Coming up next on News 7...
A Christiansburg murder suspect takes his case to Ann Landers advice column.
The strike is over, now the American Airlines is trying to bring passengers
back by slashing fares.
And shuttle astronauts make another spacewalk to patch up the Hubble
News 7 is next.
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A Christiansburg man awaiting trial on murder charges is gaining national
attention through Ann Landers' advice column.
In a letter published today, Michael Knowles writes that he killed his wife,
Angie, because of an affair that started on the Internet.
"I am writing in the hope that you will let your readers know the Internet
can be a dangerous place to meet people," Knowles writes.
Landers, who claims 90 million readers, replies that Knowles was the source
"...The danger to your wife came from YOU, not the computer. Blaming the
Internet is a cop-out."
Knowles made similar claims in letters and local interviews last year.
His case is scheduled to go to trial in May.
O.J. Simpson reportedly plans to leave his Los Angeles' home-- possibly for
"Newsweek" says Simpson's friends have been urging him to make the move.
But the magazine says he'll probably wait until the school year ends.
This comes less than two weeks after Simpson was found responsible for the
deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Vice President Al Gore met with South African president Nelson Mandella
Gore and Mandella met as part of a three day tour to expand trade and
strengthen diplomatic ties.
Gore and his wife also visited the former prison on Robben Island, including
the 6 by 9 cell where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years behind bars.
IN Q=what they endured
((VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE; WHAT THEY ENDURED IS UNBELIEVABLE. THEIR INSPIRATION
GOES BEYOND SOUTH AFRICA, TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.))
OUT Q=rest of the world.
Gore said called it a deeply moving experience.
He said he expected millions of people to visit the island in the future.
It may take more time for astronauts to fix the Hubble space telescope.
They're taking their fourth space walk tonight, and the crew is concerned
they won't have enough time to properly fix some damaged insulation on Hubble's
NASA may add a fifth spacewalk to the mission to fix tears and cracks caused
by temperature changes and the sun's radiation.
If they don't fix the problem, heat could eventually damage the telescopes
The weekend that started with a strike is ending with a rush to buy tickets
on American Airlines.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Relieved airline passengers are finishing up their weekend trips, as
American's 600 jetliners keep flying.
The airline is trying to erase any negative impact of the short strike by
offering up to 50 percent discounts.
IN Q=the best way
((PETER INNES/TRAVEL AGENT: THE BEST WAY TO LURE TRAVELLERS BACK TO ANY
AIRLINE IS TO OFFER A FARE INITIATIVE. PEOPLE WANT TO GET FROM POINT A TO POINT
B AT THE LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Peter Innes/Travel Agent;
OUT Q=lowest price possible.
The discounts apply to tickets bought between now and March 3rd.
Other airlines are competing with their own promotions.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11--
Roanoke's rental inspection program has been up and running for several
You may be surprised by the results.
And the numbers are in.
The Virginia Horse center is helping to jump-start the economy in Rockbridge
Clouds rolled early this evening-- that's caused by a quick moving system to
The system will leave late tonight, taking the clouds with it-- that'll
allow us to cool off very quickly.
But a definite warming trend is in store for the work week.
First, let's check out today's highs and lows....
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MUSIC UP FULL
Only 40 percent of the properties checked out under Roanoke's rental
inspection program have received a passing grade.
City inspectors started with buildings along Elm Avenue in October.
And in a report to members of council, city manager Bob Herbert says 65
units have received certificates of compliance since then.
79 were found to have violations... and one was condemned as unsafe and
unfit for occupancy.
The program was designed to improve living conditions and encourage good
maintenance of rental property.
Properties owners along Orange Avenue northwest, and Bullitt and Jamison
(JAM-i-sun) Avenues southeast are next in line.
Inspections will begin there next month.
Some veterans hope a ceremony honoring fallen soldiers will help build
patriotism and peace.
The Military Order of World Wars sponsors the Massing of Colors ceremony
50 color guard units, the 29th Infantry Band and bag pipes participated in
Many of the color guards are made up of students.
The Military Order of World Wars hopes this ceremony will help build
patriotism in young people.
