The first wave of U-S troops has arrived in Africa to prepare for a possible
evacuation of Americans
And the nation's top cancer organizations may soon be in agreement on
Sunshine today will not last all week long. I'll detail the forecast, and
we'll look at how the Express fared over the weekend.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
The first contingent of U-S troops are in Central Africa today to prepare
for possible evacuation of some five-hundred Americans from neighboring Zaire.
But the U-S says it will not get involved in the five-month civil war in
Mark Phillips reports.
SUPER=03-Brazzaville, Congo; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Smith/Task Force Commander; :17
SUPER=01-Laurent Kabil/Zaire Rebel Leader; 1:03 (QUICK)
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, LONDON.
((Into an African civil war of increasing ferocity and danger -- American
have now been inserted. Not to intervene, but to prepare the ground for the
possible evacuation of about five-hundred American and other foreign
(SOT Major General Ed Smith, Commander, Southern European Task Force)
`To continue the assessment of what's been ongoing here for the past couple of
days and to do some prudent planning on how American forces could be utilized
properly whould the need arise in terms of a deteriorating situation and a
(African troops in canoes etc/Mobutu)
The threat comes from the conflict between the demoralized and eroding forces
of Zaire's ailing president of thirty-one-years, Mobuto Sese Seko, and rebel
forces who now control about a third of the country. Numbers of government
troops have been defecting to the rebel side and it's doubtful Mobuto -- who's
just returned from France where he's been under care for cancer -- has the
strength, politically and physically, to stem the tide.
Rebel leader Laurent Kabila has held the innitiative and seems reluctant to
stop when he's on a roll.
(SOT Laurent Kabila, Zaire Rebel Leader)
`There's won't be any cease fire before negotiations that is it.'
(FILE/USS Nausau, Sunday US troops in Brazaville)
In the meantime, the USS Nausau is moving offshore to serve as a base for a
possible evacuation while about two-hundred American troops wait onshore,
ready to extract American and other civilians from harms way. MP CBS News
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Just days after the Liggett Group publicly acknowleged that cigarettes cause
cancer, Industry- giant Phillip Morris is now admitting it once shifted
nicotine into unsold test cigarettes.
Three years ago, tobacco company executives swore to Congress they never
conducted nicotine-spiking experiments.
((WILLIAM CAMPBELL, FMR. PHILIP MORRIS USA PRESIDENT, APRIL 14, 1994)
(10:04:21) FIRST OF ALL, PHILIP MORRIS DOES NOT ADD NICOTINE TO OUR
CIGARETTES. PHILIP MORRIS DOES NOT MANIPULATE NOR INDEPENDENTLY CONTROL THE
AMOUNT OF NICOTINE IN OUR PRODUCTS.))
SUPER=10-William Campbell/Former Phillip Morris President/April 1994;
OUT Q=in our products.
C-B-S News has learned the Justice Department is investigating whether false
and misleading information was given to federal officials.
Two main anti- cancer groups appear to be in agreement about mammograms.
The American Cancer Society decided
yesterday to urge all women in their 40s to undergo the tests.
On Wednesday, the National Cancer Institute is expected to follow
In January, the institute sparked controversy when it said it could
NOT recommend mammograms for all women in their 40's.
There's new hope for millions of men who suffer from baldness.
A study by a pharmaceutical company shows that more than half of the men
tested re-grew hair after taking Propecia (proh-PEESH'-uh) a drug used to treat
The food and drug administration has yet to approve the drug as a treatment
Patrick County honored its fallen Vietnam veterans with a memorial.
Gloria James has been working on this project since her son John James died
in combat in April of 19-66.
Six other Patrick County men also died during the war.
All are remembered on the monument.
SOT Tape 1 14:51:53
IN Q=I WANTED THE
((GLORIA JAMES/JOHN'S MOM: I WANTED THE BOYS TO GET WHAT THEY DESERVED. THOSE
BOYS DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY JUST AS THE ONES ON THIS FIRST MONUMENT AND I THINK
THEY DESERVED JUST AS MUCH RECOGNITION AS THEY DID.))
SUPER=01-Gloria James/John's Mom;
OUT Q=AS THEY DID
Kermit Ingram encouraged his brother to join the service.
The last time he saw Israel Ingram was in the fall of '67.
Israel died five months later.
