IN Q=TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME
(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS AND CONFEDERATE RE-ENACTORS MARCHED ON THE STATE
THE RESULT MAY HAVE BEEN A LITTLE UNDERSTANDING.
IN NORTH CAROLINA, A TRUCK WAS REPORTEDLY HAULING FIVE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF
EXPLOSIVES USED IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING WHEN IT TIPPED OVER.
IT'S WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30TH, OUR TOP STORY
UPON ARRIVAL WE FOUND A 57- YEAR- OLD WHITE MALE WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE
A MURDER AT THE IRONTO REST AREA ON INTERSTATE 81 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. ))
OUT Q=IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY.
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
The victim, a Roanoke County man was found shot to death this morning by
Virginia Department of Transportation workers.
The body was found lying face down in a grassy area just south of the
restroom pavilion about 9:30.
So far, investigators don't have any witnesses.
One woman says she saw the victim ALIVE about five this morning.
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((MELISSA AUDICK: JUST PACING AROUND THE CAR STARING RIGHT AT ME, SO I MOVED
THE CAR OVER HERE. WE STAYED AWAKE FROM ANOTHER 45 MINUTES OR AN HOUR. THEN
WHEN I WOKE UP THIS TRANSPIRED.))
SUPER=07-Melissa Audick; :03
OUT Q=this transpired.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's department says the best leads could come
from motorists who were at the rest stop early this morning.
The Sheriff wants anyone who has any information to contact his office or the
A Wytheville couple died this morning when fire swept through their home on
East Liberty Street.
Authorities say 59 year-old Cora Lee Green screamed for her family to get
out of the house when she discovered the blaze around 4:30.
Her two sons ran to a neighbor's house and called 9-1-1.
Cora and her husband Robert A. Green the third were unable to escape.
Their sons could not fight the heat and smoke to save them.
((TRENTON CROCKETT/NEIGHBOR: THEY WAS TRYING TO GO BACK IN AND I TRIED TO STOP
THEM BUT THEY WAS PRETTY MUCH HYSTERICAL. I DIDN'T TRY TO STOP THEM AFTER A
WHILE, THEY WERE IN MILD SHOCK OR SOMETHING. ))
OUT Q=shock or something.
A preliminary investigation shows the fire started in a hallway near a
baseboard heating unit.
The house had a smoke detector, but it did NOT have a battery.
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In Christiansburg, a family of four escaped safely when THEIR home caught
fire on Roanoke Street this morning.
Police say Raymond Patterson, a retired Chicago police officer, lived there
with Theo Elliott and their two young children.
Fire Chief Jim Epperly says it appears the fire probably started behind the
The Montgomery County Red Cross is accepting donations to help the family.
A truck driver faces charges in a wreck that could have have been a deadly
situation in North Carolina-
His truck hauling explosives overturned in fog--- spilling tons of ammonium
nitrate and fuel oil.
Firefighters evacuated people nearby,.
Late this afternoon they were able to move the truck.
Authorities charged the driver with running a stop sign, and not having a
valid commercial driver's license.
They say he apparently WAS following policy for carrying explosive materials.
((KEN STARLING/PRINCETON FIRE CHIEF: IT' STILL BEING LOOKED AT BUT IT IS
DESIGNED FOR THAT PURPOSE. IT WAS PLAQUERED IN APPROPRIATELY I'M TOLD. THE
DETAILS ARE STILL BEING LOOKED INTO.))
SUPER=01-Ken Starling/Princeton Fire Chief;
OUT Q=being looked into."
The rig was heading to a rock quarry-
A Highway Patrol officer says the explosives could have been five times more
powerful than the bomb in Oklahoma City.
The Radford Army Ammunition Plant now says 89 people will be affected by a
layoff of temporary workers.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
News-7 reported Monday that cutbacks were on the horizon, but contract
operator Alliant Techsystems had not made it official.
All the affected workers were previously laid off and REHIRED in January to
fill an increased number of orders.
Now production has returned to normal, and a new contract for the arsenal
went to a manufacturer in Canada.
The plant manager says it is disappointing that international competitors
won a contract to produce propellant through funds that use U.S. military aid.
