Lynchburg firefighters have spent the night battling a blaze that gutted a
downtown building and now is threatening to disrupt the morning commute.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Battalion Chief James Scott/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :18
SUPER=01-Bill Robertson/Marshall Lodge Secretary; :42
SUPER=01-Wayne Ramsey/Dawson Ford Garbee; :59
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
This war may have been lost even before it began.
Heavy smoke already was pouring from 860 Church Street when the first crews
arrived.. they had a difficult time getting to and trying to extinguish a fire
that had a good head start.
IN Q=We could see
((BATTALION CHIEF JAMES SCOTT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WE COULD SEE THE PIPE
CHASES AND WE KNEW IT WAS SPREADING THROUGH THEM. WE JUST COULDN'T GET TO IT
BECAUSE OF THE HEIGHT OF THE BUILDING AT THE BOTTOM FLOOR.))
OUT Q=the bottom floor.
Once it broke through the roof, crews retreated and essentially wrote the
Six engines and two ladder trucks spent hours pouring water into the
structure while tenants stood and watched.
The Masons Marshall Lodge has been housed on this corner for more than two
IN Q=I'm not as
((BILL ROBERTSON/MARSHALL LODGE SECRETARY: I'M NOT AS WORRIED ABOUT THE
BUILDING AS I AM ABOUT THE RECORDS IN THE BASEMENT. THE RECORDS IN THE BASEMENT
ARE OVER 200 YEARS OLD.))
OUT Q=200 years old.
Dawson Ford Garbee Real Estate already was building a newer, bigger office
That won't be ready for two more months.. and there's nothing left of this
IN Q=We made the
((WAYNE RAMSEY/DAWSON FORD GARBEE REAL ESTATE: WE MADE THE COMMENT TO ONE
ANOTHER THAT EVERYBODY'S TRUE COLORS WOULD SHOW. THOSE THAT ARE LOYAL WILL
STAY, THOSE THAT ARE DEDICATED WILL STAY AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO PULL
TOGETHER AND MAKE A TEAM EFFORT OUT OF IT.))
OUT Q=out of it.
IN Q=Even as
((City officials know it also will take a team effort to handle the headaches
yet to come. Because the building appears unstable, parts of Church Street
between Fifth and Tenth Streets will be closed to traffic indefinitely. That
means hundreds of city employees and other downtown commuters will have to find
another way to get to work this morning. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke City Council last night gave the go ahead to a new interchange for
Valley View Mall.
City Council voted four to one to approve a new 5-81 interchange, a mile
south of Hershberger Road.
But before the vote, residents of the nearby neighborhood continued their
IN Q=are you going
((NETTIE KITCHEN/NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT: ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT AS
MUCH TAXES AS YOU LOSE FROM THOSE OF US WHO INSIST YOU LOWER OUR TAXES BECAUSE
YOU CERTAINLY ARE GOING TO LOWER THE VALUE OF OUR PROPERTY. ))
SUPER=01-Nettie Kitchen/Area Resident;
OUT Q=our property.
Parents say the students safety is at risk, pointing out the road will come
within 60 feet of Huff Lane School.
But Roanoke's School Superintendent says the safety issues have already been
Wayne Harris notes Oakland Elementary School is already 88 feet from
IN Q=i've spoken
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: I'VE SPOKEN TO THE SECRETARY
WHOSE BEEN THERE 15 YEARS. AND SHE'S NOT HAD REGISTERED COMPLAINTS FROM A
PARENT, STAFF, OR STUDENT ON THE ILL EFFECTS OF THAT TRAFFIC. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/School Superintendent;
OUT Q=that traffic
Council also approved funding for air conditioning and soundproofing at Huff
Lane School and Round Hill School.
Construction on the roadway is slated to begin in November.
In last night's evening session, council voted unanimously to place a 39-and
a half million dollar bond referendum on the November ballot.
The money raised would be part of an 82 million dollar capital improvement
It may be the strongest evidence yet to connect Andrew Cunanan to a cross
country killing spree.
