Coming up next on News 7 at 5, U-S Airways could be just hours from shutting down as it says it will ground planes rather than deal with striking employees. We'll have two reports.
and a bad week gets worse for the Oscars. We'll have the details of yet another controversy.
Despite the chance of a few showers tomorrow, the overall weekend outlook is promising, I'll give you the latest from the News 7 Weather Center.
In Sports, Mike Stevens will have the qualifying results for this weekend's NASCAR race in Bristol,
and we'll tell you why former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Hollywood Henderson has 28 million reasons to be thankful today.
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((CONTRACT.. WHEN DO WE WANT IT NOW. WHAT DO WE WANT? A CONTRACT. WHEN DO WE WANT IT NOW.))
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((WE HAVEN'T HAD A RAISE IN OVER FOUR YEARS, AND WE'RE READY AND IT'S TIME. CHEERS))
[OUT Q=and it's time. cheers!]
And the time is nearing- U-S Airways flight attendants could walk in a matter of hours.
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Negotiations are going on at a secret Washington location- But if there's no deal- at one past midnight tonight the flight attendants could strike-
If that happens, the airline says it will shut down and that could affect more than 150 thousand passengers everyday.
Cathy Moss has the latest-
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[Super=01-Patricia Ireland/Flight Attendants Assn;]
[SUPER=01-Kwan Lou/Graduate Student;]
[SUPER=01-Mike Pingrey/Travel Agent;]
[SUPER=01-Cathy Moss/CBS News;]
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(( it's the end of a long work week... no concern for me.
NO CONCERN FOR MARK CAINE, WHO WAS JUST ABOUT TO HOP A WASHINGTON TO SYRACUSE USAIR FLIGHT. BUT FOR PASSENGERS TRAVELING THIS WEEKEND, AN POSSIBLE STIRIKE ISN'T SITTING TOO WELL WITH THOSE ALREADY STANDING IN LONG LINES.
THEODORE PIKES, NEW ORLEANS: My biggest concern is getting home
THE 10,000 STRONG FLIGHT ATTENDANT'S UNION PLANS TO STRIKE ONE MINUTE
PAST MIDNIGHT AT SELECTED AIRPORTS. THEY'VE BEEN WORKING WITHOUT A
CONTRACT AND WITHOUT A RAISE.
PATRICIA FRIEND, ASSN. OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, "we haven't had a
raise in over four years and we're ready and it's time.
BUT THE NATION'S 6TH LARGEST AIRLINE HAS ALREADY VOWED THAT IT WILL SHUT
DOWN AT MIDNIGHT RATHER THAN BE SUBJECTED TO A STRIKE.
THAT MEANS IF YOU'RE BOOKED ON A USAIR FLIGHT, YOU NEED A PAPER TICKET,
WHETHER YOU ORIGINALLY HAD AN ELECTRONIC TICKET OR NOT.
KWAN LOU, GRADUATE STUDENT, "we've been on spring break and we had
to come back and do this paper ticket thing.
OTHER AIRLINES WILL HONOR THOSE TICKETS.
BUT MIKE PINGREY SAYS THOSE SEATS MAY ALREADY BE GONE.
MIKE PINGREY, TRAVEL AGENT, "they can double book if they want. they can book a fully refundable on another airline to make sure if the
strike happens, they're already covered."))
For travellers leaving the Roanoke Regional Airport, the threat of a shutdown has left many wondering how they'll get where they're going.
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Joe Dashiell is at the airport tonight with more on the situation.
Jean... it's still unclear just what this weekend will bring... but airport officials say with some patience and flexibility...most travellers should be able to reach their destinations.
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[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Airport Director; :34]
[OUT Q=find a seat to their ultimate destination.]
((On a busy Friday morning, minor mechanical problems caused the only delays... but with the midnight deadline looming, longer waits were in the short term forecast.
[IN Q=Hopefully I can make]
[OUT Q=I should be okay.]
US Airways accounts for about 30 percent of the traffic at the Roanoke Regional Airport, so a shutdown would have a significant impact here, but airport officials believe that most US Air customers will still be able to get where they want to go.
[IN Q=Our big advice is be flexible]
[OUT Q=their ultimate destination.]))
The commuter airline, US Air Express is not facing a strike or shutdown... so anyone travelling with that carrier will still be able to fly out of Roanoke.
