Coming up on News 7-
Jim Gilmore gives his state of the Commonwealth- We'll hear what's he saying
about the car tax.
Parents who live near a sex offender fight for laws that would require that
authorities notify neighbors.
More arrests in the attack on American students in Guatemala.
News 7 is Next.
Governor Jim Gilmore warned legislators tonight-
He says Virginia voters mandated cutting the car tax, and
those who defy it risk their political futures.
We'll have highlights from Gilmore's State of the Commonwealth address.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
Police say a shooting at a King day parade was NOT racially motivated.
One man was killed and three children were wounded.
Plus some Covington parents fight to change a law- after a convicted sex
offender moved in without authorities notifying them.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
The self-proclaimed "common man" governor gets a warm reception and a bold
Ellen Qualls reports there were only a few speed bumps for Jim Gilmore
tonight -- and they did not come from Democrats.
IN Q=The people expect
SUPER=07-Gov. Jim Gilmore; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Morris/Political Analyst; :39
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE PEOPLE EXPECT US TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF AND THEY WILL
HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THOSE WHO WOULD STAND IN THE WAY.))
Finally, the first scant details.
((I PROPOSE MAKING DIRECT PAYMENTS TO THE TAXPAYERS FOR 1998. IN FUTURE YEARS,
THE PLAN PROVIDES PAYMENTS BY VOUCHERS WHICH TAXPAYERS WILL SEND TO THEIR
LOCALITY WHEN THEY RECEIVE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS.))
((MY PEN IS READY, AND THE PEOPLE ARE EAGER FOR THE DAY I SIGN THIS
((TOM MORRIS/POLITICAL ANALYST: IT WAS A VERY SELF-CONFIDENT SPEECH. IT
SIGNALS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA...AND HE KNOWS IT.))
Democrats welcomed the tone, but balked slightly at Gilmore's go slow
approach on colleges and universities.
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: WORKING MEN AND WOMEN.))
((GILMORE: LET US RESOLVE TO TREAT EACH OTHER WITH HONOR, DIGNITY AND
Ironically it was the outgoing governor's chief of staff, Jay Timmons, who
apparently didn't share those sentiments.
The governor's offices on the third floor were left without office supplies,
with portraits as noteworthy as Thomas Jefferson's torn off the walls.
The menus in the Executive Mansion kitchen were shredded.
An Allen administration source says part of the scorched earth exit included
Timmons searching personal belongings before Allen staffers could head off to
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
He is man who stood for non-violence, but today violence that marred a
parade to honor Martin Luther King.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
A man opened fire during the parade killing a 25 year old man and wounding
three children- one critically.
All were black- including the suspect.
((IT'S A TRAGEDY THAT'S IRONIC THAT WE WOULD HAVE A DEATH ON THIS DAY WHEN
WE'RE TRYING TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH AND LIFE OF A MAN WHO STOOD FOR
SUPER=01-Alvin Washington/Baton Rouge NAACP;
OUT Q=for non violence.
The motive apparently was personal, not racial. Police have not caught up
with the suspect.
The Ku Klux Klan donned hoods and marched through the town of Stuart in
Patrick County today.
The protestors denounced African-Americans on a holiday celebrating civil
About 15 Klan members chanted "white power" on the way to the courthouse --
holding swastika signs and encouraging people to join them.
The Sheriff says the Ku Klux Klan had permission to restrict traffic on Main
Street for their march.
On this holiday, Lee-Jackson-King Day, the N-double-A-C-P joined local
ministers and Hollins College recognizing the man who led a peaceful movement.
Participants want to make sure King's dream is still alive.
David Johnson reports.
IN Q=Celebrating the
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :01
SUPER=01-Janet Rasmussen/Hollins College President; :13
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/NAACP President; :25
SUPER=01-Rev. Loraaine Alston/Deliverance Church Ministries; 1:03
OUT Q=Hollins College
(( Celebrating the life and work of Dr. King is what brought them together
and determining the differences and how to solve them is what it is all about.