"The Miami Herald" says the gun used to kill Fashion designer Gianni Versace
was also used in two other murders allegedly committed by Cunanan.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Since Versace's death the fashion industry is on a Cunanan alert.
Extra guards were on patrol as Calvin Klein kicked off Men's fashion week
yesterday in New York.
Meantime, the F-B-I is now warning some celebrities around the country
they could be Cunanan's next target.
She only traveled three and a half miles.
But after 116 years away from the open sea it was was the voyage of a
Launched in 17-97, the Constitution was one of the first six ships built for
the Navy and was considered a technical marvel in her day.
She was called old Ironsides because iron cannons bounced off her sides.
The Constitution's sides are actually oak.
It took 12 million dollars and nearly four years to get Old Ironsides back
A group of students from Oklahoma traveled to Cambodia to teach English to
After only a couple of days, Phnom
Penh (nam-pen) erupted into civil war, trapping the students.
Last week all 21 students made it safely home.
Michael McCardel has their story.
SUPER=12-Oklahoma City, OK; :00
SUPER=13-Kelly Shain/Home Safely; :13
SUPER=13-Emily Steele/Home Safely; :18 QUICK
SUPER=12-Cambodia/July 5; :27
SUPER=13-Lori Schwinn/Home Safely; :56
SUPER=12-Los Angeles, CA/July 11; 1:59
OUT Q=for CBS News
News 7 Mornin' will be right back, but first we'll take a look at how some
local stocks will be starting out today.
Virginia's banking industry is turning upside down this month.
The latest word is that First Union will acquire Signet Banking in a more
than three billion dollar stock trade.
Len Besthoff reports there are two big questions about the acquisition of
How will it affect this area? And, are more bank mergers on the way in
IN Q=First Union
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ben Jenkins/First Union Regional President; :13
SUPER=01-Phil Sparks/Roanoke Chief Econ. Dev.; :35
SUPER=01-John Clarke/Catawba Capital Management; :58
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( First Union says its purchase of Richmond based Signet will not have a big
effect on its 2000- plus workforce in the Roanoke Valley.
But the Charlotte based bank will move its regional headquarters out of
IN Q=We're moving
((BEN JENKINS/FIRST UNION REGIONAL PRESIDENT: WE'RE MOVING PROBABLY 25 OR 30
MANAGEMENT POSITIONS FROM HERE TO RICHMOND. WE'LL HEADQUARTER THE COMPANY
THERE. I THINK IT MAKES SENSE FROM A CENTRALIZATION. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK
TO DO IN RICHMOND, AND NORTH TO WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE.))
OUT Q=and Baltimore.
The city did get some good news though, learning that the bank will transfer
200 jobs into vacant space in the First Union Tower downtown.
IN Q=We've been
((PHIL SPARKS/ROANOKE CHIEF ECON. DEVELOPMENT: WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH FIRST
UNION FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS, AND THIS HAS COME ABOUT DUE TO THE GROWTH IN JOBS
AT THE OPERATIONS CENTER IN ROANOKE COUNTY.))
OUT Q=Roanoke County.
First Union isn't the only bank growing in Virginia.
Wachovia, one of First Union's main rivals, recently made a big splash here,
purchasing two banks in a month's time.
Now just two Virginia based banks are left; Crestar, and First Virginia.
IN Q=The speculation
((JOHN CLARKE/CATAWBA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: THE SPECULATION IS THAT SOMEBODY IS
NOT GONNA LET WACHOVIA AND FIRST UNION TAKE OVER VIRGINIA. SOMEBODY ELSE IS
GONNA LOOK AT CRESTAR OR FIRST VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=First Virginia.
The folks that follow this market closely have a handful of out- of- state-
suitors on the short list.
IN Q=PNC Bank
((CLARKE: PNC BANK, BANCONE, THE NEW YORK BANKS.))
OUT Q=New York Banks.
IN Q=And takeover
((And takeover speculation about First Virginia and Crestar has apparently
already begun. After the latest round of trading, both stocks were up well
over two- dollars- a- share. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7. ))
Getting back to First Union and Signet, both banks want to point out that
Signet customers should not notice any major changes in their bank service,
besides a different name.
