In Grand Forks, North Dakota it's a city under water and the river keeps
And Danville Goodyear workers are among thousands nationwide on strike this
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
Talks have resumed this afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio between tiremaker
Goodyear and striking United Steelworkers.
The strike has put some 18-hundred Goodyear workers on the picket line in
Nationwide 12-thousand workers in seven states walked off the job this
weekend just before their contract expired.
They want better pay and benefits.
The union also is concerned about job security and outsourcing of work.
A Danville boy is still in serious condition with multiple gun shot wounds.
It happened at about
9-15 Saturday night.
Police say Reggie Clay Hutchins was shot at his home on Lee Street.
IN Q=THE DOOR BELL
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER: THE DOOR BELL RANG AND REGGIE OPENED THE
DOOR AND WHO EVER IT WAS JUST STARTED SHOOTING. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY REALIZED
THEY WERE SHOOTING A 10 YEAR OLD.))
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hutchins/Reggie's Mother;
OUT Q=A 10 YEAR OLD
The ten- year- old was shot in the chest and shoulder.
He is in serious but stable condition.
His mother says the shooting was payback for her family's effort to clean up
IN Q=WE DON'T WANT
((WE DON'T WANT DRUG DEALERS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND WE SPOKE UP ABOUT IT. NOT
DIRECTLY TO THEM BUT THEY'VE SEEN THE POLICE COMING AND GOING. I THINK IT WAS
A VENGEANCE TYPE OF THING. THEY WANTED TO GET BACK AT MY HUSBAND AND MYSELF
AND REGGIE JUST HAPPENED TO BE THE ONE THAT WAS HURT.))
OUT Q=THAT WAS HURT
Investigators have not confirmed the motive for the shooting.
An arrest has not been made
Seventy-five foot flames melted a hotel sign after a car crashed into a
Natural Gas Station in Blacksburg yesterday, creating a major leak.
Police say 21- year- old Gerald Close lost control of his car on South Main
and crashed into the gas station.
Close and his passenger, Virginia Tech student Maria Goldsby suffered
multiple injuries and burns.
A young Vinton girl died in a two car accident in Bedford County yesterday.
Police say a pick up truck rear ended the car eleven- year- old Allison
Brittany Fullen was riding in after it pulled out onto route 24 and then
Fullen was pronounced dead at Roanoke Community Hospital.
Police are not releasing any information on the others involved in the
State police in Smyth County are holding two Tennessee men for possession
of a fake explosive device.
The men, Leo and Donnie Davis will be charged today in Friday's false bomb
threat at the Hollins Kroger store.
Police evacuated the store, after a robbery attempt Friday afternoon.
The manager said a man demanded money and threatened to blow up the store.
The manager told the man he would get the cash, slipped out the back door
and called police.
It was a rush hour nightmare in and around London this morning.
A series of bomb threats forced the evacuation of major rail and subway
stations and shut down the city's major airports, including Heathrow
Some highways were also closed.
So far, no explosions have been reported and there's been no claim
But the Irish Republican Army admitted it was behind similar
threats, which disrupted traffic in NORTHERN England on Friday.
The Air Force today is hoping to get ground crews to the area where they
think a missing warplane crashed into a Colorado mountain.
But high winds and new snow could delay that.
Diana Olick has the latest.
SUPER=01-Diana Olick/Reporting; :00
SUPER=01-Nels Running/U.S. Air Force; :14
SUPER=03-Near Eagle, CO; :21
OUT Q=CBS NEWS Denver.
AIR FORCE OFFICIALS SAY AN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER WAS THE FIRST
TO SPOT WHAT RESCUE CREWS HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR FOR NEARLY THREE WEEKS...METAL
PROTRUDING FROM THE SNOW.
MAJ. GEN. NELS RUNNING, USAF
"It is our collective judgment that what we have seen is likely to be A-10
BUT THE PIECES ARE ON A STEEP SLOPE, SOUTH OF NEW YORK MOUNTAIN AND WITH
HEAVY CLOUD COVER AND THE THREAT OF MORE SNOW, GROUND CREWS ARE UNABLE TO GET
IN TO CONFIRM THE SIGHTING. OFFICIALS HAVE SENT AN A-10 PILOT OUT BY AIR TO
VIEW THE WRECKAGE, AND HE AGREES IT LOOKS LIKE THE MISSING BOMBER.
GEN. RUNNING: You see the distinctive yellow paint underneath the grey paint
and that looks consistent with a military plane.
