Straight ahead on News 7,
The midwest is struggling through yet another rash of violent storms,
and Roanoke Republican Jeff Artis quits the party.
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Roanoke republican Jeff Artis is leaving the party, and he says bigotry is
Artis tells News 7 -- quote -- "I can no longer support a political party
whose most powerful faction does not support me as a candidate or respect me as
a black man."
He also called Ralph Smith-- the city's party chairman --homophobic and
Smith says Artis is entitled to his opinion, but that he does not understand
why he is being called a bigot.
Artis was recently defeated in Roanoke's city council elections.
The Postal Service says it has shut down the largest commercial distributor
of child pornography in U-S history.
Officials announced today that an undercover sting operation has
reeled in 45 people, with more arrests possible.
Chief Postal Inspector Ken Hunter, says it all started with a California
IN Q=the San Diego Company...
SUPER=01-Ken Hunter/Chief Postal Inspector;
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The arrests followed raids by state and federal agents at 130 sites in 36
The midwest has suffered another round of violent storms including tornadoes
and flood-producing rains.
SUPER=03-Villa Grove, IL;
The system dumped up to eight inches of rain in Illinois and Indiana, and
more rain is expected to fall today.
SUPER=03-Near Beatrice, NE;
Meantime, several twisters hit southeast Nebraska last night causing
extensive damage and knocking out power.
Now is the peak of tornado season, and the people who track and study the
storms are hard at work, hoping to increase the the lead time in predicting
when a killer storm touches down.
Dave Fehling follows some tornado chasers.
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SUPER=01-Warren Faidley/Photographer; :30
SUPER=04-"Twister" - Warner Bros.; :36
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; :51
SUPER=03-Edmond, OK; :56 **VERY QUICK***
SUPER=01-Josh Wurman/Univ. of Oklahoma; 1:34
OUT Q=Dave Fehling CBS NEWS Amarillo Texas.
The month of may means the most tornadoes...
...LETS GET CLOSE TO IT, GET SOME GOOD SHOTS.
And for storm chasers like warren faidely....
It means packing up.. zeroing in...and heading out in
search of the next big twister.
"MULTIPLE TORNADOS ON THE GROUND..."
Last year in texas, he found not one but three at a time.
He has chased fat ones, And thin ones.
And ones that look like they'd take you all the way to oz and back.
WARREN FAIDLEY, PHOTOGRAPHER:"WHEN YOU'RE THAT CLOSE TO A TORNADO, THERE'S
SOMETHING PRIMEVAL ABOUT IT. THERE'S SOMETHING INSIDE OF YOU, ITS
They've mesmerized hollywood as well.
"TWISTER" is being released this week.
But what you're looking at now is not a special effect, its Edmond Oklahoma,
may 8th, 1986.
"a twister to these people isnt some hollywood movie. its a nightmare come to
real life, a day ten years ago this week when their neighborhood was ripped
"THANK YOU FOR SAVING OUR LIVES."
That's virginia andersen the day after the tornado
destoryed their home and 49 others.
but no one got killed...the andersens say its because of the warnings on t-v.
HE SAID HEAD FOR COVER, HE SAID HEAD FOR COVER."
But current technology can give people only about a 20
minute warning at best that a major tornado is forming
THese storm scientists---who just last month chased this tornado through
illinois---are using new computer programs and doplar radar data to try to
improve that lead time to over two hours.
JOSH WURMAN, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA)
"THEY'RE VERY VIOLENT SO THERE'S ALSO A HUMAN NEED TO STUDY AND RESEARCH THEM
AND BE ABLE TO PREDICT THEM BETTER."
"THATS WHERE I'M GOING TO BE SKADDLING."
And for the storm chasers, better predictions could lead to more spectacular
video of springtime's most terrifying but most fascinating of storms.
Dave Fehling CBS NEWS Amarillo Texas.))
It could take up to a week for firefighters to fully contain the massive
wildfire in northern New Mexico.
SUPER=03-Near Taos, NM
But fire officials say the good news is the blaze is now 30 percent
The fire has already taken a heavy toll in property --incinerating 32
buildings in the hamlet of La Lama.
Eighteen of the destroyed buildings were homes.
The state's governor is taking measures to insure there won't be anymore
((GARY JOHNSON/GOV. OF NEW MEXICO:RIGHT NOW WE'RE LOOKING INTO A BAN ON
FIREWORKS...WE CANNOT AFFORD ANY MORE OF THESE FIRES.
SUPER=01-Gary Johnson/Governor of New Mexico;
OUT Q=THESE FIRES.
Firefighters are using helicopters to reach the blaze in New Mexico's
A cruise to the Bahamas has turned out to be anything but relaxing for
hundreds of passengers.
A fire broke out this morning on a Discovery Cruise ship, forcing some 800
passengers to evacuate.
Some of them stayed in the Bahamas, others left on other cruise ships or
were flown home.
The fire was in the engine room and investigators think a detached fuel
line started it.
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Still to come --
In the New River Valley, a Virginia Tech student is charged with pointing a
gun at police officers, while another officer is cleared of wrongdoing after
shooting a woman,
and after being involved in a deadly shootout six months ago, a Henrico County
policeman is advising fellow officers to take their training seriously.
