At the top of the hour on NEWS 7:
Murder in Appomattox County, a death sentence upheld...
and fire rips through the roof at the home of the Roanoker Magazine.
The publisher will lay out the impact of the blaze on production.
No big warm up this week as the cool spring continues. A scattering of
showers will move in later tonight.
Appomattox authorities say they have few leads in the first murder there in
Two fishermen found the body of 23- year- old Lisa Yvonne Crider dumped in
the James River, near the Bent Creek area of the county.
Crider had died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Detectives from the central Virginia regional homicide squad have joined the
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((WILSON STAPLES/APPOMATTOX CO. SHERIFF: IT CERTAINLY INCREASES OUR MANPOWER
AND GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME UP WITH INFORMATION IN A FASTER MANNER THAN
WHAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO WORKING ALONE THROUGH THIS DEPARTMENT.))
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Staples says Crider was last seen near her home on Holiday Street in
Lynchburg around 6 on Saturday night.
He does "not" know whether she was killed elsewhere, and her body dumped in
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The man convicted of raping and murdering a Lynchburg teenager four years
ago has struck out with the U-S Supreme Court.
The court has refused to hear the case of Derek Barnabei.
He got a death sentence for the 1993 murder of 17-year-old Sarah Wisnosky.
She was an Old Dominion University student at the time of her death.
Barnabei and Wisnosky met and began dating about two weeks before her body
was found in a river near her college dorm.
Last week, Governor George Allen said private security guards would start
patrolling four interstate rest stops where travelers have been attacked.
Now a Republican candidate for Attorney General wants to take THAT idea a
few steps further.
Jerry Kilgore says a safer environment would be created by PRIVATIZING all
of Virginia's rest areas.
He also believes the state would actually save money by bidding out the
interstate stops to restaraunt and service station chains.
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((JERRY KILGORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE GAVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY
TO COME IN AND PRIVATIZE THE FACILITIES. THEY'LL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INCREASING
SECURITY AND HAVING 24 HOUR A DAY SECURITY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. ))
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Not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
NATSO, Incorporated... which represents dozens of Virginia truck stops...
says Kilgore's plan would DESTROY all interstate travel plazas.
A passerby on Brambleton Avenue sounded the alarm this afternoon as the
Roanoke County offices of Leisure Publishing caught fire.
Flames burned through the roof of the building before firefighters were
able to contain the blaze.
Twenty five employees were inside, but they all escaped without injury.
President Richard Wells says the fire should NOT create any major delays
for the Roanoker Magazine, Blue Ridge Country or the company's other
IN Q=Our art department
((RICHARD WELLS/PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER: OUR ART DEPARTMENT, THE PRODUCTION
DEPARTMENT, WE'RE ALL COMPUTERIZED AND EVERYTHING IS ON ELECTRONIC FILES AND
THEY WERE ABLE TO GET THOSE FILES. WE BACK UP THOSE FILES. THAT AREA OF THE
BUILDING IS NOT AFFECTED. WE DON'T THINK IT WILL AFFECT OUR OPERATIONS.))
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OUT Q=affect our operations.
There's no word yet on the cause of the fire, but it apparently started in
the attic where old negatives and magazines were stored.
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The changes Virginia is making in its classrooms are being held up
as a national model. Coming up on News 7 at Six,
we'll begin a week long series of reports--"Raising the Bar: Virginia's
Schools." Tonight Ellen Qualls looks at a new approach to learning. What do
students and teachers think of the new lesson plans?
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Virginia's schools are a changing place.
And more than ever, students, teachers, and administrators are being asked
for more bang from taxpayer bucks.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the first part in a week-long
series on the schools.
Keith, "A" is NO longer for apple in Virginia schools.
It's for accountability.
But what we found is that teachers and students are adapting on their own
A look at how the new Standards of Learning are working out is part one of
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"Raising the Bar: Virginia's Schools."
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SUPER=01-Danny Sluyk/Henrico Co. 2nd Grader; :10
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((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.
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((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.
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((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.))
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((DONNA HARD/ROANOKE CO. TEACHER: I THINK CHILDREN WILL PICK UP MANY FACTS
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((DONNA HARD/ROANOKE CO. TEACHER: HAVING THEM CREATE LITTLE MUMMY CASES, AND
PYRAMIDS, THEY ARE GOING TO KNOW THE WORD PYRAMID.))
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((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,
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((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 even two years into them, the Standards of Learning are still a work in
And the Standards of Accreditation aren't even off the drawing board.
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Tracy Altizer is in our New River Valley newsroom with a preview of that.
Ellen, the fact that they are still on the drawing board is a real concern
for a lot of educators.
It means that teachers will go home for the summer without being certain of
what they'll be teaching in the fall.
And if the standards do take effect in the fall, many worry for students it
will be too much, too fast.
((WILLIAM ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: BUT WHEN YOU PUT A TEMPLATE
OVER THE ENTIRE SYSTEM AND SAY, OVERNIGHT, WE'RE GONNA RAISE THE STANDARDS FOR
ALL GRADE LEVELS AND ALL STUDENTS, WE CAN EXPECT SOME CASUALTIES. ))
SUPER=01-William Asbury/Pulaski Co. School Supt.;
OUT Q=some casualties.
The state is not expected to approve the standards in some final form until
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
We'll tell you more about them Keith, as we continue our series tomorrow.
Improving Virginia's schools is a top priority of the Democratic candidate
for lieutenant governor.
Former Fifth District congressman L.F. Payne kicked off his campaign this
morning in his home county of Amherst.
