News 7 at eleven is next-
The latest on a plane crash in Roanoke County that killed a local man-
A curfew in Southside? We'll tell you what's being proposed.
Plus the GOP convention brings on Republican women on day two of the
and we'll talk live with Governor George Allen who's in San Diego.
News 7 is next.
A plane crash on Catawba Mountain overnight kills a Vinton pilot.
Investigators still don't know what caused the crash that killed Praveen
Witnesses say the plane crashed in heavy fog and rain.
Yesterday's rain is still causing problems for some apartment dwellers in
This building's foundation was weakened, the walls shifted and caused lots
of water damage.
And we'll tell you about Martinsville's possible plans to curb teen crime.
Could a curfew be the answer?
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Federal investigators are now trying to determine what caused a small plane
to crash in Roanoke County overnight.
The single engine Beechcraft went down on Catawba Mountain killing the
pilot, Praveen (Busk-AIR-in) Bhaskaran of Vinton.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
IN Q=The plane crashed
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Randy Pratt; :11
SUPER=01-Randi Kukla/N.T.S.B.; :49
OUT Q=JD News 7
((The plane crashed about four miles north of the Roanoke Regional Airport
shortly after the pilot abandoned an approach there.
Randy Pratt heard the plane overhead.
IN Q=The engine sounded
((RANDY PRATT: THE ENGINE SOUNDED LOWER RPMS LIKE IT WAS GOING IN FOR A
LANDING. IT WAS A DIFFERENT SOUND FROM THE NORMAL PITCH OF THE ENGINE YOU WOULD
HEAR. THE CRASH WAS JUST AS I RECALL PRETTY BLUNT. MAYBE CRUNCHING THE TREES
ALMOST LIKE A CAR ACCIDENT.))
OUT Q=like a car accident.
Praveen Bhaskaran was an experienced pilot. He was carrying bank documents
on a regular flight between Charlotte and Roanoke.
The single engine Beech Bonanza went down in the steep terrain near
Witnesses said the plane crashed in heavy rain and fog, but investigators
aren't offering an early conclusions on the cause.
IN Q=I'm going to be reviewing
((RANDI KUKLA/NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD: I'M GOING TO BE REVIEWING
THE PILOT'S RECORDS, THE MAINTENANCE RECORDS. YOU LOOK AT ALL DIFFERENT
ASPECTS, THE HUMAN, THE MACHINE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. YOU DON'T RULE ANYTHING
OUT. YOU JUST REVIEW ALL OF THE FACTS. IT'S KIND OF A FACT- GATHERING PROCESS
AT THIS TIME.))
OUT Q=fact gathering process at this time.
Investigators will spend a second day at the site, but it could be six
months before their report is complete and nine months before the National
Transportation Safety Board rules on the likely cause of this crash.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Republicans are shifting their focus- tonight attacking the Clinton agenda.
The keynote speaker- Congresswoman Susan Molinari from New York.
Regina Blakely reports from the GOP convention in San Diego.
SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Frist/(R) Tennessee;
SUPER=01-Gov. Tommy Thomspon/(R) Wisconsin;
SUPER=01-Rep. Susan Molinari/(R) New York;
SUPER=01-Regina Blakely/CBS News;
OUT Q=CBS News, San Diego.
((Midway through the GOP convention was meant to make two points-
first, assure Americans Republicans are listening to the issues, small
business, education, crime, while at the same time; painting Bill
Clinton as the villian on each and every one.
This on health care reform.
SEN. BILL FRIST/R-TENN:
BILL CLINTON WANT'S TO PLAY POLITICS WITH MEDICARE. AND ON WELFARE REFORM.
GOV. TOMMY THOMPSON/R-WISCONSIN:
THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION HAS DODGED THE DRAFT HE SAID HE WOULD
END WELFARE AS WE KNOW IT BUT IT TOOK BOB DOLE AND REPUBLICANS TO DO IT.
And as the candidate watched and in keeping with their made for television
scheme, Republicans used Clinton's own words againt him.
CLINTON: YOU MAY THINK I RAISED TOO MUCH. IT MAY SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW I
THINK I RAISED YOUR TAXES TOO MUCH TOO.
And to drive the point home, pulled words from average Americans.
I DON'T KNOW WHY BILL CLINTON DOES WHAT HE DOES. THE ATTACKS WERE PURPOSELY
LEFT UP TO EVERYONE EXCEPT THE PERCEIVED PARTY PIT BULL. A NEWT GINGRICH VIDEO
MEANT TO SOFTEN HIS IMAGE, AND AN ENTIRE PRODUCTION MEANT TO SOFTEN THE PARTY'S
But the night was also meant to combat the gender gap, and with
Mrs. Dole and her husband's running mate watching- the 38 year old New York
Representative and new mother, appealed to those women leaning to
Clinton in the keynote address.
