The Navy orders all F-14 fighter jets to stand down for a massive safety
and Senator John Warner announces he's in for a fourth round.
Stay with us. News 7 at Noon is next.
The Navy has grounded all of its F-14 fighter jets following a crash today
in the Persian Gulf.
It's the third F-14 crash in less than a month.
In the latest crash, the Navy says the plane's two-man crew was quickly
rescued and suffered minor injuries.
A special team of experts will spend the next three days reviewing the
Bosnian government leaders are scrambling for a new leader.
Earlier today President Alija Izetbegovic was hospitilized with heart
Government leaders have called an emergency meeting suggesting his
condition could be serious.
Izetbegovic's illness comes as the government prepares to take over
Serb-held suburbs around Sarajevo.
There has already been some aggression ahead of tomorrow's transfer of
Several Serb home owners set their houses on fire as they fled the capital
He may have won the New Hampshire primary but Pat Buchanan is not winning
over some of Washington's most prominent Republicans.
Former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp says Buchanan's slim victory was based on
New York Mayor Rudolph Guliani suggests Buchanan's statements are
And former Joint Chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell says the T-V
commentator is too extreme to win his vote.
((COLIN POWELL: I'M TROUBLED BY SOME OF HIS MESSAGES, I'M TROUBLED BY THE
MESSAGE THAT SUGGESTS THAT WE CAN SORT OF PULL UP THE DRAWBRIDGES AND WITHDRAW
TO FORTRESS AMERICA, WE CAN'T DO THAT AND SOME OF HIS MESSAGES OF INTOLERANCE
TROUBLE ME. ))
SUPER=01-Colin Powell/Former Joint Chiefs Chairman;
OUT Q=trouble me.
Buchanan, rejects the extreme label.
He says his anti-world-trade and pro-American jobs platform appeals to the
jobless working-class, many of whom, he says, are minorities.
The Republican hopefuls will be in Tempe, Arizona tonight for a debate,
minus Bob Dole.
The state's primary is Tuesday.
Senator John Warner today formally announced he will seek a fourth term.
Warner, a Republican, faces a challenge from the right from former Reagan
administration budget director Jim Miller.
Many G-O-P conservatives oppose Warner -- saying he has a history of
disloyalty to the party.
Warner and Miller will square off in a June 11th primary.
Speaking of official announcements -- a big one came for the Roanoke Valley
One of the largest printing companies in the world will put a
state-of-the-art plant in the western part of Roanoke County.
As Len Besthoff reports, the project could create hundreds of new jobs.
IN Q=Roanoke County
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Brian Duncan/Roanoke Co. Econ. Development; :19
SUPER=01-John Pecaric/RR Donnelley; :45
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Roanoke County leaders were giddy, even horsing around after governor Allen
presented them a jumbo check chock full of industrial incentive money from the
After nine months of talks the R-R Donnelley printing company has agreed to
build a multi-million-dollar facility that will take up nearly all the space in
the county's new industrial park.
SOT TAPE TWO 14:27:32
IN Q=I've never
((BRIAN DUNCAN/ROANOKE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: I'VE NEVER BEEN IN A
PROJECT IN MY LIFE, IN MY CAREER, WHERE IT WAS A TEAM ATMOSPHERE THROUGH THE
WHOLE NEGOTIATION...WE KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED, HONESTLY, AND THEY KNEW WHAT WE
OUT Q=we could do.
R-R Donnelley already has a magazine plant in Lynchburg that employs 750
But it's building a new plant in Roanoke County because of a growing trend
in the book business; customers want to manage their inventories better, and
that requires smaller orders on shorter notice.
SOT TAPE ONE 13:56:58
IN Q=And that's
((JOHN PECARIC/R.R. DONNELLEY: AND THAT'S THE BIGGEST REASON THAT WE'VE
DESIGNED THE NEW ROANOKE PLANT SPECIFICALLY TO PRINT COLOR BOOKS, IN SMALL
PRINT RUNS, ECONOMICALLY.))
OUT Q=small print runs economically.
The new facility will initially have 175 workers when it opens next April,
but that number could eventually go to 750 if R-R Donnelley completes all three
phases of the project it has planned.
Pay will range from 10-to-14-dollars-an-hour.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
R-R Donnelley has annual sales averaging six-billion-dollars-a-year.
And it prints half of the books on the New York Times bestseller list.
And while county officials are encouraging growth, some West County
residents say they want just the opposite.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
Roanoke County leaders want to re-zone residential property for commercial
and industrial development.
But residents are saying they don't want more business in their backyards.
SOT tape 1 7:37:57
IN Q=I understand the
((CHARLES LANDIS: I UNDERSTAND THE COUNTY'S NEED FOR ADDITIONAL REVENUE. BUT
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THIS PROPOSED RE-ZONING WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO THOSE OF US
WHO LIVE IN THIS COMMUNITY. ))
OUT Q=in this community
Meanwhile, one supervisor says most opposition to the re-zoning is coming
from Glenvar Heights residents.
