Good morning, I'm Denise Allen.
And I'm Andrew Freiden
It's Saturday March 14-th. And Welcome to New-7 Saturday Morning. There's lots of news and sports ahead, but first let's get a peek at the weather.
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State Police made a big bust yesterday.
Around noon, they stopped a tractor-trailer on Interstate-81 for a traffic violation.
The men inside the rig said they were taking Mangoes from Texas to New Jersey.
What police found were plastic bags containing about two-thousand pounds of marijuana.
[IN Q=It's wrapped]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Hayward Wray/Virginia State Police]
[OUT Q=packed very good]
Police estimate the street value to be about 32-hundred dollars a pound-- a grant total of nearly six and a half MILLION dollars.
Yesterday, Operation Rescue took the streets in opposition to abortion and the jailing of one of their own.
The rallying continued late into the evening, and more is planned for this weekend.
Stacey Martin has this report.
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[SUPER=01-Patrick Mahoney/Operation Rescue; :44]
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The meaning of the songs, prayer and praise was not lost on those who gathered in support of Operation Rescue and especially the imprisoned Reverend Flip Benham--from followers to family they strengthened their cause.
[SOT 07.14.40 - 07.14.54 tape #1]
[IN Q=Six months is]
((FAYE BENHAM/WIFE OF REV. FLIP BENHAM: SIX MONTHS IS A LONG TIME. IT WAS KIND OF HARD IN THE BEGINNING BUT YOU JUST PICK YOURSELVES UP AND JUST GO ON WITH WHAT THE LORD'S CALLED YOU TO DO.))
[OUT Q=called you to do.]
Events earlier in the day included a rally in front of E.C. Glass High School, with some marchers carrying anti-abortion signs too graphic to show and at times defending their tactics to local residents.
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[IN Q=You went in]
((YOU WENT IN AND INVADED A PUBLIC SCHOOL. AND, AT THE POLICE'S REQUEST LEFT. HAS THAT EVER HAPPENED IN LYNCHBURG? NO.))
[OUT Q=in Lynchburg? No.]
Their numbers from the start were fewer than expected, but organizers felt the absence of local Christian leaders including the Reverend Jerry Falwell, was of greater concern.
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[IN Q=Their numbers have]
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: THEIR NUMBERS HAVE GROWN COMPARED TO EARLIER IN THE DAY WITH PEOPLE SHOWING UP FROM AS FAR AWAY AS CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE. BUT, IN THE DAYS TO COME, ORGANIZERS SAYS THEY'RE HOPING TO GET MORE SUPPORT FROM THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY RIGHT HERE IN LYNCHBURG. SM, NEWS 7.))
[OUT Q=SM, News 7.]
Local taxpayers may foot part of the hospital bill for the Roanoke man accused of killing his toddler son.
Guarding the man's room is also draining the sheriff's manpower.
38-year old Kelvin Vaughn was shot twice in the stomach by a Salem police officer after he opened fire at police.
Investigators say moments later, Vaughn killed his son.
While he was still in the hospital -- police arrested Vaughn for attempted capital murder.
So now a sheriff's deputy must guard Vaughn's room around the clock.
The sheriff says his department is already understaffed and now deputies are working 16 hours a day.
[IN Q=They're going]
((EVERETTE OBENSHAIN JR./SALEM SHERIFF: THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE THE TIME OFF SOME TIME. LIKE I SAY WE'RE TWO PEOPLE SHORT ALREADY. I'VE GOT AT LEAST TWO OFFICERS THAT HAVE OVER 100 HOURS OF COMP TIME BUILT UP ALREADY.))
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[OUT Q=built up already]
Also -- because police arrested Vaughn in the hospital, the sheriff says taxpayers pick up hospital bills beyond what his own insurance covers.
One day in Roanoke Memorial's intensive care unit costs almost one thousand dollars PLUS doctor's bills.
The man who drowned in the Roanoke River Thursday afternoon in Salem was an avid fisherman from Troutville.
The body of Bart L. Schoonover was recovered shortly after five o'clock.
The Medical Examiner confirmed the cause of death as drowning, but Doctor David Oxley also noted that the 78-year old victim had a heart condition and wore a pacemaker.
He says Schoonover might have suffered cardiac arrhythmia in the cold water and that that could have contributed to his death.
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Radford University's first trip to the NCAA tournament was over about ten minutes into the first half of its first round game last night with top seeded Duke.
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Radford head coach Ron Bradley knew his team would have to play virtually flawless basketball to have any kind of a chance against the Blue Devils.
But Duke would force RU into a number of errors as CHris Carrawell finishes off the transition hoop with the slam and the foul.
Radford would have trouble against the Duke pressure as well. Corty Reed's three pointer ends an 8 minute scoring drought for the Highlanders.
