Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Timothy McVeigh awaits the trial that will begin in a few hours in Denver,
we'll have a preview...
An accident in Northwest Roanoke sends three people, including an infant to
And it was a violent Easter in the Holy Land.
News 7 at 11 is next.
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Good Evening, I'm Eric Earnhart.
The trial of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh begins tomorrow
with jury selection gets underway in a Denver, Colorado courthouse.
The first step is to narrow the field to 64 potential jurors who are willing
to consider the death penalty if McVeigh is found guilty.
Dave Fehling has the latest on what is expected to be a media circus.
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SUPER=01-Marcia Kight/Victim's Mother; 1:08
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((Federal marshals moved Timothy McVeigh to a holding cell at the
courthouse in Denver, the courthouse where the 28-year-old will fight for his
McVeigh has been vilified in media accounts as recent as this weekend when the
Denver post reported that a neo-nazi serving time in prison said McVeigh was
part of a plot to kill federal judges.
For the McVeigh trail, authorities have taken no chances...literally building
a wall around the courthouse in downtown Denver.
The media will report from a metal-fenced pen accessible only with
federally-issued security passes.
The trial process begins with jury selection that could take days.
Jurors will be picked from an original pool of 500 northern Coloradans who no
doubt have heard at least some of the incriminating reports.
John Walsh is a former prosecutor analyzing the trial for CBS News.
JOHN WALSH/FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: AND I THINK YOU COULD FIND 12 PEOPLE WHO
CAN SIT ON A JURY AND SAY I'VE HEARD A VARIETY OF THINGS IN THE PRESS BUT I
HAVEN'T HEARD ANY EVIDENCE YET.
Much of that evidence about a rental truck and fertilizer will seem
emotionless in comparison with the carnage that April morning two years
But in the audience there'll be reminders...like Marcia Kight who's
daughter died in the explosion.
Also present will be Timothy McVeigh's father who has said little
publicly about his son.
In Virginia, the chances of getting jury duty are dropping.
Jury trials in the state have dropped by almost 60 percent.
The drop is tied to sentencing guidelines and the elimination of parole.
Before the state abolished parole, five percent of all criminal cases were
tried by jury.
That number is down to 2-point-2 percent.
Under the new sentencing guidelines, offenders must serve at least 85
percent of their sentence.
Three people were hospitalized tonight after an accident in Northwest
The accident happened about seven-thirty at the intersection of 17th street
and Orange Avenue.
Two cars where involved... police say one of the drivers didn't see the
other car coming, pulled out in front of it and was hit.
Two adults and an infant were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
There's no word on how serious their injuries are.
A 30-year old Bedford County woman remains in the Intensive Care Unit
tonight in Lynchburg after being stabbed in the chest early this morning.
The Sheriff's Department says Pamela Jean Nelson was stabbed in the parking
lot of the Greenstone Center in Forest just before two a-m.
Nelson is in serious but stable condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Authorities say there were no witnesses...so far no charges have been
filed, but authorities are following up on a lead.
Bedford County firefighters fought to save a Goodview home early this
Officials say the blaze got too much of a head start.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
It started around 4-30 on route 7-55 in the Goodview section of the county.
Fire officials believe the blaze originated in a bedroom on the second
They're not sure exactly what sparked the fire.
IN Q=my wife woke
((JAMES WEEKS/NEIGHBOR: MY WIFE WOKE ME UP AND SAID SHE SMELLED SMOKE AND I
GOT UP AND LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND THE HOUSE WAS FULLY INVOLVED. I'M ON THE
CHAMBLISSBURG RESCUE SQUAD AND I IMMEDIATELY GOT ON THE RADIO AND RADIOED
OUT Q=RADIOED BEDFORD
Fire fighters say the construction of the house is partly to blame for the
IN Q=number one they're
((BRIAN WEEKS/STEWARTSVILLE FIRE DEPT.; NUMBER ONE, THEY'RE A BALLOON
CONSTRUCTION WITH NO FIRE STOPS AND THE HEAVY TIMBER CONSTRUCTION OF THESE
OLDER HOMES IS LIKE LIGHTING A MATCH TO IT BASICALLY.))
