Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Hong Kong prepares to become part of China...
Japanese police make an arrest in a crime that shocked the nation.
And astronauts react to a plan to fix the damaged MIR space station.
Those stories and the new Miss Virginia, coming up on News 7 at 11.
Next week's handover of Hong Kong to China is generating celebration and
As world leaders gather for the ceremony, reporter Liz Mullen sets the
IN Q=Ironically, even though
SUPER=03-Hong Kong; :00
SUPER=01-Emily Lao/Frontier Party; :17
SUPER=01-Martin Lee/Democratic Party; :28
SUPER=01-David Li/Bank of East Asia; :57
SUPER=01-Dinah Pokempner/Human Rights Watch; 1:25
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; 1:44
OUT Q=CBS News Hong Kong;
((IRONICALLY, EVEN THOUGH ROUGHLY TWO MILLION VISITORS ARE EXPECTED TO
CROWD INTO HONG KONG FOR THE HANDOVER, FOCUS IS NOT SO MUCH ON THEM AS
IT IS ON A FEW KEY PLAYERS.
(SOT: Emily Lao, Leader "Frontier")
"I'm just a humble Hong Kong resident, elected by the people twice to
serve in the legislature."
THERE IS THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF HONG KONG'S MOST POPULAR POLITICAL
PARTY, MARTIN LEE
(SOT: Martin Lee, Leader "Democrats")
"i'm sure so long as we don't give up, we'll win."
AND THEN THERE IS THIS MAN: TUNG CHEE HWA...A SIXTY YEAR OLD SHIPPING
TYCOON HANDPICKED BY BEIJING TO RUN HONG KONG BEGINNING JULY FIRST.
IF YOU THINK IN DOLLARS, THERE ARE 14 BILLION REASONS WHY THE U-S IS
VERY CONCERNED THAT HONG KONG REMAINS A BOOMING ECONOMIC INVESTMENT
BUT, WHILE EYES ARE OPEN AND EARS ARE TO THE GROUND, WALLETS ARE
(sot: David Li, CEO Bank of East Asia)
"I'm honestly even further in Hong Kong and in China. We are very
confident that the 21st century belongs to the Pacific."
SO IT REALLY BOILS DOWN TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTION: WILL HONG KONG
BE ABLE TO VOICE ITS OPPOSITION TO THE GRIP OF COMMUNIST RULE?
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS ARE SURE THINGS WILL CHANGE AFTER JULY FIRST.
(sot: Dinah Pokempner, Human Rights Watch)
"It's going to be very subtle. He's not going to be something to
cause to tumble or people to march. But it's going to have profound
RIGHT NOW WORKERS ARE SCRAMBLING TO FINISH CONSTRUCTION ON THE
EXHIBITION CENTER, WHERE HANDOVER FESTIVITIES ARE GOING TO BE HELD.
BRITAIN'S PRINCE CHARLES AMONG THE THOUSANDS IN ATTENDANCE.
IT IS SHAPING UP TO BE THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY.
LIZ MULLEN CBS NEWS HONG KONG.))
In Japan, a teenager is under arrest in a murder case that shocked the
An 11 year old mentally disabled boy was murdered last month, his severed
head found outside a junior high school.
This week police arrested a 14 year old junior high school student saying he
confessed to killing the boy.
Before the arrest, someone claiming to be the killer sent a letter to a
newspaper expressing deep hatred for Japan's educational system and society,
and threatening to kill three more victims.
The crime is particularly shocking in Japan, which is known for its safe
streets and lack of violent crime.
A Bedford County woman is dead after stepping out of moving vehicle.
Lisa Dawn Conner was arguing with her husband, Shane Eldon Connor as the
couple drove their van along Hardy Road in Bedford County Tuesday.
Police say she stepped out of the van as it was moving, and then the van hit
Emergency workers transported the woman to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where
she died later that night.
Police say they do not plan on pressing charges against the woman's husband.
A convicted marijuana grower will serve her original prison sentence
following a federal appeals court ruling.
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The Fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U-S District Judge James
Turk cannot change his mind about a defendant's sentence.
The ruling stems from a case involving Dayna Layman.
