It's time for NEWS 7 at 11.
Work on the Smart Road is now underway- -as the federal court refuses to
A bank robbery suspect who'd just been paroled from prison for a bank job.
A civil war soldier gets a proper burial at Gettysburg.
And the rising cost of mailing a letter- -the old-fashioned way.
News 7 is NEXT!
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The "Smart Highway" could be completed in as little as six- years.
Today a federal judge cleared the way for the project.
Opponents had argued that the government failed to consider all of the
environmental impacts of the highway, such as rows of snow- making towers.
In his opinion, Judge Jackson Kiser wrote it's possible that the cost may
outweigh the benefits.
But he said that "it's not for him to decide the wisdom of Congressional
IN Q=I don't
((DAN BRUGH/VDOT SPOKESMAN:I DON'T THINK THE COSTS OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS AT
ALL, I THINK THE ROAD, SMART ROAD, IS GOING TO BE BENEFICIAL BOTH FROM A
TRANSPORTATION STANDPOINT AND FROM A TECHNOLOGY STANDPOINT. ))
SUPER=01-Dan Brugh/VDOT Spokesman; :00
An official ground breaking is scheduled for next week-- but it's unlikely
John Lipsey will attend.
The project will run through his property-- over his objections.
IN Q=I have
((JOHN LIPSEY/RETIRED DOCTOR:I HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN INVITED, BUT I DON'T THINK
I'M GOING TO ATTEND, I DON'T THINK MY HEART WOULD BE TOO INTO THE FESTIVITIES
SUPER=01-John Lipsey/Retired Doctor;:00
OUT Q=that day.
The year 2002 is the earliest the project could be completed-- 2010 the
Parental notification for teen abortions is the law in Virginia -- until
Planned Parenthood appealed to a three judge federal panel this morning,
trying to reinstate federal Judge James Turk's injunction of the law yesterday.
The injunction was struck down last night by appeals Judge Micheal Luttig.
IN Q=It is the
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT IS THE LAW IN VIRGINIA. THANK GOODNESS IT'S IN EFFECT
TODAY. AND WHAT THE GREAT FEAR OF THE OPPONENTS IS THAT WITH THIS LAW GOING
ONTO THE BOOKS THEY'LL SEE THAT IT WILL NOT BE THIS RACK AND RUIN THAT THEY
TALK ABOUT. BUT IN FACT PARENTS WILL BE INVOLVED AND YOU'LL HAVE THAT PROPER
APPROACH OF PARENTS BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN.))
OUT Q=their children.
Governor Allen says it's his understanding that the only part still open to
question is the issue of a penalty for doctors who fail to notify parents.
NO word yet on when the appeals panel may rule.
Officials with Planned Parenthood in Roanoke say as long as the law is on
the books, they will comply with it.
They'll meet with Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell tomorrow to get his
opinion on their parental notification procedure.
Planned Parenthood officials says they're taking extra steps to stay on the
right side of the new law.
IN Q=We've always encouraged
((DAVID NOVA/PLANNED PARENTHOOD PRESIDENT; WE'VE ALWAYS ENCOURAGED MINORS TO
INVOLVE THEIR PARENTS, WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO SO. WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS NOW, WE
HAVE TO BE MUCH MORE CAREFUL WITH REGARD TO MINORS WHO COME FOR ABORTION
SUPER=01-David Nova/Planned Parenthood President;
OUT Q=come for abortion procedures
Nova says his staff now has to take steps to confirm that a minor actually
has her parents permission.
He'd also like to know who is held accountable if a minor successfully
deceives a clinic with an adult posing as a parent.
Starting today, if victims of domestic violence, call the police,
chances are their abuser will end up in jail.
A new Virginia law requires police to take greater steps to intervene.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
IN Q=the previous
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SUPER=01-Sgt. T.L. Carmichael/Roanoke City Police; :37
OUT Q=AF, news 7
(( The previous law stated officers SHOULD arrest the primary aggressor in a
domestic violence incident.
Now, the wording says they SHALL arrest the aggressor.
((ELLEN BROWN/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: WE'RE NOT SAYING LOCK PEOPLE UP
FOREVER, BUT PEOPLE NEED TO BE KEPT AWAY FROM THE VICTIMS UNTIL THEY GET THE
INTERVENTION THAT THEY NEED, AND INTERVENTION IS 60% EFFECTIVE.))
Many law enforcement officials haven't decided if they like the law or not.
