Roanoke's chief of police has died.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We'll look at M- David Hooper's 30-year tenure at the helm of the city
And we'll hear some pros and cons of the proposed tobacco settlement.
Tonight on News 7 sports, Chipper Jones gets a good report from the doctor,
John Tortarella gets another shot in the NHL, Steve Mason checks in from the
diamond in Stewartsville,
Plus, former E.C. Glass star Carl Bradley wins the Virginia Tech ironman
competition with some amazing feast of strength.
Not much to report tonight. Sunny weather will continue through much of the
week. More on that just ahead.
Roanoke Police Chief M. David Hooper died today.
He had been on medical leave in recent months fighting cancer.
His 30- year career in Roanoke was marked by accomplishment, and
And tonight Joe Dashiell has more on his leadership.
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SUPER=10-Don Murray/WDBJ News/1967; :00
SUPER=10-M. David Hooper/Roanoke Police Chief/August 1, 1967; :20
OUT Q=JD News 7
((SOT OPENS ON DON MURRAY 00:03:44
IN Q=I'm standing
OUT Q=Milton Hooper.
M. David Hooper first reviewed his Roanoke troops in the summer of 1967,
and fielded questions from reporters who concerned about the civil disobedience
that was sweeping the country.
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OUT Q=will be taken.
If the civil rights struggle was raising questions at the start of his
career here, racial issues have generated controversy for the department in the
Despite charges of discrimination and use of excessive force, Hooper was
steadfast in his defense of the department.
IN Q=There is no cynical
OUT Q=plot or conspiracy.
And there many accomplishments under his leadership... including
development of the police academy, the national accreditation the department
won in 1994, and creation of the COPE team that has helped to reduce crime in
the city's public housing communities.
IN Q=We're simply there
OUT Q=better place to live.
M. David Hooper was 67 years old.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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News 7's Andrew Freiden has been gathering reaction to Hooper's death from
Roanoke city leaders.
Andrew is at police headquarters tonight.
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(Rollcue: a terminal cancer.)
IN Q=Our hopes and
SUPER=01-Major J.L. Viar/Acting Police Chief;
OUT Q=with the community.
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GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
More than three- thousand young people begin smoking each day.
Part of last week's tentative settlement between lawyers and big tobacco is
aimed at reducing the number of young people who are "lighting up".
Teresa Hamilton reports-- the deal may be popular among doctors but it isn't
gaining support from a local speedway.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/NRV Health District, Dir.; :16
SUPER=01-Stephanie Carroll/NRV Speedway Spokesperson; :46
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Pulaski County.
The New River Valley Speedway and Winston are synonymous.
But under a deal reached last week-- between 40- states and the tobacco
industry-- advertising at sporting events-- including racing-- would cease.
Dr. Jody Hershey supports the deal.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER VALLEY HEALTH DISTRICT: 430- THOUSAND PEOPLE DIE
EVERY YEAR AS A RESULT OF SMOKING RELATED ILLNESSES. AND IT'S COSTING US OVER
50- BILLION A YEAR IN HEALTH RELATED ILLNESSES AS A RESULT OF TOBACCO. ))
OUT Q=of tobacco.
Virginia tobacco growers and those involved in auto racing view the deal in
a different light. For them, the changes would have a profound impact on their
In Pulaski County-- Winston is the backbone of the New River Valley
Speedway-- supplying everything from paint to schedules.
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((STEPHANIE CARROLL/NRV SPEEDWAY SPOKESPERSON:IT'S GOING TO BE HARD ON THE
OWNERS, IT'S GOING TO BE A HARD THING FOR US TO KEEP UP, YOU KNOW, TO KEEP THE
SUPPORT UP, UNLESS WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO COMES IN TO THEM AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND THAT. ))
OUT Q=find that.
The deal is in the early stages-- it must still be approved by Congress and
the President. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Tobacco is under attack from another foe this week -- blue mold.
The fungus has destroyed 12 acres on Eldridge Keen's farm.
He says he thinks he bought damaged plants from North Carolina.
IN Q=It's going to be
((ELDRIDGE KEEN/TOBACCO FARMER: IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH. I'M TALKING ABOUT A
LOSS OF 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO 40 IF -- I'M GOING TO REPLANT. IF WHAT I
REPLANT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Eldridge Keen/Tobacco Farmer;
OUT Q=talking about
Wind or rain could sweep the fungus onto nearby farms.
