The flood gates are open in the Grand Canyon,
and North Carolina doctors update the status of Evangelist Billy Graham's wife.
Sunny skies in the outlook for this afternoon, but clouds are fast
approaching from the South and they bear rainfall.
I'll have the Fearless Five-Day forecast coming up from the News 7 Weather
News 7 at Noon is next, don't go away.
Scientists this morning unleashed a man-made flood in the Grand Canyon,
hoping it encourages new life.
The week long experiment will release more than 117 BILLION gallons of water
into the canyon.
Scientists hope the flood will stir nutrient-rich sediment below
the dam and redistribute it through the canyon.
The goal is to create hundreds of new beaches where plant life can thrive
and become food for fish and animals.
((DUNCAN PATTEN/GRAND CANYON SCIENTIST: IT ESSENTIALLY IS RECREATING SOME OF
THE CONDITIONS BUT IT WON'T BUILD ALL THE BEACHES BACK IT WON'T CREATE HOW THE
CANNON WAS PRE DAM.))
SUPER=01-Duncan Patten/Grand Canyon Scientist;
OUT Q=WAS PRE DAM.
For most of the past three decades, the government has manipulated the
water flow to suit the needs of power companies.
The dam provides power for three million people and drinking water for 15
The last great prize of the primary season will be decided today.
California is one of three western states holding Republican primaries.
Washington and Nevada will also cast their delegates.
For Bob Dole, California is an important state, but it was not the
state that delivered the delegates to give him the Republican nomination.
That came last week... and provided the reason for an emotional homecoming
yesterday in his boyhood town of Russell, Kansas.
((DOLE:YOU'VE GIVEN ME MUCH AND I ASK FOR ONE MORE THING THIS TOWN HAS PRAYED
FOR ME IN THE PAST AND I ASK PRAY FOR ME AGAIN...CRIES.
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=PRAY FOR ME (Crying)
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
Pat Buchannan is making his own homecoming plans, saying he will return to
He has promised to remain in the Republican race through the August
convention, but is not ruling out an independent bid this fall.
A former Senator who made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 19-72
died early this morning after suffering a heart attack.
Edmund Muskie underwent surgery last week to correct a blocked artery in
He served as the Democratic Governor of Maine from 19-55 to 19-59 and then
went on to the Senate where he remained until 19-80.
He was secretary of state under President Jimmy Carter.
Muskie was 81.
There's good news about the wife of evangelist Billy Graham.
Doctors at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina today
upgraded Ruth Bell Graham's condition from fair to good.
Mrs. Graham has been in the hospital for more than three weeks following
surgery for bacterial meningitis.
Hospital officials say Mrs. Graham is eating solid food and is up and
"Braveheart" cut down its Oscar competition last night, while earning
honors for its director and star, Mel Gibson.
Mark McEwen has more on Hollywood's big night.
IN Q="AND THE WINNER IS..."
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Nicholas Cage/Best Actor; :31
SUPER=01-Susan Sarandon/Best Actress; :56
SUPER=01-Kevin Spacey/Best Supporting Actor; 1:16 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Ron Howard/Director, Apollo 13; 1:34 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Mark McEwen/Reporting; 1:40
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.
AND THE WINNER IS BRAVEHEART....
Braveheart...the speeping highland epic of a 13th century freedom loving Scot
took home 5 Oscars..including two for Mel Gibson.
In addition to the Best Picture award, Gibson also won for Best Director.
Nicolas Cage's performance as an alcohonic bent on drinking himself to
death in the movie LEAVING LAS VEGAS earned him a best actor statue.
Moving from the Las Vegas strip to Death Row...Susan Sarandon won a best
actress statue her portrayal of a real-life nun who works with hardened
First time nominee Kevin Spacey took home the oscar for best supporting
actor in the film the usual suspects.. AND .revealed what it was like to hear
his name called.
Another first time nominee Mira Sorvio won for her depiction of a hooker in
Woody Allen's Mighty Aprhodite.
Apollo 13 won two awards, and director Ron Howard who was not nominated told
us who he secretly wanted to win.
Even with the glitz, the high fashion and the snazzy production
numbers,...the most stirring moment of the evening was provided by
The surprise appearance by the paralyzed actor and his call for more
socially responislbe movies...touched off a standing ovation.
MARK MCEWEN, CBS NEWS.))
The film industry may have liked Braveheart, but some film buffs in space
were rooting for Apollo 13.
In a news conference this morning the joint U-S -Russian crew aboard space
station "Mir" and shuttle "Atlantis" said they are big fans of the movie about
the ill-fated moon mission.
Meantime, Astronaut Shannon Lucid brushed off a sexist Russian comment.
Lucid says she's not bothered by a Russian space official's remark that as a
woman she'll be able to help with the cleaning aboard Russia's space station.
