Coming up on News 7 at Six,
a case of animal cruelty at the Salem Fair. We'll check in on Butch, the
seven thousand pound elephant at the petting zoo.
And, hundreds gather for a PRO tobacco rally
Jimmy Hensley and Stacy Compton have strong shownings in the today's truck
race, you can now have breakfast with the William Byrd baseball team, let games
and the washington redskins starting quarterback; Gus Frerotte makes a big
decision today; these stories in sports.
Expect some morning fog tomorrow-- Then it'll be sunny and hot!
The details and the beach forecast coming up.
At "The New Bob Jones Petting Zoo", parked at the Salem Fair, workers want
the public to know the animals there are in good hands.
That, despite an incident earlier this week, where a fair worker,
30-year-old Donnie Chaffee, a food vender, was convicted of cruelty to animals.
Chaffee, of Virginia Beach, was fined 200-dollars and sentenced to 90 days
in jail for striking this elephant-- Butch-- several times with a section of
Chaffe testified in Salem General District Court yesterday that he thought
the 7000-pound elephant was going to hurt someone with his trunk.
A petting zoo attendant and witness says Butch was no threat.
IN Q=He's like
((JOHN CLAUDE KIPLEY/PETTING ZOO ATTENDANT: HE'S JUST LIKE A BIG BABY, HE'S
SWEET AND NEVER WOULD HURT ANYBODY. ))
SUPER=01-John Claude Kipley/Petting Zoo Attendant; :
The petting zoo's manager, Howie Reynolds, wants the public to know the
animals are in good hands.
IN Q=I treat my
((HOWIE REYNOLDS/PETTING ZOO MANAGER: I TREAT MY ANIMALS BETTER THAN I TREAT
MYSELF. THEY GET FOOD, WATER, CLEANED UP AFTER, EVEN GET A BATH. I TAKE CARE OF
THEM TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY AND SACRIFICE THINGS FOR MYSELF TO MAKE SURE
THESE ANIMALS ARE TAKEN CARE OF. ))
SUPER=01-Howie Reynolds/Petting Zoo Manager; :
OUT Q=taken care of.
Reynolds says Butch was not PHYSICALLY hurt in the incident-- but is
worried the animal could become edgy with people due to the beating.
Chaffe could not be located for comment.
Hundreds of farmers from all over the country gathered today to rally for
their tobacco rights.
Most farmers say the government is taking control of a 200-year old industry
that has been fine on its own.
Tobacco growers from eight states gathered at Natural Tunnel State Park near
The gathering is a show of support for the tobacco industry.
Organizers say everyone from vendors to equipment dealers needs to join
forces to survive the attack on the tobacco industry.
The President of Allies for Tobacco Incorporated says the only way for
tobacco farmers to avoid economic hardships, is to stand together.
A Virginia Tech grad is flying high- -as a crew member on the latest
Columbia space shuttle mission.
Yesterday, WDBJ was one of three stations in the country to interview the
Andrew Freiden spoke to Astronaut Roger Crouch and has this story.
SUPER=04-April 4; :00
SUPER=04-Last Night;: :21
SUPER=01-Roger Crouch/Payload Specialist; :37
SUPER=08-Mike Gernhart/Mission Specialist;
OUT Q=news 7
((3-2-1 bLAST OFF! ))
(( Roger Crouch fulfilled a dream back in April. That's when he made his
first space flight.
But that flight was cut short due to a faulty fuel cell on the space shuttle
Now the Columbia crew is back in space.
Crouch always wanted to be a fighter pilot or an astronaut-- but
colorblindness put off his plans for a while--
((ROGER CROUCH/PAYLOAD SPECIALIST: ALWAYS WANTED TO-- DIDN'T KNOW IF I'D EVER
MAKE IT OR NOT, SO I'VE JUST CONTINUED TO STRIVE FOR THAT AND WENT FOR IT. SO
I'M A PRETTY LUCKY GUY. ))
((ROGER CROUCH/PAYLOAD SPECIALIST: AS WE SWEPT .....UNBELIEVABLE. ))
((REPORTER: WHAT'S IT LIKE THE SECOND TIME AROUND?
MIKE GERNHARDT/MISSION SPECIALIST: WELL, ANDREW, IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO
DO THE REFLIGHT, THE SCIENTISTS CAN TELL YOU HOW WE ARE OPTIMIZING THAT MISSION
BASED ON WHAT WE LEARNED IN THE FIRST FLIGHT.))
