A plane loaded with skydivers crashes to the ground, but one very lucky
And the nation's War dead are remembered throughout the country today.
Feeling like anything but a holiday--
Clouds and scattered showers have made for a rather gloomy Memorial Day.
Expect the wet weather to continue off and on today.
Authorities are investigating whether drugs and alcohol contributed to an
accident in Montgomery County Saturday that killed a woman from Elliston.
Samantha Rentch died when the pick-up truck she was riding in collided with
an oncoming car on route 4-60.
Rentch was thrown from the truck on impact.
Two others were injured, one remains hospitalized in stable condition.
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.
In South Florida, N-T-S-B officials today are investigating whether a plane
was overloaded when it nose dived into a sweet potato field yesterday killing
The plane was carrying skydivers.
But as Jim Axelrod reports one of them managed to leap to safety as the
plane began to spin out of control.
SUPER=03-South Miami, FL/Amateur Video; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Suarez/MetroDade Fire Department; :21
SUPER=01-Jeff Kennedy/National Transportation Safety Board;:31
SUPER=01-Jim Axelrod/Reporting; :55
OUT Q=CBS News, Miami
In the skies 30 miles south of Miami... an amateur
videographer caught this scene... a Cessna 210-6 spiraling to the
ground. On board... five skydivers and the pilot. Also in the
skies... another parachutist... a 43 year old woman who was all
suited up when the plane developed problems.
SOT/ Robert Suarez, MetroDade Fire:
"She was ready to jump, and the
plane started going out of control and she just bailed out.
Narr/ On the ground.. picnicking.. this man saw it all.
SOT/ Eyewitness (not identified)
"We were here having a picnic, we turned around and saw the plane spinning..
we saw a parachutist leaving the plane, then it impacted."
Narr: The parachutist landed safely.. still in the air.. when
the Cessna crashed. All six on board were killed.
SOT/ Jeff Kennedy (NTSB): The NTSB bill be conducting an
investigation what's going on the airplane, examine its
Narr: An aircraft that slammed into a farmer's field in south
Florida Sunday afternoon... killing all on board... while one
fortunate parachutist made a near-miraculous escape.
Jim Axelrod Cbs News Miami.))
On this Memorial Day 19-97, services are being held throughout the United
States in honor of the nation's war heroes.
OUT Q=(playing of taps or music)
Earlier today President Clinton honored the country's fallen soldiers at
Arlington national Cemetery.
In a Memorial Day tradition he laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknowns.
Later today Mr. Clinton heads to Paris where he and Boris Yeltsin will sign
an accord giving Russia a role in NATO.
In Washington state, an Air Force security officer has been sentenced to 30
years in prison for rape.
Master Sergeant Napolean Bailey was found guilty Saturday on 15 of 17
charges filed in connection with the rapes of three women.
SUPER=03-Fairchild AFB, WA;
Bailey's sentence also includes a
dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and reduction to the lowest
Bailey had faced the possibility of life in prison.
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
The Nation's first female B-52 pilot WILL appeal her general discharge.
An attorney for Lieutenant Kelly Flinn says he hopes to win an honorable
discharge for his client after the current Air Force Secretary retires.
Badly needed food is on its way to North Korea, now that the communist
nation has signed an agreement with SOUTH Korea.
After three days of Red Cross talks in Beijing, South Korea agreed to
provide enough food to feed 600-thousand people for half a year.
In turn, North Korea will allow the aid to be labeled as having come from
The U-N believes nearly five million North Koreans risk starvation unless
they get the food.
TAPE#net Edit of 97-26
There may be more jobs available in Virginia than there are skilled workers
to fill them.
That's according to Doctor Robert Templin from the Virginia Center for
Templin says he has a plan for Virginia business.
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
The business hot spot is technology, and Internet business is booming.
But Templin says the workforce falls short on skills.
He says computers in the classroom are a must for all ages.
Templin says Roanoke, Richmond and Lynchburg could compete globally in
technology -- if the work force was up to speed.
Governor Allen brought his "listening tour" to Southwest Virginia last week.
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
As the summer season opens on Smith Mountain Lake, marina operators want to
make sure that safety is priority number one.
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.
The James River Batteau Festival brought more than old-time boating to the
Denise Allen and videographer Rob Monroe introduce us to one crew, as they
work to make their craft sea-worthy.
IN Q=we chose
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Paul Thomas/Governor Henry Captain; :21
SUPER=01-Lynn Ward/River Batteau Society; :47
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=we chose
((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.))
GRAPHIC=Festival in the Park
Roanoke's Festival in the Park was more than just a fun outing for two area
high school students.
The two 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.))
SUPER=01-Cathy Caddy/Scholarship Chairperson;
OUT Q=TO DO SO OTHERWISE
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
SUPER=01-Creceda LaMaire/Scholarship Winner;
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.
Memorial Day usually brings to mind thoughts of men and women who have
served their country during major battles.
But the war you often read the most about in school is one about which many
people don't have all the facts.
Kimberly McBroom is speaking with an author who is shedding some light on
the Civil War.
SUPER=01-Kenneth C. Davis/Author; :17
OUT Q=this summer
(( That's right, Melanie.
Not many people probably know that Memorial Day actually has its
origination from the Civil War.
Kenneth Davis has written a book, aptly titled, "Don't Know Much About the
Kenneth, thanks for joining us.