SOT tape 2 8:49:18
IN Q=The people
((SPIKE HARRISON/CATAWBA DISTRICT SUPERVISOR: THE PEOPLE HAVE GREAT DISTANCES
BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND THE ROAD AND OTHER NEIGHBORS AND THEY JUST WORRY THAT
THE WHOLE SCENE WOULD CHANGE. ))
SUPER=01-Spike Harrison/Catawba District Supervisor;
OUT Q=would change
At a community meeting last night, county officials briefed residents on
about 45 parcels of land proposed for rezoning.
Residents' concerns range from increased traffic to higher taxes.
A popular dining and sightseeing vessel in Pulaski County wound up on the
bottom of Claytor Lake this morning.
Only the upper deck of the Pioneer Maid is above water.
The main deck and the hull are completely submerged.
New River Cruise Company operates the boat.
Owner Howard Barrett says it was fine when he inspected it last night.
((HOWARD BARRETT/NEW RIVER CRUISE CO.: 999 TIMES OUT OF A THOUSAND IT'S A
FAULTY HOSE OR A HOSE CLAMP OR SOMETHING MINOR. WE'LL HAVE TO RAISE HER BACK
UP AND CONDUCT THE INVESTIGATION. ))
SUPER=01-Howard Barrett/New River Cruise Co.;
OUT Q=the investigation.
A small amount of fuel has spilled into the lake.
Firefighters and HAZMAT crews have already taken steps to contain it, and
don't expect any threat to fish or wildlife.
((MILLER FARRIS/NEWBERN VOL. FIRE CHIEF: THE FUEL OIL THAT'S IN THE ENGINE AND
STUFF IS GOING TO EVENTUALLY WORK OUT OF THE ENGINE. SO WE JUST PUT THIS
AROUND TO CONTAIN THE OIL SPILL AS BEST WE CAN UNTIL THE BOAT IS RAISED BACK UP
OUT OF THE WATER. ))
SUPER=01-Miller Farris/Newbern Vo. Fire Chief;
OUT Q=out of the water.
Unless there is significant damage, Barrett expects to have the Maid cleaned
up and ready for passengers in time for the season to open May first.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
A Floyd County woman faces the maximum penalty for killing her boyfriend,
and more than 200 law enforcement officers search for a convicted murderer who
escaped from a Virginia correctional facility.
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The police chief in the hometown of a prisoner who escaped from Powhatan
Correctional Facility says he's afraid the man will come home.
Townsend, Massachusetts, Chief William May says Geoffrey Ward knows the
roads along the East Coast and could easily return home.
Corrections officials refuse to say how 38- year- old Ward escaped.
About 185 Corrections officials and 45 state troopers are searching for the
man convicted of the 1984 murder and rape of two women.
Ward was sentenced to eight life terms for the murders.
He is a white male, six foot two, 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
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A Floyd County woman faces life in prison.
Yesterday, 42- year- old Denise Lomax was convicted of murdering her live-in
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./August 4, 1995
In August, Sheriff's deputies found the body of 25- year- old Daniel McPeak
with a fatal gunshot wound to the back.
Lomax testified the shooting was an accident, and that she had no intention
of hurting McPeak.
She plans to appeal the jury's decision.
Pittsylvania County authorities are still rounding up suspects in a drug
By late yesterday, they had arrested 20- suspects, including a juvenile.
Authorities were still searching for 32- others.
The undercover investigation began last June and involved law enforcement
officers from six different agencies.
Most of the arrests involved the sale and distribution of cocaine.
IN Q=This we hope
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: THIS WE HOPE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE,
IT'S AN ONGOING PLIGHT IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA, THE UNITED STATES TO
GET RID OF DRUGS, I DON'T THINK WE'LL EVER GET RID OF IT, BUT IN LAW
ENFORCEMENT WE'LL CONTINUE TO ENFORCE THE LAWS AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS. ))
OUT Q=against illegal drugs.
Plaster expects more arrests.
The undercover investigation was dubbed "Operation Iroc (EYE-ROCK)".
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
Our business correspondent Len Besthoff chats with financial guru Peter
and reading, writing and de-segregation.
South Africa's children lead the way in ending apartheid.
music up full
South Africa faced a test this morning of policies that have ended a half
century of apartheid.
In a confrontation that rang of this country's efforts to end segregation in
the sixties, the driving force of change came on the shoulders of the children.
Maggie Sterner reports from South Africa.
IN Q=Black pupils have
SUPER=03-South Africa; :00
SUPER=01-Nel Koos/Parent Committee Chairman; :32
SUPER=01-Englebrecht Koos/Parent; :53
SUPER=01-Maggie Sterner/Reporting; 1:08
OUT Q=South Africa.
