A deadly snow storm sweeps across the northern plains over the weekend,
with more snow on the way,
and two Roanoke police officers are on administrative duty after a domestic
dispute call ends in a fatal shooting.
Don't go away, the news is next.
A domestic dispute in Roanoke last night ended with a fatal confrontation
between police officers and the suspect.
Police say 35- year- old Edwin Plunkett was raising a loaded rifle when they
But Joe Dashiell reports the woman who called police says Plunkett did not
deserve to die.
IN Q=Ed Plunkett was shot
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-M. David Hooper/Roanoke Police Chief; :08
SUPER=01-Billie Patton/Plunkett's Fiancee; :54
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Ed Plunkett was shot and killed in the doorway of his home... as officers
were attempting to arrest him.
IN Q=The officers told him
((M. DAVID HOOPER/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: THE OFFICERS TOLD HIM HE WAS GOING TO
BE ARRESTED FOR THE ASSAULT. HE THEN BACKED UP AND CAME UP WITH A RIFLE IN HIS
LEFT HAND. AS HE MOVED HIS RIGHT HAND TO THE TRIGGER OF THE RIFLE, BOTH
OFFICERS DREW THEIR WEAPONS SIMULTANEOUSLY AND FIRED.))
OUT Q=and fired.
Police were called to the home in the 100 block of Cherryhill Circle shortly
after six p-m... when a woman dialed 9-1-1 and said she was being beaten.
By the time officers arrived, Billie Patton had run next door and dialed
9-1-1 a second time.
Plunkett's fiancee acknowledges he had been drinking and did pick up the
rifle from behind the door, but she says he never pointed the weapon toward the
IN Q=Over the police officers head
((OVER THE POLICE OFFICERS HEAD, I SAW THE BARREL UP AND MAYBE HE HAD HIS HAND
ON THE BOTTOM,. MAYBE HE HAD HIS HAND ON THE TRIGGER, BUT HE NEVER AIMED THE
WEAPON, NEVER. ))
OUT Q=never aimed the weapon, never.
The two officers will be placed on administrative duty until the police
department's investigation is complete.
Then the file will be referred to the commonwealth's attorney for his
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Bosnia today visiting with U-S troops.
SUPER=03-Camp Alicia, Bosnia;
After landing in Tuzla this morning, the first lady and her daughter Chelsea
flew by helicopter to Camp Alicia.
The facility lies outside the safe confines of the U-S base in Tuzla, and is
surrounded by mines.
Not since Eleanor Roosevelt has a first lady addressed American troops in a
potentially hostile zone without an escort from the president.
California voters go to the polls tomorrow for that state's presidenital
SUPER=03-Yorba Linda, CA/Yesterday;
Frontrunner Bob Dole was in the golden state yesterday visiting the Richard
Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.
Seeking voters in the crucial election state, Dole embraced a state
initiative to outlaw affirmative action policies in state hiring and college
Patrick Buchanan was also in california and Continued to refuse to rule out
a possible independent candidacy for president.
Dole appealed to Buchannan to unite behind him.
IN Q=We're down to two
((BOB DOLE: WE'RE DOWN TO TWO OF US AND I WOULD HOPE PAT BUCHANAN WOULD FIND IT
IN HIS HEART TO JOIN FORCES TO CLOSE RANKS AND BRING THIS PARTY TOGETHER.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R)Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=party together.
Ross Perot is still being coy about his own possible candidacy.
On morning news shows today the Texas billionaire criticized both parties
for not fulfilling budget promises.
Perot has said he will run this year if his new Reform Party asks him to.
Former Secretary of State Ed Muskie is in critical condition after a heart
An aide says Muskie went into cardiac arrest following surgery for a
blocked artery in his leg.
The former Senator from Maine served as Secretary of State under President
Carter and was an unsuccessful candidate for the democratic presidenital
nomination in 19-72.
Muskie is 81.
In Britain today a panel of scientists is expected to rule on what to do
about so-called mad cow disease.
A possible link between the disease and a rare but fatal human brain
ailment has driven beef from Britain's menu.
