In Britain it's out with the old, in with the new.
And a new face on the Virginia Supreme court as the governor appoints a new
Stay with us the news is next.
A teacher-coach at Salem High School has been charged with assault and
battery on a student.
Very little information is being released at this time... but we do know
that 49- year- old Walter Braine will be in court next week to face the
Salem police say the alleged incident happened while the student was playing
The student's identity is being concealed because of his age.
We'll have more on this story on News- 7 at 5 & 6.
Police are pooling their resources in an effort to solve the murder of a man
shot dead Wednesday at the Ironto rest area.
This morning Roanoke County police brought out state-of-the-art equipment
used to map out the crime scene.
The device is one of only two in the state.
((LT. JIM RUHLAND/VA STATE POLICE:WHEN YOU HAVE A CRIME SCENE INSIDE OF A
BUILDING YOU HAVE ALL KINDS OF REFERENCE POINTS THAT YOU CAN MOVE. BUT HERE WE
NEED THE TECHNOLOGY THAT THEY HAVE, SORT OF LIKE SURVEYING LAND, SURVEY MAPS,
AND THAT'S WHAT THIS TECHNOLOGY DOES FOR THEM EXCEPT IT'S IN A POLICE MODE. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Ruhland/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=a police mode.
Meanwhile, officers from state police and Montgomery County joined forces in
a search for the victim's keys and any evidence which may have been overlooked.
57- year- old Estel Singleton was found dead in a grassy area of the rest
Police say they have developed several leads, but no suspects.
GRAPHIC=Va Supreme court
Governor Allen today named the honorable Cynthia Kinser of Pennington Gap to
the Virginia State Supreme Court.
She is currently the United States magistrate Judge for the Western District
Allen was given appointment rights after the General Assembly deadlocked this
The vacancy comes from the retirement of Justice Roscoe Stephenson Junior.
The state constitution requires that all Supreme Court appointments be
approved by the legislature.
That can't happen until after the governor leaves office next January.
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Fire crews are still unsure what sparked a brush fire at the Danville
Fire crews got the blaze under control and worked on it through last night.
High winds made their job difficult.
About 45 firefighters from seven units and 40 volunteers from five different
departments fought the blaze.
The fire did NOT involve trash, but instead fed on tree limbs and leaves, as
well as debris from Hurricane Fran.
After four months of dodging cameras and microphones the parents of JonBenet
Ramsey are talking to the press.
Yesterday John and Patsy Ramsey told reporters they had nothing to do with
their daughter's murder and asked the public for help in finding the killer.
(( JOHN RAMSEY:FOR THOSE OF YOU... I DIDN'T KILL MY DAUGHTER.
PATSY RAMSEY: APPALLED THAT ANYONE WOULD THINK WE WERE INVOLVED IN SUCH A
HIDEOUS AND HEINOUS CRIME. ))
SUPER=01-John Ramsey/JonBenet's Father;
SUPER=01-Patsy Ramsey/JonBenet's Mother;
OUT Q=heinous crime.
John Ramsey expressed concern that the time being spent investigating him
and his wife is wasted time.
The nation's unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in more than two
decades last month.
The Labor Department says the April jobless rate dropped to four-point-nine
The decline came despite a second month of modest growth in employer
More big news is expected out of Washington today.
The White House and Republican leaders plan to announce an agreement for
balancing the budget by 2002.
Last night, both sides worked out final details of the compromise that
includes 135 BILLION dollars in tax cuts and a 500- dollar per child tax
The plan also trims about 115 billion dollars in projected
In London the changing of the guard.
In the first transition of power in Britain in nearly two decades, Tony
Blair is now Prime Minister.
Tom Fenton files this report.
SUPER=01-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister; :23
SUPER=01-John Major/Former British Prime Minister;:47
OUT Q=CBS NEWS LONDON.
New developments in the standoff in Texas-
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX;
One of the Republic of Texas members holed up in West Texas has surrendered.
Authorities say the man is Robert Sheidt (schyt), who was was arrested
Sunday on a weapons charge.
He was later swapped in exchange for two hostages the group held.
The leader of the heavily- armed group and eleven others remain inside
their trailer near Fort Davis.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt has taken his place near George Washington, Thomas
Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
President Clinton unveiled a granite and bronze memorial to F-D-R this
It covers seven and half acres and consists of four open-air rooms, each
commemorating one of Roosevelt's four terms.
There has been some criticism by disabled groups because the sculpture of
Roosevelt does not include a wheelchair.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore is reprimanding one of his attorneys in
response to an offensive letter.
Gilmore reassigned Assistant Attorney General Alison Landry after a letter
to a Richmond attorney called her "a bushy- tailed feminist."
Attorney Eileen Wagner was the letter's recipient.
