A Roanoke councilman who voted with the majority to give himself a pay
raise now says he was wrong.
Coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX, we'll hear from Jack Parrott, tell you what the
Mayor's doing about it, too.
And visit an exclusive club with a pool and the endorsement of the
Governor... on the grounds of the state capitol.
Tonight in sports, cleats are in the news again, this time on the golf
Reggie Miller's house burns to the ground today in Indiana, Jeff Gordon teams
up with T-rex
and the NBA lowers the boom on the Heat and Knicks - suspending six players
for their roles in last night's fight.
Another bout of gust northwest winds tonight. Things should settle down by
He voted for it, but now a Roanoke city council member has changed his mind
about a sizeable pay raise.
Council member Jack Parrott says lawmakers should re-think the 14-percent
hike they approved Monday night.
IN Q=I was wrong
((I WAS WRONG. PEOPLE HAVE NOT FELT THAT THAT WAS A GOOD THING AND MY REASON
FOR ADVOCATING A RECONSIDERATION IS BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS GOING TO DIVIDE THE
SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/(R) Roanoke City Council;
Mayor David Bowers, whose 28-percent pay hike was also approved, weighed in
on the debate.
Bowers says council should take a closer look at the pay for council, the
mayor, AND Roanoke's top administrators.
Bowers refused to be interviewed on camera but he issued a written statement
maintaining his support for the salary increases.
The Mayor says council didn't do a good job of explaining the issue to the
Bowers will have more to say on the issue at a news conference tomorrow.
A bank robbery in Wytheville this afternoon has police searching for a
It happened at the East Main Street branch of Premier Bank.
Police say a man showed a teller a note demanding cash.
She handed over a bank bag filled with money, and the robber drove off in a
dark gray, four- door Mazda.
The car was believed to have been last seen heading north on interstate 81.
A company from Augusta County will be building the first section of the
The state awarded a 17-million dollar contract today to Vecellio
(veh-SILL-ee-oh) and Grogan of Fishersville.
That's for the first two-mile stretch of the six-mile Smart highway in
The project is designed to test technology that improves highway safety and
Opponents to the Smart Road say more study is needed on the project's
State officials couldn't say when construction would start.
Virginia's Democratic Party has laid off half its staff.
But party officials say it's NOT financial trouble.
It's just an effort to NOT duplicate jobs being performed by the new
"coordinated campaign" of Beyer, Payne, and Dolan, and the House Democratic
IN Q=We're all
((JUDY NAPIER/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: WE'RE ALL GOING AFTER PRETTY MUCH THE SAME
DOLLAR. AND WE'RE CONSOLIDATING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BEST DOLLAR GETS RAISED
AND THE MOST DOLLARS GET RAISED, AND GO TO WHERE THE EFFORT IS MOST NEEDED.
AND THAT IS TO ELECT OUR TICKET.))
SUPER=01-Judy Napier/Va. Democratic Party;
OUT Q=our ticket.
The Republican Party of Virginia says it shows the Democratic message isn't
ringing true with donors.
But the Republicans are themselves still 18- thousand dollars in debt from
financial trouble two years ago.
More trouble at a Southwest Virginia interstate rest area--this time a
robbery on I- 77 in Bland County.
No one was hurt, and the suspect got away.
Campaigning in Pulaski this morning, attorney general candidate Bill Dolan
warned against knee- jerk reactions in an effort to improve rest stop security.
((BILL DOLAN/(D) ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE: AND WE'RE GONNA DO WHATEVER IS
NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE SAFE WHEN THEY STOP, BUT WE'RE NOT GONNA
DO IT WITH SNAPPY, LET'S PUT IN A MCDONALDS AND EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. ))
OUT Q=will be fine.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./April 30;
A Roanoke man, Estel Singleton, was shot to death at the Ironto rest stop
two weeks ago. Candidate Dolan says he would want to hear ideas from state
police on better security measures.
Dolan says he's doubtful that privatizing the rest areas, as republican
Jerry Kilgore has suggested, would be a viable solution.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
An apparent ideological split among Campbell County Republicans has cost the
party its leading candidate to replace Delegate Joyce Crouch.
One month after he indicated he might run, Lynchburg optometrist Dr. Gary
St. Clair now says he WON'T.
