Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
fraternity brothers of an arson victim express their relief there's been an
arrest in a Radford University frat house fire.
And it's back to the public hearing stage to decide whether sex education
will be required statewide.
In sports, game five between the Bulls and the Jazz is on everyone's mind,
a recap of yesterday's state championship action,
and the Washington Redskins have landed an offensive weapon.
More clouds than sun...and a few showers tossed into the mix. That's the
forecast coming up.
Friends of a Radford University student killed when his fraternity house
burned say they knew it wasn't an accident.
SUPER=03-Radford/February 24, 1996;
21- year old Christopher Mirch died in February of last year when the Delta
Tau Chi fraternity house, on Grove Avenue, caught fire.
His body was found in an upstairs bedroom.
Yesterday, a grand jury returned an indictment against a former Radford
20- year old Michael Harvey is charged with arson and murder.
Authorities haven't released a motive.
Whatever the reason, the victim's fraternity brothers say they've always
felt the fire wasn't an accident.
IN Q=It's been
((CHARLES CUNNINGHAM/VICTIM'S FRIEND:IT'S BEEN ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AND YOU
KIND OF GIVE UP HOPE AFTER A WHILE, YOU JUST FIGURE NOTHING'S GOING TO HAPPEN,
IT WAS JUST A BIG RELIEF. ))
SUPER=01-Charles Cunningham/Victim's Friend; :00
OUT Q=big relief.
Michael Harvey is being brought back to Radford in police custody.
He was apparently undergoing annual training at Fort A- P Hill, with the
National Guard, when he was arrested.
Residents of a Roanoke apartment building ran for cover today when a
domestic dispute turned violent.
No one was injured by the gunfire, but one man was taken to the hospital
with a stab wound.
The incident happened at the Brightwood Manor Apartments on Hunt Avenue.
Roanoke police say the altercation began as a woman was removing furniture
from an apartment she shared with a fifteen year- old boyfriend.
During the confrontation, the girl's uncle allegedly stabbed the fifteen
year old in the side.
Later, police say the youth fired four shots at the uncle.
Roanoke police have charged 38- year- old Myron Wiley of Woodbridge with
Another month of hearings.
That's the word from the State Board of Education meeting at this hour in
The board also says it will NOT try to write charter schools into its new
re-write of the Standards of Accreditation... although board members debated it
over the weekend.
But elementary school guidance counselors and sex ed or "family life
education" would be optional.
IN Q=Now I know
((MICHELLE EASTON/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: NOW I KNOW THAT THIS IS SEEN BY SOME
AS A CONTROVERSIAL MOVE. AND I'M NOT GOING TO GET INTO THE MERITS OR DEMERITS
OF "FLE." THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE. THE ISSUE HERE IS PURELY AND SIMPLY
WHETHER THE STATE SHOULD MANDATE IT ON LOCAL BOARDS. AND THERE'S CONSENSUS
AMONG THE BOARD THAT THIS IS A UNIQUELY LOCAL DECISION.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Virginia Board of Education;
OUT Q=uniquely local decision.
The bulk of the changes deal with increased graduation requirements in the
Board President Michelle Easton calls these SOAs the "the most sweeping
changes for Virginia schools" in state history.
Virginia Democrats now know who they'll be running against in November.
And the Republican team is showing off its final pick.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=It was the
SUPER=03-Chesapeake/Last Night; :
SUPER=01-Jim Gilmore/(R) Candidate for Governor; 1:03
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( It was the man who did NOT advertise who won by 11 percentage points.
Chesapeake State Senator Mark Earley is finally the GOP nominee for attorney
sot 10:30:48 TAPE 2
((JIM GILMORE: I AM SO PROUD OF THIS TICKET I JUST CAN'T TELL YOU HOW PROUD I
Jim Gilmore's at the head of the troops but NO longer a "general."
