On NEWS 7 tonight:
Twisters claim the life of a mother and child.
We'll take you to Hanover County.
And as the tobbacco settlement is renegotiated in Washington, a local tobacco farmer who rolls his own cigarettes fears he'll have to pay for the sins of big business in the deal.
Tonight in sports, the Cubs have already picked up a win this afternoon. But baseball will have to take a backseat to hoops as college coaches continue to play musical chairs.
Pete Gillen landed in his new seat this afternoon at UVa. Roy Stanley will check in from Charlottesville with his story in just a few moments.
A super afternoon as temperatures soared into the 70's again but clouds are on the western horizon. Details are just
37 houses destroyed or damaged.
Two lives lost.
Hanover County residents are assessing the damage yesterday's tornado caused.
The worst was a two story house, torn from its foundation.
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[IN Q=All I can]
((CYNTHIA SMITH/VICTIM'S COUSIN: ALL I CAN SAY IS LORD HAVE MERCY. I MEAN-- WHAT CAN YOU SAY? WHEN I LEFT YESTERDAY MORNING, THIS HOUSE WAS HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Smith/Victim's Cousin;]
[OUT Q=this house was here.]
John Giles had gone next door to tell his father-in-law of the tornado warning.
He returned to wreckage.
45 minutes later, rescue workers found his 18- week old baby by cutting through the wall of his house.
The baby was dead and so was his wife.
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[IN Q=You never]
((BEN BRAXTON/VICTIM'S BROTHER: YOU NEVER REALLY THINK THAT ANYTHING COULD BE THAT DEVASTATING. NOT JUST THE PROPERTY DAMAGE THAT IT DOES, BUT IN THIS CASE WE LOST TWO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.))
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((LYN BUCHANAN/TORNADO WITNESS: SAW THE BLACK CLOUD COME ACROSS THE TREETOPS. FROM THERE...FUNNEL CLOUD CAME THROUGH THE BOTTOM. AND LOOKED LIKE IT HAD TOUCHED DOWN AND GONE BACK UP.))
[SUPER=01-Ben Braxton/Victim's Brother;]
[SUPER=01-Lyn Buchanan/Tornado Witness; :12]
[OUT Q=back up.]
The same storm system that delivered a twister to Hanover County also hit Lunenberg and Caroline Counties hard in its trek across central Virginia.
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[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire]
Conflicting reports out of Washington today had tobacco giant R-J Reynolds pulling out of the proposed tobacco settlement.
Reynolds denies that, but says the version Congress is debating is STILL too restrictive.
Another much smaller manufacturer also is concerned about that agreement, but for different reasons.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
[IN Q=For five generations]
[SUPER=03-Lunenberg Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mac Bailey/Tobacco Grower; :09]
[SUPER=01-Steve Bailey/S&M Brands; 1:01]
[OUT Q=News7, Lunenberg County.]
(( For five generations Mac Bailey's family has been growing tobacco in Southside Virginia.
The golden leaf has put bread on his table and cash in his pocket.
[IN Q=It's the only]
((MAC BAILEY/TOBACCO GROWER: IT'S THE ONLY THING WE KNOW. WITHOUT TOBACCO I HAVE NO IDEA HOW ANY OF THE FARMERS WOULD MAKE A LIVING. THERE'S SOME CATTLE AROUND, BUT TOBACCO PAYS ALL THE BILLS.))
[OUT Q=all the bills.]
Tired of selling their tobacco for less than its market value, the Bailey's decided to start making their OWN cigarettes five years ago.
Now they produce a hundred million a year for the local market.
[IN Q=Whether the Bailey]
((Whether the Bailey family stays in the tobacco business another hundred years will depend not on what happens here in Lunenberg County, but on Capitol Hill in Washington. Like dozens of other small manufacturers, Steve Bailey is keeping a close eye on the proposed tobacco settlement being hashed out in Congress.))
[OUT Q=in Congress.]
That settlement would add more than a dollar in federal taxes to the price of a pack of cigarettes, AND place restrictions on tobacco advertising.
That's bad news for Bailey's, which being the little guy in the market, has to fight for both shelf space AND recognition.
