All but a corner of Craig County will be spared the 750-kilovolt power line
A-E-P is proposing now.
Joe Dashiell will have a LIVE report for us coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Not a guilty plea ...but a plea-yah in court today.... the distinction
between ballet and strip tease- -according to an expert witness for the defense
of "Girls, Girls, Girls."
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from Charlotte with 49ers
quarterback Jim Druckenmiller.
Frank Beamer talks about this weekend's Homecoming opponent.
And Chip Sullivan was in town today swinging for charity at the annual Tee
Off for Sight event at Hunting Hills Country Club.
Sunshine, but sharply cooler temperatures moving in overnight--they'll be
here to stay for the rest of the week. I'll have details.
American Electric Power hopes a new path will give new momentum to its plan
for a high voltage power line.
Today the company unveiled a route that would carry the line from Wyoming,
West Virginia to Cloverdale in Botetourt County.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave
Joe Dashiell covered today's announcement and tonight he tells us how the
plan has changed.
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(Rollcue: impact on Craig County.)
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SUPER=01-Dan Carson/American Electric Power; :25
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Power line opponents, who've been fighting A-E-P for the better part of six
years, aren't backing down.
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The Giles County group, "Citizens Organized to Protect the Environment",
believes the new route is even worse than the original.
Cliff Shaffer (shay-fer) says the new plan appears to impact even more
IN Q=We certainly
((CLIFF SHAFFER/POWER LINE OPPONENT:WE CERTAINLY OFFER ANY HELP AND ASSISTANCE
WE CAN TO THE NEW PEOPLE WHO AREA AFFECTED IN MCDOWELL, TAZEWELL AND BLAND
COUNTIES. WE FEEL THAT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING, IN AFFECT, WE ARE LITERALLY
STARTING THE WHOLE PROCESS OVER, THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE WE WERE IN 1991, WE HAVE
A NEW FILING, A NEW ROUTE, AND A PROCESS THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR SIX YEARS
SUPER=01-Cliff Shaffer/Power Line Opponent; :
OUT Q=six years now.
Shaffer says his group has already been in contact with people in Bland
County about fighting the proposed power line.
Cameras will NOT be present when two men charged with murder in Grayson
County appear in court next week.
Judge Daniel Bird ruled in favor of Commonwealth's attorney, J-D Bolt, who
argued still and T-V cameras would add even more publicity to the case.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Louis Ceparano and Emmett Cressell,
The two white men are charged with burning and decapitating Garnett "G-P"
Johnson-- the only black man at a drinking party over the summer.
Ceparano's attorney says he'll probably argue to have the case moved when it
actually goes to trial.
IN Q=I'm not
((JIMMY TURK/CEPARANO'S ATTORNEY: I'M NOT GOING TO DISCUSS ANY OF THE FACTS
THAT I'VE FOUND BUT I THINK CLEARLY THIS CASE WAS, IS NOT A MURDER, THAT WAS,
THAT WAS, COMMITTED OUT OF ANY KIND OF RACISM, AND MY CLIENT IS NOT A RACIST
AND I THINK THAT WILL CERTAINLY BE DISCLOSED AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Ceparano's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=appropriate time.
An attorney for the Roanoke Times says his company has not decided whether
it will appeal the judge's decision.
It may not be "high-brow" entertainment- -says an expert witness in
Roanoke's on-going obscenity trial. But she says the dancers at "Girls, Girls,
Girls" are displaying creativity on stage.
Judith Hanna has studied ballet. She offered a brief demonstration in court
She believes nude dancing is art.
She wasn't allowed to say that, because that's for the jury to decide.
But she's seen the videotapes police recorded last May... and says some of
the dancers at the club are better than others.
IN Q=If they were
((JUDITH HANNA/ANTHROPOLOGIST: IF THEY WERE TO SEE "PASSION," THEY WOULD AGREE
THAT IS AN ART FORM AND THAT SHE IS A VERY SKILLED DANCER.))
OUT Q=skilled dancer.
The defense wanted to show a tape of the Broadway play, "Oh Calcutta,"
pointing out that it involves naked men AND women on stage, a production that
has been put on three times at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The judge refused to let the jury watch the tape of the stage play.
The jury will get the case tomorrow.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A school program in Franklin County is held up as a national model.
We'll show you why coming up on News 7 at Six.
and a young Halifax County couple keeps the family farm tradition alive, but
with a 90s twist.
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Their critics call them the naysayers and the "high tax lobby."
But what they are is a group of business leaders from all over Virginia --
speaking for and with college and university presidents from across the state.
Ellen Qualls reports they have a warning.
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SUPER=01-Heywood Fralin/Va. Business Higher Ed. Council; :09
SUPER=01-Til Hazel/Va. Business Higher Ed. Council; :37
OUT Q=Qualls News 7, RIchmond.
Virginia college tuitions are close to the top in the nation and state
funding near the bottom.
