Coming up on this primary election day- -
we'll assess the impact of a four-way race in the G-O-P nomination for attorney
Check on voter turn-out.
And take a look at a project the mayor calls the biggest downtown
development since the Hotel renovation.
In sports, Byrd coach Rodney Spradlin offers famous last words before
tonight's state championship, Radford has a new assistant basketball coach,
and the streets of Motown were filled with thousands of hockey fans, cheering
on the Wings.
Partly sunny skies allowed for a moderate warm up today. The Wednesday
outlook looks about the same. More of the forecast just ahead.
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A state that leans Republican in decades of presidential contests has turned
out just a handful of GOP activists today.
Precincts across Virginia are showing turnout in the single digits in a four
way Republican contest for Attorney General--and a lot of that turnout may be
for other local primaries.
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Ellen Qualls is in Norfolk--what's the story there today?
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IN Q=The polls close
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SUPER=01-Peter Fullinwinder/Norfolk Voter; :24
SUPER=01-Julian Hirst/Norfolk Electoral Board; :39
OUT Q=ten, twelve or twenty
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(Keith question: so out of three and a half million registered voters how many
are expected to actually vote?)
In the city of Roanoke, the Republican candidates for Attorney General are
playing second fiddle to the Democrats who are running for Commissioner of
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Tonight, Joe Dashiell is at one of the city's busiest precincts.
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(Rollcue: for Commissioner of Revenue)
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SUPER=01-Gail Thomas/Voter; :12
SUPER=01-Sandra Ryals/City Democratic Chair; :35
OUT Q=figures break out
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A man allegedly robbed a Montgomery County bank at gunpoint this afternoon
before fleeing in a stolen taxi.
Authorities say the suspect entered the National Bank of Blacksburg shortly
before four this afternoon.
The man apparently arrived at the bank in a taxi and then stole the car from
The taxi was recovered a short time later outside Montgomery Regional
The suspect is described as approximately six feet tall, wearing a gray T-
shirt, faded blue jeans and aviator sun glasses.
A man accused of killing a Spotsylvania teenager may be off the hook.
A mistake at the state crime lab has cast doubt on evidence against the
suspect, Karl Michael Roush.
An examiner wrongly determined that fibers taken from the victim, 16 year
old Sofia Silva, matched fibers from Roush's van.
That examiner resigned today, after 12 years on the job.
Silva was abducted from outside her home after school last September.
Her body was found in a creek about 30 miles away.
Roush was in jail when the Lisk sisters, 15-year old Kristin and 12-year old
Kati, disappeared May 1st after arriving home from school.
Their bodies were found five days later in a river about 40 miles from their
Authorities are NOT ruling out a link between the murder cases.
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A new technique that's helping doctors diagnose gall bladder disease, and a
Roanoke physician is the first to use it.
That story is just ahead on News 7 at Six,
plus--the Iceman cometh--this parking lot will be replaced by an ice rink in
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Mayor David Bowers calls it "the biggest downtown development since the
reopening of the Hotel Roanoke".
Len Besthoff explains it's a "cool" idea that Roanoke may warm up to
IN Q=After two
SUPER=01-Phil Sparks/Chief of Econ. Development; :15 (quick!)
SUPER=01-Colin Rolph/D&R Development; :33
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Roanoke Express GM; 1:00
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( After two years of negotiations a developer has inked a deal to bring
skating to downtown Roanoke.
A regulation size facility similar to one in Charlottesville will be built
in the parking lot next to the Norfolk Southern building.
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IN Q=We think
((PHIL SPARKS/CHIEF OF ECON. DEVELOPMENT: WE THINK IT'S GOOD FOR DOWNTOWN
BECAUSE IT'S SUPPOSED TO DRAW FROM 300 THOUSAND TO 400 THOUSAND PEOPLE A YEAR
INTO OUR DOWNTWOWN AREA.))
OUT Q=downtown area.
If that sounds optimistic, D- and- R Development says its Charlottesville
rink had 200- thousand visitors its first year.
And added amenities, along with a much bigger facility are planned for "The
Roanoke Ice Park".
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IN Q=We hope to have
((COLIN ROLPH/D&R DEVELOPMENT: WE HOPE TO HAVE A LARGE SECOND FLOOR VIEWING
AREA THAT PEOPLE CAN COME AND WATCH IN A WARM ENVIRONMENT INSTEAD OF A 50
DEGREE ENVIRONMENT PLUS SEATING FOR WE HOPE CLOSE TO A THOUSAND PEOPLE. ))
OUT Q=thousand people.
This effectively ends a competition between two developers to build a rink
One power broker in all this, The Roanoke Express professional hockey team,
says it will use the D- and- R- rink for much sought-after practice time.
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IN Q=I doubt
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/ROANOKE EXPRESS GM: I DOUBT VERY SERIOUSLY THAT THE OTHER
GROUP WOULD ATTEMPT TO BUILD ANOTHER RINK AT THE SAME TIME THESE ONES ARE DOING
OUT Q=doing it.
One question is, who will replace the parking spaces the rink will gobble
The city says two monthly garages nearby have vacancies, and there'll be a
drop off lane at the new rink.
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IN Q=If all goes
((If all goes as planned, the conversion of this parking lot into an ice rink
will begin in about two months, with the project scheduled to be completed by
the end of next year. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
Frederick Morton is off to a solid start with the Montgomery County School
Morton was selected, in a unanimous vote, as the next school superintendent.
