A company that improves the air quality in buildings will breathe new life
into a vacant Buena Vista factory.
And a deadly fire rips through a Pennsylvania nursing home leaving several
people dead and injured.
Another quick moving front is on the way, and that may spark a shower or
two. I'll have all the forecast details, plus a look at the O's who are on a
roll in the Majors.
Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-33)
A historic agreement between local governments is breathing new life into
the Blue Bird Bus plant.
Blue Bird used to be one of the area's largest employers.
Now Des Champs (day-SHOMS) Laboratories will join with Buena Vista,
Lexington, and Rockbridge County to buy the facility.
SUPER=03-Natural Bridge Station/File Tape;
The locally owned company will move some of its air control systems work to
The purchase is hailed as a great example of regional cooperation.
IN Q=The total
((DAVID CLEPPINGER/THE ROCKBRIDGE PARTNERSHIP: THE TOTAL SALE PRICE OF THE
BUILDING IS TWO POINT SIX FIVE MILLION DOLLARS FROM BLUE BIRD. OF WHICH DES
CHAMPS LABORATORIES WILL PAY ONE POINT EIGHT FIVE MILLION AND WE'LL PAY 800
SUPER=01-David Cleppinger/The Rockbridge Partnership;
OUT Q=800- thousand.
The local governments involved each have a stake in a new industrial park
going on part of the site.
IN Q=We actually
((BOB BERKSTRESSER/ROCKBRIDGE CO. SUPERVISORS CHMN.: WE ACTUALLY HAVE A
LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES RIGHT NOW THAT DO HAVE WATER AND SEWER THAT ARE
AVAILABLE FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. AND THIS WAS A PARCEL THAT WE COULD PUT
TOGETHER QUICK AND PUT SOMEBODY IN AN EXISTING BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Bob Berkstresser/Rockbridge Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=existing building.
The move should help Des Champs (day-shoms) increase its area workforce to
almost 400 people.
The question of whether the Bedford County Board of Supervisors will bail
out the school board remains unanswered.
Andrew Freiden reports on last night's meeting.
SUPER=01-Robert Bashore/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :02
SUPER=01-Robert Crouch/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :23
SUPER=01-Dale Wheeler/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :50
SUPER=01-William Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; 1:05
((ROBERT BASHORE/BEDFORD SUPERVISORS: FORTUNATELY FOR THE CITIZENS OF BEDFORD,
WE HAVE A MUCH BETTER SCHOOL SYSTEM THAN WHAT WE'RE PAYING FOR. ))
Now the school board is paying for three years of operating in the red.
It's asking the Board of Supervisors for 2.2 million dollars that it needs to
finish out the fiscal year.
((ROBERT CROUCH: I WITNESSED A PUBLIC HEARING-- THE LARGEST I'VE EVER SEEN IN
THE COUNTY AND THE MESSAGE WAS CLEAR... ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THIS MONEY. ))
((WHAT CAUSED THE PROBLEM...CAN YOU ANSWER THAT? I THINK TRADITION... ))
The Fiscal year ends July 1st.
And the school board is 500 thousand short of what it need to pay June
And that leaves nothing to pay the other bills.
((DALE WHEELER/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THE WAY I SEE IT RIGHT NOW, I DON'T HAVE
2.1 MILLION DOLLARS... ))
One concrete decision was made--
The county and the school board will move towards a CENTRALIZED PURCHASING
((WILLIAM ROLFE/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: STATE CODE SAYS THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD
HAS TO APPROVE ALL PURCHASES AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO ISSUE CHECKS UNLESS THERE'S
A PURCHASE ORDER THAT'S APPROVED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD.
The Board of Supervisors put off the final budget decision until next monday
That's when they'll decide whether or not to bail the school system out this
year, and how much it will allocate for next year's budget.
Andrew Freiden, News 7, Bedford County.))
Lynchburg residents still have to bag-it and tag-it so their garbage will be
Council member Robert Garber's been fighting to get rid of the trash tag
system, claiming it's a financial burden on elderly and low-income residents.
Garber says the city can easily afford to offer free trash collection.
He tried to bring the issue to a vote during last night's council meeting.
IN Q=Will you be
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=picked up free.
But most council members said before they voted, they wanted more
information about how much it would cost the city to get rid of the trash tags.
IN Q=I certainly do not
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=down the line.
By a 5 to 2 vote, council voted to table the trash tag issue until next
Seven elderly people are feared dead in an overnight fire at a Pennsylvania
SUPER=03-Harveys Lake, PA;
Fire investigators say three bodies have been recovered and four more are
missing and presumed trapped under the rubble.
Firefighters worked through the night to put out the flames.
The two-story building was home to 21 residents.
IN Q=IT'S HARD--
((AMY MINER/EMERGENCY SERVICE DIRECTOR
IT;S A HARD DISASTER TO COVER
BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE LED RICH, FULL LIVES AND BE DISRUPTED BY FIRE AND THEN TO
HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS STANDING BY HOPING TO HEAR GOOD NEWS ABOUT THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Amy Miner/Emergency Service Director;
OUT Q= ABOUT THEM.
