(( HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
MANY WELFARE RECIPIENTS WILL SOON HAVE TO BE OUT POUNDING THE PAVEMENT,
LOOKING FOR WORK.
AND THAT INCLUDES ATTENDING CLASSES TO HELP GET AN INTERVIEW, FIND A JOB AND
THE AFTERMATH OF LAST NIGHT'S ENORMOUS FIRE IN LYNCHBURG:
MANY BUSINESS OWNERS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WITH TO DO NEXT. ))
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It's TUESDAY July 22nd--
Our top story--
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((BAT. CHIEF TOMMY FUQUA/ROANOKE CO. FIRE & RESCUE: GOT HERE IN FOUR MINUTES..
PUT PEOPLE IN THE WATER. WE FOUND THE YOUNG MAN AT 2PM THIS AFTERNOON ))
OUT Q=2PM this afternoon
A six year old boy drowned in the Roanoke River this afternoon.
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
It happened at about 12-30 at Roanoke River Wayside near Dixie Caverns.
A six year old boy, his brother and sister, were apparently wading in the
river with their father-- when the water rose above the children's heads.
IN Q=The father got two
((BAT. CHIEF TOMMY FUQUA/ROANOKE CO. FIRE AND RESCUE: THE FATHER GOT TWO OF THE
CHILDREN OUT..LEFT THEM ON SHORE AND WENT BACK AFTER THE LAST ONE AND COULDN'T
FIND HIM..HE WAS UNDER WATER))
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OUT Q=he was underwater
Divers from Salem, the State Police and Scruggs Dive Team along with other
rescue workers found the body about an-hour and a half later.
The boy's identity has not been released.
Authorities say there have been several drownings in that area of the river
in the past few years.
Approval of a convenience store in Roanoke County is not going smoothly for
a local development company.
The owners want a zoning change for some land on Brambleton Avenue in
That would allow the PMI company to build a gas station and country store
like this one on the property.
But area residents are speaking out against the plan.
They say Cave Spring Junior High School students will cross the busy road to
shop at the store.
IN Q=i think
((DONNA HAMMNER/AREA RESIDENT: I THINK THE RISK OF INJURY TO EVEN ONE OF OUR
FUTURE CITIZENS IS SOMETHING WE WANT TO THINK ABOUT VERY SERIOUSLY. ))
SUPER=01-Donna Hammner/Area resident;
OUT Q=very seriously
The land is currently zoned for office space, but PMI wants it to be zoned
Some residents worry about further developments along the busy stretch.
The County Planning Commission recommended the board vote AGAINST the
proposed zoning change-- a vote is expected to take place any moment.
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A smokey haze lingered in downtown Lynchburg this morning-- following last
night's blaze at the old Masonic lodge Building on Church Street.
The fire destroyed the front half of the structure when the roof and top
One business was destroyed...two others were heavily damaged.
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IN Q=I thought I
((WAYNE RAMSEY/DAWSON FORD GARBEE REAL ESTATE: I THOUGHT I HAD ENOUGH ON MY
SHOULDERS PUTTING UP A NEW OFFICE, NOW I'VE GOT PLENTY. I'VE GOT TO REBUILD AN
ENTIRE COMPANY, GET ALL NEW SUPPLIES, EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Ramsey/Dawson Ford Garbee Real Estate;
**CONNIE ON CART**
Tons of debris will have to be removed before investigators can get inside
and try to determine what caused the fire.
With this much damage, it's possible they may never know.
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IN Q=It's extremely
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ON DETERMINING
FIRE CAUSE WHEN WE HAD SO MANY HOT SPOTS THAT BURNED FOR HOURS AND HOURS IN
THERE, IT CAN GIVE US SOME REAL UNUSUAL BURN PATTERNS.))
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal;
OUT Q=unusual burn patterns.
The Masons lodge has stood on this spot for two hundred years-- most of the
upstairs headquarters is still intact.
While no decision on the building's future has been made, the fire marshal
believes the building will have to be torn down.
A random drug test of former prison inmates in counties from Lynchburg to
Patrick turned up a disappointing number yesterday.
