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The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has released funds for three school construction projects.
But yesterday's meeting with the School Board also highlighted continuing disagreements between the two panels.
Yesterday's vote cleared the way for renovations to Clearbrook and Burlington Schools, and new construction for Bonsack Elementary.
The supervisors were looking for assurances the projects will come in on budget... but school board members were unhappy with an agreement the supervisors wanted them to sign.
Ultimately, the three-page document was whittled down to three paragraphs, and the supervisors appropriated the money.
[IN Q=I do think the fiduciary]
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I DO THINK THE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BOARD HAS TO THE TAXPAYERS TO MAKE SURE THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY, I THINK THAT POINT HAS BEEN MADE. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT PROGRESS ON A WEEKLY AND MONTHLY BASIS THROUGH THE STEERING COMMITTEE.))
((BILL IRVIN/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: I WOULD HOPE THAT THE AGREEMENT TODAY IS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW RELATIONSHIP THAT WE CAN AGREEE ON THINGS MOVING FORWARD AND NOT HAVE ALL THESE MEETINGS WITH A LOT OF ADVERSE COMMENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisors Chairman; :01]
[SUPER=01-Bill Irvin/School Board Chairman; :13]
[OUT Q=adverse comments.]
The three construction projects will begin immediately, but it's going to be difficult to complete renovations at Cl
earbrook and Burlington before the start of the next school year.[11-Lucas]
Henry Lee Lucas will not go to the Texas death chamber.
The former Blacksburg resident and confessed serial killer was to be executed next week.
Yesterday Texas Governor George W. Bush stopped the execution by commuting his sentence to life in prison.
[IN Q=Henry Lee Lucas]
((HENRY LEE LUCAS IS UNQUESTIONABLY GUILTY OF OTHER DISPICABLE CRIMES FOR WHICH HE HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON. HOWEVER I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ENOUGH DOUBT ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR CRIME THAT THE STATE OF TEXAS SHOULD NOT IMPOSE ITS ULTIMATE PENALTY BY EXECUTING HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Gov. George W. Bush/(R) Texas;]
[OUT Q=executing him]
Lucas, who recanted confessions to some 600 killings nationwide,
still faces six other life sentences and 210 years in prison for nine other murders.
Mary Lou Fisher turned over her husband's retirement fund yesterday -- as payback for the money she stole.
Fisher was treasurer of a homeowners' association at Smith Mountain Lake when she took at least 24-thousand-dollars in dues.
Prosecutors say it was more like 60-thousand.
Fisher says she stole the money to pay her husband's medical bills.
Now she and her husband are pulling the last 10-thousand-dollars out of their retirement fund to repay the homeowners.
[butt bites please]
[IN Q=That's all we have]
((THAT'S ALL WE HAVE. HE'S WILLING TO PAY. WE HAD SAID WE WOULD PAY SO MUCH PER MONTH. ... YESTERDAY I WORKED EXTRA TO MAKE 50-DOLLARS AND I'M WILLING TO DO ANYTHING I CAN TO PAY THE MONEY BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Lou Fisher/Defendant; QUICK!!!!]
[OUT Q=money back]
Judge William Alexander said Fisher deserved to spend 15 years in prison for embezzlement, but he suspended the sentence.
He also ordered her to turn over land worth 10-thousand dollars and repay the rest of the stolen money month by month.
Emmett Cresell, Junior's capital murder trial starts next month.
But first, he'll undergo psychiatric testing.
Yesterday, Cressell's lawyers asked the court to appoint a mental-health expert, knowing their client's state of mind will be a major issue.
But the lawyers said they do NOT plan on using Cressell's mental instability as a defense.
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[IN Q=while i]
((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S LAWYER: WHILE I, IN ALL CANDOR, DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH MR. CRESSELL, IN THE EVENT THAT THE COMMONWEALTH MAY KNOW SOMETHING I DON'T, I WANT TO BE PREPARED TO MEET AND REBUT ANY EVIDENCE THEY MIGHT HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Claytor/Cressell's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=MIGHT HAVE]
Cressell's lawyers also asked for -- and received -- a private investigator to help them build their case.
Cressell is the second of two white men to go on trial for the burning and beheading of a black man in Grayson County.
Louis Ceparano is serving a life sentence after entering into a plea agreement last month.