Virginia's Confederate History and Heritage Month was celebrated AND debated
today at rallies just yards apart at the State Capitol.
The N-double-A-C-P and Southern Christian Leadership Conference kicked
Speakers chided Governor George Allen for what they called a "foolish"
summary of Civil War history in his proclamation.
IN Q=It's a thing
((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN/VA. NAACP: IT'S A THING WHERE WHITE PEOPLE KILLED EACH
OTHER OVER THE RIGHT TO OWN AND BREED SLAVES.))
((HOW CAN YOU STRIVE TO DO BETTER WHEN YOUR PEOPLE AT THE TOP SEAT OF
GOVERNMENT ARE TRYING TO OPPRESS YOU WITH NEGATIVISM LIKE THE PROCLAMATION?))
SUPER=01-Linda Byrd-Harden/Va. NAACP; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Gillis/Va. NAACP; :09
Then the Confederate re-enactors took the field to celebrate.
Reporters heard talk of understanding.
((RICK REID/CONFEDERATE RE-ENACTOR: COMING FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I SAW NOTHING
WRONG WITH IT. BUT LISTENING TO THEIR POINT OF VIEW TODAY ABOUT IT, AND I
CAN'T REMEMBER THE GENTLEMAN'S NAME, BUT HE SAID "LIBERTY FOR WHO?" WELL IT
CERTAINLY WASN'T LIBERTY FOR THEM. AND I AGREE A HUNDRED PERCENT WITH HIM.))
SUPER=01-Rick Reid/Confederate Re-enactor;
OUT Q=with him.
Both rallies went off peacefully.
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If you think Mighty Mouse is just a cartoon character-- not anymore.
Genetically engineered mice may bring about some tremendous medical
breakthroughs. That story later, on News 7 Primetime-- plus,
People in the upper Midwest, hardest hit by flood waters are getting a
generous gift from an anonymous donor.
For many, it's proof angels do exist.
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While the much- hyped sitcom "Ellen" may have generated big ratings tonight,
one of the most unlikely viewers was probably the Reverend Jerry Falwell.
In recent weeks, Falwell has blasted A-B-C and its parent company Disney for
airing a show that promotes homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.
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((REV/ JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: AND WHILE WE SHOULD SHOW LOVE
TO GAYS AND TRY TO LEAD THEM TO CHRIST AND HELP THEM OUT OF THEIR PERVERTED
LIFESTYLE, WE SHOULDN'T PROMOTE IT AND TRY TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO EXPERIMENT
WITH SOMETHING THAT CAN ONLY HURT THEM.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Rd. Baptist Church; :00
OUT Q=only hurt them.
Falwell was successful in getting companies like General Motors, Johnson and
Johnson and J.C. Penney to drop their sponsorship of the show.
He planned to watch tonight and note which sponsors DID advertise on
Falwell says he and other Christian ministers will pressure those companies
to drop their sponsorships as well.
There will be NO mixed drinks at the Olde Mill Golf Resort this year.
SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;
For the second time, Governor George Allen vetoed a "liquor by the drink"
bill for the resort.
Allen cited strong local opposition for his veto.
Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum sponsored the bill.
He says 90- percent of the inn's clientele comes from off the Blue Ridge
Woodrum says Allen's veto is ironic, because when the Governor was in the
House of Delegates in 1988 he supported serving liquor at Mountain Lake Inn in
Giles County despite local opposition then.
The Roanoke Wildlife Rescue Center has cared for hundreds of animals.
Today it received some help itself, thanks to a group of high school
The marketing students at Cave Spring High School raised more than one
thousand dollars to help save the center.
The director of the Wildlife Rescue Center could lose the property.
Dorothy Runion's father owns the land, but he plans to sell it unless she
can raise enough money to make a counter offer.
The students at the Roanoke County school designed logos for donation cans
and organized volunteers to raise funds.
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((KRISTY WISEMAN/CAVE SPRING STUDENT: THEY'RE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LAND. IT'S
JUST SOMETHING THAT-- THE WILDLIFE I REALLY IMPORTANT. SO, WE FELT LIKE THIS
WOULD BE A GOOD, ON- HANDS EXPERIENCE FOR US TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Kristy Wiseman/Cave Spring Marketing Student;
OUT Q=for us to do
Runion hopes to raise 200-thousand dollars.
