Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
An option to sell out if you live in flood-prone parts of Garden City.
And they look good in their uniforms. They're polite and smart. That's Don
Beyer's rationale for continuing to fund V-WIL. Is it good enough for the
We'll tune in tor the budget debate in Richmond in a moment.
Tonight in sports, some folks who were the baseball mood in Salem last night
talk about inter-league play in the majors.
Steve Mason talks with Tech star Sherry Banks.
And the Patriots clear out Bill Parcells' office and welcome Pete Carroll as
the team's new head coach today.
Tonight we begin a month long visit to WeatherSchool as area students check
in for answers to their homework questions...and we will duck from rainshowers
Residents of Garden City, devastated by flooding in the summer of 1995,
will soon be on the move.
Today, Roanoke City Council approved a plan to purchase more than 40
properties in the flood plain.
Joe Dashiell has more on the voluntary buy- out.
IN Q=Residents of Garden City
SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 28, 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Clark/Roanoke Public Works Director; :09
SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :42
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Heavy Rains and fast water have been frequent visitors to Garden City...
but the flooding that occurred on June 28th, 1995 was especially damaging.
IN Q=The Garden City neighborhood
((BILL CLARK/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: THE GARDEN CITY NEIGHBORHOOD EXPERIENCED
OVER FOUR INCHES OF RAIN IN ABOUT A ONE HOUR TIME FRAME. A STORM CLOUD JUST SAT
OVER THAT VALLEY AND DUMPED. AND WATER TO A DEPTH AND VELOCITY THIS COMMUNITY
HADN'T SEEN BEFORE.))
OUT Q=hadn't seen before.
With a combination of federal, state and local money... the city is now
moving to purchase and demolish more than 40 buildings located in the flood
It's a voluntary program. No one will be forced to move from their homes.
City Council member Linda Wyatt says it's been a long time coming.
IN Q=The citizens
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THE CITIZENS IN GARDEN CITY ARE TO BE
COMMENDED. THEY WORKED WITH THE CITY GOVERNMENT TO MAKE GOOD POSITIVE
SOLUTIONS. I DIDN'T GET ONE ANGRY OR HOSTILE WORD FROM ANYBODY. THEY JUST
WANTED HELP AND THE CITY RESPONDED AND THEY RESPONDED IN KIND BY BEING PROBLEM
SOLVERS INSTEAD OF PROBLEM DELIVERERS.))
OUT Q=instead of problem deliverers.
The property must be assessed by independent appraisers, before the city
will make any offers to owners.
And residents who decide to move will be able to negotiate the timing of
their departure, but city officials say the first residents could be heading
for higher ground within six months.
Joe Dashiell news 7 Roanoke))
A routine traffic stop on I-81 in Wythe County has led to drug and weapons
charges against two men from Texas.
Yesterday a sheriff's deputy stopped a suspected drunk driver.
When the driver and his passenger gave conflicting statements, the deputy
had a drug- sniffing dog search the van.
Authorities seized about 40 pounds of pot.
It was packaged in dryer sheets, plastic and moth-balls, and bound for the
streets of Richmond.
((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: THIS IS JUST INDICATIVE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING
ALONG THE MEXICAN BORDER WITH HUGE AMOUNTS OF ILLEGAL DRUGS, COCAINE AND
MARIJUANA COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES. AND TONS OF IT PASS RIGHT THROUGH
HERE. FORTUNATELY WE CATCH SOME OF IT, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF IT WE DON'T. ))
OUT Q=of it we don't.
Pike says this is the third van- load of illegal drugs in less than a year
Wythe County authorities have intercepted.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
The Alleghany Highlands drug task force was pulling suspected dealers off
the streets in Clifton Forge today.
A grand jury indicted 14 people in Clifton Forge and 3 in Covington.
The charges are the result of an undercover operation that's been going on
Police describe the suspects as low level street dealers... most are charged
with selling crack cocaine.
A 21-year old Roanoke man has been indicted for setting half a dozen fires
in his own southeast neighborhood.
Douglas Ray Letchford is accused- -in one case- -with torching a shed. The
rest of the buildings were houses, and at least one was occupied when the fire
started. Nobody got hurt.
The rest of the houses set ablaze in November and December on Stewart and
Dale Avenues Southeast were UNoccupied.
