After conquering the climbs and dusting the competition in Stage Six of the
Tour Dupont, Lance Armstrong emerged at Virginia Tech all alone at the head of
The overall leader of the 12 stage event coming into yesterday, turned the
134 mile race into a chase as he ran away from his last challenge a few miles
out of town.
He easily maintains the yellow leader's jersey as the Tour Dupont heads to
Wytheville this morning.
But he says it's not over.
IN Q="No it's
((LANCE ARMSTRONG/WINNER OF STAGE 6:))
SUPER=01-Lance Armstrong/Winner of Stage 6; :00
OUT Q=...a lot better"
Stage 7 will take the riders from Roy Stanley's home town to Bristol.
It's a 110 mile stage with two challenging climbs.
The cyclists begin at 11 and should be in Bristol by 3 this afternoon.
Up next on News 7-
Huge wildfires are burning fast in New Mexico- The Governor there declares a
state of emergency.
The company just moved to Roanoke a few years ago. Now it may be bought
out. Keith Humphry will have that story.
Plus he does rock, rap, even country- but his music has a message. We'll
hear from Carmen.
News 7 is next.
Fires continue to plague New Mexico.
Fortunately there are no deaths but many homes are destroyed.
High winds and hot, dry conditions are fueling the fire that started from
Controversy may be brewing in Virginia's U-S Senate race, we'll have the
And if you are looking for something different in entertainment, the
Roanoke Civic Center was the place to go this evening.
Christian singer Carmen ran the gamete of musical styles.
We'll listen in.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
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Fires are raging through New Mexico tonight- It's so bad the Governor's
declared a state of Emergency.
As Scott Pelly reports, what started as a small trash fire has grown into a
SUPER=03-Carson Nat'l Forest; 00
SUPER=01-Scott Pelley/CBS News; 40
SUPER=01-David Douglas/Evacuated Resident; 1:08
OUT Q=Carson National Forest."
((Through the day, Wildfire exploded across the northern new mexico forest.
Propelled by high winds, the blaze threatened two communities, and forced at
least 2 thousand residents to flee.
The small town of Lama was nearly swept away. there a small boy did what
little he could in the aftermath. there have been no deaths in the region
but many homes are gone.
It started as a trash fire that blew out of control. this forest hasn't
burned for nearly 100 years. with no rain in the last month, it is a tender
box in a 30 mile an hour wind.
Throughout the day new hot spots erupted across the
forest. It is hot and it is dry. Nearly 600 fire fighters are working in
this region, the wind is so treacherous they can be cut off or overrun at
Because of the danger and terrain, air strikes were called in continuously.
red fire retardant fell by the ton.
Evacuated towns are sealed off.
David Douglas was turned away.
DAVID DOUGLAS/IT'S BEEN MY HOME UP THERE SINCE I WAS THREE YEARS OLD, ITS MY
LIFE UP THERE.
The forecast is bad-- continued windy and dry. All of the fire fighting now
is aimed at channeling the inferno away from other towns.
This is the fourth major forest fire in New Mexico already this spring-- an
ominous start to the west's annual season of fire.
Scott Pelley, CBS News, Carson National Forest.))
Big news in the Whitewater trial.
Two defendants now face fewer charges.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;
A judge dismissed four counts each against Susan McDougal- and Governor
Jim Guy Tucker but both still face four charges.
The Judge said he was not persuaded the jury could find the defendants
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
((BOBBY MCDANILE/SUSAN MCDOUGAL'S ATTORNEY: I THINK IT'S A CRITICAL BLOW TO
THE PROSECUTION. THEY HAVE COME IN HERE WITH UNLIMITED RESOURCES. THEY MAINTAIN
THEY HAVE A CASE.))
((AS FAR AS THE OVERALL RULING OTHER THAN CHANGE A FEW DEFENDING ON A FEW
COUNTS THE CASE IS GOING IN AS INDICTED AND AS TRIED BY THE UNITED STATES.))
SUPER=01-Bobby McDaniel/Susan McDougal's Attorney;
SUPER=01-Ray Jahn/U.S. Prosecutor; 08
OUT Q=by the United States.
None of the 19 charges against James McDougal were dropped.
The defense begins presenting its case tomorrow- President Clinton's
recorded testimony could come
as early as then.
An autopsy will be done tomorrow on former CIA director William Colby- but
so far authorities say there's no evidence of foul play.
Colby's body washed up today after an eight day search.
SUPER=03-Cobb Island, MD;
He had been missing since April 27th when he said he was going canoeing.
The canoe was found capsized the next day on a sandbar.
