Hurricane warnings are flying for the Atlantic Coast as Bertha fails to head
and Israel's new prime minister promises Congress he'll continue talks with the
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
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Hurricane Bertha is doing what hurricanes are notorious for, defying
The storm is stubbornly refusing to turn north, so Florida has ordered half
a million people to evacuate its Atlantic Coast.
Hurricane warnings have been posted from central Florida to the coast of
That means hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours.
A hurricane WATCH extends to the Virginia state line, meaning hurricane
conditions could be a threat at some point.
Bertha's top sustained winds still top 100 miles per hour.
Dave Fehling has more from the National Hurricane Center in Dade County,
SUPER=05-Dade Co., FL;
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An autopsy is being conducted today on the body of woman who reportedly died
last night in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Kevorkian has identified the woman as a mutiple sclerosis victim from
The hospital says she was 39.
Kevorkian brought the body to a Michigan hospital shortly after midnight.
This marks the 33rd suicide he attended since 19-90.
Benjamin Netanyahu says he's seeking peace.
The new Israeli Prime Minister spoke before Congress this morning.
He called on Palestinian leaders and Syria to end terror attacks by Muslim
IN Q=I believe
((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: I BELIEVE THAT TERRORISTS MUST
UNDERSTAND THAT WE WILL NOT YIELD, HOWEVER GRAVE AND FEARFUL THE CHALLENGE.
NEITHER ISRAEL NOR ANY OTHER DEMOCRACY AND CERTAINLY NOT THE UNITED STATES MUST
EVER BEND TO TERRORISM. WE MUST FIGHT IT.))
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister
OUT Q=FIGHT IT.
Netanyahu's visit is raising tensions on the West Bank.
Dozens of young Palestinians took to the streets when the White House
meeting failed to produce a date for Israel to leave Hebron (HEH'-bruhn).
The city is the last on the West Bank still under Israeli occupation.
President Clinton goes in search of votes today.
The president heads south to address the N-double-A-C-P convention in
Earlier today in a Rose Garden ceremony he reminded supporters of the
church burnings bill he signed last week.
((AS THE WORLD LOOKS TO OUR NATION AS THE HOST CITY OF THE 100TH OLYMPIC GAMES
LET US RESOLVE ANEW TO EXTINGUISH THE FLAMES OF BIGOTRY AND INTOLERANCE AND
KEEP THE FLAME OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND RESPECT FOR ALL
AMERICANS BURNING BRIGHTLY IN THIS OLYMPIC SEASON. ))
OUT Q=OLYMPIC SEASON
The legislation increases federal authority to prosecute people who
intentionally deface, damage or destroy religious property.
It also increases the maximum prison sentence from 10 to 20 years and
allocates up to 10 million dollars in private loan guarantees to help
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A Roanoke church gutted by fire last year will be torn down.
SUPER=04-Amateur Video - April 22, 1995;
The congregation at Gainsboro's old First Baptist Church has voted to raze
what's left of the building.
Church member Wendell Butler told News 7 that the church could be torn down
within the next two weeks.
He says the plan is to place an appropriate marker at the site.
Two boys admitted to setting the fire.
Militias everywhere have been getting attention lately -- but
the Virginia Citizens Militia got a lot of attention last night when it held
its first widely advertised rally in Richmond.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=They don't like
SUPER=01-J.J. Johnson/National Militia Activist; :12
SUPER=01-Nancy Lord/Citizen Defense League; :29
SUPER=01-Douglas Jeffreys/Va. Citizens Militia; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( They don't like federal agents, they don't like the UN, and they don't
really like the media.
But so far they tolerate all three -- and that's what unites an otherwise
very diverse group of citizens.
sot tape two 08:15:26
((J.J. JOHNSON/NATIONAL MILITIA ACTIVIST: ANY FIREARMS THAT YOU SO PROUDLY
WENT TO THOSE GUN SHOWS AND BOUGHT ARE NOT TO BE USED AS ORNAMENTS OVER THE
FIREPLACE. THEY'RE TO BE USED TO DEFEND LIBERTY.))
