A Sunday drive turns deadly as a head on crash leaves one man dead in
Franklin County has signed up for new campaign to increase tourism.
And a surprise visit by one of Patrick County's favorite sons.
In sports, Dale Jarrett makes a move late in the race to win the Goodwrench
400 at the Michigan International Speedway.
And Terry Kirby is headed out west to become a San Francisco 49-er.
A stress- free day in the weather office, with mostly sunshine and mild
temperatures to talk about.
Coming up this week-- a forecast you're probably going to like.
One person is dead following a three car accident in Roanoke.
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This is News 7 at Six.
I'm Len Besthoff, filling in for Ron Jones.
Police are waiting to notify next of kin before they release the identity of
the man killed in a head on crash in Roanoke this afternoon.
The man, who appears to have been elderly, was driving his grey Honda toward
Salem on Brandon Avenue when he apparently tried to cross a double line and
pass the car in front of him.
Jamie Muse and his family were in the car that was being passed.
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((JAMIE MUSE/ACCIDENT VICTIM: AS WE COME AROUND THIS CURVE RIGHT HERE, THE GUY
WAS BEHIND US, AND I DON'T KNOW IF HE TRIED TO SWITCH LANES, OR WHAT HE THOUGHT
IT WAS A TURNING LANE OR WHATEVER, BUT WE HE CAME INTO THE OTHER LANE HE RAN
INTO THIS OTHER CAR HEAD ON AND IT KNOCKED HIM BACK INTO US. ))
SUPER=01-Jamie Muse/Accident Victim;
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Traffic on Brandon Avenue was blocked in both directions for well over an
hour as emergency crews tried to save the man.
No one else in the accident appeared to have suffered any life threatening
Roanoke Police have not completed their investigation into what caused the
Lifeguard Ten transported two juveniles to Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a
utility vehicle rolled over and ran into a tree in Botetourt County.
Troutville and Fincastle's fire and rescue squads were called to Little
Catawba Creek Road shortly after 1 this afternoon.
A small child was thrown about fifty feet into a field.
A 14 year old girl had to be cut out of the vehicle.
Her legs were pinned between the floorboard and seat.
She's in critical condition this evening.
The person driving the vehicle was also a juvenile.
He was transported by ambulance to R-M-H.
Hundreds of friends and fellow church members packed Valley Word Ministries
to say goodbye to Praveen Bhaskaran(bus-kair-in).
Investigators are still trying to find the cause of the plane crash that
took his life.
Denise Allen has the latest.
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Friends remembered Praveen Bhaskaran(bus-kair-in)-- They knew him as Talex.
Tuesday the plane he was flying crashed near MacAfee's Knob.
But the crash was not the topic of this memorial service.
The hundreds in attendance were there to remember how he lived.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash, but they
have ruled out engine failure.
That night the Vinton man aborted one landing attempt at Roanoke Regional
Airport because of fog.
Investigators say he crashed when he was circling for a second attempt.
Talex was relying on his flight plan and radar information from the
Washington Air Traffic Control Center.
Stand up second one
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: A RETIRED AIRTRAFFIC CONTROLLER SAYS THE CRASH
MAY HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD CONTROLLERS BEEN ON DUTY.
THE AIRPORT'S 24 HOUR TOWER DUTY WAS CUT IN 1981.
AIRPORT OFFICIALS SAY THE F-A-A DETERMINES WHETHER AN AIRPORT NEEDS
OVERNIGHT CONTROLLERS BY THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS THAT COME IN BETWEEN MIDNIGHT
AND SIX A-M.
MARK COURTNEY ALSO SAYS HE BELIEVES EVERYONE AT THE ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT
WOULD LIKE TO HAVE 24 HOUR SERVICE, BUT IT'S NOT A DECISION MADE AT THE LOCAL
STAND UP ENDS
There has been no evidence that the lack of air traffic controllers lead to
the deadly plane crash.
And for the hundreds gathered at Valley Word Ministries, they choose to
remember Talex Bhaskaran as he lived--full of enthusiasm and faith.
Denise Allen News 7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Six,
Senator Chuck Robb has some comments about Bob Dole's acceptance speech.
They are the signs of the times in Franklin County.
But first, let's check in with Kimberly.
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Today turned out just fine weatherwise.
We saw a few clouds-- but sunny skies were the dominant feature.
Mild temperatures also contributed to this pleasant today-- we're going to
show you some of them...
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If the Virginia Military Institute wants information about integrating women
into its all-male military college, it first needs the approval of the U-S
The Justice Department has demanded that any contact with the U-S Military
Academy, the U-S Naval Academy, the U-S Air Force Academy or the Defense
Department must be cleared beforehand.
V-M-I says it doesn't know why the Justice Department has instituted the
The department would only say that the request is consistent with past
A Democratic colleague of Bob Dole gives the Republican nominee high marks
for his convention speech this week-- but with some criticism.
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((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D-VIRGINIA: IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYBODY'S BOB DOLE.
