UP next on News 7 at eleven-
An accident blocks traffic on Route 221 tonight in Roanoke County.
A train accident in New Jersey leaves three dead and 160 hurt.
Plus Figure skating champions- light up the ice in Roanoke. Highlights plus
an interview with U-S champion Michelle Kwan.
And the warm weekend forecast. News 7 is next.
An accident on Bent Mountain tonight is blocking traffic.
A tractor trailer overturned spilling about 50 gallons of diesel fuel.
Route 221 on Bent Mountain is closed until 11:30.
Officials are examining the black boxes from two commuter trains that
crasheed in New Jersey.
Three people were killed and 160 injured.
Olympic Champion Skaters took to the ice in Roanoke tonight at the Civic
Center- including Nancy Kerrigan and Oksana Bauil. We'll show you highlights
plus we'll meet U-S national champion MIchelle Kwan.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
An accident on Bent Mountain in Roanoke County tonight closed a section of
Route 221 for several hours.
A tractor trailer carrying building materials overturned blocking two of the
The driver was uninjured but the truck spilled about 50 gallons of diesel
Officials say it does not pose a hazard at this time.
The road remains closed at this hour as authorities try to get the vehicle
Travelers heading that way are told to expect delays.
An electric stove and a kerosene jug contributed to last night's fire that
killed a six month old Henry County girl.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Night;
Fire officials say the kerosene was stored next to the stove which had been
set at 500 degrees, for an extended period of time.
(Keysha) Keyshe Thomas apparently died of smoke inhalation in the fire.
It happened yesterday afternoon in the Grassy Creek area of the Henry
Keysha's siblings, 18-MONTH old Deonte (dee- ON- tay) Thomas and two- year
old Latasha Thomas were flown to a Winston-Salem hospital.
They remain in critical condition tonight.
The childrens' mother, Vivian Thomas, was at a neighbor's house when the
fire broke out.
Officials have ruled the fire accidental.
Witnesses to an October armed robbery in Henry County say Michael Ward was
one of the gunmen.
And today a prosecutor said evidence from that crime links Ward to a murder
that occured the same night.
IN Q=So you saw the face
((VOICE OF ROBERT BUSHNELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: SO YOU SAW THE FACE OF ONE
OF THE GUNMEN? YESSIR. COULD YOU IDENTIFY THAT PERSON. YOU'RE NODDING
POSITIVELY? YESSIR. DO YOU SEE THAT PERSON TODAY? THE RECORD SHOULD REFLECT
THAT YOU'RE POINTING TO THE DEFENDANT MIKE WARD.))
SUPER=02-Robert Bushnell/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=to the defendant Mike Ward.
Merv Hairston says he saw the defendant's face when the mask Ward was
wearing fell down.
And today, an expert testified that a spent shell casing from the murder
scene was fired from a gun that was stolen during the first armed robbery.
IN Q=Mr. Ward denies that he
((BURTON ALBERT/WARD'S ATTORNEY: MR. WARD DENIES THAT HE WAS INVOLVED IN THESE
OFFENSES AND THERE ARE SOME INCONSISTENCIES IN THE PROSECUTION'S CASE.))
SUPER=01-Burton Albert/Ward's Attorney;
OUT Q=in the prosecution's case.
Judge Morgan Armstrong certified the charges to the next grand jury.
Police suspect the Irish Republican Army is to blame for a bomb that left
36 people injured in East London.
The explosion happened one hour after the I-R-A released a statement saying
the 17 month cease fire was over.
The coded statement called in to the Irish media said British Prime
Minister John Major is at fault for the breakdown of peace talks in Northern
The blast partially destroyed several office buildings.
Police say two of the people were critically injured.
No group has claimed responsilibilty.
New Jersey officials will examine the ``black boxes'' of two commuter
trains involved in a collision.
Both engineers and a passenger were killed when one of the trains
apparently ran a stop signal and sideswiped an oncoming train.
At least 160 others were hurt- 16 seriously.
SOT 15:08:14IN Q=
((I TURNED AROUND AND LOOKED AND THERE WAS THIS BIG HOLE IN THE TRAIN. A LOT OF
PANIC. PEOPLE SCREMAING CRYING, A LOT OF BLOOD ON PEOPLE'S FACES AND WE
STARTING KICKING OUT THE WINDOWS TO GET PEOPLE OUT.))
