Next on News Seven-- The Reform
party has voted Ross Perot as their Presidential Candidate.
He defeated opponent Richard Lamm almost by a 2 to 1 margin.
There is new evidence in the fatal plane crash that killed a Vinton man.
And a Bluegrass Festival is going on this weekend in Vinton.
We'll have all the toe-tapping and more.
The news is next.
The Reform party has voted Ross Perot as their Presidential Candidate.
SUPER=03-Valley Forge, PA;
He defeated opponent Richard Lamm almost by a 2 to 1 margin.
Perot is the parties founder and chief financial backer.
There is new evidence in the fatal crash that killed Preveen Bhaskaran
(BAH-sharin) of Vinton.
We have transcripts of the pilot communicating with Airport officials
moments before the crash.
The eigth Old Time Bluegrass Festival is going on in Vinton this weekend.
We'll listen in on the competition.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
To no surprise to some experts... Ross Perot has sealed the Reform Party bid
as its presidential nominee.
Perot captured the nomination with almost twice as many votes.
But some are wondering if the voting procedures were actually control by
Jim Moore has the latest.
SUPER=03-Valley Forge, PA; :00
SUPER=01-Russell Verney/Reform Party Coordinator; :14
SUPER=01-Richard Lamm/Former Colorado Governor; 1:47
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Inv.
A pre-liminary report was released today concerning Tuesday's plane crash
that killed a Vinton man in Roanoke County.
The report indicates there was NOTHING mechanically wrong with the aircraft
when it slammed into Catawba mountain.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday; :00
OUT Q=tomorrow for Bhaskaran.
(( The single engine Beechcraft went down near McAfee's Knob, killing the
pilot, Praveen Bhaskaran (Bah-Sharin).
Investigators say the Vinton man reported a problem shortly before the plane
According to the plane's data recorder, Bhaskaran (Bah-Sharin) transmitted
that he was going to attempt to land at the Roanoke Regional Airport using an
instrument landing system approach.
While trying to land he radioed to another pilot and said QUOTE: "...we're
still about twenty nine hundred, we're starting to see some ground about now."
About 25 seconds later, during the last recorded message, he also radioed
"I'll tell what I'm gonna do... I'm gonna do a missed approach..."
The transmission then ended abruptly.
The report says the marker beacon lights were not observed in the instrument
panel or on the accident site.
A review of maintenance records revealed they were removed in April and
No word yet on whether that was a factor in the crash.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow for Bhaskaran (Bah-Sharin).))
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
More expectations and more disappointment in the search for the cause of the
A source close to the investigation says an eight-foot piece of roof from
the mid-section of the jumbo jet does
NOT appear to be significant in figuring out what brought the plane down.
A preliminary inspection shows no blast damage and no trace of chemical
residue on the roof section.
VO-NAT 20:24:10 & 20:26:36
Meanwhile the families and friends of the victims of the crash remembered
their loved ones today, a month after the plane exploded.
About 300 relatives of victims walked onto the school football field and
before a crowd of three-thousand people.
Twenty-one people aboard the Paris-bound jetliner were from this small town
ValuJet is CAUTIOUSLY taking to the skies again.
The airline, grounded after the fatal crash in the Florida Everglades last
May, is preparing to resume operation again.
Yesterday, a crew flew round-trip from Atlanta to Washington's Dulles
Airport without incident.
Next week, F-A-A inspectors will fly on several ValuJet flights to check the
airline's readiness in emergency situations.
The F-A-A grounded the entire ValuJet operation in June after the crash
killed 110 people.
The airline had hoped to start flying again but the investigation into the
crash prevented that from happening.
The first 500 U-S military police of the so-called "reshaping of forces" for
Operation Joint Endeavor arrived in Bosnia today.
By the end of August, there will be nearly eleven-hundred additional MPs
joining the force.
The troops will add more flexibility and mobility as heavy armored units
The military police will also provide more security forces capable of
responding to threats and increase their intelligence efforts.
They will also monitor the movement of civilians to polling stations during
the elections and continue to monitor the overall activity in the region.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke has reason to celebrate tonight and does so in style.
The event is in honor of the All America City Award given to Roanoke.
It's the fifth time Roanoke has received this honor.
Party goers enjoyed cake and ice cream, storytelling and face painting.
Balloons decorated downtown Roanoke as Roanoke's citizens, businesses,
non-profit organizations and government were honored.
Only ten cities in the country received the All America City Award.