MOST OF US WHO KNOW AND HAVE WORKED WITH BOB DOLE OVER THE YEARS LIKE HIM
PERSONALLY, HAVE ENORMOUS RESPECT FOR HIM. BUT RECOGNIZE THAT HE WAS COMPELLED
BY CIRCUMSTANCES TO CHANGE TO A MESSAGE THAT WAS IN MANY RESPECTS, PARTICULARLY
ECONOMICALLY AND PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, IS
DIRECTLY OPPOSED TO WHAT HE'S BEEN CHAMPIONING ALL OF HIS LIFE.))
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Robb says Dole's campaign will be interesting to watch from here on out
because he's never had success selling an idea he didn't believe in.
Robb gives the GOP convention high marks for what politicians call
controlling the message.
He says he hopes Democrats do as good a job in Chicago.
A Botetourt County company will go through with a big expansion, and a group
of Southside business organizations are shifting their tourism efforts into
We recap the week's top economic stories in southwest and central Virginia
with the News-7 Business Review.
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Pulaski County has secured a half million dollar federal grant for further
development of the New River Industrial Park.
The county will use the money to extend water and sewer lines to about 650
acres of land around the former A-T-&-T plant.
Marion Composites of Smythe County has won a defense contract potentially
worth 61 million dollars.
It will make landing gear, doors, and other parts for the military's C-17
transport planes...and the deal will create 37 new jobs.
After considering a move elsewhere, Groendyk Manufacturing has decided to
remain in its Buchanan facility, and go forward with a four- million- dollar
Meanwhile in Bedford, the Rubatex Corporation announced it's going through
with a multi- million- dollar renovation it first discussed earlier this year.
Some Southside Virginia chambers are trying to get their communities into
tourism's fast lane.
They're working on a campaign to promote the region's auto racing events and
Four months after closing down due to financial problems, the Quibell
Corporation of Roanoke is up and running again.
The company's new owner has hired 20 people to bottle its water, sparkling
water, and tea.
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And in the let's try something different department, the winner is the Sears
store at the Valley View Mall.
It has introduced maternity parking spaces, marked by storks, right next to
its main mall entrance.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average finished slightly up, Nasdaq was down a few points.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
The Virginia Lottery says there was NO top winner in last night's 12-
MILLION- dollar Lotto drawing.
The numbers were one, six, 14, 23, 30 and 31.
Wednesday's jackpot is estimated at 15 MILLION dollars.
When you drive into Franklin County- you'll soon get a welcome.
That's because six welcome signs are going up in the county.
The signs are part of an effort to boost the area's tourism industry which
included a twelve percent increase in funding to attract visitors.
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((LOUIS SCHIEMANN/FRANKLIN COUNTY BEAUTIFICATION COORDINATOR;
TOURISTS AS THEY ENTER THE COUNTY ON THE HIGHWAYS WILL SEE THESE SIGNS AND I
THINK THAT WILL PUT 'EM IN A GOOD MOOD WHEN THEY GET HERE.))
SUPER=01-Louis Schiemann/Franklin Co. Beautification;
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The project has been in the works for the past two years.
The Sign Design Company of Daleville won the bid for the welcome signs.
County officials say they expect all six signs to be in place within the
next couple of weeks.
GRAPHIC=Forest Fire Danger
As forest fires threaten the western United States, local foresters are
urging homeowners to prepare for western Virginia's fire season.
SUPER=03-Warm Springs, OR;
Wildfires in at least seven western states have blackened thousands of
acres... and the damage is expected to climb.
Here in western Virginia, the fall fire season usually begins in October...
and authorities say now is a good time for homeowners to consider fire
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((GARY BRUNK/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: OF COURSE I BECOME QUITE CONCERNED WHEN I SEE
THE BRANCHES TOUCHING THE BUILDINGS. YOU HAVE LEAVES FOR EXAMPLE BLOWN UP UNDER
THE STEPS UNDER THE PORCH. YOU HAVE FIREWOOD STACKED NEXT TO THE HOUSE. PERHAPS
YOU DON'T HAVE SOME TYPE OF A SCREEN OVER YOUR CHIMNEY WHICH KEEPS THE SPARKS
FROM FLYING OUT.))
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SS=Forest Fire Danger
In April of last year, Forest fires burned six thousand acres in Craig
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Coming up a little later in our newscast,
A former Virginia Governor has a southwestern Virginia Homecoming,
And these classic cars added a nostalgic feel to Williamson Road Plaza in
Stay with us.
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A Roanoke housing development is in the final stages of a face lift.
Hurt Park has been undergoing renovations all summer long.
In the first phase of the renovations all 105 of the apartments received new
Tomorrow the second phase of the operation starts.
Construction crews will start replacing all of the sewer lines.
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SUPER=01-Devona Springer/Roanoke Housing Authority;
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Hurt Park is on Salem Avenue.
The construction work could make that area congested for a while.
Former Governor Jerry Baliles still hangs his hat in Richmond, but this week
he enjoyed a homecoming in western Virginia.
Baliles returned to Patrick County for a family reunion, a United Way
speech, and the Virginia Peach Festival.
