These are the headlines for NEWS 7 at SIX:
Talks continue at Yokohama Tire.
The countdown continues with a wedding on the way to the death house.
And we'll meet the rent-a- bee man... he makes pretty good living in the
Tonight in sports, our Carolina Panthers' training camp reports are set to
begin, the US olympic gymnastics team is ready for a reunion tour, Indy car
qualifying at Charlotte tonight has been rained out.
And Phil Jackson officially signs on to coach the Chicago Bulls for one more
It took almost a week, but the tropical system named Danny is finally on the
move. That means more rain for us this evening.
In just six hours the three year labor contract will expire at one of this
area's largest employers.
And as of now, it doesn't appear negotiators for Yokohama Tire and the United
Steelworkers union have a deal in hand.
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Len Besthoff has been monitoring the progress of the last minute
negotiations--how's it looking Len?
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IN Q=It's the
OUT Q=I don't think so
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(Keith question: What could be the impact of a possible strike?)
A fatal crash that killed a seven year-old girl in May- -has left her mother
facing three counts of felony child abuse.
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Samantha Rentch was thrown from the back of a pickup truck when it collided
with another vehicle.
Her mother, Treca (Teresa) Rentch was a passenger in the truck.
The driver, Christopher Fisher, is facing involuntary manslaughter and other
Governor Allen has twice vetoed legislation requiring safety restraints for
children riding in the back of pickup trucks.
But the fatal crash has renewed calls for such a law.
Joseph O'Dell's international campaign for his life may end in just over
But with pleas for mercy from the Pope -- and now Mother Teresa -- O'Dell is
NOT going quietly.
Ellen Qualls has the latest.
IN Q=Meet the blushing
SUPER=01-Kevin Lutz/Former Correctional Officer; :32
SUPER=01-Giorgio Morelli/Italian Newspaper Reporter; :58
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Meet the blushing bride.
At one p-m today, law student and longtime public advocate Lori Urs gave up
140- thousand dollars a year in alimony to marry Joseph O'Dell.
O'Dell's spiritual advisor, Dead Man Walking author Sister Helen Prejean,
was a witness in the death house at Greensville.
Meanwhile, Danville City Farm lieutenant Kevin Lutz holds a news conference
to tell about a 1989 encounter with a since-executed death row inmate he was
Lutz says David Mark Pruett confessed to him to O'Dell's crimes.
((KEVIN LUTZ/FORMER CORRECTIONAL OFFICER: THERE'S NO WAY I CAN PUT FORTH THE
LOOK IN THAT MAN'S EYES. I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH. BUT THERE'S
SOMETHING IN THAT MAN'S EXPRESSION OR HIS EYES THAT MADE ME THOUGHT HE WAS
TELLING THE TRUTH.))
The state says forensics evidence makes O'Dell the only likely suspect.
The Governor -- seen yesterday-- stayed out of the public eye... but his
office topped the 10- thousand mark in messages about O'Dell.
An Italian journalist tries to explain.
((GIORGIO MORELLI/ITALIAN NEWSPAPER WRITER: SO SINCE THE POPE INTERVENED, THE
POPE IN 50 YEARS, HE ASK FOR CLEMENCY ONLY FOR THREE DEATH ROW INMATES. LAST
DECEMBER, O'DELL WAS THE THIRD ONE. SO SINCE THE POPE INTERVENED, OKAY,
MILLIONS OF ITALIAN PEOPLE WERE SO INTERESTED. SO WE START WRITING ABOUT THIS
So despite all the hoopla, Governor Allen says tonight he will NOT
The Governor lists 11 separate pieces of evidence on which he based his
refusal of clemency.
And he writes "Some will say the action the Commonwealth of Virginia takes
tonight is about vengeance. They are wrong. It is about justice and
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The political poker game continues in the battle for Virginia's Governor's
Today in Martinsville, Don Beyer raised the stakes with an economic
development plan for Southside Virginia that includes tax breaks for small
business, development grants, and sports promotion.
He also said the state should be able to handle the cost, even with his
proposed 250- dollar per family tax credit.
IN Q=I mean I'm willing
((DON BEYER/(D) CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR;
I MEAN I'M WILLING TO ACCEPT THAT THE STATE WILL JUST HAVE 200 MILLION LESS TO
SPEND. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WITH FIVE TO FIVE AND A HALF PERCENT GROWTH,
WE'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR COMMITMENTS TO EDUCATION, TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TO
OUT Q=to economic development
At the Roanoke Kiwanis Club this afternoon, Jim Gilmore continued pushing
his plan to completely eliminate the personal property tax, also paid for with
IN Q=I wouldn't look
((JIM GILMORE/(R)CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR; I WOULD LOOK AT IT THIS WAY AND THAT
IS THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA ARE THE ONES WHO PAY THE TAXES, THEY'RE THE ONES WHO
PUT THE REVENUE IN BY THE WAY OF TAXATION. AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO SEE A GROWTH
OF REVENUE THAT AT THIS POINT IS EXCEEDING ALL EXPECTATIONS, WE'RE PILING UP
GREAT BIG SURPLUSES.))
