A Tobacco agreement could be at the White House for approval by week's end.
And Charges are expected to be dropped today against the man being held in
connection with the abduction and murder of a 16- year- old Spotsylvania girl.
There's some sunshine in the forecast, as well as a slight chance of
showers. Normal temperatures are another hallmark of the next several days.
Details plus a look at who one on the race track and the golf course this
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
One man is dead following a plane crash in Buchanan County.
James Goodwin of Cedar Bluff was killed this morning when his experimental,
single-person aircraft went down in the Short Gap
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
And yesterday a Lexington couple survived a small plane crash in Rockingham
Pilot Leon Johenning said he was making a landing approach at a grass strip
airfield when the accident occurred.
The two-seater struck a power pole, slammed to the ground and overturned.
Tobacco talks are underway this afternoon in Washington amid a report that a
settlement between cigarette makers could be reached by the end of the week.
"The Dallas Morning News," reports an important concession was made over the
weekend by the tobacco companies. The paper says industry
representatives agreed the F-D-A would have regulatory authority over their
Thirty-seven states are suing the industry for medicaid costs related to
Timothy McVeigh's defense team says it could be nine months before an appeal
is filed, challenging McVeigh's conviction as the Oklahoma City bomber.
SUPER=@File; --stock of explosion--
One possible issue -- the judge's
restriction of evidence about alleged F-B-I crime lab contamination.
Meantime, three days after sentencing McVeigh to death, jurors still have
one nagging question for McVeigh.
((CHUBB: I WOULD ASK HIM "WHY"--AND IF HE COULD HAVE STOPPED
AT ANY MOMENT AND WHY HE DIDN'T. ))
SUPER=01-Diane Chubb/McVeigh Juror;
OUT Q=and why he didn't.
All of the jury members have said they went into the trial with the
assumption that McVeigh was innocent. They all maintain that they poured
over the evidence at great length before voting to convict.
((CLARKE: WENT THROUGH ALMOST ALL THE EVIDENCE, TOUCHED IT AND PASSED IT AROUND
AND DISCUSSED IT AT LENGTH. I DON'T THINK WE TOOK MORE THAN ONE VOTE BECAUSE
NO ONE WAS CONVINCED UNTIL THAT POINT--UNTIL WE HAD HEARD ALL OF THE EVIDENCE.
SUPER=01-Fred Clarke/McVeigh Juror;
OUT Q=all of the evidence.
The jury convicted McVeigh two weeks ago for his role in the worst act of
terrorism ever carried out on American soil.
Confrontations and clashes in Israel.
SUPER=03-Hebron, West Bank;
OUT Q=(NATS OF FIGHTING)
For a third straight day rock throwing demonstrators have clashed with
Israeli soldiers, who have responded with rubber bullets.
A number of people have been injured, including a photographer working for
The Associated Press.
The Palestinians are protesting a congressional resolution recognizing
Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The deal between C-S-X and Norfolk Southern to split up Conrail is set to go
before federal regulators as early as today.
The two Virginia rail firms contend that breaking up the Northeast line
will make it easier for shippers.
The U-S Surface Transportation Board must O-K the deal.
But a ruling is NOT likely until next year.
Norfolk Southern is buying 58 percent of Conrail for almost six- billion
C-S-X is getting the rest for more than four- billion dollars.
The Spotsylvania County prosecutor heads to court today to request that
charges of abduction and murder be dropped against the man accused in the death
of 16- year- old Sofia Silva.
The case against Karl Roush unraveled last week when authorities
learned about a state crime lab mistake in analyzing evidence.
The mistake means there could be a link between Silva's murder and the
murder of Kristin and Kati Lisk last month.
The F-B-I is still investigating that possibility.
James McDougal is calling today an "adventure."
The former business partner to Bill and Hillary Clinton reported to a
Kentucky prison this morning to begin his three year prison term on Whitewater
related fraud convictions.
He could have gotten 84 years, but
received a lighter sentence in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors
investigating the Clintons.
A California judge today will consider whether O-J Simpson's personal
property can be auctioned off at a sheriff's sale.
Attorneys are trying to collect some of the 33- and- a- half- million
dollars Simpson owes in his civil case.
They say Simpson's personal property including jewelry, art and furniture is
worth between 500 and 700 thousand dollars.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-46)
The competition pitted the Danville police against the Scorpion Motorcyle
But the real winner of the softball game was ten- year- old Reggie Hutchins,
the victim of a shooting last April.
