More rain is in the forecast after a powerful thunderstorm dropped several
inches of rain in portions of southwest and western Virginia causing flooding
And the The tobacco industry is back in court -- this time in
Florida, with flight attendants.
Flash Flood Watches are in effect until four o'clock this afternoon for
much of the viewing area.
Rain and thunderstorms could be heavy at times.
Forecast details, up next.
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
TAPE#net (Edit of 97-21)
There's more rain in our forecast and that's bad news for areas already
swollen with water.
Nearly eight inches of rain caused flooding in Rockbridge County yesterday.
9:31:45 crews digging ditched
Highway crews used heavy equipment to clear roadside ditches so the rushing
water would have some place to go.
Rescue workers put sandbags in front of the doors of the firehouse to keep
the water out, but in the end their efforts were in vain.
IN Q=OF COURSE YOU
((RICHARD SPANGLER/GLASGOW FIRE CHIEF: OF COURSE YOU CAN SEE THE FIREHOUSE
FLOODED AGAIN. NORTH GLASGOW GOT FLOODED AND MOST OF THE CONCERN NOW IS THE
MAURY RIVER. THEY'RE EXPECTING ANOTHER STORM TO HIT US AND WE'VE GOT TO WATCH
THE RIVER NOW.))
SUPER=01-Richard Spangler/Glasgow Fire Chief;
OUT Q=THE RIVER NOW
No major roadways were closed due to flooding.
But public safety officials warn drivers to use common sense and beware of
water covered roadways.
They also say in some cases the rushing water may have washed out roads
creating huge holes and dangerous driving conditions.
Rockbridge County was NOT the only area to feel the effects of yesterday's
Residents at Roanoke's
Williamsburg Manor Apartments are cleaning up today after rain and mud from a
neighboring construction site rushed into the apartments yesterday.
Four apartments in two separate buildings were flooded before the waters
IN Q=THE SKY JUST
((MARY MANN/RESIDENT; THE SKY JUST LET LOOSE AND WHEN IT STARTED IT CAME DOWN
THROUGH HERE JUST IT WAS JUST LIKE A RIVER. ))
OUT Q=LIKE A RIVER
Residents still have to contend with several feet of mud.
The developer of the construction site has said he'll pay for the clean up
and the temporary relocation of residents.
Roanoke COUNTY officials had to close some roads yesterday when rain forced
creeks over their banks.
This portion of Carvin's Creek Road in the County was under several feet of
water yesterday afternoon.
The severe storms dumped more than two inches of rain in some areas.
WX ALERT MAP
150 NM LOOP
GRAPHIC=personal property tax
If you live in Roanoke County or Roanoke City and you have NOT paid your
personal property tax yet.. time is running out.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave
Scott Prince is outside of the Roanoke branch of the department of motor
vehicles where folks are lining up to pay the tax man.
Scott, how bad is it?
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:isn't too bad)
IN Q=the pace
SUPER=01-Patsy Jeffries/City Taxpayer; :11
SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/Department of Motor Vehicles; :28
OUT Q=as is the wait
( ad lib)
Double Boxes=Melanie and Scott/Microwave
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Jury selection is underway in Miami in a five billion dollar class action
lawsuit against the tobacco industry.
Some 60-thousand flight attendants are seeking damages, saying they suffered
health problems from second-hand smoke.
The case was triggered by flight attendant Norma Broin who never smoked a
day in her life, but was diagnosed with lung cancer in 19-89.
She's convinced it was because of the constant exposure to second-hand
((NORMA BROIN:THERE WASN'T A FLIGHT THAT YOU DIDN'T FLY WHERE YOU JUST
ABSOLUTELY DID NOT
FEEL LOUSY. YOU HAD HEADACHES. IF ONE PERSON SMOKES ON A FLIGHT, EVERYBODY
SMOKES. THE AIR IS JUST RECYCLED AND RECIRCULATED."
SUPER=01-Norma Broin/Flight Attendant;
OUT Q=and recirculated.
The tobacco companies are fighting the lawsuit by questioning the science
that claims second-hand smoke is dangerous.
The jury deciding the fate of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh
is now in its fourth day of deliberations.
