They're almost home.
News 7 has the first glimpse of southside reservists returning from active
duty in Bosnia.
And we'll visit an off- track betting parlor where it's never more than
five minutes 'til post time.
Tonight in sports, the Hokies are trying to get their kicks at the expense of
the Pirates this afternoon, Pete Rose is trying to get back in the game, Elton
John is volleying for charity,
and Roy Stanley has the story of the latest move by the Roanoke Express, as
the team re-acquires goalie Daniel Berthiaume.
Hail and heavy downpours this hour in Franklin and Roanoke counties. We
will track those storms on the radar and show you in a moment.
Southside soldiers are finally back on U-S soil, after six months duty in
Their trip home was a frustrating one, full of flat tires and flight delays.
Tina Tenret was at Fort Benning, Georgia when the Danville-based troops
finally arrived very early this morning.
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Somebody made it look like suicide, but Roanoke County Police now believe
Anita Dickson was murdered last month.
The 21-year old woman was found dead INSIDE her car on Carvins Cove Road.
She had died almost instantly- -from a single shot to the head. Yet there
was blood OUTSIDE the Volkswagen Jetta- -on one of the tires.
The forensic lab still has to complete gun residue tests and D-N-A analysis
on the blood from the tire.
Feel free to carry 'em if you've got 'em in Tennessee.
At midnight tonight, Virginia and Tennessee grant each other's citizens
reciprocity on the concealed weapons carry law.
That means Virginians with permits can carry their guns concealed in
Tennessee -- and vice versa.
But each must observe the specifics of the other state's law.
The laws are very similar.
Tennessee says its state police can provide specific information on their
Taking out the garbage is a chore for most people.
Sorting through recyclables is even more time-consuming, but it's a task
some residents take on out of concern for the environment.
Now though as Kimberly McBroom explains recycling in Roanoke County is
going to take even more effort.
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((Instead of dropping off recyclables on their front lawn-- Roanoke county
residents now have to take them for a little drive.
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((SHIRLEY WILLIS/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: I THINK IT'S A STEP BACKWARDS FOR THEM
TO STOP THE RECYCLING PROGRAM, BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STOP
RECYCLING BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOING TO BE CONVENIENT FOR THEM ANYMORE. ))
Willis says she plans to continue recycling anyway-- but figures she's in
County officials say they pulled the plug on curbside recycling pickup
because it was too expensive-- with a quarter- million- dollar- a- year
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((BILL RAND/ROANOKE CO. GENERAL SERVICES DIR.: RECYCLING IS NOT DEAD. WE ARE
NOT ELIMINATING IT. WE ARE NOT DOING AWAY WITH IT. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO
PROVIDE THE MOST COST- EFFECTIVE METHOD OF DOING THE RECYCLING. ))
Rand also points out that only a THIRD of the county residents offered
curbside service actually participated.
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Residents can now drop off recyclables at six different centers, including
Cycle Systems, the transfer stations in Hollins and Salem, as well as three
Kroger stores throughout the county.
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But Kroger's future in recycling is uncertain.
A company spokesman says funding for these recycling bins is only
guaranteed through the end of the year.
Kroger's now looking for a partner to help bear the costs.
Cycle Systems, however, is still going strong.
Its owner says the recycling industry has its ups and downs, but he's
still disappointed with the county's decision.
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In the meantime, these familiar trucks will carry on with the business of
hauling trash, but trash only.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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He studies garbage for a living--and he says it's the key to learning about
our past. We'll meet him, coming up on News 7 at 6.
and what's your bet--will Off Track Betting Parlors be coming to southwest
Voters will decide in November.
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Colonial Downs says they're a winning bet for localities.
Off-track betting parlors are on the ballot this fall in Roanoke,
Martinsville, and Fredericksburg.
Ellen Qualls took a look inside one in Richmond.
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((OH THERE'S A LOT OF 'EM JUMBLED UP. C'MON!))
The thrill of the thoroughbreds has been entertaining Richmond race fans for
ten months... and those in Chesapeake for over a year.
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((WHO WAS THAT? IS THAT SIX OR ONE? ...TEN!?))
TV screens boast live races from across the nation every five minutes or so,
seven days a week, 12 hours a day.
That's a lot of racing.
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((I DIDN'T WIN...I DON'T LIKE BELMONT.))
It's also a lot of betting.
In Richmond, they average 785 customers a day.
Those customers bet an average of 206- dollars a person...some of it of
course from their winnings.
