A Virginia Tech player will spend some time behind bars for his part in an
And Federal Reserve board meeting today in Washington is to end with higher
Showers will roll in on the wings of a cold front, and will last through
much of the night. We'll examine how long the rain will last, and we'll check
out the latest from the world of sports, too.
News 7 at Noon is next.
Two days in jail is the price a Virginia Tech player will pay for his part
in an on-campus brawl.
Tyron Edmond was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in the beating
of another student.
After the incident, Edmond admitted he hit Jonathan Nelson.
Nelson also identified Edmond as one of the people in a mob who landed a
But Edmond now says he was really only protecting himself after SOMEONE ELSE
((TYRON EDMOND: AND AS HE WAS FALLING BACK, AS HE FELL BACK I NUDGED HIM LIKE
THAT AND GOT HIM OFF OF ME. ))
SUPER=01-Tyron Edmond/Tech Football Player;
OUT Q=him off of me.
Montgomery Circuit judge Ray Grubbs did not buy it, and ordered Edmond to
serve two days of a 30- day jail sentence.
((DUTTON OLINGER/EDMOND'S LAWYER: WITH THAT TYPE OF SENTENCE ONE DAY KILLS TWO.
SO HE'LL HAVE 24 HOURS THAT HE'LL HAVE TO SERVE. ))
SUPER=01-Dutton Olinger/Edmond's Lawyer;
OUT Q=have to serve.
Charges were dismissed against three other players.
Four more are still awaiting trial.
Economists predict the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates.
The central bank's policy-makers have begun a meeting in Washington and an
announcement is expected this afternoon.
Fed chairman Alan Greenspan has been hinting a short term interest rate hike
is needed to keep inflation in check.
It would be the first increase in two years.
First the arrest and now release of three Arabs suspected of taking part in
last week's deadly suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv cafe.
The three men were arrested Saturday.
Israel radio says investigators released the men today, believing they
had no connection to the bomber.
The explosion killed the bomber and three Israeli women.
One of the women killed was the mother of a seven- month- old baby who was
seriously wounded in the attack.
Today the wife of Israel's president visited the little girl and other
children who were injured.
In China today Vice President Al Gore was on hand as Beijing sealed deals
with two major U-S companies worth more than two BILLION dollars.
One, is a one- point- three billion dollar joint venture between G-M and a
The other is 700 million dollar order with Boeing for five jetliners, a deal
Boeing says was long delayed.
((RONALD WOODARD/PRESIDENT - BOEING COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE GROUP)
"THERE ARE TIMES WHEN POLITICS ARE INVOLVED AND CERTAINLY COMPLICATE THE
OVERALL PROCESS. (EDIT) THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE CONTRACT WAS NOT EXECUTED
WHEN IT WAS READY TO BE EXECUTED BECAUSE OF TENSION BETWEEN THE US AND CHINA.
SUPER=01-Ronald Woodard/Boeing President;
OUT Q=AND CHINA.
And while the deals are evidence of growing stability in U-S Chinese
relations, Gore has offered sharp words of criticism.
In one meeting he reprimanded Beijing for selling missile technology to Iran
and other nations the U-S considers unfriendly.
The election may be months away, but the race to become Virginia's next
Governor is already fired up.
Tobacco is the candidates' latest battle field.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer yesterday accused Attorney General Jim Gilmore
of "blessing" illegal cigarette sales to children by fighting F-D-A regulations
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: TO FIGHT THE BEST NATIONAL
ATTEMPTS TO KEEP TOBACCO FROM KIDS IS ESSENTIALLY TO BLESS THE SELLING OF
TOBACCO TO KIDS. IT'S TO DRAW BACK INTO A SITUATION IN VIRGINIA WHERE TO THE
BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE IN VIRGINIA WE'VE NEVER EVEN HAD A CONVICTION FOR SELLING
TOBACCO TO KIDS.))