Mayor David Bowers hosted the party.
The festivities will end this evening at midnight.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, Jack Kevorkian is in the middle of another
controversy, but this time its with the newspapers, not in court,
and we'll tell you about the newest job offers in southside.
Employers are hoping to make you feel right at home.
Kimberly in the WX Office
Some cloud cover-- but skies will clear up overnight.
Patchy fog is also a possibility.
Our forecast looks pretty good-- partly sunny skies-- with a slight chance
of some showers tomorrow.
Today wasn't bad, either-- let's show you the mild high and low
MUSIC UP FULL
Jack Kevorkian's lawyer says the "Boston Herald" got it wrong.
The Herald quotes his lawyer as saying Kevorkian was aware of family
problems involving the latest person he helped commit suicide.
But his lawyer calls the newspaper article ``an absolute lie.''
Mariellen (Mary-Ellen) Burns reports.
SUPER=01-Franklin Curren/Husband; :00
SUPER=01-Mariellen Burns/Reporting; 1:30
(( A woman who went to Dr. Jack Kevorkian to die knew what she was doing and
her decision was not related to an assault charge against her husband,
according to Kevorkian's lawyer.
Geoffrey Fieger says reporters are raising the charge against Judith
Curren's husband in order to discredit Kevorkian.
Forty-two year old Curren, a registered nurse from Pembroke, Massachusetts,
became the 35th person known to have died in Kevorkian's presence on Thursday.
She suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome.
Her husband, Dr. Franklin Curren, was arrested July 26 on a charge of
domestic assault and battery.
According to court records, Franklin Curren told police his wife was
refusing to take her antidepressant medication and that the couple had been
Judith Curren, who was bedridden, told officers she was afraid of her
husband and that he had yanked the phone away from her and dismantled it.
Court records also indicate she accused her husband of grabbing her arm and
hair and pulling her out of bed.
Curren was released on probation and at a pretrial hearing Aug. 6, he was
ordered to undergo counseling.
He was set to return to court Oct. 7.
When asked by Boston's WBZ-TV if he had ever harmed his wife, Curren
said, ``No, no, no ... the irony was, she would accuse me of abuse because I
threatened to keep her alive.''))
According to the latest plans, a section of a proposed interstate called
I-73 is supposed to run through our area.
It may take 20 years before it's completed though.
This week at a gathering... it was revealed to supporters in Henry County
that at least one stretch of the road will be ready to use by the end of the
SOT i-73 tape 11:30:25:12
IN Q=North Carolina
((NELSON WALKER/I-73-74 CORRIDOR ASSOCIATION: NORTH CAROLINA WILL ACTUALLY PUT
THE SHIELD UP AND OPEN THE PUBLIC TO DRIVE ON THE 220 SECTION FROM GREENSBORO
TO KENDOA NORTH CAROLINA THAT WILL BE INTERSTATE 73/74 SHIELD SO THE FIRST
56-AND-A-HALF MILES OF INTERSTATE 73/74 WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SO WE'RE
VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.))
SUPER=01-George Lester/Job Link;
OUT Q=about that.
The highway is supposed to go from Michigan to Charleston, South Carolina.
It will link Martinsville, Roanoke, and the New River Valley.
People are lining up to work at the new Nationwide Homes plant.
The modular home manufacturer received hundreds of applications at a job
fair in Martinsville, today.
The company is opening a new plant in October and needs to fill 75 positions
in both the office and production areas.
Company officials say they've received nearly 400 applications in the last
Record sales made this expansion possible.
IN Q=EACH OF THE LAST THREE
((JOHN ADAMS/HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER: EACH OF THE LAST THREE YEARS HAS BEEN
RECORD SETTING YEARS FOR US. 1996 IS CONTINUING THE FOURTH YEAR OF THAT RECORD
SETTING COURSE. WE HAVE THE BEST BACKLOG IN OUR HISTORY.))
SUPER=01-John Adams/Human Resource Manager;
OUT Q=in our history
More jobs may be available in the future.
Adams says Nationwide may increase production in the first part of 1997.
Scam artist are everywhere these days... but there are many things you can
do to protect yourself.
A number of scams involving home improvement are common during the summer
months, but phone scams happen year-round.
It's important to remember never give out you social security, credit card
or checking account numbers unless you initiate the call.
From the police to the Better Business Bureau, many organizations can help
you if you've been victimized.
