Coming up on News 7,
Now that the voice recorder of ValuJet flight 592 is in Washington,
investigators hope it will shed some light on what caused the fatal crash.
And celebrations honoring fallen soldiers are taking place throughout the
Commonwealth on this Memorial Day.
And this memorial day forecast is not the best for cookouts and pool
The threat of thunderstorms will be greatest this afternoon and evening over
Don't go away, news 7 at Noon is next.
Holiday traffic is backed up on Interstate 81 right now while police
respond to a motorcyle accident.
Both northbound lanes at exit 137 in Salem are blocked.
Lifeguard Ten has been called in.
We'll have details as they become available.
About 80 veterans and their families gathered in downtown Roanoke today to
honor soldiers who fought in past wars.
The ceremony was moved indoors to the Greene Memorial Methodist church
because of the rain.
Soldiers remembered the wars and those who fought and died on the
SOT 11.07.24 - 11.07.34
IN Q=I was there
((WAYNARD COLDWELL/VIETNAM VETERAN;
I WAS THER AND I GOT TO SEE ALL THE WOUNDED AND THEY AVERAGED ABOUT THREE TO
FOUR HUNDRED PER DAY. ))
SUPER=01-Waynard Coldwell/Vietnam Veteran;
OUT Q=hundred per day
The ceremony ended with the traditional playing of taps and the laying of a
wreath near a memorial for World War two soldiers.
The Roanoke Valley Veterans Council sponsored the event.
Senator John Warner will celebrate the day in Bedford where the holiday holds
a special place in the hearts of the citizens.
SUPER=03-France/June 6, 1944;
No other American community endured as TRAGIC a loss as Bedford... when 23
local soldiers lost their lives storming the beach at Normandy, France on June
wipe wipe wipe
President Clinton bowed his head in silent prayer as he laid a wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknowns in the annual Memorial Day tradition.
A gentle rain fell at Arlington National Cemetery as Clinton paid respects
to veterans who gave their lives in the armed services.
On this Memorial Day -- word of peace.
There's a reported cease-fire in the 17-month old Chechen war.
The Interfax news agency reports Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the
Chechen rebel leader have agreed to a cease-fire starting Saturday.
Before arriving in Moscow, the Chechen leader told the ITAR-Tass
news agency... he had ordered a three-day cease-fire for his troops.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;
Israeli voters will decide Wednesday IF Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres
will hold onto his seat, or IF Benjamin Netanyahu (ne-tan-YA-hoo) will take
control of the country.
Yesterday, Israelis got to see where each candidate stood on critical issues
in a 30 minute televised debate.
Peres defended his often-criticized peace policies as being successful.
Netanyahu (ne-tan-YA-hoo) disagreed, charging that Israelis live in
perpetual fear of terrorist attacks.
Political analysts think this debate could decide the election.
Polls show Peres with a lead of between four-and-seven-percent at this
Investigators have started the analysis of the cockpit voice recorder from
Valujet Flight 592 in Washington, D.C.
This black box may contain the conversations during last few minutes of the
D-C 9's flight.
The recorder was found yesterday in the muck of the Florida Everglades.
National Transportation officials say the box looks like it is in good
Dan Raviv reports from Miami.
IN Q=If the tape is in good shape
SUPER=03-Florida Everglades; :00
SUPER=01-Greg Feith/NTSB; :14
SUPER=01-Felix Jiminez/Metro Dade Police; :27
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :41
SUPER=01-Dan Raviv/Reporting; 1:46
OUT Q= CBS News, Miami.
(("IF THE TAPE IS IN GOOD SHAPE, IT'LL ACTUALLY TELL US WHATEVER WAS BEING
RECORDED, IF IN FACT THE RECORDER WAS CAPABLE OF NORMAL OPERATION."
(AERIAL OF SEARCH)
THE FIND WAS MADE BY A DADE COUNTY HOMICIDE DETECTIVE, WADING
IN THE EVERGLADES: JUST A MOMENT, HE SAID, AFTER PRAYING HE'D
COME-ACROSS THE RECORDER.
