and all of today's Scores lets check the boards.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0100-j/Arizona/28//New Orleans/14////Denver/14/j/Kansas City/17///;
SUPER=0100-j/N.Y. Giants/13//N.Y. Jets/6////San Francisco/7/j/Carolina/23///;
SUPER=0100-/Seattle/3//Tampa Bay/10/3//j/Washington/17//St. Louis/10///;
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
A shocker in College football last night as Arizona State stunned top ranked
Nebraska 19 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ/PRIME SPORTS; :
The Sun Devils scored the only touchdown of the game in the first quarter
when Jake Plummer hits a wide open keith Poole on this 25 yard touchdown pass
to make it 7 to nothing Arizona.
Then the defense took over scoring three safeties in the game pulling off
the upset and ending Nebraska's 22 game win streak the longest in college
It was the first time Nebraska has been shut out since 1973 and it dropped
the Cornhuskers from first to 8-th place in the A-P College football poll.
Florida becomes number one followed by Florida State, Penn State, Ohio
State and Notre dame.
Tech's win over Big East opponent Rutgers keeps the Hokies in the 18-th spot
in the pole.
rout at Wake Forest.
And the Virginia Cavaliers check in at the 19-th position with yesterday's