Next on News Seven, tension is in the air as lawmakers try to finalize a
budget in record time.
And the chairman of the state G-O-P is suing...he wants non-republican
voters out of the booths.
In sports, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest will play for the A-C-C
championship and the high school state playoffs pick up again tonight.
Eleven days 'til Spring-- but you'd never know it.
Bitter cold air made last night one for the record books-- and tonight looks
much the same.
A very chilly forecast is on the way.
SUPER=#D-50; NEWS-7 AT SIX BANNER
Several major budget issues are still in flux tonight at Virginia's General
At midnight, the 19-96 session goes into the political equivalent of
But finally, the headliner debate over abortion seems to have been put to
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The 11th hour
SUPER=01-Sen. Russ Potts/(R) Winchester; :07
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :20
SUPER=01-Robin DeJarnette/Family Foundation; :28
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The 11th hour effort by Governor George Allen to get a parental
notification bill out of the Senate failed.
((SEN. RUSS POTTS/(R) WINCHESTER: AND I'M HERE TO TELL YOU AS SURE AS GOD IS
IN HIS HEAVEN THIS DAY WILL COME WHEN THIS BODY WILL VOTE THAT ISSUE OUT OF
HERE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE SAY THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT.))
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN/(D) FAIRFAX: I HAVE NOT SEEN THE ABUSE OF GUBERNATORIAL
POWER IN THE LAST 25 YEARS LIKE IT'S BEING ABUSED HERE. EVER BEFORE.))
((I DON'T THINK THAT THIS WAS A MISUSE OF THE GOVERNOR'S POWER WHEN HE'S
CLEARLY REPRESENTING THE OVERWHELMING...SO WE'RE VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE
Even more disappointing for many was the waiting game caused by the
continued stalemate over the budget.
sot neil tape 10:54:50 rubber chicken
Lawmakers did what they could to pass the time.
sot 04:41:51 deboer with star trek ship friday tape one
(( The budget conference committee is still fighting over major issues
tonight, including state worker pay, borrowing money for capital projects, and
money for academic testing projects in the schools.))
Rocky Mount's Virgil Goode is the only Southside or Southwest Virginia
SOT SATURDAY ONE 43:51
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE/D-ROCKY MOUNT: HIGHER ED HAS GOTTEN MORE AS THE BUDGET
PROCESSES WENT ALONG, AND SO HAS PUBLIC ED. SO I THINK THE COMMONWEALTH AS A
WHOLE HAS BEEN INTERESTED IN EDUCATION AND I THINK THAT'S GOOD FOR THE STATE.
IT'S ALSO BEEN A FOCUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR EVERYBODY TO
REMEMBER IS WE'RE GONNA GET THIS DONE IN A LOT LESS TIME THAN THE U.S. CONGRESS
TAKES TO AGONIZE OVER SIMPLE ISSUES.))
Work at the Capitol tends to fill the time allowed... but that time runs out
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The appointment of judges has been a sticking point for the General Assembly
this year -- now that Republicans have enough seats in the Senate to demand a
say in the process.
One of those contested appointments is the empty seat of retiring Juvenile
and Domestic Relations Judge William Thomas of Pulaski.
Lawmakers could NOT agree on one candidate -- throwing the decision to the
Thomas's court district serves the area stretching from Grayson to Giles
Giles County native Patrick Muldoon says he's ready to take on Congressman
Today Muldoon was the first Republican to announce he's seeking the G-O-P
nomination for the ninth district congressional seat.
Born, raised and schooled in Giles County, he says he's in touch with the
voters of his district.
IN Q=i look to
((PATRIC MULDOON/GOP NOMINEE CANDIDATE: I LOOK TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. BUT
ALSO JUST THE GENERAL NATURE OF OUR GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT
SEEKS TO DRIVE GOD AND PRAYER OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE HAVE GRADUATIONS AND
FOOTBALL GAMES WITHOUT INVOCATIONS JUST BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BEING SUED. WE
NEED TO RETURN TO A MORAL BASIS.))
SUPER=01-Patrick Muldoon/GOP Nominee Candidate;
OUT Q=moral basis
Ninth district Republicans will decide on a candidate in May.
