One of the high schools in Roanoke goes back to random searches- -looking for weapons on campus.
Details coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And a new bank in town with some familiar initials tries to buck the trend toward mega merger banking.[WX-Head]
Scattered showers today, tonight,tomorrow and all through the weekend. That's the unsettled weather story which is c
Roanoke's William Fleming High School is going to start random weapons searches.
A letter was sent to parents this week announcing the revival of a policy the school had until about six years ago.
Administrators say this is being done in response to two incidents in the last four weeks in which students brought guns to the Fleming campus.
[IN Q=I'm reluctant]
((ANN HARMAN/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: I'M RELUCANT TO TELL YOU HOW OR WHAT WE'LL DO BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO BE RANDOM, UNANNOUNCED SEARCHES, LIKE WE DO WITH THE DRUG DOG SEARCHES. BUT THE SEARCHES WILL BE DONE WITH ROANOKE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, OUR SECURITY DEPARTMENT AND WILLIAM FLEMING HIGH SCHOOL STAFF, WITH PROBABLY HAND-HELD, THE PORTABLE METAL DETECTORS.))
[SUPER=01-Ann Harman/Roanoke City Schools]
[OUT Q=metal detectors.]
Principals at Fleming will talk to the students tomorrow about the new weapons searches.
Right now, Fleming is the only city school that has adopted this approach to keeping knives and guns off its property.
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She could have been the first woman sentenced to death in Virginia since the sinking of the Titanic.
Domica Winckler has just escaped a jury-recommended death sentence with the help of a Chesterfield County judge.
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./July 1997;]
Winckler is one of four defendants who beat, stabbed, and drowned a Lynchburg woman last year.
She's the only one who got a death sentence from the jury.
She was also the only black defendant.
Virginia had NOT executed a woman since 17 year old Virginia Christian -- also a black woman -- was put to death in 1912.
The judge today reduced the jury's recommendation for death to life in prison.[Barn-Fire]
It's going to take another day or so before the rubble from a stable fire at the Patrick Henry Girls Home can be cleared away.
Steve Smallshaw tells us plans to rebuild the Home's riding program are already getting much- needed public support.
[IN Q=First it was]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Gregory/Patrick Henry Executive Director; :28]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Dawson/Dawson Construction; :44]
[SUPER=01-Gina Wright/Riding Program Volunteer; 1:07]
[OUT Q=News7, Rustburg.]
(( First it was a fire, then a flood.
The fire destroyed the Patrick Henry Girls Home's horse barn and killed eight show horses.. now a FLOOD of community support is helping wash away the bad memories.
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((PATRICK HENRY GIRLS HOME, MAY I HELP YOU?))
But the public wants to know what IT can do to help the Girls Home.
Offers of money, equipment and horses have been pouring in since word of the fire began to spread.
[IN Q=It is heartening]
((SANDY GREGORY/PATRICK HENRY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: IT IS HEARTENING. I GET TEARY- EYED MYSELF, JUST THE PEOPLE I TALK TO AND THEY SAID THEY WANT TO HELP THESE KIDS.))
[OUT Q=help these kids.]
Dawson Construction donated men and machines to start clearing away the rubble so the rebuilding can begin.
[IN Q=I can understand]
((KEVIN DAWSON/DAWSON CONSTRUCTION: I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE WOULD FEEL ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING, AND I WOULD SURE APPRECIATE ANYBODY THAT WOULD HELP US. I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO DO IT FOR THEM.))
[OUT Q=for them.]
[IN Q=Even after]
((Even after all that's happened, plans for a horse show here on May 23rd are still moving forward. Officials say it's important to get both the riding program and the Patrick Henry girls back in the saddle as soon as possible.))
[OUT Q=as possible.]
[IN Q=It'll be hard]
((GINA WRIGHT/RIDING PROGRAM VOLUNTEER: IT'LL BE HARD, BUT THEY'RE MOTIVATED AND THEY'LL WORK HARD AND THEY'RE GOOD GIRLS AND THE HORSE PROGRAM HELPS THEM TREMENDOUSLY, HELPS BUILD SELF- ESTEEM. I THINK BECAUSE OF THIS, I'M SURE THEY'LL WORK TWICE AS HARD AS THEY USUALLY DO.))
