Up next on News 7 --
The plane flown by seven-year-old pilot Jessica Dubroff has crashed,
and Israel ups the ante in Beirut.
Three days of rocket attacks culminate in an assault against Muslim
At long last, the sun is shining, the mercury on the rise and a weekend
fast approaches. I'll give you the latest on what you can expect from the
weather as we hit Friday and Saturday.
ANCHOR=connie 2 shot
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
A tragic ending to a seven- year- old California girl's attempt to fly
across the country.
Jessica Dubroff was at the controls on a cross-country flight when the
plane crashed during a thunderstorm, early this morning in Cheyenne Wyoming.
Her father and a flight instructor were also on board-- all three were
This is video that aired on a Cheyenne television station.
A local radio station says the four seat Cessna just missed crashing into a
It came down in a driveway.
Jessica Dubroff was trying to become the youngest pilot to fly across the
Here's what she told CBS earlier this morning.
IN Q=It's like
((IT'S LIKE FLOATING. LIKE YOU'RE FLOATING IN FOR A TOUCHDOWN. ))
OUT Q=for a touchdown.
Jessica's instructor wasn't supposed to touch the controls except in an
"The Guinness Book of Records" no longer has a youngest pilot category for
fear of encouraging unsafe flights.
TAPEedit of #96-29
Police say alcohol may have been involved in a fatal head on collision in
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Last Night;
38-year-old Kenneth Wayne Vaden (VAY-den) of Boones Mill died early this
Police say Vaden was driving at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of
Carvins Cove Road last night when he hit another vehicle head on.
Five other people were sent to the hospital.
Israel's war against Hezbollah guerrillas has moved deeper into Lebanon.
As Jesse Shulman reports, Israeli aircraft today blasted the Beirut command
center of the Iranian-backed guerrillas-- sending residents swarming into
SUPER=03-Near Tyre, Lebanon; :00
SUPER=01-Lt. Gen Amnon Shahak/Israeli Chief of Staff; :30
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:01
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, Tel Aviv.
Three U-S amphibious ships are on their way to Liberia, to help with the
evacuation of foreigners there, and to provide medical care.
SUPER=03-Monrovia, Liberia; :
It should take the 700 marines at least a week to get to the West African
Liberia has been wracked by factional violence for five days now.
These are the first pictures, to come out of Monrovia, the capital city--
showing gunfire and explosions rocking the region.
U-S helicopters have already flown nearly 400 foreigners, mostly
Americans-- out of the city.
About 15-thousand civilians, foreign diplomats, missionaries, and Liberians
are seeking shelter at U-S and U-N facilities in Monrovia.
The site of Britain's worst massacre is being destroyed.
SUPER=03-Dunblane, Scotland; :
Workers in Scotland are tearing down the gymnasium at Dunblane Primary
Last month, a gunman opened fire on a kindergarten class there-- killing 16
students and their teacher before shooting himself.
IN Q=What the removal
((MIKE ROBBINS/DUNBLANE SCHOOL BOARD: WHAT THE REMOVAL OF THE GYM DOES IS
OBVIOUSLY IT TAKES AWAY THAT FOCAL POINT AND ALLOWS THE TEACHERS TO MOVE
FORWARD, TO THINK AHEAD, AND TO PLAN FOR THE KIDS COMING BACK ON MONDAY. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Robbins/Dunblane School Board; :
OUT Q=on Monday
The gym will be replaced by a garden-- until the townspeople decide what
should be done with the property.
TAPEedit of #96-18
The investigation into Tuesday's murder suicide at Lewis Gale Hospital has
Salem police say 71- year- old Frank Neutze shot and killed his ailing wife
in her hospital room- as an act of love.
Frank Neutze shot himself right after he shot his wife.
He died an hour later.
Miriam, or "Betty" Neutze-- as she was known-- was suffering from a heart
condition and a variety of other medical problems, none of them life
She had been in Lewis Gale's rehabilitation unit since late January-- and
had been confined to a wheelchair.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 --
A group with ties to the Mormons gives students at Southern Virginia
College a second chance at education,
and it may be early for Christmas, but it's not too early for the sounds of the
Salvation Army bells.
music up full
TAPEedit of #96-20
Governor Allen is at odds with the General Assembly.
He's accusing the Democrat-controlled body of trying to undermine his line
item veto power by submitting only a portion of the state budget.
Allen returned the bill late last night with a proposed amendment that says
the budget will become law only if the assembly resubmits the entire spending
plan and he signs it.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Earl Dickinson today denied
lawmakers were trying to restrict Allen's powers.
Also last night, the Governor approved FULL funding for Radford University's
new Waldron School of Nursing.
The Governor's spokesman says a phone conversation between Allen and Radford
president Douglas Covington convinced Allen the project was worthwhile.
Radford officials were concerned after the Governor's office began
questioning the expense last week.
Fellow Republican lawmakers, Tommy Baker and Bo Trumbo went on a P-R blitz
to keep the seven million dollar building in the budget.
Last year, Radford's proposed College of Global Studies fell to the
Governor's budget ax.
There's salvation for another school -- the Southern Virginia College.
Following the loss of accreditation, the board had voted to close the
school after graduation in May.
But in the last month, a group of educators and businessmen with ties to
the Mormon Church stepped forward to keep the school open.
