The NEWS is NEXT on W-D-B-J- 7.
The Rescue Mission... a magnet to the homeless or a service that accomodates
Its neighbors don't care. They don't want it to expand.
We'll re-visit the city council salary increase, and visit a neighborhood
store that's about to close.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from Salem Memorial with a LIVE
pregame report on tonight's Avalanche-Hillcats game.
Plus, the Portland Trailblazers have a new head coach,
and Tiger Woods is coming back to the PGA Tour this week outside of Dallas
for the first time since winning the Masters.
Spotty showers and another breezy forecast for Wednesday. The details are
Some high- profile impacts on the Interstate this afternoon.
The driver of a compact car died following a collision with a truck hauling
That happened around two-thirty today in Christiansburg.
The driver of the Mercury hatchback had just left Interstate 81 at route
Police say the car was struck on the driver's side when it pulled into the
path of a Marshall Concrete truck.
The driver of the car died on the way to the hospital.
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At the same time, another Christiansburg rescue crew was working to free the
driver of this tractor trailer.
The man was pinned between the cab and the guardrail, but his injuries were
apparently not life- threatening.
One northbound lane between exits 114 and 118 remains closed as workers
clear the load of lumber and the wreckage from the interstate.
Roanoke's Rescue Mission is known for housing people who have nowhere else
Now the center is planning a five- million dollar expansion, including a
shelter for chemically dependent women with children.
But as Kimberly McBroom reports, some neighbors fear it will add to THEIR
IN Q=Members of the Southeast
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission of Roanoke;
SUPER=01-Richard Nichols/Southeast Action Forum;
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
Members of the Southeast Action Forum aren't exactly rolling out the red
carpet for the center for drug- addicted mothers.
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((THIS ISN'T FAIR. ROANOKE COUNTY'S NOT TAKING CARE OF ANYBODY. I HAVEN'T
HEARD A SINGLE THING THAT THEY'RE TAKING CARE OF, EXCEPT TO SEND THEM TO
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((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION OF ROANOKE: RIGHT NOW, IN ROANOKE,
THERE ARE 4,000 WOMEN WHO ARE LIVING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND IN MY
NEIGHBORHOOD, AND IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WHO ARE CHEMICALLY ADDICTED. THEY'RE
ALREADY HERE. ))
Sylvester- Johnson says the shelter would be for women taking part in a
year- long residential recovery program.
She says there are NO plans for additional TRANSIENT beds.
But residents feel the shelter already has more than it, or the
neighborhood, can handle.
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((RICHARD NICHOLS/SOUTHEAST ACTION FORUM PRESIDENT: WE'VE GOT A BIG PROBLEM
DOWN THERE WITH WHAT I CALL DERELICTS, OR THE HOMELESS PEOPLE, AND THE WINO'S.
BECAUSE THEY'RE URINATING ON PEOPLE'S PROPERTY. THEY'RE THROWING TRASH AND
STUFF AROUND. I MEAN, IT'S JUST GOTTEN OUT OF HAND. ))
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((CAROLINE CAMILLERIS: I DON'T WANT ROANOKE CITY TO BE A MAGNET FOR THESE KIND
OF PEOPLE. I WANT TO KEEP IT NICE. ))
SOT tape 3 11:24:44
((JOY SYLVESTER-JOHNSON/RESCUE MISSION OF ROANOKE: YOU DON'T BUILD A RESCUE
MISSION TO DRAW PEOPLE IN CRISIS. YOU BUILD A RESCUE MISSION BECAUSE THERE ARE
PEOPLE IN CRISIS. ))
Still, southeast residents want it someplace else.
SOT tape 2 10:20:29
((LENORA WILLIAMS: I FEEL LIKE IT'S A BURDEN ON SOUTHEAST. I THINK SOUTHEAST
DESERVES BETTER, AND WE COULD BE BETTER. ))
But both sides differ on just how to make that happen.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.
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Roanoke city council members are feeling the heat after approving pay raises
for themselves as part of the new city budget.
Members are getting a 16 percent raise while the mayor's pay goes up 28
Lynda Wyatt voted against the budget.
