It's back to the pay-raise drawing board.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Mayor Bowers wants to delay the final vote, recognizing suspicions about
councilmembers giving themselves a raise.
And Advance Auto takes itself off the market.
Tonight in sports, area businesses flex their muscles for charity on the city
They are ready to qualify tonight at the Charlotte Motor Speedway,
and Tiger Woods blisters the course in Irving today shooting a 64 in the
second round of the Byron Nelson Classic to take the clubhouse lead.
Hey there weekend warriors, the forecast looks pretty good, especially on
Sunday. The warmer numbers are just ahead.
The mayor of Roanoke still maintains he deserves a 28-percent pay hike.
But public complaints are prompting David Bowers to delay the final vote on
salary increases until June second.
City council members gave themselves an extra 2-thousand-dollars a year when
they approved the Mayor's raise earlier this week.
Bowers thinks City Council should be getting even more.
IN Q=What if any
((WHAT IF ANY IS AN APPROPRIATE PAY FOR THE MAYOR, COUNCIL, TOP ADMINISTRATORS?
ROANOKERS HESITATE TO PAY FOR A CADILLAC BUT WE DON'T RUN A NICKLE-AND- DIME
OPERATION EITHER. ))
SUPER=07-Mayor David Bowers;
OUT Q=operation either.
Wildwood Civic League President Roy Stroop says this is the best city
council he's seen. But Stroop says he's heard nothing good about the pay
IN Q=I told them
((I TOLD THEM THEY PROBABLY OUGHT TO APPOINT A COMMISSION OR SOMETHING TO STUDY
THE COUNCIL AND LOOK AT THE JOB THEY DO AND THEN MAYBE HANDLE IT SOME OTHER WAY
RATHER THAN GIVING THEMSELVES A RAISE.))
SUPER=01-Roy Stroop/Wildwood Civic League President;
OUT Q=a raise
The Virginia Police Benevolent Association will stage a rally Monday night
protesting the raises.
Mayor Bowers says he welcomes public comment on the matter.
Pay raises are also in the works for members of the Montgomery County board
of supervisors and Pulaski County school board members.
The Pulaski board voted itself a raise for the first time since 1984,
doubling members' pay from 900 to 18- hundred dollars a year.
Montgomery supervisors voted to increase THEIR pay to nine thousand dollars
a year, a 30- percent jump.
Montgomery's compensation will be the maximum the state allows for a county
of its size.
One of the Roanoke Valley's most successful home grown companies will stay
put--at least for now.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave
Len Besthoff reports Advance Auto Stores is taking itself off the market.
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IN Q=I'm just
SUPER=01-George Foster/Advance Auto Customer; :00
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OUT Q=that way
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His former position as an executive with American Tobacco Company may pull
Republican lieutenant governor candidate John Hager into the tobacco legal
An attorney in a Pennsylvania tobacco lawsuit says he may subpoena Hager.
Hager says it's political exploitation -- and that he has NO comment on the
health dangers of nicotine.
IN Q=As I say
((AS I SAY I'VE BEEN RETIRED FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS. I'M NOT A SCIENTIST. I
DON'T FEEL PARTICULARLY QUALIFIED TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.))
OUT Q=that question.
Hager was head of Research and Development for American Tobacco in the
Officials at the Danville city jail say an inmate
hanged himself from the bars of his cell with a boot lace.
33-year-old Curtis Arthur Logan was found dead early
Wednesday morning by an officer delivering breakfast to inmates.
Logan had been in jail since March for failing to pay child
Major Leslie Coleman said Logan was last seen alive about
45 minutes before his body was found.
A watershed day for the Lake Gaston project.
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Construction crews laid in the last section of the 76-mile pipeline this
But it's not ready to start carrying water just yet.
Testing will begin in August, and the pipeline could be bringing water to
Virginia Beach by December.
Legal disputes between Virginia and North Carolina delayed work on the
project for years.
But engineers say the project will be finished under budget and ahead of
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
coming up with a photo I-D when you want to cash a check is not enough at some
area banks. They want you to leave your imprint.
and Ellen Qualls concludes our series "Raising the Bar: Virginia's Schools"
with a look at new ways computers are being used in the classroom.
