Virginia firefighters head west to help weary firefighters battle massive
wildfires in several states.
And Republican running mates Bob Dole and Jack Kemp hit the campaign trial
one day after accepting their nominations.
There's a good chance for some strong afternoon thunderstorms... but the
weekend is looking pretty sunny.
I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Bob Dole and Jack Kemp leave California today to begin a four-state
The Republican running mates head first to Denver and finish up in Buffalo
Dole accepted his nomination last night, emphasizing his beliefs as a
Republican and offering his plans for the Presidency.
IN Q=the fundamental
((BOB DOLE; THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE IS NOT OF POLICY, BUT OF TRUST -- NOTE MERELY
PEOPLE TRUST THE PRESIDENT BUT WHETHER THE PRESIDENT AND HIS PARTY TRUST THE
PEOPLE, TRUST IN THEIR GOODNESS AND THEIR GENEROUS FOR RECOVERY. THAT'S WHAT
THE ELECTION IS ALL ABOUT.
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/Republican Presidential Nominee;
OUT Q=IS ALL ABOUT.
After the speech, Dole was joined on stage by his former rivals, including
Pat Buchanan, in a show of Republican party unity.
Dole's running mate, Jack Kemp fired up the crowd with his acceptance speech,
touching on conservative topics including faith, family and freedom.
Firefighters in the West have their hands full this afternoon, so full that
east coast firefighters are on their way to help.
The national forest service has sent more than 100 people from this region.
And just this morning, 20 employees of the Virginia Department of Forestry
left Tennessee on their way to Oregon.
Dozens of wildfires in several states continue to be fueled by high winds
and low humidity.
Jerry Bowen reports.
SUPER=03-Warm Springs, OR; :14
OUT Q= Jerry Bowen, CBS News Los Angeles.
Wildfires are racing through parts of seven western states.
From northern Idaho where 30 thousand acres have been scorched.
"QUITE A FEW HOUSE BURNING UP."
To Oregon where a dozen seperate fires have blackened 325-thousand acres so
far this week...destroying 35
Homes and buildings.
Tourist: "NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE."
Ninety miles southeast of portland, 300 tourists were stranded at the warm
springs indian reservation's
Resort casino when fires cut off the main roads.
The roads have re-opened...
but gusting winds continue to push fires from a montana ski area to
california's central valley. fire-fighters from alaska and new englands states
have been called in
Nationwide, officials say 90 percent of federal fire- fighters are already
on the line. its just a case of
too many fires...too few fire-fighters...and a weekend
forecast that calls for continued high winds.
Jerry Bowen, CBS News Los Angeles.))
In other news from the west, a graduate student opened fire yesterday in a
San Diego University Classroom, killing three professors.
Witnesses say Frederick Davidson was defending his thesis before a faculty
committee when he starting shooting.
Three others in the room
were not injured.
Davidson surrendered to officers immediately after the shooting.
California's so called pillowcase rapist is now himself a victim of an
Officials confirm that Reginald Muldrew is hospitalized in critical
condition in Gary, Indiana after reportedly being beaten by an angry mob.
Muldrew was convicted in 19-78 of raping four women and he served 16
years of a 25-year sentence.
He moved to Gary after his release
from prison in California.
His nickname comes from the pillowcase he used to cover his victims' heads
to conceal his identity.
A female Air Force major has been acquitted of sodomy charges.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX;
A military jury in Texas cleared Debra Meeks last night after seven hours of
Her defense lawyers argued Meeks' female accuser was a liar trying to
destroy Meeks' military career.
IN Q=this is
((MICHAEL TIGAR/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:THIS IS A PROUD DAY FOR JUSTICE IN THE
MILITARY. MAJOR DEBRA MEEKS HAD THE COURAGE TO REFUSE TO ACCEPT AN OFFER TO
PLEAD GUILTY TO SOMETHING SHE DID NOT DO.
SUPER=01-Michael Tigar/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=SHE DID NOT DO.
Meeks, who denied the allegations, had faced a possible sentence
of up to eight years in a military jail and discharge from the Air
TAPE#Net (edit of 96-55)
A federal judge has dismissed a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by a
former Danville teacher against a prosecutor.
A judge has ruled Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller did not violate
Thomas Motley's rights when he bought a newspaper ad outlining Motley's
The ad came after Motley was acquitted, on appeal, of charges he slapped a
Motley's criminal record was not introduced during that case, and he later
The judge said Fuller's actions may have been questionable but he WAS acting
within his official capacity.
A fireworks celebration in Peru has ended in a freak accident that killed
It happened during a fireworks display Wednesday night.
One of the rockets struck a high-tension power cable, knocking it to the
Electricity then surged through spectators gathered on a bridge.
In addition to the dead more than 40 were injured.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board gave final approval to Smart Road
The state-of-the-art highway will be used to connect Blacksburg and Roanoke
and to test cars of the future that may one day do the driving for you.
