The rear axle from a Ryder truck is in the spotlight today at the Oklahoma
City bombing trial.
And a possible shake up in Virginia's campaign '97.
Flooding along the Dan River will continue before subsiding Wednesday and
Thursday, but weatherwise, we're going to enjoy sunny and pleasant conditions
for the next couple of days. All that plus sports coming up.
Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.
The Republican frontrunner for Lieutenant Governor is dropping out of the
A source says northern Virginia businessman Coleman Andrews says he will
make that announcement this afternoon.
Andrews has the endorsements of key Republicans around the state and had
raised the most money of any Republican candidate but Jim Gilmore.
We'll update you this evening for any public reasons Andrews gives at an
afternoon news conference for dropping out.
In west Texas, members of an armed separatist group say they will stay and
fight rather than surrender to police.
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX;
Members of "the Republic of Texas" are demanding a referendum on
independence for Texas.
They've been in a standoff with law enforcement for three days.
Yesterday the group released two hostages in exchange for one
of its members who was arrested by police on a weapons charge
One of the hostages had angry words for the group's leader Richard McLaren.
((SOMEONE TRYING TO TAKE OVER OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, HE'S TRYING TO GET SOMETHING
FOR NOTHING, HIS OPERATION IS TOTALLY ILLEGITIMATE, HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN ONE
LAND GRAB SCHEME AFTER ANOTHER.))
SUPER=01-Joe Rowe/Former Hostage;
OUT Q= AFTER ANOTHER.
Authorities say McLaren has called for the United Nations to get involved in
The prosecution's most critical piece of evidence will be shown to jurors
today in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
It's the axle from the Ryder truck that carried the deadly bomb.
Prosecutors say investigators used the vehicle identification number on the
axle to link defendant
Timothy McVeigh to the bombing.
Yesterday's testimony focused on items found in McVeigh's car.
They included earplugs, a loaded gun, a knife and an envelope containing
Westvaco retirees say they're being discriminated against and they're filing
suit against their former employer.
Yesterday 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.
Last week, Norfolk Southern announced that 62 rail car workers would be
This morning, those employees were given their options.
Workers and managers met at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn for about two hours.
Soon- to- transferred employees were handed a list of cities to choose
from... but the selection process will be determined by seniority.
Some of the cities were as far away as Kansas City, Missouri and Fort Wayne,
But it could take some time for those transfers to be completed.
IN Q=It could
((TIM JONES/NORFOLK SOUTHERN WORKER: IT COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM THIS WEEK TO 3
OR 4 MONTHS OR FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF HOW LONG IT TAKES
TO WORK IT OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Tim Jones/Norfolk Southern Worker;
OUT Q=work it out
Company officials have said the rail giant is required to make the transfers
because of Federal regulations.
Some major highways around London have reopened this afternoon following
another security scare.
A series of bomb threats forced evacuations of four main roads and London
Morning rush hour traffic was a mess and a number of flights were delayed.
The bomb threats are believed be part of the I-R-A's attempt to disrupt
Thursday's national elections.
The worldwide treaty banning chemical weapons takes effect today.
The U-S ratified the pact last week, but Russia and other key countries
have yet to sign on.
The United States and Russia are the only countries acknowledging they have
The treaty prohibits the development, production, purchase or stockpiling of
An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut made a bit of history today.
They went out on the first U-S Russian spacewalk ever.
Jim Axelrod reports.
OUT Q=CBS News, Miami;
What's been a star-crossed space mission for American astronaut Jerry
Linenger...got a lift this morning.
A successful five-and-a-half hour spacewalk for Linenger and Russian Vasily
Tsibliev...the spacewalker with the red stripe on his suit.
Linenger and Tsibliev installed a monitor to test the effects of space on
certain materials...materials under consideration for spacecraft construction.
They also retrieved a package of experiments that's collected cosmic
dust...and measured the impact of space debris on the MIR.
Not only is this the first U.S.-Russian spacewalk...but it's the first time
an American has worn a Russian spacesuit.
These firsts come on the heels of a rough couple of months for MIR.
