Oregon residents are stuffing sandbags and moving to higher ground in the
wake of the worst flooding in decades.
And President Clinton is set to sign a landmark bill that will have a
massive impact on consumers.
No ice last night makes things easier this morning, and we continue to warm
up and thaw out.
The forecast shows more of that trend, I'll have it for you
Don't go away, the news is next.
Oregon residents are bracing for the worst flooding in 30 years, forcing
many to flee their homes.
Virtually every river and stream in northwestern Oregon is above or near
flood stage, and it continues to rain. Reed Galin has more.
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Search crews continue to find bodies at the site of yesterday's jetliner
crash in the Atlantic.
As of this morning, searchers have recovered corpses and body parts of at
least 128 people.
There were 189 on the Boeing 7-57 that crashed Tuesday night, some 13 miles
off the coast of the Domican Republic.
Most of them were German tourists.
It's signing time for the telecommunications overhaul bill.
Just moments ago, President Clinton signed into law the largest overhaul of
the telecommunications industry in 62 years.
It removes long-standing monopoly protections -- so that long-distance
companies can get into the local telephone company business and local phone
companies can get into the cable T-V business.
It also requires television makers to install chips that will let parents
screen out violent shows.
Perhaps as a result of the long-awaited legislation, Bell Atlantic and Nynex
continue to discuss some kind of joint venture.
The Wall Street Journal reports merger talks have cooled between the two
Baby Bells, but the pair IS discussing a joint venture to enter the
Officials of the tire shredding plant that burned to the ground last
summer now face charges of storing too many tires in the facility.
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The Virginia Rubber Recycling plant was destroyed by fire in July.
Investigators believe an electrical problem with a piece of equipment
sparked the blaze.
Now a grand jury in Rocky Mount has indicted four officers of the company.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Facing charges are Rufe Bynum the third, Marcus Haley and Raymond Bishop,
all listed as company presidents... and Larry Boyd, Virginia Rubber's general
A Smyth County man is dead after his car was struck by an oncoming train.
State police say 48-year-old Danny Jones of Atkins was pronounced dead at
Smyth County Community Hospital yesterday afternoon.
A spokseman says Jones's pickup went over the crossing on Route 6-85 despite
the train engineer's attempts to warn him with his horn.
The impact dragged Jones' vehicle 120 feet before the train could stop.
Traffic was tied up for two hours this morning when a tractor trailer loaded
with candy overturned on Interstate 81 in Wythe County.
State police say the driver, Margie Youngblood lost control of her rig when
she reached for her coffee cup.
Youngblood is charged with reckless driving.
She and her husband were injured and taken to a hospital.
State police say one of the southbound lanes near mile marker 68 will be
closed most of the day.
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When News 7 returns,
State police will investigate an alleged rape involving two Virginia Tech
and we'll tell you how students in Salem feel about hitting the books, now that
their snow days are over, at least for now.
Now here's Patrick to tell us what kind of weather to expect in the
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Prosecutors say they plan to charge a former Roanoke County sheriff's deputy
with stealing a jail inmate's credit cards.
Inmate Robert Dallas says someone ran up more than 900 dollars in charges --
and it wasn't him because he's been in jail since last March.
Authorities are not releasing the former deputy's name until he's formally
GRAPHIC=state police investigation
State police will investigate Christy Brzonkala's (Bron-calla's) rape
She's the former Virginia Tech student who says two Tech football players
raped her and then, got preferential treatment.
The state police investigation was actually the State Attorney General's
A letter to Brzonkala's attorney last month notes that Brzonkala chose NOT
to seek police involvement.
Deputy A-G Gary Aronhalt wrote, "I hope she will reconsider."
He added if Brzonkala requests it, the Attorney General is prepared to ask
the State police to conduct an immediate and thorough criminal investigation.
Brzonkala's lawyer and Tech officials say they WELCOME the criminal
Henry County Administrator Robert Lawler is out of a job.
The county board of supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to release
Lawler from his contract.
The board named "philosophical differences" as the reason.
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County officials added that Lawler's termination had nothing to do with his
job performance-- nor was there any misconduct.
Some say the three newly- elected board members may have played a role.
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((VERONICA VENABLE/ACTING HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A
NEW BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. AND BEYOND THAT, I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHAT SPECIFIC
DIFFERENCES OF PHILOSOPHY THEY MAY HAVE HAD, BUT THIS IS A NEWLY- CONSTITUTED
SUPER=01-Veronica Venable/Acting Henry Co. Administrator;
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Lawler could not be reached for comment--
But in a written statement to the board, he praised the county's staff.
Lawler will receive monthly severance pay through May 27th.
He's worked as county administrator for the last two and a half years.
