Up next on News 7... accusations of racism bring protestors to a Blacksburg
And if you love shrimp... there's only one place to be this weekend.
In sports, The Rockets win this afternoon a couple of high school softball
teams gear up for the end of the regular season.
And a record night for Seattle Outfielder Ken Griffey Junior.
A Very active weather system on the gulf coast is headed our way-- it'll
bring rain for tomorrow. The complete weather story coming up.
Allegations of racism are prompting protests at a Blacksburg night club.
Local members of the N-DOUBLE-A-C-P were outside Club 221 last night, urging
people not to patronize the establishment.
The club has just been re-named--until recently it was known as Impaxx.
Some former employees say owner Martha Curry told workers the bar was
attracting too many black customers.
On one occasion Curry allegedly told an employee to only let in well dressed
Curry was not available for comment last night; she has previously said she
will admit young people to the club only if they have a college I-D.
Her claim is backed up by another group of employees who held a small
protest of their own last night.
The situation was discussed today at a meeting of the Montgomery County
Human Relations Council.
IN Q=THE MOST IMPORTANT
((ELYZABETH HOLFORD/HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL PRES: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE
CAN DO TODAY IS BRING THOSE PEOPLE TOGETHER AND ALSO PROVIDE AN OUTLET FOR
FUTURE ISSUES WHEN THEY COME UP SO EVERYONE KNOWS THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE WHO
SUPER=01-Elyzabeth Holford/Human Relations Council Pres.;
OUT Q=HERE WHO CARE
Today's Council meeting had actually been in the works for more than a year.
Members say workshops like today's are important for improving racial
Earlier this month a double murder at Roanoke's Caru Apartments shocked and
Today an area church hoped to start the healing process.
Miguel Ortiz allegedly shot 23- year- old Sharon Casey and her mother
Deborah Casey April first.
(Orteez) Ortiz was Sharon Casey's ex- boyfriend.
Pastor Delmar Jackson says acts of violence such as this steal people's
So this afternoon he brought his church service to Caru residents.
IN Q=WE HAVE EX-DRUG
((PASTOR DELMAR JACKSON/ABUNDANCE GRACE ASSEMBLY: WE HAVE EX-DRUG USERS,
EX-DRUG DEALERS. WE HAVE PROSTITUTES WHOM GOD HAS CHANGED THEIR LIVES AND WE
WANT THE SAME HOPE THAT GOD CAN DO THE SAME THING TO THEM TO BE SEWN INTO THESE
RESIDENTS CAN DO THE SAME THING TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Pastor Delmar Jackson/Abundance Grace Assembly;
OUT Q=INTO THESE RESIDENTS
Jackson says his church group will travel to all the city's low income
housing complexes during the summer months.
He says it's their way of planting the seeds of hope.
The Republican state Senator who co-chairs the Senate Finance Committee has
accused fellow Republican George Allen's administration of trying to "cut the
heart out of higher education" in Virginia.
Senator John Chichester's comments are part of a wave of criticism Allen
received over the firing of Gordon Davies.
Davies headed the State Council of Higher Education for 20 years...and was
just let go by Allen's appointees to the Council.
Speaking to reporters in Roanoke this week, Allen said: "It's not as if he
were given a contract for life."
IN Q=And all of this carrying
((AND ALL OF THIS CARRYING ON, AS IF SOMEBODY GETS A JOB, AND EVEN THOUGH YOU
HAVE A TERM CONTRACT, IT'S AS IF IT'S UNTIL THAT PERSON WANTS TO LEAVE. THE
BOARD MAKES THAT DECISION. THEY WANT ACCOUNTABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION. THEY
WANT ACCURATE FORECASTING, SO THAT WE CAN PLAN PROPERLY.))
OUT Q=plan properly.
The governor says Davies had problems with in-accurate projections in
enrollment at Virginia colleges.
Davies and the board clashed over cost- saving plans the administration
continues to push for state colleges after Virginia's recovered from recession.
