Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Tallying up a drug bust in Roanoke.
The governor cleaning up his environmental image.
And the future of the women's leadership program at Mary Baldwin- -we'll
talk with three cadets from OUR area.
Tonight in sports, Roy Stanley gives us an up close look at Rick Mast's new
twin daughters, the Braves are ready to ground the Cards tonight.
And Virginia Tech basketball star Ace Custis is scheduled to have arthroscopic
surgery on his knee tomorrow at Montgomery regional hospital.
Another line of storms are moving through southside Virginia at this hour.
Over the next day though, the weather should dry out.
67 people, 96 indictments, and 110 charges.
Those are the numbers in the latest drug bust in Roanoke.
Narcotics officers were undercover for about six months... trying to zero in
on street dealers pushing cocaine and heroin.
Police focused on individual neighborhoods... like this one near 13th Street
and Chapman Avenue in Southwest Roanoke.
At the nearby West End Center for Youth, staffers say dodging dope dealers
is a part of everyday life in the area.
They're happy about the latest drug bust... but still very leery.
IN Q=It's just
((KAYE HALE/YOUTH CENTER DIRECTOR: IT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, YOU GET RID OF IT FOR A
WHILE AND THEN IT COMES BACK BECAUSE IT'S A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS. SOME PEOPLE GO
TO JAIL BUT THEN THERE ARE OTHERS WHO WILL BE THERE TO REPLACE THEM TO MAKE
SUPER=01-Kaye Hale/Youth Center Director;
OUT Q=make money
Officials have been comparing this drug sweep to the one in January.
But prosecutor Dennis (NAY-gel) Nagal says this bust netted bigger dealers.
A former Halifax County football player charged with murder is hoping to
convince a jury it was self defense.
21- year old Lewis Jordan Powell, Junior was arrested in January for killing
a man outside the Super Eight Motel in Riverdale.
Powell's attorney told the jury his client would never have pulled the
trigger if he hadn't feared for his life.
But prosecutors say a weapon was not found on 17- year old Jason Lamont
Commonwealth's attorney John Greenbacker says revenge was the motive.
The two apparently belonged to rival gangs.
Powell was a member of the Halifax County football team that won the state
title in 1991.
Democrat Mark Warner says John Warner's latest ad is "blatant, old school,
political character assassination."
John Warner's second TV ad of the fall campaign questions -- among other
things -- the legality of how hundred-millionaire Mark Warner earned his
NAT SOT JOHN WARNER AD
IN Q=He made
((ME MADE HIS 150- MILLION DOLLAR FORTUNE FROM HIS POLITICAL CONNECTIONS.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BIG GOVERNMENT LOOPHOLES NOT AVAILABLE TO AVERAGE WORKING
((MARK WARNER/D-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: I'VE BEEN QUESTIONED ABOUT HOW I MADE
MY MONEY, I'VE BEEN QUESTIONED ABOUT WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS PRACTICES.
QUESTIONED MY VERY LOYALTY AS A VIRGINIAN. AND QUESTIONED WHAT KIND OF
INTEGRITY I'M GOING TO HAVE IN OFFICE. YOU'RE DARN RIGHT I'M SURPRISED AT
THIS. YOU'RE DARN RIGHT I THINK THIS IN INAPPROPRIATE.))
SUPER=04-John Warner Ad;
Multi- millionaire John Warner gained the bulk of his fortune from first
wife Catherine Mellon.
Mark Warner says he won't talk about that in the Senate campaign.
A spokesman for John Warner describes the ad as "factual," NOT negative.
We showed you Governor George Allen shooting the rapids to promote his Fall
River Renaissance clean-up effort.
Today, the Governor got out of the whitewater and into the mud-raking.
Allen led a clean-up at a swampy park on the James River near Richmond.
IN Q=There are
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THERE ARE NEARLY 300 SUCH PROGRAMS GOING ALL AROUND
VIRGINIA IN 70 JURISDICTIONS THIS MONTH. THEY'RE CLEANING UP TRASH, THAT'S THE
MAIN THING. BUT THEY'RE ALSO HELPING WITH FISH PASSAGES, WORKING ON RIPARIAN
BUFFERS, PLANTING TREES AND GRASS STRIPS TO CUT DOWN ON EROSION.))
