Next on News 7-
Will Roanoke City Council and the Mayor get pay raises. Council votes
Plus you may see an extra charge on your cell phone bill.
Police say he murders his victims and steals their cars- Tonight a
nationwide search is on.
Plus an unusual twist of nature- a twister barrels through Miami.
News 7 is next.
Pay Raises are on the way for Roanoke's mayor and city council.
Council passed a budget tonight- it also means a new tax you'll see on your
A tornado touches down in Miami- The twister swept through downtown before
disappearing over Biscayne Bay.
Only minor injuries reported.
In Roanoke County, fire damages Leisure Publishing where the Roanoker
magazine is published.
SUPER=03-Key West, FL;
And a record breaking swim from Cuba to Key West- The 22 year old woman
called it the ultimate experience.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Roanoke City Council approved its 1997-98 budget tonight, but it wasn't
without controversy as the city council and mayor voted to raise its own pay.
Andrew Freiden was there.
Andrew, How much of a raise did they give themselves?
Members gave themselves a 14 percent raise, and the mayor got a 28 percent
The new budget also includes changes in the tax code.
SUPER=07-Regina Vasser; :19
SUPER=01-David Mays/Va. Police Benevolent Assoc.; :50
SUPER=07-David Gravely; 1:04
SUPER=01-Lynda Wyatt/Roanoke Vice-Mayor; 1:19
OUT Q=you to be mayor.
The budget includes a monthly hike of 44 cents in the 911 surcharge on your
phone bill-- an added tax burden of $5.28.
There's also a new 10 percent tax on cell phones, up to 3 dollars a month.
It also includes a real estate tax cut of 1 cent.
((REGINA VASSER: YOUR ONE CENT REAL PROPERTY TAX. IT'S AN INSULT. TO ME IT'S
AN INSULT AND A JOKE. ))
On a 100 thousand dollar home, that works out to a savings of 10 dollars a
Council also considered its own salaries.
Members gave themselves raises...from 14 to 16 thousand dollars a year for
The mayor's salary jumps from 18 to 23 thousand dollars annually.
Some citizens criticized the move...saying most city employees get less than
3 percent raises.
((DAVID MAYS: COST OF LIVING IS 2.8% AND EVERY COP I'VE TALKED TO IS GETTING
2.6 OR LESS. BUT YOU THINK IT'S RIGHT FOR YOU TO MAKE MORE THAN THE CITY OF
((DAVID GRAVELY: MR. MAYOR, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ROANOKE DO NOT NEED YOU.
CITY COUNCIL. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ROANOKE DO NOT NEED YOU.))
Two members of council voted against the pay raises.
((LYNDA WYATT/VICE-MAYOR: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE TAXPAYER MONEY. THEIR
DOLLARS AND I THINK THEY EXPECT US TO BE JUDICIOUS WITH THE WAY WE SPEND THEIR
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I ONLY RECEIVED 6 PHONE CALLS AGAINST THIS THIS
PAST WEEK, I HAD MANY CITIZENS COMING TO ME SAYING, IS THAT ALL THEY'RE PAYING
YOU TO BE MAYOR? ))
The mayor did get a 20 percent raise last year, but until then, that office
hadn't seen a raise since 1987.
Also tonight, three school board members were elected. They are Marsha
Ellison, F. B. Webster Day, and Sherman Lea.
Question: Andrew where will the money from this new cell phone tax go?
For the first time in three years a murder in Appomattox County.
Around six last night, two fishermen found the body of 23-year old Lisa
Yvonne Crider- her remains floating in the James River off Route 605.
An autopsy showed Crider had been shot once in the head.
Authorities don't know if she was killed elsewhere, and her body dumped in
IN Q=At the present
((WILSON STAPLES/APPOMATTOX CO. SHERIFF: AT THE PRESENT TIME AS BEST WE CAN
TELL, SHE WAS LAST SEEN AT 6 P-M ON SATURDAY AND WAS DISCOVERED BASICALLY AT 6
P-M ON SUNDAY, SO REALLY NO DEFINITE TIME PERIOD THERE.))
SUPER=01-Wilson Staples/Appomattox Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=time period there.
Crider lived on Holiday Street in Lynchburg.
