Next on News 7-
A judge sentences a teen tonight for killing his fifth grade teacher.
Plus an investigation is launched into Linda McCartney's death.
News 7 at next. [Newsbreak]
No one likes higher taxes. Tonight in Botetourt County,
homeowners came out to find out what will happen after higher assessments.
Some residents want a break on their property taxes.
Santa Barbara authorities have started an investigation into the death of Linda McCartney.
Officials would not say much.
But apparently there's a question over where and how McCarntey died.
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It's an annual tradition in Michigan- students baring it all to celebrate the rite of spring.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[Widener]
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A judge today convicted a Smyth County teenager of capital murder for his role in the murder of a retired school teacher.
18-year old Josh Widener was sentenced to life in prison for killing 68-year old Anna Jean Anderson.
The former school teacher was found strangled to death in her home in September of 1996.
He was also convicted of rape, robbery and burglary.
Widener was one of Anderson's former fifth grade students.
A second man-- Harold David Davis has already been sentenced to life in prison for his role in Anderson's murder.
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Taxes may go down in Botetourt County -- but some say that will deal a blow to local schoolchildren.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Newsroom]
Tina Tenret explains the tradeoff between tax bills and schools.
Jean, Botetourt County supervisors are ready to drop the tax rate for the first time in 15 years.
That would mean the county goes without 925-thousand-dollars -- which just so happens to be about the same amount the school board says it desperately needs.
[IN Q=Owning a home]
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[SUPER=01-Debbie Carter/Resident; :57]
[SUPER=01-Mike Wood/Resident; 1:23]
(( Owning a home in Botetourt County costs more every day.
Land values are skyrocketing -- up an average 37-percent this year.
That hurts come tax time.
So supervisors are offering to LOWER real estate taxes from 75 cents to 70 cents per 100 dollars -- looking out especially for those on a fixed income.
[IN Q=My problem is]
((MY PROBLEM IS, I HAD A 57.1% INCREASE AND THAT I DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH. MY STATEMENT IS, IF THIS CAN HAPPEN TO ME IT CAN HAPPEN TO ALL YOU PEOPLE SO THIS HAS GOT TO STOP. IT HAS GOT TO SLOW DOWN SOMEWHERE.))
[OUT Q=down somewhere]
But others would be willing to pay more taxes to make schools better.
The county is already handing over 1.6 million dollars but the schools want more -- for classroom walls, extra teachers, and higher salaries.
[IN Q=I'm willing to pay ]
((DEBBIE CARTER/RESIDENT: I'M WILLING TO PAY WHATEVER. I WILL GIVE UP MY IMELDA MARCOS HABIT OF BUYING MORE SHOES IF THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES.))
[OUT Q=WHAT IT TAKES]
[IN Q=I understand]
((I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE ON FIXED INCOMES. I UNDERSTAND HOW IT IS. BUT WE CANNOT SACRIFICE THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN, JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO PAY FIVE CENTS IN TAXES.))
[OUT Q=IN TAXES]
[IN Q=I do not]
((MIKE WOOD/RESIDENT: I DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN. I DON'T FEEL I SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SOMEBODY ELSE'S CHILD. IT'S THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN NOT MINE.))
[OUT Q=NOT MINE]))
Right now most supervisors stand in favor of a nickel drop in the tax rate -- and some say they want to reduce it even more.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Newsroom]
The final vote on the budget comes next Thursday.
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One of Roanoke's two newest firefighting tools may be out of service for awhile.
Sources within the city's fire department say one of the "Quints" caught on fire when the brakes to the vehicle became overheated.
"Quints" have the same capabilities of both aerial ladder trucks and fire pumper trucks.
They've also been the center of controversy since the city bought the two "Quints" in in February.
The reported incident took place at the city's service center on Noble Avenue in Northeast.
No one is saying how the incident occured.
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Danville police have a suspect in custody tonight in an apparent stabbing.
Officers responded to the Hunters Run Apartments just before nine.
That's where they found 76-year old Everett Till of Rockledge, Florida with two stab wounds.
They took his son away in handcuffs.
He tried to run off... but didn't get far.
The basement apartment where the stabbing happened is rented by Till's son.
Police say the victim is in serious condition.
The son is still being questioned at this hour.
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The Governor says he won on child health care.
But it's the General Assembly that will get its way-- having its own plan in the budget.
Either way, it's likely some 84-thousand uninsured will get coverage under a Medicaid expansion.
Ellen Qualls has highlights from the General Assembly's annual veto session.
