Coming up next on News 7 at 6, a seven year old girl is dead after she was
thrown from a pickup truck in Montgomery county.
The driver is under arrest tonight.
And there are jobs out there, but does Southwestern Virginia have the people
to fill them?
In sports, Highlights from major league baseball this afternoon the Bulls
lead the Heat 3 to zip.
And we'll check in with day one of the Largest two day pro am bicycle race
right here in the valley.
The scattered rain and storms will stick around overnight.
Your memorial day forecast looks cool and rainy.
The forecast details ahead.
A seven year old girl is dead following a wreck in Montgomery County
Samantha O. Rentch of Elliston, VA died yesterday when the pick-up truck she
was riding in slammed into an oncoming car.
The accident happened along route 460.
The little girl was thrown from the truck on impact.
Twelve year-old Tony D. Anders of Check and 25 year-old Philip L. Lewis if
Christiansburg were also injured in the accident and taken to Roanoke Memorial
Police arrested the driver of the pick-up truck Christopher Fisher.
He's charged with driving under the influence, refusal to take a breath test
and possession of marijuana.
An early morning accident left an Appomattox man dead.
Curtis Brown died after driving over the edge of the highway and crashing
into several trees.
The accident happened along route 220 at about six this morning.
Governor Allen spent the past week on another of his "listening tours."
This time, it was through southwest Virginia.
The governor traveled on horseback, took a bicycle trip on the Virginia
Creeper Trail near Abingdon, and rode a train from Giles County to the
IN Q=I very much enjoy
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I VERY MUCH ENJOY GETTING OUT WITH THE PEOPLE, LISTENING
TO THE PEOPLE. MOST OF THEM ARE VERY OPTIMISTIC, THEY ARE VERY POSITIVE.
THEY'RE PLEASED WITH EITHER THE JOBS OR THE GREATER SAFETY, OR THEY LIKE OUR
ACADEMIC STANDARDS IN EDUCATION. AND YOU ALSO HEAR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOME
CONCERNS,AND THEY COME UP WITH ALL SORTS OF IDEAS, SOME REALLY GREAT IDEAS THAT
NO ONE HAD THOUGHT ABOUT.
OUT Q=no one had thought about.
Allen says these trips help him learn what really matters to ordinary
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia consumers could eventually be able to choose their electric
Later this year, the State Corporation Commission
will tell the General Assembly how to deregulate utilities, and give consumers
more options when choosing their electric supplier.
Officials are also considering a proposal to freeze Virginia Power electric
rates for five years while the utility prepares for competition.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Money owed by criminals is hard to collect.
In recent years, Virginia officials turned criminal debts over to
prosecutors and collection agencies, which can garnish state wages, tax refunds
and lottery prizes.
But some say the results aren't very impressive.
Alexandria has one of northern Virginia's most successful debt-collection
efforts -- retrieving 22 percent of the overdue fines and fees referred this
But it still has back debts of
7-point-7 (m) million dollars.
There are plenty of jobs in Virginia, but not enough skilled workers to fill
That's the story according to a technology expert.
News 7's Tina Tenret reports.
IN Q=Currently there are
SUPER=01-Robert Templin/Virginia's Center for Innovative Tech.; :00
SUPER=20-Tina Tenret; :23
SUPER=01-Lee Ann Carter-Monsour/Carter's Cabinet Shop; :59
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke
IN Q=currently there are
CURRENTLY THERE ARE 19-THOUSAND JOB VACANCIES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. IF WE
COULD FIND A REGION OF VIRGINIA THAT HAD THE WORKFORCE SKILLS AND THE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE, I THINK WE COULD BRING 500 OF THOSE
HIGH-WAGE JOBS EVERY MONTH TO A REGION FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS.))
OUT Q=the next two years
Will the region rise to this challenge?
Dr. Robert Templin is telling the Chamber of Commerce there are jobs out
The hot spot is technology, and Internet business is booming.
But Templin says the workforce falls short on skills.
