Bitter reaction from all sides to the governor's confederate history proclamation.
We'll hear some of it- -and from Gilmore.
And a monument to former prisoners of war- -rigght here in the Roanoke Valley.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason will join us LIVE from the Roudnhouse with a pregame report on game one of the Express-Hampton Roads series, Sam Snead makes a comeback at Augusta.
And Tiger is on the prowl once again at the Masters as the first round of play begins today.
A big time cold front blows through the area with damaging winds. We still see lingering showers in our evening for
April is Confederate History Month in Virginia, courtesy of Governor Jim Gilmore.
Ellen Qualls has the first reactions.
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[SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Va. NAACP; 1:01]
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Governor Jim Gilmore says the way it's worded is "the right thing to do." So along with recognition of the heroism and deeply held beliefs of the Confederacy is this:
"WHEREAS, slavery was a practice that deprived African-Americans of their God-given inalienable rights, which degraded the human spirit, is abhorred and condemned by Virginians..."
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((WAYNE BYRD/HERITAGE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION: IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SOUTHERN LIFE ON A PLANTATION OF SERVANTS AND SERVITUDE WHERE MASTER AND SLAVE LOVED AND CARED FOR EACH OTHER AND HAD A GENIUNE FAMILY CONCERN, I DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT THEN.))
((WAYNE BYRD/HERITAGE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION: LET GOVERNOR GILMORE KNOW HOW HE HAS EMBARRASSED OUR STATE AND HOW HE HAS HUMILIATED US SOUTHERNERS BY CATERING TO THESE PEOPLE.))
Byrd is referring to the N-double-ACP, which actually asked Gilmore to NOT issue any proclamation this month at all.
((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN/VA. NAACP: THE GOVERNOR HAD TO LEARN A VERY DIFFICULT LESSON AND THAT'S THAT YOU CAN'T STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD ON RACE RELATIONS.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: MAYBE MOST IMPORTANTLY IS THE LAST PARAGRAPH OF THE PROCLAMATION WHICH SAYS IT'S TIME TO GROW FROM THIS, TO LEARN FROM OUR HISTORY, AND TO MOVE AHEAD TOGETHER.))
((WAYNE BYRD: NEXT YEAR WHEN MARCH COMES AROUND, THE LAST WEEK, RUN IT UP THE FLAGPOLE THEN AND SEE IF WE SALUTE IT.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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You can see the full text of Governor Gilmore's proclamation by visiting the W-D-B-J-7 web page.
There will be a marked difference in the way Grayson County's most talked about murder case is handled by the press.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from our Blacksburg newsroom.
Teresa, I understand the attorneys are now working under a self imposed gag order?
[Live=Teresa Full/Blacksburg Bureau]
That's right, Keith.
Attorneys for both suspects have agreed NOT to grant interviews with the media.
It's a move initiated by attorneys for Louis Ceparano who're concerned their client's right to a fair trial is being jeopardized by newspaper and television coverage.
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(( The manner in which Garnett G-P Johnson was murdered continues to generate publicity.
The former Marine was burned alive and later decapitated.
Louis Ceparano and Emmett Cressell, Junior are charged with murder but both have attorneys who've taken different positions toward the press.
For the most part-- coverage has focused on Cressell who's attorneys have voluntarily cast their client in a positive light.
To level the playing field, Ceparano's attorneys, who've essentially avoided the press asked for a gag order.
Jeff Dorsey and Mark Claytor have agreed to the conditions as long as Ceparano's attorneys also adhere to the order-- which they did.
Judge Colin Campbell indicated he supports the measure but has NOT decided whether he'll move Ceparano's trial out of Grayson County.
Residents have their own opinion.
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((LEMAN ASHBROOK/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT: I BELIEVE HE WOULD GET A BETTER TRIAL OUT OF THIS COUNTY DUE TO ALL THE CONTROVERSY THAT'S GOING ON.
I JUST THINK WHAT'S THE USE TO MOVE IT, IT HAPPENED, I MEAN IT HAPPENED HERE I THINK IT OUGHT TO BE DONE HERE. ))
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[Live=Teresa Full/Blacksburg Bureau]
There was also a motion to have Commonwealth's attorney J- D Bolt reveal whether any offers were made to Cressell-- who's now free on bond and has agreed to testify against Ceparano.
Bolt says there's been no such deal.
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(Question: What is the prosector's opinion of the gag order?)
He was convicted of sexually assaulting two children in Danville and was waiting to be sentenced.