RESCUE CREWS HAVE BEEN SEARCHING THE NY MOUNTAIN AREA SINCE APRIL
SECOND, WHEN THE PILOT, CAPTAIN CRAIG BUTTON, LEFT FORMATION DURING A TRAINING
MISSION OVER ARIZONA AND FLEW TOWARD THE COLORADO ROCKIES. SEVERAL WITNESSES
FROM THE GROUND SAY SMOKE, OR BRIGHT GLOWS IN THE NY MOUNTAIN AREA AND OTHERS
HEARD AN EXPLOSION. OFFICIALS ARE STILL UNSURE WHEN THEY CAN GET GROUND CREWS
TO THE AREA.
RUNNING:There is no way to get there easily.
THEY HAVE NO INFORMATION YET AS TO WHETHER OR NOT CAPTAIN BUTTON IS WITH
THE APPARENT WRECKAGE.
DIANA OLICK, CBS NEWS, DALLAS.))
Authorities in Grand Forks, North Dakota say it could be six weeks before
residents can begin returning home.
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND;
The Red River is expected to crest there today 26 feet above flood stage.
The River already covers 70 percent of the city and most of Grand Fork's
50-thousand residents have evacuated.
The city's hospital has also been shut down and the University has cancelled
the rest of its semester and graduation.
Firefighters spent much of the weekend battling a fire that
charred parts of three downtown blocks. (----------------)
Texas police today are checking whether a body found near Houston is that of
a missing 12- year- old girl.
Laura Smither has not been seen since she left her home in Friendswood April
third to go jogging.
Yesterday a man and his son found a decapitated body in Pasadena, Texas some
ten miles from Laura's home.
Authorities say identification could take several days.
SUPER=03-Riverside Co., CA;
The family of an abducted California
boy is appealing for help to find the child's killer.
The body of ten- year- old Anthony Martinez was discovered over the weekend
in a remote desert area about 130 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Anthony was abducted from an alley behind his home April fourth.
There are no suspects so far, but investigators have released a sketch of a
slim, white man with blue eyes and a mustache.
GRAPHIC=roanoke city seal
Roanoke City Manager Bob Herbert is recommending a budget that includes a
one- cent reduction in the real estate tax rate.
Herbert unveiled the 161- million dollar spending plan this morning.
Even with the tax rate reduction, the budget represents a five and a half
percent increase in spending.
IN Q=I would have to say
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT I THINK THIS IS A
GOOD BUDGET FOR THE PEOPLE OF ROANOKE. IT DOES ALLOW US TO MAINTAIN SERVICES.
IT MAKES IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND REALLY POSITIONS US TO MOVE
FORWARD IN A PROGRESSIVE MANNER.))
OUT Q=in a progressive manner.
The budget will eliminate 47 full- time positions as the city automates
trash collection and transfers the city nursing home to a private operator.
Employees affected by the downsizing will be able to transfer to other city
Graduation is fast approaching and for some, that means time to look for a
More than 300 high school seniors came out with resumes in hand to the
annual Roanoke Area Job Opportunities Convention.
IN Q=I am impressed
((KRISTI WEISE/LORD BOTETOURT SENIOR: I AM IMPRESSED WITH THE COUNTY OF
ROANOKE BECAUSE THEY HAVE THIS PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION-- CHILDREN THAT I
LIKE TO WORK WITH, AND IT'S A SUMMER JOB THAT I'M LOOKING FOR SO, THEY HAVE
THAT AVAILABLE TO ME. ))
SUPER=01-Kristi Weise/Lord Botetourt Senior;
OUT Q=available to me
Michael Andrews left the fair with a job waiting for him after graduation
at Precision Fabrics.
IN Q=I was expecting
((MICHAEL ANDREWS/PATRICK HENRY SENIOR: I WAS EXPECTING TO GET INTERVIEWED,
BUT I REALLY WASN'T EXPECTING TO GET HIRED.))
SUPER=01-Michael Andrews/Patrick Henry Senior;
OUT Q=to get hired
Nearly 60 area businesses set up shop at the fair.
Representatives say they've been impressed with the students.
IN Q=WE look for absolutely
((BERT THOMPSON/CONNEX PIPE SYSTEMS: WE LOOK FOR ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, AND
THAT'S WHAT'S HERE-- ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. THE KIDS ARE PREPARED. THEY'RE
READY AND WE'RE READY. I'M VERY IMPRESSED.))
