(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
GREG WEST/LA FIRE BATTALION CHIEF: ALL THREE CHILDREN WERE IN CARDIAC ARREST,
THEY WERE PULSELESS AND NOT BREATHING. THE PARENTS THOUGHT THEIR KIDS WERE
INSTEAD, THEY WERE KILLED BY CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN THE BACK OF THE
FAMILY PICKUP TRUCK.
ADD TWO MORE WOMEN FROM THE COMMONWEALTH TO THE ROSTER OF INCOMING CADETS AT
OUT=INCOMING CADETS AT VMI
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It's monday May 26th, our Top Story--emergency crews are working at this
hour to rescue a woman who is trapped in a cave in Bath County.
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 Primetime on W-E-F-C.
I'm Keith Humphry filling in for Connie Stevens.
Crews were called to Clark's Cave shortly after five o'clock this afternoon
The woman was injured when she fell inside the cave.
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Joe Dashiell is with the rescue crews tonight. He's on the phone with us
now from Bath County.
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Three small children died today while riding in the back of a pick-up truck
A boy and girl both age two and a six year old girl were riding beneath the
camper shell of their parents' truck.
When the family arrived in Los Angeles, the parents were unable to wake the
IN Q=We have requested
((GREG WEST/LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPT: WE HAVE REQUESTED LAPD TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE
VEHICLE TO DO SOME TESTING ON IT. WE WOULD ONLY SPECULATE THAT IT WAS CARBON
MONOXIDE AT THIS TIME. THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD GUESS.))
SUPER=01-Greg West/Los Angeles Fire Dept.
OUT Q=pretty good guess.
The family was returning home from a trip to San Francisco.
Investigators are studying the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in a
Florida sweet potato field yesterday.
Six sky-divers were killed.
A seventh passenger-- bailed out with a parachute and survived.
Earlier, officials thought the six-seater Cessna was overloaded, but an
investigator says it now appears the weight on board was well within the safety
The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane may not have been
going fast enough.
Forty-three-year-old Carol O'Connell told the local paper "she's grateful
to be alive."
President Clinton today made a point of honoring Virginia Military
Institute's most famous alumnus, General George Marshall.
Following the traditional Memorial Day wreath- laying ceremony at the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier, the President urged Americans to remember the country's
role in the world.
He told the crowd at Arlington National Cemetery that remembering those who
gave their lives can encourage Americans to lead the world to a more secure and
Clinton noted that General Marshall is buried at Arlington.
A member of the V-M-I class of 1901, it was Marshal who implemented the far-
reaching plan to rebuild Europe after World War Two.
Clinton left for Europe following the ceremonies to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the Marshall plan.
More than a half century ago, they helped restore democracy to the
Philippine Islands, and today 30-local veterans got their official "thank you".
Brigadier General Tagumpay Nanadiego (Ta-GOOM-pay Nana-Diego) presented the
Philippine Liberation medals during a Memorial Day service in Roanoke.
More than 20-thousand Americans died in the eleven months it took to defeat
the Japanese in the South Pacific.
IN Q=Today's presentation
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- ROANOKE: TODAY'S PRESENTATION OF THE PHILIPPINE
LIBERATION MEDAL MARKS AN IMPORTANT RECOGNITION OF ONE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT
AND BLOODY CHAPTER IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY HISTORY.))
((GEN. TAGUMPAY NANADIEGO: THIS IS OUR SMALL WAY OF THANKING THE VETERANS WHO
ARE HERE TODAY FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE LIBERATION OF THE PHILIPPINES IN RESTORING
DEMOCRACY AND PEACE IN MY COUNTRY.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Tagumpay Nanadiego/Philippine General; :12
OUT Q=peace in my country.
Following the services, a Marine Corps color guard fired a salute, and
veterans laid a wreath at the War Memorial in Lee Plaza.
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The Housing Development Authority is doing more than helping citizens find
And despite a little rain, Festival in the Park soars through its first
weekend. Stick around for the story when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
go to break
A man from Max Meadows whose children have allegedly been the victims of
International Parental Kidnapping is still trying to track them down.
At this point he's been unsuccessful.
Walter Benda hasn't seen his daughters (MAR-ee) Mari and (Eh-mah) Ema since
the spring of 1995.
He says his wife got involved with a cult...took the children to her native
Japan... and then changed their names.
This past weekend, Benda, and dozens of others, picketed six different
embassies in Washington.
He's also formed his own parents group in Japan.
IN Q=I have
((WALTER BENDA: I HAVE STARTED AN ORGANIZATION IN JAPAN CALLED CHILDREN'S
RIGHTS COUNCIL JAPAN. THERE ARE ABOUT 2 DOZEN MEMBERS OF THAT. MOST OF THEM ARE
PARENTS WHO ARE BEING DENIED ACCESS TO THEIR CHILDREN IN JAPAN. MOST OF THESE
CASES INVOLVE INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL KIDNAPPING. ))
OUT Q=parental kidnapping
Benda has been to Japanese District Court numerous times in the past two
years hoping to reclaim his children.
But he's run into a number of stumbling blocks.
He's not fluent in the Japanese language... and was not given the
opportunity to have a lawyer represent him in court.
The list of incoming female cadets at Virginia Military Institute keeps
growing, with a couple more from right here in the Commonwealth.
SUPER=03-Lexington/November 15, 1996;
Two high school seniors from Fairfax County have been accepted and plan to
attend the formerly male-only school.
Eighteen-year-old Alexis Abrams and 17-year-old Amanda Kaufman are expected
to join the other women who will attend VMI in the fall.
The new students will be on the Lexington post in mid-August.
Hands on learning... its giving students at the Botetourt Technical
Education Center a taste of the job world.
And their enthusiasm is paying off.
Several students are heading to Kansas City next month to take part in a
national vocational competition.
For students not satisfied with more traditional schoolwork, trade school
provides them a jump start to the future.
IN Q=I think it's
((STEPHEN REESE/JUNIOR: I THINK IT'S A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN OPENING UP A
BOOK, WHEN IN THIS CLASS YOU CAN USE YOUR HANDS AND LEARN HOW TO DO IT
((MICHAEL HUBBARD/SENIOR: YOU GET, LIKE I SAID, A COMPETITIVE EDGE BECAUSE YOU
GET AN ADVANTAGE. YOU'RE ALREADY PREPARED AS YOU COME OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Reese/Junior; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Hubbard/Senior; :12
OUT Q=out of high school
While most high school students are encouraged to go on to four- year
colleges, B- TECH officials say there is more demand for skilled workers in the
IN Q=In 1950
((JIM BUSHONG/BOTETOURT TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER: IN 1950, WE ONLY NEEDED 30
PERCENT OF SKILLED LABORERS. AS WE ENTER THE WORKFORCE NOW, 70 PERCENT OF THE
LABOR FORCE HAS GOT TO BE SKILLED. MUCH MORE ELEVATED THAN IN THE PAST. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Bushong/Botetourt Technical Education Center;
OUT Q=than in the past
B-Tech features courses ranging from drafting to auto mechanics.
Nearly 96-thousand families have benefitted from the Virginia Housing
Development Authority throughout its 25-year existance.
But for the past four years it's also helped take care of the state's
Corporate sponsors organized by V-H-D-A are chipping in some 40- thousand
dollars this year to two New River Valley shelters.
IN Q=The housing
((PAT BROWN/NRV WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER: THE HOUSING PROBLEMS ARE JUST
TREMENDOUS. AND THE FACT THAT A STATE ORGANIZATION LIKE VHDA WOULD SEE THESE
PROBLEMS OF THE HOMELESS, AND ACTUALLY WORK SO HARD ON SPARE TIME KIND OF
THINGS TO RAISE MONIES FOR NON-PROFITS, IT'S JUST TREMENDOUS.))
SUPER=01-Pat Brown/NRV Women's Resource Center;
OUT Q=just tremendous.
The charity tournament's NOT just a fund-raiser, but also an awareness
raiser for the bankers and homebuilders who help sponsor it.
((AMANDA GRIFFETH/MONTGOMERY CO. COMMUNITY SHELTER: WE NEED SOME LOWER COST
RENTAL UNITS THAT ARE AWAY FROM THE COLLEGES SO THEY'RE LITERALLY NOT SCARFED
UP BY ALL THE COLLEGE STUDENTS.))
((THERE ARE A LOT OF PLACES THAT IF YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF PROBLEMS WITH YOUR
CREDIT RECORD, OR YOU'RE NOT EMPLOYED AT THE TIME, YOU CANNOT GET IN, YOU
CANNOT GET A LEASE.))
SUPER=01-Amanda Griffeth/Montgomery Co. Community Shelter;
OUT Q=a lease.
The shelters hope the tournament helped change some attitudes.
(relax, shut up, go to break)
Rain fell on Festival in the Park this weekend, but the Roanoke event was
far from a washout.
Gray skies and scattered showers greeted the crowds at Elmwood Park today.
But the rain was brief, and the clouds provided relief from the hot sun.
Food Vendors on Bullit Avenue also said they were pleased with the
IN Q=Today, we thought
((ROBIN BRADT/FESTIVAL VENDOR: TODAY WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT OF
DOWNFALL WITH THE WEATHER, THE BEGINNING OF THE MORNING, BUT THE SUN'S TRYING
TO COME OUT AND THE PEOPLE ARE OUT. WE'RE STILL CONDUCTING BUSINESS AS
SUPER=01-Robin Bradt/Festival Food Vendor
OUT Q=business as normal.
(TOSS TO ROBIN)
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In tonight's Health Check-- Intensive care units can save lives.
BUT-- lurking in many I-C-U's are bugs that are getting harder and harder
to kill because they are able to fight off the antibiotics meant to kill them.
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control is the first of it's kind
to show just how big the problem is.
The most common bugs like staphylococcus were much more likely to be
resistant to drugs if found in the I-C-U, as opposed to other parts of the
The researchers say that bacteria learn how to outsmart the drugs...and
that there are fewer and fewer drugs available that can kill the bugs.
Researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School will ask state lawmakers to
introduce a bill next year requiring (----------------)
that all newborn babies have hearing tests.
The researchers have tested new technology they say could provide
affordable, accurate hearing tests.
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Our Video pick tonight-- comes from St. Louis, Missouri-- where a five
alarm fire in an industrial area forced the evacuation of at least 50 people.
SUPER=75-St. Louis, MO
The fire started in a the rig of a tractor trailer that contained the
highly- explosive but slow-burning substance magnesium.
The fire might have been limited to the one trailer, but someone opened the
rig doors allowing the magnesium to mix with oxygen.
Several spectacular explosions ensued.
Flying sparks ignited other magnesium-filled trucks, causing the blaze to
flourish and spread.
Only one minor injury was reported.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, the Heat cools down the Bulls to stay alive,
Princeton rules the lacrosse world again.
And we'll take a spin with the Saturn Festival Cup bike races.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC; :00
But first no racing at Indy again today.
Just before 3:30 eastern time this afternoon, the race stewards made the call
to postpone the Indianapolis 500 until tomorrow at Noon.
The fans did get to see 15 laps worth of racing today before the rain
arrived, plus they witnessed a three car crash on the pace lap.
Now your Memorial Day scoreboard.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Oakland/2//Kansas City/1//Final In 11
SUPER=0092-/New York/4//Montreal/3/8///Florida/3//Los Angeles/4/7//;
SUPER=0096-/Chicago/80/j/Miami/87//Bulls Lead 3-to-1/;
SUPER=0103-/Colorado/1//Detroit/2/3/Red Wings Lead 3-to-2/;
OUT Q=....last score."
The Miami Heat was on the verge of elimination today, but still talking
Heat center Alonzo Mourning guaranteed a Miami win over the Bulls to extend
the series at least one more game.
Pat Riley was hoping for a fast start from his Heat and cold opening from the
Bulls. He would get both.
Tim Hardaway waits for the defense to retreat and then fires in the
hesitation three pointer, he finished with 25.
