Just ahead on News 7 at Noon,
Fire continues to rage in the west, causing severe damage and hundreds of
And the president of ValuJet heads to Washington today to defend his
It's going to be sunny and hot this afternoon... but less humid. I'll ahve
the forecast for you in a few minutes.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
The president of Valujet testifies today at a House hearing on the crash of
Lewis Jordan is expected to detail his airline's safety record and
blast the government shut-down of the carrier.
F-A-A officials are also scheduled to appear to face questions about
apparent weaknesses in the rules and regulations governing air safety.
Meantime, the F-A-A plans to release the voice recordings from the cockpit
of flight 5-92.
The jetliner nose-dived into the Florida Everglades on May eleventh,
Secretary of State Warren Christopher is in Jerusalem this afternoon hoping
to learn what's ahead for the peace process now that a new Israeli Prime
Minister in Charge.
Benjamin Netanyahu is laying out simple rules for talks -- either peace or
But not both.
(( BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER:WE'RE COMMITTED TO THE SEARCH AND
ACHIEVEMENT OF A SAFE PEACE FOR ISRAEL AND ALL ITS NEIGHBORS AND WE INTEND TO
ACT ON IT.
WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SEC. OF STATE:IN OUR FIRST MEETING WE REAFFIRMED THE CENTRAL
IMPORTANCE OF THE STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE U.S. AND ISRAEL AND OUR
COMMITTMENT TO MAINTAIN THE SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO NATIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State; :11
OUT Q=BETWEEN OUR TWO NATIONS.
Netanyahu says he does plan to resume talks with Syria and the Palestinians.
He travels to Washington next month for talks with President Clinton.
Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski will be arraigned today in federal
He faces charges in four Sacramento area bombing attacks, two of which were
Kaczynski has been in custody since the F-B-I raided his Montana cabin last
Wildfires rage on in parts of the Western U-S.
In northern and central Arizona firefighters are battling nine fires.
Thirty-thousand acres of timber and brush land have been destroyed and
hundreds of people have been evacuated.
In Utah, winds gusting up to 20- miles- per- hour are hampering efforts to
contain a wildfire raging out of control in the west-central desert.
And in Nevada, firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire started by two
boys playing with gasoline and matches.
Initial fire costs are estimated at three- and- a- half- million- dollars.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
They're cleaning up in and around the nation's capital today after a string
of violent thunderstorms.
Yesterday's storm spawned a tornado that ripped through parts of suburban
Virginia with winds of more than 150 miles an hour.
IN Q=We are running
TORNADO VICTIM:WE ARE RUNNING DOWN THE HALL BECAUSE WE HEARD ALL THE WIND AND
UPT RHOUGH THE CEILING, DOWN FROM THE CEILING CAME THIS BIG PEICE OF WOODS, AS
WERE SERE STANDING HER, WERE WERE RUNNING CAME RIGHT BEHINC US..
REPORTER;SO JUST MISSED YOU BY A COUPLE OF FEET.
JUST MISSED US.
TORNADO WITNESS:I WAS WATCHING OUT MY FRONT DOOR AND SAW THE ROOF BLOW OVER,
REPORTER:YOU SAW THE ROOF GON OFF THAT HOUSE OVER THERE.
REPORTER: YEAH IT JUST FOLDED BACK AND IT WAS CRAZY. ))
OUT Q=IT WAS CRAZY
Some 40 homes were damaged.
The storms also knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes in Virginia
and the district.
In Philadelphia, a jury has ordered the city to pay for its actions
of over a decade ago.
A standoff between authorities and the radical group MOVE led to one of the
first highly publicized confrontations between law and disorder.
Randall Pinkston reports.
IN Q=It was Mother's day, 1985.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia/May 13, 1985; :00
SUPER=07-Artist Susan Schary; :21
SUPER=01-Fincourt Shelton/MOVE Attorney; :30
SUPER=01-Ramona Africa/MOVE Survivor; :48
SUPER=01-John Richmond/Former Fire Commissioner; 1:11
SUPER=01-Randall Pinkston/Reporting; 1:28
OUT Q= Randall Pinkston, CBS
News, New york.
It was Mother's day, 1985... philadelphia police, engaged in a
gunbattle and unable to serve subpoenas on members of move, dropped a satchel
11 people, including 5 children were killed in the inferno. 62 neighboring
homes were destroyed.
Now, 11 years later, a federal jury found authorities guility of using
excessive force and violating the rights of the group.
