Straight ahead on news 7 at Eleven-
A Pulaski football player dies tonight after playing a game in Roanoke.
Fans remember a singer and environmentalist with a serenade of their own.
And, a Gretna plant is re-opening and welcoming back some of its old
News 7 is next.
A Roanoke man is dead after being trapped in a burning house this morning on
Rescue workers held a relative down to prevent him from rushing into the
Witnesses say he was trying to save the person trapped in the house at 17-21
IN Q=All he said
((ALL HE SAID WAS HIS FRIEND WAS IN THERE, HIS FRIEND WSS IN THERE. IT WSA
ENGULFED...IT STARTED POPPING AND THAT'S WHEN WE BOTH WE SAID WE GOT TO GET
OUT Q=get back
Firefighters say the victim was in his mid 30s...but are not releasing a name
at this time.
The medical examiner will perform an autopsy on the body tomorrow morning.
If you own a sport utility vehicle- it's possible your insurance rates could
The insurance industry is reviewing rates-
Anthony Mason tells us why.
IN Q=Here's what hapened
OUT Q=New York.
((Here's what happened when the british transport authority ran
a sport utility vehicle at a small car. no contest. At america's highway loss
data institute they say there's a mismatch on the roads and it means higher
insurance rates for car owners.
While the bigger sports utility vehicles, like the ford expedition and
the chevy suburban suffer on average 31% less damage in collisions, they
inflict 72% more damage than the average car.
But that doesn't mean suv owners pay higher insurance rates. While
collision rates are based on the make and model you own, liability rates, the
amount you pay when you hit another vehicle, are not. some in the industry are
asking for a reappraisal:
HAZELBAKER: SOME VEHICLES LIKE SMALLER PASSENGER CARS ARE UNDERWRITING
DAMAGE DONE BY LARGE UTILITY VEHICLES'
When Farmers insurance started selling policies in Pennsylvania
recently, they added a 5% premium to suv owners in that state. but they have
not changed their policy in the 29 other states they cover:
DIANE TASAKA/FARMER'S INSURANCE: IN THE NEAR TERM, EXCEPT FOR PENNSYLVANIA,
FARMERS IS NOT PLANNING TO INCREASE RATES ON SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLES.
Other major insurers say they're studying the situation. in the
meantime more and more Americans are buying S.U.V.s.
IT SEEMS LIKE ABOUT EVERY OTHER NEIGHBOR HAS ONE.
But those car drivers in the middle may be paying for it.
Anthony Mason, CBS News. New York.))
GRAPHIC=First Union/Signet Merger
A local group fighting the merger of First Union and Signet Banks isn't
dropping its opposition.
The Federal Reserve Board has approved the deal, but the Roanoke Community
Reinvestment Coalition plans to take its complaint to other federal regulators.
The coalition says First Union has failed to meet its obligations to
minority and low- income consumers.
Members say the acquisition of Signet will only make the situation worse.
IN Q=What we are looking for
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Community Reinvestment Coalition;
OUT Q=looking to do.
Members of the coalition are scheduled to meet with bank executives.
First Union officials say they are proud of a community reinvestment
program that serves as a model for the banking industry.
In another banking matter, a Norch Carolina bank is taking over 15 Signet
branches in western and southside Virginia.
The Signet branches will become part of First Citizens Bank early next year.
Customers shouldn't notice many changes, though.
First Citizens said everyone's Signet account will be automatically
And, all current Signet employees will stay on the job.
First Citizens says it will HIRE 67 NEW workers after the acquisition.
The political operatives are spinning tonight over the campaign of Democrat
For the last two weeks, the Beyer campaign has been scaling back TV
advertising across the state.
On this station, Beyer has cancelled from 16 to 42- percent of the time he
bought each week in the month of October.
This week, Jim Gilmore INCREASED his media buys.
But a spokesman for Jim Gilmore says the Beyer cancellations are the sign of
"a desperate campaign, running out of money and ideas."
"NOT true" says Beyer's spokeswoman, Page Boinest.
She says they simply re-evaluated their TV needs.
Despite the changes, the bottom line is that when Gilmore bought more time
and Beyer gave some up -- they ended up with roughly the same size buy on this
station ... because Gilmore had initially purchased far less TV time than
And have NO fear, In the final few days before the election BOTH campaigns
have drastically increased their ad buys for the final push in a very close
(toss to robin)
(robin reed is next)
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He took his fans on a kind of natural high with his songs about springtime
rain and the Colorado Rockies.
And, crowds remembered him today with their own musical tributes.
We'll tell you about who they were honoring when News 7 at Eleven continues.
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Earlier this week Roanoke School superintendent Wayne Harris suggested
cutting some sports programs at William Fleming and Patrick Henry High schools.
Raising some concerns among students and parents.
Intern Reporter Matt Feret has more. THERE IS AN ANCHOR TAG ON THIS!!!!