SUPER=01-Brian Weeks/Stewartsville Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=TO IT BASICALLY
The Darby family who lives there, was not home at the time.
No one was injured.
The house is a total loss.
Pope John Paul the second celebrated Easter Mass with thousands of followers
at the Vatican this morning.
The Pope called on the power of the risen Christ to sustain those working to
strengthen peace and democracy, especially in the Balkans and Albania.
He also called for "harmonious living" in the Holy Land.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
wipe wipe wipe
However the mood in Israel is anything but harmonious right now.
Fighting broke out in west bank towns as demonstrators remembered the 1976
slaying of six Palestinians.
In a village near Bethlehem mourners buried the body of a 21 year old
palestinian student killed during a battle with Israeli troops yesterday.
In an interview with CBS, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the
peace process has virtually collapsed.
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((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER; WE REACH PERIODIC POINTS OF
IMPASSE, OF CONFLICT, OF DISAGREEMENT. THAT IS INEVITABLE, IT HAPPENS IN ANY
NEGOTIATION. WHAT WE HAVE FOUND THOUGH, IN THIS CASE, IS THAT THE PALESTINIAN
SIDE UNLEASHED TERRORISM AS A WEAPON OF NEGOTIATION AND THAT THIS SOMETHING WE
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
OUT Q=cannot accept
Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat accused Israel of waging a campaign of
economic strangulation against the palestinian state.
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Coming up, some local banks are trying to keep the human touch in banking,
and the warm weather may spell fun for humans, but it could spell trouble for
The big story as you wake up tomorrow-- cold and windy.
And you may as well toss in a few rain showers, and the possibility of some
quick snow showers as well.
So a rude awakening from the warm, sunny weekend is in store as you head to
school or work tomorrow...
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Consolidation seems to be the trend in many businesses.
But a loosely affiliated group of banks in Virginia and North Carolina are
bucking that trend.
While larger banks replace branches with more A-T-Ms, community banks like
the Central National Bank in Lynchburg are opening new offices.
((WORTH CARTER/CENTRAL NATIONAL BANK CEO: I HAVE A SLANG WAY OF SAYING IT, I
CALL IT EYEBALL TO EYEBALL BANKING WHERE YOU HAVE PEOPLE WORKING AND SERVING
PEOPLE AT A PRICE THEY CAN AFFORD AND AT HOURS THEY CAN GET TO THE BANK AT
THEIR CONVENIENCE. NOT GOING THROUGH MACHINES OR TELEPHONES. JUST COMING AND
DOING BUSINESS WITH PEOPLE.))
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OUT Q=with people.
C-E-O Worth Carter says he's simply giving customers a choice.
One of Central National's sister banks, the First National Bank of Rocky
Mount, also opened a new location this week in Roanoke.
Roanoke and Wytheville are losing some jobs, and Roanoke's College of Health
Sciences loses out for the second year in a row.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the
News-7 Business Review.
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Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
As News-7 first reported, Shorewood packaging is shutting it's Roanoke
90 people, including truckers, mechanics, and office personnel will be
For the second year in a row, Governor Allen has vetoed a 700- thousand
dollar appropriation for the Roanoke's College of Health Sciences.
The College is NOT in danger of closing though.
A major manufacturer of gloves and slippers is bringing new jobs to
Aris Isotoner is moving into the East Bowles Distribution center on Route
29- in Blairs, with initial plans to employ 100- people.
D-S-M Engineering Plastic Products has announced it's laying off up to 50
wage and salaried workers at its Wytheville plant.
The company, formerly called the Polymer Corporation, is reorganizing to
It appeared backers of bringing casino gambling to the Greenbrier had the
deck stacked against them.
But now a new proposal is speeding through West Virginia's legislature, and
the issue appears to be heading for a local referendum.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average dropped 64 points, the Nasdaq Composite was down five.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Your pets may not be enjoying the warm weather as much as some of us are.
An early spring may mean an early beginning to the flea and tick season.
Area veterinarians are suggesting pet owners start their pest protection
program early as well.
Fleas can cause worms-- and ticks are responsible for the spread of lime
disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Doctors say the new products on the market make it easy for owners to
protect their pets.