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[SUPER=319-Partly Cloudy/Storms Possible/96-98/Partly Cloudy/Storms Possible/70-74; Lynchburg]
[SUPER=320-Hazy & Humid/Storms Possible/88-92/Partly Cloudy/Storms Possible/68-70; New River Valley]
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[SUPER=322-Hot & Hazy/Storms Possible/85-89/Partly Cloudy/Storms Possible/65-70; West Virginia]
[2 shot toss]
(Toss to sports)
If you're a criminal in the city of Bedford, police there have a warning: you can run, but you can't hide.
Steve Smallshaw shows us a new camera that gives new meaning to the term "packing heat".
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[SUPER=01-Lt. Phillip Sullivan/Bedford Police; :12]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Billy Graham/Bedford Police; 1:03]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]
(( To some it looks like a radar gun.. others are convinced its a microphone for listening in on people's conversations.
Bedford's newest weapon in the war on crime certainly has the community talking.
[IN Q=A lot of]
((LT. PHILLIP SULLIVAN: A LOT OF STRANGE LOOKS. OF COURSE, THE FIRST RESPONSE IS `WHAT IS THAT?' AND WE DON'T HOLD BACK, WE TELL THEM IT'S A THERMAL IMAGING UNIT THAT'S USED TO PICK UP HEAT FROM BODIES AND CARS AND EVERYTHING ELSE.))
[OUT Q=everything else.]
Using a joystick, an officer can rotate the thermal camera 360 degrees.
Anything that radiates heat.. like a person, a car engine.. even skidmarks will show up as a white flare on the screen.
[IN Q=The thermal]
((The thermal camera can be used in both day and nighttime situations. Say an officer is responding to a shooting incident and the suspect has placed the gun in his front pocket. Using the thermal camera, the officer can detect heat coming from a weapon that has just been fired, making it that much easier to make an arrest.))
[OUT Q=make an arrest.]
At night an officer can park almost a quarter of a mile away and use the camera to monitor a situation before moving in.
[IN Q=And when you]
((SGT. BILLY GRAHAM/BEDFORD POLICE: AND WHEN YOU DETERMINE THAT THEY ARE IN FACT BREAKING THE LAW, YOU CAN MOVE IN AND DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO AND MAKE WHAT ARRESTS HAVE TO BE MADE. AND IT'S PRETTY SURPRISING TO THEM, THEY'RE NOT EXPECTING THAT WHEN YOU COME PULLING UP YOU ALREADY HAVE THE GOODS ON THEM, SO TO SPEAK.))
[OUT Q=so to speak.]
Money seized from area drug dealers helped buy this camera for the department.
They hope to add a few more in the coming years.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))[Clinton-China]
President Clinton is in China and officials in his administration say the two countries have already come to terms on two key security issues.
Both have agreed not to aim long range nuclear missiles at each other and have also settled on stiffer export controls on missile technology to third world nations.
Clinton's trip to China comes nine years after the massacre of democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.
He plans to state his concerns over dissidents arrested before his arrival.
[IN Q=we Americans]
((WE AMERICANS ALSO BELIEVE THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS INCLUDING FREE SPEECH AND RELIGION ARE VERY IMPORTANT NOT ONLY TO THE INDIVIDUALS BUT ALSO TO NATIONS.))
[OUT Q=ALSO TO NATIONS]
This will be Clinton's busiest day in China.
Meetings on Asia's economic crisis and the nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan are on the agenda.
Two months ago a former member of the Lexington Rescue Squad was convicted of assualting two patients.
While the case is over, the effects are still a daily problem for current squad members trying to salvage the department's image.
Stacey Martin has the story.
[IN Q=Dragging the river]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Warner/Lexington Rescue Squad;:23]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7 Lexington.]
((Dragging the river--looking for a body --or a body bag double in this case--is one of many training exercises members of the Lexington Rescue Squad perform every month.
They're training to prepare for pressure situations involving OTHERS.
But, they've had less luck in dealing with their own.
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[IN Q=The supposed actions]
((PATRICK WARNER/LEXINGTON RESCUE SQUAD: THE SUPPOSED ACTIONS OF ONE PERSON CAN UNDERMINE A WHOLE CREW AND SORT OF KIND OF GIVE US A BAD REPUTATION. IT'S BAD AND WE ARE TRYING TO WORK AGAINST THAT AND GET OUR GOOD NAME BACK.))
[OUT Q=good name back.]
