He's been called one of the up and coming stars of the Republican party, but
Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts says he values the title of "father" more than
Family values was just one of the topics Watts touched on during a visit to
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Rep. J.C. Watts/(R) Oklahoma; :22
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Rd. Baptist Church; 1:31
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
((natsot singing (quick)
From star quarterback to U.S. congressman... it comes as no surprise that
J.C. Watts also can SING pretty well too.
But on this day, the basics of family and faith were on Watts' agenda as he
addressed the congregation at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
It's the absence of those values that leaves him fearing for the future of
IN Q=Friends I've gone
((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: FRIENDS I'VE GONE BACK TO MY ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT IN
WASHINGTON, MANY TIMES, AND WEPT.))
OUT Q=and wept.
Watts stepped into the national spotlight when he delivered the Republican
response to the State of the Union address, but as the GOP's only black
congressman, that honor brought with it cries of tokenism.
IN Q=I think it's
((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: I THINK IT'S A SAD COMMENTARY WHEN YOU'RE A TOKEN IF
YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR STRENGTHENING OUR FAMILIES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND
FIGHT FOR REDUCING PEOPLE'S TAXES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR CHANGING A
PATHETIC WELFARE SYSTEM THAT PENALIZES WELFARE MOMS FOR SAVING MONEY AND
DISCOURAGING DADS TO BE OUT OF THE HOME RATHER THAN IN THE HOME. IF I'M A TOKEN
FOR THOSE THINGS, I WEAR THAT AS A BADGE OF HONOR.))
OUT Q=badge of honor.
Watts says stressing these values eventually will help Republicans recruit
more minorities into their fold.
While others hold high hopes for HIS future in the party, Watts remains
IN Q=One of the
((J.C. WATTS: ONE OF THE REASONS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SAY AND DO WHAT I'VE SAID
AND DONE IS BECAUSE I'D MUCH RATHER HAVE `DAD' IN FRONT OF MY NAME THAN
CONGRESSMAN AND THAT GIVES ME FREEDOM TO STAND AND TELL THE TRUTH IF YOU
OUT Q=if you will.
IN Q=If this country
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: IF THIS COUNTRY HAS THE COURAGE
TO ELECT AN AFRICAN- AMERICAN PRESIDENT, IT COULD DO NO BETTER THAN J.C. WATTS
AND I HOPE IT HAPPENS ONE DAY.))
OUT Q=happens one day.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer is expected to formally announce his candidacy
for the state's top office tomorrow.
Beyer is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Governor.
Virginia Democrats will choose their candidates during a May 10th
He'll likely face Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore in the general
Gilmore is also unopposed for the Republican nomination.
Republicans will choose their candidates in a June 10th primary.
Police have still not released the name of a Roanoke man who fell to his
death in Giles County yesterday.
It happened in a remote section near Newport around 4:30 in the afternoon.
Authorities say five people were climbing up a path to a cliff on Spruce Run
mountain when one of them fell.
The 30-year- old man plummeted 80-feet and suffered major head injuries.
He died at the scene.
Investigators say alcohol was a factor in that accident.
A prominent rap music star died early this morning, the apparent victim of a
drive- by shooting.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
The rapper known as "Notorious B-I-G" was gunned down as he left a party in
IN Q=The party
((THE PARTY WAS BROKEN UP AND AS THE PARTY WAS LETTING OUT, A SHOOTING OCCURRED
ON THE FAIRFAX AVENUE SIDE OF THE BUILDING. UNKNOWN SUSPECTS APPARENTLY FILED
OUT Q=multiple rounds.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/File Tape;
The 24- year- old from Brooklyn is the second high- profile rap artist slain
in the last six months.
Notorious B.I.G. had a history of run-ins with the law and played up his
past as an ex- crack dealer.
He was considered a rival of West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur, who was fatally
shot in September in Las Vegas.
This latest incident is sparking speculation that both shootings may be the
result of a feud between East and West coast rappers.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Virginia college students who don't make the grade may not make it onto the
financial aid rolls.
And cigarette prices are going up.
We'll find out how much.
Clouds have moved in to most Virginia. Rain Showers will be the next thing
to arrive. Right now, it looks like most of the rain will fall in the
overnight hours-- into Tomorrow Morning.
It won't be a very powerful system, but some showers may be falling as you
return to work and school tomorrow morning.
The complete forecast after today's numbers...
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
After a recent thaw in the icy relationship between the Vatican City and
Israel, the Pope is denouncing some of the country's latest decisions.
During his weekly address Pope John Paul didn't cite specifics.
But he said today that recent decisions could ''seriously harm'' the Middle
East peace process.
Israel recently has aroused Palestinian anger by announcing plans to build a
Jewish neighborhood in disputed Arab east Jerusalem.
The Palestinians also complain that an upcoming troop withdrawal is too
GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback
Gun control and the Old South are the topics in our viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=Last week's note
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( Last week's note on Dan Rather's interview with the Mayor of New York on the
Empire State Building shooting brought this response from another viewer.
