Coming up next on News 7 at 6...
A march in Danville commemorates the heros of the Civil War...
And you won't believe who won the Big Game lottery jackpot.
In sports, Duke and maryland get in on in ACC action in College Park, we will
have a chat with Winston Cup driver Ken Schrader, plus NBA and NHL highlights,
and we will check in on a few Roanoke restaurants to see what they have done
to accommodate the crazy fans.
Cold air is in place, and the chance of some freezing precipitation looks
good for Tomorrow afternoon.
All the forecast details ahead.
The Confederate Flag, a symbol of racism or a symbol of government by the
Organizers of the The Southern Heritage Parade say their flag is not a
They say it's a part of their past.
Today the Heritage Preservation Association remembered their heroes of the
Civil War with a march through Danville.
Denise Allen has more.
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=What this flag
SUPER=01-Wayne Byrd/Heritage Preservation Assn.; :14
SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/Danville SCLC; :25
OUT Q=7 Danville
(( What this flag symbolizes is still up for debate.
To some it represents racism.
To members of the Heritage Preservation Association it's the symbol of the
A war they say that was not about slavery.
((WAYNE BYRD/HERITAGE PRESERVATION ASSN: THAT WAS THE ISSUE OF THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT BEING SERVANTS OF THE STATES, NOT BEING A MANDATING, DICTATING,
((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE S.C.L.C.: IT CAN BE USED AS A TOOL TO
EDUCATE ABOUT WHAT DIVISION CAN CAUSE. IT CAUSED BROTHER TO FIGHT BROTHER,
COUSIN TO FIGHT COUSIN AND IT DIVIDED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))
Should the Confederate Flag fly over state buildings?
In South Carolina, voters will decide.
But Rev. Keen says that issue was decided with bloodshed and political
action in the 18-hundreds.
((KEEN: THIS IS A CLEAR PICTURE TO US THERE ARE POCKETS OF CONFEDERATE
SYMPATHIZERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD THAT STILL DON'T BELIEVE THAT ALL
MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.))
((BYRD: THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. WE'RE RECLAIMING OUR HERITAGE. WE'RE NOT
GOING TO LET THE HATE GROUPS SUBVERT THE REAL MEANING OF OUR COUNTRY'S FLAG
WHICH IS THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. THIS FLAG WASN'T GIVEN UP
WILLINGLY. IT WAS TAKEN FROM US BY ARMED INVASION.))
Both Rev. Keen and Wayne Byrd say if everyone was educated on what the war
was REALLY about, the debate would be over.
Denise Allen News 7 Danville.))
The state's homeless shelters and transitional housing programs are looking
to the General Assembly for help.
Roanoke Delegate Vic Thomas has introduced a three and a half million dollar
budget amendment that would double available funding for those programs.
In Roanoke, the Transitional Living Center is wrestling with a 60- thousand
The shortfall has already caused one lay- off and may force the facility to
accept fewer residents.
State money accounts for just three percent of the program's budget, but TAP
officials are hopeful an increase from the General Assembly will help them deal
with cuts in other funding.
IN Q=It has not increased
((ELLEN BROWN/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: IT HAS NOT INCREASED IN THE LAST
FOUR YEARS ALTHOUGH THE NEED IS MUCH GREATER. WE HAVE 12 FAMILIES ON OUR
WAITING LIST AT ANY TIME WAITING TO COME FROM EMERGENCY SHELTER TO HERE AND A
LOT OF PROGRAMS LIKE OURS ARE SUFFERING NOW FROM FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS. FEDERAL
FUNDS FOR PROGRAMS LIKE THIS HAVE DECREASED 28 PERCENT DUE TO CONGRESSIONAL
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty;
OUT Q=due to congressional cuts.
The Transitional Living Center has a capacity of 65 residents.
Most are families, and one- third of the center's residents are children.
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The state Charitable Gaming Commission is so unpopular with the state's
volunteer bingo organizations, some lawmakers are trying to abolish it.
That's not likely to happen, but lawmakers say the commission needs to
demonstrate it can regulate the industry without stepping on too many toes.
State Senator Bo Trumbo along with another senator have filed bills to do
away with the commission.
They would like regulation of bingo and raffle games to be returned to
But Governor Allen is supporting a bill that would reform the commission and
minimize regulations imposed on charitable bingo operators.
Latest estimates place the bingo pot at 250 million dollars a year,
generated by more than two-thousand organizations.
Right now the Roanoke Valley faces two big challenges when it comes to
attracting new businesses here.
First of all, it's hard to find qualified employees, with unemployment near
Secondly, there aren't very many developed sites available.
But a new building should be on the market in Botetourt County by mid- year.
Plans were unveiled this week for a shell building that will go in the Vista
IN Q=It's the
((ANN PIEDMONT/ECON. DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: IT'S THE SAME PARK WHERE A-O
SMITH IS AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PHOTO, IT'S GOING TO MAKE QUITE A HANDSOME
ADDITION TO THE PARK, AND A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR BUILDING INVENTORY THAT WE'LL
BE ABLE TO MARKET FAR AND WIDE.))