He stepped down from office to campaign full time for his would-be
sot TAPE 1 10:20:37
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHEN WE HAD BILLS THAT WE WANTED TO CARRY, AND WE HAVE A
LOT OF GOOD REPUBLICANS, IT'S NOT JUST MARK, BUT NEVERTHELESS THERE'S CERTAIN
TIMES YOU WANT A VERY ARTICULATE, PRINCIPLED, AND RESPECTED INDIVIDUAL TO CARRY
SOT CHESAPEAKE TAPE 20:13:27
((MARK EARLEY: I THINK PART OF WHAT WE BRING IS AN ENTHUSIASM...ALL WALKS...
CROSS-SECTION OF VIRGINIANS TO THE TABLE.))
But the ticket's inaugural campaign swing was greeted with the labels
"extremists" and "Pat Robertson's Dream Team," courtesy of state Democratic
party chairwoman Sue Wrenn.
sot 10:37:33 TAPE 2
((JIM GILMORE: THEY'LL CALL NAMES AGAIN THIS YEAR BUT IT STILL WON'T WORK.
AND THE REASON IT WON'T WORK IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF PERFORMANCE
IN THE VIRGINIA STATE SENATE, IN THE COMMUNITY, IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S
OFFICE, AND THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA KNOW THAT THAT KIND OF BALONEY JUST ISN'T
GONNA WASH IN 1997.))
Earley did pass one major litmus test.
((FINALLY YOU HAVE A CANDIDATE ON THIS TICKET WEARING PROPER FOOTWEAR.))
((JIM GILMORE: BUT IT'S EVEN SHINED. THEY'RE EVEN SHINED.))
The whole lot of 'em want to follow in George Allen's bootsteps in November.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
In Roanoke City, it was a landslide victory for the challenger in the
Democratic primary for Commissioner of Revenue.
Sherman Holland got 69 percent of the vote to incumbent Marsha Compton
Fielder's 31 percent.
Holland maintains an audit of the commissioner of revenue's office revealed
inconsistent tax rates--Compton Fielder says the study was flawed.
Holland says his campaign will now focus on fairness for all taxpayers.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Many of us have short term memory problems--can't remember where you put
something. Still to come on News 7 at Six, a seminar today offered tips for
improving your memory.
and a new resource in the Roanoke Valley for those who are battling substance
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Parental notification for teenagers who want an abortion is 19 days from
being law in Virginia.
Tomorrow, Planned Parenthood will try to stop it.
The group will file for a temporary restraining order in federal court in
Arguments are tentatively scheduled for Friday morning.
The move comes just after the bill's chief patron picked up his party's nod
for the job to defend parental notification in court.
Republican Mark Earley got the abortion measure through the General Assembly
A two- year reorganization of drug treatment services in the Roanoke Valley
has produced a new program and a new address.
The Phases program has consolidated its offices and meeting rooms in a
renovated home on Campbell Avenue.
Today, Blue Ridge Community Services dedicated the building.
The program is less than a year old and it reflects a national shift from
residential care to more day treatment, intensive outpatient care, and relapse
IN Q=The most important message
((THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY IS THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO
BRING SOME REALLY INNOVATIVE, NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SERVICES TO THE ROANOKE
VALLEY DEALING WITH THE SUBSTANCE ABUSER.))
SUPER=01-Henry Altice/Phases Executive Director;
OUT Q=with the substance abuser.
The Phases program now provides substance abuse treatment and support
services to more than 200 clients and their families each week.
Roanoke County's new chief of police says he'd like to have more officers on
Ray Lavinder assumed the top post today.
After reviewing 73 applications from around the country, a selection
committee and then the county administrator picked an insider with 18 years on
Lavinder hinted that he may be able to get more work out of some of the top
brass and increase the number of sworn officers on the street.
IN Q=We'll be looking
((RAY LAVINDER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE CHIEF: WE WILL BE LOOKING AT AREAS OF THE
DEPARTMENT NOW, MAYBE ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS, AND SEE IF WE CAN TAKE PERSONS OUT
OF ADMINISTRATION OR SUPERVISION AND PLACE THOSE POSITIONS IN A LAW ENFORCEMENT
SUPER=01-Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police Chief
OUT Q=enforcement area.