Allen said he personally supports the Council's decision.
The kick off for one of the Star City's biggest events is under way.
Folks are bellying-up to the table for the Fourth Annual Shrimpfest at the
Salem Civic Center.
Double Boxes=Eric/Denise Microwave
Denise Allen is there, do you have your bib ready?
I'm set Eric. This event is definitely not one for people with shrimpy
It's a fundraiser for Roanoke's Festival in the Park.
16 dollars for all the shrimp you can eat.
(Denise ad libs live interview)
SUPER=01-Jeff Sobataka/Meat Masters Brokerage;
Live= Denise Full Microwave
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Eric/Denise Microwave
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six--
ways you can help victims in North Dakota just by using the internet--on this
week's edition of Web Watch.
...and one of the brothers from the Dukes of Hazard duo makes a special
appearance at a local festival.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=82-1.71''/minus 0.94''/9.22''/minus 2.56'';
SUPER=83-Down 1.00 foot/Down 0.45 foot;Lake levels
The massive flooding in North Dakota is generating a flood of internet
You can find out about the flood, flood victims, and how to help out
More in this week's WebWatch.
IN Q=As the Red River ravages
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND; :00
(( As the Red River ravages parts of North Dakota, relief agencies and others
are busy building an on-line support network.
Fargo, North Dakota's Salvation Army home page provides a list of needed
The flood-97 resource page will connect you with a Lutheran Disaster relief
task force, and other flood related information.
The Grand Forks Herald is still publishing on the Web... You can find
local flooding news, as well as links to electronic "flood-cams" providing
updated images of the Red River.
North Dakota State University is devoting part of it's site to flood
information, including a forum for Grand Forks evacuees trying to contact
friends and relatives.
And Forum communications in Fargo has created an e-mail message board.
Flood victims are leaving messages for family and friends. There are also
messages of support and concern from people all over the world.
Each of these pages include links to many more flood related sites...
To visit all the sites we've listed, look up WebWatch on the WDBJ home
page, at www.wdbj7.com.))
Spring is in full bloom just in time for the 42nd annual Vinton Dogwood
The Dogwoods peaked on schedule to provide the perfect decoration for the
Visitors cruised into the day by browsing the arts and craft booths at the
Vinton War Memorial.
Those with stomachs of steel could part-take in carnival food and thrill
And local bands provided tunes for dancing.
SOT AROUND 11:18:40
IN Q=nat sot
Tom Wopat of Dukes of Hazzard fame was on hand as grand marshall.
Wopat says the show's down to earth humor makes it a cult favorite.
IN Q=IT'S LIKE SEEING AN
((TOM WOPAT/ACTOR: IT'S LIKE SEEING AN OLD FRIEND FOR SOME FOLKS. THERE
WASN'T ANY GREAT ART TO IT, BUT WE ALL ENJOYED WHAT WE DID AND WE PROMOTED
CERTAIN FAMILY VALUES AND COMMUNITY VALUES.))
OUT Q=AND COMMUNITY VALUES
Wopat is busy with his music career.
He has a new album coming out this winter and he's touring the country
singing show tunes with different symphonies.
Wopat cheered on as Tamara Haywood received the honor of the day when she
was crowned the queen of the festival.
From a rundown shop in Carroll County, Red Belcher and Junior Bowman are out
to revolutionize the agricultural industry.
Together, they are B-and-B No-Till, the outgrowth of 15 years of research
started by Virginia Tech horticulturist Ron Morse.
Tracy Altizer has their story.
IN Q=Red Belcher is at work
SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Red Belcher/B & B No-Till; :21
SUPER=04-Virginia Tech Video; :33
SUPER=01-Gary Larrowe/Cooperative Extension Agent; :51
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7
SOT nat of grinding
Red Belcher is at work building a no- till planter.
It doesn't look especially complicated or high- tech, but it's impact on
farming may be immeasurable.
