Next on News 7-
The Big chill is on- record breaking cold may be on the way.
Tonight local fruit farmers are trying to save their crop.
Well check in with that boy saved from a well yesterday.
Plus the music world mourns a songwriter whose tunes hit the charts in the
News 7 at eleven is coming up Next!
In case you haven't noticed it's cold out there.
We may see record breaking low temperatures tonight- A freeze warning is in
effect for most of Virginia.
Tonight an effort is underway to protect fruit trees from the cold.
We'll tell you what's being done.
Singer songwriter Laura (Neer-O) Nyro is dead. She wrote several hit songs
in the sixties- including the Fifth Dimensions- I've got the Wedding bell
blues. Nyro was battlign Ovarian Cancer. She was 49.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A freeze warning with record low temperatures has Southwestern Virginia
fruit growers worried tonight.
As the temperature goes down, the risk rises.
And as Scott Prince found out, the farmers are doing all they can to help
minimize the blossom damage.
IN Q=Motor starting up
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Ikenberry/Ikenberry Orchards; :18 (QUICK!!)
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((MOTOR START UP ))
Local fruit farmers are preparing for subfreezing temperatures.
Overnight lows are expected to be in the twenties... and that's could pose
major problems at area orchards.
A majority of apple and peach trees are in full bloom... but all could be
lost if temperatures continue to drop.
IN Q=If it
((MARK IKENBERRY/IF IT GETS AS COLD AS THEY SAY IT'S GOING TO GET, SOME DAMAGE
WILL BE DONE. ))
OUT Q=damage done
((WIND MACHINE ))
Ikenberry is hoping this wind machine will help save the crop.
It's propeller is designed to throw warm air down to the fruit trees.
Stand up 5:09:49
Even if the wind machine is used, these apple trees might still be jeopardy.
That's because the wind machine is excellent when it comes to fighting frost
but it's effect is diminished when it comes to a hard freeze.
end stand up
But at this point there are no alternatives.
IN Q=Not any more
((IKENBERRY: NOT ANY MORE. WE USED TO BURN DIESEL FUEL, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT
WILL WORK ANY MORE. ))
OUT Q=work any more
For tonight, fruit farmers will be keeping one eye on the trees and the
other on the thermometer.
And at this point they can only HOPE to receive the fruits of their labor.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Sandbaggers are working close to 24 hours a day in Fargo North Dakota-
The Red River is supposed to crest in the next two days-
The winter storm this past weekend compounded with an ice jam are making
people here nervous.
((CAROL SCHMIDT/RESIDENT: YES, IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING UP ALL NIGHT TRYING TO
POOL WATER BACK HERE SO IT DOESN'T GET INTO THE BASEMENT. IT'S HARD.))
OUT Q=it's hard."
The sandbagging goes on in Fargo- school kids pitched in.
Fargo authorities hoped to get an additional 200 thousand sandbags in place
The F-B-I's seized a letter Timothy McVeigh wrote to an Oklahoma newspaper.
SUPER=03-Waco, TX/April 1993;
In the letter, McVeigh blames the F-B-I for the fire that killed
80 people at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.
The letter was published Wednesday- but McVeigh's attorney says it has no
bearing on the case.
((STEPHEN JONES/MCVEIGH'S ATTORNEY: I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING IN THE
LETTER THAT HASN'T BEEN SAID BEFORE.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney; :00 quick!
OUT Q=hasn't been said before."
Prosecutors have alleged McVeigh bombed the Oklahoma City federal building
in retaliation for the Waco fire.
April is Confederate history and heritage month in Virginia.
But two black civil rights groups say they're appalled.
Governor George Allen proclaimed the heritage month at the request of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans.
His proclamation recalls the Confederate legacy as "a source of pride,
honor, and respect for millions of Americans," but makes NO mention of slavery.
IN Q=I think it
((SALIM KHALFANI/VA. NAACP: I THINK IT GOES ALONG WITH THE PATTERN THAT
GOVERNOR ALLEN HAS EXCLUDED AFRICANS FROM HIS CABINET. HIS WIFE HAS A CAT
CALLED BUCKWHEAT. I THINK THE ALLENS ARE VERY INSENSITIVE AND THIS BORDERS ON
BEING JUST PLAIN RACIST.))
