Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Traffic at a stand- still for miles on I-81... the result of a wreck involving a horse trailer.
And the jury is out in the Honor Court hearing at V-M-I, even as a FORMER cadet files suit against the Institute in
In sports, A big weekend for women's sports at Hollins college. The Danville baseball team is closing in on another Western District title.
And the N-B-A has issued fines and suspensions following last nights brawl between Miami and New York.
Thunderstorms are rumbling through the New River Valley heading north & east with heavy downpours and hail. We will
track them on radar in a moment.[81-Wreck]
It's been slow going on Interstate 81 near Salem this afternoon, because of a couple of accidents.
Traffic in the southbound lanes slowed to a crawl for more than three hours, after a sport utility vehicle towing a horse trailer overturned.
[IN Q=An accident ahead]
((TROOPER G.K. HARTH/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: AN ACCIDENT AHEAD AT THE 139 HAD TRAFFIC SLOWING DOWN, AND THE LADY DRIVING THIS VEHICLE CAME UP ON THAT SLOWED TRAFFIC AND LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE DUE TO THE WEIGHT, PUSHING HER OFF THE ROAD.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper G. K. Harth/Virginia State Police]
[OUT Q=off the road.]
Veterinarians had to tend to the horses injuries-- no word on how serious they were.
An elderly woman in the accident down the road was taken to the hospital-- her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Roanoke police have two suspects in a series of suspicious fires in the northwest part of the city.
An investigator says warrants have been issued for the arrest of two men on arson charges.
Their names won't be released until they're taken into custody.
Fire and police officials have been looking into several fires in vacant homes in northwest neighborhoods over the past month.
One was on Harrison Avenue. A fire in an empty house spread next door, damaging a home belonging to 103-year-old Gertrude Jumper.
Norfolk Southern will soon be getting a bill from the city of Lynchburg, for expenses stemming from a March 31st train derailment.
Lynchburg estimates it lost nearly 650- thousand dollars in equipment and personnel costs when two freight trains collided and caught fire near downtown.
Investigators blame the accident on human error on the part of Norfolk Southern.
Insurance investigators are checking the numbers and will submit the final bill on Monday.
Norfolk- Southern has agreed to compensate the city and nearby business owners for their losses.
Radford University is tackling a nationwide problem head on.
The school is cracking down on underage drinking by getting parents involved.
Teresa Hamilton has details.
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[SUPER=01-Minerva Krantz/Parent; :21]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Burslie/Parent; :33]
[SUPER=01-Andrea Bruffey/RU Student; :49]
[SUPER=01-Ben Garner/RU Student; :59 ]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Hurlburt/Dean of Students; 1:12]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Radford.]
(( The new, tougher policy doesn't target the entire student population.
It will only affect freshmen, under age 21, who're financially dependant on their parents.
Those who fall into that category and violate the school's alcohol policy twice or drug policy just once-- their parents will be notified by the university.
[IN Q=I think]
((MINERVA KRANTZ/PARENT:I THINK THE PARENTS SHOULD BE, TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S ACTIONS, EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE 18, I STILL THINK THE PARENTS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY.
BRUCE BURSLIE/PARENT:THERE'VE BEEN JUST TOO MANY SAD OCCURENCES IN THE VIRGINIA SCHOOL SYSTEM AND I HATE TO SEE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE GET HURT DOING THINGS THAT WILL BE DESTRUCTIVE. ))
[OUT Q=be destructive.]
Student reaction was a little more mixed-- although the majority we spoke with did favor the new policy.
[IN Q=If they]
((ANDREA BRUFFEY/RU STUDENT:IF THEY KNOW THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET CAUGHT DRINKING OR DRUGS AND IT'S GOING TO BE SENT HOME TO MOMMY AND DADDY THEN THEY'RE GOING TO BE A LITTLE LESS APT TO DO IT, I THINK IT'S A REALLY GOOD IDEA.
