Attorney General candidate Mark Early is campaigning across the state today,
one day after joining Jim Gilmore and John Hager on the G-O-P ticket.
And a veteran Roanoke County officer is promoted to Chief of police
Some sunshine breaking through the morning clouds--
You can look forward to another day in the low 80s.
But will showers dampen the days ahead?
We'll tell you, in the forecast.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
Roanoke County has promoted an 18-year veteran of the Police Department to
the top job.
Ray Lavinder was named Chief of Police at a news conference an hour ago.
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Keith Humphry is here to tell us more about Captain Lavinder... now CHIEF
SUPER=01-Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co.'s New Police Chief
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The nice weather couldn't coax people out to the polls yesterday.
The statewide primary had a low turnout.
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Voters elected Chesapeake State Senator Mark Earley to take on Democrat Bill
Dolan in November's race for Virginia's Attorney General.
He beat fellow Republicans Jerry Kilgore, Ken Stolle and Gil Davis.
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Here in Roanoke, the Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Revenue will
be Sherman Holland. He defeated Marsha Compton Fielder. Holland now faces
Republican Guy Byrd in the November election.
Republican Mark Earley was celebrating after last night's win.
Ellen Qualls was at the victory party last night.
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A first time run for political office is still on track for Sherman Holland.
Voters elected him as the democratic
candidate for Roanoke's Commissioner of Revenue.
Holland has worked in the Commissioner of Revenue's office for 16 years--
the last three and a half have been under incumbent Marsha Compton Fielder.
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((I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE SHERMAN ON HIS WIN. THE TURNOUT WAS THE DECIDING
FACTOR IN THIS, WHEN THIS FEW PEOPLE VOTE, WHO KNOWS WHAT'LL HAPPEN. ))
SUPER=01-Marsha Compton Fielder/Defeated Candidate;
OUT Q=WHAT'LL HAPPEN
He says a recently completed audit of the Commissioner of Revenue's office is
what convinced him to run against his boss.
IN Q=FROM DAY ONE.
((FROM DAY ONE, I'VE ALWAYS SAID, THAT FAIR AND CONSISTENT TREATMENT WAS NOT
GIVEN IN THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE'S OFFICE. AND THE AUDIT JUST CONFIRMED
WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG. ))
SUPER=01-Sherman Holland/(D) Commissioner of Revenue Cand.
OUT Q=SAYING ALL ALONG.
Holland will take on Republican Guy Byrd in the November election.
The defense has rested in the sentencing phase of the Timothy McVeigh trial.
The end of the defense case came after emotional testimony from
McVeigh's mother and father.
McVeigh's mother, Mildred Frazier, said she could not imagine
the pain and suffering experienced by the people of Oklahoma -- but
that she still can't believe her son caused such devastation.
His father, William, told jurors he loves his son, and asked
them to keep him alive.
A soldier at Fort A.P. Hill has been indicted for murder in a fire that
killed a Radford University student.
Twenty- year- old Michael Harvey of Barboursville was indicted yesterday, in
the death of Christopher Mirch.
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Mirch died in a fire at the Delta Tau Chi fraternity house.
The fire started early in the morning on the back porch of the building.
Firefighters found Mirch on the floor of a bathroom.
He was given C-P-R, but died at the hospital.
Harvey, a former Radford University student, was taken into custody last
Radford police say he's scheduled to be brought to the city jail today.
One man is dead after a accident at a roadside construction site.
Reginald Falls stepped behind a dump truck which was getting ready to unload
gravel for the re-paving of the westbound lane of Route 4-60.
Police say the driver of the truck did not see Falls and struck him with the
wheels of the vehicle.
Falls died at the scene.
Montgomery County authorities are on a man hunt today for the suspect in
The National Bank of Blacksburg on Route 4-60 was held up yesterday at
Authorities say the suspect apparently took a taxi to the bank and then
stole the vehicle.
The taxi was recovered a short time later outside Montgomery Regional
The suspect is described as a white male, six feet tall, wearing a gray T-
shirt, faded blue jeans and aviator sun glasses.
Bi-partisan politics are taking a back seat in the race for Virginia's
General Assembly -- another independent has thrown his hat in the ring.
Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney's opponent will be another Independent.
Eric Thompson, a United Parcel Service employee, announced yesterday that
he'll challenge Putney, who has served in the House since 19-62.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans are running a candidate in the race.
If Putney wins and serves out another term, he'll tie a Virginia
record for House of Delegates service set by former Speaker John
As November draws closer, more rumblings about Attorney General Jim Gilmore.
The head of a state agency that protects the rights of the mentally ill
stopped just short of accusing Gilmore of blocking a probe of a Central State
But director Sandra Reen of the agency said interviews with Central State
employees have NOT even started.
Gloria Huntley died a year ago while her arms and legs were bound
to a bed, even though her doctor had warned against such action.
A Gilmore spokesman denied any effort to block the rights of the agency's
A former black panther leader is a free man this afternoon after spending 27
years behind bars for a murder he says he did NOT commit.
SUPER=03-Santa Ana, CA/Yesterday;
Geronimo Pratt was released on 25-thousand dollars bail after his
conviction for the 19-68 murder of a Santa Monica schoolteacher was overturned.
Prosecutors had failed to disclose their main witness was a government
Pratt claims the F-B-I framed him.
((PRATT: "MY MOTHER DIDN'T RAISE A MURDERER. THE LAST PERSON I KILLED WAS
IN VIETNAM. I DIDN'T KILL ANYONE AFTER THAT." ))
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Geronimo is free while prosecutors appeal, a process that could take a year.
A Georgia woman and former Army soldier is facing espionage charges.
