Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
Storms and possible tornados rip through the Bedford area today leaving
behind a path of destruction-
A plane crash leaves more than 30 people dead.
Plus how is the market affecting the Roanoke Times Newspaper. Len Besthoff
will have part one of a special series.
News 7 is next.
A tornado may have touched down in the Bedford area today.
A storm with high winds ripped through several neighbhoods-
Officials from the National Weather Service will be visiting Bedford County
tomorrow to determine if it was a tornado.
Also an unconfirmed report of a tornado in the city of Bedford.
We'll have all the details.
How is the Roanoke Times Newspaper dealing with the changing market. Len
Besthoff will have part one of his series Changing times at the Roanoke Times.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
It might have been a tornado-- Whatever it was, it left a path of
destruction throughout the Bedford area.
A violent storm with high winds ripped through several neighborhoods this
Kimberly McBroom has been following the storm's aftermath.
Kim, was this actually a tornado?
Well Jean, we're not sure yet.
Officials from the National Weather Service will visit Bedford County
tomorrow to determine if it was indeed a tornado.
But in the minds of those who witnessed it, there is no doubt.
IN Q=It looked like a scene
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Josh Dooley/Witness; :11
SUPER=01-Rick Meador/Bedford Co. Resident; :34
SUPER=01-David Nichols/Bedford Co. Public Safety Dir.; :52
OUT Q=have this happen
(( It looked like a scene from the Wizard of Oz-- but far scarier.
Eleven- year- old Josh Dooley watched the funnel cloud carry his treehouse
into the air-- and then level his father's garage.
SOT 7:56:31 stewartsville-tornado tape
((JOSH DOOLEY/WITNESS: YOU COULD JUST SMELL IT WAS A TORNADO-- JUST HUGE, UP
TO THE SKY. IT WAS TWIRLING. YOU COULD HEAR IT, TOO. ))
The house next door to Josh's was another casualty of the storm.
High winds ripped off part of the roof.
The interior suffered cracks in the ceiling and water damage.
The owners will have to leave home for a while, but say they're grateful
for the help they've received.
SOT 8:11:16 stewartsville- tornado tape
((RICK MEADOR/BEDFORD CO. RESIDENT: WE'LL JUST TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME, GET
CALMED DOWN, GET EVERYBODY SITUATED. WE GOT A LOT OF-- WE'RE FROM HERE-- AND
WE'VE GOT A LOT OF FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND FAMILY, SO WE'LL BE ALL RIGHT. ))
Officials say the possible twister blew through the county at around 3:15
in the afternoon-- the storm's fury catching them by surprise.
SOT 10:13:52 bedford-tornado tape
((DAVID NICHOLS/BEDFORD CO. PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR: THIS IS NOT TYPICAL TO
BEDFORD. THE MOUNTAINS SORT OF SHADE THE COUNTY FROM THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY.
SO, IT IS UNUSUAL FOR BEDFORD COUNTY TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN. ))
OUT Q=HAVE THIS HAPPEN
Nichols says damage assessment will continue tomorrow-- and clean- up work
will begin in a few days.
Meanwhile, another unconfirmed report of a tornado in the city of Bedford.
Take a look at this--
High winds blew a tree on top of this house on Peaks View Drive, in the
northwest side of the city.
Crews had their work cut out for them as they sliced through tree limbs to
clear power lines.
And those who make their living clearing debris had to marvel at the
IN Q=When you see
((LEWIS MARTIN/GROUNDSKEEPER: WHEN YOU SEE THEM LIKE THIS, NOBODY HURT,
EVERYBODY SAFE, I THINK IT'S THE BEST THING FOR EVERYBODY TO SEE ONCE IN THEIR
LIFE-- IS A STORM LIKE THIS. ))
OUT Q=storm like this
Martin says the storm hit Bedford at around five.
A gunman shots a man at a Roanoke apartment complex this morning.
Witnesses told police that a man apparently entered an apartment at
He allegedly argued with the victim then shot him.
The suspect then fled the scene firing more rounds into the air.
One stray bullet was found about a block away.
It apparently hit the window of a room where a young boy was sleeping.
The gunman remains free at this hour.
The victim's condition is not being released.
One resident said she believes the shooting was drug related.
Arkansas has a new Governor-
Mike Huckabee was sworn in tonight.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;
He replaces Jim Guy Tucker, who resigned after a day of confusion.
Tucker originally said he would resign while appealing his Whitewater releated
Then earlier today he changed his mind saying he would not quit- just leave
his post temporarily.
