Coming up on News 7-
Sheriff's deputies find a burning car with a man inside-
Plus a nationwide hunt is on for a U-Haul truck that could be carrying
New clues to what's behind the Empire State bombing.
Plus a tough day for two eagles stuck high atop a tree.
News 7 is next.
The F-B-I is on a nationwide manhunt for a U-Haul truck that may be loaded
with deadly cargo.
SUPER=03-Halton City, TX;
Witnesses spotted two men at a Texas gas station buying large amounts of
diesel fuel and fertilizer- components that could he used to make a bomb.
A group called the Army of God says it's behind two recent bombings in
Atlanta- one this past weekend at a lesbian nightclub and the other at an
And some new rules for Virginia Tech athletes if they get in trouble with
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Nelson County authorities are trying to identify a person found dead in a
burning car this afternoon.
Deputies were called to this area off Route 626 near (win-JY-nuh) Wingina-
after a road crew spotted smoke in the woods.
They found a two-door hatchback parked fifty yards off the highway on a dirt
It was engulfed in flames- and deputies found a body in the driver's seat.
IN Q=It does appear
((Reporter: It does appear to be a suspicious fire? SHERIFF RON WOOD/NELSON
CO.: IT'S A SUSPICIOUS FIRE... ..TERRAIN IT WAS IN.))
SUPER=01-Sheriff Ron Wood/Nelson Co.; :00
OUT Q=terrain it was in.
Sheriff Wood says a five-gallon gas can was also found inside the car.
The body's been sent to Richmond for an autopsy.
The F-B-I is on a nationwide manhunt for a U-Haul truck that may be loaded
with deadly bombing cargo.
Bob McNamara has more.
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SUPER=01-Bob McNamara/CBS News;
SUPER=01-Sgt. Tony Veltre/Haltom City Police; 29
OUT Q=CBS News, Dallas."
((The saga began Saturday morning at this small town Texas gas
station... where two men in a U-Haul truck bought 30 gallons of
diesel fuel and pumped it into plastic containers.
BOB MCNAMARA/CBS NEWS: THAT'S WHEN ONE WITNESS SAYS HE SAW SOMETHING IN THE
BACK OF THE TRUCK THAT FRIGHTENED HIM. AMMONIUM NITRATE FERTILIZER... AS MUCH
AS 4500 POUNDS OF IT ALONG WITH ROAD FLARES, WIRE AND A GENERATOR. THOSE ARE
THE INGREDIENTS FOR A BOMB... AS BIG AS THE ONE USED IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
This afternoon, the FBI issued a terrorist threat advisory
and a national alert for the truck and the suspects.
The truck is described as a Chevrolet...14 to 18 feet
long... with U-Haul markings.
It has an 11,000 pound capacity and a license plate with a white
background and black lettering.
The two men inside are described as white males.
This ONE, in his mid-50s with slicked back grey hair.
The other, in his 30s, with short brown hair.
The truck that left here filled with fertilizer and fuel could be on the other
side of the country by now.
Carrying a cargo that is completely innocent... or evil. Bob McNamara, CBS
New insight into the possible motives behind the shooting at the
Empire State Building.
A police source says the Palestinian gunman carried a note blaming the U-S
for using Israel against his people.
But the gunman's daughter said her father was distraught over financial
((MARVAT KAMAL/GUNMAN'S DAUGHTER;
HE FELT HOPELESS SO HE DID THAT.))
OUT Q=SO HE DID THAT.
SUPER=03-New York City/Yesterday;
One tourist died and six others were hurt.
Ali Abdul Kamall then fatally shot himself.
Ka-mall bought the semi automatic pistol in Florida- shortly after he
arrived in the country with no address- just a motel room.
((RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NEW YORK MAYOR: IT'S JUST MIND BOGGLING...
AN AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.))
SUPER=01-Rudolph Giuliani/New York City Mayor;
OUT Q= an automatic weapon."
Giuliani is calling for strict gun laws throughout the nation.
A group is now claiming responsibility
for two Atlanta bombings including this weekend's bombing at a gay/lesbian
the explosion at an abortion clinic last month.
