Coming up on News 7,
The mother of the pilot on ValuJet Flight 592 calls for a safety plan for
transporting hazardous materials,
and a Wythe County man is shot to death early this morning.
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Don't go away, news 7 at Noon is next.
A Wythe County man is dead following a shooting early this morning, and
police say the suspect is a convicted killer.
Police say 54-year old Ronald Lloyd Sutphin (SUT-FIN) shot 31 year-old Tony
Ray Dunford at Sutphin's home in Ivanhoe at about one o'clock.
Dunford was taken to the hospital, where he died about five hours later.
Police are still searching for a motive.
The Wythe County sheriff's office says Sutphin will be charged with murder
The sheriff says Sutphin was also convicted of murder once before, in 1974
in Grayson County. He served time in prison and was released.
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Officials are looking for more clues today in Florida's Everglades.
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They hope to begin dredging the site where a ValuJet plane crashed earlier
this month killing 110.
In Washington, they're analyzing the tape from the cockpit voice recorder
Analysis so far indicates there was a fire in the passenger cabin minutes
before the plane went down.
Meantime, the mother of the pilot of the plane says an airline safety plan
on transporting hazardous materials should be developed soon.
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((MARILYN CLINE CHAMBERLAIN, PILOT'S MOTHER; 110 PEOPLE PAID A TERRIBLE PRICE,
FAMILIES ARE CONTINUING TO
PAY A TERRIBLE PRICE. SOMETHING GOOD HAS TO COME OUT OF THIS, AN IMPROVED
AIRLINE SAFETY PLANE, NOT JUST TALK, NOT JUST A POLITICAL FOOTBALL, MAKE RULES
AND SEE THAT THEY ARE ENFORCED.))
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Federal regulators have banned all passenger planes from transporting oxygen
The North Korean air force pilot who defected to the south last week claims
the North is preparing for a surprise attack.
At a news conference today in Seoul the 30- year- old pilot said mines were
being removed from the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas to enable
communist troops to move forward quickly.
He also said fighter jets were being moved forward into border areas.
The defector said he believed the North could take control within one week
of a war.
Li Chul-Su flew his Mig-19 jet fighter into South Korea last Thursday.
He is the first North Korean airforce pilot to defect in 13 years.
Meantime, the Clinton administration wants North Korea to agree to four-way
talks with the U-S, South Korea and China.
The U-S Ambassador to South Korea says the Clinton administration believes
that without talks, there could be serious destruction on the Korean Peninsula.
Israelis go to the polls tomorrow to choose a Prime Minister.
The election is critical for the Jewish state because it will set the course
for peace in the Middle East.
Bob Simon reports from Tel Aviv.
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Peace, prosperity and security. That's the line from prime
And the line of his opponent -- right wing opposition leader Bibi Netanyahu:
A future of hope and peace and security.
But don't be deceived by these mirror image messages.
The difference between them is substantial and stark.
Shimon Peres and his labor party stand for continuing Israeli
withdrawal from the West Bank, leading ultimately to some form of Palestinian
They stand for freezing Jewish settlements on the West Bank and, eventually,
dismantling some of them. They favor giving up most if not all of the
Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria.
Netanyahu and his likud party oppose a Palestinian state.
They oppose surrendering any part of the Golan Heights.
They favor exqanding Israeli settlemeots on the West Bank.
((TOM SEGEV/HISTORIAN: THERE ARE TWO WAYS WHICH WE CAN GO.; WE CAN CONTINUE
THE ROAD OF SETTLEMENT AND PEACE EVENTUALLY WITH THE PALESTINIANS AND WE CAN GO
ANOTHER WAY. SO IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT ELECTION.))
And it will probably be decided by three minority groups--Israeli Arabs who
favor Peres, but were angered by his bombardment of Lebanon; the
ultra-orthodox, who favor Netanyahu;and the Russian immigrants who remain a
mystery to politicians and pollsters alike.
It's not just Israelis who'll be glued to their television sets
when the polls close tomorrow. Washington will be staying up late
President clinton has gone to great lengths to support Prime Minister Peres
because he is, after all, the sponsor of the Middle East peace plan.
CBS News Bob Simon Tel Aviv.))
Veterans in Philadelphia are spending the day after Memorial Day trying to
clean up the work of vandals at the site of a Vietnam Memorial.
The Veterans monument was defaced yesterday with a liquid that stained its
black granite slabs.
Officials say it's too soon to know how much it will cost to restore the
A thorough cleaning might cost several thousand dollars and replacing the
panels could cost nearly 15-thousand dollars.
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Next on News 7 at Noon-
Festival in the Park salutes senior citizens today, we'll have a live
and we'll have a story about terror on the high seas.
A merchant ship captain is accused of a triple murder.
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The captain aboard a merchant ship is being investigated by the Royal
Canadian Mounted police for the possible murder of three stowaways.