Professors earn well below their peer institutions.
((HEYWOOD FRALIN: EVERY STATE...MUST MAKE AN INVESTMENT IMMEDIATELY.))
The two year old Virginia Business Higher Education Council says its got to
Today it released a blueprint for reinvestment-- almost a half billion more
dollars to education each year in the next two years than is currently
It's a different talk than the tax cuts on the campaign trail now.
((TIL HAZEL: YOU'LL HAVE TO ASK THE CANDIDATES. I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO
DETERMINE WHAT THE PROBLEMS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL ARE, BUT THE REALITIES ARE
QUITE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I HEAR.))
((DON BEYER: I THINK THEY HAVE THE LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY....HARD
But Beyer's hard decision was to drum up his own tax cut plan this summer.
((SO THE QUESTION IS WHO DO YOU BELIEVE? ON THE ISSUE OF TAXES, DON BEYER
STARTED OUT SAYING THAT HE WANTED TO HAVE MASSIVE NEW SPENDING PROGRAMS AND TO
BUILD THE POLITICAL WILL TO BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN THOSE.))
If you believe the college promotors, the political will did NOT come this
year in Virignia.
Ellen QUalls, News 7 Richmond,))
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One group of residents say change would be for the better when it comes to
Roanoke City Council, and how members are elected.
The Committee For Better Representation wants city voters to approve the
November referendum which would create a ward system.
City council would then consist of five districts, with one Council member
elected to represent each district, and the mayor and vice-mayor elected at
Currently all members represent the city at-large.
IN Q=A district system
((BILL BESTPITCH/COMMITTEE FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION: A DISTRICT SYSTEM PUTS
COUNCIL MEMBERS CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT, GIVING YOU MORE DIRECT
ACCESS TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ON CITY COUNCIL. DISTRICT MEMBERS WILL PROMOTE A
GREATER FOCUS ON NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES))
SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/Committee For Better Representation
OUT Q=neighborhood issues.
Opponents to the ward system believe it would pit city neighborhoods against
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Virginia's 1997 Young Farmers of the Year live in Halifax County...
They are Don and Sara Reese.
Tina Tenret visited their farm and uncovers the secret to their success.
IN Q=At first glance
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Don Reese/Young Farmer of the Year; :26
OUT Q=News7, Halifax County
(( At first glance, it's the traditional tobacco farm of Southside Virginia.
Strawberries, pumpkins, even okra cover half this farm...
a backup plan if the government continues to crack down on tobacco.
Health advocates call this the wave of the future...
asking tobacco farmers to simply grow vegetables instead.
Even Don Reese says it's not that easy; half his income stems from tobacco.
IN Q=The tobacco income
((DON REESE/YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR: TOBACCO INCOME IS MUCH MORE STABLE THAN
VEGETABLE INCOME. WE'VE GOT PRICE SUPPORTS AND QUOTA SYSTEMS IN PLACE AND YOU
CAN PRETTY MUCH COUNT ON, EVEN IN A BAD YEAR, BEING ABLE TO SELL YOUR TOBACCO.
IF YOU HAVE A BAD CROP OF VEGETABLES, THERE'S REALLY NO SELLING A BAD CROP OF
OUT Q=crop of vegetables
But with a third child on the way, Don and Sara Reese are not banking on
they also run a family store, where tourists often spend 60-dollars at a
IN Q=At first this store
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: AT FIRST, THIS STORE WAS JUST A TRUCK ON THE SIDE OF THE
ROAD, A WAY TO SELL EXTRA CANTELOUPES. NOW IT HOLDS FRUITS, VEGETABLES,
FLOWERS. IT'S YET ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE MONEY, A SAFETY NET, JUST IN CASE. TINA
TENRET, NEWS7, HALIFAX COUNTY.))
OUT Q=News7, Halifax County))
The Reeses will compete against other young farmers nationwide in November.
Today's meeting of Federal Reserve policy-makers appears to have been a
non-event, with no annoucement about interest rates.
So instead Wall Street investors were focusing on weaknesses in the bond
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Some Franklin County parents who didn't set their V-C-R's for 11:30 earlier
today are in trouble.
A live broadcast on The Learning Channel featured Franklin County's school
system, and some students are the stars.
Tonya Flory has more.
IN Q=This school
SUPER=03-Franklin Co. ; :00
SUPER=01-Bobbie Callahan/CATCE Student; :22
SUPER=01-Blake DiCello/CATCE Student; :40
SUPER=01-Paul Strickler/CATCE Director; :58
OUT Q=News 7, Franklin County.
((This school doesn't need a library or even a single encyclopedia, all they
need are computers.
It's a model for schools of the future where the students are called interns,
the teachers are referred to as instructors and the classroom are replaced by
modules...all equipped with high speed Internet connections using cable....and
that's what made it so attractive to a television production crew.