Yesterday the British McDonald's chain announced that it was switching to
foreign beef for its hamburgers.
Cinny Kennard has the story -- we warn you that some of this video may be
IN Q=Hamburgers, cheeseburgers...
SUPER=01-Paul Preston/McDonalds UK; :14
SUPER=01-Professor Richard Lace/Microbiologist; :54
SUPER=01-Cinny Kennard/Reporting; 1:20
OUT Q=cbs news London.
Hamburgers, cheeseburgers and big macs are off the menu at
mcdonalds in britain.
british beef is banned, a move that could cost farmers at
least 37 million dollars.
PAUL PRESTON-MCDONALDS U.K.- CONSUMERS AREN'T CONFIDENT
ABOUT BRITISH BEEF AND WITHOUT THEIR CONFIDENCE I DON;T HAVE A
That's the way another major british burger chain feels. it
stopped selling hamburgers this morning.
since the government announced "mad cow disease", might be
linked to a rare and deadly brain illness in people who may
have eaten tainted beef, dozens of countries have said they
will no longer buy british beef.
domestic sales have plummeted and parents are now waiting for
an answer from the government.
what can they feed the children?
KIDSCAPE:WHAT WE ARE SAYING TO OUT CHILDREN IS NO HAMBURGERS BUT
THEY HAVE BEEN EATING THEM FOR YEARS AND YEARS, WE HAVE THIS
WORRY WE HAVE BEEN KILLING OUR CHILDREN.
Many feel the nations 11 million cattle must be slaughtered
others suggest eradicating just the older cows, because there
were very few cases of the disease confirmed in the younger
The farmers await the government verdict.
we don't know where we are going or what we are doing, the sooner the
government comes up with some policy the sooner they clear the matter up the
better. its an extremely worrying job both emotionally and financially.
It is expected more countries will
endorse the widespread bans today and there is talk a
multimillion government bailout may be needed. the great fear
is it may be too late to save the industry?
cinny kennard, cbs news london
In New York, a young girl's life is in danger as doctors refuse critical
surgery until someone can pay the bill.
Doctors say the seven-year-old suffers from a tumor in her spine, and could
die within weeks if it is not removed.
But they say the procedure is too costly to perform without some kind of
The girl and her father came to the country from their native Bolivia, where
doctors there had mis-diagnosed her cancer as something less servere.
Ironically, medical experts say if the girl had entered the country
illegally, she would be eligible for Medicaid.
The family is now asking for help from the Bolivian Consulate in New York.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next, the Supreme Court considers the rhetoric over English,
and domestic partners from all over San Francisco exchange vows in the city's
first civil ceremony for gays.
music up full
A spring blizzard across the Northern Plains is leaving bitter cold and
deadly accidents in its wake.
At least four storm related deaths are reported.
Blowing snow has cut visibility, closed roads and stranded hundreds of
The National Weather Service predicts up to 12 inches of snow in Minnesota
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Mt. Washington, NH/Yesterday;
Rescuers removed the bodies of two people buried in an avalanche on New
Hampshire's Mount Washington yesterday.
The two hikers were caught up in the avalanche as they crossed an area
called the gulf of slides.
A third hiker managed to avoid the snow-slide and escaped unharmed.
The Supreme Court has agreed to review efforts by states to make English
their official language.
The court will hear a case from Arizona involving an English-only
amendment to the state constitution.
A lower court struck down the amendment.
At a time when there is a heated national debate over same-sex marriage,
San Francisco is again stepping forward to proclaim it will accept, respect and
legitimize all types of relationships.
Today, homosexual partners from all over the Bay area will exchange
vows in the city's first civil ceremony for domestic partners.
Some partners exchanged vows yesterday in church.
((TOLLIVER: FOR US THIS MEANS WE ARE GONG TO BE WITH OUR FRIENDS TO WITNESS
SOMETHING HISTORIC, BUT SOMETHING THAT'S ALSO PERSONAL. ))
OUT Q=also personal
The church ceremony and today's mass ceremony are largely symbolic since
marriage between people of the same sex is not legal in California.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
Hollywood's biggest night is tonight, and it comes amid claims of racism in
picking the Oscar nominees,
and gory Hollywood effects are the lesson of the day for local college
We'll take you to Ferrum for some movie magic.
