Up next on News 7 at 11...
The head of the FBI talks about what caused the crash of TWA flight 800.
Texas authorities are breathing a sigh of relief, after a frightening
discovery in the Republic of Texas compound.
And remembering the victims of the holocaust... one name at a time.
News 7 at 11 is next.
The FBI says mechanical failure looks like the culprit in the crash of TWA
Speaking on Meet The Press this morning, FBI director Louis Freeh said
evidence points to catastrophic mechanical failure, and NOT a bomb or missile.
The final report will be out by the end of summer.
All 230 people on board the plane died when it blew up in the air last July.
Freeh dismissed speculation that a wayward American missile brought the
plane down, and started a massive government coverup.
IN Q=I don't think
((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR; I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY EVIDENCE OF THAT. I
THINK THE TYPE OF
CONSPIRACY THAT WOULD INVOLVE THAT WOULD REQUIRE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT IT
WOULDN'T BE A CONSPIRACY. I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT
AND I THINK IT IS UNFAIR PARTICULARLY TO THE FAMILIES FOR PEOPLE TO PROPAGATE
THAT WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE. ))
SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/FBI Director;
OUT Q=without any evidence
Asked about the bombing at the Atlanta Olympics, Freeh said that
investigation is still going on, but they were not ready to name a suspect.
Police in Texas say it's a good thing they held back during the standoff
with members of the Republic of Texas.
SUPER=03-Fort Davis, TX/Yesterday;
After the standoff ended peacefully yesterday, officers checked out the
compound, and found more than 40 pipe bombs, a propane tank filled with
explosives, and 12 containers of gasoline connected to a trip wire.
Officials say it was one big booby trap.
IN Q=The more we learn
((THE MORE WE LEARN, THE MORE WE REALIZE JUST HOW VOLATILE THE SITUATION WAS,
THE HAPPIER WE ARE THAT WE SOLVED IT PEACEFULLY... iT COULD HAVE BEEN, THE
FOREST SERVICE WAS TERRIBLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DANGER OF A FOREST FIRE.))
SUPER=01-Mike Cox/Texas Dept. of Public Safety;
OUT Q=a forest fire
Police still haven't apprehended the two men who hiked away from the
compound before the surrender.
They say they're afraid to follow them with dogs and horses because they
might run into more booby traps.
Virginia Environmentalists were monitering the movements of a train carrying
nuclear waste that passed through the Commonwealth last night.
A nuclear reactor vessel from a dismantled nuclear power plant in
Massachusetts is being shipped to South Carolina.
The train stopped in Roanoke last night before continuing on to North
Some environmental groups worry that emergency crews along the route would
not be prepared to respond to an accident.
But Yankee Atomic Electric Officials say the shipment is safe.
IN Q=A person standing
((KELLEY SMITH/YANKEE SPOKESPERSON; A PERSON STANDING 20 FEET FROM THE PACKAGE
WOULD HAVE TO STAND THERE FOR 20 HOURS FOR THEIR RADIATION EXPOSURE TO EQUAL
THAT OF A ROUND TRIP, COAST TO COAST AIRLINE FLIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Kelley Smith/Yankee Spokesperson;
OUT Q=AIRLINE FLIGHT
Yankee says low level nuclear material is shipped everyday by mail, truck
and train all across the United States.
Allied forces liberated hundreds of thousands of Jews from Nazi
concentration camps more than 50 years ago.
Throughout the world, Yom Hashoah (Ha-show-ah) was observed...remembering
the six million Jewish people who died.
IN Q=SARAH BERMAN
((SARAH BERMAN, MOSEY BERMAN, DEVON BERMAN....))
OUT Q=DEVON BERMAN
Nationally, Jewish communities are participating in reading the names of
people killed in the Nazi Concentration camps during World War Two.
At Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, 10-thousand names of Holocaust victims were
IN Q=THAT IS ONE
((MORTON ROSENBERG/B'NAI B'RITH: THAT IS ONE OF THE IDEA BEHIND THE READING OF
THESE NAMES IS TO REALIZE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN AGAIN UNLESS
WE'RE ALL AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON.))