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SUPER=01-Mark Booth/Fleming Fan; :24
SUPER=01-Dorothy Lavender/Booster Club; :48
SUPER=19-Matt Feret; :59
OUT Q=MF, NEWS 7.
((Homecoming at William Fleming drew a
big crowd-- maybe the largest in some time.
That's good news for the city's school budget as poor attendance at football
games gets partial blame for an 84-thousand dollar athletic deficit. One
option is to eliminate some non-revenue producing sports such as tennis and
volleyball to save money. But one Fleming fan would rather see the money
come from somewhere else.
IN Q=Sponsor a bingo
((MARK BOOTH/FLEMING FAN: SPONSOR A BINGO THING, YOU KNOW. COLLECT MONEY THAT
WAY. AH, SELL RAFFLE TICKETS.))
OUT Q=raffle tickets.
And even though the Colonels have had a terrific year, ticket sales are
still low. Could a move from victory stadium prompt more people to come and
IN Q=I think that
((MARK BOOTH/FLEMING FAN: I THINK FLEMING SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN STADIUM. I
THINK IT REALLY WOULD HELP. ))
OUT Q=would help.
Boosters president Dorothy Lavender feels the CITY needs to get its act
IN Q=I think the
((DOROTHY LAVENDER/BOOSTER CLUB: I THINK THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO GET INVOLVED
AND SPEAK UP AND THE PARENTS AND ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUBS NEED TO GET TOGETHER,
BECAUSE WE CAN RAISE ONLY SO MUCH MONEY. BUT WE CANT RAISE ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE
OF EVERYTHING THAT THEY'RE ASKING US TO DO.))
OUT Q=asking us to do.
Roanoke City school board members are asking for community input-- and say
that dropping certain programs is only ONE option the board is considering.
Matt Feret, News 7.))
The interviews for this story were recorded tonight BEFORE the fans learned
of the death of the Pulaski football player.
Officials responded to the tragedy by postponing this weekend's Fleming
Workers are welcome once again at a shoe plant that previously gave many of
them the boot.
Capps Shoe Company is moving into this plant to make military shoes.
It's rehiring about 100 people who lost their jobs when the former plant
owner, Craddock-Terry, went bankrupt.
That does NOT include the people who made women's shoes.
IN Q=We're going to call back as many
((JUDY EDWARDS/SECRETARY: WE'RE GOING TO CALL BACK AS MANY EMPLOYEES AS WE CAN.
WE'RE GOING TO START OUT DOING THE MILITARY SHOES SO WE'RE CALLING BACK AS
MANY OF 'EM THAT DEALT WITH WORKING ON THE MILITARY SHOE.))
OUT Q=working on the military shoe
Plant workers say now they can pay their bills again.
IN Q=We didn't really think
((WE DIDN'T REALLY THINK THEY'D OPEN BACK UP WHEN THEY SHUT DOWN. IT WAS
REALLY A BIG SURPRISE WHEN WE FOUND OUT SOMEONE WAS INTERESTED IN BUYING THE
PLACE. TO GET IT BACK UP AS QUICK AS THEY HAVE, IT'S BEEN A BIG TURNAROUND.))
SUPER=01-Davey Lee Moore/Plant Worker;
Shoemaking starts on Monday.
**Note Anchor Tag**
Next month people will go to the polls to cast their votes in the race for
the 9th district house of delegates.
Many of them will be looking for a candidate who can relate to them.
Tonya Flory has this story.
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SUPER=01-Mary Harkins/(D)-Candidate for Delegate; :10
SUPER=01-Del. Allen Dudley/(R)-Franklin Co. ;:27
OUT Q=News 7.
((Mary Harkins is a lawyer from Wheeling West Virginia.
She grew up on a small cattle field and came from humble beginnings, but made
her way to Duke University.
IN Q=I left home
((MARY HARKINS:I LEFT HOME WITH ABOUT 600 DOLLARS I'D SAVED FROM AN AFTER
SCHOOL JOB AT KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN, NOT KNOWING HOW FAR THAT WOULD REALLY
OUT Q=really take me
so far it's taken her to Hardy where she's lived since 19-93.
The incumbent Allen Dudley is a native...born and raised in Franklin County...
IN Q=I know the
((ALLEN DUDLEY:I KNOW THE DISTRICT, I KNOW THE PEOPLE, I KNOW THE AREA, I GREW
UP ON A FARM AND WE'RE VERY MUCH STILL AGRICULTURAL IN THIS DISTRICT))
OUT Q=in this district
This is Harkins first run for political office.