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((SEN. STANLEY WALKER/D-NORFOLK: WE HAVE 820-THOUSAND UNINSURED PEOPLE...UNPRECEDENTED.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS PASSING LANGUAGE. I DON'T INTEND TO IGNORE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. BUT I DO INTEND TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE PEOPLE WITH THE BEST CONFINES OF THE LANGUAGE THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN ME TO WORK WITH.))
The Governor did get his way on sex education-- lifting the mandate on local school boards.
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((DEL. DICK BLACK/D-LOUDOUN CO.: MY SON IN THE FIFTH GRADE OF SCHOOL WAS GOING TO BE TAUGHT ABOUT SOMETHING WHICH IS TERMED "NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS." AND QUITE HONESTLY, I WAS NOT VERY ANXIOUS TO HAVE MY CHILD IN THE FIFTH GRADE TAUGHT ABOUT NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS.))
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((DEL. DICK BLACK: I MEAN THERE'S A CONSTANT MOVE TO DAMAGE THE INNOCENCE OF CHILDREN.))
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((LOIS CUMASHOT/VA. PTA: THERE ARE THE PARENTS WHO ARE NOT COMFORTABLE TALKING TO THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT PERSONAL MATTERS. AND I THINK THAT CHILDREN SOMETIMES FIND IT EASIER TO TALK TO A TEACHER OR THEY WILL LISTEN TO A TEACHER.))
((THIS IS JUST THE VETO SESSION-- IT MOVES DIRECTLY INTO A MINI-SESSION TO FINALIZE THE CAR TAX AND SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANTS. THEN THE 1998 GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S FINALLY DONE FOR THE YEAR.))
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The Roanoke Times says reporter Ron Nixon resigned from an advocacy group that deals with environmental issues before coming to the newspaper.
Nixon, shown here at a forum last week, has been with the newspaper for about a year with much of his work revolving around the American Electric Power line issue.
He's also listed on the Internet as a founding member and current treasurer of the group "Democracy South".
The non-partisan organization investigates issues and then sends its findings to different organizations and news outlets.
Democracy South focuses mostly on political campaign finance reform but also studies social and environmental issues.
The current treasurer of the group, Gary Phillips, confirms that Nixon hasn't been active in Democracy South for about a year.
He says the listing on the web site is the result of "disorganization" and "old records."
Managing editor Rich Martin says newspaper staffers were aware of Nixon's background with the group when they hired him and are comfortable that his reporting has been fair and balanced.
He also says News-7 went with a story that "wasn't fully or fairly reported."[McCartney]
Linda McCartney's death is prompting an investigation.
There may be questions over where she actually died.
Initial reports were that McCartney died in Santa Barbara, but officials THERE say they don't have a death certificate and have NOT issued the necessary permit for her to be cremated.
A McCartney spokesperson tonight said Linda McCartney died in a place private to the family.
The spokesperson also says that the death of Linda McCartney was NOT an assisted suicide.
McCartney died Friday at age 56. She had suffered from cancer.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still to come,
A guilty plea from a Delaware teen accused of killing her baby,
And a much lighter subject across the country in Michigan where college students are making a run for it... in the buff.
The teen accused of killing her newborn- pleaded guilty today to manslaughter.
Lee Cowan has more.
[SUPER=01-Robert Tanenbaum/Grossberg's Attorney; :39]
[OUT Q=Wilmington Deleware.]
((IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL, BUT PREDICTABLE END TO WHAT WOULD HAVE
SURELY BEEN AN EXPLOSIVE TRIAL.
A NEW JERSEY TEEN, AMY GROSSBERG, ACCUSED OF MURDERING HER
NEWBORN SON, WAS FACING LIFE IN PRISON.
THE STAR WITNESS AGAINST HER? BRIAN PETERSON, GROSSBERG'S HIGH
SCHOOL BOYFRIEND WHO DELIVERED THE BABY IN SECRET IN A DELEWARE MOTEL, AND
THEN THREW IT INTO A GARBAGE BIN, WRAPPED IN PLASTIC.
WHAT HE AGREED TO SAY ON THE STAND AS PART OF HIS GUILTY PLEA,
MAY HAVE PUT GROSSBERG BEHIND THE 8-BALL.
AFTER WEEKS OF INTENSE NEGOTIATIONS WITH HER ATTORNIES, AND HER
FAMILY, A TEARFUL AMY GROSSBERG STOOD BEFORE A JUDGE AND DID THE SAME THING
HER BOYRFRIEND DID: ADMITTED TO CAUSING THE DEATH OF HER 6 POUND BABY BOY.