((DR. JANET RASMUSSEN/HOLLINS COLLEGE PRESIDENT; AT THE SAME TIME COMMIT
OURSELVES THEN TO THE IDEALS, THE POSSIBILITIES THAT ARE IN FRONT OF US. TO BE
SURE THAT THIS IS A TIME NOT ONLY OF CELEBRATION BUT OF TRUE CONVERSATION AND
((MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP PRESIDENT; WE'RE EITHER GOING TO LIVE TOGETHER AS
BROTHERS OR PERISH TOGETHER AS FOOLS AND THAT BEGINS WITH DIALOGUE. WE'VE GOT
TO START TALKING TO EACH OTHER.))
The crowd was entertained with songs of rejoicing and the words from two of
King's speeches were served as food for thought.
There was a Baton Rouge, LA, fatal shooting during a Martin Luther King
Parade, but it was unrelated to the occassion.
Still, local ministers want to strive for the togetherness that King lived
and stood for.
((REV. LORRAINE ALSTON/DELIVERANCE CHURCH MINISTRIES; IT'S TOO BAD BUT WE MUST
COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF LOVE AND FORGIVENESS. I BELIEVE THAT'S THE KEY, THAT
IS THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY AND IT IS THE ANSWER.))
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; DR. KING OFTEN REMINDED AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO BE DRUM
MAJORS FOR JUSTICE. IN FOLLOWING HIS THEME, THE N-DOUBLE-A-C-P HAS AWARDED ITS
FIRST-EVER DRUM MAJOR FOR EXCELLENCE AWARD TO WILLIAM FLEMING COACH GEORGE
MILLER, NOT ONLY FOR THE WORK HE DOES WITH PLAYERS ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, BUT
ALSO IN HELPING STUDENTS GROW INTO YOUNG ADULTS. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, HOLLINS
In Virginia, today's holiday also honors confederate generals Robert E. Lee
and Stonewall Jackson.
Washington and Lee University marked the occasion with a tribute to the man
who led the school in the difficult days after the civil war.
Faculty members and students gathered in Lee Chapel for the Founder's Day
Virginia Tech Professor and civil war historian James Robertson spoke-
saying Lee earned his reputation for brilliant leadership, personal integrity,
and self- sacrifice.
IN Q=He was above all else
((JAMES ROBERTSON/CIVIL WAR HISTORIAN: HE WAS ABOVE ALL ELSE A TRULY
EXTRAORDINARY INDIVIDUAL. HE'S THE ONE MAN WHO SAVED THIS COUNTRY IN THE POST
1860S, THE ONLY MAN WHO COULD HAVE HELPED THE SOUTH GET OVER ITS SHATTERED
DREAMS, PUT IT BACK ON ITS FEET AND DO IT TO THE ADMIRATION OF THE COUNTRY.))
SUPER=01-James Robertson/Civil War Historian;
OUT Q=admiration of the country.
Robertson says he believes Lee's greatest achievement was the presidency of
Washington College, a position he accepted following the civil war when the
school was struggling to stay open.
Four men have now been arrested in Guatemala for Friday's attack on a group
of American students.
The gunmen allegedly ambushed a bus carrying students and teachers- robbed
them and raped five women-
As Jonathan Freed reports, the students are now back on campus at St. Mary's
college in Maryland.
SUPER=01-Jorge Rogachevsky/College Professor; 15-19
SUPER=03-St. Mary's City, MD; 22
SUPER=01-Maggie O'Brien/St. Mary's President; 29-33!
SUPER=01-Tim Herzog/Student; 49
SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/CBS News; 1:22
OUT Q=Mary's City, Maryland."
((A bus carrying the Americans was ambushed in broad daylight Friday on a major
highway south of Guatemala City. The gunmen, marched the Americans at
gunpoint into a nearby sugar cane field where all were robbed and five were
THEY TOOK MY WALLET, THEY SAID WHERE'S THE REST OF YOUR MONEY.
The students were traveling on a 17 DAY tour and cultural exchange program.
Officials discussed the risks of the trip with them before they left.
Jane Margaret O'Brien, President, Saint Mary's College
There are rewards to traveling in Latin America. There are also risks.
Though the State Department does not warn Americans against traveling to
Guatemala, it does note that crime has been increasing in the country.
Students, returning to Saint Mary's for the first day of the new semester,
SOt TIM HERZOG/STUDENT: I KNOW OF THE STUDENTS. IT'S A SMALL ENOUGH CAMPUS. YOU
DON'T THINK IT WILL HAPPEN TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW.
