Coming up on News 7 at ELEVEN--
An accident in Roanoke County injures three people-- and leaves traffic
backed up for miles.
President Clinton has launched a campaign against racism with a defense of
And the jurors who convicted and condemned Timothy McVeigh to death say
they have one question for him.
It's coming up on News 7.
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Good evening, I'm Connie Stevens. Eric Earnhart has the night off.
President Clinton is calling on Americans to help build a more perfect, more
tolerant, union-- one America, absent of bigotry and hate.
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Speaking at a commencement address in San Diego, Clinton said racial issues
are dividing the country.
IN Q=Now, when there
((NOW, WHEN THERE IS MORE CAUSE FOR HOPE THAN FEAR, WHEN WE ARE NOT DRIVEN TO
IT BY SOME EMERGENCY OR SOCIAL CATACLYSM. NOW IS THE TIME WE SHOULD LEARN
TOGETHER, TALK TOGETHER AND ACT TOGETHER TO BUILD ONE AMERICA. ))
OUT Q=build one America.
Clinton used the opportunity to kick-off a year-long campaign to get
Americans to talk about race.
He also reminded the nation that 50 years from now, there will be no
Right now, whites make up more than 73-percent of the population.
In the next century, that number will shrink to 50-percent-- while all
minority groups continue to grow.
To announce his initiative, Clinton chose Scripps Institute in
California-- that state voted to end racial quotas in government and education.
Today-- Clinton called that a mistake, and warned of re-segregation.
The leader of that affirmative action ban immediately took issue with the
IN Q=Discrimination is wrong.
(( WARD CONNERLY: DISCRIMINATION IS WRONG. THE COURTS ARE SAYING IT'S WRONG.
THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING IT'S WRONG. AND WE'RE SAYING WHEN YOU USE RACE, WHETHER
IT'S TO BUILD DIVERSITY OR KEEP IT DOWN, IT'S ALL THE SAME THING. ))
SUPER=01-Ward Connerly/Affirmative Action Opponent; :
OUT Q=the same thing.
At the other end of the spectrum there's a fear that the President's
initiative will be a lot of talk, and not enough action.
IN Q=For four and a
((RON WALTERS, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLITICAL SCIENTIST: FOR FOUR AND A HALF
YEARS HE USED RACE REALLY AS A FOIL FOR OTHER POLITICAL OBJECTIVES AND SO ONE
OF THE CHALLENGES HE'S GOT NOW IS REALLY TO CONVINCE - NOT ONLY BLACKS BUT
OTHER PEOPLE - THAT HE'S REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Ron Walters/Political Scientist; :
OUT Q=about this.
Clinton's campaign will include town hall meetings and monthly events on
race and its divisions.
Jurors who convicted Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing trial--
and then condemned him to die by injection-- say careful thought went into
Eleven of the 12 jurors
appeared at a Denver news conference.
They say, now, they just want to ask McVeigh-- WHY?
IN Q=I would have liked
((RUTH MEIER/JURY MEMBER: I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HEARD FROM HIM, TO HAVE
KNOWN WHEN IN HIS LIFE HE CHANGED ))
((ROGER BROWN/JURY MEMBER:
YOU GO INTO THIS ASSUMING THAT MR. MCVEIGH IS INNOCENT. AND THE
PROSECUTION OVERWHELMED US WITH TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE. I KNOW THAT TO ME
PERSONALLY, THE MOST SHOCKING BLOW
WAS THAT, YEAH, HE'S GUILTY.))
SUPER=01-Ruth Meier/Jury Member; :00
SUPER=01-Roger Brown/Jury Member; :08
OUT Q=yeah, he's guilty.
When asked if they'd ever want to serve on another jury, they answered
with a resounding "NO."
Three people are hospitalized tonight following a head-on collision in
The wreck happened just before four o'clock this afternoon near the
intersection of Lost Hollow Drive and Catawba Valley Road.
A station-wagon... heading south-- crossed the center-line and hit a pick-up
North bound traffic was at a standstill for more than two hours-- backed up
for several miles.
Three people were injured in the accident, two critically.
Police are not releasing their names, but they say charges are pending
against the driver of the station wagon.
