On NEWS 7 at SIX in just a moment,
we'll measure the impact of the tobacco settlement on Virginia tobacco
FARMERS... it's the popular political issue of the moment.
And Belk's southside headquarters are heading to the state capital.
Tonight on News 7 Sports, Orioles & Braves highlights from this afternoon,
Steve Mason talks with a versatile Salem graduate who rides high in the saddle
in a number of ways.
Plus, Tim Duncan is set to be the number one pick in tonight's NBA draft.
George Lynch will tell us abut the Grizzlies needs in a few moments.
Isolated rain showers produced sauna-like conditions for some folks tonight.
Storms will light up the skies again tomorrow.
Authorities say it was a Roanoke County man who died in a car fire near
the Blue Ridge parkway this week.
Today, they said they believe his death was an accident.
An autopsy has confirmed that 37- year- old Michael W. Dekker was
overcome by smoke.
The burned Camaro was discovered near the parkway Monday night, just north
of Smart View Park.
The fire apparently generated intense heat, and that made the
investigation more difficult.
IN Q=The car was completely
((LT. EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFFS DEPT.: THE CAR WAS COMPLETELY BURNED UP
INCLUDING THE STATE LICENSE PLATES AND THE NORMAL VIN NUMBER THAT YOU NEED WAS
COMPLETELY BURNED OFF TOO AND MELTED DOWN.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Ewell Hunt/Franklin Co. Sheriffs Dept.;
OUT Q=and melted down.
Investigators say they may never know exactly what started the blaze, but
they do NOT believe the fire was the result of foul play.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
The tobacco talks pick back up tomorrow, with Virginia still twisting in the
wind over their outcome.
It wasn't until the smoke cleared from Friday's big announcement that
Virginia farmers realized they'd been pitchforked by their own allies.
Ellen Qualls has an update.
IN Q=It also
SUPER=01-Carlton Courter/Va. Agriculture Commissioner; :11
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Philip Morris is protecting the interests of the eight thousand Virginians
who work for it.
But the more than eight thousand Virginia farmers who grow the leaf-- who's
looking out for them?
((CARLTON COURTER/VA. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: I THINK THERE ARE GONNA BE ANY
NUMBER OF ADVOCATES TO HELP THE GROWERS LAND SOFTLY, IF YOU WILL.))
Hindsight is 20/20.
Those who've been in on the secret negotiations say an aid package for
farmers was floated -- but struck down by the cigarette makers themselves.
((THEY LOVE THE TOBACCO COMPANIES I GUESS WHEN THEY'RE BUYING. THEY'RE
CONCERNED THOUGH HOW MUCH THAT THEY'RE WED TO U.S. PRODUCTION. THE OLDER ONES
WOULD PROBABLY BE A LITTLE MORE PRAGMATIC AND RESPECT THE DECISIONS THAT THE
COMPANY HAS TO MAKE. BUT IT'S THE MIDDLE-AGED GROWER OR THE YOUNGER GROWER
THAT FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEING LEFT BEHIND BY THEIR MARKET. THEIR BUYER.))
One threatening aspect for American farmers: if the nicotine content of
cigarettes is mandated down... the high nicotine content American leaf will be
Former attorney general Jim Gilmore said his office monitored the talks..
but did NOT negotiate.
That drew fire and a proposal from his political opponent.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: IT ALSO LOOKS LIKE THE STATES
WILL GET EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT. VIRGINIA
NEEDS TO FIGHT FOR ITS SHARE. AND WHEN WE GET OUR FAIR SHARE, I THINK WE NEED
TO COMMIT A SIGNIFICANT BULK OF THAT TO THE TOBACCO GROWING REGIONS OF THE
STATE: SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. TO HELP THE GROWERS TRANSITION, AND
TO HELP AN ECONOMY THAT IS VERY MUCH IN TRANSITION RIGHT NOW.))
Who will save the farmers' assets is a hot political question now in the Old
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said rapists and molesters can be held
beyond their prison sentence if they're shown to still be a danger.
After a flurry of calls by Virginia lawmakers on the subject, Don Beyer was
the first out of the gate today with a proposal of his own.
IN Q=In Kansas,
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: IN KANSAS, THEY USED AN
INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT PROCEDURE TO CONTINUE CONFINING AN ADMITTED PEDOPHILE, A
CHILD MOLESTER. SOMEONE WHO SAID THE ONLY HE WAY HE COULD KEEP FROM ABUSING
CHILDREN IS IF HE WERE TO DIE. WELL, WE NEED THAT KIND OF PROTECTION FROM
CAREER PEDOPHILES HERE IN VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=here in Virginia.
Beyer's "sexual predator act" is based on Kansas molester Leroy Hendricks.
Beyer is also pushing for two to three million more dollars for the state's
highly regarded DNA lab.
That money would be used to enter a backlog of 130- thousand inmates' DNA
samples into the state database.
Around southwest and central Virginia this afternoon temperatures soared to
90-degrees, even higher in some places.
For those who have to work outside, days like this can pose a health threat.
