New informaton on those streaks of light people saw the night TWA Flight 800
One area company is growing. We'll tell you about a multi-million dollar
Plus Chelsea Clinton is now a high school grad.
And look what turned up in one Florida neighborhood.
News 7 is next.
Westvaco has reaffirmed its committment to the Alleghany Highlands.
This time it comes in the form of a 117-million dollar investment.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Over the past
SUPER=01-John Luke Jr./Westvaco CEO; :14
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
((Over the past decade Westvaco has spent more than a BILLION- dollars
upgrading its facilities in Covington and Alleghany County.
And once again, it's pulling out its checkbook to make some big improvements
to its main plant here.
SOT TAPE TWO 14:09:46
IN Q=What we're
((JOHN LUKE JR./WESTVACO CEO: WHAT WE'RE ANNOUNCING IS A MAJOR INVESTMENT
THAT'S PART OF A LONG SERIES OF INVESTMENTS OVER THE PAST DECADE THAT WILL
IMPROVE TWO KEY OPERATIONAL AREAS OF OUR MILL. OUR WOODYARD AND OUR CHEMICAL
OUT Q=recovery process.
A 47- million- dollar woodyard expansion will enable the bleached paperboard
plant to increase its wood chip processing capacity from seven- thousand- tons
of chips a day to 10- thousand- tons.
Another 70- million will go toward the purchase of a more environmentally
friendly machine that recovers chemicals used in the paper- making process.
The new equipment will generate another half- million- dollars in local tax
revenues, on top of the seven- and- a- half- million Westvaco's already
The improvements will create about 400- temporary construction related jobs,
but no permanent ones...no problem, says Governor Allen.
SOT TAPE ONE 13:47:01
IN Q=It means
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT MEANS THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE THE MOST STATE OF THE ART,
THE MOST EFFICIENT, THE MOST PRODUCTIVE FACILITY HERE IN VIRGINIA. SO THAT'S
JOB SECURITY. ))
OUT Q=job security.
IN Q=Just about
((Just about all of the expansion work, which as you can see behind me has
already begun here, will be completed by the end of next year. Len Besthoff,
OUT Q=LB, News-7, Covington.
GRAPHIC=Oklahoma City Bombing Trial
Defense attorneys say sentencing Timothy McVeigh to life in prison is the
right thing to do.
They're asking jurors to set aside their emotions and make a decision of
Defense opening arguments came after days of tear-jerking testimony from
((WELL IT IS CHALLENGING. THE SENSE OF LOSS AND HURT AND PAIN AND GRIEF OF
VICTIMS FELT WHICH THEY HAVE ELOQUENTLY EXPRESSED IN COURT AND ELSEWHERE. IT IS
NOT TO BE DENIED OR DISPUTED OR CHALLENGED BY US.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/McVeigh's Attorney;
OUT Q=or challenged by us."
Instead the defense will paint a picture of a man whose circumstances caused
him to take a terrible turn.
McVeigh's former Army buddies, family and friends will testify on his behalf.
A new wrinkle in the tale of the tape that's NOT helping Gil Davis's
campaign for attorney general.
RAMONA AND HER VIDEO WITH ERIC
According to The Washington Post, Pittsylvania County resident Ramona Hines
has initiated an investigation into Davis's conduct by the Virginia State Bar.
Hines was a client of Davis when she made the videotape first seen on NEWS
That tape is now part of an ad run by fellow Republican opponent Ken Stolle
DAVIS/HINES TO THE END DEPENDING ON WHAT SHOTS YOU HAVE
Hines says she complained to the State Bar about Davis's professional
conduct last month.
She alleges that on several occasions over two years, Davis asked her to
meet him to discuss her case.
At those meetings she alleges that he would ask her to disrobe, get himself
drunk, tell dirty jokes, and expose his underwear.
The Post reports the State Bar is investigating documents Hines gave them.
Bar officials say they do NOT tell the public about complaints or subsequent
investigations unless a finding of misconduct is made.
Governor George Allen and his State Board of Education may get the last
laugh on charter schools.
Allen says after years of defeats at the hands of the General Assembly, the
board will work charter schools into the controversial Standards of
Accreditation it will vote on Wednesday.
