Coming up on News 7-
The Shuttle Columbia is orbiting earth with a Hokie aboard-
but problems may force the Shuttle back home.
Folks are picking up the trash in Rockbridge County.
Plus who won the big game lottery? We'll tell you the results.
In sports, the field is set for tomorrow's running of the Interstate
Batteries 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
And the Salem Avalanche will face the Durham Bulls in game two tonight at
Salem Memorial Stadium.
Some changes in store in the skies-- a chance of showers tonight, and
tomorrow. The details coming up.
A Virginia Tech alum is on the trip of his dreams aboard the space shuttle
But that trip could be cut short.
NASA says problems with the shuttle's three fuel cells- may force Columbia
to come home early.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=04-Aboard Columbia; :27
SUPER=02-Mission Control/Houston, TX; :40
OUT Q=on board
((THREE TWO ONE, LIFTOFF...))
The Shuttle lifted off with Virginia Tech grad Roger Crouch aboard.
The 19-68 physics grad is fulfilling a lifelong dream.
He wanted to become an astronaut or fighter pilot but years ago
colorblindness held him back.
Now Crouch is using his expertise in physics to work as a payload
specialist aboard Columbia.
He'll conduct several experiments- with fire plants, crystals and metal.
But one day into the 16 day mission NASA now says the shuttle's three fuel
cells are losing power.
Those cells generate the shuttle's electricity.
((MISSION CONTROL: FUEL CELL NUMBER TWO HAS BEEN EXHIBITING A VARIATION IN
OUTPUT VOLTAGE IN TWO OF.))
((IN ONE PART OF THAT FUEL CELL NUMBER TWO.))
OUT Q=FUEL CELL NUMBER TWO.
If the loss of power continues, the shuttle will have to come home.
NASA is keeping a close eye on the situation- and says it may turn the cell
off and bring Columbia home.
((ALL OTHER SYSTEMS ABOARD COLUMBIA ARE CONTINUING TO PERFORM WELL AND THE
FLIGHT TEAM IS NOT MONITORING ANY OTHER SYSTEMS PROBLEMS ON BOARD.))
OUT Q=on board.))
While power is slowly trickling out- experiments continue going on- at full
NASA says the earliest the shuttle may come home is Monday.
The Rockbridge Conservation Council is battling illegal dumping.
It hopes residents will join in the fight.
Each year the council targets a dump site for clean up.
For the second year volunteers met at a trashed ravine just off of old route
Members say several companies donate equipment which make it possible to
pull the tires and appliances up the hill.
Members have adopted the term promiscuous dumping to describe these illegal
IN Q=WHERE YOUR SLEAZY
((ANDY MCTHENIA/ROCKBRIDGE CONSERVATION COUNCIL: WHERE YOUR SLEAZY INDIVIDUAL
CAN SNEAK IN AT NIGHT AT DUMP LARGE APPLIANCES, DUMP TIRES, DUMP WHATEVER THEY
NEED TO GET RID OF WITHOUT THE TROUBLE YOU GO THROUGH TO PUT SOMETHING INTO
SUPER=01-Andy McThenia/Rockbridge Conservation Council;
OUT Q=SOMETHING INTO DUMPSTERS
Andy McThenia (Mc-Theen-ee-ah) says these volunteer efforts and work done by
the county has slowly started to reduce the number of illegal dumps in the
The First Baptist Church in Roanoke may seem like an unusual place for a
rock concert, but this was no ordinary music act.
The music and the more than 12-hundred dancing teenagers were a part of the
Shepherd Ministries travels to nearly 30 cities every year teaching young
people the word of God.
The theme of this conference was finding hope for your home.
IN Q=I'VE LEARNED A LOT
((CANDICE BOWEN/CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT: I'VE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT FAMILY AND HOW
LIKE GOD REALLY WORKS AND LIKE HELPS YOU OUT WITH DIFFICULT STUFF.))
((AMANDA METZLER/CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT: IT'S MADE YOU THINK A LOT LIKE WHAT
YOU REALLY HAVE AND HOW TO LIKE APPRECIATE IT AND STUFF.))
SUPER=01-Candice Bowen/Conference Participant; :00
SUPER=01-Amanda Metzler/Conference Participant; :08 QUICK
OUT Q=IT AND STUFF
Organizers say the conference is designed to help children feel better about
their families and themselves.
There are also counselors available to help children from abusive families.
