The search for a stolen car carrying two juveniles ends with a crash.
State legislators from both sides agree on how to spend the state budget surplus.
News 7 at noon is next.
Police say two teenage girls who escaped from a juvenile detention home took a joyride in a stolen car overnight .. and ended up in the hospital.
State police say the girls ... a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old ... were driving on Route 41 in Pittsylvania County this morning, when the car ran off the road and rolled three times.
One of the girls was thrown 40 feet out the passenger's side. She's being treated for a broken jaw at Danville Regional Medical Center.
The other girl has minor injuries.
Authorities say they stole the Isuzu Trooper last night near the Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg for juveniles.
The keys had been left in the car.
President Clinton promised again this morning to Veto the G-O-P tax cut bill.
[SUPER=03-Capitol Hill/Last Night;]
Both Houses of Congress approved the nearly 800 billion dollar
plan that would reduce income tax rates, the marriage penalty and taxes on business.
The president says the Republican plan will not save Medicare or shore up Social Security.
And he says such a large cut would force the markets to raise interest rates.
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[IN Q=IF YOU GET A TAX CUT....]
[OUT Q=DISAPPEAR IN THE FLASH OF AN EYE.]
President Clinton won't get the chance to veto the bill until next month.
Lawmakers won't send it to him until after the August recess, so they can go home and try and sell the plan to their constituents.
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Schools]
The cost of renovating is getting higher.
So many Roanoke County School Board members believe cuts may be necessary.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
The projected cost to renovate Glenvar Middle School has risen from 6 million dollars to 7-point-9 million dollars.
And this has many Roanoke County school board members saying the cost is too high.
Now an independent engineering firm is advising the board on ways to change the plans in order to save money.
And speaking of costs .. their water and sewer fees have nearly doubled in two years.
That's one reason more than 75 people in Narrows met last night .. to consider disbanding their town.
Teresa Hamilton has more from the meeting.
[IN Q=Ed Gilbert; ]
[SUPER=01-Ed Gilbert/Narrows Businessman; :37]
[SUPER=01-Larry Wilburn/Narrows Resident; 1:02]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Narrows.]
(( Ed Gilbert is one of several men who help organize the meeting to find out what Narrows residents are thinking.
The majority on hand were indeed interested in learning more about the possibility of saving money-- by losing town status.
There are a number of issues that have led to this point-- but the main one revolves around increasing water and sewer rates.
Last year, the town increased the rate thirty percent.
This year, the rate jumped 52- percent.
Gilbert, who owns a Laundromat, says the increase is driving him out of business.
[in q= My average]
((ED GILBERT/NARROWS BUSINESSMAN: MY AVERAGE BILL WAS AROUND 270- TO 290 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR ROUGHLY 68-THOUSAND GALLONS OF WATER, MY LAST, MY NEWEST BILL WAS 492 DOLLAR, I CAN NOT LIVE WITH IT.))
[out q=with it.]
Gilbert says he's also disturbed by the 10- percent increase in property taxes.
He, and others at the meeting, were also concerned by the fact the town is 2-point six million dollars in debt.
[in q= Like Ed]
((LARRY WILBURN/TOWN RESIDENT: LIKE ED SAID, THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. NEXT YEAR YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME THING YEARS TO COME, AS THE COST GOES UP FOR POLICE AND EVERYTHING ELSE, TAXES ARE GOING TO RISE. ))
[OUT Q=to rise.]
Those pushing the issue do have support on their side.
There are a little more than a thousand homes within town limits.
A petition that's been circulating asking people if they were considering the possibility of losing town status-- contained more than 500- signatures.
Although the group will meet again a month from now, the date they're most looking forward to is Monday's Town Council meeting-- when they hope to get as many people as possible to officially voice their concerns.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Narrows.
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The judge isn't buying a Hollywood actors plea for help. That story is still ahead on News 7 at Noon.
And she was once his mistress, but she is finally coming public with her royal lover...details ahead.
[music up full]
A vacation cruise for members of Britain's royal family could turn out to be a stormy voyage.
For the first time... Prince
Charles has taken his long-time girlfriend on a trip with his sons William and Harry.
And as Richard Roth tells us... it's not sitting well with the Queen.
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[super=01- Jane Kerr/ The Mirror Newspaper; :26]
[SUPER=01-Richard Roth/Reporting; :45]
[OUT Q=cbs news London.]
NARR: THE ROYAL VACATION HAD A ROCKY START WHEN THE BRITISH PRESS
FOUND OUT THE HAPPY SCENES OF THE PRINCES AND THEIR GUESTS DEPARTING FOR
A MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE CAMOUFLAGED ANOTHER GETAWAY, HELD IN SECRET,
FROM A BRITISH AIR FORCE BASE.
(camilla and charles file)
CAMILLA PARKER-BOWLES, PRINCE CHARLES' LONG-TIME MISTRESS, HAD BEEN
INVITED TO JOIN THE PARTY BUT NOT THE PUBLICITY - AND THATS TURNED THE
TEN DAY HOLIDAY INTO A ROYAL FAMILY AFFAIR.
