A verdict is in for a man accused of killing his wife.
Thousands are coming to Roanoke for Saturdays concert- but that's not the only thing going on this weekend.
Plus tonight's Yankees game is cancelled- Mike will tell us what's clearing out the house for the next few days.
News 7 is next.[Newsbreak]
A guilty verdict tonight for the man accused of killing his wife.
The jury found Mark Dana Turner guilty of second degree murder.
Dana had said he only picked up the gun to scare his wife, and fired by accident.
Apartments may be going up in Daleville- They cleared one hurdle tonight- but some folks don't want them.
Plus 30 thousand people will flock to Victory Stadium on Saturday for the Dave Matthews Band Concert- but that's not the only event going on in the region this weekend.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[Bank-Mergers]
[TAPE#98-21 TC 36:40]
Bank mergers are all over the news today.
One of two proposed mergers would create the biggest bank in the country.
It's not expected to have much local impact.
But as Scott Goldberg reports, that doesn't mean local banks are not watching these developments very closely.
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[IN Q=The news]
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[SUPER=01-Hugh McColl/NationsBank CEO; :14]
[SUPER=01-John Clarke/Catawba Capital; :33]
[OUT Q=N7, Roanoke]
(( The news out of Charlotte is big.
A merger between NationsBank and San Francisco-based Bank of America would create the biggest bank in the country.
A 60-billion dollar merger, that the CEOs of both banks said was a good thing.
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[IN Q=dave and I believe]
((HUGH MCCOLL/NATIONSBANK CEO: DAVE AND I BELIEVE ... BIGGER IS INDEED BETTER.))
[OUT Q=INDEED BETTER]
Whether that's true or not, getting bigger is definitely the trend in banking.
Another proposed merger between First Chicago and Columbus, Ohio-based BancOne would create the biggest bank in the Midwest.
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[IN Q=everybody's trying]
((JOHN CLARKE/CATAWBA CAPITAL: EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO GET MARRIED, FIND A PARTNER, IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.))
[OUT Q=TO SURVIVE]
Roanoke bank analyst John Clarke says the question is: Who's next?
Local banks watched their stocks go up today.
Clarke said buyers want to get in on the action, if a local bank is the next one struck by merger mania.
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((JOHN CLARKE: SOMEBODY'S BUYING THEM, THINKING BIG UNCLE'S GOING TO COME ALONG AND PAY A LOT OF CASH FOR THOSE BANKS. WE'LL SEE.))
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One other big news item in the banking world.
The Federal Reserve Board conditionally approved First Union's 17-billion dollar merger with Philadelphia-based CoreStates.
The deal can go ahead IF, the Fed said, First Union needs to take measures to make sure the banking industry stays competitive.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.))
Just what will big bank mergers mean for you the consumer?
The U.S Public Interest Research Group says higher fees.
((THAT'S NOT RIGHT. BIGGER BANKS SHOULD PASS ON ECONOMIES OF SCALE IN THE FORM OF LOWER PRICES. INSTEAD BIGGER BANKS INSIST ON USING MONOPOLY MUSCLE THAT'S UNFAIR TO CONSUMERS. ))
[SUPER=01-Edmund Mierzwinski/U.S. PIRG;]
[OUT Q=UNFAIR TO CONSUMERS.]
One consumer advocate says the banks that are merging already have some of the highest banking charges.
((NATIONS BANK FOR POLITICAL REAONS MAY DECIDE NOT TO RAISE FEES FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, BUT THEY'LL RAISE THEM. I GUARANTEE IT.))
[OUT Q=I guarantee it.]
Ralph Nadar wants Congress to investigate how the mergers are affecting consumers, small businesses and taxpayers.
Virginia has a scheduled execution tomorrow-
But Secretary of State Madeline Albright wants the Governor to block it.
(AHN-hel Francisco Bray-ard) Angel Francisco Breard is scheduled to die despite pleas for postponemnt by the Government of Paraguay and the World Court.
(Bray-ard) Breard was convicted of killing a woman in Arlington in 1992.