IN Q=THEY DON'T HAVE
((DAWSON MCALLISTER/SHEPHERD MINISTRIES: THEY DON'T HAVE TO PLAY THE CLOWN,
THEY DON'T HAVE TO PLAY THE ENABLER AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO PLAY THE VICTIM THAT
THEY CAN BE, THEY CAN RESPOND TO THEIR PARENTS THE WAY CHRIST DID, HE OBEYED
THEM, HE HONORED THEM.))
SUPER=01-Dawson McAllister/Shepherd Ministries;
OUT Q=HE HONORED THEM
First Baptist Church donated its facilities for the conference.
Straight Street of Roanoke helped coordinate the event.
While Straight Street has been active in Roanoke for several years the
organization has NOT had a home of its own.
But that's about to change.
Denise Allen has more on the renovation project that's turning an old city
building into a new teen center.
IN Q=THIS PART HERE
SUPER=01-Keith Farmer/Roanoke Straight Street;
SUPER=01-Rick Ouimet/Lynchburg Straight Street;
OUT Q=News 7
SOT Street tape 10:12:18
IN Q=THIS PART
((THIS PART HERE IS GOING TO SERVE AS A COFFEE HOUSE SET UP.))
OUT Q=HOUSE SET UP
The Roanoke Valley community is transforming this building into a teen
Keith Farmer stresses this is a community project.
For example the building was donated rent free for at least four years.
And many area contractors have donated time and materials to make this
Farmer says Straight Street has only had to raise about seven thousand
dollars for renovations that include a new heating and duct system and a new
He says young people could be having fun in here by summer.
SOT street tape 10:55:03
IN Q=The teenagers have
((KEITH FARMER/ROANOKE STRAIGHT STREET: THE TEENAGERS HAVE CHOICES THROUGHOUT
THE NIGHT IF THEY JUST WANT TO SIT, TALK, AND WATCH TV OF JUST HANGOUT THEY CAN
DO THAT OR PLAY POOL THEY CAN DO THAT.))
OUT Q=can do that
When this work is completed there will be music and fun on weekend nights
and tutoring sessions during the week.
All the music that will be played here has a Christian theme.
SOT street tape 10:57:53
IN Q=you don't Bible
((YOU DON'T BIBLE THUMP THE KIDS OR MAKE THEM SIGN A SLIP THAT SAYS THEY WENT
TO CHURCH. ALL KIDS ARE WELCOME TO COME IN.))
OUT Q=are welcome to come in
The Straight Street ministry started in Lynchburg and is now in 30 U.S.
cities and one is opening soon in Europe.
The ministry has grown by word of mouth.
SOT teen tape 13:44:10
IN Q=I WROTE UP
((RICK OUIMET/LYNCHBURG STRAIGHT STREET: I WROTE UP A MANUEL OF HOW TO OPEN
STRAIGHT STREET. THEN I DID A LOT OF TRAVELING TO THESE TOWNS AND WE JUST GO
INTO A CITY OR TOWN AND SET UP A TOWN MEETING.))
OUT Q=A TOWN MEETING
Straight Street organizers say the ministry offers a safe hangout for
teenagers and an opportunity for adult volunteers to give guidance to area
Denise Allen News 7.))
The race for the Governor's office is underway even though neither party has
officially named its nominee.
Republican front-runner Jim Gilmore cruised the Roanoke Farmer's Market this
afternoon to meet and greet potential supporters.
Gilmore says he wants to prove to southwest Virginia voters he believes this
region's future is crucial to the success of the entire state.
He also says he'll work to improve educational disparity.
IN Q=I PROPOSED
((JIM GILMORE/R-GOVERNOR CANDIDATE: I PROPOSED THE NEW CENTURY SCHOLARS
PROGRAM WHICH WILL GIVE ANY YOUNG PERSON IN VIRGINIA, RURAL, URBAN OR SUBURBAN
A CHANCE TO GO TO A SCHOOL HERE--A FOUR YEAR OF TWO YEAR COLLEGE, TECHNICAL
SCHOOL AND TO MAKE FOR THEMSELVES THE BEST POSSIBLE FUTURE.))
OUT Q=BEST POSSIBLE FUTURE
Gilmore plans to resign his position as State Attorney General on June 11th
if he wins the Republican party nomination.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer is Gilmore's likely Democratic opponent.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7 at SIX,
The roulette wheels won't turn at the Greenbrier any time soon,
And it wasn't a trip to the casinos that made four Virginians 150-thousand
But first let's check in with Andrew in the weather center.
While we enjoy a Calm weather day along the east coast, a severe storm is
churning away in the middle of the country.
We do have a chance of showers tonight, as well as some rain again Sunday
We'll look at the complete forecast a little bit later, but first....