Since many victims of domestic violence are financially dependent on their
abuser, it could cause problems if the breadwinner is jailed, and loses a
((T.L. CARMICHAEL/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: INITIALLY OUR CALLS AND ARRESTS WILL GO
UP, AND THEN WE'LL REACH A LEVEL PLANE, AND THEN THEY MAY EVEN DECREASE.
BECAUSE THEY ARE AWARE THAT WE WILL ARREST.))
A former domestic abuse victim says the law is a step in the right
direction-- she feels it will give other victims more hope.
But on Roanoke Police officer says this problem won't be solved with
She says Counseling and intervention are also needed.
((T.L. CARMICHAEL/ROANOKE POLICE: A LOT OF THE ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR IS LEARNED
FROM CHILDHOOD, AND IT'S GOING TO COME DOWN TO EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT FOR
THE VICTIMS TO SAY-- I DON'T HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY. ))
If you are a domestic abuse victim, or have questions about domestic
violence, you can call the Turning Point Shelter at 345-0400 or call Trust at
Andrew Freiden, News 7))
Some quick police work and a helpful bystander helped nab a suspected bank
robber in Lynchburg today.
Around one, a man armed with a handgun walked into this First Federal bank
and demanded money.
He escaped on foot, but was spotted a few minutes later by Investigator
While a citizen used Booth's police radio to direct other officers to the
scene, Booth struggled to arrest the suspect.
34- year- old Darryl C. Delancey was finally caught, hiding in some nearby
He's being held without bond on robbery and firearms charges.
Police say Delancey was just paroled last fall, after serving 13 years in
prison for ANOTHER bank robbery in Virginia Beach.
GRAPHIC=welfare in virginia
The one and only Virginian to get kicked off welfare benefits has entered
the history books.
IN Q=If you'll
((CLARENCE CARTER/VA. DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES: IF YOU'LL REMEMBER BACK IN THE
BEGINNING, PEOPLE WERE PREDICTING THAT DEATH AND DESTRUCTION WOULD BE ATTENDING
THIS PROGRAM AND WE WOULD BE SHOVELLING BABIES IN THE STREET. BUT WE'VE COME
TO THE END OF THE ELIGIBILITY TIME PERIOD IN THE FIRST REGION FOR SOME
INDIVIDUALS, AND THERE IS ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS REACHED THAT TWO YEAR WALL
TODAY. AND UM, THERE'S ONLY ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO WILL REACH THAT TWO YEAR TIME
LIMIT WHO IS NOT GAINFULLY EMPLOYED.))
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Va. Dept. of Social Services;
OUT Q=gainfully employed.
The news came today from the Allen administration at a UPS distribution
center that's hiring a few Charlottesville area welfare recipients -- as THAT
region begins "workfare."
The first region whose two year time limit expired includes Orange County.
Lynchburg and Bedford's timetable to kick any non-working recipients out of
the system comes in October.
A full third of the state, including Roanoke, has yet to even start the two
year welfare-to-work timeline.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, a state employee says he resigned under
pressure after he fails to make more political donations,
and Hollywood loses one of its most famous tough guys as actor Robert Mitchum
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The head of Virginia's Department of Criminal Justice Services has resigned
-- saying he was a victim of what he called an "illegal, unethical, and
unconstitutional" policy handed down by the Governor's Chief of Staff.
Bruce Morris says he was told he'd have to make campaign contributions to
other Republicans or forfeit his 87- thousand dollar a year job.
Morris says he was told by Chief of Staff Jay Timmons -- shown here -- of
the new policy and its ramifications. SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Today;
The Governor says Morris misunderstood.
IN Q=It's not a
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT'S NOT A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT, NOR WERE THERE ANY
THREATS OF FIRING. IT'S JUST SIMPLY A POLICY AND YOU'D LIKE TO FOLKS TO ADHERE
OUT Q=to it.
The policy asked the Governor's political appointees to donate to ALL four
Republicans who ran for the attorney general's nomination ... or to none at
The policy is aimed at making Allen appear neutral in intra-party contests.
Robert Mitchum is dead.
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The star of more than 125 movies died this morning at his home in Santa
Mitchum played in the epic T-V mini-series "The Winds of War."
He was cast as the school teacher in Ryan's Daughter.
IN Q=You were meant
SUPER=10-"Ryan's Daughter"/MGM-United Artists/1970
OUT Q=want you? Yes. Oh.