This student had a friend on the Guatemalen tour.
REPORTER: WAS YOUR FRIEND SCARED
TO TAKE THE TRIP?
STUDENT: SHE WAS EXCITED.
REPORTER: NO RESERVATIONS?
STUDENT: A FEW BUT BECAUSE IT WAS A SCHOOL TRIP SHE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE
Jonathan Freed/CBS News: Despite the incident, St. Mary's has no plans to
discontinue it foreign study program. Jonathan Fried, CBS News, St. Mary's
A convicted sex offender may move after his Covington neighbors complain
about him living next to a school playground. We'll have that story next,
and one of the founding fathers of rockabilly music passes away today in
Some parents in Covington say there's something wrong with the legal system
when it allows a convicted sex offender to live next to an elementary school.
Eric Earnhart has details.
IN Q=Parents say it was
SUPER=01-Mary Ellen Haines/Parent; :16
SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 11, 1989; :23
SUPER=01-David Kidd/Parent; :31
SUPER=01-Chris Alderson/Covington Commonwealth's Attorney; :48
SUPER=01-Brenda Lipes/Parent; 1:27
OUT Q=EE, News 7
Parents say it was bad enough when they discovered Randall Akers was living
next to the Edgemont Primary School playground... worse when they learned
police and school officials knew, but were prevented by law from telling
IN Q=I don't know that
((MARY ELLEN HAINES/PARENT; I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S A FEAR FACTOR AS MUCH AS NOT
KNOWING, I THINK IF THE PEOPLE HAD KNOWN AND IT HAD COME OUT, WE WOULD HAVE
FELT MUCH BETTER ABOUT THIS.))
OUT Q=better about this
Akers has a statutory rape conviction involving a thirteen year old girl,
he was also convicted of video taping teenage girls in the restroom at his
IN Q=we/re not vigilantes
((DAVID KIDD/PARENT; WE'RE NOT VIGILANTES, WE'RE NOT HERE TO RUN THE MAN OUT
WITH A STICK OR BURN HIS HOUSE DOWN, BUT WE ARE AS PARENTS GOING TO TURN UP THE
HEAT ANYWAY POSSIBLE TO MAKE THE MAN AS UNCOMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE IN THE
HOUSING THAT HE'S IN.
And they want the law changed, so next time a convicted sex offender moves
to town, parents know about it.
IN Q=we're kind of hampered
((CHRIS ALDERSON/COVINGTON COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; WE'RE KIND OF HAMPERED BY
THE LAW AS IT EXISTS NOW, AND THE LEGISLATURE HAS PROMISED TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT
BEFORE JULY AND WE'RE COUNTING ON THEM TO DO IT. ))
OUT Q=to do it
RANDALL AKERS DECLINED OUR REQUEST FOR AN INTERVIEW, BUT HIS WIFE TALKED TO
US ON THE PHONE AND SHE FEELS HE'S BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY.
SHE SAYS HE WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED IN THE NIGHTCLUB CASE, AND SHOULD NOT
BE CALLED A CHILD MOLESTER.
SHE ADDS AKERS IS NOW LEGALLY BLIND AND CAN'T EVEN SEE THE CAR IN THEIR
DRIVEWAY, MUCH LESS THE PLAYGROUND NEXT DOOR...
STILL, SHE SAYS THEY PLAN TO MOVE ELSEWHERE.
That may help ease parents concerns, in this case.
IN Q=when you are
((BRENDA LIPES/PARENT; I WOULD FEEL BETTER ABOUT IT, I MEAN WE CAN'T TELL HIM
HE CANNOT LIVE IN THIS COMMUNITY, I KNOW THAT, BUT LIKE I SAID, I REALLY
BELIEVE HE COULD HAVE FOUND SOME OTHER PLACE TO LIVE OTHER THAN RIGHT BESIDE
OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.))
OUT Q=what you get
But parents say they won't have true peace of mind until a change in the
law assures them this can't happen again.
In Covington, Eric Earnhart, News 7.
They're filling potholes, painting buildings and tuning up their voices in
((AH, AH AH AH- AH AH AHHHH. ))
OUT Q=AH AH.