SOT JANE KERR/ ROYAL CORRESPONDENT, THE MIRROR NEWSPAPER: It is very
significant because its the first holiday that the prince of Wales has
ever taken camilla away on with his children.
(queen and w/ charles at party)
NARR: THE QUEEN, ITS SAID, WAS NOT AMUSED. SOME REPORTS SAY CHARLES
DIDN'T EVEN WARN HER, KNOWING SHE'S WORRIED THAT CAMILLA'S ROLE IN HIS
LIFE HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE BRITISH CROWN.
(Super: Richard Roth, CBS News)
ROTH O/C: WHAT HAUNTS THIS PLACE IS THE MEMORY OF ANOTHER
MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE ALMOST 70 YEARS AGO, ANOTHER PRINCE OF WALES, AND
ANOTHER DIVORCED WOMAN..
(b&w file of 1936 summer fun)
NARR: PRINCE EDWARD'S PUBLIC HOLIDAY WITH HIS AMERICAN LOVER WALLACE
SIMPSON IS A REMINDER HOW ROYAL ROMANCE CAN BECOME A SCANDAL BIG ENOUGH
TO ROCK THE THRONE; HE GAVE UP THE CROWN FOR LOVE.
(charles in Greece and the love boat)
THE RULES ARE DIFFERENT NOW OF COURSE; PUBLIC OPINION NOT EASILY
SCANDALIZED. AND THIS SUMMERS VACATION, SAY PALACE OFFICIALS, WILL BE
ABSOLUTELY PRIVATE. RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON))[Downey]
Actor Robert Downey Junior won't be making any movies for a while.
A California judge has sentenced the 34 year old actor to three years in prison for violating parole on his 19-96 drug conviction.
Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, with his hands cuffed behind his back, Downey pleaded with the judge to let him stay in rehab and not go back to jail.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Downey, Jr./Actor;]
But the judge said despite the many chances he's given the Oscar nominated actor, Downey has manipulated doctors and psychiatrists who have examined his progress.
Downey's latest film, "Bowfinger" hits theaters next week.
Some very promising numbers in the fight against heart disease.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says deaths from heart disease and stroke fell 56 percent from 19-50 to 19-96.
Officials credit a huge drop in cigarette smoking, increased use of hid blood- pressure medications and improvements in diet and health care.
Still, the C-D-C says the heart disease and stroke remain the leading causes of death and
disability in this country.
[GRAPHIC=Smith Mountain Lake]
Students who test the water at Smith Mountain Lake earned a new award from the Governor.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Last Summer;]
Ferrum College volunteers received an honorable mention at the first Virginia Watershed Awards, recognizing unusual ways to improve water quality.
Every summer Ferrum volunteers test for e-coli in Smith Mountain Lake.
They are now nominated for a national award.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Government officials are touring Virginia's most drought-stricken areas today. Details are just ahead.
And out west, dry weather creates enough problems, and arsonists create even more.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
Roanoke city council held a special meeting this morning to discuss the potential water contract with Roanoke County.
Council members along with their attorneys went into closed session for two hours, without reaching any final decisions.
Acting city manager Jim Ritchie says they're having "positive talks" but there's not set timetable on when an agreement may be reached with the county.
A bi-partisan team of lawmakers is calling for a special emergency session of the General Assembly to deal with backlogs in road building.
Two Democrats and two Republicans met with the Governor's staff this morning to announce their joint plan.
It would put the state's 200- million dollar budget surplus straight into the transportation budget.
[SOT 11:15:46 ]
[IN Q=Now what]
[OUT Q=next year.]
The Governor himself has NOT yet heard the proposal.
He must call a special session of the Assembly.
The drought is the worst on record in
several Eastern states.
That word from President Clinton, who has set up a task force to deal with the problem.
Here in Virginia, the state Agriculture Commissioner and another top official of the Gilmore administration are touring drought-stricken areas of Virginia today.
Carlton Courter, and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Joshua Lief are visiting at least four farms in Caroline County, Northern Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley.
We'll have live reports on their tour tonight on News 7 at Five and Six.[Brush-Fires]
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Dry weather is the norm in southern California this time of year .. so is the threat of brush fires.
And when an arsonist is at work, the threat is even greater.
This fire yesterday near Los Angeles spread across more than 250 acres of steep hills, threatening more than a hundred homes.
450 firefighters were able to control things before any homes were damaged or destroyed.
Investigators believe the fire was deliberately set.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was down 39 points.
Now that Mark McGuire has hit his 500th homer, let the bidding for the ball begin.
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX; :00]
McGuire hit the homer off San Diego Padres pitcher Andy Ashby. McGuire is the 16th Major League Baseball player to reach the 500 home run mark. Fittingly he gets a hand from Tony Gwynn and he does it at Busch Stadium. Now, whose the lucky catcher of the golden ball? 28 year old Jim Shearer, the question now is will he give it back? To put icing on [SUP
ER=35-San Diego/10/St. Louis/3;]the cake, McGuire came out and hit home run number 501 to cap off a great night.
