In Amherst County, a holiday outing turns tragic for a group of young
and the suspect in a fireworks-store fire in Ohio says he didn't start the
blaze that killed eight people.
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Don't go away, the news is next.
State Police say the driver of the van involved in a fatal wreck in Amherst
County will be charged for using excessive speed.
Authorities say 35-year-old Harry Johnson of Bedford was behind the wheel of
a van carrying volunteers from the Job Corp Center when the vehicle ran off the
road and crashed.
Twenty-year-old Linel Miller of the Virgin Islands was killed.
13 others were injured -- three people are still hospitalized, two in
serious condition and one in satisfactory.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( What was supposed to be a recreational outing ended tragically on this
stretch of Route 635 near Pedlar Mills in Amherst County.
Two vanloads of teenagers from the nearby Job Corps center were headed south
around four p-m, when one of the vans ran off the road.
IN Q=The driver of
((TROOPER JOHN RATLIFF/VA STATE POLICE: THE DRIVER OF THE VAN RAN OFF THE ROAD
TO THE RIGHT SIDE, STRUCK A BOULDER THAT WAS IN THE DITCH, CAME BACK ON THE
ROAD, WENT OFF THE ROAD TO THE LEFT SIDE, WENT OVER AN EMBANKMENT, STRUCK A
TREE AND LANDED APPROXIMATELY TEN FEET FROM THE CREEK.))
OUT Q=from the creek.
Police say the van driver, a counselor at the Job Corps center, was unable
to tell them what happened.
((CAN YOU TALK TO ME? HOW MANY FINGERS AM I HOLDING UP?))
The accident scene was chaotic.
Injured teenagers were strewn about on stretchers as emergency personnel
from five different rescue squads treated their injuries.
Some were more serious...others suffered scrapes and bruises and were able
to walk away from the crash.
It took more than an hour to get all the victims loaded onto stretchers and
sent on to Lynchburg General Hospital.
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((EARL MARKS/MONELISON VOL. RESCUE SQUAD: YOU HAVE TO SET UP A TRIAGE SCENE SO
YOU MAKE SURE THAT THE WORST INJURIES GET TAKEN CARE OF FIRST AND GET TO THE
HOSPITAL IN DUE TIME.))
OUT Q=in due time.
One of the teens was pronounced dead at the scene.
State police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))
An Ohio man denies he caused Wednesday's fireworks fire that killed eight
people and injured a dozen.
At Todd Hall's arraignment this morning the 24- year- old failed to enter a
plea to the eight counts of involuntary manslaughter against him.
Instead as the judge read the charges, Hall said -- quote -- "I didn't do
it. It's not fair."
The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 12th and set Hall's bond
at half a million dollars.
Authorities say Hall set fire to a box of firecrackers in the fireworks
store after two companions dared him.
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We could learn more today about the Arizona Viper Militia.
A detention hearing is scheduled in Phoenix for some of the 12 militia
members arrested earlier this week and charged with conspiracy to manufacure
Federal prosecutors plan to play a video at the hearing that shows the group
detailing how to blow up buildings.
The attorney for suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian confirms another death.
Geoffrey Fieger says Kevorkian assisted last night in the death of a 63-
year- old California woman.
He says the woman suffered from bowel cancer that had spread to several
This marks the 32nd death in Kevorkian's presence since 19-90.
Roanoke police have arrested a man they believe is reponsible for stealing
several Honda automobiles.
18-year-old David Wayne Elkins was charged earlier this week with taking
four Hondas in May.
Detectives went to his home on Wednesday and arrested him, after a brief
chase on foot.
Police have been investigating other stolen Honda cases, and say Elkins may
be charged with those as well.
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Up next -- the nation celebrates Independence Day with fireworks and song,
and speaking of music, that's just what a local choir was making on national
television this morning.
music up full
Close to a half a million people descended on the U-S capitol last night to
celebrate independence day.
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Organizers set off some 23-hundred rockets, half of them saved to explode in
the last minute and a half.
The crowd was also treated to a fourth of July concert.
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And the bright lights in New York's skyline got a temporary boost last
Folks on both sides of the East river got a display from Macy's in its 20th
annual fireworks spectacular.
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Roanokers also enjoyed some patriotic music last night during the annual
Music for Americans Concert at Victory Stadium.
Several thousand people showed up for that fourth of July celebration.
Earlier in the day people were enjoying the great weather and celebrating
their freedom--Tracy Altizer brings us the highlights from the New River
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SUPER=01-Paula Casteel/Parade-Goer; :25
SUPER=01-Keith Pitzer/Thermasteel; :56
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In downtown Blacksburg, hundreds lined South Main Street for the annual
Fourth of July parade.