Linenger and the two Russians on board have had to deal with a fire in
February...leaking anti-freeze fumes...
busted oxygen generators...and trouble with the system that scrubs carbon
dioxide from the air in the MIR.
Which is why Jerry Linenger will probably look at his 104th day on board the
MIR as his best.
Mission accomplished...and in another three-and-half weeks...barring any
new trouble...Linenger is scheduled to come home.
Plus: Axelrod on-camera close re coming US-Russian project in space.))
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As we reported yesterday- a Continental jet made an emergency landing at
Roanoke Regional Airport yesterday.
The Boeing 7-37 was headed to Atlanta, but 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 continued their travels on U-S Airways.
It's probably not on the kid's menu, but Hardee's has ordered a 327- million
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
The Nation's fourth largest hamburger chain will soon eat off the same plate
as Carl's Junior, a popular chain from California.
Hardee's will remain headquartered in North Carolina.
The merger will result in some job losses at Hardee's, but not many because
the chains have little overlap.
Hardee's popular breakfast items will stay on the menu.
But Carl's charbroiled sandwiches will lead lunch and dinner.
Hardee's outlets will soon have both Hardee's and Carl's logos.
Support for Independent delegate Lacey Putney is getting Amherst delegate
Vance Wilkins in hot water with fellow Republicans.
Wilkins announced his own re-election plans yesterday during a three-stop
tour across the 24th District.
He's also been urging the G-O-P not to run anyone against Putney in the 19th
IN Q=I'll probably raise
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R- AMHERST: I'LL PROBABLY RAISE SOME HACKLES AMONGST SOME
OF MY FELLOW REPUBLICANS AND THEY'LL PROBABLY CRITICIZE ME FOR IT, BUT I KNOW
WHAT LACEY DOES IN RICHMOND, AND HE DOES A GOOD JOB AND HE VOTES CONSISTENTLY
WITH OUR PHILOSOPHY AND I THINK IT WOULD BE WRONG TO OPPOSE HIM.))
SUPER=01-Del. Vance Wilkins/(R) Amherst; :00
OUT Q=to oppose him.
Despite Wilkins' request, a Forest lawyer is expected to seek the G-O-P nod
to face Putney this fall.
Wilkins himself has NO opposition yet.
In medical news today,
Relief may be on the way for people suffering from one of the most common
sexually transmitted diseases around.
The disease is herpes and a new drug is being tested to treat the estimated
45-million Americans affected by it.
As Sandra Maas tells us, this new medication is designed to treat two types
IN Q=Liz Startner
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Liz Startner/Herpes Sufferer; :11
SUPER=01-Dr. William Reiter/Center for Special Immunology; :40
OUT Q=for CBS NEws
A local social service agency came up with a tentative solution for Peggy
Childers after News 7 aired a story about her living on the Appalachian Trail.
A organization called: "Shelter Plus" will help pay the rent to get her
into an apartment.
The 58- year- old homeless woman was released from the city jail yesterday
and taken in at the Rescue Mission ...for the time being.
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, place a tarp over the opening... taking over the
With one year under his belt as head of the Roanoke Symphony, David Wiley
last night started work on the group's first C-D.
Wiley got his hands dirty-- He played harpsichord in an eleven person
performance before intermission.
IN Q=hey, we've been sold
((JOYCE KERNODLE/ROANOKE SYMPHONY: HEY, WE'VE BEEN SOLD OUT, LIKE I SAID
EARLIER, THE PUBLIC HAS REALLY ACCEPTED DAVID WILEY WITH OPEN ARMS AND I HAVE
NEVER HEARD OUR ORCHESTRA PLAY BETTER. ))
((15 SECONDS OF MUSIC))
SUPER=01-Joyce Kernodle/Roanoke Symphony; :00
OUT Q=Nat Sound MUSIC
The stage got a little more crowded after intermission.
The Symphony and Choral society joined forces with Choirs from Liberty
University and Virginia Tech.
The 350 member group performed Beethoven's Symphony Number Nine last night.
The piece was recorded for the group's first compact disc.