41- percent of the 247 probationers and parolees-- tested positive for drugs
such as marijuana and cocaine.
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IN Q=I think there
((DAVID BOTKINS/VA. DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS: I THINK THERE WERE SOME FOLKS THAT
WERE SURPRISED WITH THE RESULTS -- BUT WERE GLAD THAT WE'RE ABLE TO MONITOR THE
BEHAVIOR OF THOSE PROBATIONERS AND PAROLEES. BECAUSE THE OBJECTIVE IS KEEP
PEOPLE OFF DRUGS, AND WE HAVE TO DO THIS SORT OF THING TO KEEP PEOPLE'S FEET TO
THE FIRE AND ENSURE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY.))
SUPER=01-David Botkins/Va. Dept. of Corrections;
OUT Q=some accountability.
It's not the only surprise for the landmark "Operation Consequences"
In the Richmond and Tidewater areas, only a little more than one in four of
the ex- cons tested positive.
A lawsuit against the Roanoke City police department was dismissed today in
Lennord Davidson said city police used unnecessary force then they arrested
him three years ago... tackled him and beat him, Davidson said.
He spent three weeks in the hospital.
Judge Jackson Kiser pointed to just 49 complaints out of more than
The judge said there is no indication the force needs more training.
Governor George Allen is facing an international glare of publicity, just
one day before the scheduled execution of Joseph O'Dell.
And the Governor admits the weight of clemency requests is heavy.
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IN Q=Human instinct
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: HUMAN INSTINCT IS TO SAVE LIVES.))
OUT Q=save lives.
The Governor says "a mountain of evidence" exists to show O'Dell is GUILTY--
but his attorneys' new argument that the jury should have been told he would
have been in prison for life is a good one.
SOT tape one 12:20:52
IN Q=It was probably
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT WAS PROBABLY THE BEST WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION OF ALL MY
STATEMENTS ON THE ABOLITION OF PAROLE ... LARRY KING LIVE SHOW SOMEHOW DEBATING
OUT Q=this issue.
Over the objections of Pope John Paul the second and several European
governments, O'Dell will be executed tomorrow night -- unless Allen or the
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Yokohama votes on a new contract, the same day Norfolk Southern
shareholders...are given a three for one deal.
And coming up a little later-- a world-renowned opera star calls it
Luciano Pavorotti reacts to reports he can't read music...the scoop when
NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
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Time is running out for negotiating a new contract for union workers at
United Steelworkers local 10-23 and management were meeting at a local motel
today trying to iron out a new three- year deal.
The contract expires at midnight tomorrow.
Neither side would comment on how the talks are going.
But a person familiar with the situation does not believe the union and
management are close to a tentative agreement.
Yokohama Tire is one of the largest employers in the Roanoke Valley, with
nearly 900 employees.
Good news for Norfolk Southern shareholders.
The rail giant approved a three- for- one stock split, effective in
N-S says the move was in response to continuing good results and the desire
to make more shares available to investors.
A stock split usually benefits shareholders because it increases investor
interest in a company.
That leads to more purchases of its stock, pushing the price up.
Norfolk Southern closed up more than five- dollars- a- share today.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Supporters of welfare reform say people receiving public assistance are a
largely untapped worker resource.
That's part of the philosophy behind VIEW-- Virginia's Initiative for
Employment Not Welfare.
The program takes effect October first in the Roanoke Valley, requiring
able- bodied welfare recipients to find jobs.
But it also includes an extensive training program to QUALIFY recipients
IN Q=I believe a majority
((JOYCE EARL/ROANOKE CO. SOCIAL SERVICES: I BELIEVE A MAJORITY OF THE JOB
SEEKERS WANT TO WORK-- MAYBE DON'T KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT GETTING A JOB, ARE NOT
IN A COMMUNITY WHERE THEY SEE OTHERS WORKING, ARE NOT FROM FAMILIES WHERE
THEY'VE SEEN PEOPLE WORKING. I BELIEVE THAT ONCE THEY GO TO WORK, IT'LL BE
SUPER=01-Joyce Earl/Roanoke Co. Social Services;
OUT Q=it'll be contagious
VIEW requires eligible recipients to sign an agreement of personal
Job seekers then must attend a job readiness program to develop employment
After that, the job hunt begins.
