Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
They take the wraps off a plan at Virginia TECH to make sure student
athletes are as good OFF the field as ON.
And the story of a HIGH SCHOOL athlete who's more than just wrestling with a
career choice- -He's inspired to make a difference.
Tonight in sports, the ODAC championship game is set to tip off in Salem -
can anyone beat CINDERELLA Lynchburg?
Can you beat catching the Hokies and Hoos LIVE right here on your Hometown
station tomorrow night?
And it's starting to look like no one will be able to beat Jeff Gordon as he
makes it two in a row.
Also ahead tonight, the winner of the Roanoke City spelling bee...there were
some weather words in the contest this year, and a chilly forecast.
Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors has accepted a plan aimed at putting an
end to an embarrassing string of student athlete arrests.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=We will be hard line
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE WILL BE HARD LINE AND BASICALLY, WE
HAVE BEEN EMBARRASSED AND I NEVER WANT TO HAVE TO BE UP HERE BEFORE YOU ALL
AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS. ))
The hard line refers to a specific set of sanctions Tech athletes may now
expect to face if they're arrested.
Felony charges will result in automatic suspension.
And coaches will no longer have to agonize over discipline for misdemeanor
charges, as Frank Beamer did time and time again last season.
((IT REALLY DOES MAKE IT EASIER FOR HIM. NOW THE DECISION IS TAKEN OUT OF HIS
HANDS AND IT'S BASICALLY IN THE HANDS OF THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. ))
The plan also emphasizes recruiting athletes who are as good OFF the field
Coaches will have to better investigate backgrounds, and high school
prospects will have to understand the expectations.
President Paul Torgersen says the steps the university will take to
encourage academic AND athletic success may help in recruiting.
((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA TECH PRESIDENT: THE FACT THAT STARTING IN THE FRESHMAN YEAR
WE'RE GONNA WORRY ABOUT CAREERS AND JOBS AFTER GRADUATION. I THINK A MOTHER AND
FATHER WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THAT.))
The plan seeks to encourage proper behavior by providing mentors and
additional advisors as well as a full- time sports psychologist.
And athletes will have to get permission from their coach AND the athletic
director to live off campus.
Braine says his committee studied similar plans from six other universities
to devise what he calls the most comprehensive in the nation.
The police blotter may be the ultimate proof of whether it works.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.
A teenager faces a capital murder charge in Floyd County.
18- year- old Mark Anthony Beavers is accused of killing Stanley W. Harmon last
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./Last Wednesday;
The 38 year old Harmon was found dead at his home in the Buffalo Mountain
His rifle was missing along with a 19- 77 Pontiac Firebird.
Beavers and 21- year- old Jerry Wayne McKinney were arrested later in
Beavers now faces charges including capital murder, robbery, and grand
larceny. He is being held without bond.
Authorities believe McKinney became involved after the murder. He is
charged with being an accessory to capital murder after the fact, robbery and
McKinney is being held on 100- thousand dollars bond.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he supports a balanced budget,
but won't support cuts in Community Service Block Grants.
Goodlatte spoke out against President Clinton's proposed budget cuts which
would reduce funding for local programs like Total Action Against Poverty. He
maintains the Republican budget plan will reduce spending in other ways.
IN Q=We definitely have
((WE DEFINITELY HAVE IN MANY INSTANCES SLOWED DOWN THE RATE OF INCREASE IN THE
SPENDING FOR PROGRAMS, ELIMINATED MORE THAN 290 PROGRAMS IN OUR BUDGET, THINGS
LIKE THE HELIUM RESERVE, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER PROGRAMS, BUT WE SHOULD NOT CUT
OUT A PROGRAM THAT IS RETURNING DOLLARS FROM WASHINGTON, D-C BACK TO
COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY CAN USE IT BEST TO FIGHT POVERTY))
OUT Q=fight poverty
Goodlatte's remarks were supported by the President of TAP, Ted Edlich.
V-M-I cadets, staff, faculty- -even the kitchen help will begin orientation
next month to get them used to having women on post.
In addition to training on sexual harassment, hazing and fraternization,
upperclass cadets will be forbidden to date rats before they're released from
the rat line.
Rules outlined in the latest status report filed with the federal court
today urge upperclassmen to "avoid the appearance of abnormally friendly
behavior toward rats."
Among the issues YET to be resolved: how to accommodate visitors in barracks
under co-education, what to do if a cadet gets pregnant and what sports to
offer with no more than about 30 women in the class of 2001.
Twenty-one women have been accepted, so far.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
What are Virginia's biggest industries?
A new study says the business picture is changing.
and the loss of a friend motivates a high school wrestler to make the most
of his senior season, and inspires a career choice as well.
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It's been a frustrating few weeks for school officials in Wytheville...
after allegations of racism surfaced at two area schools.
Thursday, a hate message aimed at blacks was spray painted on the road
leading up to George Wythe High School. Before that... some white students
were suspended for knotting their jacket drawstrings to resemble nooses.
