Up next on News 7 at six, a Roanoke man is shot and killed during an argument.
And well tell you why the title of "Miss Virginia" means so much to Nichole Johnson.
In sports, highlights from the Winston Cup and Busch Series races, Dot claims the top spot at Lynwood, Cory Alexander talks about his future and his former teamate Curtis Staples,
and The Avlanche find the Keys combination in their final matinee of the season.
We're still in the heat--
And it'll be unsettled for a few more days.
Details coming up.
A Roanoke man is dead following a shooting last night.
Police responded to a disturbance at 12-32 Jamison Avenue, Southeast just after 11.
They found 22- year old Keith E-Sandifer lying in a parking lot with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Sandifer was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died.
Police have identified a suspect, but haven't caught him yet.
Witnesses told police the shooting was caused by an argument over a mutual girlfriend.
Another shooting in Roanoke yesterday left one man critically injured.
It happened in the 100 block of Whitten Avenue in the Lincoln Terrace housing complex.
41- year old James Reddicks was found lying on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Reddicks is listed in critical condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police arrested Frankie L-Steelman and charged him with malicious wounding.
Derrick Lee Coles will have to serve eight years in prison for shooting another man inside Danville Regional Medical Center.
[Edit from 98-26]
Coles was sentenced Friday for shooting Darrell Bradner inside the hospital's waiting room on December fifth, 19-97.
Police say the hospital shooting was in retaliation for an earlier shooting at a Hardee's parking lot.
A Vinton man was killed in an accident last night.
Police say 36-year-old Michael Harold Joseph was driving on route 6-95 in Bedford County when he ran off the road and struck a tree.
It happened around 9:30.
Joseph died at the scene.
Two men were killed in separate motorcycle accidents in Henry County.
The first happened shortly before midnight on Philpot Road.
Police say 34-year-old William Eugene Clark of Bassett, was driving too fast and lost control in a curve, running into several trees.
He died on the way to the hospital.
The second accident happened on Route 58 at Leather Wood Crossing shortly after 3 a-m.
18-year-old Jeffrey Adams of Martinsville was killed. Police say he was driving more than 100 miles an hour when he lost control and hit a street sign.
Residents and officials in Buchanan
held a dedication ceremony today for the town's library.
The new high tech library is located in what used to be a furniture store on Main Street.
It now has ten times the space of the original library.
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[IN Q=NOT ONLY WAS]
((TERRY AUSTIN/BOTETOURT CO. SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN; NOT ONLY WAS THE ORIGINIAL LIBRARY SMALL AND NOT LOCATED IN THE MAIN BEATING PATH, BUT ALSO IT WAS IN THE FLOOD PLANE OF THE JAMES RIVER. IN 1985 WE LOST ALL OF THE VOLUMES AS A RESULT OF THE FLOOD. AT THAT TIME WE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND INCORPORATE THE BUILDING IN ANOTHER LOCATION.))
((STEVE VEST/LIBRARY DIRECTOR; TAKING AN OLD BUILDING LIKE THIS AND RESTORING IT TO ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION. OUR CEILING TILES ARE ORIGINAL AND THE FLOORS ARE THE ORIGINAL FLOORS. SO HOPEFULLY IT WILL BLEND IN WITH THE REST OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Terry Austin/Botetourt Co. Supervisors Chrmn.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Vest/Library Director; :15]
[OUT Q=the downtown area.]
The library has room for more than 20-thousand books.
Its computers also provide access to Roanoke and Botetourt County's web sites.
Renovations to the facility cost 530-thousand dollars.
Construction on it is expected to wrap up within the next two weeks.
Virginia Beach native Nicole Johnson became the new Miss Virginia last night.
But, her climb to the top has not always been a smooth one.
David Johnson explains.
[IN Q=This was the]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Johnson/Miss Virginia; :15]
[SUPER=01-Lowell Hill/Pageant President; :52]
[OUT Q=DJO, News 7.]
This was the second try for the winner of this year's state beauty pageant.
But, Nicole Johnson's victory didn't come easy.
More than four years ago she was diagnosed with diabetes.