IN Q=it's an exciting
((BONITA HYMAN/GUEST SOLOIST: IT'S AN EXCITING PIECE OF MUSIC-- AND THE FOURTH
MOVEMENT IN PARTICULAR IS EXCITING AND FULL OF LIFE AND ENERGY. ))
SUPER=01-Bonita Hyman/Guest Soloist;
OUT Q=life and energy
The C-D will be released this summer.
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SUPER=331-Partly/Cloudy/47-50/Partly Sunny/& Warm/74-77;
SUPER=333-Mostly/Clear/42-45/Partly Sunny/& Mild/71-75;
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It was a game Dodgers fans probably won't want to remember.
Atlanta shut out Los Angeles last night 14-to-0.
Jeff Blauser led the 18 hit attack with 3 hits to raise his average to 411.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Dodgers vs. Braves - TBS; :00
Javy Lopez also got into the act by smacking this two run opposite field
homer. Five Braves had at least two r-b-i's
Tom Glavine pitched a three hitter over 7 SUPER=35-Los Angeles/0/Atlanta/14;
innings to raise his record to 4-to-0.
The Braves have now won four in a row.
The Roanoke Express could soon look a bit different.
The team is set to hold a news conference Thursday, and it looks like a
number of changes will be announced at the meeting.
Sources tell News 7 the hockey organization will unveil a new team logo
different from the locomotive one that the team has used since the franchises
Expect changes in the color scheme for team jerseys and clothing apparel for
fans as well. Sources say the Express will also announce a few staff changes.
We will have all the details for you this Thursday afternoon.
The Golden State Warriors missed the N-B-A playoffs and last night head coach
Rick Adelman and his entire staff were fired.
And in yet another coaching note from the league - Larry Bird was reportedly
in Indianapolis over the weekend having dinner with Pacers president Donnie
Bird is a likely and very popular candidate to coach the Pacers next season
should Larry Brown move on possibly to the Celtics.
The women's N-B-A also made some headlines yesterday as the league's eight
franchises held their first ever draft with each team picking four players,
SUPER=03-Secaucus, NJ; :00
and former U-V-a 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 U-V-a and all-A-C-C guard, Tora Suber was also a first round
selection. She was taken by the Charlotte Sting.
News 7's series- Bosnia Peacekeepers continues tonight at 6 and 11.
The 46- Danville soldiers stationed in Bosnia do far more than patrol the
The National Guard unit is also on a goodwill mission.
News 7's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco recently returned
from a week- long visit overseas.
Tonight they take us along with a group of hometown soldiers who hand out
food and supplies to a gypsy community that was poor even before years of
The separation from friends and family has not been easy, but this is one
job the soldiers find rewarding.
IN Q=I knew
((RECARDO FAULKNER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:I KNEW IT WAS BAD, BUT NOT
THIS BAD, I'VE SEEN POVERTY ACK IN THE STATES BUT I DON'T THINK IT COULD
COMPARE TO THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Recardo Faulkner/Danville National Guard; :00
OUT Q=to this.
**TAKE PINNACLE BOARD FULLSCREEN LIVE**
"Bosnia Peacekeepers" airs tonight on NEWS 7 at six and eleven.
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The search is on in Maine for a lost bird.
And he should be easy to find considering he's NINE feet tall and weighs
four HUNDRED -fifty pounds.
SUPER=03-Edgecomb, ME; :
The ostrich named Clyde broke out of his cage where he lives with his side
Doctor Barbara Myers, the veterinarian who cares for the birds, says she
thinks Clyde got scared and ran off.
IN Q=These animals in
((THESE ANIMALS IN GENERAL, WITH A LOT OF INSTANT FEAR RESPONSE AND VERY LITTLE
INTELLIGENCE. THEY TEND TO RUN AND ONCE THE FEAR IS OVER THEY STOP. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Barbara Myers/Veterinarian
OUT Q=over they stop.
Many people in the town are looking for their feathered friend.
And it's turned out to be a wild, goose, make that wild ostrich chase,
especially since they can run up to 40 miles an hour.