ValuJet is out of the air, and now, a top federal official may be out of a
And a big setback for a proposed high voltage power line in our area.
Hot and humid this afternoon with highs in the 90s.
Expect some scattered thunderstorms. I'll have the forecast in a few
Don't go away the news is next.
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A big setback for American Electric Power's effort to build a high voltage
transmission line in our area.
The U- S Forest Service has released its long- awaited Draft Environmental
Impact Statement, and has reccomended the "no action, no build" alternative.
This means the Forest Service believes a line should NOT cross federal
forest land, as proposed by A-E-P.
A-E-P may now have to go back to square one and research a whole new set of
routes for its project.
The power company had proposed extending the line from West Virginia to the
Cloverdale section of Botetourt County.
A-E-P says it will take issue with the findings.
Smoother sailing for another controversial project in our area.
Last night the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors condemned conservation
land for the Smart Road.
Jay Moore has that story.
SUPER=01-Henry Jablonski/Montgomery Co. Supervisor; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Torgensen/Va. Tech President; :28
SUPER=01-Rick Roth/Smart Road Opponent; :49
SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT; 1:10
OUT Q=moore, News 7
After listening to more than 30 people on the Smart Highway issue, the board
decided to voted in favor of the resolution four to three.
The question before the board was whether to allow VDOT to build the road
through an agriculture and forest district.
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OUT Q=Monty Co.
The land in question was 140 acres which stretch through scenic Ellett
Some opponents says politics played a major roll in the decision.
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OUT Q=kind of pressure
VDOT officials say they're glad to have jumped this hurdle and are ready to
SOT first bite altizer
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Altizer says VDOT hopes to have that for the land owners within the next 90
In Christiansburg, Jay Moore, News 7.))
And while the Smart Road is taking off -- Valujet has been grounded and
that's shaking things up at the Federal Aviation Administration.
Sources say the agency's safety chief, Anthony Broderick, is being forced
Meanwhile, his boss, David Hinson, is defending the F-A-A's handling of
The low-cost carrier suspended operations indefinitely as of midnight, at
the urging of the F-A-A.
The agency says Valujet has serious maintenance problems.
((DAVID HINSON/FAA ADMINISTRATOR: THE ACENCIES' 30 DAY INSPECTION FOUND VARIOUS
DEFICIENCIES IN VALUJET INCLUDING THE AIRLINE'S FAILURE TO ESTABLISH THE AIRY
WORTHINESS OF SOME OF ITS AIRCRAFT SYSTEM, SIDE DEFICIENCIES IN VALUJET'S
MULTIPLE SHORT COMING IN THE QUALITY ASSURANCE OF VALUJET CONTRACTORS AND A
LACK OF ENGINEERING CAPABILITY..))
SUPER=01-David Hinson/FAA Administrator;
OUT Q=ENGINEERING CAPABILITY.
All this follows the crash of a ValuJet plane five weeks ago that killed
Valujet hopes to have its fleet back in the air within 30 days.
Clergy members meet in Atlanta today to tackle the rash of arson attacks on
churches with predominately African American members.
Two churches in northeast Mississippi appear to be the latest targets.
The churches went up in flames last night in the small town of Kossuth
Lurene Cachola (kah-CHO-la) has the story.
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SUPER=03-Kossuth, MS/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Linda Lambert/Neighor; :09
SUPER=01-Billy Dalwart/Church Deacon; :26
SUPER=01-Jimmy Taylor/Alcorn CO Sheriff; :41
SUPER=01-Lurene Cachola/Reporting; :52
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Suffolk Delegate Robert Nelms pleaded guilty today to an indecent exposure
charge in Richmond Circuit Court.
The Republican lawmaker got a 30-day jail term, suspended for a year, and a
He also was ordered NOT to return to Richmond city parks.
Nelms was accused of exposing himself in February to an undercover vice
officer in a park.
Nelms claims he was urinating.
After eleven months of hearings the Senate Whitewater Committee released its
final reports today.
The panel's G-O-P report is laced with strong criticism of First Lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton and her controversial legal work for the failed Madison
Guarantee Savings and Loan.
The Democrats are using their final report to say that testimony from 159
witnesses turned up no wrongdoing by the President and Mrs. Clinton.
The first charges in the Unabomber case could come today in California.
Federal sources say Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski will be indicted for two
Sacramento bombings that killed a computer store owner in 19-85 and a forestry
association president ten years later.
So far Kacszynski is only charged with possession of bomb components.
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Meantime the suspects in the Oklahoma City bombing made a court appearance
today in Denver under heavy security.
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are meeting with a judge to set an agenda
for a three day hearing scheduled to begin next week.