FINCOURT SHELTON/MOVE ATTORNEY
APPROX:"THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO DROP THAT BOMB....THE JURY SAID THAT EMPHATICALLY"
FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING, AND DISFIGURING BURNS, RAMONA AFRICA, THE ONLY ADULT
TO SURVIVE THE FIRE, WAS AWARDED 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE SAME FOR RELATIVES
OF TWO OTHER M.O.V.E. MEMBERS WHO DIED IN THE BLAZE.
RAMONA AFRICA/MOVE SURVIVOR THIS IS ABOUT TAKING A STAND FOR ALL
PEOPLE SO THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS THEY CAN'T BOMB PEOPLE AND AND BURN PEOPLE UP.
THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT, NOT NO DAMN MONEY!
The former police and fire commissoners escaped the jury's wrath and were
ordered to pay only token damages of 1-dollar per week for the next 11 years
John richmond, former fire commissioner i'm not hurt, i'm disappointed. i'm
glad it's over. it's time for the city to move on.
MOVE's members, who all took the surname africa, oppposed technology,
accused police of brutality, and harrassed their neighbors, who called
No word yet, on whether philadelphia officials plan to appeal the verdict
...affixing responsiblity for the inferno on osage avenue.
Randall Pinkston, CBS
News, New york. ))
Some developments this afternoon in the F-B-I file controversy.
One Republican Senator claims one of his aides spotted Internal Revenue
Service documents among the F-B-I background files gathered by the Clinton
Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is asking F-B-I director Louis Freeh for a
description of information included in the I-R-S documents.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Noon--
Domestic violence experts have advice for women who are being harassed by an
ex-boyfriend or estranged husband.
Also it's a first for Virginia prisons---the use of a rubber pellet gun to
keep control of unruly inmates. But critics say it's too strong a weapon.
We'll have the story.
music up full
What options are available to a woman seeking protection from an angry
ex-boyfriend or estranged spouse?
Some are asking that question after a recent murder in Roanoke.
Police say 23-year old Robin Williams was apparently stalked by ex-boyfriend
Aquilia Barnette and shot to death in Roanoke.
Domestic violence experts say Virginia's stalking law doesn't always protect
IN Q=I don't think
((DARLENE YOUNG/TURNING POINT SHELTER: I DON'T THINK IT DOES. I THINK WE NEED
FINE TUNING ON IT. SHE HAS TO PROVE SO MUCH THAT HE REALLY IS GOING TO HURT
HER AND IF HE'S STANDING ACROSS THE STREET THAT DOESN'T MEAN HE IS GOING TO
BODILY HARM HER.))
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Turning Point Director;
OUT Q=harm her.
Young offers this advice for those who are stalked.
-Notify police immediately.
-Tell family and friends who the stalker is.
-Get a protective order from authorities.
-And join a support group or shelter for additional help.
Young says all calls are anonymous and services are free.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
A federal judge in Charlottesville is expected to decide today the legality
of a law that requires mothers who receive welfare to identify the fathers of
The Virginia Poverty Law Center is suing the state on behalf of
two southwest Virginia welfare recipients whose aid will be cut off
because of the paternity policy.
State officials acknowledge the children of some women who
truly do ``not'' know who their fathers are will be hurt by the
It's a blast from the future for Virginia prison inmates.
Friday, the first shell full of rubber pellets was fired from a special
shotgun to halt an attack on an inmate.
It marked a new day, when corrections officers finally have more than tear
gas to keep the peace.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Maybe its bard
SUPER=01-Buck Rogers/Va. Dept. of Corrections; :11
SUPER=03-Powhatan Co.; :28
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Powhatan Co.
(( Maybe its bark is worse than its bite.
It's known affectionately to corrections professionals as the stinger gun --
for the 40 stinging rubber pellets that blast forth in one shot.
((BUCK ROGERS: ANYTIME THERE'S A THREAT TO LIFE, WHETHER IT BE WITH OUR STAFF,
OR WHETHER IT BE TO ANOTHER INMATE, THESE ARE DESIGNED OBVIOUSLY TO STOP
WHATEVER SITUATION THAT IS UNTIL WE CAN GET STAFF THERE TO QUELL THE
It's the firepower inside prison walls like Powhatan's that corrections
director Ron Angelone promised two and half years ago, when George Allen
brought him here from Nevada prisons.
A Powhatan Correctional Center officer fired the pellets heard round the
prison Friday, when three inmates attacked a fourth.
Regional director Buck Rogers is vague about the danger of such a weapon.
