Coming up next on News Seven-- a local television network wins in court after
it was accused of running negative ads about President Clinton and gays.
And Roanoke Airport Officials offer advice following two airline disasters.
Tonight in sports, Gordon crashes while Dale Jarrett celebrates at the
Brickyard 400, the Dixie World series is underway in Salem, and the Roanoke
Rush is set to open its season tonight at 7 at Victory stadium.
Thunderstorms packing hail and heavy downpours are drifting through the
We'll take a look at those-- plus check out the warmer forecast for
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GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
Navy divers inspecting the submerged cockpit of T-W-A Flight 800 have found
seven more bodies.
SUPER=03-East Moriches, NY;
That brings the total to 191 victims recovered-- with 39 still missing.
Investigators hope the cockpit will help them determine how the plane
Meanwhile a Virginia author has a book out that bears some striking
similarities to circumstances surrounding the crash.
Linda Winne (WIN-ee) reports.
TAPE# 96-61; 15:31 (Conus Afternoon)
IN Q=Investigators have
SUPER=03-East Moriches, NY/July 18; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Hornig/Author of "Stinger"; :23
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Dept. of Defense; :58
OUT Q=Winne, reporting.
(( Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that a missile
brought down T-W-A Flight 800 on July 17th... killing all 230 people
If it was a missile, the scenario would be all too familiar to Afton author
You see, in the late 19-80's Hornig wrote a book called "Stinger" where a
terrorist brings down a 7-47 over Boston Harbor with a stinger missile.
Hornig's reaction when he first heard that investigators were looking into
the possibility of a missile might surprise some people.
Horning says he thinks it's very possible a missile could have destroyed the
T-W-A plane, but he doesn't think it was a stinger.
As for Hornig's book, it's been out of print for years now. But
Hornig says if bookstores had "Stinger" on the shelves, it would be a
A conservative group in Lynchburg has won a major victory over government
A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that the Christian Action
Network did NOT violate federal election laws.
The network ran ads in 19-92 claiming Democratic presidential candidate Bill
Clinton supported special rights for gays.
SOT 55:51:27 (95-12)
IN Q=Bill Clinton's
((TV COMMERCIAL: BILL CLINTON'S VISION FOR A BETTER AMERICA INCLUDES JOB
QUOTAS FOR HOMESEXUALS.))
OUT Q=for homosexuals.
It is illegal for nonprofits to campaign for or against a candidate.
Yesterday -- the Fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeal in Richmond ruled that a
lower court judge was right in dismissing the action filed by the Federal
That judge said the ad contained NO explicit language urging people to vote
for or against Clinton.
A Franklin County man was killed after a farm tractor turned over on him
Wesley W. Naff was pinned under the tractor for more than four hours.
It happened on his farm off route 7-35.
The sheriff's department received the call around 11:15 last night.
Apparently the tractor slid and rolled sideways over an embankment.
Naff should NOT be confused with his son, also Wesley Naff, who was a 9th
district candidate for the House of Delegates in '93.
An Appomattox County man is still in the hospital after getting in a vicious
fight with his brother last night.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=A truck driver
SUPER=01-Sgt. Dennis Bradner/State Police; :14
OUT Q=News7, Appomattox.
(( It was a truck driver who spotted the two men fighting near this railroad
crossing along Route 460 in Appomattox.
He notified the state police, whose headquarters are almost directly across
the road...they were on the scene in minutes.
IN Q=Basically from
((SGT. DENNIS BRADNER/VA STATE POLICE: BASICALLY FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD IT'S
PRETTY CUT AND DRY. ONE HIT THE OTHER AND THEN THE OTHER ONE JUST RETALIATED,
ONLY ABOUT THREE TIMES AS BAD AS THE FIRST ONE.))
OUT Q=the first one.
Police say George and Henry Moss were riding in a friend's car when George
hit Henry over the head with a liquor bottle.
The two were told to get out of the car, and they continued to fight.
That's when Henry allegedly used this four-by-four section of lumber to beat
his brother about the head.
