Coming up on News 7-
Comair pilots say NO to the company's latest offer.
Longwood college seniors graduate just weeks after fire devastated their campus.
A presidential commission recommends increasing the price of cigarettes.
And, a handful of civil rights pioneers retrace their steps.
News 7 is next.
Comair pilots continue to strike-- after rejecting a deal that would ended their walk-out.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
The pilots overwhelmingly rejected the proposal earlier today-- leaving the future of the airline uncertain.
The Air Line Pilots Association says the vote was one- thousand-42 against the contract... to 99- in favor.
The National Medication Board crafted the proposed settlement after eight consecutive days of negotiations failed to produce an agreement.
Officials at Delta Air Lines, which owns Comair, have said the
vote was critical for the future of the regional airline.
More than 700 Longwood students started new lives with degrees in hand today.
But they say it's difficult to leave their school during a time of such great need.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Tanya Giles/Longwood College Graduate; :28]
[SUPER=01-Jason Gill/Longwood College Graduate; :40]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Patricia Cormier/Longwood College President; :58]
[SUPER=01-Jessica Payne/Senior Class President; 1:28]
[OUT Q=News7, Farmville.]
(( [natsot music 00:41:50]
It was a processional like any other, except it marked the end of what was anything but an ordinary year for these Longwood College seniors.
18 days earlier fire dramatically altered their lives and their school.. destroying Longwood's historic rotunda and adjacent residence halls.
As the graduates lined up Saturday in the shadow of the burned-out buildings, many were experiencing mixed emotions.
((TANYA GILES/LONGWOOD GRADUATE: IT'S SORT OF BITTERSWEET. IT'S SAD THAT THE ROTUNDA BURNED DOWN, BUT I'M HAPPY TO BE GRADUATING AT LONGWOOD. THEY GAVE US THESE LITTLE PINS TO COMMEMORATE THE EVENT, SO I'M JUST EXCITED TO BE HERE.))
[OUT Q=to be here.]
((JASON GILL/LONGWOOD GRADUATE: BECAUSE I FINISHED BACK IN DECEMBER AND THEN CAME BACK AND SEEING THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE AND HEARING ABOUT IT WAS A BIG SHOCK TO ME.))
[OUT Q=shock to me.]
[natsot bell (one ring) 00:46:09]
Longwood's historic bell pealed three times, marking the school's commitment to its past, present and future.. a future its president says is quite secure.
((DR. PATRICIA CORMIER/LONGWOOD COLLEGE PRESIDENT: THE HEART OF LONGWOOD BEATS ON, THAT IT'S STILL STRONG AND THAT THOSE BUILDINGS WILL BE RECONSTRUCTED AND ONCE AGAIN ASSUME THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACES AS THE CENTERPIECES OF OUR CAMPUS.))
[OUT Q=of our campus.]
((Longwood officials figure it will take anywhere from 40 to 60 million dollars to replace the buildings lost in the fire. But the graduates were told that today is not about loss and destruction, but about their own personal triumph and achievement.. as both they and their school mark a new beginning.))
[OUT Q=a new beginning.]
((JESSICA PAYNE/SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT: AFTER ALL, THE ROTUNDA WAS MERELY A SYMBOL OF WHAT WE BELIEVE LONGWOOD STANDS FOR. BUT IN FACT, WHILE OUR SYMBOLS CAN BE LOST OR TAKEN AWAY FROM US, NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY THE KNOWLEDGE, VALUES AND PRIDE THAT LONGWOOD COLLEGE HAS INSTILLED IN EACH OF US.))
[OUT Q=each of us.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Farmville.))[Tech-Grad]
Another local university also said goodbye and good luck to its graduating class.
[NAT SOUND STUDENTS CHEERING]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Courtesy Virginia Tech]
This morning, Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech was packed with seniors and their families.
Congressman Rick Boucher spoke during the commencement ceremony.
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[IN Q=to the class]
((REP. RICK BOUCHER: TO THE CLASS OF 2001 I WOULD SAY THAT YOU ARE PRIVILEGED TO HAVE RECEIVED YOUR EDUCATION HERE IT WILL OPEN MANY DOORS FOR YOU AND I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR OPPORTUNITIES.))