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((OLIVIA PRICE/HORSE RACE FAN: OH IT BUILDS YOUR ADRENALIN UP. AND IT'S JUST
REAL EXCITING TO ME. AND OF COURSE THERE'S NOTHING LIKE JUST SEEING IT AT THE
TRACK WHERE THEY'RE LIVE. BUT THEN THE OFF-TRACK BETTING IS THE NEXT BEST
Colonial Downs says a betting parlor dumps at least 350- thousand more
dollars a year in taxes directly into local coffers.
It also means 150 to 200 new jobs.
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((HERB JONES/COLONIAL DOWNS: WE KNOW THAT WE'RE GONNA SPEND A MILLION DOLLARS
A YEAR IN SALARIES. ANOTHER MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN GOODS AND SERVICES THAT
WE SPEND IN THAT LOCALITY. AND THEN THERE'S THE CONSTRUCTION.))
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((NICK HAHN/COLONIAL DOWNS: THERE'S A CONVENIENCE STORE WHICH IS JUST DOWN
THE ROAD HERE. THEY'VE SEEN THEIR BUSINESS TRIPLE SINCE WE'VE BEEN OPEN.))
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((RICHMOND POLICE SAY COLONIAL DOWNS HAS BEEN A GOOD CITIZEN. POLICE PATROL
INSIDE AND OUT. AND IN 10 MONTHS THERE'S BEEN ONLY ONE CRIME REPORTED: A
THEFT FROM THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
Two years ahead of schedule, Bedford County's Barr Laboratories is just
weeks away from making and shipping its own generic medicines.
Area dignitaries this afternoon helped dedicate the company's new plant in
President Bruce Downey says the last fiscal year was a record one for Barr
Labs in terms of sales, profit and expansion.
The latest example is the company's Bedford County facility.
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((BRUCE DOWNEY/BARR LABS CEO: 165 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY FOR
MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION WILL MEET OUR NEEDS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS.
WE LOOK TO THIS COMMUNITY AND TO THIS AREA AND TO THIS FACILITY TO BE THE
BACKBONE OF OUR GROWTH FOR THE FUTURE GOING ONWARD.))
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In its quest to be a good corporate neighbor, Barr also handed over the
first installment of a 200- thousand dollar donation to the D-Day Memorial
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((BOB SLAUGHTER/D-DAY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE HOPE THAT WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF
BARR LABS THAT OTHER CORPORATIONS WILL COME FORWARD AND HELP US WITH NICE,
LARGE CHECKS, SO WE NEED IT.))
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Slaughter says fund- raising for the memorial is going well, but more local
corporations need to get involved.
For nearly 30 years she fought on behalf of Southwest Virginia consumers.
But next year Fran Stephanz will retire from her post at the Better Business
Bureau of Western Virginia.
Stephanz runs an organization that serves 32 counties in our area.
She says one of her most memorable cases involved a Roanoke company called
It convinced people to buy franchises of its business, which involved
selling transient surge suppressors, a product that didn't work.
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((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: PEOPLE WERE INVESTING 15, 16 THOUSAND
DOLLARS AND THIS PARTICULAR BRAND DID NOT WORK. AND YOU JUST CAN'T DO THAT,
YOU CAN'T DO THAT, AND THEY DID END UP IN PRISON.))
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Stephanz says her office couldn't have done its work all these years without
the support of the upstanding businesses that fund her organization.
About 900 workers at a Henry County plant will soon have a new corporate
parent to answer to, as a result of a blockbuster deal in the textile industry.
Fieldcrest Cannon, which has a towel plant in Fieldale, is being purchased
by Pillowtex of Dallas.
Pillowtex will spend roughly 700- million- dollars to purchase Fieldcrest,
using a combination of cash and stock.
Together, the companies have about one-and-a-half-billion-dollars worth of
annual sales and 15- thousand workers.
There's no word yet on if this deal will affect Fieldcrest's Henry County
Investigators say an early morning fire at the Roanoke City Public
Defender's office was deliberately set.
It happened just before five a-m at the building at 110 Campbell Avenue.
The arson fire started in office files in the Public Defender's office,
which is on the first floor of the four story building.
Authorities also say vandals caused considerable damage to the second floor
offices of Carilion Physician Services.
The stock market was skittish today, with the Dow spending almost the entire
session in negative territory.
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NASDAQ was up a fraction of a point.
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It's a dirty job, but one archaeologist says digging through trash is the key
to learning about our past.