It was 35-to-13 Duke at that point.
Radford would then commit one of its 17 first half turnovers as Carrawell gets out on the break and gets a breakaway jam.
Chibi Johnson would play as well as any Radford player in the game. He strips Steve Wojciechowski and finishes off the break by kicking the ball back to Leslie Ballard.
But Radford trailed 51-to-19 at halftime.
By then it was academic as Duke beats Radford 99-to-63 to snap Radford's 11 games winning streak.
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The action continues today on your hometown station.
UNC-Charlotte and North Carolina meet in the first game of the day.
Followed by West Virginia and Cincinnati.
In the afternoon you'll see the Richmond Spiders take on the University of Washington.
And Indiana verse Connecticut.
[GRAPHIC=WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR]
The UVa women won their NCAA first round East regional game out in Tuscon, Arizona last night by coming from behind to top SMU.
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Debbie Ryan was beside herself most of the game as UVa trailed 40-to-33 at halftime.
But the Cavs would pick up the pace after intermission as all-ACC performer DeMya Walker converts the sweet jumper on the right baseline.
Then freshman Erin Stovall would drill [SUPER=33-Virginia/77/SMU/68;]
the long three pointer as UVa outscored SMU 44-to-28 in the second half to win its first round game 77-to-68.
VA Tech meets Wisconsin tonight at six in Gainsville, Florida, and Liberty is in Knoxville, Tennessee, taking on U-T
. Tip off there is 9:20[S-VA-High]
The Virginia High School League state basketball championships will have an all local flavor in tonight's Group Two-A championship.
Last night Liberty edged Western Albemarle 68-to-65 and Magna Vista beat Robert E. Lee 55-to-53 to set up the Warriors vs. Minutemen matchup tonight at 8:45.
Also, this afternoon, GW Danville will try to win the Triple-A championship as it hooks up with Potomac.
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The road teenagers take is seldom a straight and easy path.
But there's one place in Roanoke, where teens can read the street signs to find a better way of living.
It's the Straight Street Teen Center and Keith Farmer is here to tell us about it.
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It's all hurry up and wait in Richmond.
With both chambers of the legislature having rejected the other's tax cut bill-- budget negotiations are happening in fits and starts.
[IN Q=Every year]
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: EVERY YEAR YOU COME BACK AND THERE'S A FINAL DAY MESS. THE CONFEREES ARE STILL TALKING.
AND I THINK UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A BUDGET. AND WE'VE TAKEN CARE OF ALL THE BILLS.))
[OUT Q=the bills.]
Governor Jim Gilmore's meeting privately with some lawmakers to try to shape a car tax cut and school construction compromise.
[IN Q=I think]
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I THINK HE'S RIGHT NOW TRYING TO SERVE AS SOMEWHAT OF A MEDIATOR BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND SEE IF HE CAN HELP WITH A CONSENSUS. AND I APPRECIATE THAT. I WOKE UP THIS MORNING BELIEVING SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION WAS DEAD THIS YEAR AND APPARENTLY IT'S STILL ALIVE. AND I APPRECIATE ANY HELP THAT HE CAN GIVE US ON IT.))
[OUT Q=on it.]
It now seems likely the 1998 session will stretch past tomorrow's previously scheduled adjournment.
The jury's still out on the car tax-- but the 1998 General Assembly session has become the year of the apology.
[IN Q=I want to]
((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-FAIRFAX: I WANT TO PROFOUNDLY APOLOGIZE TO ANY AND ALL THAT I OFFENDED IN ANY WAY EITHER BY NAME OR BY REFERENCE. BECAUSE THAT WAS NOT MEANT WHEN I TRIED TO BE WITTY IN MY AWKWARD WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax; ]
[OUT Q=awkward way.]
Fairfax Delegate Vince Callahan offered a tearful apology for a speech filled with low-grade humor Thursday.
Apology speeches for various comments or behavior became an almost weekly occurrence in the House this year.
A federal jury has awarded more than 700- thousand dollars to a Nelson County couple suing Wintergreen Development and its president -- former Congressman and statewide candidate L-F Payne.
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Walter and Nancy Childs say their dream home was built on unstable soils.
They say Wintergreen Development should have known.
Along with the financial award, the jury found Wintergreen Development had violated federal disclosure law and the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.
L-F Payne is President and founder of Wintergreen Development -- but says he was NOT actively involved in the company when the Childs built their house.
Payne alleges the Childs' problems are a result of poor design on a garage addition.
A military jury acquitted Sgt. Major Gene McKinney on 18 of 19 charges last night.
McKinney broke into a slight smile after he left the military court room in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
The jury only convicted him for obstruction of justice--the only count where there was physical proof.
