Coming up on News 7 at Noon,
The last words from the crew of ValuJet's ill-fated flight as tower tapes
are released today.
And what is the fate of the Citadel and the new V-WIL program at Mary
Those are only two of the questions following yesterday's Supreme Court
decision to allow women into VMI.
It's another sunny afternoon with temperatures in the 80s. I'll have the
forecast in a few minutes.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
The F-A-A has released the tower tapes from last month's fatal ValuJet crash.
With a sense of urgency one of the Valujet crew members tells the tower the
plane needs make an immediate return to Miami.
The flight controller then struggles to re-route other planes so the
Valujet plane can land.
IN Q=Flight 5-92
((RICHARD HAZEN/FIRST OFFICER: FLIGHT 5-92 NEEDS TO RETURN TO MIAMI,
MIAMI TOWER:CLEAR 5-92, TURN LEFT 7-THOUSAND, WHAT KIND OF PROBLEM ARE YOU
HAZEN:SMOKE IN THE CABIN, SMOKE IN THE CABIN.
TOWER;ROGER, 5-92'S COMING BACK TO MIAM HE'S GOT AN EMERGENCY.))
OUT Q=HE'S GOT AN EMERGENCY.
But the jetliner never made it back.
Minutes later flight 5-92 plunged into the Florida Everglades killing all 110
The Valujet crew member on the tape has been identified as Richard Hazen,
the first officer.
Virginia Military Institute officials are weighing their options today after
yesterday's Supreme Court decision.
The justices ordered the all-male VMI to admit women or give up state
V-M-I fought hard, maintaining men and women are different.
But the differences in VMI and VWIL, the female alternative to VMI, are
what swayed the court.
The court ruled separate is not equal.
SOT 18:01:42 6pm aircheck Wednesday
IN Q=They say it
(( THEY SAY IT IS THE UNIQUENESS OF VMI WITH WHICH THEY SEE THE GREATEST PAINS
TO IDENTIFY, AS BEING WHAT IT IS THAT MAKES US A FIT INSTITUTION TO EDUCATE
WOMEN AS WELL AS MEN.))
SUPER=01-Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
OUT Q=as well as men.
Bunting says changes to VMI's military aspects and the cadet regimen will
be absolutely minimal.
VMI's board of visitors will meet next month to decide how the court's
decision will be carried out.
The question remains- will VMI accept the decision and admit women or will
it go private.
Local alumni say they're not sure.
At this point, they're resigning themselves to the ruling-- and weighing all
SOT alumni tape 7:00:42
IN Q=At VMI, we're taught
((AL SOLTIS/V.M.I. ALUMNI ASSOC.: AT VMI, WE'RE TAUGHT TO BE SOLDIERS. AND IF
WE EXHAUST ALL THE OPTIONS THAT WE HAVE, THEN WE, AS SOLDIERS WILL OBEY ORDERS
AND DO WHAT'S CALLED UPON US AND SET A COURSE TO MAKE VMI THE BEST CO- ED
SCHOOL IN THE NATION. ))
SUPER=01-Al Soltis/VMI Alumni Assoc.;
OUT Q=school in the nation
Soltis says he's disappointed by yesterday's decision.
He says it's not so much about admitting women-- as it is taking away from
a valuable part of the V-M-I experience.
Soltis says he's most upset by what he calls the loss of the nation's
diverse educational system.
IN Q=It's worked for a long
((AL SOLTIS/VMI ALUMNI ASSOC.: IT'S WORKED FOR A LONG TIME. IT'S WORKED AT
VMI FOR OVER 150 YEARS, AND WE'VE PRODUCED WHAT WE BELIEVE ARE VERY HIGH
QUALITY ALUMNI. WE JUST THINK IT'S A SHAME THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT
FUTURE WON'T EXIST. ))
OUT Q=future won't exist
Soltis says the alumni association will meet soon to discuss what action, or
recommendations it will present to the school.
What will this decision mean for Mary Baldwin's VWIL progam?
Scott Prince reports cadets remain loyal to the goals of the program, yet
admit there is now a great deal of uncertainty about its future.
IN Q=Last Fall
SUPER=01-Cynthia Tyson/Mary Baldwin President; :33
SUPER=01-Kim Bond/VWIL Cadet; 1:07
OUT Q=SP, News-7, Staunton
((Last fall, 42 cadets embarked on a new tradition at Mary Baldwin
College... and for that matter in the Commonwealth.
They were the first cadets to participate in the Virginia Women's Institute
for Leadership Program... touted as a military- style education alternative to
But the Supreme Court Decision has cast doubt on the future of the program.