She's the wife of Victor Layman--a man convicted of setting-up an elaborate,
indoor marijuana farm in Roanoke County.
Dayna Layman helped take care of the plants and pled guilty.
Turk originally sentenced Dayna Layman to nine months in prison for her part
in the operation.
But, the judge later changed his mind after the defendant asked him to
reconsider, claiming financial hardship.
The prosecutor in the case challenged the new sentence and the appeals court
Layman will now serve his original nine-month prison sentence.
A hog farmer is getting ready to set-up his farm in Pittsylvania
County--following approval from state officials.
But, residents are protesting the decision claiming officials failed to give
Virginia environmental regulators approved plans for the farm which is
essentially an enclosed feedlot for pigs.
It would house up to 98-hundred hogs and would be located on 500 acres near
175-thousand dollars and counting--that's how much the University of
Virginia has paid so far--
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in medical bills for victims of a balcony collapse.
And, that figure is expected to increase.
The 175-year old balcony collapsed May 18th just before UVA's graduation
A corroded rod support caused the accident that killed one woman.
Officials say they may face legal
claims for much more money.
GRAPHIC=Habitat for Humanity
One of Roanoke's oldest neighborhoods is getting a facelift from one of the
city's largest health care providers.
Habitat for Humanity dedicated two new homes today.
And Carilion Health Care Systems provided the manpower and the money.
The houses were built in two months--a record time.
They are part of a larger Habitat development called Carter Commons
A group of dilapidated buildings once stood on the future site of the
Habitat for Humanity cleared the land more than a year ago.
IN Q=WE HOPE TO
((DAVID CAMPER/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: WE HOPE TO REPLACE IT WITH 25 TO 30
HOMES. WE'LL HAVE FIVE GOING IN ON NORFOLK AND IN THE VACANT PROPERTY BEHIND
US WE'LL HAVE A CUL-DE-SAC WHERE THE HOUSES ACTUALLY FACE INSTEAD OF THE STREET
THEY'LL FACE A COMMON GRASS AREA WITH THE ROAD COMING IN BEHIND.))
SUPER=01-David Camper/Habitat For Humanity;
OUT Q=COMING IN BEHIND
Norfolk Southern has donated some near by property.
Camper says nine homes will be built there.
Habitat for Humanity helps people who normally couldn't afford it, build a
Camper says all the neighborhoods Habitat moves into welcome them with open
He says that's because Habitat is in the business of building a better
HARD MUSIC UNDER
ATMs are charging more these days for simple transactions.
Find out how MUCH more you may have to pay.
And attempts to repair the damaged Mir space station continue, but the
progress is slow.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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At least one Russian Cosmonaut is skeptical about a plan to fix the damaged
MIR space station.
Mir was damaged by a collision with an unmanned supply ship.
Ground controllers are devising a play to send a man into the damaged
section of the station, but one cosmonaut says a man in a space suit won't fit
through the hatch.
Meanwhile, the American on board, Michael Foale says he's managed to
scrounge up a toothbrush and some clothes.
Foale's personal belongings are in the damaged section of the station that
is currently sealed off.
You can get the most up-to-date reports on the space shuttle Mir in
Learn how to do that and more on this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=Work continues
SUPER=01-Stefan Presser/ACLU Legal Director; :40
SUPER=01-Dennis Vacco/New York Attorney General; :48
(( Work continues to repair the damaged Mir Space Station...
You can keep up with their progress through two NASA web sites.
A special page for the joint NASA-Mir mission tries to maintain it's sense
of humor... calling the situation "hot Bhorst".
You can also get the latest news updates on the Mir situation from the NASA
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency
Act, which restricted sexually explicit material on the internet.
The court ruled the law, intended to keep pornography away from children,
violated the first amendment.
((STEFAN PRESSER/ACLU LEGAL DIRECTOR; IT EXPLICITLY FOUND THAT IT'S VERY
UNLIKELY FOR A YOUNGSTER TO SIMPLY STUMBLE ON ANYTHING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT))
((DENNIS VACCO/NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL; NOW I HAPPEN TO THINK THAT WE NEED TO
DO MORE TO PROTECT KIDS FROM THE OBSCENE AND INDECENT AND PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL
THAT IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET, I'M NOT SURE THAT WE HAVE FOUND THE CORRECT
FORMULA THAT BALANCES THAT STATE INTEREST WITH THE INTEREST OF AMERICANS AND
THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.