It rejected the charges that he groped or crudely pressured six military women for sex.
[IN Q=SGT Major]
((CHARLES GITTINS/MCKINNEY'S ATTORNEY: SGT MAJOR MCKINNEY PRESENTED HIMSELF WELL ON CROSS-EXAMINATION WHICH WAS VERY IMPORTANT IN THIS CASE. AND THERE WAS CREDIBILITY PROBLEMS ON THE OTHER SIDE ALONG WITH OTHER PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THE INVESTIGATION.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Gittins/McKinney's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=inherent in the investigation]
He could have faced nearly 56 years in prison.
The jury deliberated more than 20 hours before reaching the
In High school hoops Liberty beat Western Albermarle and Magna Vista edged Robert E. Lee to set up a match up for a group Two A Championship.
Now here's a look at the scoreboard.
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If you're still looking to fill your schedule this weekend, here's some ideas from the weekend calender.
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Have you ever wondered how the pros decorate cakes so well?
Today's weekend diner guest shows us YOU can do it too.
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Today we didn't have an actual recipe, But if you drop us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you a the icing recipe Sandy uses, plus a few tips as well.
You can see the address there on the screen.
And, don't forget if you'd like to be on the weekend diner, send us a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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State police found a ton of marijuana inside a tractor trailer on Interstate 81 yesterday.
The pot is estimated to be worth about 32-hundred dollars a pound-- nearly six and a half million dollars in all.
Protests in support of jailed abortion leader Flip Benham continued in Lynchburg yesterday.
Protesters gathered on sidewalks near E-C Glass high school.
More demostrations are expected throughout the weekend.
Former Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney was aqcuited of 18 out of 19 charges against him yesterday evening.
McKinney was facing numerous sexual harrassment charges.
He was convited on one obstruction of justice charge.
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And that's what's making news on this Saturday March 14-th.
We'll be back in just a minute.
Good morning, I'm Denise Allen.
And I'm Andrew Freiden
It's (time) on Saturday MArch 14-th. Welcome back to News-7 Saturday morning.
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A Campbell County bus driver escaped with minor injuries after a head- on collision with a tree yesterday morning.
Virginia Stevens was headed south on Route 615 near Rustburg when she lost control of her school bus.
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((JIM WEISS/EYEWITNESS: SAID SHE HIT THE GRAVEL, THE BERM OF THE ROAD, AND IT JUST SUCKED HER RIGHT ON OVER INTO THAT BIG TREE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Weiss/Eyewitness; :00]
[OUT Q=that big tree.]
Rescuers spent 45 minutes freeing Stevens from the wreckage.
There were no children on the bus when the crash occurred.
This weekend, the hot rods will be holding court at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Joe Dashiell reports the valley's racing history will be in the spotlight with a look at the Roanoke Dragstrip.
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((The asphalt is now abandoned. A subdivision is going up next door, but to a generation that grew up with a fascination for fast cars, this piece of pavement holds many fond memories.
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The Roanoke Drag Strip opened in 1958. It was owned by the Beasley family, and operated by the Roanoke Dragsters. John Rinehart was there on opening night.
[SOT JOHN RINEHART 14:47:18]
[IN Q=A lot of hotrodders]
((JOHN RINEHART: A LOT OF HOTRODDERS GOT TO DO THEIR THING AND JUST NORMAL PEOPLE WOULD BRING THEIR CARS OUT. YOU COULD DRIVE IT RIGHT OUT AND RACE. AND THEN DRIVE IT HOME. THAT WAS THE WAY IT WAS IN THE OLD DAYS.))
[OUT Q=the way it was in the old days.]
But it wasn't just a haven for weekend warriors.
The Roanoke drag strip was sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association and some of the sport's biggest names ran there.
Roddy Moore remembers them well. He was a fifteen year- old from Welch, West Virginia when he first visited the track.
[SOT RODDY MOORE 14:52:22]
[IN Q=I remember the folk heroes]
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: I REMEMBER THE FOLK HEROES, THE DON GARLITS, TOMMY IVO, SNEAKY PETE ROBINSON. LOCALLY, THERE WAS TOMMY BOOTHE, LINWOOD CRAFT, PEOPLE LIKE THAT WHO WERE THE SUPERSTARS OF THE DRAG STRIP. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU REMEMBER.))
[OUT Q=people you remember.]
Even after the hot rods left in the late 60s, the racing continued. The hill at the end of the drag strip became the starting line for the Soapbox derby.
Though the drag strip is quiet today, it holds an important place in the region's history and the hearts of those who raced there.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))[FosterCare]
[GRAPHIC=Eye on Virginia]
Children separated from their parents because of abuse, neglect or a family emergency generally find safety and comfort in foster care.
