Coming up next on News 7 at 6... preparations are underway for a
history-making day at VMI...
And the Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants a Grayson County
murder investigated as a hate crime.
In sports, Mark Martin wins at Michigan Davis Love the Third is the P-G-A
And we continue our high school football coverage with a look at the
Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt.
It could be an interesting evening-- A Severe Thunderstorm watch is up in
West Virginia and some of the highlands-- It's all ahead of a cold front that
should bring some relief from the heat.
The stormy details coming up.
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A 12 year old boy is dead after drowning in the Roanoke River last night
Michael Darren Lindsey drowned near the low water bridge at Wasena Park.
Three rafters saw Lindsey in the water having trouble and tried to reach him
but lost sight of him.
Officials later found the boy's body under several feet of water.
Tomorrow is a history making day at the Virginia Military Institute.
31 women make up the first class of female cadets.
But when the new cadets arrive on post they won't be the only strangers on
Denise Allen has the story.
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SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesperson;
SUPER=01-Henry James/VMI Junior;
OUT Q=News 7
(( They're already arriving...no not the first female V-M-I cadets....it's
Col. Mike Strickler expects nearly 1-50 newspeople on post to greet the
school's first female students.
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((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESPERSON: WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE 60 OUTLETS HERE.
TELEVISION WISE WE'LL HAVE 18 TO 20 SATELLITE TRUCKS WILL BE HERE SO IT WILL BE
KIND OF A FRENZY.))
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Strickler and his staff have been preparing for this frenzy since February.
But the school has been preparing for the first female cadets for more than
IN Q=the biggest renovation
((STRICKLER: THE BIGGEST RENOVATION PROGRAM WAS IN OUR PHYSICAL EDUCATION
BUILDING. THEY HAD TO KNOCK DOWN HALL WAYS AND MAKE OTHER SHOWERS AND DRESSING
FACILITIES. THAT WAS ABOUT TWO MILLION DOLLARS WE GOT FROM THE STATE.))
OUT Q=FROM THE STATE
More lights were also added around the parade grounds, but the barracks
didn't change much.
Besides women's restroom, the only other change is shades on the windows--to
be used only when the cadet is changing.
But upperclassmen admit the atmosphere is different.
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((HENRY JAMES/VMI JUNIOR: I EXPECT THEM TO BE NERVOUS WITH THE GIRLS AROUND.
IT'S KIND OF DIFFERENT WHEN YOU WALK OUT OF YOUR ROOM AND YOU'RE NOT USED TO
SEEING A FEMALE STANDING THERE.))
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But Henry James says the cadets are ready to welcome the first co-ed class.
He says school officials have a plan and the upperclassmen are ready to
IN Q=DO LIKE WE
((HENRY JAMES: DO LIKE WE NORMALLY DO. WE'RE NOT CHANGING ANYTHING.
EVERYTHING'S GOING JUST FINE. JUST CAUSE THERE'S FEMALES HERE THINGS ARE NOT
GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. EVERYTHING IS JUST FINE.))
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Mike Strickler says there is pressure not to repeat the Citadel's mistakes.
But he says they've had time to prepare and 31 good female candidates which
should help the school's integration program succeed.
And he says he's looking forward to the quieter days ahead--when the media
Denise Allen News 7.
Another civil rights group is asking the F-B-I to investigate a Grayson
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants the F-B-I to investigate
the murder of Garnett Paul Johnson as a hate crime.
The Reverend Curtis Harris of Hopewell is the president of the S-C-L-C's
He says the decision was made after officials visited Elk Creek on Thursday
Louis James Ceparano was charged with capital murder after Johnson's burned
body was found near his home.
Another suspect Emmett Cressel Junior also face first degree murder and
robbery charges in the case.
Three floods over the last 60-years nearly devastated the small Southwest
Virginia town of Grundy.
Now there's a plan to save the town from flooding in the future.
As Jeanne Leong tells us it will be a moving experience for some.
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SUPER=01-Chuck Crabtree/Town Manager; :36
SUPER=01-Jeanne Leong/Reporting; 1:10
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((Clothing store owner Sue Branham gets nervous whenever she hears heavy
rain is on the way.