SOT WESTVACO TAPE ONE TOT 13:58:51
IN Q=What the
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHAT THE BOARD'S GONNA TRY TO DO BY REGULATION IS WHAT WE
COULDN'T GET THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE. AND THERE'LL PROBABLY BE SOME
CONTROVERSY ON IT, BUT I THINK IT'S WORTH A SHOT. WHETHER THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT THEN ALLOWS US TO GET SOME OF THAT 30- MILLION- DOLLARS, HERE IN
VIRGINIA AS OPPOSED TO CONTINUED SPENDING IT, OR LOSING IT TO OTHER STATES,
REMAINS TO BE SEEN BUT I THINK IT'S WORTH A SHOT.))
OUT Q=worth a shot.
Charter schools are locally- controlled schools with very little state
The Clinton administration has earmarked funds Virginia could get for them.
Roanoke County Democrat and House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell's led the
fight against the schools.
Cranwell says charter schools could return Virginia to segregation and
"Balkanize" the public school system between the haves and have nots.
There is an anchor tag!
Crash investigators are now sure a missile did NOT hit TWA Flight 800.
As Bob Orr reports, new information explains what those streaks of light
were that witnesses saw in the sky.
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((CBS NEWS has learned investigators now think they know what the witnesses
TWA flight 800 was climbing through a dusky sky...and TEN MILES AWAY away from
the nearest witnesses on the shores of Long Island.
That's important to note....because at that distance....a 747 is barely
visible to anyone standing on the beach.
Just above 13-thousand-feet, the center fuel tank... under the passenger cabin
exploded...and a ring of the fuselage peeled away. In seconds, the 747's nose
broke off and... investigators believe the large fully loaded fuel tank in the
right wing ruptured and began leaking fuel.
Without its nose for balance the plane's tail dropped. With all four engines
still running investigators say it's likely the decapitated plane
continued to climb trailing a stream of burning fuel. At a distance of
ten miles it's quite possible THAT looked like an ascending streak of
light or a missile.
The shattered plane finally tipped over and and the badly damaged fuel tank in
the right wing let go.
That investigators say....produced the fireball or the explosion witnesses
Investigators say identifying the streaks brings them no closer to solving
But with rumors of a missile and coverup- investigators cannot afford to
leave any questions unanswered.
Hazardous chlorine fumes leaked from a Texas Factory...
making dozens of workers sick.
The leak at Petra Chemical also forced people living nearby to evacuate
IN Q=I mean I could
((I MEAN I COULD FEEL IT IN ME BUT IT'S NOT REAL STRONG WE DID SEE A COUPLE OF
PEOPLE THAT HAD PASSED OUT.))
OUT Q=that had passed out."
Chlorine can cause buring and irritation of the respiratory track.
IN Q=In large enough
((IN LARGE ENOUGH QUANTITIES IT CAN CAUSE FLUID TO FORM IN THE RESPIRATORY
TRACT AND IN THE LUNGS.))
SUPER=01-Dep. Chief Steve Bass/Dallas Fire Dept;
OUT Q=and in the lungs.
Fire officials were able to contain the leak after closing a valve to the
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Trouble at another factory- This one in Massachusettts.
The Stanford Box Company built in 1908- was gutted by fire.
Flames raged from the plant-
A section of the building collapsed into the street and broke power lines.
Heavy smoke billowed into the sky- forcing a nearby school to evacuate.
The fire started when a machine that coats chinese food containers caught
Two firefighters fell down an elevator shaft- but they are alright tonight.
Chemical degreaser somehow seeped into the ground in Blacksburg-
Now Federal Mogul and state officials are trying to figure out how many
homes may be affected.
The degreaser's been detected in a well at the A-and-T Mobile Home Park, as
well as a nearby spring that feeds into Wilson Creek.
The chemical is known as (Try-cloro-eth-lean) or T-C-E.
It's used at Federal Mogul to degrease engine bearings.
T-C-E apparently seeped into the ground at a private waste water treatment
plant on the site-- that's now closed.
State environmental officials say the company could spend several million
dollars removing the chemical from the groundwater.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Eleven,
a candidate for governor is promising to abolish a tax on some cars.
And, a French official is welcomed by local residents, many of whom fought a
war to help free his country.
wx ad lib
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GRAPHIC=Personal Prop Tax
Jim Gilmore's got a tax cut deal for you.
His campaign pledge to abolish the tax on personal cars will surely win him
But some low-tax localities are starting to wonder if Gilmore's giving
someone else the gold mine, while they're getting the shaft.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=It must be
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( It must be every politician's dream.