SOT: SGT. FELIX JIMINEZ, METRODADE POLICE:
"AT THAT MOMENT IS SAID GOD, I NEVER ASKED YOU TO HELP US FIND THIS BOX, AND
THEN JUST IN A MATTER OF SECONDS, THEY MOVED THE LINE, AND MY NEXT PROBE, I
HIT IT METAL, THEN I REACHED IN THE GROUND AND THERE IT WAS."
(BLUE LINE: WASHINGTON)
IT ARRIVED, LATE IN THE EVENING...AND WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE
LAB TO BE DRIED, PLAYED, AND ANALYZED.
(HANGAR IN MIAMI)
HERE IN MIAMI, PIECES OF THE SHATTERED AIRCRAFT ARE BEING
CATALOGUED: MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF THE DC-9, SO FAR. SOME
DEBRIS SHOWS FIRE-DAMAGE. PART OF A PASSENGER-SEAT MELTED, FROM
SOURCE OF A FIRE: STILL NOT DEFINITE.>>SO INVESTIGATORS HOPE
THE SOUNDS FROM THE COCKPIT-RECORDER WILL PUT IT ALL TOGETHER:
(SOT - FEITH 13:21.35)
"THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A PHONE CALL FROM A CABIN ATTENDANT...
THERE MIGHT BE OTHER BACKGROUND NOISES." (:07)
THESE CANISTERS -- DESIGNED TO GENERATE OXYGEN -- WERE FOUND
IN THE SWAMP. AND INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE...
(DISSOLVE TO GRAPHIC)
...THAT OVER A HUNDRED CANISTERS -- IN THE FORWARD CARGO-HOLD
-- MAY HAVE EXPLODED. THERE WERE NO HEAT-DETECTORS THERE TO WARN
OF DAMAGE TO THE ELECTRONICS NEEDED TO FLY THE PLANE...EVEN AS
TIRES, STORED ALONGSIDE, BURNED.
INVESTIGATORS PLAN TO BUILD A MOCK-UP, BASED ON THIS DEBRIS,
IGNITING OXYGEN-GENERATORS TO SEE HOW A BLAZE WOULD SPREAD.
IN THE EVERGLADES, BIG SALVAGE EQUIPMENT IS BEING MOVED-INTO-
PLACE...TO START SOME DEEP DIGGING, THIS WEEK.
(ON-CAMERA CLOSE: DAN RAVIV, CBS NEWS)
THE COCKPIT VOICE TAPE MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. BUT
INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE FINDING IT...HAD TO BE A MAJOR-STEP TOWARD
SOLVING THIS MYSTERY. DAN RAVIV, CBS NEWS, MIAMI.
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Still to come on News 7,
Tyrannosaurus Rex is on it's way to invade the Virginia Museum of Natural
and at a zoo in New Zealand, these prehistoric babies are the newest
They are very rare since their relatives have been extinct for 135 million
WX ad lib
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A Roanoke City Police Officer is recovering after being dragged by a
Police say Officer Martin C. Brown was on foot near the Salem Turnpike last
night, when he observed a traffic violation by a motorcycle driver.
They say Brown attempted to stop the driver by grabbing him, but the driver
did not stop.
Brown was dragged about 20 feet.
He was treated for minor injuries.
The driver of the bike, who appeared to be a teenager is still being sought.
The bike is said to be a yellow dirt bike.
TAPE# edit of mary baldwin 94-31
At V-M-I, first-year cadets are known as "rats."
Now, the first class in the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership at
Mary Baldwin has decided to call its freshmen "wogs."
That's short for polliwog.
The program is the V-M-I alternative for women.
It opened last August with 42 freshmen.
Thirty-eight are still enrolled, waiting for a U-S Supreme Court decision
on whether V-M-I will have to admit women.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History is also waiting to see what the
Right now, the Martinsville museum known for examining the past, is also
looking forward with high hopes.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
IN Q=Even as the Virginia
SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/Museum Director; :20
SUPER=01-Ron Ferrill/Museum Supporter; :48
SUPER=01-Iliene Hite/Museum Supporter; :59
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Even as the Virginia Museum of Natural History has built an impressive
collection, officials have had to fight for its survival and fight off
challenges that would have moved the museum from Martinsville.
But three months after Stephen Pike signed on as director, he's convinced
the museum can be a leading and lasting force in the community.
