On NEWS 7 at SIX:
A fatal house fire in Roanoke.
An eviction for an elderly widow.
And a hot air balloon rally on the Maury River.
We'll take to the skies with a LIVE report from Lexington for that one.
Tonight on News 7 sports, Martina Hingis and Pete Sampras both advance at
Wimbledon. Former Friday Football Star Anthony Poindexter is getting a lot of
national attention, we'll check out some sharks at the Salem Fair,
plus, MIke Skinner makes it two for two at the beach as he wins the pole for
Saturday Pepsi 400 this afternoon at Daytona.
Hot stuff today, more of the same tomorrow for central Virginia and cooler
conditions move in this weekend. That story and the beach forecast just ahead.
An elderly man died in a house fire in Roanoke early this morning.
The house in the 3-thousand block of Grandin Road started filling with dense
smoke about 2:30 this morning.
Three people were inside- -72-year-old William Evans and two men who helped
take care of him.
IN Q=Upon arrival
((PAT TAYLOR/ROANOKE FIRE AND EMS: UPON ARRIVAL THE FIRST ENGINE CREWS DID A
RAPID SEARCH FOR THE VICTIM, AND WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE MALE NURSES POINTING
OUT THE BEDROOM THE VICTIM WAS IN WE BROUGHT HIM OUT FROM THE BEDROOM WINDOW.))
SUPER=01-Pat Taylor/Roanoke Fire and EMS;
OUT Q=bedroom window.
Evans died of smoke inhalation.
Police say the fire started in a back room that all three men used, and that
all three smoked.
Fire officials say the fire is considered suspicious, but they say there's
also a chance it was an accident.
Officials have identified the two people killed in a fatal crash on Mill
Mountain yesterday morning.
Investigator say 19-year old Evan Brooker of Florida and 20 year old Shannon
Vandlinde of Virginia Beach died when the pick up they were riding in slammed
into a tree and burst into flames.
Both were in town to work for the Salem Fair.
An official with the company that provides the attractions for the
fair--says Brooker was a fine worker.
IN Q=It saddens everybody's
((GREG DEGGELLER/VICE PRESIDENT DEGGELLER ATTRACTIONS: IT SADDENS EVERYBODY'S
SPIRIT WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS. LIKE I SAID EVANS BEEN WITH US FOR
AWHILE AND WELL LIKE AROUND HERE AND WE'LL ALL MISS HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Greg Deggeller/Deggeller Attractions V.P.;
OUT Q: all miss him
The driver of the truck 25-year old Christopher Deweese, survived the
crash--and is in critical condition.
Investigators say Deweese was trying to flee from a police officer who
recognized him at Mill Mountain Park.
Deweese was wanted for parole violations.
The Roanoke woman who was fighting eviction from her Orange Avenue home,
has been ordered to leave.
The brick home has serious problems, including several holes in the roof.
but 70- year- old Lucy Hogan was determined to stay in her residence of
more than thirty years.
Today, a Roanoke judge said she will give the Hogans the opportunity to
make repairs, but Jackie Talevi said she is concerned about Hogan's safety.
She ordered the woman and her daughter to leave the home next week.
"If the necessary, but awesome power of the federal judiciary is to be
respected, it must respect the People and their institutions of government."
Those words today from federal appeals Judge Micheal Luttig.
Luttig was explaining his ruling that cleared the way Monday night for
Virginia's long-sought parental notification law to take effect.
Luttig writes in a 37-page opinion that federal Judge James Turk showed a
"palpable misunderstanding" of Supreme Court precedent on other law dealing
with teen abortions.
Turk blocked the new law for a few hours on Monday, before Luttig struck
down his injunction.
Planned Parenthood has appealed Luttig's ruling.
GRAPHIC=Fourth of July
You'll have to "go some" to get to the annual Fourth of July concert and
fireworks show at Victory Stadium this year.
In an attempt to deal with the perennial parking problems at the event,
there will be NO parking allowed this year at the stadium.
You have to walk or take the bus.
While the organizers of the event are promising more music, bigger and
better fireworks this year, they're a little unsure how people will react to
barriers on Reserve Avenue.
The Street will be closed to traffic at four P-M tomorrow- -except shuttle
Jan Wilkins is at the stadium tonight with some specifics.
The story here, Jan, is: shuttle buses, right?
SUPER=01-Jan Wilkins/"Music for Americans" Organizer
Three times as many buses.
Have yet to fill the stadium's 25-thousand seats. This could be a damper.