St. Clair says it didn't appear a conservative faction in the party would
support his candidacy, and rather than split the party, he's dropping out.
Dry cleaner Ron Buchanan is the only Republican to officially announce his
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
it won't be the same high school this fall in Danville. We continue our series
"Raising the Bar: Virginia's Schools" with Teresa Hamilton's report on a new
approach to learning and teaching.
and from Richmond--it's just nuts,
what some folks are fighting about--
and some "squirrelly" Capitol Square residents are at the center of it all.
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Keeping kids motivated to learn is a challenge many parents and teachers
This fall, the Danville school system will try a new approach with its high
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom with part four of our series
"Raising the Bar-- Virginia's Schools".
Keith, teachers and administrators believe this new approach will pay off in
a number of ways-- higher test scores and a lower
absentee and drop out rate.
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The idea is to focus learning around a student's particular area of
IN Q=Frankly, boredom
SUPER=01-Andy Overstreet/Danville Schools Superintendent; :16
SUPER=01-Emily Heffner/Focus School Student; :46
SUPER=01-Sandra Turner/Focus School Student; 1:14
SUPER=01-Manchelle Gordon/Focus School Student; 1:27
SUPER=01-Maclyn Slack/Focus School Teacher; 1:36
OUT Q=for them.
((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT:FRANKLY, BOREDOM IS EPIDEMIC
IN HIGH SCHOOLS IN THIS COUNTRY.))
OUT Q=this country.
Superintendent Andy Overstreet speaks openly about students' lack of
Teachers struggle to keep teenagers motivated, but the school system's
absentee rate indicates something isn't working.
IN Q=We had
((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT:WE HAD OVER A HUNDRED
THOUSAND CUMULATIVE, A HUNDRED THOUSAND STUDENT ABSENTEE DAYS LAST YEAR, THAT'S
FOR A SCHOOL SYSTEM OF ROUGHLY EIGHT- THOUSAND STUDENTS. THAT'S OVER AN AVERAGE
OF 12- DAYS PER STUDENT, THAT'S NOT A GOOD WORK ETHIC. ))
OUT Q=work ethic.
Those figures, coupled with Danville's high drop out rate, convinced
Overstreet to consider changes.
Teachers and administrators have worked together to establish "focus
This fall-- a separate high school on a satellite campus will open-- where
the approach to teaching and learning will center on different themes.
IN Q=The school
((EMILY HEFFNER/FOCUS SCHOOL STUDENT:THE SCHOOL I'M GOING TO IS GOING TO HAVE
LOTS OF ADVANCED CLASSES AND IT'S JUST GOING TO MAINLY GO INTO THE OLD
FASHIONED THINGS SUCH AS LITERATURE AND THINGS SUCH AS THAT.))
OUT Q=as that.
Emily's Focus school is one of FOUR programs being offered.
Other choices include--a business-oriented curriculum.
There's also a "Global Village School" where classes will take on an
Sandra Turner chose the "Arts and Technology" focus program.
IN Q=When we
((SANDRA TURNER/FOCUS SCHOOL STUDENT:WHEN WE WENT TO A MEETING ABOUT IT, THEY
SAID THAT WE WOULD BE GOING ON THE INTERNET AND TALKING PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE
WORLD, LIKE IN SPANISH CLASS, WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO TALK TO PEOPLE IN SPAIN AN
THAT REALLY GOT MY EYE. ))
OUT Q=got my eye.
Smaller class size is another thing that sparked the students' interest.
IN Q=That way
((MANCHELLE GORDON/FOCUS SCHOOL STUDENT:THAT WAY THE TEACHER IS MORE ATTENTIVE
TO ONE STUDENT, AND IF YOU HAVE INDIVIDUAL QUESTION YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET YOUR
QUESTIONS ANSWERED. ))
((MACLYN SLACK/FOCUS SCHOOL TEACHER: WE'LL GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER, THE
STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE SAME TEACHERS FROM YEAR TO YEAR AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO
KNOW WHAT OUR STUDENTS NEED SPECIFICALLY AND WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THEM. ))
OUT Q=for them.
GW is of course, the main Danville high school, and the students enrolled in
the Focus Schools will be able to participate in extra- curricular activities
there, such as sports.
So Focus Schools are one way to get students tuned in.
The lure of cyberspace is another.
