It's election day... in case you hadn't noticed... MUNICIPAL elections across Virginia... and we'll check in at the
And Governor Gilmore makes a high-tech classroom appearance- -upstaged by an American icon- -a bird with an attitude.
Tonight in sports, it's a big week for NCAA division three lacrosse in the area as the Roanoke and W&L men and Lady Generals host first round games tomorrow.
And the Hotel Roanoke played host to the area's new Indy Car team.
We'll meet driver Greg Ray and the president of the company pumping out the bucks to keep the team rolling.
Dark clouds but no real problems with the weather today. Sunny Skies should push temperatures a little higher tomo
The polls are open but most of the registered voters are staying away.
That's the story in local elections across the state and here in western Virginia.
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Joe Dashiell is following the Roanoke city council race, where seven candidates are vying for three seats.
(Joe ad lib)
(rollcue: set any records tonight)
[IN Q=I'm pretty interested]
[SUPER=01-Eric Angel/Voter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Louella Crutchfield-Thaxton/Roanoke Registrar; :24]
[OUT Q=twenty to twenty one percent turnout]
(Joe ad libs)
[Double Boxes=Joe and Steve/Microwave][Lynchburg-Turnout]
[Double Boxes=Joe and Steve/Microwave]
Hill City voters have a chance tonight to make a leadership change on city council.
Steve Smallshaw is in Lynchburg.. Steve, what's turnout been like there?
Steady but slow, Joe.. registrar Carol Read said late this afternoon, turnout was running at less than 20 percent.
And any of the nine candidates here will tell you they have no idea how that affects their chances of winning.
[IN Q=Four years ago]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/May 1994; :00]
[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/(I) Lynchburg Council Candidate; :24]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Helgeson/(R) Lynchburg Council Candidate; :36]
[OUT Q=is running unopposed.]
(( Four years ago, Lynchburg Republicans thought they had it all figured out.
Running as a ticket, the GOP swept the city's three at- large seats on city council, and have held the majority ever since.
Now they're doing it again, tying together conservatives Bruton Langley, Schaefer Oglesby and Jeff Helgeson.
The city's independent- slash- Democrats have borrowed that idea.. and put together their own coalition.
[IN Q=I think philosophically]
((CARL HUTCHERSON/I- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I THINK PHILOSOPHICALLY WE REALIZED THAT WE WERE FAIRLY CLOSE ON AT LEAST SOME OF THE ISSUES, SOME OF THE BASIC ISSUES WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT EDUCATION, PUBLIC SAFETY AND REVITALIZED NEIGHBORHOODS AND THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.))
[OUT Q=kinds of things.]
[IN Q=We came out]
((JEFF HELGESON/R- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: WE CAME OUT ORGINALLY SAYING WHAT WE ARE, SAYING THAT WE'RE REPUBLICANS AND CAME OUT WITH ALL THREE OF US RUNNING TOGETHER. THEY RECOGNIZED THAT STRATEGY AND THOUGHT MAYBE THEY COULD PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER.))
[OUT Q=put something together.]
Independents say they could be helped by strong turnout in Ward Two, where incumbent Ed Barksdale is running unopposed.))
Again, turnout here has been low.. they had 40 percent for the at- large race in 1994..
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.. but officials expect a figure somewhat closer to 30 percent tonight. Keith?[Danville-Turnout]
Voters in Danville are heading to the polls today in moderate numbers.
Election officials say they expect about a 40-percent voter turnout rate.
There are ten people running for four seats on Danville's city council.
The candidates and their supporters are shaking hands and handing out flyers at the polls-- trying to sway the last-minute vote.
Candidates say you have to vote if you want to be heard in city government.
[IN Q=Our only way of influencing]
((R. WAYNE. WILLIAMS/DANVILLE COUNCIL CANDIDATE: OUR ONLY WAY OF INFLUENCING THESE MAJOR DECISION IS THROUGH OUR VOTE AND IT AMAZES ME THAT THE NUMBERS WOULD BE ONLY 40%. I REALLY THINK THEY'RE GOING TO BE HIGHER THAN THAT WITH 10 CANDIDATES RUNNING, I THINK THAT'S GOING TO DRAW PEOPLE TO THE ELECTION.))
[SUPER=01-R. Wayne Williams/Danville Council Candidate;]
[OUT Q=people to the election.]
