Coming up on News-7 at SIX.
A fatal explosion in Campbell County.
And we'll have a profile of the Valley's only FEMALE paid professional
Tonight in sports, the Braves start limbering up at Spring training, we'll
hear from Chipper Jones plus, the Pack gets back its biggest player.
And the Magic makes Brian Hill disappear as they fire their head coach this
Our warm up will last one more day as readings flirt with the 70 degree mark
tomorrow. After that, look for rain into the weekend.
An explosion killed one worker and injured another at a Campbell County
business this morning.
Emergency crews were called to W-E-L Incorporated in Concord around 9:30.
W-E-L is an environmental contractor that handles the removal and disposal
of underground fuel tanks.
Authorities say two workers were about to dismantle a ten- thousand gallon
tank when one end of it exploded.
IN Q=The end of
((SGT. GERALD WILLIAMSON/VA STATE POLICE: THE END OF THE TANK THAT THEY WERE
CUTTING ON BLEW OUT, AND THERE WAS A FLASH, FIRE FLASH AND ALSO PRESSURE FROM
THE EXPLOSION INJURED THE EMPLOYEES THAT WAY.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Gerald Williamson/VA State Police; :00
OUT Q=employees that way.
25- year- old James Earl Garrett of Madison Heights was killed instantly.
33- year- old Jeffrey Thomas Falls of Lynchburg was flown to the University
of Virginia Medical Center, where he's still undergoing surgery at this hour.
Authorities don't know whether the workers followed safety procedures that
test for gas fumes and residue inside the tank before taking it apart.
The Department of Labor is investigating.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
A construction crew in Danville escaped injury in a similar incident.
The men were dismantling an oil storage tank with a cutting torch when it
caught fire this afternoon.
Fire officials say the tank was empty but contained fumes and oil residue.
The tanks were housed behind the former Minter oil company on Fitzgerald
Fire fighters put the blaze out quickly and no one was injured.
Today's unusually warm temperatures made things tougher for firefighters in
Flames were burning through the roof when members of the Blue Ridge Fire
Department arrived at this house on Rainbow Forest road.
Firefighters made repeated trips inside the home after neighbors said they
were worried some children might still be inside.
They didn't find anyone, but two firefighters were treated for heat
Officials say no-one was seriously hurt.
At least four percent across the board.
That's the raise state workers and teachers are likely to get from the House
and Senate budget conferees tonight.
College professors could get up to a seven percent raise.
Governor George Allen's budget had NO further pay increase planned.
Budget negotiators say they expect state workers to be smiling.
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IN Q=I would
((I WOULD THINK SO. I WOULD THINK SO. IT'S MORE BREAD IN THE BASKET.))
SUPER=01-Del. Earl Dickenson/(D) Louisa;
OUT Q=the basket.
Four delegates and four senators have a midnight deadline to work out other
Republican Senator William Wampler of Bristol is the lone voice of southwest
Virginia in the negotiations... replacing Congressman Virgil Goode on the
Ronnie Lee Brooks already had some petty offenses pending when he allegedly
shot and killed his ex- girlfriend ten days ago.
Now they'll all be wrapped into one trial and preliminary hearing next
month before Judge Philip Trompeter.
Brooks was charged with first-degree murder only yesterday- -having just
been released from the hospital.
He'd been treated for a superficial head injury.
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Police say he turned the gun on himself after he shot his 26-year old
((JUDGE PHILIP TROMPETER/ROANOKE CO. DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT: WILFULLY,
DELIBERATELY AND WITH PREMEDITATION, KILL AND MURDER LIZA SIZEMORE IN THE FIRST
SUPER=01-Judge Philip Trompeter/Roanoke Co. Domestic Relations Ct.
OUT Q=first degree.
Brooks is also charged with "curse and abuse" of his mother, Jean Brooks,
earlier this month.
And he's accused of making a threatening, obscene phone call to his
brother-in-law LAST month.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
it could be your ticket to visit nine attractions that are rich with Virginia's
and fighting fires has been mostly men's work--so what's it like to be the
only woman firefighter? We'll begin a series of reports "Women at Work."
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A man was seriously injured this afternoon when his motorcycle collided with
It happened about 4 o'clock, on Orange Avenue.
Police say the motorcycle hit a car that had pulled out from a side street
into oncoming traffic.
The biker flew over the car's hood and landed in the street.
He's been taken to the hospital; no word on the extent of his injuries.
