Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
What it means for the College of Health Sciences NOT to get funding from
Pink slips at Shorewood Transport.
And the short line that leads to Saltville gets a new lease on life thanks
to an auto dealer from Roanoke.
Tonight in sports, some area college hoopsters are picking up national honors
tonight, Steve Mason has a good old fashioned sit down chat with Frank Anzalone
as the Express prepares for its final three games of the season.
The trade involving the Braves and Indians was so big today they had to help
Dave Justice off the field.
That's an exaggeration, but the fact that he's leaving the Braves for
Cleveland is not.
A line of strong showers will cross the region tonight, and by tomorrow
we'll see those warmer temperatures we SHOULD have seen today. Your complete
forecast coming up.
The financial struggle continues for Roanoke's College of Health Sciences.
For the second year in a row, Governor Allen has vetoed a 700- thousand
dollar appropriation for the school.
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The College is NOT in danger of closing, but Joe Dashiell reports students
and faculty will feel the failure to win state funding.
Keith, the governor's decision wasn't a big surprise. After all, the same
thing happened a year ago, but it was a disappointment.
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OUT Q=we need to grow programs.
((Already facing the loss of funding from Carilion Health System, the
school was looking to the state for some transitional support.
A close association with community hospital survives, and the governor's
decision will not shut down the school, but President Harry Nickens says the
college will miss that money.
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((HARRY NICKENS/COLLEGE PRESIDENT: THE COLLEGE CONTINUES IF YOU WILL TO
STRUGGLE RELATIVE TO OUR FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES. WE NEED TO GIVE EMPLOYEE
RAISES WHICH THEY DID NOT GET THIS YEAR. WE NEED TO ADD POSITIONS. WE NEED TO
OUT Q=need to grow programs.
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It appears 90 people at a Roanoke distribution company will lose their jobs.
Employees at Shorewood Transport began receiving photocopied letters today,
explaining how their last day at work will be May 26th.
((STANLEY SMITH/SHOREWOOD TRANSPORT EMPLOYEE: WE'RE ALL UPSET I JUST WISH
THERE'S SOMETHING WE COULD DO ABOUT IT. WE OFFERED CONCESSIONS AT ONE TIME AT
THE FIRST MEETING AND THAT WASN'T ANY GOOD. I THINK THEY JUST WANTED TO GET
RID OF THE TRANSPORT PART, IT WAS LOSING MONEY, THAT'S WHAT WE WERE TOLD.))
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Shorewood Transport is a subsidiary of Shorewood Packaging, which makes
compact disk covers.
The New York based company will keep operating a small manufacturing
facility it has next to its truck terminal in Roanoke.
There's no word on how many people work there.
No one with the company could be reached for comment.
Some local lawmakers say the state lottery's plan for a new game is a losing
ticket for Southwest Virginia.
The game would be launched on a nine- month trial basis to see if it could
help pay for a new baseball stadium in NORTHERN Virginia.
Blacksburg Delegate Jim Shuler says earmarking the proceeds for a stadium
would take money away from students.
((DEL. JIM SHULER/D-BLACKSBURG: THE LOTTERY HAS LEVELED OFF. WE'RE AT ABOUT A
PROFIT OF ABOUT 325 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR NOW AND WE LOOK FOR IT IN THE FUTURE
TO GO DOWN. THIS IS MONEY THAT'S GOING FOR EDUCATION. IF YOU PUT ANOTHER NEW
GAME IN THEN IT DRAWS OFF FROM THE EDUCATIONAL FUNDS. ))
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The tickets aren't due to go on sale until April of next year.
The game would need to raise 14 million dollars of the 27 million needed
annually to finance the stadium.
The owner of a Martinsville grocery store is in trouble for allegedly
re-selling beef and poultry from other stores.
Yesterday, authorities started confiscating 800- pounds of meat from
"Community Market" on Fayette Street.
Re-selling meat from another store is a violation of state code.
The Martinsville police department began investigating after a citizen
Authorities say most of the confiscated meat is outdated.
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((LT. BURT SHARP/MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPT.:WE WILL WORK WITH STATE OFFICIALS
AND THE EVIDENCE WILL BE PRESENTED TO OUR COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY AND HE WILL
DECIDE AT A POINT AND TIME WHETHER THEY ARE IN FACT IN VIOLATION OF STATE
SUPER=01-Lt. Burt Sharp/Martinsville Police Dept.; :00
OUT Q=state law.
The meat was taken to the city landfill.
The owner of "Community Market" declined to comment on camera but says the
meat is stored in freezers and is NOT spoiled.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6--
a college course teaches students how to build a race car--and now they'll get
the chance to put their class project to the test.
and work being done on the tracks in Saltville signals the re-birth of a rail
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It may be the first time a religious denomination has written a law
directed toward homosexuals and their participation in the church.
The PRESBYTERIAN church recently ratified an amendment that prevents gays
from holding any church office.
Kimberly McBroom has reaction.