SOT tape 2 15:03:23
IN Q=WE HAD A PARTY
((KERMIT INGRAM/ISRAEL'S BROTHER: WE HAD A PARTY. WE HAD A GOOD TIME. HE
HUGGED US AND HE SAID I'LL SEE YOU GUYS IN A COUPLE OF YEARS.))
SUPER=01-Kermit Ingram/Israel's Brother;
OUT Q=COUPLE OF YEARS
Frederick Bullington, Bobby Corns, Roger Bowman, Larry Talley and Bernard
Sowder are also remembered on the monument.
The Supreme Court today is hearing a case that could expand police power in
Wisconsin's attorney general is arguing that police have the right to enter
a home without knocking, when they have a warrant and they're searching for
A decision is NOT expected for a few months.
An overnight attack at a McDonald's in a Nashville suburb leaves two people
dead, two critically wounded and police looking for suspects.
Authorities say they received a 9-1-1 hang up call from the restaurant
shortly after midnight.
Minutes later police arrived.
((DON AARON/POLICE SPOKESPERSON: WHEN THE OFFICER GAINED ENTRY.. SHE FOUND
THREE VICTIMS IN THE REAR.. A FOURTH WAS FOUND NEAR THE PHONE. ))
SUPER=01-Don Aaron/Police Spokesman;
OUT Q= by the telephone.
Police are calling it a robbery because it appears money was
Vice President Al Gore has made a historic trip to China.
He arrived in Beijing earlier today where he'll discuss human rights issues
with Chinese government officials.
Gore is the highest ranking U-S
official to visit China in eight years. (----------------)
A leading diplomat cautions Washington lawmakers against sacrificing
international diplomacy for short- term savings in the federal budget.
On Friday, the Helsinki Summit between President Clinton and Russian
President Boris Yeltsin produced a breakthrough on arms control, and promising
dialogue on the expansion of NATO.
And in Roanoke, Assistant Secretary of State Thomas McNamara said the
country must resist the temptation to cut foreign affairs funding.
IN Q=So we may save a few pennies
((THOMAS MCNAMARA/ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE: SO WE MAY SAVE A FEW PENNIES,
BUT IN THE LONG RUN WE'RE GOING TO PAY DEARLY IN THE FUTURE IF WE DON'T PUT
ENOUGH RESOURCES INTO DIPLOMACY, INTO FOREIGN AFFAIRS. BECAUSE THE FIRST LINE
OF DEFENSE IS IN FACT THE DIPLOMACY THAT GOES ON EVERY DAY WITHOUT MUCH
ACTIVITY BEING NOTICED BY THE PUBLIC.))
SUPER=01-Thomas McNamara/Assistant Secretary of State;
OUT Q=noticed by the public.
While most diplomacy does not generate the headlines of the Helsinki Summit,
McNamara says the Foreign Service is essential to strengthening U.S. commerce,
and protecting American interests abroad.
McNamara was in western Virginia for an appearance at V-M-I.
Flames consumed a Bedford County home yesterday.
Firefighters say they arrived on the scene minutes after the blaze began,
but not before the attic and roof suffered major damage.
No one was injured in the blaze.
Officials say the blaze appeared to be accidental.
A Beckly, West Virginia man died yesterday while skiing at the Snowshoe
Authorities say he apparently ran off a trail and hit a tree.
His name has not been released but officials say he was 51.
This is the resort's third skiing related fatality in 24 years.
Danville postal workers will now carry something new when they deliver the
Cellular One is donating hand- held cellular phones to the U.S. Postal
The gift will allow carriers to summon help if they spot a fire or another
emergency, or if they fear a resident needs assistance.
IN Q=Danville is one of the market areas...
((JOYCE WALTHALL/CELLULAR ONE: DANVILLE IS ONE OF THE MARKET AREAS THAT IS
SERVED BY CELLULAR ONE AND WE'RE GOING TO ROLL THIS OUT TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF
((TOM GIFFIN/DANVILLE POSTMASTER: I THINK JUST A LITTLE MORE BASIC COMMUNITY
SECURITY IS THE WHOLE CENTER OF THE PROGRAM. I THINK BY WORKING WITH THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT AND WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY WE CAN JUST MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT
SAFER FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN DANVILLE.))
SUPER=01-Joyce Walthall/Cellular One Store Manager;
SUPER=01-Tom Giffin/Danville Postmaster;
OUT Q=all of the people in Danville.