IN Q=We kind of want to
((STEPHEN PIKE/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE KIND OF WANT TO MAKE A SPLASH AND SAY WE'RE
BACK HERE IN THE COMMUNITY. WE WANT TO RE- EMERGE IN THE COMMUNITY AND BE A
LEADING FORCE IN THE COMMUNITY'S GROWTH. AND TO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY? AND TO
REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY. ABSOLUTELY. WE'RE GOING TO SUCCEED HERE.))
OUT Q=going to succeed here.
To that end, Pike is bringing in what he describes as a world- class
exhibit, one that will feature partial and complete dinosaur skeletons,
including Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Plans for the U-S debut may be ambitious, but supporters say that's exactly
what the museum and Martinsville needs.
IN Q=We have a tendency
((RON FERRILL/MUSEUM SUPPORTER: WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO MAYBE THINK WE'VE HAD A
LOT OF THINGS GONE AGAINST US HERE. MAYBE WE KIND OF FEEL A LITTLE BEATEN DOWN,
BUT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY PULL TOGETHER ON SOMETHING THAT'S VERY
((ILIENE HITE/MUSEUM SUPPORTER: FROM DAY ONE THIS WAS AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT. A
LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WOULD NEVER GO OVER, BUT IT HAS AND AS YOU WELL KNOW,
WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE IT.))
OUT Q=don't want to lose it.
And the ambition doesn't end with one new exhibit. Pike is already planning
an expedition that would send paleontologist Nick Fraser in search of a
Ultimately, the museum will need a new building if it is going to thrive.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
T-V cameras have taken a rare glimpse of a piece of natural history that is
still thriving in this day and age.
The Tuataras (tyoo-ah-taras) are lizard like creatures that are unique to New
These were born in the Auckland Zoo.
They were once found in many parts of the country, but now only about 30-
thousand are living, mainly on the smaller islands.
The Tuatara ( tyoo-ah-tara), is the only living creature of its order to have
survived to the present day.
Its relatives died out about 135 million years ago.
This reptile can live up to 120 years.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
Despite the rain this Memorial Day weekend, Roanoke's Festival In The Park
and the holiday symbolizes the start of summer, but folks in Colorado are still
waiting for winter to leave.
Mother Nature has been socking it to the nation's midsection this Memorial
SUPER=03-Lee's Summit, MO;
Tornados and strong storms have plowed through several states, destroying
homes, and overturning cars and trees.
Snow in Colorado is forcing those who tried to vacation in the mountains...
back to metro Denver.
Traveling has been slow going...as the weekend that kicks off the summer
travel season, turned into one of shoveling and plowing plenty of snow.
GRAPHIC=festival in the park
It's still rainy and cool in our area, but that has NOT dampened the
spirits of festival- goers in Roanoke.
Visitors AND residents alike still managed to enjoy Festival in the Park
over the weekend.
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=On the road and the sidelines
SUPER=01-Sandy Claytor/Chesterfield Co. Soccer Fan; :14
SUPER=@Ron2; :23 (quick)
SUPER=01-Penny Williams/Roanoke Valley Volleyball Assoc.; :35
SUPER=01-Yvonne Hegney/North Carolina Artist; :50
SUPER=01-Bob Canales/South Carolina Craftsman; 1:15
OUT Q=ron jones, news 7.
((On the road and on the sidelines of the soccer field, umbrellas were out
NAT SOUND OF SOCCER FAN 10:22:56
IN Q=KICK IT
(KICK IT HARD!))
...but a steady rain failed to stop the teams competing in the Crestar
Festival Soccer Tournament.
INTERVIEW WITH PARENT 10:25:47
IN Q=Never stops soccer
((SANDY CLAYTOR/CHESTERFIELD CO. SOCCER FAN: NEVER STOPS SOCCER FANS. WE PLAY
IN ANYTHING. WE'VE FROZEN. WE'VE BEEN IN THE HEAT. THIS ISN'T BAD, BETTER THAN
OUT Q=better than last year.
The teams took the field in Salem as the N-C-Double-A Division Three
Baseball Championships resumed.