But, first the plan itself had to pass inspection.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=What makes
SUPER=01-Lorinda Lionberger/Salem District Member; :12
SUPER=01-Richard Roth/NRV Environmental Coalition; :28
SUPER=01-Ray Pethtel/Center for Transportation Research; :52
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( What makes a smart road a good idea?
Apparently in Virginia four and a half years of controversy over endangered
flowers and economic development... after this same state board okayed it in
the first place.
((LORINDA LIONBERGER/SALEM DISTRICT MEMBER: I THINK THAT THERE SETS IN A
FEELING OF RESPONSIBILITY NOW TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE PROCEED WITH THIS PROJECT
THAT WE ARE VERY, VERY CAREFUL.))
That means don't forget it's a road -- NOT just a high-tech lab.
It is, after all, NOT without enemies.
SOT TRACY BITE
((RICHARD ROTH/NRV ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION: THIS HAS TAKEN A LOT OF TIME, WE'RE
ALL, ON THE OPPOSITION SIDE WE'RE ALL VOLUNTEERS, WE DO THIS IN WHAT SPARE TIME
WE HAVE. SO IN SOME WAYS IT'S A BIT OF A RELIEF JUST FOR IT TO BE OVER. BUT I'M
SURE WE WOULD'VE PREFERRED FOR IT TO BE OVER IN A DIFFERENT WAY. ))
Road supporters bemoan the delays -- but they've proved they're NOT only
smart, they can also use their time wisely.
((RAY PETHTEL/CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH: THE SILVER LINING IN EVERY
CLOUD? I SUPPOSE IT'S FAIR TO SAY THAT AS THE DELAYS AND THE CONTROVERSY HAVE
SURROUNDED THIS PROJECT, THAT WE HAVE BEEN MOVING FORWARD, CONTINUALLY LOOKING
FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES, AND A NUMBER OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES.
THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS PROJECT.))
A one-of-a-kind all- weather simulator is the latest thing.
So if neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night or bad directions can stop
cars on the 103- million dollar smart road -- what can?
A federal court order.
A lawsuit is still pending.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
An 18- year- old man is in jail after leading police on a four county, 60
mile car chase on Interstate 81 last night.
A trooper began pursuing David Lucas at the Pulaski/Wythe County line at
about 6 o'clock.
Police say Lucas exceeded speeds of 120- miles an hour.
The chase did not end until Lucas smashed into a trooper's car near the
Washington County/Smyth County line.
Lucas ran into the median before hitting a tractor trailor.
A passenger in his car was injured and had to be airlifted to Smyth County
Her condition has not been released.
Lucas is being held in the Washington County Jail on numerous charges.
It's something credit card users fear most, someone getting a hold of their
And it could become a reality for customers who made credit purchases at a
now defunct music store.
Jay Moore explains.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Sandy Gleichauf; :11
SUPER=07-Jenny Clingempeel; :16
OUT Q=Jay Moore News 7;
(( It was supposed to be just another walk to Revco.
But Sandy Gleichauf (Gli-Cough) and her neighbor Jenny Clingempeel
(Cling-n-peel) picked up more than just odds and ends...they picked up credit
IN Q=I decided to pick
((SANDY GLEICHAUF/FOUND CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS: I DECIDED TO PICK EM UP AND RIP
THEM UP IN CASE THEY FELL OUT OF SOMEBODY'S POCKETBOOK OR SOMETHING. ))
OUT Q=or something.
IN Q=She started picking
((JENNY CLINGEMPEEL/FOUND CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS: SHE STARTED PICKING THEM UP
AND SAID WHAT'S THIS. I SAID I DON'T KNOW. SHE SAID MAYBE WE SHOULD PICK THEM
UP BECAUSE THEY HAVE SOMEONE'S CREDIT CARD NUMBER ON EM. ))
OUT Q=number on em.
IN Q=The two gathered
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: THE TWO GATHERED MORE THAN FIFTY CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS
AND AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE WERE STILL SEVERAL SCATTERED ALONG THE HIGHWAY.))
OUT Q=along the highway.
Not only did the receipts have numbers and signatures, some of the cards had
All of them came from across the street at Leed's Music Store.
It closed several months ago.
Attempts to contact representatives from the company were unsuccessful.
SOT answer machine
IN Q=Leed's Inc has
((ANSWERING MACHINE: LEED'S INCORPORATED HAS FILED A CHAPTER SEVEN BANKRUPTCY
PETITION, THE BANKRUPTCY COURT WESTERN DISTRICT VIRGINIA, ROANOKE, VIRGINIA. ))
OUT Q=Roanoke, Virginia.
A bank spokesperson said merchants are required to keep receipts for five
Most of these receipts were dated back to '94.
The same time Gleichauf bought a guitar from the music store.
