((TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME... WHITEY TAYLOR: I DON'T WANT TO GOT TO THE PT
BARNUM WAY OF RAISING THE FUNDS, BUT THAT'S ALL I KNOW. I'VE GOT TO SELL SOME
TICKETS SOMEHOW-- THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE.
WHITEY TAYLOR WANTS YOUR MONEY TO HELP HIM KEEP THE FRANKLIN COUNTY
THE VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE CLARIFIES ITS POSITION ON DATING-- ONCE
WOMEN ARRIVE ON POST LATE THIS SUMMER.))
OUT Q=LATE THIS SUMMER.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's WEDNESDAY, May 28th, our Top Story
Jurors will return in the morning to continue weighing the evidence in the
murder trial of Michael Knowles.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
After two hours of deliberation, a Montgomery County jury had not reached a
Jurors are trying to decide if Michael Knowles is guilty of first degree
The Christiansburg man says he didn't intend to kill his wife or wound his
Jurors returned to the courtroom this afternoon to ask a couple of questions
during their deliberations.
But It was an outburst by Knowles that provided the drama today--
Joe Dashiell has more.
IN Q=STARTS ON BITE
SUPER=01-Michael Knowles/Defendant; :06
A man convicted of killing his girlfriend's toddler was sentenced to 30-
years in prison today.
VO-NAT video from 597-11 - 97-03
Steven Wayne Cole pled guilty to second degree murder back in March for
the death of two- year old Joshua Blevins.
Cole told police he was high on drugs when he shoved the child into a wall
in the summer of 1995.
A judge suspended 10-years of the sentence, Cole will serve 20-years
Cole could get more jail time--for crimes committed before the murder.
In Denver, testimony is over in the Timothy McVeigh Trial.
The defense rested its case-
On the way into court, McVeigh's lawyer said his client is in good spirits.
McVeigh is charged with blowing up the Oklahoma City federal building in
1995 that killed 168 people.
Tomorrow the jury hears closing arguments, and could begin deliberating.
Damage is estimated at up to 20 million dollars in tornado-ravaged
SUPER=03-Jarrell, TX; :
Jarrell, Texas, population one-thousand.
At least 27 are dead, and 23 still missing.
Governor George W. Bush declared it a disaster area today, opening the way
for state and federal aid.
IN Q=I have no place
((I HAVE NO PLACE TO LIVE, NO PLACE TO GO, WHAT I HAVE ON IS WHAT I HAVE. THIS
IS IT. ))
OUT Q=is it.
It was the deadliest storm to hit Texas in ten years.
Several other towns, from Austin to Waco, were whipped by twisters about
the same time yesterday---
Hale and driving rains destroyed dozens of homes.
Investigators believe a corroded pipe caused a chemical leak in the
northwest section of Roanoke County.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality reports three- thousand
gallons of methanol leaked into the ground at the Ingersoll Rand Rock Drill
There are homes near the facility.
But the D-E-Q says nearby residents aren't in any danger.
Methanol is defined as a volatile, flammable, and poisonous form of alcohol.
It's often used as a solvent and antifreeze.
Whitey Taylor wants you to help him keep the checkered flag waving this
summer at his Franklin County Speedway.
He's not making regular payments on a 25 thousand dollar loan he took out in
Now his creditors are planning to auction the speedway June 10th unless
Taylor settles the debt.
IN Q=i'm about
((WHITEY TAYLOR/FRANKLIN COUNTY SPEEDWAY: I'M ABOUT 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS OUT
RIGHT NOW, AND I'VE GOT TO SOMEHOW BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 10TH-- I'VE GOT TO
RAISE THIS MONEY.))
SUPER=01-Whitey Taylor/Franklin Co. Speedway;
OUT Q=this money
Taylor says cold weather has hampered ticket sales this year.
He's thinking of lowering ticket prices to five dollars, and having a family
night to raise money--
But he's really counting on his friends to bail him out.
IN Q=I WANT MY FRIENDS
((WHITEY TAYLOR: I WANT MY FRIENDS, IF THEY'RE MY FRIENDS, I WANT THEM TO SHOW
UP NOW, TO SHOW UP WITH MONEY, OR TO SEND MONEY, TO BAIL ME OUT. THAT'S WHAT
I'M ASKING FOR, AND I WANT TO FIND OUT WHO MY FRIENDS ARE, DON'T WAIT TILL I
DIE TO SEND THE FLOWERS, CAUSE I WON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SEND IT NOW, IF
YOU GOT IT, SEND IT TO ME.))