At least 12 people were sent to the hospital, some with serious burns.
An 18- year- old girl from Floyd died after her car collided with a truck
loaded with cinderblocks.
Lesa Dawn Hubbard was exiting Interstate-81 onto Route EIGHT in
Police say she pulled out in front of a Marshall Concrete truck and was hit
broadside in the driver's door.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
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Just moments earlier-- a tractor trailer loaded with lumber overturned on I-
81 in Christiansburg.
The driver was pinned between the cab and the guardrail--
Rescue personnel say his injuries are not life-threatening.
One northbound lane between exits 114 and 118 was closed for cleanup.
A locksmith is back on the witness stand at the Oklahoma City bombing trial,
testifying about a KEY piece of evidence.
Yesterday, he told jurors that a key found in an alley near the bombed out
Murrah Federal building fits the Ryder truck used in the blast.
According to government witness
Michael Fortier, suspect Timothy McVeigh parked a getaway car in that alley.
In Moscow, all night talks between Russian and NATO officials have produced
an agreement on NATO'S expansion into Eastern Europe.
No details are being released, and the agreement still must be approved by
the 16 NATO countries, but both sides are praising the pact.
((JAVIER SOLANA/NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL: THAT WITHOUT ANY DOUBT WE WILL OPEN A
NEW.... AND FOR THE STABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY. ))
SUPER=01-Javier Solana/NATO Secretary-General;
OUT Q=of our country.
Moscow has been bitterly opposed to NATO expansion, which would offer
membership to former Soviet-bloc nations.
Yeltsin has said he plans to sign an accord with NATO in Paris on May 27th.
Testing begins today on the rifle believed to have killed civil rights
leader Martin Luther King.
A team of experts at the University of Rhode Island will exam James Earl
Ray's hunting rifle to determine once and for all if it's the weapon that
killed King in 19-68.
IN Q=these are
(( ROBERT HATHAWAY/UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND CRIMINALIST: THERE ARE THREE
POSSIBLE OUTCOMES OF OUR TESTS: POSITIVELY YES, NO OR INCONCLUSIVE." ))
SUPER=01-Robert Hathaway/University of RI Criminalist;
Ray confessed to the assassination and avoided a death sentence, but
recanted days later.
He's serving a 99-year prison term and has been fighting for a new trial.
The King family is backing that
Trying to beat the train is a bad idea -- and the consequences are too often
That's the message behind the new "Highways or Dieways" campaign that kicked
off today in Washington.
IN Q=you chose
OUT Q=of your life.
The government, the railroad industry and the group "Operation
Lifesaver" are behind the graphic T-V spots designed to shock people into
being safe at rail crossings.
Nearly one-thousand people die every year in accidents on the nation's
Some neighbors of Roanoke's Rescue Mission say it's time for the center to
look elsewhere as it plans to expand to include women with drug problems-
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Members of the Southeast
SUPER=01-Joy Sylvester-Johnson/Rescue Mission of Roanoke; :17
SUPER=01-Richard Nichols/Southeast Action Forum; :46
SUPER=07-Caroline Camilleris; :56
SUPER=07-Lenora Williams; 1:14
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.
SOT tape 1 9:36:56
((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
SOT TAPE 2 11:17:55
((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.
SOT tape 2 10:27:03
((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. ))
SOT tape 2 10:30:01
((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.))
A neighborhood grocery store is vacating its southeast Roanoke location to
make way for a new Revco.
Some residents are NOT ready to see the Ninth Street Galaxy go.
Owners of the grocery store are still waiting for the final word from their
But a spokesman for the Revco drug store chain confirms it plans to build a
new store on the site.
Residents of the neighborhood say they're not happy with the news.
IN Q=Something needs to be said
((THOMAS TEETER/SOUTHEAST ROANOKE RESIDENT: SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE SAID.
SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. THEY TALK ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS STAYING TOGETHER.
WELL, THIS IS THE LINCHPIN OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.))
SUPER=01-Thomas Teeter/Southeast Roanoke Resident;
OUT Q=of this neighborhood.
Owners of the Ninth Street Galaxy would like to relocate, but finding
another site in southeast Roanoke will be difficult.
The new drugstore could open as early as February of next year.
Harry Nickens is not ready to leave his seat on the Roanoke County board of
The Vinton Democrat announced yesterday he'll seek his party's nomination
for another four-year term.
Nickens has some opposition for the nomination, from Vinton pharmacist David
He violated the city's soil and erosion ordinances and now a Roanoke
Developer owes the city one thousand dollars.
The city had filed CRIMINAL charges against Phillip Bane for failing to
bring his 11-home project up to code.
Bane is in the process of developing the property on Autumn Lane.
This was his second trip to court.
