A chartered German flight never makes it to Frankfurt.
And after losing in Louisiana Senator Phil Gramm faces more trouble in Iowa.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
The Coast guard has so far recovered 59 bodies in the Atlantic Ocean, where
a passenger jet went down last night.
The Boeing 7-57, carrying nearly 200, plunged into shark- infested water
shortly after taking off from the Dominican Republic.
It was a chartered flight headed for Frankfurt, Germany.
((Klaus Busch/Frankfurt Airport Spokesman:ORIGINALLY ALAS PLAN EXPERIENCED
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, SO ALAS SUB-CONTRACTED A TURKISH OEGER.
.....BERGEN AIR. ))
SUPER=01-Klaus Busch/Frankfurt Airport Spokesman;
OUT Q=Bergen Air"
Most aboard were Germans.
Officials say the presence of the sharks is hampering recovery efforts.
After facing defeat in the Bayou, Texas Senator Phil Gramm may be facing
angry farmers in the Midwwest.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
Gramm was heavily favored to win the Louisiana caucus but was left in the
dust by Pat Buchanan.
Gramm is also feeling the heat for staying in Louisiana to do some last
minute campaigning instead of heading back to Washington for the farm bill
The bill, seen as cruicial to farmers, was defeated 59 to 34.
Gramm says the loss in the Bayou State is NOT the end of the campaign.
((SEN PHIL GRAMM: ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Phil Gramm/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=steve forbes.
Gramm is now in Iowa campaigning for Monday's caucus.
The former number two man at the Justice Department is testifying today
before the Senate Whitewater Committee.
Former Associate U-S Attorney General Webster Hubbell is now serving a 21
month prison sentence for mail fraud and tax evasion.
The committee is focusing this week on the mysterious appearance last month
of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Whitewater billing records.
Meantime, president Clinton may be making an appearance at the Whitewater
TRIAL in Little Rock.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;
The lawyer defending Susan and James McDougal say a videotape of Mr.
Clinton's testimony is unacceptable.
IN Q=Our preference is to
(( BOBBY MCDANIEL/SUSAN MCDOUGAL'S LAWYER: OUR PREFERENCE IS TO HAVE THE
PRESIDENT HERE LIVE SO THE JURY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE AND VIEW HIM.
SUPER=01-Bobby McDaniel/Susan McDougal's Lawyer;
OUT Q=and view him.
The subpeona ordering the President to testify was signed yesterday.
Haiti gets a new president today.
Rene Preval (Reh-NAY' Preh-VAHL') succeeds outgoing President Jean
It's the first peaceful transition of power in Haiti's history.
Preval's inauguration also will trigger the withdrawal of the 25-hundred
U-S combat troops still in Haiti.
Close to a million attended mass this morning with Pope John Paul in
But throughout the mass police were on special alert.
Just hours hours before the Pope arrived, a bomb exploded outside a Roman
Catholic church near the capital city.
No one was injured and the church was not damaged.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
Financial compensation for a Roanoke man who was wrongly imprisoned clears
another hurdle in the General Assembly,
and a million dollar drug bust in Lexington involves a Washington and Lee
music up full
A House of Delegates Committee has endorsed the plan to compensate Ed
Honaker (HAHN-uh-kuhr), the Roanoke man who was wrongly imprisoned for ten
Honaker was pardoned by Governor Allen in 1994 after D- N- A tests showed
he did not rape a woman in Nelson County.
A bill sponsored by Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum would award Honaker 150-
thousand dollars in cash and a 350- thousand dollar annuity paid over ten
Today, the Claims Committee sent the measure to the House floor.
TAPEedit of #96-6
Three Danville police officers are named in a lawsuit that alleges police
Sam Sakellaris supplied his attorney with these pictures allegedly taken the
night he was arrested.
He says it all happened when he was pulled over during a traffic stop two
The suit says Officers L-M Adkins and L-R Kennedy beat Sakelleris while he
The suit also says Lieutenant J-C Lewis was standing by and encouraged it.
The attorney representing Sakellaris believes Sakellaris was targeted
because he was a witness to another case of alleged police brutality a number
of years ago.
According to the suit, Sakellaris was charged with assault and battery,
resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The charges were later dismissed.
Some unexpected excitement today at trial of accused abortion clinic
shooter John Salvi.
Salvi was reportedly tackled by security guards when he turned over a table
just as jury selection was about to resume.
