Choppy water may have played a role in a drowning at Smith Mountain Lake...
that kept rescue workers away, as well.
We'll check that out first thing on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And the story of a bomb threat at a local grocery store.
In sports, the first round of qualifying is over at Martinsville. a
National Hockey League coach is fired--
and Virginia Tech's Al Clark will lead the Hokies in their final spring
scrimmage tomorrow afternoon.
The weather outside was frightful.. winds near 40mph and temperatures that
refused to warm up. How about your weekend? That story coming up.
A deadly combination of wind and waves claimed the life of a boater in Smith
Mountain Lake today.
Steve Smallshaw tells us recovery efforts can't get underway until tomorrow.
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On an otherwise picturesque day at Smith Mountain Lake, stiff winds and
rough waters capsized a small fishing boat this morning, sending its rider into
Witnesses spotted the victim floating amid debris from his boat.. two young
men grabbed life jackets and jumped in to save him but could not.
IN Q=The oldest
((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE OLDEST, THE 21- YEAR- OLD
BOY, ACTUALLY GOT HIS HAND ON HIM AND TOLD US THAT HE WEIGHED TOO HEAVY TO DRAG
HIM AND THE NEXT THING HE KNEW HE WENT UNDER.))
OUT Q=he went under.
That was the last anyone saw of the boater.
Police and rescue crews were called.
They recovered gear from the boat and what they believe were the victim's
shoes, but there was little else they could do.
IN Q=The same
((The same kinds of conditions that capsized the boat.. high winds and rough
waters.. kept authorities from mounting any kind of rescue effort this
OUT Q=this afternoon.
Three and four foot waves threatened to dash rescue boats onto the rocky
Dive teams could only stand and watch.
IN Q=But mainly we
((DAVID FALWELL/SCRUGGS DIVE TEAM: BUT MAINLY WE NEED THE BOATS TO HELP ASSIST
TODAY AND WE JUST CAN'T KEEP THE BOATS IN THIS KIND OF WATER. THE PROPS RUNNING
AROUND OUR DIVERS, IT'S JUST NOT A SAFE OPERATION.))
OUT Q=a safe operation.
Divers will start their search first thing Saturday morning when they hope
the waters will be calmer.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
A grocery store in North Roanoke County received a bomb threat this
Police evacuated and searched the Kroger store at Peters Creek and Williamson
Roads but found nothing.
Assistant Manager Eddie Antoine says a customer had first approached him with
IN Q=He brought me
((EDDIE ANTOINE/ASST.MANAGER: HE BROUGHT ME OVER TO ONE OF THE AISLES AND TOLD
ME HE HAD A GUN AND IF I DIDN'T GIVE HIM MONEY HE WAS GOING TO BLOW UP THE
STORE AND SHOOT ME.))
SUPER=01-Eddie Antoine/Asst. Manager
OUT Q=and shoot me.
Antoine told him he was getting the money, then slipped out the back door and
While he was gone the "customer"- -would-be robber left.
Police say they're looking for three men in a light-blue midsize sedan.
For the second time this year, changing market conditions have prompted a
layoff at the G-E plant in Salem.
This time 11 salaried people are affected.
During the winter G-E laid off 138 hourly employees who manufacture its
drives and industrial control systems.
Those people are back on the job now.
Over the past six months attrition and a Voluntary Job Elimination Program
helped G-E downsize its salaried workforce by about 60 positions, preventing
The U.S. Forest Service says firefighters have a pretty good handle on a
brush fire at Johns Creek on Potts Mountain in Craig County.
An aerial tanker came by, but it was too windy to make a drop.
About 30 people are coming from the New River Valley to lend a hand on
There is no estimate of the number of acres involved at this point.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six,
one rock group plans to fight the plan to pull the plug on its Richmond
and some college students help youngsters gain an appreciation for Mother
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Four Virginia Republicans are running for Attorney General and today may
have been their first, last and best shot to win support among some very
The Virginia Federation of Republican Women is in Roanoke.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
Ellen Qualls listened in on their debate today.
