The late news on News 7 tonight
- -the background on a round-up of immigrants in the Galax area.
- -an account of Governor Gilmore's first 100 days- -beyond the car-tax cut.
- -a runaway truck designed to intimidate Indonesian police comes back to kill a protestor.
- -and power line opponents who've fought this fight before.
News 7 is next.
This week's round-up of illegal aliens in the Galax area...
is the result of a TWO-YEAR investigation by I-N-S.
Galax city manager Dan Campbell apparently got it started with a letter to the feds in 1996, drawing a connection between illegal aliens and welfare fraud... among other crimes.
There's been pools of raw sewage on the playground at Mountain View Elementary School. Parents have been warned and the contaminated area is being fenced off and covered with lime- -until a new drainage system is installed.
That's Newsbreak. We'll have more news at 11.
About 30 illegal aliens working in the Carroll County area were taken into custody by agents with the Immigration and Naturalization service.
They were arrested following a lengthy investigation initiated by Galax City manager Dan Campbell.
As Teresa Hamilton reports-- Campbell says he was concerned about a possible connection between illegal immigrants and crime.
[IN Q=Galax city ]
[SUPER=01-Dan Campbell/Galax City Manager; :10 approx.]
[SUPER=07-Hazel Kyle; 1:08 ]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Galax.]
Galax City Manager Dan Campbell says he doesn't want people to get the wrong impression.
He says foreign residents are welcome, as long as they're here legally.
INS officials it has taken two years to address Campbell's concerns because they wanted to make sure they were on sound legal footing.
They describe their investigation as two prong.
First: they were searching for about 20 illegal aliens wanted on various criminal charges.
So far-- only two were located but during the search they also arrested about 25 men for not having proper green cards.
INS officials are also in town to audit the employment records of several local businesses to see if officials are hiring workers in a legal fashion.
When they arrived at Webb Furniture 106 employees did NOT show up.
While 46 workers failed to show up at Burruss Lumber-- which is now known as Dixon Lumber.
Some residents and local business owners are critical of the operation.
((HAZEL KYLE:THEY HAVE COME IN HERE, THEY'RE TAKING THESE PEOPLE FOR NO REASON, THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS, I MEAN, THEY COME IN HERE MAKE AN HONEST DAYS WORKS , THEY WORK FOR THESE PEOPLE DOWN HERE, WHO LOAD THEM UP AND TAKE THEM AWAY. ))
[OUT Q=them away.]
Two other businesses were also audited-- with another 50- workers failing to show up for work.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Galax.))
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After weeks of virtual silence on the issue, Governor Jim Gilmore is warning that tobacco legislation in Washington could devastate the industry.
So Gilmore is inviting national labor leaders and tobacco state interests to Virginia for a summit in June.
[IN Q=We are]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE ARE SEEING A VOID OF NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING TOBACCO JOBS.))
[OUT Q=tobacco jobs.]
Gilmore's call for a national summit comes a week after this:
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[IN Q=I think]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOT TRY TO POLITICALLY GRANDSTAND ON THIS.))
((DEL. KEN PLUM/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: IT'S IRONIC THAT HE WOULD TAKE SOMETHING THAT HE WOULD CALL POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING AND THEN FOLLOW THROUGH ON IT. I COMMEND HIM FOR HIS ACTION. IT'S A NECESSARY AND IMPORTANT ACTION. THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS WERE SAYING.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IN THE RANGE OF 100-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY OR AROUND THIS INDUSTRY.
WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE WOULD BE PUT OUT OF WORK, BUT IT IS A VERY SERIOUS IMPACT.))
[SUPER=10-Gov. Jim Gilmore//May 5; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Ken Plum/Virginia Democratic Party; :06]
[OUT Q=serious impact.]
The Governor's also handing out a report on his first 100 days in office, detailing his accomplishments beyond a car tax cut.
He's taking credit for: 31- thousand new jobs in the state, a ban on partial birth abortions, 600 new teachers toward a promised four thousand, and a plan to more closely monitor managed health care plans.
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People in a couple of low-lying areas of Roanoke County got a look tonight at a plan to buy their homes.
Homeowners in Sun Valley and Palm Valley say they'd love to move out of the flood-prone neighborhood.
The county's applied for a 750-thousand dollar federal grant, similar to the one the city of Roanoke got to buy up houses in the Garden City area.
23 houses in the county would be eligible for the buyout, but this grant would be enough to purchase only eight.