But he was never told he had the right under the Vienna Convention to consult with the Parguayan consulate.
Albright says Americans abroad might also be denied their rights if the matter is not resolved.
She's asking for a stay of execution.
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A Pittsylvania County jury says he's guilty of killing his wife and should spend 38-years in jail for the crime.
That's the verdict tonight for 29-year old Mark Turner of Axton.
He was found guilty of shooting 31-year old Kimberly Turner in the head last October.
The defense claimed the shooting was an accident-- and Mark Turner was too drunk to know what he was doing.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says Turner was mad because he thought his wife was having an affair.
He says alcohol is no excuse.
[IN Q=When people do things that]
[SUPER=01-David Grimes/Pitts. Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=diminish my responsibility.]
Turner is in jail tonight.
Formal sentencing is set for June fifth.
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A lawsuit filed by the family of Maurice Taylor against the Town of Blacksburg is in the hands of a federal judge.
The town is asking the judge to dismiss the case.
Taylor was shot 18 times after he allegedly pulled a B-B gun when police tried to serve a warrant.
Today Judge Sam Wilson asked the plaintiff's attorney if he can prove Taylor was shot AFTER he fell the ground.
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((BILL CRUEY/PAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY; IT'S SOMETIMES HARD TO DETERMINE WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO. IT CERTAINLY SEEMS LIKE HE'S NOT LOOKING AT IT FAVORABLY, BUT OF COURSE THE COURT'S GOING TO CONSIDER ALL THE ISSUES AND I'M SURE WILL ISSUE THE DECISION HE FEELS IS RIGHT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER CONSIDERING THE BRIEFS FILED BY EACH SIDE. ))
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[OUT Q=by each side.]
The judge says he'll review the facts and issue a ruling later.
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A new apartment complex is working its way into Botetourt County -- and cleared the first hurdle tonight.
But not everyone is welcoming its arrival.
Tina Tenret explains.
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[SUPER=01-Rodney Spickard/Developer; :17]
[SUPER=01-Lee Smith/Neighbor; :48]
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(( These three acres off Route 220 were reserved for a retirement community eight years ago.
But planning commissioners say there's no reason to restrict them to the elderly.
Developers now have preliminary approval to build a 41-unit apartment complex.
[IN Q=We feel there is a need]
((RODNEY SPICKARD/DEVELOPER: WE FEEL THERE IS A NEED .. NEEDS HOUSING))
[OUT Q=NEEDS HOUSING]
But residents across the street say crime and children will spill over into their subdivision.
And, they say, 41 new families will clog an already busy street with even more traffic.
[IN Q=Not only could]
((LEE SMITH/NEIGHBOR: NOT ONLY COULD IT AFFECT SAFETY ... AREAS THAT SURROUND IT.))
[OUT Q=surround it]
Still planners note the area is heavily commercial and must deal with traffic problems.
They say the one-story brick colonial townhouses would look a lot better than a retirement complex.
Supervisors will make the final decision, after a public hearing April 21st.
Tina Tenret, News7, Botetourt County.))
Jean tosses to Andrew in the Chromakey
April 15th is fast approaching...if a refund is headed your way-we'll tell you when to expect it.
And pieces of Craig County history will live on as recyled lumber.
We'll explain when News 7 returns.
With the stroke of the Governor's pen, Virginia today became the 23rd state to enact a ban on what opponents call a "partial birth" abortion.
Governor Jim Gilmore signed the bill to take effect July first.
The State Capitol ceremony drew such conservative luminaries as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.
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((THIS PROCEDURE KNOWN AS PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION IS PARTICULARLY REPULSIVE AND IS NEVER MEDICALLY NECESSARY.))
[OUT Q=medically necessary.]
Lynchburg Senator Steve Newman co-sponsored the bill.
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[IN Q=The language]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: THE LANGUAGE THAT HAS BEEN TOPPLED IN THE COURTS OF COURSE IS MOSTLY BASED ON THE OHIO LAW, WHICH WAS VAGUE. I THINK EVERYONE UP HERE AGREES THAT IT WAS VAGUE. THIS LAW OF COURSE IS BASED ON THE AMA'S LANGUAGE.))