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Four Virginia residents will be 150-thousand dollars richer once they cash
in their lottery tickets.
Lottery officials say tickets sold in Lynchburg, Martinsville, South Hill
and Bristol matched five of the six Big Game numbers.
Three "out of state" tickets will share the 77-million dollar Big Game
Jackpot for matching all six numbers.
One ticket was sold in Georgia, and two were sold in Massachusetts.
take pre pro --pinnacle page 1000
The numbers were eight, twenty-one, twenty-two, thirty-five, forty-eight and
the money ball twelve.
The Big Game jackpot for next Friday is back to five- million dollars.
Virginia's done it. Now West Virginia may follow suit- giving parents a way
to pre-pay their child's college tuition.
The West Virginia senate passed a bill Friday.
It creates an investment plan allowing parents to pay tuition ahead of time.
The bill would put money
into a trust to be invested in the stock market.
The state would agree the investment would cover the cost of tuition at
The bill now goes to the House of Delegates.
TAPE#net (edit from 97-15)
Apparently supporters luck ran out, A plan to allow gambling at the
Greenbrier died yesterday, apparently because of slot machines.
SUPER=03-W. Sulphur Springs/File Tape;
West Virginia House Speaker Bob Kiss says the house of Delegates would not
accept slot machines.
A Senate bill proposed both table games and slot machined for the White
Sulphur Springs resort.
House and Senate leaders could not reach a compromise.
The Greenbrier hoped gambling would attract more guests to the resort during
In 19-40 there were more than one million black farmers across this country.
There are now less than 16-thousand nationwide.
EDIT TAPE 96-97 (12/20/96)
The National Black Farmers Association... based in Virginia... says the
United State Department of Agriculture has racially discriminated against
The U-S-D-A has admitted there is a problem and has made a series of
recommendations to alleviate it.
But black farmers want more than talk.
SOT 26:45 (On Record Tape)
IN Q=There are
((JOHN BOYD/NATIONAL BLACK FARMERS ASSOCIATION: THERE ARE SOME EXCELLENT
RECOMMENDATIONS. BUT RIGHT NOW WE NEED IMPLEMENTATION. WE NEED THESE THINGS TO
COME TOGETHER AND ACTUALLY HAPPEN FOR US. ))
SUPER=01-John Boyd/National Black Farmers Assoc.;
OUT Q=for us
The plight of the black farmer will be tomorrow morning's On Record topic.
You can see it right here on W-D-B-J at 11.
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we'll have a preview of tonight's big Express game,
and most people like spring weather, including man's best friend. But that
nice weather could mean trouble for your dog's health.
MUSIC UP FULL
Dog owners may find this nice weather ideal for walks in the park.
But being outside presents a number of dangers for man's best friend.
Studies shows one out of every three canines may be infected by one or more
of three prevalent pests.
IN Q=THERE ARE SOME
((DR. BYRON BLAGBURN/ALUMNI PROFESSOR OF PARASITOLOGY:THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT
WORM PARASITES. THE ONES THAT WE WANT TO EMPHASIZE ARE HEART WORM AND SOME
INTESTINAL WORMS, HOOK WORM, ROUND WORM, WHIPS WORM THAT CAN THREATEN ARE PET'S
SUPER=01-Dr. Byron Blagburn/Alumni Professor of Parasitology;
OUT Q=PET'S HEALTH
Dogs are exposed to these parasites through any number of things,
mosquitoes, and different soils containing different worm stages.
Some of these unwanted guests can cause dogs serious health risks.
IN Q=OF COURSE HEART
((DR. BYRON BLAGBURN/ALUMNI PROFESSOR OF PARASITOLOGY:OF COURSE HEART WORM IS A
VERY SEVERE DISEASE AND IF NEGLECTED IT CAN BE FATAL IN OUR PETS, SO WE WANT TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE ENCOURAGE OUR PET OWNERS TO SEE THEIR VETERINARIAN FOR A
SIMPLE ONCE A YEAR HEART WORM CHECK AND ALSO A CHECK FOR THESE INTESTINAL
OUT Q=INTESTINAL PARASITES
Studies show round worm is most common in puppies.
Whip worm is mostly found in dogs over six months and hook worm is common
throughout a dog's life.
Doctor Blag-burn says it is important to find a safe and effective
medication to prevent heart worm infection and also intestinal parasite.
And coming up, VMI wraps up its spring practice the Avalanche gears up for
game two against the Durham Bulls.
And the Express is back at the Roundhouse with its playoff series with
Hampton tied at one game each.
