Good evening I'm Joe Dashiell, sitting in for Eric Earnhart.
Firefighters are still battling a wild fire in the mountains of Rockbridge
So far officials estimate the fire has torched more than 250 acres in a
remote section of The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
The fire started around 8-30 last night... and investigators are not sure
what sparked it.
Denise Allen has more.
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SUPER=01-David Olson/National Forest Public Affairs; :18
SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/District Forester; 1:14
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SOT fire shots 10:20:40
((SOUND OF FIRE CRACKLING.))
Flames fueled by fallen trees swept over the mountain.
The blaze seems to have started in the middle of no where--far from the
nearest trails or homes.
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IN Q=THE REAL DIFFICULTY
((DAVID OLSON/NATIONAL FOREST PUBLIC AFFAIRS: THE REAL DIFFICULTY IN THIS FIRE
IS THE IN-ACCESSIBILITY. THERE'S REALLY NO ROADS THAT GO UP TO IT. IT'S JUST
A WALK UP SITUATION. IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET TO THE FIRE. WHEN YOU GET THERE
IT'S A LOT OF WORK BECAUSE OF ALL THE DEAD TREES DOWN ON THE GROUND.))
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Many of those dead trees are pines.
Three years ago a beetle killed most of the pine trees in the Rockbridge
Those trees are now dry and ready to burn.
Foresters call them "Snag" trees and say they're a hazard to fire fighters.
SOT tape 1 11:38:17
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((ONE OF THE REAL CONCERNS WITH THESE DEAD PINES IS THAT THEY'RE ROTTED IN SOME
CASES AT THE BASE. THEY ARE EASY TO CATCH FIRE. THEY CARRY FIRE TO THE TOP OF
THE TREE AND THEY COULD FALL OVER ON A FIRE FIGHTER VERY QUICKLY WITH NO
WARNING AT ALL. ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE FOCUSING ON IS SAFETY OF THE FIRE
FIGHTERS UP THERE.))
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SOT TAPE 1 12:15:55
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((SOUND OF CHAINSAW.))
The showers and the humid climate have helped fire fighters by giving this
crew of V-M-I Keydets a chance to create a fire line.
But officials say it would take a soaking rain to douse the blaze and that
just isn't in the forecast.
The past week has been a busy one for forestry workers, but they say that's
normal for this time of year.
SOT tape 1 12:25:53
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/DISTRICT FORESTER: PROBABLY THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IN APRIL TEND
TO BE THE WORSE WHEN THINGS GET WARM, HUMIDITY GETS LOW AND WINDS GET STRONG.
THE END OF APRIL AND THE BEGINNING OF MAY THE LEAVES COME OUT AND THINGS GREEN
UP AND THE FIRES WILL GO AWAY.))
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This fire in the Pedlar Ranger District is not threatening any homes.
And as fire fighters continue to battle the blaze they'll keep one eye on
If high winds and low humidity return as forecasted, the battle could rage
on for some time.
Denise Allen News 7.))
Astronauts on the Space Shuttle Columbia shut down a faulty fuel cell
That means Virginia Tech grad Roger Crouch and the rest of the shuttle crew
will be cutting short their stay in outer space.
Peter Kaufman has more on the mission, and the troubles that will force
them home almost two weeks early.
IN Q=Even before Friday's
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL; :03
SUPER=01-Tommy Holloway/Space Shuttle Program; :31
SUPER=01-Jeff Bantle/Mission Operations Manager; :55
OUT Q=Peter Kaufman for CBS News
((Even before Friday's spectacular liftoff... NASA had indications
that one of the three fuel cells aboard Columbia was leaking.
And on Saturday... they pinned the problem on fuel cell number
two. As the mission wore on... the problem only continued to get
Ultimately forcing the hand of mission commanders, who decided to
bring Columbia back down to earth... 13 days earlier than planned.
NASA officials briefed the world from Houston... saying they
closely studied the problem alongside the makers of the fuel cell...
before pulling the plug.
But they confessed, they still don't know precisely what went
wrong with the 5 million dollar part.
The decision to bring the shuttle home early is somewhat historic. It only
happened twice before on account of equipment problems. In Orlando, Peter
Kaufman for CBS News.))
Three children were killed and a fourth was wounded today when land mines
exploded in a small town northwest of Sarajevo.
More than a year after the end of the war in the former Yugoslav republic,
land mines continue to pose a serious threat to Bosnians.
Millions of the devices were laid by both sides during the conflict.
