President Clinton meets with familes of T-W-A crash victims and announces a
tougher airport security policy,
and soldiers storm a hijacked passenger jet in Algeria.
It's pretty cloudy out there and we're expecting some thunderstorms this
Highs will be in the 80s throughout Southwest Virginia. I'll have the
forecast in a few minutes.
Stay with News 7 at Noon is next.
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On the heels of the T-W-A air disaster, President Clinton is ordering
tighter security at U-S airports.
The news came today as Mr. Clinton arrived in New York to meet with with
relatives of the crash victims.
Meanwhile, the plane's so-called black boxes are in Washington, where
they'll be analyzed.
Divers recovered them from the crash site late last night, and apparently
just in time.
The weather off Long Island is getting worse and could hamper recovery
The search is focused on an area about one and a-half miles long
and a half mile wide.
Liz Mullen joins us from New York with the latest.
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((The President is now on the scene...talking first to national transportation
and safety board officials...and then to families of the victims.
President Clinton says he does not want to comment on the investigation or
concerns about how it is being handled until after he speaks to all the
President Clinton "we'll get to the bottom of this."
With the recovery overnight of the so-called black boxes...a team of experts
are now examining them in washington...hoping to determine what caused the
deadly crash of the paris bound jet.
And though relatives of the victims are desperate for information and the
recovery of missing bodies...a chief investigator in the 1988 Lockerbie
tragedy says this search and recovery effort is going much quicker than their's
did...under more difficult circumstances.
liz mullen. now back to you.))
Meantime, an airliner HIJACKING is over this afternoon in Algeria.
Security forces reportedly overpowered a lone hijacker who took over a
plane that was on the ground in the city of Oran (oh-RAN').
There were 232 people on board but no one was injured.
There's no word on the hijacker's nationality or motive.
Family members of a Fourth of July murder victim were in court today
listening to testimony...trying to get some answers.
22-year-old Cepada (ceh-PAY-dah) Renaldo Wiley is accused in that
Independence day murder outside the Embassy Inn on Melrose Avenue.
The victim, 22-year-old Jesse Darnell Ferguson, was found dead on the
sidewalk with four gunshot wounds to the back and neck.
Today in court, police said Wiley gave a statement... admitting to the
Officials say he started shooting after his brother and Ferguson got into a
IN Q=He said
((DETECTIVE S.P. LUCAS/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: HE SAID HE SHOT HIM AGAIN... AT
THAT TIME HE FELL TO THE GROUND. HE SAID THAT MISTER FERGUSON WAS ON THE GROUND
AND IT APPEARED HE WAS BEING HELD UP BY ONE OF HIS HANDS. AT THAT POINT HE
FIRED ONE MORE TIME.))
SUPER=01-Detective S.P. Lucas/Roanoke City Police;
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The judge allowed Wiley to remain free on bond.
The case will now be sent to the Grand Jury.
It took jurors less than an hour to return a guilty verdict in the murder
trial of a Danville teenager.
Seventeen year old Lawrence Howerton Junior was convicted last night of first
Howerton maintained it was self defense when he shot 16-year old Anthony
Spraggins on Winslow Street.
But prosecutors convinced the juror that Howerton killed for revenge.
According to testimony the two had been involved in a fight at George
Washington High School about a week before the shooting.
Howerton will be sentenced next month.
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The teen who held police at bay at a local convenience store last month has
been found guilty on assault and weapons charges.
The teenager charged a police officer with a knife.
He was also carrying a B-B gun.
On a plea of "no contest" yesterday in Juvenile Court, the boy was convicted
of four misdemeanors.
They include assault, carrying two concealed weapons, and brandishing one of
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When News 7 returns,
How Bob Dole is trying to overcome the gender gap in his race for the White
and delivering twins is hard enough, but can you imagine doing it without a
One woman believes it's the only way.
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The government is taking a closer look at seatbelts on Chrysler minivans.
The probe was prompted by thousands of warranty claims and a number of
Some minivan owners claim the belts unbuckle by themselves and at least one
suit has been filed involving a death.