[OUT Q=usually do.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Rustburg.))[Philip-Morrs]
For decades, tobacco and food giant Philip Morris has been handing over healthy profits to its shareholders at annual meetings just outside Richmond.
This year, the company's asking for something back: for stockholders to take the company's case to Congress.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Liz Cone/Shareholder; :]
[SUPER=01-Tom Hoyer/Shareholder; :]
[SUPER=01-Julius Greenberg/Shareholder; :]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Baker/Anti-Smoking Advocate; :]
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((TWO FOUR SIX EIGHT KEEP KRAFT OFF OUR PLATE.))
Every spring, they come to Virginia and pass a gauntlet of protestors.
But then, hundreds of shareholders enter the world's largest cigarette plant and hear how they've increased their already dominant market share in scores of products-- including food, beer, and of course cigarettes.
This year, like the past few, it's the tobacco that brings the bad news-- mostly in the form of a Senate bill.
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((LIZ CONE: I THINK WE'RE GONNA COME OUT OF THIS THING ON TOP, IT'S GONNA TAKE A LITTLE TIME. BUT I'M A VERY POSITIVE PERSON, AND I KNOW IT'S ALL GONNA BE ALRIGHT.))
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((TOM HOYER/SHAREHOLDER: I DO PLAN ON CONTACTING THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES.))
The company even gave them a guide to use this year.
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((JULIUS GREENBERG/STOCKHOLDER: I THINK IT'S HEY LET'S GO GET THE MONEY FELLOWS. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CHILDREN.))
If they're edgy, it's partly because health advocates buy five shares of stock to make their voices heard here too.
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((WAYNE BAKER/ANTI-SMOKING ADVOCATE: AFTER MY SURGERY, AFTER SEEING WHAT TOBACCO HAS DONE FOR ME, MY 15 YEAR OLD AND 16 YEAR OLD GRANDSONS STARTED SMOKING. PEER PRESSURE, ADVERTISING, WHATEVER IT IS. IT'S ALL BEING PUSHED BY THE INDUSTRY.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[Tease#1]
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Part 2 of our look at the Roanoke city council race is still ahead on News-7 at Six.
Tonight we'll hear from the Republican candidates.
And an old name is on its way back to Roanoke, in the form of a new bank.
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A shooting late this afternoon at a furniture company in Henry County.
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Christy Hubley was at the scene.
Christy, what do you know at this point?
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They're both running as Republicans, but they have very different views of city politics.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell talks with Roanoke council candidates Jack Parrott and Chris Muse.
[IN Q=Jack Parrott and Chris Muse]
[SUPER=01-Jack Parrott/(R) Roanoke City Council; :19]
[SUPER=04-June 1997; :40]
[SUPER=01-Chris Muse/(R) City Council Candidate; :52]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke]
((Jack Parrott and Chris Muse share the Republican nomination for Roanoke City Council, but from there the candidates part company.
Parrott says he's selling his experience and judgement. Proud of his record in his first term on council, he says the city benefits from his expertise in engineering and construction.
[PARROTT UB 14:08:46]
[IN Q=I mean we're getting ready]
((JACK PARROTT/R- ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I MEAN WE'RE GETTING READY TO SPEND 80- SOME MILLION DOLLARS OR100- MILLION COUNTING IT ALL IN THE NEXT FIVE OR SIX YEARS, FOUR YEARS, SO I JUST THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT SOMEBODY BE ON THERE WHO CAN GIVE THAT EXPERIENCE TO OTHER MEMBERS OF COUNCIL.))
[OUT Q=other members of council.]
Chris Muse's campaign is a call for new leadership.
As a neighborhood organizer, responsible for the Block Pride program that cleaned up the Day Avenue area, he says council is neglecting problems that threaten the city's future.