He says computers in the classroom is a must for all ages.
IN Q=It's not all
((ROBERT TEMPLIN/PRESIDENT OF VIRGINIA'S CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY: IT'S
NOT ALL JOBS THAT REQUIRE COLLEGE DEGREES, HOWEVER. THE MAJORITY OF NEW JOBS
BEING CREATED REQUIRE MORE TRAINING THAN HIGH SCHOOL BUT LESS THAN A BACHELOR'S
DEGREE. SO COMMUNITY COLLEGES FIGURE IN PROMINENTLY AS WELL.))
OUT Q=as well
Lee Ann Carter-Monsour is the president of her own Cabinet making business
and the winner of the Chamber's Small Business Awards.
She agrees technology plays a large part in her store's success.
IN Q= our machinery
((OUR MACHINERY IN THE SHOP, RUN BY COMPUTERS, AND I SORT OF DO EVERYTHING THE
OLD-FASHIONED WAY AND THEN THEY HAVE TO TAKE WHAT I DO AND COMPUTERIZE IT AND
MAKE IT HAPPEN. BUT IT'S MADE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE.))
OUT Q= a world of difference
Templin says Roanoke, Richmond and Lynchburg could compete globally in
technology -- if the work force were up to speed. Tina Tenret, News-7.))
GRAPHIC=Festival in the Park
Roanoke's Festival in the Park is boasting two award winning artists.
These area high school students have won money for college through the
festival's scholarship program.
IN Q=WE THINK IT
((CATHY CADDY/SCHOLARSHIP CHAIRPERSON: WE THINK IT WILL PROBABLY GIVE SOME
STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION IN THE ARTS THAT PERHAPS
THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO SO OTHERWISE.))
SUPER=01-Cathy Caddy/Scholarship Chairperson;
OUT Q=TO DO SO OTHERWISE
Creceda (Cree-CEE-da) LaMaire (La-Mare) won second place and will receive
750-dollars for each year of college as long as she majors in art.
The Cave Spring senior plans to attend Appalachian State in the fall.
IN Q=I PLAN ON
((CRECEDA LAMAIRE/SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: I PLAN ON GOING INTO ART THERAPY. IT'S
A COMBINATION OF PSYCHOLOGY AND FINE ARTS AND IT'S JUST TO HELP ANYBODY WITH A
PROBLEM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH ART RATHER THAN JUST THROUGH VERBAL
SUPER=01-Creceda LaMaire/Scholarship Winner;
OUT Q=VERBAL COMMUNICATION
Jason Bradford received special recognition.
The Festival provided him and Creceda with a free booth.
The money they make will go to their education.
IN Q=I PLAN TO GO
((JASON BRADFORD/SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: I PLAN TO GO TO ROANOKE COLLEGE AND GET
MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE AND THEN FROM THERE PURSUE A CAREER IN SOME LINE OF
COMMERCIAL ART WORK.))
SUPER=01-Jason Bradford/Scholarship Winner;
OUT Q=COMMERCIAL ART WORK
The festival has given away nearly 30-thousand dollars since the program
began in 1992.
Funds raised by the annual Shrimpfest and donations from local businesses
provide the scholarship money.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
As the summer heat continues more people may look to cool waters for relief.
But, as Denise Allen explains, safety must come first. More on that when
News 7 at Six returns.
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A plant closing in Martinsville, and one of the Roanoke Valley's largest
employers gets a big honor.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape; :07
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((After cutting several hundred jobs late last year, Hanover Direct expects
to add 100 new ones this fall as it makes the Roanoke Valley its distribution
Once the new hires are added, Hanover Direct will have the equivalent of 575
full time workers in Roanoke County.
A reorganization move by Bassett Furniture will include the closing of its
W-M Bassett plant in Martinsville.
The company says the 400 employees there will be offered jobs at some of its
other plants nearby.
For the eighth consecutive year Norfolk Southern has captured one of the
railroad industry's most coveted honors, E-H Harriman Memorial Safety Award.
