Up next on News 7 at Six.
A Danville restaurant is out of commission after an early morning fire.
And Southside National guard troops are finally home tonight.
In sports, The Winston Cup drivers were back on a big track this afternoon.
Scores from the N-F-L.
and Virginia Tech makes a move in the top 25 after yesterday's win over
More clouds than anticipated today as a weak system moves up from the
south. We'll look at your work-week forecast coming up.
A fire heavily damaged Ryan's Steakhouse in Danville early this morning.
A short in a fluorescent light sparked the fire in the attic about seven
fifteen this morning, according to firefighters.
They battled the fire for almost two hours.
The middle of the roof caved in, but other parts of the restaurant suffered
only smoke damage and no one was injured.
The restaurant manager says he hopes to re-open as soon as possible.
Seven months of separation ended last night, as Southside families welcomed
their soldiers home from Bosnia.
Tina Tenret was in Greensboro when the soldiers arrived and has this report.
IN Q= The peacekeepers
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Recardo Faulkner/Returning Soldier; :06
SUPER=01-Chenaldra Moore/Soldier's Girlfriend; :12
SUPER=01-First Lt. Matt Ritchie; :29
SUPER=01-Ann Marie Thackston; :48
SUPER=01-Jon Thackston; 1:02
OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7
((The peacekeepers were greeted at the airport with loud cheers, homemade
banners, and emotional embraces.
IN Q=I'm overjoyed
((SGT. RECARDO FAULKNER/RETURNING SOLDIER: I'M OVERJOYED. I'M GLAD TO BE BACK
HERE, CLOSE TO HOME. I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE BACK.
TINA TENRET/NEWS 7: HOW DO YOU FEEL? CHENALDRA MOORE: I'M HAPPY, I'VE GOT HIM
IN MY ARMS.))
OUT Q=in my arms
In Bosnia, the Danville national guard unit earned awards for uncovering
land mines, patrolling the streets and delivering supplies.
First Lieutenant Matt Ritchie had a little gift waiting for him when he
IN Q=I'm interested
((FIRST LIEUTENANT MATT RITCHIE/RETURNING SOLDIER: I'M INTERESTED IN GETTING
MORE ACQUAINTED WITH MY BOY ANDREW. I CAME HOME ON LEAVE AND HE WAS BORN. MY
WIFE WAS EXPECTING WHEN I LEFT.))
OUT Q=when I left
Many of these men plan to enjoy time off with their families before
returning to their civilian jobs.
Even that might take some getting used to.
IN Q=It's going to be
((ANN MARIE THACKSTON/SOLDIER'S WIFE: IT'S GOING TO BE SOME READJUSTING HAVING
SOMEONE BACK LIVING WITH YOU AND BEING THERE 24 HOURS A DAY, SO THAT'S GOING TO
BE A NICE ADJUSTMENT.
TINA TENRET/NEWS7: OKAY AND WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO NOW THAT YOU'RE
SGT. JON THACKSTON/RETURNING SOLDIER: HUNTING SEASON, THAT WON'T BE LONG, AND
JUST BEING FREE.))
OUT Q=just being free
Several soldiers say this is the happiest they've been in seven months.
Tina Tenret, News7.))
The pilot of a small airplane is lucky to be a live today.
State police say James Marshall Fox's American Champion ran out of fuel
while flying over Augusta County around noon yesterday.
According to police the engine stalled at an altitude of five thousand feet.
Fox descended too fast while trying to land in a field and struck power
He received only minor injuries and refused treatment.
Virginia Tech's new Advanced Communications and Information Technology
Center could be an economic boon for the region.
Educators say the 25 million dollar facility is a bridge to the future.
This digital video rendering shows what the 150-thousand square foot
facility will look like.
The center will include Internet classes, a study of human-computer
interaction and virtual reality classrooms.
Officials say an advanced technology center such as this draws hi-tech
IN Q=THIS CENTER WILL
((RAY PELLETIER/NORTHERN VIRGINIA TECHNOLOGY CENTER: THIS CENTER WILL PREPARE
OUR PEOPLE FOR GOOD PAYING JOBS, PREPARE OUR COMPANIES TO COMPETE GLOBALLY IN
THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.))
((CHUCK ROBB/D- SENATOR: THERE'S A COMPONENT THAT THE NAVY AND OUR DOLGREN
CENTER ARE INTERESTED IN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE DONE. SO
THERE'S A ROLE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE STATE.))
