Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Comments from citizens on A-E-P's high voltage power plans.
Terms of release and a lecture for a Grayson County murder suspect.
And we're scouting out recent rulings that exclude and homosexuals in one American way of life.
Tonight in sports, Kyle Petty and Wythe County sheriff Pike have aclose encounter, Bristol gets another big face lift,
And we'll check in at Virginia Tech's spring football workouts where Frank Beamer is trying to fill some holes in two major areas.
Very mild readings today with 70s all around. Going for a record tomorrow. Details just ahead.[Power-Line]
The state corporation Commision's tour of Southwest Virginia stopped in Montgomery County today.
There at the second in a series of public hearings the Commission heard more testimony about American Electric Power's plan to build a high voltage power line
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Scott Goldberg was at today's hearings.
He joins us now from the Montgomery County Court House.
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The judge has agreed to leave Emmett Cressell, Junior, out on bond.
At the same time, though, Judge Colin Campbell urged the defendant's own father to turn in his son if he felt "Junior" was about to violate the terms of his bond.
Cressell was released Friday after agreeing to testify against co-defendant, Louis Ceparano.
The two are accused of burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson.
Cressell apparently violated the conditions of his bond by talking with Christy Harden-- who's been subpoenaed by both the prosecution and the defense.
This morning, the judge lectured Cressell about risking his parent's property. His folks posted the family farm as bond.
The judge also talked of his concern for Cressell's safety.
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((JEFF DORSEY/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY: HE UNDERSTANDS THE COMMUNITY IS WATCHING HIM AND HE'S GOING TO DO NOTHING TO JEOPARDIZE THAT, I MEAN, I THINK IT SHOULD BE SAID HE WAS HERE TODAY, NOT UNDER SERVICE OF A SUBPOENA, HE WAS HERE VOLUNTARILY BY COOPERATION WITH HIS ATTORNEY AND BY COOPERATION OF MR. BOLT. ))
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Cressell was also ordered to avoid a convenience store where the victim's father is known to shop.
The Commonwealth has carried out Ronald Watkins' death sentence.
But his defenders say they won't stop their efforts.
Ellen Qualls has the latest on the Danville killer's execution.
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(( Ronald Watkins was a confessed killer.
But he was also the father of an 18 year old boy.
The day he was executed, his son's mother was denied a final visit because she arrived 45 minutes late.
Washington and Lee law professor Bill Geimer drove her, and he's still fuming.
((BILL GEIMER/W&L LAW PROFESSOR: I DIDN'T MAKE IT BY THREE O'CLOCK. SO THEY LET SINA MAYO STAND OUTSIDE IN THE GRASS WHILE LITTLE TAMMY BROWN SAID "VISITING HOURS ARE ONE TO THREE. VISITING HOURS ARE ONE TO THREE.))
A Corrections spokesman says "any attorney who is worth his salt would have been quite aware of the visiting procedure."
Geimer told reporters he doesn't blame the Governor for declining to intervene in the execution, but he thinks the Department of Corrections was "senselessly cruel" on a number of isssues -- including banning national and local TV cameras from interviews with Watkins.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE DON'T WANT TO BE INSENSITIVE, WE DON'T WANT TO BE CRUEL. BUT WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THE SECURITY IS GOOD.))
((BILL GEIMER/THEY'RE NOT DOING IT FOR SECURITY REASONS. THEY'RE DOING IT TO KILL PEOPLE IN SECRET, TO MAKE SURE THAT NOBODY SEES A HUMAN BEING. WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN FOR EXAMPLE. PICK UP YOUR PAPER TODAY, FRANK. WHAT HAVE YOU GOT? YOU GOT THE MUG SHOT FROM THE MECKLENBURG CORRECTIONAL CENTER. THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. AT THE END, THEY WANT TO REHASH THE CRIME AND THEY WANT TO SHOW YOU A MUG SHOT, AND WHAT'S GONE ON IN BETWEEN IS TO BE KEPT SECRET.))
Corrections director Ron Angelone says it's crime victim's families -- like the family of William McCauley in Danville -- that he's worried about, who'd have to see a killer in his words "showcased and given a platform on television."
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The death of a Roanoke man back in January has been ruled an accident.
John Glen Jones died in this house on fifth street as he and another man wrestled on the floor.
The Commonwealth's Attorney ruled today that Jones' death was NOT the result of any criminal negligence.
Prosecutor Don Caldwell points out both men had been drinking a lot- -and were about equally responsible for the fight. There weren't any weapons involved.
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A lot of us have some taxing questions around this time of year.
Still ahead on News-7 at Six, we'll show you where you can get some help.
Can homosexuals be good role models-- or are the Boy Scouts right to exclude them?