Can you tell us more about how Memorial Day actually came about?
( Your book is to promote more common knowledge about the civil war....Virginia
has recently had some racial tension over the Governor's proclamation of April
as Confederate History Month...is this common across the country?)
(We've all read about the Civil War in school..what is it about your book that
makes all the facts and dates easier to digest?)
Okay, thanks Mr. Davis for joining us today.
Sounds like a good book to take along to the pool this summer, Melanie.))
Some folks in different parts of the country are spending Memorial Day
A small tornado swept through Arlington last night.
No injuries were reported, but high winds and rain brought down trees and
SUPER=03-Argonia, KS/Amateur Video;;
Meantime, tornadoes in the midwest left at least one person dead and spread
a trail of damage from Kansas to Texas.
An amateur photographer captured on tape a twister touching down in Argonia,
In the Philippines, floodwaters cover much of the capital of Manila today.
Nearby provinces are also deep in water bringing chaos and power blackouts
to the region and halting most business activity.
The heavy rain began overnight, remnants of a tropical depression in the
South China Sea.
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SUPER=331-Rain Off/and On/50-55/Mostly Cloudy/& Cool/65-69;
SUPER=332-Clouds &/Drizzle/50-55/Partly Cloudy/& Cool/65-69;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Scattered Showers/48-52/Lingering Clouds/Wind NE
In this week's edition of Common Sense-
Len Besthoff has some benefits of giving your child an allowance.
IN Q=What are
SUPER=01-Gary Collins/J.C. Bradford & Co.; :09
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
IN Q=What are
((What are some of the pros and cons of giving your child an allowance? Gary
Collins with J-C Bradford and Company here in Martinsville explains.))
IN Q=Well I
((GARY COLLINS/STOCKBROKER-J.C. BRADFORD & CO.: WELL I THINK ON THAT ONE I'M AN
AUTHORITY BECAUSE I HAVE THREE BOYS MYSELF. I THINK CHILDREN DO NEED AN
ALLOWANCE. NOT SO MUCH A REWARD OF THEM GETTING MONEY EVERY WEEK JUST FOR, TO
BE GIVING IT TO THEM, BUT I THINK IF THEY EARN IT, WITH LITTLE CHORES AND THAT
TYPE OF THING. LOT OF PEOPLE COME BACK AND SAY, YEAH BUT YOU'RE REWARDING THEM
FOR SOMETHING THEY ALREADY SHOULD BE DOING. BUT AT THE SAME TIME I USE IT AS A
LEARNING TECHNIQUE FOR MY CHILDREN AS LEARNING THE VALUE OF MONEY. I TRY TO
INSTILL TO SAVE, AND THEN HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY FOR WHEN THEY GO TO THAT
TOY STORE OR WHEN THEY SEE A C-D THEY WANT, THEY'LL HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF CASH
TO BUY THAT INSTEAD OF GOING TO MOM AND DAD SAYING, DADDY CAN I PLEASE HAVE THE
MONEY TO BUY THIS? THIS WAY THEY ALREADY HAVE A SAVINGS PATTERN INSTILLED IN
THEM, AND THEN ALSO UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF IT.))
OUT Q=value of it.
IN Q=I'm Len
(( I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it
back to the newsdesk.
TAPE#net (edit of 01:19:56)
Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag in yesterday's Coca-Cola 600.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/TBS; :
The drivers of NASCAR'S longest race suffered a two hour rain delay.
Perhaps Bobby Labonte suffered the most -- he was the leader when the delay
was called, but struggled after the race resumed and finished sixth.
Rusty Wallace finished second. Mark Martin came in third. And Bill Elliot
and Jeff Burton rounded out the top five.
The event was scheduled for four hundred laps, but was called at three
hundred and thirty three.
Rain postponed the Indy 500 yesterday, but it is NOW underway.
TAPE#net (edit of S6-24)
The Houston Rockets evened the Western Conference finals at two games a
Eddie Johnson hit a three pointer at the Buzzer to break the tied game.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/NBC Sports;
Houston's Mario Elie (ELLIE) 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 and the Rockets beat the Jazz 95 to 92.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-4)
For the first time in ten years the Philadelphia Flyers are headed to the
Stanley Cup Final.
The Flyers beat the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/FOX Sports;
With the score tied at one Esa Tikkanen (ESS-A TIC-A-NEN) scores this goal
on the slap shot and the Rangers took a 2 to 1 lead in the first.
But the Flyers come back to win it SUPER=31-Philadelphia/4/N.Y.
Rangers/2/;4 to 2.
Philadelphia will face either Detroit or Colorado for the
TAPE#net (edit of S7-9)
The first of a two day pro-am bicycle race kicked off yesterday afternoon
with the ROC Hillclimb.
Over 400 cyclist competed in the event that kicked off yesterday.
The riders scaled Mill 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 are
This morning the riders took to the streets of Roanoke in the Saturn
Races continue throughout the day and the men's pro event gets underway at
With the summer season fast approaching many folks will be heading to the
nation's amusement parks.
Rollercoaster fanatic's will want to check out the Kentucky Kingdom in
It's now home to the World's longest coaster.
The CHANG is more than four-thousand feet.
A group of 120 roller coaster enthusiasts came from as far away as New York
to ride the stand up coaster.