IN Q=There's a place
((SHANNON LUCID:THERE'S A PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLE MEN AND WOMEN OF DIFFERENT
NATIONALITIES ON BOARD THE SPACE STATION.))
OUT Q=the space station.
Lucid will spend the next five months on Mir, the longest any American has
stayed in space.
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Still to come --
Another arresting development in Bedford County's decision whether or not to
join the regional jail,
and in other news from Bedford County, a Blue Ridge man dies in a logging
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Lynchburg firefighters are mopping up at the scene of a fire that heavily
damaged a home this morning.
The blaze at 5-16 Stuart Street was reported at about 10:30.
Fire crews arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the left side of the
Authorities believe the fire started in the basement of the single- story
structure and burned its way through the kitchen floor.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
The Lynchburg fire marshal is investigating.
A Blue Ridge man is dead following a logging accident in a remote section of
Bedford County last night.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;
Authorities say 49- year- old Samuel Nelms was killed when a tree he was
cutting fell on him near the Woodshire subdivision on Route 774.
Sheriff's deputies had to use a Forestry Department HummVee to navigate the
narrow logging trail to get to Nelms' body.
IN Q=It appeared that
((LT. JOHN MCCANE/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT APPEARED THAT A LARGE TREE
THAT HE WAS TRIMMING THE BRANCHES OFF OF, BROKE, STRUCK HIM, HE WAS PINNED
UNDERNEATH IT. HE HAD NOT SHOWN BY DARK, FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WENT TO THE
GENERAL AREA, FOUND HIM, THEN NOTIFIED THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE CREW.))
SUPER=01-Lt. John McCane/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=and the crew.
Authorities believe Nelms died shortly after he began work Monday morning.
They say his death appears to have been as accident.
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Bedford County wants a lock on the Blue Ridge Regional Jail again.
Supervisors last night voted to re-enter the 43 million dollar project.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=After being
SUPER=03-Bedford/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Wayne Newcomb/Supervisor; :20
SUPER=01-Dale Wheeler/Supervisor; :34
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( After being backed into a financial corner by the state, Bedford County now
wants back in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
Bedford had hoped to control its own destiny...but in the past few months,
state officials terminated the county's lease on its Camp 24 jail annex, and
placed a two- year moratorium on all local jail funding.
IN Q=My feeling is
((WAYNE NEWCOMB/SUPERVISOR: MY FEELING IS THAT THE REGIONAL JAIL IS REALLY ONE
OF THE ONLY CHOICES WE'VE GOT.))
OUT Q=we've got.
Indeed no matter how they added the numbers, the board found its financial
hands were tied.. much to the disgust of some supervisors.
IN Q=We were perfectly
((DALE WHEELER/SUPERVISOR: WE WERE PERFECTLY WILLING TO GO IT ON OUR OWN. BUT
THAT BRIDGE WAS BURNED. IT'S LIKE I SAID, WE'RE OUTFLANKED ON THIS ONE. NO
MATTER HOW BAD YOU HATE IT, SOONER OR LATER YOU RUN UP A WHITE FLAG I GUESS.))
OUT Q=I guess.
The 4-3 vote puts Bedford in with four other localities that will get
matching state funds for their own new jails.. a 450- bed regional jail will be
built in Lynchburg.
IN Q=Over the next
((Over the next few weeks, the other localities that make up the jail authority
will vote on whether they even want to allow Bedford back into the jail
project. Even after months of watching Bedford flip-flop on the issue, most
agree that's already a done deal. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.))
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Still to come --
A Raleigh bank expands its reach in Virginia by opening a new branch in the
New River Valley,
and have you ever wanted to trade places with someone who lived somewhere like
We'll show you a federal prosecutor in Roanoke who did just that.
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How'd you like to swap jobs with someone who lives in Hawaii?
A federal prosecutor in Roanoke did just that, and Keith Humphry has his
IN Q=That's what Ken
SUPER=01-Sharon Burnham/Assistant U.S. Atty. from Hawaii; :27
SUPER=01-Ken Sorenson/Assistant U.S. Atty. from Western Va.; 1:17
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( That's what Ken Sorenson did. A federal prosecutor- -based in Roanoke
for the past decade... he engineered a six- month swap with another Assistant
U-S Attorney in Honolulu.
IN Q=It's just a
((IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE.))
An avid skier, Sorenson insists he actually regrets missing the near-record
snow fall we had here.
And the other half of this equation- -the woman who took his place in the
U-S Attorney's Office in Roanoke- -insists she's just as happy she came when
((IT'S BEEN FASCINATING. I'VE ENJOYED THE TIME HERE. I ARRANGED TO COME IN
WINTER TIME. I KNOW EVERYONE THINKS I'M CRAZY FOR DOING THAT. BESIDES, IT WAS
EASIER TO CONVINCE KEN TO GO TO HAWAII IN WINTER.))
