Robbie Knievel's motorcycle jump at the Salem Civic center is cancelled...
over what HE says was a mis-understanding about a drunk- in- public charge.
We'll hear from the stuntman himself in just a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And school bus drivers stage a walk-out in the middle of the school day.
Tonight in sports, Terry Labonte gets new paint job for tonight's qualifying
We'll check in today's soggy practice for the soft Taco Bell 300 at
And the Indians need to warm up more than the bus, as they no find themselves
down two games to none to the wildcard Orioles.
Ready to break out from the fog and rain? A strong cold front will arrive
tomorrow morning with big weather changes.
A world record motorcycle jump has been cancelled following the arrest of
Knievel was charged with public intoxication early this morning, but the
motorcycle daredevil denies he was drunk.
The son of motorcycle legend Evel Knievel was planning to jump over 25 cars
Saturday in Salem.
But following his arrest, radio stations WYYD and WROV withdrew their
IN Q=As much as I drank last night
OUT Q=with my performing.
Knievel says he was looking for an all-night drug store, when a man led him
to the northwest Roanoke neighborhood where he was arrested.
He denies that he was legally intoxicated, and says police refused to give
him sobriety tests.
A robbery victim stripped naked and a suspect who pulled a gun on police
lives to tell about it.
It all happened at 14th and Chapman overnight.
A 15- year- old says he was sitting on his own front porch a little before
one-A-M, when he was struck in the head with a gun and forced to take off all
his clothes. He told police his assailants left without taking anything.
He told NEWS 7 they took ten dollars and some cigarettes.
When police drove up across the street, a 21- year- old man wheeled around
and allegedly leveled a gun at them.
Police say Michael Daniel Jackson of Syracuse Avenue ran when they drew
their own weapons. No shots were fired. Police caught up with him and charged
Jackson with a variety of weapons violations.
An environmental group has failed to convince a federal judge that he ought
to block construction of the "smart highway."
In a 22-page written opinion, Judge Jackson Kiser rejected each of the New
River Valley Greens' concerns.
Among them: the exact location of the highway and damage to a plant called
the smooth coneflower.
Though Judge Kiser said highway planners "certainly could have been more
thorough in their analysis of the project's environmental impact," the judge
said: the 'Greens' "have failed to demonstrate the environmental impact
statement was arbitrary or capricious."
Bus drivers in Botetourt County say they're getting run over by school
And today they threatened to walk off the job.
Scott Prince has details.
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SUPER=01-Becky Ballard/School Bus Driver; :28
SUPER=01-Dr. Larry Hall/Transportation Supervisor; :52
OUT Q=S.P. N- 7, Botetourt County
((Botetourt County bus drivers parked their vehicles at the maintenance
garage like they do everyday.
Except this time, they had no plans to start them up again-- not even to
pick up kids from school.
They were planning a mid- day walk out.
The main reason-- more work. And in some cases-- less money.
((THAT'S RIDICULOUS! ))
The bus drivers think they're being taken for a ride... and figured a work
stoppage would get the immediate attention of school administrators.
IN Q=We're all
((BECKY BALLARD/SCHOOL BUS DRIVER: WE'RE NOT TREATED EQUAL WITH THE OTHER
EMPLOYEES. LIKE OUR HEALTH INSURANCE IS NOT THROUGH THE SAME COMPANY. WE DON'T
GET AS MANY SICK DAYS AS SOME OF THE OTHERS.))
OUT Q=the others
More than three dozen bus drivers stood outside the garage waiting for
someone to listen.
Eventually, transportation supervisor Larry Hall heard them out.
But he did some talking of his own.
He told them no matter what they did, changes to their contracts could not
be made at this time.
IN Q=We change
((DR. LARRY HALL/TRANSPORTATION MANAGER: WE CHANGE OUR SALARIES, OR MAKE
CHANGES YEARLY. BUT IT'S STILL A BUDGET PROCESS. IT TAKES A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT
OF TIME BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF PRIORITIES WITHIN A SCHOOL SYSTEM. ))
OUT Q=a school system
With that in mind, the bus drivers elected to stay on the job and take their
complaints to the Botetourt County School Board.
They're hoping additional funding will be set aside in next year's budget.
But if they're demands are not met at that time... they say they likely WILL
drive the point home and strike.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
Republican Senator John Warner has high praise for President Clinton's
emergency response to Hurricane Fran.
But now, a number of federal environmental regulations are tying the hands
of Virginia farmers and landowners as they try to clean up debris.