IN Q=Every time we
((SUE BRANHAM/STORE OWNER: EVERY TIME WE HAD HEAVY RAINS WE EVACUATED
BASICALLY. WE MOVED OUT OF HERE SEVERAL TIMES. WE MOVED LIKE THINGS OUT OF THE
FLOOR AND CARRIED THINGS UPSTAIRS.))
OUT Q=here several times.
Branham has good reason to be concerned.
In 1977 her new shop was open for just one month when the big flood wiped
This area is prone to flooding and this year Grundy residents are bracing
for another huge one. There's severe flooding in town every 20-years. 1937,
1957, and 1977.
IN Q=The terrain of
((CHUCK CRABTREE/TOWN MANAGER: THE TERRAIN OF BUCHANAN COUNTY AND GRUNDY, YOU
HAVE STEEP SLOPES. IF YOU DUMP 10-12 INCHES OF RAIN IN THESE VALLEYS, THE
WATER'S GOING TO COME UP. IT HAS NOTHING BUT RUNOFF.))
OUT Q=nothing but runoff.
But, in a few years, Grundy business owners won't have to worry when the
water rises in Levisa River.
A federal flood control project will move about two dozen Main Street
businesses across the river where a new shopping center and new offices will be
IN Q=Nearly half of
((JEANNE LEONG/REPORTING: NEARLY HALF OF THE BUILDINGS ALONG MAIN STREET ARE
VACANT. SOME LIKE THIS ONE HAVE BEEN EMPTY FOR 20 YEARS. ONE REASON IT'S
DIFFICULT TO RENT OR SELL THE BUILDINGS IS BECAUSE OF THE THREAT OF FLOODING.))
OUT Q=threat of flooding.
Owners of the vacant buildings will receive a fair market rate for their
properties which is much more than they could get otherwise.
Parking space in the center of town is scarce but that'll change when the
project is completed.
People going to the County Courthouse will be able to find lot spots
available in a garage at the new shopping and business district.))
The heat is on....record temperatures are being set all over Virginia this
The mercury topped 100 degrees today in the Roanoke Valley.
But the humidity made it feel even hotter.
These people say the best way to beat the heat outside is in the pool or
taking a trip to the lake.
But regardless of how you spend your day, doctors say this heat can be
They suggest drinking plenty of water and doing out-door activities in the
early morning hours.
Andrew will tell us if this heat will continue later on during weather.
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The President wants to see the U-P-S strike settled this weekend,
but even that isn't enough to help the post office with all its new found
And when we return, we'll see what its trying to do to catch up.
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President Clinton added his voice to others urging UPS and the Teamsters to
settle their differences this weekend.
The President began a three week vacation today.
Before he left he encouraged negotiators to settle the strike quickly.
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((PRESIDENT CLINTON; I JUST WANT TO URGE THEM TO REDOUBEL THEIR EFFORTS, THE
STRIKE IS BEGINNING TO HURT NOT ONLY THE COMPANY, BUT ITS EMPLOYEES AND THE
PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON IT., AND I THINK THEY OUGHT TO REDOUBLE THEIR EFFORTS TO
SETTLE THE STRIKE AND THE OUGHT TO DO IT TODAY. THAT'S MY ENCOURAGEMENT TO
THEM. I'M PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS THAT'S BEEN MADE AND I HOPE THEY'LL JUST
STAY THERE AND SETTLE IT TODAY.))
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The latest round of negotiations began Thursday and are still going on.
Both sides report some positive movement.
UPS chief James Kelly said there has been some progress, or they wouldn't
still be talking.
Neither side will say what issues they're currently dealing with.
Through rain, sleet, snow or even Sundays the Post Office delivers.
The teamsters' strike on United Parcel Service has changed the way the
government is handling the mail.
The strike has translated into big business for the U-S Postal Service.
So to keep the packages from piling up postal workers are now delivering on
Two carriers out of each office work the extra day on a rotating basis.