SOT REP. SUSAN MOLANARI/R-NY: LET US LOOK DEEP INTO THE EYES OF OUR CHILDREN
AND LISTEN HARD TO THE SMALL STILL VOICE, FOR WE MUST ELECT A PRESIDENT NOT
JUST FOR OUR GENERATION BUT FOR GENERATION TO COME.
REGINA BLAKELY/SAN DIEGO:
BUT THAT ASIDE.... THIS CONVENTION HAS SO FAR GONE COMPLETELY ACCORDING TO
SCRIPT... ALLOWING DOLE TO FOCUS ON HIS ECONOMIC MESSAGE.. AND THE
MESSAGE HE WILL DELIVER FROM THE PODIUM THURSDAY NIGHT. REGINA BLAKELY, CBS
NEWS, SAN DIEGO.))
this needs super info
Virginia's Governor is at the GOP Convention-
George Allen has just left the convention hall- and joins us now from San
Governor Allen- Thanks for joining us-
((Virginians have historically voted for Republicans- yet the latest News 7
Mason Dixon poll showed Dole with just a two percent lead over Clinton- with
ten percent of voters still undecided?
Why such a slim lead for Dole for starters?
And do you think this 15 percent across the board tax cut Dole is proposing
will get the swing vote in Virginia?
Do you think the tax cut is feasible?
Do you think Jack Kemp will help Dole in Virginia?
What is the atmosphere like there?
What do you think Dole presidency will mean for Virginians?
The Republican Party platform now calls for a constitutional amendment
outlawing abortion- Dole says he may not necessarily agree with that-
Your thoughts on that?))
Masked thieves held up an Air France Europe plane- that had just landed in
The four thieves rammed a van through a parking lot fence and drove up to
the Airbus as it taxied toward the terminal.
The suspects then fired shots toward the cockpit- ordered the pilot to shut
off the engine and open the hold where a safe was held.
The men then broke open the safe and took a large amount of cash while the
172 passengers and crew looked on.
The robbers sped off- no one was hurt but the investigation is ongoing.
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A small private jet crashed onto a busy road near London- slamming into a
van and breaking in two.
Amazingly all three people aboard the plane suffered only minor injuries.
Rescue crews had to cut the driver of the van out of his vehicle.
No word on the cause of the crash.
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Some scary moments for passengers aboard an American airlines jet bound for
Switzerland- Smoke in the cockpit forced an emergency landing.
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The 767 left New York's Kennedy Airport bound for Switzerland but instead
landed in Nova Scotia just 90- minutes later.
No one was hurt but passengers were stuck in the airport for awhile.
Wiring in the cockpit that heats the windshield caused the smoke.
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tHERE'S MORE NEWS 7 STAY WITH US
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Yesterday's heavy rains tore away the structure of a Rocky Mount apartment
Authorities have condemned this 12-unit building on Greenmeadow Road.
Rainwater washed away soil at the cinderblock foundation.
Police secured the building.
Right now, no one's allowed inside.
The Red Cross found shelter for residents, who were evacuated.
A-and-B Properties of Roanoke owns the building.
The owner says he doesn't know yet what will happen to the apartment
house-- but hopes his tenants can get their belongings sometime this week.
Curfews are one way to cut down on teen crime.
Both Roanoke and Danville have city-wide teen curfews.
Now Martinsville MAY join the list.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=Be home by midnight
SUPER=01-Jan Reed/Henry Co. Juvenile Court Services; :15
SUPER=01-Thelma Pinkard/Curfew Advocate; :33
SUPER=01-Shawn Fuller/16-years-old; :55
SUPER=01-Georgette Jones/13-years-old; 1:03
OUT Q=News 7, Martinsville
(( Be home by midnight--
Kids usually hear that from their parents.
But Martinsville teens may someday also hear it from city officials.
A proposed curfew would affect children 17 and under-- whether they are
trouble- makers or not.
SOT tape 1 16:26:46
((JAN REED/HENRY CO. JUVENILE COURT SERVICES: IT'S A SHAME, REALLY, THAT 10-
PERCENT OR LESS OF THE JUVENILE POPULATION ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEM AND THERE
ARE ANOTHER 90-PERCENT PLUS OUT THERE WHO ARE GOOD, LAW ABIDING, QUALITY KIDS.
