Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
Recovery workers find the so called black box from ValuJet Flight 592.
We'll have the details.
Plus an eyewitness tells what he saw when the plane went down.
And it may be May but it sure isn't acting like it along much of the East
News 7 at eleven is coming your way next.
One of the flight data recorders from Flight 592 has been recovered from
the Florida Everglades.
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It'll be taken to Washington where it'll be analyzed.
A man who witnessed the crash from his fishing boat says he heard a loud
thud and saw a wall of water, mud and grass fly 150 feet in the air.
((WALTON LITTLE/WITNESS: IT WAS KIND OF AN EMPTY FEELING AN UNREAL FEELING TO
ACTUALLY WITNESS THAT.))
OUT Q=WITNESS THAT."
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And a taste of January- in May for folks along much of the East Coast.
Robin will have our forecast.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
GRAPHIC=Plane crash Investigation
Recovery workers have found one of the so called black boxes from Valu-Jet
Crews pulled the flight data recorder from the murky swamp water late this
Also word from CBS News tonight that the Transporation Department will
investigate the Federal Aviation Administration as part of its overall probe
into the crash.
Byron Harlan has the latest on the search and investigation from Dade
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/NTSB; :14
SUPER=01-Dr. Roger Mittleman/Dade Co. Medical Examiner;1:17
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/CBS News; 1:35
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((It was the breakthrough investigators had been waiting for-- the
recovery of the flight data recorder that could give clues to why Valujet
flight 592 crashed.
ROBERT FRANCIS/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: THE RECORDER WAS BENT IN
THE MIDDLE... REMARKABLY GOOD SHAPE.
Still unrecovered is the cockpit voice recorder, which is buried somewhere
in the thick marsh of the everglades north of Miami. Sounds from that device
may shed further light on why pilot Candalyn Kubeck and her crew lost control
of the airplane.
ROBERT FRANCIS: THE COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER.
At the crash site, search teams from the metro-dade police department
spent the day wading in hip-deep water, searching with nets and by hand for
human remains. So far they've found no bodies, just body parts.
DR. ROGER MITTLEMAN/DADE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER: THEY ARE X-RAYED,
PHOTOGRAPHED IDENTIFIABLE FEATURES.
And the FAA began its close-up review of Valujet and its fleet of 27-year
old airplanes, with President Clinton demanding a preliminary report by week's
BYRON HARLAN, CBS NEWS))
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
A man in a fishing boat a short distance away- witnessed the plane crash.
Walton Little says he heard a huge thud-
((WALTON LITTLE/EYEWITNESS: THE THUD ACTUALLY MADE THE GROUND SHAKE AND MY BOAT
VIBRATED. SITTING ON THE WATER LOOKING IN THE DIRECTION THAT I SAW THE
AIRCRAFT DESCEND, I SAW A TREMENDOUS SHEET OF GRASS AND MUD AND WATER GO AT
LEAST 150 FEET IN THE AIR.))
OUT Q=FEET IN THE AIR."
Little said he thought it was a cargo or private plane- and had no idea it
was a passenger plane he saw go down.
The devastating effects of flight 592 are felt here in this region.
One of the victims on board was Lynchburg resident, Roosevelt Tillman.
For the past eight months Tillman was the Navy recruitment supervisor for
Central and Southwestern Virginia.
IN Q=Even on
((JOHN DORSETT/U.S. NAVY: EVEN ON YOUR WORST DAY... IF HE WAS TO WALK IN IT
WOULDN'T TAKE ANY TIME. HE'D HAVE THE OFFICE SMILING. JUST ON TOP OF THE WORLD.
THAT QUICK. ))
SUPER=01-John Dorsett/U.S. Navy;
OUT Q=that quick
Dorsett says high ranking naval officers chose Tillman to head up the
Tillman was originally from South Florida.
He was in Miami visiting friends and family.
State Police released a NEW composite sketch of a man they say may have
killed 25-year old Alicia Showalter Reynolds.
The Baltimore doctoral student was abducted two months ago on a highway in
Culpeper County-- apparently by a man posing as a Good Samaritan.