Sailors aboard the ship, who were afraid to be identified, claim the
Taiwanese captain ordered three Romanian stowaways be dumped overboard in the
middle of the Atlantic.
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((FIRST SAILOR: I HEARD THIS PERSON SCREAMING, CRYING, BEGGING FOR THEIR MERCY,
BEGGING FOR LIFE, SAYING 'MAMA MIA PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME, PLEASE PLEASE.
SECOND SAILOR: THE FIRST ROMANIAN, THE YOUNGER ONE, WHEN HE
WENT DOWN INTO THE LIFERAFT, AND THE OTHER ONE, THE LAST TIME I SAW, HE WAS
ON HIS WAY DOWN TO THE RAFT, SO SCARED (WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM?) THEY WENT
DOWN INTO THE WATER, AND I CAN'T STAND IT ANYMORE SO I TURNED MY BACK; ))
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A fourth stowaway escaped after members of the crew hid him away until the
ship reached Halifax.
The investigation could lead to the captain and some officers being
extradited to face murder charges.
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Anti-smoking advocates are on the attack again.
In a report out today, they accuse cigarette makers of weakening local
attempts to fight smoking, especially by teens.
Meantime, the Supreme Court has added to the frustrations of cigarette
The state of Minnesota is suing to recover Medicaid costs for treating
smokers, and needs databases to sort millions of documents.
The court rejected the cigarette makers' attempt to keep the computers from
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Health is among the issues as Festival in the Park salutes senior citizens
Events for seniors are scheduled throughout the afternoon.
Scott Prince joins us from downtown Roanoke with more on the activities.
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OUTCUE: Joined now by Wendi Schultz
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When News 7 returns-
Local berry farmers bearly made it out of a jam when spring weather turned
and have you found bugs like these on your trees? They're noisy and ugly, but
they're not locusts.
Henry County residents are being serenaded lately, but they don't find it
They're being bugged by (Si-KAY-das) Cicadas, which create quite a racket
every 17 years.
Kimberly McBroom has their story.
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SUPER=07-David Helms; :27
SUPER=01-Gene Amos/Va. Cooperative Extension; 1:08
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(( With its prominent red eyes-- the cicada has a face only a mother could
These insects which resemble large flies, first surface from the ground.
They then attach themselves to trees-- preferably oaks-- and cling to them
until they emerge from their shells.
Cicadas can be detrimental to young trees, where they typically lay their
The bugs jump on people, too-- but pose no risk to humans.
((DAVID HELMS: I'VE HAD TO KNOCK A FEW OFF MY MOM'S BACK-- AND IT DOESN'T MAKE
MOWING THE LAWN A VERY FUN EXPERIENCE. BUT-- IT'S PRETTY GROSS. ))
A couple of weeks ago, Helms noticed a loud chirping sound-- the mating
call of the male cicadas.
And insect shells began covering his trees.
((DAVID HELMS: THEY'RE SHELLS BEING EVERYWHERE AND THE SOUND, ONCE IT GETS TO
ABOUT 12 O'CLOCK NOON, IT'S UNBEARABLE. BUT YEAH, YOU JUST GOT TO WATCH YOUR
STEP FOR THE MOST PART. ))
Agricultural officials say the cicadas are often confused with locusts--
which date back to the Bible.
((GENE AMOS/VA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE: I THINK THE LOCUSTS TERMINOLOGY
GOES BACK BECAUSE OF THE BIBLICAL PLAGUE TERM OF LOCUSTS. THE LOCUSTS IS IN
THE GRASSHOPPER FAMILY-- THAT'S NOT THE SAME INSECTS AS THE CICADAS, WHICH WE
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THESE HARMLESS, BUT NOISY VISITORS ARE ONLY
EXPECTED TO STICK AROUND FOR ANOTHER MONTH OR SO-- NOT TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER 17
YEARS. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7, MARTINSVILLE. ))
They're ripe and ready to be picked.
This spring's freezing temperatures haven't soured local strawberry crops.
Berry lovers are enjoying a bountiful harvest, and Joe Dasiell has that
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SUPER=07-Kathy Davis; :08
SUPER=01-Buddy Hill/Garrett Farms; :23
SUPER=07-Wendy Lundstrum; :53
SUPER=07-Nancy Burns; :58
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((On a morning of blue skies and cool breezes, Gretchen Davis was getting
her first taste of fresh- picked strawberries.
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((KATHY DAVIS: I JUST WANTED TO BRING HER OUT AND EXPOSE HER AS MUCH AS
POSSIBLE AND SHE LOVES TO EAT THEM AS YOU CAN SEE. SHE'S GOT THEM ALL OVER
OUT Q=all over her.
At Garrett Farms in Roanoke County, and at pick- your- own operations
throughout western Virginia, a bountiful crop of strawberries is now in season.
