Diplomats have been conferring in Syria, trying to end the fighting between
Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher goes to Jerusalem tomorrow.
But the talking hasn't made a dent in the violence -- with more rocket fire
Israeli Navy gunboats fired into Lebanon
attempting to stop the flow of traffic leading into Southern Lebanon.
Meanwhile, Israeli helicopters continued to raid areas east of the port city
of Tyre (Tire).
Last night Lebanese Cabinet members met and said that Israel is trying to
destroy a country that was able to overcome years of war.
Lebanese Cabinet members say Israeli officials are trying to prevent
President Clinton discussed nuclear bans with the leaders of six countries
in Moscow today.
The meeting was called to consider banning all nuclear explosions by this
In a news conference Clinton claimed the world has taken "another step back
from the nuclear precipice (press-sih-pis)."
Russian President Boris Yeltsin says Russia will still provide nuclear
technology and testing to Iran despite Clinton's opposition.
Virginia voters will choose a Republican nominee for the U-S Senate.
The Republican primary is in June.
And incumbent John Warner and challenger Jim Miller are vying for the
Denise Allen caught up with both candidates this afternoon.
IN Q=Challenger Jim Miller
SUPER=03-Lexington; :00 Quick!!
SUPER=01-Jim Miller/(R) U.S. Senate Candidate; :18
OUT Q=News 7
((Challenger Jim Miller calls himself a consistent conservative.
Incumbent John Warner says he's an experienced senator who's voted his
But both know it's what the voters think that's important.
The latest polls give John Warner the edge, but Miller says the numbers
translate in his favor.
((JIM MILLER/R-U.S.SENATE CANDIDATE: THE PREDICATE FOR THE POLL IS A TURN OUT
OF LIKE 43 PERCENT AND EVERYBODY KNOWS TURNOUT IS GOING TO BE LIKE 13-PERCENT.
WHEN THEY ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER YOU'VE EVER PARTICIPATED AS A
REPUBLICAN IN ANY EVENT I LEAD SENATOR WARNER.))
((JOHN WARNER/R-U.S. SENATOR: I DON'T CARE WHAT HE SAYS. THERE IT IS IN BLACK
AND WHITE AND IT WAS THE SAME POLL THAT WAS TAKEN LAST NOVEMBER. WE WERE MUCH
CLOSER AND HE WENT ALL OVER THE STATE SAYING "LOOK I'M GOING TO WIN." SAME
POLL, I'VE GONE AHEAD.))
Primaries traditionally bring low voter turnouts.
And a low turnout in June's primary would seem to benefit Miller.
The two potential nominees are rarely seen at the same event, leaving open
the question, "will there ever be a debate?"
((MILLER: CALL HIM UP AND ASK HIM. HE'S THE MAN THAT CAN SAY YES OR NO. I'VE
SAID LET'S HAVE A SERIES OF FOUR DEBATES.))
((WARNER: I OFFERED JIM A DEBATE AND I SIGNED UP FOR IT. I'VE DEBATED EVERY
SINGLE ONE OF MY SENATE RACES AND I ENJOY IT.))
While the June 11th vote determines the GOP nominee, the decision won't just
be up to republicans.
In the end all registered voters can have a hand in choosing who will be the
Denise Allen News 7.))
Roanoke principal Michael McIntosh still finds himself in controversy even
though he was cleared of criminal charges last week.
McIntosh was accused of striking a student, but a judge ruled there was
reasonable doubt and dismissed the charges.
Though McIntosh wanted to return to his job at the Noel C. Taylor Learning
Academy, but School Superintendent Wayne Harris has reassigned him to
administrative duties at the Lincoln Terrace and Addison Magnet Schools.
Attorney John Fishwick says McIntosh was surprised when he was not
reinstated to his position at the Taylor Academy.
The two will be meeting early next week to consider the legal options.
TAPE# net 15:28:10
One person is dead following a series of severe storms across Illinois,
Indiana and Kentucky that left thousands without power, and damaged a number of
Since last night, there have been reports of an estimated 21 tornadoes in
The worst occurred in central Illinois in Decatur (DEE-kay-ter) and nearby
Two counties have been declared disaster areas.