But, she managed to turn her condition into her cause.
[IN Q=AND I REALIZED]
((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS VA. 1998; AND I REALIZED AT THAT MOMENT THAT THIS IS THE VERY REASON WHY I NEED TO BE A STATE TITLE HOLDER OR A LOCAL TITLE HOLDER, FOR THAT MATTER. I NEED TO SPEAK OUT AND BRING AWARENESS TO THIS CONDITION SO THAT PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND IT.))
[OUT Q=UNDERSTAND IT.]
Now, she feels her pageant career has come full circle.
[IN Q=AS I STAND]
((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS VIRGINIA 1998; AS I STAND HERE TODAY, I'M HEALTHY, I'M HAPPY. I'M CONFIDENT I KNOW WHO I AM AND I DIDN'T KNOW ALL THAT WHEN IT ALL BEGAN. SO IT'S BEEN A LONG ROAD AND THIS IS A GREAT FINALE.))
[OUT Q=GREAT FINALE.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; NICOLE JOHNSON'S PLATFORM WILL BE TO RAISE COMMUNITY AWARENESS ABOUT DIABETES. COMMUNITY-BASED ISSUES IS SOMETHING THAT HAS COME TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE PAGEANT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS.))
[IN Q=WE ENCOURAGE OUR]
((LOWELL HILL/PAGEANT PRESIDENT; WE ENCOURAGE OUR YOUNG WOMEN TO EMERSE THEMSELVES INTO A COMMUNITY ISSUE ABOUT WHICH THEY FEEL PASSIONATELY. AND IT MAKES THEM BETTER PEOPLE, IT MAKES THE COMMUNITIES BETTER PLACES IN WHICH TO LIVE.))
[OUT Q=TO LIVE.]
Rewards for winning the Miss Virginia title include gifts from the community.
Nicole received those gifts as well as the keys to an apartment and a 1999 Mercury Cougar.
But she's hoping to provide the community with a gift of her own, the gift of heightened awareness about diabetes and how to beat it.
David Johnson, News 7.
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Still to come--some Rockbridge County residents file suit against the region's Board of Supervisors for approving an airstrip.
And, if you own a cellular phone you could soon be paying more, depending on where you live.
We'll have those stories in a moment--but first let's check in with Andrew in the weather center.
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This week's Supreme Court decision on National Endowment for the Arts funding of controversial art is really NO big deal in Virginia.
The Virginia Commission for the Arts says the N-E-A moved away from grants to individual artists well before the court decision came down.
That means the N-E-A gives a lump sum to the state commission, which in turn hands it out to individual artists, along with state money.
[IN Q=We've really]
((PAUL TYLER/VIRGINIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS: WE'VE REALLY HAD NO CONTROVERSY AT ALL IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS ABOUT THE ARTS IN VIRGINIA. I THINK HERE THE REPRESENTATIVES HAVE FOCUSED MORE ON ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT THE ARTS ARE DOING RATHER THAN SINGLING OUT ONE OR TWO THINGS THAT MIGHT CAUSE SOME PEOPLE SOME PROBLEMS.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Tyler/Virginia Commission for the Arts;]
[OUT Q=some problems.]
In an 8-to-one ruling, the high court said the N-E-A CAN deny grants to artists if their work is considered indecent.
The suit was brought by a performance artist whose work included her nude body covered with chocolate.
She was denied an N-E-A grant after the decency standard was set by Congress in 1990.
Nineteen Rockbridge County residents are suing their Board of Supervisors for approving construction of an airstrip.
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./File Tape;]
[edit 98-37; 15:48]
In April, the Board voted to allow Harold Hottinger to operate a private airstrip on his property with some restrictions.
Hottinger said the airstrip is for a friend who has no place to land and store his plane in the area.
In their lawsuit, residents maintain the airstrip will lower their property values.
However, the Board's attorney, Leanne Shank, has asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.
She claims, in part, that the residents don't have any facts to justify their concerns.
A date for a hearing about the matter has not been set.
Beginning next month, having a cellular phone in Lexington or Buena Vista will cost you more money.
