Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
An apparent natural gas explosion at an apartment complex in Russia kills
and Richmond police make an arrest in one of the Golden Years slayings.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Richmond police think they've solved one piece of the puzzle in a string of
murders of older women.
The so- called Golden Years Task Force has arrested an 18- year old woman --
who would have been 15 at the time of the murder with which she's charged.
IN Q=She is not
((SHE IS NOT CURRENTLY A SUSPECT IN ANY OF THE OTHER GOLDEN YEARS HOMICIDES
THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. ROBBERY WAS THE MOTIVE IN THIS CASE.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Oliver/Richmond Police Chief;
OUT Q=this case.
Police say the young woman was already incarcerated in a state prison when
She'd been in prison since October -- and five Golden Years murders have
happened since that time.
In another development in the Golden Years slayings, Richmond police say
they are going to Texas to see if a murder suspect there might be linked to the
The man, Karl Smetana (Sme-TANA), frequently travelled back and forth
between Texas and Richmond.
He was arrested Saturday for the strangling murder of his mother, whom he
said was possessed by demons.
The man accused of causing a fatal traffic accident while fleeing from
Roanoke County police had a history of bad driving.
In court this morning, a judge pointed out Scott Allman's poor driving
record of 49 driving demerits.
The 21-year-old faced two traffic violations -- one for failure to appear in
court and the other for driving on a suspended license.
Allman was ordered to pay a 100- dollar fine and was placed on 12 months
Allman is accused of leading police on a high speed chase last month which
resulted in the deaths of a Vinton couple and their infant.
Allman's preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.
Six people are dead and more than a dozen missing after an apartment
building disintegrated in northern Russia today.
The five-story building collapsed following an explosion.
Officials believe the blast was caused by a natural gas leak.
A plane with workers and equipment is being sent to help with rescue
The town where the building collapsed is about 90 miles northwest of St.
The Montana Freemen are on the move for the first time since the beginning
of their 59- day stand off.
They have sent out armed members to patrol the compound.
The increased show of force comes as the latest mediation between the F-B-I
and the Freemen breaks down.
Colorado State Senator Charles Duke -- a leader of his own state's
"patriot" movement -- says the freemen haven't kept their word and they can't
He says those on the ranch "need to feel some pain."
He continues, saying he's convinced the F-B-I has done all it can to end the
standoff without violence.
((IT IS CLEAR THAT WHAT EVER COMPROMISABLE SOLUTION THAT THE FBI PRESENTS, THE
FREEMEN ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ESCALATE IT I DO NOT BELIEVE THEY WANT A
PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THIS.
OUT Q=a peaceful solution to this.
Duke says talk isn't working, now the F-B-I should take action.
The House today is set to vote on a minimum wage bill.
It would raise the minimum wage 90 cents-- to five dollars and 15 cents an
hour over two years.
The debate follows yesterday's passage of a bill that temporarily suspends
the 19-93 four- cent a gallon federal gas tax.
Sharyl Attkisson has more on the vote and who it benefits.
SUPER=01-Rep. Nick Rahall/(D) West Virgina; :25
SUPER=01-Rep. Tom DeLay/(R) Texas; :42
SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/Reporting; :57
OUT Q=CBS News, Capitol Hill.
((Democrats imposed the latest tax on gasoline in 1993...but last night,
they laroely voted with republicans who WANTED to ax the tax.
"THE YEAHS ARE 301 AND THE NAYS ARE 108."
But final passage did not come without a fight from Democrats who wanted
guarantees that oil companies would pass along the four-point-tiree cent per
gallon savings to consumers.
REP. NICK RAHALL, D- W VA:
"IF ANYBODY REALLY BELIVES THE ACTION WERE GONNA TAKE HERE TODAY BY REPEALING
THE 4.3 CENTS GAS TAX IS GONNA LEAD TO LOWER PRICES AT THE PUMP, THAN I SAY IF
YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT WELCOME TO LA-LA LAND."
But Republicans balked, accusing the democrats of never meeting a tax they
REP. TOM DELAY, R-TX.:
"FOR 40 YEARS, THE CONGRESS HAS BEEN NICKEL AND DIMING THE AMERICAN FAMILY TO
Now, repeal of the gas tax goes to the Senate where democrats are expected
to try to delay a vote as long as they can.