Once they find a job, participants learn how to keep it.
Animal breeder Valery Green is doing more time.
This time for threatening to burn a kennel owner out of her home.
A Montgomery County judge sentenced Green this afternoon to one month in
Kennel owner Liz McKinney says Green threatened her not to go to court
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over a dispute involving a dog or she'd set McKinney and her sister's houses on
The 1995 court case involved a Jack Russel terrier Green took from McKinney's
kennel with the intention of having it spayed.
Instead Green bred the dog and tried to sell the puppies.
When McKinney found out, she sued Green for 35-thousand dollars.
An anti abortion group displayed graphic posters of an aborted fetus at a
Roanoke intersection today.
The protest is part of a week-long, state-wide campaign by Life and Liberty
Ministries of Petersburg.
Members of the group held several large signs and handed out flyers.
They say reaction from the public was mixed.
IN Q=`It seems like mostly
((DICK BURBAGE/ABORTION OPPONENT: IT SEEMS LIKE MOSTLY FEMALES WHO WILL REFUSE
THE LITERATURE AND THAT'S A SHAME BECAUSE WE'RE NOT HERE TO OPPOSE THE FEMALES,
WE JUST WANT TO GIVE THEM INFORMATION THAT WOULD HELP THEM MAKE A BETTER
SUPER=01-Dick Burbage/Abortion Opponent;
OUT Q=make a better choice
Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge, an abortion rights group, says it
received a flood of calls and some donations from people upset about the signs.
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Stay with us for Holiday Greetings from News 7 PRIMETIME.
Coming up-- the World Delegation of Santas-- these red-robed, white-bearded
guys are converging for their annual Congress-- and boy, do they know how to
let their hair down.
Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive violation of human
rights in the world today.
That, according to a United Nations Children's Fund report released today.
IN Q=Every year
OUT Q=millions of deaths.
Every year, UNICEF publishes a report card-- called the Progress of
This year's report focuses on AIDS, educational achievement, juvenile
justice, and alcohol abuse as the major problems world-wide.
The report describes violence and abuse against women and girls that ranges
from dowry killings in India and domestic violence in the US to the continuing
problem of female genital mutilation.
UNICEF is also alarmed about the spread of the AIDS virus.
By the year 2010 will be the cause of 41-percent of infant deaths in Kenya
and 61-percent in Botswana.
And there are concerns about sanitation issues.
The report finds that while the number of people who have access to clean
drinking water has increased, almost half the people on earth don't have access
to a decent toilet.
As a result, waste often contaminates water supplies-- and increases the
risk of cholera and other diseases, causing millions of deaths.))
GRAPHIC=american red cross
The American Red Cross is issuing a call to donors-- the area's blood
supply has dropped to emergency levels.
Low donor turnout is to blame-- as is typical in the summer.
If the trend continues, it translates into a DECREASE of up to 400 pints
donated over the next two weeks.
The Appalachian Region Red Cross Blood Services must meet the needs of 44
hospitals and nine dialysis centers.
To schedule an appointment to donate, contact your local Red Cross office.
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Scores of Santas from around the globe are gathering this week--
SUPER=75-Copenhagen, Denmark; :
for Denmmark's 34th annual Father Christmas World Congress.
It's our Video of the Day-- as more than 100 Santas from 10 nations
are celebrating the four-day, off-season, jamboree.
IN Q=NAT SOUND music
OUT Q=NAT SOUND music
Accompanied by hordes of elves, members of this Santa fraternity are
ho-hoing their way through Copenhagen, sharing candy with kids-- and showering
unsuspecting tourists with traditional yuletide greetings.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, plenty of football news concerning the Sharpers.
Dell Curry was in town tonight, and some unreal numbers were posted at
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But first Roanoke County may not have year around school, but tonight the
board of supervisors made sure its students do have year around awards as it
honored the Group A State champion Glenvar Girls softball team, the Group Two
William Byrd baseball team and the Terriers Champion creative writing team.