(shut up, please. Take a break. Relax)
Flood waters are beginning to spill onto Route 501- in the Halifax County
community of Riverdale.
Crews began setting up road blocks this afternoon.
Intense rain earlier this week has caused the Dan River to swell.
In Riverdale, it's expected to crest EIGHT feet above flood stage around
midnight-- which will probably cause moderate flooding.
For local business owners, who began packing up yesterday, ANY flooding is
((MAC RAGAN/RIVERDALE BUSINESS OWNER:WE HAVE TO WORK A GREAT DEAL OF OVERTIME
TO MOVE IN AND OUT BUT IT'S JUST SOMETHING YOU LEARN TO LIVE WITH. ))
SUPER=01-Mac Ragan/Riverdale Business Owner; :00 QUICK!!!!
OUT Q=live with.
Flooding in Riverdale is expected to continue into Thursday or Friday.
Meantime, in North Dakota and Minnesota, many residents now believe in
A California woman who wants to remain anonymous has pledged to help flood
victims-- to the tune of two-thousand dollars per household.
It all adds up to about 15-million dollars.
Residents have 45 days to apply for the unofficial flood aid, using the
IN Q=You know
((MAYOR LYNN STRAUSS/MAYOR, GRAND FORKS MINNESOTA:YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE IN NEED.
YOU KNOW IF YOUR KIDS ARE IN NEED, STEP FORWARD AND THAT CHECK'S GONNA
BE THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Lynn Strauss/Grand Forks, MN Mayor; :
OUT Q=gonna be there.
After seeing the worst flooding in the region in 500 years, Mayor Pat
Owens calls the donation a ray of hope for the future.
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GRAPHIC=Health Check Bug
Science could be catching up with nature-- as researchers think they've
found the key to manipulating muscle growth.
The discovery begins with the engineering of a Mighty Mouse--
but it could end with some major health implications.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Se-Jin Lee/Johns Hopkins Researcher; :34
OUT Q=relatively less fat.
IN Q=They do look
((THEY DO LOOK A LITTLE STRANGE. THE SHOULDERS AND THE HIPS ARE REALLY BIG AND
BULKY AND YOU CAN SEE THE SHOULDERS ARE MUCH BIGGER IN THE MUTANT MOUSE. ))
OUT Q=mutant mouse.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have created a mouse with
two-thirds the normal muscle mass-- They engineered it by turning off a
single gene-- called Myostatin, also found in humans.
Turned on, it limits muscle growth.
Turned off, it could have profound applications-- including hope in
treating muscular dystrophy-- a wasting disease that destroys muscle tissue.
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IN Q=It's still early
((DR. SE-JIN LEE/JOHNS HOPKINS RESEARCHER: IT'S STILL EARLY WITH RESPECT TO
GETTING TO APPLICATIONS. BUT ULTIMATELY OUR HOPE IS THAT THIS COULD LEAD TO THE
DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DRUGS THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR REBUILDING DISEASED OR
OUT Q=damaged muscle.
The implications aren't just for medicine.
Livestock also carries the
Researchers envision herds of cattle and flocks of chicken with two to
three times the amount of meat as a normal animal, and relatively less fat.))
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Student Recitals are fairly common at colleges around the country, but
tonight-- Radford University Student Anne Kempton was the exception to the
rule...and that's our video pick of the day.
The fifth year student went all out. She brought together student
musicians, dancers, and singers for her independent study project-- That she
calls "The Beginning."
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Georgia might be on her mind, but her sights are set on the Big Apple.
After she graduates she wants to become a recording artist.
((ANNE KEMPTON/RADFORD SINGER: ))
SUPER=75-Anne Kempton/Radford University Student; :00
SUPER=75-Al Wojtera/Music Professor; :11
((AL WOJTERA/PROFESSOR: ))
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Anne hopes to model her music career after her idol, Barbra Streisand.
