!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
WDBJ 7 morning news AM cutins for 08/22/00
On the first day of classes, a 20 year old Radford student was injured after being hit by a car.
Police say it happened around 9-30 last night as the student crossed Norwood Street.
She was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
Police have not released the woman's name.
A Danville man who was stabbed more than two weeks ago has died.
Authorities say 49 year old Larry Neal Johnson was stabbed in the chest on August Fourth.
He died Sunday at U-V-A Medical Center.
His girlfriend, Sue Ellen Totten is charged with malicious wounding.
She could face additional charges.
Due partly to an unusually high share of corporate taxes, Virginia taxpayers hit their revenue mark on June 30th
That means the Governor's finally sure he can keep his promise.
[IN Q=I'm pleased]
[sot tape one 09:48:08]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THE FINAL TWO PHASES OF CAR TAX RELIEF -- A 70 PERCENT REDUCTION BEGINNING IN 2001, AND A FULL ELIMINATION BEGINNING ON JANUARY 2002.))
[OUT Q=January 2002.]
But revenues did NOT meet their trigger to cut another half cent from the grocery tax.
The Governor says he'll find money for that anyway.
But Gilmore's Finance Secretary told the General Assembly money committees yesterday that an economic downturn has begun.
[SOT tape two 10:29:34]
[IN Q=If your long]
((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD CO.: IF YOUR LONG TERM PLANNING IS WHAT'S FOR DINNER, THEN YOU'RE GONNA FAIL. AND YOU NEED TO REMIND YOURSELF, WHAT'S TO WANT VIRGINIA TO LOOK LIKE TEN YEARS FROM NOW?))
[sot TAPE TWO 10:39:30]
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I THINK WE HAVE SO TIED DOWN THE BUDGET THAT FUTURE LEADERS ARE GOING TO BE PARALYZED IN THEIR ABILITIES TO DO SOME REALLY SIGNIFICANT THINGS -- WITHOUT RAISING TAXES, WHICH I DON'T THINK THAT ANYBODY'S GOING TO PROPOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; :00 ]
[OUT Q=to propose.]
This fiscal year's revenue is still projected to grow-- but by only half what it did last year.
It will cost 42-percent more than planned, but Virginia Tech says the expansion to Lane Stadium will more than pay for itself.
Tech's Board of Visitors gave the 37-million dollar project the go-ahead yesterday.
Tech says the cost rose 11-million dollars because of 15 luxury suites added to the plan and an increase in the cost of building materials.
When completed in Fall 2002, Lane Stadium will accommodate another 11-thousand fans.
Tech says the expansion will mean good things for the economy.
[SOT 13:11:02 - :08]
[IN Q=Well, we've certainly]
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR: WE DISCOVERED THAT EACH FOOTBALL GAME ACCOUNTS FOR ALMOST 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations Director;]
[OUT Q=in montgomery county]
A study released at the Board meeting shows that Virginia Tech brought in 1-point-3 billion dollars and 15-thousand jobs in the New River Valley last year.
Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast...
Partly sunny with pleasant highs again near 80.
[SUPER=X5000; SET DISSOLVE]
[ESS C] (EXTENDED)
The Legislative Black Caucus is backing up Gilmore after the former director of the Virginia N-double-A-C-P resigned under pressure from Governor Jim Gilmore's administration.
Linda Byrd-Harden has stepped down from the Department of Minority Business Enterprise-- the target of a State Police investigation and critical state audit.
One black lawmaker said Gilmore's only mistake was trying to silence a critic by hiring her.
Delegate Billy Robinson said Byrd-Harden's role had been that of "a junkyard dog."
[IN Q=I don't mean]
((DEL. BILLY ROBINSON/D-NORFOLK: I DON'T MEAN JUNKYARD DOG IN A PEJORATIVE SENSE. BUT WHEN HE BROUGHT HER IN, HE SILENCED HER. THERE'S BEEN NO CRITICISM. SO FOR THE GOVERNOR THAT WAS A STRATEGIC MOVE. AND WHETHER SHE WAS QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB IS SOMETHING I GUESS WE'LL PASS JUDGMENT ON WHEN THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION IS DONE.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Billy Robinson/(D) Norfolk;]
[OUT Q=is done.]
The Governor announced Byrd-Harden's replacement last night.
Allegra (mc-KULLA) McCullough has served as Gilmore's deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth, in charge of minority appointments to the administration.
The Fairview Home in Dublin has another new administrator, the third one in two months.
Rhonda Musselman was appointed to the post. She's a nurse.
Board members are still waiting to hear if state will renew the home's license.