N-S has more than 3000 employees in our area.
A big week on Wall Street.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 151 points for the week, posting a new
record, the Nasdaq Composite also reached a record, rising 49 points.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, Nexus Communications plans to build a new four- point-
three- million- dollar call center in Dickenson County.
About 130 workers will be hired initially, followed by as many as 500 over
the next three years.
Nexus Communications provides direct- marketing and consumer- information
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the kickoff of summer fun.
And marina operators on Smith Mountain Lake are trying to make it a safe
season as well.
The BOAT-U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety has funded a life jacket loaner
These jackets are available at Saunders Parkway Marina at no cost.
IN Q=YOU JUST BASICALLY
((JAMES CLAYTON/SAUNDERS PARKWAY MARINA: YOU JUST BASICALLY SIGN OUT ONE. WE
GET YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. YOU TAKE A LIFE JACKET
ACCORDING TO THE SIZE YOU NEED AS MANY AS YOU NEED FOR HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU
HAVE IN YOUR PARTY OR GROUP GOING OUT ON A BOAT.))
SUPER=01-James Clayton/Saunders Parkway Marina;
OUT Q=OUT ON A BOAT
Clayton says children are more likely to be hurt in water accidents because
they're inexperienced swimmers.
He hopes all boaters will use common sense by outfitting children in life
Clayton says he hopes this program will expand to other marinas on the lake
in the future.
With huge jaws snapping, and deadly claws ripping, the less than loveable
dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" are back. Based on the Michael Crichton book
of the same title, "The Lost World," starts the summer movie season.
On the Universal lot where some of the scenes were shot, Patty Spitler
talked to the film's female lead, Julianne Moore.
IN Q=Isn't it great?
SUPER=18-The Lost World/Universal Pictures; :00
SUPER=01-Patty Spitler/Reporting; :12
SUPER=01-Julianne Moore/Actress; :30
SUPER=02-Steven Spielberg/Director; 1:12
OUT Q=for CBS News
IN Q=the Roanoke area.
((ISN'T IT GREAT? OOH, AHH! THAT'S HOW ALL THIS STARTS, THEN LATER THERE'S
RUNNING AND SCREAMING.))
OUT Q=RUNNING AND SCREAMING
Julianne Moore stars with Jeff Goldblum in "The Lost World," the sequel to
the 1993 hit "Jurassic Park," and of course, her other co-stars are the
dinosaurs - animatronic or computer generated.
Moore was forced to use vivid
imagination when reacting to animals that don't exist.
IN Q=WHAT DO YOU
((PATTY SPITLER/REPORTING: WHAT DO YOU DRAW UPON WHEN YOU HAVE TO BE THAT
AFRAID IN A MOVIE? JULIANNE MOORE: I THINK YOU JUST, YOU KNOW, IT'S A MATTER
OF SUSPENDING YOUR DISBELIEF AND PRETENDING SOMEWHAT. IT WAS PRETTY EASY TO BE
UNCOMFORTABLE IN THAT SCENE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY, VERY COLD. I MEAN, IT WAS
COLD INSIDE THAT TRAILER, AND IT WAS RAINING INSIDE THE TRAILER, SO ALL OF US
WERE SHAKING FROM THE COLD AND THAT SORT OF HELPS THAT WAY, AND THEN YOU CAN
IMAGINE THE REST - IT SORT OF LEADS YOU THERE.))
OUT Q=leads you there
IN Q=So they make
((PATTY SPITLER/REPORTING: SO THEY MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE AND THERE THE ACTING
COMES EASIER AFTER THAT? JULIANNE MOORE: WELL, IT WORKED IN THAT CASE.
THERE'S A LOT OF WETNESS IN THIS
MOVIE. IT'S ALWAYS RAINING IN THE LOST WORLD.))
OUT Q=in the Lost World
Based on the Michael Crichton book, "The Lost World" finds Steven
Spielberg again assuming the directing duties.
