Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
Bob Dole is reportedly quitting the Senate to concentrate on the run for
and efforts are underway to retrieve the plane that crashed in Smith Mountain
Stick around the news is next.
The word out of Washington today is Bob Dole is quitting the Senate to focus
more attention on his bid for the White House.
The Senate majority leader has scheduled an afternoon press conference.
G-O-P sources say he'll give up the Senate seat from Kansas that he's held
for 27 years.
Bob Schieffer has more.
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Divers are spending the day retrieving a small plane from Smith Mountain
It crashed into the lake, in one of two separate plane mishaps in the area
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Bobby Ratliff/Va. State Police; :12
SUPER=01-Fred Lunt/Rescuer; :32
SUPER=01-Tim Garnes/SML Airport; 1:06
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(( Authorities say Penny Simmons was on a final approach to Smith Mountain Lake
Airport when her engine went out less than a mile from the runway.
She radioed in she was having trouble.. and seconds later, hit the water.
IN Q=When it hit
((SGT. BOBBY RATLIFF/VA STATE POLICE: WHEN IT HIT THE WATER SHE APPARENTLY HAD
TIME TO EXIT THE AIRCRAFT AND GET INTO THE WATER AND GET AWAY FROM IT.))
OUT Q=away from it.
Luckily, Fred Lunt's wife saw the plane go down, just 75 yards from their
She told her husband who immediately raced to the scene in his boat.
IN Q=If it wasn't
((FRED LUNT/RESCUER: IF IT WASN'T FOR MY WIFE, I DON'T THINK NOBODY WOULD HAVE
SAW PENNY. MY PROBLEM WAS I COULDN'T LIFT HER INTO THE BOAT. SO FIRST I GOT HER
ON THE BOAT HOOK, THEN I SWUNG A LIFELINE AND TIED IT AND SHE HUNG ONTO THE
LIFELINE, BROUGHT HER UP TO THIS LADDER HERE AT THE END OF THE DOCK AND THAT'S
WHERE WE PUT HER OFF AT.))
OUT Q=her off at.
Lunt says Simmons, who reportedly does not know how to swim, seemed more
angry about losing her plane than anything else.
IN Q=Penny Simmons
((Penny Simmons has been flying out of the Smith Mountain Lake airport for
about six years. Her friends say she's an excellent pilot, and that probably
played a very large part in her surviving the crash.))
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IN Q=She's a very
((TIM GARNES/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AIRPORT: SHE'S A VERY GOOD PILOT AND SHE
PROVED IT TODAY. SHE DID A REAL GOOD JOB GETTING THE AIRPLANE DOWN AND GETTING
HERSELF OUT OF IT.))
OUT Q=out of it.
((WE GOT OUR SINGLE LIFT BAGS AT 3000 CAPACITY, SO WE CAN DO WHATEVER WE NEED
TO DO THEN.))
The plane is in about forty feet of water, fifty yards from shore.
Sheriff's authorities using sonar and a red buoy were able to mark the spot
for dive teams to begin salvage operations Wednesday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Simmons has since been treated and released from the hospital.
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And there was trouble at the Roanoke Regional Airport when a routine
training exercise ended in a minor plane crash.
Authorities say a student pilot, who's name was not released, attempted to
take off in a small Cessna trainer when he lost control before leaving the
The plane apparently raced across the runway and crashed into some heavy
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IN Q=The pilot was attempting
((MARK COURTNEY/ROANOKE AIRPORT SPOKESPERSON: THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING A TAKE
OFF OF 24 TO THE WEST. APPARENTLY HAD DIFFICULTY ON TAKE OFF, LOST CONTROL.
THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY. IT TRAVELLED ACROSS THE TAXI WAY TOWARDS OUR
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Airport Spokesperson;
OUT Q=vehicle maintenance building.
The pilot was not injured.
Airport authorities and State Police are still investigating.