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Salem/Brookville baseball highlights to bring you and Roanoke college hits
the jackpot today as far as men's and women's basketball recruits go,
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/TNT; :00
But first take a look at this guy. Talk about courage. This man goes to all
the Bullets games and has the nerve to talk smack to his airness during the
Chicago/Washington game. Highlight to come, but first your numbers.
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Let's start on the high school diamond. The Brookville bus arrived late
for the Bees game against salem today. The Spartans wished it never came.
SUPER=03-Salem/Bees vs. Spartans; :00
A rather windy day at Salem Kiwanis Field for this non district tilt.
Salem third baseman Greg Harrison comes through, handling the hard grounder
and getting the out at first in the top of the first.
Salem head football coach Willis White came out to cheer on his Spartans.
Ricky Eubank, one of his football players, connects on the infield hit. The
ball gets away from the Brookville first baseman. Sam Lazarro tries to score
but is tagged at the plate.
Brookville goes on to beat Salem 7-6.
It was do or die for the Washington Bullets tonight as they hosted the
Chicago Bulls in game three of the best of five first round NBA playoff series.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Bulls vs. Bullets; :00
To Landover we go. His airness and his Bulls came in with a 2-nothing
lead in the series.
He let his cohorts carry some of the load. Tony Kokoc snaps the nylon from
the corner to tie the game at 28 all in the second quarter.
Steve Kerr then makes Weekend at Bernie Bickerstaffs night a little worse.
He finds the range on the drive in jumper to put Chicago up by a bucket.
Kerr would get humbled quickly. Watch Rod Strickland make the guard
stumble and bumble with this move and SUPER=32-Washington/ /Chicago/ ;
hoop to tie the game again.
Michael Jordan, no matter what defense, finds a way. Here he nails the fade
away over Calbert Chaney.
But the Bullets lead 88-81 in the fourth.
Boston's M.L. Carr announced his resignation from the Celtics after the team
posted its worst season ever with 15 wins and 67 losses.
No official word yet on who will replace him, but some of the speculation
centers on Larry Brown, who cleared the way for that scenario to become fact
today by resigning from the Pacers after four seasons in Indiana.
((DONNIE WALSH/PACERS GENERAL MANAGER:))
((LARRY BROWN/RESIGNS AS PACERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Donnie Walsh/Pacers General Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Brown/Resigns as Pacers Head Coach; :11
OUT Q=...TO BE."
And Riddick Bowe announced this afternoon that he is retiring from boxing.
The former heavyweight champ, who is now 29, says he plans to do community
service and others in the future.
Earlier this year Bowe quit the Marines, as well.
The Roanoke College men's and women's basketball programs hit gold today.
Narrows star Suzanne Webb has signed with the Lady Maroons to play
basketball next year. Webb is Narrows boys and girls all time leading scorer
with 1, thousand 335 career points and is an all state selection.
On the mens's side; Cave Spring standout center Alex Phillips has decided
to play at Roanoke as well.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./1996-97 Season; :00
The 6-'6" senior made his decision to become a Maroon last night. Phillips
was a first team all Roanoke Valley District selection this past season. Alex
averaged 17.8 points and 7 and a half rebounds per game during his senior
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
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SUPER=76-Thinking of Home;
They're proud of their work but they miss their families--SUPER=77-Bosnia
we continue the series "Bosnia Peacekeepers."
Tonight a look at how the 46- National Guardsmen from Danville pass the
time when they're not working.
Some play cards or lift weights-- anything to occupy the hours.
For most-- thoughts of home-- are always on their minds.
((DAVID WALTMAN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:I GOT THE CALL LATE ONE EVENING,
I'D GONE TO BED, IT WAS LIKE A NIGHTMARE, I'VE SAID THAT BEFORE, BUT IT WAS
JUST LIKE A NIGHTMARE, I DIDN'T ANTICIPATE THIS EVER HAPPENING AFTER WE DIDN'T
GET CALLED UP FOR DESERT STORM, I THOUGHT A BIG WAR LIKE THAT, NOTHING WILL GET
US CALLED UP BUT HERE WE ARE. ))
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Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco caught up with them.
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Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will be along with their story and more news over on WDBJ-7.