Pulaski County authorities have one man in custody after a shooting at a
Trailer park last night.
And Janet Reno prepares to announce whether she'll appoint a special counsel
to look into Democratic fundraising.
Sunshine re-appears today, but some very cold temperatures are on the way
overnight. I'll have all the details, plus a look at a record breaking Masters
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Attorney General Janet Reno is expected to announce today that the
investigation of Democratic fundraising does NOT merit an independent counsel.
Top Republicans told the Sunday T-V talk shows that if that IS her decision
Reno could face an investigation herself.
On "Face the Nation" House Majority Leader Dick Armey said if Reno can NOT
stand up to the White House, she should resign.
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
It's sentencing day for James McDougal.
He's the former Whitewater business partner of President and Mrs. Clinton,
and owner of a defunct Arkansas savings-and-loan.
McDougal was convicted last May on 18 fraud and conspiracy counts and faces
up to 84 years in prison.
He's hoping his nine months of talking with prosecutors will mean a short
The search is expected to resume today for a missing Air Force pilot and his
SUPER=03-Eagle Co., CO;
Yesterday a five member ground crew, equipped with metal detectors, searched
possible crash sites near Colorado's New York Mountain.
((I'M SORRY TO REPORT THAT WE DIDN'T FIND ANYTHING BUT I'M ALSO HERE TO TELL
YOU THAT WE HAVE REDUCED OUR SITES DOWN TO FIVE. ))
SUPER=01-Frank Campbell/U.S. Air Force;
OUT Q=DOWN TO FIVE.
Captain Craig Button and his bomb-equipped A-Ten thunderbolt aircraft
disappeared after breaking formation during a training flight April 2nd.
One man is in jail today following a shooting in Pulaski County last night.
Police responded to a mobile home in Riverbend Trailer Court on Route 114 at
about nine o'clock.
Pulaski County authorities say one man was shot in the buttocks.
Early this morning police arrested Jeffrey Williams and charged him with
The victim was transported to Radford Community hospital.
Authorities have NOT released his name or condition.
A two car accident in Bedford County left one man hospitalized after
authorities had to use the jaws of life to free the him from his vehicle.
It happened at the intersection of route 4-60 and 6-90 in Bedford County.
23- year- old Shelley Northrop of Montvale was driving west on route 4-60.
Police say 56- year- old June Hevener, the driver of the maroon car, was
turning on to 4-60 and drove into on coming traffic.
Hevener's passenger, 57- year- old Henry Morgan Hevener, is in stable
Northrop and June Hevener received minor injuries.
Police are charging June Hevener with failure to yield the right of way.
Another diplomat from a former Soviet Republic has been charged with drunken
driving in Washington D-C.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Saturday Night;
The latest is a Ukrainian woman who was cited after a three- car accident
No one was injured.
The State Department says it will request a waiver of immunity
A GEORGIAN diplomat awaits trial in a drunk driving accident that killed a
And last week, a diplomat from Kyrgyzstan (keer-gih-STAHN') was
charged with driving while intoxicated. (----------------)
A trip to Richmond may be a bit more taxing today.
The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 are closed on Afton Mountain due to a
Police said no one was injured in the slide last night.
A state Department of Transportation geologist will assess the situation
before any traffic lanes are reopened.
Meanwhile, motorists traveling west are being rerouted onto U-S 250 at
Crozet (kro-ZAY), and then back onto I-64 at Waynesboro.
Small towns along the border of Minnesota and North Dakota
are preparing for the rising Red River. (----------------)
The worst appears to be over for Fargo.
The Red river is now droping there after cresting Saturday at almost
But the River is expected to crest today or tomorrow in Hendrum, Minnesota.
A series of gun sales restrictions that have taken effect since 19-94 have
significantly cut sales by licensed gun dealers in Virginia.
But the drop has had little impact on crime.
According to state police figures, sales by licensed dealers fell by more
than 46-thousand statewide, or 20 percent, between 19-94 and 19-96.
The Governor's decision to celebrate Confederate Heritage Month is the main
topic in our viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=When Governor Allen
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( When Governor Allen declared April as Confederate Heritage Month, the
NAACP and SCLC leadership reacted angrily, calling the governor a racist and
demanding his resignation.
Saying he never meant any offense, the governor issued an apology.
But one Roanoke viewer believes the governor has nothing to apologize for.
"The whole month of February, all I hear is BLACK HISTORY MONTH...Quite
frankly I am sick and tired of having BLACK history, Slavery and other issues
that these people cry about constantly rammed down mythroat! I think it is
time for these folks to GET A GRIP. The past is history, learn from it and
move forward. The future will be what you want it to be,NOBODY OWES ANYBODY
ANYTHING...work and train for a future, and you will have a future. Expect
everybody to feel sorry for you because of the past, and yourfuture will be a
frustrating and angry disaster. LEARN to deal with the current times, and move
forward. This country is the BEST on the EARTH because ALL ofit's people have
sacrificed, worked, and pulled together even though each group has not always
been treated fairly or their feeling have been hurt.