Mitchum's image as a tough guy was fueled by an arrest in 1948 for marijuana
possession. He spent six months in a work camp.
Robert Mitchum died today of cancer at the age of 79.
A Civil War soldier was laid to rest today in Gettysburg National Cemetery.
It was a full military burial for the unknown soldier.
The bones were discovered last year on the battlefield that saw the tide
turn against the South in July of 1863.
Two war widows were there... believed to be among the last surviving widows
of Civil War veterans.
The funeral came on the anniversary of the first day of the 1863 battle...
the day historians believe the man was killed.
A lack of clothing or other identifying artifacts kept anthropologists from
determining whether the soldier fought for the Union or the Confederacy.
They unveiled the design today for a monument to be built on the site of the
bombed- out federal building in Oklahoma City.
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/April 19, 1995
It's a vivid contrast to the events two years ago that inspired the design,
it features 168 empty chairs framed by towering evergreens.
The trees will outline the spot where the walls of the Murah building once
The street where Timothy Mcveigh parked the Ryder truck will be turned into
a reflecting pool.
The German design firm that won the bid says lights will shine on each name
IN Q=We see
((SVEN BERG/DESIGNER: WE SEE THEM AS BEING A QUIET REMINDER AND THROUGH THE
LIGHT AT NIGHT, THAT IT IS SOMETHING THAT CAN SERVE TO INSPIRE. ))
OUT Q=serve to inspire
Officials hope to dedicate the memorial on April 19th, 1999.
GRAPHIC=PLane Crash Investigation
Federal air crash investigators are blaming two private pilots for a deadly
runway collision in the Midwest last fall.
SUPER=03-Quincy, IL/November 19, 1996
The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilots decided to take off
just as a United Express commuter plane was landing.
In a report released today in Washington the board concludes that the
pilots didn't look for other traffic.
The planes collided on intersecting runways.
Fourteen people died in the crash and fire that followed.
Coming up next, it could cost you more to mail a letter next year,
and former Attorney General Jim Gilmore says he is working hard to protect
farmers against last month's tobacco settlement.
When other attorneys general were making rules recently to restrict tobacco,
Jim Gilmore stayed on the sidelines.
Now he's touring Southside Virginia to remind tobacco farmers he's on their
Gilmore says he wanted to keep Virginia free from an unfavorable tobacco
So he monitored the talks instead of suing for favorable terms for farmers.
IN Q=Our strategy
((JIM GILMORE/GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE (R): OUR STRATEGY FROM THE VERY BEGINNING
WAS NOT TO BE BOUND INTO AN AGREEMENT BY EITHER FILING A SUIT OR BY GETTING
OURSELVES INTO A POSITION WHERE WE WERE GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO SIGN ON TO AN
OVERARCHING AGREEMENT THAT WAS GOING TO BE ENTERED TO BY PEOPLE THAT DID NOT
HAVE THE SAME ELEMENTS AND JOBS AT STAKE THAT WE DO HERE IN VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Jim Gilmore/(R) Candidate for Governor;
OUT Q=here in Virginia
Gilmore has urged tobacco companies and congressmen to protect farmers in
the final settlement.
IN Q=I rent
((CLARENCE BRYANT/PRESIDENT, CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO: EVERYBODY FROM ALL
THE OTHER COUNTRIES WANT TO KNOW HOW WE DO IT AND THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE
KNOW-HOW. IT'S A CONSTANT THING. I'M NOT GOING TO TUCK MY HEAD AND BE ASHAMED
OF SOMETHING WE'VE GROWN THROUGH GENERATION AFTER GENERATION.))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco;
OUT Q=going to do
Gilmore says a special fund should compensate farmers for financial losses.
It could cost another penny to mail a letter.
The Postal Service Board of Governors today proposed RAISING the first-class
letter rate by ONE cent.
The change from 32 to 33 cents wouldn't go into effect until the middle
of next year and would have to be approved by an independent Commission.
There's a new wrinkle, the price of paying your bills would DROP TWO cents.
It's recognition that the bar-coded envelopes with just a check inside are
about the easiest for the Postal Service to handle.
July weather started out very wet. But what is the month normally like?
Let's check the almanac.
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The Avalanche looks to again ride the Bulls to a win, a big league record is
tied tonight by Tiger, Steve Robinson takes over at FSU, and we'll meet a
highly qualified club swim coach.