Her body was found last week.
Police say they have a good composite drawing of the suspect.
They say he made contact with numerous women who were driving on Route 29.
IN Q=There are at least
((LUCY CALDWELL/STATE POLICE SPOKESPERSON: THERE ARE AT LEAST TWENTY WOMEN WHO
HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH HIM. SEVERAL OF THEM SPENT SOME CONSIDERABLE TIME WITH
HIM AND THEY WERE EXTREMELY HELPFUL. THEY'VE ALL SAID THAT THIS PORTRAIT IS AN
EXTREMELY LIKELY CANDIDATE OF WHO IT IS.))
SUPER=01-Lucy Caldwell/State Police Spokesperson;
OUT Q=of who it is.
The sketch shows a square-faced man with reddish hair and a green plaid
Unseasonably cold weather and a morning fire at a homeless shelter are
making for a busy night at Roanoke's Rescue Mission.
The blaze broke out at the Salavation Army Shelter.
It was confined to one room with eight beds-- but other parts of the
building suffered smoke and water damage.
The shelter is closed tonight-- and that's helped bring as many as 50
additional people to the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
IN Q=We were informed
((TERRY BROWN/ROANOKE CITY RESCUE MISSION: WE WERE INFORMED EARLIER THAT THE
SALVATION ARMY WAS GOING TO BE SENDING SOME PEOPLE, SO WE KIND OF KNEW IN
ADVANCE, SO WERE WERE PREPARED FOR THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Terry Brown/Roanoke City Rescue Mission;
OUT Q=prepared for that
Brown says the Rescue Mission can accomodate at least 20 more people
But he says the shelter will make room for anyone who comes to the door.
IN Q=We're not turning
((WE'RE NOT TURNING AWAY ANYONE TONIGHT, EVEN IF WE HAVE TO PUT SOME PEOPLE
CHAIRS-- THAT'S WHAT WE'LL DO. ))
OUT Q=WHAT WE'LL DO
Officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire at the Salvation
Army-- but hope to re- open it tomorrow.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, we'll take a look at the role some Virginia
Christian groups want to play on elections across the nation,
and some young people found themselves in court today. They weren't in trouble,
they were conducting the trial.
Robin in Wx office
MUSIC UP FULL
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Roanoke's 152-million dollar budget got a stamp of approval tonight.
City council approved the budget for the new fiscal year-- starting July
The vote also okayed funding for a rental inspection program, as well as
for automated trash collection.
Meanwhile, Councilman Mac McCadden's idea to make council nominations
non-partisan was supposed to be the subject of a public hearing.
But no one showed up.
IN Q=A person
((MAC MCCADDEN/ROANOKE CITY COUNCILMAN: A PERSON SHOULDN'T HAVE TO CARE
WHETHER THE PERSON THAT REPRESENTS THEM IS A REPUBLICAN OR A DEMOCRAT TO HAVE
THEIR TRASH PICKED UP OR HAVE A ZONING ORDINANCE CHANGED. THAT'S NOT
NECESSARY. I THINK OUR CITIZENS DESERVE TO VOTE FOR THE BEST QUALIFIED
OUT Q=best qualified candidate
But McCadden says the lack of speakers at the hearing shows that voters are
apparently happy with the current nomination process.
GRAPHIC=Faith in Democracy
Virginia is known throughout the country as the Home of Presidents.
But what's NOT as well known is that it's also home to many conservative
Christian movements that would love to influence just who is the running the
In part one of her series, Faith in Democracy, Ellen Qualls looks at some of
IN Q=Lynchburg's Jerry
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :00
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/October 1995; :11
SUPER=01-Mark Rozell/UVA Political Analyst; :40
SUPER=01-Robert Alley/Constitutional Historian; 1:04
SUPER=01-Ralph Reed/Christian Coalition Director; 1:41
SUPER=03-Fredericksburg/April 18; 2:07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((Lynchburg's Jerry Falwell reached outside of his church to start a
national political movement.
But at the end of the 1980's, the Moral Majority folded-- a divisive force,
even among Baptists.
Enter Virginia Beach televangelist Pat Robertson.