SUPER=01-Ann Piedmont/Econ. Development Partnership;
OUT Q=far and wide.
The region has a good track record when it comes to shell buildings.
Another one that was constructed recently is now occupied by York
International, which eventually expects to have 160 employees.
Before York bought it, the shell building was visited by 16 different
One of those firms ended up locating its business right next door to York.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 continues,
They may be out of a job, but they're not out of the money.
We'll tell you about the winners of last week's Big Game Lottery Drawing.
and Bedford County and a P-T-A Coalition are at odds over ways to ease school
The stage is set for some freezing rain or sleet across the region...
Plenty of moisture coming our way as warmer air will override the cold air
mass that's over us right now.
The forecast details coming up,
but first, Here's the Highs and Lows of the day.
MUSIC UP FULL
A P-T-A Coalition in Bedford County is concerned about the size of a
elementary school the school board hopes to build.
Bedford County is one of the fastest growing school divisions in our area.
In the past couple of years the county has seen an average of three to
four hundred new students each year.
The board wants to build a 750- pupil elementary school in the Forest area.
The Coalition says that's too big.
IN Q=Initially there was
((JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: INITIALLY THERE WAS SOME
DISCUSSION ABOUT BUILDING A 500 PUPIL SCHOOL BUT THE WAY THE GROWTH IS
CONTINUING IN BEDFORD COUNTY A 500 PUPIL SCHOOL THE DAY IT OPENED WOULD BE AT
CAPACITY SO WE WANT TO BUILD SOME RESIDUAL CAPACITY IN THE SCHOOLS.))
SUPER=01-John Kent/Bedford Co. School Superintendent; :
OUT Q=in the schools.
The school board has already moved fifth graders from the elementary school
to the middle schools and eight graders to high schools.
Kent says the engineering firm the school board has employed is looking at
developing a prototypical elementary school.
IN Q=Do they really
((DEBBY ALLEN/PTA COALITION: DO THEY REALLY WANT THOSE LARGE SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT
THE COUNTRY. AND IF IT'S A PROTOTYPE WILL THIS BE THE SIZE OF FUTURE SCHOOLS?
WHAT WELL HAPPEN TO OUR SMALLER SCHOOLS DOWN THE ROAD WHEN ENROLLMENT LEVELS
JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT WOULD ACTUALLY BE A SCHOOL
WITHIN A SCHOOL. A PRIMARY UNIT AND AN ELEMENTARY UNIT TO TRY TO REDUCE THE
SIZE IN TERMS OF THE CHILDREN WITHIN THE BUILDING WHERE YOU'D HAVE A PRIMARY
AND ELEMENTARY AREA.))
SUPER=01-Debby Allen/PTA Coalition; :00
OUT Q=elementary area.
The school board is looking to build three elementary schools within the
next five years at a cost of six- million a piece.
There's nothing like winning the lottery to ease the pain of losing your
Seventeen people who will be out of work this summer have won the Big Game's
46 million-dollar jackpot.
They work for a sports-medicine plant in Jackson, Michigan, that's closing
after 90 years.
The workers started a lottery pool after Kellogg Industries announced that
it will close the plant.
Each person chipped in a dollar a week.
Now each player will get two-point-seven million dollars.
That comes to about 135-thousand dollars per year, before taxes, for the
next 20 years.
A cutback in the number of cutbacks at the Salem G-E plant,
and a possible detente in the bidding war for Conrail.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the
News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :24
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
As News-7 first reported, the Salem G-E plant gave 167 hourly workers pink
slips after they returned from a two week mandatory vacation.
But the cutbacks the drive systems maker announced Monday were scaled back
later in the week to 138.
E-T-S of Roanoke has won a one- point- eight- million- dollar contract.
The company will construct a water and sanitary sewer system for a plant in
the Richmond area.
The three railroads deadlocked in a bitter bidding war have agreed to meet
and try to settle their differences.
C-S-X and Norfolk Southern are expected to discuss some way of equally
dividing Conrail's most lucrative routes to preserve competition in the eastern
half of the U-S.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average dropped 137 points, the Nasdaq composite rose roughly 15- points.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
Still to come on News 7 at Six,
if you're thinking about going to see Eddie Murphy's newest movie, you may want
to stay tuned for our review.
Eddie Murphy is back with a new movie ... a movie whose trailers look quite
a bit like "Beverly Hills Cop".
It not only looks like a hit... but a pretty good movie.
"Metro" was the number four movie at the box office this past week.
But those trailers can be deceiving, as our entertainment editor Dennis
Cunningham tells us.
IN Q=Since his big
SUPER=04-Metro - Touchstone Pictures;
OUT Q=for CBS News.
(( SINCE HIS BIG EARLY EIGHTIES HITS 48 HOURS, BEVERLY HILLS COP,
EDDIE MURPHY HAS HAD A DECIDEDLY UNEVEN MOVIE CAREER.
PARTLY, BECAUSE SUDDEN ENORMOUS FAME CAN HURT A CAREER MORE THAN HELP.
PARTLY BECAUSE HIS UNIQUE PERSONALITY IS HARD TO FIT INTO A SCREENPLAY.
AND PARTLY I THINK BECAUSE HE GREW UP.
