Coming up next on News 7 at six, a Roanoke Priest charged with fondling a
woman says he's innocent.
A man who hijacked a bus in the Carolinas is dead... and police aren't sure
In sports, A former William Byrd track star wins the gold today in the
Commonwealth games. An American wins the British Open.
And the Redskins found out what it was like to go head to head with another
team Mike Stevens was in Frostburg for Washington's scrimmage with the
A VERY comfortable day across the region-- while Grayson County dealt with a
The muggy weather took the weekend off-- it'll be back tomorrow.
A 65-year-old Roanoke priest says he's innocent of charges he fondled a
News 7 spoke to Assad Awad earlier today.
He said his lawyers and a church official told him not to comment further on
the incident which police allege happened at a Westin Hotel in Detroit,
The woman, a maid at the hotel, is accusing Awad of fondling her while she
was cleaning his room.
Awad is in his 25th year as pastor of the Saint Elias Catholic Church.
This is the second time he's been charged with a sex-related offense.
In 1987 officials accused him of soliciting a police woman working
undercover as a prostitute.
But a General District Judge dismissed the case ruling Awad did nothing
Meanwhile Detroit police are continuing their investigation into this latest
Passengers who overpowered a man who hijacked a bus in Charlotte, North
Carolina yesterday, say they may have killed him in the process.
Christopher Duffner was dead when police got to the scene.
Duffner had pulled a knife on the bus driver, had driven for about 60 miles
before passengers grabbed him and held him down.
The passenger say Duffner stopped breathing... one says he held him down by
the throat, another says he may have crushed his lungs.
Police won't talk about the case until the medical examiner determines the
cause of death.
UVA basketball player Courtney Alexander is on suspension after being
accused of beating his girlfriend.
He's the fifth university player or recruit to face charges since 1995.
The suspension follows Alexander's arrest on assault and battery charges.
Police took him into custody Friday after his girlfriend called police to say
he hit, choked and kicked her in the ribs.
Alexander led the Cavaliers in scoring last season as a sophomore. In
a statement released yesterday Jeff Jones, the Cavaliers' head coach said any
decisions on Alexander's status will be made at a later time.
Both Democrats and Republicans are playing "Monday morning quarterback"
after yesterday's gubernatorial debate.
As Denise Allen reports both are sticking to party lines when choosing the
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SUPER=03-White Sulphur Springs/Yesterday; :09
SUPER=01-Richard Cullen/Attorney General; :17
SUPER=01-Jim Gilmore/(R) Candidate For Governor; :52
SUPER=01-Jerry Baliles/(D) Former Governor; 1:02
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SOT tape 1 10:20:05
IN Q=It will phase
((DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: IT WILL BE PHASED IN FULLY IN 1998. IT
COST HALF OF WHAT GILMORE'S PLAN COST IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS AND A SIXTH AFTER
WE'VE LEFT OFFICE.))
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Republicans say Don Beyer made a major concession when he revealed his
answer to Jim Gilmore's proposed plan to eliminate the personal property tax.
SOT tape 3 11:52:04
IN Q=I SAW HIM
((RICHARD CULLEN/ATTORNEY GENERAL: I SAW HIM GOING RIGHT TO DON BEYER ON THE
CENTER PIECE OF HIS CAMPAIGN THAT IS THE PEOPLE WANT PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX
RELIEF. GILMORE PROMISES THAT HE IS GOING TO GIVE THAT TO THE PEOPLE THE BEYER
CAMPAIGN POLLSTER TOLD THEM GILMORE'S SCORING BIG POINTS AND THEY'RE COMING UP
WITH A DESPERATE PROPOSAL THAT'S TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.))
OUT Q=TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
Democrats, not surprisingly, see it differently.
They say Jim Gilmore avoided answering questions on key issues, such as
abortion, affirmative action and school funding.
SOT tape 3 11:21:46
IN Q=why is it
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WHY IS IT THAT IT TOOK THE
ALLEN-GILMORE ADMINISTRATION TO BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT STANDARDS IN EDUCATION AND
TOUGH EFFORTS TOWARD READING, MATH AND SCIENCE AND HISTORY. WHERE WERE THEY IN
THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY WERE SIMPLY THROWING MORE MONEY AT IT.))
OUT Q=MONEY AT IT
SOT tape 3 11:48:57
IN Q=MR GILMORE
((JERRY BALILES/FORMER GOVERNOR: MR GILMORE IS DUCKING THE QUESTION OF
WHETHER PUBLIC FUNDS SHOULD BE USED FOR PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS. THOSE THREE
ISSUES WERE AVOIDED AND EVADED AND MY GUESS IS WE'LL SEE A LOT MORE OF THAT IN
OUT Q=in the future
Both sides say the two candidates used the debate to point out their
And both democrats and republicans agree--regardless of who becomes the next
governor, Virginians will see a decrease in personal property taxes.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Congressman Bob Goodlatte helped lead the campaign to keep porn off the
But the law he supported was recently declared unconstitutional.
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Goodlatte attended a conference at the White House last week, aimed at
coming up with other ways for parents to keep kids from finding on-line smut.
