Coming up next on News 7 at 11.
A plane full of skydivers crashes in a Florida field
A new drug could offer help for smokers who can't quit.
And a strike in Paris locks up the Mona Lisa.
Those stories and much more, next on News 7 at 11.
An Elliston girl is dead following a car crash yesterday in Montgomery
Samantha O. Rentch died when the pick-up truck she was riding in collided
with an oncoming car.
The accident happened along route 460.
Rentch was thrown from the truck on impact.
Twelve year-old Tony D. Anders of Check and 25 year-old Philip L. Lewis of
Christiansburg were also injured in the accident and taken to Roanoke Memorial
Police arrested the driver of the pick-up truck Christopher Fisher.
He's charged with driving under the influence, refusal to take a breath test
and possession of marijuana.
A holiday weekend outing ended with six people dead when a skydiving plane
crashed in Florida.
One skydiver, who managed to bail out at the last minute, survived.
Reporter Deanna Lites has more.
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If you're trying to kick the smoking habit and the patch isn't helping,
another answer may be coming to a pharmacy near you.
Researchers developing an anti-depressant drug found it affects the brain
the same way nicotine does.
The drug, named Zyban, apparently reduces nicotine cravings.
The news gets better, the FDA just approved the drug, and it should be
available by prescription in about 6 weeks.
Air Force pilot Kelly Flinn says she's lost her innocence.
Flinn, who took a general discharge to avoid a courtmartial for adultery,
lying and disobeying orders, tells "Time" magazine the whole thing left her
unable to trust anyone or anything.
Flinn's situation was the talk of the morning news programs.
Her uncle says his niece would have been treated different if she were male.
IN Q=I believe she
JOHN SULLIVAN/FLINN'S UNCLE; I BELIEVE SHE WOULD HAVE RECIEVED COUNSELING, I
THINK THAT IN THE ALL BOSY'S NETWORK SOMEONE WOULD HAVE PUT AN ARM AROUND A
MALE'S SHOULDER AND WALKED HIM DOWN THE HALL AND SAID WHAT AER YOU DOING, HERE
ARE THE RAMIFICATIONS.
REP. NITA LOWEY/(D) NEW YORK; I'M VER CONCERNED THAT THE LESSON FROM THIS IS
THAT ADULTERY'S OK, JUST DON'T GET CAUGHT AND IF YOU GET CAUGHT, ADMIT IT AND
YOU GET A PAT ON THE WRIST AND YOU'RE EXCUSED.
REP. LINDSAY GRAHAM/(R) SOUTH CAROLINA; YOU CAN WORK YOUR WAY INTO A
COURT-MARTIAL, BUT IN TAKES AN EFFORT ON YOUR PART. SLEEPING WITH THE TROOPS,
NOT TAKING NO FOR AN ANSWER, LYING AND DISOBEYING A LAWFUL ORDER WILL GET YOU
THERE AND IT SHOULD AND IT HAS AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.))
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OUT Q=continue to do so
Flinn's lawyer says he'll try to get her discharge upgraded to honerable.
He says his chances may improve under a new Air Force Secretary... citing
rumours that current Secretary Sheila Widnall may resign.
As Memorial day approaches, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial received some
special attention today.
The U.S. Air Force Body Bearers element were out early this morning,
meticulously scrubbing and cleaning the 58 thousand engraved names.
IN Q=I think it's
((VETERAN; I THINK IT'S JUST MARVELOUS, I REALLY DO, I NEVER KNEW THEY DID
SOUND OF RUMBLING MOTORCYCLES, :03
OUT Q=(roaring motorcycles)
A few hours later, thousands of motorcyclists made their way to the freshly
An estimated 250-thousand bikers took part in the annual "Rolling Thunder"
The rally is a tribute to fallen soldiers, and a protest.
The group wants U.S. officials to find out what happened to the 16 hundred
U.S. soldiers still listed as missing on the wall.
An early morning accident leaves one person dead.
Curtis Brown of Appomattox died after driving over the edge of the highway
and crashing into several trees.
The accident happened along route 220 at about six this morning.
Governor Allen stopped in Southwest Virginia this week as part of his
The governor traveled on horseback, took a bicycle trip on the Virginia
Creeper Trail near Abingdon, and rode a train from Giles County to the
IN Q=I very much enjoy
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I VERY MUCH ENJOY GETTING OUT WITH THE PEOPLE, LISTENING
TO THE PEOPLE. MOST OF THEM ARE VERY OPTIMISTIC, THEY ARE VERY POSITIVE.
THEY'RE PLEASED WITH EITHER THE JOBS OR THE GREATER SAFETY, OR THEY LIKE OUR
ACADEMIC STANDARDS IN EDUCATION. AND YOU ALSO HEAR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOME
CONCERNS,AND THEY COME UP WITH ALL SORTS OF IDEAS, SOME REALLY GREAT IDEAS THAT
NO ONE HAD THOUGHT ABOUT.