GRAPHIC=plane crash investigation
Relatives of those lost aboard ValuJet flight 5-92 will visit the crash site
today, as investigators begin to get a clearer picture of what may have caused
Saturday's crash in the Florida Everglades.
And Valujet is being put under the microscope.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced this morning it wants to
review all maintenance records on ValuJet planes.
There will also be new inspections of the aircraft, and inspectors will show
up on ValuJet flights.
Byron Harlan has the latest from Dade County.
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SUPER=01-Robert Francis/NTSB; :24
SUPER=01-Rhonda Barnett/Metro Dade Fire Rescue; 1:12
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:26
OUT Q=cbs news Dade County, Florida.
Another day of searching has begun, in the murky waters of the everglades
Floating platforms are now in place to hold pieces of wreckage
recovered from the muck. the main target of the search is the cockpit voice
Investigators now believe there may have been explosion on valujet
flight 592, based on information they retrieved from the flight data recorder.
ROBERT FRANCIS, NTSB, SEVERAL PARTS WITH APPARENT SOOT...
While they're not speculating on what might have caused an explosion, the
plane was carrying 50 or 60 emergency oxygen generators, which have been known
to explode in ground incidents according to the new york times. in
otherdevelopments the first lawsuit has been filed by the family of a victim.
andit appears that an infant not listed on the flight manifest increases the
death toll to 110. the first flowers have appeared near the crash site. to
appease family members of the victims, they will be taken by bus to the area
later today for a short memorial service.
RHONDA BARNETT, METRO DADE FIRE RESCUE, THEY'LL BE ALLOWED TO SAY A
PRAYER, THROW A WREATH INTO THE WATER, ETC.
CBS NEWS Dade County, Florida.))
The tiny cabin belonging to Unabomber suspect Ted Kacyznski is no longer in
The home was moved overnight at the request of Kacyznski's lawyer.
It arrived on a flatbed truck early this morning at an Air Force Base in
Meantime, "The Washington Post" reports federal agents have found a secret
number linking Kaczynski to the Unabomber.
O-J Simpson is on his way home after a four- day publicity tour in Britian.
The British media are giving the former football star a good rating:
British newspaper headlines this morning say O-J's charm helped him pass the
He faced some tough questions last night from Oxford University's debate
Simpson would not allow the press to witness the hour long event.
((DID THEY ASK ANY AWFUL QUESTIONS?
SIMPSON: I DON'T KNOW, QUESTIONS I WOULD HAVE ASKED.
OXFORD STUDENT: I THINK H'ES VERY PERSUASIVE, I LIKE HIM.
STUDENT:I THOUGHT VER Y IMPRESSIVE, STAYED CALM.
STUDENT:CLEVER FOOTBALL STAR WHO MURDERED HIS WIFE. ))
OUT Q=murdered his wife.
Outside about 50 demonstrators chanted against domestic violence, while a
group of men rallied in support of Simpson.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on News 7 at noon-
A Virginia Tech official is suing the campus newspaper for name calling,
and safety devices- like airbags save many lives, but they aren't foolproof.
We'll have the details on an airbag incident that resulted in death, next.
WX ad lib
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The government of Bangladesh mobilized more troops today to help in the
cleanup of Monday's killer tornado.
The twister flattened 80 villages killing up to 500.
Five hundred more are missing.
More than 33-thousand were injured.
A New York medical examiner says the death of a young boy in a car crash can
be blamed on an air bag.
Salim Sullivan was a passenger in his aunt's car when it broadsided
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
another vehicle trying to make a left turn.
The medical examiner's office says that as the air bag inflated it slit his
Police are not sure if the boy was wearing a seat belt.
Safety officials emphasize the air bags must be used in conjunction with
The second embezzlement investigation of Garry Lautenschlager is over.
A special prosecutor says he will NOT bring charges against the former Salem
councilman for allegedly taking more money from the Salem Rescue Squad.
The second investigation came after Lautenschlager admitted to taking more
than twenty-thousand dollars from 1992 to 1995 to pay off his personal debts.