Doctors say in these conditions workers should take frequent breaks and
drink plenty of fluids.
Kids are especially at risk. Try to dress them in light- colored clothing.
Cramps and fatigue are the first signs of heat exhaustion.
Experts say the key to keeping your cool is common sense.
IN Q=Get out of
((DR.MICHAEL RORRER/ROANOKE MEMORIAL EMS: GET OUT OF THE SUN..DRINK PLENTY OF
FLUIDS..PLAN THEIR ACTIVITIES AROUND THE TIMES OF DAY WHEN THE TEMPERATURE IS
COOLEST..IN THE MORNINGS AND EVENINGS ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Rorrer/Roanoke Memorial EMS
OUT Q=mornings and evenings
More advice from the experts: remember to give pets plenty of water... and
never leave them in the car.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Ever feel like you're doing the work of two people? Still to come on News 7
at Six, a local prosecutor has proof he is doing just that.
Also, she's had dozens of cats and dogs taken away from her because of
neglect- -now authorities want to know whether a Franklin County woman is
adopting pets again.
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The Franklin County woman found guilty of animal neglect for keeping more
than 100 dogs and cats at her home may be in trouble with the law again.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;
After viewing a video tape, the Commonwealth's Attorney believes Green is in
contempt of court for violating a judge's order prohibiting her from having any
IN Q=I have
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN CO. COMM. ATTORNEY: I HAVE RECEIVED REPORTS FOR SOME
TIME NOW CONCERNING THESE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES AND AT THIS PARTICULAR JUNCTURE I
RECEIVED WHAT APPEARED TO ME TO BE GOOD HARD EVIDENCE OF IT, AND I THOUGHT IT
OUGHT TO BE BACK IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE.))
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Comm. Attorney;
OUT Q=the judge.
The Commonwealth's Attorney believes Green has been keeping six cats.
Green's attorney says after all the facts come out it will be clear to
everyone that she has not violated the judge's order.
If found guilty of contempt, Green could face a maximum jail sentence of 18
In April she was brought into court on a similar charge and found NOT
For the better part of the last three days David Turner's friends and
family wondered whether the Roanoke pilot was dead or alive. They didn't know
WHERE he was.
The Civil Air Patrol launched a multi-state search for the single- engine
aircraft. It had been last seen on radar 30 miles out from the Roanoke
Regional Airport Sunday morning.
On the way to Florida, Turner apparently changed his mind about his
destination of Clearwater.
He turned up in Saint Augustine around 7:30 last night, indicating he was
UN-aware anybody was looking for him.
Turner's wife had reported him missing MONDAY night. Sometime yesterday
she got word he'd stopped in Myrtle Beach.
She now chalks it all up to "miscommunication- -THREE DAYS of it."
A major department store plans to uproot about 100 jobs from Southside
Virginia as it moves its headquarters to Richmond.
Come September, Belk of Virginia will no longer have offices in South Boston
That means about 100 employees will either relocate or lose their jobs.
South Boston leaders say it will be a tough loss, and not just to the local
IN Q=Their employees
((NANCY POOL/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT: THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE JUST SO
INVOLVED IN OUR ORGANIZATION IN SO MANY DIFFERENT COMMITTEES, BUT NOT ONLY FOR
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, IN CHURCHES, IN MANY OF THE CIVIC AND SOCIAL CLUBS
HERE IN THE COMMUNITY AND SCHOOLS. SO IT WILL HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON OUR
SUPER=01-Nancy Pool/Chamber of Commerce President;
OUT Q=on our community
The headquarters relocation to Richmond is not expected to affect Belk
stores in southwest Virginia.
Belk officials cite Richmond's airport, interstate, and the proximity to
four Belk stores as reasons for the move.
The South Boston building is owned by Halifax Regional Hospital.
The stock market finished lower in an up and down session.
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Virginians have one night in July -- the 14th -- to speak their mind on the
most recent radical overhaul of the standards for accrediting state schools.
But today in Richmond, lawmakers on the joint education committees spoke
their minds to the President and Vice-President of the State Board of
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: YOU ALL HAVE FAILED. I'M GONNA GIVE YOU ALL
A BIG F WHEN IT COMES TO VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT. YOU HAVE EITHER PURPOSEFULLY OR
MISGUIDEDLY, YOU ALL HAVE MADE A SERIOUS MISTAKE.))12
((THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE HAVE NOT REALLY BEEN INCLUDED IN
THIS PROCESS EXCEPT FOR A PUBLIC MEETING HERE A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU TAKE FINAL
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania;
OUT Q=final action.
The Standards of Accreditation pushed by the board include local options for
sex ed and elementary guidance counselors.
IN Q=It needs
((IT NEEDS TO BE NOTED NOW THAT THE BOARD'S POSITION IS ONE OF NEUTRALITY.
WE'RE NOT GONNA PRESCRIBE IT. AND WE'RE NOT GONNA PROSCRIBE IT.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Easton/Va. Board of Education;
OUT Q=proscribe it.
The only public hearing on the S-O-As in this end of the state will be at
Cave Spring High School on July 14th.