Cubans are preparing for the Pope's visit.
John Paul the second arrives tomorrow-
In Revolution plaza the Pope is set to hold mass on Sunday before hundreds of
One of the founding fathers of rock and roll died today.
Family members say Carl Perkins died this morning from complications related
In 1956, Perkins' song "Blue Suede Shoes" went to number one on the country
chart and number two on the pop and R-and-B lists.
Along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, Perkins was part
of the legendary Sun label.
Perkins' career spanned five decades. He wrote hits for the Beatles and
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Carl Perkins was 65.
Still to come on the newscast,
Keith Humpry will introduce us to Rodney Brown and Juneau. The Franklin County
man says his canine friend will help him go places in the work world.
We're accustomed to seeing-eye dogs heeling at the side of working
professionals as they go about their business.
Thanks to the Lions Club- Leader Dogs have become available to those who
are still LOOKING for work.
Keith Humphry caught up with a Franklin County man who's trying to find his
way in the world... now that he's mastered getting around.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
SUPER=07-Rodney Brown; :28
OUT Q=KH News 7
(( You get ride to town, get out of the car, cross the street and go to the
All pretty routine... unless you can't see.
Having been at it about a year now, Rodney Brown and his Yellow Labrador
Retriever have it figured out.
((I PUT HIM THROUGH ALL KINDS OF TESTS, WOODS, DIFFERENT PATHS, BY MYSELF.))
When they started out, Brown concedes he was scared to death, but he says he
would encourage others to try it.
((ANYBODY THAT NEEDS A DOG, I THINK THEY SHOULD GO FOR IT. MAN, THAT'S LIKE,
I'VE GOT A FRIEND NOW THAT I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH, AND I'M TRYING TO TALK HIM
INTO GETTING A DOG. AND HE'S GOT MOBILITY JUST LIKE ME.))
Rodney Brown's dog has two names; his pet name, Juneau and his working
name. That's a secret.
Because Juneau can't be bothered when he's working.
Brown has discovered one of the more subtle advantages to having a leader
dog. Juneau serves as an emblem- -a different kind of handicapped sign-
-almost a badge of honor.
((WHEN I GO UP IN A PLACE, AND I AIN'T GOT NO CANE OR NOTHING TO KNOW THAT I'M
BLIND, THEY'RE GOING TO THINK THAT I'M CRAZY OR RETARDED OR SOMETHING, YOU
Now, if he could just find work... an experienced mechanic in small-
engine repair, he just hasn't been able to find anyone willing to take a chance
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.
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Highlights from VMI and James River; pluse several racing notes,
SUPER=03-Philadelphia/Kings vs. Sixers;
But first our extra point. The Philadelphia 76ers won their fourth straight
game for head coach Larry Brown.
Allen Iverson one of the NBA's leasders in thefts; picked off this pass
intended from Mitch Richmond and went in for the slam.
He scored 24 and had 10 assists as the Sixers beat Sacramento 98-to-85.
VMI fell to the Citadel 67-62 last night in a key Southern Conference game
SUPER=03-Lexington/Bulldogs vs. Keydets; :00
The Keydets were hanging banners from the rafters last night in
preparation for the game.
The Keydets Aaron Demory opened up the scoring last night with this jumper
to put VMI out in front by two.
VMI 's Darryl Faulkener would then lend a hand as he takes the nice pass and
scores on the turn around jumper and the keydets seemd to be rolling; leading
But the Citadel would play tough SUPER=34-Citadel/67/VMI/62;
inside. Watch Bryan patton dish the ball to matt Newman who finishes the play
to cut the deficit to a basket.
CMI comes right back. Eric Mann has the ball knocked loose; picks it up and
scores; but the Citadel wins it 67-62.
On to the high school ranks where James River hosted Bath County.
SUPER=03-Buchanan/Chargers vs. Knights; :00
A rather intense way to start the week considering this was a crucial
Pioneer District game.
The Knights draw first blood. Quincy Springs hits Jeremy Sink and hie gets
off the lightning quick shot that put the River up by a basket.
Bath would charge back as Darrell Hicklin benefits froma nice inside pass
for an easy lay up to tie the game.
