Tornados crashed through parts of Kentucky and Tennessee early this morning.
In Kentucky, 2 people were killed and at least 26 hurt.
Many people are returning to their homes and searching for the belongings
About 150 homes were destroyed or damaged.
Two people are in critical condition after a tornado touched down in
Several people were hurt when the twister hit an apartment complex.
At least 70 people were forced into a nearby shelter.
20 thousand residents and one hospital lost power during the storm.
As people across the nation consider the suicides of 39 California cult
members, many are asking "who were these people.?"
One of them was from Abingdon.
26 year old Michael Sandoe went to Abingdon High School. His principal says he
was class president his senior year.
Sandoe joined the Army out of high school and served in Desert Storm. His
mother says she had no idea he was involved with the cult.
Relatives of other cult members are also having trouble understanding what
Reporter Paul Adler has more.
SOT 3:00 15:35:13
SUPER=03-Walnut Hills, OH; :00
SUPER=01-Melba Edmonston/Babysitter; :21
SUPER=01-Alberta Heard/Cousin; :39
SUPER=01-Paul Adler/Reporting; 1:01
SUPER=01-Sister Carol Diemunsch/Former Principal; 1:10
OUT Q=wish things were different
The son of Heaven's Gate cult leader Marshall Applewhite has issued a
SUPER=04-Heaven's Gate Video;
Mark Applewhite says he is appalled that his father apparently led 38 cult
members to commit suicide.
Members were told their deaths would clear the way for them to take a ride
to Heaven in a U-F-O trailing the Halle-Bopp comet.
Born again Christian MARK Applewhite says he hadn't seen his father in 35
years and unlike the cult HE has the real ticket to heaven.
The trial of the man some people call the most hated person in America,
Jury selections begins in Denver in Timothy McVeigh's trial for the bombing
of the Oklahoma City Federal Building.
Rick Sallinger has a preview.
SUPER=01-Stephen Johns/McVeigh's Attorney; :49
OUT Q=used in the bomb
Just days ago state forestry officials warned that an abundance of dead
timber could pose a forest fire hazard.
Today their fears were realized in Bedford County.
Firefighters battled 5 brushfires this afternoon in the Goodview area.
The fires charred about 15-acres before they were brought under control.
Officials say a passing train set the fires but ice storms fueled them.
Ice storms in 1994 and 1995 left the forest floor littered with dead
A forestry department spokesman issued the warning on Tuesday.
Beginning Tuesday, phone calls between Christiansburg and the Roanoke and
Salem exchanges will no longer be considered long distance.
Bell Atlantic has extended the local calling service in response to customer
A task force set up through the Christiansburg-Montgomery County Chamber of
Commerce collected over 700 signatures on a petition requesting the service.
It will mean a slight increase in local rates for Christiansburg customers.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, President Clinton and the reverend Jessee
Jackson condemn last weeks racial attack of a black teenager,
and from Roanoke, we'll see how the Victory Stadium Speedway is getting ready
to start their season in a SMALL way.
MUSIC UP FULL
The powerful storms that swept through the Ohio valley missed us-- all we
got was a quick burst of rain...and very windy conditions this afternoon.
The front that triggered those storms left behind clear skies for us today,
and temperatures about 10 degrees warmer than normal.
let's take a look at the numbers...
SUPER=82-3.72''/plus 0.26''/9.39''/minus 0.02'';
SUPER=83-Down 0.61 foot/Down 1.64 feet;Lake levels
The racial beating of a black 13 year old boy in Chicago prompted President
Clinton to use his weekly radio address to call for an end to hate crimes.
SOT 3:00 15:22:10
IN Q=we must stand together
(( PRESIDENT CLINTON; WE MUST STAND TOGETHER AS A NATION AGAINST ALL CRIMES OF
HATE AND SAY THEY ARE WRONG. WE MUST CONDEMN HATE CRIMES WHENEVER THEY HAPPEN,
WE MUST COMMIT OURSELVES TO PREVENT THEM FROM HAPPENING AGAIN, AND WE MUST SOW
THE SEEDS OF HARMONY AND RESPECT AMONG OUR PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=among our people
The boy was riding bicycle last week when three white teenagers beat him
into a coma.
Today Jesse Jackson opposed any retaliation for the beating, saying an eye
for an eye leaves us blind, disfigured, and dead.
With more and more details of a plan to carve up Conrail leaking out, people
are wondering what this will mean in terms of employment for the railroads
involved in the deal.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=Norfolk Southern
SUPER=03-Washington/Last Week; :00
SUPER=01-George Brammer/A.G. Edwards-VP Investments; :17
SUPER=01-Bill Bales/Norfolk Southern; :47
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Norfolk Southern and C-S-X have said their joint takeover of Philadelphia-
based Conrail should present growth opportunities on a number of fronts,
But they're reluctant to discuss the deal's short term implications.
