White supremacist and author William Pierce is ordered to pay thousands to
compensate for a racially motivated killing in North Carolina,
and hundreds are feared dead as a ship sinks in Tanzania.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Nearly 600 passengers are feared dead in a ship sinking off northwest
State radio reports 40 survivors and 21 bodies have been pulled
from the water in Lake Victoria.
Witnesses on passing ships report many passengers were trapped in the sunken
The Roanoke woman who drove around for three days with the owner of the car
locked in the trunk was sentenced today to serve 14 years in prison.
Mitzy Horton indicated she was abusing drugs and alcohol at the time of the
incident last November.
Horton got into an argument with Vernon Laughton, choked him until he lost
consciousness and put him in the car trunk.
Under cross examination in court this morning, Horton admitted she thought
she'd killed the man.
IN Q=And I thought
((MITZY HORTON: AND I THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO WITH HIM. AND I
COULDN'T COME UP WITH NO DECISION. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO, SO I
PUT HIM IN THE TRUNK. ANN GARDNER/PROSECUTOR: AND WHY DID YOU PUT HIM IN THE
TRUNK? BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO WITH HIM. WHY DIDN'T YOU TAKE HIM
TO THE HOSPITAL? I WASN'T THINKING THAT WELL.))
SUPER=01-Mitsy Horton/Abductor; :00
SUPER=02-Ann Gardner/Prosecutor; :08
OUT Q=thinking that well.
Judge Dianne Strickland sentenced Horton to serve a total of 14 years in
prison for robbery and abduction.
During two years of the sentence she will be diverted to a drug and alcohol
treatment program before she's released from custody.
TAPE# edit of
A white-supremacist in West Virginia has been ordered to compensate a black
family in North Carolina.
William Pierce is the author of the "Turner Diaries," a book that describes
the overthrow of the federal government and the elimination of blacks and jews.
A jury in Bryson, North Carolina says the book inspired a white-supremacist
to kill a North Carolina black man in 1991.
The panel ordered Pierce to pay 85-thousand dollars to the family of the
The killer sold his home to Pierce at a huge discount to protect it from
being turned over to the family originally.
The money is profit Pierce made when he re-sold the home two years ago.
Pierce is appealing.
GRAPHIC=plane crash investigation
In the Florida Everglades today, divers have begun the dangerous job of
entering the crash crater of Valujet flight 5-92.
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL;
Divers equipped with special protective suits entered the crater
early this morning.
They hope a new ground-penetrating radar will guide them to the cockpit
The jetliner crashed May 11th, killing 110.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
A U.S. Air flight en route to New Orleans from Pittsburgh made an emergency
landing in Chattanooga last night.
The first and reportedly only sign of trouble was smoke in the cabin.
U.S. Air officials suspect the problem was an overheated air conditioning
(( RACHAEL MORGAN/ U.S. AIR PASSENGER:
THE CAPTAIN DID DOME ON AND SAY THE AIR CONDITIONER GIVES OFF SMOKE THEY WERE
GOING TO HAVE SHUT IT DOWN AND WE STARTED DECENING PRETTY QUICKLY BEORE THEY
TOLD US WE WERE MAKING AN EMERGENCY LANDING, SO THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT
CANDANCE CREELY/ U.S. AIR PASSENGER:
WE SMELLED THE ODOR FIRST AND THEN YOU COULD SEE SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE VENTS
AND IT WAS KIND PF SCAREY HEARING ALL THE REPORTS RECENTLY ABOUT AIRPLANES.
SUPER=01-Rachael Morgan/U.S. Air Passenger;
SUPER=01-Candance Creely/U.S. Air Passenger; :14
OUT Q=about airplanes
The 47 passengers and five crew members got another U.S. Air plane and
continued on to New Orleans.
Two Martinsville hospital employees involved in a controversial mock
hostage drill are cleared in court.
Yesterday a General District Court ruled the security officials were acting
in the safety of Memorial Hospital, and dismissed charges of aiding and
abetting and brandishing a firearm.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Security Director
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Commonwealth's Atty.; :31
SUPER=01-Roscoe Reynolds/Defense Attorney; :43
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( Security Director Jeff Bledsoe and Security Guard John Cassell probably
never imagined their scripted E-R drama would have such an effect.