Letchford has no RECORD of setting fires. Though the motive is unclear,
Prosecutor Betty Jo Anthony says Letchford told police that "a lot of people
In just ten minutes today, Virginia's Senate passed one of its most
controversial bills of the last two decades.
Only those against parental notification for minor abortions bothered to
SOT 13:32:17 EARL TAPE
IN Q=In the past
((SEN. JANET HOWELL: IN THE PAST, MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE VOTED FOR A PARENTAL
NOTIFICATION BILL. I DID IT FOR A BILL THAT I VIEWED AS COMPASSIONATE. THIS
BILL MR. PRESIDENT IS PUNITIVE.))
SOT 13:38:16 EARL TAPE
((SEN. JANE WOODS: IT PAINS ME NOT TO BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL, BUT THIS
BILL DOES NOT WORK FOR FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/(R) Fairfax; :12
OUT Q=the Commonwealth.
VO-NAT 13:41:10 vote
But on a 26 to 14 vote, the bill passed.
If the same version passes House scrutiny, Governor Allen says he's eager to
sign it into law.
Rodney Bocook, the "phantom air traffic controller," will not get another
chance to argue his case in court.
A federal judge says there's "no basis for him to reconsider" the eight-
year sentence he gave Bocook for terrorizing pilots trying to take off and land
In an interview with the 30-year old convict at the federal prison in
Beckley, West Virginia, last year, Bocook said one of the prosecutors assured
him he would serve no more than TWO years.
Judge Samuel Wilson points out Bocook told the court- -under oath- -that no
one had made any promises to him other than those in the written plea
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--questions over the future of the V-WIL
And a visit to an Alleghany Highlands country store is truly a trip back in
time--the owner is still going strong, as she marks her 90th birthday.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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House and Senate budget writers have worked their will in Richmond.
And the fate of Mary Baldwin's V-WIL program hangs in the balance.
Ellen Qualls takes a look.
IN Q=House budget
SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Walker/(D) Finance Comm. Co-Chair; :34
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( House budget writers would phase out the Virginia Women's Institute for
Leadership in four years.
And why not, some say?
Women will be among the ranks at VMI this fall.
sot TAPE ONE 02:02:38
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: BUT BECAUSE VMI IS GOING CO-ED DOES NOT MEAN WE'VE
GOTTEN RID OF THAT NEED FOR STRONG LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG WOMEN. THE
YOUNG WOMEN I KNOW AT MARY BALDWIN VWIL. IT'S GREAT WHEN THEY COME DOWN HERE.
THEY LOOK GREAT IN THEIR UNIFORMS. THEY'RE POLITE, THEY'RE SMART.))
Governor Allen's committed V-WIL ... and Senate leaders agreed, for now, in
sot TAPE ONE 02:14:08
((SEN. STANLEY WALKER/D-SENATE FINANCE CO-CHAIR: I JUST DO NOT KNOW THE TRACK
RECORD ON IT RIGHT NOW. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE WANTED TO LOOK AT IN THE
In other budget matters, NO more money for the Governor's School in Pulaski.
sot tape one 02:11:19
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: WELL YOU KNOW I MADE A BIG SPEECH IN THE
BEGINNING ON THE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL. I'D LIKE TO HAVE SEEN THAT. WE HAVE A
LITTLE INDUSTRIAL PARK IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY WE'RE TRYING TO GET SOME MONEY
FOR. I'D LIKE TO HAVE SEEN A LITTLE MORE IN THAT SPOT.))
But generally good news for Southside.
sot TAPE ONE 02:14:32
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: WELL THERE WERE SEVERAL THINGS THAT I WAS
SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED IN. OF COURSE, WE WERE TRYING TO GET A NEW SOCIAL
SERVICE BUILDING AT HOME, AND WE WERE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT. OTHER THAN THAT,
THAT'S PROBABLY MY ONLY MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT. BUT WE GOT A LOT OF OTHER THINGS
TOO THAT WE NEEDED. THAT WE'D BEEN PUTTING OFF FOR A WHILE. WE WERE ABLE TO
DO SOME THINGS IN ALL THE AREAS OF LIBRARIES, COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITIES, ARMORIES. STUFF THAT WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO. SO IT WAS A
PRETTY GOOD YEAR FOR US.))
Each chamber votes on its budget later this week... and then a team of
negotiators irons out the difference.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Tom Hopkins of Roanoke knew he was in for a rough ride when the Governor
appointed him acting head of the state Department of Environmental Quality last
But despite threats to the contrary, a House committee dominated by
Democrats confirmed Hopkins as director of the embattled agency today.