That person was Butch Grant, who used to serve among their ranks until he was convicted last April assualting two teenage victims in a car accident last April.
Since then squad members have changed their procedures in an effort to regain the trust of the victims they treat.
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[IN Q=We're more aware]
((PATRICK WARNER/LEXINGTON RESCUE SQUAD: WE'RE MORE AWARE OF THE TOUCHING OF PATIENTS AND IF WE HAVE A FEMALE PATIENT WE TRY TO MAKE SURE THERE'S A FEMALE emt TO RIDE IN THE BACK.))
[OUT Q=in the back.]
But, other problems still remain including a lack of public confidence and decreasing funds.
[IN Q=For its funding]
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: FOR ITS FUNDING THE SQUAD RELIES MAINLY ON DONATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN LOW OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. THEY PLAN TO HOLD A DONATIONS DRIVE SOON HOPING THAT WILL TURN THINGS AROUND. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7 LEXINGTON.))
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Lexington.]))
We travel westward for a look at some of last night's sports action.
In Denver, The Rockies double the A's
Oakland gets a two run scoring double to the left center field gap in the first for a two-oh lead.
But John Vanderwal rocks a two run homer and the Rockies beat the A's 12-to-6.
The Phoenix Mercury score off the opening tip-off and that would be prophetic.
The Utah Starzz try to get in the game with some good passing and the score underneath, but the Mercury win 96-to-63.
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[TAPE#=Wknd Diner TC]
(toss to Andrew for Diner)
This week, we headed to Catawba for the weekend diner.
For a recipe filled with fresh vegetables and herbs from your summer garden.
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[OUT Q=Stole the show here.]
[Dissolve to Chyron 7153]
If you drop us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you this recipe.
You can see the address there on the screen. You can also check out our web site under the weekend mornings section.
And, don't forget if you'd like to be on the weekend diner, send us a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
And if we come to your house, you'll get a cool weekend diner apron.
[ANCHOR=Denise 2 shot]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Roanoke County Supervisors and the school board have set aside their differences and released school construction money.
Yesterday the boards agreed on funding for renovations at Clearbrook and Burlington schools and construction of Bonsack Elementary.
Plans to rebuild Route-221 in Roanoke County are moving forward.
Yesterday, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved a plan to widen and straighten the road.
A bike lane will NOT be included in the construction, though.
The small town of Jasper Texas is bracing for demonstrations.
The Ku Klux Klan says it will march on the town square today.
The Black Panthers say they'll be there too.
Three weeks ago, a black man was brutally murdered, allegedly by three white men.
And that's what's making news on this Saturday, June 27-th.
We'll be back in just a minute.
The small town of Jasper, Texas, is bracing for a day of demonstrations.
Just three weeks ago one of its residents, a black man, James Byrd Junior was murdered and police believe it was racially motivated.
Today the Ku Klux Klan will march in town square and the new Black Panthers say they'll be there as well.
[IN Q=It's just a ]
((PAM PRIMROSE/JASPER BUSINESSWOMAN: IT'S JUST A SHAME WE'VE GOT TO CLOSE DOWN JUST SO THESE GROUPS CAN COME IN AND DO THEIR THING. THAT'S NOT WHAT JASPER IS ALL ABOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Primrose/Jasper Businesswoman;]
[OUT Q=all about]
Two of the three white men accused in the dragging death may
face the death penalty.
Another step forward for the plan to rebuild Route-221 in Roanoke County.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved plans for the work yesterday.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;]
The proposed construction would widen narrow sections of the road as well as add turn lanes and eventually traffic signals.
The road would also be raised to prevent flooding.
Some residents wanted a bike lane included in the plans, but the board rejected the idea.
They say a bike lane would add too much to the price and bring the road too close to Back Creek.
The estimated price for the project is about 16 million dollars.
No timetable has been set for the construction.
A private company will soon be running Danville's wastewater treatment services.
The city has hired an American Anglian to operate and manage its water quality control facilities.
The New Jersey based company will start running Danville's treatment plant July 1st.
The move from public to private operation is expected to save the city more than a million dollars a year.
This isn't the first time Danville has privatized its services.