SEN. TOM DASCHLE, D-SD/ MINORITY LEADER: "THERE ISN'T A BURNING DESIRE TO
DEAL WITH THE GAS TAX ISSUE ON OUR
That's because the popular move to kill the tax was senator bob dole's idea.
Even if passage is inevitable, Democrats want to postpone, as long as
possible, giving Dole this tax cut to brag about on the Republican
presidential campaign trail.
Sharyl Attkisson CBS News, Capitol Hill.))
GRAPHIC=Botetourt Center in Greenfield
The economic explosion continues in Botetourt County.
Last month the county board of supervisors gave the go ahead to a 300-home
golf course community... on Route 220.
Yesterday, the board approved land for more development across the street.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=The Botetourt
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=07-Bob Bagnoli; :23 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=07-Dave Mankin; :28 (QUICK!!)
OUT Q=S.P.,N-7, Botetourt County
((The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors has taken an industrial-sized
step toward... more industry.
The board voted to rezone more than eighty percent of the 923 acre tract...
soon to be known as Botetourt Center at Greenfield.
But the decision didn't go unopposed at a public hearing.
Those against the plan say Greenfield does not mean greener pastures.
((BOB BAGNOLI: REMEMBER THAT THE COUNTY SEAL BEHIND YOU HAS A HAY STACK ON IT--
NOT A SMOKE STACK ))
((DAVE MANKIN: I SUDDENLY SYMPATHIZE WITH THE AMERICAN INDIAN WHO FOUGHT THE
GOVERNMENT FOREVER, AND ENDED UP LOSING HIS LAND. ))
OUT Q=his land
stand up 18:26:20
((Those opposed to Botetourt Center at Greenfield are also afraid of
traffic. They say this plan, along with a golf course community across the
street, could equal a number of headaches for motorists.))
But County Administrator Jerry Burgess points to an independent study,
showing that traffic will not be significantly affected.
For all of the nay-sayers, there were plenty of people on hand supporting
the 11- million dollar project.
Initial plans show it will eventually be home to an elementary school, a
recreation area and a massive business and office park... spanning 150 acres.
Burgess is hopeful the county will receive Federal and state grants for the
Construction could start as early as this winter.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Noon-
We all know the conventional wisdom- water is good for us and salt is bad,
but is that really so?
We'll have the latest studies,
and a local school without grades celebrates a quarter century of educating
We'll show you how it's survived and thrived.
WX ad lib
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There's a warning out this afternoon about the safety of our drinking
A new report says disease outbreaks are becoming increasingly likely, even
in developed countries, because of population growth and aging water systems.
The report, by a 65-member panel of experts, is being presented in
New Orleans at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
The scientists say the problem of decaying systems and decreased
water testing is even more serious than contamination from toxic waste.
And while some water may be bad for you -- there's news that salt may not be
all THAT bad, after all.
A new study out of Canada says that healthy people and even some people with
high blood pressure don't gain much by lowering salt in their diet.
The report, however, is being challenged by the director of the National
Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Byron Harlan reports.
IN Q=Stroll through any...
SUPER=01-Dr. Ellen Burgess/Hypertension Specialist; :21
SUPER=01-Dr. Alexander Logan/Univ. of Toronto; :39
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:00
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, New York.
Stroll into any supermarket and you'll find them: product labels which
proudly say, the producers slashed the salt inside.
Traditional thinking has been if you cut the salt, you cut your risk of high
blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease.
On that point there is still widespread agreement among many doctors.
But, just listen to this:
SOT/DR. ELLEN BURGESS-HYPERTENSION SPECIALIST: THE MAJORITY OF US DON T NEED TO
Dr. burgess is the president of canada s hypertension society.
She supports a report, that s now been published in the journal of the
American Medical Association, which says, reducing salt in your diet will
probably not reduce your blood pressure.
SOT/DR. ALEXANDER LOGAN-UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO: HEALTHY PEOPLE CAN STOP
WORRYING ABOUT CURRENT CONSUMPTION OF SALT.
But not people who have certain types of health problems.
Those folks may want to reach for low-or-no-salt foods.
BURGESS: THOSE KINDS OF PRODUCTS MAY BE OF VALUE IN PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEART
FAILURE OR OTHER EXTREME DISEASES.
