Some Teachers could lose their jobs- student programs could be cut in
It seems luxury condos keep going up in the Roanoke Valley. Who's buying and
why? We'll have a report.
And the Dan River is rising. Find out when it's expected to crest.
News 7 is next.
School programs- and teacher's jobs may be cut in Bedford.
Two items that have struck a nerve.
Tonight the Bedford School Board talks about possible cuts.
Luxury Condos are going up more and more in Roanoke Valley.
Just who's buying these condos and why do they find them so attractive?
We'll have the story.
Plus a promising new vaccine in the fight against AIDS.
And the latest on the Dan River. It's expected to crest tomorrow eight feet
above flood stage.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
GRAPHIC=Bedford County Seal
About 40 Bedford County school employees still don't know if they will have
a job next year.
Tonight the Bedford County School board tried to trim four million dollars
from next year's budget request.
Double Boxes=Jean/steve Microwave
Steve Smallshaw joins us now from Bedford.
Steve did the Board make any progress tonight?
((Rollcue: up in the air for another two weeks.))
SUPER=01-Betty Earle/School Board Member;:23
SUPER=01-Stanley Butler/School Board Chairman ; 1:00
OUT Q=three positions right there.
((Steve how does the school board getting extra money fort his year's bills
help them with next years budget?))
The National Weather Service has downgraded it's initial flood warning for
portions of Halifax County.
Earlier today-- numerous business owners along Route 501 in Riverdale, began
preparing for severe flooding.
But that prediction was downgraded late this afternoon.
Officials now believe the Dan River will crest tomorrow at EIGHT-feet above
flood stage-- which would cause moderate flooding.
Many business owners are breathing a sign of relief-- considering they're
still trying to recover from severe flooding last fall.
IN Q=It's very
((MAC RAGAN/RIVERDALE BUSINESS OWNER:IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING BUT WE'VE KIND OF
LEARNED TO LIVE WITH IT BUT IT'S BAD WITH ALL THIS...IN SEPTEMBER.))
SUPER=01-Mac Ragan/Riverdale Business Owner; :00
OUT Q=in September.
The Dan River has already crested in Danville.
A bombshell in the world of Virginia politics.
Republican Coleman Andrews dropped out of the race for lieutenant governor.
He was the clear front-runner in terms of money and endorsements.
He'd just barnstormed the state three weeks ago, with 22 stops to kick off
Now Coleman Andrews is out of the race.
He entered a news conference on crutches from what he shrugged off as a
He says a "recent medical concern" related to one of his children was the
reason for the decision.
IN Q=All things
((ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL...MAKES THE IMPOSSIBLE.))
((BERT ROHRER/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: HE AS YOU KNOW DID NOT ...SITUATION WAS.))
SUPER=01-Coleman Andrews/Former Lt. Governor Candidate;
SUPER=01-Bert Rohrer/Va. Democratic Party; :07
OUT Q=situation was.
Andrews has faced some controversy over the declining stock price in the two
businesses he runs...and an exploratory foray into a possible gambling
operation that he later pulled the plug on.
Andrews raised more than one point four million for his campaign.
Andrews say he will return what's left to contributors.
He today endorsed Republican John Hager-- the only remaining candidate for
A jury throws the book at Army Staff Sargeant Delmar Simpson-
convicting him of raping six women at the Aberdeen Proving ground in Maryland.
Simpson's case resulted in criminal charges against 12 other Aberdeen
soldiers and prompted investigations at Army bases worldwide.
((LT. COL. GABRIEL RIESCO/ABERDEEN CHIEF OF STAFF
WE ARE CONTINUING WITH OUR QUEST TO PROCESS ALL THESE CASES EXPEDITIOUSLY, WE
ARE INTERESTED IN PROTECTING THE VICTIMS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Gabriel Riesco/Aberdeen Chief of Staff;
OUT Q=AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE."
But some say Simpson should not bear all the burden- that the victims were
at fault too.
IN Q= 16:58:54
((SGT. MARIANA SHORTER/DRILL SARGEANT: THESE ARE NOT INNOCENT YOUNG LADIES.
THESE WOMEN ARE VERY FORCEFUL, VERY AGGRESSIVE. THYE'RE NOT CHILDREN. YOUNG
INNOCENT CHILDREN. THEY'RE PORTRAYED THEMSELVES TO BE.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Mariana Shorter/Drill Sargeant; 13
OUT Q=THEMSELVES TO BE."
Simpson could spend the rest of his life in a military prison.
He will likely appeal.