But Vacco adds the court ruling does not protect child pornography, and he
will continue aggressive prosecution.
If you're looking to make a major purchase, but don't want to camp out on
the showroom floor, try Compare-Net.
You pick the product... then plug in your price range and long list of
preferences, and Compare-Net gives you a list of what's out there, how much it
costs, and a checklist of features...
To check it out... click on WebWatch on the WDBJ-7 Website, at
A couple of companies in central Virginia are expanding their operations
thanks to the growth in wireless communications.
Allen Telecom Systems and Grayson Electronics unveiled their new joint
facility in Forest this week.
The two now occupy Bedford County's latest shell building in the Vista
The sister companies design and manufacture equipment that enhances and
measures wireless signals.. and lately business has been booming.
IN Q=We provide a
((CRIS MORTON/PRES., GRAYSON ELECTRONICS: WE PROVIDE A WHOLE COLLECTION OF GEAR
BEYOND THE HANDSET THAT ALL OF US HAVE IN OUR CARS AND HOMES. THEY SIT BACK IN
THE CENTRAL OFFICES AND TELEPHONE OFFICES AND ALLOW ALL OF THOSE CALLS TO
((BOB PAUL/ALLEN TELECOM INC.: FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, THEY WERE ON THE
FOREFRONT IN TERMS OF THEIR PRODUCTS WERE WHAT THE MARKET WAS LOOKING FOR.
SOMETIMES EVEN SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF THE MARKET, SO THEY'VE HAD SOME VERY
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND THAT'S REALLY LED TO THEIR SUCCESS.))
SUPER=01-Cris Morton/Grayson Electronics Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Paul/Allen Telecom, Inc.; :12
OUT Q=to their success.
The two companies employ about 200 people at their Bedford County facility.
They hope to double that number within the next several years.
More banks are charging higher fees these days for use of their ATM
machines--and in some cases they're even double-billing.
Intern reporter Joy Sutton has more...
IN Q=It's known as
SUPER=01-Ty Smith/First Union Branch Manager; :15
SUPER=01-Mary Hager/ATM User; :32
SUPER=01-Phillip Darby/ATM User; :43
SUPER=20-Joy Sutton; 1:35
OUT Q= Joy Sutton, News-7
((It's known as double-billing...getting charged by both banks for
withdrawing your money.
Here's how it works... Your bank will charge you for not using one of its
A-T-M's...and the bank that owns that particular A-T-M will also charge you a
IN Q=Having an ATM's
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: HAVING AN ATM IS A VERY EXPENSIVE
THING..SOME ATM'S FROM YOUR BASIC MODEL MAY COST $7-10,000. SOME OF THE MORE
FULL FEATURED CAN COST UP TO $50,000..AND OBVIOUSLY IT HAD TO BE PAID FOR
OUT Q=paid for somehow
But some customers say the charges are unfair.
IN Q= I don't like it
((MARY HAGER/FIRST UNION CUSTOMER: WELL, I DON'T LIKE IT.. THE OBJECT OF THE
ATM WAS SO THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO HIRE TELLERS TO WAIT ON ME IF I CAME INTO THE
BANK AND THAT WAS TO BE CHEAPER FOR THEM ))
OUT Q=Cheaper for them
IN Q=It's just not
((PHILLIP DARBY/FIRST UNION CUSTOMER: IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT..THAT'S THE WAY I
FEEL ABOUT IT ))
OUT Q=feel about it
Crestar and Nationsbank both charge its customers a dollar-50 for using
First Virginia between a dollar-50 and a dollar-75. And First Union charges
If you're not a customer using a Crestar or First Virginia ATM will cost you
a dollar. Use a Nationsbank or a First Union machine and the charge will be a
Smith says customers can frequently avoid the fees by simply using their own
IN Q=First Union has
((TY SMITH/FIRST UNION BRANCH MANAGER: FIRST UNION HAS MORE THAN 2,400 ATM'S
CORPORATE WIDE WHICH IN MY ASSESSMENT WOULD BE PLENTY OF ATM'S FOR ANYONE TO
CHOOSE FROM ))
OUT Q=to choose from
But Hager says finding her own bank's A-T-M is not always easy.