Keep the crowds to a minimum. Streets of South Roanoke filled with spectators
who refuse to ride a bus.
Music program- -mixing fireworks and tunes.
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Got the howitzers ready?))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, a rabid cow sends three people to hospital for
and from Lexington, we'll see what's up as the first annual Maury River Balloon
Festival prepares to take off.
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There is going to be a lot of hot air in the skies over Lexington this
weekend, but its not the weather or even a political event.
It's the first annual Maury River Balloon Rally in Lexington
Double Boxes=Keith/Steve Starlink
Steve Smallshaw is on deck tonight on the parade grounds at V-M-I.
Steve, when are the balloons supposed to lift off?
((Rollcue: will take off as well.))
SUPER=03-Lexington/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Hemmingsen/Balloon Pilot; :27
SUPER=01-John Stewart/Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club; :57
OUT Q=pretty crowd for it.
Double Boxes=Keith/Steve Starlink
Three people were exposed to rabies last week after coming in contact with a
All three are undergoing post-exposure treatment.
The cow is believed to have contracted the virus after being bitten by a
Animals often carry the rabies virus for years before showing any symptoms
of the disease.
Dr. Jody Hershey cautions people to stay away from wild or stray animals
that may have been exposed to the virus.
Rabies has been on the increase in Virginia for the past six years.
Hershey urges pet owners to follow state law and have their pets vaccinated
against the disease.
IN Q=Rabies can
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/ NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIR.: RABIES CAN BE PREVENTED IN
DOMESTICATED ANIMALS, SO IF YOU'VE GOT CATS AND DOGS GET THEM VACCINATED, KEEP
THEIR VACCINATIONS UP TO DATE. FERRETS NOW CAN ALSO BE VACCINATED. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/ New River Health District Dir.
OUT Q=be vaccinated
If contact is made with an animal suspected of being rabid, medical
treatment should be sought immediately and local animal control should be
Southside farmers are calling on Congressman Virgil Goode to protect them
... as the tobacco settlement heads for Capitol Hill.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave Tina Tenret is reporting live from
our Danville newsroom.
Keith, farming families here say they are victims of the tobacco settlement.
They say there is nothing in the 68-page agreement to protect the tobacco
market or prices.
IN Q=Nowhere did it say
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :00
OUT Q=CONSUMERS AND EVERYONE.
IN Q=Nowhere did it say
((CLARENCE BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO: NOWHERE DID IT SAY ANYTHING
ABOUT TOBACCO GROWERS LIKE MYSELF AND ALL THE PEOPLE HERE TODAY THAT ARE
INVOLVED. WE ARE CAUGHT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE AND WHAT I'M HERE TO TELL YOU IS
THAT I FEEL LIKE I MIGHT BE AN ECONOMIC VICTIM.))
A roomful of farmers told Congressman Virgil Goode today they are a key part
of the local economy.
Tobacco farmers have been around these parts for 350 years ...
And they say it's just not as easy as growing cucumbers instead.
In the final settlement farmers say they want quotas so their crop levels
will not be slashed.
Farmer J-T Davis says if anybody in Washington has a conscience and a heart,
they will protect the grower.
IN Q=I want to see
((VIRGIL GOODE/U.S. CONGRESSMAN (D): I WANT TO SEE GROWERS IN THIS AREA THAT'S
TOBACCO'S VITAL TO THEIR ECONOMY -- THE ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF TOBACCO AS THEY
AFFECT SOUTHSIDE -- COVERED IN IT. I WANT IT TO BE FAIR TO CONSUMERS AND
Local farmers have published a pamphlet called "The American Tobacco
Farmer: the Most Misunderstood Group in America."
They say they've been called bandits and druglords...
but say they're raising tobacco just to pay the bills.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
Tina, is there any reason Virginia might have an advantage in these tobacco
Yes, Keith. Richmond area congressman Tom Bliley heads up the House
Commerce Committee. That's the group that will oversee much of the tobacco
deal on the hill.
On Wall Street today, the stock market surged to record highs before the
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It may seem a little early to be thinking of hunting season.
But Bill Dolan has a proposal to help preserve the sport in Virginia.
The democratic candidate for attorney general is offering an amendment to
the state constitution-- a Bill of Rights for those who hunt and fish.
Dolan says he just recently renewed his own hunting license.
