Up next on News 7 at Six, one person is dead after a balcony collapse at the
University Of Virginia graduation ceremony.
And Hollins College is considering some changes.
The Heat and Knicks square off in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semi
finals the Mailman is the N-B-A's M-V-P.
And Jeff Gordon wins the Winston at the Charlotte Motor Speedway last night.
By 11 o'clock this morning, we had topped Saturday's high. The warmest
numbers in quite some time were posted today.
One person was killed when a balcony collapsed at the University of Virginia
It happened just as graduation was about to begin.
People on the balcony were reportedly trying to get a good view of the
ceremony, when one of the supports gave way.
One person died and 20 others were injured when the structure fell about 16
feet to a walkway below.
University officials say the balcony was NOT overloaded.
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((LEONARD SANDRIDGE/UNIVERSITY VICE PRESIDENT; THE NUMBER RANGED FROM 4 TO 10,
THOSE THAT HAVE COMMENTED ON THAT BELIEVE THAT IT IS IN THAT RANGE. SEVERAL OF
THE PEOPLE ON IT WERE INJURED, BUT SO WERE THOSE THAT WERE UNDERNEATH IT.))
SUPER=01-Leonard Sandridge/UVA Vice President;
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None of the people injured were graduates.
The graduation ceremony went on as scheduled.
Police are still investigating a car accident on alternate route 220 that
sent six people to the hospital last night.
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Worrell M. Delaney of Roanoke apparently ran a red light then struck another
car traveling along alternate route 220.
According to police beer bottles thrown from the truck were found at the
scene. Officials believe drunk-driving may have been a factor in the accident.
Another passenger in the truck and four people in the car suffered minor
They were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, treated and released.
Police are still investigating the accident and charges are pending against
the driver of the truck.
The initials E-M-S may not mean much to you unless you've been in a life
threatening situation and dialed 9-1-1.
Emergency Medical Services agencies are the ones who respond to those calls
Nationally this is E-M-S Week.
Officials at To the Rescue, the E-M-S museum in Tanglewood Mall, say this is
the time to commend all the men and women who make a difference in the lives of
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((ANDREE BROOKS/TO THE RESCUE EXEC. DIRECTOR: IT'S SUCH A VALUABLE SERVICE.
SOME OF THE METROPOLITAN AREAS HAVE CAREER PEOPLE WHO DO THIS SERVICE BUT IN
RURAL AREAS THEY WOULDN'T HAVE LIFE-SAVERS AT ALL IF IT WASN'T FOR
SUPER=01-Andree Brooks/To The Rescue Exec. Dir.;
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Roanoke residents started the first volunteer rescue squad in the nation in
Salem soon followed suit, then the trend spread to the rest of the nation.
E-M-S Week ends Saturday with a memorial service for those who died in the
line of duty and free tours of the rescue museum.
240 graduates received diplomas from Hollins college today.
And as they end the academic year, school officials are considering some
changes... a new name, and more men.
Denise Allen has more.
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SUPER=01-Janet Rasmussen/Hollins College Pres.; :12
SUPER=01-Victoria Kennedy/Commencement Speaker; 1:06
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(( Before Pomp and Circumstance played and the graduates took the stage, the
faculty and staff of Hollins College discussed the school's future.
These annual meetings prompt recommendations for changes.
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((JANET RASMUSSEN/HOLLINS COLLEGE PRESIDENT: ADMITTING MEN AS REGULAR DEGREE
SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES IS NOT AN OPTION RIGHT NOW THAT WE'RE BRINGING FORWARD
BUT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT WAYS WE CAN SERVE THE BROADER COMMUNITY.))
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That means trying to attract men and the community at large to weekend
seminars and other educational events.
Men are already admitted in advanced degree studies.
And to promote those curriculums the College is thinking about changing its
name to Hollins UNIVERSITY.
But these are all proposed recommendations that will be decided on this
Rasmussen says the things this graduation celebrates--the educational and
emotional growth of women--will never change.
Commencement speaker Victoria Kennedy, commended the school for fostering
the pioneering spirit in its students.
