The NEWS is up next on W-D-B-J- -7.
With a message from D-M-V to belt the kids, stay off the median and lighten
up when your wipers are on.
And what ever happened to the Valley's first female firefighter? We'll talk
to Diane Edwards tonight... eight years later.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Billy King has made the cut at the US
Senior's open, the Avalanche's homestand continues tonight at Salem Memorial,
we'll get the low down on Dennis Rodman,
plus, the Tyson-Holyfield fight tomorrow night will have a different referee
than the one originally assigned to oversee the heavyweight rematch.
Your weekend forecast looks really nice. Details and the beach outlook as
well coming up.
Henry County police say they have two suspects in the murder of a young
But so far, there have been no arrests.
Police found 37-year-old Stephanie Parler dead at the end of Tommy Carter
Road yesterday morning.
Parler was fully clothed with a gunshot wound to the head.
IN Q=We believe
((DAVID KING/HENRY CO. INVESTIGATOR: WE BELIEVE AT THIS POINT AND TIME THAT THE
SUSPECTS AND THE DECEASED KNEW EACH OTHER.))
SUPER=01-David King/Henry Co. Investigator;
OUT Q=knew each other
A police dog searched the woods for a murder weapon today but found nothing.
The victim was a Chatham resident.
In one of the U.S. Supreme Court's final sweeping rulings of this term, it
struck down part of the federal Brady law that limits handgun purchases.
In a 5-to-4 ruling the justices said the federal government has NO right to
require local or state police to conduct criminal background checks on would-be
But Virginia's been doing its own checks under its own state law since 1989.
The background check was the first in the nation, was used as a model for 26
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and was used by Bob Dole last year as a model for a federal system.
IN Q=So Virginia
((CAPT. LEWIS VASS/VA. STATE POLICE: SO VIRGINIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXEMPT FROM
THE PROVISIONS OF THE BRADY LAW. SO THIS COURT DECISION HAS NO IMPACT ON US.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Lewis Vass/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=on us.
Since 1989, Virginia has stopped gun sales to over 12-thousand people.
More than seven thousand of those had a felony conviction on their records.
With one sentence, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Virginia's only
black majority congressional district.
The court refused to hear an appeal from the state and the ACLU.
So a federal, three judge panel ruling stands.
That panel said the district is UNconstitutional because race was the
predominant factor in determining the lines.
The third district runs from Richmond to Tidewater.
The decision means Virginia's only black congressman, Bobby Scott, will have
to run in a new district -- and Virginia lawmakers will have to start arguing
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As Virginians hit the highways this July, the kids better be buckled up.
That's one of a handful of new laws that take effect Tuesday, under the
watchful eyes of state troopers.
Ellen Qualls has the details.
IN Q=People piling
SUPER=01-Jeanne Chenault/DMV Spokeswoman; :10
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
People piling kids into cars for fun summer adventure have a new lesson to
learn this year.
Use a little restraint.
Of the belted kind.
((JEANNE CHENAULT/DMV SPOKESWOMAN: UNDER AGE FOUR NEEDS TO BE RESTRAINED IN A
CHILD SAFETY SEAT. AND THE OTHER LAW IS REQUIRING DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT
PASSENGERS TO BE RESTRAINED. BUT THIS PARTICULAR AGE GROUP--THERE WAS NO LAW
GOVERNING THE RESTRAINT OF THESE CHILDREN.))
Well now there is.
And NOT a moment too soon.
76- percent of kids killed in traffic accidents last year were NOT wearing
Also speeding onto the books July first: penalties for those who venture
into interstate medians.
((JEANNE CHENAULT/DMV SPOKESWOMAN: THE NEW LAW STATES THAT IF YOU USE THE
CROSSOVERS ON INTERSTATES TO TURN AROUND, YOU'LL FACE A 250-DOLLAR FINE, AND
THREE DEMERIT POINTS WILL BE ASSESSED TO YOUR DRIVING RECORD.))
And now if you turn on the wipers...turn on the lights.
It's the law.
((JEANNE CHENAULT/DMV SPOKESWOMAN: IF THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS ARE JUST USED
INTERMITTENTLY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE THE HEADLIGHTS. BUT THE GOAL OF THIS LAW
IS TO INCREASE THE VISIBILITY DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER.))
And for those who hate clogged interstates, commercial vehicles riding in 65
mile per hour zones can NO longer even be in the passing lane, unless there's a
left exit they're taking.
So keep on truckin'... in the right lane.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
They set policy for this area's largest school system, and now Roanoke County
school board members say they should be better compensated for it.
The four board members voted yesterday to increase their salaries by 60
percent, from 29-hundred dollars a year to 48-hundred dollars.
But Superintendent Deanna Gordon and the two assistant superintendents will
only get a 3-point-2 percent raise.
Some parents are against the raise. They say it takes money away from
children and classroom needs.
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School board members maintain their work is very demanding and the pay
increase will help them do their job more effectively.
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One town tormented by flooding is getting some relief, but it requires
uprooting home and family.
That story still to come on News 7 at Six.