[OUT Q=of your opportunties.]
Some students decided to make graduation even more fun by decorating their ordinary blue cap into a work of art.
Following the main ceremony-- each department held its own commencement ceremony on campus.
Timothy McVeigh's lawyers continue to pore over pages of previously withheld materials.
The F-B-I turned over the documents a week before McVeigh's scheduled execution, which was then postponed.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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[IN Q=The timetable may have changed...]
[SUPER=03-Terre Haute, IN; 05]
[SUPER=01-Larry Mackey/McVeigh Prosecutor; :21]
[SUPER=01-Herman Schwartz/American University Law School; :40]
[SUPER=01-Rod Henry/Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; 1:29]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS, Terre Haute, Indiana.]
(( THE TIMETABLE MAY HAVE CHANGED, BUT TIMOTHY MCVEIGH'S FATE REMAINS THE
SAME ... AS HE SITS ANOTHER NIGHT ON DEATH ROW INSIDE THE FEDERAL PRISON
IN TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA.
FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFYT AND PRESIDENT BUSH, IT'S ANOTHER
NIGHT OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THE FBI FAILED TO TURNOVER THOUSANDS
OF DOCUMENTS IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING CASE.
(SOT: LARRY MACKEY/MCVEIGH PROSECUTOR)
"Sloppy is the word that even the FBI would append to this. The rules
THE WITHHELD INFORMATION, MOSTLY WRITE-UPS OF INTERVIEWS WITH CITIZENS
AROUND THE COUNTRY, NEVER MADE IT TO THE PROSECUTION OR DEFENSE TEAMS
BEFORE TRIAL. OFFICIALS INSIST IT WOULD NOT HAVE INFLUENCED THE CASE,
BUT CRITICS AREN'T SO SURE.
(SOT: PROF. HERMAN SCHWARTZ/AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL)
"You can't take their word for it that these things don't relate to the
substance of the case, and perhaps even to the penalty phase it self. To
the question of capital punishment."
IN TERRE HAUTE, WORD OF A NEW EXECUTION DATE DOES NOT SIT WELL WITH THE
HEAD OF THE CHAMBER COMMERCE. ROD HENRY IS DISAPPOINTED THE JUSTICE
DEPARTMENT FAILED TO CONSULT WITH TOWN OFFICIALS ON WHAT WOULD BE A
CONVENIENT DATE HERE.
(SOT: ROD HENRY/TERRE HAUTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)
"Terre Haute deserves ... without a problem."
A NUMBER OF EVENTS ARE PLANNED FOR THE SAME WEEK AS THE EXECUTION.
AROUND TERRE HAUTE, THERE ARE SIGNS ASKING PRAYERS FOR TIMOTHY MCVEIGH.
THERE ARE OTHER SIGNS ASKING PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE 168-PEOPLE
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA))
Perry Como, the crooning baritone singer famous for his relaxed vocals, has died.
Como passed away at his home in Florida after a lengthy illness.
He was 87- years old.
His daughter says Como died in his sleep shortly before 4-o'clock this afternoon.
Should the government have the power to regulate tobacco products? That's what a presidential commission is recommending as well as a 17- cent increase in the federal tax on each pack of cigarettes.
[VO-NAT 99-20 57:42]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./July 1999;]
The group of farmers, health advocates and economic experts has been looking at ways to protect the public from smoking hazards.
It's also been investigating how to give tobacco growers an
economic incentive to switch crops.
Under the group's plan-- the money generated by the tax would help buy out farmers' crops.
The White House says President Bush will study the report, which will also go to Congress.
Roanoke Valley letter carriers had an extra load to cart around today...
The Second Harvest Food Bank in Roanoke held its largest one day food drive that brings in 90-thousand pounds of food.
We sent Kate Weidaw to see what the food drive was all about.
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[SUPER=01-Roy Wine/Delivery Supervisor;:22 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Stewart Feather/Second Harvest Development Director;:37]
[OUT Q=kw news7 Roanoke.]
(( As if the mail bag wasn't heavy enough, letter carriers are taking on some extra weight this weekend.