((LT. MARK SANDERS/DEPT. NATURAL RESOURCES: THE REASON HE WAS FOUND THIS
MORNING WAS QUITE SIMPLY NATURE TOOK ITS COURSE AND HIS BODY FLOATED UP.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Mark Sanders/Dept. of Natural Resources; 00 QUICK
OUT Q=HIS BODY FLOATED UP."
Colby was CIA director under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
He also headed the CIA's Saigon office during the Vietnam war.
((SALLY SHELTON-COLBY/WILLIAM COLBY'S WIDOW: HIS CHILDREN AND I HIS WIFE ARE
VERY PROUD OF HIM AND VERY PROUD FOR WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHED AND WHAT HE BROUGHT
TO THIS WORLD.))
SUPER=01-Sally Shelton-Colby/William Colby's Widow; 00
OUT Q=brought to this world.
William Colby was 76.
A four year old girl who spent more than an hour under water yesterday-
lost her fight for life.
Jaimee Lynn (DIE-am) Dieahm was resusitated by rescuers but died today at
The girl fell into a pond where she'd been playing with several older
Montgomery County sheriff Doug Marrs
says the other kids tried to pull her to safety with a stick, but the child
could not hold on.
Christiansburg police sergeant Hank Epperly found her under water and
rescuers revived her.
She remained on life support until she died this morning.
A Roanoke mail- order and printing firm is about to be bought out.
TRANSKRIT's been part of the Roanoke business community only a few years.
But Double Envelope has signaled an intention to acquire Transkrit- with a
closing expected within the next month.
Keith Humphry has more on the merger and a lawsuit that could have some
bearing on it.
IN Q=Transkrit moved
SUPER=01-Greg Holdren/Former Transkrit Pressman; :17
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( Transkrit moved its entire operation to Roanoke from Brewster, New York a
in late 1993.
It produces business forms and mailing labels... the ingredients of "junk
There's also a claim of reverse discrimination against Transkrit that may
have to be settled before Double takes over.
IN Q=These people
((THESE PEOPLE, THEY GOT TO LEARN THAT THEY CAN'T TREAT PEOPLE THAT WAY.))
Transkrit fired Greg Holdren after not quite nine months on the job as a
Ironically he'd worked for Double Envelope for eight years but thought
Transkrit might offer a better opportunity.
He says Transkrit fired him because he couldn't meet production goals set
by the company.
But he says there are half a dozen other pressman at Transkrit with worse
performance records, including one WOMAN.
IN Q=While they
((WHILE THEY SINGLED ME OUT, THEY SAID I HAD TO PRODUCE MY NUMBERS, SHEILA
WASN'T PRODUCING HERS.))
The woman is NOT named in the federal lawsuit, and we agreed not to name on
the air. But she concedes Holdren has a valid complaint.
She also confirmed she's had "trouble with numbers..." that she's not as
productive as Holdren and some of her fellow pressmen.
But, she says: Transkrit has never threatened to fire her.
Holdren says an investigator at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
summed up the case for him this way.
((THEY FIRED YOU BECAUSE YOU HAD LOW PRODUCTION AND YET THEY KEPT A WOMAN THAT
MADE LESS PRODUCTION THAN YOU. HE SAID: "THERE'S YOUR CASE."))
The E-E-O-C has granted Holdren the "right to sue" Transkrit.
Holdren also believes he's a victim of regional bias from his "Yankee"
OUT Q=around here.
Transkrit Chairman Frank Neubauer said only: "We don't comment on any
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
School kids are using more drugs and smoking more than ever.
That's the result of an annual survey of nearly 200 thousand students
It found marijuana use up dramtically, hallucinogenic drug use growing
more popular and cigarette smoking the highest ever among young people.
One analyst says nostaglia for the sixties could be one reason drug use is
The University of Florida professor also blames a permisive atmosphere and
the easy availablity of drugs and tobacco.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, a jury in Halifax acquits a man of murder
tonight, John Warner calls foul in his re-election bid, and
a Christian singer brings a RIOT to Roanoke. We'll tell you why Carmen says
he's on a Righteous Invasion of Truth.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Otis Carrington is a free man- nearly eight months after he was charged with
taking a man's life.
A jury tonight found Carrington NOT guilty of first degree murder.
Prosecutors say 47-year old Charlie James Hamlett was shot six times and
that most of the bullets struck his back side.
Carrington's attorney admits his client pulled the trigger, but says it was
According to testimony, Hamlett was carrying a rifle earlier in the evening
and had been fighting with his wife shortly before he threatened to hit
A 34-hundred ton Norfolk Southern train struck and killed a Halifax County
man last night.
Authorities say the train sounded its whistle, but 52-year old Jimmy Guthrie
apparently did not move.
He was sitting on the tracks when he was struck at around 8:15 in the town
Authorities say the train, which was pulling 100-empty coal cars, was
travelling West at 20-miles an hour.