But the Washington attorney and wife of Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy
says gender inequalities still exist in the workplace.
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((VICTORIA KENNEDY/COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: BUT MANY BATTLES STILL REMAIN TO BE
FOUGHT AND WON. HAPPILY WOMEN HAVE THE POWER TO DO THAT. WE ARE MAKING OUR
VOTES COUNT AND OUR VOICES HEARD.))
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And these graduates say Hollins College has prepared them for any future
battles by instilling confidence
and they hope that's one lesson that's always taught at Hollins.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
it looks like area businesses are on a roll. A recap of the good news is
coming up in News 7's Business Review,
and history comes to life in Roanoke County today. More about this coming up
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A Civil War battle raged at Roanoke County's Green Hill Park this afternoon.
Participants in the annual living history event say they're trying to show
people what it was really like more than 130 years ago.
It takes a lot of work to wage a war.
Organizers must first study the battle they're trying to recreate.
Then the event is choreographed just like a big theatrical production.
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((BARRY SHEPPARD/RE-ENACTMENT ORGANIZER: WE HAVE MEETINGS BEFORE THE BATTLE
WHERE ALL THE OFFICERS GET TOGETHER AND WE TELL THEM EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT THEM
TO DO THEM THEY TAKE IT BACK TO THEIR MEN.))
SUPER=01-Barry Sheppard/Re-enactment Organizer;
OUT Q=to their men
The annual event has grown from 300 re-enactors to nearly 750 participants
Sheppard says that's because more people want to be aware of their history.
He says teaching the history will help people overcome their differences.
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((IT'S A PART OF EVERY AMERICAN'S HISTORY REGARDLESS OF THEIR COLOR. IT WAS
OUR HISTORY. IT'S WHAT MADE US AMERICANS BEFORE THAT WE WERE VIRGINIANS AND
NEW YORKERS. NOW WE'RE AMERICANS SO EVERYBODY'S CULTURE IS IMPORTANT.))
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The Roanoke County Parks and Recreation sponsored and helped organize the
A big boost for Buena Vista business, Lynchburg gains a corporate
headquarters and Roanoke keeps one.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
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Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((A joint agreement between the Rockbridge area's local governments and a
local employer will bring a new tenant into the old Blue Bird bus plant in
Des Champs Laboratories says because of this deal, within three years it may
have close to 400 people in the area making its air quality control systems.
Data Systems Consulting of Roanoke is also in an expansion mode.
It develops software for life insurance providers that's growing in
popularity, and now G-E Capital is investing three- million- dollars into the
The Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocohantas County West Virginia is investing
12- million- dollars into a big facelift.
A new chairlift, a renovated ski shop, upgraded snowmaking, lighted slopes,
and snow tubing courses are all in the works.
Another company now has its corporate headquarters in Lynchburg.
Three executives from Crown Cork and Seal of Philadelphia have bought out
its packaging machinery business and they're running it out of the Hill City.
Advance Auto of Roanoke, one of the nation's largest auto parts stores, put
the brakes on its plan to sell the company.
Advance said a sale would not serve its best interests at this time.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 25 points, the Nasdaq
Composite edged up 6.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Coming up next on News 7 at six,
an Eagle Rock man carves his way into Hollywood. We'll explain his role in the
movies coming up next.
Now here's the weekend stocks.
An Eagle Rock man is making quite a name for himself in the Hollywood movie
Although you may not have seen his face, he did have a role in tonight's CBS
movie, "True Women."
News 7 reporter Scott Prince has more on the story.
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SUPER=01-Kevin Riddle/Mountainman Woodshop; :14
SUPER=04-Courtesy: CBS; :33
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
((It's not exactly Sunset Boulevard... but it's the closest thing to it in
Eagle Rock resident Kevin Riddle is the newest "craftsman to the stars."
He makes wooden farm tools... and at the same time... he's CARVING his own
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((KEVIN RIDDLE/MOUNTAINMAN WOODSHOP: AS FAR AS I KNOW, I'M THE ONLY ONE LEFT IN
THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES THAT'S STILL MAKING HAND MADE FORKS. ))
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... and rakes and other assorted equipment.