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SUPER=01-William Rethford/Metropolitan Community Church; :49
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(( Like the U-S government, the Presbyterian Church follows its own
constitution-- The Book of Order.
Church officials recently ratified an amendment requiring the chastity of
all SINGLE ministers.
((REV. TUPPER GARDEN/RALEIGH COURT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: THE ORIENTATION OF A
PERSON, LET'S SAY-- A PERSON'S HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION IS NOT CONDEMNED BY THE
CHURCH. WHAT IS CONDEMNED IS ANY SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP OUTSIDE OF ONE MAN AND
ONE WOMAN IN THE COVENANT RELATIONSHIP OF MARRIAGE. ))
Reverend Garden emphasizes the rule also applies to HETEROSEXUALS, and is
NOT meant to single out gays.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: REVEREND GARDEN SAYS CHANGES IN SOCIETY OVER THE
LAST FEW DECADES HAVE LED MOST MAINSTREAM DENOMINATIONS TO RE- EVALUATE THE
ISSUE OF SEXUAL MORALITY-- BUT NOT ALL CHURCHES ARE TAKING A SIMILAR STANCE
WITH REGARD TO HOMOSEXUALS.
((WILLIAM RETHFORD/METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH: ALL THE THINGS THAT OUR
LIVING CHRIST EVER SAID ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY-- ZIP, ZERO, NOTHING.))
William Rethford is the pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of the
Blue Ridge, and estimates 85- percent of his congregation is gay.
Rethford believes one's SEXUALITY does not determine one's SPIRITUALITY--
and disagrees with the new Presbyterian law.
((RETHFORD: I'M NOT OFFENDED BY IT. I'M DISAPPOINTED BY IT. I THINK
ULTIMATELY, THERE'S GOING TO BE REACTION IN THE CHURCH. ))
((GARDEN: I HOPE THAT THE CURRENT STRIDENT NATURE OF THE DEBATE AND THE HURT
FEELINGS ALL AROUND WILL BE A PASSING THING. ))
Garden and Rethford may disagree on the religious implications of
homosexuality-- but both say they want their congregations to be open
communities of acceptance.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Any advantage could help in the state's most crowded race this year.
So two of the four Republicans running for attorney general showed up at the
first possible moment today to turn in petitions to get on the ballot.
Because of the tie, a coin toss will eventually decide whose name goes at
the top of the ballot.
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((SEN. KEN STOLLE/(R) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THIS RACE IS PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES AND THE
CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
((GIL DAVIS(R) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: I'VE PROSECUTED MORE VIOLENT
CRIMINAL FELONS AND OBTAINED MORE CONVICTIONS THAN ALL OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES
COMBINED. I AM THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE TO SERVE AS VIRGINIA'S NEXT
SUPER=01-Gil Davis/(R) Candidate for Attorney Gen.; :09
OUT Q=attorney general.
Former Virginia Beach police officer and state senator Ken Stolle (STAH-lee)
proclaimed himself the front-runner.
So did Fairfax- based attorney Gil Davis -- who counts heavy northern
Virginia turnout in primaries as an advantage.
Southwest Virginian and former Allen cabinet secretary Jerry Kilgore and
Chesapeake state senator Mark Earley have NOT yet turned in their ballot
Students enrolled in Danville Community College's automotive programs are in
The owner of "Colonial Homes" in Riverdale is donating a 1955 Ford Truck to
the school's automotive program.
The truck will be sold this summer with all proceeds going back to the
Students will use the money to build a race car.
Local drivers say it's a wonderful opportunity.
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((STEVE STALLINGS/SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY DRIVER:IT'S REALLY A BIG OPPORTUNITY
FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND. I HAD SOME YOUNGER GUYS HELPING ME ON MY CREW THAT
GO TO SCHOOL OVER HERE AT DCC AND WITH DCC AND THE MACHINE SHOP AND THE
AUTOMOTIVE SHOP ALL OF IT KIND OF GOES HAND IN HAND AND REALLY MY BEST HELPERS
COME FROM OVER HERE. ))
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OUT Q=over here.
The student-built car will race at the South Boston Speedway before it's
Part of the money raised will be used for scholarships.
The stock market was mixed today, following the Federal Reserve Board's
decision to raise short-term interest rates.
The Dow LOST 29 points.
NASDAQ GAINED five points.
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It isn't every day a new railroad comes into being.
But that's what's happening in far southwest Virginia. And a familiar name
in transportation from the Roanoke Valley is behind the project.
Ted Stone explains.
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SUPER=01-John E.B. Clark/Saltville Town Manager; 1:06
SUPER=01-Chris Helmer/Railroad Supervisor; 1:32
OUT Q=News 7.
The railroad that used to link the town of Saltville with the Norfolk
Southern main line was once one of the busiest short lines in the nation.
N-S abandoned the route in in 1984, and gave the tracks to the town. Nothing
has rolled on these rails in years. Not until last week, that is.
