Roanoke City Council voted yesterday to help move some resident to higher
In the summer of 19-95, Some Garden City residents found their homes
devastated by flooding.
Joe Dashiell has more on a voluntary buy- out.
IN Q=Residents of Garden City
SUPER=03-Roanoke/June 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))
GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Pot
Forty pounds of marijuana will never make it to the streets of Richmond,
thanks to Wythe County authorities.
A sheriff's deputy pulled over a suspected drunken driver Sunday on
After a drug- sniffing dog alerted officers to the scent of marijuana, a
search of the van turned up the pot and an automatic handgun.
The driver and his passenger were en route from Texas to Richmond.
Both face state and federal drug and weapons charges.
This is the third van-load of illegal drugs Wythe County authorities have
intercepted in less than a year.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
The Alleghany Highlands drug task force pulled suspected dealers off the
streets in Clifton Forge yesterday.
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.
Six suspects are now in custody in connection with a series of bombings
in Vallejo, California.
Yesterday, the man officials say masterminded a bomb-for-hire plot,
turned himself into police.
Authorities say Kevin Lee Robinson tried to use the bombings to disrupt
his trial on drug charges.
The explosions last week destroyed three A-T-Ms and blasted a crater in the
side of a Courthouse.
Doctor Jack kevorkian may be facing more trouble with the law.
Yesterday, the bodies of two women were dropped off in separate locations
in Pontiac, Michigan.
Police have ruled that the death of one those women, found in Kevorkian's
van is a homicide.
Authorities are trying to determine if Kevorkian attended the deaths.
The question of co-education at V-M-I may be answered, but now legislators
in Richmond are looking at another question.
The House of Delegates and the Senate have different ideas of what should
become of the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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.))
The State Senate moved forward a bill on Parental Notification for minors
who want to have an abortion.
Those AGAINST parental notification for minor abortions even 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.
A 21- year- old Roanoke resident was indicted for with setting fire to five
houses and a shed in his own southeast neighborhood.
At least one of the buildings Douglas Ray Letchford reportedly set fire to
was occupied at the time.
The rest of the houses set ablaze in November and December on Stewart and
Dale Avenues Southeast were UNoccupied.
TAPE#net (edit of 597-04)
Twenty-two years ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation decided the
Bridge that connects the Botetourt County community of Eagle Rock to Route 2-20
needed to be removed.
The 63- year- old bridge is one of just two ways in and out of town.
Residents met last night to formulate a plan to convince V-DOT to build a
new bridge in place of the old one.
Some say their neighbors' safety is at issue-- if the bridge is torn down.
IN Q=Rescue Squad
((LEE MUNDY: RESCUE SQUAD ON, IF IT'S CLOSED, THE SQUAD WILL HAVE TO TAKE A 4
MILE DETOUR--IN THE CASE OF A HEART PATIENT, THAT COULD COST A LIFE.))
SOT 20:17:30 on TAPE #2!!
(( I DON'T THINK THEY'RE BEING FAIR TO US. THEY JUST FOUND 127 MILLION
DOLLARS THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY HAD, FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION)) ))
SUPER=01-Lee Mundy/Eagle Rock Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Pat McGrath/Eagle Rock Resident; :10
OUT Q=FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION.
According to current state plans, the bridge could be torn down in 6 to 12
Six men have been arrested in connection with a string of bombings
in Vallejo, California.
Yesterday, the man officials say masterminded a bomb-for-hire plot,
turned himself into police.
Authorities say 29- year- old Kevin Lee Robinson tried to use the bombings
to disrupt his drug trial that could put him away for life under California's
"three strikes" law.
The explosions last week destroyed three A-T-Ms and blasted a crater in a
President Clinton delivers his State of the Union address tonight.
Yesterday, Mr. Clinton met with the nation's governors.
He told them that in his speech, he'll urge lawmakers to move away from
the balanced budget amendment to the constitution.
The president said the amendment is not necessary if lawmakers would just
balance the books.
The Army's top enlisted man is stepping down from a panel investigating
sexual harassment problems.
That's because Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney is a target himself.
A retired female sergeant major is accusing McKinney of sexual
assault and harassment.
He denies the charge.
Legislators in Richmond are deciding the fate of Mary Baldwin's V-WIL
program now that Virginia Military Institute will soon be going co-ed.
The House Appropriations Committee is pushing to phase out the Virginia
Women's Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin over a four year period.
But Senate budget writers have stuck with the Governor -- providing full
SOT TAPE ONE 02:15:11
IN Q=I don't
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: I DON'T THINK THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN ENOUGH
OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE DETERMINE THE VIABILITY OF THAT PROGRAM OR NOT. AND
JUST TO THROW IT OUT BECAUSE OF THAT SCHOOL DECISION I THINK WOULD BE
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Hawkins/(R) Chatham;
Budget negotiators will work out the differences later this week.
Both money committees outdid Governor Allen in money for college professors,
teachers, and state workers.