Both testified in court they meant no harm to the nurses on duty the night
of the emergency hostage drill.
Meanwhile, the nurses testified they were frightened by the group of phony
gunmen who invaded the hospital January 25th.
But the court ruled there was no criminal intent-- something even the
prosecution admitted was difficult to prove since it was a planned drill.
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY:MOST EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE
NURSES THEMSELVES AND THE SECRETARIES ON THE DESK WERE REALLY ADVISED THAT THIS
WAS A DRILL. SO, THEY WERE SOME OF THE FEW PEOPLE NOT ADVISED IT WAS A
((ROSCOE REYNOLDS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT APPEARED TO ME THAT THE INVOLVEMENT THEY
HAD WITH POLICE, OFFERING THE POLICE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE PLANS BEFORE
THEY HAPPEEND, EVEN TAKING PART IN THE PRESENCE OF THE POLICE OFFICER NEGATED
ANY CRIMINAL INTENT.))
Both sides agreed on the importance of the testimony of Bledsoe's
supervisor-- who says periodic emergency drills are required for hospital
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THE CASE DOESN'T END HERE, THOUGH. THREE NON-
HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES WHO ALSO POSED AS MASKED GUNMEN WILL HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT
JUNE 28TH. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, MARTINSVILLE. ))
Lynchburg city council officially has a new member.
Reverend Carl Hutcherson Junior took the oath of office in City Hall this
Hutcherson ran as an independent to win the special election for the at-
large council seat.
He says he's ready to go to work.
IN Q=I have been
((REV. CARL HUTCHERSON/NEW L'BURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I HAVE BEEN MEETING, I HAVE
MET WITH THE CITY MANAGER AND WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING THROUGH AN OVERALL
ORIENTATION WITH THE OTHER TWO NEW COUNCILPERSONS, BUT I'M GOING TO KIND OF
START EARLY, SINCE I'LL BE GOING EARLY, THERE'S SOME WORK WE'LL HAVE TO DO
SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Hutcherson/New L'burg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=do right away.
State law required Hutcherson to take office within thirty days of his
He replaces Republican Robert Vogel, who was appointed to fill the vacancy
left by delegate Preston Bryant.
The other two new council members will be sworn in July 1st.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When we return-
The navy bids farewell to Admiral Mike Boorda,
and some say these birds taste like beef, but their meat classification is
making it hard on growers.
We'll have the details when we return.
WX ad lib
music up full
President Clinton at this hour is attending a memorial service for Admiral
The service is taking place at Washington National Cathedral.
Boorda has been buried near the Pentagon, where he worked as the Navy's top
Family members held a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in a
The Chief of Naval Operations committed suicide last week amid questions
about whether he earned Vietnam combat pins worn on his uniform.
A successor to Boorda could be named within days.
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GRAPHIC=us supreme court
A dramatic victory for gay rights.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure that would deny
homosexuals protection from discrimination.
Anti-gay groups had described the decision as destructive to American
((WILL PERKINS/GAY RIGHTS OPPONENT: WHAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS DONE TODAY COULD
RIP THE FOUNDATION OUT OF OUR CULTURE.
PRISCILLA INKPEN/GAY RIGHTS SUPPORTER: WE'RE NOT TRYING TO DESTROY THE FAMILY.
WE'RE NOT TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICAN VALUES. WE WANNA UPHOLD AMERICAN VALUES.
SUPER=01-Will Perkins/Gay Rights Opponent; (quick!!!)
SUPER=01-Priscilla Inkpen/Gay Rights Supporter; :06
OUT Q=American values.
Another Supreme Court ruling is being seen as a bonus to business.
The court threw out a two million dollar award against B-M-W.
An Alabama doctor won the damages in a suit claiming B-M-W painted over
acid rain damage on his new car.
The justices declared the award "grossly excessive".
Other manufacturers may use this case to curb what they see as "unfair"
Space Shuttle Endeavour has recaptured a two-thousand pound satellite.
The crew sent the Spartan satellite into space yesterday, attached to an
The atenna has since broken away and is expected to plummet through the
atmosphere and burn up this afternoon.
