Coming up on NEWS 7:
We'll meet the 10-year old shot in the stomach in what his mother says was
retribution for her attempts to drive away drug dealers.
And we'll have the next chapter in the story of the nine- year old who read
Rush Limbaugh's book in class.
Tonight on News 7 sports, there is plenty of action for fans of college
The NCAA division II softball tournament is set to open in Salem along with
the NCAA men's east regional golf championship at the Homestead.
Plus, we'll tell you about the Roanoke Valley's new premier soccer team the
Roanoke Wrath, which replaces the Riverdawgs.
Passing showers and breezy weather will give way to a warmer weekend.
Details just ahead.
10- year old Reggie Hutchins is back home, nearly a month after he was shot
one evening after opening the door to his Danville home.
Reggie doesn't like to talk about what happened, but his family believes
it's important to speak up.
Teresa Hamilton says they believe the shooting was payback for their efforts
to rid the neighborhood of drug dealers.
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OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
((REGGIE HUTCHINS:THESE ARE THE MARBLES I GOT FROM THE BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN. HE'S
A WRESTLER. ))
OUT Q=a wrestler.
Reggie Hutchins is a typical fourth grader.
Trading cards are a favorite and he dreams of becoming a sports star.
But most ten year olds haven't endured the kind of pain he's going through.
IN Q=What still
((REPORTER SPEAKS: WHAT STILL HURTS?
AROUND MY SIDE, AND MY STOMACH, WHERE THEY TOOK THE STAPLES OUT. ))
OUT Q=staples out.
Reggie prefers NOT to talk about the shooting.
But his mother knows he remembers.
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER:WE WERE WATCHING SOMETHING ON TV YESTERDAY
AND HE SAID, MOMMY, THAT'S HOW IT SOUNDED. I SAID, WHAT?
THAT NOISE HE SAID, THAT'S HOW IT SOUNDED WHEN THEY SHOT ME. ))
OUT Q=shot me.
Carolyn Hutchins believes the shooter was sending a message-- because the
family had made it known-- drug dealers were NOT welcome around their home.
She says she is disturbed by the fact the angle of Reggie's wounds indicates
the shooter pointed the gun down.
IN Q=The person
((THE PERSON KNEW IT WAS A CHILD THAT THEY WERE FIRING ON AND THAT'S KIND OF
HARD TO LIVE WITH THAT SOMEONE WOULD ACTUALLY SHOOT YOUR CHILD ON PURPOSE.))
OUT Q=on purpose.
The Hutchins' have lived on Lee Street for 21- years but now they say it's
time to move.
Still, with mounting medical bills, it doesn't appear that will happen
And in the meantime, police still search for a suspect.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
A federal judge says a nine- year- old Bedford County boy probably should
"not" have been reading a Rush Limbaugh book in school last year--not because
of the content, but simply because it was too advanced for him.
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A teacher confiscated Jason Gardner's copy of "The Way Things Ought to Be",
and his father sued, claiming the boy's First Amendment rights were violated.
In court today, Judge James Turk indicated he would dismiss the part of
Gardner's lawsuit involving the Limbaugh book.
IN Q=The incident regarding
((PAUL LACY/SCHOOL SYSTEM ATTORNEY: I THINK AS YOU HEARD THE COURT SAY THAT THE
TEACHER WAS ACTING AT ALL TIMES IN THE EDUCATIONAL BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD,
AND NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT THE BOOK SAID OR THE MESSAGE IT WAS TRYING TO CONVEY.))
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But it's likely Judge Turk will let the rest of the lawsuit go forward.
Gardner says this year teachers have told Jason to remove an Oliver North
bumper sticker from his book bag, and an anti- Clinton button from his shirt.
IN Q=There's a handful
((THOMAS GARDNER/JASON'S FATHER: THERE'S A HANDFUL OF TEACHERS THAT I THINK
HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WHAT HE WANTS TO READ. FOR THE MOST PART ALL THE TEACHERS
ARE GREAT, BUT THERE'S A COUPLE.))
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OUT Q=there's a couple.
Gardner says as far as he's concerned, his son can continue to bring
conservative reading material to school.
Republican John Hager is the first statewide candidate in Virginia history
to use a wheelchair.
Today, Hager drew national support in his bid for lieutenant governor.
