Coming up on News 7-
A pilot loses control while trying to land his helicopter in Pittysylvania County.
An engineer makes a grim discovery in Roanoke today.
A record crowd in Martinsville as Dale Jarrett takes the checked flag.
And-- a familiar face is about to disappear from your television screen.
News 7 is next.
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An engineer aboard a passing train spots a body near Campbell Avenue in Roanoke.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[Roanoke-Body]
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Roanoke police say the body was in the cement canal in front of the Norfolk Southern machine shop.
Police received the call around 10:15 this morning.
The man was found lying face down in the water. He had apparently suffered a head wound.
He's a white male, 35 to 40 years old, with long brown hair, and tattoos.
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((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: FOUND HIM LYING IN FOUR OR FIVE INCHES OF WATER IN THE CULVERT. IT APPEARED HE HAD BEEN THERE FOR SOMETIME AND THAT SOME OF THE SEDIMENT HAD FORMED OVER HIM. WE SEARCHED FOR IDENTIFICATION IN HIS POCKETS AND WE DIDN'T FIND ANY SO WE HAVE TO USE OTHER MEANS TO DO IDENTIFICATION))
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The body has been sent to the Roanoke Medical Examiners office to determine the cause of death and the man's identity.
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A helicopter crash in Pittsylvania County slightly injured two people this morning.
It happened just before ten o'clock as the pilot was attempting to pick up two passengers at this home on Fall Creek Road just off Route 729.
Witnesses say the helicopter was about to land when then the tail came up.
That's when the main rotor touched the ground.
The pilot and one passenger suffered minor injuries and were transported to Danville Regional Hospital.
The National Transportation Safety Board was called in to investigate.
Investigators are looking for the cause of yesterday's helicopter crash in Vietnam that killed 16- people including seven Americans.
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The victims were among a team searching for the remains of Americans missing in action since the Vietnam War.
Investigators are looking into the possibility weather may have been a factor.
One local official says the group had canceled a stop because of bad weather.
U-S officials say no decision has been made as to whether the mission will go on as scheduled.
President Bush is sending a letter to the wife of the Chinese pilot missing and presumed dead.
But White House officials say the letter doesn't reflect any new willingness to apologize for the mid-air collision.
Terisa Estacio has the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=07-Dick Cheney; :23]
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/Secretary of State; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting; 1:22]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
FACED WITH MOUNTING PRESSURE TO END THE U.S.-CHINA STANDOFF, PRESIDENT
BUSH HAS NOW WRITTEN A LETTER TO THE WIFE OF THE CHINESE PILOT ...
MISSING SINCE HIS JET COLLIDED WITH AN AMERICAN SPY PLANE.
ADVISORS SAY THE LETTER RESPONDS TO THE WIFE'S GRIEF, HOWEVER, DOES NOT
APOLOGIZE FOR THE CRASH.
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION MAINTAINING ITS STANCE THAT NO APOLOGY IS NEEDED.
(SOT: DICK CHENEY/VICE PRESIDENT)-9:02:01
"The president's made it clear we regret the loss of the Chinese pilot
as a result of this accident. The notion that we would apologize for
being in internaional space, for example, is not something we can
BUT AS THE 24 U.S. CREW MEMBERS ENTER A SECOND WEEK OF DETAINMENT, CHINA
IS NOT LETTING UP ON ITS DEMANDS FOR AN APOLOGY.
ON SUNDAY, CHINA'S TOP MILITARY NEWSPAPER SAID BEIJING HAD A RIGHT TO
THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT, AND IT CALLED ON THE U-S TO STOP
SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS OFF CHINA'S COAST.
SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL WARNS THAT PROLONGING THIS CRISIS WILL
ONLY HURT U.S. CHINESE RELATIONS.
(SOT: COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE)
"The relationship is being damaged, and the sooner you can bring this to
a conclusion, you can halt the damage, not let things get any worse, and
get back to broader equities we should be talking to the Chinese about."
MEANWHILE, AMERICAN DIPLOMATS ARE PUSHING FOR DAILY ACCESS TO THE
SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN -- WHO ARE ANXIOUS TO RETURN HOME.
TERISA ESTACIO, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
April is no longer recognized as Confederate History and Heritage month in Virginia.
But one official with the group Sons of Confederate Veterans has found his own way to declare the observance.