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Roanoke's William Fleming High School has one computer for every two
In Petersburg, there's one computer for every 20 students.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with a look at the state of
computer learning in Virginia.
Keith, the political promise of a computer in every classroom is like the
chicken in every pot of past political rhetoric.
But if you visit a Virginia classroom to see how they're being used, you'll
be as amazed.
**TAKE FULLSCREEN LIVE Raising the Bar**
The promise of computer technology is our final chapter in "Raising the Bar:
IN Q=This is
SUPER=01-Ashley Brown/Petersburg 5th Grader; :02
SUPER=01-Wallace Saval/Peterburg Public Schools; :37
SUPER=01-Ida Hill/Assistant State Superintendent; :44
SUPER=01-Twyla Smith/Petersburg 5th Grader; :58
SUPER=01-Sherri Spivey/Henrico Co. Teacher; 1:19
SUPER=01-Jacob Mitchell/Henrico 4th Grader; 1:47
OUT Q=own brain.
(( This is NOT your father's classroom.
nat sot "i have a dream"
sot P-BURG TWO 11:19:33
((ASHLEY BROWN/PETERSBURG 5TH GRADER: IT HAS A VOICE. IT HAS A TAPE OF WHAT
HE DID. AND THEN I TYPED A REPORT OF WHAT I THOUGHT OF HIM.))
Ashley Brown knows what a CD-ROM can do for her...but-
sot P-BURG TWO 11:18:53
((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
sot P-BURG ONE 10:36:00
((WALLACE SAVAL/PETERSBURG PUBLIC SCHOOLS: LET ME BE VERY CANDID WITH YOU.
WE'RE A POOR SCHOOL DIVISION.))
Petersburg has only one computer per one hundred children with access to the
And most are in libraries, where children use them for just minutes a week.
But even the oldest computers are like teachers the school could never
sot P-BURG TWO 10:48:09
((WALLACE SAVAL/PETERSBURG PUBLIC SCHOOLS: YOUR SELF-ESTEEM IS NOT AT-RISK. I
MEAN THE MACHINE'S NOT GONNA CALL YOU A DUMBBELL OR ANYTHING OR SAY THAT YOU'RE
sot tape one 03:12:15
((IDA HILL/ASSISTANT STATE SUPERINTENDENT: THE ABSENTEE RATE GOES DOWN. THERE
ARE SOMETIMES FEWER DROPOUTS BECAUSE OF ACCESS TO THE COMPUTERS.))
Access to software, to CDs, to closed networks, okay.
But there's debate over the Internet.
sot P-BURG TWO 11:16:03
((TWYLA SMITH/PETERSBURG 5TH GRADER: MY MOM THINKS SOMETHING BAD IS GONNA
HAPPEN TO ME AND STUFF. BUT WE MIGHT GET THE INTERNET AT HOME.))
sot P-BURG TWO 10:51:36
((WALLACE SAVAL/PETERSBURG PUBLIC SCHOOLS: YOU GOTTA HAVE THE INTERNET. THERE
ARE NO BOOKS IN THIS LIBRARY THAT ARE THE EQUAL TO WHAT IS AVAILABLE ON THE
INTERNET. BECAUSE THE WHOLE WORLD IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET.))
Henrico teacher Sherri Spivey has five computers in her classroom-- and one
sot SHORT PUMP TWO 35:30
((SHERRI SPIVEY/HENRICO CO. TEACHER: THIS PICTURE OF A RAINFOREST FROG
APPEARED. AND THIS BIOLOGIST HAD BEEN PART OF A TEAM THAT DISCOVERED A
PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN SPECIES OF A FROG. AND IT CAME, AND THEN I BROUGHT THAT TO
SCHOOL. I PRINTED IT OFF. AND I SAID "THIS PICTURE HERE DIDN'T COME FROM A
BOOK, I GOT IT THROUGH MY COMPUTER."))
sot TAPE ONE 03:26:59
((IDA HILL/ASSISTANT STATE SUPERINTENDENT: TEACHERS ALL OVER THE STATE ARE
ASKING FOR MORE TRAINING. BECAUSE THEY'RE FINDING IN MANY INSTANCES THAT
STUDENTS ARE MOVING AHEAD OF THEM.))
sot SHORT PUMP TWO 20:14
((JACOB MITCHELL: WHEN I SIT AT MY DESK I DON'T HAVE A KEYBOARD TO TYPE ON. I
HAVE TO USE MY PENCIL TO DO STUFF. AND I DON'T HAVE A BRAIN IN FRONT OF ME. I
HAVE TO USE MY OWN BRAIN.))
Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave
The General Assembly has allocated 100 million dollars to upgrade school
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave
The irony, Keith, is that the poorest schools have to spend the money to
rewire old schools ...and the richer divisions have new schools, with wires in
the walls, so they can spend it on more computers.
But wherever you go, kids are excited-- and that makes the work of education
a lot easier.
Some local customers are giving a thumbs-down to local banks asking for
their finger prints.
The program is meant to stamp-out check fraud. At First Union, customers
who don't have checking accounts are required to give a thumb-print in order to
One customer said the process made him feel like a "common criminal."
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IN Q=We certainly don't
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER; WE CERTAINLY DON'T MEAN TO GIVE THAT
IMPRESSION TO CUSTOMERS. ALL WE'RE ASKING IS IF THE CUSTOMER DOESN'T HAVE ANY
SORT OF DEPOSIT RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR INSTITUTION WE ASK THEM TO PROVIDE A
PHOTO ID AND ALSO TO PROVIDE A THUMB-PRINT. IF THE CUSTOMER DOES HAVE A
DEPOSIT-RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR BANK IT'S JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL.))
SUPER=01-Ty Smith/First Union Branch Manager;
OUT Q=business as usual
Thumb-prints go on the back of each check, and are not kept on file.
Nationally, banks lose about 800 million dollars annually due to check
fraud-- almost ten times as much as in bank robberies.
The program has been underway for about a month at this First Union.
And, so far Smith said it's helped discourage non-customers from coming back.
First Union also has the program in its Maryland and Washington D.C.
branches. Other banks in the Roanoke area are expected to follow suit.
Stocks took a tumble today amid concerns about inflation and interest rates.
The Dow plunged 139 points, finishing the week at 71 hundred 95.
NASDAQ lost 13 points.
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The town of Dublin unveiled the centerpiece to its Town Center Project.
Officials dedicated the new Town Hall this morning.
The building is almost paid for because of revenue from the industrial park
and a donation from Burlington Industries.
The new hall is the first building to be completed in the town center
The town had outgrown the old hall years ago.
IN Q=SO THIS BUILDING
((GARY ELANDER/TOWN MANAGER: SO THIS BUILDING HERE WILL NOT ONLY SERVE THE
TOWN OF DUBLIN BUT THE COUNTY HAS TAKEN SPACE IN THIS BUILDING ALSO. AND FOR
THE FIRST TIME WE WILL BE ABLE TO SERVE NOT JUST TOWN RESIDENTS BUT COUNTY
RESIDENTS ALSO BY ACCEPTING WATER BILLS AND COUNTY TAX PAYMENTS.))
SUPER=01-Gary Elander/Town Manager;
OUT Q=AND COUNTY TAX PAYMENTS
Town officials say the nine lot town center will also include a new post
office, a shopping center and restaurant.
The dedication festivities continue tonight with live music and fireworks.
Virginia officially dedicated her new state library today.
The 43- million dollar library has been open to the public since January.
But a two-day gala celebration culminated today with poetry.
IN Q=So I read
((RITA DOVE/FORMER U.S. POET LAUREATE: SO I READ "GONE WITH THE WIND" BECAUSE
IT WAS BIG. AND HAIKU BECAUSE THEY WERE SMALL. I STUDIED HISTORY FOR ITS
RHAPSODY OF DATES, LINGERED OVER CUBIST ART FOR THE WAY IT SHOWED ALL SIDES OF
A GUITAR AT ONCE.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS DEDICATION IS FOR THE TAXPAYERS, THE HARDWORKING
PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. THIS IS YOUR LIBRARY.))
SUPER=01-Rita Dove/Former U.S. Poet Laureate; :00
OUT Q=your library.
The state of the art library houses 83- million objects of Virginia history.
