Ahead on News 7 at Noon,
A fire this morning forces the evacuation of part of the Rubatex plant in
and STATE courts will be the new war zone between tobacco companies and
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect this afternoon for parts of central
and southern Virginia...I'll tell you more about that and the holiday weekend
forecast in just a few minutes.
Don't go away, the news is next.
One person was killed in Danville this morning when the tractor he was
driving overturned and caught fire.
It happened around 9:45 on
Route-58 near "Camper Care".
The victim was apparently clearing grass with a bushhog when the tractor
Police are not sure if he died from injuries sustained when he was pinned
under the tractor or when it caught fire.
His name has not been released pending notification of family.
TAPE# 96-29 (edit of fatal-ax)
Two people are dead and another injured after a single-vehicle accident in
Rockbridge County yesterday.
The three were travelling east on Interstate 64 when their pickup truck ran
off the road and flipped several times.
It happened near the Goshen exit at about six p-m.
All three were thrown from the truck.
IN Q=The vehicle rolled
((WALT BAKER/STATE POLICE: THE VEHICLE ROLLED ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT TIMES. IT
WENT THROUGH QUITE A SPILL THROUGH THERE.))
SUPER=01-Walt Baker/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=spill through there.
The driver, 29-year-old Brenda Kay Gray of Lester, West Virginia, died at
Police say 31-year old Timothy Duncan of Waynesboro was also killed.
I-64 was closed for more than an hour while Lifeguard 10 landed and
transported 27-year-old Preston Fry of Staunton to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He is listed in serious condition. (--------------)
GRAPHIC=Bedford County Seal
Residents in Bedford County hope to avoid fatal accidents like the one
yesterday by widening a section of Route 24 near Stewartsville to four lanes.
But the project has never been funded, and last night more than a hundred
citizens turned out for a public meeting to find out why.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=For the people
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Home Video; :00
SUPER=01-Norman Culbreth/Bus Driver; :29
SUPER=01-Del. Dick Cranwell/(D) Roanoke; :49
SUPER=01-Dale Wheeler/Bedford Co. Supervisor; 1:05
OUT Q=News7, Bedford Co.
(( For the people who travel Route 24 every day, near accidents like this are
a familiar site.
Residents say high traffic volume and a narrow roadway are a dangerous
Norman Culbreth drives a school bus on Route 24 every day.
From mirror to mirror his bus is 121 inches wide.. on parts of 24 however,
his available lane space shrinks to 104 inches.. put a tractor trailer in the
other lane and the numbers add up to disaster.
IN Q=How many lives
((NORMAN CULBRETH/BUS DRIVER: HOW MANY LIVES IS GOING TO HAVE TO GET KILLED
BEFORE THEY ALLOCATE THE MONEY?))
OUT Q=allocate the money.
SU 21:00:45 (2)
IN Q=The people
((The people who spoke agree they basically were preaching to the choir.
Everyone in attendance here knows full well the problems associated with Route
24... the next step is to take those concerns to the state transportation board
which meets in Salem June 6th.))
OUT Q=June 6th.
SOT 19:59:56 (#1)
IN Q=I think the
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- ROANOKE: I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE CAN
DO IS TO CONTINUE TO PRESS OUR CASE WITH THE FOLKS WHO SIT ON THE
OUT Q=transportation board.
So far, the board has yet to listen.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on engineering studies..
but nothing else.
IN Q=And there's a
((DALE WHEELER/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: AND THERE'S A TIME TO STUDY AND TO
DESIGN AND THERE COMES A TIME LIKE TONIGHT, AND THAT'S A TIME TO START MOVING
OUT Q=moving dirt.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Fire forced the evacuation of part of the Rubatex plant in Bedford this
The blaze was reported shortly after 10 in the Waltex section of the plant.
Workers say a rubber compound in the rear of the building caught fire but
was quickly extinguished by the plant's sprinkler system.
((STEVE TURNER/RUBATEX: ))
OUT Q=moving it out now.
Thick acrid smoke forced the evacuation of dozens of employees.
Rescue personnel say some workers complained of eye and throat irritations,
but no one was taken to the hospital.
Firefighters are still on the scene, trying to clear the building of the
Officials don't know yet what sparked the blaze.
