A deathrap in the Philippines as a disco filled with young people goes up in
and it's a homecoming for frustrated Wisconsin residents locked out of their
homes since a fiery train derailment.
Persistent rain has dropped over an inch already in many locations, with
more to come this afternoon.
We'll cool off quite a bit overnight, and could see some snow showers, all
that's coming up in your noontide forecast.
Don't go away, the news is next.
The Philippines government has ordered an inquiry into the worst fire in
the nation's history.
Yesterday's blaze in a Quezon (KAY- zhan) City nightclub killed at least
150 with scores still missing.
Many died in the panic to escape.
The dance club had no fire exit and was ten times over capacity when the
fire broke out.
The club had been approved for use by 35 people, but was packed with nearly
Gaby Tabunar has more.
IN Q=Most of the victims
SUPER=01-Gaby Tabunar/Reporting; :56
OUT Q=Gaby Tabunar, CBS News, Manila;
Most of the victims recovered so far were women, part of the more than hundred
people that were killed by a fire that razed a disco in a Manila suburb.
Police who questioned witnesses said many of the fatalities died in the
stampede that followed the instant people started shouting "fire." More
were crushed to death when the ceiling of the dance hall collapsed. The
bodies were found by firemen near the door of the dance hall and along the
narrow passegeway leading to the hall. Indeed many survivors told of a
shrieking crowd in a mass stampede through the narrow corridor to escape
the flames that engulfed the disco.
As rescuers recovered the bodies, relatives outside waitied for word of those
The mother of a youngster who was with a group that held a
birthday party in the disco. Also in the disco, a bigger group marking the
end of the school year.
What was to have been a night of fun and celebration turned into a tragedy
witnesses said the fire was caused by a short circuited electronic equipment
in a music booth. But whatever the cause, young lives were lost. A police
official called it the worst fire ever in the Philippines.
Gaby Tabunar, CBS News, Manila.))
And in Mexico City a fiery crash as bank robbers in a getaway car shot down
a police helicopter.
SUPER=03-Mexico City, Mexico;
Three people aboard the chopper were killed and one seriously injured when
it hit the roof of an elementary school.
Only fifteen minutes earlier the school had been filled with children
waiting to be picked up by their parents.
Three of the accused robbers were apprehended but police are still
searching for more suspects.
In Wisconsin today, officials are conducting a final safety inspection to
determine if residents of Weyauwega can finally move back home.
The town of 17-hundred was forced to evacuate two weeks ago when a freight
train loaded with propane derailed.
Sunday night, an explosives expert set off a spectacular blast to burn the
((SOT, LT. COL. PETER FOX, WISCONSIN NATIONAL GUARD: TWO TANK CARS THAT WERE
REMAINING WERE OPENED AND THEIR LOADS...THE GREAT BULK OF THEIR LOADS EMPTIED
INTO LITTLE CONTAINMENT PITS WHERE THE LIQUID PROPANE THEN BURNED.
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Peter Fox/Wisconsin National Guard;
OUT Q=where liquid propane burned.
A fraction of the town's residents have already returned to their houses.
They are the folks who live at least a couple miles from the derailment.
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SUPER=03-Galveston Bay, TX/Yesterday;
In Texas environmental workers are trying to clean up a massive oil spill in
A barge ran aground yesterday and leaked more than 170-thousand
gallons of oil.
The barge could potentially leak its entire load of 714- thousand gallons.
The spill stretches at least five miles.
Driving rains and slick roads could be to blame for a couple of accidents
Officials say the wreck looked much worse than it actually was.
Northbound lanes on Route 2-20 near Clearbrook were blocked for about twenty
minutes, after five cars collided.
There were no serious injuries, but five people were taken to the hospital.
Police are still trying to figure out exactly how the accident happened.
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And on Route 460 near Laymantown Road, a tractor-trailer collided with three
other vehicles, including a V-DOT truck.
State police say the truck driver was headed west, tried to stop and skidded
into the crossover lane.
Three people were taken to the hospital, but officials say their injuries
did NOT appear to be life-threatening.
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When News 7 returns,
The midwest may hand Bob Dole the Republican nomination today,
and in what could be a medical first, a woman becomes pregnant and has a baby
while she's in a coma.
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After four years of war, Bosnia's capital has been reuinted.
The Serbs today handed over the last of five Sarajevo suburbs to the Muslim-
The departing Serbs tossed grenades and set buildings ablaze before
fleeing Grbavica (grehb-uh-VEE'-chuh). The unification is a key provision
of the U-S brokered peace accord.
Bob Dole could wrap up the Republican presidential nomination today with
primary wins in four Midwest states.
But two new polls find Dole would still lose to
President Clinton if the general election were today.
One of the surveys DOES suggest Mr. Clinton's lead is shrinking.
It isn't the election but the budget that has the President's attention
President Clinton sent Congress his one-point-six trillion-dollar budget
for fiscal year 19-97, which he says balances the budget "the right way."