Their nominee will take on 14- year- Democratic incumbent Rick Boucher.
Virginia's Republican primary is in the courts.
The chairman of the state G-O-P and a Republican lamaker are suing over a
law that allows any registered voter to participate in primary elections.
The suit asks a federal judge to strike down a state law that allows
Democrats and independents to participate in the G-O-P primary.
By the way, Republican Senator John Warner meets challenger James Miller in
the June primary.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News-7,
Radford Community Hospital Officials hope the Radford Arsenal will say "no
sweat" to a proposed makeover of the arsenal's old gym.
Virginia's Explore Park is getting a facelift.
Wx ad lib
Well Ron, we'd like to see a lift in these temperatures-- but I don't see it
happening for a while.
Strong northwesterly winds kept wind chills not much above zero.
This latest blast of arctic air set some new record lows last night--
And tonight looks like another one for the electric blanket.
A bitter cold weekend-- we'll tell you when things'll warm up-- stay tuned.
MUSIC UP FULL
It's a bombshell deal for the Radford Arsenal.
A world famous fireworks company known for its huge displays is hoping to
light a fire of economic growth in the New River Valley.
Last Night Fireworks by Grucci put the finishing touches on a deal which
expands its' operations in the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
Since 19-92 Congressman Rick Boucher has worked to bring companies to the
Arsenal that would produce products for the commercial market.
IN Q=The congressman and
((FELIX GRUCCI/GRUCCI INC. C.E.O.: THE CONGRESSMAN AND HIS INCENTIVES AND
FORESIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING HELPED CONVERT WHAT IS NOW KNOWN THE PEACE DIVIDEND
INTO COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES SO WE CAN HAVE A GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR
SUPER=01-Felix Grucci/Grucci Inc. C.E.O.;
OUT Q=working together.
VO-NAT 95-57 (arsenal)
Last year Alliant Tech Systems relocated to the Arsenal.
When that plant opens in December it will produce gunpowder for shotgun
IN Q=These will be
((CONGRESSMAN RICK BOUCHER: THESE WILL BE BUT THE FIRST OF MANY COMPANIES THAT
WILL COME TO THE RADFORD ARSENAL EMPLOYEE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA RESIDENTS AND
PRODUCING COMMERCIAL ORIENTED PRODUCTS.))
OUT Q=oriented products.
Grucci will employee 25 to 50 people to start.
Companies officials say that number will soon double.
Employees of the two plants AND the general public will have the opportunity
to take advantage of a new Wellness Center at the arsenal.
Officials of Radford Community Hospital have been working on the project for
the last six months.
The center will be located in the Arsenal's old fitness center.
IN Q=They were looking
((JIM WRIGHT/RADFORD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WELLNESS CENTER: THEY WERE LOOKING FOR
A WAY TO REOPEN IT AND MAKE IT MORE AVAILABLE TO THE EMPLOYEES AND WE RAN INTO
THEM AT THE TIME AND SAID HOPEFULLY WE'RE YOUR ANSWER.))
SUPER=01-Jim Wright/Radford Community Hospital Wellness;
OUT Q=your answer.
Wright says renovations will cost close to 30- thousand dollars.
He's hoping to finalize the deal within days.
IN Q=We're going to
((JIM WRIGHT/RADFORD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WELLNESS CENTER: WE'RE GOING TO
OPERATE AS A WELLNESS CENTER. WE'RE GOING TO DO COMPREHENSIVE FITNESS
PROGRAMS, INDIVIDUALLY PRESCRIBED EXERCISES, AND AEROBIC CLASSES. WE'LL
CONTINUE TO RUN WHAT THEY HAD AT ONE TIME, LEAGUES AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES. WE'LL
SELL FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS.))
OUT Q=family memberships.
The center should be ready to open in three months.
Cold weather couldn't stop volunteers and employees from repairing winter
damage at Virginia's Explore Park.
The park is bustling with activity this weekend, even though its third
season doesn't officially start until next month.