The driver of the car was taken into custody, on suspicion of drunk driving.
In the nationwide battle over the medicinal use of marijuana, the dying won
today in Virginia.
Efforts to turn back Virginia's 1979 legalization law were defeated in both
the House and the Senate.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The supporters
SUPER=Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :11
SUPER=04-Today; :20 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Virginia Beach; :23
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :44
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; 1:07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The supporters of medical marijuana have been out in force this year.
They won a reprieve from the Senate Education and Health committee, which
opted to study the issue and wait for federal guidance.
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((SEN. EDD HOUCK: THOSE PEOPLE ASKED ME "SENATOR, CAN'T YOU AT LEAST LET US
HAVE PEACE. WE'RE DYING?"))
But the attacks on the law started again.
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((SEN. MARK EARLEY: THERE IS NOT ONE OTHER DRUG IN THE UNITED STATES THAT CAN
BE PRESCRIBED FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES THAT CAN BE INHALED. THIS IS NOTHING MORE
THAN THE POP CULTURE OF THE 60s AND 70s THAT WOUND ITS WAY INTO THE STATE
STATUTE IN THE LATE 1970s.))
And again, the law's defenders outnumbered its opponents.
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((SEN. DICK SASLAW: THERE WAS AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST WHO CAME IN THERE AND
TESTIFIED THIS OUGHT NOT TO BE TAKEN OFF THE BOOKS. THERE WAS AN ONCOLOGIST
THAT CAME IN THERE AND TESTIFIED THAT THERE OUGHT NOT BE TAKEN OFF THE BOOKS.
AND QUITE FRANKLY HAD THE HEARING BEEN HELD AT ANOTHER TIME, WE COULD HAVE
PROBABLY HAVE PRODUCED A STREAM OF THEM. SO, THIS IS HARDLY FADDISM OF THE 60s
Some argued repealing the law would mean more painful deaths for political
sot 01:30:35 FEED TAPE J
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED? WE HAVE ERECTED SOME KIND OF A
SYMBOL THAT WE ARE GOOD PEOPLE. AND WE DON'T LIKE MARIJUANA.))
Botetourt Senator Bo Trumbo was one of three Republicans to side with
Democrats to defend the drug's medicinal use.
The House which is up for re-election this year much more quietly killed the
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
GRAPHIC=Women at Work
**Note Anchor Tag**
For generations there have been jobs held almost exclusively by men.
That is changing, and the women who are breaking the barriers find a new set
In the first in a series of profiles of Women at Work, Denise Allen
introduces us to a rare find--a woman firefighter.
IN Q=Women fighting fire
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Penny Firestone/Salem Fire Dept.; :38
SUPER=01-Drucilla Barker/Hollins College Assoc. Professor; 1:14
SUPER=01-Capt. Ray Bristow/Salem Fire Dept.; 1:54
OUT Q=News 7
((Women getting paid to fight fire is still an unusual occurrence.
While many communities have professional female emergency medical personnel,
very few women hold the title of professional fire fighter.
Penny Firestone is currently the only paid female fire fighter in the
Fire departments are steeped in tradition--an all-male tradition.
Penny says it took a couple of years to prove herself.
SOT TAPE 3 12:55:26
IN Q=IT'S DIFFICULT
((PENNY FIRESTONE/SALEM FIRE FIGHTER: IT'S DIFFICULT BEING A FIRE FIGHTER.
IT'S VERY PHYSICALLY DEMANDING WEARING THE TURNOUT GEAR AND YOU HAVE TO REALLY
BE VERY SKILLFUL IN KNOWING WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. YOU HAVE A LOT OF OBSTACLES
WHEN YOU ENTER A BURNING BUILDING. YOU CAN'T SEE. IT'S DIFFICULT TO SEE
WHAT'S GOING ON AND YOU'RE GOING INTO A STRANGE PLACE YOU'VE NEVER BEEN
OUT Q=NEVER BEEN BEFORE
Economists say women are entering traditionally male jobs because that's
where the money is.
Drucilla Barker says the work place is segregated by gender and the lower
paying jobs are historically held by women.
For example 99-percent of dental hygienists are female, while 80-percent of
dentists are men.
And 78-percent of all medical doctors are men, while 95-percent of all
registered nurses are women.
