They're accused of opening fire in the middle of the dance floor.
We KNOW at least one of the suspects: a former high school football
player... now in graduate school.
We'll start with that story on NEWS 7 tonight.
We'll see the evidence of grief over the death of Princess Diana- -right
here at home- -and make a distinction between paparazzi and legitimate news
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason will join us LIVE from Lexington with Rick
Mast and Dale Earnhardt plus, the Skins lose Terry Allen for Sunday game in
And former Tech great Bruce Smith has a sobering day in court as he is
convicted of drunken driving.
After a line of showers moves out, we will be between weather systems for a
day. Then some October air arrives in September. Details ahead.
One of three brothers accused in a fatal shooting near Virginia Tech is a
former Magna Vista High School football player.
The three are being held tonight on 100-thousand dollars bond.
Twenty-four year old Leon Scales and his twin brothers 23-year old Terry and
Kerry Scales were arrested Sunday, accused in the fatal shooting of one man and
the wounding of another.
Blacksburg Police say the victims were shot at close range on the dance floor
of a local night spot.
The homicide has shocked and confused the community.
Leon Scales was a graduate student at Virginia Tech and all district football
player in high school.
Terry Scales is a student at Radford and Kerry is employed in Martinsville.
The newly renovated Mill Mountain star is still battling an old problem.
Just before the star was re-lit, workers had to remove graffiti from the
Since then, vandals threw a picnic table off the new overlook, and damaged a
new sign by one of the walk ways.
There's some confusion about what happened to the cast iron sign at the base
of the star.
Parks and Rec workers at the mountain-top park told us it was vandalized,
but this evening city officials told us it might have been damaged by the
contractor renovating the star.
Either way, it will be replaced.
The Danville police chief refuses to resign.
Neal Morris says the call to step down comes from a convicted felon.
Reverend Thomas Motley leads a civil rights group called C-PAC, Christians
Policing against Corruption.
He says Morris should leave the job because he hasn't done enough to prevent
the use of excessive force on black suspects.
Motley points to an incident last week--Officer Dewey Hancock, Jr. shot and
killed an alleged shoplifter during a parking lot scuffle.
Hancock is white, the suspect was black.
Chief Morris notes Motley has two drug convictions from 1981 in Henrico
He says Motley should wait for the results of a state police investigation
into last week's shooting.
IN Q=I work for the people
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: I WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF DANVILLE, ALL THE
PEOPLE OF DANVILLE, INCLUDING HIM. BUT I'M NOT GOING TO LET A PERSON LIKE HIM
TELL ME WHEN TO RESIGN OR HOW TO DO MY JOB BECAUSE HE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING
OUT Q=about it
Reverend Motley says bringing up past charges will not deter him.
As the investigation into the death of Princess Diana focuses on paparazzi,
photographers who stalk celebrities, the mainstream press is feeling some of
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
Eric Earnhart is here to tell us why one journalism professor says the
public is making a mistake.
Keith, just a little while ago, we were photographing a tabloid magazine
rack for this story... and I heard a comment behind me..."they must be
photographing Diana, that's just terrible."
Many people see the press in a different light now.
IN Q=Flowers and remembrances
SUPER=01-Louis Hodges/Journalism Ethics Professor;
OUT Q=very sharp and clear
Flowers and remembrances placed at the base of the Mill Mountain star show
how close the accident across the ocean hits at home.
The anger directed toward the paparazzi photographers who pursued Diana, and
other public figures, is also expected to spill over onto the mainstream press.
Washington and Lee professor Lou Hodges says that anger is misdirected.
IN Q=the fact of the
(( THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THESE PEOPLE WHO GO AROUND CHASING
CELEBRITIES WITH THEIR CAMERAS CAN SELL THE MATERIAL THEY GET, IS EVIDENCE THAT
MANAGERS OF NEWS ORGANIZATIONS WILL BUY IT. AND THE REASON THAT MANAGERS, NOT
JOURNALISTS, BUY IT, IS THAT THE PUBLIC WANTS TO SEE THIS KIND OF GORY DETAIL
ABOUT WRECKED CARS AND SO ON. ))
OUT Q=and so on
Hodges says the public needs to understand the difference between
journalists trying to get a legitimate story, and opportunistic photographers
who pursue their prey to the death.
IN Q=these people are
(( LOUIS HODGES/WASHINGTON AND LEE JOURNALISM PROFESSOR; THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT
JOURNALISTS, THESE PEOPLE ARE BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS WHO GO ABOUT TRYING TO
GATHER INFORMATION ON FILM THAT THEY CAN SELL TO MANAGERS WHO MANAGE
JOURNALISTS AS WELL, AND THAT DISTINCTION'S GOTTA BE MADE VERY SHARP AND
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Parents of Bedford school kids are paying extra to cover the bill for
classroom supplies this year. Coming up on News 7 at Six, Steve Smallshaw
continues his special report looking into the school system's money problems.
