Here's a look at what's coming up on NEWS 7.
Music fans are mourning the death of a rapper killed in a drive by shooting.
A dramatic rescue in Waco, Texas after a teenager falls into a dam.
And a rare joint appearance today by Charles and Diana.
Stay with us, the NEWS is next.
TAPE# net 20:17
Notorious B.I.G. rose to the top of the rap charts with songs about his
real-life criminal past.
Early this morning he died after being gunned down in a gang-like, drive-by
shooting, in Los Angeles.
Bill Whitaker reports.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :05
SUPER=01-Puffy Combs/Bad Boy Entertainment; 1:01
OUT Q=News, Los Angeles.
(( It's like a sad, numbing refrain heard too often.
Another gangsta rapper gunned down.
This time 24 year old Notorious B-I-G, aka Biggie Smalls killed in an
apparent drive-by shooting outside a Los Angeles party early this morning.
LT. ALBA, LAPD/ AT THIS POINT, WE DO HAVE SOME SUSPECT DESCRIPTIONS,
ALTHOUGH THEY ARE RATHER SKETCHY, WE HAVE NUMEROUS WITNESSES THAT ARE BEING
INTERVIEWED BY WILSHIRE DETECTIVES.
He was born Christopher Wallace and became notorious and wealthy parlaying
his lengthy rap sheet - with drug, weapons`and assault charges - into a popular
gangsta persona and platinum plated artist for New York based Bad Boy
His death is rocking diehard rap fans.
Coming six months and a day after the drive-by murder of California rapper
Tupac Shakur has raised questions whether a bitter east coast, west coast rap
rivalry has turned deadly.
Both coasts insist not.
PUFFY COMBS, BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT: WE'VE ALWAYS COMMUNICATED WITH
EACH OTHER. WE'VE NEVER HAD PROBLEMS, WE JUST SPEAKING ABOUT IT NOT, BECAUSE
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Notorious B-I-G flirted with death in his music and his life.
Notorious B-I-G: F I WAS DEAD I WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT NOTHING. I
COULD JUST LAY UP EITHER BE HEAVEN OR HELL, I'LL JUST BE LAYING THE (BLEEP)
UP, JUST CHILLIN'.
I WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT NO PROBLEMS.
His next album due out later this month is entitled "Life After Death."
In the rap world, that's another sad refrain heard all too often. BW, CBSN,
President Clinton is being urged to reconsider his position on partial
Pope John Paul II sent a letter to Clinton asking the President to support a
bill banning the late term procedure.
The letter, which was signed by several Cardinals based in the U-S, was read
today in Catholic churches across the country.
IN Q=Mr. President
((BERNARD CARDINAL LAW/BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE. PRESIDENT YOU ARE IN A UNIQUE
POSITION TO ENSURE RESPECT FOR ALL HUMAN RIGHTS INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO LIFE
WHICH IS DENIED TO INFANTS WHO ARE BRUTALLY KILLED IN PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTIONS.
SUPER=01-Bernard Cardinal Law/Boston Archdiocese; :00
OUT Q=partial birth abortions.
The letter was also read at the Vatican, where several American cardinals
The president has said he'd sign a bill banning the procedure if it
contained an exception to protect a woman's health.
He's been called quarterback, congressman and up and coming star.
But Republican J.C. Watts says he values the title of "father" more than any
Family values was just one of the topics Watts touched on during a visit to
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Rep. J.C. Watts/(R) Oklahoma; :22
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Rd. Baptist Church; 1:31
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
((natsot singing (quick)
From star quarterback to U.S. congressman... it comes as no surprise that
J.C. Watts also can SING pretty well too.
But on this day, the basics of family and faith were on Watts' agenda as he
addressed the congregation at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
It's the absence of those values that leaves him fearing for the future of
IN Q=Friends I've gone
((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: FRIENDS I'VE GONE BACK TO MY ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT IN
WASHINGTON, MANY TIMES, AND WEPT.))
OUT Q=and wept.
Watts stepped into the national spotlight when he delivered the Republican
response to the State of the Union address, but as the GOP's only black
congressman, that honor brought with it cries of tokenism.
IN Q=I think it's
((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: I THINK IT'S A SAD COMMENTARY WHEN YOU'RE A TOKEN IF
YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR STRENGTHENING OUR FAMILIES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND
FIGHT FOR REDUCING PEOPLE'S TAXES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR CHANGING A
PATHETIC WELFARE SYSTEM THAT PENALIZES WELFARE MOMS FOR SAVING MONEY AND
DISCOURAGING DADS TO BE OUT OF THE HOME RATHER THAN IN THE HOME. IF I'M A TOKEN
FOR THOSE THINGS, I WEAR THAT AS A BADGE OF HONOR.))
OUT Q=badge of honor.