Double Boxes=Teresa and Ellen/Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in Richmond with a preview.
Teresa, we asked some educators what's THE most exciting thing going on
Virginia schools right now.
They say setting new goals for 21st century learning on computers, CD-rom
libraries, and the Internet.
That's the final segment of our "Raising the Bar" series.
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IN Q=I would
((ASHLEY BROWN/PETERSBURG 5TH GRADER: I WOULD LIKE TO GET ON THE INTERNET TO
SEE--TO PULL UP INFORMATION ON OTHER THINGS INSTEAD OF ALWAYS USING THE
ENCYCLOPEDIA. BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER OF MY OWN.))
SUPER=01-Ashley Brown/Petersburg 5th grader;
OUT Q=of my own.
Some Virginia students are full speed ahead on the information superhighway.
And some don't yet have a computer in their classroom because they don't
even have air conditioning.
But there's real excitement about computers in the classroom NO matter where
you are in this state.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave
That's coming up tomorrow night on NEWS 7 at SIX.
They got their faces painted, they watched a helicopter take off and, best
of all, they got the day off from school.
That was the reward for 900 fifth grade students in Bedford County who have
completed 17 weeks of DARE training in their schools.
The county's law enforcement and emergency personnel put on an open house of
sorts at Liberty Lake Park.
IN Q=We don't only
((DEPUTY JAMIE WATSON/BEDFORD CO. DARE OFFICER: WE DON'T ONLY WANT TO FOCUS ON
LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE SCHOOLS. THEY'RE FAMILIAR WITH US, THEY FEEL A LOT MORE
COMFORTABLE COMING TO US WITH THINGS NOW. BUT WE ALSO WANT THEM TO UNDERSTAND
THAT STAYING DRUG- FREE AND ALCOHOL FREE THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY PUT THEIR
MINDS TO AND THIS GIVES THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HANDS ON WHAT THEY CAN BE
SUPER=01-Deputy Jamie Watson/Bedford Co. DARE Officer; :00
OUT Q=can be involved in.
For the future NASCAR drivers in the crowd, Dale Earnhardt's Number 3 car
also was on display.
A 47 point gain pushed the Dow to a record close today--73 hundred 34.
NASDAQ climbed 18 points.
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Governor George Allen's NOT a member -- but he's endorsed an exclusive
country club in Richmond.
And the controversy's got Capitol Square going nuts.
The club is, after all, for squirrels.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=We can all
SUPER=01-Don Williams/Dept. of General Services; :22
SUPER=01-Judy Lipscomb/Squirrel Observer; :31
SUPER=01-Linda Taylor/Squirrel Observer; :38
SUPER=29-State Worker; :54
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( We can all understand.
After a big meal, you really need something to wash it all down with.
But for the squirrels of Capitol Square, the newly renovated fountain
became a daunting death trap.
Until... Department of General Services workers stepped in with a solution
-- a creative solution.
In fact, what they named the Squirrel Country Club was a little TOO creative
for their boss.
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((DON WILLIAMS/GENERAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: I'D SAY THAT MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
PAUSING BY THE FOUNTAIN AND PAYING ATTENTION THAN THEY HAVE IN THE PAST.))
SOT TAPE ONE 03:00:16
((JUDY LIPSCOMB/SQUIRREL OBSERVER: IF WE DIDN'T DO IT, I GUESS WE'D EITHER A)
COME OUT HERE AND SEE A BUNCH OF DEAD SQUIRRELS FLOATING IN THE WATER, OR B)
THE NEXT THING IS WE'D CUT THE WATER OFF.))
((LINDA TAYLOR/SQUIRREL OBSERVER: I MEAN THE WILDLIFE DOWN HERE IS FINE. AND
LIKE I WAS JUST TELLING YOU A WHILE AGO, I'VE EATEN SQUIRREL. BUT I SHOOT 'EM
DURING HUNTING SEASON.))
So in the midst of the public scrutiny, the administration got a little
We were barred from talking to the workers who designed it on camera...so
we're protecting one's identity.
((STATE WORKER: THEY TOLD US TO TAKE IT UP AND PUT THE ROCKS DOWN AND
EVERYBODY COME BY AND I SAID "WELL YOU BETTER LOOK AT IT GOOD BECAUSE IT'S
GONE." AND THEY SAID "WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT'S GONE? AND I SAID "I'VE BEEN TOLD
TO TAKE IT UP." "YOU CAN'T TAKE IT UP. THAT THING IS CUTE.))
