Just ahead on News 7 at Six-- a domestic call turns into a police manhunt in Lynchburg.
I-T-T Night Vision inks a 172-million dollar deal with the U-S army.
In Sports, The Express will announce its new head coach tomorrow Mike Stevens has a live report from Daytona.
and a rough day for the seeded players at Wimbledon in today's action.
Clear sailing for the next forecast period. We've got the cooler numbers and the July almanac straight ahead.
A search for an armed man in Lynchburg was unsuccessful this morning.
Around 6, police responded to a domestic dispute call at the Greenfield Apartment complex.
Before they arrived, the suspect-- 22-year old Germaine Delaney-- jumped out a back window of the apartment and fled into the woods.
A dozen heavily armed officers gave chase.
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((CAPT. MIKE SPENCER/LYNCHBURG POLICE: SEVERAL OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND ATTEMPTED TO CONTAIN THE AREA, AND WE HAD A TRACKING DOG FROM THE LYNCHBURG SHERIFF'S OFFICE CALLED TO THE SCENE TO ASSIST WITH THE SEARCH. THE SEARCH WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, APPARENTLY THE SUSPECT GOT OUT OF THE CONTAINMENT AREA BEFORE WE COULD SEAL IT OFF.))
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Delaney is still at large at this hour.
Police believe he was armed with two handguns when the shooting occurred.
No one was injured.
A sobering piece of American history was made today in Virginia.
At least that's what six national fraternities hoped, as they signed a pledge to ban alcohol from their houses.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-John Casteen/Univ. of Virginia President; :47]
[SUPER=01-Col. Jeffrey Levy/Former Radford Parent; 1:02]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville.]
(( A pledge that some of the best known, most partying fraternities in Virginia will ban alcohol from their hallowed halls.
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It's a feather in the cap for the Attorney General's Task Force.
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((IT'LL DEFINITELY AFFECT THE NUMBERS I WOULD THINK ABOUT PEOPLE JUST JOINING FRATERNITIES. LIKE SOME PEOPLE, ONE OF THEIR SOLE REASONS IS TO HAVE A PLACE TO PARTY, HAVE A PLACE TO GO.))
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But the final hours of the Task Force's three months of work did have controversy, mostly over how to handle young adults -- who may behave irresponsibly.. but legally.
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((JOHN CASTEEN/UNIV. OF VIRGINIA PRESIDENT: THE SCOPE OF A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IS DEFINED BY LAW IN SUCH A WAY AS TO MAKE A PURELY MORAL OR SOCIAL JUDGMENT UPON OTHERWISE LAWFUL BEHAVIOR EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE.))
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((COL. JEFFREY LEVY/ : ARE WE SUGGESTION THEN THAT SO LONG AS BEHAVIOR'S NOT TECHNICALLY ILLEGAL, THAT WE'RE GOING TO CONDONE IT? AND THEREBY ENCOURAGE IT? CAUSE IF SO, THE ACCIDENTS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE WITH TWO OF US IN THIS ROOM, POSSIBLY THREE -- THAT'S GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN. JOHN CASTEEN: THAT'S NOT WHAT I SAID AT ALL.))
Jeff Levy's son was killed at Radford last year-- one of five Virginia binge drinking deaths that spurred the task force's formation.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
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State lawmakers who voted themselves backdoor pay raises this spring will now face the Virginia Supreme Court.
Attorney General Mark Earley is throwing up his hands, citing confusion over the state constitution.
So Earley's turned the matter over to the state's highest court, and directed the state comptroller to hold the checks until a decision can be made.
The pay raises took effect today.
But as criticism mounted, many General Assembly members turned down the 100-dollar a day out-of-session pay increase.
For now, they won't get their office budgets increased either.
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I-T-T Night Vision has landed another multimillion- dollar deal with the U-S Army.
The Roanoke County company will supply the army with thousands of Night Vision goggles.
It's a 172-million dollar contract the company calls "OMINIBUS FIVE."
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((JOHN DOMALSKI/ITT NIGHT VISION: IT BUILDS ON WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERING TO THEM ALREADY UNDER THE OMNIBUS 4 CONTRACT, WHICH HAS GIVEN US 200-MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.))
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I-T-T is the world's biggest supplier of Night Vision products.
The technology helps U-S and allied soldiers see in the dark.
I-T-T has been selling the goggles to the military for the past 10 years.