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((DAVID ROLFE/VETERINARIAN: THESE NEW PRODUCTS YOU PUT THEM ON THE SKIN ONCE A
MONTH. THE NEW TICK COLLARS ARE A LOT SAFER THAN THEY WERE IN THE PAST.))
OUT Q=IN THE PAST
Rolfe says he's already seen evidence that fleas and ticks are going to be
persistent this year.
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((USUALLY WHEN WE HAVE A MILD WINTER AND HUMID SPRING WE'LL SEE THE TICKS START
EARLIER. JUST LAST MONTH I SAW TWO DOGS WITH TICKS AND THAT'S IN FEBRUARY AND
THAT'S THE EARLIEST I THINK I'VE SEEN THEM.))
OUT Q=I'VE SEEN THEM
Rolfe warns that fleas and ticks can cause serious bites which lead to hot
spots, so it's important for owners to learn how to properly protect their
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Easter was celebtrated everywhere today-- inlcuding Southwest Virginia and
the streets of New York... those stories ahead on NEWS-7.
Plus we'll take a look at life in Botetourt County...a thousand years ago.
Our area is rich in history.
And one site in Botetourt County is proving that history dates back nearly a
Scott Prince has the story.
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SUPER=01-Mike Barber/Preservation Technologies; :50
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((Botetourt Center at Greenfield represents a significant part of this
But measures are being taken to make sure the site's history is not
IN Q=Instead of
((NED MCELWAINE/BOTETOURT COUNTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR: INSTEAD OF LOSING
THAT, WHAT WE DECIDED TO DO WAS TO TRY TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT WAS HERE. ))
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Enter a team of archaeologists.
During the past year they've dug up hundreds of Native American artifacts...
including fire crack rocks and pieces of ceramic pottery.
The artifacts found here at the Greenfield site are believed to have come
from the Tutelo Indian Tribe... which inhabited this area some 1000 years ago.
end stand up
The scientists believe these items amount to prehistoric garbage... scrap
material the Indians left behind.
They call these artifacts "common discoveries."
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((MIKE BARBER/PRESERVATION TECHNOLOGIES: WE VERY RARELY FIND UNBROKEN TOOLS AND
THINGS THAT ARE IN REALLY GOOD CONDITION BECAUSE IF THEY WERE IN GOOD CONDITION
AND STILL USEABLE, THE NATIVE AMERICANS TOOK THEM WITH THEM. ))
OUT Q=with them
For now, all of the pieces are being taken to Salem for examination.
But they will be returned and displayed at a preservation area once
Botetourt Center at Greenfield is complete.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
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A incredibly tough schedule, Chamique Holdsclaw and some heady coaching
proppelled Tennessee to it's second straight womens NCAA basketball national
championship tonight,as the lady Vols top Old Dominion 68-59.
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The Riverfront Coliseum and UT players were celebrating the shcools 5th
UT's Chamique Holdsclaw. The Super Soph scored 10 first half points and
after this hoop; Tennessee lead 22-9.
ODU, down in the high double digits for most of tthe first half, never quit
and when this prayer from way downtown the lady Monachrs trailed 34-22 at
Old Dominion came back to tie the SUPER=34-Tennessee/68/ODU/59;
game at 49 all with about 7 minutes left in the game,
But Holdsclaw's 24 points and 11 boards was too much as UT wins 68-59. Pat
Head Summitt wins her 5th national tittle in 11 years.
On the men's side Arizona and Kentucky will play for the NCAA basketball
national championship tomorrow night right here on your Hometown Station at
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It will be a tale of two different appearances in the final game. Behind a
combined 44 points from guards Miles Simon and Mike Bibby; Arizona and coach
Lute Olson earned their first ever shot at the title by beating North Carolina
66-58 at the RCA Dome. Olson knows how dangerous Kentucky is; especially with
their balanced shooting ability.
((LUTE OLSON/ARIZONA HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...3 point line"
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Kentucky earned a shot at it's second straight title by beating Minnesota
78-69 in the second semifinal yesterday. One major concern is the muscle cramps
all american forward and former Oak Hill star Ron Mercer experienced.