OUT Q=great big surpluses
While both candidates cite education as their top priority, their plans
continue to clash. Beyer wants to bring teacher's salaries up to the national
Gilmore would keep salaries the same, and hire four thousand new teachers.
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There's a "honey" of a story behind
Turbeville's annual Cantaloupe Festival--it's coming up on News 7 at Six.
Also they're preparing for life and death situations--we'll take you inside
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A federal judge has thrown out Michael Knowles' defamation claim against
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Knowles was convicted last month of killing his wife... but not before he
wrote a letter to the nationally- published advice columnist.
In the letter last February he clearly stated that he took Angie's Knowles
Then he sued for slander and defamation when Landers published the letter,
and said it was a "cop out" for knowles to blame Angie for leaving him for a
man she supposedly met on the Internet.
Judge James Turk points out Knowles never denied killing his wife.
All this week, 30 police officers from across central Virginia are learning
the fine art of conducting drug raids.
Steve Smallshaw takes us inside a SWAT team training exercise in Altavista.
SUPER=01-Tommy Neal/Altavista Police Chief; :22
SUPER=01-Terry Henderson/Martinsville P.D.; :49
SUPER=01-Andy Boitnott/Martinsville P.D.; 1:17
OUT Q=News7, Altavista.
((POLICE, GET DOWN, GET ON YOUR KNEES! GET ON YOUR KNEES!))
What looks like a scene from the TV show "Cops" is actually a very real
exercise in advanced tactical training.
The instructors are from the Army's military police school at Fort McLellan
They travel all over the country, training officers in big cities and small,
because criminals know no boundaries.
IN Q=We've got
((TOMMY NEAL/ALTAVISTA POLICE CHIEF: WE'VE GOT SOME OF THE SAME PROBLEMS THAT
THE LARGER CITIES HAVE GOT, IT'S JUST ON A SMALLER SCALE.))
OUT Q=smaller scale.
Neal says he jumped at the chance to bring the training program here to the
old Altavista Elementary School.
IN Q=The school
((The school has been closed for a little over two years now, but instructors
say the twists and turns in these old classrooms make it a perfect setting for
this kind of special operations training.))
OUT Q=operations training.
In small groups they approach a room.. making sure each angle is covered
before any member of the team advances.
IN Q=Safety first
((TERRY HENDERSON/MARTINSVILLE P.D.: SAFETY FIRST, THAT'S THE KEY IS SAFETY. WE
WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY GETS OUT THAT GOES IN. NEXT IS SAFETY OF ANY
INDIVIDUALS IN A ROOM.))
OUT Q=in a room.
But that doesn't include gun- wielding bad guys, who can be lurking around
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((WE'RE OKAY OVER HERE. WE'VE GOT SUSPECT DOWN, HOW YOU ALL DOING OVER THERE?
IN Q=A lot of
((ANDY BOITNOTT/MARTINSVILLE P.D.: A LOT OF NEW OFFICERS DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
THEY GO OUT FRESH AND GREEN AND THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF TACTICS
AND SOMETIMES IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT THEY'RE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BECAUSE
OF BAD TACTICS. SO THIS HELPS OUT IN ALL ASPECTS OF POLICE WORK, NOT JUST SWAT
OUT Q=SWAT concepts.
Hopefully by the end of the week, they'll have learned their lesson..
surviving on the streets is considered a passing grade.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Altavista.))
A Danville man has been sentenced to life in prison for murder.
34-year old Frank Edward Clements pleaded "no contest" this morning to
charges he murdered Tyrone Dawkins in 1993.
Dawkins body was found behind a Danville middle school.
Clements will serve a life sentence plus two years for using a firearm to
commit a felony.
He must still stand trial for allegedly shooting 10-year-old Reggie Hutchins
in April and robbing a Danville bank five years ago.
Wall Street set another record today after overcoming a round of
profit-taking on yesterday's big advance.
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NASDAQ was up four points.
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Another plant closing for Bassett Furniture.
This time around though, it's a crib factory in Statesville, North Carolina.
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Bassett says it will transfer the work to one of its Henry County plants.
The company says the move may mean new jobs, but also more hours for its
Bassett has about 21- hundred employees in the Henry County area.