The new contract starts in April and will continue through the year 2001.
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Red Cross workers from Roanoke are heading out of state to help others.
More than 8 inches of rain a few days ago left parts of Ohio under water.
At least 8 people are dead or missing, and hundreds had to leave their homes.
Roanoke Chapter Manager Tom Brown is going to Ohio to coordinate the shelter and food program.
((TOM BROWN/RED CROSS; SO WE USUALLY WORK WITH THE SOUTHERN BAPTISTS TO PREPARE THE FOOD, THEN WE HAVE RED CROSS VEHICLES DO THE DELIVERY TO THE TOWN, THEN WE SET UP FIXED SITES FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO AND WE FEED AT OUR SHELTERS, JUST KIND OF GETTING ALL THE LOGISTICS TOGETHER))
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Right now the Red Cross has about 14 shelters up and running in Ohio, and they're serving four-thousand meals a day.
The Roanoke chapter also sent it's Emergency Response Vehicle and two volunteers to West Virginia to help with flo
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Two cities have new mayors -- And for one city - it's a first- the job goes to a woman.
And some new residents to the star city are attracting a lot of attention as they settle into their new home -- at the zoo.
Those stories are still ahead on News 7 at Six, but first let's check in with Robin.
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After four years of Republican control, the Independent- slash- Democrats have taken over Lynchburg city council.
New members Bert Dodson and Stewart Hobbs took their seats on council today as part of a 5 to 2 majority over the G- O- P.
Councilman Pete Warren was chosen to replace Republican Jim Whitaker in the mayor's seat.. but Whitaker did not surrender without a fight.
[IN Q=Those of you]
((JIM WHITAKER/OUTGOING LYNCHBURG MAYOR: THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE THE NEW MAJORITY ON COUNCIL CALL YOURSELF INDEPENDENTS AND SAY YOU WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR LYNCHBURG. WHY IS IT BEST NOW TO REPLACE A MAYOR WHO HSA GIVEN ALL THAT HE HAS TO THIS CITY?))
((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: JIM WHITAKER HAD HIS DAY, HAD FOUR YEARS, AND NOW WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP ON CITY COUNCIL. IT'S NOT A SLIGHT ON COUNCILMAN WHITAKER, IT'S JUST THAT WE THINK PETE WARREN IS SOMEONE WHO CAN LEAD US.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Outgoing Lynchburg Mayor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bert Dodson/New Lynchburg Council Member; :17]
[OUT Q=who can lead us.]
Carl Hutcherson edged out Ed Barksdale to become vice mayor.
Both sides have pledged to work together for the benefit of the city.
Danville has a new mayor-- and she's the first WOMAN to fill the top job.
Council members chose Ruby Archie as mayor this afternoon.
In May, the retired English teacher was re-elected to another four years on city council.
Archie outlined some the things she wants to address during her two year term.
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((RUBY ARCHIE/DANVILLE MAYOR: I HOPE WE CAN BETTER MARKET OUR CITY SO THAT WE CAN MAKE DIFFERENCES IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING MORE JOBS WE SHOULD CONSIDER MORE PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS.))
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[OUT Q=private-public partnerships.]
Peter Castiglione (CASS-TIGG-LEE-O-NEE) was elected Vice-Mayor.
Three new council members-- Charles Scott, Philip Smith, and R-Wayne Williams-- took the oath of office.
Their four-year terms begin today.
Blacksburg is the largest town in Virginia.
It's a trademark Blacksburg is in NO danger of losing.
As Teresa Hamilton reports-- the town just got LARGER.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief; :25]
[SUPER=01-Ron Secrist/Blacksburg Town Manager; :54]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Blacksburg.]
(( For the first time in 25- years-- the town of Blacksburg has expanded its boundaries.
408- acres that used to belong to Montgomery County is now part of Blacksburg.
The Comfort Inn, Montgomery Regional hospital and the Blacksburg Industrial park are among the businesses impacted.
Blacksburg police chief Bill Brown has been preparing his emergency dispatchers for the transition-- by taking them out on the road.
[IN Q=We want]
((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF:WE WANT EVERY POLICE OFFICER, EVERY DISPATCHER, TO KNOW, WHERE THE BOUNDARIES ARE AND WHERE THEY'RE NOT SO WHEN A NEW CITIZEN THAT WE'VE TAKEN IN JULY ONE, WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE SAME QUALITY OF SERVICES THAT OUR CURRENT CITIZENS ARE GETTING. ))
[OUT Q=are getting.]
