Coming up on News 7-
Doctors go eye to eye with Carilion- over a surgical center. We'll tell you who won.
Plus the man convicted of stalking Melanie Moon is sentenced.
And News 7 photographers catch this high speed chase on tape-
Plus NFL hall of famer Paul Hornung was in town tonight.
News 7 is next.
A group of Roanoke doctors took on Carillion and won.
The battle was over a center for eye surgery the doctors wanted to open. Carillion fought the center- but lost.
A high speed two hour chase through the Raonoke Valley- is caught on tape by News 7 photographers.
And in Washington state, these Watermelons never made it to the store.
Plus the Seniors PGA tour stops in Charlotte- Roy Stanely catches up with Roanoker Bill King.
Plus a cookie recall.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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A group of eye doctors is one step closer to opening an ophthalmology surgery center, despite opposition from the area's largest hospital system.
David Johnson explains.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Merkt/Carilion Health Systems;:26]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Elizabeth Roycroft/Board Member;:47]
[SUPER=01-Elton Pruitt/Board Member;:57]
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((DR. JOHN WOOD/VISTAR EYE CENTER PRESIDENT; IT WILL DO THINGS JUST AS EFFICIENTLY, JUST AS SAFELY WITH GREATER PATIENT SATISFACTION AND AT A LOWER COST.))
[OUT Q=LOWER COST.]
Wood made that argument to the Southwest Virginia Health Systems Agency.
He says an optional surgery center would benefit patients' pocketbooks.
But Carilion Health Systems opposes the project, arguing the customers' savings would cost Carilion three-million dollars annually.
[IN Q=WHAT WILL HAPPEN]
((BILL MERKT/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEMS; WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS WE'LL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN OPTHALMOLOGY SERVICES AT CARILION BECAUSE OF THE TRAUMA CENTER STATUS. AND IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN EMERGENCY ROOM COVERAGE, WE ANTICIPATE THAT OUR COST WILL GO UP.))
[OUT Q=WILL GO UP]
Carilion says the center would only provide "duplicate" services.
But board members disagreed.
[IN Q=I FEEL IT'S]
((DR. ELIZABETH ROYCROFT/BOARD MEMBER; I THINK IT WILL BE EASIER FOR PATIENTS TO ACCESS THIS TYPE OF UNIT RATHER THAN GOING TO A GENERAL HOSPITAL.))
((ELTON PRUITT/BOARD MEMBER; PART OF MY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO LOOK AFTER THE BENEFIT OF THE CONSUMER. I THINK THE MONEY THAT THEY WILL SAVE BY NOT HAVING THE EXPENSE OF THE HOSPITAL TO ME WAS A BIG FACTOR.))
[OUT Q=GENERAL HOSPITAL.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE MAJORITY OF THE BOARD AGREED, AS 22 OF ITS 23 MEMBERS VOTED TO APPROVE THE PROJECT. THE PLAN IS ALSO BEING REVIEWED BY THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. IF VISTAR RECEIVES A DOUBLE SEAL OF APPROVAL, THE SURGICAL CENTER COULD BE UP AND RUNNING BY THE END OF THE YEAR. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
If the center is approved, it could mean faster service for eye patients, who are currently not a top priority.
Investigators in two states are looking into whether a former Giles County teacher had sex with two female students.
At this time-- NO charges have been filed against former high school science teacher and assistant football coach Jarrod (Jer-id) Hines.
But Giles County Sheriff's officials and the West Virginia State police are investigating.
West Virginia authorities are involved because the incidents allegedly occurred at Hines' home in Monroe County.
Sheriff's officials say three other students were allegedly propositioned at school.
Hines recently resigned.
His attorney says Hines denies the allegations.
More trouble for Giles County's commonwealth's attorney-
The Virginian Leader newspaper in Pearisburg is suing Garland Spangler for allegedly failing to pay for advertising.
The eleven hundred dollar bill is for ads related to his 1995 campaign.