Over the past five years-- Carroll County's prosecutor has watched his case
load nearly double.
His is now officially one of the most overworked offices in the state.
But Teresa Hamilton reports the predicament hasn't gone unnoticed.
IN Q=It's definitely
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape; :03
SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Prosector; :16 QUICK!!!!
SUPER=01-Carolyn Phillips/Carroll Co. Assistant Prosecutor; :48 QUICK!!!
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Hillsville.
IN Q=It's definitely
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR:IT'S DEFINITELY NOT THE OFFICE IT USED TO
OUT Q=to be.
Since '92, Greg Goad has handled 10- murder cases-- including that of
Steven "Bones" Cole.
The Hillsville man eventually pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the
death of his girlfriend's son.
IN Q=I enjoy
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: I ENJOY REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE IN COURT
AND MAKING SURE THOSE WHO ARE CHARGED WITH CRIMES, WHO ARE GUILTY, ARE HELD
OUT Q=are held accountable.
When Goad took office in '92-- it was on a part time basis.
Three years later-- he was promoted to full time but Goad was still
State officials aren't blind to the situation.
This spring-- the comp board found that Goad was handling a workload that
would normally be done by a staff of two full time and one part time
Earlier this month-- a full time Assistant was finally hired.
((CAROLYN PHILLIPS/CARROLL CO. ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR: EVERYONE SEEMS REALLY
PLEASED TO HAVE ME ON BOARD AND I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE. ))
OUT Q=to be here.
(( Goad believes a number of factors have contributed to the area's increase
in crime-- including the close proximity of interstate 77 and growth in
Both factors have brought new faces into the community.
But Goad isn't focusing on why-- he's still relishing the thought of someone
sharing his work- load.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Hillsville.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Orioles and Braves are explosive this
afternoon, the NBA draft is set for tonight in Charlotte,
and Steve Mason introduces us to Salem high school graduate who is making a
name for himself with sticks and horses.
The Baltimore Orioles won their 50th game of the season this afternoon as
MIke Mussina pitched a three hitter and struck out 12.
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The Orioles bats were also rather lively today, especially the one owned by
He hit a pair of two run homers to support Mussina's effort.
Mussina is now 9-and-2, while the Orioles are 50 and 23 on the season.
The Atlanta Braves lost the first two games of their three games set with the
Mets in New York, but they came back today with a 14-to-7 win.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Braves vs. Mets; :00
Chipper Jones who was supposed to miss the entire series with his banged up
left knee took the Mets to woodshed.
Chipper had three hits, scored four runs and collected 5 rbis.
He hit two homers including a grand slam as the Braves doubled up New York
The NBA's annual night for turning teenagers into millionaires is set for
tonight in Charlotte at the coliseum.
The annual NBA draft takes place tonight with two rounds of picking.
The ironically, the hometown Hornets don't have a pick in either round
SUPER=03-Vancouver, Canada/Last Season;
One team that need's lots of help is Vancouver. George Lynch's Grizzlies
were the worst team in the league last season, and are in need of some guard
IN Q="They are looking...
((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :00
OUT Q=...CHAUNCEY BILLUPS.
Billups is a six foot three inch guard from Colorado and the man most
consider the top guard in the draft.
Ace Custis, Odell Hodge, Peter Aluma and Harold Deane are the only state
payers with a real shot of getting picked.
More trouble with the rain today at Wimbledon as only two matches were able
to be completed - both ont he women's side.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO; :00
Second seeded Monica Seles had an easy time of it with Rachel McQuillan.
Seles beats the Australian 6-love and 6-2.
In the other completed match, third seed Jana Novotna struggled to beat
Germany's Wiltrud Probst 6-4, 4-6 and 6-love.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Valley Horse Show
Salem high school graduate John Humphries is headed to VMI this fall as a
top Keydet lacrosse recruit.
But Steve Mason says; this teenager sometimes prefers horsing around over
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-John Humphries/Salem Midfielder; :16
SUPER=01-Marilyn Macfarlane/John's Trainer; :43
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
The Roanoke Wrath soccer camps kicked off this week all over the valley.
The Rivers Edge serves as one of seven sites for the camps from Botetourt
Count to Bedford.
Kids get a chance to learn from the Wrath players; some of the state's
premier soccer stars.
((JAMES BROWN/WRATH CAMP DIRECTOR:))
((IAN SPOONER/WRATH CAMP DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-James Brown/Wrath Camp Director; :00
SUPER=01-Ian Spooner/Wrath Camp Director; :15
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A new law goes into effect in Virginia next week.
It changes the way police will respond to domestic violence cases.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Tonight at a "town meeting" in Wytheville, Virginia's Commission of Family
Violence Prevention will listen to input from local law enforcement agencies.
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more on that story.
Keith, local police departments are expecting an increased workload as they
deal with more domestic abuse cases.
In recent months there have been several incidents where domestic violence
has taken a deadly turn.
The new law calls for mandatory arrests in any police response to an assault
on a family member.
We'll have that story, along with the latest news, weather, and sports
tonight on News 7 at 11. Keith?
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