[IN Q=A couple of those]
((GEORGE SIMPSON/ROANOKE COUNTY ENGINEERING: A COUPLE OF THOSE ARE ADJACENT TO BROOKSIDE PARK SO THAT LAND COULD BE ACCOMODATED WITH THAT PARK TO EXPAND THE PARK AND MAKE IT A LITTLE BIGGER. THE OTHER ONES POSSIBLY A GREENWAY COULD BE MADE OR POSSIBLY OPEN SPACE. IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE COUNTY AGAIN, ANOTHER QUESTION WE'LL HAVE TO ANSWER, BUT THOSE ARE SOME OF THE POSSIBILITIES THERE.))
[SUPER=01-George Simpson/Roanoke Co. Engineering]
[OUT Q=possibilities there.]
The grant requires matching funds from the county as well.
If it all comes together, Simpson says work COULD start late next year.
Police say a young girl and two adults, a man and a woman, died in a car crash earlier today in Botetourt County.
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Authorities say the three were travelling southbound along Interstate 81 when they ran off the road near the Cloverdale Exit.
The car took a nose dive onto the railroad tracks below and flipped over.
Police are waiting to notify the victims' relatives before releasing their names.
They are still investigating the cause.
India thumbed its nose at world outrage- -conducting two more nuclear test bombs today. That makes five this week.
Lee Cowan has reaction.
[IN Q=The second round]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Jesse Helms/Foreign Relations Comm. Chair; :09]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona; :14]
[SUPER=01-Pramod Mahajan/India Advisor;:50]
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/U.S. Defense Secretary;1:05]
[OUT Q=News, Washington.]
((A SECOND ROUND OF NUCLEAR TESTS THIS WEEK HAS TURNED INDIA INTO A
PARIA AMONG OTHER ATOMIC NATIONS, AND HAS BECOME THE FOCUS OF INTENSE WORLD
((SEN. JESSE HELMS//R-NC/CHAIRMAN, SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS CMTE ))
"India has not shot itself in the foot, most likely it's shot itself in the
(( JOHN MCCAIN//R-AZ ))
"This action, if left insufficiently responded to, could ratchet up the
proliferation problem to an alarming degree throughout the world, not just in the region."
IN BERLIN, THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THE PUNISHMENT FROM THE US:
SANCTIONS, WHICH LIKELY WOULD HAVE MORE OF A POLITICAL IMPACT ON INDIA, THAN AN ECONOMIC ONE.
(( CLINTON SOT 9:47:03 ))
"I hope the Indian government will soon realize in can be a very great country
in the 21st century without doing things like this."
BUT ANY THREAT, ECONOMIC OR OTHERWISE, SEEMED TO FALL OF DEAF
((PRAMOD MAHAJAN//PRIME MINISTER'S ADVISOR ))
"The Indian economy stands on the strengths of Indians, and not on the
strength of the outside world!"
FROM WASHIGNTON, THE RIPPLE EFFECT WAS CLEARLY VISABLE. IF ONE
CONTRY TESTS A DEVICE, WHAT'S TO STOP OTHERS FROM DOING THE SAME.
((WILLIAM COHEN//SEC. OF DEFENSE ))
"I think it's going to cause other countries to find their rationale much as
India has found its rationale for showing that it has a nuclear power,"
AND THAT HAS CLEARED THE DUST OFF THE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY, NOW
DORMANT IN THE SENATE, BUT GAINING GROUND
AS THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH INDIA'S NUCLEAR DEFIANCE.
"The White has dispatched two top aids to India's neighbor Pakistan who is
already jittery and threatening nuclear tests of it's own. With the genie out
of the bottle, some say, it is going to be difficult if not impossible to put
it back. Lee Cowan, CBS News Washington."))
Keith tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
The ongoing opposition to a proposed powerline-
Coming up, we'll have part three of our series Power Struggle.
An empty dump truck drives head on into a rioting mass in Indonesia.
We'll have more on the unrest when News 7 at 11 continues.
There's been a problem in Richmond sending us tonight's Virginia Lottery drawing, but we have the results...
(ad lib results)
Rioting in Indonesia for the second day
claimed another life in the Capital city of Jakarta.
The demonstrations were aimed at toppling Indonesia's iron-fisted President Suharto.
The one fatality today was the result of an empty dump truck sent careening into a crowd. The accelerator had been purposely jammed by angry protestors steered toward police lines. The victim was a protestor.
The government sent in reinforcements. Police rapelled into the crowd from helicopters.