BEN GARNER/RU STUDENT:I THINK IT'S A BAD IDEA BECAUSE FRESHMEN DO GET INTO TROUBLE SOMETIMES BUT IT ALSO GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO HANDLE IT ON THEIR OWN AND SOME DON'T LIKE TO TELL THEIR PARENTS ABOUT STUFF LIKE THAT. ))
[OUT Q=like that.]
This fall will also bring other changes on campus.
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((BONNIE HURLBURT/DEAN OF STUDENTS:WE'VE ALWAYS HAD A LOT OF ACTIVITIES BUT WE DIDN'T ALWAYS DOD THEM AT THE HOURS THAT STUDENTS WANT TO BE OUT AND ABOUT SO BEGINNING THIS FALL THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE LATE NIGHT ACTIVITIES ON THE CAMPUS AND THEY'LL BE NONALCOHOL IN NATURE. ))
[OUT Q=in nature.]
The new policies will be outlined during freshman summer orientation.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Radford.))
A former cadet who was expelled from Virginia Military Institute says he got a raw deal.
Brian Benken was convicted of cheating by V-M-I's honor court just days before he was supposed to get his diploma in 19-96.
Anyone found guilty by the honor court is kicked out of school.
Today Benken filed a lawsuit, seeking an apology, his diploma and 40-thousand dollars.
Benken said the honor court did not have enough evidence to convict him.
A spokesman for V-M-I said he had not heard of this case.
But Colonel Mike Strickler said he has great faith in the honor court and the cadets who run it.[Honor-Court]
The honor court is wrapping up a three-day trial tonight of six cadets still enrolled at V-M-I. This case is about seniors hitting freshmen rats.
Attorneys have already taken steps to get a federal judge to prevent V-M-I from expelling the six- -IF the cadets are found guilty of violating the honor code.
A federal judge in Roanoke has agreed to stay the decision of the honor court and hold a hearing in U-S District Court Monday, if need be.
When cadets are "drummed out of the corps" it typically takes place in the middle of the night- -the night of the v
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We'll wrap up our look at Roanoke's City Council candidates.
Ahead on News-7 at Six, we'll find out what the Independent candidates have to say.
And did you ever wonder where your shirt or pants came from?
You can find out, thanks to a new exhibit in Danville.
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It's no surprise, but the two independents in the Roanoke City Council race trail in fundraising. Before a recent filing deadline, Bill Bestpitch had raised just over three thousand dollars, while Joe Nash collected less than a thousand. In contrast, Republican incumbent Jack Parrott has pulled in more than 17- thousand dollars.
They may not have as much cash as the other candidates, but tonight Joe Dashiell reports the independents say they have plenty of political capital.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Bestpitch/(I) City Council Candidate; :26]
[SUPER=01-Joe Nash/(I) City Council Candidate; :57]
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((Bill Bestpitch and Joe Nash aren't running as a team, but the two independents in the Roanoke City Council race share many of the same ideas about the campaign and the concerns of city residents.
Bestpitch first appeared in the public arena as an advocate for a ward system. Though opponents prevailed in last year's referendum, Bestpitch says the vote persuaded him that many Roanokers share his concern for the way city council operates.
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IN Q=I think there are very many people
((BILL BESTPITCH/I- CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I THINK THERE ARE VERY MANY PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE RIGHT NOW WHO FEEL LIKE CITY COUNCIL DOESN'T LISTEN TO THEM, IS NOT REALLY UNDERSTANDING THEIR CONCERNS, NOT RESPONDING WELL, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE AREAS OF FLOOD CONTROL AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE NEIGHBORHOODS.))
[OUT Q=to the neighborhoods.]
Neighborhoods are also a focus for Nash, who is making his second bid for a seat on city council. He helped organized neighbors when a drug dealer moved in down the street. And he believes the city can do a better job of addressing neighborhood concerns.
