Next on News 7-
A tape recorded apology from a convicted killer set to die in Virginia on Thursday-
Plus British Au Pair louise Woodward will be albe to go home.
Danville folks could see higher bills for water-
and hats off... or rather on to these folks in England.
NEws 7 is next-
A man scheduled to die for killing a
state trooper and three others- issued a public apology tonight.
At eleven, we will hear the tape recorded statement from Dennis Eaton-
Louise Woodward is free to go home after a court upholds her manslaughter conviction.
No homes close together in Franklin County. That's the reasoning behind a vote tonight that raises the lot size needed to build.
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And a ship is purposely blown up off the florida coast- to make a new home for sea life.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Dennis Eaton is scheduled to die Thursday for killing four people.
He issued a public apology tonight, right after he learned his final appeal had been turned down by the U-S Supreme Court.
The 90-second "tape recorded" statement was addressed to the families of his four victims.
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[IN Q=I hope that]
(( I HOPE THAT ONE DAY, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, THAT THOSE FAMILIES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND EVERYONE THAT WAS HURT CAN FIND THE PEACE AND A CLOSURE THAT THEY ARE SEEKING AND NEED. ))
[OUT Q=and need.]
Eaton shot his own eye out in a bungled attempt to kill himself in 1989.
Now the condemned man wants to live-- and his last hope rests with the Governor.
Working on his behalf is the sister of the trooper he killed.
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[IN Q=I have]
((MARIA HINES/MURDER VICTIM'S SISTER: I HAVE NO DESIRE TO WATCH THE STATE OF VIRGINIA KILL SOMEONE. THAT'S ABOUT THE LAST THING I WOULD WANT TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Maria Hines/Murder Victim's Sister; ]
[OUT Q=want to do.]
But Eaton asked former nun Maria Hines to be at his side as a spiritual advisor during his exeucution.
Corrections officials told her she could only sit with the rest of Jerry Hines' family in the victim family room.
She says it defeats the purpose since Eaton won't be able to see her.
[IN Q=We don't]
((RON ANGELONE/VIRGINIA CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: WE DON'T ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO BE THERE FOR THE EXECUTED INDIVIDUAL. THEY'RE BEING EXECUTED BY THE STATE. WE ALLOW THE VICTIM'S FAMILY THERE TO PUT CLOSURE TO THIS HEINOUS CRIME THAT INDIVIDUALS DO.))
((MARIA HINES/MURDER VICTIM'S SISTER: I BELIEVE THAT WHEN A PERSON IS DYING...KIND OF PLAYING GOD.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Virginia Corrections Director; :00]
[OUT Q=playing God.]
Maria Hines says she's forgiven Eaton for killing her brother because to her, "hell is a place where there's an absence of love."
The execution is scheduled for Thursday night... if the Governor doesn't intervene.
If you're moving to Franklin County you may have to buy more land than you expected.
Tonight, the Franklin County supervisors raised the minimum lot size.
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Tina Tenret tells us why.
Well Jean they say it's all about controlling density -- with larger lot sizes they can keep farmland from being overcrowded with houses.
[IN Q=It creates]
[SUPER=01-Jim Spitz/Smith Mountain Lake Assoc.;:00]
[OUT Q=AFFORDABILITY OF HOUSING]
[IN Q=It creates]
((IT CREATES ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD FROM EDUCATION TO PUBLIC HEALTH TO OVERCROWDING ON PUBLIC SERVICES. BY INCREASING LOT SIZES YOU GET A MORE SCENIC RURAL FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=on one another]
Now you must buy at least 35 thousand square feet of farm land in Franklin County..that's almost an acre.
Some say this measure targets the fast growing Smith Mountain Lake area, even though the rule does not apply to subdivisions.
Lake developers say forcing people to buy more land will drive prices up and turn buyers away.
[IN Q=every time]
((EVERY TIME YOU RAISE THE PRICE OF A HOUSE 5 OR 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS YOU THROW SOMEBODY OUT OF THE AFFORDABILITY OF HOUSING.))
[OUT Q=AFFORDABILITY OF HOUSING]))
Jean -- you might expect farmers to welcome this change.
But a farm bureau spokesperson says it wastes land -- he thinks some of that land could be better used for houses.
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And of course when it comes time to sell, this means farmers can divide their land into fewer plots.
Danville residents will soon pay more for their water and waste water services.
City council members voted tonight to increase the rates by one-point three percent.
As Christy Hubley tells us, the money raised will help fund the city's year-round school program.
