Bob Dole is just hours away from
accepting the Republican presidential nomination.
And One of the convicted former Whitewater business partners of
President Clinton is cooperating with prosecutors, according to two
Mostly sunny this afternoon.. still there's a chance of a thunderstorm or two.
Highs will be in the mid 80s.
I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
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Bob Dole is spending the day practicing a speech he's been waiting years to
give, his acceptance of the Republican nomination for the Presidency of the
Last night in San Diego delegates gave the former Senator from Kansas a
nearly unanimous vote on the third night of their nominating convention.
Taking her cue from talk show hosts Dole's wife Elizabeth walked among the
delegates to talk about her husband's more human side.
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Dole watched the proceedings from a hotel suite.
Dole's speech tonight is expected to last 40 minutes and focus on his plan
for tax cuts and regulatory reforms.
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Virginia's former Health and Human Resources Secretary had the glory job
last night at the convention.
Kay Coles James was hand-picked by Bob Dole to serve as convention
secretary, calling the roll of states for his nomination.
James is a dean of Pat Robertson's Regent University and sits on the state
Board of Education.
Meantime, James has stirred a bit controversy.
A member of the Republican National Committee from Idaho suggested James was
picked for the high profile role because of her race.
Cindy Moyle told reporters SHE'D been promised the secretary position.
James says she's offended by the implication.
She says Moyle's comments "sound like something a Democrat would say."
New polls suggest Bob Dole is getting the expected "bounce" from the
A-B-C and N-B-C polls just released show Dole within ten points of
President Clinton in a head-to-head contest.
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On vacation in Wyoming, President Clinton has stayed away from watching the
convention but he could be in store for some bad news.
A-B-C News and "The Los Angeles Times" report that Clinton's
former Whitewater business partner James McDougal is cooperating
McDougal will be sentenced Monday for conspiring to arrange fraudulent
Prosecutors have won a key battle in the Oklahoma City bombing case but
they've also suffered a setback.
Key evidence against suspect Timothy McVeigh has been thrown out.
At issue is a statement defendant Terry Nichols volunteered to
Nichols allegedly said he met McVeigh in Oklahoma City two days
before the blast and McVeigh told him, quote, something big is going to happen.
Yesterday, the federal judge in the case ruled the statement can be used
against Nichols but NOT against McVeigh.
The attorneys for both suspects have argued the F-B-I violated their
clients constitutional rights while gathering much of their evidence.
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MICHAEL TIGAR/NICHOLS ATTORNEY:
THE CONSTITUTION THAT SERVED US ALL SO WELL SHOULD NOT BE ANOTHER
VICTIM OF THE BOMB IN OKLAHOMA CITY. ))
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But in yesterday's ruling the judge found, that for the most part, the
government acted properly and vital evidence can be used.
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Investigators probing the crash of T-W-A Flight 800 are now looking at the
front coach section of the plane.
A source says the focus is on rows 17 to 28.
The seats were above the center fuel tank, an area from which little debris
has been recovered.
But the pieces that have been recovered show evidence of an extensive fire.
Investigators continue to speculate that if the aircraft was downed by a
bomb, it may have been placed in carry-on luggage under a seat or in a food
Meantime, some terrifying moments for passengers aboard a Florida bound
The 7-27 had to make an emergency landing last night at New York's Kennedy
airport after one of its three engines failed.
The plane had just taken off from LaGuardia.
The jet was headed for Tampa with 132 passengers on board.
Commercial air travel is making news in Bosnia.
The first commercial flight in more than four years landed in Sarajevo today
as the city's International airport reopened for traffic.
United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher spoke at a ceremony
marking the event.
Investigators are trying to unravel the details of an apparent
murder-suicide on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The bodies of 18-year-old Heather Marie Meadows and 26-year-old Kevin Ray
Meadows of Waynesboro were discovered by tourists yesterday near an overlook.
Nelson County Sheriff Ronald Wood says both victims had been shot once in the
He says a nine-millimeter handgun was recovered at the scene.
Wood also says the two were married, but may have been separated.
In the past ten years, the number of felony crimes has more than doubled in
the city of Lynchburg.
As a result, the city's victim- witness assistance program has been overrun
with requests for help.
Now the program is getting some help of its own.
A state grant will create another full- time position, taking some of the
workload off the current coordinator Susan Clark.
Clark's responsibility is to make it easier for prosecutors to do THEIR job.
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((SUSAN CLARK/VICTIM- WITNESS COORDINATOR: IT'S SO TIME- CONSUMING, THEY HAVE
TRIAL PREPARATION, WHERE I CAN BE THERE FOR THE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT WHEN IT'S
NEEDED. AND A LOT OF MY JOB IS A SOUNDING BOARD.))
((BILL PETTY/PROSECUTOR: SHE HAS REALLY HELPED PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS,
SHE'S HELPED THEM DEAL WITH THEIR ANGER AND THEIR FRUSTRATION AT THE SYSTEM,
AND SHE HELPS THE PROSECUTORS BY LETTING THEM DO THEIR JOB, WHICH IS TRY TO THE
CASE TO THE JURY.))