It's been without one since a conditional license expired more than two weeks ago.
The state cited Fairview Home earlier this year for improperly dispensing drugs and hiring under qualified workers.
The home, run by four counties and the city of Radford, has more than 60 mentally and physically disabled residents.
Every year, millions of homeless dogs and cats are put to sleep, victims of overcrowded and underfunded local animal shelters.
But the Lynchburg Humane Society has come up with a new way for people to adopt some of those animals without actually having to take one home.
A new "adoption enhancement" program lets donors pay for medical procedures that make the animal more marketable to prospective families.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=It's their way]
((DIANE PROUT/LYNCHBURG HUMANE SOCIETY: IT'S THEIR WAY OF SPONSORING A PET, THEY CAN COME DOWN HERE AND PICK OUT A DOG OR A CAT AND THEY CAN PAY FOR WHATEVER THEY WOULD LIKE TO PAY FOR, WHETHER IT BE A SPAY OR NEUTER, RABIES SHOT, HEARTWORM TEST, FELINE LEUKEMIA TEST, ANYTHING THAT THEY CAN PAY FOR MAKES THIS ANIMAL THAT MUCH MORE ADOPTABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Diane Prout/Lynchburg Humane Society]
[OUT Q=much more adoptable.]
So far, more than two dozen people have taken part in the program.
Major renovations are under way at four Roanoke city schools, so students will have to be patient during the first few weeks of classes.
Joe Dashiell reports on staff members are preparing for the children's return tomorrow.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Garden City Principal]
[SUPER=01-Angela Galbreath/Garden City Teacher; :18]
[SUPER=01-Gerri Reynolds/Morningside Principal; :33]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent; :57]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]
((Garden City principal Jim Smith and his office staff are hard at work... hard at work on the stage of the school's multi-purpose room...
A new addition and other major renovations are still at least a few weeks from completion... and the school staff and teachers are in a race to get ready before their students arrive on Wednesday morning.
[INQ=We got in today]
((WE GOT IN TODAY, CAME IN, GOT SOME BUCKETS, AND STARTED CLEANING. ))
[OUT Q=started cleaning.]
As Garden City Teacher Angela Galbreath tried to organize her temporary classroom, Morningside Principal Gerri Reynolds pitched in to help.
She's been here before.
[IN Q=When I was in another school division]
((WHEN I WAS IN ANOTHER SCHOOL DIVISION, THREE WEEKS BEFORE SCHOOL OPENED, THE PRINCIPAL AND I HAD BAR STOOLS FROM WAL-MART AND A CELL PHONE TO OPERATE FROM, BUT WE GOT SCHOOL OPEN, ON TIME. SO I KNOW HOW THIS FEELS. ))
[OUT Q=how this feels.]
Three other city schools are in the same predicament... but Superintendent Wayne Harris told school board and city council members they will all open on time.
[IN Q=We're about 90 percent complete]
((WE'RE ABOUT 90 PERCENT READY IN TERMS OF COMPLETION OF THAT WORK, BUT SCHOOLS ARE SAFE, SCHOOLS WILL BE CLEAN, AND WE'RE READY TO GO.))
[OUT Q=we're ready to go.]
Between now and Wednesday morning, teachers and staff are counting on plenty of hard work and good humor to get them through.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Meanwhile, students are already back in class in Botetourt county.
School was in session yesterday for the first time at the eight- million- dollar Greenfield Elementary School.
(///// SOT /////)
((NAT SOT OPENING DOOR))
[OUT Q=Blue one.]
The school board kept Greenfield Elementary School closed until county supervisors would fork over more money.
Yesterday, students tested the color-coded classrooms, the supersized gym, and the universal top spot.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=You have a lot]
((EMILY PIELOCIK/STUDENT: YOU HAVE A LOT MORE ROOM IN THE CLASSROOMS AND THE EQUIPMENT'S NEW AND IT'S ALL DIFFERENT.
butt butt butt
NAT SOT: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DIGITAL CAMERA HERE AND I'M HOPING I CAN TAKE YOUR PICTURE.))
[OUT Q=take your picture]
But the spacious library comes with a tradeoff: the school doesn't have the money to fill all the shelves with books.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=We do not]
((SANDRA THOMAS/PRINCIPAL: WE DO NOT HAVE AN ART TEACHER BUT WE DO HAVE A VERY ACTIVE P-T-A AND THEY'RE GOING TO PROVIDE US WITH A VOLUNTEER ONCE A MONTH.))
[OUT Q=ONCE A MONTH]
Parents say even though the new bus routes are long, they went smoothly.