SUPER=01-Bert Thompson/Connex Pipe Systems;
OUT Q=very impressed
The school systems taking part in the event included Roanoke, Salem, as well
as the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, and Craig.
Governor Allen's decision to designate April as Confederate History and
Heritage Month is again the focus of our viewer mail.
Assignment Editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
IN Q=We have Black History
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( "We have Black History Month each February. Why isn't there a White
History Month?" wrote a viewer from Pulaski.
"I feel that we are still paying for the past (as whites). Let it go! It is
done and over with. Stop making us feel guilty of the past, something we had
nothing to do with! It is time to grow up and move on."
And from Hillsville came this note:
"Personally, I feel he has been our best Governor and is very honest and
straightforward. We have Black History Month, TV shows that are all Black,
Black Miss America and the list goes on. All groups should have the same rights
to celebrate their heritage and if someone doesn't want to celebrate that is
also their right. I hope Governor Allen sticks to his guns."
If you'd like to take part in the debate on this issue, or some other topic
in the news, address your letter to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke
Our fax number is 343-7269.
For email, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don't forget our on-line moderated forum on our web page: www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Martinsville businesses are providing race day motorists with some
"pit-stops" of their own.
The Plateau Plaza started the practice during the fall racing season.
There was a steady flow of business all day.
Management says twice as many people hit the pits this year now that the
word is out.
IN Q=WE DO, DO
((DEBORAH RUSSELL/BOJANGLE'S: WE DO, DO IT FOR THE RACE FANS. IT MAKES IT
EASY SOME OF THEM DRIVE RIGHT UP AND WE JUST HAND IT TO THEM. THEY DON'T EVEN
HAVE TO GET OUT OF THEIR CAR.))
OUT Q= OF THEIR CAR(LAUGHING)
In the pits, race fans were able to top-off their tanks, check their tires
and load up on refreshments.
Russell says the pit-stop will be open every race day.
And if the business warrants, they may open the pit for everyday travelers
Around the world in 80 days is no easy feat, but try one afternoon.
That's exactly what you could have done yesterday, at Roanoke's annual Local
A walk around the City Market took you through the sights and sounds of more
than 40 countries.
Featured events included an international fashion show,
all kinds of arts and crafts,
and just about everywhere you went, someone was dancing.
IN Q=you know without
((PEARL FU/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; YOU KNOW WITHOUT LEAVING ROANOKE YOU CAN TRAVEL
FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY, LEARNING ABOUT THE CULTURES, TASTING AUTHENTIC FOODS
AND SPREADING PEACE AND GOODWILL THROUGH OUT THE WHOLE MARKET AREA.))
SUPER=01-Pearl Fu/Executive Director;
OUT Q=whole market area
Organizers say the Local Colors celebration makes the whole world a little
It's being called the world's first space funeral.
A rocket blasted off from Madrid, Spain today carrying the ashes of 24
The ashes are packaged in lipstick-sized capsules.
Among those whose remains are on board are Star Trek creator Gene
Roddenberry and L-S-D advocate Timothy Leary.
The remains are expected to stay in orbit for up to ten years
before re-entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up.
SUPER=330-Occasional/Rain Likely/42-46/Cloudy/Drizzle Possible/60-64;
SUPER=331-Occasional/Rain Likely/44-48/Cloudy/Drizzle Possible/62-66;
SUPER=332-Rain/or Drizzle/38-42/Cloudy/Rain Possible/58-62;
SUPER=333-Occasional/Rain Likely/42-46/Cloudy/Drizzle Possible/54-58;
SUPER=334-Rain/& Drizzle/42-46/Cloudy/Rain Possible/58-62;
Your 19-96 taxes may be a thing of the past, but in this week's edition of
Common Sense, Len Besthoff has some advice for NEXT year.