((RON MERCER/KENTUCKY FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Ron Mercer/Kentucky Forward; :00
OUT Q=...deal with it"
The Wildcats will have to deal with the quickness of Miles Simon, Mike Bibby
and the slashing big men of Arizona.
IN Q="I think
((RICK PETINO/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rick Petino/Kentucky Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...ball club"
The NBA had a full slate today. Lets check out the Knicks and the Magic on
this Easter Sunday.
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New York's Chris Childs didn't score the most, but did give new meaning to
the word rainbow shot with this beauty from somewhere.
Tempers flared in this one as Patrick Ewing and Horace Grant drew
That only fueled Pat's fire, as he forgets about an injured tricep to score a
game high 33 points and 13 boards.
Penny Hardaway led the magic with 21 points, but Ewing was the man, giving the
Knicks a lift after losing 5 of 8. They win 101-86 at the O-rena.
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The Express will play Hampton Roads in the first round of the ECHL playoffs
beginning Wednesday in Norfolk. SS=Express/Raleigh
Roanoke lost to Raleigh 6-5 in the last game of the regular season tonight.
Express leading scorer Jeff Jablonski, who has 52 goals on the season, has
been loaned to the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League. This should
be only a temporary move.
Here's the Kelly Cup playoff schedule. The Express opens the first round
at Hampton Roads in Norfolk this Wednesday and Friday and then returns to the
Round House Saturday, Sunday, if necessary, and then Wednesday back in Norfolk
The NHL was busy this afternoon. The Mighty Ducks and the Blackhawks were
winners, lets check out the
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Devils/Kings game. Thats Larry Robinson; ex-Jersey assistant with LA.
New Jersey would win 5-2 thanks to Bill Guerin. Guerin scored twice in the
opening period and the Devils never SUPER=31-New Jersey/5/Los Angeles/2;
looked back, tallying 4 first period goals in route to a 5-2 victory.
Jersey is now 12-3 and 1 in it's last 16 games.
On to the links. Steve Elkington won the Players championship by a record
seven strokes today.
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Elkington shot a final round 69 on a windy day. He finished witha 16 under
par 272. His wire to wire win was worth 630 thousand dollars.
Scott Hoch closed with a 74 for a 279 second place finish.
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To the ladies side we go where Betsy King is the winner of the Nabisco Dinah
Shore in the first major of the LPGA tour.
King fired a 1 under 71 today for a 12 under total; two shots better than
Kris Tschetter. For the latest scores in the sports world, here are the
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Stilll to come; we will go coast to coast to bring you the easter bunny
and former Byrd star Chris Carr drives home an inspirational message from the
mound on the Radford baseball team.
The Radford University baseball team is 1 and 5 in the Big South after
dropping a double header to UNC Greensboro yesterday and their game today 12-5.
Challenging for the team; challenging for former William Byrd ace Chris Carr as
An injured pitching shoulder; said to be rotator cuff tendinitis has
relegated Carr to a lot of standing around. Coach lew Kent would have used Carr
as the starting closer if healthy. Carr has learned a great deal from the
IN Q=It just
((CHRIS CARR/INJURED RADFORD PITCHER:))
SUPER=01-Chris Carr/Injured Radford Pitcher; :00
OUT Q=...all the way"
Carr has played some first base and is doing some designated hitting.
OUT Q=job done"
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Lets close out this easter Sunday with the sports easter bunny rabits we've
SUPER=03-Detroit/Ducks vs. Wings; :00
We start on the freezer floor where we had a bunny sighting in Detroit at
the Anaheim Ducks/Red Wings game and, as Eric Earnhardt just told me; the
Anaheim Duck and the Bunny had words; the Bunny was stealing the ducks thunder.
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My colleagues also informed me of a sighting on the mound at the
Indians/Giants game, and a standing OH was in order.
New York City held it's annual Easter Parade this morning... some people
were in it, and didn't even notice.
The New York City Easter parade is not a parade in the traditional sense of
No bands or floats or shriners, just a bunch of people walking around with
their hats, their animals and their attitudes.
Visitors often ask where the parade is...and they're told... you're standing