Coming up next on Nes 7 at Six... the Dave Matthews Band launches it's 98 tour from Victory Stadium... we'll have a live report.
And we'll visit Earth Day celebrations in the Valley.[Sports-head]
In sports, highlights from the Tech spring football game, AAU basketball holds court again,a preview of NASCAR 98,
and we will take you on a trip down NASCAR memoty lane on fan appreciation day at the salem Civic center.
Rain continues on your Weekend Parade.
We have to wait until Monday to dry out.
Forecast details are ahead.[Dave-Matthews]
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Victory Stadium is hosting one of the biggest concerts in the history of the Roanoke Valley.
That's where we find David Johnson--where the Dave Matthews Band is on stage.
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[IN Q=people travelled across]
[SUPER=01-Robin Schon/Roanoke Civic Center; :07]
[SUPER=07-Rob Rose; :19]
[SUPER=07-Dave Guthro; :27]
[SUPER=07-Julie Weinberg; 1:20]
[OUT Q=day for this.]
People traveled across the country to take part in this momentus occassion.
((ROBIN SCHON/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER: WE HAVE SOME...COMING OUT HERE.))
[OUTQ=COMING OUT HERE.]
They arrived as early as three in the morning waiting for hours just for a chance to get close to the stage.
((ROB ROSE: I'VE BEENA FAN.. THE STATES I'LLL DRIVE.))
((DAVE GUTHRO: IT'S BEEN A DREAM.... DREW US DOWN.))
When the gates opened people made a mad dash--some getting started on drinks and food, but most trying to get to the front of the stage.
Robert Bradley's Blackwater surprise got the party started followed by Williamsburg native Bruce Hornsby.
From the air it may not have seemed like a lot of people but when the Dave Matthews Band took center stage there was a capacity crowd on hand.
((JULIE WEINBERG: IT'S THE OPENING...TO BE AWESOME))
There were a total of 800 or more city employees working to make sure this event was a success and a possible foundation for future venues.
((ROBIN SHON: WE DON'T KNOW...DAY FOR THIS.))
((ad lib live tag))[Segway]
Fans have travelled here to Roanoke from as far away as New York City and Connecticut to catch this concert.
Officials expected thousands of people at the stadium today, and it looks as if those estimates may have come true.
The Dave Matthews band of course took the stage a little more than an hour ago.
Tickets for the event sold out about a week ago and fans began arriving yesterday..
So getting to the concert was an adventure for some fans--and actually a business opportunity for others.
Steve Smallshaw also is live outside Victory Stadium.
Steve I understand this event brought out the entreprenurial spirit in some people.
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[SUPER=01-Officer L.R. Burke/Roanoke P.D.; :19]
[SUPER=01-Ken Jones/Ticket Seller; :37]
[SUPER=01-Whitt Hall/Parking Entrepreneur; :59]
[SUPER=01-Katie Fink/Parking Entrepreneur; 1:07]
((DAVE MATTHEWS? YES, MA'AM, GO STRAIGHT AHEAD, OVER TO THE RIGHT, SHUTTLE BUSES WILL PICK YOU UP AT THE FLAGS AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE AUDITORIUM. THANK YOU.))
For thousands of people the day started in line at shuttle bus locations like the Roanoke Civic Center.
It was here where concert- goers got their first advice on what to expect once they got to the stadium.
((OFFICER L.R. BURKE/ROANOKE P.D.: POCKETBOOKS ARE FINE, BACKPACKS YOU CANNOT HAVE, ALL RIGHT. THE PROMOTER IS THE ONE WHO MAKES THIS DECISION.))
Whereas most people only had music on their mind, others had dollar signs in their eyes.
If you didn't have a ticket, people like Ken Jones were willing to help you out.
Not surprisingly, Jones is a business major at Virginia Tech.
((KEN JONES/TICKET SELLER: I JUST TRY TO GET 'EM AS CHEAP AS I CAN, HALF PRICE OR WHATEVER. Reporter: THEN SELL THEM FOR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN? JONES: WELL, I DON'T SELL 'EM FOR ABOVE COST. Reporter: YOU DON'T SELL THEM FOR ABOVE COST? THAT'S SCALPING? JONES: YEAH, THAT'S SCALPING.))
Scalping of course, can get you in trouble with the law..
But if you owned parking space near the stadium, you could set your own rate.
((WHITT HALL/PARKING ENTREPRENEUR: TEN BUCKS, THEY SAY IS CHEAP. THEY'D PAY PROBABLY TWENTY BUCKS IF WE ASKED THEM TO. YEAH, YOU CAN THROW A ROCK TO THE STADIUM FROM HERE, SO THIS IS AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET.))