The paper is also suing Spangler for allegedly failing to pay for ads for his private practice.
That bill totals 24-hundred dollars.
Spangler is already under investigation by the Virginia State Bar for allegedly mishandling several criminal cases.
The man who was stalking Melanie Moon- with letters and phone calls will undergo six months of intensely supervised probation, but he will not go to jail.
David Duff pleaded guilty last month, but the prosecutor wanted the judge to hear from the News 7 news anchor.
[IN Q=The phone messages]
((MELANIE MOON/NEWS-7 NEWS ANCHOR: THE PHONE MESSAGES SOUNDED LIKE I WAS COMMUNICATING THROUGH THE TELEVISION SET AND I WAS SHARING HIS FEELINGS.))
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[OUT Q=his feelings.]
Judge Jackie Talevi (ta-LEVY) told Duff he had not only taken something from Moon, he had taken from the entire community.
The judge ordered the 47-year old Lynchburg man to have "no contact whatsoever" with Moon and to continue in his mental health treatment program.
A 28-year old Roanoke woman led police on a two-hour chase but ultimately drove herself to jail.
Speeds topped 100 miles an hour as police pursued Karen Thompson through the Roanoke Valley in the early hours of the morning.
Police tried to stop her on a tip, but they say she gave a fake name and fled.
[IN Q=She was a]
((MAJOR R.D. SHIELDS/ROANOKE POLICE: SHE WAS A FUGITIVE AND IT WAS OBVIOUS IN HER BEHAVIOR THAT GETTING HER NEXT MORNING COULD PRESENT THE SAME DIFFICULTY AS IT WOULD PRESENT THIS PARTICULAR NIGHT.))
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Two hours later, Thompson finally parked her car at the Botetourt County jail.
She had been convicted of writing fake drug prescriptions AND she was wanted for failing to appear in court.
She now faces charges of eluding police, driving recklessly, and driving with a revoked licence.
25 people are now dead from torrential rains and mud slides in Italy-
Take a look at this scene as mud rushes down a hill and through a city street- sending people running for safety.
Most of the fatalities happened overnight- Many people were swept away in a river of mud.
At least 3-thousand people are homeless from the muddy mess.
Four helicopters and one thousand firefighters have been sent to the hardest hit areas in Southern Italy.
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Seven Northern California homes once had panoramic views of the Pacific- Now they're being destroyed.
They were heavily damaged by El Nino-driven storms in February.
Three more homes in Pacifica are likely to be demolished, as well.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
A cookie recall....
Hidden eggs could mean an alergic reaction for some cookie consumers,
a summer snack is spread across a Washington Interstate.
We'll have all the juicy details.
President Clinton will reportedly appeal a federal judge's ruling that bars invoking executive privilege in the Monica Lewinsky case.
The President said little about the matter- except that it's not the same situation as Watergate.
((I WOULD ALSO REMIND YOU THAT THE FACTS ARE DIFFERENT IN THIS CASE.))
[OUT Q=in this case.]
Clinton's personal secretary Bettie Currie spent today testifying before the grand jury.
Meanwhile Clinton says it was a violation of Webster Hubbell's privacy to release prison phone converstaions.
The Republican Congressman who released the tapes has apologized for the controversy-
Dan Burton also fired the aide who released only portions of the tapes.
House speaker Newt Gingrich says he did the right thing.
((NEWT GINGRICH/HOUSE SPEAKER: I THOUGHT THAT WAS EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND I'M VERY COMFORTABLE WITH CHAIRMAN BURTON'S EFFORTS TO GET AT THE TRUTH. I'M VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AT THE WHITE HOUSE'S EFFORT TO AVOID THE TRUTH.))
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[OUT Q=to avoid the truth.]
Gingrich says the White HOuse is trying to "spin away" the many issues the tapes raise.
Tuesday's election will bring a new face to Roanoke City Council, but don't expect a major change of direction.
With Alvin Hudson's election, Democrats will hold all seven seats on city council.