The regional homicide squad is investigating the murder.
GRAPHIC=Hold Murder Investigation
A nationwide manhunt is on for a man suspected in four murders.
Police are looking for 27 year old Andrew Cunanan-
((LINDA VIZI/FBI: I MEAN HE KNOWS THAT HE'S BEING SOUGHT. I THINK HE'S PROBABLY
A DESPERATE MAN AT THIS POINT.))
OUT Q=man at this point."
Police say Cunanan would kill his victim and steal their car.
The killings began in Minneapolis where Cunanan is charged with fatally
shooting his lover- David Madson- and another man.
Cunanan apparently then made his way to Chicago where millionaire Lee Miglin
was stabbed to death.
Police found the first victim's stolen Jeep cherokee outside Miglin's
Then police say Cunanan made off in Miglin's Lexus and drove to New Jersey.
It was there that another body was found- a 45 year old cemetery caretaker-
Miglin's Lexus was found nearby-
Police are now looking for a red pickup that belonged to the latest victim.
((WE WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT NO ONE SHOULD TRY TO APPROACH THAT VEHICLE.))
OUT Q=approach that vehicle."
Police say Cunanan was spotted in New Jersey diner Saturday- but could be
A main witness against Timothy McVeigh took the stand- testifying he could
have prevented the Oklahoma City bombing.
Michael Fortier says he lives with that knowledge everyday.
Fortier also told the court- McVeigh planned the bombing- even boasted about
how to make a truck into a bomb.
Fortier says he knew McVeigh had chosen the federal building as a target.
While McVeigh's attorney admits the testimony is damaging- he says it
doesn't mean the jury will see it that way.
((STEPHEN JONES/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I THINK ALL I CAN SAY THINGS SOMETIMES LOOK
DIFFERENT FROM THE JURY BOX THAN THEY DO FROM THE PRESS BOX.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney;
OUT Q=from the press box."
The defense is trying to raise questions about Fortier's credibility
pointing out he used and sold drugs- and repeatedly lied.
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Coming up on news 7 at 11, fire hits a Roanoke publishing company,
and we'll see what happens when a tornado hits downtown Miami.
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The people who publish the Roanoker magazine had more than deadlines to
deal with today.
Fire damaged their building, and sent 25 employees running for safety.
A passerby on Brambleton Avenue spotted smoke coming from Leisure
Publishing and sounded the alarm.
The fire apparently started in a room where negatives and old magazines
were stored. Flames burned through the roof, but no one was injured.
Production areas of the building were not affected by the flames.
And president Richard Wells said he does NOT believe the fire will cause
major delays for Roanoker Magazine, Blue Ridge Country, or the company's other
A murder at the Ironto Rest Area more than one week ago is prompting one
political candidate to call for sweeping changes off the interstate.
Republican Jerry Kilgore is running for Attorney General. He wants all state
rest stops privately run.
He says the individual restaurants and service stations could provide their
own security... making it easier on state police.
IN Q=You never
((JERRY KILGORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: YOU NEVER HAVE THE ABILITY
TO PROVIDE 24- HOUR- A- DAY, 7- DAY- A- WEEK SECURITY BECAUSE OF STAFFING
PATTERNS WITH THE STATE POLICE. IT'S JUST VERY DIFFICULT TO HAVE SOMEONE THERE
EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/(R) Candidate For Atty. General;
OUT Q=the day
Aside from security... Kilgore also believes rest area privatization would
save the state money.
But a group representing truck stops and travel plazas says the plan would
destroy all other interchange business.
GRAPHIC=Raising the Bar
Virginia schoolteachers are still scrambling to find materials.
But teachers and students are adapting on their own terms to the two year
old Standards of Learning.
Ellen Qualls looks at how the new back-to-basics curriculum is working out
in part one
*TAKE FULLSCREEN LIVE "Raising the Bar"*
of "Raising the Bar: Virginia's Schools."