That's especially true in areas such as Southwest Virginia, where federal
law prohibits planting on steeper slopes due to erosion problems once the soil
((RED BELCHER/B & B NO-TILL: THESE THREE TO FIVE INCH RAINFALLS THAT WE HAVE
WOULD JUST DEVASTATE, JUST WASH IT AWAY. WE CAN GO ON THESE SLOPES AND LOSE,
ALMOST NO EROSION PROBLEMS AT ALL. ))
Here's why. Instead of removing the sod layer as in traditional tilling,
B&B's planter leaves it in tact.
It transplants the vegetables into a narrow slit, then firms the soil back
Experts say the transplanter is also more environmentally- friendly,
reducing irrigation and chemical needs.
((GARY LARROWE/COOPERATIVE EXTENSION AGENT: THE IRRIGATION NEEDS ARE LESS
BECAUSE YOU'VE ACTUALLY GOT A COVER ON THE GROUND, WHICH HARBORS THE MOISTURE
FOR THE PLANT ITSELF. THE FERTILIZE MOVEMENT IS NOT THERE. THE FERTILIZE
PLACEMENT STAYS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE FOR THE PLANT GROWTH. ))
So far, Belcher and Bowman report success with the 50 or so prototype
planters they've distributed for field tests.
More than a dozen orders from farmers as far away as California are on hold
until they put together a business plan and open a bigger shop.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7 at six, the Kandinsky Trio is warming up for its
last home concert of the season,
and the Christiansburg High School Choir is tunes up for a big concert of it's
own -- at Shea Stadium!
MUSIC UP FULL
Chamber music fans in the valley are in for a treat tomorrow.
The Kandinsky Trio will be playing it's last home concert of the season,
but they won't be doing it alone.
Violist En Sik Choi, and Kevin Vigneau (ven-YOW) who plays the oboe, will
join the trio for the concert.
IN Q=It has a lighter
OUT Q=artists to play
One piece in particular, a rhapsody by Loeffler, is both challenging and
fun for oboeist Vigneau.
IN Q=It's very romantic
SUPER=01-Kevin Vigneau/Guest Artist;
OUT Q=for oboe.
The concert is tomorrow at 4 PM, in the Olin Hall Theater on the campus of
Roanoke College. Tickets are available at the door.
The Christiansburg High School choir hit a grand slam with the New York
SOT nat of singing
((OH SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT ))
During a field trip to the Big Apple, the choir will sing the National
Anthem at a Mets game May third.
And the team liked the music so much, it also asked the group to give a pre-
IN Q=I THINK THEY
((DAVID SOWERS/CHRISTIANSBURG H.S. CHOIR: I THINK THEY CALLED OUR CHORUS
TEACHER A FEW DAYS AFTER WE SENT IN THE TAPE AND THEY WERE JUST LIKE, CAN YOU
GIVE MAYBE A 10 MINUTE CONCERT BEFORE? SO I THINK IT'S AWESOME THAT WE'RE ABLE
TO DO THAT. ))
((ANGELA MILLS/CHRISTIANSBURG H.S. CHOIR: SINCE MY SISTER IS IN THE CHORUS
SHE'LL BE SINGING TOO, SO THAT'S GONNA BE REALLY NEAT TO COME BACK AND SAY
WELL, TO MY KIDS, I GOT TO SING AT SHEA STADIUM.))
SUPER=01-David Sowers/Christiansburg H.S. Choir;
SUPER=01-Angela Mills/Christiansburg H.S. Choir;
OUT Q=at Shea Stadium.
The choir will also tour museums and take in several Broadway musicals.
A 16-member ensemble will perform the concert, before the entire 100- member
chorus unfurls the Star Spangled Banner.
IN Q=O'ER THE LAND
((O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. ))
OUT Q=OF THE BRAVE.
And coming up, The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College advance to the ODAC
Lacrosse championship. Highlights from major league baseball.
And the Houston Rockets go up 2 games on Minnesota in the N-B-A Playoffs.
The Houston Rockets have taken a 2 games to none lead on Minnesota in their
N-B-A best of five playoff series.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
Minnesota coach Flip Saunders calling a time out to settle his team down.