Henry Kidd shelled out seven-thousand dollars for an ad that will run in tomorrow's Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Last year's Confederate proclamation by the governor upset civil rights
So this year, Gilmore's proclamation recognized
Virginians who fought for the Union as well as those who fought for
For several hours last night-- a father and son were lost in the dark on (Mac-uh-fees) McAfee's Knob in Roanoke County.
But smart thinking by the pair led rescuers to their location.
What do you need to know before lacing up your boots to go hiking?
Kate Weidaw has the answer.
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The steep and rocky terrain attracts thousands of visitors to the trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway every year. But do you really know what you're getting yourself into before taking the hike?
((ZEPH CUNNINGHAM/PARK RANGER: THE TRAILS HERE ARE NOT THE SMOOTHEST IN THE WORLD, THEY'RE ROUGH.))
And if you look at the signs at the bottom of trails like Sharp Top in the Peaks of Otter, you'll find the hike up is two hours.
Teresa Stanley and her 7 year old son Davis like to take the challenging hike when the weather's nice.
((TERESA STANLEY: WE ALWAYS LIKE TO BRING WATER OR SOMETHING TO DRINK LIKE JUICE AND WHEN I BRING MY CHILDREN WE ALWAYS LIKE TO BRING A SNACK.))
One thing the Stanley's always remember is to never get off the marked trail. Saturday afternoon a pair of hikers got lost and couldn't find their way out when it got dark. But search crews say because the hikers didn't continue walking, they were able to find them.
((ZEPH CUNNINGHAM: IF YOU GET LOST, THE SECOND YOU GET LOST SIT DOWN ON THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS SOMEONE WILL FIND YOU ALSO IF YOU HEAR PEOPLE YELLING AT YOU CALL BACK.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: ANOTHER THING YOU DON'T WANT TO FORGET WHEN YOU'RE HIKING ON THE TRAILS IS YOUR CELL PHONE THAT WAY IF YOU GET HURT OR LOST YOU CAN CALL FOR HELP.))
[20:00 NAT SOUND OF NEIL CLOSING CAR DOOR]
Day hikers like the Tuckers make sure they bring along a whistle in case they get lost and a fanny pack with supplies.
((NEIL TUCKER: THESE THINGS ARE HANDY, THESE WALKIE-TALKIES ARE NOT THAT EXPENSIVE AND IF WE WANT TO SPLIT UP WE KNOW WE CAN ALWAYS TALK TO ONE ANOTHER.))
So before you put on your walking shoes make sure you're prepared for a challenging climb so you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings safely. Kate Weidaw News 7 Bedford.))
Coming up on News 7, viewers chime in on purring protests and prayer at V-M-I...
and a changing of the guard is in the works, as a well-known religious broadcast changes hands. We'll have all the details, coming up in a few minutes.
Some changes are coming to Virginia's food stamp program.
In the future, those using the stamps will no longer be given paper coupons.
They're being replaced with electronic debit cards beginning this fall.
Officials say it will take about a year to introduce the cards statewide.
The torch is being handed down on one of the area's most active religious broadcasts.
After 27 years on radio and television, Doctor Charles Fuller will be retiring from "God's Minute".
Tomorrow his son David will take over the reins of the devotional series.
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((DR. CHARLES FULLER/FIRST BAPTIST PASTOR EMERITUS: THIS TIME IN MY LIFE AND THIS TIME IN HIS, IT'S VERY FULFILLING TO ME FOR HIM TO TAKE THIS MINISTRY. HE'LL DO IT HIS WAY... HE'S A VERY INDEPENDENT FELLOW.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Charles Fuller/First Baptist Pastor Emeritus;]
[OUT Q=a very independent fellow.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT!!!]
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((DAVID FULLER/CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PASTOR: WHAT WE'RE DOING IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HE'S DONE FOR YEARS.
PERSONALLY IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO CARRY ON THE FAMILY NAME AND TRADITION.))
[SUPER=01-David Fuller/Church of the Holy Spirit Pastor;]
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The two will appear together for a few of the initial God's Minute broadcasts, then David will convey the religious messages by himself.
[Feedback, April 8]
Prayer and protest are the themes in our viewer mail this week.
Here's News-7's Feedback, with assignment editor Joe McKean.