The large number of candidates could make this race an interesting one.
Christy Hubley will have the results of the Danville Council race for you tonight at 11.
Voter turnout in Montgomery County may turn out to be lower than two years ago.
The registrar says turnout has been light although its been heavier in Christiansburg than Blacksburg, where the race for mayor and town council is uncontested.
In Christiansburg, three candidates are vying for Mayor and four candidates are competing for three positions on town council.
Voter turnout in Radford is described as light to moderate.
By mid- afternoon, 25- percent of the city's registered voters had cast ballots.
Voter turnout is also described as low in Pulaski and Dublin.
Yet another fire in northwest Roanoke--
this one caused heavy damage to an apartment building.
Firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze just after three a-m.
The fire was raging when they got there.
Investigators call it "suspicious," but they have not yet ruled out the possibility it was an accident.
The fire left seven families homeless.
Residents spent the morning looking for items that survived the blaze.
Coles Terry was helping his brother.
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[IN Q=his floor]
((COLE TERRY/VICTIM'S BROTHER: HIS FLOOR IS JUST MOSTLY WET AND CEILINGS ARE LEAKING. SO WE'RE TRYING TO GET EVERYTHING OUT BEFORE IT'S REALLY DAMAGED. THAT'S ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Coles Terry/Fire Victim's Brother;]
[OUT Q=THAT'S ABOUT IT]
There's an estimated 125-thousand dollars' worth of fire and water damage.
The Red Cross is providing disaster relief to the families left homeless.
There have been a string of suspicious fires recently in northwest Roanoke, and one arrest for arson.[Harvey]
Roanoke police have made their second drug raid in a week in the Day Avenue area.
One of the people arrested: a pregnant woman shot and wounded at her home last week.
Tammy Harvey and her husband Charles were picked up yesterday. They're both charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.
The arrests come less than a week after Tammy Harvey was shot in the chest while on the front porch of her home.
Police say they have NOT been able to determine whether that shooting was drug related.
A third person was also arrested in the same raid, for possession of marijuana.
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Do your elementary and middle school students come home with stories of school violence? It's becoming more of a problem, and we will take a look coming up on News 7 at Six.
And Governor Gilmore visited classrooms across the state today,
giving an interactive lesson on the environment.
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It's a hi-tech first for Virginia: Governor Jim Gilmore using interactive T-V to teach fourth-graders across the state about the environment.
He may not be "Mr. Wizard," but the Governor punched all the right buttons this morning.
Ellen Qualls reports.
[IN Q=From the hi-tech]
[SUPER=03-Henrico Co; :09]
[SUPER=01-Ed Clark/Virginia Wildlife Center; :28]
[SUPER=01-Bill Warren/Varina Elementary School; :49]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Henrico Co.;]
(( From the hi-tech studios of Varina High School.
[nat sot 22:05:05 ]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ALL OF US ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING OUR AIR CLEAN AND OUR WATER CLEAN.))
It's Governor Jim Gilmore -- TV teacher and talk show host.
[NAT SOT 22:23:33 ]
((READY ONE. COME BACK TO ONE. STANDBY FOUR.))
[NAT sot 22:11:07]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'RE GONNA TAKE OUR FIRST CALLER NOW FROM ST. PAUL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.))
Education, the environment, technology.
The Governor got to kill several birds with one stone.
But speaking of birds, the Governor definitely got upstaged.
((ED CLARK/VA. WILDLIFE CENTER: THE WASTE THAT SOMETIMES COMES OFF OF OUR PARKING LOTS... CARRIES WITH IT PESTICIDES.))
The Governor did get his message across though-- and it came off as a little more environmentally friendly than the last governor.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THERE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT POLLUTE. BUT SOMETIMES YOU DO FIND THAT FACTORIES ARE GONNA POLLUTE ALSO.))
((BILL WARREN/VARINA ELEMENTARY: HE CARES ABOUT WHAT VIRGINIA LOOKS LIKE, AND HOW WE SHOULDN'T HAVE POLLUTION, AND WE SHOULD CLEAN UP, NOT LITTER.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I WANT TO BE THOUGHT OF IN LOTS OF WAYS. I WANT TO CLEAN THE AIR AND CLEAN THE WATER. I WANT TO BE THE EDUCATION GOVERNOR.))