Yesterday jurors cut their third day short after meeting for just
With no verdict yet, fear has been rising among the victims' families.
The 12- year- old grandson of Malcolm X is facing arraignment today in
connection with a fire that has left
his grandmother near death.
Officials say Betty Shabazz suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of
Randall Pinkston has the story.
SUPER=03-Yonkers, NY; :00
SUPER=04-February 10, 1992; :05
SUPER=01-Dr. Bruce Greenstein/Jacobi Medical Center; :09-
SUPER=04-January 13, 1995; :47
SUPER=01-Rev. Al Sharpton/Family Friend; 1:12
OUT Q=CBS News, New York;
BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS REACHED THE SHABAZZ APARTMENT IN YONKERS, NORTH OF
NEW YORK CITY, YESTERDAY MORNING. SHE SUFFERED THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER 80
PERCENT OF HER BODY WHEN HER NIGHTCLOTHES CAUGHT ON FIRE.
(SOT: Dr. Greenstein)
POLICE BELIEVE THE FIRE WAS DELIBERATELY SET: A FAMILY LAWYER IDENTIFIES THE
SUSPECT AS SHABAZZ'S GRANDSON. THE NEW YORK TIMES QUOTES LAW ENFORCEMENT
SOURCES AS SAYING THE BOY DOUSED SHABAZZ'S APARTMENT HALLWAY WITH GASOLINE
BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO STAY WITH HER.
THE BOY IS THE SON OF QUIBILAH SHABAZZ WHO WAS CHARGED IN 1995 WITH PLOTTING
TO KILL NATION OF ISLAM LEADER LOUIS FARRAKHAN. THOSE CHARGES WERE DROPPED
LAST MONTH. MALCOLM-X WAS GUNNED DOWN IN 1965 AFTER A FALLING OUT WITH THE
NATION OF ISLAM.. AND BETTY AND QUIBILAH SHABAZZ BLAMED FARRAKHAN.
SHABAZZ AND FARRAKHAN WERE AT ODDS FOR 30 YEARS. THEY PUBLICLY RECONCILED TWO
YEARS AGO. FAMILY AND FRIENDS GATHERED TO SUPPORT
(SOT: Rev. Al Sharpton)
BETTY SHABAZZ IS 61 YEARS OLD. CORETTA SCOTT KING CALLS HER "A GREAT
FRIEND.- "WHO HAS CARRIED FORWARD HER HUSBAND'S LEGACY WITH DIGNITY AND
GRACE." RANDALL PINKSTON, C-B-S NEWS NEW YORK.
The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine what caused
the crash of a vintage fighter jet yesterday during an air- show in Colorado.
Nearly 50-thousand people watched as the F-86 fighter failed to pull out of a
steep dive and plunged to the ground killing the pilot.
The jet slammed into the ground just a few hundred yards from spectators,
but no one on the ground was injured.
They say a two mile stretch of highway is inadequate and these Roanoke
County residents want to see the problem remedied.
The stretch of road near Salem is carrying more traffic than before.
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=Just outside of
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Harold Bowman/Roanoke Co. Resident; :13
SUPER=01-Spike Harrison/Roanoke Co. Supervisor; :28
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :46
OUT Q=Roanoke County.
((Just outside of Salem there is a two mile stretch of highway.
Route 11/460 is a two lane road which widens to four lanes at both the east
and west ends.
Residents say that creates a dangerous bottleneck.
IN Q=IT'S NOT WIDE
((HAROLD BOWMAN/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: IT'S NOT WIDE ENOUGH FOR THE
37-PLUS-THOUSAND CARS THAT PASS HERE DAILY.))
OUT Q=PASS HERE DAILY
Business is booming on the road.
Officials say Kroger and Richfields are expanding and two more businesses
are building new plants.
IN Q=IT'S NOT RESPONSIBLE
((SPIKE HARRISON/ROANOKE CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: IT'S NOT RESPONSIBLE TO DO
THAT WITHOUT HAVING A FOUR LANE HIGHWAY RUNNING RIGHT ALONG SIDE THE
INTERSTATE. IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. THE TRUCK TRAFFIC IS GOING TO
DOUBLE AND TRIPLE.))