SOT 12:40:00 tape one
IN Q=We have
((WE HAVE TAKEN FOUR AGENCIES, SLAMMED THEM TOGETHER, REGIONALIZED,
DE-CENTRALIZED, EMPOWERED THE REGION, PUT OUR WATER, WASTE, AND AIR PEOPLE
UNDER ONE ROOF. SO IT WOULD BE AN AMAZING CIRCUMSTANCE IF WE DIDN'T HAVE SOME
SORT OF MORALE PROBLEMS.))
SUPER=01-Tom Hopkins/Acting DEQ Director;
OUT Q=morale problems.
Hopkins still faces full House approval.
The real insult may have come from his fellow Republicans.
The day after the fall elections, a GOP- dominated Senate committee demanded
Hopkins report back with solutions to recent criticisms.
If you long for the good old days, you can get a true taste of the way
things used to be in the community of Low Moor.
Eric Earnhart tell us all you have to do is step into Averill's store, and
say hello to Granny.
IN Q=Her customers call her
SUPER=03-Low Moor; :00
SUPER=01-Alpha Averill/"Granny"; :13
SUPER=01-Robert Brown/Low Moor Resident; :28
SUPER=01-Richard Stogdale/Selma Resident; :50
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( That's what all her customers call her...
Alpha Averill was working here when her uncle opened the store in 1941.
She's the owner now... recently celebrating her 90th birthday...
IN Q=my husband died
((ALPHA AVERILL/"GRANNY"; MY HUSBAND DIED 22 YEARS AGO AND OF COURSE IT CAME TO
ME, AND I'M STUCK WITH IT, AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO...))
OUT Q=what I'm going to do
What she does is open the store every weekday morning at 5:30, working until
the lunch counter closes at 2:00...
IN Q=Granny is an exceptional person
((ROBERT BROWN/LOW MOOR; GRANNY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL PERSON AND THIS IS A GREAT
PLACE... PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER TO VISIT AND GET THE FOOD AND VISIT WITH
OUT Q=visit with her
It;s easy to see why.
In the middle of the hustle and bustle, you see smiles, hear laughter and
words like please, thank you... and yes m'am.
Customers like the fact that little has changed over the years.
IN Q=not that much
((RICHARD STOGDALE/SELMA; NOT THAT MUCH, SHE HASN'T EITHER, SHE STILL LOOKS
ABOUT THE SAME AS SHE DID BACK THEN...AND STILL GOING STRONG. ))
OUT Q=going strong
The place is packed during lunch... the rush of customers keeps Granny on
her toes... she keeps the books on paper... no computers here...
She says hard work keeps her young.
IN Q=that's the reason
(( AVERILL; THAT'S THE REASON I KEEP GOING, IT KEEPS ME ON MY FEET. I THINK IF
I HAD QUIT WHEN MY HUSBAND DIED AND JUST SOLD THE STORE THEN, I WOULD HAVE BEEN
DEAD BY NOW.))
OUT Q=been dead by now
Folks in Low Moor hope they can enjoy Granny's cooking and company, for many
years to come.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
The stock market was down today, as Federal Reserve policy makers prepare to
The Dow dropped seven points.
NASDAQ was off four points.
Pep- rallies are a fun way for students to encourage their classmates to
excel at sports-- but what about inside the classroom?
Teachers at Taylor Middle school in Danville believe in getting students
excited about learning.
This morning, they hosted a pep-rally to encourage students to do their best
on the upcoming "literacy passport test".
Virginia law requires students to pass the test in order to earn a standard
IN Q=The reason
((MOISIS JAMES/GUIDANCE COUNSELOR:THE REASON WE'RE DOING THIS IS TO GIVE THEM A
CHANCE TO GET EXCITED, TO GET OUT SOME OF THAT NERVOUS ENERGY AND TO GET READY
TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS WEDNESDAY WHEN THE FIRST TEST IS GIVEN.
STUDENT SPEAKS:I HAD A LOT OF FUN, IT WAS GREAT.
STUDENT SPEAKS:IT WAS EXCELLENT, I GOT OUT OF CLASS, PLUS, SEE I'M LOOKING
FORWARD TO PASSING THE LITERACY PASSPORT TEST THE FIRST TIME SO I DON'T HAVE TO
TAKE IT NEXT YEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Moisis James/Guidance Counselor; :00
OUT Q=next year.