More peaceful protests over the past month turned violent after a
70-percent increase in fuel prices.
Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington today to meet with U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
They're going to discuss ways of reviving stalled peace talks in the Middle East.
Netanyahu arrived at Dulles Airport aboard an Israeli Air Force jet.
He did not talk to reporters.
Yesterday the Secretary of State Albright issued what she termed a
"wake-up call" to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make compromises before the peace process breaks down.
She supposedly made it clear that her remarks were aimed mostly at Israel.
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Opponents of a proposed high voltage power line have allies in Floyd County.... members of the citizens group who fought for more than ten years to prevent construction of a line there..
[**DISSOLVE TO FULLSCREEN POWER STRUGGLE]
Tonight, Joe Dashiell looks back at that controversy, in the third part of our series Power Struggle.
[IN Q=The towers are a constant reminder]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Betty Yopp/Citizens Group President; :32]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Bradburn/Citizens Group Coordinator; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Charles Harmon/Floyd Co. Resident; 1:25]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]
((The towers are a constant reminder...
(NAT SOUND OF WIRE CRACKLING)
But so is the talk of a new high voltage line power line in another part of westen Virginia.
[SOT WAYNE BRADBURN 10:05:04]
[IN Q=It's like deja vu]
((WAYNE BRADBURN: IT'S LIKE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=all over again.]
Wayne Bradburn was the coordinator of Citizens for the Preservation of Floyd County, a group that opposed construction of the line.
The fight began in 1974, when Appalachian Power applied to the State Corporation Commission for permission to build the line from Jackson's Ferry in Wythe County to Axton in Henry County, and it continued for more than ten years.
[SOT YOPP UB 13:50:25]
[IN Q=The power company had everything]
((BETTY YOPP: THE POWER COMPANY HAD EVERYTHING SEWN UP AND I DON'T THINK THEY EVER EXPECTED ANY CITIZEN RESISTANCE. AND I THINK WE SHOWED THEM DIFFERENTLY.))
[OUT Q=showed them differently.]
APCO argued that the 73-mile line was needed to serve a pressing demand in the Martinsville, Danville area.
The SCC granted a 200- foot corridor, and rejected environmentalists requests to re-open hearings.
The opponents did not succeed in stopping construction of the power line, but leaders of the group say they have no regrets about their fight, and in some ways they believe they were successful.
[SOT BRADBURN UB 10:09:13]
[IN Q=We were able]
((WAYNE BRADBURN/FLOYD COUNTY RESIDENT: WE WERE ABLE TO EFFECT POLITICAL CHANGE AND ENABLED PEOPLE LIKE THE GROUPS THAT ARE FIGHTING IT NOW TO BE FAR MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THEY OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE BEEN.))
[OUT Q=might have been.]
Today, Floyd County residents are living with the power line, but for some such as Charles Harmon their opposition has given way to aggravation..
[SOT HARMON 12:53:46]
[IN Q=Sometimes when you really need]
((CHARLES HARMON: SOMETIMES WHEN YOU REALLY NEED SLEEP, IT DON'T BOTHER YOU SO BAD, BUT YOU GET TO LISTENING TO IT AT NIGHT, YOU'LL BE UP AND DOWN. OH THAT DURN POWER LINE. CLOSE THE WINDOWS. PUT A PILLOW OVER YOUR HEAD AND STILL YOU CAN BARELY HEAR IT YOU KNOW.))
[OUT Q=barely hear it you know.]
The Floyd County citizens group officially disbanded a couple of years ago, but not before offering a contribution and encouragement to a new group of power line opponents.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
[TAPE#=98-35 TC 1:03:08]
In honor of national nurses week, some Salem V-A nurses are providing health fairs for elementary school students.
It's not their usual age group, but it's the same message of providing good health care.
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Fourth graders at Glen Cove Elementary are learning about how to keep their heart and lungs in shape through exercise.
They're also getting a lesson in good nutrition and hand washing to reduce the chances of infection.
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[IN Q=You stick]
((KAILE FRANCE/4TH GRADER:YOU STICK THEM UNDER A BLACK LIGHT AND THEN YOU WILL SEE THE GERMS. YOU GO OVER TO THE SINK WASH THEM WITH SOAP, DRY THEM PROPERLY THEN YOU STICK YOU STICK THEM BACK UNDER THE LIGHT AND IF THEY'RE NONE GLOWING, YOU'VE GOTTEN IT ALL OFF.))
[SUPER=01-Kaile France/4th Grader;]
[OUT Q=it all off]
Twenty minute segments at five stations were set up with lectures and student interaction.