To reinforce the hi-tech governor image, he'll soon name a new cabinet post: a technology secretary.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[Welfare-Surplus]
Welfare reform on the national and state levels has given Virginia a windfall of almost 100- million dollars.
Now, the debate's over how to spend it.
Congress had allocated tens of millions of dollars to Virginia each year leading up to the year 2000.
The money's called "TAN-F" or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
It totals 99-point-9 million dollars over four years.
((CLAUDE ALLEN/VA. HEALTH & HUMAN RESOURCES SECRETARY: WE ALWAYS NEED TO PREPARE ...TIMES OF PLENTY FOR THE TIMES OF NEED.))
((DAVID STOECZ/VCU SOCIAL WORK PROFESSOR: DO WE NEED TO SET ASIDE ALL OF THE 95- MILLION DOLLARS? WELL PROBABLY NOT. AND IN FACT, WHAT WE COULD DO IS USE A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THAT, I WOULD ARGUE HALF, TO PUT IN PLACE TRANSITIONAL SERVICES.))14
[SUPER=01-Claude Allen/Va. Health & Human Res. Sec.; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Stoecz/VCU Social Work Professor; :12]
[OUT Q=transitional services. ]
The General Assembly spent some of the surplus last month on a new state tax credit for low income Virginians.
But V-C-U Professor David Stoecz (States) says Virginia should look into a state-run banking system, as banks consol
idate and pull branches out of less affluent neighbhorhoods. [Stocks]
Stocks were falling today amid nagging fears that the market has risen
too far too fast.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
The Dow dropped 45 points to close at 91 hundred 48.
NASDAQ lost 14 points.
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[**Note Anchor Tag**]
A 13- year-old and an eleven- year- old stand accused of opening fire on their schoolmates in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
What causes such aggression at an early age, and is it a big concern for area elmentary and middle school students?
[DISSOLVE FULLSCREEN "SAFE AT SCHOOL?"]
Kimberly McBroom has more in the second part of her report "Safe at School?"
[IN Q=At Penn Forest]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Jetton/Fifth Grader; :12]
[SUPER=01-Maggie Cannon/Fifth Grader; :23]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :38]
[SUPER=01-David Martin/Henry Co. Superintendent;:45]
[SUPER=01-Derris Smith/Bassett Middle Student;1:16]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Lola Byrd/Licensed Clinical Psychologist;1:40]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7]
(( At Penn Forest Elementary, there's no mistaking that guns and drugs are NOT welcome.
But students are aware of Jonesboro, and realize that violence can happen anywhere.
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((MICHAEL JETTON/FIFTH GRADER: I REALLY DON'T THINK OF THAT HAPPENING TO OUR SCHOOL. BUT THEN AGAIN, NO ONE THOUGHT THAT WOULD HAPPEN AND IT JUST HAPPENED ONE DAY.))
[SOT TAPE 5 10:31:54 ]
((MAGGIE CANNON/FIFTH GRADER: I'M JUST KIND OF WORRIED ABUT JUNIOR HIGH, BECAUSE I'VE NEVER REALLY BEEN THERE AND I'VE NEVER VISITED MY SISTER WHEN SHE WENT THERE, SO I GUESS I'M JUST NERVOUS BECAUSE IT'S A NEW SCHOOL AND I'VE NEVER REALLY BEEN OUT OF HERE BEFORE. ))
[OUT Q=OUT OF HERE BEFORE]
Meanwhile, administrators in Henry county are hoping to make middle school and other grade levels a little less intimidating.
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((DAVID MARTIN/HENRY CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WITH THE THINGS THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN JONESBORO, THAT'S CAUSED US TO THINK A WHOLE LOT ABOUT HOW WE LOOK AT SAFETY IN SCHOOLS. SO, WE'VE INVOLVED OUR SAFETY DEPARTMENT AND OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT TO ASSIST US AS PRINCIPALS AND AS EDUCATORS.))
Nearly three years ago, a Bassett Middle School student was suspended after cutting another student with a razor blade.
But in the last year, studies show a decrease in weapons violations in Henry county middle schools.