That behavior was repeated one day later by a white student at Scott
Memorial Elementary school... which also resulted in a suspension.
Superintendent Jim Vaught doesn't believe he has a LARGE problem on his
hands... but says he still has BIG concerns.
IN Q=No matter
((JIM VAUGHT/WYTHE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: NO MATTER HOW SMALL, THIS IS
A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE BECAUSE IT'S WITH HOW
PEOPLE FEEL AND BEING WITHIN THAT CLASSROOM. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Vaught/Wythe Co. Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q=that classroom
Vaught says no student should feel unwelcome or intimidated by the
environment inside a school.
The difference between murder and self defense is on trial in a Roanoke
Cepada (se-PAY-da) Wiley says he shot and killed Jesse Ferguson at the
Embassy Inn July fourth, because he thought Ferguson was going to kill him, and
his brother Ron.
The defense says Ferguson was in a rage because of Ron Wiley's relationship
with his ex-girlfriend.
IN Q=he looked down
((ALTON PRILLAMAN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; HE LOOKED AT RON AND CEPADA WILEY AS HE
CAME DOWN THE STAIRS AND SAID I AM GOING TO KILL YOU;))
SUPER=01-Alton Prillaman/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=I am going to kill you
But the prosecution said Cepada Wiley turned a romantic rivalry into a
deadly confrontation by bringing a gun.
IN Q= 11:22:59
((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; BECAUSE THEY BROUGHT A GUN, AND
THEY CHANGED THE TONE AND DIMENSION OF THE RELATIONSHIP AND AS A RESULT OF
THOSE BAD CHOICES, OF THOSE BAD DECISIONS, JESSE FERGUSON IS DEAD;))
SUPER=01-Tom Bowers/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=Ferguson is dead
The case could go to the jury sometime tomorrow.
Two more arrests are made in a Pittsylvania County murder case.
Last July, a jury sentenced 19- year old Paul Michael Dalton, Junior to
prison for first degree murder.
Dalton admitted to burying the body of 72- year old Clark Aubrey Adkins, but
denied pulling the trigger.
Last week Pittsylvania County authorities arrested two more people in
connection with the crime.
Dalton's sister, Mary, and Joseph Smith were arraigned this morning for
first degree murder.
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Virginia's economy is often associated with industries like tobacco, coal,
But a new study says this perception doesn't reflect reality.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=A University
SUPER=01-John Knapp/UVA Business and Econ. Researcher; :37
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( A University of Virginia study headed by Professor John Knapp at the
Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service says the Commonwealth's "traditional"
industries have declined in relative size over the past decade.
While business is booming at places like Hooker Furniture in Roanoke,
Knapp's research shows that as a share of income, sectors like coal, tobacco,
textiles, furniture, shipbuilding, and civilian and military government
operations have dropped from nearly 22- percent of total earnings in Virginia,
to just above 16- percent.
SOT VA-ECONOMY TAPE ONE 12:04:50
IN Q=If you
((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCHER: IF YOU COMPARE 1995 WITH
TEN YEARS EARLIER, 1985, THEIR SHARE HAS SLIPPED QUITE A BIT. ))
OUT Q=quite a bit.
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IN Q=Knapp says
((Knapp says one of the main reasons behind this decline is not that companies
are leaving the Commonwealth in mass numbers, but rather that automation has
allowed them to have fewer employees. ))
OUT Q=fewer employees.
These findings beg the question, which industries are picking up the slack?
SOT VA-ECONOMY TAPE ONE 12:05:22
((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCHER: CERTAINLY IN THE SERVICES
SECTOR WE'VE HAD A LOT OF GROWTH. FINANCE, INSURANCE, THAT AREA HAS GROWN, AND
OUT Q=health services.
Surprisingly, many seem aware of which industries are growing.
SOT VA ECONOMY TAPE THREE 11:01:41
SOT VA ECONOMY TAPE THREE 11:20:24
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((WELL I'D SAY BANKING.))
OUT Q=say banking.
SOT VA ECONOMY TAPE THREE 11:16:55
Knapp's numbers bear this out.
Virginia's growing sectors now account for nearly 20- percent of the
Commonwealth's total earnings, edging out traditional industries by almost
Len Besthoff, News-7.
The stock market soared back above seven-thousand today.
The Dow gained 77 points.
NASDAQ was UP 11 points.
Eben Ward should be enjoying his senior year at Tunstall high school.
But three years ago the Pittsylvania County teen was accidentally shot and
killed while camping with friends.
His death has been especially difficult for a local wrestler who's refused
to let his memory fade.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=At one
SUPER=01-Kenny Reynolds/Tunstall Wrestler; :11
SUPER=01-Vic Ingram/Pittsylvania Co. Investigator; 1:06
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
At one time or another, we've ALL met people who're hard to forget.