OUT Q=down on erosion.
Allen's cleaning up his image on the environment in advance of a multi-state
meeting tomorrow on the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Expect to see at least 30 female cadets at Virginia Military Institute next
That's the best guess from V-M-I superintendent Josiah Bunting... now that
well over 100 high school girls have expressed an interest in going to the
SS=VMI and Mary Baldwin
But what about the women of V-WIL? Are any of them interested in
IN Q=No, absolutely not
SUPER=01-Darsey Light/V-WIL Cadet from Salem; :00 QUICK
SUPER=01-Kim Bond/V-WIL Cadet from Pulaski; :03 QUICK
SUPER=03-Staunton/Last Week; :07
SUPER=03-Lexington/August 21; :37
SUPER=01-Catherine McMillan/V-WIL Cadet from Thaxton; :59
OUT Q=want to go there.
((NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. ))
((NONE AT ALL. AND I DON'T THINK ANYONE HERE AT THE CORPS DOES EITHER.))
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The Institute at Mary Baldwin College was designed as an alternative to
admitting women to V-M-I. It was endowed with a 5-and a half million dollar
grant from the V-M-I Foundation.
But it's hardly the same thing.
((HERE THEY DON'T SCREAM AT US. THEY STILL SUPPORT US. THEY'RE NICE TO US.
THEY'RE OUR FRIENDS, THEY NOT YELLING AT US, MAKING US STRAIN. ))
NAT SOT full
...in marked contrast to the rat line.
When the U-S Supreme Court ruled that V-M-I's male-only policy was
UNconstitutional, the Court dismissed V-WIL as a "pale shadow" of V-M-I.
Naturally V-WIL cadets- -like Catherine McMillan of Thaxton- - take
exception to that.
((BUT I FEEL LIKE THIS PROGRAM'S GOING TO KEEP ON GOING STRONG, AND, YOU KNOW
NO MATTER WHAT GOES ON AT VMI, WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE THIS PROGRAM HERE.))
SOT standup at 14:03:55
((How likely is that? Officials here cite the $1.2-million grant from the
Jesse Ball duPont Foundation that created the program for exceptionally gifted
students at Mary Baldwin College. That was ten years ago. The money ran out
FIVE years ago, and the program is alive and well today.))
Kim Bond predicts open hostility when V-WIL cadets confront women who've
infiltrated the ranks at V-M-I.
She's not the only one who's uneasy about it.
((I'M UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA OF GOING TO VMI AND SITTING IN MY R.O.T.C.
CLASSES WITH RATS THAT ARE WOMEN. I THINK THAT'S JUST ODD.
((AND I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WOULD WANT TO GO THERE. ))
OUT Q=to go there.))
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--
it's back to the drawing board for those trying to overhaul a
Roanoke public housing complex.
and when does free public advertising--like posting a yard sale notice---go
too far? One community is looking to clean up its act. We'll have the story.
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If you've got friends or family driving south toward Roanoke, they might be
a little late.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has closed off a 15 mile stretch
of Interstate 81 near the 200 mile marker.
Crews are repairing a sink hole in one of the lanes.
Officials say you can expect a detour-- and a delay of about 30 minutes.
The leader of one of the Alleghany Highlands' largest employers is leaving
Pat Haynes is no longer the Bacova Guild's chief executive officer.
The announcement was made by Burlington Industries.
It purchased Bacova from Haynes and his partner Ben Johns last year.
Haynes plans to stay in the area and pursue other business interests.
He'll also remain on Bacova's board of directors.
Johns will assume full responsibility for the company.
Bacova is the world's largest maker of printed accent rugs and mats.
Alleghany County wants to plug into the flow of high tech jobs moving into
Today county officials unveiled a plan to build a 200 acre technology park.
Eric Earnhart found support for the park in an unlikely place.
IN Q=The plan would turn
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Glynn Loope/Economic Development Authority; :15
SUPER=01-Madge Brown/Neighbor; :52
OUT Q=EE, News 7
(( The plan would turn this piece of National Forest land next to I-64 into a
job magnet... a park designed for companies serving the computer and
Economic development planners say they can't afford to wait.