OUT Q=TO GET PEOPLE OUT."
Officials say its too early to tell whether human error or mechanical
failure is to blame.
The sky is finally clearing over Oregon, and the rain-swollen (Wil-AMIT)
Willamette river is beginning to recede.
Some areas are completely under water, and Portland is hoping the sandbags
Manuel Gallegas has the story.
IN Q=In Columbia County
SUPER=01-Leeann Spear/Evacuee; 18
SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegas/CBS News; 55
OUT Q=CBS News, Portland
(( In columbia county, the northern tip of oregon the river and streams are
receeding..but much of the area remains cutoff after water destroyed parts of
the roads and highways.
For many people along the Willamette and the Columbia all that separates
them from disaster are sandbags..but everyone realizes what is really
Leeann Spear/Evacuee: THINGS CAN BE REPLACED--YOU CAN'T REPLACE A LIFE..."
So far three people are dead in Oregon and two others missing. Governor John
kitzhaber has declared 18 of the state's 36 counties disaster areas. One
person died in washington after a sinkhole collapse swallowed two cars.
President Clinton has issued a disaster declaration for 13 counties in
washington..Federal Emergency management director James Lee Witt is on his way
to the northwest to get a first hand look at the damage.
Portland averages 36 inches a year this year and 12 inches have already fallen.
this forcast now calls for sunshine for the next few days. Manuel Gallegas,
CBS News, Portland.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, we'll have the results of two local union
and we'll see what the odds are- of Powerball and Keno coming to the Old
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Members of the United Steelworkers union at New River Castings in Radford
voted to ACCEPT a new contract.
The final vote was 149 to 106.
Earlier this week the union rejected the three- year deal, but later
petitioned for a re-vote because of confusion over its contents.
After tonight's vote count , members requested yet ANOTHER re-vote, but the
union leaders has not decided if they'll grant that request.
New River Castings makes iron castings for the automotive industry.
The current contract expires April 28th.
A new pact will cover 420 of the plant's 500 employees.
Meanwhile union workers at the Alcatel plant in Roanoke County have ratified
a new three year contract.
By a vote of 100-to-29 the rank-and-file okayed the deal.
David Terry, the president of the union, says the local gained a
ten-and-a-half-percent increase in wages over the next three years.
The union also negotiated better insurance, health care, and pension
Terry says Alcatel "is a fine company to work for, and the negotiations were
Alcatel makes the fibers used in fiber optic cable.
It employs a total of 250 people.
Governor Allen appointed a former Roanoke resident as chairman of the
state's Parole Board.
Today he named Monty Tucker to take on the new roll.
Tucker served as U-S Attorney for the Western District of Virginia from 1990
IN Q=Most of my
((MONTGOMERY TUCKER/VIRGINIA PAROLE BOARD CHAIRMAN: MOST OF MY PROFESSIONAL
CAREER HAS BEEN IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THIS IS ONE ASPECT OF IT.
MY FEDERAL EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH PRISONERS AND PRISONS AND PAROLE AND THAT
TYPE OF THING. IN A BROAD SINCE I FEEL VERY PREPARED BUT I'VE GOT TO DO MY
SUPER=01-Montgomery Tucker/State Parole Board Chairman;
OUT Q=to do homework.
Tucker is currently employed as legal counsel and office chief for the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Dallas, Texas.
He says he looks forward to his move back to Virginia.
IN Q=It's going
((TUCKER: IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT TO GET BACK TO VIRGINIA. I CAN TRULY SAY
I'VE LOVED DALLAS, TEXAS SECOND ONLY TO VIRGINIA. I'VE ENJOYED MY EXPERIENCE
THERE BUT I'M REALLY GLAD TO BE GETTING BACK HOME.))
OUT Q=back home
Tucker replaces John Metzger who resigned in November after other board
members complained about off-color jokes.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Virginia's most controversial cabinet secretary will stay for now.
George Allen's Secretary of Natural Resources has survived a political
attempt to eliminate her job.
A special House subcommittee is recommending putting the bill off for a
That's after a unique public hearing on Natural Resource Secretary Becky
Her Department of Environmental Quality director looked on as a former
employee blasted her leadership.