What police don't know is why the two men were fighting.
IN Q=They were
((BRADNER: THEY WERE TYPICAL FRIDAY NIGHT, THEY WERE GOING TO PARTY, DRINK A
LITTLE BIT, ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY TOLD US AND NOBODY KNOWS WHAT PROVOKED THE
VICTIM INTO HITTING THE SUSPECT OVER THE HEAD. HE JUST CALLED HIS NAME, AND
WHEN HE TURNED AROUND HE HIT HIM OVER THE HEAD.))
OUT Q=over the head.
Henry Moss also suffered injuries in the fight.
Police say he likely will be charged with the attempted murder of his
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Appomattox.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at Six continues,
The crash of TWA flight 800 has Airline safety on the minds of Roanoke
Regional Airport officials.
Blacksburg's biggest festival got underway today-- we'll find out where the
money is going.
But first let's check in with Kimberly.
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We've had some pretty strong to severe thunderstorms drenching much of
southwestern Virginia today.
Some areas have picked up as much as an inch of rain per hour.
Let's check out the rainfall totals for some of our reporting cities--
MUSIC UP FULL
Two tragedies in the sky have sparked questions about security and safety
when it comes to air travel.
And that's the topic of conversation during tomorrow's edition of On Record.
Scott Prince has a preview.
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Regional Airport; :12
SUPER=01-Mel Ludovici/Martin Travel; :35
SUPER=01-Mac McCadden/USAir; :49
OUT Q=WDBJ- 7
(( Officials at Roanoke Regional Airport say they don't cut corners when it
comes to F- A- A guidelines.
In fact, they say they're on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to
SOT On Record Tape 15:48
IN Q=We have
((MARK COURTNEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: WE HAVE A VERY STRICT AND VERY TIGHT
SECURITY PROGRAM IN PLACE. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT WE WERE THE FIRST
AIRPORT OUR SIZE TO HAVE A COMPUTERIZED SECURITY SYSTEM AS SOPHISTICATED AS WE
HAVE AND THAT WAS PUT INTO PLACE WHEN THE AIR TERMINAL FIRST OPENED UP IN 1989.
OUT Q=in 1989
But passenger fears reach beyond the boundaries of the airport.
It seems certain types of planes have people worried as well.
IN Q=People very
((MEL LUDOVICI/MARTIN TRAVEL: PEOPLE VERY MUCH ARE CONCERNED WITH THE AGE OF
THE AIRCRAFT. THERE VERY MUCH CONCERNED WITH WHETHER IT'S A JET OR A PROPELLER
DRIVEN AIRCRAFT. ))
Meanwhile airline officials say it could be tough to regain that sense of
IN Q=In the case
((MAC MCCADDEN: IN THE CASE OF A USAIR OR A VALUJET OR TWA OR ANYONE WHO'S HAD
A DISASTER IN RECENT TIMES, THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND. THEY NEED TO TELL THAT
CUSTOMER WHO DOES KEEP COMING BACK, 'WE STILL VALUE YOUR BUSINESS, AND WE ARE
OUT Q=we are safe
For more information on safety and security in the airport... and in the
sky, join me, Scott Prince for On Record-- tomorrow morning at 11 on your
Hometown Station, WDBJ- 7.))
The Blacksburg Downtown Merchants Association hopes people will pitch in to
help keep the town a thriving community.
Steppin' Out is one way the association raises money.
Denise Allen has more on how the community benefits from the annual
IN Q=When the lights
SUPER=01-Jim Dymock/Downtown Merchants Association; :19
SUPER=01-Mary Riley/Steppin' Out; :54
OUT Q=News 7
When they turned off the lights at the Lyric Theater in 1989 downtown
merchants say they noticed a drop in business.
Now the theater has re-opened on a limited basis and the Blacksburg Downtown
Merchants Association says many are in favor of reviving the grand old lady.
