Authorities in Louisiana are searching for victims in a fatal explosion and
fire at an natural gas rig.
And, one man is hospitalized and another on the run after gunfire erupted
during a burglary attempt in Henry County.
Sunshine peaking through the clouds from time to time today--
Otherwise, we're just soaking up the heat AND the humidity.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are in our forecast.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
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Authorities are on a man hunt for an armed burglary suspect in Henry County.
Shots rang out in the botched break-in, injuring one suspect.
Authorities say a resident came home and found two thieves in his home.
He then shot one suspect while the other fled the scene.
IN Q=State police
SUPER=01-K. D. Cecil/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=by the homeowner
Police say the suspect is armed with a .25 caliber semi-automatic weapon
stolen from the scene.
Dogs, a helicopter and state troopers were called in to search nearby woods.
IN Q=We later
OUT Q=negative results so far.
The second suspect is described as a white male, about five-eight, slender,
wearing blue jeans and no shirt.
The injured suspect is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the
One of the most wanted men in America sits in a Washington state jail this
Cheyne Kehoe (shayn KEE'-hoh) and his brother were being sought for a
shootout with Ohio law officers following a traffic stop last February.
The gunbattle was caught on video tape.
OUT Q=(nats of shooting)
Authorities say Kehoe (KEE'-hoh) surrounded yesterday without incident.
His brother Chevie Kehoe (SHEH'-vee KEE'-hoh) remains at large.
For a second straight day a troubled electronics chain has locked its doors.
A sign posted at Crenshaw Electronics and Appliances says it was scheduled
to reopen after being closed for inventory Monday.
That "inventory" procedure was actually a repossession action.
A financial company says Crenshaw has defaulted on its loan payments, and
this was its last recourse to recover part of its investment.
Crenshaw would not comment on the closing of its Roanoke or Lynchburg stores
It's attorney also could not be reached for comment.
The North Carolina based chain got off to a rocky start here last year, when
it purchased the Holdren's appliance chain, a longtime hometown favorite.
At first it began honoring its extended warranties.
Then it stopped, explaining it only bought Holdren's assets, not its
There's growing suspicion that a full agreement in the tobacco talks may go
up in smoke.
But if the attorneys general and the tobacco executives DO come up with a
settlement Virginia could benefit, even though it is NOT one of the state's
suing the industry.
Jim Gilmore stepped down from the office of attorney general just five days
But one of his former deputies says the office is pursuing the possibility
of cash proceeds from a settlement with tobacco companies-- without ever filing
SOT 03:40:37 TAPE TWO
IN Q=What I'm
((CLAUDE ALLEN: WHAT I'M CONFIDENT OF IS THAT IN OUR PRACTICE, WHEN WE'RE
INVOLVED IN SUITS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, WHETHER WE'VE BEEN PARTIES TO THOSE
SUITS FROM THE OUTSET OR NOT, THAT VERY OFTEN IN ORDER TO MAKE A MORE
COMPREHENSIVE SETTLEMENT TO SATISFY ALL POTENTIAL CLAIMANTS, THERE ARE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO COME IN AT A LATER DATE TO DO JUST THAT.))
SOT TAPE THREE 03:54:04
((DEL. DAVID BRICKLEY: I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT VIRGINIA'S NOT LEFT WITH
EMPTY POCKETS AT THE END OF THE DAY IF IN FACT SOME SETTLEMENT IS TAKING PLACE
BECAUSE WE ARE PARTIALLY IN THE NEGOTIATIONS AND PARTIALLY NOT IN THE
SUPER=01-Claude Allen/Deputy Attorney General; :00
SUPER=01-Del. David Brickley/(D) Woodbridge; :21
OUT Q=not in the negotiations
A legislative subcommittee also got an update on enforcement of youth
75 teenagers or cashiers have been charged since April, in the state's
Two people are dead and two others missing following an explosion and fire
overnight on an natural gas rig.
SUPER=03-Butte La Rose, LA;
Flames have been shooting hundreds of feet into the air, slowing down any
The rig sits in the gulf, just west of New Orleans.
Its owner is now making plans to cap the burning well.
At least 22 workers were on board the rig.
And in Salem,
Workers are trying to repair a large broken natural gas line.
If you're planning to travel through Salem this afternoon, you might want to
avoid the area around 419 and Roanoke Boulevard.
Fire officials say repairs are expected to take several hours.
A Massachusetts congressman says sex between consenting members of the
military might be considered immoral but it should NOT be a crime.
Barney Frank has introduced legislation that would end criminal prosecution
of troops who engage in adultery or consensual sex.
Currently, adultery in the military can lead to a prison sentence.
IN Q=We the congress...
SUPER=01-Rep. Barney Frank/(D) Massachusetts;
OUT Q= the criminal part.
Recently, bomber pilot Kelly Flinn resigned from the Air Force
rather than face a court martial over adultery and other charges.
And General Joseph Ralston lost a bid to become chairman of the
Joint Chiefs because of a decade old extramarital affair.
A Saudi man could be in the U-S as early as tomorrow to face charges in
connection to last year's truck bombing in Dhahran (dah-RAHN'), that killed 19
Law enforcement sources say
Hani (HAH'-nee) Abdel Rahim Hussein
Al-Sayegh (ahl-sah-YEHR') has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges.
He will also provide authorities with more information about the bombing.
Hani's lawyer says the surrounder is in his client's best interest.
Terrorists are usually tortured or killed in Saudi Arabia.
Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Watergate break-in.
Five men were apprehended after they broke the Democratic National Committee
It was later uncovered that the burglars were hired by Nixon's re-election
Efforts by the President and his top aides to cover that up led to
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Last Night;
Last night more than 300 people attended an anniversary party at the
Guests were entertained by a Richard Nixon impersonator and served by
make-believe secret service agents.
It's back to the drawing board for Spotsylvania County investigators
working on the murder of Sophia Silva. (----------------)
Yesterday abduction charges against Karl (ROWSH) Roush were dropped.
Roush was charged based on fiber evidence, but last week, the F-B-I
discovered the state crime lab made a mistake while analyzing the fibers.
Yesterday in court, (ROWSH) Roush thanked his attorney.
IN Q=I'd like to
(( KARL ROUSH/FORMER DEFENDANT; I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR WHAT HE'S DONE, AND
BOB WOODBRIDGE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; ALL THE FORENSIC EVIDENCE EXONERATES HIM, AND
THERE'S A POSITIVE EXONERATION AS A RESULT OF THE DNA, SO I THINK DON'T THINK
THE COMMONWEALTH HAS A CASE. ))
SUPER=01-Karl Roush/Former Suspect; QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Bob Woodbridge/Defense Attorney; :05
OUT Q=commonwealth has a case.
With (ROWSH) Roush out of the picture, it opens the possibility that the
same person killed Silva, and sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk.
Autopsy reports found similarities in the two crimes.
Lawyers for Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nichols have revealed their
strategy of defense to C-B-S News.
Michael Tigar and Ronald Woods claim their client was a victim of convicted
bomber Timothy McVeigh.
They contend Nichols helped McVeigh without knowing what he was planning.
No date has been set yet for Nichols' trial.
Southern Baptists may be ready to act on a threat to boycott Disney theme
parks and stores.
The 15-million strong denomination will vote on the boycott during its three
day convention which begins today in Dallas.
The denomination is upset with Disney's changing attitudes toward
Disney now offers health benefits to partners of gay employees, and holds
"Gay Days" at its theme parks.
Disney also owns the A-B-C Network, the only network with a gay lead
character on a sitcom.
More calls for a new greenway between downtown Roanoke and Valley View Mall.
The Western Virginia Land Trust threw its support behind the project.
Yesterday, Rupert Cutler offered the group's assistance as the city
considers creating the Lick Run Greenway.
He says the Land Trust supports the inclusion of a pedestrian walkway and
bike path on the new 5-81 interchange that will be built near Valley View Mall.
IN Q=And so for a lot of reasons
((RUPERT CUTLER/WESTERN VA. LAND TRUST: AND SO FOR A LOT OF REASONS,
NEIGHBORHOOD RECREATION, WILDLIFE HABITAT, TOURISM, PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO JOG
FROM THE HOTEL ROANOKE AND COME IN THE OTHER DIRECTION FROM THE HOTELS OVER BY
THE AIRPORT, AND ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM VALLEY VIEW, BUILDING
THE LICK RUN GREENWAY IS A DARN GOOD IDEA.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Western Va. Land Trust;
OUT Q=darn good idea.
Engineers are preparing two sets of plans for the 5-81 interchange, one
that includes the walkway and one that leaves it out.
It will be up to city council to decide if the cost is warranted.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
At last night's meeting..
Roanoke's city council debated elections, but it was the HOW and not the WHO
that took precedence.
Last night a task force presented a proposal for a Ward system.
Supporters say such a plan will guarantee representation for all sectors of
Under the proposal, the city would be divided into five wards, with each
voting for its own council seat.
The mayor and vice-mayor would remain at-large seats.
IN Q=WE WENT INTO
((LISA FARTHING/TASK FORCE MEMBER:WE WENT INTO ALL KINDS OF NEIGHBORHOODS.
EVERYBODY WAS VERY POSITIVE, AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PUT TO A VOTE. IT
WAN'T OUR CHOICE TO TAKE THIS TO A VOTE, BUT I THINK IT'S TIME THE VOTERS ARE
ALLOWED TO DECIDE WHICH IS BEST. ))
SUPER=01-Lisa Farthing/Task Force Member;
OUT Q=IS BEST
Several public hearings will be held in the coming weeks.
Then council will decide if the ward system will face a November referendum.
Virginia's education secretary calls the system implementing the state's new
school standards a success.