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Petty says while the grant helps, the victim- witness program could still
use even more help than what the state is providing.
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Still to come on News 7,
We'll tell you why the crew of the Brosville Volunteer Fire Department is
turning to residents for help,
and fires in the west continue to burn.
So far, hundreds of thousands of acres have been scorched.
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Sharon Bottoms has given up her fight to get custody of her five-year-old
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At a hearing before a judge in Henrico County this morning, a lawyer for
Bottoms says she's withdrawn her petition for custody of her son, Tyler.
Bottoms case attracted national attention, when courts ruled she was an
unfit parent because she was a lesbian.
Bottoms mother was awarded custody.
Today's hearing will determine Sharon Bottoms' visitation rights.
For more than 60 years it has stood as the definitive structure of Eagle
Rock. Now the bridge connecting the Botetourt County town and U-S 220 will be
The Commissioner of the Commonwealth Transportation Board says the bridge
will be torn down sometime in the next year.
Despite that, residents of Eagle Rock say they will continue their efforts
to keep the bridge in tact.
They say it's imperative that it stays open.
Without it fire trucks and ambulances will have to take a four mile detour.
Those leading the fight are trying to get a historical designation for the
No rest for the firefighting weary in the Pacific northwest this afternoon.
Winds blowing up to 40 miles an hour are fueling the flames of an Oregon
wildfire, destroying at least
About 150 other homes were evacuated from the region southeast of Portland.
It's just one of several Western fires that have burned more than
This fire near Banning, California has blackened some 12-thousand acres.
But firefighters say it's now 80 percent contained and should be fully under
control by tonight.
The Brosville Volunteer Fire Department is turning to the community for a
The department needs money to build a new fire station.
Fire officials say the existing facility, on Route 58, is "unsound" because
it's resting on "fill dirt" which has caused the floor to sink.
A festival and telethon held last year was successful.
This year organizers hope to draw an even larger crowd August 24th and 25th
at Brosville Middle School.
The event will feature food and music as well as an auction, antique
tractors and show cars.
There will also be a carnival for younger kids.
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((RANDY WILLIAMSON/TELETHON DIRECTOR: WE RAISED 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS LAST YEAR,
NETTED ABOUT 22 WHICH WAS A SOCK, SO THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO GO FOR 35
THOUSAND. WE'VE ADDED A FEW THINGS AND WE HOPE TO RAISE THE MONEY. THE
COMMUNITY HAS BEEN REAL GOOD TO US; THEY'VE REALLY TURNED OUT TO SUPPORT THIS
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The department needs a total of 110- thousand dollars to make the project a
The County Board of Supervisors has already pledged 30-thousand dollars.
1996 may have been a tough year for many of southwest Virginia's peach
But in Patrick County they are celebrating the harvest.
At this Orchard in Critz (CRITES) trees in the higher elevations are heavy
with fruit, but they are the exception.
Elsewhere on the farm, a hard freeze took a heavy toll in early March.
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((J.P. VIA/PATRICK CO. PEACH GROWER: ANYTHING THAT WAS OPEN THEN WAS KILLED.
ABOUT THE ONLY THING WE HAD LEFT WAS WHAT WAS RIGHT ON TOP OF THE HILLS, THE
VERY BEST PEACH SITES AND THEY'VE DONE REAL WELL. WHAT FEW WE DID HAVE, HAVE
DONE REAL WELL.))
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OUT Q=done real well.
Today at the ninth Annual Virginia Peach Festival near Stuart, the
disappointment of March was a distant memory.
A fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce, the event also served as a tribute
to the peach growers in the region.
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((AL BRAMMER/PEACH FESTIVAL FOUNDER: IT WAS STARTED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE
FARMERS TO SALUTE OUR PEACH FARMERS HERE IN PATRICK COUNTY, WHERE THEY GROW
EXCELLENT PEACHES, AND ALSO GET THE CHAMBER OUT OF DEBT. WE WERE STRUGGLING AS
A RURAL AREA BACK THEN.))
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The crowd of two- thousand also brought out the politicians.
Both candidates for the 5th district seat in Congress, Virgil Goode and
George Landrith campaigned at the Peach Festival this afternoon.
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Don't go away -
Just ahead, the Martinsville-Henry County area says goodbye to someone
responsible for bringing more than six new employers to town,
and one of the men who helped pioneer E-S-P-N, dies in a swimming accident.
The Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau has found at least a
temporary replacement for its embattled executive director.
Catherine Fox, shown here in the navy overcoat, has been appointed ACTING
She replaces Martha Mackey, who resigned in June.
Mackey had become the subject of harsh criticism by one of the Bureau's
board members this year.
Fox has been with the Bureau for eight years, serving in various capacities.
Mackey will stay on as a consultant on a temporary basis.
Business leaders in the Martinsville- Henry County area say they're going to
have a hard time replacing the person in charge of their job creation efforts.
But they also say that Frank Novakowski is leaving them with a good
foundation for future growth.