SOT 12:01:44 tape 3
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: PART OF OUR HISTORY--LOOK AT THE MONUMENTS. IN FRONT OF
VIRTUALLY EVERY COURTHOUSE IN VIRGINIA, THERE'S A MEANING FOR IT, AND FOR THOSE
WHO DON'T WANT TO CELEBRATE THE MONTH, I'M NOT GONNA COMPEL ANYONE TO DO SO.
BUT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO THINK WE OUGHT TO COMMEMORATE OUR HISTORY AND I'M
ONE OF THEM.))
SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Va. NAACP; :00
OUT Q=one of them.
The N-double-A-C-P and Southern Christian Leadership Conference are
demanding an apology from Allen for what they call a "slap in the face."
Meanwhile Governor Allen is making his opinion know in the case of a
convicted murderer who was spared the death penalty last night.
The Governor is telling the U-S Supreme Court in NO uncertain terms Amherst
County killer Doug Buchanan deserves to die.
IN Q=He killed
((HE KILLED MORE THAN JUST HIS FATHER... COME HOME FROM SCHOOL.))
OUT Q=from school.
The high court halted Buchanan's execution yesterday to decide if it would
hear his appeal.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK IN THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION IT IS HELPFUL FOR
THE U.S. SUPREME COURT TO KNOW BEFORE THEY'VE DECIDED WHAT MY DECISION IS,
BECAUSE THEY HAVE IN THEIR MINDS "WELL THE GOVERNOR'S STILL--BRING THIS UP TO
THE GOVERNOR." YEAH, WE DON'T NEED THEM TO SAY THE GOVERNOR'S GONNA HAVE A
WHOLE NEW TRIAL ON THIS OR LET THAT EVEN BE THOUGHT OF.))
OUT Q=thought of.
It may be weeks before we know if the court will take up the appeal.
Late yesterday Norfolk Southern and cross-state rival C-S-X rolled out their
plans to divide Philadelphia based Conrail- after more than six months of
This will cost N-S six-billion dollars, and Conrail four-billion.
But Len Besthoff reports many believe the benefits outweigh the cost.
IN Q=The joint takeover
SUPER=01-Bill Bales/NS Senior VP-International;
SUPER=01-Jay Brenner/Cycle Systems Inc.;
SUPER=01-Becky Wade/NS Marketing Employee;
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
The joint takeover calls for a 60-40 split of Conrail,
with Norfolk Southern getting the lion's share.
Still one of the region's largest employers believes federal regulators will
give this the thumbs up.
SOT TAPE TWO 14:34:35
IN Q=We have
((BILL BALES/NS SENIOR VP-INTERNATIONAL: WE HAVE, WE BELIEVE, ELIMINATED MOST
OF THE MAJOR OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN AND WE THINK THAT THE OVERALL PLAN WILL
OFFER A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPETITIVE BALANCE IN THE EAST THAT HAS NOT
EXISTED FOR MANY YEARS.))
OUT Q=many years.
N-S will get access to a number of cities in the eastern U-S, including
Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York.
N-S customers such as Cycle Systems Incorporated believe the new routes have
at least THE POTENTIAL of increasing its scrap metal sales up north.
SOT 14:02:57 tape one
IN Q=So is this
((So is this something the company's looking at with a lot of anticipation?
JAY BRENNER/CYCLE SYSTEMS INC.: WELL, YEAH...IT DEPENDS, A LOT DEPENDS ON THE
FREIGHT RATE STRUCTURE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S SET INTO PLACE. ))
OUT Q=into place.
N-S also stands to get a number of Conrail's operations, some similar to
ones already employing several thousand people in the Roanoke Valley.
The railroad has said this shouldn't have any job impact, and workers here
don't appear very worried.
SOT TAPE ONE 12:21:43
((BECKY WADE/NS EMPLOYEE: WE'RE LOOKING AT IT OPTIMISTIC AND THAT'S HOW WE
WANNA LOOK AT IT. WE THINK EVERYTHING'LL BE FINE.))