But before you stock up on chips and other high salt goodies, some critics
want you to know that, the company that makes campbell s soup paid for a
portion of the study.
Read the back label and you ll see, you get nearly half the sodium the
government recommends each day from one can of soup.
But the study s authors will tell you, the soup-maker didn t control the
Everyone will tell you, a healthy lifestyle is what you should aim for.
cut-back on the fatty foods, work-out and get a blood pressure check...good
habits, proven to lead to good health.
Byron Harlan, CBS News, Chicago.))
The mother of a seven- year- old boy killed two years ago while vacationing
in Italy has given birth to twins.
SUPER=03-Santa Rosa, CA/Yesterday;
Maggie Green gave birth to a baby girl and boy yesterday.
Telephone calls congratulating the couple poured in from across the world.
In 1994, the Greens were vacationing in Italy when bandits shot their son
Nicholas in the head.
((MAGGIE GREEN;OUR HOUSE HAS BEEN EMPTY SINCE NICHOLAS HAS BEEN GONE... AND
WHILE THESE BABIES WON'T REPLACE HIM IN OUR HEARTS, THEY'LL MAKE A LOT OF
OUT Q=a lot of noise.
The Greens gained national attention after they donated their son's organs
to save seven Italian patients.
In Blacksburg, a school that began offering alternative education to
children 25 years ago is still going strong.
Tracy Altizer reports, while the parents and students have changed, the
mission remains the same.
IN Q=The G and the H
SUPER=01-Alex Keen/Kindergarten Student; :18 QUICK
SUPER=01-Nicole Joshi/Third Grade Student; :22
SUPER=01-Kate Morgan/BNS Teacher; :32
SUPER=@Tracy1; :56 (SCREEN RIGHT!)
SUPER=01-Jackie Bixler/BNS Parent; 1:08
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
((THE G AND THE H, THEY DON'T REALLY MAKE ANY SOUNDS, SO LET'S COVER THOSE UP
AND MAKE THE I LONG.
Reading, writing and arithmetic are essential for every child.
The difference is in the way they're taught.
At the Blacksburg New School, parents and teachers design the curriculum.
((What have you been learning about?
ALEX KEEN/KINDERGARTEN STUDENT: BATS, AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES. ))
((NICOLE JOSHI/THIRD GRADE STUDENT: SOME MATH THAT WE DO IS FUN, AND WE DO
And instead of grading, students get written evaluations.
((KATE MORGAN/BNS TEACHER: I THINK THEY'RE MORE RELAXED AND THEY'RE ABLE TO
LEARN MORE, AND LEARN MORE AT THEIR OWN SPEED, THEIR OWN PACE, INSTEAD OF
HAVING TO KEEP UP WITH THE STANDARDIZED TESTS AND KEEP UP WITH EACH OTHER.))
The school has four paid teachers, and this year 31 students in grades K
Besides paying tuition, parents work a minimum of one hour a week, doing
everything from cleaning the building to serving as teachers aides.
suWith the debate over public funding for charter schools, this is a school
that's survived 25 years without it. And if public funds were to become
available, it's questionable whether the parents here would even want it.
((JACKIE BIXLER/BNS PARENT: IT MIGHT COMPROMISE THE KIND OF PROGRAM THAT WE
OFFER HERE, ESPECIALLY IF THEY STARTED TRYING TO MANDATE A PARTICULAR PROGRAM.
On the school's silver anniversary, supporters say they'll continue
providing what they feel is a golden opportunity in education. Tracy Altizer,
News 7. ))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return-
NASA says the giant inflatable antenna is just a memory, but now they're
releasing a satellite the size of a trash can,
and what kind of unnatural acts does it take to make nature so beautiful?
We'll take you to the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Another busy day in space for the Shuttle Endeavour crew.
Earlier this morning astronauts deployed another satellite.
The garbage can- sized craft is equipped with magnetic rods.
The rods are designed to use the Earth's magnetic field to help keep it
pointed in the right direction.
The weather on this side of the Atlantic hasn't been particularly
Spring-like of late.
So for a sure sign of Spring, we travel to London this afternoon for the the
world's most famous flower show.
The Chelsea Flower Show may appear to be an oasis of beauty in central
London, but it's actually all based on trickery and big bucks.