Warner is asking FEMA director James Lee Witt and other agency heads to lift
some regulations governing navigable waterways and the lands around them.
IN Q=We need
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VA: WE NEED TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT THESE LAWS AND TO
INJECT SOME MORE FLEXIBILITY SO THAT THE LOCAL PEOPLE CAN RESPOND IN WHAT I
CALL A COMMON-SENSE WAY. FARMERS SAID "LOOK, IF I COULD JUST GO IN WITH MY OWN
BULLDOZER, I DON'T NEED FEDERAL HELP, BUT I NEED TO GET THOSE ROCKS OFF MY
FIELD. I CAN'T GET OUT TO FEED MY CATTLE.))
OUT Q=my cattle.
Senator Warner is also questioning whether federal relief money should be
spent rebuilding homes and businesses in the most flood-prone areas.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--
Ellen Qualls reports from Richmond on the problems Virginia's black colleges
face when it comes to private and alumni donations.
and if you're a working mom, you know all about time management.
SOT Spicer tape two 03:03:10
IN Q=What you
((ROBIN SPICER/WORKING MOM: WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT THE KIDS GET
READY, GET YOURSELF READY, MAKE SURE YOU GET TO WORK ON TIME.))
OUT Q=work on time.
So what companies are family-friendly? Some Roanoke Valley businesses show
up on a national list; we'll have the story.
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Virginia colleges and universities rank nationally in raising private funds.
Those are NOT the Commonwealth's five historically black colleges and
Ellen Qualls reports on the challenge to their alumni.
IN Q=Patrick Martin
SUPER=01-Patrick Martin/Virginia Union University; :05
SUPER=01-Eddie Moore/VSU President; :56
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Patrick Martin is from Halifax County -- and he's a college president's
sot tape two 02:20:34
((PATRICK MARTIN/VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY: BECAUSE OF VIRGINIA UNION, I'VE
GROWN. AND YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR PARENTS. THEY HELP YOU GROW. AND I THINK I
NEED TO GIVE BACK TO VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY.))
Martin's in better shape to do so than some.
He's on full scholarship, and has NO student loans.
Public support is taking care of Virginia's historically black schools, but
in the '90's, alumni- giving and endowment- building have become almost
full-time jobs for all Virginia college presidents.
For the black schools, it's daunting.
sot STANDUP tape three 02:47:49
((VIRGINIA UNION'S ALUMNI DONOR RATE IS HIGH FOR AN HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE,
AT 12 TO 14- PERCENT. BUT AS A COMPARISON, VMI'S WAS 33- PERCENT LAST YEAR.
IT'S ENDOWMENT WAS THE HIGHEST PER CAPITA OF ANY PUBLICLY SUPPORTED INSTITUTION
IN THE NATION.))
VMI alumni contribute or help raise 20- percent of the school's annual
Not the case at Virginia State University.
sot 06:34:46 tape one
((EDDIE MOORE/VSU PRESIDENT: HERE AT VIRGINIA STATE, WE ARE LESS THAN ONE
PERCENT OF OUR BUDGET COMES FROM DONATED OR EARNINGS ON ENDOWMENTS.))
What's the difference?
sot TAPE ONE 06:36:25
((EDDIE MOORE/VSU PRESIDENT: I THINK PART OF THE HISTORICAL PRECEDENT GOES
BACK TO THE EARNING POWER GOES BACK TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW IN THE 60 TO 80
YEAR RANGE, IN TERMS OF THEIR ACTUAL AGE. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SOUTH,
THROUGHOUT AMERICA, WERE VERY RESTRICTIVE TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS.))
UVA's private endowment is the fifth highest of any public university in the
It's around one BILLION dollars.
sot TAPE ONE 06:39:03
((EDDIE MOORE/VSU PRESIDENT: THE EARNINGS OFF ONE BILLION DOLLARS ARE IN THE
50 TO 100 MILLION DOLLAR RANGE EACH YEAR. OUR ENTIRE BUDGET IS 55 MILLION
sot TAPE THREE 02:24:55
((TERENCE THOMAS/VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY: YOU HAVE TO GIVE BACK... OTHERS
OF IT'S TYPE.))
But for the black schools, Terence Thomas of Hampton is typical.
Only the second generation of his family to attend college, no million
dollar wing will be built in the Thomas name.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A Salem company with 400 employees has been sold.
Aramark has purchased Crest Uniform.
Crest supplies the health care and restaurant industries.
