Coming up on News 7, three teenagers are killed after their car strikes a tractor trailer.
and the arguing continues in Richmond as the General Assembly tries to find more money for school construction. [Wx-Heads]
The weekend forecast kicks off on a sunny note but may see an increase in clouds by Sunday. More on that in just a few minutes.
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Tonight on health check --
Roanoke Valley parents are attending a workshop on marijuana.
And in Roanoke today you can shop and get a mammogram all in the same place.
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Families in Pittsylvania county are mourning after three Southside teenagers are killed in a accident yesterday.
Good Evening. I'M Jean Jadhon.
The teens car was smashed beyond recognition by a tractor trailer.
Today, State Police speculate the young driver of the car wasn't paying close attention to the road.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Danville Bureau]
We have more now from Christy Hubley who's live in our Davnille bureau.
[Live=Christy Full/Danville Bureau]
Three young lives gone in an instant.
An accident that State Police say was probably caused by a careless driving.
And there was apparently nothing the on-comning tractor trailer could do to stop it.
[IN Q=17 year old]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. M.M. Scott/State Police;]
[OUT Q=will be charged.]
(( 17-year old Jennifer Blair of Danville was driving the car.
18-year old Jennifer Hodges of Danville and 15-year old Rocky Tate of Pittsylvnia County were her passengers.
One look at the car and you can see why they didn't survive.
This 1997 Mazda was crushed when it was hit by tractor trailer.
All three teens were pronounced dead at the scene.
The wreck happened last night on Berry Hill Road (also State Route 863).
It's easy to see WHERE it happened by the black skid marks and the torn-up roadside.
[IN Q=Our investigation indicated]
((SGT. M.M. SCOTT/STATE POLICE: OUR INVESTIGATION INDICATED THAT THE MAZDA DRIVEN BY MISS BLAIR WAS NORTH BOUND ON 863, RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD, CROSSED BACK ACROSS THE HIGHWAY INTO THE PATH OF THE TRACTOR TRAILER, AND WAS STRUCK IN THE RIGHT FRONT AND PASSENGER COMPARTMENTS.))
[OUT Q=and passenger compartment.]
Again, State Police say there was nothing the driver of the tractor trailer could have done to prevent the accident...
...and it's unlikely he will be charged.))
[Live=Christy Full/Danville Bureau]
Blair was currently a homeschooled student.
The other two attended Tunstall High School.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Christy/Danville Bureau]
Jean, that school is providing counselling for any students shook up by the deaths of their classmates.[5-XGR]
The Senate and the House of Delegates are just 15 million dollars apart now.
That's out about a half BILLION dollars they're still batting around to cut the car tax and pay for school construction.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean/Ellen via State Microwave]
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol with the latest.
Jean, the 15- million dollar difference is on the school construction side of this equation.
Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney had a partial solution: give up your backdoor pay raises to pay for new schools.
[IN Q=Lawmakers make]
[SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk; :32]
[OUT Q= are on it.]
(( Lawmakers make about 18- thousand dollars in annual salary.
In March, they voted to increase their daily pay for meetings outside the regular session from 100- dollars to 200- dollars.
It's an estimated two-point-four million dollar office expense and pay raise.
((DEL. LACEY PUTNEY/I-BEDFORD: TWO MILLION-400-THOUSAND MR. SPEAKER DOESN'T BUILD MANY SCHOOLS. BUT IT MIGHT PATCH A ROOF AND IT MAY HELP WITH SOME OF THE CRAMPED QUARTERS THAT SOME OF OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING TAUGHT IN ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH.))
The House reluctantly considered it.
((DEL. TOM MOSS: IN ORDER TO GET MAXIMUM BENEFIT OF FULL DEBATE, I'M GONNA RULE THAT THEY ARE GERMANE. AND LET THE HOUSE ACT ON THE MEASURES. DEL. TOM BAKER: FURTHER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. DEL. TOM MOSS: GENTLEMAN CAN CHALLENGE THE CHAIR IF HE WISHES. DEL. TOM BAKER: I WISH NOT TO DO THAT MR. SPEAKER. DEL. TOM MOSS: I WISH YOU WOULD. hahaha.))
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((DEL. BARNIE DAY/D-PATRICK CO.: BUT I THINK THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF US WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION TO PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTHS ARE ON IT.))
In the House, they tabled the motion.
In the Senate, Steve Newman of Lynchburg brought it up and it was quietly killed on a voice vote.
So symbolism was rejected today in Richmond.
(Q&A When are they going to wrap up?)[5-Powell]
A Lynchburg pediatrician facing child pornography charges will be allowed to leave the state while his case makes its way through the court system.
Dr. John Powell was arrested in January for allegedly reprinting sexually explicit material involving under-age children.
Powell waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a brief court appearance this morning.
Judge Joseph Serkes also granted Powell's request to attend a family event in South Carolina while remaining free on bond.
A grand jury will hear his case next month.