OUT Q=send it to me.
Taylor says if he can't come up with the money, he may have to file for
bankruptcy before the June auction.
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It's a history lesson of sorts for the men and women renovating Thomas
UP next on NEWS-7 Primetime, after waging a battle on home turf for years,
Virginia veterans win a fight that has spanned five governors.
go to break
Sixty-five women have been accepted to Virginia Military Institute.
Nearly half of them have sent in deposits to secure a spot in the Rat Line.
According to a quarterly report, the orientation program will include group
sessions on sexual harassment, hazing and fraternization.
VMI also clarified its dating policy.
Rats will NOT be allowed to date any upperclassmen while in the rat line...
and there will be no dating within a cadet's immediate chain of command.
Also, no cadet will have door locks or chains on their barracks room.
Military veterans in the commonwealth declared victory today in a 16-year
It's a battle for a state cemetery.
Ellen Qualls was at the dedication.
IN Q=It's a strange
SUPER=03-Amelia Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Charlie Montgomery/VVA State Council; :15
SUPER=01-Donald Duncan/Va. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; :52
SUPER=01-Luther Anderson/VFW State Commander; 1:06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Amelia County.
(( It's a strange sight.
Rows of marble plaques with NO names, behind which will rest ashes.
Acres of a cemetery with NO markers.
But all too soon, these 125 acres in Amelia County will be busy with more
sot TAPE ONE 11:34:42
((CHARLIE MONTGOMERY/VVA STATE COUNCIL: THE VETERANS CEMETERY IN VIRGINIA IS
LONG OVERDUE AND WE STILL NEED MORE FOR OUR AGING VETERANS. WE HAVE ONLY
STARTED THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.))
The dedication of the first state-run veterans cemetery in Virginia caps off
a fight that has spanned five governors.
Doug Wilder finally made a state commitment.
He won a bronze star.
Perhaps ironically, it was the one without any military record who saw it to
sot 11:57:31 TAPE ONE
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS CEMETERY BEARS THE SILENT TESTIMONY TO WHAT SO MANY
FRIENDS AND FAMILIES HERE KNOW FIRSTHAND: THAT FREEDOM DOES NOT COME WITHOUT A
sot TAPE TWO 12:08:47
((DONALD DUNCAN/VA. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: WE'RE PHASING OUT SOME OF THE
NATIONAL CEMETERIES AND WE HAVE A LOT-- WORLD WAR TWO, WHICH HAS THE LARGEST
NUMBER OF VETERANS THAT HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY ARE ALL GETTING OLDER AND MANY
OF THEM ARE DYING. AND SO WE NEED THIS PLACE AS A FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR
sot TAPE ONE 11:32:13
((LUTHER ANDERSON/VFW STATE COMMANDER: THEY BROUGHT OUR FREEDOM WITH THEIR
SACRIFICES. AND GOD BLESS ALL OF 'EM.))
sot STANDUP tape two 12:48:36
((OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THE REMAINS OF THE FIRST VETERANS WILL START BEING
INTERRED IN THIS CEMETERY. OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THE REMAINS OF 55- THOUSAND
VIRGINIA VETERANS WILL BE LAID TO REST HERE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, AMELIA
Two brothers were honored for their bravery and courage.
Nathan and Jesse Foutz received the first ever Director's Award for Heroism
for trying to save a drowning man at Smith Mountain Lake last month.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Month;
The brothers risked their own lives trying to rescue Vietnam war veteran
Gary Marshall... but their attempt was not successful.
It was a day the Foutz family will always remember.
IN Q=I can't swim
((LANCE FOUTZ/FATHER: I CAN'T SWIM AND HAVING TO WITNESS THE WHOLE THING FROM
THE SHORE WAS AN EXPERIENCE I'LL NEVER FORGET. WONDERING WHETHER THEY WOULD
MAKE IT TO THE MAN OR NOT. AND WONDERING IF THEY WOULD MAKE IT BACK AFTER THEY
HAD GOTTEN OUT THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Lance Foutz/Nathan and Jesse's Father;
OUT Q=gotten out there
Members of the Marshall family were on hand to thank the brothers for their
Gary Marshall's sister presented each of them with a rose before the
(go to break/have a drink)
For the first time in more than 150 years, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
estate looks much like it did when America's third president lived there.
Workmen have spent the last few months rebuilding the south portico roof
which was destroyed by fire in 1845.