And another county administrator will soon be out of the picture.
Wythe County Administrator Billy Branson is resigning effective September
Former county board of supervisor member James Crosswell says Branson was
FORCED to resign because of his support FOR the proposed prison in Wythe
Branson would not comment.
Meantime, Craig County's school superintendent is being asked to resign.
This week, school board members voted three to two to oust Dallas Helems.
The decision comes on the heels of a recent fuel leak at Craig County High
Board members are said to be upset with the way Helems' handled the
Helems says he was disappointed with the board's decision, and that he had
no idea this decision was coming.
Helems still has about a year and a half left on his contract and says he
wants to honor it.
The temperatures have warmed up some since the big freeze, but not enough to
thaw out all the schools.
In Salem, school officials defied the ice and opened anyway.
Ron Jones has the story.
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SUPER=01-Chris Foutz/Salem High School Student; :23
SUPER=01-Jamie Helms/Salem High School Student; :30
SUPER=01-Joyce Noell/Salem High School Teacher; :39
SUPER=01-Dana Dudley/Salem High School Student; :47
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
When the snow pounded our area this winter some students, and few teachers,
No more school, no more books no more teachers...well for a while at least.
But now there are classes to make up because of the snow... about a dozen
days in some localities.
Salem City schools are back in session.
But some students say let it snow, let it snow let it...
((CHRIS FOUTZ/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: SNOW... I LIKE BEING OUT OF SCHOOL. BUT I
LIKE SCHOOL BUT I LIKE TO BE OUT SOMETIMES AND VACATION.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((JAMIE HELM/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: SNOW MOST DEFINITELY.. WHY BE AT SCHOOL WHEN
YOU COULD BE AT HOME.))
Some say the school delays are even worse.
((JOYCE NOELL/SALEM HIGH TEACHER: GET THE BOOKS OUT, GET THE DISKS OUT, BOOT UP
THE COMPUTERS AND IT WAS TIME TO PUT THEM AWAY AND GO HOME.))
But some just want to get back to business and get it over with.
((DANA DUDLEY/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: I THINK I'D RATHER HAVE SCHOOL BEING IN...
BECAUSE I'M GETTING READY TO GRADUATE SO I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE.))
But whatever the view of students or faculty they're going to have to make
up their time... one day or another.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
Due to remaining snow and ice, we have some school announcements.
(mel ad libs schoolwatch)
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And speaking of the winter weather --
Still to come on News 7 --
if you're tired of the white stuff, there's more on the way - at least that's
what the Farmer's Almanac predicts.
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In San Francisco this afternoon a thirteen- year- old girl is undergoing an
emergency liver transplant after eating poisonous mushrooms.
The girl, her mother and two brothers picked wild mushrooms while on a family
outing and then ate them in spaghetti sauce.
They turned out to be death cap mushrooms, the world's most dangerous
The other family members are in serious condition.
In other medical news from the bay city, a doctor and his patient say
they'll make another attempt at an experimental AIDS procedure.
Jeff Getty received a historic baboon bone marrow transplant, but he still
doesn't have a baboon- produced immune system.
Getty talked to a California radio station yesterday and said he did not
expect the baboon cells to ingraft into his sytem and begin producing AIDS
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OUT Q=a long shot.
But Getty, says he is feeling better than he did before the surgery two
Doctors say his surprising improvement may be as important as the experiment
If you're a faithful reader of the Farmer's Almanac you may be expecting
It's not what meteorologists predict, but more folks ARE turning to the
Almanac since it's been on the mark for the last two blasts of winter.
Tracy Altizer takes a closer look.
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SUPER=01-Clyde Morris/Farmer; :00
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SUPER=01-Mike Emlaw/N.W.S. Meteorologist; :54
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((CLYDE MORRIS/FARMER: THE ALMANAC HAS HIT IT ALMOST WITHIN ONE DAY A YEAR OR A
YEAR AND A HALF IN ADVANCE, THAT OUR LOCAL FORECASTERS CAN'T HIT A WEEK AHEAD.
Morris really is a fan of Robin Reed, and watches the News-7 weatherman
nightly for the next day's forecast.
But when it comes to long- range planning, this potato farmer has relied on
Blum's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac for 40 years.
It has him worried about more snowstorms this month.
((THE 16TH THROUGH THE 19TH AND THE 24TH THROUGH THE 29TH. I HOPE WE MISS
But it also depends on which almanac you depend on.
The Old Farmers Almanac was on the money last week, but it's not calling for
anymore snow until the 19th thru the 21st of this month.
At the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, meteorologists say
it's all a matter of interpretation.
And even with all the latest computer models, they don't stick their necks
out past a week.