SOT 05:43:29 ANNOUNCEMENT TAPE
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE WILL ABOLISH THE PERSONAL PROPERTY
TAX ON PERSONAL CARS AND TRUCKS HERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
That may be hundreds of dollars per lucky car owner.
And it comes back to local governments dollar for dollar.
sot ANNOUNCEMENT TAPE 05:45:03
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: THIS ENDING OF THE PERSONAL PROPERTY
TAX IS A DIVIDEND... IS A DIVIDEND FROM OUR GROWING ECONOMY THAT WE ARE NOW
ENJOYING THE BENEFIT OF.))
But before voters buy into the this deal, some rural Democrats want them to
((L.F. PAYNE/D-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: WHEN THE MONIES ARE REPLACED AND
YOU'RE TAKING MONIES THAT ...MIGHT HAVE.))
In Carroll County, the tax rate is a dollar-30 per 100 dollars of assessed
In Arlington, it's four dollars and 40 cents per 100.
sot 01:06:20 interview tape
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: THEY'VE ALREADY SET THEIR OWN TAX
RATES WITH THEIR CITIZENS UNDER THEIR OWN POLITICAL SYSTEMS THAT THEY'VE GOT
WITHIN THEIR OWN COUNTIES, WITHIN THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENT, THEY'VE ALREADY SET
THEIR OWN TAX RATES. SO ALL WE'RE REALLY DOING IS MAKING SURE THAT WE HOLD THE
TAXPAYER HARMLESS FROM THIS ONEROUS TAX.))
Just for the record, Democrat Don Beyer didn't worry about the low tax
He said he wished he could propose Gilmore's tax cut too.
He just thinks Virginia can't afford it.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Next week, Roanoke city voters must choose a political party, as well as a
On Tuesday, REPUBLICANS across Virginia are voting in a primary to nominate
a G-O-P candidate for Attorney General.
Roanoke City DEMOCRATS are choosing a candidate for Commissioner of
Voters can only take part in one of the party primaries.
IN Q=The people that have come in
((LOUELLA THAXTON/ROANOKE CITY REGISTRAR: THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME INTO THE
OFFICE TO VOTE ABSENTEE, WHAT HAS HAPPENED, WE'VE HAD SOME TO BE VERY UPSET
BECAUSE THEY WANT TO VOTE IN BOTH. WE'VE HAD A LOT OF PHONE CALLS IN THE LAST
TWO DAYS CONCERNING THIS.))
SUPER=01-Louella Thaxton/Roanoke City Registrar;
OUT Q=concerning this.
Roanoke city voters will find separate machines for each of the primaries
when they go to the polls on Tuesday.
Bedford and Vierville-sur-Mer, France are now officially sister cities.
But officials from both cities are quick to say the sisterhood actually
began 53 years ago when allied troops liberated the village.
A delegation from France has been visiting the Bedford area all week to
Denise Allen has more.
IN Q=IT'S ABOUT AS
SUPER=03-Omaha Beach/June 6, 1944; :00
SUPER=01-Roy Stevens/Company A D-Day Vet; :10
SUPER=01-Mike Shelton/Bedford Mayor; :38
SUPER=10-Philippe Ygouf/Vierville Vice Mayor/Voice of Interpreter; :51
OUT Q=NEWS 7
IN Q=IT'S AS ABOUT
((ROY STEVENS/: IT'S ABOUT AS COLD AS IT IS RIGHT NOW WHEN WE MADE THE LANDING
OUT Q=THE LANDING THERE
IN Q=IT WAS 19
((IT WAS 19 IN 15 MINUTES THEY WERE DEAD OUT OF THE 34 FROM BEDFORD AND I WOULD
HAVE BEEN THERE TOO IF MY BOAT HADN'T SUNK RIGHT OFF THE COAST THERE.))
OUT Q=OFF THE COAST THERE
Roy Stevens lost his twin brother when troops stormed Omaha Beach.
He says everyday he thinks about his brother and the other men that died
Stevens says the time for a National D-Day monument is long over due.
And he hopes he's still alive to see the completion of Bedford monument in
Officials say the National Monument will pay tribute to the sacrifices
soldiers made for freedom.
