A widespread evacuation this afternoon in Franklin County following a
and President Clinton signs a new law to help people track the whereabouts of
Don't go away, the news is next.
A tractor trailer overturned on U-S 220 in Franklin County this morning.
It is leaking a highly flammable substance.
The highway is shut down in both directions.
Keith Humphry is in the Fork Mountain section of Franklin County just above
the site of the accident.
(keith ad lib)
(rollcue: he lost it in the median.)
(********keith mic hot*********)
((BENNY RUSSELL/EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPUTY DIR. ))
SUPER=01-Benny Russell/Emergency Services Deputy Dir.
OUT Q=being diverted
(KEITH MIC HOT)
out: safe for them to return.
(keith ad lib)
double boxes Melanie/Keith
(question: What are they doing about cleaning up the spill?)
This latest accident is in almost the same spot where another tanker wrecked
and caught fire last year.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./October 14, 1995; (hold this super for a while)
That rig exploded after it overturned and spilled thousands of gallons of
The fire burned for about three hours as nearby residents again had to be
The driver, who was also from North Carolina, was not hurt.
He was later convicted of improper driving and fined 50 dollars.
(--nvestigators are focusing on trying to find dozens of oxygen canisters that
were aboard the D-C nine.
They want to see if they may have caused a fire or explosion before the
It's still unclear if the canisters were empty.
((THE OXYGEN CANISTERS CONTAIN HAZARDOUS MATERIAL (BARIUM
SALT) BUT THAT AGENT IS KNOWN TO BE CORROSIVE NOT EXPLOSIVE.
SUPER=01-Lewis Jordan/Valujet President;
OUT Q=not explosive.
Meantime, Transportation Secretary Federico Pena is standing by his
contention that ValuJet is safe to fly. That's despite a federal report that
shows the airline has one of the
nation's highest accident rates.
President Clinton has made "Megan's Law," the law of the land.
SUPER=03-The White House;
In an oval office ceremony this morning he signed into law a bill that will
require states to let communities know when a dangerous sex offender moves into
The bill is named after a New Jersey seven- year- old who was raped and
killed in 19-94.
A convicted sex offender who lived across the street from her is charged
with the crime.
((THE LAW THAT BEARS THE NA E OF THE CHILD IS NOW FOR EVERY CHILD FOR EVERY
PARENT AND EVERY FAMILY. ))
OUT Q=AND EVERY FAMILY.
Megan's parents were present at today's ceremony, also the parents of Polly
The 12 year old California girl was abducted and murdered by a convicted
felon, out on parole.
The president, meantime, has expressed grief and shock at yesterday's
apparent suicide of the Navy's top officer, Admiral Mike Boorda.
Boorda reportedly shot himself soon after learning Newsweek magazine was
questioning the legitimacy of some of his combat medals.
Journalist Roger Charles of the National Security News Service was one of the
((ROGER CHARLES, REPORTER NATIONAL SECURITY NEWS SERVICE:
DEPENDING ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES, AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE LEGITIMACY OF AN
OFFICER'S MEDALS CAN BE VERY EMBARRASSING. IN THECASE OF ADM. BOORDA IT WOULD
BE A GREAT EMBARRASSMENT,S ENIOR OFFICER INVOLVED IN SUCH A THING. ))
SUPER=01-Roger Charles/National Security News Service;
OUT Q=SUCH A THING.
Boorda left behind two notes.
According to published reports, they express concern about the disgrace
that would result from the article, and fear that the Navy's reputation
Fifth District Congressional Candidate Eric Thompson is withdrawing from
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;
Thompson says the demands of his job and responsibilities to his family will
prevent him from collecting the signatures he needs to mount an independent
An employee of United Parcel Service, Thompson had planned to run as a
He withdrew his bid for the G- O- P nomination in March, after objecting to
the two- thousand dollar fee the party required.
Thompson says he will not endorse any of the announced candidates in the 5th
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
Four teens are expelled from a Roanoke City school for abusing
and this man is leaving his house today for the first time in more than three
WX ad lib
music up full
TAPE#edit of 96-25 (child neglect)
Three Roanoke children are in foster care after police and Social Service
workers found them living in unsanitary conditions.
Wednesday they inspected a Harrison Avenue home and found TWO of the
children wearing urine soaked pants.
Feces were found on the floor in several rooms.
The children's bedridden grandmother was also found in the home.
She was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The children's parents have been charged with neglect.
Four Roanoke City students have been expelled for mis-using Ritalin.
Ritalin is a prescription drug used to treat attention deficit disorder.
School officials say they DO NOT believe abuse of the drug has become a
widespread problem in the schools.
Because of laws protecting confidentiality, school officials declined to
discuss specifics of the cases, but they say there is no evidence that abuse
of Ritalin has become a problem of major proportions.
IN Q=The good thing about our kids
((ANNIE HARMAN/EXECUTIVE FOR STUDENT SERVICES: THE GOOD THING ABOUT OUR KIDS IN
ROANOKE CITY IS THAT THEY TELL ON EACH OTHER. AND SO IF IT BECOMES A PROBLEM,
WE'VE HAD STUDENTS REPORTING ON STUDENTS, BECAUSE THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE
HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE OTHER STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Annie Harman/Executive for Student Services;
OUT Q=of the other students.
Officials say school employees have administered Ritalin and other
prescription drugs properly, but they are reviewing policies and procedures.
They hope to present their recommendations to the school board within a
New gadgets that can stop high speed police chases are in the hands of State
Police officers in Salem.
The stop stick can be deployed in thirty seconds. Police say it can
prevent accidents like the crash that ended a chase from Bedford to Roanoke
County last March.
10 16 09 00 - 10 16 21 00
IN Q=Police pursuits
((TROOPER DARRELL BOWLING/STATE POLICE: POLICE PURSUITS, NOBODY LIKES THEM.