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this subject, or any other issue in the
Send your letter to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia,
If you'd like to send a fax, the number is 343-7269.
For email, our address is email@example.com.
And to get into our moderated forum on our home page, call up www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Virginia firefighters went back to school yesterday, but their classroom was
a bit unusual... a smoke filled high rise in downtown Roanoke.
The high-rise fire drill was a part of the regional fire school in Roanoke.
Fire fighters from all over Virginia learned the strategy to battling a
IN Q=YOU HAVE TO
((CAPT. HEDLEY AUSTIN/VA BEACH FIRE DEPT.: YOU HAVE TO CLIMB THOSE STAIRS TO
GET TO THE BUILDING FLOOR THAT'S ON FIRE AND THEN ONCE YOU GET THERE YOU REALLY
DON'T HAVE MUSH OF A WAY TO GET OUT. YOU'RE ABOVE GROUND. THE BUILDING
CONTAINS THE FIRE, THE HEAT AND IT'S MUCH MORE INTENSE THAT IT IS IN WHAT WE
NORMALLY CONSIDER A RESIDENTIAL HOUSE FIRE.))
SUPER=01-Hedley Austin/Virginia Beach Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=Residential House Fire
Virginia Beach fire officials were brought in to lead the training.
Officials say the fire codes limit high rise blazes in our part of the
Even so, fire fighters say this is an important exercise.
IN Q=PEOPLE CALL 9-1-1
((CROSBY GRINDLE/BATTALION CHIEF OF TRAINING: PEOPLE CALL 9-1-1 AND THEY
EXPECT TO HAVE US COME AND RESPOND TO WHAT EVER EMERGENCY THEY HAVE SO QUITE
OFTEN WE TRAIN FOR THINGS THAT MAY ONLY HAPPEN A FEW TIME IN SOMEONE'S CAREER
OR MAY NEVER HAPPEN. BUT WE HAVE TO TRAIN FOR IT. BE PREPARED FOR IT.))
SUPER=01-Crosby Grindle/Training Chief;
OUT Q=BE PREPARED FOR IT
Part of the annual school includes a rope rescue course.
Here fire fighters learn how to repel from buildings and lower citizens to
safety from high places.
The regional fire school is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Fire
Programs with the help of local fire and E-M-S departments.
History is coming to life at Virginia's Explore Park.
A war re-enactment this weekend marked the opening of tourist season.
And as Denise Allen reports the park is evolving into a major attraction.
IN Q=LIKE THAT AND THERE'S
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :14
SUPER=01-Scott Sarver/Virginia's Explore Park; :25
SUPER=04-File Tape; 1:04
SUPER=01-Judy Evans/Marketing Director; 1:21
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=LIKE THAT. AND THERES
((LIKE THAT. AND THERE'S THREE EVEN ENDS LIKE THAT AND SINCE MOST OF YOU HAVE
SEEN THIS BEFORE I'M GOING TO DO THE SHORT VERSION...SHORT VERSION SEE.))
OUT Q=SHORT VERSION SEE.
Virginia's Explore Park is an outdoor living history exhibit.
Workers say while the revolutionary battle re-enactment is a big draw, the
entertainment of the times is educational as well.
IN Q=IT'S IMPORTANT
((SCOTT SARVER/VIRGINIA'S EXPLORE PARK: IT'S IMPORTANT TO US TO RECOGNIZE THEIR
WEREN'T JUST THE DYING ASPECTS OF HISTORY SUCH AS THE BATTLES, BUT THE LIVING
HISTORY AS WELL. WHAT TOOK PLACE IN THE CAMPS. WHAT TOOK PLACE WITH THE
OUT Q=WITH THE FAMILIES
Sarver says the park is growing larger every year.
He says if you haven't visited Explore recently, you'll be surprised at the
19th-century exhibit's facelift.
IN Q=WE HAVE NEW
((WE HAVE NEW INTERPRETATION ASPECTS. WE HAVE A NEW MILL THAT WILL BE COMING
IN AFTER THIS SEASON. WE'VE DOUBLED THE SPACE IN THE COLONIAL AREA. WE PUT
THE OTHER HALF OF THE CABIN ON.))
OUT Q=THE CABIN ON
The changes don't stop there.
Officials believe the new spur along the Blue ridge Parkway will make the
park more accessible to tourists when the gate opens in 1998.
The Brugh Tavern will offer food--bringing in restaurant revenue as well as
IN Q=WE HOPE AS
((JUDY EVANS/EXPLORE MARKETING DIR.: WE HOPE AS OUR NUMBER INCREASES THAT
WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET MORE STATE FUNDING AND OTHER TYPES OF FUNDING THAT WILL
HELP US INCREASE THE DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE PARK AS WE SEE NEED.))
OUT Q=AS WE SEE NEED
The Days of the Revolution is just the beginning of Explore's tourist
In May visitors will be treated to a traditional Indian Pow Wow.
In the summer, the battle re-enactments continue with The French and Indian
Denise Allen News 7.))
