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A tornado cuts a deadly path through Arkansas.
And a Lynchburg bank robber is held up, during a hold up.
Showers, and even some thunderstorms have worked their way into the
forecast, so be prepared for bumpy afternoon.
By tomorrow we'll begin to clear out.
I'll have all the details coming up from the News 7 Weather Center.
News 7 at noon is next, don't go away.
A man who allegedly walked into a Lynchburg bank this morning and started
grabbing money is now in police custody.
Police say the suspect entered the First Federal Savings bank on Memorial
Avenue just before 10:30.
The man reportedly was trying to take money from the vault when the bank
manager wrestled him to the floor.
Police arrived and had to use a chemical spray to subdue the suspect.
He was removed from the bank and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital for
treatment of a minor head injury.
The man has not yet been identified by police.
Seven people are dead and more than 30 injured after a tornado touched down
late last night in northern Arkansas.
Two people are still missing.
The twister ripped through a resort campground along the White River.
It damaged or destroyed several homes, uprooted trees and knocked out power
to the region.
((EYEWITNESS:IT WENT OVER THE TOP OF THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR HOUSE IS GONE AND ONE
ACROSS THE ROAD. ))
OUT Q=across the road.
One local official estimates damage at five million dollars.
Three people are reported dead after two Army helicopters crashed last night
in New Mexico.
A fourth person is said to be hospitalized.
Details of the accident are unclear and Army officials won't say whether the
Each chopper carried two crew members.
Bombs and rockets continue to fly as Israel and Islamic guerrillas battle in
There is no word on casualties from today's attacks, but 28 people are
reported dead since the fighting began last week.
About four hundred thousand refugees are fleeing Lebanon because of the
The U-N security council discusses the conflict later today.
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One man is dead following an accidental shooting over the weekend.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday Afternoon;
It happened at about five o'clock yesterday afternoon on Bent Mountain Road.
Police say 25-year-old David Ray King apparently shot himself in the stomach
with a handgun.
Foul play is not suspected.
IN Q=At this point
((DET. PAUL NEILSON/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: AT THIS POINT WE DON'T SEE ANYTHING
THAT'S SUSPICIOUS. THE WOUND IS INFLICTED FROM HIM. THERE IS NO CAUSE TO
BELIEVE OR REASON TO BELIEVE THAT IT CAME FROM ANOTHER PERSON. .))
SUPER=01-Det. Paul Neilson/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=another person.
King's body was taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy.
Police say alcohol was a factor in another incident on Bent Mountain.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
A car, driven by 41- year- old Charles Moore, went over an embankment at
the base of the Mountain.
Moore and his passenger, 45- year- old Francis Baker Junior of Roanoke were
taken Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Both are in SATISFACTORY condition.
Charges are pending.
State Police say excessive speed was a factor in a fatal tractor trailer
accident last night on Interstate 81.
The accident happened two miles north of the Christiansburg exit just
before 6:30 last night.
State Police say the truck driven by 38-year old Keith Baldwin of New
Jersey crossed the median-- of both the north and southbound lanes-- before
striking an embankment.
Baldwin was thrown from the rig and suffered major head injuries.
He was pronounced dead a few hours later at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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Still to come on News 7,
President Clinton is on his way to South Korea,
and the 7-year-old girl whose plane crashed last week in Wyoming is buried
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President Clinton is headed for South Korea this afternoon on the first leg
of a state visit that will also take him to Japan and Russia.
SUPER=03-Elmendorf Air Base, AK;
At a stop in Alaska, Mr. Clinton said the U-S hopes to keep North Korea's
nuclear threat under control and ultimately end the conflict between the North
The president will arrive in Japan in the wake of an agreement announced
today that the U-S will close SEVEN military facilities on the Japanese Island
Residents of the island have demanded the closings since September when
three U-S servicemen raped a 12-year-old Japanese girl.
Funeral services will be held today in California for seven-year-old Jessica
Dubroff, whose plane crashed last week as she tried to become the youngest
pilot to fly coast to coast. (----------------)
Investigators say the plane carrying Jessica, her father and a flight
instructor crashed because it was carrying too much weight.
In Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the plane went down, some 900 people packed a
civic center for a memorial service.
The city's mayor read a letter from Jessica's nine year old brother.
((MAYOR LEO PANDO/CHEYENNE: I WILL NEVER FORGET GOING UP WITH HER, HOW SHE
HANDLED THE PLANE, AND I'LL NEVER FORGET WHILE SHE WAS FLYING, THE SPARKLE IN
THE EYE WHEN SHE WOULD LOOK AT ME, WHILE SHE WAS FLYING. ))
SUPER=01-Mayor Leo Pando/Cheyenne, WY;
OUT Q=WHILE SHE WAS FLYING.
Dateline N-B-C reports her brother, who also took flying lessons, may fly
over the funeral procession.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City seal
Roanoke City Manager Bob Herbert is proposing a budget that will maintain
services and the current tax rate, while it provides a pay raise for employees
and new programs for city neighborhoods.
