U-V-A officials continue to investigate what caused a balcony collapse
yesterday killing one person.
And a former Bristol state delegate accused of molesting a teen-age boy is
recovering from a gunshot wound.
After near record highs today, we'll enjoy somewhat cooler temperatures and
a very pleasant weather pattern. Stay tuned for the forecast, plus a recap of
Tiger Woods most recent victory.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
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Proposed pay raises for Roanoke city council members are prompting more
They've already heard from the public. This time it's the police who are
demonstrating outside city hall.
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Kimberly McBroom joins us now from downtown Roanoke.
Kimberly, why are local police officers so upset about city council making
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(Rollcue:not for profit )
IN Q=they are citizens
SUPER=01-Ron Ratcliffe/Police Benevolent Association;
SUPER=01-Ronald Cassell/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=to protest
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(What is the association asking for?)
University of Virginia officials say they plan a review of balconies on
buildings on the Lawn following a
deadly accident yesterday.
A second-floor balcony collapsed fifteen minutes before graduation
ceremonies on the University's central lawn.
One person was killed and 18 others injured.
U-V-A officials say the balcony was not overcrowded, and the collapse was
likely due to the failure of a structural support.
((LEONARD SANDRIDGE/UVA VICE PRESIDENT;THE CONNECTION ON THE RIGHT
FRONT GAVE WAY AND COLLAPSED...THE INITIAL
FAILURE IS ON THE FRONT OF THE BALCONY. ))
SUPER=01-Leonard Sandridge/UVa Vice President;
OUT Q=of the balcony.
Five of the other buildings on the central lawn have balconies with the same
design as the one that collapsed.
A former Virginia state delegate is in the hospital after being shot.
Police say two masked men poured gasoline on John Brown's front lawn and set
it on fire early yesterday morning.
When Brown stepped outside to investigate, one of the men apparently pulled
out a gun and fired twice.
Brown is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.
Last year, Brown was accused of molesting a teenage boy.
The wife of NASCAR team owner Leonard Wood was one of three people killed in
a multiple car accident Saturday night.
Wood owns the Stuart based 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.
His daughter Beth Witt is hospitalized in satisfactory condition and his
granddaughter Carlin is critical.
Both suffered internal injuries.
Southwest Virginia textile industrialist Glenn Thornhill Senior died
Thornhill became well known in the textile industry through ownership of
several family businesses, including the Maid Bess Garment Company, and his
involvement with the Donnkenny
Thornhill was 87.
A Henry County man has been charged with stabbing a neighbor to death with a
56- year- old Arlen Wayne Hollandsworth was arrested Saturday night at his
The sheriff's office says Hollandsworth got the idea that the victim, Fenton
Joel Price, was having an affair with his wife.
Hollandsworth stabbed Price in the chest.
Officials say Hollandsworth has a history of mental problems and was on
The nation's first female bomber pilot says she'll walk away from the Air
Force, in exchange she wants an honorable discharge.
Lieutenant Kelly Flinn formally submits her offer today, one day before her
court- martial begins on charges of adultery and lying.
((REPORTER:WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY COME BACK AND OFFER YOU A GENERAL DISCHARGE.
FLINN: THEN WE'LL PROCEED TO COURT MARTIAL.
REPORTER:YOU'LL TAKE YOUR CHANCES.
REPORTER:THIS IS NOT THE WAY YOU WANTED THINGS?
FLINN:THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT CHOICES I'VE EVER HAD TO MAKE. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kelly Flinn/U.S. Air Force;
OUT Q=had to make.
No one in the Air Force who has faced a court-martial in the
past three years has been given an honorable discharge.
Defense Secretary William Cohen releases a major review of U-S military
strategy today that includes more base closings.
The Pentagon's plans also call for more troop reductions and the continued
ability to fight two major wars at the same time.
It's an anniversary not too many want to remember OR are able to forget.