SOT tape one 02:11:46
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME TO BUILD IT
BACK UP TO WHERE WE SHOULD HAVE IT. BUT I THINK THAT WE TOOK A STEP IN THE
sot TAPE ONE 02:00:41
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I'M VERY HAPPY. WE HAVE AGAIN RENEWED OUR COMMITMENT TO
OUT Q=to education. quick out
Virginia's House of Delegates is waging a pre-emptive strike on gay rights.
In anticipation of courts in Hawaii approving same sex marriages, a bill
would make sure they're NOT recognized in Virginia.
Its main sponsor is Abingdon's Joe Johnson.
IN Q=And I firmly
((DEL. JOE JOHNSON/D-ABINGDON: AND I FIRMLY BELIEVE ... WOULD BE BETTER OFF.))
SUPER=01-Del. Joe Johnson/(D) Abingdon;
OUT Q=better off.
The gay rights group, Virginians for Justice, says Johnson's bill is
rejecting rights NO one's even asked for in Virginia.
GRAPHIC=morning health check
In medical news today-- more possible health benefits from moderate alcohol
A warning to women about cardiac care.
And the latest on organ donations.
Here's Health Check's Connie Stevens, with more.
IN Q=Researchers studying
OUT Q=CS, Health Check.
Researchers studying men, and writing in the journal "Circulation" say a
couple of drinks a day could mean less artery disease in the legs.
Previous studies said moderate drinking reduces the risk of circulatory
problems in the brain and heart.
But doctors caution the key is moderation.
They say occasional drinkers shouldn't increase their alcohol intake.
A new survey of women-- finds more than half believe mistakenly that
their risk of dying of a heart attack is equal to or lower than their risk of
dying of breast cancer.
In fact, women are five times more likely to die of heart attacks then
Another study out today on organs donated for transplant--
At least 20-percent of donated organs are turned down by hospitals for
non-medical reasons: such as, no transplant team on duty.
U.S. Health Officials play down this report, instead talking up the organ
donor cards you'll find
along with your federal income tax forms now in the mail to 70-million U.S.
Connie Stevens, Health Check.))
If you have a cold and still want to exercise you may want to skip the cold
Doctors reporting in the Journal "The Physician and Sports Medicine" say
combining exercise with many of the over-the-counter and prescription cold
medications can make the side-effects worse.
Some medications can raise the resting heart rate and others can cause
drowsiness---adding exercise to this can make the side effects more
The doctors also say--if you have symptoms such as a runny nose and
sneezing it's probably okay to exercise.
But with symptoms such as a fever, deep cough or chest pain-- you should
forget the workout.
(toss to bump)
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A year and a half after high water caused heavy damage in the Garden City
neighborhood of Roanoke, some residents are preparing to head for higher
Yesterday, Roanoke City Council approved a plan to buy homes in the flood
The neighborhood had flooded before, but heavy rain on June 28th 19-95
caused unprecedented damage there.
With a combination of federal, state and local dollars, the city is now
moving to buy and demolish more than 40 buildings that are prone to flooding.
IN Q=We went in there
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WE WENT IN THERE AND INVOLVED THE CITIZENS
IN FINDING THE SOLUTIONS THAT WERE RIGHT FOR THEM. IT'S TAKEN A WHILE BECAUSE
RATHER THAN US GOING IN AND SAYING THIS IS WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU. WE LISTENED TO
OUR CITIZENS AND FOUND WHAT IS THE BEST SOLUTION FOR THEM. AND I'M VERY GLAD
WHAT'S HAPPENED AND I THINK THE CITY AND THE PEOPLE WILL BE BETTER FOR IT.))
SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council;
OUT Q=will be better for it.
The properties must be assessed before the city makes any offers to
The program is voluntary. No one will be forced to sell, but city
officials say the first residents could be moving within six months.
GRAPHIC=drug bust (pot)
Wythe County authorities intercepted a van load of marijuana headed for the
streets of Richmond.
Two men from Texas were detoured when a sheriff's deputy pulled them over on
The officer suspected a drunken driver when he stopped the vehicle.
When the two men inside gave conflicting stories, he called for a drug-
sniffing dog to search the van.
The search turned up about 40 pounds of pot, packaged in dryer sheets,
plastic wrap and moth balls.
((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: THIS IS THE THIRD TIME IN LESS THAN A YEAR
WE'VE INTERDICTED OR INTERCEPTED A LARGE LOAD OF ILLEGAL DRUGS. TWO OTHER VANS
LOADED HEAVILY WITH IT. ))
OUT Q=heavily with it.
The suspects face various state and federal drug and weapons charges.
They're each being held on 50 thousand dollars bond.
Rodney Bocook, also known as the "phantom air traffic controller," will not
be given the chance to argue his case again 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
A store in Low Moor is giving people a break from the fast paced life in the
Eric Earnhart has the story of one clerk known as 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.))
GRAPHIC=news 7 sports generic/college hoops
In the college hoops,
Virginia Military's Keydets have won five of their last six games.
For last night's scores, let's check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Roanoke/93/j/Lynchburg/105////Md. E. Shore/70/j/Hampton
OUT Q=....last score."