((KATIE FINK/PARKING ENTREPRENEUR: WE JUST DECIDED TO TAKE SOME POSTERS AND TRY TO DRAW 'EM IN. FIGURED, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE LAST LOT, THIS IS AS CLOSE AS YOU'RE GOING TO GET WITH ALL THE STREET CLOSINGS.))
Even with roads blocked off, the neighborhoods close to Victory Stadium haven't seen many problems.
A simple sign kept unwanted vehicles out of area lots.. and
not having a ticket to the show didn't stop some people from still having a good time.
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When the news continues we'll tell you about some new golf courses coming to Bath and Alleghany Counties.
And, no--most of these people didn't make it to the Dave Matthews concert, but they were having a good time anyway.
We'll tell you why when News 7 continues--but first let's check in with Andrew Frieden in the weather center.
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A shooting in Danville last night left one man dead, another charged with murder.
Deputies say it happened just before 10 in the Keeling community of Pittsylvania County.
Franklin L. Gardner of Keeling was shot in the chest and died at the scene.
Another man, 22-year old Earlie Henry Boles, Junior of Keeling, was wounded.
Police arrested 38-year old David Barry von-Eime (Ime) and charged him with murder and assault.
Economic development in Bath and Alleghany Counties is in full-swing these days.
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Championship golfer Sam Snead announced that plans were moving forward to build the Sam Snead Golf Trail in Douthat State Park.
The trail will include up to a dozen golf courses and a golf school.
It will cost as much as five million dollars and bring 60 new jobs to the area.
Regional economic developers have been trying to bring a golf course to the area for 10 years.
They say the trail will boost tourism and bring more national attention to Virginia's communities.
Internet traffic is doubling every 100 days.
and the Vice President paves the way for Internet-2.
More in this week's WebWatch.
[IN Q=internet commerce]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :21]
Internet commerce is cooking... A Commerce Department survey says the information industry is growing at twice the rate of the overall economy, employing more than 7 million workers, some earning among the highest wages in nation.
Internet-2 is speeding our way.
This week Vice President Al Gore announced three high tech companies will donate millions of dollars and thousands of miles of fiber optic cable to create a second internet capable of sending an entire encyclopedia in a second.
[IN Q=these research]
((THESE RESEARCH PROJECTS WILL HELP DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY FOR A INTERNET THAT IS FASTER, MORE DEPENDABLE AND CAN CONNECT BILLIONS OF COMPUTERS TOGETHER.))
[OUT Q=of computers together]
Cheap long distance rates will continue for a while for customers of businesses routing calls through the internet. The FCC is considering forcing the companies to pay the same fees regular phone companies pay... but says it doesn't have enough information yet.
Need a laugh? Try YukYuk-dot-com, a creation of cartoonist Chad Frick.
Join Beetle-boy on a quest for his missing rolly polly, or play air guitar with Heavy Melvin... you'll need shockwave software for this one.
If you missed the Dave Matthews Band, you can catch the tour on the web.
check out the photo album, and find out more about the new concert date in Virginia Beach.
The WDBJ website has something new... free classified ads... And while you're here, click on the webwatch page to find links to all these sites... That's WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
Straight ahead on News 7--
we'll head to the woods to check out a laboratory in Blacksburg where it has a tendency to get a little UN-bear-able.
More when the news continues.
There were some OTHER events going on in Roanoke today besides the Dave Matthews Band concert--
including Earth Day.
This is the eighth year the nationwide event was also celebrated here in Roanoke.
Youngsters were treated to puppet shows explaining the dangers of littering.
And, adults sampled healthy and organic foods--and a relaxing massage.
Event organizers said numbers were a bit lot this year, but they hope to attract more people next year.
The students in Virginia Tech are combing the woods checking on bears as part of a research project.
Andrew Freiden caught up with them and has this report.
[IN Q=The captive Alleghany]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vaughan/CABS; :09]
[SUPER=07-Laura Hammett; :17 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=07-Melly Jacobs; :20]
[SUPER=01-Charles Teske/Bear Hunter; :54]
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(( The captive Alleghany Bear Study is popular with the public due to the cuddly bear cubs that reside here.
((MICHAEL VAUGHAN: I WOULDN'T CALL IT A CELEBRITY, BUT OUR WORK DOES GET A LOT OF ATTENTION ))
The living breathing teddy bears keep a captive audience.