A swan parade marks a rite of spring in Massachusetts.
Franklin County is hoping to attract tourists with its scenic roads.
[IN Q=We can see]
((WE CAN SEE HORSE FARMS, WE CAN SEE CATTLE FARMS, WE CAN GO BACK UP TO CALLAWAY AND SEE A LLAMA FARM.))
[OUT Q=LLAMA FARM]
Coming up we'll tell you how county officials plan to market the area.
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Franklin County wants to get its name on the map....
Hoping scenic roads will attract travellers.
County leaders want state maps to mark Routes 6-0-2, 6-23, 6-40, 7-48 and 40 as especially scenic.
[IN Q=I think we can]
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: I THINK WE CAN SEE SOME OLD RURAL HOUSES. I STILL THINK WE CAN SEE SOME BARNS, SOME OUT-BUILDINGS, BUT YET WE CAN SEE LITTLE MODERN CONVENIENCE STORES AT THE CROSSROADS WHERE PEOPLE STILL GATHER.))
[SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Blue Ridge Institute;]
[OUT Q=people still gather]
The roads loop past farms, through villages -- where business owners hope tourists will stop and shop.
And for those who want to build on these rolling hills, there are no zoning laws.
But the locals might welcome a country store more than a factory.
[IN Q=This is an area]
((TIM KRAWCZEL/PLANNING DIRECTOR: THIS IS AN AREA WHERE IT'S QUIET AND PEOPLE KNOW EACH OTHER AND FEEL LIKE IT'S THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEY CAN PRETTY MUCH JUST THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH AND THE WAY PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THINGS, THEY HAVE CONTROL OVER WHAT HAPPENS IN THEIR COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Krawczel/Planning Director;]
[OUT Q=in their community]
Ultimately the Commonwealth Transportation Board decides whether to designate these roads as Virginia Byways.
In Lynchburg, it's not the roads that are scenic, it's the VEHICLES.
At least that's the case with the newest Lynchburg city bus.
The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company has painted a flashy red convertible on one side of this bus, and a rugged- looking sport- utility vehicle on the other.
It's all part of national "Try Transit Week".
[IN Q=We have a]
((MILLIE DAWSON/GLTC MARKETING DIRECTOR: WE HAVE A MONTHLY PASS, YOU CAN RIDE AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT TO THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SYSTEM. TRY GETTING A CAR FOR 25 DOLLARS. YOU KNOW, THE CAR IS OUR MAJOR COMPETITOR, SO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS TELL PEOPLE WHY NOT GIVE PUBLIC TRANSIT A TRY?))
[SUPER=01-Millie Dawson/GLTC Marketing Director; :00]
[OUT Q=transit a try?]
The whole idea is a marketing tool
to interest new riders.
Passengers seemed to enjoy the new paint job.
They also enjoy the price: the GLTC has made the "car bus" free to patrons through Saturday.
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Tons of diamond gems tonight with everything from the Hillcats to Cave Spring and James River clinching district softball titles, and UVa taking on FSU in the ACC.
But first in the Extra Point, proof that age doesn't always equate with wisdom.
Williamsburg native Lawrence Taylor was arrested in New Jersey in a roundup of deadbeat Dads.
He spent 10 hours in jail Tuesday before a friend paid $6000 bucks to get him out.
And Larry Holmes and George Foreman, two former champs who are pushing 50 announced today that they will fight each other sometime at the end of the year.
Holmes will get $4 million and Foreman $10 million.
Not bad for two guys who are supposedly retired.
[WIPE TO SCORES]
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[super=0104-/Pensacola/2/j/Hampton Roads/4//Series Tied 2-All/;]
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[OUT Q=.....LAST SCORE.]
[go to break]
The Virginia Cavaliers played a great game this afternoon in the ACC baseball tournament against top seeded Florida State, but it just wasn't good enough.
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Cavaliers vs. Seminoles; :00]
Virginia, which won its play in game with Maryland last night took on the Seminoles in the second game of the day.
UVa would cross the plate first, as Mark Rueffert singles to right field in the top of the second and drives in a sliding Hunter Wyant. It's one to nothing Virginia.
But Florida State would come back slowly on the Cavs, building their own advantage and eventually taking the 4-to-1 win.
FSU pitcher Chris Chavez, was the real deal as he tossed a complete game five hitter and retired 23 of the last 25 batters he faced.
[IN Q="Those kind...]