About one-point-two million 1991-93 Chrysler minivans with the belts are on
The federal investigation could eventually lead to a recall -- or be
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Louisiana's most famous nun says Virginians are facing a moral dilemma.
Sister Helen (pray-ZHAN) Prejean is the author and activist of "Dead Man
She says Virginia may be getting ready to execute an innocent man, Virginia
Beach condemned killer Joseph O'Dell.
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IN Q= How about
((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN: HOW ABOUT JUSTICE FOR THIS MAN JOSEPH O'DELL, WHO WILL
SURELY BE KILLED BY THE STATE OF VIRGINIA UNLESS THIS COMMUNITY STANDS WITH HIM
AND SPEAKS OUT FOR HIM TO THE GOVERNOR AND TO THE COURTS AND TO THE WORLD?))
SUPER=01-Sister Helen Prejean/Author & Activist;
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His defense team says DNA blood evidence could ACQUIT him, but Virginia's
21- day rule is in their way.
Under the rule NO new evidence can be submitted on the 22nd day after the
O'Dell's execution date will NOT be set until a federal appeals court ruling
Presidential Hopeful Bob Dole continues a two-day campaign swing in
He used an appearance yesterday to accuse the Clinton administration of not
doing enough to combat drugs.
Meantime a new poll shows Dole is in big trouble with female voters.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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SUPER=01-Susan Molinari/(R) New York; :34
SUPER=01-Celinda Lake/Democratic Pollster; 1:00
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:12
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Bob Dole's recipe for closing the gender gap and getting more women to vote
for him includes business friendly proposals like tax incentives and fewer
BOB DOLE/ R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"WE'LL INVITE WOMEN ONLY TO TALK ABOUT BUSINESS AND HOW TO CREATE MORE
BUSINESSES AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES."
Dole toured the state of Pennsylvania touting parts of his economic plan,
focusing on women backed businesses.
DOLE:WE HAVE COOKIES FOR EVERYBODY. PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT ARE UNDECIDED.
Dole even brought along his keynote GOP convention speaker Susan Molinari.
SUSAN MOLINARI/ R-NEW YORK:SOME REPUBLICANS AND SOME DEMOCRATS DESERVE A
GENDER GAP BUT NOT BOB DOLE."
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Deserved or not, Dole is facing a huge gender gap...according to the most
recent CBS News New York Times Poll, among female voters, Bill Clinton leads
Bob Dole by 22 points.
With educated women that gap is even wider.
And women with family income over 50-thousand dollars are even less inclined
to vote for Dole.
CELINDA LAKE/ DEMOCRATIC POLLSTER: I THINK THEY'RE BEING SOMEWHAT HEAVY
HANDED IN THEIR TARGETING OF WOMEN
VOTERS. I MEAN SUSAN MOLINARI AS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER IS A GREAT STEP FOR
SUSAN MOLINARI BUT IT DOESN'T PROVE BOB DOLE IS GOOD ON WOMEN'S ISSUES."
Dole will continue his appeal to women, the fastest growing segment of small
business owners, today when he'll annonce another tax break. Letting people
buy and sell small busioesses witiout paying capital gains tax. sandra Hughes,
CBS News, Philadelphia.))
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Still to come on News 7,
It's full steam ahead for plans to renovate Lynchburg's old train station,
and we'll take a look at a couple of neighborhoods in Martinsville that are
getting a facelift, as well.
Midwives have been practicing for centuries.
Though they are not physicians, they attend the pregnancy, delivery, and
after-care of mother and baby.
Freeda Cathcart of Roanoke chose a midwife to help her with her pregnancy--
she delivered twins this past weekend.
Connie Stevens has more.
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SUPER=01-Freeda Cathcart/Child-Birth Educator & Mother; :26
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Allan/Neonatologist; :59
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((THIS IS FOREST, DOES THAT ONE HAVE A BUMP ON THE LEFT EAR? ))
OUT Q=on the left ear?
Most of us can only imagine what it's like to give birth to twins.
Just a few days later, Freeda Cathcart-- here with her mother-- has
already settled down into the routine of trying to tell babies Willby and
Freeda is an internationally certified child birth educator herself.