Using heavy timbers and early American construction methods, craftsmen have
reconstructed the roof to Jefferson's original specifications.
IN Q=It's sort of
((DOUG RIDEOUT/CRAFTSMAN: IT'S SORT OF LIKE BUILDING AN ENGINE. YOU WANT TO USE
THE BEST QUALITY PARTS TO MAKE IT LAST. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE ON
THIS PROJECT. SO IT'S NOT OFTEN YOU GET TO WORK WITH THESE TYPES OF
((TRAVIS MCDONALD/ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION DIRECTOR: AND WE REALLY CAN PUT
BACK EVERY DETAIL AS WE KNOW JEFFERSON CONSTRUCTED IT AND SOME OF THOSE DETAILS
HAVE BEEN MISSING FOR 150 YEARS, AFTER THE HOUSE WAS REMODELED AND SO THAT'S
THE IMPORTANT PART NOW IS SEEING IT AS JEFFERSON WANTED IT TO BE SEEN.))
SUPER=01-Doug Rideout/Restoration Craftsman; :00
SUPER=01-Travis McDonald/Architectural Restoration Director; :16
OUT Q=wanted it to be seen.
McDonald hopes to have the roof completed and the scaffolding removed by the
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/And Cool/46-48/Mostly Cloudy/Light Rain/64-66;
SUPER=333-Increasing/Clouds Late/44-46/Light Rain/or Drizzle/58-60;
SUPER=334-Increasing/Cloudiness/44-46/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Likely/58-60;
More worry in the medical community about mutating germs, turning into
It's a Japanese baby at the center of concern tonight.
During a heart operation the boy was infected with a strain of
staphyloccocus bacteria that has developed resistance to the antibiotic
That's the only drug that still worked against it.
Staph A is everywhere-- it can cause serious infection if it gets into a
wound or incision.
And according to one expert at the Centers for Disease Control, it has a
frustating ability to become immune to antibiotics.
IN Q=They developed
((FRED TENOVER/CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL: THEY'VE DEVELOPED RESISTANCE TO
MOST OF OUR COMMONLY USED DRUGS. VANCOMYIACIN WAS THE ONE DRUG THAT SEEMED TO
REMAIN POTENT AGAINST THESE PARTICULAR STRAINS ))
SUPER=01-Fred Tenover/Centers for Disease Control; :
OUT Q=particular strains.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
The bacteria is a primary source of infections in hospitals.
IN Q=The implications
((DR. LEWIS DRUSIN/NEW YORK HOSPITAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST: THE IMPLICATIONS ARE
THAT WE COULD THEORETICALLY HAVE INFECTIONS THAT WERE OUT OF CONTROL VERY GREAT
DIFFICULTY TREATING. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Lewis Drusin/NY Hospital Epidemiologist; :
OUT Q=diffulty treating.
The C-D-C is drafting new precautionary guidelines for hospitals to deal
with this microscopic threat, and there are a couple of experimental
antibiotics that at least in the lab-- do appear to be effective against this
A seven year old girl was killed in Montgomery County last weekend, and the
head of the Virginia Pediatric Society says it didn't have to happen.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./May 24;
Samantha Rentch was thrown out of the back of a pickup truck when it crashed
into another car on route 460.
Samatha was killed, and her brother, who was riding with her, was injured.
Dr. Hugh Craft has been working for a ban on children riding in pickup beds
for almost seven years.
IN Q=The truck hits a bump
((DR. HUGH CRAFT/VA. PEDIATRIC SOCIETY; THE TRUCK HITS A BUMP OR MAKES A SUDDEN
CURVE AND THE CHILD IS JUST HURLED OUT OF THE BACK BAY OF THE PICKUP TRUCK SO
IT'S NOT JUST THE ACCIDENTS THAT ARE AN ISSUE IT'S JUST RIDING BACK THERE
THAT'S DANGEROUS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Hugh Craft/Va. Pediatric Society;
OUT Q="That's dangerous"
A ban on children in pickup beds has been vetoed by Governor Allen twice.
Craft says the bill will be reintroduced next year, with the hope Allen's
successor sees things differently.
SUPER=x5042; Video of the Day Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
When the comet Hale Bopp arrived this spring, millions stopped to look.
Astronomers assured people the possibility of a comet actually striking the
earth was rare indeed.
But in today's top video-- scientists report the earth is virtually under
attack by comets.
Thousands of comets smash into the earth's atmosphere every day.
Dr. Louis Frank discovered the comet bombardment.
