Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Killer storms roll across the central states spawning tornadoes and
More than a dozen teens are hospitalized after overdosing at a teen
And would you pay fifty thousand dollars for a Cuban cigar?
News 7 at 11 is next.
The first day of March roared into the central U.S. today.
Violent storms have killed at least 20 people.
One person died when a tornado touched down in Mississippi.
Several people were hurt when twisters hit in Wayne County, Tennessee.
Mobile homes, houses, and several barns were destroyed.
A twister also touched down in the central Arkansas town of Arkadelphia.
Major damage was reported in Little Rock and other nearby areas.
wipe wipe wipe
In Louisville Kentucky, more than 7 inches of rain fell in 24 hours causing
Rescue workers had to pull people from their cars as they stalled in 6 feet
SUPER=03-Adams Co., OH;
And as many as five people are missing in Ohio after creeks overflowed their
Emergency officials say 20 to 30 people had to be rescued from the roofs of
Fourteen children were hospitalized in Massachusetts, after they overdosed
at a youth dance.
The victims, mostly girls, ages 13 to 16, took prescription muscle
relaxants, with water, soda, and beer.
Of those hospitalized, 10 were in critical condition.
Some were drifting in and out of comas, and had to be placed on respirators.
IN Q=there was 2 kids
((SHAWN FITZGERALD/7TH GRADER; THERE WAS 2 KIDS KNOCKED OUT ON THE COUCH, JUST
LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE SLEEPING, AND THEN AFTER ANOTHER ONE CAME IN THEY STARTED
MOVING EVERYBODY INTO THE GYM, A WHOLE BUNCH MORE JUST STARTED DROPPING AND
SUPER=01-Shawn Fitzgerald/7th Grader;
OUT Q=and passing out
Late today doctors treating the children said all of they should fully
recover, without any permanent effects.
The girls were reportedly celebrating after they were chosen for a
Two police officers are still hospitalized after yesterday's shootout with
bank robbers packing automatic weapons in Los Angeles.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
Police were so badly outgunned, some went to a gun store and asked to borrow
more powerful weapons.
Sixteen police officers and civilians were hurt as the men tried to escape.
Both bank robbers, wearing full body armor, were finally shot and killed
after firing hundreds of rounds.
IN Q=they were prepared
((WILLIE WILLIAMS/POLICE CHIEF; THEY WERE PREPARED TO GET AWAY, OR TO CREATE A
LOT OF CARNAGE BEFORE THEY DID. LUCKILY, DUE TO THE SKILL OF THESE MEN AND
WOMEN HERE, THE FIREFIGHTERS STARTED OUTSIDE THE BANK AND NOT INSIDE, WHERE WE
COULD HAVE HAD A LOT MORE DEATHS.))
SUPER=01-Willie Williams/Los Angeles Police Chief;
OUT Q=more deaths.
Police have not release the names of the two men killed, but say the F-B-I
believes they have been involved in two previous bank robberies.
A Bedford County man is dead after being trampled by a bull.
28- year- old Ronald E. Phillipe was riding a bull at Northwind Stables
last night when he fell off and was stepped on.
Phillipe initially refused treatment, but collapsed about 20 minutes later.
He died at Lynchburg General Hospital.
It's the second fatal incident in about a year at the stables.
In February of last year, an Augusta County man died after he was thrown
from a bull and pinned against a fence.
Since then new management has taken over the stables.
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Still to come on News 7 at Eleven-- one Southwest Virginia school systems is
breaking ground...thanks to the internet.
And, a Roanoke County restaurant shut down by the fire marshal last night is
back in business.
The very unsettled weather continues to our west...
We have a close eye on the large area of severe weather in the midwest, and
it looks like by the time the frontal boundary reaches us tomorrow morning,
atmospheric conditions won't as ideal for severe weather.
We are, however, expecting a good deal of rain.
But first, here are today's highs and lows...
