(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THE END IS IN SIGHT FOR THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING TRIAL.
A BALTIMORE MAN, WITH SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA ROOTS, WHO WENT ON A CRIME
SPREE, IS APREHENDED AT THE IRONTO REST STOP ON INTERSTATE 81.))
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TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Thursday, May 29th, our Top Story
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Reaction to a guilty verdict and life sentence from the daughter of Michael
Good Evening you're watching NEWS-7 PRIMETIME on WEFC. I'm Connie Stevens.
A Montgomery County jury found Knowles guilty of murdering his wife, and
trying to kill a police officer.
Claims of mental illness will not save him from a lengthy prison term.
Jurors reccommended a sentence of life plus 83-years.
Joe Dashiell has today's developments.
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SUPER=01-Vanessa Knowles/Victim's Daughter; :18
SUPER=01-John Michael Knowles/Victim's Son; :36
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Authorities in Baltimore say Archie William Cooper was responsible for a
rape, a beating, THREE stabbings and an auto theft yesterday.
He was on the loose until Virginia State Police spotted him at the Ironto
rest stop early this morning... and took him into custody.
Cooper is originally from the New River Valley...
but he spent much of his childhood in the care of Betsy Hodge in Roanoke
She's not surprised by his alleged crime spree... because Cooper,
apparently, is no stranger to jail.
IN Q=He done
((BETSY HODGE/COOPER'S FRIEND: HE DONE SOME STEALIN'. HE WAS IN... JUVENILE
AUTHORITY HAD HIM. THEN HE RAN AWAY FROM RICHMOND. THEY FOUND HIM AND HE'S BEEN
IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE ALL OF HIS LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Betsy Hodge/Cooper's Friend;
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Cooper will be arraigned in the morning in Montgomery County Domestic Court.
The jury in the Oklahoma City bombing case has been sequestered, in
preparation for tomorrow's deliberations.
This afternoon in court, Timothy McVeigh was described by a prosecutor as
a "fresh-faced young man" who is "a mass murderer."
The accusation came as the government delivered its rebuttal to closing
arguments from the defense.
Here's Dave Fehling, reporting from Denver.
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He called the Oklahoma City bombing a crime of ghastly proportions.
Federal prosecutor Larry Macke asked the jury, who could do such a thing?
The answer is clear, he said, Tim Mcveigh did it.
The defendant who could face execution didn't look happy.
RICK SALLINGER/KCNC-TV: MCVEIGH HAD A SCOWL ON HIS FACE, MCVEIGH LOOKED MAD, HE
LOOKED UPSET WITH WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS SAYING ABOUT HIM EVEN THOUGH THIS IS
WHAT HE'S HEARD
ALL ALONG THROUGHOUT THE TRIAL.
Its a case the government spent millions of dollars to put together, doing
25-thousand interviews, sifting through 1000 tons of debris.
The result, said prosecutor Macke to the jury, is proof beyond a reasonable
doubt that McVeigh is quote "a domestic terrorist" who went "from intellectual
to animal " to impose his will on the United States with terror."
JOHN WALSH, CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT: AND HE SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME, THAT
IS MACKE, DEMONSTRATING ALL THE THINGS THE EVIDENCE SHOWS ABOUT TIM MCVEIGH'S
HATRED FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
And prosecutors, as they had throughout there case, did not let jurors
forget the victims.
Macke said after McVeigh left the truck bomb he could have seen the toys
and cribs in the federal building's day care center.
This bomber didn't care, Macke said, he only wanted to bring the building
down on its inhabitants.
Later, in his closing arguments, McVeigh's lawyer accused the government of
basing it's case on emotion.
Stephen jones urged jurors not to reach their verdict because of sympathy
for the victims.
He also said the trial has restored confidence in the judicial system...
in contrast to the chaos of the O-J Simpson trial.
He said the final chapter will be written if jurors show they have the
courage to find Mcveigh innocent.))
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Dave Fehling in Denver.
Again, the judge will give instructions to the jury tomorrow, then they'll
Roanoke citizens and representatives from the city went head-to-head tonight
concerning the Valley View Extension Road.
The planned route should ease congestion on Hershberger Road.
It would connect Valley View Mall to interstate 581.
Tonight, city officials and developers met for the fourth time with residents
near Huff Lane Magnet School.
Officials are pushing their plans, residents are voicing their objections.
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((ATWOOD HUFF/CONCERNED RESIDENT: I JUST DON'T THINK IT ALL LINES UP TO DO
THIE TO PUT A SORRY ROAD INTO MESS UP A SCHOOL AND HAVE TO MOVE AND ADD MORE
MONEY TO PUT IT SO CLOSE TO A SCHOOL. I JUST DON'T THINK IT ADDS UP.))
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Other concerns topping residents' lists include dust control from the
construction and up-keep of the road after it's in place.
Construction is scheduled to be carried-out in two phases beginning November
first of this year.