Justin Dart has advised five presidents, including Bill Clinton, on
He's a chief architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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((JUSTIN DART/NATIONAL DISABLED ADVOCATE: BEING A PERSON WITH A VISIBLE
DISABILITY, WHEN HE BECOMES LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE
WORLD: WE CAN NOT ONLY PARTICIPATE. WE CAN LEAD.))
SOT HAGER TWO 13:37:10
IN Q=Job training
((JOHN HAGER: JOB TRAINING AND THE OVERALL ATTITUDINAL BARRIERS ARE THE
BIGGEST BARRIERS OF ALL. SO IF WE CAN CHANGE PEOPLE'S ATTITUDE OF ACCEPTANCE
AND IMPROVE THE JOB TRAINING WE CAN TURN PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS INTO PRODUCTIVE
CITIZENS -- MANY OF WHOM WANT TO HAVE A CHANCE BUT HAVEN'T REALLY HAD AN
SUPER=01-Justin Dart/National Disabled Advocate; :00
OUT Q=an opportunity.
Hager developed polio in 1973 and has used a wheelchair since.
Gil Davis may be at the back of the pack in poll numbers.
But he became the first attorney general candidate on statewide TV today.
IN Q=Gil Davis
((GIL DAVIS, FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR. HE'S PROSECUTED MORE CRIMINALS THAN
ALL THE OTHER CANDIDATES COMBINED. THE ONLY ONE QUALIFIED TO DEFEND VIRGINIA
BEFORE THE U-S SUPREME COURT.))
OUT Q=Supreme Court.
Davis says he'll spend "whatever it takes" to get his legal experience
across to voters before the June 10th primary.
Davis also ridiculed fellow Republican Jerry Kilgore for his plan to
"privatize" interstate rest stops.
((GIL DAVIS/(R) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: EXTRAORDINARY LEGAL PROBLEMS IN
DOING THAT. AND I'M SURE HE PROBABLY DIDN'T THINK ABOUT THAT.))
OUT Q=about that.
Davis says the public safety of Virginia's motorists should NOT be left up
to Burger King and McDonald's...as it is in states with private rest areas.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--will new tougher Standards of Learning turn
Virginia schoolchildren into test-takers instead of thinkers?
Steve Smallshaw reports on the teachers' perspective, as our series "Raising
the Bar: Virginia's Schools" continues.
and in and out of the ring, this V-M-I cadet's a fighter. We will have his
wx ad lib
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Virginia's public school students aren't the only ones who will have to meet
higher expectations in the classroom next fall.
Teachers also will have to measure up to the state's new Standards of
Double Boxes=Keith and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom with part three of our series
"Raising the Bar-- Virginia's Schools".
Keith, the teachers we spoke with say they're glad educational standards are
being raised, but they're waiting for some specifics before they give the new
requirements a passing grade.
**TAKE FULLSCREEN LIVE "Raising the Bar" **
Educators also wonder if some students are ready...and who shoulders the
blame if they're not.
SUPER=01-Carol Wright/Music Teacher; :19
SUPER=01-Bonnye Newton/Math Teacher; :47
SUPER=01-Marie Waller/History Teacher; 1:04
SUPER=01-Dr. Jim McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent; 1:56
OUT Q=able to score.
((natsot singing 3:03:08
Not everyone is singing the praises of Virginia's new Standards of
Learning.. at least not yet.
With the new emphasis on the basics, teachers like Carol Wright worry that
fine arts electives such as chorus may get drowned out.
IN Q=So we're concerned
((CAROL WRIGHT/MUSIC TEACHER: SO WE'RE CONCERNED THAT THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING
MAY CAUSE CROWDING IN STUDENT SCHEDULES SO THAT THEY CANNOT GET THE ELECTIVES
THAT THEY ARE NOW PRESENTLY ABLE TO TAKE.))
OUT Q=able to take.
((WHEN YOU DIVIDE WHICH WAY DOES THE DECIMAL POINT MOVE? THREE PLACES TO THE
It's not that teachers don't support higher standards for education.. they
But they don't want to sacrifice the how and why of learning for simple yes
and no.. turning out students who are merely good at taking tests.
IN Q=I can see
((BONNYE NEWTON/MATH TEACHER: I CAN SEE HOW A SITUATION COULD VERY EASILY ARISE
THAT TEACHERS FEEL PRESSURED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENTS ARE TEST-WISE, THAT
THEY KNOW THE INFORMATION AND BASICALLY HOW TO PERFORM THE TESTS THAT ARE BEING
ASKED ON THE TEST.))
