Fargo, North Dakota is a city in waiting today, as the Red River prepares to
crest several feet above the flood level.
And overnight frigid weather in southwest Virginia has fruit growers
inspecting for devastating crop damage.
Bitter cold last night, but a gradual warming trend is now upon us, and the
hard freeze locations will be few and far between tonight. All that, plus some
State hoop honors go out to O-D-U.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Freezing temperatures overnight may have claimed a significant share of the
fruit crop in parts of western Virginia.
On Bent Mountain in Roanoke County, Glenn Reed is still holding out hope
that part of his apple crop will survive.
But temperatures fell below freezing overnight, and this morning he was not
finding many encouraging signs.
IN Q=Looks pretty bad
((GLENN REED/REED'S ORCHARD: LOOKS PRETTY BAD THIS MORNING. 28 DEGREES IS THE
BOTTOM LINE FOR FREEZE DAMAGE. WE HAD TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW 20S. SO WHAT DO
YOU THINK THAT WILL DO TO YOUR CROP. I'M SURE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF
INJURY FROM IT. IT'S REALLY JUST TOO EARLY TO TELL YET.))
SUPER=01-Glenn Reed/Reed's Orchard;
OUT Q=to early to tell yet.
Reed is worried about the possibility of another freeze on Bent Mountain
He says it may be a couple of days before the extent of the freeze damage
Residents in Fargo, North Dakota are preparing this afternoon for the worst
flooding in decades.
Sand bag after Sand bag is being stacked against the rising Red River.
It's expected to crest some 22 feet above flood stage late today or early
The river has already crested across the stateline in Minnesota.
Lee Cowan has more.
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SUPER=01-Bruce Wahlstrom/Resident; :29
SUPER=01-Dave Hoffmann/Resident; 1:09
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:15
OUT Q=LEE COWAN CBS NEWS ST. PETER MINNESOTA.
THIS IS THE VIEW OUTSIDE THE WAHLSTROM'S BASEMENT WINDOW.
THEY MOVED IN HERE A YEAR AGO, NOW IT'S NOT NEIGHBORS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR,
ITS THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF RIVER WATER INSTEAD.
"Water level out there is probably at least that high."
LUCKILY THEY STILL HAVE ELECTRICITY TO KEEP THE PUMPS GOING, AND THE HEAT
TWO PRECIOUS COMMODITIES IN WHAT HAS BECOME A ICY WATERY MESS.
Bruce Wahlstrom, Resident:
"YOU DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO".
IN FARGO NORTH DAKOTA, THE DEFINITION OF MISERY. NOT ONLY FLOODED STREETS
BUT NOW FROZEN STREETS AS WELL.
RESIDENTS HERE ARE BEING TOLD LITTLE CAN BE SALVAGED UNTIL IT ALL THAWS OUT,
WHICH COULD BE WEEKS.
THE YOUNG AND THE OLD ARE BEING PUT TO WORK IN SANDBAGGING OPERATIONS THAT
BOGGLE THE MIND.
THERE ARE NOW MILES OF THEM WHERE THERE USED TO BE SIDEWALKS, MORE THAN
ANYONE HERE CARES TO COUNT.
EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY ALL THERE LIVES SAY
MOTHER NATURE HAS DEALT THEM A DIRTY HAND.
Dave Hoffmann, Resident -- Note: Spelling of HOFFMANN is correct)
"Nothing like this ever, it's unbelievable is what it is."
WITH MORE COLD WEATHER ON THE WAY AND THE THREAT OF SNOW IN THE FORECAST,
EVEN THE OPTIMISTS HERE ARE GETTING WORRIED.
AND THIS IS A PLACE WHERE OPTIMISM SEEMS TO GROW LIKE MIDWEST GROW.
LEE COWAN CBS NEWS ST. PETER MINNESOTA.))
Virginians now have something new to think about in April, but not everyone
Governor George Allen dubbed April (----------------)
Confederate history and heritage month.
Two black civil rights groups say they're appalled.
Allen's 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/Virginia 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."
