The FIRE is out... people are back in their homes.
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll have the latest on the chemical fire in Smyth
An update on the search for the warden's wife.
And tobacco- -it's a livelihood for many in our area... others view it as a
The two sides met today in Southside.... that's also coming up in just a
In sports, The Winston Cup Drivers are qualifying at Bristol. It's Friday
Football Extra time tonight.
And former Redskin receiver Art Monk has an explanation on the Michael
Westbrook attack of his teammate Stephen Davis.
Life is beginning to return to normal for residents in the Smyth County
community of Atkins.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/StarLink
Teresa Hamilton is there tonight, where fire at a plastics warehouse forced
500 people from their homes Wednesday night.
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OUT Q=was good
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(Keith question: so what is the air like now?)
A nationally known forensic anthropologist has joined the digging operation
in Pulaski County.
Dr. Doug Owsley (OWLZ-lee) from the Smithsonian Institute is helping State
Police look for the remains of Carol Smith...the warden's wife.
David Smith reported his wife missing more than three years ago--and
investigators presume she's dead.
More than a dozen state police and three K-9 teams are at the Pulaski
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Three years ago police dug up the backyard of Smith's Roanoke County home.
That search turned up nothing.
State Police officials would not comment on the investigation.
News 7 was unable to reach David Smith, who is still the warden at Pulaski.
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Tobacco farmers and anti-smoking advocates hoped to find some common ground
as they toured Southside farms together today.
By the end of the day, both sides said they have a better understanding of
each other but still can't agree on the future of the industry.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret is in our Danville newsroom.
Keith, health advocates still say these farmers need to grow another crop.
Tobacco farmers say that's just impossible.
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SUPER=01-Michelle Martin/Tobacco Farmer; :17
SUPER=01-Scott Ballin/Nat'l Center for Tobacco-Free Kids; :29
SUPER=01-Richard Connor/Tobacco Farmer; :55
OUT Q=not that simple
((Tobacco has been the root of Allen Boyd's family tree for six generations.
Together they pull, rack and barn tobacco -- living off the profits.
Boyd says the proposed national settlement to regulate tobacco would kill
A few miles down the road is the Martin farm.
IN Q=It's very important.
((MICHELLE MARTIN/ TOBACCO FARMER: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. IT'S OUR SOLE
LIVELIHOOD. IT'S HOW WE MAKE OUR LIVING, HOW WE MAKE OUR MONEY, IT'S HOW WE
OUT Q=how we live
Anti-smoking activists offer to help these families -- but that might mean
finding other jobs.
IN Q=Increased education levels
((SCOTT BALLIN/ NAT'L CENTER FOR TOBACCO FREE KIDS: INCREASED EDUCATION LEVELS
IN THIS AREA AND ALSO BUILD NEW ROADS TO GET BUSINESSES IN HERE AND OUT HERE SO
THERE'S TRANSPORTATION MECHANISMS. WE HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH EVEN MONIES FROM
THE SETTLEMENT GOING INTO THOSE KINDS OF INITIATIVES THAT LONGTERM, WILL
RESTABILIZE THESE ECONOMIES IN A TOBACCO-FREE ENVIRONMENT.))
OUT Q=tobacco free environment
Richard Connor grew up on a tobacco farm and says crops like corn and wheat
just don't pay the bills.
IN Q=I just don't know
((RICHARD CONNOR/TOBACCO FARMER: I JUST DON'T KNOW, EVEN WITH GOVERNMENT HELP,
WHAT WE WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW IN THIS CLIMATE, ON THIS SOIL TYPE, AND STAY ON
THIS FARM. IT'S JUST NOT THAT SIMPLE.))
OUT Q=not that simple
I did hear both farmer and health activist saying they thought the other was
a lot friendlier than they expected--Keith?
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
(Keith question: any sign of future cooperation?
Tina: yes--Cigarette opponents say they want farmers to help them hammer out
a tobacco settlement on Capitol Hill, with an equal voice in the talks.)
In June Roanoke city officials announced plans for an ice- rink downtown.
Now comes word the city will be the home of TWO skating arenas.
A developer, apparently from Richmond, has already begun pouring concrete
for a rink near the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated expresses concern over the news, but adds the
rink downtown will be nearer to a number of other things the city has to offer.
Developers have called a news conference Monday to unveil details about the
second ice rink.
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The idea of a personal property tax cut is proving to be popular--but just
whose idea is it anyway? That story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
And it claims to be one of the Commonwealth's fastest growing colleges--
now the College of Health Sciences is getting a little help in meeting the
demand for its classes.
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Quick -- name the number one issue in the Governor's race.
If you said taxes, then Jim Gilmore's playing a pretty good hand.
Ellen Qualls has a status report.
IN Q=First, a few
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( First, a few reminders.