((PAT ROBERTSON/CHRISTIAN COALITION FOUNDER: BUT WHAT A TESTIMONY HERE IN THE
NATION'S CAPITOL TO THE DEDICATION OF GRASS ROOTS AMERICANS WHO LOVE THEIR
FAMILIES, WHO LOVE THEIR NATION, AND MOST OF ALL THEY LOVE THEIR GOD. GOD
BLESS EVERY ONE OF YOU. applause.))
But to really go mainstream -- Ralph Reed is the Christian Coalition's
sot ROZELL TAPE ONE 04:59:40
((MARK ROZELL/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: I THINK PART OF THE GENIUS OF THE
CHRISTIAN COALITION IS THAT ITS MOST VISIBLE LEADER, ITS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, IS
A POLITICAL OPERATIVE, RALPH REED, WHO IS VERY SAVVY IN DEALING WITH THE NEWS
MEDIA, VERY EFFECTIVE IN PRESENTING A VERY KIND AND UNTHREATENING VOICE OF WHAT
THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT STANDS FOR.))
University of Richmond historian Robert Alley says the message may be more
palatable, but the motive's the same.
((ROBERT ALLEY/CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORIAN: IF YOU LISTEN TO ROBERTSON ON THE 700
CLUB TODAY, HE IS STILL THE FAITH-HEALING, CHRISTIAN NATION PROMOTOR, WITH HATE
FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT HE WAS WHEN
I FIRST HEARD HIM IN THE 1970'S.))
But Reed and Robertson have succeeded where Falwell failed -- uniting
evangelicals, charismatics, fundamentalists, pentecostals, mainline
Protestants, Catholics, and even some Jews.
sot ROZELL TAPE TWO 04:57:49
((MARK ROZELL: IN EFFECT TO PUT ASIDE THE QUESTION OF WHO'S GONNA FIND HEAVEN
IN THE AFTER LIFE AND FOCUS ON COMMON POLITICAL OBJECTIVES.))
Politics is a numbers game, and Ralph Reed's courting black conservatives
sot REED TAPE ONE 12:52:32
((RALPH REED/CHRISTIAN COALITION DIRECTOR: IT WASN'T A GREEN CHECK OUT OF
WASHINGTON, D.C. THAT SUSTAINED YOU THROUGH CENTURIES OF BIGOTRY AND PREJUDICE.
IT WAS FAITH IN GOD AND KNOWLEDGE OF HIM.))
The recruitment and training efforts are slick.
nat sot COALITION TAPE ONE 07:24;57
((THE CHRISTIAN COALITION IS LEADING THE WAY IN GIVING PEOPLE OF FAITH A VOICE
IN THEIR GOVERNMENT.))
But Reed's personal, informal backing is also important.
George Allen doesn't shy away.
Bob Dole wants to keep it.
Jim Miller's wallowing in it now that he isn't competing with the cult of
personality that drew conservative Christians to Ollie North in the last Senate
sot COALITION TAPE TWO 07:56:32
((JIM MILLER/R- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT SAYS IN LEVITICUS
13:40? AT LEAST IN THE NEW INTERNATION VERSION, THE ONE I READ? IT SAYS WHEN
A MAN HAS LOST HIS HAIR AND HIS BALD, HE IS CLEAN. laugh))
Coming up in the next part our series, Virginia's fertile ground for
Christian activism -- and other state leaders say the Christian Coalition
doesn't have all the answers.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on the broadcast, gardners beware, scattered frost is in the
And we'll meet Pugsy. He's a little dog who is a long way from home AND his
MUSIC UP FULL
There are some student-lawyers in training in Covington.
And as Ron Jones reports, these legal eagles aren't over the age of
SUPER=01-Russel Updike/Trial Coordinator; :50
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
If not for their youthful faces and an occasional-- outburst of laughter...
you would think that this was any other court proceeding.
But everyone from the witnesses to the jury weren't over the age of
The only true vet was a distinctive-- maturing judge, the Honorable Dudley
J. Emick, Jr.
Alleghany High School students were conducting their 4th annual mock trial
under the guidance of the Alleghany-Bath-Highland Bar association.