He says he wants to keep the licensing process free of any future
IN Q=To get out
((BILL DOLAN/D- CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: TO GET OUT IN FRONT OF THE
ARGUMENT IS A STRONGER POSITION RATHER THAN REACTING TO AN ARGUMENT FROM PEOPLE
WHO WILL PICK A LITTLE PIECE OF IT AND APPEAR TO BE VERY INNOCUOUS AND
APPARENTLY REASONABLE, WHEN IN FACT, THE REAL ULTIMATE PURPOSE IS TO BAN
HUNTING AND FISHING. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Dolan/(D) Candidate for Attorney General;
OUT Q=BAN HUNTING AND FISHING
Dolan is concerned about what he called a nationwide trend to limit hunting
Coming your way tonight in sports, Childress racing dominates qualifying
today at Daytona, the top seeds advance again at Wimbledon, the Hillcats and
Avalanche are set to get it on tonight in Lynchburg,
and we'll head out to the Salem Fair and show you some big fish with big
overbites that are part of a big show.
Richard Childress racing put of a show today during qualifying at Daytona for
Saturday's Pepsi 400.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/espn2; :00
Of course all eyes were on points leader Jeff Gordon, who went out in the
DuPont Chevy and turned a lap at 189 point 358 miles an hour on his second
circuit around the track. It was good but not good enough.
Mike Skinner, who won the 500 pole back in February went out and proved it
was not a fluke this afternoon by winning the top spot for the Pepsi 400 with a
lap at 189.777 to top Gordon and his teammate Dale Earnhardt.
Now let's check out the entire top 25 qualifiers for Saturday morning's race.
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SUPER=0107-1. Mike Skinner/189.777/2. Dale Earnhardt//3. John Andretti//4.
Jeff Gordon//5. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-6. Rusty Wallace//7. Billy Standridge//8. Michael Waltrip//9. Rick
Mast//10. Lake Speed//;
SUPER=0107-11. Joe Nemechek//12. Dick Trickle//13. Ricky Rudd//14. Ken
Schrader//15. Johnny Benson//;
SUPER=0107-16. Dale Jarrett//17. Bill Elliott//18. Mark Martin//19. Hut
Stricklin//20. Brett Bodine//;
SUPER=0107-21. Ward Burton//22. Ted Musgrave//23. Ernie Irvan//24. Jeff
Burton//25. Bobby Hamilton//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Martina Hingis has advanced to her third straight Grand Slam final.
Today at Wimbledon she did so by winning the battle of 16 year olds.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC;:00
Former President Bush and his wife Barbara were courtside today as the Swiss
miss, beat fellow teenager Anna Kournikova in straight sets 6-3 and 6-2 to
reach her first Wimbledon final.
She will play Jana Novotna for the title on Saturday. Jana beat Vicario in
On the men's side, Pete Sampras won the marquee match of the day beating
Boris Becker in four sets 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 and 6-4.
Sampras plays Todd Woodbridge in the semi-finals.
Cedric Pioline and Michael Stich make up the other semi-final.
The Salem Avalanche and Lynchburg Hillcats battled at Memorial Stadium and
when it was over the Hillcats left Salem with an 8 to 7 win in 11 innings.
The match up switches to the Hill city tonight for game one of a two game
set at City Stadium.
Even though they're in different divisions the rivalry between the two
teams is always a hot one.
IN Q="Everybody wants...
((BOBBY BEVEL/AVALANCHE PITCHER: ))
SUPER=01-Bobby Bevel/Avalanche Pitcher; :
OUT Q=.......support us."
Because of the travel, The Players call the Lynchburg series the Commuter
It's an hour both ways for the Avalanche and that makes winning even more
important for the team.
IN Q="You always...
((DAVID FEUERSTEIN/AVALANCHE OUTFIELDER: ))
SUPER=01-David Feuerstein/Avalanche Outfielder; :
OUT Q= .......TO DO IT."
Game time tonight in the Hill city is 7 o'clock.
The world famous Salem Fair opened today with among other things a bunch of
real live sharks.
"The World of Shark Show" is expected to be one of the major attractions at
Fair this year.
Marco and Philip Peters started the show a couple of years ago after they
retired as dare-devils from the Ringling Brothers Circus.
And Philip is one of the men who actually dives with the sharks during the
IN Q="You see em...
((PHILIP PETERS/WORLD SHARK SHOW: ))
SUPER=01-Philip Peters/World Shark Show; :
OUT Q=..........people like."
And animal lovers need not work. The sharks are kept in a 45 foot trailer
with a filtration system.
And every six months they are released in the Florida Keys.
IN Q="Release em....
OUT Q=......thing to do."
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