The crew had just dropped off a load of coal at the Clover Power plant.
Guthrie died at the hospital.
On the eve of local elections, Virginia's U-S Senate race is picking up
Republican Senator John Warner picked up Bob Dole's endorsement over the
Today, his campaign charged opponent Jim Miller with breaking federal
Warner campaign manager John (HISH-tuh) Hishta says Miller's Commonwealth
PAC was formed to help Republican General Assembly candidates--
but instead appears to have helped fund Miller's campaign for Senate.
IN Q=Miller's scheme
((JOHN HISHTA/JOHN WARNER'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER: MILLER'S SCHEME TO RESCUE HIS
FLOUNDERING SENATE CAMPAIGNS WAS BASED ON A CLASSIC BAIT AND SWITCH. THAT THE
STATE PAC WOULD RAISE MONEY FOR STATE CANDIDATES IN THE 1995 VIRGINIA
ELECTIONS. HOWEVER, REPORTS FILED WITH THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHOW
COMMONWEALTH PAC GAVE ONLY 1-POINT-78 PERCENT OF THE APPROXIMATELY
77-THOUSAND-500 DOLLARS IT RAISED TO STATE CANDIDATES, 2-POINT-4 PERCENT TO
STATE AND LOCAL PARTY COMMITTEES.))
SUPER=01-John Hishta/John Warner's Campaign Manager;
OUT Q=party committees.
Hishta says federal election laws allow NO corporate contributions and NO
individual contributions over one thousand dollars -- and so Commonwealth PAC
money would be off limits to Miller's campaign.
The Miller campaign responds that Miller's use of Commonwealth PAC money was
confined to getting the Republican message out and advising fellow candidates.
A spokesman calls the FEC complaint a "desperate act" by the Warner
The Tidewater area state lawmaker who used his political office to avoid
prosecution on an indecent exposure charge is back where he started.
Not in the Richmond park -- but facing the court.
Suffolk delegate Robert Nelms was indicted today by a Richmond grand jury.
The Republican lawmaker told reporters he was urinating in the park while
out for a jog.
His arrest occurred in a section of the park known for sexual encounters.
Last month, he frustrated prosecutors on the February arrest by invoking
Today's grand jury indictment allows him to be re- arrested now that the
General Assembly's business is over for the year.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Less than ideal weather could not keep the lid on Virginia's economy in
The Virginia Employment Commission reports the Commonwealth's unemployment
rate dropped below four percent for the first time in nearly six years.
The Roanoke metropolitan area led the charge, down to just two-point four
Lynchburg wasn't far behind with a three point two-percent jobless rate.
Danville didn't do quite as well.
It's unemployment rate hovered around the six-percent mark in March.
MUSIC ON TAPE
When News 7 returns, Roanoke's school board is changing,
and we'll show you the latest product creating a buzz- caffeinated water.
MUSIC UP FULL
Roanoke City Council has filled two seats on the school board with a veteran
and a newcomer.
Charles Day has served on the school board since 1990, including a stint as
The newcomer is Brian Wishneff, a former director of economic development in
Both were appointed to three year terms beginning in July.
Imagine getting a coffee boost without the coffee.
You can do that with a new product that is hitting the market.
It's caffeinated water. It's called "Water Joe" and promoters say it's like
(Ev-ee-ON) Evian with a kick.
The producers say they take pure artesian well water and spike it with the
same amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee.
Water Joe has been a big hit on Wall Street.
Some doctors say they're concerned about the drink.
They say people should be drinking less caffeine, not more.
Lots to get to tonight in sports, including Avalanche highlights, Tour DuPont
doins from stage six, hoop happenings from the NBA to Vinton, plus NFL news
concerning Irvin and Greene.
But a run through tonight's scores.
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Sports chyron motion
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OUT Q=...last score
take a break
The Salem Avalanche was in Memorial field last night hosting the slumping
Prince William Cannons, who came into town five games under 500.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cannons vs. Avalanche; :00
But as you might guess the Cannons would erupt. Starting in the first Sandy
McKinnon grounds one to third, Steve Bernhardt can't handle it and Nilson
Robledo scores. 1-0 Cannons.
The Cannons would go up 3-to-zip before Bernhardt would redeem himself in the
2ND as he hits a shot off pitcher Allan Haley, than gets Brian Culp home. Haley
would have to leave the game.
Jerry Whitaker kept the Prince William merry go round rolling as he doubles
in two runs in the top of the fifth to make the score 5-to-1 Cannons.