SUPER=03-Warner Robbins, GA;
Thirty-one- year- old Kelly Warren was charged yesterday with providing
classified information to the Hungarian and Czechoslovakian governments.
The alleged spying occurred more than ten years ago when the Soviet Union
and its allies were considered a threat to the U-S.
Warren is considered to be part of a spy ring.
Four other people have already been convicted in that ring.
It's another day of wrangling in Congress over a disaster relief bill.
SUPER=03-Capitol Hill/Last Night;
Democrats staged an all-night vigil at the Capitol claiming that the bill was
being held hostage by the G-O-P agenda.
On Monday, President Clinton vetoed the measure because Republicans had
tacked on several unrelated provisions.
G-O-P leaders say they're willing to make a compromise.
Major Frank Burns and Major
Charles Winchester the third are in South Korea today.
It's not a re-run of the popular C-B-S T-V show "MASH."
Instead, it's the end of a long run for the real-life MASH unit that
inspired the series and the movie.
Bruce Dunning reports.
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SUPER=01-Bruce Dunning/Reporting; 1:32
OUT Q=Bruce Dunning, CBS News, Tokyo.
"Mash" the television show may be more famous -- but Mash -- the
real thing -- has been running a lot longer.
Now like the TV show that folded its tents 14 years ago, the Army's
43rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital today folded its flag....the
tents they'd given up years ago.
Among the real-life military brass saying good-bye to the famed
unit were a couple of the actors who kept the TV Mash running for
11 seasons....and the producer who dreamed it up all up, Larry
Super -- Larry Linville "Major Frank Burns"
My favorite experience....well..it's just.... but also of
Remember Frank Burns...remember the pompous major
Winchester...how about Hotlips Hoolihan...and Radar.
From 1972 to 1983, they spun comedy and pathos from the off-stage
horrors of the Korean war .... for audiences grown weary of the
real-life war in Vietnam.
Now the Army is phasing out its last four remaining MASH
units...including the 43rd. They're being replaced with more
modern, more efficient -- but obviously less funny -- units
called Dep-meds....deployeable medical systems.
SOT David Ogden Stiers --Major Winchester
"There is a sense of proper honor....."
Time and new technology have made the old hospital unit obsolete.
So, like the TV show, the real-life MASH marches into history.
Bruce Dunning, cbs news, tokyo.))
A new technique to detect gall bladder disease is being pioneered in
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 gastro-scope 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.
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((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
Southwest Virginia now has several
grants for historic preservation thanks to the state.
The city of Roanoke got five-thousand dollars to survey historic resources
in the Belmont neighborhood.
Private groups and city officials say that part of Southeast has significant
architectural and historical value.
Pulaski County got ten-thousand dollars to document its early industrial
Grants also went to projects in Giles and Rockbridge Counties, and the town
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Our W-D-B-J high school baseball and softball teams batted a thousand last
night as Glenvar, Rustburg, Grayson County and William Byrd won state
championships. Steve Mason has a recap.
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SUPER=01-Amy Layman/17 Strikeouts, Allowed 1 Hit; :26
SUPER=01-Spike Harrison/Glenvar Head Coach; :34
SUPER=03-Vinton/Group A Baseball Championship; :40
SUPER=34-William Byrd/4/Tabb/1; :47
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/William Byrd Head Coach; 1:01
SUPER=03-Independence/Group A Baseball Championship; 1:17
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((Glenvar captured the Group A state softball championship yesterday;
beating Powhatan 1-nothing in a 16 inning marathon.
While it was a team effort; pitcher Amy Layman carried a gigantic load. The
senior pitched 16 scoreless innings, gave up only one hit and struck out 17.
Renae Anderson knocked in Elizabeth Wilbourne in the 16th; that was the
game winner as Glenvar adds some metal to it's trophy case.
In baseball; William Byrd held it's first ever state championship trophy
high. Byrd downed Tabb 4-1 in Vinton. Tommy Chambers accounted for one of
those runs; bringing in Ross Blankenship on this basehit.
The Terriers ace Chris Manning ends the game on a strikeout; Byrd flies to
it's first ever group 2A state championship 4-1.
In Group A; grayson County also won a baseball state title for the first
time in school history.
The Blue devils beat Brentsville District 4-1 in front of 1500 fans in
Independence. Adam Williams plates the eventual game winner on this basehit
that scores a run. 2-1 Grayson Co in the bottom of the sixth.
Pitcher Wes Selfe did the wrest. The senior struck out 14 to lead his Blue
devils to the single A title 4-1.
Congratulations to our Hometown Station winners. Steve Mason News 7
Rustburg won the Group 2-A softball state championship last night. The Lady
Red Devils topped Loudoun Valley 2-nothing. Rustburg has won three softball
state championships in the last five years.
On to college football where the Philadelphia Eagles have come to terms
with former Virginia star Jon Harris. Harris, who played defensive end for the
Cavaliers, is the first player selected in the first round of the draft to sign
a contract. The deal is for five years. No terms of the contract have been
Radford University men's basketball coach Ron Bradley announced yesterday
that former Highlander Chris Hawkins is R-U'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 19-92 Radford graduate has serves as
Bladenburg high schools head coach in Maryland the last two years.
Scotland has its Loch Ness Monster, the U-S and Canada have Big Foot.
Now it looks like Turkey can claim the Lake Van Monster.
SUPER=03-Lake Van, Turkey;
For more than two years some one-thousand people reported seeing a strange
creature in Lake Van.
Images of the 50 foot creature were even captured on home video.
World famous marine biologist Jacques Costeau is planning to fly to the area
and examine the lake.