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :04
SUPER=01-Eddie Goode/Volunteer; :21
SUPER=01-David Laudig/Volunteer; :29
SUPER=01-Chet Simmons/Virginia's Explore Park; :53
OUT Q=News 7
It looks like a normal day at the park but these aren't visitors they're
During the off season these men and woman work two weekends a month, doing
general maintenance and building new exhibits.
Explore park officials will tell you these people help keep the park alive.
The volunteers say it's a way to get in touch with their roots.
((EDDIE GOODE/VOLUNTEER: MY FAMILY MOVED TO THIS AREA IN THE MID 17-HUNDREDS
SO I'M SURE THEY WERE ABLE TO DO A LOT OF THESE THINGS THEIR SELVES.))
((DAVID LAUDIG/VOLUNTEER: IT WAS A HARD LIFE. IT'S NO SURPRISE PEOPLE DIDN'T
LIVE QUITE AS LONG AS WE DID CAUSE IT WAS SUCH A CHALLENGE TO SURVIVE DAY TO
((bang. bang. WORK IT AND PULL IT. OKAY.))
Visitors to the park will see an improved Native American Area.
And the construction taking place today is part of the park's new exhibits
in the pioneer area.
((CHET SIMMONS/VIRGINIA'S EXPLORE PARK: WE'LL ALSO HAVE OUR FRONTIER LIFE WITH
OUR NEW CABINS, OUR NEW OPEN FACE CABIN. WE'LL BE BUILDING THE ACTUAL CLOSED
CABIN SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO SHOW WHAT IT IS REALLY LIKE.))
Officials say the Mountain Union Church should be finished by summer.
They also say the Brugh Tavern and the Parkway Spur should completed by the
summer of '97.
They're hoping these new additions will transform the park from an
attraction into a destination.
((THEY WILL ENTER THE PARK AND SEE THE FIRST THINGS THEY WILL SEE IN THE
EXPLORE PARK WHICH WILL BE OUR WELCOME CENTER AND THE BRUGH TAVERN. IT WILL
GIVE THEM THE FEEL OF ACTUALLY HAVING ARRIVED SOMEWHERE.))
The park will re-open for its third season April 6th.
Denise Allen News 7.))
MUSIC ON TAPE
An organization that helps others- needs more volunteers.
This boating trip wasn't just to soak up the sights, it was to learn about
MUSIC UP FULL
Students from the Roanoke Valley Governor's school have been conducting
water quality analysis of Smith Mountain Lake this week.
The students are part of the Aquatic Eco-Systems class at the Governor's
Ferrum College Professors supervised the collection of the water samples on
10 29 20 00 - 10 29 32 00
IN Q=I'm really happy they allow
((CAROLYN THOMAS/FERRUM COLLEGE PROFESSOR: I'M REALLY HAPPY THEY ALLOW
STUDENTS TO EXPERIENCE THE FIELD, TOO MUCH LEARNING ABOUT SCIENCE GOES ON IN
THE CLASSROOM, BUT THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH CHANCES TO GO OUT IN THE FIELD. ))
SUPER=01-Carolyn Thomas/Ferrum College Professor;
OUT Q=in the field.
All the students participating are concentrating on science and technology
11 05 20 00 - 11 05 32 00
IN Q=I plan
(( MARGARET-HUNTER TURNER/STUDENT: I PLAN TO GO INTO SCHOOL FOR MARINE
BIOLOGY. I CAME TO LEARN ABOUT AND I COME TO THE LAKE OFTEN IT'S GOOD TO SEE
WHAT THE WATER IS REALLY LIKE THAT WE SWIM IN.
ELAINE SAPP/STUDENT: IT'S LIKE IN A LOCAL AREA. IT'S A HUGE WATER
RESERVOIR AND IT WILL JUST BE NEAT TO KNOW WHAT EXACTLY IS THE WATER, WHAT ARE
ITS COMPONENTS. ))
SUPER=01-Margaret-Hunter Turner/Student; :00
SUPER=01-Elaine Sapp/Student; :14
OUT Q=its components.
Students conducted the chemical and biological analysis in a lab they set up
right on shore.
HELP is needed for a Roanoke organization -- an organization that was built
by HELPING hands.
