Coming up on News 7-
Two teenagers who escaped custody are arrested after an alleged crime spree through Bedford and Appomattox counties.
A Roanoke park is named for two local women killed during the massive flood of '85.
And, will there still be bent grass on Bent Mountain?
Stay with us everyone, News 7 is next.
[TAPE#=02-08 - TC-2:03:33 - MUG SHOTS ONLY]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Two teens escaped from a Powhatan juvenile facility early this morning, and were on the run for more than 12 hours.
[TAKE PINNACLE 1008 FS]
State Police say around 2:30 this morning, 17 year old Brian Dewayne Rogers of Norfolk and 17 year old Joel Gordon of Amherst escaped from a building at the (BO-mont) Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Facility in Powhatan County.
A preliminary investigation shows they threw a blanket and jump suit over the razor wire, and climbed the outside fence.
State police say the pair stole a car nearby, and drove west.
Authorities say Rogers and Gordon robbed a store in Bedford County around one o'clock before being apprehended in Appomattox County shortly before three following a police pursuit.
Authorities say the two were arrested without incident and a handgun was found in their vehicle.
A familiar face will run in the 9th Congressional District.
Today, Republicans gathered in Wytheville to nominate Jay Katzen to run against incumbent Rick Boucher.
As Justin McLeod explains even the candidate himself admits the race will not be easy.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Nat sound of bluegrass music]
[SUPER=01-Jim Ferreira/9th District Chairman; :13]
[SUPER=01-Jay Katzen/(R) 9th District Candidate; :31]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Wytheville]
((((NAT SOUND OF BLUEGRASS MUSIC; 12:19:18))
Republicans here in the ninth district are singing a much happier tune these days.
For the first time in a long time, they believe they can win.
[IN Q=Standard reflection on it]
((JIM FERREIRA/9TH DISTRICT CHAIRMAN: STANDARD REFLECTION ON IT WOULD BE IT IS VERY TOUGH BUT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A COOKIE CUTTER CAMPAIGN.))
[OUT Q=cookie cutter campaign]
Campaigns are nothing new to Jay Katzen.
He spent eight years in the House of Delegates.
Last fall, he ran for Lt. Governor but lost to Tim Kaine.
Katzen recently moved to the ninth district and now hopes to become a Congressman.
[IN Q=This district is not the]
((JAY KATZEN/9TH DISTRICT CANDIDATE: THIS DISTRICT IS NOT THE SIZE OF NEW JERSEY BECAUSE ITS GAINING POPULATION, FOLK ARE LEAVING. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET WORK ELSE WHERE CAUSE THEY CAN'T GET IT HERE.))
[OUT Q=get it here]
And it is here in the ninth district where Katzen promises to bring new jobs to the area.
He also wants to bring affordable health care as well as fight for a ban on partial birth abortion.
[IN Q=Katzen is running]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: KATZEN IS RUNNING AGAINST THE INCUMBENT RICK BOUCHER WHO HAS HELD THAT OFFICE FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS. THE LAST TIME BOUCHER HAD ANY REAL OPPOSITION WAS BACK IN 98 AND EVEN THEN HE WON BY MORE THAN THIRTY THOUSAND VOTES.))
[OUT Q=thirty thousand votes]
((NAT SOUND OF SPEAKER AT PODIUM; TAPE 2 6:27:17 "THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL SAY THAT WE WON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO WIN THIS RACE."))
Republicans admit beating Boucher will be an uphill battle but believe they can win come November.
[IN Q=I see every]
((JAY KATZEN/9TH DISTRICT CANDIDATE: I SEE EVERY RACE AS AN UPHILL BATTLE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE COMPETITION COMES FROM AND I LOVE UPHILL BATTLES.))
[OUT Q=uphill battles]
A battle Katzen has already won here in the ninth district.
Last November, he beat Tim Kaine by a little over four hundred votes.
Katzen realizes he'll probably need a much larger margin if he is going to beat Boucher this November.
Justin Mcleod, News 7, Wytheville. ))
News 7 contacted Congressman Rick Boucher's office but a spokesperson declined to comment about the upcoming race.
Senator John Warner won't be facing any democratic competition in his bid for a fifth term.
The party's central committee decided today there was no reason to run a candidate against the state's popular U-S senator.