Cellular One is donating fifteen phones and air time.
The cell phones are programmed to call 9-1-1, a non- emergency police
number, or the postal service.
In our mail bag this week, viewers commented on our coverage of a fatal
accident and the Conrail Merger.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
OUT Q=News 7.
(( The followup story on an accident that killed a Roanoke County educator,
and a couple from Bedford County, prompted one viewer to write:
"I want you to know that they were the kindest couple anybody would love to
know. They would do anything in their power to help you. When you mentioned all
about James Johnson and what he had achieved throughout his life and didn't
care to mention anything about Mr. and Mrs. Goad that made me a little upset.
They might not have been rich in their pocketbooks but they were rich in heart.
They were loved by many and will be missed by a lot."
Business reporter Len Besthoff's coverage of the CSX-Norfolk
Southern-Conrail merger came in for some praise from an NS employee in Salem.
"I think your reporting has been accurate and reliable. You have not dealt
with rumors surrounding this issue. I saw the live coverage from Philadelphia
in which you interviewed people to get firsthand information. The other news
agencies here in the Roanoke Valley, both video and in the press, relied upon
wire service reports. WDBJ-7 took the time to cover an important issue that
will affect a large number of people here in the valley...I hope you will
continue to provide this high quality of reporting."
If you would like to comment on our news coverage or topics in the news,
write to News-7 Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022.
Our fax number is 343-7269.
For email, the address is news@wdbj7. com.
And you can access our on-line forum on our home page, www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.
Some Virginia Tech students are hoping their interest in physics rubs off on
high school students in Floyd County.
The physics majors are helping the high schoolers apply the science to their
Denise Allen explains.
IN Q=we can help
SUPER=01-Peter Macedo/Lead Mentor; :28
SUPER=01-Karen Pursifull/High School Student; :42
SUPER=01-Tim Callahan/Floyd Co. Physics Teacher; :54
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=WE CAN HELP
((WE CAN HELP YOU BUILD YOUR OWN COMPUTER THAT YOU CAN KEEP AT HOME DURING THIS
OUT Q=DURING THIS PROJECT
Several times a week Virginia Tech Physics majors travel to Floyd County to
guide these high school students through the study of physics.
But the Tech mentors are available throughout the week via computer.
This new lab allows Floyd County students to e-mail their mentors and others
anywhere in the country.
A tele-conference during class time is also in the plans.
IN Q=They find that
((PETER MACEDO/LEAD MENTOR: THEY FIND THAT INSTEAD OF EVERYTHING COMING FROM A
BOOK OR COMING FROM A TEACHER STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM THAT THERE'S OTHER WAYS
TO LEARN AND THERE'S OTHER WAYS TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE 45 MINUTES AWAY JUST
BY TYPING ON A COMPUTER.))
OUT Q=TYPING ON A COMPUTER
IN Q=IT HELPS US
((KAREN PURSIFULL/FLOYD CO. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: IT HELPS US TO LET THE CLASS
GO BY WHEN YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE BOARD ALL THE TIME IT GETS A LITTLE BORING.
BUT WORKING AT THE COMPUTER IS A WHOLE NEW OUT LOOK. IT'S A LOT OF FUN.))
OUT Q=A LOT OF FUN
IN Q=THEY GET TO
((TIM CALLAHAN/FCHS PHYSICS TEACHER: THEY GET TO SEE THE EQUATIONS AND THINGS
PUT INTO PRACTICE FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE
CLASS AND ARE ACTUALLY USING IT IN OTHER COURSES.))
OUT Q=IN OTHER COURSES
Callahan and the Tech mentors say the class is a success because they show
the students how physics applies to everyday life.
If a student wants to know how something works, that something becomes the
topic of a class project.
IN Q=WE PLAN ON
((WE PLAN ON WORKING WITH A HOT-AIR BALLOON. WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT
THE PHYSICS PART OF IT. HOW IT FLIES AND HOW HIGH IT CAN GO WITH THE HEAT.))
OUT Q=WITH THE HEAT
The new approach to this science has helped the Floyd County High School
Physics Department grow from one class a year to three.
Interest has increased so much that next year, for the first time, the
school is offering a second level physics class.
Educators say any time you can get a student to say class is fun, you're
doing something right.
Denise Allen News 7.))
A Montgomery County judge has convicted a Virginia Tech football player of
assault and battery, stemming from a campus brawl last summer.