Also--she broke new ground with her dream job, but now a Troutville woman
is just trying to get on with her life.
IN Q=I try to keep
((I TRY TO KEEP MYSELF FOCUSED. I'VE FOUND A CAREER THAT I WANT TO PURSUE, AND
I'M TRYING TO PURSUE THAT THE BEST THAT I CAN. ))
OUT Q=best that I can
We'll find out what went wrong for the area's first female firefighter.
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Harvest time may still be weeks away, but in central Virginia this week, one
ILLEGAL crop was being pulled up.
With the help of National Guard and State Police helicopters, Amherst County
authorities took to the skies in search of marijuana.
Two days of searching turned up a total of 113 marijuana plants, each valued
at about one thousand dollars.
More importantly, authorities say, they've sent a message.
IN Q=Definitely it sends
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: DEFINITELY IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE,
WHEN THEY GROW CROPS, AS WE CALL IT, OR A QUANTITY THAT CAN BE SEEN OR DETECTED
YOU CAN DETECT THE STUFF IN VERY SMALL AMOUNTS, MOST LIKELY THEY STAND A CHANCE
OF GETTING CAUGHT WITH IT.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=caught with it.
Ayers says it's possible his department will conduct other helicopter
searches later this summer.
Less than 2-percent of the nation's firefighters are women.
Diane Edwards is one of them.
Well, she WAS...the FIRST woman to become a paid professional firefighter
in the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q=Eight years ago
SUPER=03-Salem/June, 1989; :00
SUPER=10-Diane Edwards/Salem Firefighter/June 16, 1989; :08
SUPER=10-Diane Edwards/Former Firefighter/Today; :28
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OUT Q=happen to anybody.
(( Eight years ago she signed on with the Salem Fire Department- -undaunted
by competition from her male counterparts.
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I THINK WITH TIME AND A LITTLE PATIENCE ON BOTH SIDES, I THINK WE'LL DO FINE.
After three and a half years on the job, Edwards got run over by a 15-ton
fire truck one snowy night at three o'clock in the morning.
In an instant her dream career came to an end.
IN Q=when you're injured
((WHEN YOU'RE INJURED ON THE JOB, YOU DON'T REALIZE THAT THE RIGHTS YOU HAVE
ARE LITTLE TO NONE. THAT YOUR EMPLOYER AND THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY BASICALLY
HOLD ALL THE CARDS.))
OUT Q=all the cards.
She was terminated, collected Worker's Compensation- -at about two thirds
the rate of pay she'd been making fighting fires.
The Worker's comp benefits keep getting interrupted ...like when Edwards
decided to go back to school to become a physician's assistant.
IN Q=I try to keep
((I TRY TO KEEP MYSELF FOCUSED. I'VE FOUND A CAREER THAT I WANT TO PURSUE, AND
I'M TRYING TO PURSUE THAT THE BEST THAT I CAN.
And yet in the back of your mind you will always be a firefighter?
YES, AND IN MY HEART.))
OUT Q=and in my heart.
A psychiatrist hired by the city's insurance company accused her of
"malingering," exaggerating the symptoms of her injury.
She just had an appendectomy, so benefits stopped again when she had to
take leave from a part-time, minimum-wage job in a day-care nursery.
She does get child support and relies on produce from the garden for food
on occasion. But it's tough, making ends meet.
IN Q=You think
((YOU THINK, "IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME." I THOUGHT THAT TOO, "IT'S NEVER
GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME." AND I WAS IN A CAREER THAT IS A DANGEROUS CAREER, BUT
IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY.))
OUT Q=happen to anybody.))
A July 23rd execution date has been set for Virginia death row inmate Joseph
O'Dell, now that the U-S Supreme Court has rejected his appeal.
A judge refused to allow additional D-N-A testing for O'Dell, who is
sentenced to die for raping and killing secretary Helen Schartner, outside a
Virginia Beach nightclub in 1985.
O'Dell's case has received attention from Pope John Paul and the Italian
legislature, which appealed to Vice President Gore for clemency.
There were some small gains for the stock market today.
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A site with interstate access and room to grow convinced Pulaski Furniture
to expand close to home.
This morning the company opened its import- export center just off I-81.
IN Q=We were
((JOHN WAMPLER/PULASKI FURNITURE PRESIDENT: WE WERE NOTIFIED QUICKLY BY THE
GOVERNMENT WHEN THE PREVIOUS EMPLOYER HERE DECIDED TO CLOSE THE OPERATION AND
IT WAS AT A KEY TIME THAT WE COULD HAVE DECIDED TO GO ELSEWHERE WITH THIS. AND
IT JUST SHOWS THAT WE'RE LUCKY TO HAVE GOVERNMENTS IN THIS AREA THAT WORK WITH
SUPER=01-John Wampler/Pulaski Furniture President;
OUT Q=us closely.
Pulaski Furniture says its fast growing overseas sales created the need for
a separate facility to hold that merchandise.
The building used to be occupied by Diversified Apparel, which was bought
out about a year ago.
Pulaski Furniture had considered other sites in North Carolina and Virginia.
