The rash of suspicious
church-related fires continues in the south.
And the Whitewater Committee prepares to release it's final report and it's
expected to contain some damaging accusations against the Clinton
There is a slight chance of storms later this afternoon and evening, but a
better chance tomorrow afternoon. I'll tell you all about in the Monday
Edition of your forecast.
Don't go away, the news is next.
Police say a young boy drowned in Clifton Forge last night.
Thirteen-year-old Josh Patterson of Clifton Forge was found at about
10-thirty in the Smith River.
An investigation is underway.
More church buildings were set on fire overnight.
Authorities in North Carolina say a fire destroyed a chruch in Rocky Point.
SUPER=03-Stone Mountain, GA;
And in Georgia, a blaze damaged a former sanctuary at a Baptist church.
Both fires are under investigation.
Meantime two abandoned homes in Greenville, Texas went up in flames last
Both houses are located a short distance from two churches which were
The fires came less than two hours after Governor George Bush and a
gathering of clergyman rallied to rebuke the recent church fires.
A draft report leaked yesterday from the Whitewater committee accuses the
Clinton administration of obstruction of justice.
The Republican written report says officials lied to protect Hillary
Rodham Clinton and that the first lady conducted a coverup.
The White House called the report a political inquisition and blasted the
Republican who heads the Whitewater Committee.
((MARK FABIANI: WHITE HOUSE WHITEWATER COUNSEL: SENATOR D'AMATO IS ONE OF THE
MOST ETHICALLY CHALLENGED MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATE SENATE IN HISTORY AND HIM
WRITING A REPORT ABOUT ETHICS IS JUST NOT CREDIBLE. IN ADDITION HIS HEARINGS
HAVE BEEN TAINTED WHILE SERVING AS CHAIR OF COMMITTEE, HE'S ALSO SERVED AS THE
CHAIR OF BOB DOLE'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Fabiani/White House Whitewater Counsel;
OUT Q=DOLE'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.
The official report is due out tomorrow.
Meantime, the first lady has put her Whitewater answers in writing.
Hillary Rodham Clinton sent a letter today to the Senate Whitewater
She was answering last-minute questions from that panel.
There's no word on what Mrs. Clinton says in her answers.
Trade talks in Beijing this morning came to the brink of a billion dollar
trade war, then backed off.
The U-S and China are at odds over the piracy of U-S films, music and
computer software and that led to some tough negotiations.
Barry Petersen reports from Tokyo.
SUPER=01-Charlene Barshefsky/U.S. Trade Representative; :18
SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; :59
OUT Q=CBS News, Tokyo.
Voters in Russia will head to the polls one more time to choose their next
Early results in this weekend's elections give Yeltsin a slight edge over
communist challenger Gennadi Zyuganov (geh-NAN'-dee zyoo-GAH'-nawf), but barely
enough to avoid a second round ballot.
A runoff will be held next month.
The ultimate results may depend largely on the strength and loyalties of the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Noon,
Four Roanoke fast food workers spend some scary moments in the cooler,
and the Olympic torch is a few steps closer to Atlanta, and Virginia is in its
music up full
Police say some workers at a Roanoke fast food restaurant found themselves
in the cooler during a robbery yesterday.
The manager of the Wendy's on Hershberger Road reported that a man armed
with a gun approached her and her four-member crew after the store closed.
The man ordered them back into the restaurant and put the workers in a
cooler while the manager opened an office.
The robber took an undetermined amount of money, ordered the manager to lie
on the floor, then fled.
No one was injured.
Optical Cable of Roanoke County has scored the largest contract in its
The Roanoke County company announced a Japanese firm will buy 13 million
dollars worth of its fiber optic cable.
IN Q=Lot of this
((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE PRESIDENT: LOT OF THIS IS BASED ON THE TREMENDOUS
NEED FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF COMMUNICATIONS ON A GLOBAL BASIS. WHAT WITH THESE
THINGS YOU HEAR ABOUT ON INTERNET AND A NEED FOR PEOPLE TO COMMUNICATE ALL OVER
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable President;
OUT Q=the globe.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
The Japanese company is purchasing three thousand miles of cable for local
and long distance telephone applications.
Optical Cable also released its second quarter figures.
Sales were up only slightly compared to a year ago.
The company says that's because the second quarter is traditionally a slow
It expects sales growth will increase significantly by the fourth quarter.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke received quite an honor over the weekend.
The Star City is one of only two cities to be named an All America community
Cleveland is the only other city to have been honored as many times.
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=THE 47 YEAR OLD
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News 7
(( The 47-year-old award program recognizes ten communities each year for the
innovative way they meet challenges such as crime, racial discord, and
IN Q=WE'RE GLAD TO
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: WE'RE GLAD TO BE HOME TO ONE OF THE TEN GREAT
CITIES IN AMERICA--ROANOKE, YEAH!!))
