On NEWS 7 at SIX: Abortion clinics go to court along with Planned Parenthood, to try to stop the ban on so-called
"partial birth" abortions.
Ellen Qualls will be with us to talk about that....
And a man who's not content to WALK on water... he's devised a contraption to cycle across Smith Mountain Lake.
In sports, the New Jersey Devils have a new head coach, more racing from the Charlotte Motor Speedway--
and the Superbowl champion Denver Broncos will get help paying for their championship rings.
The holiday weekend sets up as a typical summer weekend. Partly Sunny with a chance of showers. Details just ahead.
The Roanoke Chapter of the N-Double- A- C- P is raising new concerns about discrimination in the workplace.
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Today the focus was on Magic City Motors, where the N- Double- A- C- P says an African American employee was demoted without reason and denied raises that others received.
But the chairman of the dealership's board of directors disputes the claim. Bill Johnson notes that a complaint to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission did not establish any violations.
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Magic City is one of nine organizations named to a list of the N- Double- A- C- P's "most unwanted employers." Representatives we were able to contact this afternoon said they were surprised by the list. They said they value diversity in the workplace, and strive to treat all of their employees fairly.
Virginia's new ban on so-called partial birth abortions is now a matter for the courts.
Four Virginia abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood filed suit in federal court today to try to stop the law.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the details.
Keith, Virginia's law is similar to the federal bill that Congress passed and President Clinton vetoed.
Other states' versions have been struck down in 11 courts.
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((The ban's supporters call it infanticide.
((KAREN RASCHKE/PLANNED PARENTHOOD ATTORNEY: IT'S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT AS A LOBBYIST LOBBYING AGAINST THIS BILL TO TRY TO FOCUS THE LEGISLATORS' ATTENTION ON THE BILL LANGUAGE WHEN THEY HAVE BEFORE THEM THESE REALLY HORRIFIC PICTURES WHICH MAKE IT SEEM AS IF THE WOMEN OF VIRGINIA WANT TO STAB THEIR BABIES IN THE NECK.))
In fact, Planned Parenthood says the language of the law is so vague as to make several other kinds of abortions illegal too.
((BEBE ANDERSON/CTR. FOR REPRODUCITVE LAW & POLICY: IF THEY DID INCLUDE THE ACOG LANGUAGE, YOU WOULD HAVE A BILL DRAFTED IN MEDICAL TERMS...SUCH AS PARTIALLY VAGINALLY DELIVER.))
((FIONA GIVENS/VIRGINIA SOCIETY FOR HUMAN LIFE: WELL IF PHYSICIANS FEEL THAT THIS IS VIOLATING THEIR ABILITY TO PERFORM FIRST AND SECOND TRIMESTER ABORSTIONS THEN THEY ARE INTELLECTUALLY-CHALLENGED, BECAUSE IT IS QUITE SPECIFIC.))
((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: WELL IN A SENSE, THIS IS THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD. WE GOT THIS ARGUMENT LAST YEAR AGAINST PARENTAL NOTIFICATION WHEN THEY TRIED TO HAVE A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER BLOCK THE BILL FROM GOING INTO EFFECT JULY 1.))
The parental notification law is in effect, although its merits are still in court.
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Planned Parenthood will file for a temporary restraining order in June to try to halt this partial birth abortion ban from taking effect July first.
Roanoke Police say a child was hit by a school bus earlier this afternoon.
The accident happened near the corner of 10th Street and Greenhurst Avenue in Roanoke.
Police say the child was apparently riding a bicycle when hit about 3:15.
He was taken to a hospital.
His condition is NOT known.
It will be another day before we know whether convicted killer Brandon Wayne Hedrick will die for his crime.
An Appomattox County jury already has convicted the 19 year old Hedrick of capital murder for the shooting death of Lisa Yvonne Crider last May.
Denfse attorneys today tried to portary Hedrick as an immature young man of below average intelligence whose problems with alcohol and drug abuse contributed to the killing.