In his November trial Bane was fined one thousand dollars with NINE hundred
of that suspended.
Yesterday the judge reimposed that fine stating Bane had failed to keep the
property up to code.
Bane was also fined 50-dollars each for a covered storm drain and violating
a stop work order.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County seal
Green ridge tops, not greenbacks, were on the minds of some Roanoke County
officials..as they chose the environment over new businesses.
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 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/Supervisors' Chairman;
OUT Q=throughout the county
The deal to purchase the Green Ridge property could be finalized by the end
of the month.
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SUPER=332-Cloudy/Scattered Showers/46-50/Partly Cloudy/Showers/60-64;
SUPER=333-Variable Clouds/& Showers/46-50/Partly Sunny/& Cooler/58-62;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/Scattered Showers/42-46/Partly Cloudy/Showers/56-60;
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Three-million dollars worth of confidence-
That's what G-E Capital has just invested in a Roanoke Company.
Data Systems Consulting has a growing share of corporate clients, mostly in
the life insurance industry.
The software development company has designed programs that put thousands of
insurance forms on a single disk, saving field agents storage space and time.
((RUSS ELLIS/DSC PRESIDENT AND CEO: THERE'S MORE THAN JUST ONE OF US. THERE
ARE A LOT OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES THAT ARE WELL HIDDEN IN THE
INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE VALLEY. AND I THINK THAT ONE OF THE LARGEST POINTS THAT
I WANT TO DRAW IS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE SILICON VALLEY TO DEVELOP
WORLD CLASS SOFTWARE.))
SUPER=01-Russ Ellis/DSC President and CEO;
OUT Q=world class software.
D-S-C began the year with 18 employees.
By the end of the year it expects that number to grow to 40.
The Bulls decided it was time to end it.
The Chicago team closed out their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with a
107 to 92 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Michael Jordan poured in 24 points for the Bulls.
Scottie Pippen and Steve Kerr each chipped in with 15 points for
and bad boy Dennis Rodman chalked up 12 points, and nine rebounds before being
ejected after drawing two technical fouls.
The Bulls will now face the winner of the New York-Miami series in the
Eastern Conference finals.
The Seattle Supersonics saved themselves from elimination last night as the
Rockets had them on their home court down 3-games to 1.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/TNT - Game 5; :00
Clyde Drexler takes the rock to the hole on the drive to get the Rockets on
the board in the fourth quarter.
But by then it was too late. The Sonics got a great effort for Peyton, Kemp,
Hawkins and solid bench play from SUPER=32-Seattle/100/Houston/94/Rockets Lead
Terry Cummings, as the Sonics force game six Thursday in Seattle.
Seattle takes the 100 to 94 win.
Another team made a coaching change in the N-B-A last night as the Portland
Trailblazers tapped Mike Dunleavy to replace P.J. Carlesimo.
Dunleavy has had little success lately, his four teams in Milwaukee each had
IN Q="The reason...
((MIKE DUNLEAVY/NEW BLAZERS HEAD COACH: THE REASON I'M HERE IS BECAUSE I WANT
TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. IT'S BEEN MY GOAL AS A PLAYER, AS A COACH. ANYBODY WHO
KNOWS ME KNOWS THAT I'M PERSISTENT, UM, NOBODY'S GOING TO WORK ANY HARDER THAN
I'M GOING TO WORK.))
SUPER=01-Mike Dunleavy/New Blazers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...going to work."
The Baltimore Orioles picked up another win yesterday as they improved their
American League best record to 25-and-11 with the 7-to-3 win over the A's.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/Orioles vs. A's;
B.J. Surhoff was the man last night for the Orioles as he hit a two run
double and a two run homer to key the win.
Surhoff also bunted for a single to go 3-for-4 for the game.
He has now racked up 11 r-b-i's in his last three games.
The Orioles have now won three in a row.
Rain postponed last night's Avalanche/Hillcats match up.
They'll play a double header in Lynchburg tonight.
GRAPHIC=raising the bar
With new Standards of Learning set to begin in Virginia's schools next year,
teachers are wondering whether THEY will measure up to the higher standards.
While they're in favor of improving the quality of education, some teachers
feel the standards will be too much for some students to handle.
Educators are worried their own performance evaluations will be directly
tied to student test scores.
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.))
SUPER=01-Bonnye Newton/Math Teacher; :00
OUT Q=asked on the test.
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We'll have more from the teachers point of view in part three of our series
"Raising the Bar.. Virginia's Schools", tonight on News 7 at Six and Eleven.
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It was a child's dream come true yesterday for a seven- year- old California
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
OUT Q=(FLAGS RAISED AT START OF SHOPPING SPREE)
David Miller won a five- minute shopping spree at Toys R Us on the T-V show
OUT Q=(people cheering him as he pulls toys off the shelves.)
Miller took home about one thousand dollars worth of merchandise.
He said he got lots of rollerblades.