The international community has earmarked funding to clear the mines, but
local authorities reportedly have not cooperated.
NATO officials also report that a Catholic monastery in central Bosnia was a
Three explosions damaged the medieval Franciscan Monastery.
No one was hurt, but Officials say it may be an attempt to prevent Pope John
Paul the Second from visiting Sarajevo next week.
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Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is being remembered as a tough
negotiator who loved to win.
Cooke died today at a Washington DC hospital after suffering an apparent
President Clinton praised Cooke for his ``straight-shooting
style and love of the fans.''
Cooke was 84.
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Governor Allen issued a statement describing Cooke as a courageous and
Roy Stanley will have more on the Cooke story tonight in sports.
A published report says the economic benefits outweigh the cost when it
comes to tobacco in Virginia.
The commonwealth is one of only four states where tobacco's economic revenues
are greater than its health-related expenses.
That's according to a ``Richmond Times-Dispatch'' analysis of federal
The state reaps about five billion dollars a year from tobacco while spending
less than one-fifth that amount on smoking-related health expenses.
North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia are the only other states where
tobacco's economic benefits outweigh its health costs.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, it was one-stop shopping for homebuyers...
we'll take you to the Better Living Expo,
and a fierce spring blizzard is pounding away at the upper Midwest.
Let's check in with Andrew Freiden and find out what we can expect in the
While that blizzard churns away, we dealt with just a smattering of rain
And for the work week, it's looking cooler than the last few days.
And no relief for firefighters-- as the ground will stay pretty dry.
MUSIC UP FULL
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GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Roanoke's City Planner says a new ordinance will make sure more contractors
play by the rules.
John Marlles says his office plans to present the proposal to city lawmakers
at a meeting later this month.
Residents and city officials say this construction site on Autumn Lane is an
example of a trouble spot.
Marlles says the proposed new Erosion and Sediment Control ordinance will
give the city some new tools to fight non-compliance.
IN Q=UNDER THE NEW
((JOHN MARLLES/ROANOKE CITY PLANNER: UNDER THE NEW ORDINANCE WE'LL BE ABLE TO
FINE DEVELOPERS FOR EACH DAY A PARTICULAR VIOLATION EXISTS ON SITE INSTEAD OF
HAVING TO TAKE THEM INTO COURT AND GET A JUDGE TO MAKE A RULING.))
SUPER=01-John Marlles/Roanoke Planning & Econ. Dev.;
OUT Q= MAKE A RULING
Marlles says this type of ordinance is a growing trend but it's still not
used in many localities.
Residents of Autumn Lane say it's a start.
They've been living with this construction site for almost two years.
IN Q=HOPEFULLY WE'LL
((HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET FASTER ENFORCEMENT WHEN WE HAVE VIOLATIONS OF
THE EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL ORDINANCE AND THAT'S REALLY THE BOTTOM LINE.))
OUT Q=THE BOTTOM LINE
SS=Roanoke City Seal
Marlles says they've been working on this ordinance for a couple of years.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The latest controversy involving pot bellied pigs is scheduled for another
round at Roanoke City Council.
Tomorrow afternoon, council members are scheduled to hear from the owner of
Pat Earls has been told that Porky's got to go, because of an ordinance
against keeping swine within the city limits.
She is trying to persuade council to allow vietnamese pot-bellied pigs as
SS=Roanoke City Seal
City Council is also wrestling with the prospect of a real estate tax cut.
Some members have raised the possibility of a modest reduction in the tax
rate, and tomorrow city administrators will outline the financial impact.
Home ownership is a major investment, and over time many people look to
improve on their purchase.
This weekend, the Better Living Expo provided one- stop shopping for
homeowners in the market for a make- over.
The Home Show is now in its 27th year of providing ideas and direction for
homeowners and homebuyers.
Sponsored by the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association, and staged at
the Salem Civic Center, the show included 170 exhibitors this year.
Seminars targeted first- time homebuyers, and offered advice on subjects
such as landscaping, lighting, and the latest trends in kitchen and bathroom
The '97 edition of the Better Living Expo wrapped up this afternoon.
**Note Anchor Tag**
Some buying, some selling and some budget cutting framed a large portion of
the week's top economic stories in our area.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :32
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((A Canadian company has bought the Chesapeake Corporation's cardboard box
plant in Roanoke as part of a multi- million- dollar deal.
St. Laurent Paperboard does not anticipate any major changes for
Chesapeake's 200 workers in the Star City.