IN Q=The police department
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER: THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SCORPIONS,
THEY ALWAYS DO NICE THINGS FOR OUR COMMUNITY. AND WE JUST THINK IT'S THE
GREATEST THING. AND REGGIE, HE'S JUST THRILLED ABOUT EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hutchins/Reggie's Mother; :00
OUT Q=it was fun
Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller coached the game.
IN Q=We need a few
((BILL FULLER/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: WE NEED A FEW MORE BODIES AND A FEW
YOUNGER ONES. BUT IT'S A LOT OF FUN, YEAH IT SURE IS.))
SUPER=01-Bill Fuller/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=sure is
Reggie was shot when he opened his front door.
His mother calls the crime an act of revenge because the family was on a
campaign to rid the neighborhood of drug dealers.
Donations from the game will help pay Reggie's hospital bills.
Governor Allen took a break from his European trade mission to visit
Virginia National Guard troops in Bosnia.
Allen brought some personal letters to the guardsmen during Saturday's visit
to (Dough- boy) Doboj, about 60 miles north of Sarajevo.
He also told the troops that the thoughts and prayers of all Virginians are
It was a historic occasion for Roanoke Catholic School as a part of history
came tumbling down.
The walls of the 18-93 building crumbled to the ground..as on-lookers watched
The building originally functioned as an orphanage and convent.
But most recently it served as a museum for the Catholic Historical Society
and a Perish center.
For Father Randy Rule the building has a special significance.
IN Q=It brings back
((FATHER RANDY RULE/ST.ANDREWS CATHOLIC CHURCH: IT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF MY
OWN SCHOOLING HERE WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL..THAT WAS THE HOME FOR THE NUNS THAT
TAUGHT ME AT THE TIME..AND WAS CERTAINLY A PLACE THAT WAS PART OF WHAT MY WHOLE
EXPERIENCE OF ROANOKE CATHOLIC SCHOOL'S WAS.))
SUPER=01-Father Randy Rule/St. Andrews Catholic Church;
OUT Q=school's was
Principal Karen Mabry says the tearing down of the building opens the path
for a better facility.
IN Q=I think for
((KAREN MABRY/PRINCIPAL ST.ANDREWS CATHOLIC SCHOOL: I THINK FOR THE NEEDS OF
THE COMMUNITY AND THE NEEDS OF THE SCHOOL..IT'S OBVIOUS THAT WE NEED TO MOVE
SUPER=01-Karen Mabry/St. Andrews Catholic School Principal;
OUT Q=to move forward
Construction will start in April and the building is set to open for the
fall 19-99 school year.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
OUT Q=(nats of implosion)
In New Jersey, two R-C-A buildings came tumbling down this weekend all in
the name of progress.
The factory buildings were nearly 80- years- old.
The buildings were razed to clear a ten-acre site for redevelopment.
Prices may be on the rise for American Electric Power customers.
The company has filed a request with the state, hoping to raise its rates by
nearly five percent.
The increase would generate an extra 30 and a half million dollars for
A company spokesperson maintains A-E-P rates remain among the lowest in the
If approved, the rate hike will take effect in November.
TAPE#=net (edit of 97-24)
Education in Southwest Virginia is on the move, literally.
The Mobile Learning Unit, or M-L-U, rolled into Roanoke last week for a
The M-L-U serves the New River Valley and points west, providing on- site
training and technology demonstrations to manufacturers and students.
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IN Q=It's very
((JAY TICE/MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTER: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FROM THE
STANDPOINT PARTICULARLY OF OUR MANUFACTURERS BECAUSE THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE
WORKING ON SHIFTS CAN TAKE A COUPLE OF HOURS AND TAKE TRAINING ON SITE WITHOUT
HAVING TO LOSE A LOT OF LOSS TIME FROM THEIR JOB.))
SUPER=01-Jay Tice/Manufacturing Technology Center;
OUT Q=from their job.
The mobile classroom receives substantial backing from a number of local
TAPE#=net (edit of 97-30)
Some dads got a lesson of a different kind at the Martinsville Speedway
Instead of sitting in the stands fathers got to sit behind the wheel at the
IN Q=IT'S KIND OF A
((MIKE LOESCHER/DRIVING INSTRUCTOR: IT'S KIND OF A FUN FANTASY DEAL YOU GOT A
LOT OF PEOPLE HERE, THEY'RE RACE FANS, BUT THEY'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED WHAT IT'S
LIKE TO SIT IN A RACE CAR. SO WHAT ER DO IS WE GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO
RIDE IN A RACE CAR WITH ME GO UP TO RACE SPEED AND SOME OF THEM HERE TODAY ARE
GOING TO DRIVE IT.))