IN Q=we don't want
((GLYNN LOOPE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY; WE DON'T WANT TO SIT AROUND AND
WAIT FOR THE ENTIRE 21ST CENTURY TO GET UPON US BEFORE WE'RE READY TO USHER IT
IN. I THINK TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. ))
OUT Q=of the essence
If it goes as planned, a land-swap deal with the forest service will allow
this 200 acre plot to be graded and groomed for business in just 2 to 3 years.
THE BORDER OF THE PROPOSED INDUSTRIAL PARK IS HERE AT THE TREE LINE, WHICH WILL
BRING HIGH TECHNOLOGY RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE.
Madge Brown was apprehensive when we told her about the project... But
decided she'll support it, for the sake of people like her grandson, a recent
IN Q=he can't get a job
((MADGE BROWN, NEIGHBOR; HE CAN'T GET A JOB. HE'S GOTTA GO OUT OF TOWN, AND
THERE ARE A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO GRADUATE, THERE'S NO JOBS
OUT Q=there's no jobs here
Organizers of the new park are promising to change that.
IN Q=there are going to be
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE, ?????;THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF NEW JOBS, A LOT OF
HIGH PAYING JOBS. AND THAT WILL HELP TO ALLOW PEOPLE WHO GET A GOOD EDUCATION
HERE, FOR EXAMPLE, AT DABNEY LANCASTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, TO BE ABLE TO STAY
HERE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY.))
OUT Q=beautiful community
As they raise expectations, they also need to raise about 4 million dollars
to get the site ready.
Planners say they think they can raise all that money from a variety of
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Site preparation could begin as soon as January on the Falling Branch
Industrial Park in Montgomery County.
Congressman Rick Boucher announced four-and-a-half million dollars in loans
and loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-NINTH DISTRICT: WE NEED THESE INDUSTRIAL PARKS, WE NEED
THE WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS, WE NEED THE SHELL BUILDINGS AND WHEN THEY ARE
IN PLACE, INDUSTRY CAN THEN COME TO THIS AREA AND UTILIZE OUR OTHER NATURAL
OUT Q=other natural assets.
The funds will allow the Montgomery County Industrial Development Authority
to develop the park, which overlooks interstate- 81.
((DAVID SHANKS/MONTGOMERY CO. I.D.A. DIRECTOR: WE FEEL BEING ADJACENT TO THE
INTERSTATE AND BEING ON LAND THAT LAYS PRETTY WELL FOR WESTERN VIRGINIA THAT WE
HAVE A PRIME SITE. WE'RE GONNA BE LOOKING FOR THE TOP INDUSTRIES. ))
SUPER=01-David Shanks/Montgomery Co. I.D.A. Director;
OUT Q=the top industries.
Shanks says the I-D-A has a list of industries which have expressed
interest in the park.
The stock market took a tumble today.
The Dow dropped 36 points to close at 59 hundred 30.
NASDAQ was down two points.
Major renovations to the Lincoln Terrace Housing community will have to
The Roanoke Housing Authority did not get the 13- million dollar grant it
hoped would pay for the project.
But officials say they remain confident that Lincoln-2000 will become a
The Housing authority has unveiled a blueprint for major changes at the
Officials say they want to transform the project into a neighborhood.
But now they will have to look elsewhere for most of their funding.
IN Q=My reaction is that
((DAVE BALDWIN/PROJECT COORDINATOR: MY REACTION IS THAT IT'S NOT THE END OF THE
WORLD. WE WILL SIMPLY GO ON TO THE NEXT BEST PLAN, AND LOCATE OTHER SOURCES,
BUT ALSO REAPPLY.))
SUPER=01-Dave Baldwin/Project Coordinator;
OUT Q=but also reapply.
Dave Baldwin says the Housing Authority has been told to reapply when
more federal funds become available in May.
If you're planning a yard sale in Clifton Forge this fall, hold on to your
City officials say it's time to stop littering the landscape with sale signs.
Last night City council passed the first reading of an ordinance banning yard
sale and other signs from trees and utility poles along the streets.
Council members say it makes the poles look terrible, signs stay up for
weeks, and become a traffic hazard as people slow down to read them.