OUT Q=SOUNDS OF CHEERING
A victorious Roanoke delegation arrived home to cheers.
They say projects like the renovation of the Jefferson Center, the Hotel
Roanoke and the trash train and transfer station put Roanoke ahead of the rest.
IN Q=WE THINK
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: WE THINK IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE THEME WE TRY TO
CONVEY TO OTHER PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION THAT HERE IN ROANOKE WE HAVE A
PARTICIPATORY LOCAL GOVERNMENT.))
OUT Q=LOCAL GOVERNMENT
IN Q=cities in the
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MGR: CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES ALONG WITH ROANOKE
ARE TRYING TO SOLVE MANY PROBLEMS. AND THIS IS A CELEBRATION ABOUT THOSE
COMMUNITIES WILLING TO WORK WITH BUSINESS, NEIGHBORHOODS, THE PRIVATE SECTOR,
ALONG WITH CITY GOVERNMENT.))
OUT Q=WITH CITY GOVERNMENT
Ron Jones, News 7))
The 10 winners were chosen from 30 finalists.
The other winners include Westminster California; New Orleans; Buffalo; and
Hartsville South Carolina.
The Olympic torch is getting a bit closer to its Atlanta destination.
Today is day 52 for the cross country torch relay, which is expected to
cover 15-thousand miles.
Yesterday thousands of people cheered from the sidelines as runners and
bikers brought the torch into downtown Hartford, Conneticut.
Later this week the torch winds its way through the Commonwealth.
More than 200 people have been selected to carry the flame through the state
on Friday and Saturday.
The torch relay began April 27th in Los Angeles, and it's expected to
arrive in Atlanta on July 19th for the opening ceremonies.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
We've got animal tales next --
Three little pigs go to court -- we'll have an update on a Vinton family's
battle to keep their pets,
and an unwelcome visitor to a convenience store rattles a few nerves.
News 7 at Noon will be right back.
It looks like a Vinton family will have to move or give up their three pet
Today a circuit court judge ruled that Emma and Gerald Saunders violated a
town ordinance which prohibits residents from keeping livestock.
Vinton officials said neighbors began to complain about the pigs and the
smell coming from the house.
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IN Q=Mostly they were
((CLAY GOODMAN/VINTON TOWN MANAGER;
MOSTLY THEY WERE ADDRESSING THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE ANIMALS WANDERING AROUND
LOOSE AND THE ANIMALS' EXCREMENT AND URINE AND BY-PRODUCTS OF THE ANIMALS. ))
SUPER=01-Clay Goodman/Vinton Town Manager;
OUT Q=of the animals
Last summer a judge ruled that the family did not violate the town's
So, the town changed its law.
The Saunders say they do not plan to appeal the judge's decision and will
probably put the pigs to sleep.
An unusual customer stirred things up at a Roanoke convenience store
It was a seven foot snake.
City Police were dispatched to the "E-Z-N" on Brandon Avenue at about six
A crowd gathered and watched the snake for more than twenty minutes as it
slithered around the exterior of the convenience store.
The snake was finally corralled into a trash can and taken to the S-P-C-A.
Police say the snake is probably an escaped pet.
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Hours before that, dispatchers received several calls that a black bear was
spotted near the Days Inn on Orange Avenue.
Officers chased the 100 pound bear for about 40 minutes before cornering it
in a wooded area on First Street.
Then Animal Control officers shot it with tranquilizer gun.
It will be released back into the national forest.
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And here's another lost animal story with a happy ending.
In April, "Pugsy" wound up at the Roanoke S-P-C-A.
After some searching, shelter workers found "Pugsy's" owner in Germany.
Randy Fair is in the Army and last night "Pugsy" boarded an airplane to be
reunited with him.
Fair says he has no idea how his dog ended up in Roanoke.
TAPE# common sense
The stock market's new highs are wooing new investors.
Over the next few weeks Common Sense reporter Len Besthoff will point out
some simple mistakes for beginners to avoid.
IN Q=In this week's
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards; :20
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk.
SOT COMMON SENSE TAPE 16:13:30
IN Q=In this week's edition
((In this week's edition of Common Sense, George Brammer with A-G Edwards will
tell us why you shouldn't try to time the market when you make an investment.))
OUT Q=an investment.
IN Q=Timing the
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS: TIMING THE MARKET IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT EVEN
FOR A PROFESSIONAL JUMPING IN AND OUT OF THE MARKET CAN BE VERY COSTLY. MOST
BEGINNERS SHOULD START WITH A CORE GROUP OF STOCKS OR MUTUAL FUNDS THAT THEY
INTEND TO HOLD FOR THE LONG TERM, BUY GOOD COMPANIES AND HOLD THEM. IF THE
COMPANIES ARE GROWING, YOU'RE NET WORTH WILL GROW RIGHT ALONG WITH THEM.