The U.S. Justice Department approved the swap as long as it didn't cost the
Sharon Burnham literally traded places with Sorenson.
IN Q=We traded houses
((WE TRADED HOUSES, TRADED CARS, TRADED CASE LOADS. OBVIOUSLY THAT WAS THE MOST
IMPORTANT ASPECT FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S POINT OF VIEW.))
OUT Q=point of view.
IN Q=You know, like
((YOU KNOW LIKE YOU SAY, SHARON AND I SWITCHED EVERYTHING. IN FACT, THIS IS
HER ALOHA SHIRT, SO....))
OUT Q=aloha shirt, so....
Assistants to the U-S Attorney in Hawaii typically wear aloha shirts in the
office- -though they keep more "suitable" apparel handy for court appearances.
But there are more fundamental differences between U-S Attorneys Offices in
Roanoke and Honolulu.
((THEN THERE'S JUST A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENT PROCEDURES, DIFFERENT METHODS,
DIFFERENT PROSECUTOR PRIORITIES. SO IT'S JUST BEEN A REALLY GREAT LEARNING
While Sorenson has filled his free time snorkling and SCUBA diving, Burnham
says Roanoke fairs well in comparison to the island paradise she left behind.
((I FEEL THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPRESSED SUCH SURPRISE, "WHY WOULD I COME TO
ROANOKE?" DON'T APPRECIATE WHAT THEY HAVE HERE. ))
OUT Q=they have here.
Burnham has three more weeks to enjoy what she calls a "charming town with
a 'sense of place.'"
She and Sorenson have apparently started something.
The Justice Department may create an exchange PROGRAM, based on their
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
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A North Carolina bank continues to aggressively move into our area.
First Citizens of Raleigh will expand into the New River Valley market by
opening a branch in Harris Teeter's new Blacksburg store.
The new office will open in April, and the bank says more will be on the
The bank and its parent company already have branches in central Virginia
and West Virginia.
First Citizens also recently completed the purchase of two offices in
Martinsville and Henry County.
Stocks were treading water in a quiet session on Wall Street this morning.
Experts say part of the market's sluggishness centered on the Federal
Reserve policy meeting, which resulted in NO change in interest rates.
Before noon the Dow was DOWN ten points.
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Up next --
Patrick takes a look at Tennessee's win over Virginia in the East Regionals,
and a Virginia Tech football player tackles some legal troubles after an
alleged fight outside a bar.
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Blacksburg police have confirmed an altercation outside a town night spot
last week led to charges against Virginia Tech football standout George
The senior was arrested early Thursday morning on assault and battery
Police say the linebacker confronted four other students, and the exchange
of words turned physical.
Shawn Elko and Jesse Phillips, two of the students involved, allegedly
suffered facial fractures.
DelRicco was a three year starter at linebacker for the Hokies and led the
team in tackles each of the last two seasons.
He has an arraignment date set for March 27th in Blacksburg general court.
In women's college basketball --
U-V-a lost to Tennessee 52-46 in the East regional championship.
U-V-a's Tamaya Walker nails a jumper to put the Cavs on top 21-9 with seven
minutes left in the first half.
The Vols get some steady play from Abbie Conklin.
She knocks down a shot to pull U-T within 10.
Tennessee trails 27-14 at the half and is down as many as 17 after
But the Vols come back.
Chamique Holdsclaw scores a basket to give her Vols a 44-43 advantage;
completing a 10-OH run.
U-T advances to the Final Four with the 52-46 win.
Stacy Compton is a South Boston track champion.
He's been named the most popular driver at two tracks five times as a late
model stock car driver.
This season, he is making the jump to Winston Cup.
Recently, he unveiled his new shop to the public and Steve Mason has the
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SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Will Also Try ARCA Races; :09
SUPER=01-Dean Monroe/Team Owner; 1:37
OUT Q=...Mason, News 7 sports
(( Not having a single sponsor for the multi million dollar Winston Cup price
tag makes Stacy Compton's purpose this racing season simple.
Wait a minute?? How can this late model stock car driver talk about
competing for Winston Cup rookie of the year honors when he's never even made a
Stacy does pocess the handsome looks sponors like and taking the Dale
carnegie public speaking course has improved his already solid communication
Compton's team is owned by Dean Monroe. The 19 thousand square foot facility
is headquartered in Lynchburg and the team has already put in the time to get
it up and running.
((DEAN MONROE/TEAM OWNER:))
All 9 cars and his equipment were purchased from A.G. Dillard; the team Ward
Burton used to drive for. The former South Boston track champion and New River
race winner will test at Martinsville April 3rd and 4th. Steve Mason, News 7
(******patrick ad lib********)
(toss to mel)
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