The 152- million dollar spending plan that Herbert unveiled this morning
represents a four- point one percent increase over the current budget.
IN Q=What we're in right now
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: WHAT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW IS A LITTLE BIT OF
A DOWNTURN IN THE ECONOMY AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE NEITHER HAVE LARGE PEAKS OR
VALLEYS AND THIS YEAR WE WON'T HAVE A LARGE VALLEY, BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO
BE IN THIS KIND OF SPENDING SITUATION IN THE FOUR PERCENT OR UNDER RANGE FOR
THE NEXT FEW YEARS.))
OUT Q=the next few years.
Herbert is proposing a move to automated trash collection, a change that
will provide every household in the city with a roll- out trash container.
The budget proposal also includes funding for the new rental inspection
For years, retailers have overlooked a major market.
But now merchants are realizing disabled consumers have tremendous buying
As Denise Allen reports retailers are now targeting this major market.
IN Q=Many major retailers
SUPER=01-Susan Knight/Easter Seals; :11
SUPER=01-Scott Ashcraft/Valley View Marketing; :24
OUT Q=News 7.
(( Many major retailers are utilizing a once un-tapped market.
Hechts and Wal Mart are two chains in our area that regularly show disabled
models in their ads.
((SUSAN KNIGHT/EASTER SEALS: WE'RE BECOMING A VERY AGING POPULATION AND
THEREFORE WITH OUR AGING VERY OFTEN THERE COME DISABILITIES. THEY ARE
RECOGNIZING THIS IS A MARKET THAT IS NOT LOST. THAT IT IS A VERY VALUABLE
MARKET TO THEM.))
((SCOTT ASHCRAFT/VALLEY VIEW MARKETING: IT'S BEEN ESTIMATED THAT PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES SPEND AN AVERAGE OR HAVE AN INCOME OF 30-BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
AND THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND AGAIN IT'S NOT ONLY SMART
BUSINESS IT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO.))
The American With Disabilities Act and retailers' drive to attract a wider
customer base have brought about changes in the shopping environment.
Making store entrances curb-less is one way merchants make their goods more
((ASHCRAFT: THINGS LIKE BRAILLE LETTERING ON THE RESTROOM AREAS, DIFFERENT MAPS
AND BROCHURES, TO GET PEOPLE UPSTAIRS AND DOWN WITH ELEVATORS.))
((KNIGHT: EVEN IN GROCERY STORES YOU WALK IN AND SEE THE MOTORIZED SCOOTERS
WITH THE BASKETS ON THEM. THE ISLES ARE WIDER, THE DOORS ARE WIDER. THERE ARE
AUTOMATIC OPENING DOORS.))
Most of these changes have occurred in the last 20 years.
Susan Knight says increased awareness has helped, but she says more
improvements still needs to be made if retailers plan to cash in on this
Denise Allen News 7.))
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When News 7,
Today is Arbor Day, and we'll show you what the City of Roanoke is
and a cruise is scheduled this summer to witness the gathering of artifacts
from one of the worst shipwrecks ever.
Plans are in the works for a cruise this summer to the site of the Titanic.
Passengers will be able to watch recovery of artifacts and a small section
of the Titanic on closed circuit television.
The oldest living survivor of the Titanic, 99-year-old Edith Haisman, plans
to take the cruise.
SUPER=04-April 15, 1912;
Her father went down with the ship 84 years ago today.
The British luxury passenger ship sank in the north Atlantic Ocean when it
hit an iceburg.
There were only enough lifejackets for half the passengers and over
Seven hundred survived.
Roanoke celebrates Arbor Day this year as a TREE CITY USA.
Only a few cities across the nation are awarded the honor by the National
Arbor Day Association.
Lincoln Terrace Elementary school students packed the school yard to help
plant a tree for Arbor Day and recognize Roanoke as a "Tree City".
To qualify for the award, a city must employ an urban forester, spend two
dollars per capita on trees, have an ordinance to protect trees and celebrate
Arbor day with a proclamation signed by the mayor.
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IN Q=It's taken
((BOB BOEREN/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY: IT'S TAKEN SEVERAL YEARS TO DO
THAT AND THIS YEAR IS THE FIRST TREE CITY USA STATUS BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL FOUR
SUPER=01-Bob Boeren/Virginia Department of Forestry;
OUT Q=four now.
Lincoln Terrace planted 18 trees for today's celebration.
All were donated by "Valley Beautiful", a non- profit organization that
works to beautify the city.
A Roanoke company is on the verge of a major expansion.
Innotech Incorporated announced it has just completed a sale of 30-million
dollars worth of its stock in an initial public offering.
And it is now ready to invest that money.
The company estimates that by the year 2000 its employment in Roanoke could
increase from 83-people to 550.
At the company's Petersburg plant, the workforce could rise from 36 to 450.