TAPE#from tape 97-9
Dozens were on hand yesterday to celebrate the 254th birthday of Thomas
The celebration took place at Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Jefferson was born April 13th, 17-43.
He designed Poplar Forest in 18-06.
The retreat is undergoing renovation -- but the work, including
archaeological digs, has been used to draw visitors.
The Explore Park and Poplar Forest aren't the only attractions preparing for
the onslaught of tourists.
This year some 50 Million visitors are expected to come to the Commonwealth,
spending more than ten billion dollars.
To meet that demand Virginia has raised its tourism budget 35 percent this
Joining us to talk more about tourism, particularly local tourism, is Dave
KJohlede (COLE-HEE), Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley Convention
SUPER=01-Dave KJohlede/Roanoke Valley Visitor's Bureau;
(With the increase in the state's tourism budget, Virginia is now ranked
fifth in the nation in tourism spending, do you think the state needs that big
of a tourism budget?)
Let's talk about some of the big tourist draws in our area, like the
Explore Park, how does the Convention Business Bureau plan to promote them this
Will this be an increase over last year?
Who is the target population that you're going after?
Talk about what the tourist dollar means for the valley?
SUPER=330-Clear & Cold/Patchy Frost/28-32/Sunny/& Warmer/62-66;
SUPER=331-Clear & Cold/Patchy Frost/30-34/Sunny/& Warmer/64-68;
SUPER=332-Clear/& Cold/24-28/Sunny/& Warmer/58-62;
SUPER=333-Clear & Cold/Patchy Frost/26-30/Sunny/& Warmer/54-58;
SUPER=334-Clear/& Cold/26-30/Sunny/& Warmer/54-58;
It's crunch time if you have NOT sent off your income tax forms to the
Len Besthoff has some last minute filing advice in this week's edition of
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/Vinton Bookeeping and Tax Service; :11
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT tape two 01:16:18
IN Q=So you've
(( So you've waited til the last minute to file your income taxes. Ethel Noell
with Vinton Bookkeeping and Tax Service has some last minute filing tips so you
won't make any mistakes. ))
OUT Q=any mistakes.
SOT TAPE two 01:02:58
IN Q=Make sure
((ETHEL NOELL/VINTON BOOKEEPING AND TAX SERVICE: MAKE SURE ALL YOUR FIGURES ARE
CORRECT. MAKE SURE ALL YOUR COMPUTATIONS ARE CORRECT. THAT YOU HAVE CORRECT
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS ON THE TAX RETURNS. THERE'S ALWAYS
THE OPPORTUNITY LATER THAT YOU CAN AMEND THAT TAX RETURN IF YOU FIND THAT YOU
OVERLOOKED SOMETHING. BUT MAKE SURE YOUR FIGURES ARE CORRECT MAKE SURE THAT
YOU GET IT IN ON TIME. AND THE FACT THAT YOU ALREADY HAD THREE MONTHS TO GET
YOUR INFORMATION TOGETHER SHOULD HAVE GENERATED THE INFORMATION THAT YOU DID
NEED. Little bit of shame on you for not getting it ready earlier? NOELL:
WHOLE BUNCH OF SHAME FOR NOT GETTING IT READY.))
OUT Q=it ready.
SOT TAPE TWO 1:17:01
IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back
to the newsdesk.))
TAPE#net (edit of S7-4)
Twenty-one- year- old Tiger Woods finished the 61-st Masters at a record 18
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/The Masters; :
Woods started the day with a 9 stroke lead.
After coming up short on an eagle putt at 13, Woods picked up another
stroke with this birdie at the 14-th hole.
Woods parred the 18-th hole shooting a three under par 69 for a 12 shot
win--He's the first minority to win the Masters.
IN Q="It means...
((TIGER WOODS/MASTERS CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/Masters Champion; :
OUT Q=......play golf."
TAPE#net (edit of S6-28)
Jimmy Key picked up his first shutout in four years tossing a six hitter as
Baltimore beat Texas 9 to nothing.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/HTS; :
Cal Ripken sends this shot to left field scoring a run.
Then in the bottom of the second Jeffery Hammonds hits this solo homer over
the left field wall.
Cal Ripken added to the Oriole lead SUPER=35-Baltimore/9/Texas/0/;in the
third when he sends this shot over the left field wall for a two run homer and
the Orioles win it 9 to nothing.
TAPE#net (edit of R-36)
In an exciting finish, Jeff Gordon won the Food city 500 at Bristol for his
third straight victory in the spring race.
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/ESPN; :
Ricky Rudd gets the fifth caution of the day when he gets lose and spins
The Cautions continued to fly as Bobby Labonte taps Robert Pressley sending
him into a spin.
Wallace appeared to be headed to his second win of the season but his car
slipped a little and Gordon blew past him in turn four to take the checkered
flag winning the Food City 500.
IN Q="I tell You
((JEFF GORDON/FOOD CITY 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Food City 500 Winner; :00
OUT Q=..any man for himself.
Rusty Wallace finished second, Terry Labonte was third, Dale Jarrett fourth
and Mark Martin fifth.