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MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Chuck E Cheese's
A Roanoke County restaurant reopened this afternoon after extinguishing
several fire hazards.
The Roanoke County Fire Marshal closed down Chuck-E Cheese last night
because he didn't feel it was safe for customers to eat there.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
The fire marshal closed the Chuck-E Cheese's on Electric Road around 8-30
Construction crews started early this morning to put up dry-wall around the
restaurant's renovation project.
Fire officials say part of the ceiling was out, lighting and heat ducts were
hanging down by wiring and light bulbs were touching plastic.
The restaurant manager says they re-opened today after correcting several of
IN Q=WE LOST PROBABLY
((TAMMY HEDDINGS/CHUCK-E CHEESE MANAGER: WE LOST PROBABLY I SAY 50 TO 60
PERCENT OF OUR BUSINESS. WE'RE NO WHERE NEAR WHERE WE NORMALLY BE ON SATURDAY.
WE LOST QUITE A BIT.))
SUPER=01-Tammy Heddings/Chuck E Cheese's Manager;
OUT Q=QUITE A BIT
Heddings says the restaurant is back on its regular schedule.
She says the renovation project should be complete in four weeks.
One of Virginia's smallest counties is setting the standards for other
school systems in the state.
The Floyd County School System is one of the first in the state in which
every classroom has access to the internet.
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=Both Peaks
SUPER=01-Linda Petrie/Floyd Co. School Instruction Dir.; :26
SUPER=01-Paul Foreman/Ambassador Enterprises Inc.; :47
SUPER=01-Jeremy Midkiff/Senior; 1:20
SUPER=01-Michael Lowe/Sophomore; 1:34
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=BOTH PEAKS
((BOTH PEAKS TO BE IN THE UPPER QUADRANT. THEN YOU DECREASE AND THE OTHER
QUADRANTS ARE DIAGONAL TO IT.))
OUT Q=DIAGONAL TO IT
This is a science classroom.
Before a book is opened, the computer is turned on, in fact most of the work
in this class is done on computers--even many of the experiments.
Every classroom in Floyd County has computers.
Elementary and high school students can surf the internet or even check the
library card catalog from their classroom.
IN Q=they also can
((LINDA PETRIE/FLOYD CO SCHOOLS INSTRUCTION DIRECTOR: THEY ALSO CAN GET CABLE
TELEVISION INTO EVERY CLASSROOM, SATELLITE DISHES, VCR'S, LASER PLAYERS
ANYTHING THAT'S OUT THERE RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=THERE RIGHT NOW
This provides teachers with many opportunities to reach their students--no
matter what the subject is, volcanoes for instance.
IN Q=THEY CAN COMBINE
((PAUL FOREMAN/AMBASSADOR ENTERPRISES: THEY CAN COMBINE VIEWING THOSE WITH
INTERNET ACCESS, PULL DOWN NASA SATELLITE IMAGES OF VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS AND
PERHAPS GET AN AUDIO TELECONFERENCE WITH SOMEONE DOING A VOLCANIC STUDY IN
HAWAII SO THEY'RE USING ALL THREE DISCIPLINES TO PULL THE REAL WORLD INTO THE
OUT Q=INTO THE CLASSROOM
This computer project started three years ago when the county decided to
wire the schools for computer as it renovated the buildings.
The local telephone company also provided a 200-thousand dollar grant to
help get the project in gear.
The students say the new resource helps level the playing field.
IN Q=I WON'T FEEL
((JEREMY MIDKIFF/SENIOR: I WON'T FEEL SO FAR BEHIND. I'LL HAVE ACCESS TO THE
SAME INFORMATION. I'LL BE ON THE SAME LEVEL AS THE OTHER STUDENTS. I'LL KNOW
THE SAME INFORMATION THEY KNOW. EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE COMING FROM MUCH LARGER
SCHOOLS WITH MORE MONEY TO GIVE THE STUDENTS.))