Finally Tucker did resign after all.
A Begian Air Force plane crashes today- killing 32 people.
It happened at an airport in the Southern Netherlands.
The Transport plane was carryinga Dutch Army band back from an Italian
music festival when it crashed and burned.
Four Belgian crew members were among the dead.
Nine people survived- all hospitalized with serious burns.
Children working long hours in sweatshops-
That's something Kathie Lee Gifford says she is trying to stop-
As Elizabeth Kaledin reports, the talk show host brought her fight to
SUPER=03-Washington DC; 00
SUPER=01-Kathie Lee Gifford/TV Host;
SUPER=01-Robert Reich/Labor Secretary;
SUPER=01-Rep. Jim Moran/(D) Virginia;
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/Reporting; 1:19
OUT Q=CBS News, New York."
((Gifford has emerged as the nation s newest and most prominent activist in
the fight against child labor. Today she testified before a congressional
hearing on the subject.
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD: I THINK ANYONE WHO PUTS THEIR NAME ON A PRODUCT SHOULD TAKE
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KNOWING WHERE AND HOW THE PRODUCT IS MADE.
Gifford was involuntarily drawn into the dark world of sweatshops
and child labor when it was revealed that the line of walmart clothing
bearing her name was made in part by underage honduran workers.
Attacks on Gifford s character reduced her to tears on the air but she chose to
fight back by making the issue her cause.
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD AGAIN
Gifford was joined by labor secretary Robert Reich who testified that
while child labor is more of an international problem.....in this country the
bigger scourge is sweatshops.
ROBERT REICH/ LABOR SECRETARY:
ITS JUST LIKE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
In comparison to kathi lee gifford...members of congress today
criticized other celebrities saying they had taken no responsibility for any
labor abuses involved in the production of their labels...
REP. JIM MORAN/D- VIRGINIA:
The congressional panel is looking into legislation that would ban
the import of products made by children and tighten existing labor laws. it
is not the first time congress has tried to tackle to vast problem of child
labor....but the hope is that exploiting celebrity will somehow bring the
exploitation of children into the light. Elizabeth Kaledin CBS News, New
Oklahoma City bombing victims and families will watch the trial of Terry
Nichols and Timothy McVeigh on closed-circuit T-V in Oklahoma.
The federal judge presiding over the case says the proceedings will be
beamed back from Denver to a courtroom in Oklahoma City.
The defense had objected.
The trial was moved because of widespread publicity in Oklahoma.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come to News 7, a new grant could relieve water problems for one
and in part one of his series- Len Besthoff examines what a changing market
could mean to the Roanoke Times.
Patrick in Wx Center
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A fatal accident on the Fourth of July results in reckless driving charges
against a counselor at the Old Dominion Job Corps Center.
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./July 4;
State police say 35-year old Harry Johnson was driving too fast when his van
went off the road on Route 635.
Johnson and eleven Job Corps students were injured in the crash and 20-year-
old Lionel K. Miller was killed.
Authorities say there was NOT enough evidence to support a manslaughter
charge against Johnson.
He was cited for failing to maintain control of his vehicle.
Residents in the Grahams Forge area of Wythe County won't have to worry
about an inadequate or unhealthy water supply.
Right now the water comes from two wells.
The health department declared one unsafe- The other doesn't produce enough
water to accommodate growth.
But now the U-S Department of Agriculture is funding a new water system with
an 855-thousand dollar grant, and a 310-thousand dollar low-interest loan.
Officials hope it'll spur residential and commercial growth.
((REP. RICH BOUCHER/D-NINTH DISTRICT: A GROWTH THAT HAD BEEN FORECLOSED IN THE
PAST DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF INADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY. WITH FEDERAL FUNDING IN
THE AMOUNT OF MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS WE ARE NOW SOLVING THAT PROBLEM AND
CREATING COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN WYTHE COUNTY. ))
OUT Q=in Wythe County.
The project includes a new pump station and extension of lines from Max
Meadows and Fort Chiswell.
Market conditions in the last five years have done some serious damage on
The largest paper in this area has weathered the storm without making
But it hasn't been immune to the industry forces.
In part one of "Changing Times at the Roanoke Times", Len Besthoff outlines
what caused some of these problems.
IN Q=To say
SUPER=01-Roland Lazenby/Former Roanoke Times Reporter; :29
SUPER=01-Sandra Brown Kelly/Roanoke Times Reporter; :35
SUPER=01-Walter Rugaber/Roanoke Times Publisher; 1:05
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
To say the newspaper business is dying would be unfair.