Republicans already dismiss the plan, saying it does too little to curb
expensive benefit programs such as Medicare.
A New York woman who was allegedly raped while in a coma like state,
delivered her baby prematurely yesterday.
Doctors believe this is the first case of someone getting pregnant, and
then giving birth while in a chronic vegetative state.
A doctor in Rochester says the two-pound, 11-ounce boy and his mother appear
to be doing fine.
((DR. JAMES WOODS: THE RISKS ARE LUNG DEVELOPMENT, NUTRUITION AND ON A REGULAR
BASIS AND DOCTORS HERE ARE VERY SKILLED TO ADDRESS THOSE CHALLENGES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. James Woods/Strong Memorial Hospital;
OUT Q=THOSE CHALLENGES.
Officials say the mother, injured in a 19-85 car crash, was raped in a
nursing home last summer.
Her parents are considering raising the child themselves.
Speed and Ritalin are fast becoming the American teenager's drugs of
Locally, these dangerous fads are not catching on as fast, but they are
present, and other drugs are still popular.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
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SUPER=01-Steve Eckstein/Richfield Pharmacy; :23
SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police; 1:03
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((It's a drug prescribed to treat hyperactive children, but Ritalin is
often abused by teens for its effects as a stimulant.
And when abused, it can be deadly.
Last year a Roanoke high school senior died after snorting
the drug at a party.
Local health officials say incidents of Ritalin abuse continue to
increase-- mainly from teens who buy or steal the drug from younger children
taking the medication.
That's why parents have to take control.
IN Q=As a parent
((STEVE ECKSTEIN/RICHFIELD PHARMACY: AS A PARENT, YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO KEEP
THIS STUFF IN YOUR POSSESSION AND GIVE IT TO THEM AS THEY NEED IT. ))
Meanwhile, methamphetamine or speed is also hitting the fast track as the
preferred drug in much of the U-S.
It's an often hazardous mix of drugs like ephedrine or dexedrine and
((THESE THINGS ARE VERY DANGEROUS. SOME OF THESE PRODUCTS ARE HOME-MADE OR
SHIPPED IN FROM UNDERGROUND LABS. ANYTHING THAT IS NOT MADE IN A CONTROLLED
ENVIRONMENT CAN JUST DOWNRIGHT BE DANGEROUS. ))
Although methamphetamine hasn't taken the Roanoke Valley by storm-- it has
made its presence known.
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: SOMETIMES IT TAKES LONGER FOR CERTAIN TYPES
OF DRUGS TO SPREAD TO OTHER AREAS. YOU ALSO HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT YOU'RE
DEALING WITH NUMBERS OF COMPLAINTS AND REPORTS THAT WERE GIVEN TO THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT-- SO IT WASN'T NECESSARILY AS ACCURATE AS WE'D LIKE IT TO BE. ))
While trendy drugs like Ritalin and Methamphetamine aren't as common here
locally, Kincaid says there's still a high usage of marijuana and L-S-D.
But as drug abuse is still a problem-- Kincaid says outreach programs like
D.A.R.E. are spreading the message to end it.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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Still to come --
What cars top the list when it comes to reliability,
and the U.S. Forest Service is trying to get a jump on the fire season.
We'll show you how they're doing it when News 7 returns.
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The Roanoke fire that killed four children in January is focusing new
attention on fire safety in the city schools.
During the next two weeks, teams of firefighters are visiting classes in
all of the city's elementary schools.
They hope to reach more than seven thousand students in kindergarten
through fifth grades.
IN Q=Throughout the school year
((EDWARD FIELDER/ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHAL: THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR, WE HAVE
PROGRAMS, PUPPET SHOWS THAT WE DO AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE'RE CONCENTRATING
ON ALL OF THE SCHOOLS, NOT JUST HIT AND MISS. WE'RE GOING TO HIT EVERY KID IN
SCHOOL WITH THE MESSAGE THAT WE HAVE TO GO OUT THESE TWO WEEKS.))
SUPER=01-Edward Fielder/Assistant Fire Marshal;
OUT Q=these two weeks.
The firefighters are teaching the students how to plan for an emergency,
how to summon help by dialing 911, and what to do if they're are caught in a
They also hope the students will encourage their parents to review fire
safety in their homes.
GRAPHIC=Forest Fire Dangers
Last spring, brush fires scorched more than five-thousand acres of national
forest in Craig County.
Now officials say preparation and a new firefighting tool will help them do
a better job of battling blazes this season.
Scott Prince has that story.
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SUPER=01-Bob Boardwine/U.S. Forest Service; :10
SUPER=03-Craig Co.; :21
SUPER=01-Steve Elmore/U.S. Forest Service; :53
OUT Q=S.P. News 7
(( It's nearly been a year since the devastating brush fires in Craig County.
But the memories still burn on.
