Ahead on News7,
The tension is continuing to mount in the Middle East-- More palestinians are
injured in fighting with Israeli troops.
And President Clinton fulfills his mother day pledge.
It's looking like a drizzly afternoon shaping up. I'll tell you more about
it in the forecast in a few minutes.
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
Israeli radio describes gun battles between Palestinians and Israeli troops
as the "picture of war."
At least 32 Palestinians and five Israelis have died in a third
straight day of fighting.
The Israeli defense minister has called out tanks and helicopters.
Jesse Schulman has more.
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In Mobile, Alabama a man fatally shot two security guards this morning at a
Authorities say the gunman opened fire at a metal detection machine near an
elevator that lead to courtrooms.
Police then shot and wounded the gunman.
There is no word yet on the suspect's identity or motive.
A hostage standoff continues today in Florida.
Authorities say a man is holding his infant son hostage after storming the
mother's apartment and killing her brother.
It started last night in Daytona Beach, apparently in a dispute over
visitation rights to the child.
A witness says the mother's teen-age brother was shot when he confronted
Ranell Baker, who then took his 6- week- old son hostage.
President Clinton has put an end to so called drive through deliveries.
In a Rose Garden Cermemony this morning he signed a bill that mandates
insurance companies pay for maternity stays of up to two days.
For Caesarean births, the minimum would be four days.
The legislation also bars companies from setting separate coverage limits
for mental health treatment.
Meantime, the Senate is expected to vote this week on two bills cracking
down on illegal immigration.
The House passed the measures last night.
One focuses on law enforcement, the other lets states deny public school
education to the children of illegal aliens.
The school- restriction measure is not likely to pass in the Senate and
President Clinton pledges a veto if it does pass.
Kimberly McBroom has local reaction to the legislaton.
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(( The Commonwealth doesn't attract as many immigrants as border states
like Texas or California.
But nearly 200 refugees re-settle in Southwest Virginia each year.
A local immigration official says the only way a new law could keep
illegal immigrants out is to include employer sanctions.
IN Q=There aren't sanctions
((BARBARA SMITH/IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICES: THERE AREN'T SANCTIONS AND
THEY OFTEN WILL HIRE FOR LOWER WAGES. SOMETIMES SWEATSHOPS DO-- TO HIRE PEOPLE
THAT COME IN. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE STOPPED UNTIL YOU STOP THE
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: SOME IMMIGRANTS HERE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY SAY THE
CURRENT LAWS ARE TOUGH ON THOSE WHO GO THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS-- AND
ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE AN EASIER TIME GETTING HERE. ))
This restauranteur arrived from Cambodia in 1975.
He's discouraged by the number of years he's tried unsuccessfully to get
family members into the U-S.
((CHAMREUN BUN: A PERSON THAT GOES THROUGH BY THE RULES AND THE REGULATIONS AND
THEY DON'T GET TO COME AS EASY AS THEY ONES WHO COME WITHOUT THEIR PAPERS.
THAT'S NOT RIGHT. ))
Whatever new laws are passed, Bun hopes his family will someday be able to
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Pan American Airways returned to the skies today with service between Miami
and New York.
The inaugural flight left New York this morning and landed in Miami about
an hour ago.
Familes of victims of Pam Am Flight 1-0-3, blown out of the sky over
Lockerbie, Scotland in 19-88, are upset that the new airline is headed by
Martin Shu-grue, head of security for the OLD Pan Am.
For the first time in six months,
astronaut Shannon Lucid is feeling the tug of gravity.
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Lucid's 188-day voyage in space -- the longest ever for a woman
and an American -- ended this morning with the touchdown of the shuttle
Several hundred people gathered at the runway to greet Lucid
and her five crewmates -- among them NASA administrator Daniel
Goldin, bearing a gift of M-and-M's from President Clinton.
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Still to come,
Police have identified a body found in Culpeper.
and a Giles County community is bracing for the return of a convicted
That story and more when we come back.
But first, let's check in with Beth Myer...
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Randall Lee Smith was sentenced to 30 years in prison for committing two
murders on the Appalachian trail.
Now, 15 years later, the town of Pearisburg is readying for his early
Tracy Altizer reports.
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(( Investigators who handled the case still count it among the most terrible
In the Walnut Flats section of Giles County near a shelter on the
Appalachian Trail, Susan Ramsay was slashed to death during a fierce struggle.
Her companion, Bob Mountford was shot dead in his sleeping bag.
suBack in 1981 the murders of the two social workers drew national headlines.
They even prompted a book. Here in Pearisburg librarians say "Murder on the
Appalachian Trail" is still one of the most popular books on the shelf.su
The killer, Randall Lee Smith is due to return to his mother's home in the
Ingram Village section of Pearisburg this Friday.
Some neighbors who only know Smith by what they've read say they're willing
to give him a chance.
((SABRINA PAYNE/NEIGHBOR: EVERYBODY DESERVES A CHANCE. HE'S DID HIS TIME. ))
Others who watched Smith grow up say they'll welcome the man they remember
as a friendly, thoughtful boy.
((JOE WHITTAKER/NEIGHBOR: I REALLY AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BOY GETTING OUT. I
LIKE THE BOY. ))
Still, there are worries in this neighborhood.