IN Q=the bedford boys
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: THE BEDFORD BOYS WERE THE FIRST ON THE BEACH AND
53 YEARS LATER IT'S NOT FORGOTTEN IN EITHER COMMUNITY BECAUSE WE BOTH KNOW SO
WELL WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT DAY.))
OUT Q=ON THAT DAY
IN Q=THE REMEMBRANCE
((PHILIPPE YGOUF/VIERVILLE DEPUTY MAYOR: THE REMEMBRANCE OF D-DAY IS TO TEACH
THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HOW HORRIBLE IT WAS AND THE TRUTH ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=TRUTH ABOUT IT
And that's exactly what officials hope the National D-Day Monument will do.
At the site of the monument sand from Omaha Beach was mixed with Bedford
soil in a dedication ceremony to symbolize the bond that soldiers like Roy
Stevens built when Allied troops invaded Normandy.
Denise Allen News 7.))
The National D-Day Memorial Foundation needs to raised eight million dollars
to build the memorial.
So far it has about 2 and a half million dollars.
Officials say they will break ground on the monument later this year.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7 at 11, Robin Reed will have your full weekend
forescast coming up.
and there's a famous FIRST-graduate among the students getting their diploma
around this time of year...we'll explain when News 7 at Eleven returns.
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Graduations are going on around the nation this week-
The first family is also celebrating.
The President and Mrs. clinton arrived by Limo to daughter Chelsea's high
Chelsea received a degree from Sidwell Friends- a private school in
After accepting her diploma Chelsea gave her dad a hug.
The President spoke of parents memories of their children and urged the
students to "Dream Big."
Chelsea will attend Stanford University this fall.
Volunteers are making a difference at Claytor Lake State Park.
The "Bell Atlantic Telephone Pioneers of America" spearheaded a campaign to
build a fishing pier and trail for the elderly and handicapped.
IN Q=We're so
((DORIS OLIVER/VOLUNTEER:WE'RE SO THRILLED AND I HAVE AN EXPRESSION I'M PUMPED
TODAY, I'M REALLY PUMPED, TODAY, THAT WE'VE BROUGHT THIS TO A REALITY AND IT'S
NOW, IT'S FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY.
LEE OLIVER: A LOT OF OUR OLDER FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY NOW WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THIS, FOLKS THAT HAVE GOTTEN ON UP IN THEIR YEARS, ALSO OTHERS, IN
ADDITION TO FOLKS, LIKE MYSELF, WHO ARE YOUNGER THAT USE A WHEELCHAIR FOR
SUPER=01-Doris Oliver/Volunteer; :00
SUPER=07-Lee Oliver; :15
OUT Q=for mobility.
The group not only raised the money but also found volunteers to do the
The park's manager says the pier would NOT have been possible without their
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GRAPHIC=Va. tech baseball
In college baseball, the Virginia College Sports Information Directors have
voted Virginia Tech's Matt Griswold, Barry Gauch, Matt Reynolds, and Denny
Wagner to the 1997 All-Star team.
Tech coach Chuck Hartman has been named the Virginia College SID coach of the
year. He lead Tech to the A-10 championship and to the NCAA's.
Radford second baseman and former Northside star Kelly Dampeer was also
selected. Now your numbers.
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WIPE TO SCORES
OUT Q=....last score."
TAKE A BREAK
Bobby Hamilton captured the pole in first round qualifying for Sunday's
Pocono 500 in Long Pond Pennsylvania.
SUPER=03-Long Pond, PA; :00
Dale Earnhardt had a decent qualifying run. The former Winston Cup
Champion qualified 12th.
Jeff Gordon was one better than Earnhardt. the Dupont Chevrolet will start
But no one could touch Hamilton. He puts's Richard Petty's STP Pontiac on the
pole with a speed of 189.089 miles per hour. Now the top 25.
wipe to boards!!!
SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Hamilton/168.089 MPH/2. Dale Jarrett//3. Ward Burton//4.
Greg Sacks//5. Bill Elliott;
SUPER=0107-6. Ricky Rudd//7. Terry Labonte//8. Darrell Waltrip//9. John
Andretti// 10. Rick Mast;
SUPER=0107-11. Jeff Gordon//12. Dale Earnhardt//13. Wally Dallenbach//14. Mark
Martin//15. Hut Stricklin;
SUPER=0107-16. Rusty Wallace//17. Mike Wallace//18. Jeff Burton//19. Ernie
Irvan//20. Morgan Shepherd;
SUPER=0107-21. Johnny Benson//22. Ricky Craven//23. Bobby Labonte//24. Geoff
Bodine//25. David Green;
Michael Waltrip was 29th fastest, sterling marlin, Kenny Schader, Kyle
Petty and Ted Musgrave also missed the top 25.
