The U-S Supreme Court denies the final appeal of a condemned cop killer.
On News 7 at Six tonight, we'll hear from the sister of Trooper Jerry Hines- -who opposes the execution of her brother's killer- -and wanted to be Dennis Eaton's "spiritual advisor."
And a look at a rare 200 year old two-story Chestnut log cabin that's been condemned and is about to be torn down.
Tonight in sports, we'll check in at the Roanoke Valley Horse show with a local group of riders who are cleaning up in the name of Virginia Tech.
Plus, the Cubs ten game home winning streak is snapped.
But it's been a pretty good day for one of Chicago's other pro teams. Michael and the Bulls rally in the park for possibly the last time this afternoon.
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He killed four people -- including a state trooper -- in a one day rampage in 1989.
Now Dennis Eaton's last hope for salvation rests with the Governor.
And working on his behalf is the sister of the trooper he killed.
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[IN Q=I have]
((I HAVE NO DESIRE TO WATCH THE STATE OF VIRGINIA KILL SOMEONE. THAT'S ABOUT THE LAST THING I WOULD WANT TO DO.))
[SUPER=Maria Hines/Murder Victim's Sister; ]
[OUT Q=want to do.]
But former nun Maria Hines was asked by Eaton 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.))13
((MARIA HINES/MURDER VICTIM'S SISTER: I BELIEVE THAT WHEN A PERSON IS DYING...KIND OF PLAYING GOD.))15
[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."
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What could be the oldest home in Roanoke -- and an unusual one at that -- is being demolished.
Tina Tenret has the story.
[IN Q=Two-story log cabins]
[SUPER=01-Anne Stuart Beckett/Architectural Historian; :23]
[SUPER=01-Evelyn Lander/City Planner;:58]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]
Two-story log cabins are rare.
This one is made of chestnut trees, a species that died out in this area sixty years ago.
The V-notches at the corners, and the dovetail pattern near the door -- examples of solid and precise construction you rarely see anymore.
The house fronts Salem Turnpike -- historians say Civil War troops probably marched right past.
[IN Q=You just don't]
((ANNE STUART BECKETT/HISTORIAN: THIS REPRESENTS THE EARLY 1800'S OF ROANOKE IF NOT THE ROANOKE VALLEY WHICH YOU JUST DON'T SEE ANYMORE. TINA TENRET/NEWS7: AND ONCE IT'S TORN DOWN? BECKETT: IT'S GONE AND THE HISTORY GOES WITH IT. AND THERE'S NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT.))
[OUT Q=NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT]
There used to be a kitchen back here.
In the 1800's they built kitchens separate from the house to protect the main quarters from fire.
But the kitchen and the roof are gone now, because the city has condemned this building to be destroyed.
They say it's been vacant for years, it's no longer safe, and the owner Charlene Dean has agreed to tear it down.
[IN Q=The property owner]
((THE PROPERTY OWNER HAS EVERY RIGHT TO MOVE THE BUILDING. IT'S NOT WITHIN A HISTORIC DISTRICT. AS I INDICATED WE HAD NO IDEA THE BUILDING HAD HISTORIC VALUE. IT'S VERY UNFORTUNATE BUT I THINK BOTH THE CITY IS TRYING TO RESOLVE AN UNSAFE STRUCTURAL CONDITION AND THE OWNER WANTS TO REMOVE HERSELF FROM THAT LIABILITY.))
[OUT Q=THAT LIABILITY]
Historians say it's not too late to repair the damage -- but the city says only Charlene Dean can stop the wrecking ball.
Otherwise, this log cabin will be destroyed by July 2nd.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke))
News 7 was not able to reach owner Charlene Dean.[Crook]
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Montgomery County investigators have NOT found the weapon used to kill Michael Durham near Blacksburg back in March.
But that did NOT prevent a judge from certifying the charges against Robert Crook, Senior today to a grand jury.
A witness who testified in court said Crook was holding what appeared to be a small handgun when he shot Durham inside the car they were riding in.
On cross examination the same witness said he did NOT see the victim holding a gun.
But Crook's attorney says that's one avenue he's exploring.