Both men face the death penalty if convicted of federal murder and
conspiracy in the April 19, 19-95 bombing that killed 168.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon,
Roanoke city council's approval of a new rental inspection program doesn't
go over well with some residents,
and in New Zealand, an active volcano sends hundreds scurrying to safety.
We'll take a look.
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A Lynchburg jury is deciding whether a city man acted in self- defense when
he allegedly killed another man last winter.
29- year- old Danny R. Jones is on trial for the murder of 24- year- old
Robert Lewis Allen January 21st.
Police say Jones and Allen were fighting in the parking lot of the Glass
House night club when Jones shot Allen once in the stomach.
They say Jones said he feared for his life that night and only fired to
The five- man, seven- woman jury heard closing arguments this morning.
It began deliberations about two hours ago.
More legal trouble for former Carroll County administrator Billy Mitchell.
A grand jury yesterday handed up nine more indictments against him.
Special prosecutor Gino Williams says eight of the charges involve
Mitchell's handling of funds for a private cemetery.
The ninth charge concerns a 350-thousand dollar check that was supposed to
be used to post bond in an annexation case.
Williams says the money was deposited in another agency's account, to cover
money Mitchell allegedly embezzled.
A new rental inspection program approved by city council is raising concerns
by neighborhood groups -- they fear the plan doesn't go far enough.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :51
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Stung by criticism that the program has been watered down, City Manager
Bob Herbert repeatedly defended the rental inspection program as the maximum
state law will allow.
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((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: THERE AREN'T ANY SURPRIZES WHAT'S IN THE
FINAL RECOMMENDATION. LET ME ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE MAY BE SOME DISAPPOINTMENT,
BECAUSE THERE WERE CERTAINLY SOME POWERFUL SUGGESTIONS FROM THE CITIZENS AND
TASK FORCE THAT WERE OUTSIDE THE STATE LAW.))
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Under state law, the city can only require inspections when a unit becomes
vacant, but the program will offer incentives to landlords to encourage
voluntary inspections on a regular basis.
Still representatives of some neighborhoods say they are skeptical that the
city is doing everything it can to insure the safety of tenants and improve the
quality of rental housing.
IN Q=And it seems to me
((REV. WAYNE HARRISON/BELMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF YOU
HAVE A LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT YOU ON COUNCIL WOULD WANT TO MAKE SURE IT HAS
ENOUGH TEETH IN IT.))
OUT Q=enough teeth in it.
All but one member of city council voted to implement the program.
Mac McCadden objected because it doesn't treat all of the city's
But others insist it's a good start, and they say they won't be bashful
about amending it later if they need to.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Yesterday's meeting was the last for Elizabeth (BOWLS) Bowles, Wendell
Butler and Mac McCadden.
The three are stepping down at the end of the month, and for Bowles it is
the end of a 20-year career.
Yesterday, Bowles received tributes from Total Action Against Poverty and
her colleagues on council.
And she offered an emotional farewell.
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((ELIZABETH BOWLES/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: TO OUR STAFF, BOB HERBERT, ALL OF OUR
APPOINTEES, AND TO YOU THE PEOPLE, I LOVE YOU. AND I'VE LOVED YOU AND WILL
ALWAYS LOVE YOU.))
OUT Q=thank you. APPLAUSE
Nelson Harris, Carroll Swain, and Jim Trout are being sworn in today and
will take their seats on Roanoke City Council in July.
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Just ahead, a Roanoke teenager escapes serious injury after falling off a
and is Santa's way of entering a house the best way?
One woman tried it after getting locked out of her house.
A spectacular pre-dawn display by a volcano in New Zealand.
Mount Ruapehu (ROO'-u-PAY'-hoo) sent huge clouds of volcanic ash
and hot gas miles into the sky this morning, forcing five airports
and some schools to close.
Strong tremors from the volcano have been felt 25 miles away and rumblings
deep within the earth have been heard 40 miles away.
No injuries or major damage have been reported.
But the eruption has caused chaos for thousands of travelers.
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A scary moment for a Roanoke teenager -- he survived a forty foot fall while
rock climbing in Giles County yesterday.
16-year old Daniel White was one of a dozen hikers taking part in Camp
Bethel's Backpacking Week along the Appalachian Trail.
But he strayed from the path and went rock climbing.
White lost his grip and fell.
He was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
But White was released last night.. apparently suffering no significant
Another high speed chase is captured on live television yesterday in
SUPER=03-Orange Co., CA;
A man allegedly assaulted a police officer and then hopped on a motorcycle
and led police on a 40 minute chase throug Orange County.