OUT Q=on the test.
IN Q=And I think
((MARIE WALLER/HISTORY TEACHER: AND I THINK WE START AT THE BASICS, EVERYBODY'S
AT THE BASICS AND THEN WE TRY TO MOVE UP. AND WE CAN, WE'LL DO MORE THAN JUST
TEACHING TO THAT TEST IN THE CLASSROOM.))
OUT Q=the classroom.
The trouble is many children haven't mastered the required basics.. they're
the ones the teachers fear will start to fail or drop out.
The concern goes beyond the student's academic well- being... too many
failures could reflect badly on the teacher and the school system.
IN Q=There are still
((BONNYE NEWTON: THERE ARE STILL SITUATIONS THAT I THINK ARE IMPOSSIBLE, AND IT
MAKES ME HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN TO THINK THAT MY NAME OR MY SCHOOL IS
GOING TO BE NOT PERCEIVED AS A GOOD SCHOOL AND A WORTHY SCHOOL BECAUSE CHILDREN
CAN'T PASS JUST A CATEGORICAL TEST.))
OUT Q=a categorical test.
Administrators say SOL test results WILL play a part in teacher evaluations,
but are far from being the ONLY measure of classroom success.
IN Q=It's not to
((DR. JIM MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S NOT TO SAY THAT WE'RE
GOING TO GO OUT AND SAY YOUR STUDENTS SCORED AT SUCH AND SUCH A PERCENTILE,
YOU'RE A BAD TEACHER. IT IS GOING TO SUGGEST THOUGH THAT MAYBE WE'RE MISSING
SOMETHING IN OUR INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM, IF OUR STUDENTS ARE SCORING LOWER MAYBE
THAN WE THINK THEY ARE ABLE TO SCORE.))
OUT Q=able to score.))
Many teachers say the key is WHEN students will be tested on what they've
learned.. at the end of the school year or several years later before they're
about to graduate?
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Teresa Hamilton is in Danville where teachers and administrators are trying
a new approach to increase test scores.
Steve, the Danville public school system is undergoing a transformation.
A separate high school will open this fall for students who've chosen to
enroll in what are called "focus schools".
The program gives high schoolers an opportunity to learn based around a
particular theme-- such as business or arts and technology.
Class size will be smaller-- which some students view as an added bonus.
IN Q=With being
((EMILY HEFFNER/NINTH GRADER: WITH BEING AT GW, IT WOULD BE OVERCROWDED AND
MAYBE THE STUDENTS WON'T BE ABLE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN OR BE AFRAID TO SAY
ANYTHING, BUT IN A SMALL FOCUS SCHOOL STUDENTS WOULD PROBABLY BE ABLE TO FEEL
COMFORTABLE AND I PROBABLY WILL, TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Emily Heffner/Ninth Grader; :00
OUT Q=will, too.
Tomorrow at six, we'll hear from other students, as well as the teachers and
administrators who're getting the program off the ground.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
(Toss back to Keith)
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Virginia Military Institute has reached the minimum number of women the
superintendent said would be needed to make co-education work.
THIRTY high school girls have sent in the 300-dollar deposit necessary to
hold a position in the corps of cadets.
Thirteen of them are Virginians. A dozen states are represented, PLUS two
COUNTRIES: Russia and Taiwan.
Sixty-four female applicants have been accepted.
And it's not too late for some of the rest to send in their money.
Based on past ratios, as many as 37 women may fall in to the ranks of the
class of two- thousand- one in August.
**Note Anchor Tag**
Making it through V-M-I is no small feat.
But for one graduating cadet, the rigors of four years in Lexington proved
no match for what he endured as a child.
As Scott Prince found out, Andy (WHEN) Nguyen was down... but not out.
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OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Lexington
((He's barely 5 feet tall and weighs a meager 112 pounds... but don't make
((PUNCHING THE PUNCHING BAG. ))
VMI senior Andy Nguyen is the National Collegiate Boxing champion in his
weight class... winning the title just four years after he first slipped on a
pair of gloves.
