In the little town of Jarrell, Texas, crews are resuming a full-scale search
for victims of yesterday's deadly
And President Clinton responds to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on the
Paul Jones lawsuit.
Sunshine will disappear gradually today, and we can expect clouds and
showers for tomorrow. The cool weather will continue as well. I have all those
details and a look at who FINALLY won the Indy 500.
News 7 at Noon is next. Stay with us.
What shapes up to be the worst tornado in recent Texas history
has virtually erased one town from the map.
In the small farming community of Jarrell, more than two dozen people are
dead another two dozen are missing.
The twister also wiped out an entire subdivision leveling between 50 and 70
Jarrell, which has a population of about a one-thousand was hit by a tornado
eight years ago.
SUPER=03-Cedar Park, TX;
In the town of Cedar Park at least five people are missing.
The death toll is expected to climb as officials search through the
Jonathan Freed joins us from Jarrell with the latest.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
****Take from NEWSPATH****
11:30 UPDATE WINDOW
SUPER=01-Ed Richards/Williamson Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=back to you.
THERE'S NOT MUCH LEFT OF THE TOWN OF JARRELL, POPULATION 6-HUNDRED 50. WHERE
HOMES ONCE STOOD IN THIS SUBDIVISION CALLED DOUBLE CREEK ESTATES, THERE REMAIN
ONLY CONCRETE SLABS.
SURVIVORS HUDDLE TOGETHER...
(NATSOT, GIRLS CRYING)
... KEEPING VIGIL AS RESCUE WORKERS GRAPPLE WITH WHAT'S LEFT OF THEIR TOWN,
WATCHING SOME OF THEIR NEIGHBORS BROUGHT OUT OF THE DEVASTATED AREAS IN
&1/8NAT OF TORNADO&3/8
POWERFUL TORNADOES UNLEASHED THEIR WHIRLING DESTRUCTION ON SEVERAL COMMUNITIES
IN CENTRAL TEXAS. BUT JARRELL WAS CERTAINLY HARDEST HIT, THE LOCAL
SUPERMARKET'S ROOF TORN OFF... CARS CRUSHED LIKE TOYS... AND COUNTLESS LIVES
SHERIFF ED RICHARDS, WILLIAMSON COUNTY
DOZENS OF PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS, MANY SEEKING REFUGE IN A LOCAL SCHOOL. SOME 200
RESCUE WORKERS CONTINUE COMBING THE AREA, LOOKING FOR MORE VICTIMS.
Poss warnings for more storms expected later today, back to you.))
Michael Knowles says he was trying to threaten his wife into coming back
Today he told a Montgomery County jury he never intended to kill his wife or
wound his daughter.
Knowles testified this morning as his attorneys began presenting evidence in
his murder trial.
Knowles says he was upset because he believed his wife was having affairs
with men she met on the Internet.
Knowles has a long history of mental problems.
Today he told jurors he first had a conversation with an angel when he was
16- years- old.
He was also taking anti-depressants and drinking heavily on the day of the
Bedford County's school budget made it to the chopping block last night.
The school board came into its work session needing to chop more than two
million dollars from its proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
It reached its goal by trimming programs, expenses and about two dozen jobs,
including twelve assistant principal positions throughout the school system.
But one school board member says some of those employees might still be back
IN Q=The assistant
((BETTY EARLE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS WILL BE..
..LARGEST AMOUNT OF STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Betty Earle/School Board Member; :00
OUT Q=amount of students.
The board also voted to impose a 25 dollar per student fee for instructional
It still needs to find more than a million dollars to pay its bills for the
rest of THIS school year.
Up to three- thousand gallons of methanol leaked from an underground pipe at
the Ingersoll- Rand plant in Roanoke County.
Virginia environmental investigators say nearby residents are in NO
Methanol is defined as a volatile, flammable, and poisonous form of alcohol.
It's often used as a solvent and antifreeze.