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You'll have to wait a few more hours to find out who the big winners are
at the 68th annual Academy Awards.
Apollo 13 has nine nominations, and many Hollywood insiders say it's the
best bet to win the top prize, and could be upset only by ``Babe.''
Oddsmakers and pundits are looking to Nicolas Cage for ``Leaving Las
Vegas''and Susan Sarandon for ``Dead Man Walking'' as favorites to win best
actor and actress.
And ``Braveheart's'' director, Mel Gibson, is said to be the leading
contender for best director.
Not everyone will be watching tonight when the Academy Awards are given
At a church service in Los Angeles yesterday, the Reverand Jesse Jackson
urged church ministers to mobilize their congregations to march to KABC- TV
today in protest against the lack of black Academy Award nominees.
A-B-C television stations will broadcast the Oscar ceremony.
Jackson said he had decided not to hold the protests at the actual
Oscar site because he did not want to put pressure on Quincy Jones, who
is producing this year's show.
IN Q=jessie's a friend
SUPER=01-Quincy Jones/Oscars Producer;
OUT Q=have a lot of merit.
Jesse Jackson says he has commitments from ministers in 25 other major
cities to join the protests against A-B-C affiliates.
A man who has won an Emmy for his make-up work on "Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine" has beamed into our area.
Denise Allen and videographer Rob Monroe reveal how Roanoke native Dean
Gates works magic with make-up.
IN Q=WHEN YOU ARE
SUPER=01-Dean Gates/Make Up Artist; :10
OUT Q=News 7
((WHEN YOU ARE RESEARCHING YOU'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED TO LOOK INTO REALISTICALLY
SOT tape 1 15:06:11
IN Q=IT ALL REVERTS
((DEAN GATES/MAKE UP ARTIST: IT ALL REVERTS BACK TO AN INTEREST I HAD AS A
CHILD, MAGIC. IT'S ONE BIG MAGIC TRICK. IT'S AN ILLUSION.))
OUT Q=AN ILLUSION
Creating illusions has won Dean Gates an Emmy for his work on "Star Trek:
Deep Space Nine."
The Ferrum College graduate spent the weekend showing students how to help
theater goers suspend their disbelief--even give life to an inanimate object.
SOT tape 1 15:06:32
IN Q=if you light
((IF YOU LIGHT IT RIGHT. SELECT THE CAMERA ANGELS AND THE SHOTS YOU ARE GOING
TO FILM, ALL TOGETHER WITH THE EDITING WITH THE REACTION OF THE OTHER PEOPLE,
THE MUSIC AND THE SOUND EFFECTS, YOU'RE CREATING A WHOLE ILLUSION OF REALITY.))
OUT Q=of reality
SOT tape 2 15:53:30
IN Q=now this is
((NOW THIS IS GOING TO BE DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE AN OLD SCAR.))
OUT Q=OLD SCAR
After Ferrum, Gates studied film making at the University of Miami.
He moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, in the 80s to do make-up for slasher
His next stop was California.
SOT tape 2 15:54:37
IN Q=if we want
((IF WE WANT TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A VERY FRESH CUT.))
OUT Q=VERY FRESH CUT
SOT TAPE 2 15:57:12
IN Q=I PAINT IT
((I PAINT IT BLACK AND THAT'S GOING TO GIVE US DEPTH.))
OUT Q=GIVE US DEPTH
SOT TAPE 2 15:57:24
IN Q=I WANT TO
((I WANT TO POWDER THIS SO IT SETS REALLY WELL.))
OUT Q=REALLY WELL
SOT TAPE 2 15:57:53
IN Q=AND WE'RE
((AND WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK WITH OUR BLOOD-RED COLOR FOR THAT FRESH LOOK.))
OUT Q=THAT FRESH LOOK
Gates is giving his career a fresh look.
He and his wife Nina Kent, who's also a make up artist, moved to Russell
County and started a film company.