[edit - 98-3, Sororities]
Councilmembers in both localities this month approved a tax on cellular phones.
Lexington officials felt the tax was fair considering taxes already placed on other telephone services.
[SOT 09.35.59 - 09.36.11]
[IN Q=Our city council]
((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON'S CITY MANAGER: OUR CITY COUNCIL FELT IT WAS AS MUCH OF AN EQUITY ISSUE AS ANYTHING ELSE. FOR YEARS, WE HAD CONSUMER UTILITY TAX ON LOCAL LAND LINE TELEPHONE SERVICE AND THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY CELLULAR PHONES SHOULD BE EXEMPT.))
[SUPER=01-Jon Ellestad/Lexington's City Mgr.]
[OUT Q=should be exempt.]
Officials in Lexington estimate the tax will generate about five thousand dollars more in revenue.
[edit: 98-40; TC 22:39]
Buena Vista officials estimate they'll take in an extra 12 thousand dollars.
Residents there with cell phones will have to pay about two dollars more per month.
And, officials say they're prepared for some residents' concerns.
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[IN Q=I know there]
((MAR VITA FLINT/BUENA VISTA COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE: I KNOW THERE WILL BE SOME PEOPLE THAT WILL BE A LITTLE CONCERNED OF ADDING MORE ONTO THEIR BILL BUT, IT'S JUST ANOTHER UTILITY TAX JUST LIKE THEIR ELECTRICITY, GAS, WATER, TELEPHONE. IT'S JUST ANOTHER TAX THAT WE ARE ALLOWED TO PUT ON THE ROLLS.))
[SUPER=01-Mar Vita Flint/Comm. of Revenue;]
[OUT Q=on the rolls.]
The cell phone tax in both areas goes into effect July first.
Low production numbers are forcing one manufacturer to go out of business and another to ask its employees to take time off.
Scott Goldberg has the details and more business news in the News-7 Business Review.
[SUPER=01-Carl Dixon/Durham 2000 Employee; :17]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co; :49]
[OUT Q=i'm sg]
This week on the Review:
Another textile factory is going out of business.
This time it's in Danville...where 300 people will be out of work by the end of summer.
[IN Q=it's just]
((CARL DIXON/DURHAM 2000 EMPLOYEE: IT'S JUST LIKE A HOME WHEN I LEAVE HOME. I LOOK FORWARD TO GOING TO WORK. I ENJOY IT... THE PEOPLE AND THE SUPERVISORS AND EVERYTHING... THEY'VE BEEN GOOD AND I'M GOING TO MISS IT. I'M WISH SOME WAY IT WOULDN'T CLOSE.))
[OUT Q=it wouldn't close.]
Durham two-thousand has been at its Lynn Street location for 100-years.
Its closing marks the eighth time this year a textile plant in Southwest Virginia has shut down.
In Salem, nobody's getting laid off.
But General Electric is asking workers to take voluntary vacations without pay.
It's G-E's latest attempt at cutting costs while production is slow.
In Rockbridge County, Modine Manufacturing says it will ADD 200-jobs.
The new positions come from Modine's just-announced joint venture with Daikin Industries.
The Japanese company will help Modine make combination heating and air conditioning units.
In Lynchburg, the battle is heating up between First Colony and preservationists.
The company wants to tear down historic buildings to make room for employee parking.
But a group of citizens said the company just wants a better view of its building from the highway.
First Colony's parent company has threatened to move the business out of Lynchburg if the demolition is not completed.
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It was a strong week on Wall Street.
The Dow picked up 232-points to close at 89-45.
The Nasdaq gained 88.
That's this week's review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
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Steve Mason will be here in a few minutes with highlights from the Braves and the Blue Jays.
And, Andrew Freiden will have your extended work week forecast coming up when we return.
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A fundraiser for Stonewall Jackson Hospital has already raised about 10 thousand dollars more than its goal.
And, it's not over yet.
[edit 98-20, Stonewall-Jackson]
Hospital officials had hoped to raise at least 75 thousand dollars by the end of this month.
They say the early success is a sign of the community's confidence.