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That's not to say fights still don't break out on occasion--
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((DERRIS SMITH/BASSETT MIDDLE STUDENT: HE WAS TALKING ABOUT MY MOTHER AND HE PUSHED ME AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND WE GOT TO FIGHTING ABOUT IT, KNOCKED OVER A COUPLE OF DESKS. NORMAL STUFF. Reporter: Did you get in trouble for that? SMITH: GOT SUSPENDED FOR THREE DAYS. IT'S NOT SOMETHING I WANT TO DO AGAIN.))
[Standup here **need to shoot]
Youth counselors say kids routinely struggle with problem- solving and decision- making.
But the more frustrated they are, the more influenced they can become by violence played out in the media and in real life.
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((DR. LOLA BYRD/LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHY IT IS THAT WE COULD EXPECT THAT THESE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WOULD BE SUBJECTED TO SO MUCH VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY AND THEN NOT ACT IT OUT, BECAUSE BASICALLY, WE ARE THEIR ROLE MODELS.))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
[GRAPHIC=Safe at School?]
Tomorrow Kimberly will give us an inside look at security measures and other programs designed to protect the safety of students.
Coming your way tonight on WDBJ sports, Roanoke's Indy car backers and supporters turn out at the Hotel Roanoke today.
The Roanoke men are set to open play in the NCAA lacrosse championships as are the W&L women
and the W&L men.
We will hear from all three teams coming up in sports.
The Hotel Roanoke ballroom has hosted everything from Miss Virginia to livestock over the years.
But rarely has the grand old lady housed the type of horsepower that was on display this afternoon.
Intern reporter Jennifer Kraska tells us about a coming out party for Roanoke's fast paced APTEX corporation earlier today.
[IN Q=first audio]
[super=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Scott Repsher/APTEX President; :19]
[SUPER=01-Greg Ray/APTEX Dallara Driver; :47]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
(( It's been Scott Repsher's long time goal to become a part of Indy racing.
Now, the APTEX president, his Roanoke-based robotics company, and driver Greg Ray have made that goal a reality.
And it's a partnership that should be beneficial to all of those involved.
((SCOTT REPSHER/APTEX PRESIDENT:))
The sponsorship will cost APTEX an estimated $1.5 million in 1998.
But money alone won't bring success to the new team.
And all involved with the this venture understand their biggest challenge is building local support for an Indy team in a area that is NASCAR nuts.
((GREG RAY/APTEX DALLARA DRIVER:))
Ray grew up in Texas and has been racing open wheel Indy cars since 1991, and who knows maybe one day more than the sponsor will be based in the Star City.))
((GREG RAY/APTEX DALLARA DRIVER:))
The Roanoke College men's Lacrosse team is headed for it's third straight N-C-Double-A Tournament.
The Maroons are eight and five on the year and Washington College, tomorrow's opponent, is one of their victories.
ODAC player of the year, Peter Lawrence, says even though Roanoke beat the Shoremen earlier this season, his team won't have any trouble getting up for tomorrow's contest.
[IN Q=Play hard]
[SUPER=01-Peter Lawrence/ODAC Player of The Year; :03]
[SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Roanoke Head Coach; :10]
[OUT Q=Same result]
The Maroons host Washington tomorrow afternoon. Game time is three o'clock.[S-Men]
[GRAPHIC=W and L]
Washington and Lee's men's lacrosse team is back in the N-C-Double-A tournament for the first time since 1993.
Their opener is at home against Denison.
This will be the General's first meeting with Denison this season.
W and L is a young team, but confidence is high that the Generals will make it to the second round.
[IN Q=They've got]
[SUPER=01-Robb Greenfield/Team Captain; :01 QUICK!!]
[Super=01-Jim Stagnitta/W and L Head Coach; :21]
[OUT Q=in the tournament]
Game time is tomorrow afternoon at one o'clock.[S-Women]
[GRAPHIC=W and L]
The Lady Generals are also opening at home.
And revenge will be on the minds of all the players when they take the field against Saint Mary's College.
Saint Mary's trounced W and L earlier in the season, 13-to-1.
But a healthy Lady General team will be taking the field tomorrow.
[IN Q=this is a]
[SUPER=01-Whitney Parker/W and L Senior;]
[OUT Q=in our minds]
That game starts at four tomorrow afternoon in Lexington.
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That's News 7 at Six. Stay with us for election coverage--we will begin reporting results shortly after the polls close at seven.
[Keith ad lib byes]Also join Jean Jadhon for a wrapup on News 7 at 11.