[MUSE UB 15:03:55]
[IN Q=WE'RE NOT HAVING AN INCREASE]
((CHRIS MUSE/R- CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: WE'RE NOT HAVING AN INCREASE IN OUR REVENUES. WE'RE NOT HAVING AN INCREASE IN THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY MOVE HERE. ROANOKE IS STAGNATED. AND IF PEOPLE WANT THAT TO CONTINUE IN ROANOKE THEN PUT THE SAME GUYS BACK IN OFFICE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO SEE ROANOKE GROW AND PROSPER, YOU MUST ELECT NEW LEADERS.))
[OUT Q=elect new leaders.]
On that issue Muse is in tune with the two independents Bill Bestpitch and Joe Nash, and we'll talk to them in the final segment of our election preview.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))[SML-Vision]
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Living at Smith Mountain Lake could be completely different in twenty years -- based on changes leaders are suggesting now.
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Tina Tenret has a "vision."
Keith -- Bedford, Pittsylvania and Franklin County leaders just released a report called the Vision of Smith Mountain Lake.
The ideas floating around inside may surprise you.
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[IN Q=In the year 2015]
[SUPER=01-Garland Page/Committee Member; :00]
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake; :12]
[SUPER=01-Wally Lenahan/Committee Member; :48]
[SUPER=01-Ron Willard/Developer; 1:12]
[OUT Q=Some of them away]
[IN Q=To go to work]
((GARLAND PAGE/COMMITTEE MEMBER: TO GO TO WORK ... LYNCHBURG OR ROANOKE ... TO SAME PLACE.))
[OUT Q=TO SAME PLACE]
In the year 2015 -- Smith Mountain Lake residents may find all they need right here.
So-called village centers would feature pretty lake-related shops, plus libraries and police facilities.
No more king-sized grocery stores or strip malls.
Far from the noise, down by the water, clean subdivisions with clusters of homes-- and lots of open green space.
All waterfront houses would boast large windows, decks, and boat docks.
The catch -- lake residents would pay extra taxes and be required to make expensive changes.
[IN Q=My neighbor's property]
((MY NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY IS NOT RIP-RAPPED ... FIVE TO SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HAVE THAT PROPERTY RIP-RAPPED.))
Rural land would stay that way -- with one house per five acres.
Except for an industrial park, where clean businesses would provide local jobs.
And all historic homes would be protected in special districts.
The end result of all the rules?
[IN Q=They're going to be]
((RON WILLARD/DEVELOPER: THEY'RE GOING TO BE SCARING THE HELL OUT OF A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT MIGHT WANT TO COME HERE AND DEVELOP OR LIVE OR START A BUSINESS AND IT WILL EVENTUALLY RUN SOME OF THEM AWAY.))
[OUT Q=SOME OF THEM AWAY]))
Local leaders say people who care about the lake will not mind the extra rules and taxes.
They also talked about creating a special lake government -- even phone rates and mailing addresses for the area.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Newsroom]
(Question: Tina, how will this be enforced? )
Supervisors in Bedford -- Pittsylvania and Franklin Counties will hold public hearings then decide whether to turn this vision into law.
The stock market roared back with heavy trading today. The DOW
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gained 112-points, closing at nine-thousand- 63.
NASDAQ gained 17-points.
It's a name that takes many folks back to the good ol' days of Roanoke banking.
First National Exchange Bank returned to the Valley today.
The new First National promises to act like an old-fashioned bank.
It doesn't charge you to open a checking account.
And it doesn't own any automated teller machines.
First National used to be a very visible part of Roanoke's skyline.
Officers at the NEW F-N-E-B hope they can capitalize on the old bank's popularity.
[IN Q=13 43 26]
((LYNN MATHERLY/FIRST NATIONAL EXCHANGE BANK: FNEB IS A BANK THAT WAS HERE IN THE 60S AND 70S. IT WAS A WELL-RESPECTED BANK AND IT'S A BANK THAT I THINK MOST PEOPLE CAN IDENTIFY WITH, THAT THEY LIKED AND RESPECTED, AND WE HOPE THAT WILL HELP US BY BEING A BANK PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH AND HAD HEARD OF BEFORE. ))
[SUPER=01-Lynn Matherly/First National Exchange Bank;]
First National will operate four branches in the area: Two in Roanoke, one in Bedford and one in New Castle.