((SHANKAR GANESAN/PARADE-GOER: MY KIDS ARE ENJOYING IT, SHE'S REALLY INTO IT,
SO WE'RE HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME. ))
And amid all the music and all the marchers, on this day Old Glory claimed
((PAULA CASTEEL/PARADE-GOER: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. MY FATHER WAS IN THE MILITARY
AND HE TAUGHT US EARLY ON HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE PATRIOTIC, SO WE'RE GLAD TO
BE HERE. ))
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((ALL LINK TO THE MIDDLE WITH A WHOOP AND A HOLLER, WOO-HOO. ))
In Radford, Bissett Park was the place for frolic, fun, and of course plenty
Here, the free and the BRAVE took to the water for the annual river raft
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where "AS LONG AS IT FLOATS" could've been the motto of the day.
((KEITH PITZER/THERMASTEEL: PHOTON TORPEDOES, WARP SPEED, WARP ENGINES ALL OVER
THE PLACE. ))
In Pulaski, participation in the national "Let Freedom Ring" celebration put
perspective on day's significance.
((TOM HAWLEY/V.F.W. POST 1184: IT'S THE START OF OUR REPUBLIC AND IT'S
SOMETHING A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED FOR TO KEEP IT GOING. AND IT FEEL THAT IT'S
A PROPER DAY TO TAKE YOUR HAT OFF AND THANK GOD YOU'RE AN AMERICAN. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The Roanoke College Choir appeared on national television this morning.
The group was in fine voice as it sang the "CBS This Morning" theme song.
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OUT Q=beautiful day.
The performance was taped in March by one of our photographers, Tim Wright.
The Roanoke College Choir is under the direction of music professor Jeffrey
The choir has 60 members, from every academic discipline on campus.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7 at Noon-
Movie magic in the Roanoke Valley,
and while the U-S celebrates with fireworks, the royals deal with some
fireworks of their own.
The latest on the divorce of Charles and Di.
Princess Diana today is going over a divorce offer from Prince Charles, but
there's no indication of an agreement.
No one is certain what's in the proposal, but the British press is full of
Reporter Mark Phillips has the latest from London.
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SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting; 1:13
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She, it's rumored, wanted a lump sum settlement. Something
in the range of 35 to forty million dollars would do nicely.
He, it's rumored, was pleading something like royal poverty.
All his capital was tied up in castles or something.
Regular alimony was what he prefered or he'd need a loan from his mother.
The world's most famous divorce has gotten down to the nitty
gritty and though there are no official figures on the vulgar sums involved...
...the press here is full of speculation.
And not just about the
They both want equal access to the children.
She wants to stay in her royal apartment!io Kensington Palace.
He doesn't want her to keep her office at St James Palace -- another Royal
pile in London.
Diana -- out at another glittering society affair last night --
also wants to keep her title of Royal Highness -- not likely.
She'll probably have to settle for just being the world's
tallest, blondest, most photogenic princess... which hasn't
cramped her style much so far.
DAVID STARKEY - CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORIAN:DIANA'S GREAT GIFT IS THAT SHE
DOESN'T NEED TO SPEAK. SHE SIMPLY
STRIKES A POSE AND THE POPULAR PRESS, THE TABLOID PRESS, WRITES
THE HEADLINE FOR HER. ALL DIANA NEEDS TO DO IS ROLL THOSE MOO-COW
EYES AND SHE CAN DO WHATEVER SHE LIKES.
In fact, Diana may be prohibited from speaking, a gagging clause is rumored
to be part of the deal.
No kiss and tell books, which will cut her future income potential
This may be a royal divorce but it has some common elements.
Her lawyers will be getting back to his lawyers any day now.
Mark Phillips, CBS News London.))
We take you now from the a real life soap opera, to the world of make
The movie Dark Redemption is starting production in the Roanoke Valley.
While the film doesn't have the budget of a summer blockbuster it does
promise some explosive action.
Joe Dashiell has more from Salem.
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OUT Q=JD News 7 Salem
((Mike McGee hasn't even cast the movie yet, but in his latest production
the special effects receive top billing.
NAT SOUND OF MCGEE SETTING UP 05:07:45
IN Q=So all i want is fireball
((MIKE MCGEE/DIRECTOR: SO ALL I WANT IS FIREBALL COMING OUT. SO IT'S GOING TO
COME ONE, TWO, THREE UP THE TOP, RIGHT? SO IT'LL GO ONE, TWO, THREE. ))
OUT Q=one, two, three.
McGee filmed his last science fiction feature, Sentinel Two Thousand 99,
entirely in the Roanoke Valley... and he's now at work on the sequel, Dark
Many of the most memorable scenes depend on miniatures and the visual
trickery that gives a low- budget movie more bang for the buck.
