((TONIGHT ON DAN SPINO/PASSENGER: YOUR WHOLE LIFE GOES BEFORE YOU AND THERE'S
TWO PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND EVERYBODY BECOMES FRIENDS. AND AS SOON AS IT TOUCHED
DOWN WE ALL CLAPPED AND CHEERED AND WE'RE SAFE AND WE'RE HAPPY. WE'RE HERE.
A JET BOUND FROM NEW JERSEY TO ATLANTA MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING THIS
AFTERNOON AT THE ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT.
QUICK THINKING BY A PASSENGER ON BOARD VALLEY METRO-- AS SHE STOPPED THE BUS
AFTER THE DRIVER BLACKED OUT.
IT'S MONDAY, APRIL 28TH, OUR TOP STORY
GUILTY PLEAS ARE ENTERED-- AFTER A HIGH- TECH DRUG LAB CONCEALED BY AN OLD
TOBACCO BARN IS BUSTED.))
OUT=BARN IS BUSTED.
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
It was the largest, most sophisticated drug lab in the mid-Atlantic.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./August 1996;
But you'd never know it from the outside.
The high- tech operation was concealed by a century- old tobacco barn piled
high with hay bales.
Drug Enforcement Agents-- armed with a warrant for the residence eventually
discovered the laboratory-- with their sense of smell.
Today the brains behind the lab owned up to their roles.
One of the players has been the subject of D-E-A scrutiny since the 1980's.
They pled guilty to various charges related to manufacturing amphetamine,
marijuana, conspiracy, money laundering and firearms possession.
O-J Simpson's request for a new civil trial has been denied.
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA/February 4; :
The California Superior Court also rejected his demand to reduce the 33-and
a-half million dollar damage award.
It was another victory for the family of murder victim, Ron Goldman-- but
still not enough.
IN Q=This is a man
((FRED GOLDMAN/VICTIM'S FATHER: THIS IS A MAN WHO BELONGS IN JAIL ON DEATH ROW.
THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CAN COMPENSATE. ))
SUPER=01-Fred Goldman/Victim's Father; :
OUT Q=can compensate
**connie on cart
But Simpson's defense team says the story is far from over.
IN Q=We are
((DANIEL LEONARD/SIMPSON LAWYERS: WE ARE COMMITTED TO TAKING THE APPEAL AS FAR
AS WE HAVE TO. ))
SUPER=01-Daniel Leonard/Simpson Lawyer; :
OUT Q=we have to.
Simpson's lawyers contend their client didn't get a fair trial-- alleging
things like jury misconduct and the admission of surprise evidence.
It was June of 1994 that Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were stabbed to
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Engine trouble forced a Continental Airlines jet to make an emergency
landing at Roanoke Regional Airport this afternoon.
Passengers celebrated when the Boeing 737 touched down shortly before noon.
Flying from Newark, New Jersey to Atlanta, Georgia the plane was diverted
to Roanoke after pilots shut down one of the engines as a precaution.
Passengers praised the crew, but admitted some tense moments as the plane
made its approach.
IN Q=I'm not ready to die yet
((SUSAN MORAN/PASSENGER: I'M NOT READY TO DIE YET. I WANT TO WAIT A LITTLE BIT.
I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN AND I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THEM
YET. I THINK GOD WAS ON MY SIDE.))
((MARK COURTNEY/AIRPORT SPOKESMAN:))
SUPER=01-Susan Moran/Passenger; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Airport Spokesman; :14
OUT Q=fly and land safely on one engine.
Most of the passengers on the Continental flight continued their travels on
This Morning, a Valley Metro bus ran into a northwest Roanoke home.
Witnesses say the bus hit a utility pole, then a tree, before plowing into
this home on Troutland Avenue.
IN Q=I run outside
((PHILLIP CARDWELL/RESIDENT: I RUN OUTSIDE, TRYING TO GET THEM OUT OF THE BUS,
KNOWING THAT MY FAMILY WAS SAFE. THE BUS DRIVER, HE WAS STILL TRYING TO START
IT, OR STEER THE BUS. HE SAID HE BLACKED OUT. I GUESS BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE
WERE SAVED. ))
OUT Q=we were saved.
The driver, Charles Saunders says he blacked out after feeling sick.
Linda Ferris, a passenger, managed to grab the steering wheel and pull the
driver's foot off the accelator.
None of the passengers on the bus was injured...so far charges have not been
The Salem V-A Medical Center says director John Presley will remain on
temporary assignment for up to 30 more days.
Presley and associate director William Dalamater (DELL-ah-mater) got new
assignments a month ago, after an investigation by Veterans Affairs officials.
Three staff members from V-A headquarters will be conducting a followup
visit to the Salem hospital next month.