James River does wait long to steal back the lead. Joey Ingram drives and
then nails the jumper for the Knights.
The Chargers Phillip Neff answers; but _____prevails ___to__.
GRAPHIC= Byrd classic
One girls basketball note. Contrary to previous reports; the Glenvar Lady
Highlanders; who won the group A state championship last year, WILL BE in the
the William Byrd Tip Off Tournament which takes place at the begining of the
school year. It was rumored that; because Byrd player laura Nester transferred
to Glenvar after the lady Terriers won the state tourney; the lady Highlanders
would not be welcomed back to the Byrd event this coming season. But Glenvar
sources confirmed yesterday that the team will in fact play in the tournament.
The Express lost to ralegih over the weekend butt remains a top the
Northeast divison with Richmond and Hampton Roads.
Roanoke's recent surge can be partially attributed to coach Frank
Anzalone's Christmas shake up. He took Dave Stewart's captainship and gave it
to Duane Harmer for starters.
((DUANE HARMER/6 GOALS, 18 ASSISTS:))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Duane Harmer/6 Goals 18 Assists; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Coach; :18
OUT Q=...plays hard"
Anzalone also benched forward Chris Lipsett; who was minus 11 before
Christmas. Since the wake up call he's plus 8 and he's scored 9 goals in the
last 12 games.
((CHRIS LIPSETT/HAS 13 GOALS ON THE SEASON:))
SUPER=01-Chris Lipsett/Has 13 Goals on the Season; :00
OUT Q=...bounce in for me"
The Express nextt plays at Pee Dee Thursday. Now your numbers
WIPE TO BOARDS!!!!!!!!!!.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0098-/Mt. Olive/60/j/Longwood/78////Mt. Olive/55/j/Longwood/68//Women/;
SUPER=0098-/Connecticut #10///St. John/////Citadel///VMI////;
SUPER=0096-/LA Clippers/109/j/Minnesota/117////Orlando/89/j/LA Lakers/92///;
SUPER=0096-/San Antonio/84/j/New Jersey/95////Toronto/88/j/Charlotte/109///;
OUT Q=....last score.
Still to come; some news from ttesting at Daytona,
and South Boston native Jeff Burton's career receives a gigantic jolt today;
that story when sports is back.
The Fords were back in Daytona yesterday trying to get up to speed, and they
certainly accomplished their goal.
Greg Sacks in a Thunderbird went out late in testing and turned the fastest
lap of the preseason at 190 point 154 miles an hour.
Rusty Wallace and rookie Kenny Irwin had the quickest Tauruses.
Both of them topped the fastest GM time that was set last week by Jeff
Irwin, the new driver of the Havoline Ford says he plans to be tough from the
start this season.
((KENNY IRWIN/HAVOLINE FORD DRIVER:))
SUPER=01-Kenny Irwin/Havoline Ford Driver; :00
OUT Q=...THIS YEAR."
WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jeff Burton got a big career boost yesterday as he was named to drive in the
prestigious IROC series.
Jeff also has a brand new paint scheme on his Ford Taurus for races on the
regular Winston Cup series.
Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon will also represent Winston Cup in
the four race event.
Anf tonight ACC basketball returns to Your Hometown Station as the Virginia
Cavaliers hit the road
to battle the Clemson Tigers in Littlejohn Coliseum.
UVa is coming off a three point win over NC State, while Clemson just barely
lost to the new number one Duke 81-to-80 on Saturday.
Catch the Tigers and Cavs tonight at 8 right here on WDBJ.
In honor of King Day.. some students had the day off from school.
But these Roanoke youngsters still learned lessons about the slain civil
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture hosted a holiday
celebration for students.
It included arts and crafts for the younger children.. and creative writing
and games for the older kids.
IN Q=The kids are just
((EVA DARCEL WALTERS/MUSEUM CURATOR:THE KIDS ARE KIND OF COLLECTING
PARAPHERNALIA, COLLECTING DIFFERENT NEWS ITEMS THAT WILL POSSIBLY BE HELPFUL IN
THEM UNDERSTANDING THEIR OWN PARTICULAR HISTORY.))
SUPER=01-Eva Darcel Walters/Museum Curator
OUT Q=particular history.
adults working at table
Parents were invited to participate with their children.