[IN Q=Privatization is not a new]
((STEVE HUDSON/DANVILLE PURCHASING DIRECTOR: PRIVATIZATION IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT TO THE CITY. WE ALREADY PRIVATIZE OTHER DUTIES SUCH AS CUSTODIAL CARE AND FOOD PREPARATION AT OUR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. BUT THIS IS CERTAINLY THE LARGEST THE CITY HAS EVER DONE.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Hudson/Danville Purchasing Director;]
[OUT Q=city has ever done.]
Residents shouldn't notice any change in service or any rate increases because of the privatization.
The latest plan to restore Roanoke's Henry Street area received some favorable reviews.
The Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation unveiled the plan yesterday.
Right now the plans for the area are preliminary.
But, project officials hope the proposed layout will include an office complex, a convenience store and other attractions.
Residents say the area needs a project like this.
Construction is expected to start at the end of this year.
Hot, hot, hot... but no records set in the temperature department.
It's just hard to get used to... Summer is here, and those who have a job to do in this heat are just as slow to adjust.
[IN Q=IT'S REAL]
((IT'S REAL HOT, REAL HOT DAY. OF COURSE WE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF AIR GOING. YOU KNOW, THAT'S ALL RIGHT.))
[OUT Q=all right.]
[IN Q=Oh I got]
((OH I GOT SOME ADVICE FROM KIMBERLY MCBROOM TO SEEK ALL THE SHADE AND DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS.))
[OUT Q=plenty of fluids.]
((ARE YOU EVER TEMPTED TO PLAY HOOKY ON A DAY LIKE THIS? I SHOULD HAVE STAYED RETIRED. YOU CAME OUT OF RETIREMENT FOR THIS? I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BE THIS HOT.))
[OUT Q=to be this hot.]
The power companies predicted record demand for electricity yesterday and today.
A-E-P officials say the critical power shortage the company was experiencing has eased.
The League of Older Americans in Roanoke distributed the last of about 60 fans to senior citizens in the area, and the agency is asking for cash donations to provide more.
If you miss Norm MacDonald's Saturday Night Live skits, you may be thinking about seeing his latest movie "Dirty Work"
Anna Wentworth says you may want to think again.
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[SUPER=18-Anna Wentworth; :00]
[SUPER=18-"Dirty Work"; :14]
[SUPER=Anna's Grade - "F"; 1:06]
[OUT Q=mess to anyone.]
(([Anna on Camera]
If Norm MacDonald's "Dirty Work" isn't the worst movie of the year, it's definitely a contender. If a movie is going to be tasteless and stupid, it
should at least be funny. "Dirty Work" is just tasteless and stupid.
[Clip Tape 12:24]
The central idea has real potential. McDonald's Mitch, and his friend Sam can't hold down jobs so they decide to go into business for themselves
doing what they've been best at since elementary school-getting even.
[Clip Tape 11:08]
They get some free publicity by taking over a nasty car dealer's live commercial, and they're on their way.
[Clip Tape 11:20]
[IN Q=V-8 engine]
[OUT Q=when I see one.]
If the movie would have taken this idea further, it might have worked, but it gets sidetracked into some lame sub-plots.
[Anna On Camera]
"Dirty Work" gets an F. I wouldn't recommend this mess to anyone.))
The rules of the road change a little for teens on July first.
Governor Jim Gilmore put pen to paper yesterday at the Capitol to draw attention to the new teen driving law.
Teens with one moving violation go to driver improvement school.
Two violations mean a 90 day license suspension.
The third violation could mean a full year without a license.
It's the brainchild of Lieutenant Governor John Hager.
[IN Q=It is]
((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: IT IS A SERIES OF SANCTIONS ON VIOLATIONS TO TRY TO GET THE ATTENTION OF THOSE WHO ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=the problem.]
Last year in Virginia, 16-thousand-540 teens were behind the wheel in car accidents.
Somewhat surprisingly, 495 of them were under age 15 -- too young even for a learner's permit.
Remember 1990, when Governor Doug Wilder got rid of the tax on NON-prescription drugs?
That tax cut was finally funded in the budget that begins next week.
But it's put drug stores in a quandary, trying to decide which products are taxable and which are NOT.
[IN Q=Right now]
((TOMMY THOMPSON/PHARMACIST: RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN GO TO ONE STORE AND GET AN ITEM AND PROBABLY PAY TAX ON IT...UP TO INTERPRETATION.))
Peroxide, for instance is NON-taxable.
Toothpaste is taxed.
But then there's toothpaste with peroxide.