From prior experience, she knows she's not comfortable in the hospital.
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((FREEDA CATHCART/CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR & MOTHER: IT SEEMED THAT WITH MY
DISPOSITION THAT HOME BIRTH WAS A BETTER CHOICE FOR ME BECAUSE OF MY BEING
COMFORTABLE HERE AND BEING ABLE TO RELAX. ))
OUT Q=able to relax.
And Freeda believes the current climate is hostile toward midwives.
Over at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, neonatologist Dr. Robert Allen
says the state is actually encouraging physicians to work in conjunction with
licensed midwives, in the delivery room.
But he's not so optimistic about home births.
IN Q=We consider
((DR. ROBERT ALLEN/NEONATOLOGIST: WE CONSIDER, THE MEDICAL PROFESSION CONSIDERS
HOME BIRTHS PLACING OUR CHILDREN AT A RISK THAT IS NOT NECESSARY IN TODAY'S
ENVIRONMENT. 20 YEARS AGO, FATHERS COULDN'T EVEN COME IN THE DELIVERY ROOM, BUT
HOSPITALS NOW ARE KIND AND GENTLE AND WILLING TO LET FAMILY MEMBERS BE IN AND
IN MANY SITUATIONS DICTATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DELIVERY.))
OUT Q=of the delivery.
Dr. Allen says babies born at home suffer a greater risk of mortality, as
do their mothers-- especially with twins.
There are also concerns about cerebral palsy and dehydration, among other
Freeda though says those concerns stem from home births where skilled
midwives were not present.
For this clan, though, boys number three and four are just as healthy as
their two big brothers.
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((FREEDA CATHCART: A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE WONDERING HOW WE WERE GOING TO DO IT,
AND WHEN I TELL THEM THAT I HAVE A MIDWIFE WITH EXPERIENCE THAT HAD ALREADY
DELIVERED FIVE SETS OF TWINS, THAT REASSURED THEM SOME, BUT TWINS ARE
CONSIDERED A HIGH RISK...BUT THE THINK I LIKE BEST ABOUT THE MIDWIFE'S APPROACH
IS THAT BIRTH IS A NATURAL, NORMAL EVENT. ))
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Dr. Allen says hospitals have changed tremendously over the years-- with
new birthing rooms, offering a more homey environment.
Connie Stevens, Health Check.))
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A couple of Martinsville neighborhoods are getting a new look thanks to
more than one million dollars in state grants.
The Massey Street project is almost complete-- rehabilitating 28 homes.
Moss Street is next in line for a makeover.
City officials say the neighborhood revitalization is not only bringing
out the better side of these areas-- but the city as a whole.
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((WAYNE KNOX/PLANNING, ZONING, AND HOUSING MANAGER: WE HOPE THE RESIDENTS
UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S NOT THE CITY DOING IT ALONE. WE HAVE TO HAVE THEM. BUT
WE HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE, AND THAT'S TO THE CREWS THAT ARE
ACTUALLY OUT THERE IN THE STREET ALL THE TIME, AND TO THE RESIDENTS, AND THEIR
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OUT Q=AND THEIR COOPERATION
The Moss Street rehab work is scheduled to start next spring.
Some of the more dilapidated structures will be torn down-- with 15 new
homes built in their place.
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((BARBARA NORTON/MOSS STREET RESIDENT: I THINK THERE'S NO PLACE IN THE COUNTRY
THAT NEEDS THIS ANYMORE THAN THIS STREET DOES. I THINK IT'S LONG OVERDUE, BUT
I THANK THE LORD THAT IT'S FINALLY--THAT IT'S A REALITY NOW. ))
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While residents like Norton may long for the days when this was one of the
nicest places to live-- they say they're thankful to the city for helping to
bring back some of the pride in their neighborhood.
Plans for renovating Lynchburg's old train station are on track.
A Washington D.C. consulting firm is studying the property, to see what kind
of development would work best.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :21
SUPER=01-Bob White/Community Planner; :34
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OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Since he was a little boy, there's been a special place in Junius Haskins'
heart for Lynchburg's old train station.