AND SOME PEOPLE,CRITICS MOSTLY, COULDN'T FORGIVE HIM FOR WANTING TO BE AN
ADULT. WELL, LAST YEAR WITH THE NUTTY PROFESSOR HE FINALLY HAD, AGAIN,
A HUGE SUCCESS.
BACK TO BACK HITS, HOWEVER, LOOK IMPOSSIBLE.
HIS NEW MOVIE CALLED METRO HAS SEEN TO THAT.
I DIDN'T MENTION THE SUPPORTING CAST, BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL CARTOONS.
TRUE, THE NEW MATURE EDDIE MURPHY IS POISED AND EQUIPPED FOR ANOTHER FINE
PERFORMANCE AND ANOTHER BIG HIT.
TROUBLE IS, BESIDES POINTLESS EXCESSIVE OBSCENITY THE MOVIE, AS WRITTEN BY
RANDY FELDMAN AND DIRECTED BY THOMAS CARTER, WON'T GIVE EDDIE MURPHY THE MOVIE
HE NEEDS, AND IS READY FOR.
MAKING METRO A SMALL TOWN THREE.
DENNIS CUNNINGHAM FOR CBS NEWS.))
We will check in on some local spots where fans are gathering for the super
bow, highlight from both college and the nba,
Super Bowl 31 between the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots
is underway!! The two teams aren't the only ones working today.
All afternoon local restaurants were hard at work getting ready for the
fans. In addition to food and beverage, Shakers has other things in store for
fans who come out.
SUPER=01-Mary Beth Allen/Shakers' Manager; :00
OUT Q=...for 2"
Over at Corn Beef and Company, fans were already settled by 4:30 for the
big game. A big screen TV was rented for better viewing.
((ROGER NEEL/CORNED BEEF OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Roger Neel/Corned Beef Owner; :00
10th ranked Duke traveled to Cole Field House today to face 7th ranked
Maryland in a classic ACC showdown.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/Blue Devils vs. Terrapins; :00
The Terps had a Profit on their side and that would be the difference.
Laron Profit slammed home two consecutive ally oops in the closing minutes to
propel Maryland over Duke. Profit finished with 16 points.
Duke's Jeff Capel nailed this three pointer to pull Duke to within 1, but
Steve Wojoiechowski was called for an offensive foul and the Terps snap Duke's
4 game winning streak with a 74-70 win.
SUPER=03-Fayetteville, AR/Wildcats vs. Razorbacks; :00
In other action, Nolan Richardso' style was not enough to tackle Kentucky as
the Wildcats beat the Razorbacks. Anthony Epps snaps the nylon on the three
pointer, Cats win by 10, 83-73.
On to the NBA. The New York Knicks cooled the Heat 95-89 today in the Big
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Heat vs. Knicks; :00
Watch this shot by Tim Hardaway of the Heat..from almost full court he
lofts it up and the rock falls at the buzzer.
It was braun against finesse, Alonzo Mourning clears the area in the paint
with this drive for 2 of his team high 22.
But Patrick Ewing used his skills to SUPER=32-New York/95/Miami/89;
knock down 24 points including this fade away.
With the 95-89 victory over the Miami Heat pushed New York's home winning
streak to 14 straight games.
Earlier in the week, the Charlotte Checkers topped the ECHL all stars in
But last night, the Checkers got jumped and jumped and jumped by the Express
7-2 at the Round House.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Checkers vs. Express; :00
The Express fell behind early before rallying on the power play. Dave
Stewart finds the back of the net on the slap shot to not the game at 1 all in
the first period.
The defenseman again had a part in the eventual game winner. Stewart
cranks up another shot and Wayne Strachan is there to put the biscuit home,
Express head into Tuesday nights home game against Knoxville riding the high of
a 7-2 spanking of Charlotte.
On to the NHL. The Pacific Division Edmonton Oilers battle the Atlantic
Division Washington today on the caps home ice.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Oilers vs. Capitals; :00
The Super Bowl is not the only physical game that would hit the
professional arena today.
The Capitals Peter Bondra tipped in this goal with Washington on the power
play, with a two man advantage.
But the Oilers got two goals out of Dan McGillis as Edmonton beats the Caps
for the first time since 1992 3-1.
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/Penguins vs. Canadiens;
The Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 today at the Molson
Patrick lalime turned away 42 of 44 shots for the Penguins in the win, now
wipe to boards
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SUPER=0096-/Miami/89/j/New York/95////San Antonio/76/j/Milwaukee/94///;
SUPER=0098-j/Maryland #7/74//Duke #10/70///j/Indiana #21/70//Penn State/55///;
SUPER=0098-j/Texas #23/78//Missouri/74///j/Marquette #25/61//DePaul/49///;
To the links. The final round of the Phoenix Open is still in progress. Right
now, Steve Jones is still your leader.
SUPER=03-Kawaihae, HI/ABC; :00
In seniors golf, the Skins game heated up today with lots of money at
stake. Raymond Floyd pockets a cool 40 grand on this shot.
The Golden Bear would bank 170 thousand dollars on the day. Jack Nicklause
earns20 thousand on this birdie shot on the third hole.