TIMING THE MARKET CAN BE VERY FRUSTRATING AND I'VE SEEN PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY
SKILLED MAKE MONEY AT TIMING THE MARKET, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE NOVICE OR
THE BEGINNING INVESTOR SHOULD AVOID.))
OUT Q=should avoid.
SOT COMMON SENSE TAPE TOT
IN Q=That's this
((That's this week's edition of Common Sense. Let's send it back to the
OUT Q=back to the newsdesk.
Stocks are little changed, with not much news to move the market in either
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN seven points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - Patrick has sports next, including golf highlights from this
weekend's U-S Open,
and the Bulls take the title in the N-B-A finals, sending wild fans out into
the streets and into police custody.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Chicago Bulls silenced the Seattle Supersonics with a 87-75 victory last
night, ending a grueling six game NBA Championship Series.
That win whipped Bulls fans into a celebratory frenzy that included dancing,
car fires, gunfire, and looting.
Diana Olick has more in this report.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL; :00
SUPER=01-Diana Olick/Reporting; :41
SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/NBA Finals MVP; 1:15
OUT Q=(standard out)
A sports broadcasting icon and baseball hall-of-famer has died.
Mel Allen was 83, he died at his Connecticut home yesterday.
Allen was best known as the voice of the New York Yankees in the 50s and 60s
and the voice of the weekly syndicated show, "This Week in Baseball."
Steven Jones took the U.S. Open to become the first sectional qualifier to
win the major since Jerry Pate did in 1976.
SUPER=03-Bloomfield Hills, MI/NBC SPORTS; :
Davis Love three putts the 18th green to drop to one under par.
It looks like Jones is ready to claim the title but at 17 he misses the
putt and drops to two under par and a tie with Saturday's leader Tom Lehman
with one hole left to play.
Lehman loses his chance at winning the tournament at the 18th tee.
His tee shot goes into the fairway bunker and his shot out is short of the
green while Jones hits his within 10 feet.
Jones misses the birdie putt but he tapps out for par shooting a final round
one under par 69.
That leaves him two under for the tournament win.
IN Q="if you really
((STEVE JONES/U.S. OPEN CHAMPION: IF YOU REALLY WANT TO WIN, YOU FOCUS ON EACH
SHOT AND NOT WORRY ABOUT THE OUTCOME. THAT'S WHAT I DID. I NEVER LOOKED AT THE
BOARD ALL DAY. ON THE LAST HOLD, I ASKED MY BROTHER WHAT HE SCORE WAS AND HE
SAID WE WERE TIED WITH TOM. I KNEW I NEEDED TWO PUTS AT THE END TO WIN. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Jones/U.S. Open Champion; :
OUT Q=.....AT THE END."
Lehman and Love tied for second place at one under par.
Jeff Gordon dominated the field and took the checkered flag winning the
UAW-GM Teamwork 500 at Pocono.
SUPER=03-Pocono, PA/TNN SPORTS; :
Hut Stricklin leads for several laps early in the race but gets passed by
Mark Martin on lap 41.
Rick Mast works his way into the top ten by passing Dale Earnhardt.
Ricky Rudd also has a strong car as he moves to the front with over 150
laps to go in the 200 lap race.
But Jeff Gordon, who started on the pole, leads 37 laps early in the race
and is the leader at the halfway point.
Then South Boston's Ward Burton has engine trouble and brings out the third
caution while running seventh.
Rusty Wallace is the leader with 80 laps to go but while leaving the pits
his car slows, forcing him to the garage area.
Rusty finishes 31-st.
And Dale Earnhardt has engine problems forcing his car out of the race.
Earnhardt finishes 32nd.
Gordon passes Geoff Bodine to take the lead and win the race, the fourth
time he's won from the pole.
IN Q=Everytime I shifted
((JEFF GORDON/UAW-GM TEAMWORK 500 WINNER:EVERYTIME I SHIFTED I WAS WONDERING IF
I WAS GONNA MISS AND GO TO SECOND. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.
RUSTY HAS A STRONG CAR AND I HATED TO SEE HIM FALL OUT OR HAVE ANY TROUBLE. I
THINK WE HAD SOMETHING FOR HIM. WE WERE THE ONLLY ONE THAT HAD ANYTHING FOR
HIM, AND HE'S THE ONLY ONE THAT HAD ANYTHING FOR US. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/UAW-Teamwork 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=anything for us."
Rudd was second, Geoff Bodine third, Mark Martin fourth and Bobby Hamilton
(toss to Patrick)
Also coming up later on Health Check-- liposuction is one of the oldest,
most popular forms of plastic surgery in the country.
Now, though, experts at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
have created a new way of removing excess fat-- called lipo-SHAVING.
We'll tell you about the procedure, along with all the news of the day,
on News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us, and have a good afternoon.