((MIKE EMLAW/N.W.S. METEOROLOGIST: WE CAN PREDICT FAIRLY WELL MOST OF THE TIME
OUT TO ABOUT TWO DAYS. WE CAN DO REASONABLY WELL, KIND OF GET A GENERAL IDEA
WHAT THE WEATHER'S GOING TO BE OUT TO PERHAPS SEVEN DAYS DEPENDING ON THE TIME
OF THE YEAR, AND THEN ANYTHING REALLY BEYOND THAT IS GUESSWORK. ))
But whether you subscribe to high- tech or down- home, only one person
really knows what's in store, and we all know better than to mess with Mother
Nature. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The I-T-T plant in Roanoke County has come a LONG WAY toward establishing
commercial uses for its night vision devices.
But so far, that has NOT brought more job security for its 650 workers.
Len Besthoff reports.
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SUPER=01-Elaine Tuttle/ITT Night Vision; :55
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(( Last week we visited I-T-T Night Vision to do a story about its positive
efforts in selling night vision goggles to consumers.
Up until 1993, the focus was on military applications.
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((SANDRA COAN/ITT NIGHT VISION: THE RESPONSE TO NIGHT VISION HAS BEEN
OUT Q=has been incredible.
But hours after our visit workers called saying the company planned to cut
Our attempts to reach I-T-T failed, but we confirmed the story from an
We reported I-T-T would cut 90 positions-it turned out 12 people got pink
We regret the error.
When we tried to get the correct figure from I-T-T, we did not get a
response after four separate calls.
A release arrived TWO DAYS later, and 24 HOURS after the rest of the media
got a copy.
It says the layoffs partly resulted from slower than anticipated growth in
its commercial/consumer products segment.
But two days before, growth prospects in that division sounded pretty rosy.
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((ELAINE TUTTLE/ITT NIGHT VISION: THE SECOND YEAR WE WERE ABOUT 400-PERCENT
GROWTH RATE AND WE HAVEN'T MAINTAINED THAT KIND OF GROWTH RATE, BUT WE DOUBLED
LAST YEAR AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GONNA ALMOST DOUBLE THIS YEAR IN OUR
OUT Q=commercial sales.
Workers who called us also expressed doubt about I-T-T's other statement in
the release, that "...no further workforce reductions are anticipated".
They pointed out, and News-7 confirmed, that I-T-T is awaiting the award of
a large night vision contract from the U-S military probably worth tens of
millions of dollars.
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(( The last contract awarded was split by I-T-T and its main competitor,
Litton Industries of Arizona.
But workers say Litton took the matter to court because it had the lower
This time around, employees speculate only one company will get the
OUT Q=will get the contract.
But even if I-T-T doesn't win it, it MAY have an ace in the hole.
Workers also say it's bidding on two big foreign night vision contracts.
I-T-T told its employees it will hear about the U-S military contract in a
few weeks, and the foreign work will not be awarded until later this year.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
The owner of the Tetra- Secondnature plant in Blacksburg has put the company
on the selling block.
Warner Lambert of New Jersey says the company is exploring the sale of its
Tetra division, which makes a variety of aquarium products.
Tetra employs about 100 people.
In the past few years it has gone through two small expansions.
Stocks are pulling back today,
after three days of record highs.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
DOWN six and a half points.
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Just ahead on News 7, Dave Winfield is out, while Don Shula may be in,
and Radford's basketball team causes a big upset at the Dedmon Center last
Patrick Evans will have the highlights.
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Dave Winfield is hanging up his glove.
The 44-year-old outfielder retired today after 23 seasons in the majors.
Winfield played last season for the Cleveland Indians, he also played for San
Diego, the New York Yankees, California, Toronto and Minnesota.
The 12-time All-Star batted .283 and clubbed 465 homers.
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Don Shula may be on his way back to the sidelines.
Today's "Washington Post" reports Cleveland Browns Owner Art Modell may ask
Shula to head the Browns if the team moves to Baltimore.
The N-F-L's all-time winningest coach retired from the Miami Dolphins last
month after 33 seasons in the league.
A big upset in Radford last night as the Highlanders hand UNC-Greensboro its
first conference loss of the season.
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The Spartans started with a perfect 7-and-0 record.
But Radford opened up its game and took a 36-to-32 halftime lead, thanks in
part to Eric Bowens.
In the second half, Jason Lansdown hits for two of his 12 with this basket.
Five minutes later, the Highlanders went on an 8-to-nothing run led by Kevin
He finished with 18 and RU slam dunks the Spartans 81-to-67.
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Coming up today on our Health Check Report-- More from Heart-Score '96
today-- with the focus on AGE and strokes.
Join us for the story, on News 7 at FIVE.
And thanks for watching News 7 at NOON.
Have a good day.