Tonight in sports everything from a Tiger on prowl to Earnhardt on the
Plus, NCAA tennis at W&L and women's pro golf in Bedford County.
And, grab on to a rope it's time to tug for tots in downtown roanoke.
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The lights will be on tonight at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as 20 Winston
Cup teams go through qualifying for tomorrow night's Winston all-star race.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
This afternoon the teams got in some practice on the one and a half mile
Jeff Gordon will have a Jurassic Park car and Dale Earnhardt a Wheaties
Both will be orange, something that could have it's advantages.
IN Q="We ...
((DALE EARNHARDT/WHEATIES CHEVY DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Wheaties Chevy Driver; :00
OUT Q=...STONE AGE WITH HIM."
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the greatest move ever in the
Winston. The "Pass in the Grass" as Earnhardt beat Bill Elliott in 1987.
IN Q="YOU KNOW...
OUT Q=...CONTROVERSIAL RACE."
His brief sabbatical from the PGA tour has definitely NOT hurt Tiger
Woods. The Masters champion is tied for the lead in the the Byron Nelson
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/Today; :00
Today in the second round of the Byron Nelson from Irving, Texas Woods
fired a second consecutive 6 under 64. His 12 under par total ties him with Lee
Rinker for the lead. Players are still on the course but none of them can catch
Chip Sullivan shot a 2 under 68 for the day and is at 2 under for the
tournament. It looks as though Chip will make the cut--he is 59th overall right
GRAPHIC=Futures Central Fidelity Classic
Closer to home, the Futures tour has invaded Bedford County for the 2nd
straight spring, as the Central Fidelity Classic got underway this morning.
One hundred fifteen former, current, and aspiring LPGA stars teed it up
for today's opening round of the 50 thousand dollar event.
The par 72 course played a little longer than normal today due to some
fairly windy conditions. A mild weekend could mean low scores and heated
competition for the 75 hundred dollar first prize.
IN Q="The golf fans...
SUPER=01-Eloise Trainor/Tournament Director;
OUT Q=...tournament on."
Tickets are 5 dollars for the event with proceeds benefitting Habitat for
10 area businesses kicked in $1000 a piece today to help improve the health
care for needy children in the Roanoke Valley today.
CHIP, the Child Health Investment Partnership, which helps more than 1000
area children under the age of six each year,
Held it's first annual "Tug for Tots" this afternoon at the First Union
The 10 member team from American Electric power won the competition with a
IN Q="It's a very...
((TERRY MCMAHAN/AEP TEAM COACH:))
SUPER=01-Terry McMahan/AEP Team Coach; :00
OUT Q=...TO PARTICIPATE."
CHIP had blocked out the lunch hour on the market for the event, but the
whole thing lasted less than 30 minutes.
IN Q="The only...
((LUCY WALTON/CHIP SPECIAL EVENTS CHAIRMAN:))
SUPER=01-Lucy Walton/CHIP Special Events Chairman; :00
OUT Q=...REALLY WELL."
Dr. Douglas Pierce sees hundreds of children every week, who'se parents are
able to pay for good health care.
But 10 years ago he founded CHIP to help those who cannot.
IN Q="iT'S HERE...
((DR. DOUGLAS PIERCE/CHIP FOUNDER:))
SUPER=01-Dr. Douglas Pierce/CHIP Founder; :00
OUT Q=...WE'VE HAD."
For the third time in the seven years, the N-C-A-A division three Tennis
championship is being held at Washington and lee.
The last time the generals hosted the tournament was 1988 the same year W &
L beat Santa Cruz to capture the national title.
The Generals staff began preparing for this years event over a year ago and
past experience and support from the community has aided in getting ready for
the six day event.
IN Q=First audio
((GARY FRANKE/W & L TENNIS COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Gary Franke/W & L Tennis Coach; :
OUT Q=...........of that."
Game six in the eastern conference finals tonight in the NBA will find the
New York Knicks without Patrick Ewing and Allan Houston, afterall.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Wednesday Night; :00
Five Knicks and the Miami Heat's P.J. Brown were suspended by the league
yesterday for their parts in Wednesday night's bench clearing brawl in game
The Player's union appealed the suspension today, but a judge refused to make
a ruling, meaning the suspensions remain in effect.
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