Watts says stressing these values eventually will help Republicans recruit
more minorities into their fold.
While others hold high hopes for HIS future in the party, Watts remains
IN Q=One of the
((J.C. WATTS: ONE OF THE REASONS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SAY AND DO WHAT I'VE SAID
AND DONE IS BECAUSE I'D MUCH RATHER HAVE `DAD' IN FRONT OF MY NAME THAN
CONGRESSMAN AND THAT GIVES ME FREEDOM TO STAND AND TELL THE TRUTH IF YOU
OUT Q=if you will.
IN Q=If this country
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: IF THIS COUNTRY HAS THE COURAGE
TO ELECT AN AFRICAN- AMERICAN PRESIDENT, IT COULD DO NO BETTER THAN J.C. WATTS
AND I HOPE IT HAPPENS ONE DAY.))
OUT Q=happens one day.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
The race for governor is set to begin tomorrow as Don Beyer will formally
announce his candidacy.
Virginia Democrats will choose their candidates during a May 10th
He'll likely face Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore in the general
Gilmore, like Beyer, is unopposed for their party's nomination.
Republicans will choose their candidate in a June 10th primary.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Eleven--
Forget Daytona and Cancun for Spring Break.
Hundreds of college students are heading to Lynchburg for a good cause.
and we'll see a dramatic rescue in Texas as a boy is pulled from a dam.
The doppler Radar shows the rain has already begun.
Expect that system to pass overnight, and showers may even continue into the
Then for the afternoon, it's looking like a quick clear up as the sun makes
an appearance again...
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
It was a dramatic helicopter rescue in Waco, Texas, after a 16- year- old
boy slipped and fell into a dam.
The boy was apparently walking along the shore when he fell into the Low
The teenager grabbed onto a log and floated more than 30 feet from the edge
of the shore...but he couldn't hold on, the hydraulics of the waterfall sucked
him under water three times.
The current was SO strong, it even ripped off his clothes.
Eventually, the current pushed the boy to a tree, where he managed to climb
A six- year old Campbell County girl died when her father apparently lost
control of his pick-up and crashed into a tree.
It happened on Route 601 last night near Brookneal.
State police say 42- year old John Mathew Elder III ran off the right side
of the road and struck several trees.
6- year old Kara Elizabeth Elder was killed-- her sister was treated and
released from a local hospital.
State police say charges are pending.
TAPE # 97-2
For many college students Spring Break means sun, sand and fun. But for
others it means hammers, nails and Lynchburg.
That's where more than two hundred college students from across the country
are spending time this month to benefit the local chapter of Habitat for
It's all part of a program called "Collegiate Challenge" where the students
give their time and money to help build homes for low- income families.
IN Q=Actually these
((KEVIN BORGE/SITE LEADER: ACTUALLY THESE STUDENTS HOPEFULLY ARE GOING TO
FINISH THESE THREE HOUSES FROM START TO FINISH, SO IT'S A BIG BOOST, NOT ONLY
LABOR-WISE, BUT ALSO SPIRIT-WISE IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE WORKERS
SUPER=01-Kevin Borge/Site Leader; :00
OUT Q=the workers themselves.
Pounding nails and hauling boards is no day at the beach, but the students
say they have no regrets.
IN Q=Not only do
((DAN BART/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: NOT ONLY DO YOU LEARN A LOT.. .. IT'S A
((MAGGIE O'NEILL/HOLY CROSS: IT'S BEEN REALLY INTERESTING, ESPECIALLY TO MEET
THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO LIVE IN THE HOUSES AFTERWARDS... BEEN A GREAT
SUPER=01-Dan Bart/Univ. of Minnesota; :00
SUPER=01-Maggie O'Neill/Holy Cross; :10
OUT Q=a great experience.
Lynchburg is one of just ten Habitat chapters in the country to take part in
the Collegiate Challenge.
The Lynchburg chapter has built more than 130 homes in its eight- year
TAPE# net edit 97-3 Cigarettes
A ripple effect could drive the price of cigarettes up.
Winston and Camel maker R-J Reynolds has boosted its wholesale prices by
about four percent.
Analysts say the move could add about a nickel a pack to the retail price.
They expect other tobacco companies to follow suit.
It's been an eventful week for Norfolk Southern and C-S-X.
Len Besthoff recaps the story plus other economic news in our area with the
NEWS 7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :32
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
An end to the fourth month bidding war for Conrail appears to be in sight.
Rivals Norfolk Southern and C-S-X have apparently agreed to split the
northeastern railroads assets, to avoid the federal government from
Shorewood Packaging, which makes compact disk covers, may close its Roanoke
distribution facility and idle 75 workers.
Spokesman Howard Liebman, reached at the company's New York headquarters,
said "it's something we're looking at" but declined to comment any further.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has slapped a 12- thousand- dollar fine on
the Framatome Cogema (FRAM-uh-tohm koh-JEE-muh) plant in Lynchburg.