[IN Q=We need or]
((STEVE BAILEY/S&M BRANDS: WE NEED OR HAVE TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF MEANS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SMOKER IN ORDER TO INFORM HIM THAT WE EXIST AND THAT WE PRODUCE A HIGH- QUALITY PRODUCT AT A COST SAVINGS.))
[OUT Q=a cost savings.]
Bailey says his company doesn't spike cigarettes OR advertise to teenagers.. but paying for the sins of Big Tobacco could cost him his business.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lunenberg County.))[Kick-Butts]
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Children were encouraged to kick the habit today.
This is National Kick Butts Day--designed to reduce the growing number of youthful smokers.
A government report released today says 43 percent of high schoolers use some type of tobacco product. One health expert says the problem may start in the home.
[IN Q=His first experimentation]
((HIS FIRST EXPERIMENTATION WITH CIGARETTES WAS WHEN HE WAS FIVE. HE WOULD PICK THEM UP OUT OF HIS MOTHERS ASHTRAY AND HE TELLS ME THE STORY THAT SHE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY AND HUMOROUS TO DO THAT. BY THE TIME HE WAS SEVEN HE WAS SMOKING CIGARETTES AND OF COURSE HER CIGARETTES WERE THE SOURCE OF THE THAT ONES HE SMOKED.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Keith/Carilion Health Ed. Center]
[OUT Q=THE ONES HE SMOKED.]
Keith says one of the best ways to prevent teenage smoking is to warn toddlers before their first day of pre-school.
[IN Q=TALK WITH THEM ABOUT]
((TALK WITH THEM ABOUT THE RISKS, THE DANGERS. TALK WITH THEM ABOUT IT BEING A NASTY, DIRTY HABIT, BECAUSE IT IS.))
[OUT Q=BECAUSE IT IS.]
Despite educational efforts like today's, health experts expect the number of young smokers will continue to rise.
It's a bizarre story no one in Danville can believe.
Tonight, police have concluded what happened to an emergency room doctor last week was self-inflicted.
Doctor Carl Clark was found on Central Boulevard with nails stuck in his chest and thigh.
His shirt was on fire and there was a noose around his neck.
Police aren't saying WHY Doctor Clark did all this to himself, but they say they've closed the book on the case.
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Roanoke's new police chief is getting to know the community--
tonight, he might even serve you dinner. We'll explain, coming up on News 7 at Six.
and as Tax Day approaches, the I-R-S is supposed to be working on its image. Is it really a friendlier "tax partner" this year?
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If you're looking for land in Franklin County -- you may have to buy a bigger chunk than you expected.
The planning commission is considering doubling the minimum lot size to about an acre.
Tina Tenret shows us why, and what that could do to real estate prices.
[IN Q=For many]
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[SUPER=01-Ron Willard/Developer; :13]
[SUPER=01-Richard Lang/Planning Commission; :44]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7]
((For many, this is picture perfect living.
A tidy little yard out front, Smith Mountain Lake out back.
Construction's booming out here, and even the empty lots are sold.
[IN Q=I challenge that board to come]
((RON WILLARD/DEVELOPER: I CHALLENGE THAT BOARD TO COME TO THE SHORES OF SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AND WALK THE AREAS WHERE I'VE GOT 30 OR 40 HOUSES IN A ROW BUILT, TELL ME WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. IT'S GOOD CLEAN DEVELOPMENT AND GOOD ENVIRONMENTALLY THOUGHT OUT.))
[OUT Q=THOUGHT OUT]
[IN Q=Franklin County planners]
((FRANKLIN COUNTY PLANNERS SAY HALF ACRE LOTS CAN BE A HEALTH HAZARD BECAUSE WHEN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM FAILS YOU DON'T HAVE ROOM TO BUILD ANOTHER ONE. OTHERWISE, THEY SAY, THE WASTE WILL EITHER OVERFLOW INTO YOUR HOME, WELLWATER, OR SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE.))