Extension Agent Lee Wright advises farmers to spray tobacco plants with a
chemical called Acrobat -- BEFORE blue mold strikes.
IN Q=Once they find
((LEE WRIGHT/EXTENSION AGENT: ONCE THEY FIND THE BLUE MOLD IN THE FIELD, IF
THEY WERE TO SPRAY, IT'S NOT GOING TO KILL THE FUNGUS THAT'S THERE BUT IT WILL
HELP TO CONTAIN IT AND KEEP IT FROM SPREADING QUITE AS BAD.))
SUPER=01-Lee Wright/Extension Agent;
OUT Q=quite as bad
Blue mold has also been reported in tobacco crops in Halifax County.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Is Jim Gilmore's proposal to eliminate Virginia's personal property tax an
election year softball, or
is it really more hard hitting?
That story is up next on News 7 at Six.
Also--it's an eye sore that's become a thorn in the side of New Castle's
SOT TAPE ONE 01:40:41
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((R. JULIAN ZIMMERMAN/NEW CASTLE MAYOR: I WISH THERE WAS THERE SOMETHING I
COULD DO ABOUT IT, HOWEVER, AT THIS TIME THERE IS NOTHING.))
OUT Q=there's nothing.
A junk yard moves in next door, and the neighbors aren't pleased. That
story also coming up.
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Republicans are calling it a set-up.
But new estimates that question the credibility of Jim Gilmore's tax cut
SS=Personal Property Tax
plan come from the NON-partisan Virginia Municipal League.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Are the Virginia
SUPER=01-James Harris/Va. Municipal League; :33
SUPER=01-Del. Thelma Drake/(R) Norfolk; 1:19
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Are the Virginia Municipal League and Virginia Association of Counties
biased against Republican Jim Gilmore and his tax plan?
sot tape 2 11:48:46
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS: IT APPEARS TO ME THAT BY THE VERY WORDS OF THEIR
STATEMENT ON THE RADIO THEY WERE ATTACKING IT. SO I'D LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU'RE
ATTACKING IT OR NOT? DEL. DICK CRANWELL: CAN WE GET IN THE RECORD THEN THAT
HE THINKS THEY'RE ATTACKING IT AND CAN WE GET TO THE FACTS?))
sot tape two standup 12:52:22
((ONE OF THE BIGGEST DISAGREEMENTS IS OVER THE NUMBERS. THE VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL
LEAGUE ESTIMATES JIM GILMORE'S PLAN WILL COST 1-POINT-3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR
IN THE YEAR 2003 AND GROW THEREAFTER. THAT'S MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT JIM GILMORE
sot tape ONE 11:28:04
((JAMES HARRIS/VA. MUNICIPAL LEAGUE: BUT EVEN AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION
THE SAFEGUARDS THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT INTO THIS PROPOSAL WE HAVE TO CONCLUDE THAT
IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.))
SOT TAPE ONE 11:17:14
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS: THESE ARE GOOD TIMES. AND IF YOU DON'T CUT TAXES UNDER
GOOD TIMES, WHEN ARE YOU EVER GOING TO DO IT?))
SOT TAPE ONE 11:18:00
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: WE'VE HAD ONE INCREASE IN THE INCOME TAX IN THE LAST 45
YEARS. WE'VE INCREASED THE SALES TAX ONE TIME IN 35 YEARS. VIRGINIA IS NOT A
HIGH TAX STATE. BUT WE NEED TO, I THINK, REINVEST. BECAUSE WE REDUCED MAJOR
STATE AGENCY BUDGETS BY 30-PERCENT DURING THE RECESSION. AND THE COLLEGES WE
But it was a Democrat-dominated committee tinkering with a campaign promise
that irked Republicans the most.
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((DEL. THELMA DRAKE/R-NORFOLK: I THINK IT WAS TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR. AND THAT
I'VE NEVER SEEN IT DONE BEFORE. AND DOES IT MEAN THAT ANY CANDIDATE THAT HAS
ANY IDEA IS GOING TO BE CALLED BEFORE A COMMISSION SUCH AT THIS TO EXPLAIN WHAT
THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT? I THINK WE SHOULD LET THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA DECIDE.))
They'll have plenty of food for thought between now and November.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Virginia voters have a new site to check out on the web.
And Virginia's six candidates for statewide office have a lot more to be
proud of than their platforms.