SUPER=01-Ray Pelletier/Northern VA Technology Center;
OUT Q=AND THE STATE
The center could also create new businesses prompted by spin off ideas from
the research taking place at the facility.
Tech celebrated the "virtual ground-breaking" for the center yesterday.
It should be complete in the fall of 1999.
Roanoke Valley business, civic and government leaders aren't waiting for
Tech to build its technology center.
About 30 people are making tracks to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to get some
helpful hints on improving the region's economy.
IN Q=THEY HAVE A
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THEY HAVE A SIMILAR ECONOMIC BASE TO
ROANOKE. THEY'RE A RAIL ROAD COMMUNITY THAT SITS NESTLED IN THE MOUNTAINS SO
THEIR ECONOMIC BASE, THEIR GEOGRAPHY IS SIMILAR TO OURS SO WE'RE REALLY GOING
TO SEE WHAT IT IS THEY'VE DONE.))
SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council;
OUT Q=IT IS THEY'VE DONE
Chattanooga has revitalized its downtown area, brought in new industries and
Regional leaders say these are all areas in which the Roanoke Valley needs
IN Q=WE WILL BE
((WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THE AQUARIUM DOWN THERE WHICH AS BECOME A BIG TOURIST
DRAW, THE GREENWAY SYSTEM. WE'LL BE TAKING THE INCLINE UP THE MOUNTAIN. WE'LL
BE MEETING WITH BUSINESS AND CITY OFFICIALS.))
OUT Q=BUSINESS AND CITY OFFICIALS
The delegation will return Tuesday.
The First Annual Leadership Trip was organized by several economic
development, tourism and chamber of commerce groups.
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SUPER=83-Down 1.82 feet/Down 0.45 foot; Lake levels
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates says Roanoke should have its
A group wants to transform a vacant railroad office in the city into a
But some members of the State Council of Higher Education say Roanoke
doesn't need the facility.
IN Q=ON THE CONTRARY
((THOMAS MOSS/SPEAKER OF VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES: ON THE CONTRARY THIS IS
THE AREA TO DO IT. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY GOOD NOT ONLY FOR THE AREA BUT FOR
THE EMPLOYMENT IN THE AREA AND MANY OTHER THINGS THAT GO WITH THAT SORT OF
THING. AND SO I THINK IT WAS VERY SHORT SIGHTED OF THE PERSON THAT MADE THAT
SUPER=01-Thomas Moss/Speaker of VA House of Del.;
OUT Q=MADE THAT COMMENT
Thomas Moss says he will support funding for the project.
He feels the center should focus on advanced technology training.
The Roanoke facility would be used by 11 state colleges and largely funded
Two dozen jobs will be coming to Pulaski County thanks to a federal grant.
Congressman Rick Boucher and local dignitaries were on hand for the
Aeromotive Systems, Incorporated is leasing a shell building from the town
of Dublin-- which was renovated using federal funds.
The company, which makes parts for trucks at the Volvo G-M plant in Dublin,
is planning to hire 20- workers.
IN Q=That is
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-:THAT IS A REFLECTION OF THE TREMENDOUS GROWTH THAT HAS
TAKEN PLACE AT THE VOLVO G-M PLANT ITSELF, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT IS A
REFLECTION OF THE DEDICATION AND COMMITTMENT OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS TOWN TO
PROGRESS, BEING ABLE TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE, MAKING SURE THAT A PLAN IS IN
PLACE THAT WILL BRING PROSPERITY, EFFICIENT MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND ECONOMIC
GROWTH TO THE TOWN'S RESIDENTS.))
OUT Q=town's residents.
A company spokesman says the jobs will pay about seven dollars an hour.
It was more than just fun and games at the Train-Toy-and-Doll Show at the
Salem Civic Center this weekend.
It was a bit of a history lesson as well.
The re-release of the Star Wars Trilogy was a big hit with movie go-ers.
The new toys are hot as well.
Limited availability makes them collector items and pricey.
IN Q=SOME OF THEM
((NYOKIA JONES/THE RECORD MAN: SOME OF THEM ARE A LITTLE HARDER TO GET. I
THINK THEY ARE REGIONALIZED. SHE'S THE HOTTEST RIGHT NOW, LEIA. SHE WAS IN
THE FIRST SERIES. WE'RE HOPING THEY WILL LEAVE HER ALONE AND LET HER BE
COLLECTABLE. SHE WAS LIMITED.))