The big problems tomorrow will likely be in hub cities such as Charlotte and Pittsburgh... where US AIR accounts for a much larger share of the daily flight schedule.
Still to come on our newscast, U-S Senate candidate George Allen picks us a key endorsement from a man who once called him a clown.
But first there are more developments today in the battle over little Elian Gonzalez.
The Florida Relatives of Elian Gonzalez want an
independent party to decide whether the boy should be sent back to Cuba.
The family is proposing that all lawsuits be withdrawn and the case be settled by a third party.
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((THE FAMILY BELIEVES IN THEIR LAWYERS. THEY BLEIEVE IN WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS RIGHT. ALL THEIR ASKING FOR IS FAIRNESS.))
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((I MADE A DECISION THAT WAS LAWFUL WITHIN MY DESCRETION. THAT DECISION WAS RATIFIED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND IT HAS NOW BEEN UPHELD BY THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT. THERE IS NO PLACE IN THIS FOR THE A PANEL OF ARBITRATORS.))
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The Government has not officially responded-
But earlier the Justice Department told the relatives the boy's immigration status would be revoked if his relatives didn't agree to an expedited appeals process.
Blacksburg citizens gathered today to bury a baby left by his mother in a dumpster nearly two weeks ago.
About 50 people turned out for the infant's memorial service.
His mother, 21-year old Virginia Tech student Rosetta Clark, did not attend the service and could not be reached for comment.
The boy's funeral was paid for by members of the community.
His tiny casket and cemetery plot were donated.
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[IN Q=While processing the scene]
[SUPER=01-William Brown/Blacksburg Police Chief; :00]
[SUPER=01-Thomas McDearis/Blacksburg Pastor; :22]
((WILLIAM BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF: WHILE PROCESSING THE SCENE YOU LOOK AT THE LITTLE FELLOW, THE FULL HEAD OF HAIR AND YOU KIND OF BOND...YOU NEED TO HELP PEOPLE THAT CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE...THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER AND DONE. ))
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((THOMAS McDEARIS/BLACKSBURG PASTOR: WE NEEDED TO COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY TO TAKE CARE OF THIS CHILD TO MAKE SURE THAT HIS LAST RIDE WAS A GOOD ONE. ))
[OUT Q=was a good one.]
The baby was discovered wrapped in several plastic bags inside a dumpster.
Last week, a medical examiner ruled he was dead at birth.
His mother has been charged with improperly disposing of his body.
Ferrum College administrators are forcing freshmen to live with older students -- to boost freshman grades and keep them in school.
Right now, freshmen live across the lake from upperclassmen in separate dorms.
Next year, students of all ages will live together.
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[IN Q=The idea]
((DAN MILLER/STUDENT AFFAIRS: THE IDEA BEHIND FRESHMAN HOUSING IS IT BONDS THE CLASS TOGETHER. WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS A BOND TO THE INSTITUTION, THE IDEA OF GETTING A DEGREE FROM FERRUM COLLEGE.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Miller/Student Affairs;]
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Only 37-percent of Ferrum students graduate.
Most transfer to other schools.
But upperclassmen like Bladen Finch say this new housing policy will create problems like more freshman drinking.
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[IN Q=A lot of freshmen]
((BLADEN FINCH/SOPHOMORE: A LOT OF FRESHMEN DO IT TO BE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE. AND WITH THEM EASILY ACCESSIBLE, RIGHT DOWN THE HALL OR ON THE FLOOR BELOW US FOR EXAMPLE, THEY CAN JUST COME RIGHT UPSTAIRS AND BAM!))
[OUT Q=and bam]
Students say they argued against this housing policy in advance.
They say if administrators continue to ignore them, more students will leave Ferrum College.
A former President of the state N-double-A-C-P has endorsed George Allen in Virgnia's U-S Senate race.
Paul Gillis vigorously opposed Allen's policies as Governor, referring to Allen as a "clown."
Now the director of Crime Prevention in the state attorney general's office, Gillis appeared with the former governor to make amends.