The mother of a seven year old Missouri boy with AIDS is thanking people for their thoughts and prayers.
The boy's father is in jail accused of injecting his son with the AIDS tainted blood when he was an infant- Prosecutors say he did it so he would not have to pay child support.
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Today the boy's mother who would only be identified as Jennifer, talked of her son's struggle with AIDS.
[IN Q=The complications..]
((JENNIFER/MOTHER OF AIDS VICTIM: THE complications........ RELATED TO THEM.))
[SUPER=01-"Jennifer"/Mother of AIDS Victim;]
[OUT Q=related to them.]
Jennifer says her son has a permanent tube in his abdomen for medication. She says he goes to school and tries to be as normal as possible.
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Lynchburg is showing off its newest corporation today. We'll have that up next.
also we'll see what efforts are being made to help the Hotel Botetourt rise from its ashes.
On Health Check, a so-called drug resistant supergerm has claimed its first victim.
and Patrick Evans will preview an exhibit of some of the best known railroad photographs ever taken.
Boris Yeltsin got his way in Russia-
The Russian Parlimaent confirmed his candidate for prime minister- Sergei Kiriyenko.
President Clinton seemed optomistic.
((I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. WE HAVE A HIGH OPINION OF HIM BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCE WITH HIM.))
[OUT Q=EXPERIENCE WITH HIM.]
Clinton hopes the breakthrough vote would lead to Russian ratification of the stalled Start Two treaty to reduce nuclear arms.
They make nine of the top-ten selling brands of snack chips.. and now Lynchburg is benefitting from the prosperity of the Frito-Lay company.
Governor Jim Gilmore today helped cut the ribbon on Lynchburg's 100-million dollar Frito-Lay plant.
The facility has actually been producing chips for about two months, but local and state dignitaries helped dedicate the plant today.
[IN Q=The city of]
((JIM RICH/FRITO- LAY: THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA HAVE BEEN MARVELOUS PARTNERS IN OUR STARTUP AND HAVE BEEN A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO THE SUCCESS OF THE STARTUP, AND THEY'LL BE IMPORTANT FACTORS IN OUR ONGOING SUCCESS HERE IN VIRGINIA AND ANYWHERE IN NORTH AMERICA.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Rich/Frito-Lay; :00]
[OUT Q=in North America.]
Lynchburg beat out dozens of other locations in the mid-Atlantic region to bring Frito-Lay to the Hill City.
The plant currently employs more than 200 people.
A historic hotel in Botetourt County will be destroyed unless someone intervenes soon.
Fire engulfed the roof and top floor of the Hotel Botetourt last year.
The 147-year-old building was once a resting place for confederate soldiers.
Now it's just a safety hazard about to be condemned.
The town is rushing to save this landmark.
[IN Q=Our initial talk]
((OUR INITIAL TALK HAS BEEN ABOUT HOUSING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND APARTMENTS BECAUSE WE HAVE A SHORTAGE OF APARTMENTS IN THE TOWN. POSSIBLY SOME TYPE OF PUBLIC USE ON THE FIRST FLOOR.))
[SUPER=01-Harry Gleason/Project Manager;]
[OUT Q=on the first floor]
Just to replace the roof and stabilize the building would cost 35-thousand-dollars.
The town is trying to put the building on the national register of historic places to earn tax credits for restoring it.
A local artist has also designed a T-shirt and raised 450 dollars to save the hotel.
[IN Q=The consensus is]
((THE CONSENSUS IS PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO PROTECT THEIR HISTORY AND I'M ONE OF THOSE THAT WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE IT PROTECTED.))
Gleason says inside, the original mantels, hardwood floors and a three-story staircase are still intact.
Up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans will be long with one of the nation's best known photographers and railroad historians. We'll speak with O. Winston Link.
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The last days of steam locomotion were carefully documented in stark black & white images captured by O. Winston Link.
Link's photography will be featured through the weeks ahead at the Transportation Museum, and Patrick Evans joins us with special guest, O. Winston Link himself.
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Coming up in Sports, Mike will take an early look at Winston Cup qualifiying from Talladega.
Next on health check --
Just say NO to drugs is just not working.
With increase use of marijuana nationwide among teens, Roanoke parents and teachers are getting a lesson in not what to say, but what to do.
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[IN Q=Overall education]
((TIM CHOCKLETT/PARENT:OVERALL EDUCATION IS THE BEST WAY, NOT JUST TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO DO IT, BUT LETS GIVE THEM ALL THE RAMIFICATIONS OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.))
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Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry, still searching for the Beale Treasure.
This week we visited one of many spots that's been a perennial favorite among treasure hunters.
The Richardson brothers bought the land in the mid 1960's from a man who claimed he knew where the treasure is buried.
