Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A Tech football player IS convicted.
Abortion becomes the battle ground of candidates for Governor.
And some of the biggest names on ice here in Roanoke... with ONE notable
A live report from the Civic Center tonight.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Hokies open their first week of Spring drills
without a key returning letterman.
Steve Mason more on that plus, the Packers' Keith Jackson retires,
and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference promotes Brad Bankston to take over
as the league's new commissioner.
Clouds are showers are headed in for the next couple of days, so break out
the umbrellas. Forecast details are coming up.
After three dismissals, the fourth trial against a Virginia Tech football
player charged in a campus brawl has ended in a guilty verdict.
Montgomery Circuit judge Ray Grubbs sentenced Tyron Edmond to serve 2 days
of a 30- day jail sentence.
After the incident last August 31st, Edmond admitted he hit Jonathan Nelson
during a mob attack on Nelson.
Nelson identified Edmond as one of his attackers.
But Edmond testified he really only nudged Nelson after someone else punched
((TYRON EDMOND/TECH FOOTBALL PLAYER: THAT DOESN'T MEAN I ACTUALLY HIT HIM, BUT
MORE OR LESS I SHIELDED MYSELF FROM HIM FALLING ON ME. ))
SUPER=01-Tyron Edmond/Tech Football Player;
OUT Q=falling on me.
Edmond was one of several players suspended for one game last season
following the fight.
Under a new Tech policy, it will be up to the athletic director to decide
whether Edmond's misdemeanor conviction should affect his present team status.
An accident involving a runaway delivery truck and three cars stopped
traffic at the Hunting Hills Walmart on route 220 in Roanoke this afternoon.
The truck hit two cars, then tipped over on another, after going through the
intersection of route 220 and Crossbow Road.
The truck driver says he tried to avoid hitting anyone after the truck's
brakes gave out.
IN Q=Well we
((RICHARD SPENCER/TRUCK DRIVER: WELL WE COME OFF THE HILL THERE, AND I NOTICED
I LOST MY BRAKES I TRIED TO GEAR IT DOWN, TO SLOW IT UP, I TRIED TO GET THROUGH
THIS TRAFFIC HERE AND JUST COULDN'T GET THROUGH IT HERE.))
SUPER=01-Richard Spencer/Truck Driver;
Neither the truck driver, nor any of the people in the cars appeared to have
life threatening injuries.
But one accident victim had to be removed from her vehicle with the "jaws of
The truck driver has been charged with driving with defective brakes.
A stroke of the pen over the weekend --
and an 18- year battle over parental notification for teenage abortions
Governor George Allen made it the law of the land starting July first.
But now the Democrat running for governor says he might like to water it
down if elected.
IN Q=I've also
((I'VE ALSO THOUGHT AND HAD A CHANCE TO VOTE ONE TIME THAT AS WE BEGIN PARENTAL
NOTIFICATION WE SHOULD BEGIN WITH 16- YEAR OLDS AND YOUNGER. NOW THE LAW WILL
GO INTO EFFECT JULY FIRST WITH 17 YEAR OLDS AND YOUNGER. I'LL SUPPORT THAT LAW
AND WE'LL SEE HOW IT WORKS. But you're willing to change that law? I'M ALSO
WILLING TO SEE WHAT THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE LAW IS IN REAL LIFE. LET'S SEE IF
THERE ARE HORROR STORIES. LET'S SEE WHAT IMPACT THAT IT ACTUALLY HAS ON
OUT Q=teenage pregnancy.
Republican Jim Gilmore's hinting that, if elected, he'd like to see FURTHER
restrictions on abortion.
IN Q=I believe
((I BELIEVE THERE ARE TOO MANY ABORTIONS IN VIRGINIA NOW. MY VIEWS ON THIS IN
OPPOSITION TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF ABORTIONS IS CLEAR. AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO
LOOK AT THESE VARIOUS REGULATIONS AND SEE WHAT POSITIVE STEPS WE CAN MAKE IN A
OUT Q=reasonable way.
No specifics yet from Gilmore on what those steps might be.
As one of the nation's few female governors, former Texas governor Ann
Richards knows the up-side of success.
And after losing her bid for a second term in 19-94, she also knows the
Richards is sharing her experiences and advice in a speech tonight at Roanoke
College-- called "The Path Ahead for Women in Public Service."
IN Q=You learn far more
((ANN RICHARDS/FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR: YOU LEARN FAR MORE FROM ALL THE MISTAKES
YOU MAKE THAN YOU DO FROM ALL YOUR SUCCESSES- IF YOU SUCCEED, YOU'RE PRETTY
SURE YOU GOT LUCKY, AND IF YOU FAIL YOU KNOW PRETTY DARN WELL IT WAS YOUR
FAULT, AND YOU'LL SPEND A LOT OF TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THINGS DIDN'T
SUPER=01-Ann Richards/Former Texas Governor
OUT Q=didn't work out.