OUT Q=to kids.
A spokesman for the Republican called Beyer's remarks "the most ridiculous
thing" he'd ever heard.
Gilmore's made efforts to strengthen Virginia's laws against children
But he says he still has NO intention of withdrawing Virginia's "friend of
the court" brief AGAINST the F-D-A regulations.
Gilmore says tobacco is too important to Virginia's economy.
The candidates do agree the state should NOT sue any tobacco companies over
the health- related costs of smoking.
Facing last night's midnight deadline, Governor Allen vetoed eleven parts of
the state budget.
Among the vetoes issued by Allen was budget language that he said would
undermine welfare reform.
The language would have exempted full-time students who receive welfare
from the requirement to get a job.
The General Assembly will take up Allen's vetoes at its April 2nd override
She went from teacher and mother of four to Governor of the Lone Star State.
Now former Texas politician Ann Richards wants women to know they have more
opportunities now than ever.
IN Q=Women should get
((ANN RICHARDS/FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR: WOMEN SHOULD GET OVER THE BUSINESS OF
ALWAYS BEING THE GIVERS AND THE CARETAKERS- WOMEN HAVE GOT TO ACCEPT THE FACT
THAT MAKING A LIVING, PUTTING MONEY IN THE BANK, BECOMING FINANCIALLY AND
ECONOMICALLY SECURE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THEIR NUMBER-ONE GOALS.))
SUPER=01-Ann Richards/Former Texas Governor
OUT Q=their number-one goals.
Richards visited Roanoke College yesterday.
She says women who want to make a career out of public service should donate
their time to a political campaign, focus on their education, and travel.
Richards was the governor of Texas from 19-90 until 19-94.
Roanoke motorists on route 2-20, near Walmart had a scare yesterday when a
truck lost its breaks.
In all, the delivery truck hit three cars while swerving through a red
The driver said he was going down a hill leading into the plaza, when he
lost control of the vehicle.
Richard Spencer has been charged with driving with defective brakes.
Several people were hurt but their injuries are not life threatening.
A happy ending in the search for two Michigan girls kidnapped Friday from
their bus stop.
The F-B-I says Jessica and Teresa Hainer, ages six and nine, were found this
morning in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The three men found with them are in custody.
SUPER=01-James J. Gregor/Prosecutor;
OUT Q=under michigan law.
Jessica and Teresa had not been seen since Friday, when they got off their
school bus in Galesburg, Michigan, and into a car with the three men.
State education officials are planning to test, of all things, a new test.
Officials have released sample questions of the exams that students will
have to pass starting in four years to graduate.
The tests are designed to show whether students are learning revised
curriculum standards that were adopted in 19-95.
The tests will consist mostly of multiple-choice questions.
The field trial during the week of April 28th will involve students in
grades three, five, eight and eleven.
More people are getting the chance to learn from the past as the Harrison
Museum of African American Culture continues to grow.
Yesterday, museum officials and supporters dedicated the new annex on
The building will provide more space, and proper conditions for the
museum's artifacts and memorabilia.
IN Q=Not only will it add
((ALETHA BOLDEN/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: NOT ONLY WILL IT BE ADDED STORAGE SPACE, BUT
IT WILL ALSO BE ADDED WORK SPACE FOR OUR CURATOR. SHE'LL BE ABLE TO SPRAWL
THINGS OUT AND WORK ON A LARGER SCALE. WE'VE HAD TO TURN SOME THINGS AWAY, BUT
HOPEFULLY NOW THAT WE HAVE A LARGER BUILDING, A QUALITY CONTROLLED BUILDING,
WE'LL BE ABLE TO ACCEPT A LOT OF MEMORABILIA THAT'S STILL OUT THERE.))
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Museum Director;
OUT Q=still out there.
The annex was built with public and private grants on a lot donated by
Central Fidelity Bank.
The building still needs shelving and equipment, and officials are hoping
to secure more grants and contributions to cover the cost.