The banks hope to complete the deal by the end of this year.
Some environmental activists are NOT happy about a contract to cut down
trees in George Washington National Park.
In fact two people with the Shenandoah Eco-system Defense Group bound
themselves to the road yesterday.
The human blockade prevented loggers from continuing construction.
SOT Tape#1 11:07:50
IN Q=Some people may think
((JASON HALBERT/SEDG ACTIVIST: SOME PEOPLE MAY THINK THIS IS EXTREME PUTTING
YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD..BUT WE'VE GONE TO COURT. WE'VE GONE THROUGH
THE PUBLIC PROCESS..WE'VE DONE THAT FOR TEN YEARS.. IT DOESN'T WORK. THEY
CONTINUE TO CUT TREES FOR PRIVATE PROFIT ))
SUPER=01-Jason Halbert/SEDG Activist
OUT Q=private profit
The contract by Georgia Pacific will cut down TREES on 187 acres of forrest.
Authorities say its only a matter of time before construction continues
SOT Tape#1 11:15:23
IN Q=We're taking
((WOODY LIPPS/JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST LAW OPERATION: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A
FEW TREES.. WE HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO PURSUE LOGGING IN THIS AREA AND WE'LL DO
THAT. IF WE DON'T DO IT TODAY WE'LL DO IT TOMORROW ))
SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/Jefferson Nat'l. Forest;
OUT Q=we'll do it tomorrow
The activists say they'll continue protesting for as long as it takes.
Forestry Officials are looking into a way to get the protestors removed.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-41)
Former animal breeder Valery Green is set to be sentenced today after being
found guilty of threatening to burn a house to the ground.
Green faces up to six months in jail.
Defense Attorney Chris Tuck says her past convictions are misdemeanors, and
he doesn't think she'll serve any time.
IN Q=I believe it
((CHRISTOPHER TUCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:I BELIEVE IT WILL COME BACK CALLING FOR NO
SUPER=01-Christopher Tuck/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=no jail time
A Montgomery County judge found Green guilty yesterday of threatening to
torch the homes of Liz McKinney and her sister when they refused to drop civil
and criminal charges against Green.
IN Q=She said
((LIZ MCKINNEY/FALLING BRANCH KENNEL:SHE SAID IF YOU DON'T DROP THE CIVIL AND
CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST ME, I WILL BURN YOU OUT.))
SUPER=01-Liz McKinney/Falling Branch Kennel;
OUT Q=burn you out
The alleged intimidation by Green resulted after Green took a dog from
People are not the only one's effected by this summer heat.
Pets feel the heat just as much and sometimes more than their human
Here's this week's edition of Pet Health.
IN Q=it's never a good
SUPER=13-Dr. Ed Monroe/Regional College of Vet. Med.; :00
OUT Q=automobile at all
In British Columbia, hundreds of fishermen have ended their four-day
blockade of an American Ferry.
The decision to end the protest came early this morning after fishermen met
with Canada's Fisheries Minister.
He convinced them to let the ferry pass so that Canadian and U-S
officials could resume talks on a new salmon fishing treaty.
Canadian fishermen complain that Alaskan fleets are catching too many
In Utah, it was a close call for some modern day pioneers.
SUPER=03-Little Mountain, UT;
Three people were injured yesterday when they were thrown from their
mule-drawn wagon, while they participated in the Mormon Trail trek. The
mules bolted down a steep hill and as the wagon bolted downhill, all six
passengers were thrown out.
Those hurt suffered only minor injuries.
The Mormon's three-month journey from Nebraska to Utah is scheduled to end
First the Pope and now an Italian delegation is pleading for the life of
convicted murderer Joseph O'Dell.
European Parliament officials even admit Joseph O'Dell's guilty of crimes.
But they think he's innocent of the one for which he's sentenced to die on
SOT tape one 10:32:19
IN Q=When a
((LEOLUCA ORLANDO/EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER: WHEN A PARLIAMENT, AS THE
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT...STOP THIS EXECUTION.))