Riddle got his so- called movie career started a few years ago... when he
secured a deal to produce farm tools for "Sommersby."
Now his work is being featured in the CBS miniseries "True Women"... and
similar endeavors are on the way.
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((RIDDLE: SO FORTUNATELY FOR ME, THE WORD HAS GOTTEN AROUND AND NOW THEY'RE
COMING TO ME CAUSE THEY KNOW I CAN DO THIS KIND OF THING. ))
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STAND UP 2:34:52
Even though the movie work is somewhat glamorous, it only accounts for 15-
percent of the sales here. The bread and butter is individual customers.
End Stand up
Riddle says he gets a number of orders from folks who use these tools as
And believe it or not, some customers actually put them to use... because of
their light weight and durability.
But Riddle admits that the growing number of movie contracts could
eventually change the focus of his business.
Meaning... his white oak creations might prove more lucrative with a little
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.
You can see some of Kevin Riddle's creations put to the test tonight in Part
1 of "True Women." It airs tonight at 9, right here on your Hometown Station.
And coming up, Highlights from Major League Baseball we'll talk with players
from the Valley's Premier Soccer team.
And Karl Malone is the N-B-A's Most Valuable Player.
On the eve of the Western Conference Finals, The Utah Jazz have another
reason to celebrate.
Jazz Forward Karl Malone is the N-B-A's Most Valuable Player.
Malone edged Chicago's Michael Jordan by 29 votes after picking up 63 first
place votes to Jordan's 52.
Malone entered the N-B-A record book this year by scoring over 2-thousand
points for the tenth straight season as the Jazz won 64 games in the regular
season, second to Chicago's 69 wins.
Meantime, Miami and New York squared off in the seventh game of the Eastern
And Miami won the game 101 to 90 to win the series 4 games to three.
The Heat will face the defending champion Chicago Bulls in the conference
Last night's Winston at the Charlotte Motor Speed wasn't quite as exciting
as some in the past.
But when the checkered flag dropped on the 10 laps shoot-out Jeff Gordon
was the winner of the event for the second time in three years.
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Gordon showed his strength in the first 30 lap segment of the race. He
came from the second to last position to finish third.
Gordon blew past Terry Labonte on the second lap of the 10 lap shootout and
he held off Terry's brother Bobby to win the Winston in a brand new car.
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((JEFF GORDON/WINS THE WINSTON: ))
((TERRY LABONTE/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Wins The Winston; :00
SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/Finished Second; :18
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Terry Labonte was third, Dale Earnhardt fourth and Jimmy Spencer fifth.
A four car accident last night killed three people including the wife of
Leonard Wood, the team owner of the Wood Brothers Citgo Racing team.
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The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a car crossed the median and ran into
a van carrying six members of the Wood Family.
Betty, Leonard's wife, was killed and her daughter and grandaughter were
injured in the crash but a spokesman for the Woods racing team said their
injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
Leonard was treated and released from the hospital this morning.
The Roanoke Wrath, the areas newest premier soccer team opens the season a
week from tomorrow at Victory Stadium against Johnson City.
Even though the Wrath was introduced to the media for the first time this
past Wednesday, the team has been working out for a couple of weeks.
((GRAYSON PRILLIMAN/ROANOKE WRATH PLAYER-COACH:))
((AARON EWERT/ROANOKE WRATH GOALIE:))
SUPER=01-Grayson Prilliman/Roanoke Wrath Player-Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Aaron Ewert/Roanoke Wrath Goalie; :23
OUT Q=...as well"
While the Wrath player will not be paid for playing, the athletes will
receive compensation from working soccer camps throughout the summer-- just
like last year. The hope is that the clinics will draw more fans to the games.
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((LANG WEDEMEYER/ROANOKE WRATH MIDFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Lang Wedemeyer/Roanoke Wrath Midfielder; :00
OUT Q=...respect factor"
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