Richards says doors are open for women in public service if they're willing
to take the financial and security risks.
Fire damaged a home in northwest Roanoke today... and investigators say the
cause is suspicious.
No one was injured , but the home at the corner of Tenth Street and Forest
Hill Avenue suffered serious damage.
Witnesses did not report anything unusual, but the fire apparently started
outside the home... and investigators say there was no obvious cause.
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GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./March 11;
It appears an electrical short was responsible for the fire that destroyed
the Hardy Community Center earlier this month.
Investigators have completed their review, and today the remains of
building were demolished.
The fire department is now making plans for an addition to the fire house
that will provide room for training and community events.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
is there finally agreement among the experts as to how often women should get
and in Bedford, a museum is looking for more room, as well as better ways to
serve its elderly and disabled visitors.
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Expansion is in the works at Bedford's city- county museum, but it won't
Steve Smallshaw reports the museum needs to raise a quarter million dollars
in grants and donations to pay for the project.
IN Q=They've been drawn
SUPER=01-Ellen Wandrei/Museum Director; :25
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( They've been drawn by artifacts ranging from 12- thousand year old
arrowheads to World War Two uniforms... and there's even more here that
visitors CAN'T see.
((I HAVE SEVERAL BOTTLES FROM WAVERLY BOTTLING COMPANY, THEY WERE BOTTLED RIGHT
HERE ON DEPOT STREET.))
Crammed into the third floor of this building are hundreds of pieces of
county history that the museum doesn't have room to display.
IN Q=Because we have
((ELLEN WANDREI/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY ITEMS FROM BEDFORD THAT
NOBODY GETS TO SEE FROM THE COUNTY. ALL THESE FARM TOOLS THAT WERE MADE IN THE
COUNTY, AND NO ONE OTHER THAN THE PERSON WHO DONATED THEM, PROBABLY DOESN'T
KNOW THEY'RE HERE.))
OUT Q=they're here.
Renovating the third floor is a costly proposition, but officials hope to
raise enough money to match a state historic grant to make it possible.
But even if the room is opened up, that's no guarantee tour- goers will get
to see it.
Wandrei estimates close to 60 percent of their visitors are over the age of
50.. making it up the stairs to the third floor is difficult if not impossible
So the grant also would pay to install an elevator on the back of the
building, making the entire museum handicapped accessible.
IN Q=These people
((WANDREI: THESE PEOPLE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN OUR COLLECTION,
AND THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE ITEMS THAT WE HAVE ON DISPLAY.))
OUT Q=have on display.
Fund-raising should begin over the next few months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.)
Virginia Tech police believe a freshman student leapt from the top of Lane
Stadium to his death early this morning.
They found the body of 18 year- old Douglas Steven Ainey of Exton,
Pennsylvania near the east- side stands.
The medical examiner says Ainey sustained multiple injuries. His death has
been ruled a suicide.
Women in their 40's are getting some conflicting health information.
In January, the National Cancer Institute said it could NOT recommend
mammograms for every woman between the ages of 40 and 50.
But now the American Cancer Society is.
On top of that... the A- C- S advises all women in that age group to seek
One of the Roanoke Valley's breast cancer experts agrees.
IN Q=It's because
((DR. ALAN HENRY/BREAST CARE CENTER OF THE BLUE RIDGE: IT'S BECAUSE OF
AGGRESSIVE USE OF MAMMOGRAPHY THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER,
BEGIN TO REDUCE THE OVERALL MORTALITY FOR BREAST CANCER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Alan Henry/Breast Care Center;
OUT Q=for breast cancer
Later this week, the N- C- I is expected to fall in line with the American
Cancer Society's recommendation.
Dr. Henry hopes the initial confusion will not prove detrimental to fighting
A growing number of viewers are becoming interested in Wall Street.
We're responding by expanding our daily stock listing from 12 to 20
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff is here to explain how we came up with the list.
Keith we surveyed 16 different stock brokerage firms from across our viewing
We asked which companies are the most widely held, and which are the largest
employers...coming up with a combined score to make the new list.
The good news for those of you who liked the old list is that all but one of
those stocks will remain.
New additions include lots of locally based companies, such as Dimon, the
Danville tobacco processor, Optical Cable of Roanoke County, and Roanoke
Other new entries include large area employers, like health care giant
Columbia- HCA, the Dana Corporation, which has a truck plant in Buena Vista,
power generator Dominion Resources, First Virginia Bank, Signet Bank, and
A number of viewers who have Trigon health insurance policies received stock
in the company when it recently went public.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
Now for a list of strictly local companies that trade on major exchanges, we
provide the weekly gains and losses every Saturday.
On Wall Street stocks had been down for most of the day,
before a dramatic turnaround late in the session.
The Dow GAINED 101 points.
NASDAQ lost 11 points.
