The same jury that convicted Timothy McVeigh of the Oklahoma City bombing
could begin deciding his fate today.
And some Garden City residents are letting the city buy them out of the
Increasing clouds today, along with some widely scattered showers.
More humid and unstable air is invading the region.
The complete forecast-- plus a preview of the weekend, coming up.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
In Denver this afternoon, the prosecution is arguing that Timothy McVeigh
should pay for the Oklahoma City bombing with his life.
Closing statements in the penalty phase of McVeigh's trial began this
Prosecutors told the jury now is the time for justice and justice demands a
Many of the bomb survivors and relatives of the victims agree.
IN Q=everybody that's in
((EVERYBODY'S THAT'S IN PRISON ARE NOT DOING A LIFE SENTENCE AND WITH MCVEIGH'S
ATTITUDE TOWARD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT I FEEL THAT HE WILL ONLY GO TO PRISON
AND RECRUIT OTHER PEOPLE TO GO OUT AND CAUSE A LOT OF PAIN AND GRIEF FOR
INNOCENT PEOPLE. ))
SUPER=01-Jannie Coverdale/Grandmother of Bombing Victims;
OUT Q=for innocent people.
Once the defense concludes its closing arguments, the jury will receive
instructions from the judge and begin debating McVeigh's fate.
A unanimous verdict is needed for the death penalty.
A fire at the Compton Wood Products Factory left the Henry County business
with heavy smoke and water damage.
By the time firefighters arrived at the furniture parts factory in the
northern end of the county, smoke was coming from the building.
Firefighters managed to put out the blaze and contain the fire to the inside
of the building.
Collinsville's fire chief says early warning from an automated alarm system
helped firefighters control the blaze in less than a half hour.
IN Q=it could have been
SUPER=01-Daryl Emberson/Collinsville Fire Chief;
OUT Q=went well
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Many Garden City residents are taking Roanoke up on its offer to buy.
So far the city has purchased seven homes through a federal mitigation
Flooding devastated the Roanoke neighborhood two years ago.
Now a combination of federal, state and local funds is allowing the city to
buy up property in the flood prone area.
39 homes qualify for the voluntary program.
IN Q=WE SEND THE
((GREG REED/ROANOKE CITY ENGINEER: WE SEND THE OWNER A PURCHASE AGREEMENT
BASED ON AN INDEPENDENT APPRAISAL WE'VE HAD DONE OF THE HOME AND THEN THEY CAN
DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN SELLING.))
SUPER=01-Greg Reed/Roanoke City Engineer;
OUT Q=INTERESTED IN SELLING
Reed says the city is closing on one or two homes a week.
The purchased homes will be demolished.
The city has to maintain the vacant lots under the purchase-relocation
Demolition could begin in August.
Relief money could soon be flowing to flood victims now that Republican
leaders have agreed to a compromise.
G-O-P lawmakers have agreed to scrap or soften amendments that prompted the
President to veto the disaster relief bill on Monday.
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND;
The political bickering is angering flood victims who are simply trying to
IN Q=I'M JUST DISGUSTED WITH WASHINGTON.
SUPER=01-Marcia Kluck/Flood Victim
OUT Q=THE DISASTER BILL.
A vote on the scaled down bill could come today.
A week after asking federal regulators to prohibit unlimited "soft money"
contributions to political parties, President Clinton attended a fundraiser
seeking the same kind of cash to help the Democratic party get out of debt.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Last Night;
And while Mr. Clinton was inside a Washington Hotel speaking, some 50
members of a Washington watchdog organization called "Common Cause" were
((HEY, HEY, HO, HO, SOFT MONEY HAS GOT TO GO. ))
OUT Q=HAS GOT TO GO.
The Democratic party is more than 14 MILLION dollars in debt.
C-S-X engineers are worried about safety on the job.
Just after midnight they staged a strike at the Cincinnati rail yards.
But the walkout lasted just two hours.
A court order forced them back to work.
The workers think more needs to be done to promote safety.
They also think that last weekend's fatal train wreck in West Virginia could
have been avoided.
One engineer was killed in that accident and two other rail workers injured.
Parents who don't pay child support are getting a shot at amnesty if they
start paying before a new state crack down.
Tina Tenret reports.