**Keith on ENG**
Lavinder became a finalist for the job seven years ago when the department
was first formed from the old Sheriff's Department. He thought he was ready
for the job in 1990, but says he realizes now- -at age 51- -that he wasn't.
He promises to be more accessible than his predecessor.
IN Q=If you come
((IF YOU COME TO ME, I'LL DO WHAT EVER I CAN TO HELP YOU, SIMPLE AS THAT.))
OUT Q=simple as that.
The Christian Coalition has named Don Hodel as its new president, replacing
religious broadcaster Pat Robertson.
Hodel headed two departments in the Reagan administration.
He'll be responsible for the coalition's day-to-day management and
Robertson is moving from president to chairman of the board.
The Chesapeake-based group also has named former Congressman Randy Tate to
replace executive secretary Ralph Reed.
A state tax department employee won the battle but NOT the war.
Julio (JEW-lee-o) Del Corso convinced tax commissioner Danny Payne to build
a smokers room.
The agency's offices are in an open building... with a centralized smokers
lounge and shared space in the cafeteria.
In 1992, one worker who complained was given a respirator mask.
Del Corso says he's still NOT happy.
He wants smoking banned at the tax department like it is in some other state
Jumps in energy-related stocks led the way on Wall Street today,
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with the Dow gaining 37 points for a fourth consecutive record close.
NASDAQ was UP six points.
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Virginia has staged a turnaround in business recruitment by "thinking big",
luring large employers to its larger population centers.
But a high ranking business leader thinks Virginia needs to "think small"
for its next wave of development.
The president of Virginia's Chamber of Commerce told economic developers
that a disparity exists when it comes to high profile projects.
IN Q=Industry tends
((HUGH KEOGH/VA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRES.: INDUSTRY TENDS TO TRACK THE
INTERSTATES. IT HAS BEEN A TRUISM FOR MANY YEARS. AND NOW WE HAVE TO
CONTEMPLATE HOW TO SHORE UP THE EMPLOYMENT AND PERSONAL INCOME NEEDS OF THE
AREAS THAT ARE NOT SERVED BY AN INTERSTATE, ESPECIALLY THE SOUTHSIDE CORRIDOR
AND IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Hugh Keogh/Va Chamber of Commerce Pres.;
OUT Q=Southwest Virginia.
Hugh Keogh notes that before these parts of Virginia get more attention,
they need to be ready to market themselves and have sites available that are
ready for construction.
How many times have you run into someone and couldn't remember their name?
In business that can be a detriment--and those taking part in a workshop
today hope to avoid such embarrassment by improving their memories.
It's a two day seminar sponsored by the Memory Training Institute.
The partipants are learning the technique of vivid
visualization...associating visual images with words or things.
Training consultants say being able to remember information like someone's
name is crucial in business matters.
IN Q=the friendship
((GARY CASTELLANO/TRAINING CONSULTANT: THE FRIENDSHOP PRINCIPLE IS VERY VERY
IMPORTANT FOR BUSINESS AND WHAT THAT ACTUALLY IS.. PEOPLE LIKE TO DO BUSINESS
WITH PEOPLE THEY LIKE OR TRUST ))
SUPER=01-Gary Castellano/Training Consultant;
OUT Q=like or trust
Research shows people only remember 14-percent of what they hear..but more
than 50-percent of what they see.
IN Q= debbie could be
((GARY CASTELLANO/TRAINING CONSULTANT: DEBBIE COULD BE A DEAD BEE AND YOU JUST
PICTURE THAT DEAD BEE ON THAT PERSON ))
OUT Q= on that person
The Memory Training Institute is a national organization.
About 100 people attended the workshop.
The Redskins sign a wide receiver with a big reputation, we will recap
yesterday's four state championship wins,
and Roy Stanley checks in with the Scott Robertson Memorial golf scholarship
Game five of the NBA finals between Utah and Chicago tips off tonight in
Salt Lake City.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/Today; :00
Chicago arrived at it's practice facility today for a brief shoot around.