Our intern reporter Tracey Hoffman has more on a house that can be called
home -- for a night.
IN Q=Trust was originally
SUPER=01-Judy Reed/TRUST Volunteer; :19
SUPER=01-Janice Dinkins/TRUST Executive Director; :44
SUPER=19-Tracey Hoffman; 1:02
OUT Q=Hoffman. News, 7
(( Trust was originally started in 19-70 by a group of Hollins College
students to battle the drug issue in Roanoke.
The volunteers working at Trust come to the organization for a number of
different reasons--but they all come with the same goal--to help people.
IN Q=I guess because
((JUDY REED/TRUST VOLUNTEER; I GUESS BECAUSE I LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE
AND UM, UH, TALK TO THEM ABOUT WHATEVER'S HAPPENING IN THEIR LIFE. AND UM,
IT'S BEEN REAL GOOD FOR ME.))
OUT Q=good for me.
This local organization opens its doors to anyone in a crisis situation and
in need of a place to stay for the night.
This includes families and minors.
IN Q=We are available
((JANICE DINKINS/TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; WE ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE AND IT
DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE. AND IT DOESN'T--YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE POOR, YOU
DON'T HAVE TO BE RICH. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE ANYTHING--YOU JUST HAVE TO PICK UP
THE PHONE AND CALL. AND WE'RE ANONYMOUS AND CONFIDENTIAL.))
OUT Q=anonymous and confidential.
A living room and kitchen is provided for the clients as well as sleeping
Volunteers are trained in listening skills, counseling, and giving referrals.
Trust has been helping people here in the Roanoke Valley for years, but now
they need help.
They need volunteers.
IN Q=We need volunteers
((JANICE DINKINS/TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; WE NEED PEOPLE FOR EVERYTHING. WE
NEED PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER. OF COURSE WE NEED FUNDING AND WE NEED CLIENTS. WE
NEED PEOPLE TO KNOW WE'RE OUT THERE.))
OUT Q= we're out there.
TRUST has made and will continue to make it's call for support--support that
is greatly needed in order to keep the old house on the corner of 4th and Elm
Avenue--a light at the end of the tunnel for many people.
Tracey Hoffman, News 7.))
Installing smoke detectors is an essential part of fire safety.
But making sure they work properly is just as important.
John Ferguson installs burglar alarms and fire detection systems.
He says changing the battery is not enough to insure that a smoke detector
will work properly.
Regular cleaning, and occasional testing with artificial smoke are also
IN Q=Dust is going
((JOHN FERGUSON: DUST IS GOING TO BE ACCUMULATED INSIDE OF THE SMOKE DETECTOR
JUST IN THE AIR PASSING THROUGH IT. THAT CAN INCREASE OR DECREASE THE
SENSITIVITY SO MAY BE IT WON'T SEE SOMETHING WHEN IT SHOULD, OR MAYBE IT WILL
SEE THINGS THAT IT SHOULDN'T. SO PERIODICALLY BLOWING ALL THE DUST THAT IS
COLLECTED IN THERE WILL ASSURE THAT IT IS WORKING CORRECTLY. TESTING WITH THE
SMOKE ASSURES YOU THAT IT IS ACTUALLY READING PARTICLES BEING PRESENT IN THE
AIR. NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF SMOKE DETECTOR YOU HAVE, THE SMOKE WILL TELL YOU
THAT IT REALLY IS WORKING.))
SUPER=01-John Ferguson/Smoke Detector Installer;
OUT Q=that it really is working.
Smoke detectors should also be placed away from air ducts that could prevent
smoke from reaching the devices.
Kentucky advances to another S-E-C title game Roanoke College talks about
And Georgia Tech advances to the A-C-C championship game with a win over
The Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech have advanced to the A-C-C championship
game with an 84 to 79 win over Maryland.
SUPER=03-Greensboro/Yellow Jackets vs Terps; :
Georgia Tech begin to pull away in the first half with the three. Matt
Harpring nails this one to make it 32 to 24.
Moments later the Yellow Jackets go to Stephon Marbury who hits one from
three point range to make it 34 to 26.