This trial was the classic story of who done it.
A young man is accused of shooting into an occupied car.
The event's sponsors were proud of the way the prosecution and defense
presented their case.
((RUSSEL UPDIKE/TRIAL COORDINATOR: ))
But when it was all said and done the members of the jury decided the young
man was-- NOT guilty-- Not by reason of insanity but because tomorrow is a
Ron Jones, News Seven.
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Die hard skiers don't usually have an opportunity to enjoy their sport in
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But you're in luck if you're in the Massachusetts mountains.
A snowstorm hit the area yesterday, creating a winter wonderland.
It looks like ideal ski conditions atop the mountains highest peak.
At least one ski resort will open it's lifts this week.
Locally the weather is threatening a late spring frost tonight, so don't
forget to protect your plants.
Potted plants should be brought indoors.
It's best to cover bedded plants, or in the event of a heavy FREEZE, to
protect them with water through the night.
((RUTH BABYLON/LAUREL CREEK NURSERY: ONE THING YOU MIGHT DO IS SET UP A
SPRINKLER AND KEEP YOUR SPRINKLER RUNNING ALL NIGHT LONG. ))
SUPER=01-Ruth Babylon/Laurel Creek Nursery;
OUT Q=all night long.
Sometimes damage can't be avoided. But there are steps you can take to
salvage your plants.
((THIS IS VERY TYPICAL FROST DAMAGE. SOME OF IT, THESE PROBABLY WON'T BE SO
GOOD. BUT SOME OF IT YOU CAN CUT THE BLACK PART OFF AND YOU'VE STILL GOT A NICE
GREEN PLANT UNDERNEATH THAT'S GONNA DO FINE. ))
OUT Q=gonna do fine.
To prevent the leaves from turning black in the first place, early risers
may try spraying their plants with water BEFORE the sun melts the frost.
The Braves whipped the PIrates last night 9-to-3, thanks in part ot the bat
of Dave Justice.
Justice hit this three run homer and knocked in a total of four runs as the
Braves pounded out 14 hits.
Tom Glavine got the win.
The Orlando Magic failed to make Atlanta disappear from the playoffs last
night, but they certainly gave it their best shot.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/TNT; :00
A loss last night by Atlanta would end the Hawks' season, and they came out
redhot scoring 44 points in the opening period and eventually taking a 67-to-47
Steve Smith keyed the Magic attack with a playoff career high of 35 points.
He hit 7 three pointers in the game.
But it only took the Magic 8:47 seconds in the third quarter to erase a 20
point deficit and the take the lead, as Shaq gets 2 plus the foul!!
But the Hawks would win it 104-to-99. The series shifts back to Orlando for
game five on Wednesday.
The Philadelphia 76ers have new owners, a new general manager and now they
need a new head coach.
Yesterday afternoon former University of Maryland star John Lucas was axed as
the team's coach after two unproductive season.
The Sixers finished 18 and 64 this year, and during Lucas's two seasons as
head coach they had 42 wins and 122 losses.
Lucas is the sixth coach to lose his job since the regular season ended.
GRAPHIC=Seminole District Baseball
Jefferson Forest topped Brookville in a Seminole District battle tonight at
Liberty University's Worthington Field.
Steve Mason has more on some last minute heroics.
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SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Bees vs. Cavaliers; :00
SUPER=01-Jim White/Brookville Coach; :10
SUPER=01-Scottie Scott/Hit 2 Homeruns Tonight; :33
SUPER=34-Jefferson Forest/==4/Brookville/==3; 1:05
SUPER=01-James Thacker/Jefferson Forest Coach; 1:21
OUT Q=....News 7 Sports"
The NCAA division three baseball tournament is coming to Salem Memorial
Stadium May 23 through the 28th, and folks n the area would like nothing better
than for Ferrum to make it the final eight.
Yesterday afternoon the Panthers found out that they will be the second seed
in the tough South Regional that takes place later this week in Fayetteville,
Ferrum will open the double elimination tournament at noon on Thursday
against Atlanta's Emory University.