A new battleground in the legal war against the tobacco industry.
That after a federal appeals court yesterday tossed out a class-action suit
filed on behalf of all smokers who claim to be hooked.
(( JOHN BANZHAF/ATTORNEY: THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT SETBACK FOR THE VICTIMS, BUT IT
IS NOT A REPRIVE FOR THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY WE'LL SIMPLY BRING THE CASES IN STATE
COURT RATHER THAN FEDERAL COURT. ))
OUT Q=THAN FEDERAL COURT.
Filings are expected to begin today in nearly every state.
State courts have been historically lenient in anti- smoking cases.
Meantime, the Centers for Disease Control reports teenagers are not only
smoking in greater numbers, but that they DON'T buy their cigarettes from
The Congressional fight to raise the minimum wage for the first time in
seven years now moves to the Senate.
The House delivered a major win for President Clinton yesterday, but it
took elements of both parties to do it.
Sharyl Attkisson reports.
IN Q=The minimum wage debate
SUPER=03-Capitol Hill; :00
SUPER=01-Rep. Cass Ballenger/(R) North Carolina; :03 (Quick!!)
SUPER=01-Rep. Chris Shays/(R) Connecticut; :09 (Quick!!)
SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Gephardt/Minority Leader; :24 (Quick!!)
SUPER=01-Rep. Steve Largent/(R) Oklahoma; :41 (Quick!!)
SUPER=01-Sharyl Attkisson/Reporting; 1:00 (no standup)
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington
((The minimum wage debate pitted Republicans...
REP. CASS BALLENGER, R-NC )
RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF HELPING THE WORKING POOR.
SOT REP. CHRIS SHAYS, R-CT:IN MY HEART I BELIEVE THIS IS THE RIGHT THING
And when the dust settled, the moderate Republicans who support the minimum
wage hike helped hand Democrats perhaps their most stunning victory since they
lost (control of the) congress in 1994.
REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT, D-MO/MINORITY LEADER:THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TURNED UP THE
HEAT SO MUCH REPUBLICANS HAD A HARD WAY TO GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN.
But, it wasn't a "done" deal for the democrats until a small business
exemption was defeated, one the Republican leadership had fought hard for.
REP. STEVE LARGENT, R-OK:THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY TAKE IT ON THE SHORTS ON THIS
ARE SMALL BUSINESSMEN.
After the House vote, President Clinton quickly issued a written statement,
putting pressure on Republican Senator bob dole -- saying that Dole "SHOULD
BRING THE MINIMUM WAGE TO THE SENATE FLOOR... BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE."
Dole plans to leave office in about two weeks. He may just give the President
what he wants on minimum wage, hoping it'll be an even trade...Dole wants the
democrats to approve a gas tax cut before he hits the presidential campaign
Sharyl Attkisson, CBS NEWS. Washington.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next -- the mayor of Boones Mill throws in the towel a month early,
and those that fought and died for their country are remembered this Memorial
WX ad lib
music up full
TAPE#edit of 94-82
The mayor of Boones Mill is stepping down one month early.
According to Council Member Nelda Cannaday Mayor Steve Palmer will relinquish
his duties May 30th.
Palmer's term was supposed to end in June but citing personal reasons he
elected to leave office early. He did not seek re-election earlier this month.
Vice Mayor Kevin Goode will take over the position next month.
A Bedford County family is suing school officials after a teacher took a
Rush Limbaugh book away from their son.
Last Thursday, a student at Montvale Elementary school was reading
Limbaugh's book, THE WAY THINGS OUGHT TO BE when his teacher confiscated it.
The boy's father wrote a letter explaining the boy had his permission to
read the book.
He wanted the book returned to his son.
But, the school's principal refused.
SOT 16:09:04 - 16:09:16
IN Q=Once he gave
ONCE HE GAVE HIS APPROVAL TO HAVE THIS BOOK READ IN THE FREE READING PERIOD
THAT IT WAS INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT TO PICK THIS BOOK AND TO SAY NO...THAT BOOK
CAN'T BE READ.))
OUT Q=can't be read.
The family is NOT seeking money in the suit.
The boy's father says he only wants school officials to return the book to
his son and let the boy read it in class.
