The two hostages have been freed, but the standoff continues in west Texas.
President Clinton appeals to young Americans to pitch in and help out in
News 7 at Noon is next.
A Continental plane with one engine out has just landed at Roanoke Regional
The 7-37 has 100 passengers on board.
Few other details are available; News 7 has a crew at the airport and will
have more information as it becomes available.
President Clinton and some other big names are hoping to make community
service a national habit.
Mr. Clinton, three past presidents, and retired General Colin Powell are in
Philadelphia for day two of the National Volunteer Summit.
Their goal is inspire a new spirit of service.
Byron Pitts joins us with more.
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SUPER=01-Colin Powell/Summit Chairman;
OUT Q=BACK TO YOU.
Security's tight. The lines long. But no one seemed to mind.
`I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE 5-THIS MORNING. I'M JUST GLAD THE PRESIDENTIAL SUMMIT
IS BEING HELD IN PHILADELPHIA. THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LIVE." :07
Today it's the city of high expectations.
`IT'S A GREAT KICK OFF. BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF WORK. IT'S NOT GOING
TO HAPPEN AUTOMATICALLY. NO ONE HAS A MAGIC WAN." :05
The day may lack magic, but there was one major moment.
Three living Presidents, the wife of a fourth, two different Parties all in
support of one movement.
Politicians support. A general will lead it. A call for the
nation to support two-million children at risk thru volunteer service.
SOT ((COLIN POWELL, SUMMIT CHAIRMAN)
(PITTS STANDUP CLOSE)))
An armed standoff between law enforcement and a militant separatist group
continues this afternoon in West Texas.
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX;
But the "Republic of Texas" group has released the two neighbors it took
The group exchanged the hostages early this morning for a jailed comrade.
That member, along with another who remains in jail, was arrested this
weekend on a weapons charge.
APPROXIMATELY AT MIDNIGHT ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE TO
EXCHANGE THE HOSTAGES FOR PRISONER. MR. AND MRS. ROWE (HOSTAGES) WERE TAKEN
SUPER=01-Lucilia Torres/Texas Dept. of Public Safety;
OUT Q=were taken to safety.
The group insists Texas is a separate country and is calling for a
referendum on Texas independence.
Around 100 federal, state and local police officers remain outside the
More dramatic testimony today at the trial of Oklahoma City bombing suspect
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/April 1995;
The first witness being called is expected to be a fire department
photographer who pulled injured children from the bombed out Murrah Federal
Survivor testimony Friday brought tears to the courtroom.
McVeigh faces murder and conspiracy charges in the April 19-95
bomb that killed 168 and injured hundreds more.
It's week two in the strike against Goodyear that's spread across seven
use file tape: 597-10, 97-18
The strike has put some two-thousand Danville workers on the picket line.
Little progress is reported from Cincinnati where management is in contract
talks with the United Steelworkers Union.
Pay and job security are the key issues being negotiated.
The Radford Army Ammunition Plant is cutting back.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
The arsenal is handing out pink slips to about 30 wage employees as of this
The lay off affects workers from four different areas of the plant.
In January the arsenal called about 75 PREVIOUSLY laid-off workers BACK to
work in response to an increase in the number of first- quarter orders.
A morning bus ride ended suddenly when the driver accidentally struck a
northwest Roanoke home.
Witnesses say the bus hit a utility pole, then a pine tree, before plowing
into the 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.
None of the passengers on the bus was injured.
The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
The men who built an elaborate drug laboratory INSIDE a 100- year- old hay
barn pleaded guilty today in federal court.
Drug enforcement agents came across the lab in the Penhook section of
Franklin County last Summer.
After digging through the hay bales, agents found a trap door... inside: a
state-of-the art stainless steel laboratory.
Eddie and Ronnie Meeks and Tracy Hancock pleaded guilty to manufacturing
amphetamine AND marijuana.
As some U-S towns along the Red River begin recovering, others brace for
The surging "Red's" crest is heading into Canada.
Thousands of soldiers are building
dikes in Manitoba.
SUPER=03-East Grand Forks, MN;
Meantime, travel between the
flood-ravaged towns of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand
Forks, Minnesota, gets easier today. The first of four bridges
connecting the cities is reopening.
A one-hundred-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for information
leading to the conviction of whomever killed Jon Benet Ramsey.