Construction for the part of the road cutting across school property will
not start until next summer.
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The Attorney General is being urged by a member of a rival party, to join
the tobacco lawsuit negotiations--
And a little later on NEWS-7 Primetime, the state's top politicians were
getting physical in Richmond today-- kicking off the new Commission on
go to break
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The secret tobacco talks continue -- without input from Virginia.
Former Congressman and Lieutenant Governor candidate L-F Payne says he'd
like to see Virginia in on the talks.
But he supports Attorney General Jim Gilmore's decision NOT to join the
lawsuits against the tobacco companies.
IN Q=The 30 states
((L.F. PAYNE/D-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: THE 30 STATES WHO ARE INVOLVED ARE
SPEAKING FOR ALL 50 STATES. AND CONSEQUENTLY WE'VE GOT PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE OF
VIRGINIA WHO ARE REPRESENTING US. AND I JUST THINK WE'D BE MUCH BETTER OFF
HAVING OUR OWN ATTORNEY GENERAL INVOLVED IN THIS AS OPPOSED TO SOMEBODY FROM
ANOTHER STATE SUCH AS CALIFORNIA OR NEW JERSEY OR WHEREVER THOSE ATTORNEY
GENERALS MAY BE FROM.))
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Payne is asking Gilmore to get Virginia involved... and says he's doing so
at the request of tobacco farmers from Southside.
IN Q=Well you'd
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WELL YOU'D HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW YOU GET TO THE TABLE.
OTHER THAN I SUPPOSE THE ONES WHO ARE SUING ARE AT THE TABLE. WE HAVE OUR
POSITION OBVIOUSLY AS VIRGINIANS.))
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Attorney General Gilmore says his office is closely monitoring the
negotiations and keeping in touch with congressional leaders about any
The state's second- highest ranking official says he supports a renewed push
to ban unrestrained children from riding in the back of pickup trucks.
Governor Allen has twice vetoed pickup truck legislation.
But Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer says he supports restraints in the back of
pickup trucks, and would push to pass that legislation if elected governor.
IN Q=We've seen what
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE'VE SEEN WHAT AN INAPPROPRIATE AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT OR THE
FACT THAT THE SEATBELT DOESN'T FIT RIGHT ACROSS THEM CAN DO TO A CHILD IN THE
FRONT SEAT OF A CAR. IF WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT RESTRAINTS IN CARS, WE CERTAINLY
SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT KIDS UNRESTRAINED IN THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK.))
OUT Q=a pickup truck.
Beyer was in Lynchburg today, speaking to students in a government class at
E.C. Glass High School.
I-T-T Night Vision believes its future looks good, especially since it has
just been awarded the largest international order in its history.
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The Roanoke County operation is the preferred tenderer in an 80- million-
dollar deal to supply night vision devices to the Australian military.
I-T-T says it's "highly likely" it will need to add people to its 650
It's just not sure how many.
Last year I-T-T won a 269- million- dollar contract to be the exclusive
supplier of night vision equipment to the U-S Army.
(go to break)
Some Crystal Spring Elementary students are solving problems at a young age.
These fourth graders are putting the finishing touches on two science
projects they created for Odyssey of the Mind.
It's an international science competition.
Organizers pose science problems...and, the students come up with answers.
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((ELIZABETH BAR/CRYSTAL SPRING ELEM. STUDENT: IT'S PRETTY EXCITING. WHAT PART
DO YOU LIKE BEST? I THINK IT'S FUN MEETING AND MAKING ALL THE STUFF AND
GETTING TOGETHER AND TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING.))
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OUT Q=what we're doing
The students created two projects-- including this wooden structure.
It weighs less than 40 grams and can hold up to 665 pounds of metal weights.
The second project is a skit called Double Trouble--it's about getting rid
of computer viruses.
The students will head-up to Maryland next week to compete in the world
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Don't go away-- there's more News-7 Primetime right after this break, here
Virginia's heads of state were moving to the beat today-- more or less.
Governor George Allen and First Lady Susan Allen joined the governor's
cabinet and some eager supporters for a little aerobics today at the State
TV fitness maven Denise Austin is the Governor's chairperson for his new
Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Her message-- exercise is easy.
IN Q=I just
((DENISE AUSTIN/FITNESS GURU: I JUST WAKE UP A HALF AN HOUR EARLIER BEFORE THE
KIDS GET UP. I GET MY HALF AN HOUR DONE IN THE MORNING AND I FEEL ENERGIZED
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK THAT IF YOU'RE PHYSICALLY FIT, IT RELIEVES
STRESS, MENTAL STRESS. IT OBVIOUSLY CAN HELP PREVENT INJURY.))
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OUT Q=prevent injury.
The fun and frolics in Richmond come in the face of the fact that Virginia's
gotten fatter under George Allen.
23- percent of Virginia women were overweight in 1993.
That number's now up to 30.