The 14- million dollar experiment proves lighter and cheaper technology can
work in space.
From a shuttle flight to birds that can't fly at all.
Rat-ites, -- flightless birds like ostrichs, emus and rheas (REE-uhs), --
are gaining popularity in Virginia.
And it looks like the birds aren't the only ones that are grounded.
Farmers say complicated state regulations are keeping the INDUSTRY from
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=At Feather Quest Farm
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Cindy Harmon/Va. Ostrich Assoc. Pres.; :16 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Mel Kurtz/Va. Emu Assoc. President; :28 QUICK!
SUPER=@Tracy1; :41 (SCREEN LEFT!!)
SUPER=01-Russell Fallin/Va. Ratite Assoc. Pres.; :50
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( At Feather Quest Farm in Giles County, ostrich, emu and rhea burgers were
the special of the day.
Similar in taste to beef, ratite meat is about as low in fat and cholesterol
The appeal to farmers is catching on.
((CINDY HARMON/VA OSTRICH ASSOC. PRES.: IT DOESN'T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF LAND OR
A WHOLE LOT OF TIME INVESTMENT IN ORDER TO RAISE THEM. ))
And it's not just the meat that's appealing.
Emu oil is being researched for medicinal and cosmetic uses.
((MEL KURTZ/VA EMU ASSOC. PRESIDENT: I MEAN IT'S JUST GROWING BY LEAPS AND
BOUNDS, THIS OIL. WE JUST REALLY DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S GOING TO GO, IT'S REALLY
Ostrich leather has long been popular, even its feathers find a variety of
But while those markets are expanding, the meat, at least in Virginia, has
seen slower growth.
suIn Virginia, ratites are classified as livestock, but their meat is
classified as exotic. That puts growers at a competitive disadvantage.
((RUSSELL FALLIN/VA RATITE ASSOC. PRES.: SOME RESTAURANTS WOULD BE HESITANT TO
BUY IT UNLESS IT'S INSPECTED SOME KIND OF WAY, WHICH I CAN'T REALLY BLAME THEM.
But exotic meat is not included in the U.S.D.A. mandatory inspection
program, so ratite farmers have to pay inspectors themselves, 35 dollars an
((WE FEEL IT'S REALLY UNFAIR AND ALMOST UNCONSTITUTIONAL THAT WE SHOULD HAVE TO
PAY AS EMU FARMERS WHERE OTHER FARMERS, CATTLE FARMERS OR WHAT HAVE YOU DO NOT
HAVE TO PAY. ))
Kurtz says ratite farmers are organizing to mount a lobbying effort to
change the meat classification.
Meanwhile they'll continue selling to individuals and gourmet shops, and
IMPORTING the meat from states where inspections are mandatory, to supply to
restaurants in Virginia. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Next on News 7 at noon-
The heat wave continues to close schools early.
We'll have the list,
and life may be doing more than imitating art.
When we return we'll show you the story of life destroying art.
In Canada last night, it was a case of life imitating art as an audience
watching the movie Twister apparently experienced the real thing.
SUPER=03-Thorold, ON/Last Night;
It happened at a drive- in, in Ontario.
The movie screen was destroyed right before moviegoers' eyes.
((THE TORNADO TURNED THE CORNER, WENT RIGHT THROUGH HER AND NEVER TOUCHED THIS
OTHER BUILDING JUST WALKED RIGHT THROUGH HERE. ))
OUT Q=RIGHT THROUGH HERE.
The storm's path of destruction stretched all the way down to the U-S
No one was injured.
It's not twisters, but high temperatures we're sweating over in our area.
Because of the heatwave, the following schools are closing early...
(mel ad lib)
A Roanoke sparkling water company has been put on the selling block.
The president of the Soho Beverage Company says it's negotiating to purchase
all the assets of the Quibell Corporation.
Quibell halted production last month after a dispute with its bottle
supplier, and according to court documents it owes Nationsbank close to 900-
Soho says it plans to continue producing Quibell products in its Roanoke
facility if the deal goes through.