The leak was caused by a corroded pipe.
Fresh from the historic deal yesterday linking Russia with NATO President
Clinton today works on strengthening other ties.
He is calling for a new Marshall Plan to help struggling nations of Eastern
Earlier today he spoke in the Netherlands where he's commemorating the 50th
anniversary of the original Marshall plan, which helped rebuild post-world War
Meantime, the President had no direct comment about the Supreme Court ruling
to let Paula Jones proceed with her sexual harrassment lawsuit.
He said he would let his lawyer do the talking.
((AS TO WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO FUTURE PRESIDENTS I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.. I'D
LIKE TO STICK WITH WHAT MR. BENNET SAID ABOUT THAT. ))
OUT Q=ABOUT THAT.
from Jones pkg
Gil Davis, one of Jones' lawyers and a candidate for Virginia's Attorney,
General, says if the President wants the lawsuit to go away, he at least has to
admit he was in a hotel room with Jones in 19-91.
The defense is expected to rest today in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
In court this afternoon attorneys for suspect Timothy McVeigh are expected
to try to discredit the testimony of key prosecution witnesses Lori and Michael
Yesterday, the defense attacked the F-B-I's handling of evidence in the
A Franklin County home was gutted by fire this morning.
Flames gutted this brick ranch home on Edwardsville Road.
No one was home at the time.
And there's no word yet on what started the fire.
It's still under investigation.
A single car accident in Bedford County yesterday killed one man and sent
two others to the hospital.
Police say the three men were apparently traveling too fast around a curve
on route 6-40 and hit some trees- ejecting all of them.
25- year- old John Henry Tanner of Bedford was dead when rescue crews
Two other men were airlifted to the hospital where police say they're in
Their names have not been released.
Salaried employees are the target of some layoffs rumored to be on the
horizon at G-E's Salem plant.
A source familiar with the situation who's talked with G-E management says a
"significant cut" to G-E's salaried workforce is on the way.
He was also told it would serve as a "wake up call".
No solid numbers have been pinned down.
G-E currently has 1150 salaried employees in Salem, and 900 hourly workers.
At first there were indications a cutback would come as soon as this week.
Now other sources believe it has been delayed, possibly several weeks.
The transfer of 125 Kroger warehouse jobs from West Virginia to Roanoke
County remains in limbo.
A circuit court judge in West Virginia says he will rule in the next 10 days
on an injunction against the supermarket chain, after an all day, all night
Kroger has closed its warehouse in Charleston, West Virginia, and plans to
consolidate it with one in Roanoke County.
The West Virginia workers contend Kroger has to keep the Charleston
warehouse going, because the company accepted 27- million dollars in public
bonds to build it.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-28)
Some workers in Southside are worried about some legislation that could cut
overtime pay for hourly workers across the country.
The Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, or UNITE,
started a letter writing campaign to Senators voting on the bill.
UNITE members from Tultex, Fieldcrest Cannon, and Health Tex are involved.
IN Q=This whole
((JOANNE WALKER-HARRIS/UNITE LOCAL 1994: THIS WHOLE EVENT IS ABOUT THE
COMPENSATORY OVERTIME BILL THAT THEY HAVE IN THE SENATE AT THE PRESENT TIME.
AND WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE IT GETS VETOED OUT.))
SUPER=01-Joanne Walker-Harris/UNITE Local 1994;
OUT Q=vetoed out.
UNITE explains the bill would require people to work 80 hours in a two week
period before they get overtime.
It would also let companies choose how to pay for overtime...with either
comp time or overtime pay.
Senator Warner has stated he's for the bill, Senator Robb is against it.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
One councilman has yet to get the city council to trash Lynchburg's garbage
Council members yesterday heard it would cost the city about 900- thousand
dollars a year to do away with trash tags entirely.
Councilman Carl Hutcherson is proposing a few less costly alternatives..
such as reducing the cost of the trash stickers or providing free pickup of
just ONE bag of trash per week.