This isn't the first time Virginia Democrats have given John Warner a free pass, nor was it a surprise.
The Republican senator was unopposed in 19-90 when the party had no candidates up to the challenge.
The last Democrat to face John Warner was Mark Warner, who lost by 5 percentage points in 19-96 but was elected governor last year.
A popular nine hole golf course in Roanoke County could be in the rough after being bought by a developer.
[in q=Now 12]
((NOW 12...12, 13- THOUSAND))
[out q=12, 13 THOUSAND.]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; ]
Hollyfields golf course and surrounding property on Bent Mountain sold on the auction block this morning for a little more than a million dollars.
The majority of the 186 acres went to John Atkinson who is still weighing his options but says there's plenty of room for both a golf course and residential homes.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=We'll weigh the ]
[SUPER=01-John Atkinson/High Bidder; ]
((WE'LL WEIGH THE OPTIONS, OF HOW IT MAY WORK BUT IT WILL DEFINITELY HAVE SOME RESIDENTIAL IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ANYTHING ELSE.))
[OUT Q=to be anything else.]
The scenic property was divided into 20- tracts...
Most went to Atkinson but a few of the smaller tracts did go to other bidders.
The Dumas Hotel and Music Center in Roanoke is looking to local government to help with its latest project.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday ]
This week-- Dumas officials stopped by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to ask for 200- thousand dollars in funding for renovations.
They want to move to the Downtown Music Lab to the third floor--- and to construct a 300- seat auditorium to look down
on the stage.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=I THINK IT WILL]
[SUPER=01-William Penn/Dumas; ]
((I THINK IT WILL BE A MAJOR SOURCE OF PRIDE TO DO THIS PROJECT AND IT WILL DRAW PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER AND HAVE A GREAT ECONOMIC IMPACT AND IT WILL JUST GIVE EVERYONE A SENSE OF PRIDE TO KNOW WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT'S A PIECE OF ROANOKE THERE TO SHOW OFF.))
[OUT Q=TO SHOW OFF.]
The Dumas also wants to renovate the first floor into a box office and exhibit hall for local artists.
Supervisors listened to Dumas officials-- but say it will be some time before a decision on funding is reached.
A renamed park in Roanoke will soon have a new look.
The city today held a ceremony to rename Shadeland Park to the Brown-Robertson Park.
It is named after Dorothy Brown and Hazel Roberston who both died during the flood of 1985 on Shadeland Avenue.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department now plans to make several improvements to the newly named park.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=What we plan to do]
((DONNIE UNDERWOOD/PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT.: WHAT WE PLAN TO DO HERE IS TO DEVELOP A LOW IMPACT PARK, A PARK THAT MAY HAVE BASKETBALL COURTS, PICNIC SHELTERS, WALKING TRAILS, THE LICK GREENWAY WILL ACTUALLY COME THROUGH THIS PARK BUT WE WANT TO MAINTAIN IT AS ITS NATURAL STATE. WE DON'T WANT TO OVERBURDEN IT WITH TOO MANY FACILITES.))
[SUPER=01-Donnie Underwood/Parks and Recreation Dept.]
[OUT Q=too many facilites]
Construction will begin this fall and should be completed sometime next year.
The park is located on Tenth Street between Kellogg and Grayson Avenues.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, just what was it that ruffled the president's feathers today?
plus, some calmer words from the president.... for the military service academy's first graduates following September 11th.
Thousands will descend on Buckingham Palace over the next few days.
Today the royal family kicked off a four day national celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 50- years on the throne.
18- members of the queen's family joined guests earlier tonight who won their tickets in a lottery.
The palace will host a rock concert on Monday... with lead guitarist Brian May from the group Queen.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q= I think]
[SUPER=01-Brian May/Musician; ]
((I THINK I SEE MYSELF AS A SYMBOL OF THE LAST 50 YEARS OF ROCK, WHICH
HAPPENED TO BE THE FIRST 50 YEARS OF ROCK, WHICH ALSO HAPPENED TO BE THE
50 YEARS OF THE REIGN OF THIS MONARCH.))
[OUT Q=REIGN OF THIS MONARCH.]
The palace handed out 24- thousand tickets to the public for the four day event.. designed to show the new found re- connection between the Queen and her people.