And they are heading home. Salem-based Army Reservists have spent almost eight
months overseas, but they'll soon be back in the Commonwealth.
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The man running against Roanoke County's Board of Supervisors chairman this
fall unveiled his latest proposal to save taxpayers money.
Independent candidate Don Terp proposes turning county real estate
appraising efforts over to outside contractors, and changing the frequency of
the appraisals to every three years rather than every year.
IN Q=By changing
((DON TERP/I-BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CAND.: BY CHANGING TO ONE EVERY THREE YEARS
INSTEAD OF EVERY YEAR, WE CAN CUT THE COSTS TO A THIRD. THIS MEANS THAT IN, ON
THAT CYCLE, WE'LL SAVE WELL OVER ONE- POINT- TWO- MILLION- DOLLARS ))
SUPER=01-Don Terp/(I) Board of Supervisors Cand.;
OUT Q=one- point- two- million- dollars.
Terp says this is the system used in surrounding counties.
Hollins supervisor Bob Johnson disagrees, calling Terp's plan "ludicrous",
adding it's contrary to the way other communities appraise property.
Johnson says Terp wants to turn back the clock and live in the Roanoke
County of 1980.
The Democratic Candidate for Governor wants to drive the point home:
education is key.
Don Beyer spoke Spanish to students while visiting Danville's Langston Focus
The Center is a new branch of G-W High School.
Such "focus schools" focus classroom instruction on one theme: international
relations or business, for example.
One third of Danville students leave school before graduating, but Beyer
promises to cut the state drop-out rate in half, if he is elected governor.
IN Q=My opponent
((DON BEYER/(D) CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: MY OPPONENT WOULD USE PUBLIC SCHOOL
MONEY, TAKE IT AWAY FROM LANGSTON FOCUS AND G-W HIGH SCHOOL AND SPEND IT ON
PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS. I THINK THAT'S FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG AND THAT'S
ONE OF MANY DIVISIVE ISSUES IN THIS CAMPAIGN.))
OUT Q=in this campaign
Beyer also used the first day of school in THAT area to make a pitch for
closer state regulation of day- care centers.
A spokesman for Beyer's opponent, Republican Jim Gilmore, says he's never
proposed taking money from public schools, and he supports focus schools as an
GRAPHIC=G is for Growth
Some of its schools are overcrowded, others badly need renovations, and NO
school system in Virginia spends LESS on its students than Bedford County.
Given that, many educators are wondering what awaits them in the classroom
during this new school year which got underway today.
TAKE FULLSCREEN "G IS FOR GROWTH"
In part two of his series "G Is For Growth", Steve Smallshaw tells us the
school system is trying to make the best of a difficult situation.
IN Q=Bedford County
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SUPER=01-Robert Bashore/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :15
SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; :39
SUPER=01-James Fields/Teacher; 1:17
SUPER=01-John Kent/Bedford Co. School Supt.; 1:50
OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.
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Bedford County children may be excited about the new school year... but
administrators and county officials are more hesitant.. wondering if THIS is
the year the financially- troubled school system starts to turn things around.
IN Q=It will be
((ROBERT BASHORE/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: IT WILL BE KIND OF A BENCHMARK. AND
THEN THINGS CAN GROW AND GET BETTER FROM HERE.))
OUT Q=better from here.
After years of school budget shortfalls, the county has implemented a new
centralized accounting system.
From now on when the school division wants to spend money, the request has
to be approved by county administration, and the funds are immediately
earmarked and can't be spent on anything else.
IN Q=We will be
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE TRENDS
DEVELOPING SOONER AND BE ABLE TO REPORT ANY POTENTIAL PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY
BECOME PROBLEMS AND BRING ACTION TO ADDRESS THEM SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE
PROBLEMS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO CUT 'EM OFF AT THE PASS.))
OUT Q=at the pass.
Even with every penny accounted for, Bedford still spends less per student
than any other school division in Virginia.. fifteen hundred dollars BELOW the
Administrators say that number is misleading, because it doesn't take into
account money spent building new schools and renovating old ones.
Still, the teachers who pay for supplies out of their own pockets are
getting tired of the lack of support.
IN Q=It depends on
((JAMES FIELDS/TEACHER: IT DEPENDS ON WHERE IN THE COUNTY YOU ARE. SOME OF THE
SCHOOLS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE VERY SUPPORTIVE PTA'S THAT
PROVIDE A LOT OF EXTRA FUNDING AND SOME AREN'T. THE INEQUALITY THERE PROVIDES
FOR A LOT OF ANIMOSITY.))
OUT Q=lot of animosity.
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To help every school cover expenses this year, parents are paying a 25
dollar per child materials fee.
Students will still have to attend classes in trailers...and much-needed
renovation projects linger on.
But administrators say things can only get better.
IN Q=We will have
((JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WE WILL HAVE SOME UNCOMFORTABLE
SITUATIONS IN TERMS OF NUMBERS OF STUDENTS BUT IT'S TOLERABLE IF YOU HAVE A
GOAL, A REALISTIC GOAL AND SUPPORT FOR THAT GOAL IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.))