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND;
One month ago yesterday the Red River engulfed Grand Forks, North Dakota and
East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Meantime, the person dubbed the Angel to flood victims has been identified.
Last month an anonymous donor gave 15 million dollars to the two cities,
that amounted to about two-thousand dollars per family.
It turns out the mysterious donor is Joan Kroc, the heiress to the
It's time for America to re-learn its A-B-C's.
SUPER=04-Va. Commonwealth University;
Law enforcement officials and national, state and local governments kick
offed Operation A-B-C today, to increase child seat belt and safety seat use.
"A" is for air bag safety, "B"is for buckle everyone and "C" for children
Statistics from 19-95, show that up to 70 percent of children killed in car
crashes were not buckled up.
They're cleaning up at Hollins College today after graduation ceremonies
As the school year closes, college officials are discussing some changes...
a new name, and possibly more men.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=Before Pomp and Circumstance
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Janet Rasmussen/Hollins College President; :12
SUPER=01-Victoria Kennedy/Commencement Speaker; 1:06
OUT Q=News 7
(( 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.
IN Q=ADMITTING MEN AS
((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.))
OUT Q=THE BROADER COMMUNITY
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.
IN Q=BUT MANY BATTLES
((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.))
OUT Q=AND OUR VOICES HEARD.
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.))
It was a shootout in Roanoke County yesterday...all in the name of history.
Participants in the 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.
IN Q=we have meetings
((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.
IN Q=it's a part of
((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.))
OUT Q=culture is important
The Roanoke County Parks and Recreation sponsored and helped organize the
He may not be in Hollywood, but one Eagle Rock sure knows the tools of the
Although you may not have seen his face, he did have a role in last night's
C-B-S movie, "True Women."
Scott Prince has more on the story.
IN Q=It's not
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Riddle/Mountainman Woodshop; :14
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
IN Q=As far
((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. ))
OUT Q=made forks
... 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.
IN Q=So fortunately
((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. ))
OUT Q=kind of thing
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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.
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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.))
If you missed Part 1 of "True Women", you still have a chance to see some
of Kevin Riddle's work in action.
Part 2 airs Tuesday night at 9 right here on your Hometown Station.
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In this week's edition of common sense-
Weathering the ups and downs of the market with mutual funds.
Here's Len Besthoff.
IN Q=A number
SUPER=01-Gary Collins/J.C. Bradford & Co.; :13
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
IN Q=A number
((A number of investors wonder what to do if the Wall Street goes into a
tailspin, also known as a protracted bear market? Well, Gary Collins with J-C
Bradford and Company here in Martinsville, has some answers.))
OUT Q=some answers.
IN Q=If you're
((GARY COLLINS/STOCKBROKER-J.C. BRADFORD & CO.: IF YOU'RE IN A GOOD, QUALITY
FUND, DON'T SELL JUST BECAUSE THE MARKET'S GOING DOWN. BUT IF YOU ARE, IF YOU
HAVE A TENDENCY TO SELL, OR WANT TO GET OUT OF THE MARKET, OBVIOUSLY A MONEY
MARKET IS ALWAYS YOUR BEST AND SAFEST HAVEN. THE NEXT WOULD BE PROBABLY
UTILITIES. BECAUSE UTILITIES YOU'RE GONNA BE GETTING A GOOD DIVIDEND INCOME, A
BALANCED INCOME, COMING IN ON A QUARTERLY BASIS. AT THE SAME TIME YOU MAY
WANNA LOOK AT SOME OTHER FUNDS, SOME CONSERVATIVE FUNDS, DRUG STOCKS ARE ALWAYS
A DEFENSIVE MODE. BECAUSE PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE DRUGS FOR PRESCRIPTIONS.
AT THE SAME TIME, FOOD AND BEVERAGE STOCKS, BECAUSE AGAIN PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS
GONNA HAVE TO HAVE THEIR DRINKS, THEY'RE GONNA HAVE TO EAT, SO ALONG THOSE LINE
YOU'LL BE MORE CONSERVATIVE IN NATURE.))
