Coming up next on News 7 at 6, a train collides with a car, after the driver
ignores a barricade.
And we'll visit today's REALLY hot ticket... the downtown chili cookoff!
In sports, We'll check in with Steve Mason who found out today what its
like to race a go kart.
And highlights from a couple of this afternoon's major league baseball
Still a chance for rain this evening-- as we head to tomorrow, it's looking
breezy, sunny and cooler.
A Christiansburg woman is in stable condition after wrecking her car along
Fifty-three year old Jean Thompson apparently veered off the side of the
road then lost control of the vehicle.
State police said a witness saw her car flip over four times before landing
on top of a guardrail.
Officials airlifted Thompson to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
She is in stable condition with head injuries and compound fractures.
A train hit a car in downtown Roanoke this afternoon.
The woman driving the car was NOT hurt.
Police say she drove around the barricades at the third and Campbell
crossing, and did not heed an engineers's warning to stop.
The caboose hit the car and pushed it several feet yards down the track
before the engineer was able to stop.
Fortunately the train was only traveling about five miles an hour at the
A political newcomer is gearing up to take on a 13 term incumbent.
Republican Al Bedrosian (BEH-Dro-shen) announced his candidacy today --
taking on Democrat Dick Cranwell for his seat in the state house of delegates.
IN Q=THERE BECOMES AN ARROGANCE
((AL BEDROSIAN/R-CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE: THERE BECOMES AN ARROGANCE WHEN
YOU'VE BEEN THERE SO LONG, SO ENTRENCHED AND AFTER A WHILE YOU'RE REALLY NOT
REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY YOU'RE REPRESENTING THE CONSTITUENTS
IN RICHMOND AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S WRONG.))
SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/(R) Delegate Candidate;
OUT Q=THINK THAT'S WRONG
Bedrosian is a Virginia Tech graduate who's worked as a sales representative
for Xerox Corporation in Southwest Virginia since 1984.
He says it's the ordinary citizen that should represent the community in
IN Q=I GREW UP
((I GREW UP SOMEWHAT POOR AND MADE IT THROUGH WORKING IN A COMPANY AND
STRUGGLING AND FALLING DOWN A COUPLE OF TIMES AND PICKING MYSELF UP AND I THINK
THOSE ARE THE CONSERVATIVE VALUES PEOPLE LOOK AT.))
OUT Q=PEOPLE LOOK AT
He's now on a campaign tour making stops throughout the area.
Congressman Rick Boucher says a planned commercial and community complex in
Giles County may boost Southwest Virginia's tourism industry.
The town of Pembroke plans to develop six acres at the corner of U.S. route
460, and the road leading to the Cascades National Recreation Area.
Boucher says the prime location helped to secure close to 200 thousand
dollars in federal funds to help buy the property.
IN Q=It will help
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH-DISTRICT: IT WILL HELP THIS REGION RECEIVE THE FULL
BENEFIT OF THE CASCADES RECREATION AREA, WHICH ALREADY HAS ABOUT 70 THOUSAND
VISITORS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, AND THE NEW DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE TOWN OF
PEMBROKE WILL MAKE THAT REGION MORE ATTRACTIVE STILL. ))
OUT Q=attractive still.
Plans include a medical clinic and pharmacy, restaurants, office and retail
space, and a community center complete with child and adult day care.
But, first the town must come up with necessary matching funds.
IN Q=This is just
((RANDI LEMMON/PEMBROKE TOWN MANAGER: THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP, A VERY GOOD
FIRST STEP BUT WE STILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH AT LEAST 75 THOUSAND DOLLARS OF
OTHER FUNDS. ))
SUPER=01-Randi Lemmon/Pembroke Town Manager;
OUT Q=of other funds.
Officials hope to see a restaurant going up next Spring.
Invest in people, not possessions.
That's what a world renown evangelist told Liberty University graduates this
Reverend Billy Graham gave graduates a little economic advice as they enter
the real world.
He says invest in time.
Graham says it's more valuable than money and no one, no matter how rich,
can buy more time.