Illinois Power which serves much of central Illinois says about 10-thousand
customers still don't have power.
Parts of Kentucky resembled a war zone today after a tornado ripped through
an area causing damage to about a thousand homes and businesses.
Many of the buildings in a historic community suffered extensive damage.
Twenty percent of the buildings were completely destroyed but only minor
injuries were reported.
TAPE# net 15:35:30
Severe thunderstorms moved into northern Alabama this morning causing
flooding and sparking tornado warnings in four counties.
So far, NO touchdowns or damage have been reported.
However, forecasters report a line of thunderstorms extending from central
Tennessee down to northeast Mississippi.
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When News 7 at 11 returns, we'll tell you about the progress that's being
made on the New River Trail,
and how can you safely dispose of dangerous chemicals in your home?
One local organization does its part today in cutting down on toxic
wx ad lib
Things are starting to dry out from the earlier showers and thunderstorms--
but don't put those umbrellas away quite yet.
An approaching cold front's going to stall overnight-- bringing a chance of
more rain tomorrow.
But in the meantime, temperatures stay well above normal--
I'll have the complete forecast-- please stay tuned for that.
MUSIC UP FULL
Foster Falls can now be reached by the New River Trail.
A two- mile section has now opened, eliminating the detour through Wythe
Tracy Altizer takes us on a tour of the addition.
IN Q=NAT SOUND OF RAKING ROCKS
SUPER=03-Wythe Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Hufeisin/New River Trail Manager; :32
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
SOT nat of raking rocks
New River Trail State park workers are hard at work building a new canoe
SOT nat of dozer
And new access roads to the parking areas they'll also soon build.
The work is part of the improvements under way at what will be called Foster
For years, the trail stopped on each end of this former mining community
and detoured around private property.
But the state bought the land last Fall, and opened the new trail connector
Officials say by July, they'll open the area AROUND the trail.
((MARK HUFEISIN/NEW RIVER TRAIL MANAGER: PHASE ONE, WE'RE LOOKING AT PUTTING IN
SOME PICNIC AREAS, TWO PICNIC SHELTERS, SOME CANOE ACCESS TO THE RIVER AND A
LITTLE FISHING AREA.))
This summer, a gift shop will open in the old depot, and visitors will be
able to rent bikes, canoes and horses at the old barn.
Eventually, officials hope to bring history back to life on the 160- acre
((THIS PART RIGHT HERE IS THE SAWMILL AND YOU CAN STILL SEE THE WHEELS, THE
BELTS AND EVERYTHING ARE STILL STANDING RIGHT WHERE THEY WERE. ))
Hufeisin would eventually like to see a living history museum, complete
with an amphitheater using the old blast furnace as a backdrop.
Several fields would be used for primitive, R-V, and even equestrian
campgrounds along the river.
For non-campers, more comfortable accommodations may be available.
suWhen Virginia Iron and Coke was here, miners used to stay in this hotel
back in the 1800's. In the early 1900's it became an orphanage. Now officials
hope someone will lease it, fix it up and turn it into a bed and breakfast.
Hufeisin has already had several inquiries about the hotel.
As for the rest of the property, the improvements will take years as
funding becomes available. Tracy Altizer News 7.))
Many people in the Roanoke Valley got in the Earth Day spirit by ridding
their homes of hazardous waste.
Hundreds dropped by the Salem Civic Center for the fourth annual Household
Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
Today is the one day of the year the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority
collects items such as oil, batteries, antifreeze, paints and pesticides.
Organizers say this gives people a chance to safely dispose of these
And they say it's just the right thing to do.
IN Q=THE PAINT IS
((JOHN HUBBARD/ROANOKE VALLEY RESOURCE AUTHORITY: THE PAINT IS CERTAINLY
RECYCLABLE. THE OIL, THE GASOLINE ARE BLENDED TO MAKE FUELS. KEROSINE CAN BE
RE-USED. BATTERIES, SOME OF THE AEROSOLS CAN.))