Len Besthoff explains.
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(( Rarely will you see a big sendoff for an economic developer.
But Frank Novakowski has made his mark in Martinsville and Henry County.
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((CAROLYN SHAUGH/NATIONSBANK-MARTINSVILLE: FRANK HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS ASSET
TO THE PATRICK HENRY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND TO OUR COMMUNITY. AND HE HAS
FOSTERED SOME EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE STATE PEOPLE IN ECONOMIC
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During Novakowski's three years at the Patrick Henry Development Council,
the region's textile industry has LOST several thousand jobs.
But he responded by luring more than a half dozen new employers to town,
constructing a new shell building to lure industry, and reshaping the area's
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((FRANK NOVAKOWSKI/PATRICK HENRY DEV. COUN.: WE AT ONE TIME WERE KNOWN AS THE
INDUSTRIAL HEART OF THE BLUE RIDGE. AND WHAT WE REALLY WANTED TO SAY IS WE'RE
OPEN TO A LOT OF OTHER KINDS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, BACK OFFICE INDUSTRY,
HEADQUARTERS OPERATIONS, AS WELL OF COURSE, AS INDUSTRIAL.))
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In some parting words Novakowski says Martinsville-Henry County and the
Roanoke Valley will do better economically if they combine some of their
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((NOVAKOWSKI: AS FRANKLIN COUNTY CONTINUES TO GROW, ROCKY MOUNT GROWS, AS THE
TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR BUSTLES, AS GREENSBORO GROWS NORTH, I THINK
MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY IS WORTH THE ROANOKE VALLEY'S ATTENTION. I THINK
THAT THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER REGIONALLY.))
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((Addressing this area specifically, Novakowski says to bring more job growth
here the region needs to think about building yet another shell building, and
buying more land to build a new industrial park. Len Besthoff, News-7,
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For the second time this year, the town of Buchanan in Botetourt County has
made a big score on the job creation front.
Earlier this year, Meadville Forging of Pennsylvania announced plans to
build a plant there.
Today the Groendyk (grun-DIKE) Corporation announced it is expanding.
It considered moving and taking 150 jobs along with it.
Now it will stay in town and create 25 NEW jobs.
Groendyk makes rubber and silicon products for the automotive, lighting and
mass transit industries.
It will soon begin manufacturing items for other markets.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN four points.
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Stay with us - coming up in Sports, the Orioles celebrate a win over the
and Avalanche fans get more than just a game at Memorial Stadium, as a baseball
museum rolls into town.
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One of E-S-P-N's original sports anchors has died in a swimming accident.
Police say Tom Mees drowned in a neighbor's pool Wednesday afternoon. He was
Mees anchored E-S-P-N's SportsCenter from 1979 until 1993 and recently
served as N-H-L play-by-play commentator for E-S-P-N Two.
His wife has told police Mees did not know how to swim.
The Salem Avalanche had to wade through two nights of wet weather but they
finally got to hook up with the Lynchburg Hillcats last night.
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After falling behind 2 to nothing in the top of the first Salem would come
back in its half of the inning.
With the bases loaded and one run already in, Chad Gambill comes through with
the double that drives in three runs. Salem takes a 4-to-2 lead, and that
would turn out to be the game winning sequence.
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helped Salem preserve a 6-to-3 win.
The two teams play a doubleheader tonight at 6.
Before last night's Avalanche game, the Rawlings Sports Caravan traveling
workshop and museum was on display for fans of all ages.
Steve Mason gives us the grand tour.
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((An 18 wheel baseball museum with some legendary baseball artifacts for the
game's future prospects to enjoy. A visit with Mickey, Brooks and Hank, is only
part of the fun. Watching major league bats and balls being made...as Mel Allen
once said, howa bout that!!
Fans watched as the Rawlings crew put together a ball step by step.
Hey, for one fan, there's nothing like watching a nice piece of lumber being
The 18 wheeler also drives you down memory lane with it's museum. bats used
by members of the 500 home run club are on display.
Rawlings also appeals to the football and basketball buffs and there is even
a video highlight reel for everyone's enjoyment. Steve Mason news 7 sports"))
The Baltimore Orioles are trying to catch and keep pace with the Yankees.
Yesterday they beat the Brewers 8-to-5.
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Eddie Murray continues to move in on a number of milestones as he hit two
homeruns to push his career total to 497.
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on the r-b-i list with one thousand 880.
The Orioles have now won 11 of their last 15 games.
Most people avoid bees and especially bee stings, but one California man
Known as the "Bee Man," Norm Gary
covers himself with 100-thousand bees and plays the clarinet.
Gary says he's been stung more than 50-thousand times and gets a half-dozen
new stings each performance.
But he claims they don't hurt, as long as you pull the stingers out real
Tonight on News-7 at Five's Health Check report-- we've all heard the
dangers of smoking.
Now a study shows a higher risk of dying from heart disease for those
non-smokers married to smokers.
More on that report and news of the day tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
That's it for NEWS-7 at NOON, thanks for watching. Have a nice day.
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