The Virginia Public Access Project has gotten them to agree to hand over
their campaign finance reports on computer disks.
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((DAVID POOLE/VA. PUBLIC ACCESS PROJECT: IT'S NOT SOME FUTURE THING TO TALK
ABOUT. IT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING. AND PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES CAN GO AND LOG ONTO
THE INTERNET AND FIND OUT ALL SORTS OF INFORMATION THAT BEFORE WOULD HAVE BEEN
VIRTUALLY INACCESSIBLE -- WOULD HAVE TAKEN WEEKS AND WEEKS AND WEEKS OF
SUPER=David Poole/Va. Public Access Project;
OUT Q=of digging.
It's a searchable database run on the cheap out of an apartment in Richmond.
Last year, Virginia was ranked as the second most inaccessible state in
terms of campaign spending reports.
TAKE PINNACLE PAGE FULLSCREEN LIVE
The World Wide Web address for the Virginia Public Access Project is c-r-p
dot o-r-g slash v-p-a-p slash.
You'll find also find a link to the site on our WDBJ home page.
Norfolk Southern and C-S-X have handed regulators a 15- thousand page
application for a joint takeover of Conrail.
N-S and C-S-X estimate over three years they'll cut 22- hundred positions at
all three railroads.
Roanoke could benefit, though.
Conrail's Philadelphia headquarters stands to lose 16- hundred jobs.
But more than half will be offered transfers to cities including Roanoke.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says N-S told him the deal will bring a net gain
of 188 jobs here.
The plan also calls for a 33- million- dollar investment in a key north-
south route through our area.
This was a rough day on Wall Street.
The market had risen sharply in recent weeks, and analysts say it was due for
The Dow suffered its second-worst point drop ever, down 192 points.
NASDAQ was also off, losing 13 points.
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One drawback of living in rural Virginia can be that some towns don't have
Len Besthoff outlines some problems it's creating in New Castle.
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SUPER=03-New Castle; :27
SUPER=01-William Anderson/Junkyard Neighbor; :46
SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :53 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Charlie Fouts/New Castle Resident; 1:03 (VERY QUICK!)
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
SOT TAPE ONE 07:18:41
IN Q=I don't
((JACK OLIVER/JUNKYARD OWNER: I DON'T LIKE NEWS REPORTERS. Well, you don't
know me. OLIVER: STILL DON'T LIKE YOU.))
OUT Q=still don't like you.
Jack Oliver isn't up for talking about the new junkyard he's building in New
SOT tape one 07:18:57
((OLIVER: I'VE CATEGORIZED ALL Y'ALL IN ONE CATEGORY. Y'ALL GOT YOUR NOSE
WHERE IT DON'T BELONG. ))
OUT Q=don't belong.
Odds are it's because it's being put next to two of the town's most historic
SOT TAPE ONE 01:40:37
IN Q=It is
((R. JULIAN ZIMMERMAN/NEW CASTLE MAYOR: IT IS DISGUSTING TO ME.))
OUT Q=to me.
New Castle's mayor and council are taking a lot of heat over this, in fact
two members have already resigned in part because the issue has become too hot
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((ZIMMERMAN: THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL, DURING MY TIME ANYWAY.))
SOT len tape two 04:35:19
IN Q=Now what's
((Now what's strange about this situation is that while almost agrees that this
junkyard is an unwanted eyesore, most don't blame Jack Oliver for putting it
OUT Q=it here.
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IN Q=I don't
((WILLIAM ANDERSON/JUNKYARD NEIGHBOR: I DON'T THINK HE WANTS TO BE HERE ANY
MORE THAN ANYBODY IN TOWN WANTS HIM TO BE HERE, I DON'T THINK HE HAD ANY
OUT Q=any choice.
Oliver had to move his junkyard from a wooded area in neighboring Craig
County because it didn't meet its zoning codes.
So he just brought it to a place without any...the town of New Castle.
SOT TAPE ONE 07:23:06
IN Q=Least up
((CHARLIE FOUTS/NEW CASTLE RESIDENT: LEAST UP THERE, YOU KNOW, IT WAS WOODS,
NOBODY COULD SEE HIM BECAUSE IT WAS WAY OFF THE ROAD.))
OUT Q=off the road.
New Castle expects to adopt a zoning code when town council meets next
Nat Sot hammering tape one
Odds are it's too late to affect New Castle's newest resident though.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, the Braves are Chipper about Jones
A couple of Hokies hit the weights in an unusual fashion.
plus, Steve Mason checks in with a touching story from the Stewartsville
where a fallen youth league softball player lives on through her team.