And the growers are thankful.
SOT BUDDY HILL
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((BUDDY HILL/GARRETT FARMS: NORTH CAROLINA LOST 40 PERCENT OF THEIR CROP TO A
LATE FREEZE. WE WEREN'T QUITE SO UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE A FULL CROP.
WE DID HAVE TO IRRIGATE SEVERAL TIMES FOR FROST CONTROL WHEN IT WAS COLD LATE
IN THE SEASON AND LIKE I SAID WE ARE 10 DAYS LATE STARTING TO PICK THIS YEAR.))
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The rows at Garrett Farms will produce tons of berries... and it will
probably be another couple of weeks before this two- acre patch is picked
For those who head into the field, getting the berries home is half the
SOT WENDY LUNDSTRUM 10:24:03
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((WENDY LUNDSTRUM; WE LOVE STRAWBERRIES IN OUR HOUSE. IN FACT, I'LL PROBABLY
EAT A BUCKET FOR LUNCH.))
SOTNANCY BURNS 10:27:39
((NANCY BURNS: WE EAT THEM BEFORE THEY'RE EVEN HOME. JUST WASHING THEM AND
EATING THEM FRESH AS THEY ARE IS PROBABLY THE BEST WAY MY KIDS LIKE TO EAT
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Ripe strawberries fresh from a local field may be a fleeting pleasure. but
berry lovers aren't crying the blues. They know the blueberries are on the way.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
There is encouraging news for college graduates and other job seekers.
A survey by Manpower Incorporated finds 27 percent of the companies
questioned plan to increase employment this summer.
That's up slightly from the spring.
Only seven percent expect staff reductions.
And there's encouraging news about the economy -- it's in the clear
-- at least for a while.
Forecasters say the economy is safe from recession, through next year.
That consensus comes from analysts surveyed by the National Association of
They call for better than two-percent growth this year.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 38 points.
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Coming up in sports-
Did Orlando's Magic stop the Chicago Bulls' sweep?
and despite yesterday's rain, one cyclist lapped the competition in the Saturn
We'll show you the winners when we return.
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The Chicago Bulls clinch the Eastern Conference Championship after completing
a four game sweep of the Orlando Magic.
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Michael Jordan turns it on in the second half, scoring 15 points in the third
He hits 16 of his 23 shots and finished with a game high 45 points.
The Bulls complete the sweep with a 106-to-101 win in game four.
wipe wipe wipe
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Colorado failed to finish off Detroit in the N-H-L's Western Conference
Doug Brown and Sergei Fedorov each had a goal and an assist in the Red
Wings' five-to-two win over the Avalanche.
Colorado leads the series three-games-to-two.
The 7th annual Saturn Festival Cup bike races headlined yesterday's Festival
in the Park activities.
And while a few cyclists and spectators had to dodge a shower or two, the Pro
division races were basically high and dry.
Mike Stevens was there.
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SUPER=01-Clara Hughes/Women's Pro Division Winner; :40
SUPER=01-Steve Bauer/Men's Pro Division Winner; 1:57
SUPER=01-Billy Pearlman/Third Straight Masters Champ; 2;19
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(( The sun started peeking through the clouds about midway through the women's
25 lap pro race.
But it took awhile for the heat to dry up the rain soaked one kilometer
course so, race officials covered the ultra slick manhole covers with colored
gripper tape to improve traction.
Instead they should have made team Saturn pro Clara Hughes drag a couple of
spare tires behind her bike.
The Hamilton, Ontario native who will compete for Canada in the upcoming
summer olympic games lapped the entire field and easily won the 25 kilometer
event in a time of 33 minutes and 48 seconds.
((CLARA HUGHES/WOMEN'S PRO DIVISION WINNER:))
The men's pro event had more than twice as many cyclists as the women's with
34, and a participant from New Zealand in Anthony MortiMer, who was riding for
East Coasters bike shop.
And with the streets now completely dry the pace in the turns was at times
A number of riders took turns playing the role of the rabbit and setting the
pace for the 45 lap race, but on course this short and tight, it usually only
took a lap for the chase pack to reel in the leaders.
Despite the temptation - not one of the riders chose to make a pitstop at
the world famous Texas Tavern, but with 11 laps to go three cyclists had formed
a breakaway pack and distanced themselves from the others.
Christopher Blake, Matthew Kosharo and Steve Bauer would duel for the final
10 circuits with Bauer getting the win ina time of 54 minutes and 44 seconds.
((STEVE BAUER/MEN'S PRO DIVISION WINNER:))
And 37 year old Roanoke physician Billy Pearlman pulled off a three peat
today winning his third straight Master's division title for cyclists over
((BILLY PEARLMAN/THREE STRAIGHT MASTERS TITLES:))
That wraps up another News 7 at Noon.
Thanks for joining us, and have a great day.