She used to be friends with Timothy McVeigh.
Now Lori Fortiers testimony could cost McVeigh his life.
Her voice occasionally quivered today as she spoke.
Fortier says McVeigh told her of his plans to blow up the Oklahoma City
She told jurors McVeigh chose the Murrah building because it was an easy
target- it had a glass front.
((JOHN WALSH/CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT: IF THE JURY BELIEVES THAT TESTIONY, THE
GOVERNMENT IS SO FAR AHEAD THE DEFENSE WILL BE VERY HARD PRESSED TO CATCH UP.
IF THE JURY DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT TESTIMONY IT CASTS AN OVER THE ENTIRE CASE
FOR THE GOVERNMENT.))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/CBS News Legal Consultant;
OUT Q=FOR THE GOVERNMENT."
Fortier's husband was in the military with McVeigh.
Lori Fortier says McVeigh often talked about his anger at the federal
government-- especially the bloody siege at Waco.
The Standoff in West Texas enters its third full night.
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX;
Two armored vehicles arrived today.
Negotiations continue- while Rick McClaren and two others remain inside a
McClaren's attorney wants the battle fought in court, but says his client is
armed and willing to fight.
((TERRY O'ROURKE/MCCLAREN'S ATTORNEY: RICK MCLAREN IS NOT A VIOLENT PERSON
BUT THERE CLEARLY ARE PEOPLE THERE WITH
WEAPONS AND THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF GUNS POINTED AT HIM. SO ONE OF THE FEARS IS
THAT SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SHOOT A GUN AND THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF
SUPER=01-Terry O'Rourke/McClaren's Attorney;
OUT Q=a lot of killing."
McClaren leads the Republic of Texas group.
The group contends it is the legitimate government of Texas which group
members say was unfairly annexed in 1845.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on our broadcast, we'll see how National Guard members from
our area are working hard to improve the lives of Bosnian farmers,
and there is promising news tonight in the fight against AIDS.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Promising news in the fight against AIDS.
Doctors are optimistic an experimental AIDS vaccine will work on Humans.
The vaccine is made from H-I-V genes and has protected chimpanzees exposed to
((DR. DAVID WEINER: THIS STUDY DOES SUGGEST THAT THE DNA VACCINE FOR HIV CAN
CONTROL INFECTION IN CHIMPANZEES. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF INFECTION HAS YET TO BE
SUPER=07-Dr. David Weiner;
OUT Q=to be determined."
The study suggests the DNA vaccine holds promise in preventing other
infectious diseases caused by viruses, such as herpes, hepatitis and influenza.
A Danville National Guard unit is getting an up close look at the toll years
of conflict can take on a country.
The soldiers were sent to Bosnia Herzegovina to help the country rebuild.
Some of the soldiers patrol the streets while others spend time interacting
in the community.
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco recently returned from
Tonight they show us how one group of hometown soldiers is bringing help to
an impoverished community.
SUPER=03-Bosnia Herzegovina; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Griffin/Danville National Guard Member; :25
SUPER=01-Chris Wiles/Danville National Guard Member; 1:10
SUPER=01-Recardo Faulkner/Danville National Guard Member; 1:40 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Reuben Anderson/Danville National Guard Member; 1:58 QUICK!!
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Bosnia Herzegovina.
(( Traveling through Bosnia has been an educational experience for the
The landscape reflects the devastating civil war--and yet there are still
There's no doubt the years of fighting have taken a toll on the people.
Life is harder here, and that doesn't escape the soldiers' notice.
IN Q=It was
((PAUL GRIFFIN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: IT WAS A CULTURE SHOCK FOR ME TO
SEE A LADY, 65- YEARS OLD, CARRYING TWO HEAVY BARRELS OF WATER UP A MOUNTAIN.))
OUT Q=up a mountain.
The differences between Bosnia and the U-S are evident in other ways.
In Bosnia-- it's not uncommon to brake for a herd of animals -- or a farmer
with a horse drawn wagon.
Adjusting to the change hasn't been easy for the Southsiders.
The tens of thousands of miles that separate them from their families is
And, the job itself has taken some getting used to.
As part time "citizen soldiers" the Danville Guard members never thought
they'd be deployed as peacekeepers.
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN TRAINED FOR
COMBAT, NOT FOR PEACEKEEPING. ))
The men assigned to Camp Odin are involved in the community perhaps more
than any other group of hometown soldiers.
nat sound with reuben anderson playing guitar.
The Americans and Swedes assigned to the camp bring food and supplies to the
town of Ostro Brdo.