A former Libertarian vice-presidential candidate is the lawyer for the
Georgia militia members arrested for explosive and conspiracy charges several
sot tape one 07:10:36
((NANCY LORD/CITIZEN DEFENSE LEAGUE: EVERY WEEK WE HEAR OF ANOTHER ARMED RAID
ON CITIZENS WHO HARMED NO ONE. IF THERE'S ANY CRIME AT ALL, IT'S THE CRIME OF
DISRESPECTING THE GOVERNMENT.))
Paranoid and proud of it might be the motto.
nat sot TAPE THREE 08:31:48
((ALL OF YOU THAT WALKED IN THE FRONT DOOR WERE FILMED FROM THAT BOOTH ACROSS
NAT SOT TAPE THREE 08:33:22
((ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING FOR THE POWER GRAB IN THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT. ARE THE SAME FACES OR THE DESCENDANTS OF THOSE FACES THE SAME
PEOPLE THAT WAS BEHIND THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION?))
sot 08:42:26 tape three
((DOUGLAS JEFFREYS/VA. CITIZENS MILITIA: I FELT IT WAS A GREAT TURNOUT. I
KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE COME WERE FEARFUL. OBVIOUSLY
WE HAD PEOPLE OUT THERE MONITORING THE PARKING LOT. LICENSE PLATES WERE
WRITTEN DOWN. EVERYBODY WAS PHOTOGRAPHED, CAMERAED. AND IT'S OBVIOUS THAT
PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO COME OUT IN PUBLIC AND VOICE THEIR OPINION.))
sot STANDUP tape three 08:46:49
((THIS MAY BE THE MOST VISIBLE MEETING THE VIRGINIA CITIZENS MILITIA OR ANY
OTHER MILITIA IN VIRGINIA HAS EVER HAD. ORGANIZERS SAY IT'S JUST A BEGINNING.
ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When we return-
A Montgomery County man who admitted to murdering his wife avoids the death
and Roanoke City firefighters and their chief are NOT in agreement over the
best way to streamline the department.
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TAPE#edit of overby 96-48
Scott Overby admitted strangling, raping and mutilating his estranged wife,
He could have been sentenced to die.
Instead he got life without parole.
Yesterday Montgomery County circuit Judge Ray Grubbs said the forgiveness of
some of Stafford's family was a major factor.
They say Overby should've received more help when he sought treatment for
alcoholism and depression before the killing.
Overby pleaded guilty to the charges in April.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The controversy over staffing Roanoke City's Fire Department is heating up.
Union members say the Chief's plans may jeopardize public safety.
But the Chief says the union's just devising a scare tactic-
Ron Jones has more.
IN Q=Let's get ready to
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke City Fire Chief; :19
SUPER=04-File Tape; :46
SUPER=01-Mike Hanks/Roanoke Fire Assoc. Secretary; :54
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Fire Assoc. President; 1:15
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
(( Union members and their chief don't see eye to eye.
The chief wants to consolidate some fire houses and lose twenty plus
positions through attrition.
He'd fill the vacancies by retraining EMS personnel as firefighters-- saving
taxpayers almost a million dollars.
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE CITY FIRE CHIEF: WHATEVER WE COME UP WITH SHOULD BE AT
LEAST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEMS TO CITIZENS. THAT IN OUR
BUSINESS RESPONSE TIMES MEAN A WHOLE LOT. SO THAT WE WOULD NOT JEOPARDIZE OR
REDUCE TIMES TO THE CITIZENS BOTH FIRE AND EMS SERVICE DELIVERY.))
((THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE FUSS IS ALL ABOUT-- HE SAYS
THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF FIREFIGHTERS IN THE FUTURE AND RESPONSE TIME WON'T BE
COMPROMISED-- BUT UNION MEMBERS SAY THEY DON'T BELIEVE IT.))
They say money maybe saved-- but not lives.
((MIKE HANKS/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. SECRETARY: WE ARE LOOKING TO HAVE NEW
STATIONS. HOWEVER, WE FEEL THAT THE PRICE THAT WE'LL HAVE TO PAY IS WITH THESE
ADDITIONAL INJURIES. INJURES TO THE PUBLIC-- INCREASED PROPERTY DAMAGE IS TO
HIGH A PRICE TO PAY.))