Thelma Pinkard suggested a curfew after a group of teens threw a rock at
SOT tape 17:31:26
((THELMA PINKARD/CURFEW ADVOCATE: I BELIEVE THAT CHILDREN NEED DISCIPLINE AND
THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE CARES ENOUGH ABOUT THEM TO WANT TO HAVE THEM
SAFE AND CLOSE BY. ))
SOT standup bridge tape 2 18:30:28
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: EVEN THOUGH CITY OFFICIALS ARE JUST CONSIDERING A
CURFEW, WE TALKED WITH SOME LOCAL TEENS TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT IT.
AND AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, MOST OF THEM SAY IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA. ))
SOT TAPE 1 17:54:31
((SHAWN FULLER/16-YEAR-OLD: CURFEW IS LIKE, FOR LITTLE KIDS, NOT FOR ME. I
DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE A CURFEW FOR PEOPLE THAT KNOW HOW TO ACT. ))
SOT TAPE 2 18:03:53
((GEORGETTE JONES/13-YEAR-OLD: I THINK IT'S NOT RIGHT. IT'S NOT FAIR TO US
BECAUSE, I MEAN, WE GOT TO HAVE TIME TO HAVE OUR FUN. THEY HAVE TIME TO HAVE
THEIRS, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO HAVE OURS. ))
The city still has more homework to do on the potential curfew law.
A public forum is planned next month.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Martinsville.))
Lynchburg will soon be home to a new neighborhood pharmacy, and the debate
continues over the future of the old city nursing home.
Those were just a few of the items on a packed city council agenda tonight.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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SUPER=01-Mike Pace/Attorney for Developer; :09
SUPER=01-George Fralin/Plaza Attorney; :30
SUPER=01-Rev. Melvin Campbell/Jordan Baptist Church; 1:00
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( This patch of land at one of the city's busiest intersections will soon be
home to Lynchburg's first stand- alone Rite- Aid pharmacy.
IN Q=It's important
((MIKE PACE/DEVELOPER'S ATTORNEY: IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE'RE NOT TALKING
ABOUT BUILDING A WALMART OR A SUPER KROGER OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. WE'RE TALKING
ABOUT A STRUCTURE THAT'S ONLY SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN YOUR TYPICAL CONVENIENCE
OUT Q=convenience store.
Owners of the nearby Plaza shopping center had opposed rezoning the land,
ostensibly because it opens the door for even more development.
The Plaza also happens to be home to the area's only other drug store.
IN Q=There is a
((GEORGE FRALIN/PLAZA ATTORNEY: THERE IS A COMMERCIAL REASON FOR COMING TO
THIS, BUT THERE'S A FURTHER REASON IN NOT KNOWING WHAT'S COMING NEXT.))
OUT Q=coming next.
Council approved the rezoning by a 7-0 vote.
And the debate continues to swirl around the old nursing home property on
Hollins Mill Road.
The city sold the building to Elderberry Incorporated with the promise it
would be torn down.
Now Elderberry wants to sell it to the Jordan Baptist Church, which has no
intention of demolishing it.
For now, city officials are holding up those plans.
IN Q=My question is
((REV. MELVIN CAMPBELL/JORDAN BAPTIST CHURCH: MY QUESTION IS WHY ARE WE BEING
SADDLED WITH SUCH UNREASONABLE REQUIREMENTS? IS THIS A NORMAL PRACTICE, DO YOU
DO THIS WITH EVERY CHURCH, OR WHAT'S THE SCORE?))
OUT Q=what's the score?
Council members say they're just protecting the interests of the city and
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Soft Music Under
When we return, Patrick will have the forecast,
and we'll see what a difference the gift of life can mean for one family, as a
father donates a kidney to his daughter.
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A Pittsylvania County man has given his young daughter the gift of life.
Two months ago, Ring-gold Fire Chief Mike Neal donated a kidney to his 11-
year old daughter.
When Stephanie was two, she was diagnosed with an underdeveloped bladder.
Four years later, the Neals were told Stephanie would eventually need a
Both parents volunteered, but Mike Neal was selected by doctors as the best
Since the surgery, Stephanie has gained nearly 20- pounds and can eat and
drink almost anything she wants.
IN Q=It's wonderful
((MIKE NEAL/STEPHANIE'S FATHER:IT'S WONDERFUL TO WAKE UP AND HEAR HER USE THE
BATHROOM, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T THINK ABOUT THAT, YOU TAKE IT FOR GRANTED BUT
IT'S A MIRACLE THAT SHE CAN DO THAT, WE'RE VERY TICKLED.
STEPHANIE NEAL/DONOR RECIPIENT:I KNEW I WOULD GET WELL, BUT I DIDN'T THINK IT
WOULD DO THIS MUCH FOR ME, BUT I'VE SEEN A BIG DIFFERENCE, YOU KNOW, AFTER THE
SURGERY, I FELT BETTER. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Neal/Stephanie's Father; :00
SUPER=01-Stephanie Neal/Donor Recipient; :11
OUT Q=felt better.