Wagner represents Christy Brzonkala in her alleged rape case against two
Virginia Tech football players.
Gilmore's assistant mocked Wagner for-- quoting the letter here, "chronic
tantrums" and a "hopelessly manipulative" style, along with the feminist slur.
IN Q=It's an
((IT'S AN OUTRAGEOUS THING TO SAY IN A LETTER. I LET ASSISTANT KNOW... WORKING
OUT Q=working on.
Eileen Wagner says she has experienced "very little but rudeness" from
The case Landry's letter dealt with was an alleged gang rape of a Virginia
STATE University student by V-S-U football players.
Meantime, Virginia Democrats are still raising ethical questions about
Gilmore's decision to join a private law firm in Richmond.
Gilmore plans to work for the firm LeClair-Ryan next month, when he steps
down as Attorney General.
IN Q=Jim Gilmore
((SUE WRENN: JIM GILMORE WAS PRESSURED OUT OF OFFICE BECAUSE OF CONFLICTS OF
INTEREST. YOU WOULD THINK THE LAST PLACE HE WOULD GO WOULD BE A LOBBYING
BUTT*BUTT SOT 02;11:04
((SUE WRENN: HOW MUCH WILL HE BE PAID FOR HIS SERVICES WHILE HE SPENDS MOST OF
HIS TIME RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR?))
sot 05:01:58 GILMORE TAPE
((JIM GILMORE: IT WAS A DECISION TO GET A JOB. AND TO TAKE A JOB. YOU KNOW,
I'M A WORKING GUY. I HAVE TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY.))
SUPER=01-Sue Wrenn/Virginia Democratic Party; :00
OUT Q=my family.
Gilmore says he will NOT make more than his current salary, and will
contribute as much work as his campaign schedule allows.
Botetourt County residents will soon be getting a visit from the appraiser.
It's been FIVE YEARS since appraisers have been out in that area assessing
individual property values.
But the process started up again a few weeks ago.
Because Botetourt County operates under the General Charter Rule of the
Commonwealth, it's required to conduct property appraisals in 4 to 6 year
While that might make it easier for the county... it COULD mean
significantly higher taxes for some residents... depending on the tax rate.
IN Q=It might
((HAROLD WINGATE/WINGATE APPRAISAL SERVICE: IT MIGHT BE MORE DIFFICULT FROM A
PROPERTY OWNER STANDPOINT BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO SEE A BIGGER INCREASE THAN
THEY WOULD IF IT'S ANNUALLY.))
SUPER=01-Harold Wingate/Wingate Appraisal Service;
OUT Q=it's annually
It will take a year until all of the assessments are complete... and they
won't be put into place until the start of the 19-98 fiscal year.
It was a grand finale last night for a man who has helped generations of
Roanokers make music.
News 7's Stacey Martin explains.
IN Q=Bill Carr gave
SUPER=01-Bryan Moore/7th Grader; :15
SUPER=01-Bill Carr/Woodrow Wilson Band Director; :32
OUT Q=Stacey Martin, News 7 Roanoke
((Bill Carr gave students a last minute pep-talk and helped tune their
instruments as they got ready to take the stage.
But, this concert was different.
They knew and HE knew it would be for the last time.
IN Q=I'm going to
((BRYAN MOORE/7TH GRADER WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL: I'M GOING TO REMEMBER
HOW HE ALWAYS TRIED TO MAKE EVERYTHING PERFECT AND ALWAYS TRIED TO HELP US OUT
AND JUST MADE US A GREAT BAND.))
OUT Q=a great band
Carr--a band director at Woodrow Wilson Middle School--is retiring after
directing school bands in the area for 37 years.
IN Q=It's getting harder
((BILL CARR/BAND DIR. WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL: IT'S GETTING HARDER TO DO
PHYSICALLY BECAUSE I'M STILL WANTING TO DO THE SAME PACE I DID WHEN I WAS
YOUNGER AND I GET TIRED NOW.))
OUT Q=get tired now
He took to teaching after playing with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra,
directing bands at Alleghany District High School, Patrick Henry and here at
Many of his students were beginners--picking up instruments and making music
for the first time.
But, their musical mastery was loud and clear.
SOT=07.35.00 - 07.35.07
((NAT/SOT - band music ))
As a retiree--Carr says he plans to finish-up on his Spring cleaning and do
IN Q=While Bill Carr
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: WHILE BILL CARR IS LEAVING THE CARR TRADITION MAY
CONTINUE. HIS ELDEST SON SHANNON, A MUSIC TEACHER IN FLORIDA HAS ALREADY
APPLIED FOR HIS DAD'S JOB. BUT, A FINAL DECISION FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS YET
TO BE MADE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
OUT Q=NEWS 7, ROANOKE ))
Lynchburg has one of the worst drug-crime problems in the state... BUT some
of the best solutions.