The gypsy community has always been poor-- even before years of ethnic
IN Q=It was
((RECARDO FAULKNER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:IT WAS JUST UNBELIEVABLE, IT
MAKES YOU REALLY SIT BACK AND BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE DO HAVE IN AMERICA. ))
OUT Q=in America.
At times there's no limit to what the soldiers will do. In one instance, the
Swedish actually arranged to have two containers donated here so that locals
could use them as houses.
IN Q=It's a
((REUBEN ANDERSON/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:IT'S A REALLY GREAT FEELING,
WHEN WE CAME UP HERE TO PUT THEM UP, YOU COULD JUST SEE THE JOY IN THEIR FACES.
OUT Q=their faces.
It's joy that's also etched in the memory of our hometown soldiers-- serving
in a country far from home.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Bosnia Herzegovina.))
**TAKE HOME PAGE FULLSCREEN LIVE**
And for more information on the Danville unit's mission in Bosnia, including
how to get in touch with the soldiers, visit the W-D-B-J home page--the address
is w-w-w dot w-d-b-j 7 dot com.
Some Lynchburg city council members are still trying to dump the city's
trash tag system, but their colleagues aren't so sure.
Robert Garber heads up the majority that says Lynchburg can afford to offer
its residents free garbage pickup.
But vice-mayor Bob Davenport and two others worry that would discourage
recycling and cut the life of the city's landfill.
IN Q=Our landfill may
((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: OUR LANDFILL MAY FILL UP QUICKER AND
WE MAY HAVE TO BUILD ANOTHER LANDFILL AND THAT'S VERY EXPENSIVE. AND SO THIS
THING REALLY NEEDS TO BE STUDIED OUT BEFORE WE MAKE ANY DECISION. AND I'M
PERFECTLY WILLING TO CHANGE IF SOMEONE SHOWS ME THAT THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO DO
THIS. I AM PERFECTLY WILLING TO DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=to do that.
An hour-long discussion during a work session today produced no results.
Council could vote on the trash tag system within the next month.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next,
we'll see why the Roanoke Valley is becoming home to more and more upscale
MUSIC UP FULL
They are luxury Condominiums, and they're popping up all over the Roanoke
As Andrew Freiden reports, empty nesters are snapping these upscale
residences as soon as they are built.
SUPER=01-Frank Radford/Developer; 13:
SUPER=01-Jeff Jefferies/Glen Ivy Resident; 1:08
OUT Q=AF News7
((NAT SOUND OF BULLDOZER))
It's the sign of the times.
Luxury Condos under construction.
Frank Radford says he builds with older buyers in mind.
((FRANK RADFORD/DEVELOPER: BASICALLY WE'RE EMPTY NESTER TO BEGIN WITH. THAT
CONSISTS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE RETIRED OR NEAR RETIREMENT. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY
CHILDREN LIVING IN THE UNITS AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME, AND OUR TARGET MARKET HAS
BEEN 50 OR OVER, OR SENIORS ))
Radford says the phenonemon is widespread.
But here in the Roanoke Valley, the low cost of living keeps folks from
That creates a booming market for properties like these Glen Ivy Condos.
It's easy to get in and out of the buildings.
There are no exterior steps, and elevators take residents right to their
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: ANOTHER INTERESTING FEATURE OF THE CONDOS IS THE
SECURITY SYSTEM. WHEN SOMEONE WANTS TO VISIT YOU THEY JUST PRESS YOUR ROOM
((...THEN YOUR IMAGE SHOWS UP ON A VIDEO MONITOR INSIDE THE CONDO-- THEN THE
RESIDENT CAN DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO LET YOU IN.))
The luxury extras aren't the only draw.
((JEFF JEFFERIES/RESIDENT: THE NEIGHBORS, WHEN YOU WALK INTO THIS PLACE, YOU
AUTOMATICALLY HAVE 24 NEIGHBORS...FRIENDLY, GREAT PEOPLE. ))
Radford Brothers is so confident in the market for luxury condos, They've
already laid the groundwork for their fourth development.
Andrew Freiden, news7.))
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SUPER=331-Clear And/Pleasant/40-42/Sunny And/Warmer/74-78;
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SUPER=333-Clear And/Chilly/36-39/Mostly Sunny/Wind S-10/70-72;
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SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
Joe Gibbs announced that Tony Stewart, the pole winner at Indy last year, is
joining Gibbs racing to field a second full time Winston Cup team in 1999.
Stewart, who has finished no higher than 16th in 7 Busch starts will run a
limited schedule next season.