OUT Q=DOUBLE AND TRIPLE
One million dollars has been proposed to pay for the planning of the project
which would widen the road to five lanes.
But it could be years before construction starts.
IN Q=WE HAVE TO
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH SEVERAL STAGES ONE OF
THOSE STAGES IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, SOME SURVEYING WORK. WE MUST ALSO
HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS.))
OUT Q=HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS
The project isn't in the six year plan yet.
Bowman has a petition signed by 25-hundred motorists who hope V-Dot makes it
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THE PUBLIC MAY SOUND OFF ON THIS AND OTHER HIGHWAY
THE MEETING IS IN THE AUDITORIUM AT VDOT HEADQUARTERS IN SALEM AND OFFICIALS
SAY ANY INPUT GIVEN WILL HELP THEM PRIORITIZE FUTURE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7 ROANOKE COUNTY.))
GRAPHIC=roanoke city seal
After 47 years in law enforcement, and 20 as Roanoke Sheriff, Alvin Hudson
is making plans to retire.
Today, Hudson confirmed that he will not run for re- election.
He will step down when his current term expires at the end of the year.
Hudson says it was a difficult decision to make, one that he wrestled with
up until Saturday's filing deadline.
IN Q=I had fully intended
SUPER=01-Alvin Hudson/Roanoke Sheriff;
OUT Q=going to be going.
Hudson hopes chief deputy George McMillan will succeed him as sheriff.
McMillan is only democrat who has filed for the election.
There's no word yet whether any Republicans will enter the race.
GRAPHIC=Gas Prices Up
With Americans hitting the open road for the summer, the price of gasoline
is going up again.
Gas prices have risen about a cent and a- half a gallon over the past three
The new average is about a dollar- 28 cents.
SS=U.S. Postal Service
And more signs that the days of the 32-cent stamp are numbered.
"The Washington Post" reports the Postal Service is printing millions of
rate-change "H" stamps in anticipation of a price hike next year.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback
In our mailbag this week, a viewer was not happy with our coverage of a
Virginia Tech event.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News 7's Feedback.
IN Q=To celebrate
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/April 17; :00
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Virginia Tech commissioned an aerial
photograph of the number "125", formed by dozens of people on the campus
A viewer from Christiansburg wrote:
"Channel 7's report...reinforces my opinion of radio, newspaper and
television news reporting--what is presented as the story does not necessarily
include all the facts. Thursday, April 17 six o'clock report and the following
Friday Mornin' show gave the blip about the photo on TV, with faculty and
students named as participants. The participants were in fact faculty, students
and STAFF. Most of the time, the Staff of Virginia Tech are not in the
limelight like faculty and students, but they are as much an integral part of
the success of the University reaching the milestone of 125 years as the
faculty and students."
If you'd like to comment on our news coverage or a topic in the news, write
to News-7 Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia, 24022.
To send a fax, just dial 540-343-7269.
For email, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you may leave a note on the moderated forum of our home page, at www.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
You may want to batten down the hatches, Hurricane Season is underway and
its expected to be busier than normal.
SUPER=03-West Dade, FL;
Hurricane forecaster William Gray is predicting there will be eleven
tropical storms this year, with seven of them becoming hurricanes.
The last two years were the most active two-year storm period on
Four monster hurricanes killed 57 people and caused four-point-three
billion dollars worth of damage.
SUPER=330-Rain, Heavy/at Times/60-64/Periods of/Rain/65-70;
SUPER=331-Showers &/Thunderstorms/60-64/Occasional Rain/& Drizzle/65-70;
SUPER=332-Rain &/Storms Likely/58-62/More Showers/& Thunderstorms/65-69;
SUPER=333-Showers/& Thunderstorms/60-64/Periods of/Rain/65-69;
SUPER=334-Showers &/Thunderstorms/55-59/Rainy &/Humid/65-69;
Finding a job is NOT the only obstacle faced by graduating college students.
The spring ceremony also means finding a way to pay off those student loans.
Here's Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Erin Montgomery/College Graduate; :14
SUPER=01-Gary Collins/J.C. Bradford & Co.; ::39
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
(( The party's over in more ways than one once you graduate college.