IN Q=At least with
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AT LEAST WITH THESE PROPOSALS EVEN
THOUGH THERE'S AN ANTICIPATED LOSS OF REVENUE, HERE AGAIN WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY
HOW MUCH, BUT AT LEAST GIVES US SOME TIME TO LOOK AT OTHER ALTERNATIVES LATER
ON DOWN THE ROAD OR SOME FUTURE COUNCIL, I DON'T KNOW.))
SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=I don't know.
Councilman Robert Garber says he'll continue to push for the complete repeal
of the trash tag ordinance.
Council will take up the issue again before its July 8th meeting.
On Monday, she was trapped in a Bath County cave for several hours after
falling some 30 feet, but this afternoon Sheryl Valone feels very lucky to be
alive and wants to thank her rescuers.
Eric Earnhart has her story.
IN Q=It was her first
SUPER=03-Bath Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Sheryl Valone; :11
SUPER=03-Bath Co./Monday; :22
OUT Q=E.E., News 7
(( It was her first time in a cave, but Sheryl Valone had an experienced
guide, and was wearing protective gear.
And that probably saved her life, as she lost her footing on a rock.
IN Q=That I don't remember
((SHERYL VALONE;THAT I DON'T REMEMBER AT ALL, I DON'T REMEMBER THE FALL AT ALL,
I DON'T REMEMBER THE LANDING, I JUST REMEMBER WAKING UP, I GUESS I WAS
UNCONSCIOUS FOR A WHILE ))
OUT Q=for a while
As the rescue effort mobilized outside the cave, Valone woke to find
herself at the bottom of the drop, unable to move.
((SHERYL VALONE;I KIND OF KNEW WHAT HAPPENED, MY FRIENDS KIND OF EXPLAINED TO
ME WHAT HAD HAPPENED, I KNEW THEY WERE OUT GETTING HELP SO I KNEW THERE WAS
NOTHING I COULD DO BUT JUST WAIT ))
OUT Q=but just wait
Her companions helped her fight off hypothermia as she waited, and wondered
how badly she was hurt.
IN Q=I wasn't moving
((SHERYL VALONE/ ;I WASN'T MOVING TOO WELL, I THOUGHT I MIGHT HAVE MORE DAMAGE
THAN I DID AS FAR AS FRACTURES AND INTERNAL PROBLEMS, IT WAS SCARY, I FELL
PRETTY LUCKY, I FEEL REALLY LUCKY. ))
OUT Q=feel really lucky
A possible concussion, but nothing broken.
doctors say if a CAT scan shows no serious damage, she can go home.
And this first time caver says it will NOT be her last time.
IN Q=I'd like to
((SHERYL VALONE/ ;I'D LIKE TO TRY IT AGAIN, I WOULD YEA... MAYBE NOT SOON
OUT Q=not soon(laughs)
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
The director for the Scottish company that made headlines earlier this year
by cloning "Dolly" the sheep made a visit to Virginia Tech.
Ron James says the media has missed the message-- and sensationalized the
accomplishments of the scientists at his company.
IN Q=the university
((RON JAMES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: THE UNIVERSITY HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO
EXPLAIN TO A WIDER AUDIENCE WHY EXACTLY WE MADE DOLLY. AND TO CORRECT SOME OF
THE MISCONCEPTIONS THE MEDIA HAS HAD ABOUT WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DO. AND
I WELCOME THAT OPPORTUNITY. ))
SUPER=01-Ron James/PPL Therapeutics;
OUT Q=that opportunity.
James says his company has no desire to clone humans.
He doesn't plan to continue cloning animals either.
Instead, he wants to use a technique called Nuclear Transfer Technology to
genetically alter sheep to produce human proteins in their milk.
IN Q=and the reason.