Tyron Edmund confessed to punching Jonathan Nelson, in his first interview
with a Blacksburg police officer.
Edmund later changed his story to say he simply threw up an arm to shield
himself in the fight.
The judge ordered Edmund to serve two days of a three-day jail sentence.
Odds are, you are going to need at least a half dozen different documents
before you can fill out your income tax forms.
Usually you receive them long before April 15th.
But what if you don't?
That's what Len Besthoff explores in this week's edition of Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Bill Williams/H&R Block; :14
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT TAPE TWO 06:28:52
((Here's another situation you could run into when you're paying your taxes.
Let's say you just can't get all the documents you need together by April 15th,
which is of course the deadline. Bill Williams with H&R Block has some
OUT Q=some suggestions.
SOT TAPE ONE 06:06:06
IN Q=In this
((BILL WILLIAMS/H&R BLOCK: IN THIS CASE, YOU SHOULD FILE FOR AN EXTENSION.
FOR 4868, INDICATE THAT YOU CAN'T FILE YOUR RETURN, THAT YOU WANT AN EXTENSION.
YOU ATTACH A CHECK TO THAT FORM COVERING YOUR ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF TAX YOU
THINK YOU MAY OWE. THEN YOU HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 15TH TO FILE YOUR RETURN, AND
THERE'LL BE NO PENALTIES. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU EITHER FILE YOUR RETURN
OR FILE YOUR REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION BY APRIL 15TH.))
OUT Q=April 15th.
SOT TAPE TWO 06:30:21
IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back
to the newsdesk.))
TAPE#net (edit of ICE-97)
The Roanoke Express lost to South Carolina 6 to 5 in a shootout.
But Roanoke picks up a point to tie Richmond for third place in the East.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Stingrays;
South Carolina scored early in the first quarter. Chris Hynnes takes it in
and beats the Express goalie for the score.
Then a minute later Brett Marietti hits a slap shot from the blue line to
score and the Express trailed 3 to nothing.
Roanoke got on the board late in the first period Duane Harmer shoots it
SUPER=38-Roanoke/5/South Carolina/6/;in front of the net and Jeff Jablonski
taps it in to make it 3 to 1 and Roanoke loses in a shootout 6 to 5.
TAPE#net (edit of BB97-4)
North Carolina is headed to the final four after winning its fourth
regional final of the 90's.
Shammond Williams scored 22 as the Tar Heels beat Louisville 97 to 74.
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/Tar Heels vs Cardinals; :
Louisville kept it close early in the first half Alex Sanders scores on the
jam to make it 29 to 24 Heels.
But Williams scored this basket to send the Tar heels in at the half
leading 54 to 33.
The Cardinals made a run with just over nine minutes left in the game this
three pointer cut the lead to three.
North Carolina went on a run led by SUPER=33-North
Carolina/97/Louisville/74/;Antawn Jamison and the Tar Heels advance with the
97 to 74 win.
TAPE#net (edit of R-35)
Dale Jarrett survived a brush with the wall early in the race to win the
Transouth 400 at Darlington.
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/ESPN; :
The 8-th caution of the day was called when Robert Pressley gets lose in
front of Ricky Craven- both cars spin out and hit the inside wall.
Dale Jarrett slipped on oil early in the race but he made his way back to
the front to lead with less than 115 laps to go.
He would take the checkered flag a car length ahead of Musgrave in the
IN Q="This is a
((DALE JARRETT/TRANSOUTH 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Transouth 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=the ultimate
Jeff Gordon was third Jeff Burton fourth and Bobby Labonte fifth.
TAPE# net (04:12:04)
When you think of island music, you probably think of steal drums and
mandolins, but what about the Conch shell?
IN Q=nat sound
SUPER=03-Key West, FL;
The 35th Annual Conch Blowing contest got underway in Key West, Florida,
These "musicians" came to belt it our and prove that you can hear more than
the ocean when you listen to a conch shell.
Mark Regelman, a Naval search and rescue pilot won first prize with his tune
"Two Ships in the Fog."
Movie fans have been camped outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for
days, waiting for a chance to see the stars.
They'll be shining bright tonight at the 69th annual Academy Awards.
Nominated for best picture Oscar this year: "The English Patient," "Fargo,"
"Jerry Macguire," "Secrets and Lies," and "Shine."