A Florida landmark collapses killing and injuring some workers.
And Mayor Bowers responds to criticism over his and council's salary raises.
Sunshine today, a slight chance of showers tomorrow. All of that in your
weekend forecast, as well as a look at Dogwood Anthracnose today on Growin' It.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
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The mayor of Roanoke is backing away from a controversial vote on his own
After a storm of public criticism, Mayor David Bowers says he wants to delay
the final vote until June 2nd.
But Bowers says he deserves a 28-percent pay hike.
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((WE DIDN'T MAKE A MISTAKE. THE MAYOR OF ROANOKE SHOULD BE PAID
23-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. THE COUNCIL SHOULD BE PAID AT LEAST, AT LEAST
16-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. OUR TOP ADMINISTRATORS SHOULD RECEIVE A 5-PERCENT PAY
OUT Q=pay raise
Bowers says a pay raise would keep his salary in step with city employees
and other Virginia cities.
He says he spends about 20 to 30 hours a week as mayor.
But Bowers says the system of city council approving their own pay raises is
suspicious and might need to be changed.
Bowers is welcoming public comment on the issue.
Disaster today at a demolition site in Miami.
SUPER=03-Miami Shores, FL;
Police say two workers were crushed to death while demolishing a Miami
They were part of the crew taking down the Biscayne Kennel Club, the
nation's second-oldest dog track.
Three other workers suffered minor injuries.
The nation's first female B-52 pilot may be able to avoid a court martial.
SUPER=03-Minot AFB/January 1995;
The Air Force says if Lieutenant Kelly Flinn offers to resign
before her trial, the service will consider it.
Flinn is charged with adultery, lying to superiors, fraternization, and
conduct unbecoming to an officer.
But so far Flinn appears reluctant to leave her military life behind.
((SECOND LT. KELLY FLINN/CBS EYE ON PEOPLE:I BELIEVE IN THE AIR FORCE AS AN
INSTITUTION. I BELIEVE IN EVERYTHING IT
STANDS FOR AND I CAN'T SEE MYSELF DOING ANYTHING ELSE. BECAUSE OF THIS WHOLE
MISUNDERSTANDING THAT HAS OCCURRED BETWEEN US - THERE'S NO REASON TO FORGET
WHERE MY ROOTS ARE AND WHERE I CAME FROM. ))
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Flinn's court martial is scheduled for next Tuesday.
After holding power for more than 30 years, the President of Zaire is giving
way to rebels.
Zaire's information minister says President Mobutu Sese Seko
(moh-BOO'-too SAY'-say SAY'-koh) has given up running the government and has
left the capital city.
There's speculation he'll now go into exile.
His departure could mean that Zaire's generals have struck a
deal to let the rebels enter the capital without a fight.
A comedian wanted in connection with a series of rapes on several college
campuses says he is 101 percent innocent.
Thirty-five- year- old Vinson Champ waived extradition during a court
appearance yesterday in New Jersey.
He was arrested earlier this week at Newark International Airport.
Authorities believe he is responsible for attacks on seven women in five
The comedian has been appearing on college campuses in several states.
A search is underway in Oklahoma for a missing eight- year- old girl.
SUPER=03-Midwest City, OK;
Police say it appears Kirsten Hatfield was abducted from her bedroom
sometime Tuesday night.
Investigators found blood spots on a window sill and on a six-foot-high
wooden backyard fence.
And they found a pair of Kirsten's underwear in the back yard.
Meantime, an Oklahoma mother is expected to be charged today with neglect and
abandonment for leaving her ten- year- old daughter home alone for four months.
Audrey Saylor was spotted yesterday in a Tulsa check cashing store.
Her daughter Ashton told deputies she was left in a trailer and turned to
puppy chow and dog biscuits after she ran out food.
Police are still searching for a man they say robbed a Wytheville bank
The robbery took place 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 suspect drove off in a
dark gray, four-door Mazda.
Police believe the car was last seen heading north on Interstate 81.
Some Virginia Commonwealth University students are planning a silent protest
during Governor Allen's speech tomorrow at commencement ceremonies.
The students are upset over what they see as Allen's attacks on higher
education and his refusal to seek federal Goals 2000 money for public schools
until pressured to do so by the General Assembly.
Allen aides say the governor is aware of the planned protest but will not
cancel his speech.
The students say they will wave handkerchiefs and turn their backs on Allen
during his speech.
A new program is trying to make driving easier on seniors, and get them a
discount on their car insurance.
"55 Alive" is a series of driving classes for people ages 50 and up, complete
with a diploma.
Seniors get a refresher course in driving do's and don'ts--a course some say
helps them stay up-to-speed with changing times.
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IN Q=There are many
((JOAN CHIDESTER/SENIOR DRIVER: THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT THEY BROUGHT OUT,
THINGS THAT WHEN I FIRST STARTED TO DRIVE WE DIDN'T DO. SO, WHEN I WENT
THROUGH THE BOOK I NOTICED A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE NEW TO ME.))