Members of the financial community believe they know why.
IN Q=You'll have
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS-VP INVESTMENTS: YOU'LL HAVE A BENEFITS DEPARTMENT
IN BOTH COMPANIES, YOU'LL HAVE A TAX DEPARTMENT IN BOTH COMPANIES, YOU'LL HAVE
HUMAN RESOURCES IN BOTH COMPANIES AND THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE
COMBINED, AND STREAMLINED. AND THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK WILL
BE OF CONCERN TO PEOPLE THAT ARE IN PHILADELPHIA.))
OUT Q=in Philadelphia.
N-S C-E-O David Goode has suggested the company's three- thousand- plus
workforce in the Roanoke Valley should emerge in good shape.
Another N-S executive said this about its 900 office jobs downtown.
IN Q=We have
((BILL BALES/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: WE HAVE A TRADITION HERE IN THIS CITY AND I
DON'T SEE OUR CHAIRMAN, WHO IS A NATIVE OF THIS AREA, TURNING AROUND AND
SENDING HALF OF OUR EMPLOYEES TO PHILADELPHIA. BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THEY CAN
ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING MORE THERE THAN THEY CAN ALREADY ACCOMPLISH HERE. AND
CERTAINLY IF WE'RE GONNA BE SPENDING UPWARDS OF FIVE BILLION DOLLARS TO BUY THE
PIECE OF CONRAIL THAT WE'RE INTERESTED IN WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER SEVERAL HUNDRED
MILLION DOLLARS OF MOVING EXPENSES WHEN WE CAN DO THE SAME JOB IN THIS REGION
OUT Q=region here.
For more watch On Record, Sunday morning at 11, on WDBJ.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick's diagnosis of leukemia is attracting national
attention to the need for more bone marrow donors.
The marrow center of the Virginias is gearing up local registration efforts,
working to increase the national databank of donors.
Cost is often a barrier.
It costs 47 dollars for an individual to become a donor.
IN Q=a lot
((A LOT OF CORPORATE SPONSORS HELP. THEY PAY FOR THE TISSUE TYPING OF THEIR
EMPLOYEES. SO ULTIMATELY IT'S A TAX WRITE OFF TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Lovelace/Bone Marrow Donor Center;
OUT Q=off too.
Roy Walker received a marrow transplant two years ago. He says the cost is
worth a human life.
((ROY WALKER/BONE MARROW RECIPIENT: I WOULDN'T BE TALKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW IF
IT HADN'T BEEN FOR SOME KIND PERSON WHO HAD DONATED HIS MARROW. ))
SUPER=01-Roy Walker/Bone Marrow Recipient;
OUT Q=his marrow
put pre-pro here.
To find out how to organize a marrow registration drive, call
1-800-marrow-2, or 985-3512.
GRAPHIC=Victory Stadium Speedway
A new flag will be waving at Victory Stadium in April.
Drivers in four race car classes will try to take the checkered flag when
the race season begins.
Denise Allen has more on Danny Taylor's three year race deal with Roanoke
IN Q=This is not Winston
SUPER=01-Willie Wines, Jr./Virginia Mini-Cup Assn.; :18
SUPER=01-Randy Spence/Mini-Cup Driver; :39
SUPER=01-Danny Taylor/Victory Stadium Speedway; :56
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; 1:02
OUT Q=News 7
(( This is not Winston Cup racing, but drivers of these mini-cup cars say the
action at the Victory Stadium Speedway will be just as exciting.
The Virginia Mini-Cup Association has an all stock car rule which they say
makes the sport more affordable and equals the playing field.
IN Q=FOR THE DRIVER
((WILLIE WINES, JR/VA MINI-CUP ASSOC: FOR THE DRIVER IT'S A LOT MORE FUN TO
RACE NOSE TO TAIL, DOOR TO DOOR. FOR THE FANS IT'S A LOT MORE EXCITING TO
WATCH A BUNCH OF CARS IN A GROUP OTHER THAN SPLIT UP.))
OUT Q=THAN SPLIT UP
The cars reach speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
Each has local business sponsors and Express Hockey is sponsoring the
MINI-CUP racing series at Victory Stadium.
IN Q=WE'LL IT'S A LITTLE
((RANDY SPENCE/MINI-CUP DRIVER: WE'LL IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN A BIGGER
CAR. IT'S NOT A LOT OF ROOM INSIDE OF THEM. YOU'RE ALMOST LAYING DOWN AND THE
MIRRORS, EVEN WITH THE MIRRORS ON THE SIDE YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT VISUAL DOWN THE
SIDES OR AROUND THE BACK.))