IN Q=Based on this
(( BASED ON THIS INFORMATION THEN YOU ARE ABLE TO THEN GO ON AND TAKE ACTION
AND ALERT UNIFORMED OFFICERS THAT ARE PATROLLING THEIR WATCHES AND WE CAN LET
NEIGHBORHOODS KNOW THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM AND BUSINESS WATCH
PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE. ))
SUPER=01-Lee Linkous/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=that we have
Tune into On Record tomorrow morning at 11 for more information on how to
avoid being scammed.
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later in our newscast, we'll show you how Roanoke's new
conductor is preparing for the symphony's fall debut,
and we'll listen to some Old Time Bluegrass at a Festival and Competition in
MUSIC UP FULL
There's a new conductor for Roanoke's Symphony Orchestra.
David Wiley will begin his tenure in October, and is in town preparing for
Wiley and his wife moved to Roanoke and is now planning concerts and
educational programs and preparing for musical rehearsals.
This week he took part in Roanoke's All-America City Celebration, and said
he is looking forward to opening night.
IN Q=For me communication
((DAVID WILEY/ROANOKE SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR: FOR ME COMMUNICATION IS THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING, THAT PEOPLE COME TO THE CONCERTS AND FEEL THAT HOPEFULLY AT
LEAST IN SOME SMALL WAY THERE LIFE HAS BEEN CHANGED. IT'S A WONDERFUL
ORCHESTRA. IT'S A WONDERFUL STAFF AND SUPPORT GROUP AND I THINK FOR ME JUST THE
EXCITEMENT OF OPENING NIGHT THE EXCITEMENT OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC WE HAVE
THE PRIVILEGE OF PERFORMING, I HOPE THAT THE AUDIENCE WILL CATCH THAT
SUPER=01-David Wiley/Roanoke Symphony Conductor;
OUT Q=catch that enthusiasm.
The Roanoke Symphony will open its season October 21st with guest pianist
Norman Krieger (KREE-guhr).
The concert will feature some of the work of Rachmaninoff
(rock-MAH-ni-nawf), Brahms (BRAHMZ), and Verdi (VAIR-dee).
Lately President Clinton has been having fun with a new White Water
SUPER=03-Jackson Hole, WY;
This one is not in Arkansas... but Wyoming.
He's wrapping up a nine-day family vacation with a daring whitewater rafting
trip down the Snake River with daughter Chelsea.
Clinton will be returning to Washington from Jackson Wyoming tonight night
to prepare for his 50th birthday party celebration at New York's Radio City
Music Hall tomorrow night.
Maybe it was the new ownership, maybe not. The Roanoke Rush struggled for
most of the game tonight but picks up a come from behind win over the Triad
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Rush vs. Wallabies;
The Rush charged onto the Victory Stadium turf in search of its 3rd
But Roanoke spotted the visitors an early touchdown. Tony Penn fumbles the
snap and the whistle never blows. John Cunningham picks up the loose ball and
lumbers 45 yards for the score and a 6-nothing Triad lead.
Penn would redeem himself in the 2nd quarter with this 4 yard keeper for
the TD. The Rush led it 7 to 6.
The Wallabies drove deep into Rush territory just before the half, but came
up empty at the 1, keeping the score at 7-6.
David Merrick adds this 41 yard SUPER=34-Roanoke/16/Triad/6/;
field goal in the 3rd to make it a 10-6 game, and Roanoke wins 16 to 6.
The St. Louis Cardinals scored a run in the 8-th and it was enough to hold
off the Marlins 4 to 3.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
The play of the day happened in the second Devon White makes the jumping
catch at the wall robbing Gary Gaetti of a home run early in the game.
Then leading 1 to nothing, Ron Gant gets all of this pitch it ends up over
the left field wall for a two run homer and the Cardinals led 3 to nothing.
But the Marlins rallied. In the seventh Luis Castillo hits a single to
right centerfield scoring Kurt Abbott and the game was tied at 3 to 3.
In the 8-th, Royce Clayton hits a SUPER=35-St.
Louis/4/Florida/3/;single by second base into right field Luis Alicea scores
off the play and the Cardinals go on to win it 4 to 3.
Jim Thome homered, doubled and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians
beat the Detroit Tigers this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/FOX SPORTS; :
The Tigers in Cleveland for the second day in a row.