Crest says there will be no workforce changes at this time.
The Aramark Corporation is based in Philadelphia.
It has other divisions providing food vending, book distribution and child
It's hard enough these days that both a husband and wife have to work to
make ends meet.
Factor in the demands of being a parent, and it gets even tougher.
Len Besthoff reports many companies are trying to make things easier for
dual income families.
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SUPER=03-Blue Ridge; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :16
SUPER=01-Robin Spicer/Working Mom; :37
SUPER=01-Terry Jackson/First Union Operations Manager; :58
SUPER=01-Ann Francis/Child Care Expert; 1:17
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Nat Sot in kitchen dispensing cereal to youngins?
Robin Spicer and her husband are up by five- thirty, dressed for work by
six, then get the kids ready for the day ahead.
SOT Spicer tape two 03:03:03
IN Q=It's a
((ROBIN SPICER/WORKING MOM: IT'S A JUGGLING ACT EVERY DAY. SOMEDAYS IT GOES
BETTER THAN OTHERS.))
OUT Q=than others.
Companies like First Union accommodate working moms like Spicer, with on
Nat Sot from daycare center
SOT lbsot tape two 02:30:35
IN Q=Employees will
((Employees will tell you that quality day care like this is by no means cheap
but you get what you pay for, and they add that getting quality supervision for
your child is not the only thing that makes a company family friendly.))
OUT Q=family friendly.
IN Q=We have
((SPICER: WE HAVE FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING IN SOME OF OUR AREAS WHERE YOU CAN WORK
FOUR 10 HOUR DAYS IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=choose to do that.
Area employers including First Union, Allstate, and Corning are on Working
Mother magazine's new list of the 100 Best Companies to work for.
For many, being family friendly makes good business sense.
SOT TAPE TWO 03:38:09
IN Q=If we
((TERRY JACKSON/FIRST UNION: IF WE CAN HELP OUR EMPLOYEES FIND A WAY NOT TO
TAKE TOO MUCH WORK HOME, AND NOT TO BRING TOO MUCH HOME TO WORK, THEN THEY'LL
OUT Q=be happier.
Ann Francis, who founded First Union's daycare center, says many employers
remain unsympathetic to working moms.
SOT TAPE THREE 13:25:39
IN Q=Lot of
((ANN FRANCIS/CHILD CARE EXPERT: LOT OF COMPANIES FOR EXAMPLE HAVE SICK LEAVE,
BUT YOU CAN ONLY USE IT FOR YOURSELF. SO YOU EITHER HAVE TO LIE WHEN YOUR
CHILD IS SICK IF YOU WANNA STAY HOME, OR YOU HAVE TO STAY HOME WITHOUT PAY.))
OUT Q=without pay.
Francis says companies can start by letting families use sick days any way
they need to.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
The stock market set a record again today.
The Dow climbed nearly 29 points closing at 59 hundred 33.
NASDAQ shot up 14 and a half points.
It is hard for most hearing people to comprehend what it's like to be deaf.
Marielayna (marie-uh-lay-na) Rossillo (Row-SEE-low) knows-- first hand.
Teresa Hamilton reports, the Danville teacher has found the perfect job to
help others understand.
IN Q=To see
SUPER=01-Marielayna Rossillo/Teacher; :27
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( To see Marielayna Rossillo at work, you'd probably never know she has a
It certainly isn't evident as she teaches "American Sign Language" and
"Finger Spelling" at Danville Community College.
((ALRIGHT, TRY THIS ONE. ))
OUT Q=this one.
Rossillo was born hard of hearing, a problem which worsened, over the years.
But she never let her physical condition stand in her way.
She copes by reading lips and facial expressions.
IN Q=There are
((MARIELAYNA ROSSILLO/DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEACHER: THERE ARE BARRIERS
OUT THERE, YOU KNOW AND THAT'S GIVEN ME A LOT OF ENERGY AND DESIRE, TO KIND OF
GO THROUGH THEM, I WENT TO LAW SCHOOL BECAUSE, I FELT THAT I NEEDED TO DO THAT
FOR MYSELF, SO THAT I COULD BE AN ADVOCATE FOR MYSELF AND OTHERS. ))
OUT Q=and others.
Rossillo is putting that dream to work at DCC.
Aside from teaching, she's responsible for promoting better understanding
between the "hearing impaired" and hearing community.