IN Q=Nothing that we're doing
((GLADE KNIGHT/RICHMOND BUSINESSMAN: NOTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IS AFFILIATED
WITH THE CHURCH. NOTHING THAT WE'RE DOING IS AFFILIATED WITH THE BRIGHAM YOUNG
UNIVERSITY, OTHER THAN THE GREAT, GREAT DESIRE THAT WE HAVE SINCE THERE ARE SO
MANY KIDS WHO CAN'T GET INTO A UNIVERSITY OF THEIR CHOICE. WE WANT TO GIVE
THEM AN ALTERNATIVE PLACE CLOSER TO HOME. ))
SUPER=01-Glade Knight/Richmond Businessman;
OUT Q=closer to home.
The group plans a non-sectarian, four year, coed college with a liberal
City officials are thankful.
IN Q=We just can't see
((JIM JEFFERIES/BUENA VISTA MAYOR: WE JUST CAN'T SEE IT ANY OTHER WAY BUT IT
BEING THE GREATEST THING THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO THE SEMINARY ON THE HILL,
AS WE CALL IT. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA HAS BEEN THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS COMMUNITY FOR
130 YEARS OR SO AND WE'RE JUST ELATED THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE ON.))
SUPER=01-Jim Jefferies/Buena Vista Mayor;
OUT Q=continue on.
Enrollment has fallen below 200, but the school's new leaders hope to
double that number by the time classes resume in the fall.
TAPE# edit of
Meantime the Salvation Army is hoping someone will help it out.
The organization is facing a financial shortfall, so folks in Roanoke will
see Salvation Army bell ringers and kettles out collecting donations next
It's the first time such a fund raiser -- normally done around Christmas
-- is being done in the Spring.
ANCHOR=connie 2 shot
The commander of the Roanoke corps, Major Dan Delaney, is here to explain.
How much are you in debt and how did this happen?
SUPER=01-Major Dan Delaney/Salvation Army;
(The bell ringers will be out during National Salvation Army week. When is this
and can we expect to see the Salvation Army at its usual spots?)
(What else is planned during that week?)
(In addition to getting out of debt, what other goals do you have?)
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up -
Patrick has proof that spring is finally here,
and with the warm temperatures comes the danger of forest fires.
We'll take a look at a section of Craig County that suffered a major one
just a year ago.
TAPE#edit of craig fires 96-28
It's been exactly a year since the devastating brush fires in Craig County.
SUPER=03-Craig Co./Last Year;
Last April more than five- thousand acres of national forest were burned by
three separate arson fires.
Officials say some wooded areas have rebounded well-- considering the
magnitude of the blazes.
But it could take forty to sixty years for some sections of the forest to
Officials are also afraid of a repeat performance this year.
Even though there's been plenty of rain and snow this winter, the threat of
more wild fires is still real.
SOT 7:02:58 TAPE 2
IN Q=Just three
((STEVE CROY/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: JUST THREE OR FOUR DAYS OF DRY CONDITIONS,
SOMEWHAT HOT, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF WIND, THE FIRE DANGER COULD INCREASE QUITE
DRAMATICALLY AND QUITE QUICKLY. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Croy/U.S. Forest Service;
OUT Q=quite quickly
Forestry officials still haven't made any arrests from last year's fires.
They hope a five- thousand dollar reward will spark more people to provide
TAPE# edit of 96-10 (ferry farm)
Wal-Mart has appealed a Stafford County board's denial of its plan for a
large store on land near George Washington's boyhood farm.
SUPER=03-Stafford Co./File Tape;
The Stafford Architectural Review Board voted last week against Wal-Mart's
plan, saying it was not compatible with the historic nature of the adjacent
It's been a volatile trading day on Wall Street.
Analysts blame inflation fears.
At noon the Dow was DOWN 21 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
In sports, a player for the Colorado Rockies joins the Avalanche this week,
and baseball isn't the only action taking place.
UVa's football team is gearing up for its first game this season.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Avalanche added Colorado Rockies second baseman Eric Young to the line
up card last night in Salem's double header with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00
The 28- year- old broke his right hand in the off season and was reassigned
to Salem for rehabilitation. His plane arrived in Roanoke at 6:30,
so he did not play until game two.
The first game came down to Salem's final at bat.
Brian Culp "Fiction" slaps it clean over the left field wall for a two run
homer to win game one seven-to-five.
Young makes his appearance in the nightcap.
He gets the infield single, reaching first safely.
Then, he steals second, but is left stranded.
Young is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the Rockies this Sunday.
Salem loses game two 6 to 5.
Also last night -- Frederick beat Lynchburg 15 to seven.
The annual spring football game this weekend will close out a tense
Virginia spring football season.
All A-C-C defensive back Ronde Barber will miss at least two months, after
going through an operation yesterday to repair ligament damage in his right
Roy Stanley says, losing Barber and some offensive line woes have become
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Atlanta/1995 Peach Bowl; :10
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/UVa Quarterback; :56
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; 1:05
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Linebacker; 1:29
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
(*********PATRICK TOSS TO CONNIE*********)
Gambling could soon hit a new high.
Both British Airways and Singapore Airlines are installing electronic
gambling machines on their jetliners.
Passengers will be able to play slots, poker, blackjack and roulette--
without leaving their seats.
The games won't be available on U-S flights, however.
A cruise package is offering a trip to see the recovery of artifacts from
The "Royal Majesty" is planning an August sail to the site of the sunken
Passengers will be able to watch recovery efforts on closed circuit t-v.
The cost of the cruise ranges from 18-hundred to nearly six thousand
Proceeds will help pay for the recovery work.
The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank off Newfoundland 84 years ago, killing
And that's it for News 7 at Noon.
For the latest news, sports and weather-- we'll see you back here for
Have a great day.
News 7 at FIVE and SIX.