((DAVID DURHAM: I'M JUST SHOCKED THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE WOULD JUST KILL ALL
THESE PEOPLE THAT THEY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW. IT'S JUST REALLY SHOCKING. I DON'T
KNOW WHY THEY WOULD KILL ALL THESE CHILDREN FOR CAUSES AND JUST BELIEFS.))
SUPER=01-Morton Rosenberg/B'nai B'rith; :00
SUPER=07-David Durham; :13
OUT Q=AND JUST BELIEFS
People of different faiths joined the children and other members of the
Jewish community in the day-long reading.
As drug dealers look for more ways to ship narcotics cross-country, police
have become more determined to stop them.
Knowing what to look for is the biggest advantage a police officer can have.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :22
SUPER=01-Gary Swanhart/Instructor; :48
SUPER=01-George Ellen/Instructor; 1:04
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( They came from 26 jurisdictions in seven different states.. police officers
looking to learn more about
rooting out illegal drugs and the people who deal them in their community.
The three- day seminar was taught by Florida- based cops who have seen it
all come through their towns.
Bedford sheriff Mike Brown says central Virginia is ripe for this kind of
IN Q=But it's all
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD COUNTY: BUT IT'S ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, THE
DEPARTMENTS ARE DOING IT, THEY'RE BECOMING MORE AGGRESSIVE, PROACTIVE AND IT'S
OUT Q=it's working.
IN Q=As law enforcement
((But as law enforcement has turned up the heat on drug runners using planes
and cars to ferry narcotics across country, authorities say the bad guys have
turned to buses as their newest mode of transportation. But stopping a bus and
weeding out potential drug suspects can be a difficult task.))
OUT Q=difficult task.
IN Q=You should be
((GARY SWANHART/INSTRUCTOR: YOU SHOULD BE A LITTLE BIT MORE ALERT BECAUSE
YOU'RE GOING INTO A DANGER ZONE RIGHT NOW.))
OUT Q=right now.
Seminar participants got a firsthand look at why, with little room to
maneuver in, a bus can be a dangerous place to search for drugs and illegal
Having backup and a definite plan of action helps.
IN Q=It's a cold
((GEORGE ELLEN/INSTRUCTOR: IT'S A COLD HIT TYPE SITUATION AND THERE'S A LOT OF
TECHNIQUE AND A LOT OF LEARNING THAT GOES INTO THIS TYPE OF WORK.))
OUT Q=type of work.
The technique will come in time for these officers.
The learning was taken care of this past week.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Roanoke Valley S-P-C-A officials say they need you.
The organization hopes valley residents will come out in force to support
The animal shelter has been participating in an adopt-a-thon all weekend,
but it has also just started its membership drive.
Currently the S-P-C-A has about 800 members, the goal is to triple that
number by the end of July.
IN Q=A MEMBER PAYS
((JOHN PIEDMONT/ROANOKE VALLEY SPCA: A MEMBER PAYS A YEARLY FEE, YOU GET A
NEWSLETTER, PLUS A NUMBER OF MERCHANTS IN THE VALLEY WILL GIVE YOU A SMALL
DISCOUNT ON PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.))
SUPER=01-John Piedmont/Roanoke Valley SPCA;
OUT Q=PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Some members volunteer at the facility, but that's not a requirement.
The S-P-C-A cares for stray animals and tries to find homes for as many as
S-P-C-A officers also investigate cruelty to animal charges.
The money generated through the membership drive helps pay the shelter's
The S-P-C-A also managed to find homes for a total of 68 dogs and cats
during its pet adopt-a-thon this weekend.
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When we return, Danville National Guard troops serving in Bosnia are not just
separated from friends and family back home.
In some cases, they're separated from each other.
and violence marks Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Denver.
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A crackdown on teen drinking apparently brought violence to Boulder,
Colorado this weekend.
First early Saturday, and again early this morning, angry crowds confronted
This morning, near the University of Colorado campus, police say 500 people
rioted and set a large bonfire.
Police had to use tear gas... at least four people were arrested, and some
officers and civilians were hurt.
IN Q=everyone's just kind
((WITNESS: EVERYONE'S JUST KIND OF THROWING STUFF... IT'S SICK, I MEAN WE'RE
DYING FROM TEAR GAS RIGHT NOW. i JUST WANTED TO GET MY TRUCK OUT OF THERE.))
OUT Q=truck out of there.
Boulder police are hoping the worst is over... they've relaxed their alert
status for tonight, and cancelled all requests for outside backup.
In Denver, gunfire shattered a celebration downtown late last night.
People were celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mexico's independence day, when three
separate shootings occurred.
One of the shootings left one person dead, it's being investigated as a
In another incident three people were hurt... and in the third, suspects
started shooting at police responding to a burglary call.
Spectators are predicting more violence late tonight.
46- soldiers from the Danville National Guard went to Bosnia on their
peacekeeping mission as one unit--but when they got there they were all
They were separated into different camps run by other countries.
Teresa Hamilton and photographer Andrea DiRocco recently visited the
hometown soldiers-- who've found new friends thousands of miles from home.
IN Q=Over the
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SUPER=01-Scott Gibbs/Danville National Guard Member; :19
SUPER=01-Rolf Grnaas/Norwegian Colonel; :39
SUPER=01-Mike Swanson/Danville National Guard Member; 1:05
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Bosnia Herzegovina.
(( Over the past few months the Danville soldiers have gained valuable
insight into other cultures-- insight books and magazines could never provide.
In countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland-- residents are taught
English early in life-- which has greatly benefited the Americans.
IN Q=We can
((SCOTT GIBBS/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: WE CAN TALK ABOUT CERTAIN TOPICS
AND THINGS ABOUT HOME. I CAN TALK TO THEM ABOUT THE US AND LITTLE BIT ABOUT
WHAT STUFF WE DO BACK IN THE STATES VERSUS WHAT THEY DO IN NORWAY.))
OUT Q=in Norway.
The Norwegian soldiers are equally complementary of the Americans-- since
both sides are thousands of miles from home-- they've come to rely on each
IN Q=They are
((ROLF GRNAAS/NORWEGIAN COLONEL: THEY ARE PROVIDING US WITH THE SUPPORT WE NEED
FOR OUR OPERATION AND WE HAVE A GREAT WORKING RELATIONSHIP, THEY ARE REALLY
NICE GUYS, I HAVE TO SAY AS NORWEGIANS, I AM PROUD TO HAVE THE AMERICANS.))
OUT Q=Americans here.
Here at the Polish Battalion, working together isn't quite as easy, unlike
the other camps, few of the foreign soldiers speak English.
The language barrier hasn't caused any major problems-- it just takes a
little longer to accomplish certain tasks.
IN Q=I think
((MIKE SWANSON/DANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER: I THINK MOST OF THE POLISH
TROOPS HERE SPEAK, OF COURSE, POLISH, BUT ALSO RUSSIAN, THEY GREW UP IN A
RUSSIAN SOCIETY AND NOW THAT THE WALL CAME DOWN AND THERE'S FREEDOM, THEY'RE
FACED WITH TRYING TO LEARN ENGLISH IF THEY WANT TO JOIN NATO. ))
OUT Q=join NATO.
Despite the communication gap, the the Danville soldiers say they DO enjoy
working with the Polish.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Bosnia Herzegovina.))
Two separate demonstrations in Covington and Roanoke over pension benefits,
and a substantial job cutback at the Radford Arsenal.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Radford/File Tape; :29
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
About 50 Westvaco retirees picketed outside of the Covington plant Monday.
They're filing an age discrimination lawsuit against Westvaco because of
what they call 'an insufficient pension plan.'
Occupational disability pensions prompted railroad workers across the
country to stage an informational picket this week.
They're upset about proposed changes to some disability pension
89 people at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant will likely be affected by
planned layoffs of temporary employees.
This has to do with a contract the arsenal lost to a manufacturer in Canada.
But on a statewide and regional basis, the jobless rates remain low.
Greater Lynchburg came in at four- percent, and the Roanoke area had a
three- point- four- percent rate.
And some big honors for Glynn Loope, the head of Alleghany Highlands
Economic Development Authority.
He's been selected as the Outstanding New Developer of 1997 by the American
Economic Development Council.