He received a suspended sentence and 300 hours of community service for that
During those court proceedings Salem Rescue Squad staffers found additional
funds unaccounted for.
Pittsylvania County prosecutor David Grimes says he does NOT want to file
new charges because he'd run the risk of trying the same case twice.
The assistant to the vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech is
suing the campus newspaper for 850 thousand dollars.
Sharon Yeagle's (YAY-guhl) case involves an April 30th article in the
Collegiate Times times that identified her by a crude, fictitious job title.
Yeagle contends the error has caused her shame, humiliation, embarrassment
and financial loss.
Tim Reed, the assistant director of student activities says the fictitious
title was on a dummy computer template not intended for publication.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return-
It's nursing home week -- we'll take a look at how some residents are
and there's a new weapon in the war against AIDS -- a test anyone can use.
Don't go away.
Home tests for the H-I-V virus will be on store shelves nationwide as early
as next year.
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The Food and Drug Administration approved the kits yesterday.
Users of the kit will be able to take a blood sample at home, send it to a
lab, then get results by phone.
The tests will available next month in Texas and Florida.
This week is National Nursing Home Week, and local nursing homes were a
flurry of activity.
Yesterday residents of Camelot Hall in Salem
enjoyed the music of Lyles and Taylor, who brought their usual repertoire of
In addition, a candlelight dinner is just one of the many special events the
residents and employees will enjoy this week.
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((STUART REED/CAMELOT HALL OF SALEM: ))
SUPER=01-Stuart Reed/Camelot Hall of Salem;
OUT Q=big week for us.
The Annual Nursing Home week celebration is designed to heighten awareness
of the needs of nursing home residents.
Stocks are moving deeper into record territory, with technologies getting a
boost from the latest in a series of strong earnings reports.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 26 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up in sports-
Dwight Gooden moves a step closer to a major league record,
and basketball is losing its Magic.
Patrick will tell you all about it when we return.
MUSIC UP FULL
Dwight Gooden has tossed a no-hitter in his seventh start as a New York
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Gooden popped up Paul Sorrento to complete his first career no-hitter, a
2-to-0 triumph over Seattle.
Gooden has tossed 16 straight hitless innings, eight short of the major
league record held by Cy Young.
Brett Favre, the N-F-L's most valuable player last season, is now battling an
apparent addiction to pain killers and is checking into a rehab center.
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI; :00
Favre says playing in pain the past couple of years made him dependent on
He says he realized he might have a problem when he had seizure during ankle
surgery earlier this year.
Favre met with N-F-L doctors and says he'll stay off the field until he beats
IN Q="The league...
((BRETT FAVRE/GREEN BAY QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Green Bay Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...AND GET BETTER."
And while Favre is checking in -- the Magic is checking out.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson is retiring from basketball for the
third time in four and a-half years.
Johnson says it's time to return to his business interests, four months after
returning to the Lakers lineup.
The 36-year-old Johnson averaged over 14 and a-half points and seven assists
in 32 games for the Lakers this season.
The Chicago Bulls were knocked out of the conference semi-finals last year,
but last night they sent the Knicks packing with a 94-to-81 win to take the
series four games to one.
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Toni Kukoc didn't play because of his sprained back, but he picks up his
sixth man award before the game.
He then watchs Michael Jordan drop in a cool 35 points to lead the Bull
Scottie Pippen adds 15, as the Bulls SUPER=32-Chicago/=94/New York/=81/Bulls
frustrate the Knicks and move on in the playoffs to play the winner of the
The 12th ranked Ferrum Panthers head into tomorrow's N-C-Double-A South
regional Tournament with 33 wins and high hopes of advancing to the elite eight
And Steve Mason says they have a legitimate shot of winning the South.
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SUPER=01-Abe Naff/Ferrum Head Coach; :13
SUPER=01-David Jones/Senior Second Baseman; :35
SUPER=01-Jason Wilson/Senior First Baseman; 1:13
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That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for joining us.