This is Ferrum's eight trip to the NCAA's in the last nine years.
Also, the NCAA women's division three softball championships are in Salem
later this week, with games beginning on Thursday at the Moyer complex.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will not be going to the NCAA baseball tournament
afterall this season.
The Hokies advanced through the winner's bracket of the Atlantic 10
tournament this weekend, but lost two games to U-Mass today 5-TO-2 AND 8-TO-2
in the championship round.
Tech finishes the season with a 35 and 24 record.
Only one game in the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight as the Blackhawks and
Avalanche battle in game six of their Western conference semi-finals.
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As expected this game has been back and forth since it began with the teams
swapping goals in the first two periods.
Dennis Sevard got this one in the net to tie it at 1-all
Right now in the third, Colorado
The Blackhawks must win to avoid elimination.
Still to come tonight some racing news concerning Clay Earles, three
and some lucky ducks on the track at Indianapolis during today's practice.
Clay Earles, the pioneer of NASCAR racing in Virginia has picked up a big
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The 82 year old Chairman of the Board, who has been promoting races for more
than 49 years, is this year's recipient of the Bill France Award of Excellence.
After building and opening his track as a dirt bull ring in 1947, Earles has
overseen the track's constant expansion. The Speedway now seats 66 thousand
Earles, also still feeds the menagerie of ducks that inhabit the pond beside
his half mile track on a daily basis.
And I much say he does a much better job of taking of the fowl
WIPE TO ENG#
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00
Than the folks at Indianapolis do.
During yesterday's practice session, take a look at the little dark brown
spot just to the right of the car as it whip around the corner at over 200
miles an hour.
That blur turned out to be a mother duck and her babies attempting to make it
across the track. Track security came onto the scene and escorted the family to
The Winston Cars swing back into action at Charlotte later this week for
Saturday night's Winston Select All-Star race.
SUPER=03-Yakima, WA; :00
But those guys will have a tough time equally this DASH FOR CASH.
Take a look at this finish from Yakima Meadows Track in Washington state.
Three horses, "Fly Like An Angel", "All I Have on the Radio" and "Terri" will
come down the middle on the track on the homestretch and hit the finish line at
exactly the same instant.
After reviewing the photo finish it was called a dead heat. That's the 20th
time that a triple dead heat has occurred in Thoroughbred history.
A small mystery is dogging workers at the Roanoke S-P-C-A.
They're trying to reunite a lost dog and his owner, but to do it they may
have to take on the military bureaucracy.
Beth Myer has the story of Pugsy.
IN Q=Pugsy's been at
SUPER=01-Al Alexander/Roanoke SPCA; :23
OUT Q= Beth Myer, News 7, Roanoke.
(( "Pugsy" 's been at the pound since April 24th when animal control picked
him up in the 3-thousand block of Sunrise in Northwest Roanoke.
The SPCA traced his rabies tag back to Ft. Lewis, Washington... and his owner
Randy Fair. Fair is in the Army and is now stationed somewhere in Germany.
Staffers think Pugsy must have slipped away from whomever was watching him for
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IN Q=Certainly, Pugsy
((AL ALEXANDER/ROANOKE SPCA: CERTAINLY PUGSY DIDN'T WALK FROM WASHINGTON TO
ROANOKE SO SOMEONE HAD TO BRING HIM HERE. PERHAPS FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MR.
FAIR AND DIDN'T KNOW TO LOOK HERE AT THE POUND BUT PUGSY IS WAITING TO GET BACK
OUT Q=get back home.
But here's the dilemma: Since Alexander is not a family member, the army can
not help him get a hold of Fair in Germany.
He says the Red Cross can't help either because this is not an emergency
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IN Q=Pugsy's about
((AL ALEXANDER/ROANOKE SPCA: PUGSY'S ABOUT 7-8 YEARS OLD. HE OTHER THAN
ALLERGIES, PUGSY'S IN GREAT SHAPE.))
OUT Q=in great shape.
He's also housebroken and sits on command. If the owner's don't claim him,
he'll be up for adoption in about ten days. Beth Myer, News 7, Roanoke.))