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With a vote of 7-to-2, Danville's city council secured the funds to expand the year-round school program.
Gibson Middle School will now get an extra 40-days of instruction-- it's the same schedule already in place at Schoolfield Elementary.
Some who attended the council meeting say this alternative form of education should not be paid for with public money.
[IN Q=We are simply asking]
((MATTIE TRAVIS/OPPOSES YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS: WE ARE SIMPLY ASKING THAT OUR SCHOOL BOARD USE OUR MONEY MORE JUDICIALLY TO PROMOTE QUALITY FOR ALL RATHER THAN QUANTITY FOR JUST A FEW.))
[OUT Q=for just a few.]
There were more people who spoke in favor of year-round schooling-- calling the rate hike an investment in children.
[IN Q=While we are not]
((ELIZABETH SPAINHOUR/DANVILLE SCHOOL BOARD: WHILE WE ARE NOT IN FAVOR OF INCREASED TAXES ANY MORE THAN ANY OTHER DANVILLE CITIZEN, WE DO BELIEVE IN EDUCATING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL BECOME THE LEADERS OF THIS COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=of this community.]
[IN Q=We need to invest in our]
((PETRINA MCCREE/SUPPORTS YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS: WE NEED TO INVEST IN OUR FUTURE IF IT COSTS A FEW MORE PENNIES ON OUR WATER BILL WE WILL BENEFIT IN THE LONG RUN.))
[OUT Q=in the long run.]
The water and waste water rate increases will only last a year.
Council members admit this temporary funding of year-round schooling should be resolved as a permanent item in the city's budget.
But that's a debate for next year.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
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Bristish Au Pair Louise Woodward is free to go home-
A Massachusetts Court upheld her manslaughter conviction-
But as Kristen Jeanette Meyers reports, Woodwards' legal battles are far from over.
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[SUPER=01-Kristen Jeanette Myers/Reporting; 22]
[OUT Q=his discretion.]
((The father of 8 month old Matthew Eappen, Sunil Eappen, has filed a
wrongful death suit in hope of preventing Woodward from profiting from
any book or movie deals... the Eappens, with their newborn son in tow,
had no comments today.
Though woodward does not have to go back to prison, her lawyers are not
claiming victory...they say she is totally innocent.
The case began over a year ago when Woodward was charged with violently
shaking and slamming matthew, causing a fatal 2 inch skull fracture. A
jury convicted her of 2nd degree murder...but then, in a controversial
move, Judge Hiller Zobel tossed out the jury's verdict, reduced murder
to manslaughter, and sentenced her to time served.
Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Court decided in a tight 4-3 decision
that judge zobel acted within his discretion.))
Woodward could go home to England as early as Thursday.[School-Shooting]
There were still some final exams to take before summer break began today at Richmond's Armstrong High School.
But security was tight in the wake of yesterday's shooting of a teacher and a teaching aide.
Students and parents said they thought if anyone needed to work out a grudge from the day before, violence could happen NO matter how tight the security.
[IN Q=Security is]
((SECURITY IS FINE. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE-- SOMETIMES THE SCHOOL HAVE LOTS OF DOORS. AND THEN THE CREEP INS. AND DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE THAT. THE SECURITY IS FINE. THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY. SO I DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL DO ANYTHING.))
[OUT Q=do anything.]
14-year old Quinshawn Booker will be tried as an adult.
He was transferred out of juvenile court after a hearing this morning.
Stormy weather is soaking much of the nation-
In Indiana, residents are working non-stop to try and restrain rising flood waters.
((IT'S HOLDING RIGHT NOW. IT SEEMS TO GO DOWN JUST A LITLTE BIT. ))
[OUT Q=JUST A LITTLE BIT.]
13 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours in Atlantic Iowa.
From Massachuetts down the East Coast- storms have knocked down trees and disruputed power.
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They could use the rain in Florida- where brush fires are forcing hundreds to evacuate.
Almost two thousand acres have burned at the Cecil navy base near Jacksonville.
The smoke is also making driving tough- Part of I-10 is closed because of low visibility.
Jean tosses to Andrew in the Chromakey
Stress over personal money management may effect job performance. We'll have the latest study out of Virginia Tech,
And it's hats on display in England.
We'll tell you why these woman are sporting these unusual headpieces when News 7 at Eleven continues.
The Radford Army Ammunition plant needs your help.