IN Q=I like Egypt
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; :04
SUPER=01-Danny Sluyk/Henrico Co. 2nd Grader; :10
SUPER=01-Donna Hard/Roanoke Co. Teacher; :31
SUPER=01-Sherri Spivey/Henrico Co. Teacher; :54
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Va. Board of Education; 1:39
SUPER=01-Ryan Nelson/Henrico Co. 11th Grader; 1:56
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((JACOB MITCHELL: I LIKE EGYPT VERY MUCH AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE STUDYING.))
Jacob Mitchell's studying Ancient Egypt, China, and Africa in the second
Danny Sluyk's learned--
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((DANNY SLUYK: THAT THEY MAKE MUMMIES. AND THEN THEY LIKE THINK THAT WHEN
THEY DIE THE SPIRIT WILL GO UP AND COME BACK.))
This is all part of a much fought-over, extremely detailed set of standards
Virginia schools adopted almost two years ago.
In Vinton, Donna Hard's seen a lot of standards of learning pamphlets come
and go over 26 years.
sot HARD TAPE ONE
((DONNA HARD/ROANOKE CO. TEACHER: WHEN WE INITIALLY GOT THE SOLs ABOUT TO
YEARS AGO, WE BECAME VERY GUARDED. OF COURSE, YOU ALWAYS WANT TO PROTECT WHAT
YOU'RE DOING THAT YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING WELL.))
The difference now is that they're more fact-based.
In elementary social studies, they're learning less about neighborhoods and
communities and more about the beginnings of history.
Which means a new way of teaching.
sot SHORT PUMP TWO 39:46
((SHERRI SPIVEY/HENRICO CO. TEACHER: IF YOU GIVE THEM A BODY OF FACTS AND
EXPECT THEM TO MEMORIZE THEM AND EXPECT THEM TO RETAIN IT FOR A LONG TIME THEY
WON'T UNLESS YOU PRESENT IT WITHIN A CONTEXT. ALSO I'M NO LONGER A PRESENTER
OF INFORMATION, LIKE THEY SAY THE SAGE ON THE STAGE. I REALLY AM THE GUIDE ON
THE SIDE. THAT SOUNDS TRITE. BUT I LEARN SO MUCH FROM THE KIDS.))
sot TAPE ONE 09:17:15
((DONNA HARD/ROANOKE CO. TEACHER: I THINK CHILDREN WILL PICK UP MANY FACTS
sot TAPE ONE 09:17:28
((DONNA HARD/ROANOKE CO. TEACHER: HAVING THEM CREATE LITTLE MUMMY CASES, AND
PYRAMIDS, THEY ARE GOING TO KNOW THE WORD PYRAMID.))
sot SHORT PUMP TWO 41:58
((SHERRI SPIVEY/HENRICO CO. TEACHER: WHAT WE DO THIS YEAR WILL BE TESTED IN
ANOTHER YEAR. SO WE TRY TO DO A GOOD JOB OF MAKING THE INFORMATION COME
Just last week, grades 3, 5, 8, and 11 took a pilot run of the new tests.
((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIRWOMAN: WE REALLY ARE LEADING THE
NATION. WE DID IT IN STANDARDS. I THINK OUR TESTS ARE GOING TO BE A FIRST.
AND THEN OUR ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS WHICH WE'RE FINISHING UP NOW, SAYING
"YOUR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA MEANS THAT YOU ARE THE ELEVENTH GRADE LEVEL OF
KNOWLEDGE IN THESE CORE SUBJECTS: ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE, AND HISTORY.
THERE'S NO OTHER STATE THAT HAS THAT.))
((RYAN NELSON/HENRICO CO. 11TH GRADER: I THINK THAT'S A GREAT IDEA BECAUSE
THERE'S SO MANY VARIABLES BETWEEN ALL THE TEACHERS IN THE STATE THAT KIND OF
SETS A BASIS AND COLLEGES CAN SAY HEY VIRGINIA STUDENTS KNOW THIS, THIS, THIS,
sot SHORT PUMP TWO 43:23
((SHERRI SPIVEY/HENRICO CO. TEACHER: IF THE TESTS MATCH THE WAY WE'RE TEACHING
THEN I THINK IT WILL WORK. WE MAY HAVE TO LEARN WHAT THE TEST IS LIKE TO
CHANGE HOW WE TEACH A LITTLE BIT. BUT I HOPE IT WOULD BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
THAT WE COULD TEACH IN A FULL WAY AND A CREATIVE WAY AND FIND A WAY TO REALLY
FIND OUT IF THE CHILDREN ARE LEARNING IN THAT WAY.))