((WERE THOSE BEARS CUTE? Nods yes. ))
((are these little cubs just like little teddy bears? YES, BUT THEY HAVE MOUTHS AND HANDS))
((MICHAEL VAUGHAN: YOU CAN SEE THEY'RE NOISY TOO. THEY LOOK CUTE, OH, YES, THEY CAN SCRATCH AND BITE.))
Michael Vaughan and his research team often have visitors observing their study.
The big viewing times are every ten days-- when it's time to weigh and measure the bear cubs.
Charles Teske is a bear hunter-- he was eager to learn more about the bear study.
[SOT 2:05:09 ]
((CHARLES TESKE: MOST TRUE BEAR HUNTERS JUST WANT TO KEEP THE BEARS THERE TO TREE ANOTHER DAY THEY'RE NOT INTERESTED IN HARVESTING THEM.))
He has seen and photographed dozens of bears-- but he'd never been on the receiving end of a bear hug.
((CHARLES TESKE: I FIGURED THEY WERE CUTE, THESE THAT THEY HAVE HERE ARE REALLY NICE BEARS, THEY'RE REALLY CUTE. ESPECIALLY THIS ONE. ))
Michael Vaughan doesn't mind showing people his research--
But make sure you call ahead and talk to him if you want to visit the facility.
Walk up visitors are unbearable.
Andrew Freiden, News 7 Blacksburg))[Sports tease]
Mike Stevens will preview his half hour racing special NASCAR 98, also lacrosse highlight for ya. the NFL draft results,
and tech's annual spring football game got a little defensive. highlights in sports
Lack of mobility at quarterback helped give the White team the edge in Virginia Tech's annual spring football game today.
The 'no tackle rule' was in effect on Maroon quartberback Al Clark, who's recovering from a knee injury.
So the White Defense 'touch sacks' resulted in two safeties.
The defense has ruled practice all spring and today was no different and the white team beats the maroon 10-to-nothing.
[SUPER=01-Al Clark/VA Tech Quarterback;]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/VA Tech Coach;]
[OUT Q=...next fall"]
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Before the annual spring game football players and athletes from a variety of Tech Sports came out for Kid Fest '98.
The interactive festival allows young fans to test their football throwing ability.
Fans of all ages had the opportunity to grab autographs.
Some even learned a new sport like lacrosse.
[IN Q=I've learned]
[SUPER=07-Kelly Waters; :00]
[SUPER=07-Heather Waters; :12]
[OUT Q=stick turned over]
For football players it's a chance to shed the uniform, pick up a mic, and try their hand at interviewing.
The first day of the NFL draft had a tint of orange and white to it,
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/ESPN; :00]
as Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning was taken first by the Indianapolis Colts. the heisman ruunner threw 36 TD's this past season.
Another quarterback, Washington State's Ryan Leif ws the second pick; ttaken by San Diego.
The Raiders took heisman winner and Michagan cornerback Charles Woodson as the 4th pick.
Marshall wide receiver was the 21st selection taken by Minnesota. as far as Tech and Virginia players...[S-Qualify]
Second round qualifying at martinsville was rained out today so drivers will stand on their times. Terry Labonte took a provisional. Here s the wrest of the field.
[SUPER=0107-26. Jimmy Spencer/91.855/27. Michael Waltrip//28. Rick Mast//29. Robert Pressley//30. Morgan Shepherd//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Dale Earnhardt//32. Steve Grissom//33. Kevin LaPage//34. Todd Bodine//35. Kenny Irwin//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Randy LaJoie//37. Terry Labonte//38. Johnny Benson//39. Chad Little//40. Dick Trickle//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Geoff Bodine//42. Jeff Green//43. Jerry Nadeau//;]
[OUT Q=....last driver.]
In just a few minutes Mike Stevens will be dropping by with a half hour special on tomorrow's Goody's 500.
Let's check in with him right now and a preview of what's coming up.
[OUT Q=...CAN JOIN US."]
Racing enthusiasts in salem didn't have to go to Martinsville for a taste of NASCAR's 50th birthday.
The salem Ciciv center held the first annual NASCAR fan appreciation day. the NASCAR 50th addition race car was on display.
Terry labonte's Kellogs Chevy and Dale Earnhardt's show car were parked for all to see.
[SUPER=01-Peggy Dickerson/Salem Civic Center Sales]
[OUT Q=good time"]
Many fans tried their hand at the bayer Computerized race track; controlling the cars from a wheel above the speedway.
The first chevrolet tto have ever run at Daytona was also on display.
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