A strong week for the financial markets, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 332 points, Nasdaq Composite surged 96 points.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
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Up next on the newscast, Andrew Frieden has the back to work forecast.
And Salem Avalanche fans saw some heavy competition on and off the field at
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Baseball players weren't the only professional athletes at Memorial Stadium
Denise Allen and videographer Rob Monroe take us to the "Battle Royale"--the
Roanoke Valley's finest pro wrestling.
IN Q=bell ringing
SUPER=07-Jimmy Valiant; :24
SUPER=01-El Toro/Pro Wrestler; :55
OUT Q=Denise Allen News 7
IN Q=YOU'RE LOOKING AT
((YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION AND THE UNIVERSAL TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
AND WE'LL COME OUT WHEN WE FEEL LIKE COMING OUT AND YOU CAN STAND HERE UNTIL
THE BALL GAME'S OVER FOR ALL WE CARE.))
OUT Q=FOR ALL WE CARE
IN Q=ROLLING THUNDER CLIMBING IN THE RING
IN Q=BELL RINGING
IN Q=THE GREATEST ATHLETES
((JIMMY "THE BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN" VALIANT: THE GREATEST ATHLETES IN THE WORLD
ARE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS. WE COME OUT THERE WITH NO PADS AND YOU GET
SOMEBODY PICKIN 'EM UP OVER SIX FOOT AND SLAM 'EM DOWN I DON'T CARE THEY COULD
TAKE IT RIGHT ON THIS CONCRETE.))
OUT Q=ON THIS CONCRETE
IN Q=MUSIC AND KISSING BLACK GUY
W-W-F Hall of Fame wrestler Jimmy Valiant was one of the stars of the
10 of the 12 professional wrestlers on hand are Valiant's students.
They learn the art of pro wrestling at his camp in Shawsville.
His students look at this event as a stepping stone to the big time.
IN Q=I WAS LOOKING FOR
((EL TORO/PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER: I WAS LOOKING FOR NEW MOVES TO SEE HOW THEY
MIGHT WRESTLE. CAUSE ONE DAY I MIGHT HAVE TO WRESTLE THEM.))
OUT Q=TO WRESTLE THEM
The wrestling free-for-all was a promotional event for the Salem Avalanche.
None of the wrestlers were paid.
Valiant says appearances like this one are his way of giving something back
after a long, successful career.
He says he hopes he's helping other wrestlers make their dreams come true.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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The Salem Avalanche wrapped up a three game set with Frederick losing to
the Keys 6 to 2.
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Some kids at the game flexing their muscles ringing the bell.
Salem lead 1 to nothing but Frederick's LeRoy McKinnis hits a single down
the first base side with the bases loaded and the game was tied at 1 to 1.
Then the very next batter David SUPER=37-Salem/2/Frederick/6/;Lamb hits a
line drive to left field scoring Chris Bryant the Keys led 2 to 1 and Frederick
goes on to win the game 6 to 2.
Meantime, Over in Lynchburg yesterday, The Hillcats beat Prince William 5
Baltimore rode a grand slam by Roberto Alomar in a 11 to nothing win over
Davey Johnson relaxing in the dug as his team gets ready to come to bat.
In the bottom of the first, Eric Davis hits a line drive in the gap at left
centerfield scoring a run and the Orioles jumped out to the 1 to nothing lead.
Baltimore was leading 3 to nothing in the fifth when B.J. Surhoff hits a
SUPER=35-Baltimore/11/Oakland/0/;line drive in the gap at right centerfield
scoring another run the Orioles led 4 to nothing and Baltimore routs Oakland 11
The Miami Heat won the first playoff series in franchise history with a 91
to 83 win over Orlando.
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Pat Riley's Heat would open the game up in the third.
Voshon Lenard hits the first of his three pointers in the quarter and Miami
led 50 to 38.
The Magic comes right back at the Heat Darryl Armstrong hits a three
pointer and the lead was cut to 9.
Miami gets the ball to its big man Alonzo Mourning who takes it in for a
dunk and a 62 to 48 lead.
But Orlando's Penny Hardaway hits a big three pointer and the lead was cut
to 3, 86 to 83.