OUT Q=AROUND THE BACK
Danny Taylor says mini-cup racing is just one of four classes his racing
IN Q=WE'LL HAVE A
((DANNY TAYLOR/VICTORY STADIUM SPEEDWAY: WE'LL HAVE A LATE MODEL STOCK CAR
TRACK CHAMPION, A PURE STOCK CAR TRACK CHAMPION, A MINI-STOCK CAR TRACK
CHAMPION AND A ROOKIE DIVISION TRACK CHAMPION.))
OUT Q=DIVISION TRACK CHAMPION
Twenty race dates make up the first full season of motor-sports in Roanoke.
Taylor says he's had good response from drivers and fans alike.
IN Q=THIS FACILITY IS
((THIS FACILITY IS VERY SIMILAR TO WINSTON'S OLDEST RACE TRACK AND IT'S THE
MOST SUCCESSFUL SHORT TRACK IN THE COUNTRY AND YES IT'S A DRIVER'S RACE
OUT Q=DRIVER'S RACE TRACK
And the mini-cup car drivers agree.
They hope this inaugural season is just the beginning of many races dates to
Denise Allen News 7.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next we'll let you know if Friday's Big Game is getting bigger,
and we'll meet one local girl who would surely know how to spell success.
MUSIC UP FULL
Nobody won last night's Big Game lottery.
The jackpot for the multistate lottery was already at a record 56 MILLION
Now this Friday's drawing will be 77 MILLION dollars.
A veteran spelling bee champion is on her way to Washington, DCTERMS.
Courtney Olson of Giles County correctly spelled otitis (oh-tight-is) to win
The Roanoke Times Regional Spelling Bee for the second straight year.
((COURTNEY OLSON/SPELLING BEE CHAMPION: O-T-I-T-I-S.
WE HAVE A CHAMPION. clapping))
SUPER=01-Courtney Olson/Spelling Bee Champion;
OUT Q=sound of clapping
Olson's victory wins her a spot in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.
Her prizes include an all expenses paid trip to D-C and one hundred dollars
in spending cash.
Olson beat out divisional champions from 18 other southwestern Virginia
Christopher Barbatti and Lauren Kennedy came in second and third place.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Decreasing Winds/45-50/Sunny Early/Clouds Late/68-72;
SUPER=332-Clear/West Winds/39-43/Partly Cloudy/Showers Possible/60-64;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Decreasing Winds/41-46/Increasing Clouds/Breezy/60-65;
SUPER=334-Partly/Cloudy/38-42/Partly Cloudy/Showers Possible/55-59;
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
The national championship match up is set, highlights from the
Express/Hampton game and some college lacrosse to come,
SUPER=03-Florence, KY; :00
But first a big scare in the horse racing world. In the Jim Beam Stakes at
Kentucky's Turfway Park; Inexcessive Good goes down with jockey Chris McCarron
The horse suffered a dislocated ankle and compound fracture while McCarron
was carried off on a stretcher but is okay. The rest of tonight's sports next.
Arizona topped North Carolina 66-58 in the NCAA final four opener today,
giving Wildcat coach Lute Olson his first ever shot at a national championship.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Wildcats vs. Tarheels; :00
To the RCA Dome we go! Dean Smith's Tarheels charged out to an early lead.
Vince carter was the firestarter; finishing a couple of ally oops. UNC led 15-4
to start the game. despite Carter scoring 16 of his 21 in the opening half;
the Cats came back to outscore the Heels 30 to 16 the wrest of the first
half. Miles Simon tallied 15 of his 24 on the day as the Catts had a 34-31
advantage at intermission.
Arizona used a 12-4 run midway through the second half to open it up; But
Antwawn Jamison cut the Arizona SUPER=34-Arizona/66/North Carolina/58;
lead to 5 with this ally-oop from Ed Cota but there was not one Heel who could
stop Mike Bibby.
Bibby scored 17 of his 20 in the second half; Bibby and Simon combined for
44 points to send Lute Olson and Arizona to their first ever appearance in the
national championship, wining 66-58.
It will be an all out cat fight for the crown. The Arizona Wildcats will
now meet the Kentucky Wildcats for the national championship Monday night at 9
from the RCA Dome.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/Gofers vs. Wildcats; :00
Rick Petino is headed back to the national championship thanks to efforts
from Ron Mercer. The All-American scored 19, despite leg cramps.
Kentucky's full court pressure had an affect; Mercer capitalizes on one of
15 Minnesota turnovers in the first SUPER=34-Kentucky/78/Minnesota/69;
The Gofers rallied to take the lead 52-51 in the second half on this shot
by Bobby Jackson.
But Rick Petino advances to the national championship with the 78-69 win.