"The mayor's point was
that this unstable man, who had only been in this country a few days, should
not have been able to obtain a handgun in Florida without a background check.
Such a check would probably have prevented these murders. The viewer
apparently believes that anyone, regardless of mental or moral deficiencies,
should be able to buy and use a weapon on the basis of the Second Amendment.
It should be obvious that there are some people whose right to "keep and
bear arms" is subservient to the rights of citizens to be able to be free of
the danger of unstable people with weapons. We can't allow any homicidal
maniac who wants a gun to be able to buy one."
From our web page forum, a debate on geography.
"Why do the weather people always insist on referring to our part of the
country as the Mid-Atlantic? The last time I looked at a history book, or
listened to the people's dialect here, we were in the South! No, I think the
weather people do a wonderful job keeping us informed...But you are doing all
of our forefathers a terrible injustice when you call this the Mid-Atlantic."
Which brought this reply:
"I don't think Virginia was ever part of the stereotypical South: grinding
poverty, hot climate, the Ku Klux Klan, and funny accents that grate unpleasant
upon the ear, and sugary sweet women fanning themselves whilst rolling their
eyes seductively. I like to think of myself as living in the best place on
earth, where there are four seasons I am not hemmed in by tall, fierce
mountains, where there are flat valleys and plenty of interstates waiting to
take me anywhere I want to go...NO, I think to live in one of the mid-Atlantic
states is to have the best of both the North and the South, without being
smothered by either."
Write to News-7 Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022.
Our fax number is 343-7269.
Send e-mail to news@wdbj7. com.
And you'll find our on-line forum on our web site: www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
TAPE# net edit 97-3 Cigarettes
The price of cigarettes has gone up.
Winston and Camel maker R-J Reynolds has boosted its wholesale prices by
about four percent.
Analysts say the move could add about a nickel a pack to the retail price.
They expect other tobacco companies to follow suit.
A bitter battle between two large employers is over, and a Lynchburg company
gets fined by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
We recap the week's top economic stories in our area with the News-7
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :32
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
An end to the fourth month bidding war for Conrail appears to be in sight.
Rivals Norfolk Southern and C-S-X have apparently agreed to split the
northeastern railroads assets, to avoid the federal government from
Shorewood Packaging, which makes compact disk covers, may close its Roanoke
distribution facility and idle 75 workers.
Spokesman Howard Liebman, reached at the company's New York headquarters,
said "it's something we're looking at" but declined to comment any further.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has slapped a 12- thousand- dollar fine on
the Framatome Cogema (FRAM-uh-tohm koh-JEE-muh) plant in Lynchburg.
Apparently a uranium- based fuel assembly was accidentally sent to Germany,
but the incident did not endanger public health or safety.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 123 points, while the Nasdaq Composite inched up three ticks.
The chairwoman of the State Council of Higher Education says it's time to
take low-achieving college students off the financial aid rolls.
Chairwoman Elizabeth McClanahan says one in six students getting state
financial-aid awards at Virginia's public institutions isn't maintaining a `C'
And she says students with a `D' average in their first semester often have
until the end of sophomore year to raise their grades before losing
The winning ticket for last night's Pick Six Lotto was sold in Danville.
Lottery officials say just one ticket correctly matched all six numbers.
That lucky person will soon be 12-point-four million dollars richer.
In case you missed those numbers they were two, eighteen, 19, 24, 26, and
Wednesday's jackpot is back to an estimated one million dollars.
Still to come... not all college students spent their Spring Break at the
We'll hear from some who are spending their vacation building houses.
But first let's check out the weekend stock report.
TAPE # 97-2
Forget Fort Lauderdale, pass on Palm Beach... how about Lynchburg as a
spring break destination?
That's where more than two hundred college students from across the country
are spending time this month to benefit the local chapter of Habitat for
It's all part of a program called "Collegiate Challenge" where the students
give their time and money to help build homes for low- income families.
IN Q=Actually these
((KEVIN BORGE/SITE LEADER: ACTUALLY THESE STUDENTS HOPEFULLY ARE GOING TO
FINISH THESE THREE HOUSES FROM START TO FINISH, SO IT'S A BIG BOOST, NOT ONLY
LABOR-WISE, BUT ALSO SPIRIT-WISE IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE WORKERS
SUPER=01-Kevin Borge/Site Leader; :00
OUT Q=the workers themselves.
Pounding nails and hauling boards is no day at the beach, but the students
say they have no regrets.
IN Q=Not only do
((DAN BART/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: NOT ONLY DO YOU LEARN A LOT.. .. IT'S A
((MAGGIE O'NEILL/HOLY CROSS: IT'S BEEN REALLY INTERESTING, ESPECIALLY TO MEET
THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO LIVE IN THE HOUSES AFTERWARDS... BEEN A GREAT
SUPER=01-Dan Bart/Univ. of Minnesota; :00
SUPER=01-Maggie O'Neill/Holy Cross; :10
OUT Q=a great experience.
Lynchburg is one of just ten Habitat chapters in the country to take part in
the Collegiate Challenge.