[IN Q=I can]
((DUTTON OLINGER/CROOK'S ATTORNEY:I CAN NOT REVEAL ALL THE INFORMATION I HAVE AT THIS TIME HOWEVER WE DOD THINK THAT WE HAVE SEVERAL VALID DEFENSES TO PUT FORTH IN THIS CASE. ))
[SUPER=01-Dutton Olinger/Crook's Attorney; :00]
[OUT Q=in this case.]
The case could be presented to a grand jury in July.
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The Roanoke Valley will soon have a new place for theatre events and musical performances -- that's one of the stories still ahead on News 7 at Six.
And several people who usually SELL tools and building supplies got a chance to use some themselves today.
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The 14 year old suspect in yesterday's school shooting in Richmond has been transferred to an adult court.
Quinshawn Booker had a hearing in juvenile court today.
Back at Armstrong High School, his former classmates spent their final hours before summer break under tight security.
Many were skeptical.
((GEORGIA BELL/ARMSTRONG H.S. STUDENT: SECURITY AIN'T GONNA DO NO GOOD, CAUSE IF HE GOT IN WITH A GUN YESTERDAY, HE CAN DO IT TODAY. THEY CAN DO IT ANY OTHER TIME. SO IT PROBABLY ISN'T GOING TO DO NO GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Georgia Bell/Armstrong H.S. Student; ]
[OUT Q=no good.]
A teacher and teaching aide were wounded in the shooting.
They are both recovering.
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The city of Lynchburg says its airport could be doing more to attract new industry to central Virginia.
But finding a new general aviation manager could put a future city councilman out of business.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
[IN Q=For twelve years]
[SUPER=01-Bill Thrift/Hawthorne Aviation; :26]
[SUPER=01-Stewart Hobbs/Virginia Aviation; :44]
[SUPER=01-Eric Schaufert/Central VA Pilots Assoc.; :59]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( For twelve years, Virginia Aviation has been Lynchburg's fixed base operator.. in charge of providing fuel, maintenance and training for the private planes that use the Lynchburg airport.
But the city wants an operator that's willing to renovate the old general aviation terminal and spur economic development.
An airport commission chose South Carolina- based Hawthorne Aviation to take over.. Hawthorne promised it could produce more revenue for the city within five years.
[IN Q=It's not on]
((BILL FRITH/HAWTHORNE AVIATION: IT'S NOT ON DAY ONE THAT OUR SUCCESS TAKES PLACE, BUT OVER A PERIOD OF THREE OR FOUR YEARS.))
[OUT Q=or four years.]
But making a change could be tough. Virginia Aviation is owned and operated by Stewart Hobbs, who was elected to a seat on Lynchburg city council in May.
Hobbs says he stands by his company's record of service.
[IN Q=We're a small]
((STEWART HOBBS/VIRGINIA AVIATION: WE'RE A SMALL COMPANY, WE'VE WORKED HARD, WE'VE BUILT A REPUTATION. IF BIGGER IS BETTER, WE CAN'T ANSWER THAT.))
[OUT Q=answer that.]
Local pilots want to keep Hobbs for fear the new company could mean higher airplane rental and hangar fees.
[IN Q=And it's a]
((ERIC SCHAUFERT/CENTRAL VA PILOTS ASSOC.: AND IT'S A BAD DEAL FOR THE CITY, THE TAXPAYERS OF LYNCHBURG. THEY'RE GETTING LESS MONEY FOR THEIR ASSETS, SOMEBODY IS WILLING TO GIVE THEM LESS TO DO LESS.))
[OUT Q=to do less.]
[IN Q=So council members]
((So council members will have a choice.. go with the company that says it can make more money for the city, or stick with a known quantity in Virginia Aviation. After a public hearing next week, they'll make their decision on June 30th, one day before Stewart Hobbs takes office. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))
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They work at a home improvement store, and today they put their knowledge to work.
Employees from Lowe's pitched in to help build an addition to the Virginia Baptist Childrens Home.