IN Q=NAT SOUND OF EXPLOSION
((MIKE MCGEE/DIRECTOR: THEY'RE THE DYNAMICS OF THE FILM. MOST PEOPLE TODAY, YOU
SEE TERMINATOR TWO OR INDEPENDENCE DAY, THEY EXPECT THE BIG EXPLOSION, THE BIG
BANG, SO THEY'RE INTEGRAL TO THE FILM'S SUCCESS, I'D SAY.))
((WE HAD A FALSE START, BUT IT CAME OFF RIGHT. I THINK IT'S GOING TO LOOK
OUT Q=look pretty good.
McGee plans a casting call in a couple of weeks...with a full shooting
schedule to follow this fall.
And he hopes to have Dark Redemption on its way to video stores early next
Joe Dashiell News 7))
toss to growin' it
Whether by the bushel, pound, or peck, the Roanoke City Market offers fruit
and vegetable lovers something for everyone.
From early spring through the fall, fresh vegetables roll in on trucks from
as close as the local farms, or from far away as Florida.
Now, as we head into July, the emphasis is on locally grown produce, and
there is plenty to choose from.
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SUPER=01-Barry Corswandt/Sumdat Farm;
OUT Q=a little bit.
Even if you aren't grocery shopping for fruits and vegetables, a walk
through the city market is great when we have weather like this.
An agency responsible for enhancing child care programs in Virginia is
facing public scrutiny.
The Virginia Council On Day Care and Early Childhood Program's last day in
operation was June 30th.
But before that the council hired a Cleveland attorney to review the
organization's procedures, including its accounting practices.
Salem resident, Mary Ellen Verdu, headed the council from March of '92 until
April of '94.
Verdu says the state auditor was never informed of this report.
She says she has yet to see the report, but others have informed her that
most of it centers around a national conspiracy involving different states and
Verdu says these charges are ludicrous and unfounded.
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A new federal program aims at making farmers feel a little more secure about
Over the past several years many farmers have been forced out of business.
And programs where the government pays farmers not to grow certain crops
have been under fire.
This new program gives more flexibility, but still guarantees the payments
that farmers need.
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IN Q=This new program
((GEORGE ETZLER/FARMER: THIS NEW PROGRAM SORT OF SUITS ME JUST FINE BECAUSE
I'LL BE ABLE TO PLANT MORE THAT I SEE FIT INSTEAD OF HAVING TO GO BY
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Program payments are based on a farmer's current acreage basis.
Each farmer can receive up to 40 thousand dollars a year, guaranteed for
Eligibility for the program is broad, but farmers must sign up by July
The nation's unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in six years.
The Labor Department says the jobless rate fell three-tenths of
a percent last month, to five- point- three percent.
The department says businesses added 239-thousand workers to their payrolls
Many of the new jobs came in service industries, such as restaurants and
temporary help firms.
The Dow Industrial Average plunged earlier today, with investors fearing
the report could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.
And the report sent the Dow tumbling at noon -- just before the hour it was
DOWN almost 82 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
There's more on News 7 at Noon --
Patrick will have the latest from Wimbledon,
and the man who claimed the Tour DuPont has a tougher time conquering the Tour
Stay tuned for sports.
MUSIC UP FULL
For the seventh time, Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario will meet in
a Grand Slam final.
They'll square off in a rematch of last year's Wimbledon title match, after
Graf completed her semifinal win over Kimiko Date (kih-MEE'-koh DAH'-tay)
Meantime on the men's side rain has once again suspended play.
The men's semfinals between 13th seed Todd Martin and MaliVai
(mal-ih-VEE-ah) Washington are tied at two sets each.
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The man who easily claimed the Tour DuPont found the Tour De France wasn't
Lance Armstrong has pulled out of the race.
The top rider for the Motorola team withdrew about a third of the way
through today's sixth stage.
The American lagged better than five minutes off the overall lead and was
51st in the cumulative standings.
He is considered a top contender for the Olympic road race July 31st.
Armstrong said before the start of the Tour de France he was concentrating
on the Olympic event.
Thirty-one drivers completed qualifying today for the Pepsi 400 after rain
postponed it yesterday.
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Jeff Gordon was one of nine cars to get on the track and he turned in a
speed of 188- point- 869, almost two miles an hour faster than Darrell Waltrip
who qualified second among the cars.
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((JEFF GORDON/24-CHEVROLET: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/24-Chevrolet; :00
OUT Q=........paying off."
Today Sterling Marlin came closest to Gordon's speed.
Waltrip and Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett will start from the second row.
Bill Elliott will start from the rear of the field in his first race since
suffering a broken leg in an April crash.
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Coming up today on Health Check, a report on heart disease in women.
Traditionally, clinical studies have focused on men-- but that's now
Researchers are finding even the SYMPTOMS for heart disease may be
different among women.
Join us for the story, later today on News 7 at FIVE.
And that's it for NEWS-7 at Noon--
Thanks for joining us - Have a great weekend.