The Bulls seemed loose heading into game 5. While Rodman and Pippen were on
hand for the practice;
Michael Jordan was NOT.
((PHIL JACKSON/CHICAGO HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Chicago Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=..for sure"
The washington Redskins have signed wide receiver Alvin Harper to an
Harper was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday after a
disappointing season that included just 19 receptions. the six year NFL veteran
spent his first four seasons with the dallas Cowboys where Redskins head coach
Norv Turner was his offensive coordinator.
The Scott Robertson Memorial Golf tournament is scheduled for August again
This afternoon the scholarships were presented and tournament officials
announced that this years tournament will be highly recognized on the national
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Martin Kessler/Scott Robertson Scholarship; :13
SUPER=01-Brian Sutton/Eugene Hawthorne Scholarship; :21
SUPER=01-Miller Baber/Chairman Entry Committee; :36
SUPER=01-Mike Smith/Chairman Scott Robertson Committee; 1:00
OUT Q=......NEWS 7 SPORTS."
((This years scholarship recipients happen to attend the same school.
They are William Byrds Martin Kessler and Brian Sutton. They both have a 4
point 0 grade point average and will attend Virginia Tech.))
((MARTIN KESSLER/SCOTT ROBERTSON SCHOLARSHIP: ))
((BRIAN SUTTON/EUGENE HAWTHRONE SCHOLARSHIP: ))
((The tournament entry committee has already received 189 applications from 29
states and 5 foreign countries.
And this years field could be the best ever.))
((MILLER BABER/CHAIRMAN ENTRY COMMITTEE: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((MIKE SMITH/CHAIRMAN SCOTT ROBERTSON COMMITTEE: ))
((The tournament qualifier is scheduled for August 11-th the tournament is
August 12-th, 13-th and 14-th at the Roanoke Country Club.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Glenvar high school graduates tonight. Among the participants; three
seniors who helped win the school's fifth softball state championship last
SUPER=03-Powhatan/Group A State Championship; :00
Pitcher Amy Layman pitched 16 innings and gave up only one hit while
striking out 21 batters to lead the Lady Highlanders to a 1-nothing victory.
It's the first state title for Glenvar's softball team since 1993
((AMY LAYMAN/GLENVAR PITCHER:))
((RANAE ANDERSON/HAD GAME WINNING RUN:))
SUPER=01-Amy Layman/Glenvar Pitcher; :
SUPER=01-Renae Anderson/Had Game Winning Hit; :08
OUT Q=...did my job"
Rustburg won the Group 2A state softball championship last behind the arm of
another strong pitcher.
Lindsey Torrence a 7 hitter in shutting out Loudoun Valley 2-nothing. The
lady Red Devils have won the state 3 out of the last 5 years.
The William Byrd baseball team celebrated at Terriers field into the
early morning hours today after winning the schools first group 2A state
SUPER=03-Vinton/2A State Championship; :00
Byrd ace pitcher Chris Manning went the distance and allowed only one run.
The game ended on a Manning strikeout as the Terriers finally shake three state
semifinal losses; including last year's, by beating Tabb 4-1 for the title.
IN Q="last year
((CHRIS MANNING/WILLIAM BYRD PITCHER:))
SUPER=01-Chris Manning/William Byrd Pitcher; :00
OUT Q=...came through for the win"
SUPER=03-Independence/Group A State Championship; :00
and down in Independence; Grayson County won the Group A state baseball title
in a 4-1 victory over brenstville District.
Catcher Adam Williams brought home the eventual game winner on this shot to
left centerfield. THat made it 2-1 Blue devils and that was all they needed.
Grayson pitcher Wes Selfe, who is headed to Davidson on a scholarship, allowed
only a run while striking out 14 in the title win.
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Virginia is offering an amnesty deal to parents who are behind on child
It's in effect until a week from Friday.
If parents agree to a payment plan before then, the state won't pursue legal
Coming up tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll have reaction from parents whose
former partners have stiffed them on payments.
Is the new get-tough policy working?
For that story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports, watch News 7
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