Officials are looking for volunteers willing to help figure out the best way to clean-up areas within the plant where hazardous material MAY have been deposited.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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[SUPER=01-Rob Davie/Restoration Program Manager; 1:02]
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(( After years of searching, the Radford Army Ammunition has finally secured enough interest to create a "Restoration
Advisory Board"---- made up of residents willing to lend their time and expertise.
They'll be figuring out the best way to clean-up various lagoons, landfills and trenches where material, possibly hazardous, was deposited years ago.
About 20 residents responded favorably-- after the plant sent out about 150 letters asking for help.
[IN Q=I thought]
((RICK PARRISH/VOLUNTEER:I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON NOW, WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE PAST, AND TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY BY HELPING OUT WITH THE CLEAN UP EFFORT AND ESPECIALLY WITH INFORMATION BECAUSE I BELIEVE KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED ON ANY TYPE OF OPERATION LIKE THIS IS CRITICAL. ))
[OUT Q=is critical.]
Plant officials have identified 45- sites, which MAY or MAY not be in need of clean-up.
It's a process that actually began a number of years ago.
[IN Q=The restoration]
((ROB DAVIE/RESTORATION PROGRAM MANAGER:THE RESTORATION AND CLEAN-UP PROGRAM HERE IS WHAT I WOULD CALL A PAST SIN PROGRAM, IT'S A PROGRAM THAT BASICALLY EVOLVED AS OUR KNOWLEDGE BASE INCREASED BECAUSE AS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE HAS GOTTEN MORE AND MORE SOPHISTICATED WE'RE ABLE TO SEE THAT WHAT WAS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND PRACTICE 30- YEARS AGO WOULD NOT BE TODAY. ))
[OUT Q=be today.]
The Radford Army Ammunition plant would like to attract even more volunteers-- willing to help out on a project that will likely take a number of years to complete.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Montgomery County.))
A controversial member of the Lynchburg school board has been re-appointed to his position.. over the objections of a minority citizens' committee.
The committee was outraged last month when school board member Tracey Shaw said he could tell some students were from low- income families "simply by looking at them".
Many said the remark was racist, but Shaw denied any racial undertones.
[IN Q=I think that]
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I THINK THAT THERE WAS SOME CONTROVERSY AND SOME THINGS THAT MAYBE TOOK PLACE THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN PLACE, AND THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME CONTINUING DISCUSSION TO TAKE PLACE ON THE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED. BUT I BELIEVE THAT TRACEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO A GOOD JOB ON THE SCHOOL BOARD.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00]
[OUT Q=the school board.]
Lee Greever and Lyle Schweitzer were also re-appointed to the school board.
Collecting a paycheck has never been a problem for many people.
But deciding what to do with it is a little trickier.
A new study out of Virginia Tech says many workers worry about managing their own money.
And that's hurting their ability to perform at work.
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[IN Q=part of the problem]
((TOM GARMAN/VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR: PART OF THE PROBLEM IS ABOUT HALF OF THE WORKERS IN AMERICA HAVE MONEY PROBLEMS. THEY'RE A LITTLE BIT STRESSED ABOUT MONEY. SOME STRESS A LITTLE BIT. OTHERS -- LOTS OF PROBLEMS WITH MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Garman/Virginia Tech Professor;]
[OUT Q=WITH MONEY]
It's a problem they recognized at Carilion Health System.
The area's biggest employer has a number of programs to help workers manage their money.
Those programs cover everything from paying debts to planning for retirement.
[SOT tape 2 at 10 12 05]
[IN Q=this is a kind]
((MOLLY HENRY/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM: THIS IS A KIND OF NEW AND EMERGING TREND IN BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION THAT WE'RE SEEING -- THE AREA OF FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR EMPLOYEES.))
[SUPER=01-Molly Henry/Carilion Health System;]
The Virginia Tech study says all companies would benefit from programs that teach workers how to handle their personal finances.
One of Roanoke's oldest buildings is set for demolotion.
We'll have the story up next,
Plus, They're sinking a ship in Florida.
We'll explain when the news returns.
A car plunged over a bridge tonight in Bedford County onto railraod tracks below.
Rescue crews are at the scene off Morgans Mill Road- where the crash happened just after ten tonight.
Bedford County sheriff's deputies say the car plunged at least 50 feet but they say miraculously no one was hurt.
When the car went over the bridge it apparently hit a column at the bottom of the bridge.
Authorities are questioning the stability of the bridge- Car and railroad traffic has been stopped for now.
V-Dot and Norfolk Southern crews are on the way.[Log-Cabin]
A rare log cabin may be the oldest house in Roanoke -- now it's being torn down.
Historians say this two story log cabin is a treasure from before the Civil War.