ROBERT TANENBAUM//GROSSBERG'S ATTORNEY
COWAN STANDUP CLOSE
"Grossberg will likely spend her prison term at Deleware's only all women
facility, just a few miles south of where she would have been finishing up her
Sentencing is still months away, scheduled for July 9th. Lee
Cowan, CBS News, Wilmington Deleware.))
The father accused of kidnapping his daughters has been released on cash bail.
Stephen Fagan says he did what was in the best interest of his daughters 20 years ago.
((STEPHEN FAGAN: I THINK IN THE FUTURE AS THIS EVOLVES YOU WILL SEE THERE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE AND A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE WILL BE SEEN.))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Fagan/Accused of Kidnapping;]
[OUT Q=will be seen.]
Fagan is due back in court next month.
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Will the alleged practices of giant bookstores challenge the livelihood of independent booksellers?
Two bigtime book stores are being sued as a measure to prevent that from happening.
David Johnson spoke with a couple of independent bookstore owners about the concerns.
[IN Q=THE AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Dickenson/Attorney; :28]
[SUPER=01-John Rosemond/Ram's Head Book Shop; :46]
[SUPER=01-Lolly Rosemond/Ram's Head Book Shop; 1:08]
[OUT Q=DJO, NEWS 7.]
(( The American Booksellers Association recently filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Barnes and Nobles and Borders.
The suit alleges the two chains are demanding unfair advantages from publishers--such as soliciting special discounts on large and small orders and threatening large returns to get extra discounts.
A lawyer who handled the bankruptcy of a local book says such practices can prove to be the final straw for independents who already struggle to make it.
[IN Q=BOOK, STRINGS AND THINGS]
((THOMAS DICKENSON/ATTORNEY; BOOKS, STRINGS AND THINGS WAS NOT ABLE TO COMPETE. THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO GET THE DEEP DISCOUNTS THAT SOME OF THESE BIGGER STORES ARE ABLE TO GET BECAUSE OF THE VOLUME OF BOOKS THAT THEY HANDLE AND THE ALLEGED UNFAIR PRACTICES. BUT IT DID KNOCK BOOKS, STRINGS AND THINGS DOWN FOR THE LAST TIME.))
((JOHN ROSEMOND/RAM'S HEAD BOOK SHOP; WE'RE HOPING THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO PLAY ON THE SAME FIELD THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS TO PLAY ON. I THINK THE SMALL BOOK SELLER HAS NO PROBLEM IF THAT OCCURS.))
Others fear such practices would lead to bestsellers books being determined by book sellers and not the people buying the books.
[IN Q=THAT MEANS A LOT]
((LOLLY ROSEMOND/RAM'S HEAD BOOK SHOP; THAT MEANS A LOT OF GOOD BOOKS ARE NOT BEING PUBLISHED. WE FEEL THAT AS INDELENDENTS, OUR ROLE IS NOT TO JUST SELL THE BEST SELLERS, BUT TO BE ABLE TO PUT BOOKS IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN READING THEM.))
[OUT Q=READING THEM.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BARNES AND NOBLE WOULD NOT SPEAK WITH US ON CAMERA. IN A STATEMENT, THE COMPANY SAYS IT FOLLOWS ACCEPTED INDUSTRY PRACTICES IN ALL OF ITS BUSINESS DEALINGS AND THAT IT USES PROGRAMS THAT ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO BOOKSELLERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
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Are black farmers in our area discriminated against? The N-double-A-C-P says yes.
The U-S Department of Agriculture invited state N-double-A-C-P officials to the table to discuss ways of ensuring equal opportunities.
Black farmers in Franklin County have long complained their loan applications were being repeatedly rejected by the USDA because of their race.
U-S-D-A officials say that problem has been solved.
[IN Q=I think]
((LLOYD JONES/USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT: WE'VE NOW STREAMLINED OUR REGULATIONS TREMENDOUSLY TO MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT EASIER FOR US TO NOT ONLY WITH INDIVIDUALS, BUT WITH PRIVATE SECTOR LENDERS, BANKERS, AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Lloyd Jones/USDA Rural Development]
[OUT Q=foward to that.]
The Justice Department recently blocked more than two- thousand complaints against the U-S-D-A made by the National Black Farmers Association.
The farmers plan to hold demonstrations in Washington D.C. tomorrow. [Tease2]
Still to come,
We'll have sports and weather,
And it was a day of celebration for some local pre-schoolers-we'll have the story coming up on News 7 at 11.
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The sun wasn't out, but that did not stop more than three-thousand area preschoolers from beaming.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :]
They spent a day of fun outside enjoying fire trucks, magicians, and even pony rides.
It's all part of National Week of the Young Child, celebrating preschoolers nationwide.