OUT Q=no one had thought about.
Allen says these trips help him learn what really matters to ordinary
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Virginia is trying to create more competition in the power industry.
Later this year, the State Corporation Commission
will tell the General Assembly how to deregulate utilities, and give consumers
more options when choosing their electric supplier.
Officials are also considering a proposal to freeze Virginia Power electric
rates for five years while the utility prepares for competition.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on news 7 at 11, visitors to one of the world's most famous
museums are turned away because of a strike.
And summer traditionally starts this weekend -- that means more people
cruising along area lakes.
We'll see how one organization is helping to keep those boaters safe.
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Although there may be many jobs available in the Commonwealth, a technology
expert says they're not enough skilled workers to fill them.
News 7's Tina Tenret has more.
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IN Q=currently there are
CURRENTLY THERE ARE 19-THOUSAND JOB VACANCIES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. IF WE
COULD FIND A REGION OF VIRGINIA THAT HAD THE WORKFORCE SKILLS AND THE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE, I THINK WE COULD BRING 500 OF THOSE
HIGH-WAGE JOBS EVERY MONTH TO A REGION FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS.))
OUT Q=the next two years
Will the region rise to this challenge?
Dr. Robert Templin is telling the Chamber of Commerce there are jobs out
The hot spot is technology, and Internet business is booming.
But Templin says the workforce falls short on skills.
He says computers in the classroom is a must for all ages.
IN Q=It's not all
((ROBERT TEMPLIN/PRESIDENT OF VIRGINIA'S CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY: IT'S
NOT ALL JOBS THAT REQUIRE COLLEGE DEGREES, HOWEVER. THE MAJORITY OF NEW JOBS
BEING CREATED REQUIRE MORE TRAINING THAN HIGH SCHOOL BUT LESS THAN A BACHELOR'S
DEGREE. SO COMMUNITY COLLEGES FIGURE IN PROMINENTLY AS WELL.))
OUT Q=as well
Lee Ann Carter-Monsour is the president of her own Cabinet making business
and the winner of the Chamber's Small Business Awards.
She agrees technology plays a large part in her store's success.
IN Q= our machinery
((OUR MACHINERY IN THE SHOP, RUN BY COMPUTERS, AND I SORT OF DO EVERYTHING THE
OLD-FASHIONED WAY AND THEN THEY HAVE TO TAKE WHAT I DO AND COMPUTERIZE IT AND
MAKE IT HAPPEN. BUT IT'S MADE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE.))
OUT Q= a world of difference
Templin says Roanoke, Richmond and Lynchburg could compete globally in
technology -- if the work force were up to speed. Tina Tenret, News-7.))
Tourists hoping to see the Mona Lisa and other works of art were turned away
from the Louvre today.
The Paris museum is closed because the security guards are on strike.
The night shift guards are upset about their working conditions.
Tourists were weren't happy to find the doors closed.
IN Q=obviously we're
OBVIOUSLY WE'RE DISAPPOINTED, WE WANTED TO SEE THE MONA LISA.
ALL THE WAY FOR HIS FIRST TRIP TO PARIS, AND WE FIND THAT THE LOUVRE IS CLOSED.
WHAT A SHAME, WHAT A PITY, SO WE'VE BEEN UP THE EIFFEL TOWER, HAVEN'T WE HARRY?
OUT Q=harry? Yep
The Louvre averages 20 thousand visitors a day, this time of year.
Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional beginning to the summer vacation
And marina operators on Smith Mountain Lake want to help make this fun
season safe as well.
The BOAT-U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety has funded a life jacket loaner
These jackets are available at Saunders Parkway Marina at no cost.
IN Q=YOU JUST BASICALLY
((JAMES CLAYTON/SAUNDERS PARKWAY MARINA: YOU JUST BASICALLY SIGN OUT ONE. WE
GET YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. YOU TAKE A LIFE JACKET
ACCORDING TO THE SIZE YOU NEED AS MANY AS YOU NEED FOR HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU
HAVE IN YOUR PARTY OR GROUP GOING OUT ON A BOAT.))
SUPER=01-James Clayton/Saunders Parkway Marina;
OUT Q=OUT ON A BOAT
Clayton says children are more likely to be hurt in water accidents because
they're inexperienced swimmers.
He hopes all boaters will use common sense by outfitting children in life
Clayton says he hopes this program will expand to other marinas on the lake
in the future.
A plant closing in Martinsville, while 100 new jobs are headed to the
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
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Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((After cutting several hundred jobs late last year, Hanover Direct expects
to add 100 new ones this fall as it makes the Roanoke Valley its distribution
Once the new hires are added, Hanover Direct will have the equivalent of 575
full time workers in Roanoke County.