Stephanie has been through more than 40-surgeries at North Carolina Baptist
Hospital in Winston Salem.
She'll have to remain on medication to make sure her body doesn't reject the
Doctors say both father and daughter are doing just fine.
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The first round of the Scott Robertson Memorial golf tournament concluded
yesterday with a little relaxation and laughter as Chuck "the hitman" Hiter
entertained golfing fans.
Hiter is a member of the Florida mini tour but is becoming better known
for his wide array of trick shots.
Roanoke Country Club fans watched in amazement as Hiter hit shots from on
top of a basketball.
He's also has a "spit ball" shot where he yes, shoots the ball out of his
mouth and then hits it.
He showed his touch by smacking a ball off an egg, and the egg did not
It's been a busy day for the Atlanta Braves and their fans. Besides playing
a doubleheader the team has been on the move off the field.
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But first to the diamond at the Vet in Philadelphia, where pitcher Greg
Maddux was a sitting duck as he is hit by the line drive off the bat of Scott
Rolen in the second.
But Maddux would settle down pitch an 8 hitter and get his glove in place as
he spears Benito Santiago's line drive at his head and doubles up the runner at
Chipper Jones got the eventual game winning run as he comes through with
the RBI single to center in the 6th.
The Braves beat the Phillies 2-to-nothing in game one.
The Braves also won the nightcap
5 to 2.
Before last night's doubleheader with the Phils the Braves went shopping and
picked up an old family heirloom.
36 year old Terry Pendleton, who played for the Braves from 1991 through
1994, was traded back to the team yesterday for minor leaguer Roosevelt Brown.
It is expected that Pendleton will play at third, and the Braves will move
Chipper Jones to Right field, and then bring Jermaine Dye and Mark Whitten off
While the Braves got Pendleton, it looks like it will be some time before
they get the services of Steve Avery back in the fold.
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Avery suffered a muscle pull on his pitching side in July, and Monday night
the lefty threw just four pitches in a rehab assignment for Double-A
Greenville, South Carolina.
Avery, who last pitched on July 11th, got two quick outs in the first
inning before suffering obvious pain on the fourth pitch.
Speaking of comebacks, the New York Yankees have been prospering this year
without former captain Don Mattingly, who walked away from the game at the end
of last season.
Yesterday he was playing golf in Nashville and he says he's thinking hard
about coming back.
IN Q="We got to...
((DON MATTINGLY/FORMER YANKEES CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Don Mattingly/Former Yankees Captain; :00
OUT Q=...PLAY AGAIN.
Still to come tonight, we'll see how the weather and the talent factor
is effecting the Scott Robertson Junior golf tournament at the Roanoke
The Virginia Tech basketball team lost its European opener last night, but
played well in Milan, Italy.
The Hokies lost 101-TO-97 to an Italian pro team made up of a group of 25
year old players.
Roanoke's Troy Manns led the Tech attack with 16 points and 10 assists.
Ace Custis had 14, and Alvaro Tor had a dozen.
Tech plays again tonight in Switzerland.
A talented field of junior golfers and house guest in mother nature who won;t
go away are making this year's Scott Robertson Memorial golf tournament to
toughest in the 14 year history of the event.
Steve Mason and photographer Scott Ayres checked out some of today's action
at the Roanoke Country Club.
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SUPER=01-Angela German/Ranked 7th in the Country; :11
SUPER=01-Miller Baber/Tournament Volunteer; :39
SUPER=01-Brandon LaCroix/15-18 Year Old Competitor; 1:19
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((190 golfers teed off. Ladies first of course. of the 41 girls competing
in 2 age groups; 14 are ranked in the top 125 in the country.
((ANGELA GERMAN/RANKED 7TH IN THE NATION:))
German is ranked 7th in the country.
The Columbus Georgia native shot a 3 over 74.
Of the 149 boys in the field, 19 are rated in the nation's top 125. raising
the talent level has many benefits...and 2 minor draw backs, the first,
((MILLER BABER/TOURNAMENT COORDINATOR:))
On a more serious note, the second,
No shows helped some golfers get into the field. Martinsville's Jason Wells
made it as an alternate.
Tournament organizers were forced to take an alternate route after heavy
rains Monday pushed first round tee times back 1 hour. Roanoke's Lee Taylor
should contend in the 13-14 age group. North Cross's Brandon LaCroix has raised
his level of play as well.
((BRANDON LACROIX/15-18 YEAR OLD COMPETITOR:))