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((CINDY ASHBY/MAIL CARRIER: I THINK IT CAME AS QUITE A SURPRISE. IT'S BEEN A
REAL SHOCK FOR ME HOW MANY WE'VE HAD. IT'S A LOT MORE THAN THE CHRISTMAS RUSH
EVEN. I THINK WE'RE DOING PRETTY GOOD SO FAR. HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP
UP WITH IT.))
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Officials say they expect the volume of packages to stay high even after the
Some mail order companies have already committed their future business to
U-S Postal Service.
Some good news for a Salem employer for the first time in a long time, and a
Gretna factory closes its doors.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
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First Union will hire 70 new full time employees at its Roanoke County
That number could go higher though if the Charlotte bank continues to grow
and there's enough candidates to fill additional positions.
A privately owned offshoot of the Martinsville Dupont plant is growing.
Amfibe broke ground on a new building in Henry County this week, that should
eventually enable the nylon maker to boost its employment up to 250.
Yokohama Tire will increase the capacity of its Salem plant by 10- percent
as it introduces light truck and high performance tires to its product line.
The move will enable the company to recall 145 laid off employees.
I-T-T Night Vision will hire upwards of 125 people at its Roanoke County
plant over the next year, due to the award of major contract for the Australian
Craddock- Terry closed its Gretna shoe factory this week and idled more than
150 workers as part of a plan to let the Lynchburg company concentrate on its
Union workers at the Goodyear plant in Danville have an agreement on a new
six year deal after hammering out details in the local portion of the contract.
Meanwhile the Teamsters strike against U-P-S nears the two- week mark.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average plummeted 337 points, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped by 36 ticks.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
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A dramatic comeback in Michigan today. Roy Stanley will be along in just a
minute with today's NASCAR event
and after that, we'll see how local fans gave a mini tribute to the late King
of Rock and Roll.
The YWCA of the Roanoke Valley is looking for women who've survived breast
and cervical cancer.
The "Y" is kicking off a new program, "Encore Plus" for women in recovery--
It's all part of a national program offering support, and rehabilitative
exercise-- in the pool, and on dry land.
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((SALLY GRAVELY/YWCA: IF YOU'VE HAD SURGERY,THE RANGE OF MOTION HAS BECOME
LIMITED. SO BY TAKING PART IN THE EXERCISES THEY'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO INCREASE
THAT RANGE OF MOTION. THE EXERCISES ARE NOT AEROBIC IN ANY FORM OR FASHION.
THEY'RE JUST DESIGNED TO HELP THEM REGAIN THE ABILITY THEY MAY HAVE LOST. ))
SUPER=01-Sally Gravely/YWCA; :
OUT Q=MAY HAVE LOST.
"Encore Plus" will also form a support group for patients.
The fee is set on a sliding scale.
Sorting through old photographs, searching for artifacts from Roanoke's
historic theaters, and scraping chewing gum from old theater seats.
Members of one local group have tackled all of those tasks in the name of
The Roanoke Valley Museum of Theatre History is located on the second floor
of the Jefferson Center.
Though it only occupies a couple of rooms, the museum is crowded with
memorabilia from the stage and the silver screen.
IN Q=And we have an old chair there
((NITA WILLIS/MUSEUM OF THEATRE HISTORY PRESIDENT: AND WE HAVE AN OLD CHAIR
THERE FROM THE RIALTO THEATER AND I WAS TELLING THE STORY THAT WHEN THE
SHOWTIMERS BOUGHT THEM FOR THE LAB THEATER, WE SPENT A WEEK OR SO AND GOT 20
POUNDS OF CHEWING GUM OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE CHAIRS. AND ONE MAN SAID I LEFT A
LOT OF IT THERE. DID YOU SAVE IT FOR ME?))
SUPER=01-Nita Willis/Museum of Theatre History President;
OUT Q=save it for me?
The Museum of Theater History recently published a tribute to the American
Theater, Roanoke's movie palace which was demolished in 1973.
The museum is also holding a membership meeting and an open house Monday
afternoon at 2:30 in the Jefferson Center's Fitzpatrick Hall.
And coming up, The P-G-A championship is in the book the Salem Avalanche
returns to action tonight.
And in Michigan, Mark Martin takes the checkered Flag in the Devilbiss 400.
