Fear is growing in Japan as a child killer threatens to kill again if
he's angered by police.
And an early morning fire leaves a Roanoke family without a home.
Some sunshine breaking through the clouds-- but it won't last for long.
Rain makes a return appearance in the forecast by late tonight, lasting
off and on through the weekend.
Forecast details, coming up.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
An early morning fire destroyed a home in Northeast Roanoke.
Flames were shooting out of the windows of the Palmer Road home when
firefighters arrived on scene shortly after three.
Chuck Booth says when smoke woke him up, he alerted his wife and five
The family safely escaped and rushed to a relative's house across the street
to call for help.
IN Q="My youngest boy
((MY YOUNGEST BOY IS THIRTEEN YEARS OLD. HE DIDN'T GET NOTHIN'. HE'S STANDING
IN A BLANKET RIGHT THERE. HE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE CHANCE TO PUT A SHIRT ON. WE ALL
DIDN'T GET NOTHIN', BUT WE'LL BE OKAY. ))
OUT Q=we'll be okay."
No one was injured in the blaze.
Investigators are searching for a cause.
The defense could get its first shot today at saving the life of Oklahoma
City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
The prosecution is expected to wrap
up its case in the penalty phase.
So far, prosecutors have called 34 witnesses, hoping to convince jurors
McVeigh should be put to death for the 19-95 bombing.
One woman told jurors of a mother's nightmare.
As the rain came down the night of the bombing, and dozens were still
buried in the rubble, she had to go home alone that night wondering what her
daughter was going through.
IN Q=You can see the north side...
SUPER=01-Sharon Coyne/Mother of Bombing Victim;
OUT Q=it was unbearable.
The defense witnesses are expected to include McVeigh's family members,
teachers and military officials.
In Alabama, a former K-K-K member has been executed for killing a black
42-year-old Henry Francis Hays was put to death in Alabama's electric chair
just after midnight.
Hays had been convicted of the 19-81 murder of Michael Donald, who was
beaten, slashed and strangled before being found hanging from a tree in Mobile.
Alabama prosecutors said the murder was ordered by Klan members.
A killer in Japan threatens to strike again -- three
times a week -- if police make him angry.
The threat was made in a rambling letter sent to a newspaper in Kobe.
Police say the handwriting appears to match a note found in the mouth of an
eleven-year-old boy who was beheaded in Kobe (Ko-bay) last month.
Just like the previous note, the letter to the paper expresses hatred for
Japan's education system.
The system is famous for its quality and discipline, but also for bullying.
Unemployment is at its lowest level in nearly 24 years.
The Labor Department says the jobless rate fell to four-point-eight percent
It's the fourth monthly decline in
A tighter labor market could mean higher interest rates.
Area health workers, lawyers and police got a lesson in criminal profiling
today at the Lewis-Gale Medical Center.
F-B-I Special Agent Eugene Rugala discussed the role of the Profiling and
Behavioral Assessment Unit in investigating violent crimes--such as rape,
murder and terrorism.
Rugala says more offenders are younger and more crimes are committed at the
He says the unit focuses on research and understanding the criminal mind.
IN Q=WE GO OUT
((EUGENE RUGALA/FBI SPECIAL AGENT: WE GO OUT TO THE PRISONS..WE'LL TALK TO THE
OFFENDERS WHO COMMIT THESE CRIMES IN AN EFFORT TO MAYBE TAKE A WALK IN THEIR
SUPER=01-Eugene Rugala/FBI Special Agent
OUT Q=IN THEIR SHOES
The FBI's Profiling and Behavorial Assessment Unit was featured in the 19-93
film Silence of the Lambs.
The proof is in the numbers -- at least that's what volunteers in Bedford
County are counting on.
Since Saturday, this Winnebago has been stationed at Stewartsville
Inside, members of the Chamblissburg Ruritan Club have been counting the
number of cars and trucks that go by on Route 24.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the flow of traffic on the
road has remained the same in recent years.
But these volunteers believe it's increasing.
They're hoping that high volumes of traffic will force V-DOT to add extra
lanes... or at the very least, widen the road.
IN Q=They stated
((EZRA STEVENS/CHAMBLISSBURG RURITAN CLUB: THEY STATED THAT THE TRAFFIC WAS
ABOUT THE SAME AS IT WAS THE TIME BEFORE. WE JUST WASN'T SATISFIED WITH THAT.
SUPER=01-Ezra Stevens/Chamblissburg Ruritan Club;
OUT Q=satisfied with that
Last year concerned residents held a meeting to discuss the situation.
They presented a slide show to demonstrate just how narrow the road is.
But so far VDOT has not taken any action.
A group of adventurers has successfully completed a unique
expedition from Canada to the North Pole.
Vicki Mabrey reports.
SUPER=01-Vicki Mabrey/Reporting; :20
SUPER=01-Caroline Hamilton/North Pole Adventurer; :38 QUICK
OUT Q=(NAT SOT) A BIT FURTHER ON, WOULDN'T IT?"
RETURNING TO CIVILIZATION IN LONDON MUST BE A SHOCK FOR THE WORLD S FOUR
NEWEST ICE PRINCESSES, THE FIRST ALL-FEMALE EXPEDITION TO REACH THE NORTH
We're at the North Pole.... Hooray!
LAST MARCH, 20 WOMEN -- INCLUDING A MOTHER OF TRIPLETS, A 50-YEAR-OLD TEACHER,
AND A MOTHER/DAUGHTER DUO --- SET OFF FROM THE NORTHERNMOST TIP OF CANADA TO
WALK 640 MILES.
IN FIVE TEAMS OF FOUR, THEY TREKKED THE SUB-ZERO ARCTIC TUNDRA BY RELAY.....
NO DOGS, NO MACHINERY, JUST 120 POUNDS OF SUPPLIES EACH,
AND SHEER FORCE OF WILL.
CAROLINE HAMILTON, NORTH POLE ADVENTURER: There are moments when you
think What on earth am I doing ? as the wind blows and it s particularly
TWO MONTHS LATER, THE FINAL FOUR MADE IT TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD.
CAROLINE:It s half past one on the morning of May 27th and we arrived at the
at...last night just a few hours ago, not been to bed yet, lots of
celebrations and I m just thrilled to bits.
CAROLINE: It was an accomplishment for anybody who wants to do something
badly enough, not to be bound by tradition. The Arctic is traditionally a male
area, it s the first time that women had attempted something like this
and we proved we could do it.
If I stand here I m in the same time zone as London. And if I
keep walking this way around in a circle, I m going to walk through all the
time zones of the world... one o clock, two o clock, three o clock, I reckon I
m in Moscow now.....)
(Natsot of woman circling North Pole)
WHAT S NEXT FOR THE ICE GIRLS? THEY RE NOT SAYING.
VM, CBS NEWS, LONDON.
.six o clock would be the middle east, wouldn t it?))
The mudslinging has started just in time for next week's primary in the
G-O-P race for state Attorney General.
A home video of candidate Gil Davis, where he was seen drinking and talking
to a female client about the possibility of her disrobing and posing for
Playboy, is now becoming a campaign issue.
Candidate Ken (STAH-lee) Stolle has launched a new television ad featuring
the Davis tape.
IN Q=Take your
((ADVERTISEMENT: TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF. TAKE ALL OF YOUR CLOTHES OFF AND EXPOSE
YOUR BODY. ))
OUT Q=expose your body
Stolle says the ad shows an poor level of professionalism and judgment when
dealing with a client.
Davis says Stolle is resorting to quote-- "dirty campaigning" because he's
desperate for votes.
Jerry Kilgore and Mark Earley are also vying for the Republican nod for
Crenshaw's T-V and Appliance has filed what amounts to a counterclaim to a
lawsuit W-D-B-J- 7 filed in March, demanding payment for T-V commercials.
Crenshaw's contracted with the television station for 50-thousand dollars
worth of advertising at Christmas time.
It never paid for the air time, citing a series of news accounts the
station aired when the company acquired Holdrens a year ago.
SOT tape 2 @ 11:53:54
IN Q=If you
((HAROLD BAGWELL/CRENSHAW'S OWNER: IF YOU'D HAVE REPORTED CORRECTLY THAT
CRENSHAWS BOUGHT ONLY THE ASSETS FROM HOLDRENS, AND DID NOT ASSUME THE
LIABILITIES, THAT IT WAS NOT CRENSHAWS' RESPONSIBILITY TO ASSUME THESE
LIABILITIES, THEN THE PUBLIC- -WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THE UPROAR THAT WE HAD.))
((JIM KENT/WDBJ-7 NEWS DIRECTOR: NOW THE FACT THAT FORMER HOLDRENS CUSTOMERS
MAY NOT HAVE BOUGHT THAT LINE OF REASONING DOESN'T MEANS WE DIDN'T REPORT IT.))
SUPER=01-Harold Bagwell/Crenshaw's Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Kent/WDBJ7 News Director; :20
OUT Q=report it.
W-B-D-J sued Crenshaws for 50-thousand dollars to cover the unpaid
Crenshaw's suit filed Wednesday asks for 30 million dollars.
With school about to let out for the summer, the last thing on most
students' minds is NEXT school year.
But school officials are planning for an earlier start.
Students in Franklin, Montgomery and Roanoke Counties along with Roanoke and
Salem cities return to the classroom August 25th.
This is old news in Roanoke County-- students went back before Labor Day
this school year, too.