IN Q=not when
((NOT WHEN I HAVE SAID TO THEM, EVERYBODY ELSE HERE IS WORTH 3.3 AND THEN TO
TURN AROUND AND SAY, I'VE DONE SO WELL, I DESERVE 14% I DON'T THINK CITIZENS
ARE GOING TO BUY THAT.))
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: IF YOU LOOK AT THE FACTS OVER THE YEARS, AS
OTHER EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN GETTING THEIR PAY RAISES, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL DID NOT
GET PAY RAISES. AND IF YOU CALCULATE THAT, THEN COUNCIL SHOULD BE GETTING 16
THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THEIR SERVICE))
SUPER=01-Lynda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :00
OUT Q=their service.
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The budget will be finalized next Monday, with one more chance for citizens
to have their opinions heard.
Residents of southeast Roanoke say they don't want to lose a neighborhood
grocery, but it now appears the 9th Street Galaxy will be replaced by a new
The owners of the grocery store say they haven't received final
notification from the property owners, but a spokesman for Revco says the
drugstore chain is planning a new store that could open there in 1998.
Residents of southeast Roanoke say the loss of the supermarket will be a
setback for the neighborhood.
IN Q=You can't just
((THOMAS TEETER/SOUTHEAST ROANOKE RESIDENT: YOU CAN'T JUST SHOP AT 7-11 AND
EXPECT TO SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY. IT'D BE A REAL SHAME IF PEOPLE LET THE DEAL GO
DOWN WITHOUT ANYTHING BEING SAID ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Thomas Teeter/Southeast Roanoke Resident;
OUT Q=being said about it.
Owners of the 9th Street Galaxy say they would like to relocate, but
finding another site in southeast Roanoke will be difficult.
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Students and teachers are preparing for a new course load in Virginia's public
Tracy Altizer looks into that in the second part of our series "Raising the
Bar: Virginia's Schools."
and a donation will go a long way in protecting some of the scenic views
that are this region's trademark.
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It's hard to argue with the concept of tougher academic requirements in
But when it comes to the standards being proposed for accrediting
Virginia's schools, some people see them as too much, too fast.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
Tracy Altizer has the second in our series "Raising the Bar: Virginia's
Keith, school hasn't even let out for the summer yet but many educators are
already sweating it out.
They know there will be new expectations, but very little has been spelled
out at this time.
**TAKE FULLSCREEN LIVE "Raising the Bar"**
And the uncertainty is causing problems for those charged with making the
state's new, tougher standards WORK.
IN Q=The closest we've ever come
SUPER=03-Wythe Co.; :04
SUPER=01-Robbie Patton/Social Studies Teacher; :19
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :30
SUPER=01-Sam Svard/Ft. Chiswell 8th Grader; :35
SUPER=01-William Asbury/Pulaski Co. School Supt.; :55
SUPER=01-Polly Miller/Work & Family Studies Teacher; 1:28
SUPER=01-Ashley Cregger/Ft. Chiswell 8th Grader; 1:40
SUPER=01-Karen Torgersen/Interim Admissions Director; 2:04
OUT Q=that are admitted.
((THE CLOSEST WE'VE EVER COME TO WORLD WAR THREE WAS THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS.
Under the new standards of accreditation, students would have to accumulate
23 academic credits, divided between English, math, lab science, social
studies, foreign language and electives.
The problem for teachers is that the proposals may still change.
((ROBBIE PATTON/SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER: IF I'M GONNA BE TEACHING THAT I'D WANT
TO KNOW THAT SO I CAN SET UP SOME ACTIVITIES AND SOME IDEAS THIS SUMMER SO I
CAN COME IN PREPARED AND BE ON TOP OF THINGS. ))
Among the standards will be some tougher courses, algebra for example.
For many, that won't be a problem.
((SAM SVARD/FORT CHISWELL EIGHTH-GRADER: I LIKE COMING TO SCHOOL AND I LIKE
ACADEMICS, SO I THINK IT'LL BE GOOD IN A WAY, BUT THEN NOT IN ANOTHER WAY. ))
Not, she says, for students who may not the aptitude for a course like
Pulaski County superintendent Robert Asbury agrees.
Asbury believes it would be more practical to first build a stronger
foundation in the lower grades.