SUPER=01-John Hubbard/Roanoke Valley Resource Authority;
OUT Q=SOME OF THE AEROSOLS CAN
The number of people taking part in the event doubled this year.
The Resource Authority offers these tips to cut down on toxic materials:
--Buy the least toxic product
--Buy only what you need
--or use non-toxic substitutes.
You can contact the Resource Authority for more information.
When house shopping there are many hidden problems you may not know to look
Jean Jadhon tells us how a home inspector can help in the hunt, as well as
save you money down the road.
IN Q=Herman and
SUPER=01-J. Don Field/Home Inspector;30-34 quick
SUPER=01-Phyllis Schaal/Home Buyer; 42-46 quick!
SUPER=01-Herman Schaal/Home Buyer; 1:30-33! quick!
OUT Q=Jean Jadhon, News 7 Roanoke."
((Herman and Phyllis Shaal looked at many houses before picking one. But
before the sale is final, some other folks will look at this home with a much
more critical eye- They are home inspectors.
These guys tap-
and climb- and crawl-
They venture into every corner and crevice.
They also shake things around a bit.
ALWAYS CHECK THE FLOOR AROUND THE COMMODE, MAKE SURE IT'S GOOD AND SOLID.
WE TAKE TWO AND HALF TO THREE, THREE AND HALF HOURS TAKE IT PIECE BY PIECE
JEAN: DO YOU THINK THAT THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN'T SEE AS A BUYER, WHEN YOU
COME INTO A HOUSE EVERYTHING LOOKS GREAT, BUT ....PHYLIS: OH YES, EVERYTHING
HIDDEN BEHIND THE WALLS AND THE CRACKS.
The hidden things- Thats' what the inspectors look for.
In this house, the electrical wiring is old-
The roof could also use some work- the inspectors found a leak.
JEAN JADHON: INSPECTORS WILL CHECK THINGS THE AVERAGE PERSON DOESN'T THINK
ABOUT. FOR EXAMPLE. THIS DETECTOR CAN TELL IF THESE GAS BURNERS ARE GIVING OFF
ANY CARBON MONOXIDE.
When the inspection is done- the buyer is given a list of things that may
The inspectors also explain what may need work.
TIM ELLIS: THE ROOF OF THE DORMER IS ROLLED IT'S THE SHEET.
HERMAN: WILL IT GIVE ME ANY PROBLEMS?
So what happens if your dream home needs a 5 thousand dollar fix up?
JEAN: DO YOU HAVE THE OPTION NOT TO BUY? YES. WE'VE PUT IN THAT OPTION THAT I
CAN BACK OUT OR THE OWNER CAN BACK OUT.
WELL WE'LL PROBABLY TALK TO THE OWNERS AND SEE IF MAYBE HE CAN SPLIT THE COST
OR AT LEAST PART OF IT.
The inspection gives the owner recourse-
A couple of hundred dollars can save the new owner thousands down the
road. Jean Jadhon, News 7 Roanoke.))
For more on what you should know before buying a home, watch On Record
tomorrow morning at Eleven.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7, Trekkies flocked to the Roanoke Civic Center today
we'll show you why,
and we'll show you what Harley Davidson Owners and horse riders have in common.
The aroma of pancakes and sausages filled the air around Towers Mall today.
For most of the day Roanoke's Kiwanis Club served hot cakes to thousands of
The first annual Pancake Day made more than four times the club's financial
By nine this morning club members had served thousands of hot cakes.
Other cooks were trying to fry 12-hundred pounds of sausage.
IN Q=WE'VE JUST HAD
((JERRY STRAYVE/KIWANIS: WE'VE JUST HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE DONATING THEIR TIME
AND EFFORT TO HELP UNDERWRITE ALL THE COSTS. SO 100-PERCENT OF THE TICKET
SALES IS TARGETED FOR THE DIFFERENT CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT.))