The fun begins for pharmacists next Wednesday.
New legislation in Virginia is helping chemically addicted health care professional get clean.
The 12 step plan at the Lewis Gale Center for Behavioral Health is designed specifically for those in the medical profession.
The Health practitioners Treatment program provides a variety of services for chemically dependent professionals using a therapeutic non-punitive approach.
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[IN Q=The length]
((DR. JITENDRA DESAI/PSYCHIATRIST:THE LENGTH OF STAY OF THE PROGRAM IS LONGER THAN WHAT YOU WOULD TYPICALLY FIND IN HOSPITALS THESE DAYS. TYPICALLY A PROFESSIONAL PATIENT WOULD REQUIRE FOUR TO SIX WEEKS OF STAY IN HOUSE AND THEN A LONG TERM MONITORING.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jitendra Desai/Psychiatrist; ]
[OUT Q=term monitoring]
Doctor Desai (dus-EYE) says managed care has added stress to those working in the medical profession.
And he says stress leads some people to turn to alcohol and drugs.
[New-River-Trail State Park]
The history of Foster Falls dates back to the late 19th century--
But a couple of years ago, the area was transformed into one of the
newest sections of the New River Trail State Park.
We'll "hit the trail" with Kimberly McBroom in this week's "Time Off".
[IN Q=They come here ]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Eric Hougland/Chief Ranger; :30]
[OUT Q=KM, News 7, Wythe county]
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((ERIC HOUGLAND/CHIEF RANGER: THEY COME HERE TO ENJOY THE TRAIL-- WHICH IS HORSEBACK RIDING, HIKING, BICYCLING. IN THE WINTER TIME, CROSS- COUNTRY SKIING. THEY THEY ALSO COME TO ENJOY THE RIVER-- FISHING, BOATING, CANOEING, TUBING, KAYAKING. WE'VE GOT ABOUT EVERYTHING TO OFFER HERE.))
The long and winding path of the New River Trail State Park runs for 57 miles, through four counties.
And that covers a LOT of territory.
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((ERIC HOUGLAND/CHIEF RANGER: THEY MIGHT BE ON A SECTION OF THE NEW RIVER. THEY MIGHT BE ON A SECTION OF CLAYTOR LAKE. THEY MIGHT BE ON A SECTION OF CHESTNUT CREEK. IT JUST DEPENDS ON WHERE THEY ARE, THEY CAN EXPERIENCE LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS ON THIS PARK.))
If last-minute visitors don't arrive prepared for a day of the great outdoors, they can rent bikes, as well as fishing and boating equipment.
But this scenic area of Foster Falls wasn't always a laid-back, recreational destination.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: DURING THE LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURIES, FOSTER FALLS WAS A BUSTLING MINING TOWN. THE IRON FURNACE, ALONG WITH THE PROXIMITY OF THE RIVER AND THE RAILROAD LED OTHER BUSINESSES TO COME HERE, AS WELL. NOW, PLANS ARE UNDER WAY TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THIS OLD COMMUNITY.))
In its heyday, this blast furnace would produce nearly 12 tons of iron daily.
Meanwhile, renovations have been done to other parts of Foster Falls.
Exterior work is complete on the old railroad depot-- now its interior will get some attention.
The saw mill also got a face-lift, along with this barn.
Plans are under way to renovate this former hotel into a bed and breakfast-- AND to add a primitive tent campground later this summer.
((ERIC HOUGLAND/CHIEF RANGER: WE'RE GOING TO BE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT THE FUTURE. SO, IT'S AN ONGOING PROJECT.))
Not just renovation work, but special events are also plentiful at the park.
Earlier this month was the Wythe County Days Festival.
And to commemorate the area's rich rail history, the second annual Railway Festival is scheduled for September.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Wythe County.))
[GRAPHIC=Did you see that]
Finally this morning, did you see that?
What do anchovies and airplanes have in common?
Not much unless you spotted these Stearman Squadron planes overhead yesterday.
The vintage 1940 Boeing aircraft were in town on a promotional tour for Red Baron frozen pizza, taking a few folks aloft for thirty minute sight-seeing tours.
The pilots care less about the pizza, and more about flying the planes.
[IN Q=We do ten...]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Rediker/"Red Baron" Pilot;]
[OUT Q=way to sight see.]
The Stearman Squadron will be in Blacksburg today, showing off the planes and doing a few demonstration flights