[IN Q= Well just visiting]
((DONNIE DEAL/LOWE'S MANAGER: WELL JUST VISITING THEIR FACILITY WE SAW THAT THEY HAD A LARGE NEED AND HAD A WHOLE LOT MORE NEED THAN WE COULD SUPPLT TO THEIR NEED. BUT WE JUST THOUGHT THAT ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP THEM WOULD. SO WE SELECTED BUILDING A HANDICAP RAMP TO THEIR DINING HALL FACILITY THAT WAS ONE OF THEIR IMMEDIATED NEEDS.))
[SUPER=01-Donnie Deal/Lowe's Manager]
[OUT Q= their immediate needs.]
The store is also donating new front doors, carbon monoxide detectors and painting supplies.
It's part of the "Lowe's Heroes" project, that helps non-profit groups.
[TAPE#=98-43 TC 32:06]
Plenty of companies have programs to help their employees stay mentally and physically healthy.
But as Scott Goldberg reports, keeping employees FINANCIALLY fit is just as important.
[IN Q=At Carilion]
[SUPER=01-Molly Henry/Carilion Health System;12]
[SUPER=01-Dale Preator/American Express Fin. Advisor;55]
[SUPER=01-Ed Garretson/Consumer Credit Counseling Svs.;1:09]
[OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke]
(( At Carilion Health System, part of keeping the workforce happy means keeping employees financially secure.
That means doing more than giving them paychecks -- it means giving them advice about managing their money.
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[IN Q=this is a ]
((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.))
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Carilion started holding money seminars for its employees and found out workers who know how to handle their own finances are not as stressed when they come to work.
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[IN Q=the problem]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: THE PROBLEM CARILION RECOGNIZED IS ONE YOU COULD FIND AT JUST ABOUT ANY COMPANY. WITH EMPLOYEES STRESSING ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM CREDIT CARD BILLS TO 401(K)S, EMPLOYERS ARE REALIZING IT'S IN THEIR BEST INTEREST TO KEEP THE WORKFORCE FINANCIALLY HEALTHY.))
[OUT Q=financially healthy]
[SOT tape 1 at 12 31 19]
((DALE PREATOR/FINANCIAL ADVISER: FINANCIAL FITNESS IS JUST AS IMPORTNAT AS PHYSICAL FITNESS.))
[OUT Q=PHYSICAL FITNESS]
At a recent conference in Roanoke, business leaders from around the country were talking about a Virginia Tech study.
It said businesses lose thousands of dollars when employees worry about their own finances.
[SOT 12 30 10]
[IN Q=GETTING TAXES]
((DALE PREATOR/FINANCIAL ADVISER: GETTING TAXES STRAIGHTENED OUT, GETTING BILLS STRAIGHTENED OUT, GETTING COLLECTIONS STRAIGHTENED OUT, EVEN PAYING BILLS AT WORK TIME TAKE AWAY FROM PRODUCTIVITY.))
The vice president of Roanoke's Consumer Counseling Service said employers in this area could be doing a lot more.
[SOT tape 1 at 9 18 05]
[IN Q=they think]
((ED GARRETSON/CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE: THEY THINK THAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A RETIREMENT PLAN AND A PENSION PLAN, THAT'S ALL THEY HAVE TO DO.))
[OUT Q=HAVE TO DO]
Because money might not buy happiness.
But knowing how to manage it certainly helps.
Scott Goldberg, News-7 Roanoke.
The stock market posted a gain today, after yesterday's big tumble.
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The Dow gained 37 points to close at 86 hundred 65.
NASDAQ was also up 37 points.
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Ever since Jefferson High School reopened five years ago as the Jefferson Center, there have been plans to make the building's auditorium into a performance hall.
[Double Boxes=Keith and David/Microwave]
David Johnson is at the Jefferson Center with the latest.
Keith, the building has already undergone extensive renovation work--including the Atrium and Fitzpatrick Hall.
The auditorium is the last large space to be redone.
[SUPER=01-Jan Wilkins/Managing Producer; :06]
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[OUT Q=year 2000]
[IN Q=THE DECORATOR PROPOSES]
((((JAN WILKINS/MANAGING PRODUCER; THE DECORATOR PROPOSES TO MAKE THE INTERIOR OF THE HALL SORT OF LIKE A EUROPEAN OPERA HOUSE. IT'S GOING TO HAVE CHANDELIERS AND A LOT OF EMBELLISHMENTS THAT WILL MAKE IT VERY VERY CLASSIC.))