Meantime, Governor Allen is unhappy about a decision that was taken out of
Tuesday the U-S Supreme Court postponed a convicted murderer's lethal
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 to decide if it would hear his
He calls a "no tax pledge" a gimmick, but that is NOT stopping Don Beyer
from emphasizing, that if elected, he has NO plans to raise taxes.
The Democratic candidate for governor in fact says he'd like to eliminate
the corporate tax on Virginia's smallest businesses.
SOT TAPE 1 09:28:06
((91-PERCENT OF VIRGINIA'S CORPORATIONS MAKE LESS THAN 50- THOUSAND DOLLARS
NET. THAT'S 131- THOUSAND SMALL COMPANIES ACROSS THE STATE.))
OUT Q=the state.
On Monday, Beyer said he'd also finally repeal the sales tax on
SOT tape 3 11:43:42
IN Q=But I do
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BUT I DO FIND IT INTERESTING THAT NOW IN A WAY OF TRYING
TO GAIN SOME POLITICAL FOOTING HE SAYS HE'S FOR THESE THINGS. WHERE WAS HE IN
1995 WHEN WE CERTAINLY HAD A MAJOR BATTLE ON THE REDUCTION OF TAXES?))
OUT Q=of taxes.
But Beyer says he has a record of pushing for and winning tax reform for
SOT 09:33:10 TAPE 1
IN Q=So this is
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: SO THIS IS A PART OF EIGHT
YEARS OF LEADERSHIP, NOT TO DO CATACLYSMIC, DRAMATIC TAX CUTS, BUT TO DO THE
SMALL TARGETED CUTS THAT I THINK CAN SERVE A DEFINITE AND DEFINED PUBLIC
OUT Q=public purpose.
Republican candidate Jim Gilmore said through a spokesman yesterday he will
NOT raise taxes, either.
The government says he's the head of an organized crime family, but Joe
Abbott says says he's no Godfather and there is no crime family.
In a letter from the city jail, the racketeering suspect says there can NOT
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.
Abbott says there's "No such thing."
In his two-page letter, Abbott says his brother has worked for Fairfax
County for 23 years.
He says he and his brother have not been on "talkative terms" for years.
He says the same goes for his son, (Ree-odd) Rayed, and two nephews who're
charged along with him.
He says his son and nephews were not even allowed in the Pancake House he
used to run.
And he says he can prove it.
The key witness in the Ennis Cosby killing reportedly could not identify the
suspect in a police lineup.
A Los Angeles T-V station and the Los Angeles Times report the woman failed
to identify Michael Markhasev (MAHR'-kuh-sev) during a lineup conducted
sometime after his arrest in March.
Sketch artists developed a drawing of the suspect based on the woman's
Police and prosecutors won't comment on the reports.
A possible breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease.
Parkinson's is a degenerative disease of the brain that can rob a person of
control over body movements and speech.
Researchers have discovered a compound, called G-P-I 10-46, that shows
promise in reversing the effects of the Disease in rats and mice.
(( Hamilton:I WOULD CERTAINLY SAY, THAT WHAT WE HAVE SHOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME
IS THAT AN ORALLY ACTIVE DRUG IS CAPABLE OF REVERSING THE PARKINSONIAN STATE IN
SUPER=01-Gregory Hamilton/Guilford Pharmaceuticals;
OUT Q=in animals.
The news is so exciting, even Mohammed Ali, now a spokesman for the National
Parkinson's Foundation, called the organization to find out more about the
But doctors still caution what works in animals may not be a miracle drug
Chrysler Workers are on strike this afternoon at a key engine plant in
Workers walked off the job at midnight after bargainers failed to reach
agreement on a new contract
covering 18-hundred employees.
The plant is the sole supplier of engines for some of Chrysler's popular
pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.
Chrysler says assembly plants supplied by the Detroit plant could run out of
engines as early as tomorrow.
And no matter what kind of car you drive, expect delays driving into Roanoke
on Route 2-20.
Yesterday afternoon, workers closed one lane, about a mile north of the
Franklin County line.
Today, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to monitor the
traffic flow, then decide where to place a more permanent concrete barrier.
The lane is closed so construction crews can work on a drainage system along
side the road.
V-DOT expects the project to be complete by May 23rd.
At Lynchburg College, students are finding themselves defending their First
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 yesterday, 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.