So in stepped Governor George Allen -- to fight for exclusive country club.
And his agency head's tone changed.
((DON WILLIAMS/GENERAL SERVICES DIRECTOR: IT WAS MADE SOMEWHAT HASTILY BY THE
FOLKS. BUT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA. WE INTEND ON KEEPING IT THERE.))
Along with the 300 dollar rock apron Williams approved.
The original country club was free... made from scrap wood.
The squirrels must be hoping the controversy fades into the background so
they can back to the nuts ...and bolts... of squirrel business.
Ellen Qualls, News 7 Richmond.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, the NBA turns up the Heat on the fighters,
Reggie Miller's house burns to the ground, Jeff Gordon gets prehistoric for the
and Roy Stanley checks in from the Homestead where golfers are walking softly
and carrying a big stick this week.
The Miami Heat and New York Knicks series was billed as the brawl on
It took the two teams five games to live up to that billing.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/TNT; :00
Late in the game, watch the Heat's P.J.Brown and the bottom of the screen,
flip Charlie Ward out of bounds with a flagrant foul.
Both benches emptied and tonight the league has suspended a total of six
The Heat's Brown has been kicked out for two games, which means the rest of
The Knicks lose five players for one game. Pat Ewing, Charlie Ward, Allan
Houston, Larry Johnson and John Starks were all suspended for one game.
Since NBA rules require teams to dress nine players for playoff games, only
three Knicks will sit out game six tomorrow, Ward, Ewing and Houston.
The Knicks-Heat controversy is nothing compared to the tragedy involving
Reggie Miller tonight.
The Indiana Pacers' star was called to his home today after authorities
discovered a massive fire at his mansion along this lake in Fishers, Indiana.
Miller and his wife were renovating the home and were not in the house at
the time of the fire.
When Miller arrived 70 percent of the house was already destroyed.
The NCAA east regional golf championships opened today at the Cascades
course in Hot Springs, but one thing missing was the sound of clicking spikes
around the clubhouse.
Roy Stanley tells us how the NCAA has gone soft.
IN Q="For over....
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00
SUPER=01-Wayne Nooe/Homestead Director of Golf; :11
SUPER=01-Jay Hardwick/Virginia Tech Golf Coach; :53
SUPER=01-Mike Morayhan/Virginia Golf Coach; 1:10
SUPER=01-John Rollins/VCU Golfer; 1:29
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((For over a year now, College players have been using the soft spikes.
And They're attracting a lot of attention at private and public golf
((WAYNE NOOE/:HOMESTEAD DIRECTOR OF GOLF: ))
((NAT SOT: ))
((120 golfers are competing in the N-C-Double-A East Regional at the Cascades
course in Hot Springs.
That much traffic on the greens makes them pretty rough for the afternoon
The purpose of the soft Spike rule is to keep the greens as smooth in the
afternoon as they are in the morning rounds.))
((JAY HARDWICK/VIRGINIA TECH GOLF COACH: ))
((MIKE MORAYHAN/VIRGINIA GOLF COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((JOHN ROLLINS/VCU GOLFER: ))
((V-C-U is one of 23 teams competing in the East Regional this weekend.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Closer to home, Northside Golfer Josh Mattox is the winner of the 1997 Don
Mattox, captain of the Viking golf team, was all Region three and second
He also has a 3 point 29 grade point average that puts him 36-th out of 255
Mattox will continue his education at Roanoke College.
IN Q="I just new
((JOSHUA MATTOX/DON HOLLIDAY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: ))
((JERRY ENGLISH/DON HOLLIDAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS: ))
SUPER=01-Joshua Mattox/Don Holliday Scholarship Recipient; :00
SUPER=01-Jerry English/Don Holliday Board of Directors; :
OUT Q=.......LOOK FOR."
The Winston all-star race will hold qualifying tomorrow night under the
lights at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
This afternoon, Jeff Gordon unveiled his new car for the race.
It's painted up to promote the new Jurassic Park movie and theme park ride.
IN Q="You know...
((JEFF GORDON/DUPONT CHEVY
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/DuPont Chevy Driver; :00
OUT Q=...HERE FIRST."
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