SUPER=01-Mike Loescher/Driving Instructor;
OUT Q=ARE GOING TO DRIVE IT
The driving dads got a hands on lesson as they drove the track. The
instructors gave them pointers, but basically let the dads enjoy the ride.
IN Q=WE'VE GOT RADIOS
((WE'VE GOT RADIOS SO WE CAN HOOK UP TO THEM AND TALK TO THEM ALL THE TIME SO
WE'LL BE IN CLOSE CONTACT AND I'LL TALK THEM RIGHT AROUND THE RACE TRACK.))
OUT Q=THE RACE TRACK
The Finishline Racing School will return to the Martinsville Speedway the
weekend of October 19th.
Decades of work go into building a new interstate.
So, supporters of the proposed I-73 project welcome any progress.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
V-DOT has selected a consultant to conduct a location study.
The consultant will look at a five to- seven mile wide corridor, which
roughly follows route 2-20 from Roanoke to North Carolina.
Factors considered in the location study include effects on neighborhoods,
businesses, historic sites, and the natural environment, along with cost.
The five- million- dollar study should take three years to complete.
No money has been allocated for I-73 construction in Virginia.
V-DOT estimates it will cost 800- million- dollars to build the Virginia
portion of the highway.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is back at work in Paris this afternoon amid
reports she was treated for a drug overdose in the Canary Islands.
The 27- year- old was hospitalized Sunday morning.
Spanish media reports Campbell took an overdose of barbiturates after an
argument with her boyfriend at a hotel.
But Campbell's modeling agency says she was treated for an allergic reaction
The newest Barbie comes with her own set of wheels-
but this isn't the Barbie corvette or even the camper.
Intern reporter Joy Sutton explains.
IN Q=Nine year old
SUPER=07-Britney Webb; 23
SUPER=01-Lorrie Webb/Britney's Mom; :44
OUT Q=Sutton, News-7
((Nine year old Britney Webb likes to collect dolls and she's hoping to add
the new barbie--Share-A-Smile-Becky--to her collection.
For Britney the doll has a special significance. Like Becky she often uses
Spinabifida--a condition where the spine is exposed at birth-- left her
paralyzed from the waist down.
Britney says she can relate to the doll.
IN Q= she's someone that
((BRITNEY WEBB: SHE'S SOMEONE THAT.. SHE PROBABLY FEELS THE SAME WAY..SHE
PROBABLY FEELS THE SAME WAY BECAUSE PEOPLE TREAT HER DIFFERENT ))
OUT Q= her different
And Becky the barbie has a problem .. she can't even fit into the barbie
Britneys's mother Lorrie says just like the doll there a several places that
Britney wants to go.. but they are not accessible.
IN Q=like the vinton
((LORRIE WEBB/BRITNEY'S MOTHER: LIKE THE VINTON POOL..IF YOU TAKE HER
THERE..YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE HER OUT OF HER CHAIR AND CARRY HER UP 25 STEPS. WELL
I CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE SHE'S HEAVY.))
OUT Q=because she's heavy
IN Q=for britney
((JOY SUTTON/INTERN REPORTER: FOR BRITNEY EVEN GETTING TO THE CAFETERIA CAN BE
A DIFFICULT TASK. SHE HAS TO BE WHEELED AROUND THE BUILDING..UP THIS RAMP TO
GET INTO THE CAFETERIA ))
OUT Q=into the cafeteria
And how does this make Britney feel(/////SOT/////)
IN Q=angry..cause i don't
((BRITNEY WEBB: ANGRY..CAUSE I DON'T GET MY LUNCH ON TIME AND BY THE TIME I'M
EATING..IT'S TIME TO GO ))
OUT Q=time to go
Lorrie says people need to be more sensitive.
IN Q=they need
((LORRIE WEBB: THEY NEED TO HAVE MORE THINGS FOR THE HANDICAP PEOPLE THAT ARE
IN WHEELCHAIRS OR IN BRACES..MORE THINGS FOR THEM TO DO ))
OUT Q= things
Britney says she's not letting anything stand in her way..she'll find a way
to do anything she wants.
She just wishes people would be more understanding.
Joy Sutton, News-7.))
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Plastic can make purchases much easier, but maybe too easy.
Here's Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=Credit cards
SUPER=01-Gary Collins/J.C. Bradford & Co.; :10
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
IN Q=Credit cards
((Credit cards are a great convenience. But they do have their pros and cons.