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[OUT Q=McKean, News 7]
((Two cadets at VMI are challenging the requirement to say grace before evening meals.This dispute hasn't ended up in court, yet, but the ACLU is thinking about filing suit. A Vietnam veteran (J.D. Hobbie IV) from Roanoke wrote:
"These two young men are enjoying the freedom to attend the institution of their choice. How dare they challenge the right to prayer before their dinner?...They are about to become Officers in the US Military, the leaders of men...I would love to be there with them when they are caught in a crossfire between the enemy and OUR forces and all hell is breaking loose and if I ever heard one of them ask God to get them through this I would whisper in their ear. 'You can't do that, you may offend someone.' Keydets, get real, get perspective and Pray to God because He's the only one that will get you through life and will get you home."
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals brought its campaign against cruelty to circus animals to the Roanoke City Market, and with help from a local radio station created a bit of a spectacle. One of the demonstrators (Teresa Humphreys/Clifton Forge) appreciated our coverage, but growled about some of it.
"I think each individual who was there standing up for what they believe in was extremely important and there should have been an overall shot of the crowd, not just Tarina (Keene) stepping out of her robe and preparing for the demonstration. Only our signs were shown, not our faces and that to me seemed a bit rude of WDBJ-7 as if we weren't as important as the crowd drawing attraction...I'm glad to see that your station took this seriously and considered it important enough to cover, unlike another local station who is located only blocks away but sent no one to cover the events of this day."
Send your thoughts about the issues of the day and how we handle them to PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Here's our fax number: 343-7269.
And our e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or take part in an on-line forum at our website.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Coming up, nobody could catch Tiger Woods, who makes P-G-A history at the Masters...
and Dale Jarrett used a late charge to get to victory lane in Martinsville. Roy Stanley will have all the details coming up in just a few minutes.
Several public hearings will be held tomorrow to address the issue of legislative redistricting.
Public hearings are scheduled for South Boston, Abingdon, Newport News, Annandale and Richmond.
The meetings will be held at seven p-m.
The General Assembly will vote on new state Senate and House of Delegates boundaries later this week.
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10 people died in Virginia last year from traffic accidents in work zones.
It's a figure the Virginia Department of Transportation hopes to lower.
One step is by declaring this week "Work Zone Safety Awareness Week".
Officials say men between the ages of 18 and 24 cause the most accidents in work zone areas.
And while highway construction can be a dangerous job, seven out of every 10 people killed in work zone accidents are motorists.
V-DOT is urging everyone to slow down to prevent accidents, and avoid getting a ticket.
Explorers have looked for the fountain of youth for hundreds of years.
News 7's Justin McLeod introduces us to a Southside woman who says the fountain is at the workplace.
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[SUPER=01-Hildridge Wilson/Danville Resident; :09]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Price/Glenwood Community Center; :39]
[OUT Q=JM, N7, Danville]
((NAT SOUND OF HILDRIDGE UNRAVELING RIBBON))
If you've ever tried to unravel the mystery on how to stay young, look no further than Hildridge Wilson.
At 92, she still works four days a week.
[IN Q=I'm the last one]
((HILDRIDGE WILSON/DANVILLE RESIDENT: I'M THE LAST ONE IN MY FAMILY. AND I'D RATHER BE OUT HERE WITH PEOPLE. I RETIRED AT 62 BUT I'VE BEEN WORKING.))
[OUT Q=I've been working]
((NAT SOUND OF PHONE RINGING, 30:49))
She works here at Danville's Glenwood Community Center.
Hildridge puts in 20 hours a week through the Title V program.
She answers the phone, files, and helps with art projects.
But her biggest asset may be what she says rather than what she does.
[IN Q=She's almost like another]
((BRYAN PRICE/GLENWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER: SHE'S ALMOST LIKE ANOTHER GRANDMOTHER TO ME. SHE SHARES HER WISDOM WITH US. SHE'S A VERY SWEET PERSON. SHE'S A VERY GOD FEARING PERSON. SHE'S A PLEASURE TO HAVE AROUND. WE JUST LOVE HER.))
[OUT Q=we just love her]
Hildridge considers the people here at Glenwood to be extended family.
Her husband and two chidren have all passed away.