IN Q=It gives us
((BOB BOARDWINE/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: IT GIVES US SOMETHING TO REFLECT BACK ON
AND KIND OF WORK OFF THAT BASE-- O.K. HERE'S THE WORST CASE SCENARIO TYPE OF
SITUATION. IF THAT HAPPENS AGAIN WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? ))
OUT Q=going to do
Right now, THIS is what they're doing.
Step tests are being administered by the U- S Forest Service, to make sure
volunteer fire fighters are in strong physical condition.
Nat sound 3:20:06
((A SCORE OF 51, WHICH IS GOOD. ANYTHING IN THE FIFTY'S IS REAL GOOD.))
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(( Preparations go far beyond step tests.
Volunteers go through dozens of hours of training before they're allowed to
fight a fire.))
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But when volunteers ARE called out to battle a forest fire, they'll be able
to use a new weapon.
IN Q=The one thing
((STEVE ELMORE/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: THE ONE THING I'VE GOT ON THIS ONE THAT I
DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE IS FOAM CAPABILITY. THAT'S THE LATEST CRAZE THAT SEEMS TO BE
IT IN BRUSH FIRES. ))
OUT Q=in brush fires
Forestry officials are confident these measures will aid them this fire
But they know that even with new equipment and well- trained volunteers, the
threat of brush fires will never be extinguished.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Cars from Japan again top the list for most reliable cars.
That's what "Consumer Reports" magazine says in its annual auto issue.
Acura, Infiniti, Honda, and Nissan luxury lines are the models with the
G-M'S Saturn and Geo were best among American brands.
Volvo and B-M-W were the most reliable European cars.
Consumer sentiment may not be a reliable indicator on how the U-S economy is
doing, according to a leading analyst.
Ken Gassman works for Davenport- and- Company, a Richmond brokerage firm
that has an office in Roanoke.
He says many people think our economy is heading for a slowdown, when, in
reality, most economists predict it is growing moderately.
IN Q=If we
((KEN GASSMAN/DAVENPORT & COMPANY: IF WE MEASURE THE GROWTH OF THE U-S ECONOMY
AGAINST THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF THE DECADE OF THE 1980'S, IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE IN
A SLOW GROWTH ECONOMY, BUT IN FACT IF YOU LOOK AT THE UNDERLYING FUNDAMENTAL
FACTORS IN TODAY'S ECONOMY, AND THAT IS LOW INFLATION RATES, LOW INTEREST
RATES, LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, THAT WILL TELL YOU THAT IN FACT THE ECONOMY IS
HEALTHY, BUT IT'S GROWING MUCH MORE SLOWLY.))
SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Consumer Analyst-Davenport & Co.;
OUT Q=much more slowly.
Gassman says the reason the economy is growing more slowly is because
consumer and business spending has gone down.
But in fact he believes our economy now resembles the situation we were in
during the 1950's, when there was moderate growth in a peacetime economy.
Housing starts have hit their highest level in more than a year.
The government says construction of new homes rose three percent in
Analysts had predicted a decline.
The National Association of Home Builders says it shows builders are more
confident and consumers are trying to beat rising mortgage rates.
Stock prices rose in early trading today, before pulling back on
At noon the Dow was DOWN one point.
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Don't go away -
The hard work of two coaches at V-M-I pays off with new contracts,
and a high school coach is honored by the Associated Press.
Stick around - Patrick has sports next.
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Harry Johnson is named the triple A coach of the year by the Associated
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/AAA State Championship; :00
Johnson ended a 19 year career at G.W. Danville by coaching the Eagles to
their first state title since 1933 and a perfect 27 and OH record.
The A-P named William Fleming 6' 5" senior James Stokes to the 1st team all
Danville's Bobby Wimbush was named to the state's first team as well.
Eagle teammate Tyrone Robertson was a second team all state selection.
The V-M-I football and basketball programs are getting a welcome boost as
both head coaches receive huge votes of confidence.
Mike Stevens has more from Lexington.
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SUPER=01-Bill Stewart/VMI Head Football Coach; :05
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Basketball Coach; :23
SUPER=01-Davis Babb/VMI Athletic Director; :37
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
(( With the Marshall museum and library as the backdrop, basketball boss Bart
Bellairs and head football coach Bill Stewart inked six-year contract
extensions that will keep them on the barracks into the next century.
((BILL STEWART/VMI HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:))
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI HEAD BASKETBALL COACH:))
((DAVIS BABB/VMI ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
Bellairs took VMI hoops to new levels this past season with 18 wins. He's
also found a way to put people in the stands at Cameron Hall and get big name
programs to play in Lexington.
For the 43 year old Stewart, the 6 year deal is a God Send. After spending
the past 16 years at 9 different programs, this is the stability he's wished
for for his wife and 18 month old son.))
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(toss to mel)
And coming up today on the Health Check Report, just which vitamin
supplements do you need to worry about?
We'll have a report on the fact AND fiction behind some manufacturers'
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