For 17- year old Kenny Reynolds' it's his best friend who convinced him to
IN Q=He told
((KENNY REYNOLDS/TUNSTALL WRESTLER:HE TOLD ME I SHOULD SHOULD COME OUT, BUT I
WAS ALWAYS, I'M TOO SMALL, I'M TOO SMALL, BUT WE WERE BASICALLY THE SIZE, BUT
HE WAS MORE MUSCULAR THAN I WAS.))
Reynolds' love for the sport continued to grow-- as did his friendship with
But the closeness the two shared ended three years ago when Ward was
accidentally shot and killed.
Reynolds' continued to wrestle but it wasn't the same.
IN Q=Not so much
((KENNY REYNOLDS/TUNSTALL WRESTLER:I START THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH I SHOULD
NEED TO WIN, WIN IT FOR HIM, I MEAN THAT'S EVERYTHING I GO OUT THERE FOR, I
JUST GO OUT THERE AND TAKE OUT ALL MY ANGER THAT I HAD ABOUT HIM PASSING
OUT Q=passing away.
Reynolds is moving on but it seems his best friend will always be an
Because of the sensitive manner in which Pittsylvania County investigator
Vic Ingram handled Ward's death, Reynolds' is planning a career in law
IN Q=I hopefully
((VIC INGRAM/PITTSYLVANIA CO. INVESTIGATOR:I, HOPEFULLY, SAY THE SAME THING A
WHOLE LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SAID, IT'S THAT WHILE YOU WALK THROUGH LIFE IF
YOU CAN EVER TOUCH ANYBODY IN A POSITIVE WAY OR SENSE YOU CERTAINLY WOULD WANT
TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=do that.
Since Ward's death-- Reynolds has dedicated each wrestling season to his
memory. But this year was even more special-- because it would have been Ward's
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Hokies and Hoos are getting ready for
tomorrow's showdown in Richmond, some postseason hoop honors were passed out
today, and Steve Mason is in Salem getting set for tonight's ODAC championship
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament championship tips off
tonight over at the Salem Civic.
MIKE/STEVE DOUBLE BOX
Steve Mason is on the floor with some special guests to talk about tonight's
STEVE WILL ADD LIB INTO QUESTIONS WITH COACHES/PLEASE ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO GET
SUPER UP OVER FIRST COACH AND THEN USE B-ROLL.
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VO-NAT #eng (ST5-25)
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STEVE THEN TURNS TO THE SECOND COACH FOR 2 QUESTIONS
SUPER=01-Joe Davis/Lynchburg Head Coach; :
PLEASE B-ROLL OVER SECOND QUESTION
VO-NAT #ENG (BB97-4)
SUPER=03-Salem/ODAC Semi-Finals; :
STEVE/BACK ON THREE SHOT AND TOSSES BACK TO MIKE
UVa and Virginia Tech keep the ball bouncing tomorrow night
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when the Hokies and Hoos renew their always entertaining rivalry at 8 o'clock
at the Richmond Coliseum.
And Your Hometown station is the only place to catch the game tomorrow night.
This afternoon Tech head coach Bill Foster said both team need a win in the
game to enhance their postseason chances.
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IN Q="A WIN FOR...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...PLAY SOME MORE."
The VMI Keydets open play in the Southern Conference basketball tournament
this Thursday night at seven o'clock at the Greensboro Coliseum against Furman.
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This afternoon one of the team's top players picked up a well deserved post
Junior guard Darryl Faulkner has been named the second team all-Southern
Conference squad as voted on by the media.
Faulkner is averaging 15 points a game, and he has 101 assists on the season.
He is also second in the league in three point percentage.
And finally, I've heard a little grumbling today in the office, at the
service station, and on the street.
Folks are wondering how NASCAR's parity could put Jeff Gordon in victory Lane
the first two races of this year.
Well, here's a little advice - Get Used to It!
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Gordon slipped by Dale Jarrett and into Victory Lane yesterday for his second
win of the year and the 21st of his career.
That's 21 wins in 126 starts for the 25 year old phenom.
To put that in perspective - Ricky Rudd has 17 win in 564 starts.
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Gordon leads the points race heading to Richmond and that is scary in itself.
Last year at this time he was 41st in the points race, but won at Richmond.
SUPER=0112-1. Jeff Gordon/360/2. Ricky Craven/320/3. Terry Labonte/316/4. Jeff
Burton/300/5. Ricky Rudd/298;
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(toss to Jean)
Bedford County has the fastest growing school system in this part of the
state, and as a result some classrooms are overcrowded.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon says a Jefferson Forest PTA group is working to bring the Board
of Supervisors and the School board together on the subject.
Keith- the school board says it needs two new elementary schools...
..to relieve overcrowding at schools like Jefferson Forest Middle school.
It has fifth graders now.
Fund for a new elementary school in the Northeast section of the county
would allow 10 and 11 year olds to go to elementary school.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11. Keith?
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