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The body found this week near Culpeper has been identified as that of
Now begins the search for her killer.
The 25-year old Baltimore woman disappeared two months ago when she was
traveling on U-S 29.
Witnesses told police they saw her talking with a man who appeared to be
helping her look under the hood of her car.
After Reynolds disappeared, police got numerous reports of women being
approached by a man while driving on U-S 29.
The description given by the women matches the man last seen with Reynolds.
Blacksburg police arrested a Virginia Tech student early this morning after
he allegedly pointed a shotgun at them.
Police officers responding to call of fireworks going off instead heard what
they believed to be two shotgun blasts on a walking trail between Janie Lane
and University Village Trailer Park.
The officers say when they encountered a man outside a home on Janie Lane,
he pointed the weapon at them, then ran inside when they told him to drop the
No shots were exchanged, and police later arrested Jon Christopher Overton
and charged him with brandishing and discharging a firearm.
And a Christiansburg police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing after
shooting a woman in the leg, but the woman is now facing charges.
The Commonwealth's Attorney yesterday supported Officer A. H. Smith's use of
force and charged Stella Arcaro with reckless handling of a firearm.
The incident happened last month when Smith responded to a suicide call at
Old Farm Village apartments, and heard a shot coming from an apartment.
Police say Arcaro came out of the apartment pointing a rifle at Smith and he
shot her in the leg.
A Henrico County police officer who survived a gun battle several months ago
is helping others learn from his experience.
Steve Smallshaw has more from a police survival training seminar in
IN Q=Andy Margiotta
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SUPER=03-Campbell Co./November; :07
SUPER=01-Andy Margiotta/Henrico Co. Police; :23
SUPER=01-Troy Nicks/Training Academy Instructor; 1:02
OUT Q=News7, Appomattox County.
(( Andy Margiotta still bears the scars of his encounter with Brad McCombie
The two met at the end of McCombie's 18- hour crime spree that started
Halloween night in Campbell County and ended on a Henrico County highway.
McCombie shot Margiotta twice before the officer was able to return fire.
McCombie died at the scene.. Margiotta lived to retell the incident.
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((OFFICER ANDY MARGIOTTA/HENRICO CO. POLICE: AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT, I WAS
VERY SHY, I DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO TALK TO ANYBODY ABOUT IT. I JUST WANTED TO
GET BACK TO WORK AND HAVE THE WHOLE THING FORGOTTEN ABOUT.))
OUT Q=forgotten about.
But Margiotta realizes he can help his fellow officers by reviewing the
That's what brought him to this police survival training seminar in
IN Q=Police officers
((Police officers say in a situation like the shootout Officer Margiotta had
with McCombie, their very survival depends on their instincts and their
training. Margiotta says he hopes his presence here will remind officer to
take their training seriously.))
OUT Q=their training seriously.
IN Q=I made some
((MARGIOTTA: I MADE SOME MISTAKES, I DID SOME THINGS RIGHT, I DID SOME THINGS
WRONG AND I WANT YOU ALL TO BE ABLE TO LEARN FROM IT AS I HAVE LEARNED FROM
OUT Q=learned from it.
IN Q=Every police
((TROY NICKS/TRAINING ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR: EVERY POLICE OFFICER HOPES THAT HE'LL
NEVER HAVE TO DRAW HIS WEAPON IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AND MOST DON'T, BUT IT'S
CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR SO THAT WE CAN DO WHAT
NEEDS TO BE DONE IF THE NEED DOES ARRIVE.))
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Thanks to Margiotta, that point is being driven home.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Appomattox County.))
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When News 7 returns,
Is Richard Byrd a hero? Some say no,
and a W-D-B-J legend is remembered at Roanoke's annual humanitarian awards
Seventy years ago Virginia native Richard Byrd was hailed as a national hero
as the first person to fly over the North pole.
But researchers now say his recently discovered flight diary shows he
actually flew short of his goal and knew it.
The diary was found in January among papers at Ohio State University's Byrd
Polar Research Center.
It indicates Byrd and his pilot were concerned about an engine leak so they
turned around about 150 miles shy of the North Pole.
The university is officially releasing its findings today to coincide with
the flight's 70th anniversary.
What do a rabbi, an artist, a fitness guru and a couple of philanthropists
have in common?
They were all honored at the 31st annual humanitarian awards dinner in
Roanoke last night.
The event is hosted by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Those receiving honors were Rabbi Jerome Fox of Beth Israel Synagogue,
arts and culture advocate Pearl Fu (FOO), and philanthropists Sydney and
National Conference president Sanford Cloud addressed the audience at the
Cloud criticized Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schot-- who recently said
Adolph Hitler was "good at the beginning" but then "went too far."
Cloud says public figures should be more careful of their words.