OUT Q=GIVE THE STUDENTS
IN Q=BEING IN A SMALL
((MICHAEL LOWE/SOPHOMORE: BEING IN A SMALL SCHOOL YOU HAVE A SMALL LIBRARY.
SO I THINK THE INTERNET AND THE NW RESOURCES WE HAVE EXPAND HOW BIG OUR LIBRARY
IS SO WE CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ON ANYTHING.))
OUT Q=INFORMATION ON ANYTHING
Students say mostly they use the computers to do research and keep up with
Administrators say the new teaching device is making it easier to keep
students interested in class.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The Y-W-C-A is providing the game plan to help women cash-in in the
The "Y-W" offers investment seminars three times a year.
The day long workshops help unravel the mystery surrounding making good
Virginia Allison says investing isn't just for the wealthy anymore.
She says more middle income Americans are putting their money into stocks.
Allison says women make good investors because they're aware of what's
selling in the marketplace.
IN Q=women are the
((VIRGINIA ALLISON/INVESTMENT BROKER: WOMEN ARE THE ONES WHO ARE SHOPPING.
THEY SEE WHAT PRODUCTS ARE USED SO THEY KNOW THE GOOD STOCKS TO BUY. THEY KNOW
WHAT THEY BUY AT THE GROCERY STORE AND MALLS THOSE TYPES OF PRODUCTS THAT ARE
BEING USED THEY KNOW WHAT THE GOOD COMPANIES ARE.))
SUPER=01-Virginia Allison/Investment Broker;
OUT Q=GOOD COMPANIES ARE
Allison says the interest in investing is on the upswing because of the
increase in companies offering investment packages such as 401-k's.
Awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace is growing, thanks in part
to some recent high profile cases.
But many people, employees and employers still aren't clear on exactly what
sexual harassment is.
On the next edition of On Record, we'll ask attorney's exactly what is and
what isn't considered sexual harassment.
Something as simple as a magazine or a calender could cause trouble.
IN Q=magazines, calenders
((VICTOR CARDWELL/ATTORNEY; MAGAZINES, CALENDERS, RIGHT NOW THE SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION IS OUT, THAT IS A VERY INTERESTING THING, IT'S
SOLD IN A MAGAZINE STAND, IT'S NOT BEHIND A BROWN COVER, HOWEVER IF IT'S IN THE
WORKPLACE AND IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE TO BE THERE, THOSE KIND OF THINGS CAN LEND
TO A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT SITUATION.))
OUT Q=environment sitation
For more information about sexual harassment in the workplace, watch On
Record, tomorrow morning at 11.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, Historian James Robertson tries to separate Stonewall Jackson
the man from Stonewall Jackson the legend.
and some cigar afficianados burned more than 50 thousand dollars for ONE cigar
We'll have the details right after this.
MUSIC UP FULL
The author of a biography on Stonewall Jackson hopes readers will finally
get the know the MAN known as one of the greatest generals in the world.
Dr. James Robertson spent the day signing copies of "Stonewall Jackson: The
Man, The Soldier, The Legend" at the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington.
Robertson says he uncovered a lot of research that has never before been
He says this project took eight years but he's wanted to do it all his life.
Robertson says Jackson was a true American hero.
IN Q=HE WAS AN
((DR. JAMES ROBERTSON/AUTHOR: HE WAS AN ORPHAN IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN
VIRGINIA. HE MADE IT ON HIS OWN THROUGH WEST POINT, BECAME A HERO IN THE
MEXICAN WAR. HE COMES TO VMI FOR 10 YEARS. THE VMI STORY I LIKEN TO GOODBYE
MR. CHIPS. AT FIRST THE STUDENTS MADE FUN OF HIM, THEN THEY COME TO LOVE HIM
AND OF COURSE IN JACKSON'S CASE MANY OF THEM WOULD DIE FOR HIM AFTER THE WAR
CAME. HE'S NOT VERY WELL KNOWN IN VIRGINIA UNTIL AFTER THE SHENANDOAH CAMPAIGN
THEN HE GOES INTO THE CIVIL WAR AND IMMEDIATELY GAINS FAME. AND ARGUABLY
BECOMES THE MOST FAMOUS GENERAL IN THE WORLD AND THEN HE DIES AT THE HEIGHT OF
HIS CAREER AND HEIGHT OF THE CONFEDERATE SUCCESS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. James Robertson, Jr./Author;
OUT Q=CONFEDERATE SUCCESS
Hollywood has already bought the movie rights to the book.