Students at West Point Military Academy had a notable commencement speaker today.
President Bush spoke to the graduates and told them their biggest challenge is yet to come.
Dave Barrett explains.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=President Bush rallied]
[SUPER=03-West Point, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dave Barrett/Reporting; :26]
[OUT Q=DB, CBS News, New York]
((PRESIDENT BUSH RALLIED THE NATION'S FUTURE MILITARY LEADERS SATURDAY.
.. TELLING WEST POINT CADETS, THEY MUST PROTECT AND PRESERVE AMERICAN
FREEDOM, AT A TIME WHEN TERRORISM PUTS IT IN JEOPARDY.
SOT - PRESIDENT BUSH -"We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his
plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge."
SPEAKING TO THE FIRST CLASS TO GRADUATE FROM THE U-S MILITARY ACADEMY,
THE PRESIDENT SAID HE'S CERTAIN, THOSE BEHIND THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS
ARE WAITING TO STRIKE AGAIN.
BUSH TOLD CADETS, THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN MORE CRUCIAL.
SOT - BUSH - "This nation respects and trusts our military. And we are
confident in your victories to come."..applause.
THE PRESIDENT ALSO GAVE AN UPDATE ON THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM, AND
OFFERED HIS RATIONALE FOR TAKING THE FIGHT BEYOND AFGHANISTAN.
BUSH SAID IN THIS POST 9/11 WORLD...THE ONLY PATH TO SAFETY, IS THE PATH
SOT - BUSH "This war will take many turns we can't predict, but I am
sure of this. Wherever we carry it, the American flag will stand not
only for power, but for freedom."
DAVE BARRETT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
It took two tries. But a frustrated President Bush finally got his pep talk through to participants in a run to benefit cancer research and treatment.
While in upstate New York for his speech at West Point, the President gave a lengthy tribute to runners in the Race for the Cure in Washington before a White House operator told him the call was dead.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Every step you]
((EVERY STEP YOU TAKE TODAY IS CRITICAL FOR FINDING A STEP FOR BREAST CANCER... I'M SORRY MISTER PRESIDENT THIS IS SIGNAL... YEAH WHAT? ... I'M SORRY, THEY DROPPED THE CALL... WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? YOU MEAN THEY HAVEN'T HEARD A WORD YET? GOD DANGIT.))
[OUT Q=word yet? god dangit.]
A few moments later, Bush gave a second, cheerful pep talk, this one heard by some of the runners -- others had already given up, and started the race.
Not quite sure the message had gone through, Bush's last word was: "Hello?''
Still to come, out of more than 700 runners, 4 new winners took the yearly Festival in the Park 5 and 10 K races,
and the Salem Avalanche was trying to avoid a home loss against Winston Salem... Mike Stevens will have highlights and more coming up in sports.
[TAPE#=TimeOff #4 TC-7:24]
The man who invented the mechanical reaper is being honored this year by the Virginia Legends Walk in Virginia Beach for his role in helping America become an industrial nation.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to Cyrus McCormick's Rockbridge County farm, which was home to one of the biggest revolutions in agriculture.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=A person used that manually to...]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Fiske/Cyrus McCormick Farm; 1:02]
[IN Q=A person used that manually...]
((DAVID FISKE/MCCORMICK FARM: A PERSON USED THAT MANUALLY TO CUT THE GRAIN AT THE GROUND, CUT THE STALK OFF AND CAUGHT IT IN THE CRADLE AND MANUALLY TIED IT AND BUNDLED IT FOR THRESHING.))
[OUT Q=bundled it for threshing.]
Prior to 1831, farming was such a time consuming process that 90-percent of America's population was involved in agriculture.
Harvesting wheat, in particular, was back-breaking work.
But, here at Walnut Grove, a young Cyrus McCormick changed the industry for good with the invention of the mechanical reaper, a horse-drawn machine that harvested five times faster than traditional methods.
[IN Q=The grain was severed at the ground...]
((DAVID FISKE: THE GRAIN WAS SEVERED AT THE GROUND AND FELL ON THE BOARD AND, WITH THE FIRST MODELS, WAS STILL MANUALLY RAKED OFF THE BOARD AND BUNDLED BUT THE CUTTING PROCESS WAS MECHANIZED.))