IN Q=It was really
((BOBBIE CALLAHAN/CATCE STUDENT:IT WAS REALLY DIFFERENT, THEY ASKED US ABOUT
THE INTERNET, DIFFERENT SITES AND WE WORKED ON THE E-MATES WHICH ARE LITTLE
PORTABLE COMPUTERS WITH THE SOLACE. THAT WAS REALLY NEAT BECAUSE IT GAVE US THE
OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT A DIFFERENT THING, BUT ALSO TO HAVE SOME
EXPERIENCE WITH A CAMERA))
OUT Q=with a camera.
IN Q=It was fun
((BLAKE DICELLO/CATCE STUDENT:IT WAS FUN, WE WENT DOWN INTO THE INTERACTIVE LAB
AND WE WORKED ON THE E-MATE AND SENT MESSAGES TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE))
OUT Q=different people.
The program is part of cable's committment to expanding state of the art
technology in America's schools...and included an appearance by Vice President
The publicity was educational in itself.
((THAT WAS LIKE TURNING THE HOUSE UPSIDE DOWN, BUT IT WAS FUN, THEY HAD A WHOLE
PRODUCTION CREW, LIGHTING AND MAKE-UP))
IN Q=Their time
((THEIR TIME HERE MAY SEEM AS FAST AS THEIR HIGH SPEED COMPUTERS. THIS IS ONLY
HALF OF FRANKLIN COUNTY EIGHTH GRADERS...NEXT SEMESTER THE REMAINDER OF THE
CLASS WILL TRANSFER TO THE CENTER AND THESE STUDENTS WILL GO BACK TO PUBLIC
SCHOOL CLASSROOMS, TF, NEWS 7, FC))
OUT Q=Franklin County.
Beamer and Welsh talk about their respective teams tonight, while Chip tees
off for sight.
And Steve Mason caught up with a former Hokie last night at the
49ers-Panthers game in Charlotte.
OUT Q=..in sports"
Former Virginia tech star Jim Druckenmiller watched from the sidelines
last night as his San Francisco 49ers dominated Carolina on Monday night
football 34 to 21.
Steve Mason and photographer Greg Moore caught up with one of the most
promising NFL quarterbacks.
IN Q=first audio
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SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/49ers Rookie Quarterback; :16
SUPER=01-Steve Young/49ers Quarterback; :33
SUPER=01-Terry Kirby/49ers Running Back; 1:55
OUT Q=..new 7 sports"
The 12th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies are back home on Worsham Field this
Saturday as they welcome Miami of Ohio to town for a one o'clock homecoming
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Saturday; :00
The Hokies are coming off an easy 50-to-nothing blowout won over Arkansas
But Frank Beamer says the 3-and-1 Red Hawks, who beat Army this past
Saturday, will be a much tougher opponent.
IN Q="I'm not sure...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...READY TO PLAY."
Officials are expecting a crowd of more than 40 thousand Saturday. Plenty of
good seats are still available.
The Virginia Cavaliers return home this Saturday to host Wake Forest.
The Cavs are 1 and 2 and have yet to play well this season, something of
which the entire team is well aware.
IN Q="Well, this...
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
((AARON BROOKS/UVA QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; :21
OUT Q=...ARE NOW."
Wake hasn't beaten UVa since 1983.
The Braves opened their divisional playoff with the Astros this afternoon by
posting a 2-to-1 win in game one.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Astros vs. Braves - ESPN; :00
Rookie manager Larry Dierker and his Astros put up quite a fight in this one.
But the first pitch of the second inning spelled their doom as Ryan Klesko
lifts this Darryl Kile pitch out of Turner Field.
It would be the last hit the Braves would get all game.
But Atlanta wins it 2-to-1 as Greg SUPER=35-Houston/1/Atlanta/2/Game One;
Maddux strikes out seven in a complete game gem.
Game two is tomorrow afternoon.
The other game this afternoon is in national league.
The Marlins and Giants are tied at 1 in the 8th.
Later tonight the Yankees play the Indians in game one of their series.
GRAPHIC=TEE OFF FOR SIGHT
The 16th annual Tee off for Sight charity charity golf event to raise money
for Prevent Blindness of Virginia controlled the the fairways today at Hunting
This year's guest pro was the PGA tour's Chip Sullivan.
IN Q="I can't believe...
((CHIP SULLIVAN/213TH IN MONEY EARNED ON TOUR:))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/213th In Money Earned on Tour; :00
OUT Q=...BEEN BACK."
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
Golfers from the area's various clubs competed in the shotgun start event.
Sullivan played several holes with the champs from all of the area's courses
like Countryside's Tim Chockett and Roanoke Country Club's Jake Allison.
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A traditional four year college is not for everyone.
Many people in the Roanoke Valley have turned to Dominion Business School
for career training.
Now the school is going by the name Dominion College and moving to a new,
bigger location in Roanoke County.
We'll find out what it means for future students.
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Join Jean Jadhon for that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.