IN Q=Political decisions
((ART BUEHLER/FORMER DEQ EMPLOYEE: POLITICAL DECISIONS WERE OVERRIDING
SCIENTIFICALLY BASED DECISIONS. WE ALL HAD TO ANSWER TO OUR OWN PERSONAL
DECISIONS, TO OUR ETHICS, TO OUR CREDO. MANY OF US LEFT. WE DIDN'T DO IT
LIGHTLY. I'M A SINGLE PARENT OF TWO YOUNG BOYS.))
SUPER=01-Art Buehler/Former DEQ Employee;
OUT Q=young boys.
But the Secretary has supporters.
IN Q=The opinions
((ERNEST BOWDEN/EASTERN SHORE WATERMEN: THE OPINIONS SHE'S DIFFERING WITH ARE
SOME OF THE ULTRA-ENVIRONMENTALISTS. YOU HAVE A CERTAIN GROUP OF
ENVIRONMENTALISTS THAT WOULD LIKE TO GET BACK TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN. IT'S
IMPOSSIBLE. WE'VE LEFT THERE AND THE BIBLE TELLS US WE'LL NEVER GO BACK TO
((WALTER BURROUGHS/EASTERN SHORE WATERMEN: THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAVE GONE TOO
FAR ON PROTECTING RESOURCES. A MAN'S LIVELIHOOD SHOULD COME AHEAD OF THAT.))
SUPER=01-Ernest Bowden/Eastern Shore Watermen; :00
SUPER=01-Walter Burroughs/Eastern Shore Watermen; :14
OUT Q=ahead of that.
Dunlop has been both praised and criticized for her emphasis on balancing
environmental concerns with business interests.
The controversy over charter schools may have subsided for another year in
The House Education Committee split 11-11 today, defeating a bill to let
local school boards allow up to two public charter schools per district.
Tommy Baker was the sole Republican to break with his party -- supporting
the rural delegation that fears charter schools will siphon money from other
IN Q=As far as
((DEL. TOMMY BAKER/R-DUBLIN: AS FAR AS THE CONCEPT, THAT'S FINE. THEY'VE DONE
A LOT OF WORK ON THE WHOLE BACKGROUND OF IT. AND WHAT IT COULD DO, OR CAN DO,
OR SHOULD DO, AND WON'T DO. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THERE ARE A WHOLE LOT OF
KIDS-- 99-PERCENT OF THE KIDS WHERE I LIVE -- THEIR ONLY CHANCE TO GO TO SCHOOL
IS GOING TO BE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT CHANCE WILL
ALWAYS BE THERE.))
OUT Q=be there.
Charter school supporters thought a bi-partisan study that led to this
year's bill might help it finally pass.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on the newscast, Robin Reed will have the weekend forecast,
And as some of the nation's best gather in Roanoke, we'll meet the young
woman who some believe is the future of figure skating.
MUSIC UP FULL
The U-S Forest Service says harsh winter weather will further delay its
analysis of American Electric Power's controversial power line project.
The draft environmental analysis was originally scheduled for completion in
Now it won't be ready til June.
The draft E-I-S is a crucial step in the approval process for the 115-mile
line, which would run from West Virginia to Botetourt County.
Two lottery games are on the table at the State Capital.
Other states are cashing in on Powerball and Keno... but will Virginia take
Scott Prince looks at the pros and cons of both games.
IN Q=Lawmakers in Richmond
SUPER=03-Lewisburg, WV; :10
SUPER=01-Nancy Bulla/West Virginia Lottery; :19
OUT Q=News 7
(( Lawmakers in Richmond are ready to debate two proposed lottery games for
Powerball and Keno make up seventy million dollars of Governor Allen's
The games, and the prizes they yield are very different, but both are
proving profitable around the country.
West Virginia has been extremely satisfied with Powerball.
IN Q=It has provided
((NANCY BULLA/WEST VIRGINIA LOTTERY: IT HAS PROVIDED US THE ONLY MEANS BY WHICH
OUR SMALL POPULATION COULD GENERATE A JACKPOT THAT COULD GIVE US THE SALES AND
THEREFORE THE PROFIT THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED. ))
OUT Q=we have received
But even if the General Assembly wants Powerball, that doesn't necessarily
mean it will get it.
stand- up 11:42:35 (p-ball tape)
A few weeks ago, the game's officers in Iowa took a straw poll to see if the
Commonwealth was right for Powerball.