IN Q=tHIS IS A GREAT
((DICK CALDWELL/MILITARY ORDER OF WORLD WARS: THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY. WE
WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY. WE WANT TO HONOR THESE VETERANS WHO FOUGHT THE WARS
AND MAKE THESE PEOPLE AWARE OF WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE BEFORE THEIR TIME SO MAYBE
THEY CAN PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Dick Caldwell/Military Order of World Wars;
OUT Q=HAPPENING AGAIN
The Roanoke Chapter organizes this ceremony.
They hope it reminds us of the personal sacrifices of servicemen and women
of every race and religion.
All elements of the United States Armed Forces take part in the tribute.
Learning about today's drug culture may save your child's life.
A drug prevention workshop in the Roanoke Valley is teaching parents how to
recognize the signs of drug abuse.
Denise Allen has more on the Parent to Parent Workshop.
IN Q=Drugs are everywhere
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :03
SUPER=01-Deena Reynolds/Parent; :08
SUPER=01-Rev. George Edwards/Fort Lewis Christian Church; :17
OUT Q=News 7
((Drugs are everywhere.
That awareness is one of the first lessons taught in the workshop.
IN Q=It's happening
((DEENA REYNOLDS/PARENT: IT'S HAPPENING YOUNGER AND YOUNGER. KIDS 11, 12, AND
13, THEY'RE PREGNANT, THEY'RE DRUG ADDICTS, THEY'RE ALCOHOLICS. YOU HAVE TO BE
AWARE OF WHAT'S OUT THERE.))
OUT Q=of what's out there
IN Q=by trying
((REV. GEORGE EDWARDS/FORT LEWIS CHRISTIAN CHURCH: BY TRYING TO MAKE OUR
PARENTS AWARE, DRUG PROBLEMS ARE EVEN A PROBLEM IN SALEM, NOT JUST NEW YORK
CITY OR MIAMI, FLORIDA, THAT THEY CAN TAKE SOME ACTION AND BE READY RIGHT
OUT Q=ready right now
Deena Reynolds has children ages two and six years old.
She says she wants to learn how to protect her children from outside
IN Q=my kids are
((MY KIDS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME. I WANT THEM TO GROW UP AND BE HAPPY. I DON'T
WANT THEM TO GET MESSED UP. THEY HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS GROWING UP WITHOUT
HAVING EVERYBODY ELSE BOMBARDING THEM WITH GUNS, DRUGS.))
OUT Q= drugs
IN Q=they're trying to learn
((THEY'RE TRYING TO LEARN HOW TO SEE THE CULTURE THAT'S AROUND THEIR CHILDREN
AT SCHOOL AND IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND ITS DIFFERENT THAN IT
USE TO BE WHEN THEY GREW UP.))
OUT Q=they grew up
Deena Reynolds hopes more organizations will contact Blue Ridge Community
Prevention Services to learn how to offer this program to more parents and
hopefully protect the valley's children.
Denise Allen New 7.))
GRAPHIC=VA Horse Center
A study on the Virginia Horse Center shows its construction was well worth
John Knapp from U-V-A's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service was one of
the main contributors to the report, which was recently updated.
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./File Tape;
The latest figures he has tallied on both direct and indirect spending show
the horse center has quite a large economic impact on the Lexington- Rockbridge
IN Q=We calculated
((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCHER:WE CALCULATED THAT THE
OVERALL DOLLAR FIGURE WAS ABOUT 56- MILLION- THAT WAS IN 95, THE SPENDING BY
PARTICIPANTS AT EVENTS AT THE HORSE CENTER RESULTED IN THAT MUCH ECONOMIC
ACTIVITY IN THE STATE,24 AND MOST OF THAT WAS CONCENTRATED IN THE
SUPER=01-John Knapp/UVA Business & Econ. Researcher;
Knapp adds that almost 53- percent of the spending related to the Virginia
Horse Center comes comes from out- of- state.
A longtime Roanoke company may be for sale... and an Ohio company says it
could eventually hire up to 1000 people in Southside Virginia.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the
News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape; :47
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
The latest numbers from the V-E-C show Lynchburg's unemployment rate for
December inched up a percentage point to just under three and a half percent,
while Roanoke's edged down slightly, to two and a half percent.
Advance Auto says it may go on the selling block.
The chain with 667 locations has been based here since 1932.
