Coming up next on News 7 at 6...
A Norfolk Southern conductor is shot while riding on a train...
And police in Martinsville are looking for a jail inmate who overpowered
deputies and escaped.
In sports, Rusty Wallace wins at Richmond Bill Foster says good bye to the
And the Virginia Cavaliers keep their post season playoff hopes alive with a
win at home.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of
Western Virginia, as an area of low pressure in Louisiana is headed our way.
That'll bring heavy rains to Western Virginia.
The complete details ahead.
A Norfolk Southern conductor is recovering after he was shot while riding
through Pittsylvania County.
It happened near Chatham around three- thirty this afternoon.
A Norfolk Southern official says the conductor was riding in the front of
the train when a shot shattered a window and struck him in the side.
At this point, authorities do NOT know what kind of weapon was used or who
The train was hauling mixed freight on its way to Crew, Virginia.
Authorities have NOT released the conductor's name or condition-- but say he
works in the Danville area.
A Martinsville jail inmate escaped early this morning.
Officials say Issac Swanson was hiding in a shower, and overpowered a deputy
who was bringing in a prisoner.
Swanson and another inmate got out of the building... the other inmate was
caught near the jail, but Swanson escaped.
He's described as five feet, 11 inches tall, 175 pounds.
Officials say Swanson has a history of assaulting police officers and is
If you see him, contact the Martinsville-Henry County Communications Center.
A Halifax County fast food restaurant was robbed at gunpoint last night.
The sheriff's department is looking for the man who entered the McDonald's
on Route 58 around 10-30 last night and got away with a safe full of cash.
Witnesses say the robber, who's in his late 20s or early 30s, was armed and
was NOT wearing a mask.
No one was injured.
An agreement to end the battle over Conrail may be near.
Sources tell The Washington Post that Norfolk Southern and C-S-X will split
up Conrail's rail lines under the proposed deal.
It says the agreement could be announced this week if it is approved by
Conrail's board of directors.
The deal would end Conrail's Eastern monopoly and give C-S-X and Norfolk
Southern direct access to New York.
C-S-X has offered to buy Conrail for 110-dollars a share in cash and stocks.
But Norfolk Southern proposed a hostile offer of 115-dollars a share in
Conrail's board of directors supported the C-S-X deal.
But in January shareholders rejected a proposal to proceed with the C-S-X
The curtain closed on a class act this afternoon in Blacksburg.
Bill Foster coached his last basketball game in Virginia Tech's Cassell
When the smoke cleared Foster emerged to lead his Hokies against Xavier.
In his six years at Tech, Foster has won 100 games and increased the player
Fans hope his replacement is of the same caliber.
IN Q=IT BE NICE
((KEVIN MEEHAN/HOKIE FAN: IT BE NICE TO GET SOMEBODY YOUNG IN HERE AND
ENERGETIC. WHO COULD MAKE A LONG TERM COMMITTMENT AND SO A REALLY GOOD JOB
WITH THE PROGRAM OVER THE LONG TERM.))
SUPER=01-Kevin Meehan/Hokie Fan;
OUT Q=LONG TERM
Fans and alumni gathered before the game at the coliseum for the 12th annual
More than a thousand people came to the party which raised ten thousand
IN Q=THE MONEY WILL
((TERRY BOLT/HOKIE CELEBRATION: THE MONEY WILL GO TO ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC
SCHOLARSHIPS. WE'RE REAL EXCITED BECAUSE WE GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
COME GET AN EDUCATION WITH THAT MONIES.))
SUPER=01-Terry Bolt/Hokie Celebration;
OUT Q=WITH THAT MONIES
The Hokies lost to Xavier 81 to 72.
Roy will have the highlights in sports.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
If you've got spring fever, you'll want to stick around.
We'll check in on the Southwest Virginia Boat Show.
Our attention is focused on the powerful low pressure system centered over
The cold front associated with that system is working its way toward North
Carolina, where we expect it to stall out.
That means rain may be heavy throughout the day tomorrow-- and the National
weather service has issued a flash flood watch for much of our viewing area--
all those details are coming up,
But first, here are today's numbers....
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
Hundreds of boats were on display at the Roanoke Civic Center this weekend.
The annual Southwest Virginia Boat Show gives shoppers a chance to see
what's new in the world of water crafts.
And some of what's new is in the motor.
Boat motors have been given an overhaul to make them more fuel efficient and
to meet environmental protection agency standards.
IN Q=The evinrude
SUPER=01-Ed Graves/Valley Marine Center;
OUT Q=fuel economy
These sail boats might suit your fancy, but there's more to consider when
you're choosing a water-craft.
First time boat buyers should have an idea of how they're going to use the
boat before they go to buy.
IN Q=Do they want
OUT Q=want to spend
The warm weather brought a big crowd out to the civic center for the three
Organizers say it seems everyone has spring fever.
Anyone who's ever put together a scrapbook, or attempted to trace their
family tree can appreciate the value knowing one's heritage.