That's because VWIL receives money from Virginia Military Institute.
Funds are guaranteed for a few more years, but there are no promises after
School officials now say they have to weigh their options.
Current cadets like Kim Bond were promised a Mary Baldwin degree through the
She calls it a worthwhile experience and hopes the program continues.
Those involved with the VWIL program are certainly disappointed with the
court's decision... but say they're relieved that it's now behind them.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Staunton.))
The bodies of the 19 victims of the truck bombing in Saudi Arabia are
arriving at this hour at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
The fallen servicemn will be remembered Sunday in a memorial service in
From the G-7 Summit in France today, President Clinton challenged world
leaders to rally against terrorism.
The summit is normally dominated by trade and economics, but the
bombing has pushed terrorism to the top of the agenda.
Clinton says he expects leaders to adopt 40 specific anti-terrorism
Regina Blakely has the latest on the bombing.
SUPER=03-Near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia;:00
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/Reporting; 1:23
OUT Q=Regina Blakely, CBS News, Washington.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
On of the candidates for U-S Senate could make his mark in Virginia whether
or not he wins the race,
and it was closed, then opened, now it's closed again.
We'll tell you why this fast food restaurant in Salem is shut down by the
music up full
It's day two of the evidence suppression hearing in the Oklahoma City
Yesterday, the judge told the victims' relatives they'd have to leave if
they want to testify at the trial.
He says the hearing could affect their testimony.
IN Q=I think
((EDI SMITH:I THINK IT'S APPALLING, WE HAD TO SIT ON THE VERY BACK ROW, WE
COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING, WE COULDN'T HEAR ANYTHING. ))
SUPER=01-Edie Smith/Victim's Relative;
OUT Q=HEAR ANYTHING.
The bulk of the day in court yesterday involved an argument over suspect
Timothy McVeigh's clothes, which prosecutors say contain traces of Ammonium
nitrate, the material used to make the bomb.
Defense lawyers say, F-B-I agents seized the clothes improperly before
they had authority to arrest Mcveigh and a warrant to take custody of clothes.
Firefighters are still on the scene of a fire at Virginia Tech this morning.
The blaze broke out shortly before 11 o-clock at the campus recycling
No one was hurt.
Officials are still trying to determine what started the fire, and the
amount of damages.
A high speed chase that killed a man in Smyth County has resulted in a
reckless driving charge against a state trooper.
Special Prosecutor Gerald Gray says Trooper Michael Spangler was chasing a
speeding motorist on I-81 last September when he tried to pass another car on
Spangler lost control, hit a guardrail and struck the vehicle he was
attempting to pass.
The driver, 59 year- old John Paul Shenk was killed. His wife Dorothy
suffered minor injuries, and Spangler sustained back, neck and facial injuries.
The Hardees restaurant in Salem has two strikes against it.
Strike one, the health department shut down the restaurant because of
suspected Salmonella poisoning.
And strike two the store re-opened for business without getting the okay
from health inspectors.
The fast food chain on route 4-19 was closed Tuesday after two of its
employees came down with Salmonella poisoning.
It re-opened yesterday morning, after a manager mistakenly got the kitchen
up and running. It has since been closed again.
SOT 00:03:49 TAPE ONE
IN Q=The health
((ROSS GARLAND/HARDEES REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT: THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS
REQUESTED THAT WE TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND CLOSE IN TIME FOR THEM TO DO A CLASS
WITH OUR EMPLOYEES. ALSO WE'RE HAVING ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES TESTED.))
SUPER=01-Ross Garland/Hardees Regional Vice President;
OUT Q=employees tested.
During the inspection at Hardees, the health department discovered multiple
code violations described as "too many to count".
November victory or not, U-S Senate candidate Mark Warner may still earn a
place in Virginia history.
NAT SOT 03:20:37
IN Q=Two Warners
((TWO WARNERS RUNNING FOR THE SENATE. DON'T BE CONFUSED. MARK WARNER'S
The multi-millionaire Democrat has rolled out his second TV ad since June
Campaign officials won't say if their candidate will stay on the airwaves
for an unprecedented FIVE months.
Mark Warner IS saying that he doesn't want to wake up November sixth and
regret NOT running another ad.
Republicans supporting incumbent John Warner are aghast at the money Mark
Warner's willing to spend.