[SOT NASH UB 10:04:13]
[IN Q=There's pretty good sized segments]
((JOE NASH/I- CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: THERE'S PRETTY GOOD SIZE SEGMENTS OF THE POPULATION THAT HAVE BEEN IGNORED. THERE'S A LOT OF NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT ON THE BACK BURNER. A LOT OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEMS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN DEALTH WITH. ANY MORE IT SEEMS IT'S MANAGEMENT OF CRISIS. THERE'S VERY LITTLE PROACTIVE MANAGEMENT IN THE CITY.))
[OUT Q=proactive management in the city.]
As independent challengers both Nash and Bestpitch admit their campaigns are viewed as a long shot... But they insist they will have a good shot when voters head to the polls on Tuesday.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))[Tobacco-Workers]
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Protesters in Richmond say EVERYONE will lose under the proposed tobacco settlement.
Tobacco workers and union members are launching a new program called "Save Our Jobs, Save Our Community."
They say the bill in Congress will take money AND jobs away from tobacco companies.
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((SUSAN MARTIN/GILES CO. CELCO PLANT: WE'RE REALLY CONCERNED BECAUSE OUR COMMUNITY IN GILES COUNTY IS SMALL AND CELANESE IS THE ONLY THING KEEPING THE COMMUNITY AND IF CONGRESS WINS BY BRINGING DOWN PHILIP MORRIS OR R.J. REYNOLDS OR ANY OF THE TOBACCO COMPANIES, THEN WE'LL BE DEVASTATED. OUR COMMUNITY WILL BE WIPED OUT.))
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And if Philip Morris -- the nation's largest food and tobacco retailer-- loses money, protesters say everything from restaurants to community services will suffer.
[IN Q=The unions of the ]
((DANNY LEBLANC/AFL-CIO: THE UNIONS OF THE AFL-CIO CHALLENGE THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO GET OFF THEIR HANDS AND FIGURE IT OUT THAT THIS IS IN THE INTEREST OF THEIR SURVIVAL, THAT THE POLITICAL PEOPLE IN THIS STATE GET OFF THEIR HANDS AND STAND UP FOR VIRGINIA'S WORKING MEN AND WOMEN.))
[OUT Q=working men and women]
Proponents of the tobacco settlement say it will curb youth smoking.
Wall Street continued to climb today. The DOW gained
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84-points, closing at 91-hundred- 47.
NASDAQ closed five points higher.
It's a great way for young people to learn where clothing and fabric come from.
"Stitches to Britches" is a new exhibit at the Danville Science Museum.
It's an interactive exploration of the textile industry for kids and their parents.
You can design your own outfit by draping fabric around a mannequin.
And you can look at tiny fibers through a microscope.
These kindergartners really took to the hands-on activities.
[IN Q=So far they seem]
((GINNY LAUBINGER: SO FAR THEY SEEM TO LIKE THE ACTUAL TWISTING OF THE FIBERS. THERE'S AN ACTIVITY WHERE YOU TWIST THE FIBERS AND SHOW THAT WHEN THEY ARE TWISTED THEY DIFFICULT TO PULL APART AND WHEN THEY'RE NOT TWISTED IT'S FAIRLY EASY TO PULL THEM APART.))
[SUPER=01-Ginny Laubinger/Danville Science Museum;]
[OUT Q=easy to pull them apart.]
"Stitches to Britches" opens to the public tomorrow and runs through the summer.
The exhibit is sponsored by Dan River Incorporated.
And coming up in Sports, The Winston cup Drivers are in Hollywood qualifying for the California 500 fines and suspensions after last night's Knicks and heat game.
And the Barbers, Tiki and Ronde were in the valley today for a charity golf tournament at Hanging Rock.
Qualifying has just ended for the California 500 at Fontana, California.
Jeff Gordon grabbed the pole position and Ward Burton managed a top 10 spot.
Now, Here's a look at how the top 25 cars lined up for Sunday's race.
[SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon/181.772/2. Jeremy Mayfield//3. Mark Martin//4. Rusty Wallace//5. Johnny Benson//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Joe Nemechek//7. Bobby Labonte//8. Ward Burton//9. Terry Labonte//10. Morgan Shepherd//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Darrell Waltrip//12. Bill Elliott//13. Kevin Lepage//14. Sterling Marlin//15. Ken Schrader//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Lake Speed//17. Kyle Petty//18. Kenny Irwin//19. David Green//20. Robert Pressley//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Jeff Burton//22. Ernie Irvan//23. Ricky Rudd//24. Ted Musgrave//25. John Andretti//;]
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Fines and suspensions have been handed down after last night's brawl at the end of the Heat Knicks playoff game.
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With just over a second left in the game Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson started throwing punches at each other. Johnson and Chris Mills of Knicks will miss Sunday's fifth and deciding game in New York and and so will Mourning.
Johnson and Mourning will miss two games and Mills only one. All three players have been fined, Morning 20-thousand, Johnson 10 thousand and Mills 25 hundred dollars.
Meantime, Atlanta and Charlotte hook up in game four of their playoff series. The Hornets lead 2 games to one.[S-W
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Virginia Amateur Sports is hoping to level the playing field for female athletes.
Girl's and women's sports is growing at an amazing rate, but the V-A-S says more headway still needs to be made.
[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/April 1997;]
So this weekend the organization is teaming up with Hollins College for the first Girls and Women in Sports Day.
It's a celebration of the advances that have been made but also a chance for coaches and parents to benefit from the experience of others.
[IN Bit's going to]
((STUART ISRAEL/VIRGINIA AMATEUR SPORTS: IT'S GOING TO BE A SERIES OF WORKSHOPS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES THE ATHLETES AND PARENTS HAVE TO FACE ALSO THERE WILL BE WORKSHOPS ON SPORTS MEDICINE AND SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY FOR THE COACHES.))
((JACQUIE JORDAN/VIRGINIA AMATEUR SPORTS: FOR THE V.A.S. WE'D LIKE TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC. WE EDUCATE ALL ATHLETES BOTH MEN AND WOMEN BUT FOR THIS EVENT WE'RE FOCUSING ON WOMEN. WE'D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT FEMALE SPORTS HAS TO OFFER.))
[SUPER=01-Stuart Israel/Virginia Amateur Sports; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jacquie Jordan/Virginia Amateur Sports; :16]
[OUT Q=sports has to offer]
Former U-V-A standout and current member of the W-N-B-A Charlotte Sting, Tora Suber, is a featured speaker.
Interested athletes, coaches and parents are invited to take in the event at Hollins College. Registration starts
at 8:30 tomorrow morning.[S-Golf]
Around 130 golfers joined forces today at Hanging Rock golf club for the annual Young Life Golf Tournament.
New York Giant running back Tiki Barber and his twin brother
Ronde; a Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive back; made a guest appearance for a good cause. Steve Maosn has more.
[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/New York Giants Running Back; :]
[SUPER=01-Steve Spangler/Cave Spring Head Football Coach; :]
[SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Tampa Bay Buccaneer Def. Back; :]
[SUPER=01-Steve Zegarski/Young Life Coordinator; :45]
[SUPER=01-Brett Roach/Young Life Supporter; :]
[SUPER=01-Ed Natt/Tournament Co-Director; :]
[OUT Q=News 7 sports"]
The ninth annual Young Life golf tournament began much like past events; 31 teams with 4 players; captains choice; a shot gun start
But an NFL demension was added. Tiki and Ronde Barber took turns cutting up the fine turf with their clubs...not with their lighting fast feet. The pair was happy to involve Steve Spangler; their high school coach, in the good natured ribbing.
the goals of the one day event; which is enjoying it's 7th straight at the scenic Hanging Rock Club, is two fold; generate around 10 thousand dollars for the Christina based Young Life oragnization; and spread it's awareness.
Each team paid 300 dollars to play; butt it was clear; the fun and fellowship was well worth it. In Salem; Steve Mason
; news 7 sports.))[Almanac]
We finish up the month with another surplus in the precipitation category.
Will there be enough rain for the veggies later in the summer?
Let's hope so.
Here is a glance at the May almanac.
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