The outcome-- a resounding no.
Mainly because Virginia's population is too big-- possibly producing too
end stand- up
The game can best be described as a multi- state lotto.
Less- populated states join forces, and produce major- league jackpots--
typically tens of millions of dollars.
The prizes in the Keno game are not as big.
But the top payoff isn't exactly small change.
Players can win up to 100- thousand dollars.
Maryland has profited well with Keno over the last three years, generating
more than 500- million dollars in sales.
The game is played on video screens, usually in restaurants and bars.
But there are some who fear that it's too accessible... and might encourage
There are some lawmakers in Virginia who have already expressed disapproval
of both games.
If neither makes it to the Commonwealth, no one is sure how the seventy
million dollar budget gap will be filled.
Scott Prince, News- 7.
Lots of hoopla tonight from around the area, plus Daytona practice, and world
Speaking of the ice, The Roanoke Express was in Norfolk tonight.
They were outshot 38-to-16 on the game and 21 to 3 in the final period.
But they beat Hampton Roads 3-to-2 and Kerry Biette gets the game winner late
in the third.
Daniel Berthiaume stopped 36 of 38 shots. They return home tomorrow night.
I'll be back right after this quick break
go to break
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
We start our Friday basketball coverage over at Patrick Henry where the
game between The Patriots and the Knights took a back seat for a tribute to
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Knights vs. Patriots; :00
The coach came out of the PH locker room for one of the final times as
head coach of the Patriots.
In recognition of his successful tenure; a cake, along with some other
treats, were waiting for him in the training room for a celebration after the
IN Q="I feel
((WOODY DEANS/RETIRING AFTER THIS SEASON:))
SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Retiring After This Season; :00
OUT Q=...played here"
His seniors were honored tonight as well and the evening got emotional when
Deans spoke to the fans. Former player Chris Combs; now a football player at
Duke, was one of many touched by Deans.
IN Q="I've been
OUT Q=...very much"
His Patriots would play inspired ball against Cave Spring.Brooks Berry
scored a game high 23 points including this nifty turn around off the glass.
Add this break away slam to the stat sheet for Berry, who dominated the
SUPER=33-Patrick Henry/=78/Cave Spring/=64;
Cave tried to retaliate with some long range bombing, but the Patriots were
to strong on this night as they win 78-64.
VO-NAT Wipe to #ENG
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Eagles vs. Colonels; :00
Woody's last home of his career will be against William Fleming this
Thursday at the Deans Dome. The Colonels hosted Franklin County tonight.
Franklin County's Jeremy Adkins knocks down this three pointer from the
right side to make the count 36-31 Colonels.
But the Eagles could not stop the high flying James Stokes. Here, he takes
the the pass from R.J. Reynolds and hits the j.
The duo would hook up again. This time Stokes completes the play with the
hoops and Fleming led 46 to 34 in the third.
The eagles kept fighting. On the SUPER=33-William Fleming/=60 /Franklin
break; Philip Clayborne dishes to Adkins who glides in for the basket. but the
Colonels win the RVD battle 60 to 48.
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
Let's now head up to Floyd where the Buffaloes hosted Three Rivers district
foe Radford in an old fashioned barn burner.
SUPER=03-Floyd/Bobcats vs. Buffaloes; ;00
Rick Cormandy brought his Bobcats into Floyd primed for an upset of the
district's top team.
But Floyd would get off fast as Travis Cantrell gives the no look pass to
Jesse Slusher, who scores for 7 point Floyd lead.
Radford would come right back in flash as Larnell Lewis drives in a dishes to
Andrew Crowder who drops in the layin.
The Cats would keep coming as Derrick Chapman gets two of his game high 22
points on this impressive steal and dunk.
But Floyd would survive tonight as Ryan Turman dishes to Derick Saunders who
had 19 and the Buffs win it 82-to-81 in overtime.
Now onto the scoreboard.
wipe to scoreboard!!!!!
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=...last score
Over at the Gator Pool tonight, The Roanoke Valley District held its fifth
annual swim meet.
Swimmers from Cave Spring, Pulaski County and Patrick Henry competed in the
While the coaches would like to see other members of the district compete,
The total number of swimmers has increased from last year.
IN Q=First audio
((KIT REAVIS/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Kit Reavis/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=........or four years."