Payne picked up the Democratic nomination over the weekend, and is now
taking his message of "Virginia values" across the state.
A former member of the "Blue Dogs", a group of conservative Democratic
congressmen, Payne says he'll strive for bipartisan cooperation in Richmond.
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((L.F. PAYNE/D- LT. GOVERNOR CANDIDATE: THAT'S BEEN MY TRADEMARK, AND THAT'S
WHAT I'LL DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND THAT'S WHAT I WOULD DO IN RICHMOND, AND I
THINK THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT OUR PEOPLE WHO ARE LEADERS WHO WILL TAKE ON
RESPONSIBILITY, FIND SOLUTIONS AND MOVE US FORWARD.))
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OUT Q=move us forward.
Payne's opponent this fall is Republican John Hager.
The Kroger warehouse move to Roanoke County is back on, at least for now.
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The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled today the grocery chain CAN
consolidate its Kanawha County operation with one in Roanoke County.
That cancelled a temporary injunction issued last week which would have
blocked the move for at least 60 days.
The new ruling means a lower court now has 14 days to hold a hearing on a
permanent injunction to stop the move.
Many labor groups and Charleston residents have opposed the closing of the
250- employee warehouse.
The blue chip issues led the surge to another record close on Wall Street
The Dow rocketed 123 points to finish at 72 hundred 93.
NASDAQ gained nine points.
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The day after a computer beat the world champion in a widely publicized
chess match, people are debating what it all means.
IBM says Garry Kasparov's defeat by Deep Blue yesterday marks the true
beginning of the information age.
But Virginia Tech professor and tournament chess player Jim Glanville says
it's not really a big deal.
He says a very human Kasparov suffered a psychological collapse while
playing a very powerful machine.
And he expected it to happen sooner or later.
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(( 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;
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Glanville is skeptical of talk that the computer demonstrated intelligence.
He says it just did what its human creators programmed it to do.
As the Internet brings the world to our fingertips, it's helping businesses
reach out to the world.
Today about 500 business, education and government leaders from across
Southwest Virginia travelled the information superhighway together.
It was Congressman Rick Boucher's third annual technology conference on how
to put the Internet to work.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) NINTH DISTRICT: I HAVE A GOAL OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
BECOMING THE RURAL LEADER NATIONWIDE IN THE USE OF INFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY.
AND GREATER APPRECIATION OF AND USE OF THE INTERNET HOLDS A KEY TO THAT
OUT Q=to that success.
More than a dozen professionals presented demonstrations on employing the
Internet as a tool.
Boucher says a better technologically- connected region will be in a better
position to attract new business.
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, the University of Kentucky welcomes
Tubby to town, the Bird is about to soar in Indianapolis, the Marines landed at
the Charlotte Motor Speedway today,
and Steve Mason gets us in line with one of the fastest growing sports in the
Let's begin tonight back down in Kentucky where the Wildcats officially
welcomed Tubby Smith to town this afternoon to take over the men's basketball
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Smith was an assistant under his predecessor Rick Pitino for two years at
Kentucky but for the last two seasons he led Georgia to 45 wins and 2 NCAA
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((TUBBY SMITH/NEW KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tubby Smith/New Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...heart and courage."
Smith's contract is for five years.
At this time the financial aspects of the deal have not been released.
He is UK's first black head basketball coach, and many you no doubt remember
him from his days at VCU, where he served as an assistant for 12 years.
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Smith's hiring in Kentucky created a lot of excitement today, but there's a
good chance Larry Bird' homecoming in Indiana is rivaling Smith's arrival in
the Bluegrass state.
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You are now looking LIVE at the scene at Market Square Arena where larry
Bird has just been introduced as the Indiana Pacers new head coach.
Bird is being paid $4 million a year to coach the Pacers, despite the fact he
has never held a head coaching job.
Bird is now 40 years old, and he says the Pacers are the only team he has an
interest in coaching.
He grew up in the small town of French Lick, and played 13 years for the
Look for more golf of TV and bigger paychecks at PGA Tour events in the
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Last Month;:00
Today the tour signed a brand new deal with six 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.
Roller hockey is one of the hottest growing sports in the Roanoke Valley.
Steve Mason says the Roanoke in line Hockey Club has become a pioneer in a
sport that is taking the area by storm.
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((It's kind of ironic how in line hockey became so popular. An outdoor
activity that found a home in the confines of rinks like Lee High Skate center.
In it's 7th year, the Roanoke in line hockey club has become so popular that
there are not enough spots to accommodate the high number of kids that want to
play. Three seasons are crammed into eight months and not even the high cost of
equipment can keep youngsters from putting on the pads.
The rules are designed not for the fans but for the safety of the kids ages 9
60 area youths make up 4 teams in two divisions. Kids pay 95 bucks a season
to play 10 games. All of this while most balance other sports.
May 31st marks the end of this season, but fans can catch roller hockey in
the Commonwealth games in July. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
In one other hockey note for you, the South Carolina Stingrays wrapped up the
East Coast Hockey League championship yesterday by beating the Louisiana Ice
The win gave the Kelly cup series to the Rays four games to one.
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The Winston Cup spotlight now shifts to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the next
two week's as the track prepares to host the Winston all-star race this
Saturday night and the Coke 600 on Memorial day weekend.
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This was the scene at the track today as an invasion of sorts took place.
No there was not some sort of national emergency at the track, 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.
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That's News 7 at Six.
Coming up tonight at 11, the Roanoke City Council is meeting to vote on the
proposed budget--it includes pay raises for the mayor and council, as well as a
new cell phone tax.
We'll have that story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11.
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