Next on News 7-
They're off and running- the horses and the betting begin at Colonial Downs
in New Kent County.
Three brothers remain in custody after a fatal shooting at a popular
nightspot for Tech students.
And another woman drops out of VMI.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from Charlotte with a recap of last
night's Skins win over the Panthers.
Al Clark is the Big East player of the week, Jerry Rice is out for the year,
and this guy is out of his mind.
Falling two stories for a homerun ball today during the Reds-Royals game in
Some Thundershowers popped up in the afternoon--
It'll be another warm and humid day tomorrow.
The extended forecast has some cooler air arriving at the end of the week.
Details coming up.
Nine years after Virginia voters said yes to parimutuel horse racing in one
of America's "horsiest" states, the thoroughbreds are running at Colonial
SUPER=03-New Kent Co.;
The 58- million dollar race track was ready for the horses -- bright and
Colonial Downs will boast six weeks of racing this fall, while Maryland's
tracks close down to encourage it.
IN Q=I think
((I THINK VIRGINIA'S PAST READY FOR IT. YOU KNOW FOLKS LIKE ME IN THE HORSE
BUSINESS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT LITERALLY ALL THEIR LIVES. SO READY IS AN
UNDERSTATEMENT. I THINK PEOPLE ARE SO EXCITED YOU CAN HARDLY DESCRIBE IT. I
HAVE ONE GOAL FOR THE DAY. MY BIGGEST GOAL IS DON'T CRY ON TELEVISION.))
SUPER=01-Glenn Petty/Dir. of Horsemen Relations;
OUT Q=on television.
Live racing -- along with satellite wagering parlors -- are intended to
encourage Virginia's BILLION dollar a year horse industry.
The volume just went up a few notches on Campaign '97.
Virginia's annual fall rite of politics drew the politicians to Buena Vista.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=nat sot
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Miner/Gilmore Spokesman; 1:43
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Buena Vista.
((nat sot tape one 10:03:47
nat sot tape one 10:02:54
nat sot tape one 10:04:49
((GOOD. IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE.))
Labor Day is just what it says it is for Virginia politicos.
It's a day of labor.
You see them running to shake hands.
Or working the wheelchair in John Hager's case.
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((LF PAYNE ))
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((MARK EARLEY ))
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((BILL DOLAN ))
In the race for governor... one message comes out loud and clear.
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((NO CAR TAX! NO CAR TAX -- YOU GOT IT.))
Republican Jim Gilmore says education is his top priority.
But his signs say something else...
Beyer's got another message too -- and in some markets he's whipped out new
Beyer calls one ad "comparatory," and makes the same attack to this crowd.
nat sot tape one 11:30:29
((DON BEYER: AND WE WILL BUILD THE WILL TO RESIST THOSE WHO WOULD HARM OUR
SCHOOLS, BY DENYING FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION AND GUIDANCE COUNSELORS TO CHILDREN.
WHO WOULD TURN AWAY GOALS 2000 EDUCATION DOLLARS. AND WHO WOULD DIVERT OUR
PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING TO PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS.))
Gilmore blasts the ad as negative but slams Beyer in person.
SOT TAPE TWO 11:43:05
((JIM GILMORE: THIS PAST YEAR HE HAD A CHANCE TO... WELFARE REFORM. FLIP AND
SOT TAPE TWO 11:43:33
((JIM GILMORE: HE OPPOSED OUR PAROLE REFORMATION EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. AND
NOW STANDS FOR THE PROPOSITION THAT WE SHOULD BE ROLLING BACK PAROLE FOR
NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS. FLIP AND FLOP.))
SOT TAPE TWO 12:13:44
((DON BEYER: IT'S NOT MY JOB TO LIKE HIS TONE. I THOUGHT MUCH OF WHAT HE SAID
DIDN'T HAVE THE RING OF TRUTH. I WAS THE PRIMARY DEMOCRATIC ARCHITECT OF
WELFARE REFORM. I'VE STRONGLY FOUGHT FOR IT IN THE PAST AND I WILL IN THE
YEARS TO COME.))
SOT TAPE TWO 12:00:24
((MARK MINER: NO WE'RE CLEARLY DEFINING AN ISSUE OF THE CAMPAIGN WHICH IS THE
CANDIDATE'S CREDIBILITY AND HONESTY. DON BEYER'S HAD DIFFERENT POSITIONS ON A
NUMBER OF ISSUES THROUGHOUT THIS CAMPAIGN.))