IN Q=You put together
((STEVEN SPIELBERG/DIRECTOR: YOU PUT TOGETHER ONE GROUP OF HUNTERS AND ANOTHER
OF DINOSAUR ADVOCATES. WHEN THESE TWO GROUPS COME TOGETHER, IT'S MORE THAN
JUST RUNNING AND DINOSAURS. IT'S HUMAN DRAMA IN THIS ONE.))
OUT Q=in this one.
And his actors have nothing but praise for their acclaimed director.
((JULIANNE MOORE/ACTRESS: WHENEVER WE WERE UNCOMFORTABLE, HE WOULD GET US IN
AND OUT OF THERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. HE REALLY WOULD SING TO US OVER THE
MIC. HE'D SING SONGS, HE'D TELL JOKES. IF WE WERE EVER IN A POSITION THAT WE
COULDN'T GET OUT OF WHILE THEY WERE SETTING UP, HE'D KIND OF CODDLE US. HE WAS
OUT Q=he was great.
((PATTY SPITLER/REPORTING: THAT'S INTERESTING -- STEVEN SPIELBERG, THE BEST OF
STEVEN SPIELBERG SINGING TO HIS ACTORS.))
OUT Q=to his actors.
IN Q=They are very
((CLIP SOT: THEY ARE VERY REALISTIC. DON'T MOVE.))
OUT Q=don't move.
IN Q=I think if
((JULIANNE MOORE/ACTRESS: I THINK IF A CHILD IS OLD ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THAT
STUFF IS PRETEND, IT'S OK FOR THEM TO SEE IT. I THINK WHEN THEY ARE STILL YOUNG
ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING, IT MIGHT BE TOO MUCH
FOR THEM TO SEE THE MOVIE.))
OUT Q=see the movie.
Actually, the rating board guideline has determined that kids under 13
might be pretty scared by the dinosaurs - "The Lost World" is rated PG13. In
Hollywood, I'm Patty Spitler for CBS News.
By the way, "The Lost World" is Steven Spielberg's first film since 1993.
That year, he directed both "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List."
You can catch the movie at local theaters in the Roanoke area.))
Still to come on the newscast,
It won't set sail until June, but there's a lot of work to keep a batteau
But first, a look at your weekend stocks.
Hard work and skilled craftsmanship are the building blocks of the James
River Batteau Festival.
Denise Allen and videographer Rob Monroe introduce us to one crew, as they
work to make their craft sea-worthy.
IN Q=we chose
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Paul Thomas/Governor Henry Capt.; :21
SUPER=01-Lynn Ward/Roanoke-Staunton River Batteau Soc.; :47
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=we chose
((WE CHOSE 1816 AS OUR FOCUS FOR THE GOVERNOR HENRY.))
OUT Q=GOVERNOR HENRY
The crew of the Governor Henry successfully completed the 126 mile journey
down the James last year.
But before they launch the craft on June 14th some repairs need to be made.
IN Q=this is sidney
((PAUL THOMAS/GOVERNOR HENRY CAPT.: THIS IS SIDNEY HUGGINS AND SHE'S CAULKING
THE BOAT. WE HAVE A WOODEN SPINE AND THE CRACK WHICH IS QUITE LARGE AND WE'RE
PACKING COTTON ON EITHER SIDE OF THAT SPINE.))
OUT Q=OF THAT SPINE
The wood is then saturated with water.
It swells and the cotton acts like a gasket sealing the cracks.
That's the way it was done back then.
And that's why this group won the authenticity award last year.
They say they're trying to create an awareness of another time.
IN Q=figuring out HOW
((LYNN WARD/ROANOKE-STAUNTON RIVER BATTEAU SOCIETY: FIGURING OUT HOW THEY IN
THOSE DAYS PRESERVED THEIR FOOD, CARRIED FOOD WITH THEM, WHAT KIND OF FOODS.
IT'S NOT JUST THE BOAT TRAVELING DOWN THE RIVER.))