SUPER=01-Leoluca Orlando/European Parliament Member;
OUT Q=stop this execution.
The Governor's already said overwhelming forensic evidence proves O'Dell's
guilt in a 19-85 rape and murder in Virginia Beach.
After years of maneuvering by supporters, Roanoke city council yesterday
approved a new interchange from 5-81 to Valley View Mall.
As Andrew Freiden reports, the road will alleviate traffic on Hershberger
Road, and provide another entrance to the mall.
IN Q=parents and residents
SUPER=07-Patty Martin; :20
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Superintendent of Schools; :50
OUT Q=News7, Roanoke
((Parents and residents voiced opposition one last time--
Parents say the path of the road- which comes within 60 feet of the Huff
Lane School-- is unsafe for students,
While neighborhood residents argue it will lower their property values.
But for the first time, a Huff Lane resident spoke out publicly IN FAVOR of
((PATTY MARTIN: I SUPPORT THE ROAD, AND I SUPPORT THE CHANGES THAT WILL OCCUR
AT HUFF LANE, THEY ARE POSITIVE CHANGES AND I THINK THE COMMUNITY NEEDS THOSE
Patty Martin isn't just a resident, she's a parent and teacher at the school.
She says improvements promised by the city will outweigh any negative effects
of having a road so close..
Superintendent of Schools Wayne Harris agrees.
He says another school, Oakland Elementary, is just 88 feet from Williamson
((WAYNE HARRIS/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS:I'VE SPOKEN TO THE SECRETARY WHOSE
BEEN THERE 15 YEARS. AND SHE'S NOT HAD REGISTERED ANY COMPLAINTS FROM A
PARENT, STAFF, OR STUDENTS ABOUT THE ILL EFFECTS OF THAT TRAFFIC. ))
Mayor Bowers said before the successful vote, that Superintendent Harris's
testimony convinced him no students will be put in danger.
Construction on Valley View extended is slated to begin this November.
Andrew Freiden, News 7, Roanoke.))
Three years ago bankruptcy was on the minds of company officials,
but now the talk is of expansion and the more than one hundred new jobs they
plan to bring to Bedford County.
Mail America broke ground yesterday for a 70-thousand square foot expansion
that will double the size of its Forest facility.
The direct mail processing firm has been turning away orders because it
doesn't have space to handle them.
IN Q=We need to
((DAN REBER/MAIL AMERICA PRESIDENT: WE NEED TO ADD THE SPACE BASICALLY TO BE
MORE COMPETITIVE. WE'VE GOT TO CHANGE OUR PRODUCTION LINES AROUND, AND WHEN WE
DO THAT WE CAN PICK UP MORE BUSINESS FROM OUR EXISTING CUSTOMERS. DOUBLING THE
SIZE OF OUR OPERATION IS GOING TO ALSO DOUBLE OUR SALES.))
SUPER=01-Dan Reber/Mail America President; :00
OUT Q=double our sales.
(REE-Bur) Reber helped found Mail America in 19-82, but sold the company in
He took over again two years later and saved the business from bankruptcy.
The expansion should be completed by this fall.
And when we come back, some youngsters are taking to the rodeo circuit, sort
we'll tell you what they're riding when News 7 returns.
At the Rodeo of the Ozarks, children don't tackle the bucking broncos, but
that doesn't mean they don't take part.
The youngsters try their hand at a smaller, but often equally wild
And believe it or not, mutton busting, as it's called, is growing in
Blair Cartwright gives us a glimpse.
SUPER=12-Springdale, AR; :00
That was Blair Cartwright reporting.
Firefighters are still mopping up at the scene of a blaze that gutted a
building in downtown Lynchburg overnight.
The fire at 8-60 Church Street was called in around 9:15 p-m.
Authorities spent hours trying to extinguish the blaze, which apparently
spread through the building's pipework.. making it difficult to reach.