IN Q=To think
((DR. LOUIS FRANK/TO THINK OF THIS AWESOME NUMBER OF LITTLE COMETS MARCHING
PAST THE EARTH SO THAT EVERY MINUTE 20 OF THEM HIT THE EARTHS ATMOSPHERE, AND
EACH OF THEM WEIGHS 20 OR 30 TONS, IS REALLY MIND-BOGGLING. ))
SUPER=75-Dr. Louis Frank; :
SUPER=75-/NASA Animation; :
The comets were photographed for the first time by cameras aboard a new
They appear as bright points of reflected sunlight.
These giant snowballs from space begin to break up high within the upper
As the debris falls closer to earth, the ice turns into a cloud of vapor--
a cosmic rain that may be the source of the earth's water, and even of life
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight here on WEFC and Primetime sports, the city of Salem helps crown the
NCAA division three baseball champion, Danville and Franklin County lock horns
in Northwest region baseball action.
And the Commonwealth Games are spicing things up for athletes and fans.
SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC; :00
But first Charlotte's entry in the new Women's NBA held its first ever
practice today in Fort Mill, South Carolina just minutes outside of Charlotte.
The team's colors are the same as the Hornets.
They will begin play in the 8 team league next month. Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-/Cleveland/3//Kansas City/3/8///Texas///Seattle///10:35pm Start/;
OUT Q=....last score."
TAKE A BREAK
The City of Salem crowned the NCAA division three champion in baseball
tonight at Memorial stadium after five days of intense double elimination play.
SUPER=03-Salem/Wooster vs. S. Maine; :00
Both Southern Main and Wooster came out ready to play in the first inning, as
Maine's Jason Crepeau the big right hander rips this shot over the right field
fence. It's one to-nothing in favor of Huskies.
But the Wooster Scots, Keith Humphry's alma mater, answered with a shot of
their own in the bottom of the first. Travis Snyder lifts one over the right
field fence to make it 1-all.
But Southern Maine would dominate the game the rest of the way scoring 14
unanswered runs. Tony Miner whacks one off the top of the wall in deep center
The Huskies beat Wooster for the second time in the tourney to capture the
Division Three title with a 15-to-1 win.
Franklin County advanced to the Northwest region final by beating G.W.
Danville 2-nothing tonight.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Eagles vs. Eagles; :00
In the fifth, with two outs; Matt Ferguson connects on this bullet that
splits the Eagle outfielders. Ferguson ends up on third with a triple.
Then, Jeremy Scott brings in the eventual game winner, smacking this pitch
down the third baseline, Ferguson scores for a 1 to nothing Franklin County
SUPER=34-Franklin Co./2/G.W. Danville/0;
In the bottom of the sixth; The Eagles Jason Arrington singles to right plating
Shane Boyd. Franklin County's Brian Strong gets his first shutout of the season
as the Eagles reach the regional final with the 2-nothing victory.
((F.L.SLOUGH/FRANKLIN CO HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-F.L. Slough/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...down the road"
After the game, Franklin County shortstop Jeremy Adkins was presented with
the first annual W.W. Naff scholarship. Adkins will use the 12 hundred dollars
towards his education at Ferrum.
The bulk of this year's Commonwealth Games of Virginia is set to take place
on the weekend of July 18th and 19th right here in the Roanoke Valley.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Morning; :00
This morning officials from Virginia Amateur sports, the group responsible
for organizing and running the games announced that a record number of athletes
are expected to invade the Valley that weekend.
IN Q="It's really...
((PETE LAMPMAN/VA. AMATEUR SPORTS PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Pete Lampman/Va. Amateur Sports President; :00
OUT Q=...OF THE GAMES."
One of the games' fastest growing sports in roller hockey.
This year Roanoke Express members Jeff Jablonski and Tim Christian along with
general manager Pierre Paiement are joining forces with Little Caesars to host
a free clinic for youth of all ages on June 7th at CMT sporting goods.
IN Q="Also, we're...
((JEFF JABLONSKI/ROANOKE EXPRESS WINGER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Roanoke Express Winger; :00
OUT Q=...THE PARTICIPANTS."
Organizers are also bringing in some entertainment for folks with a Broadway
style "Beatles Salute" at Victory Stadium Saturday night, July 18th.
IN Q="It features...
((STU ISRAEL/VAS MARKETING DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Stu Israel/VAS Marketing Director; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE WORLD."
Thanks for watching, see you tomorrow, goodnight.
That's all for us tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime--