Coming up next on News 7 at 11
Negotiators have reached an agreement in the Goodyear strike that has 1800
Danville workers off the job.
A peaceful ending to the Republic of Texas standoff.
And 5 Roanoke Valley schools join forces to conjure up The Wiz.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Goodyear and its striking workers have apparently reached a tentative
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A local union official says the agreement came just after eight this
Particulars of the deal have not been released, but the contract dispute
centered around pay and benefits.
A union official who represents nearly 2-thousand workers at Goodyear's
Danville plant says he expects more details to be released on Monday.
The union hopes to hold a ratification meeting on Thursday.
The strike began on April 20-th, idling 12-thousand workers in seven states.
The standoff in Fort Davis, Texas is over.
The Republic of Texas separatists gave up peacefully, as federal agents
began closing in on their compound.
Reporter Jonathan Freed has more.
IN Q=Late Saturday afternoon
SUPER=03-Near Ft. Davis, TX; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Cox/Texas Dept. of Public Safety; :07
SUPER=01-Laureen Chernow/Texas Dept. of Public Safety; :49
SUPER=01-J.C. Mason/Evelyn McLaren's Brother; 1:10
SUPER=01-Lisa Rutledge/Evelyn McLaren's Daughter; 1:24
OUT Q=near Fort Davis, Texas
Late Saturday afternoon the word came down the standoff had ended.
SOT MIKE COX/TEXAS DPS - DELIGHTED ENDED PEACEFULLY.
Police tightened the noose around the Texas separatist compound Friday night,
creeping to within about 400 yards of Richard McLaren and his Republic of
Reinforcements also showed up from the National Guard.
McLaren issued an emergency call by shortwave radio, ordering his people to
fire at will, but police insist there was no shooting.
Saturday morning brought perhaps the biggest breakthrough so far: word that
McLaren s wife, Evelyn, intended to give herself up to police.
She s shown here inside the compound with her husband, last January.
BITE 11:29:52 (LAUREEN CHERNOW/TEXAS DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY): WE ARE DELIGHTED
THAT MRS. McLAREN WANTS TO LEAVE. THERE ARE NO CHARGES AGAINST HER.
VIZ: BROTHER WALKS TO FAMILY AND DOES A "HIGH-FIVE"/TEARY FAMILY MEMBERS.
Later, her family declared a sweet victory when they learned that Evelyn had
indeed surrendered at the police command center. They had been begging her to
get out for days.
BITE: 12:49:47 (J.C. MASON/EVELYN McLAREN S BROTHER): THEY JUST INFORMED US
THAT SHE IS SAFE AND THAT THEY WILL DETAIN HER FOR 72 HOURS AND THEN LET HER
Police would only let the family talk to her by phone, but it was enough.
BITE 15:22:29 (LISA RUTLEDGE/EVELYN McLAREN S DAUGHTER): WE WERE JUST POURING
OUR HEART OUT TO HER. AND WERE SO HAPPY TO HEAR FROM HER, AND SHE WAS CRYING
AND HAPPY TO HEAR FROM US AND SEEMED VERY TIRED.
JONATHAN FREED, CBS NEWS ))
A Christiansburg woman is recooperating tonight after wrecking her car along
Fifty-three year old Jean Thompson apparently veered off the side of the
road then lost control of the vehicle.
Officials airlifted Thompson to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
She is in stable condition with head injuries and compound fractures.
A train hit a car in downtown Roanoke this afternoon.
The woman driving the car was NOT hurt.
Police say she drove around the barricades at the third and Campbell
crossing, and did not heed an engineers's warning to stop.
The caboose hit the car and pushed it several feet yards down the track
before the engineer was able to stop.
Fortunately the train was only traveling about five miles an hour at the
A self-described conservative is making his bid for the state house of
Political newcomer, Al Bedrosian (BEH-Dro-shen), is taking on Democrat and
13 term incumbent, Dick Cranwell.
IN Q=THERE BECOMES AN ARROGANCE
((AL BEDROSIAN/R-CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE: THERE BECOMES AN ARROGANCE WHEN
YOU'VE BEEN THERE SO LONG, SO ENTRENCHED AND AFTER A WHILE YOU'RE REALLY NOT
REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY YOU'RE REPRESENTING THE CONSTITUENTS
IN RICHMOND AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S WRONG.))
SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/(R) Delegate Candidate;
OUT Q=THINK THAT'S WRONG
Bedrosian is a Virginia Tech graduate who's worked as a sales representative
for Xerox Corporation in Southwest Virginia since 1984.
He says it's the ordinary citizen that should represent the community in
IN Q=I GREW UP
((I GREW UP SOMEWHAT POOR AND MADE IT THROUGH WORKING IN A COMPANY AND
STRUGGLING AND FALLING DOWN A COUPLE OF TIMES AND PICKING MYSELF UP AND I THINK
THOSE ARE THE CONSERVATIVE VALUES PEOPLE LOOK AT.))
OUT Q=PEOPLE LOOK AT
He's now on a campaign tour making stops throughout the area.
Liberty University graduates were urged to make time not money.
That's what a well known evangelist told them this morning.
Reverend Billy Graham gave graduates a little economic advice as they enter
the real world.
He says invest in time.
Graham says it's more valuable than money and no one, no matter how rich,
can buy more time.
IN Q=TIME IS OUR
((REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM: TIME IS OUR INVESTMENT CAPITOL. YOUR ONLY CHOICE IS
TO USE IT OR LOOSE IT. EITHER INVEST IT OR LET IT DRIBBLE LIKE SAND THROUGH
SUPER=07-Rev. Billy Graham;
OUT Q=THROUGH YOUR FINGERS
Graham says the best way to use your time is by helping people.
The 15-hundred graduates cheered as he sent them off into the next phase of
their lives with these words.
IN Q=I'M ASKING YOU
((I'M ASKING YOU TODAY NOT TO GRADUATE BUT TO COMMENCE A NEW LIFE FOLLOWING THE
WILL OF GOD EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.))
OUT Q=STEP OF THE WAY
Radford University and Roanoke College students also picked up diplomas
The Roanoke City Market was one of the hottest spots around today.
The 18th annual Virginia championship chili cook-off started simmering this
More than 60 cooking teams put their best beans forward.
IN Q=what's the name
(( 2:33:10WHAT'S THE NAME OF THIS CHILI?
NACHO MAMA CHILI.
NACHO MAMA CHILI?
I AM NACHO MAMA...(LAUGHTER)
MARY BETH MONROE/HEAD JUDGE; I LOVE IT, THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY SERIOUS, THEY
COME TO COOK, THEY COME TO WIN, THIS IS A STATE EVENT, FROM THE STATE EVENT
THEM GET TO GO TO THE WORLD COOK-OFF WHICH IS IN RENO NEVADA.
SUPER=01-Mary Beth Monroe/Head Judge; :08
OUT Q=in Reno, Nevada;
First place went to Chuck Hoff from Ohio for his Dragon's Breath chilli.
He'll get two round-trip plane tickets to this year's World Championship
The people's choice award went to "the Hoggs" a Harley Davidson group, for
their White Knuckles chili.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When we return, how some Roanoke area college students feel about Ellen
DeGeneres' coming out episode makes the national news,
and the SPCA looks for a few good men and women -- to adopt pets.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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American Online, Compuserve and Prodigy have agreed to stop misleading
customers with offers of "free trial subscriptions.
The Federal Trade Commission says customers were't told the supscriptions
would eventually cost money, unless the customer cancelled.
That and much more in this week's WebWatch.
IN Q=The three services
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :16 quick
SUPER=01-Eileen Harrington/Federal Trade Commission; :24
SUPER=01-Danielle Ferguson/Fishburn Park Elementary School; 1:06 -Quick!
The three services will NOT pay a fine, instead they agreed to better inform
customers that they will be charged unless they cancel their free trial
The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on get-rich-quick scams on the
web, some offering 6 figure incomes for people working from home.
SOT 14:10:18-online stock
IN Q=no one can make
((EILEEN HARRINGTON/FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION; NO ONE CAN MAKE THAT KIND OF
CLAIM LEGALLY WITHOUT HAVING A LOT OF INFORMATION TO BACK IT UP.))
OUT Q=to back it up
The feds e-mailed warnings to 215 sites... a month later, 23 percent changed or
www.ftc.gov/opa/9704/bizop.htmYou can learn more about web-scams at the FTC
Beginning next week, you can join a Virginia scientist on an Ocean Drilling
Research project by visiting the
www.vmnh.org Virginia Museum of Natural History web page.