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IN Q=FOR EVERY DOLLAR
((DRUCILLA BARKER/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS: FOR EVERY DOLLAR A MAN
EARNS A WOMAN EARNS 73 CENTS. SO MEN EARN A MEDIAN INCOME OF 30-THOUSAND
DOLLARS. WOMEN EARN A MEDIAN INCOME OF JUST UNDER 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
OUT Q=20-THOUSAND DOLLARS
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IN Q=TWO THIRDS OF ALL
((TWO THIRDS OF ALL THE POOR PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE WOMEN. SO IT
MAKES A DIFFERENCE FOR WOMEN HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS.))
OUT Q=HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: BARKER SAYS THE WAGE GAP IS SHRINKING, BUT THE NUMBER
WOMEN ENTERING TRADITIONALLY MALE JOBS IS STILL SMALL.
WHILE THE NUMBER IS SMALL, THE ADVENT OF WOMEN JUDGES, PLUMBERS AND FIRE
FIGHTERS IS PROMPTING SOCIETY TO CHANGE ITS VIEW ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN
THAT'S EVEN TRUE IN THE FIREHOUSE.
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IN Q=WHEN YOU SEE
((CAPT. RAY BRISTOW/SALEM FIRE DEPT.: WHEN YOU SEE A PERSON IN TURNOUT GEAR
AND THEY'RE GOING TO FIGHT A FIRE YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THAT'S A WOMAN
INSIDE THAT TURNOUT GEAR OR A MAN. YOU SEE AN INDIVIDUAL THERE TO DO A JOB .))
OUT Q=TO DO A JOB
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IN Q=YOU HAVE TO
((PENNY FIRESTONE: YOU HAVE TO DO IT THAT WAY TOGETHER TO GET THE WHOLE
OBJECTIVE MET. IF ONE PERSON HAD TO CLEAN THE ENTIRE BUILDING AND ONE PERSON
HAD TO FIGHT A FIRE IT WOULDN'T GET DONE.))
OUT Q=IT WOULDN'T GET DONE
Penny says cooperation, patience and a willingness to learn helped her
tackle the gender barrier.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Fullscreen Women at Work
The title newspaper editor-in-chief strikes up images of a man smoking a
But one Roanoke woman has held that title for more than two decades.
Tomorrow Denise Allen goes on the job with publisher Claudia Whitworth, in
part two of Women At Work.
The Dow has set another record--a gain of 79 points today to close at seven
NASDAQ lost one point.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Filmmaker Ken Burns' historical saga on the life of Thomas Jefferson hits
the air starting tonight on P-B-S.
The movie also has sparked a statewide tourism push, linking all of the
Jefferson sites across Virginia.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Four years of
SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00 (quick!)
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Annie Eagan/Poplar Forest; :14
SUPER=01-Stevie Dovel/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; 1:04
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( Four years of filming went into Ken Burns' project on Thomas Jefferson, but
scenes from his Poplar Forest retreat never made the final cut.
Instead of being upset, folks here have turned the whole project to their
IN Q=The idea of
((ANNIE EAGAN/POPLAR FOREST: THE IDEA OF THE JEFFERSON'S VIRGINIA WAS TO REALLY
TAKE THE FILM AS A LAUNCHING POINT TO GET PEOPLE TO COME TO THE STATE OF
VIRGINIA AND TOUR THOSE SITES THAT INSPIRED JEFFERSON'S LIFE.))
OUT Q=Jefferson's life.
57 dollars buys you the Jefferson passport, which opens the doors to nine
major Jefferson sites across the state...from Colonial Williamsburg to the
state Capitol to Natural Bridge.
Along the way, of course, are the must- see places like Monticello and
((Thomas Jefferson called Poplar Forest his hidden treasure, and for the most
part, tried to keep its location a secret. Ironically, it was the folks here
who came up with the idea of the Jefferson Passport, which figures to lure even
more tourists to Bedford County and eight other Jefferson sites across the
OUT Q=across the state.
And what's good for Poplar Forest also should benefit the rest of central
IN Q=There are other
((STEVIE DOVEL/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND
DO IN LYNCHBURG, AND OF COURSE JEFFERSON HAD A MAJOR IMPACT ON A LOT OF OUR
ATTRACTIONS, SO NOT ONLY DO WE WANT THEM TO GO TO POPLAR FOREST, BUT WE WANT
THEM TO ENJOY THE AREA.))
OUT Q=enjoy the area.
Enjoy it at least as much as Thomas Jefferson did.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Orlando Magic fires head coach Brian
Hill, some NFL free agents are on the move - we'll hear from Heath Shuler.