Then Miami's Hardaway, Tim comes SUPER=32-Miami/91/Orlando/83/;right back
and nails a three pointer with 14 seconds left the Heat wins it 91 to 83.
IN Q="We Knew...
((DAN MAJERLE/SCORED 11 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Dan Majerle/Scored 11 Points; :
OUT Q=.......`closing it out."
Atlanta clinched its series with Detroit this afternoon beating the Pistons
84 to 79.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/NBC SPORTS; :
In Salt Lake city, The Lakers and Jazz opened the Western Conference Semi
Shag and the Mail Man go at it here Shag comes through with the jam giving
the Lakers a two point lead.
But Malone had 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Jazz wins the opener 93 to
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In hockey, Mike Richter stopped 32 shots as the Rangers beat New Jersey to
even their conference semi final at one game each.
For all of today's pro scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=0092-j/Montreal/9//San Diego/3////Cincinnati/1/j/San Francisco/2//10
3-2//Detroit/79/j/Atlanta/84//Hawks Win 3-2/;
SUPER=0096-/L.A. Lakers/77/j/Utah/93//Jazz Leads 1-0/;
SUPER=0103-j/N.Y. Rangers/2//New Jersey/0////Anaheim/2/j/Detroit/3///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up in sports, Phil Blackmar wins the P-G-A's Houston Open. The Go
Karts took over downtown Roanoke Today.
And Mark Martin finally finds his way to victory lane on the Winston Cup
October 1995 was the last time Mark Martin made a trip to Victory Lane on
the Winston Cup circuit. Martin ended that winless streak yesterday taking the
checkered flag in the Save Mart 300 at Sears Point.
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Martin started on the pole and he would hold off the field and lead the
Rusty Wallace led the race for three laps until he gets lose and slides
through the grass dropping back to sixth place.
Ricky Rudd, Who always runs good on the road courses, had transmission
problems and he had to go behind the wall with 38 laps to go.
Then on lap 43 the first caution of the day came out because of oil on the
Rusty, who was running on 7 cylinders, finally blew the engine in his
Miller Lite ford ending his day.
Martin led 69 of the 74 lap race and he held off Jeff Gordon to win the
race after finishing second the past two years.
IN Q="I didn't think
((MARK MARTIN/SAVE MART 300 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Save Mart 300 Winner; :
OUT Q= .....TO PASS ME."
Terry Labonte was third Dale Jarrett fourth and Darrell Waltrip fifth.
Jeff Burton finished 9-th and Ward Burton 10-th.
Everyone was a winner in the Advance Auto Parts Trust 500 today.
32 go carts turned the downtown market to a superspeedway today. The twist
and turns were reminiscent of the Sears Point course.
Four heat races started the days racing. The top finishers made the
consolation final. From there 25 drivers survived to make up the championship
15 laps final which was won by THE 110 per cent tire driver who was hurt in the
championship race at 5:40. Tony McGuire was seventh.
IN Q=first audio
((TONY MCGUIRE/FINISHED SEVENTH: ))
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Finished Seventh; :
OUT Q=this weekend.
The competitive atmosphere did take a back seat to charity with all the
proceeds from the event going to the Roanoke Valley Trouble Center.
IN Q=very exciting
((JANICE DINKINS/ROANOKE VALLEY TROUBLE CENTER DIRECTOR: ))
((CHAD TILLEY/ADVANCE AUTO PARTS VICE PRESIDENT: ))
SUPER=01-Janice Dinkins/ Roanoke Valley Trouble Ctr. Dir.; :00
SUPER=01-Chad Tilley/Advance Auto Parts Vice President; :11
OUT Q=....as the year goes on.
In golf, Jay Sigal carded an eagle and a birdie over the first five holes
and shot a 2 under par 70 to win the Bruno's Memorial classic.
He was 11 under for his first win on the Seniors tour.
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In Woodlands, Texas Phil Blackmar posted his first P-G-A victory in 9
Blackmar and Kevin Sutherland finished regulation tied at 12 under par.
But Blackmar birdied the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win the
Championship. She closed with an even par 72 and finished at 14 under par.
Tammie Green led after all four rounds and she won the Sprint Titleholders