Beverly Sgro was in Lynchburg yesterday- speaking to the annual Boys State
Sgro says the standards tentatively approved last week are more in line with
what the public wants.
IN Q=The board
((BEVERLY SGRO/VA EDUCATION SECRETARY: THE BOARD VERY CAREFULLY DID LISTEN TO
THE PUBLIC, THE PUBLIC DID THINK IT WAS GOING TOO FAST, THE BOARD CHANGED IT. I
THINK HAVING THAT REQUIREMENT THAT 9TH GRADERS IN THE YEAR 2000, THE GRADUATING
CLASS OF 2004, BE THE FIRST ONES WITH THE BARRIER, IS A VERY REASONED APPROACH,
IT GIVES STUDENTS AMPLE TIME TO LEARN WHAT THEY NEEDED TO LEARN, FOR TEACHERS
TO TEACH WHAT THEY NEED TO TEACH.))
SUPER=01-Beverly Sgro/Virginia Education Secretary; :00
OUT Q=need to teach.
Sgro says thirty states have contacted Virginia for copies of the new
standards to help with their educational reform efforts.
It was thanks and and praise yesterday for those who helped in the
evacuation of the nursing home at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Fire forced residents and staff out almost two weeks ago.
SUPER=03-Bedford/June 3; :00
Hundreds of police, fire and rescue personnel moved 87 elderly patients out
of the hospital the night of June 3rd.
Yesterday, those staff and volunteers were invited back for a picnic on the
hospital grounds in appreciation for their hard work.
IN Q=And they just
((BESSIE PUGH/NURSING HOME RESIDENT: AND THEY JUST COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BETTER.
THINGS COULDN'T HAVE GONE BETTER FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Bessie Pugh/Nursing Home Resident; :00
OUT Q=better for us.
Hospital officials say they appreciate the way the entire community
IN Q=And I think
((ARDETH HALL/NURSING SUPERVISOR: AND I THINK IT SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR
HOSPITAL AND OUR NURSING HOME IN THE COMMUNITY THAT EVERYBODY WOULD COME OUT
AND HELP SAVE IT.))
SUPER=01-Ardeth Hall/Nursing Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=help save it.
Authorities say a hot plate that was turned on accidentally sparked the
All of the residents have since returned to the nursing home.
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SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Scattered Showers/65-69/Variable Cloudiness/Rain &
SUPER=334-Rain Likely/Heavy at Times/60-65/Morning Fog/Showers & Storms/75-79;
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Roanoke's only N-B-A star is back home this week for the seventh annual
George Lynch Hometown basketball camp at Fleming and Ruffner.
Last night Mayor David Bowers and Roanoke City Council members gave the
Vancouver Grizzlies' star a key to the city.
Lynch also got one in 19-92 when he returned to Roanoke with North Carolina
to play Virginia Tech.
IN Q="This is the...
((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :00
OUT Q=...POSSIBLE FOR ME."
The Charlotte Sting of the new women's N-B-A, will open its season on the
road starting this coming Sunday.
SUPER=03-Fort Mill, SC; :00
If you are trying to make plans to catch the Sting in action this summer
during some vacation time, their home opener is on Sunday June 29th.
The Sting is also set to play in Charlotte on Saturday July 5th, and
Wednesday July 9th.
In all they play 14 home games with their finale coming on Sunday August 24th
against the Utah Starzz.
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Memorial Day came early this year, and so did the opening of area pools.
Unfortunately, the weather has been anything but swimmer friendly so far this
In fact, last Monday night the water and air temperatures were both too low
for competition, forcing the R-V-A-A to cancel a meet for the first time ever
because of the cold.
IN Q="It has definitely...
((SUE BLACKWELL/R.V.A.A. VICE-PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Sue Blackwell/RVAA Vice-President;:00
OUT Q=...for all of us."
He may not have won the U-S open but golf pro Tiger Woods is NOT taking
time mourn, he's busy teaching disadvantaged youngsters how to play the game.
The clinic is part of a foundation he created using a half million dollars
of his own money.
Kendra Farn has the story.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
SUPER=01-Asha Whitely/Tarrytown; :07
SUPER=01-Tony Middleton/Newark; :34
SUPER=00-Kendra Farn/Reporting; :49
SUPER=01-Tiger Woods/Pro Golfer; :54
OUT Q=FOR CBS NEWS.
He might not be scary now...
But this four pound siberian tiger will grow to well over 200 pounds within
He's just two- weeks- old now and is one of only about 600 siberian tigers
alive in captivity...about 800 are left in the wild.
Kee-nye was born at the Sasquatch Zoo in the Florida panhandle.
Roanoke's festival in the park may have had log rolling, but in Macksburg,
Iowa residents have their own unique national competition.
The object is to knock the ball from its perch...using a skillet.
Some used the competition to test their athletic prowess, while others found
it to be a good form of stress relief.