Just one year ago, a Virginia Tech poll showed 49- percent of Virginians
wanted a tax INCREASE to help pay for schools.
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((DON BEYER/MARCH 10: I BELIEVE VIRGINIA NEEDS AN EDUCATION GOVERNOR.))
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((DON BEYER/APRIL 9: I'M NOT GONNA CAMPAIGN ON DRAMATIC TAX CUTS.))
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((JIM GILMORE/MAY 8: WE WILL ABOLISH THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX.))
((DON BEYER: WELL I THOUGHT "THERE'S A LOT OF MOMENTUM A LOT OF ENERGY NOW TO
GET RID OF THIS TAX. ))
So Beyer heard the drumbeat for a tax cut-- and proposed a modest version.
And the race changed.
With Jim Gilmore setting the pace.
((HI. I'M JIM GILMORE AND I'M RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR.))
So how did each campaign come up with the cut?
((JIM GILMORE: WELL I CAME UP WITH THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX PLAN. I CAME
FORWARD WITH IT, AND THEN BASICALLY SET MY STAFF PEOPLE TO WORK AND SAID "IS
THIS POSSIBLE? IS IT SOMETHING WE CAN DO?))
((DON BEYER: I THINK THEY PROBABLY CAME TO ME WITH 50 PLANS. FROM NOVEMBER
FIRST RIGHT THROUGH THE END OF JULY.))
Gilmore's plan is clearly more ambitious -- but he insists NOT reckless.
((JIM GILMORE: IT'S ON THE FIRST 20- THOUSAND DOLLARS OF EVERY CAR AND TRUCK
IN VIRGINIA. NOW WHY DID WE DO THAT? IF I WAS JUST SEEKING VOTES I COULD HAVE
JUST SAID OH ANYTHING, AND EVERYTHING.))
((DON BEYER: IF YOU DO IT FOR EVERYBODY IT ISN'T AFFORDABLE. WE BANKRUPT
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. WE SACRIFICE LOCAL SCHOOLS. WE FOUND A WAY TO PROVIDE
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR THE AVERAGE VIRGINIAN.))
But Gilmore's tax ELIMINATION dodges the big mistake George Allen made in
((JIM GILMORE: IT'S FRAMED YOU SEE ELLEN IN A PARTICULAR WAY. IT CALLS FOR
THE EXPENDITURES YOU KNOW OF INCREASED REVENUES, THE INCREASE OF REVENUES. IT
DOESN'T CALL FOR THE CUTTING OF THE BUDGET.))
So as long as the good times roll, and EITHER tax plan can be afforded, it's
up to voters to say whose philosophy is more in step with Virginia.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Roanoke lawyer Barry Flora pled guilty to a crime in federal court today.
He admitted to misappropriating funds, but the 53-year old real estate
attorney will not go to jail.
((IT WAS A VERY TECHNICAL VIOLATION. THE NOTE INVOLVED HAS BEEN COMPROMISED AND
SATISFIED AND PAID IN FULL. AND HE DID IT SIMPLY TO HELP A FRIEND.))
SUPER=01-John Edwards/Barry Flora's Attorney;
OUT Q=a friend.
**Keith on ENG**
Flora borrowed 40-thousand dollars from First Security Bank. HE says he
told the bank officer he was going to sign the money over to his friend, Bill
Judge James Turk concluded Flora "never intended to defraud anybody."
IN Q=If you and I
((NOW IF YOU AND I GO INTO A BANK, AND I BORROW $40,000, SIGN THE CHECK OVER TO
YOU, HAVE I COMMITTED A CRIME? IF YOU TELL THE BANK THAT YOU'RE GOING TO USE
IT FOR A PURPOSE FOR WHICH YOU DID NOT, YES, YOU HAVE.))
SUPER=01-Jennie Waering/Assistant U.S. Attorney; :06
OUT Q=yes, you have.
Judge Turk fined Flora 72-hundred dollars and placed him on probation for
The judge said he thought Flora was somewhat like the good Samaritan,
trying to help a friend.
Turk said he hoped the misdemeanor conviction would not affect Flora's
ability to practice law.
It looked like yet another of day of 100-point movement on Wall Street- -in
the negative direction for most of the day.
By day's end, though...
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the Dow had dropped just six points finishing the week at 78 hundred 88.
NASDAQ lost nine points.
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A fundraising campaign has paid major dividends for the College of Health
Sciences in Roanoke.
With more than 600 students, the school is among the fastest growing
institutions in the state.
Today, Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte presented a ceremonial
check for one half million dollars to the school.