Right now it says several issues must still be resolved.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN more than three points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at noon-
We'll chat with Cave Spring's new head basketball coach,
and the Salem Avalanche and Lynchburg Hillcats finish a game, 15 days after it
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
One of the three high school head basketball coaching vacancies in the
Roanoke Valley was filled last night as Cave Spring elevated assistant Billy
Hicks to the top spot.
IN Q="You know...
((BILLY HICKS/NEW CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH: I'M HERE TO OFFER STABILITY. I WENT
TO CAVE SPRING AND PLAYED THREE YEARS OF VARSITY BASKETBALL THERE. MY WIFE AND
I AND MY FAMILY ARE INTRENCHED IN THE COMMUNITY. WE DON'T PLAN ON GOING
ANYWHERE. I PLAYED FOR RUDY LACY, WHO WAS THERE FOR 26 YEARS. I PLAYED FOR HIM
HIS LAST TWO YEARS, THEN GARLAND BARRY. SO, I PLAN TO MAKE A GOOD TENURE OF IT.
SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/New Cave Spring Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...TENURE OF IT."
SUPER=04-1995-96 Season; :00
Hicks not only hopes to give the program stability, he also hopes to build
rapport with the parents whom he says have been unfairly criticized in the
IN Q="I want..
((BILLY HICKS: THE PARENTS AT CAVE SPRING HAVE GOTTEN A BUM WRAP. I WAS THE
HEAD COACH AT HIDDEN VALLEY JUNIOR HIGH, WHICH IS ONE OF THE FEEDER SCHOOLS,
FOR SEVEN YEARS, AND I WAS ASSISTANT AT CAVE SPRING FOR TWO, AND OUR PARENTS
HAVE BEEN ALL THAT WE COULD ASK.))
OUT Q=...we could ask."
William Byrd topped Salem in the Blue Ridge District baseball tournament
championship last night at Salem Memorial Stadium.
Steve Mason says there were some major league highlights at this minor
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00
SUPER=01-Justin Likens/1.29 Season ERA; :34
SUPER=34-William Byrd/==4/Salem/==0; :57
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/William Byrd Coach; 1:19
SUPER=01-Scott Atkins/Salem Coach; 1:29
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((This district championship might just be the sweetest of the 4 Byrd has won
in the last 5 years.
The Terriers opened the tourney with a rather low .267 team batting average.
Better have great defense! The terriers did.
That's Ben Smith making the major league catch.
((JUSTIN LIKENS/1.68 SEASON ERA:))
Salem's defense was also spectacular. Avalanche general manager sam lazzaro
watched son Sam junior make this incredible play at second base.
The Terriers scored first in the bottom of the 4th. Matt mcGuire nails this
single to to center that plates Smith for a 1-nothing Byrd lead.
Parker Humphrey's, then doubles down the left field line scoring McGuire and
Ross Blankenship for a 3-zip lead.
The Terriers went up 4 nothing before the Spartans made one final run. All
district catcher Ricky Eubanks doubled off the wall in the seventh but Byrd
beats Salem for the 18th straight time, a streak that dates back to 1989.
((SCOTT ATKINS/SALEM COACH:))
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/WILLIAM BYRD COACH:))
The Region Three tournament begins next Tuesday for Salem and William at
Amherst high school. In Salem Steve Mason news 7 sports."))
The Salem Avalanche and Lynchburg Hillcats opened a three game series last
night in the Hill City, but first they had to take care of some unfinished
SUPER=03-Salem/May 5; :00
On May 5th, W-D-B-J's LIVE telecast of a Sunday afternoon game between these
two teams was halted shortly after catchers Mike Higgins and Jonathan Sweet
collided at home plate.
Higgins' tag kept the Hillcats from taking the lead and preserved a tie when
rain and lightning postponed the game.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. HIllcats;
Last night they resumed the game in the top of the 8th in Lynchburg with
Salem as the home team.
Lynchburg had two chances to score with two runners on but again Higgins
makes the big play and stops big Erskine Kelly.
The Avalanche loads the bases in the ninth and John Guidice unloads and
knocks in the winning run.
It takes Salem 15 days and nine innings but they win it 3-to-2.
Salem takes the nightcap as well winning 11-to-one.
(********patrick toss to mel***********)