Director Twila Briscoe says it's important for young people to get outside and have fun.
[IN Q=Probably half]
((TWILA BRISCOE/ASSOC. FOR EARLY CHILD ED.: PROBABLY HALF OF THESE CHILDREDN ARE HOUSED IN SMALL LIVING DWELLINGS AND APARTMENT AREAS, AND THEY DON'T HAVE THIS MUCH SPACE. SO TO BE ABLE TO BE HERE AND NOT TO HEAR ANYONE SAY, SHH, BE QUIET IS DELIGHTFUL. THEY CAN MAKE ALL THE NOISE THEY WANT.))
[SUPER=01-Twila Briscoe/Assoc. for Early Child Education]
[OUT Q= THEY WANT.]
This is the third year in a row the association has sponsored the event.
Briscoe says it's the most successful yet, and she hopes next year will draw even more children and sponsors.
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VMI has a new athletic director, and Greg Norman will miss the remainder of the P-G-A tour season.
But first in our Extra point the N-B-A Playoffs open tomorrow night and the Charlotte Hornets will face the Atlanta Hawks with a new look.
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The Hornets showed up for practice today with shaved heads.
All 12 members of the team are now bald including Vlade Divac.
Veteran Dell Curry, the only original Hornet initiated the close shave. Now here's today's scores.
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The Virginia Caviliers won the rubber match against Virginia Tech in an instate baseball game over at Salem Memorial Stadium tonight.
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Tech star infielder and hitter Chad Foutz has already started rehabbing the torn ligaments in his right knee and is hopeful he can return for fall ball in 5 months.
It was a pitchers dual until the Cavaliers broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth. Outfielder Javier [SUPER=34-V
irginia/3/Virginia Tech/2;]Lopez doubles to center for the eventual game winner; E. J. Anderson scores from first.3-2 cavs.
UVa's Brandon Creswell strikes out Tech's Nick Perlozzo to end the game as UVa barely escapes with a one run win.
[IN Q="They got]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Womack/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :08]
[OUT Q=...very good"]
The rain held off long enough for Countryside
to play host to the annual Kroger-March of Dimes charity golf event today.
This the 8th straight year the Cave Spring Kroger employees have organized this event.
Last year the event raised $23 thousand dollars to help fight birth defects.
[IN Q="You see them...]
[SUPER=01-Jim Heninger/Kroger Representative; :00]
[OUT Q=...get out of it."]
Besides hitting the links, the golfers also attacked the lunch buffet that included grilled chicken and smoked pork bar-b-que.
And coming up in sports, V-M-I calls on one of its own to be the schools athletic director.
And Greg Norman has surgery on his shoulder and will miss the rest of the P-G-A season.
Mr. VMI, Donny White, gave up his job as a high school athletic director in Richmond to return to alma mater today and accept the challenge of taking the school's athletic department to a new level.
Mike Stevens has more from Lexington.
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[super=04-Last Fall; :10]
[SUPER=01-Donny White/VMI Athletic Director; :19]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :46]
[SUPER=01-Ted Cain/VMI Head Football Coach; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Basketball Coach; 1:41]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]
((1965 VMI civil engineering graduate Donny White accepted his new challenge high a top alumni field.
He inherits a program that for the last ten years has had trouble challenging for championships in the tough Southern Conference.
((DONNY WHITE/NEW VMI ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
White experiences set him apart from the other candidates. He was a football co-captain and a baseball all-star at VMI, plus his ties to the legendary Bob Thalman were also a plus.
((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING:))
((TED CAIN/VMI FOOTBALL COACH:))
Still despite all his experience, his past and the enormous support he has amongst fellow alumni, White knows his job will not be an easy one.))
Veteran golfer Greg Norman will mist the rest of the P-G-A golf season.
Norman underwent arthroscopic surgery in Vail, Colorado today to repair a bone spur under the top of his left shoulder.
The 43 year old Norman will miss the next three major championships this year and he's expected to return to the links in November for the Shark Shootout.
In Thunder tonight Scott Steiner was disqualified in the feature match with Sting.
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But Bill Goldberg wins again tonight he used his patented Jackhammer move to pin Mike Ennis. Goldberg defends his United States Heavyweight title and he remains undefeated at 76 and 0.
W-C-W comes to the Roanoke Civic Center this Sunday night and you can see the action on Your Hometown Station at noon
It was a racey mile run at the University of Michigan.
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For the 12th consecutive year, a number of students chose to bare it all to run the Naked Mile.
Thousands of onlookers gathered last night to watch the students, both male and female, steak across the university's campus.
Last year the annual rite of spring garned ten thousand onlookers and one thousand runners.
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