Plus, on a day like this we must get outside and check in with the boys of
summer. We'll head to the Braves camp in West Palm Beach right after this.
If your team isn't winning you can;t fire the players so get rid of the
That happened again today in Orlando as Brian Hill was relieved of his
coaching duties with the Magic just two years after taking the team to the NBA
He is replaced reluctantly on an interim basis by Richie Adubato.
IN Q="you know...
((RICHIE ADUBATO/MAGIC'S INTERIM COACH:))
SUPER=01-Richie Adubato/Magic's Interim Coach; :00
OUT Q=...FOR ME."
The Magic has lost all five games since the all-star break including last
night's loss to the Hornets.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are back in the Cassell tonight battling Atlantic 10
The Hokies have 13 wins on the season right now, and likely need a couple of
more to lock up a berth in the NIT.
If you are going to tonight's game keep in mind that it tips off at 9:30.
The Roanoke College women's team is in action tonight as well, at the Bast
The Lady Maroons take on Emory & Henry.
Last night the Roanoke men wrapped up the ODAC regular season championship
with a win over Guilford.
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After Virginia Wesleyan lost earlier in the day, Page Moir and his player
knew a win would give them the title.
And again the offense would come from the outside, as Kevin Sigafoes buries
the jumper from the corner for a 27 point lead.
The Quakers from down in Greensboro were never in striking distance despite
efforts like this one from Kevin Spainhour.
Roanoke was tough on the fast break as well, as Nathan Hungate goes to
Tim Braun to Courtney Fitch.
Roanoke wins it 90-to-60. Not a misprint just a mismatch.
The men's ODAC tournament opens this Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.
Four games are on tap Saturday, with the semi-finals then set for Sunday
afternoon, and the Championship game next Monday night.
Spring training continues for the big league boys down in Florida where the
weather wasn't much better than the stuff we had today.
SUPER=03-West Palm Beach, FL; :00
The defending National League champions are again favored to make it back to
the World Series.
And despite two straight appearances in the Fall Classic - the goal remains
((CHIPPER JONES/BRAVES THIRD BASEMAN:))
((JAVY LOPEZ/BRAVES CATCHER:))
SUPER=01-Chipper Jones/Braves Third Baseman; :00
SUPER=01-Javy Lopez/Braves Catcher; :19
OUT Q= ...AS WE CAN."
SUPER=03-Viera, FL; :00
The Braves biggest competition on the senior circuit is expected to come from
the rebuilt Florida Marlins, who are working out in Viera, Florida.
The United State Tennis Association has reportedly decided to name the new
new tennis facility being built for the U.S. Open in honor of Arthur Ashe,
The USTA originally rejected the idea of naming the facility after Ashe
because on what else - money.
They were hoping to sell the name to a corporate sponsor.
Ashe died of AIDS in 1993.
The biggest part of the Green Bay Packers super bowl championship team is
staying put in the frozen tundra.
Three hundred and 50 pound free agent defensive tackle Gilbert Brown finally
came to contract terms with the team today signing a new three-year, seven
million dollar deal.
In staying with the Pack, he reportedly turned down a $3 million dollars a
year offer from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Panthers are losing a key member of their NFC western champion team.
Fullback Howard Griffith has agreed to a four year $4.4 million dollar
contract with the Denver Broncos.
And Washington Redskins restricted free agent Heath Shuler worked out today
for the Kansas City Chiefs.
He like his chances of playing immedaitely next season.
IN Q="I think...
((HEATH SHULER/FREE AGENT QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Heath Shuler/Free Agent Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=..low on supply."
We're still about six months away from the start of high school football
practice but, Friday Football Extra is already making a little news in 1997.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
WDBJ graphic artist Joel Sink and photographer Greg Moore were recognized for
their work on this past season's show open during the recent "Addy awards."
Their video open, which incorporated a helmet cam and some high powered
Macintosh technology, won the top prize for best animation and special effects.
The prize winning work now moves on to the regional and national levels.
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A group that helps injured wild animals is putting out a call for help.
Roanoke Wildlife Rescue in Roanoke County is concerned that a land dispute
may put it out of business.
We'll tell you what's going on, and why, tonight on News-7 at 11.
And for the region's first TEN O'clock newscast,
Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen
join Connie Stevens, Robin and Mike for News-7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
It's on Channel 38 "over the air," and on a lot of cable systems. For
example we're on Cable Channel six in Bedford County.
And don't forget to tune in to News 7 at 11, right here on W-D-B-J.