The Rockbridge Genealogical Society is now compiling a collection of stories
written about the area.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, this won't be an ordinary history book.
IN Q=We're asking the public
SUPER=01-Angela Ruley/Rockbridge Area Genealogical Soc.; :00
SUPER=07-Barry Nall; :20
SUPER=07-Martha Watkins; :56
SUPER=07-Jessie Clark; 1:14
OUT Q=News 7, Rockbridge Co.
((ANGELA RULEY/ROCKBRIDGE AREA GENEALOGICAL SOC.: WE'RE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO
SEND IN STORIES ABOUT THEIR FAMILY, THEIR COMMUNITY, THEIR CHURCH, THEIR
It won't be a book of historical facts--but instead, a compilation of
personal recollections and tales by authors who have ties to Rockbridge County,
even if they never knew it.
((BARRY NALL: I BEGAN TO RESEARCH AND FOUND OUT MY FAMILY HAD SETTLED HERE IN
VIRGINIA IN THE EARLY 1700S AND I FOUND ALL THIS OUT IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, AND
I NEVER KNEW-- I ALWAYS FELT AT HOME IN VIRGINIA, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHY-- SO
MAYBE NOW I KNOW WHY. ))
Black- and- white photographs also tell the story of the area-- some of
which date back to the late 19th century.
A few stories even have the feel of folklore-- such as the one about
hunter Frank Arnold, for whom Arnold's Valley is named.
As the tale goes, Arnold made an unusual offer to a stranger passing
through the area.
((MARTHA WATKINS: HE OFFERED THE MAN, IF HE'D GIVE HIS JUG OF LIQUOR, HE'D
GIVE HIM HIS WIFE AND HIS LOG CABIN. SO, ARNOLD GAVE HIM HIS CABIN AND HIS JUG
OF LIQUOR, AND THE MAN ACCEPTED, AND ARNOLD LEFT WITH HIS JUG OF LIQUOR AND
NEVER WAS SEEN ANYMORE SINCE. ))
The book also promises to spotlight local figures who weren't quite as
((JESSIE CLARK: SO, MANY BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE MORE PROMINENT
FAMILIES, AND THIS WILL GET THE LITTLE FELLER IN THERE--AS WE WOULD SAY. ))
pre-pro here please
If you'd like to submit a story or photograph, you can send it to the
Rockbridge Heritage Book Committee.
The deadline is March 15th.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Rockbridge County.))
A big award for a growing Pulaski company, and 150 new insurance jobs are
heading to Lynchburg.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the
News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :58
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
Manpower, Incorporated projects moderate- to- strong job growth in our area
In Roanoke, 23- percent of companies polled intend to add jobs, 36- percent
of the Lynchburg employers polled say they'll add workers.
A Pulaski company is getting national recognition for its new, high- tech
Quad Media won the Buyers Choice Award for designing a Portable Interactive
Kiosk that helps companies sell their products at trade shows.
Salaried employees at the Volvo- GM plant in Dublin will vote on joining the
United Autoworkers, which already represents WAGE workers.
Some salaried employees say they're frustrated about issues like job
security, pay raises, and insurance.
Signet bank has a pair of branches in both Pulaski and Galax.
But as part of a systemwide move, it will consolidate those locations,
leaving one branch in each community.
In Lynchburg there were fears that First Colony Life's new owner would cut
But it's actually adding them; G-E Capital will create 150 new positions in
the Hill City and 200 others in Richmond as it moves its headquarters to
And state legislators have approved a bill designating Southside Virginia as
Virginia's Racing Region.
Local business leaders believe this will boost tourism efforts in the area.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average dropped 54 points, the Nasdaq Composite lost 25.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
When we return,
We'll have the story of one unusual soup can right after this.
When a viewer in Franklin County had some harsh words for the CBS Evening
News this week, he wrote to us, not them.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
IN Q=The day after
SUPER=03-New York, NY/February 23; :01
SUPER=00-Dan Rather/CBS Evening News Anchor; :13
SUPER=01-Rudolph Giuliani/New York Mayor; :24
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( The day after a gunman opened fire on tourists at the Empire State Building,
the CBS Evening News followup coverage included a live interview with New
One issue that came up: gun control.
IN Q=How is is that
((DAN RATHER/CBS EVENING NEWS ANCHOR: HOW IS IT THAT A MAN FROM OVERSEAS COMES
INTO THE COUNTRY AND WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS SEEMINGLY WITH NO PROBLEM IS ABLE
TO PURCHASE A HANDGUN?
RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NEW YORK MAYOR: BECAUSE IN SOME PLACES IN THIS COUNTRY THE
LAWS WITH RESPECT TO GUNS ARE INSANE, DAN. IT MAKES NO SENSE IN A CIVILIZED,
SENSIBLE SOCIETY THAT A TRANSIENT LIVING IN A MOTEL FOR ONE DAY CAN BUY A NEW
SEMI-AUTOMATIC ATTACK WEAPON.))