IN Q=WE'RE TRYING TO
((JIM DYMOCK/STEPPIN' OUT: WE'RE TRYING TO BRING THIS BACK TO REALLY BE LIKE A
CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS. RIGHT NOW WE ARE DOING FILMS ON FRIDAY AND
SATURDAY. WE'RE GOING TO START SUNDAY AFTERNOON AS WELL.))
OUT Q=AFTERNOON AS WELL
But the theater will need major renovations and that's why Steppin' Out is
The annual festival is a fundraiser for the association.
Part of the money raised will help fund the Lyric project.
The rest will be divided between a scholarship program and the building of a
The association will buy the materials for the market and the town's public
works department will build it.
The farmer friendly market could be up in a year.
IN Q=THEY CAN JUST
((MARY RILEY/STEPPIN' OUT: THEY CAN JUST BACK UP, DO THEIR MERCHANDISING
QUICKLY AND SOMETHING THAT LOOKS NICE WHEN THEY'RE NOT THERE.))
OUT Q=THEY'RE NOT THERE
This is the 16th Steppin' Out.
In previous years the two-day festival has funded beautification projects
such as planting trees and making brick walkways.
Association members say the community has always supported them.
And they're certain these new projects will continue to help the town
Denise Allen News 7.
More jobs are being created in Pulaski.
The town council has approved a 500-thousand dollar loan to Pulaski
Furniture Corporation to purchase an abandoned factory for its import-export
The money is part of a one-point-five MILLION dollar investment by the
company in the property.
Company officials say it will mean at least 30 new jobs.
Town officials says yesterday's action takes the industrial site out of the
control of absentee owners and puts it in local hands.
The Roanoke- Lynchburg advance radio ratings are in--
According to Arbitron,
Country station W-Y-Y-D tops the list.
It's more than 3 points higher than urban sister stations W-J-J-X and
Pop station K-92, came in third, while W-S-L-Q came in fourth with its adult
And W-R-O-V came in fifth at 6 point- 5.
When News 7 at Six continues,
Plenty of action in Indianapolis-- Mike will have Brickyard 400 highlights
A cabin from Amderstam gets a change of scenery.
It's been moved to Botetourt County.
But first let's see how some local stocks did for the week.
The owners of a Botetourt County business have recycled a bit of the
Lisa and Richard Farmer moved an historic log cabin from Amsterdam saving it
from certain destruction.
Lisa says this log cabin once belonged to Michael Cloyd (CLOID).
He was one of the county's founding fathers.
Cloyd built the cabin in 17-83.
The log home had been covered with siding, but even after all these years
much of the structure survived.
IN Q=we saved the
((LISA FARMER/CABIN CREEK COUNTRY GOODS: WE SAVED THE MANTLES. ALL OF THE
BRICK IN THE FIREPLACES IS THE OLD BRICK. THE STAIRCASE, SOME OF THE FLOORING,
WE TOOK ALL THE ROCK FROM THE FOUNDATION AND BROUGHT IT HERE AND USED IT AGAIN.
ALL THE LOGS JUST ABOUT, EXCEPT SOME THAT DECAYED.))
SUPER=01-Lisa Farmer/Cabin Creek Country Goods;
OUT Q=SOME THAT DECAYED
Lisa is using the cabin as her Country Goods Store.
She sells household items, knick-knacks and furniture.
The upper level of the cabin is set aside for historical demonstrations.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Roanoke Rush plays its season opener tonight
at Victory stadium.
The Panthers play their first ever game in Charlotte tonight.
And Brickyard 400 at Indy
takes a number of big name drivers including Gordon, Petty and Marlin for an
unwanted ride today.
The 3rd annual Brickyard 400 turned into a crashfest for a number of top
teams this afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC Sports; :00
The slamming and bamming started early as Robert Pressley, Ricky Craven and
Dave Marcis all spin!
The cars were not damaged, but the caution did come out giving Dale
Earnhardt a chance to pit, get out of the Goodwrench Chevy and let Mike Skinner
Pole winner Jeff Gordon, the 1994 Brickyard winner lost his chances for
victory on lap 24 when his car cut a right front tire and smacked the outside.