That's when interest on many education loans often starts to accrue.
Erin Montgomery, a saleswoman with Ikon Office Solutions in Roanoke, has a
dilemma that's not too uncommon.
SOT Common Sense II 14:11:13
IN Q=I've been
((ERIN MONTGOMERY/COLLEGE GRADUATE: I'VE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS, I
HAD TO PAY MY OWN WAY THROUGH COLLEGE, SO I FINANCED ALMOST PROBABLY 90-
PERCENT OF IT. SO I HAVE FIVE DIFFERENT LOANS FROM FIVE DIFFERENT LENDING
INSTITUTIONS, VARIOUS INTEREST RATES FROM FIVE PERCENT TO EIGHT PERCENT, AND
I'M WONDERING SHOULD I CONSOLIDATE? I KNOW THE TERMS ARE DIFFERENT ON EACH
LOAN, THEY END AT DIFFERENT PERIODS.))
OUT Q=different periods.
Here's what Gary Collins of J-C Bradford and Company in Martinsville
SOT 02:23:22 common sense tape I
IN Q=Well a
((GARY COLLINS/STOCKBROKER-J.C. BRADFORD & CO.: WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO OFF THERE
IS CONSOLIDATE THEIR LOANS. SAY AT SOME POINT IN TIME THEY'RE FORTUNATE ENOUGH
TO GET A HOUSE. AND CONSOLIDATE IT ALL INTO, YOU KNOW GET A HOME EQUITY LINE,
AND CONSOLIDATE IT INTO THAT. THEY CAN PAY IT OFF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THE
KEY TO IT IS DON'T PANIC. AND IMMEDIATELY COMING OUT OF COLLEGE OR SCHOOL THEY
ARE SAYING, OH NOW I HAVE ALL THIS MONEY I HAVE TO PAY BACK. JUST RELAX AND
SET UP A PAYMENT SCHEDULE, THAT YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH, AND CONSOLIDATE AS
SOON AS POSSIBLE. ))
OUT Q=as possible.
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 S6-27)
Michael Jordan scored 31 points including the game winner as the Chicago
Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 84 to 82 in game one of the N-B-A finals.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC Sports; :
Utah's John Stockton pulls up and hits the Jumper.
But the Bulls come right back- Scottie Pippen hits three of his 27 points.
Utah goes to Karl Malone in the fourth. His jumper made it a 5 point Utah
Chicago then went on a 6 to nothing run.
The Bulls got the ball with 7 SUPER=32-Chicago/84/Utah/82/;seconds left
and the score tied at 82.
Jordan hits the jumper to give Chicago the 84 to 82 victory.
TAPE#net (edit of R-36)
Ricky Rudd took home the checkered flag in the Miller 500 at Dover.
SUPER=03-Dover, DE/TNN Sports;
After a crash on lap 29, Pole sitter Bobby Labonte returned to the race 143
Geoff Bodine gets lose and slides down the track as the cars came through
Dick Trickle hit Bodine's car and then Bobby Hillin came through and hits
Trickles car. All three were taken to the garage area ending their day.
Then after a spin on the track Jeff Gordon runs into the back of Dale
Jarrett busting his radiator.
Ernie Irvan took the lead, but he crashed and that opened the door for Rudd
who held off Mark Martin to win the race.
IN Q="We didn't
((RICKY RUDD/MILLER 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Miller 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=.....in the race."
Jeff Burton was third, Jeremy Mayfield fourth and Kyle Petty fifth.
Canada's Donovan Bailey can claim the title World's Fastest Man.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/CBS Sports; :
Bailey and Michael Johnson went head to head in the 150 meter race yesterday
The two were side by side but as they made the turn Bailey pulled ahead and
at the same time Johnson pulled up lame grabbing his left thigh with about 70
meters to go.
Bailey was declared the winner his time was 14 point 99 seconds.
IN Q="Michael Johnson...
((DONOVAN BAILEY/WORLD'S FASTEST MAN: ))
((MICHAEL JOHNSON/RUNNER UP: ))
SUPER=01-Donovan Bailey/World's Fastest Man; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Johnson/Runner Up; :10
OUT Q= .....WITH THAT."