IN Q=We heard a lot
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- VIRGINIA: WE HEARD A LOT OF VERY INTERESTING IDEAS
PROPOSED INCLUDING SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT DIFFERENT TYPES OF TECHNOLOGY THAT IS
AVAILABLE THAT CAN BE USED AND IN ADDITION MOST IMPORTANTLY WHAT WE TALKED
ABOUT IS PARENTS TAKING THE LEAD ROLE IN BEING INVOLVED IN THEIR CHILDREN'S
LIVES AND WHAT THEY DO ON THE INTERNET. ))
OUT Q=the Internet.
President Clinton said after the meeting that the computer industry is going
to provide greater access to anti-smut software.
Clinton says this will enable parents to "lock and unlock the digital doors
to objectionable content."
A military hero was laid to rest 111 years after his death.
Little Sorrel (Sore-ol), Stonewall Jackson's faithful steed, was given an
honorable burial at the Virginia Military Institute this afternoon.
The cremated skeleton of the horse was buried at the base of a bronze statue
Stonewall rode the sorrel colored horse in his famous Shenandoah Valley
Campaign in 18-62.
And the general was riding Little Sorrel a year later when he was mortally
wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville.
After his master's death Little Sorrel lived on the V-M-I parade grounds
until he died in 18-85.
IN Q=after some soul
((KEITH GIBSON/VMI MUSEUM EXEC. DIR.: AFTER SOME SOUL SEARCHING AND THOUGHTFUL
REFLECTION WE THOUGHT THAT THIS INTERNMENT OF LITTLE SORREL'S BONES WAS INDEED
THE HIGHEST ORDER HERE ON THE PARADE GROUND WHERE THEY CAN BECOME A PART OF THE
HERITAGE THAT SURROUNDS OUR STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Keith Gibson/VMI Museum Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=OUR STUDENTS
Little Sorrel's mounted hide will remain on display at the V-M-I Museum.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next on News 7 at Six ...
the star of Gilligan's Island sets sail for a new career--this time along the
We'll have that story for you when we come back but first here's Andrew with
your weekend weather outlook.
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If you have fond memories of Gilligan's Island... there is good news... some
of the castaways are getting back together... on radio.
Bob Denver and his wife Dreama, who live in Bluefield, will host a weekly
two hour radio show.
They'll feature oldies music, celebrity interviews and comedy routines...
Denver's two children will also be involved.
It gets better... Dawn Wells, also known as Mary Ann, will put together a
Hollywood Celebrity segment.
And who better than the professor, Russell Johnson, to host a question and
The show will air on West Virginia radio stations beginning August first,
and will be marketed nation-wide in a few months.
Henry County makes a big move to help its economic development, plus Roanoke
and Danville will lose a longtime retailer.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Henry Co./Wednesday; :33
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Thursday; 1:12
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Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((After leaving workers confused last week, G-E Drive Systems in Salem
followed through with its plan.
It includes the indefinite reduction of about 160 hourly jobs, plus a two
week partial shutdown that affects nearly everyone in production.
A joint effort by four Roanoke Valley organizations will bring the region
its newest shell building to attract businesses.
It will be located in the Valley Gateway Industrial Park off route 460 in
eastern Roanoke County.
Meanwhile Henry County supervisors have given the nod to the purchase of 750
acres of land next to the county- owned Beaver Creek Industrial Park.
It will nearly triple the size of the park, which was running out of space.
Pretty soon the Woolworth's stores in Roanoke and Danville will be just a
After 117 years in business, the five- and- dime is calling it quits...last
quarter it lost 24- million- dollars.
The Roanoke Valley may gain another Lowe's superstore though.
Roanoke County says the hardware chain has discussed the possibility of
putting a location near the Hunting Hills Plaza off route 220, and a developer
has been getting options on the homes that would make up the site.
One of the first jobs at the new R-R Donnelley plant in Roanoke County will
be a book chronicling the Roanoke Valley's economic progress.
Similar books written about other cities have made it easier for them to
promote themselves to prospective businesses.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average lost 31 points, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 45.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.))
Up next on News 7 at Six
card collectors and Beanie Baby fans gather in Roanoke to buy and sell part of
But, first a look at the weekend stocks.
[Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon/ETS]
[Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable/ Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Elec. Steel]
[Roanoke Gas/ Stanley Furn/Tultex/Valley Bank]
GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback
The viewer mail this week brought some criticism of our coverage of the
smart road project.
Here's News-7 Feedback, with assignment editor Joe McKean.
IN Q=The groundbreaking ceremonies
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/July 8; QUICK!!!
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
((The groundbreaking ceremonies for the smart highway featured scores of
dignitaries and a handful of protesters.
A viewer from Blacksburg thought in general that we missed the story.
"The protesters were a very nominal part of an otherwise uplifting and
memorable experience for over 400 cheering supporters," he wrote. "Yet your
report cast a very skewed and distorted message for your viewers. That some
effort would be made by project opponents to disrupt the dignity of the event
by interrupting Governor Allen was far less surprising that [your] willingness
to play into the hands of the media-savvy antagonists."