Braves' fans can relax tonight. Chipper Jones, who collided with teammate
Mike Mordecai yesterday, and hurt his left knee will only miss a couple of
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Yesterday; :00
The club's trainers and a team physician examined the knee this morning and
found no structural damage.
However, there was good reason for concern because this is the same knee
Jones injured in the spring of 1994 when he missed the entire season.
The latest injury is just a sprain.
The Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL have again put area hockey alumnus John
Tortarella back in the NHL.
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The 37 year old Tortarella, who led the Virginia Lancers to the Atlantic
Coast Hockey League title in 1986 at the Lancerlot in Vinton was named an
assistant coach with the Coyotes this afternoon.
Tortarella spent the past two years coaching Buffalo's AHL team the Rochester
He also served as an assistant with the Sabres for 5 years.
The Virginia Tech football team wrapped up its off-season informal
conditioning with its gruelling ironman competition finals.
Quarterback Nick Sorensen finished a strong third in the battle, while Corey
Moore completed the tough obstacle course in second place.
But the man was former E.C. Glass star Carl Bradley who set a new Iron man
record, manhandling this car and completing the course in two minutes and 52
The twentieth annual Virginias Women's Stroke Play Championship tees off at
the Roanoke Country Club Tomorrow.
The ladies practice today. The 54 hole event is limited to the low 96
handicap indexes. Six time Virginia Amateur championship Robbye Youel has been
impressed with the turn out.
((ROBBYE YOUEL/TOURNAMENT COMPETITOR:))
((VALETA PITTMAN/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Robbye Youel/Tournament Competitor; :00
SUPER=01-Valeta Pittman/Tournament Director; :29
OUT Q=...like that"
The three day tournament begins tomorrow morning at 8. The Sydney Elliott
trophy is up for gabs in what many hope will be an enjoyable week.
((LOUISE BOWEN/TOURNAMENT COMPETITOR:))
SUPER=01-Louise Bowen/Tournament Competitor; :00
OUT Q=...out for the fun"
The Dixie fast pitch softball S & C Vipers finished in second place in the
10/11 year old ponytail division this past week.
But Steve Mason says this season was about much more than winning or losing-
it was about life and death.
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Donnie Dillon/Vipers' Head Coach; :15
SUPER=01-Jennifer Boothe/Vipers' Outfielder; :50
SUPER=01-Amanda Morris/Vipers' 1st Baseman; 1:22
SUPER=01-Courtney Dillon/Vipers' 2nd Baseman; 1:30
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((The Vipers dedicated this season to Allison Fullen, their friend and
teammate who was killed April 20 in a car accident on route 24 in Bedford.
Allison's number has been embroidered on the team's jerseys and in left field
on the Viper logo. She was a bright student at Stewartsville Elementary, where
her memory lives on through a tree friends and teachers planted in early May.
Her contributions in life are rooted far deeper than talents on the softball
Last week, the Fullen's attended their first game since the tragedy. Kim wore
her daughter's jersey, and the Vipers scored 19 runs to win. For the team,
there truly is an angel in the outfield.
In Bedford County, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
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17- hundred bicyclists from across the country are getting a lesson in
Virginia history this week.
The tenth annual Bike Virginia tour rolled through Appomattox County today,
the third day of a five- day, 340 mile trip.
Cyclists have been following the same path General Robert E. Lee took in the
days before his surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
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((BOB COOPER/CATONSVILLE, MD: I'D NEVER REALLY BEEN THROUGH THIS PART OF
VIRGINIA OTHER THAN GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAYS. BEEN DOWN 81 AND I-95, BUT NEVER
REALLY BEEN IN BETWEEN SO IT'S NICE TO SEE SOME OF THE TOWNS.))
((RAY GRAMMO/STERLING, VA: I FOUND OUT I WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION IN HISTORY
CLASS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BIT YOUNGER. MY BROTHER AND I THOROUGHLY ENJOY IT AND
WE ARE LEARNING A LOT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Bob Cooper/Catonsville, MD; :00
SUPER=01-Ray Grammo/Sterling, VA; :12
OUT Q=history of the area.
The bike tour wraps up Wednesday in Sussex County.
(Keith ad lib News 7 Prime Time, News 7 at 11 and byes)