He was in the garage for more than 70 laps.
IN Q="The car...
((JEFF GORDON/1994 bRICKYARD 400 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1994 Brickyard 400 Winner; :00
OUT Q=...IT DID IT."
The tire problems grew worse as Kyle Petty's Pontiac does the exact same
thing as Gordon's car, but this time Sterling Marlin is collected in the crash
and Petty hits the inside wall as well, sending him to the hospital for X-rays.
Ernie Irvan led the way at the halfway point of the 160 lap event and he
pocketed $10 thousand dollars.
Irvan also was in position to pocket the enormous first place check for
winning as he led with 10 laps to go.
But seven laps from the finish his Yates racing teammate Dale Jarrett passed
Irvan on the inside and held on to win the Brickyard 400, and give Ford its
first ever win in this event.
IN Q="Now to have...
((DALE JARRETT/BRICKYARD 400 WINNER:))
((ERNIE IRVAN/FINISHED SECOND:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Brickyard 400 Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Finished Second;
OUT Q=...BIT SHORT."
Terry Labonte was third with martin fourth and Shepherd fifth. Rudd, Rusty,
Benson, Mast, and Elliott round out the top ten.
And don't forget last week's Diehard 500 that was plagued and not shown by
CBS will air tomorrow afternoon.
You can watch the race beginning at 2pm on Sunday. CBS is planning to
squeeze the race coverage into two hours will the telecast ending at four.
Again that's tomorrow afternoon.
The Carolina Panthers play their first ever game in the brand new Ericsson
Stadium tonight as they take on the Bears in preseason action.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
But while the stadium ins all set the Panthers are not. Top draft pick Tim
Biakabutuka will not be on the field as he continues his two week holdout.
SUPER=04-Mini-Camp in May;
Biakabutuka, shown here from back in mini camp, says he is offended by the
Panthers latest offer that includes a five million dollar signing bonus and 12
point 5 million bucks over 7 years.
GRAPHIC=REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP
Last night the Redskins opened the preseason with a 17-to-7 win over the
Bills, as Heath Shuler turned in an impressive first half performance.
SUPER=03-Orchard Park, NY/Bills vs. Redskins; :00
The Bills appeared looked like they were anything but rusty in the second
quarter as they mounted a 94 yard drive, culminated by this Jim Kelly to Andre
Reed TD pass from six yards out, and it's 7-to-2 Bills.
The Redskins answered with Shuler leading a nice drive and giving it to
Reggie Brooks for the dive to make it 10-to-3 Skins.
And Washington's special teams also looked good as Daryl Pound slices in and
blocks the field goal attempt. Skins next play at Detroit next Friday night.
The Roanoke Rush opens its second season of national minor league football
tonight at Victory stadium.
The Rush takes on the Carolina Bobcats at seven in the first of three
straight home games in the month of August.
IN Q="We're excited...
((DUKE STRAGER/ROANOKE RUSH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Roanoke Rush Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...the NFL."
Fans can expect to see a number of former area high school stars in action
tonight, and of course some opening night jitters.
OUT Q=...RIGHT THERE."
The Baltimore Orioles get their first win at Jacobs Field since 1994 as they
top the Cleveland Indians 9-4 this afternoon.
In the fifth inning with Roberto Alomar on first, Brady Anderson gets his
34th homer of the season with this 410-foot 2-run blast to center field.
Bobby Bonnilla also homered and Jesse Orosco gets his third win in relief.
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS
If you're looking for some good baseball, the City of Salem is hosting this
week's Dixie Pre-Majors world series at Kiwanis field.
Teams of 15 and 16 year olds from all over the south and Southwest portion of
the United States are taking part in the six day event.
((CHARLIE HAMMERSLEY/SALEM PARK & RED DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Charlie Hammersley/Salem Parks and Rec. Director; :00
OUT Q=...GOOD BASEBALL."