IN Q=TIME IS OUR
((REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM: TIME IS OUR INVESTMENT CAPITOL. YOUR ONLY CHOICE IS
TO USE IT OR LOOSE IT. EITHER INVEST IT OR LET IT DRIBBLE LIKE SAND THROUGH
SUPER=07-Rev. Billy Graham;
OUT Q=THROUGH YOUR FINGERS
Graham says the best way to use your time is by helping people.
The 15-hundred graduates cheered as he sent them off into the next phase of
their lives with these words.
IN Q=I'M ASKING YOU
((I'M ASKING YOU TODAY NOT TO GRADUATE BUT TO COMMENCE A NEW LIFE FOLLOWING THE
WILL OF GOD EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.))
OUT Q=STEP OF THE WAY
Radford University and Roanoke College students also picked up diplomas
The Roanoke City Market was one of the hottest spots around today.
The 18th annual Virginia championship chili cook-off started simmering this
More than 60 cooking teams put their best beans forward.
IN Q=what's the name
(( 2:33:10WHAT'S THE NAME OF THIS CHILI?
NACHO MAMA CHILI.
NACHO MAMA CHILI?
I AM NACHO MAMA...(LAUGHTER)
MARY BETH MONROE/HEAD JUDGE; I LOVE IT, THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY SERIOUS, THEY
COME TO COOK, THEY COME TO WIN, THIS IS A STATE EVENT, FROM THE STATE EVENT
THEM GET TO GO TO THE WORLD COOK-OFF WHICH IS IN RENO NEVADA.
SUPER=01-Mary Beth Monroe/Head Judge; :08
OUT Q=in Reno, Nevada;
First place went to Chuck Hoff from Ohio for his Dragon's Breath chilli.
He'll get two round-trip plane tickets to this year's World Championship
The people's choice award went to "the Hoggs" a Harley Davidson group, for
their White Knuckles chili.
The big three on line services, American Online, Compuserve and Prodigy have
settled a Federal Trade commission complaint against them.
The FTC says customers weren't told that "free" subscriptions would
eventually cost money if they weren't cancelled.
That and much more in this week's WebWatch.
IN Q=The three services
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :16 quick
SUPER=01-Eileen Harrington/Federal Trade Commission; :24
SUPER=01-Danielle Ferguson/Fishburn Park Elementary School; 1:06 -Quick!
The three services will NOT pay a fine, instead they agreed to better inform
customers that they will be charged unless they cancel their free trial
The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on get-rich-quick scams on the
web, some offering 6 figure incomes for people working from home.
SOT 14:10:18-online stock
IN Q=no one can make
((EILEEN HARRINGTON/FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION; NO ONE CAN MAKE THAT KIND OF
CLAIM LEGALLY WITHOUT HAVING A LOT OF INFORMATION TO BACK IT UP.))
OUT Q=to back it up
The feds e-mailed warnings to 215 sites... a month later, 23 percent changed or
www.ftc.gov/opa/9704/bizop.htmYou can learn more about web-scams at the FTC
Beginning next week, you can join a Virginia scientist on an Ocean Drilling
Research project by visiting the
www.vmnh.org Virginia Museum of Natural History web page.
From May 5th through May 18th, you
can www.bev.net/education/museum/vmnhmvl/vmnhodp.html e-mail Dr. James Beard,
as he and his shipmates drill core samples from the ocean floor.
Now here's this week's kid's site from Fishburn Park Elementary school.
SOT 13:18:57-kidssite tape
IN Q=Yahooligans, it has lots
((DANIELLE FERGUSON/FISHBURN PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; YAHOOLIGANS, IT HAS LOTS
OF FUN STUFF THAT YOU CAN GO AROUND TO, www.yahooligans.com/ IT HAS TOYS R
US, IT HAS A LOT OF FUN STUFF, IT HAS A COLORING BOOK AND IT'S LOTS OF FUN))
SUPER=01-Danielle Ferguson/Fishburn Park Elementary School
OUT Q=lots of fun
You can find links to all these sites at the WDBJ home page at
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When News 7 at 6 returns, Virginia soldiers serving time in Bosnia answer
questions from local school kids...
about the military and keeping the peace overseas...coming up in part eleven of
our series--Bosnia Peacekeepers.