She's especially interested in helping small businesses comply with the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
IN Q=For example
((ROSSILLO:FOR EXAMPLE, BEING AWARE THERE IS A RELAY SYSTEM FOR PHONE USE IT'S
SOMETHING THAT'S COST FREE AND COULD MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TO A PERSON
WITH A HEARING IMPAIRMENT IN A COMMUNITY. ))
OUT Q= in a community.
Rossillo is bridging the gap.
She's advised businesses on the hiring of "hearing impaired" workers.
She also helps school children and speaks at local functions. Teresa
Hamilton, News 7.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, The Orioles make it two in a row over the
The Winston Cup cars are all set for time trials tonight at Charlotte.
And more than 70 drivers braved the rain today at Martinsville to tune up for
next weekend's Taco Bell 300 Late Model Stock car event.
The defending American League champions are now just one game away from begin
booted out of the playoffs.
This afternoon in Baltimore the Orioles waited through a short rain delay
before Brady Anderson stepped up in the fifth and broke up the clouds with this
solo homer to right.
He hit 50 in the regular season, and two so far in the playoffs.
Anderson would also provided a little insurance in the eighth with no not
another homer but a sacrifice
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fly to plate Manny Alexander.
The Orioles win it 7-to-4. They now head to Cleveland for the next three
games needing only to win one to advance.
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers are wrapping up game one of their
best of five series at this hour.
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The anticipated pitching duel between Martinez and Smoltz was just that until
the top of the fourth when Fred McGriff lifted this sacrifice fly to deep left
Marquis Grissom tags at third and gets the first run of the game home.
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Right now in the 7th inning, the Braves and Dodgers are tied at 1-all.
The New York Yankees hope to bounce back with a win tonight at home in game
two against the Rangers.
The Cardinals and Padres are off today.
Their series resumes tomorrow afternoon.
The Winston Cup cars are set for qualifying tonight at the Charlotte Motor
Speedway for Sunday's UAW GM Quality 500.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
This afternoon a number of sponsorship announcements were made including one
concerning Terry Labonte.
The Kelloggs company is using NASCAR as its main promotional vehicle to
introduce the company's newest cereal.
IN Q="It's pretty...
((TERRY LABONTE/DRIVER - KELLOGGS CHEVY:))
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/Driver - Kellogg's Chevy; :00
OUT Q=...EVERY DAY."
Also, today the Hayes Modem company which is responsible for getting many
people on the world wide web, has incorporated the Internet image on to its
And it's about time that the Cartoon Network Chevy is giving some publicity
to one of the great canine actors of all time, Scoo-Bee-Doo!
While the Winston Cup guys are hanging out in Charlotte this week, the
Martinsville Speedway is gearing up for next weekend's Taco Bell 300.
More than 70 Late Model Stock cars were at the track today taking part in an
open testing session.
Why all the interest on such a gloomy, rainy day?
Well, this race has a purse of more than $90 thousand, and the winner takes
home a $25 thousand dollar check.
IN Q="YOU ARE GONNA...
((JOHNNY RUMLEY/DRIVER - TACO BELL CHEVY:))
((SHAYNE LOCKHART/FORMER MARTINSVILLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Johnny Rumley/Taco Bell Chevy Driver; :00
SUPER=01-Shayne Lockhart/Former Martinsville Winner; :22
OUT Q=...start the race."
Just finding a way to make one of Martinsville's two big Late Model races and
earning one of the the 36 starting spots is tough enough, as local favorite
Rodney Cundiff found out earlier this year.
IN Q="If you...
((RODNEY "SIX PACK" CUNDIFF/DRIVER - CUNDIFF TRUCKING FORD:))
SUPER=01-Rodney "Six Pack" Cundiff/Cundiff Trucking Ford Driver; :00
OUT Q=...WIN THIS RACE."
Pro boxing has had a checkered past when it comes to bouts in the star city.
This afternoon, businessman Rick Hawkins announced that five time world
champion Thomas Hearns is coming to Roanoke to fight at the Civic Center on
His opponent hasn't been announced yet, but tickets for the bout will range
from $15 bucks to $150 dollars.
The NHL regular season is getting ready to fire up later this month, but di
you know that watching a game on the Pro hardwater costs you more than any of
the other big four sports.
The average ticket price in the NHL is now $38 dollars - that's a 10 percent
increase over last year.
NFL, NBA and major league baseball tickets are also on the rise, but nothing
can touch in the NHL and in particular the Colorado Avalanche.
The defending Stanley Cup champs have raised their prices 27 percent.
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