Tenants of Roanoke's Chatham Hills say maintenance problems are making
their apartments an unfit place to live.
They say that many of these problems have been around for years.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=Joyce Gardner says
SUPER=01-Joyce Gardner/Resident; :20
SUPER=01-Shakeba McMillan/Resident; :52
SUPER=01-Anita Powell/Resident; 1:00
OUT Q=News 7
((Joyce Gardner says she's been trying to get her bathroom repaired since
she moved in to Chatham Hills Apartments nearly two years ago.
But the plumbing problems became more urgent in December when water started
seeping out from underneath the walls.
She says she's going to withhold her rent until the repairs are made.
IN Q=they want to
((JOYCE GARDNER/RESIDENT: THEY WANT TO TAKE ME TO COURT WHEN I OWE THEM MONEY.
I'M GOING TO TAKE THEM TO COURT THIS MONTH CAUSE THERE'S NO SENSE IN THIS. ALL
I ASKED THEM IS TO DO SOMETHING WITH THIS WATER.))
OUT Q=WITH THIS WATER
Other residents from the four buildings that make up the Chatham Hills
Apartment complex have had similar complaints.
They say these steps have been in dangerous disrepair for nearly four
Shakeba Macmillan and her son have lived here six months and still she says
she's waiting for maintenance to repair holes in the wall, bathroom fixtures
and the stove--only one out of four burners works.
IN Q=I've called
((SHAKEBA MACMILLAN/RESIDENT: I'VE CALLED. I'VE GIVEN THEM COMPLAINTS. I
TOOK IT TO LEGAL AIDE AND THAT'S WHEN THEY CAME AND PUT EYES IN HERE BUT THEY
NEVER GOT THEM WORKING.))
OUT Q=GOT THEM WORKING
IN Q=NOT FIXING
((NOT FIXING THE APARTMENTS UP TO WHERE PEOPLE CAN LIVE ACCORDINGLY IN A
FASHION TO WHERE THEY'RE PROUD TO PAY THEIR RENT TO LIVE IN A FASHION WHERE
THEY DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY'RE COMING HOME TO A WAR ZONE.))
OUT Q=A WAR ZONE
Shakeba Mcmillan says she's going to try to get out of her lease.
While Joyce Gardner says this apartment is affordable and located close to
her two jobs so she's going to fight to get the repairs done.
Hall and Associates is in charge of renting the property.
The company has referred all comments to the property manager.
And he is out of town.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Some residents of Old Southwest Roanoke want to make their neighborhood an
unfriendly place---for CRIMINALS. Over the years residents on Day and
Marshall Avenues have worked to clean up the community.
The effort is spreading to Elm Avenue where residents hope to get neighbors
and businesses involved in the "take back the neighborhood" effort.
Management of the Village Store is trying to keep their lot clean and stop
IN Q=we usually make
((DIPEN SHAH/THE VILLAGE STORE: WE USUALLY MAKE ROUNDS EVERY 15 TO 20 MINUTES
JUST TO MAKE SURE NOBODY'S HANGING AROUND THE PLACES WE CAN SEE FROM INSIDE THE
STORE. IF THERE IS ANYBODY WE ASK THEM TO LEAVE.))
SUPER=01-Dipen Shah/The Village Store;
OUT Q=ASK THEM TO LEAVE
In a meeting today residents talked about recruiting members for a
They also say people can help police fight crime by taking license plate
numbers of suspected drug dealers.
The residents hope by uniting they'll make their community a safer place to
The federal government is making good on a threat-- it's withholding
anti-pollution funds from the Commonwealth.
The Environmental Protection Agency is keeping more than a million dollars
in funds, until there's more investigation into the reorganization of the state
Department of Environmental Quality.
The D-E-Q laid off 29 managers this spring,
including computer experts involved in filing reports to the E-P-A on industry
New jobs were created, for which they could apply.
A D-E-Q spokesman says the agency is now working to fulfill the E-P-A
requests for information-- dating back to 19-94.
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Still to come on News 7 at Eleven--
find out how much money your boss makes, by cruising the internet.
And, more information from an investigation of a balcony collapse at the
University of Virginia.
Now, here's Andrew Freiden with a quick look at the weekend's weather.
