In Chicago, people hold on for dear life in the middle of blazing inferno,
and thousands of missing dollars from the Pulaski County jail prompts an
internal investiation that could lead to criminal charges.
It's very foggy out there in places... the drizzly, foggy conditions will
continue throughout the day... but temperatures will be warm. I'll have the
forecast in a few minutes.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
The Pulaski County sheriff's department expects criminal charges may result
from an investigation into funds missing from the jail.
When News-7 first reported the story two weeks ago, officials had not
determined whether the money was STOLEN, or LOST due to accounting errors.
Captain Jim Davis now confirms nearly five thousand dollars was stolen from
an inmate work release fund.
State police are still conducting lie detector tests with jailers who had
access to the funds.
Davis would not say whether the investigation has turned up any suspects.
In Chicago, at least 4 people are dead and dozens others injured after a
wind-swept fire hit a large apartment building in the middle of the
Because there was no working alarm system, the victims had little, if
any warning of the disaster.
Lisa Kim reports from Chicago's south side. And we caution you, some of the
video is graphic.
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This was the nightmare on cottage grove on chicago's south side-- 4 a.m.,
and dozens of people are rousted from sleep to fight for their lives.
Dozens of people in the 145-unit apartment building screamed to be rescued.
Calvin Cunningham help bring survivors off a fire department ladder.
((CALVIN CUNNINGHAM: PEOPLE WERE SCREAMING AND HOLLERING))
Nellie Warnell, seen here climbing down in the white shirt, was one of the
((NELLIE WARNELL, SURVIVOR: KEPT PILLOW CASES OVER OUR FACES AND HELD TO OUR
In the light of day, friends and family members found each other, as the
fire-scarred building looked down on them.
Firefighters discovered the building's alarm systems did not operate.
Smoke detectors had no batteries.
((BILL MALONE, CHICAGO FIRE DEPT.: MY GOD, THESE POOR PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE FAIR
WARNING... SIX DOLLARS FOR A SMOKE DETECTOR.))
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A space heater is being blamed for a blaze that killed an elderly Madison
The fire broke out yesterday at a house on Old Wrights Shop Road.
Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control quickly, but not
before they discovered the body of 77- year- old George Overstreet inside.
Authorities say Overstreet died of smoke inhalation.
They believe paper and debris piled near the heater may have started the
The massive four day search for a missing nine-year old girl in Arlington,
Texas appears to be over.
Police say a body found overnight has been tentatively identified as Amber
A witness had reported seeing the young girl snatched off her bike and
dragged -- kicking and screaming -- into a pickup truck on Saturday.
Last night, a man walking his dog discovered a child's nude body
in a creek behind a north Arlington apartment complex.
((EDIE KOCHER/WIFE OF MAN WHO FOUND BODY:HE SAW A GIRL DOWN THERE. HE HAD
LOOKED OVER THE FENCES AND HE WAS SOMETHING BRIGHT WHITE AND NOTICED IT WAS A
BODY, IT WAS COMPLETELY NAKED. THE BODY WAS COMPLETELY NAKED. ))
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A medical examiner will make a positive identification later today.
Meantime Texas prison authorities are looking into records of
sex offenders who were recently released in the norhtern part of the state.
A six- year -old Roanoke girl has told police she was molested Tuesday night
at a Roanoke Middle School.
The girl was attending a youth basketball game. She said a white male
molested her as she was dressing in the girls' bathroom.
No arrests have been made, but police say someone may have seen the man
leaving the school... and they have alerted officials at all of the city's
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next --
President Clinton speaks up about balancing the budget,
and "unbelievable" is one word being used to describe the winter weather that's
blasting the nation's midsection.
Now here's Beth Myer to tell us what kind of weather we have in store.
Temperatures will be fairly warm this afternoon, but the damp weather
continues. There is a threat of minor flooding due to the rain and snow melt.
Right now, it looks like the rain storm will be moving through quickly, so
there's less of a chance of a big problem with the flooding. I'll talk more
about that and have the forecast in a few minutes.
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The intense battle raging in southern Russia is reportedly over.
President Boris Yeltsin claims his Russian troops have wiped out the Chechen
rebels holed up in a small village with dozens of hostages.
Yeltsin claims 82 of the hostages have been rescued but some 18 are still
SUPER=03-The Black Sea;
On the Black Sea Coast, the standoff goes on between Turkish And Chechen
sympathizers who hijacked a boat full of passengers.
The hijackers are demanding a news conference in Instanbul.
President Clinton is making another plea to Republican lawmakers to break
the budget stalemate.
SUPER=03-The White House;
In a White House Press conference today the President said he is committed
to working with G-O-P leaders until the job is done.
But Mr. Clinton said there are still significant money differences.
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The President also said there are a number of policy differences.
Congressional Republican leaders have told the President there's no point in
having new budget negotiations unless Mr. Clinton makes a firm budget
offer that can garner bipartisan backing.
The battle over whether to allow women into Virginia Military Institute is
now before the Supreme Court.
And more than one justice yesterday hinted a co-ed rat line might NOT be so
Ellen Qualls reports on the U.S. versus the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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(( Trimble Bailey of Roanoke was in the court.