The offer appears in a Boulder newspaper ad which also includes a school
photo of the young beauty queen.
It asks anyone with knowledge of the crime to contact the county's
Police have yet to interview the JonBentet's parents about the murder.
After years of debate, Lynchburg's controversial trash tag system could
finally be on the way out.
Four Lynchburg city council members announced this morning they have the
votes to repeal the system within the next few weeks.
The councilmen say with the landfill running a budget surplus this year,
asking residents to pay for trash pickup is an unnecessary tax.
They don't believe it will hurt the city's recycling efforts.
IN Q=Recycling was
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: RECYCLING WAS GOING UP EVEN BEFORE
THE TRASH TAG SYSTEM WAS IMPLEMENTED. I THINK WITH THE TRACK RECORD THAT THE
CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG HAVE OF VOLUNTEERING TO HELP IN THE EFFORTS PUT FORTH BY
THE CITY, YOU'LL SEE THAT CITIZENS WILL STEP FORWARD JUST AS THEY HAVE IN THE
PAST TO CONTINUE RECYCLING.))
SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=to continue recycling.
Garber plans to raise the trash tag issue at a council work session
Pat Robertson is facing criticism.
Two pilots for Robertson's Operation Blessing say that airplanes sent to
Zaire for humanitarian relief were used instead for his diamond mine business.
Chief pilot Robert Hinkle said that only one or two of some 40 flights the
planes made in Zaire over six months could be considered humanitarian.
He said the rest were mining-related.
A Robertson spokesman said the planes turned out to be unsuitable for
medical relief and that Robertson reimbursed Operation Blessing.
GRAPHIC=roanoke city seal
The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority has a new executive
John Baker was introduced this morning at a Roanoke new conference.
He's currently the Director of Planning and Community Development for the
Housing Authority in Richmond.
With more than 30 years experience in housing and community development,
Baker says he's excited about the opportunity.
IN Q=It was the match of my experience
((JOHN BAKER/NEW HOUSING AUTHORITY DIR.: IT WAS THE MATCH OF MY EXPERIENCE AND
THE PROGRAMS IN THE CITY. I'VE HEARD EXTREMELY GOOD THINGS ABOUT ROANOKE AND I
LOOK FORWARD TO BEING HERE AND SERVING THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-John Baker/New Housing Authority Dir.;
OUT Q=citizens of Roanoke.
Baker succeeds Neva Smith, who is retiring this month after four and half
years in the position.
Get your cameras ready,
Mabry Mill and the surrounding park are opened this weekend.
The mill has the distinction of being the Blue Ridge Parkway's most
The park had been closed while the staff made some repairs to the mill.
Maintenance workers spent last week dreging the mill's retaining pond.
Creeks and water from roadways filled the pond with mud and in some places
the mud was higher than the water.
IN Q=IT'S FUNCTIONAL
((LESTER WOOD/BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: IT'S FUNCTIONAL FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES
ONLY. WE GOT THE WATER DREDGED OUT AND WE'RE SIX FOOT DEEP WITH WATER AND ALL
THE SEDIMENT IS GONE.))
SUPER=01-Lester Wood/Blue Ridge Parkway;
OUT Q=SEDIMENT IS GONE
Corn meal grinding and black smith demonstrations will start in late May.
SUPER=330-Showers Early/Clearing Late/44-48/Mostly/Sunny/66-70;
SUPER=331-Showers/Clearing Late/46-50/Sunny/& Mild/68-72;
A plane reportedly with one engine out radioed in to Roanoke Regional
Airport with the trouble.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave
Joe Dashiell is at the airport.
Joe, what's happened out there?
( ad lib)
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Joe/Microwave
The financial markets have given people a bit of a roller coaster this year.
Len Besthoff has an avenue of investment that deserves a second look in this
week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=The Institute
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
The Institute of Certified Financial Planners says that an often neglected
asset category is real estate.
It has been in a slump the past decade, but some experts believe it's ready
for a rebound.
There are several ways to invest in real estate.
You can buy individual properties, but this type of investing requires
knowing the markets and being a landlord.
There are also limited partnerships, in which a small group of people invest
in property managed by someone else.
A lot of people are now checking out real estate investment trusts, also
known as REITs.