Even walking the broken concrete today, the 80- year- old building can still
And where most people see peeling paint and rusting ironwork, Haskins sees
the potential for economic development.
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((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IT COULD BE A GOLD MINE. I'M JUST
WAITING FOR IT TO HAPPEN. IT'S NOT IF, BUT IT'S JUST WHEN BECAUSE IT'S GOT TO
OUT Q=got to happen.
City planners agree.
They've lined up enough money to pay a consulting firm to study what can be
done with the building and the surrounding property.
IN Q=It's a neat
((BOB WHITE/COMMUNITY PLANNER: IT'S A NEAT AREA. WE'RE COMMITTED TO MAKING
SOMETHING HAPPEN IN THAT AREA IF POSSIBLE, OF COURSE A LOT OF IT DEPENDS ON
WHAT FUNDING SOURCES WE'RE ABLE TO IDENTIFY.))
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IN Q=Finding money
((Finding money for the project is one of the goals of the study. The city
already has approached Norfolk Southern about buying the train station
property, and councilman Junius Haskins says there's a great opportunity for a
public- private partnership.))
IN Q=There are
((HASKINS: THERE ARE SEVERAL CORPORATIONS THAT I HAVE TALKED TO IN THE CITY WHO
WOULD VERY MUCH BE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY
GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THIS STATION THE REALITY THAT IT COULD BE.))
OUT Q=it could be.
Haskins would like Lynchburg to duplicate what Danville has accomplished
with its old station.
Specialty shops, restaurants and improved rail passenger facilities could be
in the works.
Haskins feels all it will take is a little vision.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Stocks are pushing solidly higher through midday.
Analysts say the market is impressed by a strong earnings report
from I-B-M, the lone technology stock on the Dow.
A series of economic reports this morning also failed to set off
any alarms that would have interrupted today's buying spree.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 64 points.
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We'll have sports next, including an update on the Olympics,
and Michael Irvin is taking a salary cut.
He'll lose more than a million dollars for his recent run-in with drugs.
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This could be U-S swimmer Janet Evans' day to strike gold in Atlanta.
She has a chance for a fifth gold medal in today's finals in the 800-meter
Meantime the American women gymnasts will be back in action, competing in
the all-around finals.
But Kerri Strug won't be on the floor.
Strug is out with a bad ankle sprain and torn ligaments after helping win
the gold for the team Tuesday.
In the medal race the U-S leads with 28.
The Russians are second with 23.
The NFL has lowered the boom on Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin, suspending
the all-pro receiver for five games.
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Nine days ago, Irvin pleaded no contest to cocaine possession, and that was
enough for the NFL to sit him down for the first five games of the regular
For violating the league's substance abuse policy, Irvin will lose more than
half a million dollars in salary during his time off.
Joe Gibbs' oldest son J.D. was up at New River Valley Speedway yesterday
turning some hot laps.
Gibbs has been racing late model stocks in and around North Carolina and
his plans are to race at New River - but just not this particular weekend.
He and his family will be in Canton, Ohio where his father will be inducted
into the Pro football Hall of Fame.
((J.D. GIBBS/LATE MODEL STOCK DRIVER: SINCE WE FOUND OUT ABOUT IT THE WHOLE
FAMILY'S BEEN EXCITED ABOUT IT. I THINK THERE'S A LIST OF ABOUT 210 PEOPLE --
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WHO ARE COMING UP FOR IT. SO IT'S GOING TO BE A
SUPER=01-J.D. Gibbs/Late Model Stock Driver; :
OUT Q=........to be a show."
Veteran Ronnie Thomas was giving Gibbs a few pointers on the line to drive
at New River.
Thomas was also shaking down his black Chrysler that hasn't been on the
track at New River this season.
He plans to drive it in Saturday night's Kroger WDBJ-250.
Coming up on Health Check today--
The BUSINESS of health care....we'll hear why some Brookneal physicians
have opted for a corporate partner.
Don't miss that story, along with all the day's news, sports and
Thanks for joining us today-- and have a good afternoon.
weather....on News 7 at FIVE.