Gwynn, is now just one hit away from the three thousand hit plateau. He connected on this base hit in the late innings. San Diego won the game 10-3.
Over at Salem Memorial Stadium, the Avalanche finished a three game set last night against Winston-Salem on a sour note.
Mugsy was out for the fans last night in his usual form.
The Avs would break through in the sixth as Doug Livingston doubles into the gap in Left Center scoring Jay Jones from second and putting the Avalanche up 1 to 0.
The Warthogs would come back in the top of the seventh as Chris Heintz hit a shot to left scoring Dan Olsen from second and tying the score at 1 run a piece. The Warthogs would get to Avalanche bullpen and go on to win 5 to 3.
[TAPE#=SP-41 1:47:51 ]
Darrell Waltrip is accepting a different kind of checkered flag. He made the official announcement yesterday
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the site of qualifying for Saturday's Brickyard 400.
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :]
With his wife and kids at his side, Waltrip announced his retirement from racing at the end of the 2000 racing season in front of his newly painted Ford.
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[IN Q="We put...]
[SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/Will Retire After 2000 Season; :]
[OUT Q=.....easy thing to do"."]
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ESPN; :]
Waltrip's plans for this weekend are in question. Out of provisionals, he has to rely on speed to get into the Brickyard. He wasn't fast enough yesterday, running 32nd. He'll have to try again today.
Jeff Gordon won his seventh pole of the 1999 season with a record lap of 179 point 612 miles per hour in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Mark Martin will start on the outside pole and points leader Dale Jarrett will start fourth. But no one could touch Gordon on the 2.5 mile speedway he has dominated since Winston Cup arrived.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1998 Brickyard 400 Champion; :00]
[WIPE TO MOTION]
[SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon/179.612/2. Mark Martin//3. David Green//4. Dale Jarrett//5. Michael Waltrip//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Mike Skinner//7. Bobby Labonte//8. Bill Elliott//9. Ken Schrader//10. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Tony Stewart//12. Ward Burton//13. Elliott Sadler//14. Ricky Rudd//15. Kenny Irwin//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Jeff Burton//17. Rusty Wallace//18. Dale Earnhardt//19. Jeremy Mayfield//20. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Sterling Marlin//22. Terry Labonte//23. Geoffrey Bodine//24. Kyle Petty//25. Robert Pressley//;]
[OUT Q=...last driver."]
Rick Mast qualified 37th, Ernie Irvan 36th, and Bobby Hamilton 53rd.
The Valley AFC under 15 boys soccer team left for the State Games of America yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
Players from Cave Spring, Salem Northside and Lord Botetourt are part of the 16 man team that will compete in St. Louis, Missouri today through Sunday. The team raised about four grand for the trip and will play at least three games.
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[IN Q="a lot]
[SUPER=01-Bob Belcher/Valley AFC U15 Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Rosti/Left Forward; :15]
[OUT Q=....what that's like"]
He's 93 years old and still going strong.
Bassett Furniture's oldest employee was the guest of honor tonight at a ballgame in Martinsville for Bassett employees.
Marya Jones caught up with Norris Hatcher for his secrets to staying young.
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[IN Q=Norris Hatcher]
[SUPER=07-Norris Hatcher; :07]
[SUPER=01-Ron Spivey/Bassett Human Resources Mgr.; :42]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Martinsville.]
(( Norris Hatcher has spent 73 years of his life making furniture.
But he hasn't found much time for sitting down.
((NORRIS HATCHER: CAN'T SIT DOWN. YOU HAVE ONE BREAK IN THE MORNING, ONE BREAK IN THE AFTERNOON AND 30 MINUTES FOR LUNCH.))
The 93-year-old began working at a furniture plant at the age of 20.
He retired after 43 years, but quickly found that retirement didn't suit him.
((NORRIS HATCHER: I KIND OF GOT BORED. I GOT ALL MY HOUSEWORK DONE AND THE YARDWORK AND THE HOUSEPAINTING AND HOUSECLEANING AND I HAD A LOT OF TIME ON MY HANDS.))
At 63, Hatcher went back to work at Bassett, where he's stayed for 30 years, making cabinets on an assembly line.
((RON SPIVEY: TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, NORRIS CAN HOLD HIS OWN WITH ANY EMPLOYEE WE'VE GOT. IN A 40 HOUR WORK WEEK, NORRIS WILL PUT OUT AS MUCH FURNITURE AS ANYBODY THAT WORKS DOWN THERE.))
Hatcher has a few secrets to staying young that help him do that:
(( KEEP BUSY AND ANOTHER THING IS STAY AWAY FROM DOCTORS AND GARAGES.))
And does the man who calls working his "hobby" plan to ever retire?
(( NORRIS HATCHER: I WORK ONE DAY AT A TIME. ))
For now, Bassett's oldest employee says he'll stay in the ballgame.
Marya Jones, News 7, Martinsville.))