Doctor William Rathje (Rath-JAY) is a self proclaimed "garbologist".
The University of Arizona archaeologist was speaking to a convention of the
solid waste authority in Roanoke today to explain how trash can tell a lot
about a person.
Rathje says ancient garbage is our best link to finding out about history.
He says often times documentation is not the most accurate account of the
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Rathje stressed residents need to use recycling programs because his studies
show materials in landfills do not biodegrade easily.
The Home Theatre business is getting a boost from new technology called
It stands for Digital Versatile Disk and it's the size of an audio CD.
The new technology is picking up where the larger laser discs left off.
Movies now have better sound and though it's difficult to tell in our video,
they have a sharper picture as well.
IN Q=What the CD
((DWAYNE MARTIN/SOUND DECISION: WHAT THE CD DID TO THE ANALOG TAPE AND TO THE
VCR TAPE. YOU'VE GOT A HIGHER PERFORMANCE WITH THE DIGITAL, SMALLER,
CONVENIENCE IS UP MUCH HIGHER.))
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D-V-D also allows you to skip to your favorite scenes in a movie the same
way you'd skip to your favorite song on an audio C-D.
And, it has a greater potential to be compatable in the future with computer
CD-ROMS and audio CD players.
DVDs are currently priced starting at about five hundred dollars.
Roy Stanley reports from the Roundhouse where the Express inked a blast from
the past today. We'll head to Blacksburg and check on the nationally ranked
Tech soccer team in action today,
Plus, I'll let you know what Elton John is doing playing tennis instead of
The Roanoke Express sealed a deal today that will give the team two veteran
goalies for the upcoming season.
And Roy Stanley says head coach Frank Anzalone isn't worried about keeping
two former NHL players happy with enough playing time.
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((At a press conference this morning, The Express officially announced the
signing of veteran Goalie Daniel Berthiaume.
Berthiaume, who is second on the all time Roanoke wins list with 28, will
play in his third season with the Express.
He spent last season with Central Texas of the WPHL.))
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/ROANOKE EXPRESS GOALIE: ))
((Berthiaume and Dave Gagnon will give the Express two of the best Goalies in
the East Coast Hockey League.
Both are veterans and capable of playing every night. Head Coach Frank
Anzalone is giving up a veteran spot on the roster and he will determine the
rotation between the two goalies.))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH: ))
((DAVE GAGNON/ROANOKE EXPRESS GOALIE: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Earlier this week the Virginia Tech Soccer team got its first ever top 20
ranking, when the Hokies debuted in the number 17 spot.
This afternoon they hoped to keep their perfect record in tact as they
welcomed the east Carolina Pirates to town.
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Tech head coach Jerry Cheynet looked on as senior Bobby Warnick, the former
Cave Spring and Roanoke Wrath standout, got ready to take the field.
And the Hokies were on their game early as Matt Whalen gets the unassisted
goal 13 minutes and 43 seconds into the first half to give Tech a one to
nothing lead. And we'll also give Whalen a few style points for the post goal
The dancing would stop less than five minutes later when Brian Denno executes
the throws in to perfection as his pass is headed in by a diving Sean Hawley.
But the Hokies are able to stay unbeaten with the 2-to-1 win over the
Pirates. Tech is now 4-and-0.
From some guys getting their kicks to a former Cincinnati Reds' legend who
is tired of being kicked around.
Pete Rose's attorneys are talking with officials from Major league baseball
about getting him reinstated after this season.
Baseball's all-time hit king was banned for life in 1989 following a probe
into his gambling habits.
If reinstated, he is a virtual lock for the Hall of Fame.
He also is a likely managerial in Cincinnati.
Elsewhere in the big leagues this afternoon reports out of Toronto indicate
that Cito Gaston may soon be fired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Despite leading the Jays to World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 Gaston
himself says he expects to fired at season's end.
The Jays also are undergoing an ownership change.
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And don't forget the college football season on CBS begins this Saturday
afternoon right here on WDBJ as we bring you Southeast Conference action
starting at three o'clock between the hedges in Athens, Georgia as the Georgia
Bulldogs host the South Carolina Gamecocks.
And finally tonight a little tennis news to close thing out.
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We know Elton John can play the piano, and we know he's a pretty decent
But this week he is in central Florida raising money to benefit aids
charities by playing tennis.
All the big names like Sampras and Agassi and Billy Jean King are lending
their talents to the event.
And Elton is showing he has some game too, with the passing shot past Agassi.
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