IN Q=The way the
((BATTALION CHIEF JAMES SCOTT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: THE WAY THE FLOORS ARE LAID
OUT IN THIS BUILDING, IT'S SO CUT UP AND ACCESSES WERE SO LIMITED. FOR
INSTANCE, WE COULDN'T GO FROM THE FIRST FLOOR TO THE SECOND FLOOR THE REGULAR
WAY. WE HAD TO COME OUTSIDE AND GO IN THROUGH ANOTHER BUSINESS. IT WAS TOO
DANGEROUS TO KEEP OPERATING INSIDE UNDER THAT CONDITION.))
SUPER=01-Battalion Chief James Scott/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
OUT Q=under that condition.
The fire destroyed a first floor real estate company and the Marshall Lodge
of the Lynchburg Masons.
Two other businesses in the rear of the building also suffered damage.
Authorities don't know yet what caused the fire.
Because the building appears unstable, parts of Church Street will be
completely closed to traffic this morning.
Downtown commuters are urged to find an alternate route to work.
TAPE#net (edit of 597-33)
First Union is poised to take over another Virginia bank.
The deal with Signet would give the Charlotte-based bank the commanding
market share in Virginia.
At a news conference yesterday, representatives from both banks said First
Union shouldn't experience any major job losses in the Roanoke Valley because
of the merger.
SOT 15:27:18 from signet/f.u./richmond tape
IN Q=For Signet's
((MALCOLM MCDONALD/SIGNET CEO: FOR SIGNET'S CUSTOMERS, THE MERGER MEANS MORE
CONVENIENCE TO A GREATLY EXPANDED BANKING NETWORK.))
SUPER=01-Malcolm McDonald/Signet CEO;
OUT Q=banking network.
First Union is expected to purchase Signet for more than three- billion-
Just last month-- Wachovia of Winston- Salem bought Central Fidelity.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
In a Miami courtroom yesterday the The chairman of Liggett Group testified
that smoking is deadly and is addictive.
Bennett LeBow's testimony was at the trial surrounding a class action
lawsuit involving 60-thousand flight attendants.
The flight attendants blame secondhand smoke on airplanes for a series of
In his testimony LeBow agreed with the flight attendants' attorney that
smoking causes lung cancer, heart and vascular disease and emphysema.
Jim Gilmore has faced a good deal of criticism about his tax plan.
But now that Don Beyer has come out with his own plan, Gilmore is wasting no
time pointing out problems in his opponent's proposal.
The republican candidate for Governor held a news conference with local
elected officials and party leaders yesterday afternoon.
Gilmore has promised to eliminate the personal property tax on cars... and
says Beyer's plan for a tax credit just won't fly.
IN Q=But the essential difference
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: BUT THE ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE IS THAT I
HAVE CRAFTED THIS CAREFULLY AND MADE IT CLEAR WE'RE GOING TO PHASE IT IN OVER
FIVE YEARS, SO THAT WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GROWTH RATES THAT ARE GOING ON
AND THE ADDITIONAL REVENUES THAT ARE COMING IN. THAT'S WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT
MY CAREFULLY CRAFTED PROPOSAL AND THIS TAX SCAM THAT HE'S BROUGHT FORWARD.))
OUT Q=that he's brought forward
Beyer maintains that even conservative estimates indicate that natural
revenue growth will pay for the democratic plan.
A Beyer spokesman says the criticism isn't credible when it comes from
someone who has proposed an alternative plan that costs nearly three billion
dollars over five years.
Pulaski Rangers fans may soon be able to buy a beer at Calfee Park.
The Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control board decided to allow the sale of
Last week at a hearing, residents living close to the ballpark said the
sale of beer could mean more accidents and trouble in their neighborhoods.
The A-B-C's decision can be appealed--and that may prevent sales this
The last home game for the Rangers is next month.
Jimmy Key gave up six hits over six
innings to lead Baltimore's 5-to-1 triumph at Texas.
For that and the rest of the last night's major and minor league scores from
the diamond, let's check the scoreboards.
SUPER=0092-j/San Diego/10//Florida/2////Cincinnati/3/j/New York/5///;
SUPER=0092-/Colorado/4/j/Montreal/8////San Francisco/2/j/St. Louis/7///;
OUT Q=....last score."