[IN Q=Hildridge Wilson is still very]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: HILDRIDGE WILSON IS STILL VERY MUCH AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN. SHE NEVER EVEN CONSIDERED MOVING INTO A RETIREMENT HOME. IN FACT, SHE STILL LIVES IN THE SAME HOUSE HERE IN DANVILLE WHERE SHE'S LIVED MOST OF HERE LIFE, WHERE SHE STILL MAINTAINS THE COOKING, THE CLEANING, AND A GARDEN.))
[OUT Q=and a garden]
((NAT SOUND OF HER WALKING WITH HER WALKER))
Hildridge broke her hip and shoulder 5 years ago.
Its slowed her down a bit but she has no plans of retiring for good anytime soon.
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[IN Q=Not until I get to]
((HILDRIDGE WILSON/DANVILLE RESIDENT: NOT UNTIL I GET TO SO THAT I CAN'T GET OUT HERE OR WALK, I'LL BE RIGHT HERE. THIS WILL BE THE LAST JOB THOUGH (LAUGH).))
((BRYAN PRICE: TO BE DOING WHAT SHE'S DOING NOW, AT ANY AGE IS A GREAT BLESSING BUT TO BE DOING IT AT 92 IS A MIRACLE.))
[OUT Q=is a miracle]
That's why two years ago, the state legislature gave Hildridge a proclamation declaring it her day.
But if you ask Hildridge, everyday is her day.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville.))
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Dale Jarrett picked up his third win of the season yesterday despite leading just one time for 6 laps.
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller have more from yesterday's Virginia 500.
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Tiger Woods is the first golfer to hold all four major titles at the same time.
Woods accomplished that feat by winning the Masters by two shots over David Duval.
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The gallery cheered as Woods arrived at the first tee.
He was paired with Phil Mickelson who started one shot back Mickelson was inconsistent in his round and shot a 2 under par 70, 13 under par good enough for third place.
But David Duval was making a charge. He had 7 birdies thru the first 10 holes but he missed this birdie putt that would have tied Woods for the lead. Duval's 67 put him at 14 under par.
Even if Duval had forced the tie it would not have mattered. Tiger rolls in this birdie putt at 18 finishing with a 68, 16 under par and a 2 shot win over Duval giving Woods his second Green Jacket.
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[OUT Q=.....to accomplish."]
The Florida Marlins blasted Tom Glavine yesterday for four homers in a 6 to 1 win over the Braves.
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Matt Clement held the braves to 4 hits through 8.
And Florida took the lead in the bottom of the first. Cliff Floyd gets all of this Glavine pitch sending it over the left field wall and the Marlins took the one to nothing lead.
Mike Redmond and Dave Berg also homered and in the third Luis Castillo gets all of this Glavine pitch it ends up over the left field wall for a solo homer and the Marlins win it 6 to 1.
Cleveland came from behind in the late innings and pulled out the 4 to 3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
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Oriole Manager Mike Hargrove in the dugout.
The Orioles jumped out to the early lead. Jeff Conine belts this three run homer over the left field wall and Baltimore led the game 3 to nothing in the first.
But the Indians chipped away at that lead and in the seventh Juan Gonzalez singles scoring Einar Diaz and Omar Vizquel and Cleveland pulls out the 4 to 3 victory.
Dale Jarrett wins at Martinsville, more later on Mornin'.
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Lets go to Boston where Red Sox Pitcher Pedro Martinez just missed a no hitter against the Devil Rays.
The No No was broken up the sixth but Martinez would strike out 16 Devil Ray hitters allowing only three hits in the Red Sox 3 to nothing win over Tampa Bay.
And here are tonight's baseball scores.
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The Salem Avalanche prevented a three game sweep in Kinston yesterday getting their first win of the season.
Salem took the lead in the first and held on for the 6 to 5 win. Salem is now 1 and 2 and the Avalanche returns home to begin preparing for the home season opener tomorrow night against Myrtle Beach.
That's it for sports,have a great week everybody.
The Washington Capitals will play Pittsburgh in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.
This afternoon the Capitals slipped by Tampa Bay 2 to 1.
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The game was tied 1 to 1 after 2 periods.
Then 32 seconds into the second period Ulf Dahlen gets the deflection and flips the back handed shot over the goaltender Wade Flaherty for his 15-th goal
goal of the season and the Capitals get the 2 to 1 win.