[NAT SOUND OF LETTER CARRIER PICKING UP BAGS]
Residents across the Valley are leaving cans and boxes of non perishable food on their front stoop for the Second Harvest Food Bank. It's the amount of food that surprises letter carriers.
((ROY WINE/DELIVERY SUPERVISOR: I ANTICIPATED IT WOULD BE ONE OR TWO CANS OF FOOD WE WOULD PICK UP AT EACH RESIDENTS IT ENDED UP BEING BAGS AND BOXES OF FOOD.))
And the small mail trucks get loaded with food.
Back at the post office on Grandin Road volunteers haul cans and boxes onto the Second Harvest truck.
((STEWART FEATHER/SECOND HARVEST: THE DEMAND FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE HAS INCREASED EVEN THOUGH THE ECONOMY IS GOOD AND AT THE SAME TIME WE'VE HAD A DECREASE IN SUPPLY.))
And with 90-thousand pounds of food coming in this weekend the increase in supplies will help agencies feed the hungry.
If you forget to leave your letter carrier a bag of food it's not to late all you need to do is drop it off at your local post office. Kate Weidaw News7 Roanoke.))
A Richmond group is trying to keep confusion out of the polls in the commonwealth...
and today they were honored, but forty years ago they were met with angry mobs. Some who took part in the 1961 Freedom Ride through Alabama retrace their steps... We'll have more when News 7 at 11 returns.
Antiquated voting machines and confusion at the polls.
That wasn't just the scene in Florida in 2000.
Thousands of Virginia voters came away from last fall's election feeling disenfranchised.
"VOTE," or Voices of the Electorate is a new coalition of Virginia public advocacy groups that hopes to change that.
From labor unions to the League of Women Voters, "VOTE" members kicked off a reform this week in Richmond.
[IN Q=Never before have we come]
((CYNTHIA DOWNS/"VOTE": NEVER BEFORE HAVE WE COME TOGETHER ACROSS RACIAL LINES, ORGANIZATIONAL LINES, TO COME TOGETHER. WE'VE PUT IT ON PAPER, BUT TO ACTUALLY MAKE IT A REALITY-- THIS IS A FIRST FOR US IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND IT'S LONG OVERDUE.))
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Downs/"VOTE"; ]
[OUT Q=and it's long overdue.]
The group says the number one promise it seeks from politicians is money.
They say Congress and the General Assembly need to help localities pay for modern equipment and training.
40- years ago-- a group of people set out to ride buses from Washington to New Orleans.
They were testing a Supreme Court ruling against segregation.
Today-- about 150 people, including eight of the original Freedom Riders, retraced part of the route.
This time-- the ride through Alabama was peaceful.
40- years ago-- they were met by violence.
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[IN Q=I was ]
((ED BLANKENHEIM/FREEDOM RIDER: I WAS CONVINCED WE WERE GOING TO DIE, IT WAS JUST A QUESTION OF HOW. THEY TRIED TO BURN US ALIVE, THEY TRIED TO BEAT US.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Blankenheim/Freedom Rider; :00]
[OUT Q=they tried to beat us.]
Attacks on the Freedom Riders encouraged the Kennedy Administration to desegregate interstate transportation facilities.
State Police are investigating a two-car accident in Bedford County that sent four people to the hospital.
Officials say the accident happened on Route 221- outside of Bedford around 7 o'clock tonight.
Three passengers were hospitalized and later released. Another person remains in Roanoke Memorial with severe injuries.
There is no word on that person's condition, or what caused the wreck.
[GRAPHIC=Child Safety Seats]
A mission for child safety in Roanoke today as police and volunteers team up to check children's safety- seats.
Those who sponsored the free event-- say it's important to make sure safety seats are in good condition.
Volunteers say an improperly fitted safety seat won't protect a child in a crash.
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[IN Q=We want to make sure...]
((ANN LEFFLER/VOLUNTEER; WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE SEAT HASN'T BEEN RECALLED, THAT IT FITS THE CHILD PROPERLY, THAT IT'S INSTALLED IN THE VEHICLE SECURELY, AND THAT ALL THE STRAPS ARE THREADED PROPERLY.))
[OUT Q=harness straps are threaded properly.]