The move will create 43 jobs initially.
The site has eight acres for future expansion.
The town of Glasgow is sold on flood safety.
A federal grant is enabling residents to move out of Mother Nature's way.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a one and a half
million dollar grant for the Rockbridge County community.
The money, combined with state and local funds, will help relocate 35 homes,
elevate 14 above flood levels and buy seven for demolition.
Linda Jackson's home is going to be relocated.
IN Q=EVEN IF THEY
((LINDA JACKSON/GLASGOW RESIDENT: EVEN IF THEY BUYOUT, IF THEY FIND OUT THEY
COULDN'T MOVE MY HOUSE I STILL WOULD HAVE TO GO JUST TO HAVE THAT PIECE OF
MIND. PLUS NO ONE KNOWS HOW MUCH WORK IT TAKES TO PUT YOUR HOUSE BACK
SUPER=01-Linda Jackson/Glasgow Resident;
OUT Q=HOUSE BACK TOGETHER
The town has suffered serious flood damage six times in the last 30 years.
Officials say this money won't enable them to make the area flood proof, but
it will help make it flood RESISTANT.
Tonight on News 7 sports, King is cooking at the Seniors Open, the Avalanche
continues its 8 game home stand, there's a new ref in the ring for the
and we'll find out what Dennis Rodman is really like as we hear from an NBA
ref from Lynchburg.
The second round of play at the US Seniors Open outside of Chicago is winding
down and Billy King is assured of making the cut.
Billy shot his second straight round of 73 to hit the halfway point at 6 over
The projected cut is at plus 9.
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The clubhouse leader is Kermit Zarley, who was on fire today birdying five
straight hole at one point in route to his second straight round on one under
Jack Nicklaus followed up yesterday's 73 with a 72, he is now at 5 over par.
An Chi Chi Rodriguez is safely in the with a round of 72 today.
He is 3 over for the Open.
Chip Sullivan shot a one under round of 70 at the Fed. Ex St. Jude Classic in
But today his tee time has been on indefinite hold because of a serious
problem with thunderstorms in the Memphis area.
Chip just began his first hole of play, and there's no way he'll finish
before darkness sets in.
The second half of the Carolina League season is only 8 games old.
And after a rough first half in the Southern Division the Salem Avalanche is at
the 500 mark.
Roy Stanley has this report.
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SUPER=01-Bill "Moose" McGuire/Salem Avalanche Manager; :12
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Avalanche manager Bill "Moose" McGuire is not exactly ready to claim the
Carolina Leagues second half title.
But he is excited about the teams start.))
((BILL "MOOSE" MCGUIRE/SALEM AVALANCHE MANAGER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((Swift comes to Salem with a 4 and 1 record and a 4 point 75 E.R.A.
Swift will start this Sunday's game at Memorial stadium against the Durham
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
The Avalanche closes out a three game series against Wilmington tonight at
7-oclock at Memorial Stadium.
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are set to hook up in Las Vegas tomorrow
But they won't have referee Mitch Halpern by their side.
Halpern, who worked the first fight eight months ago withdrew from this one
Tyson's camp had asked for him to be removed. Their request was denied, but
Halpern says he doesn't want to be the focal point of the fight.
Veteran Mills Lane will take his place tomorrow night.
For the second straight every match at Wimbledon was rained out at the
All-England tennis club.
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Officials are over 150 matches behind schedule and running out of time and
In fact, tomorrow matches are beginning at 6 on most courts.
They plan to play until dark, unless it rains.
The 18th annual Roanoke College Soccer camp has been tearing up the fields
over in Salem this week.
70 campers are under the direction of the Roanoke staff. Kids range in age
from 8 to 15.
Station work as well as scrimmaging and technical training are stressed in
the 5 day over night camp.
((SCOTT ALLISON/CAMP DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Scott Allison/Camp Director; :00
OUT Q=...over the years"
Last night Roy STanley took us inside a referee's camp taking place at
Virginia Tech that is intended to help high school and college refs get better
prepared for the upcoming season.
But what about the instructor, Donnie Vaden and NBA ref, who night in and
night out has to deal with incidents like Dennis Rodman's head butting,
and Nick Van Exel's childish temper tantrums.
IN Q="It's throughout...
((DON VADEN/VETERAN NBA REFEREE: ))
SUPER=01-Don Vaden/Veteran N-B-A Referee; :
OUT Q=......game management."
Vaden also says Rodman is almost a Dr, Jeckyl - Mr. Hyde type, and in reality
is often nothing like he appears.
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Southern Baptists have voted to boycott all things Disney.
Tonight, with the debut of the latest Disney movie, the boycott will be put
to the test.
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Jean Jadhon joins us with more on that.
the new movie "Hercules" is now opening around the country.
You'll recall earlier this month Southern Baptists called for a Disney
boycott--church members object to Disney's policy of providing health benefits
to partners of gay employees, and having so called "Gay Days" at its theme
The nation's 15-million Baptists were urged to take action and boycott all
We'll find out if there's local support for the boycott.
That story, along with the latest news, weather, and sports tonight on News
7 at 11. Keith?
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