Corn is the grain of choice at Radford University-- in fact the topic has
been integrated into 40 courses this year.
Yesterday the university celebrated the Day of the Corn.
Appalachian artists demonstrated crafts such as husk chair- bottoming and
You could even get a free bag of freshly- ground corn meal.
It's all part of Radford's Year of Corn and Culture, focusing on the
significance of corn to the region, both in the past and the present.
((MARILOU AWIAKTA/APPALACHIAN CHEROKEE POET: AS OUR COUNTRY IS BECOMING MORE
AND MORE DIVERSE AND WE'RE LEARNING TO RESPECT PEOPLE OF DIVERSE CULTURES EVEN
MORE, THAT IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE A YEAR OF CORN AND CULTURE TO THINK ABOUT
WHAT THE CORN MEANS TO US ECONOMICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.))
SUPER=01-Marilou Awiakta/Appalachian Cherokee Poet;
OUT Q=and spiritually.
In June, Radford will open its (seh-lu) Selu Conservancy, a retreat center
named for the Cherokee corn mother.
Canon blasts from the campus of Virginia Military Institute are common place
in Lexington, but yesterday students got a chance to try out a different kind
of heavy artillery.
Joe Dashiell reports that it took teamwork to conquer a medieval challenge.
IN Q=On a windswept hill
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Grigg Mullen/VMI Engineering Professor; :25
SUPER=01-Joel McCarty/Timber Framers Guild; :51
OUT Q=JD News 7
((On a windswept hill outside of Lexington, a dedicated crew has been
working since Saturday.
V-M-I cadets, their professors, and a group of experts on timber frame
construction were building a trebuchet.
nat sound of guys working on sling
A cousin of the catapult, the trebuchet may not have a place in a modern
arsenal, but in medieval times it was a powerful weapon, capable of launching
large rocks at enemy fortifications.
The first shot was a misfire, but the crew made a few adjustments.
Cadets muscled the 22-foot arm back into position and then watched as the
machine sent a 60- pound rock sailing over the Rockbridge County countryside.
The project required eight thousand dollars worth of materials and many
times that amount in volunteer labor.
Four days after the group began with a pile of timber, members celebrated
atop a working trebuchet.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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The economic forecast for Smyth County is looking positive.
Marley Mouldings is investing 10 MILLION dollars to expand its operations in
The expansion should create up to 96 new jobs.
Governor George Allen approved a 100 thousand dollar grant from his
Opportunity Fund to assist the project.
Marley makes window and picture frame mouldings.
The 61st Masters golf tournament is under way this afternoon at Augusta
Last year's champion Nick Faldo is paired with Tiger Woods in the first
Faldo is a three time winner at Augusta.
Meantime, Sandy Lyle won the PAR 3 CONTEST yesterday, beating Mark McNulty
on the second playoff hole.
The contest was played on a scenic 9-hole course next to the course where
the masters is being played.
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It was too cold in Salem for the Avalanche to play last night so they
postponed their game with Wilmington until later today.
It was also freezing in Lynchburg, but the Hillcats still took on the
Frederick Keys at City Stadium.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Hillcats vs. Keys;
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.
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Things were swinging in Ferrum yesterday as the Panthers ripped Guilford
SUPER=03-Ferrum/Ferrum vs. Guilford; :
Ferrum catcher Riley Hodges hits this pitch over the centerfield wall for a
solo homer to tie it the score at 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 at 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.
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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 was
also voted Virginia's player of the year.
Odell averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds this season.
His O-D-U 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.
U-V-a's Harold Deane and Courtney Alexander earned second team honors along
with Radford's Anthony walker.
And finally, there could be more evidence of life on other planets.
New pictures from the unmanned space probe Galileo show what appears to be a
large ocean covered with a thin layer
of ice on Jupiter's moon, Europa.
Scientists say volcanic activity below the surface may support life without
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So far there are no ill-effects from a solar eruption detected earlier in
the week by another NASA space gadget, the "Soho" satellite.
The images show a huge wave rolling across the face of the sun after the
Similar eruptions have been known to knock out power and affect
communications equipment, but most scientists believe this particular "solar
burp" is too small to do any damage.