SOT TAPE TWO STANDUP
((THE NEXT NINE WEEKS WILL BE AN AVALANCHE OF ADS AND A SEA OF SLOGANS. VOTERS
WILL NEED TO PAY ATTENTION. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, BUENA VISTA.))
Another woman has dropped out of Virginia Military Institute.
School Spokesman Mike Strickler says three women and 28 men have dropped out
since school began two weeks ago.
Strickler would not identify the latest female to leave, but said it wasn't
the woman who complained a few days ago about being singled out.
This is the first year VMI has admitted women- after the Supreme Court ruled
it had to as long as it received state funding.
Three Martinsville brothers remain in custody after a fatal weekend shooting
near Virginia Tech.
24-year old Leon Antoine Scales and identical twins Terry and Kerry Scales
are charged with murder and malicious wounding- It's in connection with the
incident, which happened early Sunday morning at a Blacksburg night spot,
Police think a dispute on the dance floor led to the shooting--
The victims are identified as 30-year old Richard Bullard of Pensacola
Florida, who died at the scene, and 29-year old Paul Shoemaker of Beaverdale,
He is hospitalized in stable condition.
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A new home in Lynchburg is an opportunity for troubled teenagers to get back
on track. That story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
Also we begin a three part special report on the troubles of the Bedford
school system--learning some tough lessons about student growth, unpaid bills
and political clashes.
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The school bell rings again tomorrow in many parts of the state, including
But it was just a few months ago that school auditoriums there were ringing
with the voices of parents, teachers and administrators- They argued over who
was to blame for the school system's continuing budget problems.
In Part One of his series "G Is For Growth",
TAKE FULLSCREEN "G IS FOR GROWTH"
Steve Smallshaw shows us how the county's population boom, combined with
personal politics, made for a difficult spring.
IN Q=Long before
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; :12
SUPER=10-Bob Crouch/Supervisor/May 19th; :34
SUPER=01-Robert Bashore/Supervisor; :48
SUPER=01-Dr. John Kent/School Superintendent; 1:16
Long before the packed budget meetings, before the angry testimonials from
parents, teachers and students.. many could see the fiscal crisis in Bedford
County's school system was about to boil over.
IN Q=We knew there
((BILL ROLFE/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE KNEW THERE WAS A PROBLEM AT THE END OF
THE LAST FISCAL YEAR. WE TRIED TO HAVE THE AUDITORS EXPLAIN THAT TO EVERYBODY.
I THINK IT WAS NOT TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.))
OUT Q=should have been.
Things certainly got serious later on...when supervisors realized the school
system was carrying over hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills for
the THIRD straight year.
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IN Q=Dr. Kent
((BOB CROUCH/SUPERVISOR: DR. KENT ALLUDED TO THEY HAD SPENT APPROXIMATELY 700
THOUSAND DOLLARS. WHAT DO THEY INTEND TO DO WITH THIS?))
OUT Q=do with this?
The answers were seldom there.
Without knowing exactly how it was being spent, supervisors were hesitant to
give the school system more money.
IN Q=It was difficult
((ROBERT BASHORE/SUPERVISOR: IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET DEFINITIVE SPECIFIC
ANSWERS AND THAT'S WHAT WE WERE WORKING TOWARDS MOST OF THE TIME.))
OUT Q=of the time.
But school officials say that's hard to do when you're preparing a budget 18
months in advance.
With the county population growing by leaps and bounds, a school division
saddled with dozens of unexpected students invariably needs more money than it
IN Q=I don't want
((JOHN KENT/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: I DON'T WANT TO SAY IT'S A LACK OF
COMMUNICATION, MAYBE AS MUCH AS A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEEDS OF EACH
OTHER OR WHATEVER. I THINK THE INFORMATION IS THERE, BUT IT'S HOW YOU INTERPRET
AND UNDERSTAND THAT INFORMATION.))
OUT Q=that information.
But if there was a lack of understanding, much of the blame fell on John
Calls for his suspension or resignation went nowhere.. and for now, at
least, the CEO of the school division is here to stay.
IN Q=Anytime that
((JOHN KENT: ANYTIME THAT YOU HEAD AN ORGANIZATION, YOU'RE GOING TO BE A
LIGHTNING ROD FOR CRITICISM. AND IT'S NOT A PERFECT WORLD, I MEAN IT'S NOT AN
OUT Q=an easy job.