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The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department will make a special dedication this
Firefighters are celebrating the opening of a 35- hundred square- foot
They say it wouldn't have been possible without money and materials donated
by residents, the local governing bodies, businesses and civic organizations.
IN Q=The citizens worked
((DOUG BARR/HILLSVILLE FIRE DEPT.: THE CITIZENS WORKED IN COOPERATION WITH
CARROLL COUNTY AND THE TOWN OF HILLSVILLE TO MAKE THIS ADDITION POSSIBLE. IT
WAS NO ONE INDIVIDUAL, IT WAS NO ONE INDIVIDUAL GROUP. THIS ENTIRE COMMUNITY
RALLIED AROUND AND MADE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS. ))
SUPER=01-Doug Barr/Hillsville Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=project a success.
With the extra space to park it, the fire department purchased a new pumper
truck-- vital to safety needs as industrial growth continues.
The facility is also improving response times by allowing for proper
Sunday the department is hosting an open house to dedicate the addition to
Children often ask questions that get straight to the point.
Just ask members of a Danville National Guard unit stationed in Bosnia.
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco recently spent a week
visiting the soldiers.
But before they left-- they spent time at Glenwood Elementary in Danville to
find out what kids would like to know.
Bosnia Peacekeepers Full Screen
Tonight-- the peacekeepers answer those questions.
IN Q=What do
SUPER=01-Recardo Faulkner/Danville National Guard Member; :03
SUPER=01-Reuben Anderson/Danville National Guard Member; :12
SUPER=01-Carl Keen/Danville National Guard Member; :54
SUPER=01-Chris Wiles/Danville National Guard Member; 1:04 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-John Simmons/Danville National Guard Member; 1:12
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
((WHAT DO BOSNIANS LOOK LIKE? ))
OUT Q=look like
IN Q=They look
((RECARDO FAULKNER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:THEY LOOK LIKE REGULAR
AMERICANS, I THINK IF YOU WOULDN'T HEAR THEM TALK YOU'D THINK THAT SOME OF THEM
WAS AMERICANS. ))
OUT Q=was Americans.
((WHAT KINDS OF JOBS DO THE BOSNIANS HAVE? ))
IN Q=The employment rate
((REUBEN ANDERSON/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:THE EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR BOSNIA
IS HIGH NOW, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGH, MAJOR INDUSTRY HERE IS THE COAL
MINING IN THIS AREA OF TUZLA, IT THE COAL MINING COUNTRY. ))
((DO THE CHILDREN RIDE SCHOOL BUSES TO SCHOOL? ))
OUT Q=to school.
((RECARDO FAULKNER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:NO THEY WALK TO SCHOOL, WHEN
WE GO OUT ON OUR PATROLS, WE SEE THEM WITH THEIR BACKPACKS ON, WALKING UP THE
OUT Q=the road.
The children were armed with all kinds of questions-- you see Bosnia is not
a foreign subject in their classroom.
Their teacher, Pat Bolt, has actually been teaching the kids about the
war-- and its impact on the country.
IN Q=Do they
((DO THEY HAVE WEAPONS? ))
IN Q=Yes, we do
((CARL KEEN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:YES, WE DO HAVE WEAPONS, USE IT AS
PROTECTION OVER HERE, HOPEFULLY, WE WON'T HAVE TO USE THEM, BUT WE DO CARRY
OUT Q=carry weapons.
((WHERE DO THE SOLDIERS LIVE IN BOSNIA? ))
IN Q=The soldiers live
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:THE SOLDIERS LIVE IN CONTAINERS,
KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE TRAILER, TWO SOLDIERS TO A CONTAINER, THEY'RE PRETTY
((HOW ARE THE SOLDIERS DOING? ))
IN Q=It's a little
((IT'S A LITTLE SHOCK WHEN WE FIRST CAME OVER HERE. WE EAT A LOT OF FOREIGN
FOOD, AND A LOT OF FOREIGN TV, THINGS LIKE THAT, SO IT'S, IT WAS, A LITTLE
ROUGH IN THE BEGINNING. NOW THEY'VE GOTTEN ACCUSTOMED TO IT, SEEM TO BE SETTLED
IN, SO THEY'RE REALLY DOING REAL WELL.))