Closing arguments in the case will get underway first thing Friday
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Just what do the Hillcats do for Lynchburg? As the Hill City considers a major stadium renovation to keep the team here, Steve Smallshaw looks at who comes out ahead, coming up on News 7 at Six.
Also if dodging cars while out on your bike is getting to you, wait until you see what a Smith Mountain Lake resident has come up with--a bike that rides on water.
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Drug distributor and D-E-A Informant Javier Cruz may NOT be in Columbia after all.
Cruz told his Miami probation officer last week that he had fled to Colombia to avoid a prison term.
Court papers say the probation officer CONFIRMED Cruz was in Colombia.
But Greg Glassen of U-S Pretrial Services says that's not true -- that Cruz could have been calling from somewhere else. It may not even have been Cruz on the phone.
Cruz had worked undercover for the D-E-A to get a lighter sentence. He told his probation officer he left, because he thought the government might NOT give him credit for his work.
The probation office says Cruz is NOT in the witness protection program - - or the government would not have sought a warrant for his arrest.
A former Republican lawyer turned high-tech lobbyist for a company called Litton P-R-C is Virginia's new Technology Secretary.
Governor Jim Gilmore created the new cabinet level position.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: VIRGINIA'S ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY. IT'S OUR OPPORTUNITY TO ROCKET AHEAD INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. AND THAT MEANS A BALANCED ECONOMY, AN EXCITING NEW GROWTH OPPORTUNITY, BUT PARTICULARLY AN EMPHASIS ON TECHNOLOGY.))
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43- year old Don Upson is the new Secretary.
His job will be to oversee technology in Virginia government, lure more high- tech businesses to the state, and direct the re-training of Virginia workers.
The plan to build a theater to honor Matt Brown has picked up the support of the Virginia Sheriff's Association and the wife of the Governor.
Roxanne Gilmore toured the site of the proposed amphitheater today, along with Sheriff Mike Brown and his wife, Janet.
The Browns lost their 17-year old son, Matthew, in a single-car accident last July.
The Matthew Jordan Brown Center for the Performing Arts would cost about a million dollars and is to be built behind the Sedalia Center in Bedford County.
The Sheriff concedes the connection with the First Lady is mainly political. He and the Governor are both Republicans.
However, Mrs. Gilmore warmed to the project quickly. As a mother of two young boys herself- -had difficulty getting through the emotional event, after meeting with the Browns privately.
A local man has invented a way to ride his bicycle on the water.
George Tatum says he gets a lot of stares when he pedals by on his water bicycle, using the handlebars for balance and the brakes to steer.
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((THE IDEA CAME TO ME IN A DREAM ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO. I WAS SICK IN THE HOSPITAL AND DREAMT ABOUT RIDING MY BIKE ON THE WATER. I HAD ALSO BEEN A SAILOR FOR YEARS BEFORE THAT AND THE SAILING DREAMS COMBINED WITH THE BICYCLE DREAM.))
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Tatum says it's a lot safer than a bicycle on a busy road -- and much smoother than a boat.
Saturday he will race a crew of sailboats from the Smith Mountain Yacht Club.
A down day for Wall Street.
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The Dow lost 39 points to close at 91 hundred 37.
NASDAQ was down 11 points.
Lynchburg is getting ready to sink three million dollars into renovating City Stadium, but how much bang will the city be getting for its buck?
Recent studies dispute the common belief that pro sports teams are money magnets for their hometowns.
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In the final part of his series "Home Field Advantage?", Steve Smallshaw tells us why the Hill City is ready to make such an investment.
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(( In terms of revenue, City Stadium is not exactly a cash cow for Lynchburg.
The city takes in about 15- thousand dollars a year renting the ballpark to the minor league Hillcats, and also collects the tax on concession sales at stadium events.
Beyond that the benefits are less tangible.