((RON JAMES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS THE ANIMALS MAMMARY
GLAND EXISTS TO MAKE PROTEINS , THAT'S WHAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO DO. OT MAKE
PROTEIN TO FEED THE YOUNG ANIMALS-- SO IT DOES IT RATHER WELL, AND IT MAKES A
LOT OF IT AND IT MAKES IT CHEAPLY. ))
OUT Q=it cheaply
These proteins will be used to help people with diseases like cystic
P-P-L Therapeutics is based in Scotland, with 20 researchers in Blacksburg
working on similar projects.
Linda Finch is in the home stretch of her round the world journey.
The Texas pilot is attempting to complete the flight that Amelia Earhart
She took off from Honolulu last night and is expected to arrive in Northern
California within the hour.
Preparations for her arrival began yesterday at the Oakland International
Finch's twin-engine Lockheed Electra is the same model Earhart was flying in
19-37 when she and her navigator disappeared without a trace.
The first round is over at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, and the
ranks of spellers are thinning fast.
The event started with 245 youngsters from around the country
and is already down to 208.
This is the first of two days of spelling.
The winner will walk away with five-thousand-dollars and other prizes,
including a laptop computer.
SUPER=301-62/38/E 10 G 17/30.41f/97/1941/39/1961;
TAPE#net (edit of S7-10)
The western conference N-B-A championship series resumed last night with the
Jazz and Rockets.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/NBC; :00
Karl Malone hit one of his patented fadeaway jump shots.
But Hakeem Olajuwan answers on the other baseline.
Back come the Jazz - Malone to SUPER=32-Houston/91/Utah/96/Game Five;
John Stockton for the 3, and Utah wins
96 to 91 to take a 3 games to 2 lead in the series.
TAPE#net (edit of CL-97)
Just two more games in the N-C-A-A Division Three baseball tournament at
Yesterday afternoon Wooster beat Carthage 2-to-1.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cortland St. vs. S. Maine;:00
Cortland State took on Southern Maine.
Tony Minor rips a shot to deep left center field, but the catch is made
right up against the wall.
Jason Crepeau tags on the sacrifice fly and scores from third to make it
Cortland State would answer in the fifth as the Red Dragons' Dan McAvoy
lifts one into center field, and plates SUPER=34-Southern Maine/1/Cortland
Jon Young. Cortland State would get one more in the ninth to win it 2-to-1.
Cortland State plays Wooster today at 3:30, with Southern Maine getting the
winner for the championship tonight.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-7)
The Region Three baseball championships opened last night in Danville with
Salem losing to Brookville 7-to-1.
And William Byrd taking on Gretna in the nightcap.
SUPER=03-Danville/Gretna vs. William Byrd; :00
The Terriers' Ryan Willie singles into right field and drives in a run to
give the Terriers a 1-to-nothing lead in the first.
Still in the first, Tommy Chambers hits a triple to center field scoring two
runs to make it 3-to-nothing Byrd.
Then in the third inning Byrd's Ross Blankenship
drives in another run as the Terriers
stay in the lead and win it 10-to-4.
TAPE#net (edit of r-36)
They finally made it to the end of the Indy 500 yesterday, as the rains
stayed away from the track for a few hours.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC; :00
First Robby Gordon who began the day in fourth place, saw his chances for a
win go up in smoke and those deadly invisible flames produced by the Indy fuel.
Then just 12 laps from the finish Steve Kinser, lost control of his car and
spun into the outside wall.
In the end, a true Indy veteran won the race as pole sitter Arie Luyendyk
(LY'-ehn-dyk) beat his racing teammate Scott Goodyear to the flag.
TAPE#net (edit of 04:39:25)
Cheese proved to be a tough business in England.
A record crowd of four- thousand people turned out to watch the contest.
One of the winners of the four races, 21- year- old postman Craig Carter,
reached the finishing post despite breaking his left arm as he tumbled down the
Three years ago, when he last won a race, he broke his right arm.