OUT Q=DOWN THE RIVER
Before the Governor Henry ever saw water, this crew did a lot of research.
They say there's proof of batteau travel down the Pig River in Franklin
That research also helped them construct this 46 foot boat from white oak
and poplar trees.
The repairs are almost complete and the crew says they're ready for their
trip back to the 1816.
Denise Allen News 7.))
And coming up, The Rockets and Jazz hooked up again in Houston this
afternoon the Bulls talk about their win over the Heat yesterday.
And Virginia Tech is knocked out of the N-C-Double-A regional baseball
Virginia Tech's run in the N-C-double-A South Two regional ended last
Southern California, A team the Hokies beat earlier in the tournament, beat
the hokies 6 to 2 last night.
SUPER=03-Tuscaloosa, AL/Hokies vs Trojans; :
The Hokies fell behind early and in the fifth inning Southern Cal's Eric
Munson belted this two run homer over the right field wall to make it 6 to
Tech got on the board in the fifth when Chad Foutz hit an R-B-I double down
the left field line for his second hit of the game but the Trojans beat the
Hokies 6 to 2.
IN Q="I thought...
((CHUCK HARTMAN/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((TODD ZIRKLE/VIRGINIA TECH PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Todd Zirkle/Virginia Tech Pitcher; :14
OUT Q=...........us today."
A 5 run eighth inning carried the Pittsburgh Pirates past Montreal 8 to 6.
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Felipe Alou looking on at the start ot the game.
The Expos got on the board first David Segui hits this grounder up the
middle for an R-B-I single and Montreal went on top 1 to nothing.
The Expos padded that lead an inning later Mike Lansing sending this pitch
deep over the left field wall to make it 2 to nothing Montreal.
Pittsburgh then started to rally SUPER=35-Pittsburgh/8/Montreal/6/;Dale
Swarm gets all of this pitch sending it over the centerfield wall for a three
run homer and the Pirates beat the Expos 8 to 6.
The Toronto Blue Jays picked up a win this afternoon beating Anaheim in 11
innings 4 to 3.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/TSN; :
Tony Phillips watching from the dugout.
In the top of the second Luis Alicea hits this shot for a triple to right
field two runs score and the Angels took the 2 to nothing lead.
But the Blue Jays rallied in the bottom of the second Carlos Delgado hits
this solo homer deep over the right centerfield wall to make it 2 to 1 Angels.
And in the bottom of the fourth, SUPER=35-Toronto/4/Anaheim/3/;Carlos
Garcia hits a single to left field scoring a run to make it 3 to 2 Toronto and
the Blue Jays win it 4 to 3 in 11.
The Rockets and Jazz resumed their Western Conference playoff series this
afternoon in Houston.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
Houston's Charles Barkley takes it inside on Karl Malone he scores and
draws the foul sending Malone to the bench with two.
The Jazz went to Malone's replacement Antoine Carr he hits the jumper and
the Jazz maintained a three point lead.
The Rockets come right back going SUPER=32-Utah/92/Houston/95/;to Clyde
Drexler for the basket and Houston goes on to win the game 95 to 92.
The Chicago Bulls, who've lost only one game in three playoff rounds,
routed Miami 98 to 74 to take a 3 to nothing lead in that series.
IN Q="They're a...
((PAT RILEY/MIAMI HEAD COACH: ))
((MICHAEL JORDAN/SCORED 34 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Pat Riley/Miami Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Scored 34 Points; :17
OUT Q=.....OF DOING."
The Bulls can advance to the finals with a win tomorrow in Miami.
The first of a two day pro-am bicycle race kicked off this afternoon with
the ROC Hillclimb.
Over 400 cyclist will compete this weekend and the event got off today
with the start of the Hillclimb at the bottom of Mill Mountain.
The riders head up the mountain in the individual time trial up the scenic
back roads to the top.
And the finish is at the top of the mountain where the individual times
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((MIKE GRISSOM/BLUE RIDGE XALOY: ))
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