These gardens have budgets up to 200-thousand dollars, and the plants are
fooled into bloom with artificial sunlight or chilled to prevent premature
It's all in effort to assure that every flower is at its peak this week.
Toys "R" Us will face anti-trust charges.
Federal trade regulators voted today to start legal action against
the nation's largest toy retailer.
The Federal Trade Commission says the chain "has used its market power to
keep toy prices higher."
In Roanoke -- a group is looking for input about the future of the downtown
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated is holding a public meeting at 513 Jefferson
Street until one-thirty this afternoon.
It's hoping to turn the downtown area into a 24-hour community by attracting
more homeowners and new businesses.
SOT 10:09:13 - 10:09:27
IN Q=I think it's
((MATT KENNELL/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR;
IT BRINGS A SENSE OF LIFE DOWNTOWN, IT INCREASES THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE LOOKING
AT DOWNTOWN ON A 24-HOUR BASIS NOT JUST THE EVENINGS. IT PROVIDES
OPPORTUNITIES TO RE-USE OLD BUILDINGS.))
SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Exec. Dir. of Downtown Roanoke, Inc.
OUT Q=re-use old buildings
Plans for Outlook Downtown Roanoke should be complete by Christmas.
Another public meeting is scheduled for seven tonight at the Patrick Henry
Stocks are suffering from a lack of buyer interest, with very little in the
way of market-moving news today.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN six points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up in sports-
Patrick has N-H-L highlights,
and the latest from the N-B-A as the Bulls continue to stampede ahead in the
Eastern Conference finals.
MUSIC UP FULL
The buzz continues over the Charlotte Hornets.
Owner George Shinn announced today that he and team president Spencer
Stolpen have ended their business relationship.
Shinn says no one will be named to replace him.
In a prepared statement, Shinn says the Hornets are facing major decisions
regarding the team and where it will play in the future.
Allan Bristow recently resigned as coach, and the team is pondering
several scenarios for where its future home will be.
The Orlando Magic blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter and lost their
second straight Conference final game in Chicago 93-to-88.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/TNT; :00
The Magic scored just 24 points after grabbing a 64-to-46 lead midway
through the third quarter.
The Bulls lead the N-B-A's Eastern Conference series 2-to-0.
To the N-H-L --
Detroit has opened the Western Conference finals with a pair of home losses,
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/ESPN; :00
including last night's three-to-nothing shutout by Colorado.
Patrick Roy (wah) blanked the Red Wings on 35 saves to post his seventh
career playoff shutout.
Joe Sakic (SAK'-ihk) scored his playoff-leading 14th goal.
TAPE#edit of s5-stuff ST5-21
The Winston Cup cars are once again converging on the Charlotte Motor
Speedway as preparations for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 begin.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/May 1995; :00
Last year on Goody's Pole night Jeff Gordon looked cool and then ran
extremely fast as he blistered the track and set an event qualifying record
with a lap at 183 point 861 miles an hour.
However, he's not so sure that speed will be duplicated tonight.
IN Q="Well, Goodyear...
((JEFF GORDON/COCA-COLA POLE WINNER IN 1995: GOODYEAR'S GOT A TIRE THAT'S NOT
AN EXCEPTIONALLY FAST TIRE FOR QUALIFYING, BUT IT'S A GREAT TIRE FOR THE RACE.
SO, I THINK YOUR'E GONNA SEE SOME TIMES THAT ARE GONNA BE CLOSE TO THE RECORD
SPEED, BUT I DON'T THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A RECORD BROKEN IN QUALIFYING. I
WANT A POLE THOUGH, SO I'M GONNA DO WHATEVER I GOTTA DO. I HAVEN'T WON A POLE
THIS YEAR AND I WANNA GET IN THAT BUSCH CLASH.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Coca-Cola Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...BUSCH CLASH.
Don't forget we'll be in Charlotte tonight for all your Goody's pole night
Join us LIVE from the track at 5, 6, and 11.
(********patrick toss to mel***********)
And coming up in tonight's Health Check Report--
The latest on a new treatment for the most common form of non-Hodgkins
Plus, a drug to treat osteoporosis may work better than its makers actually
Those stories, plus all the news of the day-- on News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us.