Virginia Tech hooked up with the Tennessee Volunteers last night in Kingsport
in the third annual Hokie-Smokey classic.
SUPER=03-Kingsport, TN/Volunteers vs. Hokies; :00
Tech boss Chuck Hartman introduced himself to the umpires a couple of times.
And then the Hokies Kevin Kurilla introduced himself to the Vols with this
solo homer over the left field fence. The Monster shot from the senior
shortstop tied the game at 1-all.
Todd Zirkle the freshman from Powell Valley high school did a good job in the
hill for the Hokies. Here he gets the K.
But the Vols would eventually come up with the game winner hit to take a
2-to-1 lead of Tech.
The Hokies had a final chance, but SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/1/Tennessee/2;
the line drive turns into a double play and the Vols beat Tech 2-1o-1 at Hunter
On a more serious baseball note, New York Mets pitcher Jason Isringhausen is
having some health problems.
The former Triple A star with the Tidewater Tides down in Norfolk, underwent
tests yesterday for recurring chest and rib pain.
The 24 year old began complaining of chest pains last week while in Florida.
One New York area newspaper says the team fears Isringhausen could have a
form of cancer, because of a spot that was detected on one of his lungs.
In girl's softball, the Glenvar Highlanders played host to Giles today at
Roanoke County's Green Hill Park.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Highlanders; :00
The Lady Highlanders came in to the game guarding an undefeated mark
against all single A competition.
In the top of the first, watch freshman pitcher Hallie East strike out this
Giles batter and Glenvar goes into the bottom of the inning with a shutout
The lady Highlanders didn't waist anytime getting on the board. Sheree
Thompson brings in a run on this infield bullet; Glenvar led 3-nothing after 1.
In the bottom of the second; Thompson connects on this pitch. The shot to
left scores Sarah Henderson from third base. Glenvar wins it easily
Still to come on News 7 at 11, we'll get down on the mat
with a group of area wrestlers who are working off season to better their
The Heat was on the Orlando Magic last night as they faced elimination in the
first round of the NBA playoffs.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/TBS - Game Three; :00
The Heat needed a win to complete a three game sweep, and Tim Hardaway helped
shoot Miami to a 20 point first half advantage.
But thanks to a former college place kicker Darrell Armstrong, who is from
Gastonia, the Magic tied it at the half and went in front by 10 in the third.
He had a career high 21.
But the money man was Penny. Anfernee Hardaway scored 42 points including
this 3 pointer with the clock SUPER=32-Miami/75/Orlando/88/Heat Leads 2-1;
The Magic forces a game four with the 88-to-75 win.
George Lynch would like to be playing in the postseason, but instead he is
getting ready for his 7th annual Hometown Basketball camp in mid June here in
IN Q="I'm willing...
((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :00
OUT Q=...MY SCHEDULE.
SUPER=04-Last Summer; :00
George's camp will again be held at William Fleming high school from June
16th through the 20th.
As George said attendance was down some last year, but this June he's hoping
for the biggest turnout in the history of the camp.
IN Q="We just want...
OUT Q=...OFF THE COURT SKILLS."
PINNACLE PAGE --
Again, the camp takes place June 16th through the 20th.
It is open to boys and girls ages 7 through 15.
And if you would like more information you can call 982-0536.
Wrestling in the Roanoke Valley is no longer just a winter time sport.
Steve Mason has more on the empire Kevin Dresser is building right here in
the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Dresser/Wrestling Academy Founder; :18
SUPER=01-James Giarla/Salem Wrestler; 1:15
SUPER=01-Rob Bowman/Lord Botetourt Wrestler; 1:23
SUPER=01-Vince Waid/11 Year Old Wrestler; 1:32
SUPER=01-Jan Sessor/Roanoke Valley Wrestling Pres.; 1:38
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((After building Grundy into a state powerhouse; Kevin Dresser needed new
challenges. He's found them. In addition to revitalizing Christiansburg's
program; Dresser has started three off season wrestling academies in the
Roanoke Valley, New River Valley and in Southwest Virginia
The Roanoke Valley academy has rolled out the mats at Hidden Valley Junior
High where the Christiansburg coach helps his immediate competition; like
William Byrd's Chris Madonia; who placed fourth in the state this past season.
Every Monday night for 13 weeks; about 75 grapplers attend the academy
sessions. After just 6 weeks; wrestling the opposition in off season practices
has already helped area athletes.
Dresser is a hands on coach who is teaching toughness from every angle.))