The Smart Road is expected to create an estimated 318 jobs for eight years
in construction, $100 million in research for Virginia Tech and $300 million
in associated economic development over the next 20 years. Yet WDBJ chose to
lead off the six o'clock news that night with the account of a traffic
accident. Go figure."
News-7 welcomes your comments on our news coverage or topics in the news.
Letters should include your name and address and be sent to News-7 Feedback,
P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
News-7's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or leave a message in the moderated forum of our home page, at
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Kids of all ages hit the Roanoke Civic Center today, in search of one of the
latest fads in collectibles.
They're Beanie Babies.
There are more than 80 current and retired baby designs.
The little stuffed animals can cost anywhere from a few bucks to a few
Humphrey the camel, for instance, sells for more than nine-hundred dollars.
Organizers say they liked today's turnout.
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((BEN FISHER/ORGANIZER; WE HAD A GREAT BUSINESS. WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD A
LOT OF FUN. THEY BROUGHT IN THEIR BEANIES TO TRADE, THEY BOUGHT A LOT OF THE
ONES THEY WERE TRYING TO FIND. IT WAS A GOOD EVENT.))
OUT Q=A GOOD EVENT
Fisher said he hopes to return for another show in the next month or two.
And coming up in Sports, We'll check in with The Redskins scrimmage against
the Steelers the Winston Cup Drivers were in Pocono.
And Justin Leonard comes from five shots down to win the British Open.
For the third year in a row, An American has won the British open. 25 year
old Justin Leonard matched the biggest final round comeback in tournament
history to win by three shots.
SUPER=03-Troon, Scotland/ABC SPORTS; :
Sweden's Jesper Parnevik held a two stroke lead for most of the day but he
got in trouble when he bogeyed the 17-th hole. Parnevik shot a one over par 72
to finish tied for second with Darren Clarke at 9 under par.
Leonard birdied the 16-th hole to move into a tie for the lead. He came
from five shots back carding a 6 under par 65. He finished at 272 12 under par
for a three shot win.
Leonard has won twice this year but this is his first victory in a major.
Fred Couples tied for fifth place at 3 under and Tiger Woods finished at
Dale Jarrett led 107 laps and he took the checkered flag winning the
Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono.
SUPER=03-Pocono, PA/WTBS; :
Dale Earnhardt and Jeremy Mayfield batting for position and Earnhardt wold
move into the fourth spot.
Jeff Gordon was back in the chase and he was the leader after passing his
teammate Terry Labonte on lap 40.
Gordon's lead didn't last long because Jarrett in a ford moved to the front
14 laps later on lap 54.
The caution flew because of debris on the track and on the re-start Bobby
Labonte taps his brother Terry in the rear causing a crash that also involved
Dale Earnhardt, Joe Nemechek and a couple other cars on lap 128.
South Boston's Jeff Burton made a run late in the race here he was running
in fifth place behind the leaders.
But Jarrett's ford was just two strong and he held off Jeff Gordon and
Burton to win the Pennsylvania 500.
IN Q="I was...
((DALE JARRETT/PENNSYLVANIA 500 WINNER: ))
((JEFF GORDON/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Pennsylvania 500 Winner; :
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Finished Second; :12
OUT Q=......them today."
Gordon was second, Burton third followed by Tedd Musgrave and Mark Martin.
A William Byrd track star took the gold in the discus throw at the
Brenda Orange-Hill pulled off a come-back victory today.
You see, it's been 20 years since she placed second in the state for the
At 37-years-old Brenda won her division by throwing 93-feet-6-inches.
She's spent the last month preparing for this day.
And says her husband and two children are her inspiration.
But Brenda says she can definitely see how time has changed her.
IN Q=YOU CAN TELL
((BRENDA ORANGE-HILL/GOLD IN DISCUS: YOU CAN TELL I'M GETTING OLDER, MUCH
OLDER. IT'S A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO GET IN SHAPE AND STAY IN SHAPE AND HAVE
THOSE LITTLE ACHES AND PAINS MORE THAN I DID 20 YEARS A GO WHEN I THREW IN HIGH
SUPER=01-Brenda Orange-Hill/Gold In Discus;
OUT Q= IN HIGH SCHOOL
Brenda says the training and the track meet rejuvenated her competitive
She plans to make the yearly trip to the Commonwealth Games.
The Redskins have only been in training camp a couple of days but they
already know what it is like to go head to head with another N-F-L team.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Scott Ayres give us front row seats for this
weekend's get together with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
SUPER=01-Kordell Stewart/Steelers Quarterback; :45
SUPER=01-Trent Green/Redskins Quarterback; 1:20
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
Dodger pitcher Chan Ho park struck out 11 and drove in a run as Los Angeles
beat Atlanta 8 to 3.
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A very hot day in Atlanta for this afternoons game with the Dodgers.
Atlanta trailed 2 to nothing until the bottom of the third. Fred McGriff
hits a shot down the left field line scoring two runs to tie it at 2 to 2.
But the Dodgers led 4 to 2 after SUPER=35-Los Angeles/8/Atlanta/3/;four
then in the top of the ninth Raul Mondesi hits this two run homer over the left
field fence and the Dodgers cruise to the 8 to 3 win.
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