((DENNIS WOMACK/UVA HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Womack/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...big base hit."]
[vo nat eng#]
[super=04-Wake Forest vs. NC State;]
The Cavs will now play N.C. State in the loser's bracket tomorrow morning. Wake Forest beat the Wolf Pack 9-to-1 in a mild upset.
Duke and _____ also won tonight in the first round.
In girls softball; James River captured the Pioneer District tournament championship with a 4-1 win over Parry McCluer in Covington.
[SUPER=03-Covington/Knights vs. Fighting Blues; :00]
The Lady Fighting Blues came into the title game with a perfect 9 and OH district record and a Pioneer regular season crown under their belts.
James River would score the first earned runs of the season on Blues pitcher Liz Olmo in their first at bat!. Pam Burrell with a sacrifice fly to right field that brings in Julie Fireball for a 1 to nothing Lady Knights lead.
Then; James Rivers Amy Wheeler connects on this infield grounder. She is out at first but Miranda Schechterly is go
nna come on home from third for a 2-oh [SUPER=34-James River/4/Parry McCluer/1;]lady Knights advantage.
Parry McCluer's Nicki Barger closes the gap with this shot down the third baseline. Ashley Beverly scores to make it 3-1; still in favor of James River.
Burrell registers yet another RBI on a two bagger that plates Sara Marshal all the way from second. James River and head coach John Shotwell celebrate as they win another district tournament title with a 4-1 victory.
[SUPER=01-John Shotwell/James River Head Coach; :02]
[SUPER=01-Earl Downs/Parry McCluer Head Coach; :06]
[OUT Q=happened today"]
Parry McCluer's Earl Downs was named the Pioneer coach of the year after leading the Fighting Blues through a perfect regular season and his catcher Lindsey Coleman was selected the district's player of the year.
Cave Spring won the Roanoke Valley District Tournament title yesterday afternoon in Salem by shutting out Franklin County.
First, the Eagles stall a Cave Spring scoring opportunity as Megan Conklin and Missy Carter turn the double play to end the third inning and keep the game scoreless.
Eagle Stephanie Burgess then comes up to bat in the top of the fourth inning. Her single appears to score a run but the umpires rule that runner Amil Davis was hit by the ball. She's out and the game is stil scoreless.
[SUPER=34-Cave Spring/2/Franklin Co./0/;]
Cave Spring would later get two runs in the bottom of the fourth. It was all they would need. As the Lady Knights beat the Lady Eagles 2-0 in the R-V-D Tournament.
Both teams advance to the regionals later in the month.
In the 3-Rivers softball semi-finals Glevnar beat Giles 16-to-1 and Floyd topped Radford 20-to-5.
They will meet for the title tomorrow.
[graphic=high school baseball]
And Blue Ridge regular season champ William Byrd shutout Rockbridge 11-to-nothing in the first round of the tournament. Bo Royal had 7 rbis, and Brad Gussler tossed a no-hitter.
The Lynchburg Hillcats, the Northern division front runners picked up their 17th win of the season tonight by belting the Wilimngton Bluerocks 13 to 4.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Blue Rocks vs. Hillcats; :00]
It was a beautiful evening for a little baseball at historic City Stadium.
And it would be a good night for the home fans. Chris Miyaki takes the second pitch in the bottom of the second and lines into the right field corner for a double.
Miyaki would get to third and then get home on Kevin Haverbusch's single between third and short. The Hillcats are on top 1-to-nothing.
Then in the second, the Cats Jeff Jackson would get something going with a single up the middle to set the plate for the next batter.
Cory Pointer just crushes a three run homer out of the yard to give the Hillcats a 4-to-nothing lead and they go on to beat the Blue Rocks 13 to 4.
The Atlanta Braves set a national league record last night by hitting a homerun in their 25th consecutive game.
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Braves vs. Cards; :00]
Ryan Klesko got the historic blast in the sixth inning. The two run shot to right field helped the Braves beat the Cards 10-to-2.
The '41 Yankees and the '94 Tigers are the only otehr teams to hit 25 straight dingers.
On the NBA hardwood last night, Larry Bird got his coach of the year honor before the game.
And then his Pacers went out and beat the Knicks to tkae their series 4 games to one.
Mark Jackson the former Knicks was unstoppable with 22 points 14 reboudns and 13 assists.
Indiana moves on to the Eastern Conference Final.
Still on the way tonight, more diamond news as we check in with the NCAA division three women in Salem.
And Aptex is no longer sponsoring a cat in the IRL.