Crouch holds a Masters degree and a Ph.D in physics from Virginia Tech.
He's an expert in micro-gravity.
He says his experiments with the growth of fire in space will eventually
benefit the average person on earth.
((ROGER CROUCH/PAYLOAD SPECIALIST: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS
HOW TO HAVE FIRES THAT ARE MORE EFFICIENT, THAT USE LESS FUEL, THAT PRODUCE
LESS POLLUTION, IMPROVE PROCESSES ON THE GROUND.))
Crouch now lives in Maryland, but he keeps close tabs on his alma mater in
(( IT'S BEEN A GREAT YEAR, THEY GOT A GUY THAT WON THE NOBLE PRIZE OUT OF THE
PHYSICS DEPARTMENT. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE CHOSEN TO GO TO SPACE, ANOTHER
TECH GRAD WAS CHOSEN JUST THIS YEAR. IT'S BEEN AN OUTSTANDING YEAR AS FAR AS
I'M CONCERNED ))
And he hopes this shuttle mission is just as successful.
Andrew Freiden, News 7))
Complaints of discrimination brought the Roanoke Chapter of the
N-Double-A-C-P into discussions with the Crouse-Hinds Division of Cooper
Those meetings have apparently paid off... and both groups say the talks
have been constructive.
IN Q=And I think
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: AND I THINK WHERE WE ARE NOW IS A
WHOLE LOT FURTHER THAN WE WERE FOUR MONTHS AGO, AND THAT'S LARGELY DUE TO A
WILLINGNESS ON EVERYBODY'S PART TO DIALOGUE, TO TALK.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=to talk
Employees at the Crouse-Hinds Division of Cooper Industries complained
about problems with promotions, discipline and occupational safety.
N-Double-A-C-P leaders met with company officials, and president Martin
Jeffrey says their discussions have laid the foundation for productive change.
IN Q=We have suggested that what is needed
((WE HAVE SUGGESTED THAT WHAT IS NEEDED IS A STRONGER COMMITMENT TO MANAGEMENT
TRAINING, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF SENSITIVITY, DIVERSITY TRAINING.))
OUT Q=diversity training.
In a news release, Crouse- Hinds says the discussions with the
N-Double-A-C-P were constructive.
The company says it has hired a human resources professional to improve
employee relations, and an African-American supervisor.
Crouse- Hinds says it is an equal opportunity employer, and wants to create
"an open, non-discriminatory atmosphere for employees of all backgrounds."
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Several preservation groups are taking steps to save old-growth woodland in
Members of Virginians for Wilderness failed in their legal attempts to stop
the U.S. Forest Service from logging in the area.
Preserve Appalachian Wilderness and Shenandoah Ecosystems Defense Group have
joined in the fight.
Together the three groups are trying to educate citizens on what will be
lost if the 36-hundred acre tract of old-growth forest is logged.
IN Q=THERE ARE TREES
((SHERMAN BAMFORD/PRESERVE APPALACHIAN WILDERNESS: THERE ARE TREES IN HERE
THAT ARE 200 TO 300 PLUS YEARS OLD AND UNIQUE BIOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES. THERE
ARE RELATIVELY FEW OF THOSE LEFT IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES.))
SUPER=01-Sherman Bamford/Preserve Appalachian Wilderness;
OUT Q=EASTERN UNITED STATES
The court is allowing the U-S Forestry Service to log the land.
But preservationists say there are other economic opportunities that would
not destroy the forest.
IN Q=THERE ARE
((THERE ARE TROUT STREAMS IN HERE. IT'S THE FUTURE LOCATION OF THE ALLEGHANY
TRAIL, RUNNING FROM VIRGINIA TO PENNSYLVANIA.))
OUT Q=TO PENNSYLVANIA
The preservation groups are offering hiking tours of the old-growth forest.
It's located on Peters Mountain near Hematite, Virginia.
Jim Gilmore's capitalizing on current events.
use file tape from P-Gilmore 597-23; 8E-Gilmore 97-32;
Gilmore appeared at a news conference and fundraiser in Norfolk today with
Republican Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee.
Thompson is a former actor, who's heading the current Senate inquiry into
A spokesman for Gilmore says he thinks Thompson's floating a bid for the
And with only two states electing governors this year, Virginia is a natural
Gilmore just campaigned with former President George Bush.
In Virginia, more than half of all deaths each year are heart related.
And nationwide, heart attacks are the leading killer of not just men-- but
women, as well...often the overlooked victims.