((ROBERT ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING DOWN THE ROAD
HERE IS A NEW TIER OF STUDENTS THAT ARE BACKING UP, MAYBE TAKING 14 YEARS TO
GET THROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOL RATHER THAN 13, AND MAYBE DROPING OUT BECAUSE THEY
GET FRUSTRATED. ))
Critics of the proposals also fear students will get bored as additional
academic requirements leave less time for electives.
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Some students, whether or not they intend to go to college, look forward to
vocational training and classes such as art and music.
((POLLY MILLER/WORK & FAMILY STUDIES TEACHER: IT'S HARD TO KEEP A LOT OF THE
STUDENTS INTERESTED TILL 12TH GRADE AS IT IS NOW. ))
Some schools have already registered students for next Fall, as if the
standards WILL be in effect.
Ashley Cregger felt the pinch.
((ASHLEY CREGGER/FORT CHISWELL EIGHTH-GRADER: I WANTED TO TRY OUT FOR FORTE AND
SPANISH, BUT I WANTED TO TAKE AGRICULTURE TOO BECAUSE I WANTED TO BE A
VETERINARIAN AND HAVE ALL THE CLASSES I COULD GET. AND IT KIND OF ELIMINATED ME
FROM THEM, TAKING ALL THREE. ))
Nearly everyone supports the overall goal of higher standards.
Will they make a difference when it comes to college admissions? That
depends on the college. At an increasingly competitive university such as
Virginia Tech, don't count on it.
((KAREN TORGERSEN/INTERIM ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR: I DON'T THINK IT'S GONNA MAKE
ANY DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER BECAUSE AS I SAID, OUR STUDENTS REALLY DO ALREADY
EXCEED THOSE STANDARDS, THE ONES THAT ARE ADMITTED. ))
After numerous public hearings, the standards remain on the drawing board
and may not be finalized until sometime in June.
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As we've mentioned, they do present some hurdles for teachers. Steve
Smallshaw joins us from Lynchburg with more on that.
Tracy, as you said, part of the problem is teachers still aren't sure
exactly what will be expected of THEM in the classroom next fall.
As their students are being held to higher standards, many teachers are
worried that some just aren't ready...
...and the ones who fail will reflect badly on the educator and the school.
IN Q=I feel a
((BONNYE NEWTON/MATH TEACHER: I FEEL A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN BECAUSE MY NAME IS
THERE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE AS THIS CHILD'S SIXTH GRADE TEACHER AND ALL YOU CAN
DO WITH THE CHILDREN THAT YOU GET IS THE VERY BEST THAT YOU CAN DO.))
SUPER=01-Bonnye Newton/Math Teacher; :00
OUT Q=you can do.
Teachers are also concerned they'll be forced to turn students into better
test- takers, and not analysts and problem solvers.
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
We'll have more on that in part three of our series tomorrow.. Keith?
A well- known T-V personality in Lynchburg has died at the age of 74.
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Jim Stapleton began working for W-L-V-A radio in 1950, and helped it convert
to television three years later.
For years, he worked as an anchorman, weatherman and host of a number of
live programs, including the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
Stapleton died last night after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a-m Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic
Church in Lynchburg.
Concern over inflation- -and what might be done about it, this week- -led to
a decline on Wall Street today.
The Dow gave up 19 points.
NASDAQ dropped 11 points.
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For four years there's been speculation about who might move into the site
once occupied by one of Buena Vista's largest employers.
Today residents got an answer.
Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County have signed a deal which will
let Des Champs Laboratories expand its business into the former Blue Bird bus
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Des Champs has another facility nearby where the company makes air quality
IN Q=In the
((NICK DES CHAMPS/DES CHAMPS LABORATORIES: IN THE YEAR 2000 WE EXPECT 175 TO
200 EMPLOYEES IN EACH PLANT. IN THIS FACILITY IN BUENA VISTA AND IN THE
ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY...The existing plant? DESCHAMPS: CORRECT.))
((HAROLD KIDD/BUENA VISTA MAYOR: IT IS A RELIEF FOR ALL OF THE COMMUNITY TO
FIND SOMEONE HERE. AND PUT I GUESS THE MAIN THING IS TO HAVE THIS PLACE
EMPLOYED, HAVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WORKING HERE.))