((DICK MAGNIFICO, CITY MANAGER; WE'VE ALSO PROVIDED A LARGE BULLETIN BOARD ON
ONE OF THE MAIN STREET PARKING LOTS TO PROVIDE A LOCATION FOR PUTTING UP
SIGNAGE SO PEOPLE CAN GO ONE PLACE AND PUT THEIR SIGN UP AND ADVERTISE.))
SUPER=01-Dick Magnifico/City Manager;
OUT Q=sign up and advertise
If they enforce the ordinance, putting up an illegal sign could eventually
bring a 25- dollar fine.
Residents will still be able to put up signs on their own property.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Braves get set to battle the Cardinals
tonight, Bobby Bowden talks about taking on MIami this weekend.
and Roy Stanley and Photographer Lynn Eller give us all our first look at the
Rick Mast's new twin girls.
We'll talk with Rick and wife Sharon right after this.
Earlier this week Cornell Brown underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, and
tomorrow Tech basketball star Ace Custis is scheduled for the same procedure.
Ace hurt his knee on September 19th during a conditioning drill, but at the
time it was thought to be just a leteral sprain.
However, increased swelling has forced DOCTORS to opt for surgery.
Ace could be ready for practice in a just two weeks if all goes well and no
major damage is discovered.
Game one of the American League championship is underway in New York.
Right now in the bottom of the 6th inning the Yankees trail the Orioles 4 to 2.
The national league championship series opens later tonight in Atlanta with 24
game winner John Smoltz taking on the Cardinals Andy Benes.
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The Cards have already said it's time to stop the chop and give someone else
a chance at claiming the world series title.
And the Braves aren't taking anything for granted.
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((JEFF BLAUSER/BRAVES SHORTSTOP:))
((MARK LEMKE/BRAVES SECOND BASEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Blauser/Braves Shortstop; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Lemke/Braves Second Baseman; :08
OUT Q=...INGREDIENT YOU NEED."
There are two new Mast's on the hill in Rockbridge-Baths these days.
Sarah and Katy the twin daughters of veteran stock car driver Rick Mast and
his wife Sharon arrived last Wednesday.
Tonight Roy Stanley checks in from their crib.
IN Q="Rick and Sharon....
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :
SUPER=01-Sharon Mast/Rick's Wife; :14
SUPER=00-Rick Mast/Proud Papa; :42
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Rick and Sharon always wanted another kid to play with their 13 year old son
And on October second they did better than that. Sharon gave birth to twin
daughters Sarah and Katy.))
((SHARON MAST/RICK'S WIFE: ))
((While the news of the pregnancy thrilled Sharon her biggest worry was were
would her husband be when it was time for the babies to be born.
Rick spends his weekends on race tracks through out the country racing in
NASCAR's Winston Cup division.
And no matter what track Rick was racing, it was a long way from
Charlottesville where the twins were born.))
((RICK MAST/DRIVER OF HOOTER'S PONTIAC: ))
((The family is helping Sharon take care of the twins.
But the biggest support she's getting is from their 13 year old son
((ROY STANDUP: ))
After a rash of injuries through the NBA training camp in the first week,
Marcus Camby has supplied the league with some good news.
It was feared that camby had broken his right ankle and foot during a team
scrimmage on Sunday.
But an MRI exam today turned up negative. He just has sprain and is day to
day. He may even pay in the team's exhibition opener on Friday.
The weekend is drawing closer and so too is Your Hometown Station's Saturday
of outstanding college football games.
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Four of the top 12 teams in the country will in action as Number one Florida
hosts Number 12 LSU in a Noon kickoff.
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Then at 3:30 third ranked Florida State travels to Miami to battle the sixth
ranked Hurricanes in an ACC-Big East showdown.
And from all indications the Canes are back to their old ways of winning.
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((BOBBY BOWDEN/FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/Florida State Head Coach;:00
OUT Q=...going in."
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And don't forget about our weekly girls basketball wrapup called Hometown
Steve Mason has the inside lane to the hoop every Wednesday on News 7 at 5
and 11. Hope you check it out tonight as he profiles a surprisingly successful
team and highlights a couple of career milestones.
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