Smith eventually confessed to the crimes. Investigators said the evidence
against him was overwhelming, including his bloody fingerprints found at the
((BOBBY REYNOLDS/NEIGHBOR: EVERYBODY'S THINKING. IT'S A CONCERN, BUT IT'S UP TO
HIM YOU KNOW. ))
Due to the severity of the crime, Smith will be on supervised parole for
10 years. At least for a while he'll wear a home electronic monitoring device
to help ensure a successful transition back to freedom.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The woman who drove the getaway car in a string of robberies and murders in
the Blacksburg area four years ago has won a legal victory.
Tina (Zell-i-NACK) Zelenak still faces a life sentence.
But the Court of Appeals has overturned her attempted robbery conviction.
The Court said Judge Kenneth Devore was wrong to disallow testimony from a
social worker that would have supported Zelenak's claim that she was
intimidated by her boyfriend.
The ruling reversed the jury verdict and sent the case back to Montgomery
A Roanoke woman is dead this follwoing an accident in Roanoke County last
Police say it happened at the intersection of Route 419 and McVitty Road.
Authorities say 31 year old Beverly McGrew lost control of her vehicle and
She was trapped inside for a short while, then transported to R-M-H where
she died at four this morning.
Residents of the small Culpeper County community are worried there is a
serial killer in their midst.
Since May, the bodies of three women have been found in their area.
Police identified the body found last weekend as a missing resident from an
Orange County group home.
State police used dental records to determine the victim was 20-year old
Anne Carolyn McDaniel.
She was reported missing last Thursday from an Orange County home for
McDaniel had told her housemates she was going out on a date.
State police still won't say how McDaniel died.
Her burned body was found Sunday.
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There's much more still to come on the newscast.
He doles out Psychiatric advice on his TV show-- and now this actor needs
some counseling of his own.
STay with us.
The Emmy winning star of the series "Frasier" has checked into the Betty
Ford Clinic for help with a substance abuse problem.
It's the latest legal tangle for Kelsey Grammer, who was involved in an auto
accident over the weekend and faces charges of driving under the influence.
Grammer's past legal troubles have also included D-U-I, as well as cocaine
possesion and allegations of statutory rape.
Production of Frasier is on hold until sometime next month.
Ground was broken this morning for an addition to Lynchburg's juvenile
The expansion will add forty new beds to the overcrowded facility.
It also creates more space for programs designed to keep teenagers out of
trouble once they're released.
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((PAT HALEY/JUVENILE SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR: THE EFFECTIVE PREVENTION,
INTERVENTION AND ALTERNATIVES TO DETENTION FOR OUR YOUTH IS CRITICAL FOR OUR
COMMUNITY'S SUCCESS AS WE CONTINUE TO WAGE WAR AGAINST JUVENILE CRIME.))
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Construction of the new addition will cost more than five million dollars.
It's expected to be finished by the spring of 19-98.
Hurricane Fran created widespred flooding throughout our area.
Three weeks later some residents are still living with the damage.
Virginia's Association of Broadcasters declared today Virginia Disaster
Joining us to talk about flood relief is Terri Jones, she's the director of
Communications of the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Red Cross.
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How extensive was the damage in Virginia from Hurricane Fran and what
damage is still present?
(What services are being provided to the affected families?)
(How many volunteers responded to the disaster and what have they been
(What should someone do if they need flood assistance?)
(A lot of people might think the Red Cross is a government agency or
supported by one, but that's not the case, how important are contributions and
where do they go?)
And you have a toll free number for those who might want to contribute.
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Stocks have had some trouble deciding which way to turn today.
The market started higher, then turned lower on some profit-taking before
coming back up again.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 25 and a half points.
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Still to come on the newscast--
Highlights from last night's action on the baseball diamond.
We'll focus our attention on a much more expensive diamond--the Hope Diamond.
we'll tell you why the world's most precious gem is in New York City.
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The New York Yankees are back on top in the American League East!
Last night the Bronx Bombers clinched the eastern with a 19-to-2 win over the
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The 19 runs marked the Yankees highest scoring game in some 34 years.
Everyone got into the act yesterday including Darryl Strawberry, who delivers
with this two run double to right center field.
Tino Martinez and Tim Raines would homer to give David Cone the win.
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After a 13 year dry spell the Yankees have clinched playoff berths each of
the past two season.
With the Yankees clinching, the drama is now in the West and in the wild card
race where the Mariners are trying to catch the Rangers and Orioles.
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Last night Lou Pinella's club snapped a three game losing streak and beat the
Dave Hollins was the man with four hits, four rbis and this opposite field
The Mariners are two and a half games behind the idle Rangers and a game a
half behind the O's won beat Boston last night.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino had surgery to repair the slight
fracture to his right ankle yesterday.
Doctors now say he'll be out for 6 weeks.
They also say the Achilles injury he had two years ago may have contributed
to the break.
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((DR. JOHN URIBE/MIAMI'S TEAM PHYSICIAN:))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Uribe/Miami's Team Physician; :00
OUT Q=...SOME INVOLVEMENT."
Marino isn't the only signal caller out this week.
Bears' quarterback Erik Kramer will miss Sunday's game with the Raiders due
to an injury to a cervical disk in his neck.
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And 49ers quarterback Steve Young will miss this weekend's game with the
Young was injured in last week's game against the Panthers.
The Hope Diamond is getting a facelift.
The world's biggest blue diamond is in New York for a cleaning after being
on display since 19-58 at the Smithsonian in Washington D-C.
Some people think the famous stone is cursed because bad things have
happened to many of its owners.
For example, King Louis the 16th of France and Marie Antoinette both wore
the diamond and both lost their heads in the French revolution.
Today, the Hope Diamond has an estimated value of 100 MILLION dollars.