Officials at Bedford's City-County Museum say they have more items than room
to display them.
Steve Smallshaw reports they're looking to expand.
IN Q=They've been drawn
SUPER=01-Ellen Wandrei/Museum Director; :25
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( They've been drawn by artifacts ranging from 12- thousand year old
arrowheads to World War Two uniforms... and there's even more here that
visitors CAN'T see.
((I HAVE SEVERAL BOTTLES FROM WAVERLY BOTTLING COMPANY, THEY WERE BOTTLED RIGHT
HERE ON DEPOT STREET.))
Crammed into the third floor of this building are hundreds of pieces of
county history that the museum doesn't have room to display.
IN Q=Because we have
((ELLEN WANDREI/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY ITEMS FROM BEDFORD THAT
NOBODY GETS TO SEE FROM THE COUNTY. ALL THESE FARM TOOLS THAT WERE MADE IN THE
COUNTY, AND NO ONE OTHER THAN THE PERSON WHO DONATED THEM, PROBABLY DOESN'T
KNOW THEY'RE HERE.))
OUT Q=they're here.
Renovating the third floor is a costly proposition, but officials hope to
raise enough money to match a state historic grant to make it possible.
But even if the room is opened up, that's no guarantee tour- goers will get
to see it.
Wandrei estimates close to 60 percent of their visitors are over the age of
50.. making it up the stairs to the third floor is difficult if not impossible
So the grant also would pay to install an elevator on the back of the
building, making the entire museum handicapped accessible.
IN Q=These people
((WANDREI: THESE PEOPLE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN OUR COLLECTION,
AND THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE ITEMS THAT WE HAVE ON DISPLAY.))
OUT Q=have on display.
Fund-raising should begin over the next few months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.)
The first of four rockets is off and running after the Hale-Bopp comet.
SUPER=03-White Sands, NM;
It took off last night from New Mexico.
Scientists are sending up the rockets in hopes of getting a closer look at
Hale-Bopp as it swoops past Earth.
They hope to trace certain gases that could tell the history and origin of
the comet, and reveal more about the the universe.
"The English Patient" wins big at the Oscars.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
The wartime drama won nine Academy awards last night, including best picture
and best director.
Its star, Juliette Binoche (bih-NOHSH'), beat out sentimental favorite
Lauren Bacall for the supporting actress Oscar.
Geoffrey Rush's portrayal of real-life pianist David Helfgott
won him an Oscar for best actor in "Shine."
Cuba Gooding Junior picked up best supporting actor honors for his role in
IN Q=I LOVE YOU...
SUPER=01-Cuba Gooding, Jr./Best Supporting Actor;
OUT Q=TOM CRUISE, I LOVE YOU MAN.
Frances McDormand won for best actress for "Fargo,"
The Academy Awards may have been the place to see movie stars last night,
but Roanoke had stars of its own.
Big names in skating graced the ice for the Discover Stars on Ice Tour.
Jean Jadhon reports.
SUPER=01-Ekaterina Gordeeva/Olympic Gold Medalist; :55
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke.":
((There's so much gold on the ice- it glittered. Olympic Gold that is.
1992 gold medalist Kristi Yamagucchi wowed the crowd- and led an all star
including Ekaterina Gordeeva-
Gold medalists Torvill and Dean also skated into the crowds hearts-
so did silver medalist Paul Wylie. these blades on ice kept the crowd alive
with plenty of jumps- spins
JEAN JADHON: WHILE THE ICE IS FILLED WITH OLYMPIC MEDALISTS, THERE IS ONE
SKATER NOTICEABLY ABSENT- 1984 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SCOTT HAMILTON.
Hamilton left the tour just last week- after being diagnosed with testicular
He's now in Cleveland undergoing treatment- Friend and fellow skater
Gordeeva took a moment out of practice to talk with us.