But finding people willing to open their homes to troubled children is an ongoing battle for agencies responsible for placing them.
Kelly Zuber has the story in this week's Eye on Virginia.
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[SUPER=01-Pam Taylor/Foster Mother;2:22]
[SUPER=01-Kristi Eide/Foster Mother;2:52]
[OUT Q=Kelly Zuber, News 7.]
((There can be no waiting list of foster children at Roanoke City's department of social services.
Children taken from their parents have to be placed in within hours.
That means caseworkers must scramble to find a trained and qualified foster family.
[IN Q=We have children who maybe mom]
((DEBBIE HENDERSON/ROANOKE SOCIAL SERVICES: WE HAVE CHILDREN WHO MAYBE MOM HAS TO GO INTO THE HOSPITAL FOR A WEEK AND HAS NO SUPPORT SYSTEM AND THEY'VE BEEN PARENTED FAIRLY WELL AND THEY JUST NEED A TEMPORARY PLACE TO STAY TO CHILDREN WHO ARE REALLY JUST A STEP AWAY FROM BEING INSTITUTIONALIZED. ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS, ALL KINDS OF FEARS, DEPRESSED CHILDREN, HYPERACTIVE CHILDREN AND CHILDREN WHO JUST NEED A MOM AND DAD WHO CAN PUT THEM ON THEIR LAP AND LOVE THEM. ))
[OUT Q=and love them.]
Both public and private agencies have to make recruiting new foster parents a top priority so help will be available when it's needed.
[IN Q=One of the biggest needs we have is]
((RANDALL EAKIN/ROANOKE SOCIAL SERVICES: ONE OF THE BIGGEST NEEDS WE HAVE IS FOR FOSTER HOMES THAT WILL TAKE TEENAGERS.
THE FOSTER FAMILIES WE HAVE ARE VERY VALUABLE TO US BUT MANY OF THE ONES THAT CAN TAKE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS ARE USUALLY FULL.))
[OUT Q=usually full.]
A teenager often brings special challenges to foster families.
[IN Q=They run a lot, they run away]
((DEBBIE HENDERSON: THEY RUN A LOT, THEY RUN AWAY. THEY HAVE SUCH SCARS AROUND THEIR HEART AND THEY'VE BUILT UP SUCH WALLS THAT THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET YOU TO HAVE THEM MOVED BECAUSE THAT JUST REINFORCES THAT VERY POOR SELF CONCEPT, THAT I AM A BAD PERSON, THIS IS ALL MY FAULT AND NOBODY CAN LOVE ME, NOT EVEN YOU FOSTER PARENT.))
[OUT Q=not even you foster parent.]
When the department of social services can't find a home for a child, it turns to a private agency like DePaul Family Services to take the case.
That more than doubles the cost of care. And if a teenager has be transfered to a group home, drug rehab or a psychiatric center, the cost can rise above 100-thousand dollars per year, per child.
[IN Q=The state's been making a real]
((HERB BESKAR/DEPAUL FAMILY SERVICES: THE STATE'S BEEN MAKING A REAL EFFORT TO PLACE CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY WITH FAMILIES IF AT ALL POSSIBLE AND THAT'S WHY THE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS BEING REFERRED TO US PRESENT WITH MORE DIFFICULT NEEDS THAN THEY DID TEN YEARS AGO.))
[OUT Q=ten years ago.]
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Pam Taylor and her own children Kelvin and Takoiya have opened their home for foster care.
Children have come here with hearts and bodies battered but the Taylors try to give them a safe shelter and hope for the future.
[IN Q=Society makes them think it's a cycle]
((PAM TAYLOR/FOSTER MOTHER: SOCIETY MAKES THEM THINK IT'S A CYCLE, THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A REPEAT THING, BUT I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIFE AND TELL THEM NO, THAT THEY CAN STOP IT.))
[OUT Q=they can stop it.]
Like the Taylors, Bill and Kristi Eide of Botetourt County also have two children of their own but they see foster parenting as a way of expanding their family.
They care for three foster children now and have helped several others.
Since the goal of foster care is to provide a safe but TEMPORARY home for children, foster parents often face an emotional struggle when children are returned to birth parents.
[IN Q=You need to be attached but]
((KRISTI EIDE: YOU NEED TO BE ATTACHED BUT YOU NEED TO, AT THE SAME TIME, KEEP THIS LITTLE MAGIC BUBBLE AROUND YOURSELF TO TRY TO KEEP FROM BEING HURT QUITE SO BAD.))
[OUT Q=hurt quite so bad.]
Foster families are paid for their work--the state pays $270 a month for care of a baby and at least $400 a month for a teenager. Private agencies often pay more but the children usually have greater needs.
Kelly Zuber, News 7.))
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