The search continues for a missing private plane, despite assurances from
the pilot's family that he's already accounted for.
We'll have a LIVE report on NEWS 7 at SIX in just a moment.
And a treacherous moment between a pair of bulldozers claims a life in
Tonight on News 7 sports, three UVa football players are arrested in separate
incidents, the Roanoke College Maroons welcome back a familiar face as
and Pete Sampras was one of a very few seeded players flying high on this the
second day of play at Wimbledon's all-England tennis club.
High heat and humidity in place for tomorrow...a break may be on tap by the
weekend. More on that coming up.
The search for a small plane is still underway, despite reports from the
pilot's family that he is okay.
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Eric Earnhart is at Roanoke Regional Airport--Eric what's the latest?
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A federal judge says Virginia's lawmakers could have done a better job when
they wrote the parental notification law set to take effect next week.
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Steve Smallshaw picks up the story from there.
Steve, what does this mean for abortion rights advocates who hope to block
Keith, it could be good news for Planned Parenthood which claims the new law
is at most unconstitutional..
and in the very least is open to interpretation.
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SUPER=01-Claude Allen/Deputy Attorney General; :39
OUT Q=decision making process
(( Under the new law, a minor girl seeking an abortion must tell her parents or
ask a juvenile court judge for a waiver.
The statute says the judge "may" grant that request if he feels the girl is
mature enough to reach the decision on her own...abortion rights advocates
would like to replace the word "may" with "shall".
IN Q=What is clear
((SIMON HELLER/PLANNED PARENTHOOD ATTORNEY: WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT THE STATE IS
COMING UP WITH A WEIRD ANALYSIS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN WHICH `MAY' MEANS
`SHALL' AND `SHALL' MEANS `MAY', AND BOTH OF THEM MEAN SOMETHING THAT NO OTHER
STATE HAS USED THEM TO MEAN BEFORE.))
OUT Q=to mean before.
But state attorneys defended the wording, and blasted Planned Parenthood for
its "eleventh hour" delay tactics.
IN Q=So here the
((CLAUDE ALLEN/DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL: SO HERE THE PARTICULAR HARM WOULD BE
THAT EVEN ONE MINOR WOULD GO INTO A CLINIC AND BE SUBJECTED TO AN ABORTION WHEN
THERE'S NOT PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE DECISION- MAKING PROCESS.))
OUT Q=decision-making process.))
The state says that every day this law is delayed from taking effect means
the lives of teenage girls across the state are being endangered.
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But it's an issue that's been on the table for 18 years, and Judge James C.
Turk has said he doesn't feel a couple more months will make a difference..
he'll decide on Monday whether to grant the temporary restraining order.
In saying the law was poorly drafted, Judge Turk is criticizing the work of
Senator Mark Earley.
Earley was the bill's chief sponsor -- and wrote the bill slightly
differently in 1997 to get it into a more friendly Senate committee.
He's also the Republican nominee to be the state's top lawyer, the Attorney
A bulldozer accident claimed a life in Franklin County this afternoon.
Two men were clearing land off Route 116 when the larger of two dozers got
Then they tried to pull the dozer uphill with the winch on the other
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((CLAUDE WEBSTER/FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY: BOTH MEN WERE TRYING TO START
THE SMALLER MACHINE WHEN THE WEIGHT OF THE LARGER MACHINE PULLED THEM BOTH DOWN
SUPER=01-Claude Webster/Franklin Co. Public Safety;
OUT Q=DOWN THE HILL
The smaller bulldozer slid downhill, and crushed one of the men to death.
Claude Webster says the steep, rocky hillside made rescue efforts
IN Q=We had to secure
((CLAUDE WEBSTER/FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY: WE HAD TO SECURE THE DOZERS.
THEY WERE STILL BOTH ATTACHED TOGETHER-- SO WE HAD TO SECURE THEM USING THE
HEAVY DUTY WRECKER. SO IF ANYTHING WENT WRONG-- IT WOULD'VE INJURED THE
OUT Q=THE WORKERS
The name of the victim has not yet been released.
A farmer in Gretna was killed in an accident at his farm this morning.
The sheriff's office says 64-year-old Curmit Foster Shelton was moving a
bale of hay when it fell on him.
He was pinned under it when rescue workers arrived.
His body was taken to the medical examiner in Roanoke for an autopsy.