OUT Q=in nature.
IN Q=I'm Len
(( I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it
back to the newsdesk. ))
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The Utah Jazz should be ready to open the Western Conference finals today
in Salt Lake City against the Houston Rockets.
Jazz Forward Karl Malone is the N-B-A's Most Valuable Player, edging out
Michael Jordan by only 29 votes.
Malone entered the N-B-A record book this year by scoring over two-thousand
points for the tenth straight season as the Jazz won 64 games in the regular
season, second to Chicago's 69 wins.
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After trailing the series three games to one Miami turned on the Heat and
eliminated the New York Knicks.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/NBC Sports; :
New York immediately goes to Patrick Ewing on the alley oop jam and two of
his 37 points.
Miami's big man Alonzo Mourning hit his second three pointer of the series
as the Heat took a 20 to 6 lead in the first quarter.
But look at Tim Hardaway's work from the three point arc. He hit six of the
team's 11 as Miami increased its lead to 21 and the Heat wins it 101 to 90.
IN Q="You have to
((JEFF VAN GUNDY/KNICKS HEAD COACH: YOU HAVE TO COME INTO A GAME AND PLAY LIKE
THEY DID IN GAME SIX...TURN IT OVER NINE, TEN, ELEVEN TIMES. WE HAD TWENTY AND
A LOT OF THEM LED TO BASKETS FOR THEM AND THAT GOT US OFF TO A BAD START.))
((PAT RILEY/HEAT HEAD COACH: WE JUST HAD TO GET IT DONE AND WE GOT IT DONE AND
SO I FEEL VERY GOOD FOR OUR GUYS ESPECIALLY TIM AND THOSE WHO PLAYED BIG IN THE
LAST COUPLE OF GAMES, ESPECIALLY HARDAWAY IN THE THIRD QUARTER REALLY DID A
GREAT JOB. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Van Gundy/Knicks Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Pat Riley/Heat Head Coach; :13
OUT Q=..........great job."
The Heat advance to the Conference finals against the Bulls. Game one is
Tuesday night in Chicago.
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Playing in his first tournament since winning the Masters, Tiger Woods won
the Byron Nelson Classic and in doing so he tied the tournament record.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/ABC Sports; :
Lee Rinker took the lead from Woods on the seventh hole when he sank this
birdie putt to take a two shot lead.
But Woods rallied tieing Rinker with a birdie on the 12-th hole. He
finished yesterday's round with a two under par 68. And his total of 263, 17
under par was a tournament record and a two stroke win over Rinker.
Coming up on News 7 at Six and Eleven-- part one of Southeast Stories: One
In tonight's segment, we'll turn back the clock more than 40 years to the
And hear how the fortunes of two companies set the course that southeast
Roanoke has been travelling ever since.
IN Q=You see the Norfolk and Western
((CLAIRE WHITE/ROANOKE HISTORIAN: YOU SEE THE NORFOLK AND WESTERN WENT TO
DIESEL JUST ABOUT THE TIME THE VISCOSE CLOSED AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED
IN SOUTHEAST WERE IN EITHER ONE OR THE OTHER, SO THAT THEIR LIVELIHOOD WAS
TAKEN AWAY AT THAT POINT. THEY HAD TO START ALL OVER.))
SUPER=01-Claire White/Roanoke Historian;
OUT Q=start all over.
southeast stories promo-essc
Joe Dashiell looks at the history of southeast roanoke and where the
neighborhood is headed... tonight on News 7 at Six and Eleven.
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A typical trip down the aisle was not enough for one Pennsylvania couple.
SUPER=03-Conneaut Lake, PA; :
This bride and groom tied the knot on a roller coaster.
It seems fitting considering they met on a roller coaster in England.
The bride and groom said their "I do's" before taking their first official
ride as husband and wife on the Blue Streak coaster.