Here now is our expanded stock report--
[ AE /ATT /Bell/CentralFidelity/Columbia]
[Crestar/Dana/Dimon/Dominion Resources/First Union]
[First VA/General Electric/Nationsbank/Norfolk Southern/Optical Cable]
[phillip morris/roanoke electric steel/signet/trigon/walmart]
[(a= 1/8 e= 1/4
b= 3/8 f= 1/2
c= 5/8 g= 3/4
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
[ ETS /Innotech/ Main Bankshares]
[ Optical Cable /Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel]
[ Roanoke Gas / Stanley Furniture/ Tultex]
A new building will give the Harrison Museum of African American Culture
room to grow.
A ribbon- cutting ceremony this morning opened the doors on the new museum
annex located on Rutherford Avenue.
The building won't be open to the public, but it will provide much needed
space to store the museum's growing collection.
IN Q=Not only will it add
((ALETHA BOLDEN/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: NOT ONLY WILL IT BE ADDED STORAGE SPACE, BUT
IT WILL ALSO BE ADDED WORK SPACE FOR OUR CURATOR. SHE'LL BE ABLE TO SPRAWL
THINGS OUT AND WORK ON A LARGER SCALE. WE'VE HAD TO TURN SOME THINGS AWAY, BUT
HOPEFULLY NOW THAT WE HAVE A LARGER BUILDING, A QUALITY CONTROLLED BUILDING,
WE'LL BE ABLE TO ACCEPT A LOT OF MEMORABILIA THAT'S STILL OUT THERE.))
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Museum Director;
OUT Q=still out there.
The annex was built with public and private grants on a lot donated by
Central Fidelity Bank.
The museum is still seeking volunteers and contributions to complete the
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, a new commissioner for the ODAC, no more
football for Keith Jackson, I'll have the tip off times for this coming
weekend's Final Four.
Plus, Steve Mason checks in from the Hokies Spring football workouts with
news concerning Tony Morrison and the status for the upcoming season.
The Old Dominion Athletic conference introduced the second commissioner in
league history this afternoon at a newsconference at the Salem Civic Center.
Brad Bankston, the league's assistant commissioner since 1995, takes over for
the retiring Dan Wooldridge - the league's first and only other commissioner
for the past 21 years.
SUPER=01-Dan Wooldridge/Retiring ODAC Commissioner;
SUPER=01-Brad Bankston/New ODAC Commissioner;
Dan Wooldridge isn't the only one retiring these days.
The Packers Keith Jackson announced his retirement from the NFL today after a
nine year career.
He goes out at the pinnacle of his playing days.
IN Q="You know...
((KEITH JACKSON/RETIRES FROM THE NFL:))
SUPER=01-Keith Jackson/Retires From The NFL; :00
OUT Q=...HA HA."
The Hokies began their first full week of workouts this afternoon, and the
first day of another rebuilding process.
Steve Mason more on the 1997 Hokie puzzle that lost a key piece earlier
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Virginia Tech Flanker;
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Cornerback;
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Al Clark, is not talking to the media at this time, preferring to talk to his
teammates and earn the starting job at quarterback.
The road to the final four is about to produce a pot of gold for one lucky
After two weeks of elimination, the 64 team men's bracket has been whittled
down to just 4 schools.
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This coming Saturday you can catch the national semi-finals live from the RCA
dome in Indianapolis right here on WDBJ.
The pregame activities get started at four. Then at 5:42 Carolina and Arizona
tip off the first game with Kentucky and Minnesota following in the night cap
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One man who had hoped to play in the Final Four but didn't make it, received
another huge award last night.
Wake Forest's Tim Duncan was given the Naismith award, which recognizes the
top player in the nation.
He averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds a game this past season.
Finding a basketball coach to take over the University of Tennessee men's
program is proving to be a hard task.
Over the weekend Colorado's Ricardo Patton turned down the job, and today's
Clemson's Rick Barnes turned down the job.
Reports in Knoxville say Barnes was offered a half a million dollars a year
to coach the Vols.
Some big names in skating are taking to the ice at the Roanoke Civic
Center. It's the Discover Stars on Ice Show-
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Microwave
Jean Jadhon is at the rink- Jean what skaters are in town tonight?
Keith- this show is packed with olympic medal winners-
They've been warming up- on the ice since about 4:30.
SUPER=01-Ekaterina Gordeeva/Olympic Gold Medalist;
(live interview; roll tape over q & a)
Kristi Yamaguchi- the women's olympic gold medal winner is the first solo
Ekaterina Gordeava is also here. She too is a gold medal winner for pairs
skating with her late husband Sergei Grinkov-
Other skaters on the tour- include Paul Wylie, Torvill and Dean and Kurt
Roll 2nd tape
One name noticeably absent from this show is Scott Hamilton. The skater
left the tour last week after announcing he has testi-cular cancer.
(Jean ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Microwave
(Keith Question: are there any tickets left?)
We'll have more on the skaters and tonight's performance on News 7 at 11.