OUT Q=very near future.
The goal is to alleviate overcrowding in the Forest and Stewartsville areas
by adding three new elementary schools by the year 2000.
How the county will try to pay for them is a question we'll answer in part
three of our series tomorrow.
Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
A huge rally on Wall Street has pushed the Dow
to its biggest-ever one-day POINT gain- -
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UP 257 points to finish at 78 hundred 80.
NASDAQ climbed 30 points.
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
[ ETS /Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable]
[Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel/Roanoke Gas]
[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
GRAPHIC=College of Health Sciences
A federal grant for Roanoke's College of Health Sciences may help improve
access to care in Western Virginia.
Congressman Rick Boucher presented the college with a check for more than
It's aimed at providing more training for physician assistants-- who can
provide up to 80-percent of the health care services offered by medical
Services that are especially valuable to rural areas.
IN Q=Many of the families
((RICK BOUCHER/9TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN: MANY OF THE FAMILIES LIVING IN THESE
COMMUNITIES MUST TRAVEL FOR UP TO TWO HOURS OVER NARROW, WINDING ROADS TO REACH
A PHYSICIAN. NOT ONLY ARE THESE FAMILIES LESS LIKELY TO SEEK PREVENTIVE CARE,
THEY ARE OFTEN UNABLE TO OBTAIN URGENTLY NEEDED MEDICAL TREATMENT. ))
OUT Q=medical treatment.
SS=College of Health Sciences
The College of Health Sciences first class of Physician Assistants enters
the program this fall, and graduates in two years.
The Salem soldiers who were helping with the U.S. peacekeeping mission in
Bosnia will be home soon.
It could be as early as tonight.
The 21-74th U.S. Army Garrison unit is on its way to Fort Benning, Georgia,
after nine months in Germany.
The Salem troops helped staff a staging area at a military base, for
soldiers and civilians on their way to and from the Balkans.
The unit is scheduled to be back in Salem sometime this weekend.
Coming your way tonight in sports, Bruce Smith has his day in court to answer
drunk driving charges, the Redskins main offensive weapon will not play against
And Steve Mason is at the Virginia horse center tonight with some big name
(Steve ad lib)
The Dale Earnhardt medical report gets more bizarre as the days go by.
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/Sunday - ESPN; :00
Earnhardt brushed the wall on the first lap of this past Sunday's race at
Darlington and dropped out with double vision, dizziness and memory-loss-like
He got out of the hospital last night even though doctors are still baffled
by his behavior.
And today comes word from an unnamed associate that Earnhardt fell asleep st
the wheel twice before the start of the Southern 500.
DOUBLE BOX MIKE & STEVE
Fortunately for us Earnhardt himself is well enough to lend a hand to Rick
Mast's charity function tonight in Lexington for the Rockbridge area free
Steve Mason joins us via STARLINK with Mast and the "Man in Black" himself.
steve ADLIBS INTERVIEW WITH MAST AND EARNHARDT
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Seven Time Winston Cup Champ; :00
VO-NAT ENG# ******rolled here******
B-ROLL OF EARNHARDT OVER SECOND QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH EARNHARDT
LIVE=STEVE FULL WITH LIVE INTERVIEW WITH MAST
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Remington Ford Driver;
Elsewhere this evening, former Virginia Tech all-american Bruce Smith was
convicted of drunken driving today in Virginia Beach.
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach; :00
Bruce was given a 30 day suspended jail term and fined $250 dollars.
The judge also suspended his license for a one year and 90 days.
Three months of that suspension come from his refusal to take a breath test.
Smith was arrested on July 27th after police found him slumped over the wheel
of his car.
His attorneys plan to appeal the conviction.
The Washington Redskins will be without top offensive threat Terry Allen when
they take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh this coming Sunday.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Sunday Night; :00
Allen rushed for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns Sunday night in the Skins win
over the Panthers.
He thought he had just sprained one his thumb, but it turns out it is broken.
Trainer Bubba Tyer says the thumb is in a cast, and Allen is out for at one
GRAPHIC=US OPEN TENNIS
And finally, last night Pete Sampras was knocked out of the U.S, Open by Petr
Korda, this afternoon it's second
SUPER=03-New York, NY/USA; :00
seeded Monica Seles who is shown the door a few matches earlier then she
would have liked.
Seles was beaten by Romania's Irina Spirlea SPUR-LAY-UH6-7, 7-6 and 6-3.
After two tough opening sets Spirlea broke Seles serve twice in the final set
to reach the quarterfinals.
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If you live in Roanoke County and you own three or more dogs, you need a
kennel permit. You're in violation of the law if you don't have one.
Tonight the board of supervisors will hear what the public has to say about a
proposal to raise the dog limit from two to three.
On News 7 at 11, we'll visit a family that owns three dogs, and is facing
criminal charges as a result.
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That story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.