SUPER=01-Nick Des Champs/Des Champs Laboratories; :00
SUPER=01-Harold Kidd/Buena Vista Mayor; :13
OUT Q=working here.
Some call the two- million- dollar Blue Bird sale a historic agreement
because of the cooperation between three local governments.
Each one will get tax revenues from an industrial park going on another part
of the site.
Meanwhile, ROANOKE COUNTY is close to closing a deal of its own.
But this one is in an attempt to keep new businesses AWAY from certain
sections of the county.
Thanks to a 45- thousand dollar gift from an un-named donor, the county
plans to acquire 34 acres of land atop Green Ridge... to preserve its natural
Officials say this is just the first piece of property they hope to buy in
for the Ridgetop Protection Plan.
IN Q=We in Roanoke
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISOR'S CHAIRMAN: WE IN ROANOKE COUNTY, THE BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS AND THE STAFF ARE GOING TO WORK THROUGH THIS AS BEST WE CAN TO MAKE
SURE WE TAKE A LOOK, A CONCERTED LOOK TO EACH RIDGE LINE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisor's Chairman;
OUT Q=throughout the county
The deal to purchase the Green Ridge property could be finalized by the end
of the month.
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, Tiger comes out of his cage back on
the PGA tour this week.
We'll hear from him plus, as soon as the sun came out today Steve Mason
headed to Salem Memorial to get a good seat for tonight's game.
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The Salem Avalanche returns home tonight to host the Lynchburg Hillcats
as the two Carolina League powers renew their in state rivalry.
Double Boxes=Mike and Steve/Microwave
Steve Mason has been shagging fly balls and taking batting practice all
afternoon at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Mike, tonight marks the first meeting of the season between Lynchburg and
Salem. I am joined by Jeff Banister and Bill Moose McGuire-- tonight's featured
Let's start with the Cats. Jeff, your team has won 7 of 10 and has climbed
into second place in the Northern division. What's been the reason for the
SUPER=01-Jeff Banister/Hillcats Manager; :00
Never a dull moment when you play the Avalanche?
BANISTER ANSWERS SECOND QUESTION AND THEN STEVE TURNS TO SALEM MANAGER
Moose McGuire-- your thoughts on playing the Hillcats for the first time?
SUPER=01-Bill "Moose" McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :00
Moose- the Avalanche has had a tough time this season. The team is 11 and
23 and in last place in the Southern Division, BUT have shown signs of life
lately winning four of your last six. What's been the reason?
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Thanks gentlemen good luck tonight. Gametime is 7 tonight and we will have
the highlights later on, Mike.
Double Boxes=Mike and Steve/Microwave
Tiger Woods is back on the PGA tour this week for the first time since his
Masters win exactly one month ago.
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This week's stop is the Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas.
His appearance has forced tournament officials to beef up security by adding
additional course marshalls and Dallas area police officers.
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((TIGER WOODS/BACK ON TOUR THIS WEEK:))
SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/Back On Tour This Week; ;12
OUT Q=...play golf."
From the Tiger to another survivor.
The Portland Trailblazers, this afternoon, selected Mike Dunleavy as their
new head coach.
Dunleavy has had a less than stellar NBA career.
In 1991 he coached the Lakers to the NBA finals, but in his four years with
the Milwaukee Bucks he had 6 losing seasons, and overall his NBA teams have
lost twice as many games as they have won.
He replaces P.J. Carlisimo who was fired last week.
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Speaking of P.J. - there are reports tonight in New York and Boston that say
new Celtics' coach Rick Pitino has asked Calesimo to become the Celtics'
There is a good chance this might happen, because Calesimo is not considered
a top candidate for the three NBA coaching vacancies at Vancouver, Denver and
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Among the stories we are covering for you tonight--Lynchburg city lawmakers
consider a plan that would end the unpopular trash tag system. Residents now
have to buy tags and put them on their trash before it will be picked up
Also, the Bedford County school board says it's running out of money and
needs help paying the bills for the remainder of the school year.
We'll have those stories and more tonight on News 7 at 11.
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