IN Q=Well now
SUPER=01-Ethel Noell/Vinton Tax Service; :12
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
SOT tape two 01:16:40
IN Q=Well now
(( Well now that the tax season is over you can't do much with your 1996
returns but Ethel Noell with Vinton Bookkeeping and Tax Service has a tip for
SOT TAPE two 01:03:54
IN Q=Several years
((ETHEL NOELL/VINTON BOOKKEEPING AND TAX SERVICE: SEVERAL YEARS AGO THE
INTERNAL REVENUE DISALLOWED US TO USE THE INTEREST ON AUTOMOBILES. SO
CONSEQUENTLY IF YOU HAVE AVAILABLE TO YOU, AN EQUITY LINE ON YOUR HOME, YOU CAN
USE YOUR EQUITY LINE TO PURCHASE THE AUTOMOBILE, THE INTEREST THEN BECOMES
EQUITY LINE INTEREST, AND IT'S USABLE ON YOUR INCOME TAX RETURN IF YOU'RE
ITEMIZING. UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT, THAT YOU FIGURE UP WHAT
THAT CAR PAYMENT WOULD BE OVER A THREE YEAR PERIOD AND PAY IT OFF, DON'T DRAG
IT OUT FOR 20 YEARS OR YOU'LL HAVE A CAR THAT WAS AN UPSIDE DOWN LOAN, YOU'LL
PAY QUITE A BIT MORE FOR IT THAN YOU WOULD HAVE NECESSARILY HAD TO.))
OUT Q=had to.
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.))
They're off and running through the streets of Boston this afternoon.
Close to 11-thousand athletes are taking part in the 101st Boston Marathon.
Last year's winners are in today's field of racers.
They are defending men's champ Moses Tanui (tah-NOO'-ee) and women's champ
Uta Pippig (OO'-tah PIHP'-ihg).
The Supreme Court has handed a victory to female college athletes.
The court has upheld lower court rulings that Brown University discriminated
against women because it provided fewer opportunities for women to play
Women at the school claimed the Rhode Island university violated
a 19-72 law known as Title Nine.
The law is credited by many with
changing the face of women's sports.
TAPE#net (edit of R-36)
Thousands were in attendance in Martinsville yesterday for the Goody's 500.
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Goody's 500; :00
Jeff Gordon made it known he would not be stopped as he took over the race
by the 100- lap mark.
His biggest problems came from other cars trying to avoid getting lapped.
On lap 328 Jimmy Spencer took Gordon through the spin cycle in turn four.
He fell back to third, but not for long.
He would lead the final 125 circuits to win his second straight in
Martinsville and his second straight on the short tracks this year.
IN Q=well you know
((WELL YOU KNOW I'VE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD SHORT TRACKS ARE WHERE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE
WON AND WE FOCUSED VERY HARD ON THEM. I'VE HAD TO LEARN A LOT AT MARTINSVILLE
AND AT BRISTOL AND NORTH WILKESBORO EVEN THOUGH ITS NOT HERE ANYMORE YOU KNOW I
THINK I LEARNED A LOT FROM THOSE TRACKS.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Goody's 500 Winner;
OUT Q=from those tracks.
Bobby Hamilton finished a strong second. Mark Martin who started 40th came
in third. Terry Labonte finished third. Rusty Wallace finished fifth.
TAPE#net (edit of S6-28)
The sun's rays were not the only things beating the Salem Avalanche
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Indians; :
The Kinston Indians came to Salem ready to play.
The Avalanche's Ben Petrick hits a line drive to right centerfield for the
But the Indians got in two runs. Ricky Gonzales hits a fly ball to
centerfield a runner tags at third and scores and Kinston took the lead.
John McDonald SUPER=37-Kinston/7/Salem/4/;hits a line drive to left
centerfield scoring a runner from second to make it 5 to 3 Indians and Kinston
holds on to win the game 7 to 4.
The William Fleming high school band took a trip to Disney World over the
And members came back this morning with more than souvenirs and tans.
The band took part in the All American Music Festival at the Florida resort
over the weekend.
And the band won first place in its division.
IN Q=I don't know
((JOHN WRIGHT/BAND DIRECTOR: I DON'T KNOW HOW FAR IN FRONT WE WERE FROM THE
OTHER PEOPLE BUT WE BROUGHT THE TROPHY HOME, I GUESS THAT'S WHAT MATTERS. THE
KIDS WERE VERY EXCITED. THIS IS THE FIRST TROPHY OF THIS MAGNITUDE THE SCHOOLS
HAS WON WITH THE BAND PROBABLY SINCE THE MIDDLE SIXTIES.))
SUPER=01-John Wright/Band Director
OUT Q=middle sixties.
Some 25 schools from 15 states were on hand for the festival.
If you think getting your cat stuck in a tree is bad, try a utility pole.
This cat in southeastern Turkey managed to get itself up the pole, but
coming down was a different matter.
People called its name and coaxed it with food to no avail.
The fire department had to put up the ladder--- and with a flying leap the
cat was down the ladder and free.