The Reuters (ROY'-turs) news agency says it received a note from a group
called the Army of God.
((I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY DOUBT THAT THIS IS AN URBAN TERRORIST AND WHY THEY
HAVE TARGETED ATLANTA WHICH IS KNOWN FOR ITS TOLERANCE AND DIVERSITY IS HARD TO
SUPER=01-Bill Campbell/Atlanta Mayor;
OUT Q=IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND."
Five people were hurt in Friday night's bombing. Authorities say they're not
familiar with the group claiming responsibility.
Testimony continues tomorrow in the murder trial of (se-PAY-da) Cepada
Wiley is charged with killing Jesse Ferguson at the Embassy Inn last July
Ferguson was fighting with Wiley's brother Ron, over a woman.
The defense says Ferguson was in a violent rage, and Wiley had to shoot him
in self defense.
But the prosecution says Wiley escalated the confrontation by bringing a
The case could wrap up tomorrow.
A new twist to a Pittsylvania County murder case.
Two more people are now charged with killing 72-year old Clark Aubrey
A jury last July convicted 19-year old Paul Michael Dalton, Junior of first
Dalton admitted to burying Adkins' body, but denied pulling the trigger.
Last week Pittsylvania county authorities arrested two more people in
connection with the crime.
Dalton's sister, Mary along with Joseph Smith are now both charged with
first degree murder.
Virginia Tech athletes arrested on felony charges will now face an automatic
And the ATHLETIC DIRECTOR will dole out punishment for misdemeanors as he
sees fit, taking those decisions out of the hands of coaches.
The sanctions are part of a three-pronged plan aimed at ending an
embarrassing string of arrests.
Athletic Director Dave Braine told the Board of Visitors, athletes must
remember taking part in inter-collegiate sports is a PRIVILEGE.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE WILL BE HARD LINE AND BASICALLY, I
NEVER WANT TO HAVE TO BE UP HERE BEFORE YOU ALL AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=talk about this.
The plan also calls for better background checks in recruiting.
And it provides for mentors and advisors, as well as educational programs to
encourage appropriate behavior.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, VMI continues its preparations for women
And we'll see how lawmakers are dealing with a potential computer time bomb.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Too many students and not enough room.
That's what the Jefferson Forest PTA is trying to change.
It wants a new elementary school-
but the county board of supervisors hasn't approved the money.
Tonight PTA members made another plea to the supervisors for immediate
But the board is wary of okaying cash for a new elementary school.
In the Spring of 96, funding was issued for expansion at two schools, but
the school board instead used that money for emergency projects.
So the Supervisors won't issue the funds unless they're sure the money will
be used for new schools.
IN Q=they want to
((DEBBY ALLEN/JEFFERSON FOREST PTA: THEY WANT TO BE INFORMED OF NEEDS AS THEY
OCCUR IF THEY ARE SERIOUS NEEDS, SUCH AS ROOF REPAIRS, THEY WOULD LIKE THE
SCHOOL BOARD TO COME FOR A SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST. ))
SUPER=01-Debby Wheeler/Jefferson Forest PTA;
OUT Q=supplemental request.
Fifth graders now go to Jefferson Forest middle school because of
A joint committee of the school board and the board of supervisors is
planning a meeting Wednesday to talk about school expansion.
V-M-I cadets, staff, faculty -even the kitchen help will begin orientation
next month to get ready for women on post.
In addition to training on sexual harassment, hazing and fraternization,
upperclass cadets will be forbidden to date rats before they're released from
the rat line.
Rules outlined in the latest status report filed with the federal court
today urge upperclassmen to "avoid the appearance of abnormally friendly
behavior toward rats."
Among the issues YET to be resolved: how to accommodate visitors in barracks
under co-education, what to do if a cadet gets pregnant and what sports to
offer with no more than about 30 women in the class of 2001.
Twenty-one women have been accepted, so far.
The spring survey by Manpower Incorporated indicates more employers will be
hiring than firing.