Westvaco retirees say they're filing a discrimination lawsuit against their
This afternoon, about 50 retired workers picketed outside the Covington
They claim the company is trying to short- change them when it comes to
IN Q=I'd like
((CLARENCE FARMER/WESTVACO RETIREES ASSOCIATION: I'D LIKE TO SEE WESTVACO GIVE
RECOGNITION TO THE RETIREES AND SET DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THE DISPARITIES WITHIN
THE PENSION PLAN. MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENT FOR THE FOLKS WHO REALLY REALLY REALLY
NEED IT. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Farmer/Westvaco Retirees Association;
OUT Q=need it
Company spokesman Robert Crockett says there are currently no plans to make
adjustments to pension benefits.
He says the Westvaco Retirees Association has no formal relationship with
the plant in Covington.
It was moving day today for the woman who spent the Winter living in a
lean-to on the Appalachian Trail.
Peggy Childers was released from the city jail and taken in at the Rescue
She was arrested a month ago in the Jefferson National Forest... after she
was repeatedly told she could not stay in the temporary shelter.
She'd set up a tent inside, placed a tarp over the opening and claimed the
Judge Sam Wilson released Childers, and placed her on UN-supervised
probation-- while authorities try to get her an apartment under the "Shelter-
Plus" program... that will help her pay the rent.
(toss to ROBIN REED)
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SUPER=x5041; Primetime Tease Stop
Bagging and Tagging in the Hill City could soon be scrapped...
And it's a call to Americans-- to give more of themselves, than just their
It's the Summit on Volunteerism-- coming up on News 7 PRIMETIME, on WEFC.
IN Q=From this day
((FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU TO HELP A CHILD, JUST SAY YES.))
OUT Q=just say yes.
go to break
Layoffs are looming at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
Alliant Techsystems, which operates the arsenal, has NOT released the
official details yet.
But spokesman Chuck Lee confirmed some of the affected workers have been
In January, the arsenal recalled about 75 previously laid off workers to
help fill an increased number of orders during the first quarter.
Lee says the workers receiving pink slips this time are among those called
back in January.
After 20 years in the House of Delegates, Amherst Republican Vance Wilkins
is ready for another round.
Wilkins announced today he'll seek an 11th term representing the 24th
While Wilkins hopes the GOP can gain control of both the House and Senate
this fall, that DOESN'T include the 19th District.
He's catching heat for urging fellow Republicans NOT to run against
Independent delegate Lacey Putney.
IN Q=He's helped me
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R- AMHERST: HE'S HELPED ME ON MANY OCCASIONS. HE'S JUST AS
GOOD AS HAVING A REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED,
BECAUSE HIS PHILOSOPHIES AND HIS PRACTICES ARE VERY SIMILAR TO OURS. I THINK IT
WOULD BE A SLAP IN THE FACE TO RUN SOMEBODY AGAINST A PERSON WHO'S DONE THAT
MANY THINGS TO HELP YOU.))
SUPER=01-Del Vance Wilkins/(R) Amherst; :00
OUT Q=to help you.
A lawyer from Forest may seek the GOP nod to run against Putney.
So far, Wilkins has no announced opposition.
With its landfill posting huge profits, one city council member says
Lynchburg can afford to do away with its controversial trash tag system.
When he ran for city council last year, Robert Garber promised to get rid of
the trash tags.
Now he says he has the votes to do it.
Garber and three other council members announced today they would work to
repeal the four-year old program within the next few weeks.
IN Q=We have a
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON FIXED
INCOMES IN LYNCHBURG, THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO SPEND A COUPLE OF DOLLARS A WEEK,
COMES OUT TO A COUPLE OF HUNDRED DOLLARS A YEAR POTENTIALLY, TO GET RID OF
THEIR TRASH. SO IT MAKES SENSE TO GIVE THEM FREE TRASH PICKUP AND TAKE CARE OF
SOME OF THAT ILLEGAL DUMPING.))
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=that illegal dumping.
Garber says getting rid of the trash tags should "not" affect the city's
The generals have come up with a battle plan-- now they're calling on a new
volunteer army to execute it.
It's a bi-partisan call for the nation's help.
A call for volunteers to help two-million children at risk in America, by
the year 2000.
IN Q=You and I know
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: YOU AND I KNOW THAT A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS FACING ARE
CHILDREN ARE PROBLEMS OF THE HUMAN HEART, PROBLEMS THAT CAN ONLY BE RESOLVED
WHEN THERE IS A ONE ON ONE CONNECTION, COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY, NEIGHBORHOOD BY
NEIGHBORHOOD, STREET BY STREET.