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: MANY STUDENTS WON'T
ADMIT IT, BUT THEY'RE BORED LONG BEFORE AUGUST IS OVER. AND PARENTS ARE
CERTAINLY READY FOR FOR THEM TO COME BACK. SO, I THINK IT'S BEEN A POPULAR
SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q= a popular decision.
While it might cut down on a few days over the summer, there may be some
((LISSY RUNYON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SPOKESPERSON: ONE IS TO GUARANTEE A LONGER
WINTER BREAK, A GUARANTEED SPRING BREAK, BUT NOT TOO LATE A DISMISSAL IN JUNE,
WHICH IS IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS, AS WELL. ))
SUPER=01-Lissy Runyon/Roanoke City Schools;
OUT Q=as well.
The General Assembly grants waivers for public school systems to begin
BEFORE Labor Day if they've missed enough days due to bad weather.
The civil war began April 12, 1861 and raged for four years, killing more
than 620-thousand people.
Nothing was funny about that war, but it was finding humor amid devastation
that kept soldiers marching toward the enemy.
2 shot Melanie and Guest
Author Clint Johnson has researched events of the war that had a rather
humorous side to them, and the result is his new book CIVIL WAR BLUNDERS.
He joins us now to tell us about it.
Good afternoon, thank you for stopping by this afternoon.
(It seems that both the Union and Confederate armies made their share of
mistakes. What are some of your favorites?)
( This will interest our viewers, tell us a bit about the naked heroes of
(Something else I found interesting was the number of women who were able to
join the army by posing as men.)
(Some of the events are more tragic than funny. Why did you include them?)
( You document some instances where alcohol consumption by officers led to a
number of mishaps, how big of problem was alcholism in the war? )
(Is there any one blunder that you think could have changed the outcome of the
(Tell us about some of the war's more colorful characters, such as Union major
General Phil Kearny?)
Thank you Clint.
And you have a chance to meet Clint Johnson and ask your own questions
tonight at the Ram's Head Bookstore.
Clint will be signing books from 7 until 8:30.
Caring for your rose garden is not a full time job, but it's close!
In today's Growin It, Patrick Evans has some helpful advice.
SUPER=01-Leone Bomberger/Master Gardener; :27
OUT Q=today on Growin' It.
WIPE TO WEATHER SHOT
SUPER=330-Cloudy, Chance/of Rain/50-54/Lingering Clouds/Some Showers/60-65;
SUPER=331-Cloudy Skies/Rain Possible/50-54/Cloudy & Cool/Chance of Rain/62-66;
SUPER=332-Late Evening/Showers/48-52/Periods of/Rain/60-65;
SUPER=333-Chance of/Showers/50-54/Clouds &/Some Showers/60-65;
SUPER=334-Turning Mostly/Cloudy/50-55/Cloudy, A/Few Showers/60-65;
A Roanoke County company with a number of stockholders in our area posted
"somewhat disappointing" second quarter results, according to its chief
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;
Optical Cable's profits were down five- point- four- percent compared to the
That's due in part to a slowdown in the company's European markets, and some
softness in its U-S sales as well.
Optical Cable does expect sales to increase in the third and fourth quarter
TAPE#Net (edit of S7-6)
Detroit is on the verge of a Stanley Cup sweep.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/CBC - Game Three; :00
In Detroit last night the Philadelphia Flyers came out flying. John LeClair
gets the stickback and Philly is in front 1-to-nothing.
But the Red Wings then took over with goals from Steve Izerman, Sergei
Federov, Martin LaPointe and yet another from Federov. The Red Wings take Game
three 6 to SUPER=31-Philadelphia/1/Detroit/6/Red Wings Lead Series 3-to-0;
1. They will play for the championship tomorrow night.
The Salem Avalanche and Frederick Keys played their fourth game in a 24 hour
period last night at Memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Keys vs. Avalanche;:00
The first 7 inning game went 2 extra frames. In the top of the 9th Frederick
put the game away with four runs. David Lamb hits a hot shot off the second
baseman, and that drives home Carlos Akins and Rick Short.
Salem would try to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, as Vicente
Garcia drives in Chad Gambill with the
single. But that's it--Salem loses to Frederick 5-to-2.
In the second game, the Avalanche came back to beat the Keys 3 to 1.
Salem heads to Wilmington later today.
Patrick Henry high school's girls basketball program has struggled in recent
Yesterday Rhonda Wheeler, who also coaches volleyball, took over as the
team's new head coach.
She hopes to change the team's image and style of play right away.
She inherits a team that won 3 games and lost 17 this past season.
((RHONDA WHEELER/PATRICK HENRY GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rhonda Wheeler/Patrick Henry Girl's Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=...work together:
New pictures from space show some similarities between earth and Jupiter.
The pictures were taken from a NASA rocket probe.
They show Jupiter has wet and dry areas like the deserts and tropics on
The probe found thunderstorms with updrafts and downdrafts and water in