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((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: THIS IS BASICALLY A COOKIE CUTTER LAW. 22 STATES HAVE ADOPTED LAWS. ALL OF THEM LOOK JUST ABOUT THE SAME. AND ALL OF THEM LOOK JUST SO SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. THIS DOES NOT SEEM TO BE SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT FROM 12 OTHER STATES WHO ADOPTED PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BANS AND HAD THE STRUCK DOWN BY THE COURTS AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU; :12]
Planned Parenthood of Virginia says the law's vague language could actually prohibit first and second trimester abortions.
President Clinton says he may go to Northern Ireland if it will help spur the recent peace agreement there.
But Clinton says he wants to make sure a trip won't jeopardize the pact.
It faces a referendum in May.
((I'M ALWAYS WILLING TO DO WHAT I CAN TO HELP BUT THE ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES HERE IS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE.))
[OUT Q=A SUPPORTING ROLE.]
Former Senator George Mitchell was appointed by the President to help bring about the agreement. He met with the President to brief him on the outcome.
((I DON'T THINK THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN AN AGREEMETN WITHOUT PRESIDENT CLINTON'S INVOLVEMENT NOT BEGINNING THIS PAST WEEK BUT BEGINNING SEVERAL YEARS AGO.))
[SUPER=01-George Mitchell/Peace Envoy;]
[OUT Q=several years ago.]
The last time the president visited Northern Ireland was 19-95.
An Amtrak train crashed into cars from a freight train near Pittsburgh today-
sending 20 people to the hospital.
Most of the injured complained of head, neck and back pain and some suffered minor cuts and bruises.
One passenger says it felt like the train was trying to stop but could not.
The freight train had derailed in a Conrail yard outside Pittsburgh- when the Amtrak train slammed into it.
The Amtrak train was headed from Chicago to New York.
[TAPE#98-28 TC 26:49]
You've seen people who have those rough-cut heavy beams across the ceiling of a brand new home.
This is the kind of place they came from... IF they're real.
John Fultineer (full-tuh-NEAR) and his four sons recycle lumber.
In this case, they're demolishing a couple of buildings at the Craig Springs Camp.
((YOU GO IN THE OLD HOMES, YOU SEE THE BEAMS GOING ACROSS THE OLD HOMES. THAT'S RECYCLED OUT OF THESE OLD BUILDINGS.
Because you can't come up with that stuff anymore, it's too expensive, or what.
AND PEOPLE WANT THE OLD ANTIQUE LOOK ANYMORE. ))
[OUT Q=look anymore]
But some people in this rural area are none too happy about the loss of local heritage.
[IN Q=The few people]
((THE FEW PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD A LITTLE EXCITED ABOUT IT BEING HISTORICAL... SINCE IT WAS BUILT IN THE LATE 1800'S. AND IT WAS A GOOD BUILDING. THERE WASN'T ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT. WHY THEY TORE IT DOWN, I DON'T KNOW. IT'S NONE OF MY BUSINESS. ))
[OUT Q=of my business.]
Directors at the camp now run by Christian churches in Virginia had some safety concerns about the buildings. They'd begun to deteriorate.
Fultineer says they'll be gone by the end of the week.
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This Wednesday is the big day as the countdown to April 15th continues.
With only two days left to work on your federal income tax, you may be worried how to get it all together.
If you just can NOT make the deadline you can file for an extension.
For an extension you must file form 48-68 by April 15th.
This does NOT put off paying your tax, you must still estimate how much you will owe and send in a check.
If you've gotten all your paperwork done and the math adds up to a refund...
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The I-R-S says you can expect
[take pinnacle 1009]
a check to be issued within six weeks of the date your return arrives.
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If you filed electronically your refund should come in about three weeks.
It's not exactly Science 101, but some college students have found a way to keep their food delivery warm.