GEN. COLIN POWELL/SUMMIT CHAIRMAN: ALL OF US CAN SPARE 30 MINUTES OR AN HOUR A
WEEK, ALL OF US CAN GIVE AN EXTRA DOLLAR TO HELP SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T LOOK LIKE
US, WHO DOESN'T SPEAK LIKE US. WHO DOESN'T DRESS LIKE US.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Colin Powell/Summit Chairman; :15
OUT Q=dress like us.
17-hundred volunteers from across America are attending the Volunteer
Summit in Philadelphia.
Tomorrow, they'll bring the message back to their hometowns.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A four- month search for a new director lead the Roanoke Redevelopment and
Housing Authority to Richmond.
Today, officials named John Baker to succeed Neva Smith.
Baker is a 30- year veteran of the Richmond Housing Authority, currently
serving as Director of Planning and Community Development.
Roanoke officials say he's the right man for the job at a time of declining
IN Q=With the reduction in federal funds
((JOHN BAKER/NEW HOUSING AUTHORITY DIR.: WITH THE REDUCTION IN FEDERAL FUNDS,
AND POSSIBLY THE REDUCTION OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, THERE'S GOING TO BE A SHIFT
IN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITIES AND HOW WE MEET
THE NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. IT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE THAT I'M
LOOKING FORWARD TO AND I THINK WITH THE HELP OF A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE IN
ROANOKE, IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A SUCCESS.))
SUPER=01-John Baker/New Housing Authority Dir.; :
OUT Q=quite a success.
Baker will follow Smith, who is retiring this month after four and a half
years on the job in Roanoke.
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Don't go away-- there's more News-7 Primetime right after this break, here
go to break
California researchers are reporting the first evidence of a link between
hyperactivity in children and a physical abnormality in the brain.
In at least some cases, high tech brain scans showed hyperactive children
lacked some key nerve cell wiring in the brain that regulates attention span.
Genetic engineering isn't just about cloning sheep--
It's a real science that is producing real advancements in medicine.
A case in point-- the banana vaccine.
SUPER=03-Juarez, Mexico; :
Scientists are working on a new cholera vaccine--
There is already an injectable vaccine for the disease-- but in developing
countries, they may not have syringes, refrigeration for the serum, or the
money to pay for it.
IN Q=How is it that
SUPER=02-Vanessa Cruz/Public Health Worker; :06
SUPER=03-Ithaca, NY; :14
SUPER=01-Charles Arntzen/Boyce Thompson Institute; :28
SUPER=01-Dr. Laurance Nickey/Former El Paso Health Director; :41
OUT Q=long time coming.
IN Q=How is it
((DAVE FEHLING: HOW IS IT THAT CHOLERA, IF IT GETS INTRODUCED INTO AN AREA LIKE
THIS, CAN SPREAD SO EASILY?
VANESSA CRUZ/PUBLIC HEALTH WORKER: YOU CAN SEE THE PROBLEM IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE
VERY CLOSE THE WATER TO THE
OUT Q=to the bathroom.
So at Cornell University in New York, they are genetically altering
By splicing cholera bacteria genes into seedlings, the result should be a
banana that when eaten, would stimulate the person's immune system to produce
the antibodies to fight off the disease.
IN Q=It's taken us
((CHARLES ARNTZEN, BOYCE THOMPSON INSTITUTE: IT'S TAKEN US ABOUT SIX YEARS NOW,
BUT WE CAN SAY YES, IT WORKS, IN PRINCIPLE, IT WORKS.))
OUT Q=in principle, it works.
Human tests are just getting underway-- but in five more years, lead
researcher Charles Arntzen believes the banana vaccine could be ready.
IN Q=But if we can
((LAURANCE NICKEY/FORMER EL PASO HEALTH DIRECTOR: BUT IF WE CAN GET A VACCINE
THAT IS IN BANANAS, MY GOODNESS, YOU COULD DISTRIBUTE THAT TO CHILDREN,
DISTRIBUTE IT TO ADULTS IN AREAS WHERE GOOD SANITATION AND GOOD WATER MAY BE A
LONG TIME COMING.))
OUT Q=long time coming.
Arntzen's team is working to produce edible vaccines for other diseases as
well, including hepatitis.
The beauty of bananas is they are easily and cheaply grown in many
developing countries, and easy to get kids to eat.
SUPER=x5042; Video of the Day Load
SUPER=x5045; Start Motion
For our video of the day, we turn now to the latest happenings in the art
IN Q= Look at these
SUPER=75-Fort Worth, TX; :07
SUPER=75-Near Cairo, Egypt; :14
SUPER=75-Houston, TX; :30
OUT Q=wedding day.
Look at these paintings and it's easy to think Picasso.
But they are the works of Alexandra Nechita (Neh-kee-tuh)-- an 11 year old
from California, who has been painting since the age of two.