OUT Q=be fine.
C-S-X comes out of this deal with a lot of track too, in key markets
including St. Louis, Cleveland, Boston, and New York.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11,
and we'll hear from the man accused of running a crime family in the valley.
Joe Abed writes News 7 from jail.
MUSIC UP FULL
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Joe Abbott says he's no Godfather and there is no crime family.
In a letter from the city jail, the racketeering suspect says there can't
be a crime family when he's not even on speaking terms with MEMBERS of the
Abbott changed his name from Abed to Abbott while in the Army.
The Government says Abbott heads the Abed crime family.
"No such a thing," Abbott says.
In his two-page letter, Abbott says his brother, Abed Jamil Jalil, has
worked for Fairfax County for 23 years.
He says he and his brother haven't been on "talkative terms" for years. He
says the same goes for his son, (Ree-odd) Rayed, and the two nephews who're
charged along with him.
He says his son and nephews weren't even allowed in the Pancake House he
used to run. And he says he can prove that.
Smyth County is getting an economic boost.
Marley Mouldings is investing 10 MILLION dollars to expand its operations in
The expansion should create up to 96 new jobs at the plant.
Governor George Allen approved a 100 thousand dollar grant from his
Opportunity Fund to assist the project.
Allen says the expansion is a strong vote of confidence in Southwest
Virginia's quality workforce.
Marley makes window and picture frame mouldings.
A battle over First Amendment rights on the campus of Lynchburg College.
The "Critograph" student newspaper recently ran two stories on a campus
security guard who was caught stealing credit cards from the student mail.
At a public forum today, newspaper staff members found themselves defending
how they reported the story.
IN Q=We all put
((PETE GILLESPIE/CRITOGRAPH REPORTER: WE ALL PUT TOGETHER A PAPER.. YOU COULD
SUPER=01-Pete Gillespie/Critograph Reporter; :00
OUT Q=you could use.
College president Dr. Charles Warren says school administrators have "not"
tried to censor the paper, or threaten to withdraw its funding because it
published the story.
Remember the six year old we showed you last night- saved from a well.
Today Roderick (A-Gwe-ard) Aguillard talked about his tumble.
((REPORTER: WHAT WERE YOU PRAYING FOR? RODERICK ANGUILLARD: THAT I COULD GET
OUT OF THE WELL.))
OUT Q=OF THE WELL."
Roderick's voice is hoarse from screaming for help.
He and his brother were playing hide and go seek in a backyard shed.
Roderick lifted some floor boards and fell 50 feet into the well.
He ended up in chin high water-
Rescuers threw him a life preserver and then a fireman was lowered in to
Roderick's dad says his boy kept the faith.
((RODERICK AGUILLARD/BOY'S FATHER: HE HAD A LOOK THAT HE WAS SCARED BUT HE
WASN'T IN A PANIC. I JUST PUT MY THUMBS UP AND SIAD YOU KNEW IT WAS GONNA BE
ALRIGHT. HE SAID YA DADDY.))
SUPER=01-Roddy Aguillard/Boy's Father;
OUT Q=he said ya daddy"
Six year old Roderick has some scrapes and bruises and a broken leg.
A private jet that crashed in the Austrian Mountains last month- was
A Russian helicopter airlifted the private Cessna- it was buried in more
than five feet of snow.
The pilot died in the March 22nd crash but miraculously the 27 year old
female passenger survived despite freezing temperatures.
She spent one night in the bitter cold and was rescued the next day.
However heavy snow kept crews from retrieving the plane until today.
The music industry is mourning the loss of one of its most prolific
Singer-songwriter Laura (Neer-o) Nyro, died yesterday in her Connecticut
Nyro penned several hit tunes in the 1960's
including Stoney End for Barbara Streisand, and The Wedding Bell Blues for the
She was just 17 she wrote "And When I die" later performed by Peter Paul
and Mary and Blood Sweat and Tears.
This past February a double disc Stoned Soul Picnic was released- featuring
34 of Nyro's hits.
Nyro was battling ovarian cancer. She was 49.