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((CHRIS ELLIS/SPORTS CAPITAL OF VA: PART OF WHAT GOES ALONG WITH THAT IS THE TOURISM. PEOPLE WILL COME INTO LYNCHBURG TO SEE A GAME, AND MAY NOT SPEND THE NIGHT, SOME WILL BUT THEY WILL SPEND MONEY IN THIS COMMUNITY BY GOING OUT TO THE STADIUM.))
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((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IT MEANS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IT MEANS REVENUES FROM PEOPLE COMING IN TO SEE BALLGAMES, THERE'S SOME TAX REVENUE ASSOCIATED WITH IT, SO IT MEANS A LOT.))
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But some experts dispute that.
In their book "Sports, Jobs and Taxes" economists Roger Noll and Andrew Zimbalist studied the impact of city- financed sports stadiums and concluded that "sports facilities attract neither tourists nor new industry".
They go on to say that "most spending inside a stadium is only a substitute for other local recreational spending".
So if Lynchburg can expect no big revenue boost from a revamped ballpark, why spend the money?
As an economic development tool, officials say having minor league baseball in town is helpful but
not a PRIMARY selling point for attracting new industry.
And renovating the ballpark CAN be cost- effective.
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((LEE COBB/REGION 2000: WHAT WE LOOK LIKE IS VERY IMPORTANT. AN OLD CITY STADIUM, THAT'S FALLING APART, IS A REFLECTION ON THE ATTITUDES OF THE POPULATION AT LARGE.))
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((CHRIS ELLIS: I THINK IT'S A QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE TOO, GIVING PEOPLE A RALLYING POINT. I THINK SPORTS CAN REALLY BRING A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE TOGETHER.. IT'LL BE GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY.))
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((The Hillcats' four- year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates is up at the end of this season, but despite the concern about the team leaving town.. a new agreement between the major and minor leagues practically guarantees Lynchburg a team for the next ten years. So officials consider any money spent renovating the ballpark is an investment in the lives of the city's residents. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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And coming up, Highlights from the major leagues Mike Stevens has a report on a Busch team that's focusing in on this weekends race at Charlotte.
And the New Jersey Devils stay at home in hiring their new head coach.
The Busch Grand National Cars are in the spotlight at this hour in Charlotte. They began qualifying for Saturday's Carquest 300 a few minutes ago. Mike Stevens tells us about a team that is in need of some success this weekend.
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The Houston Astros were in Montreal this afternoon taking on the Expos.
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The Astros show off their defensive skills early in the game as Carl Everett makes this sliding catch off Brad Fullmer's line drive to end the inning.
Then Houston got on the board in the top of the sixth Shane Reynolds hits this high chopper up the middle scoring a run to make it 1 to nothing.
Houston would score in the top of the seventh
Everett gets all of this pitch sending it on a rope over the left field wall and the Astros win it 6 to nothing.
The New Jersey Devils stayed within the orginization to hire its new head coach.
Robbie Ftorek, the top assistant for the past two years will take over the program replacing Jacques Lemaire.
And Ftorek comes across as a players coach.
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The Devils were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs this year. New Jersey won the Stanley cup in 1995.
The N-F-L Superbowl champion Denver Broncos will not have to foot the bill alone for their championship rings.
The Bronco players and coaches will get some help from the league in paying for the rings beleived to be the most expensive in league History.
The N-F-L says it will reimburse the Broncos between 14-thousand 500 and 5 thousand dollars for each championship ring.
The Broncos beat the Packers 31 to 24 in Super bowl 32.
Four Members of Tech's athletic staff are retiring this summer.
Jack Williams, Danny Monk, Tom McNeer and Larsen Bowker are stepping down.
Williams has served as the Hokies sports information director for 20 years, Monk has been the University's associate athletic director for the past 12 years, McNeer the Hokies athletic ticket manager for 30 years and Bowker has coached the men's and women's tennis teams for 18 years.
Monk, Bowker and Williams will leave in June and McNeer the end of July.
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Turn on almost any radio station these days and you'll probably hear someone asking you--"Are You Jimmy Ray?"
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Well the REAL Jimmy Ray is in downtown Roanoke with News 7's Stacey Martin.
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