And in Wasena Park, the volleyballs continued to fly, even as the rain
SOT PENNY WILLIAMS 11:01:11
IN Q=Volleyball players
((PENNY WILLIAMS/ROANOKE VALLEY VOLLEYBALL ASSOC.: VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS DON'T LET
A LITTLE RAIN GET IN THE WAY? A LITTLE RAIN, A LITTLE SNOW, WE GO OUT THERE AND
PLAY WHATEVER WE CAN.
AS LONG AS ITS NOT LIGHTNING, WE'LL STAY OUT HERE.))
OUT Q=stay out here.
Artist Yvonne Hegney wasn't so lucky. Without a tent to cover her pottery,
the morning rain sent her packing.
IN Q=I didn't bring a tent
((YVONNE HEGNEY/NORTH CAROLINA POTTER: I DIDN'T BRING A TENT, SO IT WOULD BE
SITTING OUT IN THE RAIN ALL DAY AND THEY'RE FORECASTING THUNDERSTORMS SO I HAVE
TO PACK UP. I HAVE ANOTHER SHOW I HAVE TO LEAVE FOR ON TUESDAY UP IN
CINCINATTI SO... SO YOU'RE OUT OF HERE? YEAH, UNFORTUNATELY, BUT EVERYONE ELSE
IS GOING TO BE STAYING.))
OUT Q=going to be staying.
Other exhibitors at Festival in the Park stayed dry... as they remained
under cover and in business.
IN Q=So a little rain
((BOB CANALES/SOUTH CAROLINA CRAFTSMAN: SO A LITTLE RAIN IS PART OF THE
BARGAIN? I GUESS. YEAH IT GOES ALONG WITH THE GAME. SO WE ACCEPT IT AND WE JUST
HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE ARE MOTIVATED ENOUGH TO COME OUT AND BRING THEIR
UMBRELLAS. Ron Jones, News 7.))
OUT Q=bring their umbrellas.))
Barring any major downpours, Festival in the Park continues this Memorial
Day with a full slate of activities in Elmwood Park.
News 7's Homepage has a complete list of Festival events.
TAPE# common sense
Every month, BILLIONS of dollars flow into mutual funds.
They put your money into a variety of items, including stocks, bonds, and
But how much do you really know about mutual funds?
Len Besthoff tests our knowledge in the next few installments of Common
IN Q=For the next
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones & Co.; :15
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk.
SOT COMMON SENSE TAPE 02:11:37
IN Q=For the next
((For the next few weeks on Common Sense we'll try to help you increase your
knowledge about mutual funds with a little quiz we've worked. Ben Hartman with
Edward Jones and Company is gonna help us out.))
OUT Q=help out.
IN Q=The question is
((The question is; Mutual funds sold through banks are federally insured. True
or False? BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES & CO.: THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS FALSE
LEN. MUTUAL FUNDS SOLD THROUGH BANKS ARE NOT FEDERALLY INSURED. THERE ARE
ACTUAL, MANY OF THE FUNDS ARE ACTUALLY INVESTING IN COMMON STOCKS, OF COMPANIES
AND THINGS LIKE THAT WHICH ARE NOT INSURED.))
OUT Q=not insured.
SOT COMMON SENSE TAPE TOT 02:13:28
IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
((That's this week's edition of Common Sense. Let's send it back to the
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk.))
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No action on Wall Street today.
The Stock Market is quiet in observance of Memorial Day.
There was PLENTY of action in Charlotte yesterday, though.
We'll have highlights of the Coca-Cola 600 coming up in sports.
MUSIC UP FULL
Rain delayed the Coca-Cola 600 for over an hour.
But the wait was worth it to Dale Jarret, who won the race.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/TBS; :00
Yesterday's race did have it's share of cautions.
Michael Waltrip bumps Bobby Hillen who spins and hits the wall.
Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine get involved in the wreck as well.
Perhaps the scariest crash involved Johnny Benson and Ricky Craven.
Benson slides low and Craven rams him -- both are okay.
Jarrett stays out of trouble and beats Dale Earnhardt to the finish.
Chevrolet had won four straight at Charlotte, but Ford won this battle.
IN Q="A lot
((DALE JARRETT/WINNER OF COKE: A LOT OF PEOPLE COULD HAVE DRIVEN THIS CAR AND
WON WITH IT AND I WANT TO THANK FORD, FORD QUALITY CARE, FORD CREDIT FOR COMING
ON BOARD THIS YEAR WITH US AND WE ARE GOING TO SEE IF WE CAN WIN A MILLION
DOLLAR COME LABOR DAY.))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Winner of Coke 600; :00
OUT Q=...come labor day"
Terry Labonte was third, Jeff Gordon fourth and Ken Schader fifth.