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The focus of our Video of the Day segment tonight is the New Regime.
A revival of a favorite childhood t-v show for many....it's time for the All
New Captain Kangaroo.
And a new champ-- the top teen speller in the country.
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SUPER=75-Tampa, FL; :31
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Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn is the new National Spelling Bee champion.
She yelled for joy as she spelled out her final word, euonym
(YOO'-oh-nihm)-- meaning, an appropriate name.
The home-schooled teenager beat out 244 other spellers.
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((JOHN MCDUNNA, THE ALL NEW CAPTAIN KANGAROO ))
OUT Q=SINGING, have you seen the all new Captain Kangaroo?
After a nationwide search, the cast of the "The All New Captain Kangaroo"
Show has finally been introduced.
The Captain, along with his sidekicks-- Mr. Green Jeans, Mr. Moose, Bunny
Rabbit and Grandfather Clock are all working again, on the Treasure House set
Their new nationally-syndicated educational series debuts this fall.
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Tonight on Primetime sports here on WEFC, William Byrd is headed to the
state baseball tournament, again!
The Hillcats pack City Stadium for a morning game, and we'll check on Tiger
and Daly at the Memorial
But first, the Denver Nuggets named former Hornets assistant coach and former
Notre Dame star guard, Bill Hanzlik as their new head coach today.
Hanzlik gets a three year deal and a team that lost 75 percent of its games
Now the scoreboards
WIPE TO SCORES
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- 12 Strikeouts/;
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TAKE A BREAK
The William Byrd Terriers have earned another trip to the state baseball
tournament after putting on an offensive show in the Region 3 semi-finals
tonight at Dan Daniel park in Danville.
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We pick it up in an explosive 7th inning - a frame that put the game away for
the Terriers. Already up 3 to nothing, Chris Kendrick hits a double to left
field driving in two runs as the Terriers take a 5-to-nothing lead on Jefferson
In all, the Terriers would get seven runs in the seventh. Steve Raglund hits
a single to right field that chases home Kendrick and and Byrd led 9-to-nothing
heading into the bottom of the 7th.
Jim Thacker's team would attempt to mount a serious comeback, as Chris
Winterfeldt scores on a wild pitch. But all that did was avoid the shutout as
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the Terriers move on to the Region 3 title game and earn a berth in next week's
state tournament with the 9-to-1 win.
In Region C semi-final baseball action tonight up at Casey Field in
Covington, John Battle beat Bath County 7-to-1 in the opener, while Grayson
County pounded Glenvar 8-to-nothing in the nightcap.
Steve Mason will have highlights back on WDBJ tonight at 11.
The Lynchburg Hillcats had the night off after working the early shift
today in a special 11 o'clock game at City Stadium against Northern division
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To historic City Stadium we go, where most of the capacity crowd consisted
of school kids celebrating "Just Say No to Drugs" day at the park.
Over 3000 sixth graders from Lynchburg City and five neighboring counties
got to take in today's game.
The 'Cats gave them their money's worth, touching Blue Rock starter Todd
Thorn early and often. Tony Robinson gets things started in the first, lining
this shot off the wall in left center for a standup double.
Then watch Aramis Ramirez crack this 2-run blast deep over the scoreboard
and into the trees. Craig Wilson also homered in the inning to give Lynchburg
a 3-zip lead after 1.
Then in the 4th, Erskine Kelly sends a shot down the line in left. Morgan
Walker will try and score all the way from first. He beats the throw, but
loses style points on the slide. 4-nothing Hillcats.
Kelly trotted home on this Abraham Nunez single for a 5-run advantage, and
the Hillcats hang on in the late innings for a 9-7 win.
There's a four way tie after the first round of play at the Memorial in
Tim Herron, Jesper Parnevik, Glen Day, and Billy Andrade are each at 6-under
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John Daly is making his comeback on the tour this week, and today he
struggled a little bit in his first tournament in two months shooting a four
over par round of 76.
But a number of scores were over par most of the day including the one posted
by Tiger Woods. He shot a 38 on the front nine.
And Tiger needed to make this long eagle putt to finish the day at even par
Chip Sullivan is not playing in the Memorial this week.
Blacksburg high school's Yazamina Hilo won the girl's state Group Two-A
singles tennis title today in Winchester.
The William Byrd boys' team came up short in its bid to win a state title
today on the Tech campus.
Byrd faced three time defending champion York in the championship this
The Terriers were down 5 to 1 after the singles matches and that's all the
Falcons need to win another state tennis title.
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((RICK WITT/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Rick Witt/William Byrd Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=.........very deserving."
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Here's what you'll
dissolve to boards
see on NEWS-7 at 11, over on WDBJ-7.
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Larry Dowdy introduces us to the Zambian Acapella Boys Choir...
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26- young men from Central Africa are in the Roanoke Valley throughout
their 21-month swing through the U-S.
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NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will have more on their visit on WDBJ-7. Thanks for watching