GRAPHIC=Express/Hampton game 3
The Express will try and break a 1-1 first round playoff tie with Hampton
Roads tonight in game 3.
Two Express players went down with injury last night and Steve Mason joins
us from the Round House with an update on their status. Steve.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Mike Holden/Express Trainer; :23
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Evening; :32
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
The Salem Avalanche got off to a good start in their season opener but Durham
used a big fifth inning to beat the Avalanche 11 to 6.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bulls vs. Avalanche; :00
A record crowd of 6-thousand 679 was on hand last night at the park to try
and help the Avalanche get the season started with a win.
The Avalanche would use a balk and a sacrifice fly to help chase home the
first run of the year in the bottom of the second as Ben Petrick's Sac fly
makes it a 1-to-nothing game.
Salem got another run in the third as Jamie Taylor hits a line drive to right
field. David Feuerstein scores from second base and it's 2-to-nothing Salem.
But the Bulls exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning and go on to beat
the Avalanche 11 to 6.
IN Q="We made...
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
OUT Q=......FINE JOB."
These two teams play again tonight at 7, and then close out their series
Sunday afternoon at 2 at Salem Memorial.
The Keydets of V-M-I wrapped up their preseason practice with a light
scrimmage at Alumni Memorial field.
New head coach Ted Cain and his staff has spent the spring teaching the
Keydets a new system.
And a lot of the attention has been directed to the younger players in the
IN Q="Most of...
((TED CAIN/VMI HEAD COACH: ))
((AL LESTER/VMI QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Ted Cain/VMI Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Al Lester/VMI Quarterback; :25
OUT Q=.....ASK FOR MORE."
GRAPHIC=Texas motor speedway
The sun broke through the clouds at the Texas Motor Speedway this morning
but a wet track forced officials to cancel qualifying for the Interstate
The time trails were rained out Thursday and yesterday.
NASCAR has set up the lineup by car owner points for the first 35 points
and entry blank postmarks for the rest of the 42 car field.
Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon are on the front row. And here's a look at
the rest of the field.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Dale Jarrett//2. Jeff Gordon//3. Terry Labonte//4. Bobby
Labonte//5. Jeff Burton//;
SUPER=0107-6. Mark Martin//7. Geoff Bodine//8. Ricky Rudd//9. Rusty
Wallace//10. Ernie Irvan//;
SUPER=0107-11. Ted Musgrave//12. Johnny Benson//13. Ward Burton//14. Darrell
Waltrip//15. Dale Earnhardt//;
SUPER=0107-16. Bill Elliott//17. Bobby Hamilton//18. Todd Bodine//19. Morgan
Shepherd//20. Jeremy Mayfield//;
SUPER=0107-21. Michael Waltrip//22. Sterling Marlin//23. Kyle Petty//24. Lake
Speed//25. Mike Skinner//;
SUPER=0107-26. Brett Bodine//27. Ken Schrader//28. Rick Mast//29. Robby
Gordon//30. John Andretti//;
SUPER=0107-31. Kenny Wallace//32. Dick Trickle//33. Jimmy Spencer//34. Hut
Stricklin//35. Steve Grissom//;
SUPER=0107-36. Dave Marcis//37. Derrike Cope//38. Chad Little//39. Greg
Sacks//40. Joe Nemechek//;
SUPER=0107-41. Bobby Hillin//42. Mike Wallace//43. Billy Standridge//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Mark Martin started 20-th but when the Green Flag dropped he was the winner
of the Coca Cola 300 the first Busch Grand National Race at the Texas Motor
SUPER=03-Roanoke, Texas; :
All Day long Martin had to work his way through traffic and with less than
50 laps to go he was running a close second behind leader Jimmy Spencer.
Martin made his move and blew past Spencer holding him off to take the
checkered flag winning again on the Busch Grand National Circuit.
IN Q="Our car..
((MARK MARTIN/COCA COLA 300 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Coca Cola 300 Winner; :
OUT Q=.....WE DID."
Jeff Burton of South Boston was third Todd Bodine fourth and Mike
McLaughlin was fifth.
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SUPER=331-Showers/Possible/55-59/Partly Sunny/Storms Possible/75-79;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/53-57/Partly/Cloudy/71-75;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/50-55/Partly Sunny/Storms
It's time to set your clocks ahead.
For most of the nation, this is the last day on standard time.
Daylight-saving time returns at 2 a-m tomorrow.
So tonight, when you go to bed, you'll need to move your clocks ahead one
The change means more sunlight in