And what about re-trained EMS personnel?
((RICHARD SARVER/ROANOKE FIRE ASSOC. PRESIDENT: WE FEEL LIKE THE EMS HAS THEIR
OWN RESPONSIBILITY, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN JOB TO DO. AND THEY'LL BE OUT DOING
THEIR THING AND THEY JUST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BACK US UP IN FIRE PROTECTION.))
But the chief says taxpayers have the last say so.
((IT IS THEIR MONEY, WE ARE THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND WE ARE GOING TO LISTEN TO
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY.))
Once a plan is developed-- it will move onto city council chambers.
Ron Jones, News Seven.
TAPE#96-56 edit of "sludge" with fresh bites
Halifax County farmers will soon have a new use for Danville's wastewater.
A plan is in the works to recycle the city's biosolids, or what's commonly
Instead of converting it into liquid form, it'll be turned into a cake-like
City officials praised the new sludge treatment plan as environmentally
sound and beneficial to farmers.
IN Q=It's going to
((HERBERT DAWSON/DANVILLE DIR. OF WASTEWATER TREATMENT: IT'S GOING TO BE
PRIMARILY A LIME PRODUCT, WHICH AGAIN, IS A BENEFIT FROM AN AGRICULTURAL
STANDPOINT TO THE FARMERS. SO, IT MAKES SENSE TO USE IT. ))
SUPER=01-Herbert Dawson/Danville Dir. of Wastewater Treatment;
OUT Q=sense to use it
Some residents at the public meeting were concerned about possible health
hazards-- but the farmers present seemed to like the idea of recycling sludge.
IN Q=Now, I'd like
((A.E. ADAMS/HALIFAX CO. CATTLE FARMER: NOW, I'D LIKE TO SEE THE SUPERVISORS
GO AHEAD AND TAKE SOME ACTION. I'D LIKE TO GO ON AND GET SOME OF THESE
BIOSOLIDS ON MY LAND AND GROW SOME GRASS SO THE CALVES CAN EAT. ))
SUPER=01-A.E. Adams/Halifax Co. Cattle Farmer;
OUT Q=calves can eat
Officials expect to start building a new addition to the existing treatment
plant by January.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Noon-
We'll tell you how Virginia Tech will help improve airline safety,
and after all the controversy the Arthur Ashe statue has finally made its way
to Monument Avenue in Richmond.
Famed attorney Melvin Belli (BEH'-ly) has died at his San Francisco home.
The lawyer dubbed the "King of Torts," battled a variety of headline
generating cases during his career-- from Jack Ruby to Jim and Tammy Bakker.
He had been ill with cancer and had suffered a stroke last week.
Belli was 88.
After several years of planning and controversy, a twelve-foot statue of
tennis star Arthur Ashe was unveiled in Richmond this morning.
The unveiling ceremony comes on what would have been Ashe's 53rd birthday.
The 12-foot bronze art work joins statues of Confederate heroes on historic
Some believe it doesn't belong on the street, but Ashe supporter and former
Governor Doug Wilder, says the monument is a monument to change.
((THIS MONUMENT DEPICTS ARTHUR ASHE IN A NEW ERA , 20TH CENTURY, APPROACHING
THE 21 CENTURY SAYING WE HAVE CHANGED NOT ONLY AMERICA AND VIRGINIA AND
RICHMOND, BUT OTHER CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE CHANGE CAN MAKE IF WE HAVE THE
SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor;
OUT Q=IF WE HAVE THE CHANCE.
Ashe died in 1993 after contracting the AIDS virus through a heart
The Federal Aviation Administration has named Virginia Tech to a new Center
for Excellence intended to improve airline safety, security and service.
The center will focus on operations research involving such issues as air
traffic control, safety data analysis, and aviation economics.
Researchers at Tech will be working in partnership with those at three other
universities, as well as members of the airline industry.