Many of Governor George Allen's vetoes and amendments have withstood the
legislature's best attacks.
That includes the 700-thousand dollars the Governor slashed for Roanoke's
College of Health Sciences.
Dimon Incorporated of Danville has finished its acquisition of
a British tobacco dealer.
It purchased Intabex Holdings for 265- million- dollars, narrowing the gap
between Dimon and industry leader Universal Corporation of Richmond.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.))
Also this week, Miller Brewing is cutting 93 jobs just across the border in
Eden, North Carolina.
Miller spokeswoman Cathy Wright says the cuts are necessary to
help keep the brewery competitive.
Miller's profits fell by more one-point-three percent in 1996.
The Eden plant is one of six Miller breweries in the United States.
Coleman Andrews has set his sights on statewide office.
Andrews will officially announce his campaign for lieutenant governor
during a four- day statewide tour that includes a stop in Roanoke tomorrow
The Northern Virginia businessman has been lining up support for months.
He says he has statewide backing and a better organization than his opponents.
Andrews is one of three Republicans seeking the nomination for lieutenant
Soft Music Under
Still to come on the newscast, Andrew has the back to school and work
forecast--a bit cooler than this weekend.
And cooks in Austin Texas are trying to spice up Spam. We'll take you to the
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It seems as if spring is here to stay.
That means Southwestern Virginia's apple season is right around the corner.
Buds on the fruit trees are now visible.
But most growers say even though this recent warm weather is helpful... it
only takes one cold night to ruin the crop.
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((GRAHAM REED/REED'S ORCHARDS: WE'VE HAD APPLES KILLED AS LATE AS THE 28TH OF
MAY. SO IT CAN COME LATER ON TOO. ))
SUPER=01-Graham Reed/Reed's Orchards;
OUT Q=later on too
Early last week there were a few chilly nights, but none of the fruit
farmers report any significant damage.
We may be enjoying springtime weather here, but from Minnesota to Montana
residents are facing a one -two punch from flooding and freezing temperatures.
Volunteers stacked sandbags during a spring blizzard to keep pace with the
rapidly rising Minnesota River.
The river has already pushed some residents from their homes.
Across the northern plains, drifts up to 20 feet deep and blinding windblown
snow shut down highways and made it difficult for utility crews to restore
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SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Then Clearing/41-45/Sunny/And Windy/55-59;
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Roanoke goalie Dave Gagnon returned to the Ice this evening but it was not
enough as the Hampton Road Admirals knocked the Express out of the E-C-H-L
playoffs 4 to 3.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Admirals; :
With Gagnon back the Express skated into the Roundhouse hoping to even the
series and send it back to Tidewater.
Trailing 2 to nothing Jeff Jablonski gets his own rebound at the side of the
net and puts it back in to make the score 2 to 1 Hampton.
Then in the second period Jeff Loder takes the pass from Chris Lipsett in
front of the net and beats the Admiral goalie to tie the game at 2 to 2.
Roanoke took a 3 to 2 lead in the SUPER=38-Hampton/4/Roanoke/3/Admirals
Win 3 to 1;third when Chris Lipsett gets the rebound shot and scores but
Hampton scored twice in the final 3 minutes of the game to win it 4 to 3.
The Durham Bulls completed a three game sweep over the Salem Avalanche this
The Bulls took the lead in the 8-th and held on to beat the Avalanche 4 to
The Atlanta Braves handed Chicago its sixth straight loss this season with
a 4 to nothing win over the Cubs.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS; :
The weather a little better in Atlanta for this afternoons game.
Braves shortstop Jeff Blauser went three for three including this solo
homer over the left field wall in the bottom of the seventh as the Braves took
the one to nothing lead.
Braves pitcher Greg Maddux gave up SUPER=35-Atlanta/4/Chicago/0/;just
three hits in 8 innings in a game that was played in an hour and 47 minutes the
fastest game in five years.
And the Braves win it 4 to nothing.
A rough day for Baltimore pitcher Mike Mussina. Texas banged out 8 hits and
scored 7 runs to beat the Orioles this afternoon 9 to 3.
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Oriole manager Davey Johnson taking it easy in the dugout.
The Rangers got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first Mike
Devereaux hits this shot to right for a single scoring two runs and Texas led 4
Cal Ripken came through in the top SUPER=35-Texas/9/Baltimore/3/;of the
second sending this pitch over the left field wall for a solo homer the Orioles
trailed 4 to 1 and Texas goes on to win the game 9 to 3.