And These seats won't be the only things filling up in Roanoke this weekend as a number of events are making hotel rooms hard to come by.
[TAPE#=98-30 TC 31:52]
Not everyone in Roanoke is excited about the upcoming Dave Matthews Band concert.
The impact on nearby hospitals and a business is raising some concerns.
David Johnson explains.
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[SUPER=01-Lucas Snipes/RMH Hospital Director; :20]
[SUPER=01-Tom Blevins/Southern States Manager; :42]
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[SUPER=01-Catherine Fox/Convention & Visitors Bureau; 1:08]
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(( The Dave Matthews Band has chosen Roanoke and Victory Stadium as the platform to kick off a world tour.
Officials expect a crowd of about 30-thousand.
Although organizers plan to handle the parking, the operative word in the mind of a near-by hospital director is ACCESSIBILITY-- for visitors of patients and more importantly, for emergency needs.
[IN Q=WE WORK VERY]
((LUCAS SNIPES/RMH HOSPITAL DIRECTOR; WE WORK VERY CLOSE WITH THE CITY E-M-S AND THE POLICE TO BE SURE THAT ACCESS IS GOING TO BE THERE. THAT IF AMBULANCES NEED TO GET INTO THE SIDE AND WORK WITH PATIENTS AND E-M-S SQUADS, THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=TO DO THAT.]
Access is also a worry for businesses on Reserve Avenue.
The road will be blocked off the day of the event.
[IN Q=IF A CUSTOMER]
((TOM BLEVINS/SOUTHERN STATES MGR.; IF A CUSTOMER GOES UP TO THE ROAD BLOCK AND ASKS TO COME DOWN, THAT'S FINE. BUT IF THEY SEE THE BARRICADE AND TURN AROUND AND GO BACK, WE POTENTIALLY COULD LOSE A LOT OF BUSINESS.))
[OUT Q=LOT OF BUSINESS.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THERE ARE AT LEAST SIX OTHER EVENTS GOING ON THAT DAY. ALL SHOULD HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE, MOST NOTABLY, A WINSTON CUP RACE AT THE MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY, WHERE 80,000 FANS ARE EXPECTED. THAT RAISES ANOTHER QUESTION. WHERE ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE GOING TO STAY ANYWAY. ENTER THE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU.))
[IN Q=OUR GOAL IS]
((CATHERINE FOX/CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU; OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THE VISITOR IS SERVED. WHETHER IT BE WITHIN THE ROANOKE VALLEY OR WITHIN THE REGION. AND IF BLACKSBURG HAS ROOMS AND WE DO NOT, WE WANT TO HELP BLACKSBURG TO MAKE SURE THOSE ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THAT VISITOR.))
[OUT Q=FOR THAT VISITOR.]
Presently, there are few vacancies in the region on Saturday.
David Johnson, News 7.))[Forecasts]
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And now to high above Yankee Stadium - The house that Ruth built and the one that Bob Vila needs to fix.
This week's three-game series between the
Yankees and the Anaheim Angels had to be postponed tonight when structural problems were found in the 75-year-old
A beam apparently broke loose in the stands down the left-field line.
Officials will now try to fix it before the weekend.
Salem avoids the sweep by beating Winston Salem last night.
The Avalanche is 1 and 3 in the opening series with the Warthogs.
The breeze at Salem Memorial Stadium blew in the first win of the season for the Avalanche.
The hogs took the board first--Dan Olson's single to right field brings home Jason Dellaro from third. It's 2-nothing Winston Salem.
But in the third inning the Avalanche mounted a comeback. Doug Livingston singles driving home Juan Sosa. Sosa avoids the tag at home and Salem is on the board.
Now Hammerin' Mark Hamlin is at the plate. He knocks one to the wall. Livingston crosses the plate and Salem wins it 8-to-6.
The Avalanche is is 1 and 3 this season.
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On the high school diamond, the Northside Vikings and the Glenvar Highlanders clashed yesterday afternoon.
But Northside wasn't a good guest at first.