They say they'll start their first production, a psychological thriller
called "For Better or Worse" this summer.
Gates is hoping to turn his childhood interest in film making into another
award winning venture.
Denise Allen News 7.))
TAPE# common sense
Need a speedy tax refund this year?
In today's edition of Common Sense, Len Besthoff has the sunny side of
filing with the I-R-S.
IN Q=so you were
SUPER=01-Gary Duerk/Brown, Edwards, & Company; :20
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP more than nine points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for sports.
Patrick will have highlights from the N-C-Double-A tournament,
and he'll take us to Darlington where Jeff Gordon's Chevrolet dominated the
field to win the TranSouth 400.
MUSIC UP FULL
Syracuse is heading to the Meadowlands and the Final Four after winning the
West Regional final over Kansas.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/CBS SPORTS; :
Otis Hill makes the spin move for the jam and the Orangemen lead 21 to 17.
But Jaques Vaughn keeps the Jayhawks in the game, he pulls up and scores.
Kansas trails 24 to 20.
Vaughn continues in the second half with a three pointer and the score is
tied at 35.
Jason Cipolla hits a long three pointer and Syracuse is back on top 54 to
Vaughn has a shot at the win but SUPER=33-Syracuse/=60/Kansas/=57;his
three point attempt at the buzzer misses and Syracuse advances with the 60 to
IN Q="There's nothing
((ROY WILLIAMS/KANSAS HEAD COACH: THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN SAY TO MAKE THE KIDS
FEEL BETTER THAN THEY DO. I DO WANT TO CONGRATULATE SYRACUSE, THEY OUTPLAYED
US, THEY OUTCOACHED US, THEY WON THE GAME. ))
SUPER=01-Roy Williams/Kansas Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......won the game."
For the first time in school history, Mississippi State is headed to the
The Bulldogs beat Cincinnati 73 to 63 in the Southeast Regional.
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY/CBS SPORTS; :
Dontae Jones takes the ball into the paint with the nice spin move and
The Bulldogs take a 16 to 8 lead.
Cincinnati working hard on defense after a steal.
Keith Lagree glides in for the easy layup to make it 27 to 20 Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs end the first half with a three pointer and lead 32 to 22 at
The Bearcats try to get back in the game Darnell Burton hits the long
Jones leads the Bulldogs with SUPER=33-Mississippi
State/=73/Cincinnati/=63;23 points and is named M-V-P in the 73 to 63 victory.
Jeff Gordon won the Transouth Financial 400 at Darlington, his second
straight win at the track.
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/ESPN; :
Gordon moves his Chevrolet to the front for the first time with Dale
Jarrett running a strong second.
Then on lap 91 the third caution of the day comes out when John Andretti
and Geoff Bodine crash into the wall in turn two.
South Boston's Jeff Burton moves to the front with Gordon taking over the
Jeff's brother Ward ends his run when he crashes and hits the wall at pit
With less than 30 laps to go the race gets down to who has enough fuel.
Jarrett passes Gordon with 14 laps left.
But his pit crew figures he would come up at least three laps short.
And with two laps to go Jarrett's car ran out of gas ending his chance at
But Gordon had enough fuel and he would take the checkered flag winning
his second straight at Darlington.
IN Q="I never say
((JEFF GORDON/TRANSOUTH FINANCIAL 400 WINNER: I NEVER SAVED FUEL ONE TIME, I
MEAN I RAN AS HARD AS I COULD. I HAD TO SAVE MY TIRES MORE THAN ANYTHING. SO
I DON'T KNOW, I BET IT'S PRETTY CLOSE, IF THEY SAY IT'S CLOSE, THAT MEANS IT'S
CLOSE BUT THAT'S WHAT WINS RACES. ABOUT A GREAT TEAM LIKE THIS, THEY CAN
GAMBLE, THEY CAN MAKE CLOSE CALLS LIKE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Transouth Financial 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=............like that."
Bobby Labonte was second, Ricky Craven third, Rusty Wallace fourth and Terry
(******patrick ad lib********)
(toss to mel)
That's it for News 7 at Noon.