She says she's the approachable, hard working candidate and dedicated to the
IN Q=I've pledged
((MARY HARKINS:I'VE PLEDGED TO HOLD TOWN MEETINGS AROUND THE DISTRICT AT LEAST
EVERY OTHER MONTH SO THAT HARD WORKING PEOPLE CAN COME AND TALK TO ME AFTER
OUT Q=after hours
IN Q=We've had town meetings
((ALLEN DUDLEY:WE'VE HAD TOWN MEETINGS. USUALLY ATTENDANCE IS NOT VERY WELL AT
THAT AND I'VE TRIED TO BE SO ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T REALLY HAVE TO
HAVE A TOWN MEETING, IF THEY HAVE A CONCERN OR PROBLEM THEY PICK UP THE PHONE
AND CALL ME OR THEY SEE ME SOMEWHERE))
OUT Q=see me somewhere
Both candidates have made education a priority in their campaigns.
Dudley and Harkins agree overcrowding is a problem in Virginia schools.
Harkins says she'll work to reduce classroom size, especially in primary
Dudley says school facilities don't meet the growing number of childen
attending and adds the buildings need to be renovated to keep up with
So as both candidates pave their way down the campaign trail...where they
differ could be the key that sways the voter.
Tonya Flory, News 7.))
And there is a third candidate in the race. It is Charles Jordan's first run
He's on the Green party ticket...a political group that concentrates on
Sunshine, a clear blue sky, and the Rockies --
All the things John Denver sang about were there at his
memorial service in Colorado.
Two thousand people packed into a church to remember the singer- from
friends to fans.
((HE WAS SUCH A SPECIAL PERSON TO ME. HIS MUSIC GOT ME THROUGH HARD TIMES AND
HAPPY TIMES AND I NEEDED TO BE HERE WITH PEOPLE THAT UNDERSTOOD HOW I FEEL. HE
WAS MY SOUL MATE.))
((BUT I LOVE YOU JOHN DENVER AND I LOVE YOU JOHN. WHEREVER YOU ARE I FEEL LIKE
YOU'RE ALWAYS WITH US. GOD BLESS YOU JOHN DENVER.))
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SUPER=01-Tom Crumb/Friend; :10
OUT Q=God bless you John Denver."
Denver was killed when his plane crashed Sunday into California's Monterey
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Later on the newscast we'll tell you about a real drive-in theatre of sorts.
It's a heavy structure on wheels and is moving at a slow pace to its new
We'll tell you more about the move, and the historic nature of the building
when the newscast continues.
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For car and truck drivers, I-81 is often viewed as a roadway yielding
little right of way for either side. But, one group says too often
they're unfairly blamed for problems and accidents.
Stacey Martin has the views from behind the wheel.
IN Q=It's a common
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SUPER=01-Darrell Morris/Truck Driver; :13
SUPER=01-Ed Quinn/Roanoke Truck Enterprise; :49
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT; 1:15
OUT Q=SM, News 7.
((It's a common scenario--truck drivers battling car drivers for a piece of
the turf along I-81.
But, those in the trucking industry say too often they're labelled as the
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IN Q=You've got people
((DARRELL MORRIS/TRUCK DRIVER: YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE WHO JUST DON'T GIVE TRUCK
DRIVERS RESPECT ANYMORE. THEY CUT THEM OFF, GIVE THEM THE FINGER. IT'S JUST
ROUGH ON TRUCK DRIVERS. NOBODY RESPECTS A TRUCKER NO MORE.))
OUT Q=trucker no more.
Their solution is to clear up misconceptions. Take crash rates for example.
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in 1996 a little more
than three percent of the accidents on the roadways involved tractor-trailers.
And, according to the American Trucking Association truck-related fatalities
have dropped 27 percent since 1979.
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IN Q=I think if
((ED QUINN/ROANOKE TRUCK ENTERPRISE: ))
I THINK IF YOU WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT THE RECORDS AND THE ACCIDENTS AND THE
PERCENTAGES AND SO FORTH YOU WOULD FIND THAT THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY IS REALLY
SAFE. WE'RE COMMITTED SO SAFETY AND IF YOU LOOKED AT THE AMOUNT OF ACCIDENTS
AND WHAT TRUCKS ARE INVOLVED IN IT YOU WOULD SAY IT'S REALLY VERY MINOR.
OUT Q=really very minor.
Truckers also say that a widening of I-81 would help resolve some of the
problems. VDOT says that's an option it's already working on.
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IN Q= We know we
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: WE KNOW WE NEED MORE SPACE. HOW MUCH MORE SPACE DO WE
NEED ON INTERSTATE 81? THE STUDIES ARE GOING TO HELP US DETERMINE THAT. IN THE
VERY EARLY STAGES WE THINK THAT WE MAY NEED FOUR LANES IN EACH DIRECTION.))
OUT Q=in each direction.
Car and truckers say in the meantime, it would help if both sides drove more
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
We'll have Roy Stanley here with an update on tonight's high school football
games and Robin Reed will be here with a check on the forecast.
That's coming up next when the newscast continues.