IN Q=A new survey
SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Surresco/Carilion Primary Care Services;
SUPER=01-Dr. Clifford Gaddy/Cardiologist; 1:07
OUT Q=that is important.
A new survey of women-- finds more than half believe mistakenly that
their risk of dying of a heart attack is equal to or lower than their risk of
dying of breast cancer.
In fact, women are five times more likely to die of heart attacks than
Often the symptoms of heart disease are different with women-- they may
have chest pain, but also shortness of breath, or even an earache or a
IN Q=In terms of
((DR. RICHARD SURRESCO/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF PRIMARY CARE
SERVICES: IN TERMS OF DENIAL, THEY NOTORIOUSLY COME IN LATER, THEY ARE OLDER IN
GENERAL WHEN THEY DO GET HEART DISEASE, AND SICKER, ALSO THE
THE SYMPTOMATOLOGY IS CONSIDERABLY MORE VAGUE. STOMACH PAIN, BACK PAIN,
SYMPTOMS THAT CAN NORMALLY BE ASSOCIATED WITH FLU, FATIGUE, ANXIETY OFTEN ARE
THE PRESENTIVE FEATURE FOR WOMEN FOR HEART DISEASE.))
OUT Q=for heart disease.
And officials aren't just worried about adults, at risk for heart disease.
Four million children have higher than normal blood pressure.
Up to a third of the nation's children are obese.
And 27 million kids have high cholesterol levels.
Danville Cardiologist Dr. Clifford Gaddy is calling for some lifestyle
changes-- among the young.
IN Q=Too may
((DR. CLIFFORD GADDY/CARDIOLOGIST: TOO MANY OF OUR YOUNGSTERS
ARE TAKING THEMSELVES TO THE FAST FOOD COUNTERS ON A REGULAR BASIS AND ARE NOT
GETTING THE FOODS THAT THEY OUGHT TO BE TAKING. SO MANY OF ARE PLAYING WITH
COMPUTERS MUCH OF THE TIME, AND WATCHING TELEVISION TOO MUCH, AND NOT BEING
ENGAGED IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, THAT IS IMPORTANT.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Clifford Gaddy/Danville Cardiologist; :
OUT Q=that is important.
For more information on cardiac care-- prevention, diagnosis, and
treatment-- join me tomorrow, for ON-RECORD, at 11 a.m.
If you're planning a summer trip, you might want to check the web before
making your airline reservations.
Eric Earnhart explains why in this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=On line airline
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( On-line airline reservations are nothing new, but Travelocity takes the
concept a little bit further.
Its fare-watcher e-mail service lets you pick up to five round trip
destination, and fare-watcher keeps track of the price. Every time the fare
goes up or down 25 dollars or more, fare-watcher e-mails you with the new rate.
Travelocity also helps you find the cheapest airline and itinerary for any
It's free, but you do have to register to become a member. Expect to spend
a few minutes learning the city and airline codes before actually using the
If you want your own domain name, but somebody already registered the
"dot-com" you're after... The tiny island nation of Tonga is willing to sell
you the name of your choice with the country's dot-to suffix.
Just type the name into the their search page to find out if it's
available... the cost is 100 dollars for two years.
Speaking of money, you may be the winner of ten million dollars. The
Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes is on the web.
Surf through a few pages of magazine or merchandise ads, and you can register
for the big prize... no purchase or postage necessary... and you can enter once
For links to these sites, visit WebWatch on our website... at
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Shoppers at Tanglewood Mall got a taste of the Commonwealth Games.
Organizers sponsored an exposition today to spotlight some of the games'
lesser known sports.
This is the second year dance-sport has been on the schedule.
Area dancers demonstrated what a day of competition might be like.
11-thousand athletes are expected to compete in a variety of sports, but
volunteers are still needed to pull off the big event.
IN Q=WE'RE LOOKING FOR
((PETER LAMPMAN/VIRGINIA AMATEUR SPORTS: WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOME MOTORCYCLE
RIDERS FOR CYCLING ON FRIDAY. WE NEED 10 RIDERS TO HELP FOR OUR CYCLING
COMPETITION ON FRIDAY ON THE BLUE RIDGE.))
SUPER=01-Peter Lampman/Virginia Amateur Sports;
OUT Q=THE BLUE RIDGE
The opening ceremony is next weekend--though competition has already begun
in some sports.
Steve Mason has some of the highlights.
Ron Hornaday won today's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Louisville 225 at
the Louisville Motor Speedway in Kentucky.