Members say their decisions have rarely fallen along party lines... and they're discounting the significance of the Democratic sweep.
[IN Q=I don't see any dramatic changes]
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I DON'T SEE ANY DRAMATIC CHANGES. I THINK COUNCIL HAS A HISTORY OF WORKING WELL TOGETHER. WE'LL CONTINUE ON THAT PATH. I'VE NEVER FELT THAT LOCALG GOVERNMENT ESPECIALLY CITY COUNCILS ARE PARTISAN BODIES. SO I THINK WE'LL BE FINE.))
[SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council;]
[OUT Q=so I think we'll be fine.]
Harris says voters had to make a difficult choice on Tuesday. He says he does not believe that party labels were
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Nationwide and here at home, school teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officials are banding together to prevent school violence.
Survey findings are being released TOMORROW on the state of violence and discipline in Roanoke city schools.
But what's already being done to keep ALL Roanoke Valley schools safe?
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Kimberly McBroom explores tries to find some answers in the final segment of her series, "Safe at School?"
[IN Q=For more than a year]
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(( For more than a year now, Resource Officer Tim Miles has helped keep the peace at Northside High School.
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((EMILY FERRELL/NORTHSIDE JUNIOR: I FEEL PRETTY SAFE HERE, KNOWING THAT WE HAVE OFFICER MILES HELPS, SO IF ANYTHING DOES GO BAD, THEN THERE'S PEOPLE HERE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM.))
William Fleming High School also has its own man in uniform.
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((MICHAEL RAYL/WILLIAM FLEMING RESOURCE OFFICER: BUT OUR MAIN JOB IS NOT TO WALK THE HALLS. WE WILL BE IN THE CLASSROOMS, WE'LL TALK TO STUDENTS WITH PROBLEMS. WE'LL DO LUNCH DUTY, BUS DUTIES. ))
The changing times have schools demanding more protection from threats of all kinds. Officers Miles and Rayl both carry guns.
Roanoke city school buses are now equipped with surveillance cameras and two- way radios.
But even schools without many outbreaks of violence are prepared.
At Penn Forest Elementary School, a color- coded emergency system is in the works.
[SOT TAPE 3 10:09:45]
((LINDA WRIGHT/PENN FOREST PRINCIPAL: LET'S SAY, IF WE HAD AN INTRUDER IN THE BUILDING AND WE WANTED THE STAFF TO KNOW THAT, WE WOULD GET ON THE INTERCOM AND SAY, "BLUE CARD ALERT".))
But schools aren't just arming themselves with security measures, but with PREVENTIVE ones like the Student Assistance Program.
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((JOANN BURKHOLDER/WILLIAM BYRD HIGH COUNSELOR: PART OF OUR HOPE IS TO HELP STUDENTS HAVE A BETTER PERSPECTIVE AND BELIEF IN OPTIONS OF DEALING WITH A MULTITUDE OF SITUATIONS.))
And at Patrick Henry High School, the PRIDE team uses performance to keep students on the right path--relating to their peers the dangers of drugs, drunk driving and violence.
[SOT TAPE 7 15:40:55]
((AFREEKIA EDWARDS/PATRICK HENRY SENIOR: WHEN YOU SEE THE KILLINGS IN KENTUCKY AND IN ARKANSAS, THEN ADULTS HAVE A NEGATIVE OPINION OF KIDS AND WE HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING GOOD.))
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Build it, and they will come.
The Danville Regional Airport Commission hopes that's true.
The commission wants the airport's new runway extension to attract corporate and commercial air service.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager was among the dignitaries present at today's dedication ceremony.
The new runway extension is 15-hundred feet-- making the total length of the runway 65-hundred feet.
Southside political representatives say what's good for Danville is also good for surrounding counties.
[IN Q=This runway extension]
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R- CHATHAM: THIS RUNWAY EXTENSION IS NOTHING MORE THAN A REFLECTION OF A COMMITMENT FOR THE REGION. IT'S REGIONAL. IT'S NOT CITY, IT'S NOT COUNTY. IT'S REGIONAL. WHAT WE DO TODAY MUST TRANSCEND LINES THAT ARE DRAWN ON THE MAP FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=betterment of the community.]