Nate Holdren would do his best to get Salem back in it with a solo homer in
the bottom of the fifth. But they needed 6 more of those as Salem loses it
The Carolina Panthers improved their already solid defense yesterday by
officially signing former Steelers all-pro Kevin Greene.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The headhunting free agent linebacker out of Auburn who has cut his stringy
hair off since the Super Bowl, says he's coming to Charlotte for reasons other
((KEVIN GREENE/SIGNS WITH PANTHERS:))
SUPER=01-Kevin Greene/Signs With Panthers; :00
OUT Q=...PLAY FOR."
Michael Irvin, the Cowboys' all-pro wide receiver was being cast in an
undesirable light last night.
Fort Worth television station KXAS is reporting that Irvin bought cocaine
before and after his arrest and indictment on possesion charges.
The station put a camera in the car of Irvin's body guard and reportedly
caught him purchasing cocaine.
Irvin's attorney calls the story quote - "A lot of innuendo."
After getting rocked in game one of their best of seven series with the
Sonics, the two time defending Rockets came back last night in game two looking
for a little redemption.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/TNT; :00
But the Rockets would not get any respect from Seattle point guard Gary
Payton, who makes the steal, goes in for the hoop and draws the foul from
But the Rockets are never out of it with Hakeem on the floor and his buzzer
to the end the first half would give the Rockets the lead and some momentum.
It still wasn't enough as the Rockets lose it 101 to 105.
Another of the Roanoke Valley's top high school hoopsters from the past
season has elected to take his game on the road for the next four years.
SUPER=03-Vinton/1995-96 Season; :00
William Byrd's Chris Childress confirmed this afternoon that he has made a
verbal committment to David Lipscomb University in Music City.
The school is a NAIA member and Childress will receive a full scholarship.
The all-state, all-regional, and all-district selection picked the school
over Longwood, Emory & Henry, Bluefield and Roanoke College.
Still to come a complete wrap up today's action during stage six of the Tour
And Lance spears them again!!
The Tour DuPont reached the half way point today.
And Steve Mason says before Lance Armstrong could win another stage, he had
to vent his frustrations and charm a few fans.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Lance Armstrong/Overall Leader; :29
SUPER=03-Craig Co.; 1:04
SUPER=01-Levi Martin/Craig Co. 5th Grader; 1:22
SUPER=01-Jamie Wimmer/Craig Co. 5th Grader; 1:28
OUT Q=...News 7 Sports"
((With 6 mountain climbs up 17,745 feet over 134 miles, leg Massages were in
order at the Salem Civic Center.
It seemed nothing could loosen up overall leader Lance Armstrong.
The Texan was irritated when the International Cycling Federation made an
exception and did not penalize second place holder Tony Rominger's time after
he fell near yesterday's finish.
Armstrong, along with the peleton soon turned their focus to Stage 6. After
pulling out of the civic center, the course took them past the Salem Court
School was out in Craig County as students big and small made their way out
to watch the cyclist race by.
Sascha Hendrix of team Die Continentale was the first rider to hit Craig
About 6 minutes later, the peleton arrived to cheers from the entire student
body, and as usual, Lance was the man.
He has the dance moves of Elvis-- but the message of Billy Graham.
Contemporary Christian singer Carman took to the stage tonight at the
Roanoke Civic Center.
And as Kimberly McBroom reports, he hopes his show is expanding the
Christian music audience.
SUPER=01-Carman/Contemporary Christian Musician; :24
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
((I LOVE JESUS, HOW 'BOUT YOU? ))
It's gospel music-- but it makes you want to get up and dance.
Complete with light show, dancers, and large video screen-- contemporary
Christian singer Carman brought his "Righteous Invasion of Truth" tour to
Carman's not only promoting his latest C-D of the same title-- but using
his upbeat music to spread his faith.
((CARMAN/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN: MUSIC IS INNATE INSIDE ALL OF US.
WE ALL HAVE THAT HUNGER, THAT THIRST, INSIDE OF US. SOME OF US ARE GOING TO
FILL IT WITH DIFFERENT THINGS. WE JUST TRY TO MAKE SURE THE MUSIC IS FILLED
WITH THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS. ))
And from the looks of this line of fans waiting to get into the show--
apparently plenty of people think his music has the right ingredients.
Carman sings everything from pop to rap to country.
He's been recording since 1981-- and says he'd also like to make
Christian- themed films.
But besides performing, Carman's also an outspoken advocate of
conservative beliefs-- especially putting prayer back into public schools.
((WE TOOK OUT THE BIBLE, WE TOOK OUT THE PRAYER, AND WE HAD TO PUT METAL
DETECTORS ON THE DOORS. ))
Carman calls Christian music the medicine to cure society's ills-- but he
hopes his performances also make it fun.
((THE GOAL IS TO NOT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE IT'S MEDICINE, BUT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE
THIS IS THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH TO BE TONIGHT. I'M GLAD I CAME. LAUGHTER. ))
CLOSING SHOT OF CONCERT
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.