Back in May it announced the closing of its W-M Bassett plant in
Nearly all the 400 employees affected in that move have transferred to other
Bassett facilities, mostly in Henry County.
Stormy weather couldn't keep the crowds away from the Cantaloupe Festival in
Tina Tenret takes a closer look at the buzz behind the scenes.
IN Q=The real reason
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SUPER=01-Allen Blanks/Beekeeper; :27
OUT Q=News 7, Pittsylvania County
The real reason for the Cantaloupe Festival's success lies in a secret
IN Q=as you can see
((ALLEN BLANKS/BEEKEEPER: AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF WORKERS.))
Bees play Cupid, carrying pollen from male to female flowers to produce
IN Q=Bees are crucial
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: BEES ARE CRUCIAL TO PRODUCE NICE ROUND FRUIT. FOR
EXAMPLE, THEY MUST POLLINATE EVERY SECTION OF THIS APPLE'S STAR-SHAPED CENTER
OR IT COULD WIND UP LOPSIDED LIKE THIS CUCUMBER.))
The problem? Mites are killing off wild bees.
IN Q=We have had a decline
((ALLEN BLANKS/BEEKEEPER: WE HAVE HAD A DECLINE OF HONEY BEES IN THE LAST FEW
YEARS BECAUSE OF THE TRACHEAL MITES AND VARROA MITES THAT HAVE DEPOPULATED MANY
BEE HIVES, AND SO THERE IS A NEED FOR BEES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.))
OUT Q=all over the country
Wild bees are dying, but for Allen Blanks, business is booming.
He rents bees to farmers for 35-dollars a hive....
and has built his house from the profits.
When the summer crops of cantaloupes, strawberries and squash are over,
Blanks brings his bees home.
He then reaps the sweetest reward... honey.
Tina Tenret, News 7, Pittsylvania County))
Coming up tonight in sports, the big Bull stays put, the Indy cars are ready
to invade Charlotte as soon as the rain stops, the Magnificent 7 is ready to
And Steve Mason begins our Panther training camp reports tonight from
Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Let's begin tonight with news that the first piece of the Chicago Bulls
championship dynasty is safely back in place.
This afternoon Phil Jackson has agreed to a one year contract extension to
stay on as the Bulls' head coach.
Jackson and the Bulls would not divulge the terms, only to say he will be the
highest paid coach in the league.
Remember, Michael Jordan said he would only come back if Jackson returned.
The Carolina Panthers are in their first full week of training camp in
Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Tonight, Steve Mason and photographer Mark Hollandsworth bring us up to date
on the defending NFC West champions.
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SUPER=01-Tim Biakabutuka/Panthers Running Back; :26 quick
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SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panthers Quarterback; 1:07
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It is raining on the Charlotte Motor Speedway's parade tonight.
All of today's festivities, including qualifying for the Indy cars debut at
the track has been postponed by rain.
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The inaugural Visionaire 500 at the track will be run this Saturday.
The speedway has made over $300 thousand dollars in improvements to ready
itself for the open wheel cars.
IN Q="When people...
((A.J. FOYT/INDY CAR OWNER:))
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Ward Burton has the overall track qualifying record at nearly 186 miles an
hour in a Winston Cup car,
but these guys are expected to easily top 200 in qualifying.
Again, tonight's times trials have been postponed and rescheduled for
tomorrow night at 7.
The New York Yankees benefitted from a throwing error to beat the Angels this
afternoon by a 5-to-4 count.
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To the Bronx we go where Joe Torre was locked up in a 4-all game in the
bottom of the ninth.
Jorge Posada grounds the ball to second base, but pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa
is a little slow covering first. Luis Alicea's throw is wide allowing Chad
Curtis to score as the Yanks wins 5-to-4.
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Jim Riggleman's Chicago Cubs beat the Braves for the second straight game
today at Wrigley field.
Sammy Sosa led the Cubs' offensive attack with an RBI double in the fourth,
and a solo homer in the eighth inning as the Cubs down Atlanta 3-to-1.
The 1996 olympics are nothing but a faded memory to some folks, but none of
us have forgotten the gold medal winning performance turned in by the US
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At least the seven members of that team are banking on the hope that you
haven't forgotten them.
Today "The Magnificent 7" reunited as a group for the first time since
Atlanta to kick off a 33 city tour around the country.
The shows promise all the normal routines with a little more pizazz.
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((DOMINIQUE DAWES/USA GOLD MEDALIST:))
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That's News 7 at Six.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at 11, we will bring you the latest on the Yokohama
negotiations--the current contract for 900 employees expires at midnight.
That story and more coming up at 11--also
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