SUPER=01-Nyokia Jones/The Record Man;
OUT Q=SHE WAS LIMITED
And these aren't toys.
They're a piece of aviation history.
Memorabilia from now defunct airlines is definitely limited and worth big
IN Q=THE AIRLINES ARE
((E. DUANE HOWARD/AVIATION SPECIALIST & COLLECTIBLES: THE AIRLINES ARE GOING
THE WAY OF THE OLD RAILROAD. WE'VE LOST THE PIEDMONT, EASTERN, PAN-AM AND
BRANIFF. SO JUST AS PEOPLE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLECT RAILROAD
MEMORABILIA PEOPLE NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLECT AND PRESERVE ALL THE
MEMORABILIA ASSOCIATED WITH ALL THE OLD AIRLINES.))
SUPER=01-E. Duane Howard/Aviation Specialist & Collectibles;
OUT Q=ALL THE OLD AIRLINES
The Train and Toy Show will be back at the Salem Civic Center March 14th and
A Smith Mountain Lake company will join forces with one from the Roanoke
Valley, and a Bedford County plant will soon begin production of pharmaceutical
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday; :07
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
(( Optical Cable of Roanoke County has a new agreement with a South Korean
C-E-O Bob Kopstein says the order from (DAY-ho NET-ih-zens) is the largest
one it has ever received from a new customer.
Shepherds Auto Supply has hired a "turn around" specialist and re-opened
for business after being unexpectedly closed Monday.
Shepherds had incurred a lot of debt under past presidents and general
managers, but business has been good lately, and bankruptcy is NOT being
discussed as an option.
Roanoke Gas has purchased U-S Gas, which provides propane services in the
Bedford and Smith Mountain Lake areas.
Roanoke Gas says it was interested in the company because of the growth it
has experienced lately.
Two years ahead of schedule, Bedford County's Barr Laboratories is just
weeks away from making and shipping its own generic medicines.
The company dedicated its new plant in Forest this week.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average lost 79 points, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 14.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.))
The Emmy Awards are set to get underway in about two hours.
And, Bryant Gumbel will host this year's even.
Jonathan Freed has this preview.
SUPER=04-The Nanny/Tri Star Television;
SUPER=04-Mad About You/Tristar Television
SUPER=04-3rd Rock from the Sun/Carsey Warner
SUPER=04-X-Files/20th Century Fox
OUT Q=JF, CBS.
THE PRIME TIME EMMY AWARDS..CALL'EM TELEVISION'S OSCARS. THIS YEAR'S
BROADCAST IS COMING FROM THE PASADENA CIVIC CENTER.
THERE ARE 391 NOMINATIONS..IN CATEGORIES RANGING FROM OUTSTANDING DRAMA
SERIES TO BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES.
FRAN DRESCHER..THE IRREPRESSIBLE "NANNY" IS NOMINATED FOR THAT COMEDY
AWARD..SO IS CYBILL SHEPHERD.
NATSOT -MAD AB0UT YOU
HELEN HUNT...JAMIE BUCHMAN OF "MAD ABOUT YOU" COULD BE STIFF COMPETITION FOR
DRESCHER AND SHEPHERD.
HUNT'S CO-STAR PAUL REISER..BETTER KNOWN AS PAUL BUCHMAN IS NOMINATED FOR AN
EMMY AS OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES.
REISER'S COMPETITION..JOHN LITHGOW.."3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN'S" HARRY SOLOMON
AND GARRY SHANDLING'S ALTER EGO..LARRY SAUNDERS.
SUPER:LARRY SANDERS/BRILLSTEIN-GREY ENT.
SHANDLING'S CO-STARS RIP TORN AND JEFFERY TAMBOR ARE NOMINATED IN THE
SUPPORTING ACTOR CATEGORY.
NATSOT-NYPD BLUE/STEVEN BOCHCO PRODUCTIONS
THESE GUYS...DETECTIVES SIPOWICZ AND BOBBY SIMONE..CO-STARS DENNIS FRANZ AND
JIMMY SMITS OF NYPD BLUE ..ARE BOTH GUNNING FOR THE BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
SERIES. "NYPD BLUE" IS ALSO NOMINATED IN THE OUTSTANDING DRAMA CATEGORY.