He replaces Herman Bartlett whose contract was not renewed.
Board member Wat Hopkins says he was swayed by Morton's concern for kids and
his desire to put education first.
IN Q=I thought
((WAT HOPKINS/MONTGOMERY CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER:I THOUGHT THAT WAS VERY
IMPORTANT. I ALSO THOUGHT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT THAT HE SPOKE SO MUCH ABOUT
CONSENSUS BUILDING, ABOUT LISTENING, ABOUT BEING RESPONSIVE TO WHAT THE TEACHER
THINKS IS IMPORTANT, TO WHAT PARENTS THINK IS IMPORTANT AND I THINK THAT'S
SOMETHING WE NEED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Wat Hopkins/Montgomery Co. School Bd. Member; :00
OUT Q=right now.
Morton is currently working for a school system near Buffalo, New York.
Before that, he worked as a principal in Covington and Albemarle County.
A doctor in Roanoke is using a new technique to detect gall bladder disease.
Dr. James Dill is the FIRST in the country to use endoscopic ultrasound.
It was originally used to spot cancer.
The patient is under sedation while a gastoscope is inserted into the
esophagus until it reaches the stomach.
Using an ultrasound probe the doctor can search the gall bladder for stones
and signs of disease.
IN Q=many people suffer
((DR. JAMES DILL/GASTROENTEROLOGIST: MANY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM GALL BLADDER
DISEASE..HAVE TREMENDOUS PAIN AND THE STANDARD GALL BLADDER TEST DO NOT FIND
THE PROBLEM ))
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OUT Q=the problem
Dill says the device has a high accuracy rate--94 percent.
98-percent of the people affected by the disease are women.
Research shows standard tests missed half of all cases of gall bladder
Wall Street continued its record setting pace today.
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The Dow gained 61 points to finish above the 75 hundred mark for the first
NASDAQ lost ten points.
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A Botetourt County company is expanding.
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V-F-P will build a satellite facility in Scott County, outside of Bristol.
It says Scott County is the nearest location that has the right amount of
land plus an existing building.
V-F-P makes shelters for the telecommunications industry and the federal
Its Botetourt operation primarily makes metal and fiberglass shelters.
The Scott County plant will make concrete ones.
It will initially employ 40 people, with plans to triple that number in five
V-F-P has over 110 employees in Botetourt County.
The taxman leads the pack in a race to collect Whitey Taylor's debts.
The owner of the Franklin County Speedway filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
He lists just seven creditors.
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A first and second mortgage on the track top the list... for a total of
He owes the I-R-S another 70-thousand dollars.
His assets- -primarily the real property value of the track itself-
-outweigh liabilities by just 5-thousand dollars.
The bankruptcy petition was filed today to forestall foreclosure. It
indicates the track had a quarter million dollars in income last year... an
increase of more than 15-percent over the year before.
The race schedule remains unchanged while Taylor gets re-organized and
figures out how to pay his debts.
Mowtown was grovin today to the tune of a stanley cup championship parade,
The Steelers commit to slash,
and a former radford player returns to the Highlanders-- this time as a
The place to be tonight is Terrier Field in Vinton.
William Byrd will host Tabb in the Group Two A state baseball championship
And this afternoon Roy Stanley spoke with Byrd head coach Rodney Spradlin.
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SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/Byrd Head Coach; :21
OUT Q=.....You Steve."
Three other teams are in state championship hunts today as well.
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as we said, Byrd host Tabb at 7pm.
In Group A, Grayson County takes on Brentsville District at 7pm in their
In softball, Glenvar is playing at Powhatan at this time in the Group A state
And Rustburg plays Loudoun Valley in a 7pm game in Purcellville for the group
2A state softball championship.
The Detroit Red Wings and their city celebrated the Stanley Cup championship
today in Motown parade.
The streets were filled with thousands of fans as the city took part in a
parade that seemed endless.
The Wings swept Philadelphia; ended a drought that dated back to 1955.
Detroit fans have their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.
((SCOTTY BOWMAN/DETROIT HEAD COACH:))
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SUPER=01-Mike Vernon/Stanley Cup MVP; :15
SUPER=01-Sergei Fedorov/Red Wings Forward; :22
OUT Q=...thank you all"
Radford University men's basketball coach Ron Bradley announced today that
former Highlander Chris Hawkins is RU's new assistant coach.
Hawkins; who wore number 11 for the Highlanders, was a point guard for
Radford and was an instrumental part of the university's only Big South
Hawkins was second team all conference selection and ranks fourth in assists
and in steals for the Highlanders. The 1992 Radford graduate has serves as
Bladenburg high schools head coach in Maryland the last two years.
The Pittsburgh Steelers solidified their quarterback position today by
signing multi talented athlete Kordell Stewart to a new contract.
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Stewart's new deal is a two year extension that should make him the team's
starting quarterback this season. The extension keeps him with the Steelers
through the 2 thousand season. It includes incentives as a starting
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That's News 7 at 6.
We will begin reporting primary race results shortly after the polls close
at seven p-m, so stay tuned to your Hometown Station.
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Also remember you can find the winners on the WDBJ home page. The address
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Complete coverage tonight on News 7 at 11 and also News 7 Prime Time--that's
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