While out on bail, police picked him up for the kidnapping and rape of a North Carolina girl.
Danville police won't comment on the case of 41-year old Robin Martin.
Police in Charlotte, North Carolina say he lured a 12-year old girl away from her church Sunday.
They found her bound and gagged several hours later on the side of the road.
Charlotte police arrested Martin yesterday on a tip.
In September Martin was found guilty of sexual battery of a minor and indecent exposure.
The Danville case involved an eight year old girl.
A woman charged with killing an elderly Roanoke County man last fall told police that she did it.
That testimony came out at the preliminary hearing this morning for Barbara Anderson.
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She's accused of beating James Beane to death last fall, at his home near Cave Spring Corner.
Police found Anderson at the house and arrested her for the murder.
A police officer testified today that at one point Anderson told him: "take me to jail, arrest me, because I did it."
Anderson's hearing has been delayed several times for psychiatric examinations.
The case was sent to the June grand jury.
It took ten years of work, but tonight the Roanoke Valley has a monument to American prisoners of war.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War dedicated the stone monument this afternoon.
It stands outside of the VA Medical Center in Salem, and honors those who sacrificed their own freedom to protect the nation's.
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((THOMAS GAGNET/FORMER PRISONER OF WAR: I TELL YOU IT WAS ROUGH. AND EVERYONE WHO CAME THROUGH. IN THE PACIFIC AREA, WE LOST OVER HALF OF THOSE WHO WERE TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR. SO WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO BE HERE TODAY, AND I KNOW THAT I, I THINK ALL OF US, HAVE THE FEELING OF AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, YOU KNOW.))
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The V-A Medical Center has accepted the responsibility for the care and maintenance of the memorial.[Tease#1]
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Are the days of dangerous and painful heart surgery over?
There's more on a new type of surgery ahead on News-7 at Six.
And these Botetourt County students are on their way to the moon-- by way of cyberspace.
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Open heart surgery typically brings to mind words like trauma and massive procedure, but a new wave of operations sweeping the country is changing that.
As Tonya Flory tells us, Roanoke has one of the few centers in the world performing the high tech surgery.
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(( This new cardiac surgery at Roanoke Memorial is helping patients recover 50-percent faster, sparing the trauma of standard open chest procedures because it avoids cracking open the breastbone and ribs.
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((WILLIAM CARTER/HEART PORT PATIENT:I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO A LONGER LIFE. I WAS OPERATING OFF OF ONE ARTERY WHEN THEY DID IT AND NOW THEY'VE REPLACED THAT ARTERY. THAT ARTERY WAS BLOCKED IN TWO PLACES ONE FROM 40 TO 60 PERCENT THE OTHER FROM 60 TO 80.))
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Bedford County native William Carter is recovering from the surgery he just had two weeks ago.
But the operation is not for all heart surgery patients.
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((DR. JOSEPH BAKER/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON:THE MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNIQUES WITH SMALL INCISIONS ARE FOR A LIMITED GROUP OF PATIENTS. IN HEART SURGERY THERE'S BEEN A PUSH FOR SMALL INCISION OPERATIONS.))
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The incision is only about three inches compared to the 12 inch cut made with traditional heart surgery, making the procedure much more attractive to patients.
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((WILLIAM CARTER/HEART PORT PATIENT:A COUNTRY BOY VERSION OF IT HASN'T REALLY KNOCKED THE PROPS OUT FROM UNDER ME THAT MUCH, I WALK THROUGH THE HOUSE, OUTDOORS, I HAVEN'T TRIED TO DO A DAYS WORK, BUT I HAVE NO PROBLEM HANDLING MYSELF, GETTING OUT OF THIS CHAIR, DOING WHAT I WANT TO DO.))
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Doctors predict half of all coronary bypass surgery and nearly all valve surgery will be performed using port access techniques within the next few years.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))[No-Wake]
Tempers swelled at Smith Mountain Lake today.
The Policy Advisory Board said they would NOT force boaters to slow down at the entrance to Becky's Creek, even though cove residents say boats create dangerous wakes.
No-wake buoys already guard the entrance to a busy marina.
The Board agreed to move them to about midway through the cove, so boats would slow down earlier.
Residents say that makes things worse -- jet skiiers and speedboats will now turn around at a narrow, shallow, crowded point.
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((ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE MARINA? ... PEOPLE YOU'RE PROTECTING.))
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The decision is not yet final -- first the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries must approve it.