Her works sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
A decade-long restoration project on the Sphinx is coming to an end.
They're using techniques dating back more than four-thousand years, so
the sphinx will not look new when the project is completed.. but its
construction will remain sound.
An unusual exhibit at a Texas museum-- it's all about
butterflies-- live butterflies.
It gave one patron the idea to sell butterflies for special
It seems some brides consider it lucky to see a butterfly on their wedding
SUPER=x5043; Video of the Day Stop
Tonight's Primetime sports here on WEFC includes highlights of the
Hornets-Knicks playoff game from Charlotte.
Two former UVa women are first round draft picks in the new WNBA.
And the ACC has a new commissioner.
But first, DePaul fired Joey Meyer today after 29 years at the Chicago school
as a player, assistant and and head coach.
He succeeded his Hall of Fame coach Ray as head coach at the school, but this
past season the Blue Demons went 3-and-23.
Now the scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0092-/New York/14//Cincinnati/1/9///Los Angeles/0//Atlanta/10/8//;
SUPER=0092-/Montreal/2//Chicago/5/8///San Francisco/2//St. Louis/4/5//;
SUPER=0096-/New York/95//Charlotte/89/4/Game Three//L.A.
OUT Q=....last score."
take a break
The Charlotte Hornets are at home tonight in the Queen City with their backs
against the wall.
The Hornets lost the first two games of their best of five series to the
Knicks in New York, and needed a win tonight at the Coliseum to stay alive.
SUPER=03-Charlotte/Game Three - TNT; :00
Both teams came out of fire, as former Knick Anthony Mason dunks on his
former mate Patrick Ewing.
But the former Hornet Larry Johnson would right back on the other end and
answer Mason with a hoop of his own inside.
The Hornets know the key to their success hinges on the health of point guard
Muggsy Bogues, and he was looking fit on this three pointer from the right
Then it was Glen Rice's time to get into the act as he fades away to his left
and hits the jump shot over Johnson.
Dell Curry then comes up with the steal and the driving layin to put the
Hornets in front by seven points.
But just when the Hornets got comfortable, Bogues went out and had to have
his sore hamstring wrapped on the sideline.
The Knicks took advantage of his absence with Alan Houston scoring 18
SUPER=32-New York/ /Charlotte/ /Game Three;
first half points, and right now the Knicks ________ the Hornets ___ to ___ in
the ____ quarter.
The new women's NBA is gearing up for its inaugural season, and today the
league's 8 teams held their first ever draft today in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Each team picked four players,
SUPER=03-Secaucus, NJ; :00
and former UVa star Tammi Reiss, on the right of the front row, was the first
round pick of the Utah Starzz.
IN Q="They really...
((TAMMI REISS/UTAH STARZZ FIRST PICK:))
SUPER=01-Tammi Reiss/Utah Starzz First Pick; :00
SUPER=04-Last Season; :00
Another former UVa guard, Tora Suber was also a first round selection. She
was taken by the Charlotte Sting.
The ACC reached into the athletic administration office in Chapel Hill and
tabbed John Swofford as the league's new commissioner.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
The current athletic director at the University of North Carolina replaces
the retiring Gene Corrigan, who has led the nine school league for the last
IN Q="I just...
((JOHN SWOFFORD/NEW ACC COMMISSIONER:))
SUPER=01-John Swofford/New ACC Commissioner; :00
OUT Q=...IN AMERICA.
And despite the rain, Darrell Shell was in good enough shape for the Cave
Spring Knights to entertain PH in softball this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Patriots vs. Knights; :00
But the Lady Knights were hardly gracious hosts as they would score near 20
runs midway through the third inning!
In the second, Cave Spring hit a pair of two run homers, including this
shot to left off the bat of Lindsay Lowe that also plates Jennifer Lupton. It
was 9-nothing at that point.
Hailey Osborne makes it 12-nothing on this double to right center that
scores two more runs, still in the second inning.
Lowe would come up again in the SUPER=34-Cave Spring/19/Patrick Henry/2;
inning and bring home another pair of runs on this base hit. Sarah Ogilvie and
Stacy Morioka cross the plate.
The Knights win it 19-to-2.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
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Teresa Hamilton begins her weeklong series following soliders from our
corner of the world in Bosnia.
Forty-six Danville National guardsmen are among soliders trying to restore
peace to Bosnia-Herzegovina. They are doing everything from searching for land
mines to bringing supplies to the needy.
OUT Q=nat sound
And from Bosnia to Beethoven....the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra not only
performed tonight-- but recorded a concert-- that's going to disc.
It's not just the Symphony but area choirs that will make an appearance on
this first-ever recording.
SUPER=x5025; Coming up at 11 Stop
Jean Jadhon will have it all over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7