Tonight at Terrier field Parker Humphreys drove in the winning run in the
bottom of the 8-th as the Terriers beat Chatham 5 to 4.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q="Byrd head....
SUPER=03-Vinton/Terriers vs Cavaliers; :00
SUPER=01-Randall Sell/Hits Tieing Homer; :50
SUPER=34-William Byrd/5/Chatham/4/; :58
SUPER=01-Parker Humphreys/Drove In Winning Run; 1:10
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/Byrd Head Coach; 1:20
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
((Byrd head coach Rodney Spradlin with his game face on as the Terrier's hosted
In the top of the first, with a runner in scoring position Chatham's Thomas
Meadows comes through with a single to right field the run scores and the
Cavaliers led 1 to nothing.
But the Terriers came back in the bottom of the first. With two runners on
Base Tommy Chambers sends a line drive shot over the left center field wall for
a three tun homer to make it 3 to 1 Byrd.
Chatham tied it at 3 to 3 in the top of the sixth then the Cavaliers took
the lead when James Burchett hits a solo homer over the left field wall to make
it 4 to 3 Cavaliers.
Byrd again came through in the clutch. This time Senior Randall Sell
sends this Ken Brumfield pitch over the left field fence to tie the score at 4
to 4 in the bottom of the seventh.))
((RANDALL SELL/HITS TIEING HOMER: ))
((The game remained tied until the bottom of the 8-th. With a runner on third
base Humphreys hits a line drive to left field the runner scores and the
Terriers win the state semi finals with a 5 to 4 win over Chatham.))
((PARKER HUMPHREYS/DROVE IN WINNING RUN: ))
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/BYRD HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
In the Group A softball state semi finals; Glenvar beat Castlewood 8-7. The
lady Highlanders went up 7-nothing, but the Lady Blue devils rallied for 7 runs
in the bottom of the third and fourth to tie it.
Glenvar pitcher Amy Layman scored the winning run on Kelly Julg's single in
Also today; Rustburg topped Tunstall 3-2 in 8 innings to advance to the
Group 2A state softball championship.
SUPER=03-Rustburg/Trojans vs. Red Devils; :00
Lady trojan head coach Roger Cook was giving his team last minute
instructions before this one got underway.
The Lady Red Devils would get on the scoreboard first. Christy Davidson
hits a line drive to the fence in right center field; she rounds the bases for
an inside the park homerun and Rustburg was out in front 1 to nothing in the
bottom of the first.
Tunstall comes back in the top of the third. Brynn Hews smacks a grounder to
third; the throw goes over the first baseman's head and Melissa Dixon scores
tot tie the game at 1 to 1.
The Lady Trojans took the lead in the fourth. Rustburg pitcher Lindsey
Torrence throws a wild pitch and Jerry hews come home from third. 2-1 Tunstall.
But Rustburg wins 3-2.
Still to come in sports; highlights from Grayson County's win in the group A
state baseball semis
and the red wings are confident thatt the cup will be ttheirs.
For the first ttime in school history; Grayson county's baseball tteam is
going to the state championship.
Grayson County played J.J. Kelly in the group A state semi finals on the
Blue devils home diamond.
J.J. Kelly had a 1 nothing lead until the third inning when grayson county
ttied the game 1 all. Bobby Purnell gets the sacrifice fly to score derrick
SUPER=34-Grayson Co./10/J.J. Kelly/1;
The Blue Devils scored four runs in the fourth. Jason Griffith brings in Bruce
Self on tthe sacrifice bunt and grayson County downs J.J. Kelly 10 to 1 and
advances to the statte finals tuesday nigght to meet Powatan.
One note form the links. Chip Sullivan did nott make the cut after two
rounds of the Kemper Open. Chip fired a 74 today and was four over. The cut was
The Detroit Red Wings can wrap up the the Stanley Cup championship tomorrow
on their home ice in game four of the finals against Philadelphia.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :00
Just how confident are tthe Wings? Check out the head lines. Detroitt has a
3 games to noe lead over the Flyers and can winit's first cup in 42 years with
a win tomorrow night.