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[IN Q=I was 1]
((I WAS ONE OF THE STRONGER ADVOCATES AGAINST ABOLISHMENT OF PAROLE. BUT AS A RESULT OF THAT, OUR COMMUNITY IS SAFER- -MUCH SAFER- -BECAUSE OF THE STAND THAT GEORGE ALLEN TOOK. I'M HERE TO SAY THAT I WAS WRONG, AND HE WAS RIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Gillis/Former NAACP President]
[OUT Q=he was right.]
Gillis said he intends to campaign across the Commonwealth on behalf of Allen.
A local Kiwanis Club is recognizing two southside high school leaders.
Ashley Scott was burned on 90 percent of her body in a car crash. Delphine (Dell-feen) Andrews has a muscular degeneration disease called spinal muscular atrophy. Despite the challenges they have become true leaders among their peers.
((GAYLE BREAKLEY/TEACHER: THEY'RE KIDS WHO ARE LIVING WITH WHATEVER THEY ARE LIVING WITH AND ARE DOING A GOOD JOB OF IT.))
((DELPHINE ANDREWS/"YOUNG HERO": I'VE NEVER HAD AN AWARD LIKE THIS IT'S A GREAT HONOR.))
[SUPER=01-Gayle Breakley/Teacher; :00]
[OUT Q=great honor.]
The young heroes ceremony will be held April 19 at Hotel Roanoke.
With the Oscar ceremonies just two days away, the people behind the Academy Awards have yet another controversy to deal with.
They're accusing the Wall Street Journal of stealing their glory.
Manuel Gallegus explains.
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[SUPER=01-Kevin Spacey/Best Actor Nominee;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Hollywood]
((WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE STAR? AFTER
GETTING THROWN-OUT EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE CAMPERS ARE BACK AT THE SHRINE
-SOT-SUSAN TRAPHAGAN, OSCAR CAMPER
you see the pictures, you see them on tv, you see them in magazines,
but when they come across that red carpet theyre real.
JUST PART OF THE OSCAR CRAZE IN WHATS TURNED-OUT AS AN ODD YEAR FOR THE
FIRST, CRITICS SAY THIS YEARS FLOCK OF NOMINATED FILMS ARE SMARTER,
AND NOT THE TYPICAL BLOCKBUSTERS OF PAST YEARS.
THE STARS, LIKE BEST ACTOR NOMINEE KEVIN SPACEY, HAVE NOTICED.
-SOT-KEVIN SPACEY, BEST ACTOR NOMINEE
Im honored to be amongst what I think is one of the most extraordinary
years for actors and for inventive filmmaking.
SPACEYS FILM, THE DARK SUBURBAN TALE AMERICAN BEAUTY IS UP FOR EIGHT
ITS THE LIKELY BEST PICTURE WINNER , ACCORDING TO THE WALL STREET
IN DEFIANCE OF THE ACADEMY, THE PAPER POLLED SIX PERCENT OF ACADEMY
MEMBERS ON WHO THEY VOTED FOR
OTHER LIKELY WINNERS, AMERICAN BEAUTY DIRECTOR SAM MENDES.
DENZEL WASHINGTON FOR BEST ACTOR IN HURRICANE..
HILARY SWANK, BEST ACTRESS IN BOYS DONT CRY.
MEANTIME, SOME OF THE OSCAR BALLOTS ARE STILL LOST IN THE MAIL AND,
OF THE 55 OSCAR STATUES THAT WERE STOLEN LAST WEEK, THREE ARE STILL
THE REST WERE FOUND IN A DUMPSTER BY WILLIE FULGEAR, WHOSE LUCK HAS
TAKEN A TURN FOR THE BETTER
FULGEAR WAS GIVEN A 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD HE SPENT LAST NIGHT IN A
FANCY HOTEL,, AND HAS BEEN GIVEN TWO TICKETS TO THE OSCARS, AND A
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, HOLLYWOOD.
Coming up next on the newscast, Andrew Freiden will tell us about a boy scout tradition that just keeps rolling.
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If you were a boy scout-- or ever knew a boy scout you've probably seen a pinewood derby car.
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Andrew Freiden is in the "pit area" at Tanglewood mall getting ready for tonight's big race.
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Coming up next, some of the doctors who resigned from the Lewis Gale Clinic are forming a new office.
and following sports, we'll hear about a former Cowboy who can afford a bigger ranch now that he has won the Texas Lottery.