Soft Music Under
Coming up later you'll want to lend an "ear" as Radford University celebrates
the year of corn,
and we'll see how V-M-I cadets are working hard to change the meaning of the
phrase "a stone's throw away."
MUSIC UP FULL
Students of modern warfare met a medieval challenge today in Rockbridge
Cadets from Virginia Military Institute, their professors, and a group of
experts on timber frame construction have been working since Saturday on a
The medieval machine is a cousin of the catapult, capable of launching a
large rock a few hundred yards.
IN Q=It's taken a lot of time
((JEFF MATTHEW/VMI CADET: IT'S TAKEN A LOT OF TIME AND A LOT OF EFFORT JUST
STICKING WITH IT, A LOT OF PLANNING AND A LOT OF HARD WORK.))
((GRIGG MULLEN/VMI ENGINEERING PROFESSOR: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF DIRECTION FROM
SOME FOLKS WHO REALLY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON, WE HAD 80 PLUS PEOPLE WORKING
THEIR HEART OUT FOR THE LAST FOUR DAYS AND YOU SAW WHAT HAPPENED. IT WORKED.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Matthew/VMI Cadet; :00
SUPER=01-Grigg Mullen/VMI Engineering Professor; :09
OUT Q=it worked.
Accomplished with help from the Timber Framers Guild of North America, the
project brought builders from Canada and New England.
Construction of the Trebuchet required eight thousand dollars in materials,
and many times that amount in volunteer labor.
While the V-M-I cadets were learning about medieval warfare the Air Force
unveiled its newest high tech weapon.
The F-22 will replace the force's aging F-15 fleet.
The Air Force hopes it will keep the U-S ahead of its enemies.
The new plane is faster than the F-15, needs less combat support from other
aircraft, and has stealth capabilities.
But critics say the expensive F-22 isn't necessary.
Four hundred-38 of the fighters will cost an estimated 48 BILLION dollars.
If all goes as planned, the first F-22 will be ready for combat by 2004.
SUPER=330-Freeze Warning/Clear Skies/23-25/Sunny/And Milder/50-55;
SUPER=332-Near Record/Cold/21-23/Sunny/And Cool/45-50;
SUPER=333-Freeze Warning/Clear Skies/18-20/Sunny/And Milder/45-50;
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA; :00
The Masters starts today and defending champ Nick Faldo is listed as the
odds on favorite to win again. He says everything with his game is great except
And the Flyers Eric Lindros has been suspended for 2 games for some sorry
play on Monday night. Besides breaking one guy's nose and cutting another's
He did this.
It was too cold in Salem for the Avalanche to play last night as they
postponed their game with Wilmington to later today.
It was also freezing in Lynchburg, but the Hillcats still hooked up with the
Frederick Keys at City Stadium.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Hillcats vs. Keys;
Members of the 82nd Airborne Division held a reunion in the Hill City this
past weekend, and some of the paratroopers from England braved the cold to
watch their first ever baseball game. And they would get to see former U.S.
olympic pitcher Kris Benson in his home opener.
Top draft pick in last year's draft out of Clemson warmed things up in the
early innings. The right hander strikes out the side here to end the second.
He would not figure in the decision.
The Cats broke through for a run in the 3rd. Derek Swafford hits the
grounder that just gets under the second baseman's glove, as big Charles Rice
hustles in to third.
Two batters later, Rice would score when Frederick pitcher Todd Dyess balks
on this delivery to Shon Walker to give
SUPER=34-Frederick/5/Lynchburg/3/Hillcats Now 4 & 2;
the Hillcats a 1-zip lead, but they lose it 5-to-3.
It was so cold in Chicago today only 746 fans showed up for the White Sox-Blue
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Blue Jays vs. White Sox; :00
Roger Clemens improved to 2-and-0 on the year on this frigid day by pitching
a 2 hitter through 5 and 2 thirds innings.
The bad news is that he left with a groin cramp and is listed day -to-day.
No screaming but a lot of swinging in Ferrum this afternoon as Abe Naff's
Panthers ripped Guilford 17-to-3.
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Ferrum vs. Guilford; :
The Panthers were going after their 23-rd win and gain some momentum for
the Dixie Conference tournament.