The Cave Spring Boys and Girls dominated the meet, winning the team titles
for the 5th straight year.
The Virginia Tech Hokies hit the Atlantic 10 Road for the second straight
Saturday as they take on Xavier tomorrow at high noon.
The 11th ranked Hokies have been tuning up for the Musketeers all this
week, and they expect a hostile crowd in a sold out gym tomorrow.
((BILL FOSTER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...over there"
Still to come tonight, we'll head to Daytona and check on today's practice
session leading up to tomorrow's pole Qualify for the 500.
Plus we'll hop on the ice with Nancy, Oksana, Victor and Rudy right after
this quick break.
The Winston Cup cars got in a day's worth of practice as Speedweeks 96 got
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/This Afternoon; :00
Brett Bodine crashed his Lowe's Ford Thunderbird into the wall in the
tri-oval after a fire broke out in the car as he was coming out of turn four.
IN Q="Coming around...
((BRETT BODINE/DRIVER - LOWES FORD:))
SUPER=01-Brett Bodine/Driver - Lowe's Ford; :00
OUT Q=...stop the car."
Not surprisingly, two time defending Daytona 500 champion Sterling Marlin
posted the fastest speed at the track with a lap at 189 point 478 miles an
Rick Mast, Jeremy Mayfield and Dale Earnhardt were the only others to top the
189 mile an hour mark.
Qualifying for the top spot in the Daytona 500 is set for two o'clock
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
And finally the Winter Tour of World figure skating champions arrived in
This was arguably the greatest collection of stars to appear at any ice show
in the Valley.
A near capacity crowd was treated to performances from 1994 Olympic Gold
medalist Oxsana Baiul who performed her patented spin move.
Some of the loudest applause was reserved for silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan
who dazzled those in attendance with her outfit and her skating.
Olympic and World champion Victor Petrenko came out in casual attire and hip
hopped to a rap tune.
IN Q=nat sound
OUT Q=...SOUND DOWN.
Newly Crowned men's national champ Rudy Galindo got off to bit of rocky start
tonight as he slipped and fell during introductions.
But he handled the slip as easily as he's handling his new found fame.
SOT TC - (1734)
IN Q="It's changed...
((RUDY GALINDO/MENS NATIONAL CHAMPION:))
SUPER=01-Rudy Galindo/Mens' National Champion; :00
OUT Q=...USED TO IT."
One of the rising stars of skating is 15 year old Michelle Kwan-
She is the new U-S national champion.
SUPER=01-Michelle Kwan/U.S. Nat'l Champion; :25 quick
OUT Q=nat sound music." (Dissolve out)
((music nat sound
Watch Michelle Kwan skate and it's no suprise she's the Women's national
Her confidence and energy shine just about as bright as her smile-
The 15 year old California native captured the national title just a few
MICHELLE KWAN: IT WAS A GREAT...VERY EXCITED. I'M VERY PROUD TO BE THE NATIONAL
JEAN JADHON: BUT WINNING DOESN'T COME WITHOUT HOURS OF PRACTICE. MICHELLE IS ON
THE ICE EVERYDAY FOR THREE FORTY FIVE MINUTE SESSIONS.
I ALSO WORK AN HOUR AND HALF IN THE GYM STRETCHING AND CARDIOVASCULAR AND ALSO
WEIGHTS. JEAN: THAT'S A LONG DAY AND THEN I HAVE SCHOOL. I HAVE A TUTOR ALSO,
TWO HOURS A DAY.
That schedule leaves little time to do the things typical 15 year olds
do, but Michelle doesn't mind. She got friends on the tour, including Olympic
Gold medalist Brian BoitanO- A skater Michelle calls her role model.
I'M FLATTERED BECAUSE SHE'S A GOOD SKATER..LAUGHING..
A good enough skater to represent the U-S at the World competition in
Canada and just maybe at the Olympics.
WHEN I WAS LITTLE I ALWAYS DREAMED OF THE OLYMPICS AND BEING THE OLYMPIC
CHAMPION AND SOMEDAY HOPEFULLY I'LL BE ABLE TO SAY I'M THE OLYMPIC CHAMION I
THING THAT'S ONE OF ONE OF MY BIGGEST DREAMS.
With Michelle's winning drive that's a dream thatj ust may come true. NAT
SOUND OF HER SKATING))