Volunteers say they usually find under a half-dozen seats that have been recalled. Another child safety seat check will be held next Saturday at the Read Mountain Fire and Rescue building in Cloverdale, beginning at 2 o'clock.
Coming up, Roy Stanley will join us with highlights from the diamond, and the New River Valley Speedway, where some Winston Cup drivers were chasing the checkered flag....
and you're never too old to play in the sand... One man was at Loch Haven proving that point. We'll explain in just a few minutes...
[TAPE#=Time Off #]
Roanoke's old Jefferson High School will soon have new life inside.
Shannon Young has the story in this week's Time Off.
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[SUPER=01-Janet Burrow/Jefferson Center Pres. & CEO; :20]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Glosson/Shaftman Performance Hall Director; :52]
[SUPER=01-Bill Krause/Opera Roanoke; 1:16]
[OUT Q=SY N7 ROANOKE.]
((The last time this stage hosted a performing art was more than a quarter century ago, when what is now known as the Jefferson Center was still Jefferson High School.
But in less than a week, this theater will come to life as the curtain goes up on the newly renovated Shaftman Performance Hall.
[IN Q=What we tried to do was continue to keep...]
((What we tried to do was continue to keep the integrity of the original design of the auditorium and use that as our basis and improve on that in every way that we could.))
[OUT Q=improve on that in every way that we could.]
A state of the art sound system will guarantee that whether you're in the first row or rear of the balcony, you'll catch every word, every note.
Once green, the walls now sport a warmer shade, and fluorescent lights have given way to fixtures both functional and attractive.
And nearly one-thousand plush, red velvet seats add a touch of glamour, and harken back to the twenties when the building was built.
[IN Q=People are coming in and their eyes...]
((People are coming in and their eyes are opening, tears are welling up, and that's even before it's being finished, which it is as we speak.))
[OUT Q=which it is as we speak.]
[IN Q=As I think I said before...]
((As I think I said before, I'm giddy.))
[OUT Q=I'm giddy.]
Bill Krause and his Opera Roanoke have been nomadic for years, performing at Mill Mountain Theater and Olind Hall.
And while Krause says he's grateful to have had access to those facilities, the new theater, Opera Roanoke's new home, is a dream come true.
[IN Q=It's nice to be able to walk out of our office...]
((It's nice to be able to walk out of our office door and directly into the theater. If we're rehearsing and need to come back to the office and get something we can do that.))
[OUT Q=get something we can do that.]
Directors say they'll present an eclectic mix of entertainment to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.
But, regardless of the performance, they're certain everyone will applaud the theater.
[IN Q=Next week when our performances start...]
((Next week, when our performances start on the 17th, the response will be overwhelming. There will be not a dry eye in the house, I predict. Absolutely.))
[OUT Q=dry eye in the house. Absolutely.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
Kids aren't the only ones allowed to play in the sand.
And that seemed to be the case at Loch Haven Lake Resort in Roanoke County today.
World renowned sand sculptor Alan Matsumoto used his tools to create cartoon characters from the children's book Wind in the Willows.
The resort brought in the sand artist to kick off a free weekend for the public to check out Loch Haven.
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[IN Q=it's a great]
((SKY PREECE/LOCH HAVEN OWNER: IT'S A GREAT PLACE FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES BECAUSE IT IS NOT CROWDED AND IT GOT NICE WATER FOR SWIMMING WE PROVIDE CANOES AND KAYAKS.))
[SUPER=01-Sky Preece/Loch Haven Owner]
[OUT Q=canoes and kayaks.]
The resort will be open to the public all day tomorrow.
[GRAPHIC=NEW RIVER S'WAY]
The "Stars" came out last night at the New River Valley Speedway and Mike Stevens was there along with nearly 6000 race fans.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=01-Harry Gant/18 Winston Cup Wins; :17]
[SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/15 Winston Cup Wins; :41]
[SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Loans Brett Bodine his Car; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/2001 Daytona 500 Winner; 1:26]
[SUPER=01-Kerry Earnhardt/Dale's Oldest Son; 1:32]
[SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Race of Champions Winner; 1:59]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
Jason Keller won the Pharmacy 200 busch race today at Loudon, New Hampshire.
[SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/FX; :]
A caution came out with just under 20 laps to go and on the re-start Keller would hold off Kevin Harvick and the rest of the field to win the race. Keller became a little emotional in the post race interview and dedicated the win to his friend Adam Petty.
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[IN Q="My mom...]
[SUPER=01-Jason Keller/Pharmacy 200 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=.....for him."]
Harvick was second followed by Mike Skinner, Jeff Green and Kenny Wallace.
Scott Sharp will start on the pole for the May 27-th Indy 500.
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC SPORTS; :]
Sharp turned a four lap average 226 point 037 miles per hour to win the pole at Indy for the first time. Last year's pole starter Greg Ray had the second fastest time on the day.
And NASCAR's Tony Stewart made the field for the race. Stewart will start 7-th after an average speed of 224 point 248 miles per hour. 26 cars qualifed today.
That's it for sports. Have a great mother's day everybody.[S-Noke]
Roanoke College will play for the Division Three Atlantic Regional championship today after beating top seeded Salisbury State 5 to 3.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Salisbury St.; :]
Roanoke had a big third inning. Rachel Capozzi hits a shot past the short stop and Crystal Berry scores to make it 1 to nothing Maroons.
The Maroons then came up with a big defensive play. In the bottom of the third with runners on first and second April Harned hits this shot sure to bring in some runs but Amy Layman makes the catch crashing into the fence.
Then in the top of the fourth, Roanoke's Crystal Hileman hits a single to right field Lisa Wasiloff scores and the Maroons led 2 to nothing.
The Maroons continued the scoring in the fifth Sonya Hylton hits a single up the middle bringing in Amy Layman to make it 3 to nothing and Roanoke wins it 5 to 3.
Derek Jeter's tiebreaking 3 run homer in the 8-th lifted the Yankees past Baltimore 8 to 5.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/WNYW; :]
Jeter with a friend before the start of the game.
David Justice homered then Bernie Williams hits this solo homer to centerfield and the game was tied at 5 to 5 in the fifth.
Then in the bottom of the 8-th Jeter crushes one to centerfield a three run homer and the Yankees beat the Orioles for the sixth time this season 8 to 5.
[SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/FOX SPORTS; :]
The Mets suffered their 5-th straight loss today.
San Francisco's Rich Aurilia went 4 for 5 with a solo homer to lead the Giants to a 10 to 3 win over the Mets.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
[WIPE TO MOTION]
[SUPER=0091-/Tampa Bay/0/j/Cleveland/8///j/Kansas City/12//Minnesota/4///;]
[SUPER=0092-/N.Y. Mets/3/j/San Francisco/10///j/Houston/2//Cincinnati/1///;]
[SUPER=0096-/San Antonio/108/j/Dallas/112//Spurs Lead 3-1/;]
[SUPER=0103-/St. Louis/1/j/Colorado/4//Avalanche Leads 1-0//Pittsburgh/1/j/New Jersey/3//Devils Lead 1-0/;]
[OUT Q=...last score."]
Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points as the Dallas Mavericks beat San Antonio 112 to 108 to stay alive in the Western Conference Semi final.
[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/NBC SPORTS; :]
Mavericks coach Don Nelson needing a win to continue the Playoffs.
Nowitzki stepped up big he takes the pass from Shawn Bradley scoring the layup and the Mavs led by 15.
San Antonio's Tim Duncan knocks the jumper in off the glass for 2 of his 29 and the Spurs trailed 66 to 65 in the third.
Michael Finley had 25 points and 10 assists for Dallas as they beat San Antonio 112 to 108.
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[IN Q="I thought...]
[SUPER=01-Don Nelson/Mavericks Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=.....for you."]
The Spurs lead the series 3 games to 1.
Plenty of action at the new river valley speedway. More later on Sunday Morning.[Video]
Bikini clad, mothers- to- be proudly compete for a pageant title.
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[Super=X5045 (starts FX)]
Nearly two dozen pregnant women gathered in Cleveland at a local restaurant to compete in the "Miss Morning Sickness, Pregnant Bikini Contest".
The competition in the "Bustin' Belly Size" category looks like it was fierce.
Five finalists were selected and then a winner was chosen.
She receives one thousand dollars and, of course, the title "Miss Morning Sickness".
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