Robertson is a history professor at Virginia Tech.
Eric as you mentioned, much of the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys are dealing
with incredible amounts of rain, as well as powerful thunderstorms and a few
But in Virginia, it's been one of the warmest and least snowy Winters On
Let's see what your average month of March feels like.
Today is March 1st, so here's the almanac....
OUT Q=Ah....Spring (in font)
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The defending state champion Minutemen of Liberty won another Region Three
title tonight at the Salem Civic Center.
SUPER=03-Salem/Minutemen vs Spartans; :
Liberty head coach Mark Hanks talking it over with his team during a
The Minutemen work the ball around and court it finally goes to Rodney
Morris who nails the jumper putting Liberty in the lead.
But the Spartans come back Herschel Thomas picks up this lose ball and
takes it down the court for the layup to keep it close.
Liberty slowly pulled away in the SUPER=33-Liberty/63/Salem/60/;fourth
quarter Brandon Mills fakes the show and hits Morris who scores the basket and
Liberty wins it 63 to 60.
In other High school action, Potomac beat William Fleming tonight 69 to 59
in the Northwest region championship game.
In Region III action Gate City beat Martinsville 67 to 58.
And over in Region C the Glenvar Highlanders downed Floyd County 57 to 54.
Liberty's hopes of a N-C-Double-A bid ended today the Flames losing to
Charleston Southern in the Big South championship game.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Buccaneers vs. Flames;
The Vines Center was rockn' before tipoff, and the Bucs would go at it
minus point guard Errol McPherson who blew out a knee 2 weeks ago.
The Flames spotted the visitors a 6 point lead, before Mark Reed stops and
pops on the break to knot the score.
Charleston Southern hung tough. Rolando Hourruitiner bombs away for 3. He
led all scorers with 24 points, but the Bucs trailed by 5 at the break.
Liberty took an 11 point lead after the break. Tourney MVP Peter Aluma
scores with the turnaround for 2 of his 17, Charleston went on a 20 to 4 run.
They start the break with a block. Brett Larrick misses the chippie, but
brother Adam is there for the put back. Charleston Southern outscores Liberty
35-14 to finish the game and wins its 2nd Big South tournament in 3 years, 64
to 54 to advance to the dance.
IN Q="I just thought...
((JEFF MEYER/LIBERTY HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Meyer/Liberty Head Coach;
OUT Q=...stepped it up."
SUPER=04-Liberty vs UNC-Greensboro; :
The Lady Flames tried to do what the men could not against Greensboro.
UNC-G's Jennifer Lewis stays with it and scores the deuce.
Liberty came right back. Sara SUPER=33-Liberty/89/UNC-Greensboro/82/;
Wilkerson scores on the drive and Liberty wins the women's title 89 to 82.
Guilford put up a fight but The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College beat the
Quakers in the ODAC tournament championship game.
SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Quakers; :
Roanoke head coach Susan Dunagan setting up a play during a timeout.
The Maroons come out Amy Athey, who scored 19 points, passes it to Carrie
McConnell for two of her 12 points.
The Lady Quakers made a game out of it Arden Miller scoring the jumper at
the free throw line.