When he was governor, Baliles helped to make the event an official state
festival, and this week he said he was pleased to return.
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((THERE'S A LOT OF STRENGTH IN THESE MOUNTAINS. AND I THINK SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
HAS A LOT TO OFFER PEOPLE. I CERTAINLY GOT A LOT OUT OF IT. AND I GET BACK WHEN
I CAN. I OWN PROPERTY HERE AND SO, IT'S BEEN A GOOD WEEK.))
SUPER=01-Gerald Baliles/Former Governor;
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Baliles declined to talk politics this week.
He served as Virginia's governor from 1985 to 1989.
Visitors to Pet City cruised down memory lane today--during the Classic Car
Show at Williamson Road Plaza.
More than one hundred contestants took part in the seventh annual show.
Cars from 1939 to '96 models parked and waited to be judged.
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SUPER=01-Charlie Harvey/Pet City;
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Royal Vet Pet Products helped sponsor the show and displayed their dragster
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SUPER=01-Chad Cline/Royal Vet Pet Products;
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Judges awarded trophies to the owners of the most stylish cars.
And coming up, Highlights from a couple of afternoon baseball games. Terry
Kirby is headed to San Francisco.
And Dale Jarrett takes the checkered flag at Michigan winning the Goodwrench
Dale Jarrett won his first winston cup Race at Michigan in 1991 well he
took another ride to victory lane today winning the Goodwrench 400.
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There were only two cautions in the spring race but when Kenny Wallace hit
the wall in turn two it was the second caution of the day on lap 32.
Mark Martin moved back to the front and he was the leader after 75 laps Lake
Speed and Ricky Rudd were running second and third.
Rusty Wallace was running 9-th but blew an engine and took his car into the
Jeff Gordon and Jarrett battled for the fourth spot early in the race and
Jarrett eventually took over the position.
Jarrett's teammate Ernie Irvan was strong at this point in the race he
was running second with Ricky Rudd third.
Dale Earnhardt and Ken Schrader get together on lap 187 Schrader hits the
wall and Earnhardt slides into the grass and gets back on the track.
Jarrett took the lead from Martin with 7 laps to go and he held off the
field winning the Goodwrench 400 at Michigan.
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((DALE JARRETT/GOODWRENCH 400 WINNER: WHAT AN AWESOME CAR WE HAD HERE. HAD TO
BE PATIENT, AND WAIT TILL THE RIGHT TIME YOU KNOW, FOUND A GROOVE UP HIGH THERE
THAT REALLY WORKED. AND WE THANK GOD FOR A SAFE RACE AND ALL HE'S DONE FOR ME
AND THIS RACE TEAM. JUST APPRECIATE EVERYTHING. ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Goodwrench 400 Winner; :
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Martin was second, Terry Labonte third Irvan fourth and Jeff Gordon came in
Earnhardt finished 17-th.
V-M-I held its annual media day this afternoon in Lexington Steve Mason
and photographer Greg Moore visit with the old veterans and some new players
for the Keydets.
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SUPER=01-Bill Stewart/VMI Head Coach; :11
SUPER=01-Thomas Haskins/VMI All American Tailback; ;28
SUPER=04-Liberty vs. VMI/1995 Season; :44
SUPER=01-Al Lester/VMI Quarterback; :49
SUPER=01-Mike Rogers/VMI Linebacker; 1:11
SUPER=01-Michael Berry/VMI Kicker; 1:32
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The Yankees and Mariners were slugging it out this afternoon in the Big
SUPER=03-New York, NY/KIRO; :
The Mariners jumped on Doc Gooden in the first. Edgar Martinez with the
fourth consecutive hit scores a runner and Seattle took the 2 to nothing lead.
Then an inning later Ken Griffey Junior gets all of this pitch sending it
over the left field wall for his 38-th homer and the Mariners led 4 to nothing.
New York rallied in the late innings. Joe Giraldi hits the opposite
SUPER=35-New York/10/Seattle/10/;field two run homer in the fourth forcing a
tie and the game is still tied 10 to 10 in the 12-th.
The Atlanta Braves were at Fulton County Stadium this afternoon for another
match up with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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The Pirates trying to get a win before leaving Atlanta.
The Braves make the defensive Play.
Leftfielder Ryan Klesko makes the diving catch but the runner gets back to
first preventing the double play.
Then in the bottom of the fifth, Marquis Grissom smokes the line drive to
left field Mark Lemke beats the throw home and the Braves took the 1 to nothing
Pittsburgh came back in the sixth SUPER=35-Atlanta/2/Pittsburgh/1/;
inning Mark Johnson hits a grounder to right field Jeff King scores to tie it
at 1 to 1 but Atlanta wins the game 2 to 1 in 14.
Former U-V-A tailback Terry Kirby is leaving Miami and heading out West.
The Dolphins have traded Kirby to the San Francisco 49-ers for a fourth
round pick in 1997.
Kirby has played in Miami for the past three season and last year he rushed
for a career high 414 yards on 108 carries and he scored four touchdowns.
He also had 66 receptions for over 600 yards and three touchdowns.