Buddy Lazier took the checkered flag in the 80th running of the Indianapolis
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Yesterday; :00
Several spins take place early in the race.
Paul Durant spins out but he is not injured.
The crashes continue -- Scott Harrington and Lynn St. James get together and
both are knocked out of the race.
St. James broke her left arm!
Lazier stays away from trouble.
In fact, with just seven laps to go, Davy Jones is in the lead but crashes,
forcing the caution flag to come out.
Lazier captures the Indy 500, his best finish prior to this win was 14th.
IN Q="You dream
((BUDDY LAZIER/WINNER OF INDY 500:I DON'T KNOW, YOU KNOW YOU DREAM ABOUT IT AND
YOU FEEL LIKE, LIKE YOU'VE GOT SOME ABILITY, BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CARLIKE,
LIKE THESE GUYS -----IN MONTANT GAVE ME A GREAT RACE CAR.))
SUPER=01-Buddy Lazier/Winner of Indy 500; :00
wipe wipe wipe
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Yesterday; :00
Most of the top drivers who usually race in the Indy 500 raced in the
inaugural U.S. 500 in Michigan.
Jimmy Vasser won that race.
He now has four wins in six races on the Indy-car circuit.
TAPE#=edit of m96-6 and 96-12 (BITE FROM THAT)
Another kind of race -- the Saturn Festival Cup -- is on a roll.
SUPER=12-Saturn Festival Cup/File Tape;
Cyclists began the 27 mile race almost four hours ago.
Amateurs to some of the world's top pros are competing.
IN Q="The great
((PATRICK OBERG/RACE DIRECTOR: THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS RACE IS WE ARE NOT
AFFILIATED WITH THE TOUR DUPONT, SO THAT ALLOWS FOR THE LOCAL RIDERS WHO WANT
TO RACE OR WHAT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH A TOUR DUPONT TYPE OF RACING ATMOSPHERE,
IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO COME AND RACE, AT ABOUT TEN DOLLARS AND WE ALSO
BRINGING IN THE PRO RIDERS, WHICH INCLUDE TEAM SATURN, STEVE BAUER, AND THEN WE
ALSO HAVE SOME PLYMOUTH RIDERS SHOWING UP. SHACKLEY....SOME BIG NAMES ARE
COMING INTO TOWN RIGHT HERE IN THE DOWNTOWN ROANOKE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Patrick Oberg/Race Director; :00
OUT Q=...roanoke director"
The Saturn Festival Cup race is expected to wrap up at about six tonight.
Before we go -- let's take a look in our viewer mailbag.
This week a story about reverse discrimination in the workplace prompted a
Here's Assignment Editor Joe McKean with Feedback.
IN Q=The story was about
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./May 6; :00
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( The story was about the lawsuit filed by Greg Holdren, a former employee at
the Transkrit company.
He was he was fired for not meeting production goals.
But Holdren said several other press operators, including a woman, had worse
He says that's reverse discrimination and is taking Transkrit to court.
A viewer in Blacksburg says: "In the interview, the man and the news
reporter made it a point that a woman who also works at this
company was not fired even though she was not performing as
expected. This upsets me because this man said there were many
other people who also were not performing on the job but only
this one woman was pointed out as a problem. I understand that
reverse discrimination can occur, but if many other men were not
fired along with one woman, that is hardly discrimination of gender.
Perhaps it is another form of discrimination. I am frustrated
that women constantly have to prove that they deserve the jobs
they have and if they don't perform they should be the first to
go, not men in the same position. I have learned from personal
experience that I have to work much harder than my male co-workers
to maintain my position. I would appreciate in the future if your
reporters would not imply that women should be the first to be
fired when performances on the job are low.
If you'd like to comment on our news coverage or issues in the news, here's
how to get in touch with us:
Letters should be sent to News-7 Feedback, PO Box 7, Roanoke, 240422-0007.
Faxes go to Feedback, at 540-343-7269.
And our E-mail address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for joining us, and have a great