IN Q=When coach
((ANDY NGUYEN/COLLEGIATE BOXING CHAMPION: WHEN COACH ASKED ME TO BOX MY RAT
YEAR I SAID, 'NO WAY. I CAN'T BOX." ))
OUT Q=I can't box
Those are pretty surprising comments... considering Andy's been a FIGHTER
for most of his life.
When he was just six years old living in Saigon, his parents... fearful of
communist rule... sent him to America.
He hasn't seen them since.
And once he arrived in this country he found himself up against the ropes
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((NGUYEN: I WAS ABUSED WHEN I WAS A CHILD TOO AND THAT HELPED ME TO GROW UP A
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((NGUYEN: THAT KIND OF PUTS PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT LIFE IS AND WHAT YOU WANT IT TO
OUT Q=want it to be
Andy could have thrown in the towel at that point... but he didn't.
He went on to live with a family in Richmond, where he flourished in school.
Now he's set to receive his degree in biology and in a few weeks he'll join
the Air Force.
Clearly, by rolling with the punches of life, Andy Nguyen has proven himself
a winner both in and out of the ring.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Lexington.))
After his Air Force training, Andy (WHEN) Nguyen will be stationed in South
At some point he'll journey back to Saigon and reunite with his parents.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Avalanche and the Hillcats try to beat the
rain again tonight in Lynchburg,
The Roanoke Wrath takes over as the valley's new pro soccer team.
The NCAA division II softball championship is set to open in Salem.
And the Homestead's cascades course is hosting the NCAA East regional golf
tournament this week. Roy Stanley has that story, right after this.
New owners, new uniforms and a new place to play mark the beginning of
Roanoke Wrath soccer and the end of the Riverdawgs.
The new premier League soccer team officially met the media in the Patrick
Henry Hotel lobby.
9 owners make up Roanoke Pro Soccer Incorporated. The Wrath will play this
season at Victory Stadium. That, low ticket prices a new look, and other
factors should help the new franchise succeed.
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((GRAYSON PRILLIMAN/ROANOKE WRATH PLAYER-COACH:))
((STEVE HOLT/ROANOKE WRATH PRESIDENT:))
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SUPER=01-Steve Holt/Roanoke Wrath President; :13
SUPER=01-Lang Wedemeyer/Roanoke Wrath Midfielder; :28
Salem, the city of champions, is again hosting another NCAA championship this
week, as 24 Division II softball teams from all over the country begin play at
the Moyer complex tomorrow.
This afternoon a number of teams checked into Salem for a little practice
time on the Moyer diamonds.
Longwood College and the city of Salem are hosting the event.
The tournament begins tomorrow and runs through next Monday.
The best golfers in the East region are in Hot Springs this week for the
N-C-A-A regional tournament.
And Roy Stanley says the East region remains the strongest in the
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SUPER=01-Mike Morayhan/Virginia Golf Coach; :52
SUPER=01-Fred Warrenn/East Tennessee St. Golf Coach; 1:13
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((23 teams are competing in the N-C-Double-A's east region as the Cascades golf
course in Hot Springs.
The Clemson tigers are the highest ranked team in the region at number four
but several other teams are ranked in the top 10.
And the East has consistently sent strong teams to the nationals.))
((JAY HARDWICK/VIRGINIA TECH GOLF COACH: ))
((V-C-U, James Madison and Virginia are the three state teams competing for the
All three teams have experience playing on the Cascades course.))
((JOHN ROLLINS/VCU GOLFER: ))
((MIKE MORAYHAN/VIRGINIA GOLF COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((FRED WARNER/EAST TENNESSEE ST. HEAD COACH: ))
((The teams practiced in a steady rain the tournament opens on Thursday.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
After getting rained out last night in Salem, the Avalanche and Hillcats
are set to take a swing at each other for the first time this year tonight in
the Hill City.
The Chicago Bulls are a step closer to another championship.
Last night they wrapped up their eastern conference semi-final with the
But tonight reports are coming out Chicago saying head coach Phil Jackson is
the top choice of the Orlando Magic to coach their team next season.
The Magic are reportedly willing to give Jackson a six year contract worth
$30 million dollars to head south.
His current contract with the Bulls expires at the end of this season.
The Radford University men's basketball team landed a high scoring recruit
today as head coach Ron Bradley signed Jamar Betz, a six foot five inch forward
from Flint Hill.
He averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds this past season earning all-metro
honors in the DC area.
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