Apparently a uranium- based fuel assembly was accidentally sent to Germany,
but the incident did not endanger public health or safety.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 123 points, while the Nasdaq Composite inched up three ticks.
Soft Music Under
Still to come on the newscast, did the Cavaliers make the N-C-double-A
Roy Stanley knows.
And Charles and Diana set aside their differences, at least for a few hours.
MUSIC UP FULL
Several topics-- including gun control top this week's viewer mail.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=Last week's note
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( Last week's note on Dan Rather's interview with the Mayor of New York on
the Empire State Building shooting brought this response from another viewer.
"The mayor's point was
that this unstable man, who had only been in this country a few days, should
not have been able to obtain a handgun in Florida without a background check.
Such a check would probably have prevented these murders. The viewer
apparently believes that anyone, regardless of mental or moral deficiencies,
should be able to buy and use a weapon on the basis of the Second Amendment.
It should be obvious that there are some people whose right to "keep and
bear arms" is subservient to the rights of citizens to be able to be free of
the danger of unstable people with weapons. We can't allow any homicidal
maniac who wants a gun to be able to buy one."
From our web page forum, a debate on geography.
"Why do the weather people always insist on referring to our part of the
country as the Mid-Atlantic? The last time I looked at a history book, or
listened to the people's dialect here, we were in the South! No, I think the
weather people do a wonderful job keeping us informed...But you are doing all
of our forefathers a terrible injustice when you call this the Mid-Atlantic."
Which brought this reply:
"I don't think Virginia was ever part of the stereotypical South: grinding
poverty, hot climate, the Ku Klux Klan, and funny accents that grate unpleasant
upon the ear, and sugary sweet women fanning themselves whilst rolling their
eyes seductively. I like to think of myself as living in the best place on
earth, where there are four seasons I am not hemmed in by tall, fierce
mountains, where there are flat valleys and plenty of interstates waiting to
take me anywhere I want to go...NO, I think to live in one of the mid-Atlantic
states is to have the best of both the North and the South, without being
smothered by either."
Write to News-7 Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022.
Our fax number is 343-7269.
Send e-mail to news@wdbj7. com.
And you'll find our on-line forum on our web site: www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
North Carolina's Shammond Williams scored 23 points to lead the Tar Heels
to a 64 to 54 win over N.C. State in the A-C-C tournament title game.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Tar Heels vs Wolfpack; :
Dean Smith going after another A-C-C title.
And it looked good in the first half Serge Zwikker hits the jumper and the
Tar Heels led by 8.
State would not go away C.C. Harrison pulls up and nails this three pointer
cutting the lead to six.
But Carolina came right back Shammond Williams hits the jumper and the Tar
Heels led by six at the Break.
The Wolfpack went down by 8 to open the second half but Jamey Hyatt's three
pointer cut the lead to five.
Then with 13 minutes left in the game Williams hit three straight three's
and the Tar heels led 45 to 34.
The Wolfpack cut the lead to three SUPER=33-North Carolina/64/N.C.
State/54/;points at 45 to 42 but North Carolina wins it by a score of 64 to
IN Q="I just
((SHAMMOND WILLIAMS/23 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Shammond Williams/23 Points; :
OUT Q=.........the Basketball."
Kentucky won its fifth tournament championship in six years with a 95 to 68
win over Georgia.
In Memphis, Rick Pitino giving instructions to his team in the championship
Georgia comes out firing Derrick Dukes goes outside for the three pointer
early in the game.
But Kentucky's Anthony Epps took over here he scores the three pointer for
two of his 22 points in the game.
The Big gun for the Wildcats though SUPER=33-Kentucky/95/Georgia/68/;was
Ron Mercer. Mercer goes to the boards hard for the jam and two of his 20 as
Kentucky wins it 95 to 68.
The top ranked Jayhawks of Kansas won the Big 12 championship game beating
Missouri 87 to 60.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/CBS SPORTS; :
Kansas coach Roy Williams cheering his team in the first half.
Paul Pierce comes up big hitting this three pointer for two of his game
high 30 points.
Missouri kicks it out side to D.D. Ray he hits the three pointer but the
tigers trailed by 10 points.
Kansas then gets it to guard Jacque
SUPER=33-Kansas/87/Missouri/60/;Vaughn for the jumper Kansas led by 16 and
the Jayhawks win it 87 to 60.
The field of 64 is in place for the start of the N-C-Double-A basketball
Kansas, Minnesota, Kentucky and North Carolina are the top seeds in the
Virginia with an 18 and 12 record made the show the Cavaliers will play
Iowa as the ninth seed in the West.
The A-C-C has six teams in the tournament. Joining Virginia and North Carolina
are Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson and Maryland.