Meanwhile Innotech of Roanoke HAS been sold.
Johnson and Johnson has purchased the eyeglass equipment maker for 135-
The nation's largest computerized embroidery firm is putting a plant in
The 5- B's company of Ohio plans to hire 500 people paying upwards of 7-
dollars an hour.
A Salem company that repairs and recycles obsolete computers and other
office equipment is expanding overseas.
R- Frazier's operation in Scotland has received a five- million- dollar
funding package from an international investor group.
And News-7 was the first to tell you about a manufacturer that's considering
the location of a plant in Roanoke that will create 170 manufacturing jobs.
Execs from the yet unnamed company toured a site in the Center for Industry
and Technology Wednesday.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 133 points, Nasdaq was up nine and a half points.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
Soft Music Under
Coming up, the controversy over Carry Me Back to Old Virginia continues on
News-7 's Feedback
and... we'll take you behind the scenes as the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
tunes-up for its next performance.
MUSIC UP FULL
Judging from the mail this week, many of our viewers are outraged that
Virginia may lose its current state song.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=Regarding the state song
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( "Regarding the state song, Carry Me Back to Old Virginia, I do not want it
changed," wrote a viewer from Roanoke. "I have sung it since I was very little
and I don't see anything wrong with it. The African-Americans should be proud
of their heritage and not ashamed of it. After all, they live in the state of
Another Roanoke viewer wrote: "My family and I are offended quite often. But
I feel that we should not be asked to keep giving up the things that are dear
And a third letter from Roanoke said: "I want to know why should we give up
part of our heritage for a few people who say it (offends) them. Ebonics
"That's destroying our forefathers' history," said a viewer from Buchanan.
"To me after getting rid of the state song then it will be the state bird
because it's red."
A viewer in Danville said: "When some want their culture known, lived and
taught to their own, why not all the culture, and not just some of it?"
And from Lexington came these comments: "Keep the song as it is with no
words exempted, and let everyone sing it in the shower, or wherever they want
to sing it. I like the Ebonic English words in it and think it is a wonderful
tune...I would like very much for the elected officials to come up with a bill
that would make it illegal for anyone to change or eliminate history of any
But there was one letter with a different viewpoint.
"Anger and rancor are easy," this viewer wrote. "So white Virginians want
their heritage in a song. Fine, but NOT a state song to unite. They want their
rights to their heritage on an act so despicable in history that the debt has
not even been attempted to be paid."
If you'd like to join the chorus of comments on the state song, or address
some other topic, get in touch with us at News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke,
We accept faxes at 343-7269.
And our e-mail address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
The public was invited in to hear The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra put the
finishing touches on their musical numbers for tomorrow night's performance.
IN Q=Nat sot music
Visitors got a behind the scenes look as the Orchestra prepared for the
upcoming Monday Night Classics Four.
Visitors were able to listen in as Music Director and Conductor David Wiley
coached the musicians trying to develop the sound he hopes will distinguish him
from past leaders.
Tomorrow night's performance will feature guest violinist Derek Reeves.
Monday Night Classics four is in the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
The curtain rises at 8.
N.C. State got a couple of breaks today. C.C. Harrison's shot at the
buzzer went in and officials called it a three pointer giving the Wolfpack a 60
to 59 overtime upset over second ranked Wake Forest.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/JP RAYCOM SPORTS; :
Wake head coach Dave Odom showing some concern in the first half.
And this is why C.C. Harrison nails this three pointer and the Wolfpack
took a 23 to 20 lead.
But Wake answers. Steve Goolsby pulls up and hits this trey and the game
was tied at 23 to 23.
Wake would go in at the half with the lead Tim Duncan playing with three
fouls gets the jam and foul.
The Wolfpack scored the first five points of the second half Harrison's
three pointer tied the game at 28.
The game remained close throughout SUPER=33-Wake Forest/59/N.C.
State/60/;the second half and went to overtime then Harrison, who scored 21
points, hit the buzzer beater and North Carolina State wins it 60 to 59.
Indiana trailed by 18 at the half but the Hoosiers rallied to beat 14-th
ranked Michigan 84 to 81 in overtime.
SUPER=03-Ann Arbor, MI/CBS SPORTS; :
The Wolverines in their huddle before the game.