[IN Q=And he said]
((AND HE SAID HE HAD HEART TROUBLE AND HE WAS AFRAID TO CARRY IT OUT OF THERE. HE MIGHT DIE. HE TOOK ME UP THERE AND SHOWED ME WHERE HE THOUGHT IT WAS. ))
[SUPER=01-Ben Richardson/Former Land Owner]
[OUT Q=thought it was.]
Over the 15 years Ben and Jack Richardson owned the property they had plenty of help looking for the Beale Treasure... but no one ever found it.
The Richardson's sold the land in the early 80's to the Forest Service- -for a LOT more than they paid for it. But they kept the treasure rights.
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((BEING NATIONAL PARK LAND, WE CAN STILL HUNT ON IT, FISH ON IT, AND LOOK FOR THE TREASURE BECAUSE OF RETENTION OF THE RIGHTS. ))
[SUPER=01-Jack Richardson/Former Land Owner]
[OUT Q=of the rights.]
There's a sign on the property that marks the site of the Black Horse Tavern.
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll reveal the results of a year-long investigation; The Black Horse Tavern was not here.
It's still standing, though, Jean
[Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom]
and we'll take you to the 214 year old structure in about 40 minutes.
A so-called supergerm has claimed its first victim.
[SUPER=03-Port Chester, NY;]
The New York Daily News is reporting a man died last month at the United Hospital Medical Center in Port Chester, New York after he was infected with a common bacteria that is immune to the most powerful antibiotics.
The man was in his 70's and was being treated for a staph infection and kidney problems.
[IN Q=But in this case]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Harold Adel/Westchester Co. Health Comm.; ]
[OUT Q=for this treatment.]
The C-D-C has warned doctors and hospitals to quarantine people showing signs of the infection.
Three other people including a four year old boy have survived similar cases.
The American Cancer Society and Carilion Health System is providing free mammograms today at the Kroger Town Square Shopping Center.
A Mobile Mammography clinic is fully equipped and staffed for screenings along with clinical breast exams.
An additional van provides health and educational information for women to prepare them for the mammogram.
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[IN Q=And the reason]
((PAM CASSELL/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY:AND THE REASON WE HAVE A MOBILE UNIT IS THAT A LOT OF WOMEN DON'T REALLY LIKE TO COME TO THE HOSPITAL TO HAVE THEIR MAMMOGRAMS DONE SO WE THOUGHT COME INTO THE GROCERY STORE WAS A GOOD WAS TO GET WOMEN WHEN THEY'RE COMING TO SHOP ANYWAY.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Cassell/American Cancer Society; ]
[OUT Q=shop anyway.]
The free service is available for women age 40 and over, with a minimum income and NO health coverage.
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((PAM CASSELL/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY:YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LIMITED INCOME AND THERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES FOR THAT IF YOU ARE SINGLE AND YOU MAKE LESS THAN 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR IT WOULD QUALIFY YOU FOR A FREE MAMMOGRAPHY.))
[OUT Q=free mammography.]
The American Cancer Society recommends having a yearly mammogram for all women over the age of 40.
On today's two minute sportsticker, Mike Stevens will have an update on Nascar qualifying at Talledega,
and one of our area's favorite sons is being honored today in Greensbor.[S5-Talladega]
Welcome everybody to the official start of your weekend and the last ticker of the work week.
After working on NASCAR's bull ring at Martinsville last week, the Winston Cup cars are making the rounds on the massive two and a half mile long Talladega Super Speedway this afternoon.
Time trials for Sunday's Die Hard 500 are taking place at this hour
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And surprise, surprise Dale Earnhardt who qualified fourth at Daytona back in February by virtue of winning one of the qualifying races, is on the pole right now after completing a lap in just over 49 seconds.
His speed is 195 point 194 miles an hour.
Earnhardt who hasn't qualified higher than 25th anywhere since Daytona still has a ways to go though.
Since they are running two laps - just over half the 51 cars that need to qualify have been on the track.
Here's the top 10 as it stands right now.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Dale Earnhardt/195.194/2. Terry Labonte//3. Ken Schrader//4. Morgan Shepherd//5. Jeff Gordon//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Lake Speed//7. Dale Jarrett//8. Joe Nemechek//9. Ricky Rudd //10. John Andretti//;]
Sam Snead has recorded eight wins over the four decades he played in PGA events in Greensboro, and this year the tournament's organizers are paying special tribute to the Hot Springs native.
Roy Stanley tells us how!
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=01-Ann Vernon Gainey/Tournament Chairperson; :16]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]
Right now __________ has the inside track to that trophy. He is the clubhouse leader with ____ under par two day total.
afternoon out in Salem.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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A helicopter pilot came to the rescue of a stranded hiker high in the mountains of Utah.
[SUPER=03-Provo Canyon, UT]
Pilot Mike Stapley had to fight high winds and dangerous terrain to pluck a lone hiker off a cold mountain cliff.
Joseph Soelberg was hiking in the Provo Canyon when an avalanche swept him away from his friends.
Soelberg suffered scrapes and cuts and was very cold, but he escape relatively unharmed.