The final round of the P-G-A Championship at Winged Foot turned into a
shoot-out between Davis Love the third and Justin Leonard.
and Love birdied the 18-th hole to win his first major.
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The two started the day tied at 7 under. Leonard was up and down through
the first five holes but he made this long birdie putt at the seventh hole to
to go back to six under three shots back.
Love missed a birdie putt at the seventh hole but he knocked this one in at
the 8-th hole to go to 10 under par. Love wins the title shooting a final round
66 for a total of 11 under par. Leonard finished second.
Mark Martin overcame going down two laps this afternoon to win the
DeVilbiss 400 at the Michigan International Raceway.
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Pole sitter Johnny Benson dropped back and Mark Martin took the lead with
182 laps left in the race.
The competition was tight all over the track, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett
and Jeff Gordon race together trying to get to the front. They were running in
the top 10 at the time.
Rusty Wallace started last but he worked his way to the front running 14-th
at this point of the race.
Then Martin ran into trouble. the left rear tire on his car went flat
sending him to the pits. He would go 2 laps down after leading 70 of the first
Jeff Burton led the race but after 100 laps the caution came out because of
a drizzle over the track it happened again on lap 124.
Ted Musgrave, who had a fast car all day, took the lead on the restart with
41 laps to go.
Wally Dallenbach's car stalled bringing out the caution on lap 163.
Martin took the lead passing Jeff Gordon with 31 laps to go and he cruises
to victory coming from two laps down because of a flat tire.
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((MARK MARTIN/DEVILBISS 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/DeVilbiss 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=...........out of control."
Gordon was second, Musgrave third, Ernie Irvan fourth and Dale Jarrett
Last night at Memorial Stadium, The Salem Avalanche came up short against
the Durham Bulls but Salem is still in the chase for the second half pennant
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Mugsy doing his Elvis thing for the fans at Memorial Stadium last night.
The Avalanche got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Chad Gambill
hits a sacrifice fly to left field Forry Wells tags at third to score 1 to
But the Bulls rallied in the fifth. Derek Foote hits a line drive down the
right field line scoring a runner from second and the score was tied at 1 to 1.
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this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a two run homer Durham led 3
to 1 and Durham wins it 6 to 1.
Salem and Durham are on the field right now we'll have highlights tonight at
At Camden Yard, The Orioles and Angels knocked heads this afternoon.
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The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the first, B.J. Surhoff hits
this line drive to right field for a single Jeffery Hammonds scores to make it
one to nothing Orioles.
Then in the fourth, Anaheim's Tim Salmon belts this single to right field
scoring Ricky Henderson and the score was tied at one to one after four
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Henderson sends this pitch on a rope down the left field line scoring two runs
to make it 3 to 1 but Baltimore wins the game at 5 to 4 in 10.
The Cavaliers of Lord Botetourt will open the season with a new head coach
and a new look.
Tony Hart, an assistant for four years at the school, is the new head coach.
Botetourt won 8 games last year but lost running back Wesley Cox and
Quarterback Seth Myers to graduation And Hart says the team is not
thinking about rebuilding but carrying on what happened last year.
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((TONY HART/BOTETOURT HEAD COACH: ))
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OUT Q= ......TO STEP UP."
That step up will be new to most of the players. Hart has made a few minor
changes on the Offensive side of the ball.
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OUT Q=.....same things."
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A small group of fans traveled to Graceland last night.
A small group was appropriate because they were at MINI-Graceland in
Local Elvis fans remembered the king with a late-night vigil.
The gathering is an annual event attracting long-time fans of the King and
Although it's been 20 years, some find it hard to believe he's gone.
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((MITCH SHEETZ/ELVIS IMPERSONATOR: I'M HERE CELEBRATING THE DISSAPPEARANCE OF
ELVIS PRESLEY. YOU THINK HE'S STILL ALIVE? YES, I DO.))
SUPER=01-Mitch Sheetz/Elvis Impersonator;
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The gathering took place at the small replica of Presley's estate in
It was built for local fans of the king not able to travel to Memphis,
Tennessee to enjoy the real mansion.
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