Congrats to all tonight.
WIPE TO SCORES
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Another former Virginia Cavalier football star has come to contract terms
with an NFL team.
Last week Tiki and Ronde Barber along with James Farrior all signed,
SUPER=04-Last Season; ;00
and today James Farrior, Baltimore's second round draft pick inked a three
year deal with the Ravens.
The Ravens hope UVa's all-time leading tackler will be in uniform and in camp
Sharper was the 34th overall pick in the draft.
During his four year career under George Welsh in Charlottesville he had 435
tackles and 12 quarterback sacks.
When Jamie arrives at the Ravens camp he will have some work to do to catch
up with his brother Darren who is making quite a slash in Green Bay with the
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI; :00
Sharper is a 6-2, 206 pound second round draft pick from William and Mary.
And so far the safety is impressing the coaches with his hard hitting
((DARREN SHARPER/GREEN BAY ROOKIE SAFETY:))
SUPER=01-Darren Sharper/Green Bay Rookie Safety; :00
OUT Q=...HARD AS I CAN."
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And don't forget starting tomorrow night and continuing through the rest of
the week, Steve Mason will be checking in from Spartanburg, South Carolina and
the Panthers training camp with Kerry Collins and the rest of the members of
the reigning NFC west champions.
Dell Curry was back in the Roanoke Valley this afternoon for a couple of
hours to share his knowledge of the game with a group of youngsters.
Curry is in the process of moving into a new home. And that along with the
other activities he's involved with in Charlotte during the Summer keep him
But the Hornets' shooting guard always has time to drive up from the Queen
city to lecture at Page Moir's summer basketball camp.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
((DELL CURRY/CHARLOTTE HORNET GUARD: ))
SUPER=01-Dell Curry/Charlotte Hornet Guard; :00
OUT Q=.....TO COME BACK."
Curry is an 11 year veteran in the NBA, having spent 9 of those years spent
He has a year left on his contract with Charlotte and he would like to end
his career there.
And last year's experience in the playoffs has Curry talking about some day
winning an N-B-A championship.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
OUT Q=...........WHAT HAPPENS."
The final round of the Roanoke Valley Golf Association's Junior tournament
today produced some unbelievable scores.
Travis Horak followed his 67 at Blue Hills yesterday by shooting a 7 under
par 64 this afternoon at Countryside.
He was five under par at the 12-th hole, and he finished the tournament with
a 131 two day total for a 10-shot win in the Senior Division.
Darryl Byrd shot a two under par 69 today to finish 36 holes at 141 in
Lee Taylor won the Junior division Matthew Gregory took the Pee Wee title
and Michael Kidd captured the Midget championship.
The Atlanta Braves split a doubleheader today with the Chicago Cubs losing
the nightcap 5-to-4 after taking the opener 4-to-1.
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Former Cub Greg Maddux tossed a complete game five hitter to improve his
record on the season to 14-and-3.
And Chipper Jones got the game winning RBI as he got Jeff Blauser home with
sacrifice fly in the SUPER=35-Atlanta/4/Chicago/1/Game One;
fifth inning to give the Braves the 4-to-1 win at Wrigley Field.
Finally tonight, IF it's true, this next item may give hope to would-be
The question has been posed-- can Luciano Pavorotti read music?
SUPER=03-Citta' di Castello, Italy;
An Italian newspaper reports that the world famous tenor is unable to read
IN Q=NAT SOUND singing
OUT Q=NAT SOUND singing
Instead, the newspaper reports-- he relies on his ear and his own sign
system to learn operatic scores.
But tonight Pavorotti is denying the story-- calling it garbage.
He says the paper just misunderstood him when he said he doesn't read the
FULL musical score.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
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SUPER=76-Roanoke County Update;
Updating one of tonight's stories earlier in the newscast...
The ROanoke COunty board of Supervisors denied a zoning request that
would've allowed a convenience store to be built across from Cave Spring Junior
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for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along with more on the story....over on WDBJ-7. Thanks