IN Q=I don't like
((SANDY GLEICHAUF/FOUND CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS: I DON'T LIKE THE FEELING OF
DOING BUSINESS WITH MUSIC STORES OR ANYWHERE ELSE AND FEELING THAT MY COPIES
FLOATING ALL OVER BRAMBLETON AVENUE.))
OUT Q=over Brambleton Avenue.
For the time being, Gleichauf will hang onto the receipts until she hears
As for the others..she says she hopes those don't fall into the wrong hands.
In Roanoke County, Jay Moore, News 7.
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Say the word cockroach, and most of his cringe.
But one Virginia Tech en-to-mology professor
considers these creepy creatures, loveable critters.
IN Q=don't you
((DON'T YOU THINK HE'S RATHER PRETTY?
ANSWER: FOR A COCKROACH HE'S RATHER PRETTY. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mary Ross/Entomology Professor;
OUT Q=rather pretty
Mary Ross has raised roaches for more than 30 years.
She has discovered nearly every known mutant strain of the German cockroach
in this lab, making it one of a kind in the world.
Ross says of the four thousand species, only about 25 are considered pests.
((MOST OF THEM OUT IN THE TROPICS, THEY DON'T HURT ANYBODY, IN FACT THEY
PROBABLY DO SOME GOOD BREAKING DOWN VARIOUS ORGANIC MATERIALS. ))
OUT Q=organic materials
Odds are though, that'll be small comfort the next time you find one in YOUR
Tired of the same old same old? Need something different to dress up your
yard or garden?
Certain types of annuals have just hit the market this season, and the
Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech is the spot to check them out.
Blue stars, Cannalillies (can-ah-lil-eez), and purple-ruffled basil are
just some of the new plants on the hit parade.
While some of these plants are in fact perennials, most are from warmer
climates and should be treated as annuals in our region.
IN Q=Well some of
SUPER=02-Bob Lyons/Horticulture Gardens Director;
OUT Q=the winter time.
For more information on plants like these, access the Horticulture Gardens
home page on the Internet through our own WDBJ homepage.
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Possible Showers/55-59/Partly/Sunny/80-84;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Partial Clearing/51-55/Partly/Sunny/75-79;
Virginia is home to eight of the top 100 best college buys in the country.
This, according to Money Magazine.
The highest rank in the state went to James Madison University.
Washington and Lee came in 28th.
Sweet Brier College is ranked 39th.
The University of Virginia-- 45th
Emory and Henry comes in 69th place.
And V-M-I ranks 86th.
The list is compiled each year and is based on criteria such as faculty to
student ratio, tuition costs and specialized programs.
Stocks have been holding on to their early gains, shrugging off a
potentially troublesome earnings report in the computer sector.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 23 points.
U-V-a's football media day kicked off in Charlottesville yesterday.
And in the middle of all the talk of pre season rankings and quarterback
questions, a good time was had.
Steve Mason takes us inside the "U-V-A FAMILY" from Scott Stadium.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Jamie Sharper/UVa Linebacker; :16
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Strong Safety; :22
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :38
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1996 Spring Game; :41
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Tailback; :48
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/UVa Quarterback; 1:03
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; 1:09
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/1995 Peach Bowl; 1:15
SUPER=01-Darrell Medley/UVa Fullback; 1:21
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The N-F-L preseason rolled on last night in Atlanta where spirals have
replaced vaults and floor exercises in the Georgia Dome.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ESPN; :00
Jeff George and the Falcons have had their way all night long against the
Here he hooks up with Eric Metcalf in the back of the endzone for the TD in
The falcons blister the Raiders last night by a score of 27 to 6.
Nolan Ryan is still making baseball history at the age of 49.
The Ryan Express retired in 19-93 and now he will be the first player in
baseball history to have three retired jersey numbers.
Ryan's Angels jersey was retired in '93, his Rangers jersey will be retired
next month, and yesterday Houston announced they will retire his number 34 at
their season finale on September 29th.
Ryan had seven no-hitters, 5,714 strikeouts and a 324-292 record.
A father and son fishing trip turned into a scene from the movie "Jaws"
Richard Birarelli and his son, Mike, were fishing for cod when, instead,
they netted a two-thousand pound Great White Shark.
The shark was alive when is was pulled to the surface, but died before
reaching shore, presumably from thrashing in the net.
IN Q=I've never seen
SUPER=01-Mike Birarelli/Caught Great White Shark;
OUT Q=ever this big.
Though the shark caught the fishermen and onlookers by suprise, a scientist
will make the catch useful.
IN Q=It's very uncommon
SUPER=01-Joe Mello/Marine Biologist;
OUT Q=info as we can.
The shark was later lifted by crane onto a local dock.
Tonight on News-7 at Five--
Scientists are looking at estrogen therapy, as a possible way to ward off
The story, plus researchers believe they now know more about the cause of
urinary tract infections.
Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.
Those stories, on Health Check, later today.