These companies pool a lot of investor money and purchase properties and
Some REITs specialize in a certain type of property, or a certain region of
There are also several mutual funds that focus on real estate.
They have the greatest diversity of all the above mentioned
I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it
back to the newsdesk.))
TAPE#net (edit of R-36)
Rain washed out the the Winston 500 at Talladega yesterday, but the hope is
they'll be off and running today.
SUPER=03-Talladega, AL/ESPN; :
The Cars were returned to the garage area yesterday so NASCAR could remove
the restrictor plates which means they had to go through inspection again
TAPE#net (edit of S7-5)
The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College won their fourth straight ODAC Lacrosse
championship beating Washington and Lee at Alumni Field.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Washington & Lee;
The score was tied at 3 after the first half then the Maroons took over Alie
Ogelsby takes makes the goal.
Washington and Lee answered moments later when Kathrine Riddle takes the
shot and scores to tie again.
The Lady Maroons re-take the lead as Ogelsby scores twice more, making it 7
to 4 Roanoke.
SUPER=34-Roanoke/8/Washington & Lee/7/;
Elie Page gets out on the run and adds another goal--8 to 4 'Noke. The
Generals fight back, but Roanoke wins it 8 to 7.
Frank Nobilo of New Zealand won his first tournament in America yesterday.
Nobilo beating Brad Faxon on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in the
Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/CBS Sports;
Faxon shot a 72 but on the first hole of the playoff on 18 his par putt
slides past the hole and he had to settle for bogey.
Nobilo's putt was inside Faxon's and he knocked it in to win the tournament.
Nobilo came from five shots down after shooting a 5 under par 67.
TAPE#net (edit of S6-26)
The Orlando Magic is on the verge of being eliminated from the N-B-A
Playoffs after losing to the Miami Heat.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/NBC Sports;
Jamal Mashburn pulls up and hits the jumper and the Heat led the Magic 64 to
Orlando comes right back going to Ronny Seikley he uses the power move to
score to make it 64 to 37.
Miami's Tim Hardaway gets it back he pulls up and hits the three pointer
and the Heat took a 30 point lead.
Miami cruised through the fourth
SUPER=32-Miami/104/Orlando/87/;quarter with the big lead and the Heat beats
the Magic 104 to 87.
At the start of the year 46 members of a Danville National Guard Unit headed
to Bosnia to keep the peace in the war torn country.
They're stationed in Bosnia Herzegovina-- a country devastated by years of
ethnic and political fighting.
News 7's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco (Duh-ROCK-oh)
recently returned from a week- long visit with the soldiers.
All this week, they'll show us what being a peacekeeper is all about.
Some of the soldiers patrol the streets, while others deliver mail or
supplies to the poor.
Serving overseas has left the National guard members homesick.
But the soldiers believe peacekeepers are needed.
IN Q=We'd been
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:WE'D BEEN TOLD THINGS WERE PRETTY
BAD, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO'D BEEN DISPLACED BECAUSE OF WAR, BUT UNTIL WE
ACTUALLY GOT DOWN HERE AND SOME OF THE DESTRUCTION, THAT'S WHEN IT REALLY SET
IN HOW BAD IT'S BEEN DOWN HERE DURING THE WAR.
CARL KEEN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I'M DOING
SOMETHING WORTH WHILE, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE OUT ON PATROL AND THE KIDS COME
OUT AND WAVE AT US, IT REALLY MAKES US FEEL GOOD. ))
SUPER=01-Chris Wiles/Danville National Guard; :06
SUPER=01-Carl Keen/Danville National Guard; :14
OUT Q=feel good.
**TAKE PINNACLE BOARD FULLSCREEN LIVE**
Watch for the first in a series of special reports, "Bosnia Peacekeepers"
today on News 7 at 6 and 11.
Teresa and Andrea take us along with a group of hometown soldiers as they
search for land mines-- one of the most dangerous jobs being performed by the
Southsiders in Bosnia.
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An unusual family has formed in Italy.
SUPER=03-Val di Sole, Italy;
An orphaned baby squirrel was taken in by a cat who was nursing her kitten.
The kitten and squirrel play like siblings and even snuggle together to
The cat treats the squirrel as one of her own, bathing and feeding her.
A ranger found the orphaned squirrel and brought her home to save her from