And Maceo Baston gets the ball in the low post for the slam as Michigan
jumped out to the early lead.
Indiana answered when Neil Reid pulls up and nails the three pointer but
Indiana still trailed in the second half.
The Hoosiers got back in the game SUPER=33-Indiana/84/Michigan/81/;with
the jumper A.J. Guyton hitting the three pointer and Indiana beats Michigan in
overtime 84 to 81.
James Madison topped CAA rival East Carolina 63-60 last night, improving
the Dukes record to 14 and 9 and 8 and 5 in the conference.
Steve Mason has more on the improving Dukes from Harrisonburg.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Harrisonburg/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Lefty Driesell/9th Year as JMU Coach; :14
SUPER=01-Chatney Howard/JMU's Leading Scorer; :50
SUPER=01-Lamont Boozer/9.5 Pts, 5.6 RBS Avg.; 1:10
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
Seattle got 34 points from Detlef Schrempf and outscored Los Angeles by 17
points in the fourth to beat the Lakers 102 to 91.
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA/NBC SPORTS; :
The importance of this Western Conference game could be seen in the faces of
Los Angeles taking it to the hoop Eddie Jones passing it to Travis Knight
for the Dunk in the first quarter.
Seattle's Gary Payton takes it to the hoop for the score and two of his 21
But Schrempf had the hot hand his SUPER=32-Seattle/102/L.A.
Lakers/91/season high 34 points gave the Sonics the 102 to 91 win.
Following today's Bulls Magic game it was reported that Brian Hill had been
But Orlando general manager John Gabriel said no such move has been made
but he is looking into changing the Teams direction.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC SPORTS; :
The Bulls took no pity on the Magic Scottie Pippen had 22 points and 11
assists in a 21 point win over the Magic.
for all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Wake Forest#2/59/j/N.C. State/60//OT/j/New
Henry/74//Joe Golden 11 Three Pointers/;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, David Graham and Paul Stankowski will golf tournaments this
And Rick Hendrick Motorsports celebrates by taking the top three positions
at the Daytona 500.
For the first time in 13 years, Rick Hendrick missed the Daytona 500. He
But shortly after the race he received a call from Jeff Gordon. Gordon
winning the Daytona 500 at age 25 and his teammates Terry Labonte and Ricky
Craven finishing second and third.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :
The Daytona 500 literally got off to a flying start for driver Robert
Pressley his car gets loose and goes airborne however it comes down on its
wheels in the infield grass. Pressley was taken to the hospital for a cat
Dale Earnhardt took the lead from his teammate Mike Skinner early in the
race and he was the leader after 12 laps.
On the second caution, Rusty Wallace slowly drifts into the pits he took
the car to the garage area with a blown engine.
The Wood brothers led for a while but the car stalled while leaving the
pits because of transmission problems.
Mark Martin worked his way from the back to the front and he was the
leader of the race at the halfway point.
But Bill Elliott had the strongest car on the track despite not having a
clutch and he showed it taking the lead with 43 laps to go.
A caution came out because of debris on the track then Dale Earnhardt hits
the wall loses control and the car flips over several times bringing out
another caution and ending Earnhardt's day with 10 laps go to.
Several cars were involved in another wreck on the re-start and because of
oil on the track Gordon wins the Daytona 500 under caution.
IN Q=First audio
((JEFF GORDON/DAYTONA 500 WINNER: ))
((TERRY LABONTE/FINISHED SECOND: ))
((RICKY CRAVEN/FINISHED THIRD: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Daytona 500 Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/Finished Second; :08(quick)
SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Finished Third; :
OUT Q=..........first win."
Bill Elliot was fourth and Sterlin Marlin fifth Ward Burton finished 8-th
and his brother Jeff 11-th..
A record day for David Graham on the Senior Tour this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Lutz, FL/ESPN; :
Graham shot a final round 6 under par 65 to win the G-T-E Classic.
Graham's total of 204, 9 under gave him a three shot win and he earned the
biggest pay check of his career, 135-thousand dollars.
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI/ABC SPORTS; :
And Paul Stankowski had a long day. He needed four extra holes to win the
Hawaiian open. He birdied the fourth extra hole of a playoff to beat Mike Reid
and Jim Furyk.