Gary Collins with J-C Bradford and Company here in Martinsville explains. ))
IN Q=You'll have
((GARY COLLINS/STOCKBROKER-J.C. BRADFORD & CO.: YOU'LL HAVE SOME CREDIT CARDS
BEING HELD BY INDIVIDUALS THAT MAY BE NUMBERING SEVEN TO EIGHT, 10 CREDIT
CARDS. WHICH IS LUDICROUS. BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE PAYING INTEREST RATES OF
ANYWHERE FROM 10- TO- 25 PERCENT. AND THEY'RE PAYING MORE IN INTEREST THAN
THEY'RE PAYING IN PRINCIPAL ON A MONTHLY BASIS. THAT'S THE BAD SIDE. ON THE
GOOD SIDE IS, IF A PERSON HAS ONE- TO- TWO CREDIT CARDS, AND THEY WANT TO MAKE
A PURCHASE OF A BIG TICKET ITEM, GO AHEAD AND USE THAT CREDIT CARD FOR A MONTH
TO- TWO MONTHS. AT THE SAME TIME IF YOU HAVE THAT MONEY SET ASIDE, WHICH YOU
ALREADY SHOULD HAVE, GO AHEAD AND PUT THAT ON A SAVINGS ACCOUNT OR AN INTEREST
BEARING CHECKING ACCOUNT, LET IT BE EARNING INTEREST, AT THE SAME TIME, AND
THEN WHEN THE CREDIT CARD IS DUE, GO TO THE LAST ALLOWABLE DATE TO DO THE
PAYMENT, THAT WAY YOU'VE GOT SOME BACK INTEREST ON YOUR OWN MONEY WHILE USING
OUT Q=their money.
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 R-36)
It was victory lane yesterday for the man who nearly lost his life to the
Michigan track three years ago.
Ernie Irvan took the checkered flag at the Miller 400.
SUPER=03-Brooklyn, MI/CBS Sports;
About 60 laps into the race Terry Labonte runs over some debris and hits the
On the restart Rusty Wallace moved to the front.
At the half way mark Bill Elliott was leading.
But Irvan made his move and the field couldn't catch his ford.
IN Q="It's a lot
((ERNIE IRVAN/MILLER 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Miller 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=race cars everyday.
Elliott was second, Mark Martin third, Ted Musgrave fourth and Jeff Gordon
TAPE#net (edit of S7-5)
Ernie Els won his first U-S Open title in 1994. Well, yesterday he
captured his second Open title holding off Colin Montgomerie and Tom Lehman.
SUPER=03-Bethesda, MD/NBC Sports; :
At one time, Montgomerie, Lehman and Els were tied for the lead at four
Els parred the 18-th and finished the round with a one under par 69 and his
overall total of four under was good enough for a one stroke win in the 19-97
Tiger Woods shot 72 to finish 6 over par.
TAPE#net (edit of CL-97)
After four straight wins, The Salem Avalanche ended the first half of the
Carolina season with a loss to Winston-Salem.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs. Warthogs;
Salem's Garrett Neubart makes the diving catch to close out the top of the
first for the Warthogs.
In the bottom of the first with Elvis Pena at bat, Neubart steals second,
but the throw goes into center field and Neubart advances to third.
Pena walks to first then Tal Light SUPER=37-Salem/2/Winston-Salem/6/;hits
a shot to the left field wall for a single scoring two runs. The Avalanche led
2 to nothing, but Winston-Salem goes on to win it 6 to 2.
Even rain couldn't stop the running of the Chicago Bulls' fans.
Diehards braved overnight showers to get the best spots in Grant Park where
the Bulls celebrated their FIFTH N-B-A title in seven years.
Officials estimate the crowd at about a quarter of million.
It took six games to close out the series with the Utah Jazz.
The horses are back in town--
Competition at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show got under way this morning at
the Salem Civic Center.
Today's event features horses from Southwestern Virginia.
The show also includes all the regular favorites like the Jack Russell
Terrier Race and the Stick Horse Competition later this week.
Organizers say the show will go on as usual, despite its loss of the
sponsorship of the Roanoke Valley Junior League.
IN Q=The Junior League
((JUNE CAMPER/HORSE SHOW CHAIRMAN: THE JUNIOR LEAGUE IS NOT WITH US THIS YEAR,
BUT THE SHOW BEGAN IN 1972 WITH THE HORSEMAN'S ASSOCIATION. AND THE HORSEMEN,
OF COURSE, HAVE CONTINUED IT. AND EVERYTHING HAS SURPASSED LAST YEAR, SO WE'RE
IN GOOD SHAPE. ))
SUPER=01-June Camper/Horse Show Chairman;
OUT Q=in good shape.
The show runs all week, with the Grand Prix on Saturday night.