((SHELDON JACOBSON/VT INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEER: FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE WAKE
OF RECENT AIRLINE DISASTERS AND SAFETY ISSUES WHICH HAVE COME UP, WE WANT TO
DEVELOP COST- EFFECTIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SYSTEM WHILE
MAINTAINING SAFETY, BECAUSE THAT'S SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR THE CONSUMERS
AND THE AVIATION INDUSTRY. ))
SUPER=01-Sheldon Jacobson/VT Industrial & Systems Engineer;
OUT Q=the aviation industry.
The Center will be financed with matching funds from the F-A-A, the four
participating universities, and the business community.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN more than 23 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 --
A Roanoke couple will be making some of the crucial decisions in Olympic
and do you have trouble with your cat making a mess with its food?
A Florida woman solved that problem.
She taught her cat to eat with utensils.
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=All Star Game
The National League makes it three in a row -- beating the American League
six to nothing in last night's All Star game.
But before the game Cal Ripken suffered a broken nose.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/NBC; :00
During a photo session, Chicago White Sox reliever Roberto Hernandez slips
and accidentally elbows Cal on the nose.
Ripken was treated and did in fact go on to start the game.
And the National League went on to bruise Cal and the American League.
Mike Piazza was the top star of the night connecting on a homerun and an
He takes the M-V-P award. John Smoltz gets the win. The National League
leads the series 40 to 26.
Olympic volleyball in Atlanta will have a home grown flavor to it this
Roy Stanley has the story of a Roanoke husband and wife who will serve as a
referee and a scorerkeeper in the games.
IN Q="Janet and
SUPER=01-Janet Blue/Olympic Scorekeeper; :24
SUPER=01-Tom Blue/Olympic Referee; :38
SUPER=03-Roanoke/USA vs Russia; :55
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((Janet and Tom Blue have been volley ball fanatics for many years.
Tom, who works for the government, is a referee and Janet handles public
relations and Alumni relations for the college of Health Science.
The two of them have over 20 years of experience when it comes to olympic
type volleyball. And they'll work the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.))
((JANET BLUE/SCOREKEEPER: I HAD THE EXPERIENCE. I WAS NOT NEW. IN OTHER WORDS
I'VE BEEN AN INTERNATIONAL SCOREKEEPER SINCE 1990. I'D BEEN TO SOME OTHER
EVENTS. SO I KNEW IF I WENT THERE AND I ADD THE JOB I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO THEN
I WOULD HAVE A GOOD CHANCE AT BEING SELECTED. ))
((TOM BLUE/REFEREE: I TRIED TO DEVELOP THE BEST WAY I COULD AND POINTING
TOWARD BEING THE BEST REFEREE THAT I POSSIBLY CAN AND OBVIOUSLY THIS IS THE
BEST EVENT IN VOLLEYBALL. SO I'M EXTREMELY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS.))
((The Blues are excited about their trip to the Olympics. Tom has refereed all
over the world and he called the exhibition game between the United States and
Russia at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Volleyball at the Olympic level is very competitive. The athletes are
quick and powerful. The Blues will work the matches everyday during the
((JANET: I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE VERY STRESSFUL. WE HAVE SEVERAL SESSIONS
EACH DAY. WE ONLY HAVE TEN PEOPLE TO COVER THESE SESSIONS AT TWO DIFFERENT
VENUES AND WE'LL BE WORKING EVERY DAY.))
((TOM: I REFEREED THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 1994 IN GREECE. I REFEREED THE
WORLD CUP IN JAPAN LAST YEAR AND I JUST CAME BACK, LAST MONTH, FROM THE WOMEN'S
OLYMPIC QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT IN JAPAN. SO I FEEL LIKE I'VE HAD THE EXPERIENCE
AND THE REAL WARM UP TOURNAMENT.))
((The Blues will leave Roanoke the 16-th of this month. Roy Stanley News 7
If you thought cats were lacking in table manners, check out this Florida
Yes, Tee-sa is trained to eat with a fork.
Her owner Faye Murrell says she tought the Himalyan to eat first with paws,
then a fork, then a spoon.
And we're told she even knows how to use chopsticks.
That's it for News 7 at Noon.
Thanks for joining us, and have a good day.