IN Q=The only way
((CHRIS LACAVITA/VA. GOP DIRECTOR: THE ONLY WAY THAT HE'S GOING TO -- HE
FEELS, AND HIS CAMPAIGN FEELS THAT THEY CAN CHANGE THE VOTERS' PERCEPTION IS TO
GO ON THE AIR VERY EARLY, IN JUNE, AND JUST SATURATE THE TV AIRWAVES WITH ADS
SOMETHING COMPLETELY OPPOSITE OF WHAT HE REALLY IS. AND THAT TAKES A LOT OF
SUPER=01-Chris LaCavita/Va. GOP Director;
OUT Q=a lot of money.
Republicans say Mark Warner is a "Clinton clone" who learned his politics in
the back room of the Democratic National Committee.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
Another top contender is erased from competition at Wimbledon,
These contenders, however, are ready for competition as the preliminary round
of the Miss Virginia Pagent gets underway tonight in Roanoke.
24 contestants from around the state are in Roanoke this week to compete in
the 43rd annual Miss Virginia Pageant.
The judges interviews were held earlier this week, and tonight preliminary
On Saturday, the list of contenders will be narrowed down to ten and one
of those women will be named Miss Virginia 19-96.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Guests/Microwave
Two of the contestants Miss Danville Festival Wendy Dillard and Miss
Lynchburg Festival, Rachel Snider join us now from outside the Roanoke Civic
Center where the competition takes place.
Good afternoon ladies.
Rachel, Some critics of the pageant say its outdated and doesn't represent
the women of the 90's. How do you answer those critics?
SUPER=01-Rachel Snider/Miss Lynchburg Scholarship Festival;
SUPER=01-Wendy Dillard/Miss Danville Festival;
(Wendy, Last year's winner Andrea Ballangee was forced to give up her crown
when is was discovered she had lied on her resume, did you find there was a lot
of scrutiny this year when you submitted your applications?
Rachel, Miss Virginia goes on to compete for Miss America pageant in
September. Last year there was some talk of eliminating the swimsuit
competition from the national pageant, what do you think of that idea?
I understand each contestant has adopted a different social platform, each
of you tell me a bit about yours?)
Double Boxes=Melanie and Guests/Microwave
(Melanie ad libs bye)
Tonight's preliminary competition begins at 8 p-m.
For ticket information you may contact the Civic Center Box office.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - a former FOOTBALL star is the number one pick in the N-B-A
and this year's Sugar Bowl dishes up some sweet rewards for one former Hokie,
as he gets the chance to play on a professional level.
MUSIC UP FULL
The 1996 NBA draft took place last night at the Meadowlands in New Jersey,
and while no player from a Virginia college was selected, a Virginia native was
the number one pick.
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ; :00
Hampton's Allen Iverson, who is the first player ever to leave Georgetown
before graduating, was the first overall pick as he was snatched up by the
IN Q="It's just...
((ALLEN IVERSON/FIRST ROUND PICK OF 76ERS:))
SUPER=01-Allen Iverson/First Round Pick of 76ers; :00
OUT Q=...to losing."
The Atlantic 10 player of the year Marcus Camby was the second overall pick
taken by the Raptors.
Iverson was a household name in this area long before last night's draft,
long before he was convicted of starting a riot in a bowling alley in Hampton,
and long before former Governor Wilder pardoned him.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/December 10, 1992; :00
Iverson turned in one of the greatest one man performances in the history of
Friday Football Extra in the 1992 Division Five state FOOTBALL Championship.
As a quarterback, defensive back and kick returner, Iverson racked up over
200 yards of offense, returned a punt for a touchdown and intercepted two
passes as his Bethel Bruins shutout E.C. Glass 27-to-nothing at City Stadium.
The NFL is signing instead of drafting these days as Training camps for both
conferences get ready to open.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/December 31, 1995;
Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl hero Bryan Still has signed a three year contract
with the San Diego Chargers.
Besides returning a punt for a touchdown in the Sugar Bowl, Still caught
six balls for 119 yards and a touchdown against Texas.
The Chargers traded away their number one pick in 1997 to make sure they
No financial terms were released.
Another big upset yesterday at Wimbledon as another of the biggest names in
the tournament, Monica Seles drops out.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon/HBO & NBC; :00
Seles hadn't played at Wimbledon in four years, and she would last just two
matches in her return.
Slovakia's Katarina Studenikova in the far court ousted the tourney's second
seed in 3 sets, winning 7-5, 5-7, AND 6-4.
It's the earliest Seles has ever lost in her 18 Grand Slam appearances.
And it was also an rough day for a veteran--Pam Shriver on match point barely
hits the ball on her second serve and strides off the court a bit red faced, a
straight sets loser to fifth seeded Anne Huber.