The Washington Bullets remain in the chase for the seventh Eastern
Conference Playoff spot with a big win over the Boston Celtics.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/NBC SPORTS; :
Juwan Howard warming up before the start of the game.
And watch this play Howard gets it out on the break and tosses the alley oop
to Chris Webber who throws it down giving Washington the Early lead.
Then in the second half Rod Strickland takes it to the hole and scores the
layup as the Bullets increased their lead to 8 points.
Howard was the man for the Bullets SUPER=32-Washington/120/Boston/114;
today he takes it in for the layup for 2 of his 31 points on the day and the
Bullets win it 120 to 114.
Mario Lemieux made it official today the five time N-H-L scoring champion
will call it quits after the Stanley cup Playoffs.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/SC-FLA; :
This afternoon in Landover the Panthers and Capitals skated to a 3 to 3 tie
in overtime and after the game the two teams dropped the gloves and took part
in a fight.
For all of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
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OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, South Boston's Jeff Burton wins his first Winston Cup race
and the inaugural race at the Texas Motor Speedway.
And Washington Redskin Owner Jack Kent Cooke died this morning in a
GRAPHIC=Jack Kent Cooke
The N-F-L has lost one of the top owners in the league.
Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke died this morning after
complaining of chest pains.
A spokesman at George Washington University Hospital confirmed that Cooke
died of cardiac arrest.
((DR. ROBERT SCHESSER/GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV. HOSPITAL; : ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Schesser/George Washington Univ. Hospital; :
Cooke, the flamboyant owner of the Redskins, was in the process of
overseeing construction of a new stadium for the team in Landover, Maryland.
He missed the team's final game in R-F-K because of an illness.
Before owning the Redskins, Cooke also owned the Los Angeles Rams and the
N-B-A's Los Angeles Lakers.
Cooke was 84 years old.
Joe Gibbs won a couple of Superbowls while coaching for Cooke in
Gibbs, the owner of the Interstate Batteries car driven by Bobby Labonte,
was at the Texas Motor Speedway this afternoon and had this comment.
IN Q="Everybody that
((JOE GIBBS/STOCK CAR OWNER: ))
SUPER=01-Joe Gibbs/Stock Car Owner; :00
OUT Q=.....in Washington."
South Boston's Jeff Burton won his first Winston Cup race this afternoon
when he took the checkered Flag in the Interstate Batteries 500 at The Texas
SUPER=03-Roanoke, TX/CBS SPORTS; :
Because of the rain practice was limited and the cars didn't not qualify and
on the first lap of the race Johnny Benson hits Darrell Waltrip causing a wild
crash in turn one. Several other cars were involved.
Jeff Gordon missed the crash and he was crusing through traffic and leading
the race on lap 47.
Dale Earnhardt was one of the cars involved in that first lap race and he
was back running in the 24-th position.
Then on lap 163 Rusty Wallace gets lose and hits the wall crashing his car
then Ernie Irvan crashes into Greg Sacks and Gordon hits him bringing out
IN Q=First audio
((JEFF GORDON/24 CHEVROLET: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/24 Chevrolet; :
OUT Q=.........LEFT FRONT."
When the dust settled from that crash Texas Terry Labonte took the lead and
he began to pull away from the field.
Burton took the lead with over 50 laps to go and he wins his first Winston
Cup Race and it just happens to be the First race at the Texas Motor Speedway.
IN Q=First audio
((JEFF BURTON/INTERSTATE BATTERIES 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Interstate Batteries 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.....MESS UP."
Dale Jarrett was second, Bobby Labonte third, Terry Labonte fourth and
Ricky Rudd fifth.
Its had its share of detractors over the years, but Spam is the star of the
show in Austin, Texas.
The city hosted the 19th annual Spam-o-rama.
The festival showcases the best recipes using the famous canned meat. Cooks
whip up creations like Spam- and- Cactus and Alligator- and- Spam- Gumbo.
Sometimes, making a digestible winner isn't an easy task.
IN Q=I UNDERSTAND
((I UNDERSTAND SOMEBODY CAME THROUGH RECENTLY AND THEY ACCIDENTALLY ATE THE
TOOTHPICK AND THEY SAID IT WAS THE BEST PART.))
OUT Q=BEST PART
Past winners have included Spam-balaya and moo-goo-gai-Spam.
And if the cooking doesn't wet your appetite, there's always the Spam
Contestants test how far they can throw a 12- ounce chunk of Spam.
That's News 7 at 11.
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