IN Q=I think we've
((BILL ROLFE: I THINK WE'VE GOT TO REMEMBER THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AN
ORGANIZATION THAT IS FAST APPROACHING SPENDING A MILLION DOLLARS A WEEK, IT'S A
BIG BUSINESS AND IT HAS TO BE TREATED AS SUCH. AND I THINK WHAT WE'RE SEEING
NOW IS THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH SOME GROWING PAINS.))
OUT Q=some growing pains.
In part two of our series, we'll see how Bedford County is handling those
growing pains, and what this year's students can expect as they head back to
Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
Troubled teenagers in Lynchburg who are trying to turn their lives around
now have a newer, better place to go.
This past week, city officials helped dedicate the newly- renovated
Opportunity House for young men.
The home takes in teenage boys who have committed minor crimes, and offers
them counseling, supervision and a chance to make restitution.
Officials say the expanded facilities will make their job easier.
IN Q=Any time you
((PATRICK HALEY/DETENTION HOME DIRECTOR: ANY TIME YOU OFFER YOUR YOUTH A BETTER
ENVIRONMENT FOR LIVING, FOR CHANGE THAT YOU FEEL PROUD OF, THAT'S KIND OF ROLE
MODELING AND SENSE OF PRIDE AND HOPE AS WELL. SO WE'RE ALL SO DELIGHTED WITH
THE COMMITMENT AND INVESTMENTS THAT SO MANY FOLKS HAVE MADE.))
((LINDA BLASS/OPPORTUNITY HOUSE SUPT.: BECAUSE IT'S OFTEN THE SAME KIDS,
THEY'RE JUST IN DIFFERENT PHASES OF THE TREATMENT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, SO AS A
RESULT YOU HAVE INFORMATION AND CAN START UP FASTER THESE TYPES OF THINGS AND
COORDINATE SERVICES MUCH, MUCH BETTER.))
SUPER=01-Patrick Haley/Detention Home Director; :00
SUPER=01-Linda Blass/Opportunity House Supt.; :17
OUT Q=much, much better.
The new home can accommodate up to twelve young offenders.
Juvenile court judge Dale Harris says teenagers who pass through Opportunity
House are less likely to commit other crimes later on.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Mike Stevens has your Labor Day sports-- that's just ahead on News 7 at Six.
Also as it marks a milestone a local company wants to give back to the
community. We will have details.
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Fleetwood Homes is celebrating a milestone.
The one millionth manufactured home rolled off the company's assembly line at
its new plant in Rocky Mount.
IN Q=This facility
((TOM SATTERWHITE/FLEETWOOD HOMES GM: THIS FACILITY HERE, SINCE ITS OPENING,
HAS PRODUCED MORE THAN 65- THOUSAND HOMES OR FLEETWOOD HOMES IN ROCKY MOUNT,
BETWEEN THE OLD FACILITY AND THIS NEW FACILITY. AND THAT EQUATES OUT TO ABOUT
SIX-POINT-FIVE-PERCENT OF THE TOTAL MILLION HOMES THAT FLEETWOOD HOMES HAS
SUPER=01-Tom Satterwhite/Fleetwood Homes GM;
OUT Q=produced nationwide.
The company announced that both in the Roanoke Valley and on a national
level, it is partnering with the Make a Wish Foundation.
IN Q=The local
((TOM ZUCKERWAR/MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION: THE LOCAL MANUFACTURING CENTER HERE IN
ROCKY MOUNT IS ADOPTING TWO WISH CHILDREN. ONE IS A NINE YEAR OLD BOY FROM
ROANOKE. AND HE'S GONNA GO TO THE SUPER BOWL IN JANUARY. AND THEN WE HAVE A
LITTLE GIRL FROM BOTETOURT COUNTY THAT WE'RE HOPEFULLY GONNA SEND TO
DISNEYWORLD NEXT MONTH.))
SUPER=01-Tom Zuckerwar/Make A Wish Foundation;
OUT Q=next month.
Fleetwood Homes will raise about 10 thousand dollars for the local Make a
Altogether the company has guaranteed a 100 thousand dollar minimum gift to
Tonight in sports, a big honor for Tech's Al Clark, a big setback for Jerry
Rice, we'll labor in the majors, plus, Steve Mason checks in from Ericsson
stadium with a recap of last night's Redskins-Panthers game.
OUT Q=..in sports"
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Virginia Tech's first year starting quarterback Al Clark eased the minds of a
lot of doubters this past Saturday leading the Hokies to a 59-to-19 Big East
win over Rutgers.
SUPER=03-Piscataway, NJ/ESPN; :00
Today, he was rewarded for his poise and point making ability by being named
the Big East's offensive player of the week.
He passed for 147 yards and ran for 118 more.
Clark is the first Tech quarterback to top the century mark in both passing
and running in his first start since Steve Casey did so in 1976.
As if losing their season opener to the Buccaneers wasn't bad enough, today
the 49ers lost wide receiver Jerry Rice for the season.
Rice hurt his left knee on this reverse yesterday.
And while he walked off the field, the injury is bad.
Rice had surgery today to repair a torn medial collateral ligament, a torn
anterior cruciate ligament, and torn medial meniscus cartilage.
IN Q="The prognosis...
((STEVE MARIUCCI/49ERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Steve Mariucci/49ers Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...THE SEASON."
Prior to this injury, Rice had missed just three games in his career.
If you consider last year's statistics; Washington and Carolina switched
roles last night in Charlotte as the Redskins mistake free outing countered a
Panther turnover happy effort. Steve Mason and photographer Greg Moore have a
recap from Erickson Stadium.
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SUPER=01-Terry Allen/Scored Two Touchdowns; :12
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :34
SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/Redskins Quarterback; :43
SUPER=01-Anthony Johnson/25 Carries, 134 Yards; :58
SUPER=01-Darrell Green/Redskins Cornerback; 1:28
SUPER=01-Eric Davis/Panthers Cornerback; 1:52
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((Terry Allen and the Redskins rolled into Charlotte and did what no other
NFL team could; beat the Panthers at Erickson Stadium.
Allen generated 141 yards on the ground against last years 8th rated defense.
While Gus Frerotte's 10 for 27; 147 yard numbers were hardly as impressive;
he lead a young offense that played turnover free football.
The one bright spot for Carolina; runing back Anthony Johnson; whose 134
yard outing was a career and a franchise high.
With Kerry Collins still nursing a broken jaw; the usually steady armed Steve
Beuerlein faltered in his place; stumbling through a 108 yard, 2 intercepttion
A unit that would bend but not break; allowing 262 yards and a fourth quarter
24 yard Wesley walls touchdown. But the key statistic; 17 Redskins points off 4
Next week; The Panthers travel to Atlanta; while the Redskins face the
Steelers on the road, in Charlotte; Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
Dale Earnhardt is out of the hospital tonight, but there's still no
indication as to what put him there.
Earnhardt spent last night at the McLeod regional medical center in Florence,
South Carolina after double vision forced him out of yesterday's race on the
Dale also experienced some memory loss and blackout symptoms.
The CAT scan performed on him was negative and that is at least positive.
Interleague baseball action dominates the labor day schedule with the
Phillies hosting the Yankees at the Vet.
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Yanks' owner George Steinbrenner on the front row today to check out the man
eating up his checkbook, pitcher Hideki Irabu.
George would not like what he saw as Irabu gave up five runs on nine hits in
just over 3 innings as the Phillies beat the Yankees 5-to-1.
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In Cincinnati, Pete Rose was in the house because his son Pete Rose Junior
was making his major league debut for the Reds.
Pete the 2nd went one for three with a single.
His Dad loved seeing his son, but no one enjoyed this sight as a fan falls
out of the stands trying to catch a homer.
He falls 20 feet and hits on his back and is carted off on a stretcher.
Let's see if the Reds were also losers.
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OUT Q=....last score."
The Lynchburg Hillcats can wrap-up their first round playoff series with
Frederick tonight with a win up in Maryland.
It was a quiet August--
NO tropical Storms in the Atlantic, and the area was at a huge rainfall
Maybe September will be different...
Patrick Evans tells us how the average September feels in the September
IN Q=Ah, those crisp
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That's News 7 at Six.
Coming up later tonight,
The group C-PAC, Christians
Policing Against Corruption, is calling for the Danville Police Chief to
The group's leader Reverend Thomas Motley says he has evidence that excessive
police force is usually used against black men.
He's also calling for Justice Department intervention in two police-related
deaths in Danville.
We will have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.