[OUT Q=Smith Mountain Lake]
[IN Q=If you only have]
((DICK LANG/FRANKLIN CO. PLANNER: IF YOU ONLY HAVE 20,000 SQUARE FEET AND YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM FAILS THEN YOU GOTTA SELL THE HOUSE AND MOVE OUT.))
[OUT Q=AND MOVE OUT]
But developers say they can maintain septic systems -- and forcing people to buy more land will only drive away potential residents.
Franklin County farmers whose life savings are tied up in land might also lose -- when it comes time to sell their property, they have to carve it up into fewer lots.
[IN Q=Easiest thing]
((EASIEST THING WOULD BE TO HANG A SIGN ON THE ENTRANCE TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AND FRANKLIN COUNTY SAYING WE'RE OUT OF BUSINESS FOR SELLING LAND.))
[OUT Q=FOR SELLING LAND]
The planning commission will hold a public hearing on this issue on April 14th.
Tina Tenret, News7, Franklin County.))
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The agency has struck fear in the hearts of millions of taxpayers.
But the Internal Revenue Service would rather be known as your tax-preparing partner.
The I-R-S office in Roanoke says it rarely gets complaints from taxpayers.
But people who work there know that, nationwide, the I-R-S has a reputation for being rather intimidating.
[IN Q= i guess from my]
((RICK HEFNER/INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE: I GUESS FROM MY PERSPECTIVE I'D LIKE TO THINK WE NEVER CAME ACROSS THAT WAY. BUT IT'S IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER AND CAN BE A PRETTY INTIMIDATING THING.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Hefner/Internal Revenue Service;]
[OUT Q=intimidating thing]
This year the I-R-S is open on Saturday, giving free advice to taxpayers.
The agency also set up a website that has tips like how to understand new tax laws, where to file your returns, and what to do if you're audited -- or, as the I-R-S says, "examined."
[IN Q=the best tip]
((RICK HEFNER/INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE: THE BEST TIP THAT I WOULD OFFER IS TO TRY TO HAVE RECORDS THAT SUPPORT THE STUFF THAT GOES ON THE TAX RETURN. BECAUSE AT THIS POINT, IF YOU ARE EXAMINED THE BURDEN IS STILL ON THE TAXPAYER TO PROVE THAT WHAT'S ON THE RETURN IS CORRECT.))
[OUT Q=is correct]
Thirteen days until your federal tax returns are due.
Christiansburg Lawyer Keith Neely will be furloughed from prison for a week.
The judge is letting him out, so he can come back to Roanoke and personally present his pitch in federal court for a new trial.
Neely is set to leave the federal pen in Morgantown at 8-A-M April 15th- -five days before the hearing- -to help his attorney get ready for it.
Neely is due back at the prison gate by six o'clock April 22nd.
The 48- year- old former attorney has served two years of a ten-year sentence for helping clients distribute cocaine and launder money.
Another strong surge in the stock market setting new records.
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The Dow climbed 118 points to close at 89 hundred 87.
NASDAQ gained five points.
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When Joe Gaskins was sworn in as Roanoke's new Chief of Police, he said he was looking forward to becoming involved in the community.
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Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports that Gaskins is taking some steps in that direction tonight... waiting tables at a local restaurant.
Keith, police officers are sworn to serve and protect... For Chief Gaskins tonight the emphasis is on the serving.
[IN Q=gaskins traded his dress blues]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief; :17]
[OUT Q=working in that vein]
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Coming up tonight in sports, Roy Stanley checks in from Charlottesville where UVa welcomed new basketball coach Pete Gillen to town today.
The WCW goes on world wide on the web tonight.
And the winners from this past season in high school hoops continue to reap the rewards from their success as the All-State hoop awards are being passed out this week.
Recruiting, and hiring a black coach are two top priorities as Pete Gillen takes over as head coach of the Virginia Basketball program.
Roy Stanley has this report.
[SUPER=01-Terry Holland/UVA Athletic Director; :28]
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVA Head Coach; :38]
[OUTCUE=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
While all of that was taking place in Charlottesville, Gillen's old school Providence was naming his successor.
Tim Welsh, who led Iona in to the NCAA tournament this past season moves on to become Providence's 5th coach in the past 12 years.