From May 5th through May 18th, you
can www.bev.net/education/museum/vmnhmvl/vmnhodp.html e-mail Dr. James Beard,
as he and his shipmates drill core samples from the ocean floor.
Now here's this week's kid's site from Fishburn Park Elementary school.
SOT 13:18:57-kidssite tape
IN Q=Yahooligans, it has lots
((DANIELLE FERGUSON/FISHBURN PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; YAHOOLIGANS, IT HAS LOTS
OF FUN STUFF THAT YOU CAN GO AROUND TO, www.yahooligans.com/ IT HAS TOYS R
US, IT HAS A LOT OF FUN STUFF, IT HAS A COLORING BOOK AND IT'S LOTS OF FUN))
OUT Q=lots of fun
You can find links to all these sites at the WDBJ home page at
This week's "coming out" episode of the sitcom Ellen, brought attention on a
Roanoke college tonight.
A CBS Evening News report focused on a group of Hollins College students who
watched the Wednesday night episode.
One openly gay student spoke of the need for REAL role models.
IN Q=more important role
((SHANAN COUGHLIN/HOLLINS STUDENT; MORE IMPORTANT ROLE MODELS, OR LIKE TEACHERS
THAT I'VE HAD THAT I KNOW NOW ARE GAY, FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY, PEOPLE THAT HAVE
JOBS, REAL JOBS, YOU KNOW?))
SUPER=01-Shanan Coughlin/Hollins Student;
OUT Q=real jobs, you know?
The students say they did NOT think an openly gay sitcom star would do much
to make it easier for gays and lesbians to come out in the real world.
The Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A is hoping 100 animals will find new homes this
The S-P-C-A is taking part in a national pet adopt-a-thon.
Volunteers are interviewing prospective pet owners who want to take home one
of the many cats and dogs up for adoption at the shelter.
This is the beginning of the baby season so shelter volunteers are hoping to
make room for the on-slaught of kittens and puppies expected to arrive in the
next several months.
The adopt-a-thon continues tomorrow at Elmwood Park in Roanoke from 10 to 4
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next on the newscast, man and machine battle in a game of chess.
And Dorothy, To-to, and the Tin man on stage tonight at a SCHOOL near you.
MUSIC UP FULL
Students from five Roanoke Valley schools joined together to put a new spin
on an old story.
Music, dancing and acting came together tonight in "The Wiz," on stage
earlier tonight at William Fleming High School.
It's a stage version of The Wizard of Oz.
Students from Westside Elementary, Ruffner Middle School, Cave Spring Junior
High, Roanoke Catholic and William Fleming High school made it all possible.
The students worked for four months on the production, sometimes devoting as
many as 25 hours a week.
So far it's human's one, computers, zero.
World chess champion Garry Kasparov won the first game of a six game match
against an up-graded IBM super computer named "Deep Blue".
The computer is able to evaluate 200 million possible board positions per
second... but Kasparov won in less than four hours, with 45 moves.
Kasparov says the game revealed some of the computers flaws.
IBM programmers say they'll make some adjustments before tomorrow's second
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SUPER=331-Showers Possible/Windy/50-55/Sunny/& Windy/65-70;
SUPER=332-Windy/Showers Possible/40-44/Mostly Sunny/& Breezy/55-60;
SUPER=333-Rain Possible/Clearing Late/48-52/Sunny/& Breezy/60-65;
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The Frederick Keys were in Salem tonight for the second of a weekend three
games series with the Avalanche.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Keys; :
The crowd watching the action early on tonight's game.
The Avalanche rallied in the bottom of the fourth Ben Petrick hits a fly
ball that drops in just over second base a runner scores from third to make it
1 to nothing Salem.
Still in the fourth, Justin Drizos hits an infield grounder to the first
baseman another runner scores from third and the Avalanche added to the lead.
Then centerfielder Garrett Neubart SUPER=35-Salem/6/Frederick/5/;hits a
line drive to centerfield scoring the fourth run of the inning Salem led 4 to
nothing and the Avalanche wins it 6 to 5.
Oakland's Jason Giambi hit a two run homer in the ninth to lead the A's to
a 4 to 3 win over the Orioles.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/DSS; :
Baltimore's Mike Mussina had 5 strikeouts through three innings.
Then in the top of the fifth Oakland's Scott Speezio takes the Mussina pitch
deep over the right field wall for a solo homer to make it one to nothing A's.
But the Orioles rallied in the bottom of the sixth. Third baseman Cal
Ripken rockets this pitch over the left field wall for a two run homer and the
O's took the 2 to 1 lead.
Still in the sixth Pete Incaviglia SUPER=35-Oakland/4/Baltimore/3/;smokes
this pitch it hits off the foul pole in left field for a solo homer Baltimore
led 3 to 1 but the A's beat the Orioles 4 to 3.
John Olerud and Todd Hundley homered as the Mets beat the Cardinals 5 to 1.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/SC-NET; :
The Mets mascot having a little fun before the game.
And New York got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Olerud sends
this shot deep over the right field wall for a solo homer to make it 1 to
nothing New York.
The Cardinals answered in the top of the fifth. John Mabry hits a high
chopper up the middle for a single Ron Gant rounds the bases to score and the
game was tied 1 to 1.
New York led 2 to 1 in the fifth SUPER=35-New York/5/St. Louis/1/;then in
the sixth Todd Hundley gets all of this pitch sending it over the wall in deep
right centerfield and the Mets win it 5 to 1.
Seattle advanced to the next round of the N-B-A playoffs after beating
Phoenix 116 to 92.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/NBC SPORTS; :
The Sonics huddle before the games tipoff.
In the first quarter, Seattle's Shawn Kemp opens the scoring hitting this
The Sonics come down the floor again this time Detlef Schrempf hits the
three from the corner for three of his 24 points.
The Suns get it to Danny Manning he makes the spin move and gets the jam
but the suns trailed 43 to 34.
Seattle put it away in the fourth SUPER=32-Seattle/116/Phoenix/92/;
quarter the 116 to 92 win puts the Sonics in the Western Conference Semi finals
Jay Siegel is the leader after three rounds of the Bruno Memorial Classic.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/ABC SPORTS; :
Meantime in Texas, Kevin Sutherland, making this birdie putt, shot a third
round 66 to share the lead with Phil Blackmar after three rounds of the Houston
For today's pro scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-/New York/1/j/Kansas City/2////Boston/6//Texas/5/6//;
SUPER=0092-/St. Louis/1/j/New York/5////Philadelphia/3/j/Colorado/7///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Steve Mason and the W-D-B-J racing team tuned up for
tomorrow's go kart race in downtown Roanoke. Darrell Waltrip leads second
round qualifying at Sears Point.
And "Silver Charm" is the winner of the 123-rd Kentucky Derby.
Jockey Gary Stevens won his third Kentucky Derby today aboard "Silver
Here's the call from A-B-C's Dave Johnson.
IN Q="First audio
SUPER=03-Louisville, KY/ABC SPORTS; :
OUT Q=...Kentucky Derby."
Darrell Waltrip will start 26-th in tomorrow's Save Mart 300 at Sears
Point. He led second round qualifying with a speed of 92 point 152 miles per
Here's positions 26 thru 44.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Darrell Waltrip/92.152/27. Tom Hubert//28. Butch Gilliland//29.
Bobby Labonte//30. Dave Marcis//;
SUPER=0107-31. Bobby Hillin Jr.//32. Dale Earnhardt//33. Steve Grissom//34.
Mike Wallace//35. Johnny Benson//;
SUPER=0107-36. Kenny Wallace//37. Lance Hooper//38. Ken Peterson//39. Morgan
Shepherd//40. Ricky Craven//;
SUPER=0107-41. Jeremy Mayfield//42. Jeff Davis//43. Larry Gunsleman//44. Sead
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
The WDBJ race team tuned up is go cart today for tomorrow's Advance Auto
Parts Trust 500.
Steve mason has a recap of today's practice run that turned downtown Roanoke
up side down.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Dave Franklin/Race Coordinator; :19
SUPER=00-Patrick Evans/Expert Pit Reporter; :45(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Ed Briggs/Go Cart Driver; :53
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Driver of Little Caesar Cart; 1:18
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Driver of WDBJ Chevy; 1:37(QUICK)
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((The day began like most racing weekend's except getting the car out of
the trailer was a lot easier!
Teams were assigned engines, and there was even a drivers meeting before
practice to explain the rules and offer words of caution about how powerful
these carts are.
The phrase of the day: two much power and not enough breaks as driver after
driver wrecked. Yours truly even turned the WDBJ monte carlo over! Only a few
minor scrapes for all involved.
Sponsorship colors decorate the go carts and the race even attracted a
professional athlete; The Roanoke Express's Jeff Jablonski.
Teams have two drivers each,. Thank goodness WDBJ has Late Model expert Tony
McGuire to balance his novice partner.
Living in Bosnia is a learning experience for a Danville National Guard
NEWS 7's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco recently visited
the soldiers who are serving as part of the multi national peacekeeping force.
But before heading to Bosnia--
**Take Fullscreen Bosnia Peacekeepers**
News 7 went to Townes Lea Elementary in Danville to find out what the kids
would like to know about the soldiers' mission.
IN Q=Do you
SUPER=01-Chris Wiles/Danville National Guard Member; : :03 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-John Simmons/Danville National Guard Member; :10
SUPER=01-Recardo Faulkner/Danville National Guard Member; :26
SUPER=01-Carl Keen/Danville National Guard Member; :53
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
IN Q=Do you
((DO YOU MISS YOUR FAMILY? ))
OUT Q=miss your family.
IN Q=Yes, I do
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: YES, I DO. MISS MY FAMILY AND MY
FRIENDS, BUT IT WON'T BE TOO MUCH LONGER AND WE'LL BE BACK HOME. ))
OUT Q=back home.
((WHAT DO THEY DO WHILE THEY'RE OVER THERE? ))
IN Q=We wave
((JOHN SIMMONS/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: WE WAVE, I RUN UP AND DOWN THE
ROADS CONSTANTLY, WE STOP AND TALK TO THE KIDS SOMETIMES. ))
((DO THEY HAVE ANY SCHOOLS IN BOSNIA AFTER THE WAR? ))
OUT Q=the war.
((RECARDO FAULKNER/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:THEY HAVE SCHOOLS, LIKE HIGH
SCHOOLS, ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, I HAVEN'T ACTUALLY WENT IN THE SCHOOLS, SOME OF MY
GUYS HAVE, AND, THEY DO STUDY ENGLISH THERE.))
It wasn't hard for the students ask all the right questions.
Their teacher, Cyndee Moore, has made it a point to educate the students
about war since the Danville soldiers left for Bosnia.
((HOW DO THEY STOP WAR? ))
OUT Q=for Bosnia.
IN Q=WE LET
((CARL KEEN/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:WE LET THE BOSNIANS AND SERBS KNOW
THAT WE ARE HERE, THAT IF THEY CROSS THE LINE, THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW
IT, JUST LIKE A SHOW OF FORCE, TO LET EVERYONE KNOW WE ARE HERE. ))
OUT Q=ARE HERE.
((WHAT DOES THE SOLDIERS LIKE TO DO FOR FUN IN BOSNIA? ))
OUT Q=IN BOSNIA.
IN Q=We have
((CHRIS WILES/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:WE HAVE SOME GAME ROOMS WHERE WE
CAN THROW DARTS, SHOOT POOL, THEY HAVE A WEIGHT ROOM WHERE WE CAN LOOK OUT AND
GO ON RUNS, THAT KINDS OF THING ))
OUT Q=of thing.
((WHAT DO THEY MISS THE MOST. ))
OUT Q=the most.
((JOHN SIMMONS/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER:NASCAR RACING, WE DON'T HAVE IT
OVER HERE, WE CATCH SOME OF IT SOMETIMES, HERE AND THERE, BUT I MISS IT, I'M
USED TO WATCHING THE RACE ON SUNDAY, AND THUMBING THROUGH THE NEWSPAPER AND
SEEING WHO IS DOING WHAT AND SO ON, BUT LUCKILY MY FAMILY IS SENDING ME COPIES
OF THE RACES OVER ON TAPE, SO I CAN WATCH THEM, BUT THEY HAVEN'T GOTTEN HERE
YET, SO. ))
OUT Q=yet, so.
Simmons will have a wait a while to get back into the stands-- The soldiers
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
are expected to remain in Bosnia another five months.