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So two years down the road, the Standards of Learning are still a work in
And state officials are about to tie performance of them to state dollars.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Governor George Allen has acted quickly to fill the holes in the State
Council of Higher Education in Virginia.
Three of his appointees and one remaining Doug Wilder appointee resigned in
protest last week, after the firing of the council's long-time director.
The Governor today appointed Bassett Furniture C-E-O Robert Spilman of Henry
County to the Council.
He also appointed Anne Marie Whittemore (Whit-TE-more) a lawyer who
defended Virginia Military Institute's men-only admissions policy.
Allen also appointed Douglas Guynn (GWINN) of Rockingham County and M-C-I
executive John Gerdelman of Fairfax County.
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Stay with us, when we return, Kroger wins a round in its effort to close a
West Virginia warehouse,
and perseverance pays off as an Australian woman becomes the first person to
swim from Cuba to Florida.
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Time may be running out for labor groups and residents opposed to the
transfer of a 250- employee Kroger warehouse from West Virginia to Roanoke
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled today the grocery chain CAN
consolidate its Kanawha (kuh-NAH-wuh) County operation.
That cancelled a temporary injunction issued last week which would have
blocked the move for at least 60 days.
A lower court now has 14 days to hold a hearing on a PERMANENT injunction to
stop the move.
A rare and scary sight in Miami today
-when a tornado barreled across the city.
This is what people saw from their office windows.
The twister hopscotched through parts of Little Havana and downtown Miami for
about six miles before disappearing over Biscayne Bay.
The tornado uprooted trees and traffic signs- blew out windows- and flipped
cars upside down.
This woman held the back door of her jeep- in hand.
Amazingly only minor injuries were reported.
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Stormy weather also caused trouble aboard an American Airlines jet-
The plane was heading to Miami from Boston when severe turbulence hit-
injuring seven people.
One passenger says the plane bounced so hard, it felt like they'd hit
The turbulence took place about the same time the tornado struck.
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Byrd and Jefferson Forest get district clinching baseball wins tonight.
Bird and Tubby take over, and the Knicks take control.
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But first this was the scene at the Charlotte Motor Speedway today as an
invasion of sorts took place.
No, Earnhardt didn't take Gordon hostage.
It was just practice for the infamous pre-race show at CMS.
Choppers, repelling soldiers with guns will all be part of the Memorial Day
salute at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25th.
Now the scores.
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SUPER=0094-j/William Byrd/5//Salem/3///j/Jeff. Forest/12//St. River/5///;
SUPER=0091-/Cleveland/2/j/Texas/4////Baltimore/4//Oakland/1/4/White Sox &
SUPER=0096-/Miami/76/j/New York/89//Knicks Lead 3-to-1//L.A.
Lakers/25//Utah/31/2/West Semi-Final Game 5/;
go to break
William Byrd came from 3 runs down to beat Salem 5-3 in the Blue Ridge
District regular season playoff game yesterday at Salem Memorial Baseball
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00
Salem jumped out to a 3-nothing lead. The Spartans get two of those in their
first at bat. Jeff Akers singles in Ricky Eubanks from third and Salem was
Butt Byrd came back with a 4 run fourth. Steve Ragland gets things started
with this one bagger that plates Tommy Chambers and Salem's lead was cut to 2.
Ross Blankenship brings in the eventual game winner. His basehit
scores two runs to But the Terriers up 4 to 3 and William Byrd goes on to win
it's sixth straight Blue Ridge regular season title with the 5-3 win.
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/William Byrd Head Coach; :00
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL B'BALL
Jefferson Forest clinched the Seminole regular season crown last night, as
SUPER=03-Moneta/Cavaliers vs. Golden Eagles; :00
Forest starting pitcher Chris English and his teammates traveled to Moneta
to battle county rival Staunton River.
And it was English who got the job done with his bat as well. His single
scores Jay Johnston as the Cavs take a 3-to-nothing lead after their half of
the first inning.