He then had to be wrestled out of the courtroom.
Salvi is accused of killing two abortion clinic workers.
In Rockbridge County, undercover officers say they busted a one
million-dollar drug ring involving an employee of Washington and Lee.
Ron Jones reports.
IN Q=kurt russ
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 1987; :00
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Yesterday; :16
SUPER=01-Bruce Beard/Lexington Police Chief; :27
SUPER=01-Brian Shaw/W&L Public Relations; 1:00
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News 7.
(( Kurt Russ has been an Archeological Researcher at Washington and Lee since
He has supervised several digs throughout the county.
However, police say from 1990 to 1994 Russ worked with a maintenance worker
and an Alumnus in distributing cocaine throughout Rockbridge County.
Their main supplier, a drug dealer from Miami, was tricked by local
undercover officers to come to Lexington where he was arrested.
((BRUCE BEARD/LEXINGTON POLICE CHIEF: IT'S APPARENT THAT... DRUG UNDER
Police say Russ' job was to set up transactions with a drug dealer in Miami
and get the cocaine to the streets... and after fours years more than one
million dollars worth of cocaine made its way to Rockbridge County.
Eleven of 17- suspects accused in the drug ring have been arrested--the
other six are at large.
W&L officials are shocked.
((BRIAN SHAW/W&L PUBLIC RELATIONS: WELL, THE ADMINISTRATION... WHEN WE'VE BEEN
ASKED TO COOPERATE.))
Police say Russ has been arrested and is out on bond... and the details of
this unusual ring will be brought out in court.
Ron Jones, News 7.))
Lynchburg police are searching for the man who robbed a bank yesterday at
Just before four yesterday afternoon, a gunman walked into the Co-Operative
Savings Bank on Old Forest Road.
IN Q=A lone gunman
((CMDR. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: A LONE GUNMAN CAME INTO THE BANK,
ORDERED THE TWO TELLERS THAT WERE IN THE BANK AT THE TIME ONTO THE FLOOR, GOT
THE MONEY OUT OF SOME CASH DRAWERS AND FLED. SUSPECT WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING
ANYWHERE FROM FIVE- SEVEN TO SIX FOOT, WEARING A BLACK SKI MASK, WITH A DARK
COLORED JACKET, DARK JEANS AND BLACK COMBAT BOOTS.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=black combat boots.
The suspect fled on foot into a nearby apartment complex, where tracking
dogs were unable to pick up his scent.
Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Lynchburg Police
TAPE# edit of greenbrier bunker 95-83
West Virginia's secret congressional bomb shelter in the basement of The
Greenbrier Hotel is now open to the public.
SUPER=03-White Sulphur Springs;
The resort in White Sulphur Springs is scheduling tours.
The cost, ten dollars a person.
The hour-and-a-half tours will be given each Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and
Thursday through March 14th.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 continues, we'll show you what's in store for Roanoke students
who thought they were getting out of school because of the snow,
and a one-woman play about eating disorders comes to Roanoke tomorrow night.
music up full
Thousands of women and an increasing number of men suffer from eating
Connie Stevens has a preview of a one-woman play on the topic-- "Eaten
Alive," now touring the region.
IN Q=When I walk
SUPER=01-Mimi Wyche/Actress; :49
OUT Q=CS. News 7.
IN Q=When I walk
((WHEN I WALK INTO A ROOM, THE VERY SOUND OF MY THIGHS RUBBING TOGETHER SENDS
SMALL ANIMALS SCREAMING FROM THE FOREST. NOW THAT IS POWER I TELL YOU. FREEDOM.
AND POWER. RRHHHH. ))
"Eaten Alive" is NOT a chronicle of Mimi Wyche's 17-year-battle with an
Rather, she plays the part of five women-- all fighting their own demons.
((GOD! INCREDIBLE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE.
THIS IS JUST WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. DISCIPLINE.))
And Wyche says the blame is obvious-- with the media ideals that are
difficult to live up to.
IN Q=It's ironic that
((MIMI WYCHE/ACTRESS: IT'S IRONIC THAT EATING DISORDERS WITH MEN HAVE INCREASED
DRAMATICALLY OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS IT USED TO BE ONE PERCENT OF MEN SUFFERED
FROM EATING DISORDERS AND NOW IT'S TEN PERCENT. AND I THINK THAT IS DIRECTLY
RELATED TO THE INCREASED MEDIA ATTENTION TO MEN'S BODIES AND BEING A HUNK, AND
THESE AREN'T JUST WRESTLERS AND SPORTS GUYS.))