A crew is now clearing the roadbed, as the first step in re-opening the line
as a new freight railroad.
The workman heaving brush would be the owner of the new company.
He's Bill Pinkerton -- the same Bill Pinkerton who owns the big
Chevrolet-Geo dealership near Salem.
His family has owned short-line railroads for decades.
((BILL PINKERTON/RAILROAD ENTREPRENEUR: IT WOULD BE A FUN BUSINESS, BUT THE CAR
BUSINESS IS FUN TOO. AND THERE'S NO SENSE IN DOING SOMETHING THAT YOU DON'T
ENJOY. AND I ENJOY THE CAR BUSINESS AND I ENJOY THE RAILROAD BUSINESS.))
He's not quite in the railroad business yet. Pinkerton still has to wrap up
a deal to buy the line from the town. The land alone will cost him about 200-
thousand dollars. But the fact that his crew is already working on the tracks
shows the negotiations are on track as well.
((JOHN E.B. CLARK/SALTVILLE TOWN MANAGER: WITH US BEING EIGHT MILES OFF
INTERSTATE AND NO DIRECT ACCESS BY FOUR- LANE TO INTERSTATE, THIS WOULD BE AN
UNBELIEVABLE, GREAT THING FOR ECONOMIC VITALITY AND CONTINUITY. WE'RE EXTREMELY
Pinkerton's first challenge is to get get the foliage under control, before
the tracks are completely overgrown.
Standup ((Ted Stone/News 7: THEN THERE'S THE PROBLEM OF CAVE- INS. THERE ARE
LIMESTONE CAVERNS UNDERNEATH THIS AREA, AND THEY MAY RUN UNDER THE TRACKS.
NOBODY KNOWS FOR SURE.))
((CHRIS HELMER/RAILROAD SUPERVISOR: SO UNTIL WE GET SOME REAL STUDIES DONE TO
FIND OUT HOW STABLE THE EARTH IS, I DON'T WANT TO ROLL 120 TONS OF LOCOMOTIVE
Pinkerton says if all the problems can be worked out, he could be hauling
freight by early fall.
Ted Stone, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, a huge trade between the Braves and Indians
takes place and Justice and Lofton are involved.
Plus, some area hoopsters are raking in postseason honors.
And Steve Mason has been chilling out today, as well.
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The Braves and Indians pulled off a whopper of a deal in the Major Leagues
this afternoon, as four players swap teams.
Dave Justice leaves the Braves after 817 games with the team.
He is now 31 years old and he's coming off shoulder surgery that cut short
his 1996 season. The Braves were anxious to get rid of him because of his $12
point 5 million dollar salary.
The Braves also give up 29 year old Marquis Grissom a four time gold glove
award winner as a center fielder.
In return, the Braves pick up the best leadoff hitter in the American
League, in Kenny Lofton.
The explosive center fielder has led the league in stolen bases each of the
past years. His biggest drawback is that he becomes a free agent at the end of
this upcoming season.
The Braves also get another left hander in the bullpen in the deal with
pitcher Wayne Embry.
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((JOHN SCHUERHOLZ/BRAVES GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-John Schuerholz/Braves General Manager; :00
OUT Q=...this deal."
Schuerholz says the deal has been in the works since the start of the winter.
All three of Roanoke's three remaining regular season games face off this
weekend beginning with Raleigh Friday at the Round House.
Steve Mason caught up with Frank Anzalone today to discuss his resilient
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SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...back to Mike in the studio"
More good news tonight for the Radford University basketball team.
Last week Corey Reed was named an academic All-american, and tonight
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point guard Anthony Walker was picked to participate in the 45th annual
Portsmouth invitational next month.
Only 64 college seniors in the nation are invited to play in this camp that
is attended by scouts from every NBA and CBA teams, plus many from overseas.
Walker is the first Highlander in the 23 year history of the hoop program to
earn an invitation to the event.
Two Roanoke College senior basketball players have also been honored this
Senior guard Jason Bishop has been named a second team All-American. The Rye
Cove product averaged over 17 points per game and broke the schools record for
steals in a career with 239.
On the women's side; former Cave Spring star Amy Athey was named to the
honorable mention All-American team. The ODAC player of the year averaged 17
points a game and scored over 1 thousand points in 4 years.
And finally tonight, Virginia Tech athletic department is doing one of the
best jobs in the nation's of keeping their women athletic programs on par with
According to a survey done by USA Today the Hokies rank 6th in the nation
when it comes to compliance with the gentry equity Title IX legislation.
You folks with ties to VMI might be interested to know that the top three
school's in compliance are the three service academies, Air Force, Navy and
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The state board of education is trying to change Virginia's education
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It happens every two years, but this time, Governor Allen's conservative
appointees hold the majority on the board.
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom-- are educators concerned about the changes?
Some members of the Virginia Education Association say they're afraid an
on Math and Science would come at the cost of classes like art and music.
Tonight in Patrick County, Virginians will have their first chance to speak
out on the plan.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11. Keith?
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