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According to published reports Montgomery County officials have charged an
Elliston man with involuntary manslaughter...
use file tape from 97-34 Mont. Ax folo; 597-25, 5-Trucks-Belt
for a car accident that left a 7-year old girl dead.
Christopher Fisher was driving a pick-up truck along route 460 when he
crashed into another car about three weeks ago.
Samantha Rentch was thrown from the bed of the truck when the accident
She died at the scene.
Police also charged Fisher with drunk driving shortly after the accident.
Investigators believe they may have found the weapon used to kill a Roanoke
57 year old Estel (ES-tull) Singleton was robbed and shot at the Ironto
rest stop in April.
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33-year-old Livingston "Bud" Pritchett was arrested last month on capital
murder and robbery charges.
According to published reports-- a search warrant filed in Montgomery County
Circuit Court stated that forensic tests matched the bullet found in
Singleton's body to the gun authorities recovered in Pritchett's hotel room.
The warrant was filed to get a blood sample from Pritchett.
Authorities say there appeared to be blood on the pistol.
Test will be done to determine if it IS blood and whether or not it's the
Ever wonder how much your boss makes?
If you work for one of the nation's top 800 publicly held companies, you can
check out their paycheck on-line.
Eric Earnhart has more in this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=Forbes Magazine's
OUT Q=EE., News 7
((Forbes Magazine's Digital Tool site has a search engine that lists the
salaries of the nation's top 800 companies.
Type in the company name, and the site lists the CEO, his compensation
package, and where he ranks financially in that business category.
You can't sneak onto a space shuttle, but NASA says a Delaware teen did the
next best thing, hacking into their web site.
The teen allegedly got into the site for the Marshall Space Flight Center,
posting messages that called government officials "extremely stupid".
His computer has been confiscated.
Here's an unusual site we've uncovered...
It's John F. Kennedy's last will and testament.
The Suffolk County Register of Probate put up the document to mark the
anniversary of Kennedy's birth, 80 years last month.
To find out more about our 35th President, and to visit the other sites
we've featured, click on webwatch at the WDBJ-7 home page, at
Eric Earnhart, News7))
A consulting firm continues looking into the balcony collapse that left one
woman dead at the University of Virginia's commencement last month.
SUPER=04-May 18; :
The company's initial report shows the structure was sound--
except for the one corroded support rod.
The university's inspection practices have come under scrutiny since the
175-year-old balcony collapsed May 18th.
The final report on the accident is expected this summer.
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Coming up next on News 7 at Eleven,
we'll show you how a local group is helping to protect Roanoke's watersheds.
And, Lee Ann Rimes heads a long list of popular country singers at a music
Stay tuned for that story and more when News 7 at Eleven returns.
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On Monday, the Western Virginia Land Trust will encourage the city of
Roanoke to grant "conservation easements," to help protect the city's main
watersheds on Mill Mountain and Carvin's Cove.
The group is new to the Roanoke Valley, but has a successful track record
across the country.
IN Q=It represents
((RUPERT CUTLER/WESTERN VIRGINIA LAND TRUST: IT REPRESENTS A GRASS ROOTS
MOVEMENT THAT IS SWEEPING THE COUNTRY OF VOLUNTARY LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SEE THE
NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT UNPLANNED CHAOTIC URBAN SPRAWL.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Western Virginia Land Trust; :00
OUT Q=chaotic urban sprawl.
Its mission is to preserve landscapes, green spaces, and historic
The primary tool the group uses is voluntary conservation easement which
limits development on the property in exchange for tax benefits.
To hear more about the Western Virginia Land Trust, and the growing use of
conservation easements, watch the public affairs program On Record, Sunday
Morning at 11.
American Electric Power customers may soon be paying more.
The company has filed a request with the state, hoping to raise its rates by
nearly five percent.
The increase would generate an extra 30 point five million dollars for
A company spokesperson maintains A-E-P rates remain among the lowest in the
If approved, the rate hike will take effect in November.
Farms are often kept in a family, passed down from generation to
In many cases, however, large estate taxes or inheritance taxes levied on
farms leave the new owners unable to continue the family business.
But, one group of farmers is trying to change all of that.
Stacey Martin has the story.