EKATERINA GORDEEVA/OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST: THIS IS THE WORSTEST THING WE HAD
THIS TOUR IS THAT WE MISS HIM. SCOTT RIGHT NOW.
Hamilton is the skater who always has a smile on his face- even during this
YOU KNOW SCOTT IS ALWAYS JOKING. HE WAS JOKING YESTERDAY ON THE PHONE HE IS IN
A GOOD MOOD. HE'S GONNA TAKE REST WE ALL PRAY WITH HIM ALL OUR STRENGTH.
Meanwhile the show goes on with Hamilton on the skaters minds- his
positive outlook and smiles seen on the skaters' faces.
nat sound of skaters.))
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SUPER=331-Showers/ & Storms/50-54/Partial Clearing/& Breezy/64-68;
SUPER=332-Rainy/& Windy/44-48/Rain Early/Windy & Clearing/56-60;
SUPER=333-Showers/ & Storms/46-50/Partial Clearing/& Breezy/56-60;
SUPER=334-Rainy/ & Windy/40-44/Rain Early/Windy & Clearing/50-54;
The Associated Press announced their Group-A all-state basketball team last
night and some local athletes made the grade.
Glenvar's Art Lawrence who took a team that started the season 3-and-9 all
the way to the state semi-finals was named Group A coach of the year.
And the man who knocked his Highlanders out of the state tournament heads up
the first team. Travis Cantrell of Floyd earns first team all-state honors.
Glenvar's Josh Williamson, the Highlanders leading scorer earned second team
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The women's N-C-A-A elite eight fought it out last night.
In the East, Notre Dame beat George Washington 62-to-52, while Tennessee beat
U-Conn 91 to 81 and Stanford blew away Georgia 82 to 47.
SUPER=03-W. Lafayette, IN/ESPN; :00
Last night in the Mideast final, the Lady Monarchs found themselves in front
of Florida 53-to-39 with 6:35 to play.
But O-D-U failed to score the rest of the way, and Florida almost forced
overtime on this shot that just bounces off the rim.
O-D-U survives to win it 53-to-51.
GRAPHIC=news 7 sports generic
A kindergarten teacher from Norfolk has been randomly selected to try the
million-dollar shot between the semifinal games of the N-C-Double-A women's
Heather Jankovich says she's never shot a basketball before.
Even if she shoots an airball, she'll take home 50-thousand-dollars.
Clemson's Rick Barnes has been courted heavily by Tennessee in the past week,
but last night he decided to stay put in the A-C-C with
a Tiger team that won 23 games this past season.
Barnes agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Clemson through
the year 2004.
His new contract will also give him a significant salary increase. Barnes
will now make six- hundred- sixty- eight- thousand- dollars a year.
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The Old Dominion Athletic conference introduced a young commissioner
yesterday at the Salem Civic Center.
Brad Bankston, the league's assistant commissioner since 19-95, takes over
for the retiring Dan Wooldridge - the league's first and only other
commissioner for the past 21 years.
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The marquee matchup in the N-H-L last night pitted the Penguins against the
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
in the 15th career meeting between Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.
Lemieux had to watch Gretzky set up the game winning goal and then score an
empty netter as New York rides Mike Richter's shutout to a 3-to-nothing win
over the Pens.
Former President George Bush takes to the skies over Arizona today -- to
make a parachute jump.
As a Navy pilot in 19-44, Bush was forced to bail out of his torpedo bomber
after it was riddled by Japanese bullets.
He says he vowed that someday he'd try a parachute jump just for fun.
No other American president has ever jumped from an airplane.
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The computer age has finally hit the Vatican.
Yesterday it unveiled its own web site.
Pope John Paul has not abandoned his pen for the keyboard. He still plans
to write his speeches by hand, but as of next Sunday every word he utters in
public will be available through web page W-W-W-dot-VATICAN-dot-V-A.
Three computers -- Raphael, Michael and Gabriel -- will power the system.