But without a doubt, it's facing some tough times.
Circulation has dropped at papers both large and small.
Greater competition and readers' busier lifestyles have delivered a nasty
one- two punch.
IN Q=It's a time
((DELORES COLLINS/ROANOKE TIMES READER: IT'S A TIME RESTRAINT. I JUST DON'T
HAVE TIME FOR IT. ))
OUT Q=time for it.
IN Q=There have been
((ROLAND LAZENBY/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: THERE HAVE BEEN STUDIES THAT
SHOW THAT READERSHIP HAS BEEN DECLINING SINCE THE SIXTIES, PARTICULARLY AMONG
OUT Q=young readers.
SOT KELLY 9:40:08
IN Q=When I
((SANDRA BROWN KELLY/ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: WHEN I CAME INTO JOURNALISM YOU
EXPECTED TO, TO JUST HAVE A READER BASE THERE--BECAUSE FAMILIES READ THE PAPER
AND KIDS GREW UP AND THEY SUBSCRIBED TO THE PAPER. BUT THAT'S NOT THE WAY
SOCIETY WORKS ANYMORE.))
OUT Q=works anymore.
Advertisements, which represent roughly 75- percent of the money a paper
takes in, have also slumped, due in part to restructuring in the retail
SOT ads rugaber 15:04:12
IN Q=Retail advertising
((WALTER RUGABER/ROANOKE TIMES PUBLISHER: I MEAN BIG MASS RETAILERS, MANY OF EM
HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS AND ALL OF THEM ARE WATCHING THEIR PENNIES VERY
CLOSELY--AND INCLUDING THEIR ADVERTISING MONEY.))
OUT Q=their advertising money.
To make matters worse, newsprint costs nearly doubled last year.
So with less money coming in, and more money going out, newspapers are
facing a dilemma when it comes to retaining the profit margins they desire.
SOT 15:51:15 t3
IN Q=We do
((WE DO THINK NEWSPAPERS ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO PASS COST INCREASES
THROUGH TO CUSTOMERS EITHER READER CUSTOMERS OR ADVERTISING CUSTOMERS JUST
WILLY NILLY. THAT'S NOT GONNA, YOU KNOW THAT'S NOT GONNA FLY IN THIS WORLD OF
OUT Q=world of competition.
The focus at newspapers has shifted to controlling INTERNAL costs.
But that also has its price, something we'll explore in part two.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Investors continue to head SOUTH down Wall Street.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 161 points... closing
at 53 hundred-49.
Over the past three business days, the dow has lost more than 254 points.
But at least one LOCAL analyst says not to panic...at least not yet.
IN Q=Many people
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS: MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING A.G. EDWARDS HAVE BEEN
EXPECTING A SELL OFF IN THE MARKET. IT'S NOT A TIME TO PANIC, BUT IT'S
CERTAINLY TIME TO LOOK AT YOUR CASH AND MAYBE LOOK FOR SOME OPPORTUNITY IN THE
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards;
OUT Q=in the market
Today's big sell-off is blamed on upcoming earnings reports... which in many
cases... will come in below analysts expectations.
Much of the disappointment will likely come from the high-tech sector.
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Coming next on News 7, Hurricane Bertha both helps and hinders area farmers,
and we'll show you how a group of archaeologists are digging into history in
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Clean up continues along the east coast. Crews are mopping up the aftermath
of Hurricane Bertha.
And some Roanoke volunteers may be called in to help.
SUPER=03-Top Sail Island, NC;
A wave of clean up crews are already helping with the clean up.
American Red Cross officials say without volunteers it would not work.
IN Q=For the Red Cross
((TERRI JONES/ROANOKE RED CROSS OFFICIAL: FOR THE RED CROSS THEY ARE OUR LIFE
BLOOD. ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES ARE RUN BY VOLUNTEERS. HERE IN ROANOKE WE HAVE
11-HUNDRED VOLUNTEERS AND A NUMBER OF THOSE WE CALL UPON DURING TIMES OF
DISASTER LIKE OUR RECENT FLOODS AND IN CASES LIKE THE HURRICANES.))
SUPER=01-Terri Jones/Roanoke Red Cross;
OUT Q=like the hurricanes.