The airport commission says a longer runway will also mean safer take-offs and landings.
The next time you stroll into your Chrysler dealer, you may be cruising out with a Mercedes.
Chrysler and (Dime-ler Benz) Daimler-Benz may join forces in what would be one of the biggest mergers in history-
((KEITH CRAINE/AUTOMOTIVE NEWS PUBLISHER: CHRYSLER NEEDS STRONG SUPPORT OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA. MERCEDES WHICH IS A REAL INTERNATIONAL COMPANY NEEDS A STRONGER PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.))
[SUPER=01-Keith Crain/"Automotive News" Publisher;]
[OUT Q=in the United States.]
Other experts say its the latest in a string of auto mergers- and ultimately will mean fewer choices and higher prices for consumers.
Cookie lovers take note- There's a nationwide cookie recall of some chocolate cookies-
Frito Lay is recalling one and a half million packages because the cookies were made with eggs, but the label doesn't say so.
The affected cookies are "Grandma's Homestyle Fudge Chocolate Chip Big Cookies"... two cookie packages in a square red wrapper.
People who are allergic to eggs run the risk of a serious reaction if they eat the cookies.
First the auctioneer's gavel and soon the wrecking ball...
The future of a historic Lynchburg building is in jeopardy,
there's now more to explore at Explore Park...with the opening of a new visitor's center.
We'll take you there when News 7 at 11 returns.
Lynchburg stands to lose another of its historic buildings along the riverfront.. this time to a developer's wrecking ball.
The 150-year old Piedmont Mills building was auctioned off today for a final bid of 37-thousand 500 dollars.
Developer Steven Conner of Appomattox is the buyer.
Conner says he wants to tear the building down, but salvage the valuable timber beams inside.
Conner would then clear the lot and re-sell the property.
Lynchburg officials say they might deny Conner a demolition permit in order to save the building.
Visitors to the Explore Park can expect an impressive welcome.
The park's welcome center was dedicated today.
The replica of an 18th century home was built by the Taubman family, in memory of Roanoke businessman and civic leader Arthur Taubman.
[IN Q=we're very proud]
((JENNY TAUBMAN: WE'RE VERY PROUD AND VERY PRIVILEGED THAT THIS COULD BE DONE IN HIS MEMORY, BECAUSE, THE WAY ARTHUR TAUBMAN LOVED ROANOKE, I COULD JUST SEE HIM STANDING ON THE PORCH SHAKING HANDS, HE WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT.))
[OUT Q=loved that]
In the keynote address, Attorney General Mark Earley said the park will play an important role in the area's future.
[IN Q=it's going to become]
((MARK EARLEY/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: IT'S GOING TO BECOME, IF IT'S NOT ALREADY, ONE OF THE REGIONS MOST IMPORTANT ASSETS, AND A IDEAL COMPLIMENT TO THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND RICH HERITAGE OF THIS REGION.))
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[OUT Q=this region]
The center became an instant attraction,
Just moments after the ceremony ended, Parkway visitors began pulling into the parking lot.
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20 year old rookie pitcher Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters
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yesterday as the Cubs beat the Astros 2-to-nothing. And Wood tied the all-time major league record of 20 k's set by Roger Clemens.
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[SUPER=01-Kerry Wood/20 Strikeouts; :00]
[super=01-Mark Grace/Cubs First Baseman; :06]
[OUT Q=...from him.]
The NBA playoffs got a big jolt last night as the Charlotte Hornets stung the Bulls 78-to-76 on Chicago's home floor to even the best of seven eastern conference final at a game a piece.
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The bench did it for the Hornets last night as Dell Curry came in and scored 15, including 13 in the fourth quarter alone.
And Dell got some help from fellow guard B.J. Armstrong.