Then watch Jamal Mashburn school Dennis Rodman with the drive to the left
block and the score.
But then it was Jordan's time to take the Heat players to school. Well, not
exactly. His "Airness" missed his first 14 shots and was just 2 of 22 through
He finally came on in the fourth, but it was too late. John Crotty to
Mourning for the slam and the Heat beat up the Bulls 87-to-80.
SUPER=32-Chicago/80/Miami/87/Bulls Lead 3-to-1;
And I do mean beat up. Check out the lump on Scottie Pippen's head.
Game five is back in Chicago on Wednesday night.
The Saturn Festival Cup bike races provided a lot of excitement and
entertainment for those spending their Memorial Day in downtown Roanoke.
And the event's sponsor even managed to pick up the top two spots in the
men's pro event.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Women's 30 Lap Pro Event; :00
SUPER=01-Sandra Kolb/Women's Pro Event Winner; :27
SUPER=04-Men's 45 Lap Pro Event; :40
SUPER=01-Mark McCormack/Men's Pro Event Winner; 1:00
OUT Q=...IN CYCLING."
((The rain held off for the two professional cycling events in the middle of
the day, although several puddles still made things interesting for the
In the women's 30 lap event 10 riders emerged from the start on CHurch avenue
and made their way around the tight course.
The final lap produced a mad dash for the finish line, with Maryland's Sandra
Kolb, a full time tri-athlete, hitting the stripe first for her first Saturn
((SANDRA KOLB/WOMEN'S PRO EVENT WINNER:))
The men's 45 lap race featured the biggest field ever for the Saturn Cup as
58 cyclists tried to stay out of each other's way.
Team Saturn riders Mark McCormack and Bart Bowen set the early pace by
breaking away from the pack on several occassions.
They crossed the line hand in hand, with McCormack getting the victory, by
half a wheel.))
((MARK MCCORMACK/MEN'S PRO EVENT EVENT WINNER:))
It has a small enrollment, a bright student body, and a lacrosse team that
has been virtually unbeatable in the 90's.
SUPER=03-College Park, MD/Princeton vs. Maryland - ESPN; :00
It is Princeton. And today the Tigers beat the Maryland Terps 19-to-7 in
College Park to claim the NCAA division one championship.
The Tigers have now won four title in SUPER=34-Princeton/19/Maryland/7;
the last six years. They finish this season 15-and-0.
And finally tonight, a rarity in the big leagues as the Cubs and Pirates
produced two inside the park homers in the same game for the first time since
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh/Cubs vs. Pirates; :00
Sammy Sosa had just slide safely across the plate in the top of the sixth
when Tony Womack came up to the plate in the bottom of the inning with the same
The Danville native, who graduated from Gretna high school, turned on the
jets and beat the throw to home by a mile.
Two inside the park homer in less than 5 minutes.
The Cubs win it 2-to-1.
Jody Foster returned to her alma mater today to accept an honorary degree.
SUPER=03-New Haven, CT
Three thousand degrees were awarded at Yale this morning.
IN Q=Jody Foster
((JODY FOSTER, ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER. ))
OUT Q=and producer.
She was among five people receiving honorary degrees, including children's
author Maurice Sendak, the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson and college
football's winningest coach Eddie Robinson.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 over on WDBJ-7.
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Joe Dashiell has more on the efforts in Bath County to rescue a woman in a
Plus, we'll hear from men who wear the Purple Heart... and about a man who
never got one.
Navy Corpsman Frank Davis died from exposure to Agent Orange.
The Military doesn't recognize a chemical defoliant that American forces
used in the jungles of Southeast Asia as a reason to award the Purple Heart.
Many of those wounded in combat don't either.
IN Q=Like them
((LIKE THEM, MY FATHER WAS ALSO WOUNDED IN BATTLE, OR HE WAS POISONED BY HIS
OWN COUNTRY WHILE FOLLOWING HIS ORDERS....))
OUT Q=his orders.
What do those opposed to awarding Chief Davis's family the Purple Heart have
to say about this?
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Jean Jadhon will be along over on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching NEWS-7