Roanoke's Ashley McCallum takes SUPER=33-Roanoke/71/Guilford/62/;it to
the hoop and goes to the left hand for the score and Roanoke beats Guilford 71
IN Q="It's been
((AMY ATHEY/TOURNAMENT MVP: ))
SUPER=01-Amy Athey/Tournament MVP; :
OUT Q=.....more than ever."
Clemson sent Virginia packing in today's semi finals of the A-C-C Women's
basketball tournament in Greensboro.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Cavaliers vs Tigers; :
Virginia looking to advance for another shot at North Carolina.
But Clemson's Laura Cottrell came up big scoring a game high 21 points
against the Cavaliers.
Virginia point guard Tora Suber scored 13 points including this three
pointer to send it to overtime.
But the Tigers pulled away in the SUPER=33-Clemson/77/Virginia/75/;
overtime period to beat the Cavaliers 77 to 75.
Fifth ranked Wake Forest was upset this afternoon for all of today's
scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0098-/Wake Forest#5/55/j/Florida State/59////Liberty/54/j/C.
SUPER=0098-j/Clemson#12/55//Georgia Tech/53////Wofford/39/j/N.C. State/68///;
SUPER=0098-j/C. Of Charleston/83//F.International/73///j/St.
SUPER=0098-j/William & Mary/77//VCU/63///j/Stanford#25/73//California/63///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Rain washed out today's Winston Cup qualifying but the field
is set for tomorrows Pontiac Excitement 400 at the Richmond International
And Bill Foster will coach his final game at the Cassell Tomorrow
Tomorrow's game against Xavier is Virginia Tech's final home game of the
It also marks Bill Foster's final appearance as Tech's coach in the Cassell.
Mike Stevens has a look back at his 6 year run.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-New York, NY/March 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/100 Wins At Virginia Tech; :27
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/December 31, 1995; :50
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(( In his six seasons at the helm of the Hokies Bill Foster won 100 games and
put the program back in the NCAA tournament. But without a doubt his proudest
moment at Tech occurred in his least favorite city, New York.
In 1995 the Hokies won a school record 25 games and captured the NIT
championship with a one point overtime win over Marquette.
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
Foster's wife Linda was in the crowd in New York for that NIT win, and she
was in New Orleans as well, when Foster notched his 500th career victory
against Wright State on December 31st of 1995.
In fact, he credits her for much of his success in his 30 years as a head
Foster turns 61 on April Fools Day. If you want to want to wish him Happy
Birthday, you'll likely find him on the golf course. In Blacksburg Mike
Stevens News 7 Sports.))
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon will start on
the front row for tomorrow's Pontiac Excitement 400 in Richmond.
Rain washed out qualifying but
here's a look at the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Terry Labonte//2. Jeff Gordon//3. Dale Jarrett//4. Dale
Earnhardt//5. Mark Martin//;
SUPER=0107-6. Ricky Rudd//7. Rusty Wallace//8. Sterling Marlin//9. Bobby
Hamilton//10. Ernie Irvan//;
SUPER=0107-11. Bobby Latonte//12. Ricky Craven//13. Jeff Burton//14. Michael
Waltrip//15. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-16. Ted Musgrave//17. Bill Elliot//18. Geoff Bodine//19. Morgan
Shepherd//20. Rick Mast//;
SUPER=0107-21. Steve Grissom//22. John Andretti//23. Johnny Benson//24. Robby
Gordon//25. Hut Stricklin//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Would you pay 50- thousand dollars for a cigar?
Some of Fidel Castro's guest did at a party last night.
The Cuban leader entertained 700 cigar aficionados at a 500-dollar-a-plate
dinner at a popular Havana nightclub.
It was 30th anniversary of the famous Cohiba cigars.
Some cigars sold for more than 50 thousand dollars.
Cohiba is considered the most prestigious of the 30 or so Cuban brands and
its history is linked to Castro and his 1959 revolution.
He amused his audience with a tale about President Clinton's taste for fine
tobacco, saying, "President Clinton likes to smoke, but Hillary won't let him."