OUT Q=real well.
Tonight at eleven-- our question/answer session continues-- with a visit to
another Danville classroom.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Still to come on the newscast,
If you're looking for a furry addition to your home, stay tuned.
We'll check out the S-P-C-A Pet Adopt-A-Thon.
First though the News 7 weekend stock report.
The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A hopes about 100 families will be welcoming new
editions to their households this weekend.
The S-P-C-A is taking part in a national pet adopt-a-thon.
Volunteers are interviewing prospective pet owners who want to take home one
of the many cats and dogs up for adoption at the shelter.
This is the beginning of the baby season so shelter volunteers are hoping to
make room for the on-slaught of kittens and puppies expected to arrive in the
next several months.
The adopt-a-thon continues tomorrow at Elmwood Park in Roanoke from 10 to 4
And coming up, Highlights from the 123-rd Kentucky Derby. The Orioles were
on the diamond this afternoon.
And Steve Mason is geared up for the Advance Auto Parts Trust 500.
Only 13 horses the smallest field in Derby history. But "Silver Charm"
crossed the line a neck ahead of "Captain Bodgit" to win the 123-rd Kentucky
Here's the call from A-B-C's Dave Johnson.
IN Q="First audio
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY/ABC SPORTS; :
OUT Q=...Kentucky Derby."
The WDBJ race team is ready to go for tomorrow's Advance Auto Parts Trust
Steve mason has a recap of today's practice run that turned downtown Roanoke
up side down.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Dave Franklin/Race Coordinator; :19
SUPER=00-Patrick Evans/Expert Pit Reporter; :45(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Ed Briggs/Go Cart Driver; :53
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Driver of Little Caesar Cart; 1:18
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Driver of WDBJ Chevy; 1:37(QUICK)
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((The day began like most racing weekend's except getting the car out of
the trailer was a lot easier!
Teams were assigned engines, and there was even a drivers meeting before
practice to explain the rules and offer words of caution about how powerful
these carts are.
The phrase of the day: two much power and not enough breaks as driver after
driver wrecked. Yours truly even turned the WDBJ monte carlo over! Only a few
minor scrapes for all involved.
Sponsorship colors decorate the go carts and the race even attracted a
professional athlete; The Roanoke Express's Jeff Jablonski.
Teams have two drivers each,. Thank goodness WDBJ has Late Model expert Tony
McGuire to balance his novice partner.
Oakland scored a run in the top of the ninth and held on to beat Baltimore
this afternoon 4 to 3.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/DSS; :
Baltimore's Mike Mussina had 5 strikeouts through three innings.
Then in the top of the fifth Oakland's Scott Speezio takes the Mussina pitch
deep over the right field wall for a solo homer to make it one to nothing A's.
But the Orioles rallied in the bottom of the sixth. Third baseman Cal
Ripken rockets this pitch over the left field wall for a two run homer and the
O's took the 2 to 1 lead.
Still in the sixth Pete Incaviglia SUPER=35-Oakland/4/Baltimore/3/;smokes
this pitch it hits off the foul pole in left field for a solo homer Baltimore
led 3 to 1 but the A's beat the Orioles 4 to 3.
The New York Mets cruised to a 5 to 1 victory over St. Louis at Shea
Stadium this afternoon.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/SC-NET; :
The Mets mascot having a little fun before the game.
And New York got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. John Olerud
sends this shot deep over the right field wall for a solo homer to make it 1 to
nothing New York.
The Cardinals answered in the top of the fifth. John Mabry hits a high
chopper up the middle for a single Ron Gant rounds the bases to score and the
game was tied 1 to 1.
New York led 2 to 1 in the fifth SUPER=35-New York/5/St. Louis/1/;then in
the sixth Todd Hundley gets all of this pitch sending it over the wall in deep
right centerfield and the Mets win it 5 to 1.
Miami's Isaac Austin is the N-B-A's most improved player. the center
averaged almost 10 points per game and just under six rebounds. He also shot
50 per cent as Alonzo Mourning's backup.
And In the N-B-A this afternoon Seattle beat Phoenix 116 to 99 to win the
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