That was the message from the Governor yesterday as he handed out a million
dollars worth of "Weed & Seed" state grants.
sot ALLEN TAPE ONE 11:58
IN Q=These five
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THESE FIVE RECIPIENTS WERE CHOSEN AMONGST 20 LOCALITIES
THAT ARE PLAGUED WITH THE MOST DRUG-RELATED CRIMES.))
((COL. BENNETT: ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS I THINK IN OUR WEEDING PROGRAM IS
GOING TO BE THE IDEA OF RESTRICTING ACCESS TO CERTAIN PROBLEM AREAS BY PEOPLE
WHO ARE ARRESTED OR CONVICTED FOR CRIMES OF DRUG OR VIOLENCE IN THOSE AREAS.
WE'RE GONNA BE USING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE OUR ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS.))
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :10
OUT Q=enforcement efforts.
Lynchburg will also use its grant to revitalize the College Hill and
We're right on the cusp of the frost free date around much of the viewing
area, and some folks are trying to get a jump on spring planting.
The Season's first Growin' It took us to the Farmer's Market to find out
more about what is and isn't in the ground.
IN Q=Today we're
SUPER=01-Mark Woods/Woods' Farm; :22
OUT Q=Growin' It.
Straight to Weather Stats
Patrick's Mic HOT
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The Magic cooled off the Heat to stretch their five-game series to the
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/TNT; :00
Danny Schayes, of all folks scores inside for a 15 point Orlando lead.
Miami would try to turn up the Heat with Tim Hardaway dishing to Dan Marjerle
in transition for the layin.
But it was the other Hardaway doing most of the damage. In traffic, Penny
scores over two players as he gets the friendly bounce on the iron.
Then watch him on the break, pull up and hit the three pointer. Penny scored
SUPER=32-Miami/91/Orlando/99/Series Tied at 2-all;
And Orlando takes the 99 to 91 victory over Miami.
Despite a lot of criticism about his selfish play, Allen Iverson is this
year's N-B-A rookie of the year.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00
Yesterday the Hampton native edged Stephon Marbury and Shareef Abdur-Rahim
for the honor.
He averaged nearly 24 points a game this year.
And among rookies he ranked first in scoring, steals, and minutes played.
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The Atlanta Braves are off to the best start in team history, as they pick up
their 20th win of the year yesterday.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati/Braves vs. Reds - TBS; :00
After winning a record 19 games in April, the Braves begin the month of May
by hitting three homeruns and beating the Reds 4-to-2.
SUPER=03-Denver/Cubs vs. Rockies;
The Rockies hosted the Cubs yesterday and again they took advantage of
Chicago's propensity to make those errors.
Larry Walker's routine double play ball, sails into the outfield.
Eric Young and Quinton Mccracken score and the Rockies win it 5-to-4.
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GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
It was a battle of the crosses on the diamond yesterday.
North Cross took on Lynchburg's Holy Cross.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Holy Cross' Christian Antonelli hits a single to right field plating John
Bumgardner from second base to make it one to nothing.
But the Raiders mounted a serious comeback in the bottom of the inning as
Allen hits a two run homer over the left center field fence scoring Greg Lang.
But Holy Cross pitcher Abe Hughes
SUPER=34-Holy Cross/6/North Cross/3;
settled down and struck out 13 North Cross batters as Holy Cross wins it
Coming up on News 7 at 6 and 11..
The time apart is as tough for family members of a Danville National Guard
unit stationed as peacekeepers in Bosnia.
The unit left for training in early February-- and the distance is NOT
getting any easier.
In tonight's installment of our special series "Bosnia Peacekeepers" we'll
talk with family members.
Melissa Gilreath's husband, Roger, is one of the 46- soldiers deployed
IN Q=Oh, he
((MELISSA GILREATH/SOLDIER'S WIFE:OH HE LOVES HIS SON, HE'LL WRITE HIM LETTERS
AND I'LL READ THEM TO HIM, HE'LL CALL AND I'LL PUT THE PHONE UP TO HIS EAR, AND
HE'LL TELL HIM HE LOVES HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Melissa Gilreath/Soldier's Wife; :00
OUT Q=loves him.
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We'll also hear from other family members-- that's tonight on NEWS 7 at six
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Workers at the Charlotte Zoo in North Carolina have been going bannanas.
SUPER=03-Rockwell, NC; :
Sydney the chimp was A-W-O-L from the zoo for about a week.
He was on his way back, when he decided, much to the dismay of the
photographer, that he was not wild about having his picture taken.
IN Q=They said don't
((THEY SAID DON'T RUN BUT IT WAS TOO LATE AND I HAD TO RUN. ))
OUT Q=had to run.
Of course, despite the advice the camera man DID run, but is doing fine now.