IN Q=Richard Jeter just
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Jeter/Farmer; :14
SUPER=01-Ned Jeter/5th Generation Farmer; :55
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Botetourt Co.
Richard Jeter just celebrated his 80th birthday last month. After a
lifetime of hard work, he is concerned about the future of his family farm.
SOT 13.09.34 - 13.09.49
IN Q=This part of
((RICHARD JETER/FARMER; THIS PART OF THE COUNTY IS HIGH PRICED LAND. AND, THEY
PUT THE PRICE ON IT WHERE IT SEEMS TO ME IT'S KIND OF IMPOSSIBLE. YOU COULDN'T
FARM IT FOR WHAT THEY PRICE IT FOR.))
OUT Q=price it for.
The "price" he's talking about is the assessment for the estate tax--money
that must be paid to the federal government once a farm is handed down from one
generation to the next.
Currently, farmers can take a 600,000 dollar exemption, but for many that's
not enough--they end up selling much of their land in order to pay the tax,
leaving them in some cases unable to continue the family business.
SOT 13.03.10 - 13.03.30
IN Q=It just doesn't
((NED JETER/5TH GENERATION FARMER; IT JUST DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT FOR SOMEONE,
LET'S SAY A FARMER TO LIVE HIS WHOLE LIFE AND PAY THE TAXES AND KEEP THE FARM
UP AND THEN AT HIS DEATH FOR A FARM TO BE PASSED ON TO SOMEONE ELSE FOR A BIG
TAX TO HIT WHEN TAXES HAVE BEEN PAID OVER THE YEARS ON THE FARM. IT JUST
DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT.))
OUT Q=doesn't seem right
Ned Jeter and other area farmers are hoping to challenge the current
They're leading the "Kill the Death Tax Campaign," a letter-writing effort
that's now nationwide.
The new budget passed by President Clinton and the Republican Congress
already includes an effort to reform the estate tax, but many farmers say
that's not good enough and more needs to be done.
SOT 14.26.57 - 14.27.14
IN Q=June 30th is
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING; JUNE 30TH IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THE LETTERS,
AFTER THAT FARMERS SAY THEY PLAN TO TAKE THEIR CAMPAIGN TO WASHINGTON WHERE
THEY'LL ASK THEIR CONGRESSMEN TO NOT JUST REFORM THE ESTATE TAX BUT GET RID OF
IT ALTOGETHER. STACEY MARTIN NEWS 7, BOTETOURT COUNTY.))
OUT Q=SM,News 7, Botetourt Co.
For more information on this campaign, contact your local Farm Bureau or the
American Farm Bureau Federation.
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The Salem Avalanche was at home tonight going for their third straight win
while hosting the Winston-Salem Warthogs.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Warthogs; :
Avalanche mascot Mugsy the Dog having a good time at the park.
In the bottom of the fourth, Salem's David Foyerstein hits a shot to right
centerfield for a single scoring Forry Wells from third Salem led 3 to 1.
The Warthogs got on the board again in the top of the fifth. Raymon Gomez
singles to right field scoring Brent Wilhelm to make the score 4 to 2 Salem.
In the bottom of the sixth, Salem gets on the board Vicente Garcia hits it
down the third base line Foyerstein scores from third and the Avalanche wins it
5 to 2.
Salem won the second game with the Warthogs tonight 7 to 5.
Chris Hoiles drove in the winning run in the 12-th to lead the Baltimore
Orioles to a 6 to 4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :
Mike Mussina on the hill for the Orioles.
In the bottom of the sixth, Atlanta's Javey Lopez hits this solo homer over
the left field wall to make it 3 to 1 Braves.
But the Orioles rallied in the top of the seventh. Brady Anderson getting
all of this pitch for a two run homer over the right field wall to tie it at 3
Then in the top of the 8-th Rafael Palmiero sends this pitch over the left
centerfield wall for a solo homer to make it 4 to 3 Orioles.
It was tied 4 to 4 but in the top SUPER=35-Baltimore/6/Atlanta/4/;of the
12-th Hoiles hits this shot off the wall in right field for a two run double
and the Orioles win it 6 to 4 in 12.
The Cleveland Indians came from behind to beat the St. Louis Cardinals this
afternoon 8 to 3.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
The Indians trailed by one after two.