SUPER=03-Danville/Last Night; :00
But first former Northside star Kelly Dampeer is making waves is his month of
The Radford university graduate, who was the Indians 22nd round draft pick,
was a one man wrecking crew last night for the Burlington Indians hitting 2
doubles, collecting 2 rbis and scoring four runs.
So far in 8 games he's hitting 310 with 5 doubles.
Let's see how his team fared tonight.
Now the scores.
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go to break
The Salem Avalanche and Durham Bulls had to show a little patience last night
as they closed out their 4 game series at Salem Memorial.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bulls vs. Avalanche; :00
The organization's popular field of dreams promotion continued as the Blue
Jays T-ball team from Roanoke County got to come down on the field an mingle.
But not long after Durham's Shawn Onley warmed up in the middle of the
first, the rains came, the fans scattered and both club's had to wait out a 42
minute rain delay.
When play resumed the Bulls outfield had to wait forever for this Gilbert
Vidal sacrifice fly to come down in center. Ben Petrick scores. It's
2-to-nothing Avalanche in the 3rd.
Salem would strike again in the third as Elvis Pena cranks a shot to the
right field corner. Two runs score, Pena gets into third and the Avalanche
wins it 11 to 5.
The Avalanche's parent club struggled yesterday losing to the Angels at home.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/Angels vs. Rockies; :00
The Angels don't get much recognition in this part of the country but
yesterday they earned it it.
The Halos opened plenty of eyes at Coors field as Jim Edmonds rocks this two
run homer off loser John Burke.
Edmonds would also get the job done in the field with the running, diving
catch in center to help Anaheim snap SUPER=35-Anaheim/4/Colorado/1;
a six game losing streak in interleague games.
The Tigers beat the Mets 8-to-6 yesterday as Detroit's Bobby Higginson tied a
big league record with a first inning homer that gave him four of those in four
straight at bats. He hit three last night.
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New York's other team also bit the dust as the Braves Ryan Klesko hit this
game winning two run homer to right in the sixth inning.
The Braves win 3-to-1 as Denny Neagle becomes the National League's first 12
game winner. He gave up six hits in 8 innings.
Growing up in Roanoke, Fleming grad Steve Robinson always dreamed of playing
in the ACC.
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Instead he ended up at Ferrum and Radford.
But now he's made it to the league as a head coach, leaving Tulsa to take
over Florida State to the tune of $500 thousand dollars a season for the next
IN Q="I have mixed...
((STEVE ROBINSON/NEW FLORIDA STATE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Steve Robinson/New Florida State Coach;:00
OUT Q=...I'M HAPPY."
The Nevada athletic commission met yesterday to discuss appropriate punishment
for boxer Mike Tyson.
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV; :00
The Commission decided to temporarily suspend Tyson from boxing in the state,
plus they have frozen the nearly $30 million dollars he was to receive from the
The Commission will meet again next week to determine its final disciplinary
Evander Holyfield says he thinks the suspension should be a lengthy one.
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IN Q="People are...
((EVANDER HOLYFIELD/WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Evander Holyfield/World Heavyweight Champion; :00
OUT Q=...DO THE TIME."
Not surprisingly, this week's Sports Illustrated features the now infamous
bite on the cover with the caption, "Madman" - Mike Tyson disgraces himself and
Still to come we''l jump in the pool on this very muggy night,
and meet an olympic hopeful who instead of landing in Atlanta, is making his
mark in Roanoke.
The 1996 Olympic games gave a hundreds of athletes a chance to shine on a
Michigan native Dan Phillips, a world class swimmer, had a opportunity to
earn his way onto that stage last year.
But, instead his first olympic experience is happening right here in Roanoke.
IN Q=nat sound
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SUPER=01-Dan Phillips/Olympic Park Head Coach; :43
SUPER=01-Linda Mecca/Olympic Park Swim Team President; 1:02
SUPER=01-Riley Galloway/13 Year Old Swimmer; 1:20
OUT Q=...TO OTHER THINGS."
(( Welcome to Roanoke's Olympic Park pool, where Phillips is not swimming for
medals these days, but instead coaching and teaching 125 youngsters each day.
After making his mark as a swimmer at the University of South Carolina,
where he knew Hootie and Blowfish long before America did, Phillips failed in
his attempt to earn a spot on 96 olympic team as a freestyle swimmer, finishing
16th at the trials.
But as a coach, he appears to have all the mettle needed to succeed.
Phillips hopes to eventually land a job coaching in college, but for now he's
content to help this group of kids have some fun, improve their strokes, and
also find out how to best reach their potential.))