The stock market came roaring back today. The Dow
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climbed 103-points, closing at 89- hundred- 94.
NASDAQ gained 13-points.
Will Danville add more year-round schools?
Only if city council can find the money for them.
Right now Schoolfield Elementary is the only year-round school serving Danville.
But there's a plan in the works to add Taylor Elementary and Gibson Middle School.
When the 1998-99 school budget is presented tonight to city council, it will include an adendum to switch those two schools to year-round programs-- at a cost of about two-million dollars.
Danville's school superintendent says coming up with the money won't be easy.
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((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE SUPERINTENDENT: I THINK IT'S A GOOD PROPOSAL. THE SCHOOL BOARD WANTS TO DO IT. THEY SUPPORT IT. I THINK THE CITY'S GOING TO BE HARD-PRESSED TO FUND IT. ))
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[OUT Q=hard-pressed to fund it.]
City council won't vote on the school budget tonight.
But they will either accept or reject it by mid-May or early June.
Botetourt County high school students are sending a satellite to the moon.
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The trip is really through cyberspace -- using the Internet, 24 students are putting their own satellite into orbit and collecting data from the moon.
The mission mirrors one NASA launched earlier this year, and the data will be real.
But these two-person teams hope to unearth something NASA has not -- like metals or more water.
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((I'VE BEEN DREAMING FOR A WHILE TO GET A JOB WITH NASA ONCE I GET OUT OF COLLEGE AND I'M HOPING THIS MIGHT HELP ME.))
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They have spent weeks studying the moon early every morning.
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((WE ALL KINDA BECAME A CLOSER BOND. PEOPLE WE MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN AS OUR CLOSE PALS NOW, WE HAVE A FRIENDSHIP THERE. A CLOSE BOND NOW.))
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Teachers say it's a stellar opportunity for students to see the moon.
Coming your way tonight in sports, Sam Snead shows why he's the Master at Augusta and Tiger is attempting to do the same.
Klesko has a big day at the plate.
And Steve Mason is at the Roundhouse where the Express is preparing to meet its big nemesis from Hampton Roads.
The Express opens the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs against Hampton Roads tonight at the Round House.
[Double Boxes=Mike & Steve/Microwave]
Steve Mason joins us from the Roanoke Civic Center about 45 minutes before the face off between these two Northeast Division rivals.
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(Rollcue:the Admirals were the ones that knocked Roanoke out of the playoffs last year...)
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[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :58]
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((Roanoke's race aaginst the clock is also key to this game. Tim Christian's black eye and his teamates bumps and bruises only had a day and a half to heal the first and second round.
Mike Peron has been the spark; leading Roanoke with 4 playoff points. The Express can expect hampton to be tough er tthan Huntington. Roanoke faces a team that has won 9 of it's last 11. While the Express needed four games to beat Huntington; the Admirals swept Peoria to set the stage for perhaps the ECHL's top playoff match up.))
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The first major of the season, the Masters began play today at Augusta National, and already the tournament is producing the kind of excitement we've come to expect each year.
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Defending champ Tiger Woods who struggled during part of the first round last year before his record setting performance has been steady all day. He's at
one under right now.
A couple of other former champs have also played pretty well today. Fuzzy Zoeller finished the first round at one under.
And take a look at Fred Couples with one foot in the creek and one foot on the bank calmly flip the ball within a few feet of the cup.
Right now ________ leads at ____ under par.
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The activities began at nine this morning with the traditional ceremonial beginning to the Masters.
First Gene Sarazan teeed off, he had honors because he is an amazing 96 years old.
then Byron Nelson stepped to the tee box and hit a respectable drive.
But the biggest applause was reserved for Sam Snead who came out of a hospital bed yesterday, stepped up and hit a 235 yard drive right down the middle. Snead is only 85.
One of the NFL's all-time greats called it quits this afternoon.
Marcus Allen, the Chiefs great back who is now 38 announced his retirement today.
During his 16 years in the league he scored a record 123 touchdowns and played in 22 games.
Marcus is coming to CBS as a game analyst this Fall.
The Lynchburg Hillcats are set to defend their Carolina league Championship this afternoon they met the media at Ragazzi's.
Several players from last years team are back in the Hill City manager Jeff Richardson says the team came on in the final weeks of spring training.
And he said the strong pitching staff should make the Hillcats a legitimate contender for another Carolina League Championship.
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The Hillcats will open their season tomorrow night on the road at Kinston and righthander Paul Ah Yat will get the start.[Wx-Tape]
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