COMPETITION'S EXPECTED FROM ..THE "X-FILES."
DAVID DUCHOVNY AND GILLIAN ANDERSON COULD ALSO WALK AWAY WITH OUTSTANDING
ACTOR AND ACTRESS AWARDS.
"ER" LAST YEAR'S WINNER IS ONE OF TWO MEDICAL SHOWS NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY IN
THE OUTSTANDING DRAMA CATEGORY.
THE OTHER IS "CHICAGO HOPE"..STARS FROM BOTH SHOWS ARE CONTENDERS FOR
OUTSTANDING LEAD AND SUPPORTING ACTOR AND ACTRESS AWARDS.
JONATHAN FREED CBS OUTCUE
And coming up, The Redskins played their first game at Jack Kent Cooke
Stadium this afternoon hosting the St. Louis Cardinals.
and the Winston Cup Drivers tackled the slick track at New Hampshire this
The Washington Redskins opened their new stadium with a dramatic win against
the Arizona Cardinals.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Scott Ayers were there and filed this report.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/Redskins vs Cardinals; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Westbrook/2 Touchdown Catches; :49
SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/2 Touchdowns 1 Interception; :1:22
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskin Head Coach; :1:40
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
The Green Packers rebounded after last weeks loss to beat the Miami Dolphins
23 to 18.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI/FOX SPORTS; :
Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson hoping to knock off the Pack.
And Miami took the lead in the first quarter when Olindo Mare booted this 24
yard field goal to give the Dolphins the 3 to nothing lead.
But Brett Favre answered with touchdown passes in the second and fourth
quarter. First he hits Antonio Freeman on the 2 yard touchdown pass and the
Packers led 7 to 6.
Then in the fourth quarter he finds SUPER=36-Green Bay/23/Miami/18/;a
wide open William Henderson on the 10 yard touchdown pass and the Packers beat
the Dolphins 23 to 18.
Tiki Barber scored a touchdown and a two point conversion but it was not
enough as the Ravens beat the Giants and Tampa Bay goes to 3 and 0 for all of
the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0100-j/Tampa Bay/28//Minnesota/14////Carolina/13//San Diego/7/3//;
SUPER=0100-/New Orleans/0//San Francisco/30/3///St. Louis/7//Denver/14/3//;
SUPER=0100-/Seattle/17//Indianapolis/3/3///N.Y. Jets///New England///Night/;
OUT Q=....last score."
After yesterday's win over Syracuse and Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech made a
big move in the A-P college top 25.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :
The Hokies jumped four spots to the 18-th position in the poll on a strong
team effort against the Orangemen.
Ken Oxendine rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
And the Hokie defense held Syracuse to only a field goal after the
Orangemen had scored 30 or more points in 14 straight games.
IN Q="I thought
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :
OUT Q=....AT VIRGINIA TECH.
The Hokies travel to Temple next Saturday for another Big East game.
The Winston Cup drivers were in New Hampshire this afternoon for the
running of the C-M-T 300.
And Jeff Gordon takes the checkered flag for his 10-th win of the season.
SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/TNN SPORTS; :
South Boston's Jeff Burton started the race after suffering an ear problem
earlier in the week then on the first caution he got out of the car and was
replaced by Todd Bodine.
Bobby Hamilton in car number 43 was the leader of the race and Ricky Craven
was running second.
Ernie Irvan had a strong car and he moved as far up as second place after
starting in the 39-th position.
Points leader Jeff Gordon worked his way through traffic and he took over
the lead with 148 laps to go in the race.
Dale Jarrett the winner of last weeks race was moving to the front he was
sixth with 80 laps go go.
Then the cautions began to fly Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine get together
Rudd hits the wall hard on the right side.
Several more cautions would fall before the end of the race but Gordon
held off Ernie Irvan on the final lap to win the C-M-T 300.
IN Q="this team
((JEFF GORDON/CMT 300 WINNER: ))
((ERNIE IRVAN/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/CMT 300 Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Finished Second; :12
OUT Q=....a little short."
Hamilton was third, Steve Grissom fourth and Ricky Craven fifth.
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Maybe a Shower/60-63/Partly/Sunny/80-84;
SUPER=332-Partly/Cloudy/53-56/Clouds Early/Then Sunny/73-77;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Maybe a Shower/54-58/Partly/Sunny/74-77;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/with Fog/50-54/Mostly/Sunny/73-76;