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Roanoke Valley residents receiving public assistance will soon have some new
We'll have details just ahead on News 7 at Six.
and there's a name change coming to a number of banks in the area, thanks to
a takeover announced today. We'll tell you what it will mean for banking in
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"Better late than never" might be a good way to describe Wachovia Bank.
It's the last of North Carolina's big financial institutions to gain a
foothold in Virginia.
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Len Besthoff explains a deal announced today will make Wachovia
the Commonwealth's largest bank.
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rollcue: two point three billion dollars
IN Q=This comes
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SUPER=01-Lee Cobb/Lynchburg Economic Develop. Dir.; :50
OUT Q=we have here.
This comes just two weeks after Wachovia made a much smaller, but still
significant purchase of Charlottesville- based Jefferson Bankshares.
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((ONE OF THE NICE THINGS ABOUT BOTH OF THESE TRANSACTIONS IS IT GIVES US
ABSOLUTE FLEXIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE. OUR HANDS ARE NOT TIED IN ANY DIRECTION
WE WANT TO GO.))
OUT Q=to go.
With this Central Fidelity deal, Wachovia has suddenly become the largest
bank in Virginia in terms of deposits, topping competitors including
Nationsbank, Crestar, and First Union.
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IN Q=Well the
OUT Q=Central Fidelity.
This deal is a big deal in Lynchburg, where Central Fidelity has a large
presence, and people are eagerly waiting to see how the Wachovia transaction
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Investigators say an electrical problem apparently sparked a blaze that
destroyed an Amherst County home last night.
A passerby spotted smoke pouring from the home on Dixie Airport Road shortly
It was engulfed in flames when the first crews arrived.
Firefighters spent more than an hour trying to bring the blaze under
The house is owned by Sandy and Christine Witcher. The couple and their two
sons were NOT home when the fire broke out.
Investigators believe the blaze started near an electrical outlet in the
The death of Roanoke Police Chief M. David Hooper brought more condolences
today... from members of the police force he led, from admirers in the
community, and even his critics.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell has more on Hooper's legacy.
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SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :37
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((In front of city buildings, state flags are flying at half- staff.
On the street, Roanoke police officers are wearing black ribbons over their
IN Q=He didn't always make decisions
OUT Q=interests of everyone involved.
On the day after cancer claimed the life of M. David Hooper, the tributes
Former mayor Noel Taylor described Hooper as a man with "unique ability"
and "complete integrity."
And even those organizations that did not always see eye to eye with the
chief were offering their condolences.
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OUT Q=all of that is true.
Chief Hooper was well- known in the nation's law enforcement community
and police officers from across the country are expected for his funeral at St.
Andrews Catholic Church on Thursday afternoon.
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Wall Street blasted back today from yesterday's sharp drop.
A report on strong consumer confidence in June helped boost stocks.
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The Dow jumped 154 points to finish at 77 hundred 58.
NASDAQ gained 18 points for a record close.
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Starting October 1st welfare recipients in the Roanoke area will have 90
days to find a job or risk losing their benefits.
It's part of a program known as VIEW--Virginia's Initiative For Employment
Supporters say the program will help end a cycle of dependency.
IN Q=What governor Allen
((SCOTT OOSTDYK/DEPUTY SECRETARY HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES:WHAT GOVERNOR ALLEN
HAS SAID BASICALLY IS HERE ARE YOUR RESOURCES..HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY. BUT IN
EXCHANGE FOR THAT YOU HAVE TIME LIMITED BENEFITS. YOU ONLY HAVE TWO YEARS TO BE
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The program has already started in some parts of Virginia.
So far 70-percent of the affected recipients have found jobs.
IN Q=The earlier
((SCOTT OOSTDYK/DEPUTY SECRETARY HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES: THE EARLIER PEOPLE
GET STARTED ON EARNING THEIR OWN LIVING THE MORE EXPERIENCE THE HAVE WHEN
WELFARE REALLY KICKS IN ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL))
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SS=Welfare in Virginia
Those welfare recipients who do not find jobs will be required to do
community work or volunteer for a government non-profit organization.
It could be THE bridge to the future.
A Virginia Tech professor teamed up with V-DOT and the town of Blacksburg to
design a more efficient bridge.