The money is a federal match for 250- thousand dollars in local
IN Q=We're now in the last quarter
((HARRY NICKENS/COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES PRESIDENT: WE'RE NOW IN THE LAST
QUARTER OF OUR GOAL OF A MILLION DOLLARS AND WE'RE ALREADY RECEIVING DOLLARS IN
THAT REGARD, BUT AS WE BECOME INDEPENDENT OF OUR LIFELONG SPONSOR, CARILION
HEALTH SYSTEM, WE HAVE TO DO THAT BY RAISING DOLLARS OUTSIDE OF THEIR SUPPORT
AND BY INCREASING OUR ENROLLMENT.))
SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/College of Health Sciences Pres.;
OUT Q=increasing our enrollment.
The College of Health Sciences is the only school in the state with a
training program for Physicians Assistants.
And it has the only Occupational Therapy training west of Richmond.
Starting this fall, students at four central Virginia colleges will be able
to share course offerings, resource materials and even teachers.
360- thousand dollars in grant money is paying for high- tech computer links
and video- conferencing equipment.
Among other benefits, it will allow students to enroll in courses which
aren't offered at their school.
IN Q=And it's very
((DR. CHARLES WARREN/LYNCHBURG COLLEGE PRESIDENT: AND IT'S VERY NATURAL THEN
FOR US TO COMBINE OUR RESOURCES, MAINTAIN OUR SENSE OF AUTONOMY AND
DISTINCTIVENESS, YET OFFER STUDENTS ON EACH OF OUR CAMPUSES ENRICHED PROGRAMS
THAT WE COULDN'T DO ALONE IN ANY CASE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Charles Warren/Lynchburg College President; :00
OUT Q=in any case.
The participating schools are Lynchburg College, Sweet Briar, Randolph-
Macon Woman's College and Hampden- Sydney.
Faculty training in the new technology got under way this week.
And coming up, Mike Stevens will have a look at tonight's Friday Football
Extra pre season show.
And the Winston Cup Drivers are qualifying at Bristol for tomorrow night's
It's hard to believe that 8 months have passed since Salem won a state
championship, but another high school football season is upon us.
Here's Mike Stevens with a preview of you can expect on tonight's season
premier of Friday Football Extra.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :13
OUT Q=...FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA."
Imagine living in a world where most everything you see looks like this.
Steve Mason will have the courageous story of 2 Glenvar athletes who are
playing football despite severe vision deficiencies.
He'll also introduce us to a deaf player battling to earn some playing time
And imagine living in a place this beautiful but not being able to play
We'll meet four Highland County kids who commute 80 miles a day to put on the
Also, remember Covington coaching legend JOhn Woodzell. He retired last
November, and you'll never believe what he's doing in his spare time.
We'll also hear from many of the new coaches around the area, and see how
Roanoke County is benefitting from its decision to hire fulltime athletic
And of course, the bands are warming up and up is the first Super seven poll
of the season.))
The High school season opens tomorrow afternoon. Roanoke Catholic hosts
Kenston Forest at Victory Stadium kickoff is 2-oclock.
And the Roanoke rush returns home tomorrow night at Victory Stadium with a
7-olcock kickoff against the Tennessee Highlanders.
Former Redskin receiver Art Monk like many retired Redskins are wondering
what's going on between the players this season.
Monk was in Radford last night as the guest speaker for the third class of
inductees into the University's Sports Hall of Fame.
Monk said he has not seen the video of wide receiver Michael Westbrook's
attack on running back Stephen Davis. He says the only explanation he can come
up with is money and ego.
IN Q="You know...
((ART MONK/940 CATCHES & 60 TDS: ))
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OUT Q= ......It's having.
The Redskins ended their exhibition season last night committing 5 first
half turnovers in a 28 to 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Winston Cup drivers are down in Bristol as week speak qualifying for
tomorrow nights Goody's 500.
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After several weeks of knocking heads on the super speedways, Drivers like
Jeff Gordon are ready for some short track racing.
And for Gordon its a chance to win a night race at the tight concrete oval.
IN Q="I'm really
((JEFF GORDON/8 WINS THIS SEASON: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/8 Wins This Season; :00
OUT Q=......AT NIGHT."
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!
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And all eyes were on Gordon today as the Spring race winner at the track
looked to win the pole.
Dale Earnhardt was one of the first cars on the track, but Dale was a little
too slow for the pole.
The Spring race pole winner Rusty Wallace also came up short in his attempt
to take the early lead.
But Gordon was quick to jump on the top spot with a lap at 122 point 874
miles an hour.
A number of drivers still have to run.
I'll have a complete rundown of the top 25 tonight at 11.
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They are several generations apart but it seems infants and the elderly have
little trouble communicating.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon is here to tell us more about a local organization that's found
a way to pair children and senior citizens.
They have Keith. It's called the Foster Grandparents program.
And, tonight on News 7 at Eleven we'll talk to some volunteers.
Many of them are grandparents in real life with adult children of their own.
But they say being a Foster-Granpdarent lets them experience the joy of
caring for infants and small children all over again.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll have that story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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