OUT Q=attack weapon.
After seeing that exchange, a viewer from Ferrum wrote:
"While no one can deny the tragedy of these reprehensible acts of an
obvious madman, I feel the coverage was nothing more than the sensationalizing
of this act for purely political gain. It was like watching a free commercial
for Handgun Control Incorporated.
Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani is protected by the First Amendment
of the Constitution to state his opinion, and I am protected by the Second
Amendment to own firearms. For him to denigrate my rights without any balance,
and to basically paint the millions of legal, law abiding gun owners in this
nation with the same brush as an alien madman made me sick to my stomach.
I am all for the responsible and prudent ownership of guns. But it is more
than high time for people to realize that a gun cannot pull its own trigger.
I thank you for this forum to speak my mind. I will not, however, write a
similar letter to CBS News in New York. That is to me tantamount to trying to
persuade an atheist to believe in the existence of God."
If you have a comment on news coverage or topics in the news, write to
News-7 Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022.
Faxes should be sent to 343-7269.
Our E-mail address is email@example.com.
And try our new on-line moderated forum on our home page: www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.
Call it one of the most valuable soup cans around.
Jeanna Dodd picked up what looked like an ordinary can of soup from a
Fairfax foodbank this week.
But when she opened it, it turned out to be a tiny safe containing seven-
thousand dollars in jewelry.
The owners of the jewelry came forward yesterday to reclaim their goods.
Dodd wasn't left empty handed though.
The owners gave her a thousand- dollar reward for her honesty.
And coming up, Sugar Ray Leonard is back in retirement Virginia Beats
And Rusty Wallace takes the checkered flag in the Pontiac Excitement 400 at
An era came to a close today as Bill Foster coached in his final regular
season game at the Cassell.
And after 6 seasons at the helm of the Hokies the players and fans sent
him out on a positive note despite losing to Xavier 81 to 72.
Steve Mason has more on an emotional day in Blacksburg.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Musketeers vs Hokies; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/531 and 324 in 30 Years; :43
SUPER=33-Xavier/81/Virginia Tech/72/; 1:26
SUPER=01-Skip Prosser/Xavier Head Coach; 1:42
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/12 Points 7 Rebounds; 1:55 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Troy Manns/30 Points; 1:58
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
The virginia Cavaliers finished the regular season with a win over 16-th
ranked Maryland this afternoon in Charlottesville.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Cavaliers vs Terps; :
It was senior day for Jeff Jones and his Cavaliers.
The game was close in the first half but Harold Deane takes it to the hoop
drawing the foul and giving the Cavaliers a one point lead.
Maryland went up by four but Curtis Staples hit a three pointer and the
Cavaliers trailed 39 to 38 at the half.
The Terps rallied to open the second half Laron Profit takes it to the
hoop for the reverse layup and a 47 to 40 Maryland lead.
The Terps would up that lead to 10 moments later Keith Booth goes in for
the reverse layup.
But the Cavaliers rallied and took the lead with 5 minutes left when
Courtney Alexander hit the three making it 62 to 61.
Virginia hung on to that lead the SUPER=33-Virginia/81/Maryland/74/;rest
of the way the Cavaliers knocking off Maryland 81 to 74.
Rusty Wallace found the groove late in the race and he survived two late
cautions to take the checkered flag and win the Pontiac Excitement 400 at the
Richmond International Raceway.
South Boston's Jeff Burton was running in sixth place early in the race but
brake problems sent him to the garage area.
Jeff Gordon, Who started on the outside pole, moved to the front and he
would lead after 46 laps with his teammate Terry Labonte second.
But Dale Jarrett in car number 88 made his move and he took the lead on the
66-th lap of the race and he was the leader at the halfway mark.
Morgan Shepherd had a few problems his hood popped up after banging up the
nose of his car.
Rick Mast, was running in the top 10, but he was 16-th at this point in
the race trying to hold off Jarrett.
Wallace had a strong car in the race and he was crusing up front ahead of
the field with 58 laps to go.
But with 15 laps to go Ernie Irvan hits the wall bringing out the fourth
caution of the day.
It was three laps left when the race restarted and Wallace got the jump on
Jarrett to take the checkered Flag for the win.
((RUSTY WALLACE/PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Pontiac Excitement 400 Winner; :
OUT Q= ....real strong."
Geoff Bodine was second, Jarrett third, Gordon fourth and Ricky Rudd
It's back to retirement for boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
SUPER=03-Atlantic City, NJ; :
Last night in Atlantic City Hector "Macho" Comacho spoiled Leonard's
latest comeback with a fifth round T-K-O.
The 34 year old Comacho knocked Leonard down in the fifth round and the end
of the fight came after Comacho landed an eleven punch barrage forcing referee
Joe Cortez to stop the fight giving Comacho the win.
This was Leonard's first fight since losing to Terry Morris in 1991.