Black pupils have attended classes at the previously all-white Potgietersrus
(pot-HEATERS-roose) primary school for the first time - ending an aprtheid era
tradition of discrimination.
Police and media outnumbered students at the event as most of the school's
700 white pupils failed to turn up by the time classes began.
The scene was reminiscent of the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1960s and
ended the most blatant challenge to date to equal rights laws that took effect
with the nation's first all-race election in 1994 that ended apartheid.
White parents and the school's governing body had previously blocked attempts
by blacks to enroll in the state-subsidized school.
This year, with the law behind them, blacks filed a court challenge backed
by the provincial government and won the case.
Just after 7 a.m., the black family
that led the legal challenge arrived at the school gate, walking past armored
police vehicles blocking the road to prevent possible protests or
harassment by whites.
"We have to work together," said Yvonne Matukane, who came with her three
children and husband, Alson. "Everything is there for us
now. My children must get what they are supposed to get because they are
Sixteen black students registered for school Wednesday after an appeal by
the school board to preserve its whites-only policy was rejected.
Most showed up by 7:30, along with about 20 white students.))
The space shuttle Columbia is set to lift off in just over three hours on
an unusual -- and possibly risky -- mission.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center;
It involves deploying and retrieving an Italian satellite on a 12-mile-long
It will test a new method for generating eletrical power in space.
Possible risks include the danger of the thin line snapping, or acting like
a space yo-yo -- or even a motor malfunction that could reel the satellite in
Peter Lynch has a resume and net worth probably anyone would envy.
During the 1980's he managed the Fidelity Magellan mutual fund, the largest,
and one of the most successful mutual funds ever.
His words of wisdom are closely followed by both Wall Streeters and small
And Len Besthoff says his latest book is sure to capture some
IN Q=Thank you and with us
SUPER=01-Peter Lynch/Former Fidelity Magellan Mgr.; :23
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
The stock market is continuing yesterday's strong rally.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 26 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
We'll be right back with high school hoop action,
and Patrick Evans shows us how the Cavs got stung by the Yellow Jackets last
MUSIC UP FULL
The Virginia Cavaliers last night tried to upset one of the two top teams in
the A-C-C, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Courtney Alexander makes the great one- on- one move on the left wing and
hits the jumper.
Five minutes into the game it's 15-4 Virginia.
Then Chris Alexander gets the follow-up jam to keep the lead in double
But Tech comes back.
Stephon Marbury with the steal, the drive, and the dish to Drew Barry, who
jams it home.
UVa's lead is cut to 36-to-32 at halftime.
Georgia Tech continues its march in the second half as Matt Harpring scores a
career high 30 points.
The Yellow Jackets hand UVa its 13th loss of the season with a 84 to 75 win.
The Roanoke Valley district semi-finals last night had four teams battling
for a spot in the finals.
SUPER=03-Salem/Pulaski vs. Fleming; :00
In the opener, the regular season champion William Fleming Colonels hosted
Fleming opens the game with an 8-to-nothing run thanks in part to some on
the mark perimeter shooting.
R-J Reynolds knocks down a basket for 3 of his 10 points on the night.
The Cougars answer.
SUPER=33-William Fleming/=70/Pulaski County/=47;
Jamar McNair keeps it close with a couple of creative moves.
But Fleming ends Pulaski's season as Brad Dunleavy scores and the Colonels
move on with the 70-to-47 win.
SUPER=04-Patrick Henry vs. Cave Spring;
In the night cap; Patrick Henry and Cave Spring got together.
Retiring Woody Deans was hardly ready to give up the clip board just yet.
IN Q=This isn't the
((WOODY DEANS/PATRICK HENRY HEAD COACH:
THIS ISN'T THE LAST GAME. YOU'LL HAVE TO COME BACK FOR THAT.))
SUPER=01-Woody Deans/Patrick Henry Head Coach; :00(QUICK)
OUT Q=back for that.
P-H beat the Knights 73-51 and advances to the R-V-D title.
The Pats meet William Fleming Saturday at 7:15 at the Salem Civic Center.
The unbeaten and top ranked 3-A team in the state, George Washington picked
up a win in the Western District semifinals.
SUPER=03-Danville/Pioneers vs. Eagles;
Big Tyrone Robertson takes the feed and knocks down the turnaround.
Then watch Marcus Cunningham score for 2 of his 17 on the night.
Heritage tried to stay in it.
Kevin Lambert bombs away with the corner basket for 3 of his game high 27,
but the Pioneers trailed by 11 at the break.
Danville poured it on in the second.
Bobby Wimbush gets the SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/=94/Heritage/=72;
stickback and 2 of his 19 as G-W advances to Friday's Western District final 94
(****toss to Patrick****)
(patrick ad lib)
(patrick toss to mel)
That's it for News 7 at NOON.
Thanks for joining us.