This is the third year the school has hosted a pep- rally.
An athlete from Natural Bridge has taken her skiing talents all the way to
Canada to compete in the Special Olympics Winter Games.
Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics began last night, and marching
along in the fanfare was 17-year-old Tina Camden.
The Rockbridge County native is there to ski in the womens' slalom, giant
slalom and downhill events... and was the ONLY delegate from Virginia chosen
for the Games.
Camden is one of two-thousand athletes from 75 countries who have traveled
to Canada to compete.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Patriots get a new head coach, the
participants in last night's Hot Stove banquet in Salem offer some thoughts on
And Steve Mason checks in with former William Byrd great Sherry Banks, who is
winding up her career at Virginia Tech this season.
The New England Patriots wasted little time in replacing Bill Parcells.
This morning the team introduced former Jets boss Pete Carroll as the team's
new head coach
Carroll most recently served as the 49ers defensive coordinator.
IN Q="We gotta win...
((PETE CARROLL/NEW PATRIOTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Pete Carroll/New Patriots Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...with that at all."
Another Pete Carroll,who spells his name with and "I" and not an "O" was
elected to the basketball hall of fame today.
Pete Carril, who coached 29 years at Princeton, will be inducted into the
Hall in September 29th.
He's joined by former South Carolina and NBA great Alex English.
GRAPHIC=hall of fame
The Salem-Roanoke Valley baseball hall of Fame officially welcomed five new
members last night.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; ;00
Longtime area coaches Alvin Hall and Posey Oyler were inducted along with
former pitcher Shannon Hardwick, former catcher Ed Ott and the last man to win
a minor league title in Salem, Steve Demeter.
Jay Johnstone was the guest speaker, and he and Ott had this to say about the
inter-league play coming up this season in the Majors.
IN Q="I DEFINITELY...
((ED OTT/PLAYED 9 YEARS IN THE MAJORS:))
((JAY JOHNSTONE/102 CAREER HOMERS IN THE MAJORS:))
SUPER=01-Ed Ott/Played 9 Years In the Majors; ;00
SUPER=01-Jay Johnstone/102 Career Homers in the Majors; :19
OUT Q=...LET'S DO IT."
The Virginia Tech womens basketball team hosts Atlantic 10 rival Fordham
At 6 and 15, the Lady Hokies season has been especially challenging for
guard Sherry Banks. Steve Mason has more on the former William Byrd
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Wednesday; :00
SUPER=01-Sherry Banks/Virginia Tech Senior Guard; :09
SUPER=01-Carol Alfano/Virginia Tech Head Coach; ;
SUPER=04-1992 Season; 1:07
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Cherry Banks IS NOT used to losing, especially when she is the leader. But
her lady Hokies have lost 10 of their last 11.
The sidelined 7 are players either out of action, just back from injury or are
playing in pain.
Amy Wetzel was averaging almost 12 points a game;. one of three injured
guards that forced Banks out of her shooting guard position and into the point
Former Floyd county star Lynnette Nolley sports a brace,
and freshman Kim Seaver wears a protective harness. In addition to injury
there are 8 freshman and sophomores on this young team.
In her senior year, Banks lead a Lady Terrier team to the 1992 state
championship that started 3 freshman!
Banks, who is averaging 11 points and 4 assists a game, hopes the team can
rebound in the Atlantic 10 tourney at the end of the month. Steve Mason news 7
The PGA Pebble Beach pro-Am wrapped up last night with Mark O'Meara
outdueling tiger Woods for the title.
SUPER=03-Pebble Beach, CA; :00
But without a doubt, the fan favorite was comedian Bill Murray.
Who as always handled himself with such dignity even when his putter left him
just a little short.
The miss didn't faze him very long. Soon he was swiping this fan's
tupperware full of cookies and handing out the homemade goodies to the gallery.
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In Botetourt County, a battle is brewing over the proposed removal of a 63
year old bridge over the James River.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon joins us with more on that.
Keith, residents of Eagle Rock say if the bridge that connects them to Route
2-20 is torn down, they'll only have one way in and out of town.
And that won't just be an inconvenience, it'll make the trip longer for fire
trucks and ambulances.
So, the community is meeting tonight to decide how to convince the Virginia
Department of Transportation to build a new bridge in place of the old one.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11. Keith?
That's it for News 7 at 6, good night.