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((ROBERT MORROW/GAY COMMUNITY ADVOCATE: THE FACT THAT I'M CHRISTIAN AND GAY IS NOT SOMETHING I FIND IN CONFLICT. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXCEPTIONAL MORAL CHARACTER AND THEY ALSO HAPPEN TO BE A GAY MAN OR A LESBIAN WOMAN.))
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We'll take a local look at a nation-wide debate.
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The Boy Scouts pride themselves on teaching teamwork -- but certain people are not allowed to play.
The rules could change, though, as courts across the country take a closer look.
Tina Tenret reports.
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(( Honor -- trust -- serving God.
Principles instilled into these young Scouts.
But as they rise, they'll learn not everyone is accepted into these ranks.
The Boy Scouts do NOT let in homosexuals, aetheists or agnostics.
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((BRUCE TUTEN/BOY SCOUTS COUNCIL: WE'RE NOT JUDGING THE PERSON. IN FACT WE WOULD LOVE TO PUT OUR ARM AROUND THEM AND SAY WE BELIEVE THAT YOU'RE A GOOD PERSON. IT'S JUST THAT YOUR LIFESTYLE OR YOUR BELIEF AS AN AETHEIST IS NOT CORRECT.))
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But what does that say to boys who want to learn leadership, teamwork and survival skills in this All-American organization?
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((ROB MORROW/GAY COMMUNITY ADVOCATE: TO HEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT YOU HAVE NO MORAL CHARACTER -- THAT YOU ARE NOT A GOOD PERSON BECAUSE OF YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, BECAUSE OF WHOM YOU SEE AS YOUR PRIMARY SEXUAL PARTNER WHETHER SAME SEX OR OPPOSITE SEX, THAT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR A YOUNG PERSON TO DEAL WITH.))
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But the Boy Scouts insist the heart of family values is a mother-father partnership.
And they say it's important to teach children these values.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: MORE AND MORE STATES ARE TACKLING THIS ISSUE -- WITH DIFFERENT OUTCOMES. A NEW JERSEY JUDGE RECENTLY FORCED THE BOY SCOUTS TO ACCEPT A HOMOSEXUAL SCOUTMASTER. BUT JUST THIS WEEK -- A CALIFORNIA COURT BACKED ITS BOY SCOUTS AND SAID AS A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION, THEY CAN EXCLUDE WHOMEVER THEY WANT. IN CONTRAST THE GIRL SCOUTS CALL THEMSELVES INCLUSIVE AND DO NOT BAR HOMOSEXUALS OR AETHEISTS. TINA TENRET NEWS7.))
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Southside schools districts are ironing out multi-million dollar operating budgets.
In Danville, the school board is set to vote next week on a proposed 45-million dollar budget for the 1998-99 school year.
That's up more than two-million over last year.
The budget provides for NO new school initiatives.
60-percent of it goes toward salaries which, this year, include four-percent pay raises for all school employees.
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((DR. ANDY OVERSTREET/SUPERINTENDENT: OUR TEACHERS' ORGANIZATION GOAL SUGGESTED ABOUT 8% WHICH I CERTAINLY CONCUR WITH. IT'S JUST THAT THE REVENUE REALITIES WOULDN'T SUPPORT THAT. THE STATE ON THE OTHER HAND HAS ONLY PROPOSED A 1.1% ANNUALIZED INCREASE. SO WE'RE HITTING ABOUT THE MIDDLE IN THAT WE ARE PROPOSING A 4% SALARY INCREASE.))
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In Pittsylvania County, the school board adopted a 50-million dollar budget at its Tuesday night meeting.
The biggest portion of the budget also goes toward salaries and a four-percent pay raise for teachers.
The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors must approve the school budget by May First.
If you are having problems with your federal taxes, you can ask someone at the I-R-S.
The agency established Problem-Solving Day where taxpayers can walk in and get help on any "taxing" questions.
I-R-S officials said that they are planning at least one problem-solving day in the Virginia-West Virginia District thru the end of 1998.
This is the fifth problem solving day in the district since the beginning of the program.
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((ROGER BURGESS/DISTRICT DIRECTOR- WHAT WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO DO IS SWITCH GEARS A LITTLE BIT AN LOOK AT THE TAXPAYERS, OUR CUSTOMER SITUATIONFROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE. WE WILL DEVOTE WHATEVER RESOURCES ARE NECESSARY TO HELP OUR CITIZENS FULFILL THEIR ANNUAL FILING REQUIREMENTS.))
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The I-R-S also encourages the public to walk-in to chapter offices in Roanoke, Lynchburg and Danville during busine
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A mixed day on Wall Street. The DOW
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lost nearly 26-points, closing at 88-hundred-47.
NASDAQ gained four points.