Did they take the gloves off?
(Ellen ad lib)
Rollcue: labor unions
OUT Q=opposed to it
(Ellen ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
(Keith question--What about the lieutenant governor's debate?)
After hinting that he might not run for re- election, Bob Johnson has
decided to seek another term on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Johnson has been a member of the board since 1985, and now serves as the
Today, Johnson said he is proud of his record, and promises a "campaign of
issues, not apologies."
IN Q=It's real easy
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: IT'S REAL EASY TO BE AGAINST ANYTHING. THE
TOUGH PART IS TO BE FOR SOMETHING AND STAND UP FOR SOMETHING, AND THEN HAVE THE
METTLE TO SAY THIS IS WHY I AM FOR IT. TEARING DOWN THINGS SEEMS TO BE IN VOGUE
NOW IN POLITICS. I DON'T LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT, BUT I WON'T SHY AWAY FROM
DEFENDING WHAT WE'VE DONE.))
OUT Q=what we've done.
Johnson faces a challenge from Don Terp, who called for the elimination of
the county police department yesterday.
Today, Johnson said that is a bad idea.
A congressional subcommittee meeting in Richmond today heard the pros and
cons of electric utility deregulation.
Supporters of deregulation say competition could mean lower
power bills but consumer groups and power companies warn it could have the
opposite effect for residential customers.
At issue is legislation that would require states to devise their own plans
for competitive electric service.
Virginia Congressman Tom Bliley chairs the Commerce Committee and strongly
supports the legislation.
He said it could save the average consumer as much as 433 dollars a year.
The statewide chapter of La Leche (Lay-Chay) League is having its annual
meeting in Roanoke, today and tomorrow.
In case you've never heard of the group, its mission is to provide
mother-to-mother support, for breast feeding moms.
It's an art and skill that doesn't necessarily come NATURALLY.
IN Q=They think that
((MARY RENARD/LA LECHE LEAGUE: THEY THINK THAT, WELL, MAYBE THEY'RE NOT SURE
WHAT TO DO, BUT THE BABY WILL INSTINCTIVELY KNOW HOW TO NURSE. IN FACT THE
BABIES DON'T START OUT KNOWING WHAT THEY'RE DOING EITHER VERY WELL.
SO BOTH MOTHER AND BABY NEED A LOT OF SUPPORT AND A LOT OF HELP.))
SUPER=01-Mary Renard/La Leche League; :
OUT Q=a lot of help.
More and more women who work outside the home are opting to keep up with
their babies' feeding schedules by pumping breast milk... at work.
IN Q=It enables
((SHERRY WAGSTAFF/LA LECHE LEAGUE: IT ENABLES THE MOTHER THEN TO HAVE THE
BREASTFEEDING RELATIONSHIP WHEN SHE IS WITH THE BABY AND TO PROVIDE STILL THE
BEST NUTRITION WHEN SHE'S NOT WITH THE BABY. ))
SUPER=01-Sherry Wagstaff/La Leche League; :
OUT Q=with the baby.
About 300 people from around-- and outside-- the state are expected to
attend the conference at the Patrick Henry Hotel.
A Danville family is fighting to keep their son-n-law from being deported to
Alcides Monges has been living in Danville for about seven years while
attempting to secure citizenship.
He recently married a Danville woman and thought that would secure his place
here in the U-S.
But marriage apparently does NOT guarantee citizenship.
Monges was told this week he'd have to return to his native country and was
jailed in Winchester for violating the order.
Monges' wife and family have appealed to Virginia lawmakers for help.
Another good day for blue chip issues on Wall Street.
The Dow was UP 45 points.
NASDAQ gained five and a half points.
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Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has a warning for the city of Richmond: ban my
concert and I'll sue you for big bucks.
The controversial rock group's attorney is inviting Richmond city officials
for a sit down conference.