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY; :00
While Hornaday was the winner; a few local stars would shine today.
Ridgeway's own Jimmy Hensley started from the pole.
Hensley went on to finish third. three spots back from him was Lynchburg's
Stacy Compton. The truck series rookie finished 6th.
((STACY COMPTON/2ND TOP 10 FINISH OF SEASON:))
SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/2nd Top 10 Finish of Season; :00
OUT Q=...take it anytime"
Hornaday was the races only leader. But there were 13 cautions for 65 laps on
the day. Watch Rick Corelli get into Jack Sprague, who somehow manages to keep
the truck in one piece.
But Hornaday would go on to win for the second straight time at Louisville;
taking the checkered flag barely beating Joe Ruttman.
((RON HORNADAY/LOUISVILLE 225 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Ron Hornaday/Louisville 225 Winner; :00
OUT Q=..last year"
Ken Schrader will start first in tomorrow's Jiffy Lube 300 at New
Hampshire International Speedway. Dale Earnhardt holds down the top spot after
today's second round qualifying. Here's a look at 26 through 42.
wipe to boards
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Dale Earnhardt/127.859 MPH/27. Mike Skinner//28. Dick
Trickle//29. Jeff Gordon//30. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-31. Derrike Cope//32. Johnny Benson//33. Micheal Waltrip//34. Jeff
Green//35. Ward Burton//;
SUPER=0107-36. Kenny Wallace//37. Randy McDonald//38. Morgan Shepherd//39.
Brett Bodine//40. Robby Gordon//;
SUPER=0107-41. Dave Marcis//42. Hut Stricklin//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Ricky Rudd qualified 18th yesterday, but he has to be considered a serious
threat tomorrow based on his past performance at New Hampshire.
IN Q="It's been a...
((RICKY RUDD/18 CAREER CUP WINS:))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/18 Career Cup Wins; :00
OUT Q=...RACE TRACK."
SS=hold New Hampshire
The New Hampshire race marks the start of the second half of the season.
The green flag waves tomorrow at one.
GRAPHIC=high school baseball
The most popular slogan of the day; at least on cereal boxes in Vinton was
not better eat your wheaties or purple hearts, green clovers or even blue
diamonds; no not lucky charms either; No, it was actually the William Byrd
The Group 2A baseball state champions spent four hours outside the Vinton
Kroger selling and signing cereal boxes with a team picture on the front.
Kroger has donated a percentage of the cost to help the Terriers pay for
The cereal covers will serve as nice souvenirs for the players and the
community; which turned out in full force for championship cereal, hats and
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/COACHED BYRD TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:))
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/Coached Byrd to State Championship; :00
OUT Q=...signing today"
The Cereal box cover seems to be a good idea. The Salem Spartan football team
graced the breakfast of champion food box after they won the group 2 A football
state title last season.
While Salem and William Byrd have already celbrated championship seasons--a
group of marksmen are hoping to begin theirs.
These Commonwealth Games started with a bang as shooters from all over the
state tried to hit the mark at On Target in Roanoke.
Competitors of various skill levels were gunning for the gold at The Handgun
IN Q=IT'S ACTUALLY THREE
((GEORGE ANDERSON/ON TARGET: IT'S ACTUALLY THREE SEPARATE MATCHES FIRED ONE
CONSISTENTLY AFTER ANOTHER. THE ENDURANCE PART WOULD BE TO FIRE THREE MATCHES
BACK TO BACK.))
SUPER=01-George Anderson/On Target;
OUT Q=BACK TO BACK
The scores from the three matches are added together and of course the
highest one wins.
The competition continues tomorrow.
If you're interested 30-bucks will get you a shot at the gold.
The signing of former Raiders quarterback Jeff Hostettler seems to have
ignited a fire under current Redskins starting quarterback Gus Frerotte.
Today; Frerotte settled on a one year, one million dollar contract with
Washington. Determined not to miss any practices; Gus and his agent set a
deadline of today to sign a contract. He will take part in the Skins final
minicamp before the start of training camp next week.
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SUPER=331-Clear Skies/Patchy Fog/60-65/Sunny/& Hot/88-92;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Patchy Fog/58-62/Morning Fog/Then Mostly Sunny/86-90;
SUPER=333-Clear & Cool/Patchy Fog/56-60/Sunny Skies/Light Winds/86-90;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Fog Late/57-62/Morning Fog/Then Mostly Sunny/85-90;