After more than 150 studies and the government's stamp of approval, salty snacks cooked in Olean fat free oil are being sold nationwide.
Potato and tortilla chips made with Olean are already on store shelves in the Roanoke Valley and future brands are on the way including cheese curls and crackers.
Researchers say initial concerns about Olean causing abdominal cramping are now under control.
A Johns Hopkins University study published in the Journal of the American Medical Associations reports the products cooked in Olean did not cause digestive problems in volunteers.
And the study showed it satisfied consumer's tastes.
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((DR. GREG ALLGOOD/PROCTOR AND GAMBLE SCIENTIST:IT SHOWED WHEN THEY WERE EATING OLEAN CHIPS THEY WERE JUST AS FULL AS WHEN THEY WERE EATING FULL FAT CHIPS SO IT CAN BE A WAY FOR US TO CUT FAT AND CALORIES OUT OF OUR DIET, THAT PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE IN ROANOKE BECAUSE THEY EAT A LOT OF POTATO CHIPS.))
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As a nation, Americans eat about 800-thousand tons of fat in salted snacks each year.
A clothing exchange in Craig County is offering help to tornado victims in southside Virginia, but getting the clothing to people who may need it is proving to be a challenge.
The Clothesline has been open since 1987, distributing used clothing free of charge.
But now, the volunteers who've kept it going are closing shop and they're looking for another group that can use their inventory.
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((JUANITA MURRAY: IT'S A LOT OF GOOD CLOTHES HERE AND WE JUST HATE TO SEEM THEM GO TO THE DUMP OR SOMEWHERE ELSE. WHEN WE KNEW THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN THE TORNADOS, WE JUST WANTED TO HELP THEM.))
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Juanita Murray has offered the clothing to other organizations, but so far she's found no takers who are willing to send a truck to New Castle.
Coming up tonight in sports, Bristol gets big, DW is set to tag team with Earnhardt, we'll check on Tech spring football, plus
Steve Mason checks in from Wytheville where Kyle Petty had an unusual run in with Wythe County sheriff Wayne Pike last night.
Winston Cup star Darrell Waltrip has a 10am news conference scheduled for tomorrow morning at Bristol.
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It is expected that Dale Earnhardt and Waltrip will join forces to announce that DW will drive the Earnhardt owned Pennzoil car the rest of the year while Steve Park recuperates from his broken leg.
Pennzoil wants big name in the car and Waltrip needs a ride.
But don't discount the possibility that Darrell might also fill in for Ricky Craven at some point whiel he recovers from post concussion syndrome.
Kyle Petty and a legion of Winston Cup drivers will attempt to make the Food City 500 tomorrow at Bristol.
But, as a Wythe County Christian Mens rally realized last night; making the grade on the speedway is is hardly what keeps Kyles life on track. Steve mason explains.
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(( On Sunday's Petty saves his car. It seems the other six days of the week; he saves lives.
Nearly a thousand packed George Wythe high school auditorium. Motor Racing Outreach founder Max Helton joined churches from Abingdon to Pulaski for an evening of prayer, worship, testimonials and strong messages.
Sheriff Wayne Pike made a surprise visit; not to hand Kyle a speeding ticket as he had feared; but to deputize another Petty.
Confidence filled the auditorium as Kyle, whose hectic schedule on and off the track is second to none, preached about priorities.
Petty is off to Bristol for Friday's 11 am Food City 500 practice. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Kyle and the rest of the Cup drivers will be in Bristol tomorrow morning and they will be greeted by an amazing site.
New construction at the track has upped the seating capacity to more than 130 thousand.
The half mile oval is now completely bowled in from top to bottom, and additional luxury suites also have been added in time for Sunday's race.
In fact construction crews will be working right up until Sunday morning.
More construction is wrapping up out west as the new ballpark in Phoenix is set to open.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks new stadium is called Bank One ballpark and besides having a corporate name it also has a number of glitzy fountains and hot tub for the fans.
The stadium also is the first to have a retractable roof over a natural grass field.
This Spring is a very important time for Virginia Tech football as the Hokies not only prepare for the upcoming season but try to find some new players in the process.
Especially on the offensive line where the Hokies were wiped out by graduation.
And another major focus of Spring ball centers around improving the defensive secondary.
The Hokies have experience at the position but those veterans got burned by long range passing in the last four games of the regular season.
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As you know the NFL is coming back to CBS this Fall and today we received the list of the first preseason games we have for you right here on WDBJ-7.
On Saturday August 15th at 8, you can catch the Seahawks and 49ers in the first exhibition game of the new season.
Then on Thursday August 27th the Cowboys return to WDBJ-7 to take on Jacksonville.
(---------------) It's the first of a season's worth of NFL games back here on Your Hometown Station.