OUT Q=ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT
The Kiwanis Club is a community service organization.
In addition to money, members donate around 15-thousand hours working with
The Roanoke Chapter of the Harley Davidson Owners Group pitched in so
disabled children would have an opportunity to ride--ride horses that is.
The HOGS joined forces with the Roanoke Valley Therapeutic Riding Program.
The Harley Owners Group sponsors this annual fundraiser.
Proceeds from today's event help pay for the upkeep of the horses and also
fund a riding instructor.
Therapeutic riding is for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy
and down syndrome.
The program is run mostly by volunteers.
One day they hope to buy at least 50 acres to house a permanent facility.
IN Q=WE NEED MAINLY
((SUSAN VAN NAME/RKE VALLEY THERAPEUTIC RIDING: WE NEED MAINLY FLAT LAND AND
WE NED TO HAVE AN INDOOR FACILITY SO THAT WE CAN SERVE THE RIDERS REGULARLY AND
NOT HAVE TO CANCEL LESSONS BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.
MOOCH SEMONES/RKE VALLEY HARLEY DAVIDSON OWNERS: IF YOU'D SEEN THE SMILES ON
THE KIDS' FACES WHEN THEY GET OUT OF THE WHEELCHAIR AND GET ON A HORSE, IT'S
JUST SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD SEE AND IF MORE PEOPLE SAW THIS THEY'D BE MORE
SUPER=01-Susan Van Name/Roanoke Valley Therapeutic Riding; :00
SUPER=01-Mooch Semones/Rke. Valley Harley Davidson Owners; :12
OUT Q=MORE INVOLVED
Therapeutic riding helps improve physical fitness in disabled children.
It also promotes a feeling of self-reliance and freedom.
9-th ranked Washington and Lee was in Salem this afternoon for a key ODAC
battle with the 12th ranked Roanoke men's lacrosse team and the game went down
to the wire.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs. Generals;
Bill Pilat's team trailed 4-2 after the first quarter, but battled back in
Danny Soi gets things started with this goal that trims the Generals' lead
to 1, 4-3.
The Maroons took a 5 to 4 lead before W & L's Russell Croft finds the net
with the assist from Andy Jenkins.
Jeff Jones' goal right before the half made it a 7-6 game at the break.
Then, head general Jim Stagnitta looked to Ed Dougherty for the next score
of the seesaw contest. He scores for a 7-7 deadlock.
The game came down to sudden death overtime. Billy Metz slices through
SUPER=34-Roanoke/=12/Washington & Lee/=11;
the middle netting the game winner, breaking an 11-all tie, and Roanoke wins it
IN Q="The rivalry...
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Roanoke Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Billy Metz/Game Winning Goal;
OUT Q=...get a bid."
Barry Bonds led the attack as the San Francisco giants beat Chicago 8 to 4.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/WGN; :
Bonds and Matt Williams relaxing in the dugout before the game.
With the Giants leading 3 to 1 in the third Bonds gets all of this pitch
sending the ball over the right field fence at Wrigley for a solo homer the
giants led 4 to 1.
In the fourth, Bonds doubles off SUPER=35-San
Francisco/==8/Chicago/==4;the wall in centerfield scoring Rich Aurilia and
Steve Scarsone San Francisco led 6 to 1 and the Giants win it 8 to 4.
The Chicago Bulls failed to tie the N-B-A record for home wins in a season
losing to Indianapolis this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC SPORTS; :
The Bulls came out running Dennis Rodman on the break for the layup and a
22 to 15 Bulls lead.
Still in the first quarter Michael Jordan pulls up and hits the three
pointer and gets the foul the Bulls led 25 to 21.
But the Pacers came back in the second half Rik Smits hits the jumper
drawing the foul and Indiana led 93 to 91.
Eddie Johnson hit a free throw with
SUPER=32-Indianapolis/100/Chicago/=99;5-tenths of a second left on the clock
to seal the 100 to 99 Pacer win.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/WKBD; :
In Cleveland this afternoon, The Cavaliers clinched the home court
advantage in the first round of the N-B-A playoffs.