IN Q=Right now
((MARY HAGER: RIGHT NOW I DROVE FROM MORNING SIDE SCHOOL TO HERE IN ORDER TO
USE THE ATM..AND THERE WASN'T ANYONE BETWEEN HERE AND THERE. SO IT WAS VERY
OUT Q= was very inconvenient
There are ways to get around the double-billing..using a debit card instead
of an A-T-M card can save you from being charged by your own bank. Joy Sutton,
Coming up next on News 7 at Eleven, Miss Virginia 1997 was crowned in
Roanoke tonight. We'll find out who won.
and Dairy Day got things moooving in Rocky Mount today.
Shoppers at the Walmart in Rocky Mount were treated to the cream of the
crop--Dairy Day--an event sponsored by The Farm Bureau.
All the visitors "got milk"--Organizers gave away free ice cream and milk to
anyone who had a craving for diary products.
And, while milk may do a body good, it's also provides a big boost to the
The Virginia dairy industry generates more than 900 million dollars every
Franklin County is the second highest dairy producing county in the state.
But, it's an expensive business.
For example, the average cow has to consume 35 gallons of water, 20 pounds
of grain and 35 pounds of hay to produce seven gallons of milk.
They take a little plastic and some paint and transform them into life-like
replicas of historic planes and cars.
They're members of The Roanoke Valley International Plastic Modelers'
And today they sponsored a show at Tanglewood Mall.
Members hope the show generates interest in their hobby.
The models range from the very simple which may take hours to build, to the
very detailed which may require months of work.
IN Q=YOU CAN BUY
((GREG CLOWER/ROANOKE VALLEY IPMS: YOU CAN BUY THE KIT AT THE HOBBY SHOP AND
ORDER THROUGH MAIL ORDER OR THE INTERNET LITTLE SPARK PLUG WIRES, SPARK PLUGS
AND YOU GLUE THEM ALL IN AND WIRE THEM LIKE YOU WIRE A REAL ENGINE.))
SUPER=01-Greg Clower/Roanoke Valley IPMS;
OUT Q=A REAL ENGINE
They say model building is a good way to learn about history and it's
something the whole family can do together.
SUPER=330-Clear Skies/Light Winds/56-60/Mostly/Sunny/83-88;
SUPER=334-Mostly/Cloudy/60-65/Mostly Cloudy/Rain Possible/75-80;
The Salem Avalanche opened the first game of a three game set with the
Durham Bulls one game above 500 tonight at Memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Bulls; :
The Avalanche had the support tonight as a sell out crowd jam packed
In the bottom of the second, Salem's Chad Gambill singles to right
centerfield which brings in Forry Wells across the plate but Salem trailed 2 to
Durham answered the score in the top of the fourth Ed Codero hits a single
to the outfield scoring Joe Trippy and the score was tied three to three.
The Avalanche came back in the SUPER=37-Salem/9/Durham/5/;bottom of the
fourth as Kyle Houser singles into right field Elvis Pena crosses the plate
Salem led 5 to 3 and Salem wins it 9 to 5.
Matt Williams had a career day in New York this afternoon. Williams hit two
homers and tied career marks with four hits and four R-B-I's as Cleveland beat
New York 12 to 8.
SUPER=03-Bronx, NY/FOX SPORTS; :
David Wells warming up on a hot day at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the first. Tino Martinez
hitting this three run homer over the right field fence to make it 3 to nothing
Then in the top of the second Williams gets all of this pitch sending it
over the right field wall for a two run homer to make the score 3 to 2 Yankees.
Williams hit his second homer of SUPER=35-Cleveland/12/New York/8/;the
game in the top of the sixth this two run shot over the right field fence to
make it 11 to 7 Indians and Cleveland wins it 12 to 8.