IN Q=Single parents
SUPER=01-Jeff Cumbo/A. C. E. S.; :04
SUPER=01-Lisha Whitlock/Dept. of Social Services; :48
OUT Q=News 7 Danville
(( Single parents are rallying together to protect their children.
IN Q=There was
((JEFF CUMBO/ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF SUPPORT: THERE WAS
A LITTLE GIRL WHO SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS ABOUT SEVEN YEARS OLD. SHE WAS VERY
ARTICULATE AND GAVE HER NAME AND NUMBER AND SAID, "MY PROBLEM IS MY BIRTHDAY
WAS FOUR MONTHS AGO, BUT MY DADDY HASN'T SENT MY BIRTHDAY PRESENT."))
OUT Q=birthday present
In about 25 thousand cases, parents are stiffing their families on child
That's in the Danville area alone.
Social Services is willing to work a deal.
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If delinquent parents call an office and start paying now, they won't go to
The deal is only good until next Friday.
But many non-paying parents can't be found, so they don't know about this
IN Q= Some of our
((LISHA WHITLOCK/DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES: SOME OF OUR NON-CUSTODIAL
PARENTS ARE VERY TRANSIENT, THEY MOVE FROM STATE TO STATE, THEY ARE TRYING TO
AVOID CHILD SUPPORT.))
Some say the state didn't work hard enough to spread the word.
IN Q= I know
((I KNOW SITUATIONS THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN OUT OF THEIR CHILDREN'S LIVES AND
REUNITE, AND IT'S WONDERFUL. AND WE'RE DENYING THESE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY.
IT'S A GREAT PROGRAM, BUT WHAT GOOD IS IT GOING TO BE IF NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT
OUT Q=knows about it
The Danville district office mailed out 3600 letters to delinquent parents.
Lisha Whitlock says she's received about 70 calls in response.
Again, the program ends next Friday, June 20th.
Tina Tenret, News 7, Danville.))
A Delta flight headed to Madrid from Atlanta was forced to land at New
York's Kennedy Airport early this morning because of a message
written on a bathroom wall.
SUPER=03-JFK Airport, NY;
One of the plane's 170 passengers saw the message-- described as
"alarming" and notified the pilot.
The pilot then decided to land the plane and have it checked out.
While authorities did NOT find any kind of device on Flight 108, the F-B-I
did question all of the passengers.
If they haven't started yet, the presses will not doubtedly soon begin
rolling on Gilmore-Hager-Earley campaign paraphernalia.
Virginia Republicans are on the campaign trail.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=It was the
SUPER=03-Chesapeake/Tuesday 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.))
It was a day of celebration
for the 19-97 graduating class of William Fleming High School.
Almost 230 students received diplomas today.
Proud parents, family members and friends gathered to support the students
as they prepare to journey into the future.
The students were anxious to graduate.
IN Q= it feels great
((BRENT ELLIOT/GRADUATE: IT FEELS GREAT I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS A LONG
OUT Q=long time
IN Q=i'm ready
((JESSICA ENTSMINGER/GRADUATE: I'M READY TO GO. I HAVE 6 YEARS OF COLLEGE ON
THE WAY AT ETSU FOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST.. SO I'M VERY EXCITED ))
SUPER=01-Brent Elliot/Graduate; :00 QUICK
SUPER=01-Jessica Entsminger/Graduate; :02
OUT Q=very excited
65-percent of the students will be attending college in the fall.
Students from Patrick Henry will also be graduating today.
"The most sweeping changes for Virginia schools" in state history are on the
That's the word from the state School Board President.
But the board will give the public a month to provide input. They can speak
out on the drastic changes the board and Governor Allen have suggested.
That includes making elementary school guidance counselors and sex ed or
"family life education" 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
A new state law requiring parental notification for teens wanting an abortion
goes into effect this month.
Today, Planned Parenthood will try to stop it.
The group will file for a temporary restraining order in a Charlottesville
federal court house.
Arguments are tentatively scheduled for tomorrow morning.
We'll have an update on this today on News 7 at five and six.
One state worker is fuming about smoking in the workplace.
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 19-92, 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
Moving day is over for a Roanoke substance abuse program.