The Lynchburg chapter has built more than 130 homes in its eight- year
And coming up, Highlights from this afternoon's lacrosse action at Roanoke
And the Tar Heels of North Carolina ended N.C. States run winning this
afternoon's A-C-C tournament title in Greensboro.
North Carolina State's shot at the A-C-C championship came up short this
North Carolina pulled away in the closing minutes of the game and beat the
Wolfpack 64 to 54.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Tar Heels vs Wolfpack; :
Dean Smith going after another A-C-C title.
And it looked good in the first half Serge Zwikker hits the jumper and the
Tar Heels led by 8.
State would not go away C.C. Harrison pulls up and nails this three pointer
cutting the lead to six.
But Carolina came right back Shammond Williams hits the jumper and the Tar
Heels led by six at the Break.
The Wolfpack went down by 8 to open the second half but Jamey Hyatt's three
pointer cut the lead to five.
Then with 13 minutes left in the game Williams hit three straight three's
and the Tar heels led 45 to 34.
The Wolfpack cut the lead to three SUPER=33-North Carolina/64/N.C.
State/54/;points at 45 to 42 but North Carolina wins it by a score of 64 to
Top ranked Kansas got 30 points from Paul Pierce as the Jayhawks won the
Big 12 championship with an 87 to 60 win over Missouri.
In Memphis, Rick Pitino and his Kentucky team playing for the S-E-C
Georgia comes out firing Derrick Dukes goes outside for the three pointer
early in the game.
But Kentucky's Anthony Epps took over here he scores the three pointer for
two of his 22 points in the game.
The Big gun for the Wildcats though SUPER=33-Kentucky/95/Georgia/68/;was
Ron Mercer. Mercer goes to the boards hard for the jam and two of his 20 as
Kentucky wins it 95 to 68.
After a smooth first half of the race, The Sheet metal began to fly. The
Primestar 500 was red flagged for 52 minutes after Steve Grissom was involved
in a crash.
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/ABC SPORTS; :
Dale Earnhardt was making a move on his favorite track running in 8-th
place with Terry Labonte on his bumper.
But the Leader was pole sitter Robby Gordon in the early part of the race.
Geoff Bodine had some problems while leaving the pits the left rear tire
came off the car costing him time on the track.
The lead would change at this point as Dale Jarrett powered his way to the
front of the field after a caution.
Points leader Jeff Gordon blew an engine and had to take his car to the
garage ending his day.
The the flag man got busy. Three straight cautions would slow the race. On
this one Steve Grissom gets lose and his car slides across the track into the
wall it goes airborne losing its gas tank and starting a fire on the track.
Grissom was taken to the infield care unit complaining of an ankle injury. The
race was red Flagged.
Dale Jarrett was the leader after the restart of the race Ernie Irvan was
second and Morgan Shepherd third. But Jarrett would hold on to win the
IN Q=First audio
((DALE JARRETT/PRIMESTER 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Primestar 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.........day long."
Irvan was second, Shepherd third Bobby Labonte fourth and Jeff Burton fifth.
A battle of two top 10 nationally ranked Division III mens lacrosse teams
faced off over in Salem today as the number 6 Roanoke Maroons hosted Number 5
Gettysburg in a crucial early season showdown.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bullets vs. Maroons; :00
The game was played on the Roanoke College practice field because the game
field is being worked on.
Bill Pilat's Maroons looking to improve to 2 and OH on the season.
The game was dead even in the first half. Roanoke's Brian Fleming and J.D.
Gaddie hook up on the trick play. It appears Fleming has the ball...But no,
Gaddie has it, he walks in and cranks the shot past the Gettysburg goalie.
The game was tied at 5 all at the half. Gettysburg scored 3 in the third
quarter and that proved to be the difference. Roanoke All-American Chris Gordon
had little chance on this one SUPER=34-Gettysburg/10/Roanoke/7;
on one with the Bullets Brooke Farrell, 8-6 Gettysburg after three quarters.
The Maroons never quit. Adam Jackson takes the feed and finishes with the
quick stick, 10-7 Roanoke trailed att that would be the final as Gettysburg top
((BILL PILAT/ROANOKE HEAD LACROSSE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Express Lacrosse Coach; :00
OUT Q=...a head today"
The Roanoke Express picked up a bit win last night at the Roundhouse beating
Raleigh 4 to 2.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Icecaps; :
Seconds after the puck dropped to start the night the Express and Icecaps
mix it up.
Leading one to nothing Roanoke's Jeff Jablonski crosses the blue line and
breaks free to score the goal giving the Express a 2 to nothing lead.
Raleigh shakes it off and comes back Steve Potvin takes it along the
boards and beats the Express goalie for the score to make it 2 to 1 Roanoke.
The Express added another score SUPER=38-Roanoke/4/Raleigh/2/;in the
first period Jablonski passes to Matt O'Dette who scores in front of the net
and Roanoke goes on to win it 4 to 2.
The Express hits the road tomorrow for a game at Richmond.