The St. Louis Cardinals scored 9 runs in the first three innings to hold off
Cincinnati 12 to 6.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/FOX SPORTS; :
Tony LaRussa checking the action from the dugout.
In the top of the first, Ron Gant gets the two run homer over the left
centerfield fence and the Cardinals jumped out to a 2 to nothing lead.
Leading 3 to nothing, Royce Clayton sends a shot off the wall in left field
scoring another run and the Cardinals went on top 4 to nothing.
Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela helped SUPER=35-St.
Louis/12/Cincinnati/6/;his own cause in the top of the third he singles to
left centerfield scoring a run and the Cardinals beat the Reds 12 to 6.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/FOX SPORTS; :
In Chicago this afternoon the Cubs hosted the Astros.
Chicago took the early lead in the top of the first when Mark Grace sends
this pitch over the right field wall for a two run homer.
Then in the bottom of the 8-th Sammy Sosa hits this two run homer over the
left centerfield wall to lead the Cubs over the Astros.
For all of the scores lets go to the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-j/San Diego/9//Los Angeles/6////Montreal/2/j/Florida/4///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Graham Marsh is the leader after three rounds of the U-S
Senior Open Chip Sullivan misses the cut at the St. Jude's Classic.
And the Players returned to the court at Wimbledon today.
Goran Ivanisevic lost his match today and he was fined for not appearing at
a post match press conference.
Meantime, The top seeds Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis advanced in today's
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/NBC SPORTS; :
8-th seeded Boris Becker survived today's second round Becker beat Thomas
Johannson in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Meantime, Houston's Venus Williams was knocked out of todays round. She
lost to Magdalena Grzybowska in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
And one note from Wimbledon because of the rain there will be play on the
middle Sunday for the first time in the tournament's 121 year old history.
Blue Hills pro Billy King shot a 74 today and he's at 220 10 over par after
today's round of the U-S Senior Open.
SUPER=03-Olympia Fields, IL/NBC SPORTS; :
Chi Chi Rodriguez giving a kid an autographed golf ball during today's
Graham Marsh shot his second consecutive 3 under par 67 to take the lead
after three rounds of the Senior Open. Marsh is at 206 4 under par for a two
stroke lead with one round to play.
John Bland shot a 69 today and he holds second place at 208 2 under par
for the tournament.
Chip Sullivan shot a 75 today but his total of 145 three over par failed to
make the cut at the St. Judes Classic.
The third round of the tournament was suspended due to lighting.
SUPER=03-Memphis, TN/CBS SPORTS; :
Rookie Robert Damron was atop the leader board when play was suspended.
Damron was 13 under par through three holes with this birdie at the 12-th hole.
Gene Sauers making this birdie putt on the 12-th hole is two shots back at
11 under par he is also through three holes.
In women's golf, Dot Bolling is the leader after the first round of the
Linwood Ladies Invitational in Martinsville.
Bolling shot a 73 today and she leads Omega Dean by two shots. Dean shot
Donna Norman is third at 78 and Fran Hensley fourth at 79.
A special bowling event at the All Star Lanes on Melrose Avenue this
Bowlers of all ages participated in the A-M-F Bowl-A-Thon. And all the
money raised during this afternoons event will benefit the Virginia Special
IN Q="This Bowl...
((JOHN ANTONELLI/AMF BOWLING CENTER MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-John Antonelli/AMF Bowling Center Manager; :
OUT Q=......Back in bowling."
More than 30 bowlers took part in the Bowl-A-Thon and they got a chance to
meet members of the Salem Avalanche who gave their time for the worthy cause.
((MIKE ZOLECKI/AVALANCHE PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Mike Zolecki/Avalanche Pitcher; :00
OUT Q=.....just unbelievable."
The former Miss Virginia Michelle Kang passed along her title tonight.
IN Q=The first runner-up is
OUT Q=the new Miss Virginia
Kelly Quick, Miss Lynchburg beat 24 contestants from around the Commonwealth
to win the title.
Crystal Lewis, Miss Portsmouth Seawall was first runer-up.
Quick will now go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic
City, New Jersey.
News 7 at Six.
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