It's made from chestnut trees now extinct in this area, with special notching from the nineteenth century.
[IN Q=This represents]
((I THINK IT'S ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURES IN ROANOKE PROBABLY ONE OF THE EARLIEST. I THINK IT'S ABOUT 1800.))
[SUPER=01-Anne Stuart Beckett/Architectural Historian;]
[OUT Q=about 1800]
A demolition crew has already ripped down the roof and the old kitchen behind the house.
The city has condemned the building as a safety hazard, saying it's been vacant for years.
Officials say the owner, Charlene Dean, would rather tear it down than take responsibility for it.
The house is scheduled to be destroyed by July 2nd.
The homeowner could not be reached for comment.[Freighter-Sinking]
A freighter went up in a puff of smoke and sank to the ocean floor.
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But this explosion was planned.
Experts blew up the "Rex Bear" off Key Biscayne, Florida.
The 273-foot vessel will make an artificial reef- becomming home to a variety marine life.
An artificial reef is created by sinking a man-made object and allowing it to become a part of the environment.
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The Caps are swept out of the Stanley Cup finals, the Horse show is hopping in Salem, Ronaldo breaks bad in world cup play, and Michael and the Bulls party again.
We will hear from Michael tonight in sports, but first here it is hot of the presses. This week's Sports Illustrated featuring none other than his airness on the cover, again.
The caption reads, Why no one can be like Mike.
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Vale isn't the only one cleaning up at the horse show in the early part of this week.
Steve Mason has more on the Virginia Tech equestrian team that is doing surprisingly well so far.
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[SUPER=01-Teresa McDonald/Virginia Tech Equestrian Coach; :15]
[SUPER=01-Heather Will/Virginia Tech Junior; :52]
[SUPER=01-Julie Huggins/Intercollegiate Reserve Champion; 1:00 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Sherri Taul/Virginia Tech Senior; 1:15]
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((The Roanoke Valley Horse show is among the nation's top ten. A fact that has hardly intimidated the Virginia Tech equestrian team in the event's first two days of hunter and equitation classes.
((TERESA MCDONALD/VA. TECH COACH:))
Amazing if one considers the Tech equestrian team operates on a limited budget and all of the horses used are donated. In four seasons. McDonald and her Hokies have still managed to jump into the national spotlight.
This is the Hokies third appearance in the Roanoke Valley Horse show, and although they compete individually, the opportunity to hone teamwork skills is never passed up.
Virginia tech is the only Collegiate team represented at the RVHS. In salem, steve mason, news 7 sports))
Still to come tonight Michael and the Bulls make their annual mid-June trek to Grant Park in Chicago.
But will this be their last as a championship team?
We'll hear from Michael Jordan right after this break.
The Chicago Bulls received their annual heroes' welcome yesterday afternoon in the Windy City.
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Grant Park was filled with thousands of Bulls' fans who turned out during lunch hour for what the players and coaches called the "Last Dance."
Speculation is that the dynasty will break up in the off season.
But Michael isn't so sure.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Six NBA Titles; :00]
[OUT Q=...of Chicago."]
Keeping the Bulls together hinges greatly on keeping Scottie Pippen.
Reports in Chicago today say the team is prepared to offer him a two year $40 million dollar contract.
They'll start negotiating July 1st.
With the NBA players facing a possible lockout, USA basketball is taking no chances that the NBA players selected for the World Cup championships in summer in Greece may boycott the games to gain bargaining leverage.
Yesterday USA hoops cut all of the NBA players when they couldn't get assurance that they wouldn't walk out.
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Also, Brent Conley the former freshman of the year at VMI has finally left the institution for good.
Conley was king at the school when he was on the court, but demerits and academics also kept him off it.
The Milwaukee Brewers put an end to the Chicago Cubs 10 game home winning streak this afternoon.
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The Brew Crew cranked out 16 hits and hit three homers.
Jeromy Burnitz, JOhn Jaha and Jose Valentin each hit balls out of the yard.
The Brewers big inning was in the sixth when they scored six runs.
Milwaukee rings up 11 runs on the Cubs to notch the 11-to-2 win at Wrigley Field.
Horse racing may be the main event, but many know this English race for its spectators...
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And more specifically their hats-
The Royal Ascot races opened in England-
with fuzzy hats, and
hats with roses-
and even yellow feathers.
The dress is formal for this pillar of the British high-society's summer season.
Many spectators come out just to see what everyone else is wearing.
You may remember the race and its attire from the film "My Fair Lady."