The most important aspect of the deal is that it ensures the town has control of the appearance and zoning around its southern entranceway-- which includes the future 3-A bypass and Smart Highway.
But the county will also benefit.
[IN Q=The town]
((RON SECRIST/BLACKSBURG TOWN MANAGER: THE TOWN WILL SELL WATER TO THE UNINCORPORATED COUNTY AT A WHOLESALE RATE WHICH THEN WILL ALLOW THE COUNTY TO ADDRESS SOME ISSUES OF POOR WATER QUALITY, POOR SEPTIC TANKS, AS WELL AS TO ALLOW THE COUNTY TO GROW....PREVIOUSLY APPROVED. ))
[OUT Q=previously approved.]
The deal, which has been in the works for about two years, mainly impacts vacant land and businesses-- but those homeowners who've already purchased their county vehicle stickers don't need to worry--
The town will honor them.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.))[Stocks]
A more upbeat outlook on Japan's economic fortunes pushed the stock markets higher today.
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The Dow climbed 96-and a-half points, closing at 9-thousand-49.
NASDAQ gained 20 points.
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There are three new reasons to make a trip to Mill Mountain Zoo.
Their names are Jules, Geraldine and Marcel.
They're a family of (leemurs) lemurs and they are the latest attraction at the zoo.
The animals went on display this morning and are already drawing a crowd of on-lookers.
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((BETH POWELL/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: MOST OF THE LEMUR SPECIES ARE ENDANGERED OR THREATENED TO SOME DEGREE. NOW THESE ARE NOT ON THE ACTUALLY SSP LIST WHICH IS THE SPECIES SURIVAL PLAN BUT THEY ARE SOMEWHAT ENDAGERED.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Powell/Mill Mountain Zoo]
[OUT Q= are somewhat endangered.]
Lemurs are in the monkey family and there are about 40 in captivity.
The small, fuzzy creatures are on loan from Duke University and will be visitng until next year.
And coming up, Highlights from Major League Baseball The Express is set to name a new head coach tomorrow.
And Lynchburg's Keith Hamilton visited the valley today at the All Star Sports Clinic.
The Winston cup drivers won't pull into Daytona until tomorrow morning and when they arrive they may not believe their eyes.
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Mike Stevens now joins us from the world center of racing with the latest on the status of Saturday's big Pepsi 400.
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The Roanoke Express has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow morning to name its new head coach.
A spokesman for the Express would not confirm it but Scott Gordon a former Player and Coach is expected to get the job.
Gordon was a goalie for the Johnstown chiefs in the 1988 and 89 season and he was the top goalie those two years in the East Coast Hockey League.
The Express office did confirm that Gordon was in the valley for an interview. And the Board of Directors were to meet this evening to consider his selection.
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Keith Hamilton of Lynchburg and the New York Giants was a special guest today at the All Star Sports Clinic.
Area fans may remember Hamilton when he played at Heritage High School in Lynchburg.
One of his trademarks was the hughe forearm that he used against Opponents.
But today he was back in the valley visiting with old friends his New York Giant teammate Tiki Barber and the Kids at the All Star Sports Clinic.
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[SUPER=01-Keith Hamilton/New York Giant Lineman; :]
[OUT Q=....next level."]
Hamilton was a big part of the New York Giant defense last year. And he left the valley heading to New Jersey to begin getting ready for the Giants upcoming training camp.
[IN Q="Well hopefull..]
[OUT Q=...Keep going."]
Martina Hingis advances to the semi finals at Wimbledon but it was not a good day for the top seeds in the women's division.
Monica Seles was knocked and Second seed Lindsay Davenport was eliminated in straight sets by Nathalie Tauziat.
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And the seventh seed Venus Williams was knocked off by Jana Novotna. She handled the powerful serve and ground strokes of Williams to score the straight set 7-5, 7-6 win to advance to the next round against Hingis.
On the men's side England's Tim Henman moves on to the next round. He scored a straight set 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Petr Korda in today's action.
American Pete Sampras advanced and so did Gorian Ivanisevic of Croatia.
June is in the climate record books.
In southwest Virginia it featured cool weather during the first week but warmer than normal readings after that.
July is always an interesting weather month.
Let's check in with Patrick Evans.
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