In Roanoke 23-percent of the companies polled expect to hire, compared to 10
percent cutting back.
Job opportunities will be greatest in trade, education, and services.
Meanwhile, 36-percent of the companies polled in Lynchburg say they'll add
help, with 10-percent trimming their payrolls.
Hiring prospects in the Hill City look best in manufacturing, trade, and
There's a saying "THE ONLY THING THAT'S CONSTANT IS CHANGE..
And, as Len Besthoff reports, the Virginia economy is no exception.
IN Q=A University
SUPER=01-John Knapp/UVA Business and Econ. Researcher; :37
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( A University of Virginia study headed by Professor John Knapp at the
Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service says the Commonwealth's "traditional"
industries have declined in relative size over the past decade.
While business is booming at places like Hooker Furniture in Roanoke,
Knapp's research shows that as a share of income, sectors like coal, tobacco,
textiles, furniture, shipbuilding, and civilian and military government
operations have dropped from nearly 22- percent of total earnings in Virginia,
to just above 16- percent.
SOT VA-ECONOMY TAPE ONE 12:04:50
IN Q=If you
((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCHER: IF YOU COMPARE 1995 WITH
TEN YEARS EARLIER, 1985, THEIR SHARE HAS SLIPPED QUITE A BIT. ))
OUT Q=quite a bit.
SOT VA-ECONOMY TAPE ONE 14:44:25 lbstandup
IN Q=Knapp says
((Knapp says one of the main reasons behind this decline is not that companies
are leaving the Commonwealth in mass numbers, but rather that automation has
allowed them to have fewer employees. ))
OUT Q=fewer employees.
These findings beg the question, which industries are picking up the slack?
SOT VA-ECONOMY TAPE ONE 12:05:22
((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCHER: CERTAINLY IN THE SERVICES
SECTOR WE'VE HAD A LOT OF GROWTH. FINANCE, INSURANCE, THAT AREA HAS GROWN, AND
OUT Q=health services.
Surprisingly, many seem aware of which industries are growing.
SOT VA ECONOMY TAPE THREE 11:01:41
SOT VA ECONOMY TAPE THREE 11:20:24
IN Q=Well I'd
((WELL I'D SAY BANKING.))
OUT Q=say banking.
SOT VA ECONOMY TAPE THREE 11:16:55
Knapp's numbers bear this out.
Virginia's growing sectors now account for nearly 20- percent of the
Commonwealth's total earnings, edging out traditional industries by almost
Len Besthoff, News-7.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, basketball is bringing in big bucks to the Hill City,
and we'll see how a Pittsylvania County high school student is remembering his
MUSIC UP FULL
Imagine computers that can't tell what year it is.
It could happen in the year 2000.
A house committee warns it could be electronic chaos.
((THIS HAS SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO DEPEND ON
GOVERNMENT COMPUTERS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND VETERANS BENEFITS, UNEMPLOYMENT
CHECKS, WEATHER FORECAST, AIRLINE SCHEDULES.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Stephen Horn/(R) California;
OUT Q=airline schedules."
Every government computer must be re-programmed to recognize double zero as
the year 2000 not 1900.
Yet, Horn's committee says 12 of 14 federal agencies won't start fixing the
problem until October of 1999.
One expert warns agencies must act now to prevent a catastrophe.
Losing a loved one or friend is one of life's biggest challenges.
A Pittsylvania County high school wrestler understands the heartache.
Three years ago Kenny Reynolds' best friend was accidentally shot and killed
And even though years have passed-- Reynolds isn't about to forget the time
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=At one
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kenny Reynolds/Tunstall Wrestler; :11
SUPER=01-Vic Ingram/Pittsylvania Co. Investigator; 1:06
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
At one time or another, we've ALL met people who're hard to forget.
For 17- year old Kenny Reynolds' it's his best friend who convinced him to
IN Q=He told
((KENNY REYNOLDS/TUNSTALL WRESTLER:HE TOLD ME I SHOULD SHOULD COME OUT, BUT I
WAS ALWAYS, I'M TOO SMALL, I'M TOO SMALL, BUT WE WERE BASICALLY THE SIZE, BUT
HE WAS MORE MUSCULAR THAN I WAS.))