The Vikings jumped out to a two-nothing lead in the first inning and also played tough in the field picking off base runners.
But the Glenvar defense held Northside to just one more run the rest of the game.
The Highlanders gave their home crowd something to cheer about as Glenvar comes back to win the contest 4-to-3.
The Roanoke - Hampton Roads rivalry has never a very pleasant one.
And now a Tidewater newspaper has added some more fuel to the already volatile fire.
Steve Mason explains.
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[SUPER=@Steve1; :][SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :]
[SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/68 Saves in Two Games; :]
[SUPER=01-Michael Smith/3 Points in Series; :]
[OUT Q=round house wrap up"]
(( Leading two games to none and the Express seems relaxed on this day. Daniel Berthiuame made a new friend after practice. There were smiles on the ice as well.
THat all changed for Frank Anzalone when he read an article printed in Monday morning's Virginian Pilot about Saturday night's 3-2 overtime Express win written by columnist Harry Minium stating that he made a gesture torwards John Brophy "as if to chalLenge him to fight".
The team focussed has reveolved around Gagnon; who has 68 saves in two games. His defense has held Admiral superstar Victor Gervais to one point; although he has played well.
The Express leaves for Norfolk Tuesday around noon. Steve Mason Round House wrap up.))
The Masters provided another super finish Sunday, but some figured that since Tiger Woods failed to successfully defend his title he would go off an pout for a few weeks.
[SUPER=03-Columbia, SC; :00]
Well guess again. Yesterday he took part in the annual Hootie and the Blowfish charity golf event in South Carolina.
Tiger was joined by fellow long ball hitter John Daly.
But the fan favorite was Packers' quarterback Brett Favre who knew his limitations on this day.
[IN Q=We think...]
[SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Packers Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=...make it fun.]
The Dallas Cowboys picked up former Ferrum and UVa runningback Chris Warren this afternoon.
Warren was released by the Seahawks last month despite being the franchise's all-time leading rusher and pro bowl performer.
He became expendable when Seattle signed Ricky Watters.
Warren's three year deal with the Cowboys will make him mainly a backup behind Emmitt Smith.
Still to come tonight another sports name is taking up residencein Texas as Rick Barnes leaves Clemson for the Austin.
And a key member of Magna Vista state title team has signed to play his college ball at Longwood.
[GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS]
One of the stars off the 1998 Group Two A state hoop champs is staying in state to continue his college career.
[SUPER=03-Norfolk/Group AA Title Game; :00]
Landa Martin, a six foot four inch, 200 pound forward from Magna Vista has signed to play for the Longwood Lancers.
Martin was a first team all-state selection this past season after he averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds a game for the warriors
Amd finally time as always on Monday nights to check in with the WCW and NWO.
[SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/TNT; :00]
Tonight World Championship Wrestling and the New World Order took up shop in Minneapolis at a sold out Target Center, the home of the T-Wolves.
Lex Lugar won the battle of biceps by racking Buff Daddy Bagwell.
And the man Goldberg improved his record to 72-and-oh with a table breaking win over Rocco Rock.
Diamond Dallas Page won again with as the DDT takes out _____.
And in the main event, world champion Sting ________ Kevin Nash in a basic no-hold barred match in which the Power bomb was reinstated.
Don't forget - WCW on WDBJ Saturday at Noon.
College students and pizzas make a good combination.
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Some University of Dayton students proved just that.
They developed a bag that uses what they call "phase-change material" to keep the pizza warm from the oven to your table.
The high-tech bags use an electrically-charged heat disk that keeps the pizzas 40-degrees hotter than traditional bags.
The pizza bags cost about 90 dollars each.
[TAPE#98-38 TC 4:31]
Some members of the National Wild Turkey Federation are gearing up for the start of Spring Gobbler Season this Saturday.
But in addition to looking for the perfect Tom their sights are set on education.
The group is sponsoring a program to plant trees and other vegetation that Turkeys find appetizing.
Steve Pardon will have more about the educational program tomorrow on News 7 Mornin' starting at 6 am.
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