As Jean told you earlier, the community was shocked and saddened at the
loss of Pulaski County Cougar Pulaski/Fleming
defensive tackle Lee Cook, who died in the hospital this evening after
collapsing during the game. Cook was knocked down on a play in the first half
of tonight's game at Victory Stadium against William Fleming. Our prayers and
our thoughts are with Lee's family, the Cougars and the Pulaski community.
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Although this is difficult; let's go through some of the highlights. The
Cougars took a 6 to nothing lead when cameron Ashworth booted this 27 yard
field goal; his second of the game.
But Fleming would win the game on a late 4th quarter drive. Damar Gill scores
from three yards out. His 2 point conversion gives the Colonels a 8-6 win.
Northside ventured into Spartan Country tonight to face salem in a crucial
Blue Ridge District match up.
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Lets start with Northside. Xavier Lee on fourth and five at the Salem 25
drops back to pass and finds Vernon Jackson. Jackson leaps over the defender
for the first T-D of the night and a 7-nothing Viking lead.
Salem answers from the Viking 16; Dennis Haley hits a wall of defenders, but
his second effort leads to Salem's first seven points.
Haley would have three scores on the night as salen win 28-to-7.
On to Single A where Glenvar and Auburn hooked up in a Three Rivers District
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The Highlander Heavens opened up over at Glenvar for this battle.
The Highlanders were movin on their first drive, Seth Noonkester completes
this pass to Brian Ferguson for 11 yards as Glenvar looked to light up the
But the drive stalled and the Eagles took over. Auburn quarterback Mike Bibb
punches the time card in; churns and burns for 34 yards deep into Highlanders'
territory. But Glenvar wins it 28 to 6.
SUPER=55-Massanutten/Sat./Roanoke Catholic/2:00 p.m./Lord
SUPER=55-George Wythe/20/Holston/14/Bath Co./12/Riverheads/0/North
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SUPER=55-Floyd Co./33/Galax/21/Auburn/6/Glenvar/28/Patrick Henry/19/Cave
SUPER=55-Rockbridge Co./14/Blacksburg/17/Carroll Co./40/Ft.
SUPER=55-G.W. Danville/6/E.C.Glass/13/John Battle/37/Chilhowie/15/Wm.
SUPER=55-Grundy/14/Lebanon/6/Patrick Henry GS/35/Rural
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Still to come tonight; highlights from the Roanoke Express season opener. We
will also preview tomorrow in state college shcedule,
and tacos and late model stock cars will be making that crunching sound at
martinsville as the Taco bell 300 heats up.
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The Express opened the 1997-98 season with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus
Chill at the Round House
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Roanoke began the night with two of the best goalies in the ECHL in Dave
Gagnon and daniel Berthiume. Gags got the start.
In the first period; The Express's Chris Fess takes the biscuit from behind
the net; comes around and puts it home and Roanoke took a 1-nothing.
It looked like the Express tallied goal number two when Jeremy
Schaffer appears to knock the rebound in; everyone sees the light; but the
officials overrule; no goal.
Then; the best part of the night; coach Frank Anzalone giving the official a
deserved piece of his mind.
Gags was rock solid in net. Roanoke downs Columbus by 1.
if you're a sportscard or sports memorabilia collector then listen to tonight's
Extra Point- Greensboro is the place for you this weekend.
The Greensboro Coliseum is hosting its first ever Tuff Stuff Classic show
Besides having thousands and thousands of sports cards on display for sale or
trade, there also will be tons of Starting Lineup figures and other
collectibles from all sports.
The show also is featuring a number of celebrities who will be on hand for
autographs; including James Worthy and Harry Gant tomorrow. now your hockey
WIPE TO SCORES
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Duke pursues it's first ACC win tomorrow at noon in Charlottesville against
the Virginia Cavaliers. The wahoos are hardly taking this 2 and 4 team lightly.
((GERMANE CROWELL/UVA WIDE RECEIVER:))
((SHANNON TAYLOR/UVA DEFENSIVE END:))
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SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Defensive End; :11
OUT Q=...a great game""
In other action; Liberty is on the road at Virginia Union in a 1:30 start
VMI plays at Navy tomorrow at 1pm.
James Maddison is at home in a 1:30 tilt against Deleware.
Ferrum leaves the Panthers den for a 1:30 game against Chowan
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and Washington and Lee travels to Hampden Sydney. gametime is 1:30.
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It's hard to find a drive-in theater these days, but in Detroit, a theater
went out for a drive.
The Gem Theater weighs in at five and a half (m) million pounds and is said
to be the heaviest structure ever moved on wheels. It's making its five block
trek at the pace of just 300 feet a day.
The theater has occupied its space since the beginning of the century and is
being moved to make way for football and baseball stadiums. It will reopen once
it reaches its new location.
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Workers say moving the theater is like putting together a puzzle.