[OUT Q=cutting process was mechanized.]
[SOT 15:26:59-15:27:09 ( STANDUP) ]
[IN Q=McCormick took after his father...]
((SHAN: MCCORMICK TOOK AFTER HIS FATHER IN THAT BOTH WERE INVENTORS. IN FACT, WHILE CYRUS GETS MOST OF THE CREDIT FOR THE REAPER HE WAS ACTULLY JUST PERFECTING HIS FATHER'S DESIGN.))
[OUT Q=on his father's design.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[IN Q=I think it was the spring of...]
((DAVID FISKE: I THINK IT WAS THE SPRING OF 1831 THAT HIS DAD KINDA GAVE UP. WELL, THAT LIT A FIRE UNDER CYRUS AND HE WORKED AT IT AND BY THE END OF THE GRAIN HARVEST SEASON OF 1831 CYRUS HAD THE MACHINE PERFECTED.))
[OUT Q=Cyrus had the machine perfected.]
And the world noticed.
Demand for reapers was so great it wasn't long before McCormick was selling all over the world.
[IN Q=Rather than taking a machine...]
((DAVID FISKE: RATHER THAN TAKING A MACHINE WITH THEM TO DEMONSTRATE TO FARMER THEY'D TAKE A WORKING MODEL AND USE IT TO SHOW FARMERS HOW THE MACHINE WORKED.))
[OUT Q=how the machine worked.]
Mccormick soon outgrew Walnut Grove and moved his company to Chicago.
His heirs donated the farm to Virginia Tech in 1954 on the condition that it would be used in the McCormick tradition.
Today, research and agricultural advancements continue to thrive at Walnut Grove.
Shannon Young, News 7, Rockbridge County.))
Downtown Roanoke was the canvas for a yearly tradition today.
The 44th annual Sidewalk Art Show took place today and continues tomorrow on Roanoke city's market.
As one of the largest art shows on the east coast, the event features more than two hundred artists from well known professionals to beginners and students.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=Part of what it]
((YVONNE OLSON/ORGANIZER: PART OF WHAT IT MAKES IT SPECIAL IS IT IS PART OF DOWNTOWN ROANOKE. IT IS IN FACT NOW A SIDEWALK ART SHOW BECAUSE WE'RE ACTUALLY ON THE CITY STREETS. THE WORK IS NOT JURIED TO BE PART OF THE SHOW SO YOU HAVE QUITE A VARIETY OF THINGS.))
[OUT Q=variety of things]
Proceeds from the show benefit education programs at the Art Museum of Western Virginia.
The show continues tomorrow from noon until five.
[TOSS TO ROBIN]
[TAPE#=Almanac #2 TC-29:04]
Summer is right around the corner and that means the temperatures are on the rise. Here's Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner with a preview of what we can expect weather wise for the month of June.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=first audio.]
[OUT Q=I'm Leo Hirsbrunner.]
The Salem Avalanche was back on the diamond last night in game two of a three game set with Winston-Salem.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Warthogs vs. Avalanche; :00]
The thunderstorms cleared off just in time for the first pitch at Salem Memorial Stadium.
The Avs wasted no time in getting on the board. In the bottom of the first, Edwin Muth smacks a double over the leftfielder's head. Miguel Vilorio crosses the plate for a 1-nothing lead.
But in the second, the Warthogs' Eric Walsh steps in and delivers this 2-run blast over the wall in right center to make it 2-1 Winston-Salem.
It was a big inning for the Warthogs. Tommy Nicholson smokes a shot to the warning track plating another run to make it 6 to 1. And Winston-Salem evens the series at one game apiece. The Warthogs beat the Avalanche 9 to 3. The rubber match is set for 2 o'clock this afternoon as the Avs wrap up a seven game homestand.
[TAPE#=SP-116 20418 TC]
The NCAA division one baseball playoffs rolled today.
In Columbia, South Carolina at Sarg Frye Field JMU tangled with VCU in a loser's bracket game knowing that the loser would indeed head home.
[SUPER=03-Columbia, SC/NCAA Productions; :00]
Just last week the Rams knocked off the Dukes twice to win the CAA championship. But today JMU got off to a great start. In the bottom of the first Eddie Kim singles to right field, scoring Mike Butia and the Dukes were on the board.