Maryland's Keith Booth takes it inside for the Terps and scores but
Maryland trailed 58 to 48 at the half.
The Terps made a run early in the first half and managed to cut the lead
to six points.
But the Yellow Jackets answered SUPER=33-Georgia
Tech/=84/Maryland/=79;with a run near the end of the second half to win the
game 84 to 79.
Georgia Tech will play defending champion Wake Forest in tomorrow's
The Demon Deacons beat Clemson 68 to 60.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Tigers vs Demon Deacons; :
Wake was clicking on all cylinders this afternoon Jerry Braswell pulls up
and nails a three pointer and Wake led 23 to 14.
Then the Ball goes inside to Tim SUPER=33-Wake Forest/=68/Clemson/=60;
Duncan. He takes the drop step and spins into the basket for the slam and the
Demon Deacons beat Clemson 68 to 60.
The Wildcats of Kentucky will play for the S-E-C tournament championship.
This afternoon the Wildcats beat Arkansas 95 to 75.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/PRIME NETWORK; :
Razorback coach Nolan Richardson watching the action.
He has to like this Darnell Robinson out on the break for the slam dunk to
tie the score at 7 to 7.
But the Wildcats opened it up Antonie Walker knocks down the jumper off
the glass Kentucky led by four.
And When Tony Delk pulled up and SUPER=33-Kentucky/=95/Arkansas/=75;hit
this jumper Kentucky led by 11 and the wildcats win it 95 to 75.
The season ended for Roanoke College last night the Maroon losing to
Illinois Wesleyan 116 to 88 in the South Midwest Sectionals at the Bast Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :
The Maroons fell behind 64 to 18 to the titans and trailed 70 to 23 at the
Roanoke showed signs of a comeback but the hole was too deep Roanoke losing
116 to 88.
But the bright side of the story is the Maroons lose only one player from
this years squad.
IN Q="it's so
((STEVE CAMARA/SENIOR CENTER: IT'S SO DISAPPOINTING, BUT THIS TEAM IS JUST AN
EXTENSION OF NEXT YEAR, THEY'VE GOT TO MOVE ON, AND SHOW WHAT THEY'VE GOT. FOR
THE MOST PART IT'S THE SAME TEAM NEXT YEAR.))
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:
I THINK YOU GOTTA GO BACK A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND THINK ABOUT THE ODAC
CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE FUN OF THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF THE NCAA AND THIS TEAM HAD
A GREAT YEAR, WE WON OUR LAST, I DON'T KNOW. I LOST COUNT, DIDN'T WANT TO
COUNT, 10-12 IN A ROW. WE'VE GOT EVRYONE BACK. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Camara/Senior Center; :00
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke Head Coach; :13
OUT Q=..everyone back."
Illinois Wesleyan and Washington University will play for the tournament
championship tonight at the Bast Center.
The Lady Highlanders of Radford will go for their seventh straight Big South
Radford has made it to the finals 10 straight times and tonight's opponent
will be Winthrop, which upset top seed UNC-Greensboro in yesterday's semi final
The High School basketball tournaments pick up and several locations
across the state tonight.
The Pulaski County girls are at Mount Vernon High school in Alexandria
taking on James Madison from the Northern Region.
William Fleming takes on J.E.B. Stuart at the same location 20 minutes
after the girls.
Undefeated G.W. of Danville will play Wakefield tonight at Heritage High
school in Lynchburg.
And Northside meets Virginia High at Gate city in Group Two A action.
South Boston's Jeff Burton failed to make the field for tomorrows PUrolator
500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Burton, who was second in Winston Cup Points, qualified 40-th today but
under NASCAR rules the fastest 38 qualifiers make the race.
Derrike Cope led today's second round of qualifying to complete the field
so lets check the final 19 cars.
IN Q=DERRIKE COPE
OUT Q=....RANDY MACDONALD."
The Roanoke Express returns to the hardwater tonight for a game against
Last night The Charlotte Checkers beat the Express in a shootout 3 to 2
ending Roanokes home win streak.
Face-off tonight at the Roundhouse is 7:30.