WE'RE TRYING TO BRING THEM TO AN END AS FAST AS WE CAN WITH AS LITTLE DANGER TO
SOMEONE ELSE AS WE CAN. ))
SUPER=01-Darrell Bowling/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=as we can.
The stop stick will slowly deflate the tires so there are no blow outs.
They are being tested in the Norfolk and Salem State Police divisions.
So far, the device has safely stopped one chase in Norfolk.
An obese New York man is experiencing freedom this afternoon.
You see at nearly one-thousand pounds, Michael Hebranko was literally a
prisoner in his own home.
He hasn't walked for ten weeks, has been confined to a loveseat and was too
big to fit through his front door.
Today, an ambulance crew helped him break out of his Brooklyn home by
knocking out a bay window.
A forklift truck then helped him get into an ambulance for a trip to the
Hebranko suffers from gangrene and heart disease.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Just ahead, we'll let you in on some of the best places to spot wildflowers,
and one place to find baskets of flowers this season is Downtown Roanoke.
Patrick Evans takes a look in Growin' It.
The Southern Appalachians support more than half the flowering plant and
fern species in North America.
Of the more than 25-hundred species of flowering plants, at least
two-hundred are found nowhere else in the world.
You can hit the Appalachian Trail to find some of these plants, or you can
thumb through "Wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians."
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Marty Casstevens, a professional nature photographer from Richmond,
co-authored the book and joins us today.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
SUPER=01-Marty Casstevens/Nature Photographer;
(How long did it take you to put this book together and what did it take to do
(What kinds of flowers can we find in this area?)
(What are some of the most interesting flowers?)
(You're going to be signing your book today -- tell us when and where.)
Hanging baskets have appeared all around the Downtown Market area in
and you can thank Valley Beautiful for the facelift.
In cooperation with Roanoke City, Valley Beautiful has spent nearly $10,000
on baskets this year, and a myriad of other beautification projects throughout
the metro area.
This is the 10th anniversary for the basket project, and Lynn Davis of Valley
Beautiful says it's just a good start.
IN Q=Thanks to
SUPER=01-Lynn Davis/Valley Beautiful;
OUT Q=back into the city.
Valley Beautiful also contributes money to neighborhoods like Raleigh
Court, where trees are being planted in an ongoing project.
Virginia Western's Arboretum receives continuing support from Valley
Beautiful as well.
The nation is taking in more IMPORTS and sending out less in EXPORTS.
The U-S trade deficit soared to nearly nine billion dollars in March, as
imports of both goods and services hit all-time highs.
Stocks are blazing new trails, as the bond market rallies on the latest sign
of a moderating economy.
The Dow industrial average is flirting with record territory, after
rebounding nearly 350 points in just over a week.
At noon the Dow was UP 43 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - Patrick has the latest in the women's N-C-Double-A softball
and Cave Spring accomplishes more than one goal last night in the Roanoke
Valley Soccer championship.
MUSIC UP FULL
The N-C-A-A Division Three women's softball championships began last night in
Salem, with four of the six regional champs stepping on the diamond.
SUPER=03-Salem/Simpson vs. Ithaca; :00
In the opener, Iowa's Simpson College needed to work an extra inning to beat
The Ithaca Bombers.
In the bottom of the 8th, with Melissa Tracy on second, Jamie Johnson hits
one to short, she juggles the ball and Tracy scores from second to provide the
only run of the night.
The Simpson Storm wins its first ever game in the national tournament
SUPER=04-Allegheny vs. Wisc.-Stevens Point;
In the nightcap, Allegheny of Pennsylvania's Laurie Machuga became the first
player in Division Three history to record one thousand strikeouts in a career.
The four time All-American led the Gators to a two-to-one win over the
Machuga now has one- thousand-four K's.
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
Right now California's Chapman College, the top seed in the tournament is
playing its first game of the tourney against Simpson.
The defending champion Panthers have a perfect nine and zero mark and have
outscored their opponents by a combined score of 30 to three with seven
Trenton State is the only team in division three to have advanced to the
championship all 15 years of the tournament.
The Lions are seeded number two and will also play today.
Cave Spring beat Patrick Henry for the Roanoke Valley District soccer
championship last night in Rocky Mount.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Knights vs. Patriots; :00
After P-H opened the scoring, Cave Spring answered with two straight goals.
Adam Maheen gets a shot inside to Andy Newton, who puts it into the net with
an agressive play--the Knights lead two-to-nothing.
But the Patriots would not give up in the second half.
Paul Wallace gets the direct kick and it's tied at two.
SUPER=34-Cave Spring/==3/Patrick Henry/==2;
But Cave Spring prevails as Brain Sharp gets the penalty kick late in
regulation and the Knights win it three-to-two.
IN Q="We've got...
((BRUCE MAHAN/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bruce Mahan/Cave Spring Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...I'VE EVER SEEN."
Detroit will host Colorado Sunday in game one of the N-H-L's Western
The Red Wings needed a double-overtime, 1-to-0 victory to shake the St.
Louis Blues in seven games.
Steve Yzerman (EYE'-zur-muhn) scored at one-15 of the second overtime to
conclude the series.
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GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/NBA - TNT Sports;
And in the N-B-A, Utah held David Robinson scoreless in the
first half and advanced to the N-B-A's Western Conference finals
with a 108-to-81 victory.
Karl Malone scored 25 points while Adam Keefe came off the bench to score 18
of Utah's 51 bench points.
(***toss to Patrick***)
(Patrick ad lib)
Tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE's Health Check Report:
More than six million women nationwide suffer from Stress urinary
But a new procedure has a very high success rate.
around for NEWS-7 at SIX.
The story and more news of the day tonight on NEWS-7 at Five, then stick