After falling behind one to nothing in the first Ferrum catcher Riley Hodges
gets all of this pitch sending it over the centerfield wall for a solo homer
and his 13-th of the season the score was tied 1 to 1.
Guilford scored in the top of the second but the Panthers came back in the
bottom of the inning Todd Cunningham hits this solo homer to right field the
game was tied again 2 to 2.
Then later Chuck SUPER=34-Ferrum/17/Guilford/3/;Jarrett hits a two run
homer over the right field wall to make it 4 to 2 Panthers and Ferrum goes on
to win the game 17 to 3.
Southern Conference member Furman named Larry Davis its new head basketball
He was the top assistant at Minnesota this past year, and he replaces Joe
Cantafio who resigned after last season.
GRAPHIC=NCAA COLLEGE HOOPS
The State's sports information directors released their picks for all-state
college basketball honors yesterday.
Heading up the first team is former Laurel park star Odell Hodge, who also
was voted the player of the year in the state.
Odell averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds this season.
His ODU coach Jeff Capel was named the state's coach of the year.
Ace Custis was a first team selection along with Liberty's Peter Aluma.
UVa's Harold Deane and Courtney Alexander earned second team honors along
with Radford's Anthony walker.
Still to come on News 7 sports, the Virginia Cavaliers are winding up spring
We will check in with Steve Mason and George Welsh in Charlottesville right
after this short break.
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL; :00
And now behind curtain number one, Monty Hall, Carole Merrill and the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers have themselves a new logo and some new colors.
The team has long been the laughing stock of the NFL - not so much for its
sorry play, but its sorry uniforms.
Yesterday team owner Malcolm Glazer took care of that by introducing the new
UVa's 1997 Spring football game this coming Saturday afternoon marks the end
of the Spring workouts.
Steve Mason says some local high school talent is ready to make a major
impact for the Cavs this season.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :07
SUPER=03-Ft. Lauderdale, FL/December 1996; :41
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; :51
SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Defensive End; 1:09
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Team Captain; 1:28
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
It's a program at Radford university- It stresses the lessons of respect and
cooperation Native Americans taught the pilgrims with their offerings of corn.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Radford's Selu Conservancy
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Marilou Awiakta/Appalachian Cherokee Poet; :18
SUPER=02-Claudia Mullins/Chair-Weaver; :35 QUIK
SUPER=01-Grace Toney Edwards/RU Appalachian Regional Center;:57
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Radford's Selu Conservancy will soon open with a retreat center and a
dock and boathouse along the New River.
But Selu will be much more than a place for conferences and outdoor studies.
The Cherokee poet who named it hopes it will also be a place for students to
learn the lessons of the corn spirit for which it is named.
((MARILOU AWIAKTA/APPALACHIAN CHEROKEE POET: THE SPIRITUAL MEANING TO NATIVE
PEOPLE IS JUST THIS, THAT LAW OF RESPECT, THAT IF YOU TAKE YOU HAVE TO GIVE
BACK AND COOPERATE. ))
SOT nat of corn-grinding
This day, Radford celebrated a Day of the Corn with free bags of fresh
cornmeal, demonstrations of cornhusk art such as doll- making, even chair-
((VOICE OF CLAUDIA MULLINS/CHAIR-WEAVER: AND THEN I TWIST AROUND AND IT JUST
LOCKS ITSELF IN PLACE. ))
A collection of Huichol Indian yarn paintings is also on display.
The works depict native mythology mostly related to corn and nature.
((THESE WERE MADE AS SPECIAL OFFERINGS. ))
The festivities are part of Radford's Year of the Corn. Since last Fall, the
university has incorporated corn- related topics into 40 courses.
((GRACE EDWARDS/DIR. OF APPALACHIAN STUDIES: WE'VE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO SHOW NOT
ONLY THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT GRASS AS A FOODSTUFF BUT HOW SIGNIFICANT IT HAS
BEEN IN THE MYTHOLOGY OR THE RELIGION OF THE NATIVE CULTURES AS WELL. ))
seventh. Tracy Altizer News 7.
Radford will conclude its Year of the Corn with the dedication of Selu June