((RICK PETINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Petino/Kentucky Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...alot of credit"
The Express fell to Hampton Roads tonight 4-nothing at the Round House.
That loss; coupled with Richmond's 3-2 win over Knoxville tonight clinches a
third place finish for the Renegades. Roanoke will most likely play the
Admirals in the first round of the ECHL playoffs.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Admirals vs. Express; :00
Frank Anzalone hoping this is not a preview of the first round of the
The Admirals jumped on the Express early. Rod taylor notches this tally to
put Hampton Roads on the board and on a roll.
SUPER=34-Hampton Roads/6/Roanoke/0 ;
Then; Aaron Downey takes the nice pass and scores to put the Admirals up
2-nothing and Hampton Roads never looked back as the Admirals beat the Express
The Express's NHL affiliate did not fair much better. The Calgary Flames
burned out by Vancouver.
SUPER=03-Calgary, Alberta/Canucks vs. Flames; :00
Trevor Linden registered a short handed goal and an assists and Kirk
Mclean stopped 28 shots as the canucks kept their playoff hopes alive witha 5-2
victory over Calgary.
Vancouver moved to within three points of the Flames and Idle Chicago, who are
tied for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Now the
GO TO SCORES
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SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/1//Florida/1//OT Final/j/Toronto/3//Colorado/2///;
Still to come in sports; the Winston Cup drivers might have had the day off;
but the Busch boys were hard att work;
as was two of the nations top lacrosse team; Roanoke and Washington and lee
battle it out in Lexington; Highlights coming up.
An incredibly fast start, a general charge, All-American goalie Chris
Gordon, and a maroon defensive stop at the end made up today's ODAC mens
lacrosse battle between Roanoke and washington & lee.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Maroons vs. Generals; :00
Bill Pilat's Maroons came in ranked 6th in the country at 3 and 2,
while Jim Stagnitta's generals were a perfect 6 and OH and ranked 3rd.
Noke stormed out to a big lead. Bobby Vollario goes one on one and wins
scoring unassisted in the third quarter. Roanoke led 10-3 at that point.
The generals came back and when long stick Robb Greenfield put this shot
past Maroon Goalie Chris Gordon; the count was 10-6.
SUPER=34-Roanoke/11/W & L/8;
But Gordon notched 20 saves and Jeff Jones scored 4 goals. Maroon Brian
Bernazanni then cranks this shot to the low stick side of W & L's goalie and
Roanoke wins the ODAC clash 11-8.
SUPER=01-Jim Stagnitta/W & L Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Gordon/Roanoke Goalie; :09
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Roanoke Head Coach; :16
OUT Q=...quite an accomplishment"
The hot track this weekend; the Busch Grand National Series. Winston Cup is
off until the first race at Texas 500 at texas International Raceway April 6th.
SUPER=03-Hickory, NC/TNN; :00
The Galaxy Foods 400 was the ticket in Hickory North Carolina. And if a
driver is in your way; just give him a little nudge and push him out of the
way; That's what Randy LaJoie does!!
LaJoie and Dick trickle would battle back and forth for the lead in the
300 lap event. With 14 laps to go; Trickle takes the lead from Lajoie and goes
on to record his first BGN win ever.
Warm temperatures and clear skies mean high flying for area radio control
The Roanoke Valley Radio Control Club sponsored The Star City Model Expo
today at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Club members say the annual expo draws exhibitors from six states.
They say here aviation enthusiasts can exchange ideas and purchase the most
IN Q=YOU CAN GET
((MIKE STUBBS/EVENT MANAGER: YOU CAN GET IN THE HOBBY PRETTY INEXPENSIVELY.
TWO OR THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS WILL GET YOU FLYING WITH BASICALLY WHAT YOU NEED
TO ENJOY THE HOBBY. YOU CAN SPEND UP INTO THE SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS ON REAL
EXPENSIVE AIRPLANE ENGINES AS THEY GET MORE SOPHISTICATED.))
SUPER=01-Mike Stubbs/Event Manager;
OUT Q=GET MORE SOPHISTICATED
Those more sophisticated planes include these museum quality larger models.
The ones which look the most like their full-scale counterparts win the
Members say their club is growing by leaps and bounds because the sky is the
limit with these model planes.
IN Q=There is a lot
((MARSHALL MCCLUNG/RVRC PRESIDENT: THERE IS A LOT OF ADRENALIN WHEN YOU GO TO
FLY A PLANE YOU JUST FINISHED BUILDING. IT'S JUST THE LOVE OF AVIATION.))
SUPER=01-Marshall McClung/Roanoke Valley Radio Control Club;
OUT Q=LOVE OF AVIATION
The R-V-R-C homefield in is Salem just behind Timber Truss Housing Systems.
Members say they fly almost everyday--weather permitting.