Then in the bottom of the fourth John Mabry sends this pitch over the right
centerfield wall for a solo homer to give the Cardinals a 2 to nothing lead.
But the Indians took control in the seventh. Jim Thome hits this two run
double to left centerfield and the game was tied at 3 to 3.
Then in the 8-th Cleveland's SUPER=35-Cleveland/8/St. Louis/3/;Marquis
Grissom hits this pitch up the middle scoring a run to make it 4 to 3 Cleveland
and the Indians win it 8 to 3.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/FOX SPORTS; :
In New York, Mark Clark had a no hitter broken up in the 8-th but he hit
his first major league homer in the fifth to lead the Mets over the Red Sox.
Now, Here's the rest of the interleague scores.
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OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, The Bulls talk about the future the Jazz returns home to a
And the athletic programs at the University of Virginia received a huge gift
from an alumnus this afternoon.
The Athletic programs at the University of Virginia and Clinch Valley
College, the University's only branch received a big gift today.
This afternoon the University of Virginia announced that Carl W. Smith a
native of Wise, Virginia and Alumnus of U-V-A made a gift of 25 million to the
2-Million goes to Clinch Valley for a football facility on its campus. The
remainder of the money will be used for a 16-thousand seat addition to Scott
IN Q="I don't think...
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: ))
((TERRY HOLLAND/UVA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: ))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVA Head Football Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Terry Holland/UVA Athletic Director; :19
OUT Q=.......As a whole."
The gift is the largest in the history of U-V-A and Clinch Valley.
Rain delayed today's round at the U-S Open and 21 players failed to finish
SUPER=03-Bethesda, MD/NBC SPORTS; :
But when the round was called because of darkness Jeff Maggert was the
leader at four under par. He held a one shot lead through 14 holes.
Hal Sutton had one of the shots of the day. From the fairway on the 8-th
hole Sutton drops this shot right in the cup for an eagle. Sutton Stewart Cink
and Tommy Tolles were one under par late in the round.
Colin Montgomerie is two under through 16 while Tiger Woods bogeyed his
final hold of the day. He's at four over through 16.
While the Bulls celebrate their fifth N-B-A championship there's still some
work to be done.
The Organization must decide if its going to keep head coach Phil Jackson,
Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman for another run at their sixth
IN Q="I think...
((MICHAEL JORDAN/FINALS MVP: ))
((SCOTTIE PIPPEN/BULLS FORWARD: ))
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Finals M-V-P; :00
SUPER=01-Scottie Pippen/Bulls Forward; :25
OUT Q=..........us together."
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT; :
The Jazz returned home to Salt Lake City today and received a warm welcome
from their fans despite losing to Chicago in the N-B-A finals.
IN Q="They've given...
((JEFF HORNACEK/JAZZ GUARD: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Hornacek/Jazz Guard; :
OUT Q=.....BEHIND US."
Bill Elliott led second round qualifying at Michigan for tomorrow's Miller
He will start 26-th after posting a speed of 183 point 192 miles per hour.
Now here's positions 26 through 48.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Bill Elliott/183.192/27. Ward Burton//28 Billy Standridge//29.
David Green//30. Ken Schrader//;
SUPER=0107-31. Rick Wilson//32. Jerry Nadeau//33. Kenny Wallace//34. Ricky
Rudd//35. Brett Bodine//;
SUPER=0107-36. Lake Speed//37. Hut Stricklin//38. Michael Waltrip//39. Mike
Wallace//40. Morgan Shepherd//;
SUPER=0107-41. Derrike Cope//42. John Andretti//43. Ed Berrier//44. Darrell
Waltrip//45. Kyle Petty//;
SUPER=0107-46. Greg Sacks//47. Garry Bradberry//48. Rick Mast//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
It's a country-music lovers dream team-- CountryFest '97 has kicked off in
Fort Worth, Texas.
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX; :
Hundreds of thousands of fans are kicking up the dust, enduring the Texas
The star-lineup includes LeAnn Rimes, Vince Gill, Hank Williams Jr, Wynona,
Travis Tritt-- and lots of others.
250-thousand people are expected to turn out by day's end tomorrow.