IN Q=Their comments
((SANFORD CLOUD/NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESIDENT: THEIR COMMENTS CAN BE SO VERY
HURTFUL-- NOT ONLY TO A PARTICULAR SEGMENT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT TO ALL
AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I REALLY THINK THAT AN APOLOGY IS IN ORDER. ))
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Cloud, along with other participants of the conference paid tribute to the
late T-V personality and fitness expert Artie Levin-- who passed away last
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((HE WAS A GIANT OF A MAN, AS HE RELATES TO TRYING TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
ACROSS RACIAL, ETHIC, AND CULTURAL LINES. ))
OUT Q=CULTURAL LINES
Just a decade ago, Levin received the humanitarian award.
160 new jobs are coming to Botetourt County, thanks to a Fortune 500
York International says it bought a shell building in Fincastle, for more
than one million dollars.
York is known worldwide for making air conditioning and refrigeration
State and local officials welcomed the technology giant and believe York's
decision to move here might attract other businesses.
IN Q=When companies as large
((GAYLE MORGAN/STATE REP. OF COMMERCE AND TRADE: WHEN COMPANIES AS LARGE AND AS
EXCELLENT AS YORK INTERNATIONAL LOCATE IN AN AREA IT MAKES OTHER SIMILAR
SITUATED COMPANIES IN AN AREA SAY, HUMPH... I WONDER WHAT THEY KNOW THAT WE
DON'T KNOW, WE BETTER GO AND LOOK IN THAT AREA AND SEE IF MAYBE WE WANT TO
LOCATE THERE TOO.))
SUPER=01-Gayle Morgan/State Rep. of Commerce and Trade;
OUT Q=to locate there too.
The Botetourt site beat out 22 other communities in four states.
York officials plan to move into the building in August.
Six Harris Teeter supermarkets in the area are changing hands.
The North Carolina chain will sell the stores to Harden Foods- a new company
that'll be based in Altavista.
The stores being sold are in Reidsville, North Carolina, Altavista, Amherst,
Salem, South Boston and South Hill.
They will be renamed "Fresh and Friendly" stores, emphasizing fresh
perishable products and customer service.
Harris Teeter says it's selling the stores because they don't fit in with
the company's long term goals.
Stocks have added to yesterday's gains even though interest rates have
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 11 points.
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Area colleges are wrapping up exams, but for the Hokie baseball team, the
test is just beginning,
and Lance Armstrong lost the battle up Beech Mountain yesterday, but he still
holds the yellow jersey.
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Last night spelled double trouble for the Avalanche as Salem dropped a
doubleheader to Prince William.
The Cannons won the opener five-to-one.
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In the second game -- Salem Pitcher Doug Million hardly plays like a
In the top of the third, Prince William's Dan Kopriva smacks this Million
pitch off the left field wall and plates Ben Boulware.
It's one-zip Cannons.
Nilson Robledo then finds the wall, but this time he sends the rock to
right SUPER=34-Prince William/==4/Salem/==1;
Jason Evans and Kopriva march home to make the count 3-nothing and the
Cannons top Salem four-to-one, thus handing the Avalanche its third straight
Also last night, Kinston slipped past Lynchburg eight- to- seven.
Lance Armstrong maintains his overall lead in the Tour Dupont, but failed to
win his fifth stage from Bristol to Beech Mountain, North Carolina.
Armstrong spent some of his pre-race time mugging for pictures with fans of
Again the riders had to deal with rain as they began yesterday at 11.
But by the time they rolled into the Carolina mountains the skies and the
pavement had dried somewhat.
That set the stage for an uphill sprint to the top of Beech Mountain.
Armstrong would give it his best but he finished second less than minute
behind team Festina rider Pascal Herve.
The fun continues today with stage nine taking the cyclists 105 miles from
Blowing Rock, to downtown Charlotte.
The stage wraps up at two.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are finishing up exams and getting ready for their
First Atlantic 10 baseball tournament.
And Roy Stanley says they need to win it all to make it into the N-C-A-A
SUPER=01-Josh Herman/Virginia Tech Catcher; :20
SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :51
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((In their first season in the Atlantic 10 the Hokies won the West Division.
Tech is 33 and 22 overall but 16 and four against the competition in their
Tech's main focus is to win the conference tournament but the veterans are
out to set a standard for future players.))
((JOSH HERMAN/TECH CATCHER: ))
((The Hokies have already proven that they are a team to contend with in the
The conference may not be the strongest but Tech is ready to take the next
step and that could come this week when the Hokies open against Temple, which
has the best left handed pitcher in the league.))
((CHUCK HARTMAN/TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((The Hokies play Temple Friday night at 7:30.))
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Also coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Every ten minutes 60 children are abused--and 60 children drop out of
Now children across the nation will have their chance to speak up and speak
out in the nation's capital.
Stand for Children Day is being held June First at the Lincoln Memorial in
Organizers hope it will reaffirm the responsibility for healthy, moral and
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((LATONIA WHORLEY/PARENT: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE A LOT OF OUR CHILDREN
ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND A LOT OF THE CHILDREN ARE NOT BEING HEARD AND WE NEED TO
HEAR FROM OUR CHILDREN OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE.))
OUT Q=are our future.
More on the Stand for Children and other news of the day tonight on NEWS-7
at FIVE, then stick around for NEWS-7 at SIX. Buh-bye.