The Rockets were working on a run Hakeem Olajuwon comes up with this jumper
and the Rockets led 54 to 53.
But the T-Wolves come right back going to their money man Tom Gugliotta who
hits the jumper from the baseline Minnesota led by one.
Houston's Clyde Drexler was hot from three point range this one gave the
Rockets the lead again at 65 to 62.
But watch Rookie guard Stephon Marbury take it to the hoop for the layup
but the T-Wolves trailed by two.
Houston opened it up in the SUPER=32-Houston/96/Minnesota/84/; closing
minutes of the fourth quarter and the Rockets beat Minnesota 96 to 84.
Robby Alomar went 4 for 4 including three homers to lead the Baltimore
Orioles over Boston this afternoon 14 to 5.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/WABU; :
The Red Sox got on the board in the top of the first. First baseman Mo
Vaughn sends a shot over the right field wall for a two run homer to make it 2
to nothing Sox.
But Alomar gave the home crowd something to cheer about. He hits this two
run homer just inside the foul poll and the Orioles were leading the game 5 to
Alomar homered in the fourth and SUPER=35-Baltimore/11/Boston/5/;then he
hits this two run shot in the fifth and the Orioles cruise to the 14 to 5 win
over the Red Sox.
Darrin Fletcher had a two run homer this afternoon as Montreal beat New
York 8 to 1.
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/SC-NET; :
Felipe Alou checking the action from the dug out.
He did not want to see this Dave Mlicki hitting the single to right field
scoring a run to give the Mets a 1 to nothing lead in the second.
Then in the fifth Montreal's Mike Lansing rips a line drive R-B-I double
down the left field line scoring a run and the Expos jumped out to a 2 to 1
The Expos were leading 4 to 1 when SUPER=35-Montreal/8/New
York/1/;Fletcher gets all of this pitch sending it over the right field wall
for a two run homer and Montreal downs New York 8 to 1.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada; :
The Month of April will be one that Ken Griffey Junior will always
Last night in Toronto, Griffey hit three home runs in the Mariners 13 to 8
win over Toronto. That gives Griffey the Major league record by hitting 13
homers in the month.
This was Griffey's third career three homer game.
Rain washed out the second round of qualifying today at Talladega for the
So the remaining cars will lineup the way the finished in first round
qualifying yesterday and the points system.
Here's car 26 through 43.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Dick Trickle//27. Wally Dallenbach//28. Michael Waltrip//29.
Ricky Rudd//30. Kenny Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-31. Brett Bodine//32. Robby Gordon//33. Ricky Craven//34. David
Green//35. Bobby Hamilton//;
SUPER=0107-36. Terry Labonte//37. Dave Marcis//38. Ted Musgrave//39. Jeff
Burton//40. Jeremy Mayfield//;
SUPER=0107-41. Morgan Shepherd//42. Chad Little//43. Darrell Waltrip//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
The High school softball regular season is close to being over and the Blue
Ridge and Seminole Districts are heading for a showdown in the regionals.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
Rustburg was undefeated in district play through yesterday and the Lady
Devils, who won a state title, a couple of years ago are playing well as the
regular season comes to an end.
IN Q="This group
((GLEN REICHARD/RUSTBURG HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Glen Reichard/Rustburg Head Coach; :
OUT Q= .....GOOD SENIORS."
Two of Rustburg's losses have been at the hand of the Lady Terriers of
Byrd is back after losing several of its top players to graduation.
IN Q="I'm not
((BILLY MEADOR/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Billy Meador/William Byrd Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....FAR ITS WORKING."
The Roanoke College Women's lacrosse team has advanced to the Old Dominion
Athletic Conference title game.
Roanoke came from behind to beat Lynchburg this afternoon 13 to 11.
Junior Attacker Ali Ogelsby led the Maroons with six goals including the game
winning in the 13 to 11 victory.
The win was also the Lady Maroons 19-th straight conference victory.
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