SUPER=01-Joan Chidester/Senior Driver;
OUT Q=new to me
Classes are offered nationwide and focus on common driver errors like
tuning-in the radio and tuning-out traffic noise-- especially sirens from
A contractor from Beckley, West Virginia will be in the drivers seat as
construction starts on the "smart road."
The state awarded a 17-million dollar contract yesterday to Vecellio
(veh-SILL-ee-oh) and Grogan of Fishersville, which they originally said was
from Augusta County.
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 of the Smart Road say more study is needed on the project's
State officials couldn't say when construction would start.
An unusual country club is causing a bit of a stir at the state Capital.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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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 the exclusive country
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.)) ))
She picked up top honors at the Grammies and the Country Music Awards, and
last night the 14- year- old country singer was in Salem.
IN Q=Buy one way
OUT Q=I don't know
Leann Rimes performed some of her latest hits for the local crowds.
Rimes shot up to the top of the country music scene with her multi-million
selling album "Blue."
But in spite of the sudden fame she says she'll have no problem maintaining
IN Q=I think
OUT Q=rest of forever
Rimes and her band have been touring for about a year with stops overseas in
Canada and Australia.
Dogwood Anthracnose is a prevalent and dangerous disease that has already
devastated much of the wild dogwood population, but you can protect the trees
in your yard.
Here's more on today's Growin' It.
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SUPER=01-Jay Stipes/Tree Care Expert; :36
OUT Q=Growin' It.
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Another company's corporate headquarters is moving to Lynchburg.
Three executives from Crown Cork and Seal of Philadelphia have bought a
packaging machinery business. The cost- 200-million dollars.
They'll call the new company Crown Simplimatic and run it out of the Hill
Crown Simplimatic has one thousand employees in nine plants, on six
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The Salem Avalanche put the Lynchburg Hillcats on ice last night in a
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats;
Tal Light jumps all over this Jason Johnson delivery in the 1st, sending it
over the wall in right center for a 1-zip Salem advantage.
The 'Lanche tried to keep rolling. John Clifford rips a shot into left, and
Ben Petric races around to score. 2-nothing Salem after 2.
Then in the 5th, Vincente Garcia grounds into the fielder's choice scoring
Elvis Pena to give Salem a 3 run lead and the Avalanche wins 4-to-nothing.
Wisconsin-Parkside, California, Pennsylvania, U-C Davis and Nebraska-Omaha
were the first round winners as the N-C-A-A Division Two softball championships
opened in Salem yesterday.
SUPER=03-Salem/Neb. Kearney vs. Neb. Omaha; :00
The Omaha win was the most dramatic of the day.
Down 1-to-nothing in the sixth, Nebraska-Omaha's Holly Voss, the All-American
senior, hits a massive two run homer to give her team a 2-to-1 win over the
Nebraska-Kearney Lady Lopers.
The event continues through Monday at the Moyer complex.
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In local soccer,
Giles and Glenvar battled it out for the Three Rivers district championship.
SUPER=03-Radford/Three Rivers Championship; :00
Giles won the regular season title and last night Neil Schmidt's team took a
2-to-1 lead into the second half.
But the Spartans main man, Robbie Claytor takes another corner kick from the
opposite side - hesitates and then pokes it in the left side with the left
footed kick. 3-1 Giles.
Then back to the other side, this time Claytor uses his head for the
final goal of the night as Giles adds the Three Rivers tournament title to its
regular season crown.
The regional tourney is next Saturday at George Wythe.
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They're TUGGING it out at downtown Roanoke's First Union Tower-- all to
benefit needy children.
Mike Stevens has details.
IN Q=Child Health
SUPER=01-Lucy Walton/CHIP Special Events Chairperson; :19
OUT Q=back to you guys
GRAPHIC=raising the bar
Coming up on NEWS 7 at six and eleven-- we continue our special
series..."Raising the Bar-- Virginia's Schools."
In tonight's installment, the bar for the late 19-90's is a computer in
every classroom and children surfing the libraries of the world.
But in Virginia, there are as always the haves... and the have- nots.
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IN Q=My mom
((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.))
SUPER=01-Twyla Smith/Petersburg 5th Grader; :00
SUPER=01-Wallace Saval/Petersburg Superintendent; :08
OUT Q=the Internet.
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Ellen Qualls takes a look at the classroom of tomorrow and how to get there
tonight on NEWS 7 at SIX and Eleven.
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There's an apartment complex in Los Angeles that has some unusual occupants
-- a litter of skunks.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :
And you would think the land lord would do something about the smelly
Well, she does. She has become the skunks surrogate mother.
In fact, she has cared for more than one hundred orphaned skunks.
And in all the time she has spent with them she has NEVER been sprayed.