The span, on Tom's Creek Road, has beams made of graphite and fiberglass in a
Researchers hope to prove they're more durable than traditional steel beams.
IN Q=One of the
((DR. JACK LESKO/VA TECH ENGINEERING PROFESSOR: ONE OF THE PRIMARY REASON THAT
YOU WANT TO USE A COMPOSITE MATERIAL, OR POTENTIALLY USE A COMPOSITE MATERIAL,
IS THE DURABILITY. THE PROBLEMS WITH TRADITIONAL MATERIALS IS THAT THEY REQUIRE
A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF MAINTENANCE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jack Lesko/Va Tech Engineering Professor
OUT Q=of maintenance.
Researchers will monitor the bridge for ten years-- watching for signs of
wear and tear.
Although there are four other composite bridges in the country none has been
used specifically for research purposes.
Coming up for you tonight on News 7 sports, a trio of UVa football players
have been arrested, upsets highlight day two at Wimbledon, I'll tell you about
life in the fast lane in the NBA,
And Steve Mason checks in from Roanoke College where one former Maroon is
giving up his coaching duties as a former all-american at the school prepares
to step in and take his place.
No rain, but plenty of upsets today at Wimbledon during day two at the
all-england tennis club.
7th seed Mark Philippoussis, French Open champ Gustavo Kuerten, 17th seeded
Jonas Bjorkman, and women's 13 seed Kimberly Po were all bounced from the
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along with 5th seeded American Michael Chang.
This match went five sets before Todd Woodbridge pulled off the 7-6, 3-6,
6-2, 3-6, and 8-6 victory to advance to the second round.
Pete Sampras had a much easier time in his opening match as he went airborne
to beat Michael Tillstrom in straight sets.
On the women's side, top seeded Martina Hingis topped Anne Kremer 6-4 and 6-4
in her opening match.
Three members of the University of Virginia's football team now face charges
in connection with two separate events that happened over the weekend.
Defensive back Marcus Bullett and defensive end William Jackson were
arrested Sunday and charged with stealing chairs from one of the university's
Also, police say linebacker Andre McNeal verbally threatened an off-duty
officer after he was told that he would have to pay a fee so his car wouldn't
Police say McNeal also resisted being handcuffed.
Although it is not official yet, Hilliary Scott is the Roanoke College
men's basketball team's new assistant coach, replacing Kevin Martin.
Steve Mason has more on how two local products teamed up once again for a
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SUPER=01-Kevin Martin/Leaves Roanoke After Two Tears; :20
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
(( They played together, roomed together and are now making a big step in
Martin turns the Roanoke assistant men's basketball job over to his best
friend and four year Maroon teammate, Hilliary Scott.
The former E.C. Glass standout was a two time division three college
All-American at Roanoke from 1991 through 1994.
Martin was a standout at Fieldale Collinsville, became a Maroon shooting
guard and then coached under Page Moir for 2 years. He leaves coaching with
his passion for the game still intact to work for Excell telecommunications in
Myrtle beach, SC.
Scott and Martin are coaching in Page Moir's basketball camp this week. In
Salem, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
The Phoenix Suns thought they had seen the last of former all-star guard
Kevin Johnson when he announced his retirement plans at the end of last season.
But this afternoon, KJ says he's had a change of heart and that he plans to
be back for his 11th pro season.
The 31 year old guard has been plagued by injuries in recent years, but his
career got a big boost late in the past season when he stayed healthy and
In other strange but true stories from the NBA.
The Miami Heat's Tim Hardaway was in New York trying to explain how his
Ferrari was clocked going 110 miles an hour in a 40 mile an hour zone.
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((PAT RILEY/MIAMI HEAT HEAD COACH:))
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And the New Jersey Nets have unveiled a new upscale team logo that replaces
one that has been in existance for a decade.
The team also will have new uniforms next season.
And finally tonight, the popular Fall night race at the Richmond
International raceway finally has secured sponsorship for its September 6th
night under the lights.
The Miller Brewing company pulled out after last season, leaving the folks in
Richmond searching for sponsorship dollars.
But today the race got a big boost as the Exide Battery Corporation signed on
for the next three seasons.
Exide got into NASCAR in the early 90's sponsoring Geoff Bodine.
The company currently sponsors Jeff Burton's Ford on the Cup circuit and
Chuck Bown's ride on the Super Truck series.
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