Reynolds' love for the sport continued to grow-- as did his friendship with
But the closeness the two shared ended three years ago when Ward was
accidentally shot and killed.
Reynolds' continued to wrestle but it wasn't the same.
IN Q=Not so much
((KENNY REYNOLDS/TUNSTALL WRESTLER:I START THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH I SHOULD
NEED TO WIN, WIN IT FOR HIM, I MEAN THAT'S EVERYTHING I GO OUT THERE FOR, I
JUST GO OUT THERE AND TAKE OUT ALL MY ANGER THAT I HAD ABOUT HIM PASSING
OUT Q=passing away.
Reynolds is moving on but it seems his best friend will always be an
Because of the sensitive manner in which Pittsylvania County investigator
Vic Ingram handled Ward's death, Reynolds' is planning a career in law
IN Q=I hopefully
((VIC INGRAM/PITTSYLVANIA CO. INVESTIGATOR:I, HOPEFULLY, SAY THE SAME THING A
WHOLE LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SAID, IT'S THAT WHILE YOU WALK THROUGH LIFE IF
YOU CAN EVER TOUCH ANYBODY IN A POSITIVE WAY OR SENSE YOU CERTAINLY WOULD WANT
TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=do that.
Since Ward's death-- Reynolds has dedicated each wrestling season to his
memory. But this year was even more special-- because it would have been Ward's
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
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Steve Mason checks in from the ODAC where the Tigers mauled the Hornets
tonight in the title tilt.
Plus, more college hoop news on and off the court, and another road win by
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Bruins vs. Caps; :00
But first the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins both ended losing
streaks, but neither team left the US Air arena completely.
Anson Carter scored 2 goals for Washington to give the Caps a 3-to-1 in the
But they have to settle for a 3-all tie.
Now the rest of this evening's scores.
GO TO SCORES
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State/100/j/Atlanta/106//Laettner - 25 Points/;
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Antonio/84//Rice - 33 Points/;
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Hampden-Sydney used a mid game run to put away Lynchburg on it's way to
the 21st Old Dominion Athletic Conference mens basketball title last night.
Steve Mason has more from the Salem Civic Center.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Tigers vs. Hornets; :00
SUPER=01-Otis Tucker/Scored Game High 20 Points; :12
SUPER=01-Elson DeVan/Scored 11 pts, 4 Assists; :44
SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/Hampden-Sydney Head Coach; 1:14
OUT Q=....News 7 Sports"
A bitter sweet ending to Ottis Tucker the Third's career. The Lynchburg
senior earned the ODAC tournament MVP award for averaging 19 points and over 9
rebounds in 3 games.
Judging from the first basket of the game, it appeared Otis's luck would
continue. Both teams exchanged the lead 6 times in the opening minutes, before
the Tigers took control. Senior Elson DeVan snapped the nylon for 3 of his 11
and Sydeny went into the break up 48-39.
After the half, The Tigers continued to pour it on and when they had
finally taken off their running shoes; Tony's Tigers had gone on a 30 to 2 run
that gave reserves like Carlos Holland a chance to shine.
6 Tigers scored in double figures; the team shot 44 percent from behind the
arc and 54 percent from inside it.
The Hornets might have finished 13 and 14 but their effort was way above 500
as Lynchburg falls to The Tigers 102 to 70.
Hampden-Sydney wins its 3rd ODAC title of the 90's and 4th in school
history. Steve Mason News 7 sports.
Tonight the hoop focus shifts from the Salem Civic Center to the Richmond
Coliseum as UVa and Virginia Tech hook up at eight o'clock.
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Your Hometown station is the only place to catch the game tonight LIVE at 8.
Yesterday Tech head coach Bill Foster said he thinks both teams need a win in
the game to enhance their postseason chances.
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IN Q="A WIN FOR...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...PLAY SOME MORE."
The Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball all-conference team was
released today and two members of the Virginia Cavaliers have earned spots on
Virginia's multi-talented point guard Tora Suber received the third most
votes of any player and was an easy first team selection.
Her teammate, inside threat DeMya Walker earned second team honors for her
strong scoring and rebounding this season.
The VMI Keydets tipoff their postseason play in the Southern Conference
basketball tournament this Thursday night at seven at the Greensboro Coliseum
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/December 1996; :00
This afternoon one of the team's top players picked up a well deserved post
Junior guard Darryl Faulkner has been named the second team all-Southern
Conference squad as voted on by the media.
Faulkner is averaging 15 points a game, and he has 101 assists on the season.
He is also second in the league in three point percentage.
GRAPHIC=NCAA HOOPS GENERIC
One of the nation's top under classman is giving up his final two years of
college to turn pro.
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY; :00
Kentucky sophomore Ron Mercer, who prepped at Oak Hill Academy, decided today
to try his hand at the NBA.
The six foot, seven inch sophomore is averaging 18 points a game this year.
Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino says he counseled Mercer like he was his own
IN Q="You have...
((RICK PITINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Pitino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...go ahead and decide."
Mercer is projected to be one of the top four picks in the June draft.
Still to come tonight, some hoop highlights from the Alamo as the Hornets
invade San Antonio,
And the Atlanta Falcons sign a ten year veteran to fill their void at
The Charlotte Hornets played last night without Dell Curry, who is nursing a
broken nose, but they still managed to continue their super play on the road.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/Hornets vs. Spurs; :00
Last night Dave Cowens had his Hornets in the Alamodome where they would get
an eyeful of the ageless wonder Dominique Wilkins.
The "Human Highlight Film" had 20 points.
But the Hornets Glen Rice was unstoppable scoring a game high 33, as
Charlotte beats the Spurs 96 to 84 for their 35th game of the year.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/Pistons vs. Magic;
And in Orlando, the Magic remained unbeaten under interim head coach Richie
Adubato beating the Pistons 93-to-84.
Penny Hardaway scored a game high 29 to lead the Magic.
The Atlanta Falcons lost Jeff George last season, and then limped through the
year with Bobby Hebert.
Today they hope they remedied that situation by signed former Oilers
quarterback Chris Chandler.
The Falcons give up two draft picks for the 10-year veteran who is 31.
In his two season in Houston he passed for 33 TDs and over 45 hundred yards.
For years, Lynchburg's billed itself "The Sports Capitol of Virginia."
Over the next few weeks it's going to be hard to argue with that claim.
Five different high school and college basketball tournaments are coming to
It started with the Hill City Shootout on Saturday, where some of the
nation's top high school stars were in action.
The success of the Big South tournament helped bring the Shootout to
IN Q=The most important
((CHRIS ELLIS/SPORTS CAPITAL OF VA: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT IT IS I
REMEMBER THE DIRECTOR OF THE TOURNAMENT SAYING THAT ONE OF THE REASONS HE
WANTED TO COME TO LYNCHBURG IS BECAUSE HE HAD SEEN WERE THE BIG SOUTH AND THE
VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND I THINK THAT'S A GREAT
SUPER=01-Chris Ellis/Sports Capital of VA; :00
OUT Q=a great compliment.
Liberty University plays host to the Big South's mens AND womens tournaments
The Virginia High School League championships arrive March 13th.
What happens when a couple of eagles get into a fight?
In Northern Virginia- the two got stuck in a tree.
The bald eagles were fighting in the tree earlier but somehow got wedged in
((THE FIGHT PROGRESSED TO THE POINT WHERE THEY INTERLOCKED THEIR TALONS AND
THEN SOMEHOW GOT HOOKED OVER A BRANCH AND HAVE SOMEHOW BEEN SUSPENDED UPSIDE
DOWN EVER SINCE.))
SUPER=01-Earl Hodnett/Northern Va. Park Authority;
OUT Q=ever since."
Wild life rescuers came in but the eagles eventually managed to free
themselves- to the cheers of onlookers below.