Reba Thomas and nine other Roanoke residents are on stand by for the Red
IN Q=It's important to me
((REBA THOMAS/RED CROSS VOLUNTEER: IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I LOVE HELPING
PEOPLE AND DOING IT THROUGH THE RED CROSS I CAN DO MORE OF IT. I CAN DO A LOT
OF TRAVELLING. AND TO SEE THESE PEOPLE PUT THEIR HOMES BACK TOGETHER AFTER
THEY'VE BEEN DAMAGED WITH HURRICANES AND FLOODS. HOW THEY CAN JUST GET UP AND
PUT THEIR HOMES BACK TOGETHER.))
SUPER=01-Reba Thomas/Red Cross Volunteer;
OUT Q=back together
So far Roanoke Red Cross volunteers have NOT been needed in the clean-up.
GRAPHIC=Hold Hurricane aftermath
Last week's hurricane has become the latest thorn in the tobacco farmer's
SUPER=03-Duplin Co., NC;
Bertha caused significant damage to farms in several North Carolina
There emergency management officials predict damage to corn and tobacco
crops will exceed damage to houses, buildings and roads.
Southside tobacco farmers, however, could profit from North Carolina's
IN Q=We know
((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT: WE KNOW HISTORICALLY, THAT IN THE
PAST, WHEN THERE IS SOME TYPE OF DISASTER OR DISEASE THAT LOWERS THE VOLUME OF
TOBACCO THAT'S SOLD IN THE SOUTH, IT ALWAYS HAS A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON THE OLD
BELT OR THE VIRGINIA BELT IN THE FLUE CURED REGION.))
SUPER=01-Larry McPeters/Halifax Co. Extension Agent;
OUT Q=cured region.
Southside farmers are fighting their own battle though.
Halifax County is in desperate need of rain.
Hurricane Bertha brought some relief, last week.
But the crops need more rain.
IN Q=The first
((GLENN NUNN/HALIFAX CO. TOBACCO FARMER:THE FIRST PROBLEM IS JUST THE LACK OF
WATER, AND THE PLANT JUST DOESN'T GROW, THEN, AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME, THE HEAT
BEGINS TO AFFECT THE LEAF AND COOKS THE OILS OUT OF THE LEAF AND THAT, OF
COURSE, REDUCES QUALITY.))
SUPER=01-Glenn Nunn/Halifax Co. Tobacco Farmer; :00
OUT Q=reduces quality.
A lack of water also decreases plant size, which means farmers have fewer
pounds to sell on the market.
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Ripken moves to third, the Expos look to move on the Braves, and everybody is
on the move in teh NBA.
All that and more after we check tonight's scores.
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
SUPER=0091-/New York/6/j/Boston/8////Toronto/6/j/Baltimore/8//5 Runs In The
SUPER=0092-/Montreal/4/j/Atlanta/5//Maddux Wins 10th//Philadelphia/5//New
Walker - Grand Slam/;
OUT Q=...last score
Cal Ripken Junior played his first game at third base in 14 years last night,
and it may be some time before he moves back to short.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Jays vs. Orioles;
Cal had played two thousand, two hundred and 16 games at shortstop for the
Orioles, but he looked like he'd been at third all his life, on the first play
of the game, watch him make the Brooks Robinson like dive on the line and gun
down the runner from his knees.
The o's still trailed six to 3 in the bottom of the ninth, but two big homers
including a three run shot by Bobby
Bonilla and this game winning two run shot by Chris Hoiles lifted the Orioles
to the come from behind 8-to-6 win.
The Atlanta Braves pushed their lead in the National League East to 8 games
last night with a 5-to-4 win over the second place Expos.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Expos vs. Braves; :00
Greg Maddux got his 10th win of the year and he also provided some offense by
scoring a run and executing this squeeze play with a bunt down first to plate
Jermaine Dye continues to shine in Dave Justice's absence as he also had a
n RBI single last night as the Braves wins it 5-to-4.
It was a wild night in the NBA with wheeling and dealing taking place from
coast to coast.
First, close to home the Washington Bullets acquired Harvey Grant and Rod
Strickland from Portland
in exchange for the former North Carolina Tarheel Rasheed Wallace, and
Wallace was the Bullets number one pick in last year's draft, but he's had
numerous off the court problems.
The Hawks were also busy as they acquire free agent Dikembe Mutombo, signing
him to a 7 year 70 million dollar deal.
Mutombo spent the past five seasons with Denver.
Also last night the Hawks sent two of their top players, Stacey Augmon and
Grant Long to the Pistons in exchange for four future Detroit draft picks.