In the third inning, Kim comes through with another run scoring single. This one finds a hole in center field for a 2-nothing James Madison lead. Nathan Doyle then blows this one open with a 2 run homer over the centerfield wall.
The Dukes knock off VCU by a final of 5 to 2.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Spanky McFarland/Dukes Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=..get them started today.]
The win earned JMU a date with North Carolina tonight in an elimination contest.
The Dukes got 7 runs and 12 hits but still lost 9-to-7. They are eleiminated by the Tarheels.
In other action today, Richmond survived a lightning delay and the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest as the Spiders stayed unbeaten in the tournament with a 3-2 win.
In the big leagues this afternoon the Braves Tom Glavine picked up his 9th win of the year.
The Braves pounded the Cincinnati Reds 7-to-1 with the help of the long ball.
Gary Sheffield hit a two run homer and later added a three run shot as the Braves roll the Reds 7-to-1.
[super=03-New York, NY/Fox-MLB; :00]
Homeruns also were flying out of Yankee Stadium as New York hit four of them and beat the Red Sox 10-to-2. The Yanks have now won 19 of their last 24 games.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sports]
The annual Festival Runs in Downtown Roanoke yesterday attracted more than 700 runners and of all things - four first time winners.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Festival Run; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Meador/Men's Festival 5k Winner; :44]
[SUPER=01-Meg Dailey/Women's Festival 5k Winner; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Jay Johns/Men's Festival 10k Winner; 1:38]
[SUPER=01-Sabrina Willis/Women's Festival 10k Winner; 2:00]
[OUT Q=...one, two, three PH."]
((A gentle, steady breeze (bang) accompanied by the normal stifling humidity greeted this year's race participants as they began the uphill climb on Jefferson Street.
This year's event would produce four first time winners including the men's 5k champ Bill Meador.
The former Cave Spring Knight, who just wrapped up his freshman year at JMU - Meador who is known for his fast finishes turned a slim lead as he passed by Victory Stadium in an easy blowout win as he won his first Festival 5k in a time of 16 minutes and 14 seconds.
Meg Dailey, a sophomore cross country and outdoor track team member at Jefferson Forest high school won the women's 5k event in 20 minutes and 58 seconds. She gets her 1st win in her third Festival appearance.
The men's 10 k winner had an easy day at the office in his first ever Festival Run. Philly native Jay Johns, a Blacksburg resident and 1991 Tech graduate won in a time of 34 minutes and 20 seconds.
Bedford resident Sabrina Willis, who last ran in this event 10 years ago, captured the women's 10k in 40 minutes and 55 seconds. The JMU grad recently moved back to the area from Atlanta.
Patrick Henry high school had 70 of its athletes take part in the event including 30 of new head coach Kevin Clifford's Patriot football players. ))
The Busch Grand National series has held 14 races this year and already there have been 10 changes at the top of the series' points standings.
[SUPER=03-Dover, DE/FX; :00]
Points leader Jason Keller was rolling right along looking for another solid finish today, but with a handful of laps left he crashed with Hank Parker Junior into the outside wall. The race was red flagged with six laps to go.
After the 10 minute delay - Greg Biffle - driving a Jack Roush owned car on the weekend Roush returned to the track was able to hold off Jeff Green for his first win of the season.
Jack Sprague finished fifth and he is now back in the series' point lead after 14 events.
Keller dropped to third behind teammate Scott Riggs.
Reports out of Dover indicate that the Wood Brothers have not only agreed to release Elliott Sadler from his contract early - but they say he already has signed with Robert Yates Racing.
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/May 23rd; :00]
The Winston-Salem Journal says that the Woods have agreed to let Sadler leave his contract three years early to pursue other interests at the end of the year.
He was under contract with the Wood Brothers through 2005.
The report also says that Sadler will replace Ricky Rudd next season. Rudd, Sadler and Yates all refused comment.
The Western Conference championship's game seven is set for tonight at the ARCO arena in Sacramento.
The Lakers need a win to keep their hopes of a three-peat alive.
The Kings want to end LA's reign.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q="The pressure is on...]
[SUPER=01-Shaquille O'Neal/Lakers Center; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Bibby/Kings Point Guard; :12]
[OUT Q=,,,to our advantage."]
The game tips-off tonight at 7.