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The former anesthesiology department of Lewis-Gale Clinic is starting a new practice with Lewis-Gale Medical Center.
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Physicians and nurse anesthetists are joining Valley Anesthesia, P-C.
The newly formed independent group includes Doctors Lynn Carter, Joe Clark, Eric Cordero, James Elton, Jeff Forbes, Gennard (Ga-nard) Lanzara, Dan Podeschi (Pa-deh-ski), Dan Summerlin and Robert Wesley.
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The group also employs four certified nurse anesthetists, Linda Alberti, Laura Montague, Susan Rokisky and Barbara Weiserbs.
Lewis-Gale Medical Center President William Downey says the hospital is committed to keeping physicians in the Roanoke Valley.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the end of the work week two minute ticker.
The Winston Cup stars are in Bristol this weekend for the Food City 500.
As always, first round qualifying was the order of the day this afternoon.
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And the pole was won by somewhat of a surprise contender - Steve Park.
He rounded the wicked half mile bowl in just over 15 seconds with a lap at 126 point 370 miles an hour.
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Park's car owner Dale Earnhardt qualified 11th, while Waltrip, who had to use provisionals to make four of the first five events of this year, made the race on time for a change qualifying 13th. Here's the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Steve Park/126.370/2. Kenny Wallace//3. Jeff Gordon//4. Mike Skinner//5. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Rusty Wallace//7. Terry Labonte//8. Bobby Hamilton//9. Elliott Sadler//10. Bobby Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Dale Earnhardt//12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.//13. Darrell Waltrip//14. Joe Nemechek//15. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Jerry Nadeau//17. Jeremy Mayfield//18. Robert Pressley//19. Tony Stewart//20. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Dick Trickle//22. Matt Kenseth//23. Michael Waltrip//24. Brett Bodine//25. Ken Schrader//;]
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The night many basketball fans have been waiting for since the pairings were determined last Sunday has finally arrived.
The ACC meets the SEC in two high profile sweet 16 matchups tonight.
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The night begin at 7:30 with the top seed in the East Duke taking on Florida.
Then just after ten, we'll head to the south region in Austin, Texas where North Carolina hooks up with Tennessee.
Volunteer basketball for the men has traditionally been third on the pecking order in Knoxville, but the UT men hope to change that tonight.
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[IN Q="As a player...]
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((TONY HARRIS/TENNESSEE GUARD: AS A PLAYER YOU GOT TO TRY TO FOCUS ON WHAT YOU'RE DOING INSTEAD OF WHAT THE GIRLS OR THE FOOTBALL TEAMS ARE DOING. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO MAKE OUR OWN DESTINY RIGHT NOW.))
[OUT Q=....right now."]
And don't forget the next to last home game of the regular season for Roanoke Express is tonight at the Roundhouse.
Roanoke will be skating against Johnstown tonight and Richmond tomorrow at 7:30.
Much more for you tonight on News 7 at six as we head outside for a little college lacrosse and college baseball. Take care everybody and have a safe weekend.
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One of the great things about the internet is that there is a lot of information out there. One of the not so great things is that there is a lot of BAD information out there. In our website of the day, Patrick Evans shows a way to tell the two apart.
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[OUT Q=Patrick Evans.]
(( Just about anyone with e-mail or internet service has received chain letters, urban legends and other sorts of false information from a friend of a friend of a friend.
Many sound believable enough to fool even educated people.
But now there is a website trying to help.
The designers of Hoax-Kill-Dot-Com are dedicated to sorting out all the misinformation out there.
One of the subjects they are tackling now is the e-mail calling for the Great Gas OUT next month.
The anonymous E-Mail urges customers not to buy gas April 30th in an effort to reduce high fuel prices. But the plan has some flaws as the hoax killers explain.
You can get the low down on that and other myths and urban legends through a link to our homepage at WDBJ7-dot-com. I'm Patrick Evans.
Former Dallas Cowboy linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson has hit the jackpot...literally.
Henderson won the Texas Lottery yesterday to the tune of 28 MILLION dollars.
Part of the Cowboy's Super Bowl team in 1978, he later fell on hard times after he was arrested for drug use and sexual assault.
In recent years Henderson has tried to redeem himself through community activities.
He won the money after he bought a 100 dollars worth of lottery tickets.
He says he will buy his mother a new car with part of his winnings.