He is 37 years old. Jeff Ruland likely will succeed him at Iona.
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The post season honors in high school hoops are starting to trickle out from the Associated Press this week.
[SUPER=03-Norfolk/State Championships; :00]
In the Group Two-A ranks, Kevin Johnson the head coach of the Magna Vista Warriors, this year's Group Two-A state champs is the coach of the year.
The man he beat in the finals, Liberty high school's talented Peanut Arrington is the Double-A player of the year.
Magna Vista's Landa Martin also made first team all state along with Peanut. The Warriors Harvey Millner and Liberty's Robert Carson earned second team honors.
Earlier this week, Floyd's Travis Cantrell was a first team Group-A selection.
The Group Three-A girls team will be released tonight.[S-Cubs]
In the big leagues today the Pirates, Caridnals and Cubs have already won.
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The Cubs came back from asix run first inning defecit to beat the Marlins 8-to-7 in Miami.
Tyler Houston iginited the comeback with this three run shot in the fourth inning.
The Cubs have now won two in a row after losing thier opener.
The Franklin Co. speedway is all set to open its 29th year of ramming and bamming this Saturday night as Whitey Taylor presents the Community Directory 300.
6 classes of racing will be featured including a 75 lap Late Model event.
The gates open at three and the racing begins at six at the world's fastest 3/8ths mile oval.
If you're a fan of World Championship Wrestling you will want to take note of this program reminder.
Starting this Saturday April 4th, you can catch the best in WCW action at NOON right here on Your Hometown Station as pro wrestling returns to WDBJ-7.
And speaking of the WCW, you internet savvy rasslin' fans might want to check this out tonight.
Ric Flair and the rest of the WCW stars are in Tampa tonight. The matches are not being televised but you can watch them in an internet exclusive broadcast.
The Malice at the Palace can be in your computer monitor tonight, but it will cost you $7.95.
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Southwest Virginia and Argentina share a common bond.
She's a 27- year old Latin American woman sharing her language and culture with students in Carroll County.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
[IN Q=I will say]
[SUPER=01-Paola Monteros/Exchange Teacher; :00]
[SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :10]
[SUPER=01-Matthew Andrews/Second Grader; :23]
[SUPER=01-Jim Jessee/Gladeville Elem. Principal; 1:02 quick]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Carroll County.]
[IN Q=I will]
((I WILL SAY THE COLOR IN ENGLISH, YOU HAVE TO SAY IT IN SPANISH, OK. RED, BLUE. ))
[OUT Q=red, blue.]
Paola Monteros isn't a teacher by trade.
She's a journalist back home in Argentina.
But the ease in which students at Gladeville elementary are grasping spanish makes it appear she's been teaching for years.
[IN Q=It's been]
((MATTHEW ANDREWS/SECOND GRADER:IT'S BEEN PRETTY FUN, I MEAN, WE'RE ALWAYS PLAYING GAMES AND WE ALWAYS LEARN SPANISH AND ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF. ))
[OUT Q=kind of stuff.]
Monteros' position was made possible by the Amity Scholar program-- an organization recommended to the school by the Virginia Cooperative Extension service.
A local bank, the PTO and Ruritan Club are picking up the tab.
((SIMON SAYS TOUCH YOUR EARS...GOOD JOB. ))
[OUT Q=good job.]
The students aren't the only ones winning praise.
Principal Jim Jessee is one of program's biggest supporters.
In fact-- he agreed to serve as Monteros' host.
[IN Q=All of my]
((JIM JESSEE/GLADEVILLE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL: ALL OF MY CHILDREN ARE IN COLLEGE NOW, SO WE PICKED UP ANOTHER CHILD FOR A WHILE, IT'S BEEN REALLY GREAT. ))
[OUT Q=really great.]
Monteros is equally excited about the program-- which has been a way to strengthen her own English.
[IN Q=I think]
((PAOLA MONTEROS/SPANISH TEACHER:I THINK IT'S BEEN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ME. ))
[OUT Q=for me.]
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Carroll County.)) Monteros hopes to stay in America-- by landing a job in journalism.