((TRIMBLE BAILEY/VWIL STUDENT: I DIDN'T GO TO VWIL BECAUSE I COULDN'T GO TO
VMI. I WENT TO VWIL BECAUSE I LIKE VWIL. WHETHER OR NOT VMI IS CO-ED.))
All sides admit V-WIL is NOT VMI.
But some justices asked, what about those women who want the intense,
adversarial experience of the VMI rat line?
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: THE QUESTION IS DOES THE CONSTITUTION DEMAND
THAT THERE BE CO-EDUCATION IN EVERY INSTANCE? AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE
CONSTITUTION DOESN'T DEMAND THAT.))
If women were admitted, Gilmore and VMI's attorney say it wouldn't be the
same place -- wouldn't produce the same result.
((MARSHA GREENBACKER: WHEN IT ACCEPTS WOMEN AND I BELIEVE IT WILL, IT WILL
LOOK BACK AND SAY AFTER ALL IT HAS BECOME A STRONGER INSTITUTION AS A RESULT.
ITS METHODS OF TEACHING CAN SURVIVE.))
((DEVAL PATRICK/U.S. ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT OF WHAT I
SOMETIMES REFER TO AS THE CHICKEN LITTLE SYNDROME ABOUT THIS CASE. THE SKY
WILL NOT FALL IF WOMEN ARE ADMITTED TO VMI.))
TACK ON STANDUP HERE TO END
((THE FATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S THE CITADEL AWAITS THE OUTCOME FOR VMI. A
RULING IS EXPECTED BY LATE JUNE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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Don't go away, there's more news to come on News 7 at Noon,
and Len Besthoff makes a reservation to talk to a Bed and Breakfast expert.
Business is apparently booming, and he'll have the details, next.
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This weekend the Bed and Breakfast Association is meeting at the Hotel
Roanoke to discuss issues that are pertinent to the business, which is growing
Here to fill us in on this "cottage" industry is Len Besthoff. Len?
SUPER=01-Bernice Chesler/Bed and Breakfast Ambassador;
(What topics are you discussing at this convention?
What kind of year has it been for the B&B's?
B&B's definitely seem to have become more popular recently, with a lot more
popping up in communities around here?
Is this area really a haven for B&B's?
What about the trend in cities to locate B&B's in apartment buildings?)
(len toss to mel)
Well folks in the midwest probably wouldn't mind escaping to an east coast
bed and breakfast.
Severe winter weather is ripping across much of the nation's midsection.
Conditions are so bad in Minnesota that authorities have oven ordered
snowplows off the streets.
In North Dakota, strong winds have created wind chills of up to 70 below
Two interstates were closed yesterday, as much as a foot of snow fell in
much of the state.
And in Nebraska, a blizzard has closed a 170 mile stretch of interstate 80.
Some 200 cars were stranded yesterday at the height of the storm and about
300 students in Kearney spent the night at school.
After several years in the planning stages, Roanoke Electric Steel will move
forward with a 14-million-dollar expansion plan.
The mini-mill will modernize its melting process by adding something called
a ladle furnace.
The project also calls for construction of a new access road to the plant.
Roanoke Electric Steel expects this will ease congestion on the residential
street that leads to its entrance.
The move will mean roughly 15 new jobs for the company.
Right now it has close to 750 employees in the Roanoke Valley.
The company hopes to complete the expansion by this spring.
The nation's number one retailer says its fourth quarter earnings will NOT
meet analyst's expectations.
Wal-Mart says a lackluster holiday season and severe winter weather is to
In spite of this, it says earnings for the FULL YEAR will still look better
they did in 1994.
Also, Wal Mart confirms what News-7 first reported in August.
It will convert its Salem store into a Supercenter, which combines its
discount merchandise store with a number of specialty shops.
Within the next few years Wal-Mart will have seven supercenters in our area.
Blue-chip stocks and technology issues are gaining ground on Wall Street
At noon the Dow was UP 15 points.
Still to come -- college hoop action
and while the backboards were knockin', New York was rockin'.
The lastest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, next, on News 7 at
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The Virginia Cavaliers fell to 2 and 3 in the A-C-C last night, losing to the
visiting North Carolina Tarheels at University Hall.
Steve Mason has the details.
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Roanoke College is celebrating a win over O-DAC member Guilford.
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The Maroons add to their halftime lead when Kevin Sigafoes hits the three
pointer making it 60 to 28.
Guilford answers with a three pointer from Kevin Spainhour but Guilford
trails the Maroons by 30.
Then Roanoke's Tim Braun takes the ball on the break and scores and the
Maroons lead 62 to 31.
Nathan Hungate connects from three point range.
Roanoke wins it 112 to 70.
And while Roanoke was rockin' the hardwoods --
Some of the biggest names in rock and roll were rockin' in the Big Apple.
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The party was for the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Among those inducted were Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Shirelles,
Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.
Although the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland last
Labor Day weekend, the induction ceremony was held in Manhattan at the
Coming up today on News 7 at FIVE's Health Check report-- maybe you've been
looking for an excuse to dodge those dirty dishes.
Here it is:
In a recent study, scientists sampled dish towels from 200 kitchens around
They found that more than 70-percent carried some type of potentially
We'll have the story later today on News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us.