In the bottom of the first, Albert Belle sends this bullet into the gap
at left centerfield scoring Kenny Lofton and the Indians took the one to
Thome added to the lead in the fifth when he sends this Justin Thompson
pitch over the left centerfield wall for a solo homer to make it 2 to nothing
But Detroit tied the score in the sixth. Bob Higgenson hits this double
down the right field line scoring Travis Fryman and Ruben Sierra to make it 2
Thome puts the game away in the SUPER=35-Cleveland/6/Detroit/3/;sixth
he doubles down the right field line scoring Belle the Indians led it 4 to 3
and the Indians get the 6 to 3 win.
Oakland ended its five game losing streak this afternoon beating Baltimore
3 to 1.
SUPER=03-Oakland, CA/FOX SPORTS; :
Art Howe looking on from the dugout.
In the fourth inning, Terry Steinbach sends this pitch over the right field
wall for a 2 run homer his 29-th and Oakland led 2 to nothing.
Baltimore's Rafael Palmerio SUPER=35-Oakland/3/Baltimore/1/;
provided the only run for the Orioles. He hit this solo homer over the right
field wall But the A's beat the Orioles 3 to 1.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/FOX SPORTS; :
Jay Buhner, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey all homered today as the
Seattle Mariners routed the Yankees in the Big Apple this afternoon.
For that and all of today's scores lets check the numbers.
wipe to boards
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SUPER=0092-/Florida/1/j/St. Louis/4///j/New York/7//San Diego/3///;
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
And coming up, The Panthers sign Tim Biakabutuka Jimmy Spencer leads second
round qualifying at Michigan.
And several former pro football players are inducted into the college hall
The Carolina Panthers signed rookie Tim Biakabutuka last night he's
expected to join the team on Monday.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/JP SPORTS; :
Tonight Biakabutuka was on the sideline as the Panthers hosted the Buffalo
Jim Kelly took care of business early. Here he goes to the air and hits
Lonnie Johnson on the 29 yard touchdown pass the Bills led the Panthers 7 to
Leading 10 to nothing, Kelly's SUPER=30-Buffalo/24/Carolina/0/;back up
Todd Collins hooks up with Henry Bailey on the 36 yard touchdown strike Buffalo
led 17 to nothing and the Bills win it 24 to nothing.
The first class of small college players were inducted into the College
Football Hall of Fame.
SUPER=03-South Bend, IN/ESPN; :
Former Chicago Bear running back Walter Payton who played at Jackson state
and Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw of Louisiana Tech were two of
IN Q="I applaud...
((WALTON PAYTON/HALL OF FAMER: ))
((TERRY BRADSHAW/HALL OF FAMER: ))
SUPER=01-Walter Payton/Hall of Famer; :00
SUPER=01-Terry Bradshaw/Hall of Famer; :14
OUT Q= ....small college class."
Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Neil Lomax and the late Buck Buchanan join
Bradshaw and Payton in the hall.
The field is set for tomorrow's running of the Goodwrench 400 at the
Michigan International Speedway.
Jimmy Spencer led second round qualifying with a speed of 182 point 987
miles per hour for the 26-th starting position.
Rick Mast will start 32-nd. For the rest of the lineup lets check the
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-26. Jimmy Spencer/182.987/27. Derrike Cope//28. Morgan
Shepherd//29. Geoff Bodine//30. Jim Sauter;
SUPER=0107-31. Brett Bodine//32. Rick Mast//33. Hut Stricklin//34. Ted
Musgrave//35. Chad Little;
SUPER=0107-36. Robert Pressley//37. Dave Marcis//38. Rickey Craven//39. Jason
Keller//40. J. Mayfield;
SUPER=0107-41. Greg Sacks //42. Mike Wallace//43. Ron Hornaday;
Gas mileage determined the winner of the Detroit Gaskets 200 Busch Grand
National race at Michigan this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Brooklyn, MI/ESPN; :
Jeff Purvis came from the 27-th spot and his car got the best gas mileage
as he crossed the finish line ahead of Kevin Lapage.
Purvis stretched it to the limit as his car ran out of gas after taking the
checkered flag and had to be pushed to Victory Lane.
IN Q="I think...
((JEFF PURVIS/DETROIT GASKETS 200 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Purvis/Detroit Gaskets 200 Winner; :
OUT Q= ........its there's.
Terry Labonte was third, Mark Martin fourth and Rickey Craven fifth. Ward
burton fifnished 12-th
Toes were tapping and folks were fiddling around today at the Vinton
Old-Time Bluegrass Festival.
The eighth annual competition is underway all weekend long.
Videographer Rob Monroe takes us to the festival.