At that conference, he promises to convince them they're violating Marilyn
The city says it's trying to cancel a contract for the band to play a May
10th concert at the Richmond Coliseum.
The Virginia chapter of the ACLU says it will join Manson in a free speech
lawsuit if the ban stands.
You might think with final exams around the corner, STUDYING would be the
top priority for Ferrum College students.
But for about 20 of them this afternoon... the focus was on TEACHING.
With Earth Day quickly approaching, students from an outdoor education class
shared their environmental knowledge with kids at Ferrum Elementary School.
The college students gained valuable teaching experience... but it was the
grade schoolers who got the most out of it.
IN Q=Trees and plants
((RUSTY MILLER/SECOND GRADER: TREES AND PLANTS AND OTHER STUFF LIKE THAT...
THEY PROVIDE OXYGEN AND AIR FOR US THAT WE NEED.))
SUPER=01-Rusty Miller/2nd Grader;
OUT Q=that we need
About a dozen environmental workshops were offered throughout the afternoon.
Earth Day is Tuesday.
And coming up, The Hornets wrap up their regular home season tonight with a
big game against Toronto.
And Mike Stevens will joins us live from Martinsville with a qualifying
report on the Goody's 500.
It was a little windy at the Martinsville Speedway this afternoon as the
Winston Cup cars took the track for Qualifying
Double Boxes=Roy/Mike Microwave
Mike Stevens checks in with a report on how the top 25 cars will line up
in the Goody's 500, Mike
(Rollcue: up on his older brother Rusty.))
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=04-Winston Cup Qualifying :
SUPER=01-Kenny Wallace/Goody's 500 Pole Winner; :
SUPER=01-Geoff Bodine/Starts Third Sunday; :
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Starts Fourth Sunday; :
OUT Q=.......top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Kenny Wallace/93.961/2. Joe Nemechek//3. Geoff Bodine//4. Jeff
Gordon//5. Ricky Rudd//;
SUPER=0107-6. Hut Stricklin//7. Terry Labonte//8. Bobby Hamilton//9. Bill
Elliott//10. Kyle Petty//;
SUPER=0107-11. Jimmy Spencer//12. Ted Musgrave//13. Robert Pressley//14. Bobby
Labonte//15. Rusty Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-16. Mike Skinner//17. Darrell Waltrip//18. Ward Burton//19. Jeff
Burton//20. Lake Speed//;
SUPER=0107-21. Morgan Shepherd//22. Johnny Benson//23. Dale Jarrett//24.
Derrike Cope//25. Dale Earnhardt//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Back to Mike on Camera
He will toss Pinnacle board and promo show
Pinnacle Board 1020
He will toss back to Roy
The Virginia Tech Hokies will wrap up their spring football practice
tomorrow afternoon with the annual Maroon-White football game.
Al Clark and his first team will take on the first team defense in the
Clark is replacing Jim Druckenmiller as the Hokies starting quarterback and
he's ready for the job.
IN Q="For the...
((AL CLARK/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=.......my turn."
While waiting, Clark was able to learn both the mental and physical aspects
of the Hokie offense.
And he's had several good showings throughout the spring.
IN Q="Yeah I
OUT Q=....new to me."
The game is scheduled for 2 oclock at Lane Stadium Worsham Field.
The Charlotte Hornets will play their final regular season home game
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/WBTV; :
The Hornets are one game behind Atlanta and New York for third place in the
And the game against Toronto is very important in the Eastern Conference
IN Q="one of the..
((GLENN RICE/HORNET GUARD: ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Rice/Hornet Guard; :
OUT Q=......TO PLAY BASKETBALL."
For the first time in 30 years, the boston Bruins are not in the National
Hockey League Playoffs.
And today the team fired head coach Steve Kasper.
Kasper played for the Bruins in the 1980's and was known as an outstanding
This season Boston posted the worst record in the league at 27-47 and 9.
Kasper was hired to replace Brian Sutter after the team lost in the first
round of the 1995 playoffs.
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