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[IN Q=We're very pleased]
((DR. JANE HORTON/EXECUTIVE BOARD CHAIRWOMAN: WE'RE VERY PLEASED WITH THAT CAMPAIGN. WE THINK IT'S REFLECTIVE OF THE SUPPORT THAT THE COMMUNITY SHOWS US IN OUR OPERATIONS AS A COMMUNITY HOSPITAL.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jane Horton/Exec. Board Chairwoman;]
[OUT Q=a commuity hospital.]
Some of the funds have already been used to buy a van to transport extended care patients.
The remaining money will be used to pay for general hospital expenses and physical therapy equipment.
The fundraiser ends Tuesday.
Resurfacing threatens to back up traffic along a major road in Botetourt County.
And, delays are just starting at a busy intersection in Radford as a major project gets underway.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's Road Report.
[IN Q=Re-paving is set]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :13]
[OUT Q=I'm SM.]
((Re-paving is set to begin in Botetourt County starting July sixth along Route 11 near Troutville.
VDOT crews will also be putting in new drainage pipes.
Traffic will be squeezed down to one lane during the day in each direction.
In Radford, delays are expected along Jefferson Street as crew work to widen the road there.
New traffic signals and bike lanes will be put in as well as part of the project.
Elsewhere around the region..delays are possible along Route 42 in Craig County.
Crews are repairing the bridge over Meadow Creek and one over Sinking Creek.
That's it for this week's Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))
The Avs open the door on the Keys at salem memorial, No ordinalry fellow, or fellow I should say wins thte Lysol 200,
and sspeaking of refreshment, a local swimmer is still at the top of his game at age 42.
Winston Cup drivers are past the halway point of the Save mart/Kragen 350 at sears Point today. ________is your leader.
[SUPER=03-Sanoma Valley, CA/ESPN; :00]
Jeff Gordon and the Dupont Chevrolet started on the pole and was strong early.
Jerry Nudea would get loose on one of the tracks many turns on the road course, and cut in front of Gordon for a caution flag.
Mark martin started 26th and moved all the way to 13th before he cut a tire and would go to the back of the lead lap group.
Near the halfway point, dale Jarrett takes the lead and ___is leading right now.
The Busch series was at Watkins Glen today for the Lysol 200.
[SUPER=03-Watkins Glen, NY/ESPN; :00]
The field had a perfect day on the 2.45 mile track.
Phil Parsons took that to heart as he crashes into the wall, he was okay.
For Bobby Hillin it wasn't the crash as much as it was the heat...flames force him out.
Ron Fellow ttook the checkered flagafter starting second in the 87 chevrolet.
The Salem Avalanche opened a three game homestand against Frederick today.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Keys vs. Avalanche; :00]
The Oriole Bird flew in for this one.
It was the Bryan Warner show at Salem Memorial. In the bottom of the first, Warner smacks the base hit into right, Doug Livingston scores.
[SUPER=34-Salem/ /Frederick/ ;]In the second, Warner brings in three more with the homerun over the right field wal
l and the Avs were out in front 5-nothing. He had five RBI's by the fourth inning.
In that fourth, he makes the count 7-nothing, on one bagger and Salem pounds the keys __to ___.
Dot Bolling's second round 73 earned her the Lynwood ladies Invitational golf championship today in Martinsville. Dot was one stroke better than Fran Hensley. Romona Bradley was third. Virginia Venable had a hole in one on the par three 13th.
Former UVa basketball star Cory Alexander overcame two breaks in the same ankle on his way to the NBA. He faces more adversity now that his Denver Nuggets acquired Los Angeles Lakewrs guard Nick van Exel.
[IN Q="i don't]
[SUPER=01-Cory Alexander/Denver Nuggets Guard; :00]
[OUT Q=...next year"]
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Alexander, who joined Michael Jordan for a pick up game, says former teammate Curtis Staples should make it in the NBA.
[IN Q="i think]
[OUT Q=...be fine"]
Swimmer Louis Tudor has stumbled across the fountain of youth, here's this ageless wonder's story.
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[SUPER=01-Louis Tudor/42 Year Old Swimmer; :15]
[OUT Q=...find another goal"]
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