Coming up tonight in sports, lots of baseball from the majors to the high school ranks, plus another local racer hits the big time,
and Steve Mason has a preview of this weekend's Lee Jackson Lacrosse classic in Lexington on Saturday.
Lets begin tonight on the major league base paths as the Orioles snapped a four game losing streak in CHicago this afternoon.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/SportsChannel; ]
Orioles' skipper Ray Miller celebrated his 53rd birthday in style thanks to two long blasts.
Joe Carter ripped this homerun to left field to lead the O's to a 4-to-1 win over the Whitesox.
Jeffrey Hammonds also knocked one out of the yard in the opposite direction.
Jimmy Key got the win for the O's
[WIPE TO ENG#!!!!!!!!!!!!!][S-Rays]
[WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/DomeVision; :00]
In Minneapolis this afternoon the Twins tried to burst the Devil Rays bubble as the two hooked up at the homerdome.
But Tampa would get two a run on sac fly and wild pitch to beat the Twins 2-to-nothing.
[WIPE TO ENG#][S-Tigers]
[WIPE TO ENG!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :00]
In Detroit, the Tigers took on the Texas Rangers this afternoon and beat them 7-to-2.
Damion Easley had three hits including this homer.
He had four rbis as the Tigers win it 7-to-2 to end the Rangers' five game winning streak.
[GRAPHIC=High School Baseball]
William Byrd and Cave Spring are nearing the end of the regular season in baseball. And they both have managed to stay successful with new coaches.
[IN Q="It's good...]
[SUPER=01-Randy Boone/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gene Riggs/William Byrd Head Coach; :13]
[OUT Q=....same way."]
The Terriers and Knights play for the second time tonight at Byrd. Cave Spring won the first meeting on its home fi
Saturday; the 11th annual Lee-Jackson lacrose classic faces off at Wilson Field.
Steve Mason sizes up this VMI/Washington and Lee lacrosse match up that has been ruled by the Generals.
[SUPER=03-Lexington/1994 Lee Jackson Classic; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dave Benedick/VMI Senior Defenseman; :14]
[SUPER=01-Chip Thompson/W&L Midfielder; :26]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Year; :36]
[SUPER=01-John Humphries/VMI Freshman Midfielder; :43]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Radford vs. VMI; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Jim Stagnitta/W&L Head Coach; 1:27]
[SUPER=01-Doug Bartlett/VMI Head Coach; 1:35]
[OUT Q=News7 Sports]
VMI won the first Lee-Jackson Classic; W & L has won the last nine; a bitter pill to swallow; especially for the senior Keydets. just one of many topics feasted on at this week's annual Lee-Jackson pre game banquet.
The VMI/W & L lacrosse tradition is drawing comparisons to the rivalry the Generals share with their advosaries at Roanoke college.
VMI freshman midfielder John Humphries; who starred for Salem high school's lacrosse team; is playing in his first Lee-Jackson; His local roots give him an edge
The 10 and 2 Generals, who are ranked 4th nationally, play a diliberate, 6 on 6, conservative style; unlike the bigger, stronger and slightly more athletic 4 and 9 Keydets.
The game faces off at 2pm on Washington & lee's Wilson Field. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Another New River Valley Speedway alumnus will get his shot at the big time this weekend.
Mike Dillon, who drove late models at New River will drive the Lowes Chevy Winston Cup machine this weekend in California in the NAPA 500.
Dillon is filling in for Mike Skinner.
He also is car owner Richard Childress's son in law.
A man was struck and killed by a train in Buena Vista less than an hour ago.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Stacey/Microwave]
Stacey Martin is in Buena Vista tonight with some details.
Stacey, I understand this happened about 5:30 at Glen Maury Park.
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(QUESTION: WERE THERE ANY WITNESSES, STACEY?)
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