The Golden Eagles got one of those back in the bottom of the first, as Jeremy
Haymore hits a shot through short that gets Jason Morgan home to make it
The Cavs got that one back in the second, as Dallas Gray lays down the
perfect bunt. The catcher makes a nice play, but the first baseman can't get a
handle on it and Danny Gaertner scores.
The Cavs would get five more in the SUPER=34-Jefferson Forest/12/Staunton
inning - Kevin Wright drives in two on this bases loaded single that plates
Johnston and Nick Mistretta.
Jim Thacker's Cavs win the game 12 to 5, and the district crown.
The New York Knicks are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference
Last night the Knicks beat the Heat 89-to-76 to take a 3 games to one lead in
their best of seven series.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG - Game 4; :00
Wayne Gretzky and family on hand for last night's garden party.
He would get a chance to see Alonzo Mourning's power play, as the Heat center
clears the lane and throws down the reverse slam.
But John Starks was the man of the night for the Knicks as he scored a
SUPER=32-Miami/76/New York/89/Knicks Lead 3-to-1;
game high 21 points on an array of shots to give the Knicks the hard fought
Off the court last night, the Indiana Pacers welcomed Larry Bird back to his
home state to coach the Pacers.
IN Q="You know...
((LARRY BIRD/NEW PACERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Larry Bird/New Pacers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...MIDDLE OF IT."
Still to come tonight another big coaching move
in the college ranks sees Tubby Smith take over the men's program at the
University of Kentucky.
Former VCU assistant basketball coach Tubby Smith was named Rick Pitino's
successor at Kentucky today.
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY; :00
Smith was an assistant under Pitino for two years at Kentucky and the last
two seasons he led Georgia to 45 wins and 2 NCAA tournament berths.
Today he couldn't help but acknowledge the history he had made by becoming
UK's first black head coach.
IN Q="Well, it...
((TUBBY SMITH/NEW KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tubby Smith/New Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...QUITE AN HONOR."
Smith's contract is for five years at a million a season.
The irony is that for many years under Adolph Rupp, Kentucky refused to even
recruit black players.
Get ready for lots more golf of TV and bigger paychecks at PGA Tour events in
the very near future.
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Today PGA officials signed a brand new deal with six national TV networks
worth an estimated $150 million dollars.
The new four year deal begins in 1999, and for local fans it means that the
purse for the Greensboro Chrysler Classic will double to nearly $4 million by
the year 2002.
I-B-M says it marks the true beginning of the information age, but a
Virginia Tech professor says yesterday's chess victory by the Deep Blue
computer is no big deal.
The six game match came to a surprising end when world champion Garry
(Kas-PAR-ov) Kasparov resigned after 19 moves.
Jim Glanville teaches chemistry and plays tournament chess.
He says it was bound to happen sooner or later.
IN Q=this is just one
(( JIM GLANVILLE/TOURNAMENT PLAYER; THIS IS JUST ONE MORE STEP ALONG THE ROAD,
AFTER ALL, TEN YEARS AGO, FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, I LAUGHED AT COMPUTERS THAT TRIED
TO BEAT ME, AND CERTAINLY COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN TAKING ME APART FOR TEN YEARS
NOW, AND THEN THEY BEGAN TO TAKE APART INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS AND THEN THEY
BEGAN TO TAKE APART GRAND MASTERS, SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER STEP IN THAT
SUPER=01-Jim Glanville/Tournament Chess Player;
OUT Q=in that trend
Glanville says Deep Blue won thanks to some very talented and very human
She swam for almost 25 hours battling salt water- jellyfish stings- and the
SUPER=03-Key West, FL;
Australian Susan Maroney arrived in Florida- and into the record books
Maroney is the first person to complete the 108 mile trek from Cuba to
((SUSAN MARONEY/MARATHON SWIMMER: REPORTER: IS THIS IT? MARONEY: I DON'T
THINK SO. IT'S THE ULTIMATE. I'M ONLY 22. I MIGHT SWIM FROM MEXICO TO CUBA NEXT
SUPER=01-Susan Maroney/Marathon Swimmer;
OUT Q=TO Cuba next time."
Maroney will have to rest. She fainted during an interview earlier tonight-
but is now alright.