[OUT Q=VERY CLASSIC.]
The plan would give Roanoke a midsize auditorium for theatre and symphony performances.
The acoustics are considered ideal.
It's seating capacity, about 900.
The project will cost more than five million dollars.
Two million is provided courtesy of a bond referendum approved last November by city voters.
A quiet fundraising campaign effort is underway to provide the rest.
[IN Q=MUCH OF THE]
((WILKINS; MUCH OF THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BRING IT UP TO STANDARDS FOR TODAY'S DEMANDS IN THEATER PRESENTATION ARE BEHIND THE SCENES. THE STAGE HERE IS VERY SHALLOW. THERE ARE NO WING SPACES OFF TO THE LEFT AND TO THE RIGHT. SO THE ENTIRE STAGE WILL BE DEMOLISHED AND REBUILT WITH VERY BRAND NEW STATE OF THE ART EVERYTHING.))
[OUT Q=ART EVERYTHING.]
If all goes as planned the hall will be in place within two years.
[IN Q=WE HOPE TO]
((WILKINS; WE HOPE TO HAVE CONTRACTS IN PLACE FOR CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AT THE LATEST. AND WE PROPOSE TO OPEN 24 MONTHS LATER IN OCTOBER THE YEAR 2000.))
[OUT Q=THE YEAR 2000.]
Now those familiar with the Jefferson Center's location know it leaves a lot to be desired, as far as parking goes.
[Double Boxes=Keith and David/Microwave]
But Keith, the city owns much of the property surrounding the building and plans to use that space for additional pa
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Bulls receive a heroes' welcome back in Chicago.
World Cup action continues with some super kicks, the Brewers have already won today,
And Steve Mason introduces us to a whole bunch of winners from Virginia Tech who are strutting their stuff at this week's Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
The Chicago Bulls honored their six time NBA champs this afternoon with a huge rally at Grant Park.
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thousands of Bulls' fans 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 don't write the team off just yet.
Most believe that keeping the Bulls together hinges greatly on keeping free agent Scottie Pippen.
Reports in Chicago today say the team is prepared to offer him a two year $40 million dollar contract.
They can't officially begin negotiations until July 1st.
The Red Wings hope to join the Bulls as champions of their own sports tonight as Detroit goes for the clincher against the Caps in the Stanley Cup finals.
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/This Morning; :00]
This morning the Red Wings worked out at the MCI center knowing that they have the Caps on the verge of elimination.
A win tonight by Detroit and the series is over. A Caps' victory will send the best of seven back to the motor city on Thursday night.
The 27th Roanoke Valley Horse Show is enjoying its most popular year. Over one thousand horses and riders from over 13 states have taken up residence at the Salem Civic Center.
But Steve Mason says, Virginia Tech's equestrian team is holding its own in a field made up of some of the nation's best riders.
[IN Q=first audio]
[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]
[OUT Q=news 7 sports"]
((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 opporttunity to hone teamwork skills is never passed up.
Virginia tech is the only Collegiate team represented at the RVHS. In salem, stevee mason, newws 7 sports))
While the Horse show rules the ground at at the Salem Civic Center and stadium are this week, the Avalanche is on the road.
Tonight the team opens a three night series in Danville with the 97s. It continues through Thursday night.
One game is already over in the big leagues this afternoon.
The Brewers destroyed the Cubs 11-to-2.
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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 Cubs big inning was in the sixth when they scored six runs.
For the Cubs, the loss snapped their 10 game home winning streak.
World Cup soccer action continues today in France.
Already, Brazil has beaten Morocco 3-to-nothing.
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And Norway and Scotland battled to a brutal one-all tie.
The goals in this game were scored in very different fashions.
Look at Norway break the scoreless tie at the 45 minute mark with the amazing blast from the side and the even more amazing header by Haavard who pops it in the back of the net.
But there's more than one way to light up a scoreboard and in the 65th minute Scotland's Craig Burley chips in the tying goal with this floater.
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