The principal says he's flabergasted by the lawsuit.
For some, the Memorial day holiday means the start of summer, for others
its a time of somber remembrance,
a day honoring those killed in war.
Today soldiers placed flags on graves at Arlington National cemetery in
advance of Memorial Day.
The Arlington cemetery ceremonies will take place on Monday.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Memorial Day Weekend also means Festival in the Park, we'll have a live
report on what's happening this year,
and on the way to Festival, you might see what's blooming on the Roanoke City
Patrick Evans gives us a look in this week's Growin' It.
TAPE# edit of 95-40
GRAPHIC=festival in the park
Roanoke comes alive with "Festival in the Park" today.
As they are every year, the next two weekends are jam-packed with food,
music and fun.
Executive Director Wendi Schultz and Festival President Cathy Caddy join us
from Elmwood Park where volunteers are busy making preparations.
Last year festival was hit pretty hard by the rain -- are you worried about
it this year?
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival In The Park;
(Wendi - Tell us about tonight's kick-off concert)
(Wendi -- tell us about some of the other highlights.)
SUPER=01-Cathy Caddy/Festival In The Park;
(Cathy -- You need a festival button to get into most of these events -- how
much are they and where can we get them?)
(And Wendy, for more information -- what's the phone number to call?)
CHYRON/PHONE NUMBER SUPERED OVER GUEST
Thank you Wendi.
The complete Festival schedule is also on News 7's Homepage.
That's everything that is happening at Festival in the Park on News 7's
Don't go away. Patrick Evans is next with this week's Growin' It.
TAPE# 596-20 at 06:53
IN Q=we're here today
SUPER=01-Patrick Evans/Reporting; :00
SUPER=01-Rosalin Walter/Walter's Greenhouse; :40
OUT Q=I'm Patrick Evans
TAPE#=NET-M (edit of 96-33)
Not so long ago executives from Frito Lay were in Lynchburg, breaking
ground for a new factory. Now comes word the federal government is taking a
close look at the snack food company.
Today's "Wall Street Journal" says the government is asking whether
Frito-Lay buys shelf space in grocery
stores and uses exclusive promotions to lock out competitors.
A Frito Lay spokesman says the company competes fairly and honestly.
Stocks are drifting through a quiet, pre-holiday session.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP seven and a half points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming up in sports -- a former N-B-A coach may be making a comeback,
and we'll have highlights of the Blue Ridge District Softball Championship.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Blue Ridge District Softball Championship was yesterday and Lord
Botetourt went home the winner, beating Northside 8-5.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cavaliers vs Vikings; :
The game was tied 4 to 4 until the bottom of the fourth.
Jessica Davisson's line drive to right field with bases loaded scored two
and the Cavaliers took the 6 to 4 lead.
The next batter Delisa Pascoa SUPER=34-Lord
Botetourt/==8/Northside/==5;hits a single to right field scoring two more
runners and and the Cavaliers go on to win the game 8 to 5.
University of Kentucky coach Rick
Pitino may be having second thoughts about coaching in the N-B-A.
A Lexington, Kentucky T-V station is reporting Pitino is considering taking
the New Jersey Nets head coaching job.
The Nets are looking for a coach after firing Butch Beard.
Pitino guided the Wildcats to the national championship last
He coached the New York Knicks before taking the job at Kentucky.
Darrell Waltrip is the "King" of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with more
career wins in the Coke 600 than any other driver.
But he hasn't won the 600 in 7 years. Mike Stevens caught up with the
frustrated driver in Charlotte.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/5 Career Coca-Cola 600 Wins; :21
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Well, the big one that DIDN'T get away.
It was caught by Rick Smith on the first day of the Treasure Cay
Championships in the Bahamas.
The marlin is the second largest on record caught in the Bahamas.
Weighing in at 1-thousand-thirty pounds, it took Smith and his five crew
members an hour and 22-minutes to land the marlin.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at Five Health Check --a report on the heart
condition known as Mitral Valve Prolapse. It can cause chest pain, a racing
heart and fatigue...and many patients are unfortunately told it's all in their
head. We'll have the story today, along with all the latest news, sports and
Have a great weekend.
weather--on News 7 at Five.