At times the biker reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.
The chase ended abruptly as the motorcyclist violently broadsided a bus.
Although injured, the rider still resisted arrest.
He is now hospitalized in serious condition.
It's not Christmas and she's not Santa Claus, but a California woman thought
she would climb down the chimney anyway.
SUPER=03-El Cajon, CA;
Actually Heather Jahen locked herself out of the house and used the chimney
to try and get back in.
She instead was trapped for five hours and was rescued by firefighters
using an elaborate device.
((HER HANDS WERE ABOVE HER HEAD AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET DEVICE AROUND HER WRIST
AND PULL HER UP THAT WAY. ))
SUPER=01-Batt. Chief Ed Jarrell/El Cajon Fire Dept;
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The 25 year old woman was taken to the hospital suffering only a few cuts
The rescue cost the city nearly a thousand dollars and Jahen may be forced
to pick up the bill.
Governor Allen is cutting state employees a break this month by suspending
health insurance premiums.
That means that the state won't take out deductions on health insurance from
the two paychecks that workers get in June.
As a result, a worker with family coverage under the state plan could
save an extra 155 dollars.
Allen has been under fire for stripping state workers of insurance coverage
for most abortions.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN one point.
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Stick around - sports is next, including a big day for the Roanoke Star
Youth Soccer Club,
and we'll take a look at a program in Roanoke that's helping citizens have a
safe summer in the water.
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A couple of soccer notes. City Council got its kicks in chambers yesterday.
Mayor David Bowers and council honored the Roanoke Star Youth 13 team for
winning the soccer state championship June 2nd.
The mayor proclaimed June 17th Roanoke Star Youth Soccer day in celebration
of the team.
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((JOHN SARVER/YOUTH 13 COACH:THESE GUYS HAVE WORKED HARD. THEY'VE PLAYED
TOGETHER FOR MANY YEARS AND THEY DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO WINNING THIS
CHAMPIONSHIP, MAYBE NOT EXPLICITLY, BUT THEY KNEW IN THE BACK OF THEIR MINDS
THAT THEY COULD BE STATE CHAMPIONS AND THEY ACCOMPLISHED THE GOAL.))
SUPER=01-John Sarver/Youth 13 Coach; :00
OUT Q=...the goal"
Roy Stanley visited with that team over the weekend.
He found out that these players, who will represent the state in the regional
soccer tournament, have become embassadors for the Star City.
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SUPER=01-Danny Beamer/Youth Soccer Executive Director; :16
SUPER=01-Donnie Smith/Central Midfielder; :52
SUPER=01-Michael Bear/Sweeper; 1:00
OUT Q=....news 7 sports."
((The Roanoke Star U-13 White team qualified for the regionals by knocking off
defending champion Midlothian in the state championship a couple of weeks ago.
Its the first time a team from Southwest Virginia has qualified for the
((DANNY BEAMER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROANOKE VALLEY YOUTH SOCCER: ))
((The Star will compete against teams from 14 different states in region one.
The majority of the teams are state champions which will take the
competition to a higher level than the state.
But the kids that make up the star squad has been together since day one of
the youth soccer program.))
((DONNIE SMITH/CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: ))
((MICHAEL BEAR/SWEEPER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
Both young and old can be safe in the pool this summer, thanks to a program
being offered by three diverse groups.
The Red Cross, Roanoke Housing Authority, and Parks and Recreation are
sponsoring a program designed to teach swimming lessons AND to certify
Thanks to an art auction, there are 50 scholarships available to people
who want to learn how to swim, but the program is more than just lessons.
IN Q=The lifeguard training... (11:04:03)
((BETTY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: THE LIFEGUARD TRAINING IS 33 HOURS AND
ALSO INCLUDES PROFESSIONAL RESCUER ALSO INCLUDES FIRST AID. AND THE BASIC LEARN
TO SWIM PROGRAM THAT THESE CHILDREN WILL BE INVOLVED IN, THAT IS FOR TWO WEEKS
FOR 50 MINUTES EACH NIGHT AT THE END THEY GET ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF PLAY TIME TO
JUST KIND OF JUST EXPERIMENT IN THE WATER AND JUST SHOW WHAT THEY'VE ACTUALLY
SUPER=01-Betty Whittaker/American Red Cross;
OUT Q=actually learned. (11:04:22)
If you're interested in the program you can contact the Red Cross in
Coming up in tonight's Health Check report on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
We've already experienced warm humid weather, and it is important to prevent
Drinking plenty of fluids is the best advice....
We'll have more on safely beating the heat, tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE, then
stick around for News-7 at Six. Have a good day....buh bye.