Innotech makes machines that manufacture lenses for a variety of uses.
GRAPHIC=Bank of Ferrum
The Bank of Ferrum wants to cash in on Franklin County's rapid growth.
This morning the bank officially opened its fourth branch, along route 220
in Rocky Mount.
IN Q=We feel
((LARRY HEATON/BANK OF FERRUM PRESIDENT: WE FEEL LIKE THAT AS GROWTH IN THE
NORTH AREA THIS WILL BE A LOGICAL AREA FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY TO DEVELOP INTO
POSSIBLY A BEDROOM COMMUNITY OF ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-Larry Heaton/Bank of Ferrum President;
OUT Q=of Roanoke.
The Bank of Ferrum also has locations in Ferrum, Oak Level, and downtown
The bank is a subsidiary of the MainStreet Bankgroup, which is based in
The deadline for filing federal income taxes is midnight tonight, and if you
haven't filed already, you're not alone.
The I-R-S says a third of all tax returns are mailed in the two weeks
leading up to today's deadline.
If you have to file late, Len Bestoff has some advice in the week's edition
of Common Sense.
IN Q=****TIGHT IN*** places like this
SUPER=01-Gary Duerk/Brown, Edwards, & Company; :15
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk
Stocks have been quietly making gains in light trading on Wall Street.
At noon the Dow was UP just over 30 points.
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Stick around -
Patrick tells us why people from all over the world are kicking up their
heels in Boston today,
and more trouble for memebers of UVa's basketball team.
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Another UVa basketball team member has run into trouble with the law.
Cavalier star Harold Deane has become the third player to be arrested in a
span of about two months.
Deane and four others were arrested early Saturday morning in the parking
lot of a club that was hosting a fund-raiser dance.
Police say Deane, and the others were asked to leave the premises, but the
junior guard refused, leading to his arrest.
Police say Deane also resisted arrest.
A potential U-V-A player is also in trouble.
In March, 19- year- old recruit Melvin Whittaker was arrested and charged
with malicious wounding.
Whittaker allegedly assaulted a Cavalier football player after a pickup
And in mid- February two Cavalier freshmen were arrested for shoplifting in
a Charlottesville department store.
Just a few moments ago the 100th running of the Boston Marathon got
About 38-thousand official runners will compete in the 26-point two mile
Nearly two million spectators and an international television audience are
The field today is more than three times its normal size.
Officials say it will probably take at least 45-minutes for all the runners
to reach the STARTING line.
That's quite a difference from the very first Boston Marathon in 1886-- 15
men turned out to run, and a handful of spectators came out to watch.
At the Masters, Greg Norman led through three rounds and started the final
round with a six stroke lead.
But the Shark lost his lead after 12 holes of the round and Nick Faldo wins
the Masters in a stunning turnaround on the final day.
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/CBS SPORTS; :
Norman's troubles began at the turn.
He bogeyed holes 9, 10 and 11 and then he hit his tee shot at the par three
12-th tee into the creek. Norman would double bogey that hole and give Faldo a
2 shot lead.
Faldo tightened up his game and he finished the round with a 5 under par
67 giving him a total of 276, 12 under par and a five shot win over Norman who
finished second at 281.
IN Q="I generally
((NICK FALDO/1996 MASTERS WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Nick Faldo/1996 Masters Winner; :
OUT Q=......feel sorry for greg.
Phil Mickelson finished third and Frank Nobilo was fourth.
A weekend to remember for Terry Labonte at North Wilkesboro.
He tied Richard Petty for consecutive starts on the pole and won the First
SUPER=03-North Wilkesboro, NC/ESPN; :
Six lead changes early in the race and when Sterling Marlin passed Robert
Pressley on the inside he was the seventh leader with 252 laps to go.
Dale Earnhardt who started in the 26-th position was running second in the
race with 177 laps in the book.
Jeremy Mayfield gets caught in traffic he loses control and hits the
inside wall bringing smoke from the left front tire and the first caution.
Labonte, who tied Richard Petty for consecutive starts, was the leader
after 200 laps of the race.
With less than 40 laps to go John Andretti gets lose hits the outside
wall drifts to the inside hitting the water barrels then he gets hit by leader
Rusty Wallace doing front end damage to his car and sending Rusty to the garage
The race was red flagged with 14 laps to go and on the restart Labonte got
the jump and he would hold off teammate Jeff Gordon to win the race.
IN Q="the thing
((TERRY LABONTE/FIRST UNION 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/First Union 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=.........CAME TRUE."
Gordon was second, Earnhardt third Robert Pressley fourth and Sterlin
(*******patrick tosses to Melanie*******)
Later today on Health Check-- we'll hear from the Marrow Donor Center of
the Virginias-- about some efforts underway to enlist donors.
About 60 different serious disorders can be cured by bone marrow
transplants-- including leukemia and aplastic anemia.
The story, plus all the latest news, sports and weather--- on News 7 at
Have a good afternoon.