Old Dominion is in as the C-A-A champion. The Monarchs will play New
Mexico in the East Region.
On the women's side Virginia is the fourth seed in the West and will play
Troy State and Old Dominion is the top seed in the Mideast and will play
In the N-B-A, Glen Rice scored 21 points to lead the Charlotte Hornets
over Miami 82 to 76.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :
Vlade Divac warming up before the start of the game.
He gets the ball out to Mugsy Bogues on the break he takes it in for the
layup and the early Hornet lead.
Then watch Anthony Mason take it to the hoop for the finger roll and the
Hornets led 31 to 11 after the first quarter.
Rice hits three of his 21 points Charlotte
SUPER=32-Charlotte/82/Miami/76/;led by 25 at the half and the Hornets beat
the Heat 82 to 76.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/NHL; :
In hockey, John LeClair had two goals and Eric Lindros had four assists and
Ron Hextall scored his fourth shutout of the season as Philadelphia beat
For all of the scores lets go to the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-j/New York/97//Chicago/93////New Jersey/55//L.A. Lakers/52/3//;
SUPER=0103-j/Philadelphia/5//Washington/0////Tampa Bay/1//Calgary/1//Tie In
SUPER=0103-j/N.Y. Rangers/2//San Jose/1///j/New Jersey/4//Buffalo/1///;
SUPER=0103-j/Edmonton/4//St. Louis/1////Anaheim/2//Colorado/2//Tie In OT/;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Steve Elkington is the Doral Open champion Dale Jarrett
wins the Primestar 500 NASCAR race.
And over in Salem the Roanoke College lacrosse team loses to nationally
Steve Grissom walked away from an ugly crash and after a 52 minute delay
Dale Jarrett took the Checkered flag winning the Primestar 500 at the Atlanta
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/ABC SPORTS; :
Dale Earnhardt was making a move on his favorite track running in 8-th
place with Terry Labonte on his bumper.
But the Leader was pole sitter Robby Gordon in the early part of the race.
Geoff Bodine had some problems while leaving the pits the left rear tire
came off the car costing him time on the track.
The lead would change at this point as Dale Jarrett powered his way to the
front of the field after a caution.
Points leader Jeff Gordon blew an engine and had to take his car to the
garage ending his day.
The the flag man got busy. Three straight cautions would slow the race. On
this one Steve Grissom gets lose and his car slides across the track into the
wall it goes airborne losing its gas tank and starting a fire on the track.
Grissom was taken to the infield care unit complaining of an ankle injury. The
race was red Flagged.
Dale Jarrett was the leader after the restart of the race Ernie Irvan was
second and Morgan Shepherd third. But Jarrett would hold on to win the
IN Q=First audio
((DALE JARRETT/PRIMESTER 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Primestar 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.........day long."
Irvan was second, Shepherd third Bobby Labonte fourth and Jeff Burton fifth.
Two top 10 nationally ranked Division III mens lacrosse teams faced off
over in Salem today as the number 6 Roanoke hosted Number 5 Gettysburg in a
crucial early season showdown.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bullets vs. Maroons; :00
The game was played on the Roanoke College practice field because the game
field is being worked on.
Bill Pilat's Maroons looking to improve to 2 and OH on the season.
The game was dead even in the first half. Roanoke's Brian Fleming and J.D.
Gaddie hook up on the trick play. It appears Fleming has the ball...But no,
Gaddie has it, he walks in and cranks the shot past the Gettysburg goalie.
The game was tied at 5 all at the half. Gettysburg scored 3 in the third
quarter and that proved to be the difference. Roanoke All-American Chris Gordon
had little chance on this one SUPER=34-Gettysburg/10/Roanoke/7;
on one with the Bullets Brooke Farrell, 8-6 Gettysburg after three quarters.
The Maroons never quit. Adam Jackson takes the feed and finishes with the
quick stick, 10-7 Roanoke trailed and that would be the final as Gettysburg
tops the Maroons.
((BILL PILAT/ROANOKE HEAD LACROSSE COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Roanoke College Lacrosse Coach; :00
OUT Q=...a head today"
Steve Elkington picked up his first win on the P-G-A tour since the 1995
P-G-A championship winning the Doral Open.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
A beautiful view of the course in Miami.
Elkington took the lead with an eagle putt on the third hole He had birdies
at 9 and 10. He finished shooting a 69.
His total score of 275 was 13 under par and two strokes better than Larry
Nelson and Nick Price.
Even a bit of bickering between Prince Charles and his ex- wife Diana didn't
spoil a rare joint appearance by the two.
The former royal couple attended the confirmation of their son, Prince
William-- the second in line to the British throne.
There were apparently some disagreements between Charles and Diana over the
guest list for the ceremony at Saint George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor
Charles and Diana aren't seen in public much, not since they separated in
Their divorce was formalized last year.