A reorganization move by Bassett Furniture will include the closing of its
W-M Bassett plant in Martinsville.
The company says the 400 employees there will be offered jobs at some of its
other plants nearby.
For the eighth consecutive year Norfolk Southern has captured one of the
railroad industry's most coveted honors, E-H Harriman Memorial Safety Award.
N-S has more than 3000 employees in our area.
A big week on Wall Street.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 151 points for the week, posting a new
record, the Nasdaq Composite also reached a record, rising 49 points.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
Also this week, Nexus Communications plans to build a new four- point-
three- million- dollar call center in Dickenson County.
About 130 workers will be hired initially, followed by as many as 500 over
the next three years.
Nexus Communications provides direct- marketing and consumer- information
Still to come on the newscast,
some local high school artists are getting some big publicity, thanks to
Festival in the Park.
But first, a look at your weekend stocks.
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Two award winning artists are selling their wares at Roanoke's Festival in
the Park this weekend.
The area high school students have won money for college through the
festival's scholarship program.
IN Q=WE THINK IT
((CATHY CADDY/SCHOLARSHIP CHAIRPERSON: WE THINK IT WILL PROBABLY GIVE SOME
STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION IN THE ARTS THAT PERHAPS
THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO SO OTHERWISE.))
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Creceda (Cree-CEE-da) LaMaire (La-Mare) won second place and will receive
750-dollars for each year of college as long as she majors in art.
The Cave Spring senior plans to attend Appalachian State in the fall.
IN Q=I PLAN ON
((CRECEDA LAMAIRE/SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: I PLAN ON GOING INTO ART THERAPY. IT'S
A COMBINATION OF PSYCHOLOGY AND FINE ARTS AND IT'S JUST TO HELP ANYBODY WITH A
PROBLEM TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH ART RATHER THAN JUST THROUGH VERBAL
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OUT Q=VERBAL COMMUNICATION
Jason Bradford received special recognition.
The Festival provided him and Creceda with a free booth.
The money they make will go to their education.
IN Q=I PLAN TO GO
((JASON BRADFORD/SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: I PLAN TO GO TO ROANOKE COLLEGE AND GET
MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE AND THEN FROM THERE PURSUE A CAREER IN SOME LINE OF
COMMERCIAL ART WORK.))
SUPER=01-Jason Bradford/Scholarship Winner;
OUT Q=COMMERCIAL ART WORK
The festival has given away nearly 30-thousand dollars since the program
began in 1992.
Funds raised by the annual Shrimpfest and donations from local businesses
provide the scholarship money.
The James River Batteau Festival is a cruise back in time for participants.
Denise Allen and videographer Rob Monroe introduce us to one crew, as they
work to make their craft sea-worthy.
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SUPER=01-Lynn Ward/Roanoke-Staunton River Batteau Soc.; :47
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((WE CHOSE 1816 AS OUR FOCUS FOR THE GOVERNOR HENRY.))
OUT Q=GOVERNOR HENRY
The crew of the Governor Henry successfully completed the 126 mile journey
down the James last year.
But before they launch the craft on June 14th some repairs need to be made.
IN Q=this is sidney
((PAUL THOMAS/GOVERNOR HENRY CAPT.: THIS IS SIDNEY HUGGINS AND SHE'S CAULKING
THE BOAT. WE HAVE A WOODEN SPINE AND THE CRACK WHICH IS QUITE LARGE AND WE'RE
PACKING COTTON ON EITHER SIDE OF THAT SPINE.))
OUT Q=OF THAT SPINE
The wood is then saturated with water.
It swells and the cotton acts like a gasket sealing the cracks.
That's the way it was done back then.
And that's why this group won the authenticity award last year.
They say they're trying to create an awareness of another time.
IN Q=figuring out HOW
((LYNN WARD/ROANOKE-STAUNTON RIVER BATTEAU SOCIETY: FIGURING OUT HOW THEY IN
THOSE DAYS PRESERVED THEIR FOOD, CARRIED FOOD WITH THEM, WHAT KIND OF FOODS.
IT'S NOT JUST THE BOAT TRAVELING DOWN THE RIVER.))
OUT Q=DOWN THE RIVER
Before the Governor Henry ever saw water, this crew did a lot of research.
They say there's proof of batteau travel down the Pig River in Franklin
That research also helped them construct this 46 foot boat from white oak
and poplar trees.
The repairs are almost complete and the crew says they're ready for their
trip back to the 1816.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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The Houston Rockets have evened the Western Conference finals at two games
Eddie Johnson hit a three pointer at the Buzzer as the Rockets beat the
Jazz 95 to 92.
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Hakeem Olajuwon on the bench after receiving a technical foul.