The Charlotte Hornets have been doing their share of signing and trading in
the past couple of days.
This afternoon team vice-president Bob Bass talked about how the recent trade
of Larry Johnson and acquisition of Vlade Divac will affect the team.
IN Q="Well, I'm...
((BOB BASS/HORNETS VICE PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Bob Bass/Hornets Vice President; :00
OUT Q=...forward to it."
The next player to get the astronomical contract is likely to be Shaquille
The "Orlando Sentinel" reports that the the all-star center will stay in
Orlando and accept a $115 million dollar - seven year contract.
O'Neal has already been offered a a seven year 95 million dollar contract
by the Los Angeles Lakers.
But it looks like he'll stay in Florida.
Dream Team starting center from yesterday, Hakeem Olajuwon, got some of that
SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :00
Olajuwon agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep him in
Houston for the rest of his career.
The five year deal, that was given to him by team owner Leslie Alexander
should pay him $55 MILLION - an average of 11 million a season.
IN Q="Thank you...
((HAKEEM OLAJUWON/SIGNS FIVE YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION:))
SUPER=01-Hakeem Olajuwon/Signs 5 Year Contract Extension; :00
OUT Q=...THIS CONTRACT."
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL; :00
Hakeem and the Dream Team had an easy day at the office this morning as they
worked out at the Disney Institute in Orlando, after whipping Greece yesterday
128 to 62.
Michael Irvin's will be formally sentenced today in Dallas after his lawyers
struck a plea agreement with prosecutors yesterday.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
The flamboyant Irvin, entered a plea of no contest to second degree felony
cocaine possesion charges.
In exchange he will get four years probation, a $10 thousand dollar fine,
plus the dismissal of the misdemeanor marijuana charge that he also faced.
Why the decision to do this at this time? Well, training camp opens for the
Cowboys on Wednesday, and there was no way the trial would have been over by
Plus, the plea avoids the jury and the public hearing the testimony of
Rachelle Smith, who last week testified she had engaged in group sex and drug
use with Irvin on several occasions.
The NFL has yet to comment on the plea bargain, but there is still a chance
Irvin will be suspended.
A good chance when you consider that Bam Morris the former Steeler who a
entered a guilty plea on a marijuana possession charge in March was suspended
for four games by the league yesterday.
Still coming your way tonight, some golf news including
A rocky day at Hanging Rock for the Commonwealth Games golf championships.
The 1996 Commonwealth Games of Virginia are down to one final day of
competition, and today the games almost ended with a real bang.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
SUPER=03-Salem/Hanging Rock Golf Club; :00
SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Professional; :19
OUT Q=...THUNDER - HA HA.
Brandon LaCroix in the 15 and 16 year old group shot the low round of the day
with a 72.
The final 18 holes will be played tomorrow afternoon.
American Tom Watson is pulling out of this week's British Open because of a
The five time British Open champ hurt the shoulder while practicing for the
Open this past week in Scotland and Ireland.
This will mark the first time since 1974 that Watson has missed playing in
one of golf's four majors.
GRAPHIC=Tour De France
The wheels keep on a rolling in the Tour De France as Italy's Massimo
Podenzana broke away from the pack in the final stretch to win the 15th stage
SUPER=03-Villeneuve, France; :00
The two-time Italian national champion sprinted the last three miles to
capture the 109-mile stage in just under 4 hours.
Five time defending champion Miguel Indurain finished the stage with the
main group of riders and remains 8th overall, four and a half minutes behind
tour leader Bjarne Riis.
American Frankie Andreu finished 121st and is 106th overall.
They're digging up the past this summer in Rockbridge County.
Volunteers are working with Archaeologists from the U-S Forest Service.
Arnold Valley is one of more than 300 archaelogical sites in the county.
Artifacts discovered here indicate Native Americans worked on stone products.
2 35 41 00 - 2 36 03 00
IN Q=This site is
((EUGENE BARFIELD/ARCHEOLOGIST: THIS SITE IS UNIQUE IN FACT THAT NORMALLY FIND
ARTIFACTS ONE AND A HALF FEET TO SIX INCHES. HERE WE ARE FINDING THEM FROM THE
SURFACE TO 32 INCHES AND WE HAVE NOT RUN OUT OF ARTIFACTS YET. ))
OUT Q=artifacts yet.
Volunteers have been digging for almost a month as part of the tenth year of
the Pass Port in Time project.
So far they've found artifacts dating back 9-thousand years.