((SINCE I'VE NEVER BEEN SHOT WITH THESE I REALLY CAN'T SAY. OTHER THAN AN
INCIDENT THAT WAS VERY EFFECTIVE THE OTHER DAY. AND IT SEEMED TO HAVE THE
EFFECT JUST LIKE REGULAR PELLETS WOULD HAVE.))
That means stinging welts, according to Rogers, but NOT wounds like hunters'
But for those who work everyday with violent criminals, wearing a lethal
weapon that could be stolen and used against you is NOT a good idea.
sot STANDUP 01:32:09
((CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS AREN'T SAYING WHICH OTHER PRISONS ARE USING THE STINGER
GUNS. THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE IS CONSIDERED AN ADVANTAGE IN KEEPING PRISON
DISCIPLINE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, POWHATAN COUNTY.))
Lynchburg authorities still aren't sure of the whereabouts of a newborn baby
whose parents may be embroiled in a custody battle.
Police were called to this home on Burnt Bridge Road yesterday to check on
the welfare of a woman staying there.
Minutes later, the same woman, 30 year old Beverly Renee Wade was involved
in an accident on the Route 501 Expressway.
Wade was only slightly injured, but is refusing to tell police where her
two- week- old child is.
Fearing the worst, authorities searched the home and the roadway near the
accident site, with no success.
IN Q=So we're still
((CMDR. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG
POLICE: SO WE'RE STILL WAITING TO TALK WITH SOME OTHER FOLKS WHO LIVE AT THIS
RESIDENCE WHO ARE ON THEIR WAY BACK TO LYNCHBURG NOW WHO HAD BEEN OUT OF TOWN.
AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL FIND OUT WHERE THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE CHILD IS.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=of the child is.
Police say Wade may be fighting her common- law husband for custody of the
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us--when News 7 at Noon continues, Beth has the forecast, featuring
some relief from the humidity.
Plus your aching feet--we'll have some tips on how you can pamper them back
to good health.
Some 43 million Americans have trouble with their feet-- 90-percent of them
women, spending their days in high heels and pointy-toed footwear.
Health Check's Connie Stevens talked with a pair of area podiatrists-- who
have a few relaxing remedies.
IN Q=Many of the problems
SUPER=01-Dr. Conrad Claytor/Podiatrist; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Pink Wimbish, III/Podiatrist; 1:40
OUT Q=Connie Stevens News 7
IN Q=Many of the
((DR. CONRAD CLAYTOR/PODIATRIST: MANY OF THE PROBLEMS HAVE TO DO WITH INGROWN
TOENAILS, WARTS, HEEL SPUR, ARCH PAIN, SOME SPORTS INJURIES. ))
OUT Q=some sports injuries.
And many of these aches and pains are triggered by shoes-- not surprising,
as the foot supports a cumulative force of several tons each day.
IN Q=Here we
((HERE WE HAVE ....
SIDE OF THE FOOT. ))
OUT Q=of the foot.
Now, though, in addition to their medical practice, Drs. Claytor and
Wimbish have opened up a clinic in Roanoke aimed at pampering the feet--- from
a non-medical standpoint.
The business is called G-F-C, for General Foot Care.
For 35-dollars, clients can expect an hour of whirlpool treatment, paraffin
wax to soften the skin-- and massage or reflexology to soothe those aching
The mission is simple.
IN Q=Basically to
((DR. CLAYTOR: BASICALLY TO ALLOW FOLKS TO RELAX, TO GET IN TUNE WITH THEIR
HEALTH, AND TO TAKE THEIR GENERAL HEALTH SERIOUS AS WELL AS THEIR FEET. ))
OUT Q=their feet.
To improve your own foot care regimen, put comfort over beauty, and make
sure your shoes actually fit-- and buy them in the evening, when your feet are
It's the self-care that's often so important.
IN Q=Basically just
((DR. PINK WIMBISH/PODIATRIST: BASICALLY JUST SOME COMMON SENSE THINGS SUCH AS
INSPECTING YOUR FEET AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS OK, AND DON'T WAIT TILL YOUR
FOOT IS ABOUT TO FALL OFF BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO CALL YOUR PODIATRIST OR GO IN TO
SEE YOUR GENERAL PRACTICE SPECIALIST. ))
OUT Q=general practice specialist.
The podiatrists do think people are finally starting to realize their feet
are their foundation.
Connie Stevens, News 7.