OUT Q=sports guys.
Wyche is also hoping to send the message that at the core of eating
disorders, the real issues are often about the soul, not the body.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
"Eaten Alive" will be presented tomorrow night at Hollins College.
TAPE#edit of school board with new field-tape bite/95-110
This is the tenth day Roanoke City students have missed school because of
Now the trick is trying to find a way to make up those snow days.
School board members met last night--and approved THREE make- up dates.
January 26th, which was previously listed as an inservice day-- March 15th,
and Memorial Day.
Since three additional days are built into the school calendar-- that
leaves FOUR to make up.
Superintendent Wayne Harris says his first priority is schoolchildren's
safety-- but next comes the quality of their education.
IN Q=We will work
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SUPT.: WE WILL WORK TO RE-CAPTURE AS MUCH
OF THAT TIME AS WE CAN AND TRY TO RE- CONNECT STUDENTS' THINKING AND THEIR
LEARNING SO THAT WE WON'T LOSE TOO MUCH IN THE PROCESS. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City Schools Supt.;
OUT Q=in the process
Harris suggested making up three of the remaining days in April, during
But some board members were worried about low attendance.
The board tabled that idea until they can study the alternatives.
They'll meet again February 20th.
Some schools are still delayed or closed because of the snow and ice.
Here's a list.
(mel ad libs schoolwatch)
Help is finally on the way for flood- ridden Pocahontas County.
Most residents have not been able to apply for federal relief because the
county's newly passed flood plan had not been approved by FEMA.
The measure will be given the go- ahead today.
SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co./January 30;
Parts of the county were hit with up to five feet of water during flooding
last month, sparking President Clinton to declare it a federal disaster area.
SS=ESS Full Screen
Residents and business owners who suffered flood damage in West Virginia can
apply for federal assistance by calling 1-800-462-9029.
The U-S trade deficit narrowed in November to just under seven-point-one
That's the best showing in nearly two years.
But analysts say it's mostly due to a sluggish U-S economy cutting demand
Stocks were holding on to slight gains in late morning, as investors
continued yesterday's strategy of buying economically sensitive issues.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
DOWN a half a point.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
There's more News 7 coming up, including a special birthday party for a
and Patrick Evans takes a look at the Hokies' big win last night at the
MUSIC UP FULL
The 11th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies got another scare last night, but they
survived Duquesne's (do-CANES) upset SS=ATLANTIC 10
bid and won their 16th straight game at Cassell Coliseum.
Steve Mason has more on the Hokies' 17th win of the year.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Dukes vs. Hokies; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Edgar/Duquesne Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Keefe Matthews/17 Points & 4 Rebounds; :38
SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=69/Duquesne/=63; :50
SUPER=01-Damon Watlington/15 Second Half Points; :58
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:15
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
While most area high school teams were off last night because of
cancellations, Parry McCluer and Covington braved the elements and each other
SUPER=03-Covington/Blues vs. Cougars;
The Blues take the early lead. Boo Kowsey finds Nathan Floyd who
scores 2 and Parry McCluer led by 3.
William Stewart hits Mike Barber for the easy bucket and the Cougars go on
to take the half.
Parry McCluer tried to hang on, but Robert Roman heats it up.
Here he knocks down 3 of SUPER=33-Covington/=51/Parry McCluer/=42;
his 16 on the night and Covington led 30 to 19 at the break. The Cougars win
it 51 to 42.
SS=Hold high school hoops
Also last night, George Wythe bombed Northwood 79 to 33 and Rocky Gap beat
Fort Chiswell 57 to 53.
(***********patrick toss to mel**********)
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Coming up today on our Health Check Report-- Heart-Score '96 continues,
with a look today at preventing strokes.
But before we go we want to take you to a party last night in Hollywood.
Family and friends of Ronald Reagan gathered to celebrate his 85th
SUPER=03-Hollywood, CA/Last Night;
Nancy Reagan hosted the party.
The former president is too ill with Alzheimer's disease to attend public
But he did play golf yesterday with his longtime friend Bob Hope.
Reagan is only the fifth president to reach the age of 85.
That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for joining us.