Bobby Phills led the Cavaliers over Detroit with 21 points for that and all
of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, A couple of Winston Cup drivers will go after records
tomorrow at Martinsville Highlights of Virginia Tech's Spring football game.
And Tech Wide Receiver is a second round pick in the National Football
Virginia Tech's spring football practice ended today with the Annual Maroon
and White game.
The game started as the captains met at midfield.
On the Maroon teams first drive Quarterback Jim Druckenmiller hands off to
fullback Brian Edmonds who goes up the middle for the 15 yard touchdown to make
it 7 to nothing.
Druckenmiller would strike again in the first quarter as he hits Michael
Stuewe on this leaping four yard T-d pass and the Maroon team led 14 to
The White would get it together in the second quarter as Al Clark hooks
up with James Crawford on this 20 yard touchdown pass play. The White trailed
But two more Druckenmiller T-d's SUPER=34-Maroon/=28/White/==7;passes
including this pass to Shawn Scales who would do the rest for the 40 yard
touchdown and the Maroon team goes on to win it 28 to 7.
IN Q="I think we
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :14
OUT Q=.....have a shot."
Virginia Tech's Bryan Still was a second round pick in the National
Football League's draft today.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/January 31, 1995; :
Still, a wide receiver was picked by the San Diego chargers as the 41-st
pick in the overall draft.
The Chargers were able to get the 5-11 170 pound receiver in the second
round from Tampa Bay.
For Still, the M-V-P in last year's Sugar Bowl, being picked in the draft
is a dream come true.
((BRYAN STILL/SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICK: ))
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/Second Round Draft Pick; :
OUT Q= .....most happy."
Tech defensive tackle J.C. Price is headed to Carolina. The Panthers
picking Price 88-th over all in the third round.
The Jets selected U-S-C wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson with the first pick
and Washington closed the first round taking Penn State offensive tackle Andre
A couple of veteran drivers will be going for records this weekend at
Steve Mason has more on Terry Labonte, Rusty Wallace and the King, Richard
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/Driver of Kellogg's Chevrolet; :25
SUPER=01-Richard Petty/Owner STP Pontiac; :35
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Driver of Miller Ford; :59
OUT Q=....for the Goody's 500"
((95 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Ricky Craven won his first pole Friday and
Lynchburg's Stacy Compton secured his first ever spot in a Cup field when he
And while a coup,e of youngsters have been the talk of the town for Sunday's
Goody's 500, Terry Labonte and Rusty Wallace are close to making NASCAR
History. Labonte will make his 514th consecutive start Sunday, thus Surpassing
Richard Petty's record.
The KIng earned his reign through being a tough competitor and a refuse to
lose attitude, but there is one positive about letting go of a few of his
Now here's a look at second round qualifying for the Goody's 500.))
IN Q=FIRST DRIVER
SUPER=400-26/Rick Mast/92.380/27/Michael Waltrip/28/Kenny Wallace/29/Joe
SUPER=401-31/Brett Bodine/32/Jimmy Spencer/33/Ted Musgrave/34/Ernie
South Boston's Ward Burton failed to make the field for the second week in
It's been almost 30 years since Star Trek's debut-- the show has evolved
from a failed television series into a multi-million dollar media empire.
Cancelled after only 79 episodes, the original series eventually spawned
three more shows, seven movies, countless books, and millions of devoted fans.
Today a group of these fans gathered at the Roanoke Civic Center for the
second annual Trek- O- Rama.
IN Q=It's about
((TERRY STEVENS/PLUS COMICS: IT'S ABOUT HUMANITY OVERALL, THE STORY LINES.
IT'S A PART OF THE HUMAN CONDITION. STORIES IN THE FUTURE RELATE TO TODAY'S
SUPER=01-Terry Stevens/Plus Comics;
OUT Q=today's society.
The event features films, bloopers, and plenty other merchandise.
Tomorrow Trek- O- Rama moves to the Holiday Inn Select in Lynchburg.