But Houston's Mario Elie takes it in for the jam in the first quarter but
the Rockets trailed by three.
Utah would keep that lead behind John Stockton who scores here for two of
his 22 points in the game.
But Johnson throws up the three at SUPER=32-Houston/95/Utah/92/;
the Buzzer nothing but net and the Rockets beat the Jazz 95 to 92.
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((EDDIE JOHNSON/HIT WINNING BASKET: ))
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OUT Q=.....two ball games."
The Philadelphia Flyers are returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the first
time since 1987.
The Flyers won the Eastern Conference final with a 4 to 1 win over the New
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Eric Lindros during the player introductions.
With the score tied one to one Esa Tikkanen scores this goal on the slap
shot and the Rangers took a 2 to 1 lead in the first.
The Flyers sealed the win when Rod SUPER=31-Philadelphia/4/N.Y.
Rangers/2/;Brind'Amour scored the goal to go ahead in the closing minute of
the first period and Philadelphia wins it 4 to 2.
Pittsburgh scored 5 in the eighth inning to beat the Montreal Expos 8 to 6.
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Felipe Alou looking on at the start ot the game.
The Expos got on the board first David Segui hits this grounder up the
middle for an R-B-I single and Montreal went on top 1 to nothing.
The Expos padded that lead an inning later Mike Lansing sending this pitch
deep over the left field wall to make it 2 to nothing Montreal.
Pittsburgh then started to rally SUPER=35-Pittsburgh/8/Montreal/6/;Dale
Swarm gets all of this pitch sending it over the centerfield wall for a three
run homer and the Pirates beat the Expos 8 to 6.
The Toronto Blue Jays beat Anaheim in 11 innings this afternoon 4 to 3.
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Tony Phillips watching from the dugout.
In the top of the second Luis Alicea hits this shot for a triple to right
field two runs score and the Angels took the 2 to nothing lead.
But the Blue Jays rallied in the bottom of the second Carlos Delgado hits
this solo homer deep over the right centerfield wall to make it 2 to 1 Angels.
And in the bottom of the fourth, SUPER=35-Toronto/4/Anaheim/3/;Carlos
Garcia hits a single to left field scoring a run to make it 3 to 2 Toronto and
the Blue Jays win it 4 to 3 in 11.
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In Kansas City, Ken Griffey Junior matched his own record for the month of
May when he hit his 22-nd homer against the Royals.
Kansas City won the game and now here's the rest of the scores.
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And coming up, Rain Postponed this afternoon's Indy 500 it also delayed the
Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte.
And David Frost holds off Brad Faxon to win the Colonial golf tournament in
Fort Worth, Texas.
Rain Delayed the start of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte and the race was
stopped at 8:45 when another shower came through the area.
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With the threat of rain, The drivers were running wide open early in the
race Bill Elliott on the point after 45 laps.
Ernie Irvan had a strong car and he was pulling away from the rest of the
field leading after 102 laps of the 400 lap race.
Then the second caution of the day came out when Kenny Wallace hit the wall
in turn four on lap 111.
The crews informed the drivers that the rain was coming here Dale Earnhardt
and Terry Labonte race side by side as three cars race for position.
After another caution the expected happened. The rain hit the track on
lap 194 while Bobby Labonte was leading the race and Ernie Irvan was second.
Nascar sent the cars down pit road and Red Flagged the race.
The race was delayed for well over two hours while track officials dried
the track. On the restart the cars will line up like this Labonte first
followed by Irvan, Jeff Gordon, Ricky Craven and Elliott.
Rounding out the top 10 were Terry Labonte, South Boston's Jeff Burton,
Dale Earnhardt, Steve Grissom and Chesapeake native Ricky Rudd.
Rain postponed the running of the Indianapolis 500.
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The cars were on the track for a start after an hour delay but showers
moved through the area again 15-minutes before the scheduled restart.
The race will be run today beginning at noon.
David Frost wins the Colonial, more coming up later on Mornin'.
The first of a two day pro-am bicycle race kicked off yesterday afternoon
with the ROC Hillclimb.
Over 400 cyclist competed this past weekend and the event got off
yesterday with the start of the Hillclimb at the bottom of Mill Mountain.
The riders head up the mountain in the individual time trial up the scenic
back roads to the top.
And the finish is at the top of the mountain where the individual times
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((MIKE GRISSOM/BLUE RIDGE XALOY: ))
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That's it for sports. Have a great Memorial day everybody.
David Frost is the winner of the P-G-A's Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Tiger Woods challenged for the lead late in the round yesterday but he had
some problems. Here his shot lands in the water at the 11-th hole he would
double bogey. Woods shot 72 to finish tied for fourth.
Frost made his move at 17 when he hit this long birdie putt. He shot a
three under par 67 to finish at 15 under par one shot better than Brad Faxon
and David Ogrin.