A Roanoke jury has awarded 125-thousand dollars to a Norfolk Southern worker
who maintains the railroad's negligence caused him to suffer from carpal tunnel
Earl Walker argued the railroad knew about the dangers of
repetitive motion but didn't do anything to protect its employees.
He says he contracted pain and numbness in his wrists and hands
when he rebuilt boxcars in the railroad's shops in Roanoke from
1988 to 1994.
On Wall Street stocks have turned mostly lower after a positive opening.
At noon the Dow was DOWN nearly 12 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next on News 7 at Noon--
Some top American men fall in the early going at Wimbledon.
and a standout N-F-L player faces a long prison sentence if he's convicted
of drug charges.
MUSIC UP FULL
Jury selection is scheduled today in the drug possession trial of Dallas
Cowboys star receiver Michael Irvin.
A judge yesterday denied a motion by Irvin's attorneys to throw
out evidence from a raid on a Texas motel room.
claimed officers lacked a search warrant to confiscate marijuana
The 30 year old Irvin faces up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted on
felony cocaine and misdemeanor marijuana charges.
Top seed Steffi Graf breezed through the first round of Wimbledon today,
defeating Ludmila Richterova (luhd-MIHL'-ah reech- tah- ROH'-vuh) in straight
SUPER=03-Wimbledon/HBO & NBC;:00
That follows an upseting day in men's tennis yesterday for some top seeded
Third seeded Andre Agassi lost to fellow American Doug Flach.
Michael Chang and Jim Courier, the sixth and eighth seeds, were also
knocked out in the opening round.
The Salem Avalanche returned home to the friendly confines of Memorial
Stadium for the first time in the Carolina League's second half but dropped a 4
to 3 decision to Prince William.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Cannons;
Yesterday afternoon's rain showers made for a pleasant evening at the park.
Prince William broke open a scoreless tie in the 5th.
Chandler Martin serves up the cannonball to Joe Walker that clears the 400
ft. sign in straight away center.
It's one-nothing Cannons.
Still in the 5th, Nilson Robledo hits the line drive down the right field
line that scores Dan Kopriva. Prince William had a 3-nothing edge.
The Avalanche got "juiced" in the bottom half of the inning.
John Guidice gets his 12th home run on the year SUPER=34-Salem/==3/Prince
over the left field wall.
The 3-run blast tied things up, but Salem falls 4-3.
The games in Atlanta are just three weeks away and one Olympic team has
chosen Roanoke as a training site.
The U.S. Women's Foil Team will spend this week working out at Hollins
The Team went through two works out Monday at Hollins.
The U.S. is currently ranked third in the world, but has not won a medal in
fencing at the games since 19-84.
IN Q="I think
((ANN MARSH/#1 U.S FENCER:))
SUPER=01-Ann Marsh/U.S. Fencer; :17
OUT Q=....to do well"
The team was introduced at a news conference yesterday. Fans can watch open
practices today, tomorrow and Thursday.
Saturday, they will hold an exhibition at Tanglewood Mall from 2 to 4.
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
After two years of waiting the Zoo Choo at the Mill Mountain Zoo is back on
Zoo officials and civic leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning
to recommission the train.
Two years ago it was put out of service after it derailed and injured
But after 28-hundred dollars in repairs it's running again.
IN Q=I was pretty exciting
((CHUCK DOANE/ZOO CHOO ENGINEER: I WAS PRETTY EXCITING TODAY AFTER WHAT
HAPPENED LAST TIME WITH THE TRAINS. SO WE'VE GOT IT UP GOT IT GOING. WE'RE
GOING TO TAKE CARE OF IT. FOR IT GOING TO BE A FUN RIDE FOR THE KIDS.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO EXEC. DIR.: THE KIDS REALLY MISSED IT. IT'S BEEN
PART OF THE ZOO SINCE THE EARLY FIFTIES AND IT STOPPED RUNNING ON JULY OF 94.
SO IT'S BEEN A MISSING ELEMENT OF THE ZOO. SO WE'RE JUST REAL EXCITED.))
SUPER=01-Chuck Doane/Zoo Choo Engineer;
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo Exec. Dir.; :10
OUT Q=just real excited.
The zoo is open daily.
Zoo Choo train rides cost a dollar for adults and 75 cents for those 12 and
Coming up today on Health Check, major department chain stores are removing
plastic mini-blinds from their shelves.
That, in response to a warning that aging miniblinds can deteriorate and
turn to poisonous lead dust, which can cause brain damage.
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news of the day....coming up on
News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us, and have a great afternoon.