The former Bull iced the win on this shot as he runs Michael Jordon into a Vlade Divac's pick and then hits
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the jumper with 18 seconds to go.
Charlotte wins 78-to-76. Game three is tomorrow in Charlotte.
Hall of Fame football star Paul Hornung was in town last night entertaining some business folks at HIdden Valley country club.
SEPCO, Specified Engineered Products of Roanoke a lighting design company brought him back to Roanoke for the first time in some 25 years.
[IN Q="I wanna say...]
[SUPER=01-Paul Hornung/NFL Hall of Famer; :00]
[OUT Q=...back in Salem."]
Tonight on the early news we'll hear what Hornung has to say about the skyrocketing salaries in the pros and get his
thoughts on Notre Dame football.[S-King]
The PGA Senior is in Charlotte this week, and that means it is a homecoming of sorts for Blue Hills Pro Billy King.
Roy Stanley made a trip to the TPC course at Piper Glen and spoke to King about his new career as a pro.
[IN Q=First audio]
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[SUPER=01-Billy King/Senior PGA Pro; :29]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]
The NCAA division three lacrosse championships opened today and then ended just a quickly for the Roanoke College Maroons.
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Bill Pilat's team hosted Washington College.
And Roanoke opened the scoring in the first period as Bill Siciliano gets the assists to Gregg Fasanaro and the Maroons are on top 1-to-nothing.
But the Shoreman would answer with Tyler Gilbert going from one end to the other & through the defense for the score to keep it close.
The Shoreman would continue to make life tough on the Maroons ad Kevin Dorst comes in the back door and slams one in the net to tie things up at 2-apiece.
But Roanoke would light up the board on its own end with Tim Fleming making the one on one sprint for the goal.
But the Maroons were outsocred 6-to-1 in the second [super=34-Washington/11/Roanoke/7;]
period and they never recovered as they lose it 11-to-7.
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In Lexington, the Generals hosted Denison in their NCAA first round matchup. But it was the Big Red of Denison that got the upper hand first. Shawn O'Brien finds Steve Hettrick who blows one by Scott Jackson for a 2-to-1 lead.
W&L senior captain, Rob Greenfield, the long stick midfielder then surprised the Denison defense by going the distance and scoring on the slam dunk. It's tied at 2 in the first.
W&L trailed at half-time but scored nine goals after intermission with some inspired play.
Ed Dougherty ties it up at 8-a piece in the third with this unassisted goal.
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And Ben Lucas put the Generals on top for good with
W&L wins it 16-to-13.
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[SUPER=01-Rob Greenfield/W&L Senior Captain; :07]
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Still to come tonight we will check in with the Washington & Lee women's team
and see if the Lady Generals were also able to post a first round win as they also hosted an NCAA opener this afternoon.
Right after the Washington & Lee men topped Denison the women hit the field looking to stop St. Mary's.
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St. Mary's, trounced the W and L women 13-1 back in April but this game would be closer.
Pick it up in the first as Seahawk Kari Meyer tied up the game with this unassisted goal.
But next time down watch W and L goalie Ginny Jernigan rob this St. Mary's player with the great save.
And W and L senior Whitney Parker battles through with this shot giving the Generals a 2-1 lead.
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The Seahawks went on to win this one 11-to-8 and move on to the second round where they will face the College of New Jersey on Sunday.
And finally, the Braves increased their national league leading home run total to 53 on the season yesterday afternoon
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thanks in part to a big fourth inning.
Chipper Jones hit his 11th homer of the year in the inning, a solo shot, and then Michael Tucker, the Longwood product ripped a two run dinger.
The Braves have hit at least one homer in 18 straight games. They beat the Dodgers 7-to-nothing.
A 40-thousand pound traffic nightmare tops our Video of the Day tonight.
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This tractor trailer ran off an Interstate exit ramp in Washington state, crashing and spilling its cargo of watermelons.
Even clean up crews had trouble getting through the mess.
The exit ramp had to be closed while crews finished the job.
The truck's driver suffered only minor injuries.
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