Yesterday, the Phases program celebrated its move into a renovated home on
Less than a year old, the drug treatment program adds another dimension to
substance abuse services in the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q=We've been heavily laden
((HENRY ALTICE/PHASES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE'VE BEEN HEAVILY LADEN WITH
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS IN THE PAST, WHICH HAS REDUCED OUR ABILITY TO ADDRESS DAY
TREATMENT, SUPPORT SERVICES, MORE OUTPATIENT- BASED SERVICES AND THIS ENABLES
US TO PROVIDE ANYWHERE IN THE COURSE OF A YEAR, I'D SAY, SERVING MORE LIKE 500
MORE INDIVIDUALS THAN WE COULD HAVE OTHERWISE.))
SUPER=01-Henry Altice/Phases Executive Director;
OUT Q=could have otherwise.
The Phases program has been operating since last summer in rented space.
The move to Campbell Avenue has consolidated offices and meeting rooms
under one roof.
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Disparity is a word often used to describe how education funding is unevenly
distributed in Virginia.
Now it's being applied to economic development.
Hugh Keogh (KEY-oh) is the president of Virginia's Chamber of Commerce.
He says recent industrial recruitment only benefits the Commonwealth's big
Now it's time to pay attention to less populated regions, like Southwest and
IN Q=State officials
((HUGH KEOGH/VA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRES.: STATE OFFICIALS HAVE TO HELP TO HELP
TO GIVE AN EXTRA BOOST TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORT OF THOSE COMMUNITIES,
AND THE COMMUNITIES THEMSELVES HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, THAT IN A VERY COMPETITIVE
ENVIRONMENT, THAT THEY MUST BE FULLY BUTTONED UP, BOTH MARKETING WISE AND IN
TERMS OF THEIR PRODUCT, THEIR INDUSTRIAL PARKS AND BUILDINGS.))
SUPER=01-Hugh Keogh/Virginia Chamber of Commerce Pres.;
OUT Q=parks and buildings.
Keogh spoke at a regularly held seminar for Virginia economic developers.
After game five of the N-B-A finals the Bulls are ahead three games to two.
Chicago beat Utah 90-to-88 last night.
A very sick Micheal Jordan capped a 38- point night by hitting the go-ahead
jumper with 25 seconds left in the game.
Jordan has been suffering with flu like symptoms and did NOT even practice
before yesterday's game.
IN Q=I was really
((I WAS REALLY TIRED. I WAS VERY WEAK. AT HALF TIME I TOLD PHIL TO USE ME IN
SPURTS, BUT SOMEHOW I FOUND THE ENERGY AND STAYED STRONG. I WANTED IT REALLY
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/ Chicago Bulls
OUT Q=IT REALLY BAD."
Jordan had seven rebounds and three assists in the game.
Scottie Pippen added 17 points for the Bulls.
Chicago goes into game six tomorrow night at the United Center as the team
tries for its fifth title in seven years.
Tiger Woods is eyeing the history books after teeing off today in the first
round of the U-S Open.
He's already won the Masters, but nobody has won both tournaments
in the same year since Jack Nicklaus in 19-72.
Also playing in the 97th open, defending champ Steve Jones.
It's been a long time coming, but interleague play in baseball begins today.
And the fans are ready.
Tonight's start of a three-game matchup between Atlanta and Baltimore is
The teams have the two best records in the majors.
TAPE#=net (edit of CL-97)
Forty losses now top the Avalanche scorecard as it dropped another game to
Kinston last night 6-to-3.
SUPER=03-Salem/Indians vs. Avalanche;
Salem got on the board first. Chad Gambill connects and Ben Petrick scores
The Indians were out in front 3-to-2 at the top of the fourth.
They add to that with Rafael Gross's one bagger to left to score a run.
That's all Frankie Sanders needed; here he strikes out Vincente Garcia and
Kinston tops Salem 6-to-3.
The Scott Robertson Memorial Golf tournament is in August. Tournament
officials distributed the scholarships yesterday.
Roy Stanley reports.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Martin Kessler/Scott Robertson Scholarship; :13
SUPER=01-Brian Sutton/Eugene Hawthorne Scholarship; :21
SUPER=01-Miller Baber/Entry Committee Chairman; :36
SUPER=01-Mike Smith/Scott Robertson Committee Chairman; :52
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 HAWTHORNE 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.))