On NEWS 7 at 11
We've got a fatal fire on Grandin Road in Roanoke.
An interstate wreck that killed eight.
One state's windfall from tobacco litigation nets 3-point-6 Billion.
And (pause :03 for NAT SOT) funk, pop and R-and-B are fused together by
We'll take you to the concert.
Fire on Grandin Road in Roanoke
claimed the life of an elderly man early this morning.
72-year old William Evans died of smoke inhalation in the pre-dawn blaze.
Lucy Hogan WILL have to leave the home she's lived in for 30 years.
A Roanoke judge today upheld the condemnation and eviction notice. Judge
Jackie Talevi says she's concerned for Hogan's safety, but there will be an
opportunity for Hogan to make repairs.
A multi-car pile-up on I-95 killed eight people near Petersburg this
The Interstate was closed for a couple of hours.
More news at 11.
An early morning fire has claimed the life of a Roanoke man.
The house in the three-thousand block of Grandin Road started filling with
dense smoke about 2:30 this morning.
Three people were inside- -72-year-old William Evans and two men who helped
take care of him.
IN Q=Upon arrival
((PAT TAYLOR/ROANOKE FIRE AND EMS: UPON ARRIVAL THE FIRST ENGINE CREWS DID A
RAPID SEARCH FOR THE VICTIM, AND WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE MALE NURSES POINTING
OUT THE BEDROOM THE VICTIM WAS IN WE BROUGHT HIM OUT FROM THE BEDROOM WINDOW.))
SUPER=01-Pat Taylor/Roanoke Fire and EMS;
OUT Q=bedroom window.
Evans died of smoke inhalation.
Police say the fire started in a back room that all three men used.
Fire officials say the fire is considered suspicious, but there's also a
chance it was an accident.
State police say eight people have died in an accident on Interstate 95
south of Petersburg.
The crash happened just after two o'clock- nine miles north of the North
Police reports say a tractor trailer apparently lost control, careened into
the median and stopped about three feet into the southbound lane.
A minivan was flattened in the accident.
Seven people died at the scene, one died later at a hospital.
The wreck closed the interstate in both directions for two hours.
Officials have identified the two people killed in an accident on Mill
Mountain yesterday morning.
Investigator say 19-year old Evan Brooker of Florida and 20 year old Shannon
Vandlinde of Virginia Beach died when the pick up they were riding in slammed
into a tree and burst into flames.
Both were in town with the Salem Fair.
An official with the company that provides the fair's attractions--says
Brooker was a fine worker.
IN Q=It saddens everybody's
((GREG DEGGELLER/VICE PRESIDENT DEGGELLER ATTRACTIONS: IT SADDENS EVERYBODY'S
SPIRIT WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS. LIKE I SAID EVANS BEEN WITH US FOR
AWHILE AND WELL LIKE AROUND HERE AND WE'LL ALL MISS HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Greg Deggeller/Deggeller Attractions V.P.;
OUT Q: all miss him
25-year old Christopher Todd Deweese was the driver of the vehicle--he is in
Deweese was apparently trying to flee a police officer who recognized him
--and knew he had an outstanding warrant.
The Roanoke woman trying to avoid eviction from her condemned home on
Orange Avenue has lost her fight and has been ordered to move.
The brick home has serious problems, including several holes in the roof.
Still 70- year- old Lucy Hogan was determined to stay in her residence of
more than thirty years.
Today, a Roanoke judge said she will give the Hogans the opportunity to
make repairs, but Jackie Talevi said she is concerned about Hogan's safety.
She ordered the woman and her daughter to leave the home next week.
Mississippi and the tobacco industry reached a last-minute deal today to
settle the state's lawsuit against big tobacco.
Mississippi Attorney General Michael Moore announced the three- and- a
half billion dollar settlement at a news conference today, less than a week
before Mississippi was set to become the first state to go to trial with
When he filed the suit in 1994 to recover tax money spent treating
people on Medicaid for smoking-related illnesses, the state sought 940-million
IN Q=A little over
((MICHAEL MOORE/MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL: A LITTLE OVER THREE YEARS AGO
WHEN WE CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA WAY DOWN SOUTH IN MISSISSIPPI, NOT MANY PEOPLE
GAVE US A CHANCE FOR A LAWSUIT.. AND SOME PEOPLE HERE IN THIS STATE SAID IT
WASN'T WORTH A NICKEL, WELL THIS SETTLEMENT TODAY IS WORTH $3.6 BILLION.))
SUPER=01-Michael Moore/Mississippi Attorney General
OUT Q=billion dollars.
This agreement does not protect the big tobacco companies from outstanding
lawsuits filed by 39 other states.
Moore also called on the President and Congress to approve the 368
billion dollar deal reached by the attorney generals of the 40 states and the
Southside Virginia farmers say the settlement ignored them, and they don't
want a repeat performance when the deal goes to Capitol Hill.
Congressman Virgil Goode was in Danville today, saying he'd support them in
IN Q=When you talk about
((CLARENCE BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO: WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT BEING
HOOKED ON TOBACCO AND YOU LOOK AT VIRGINIA TOBACCO FARMERS, THERE IS NO ONE
THAT IS HOOKED ON TOBACCO ANY MORE THAN THAT. WE GO BACK 350 YEARS. WE WERE
HERE BEFORE R.J. REYNOLDS, PHILIP MORRIS, OR ANY OF THEM.))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco;
OUT Q=or any of them
Bryant says nothing in the current 68-page agreement protects either the
tobacco market or prices.
Farmers here are demanding quotas to keep crop levels up.
That's the only way they can support their families and the local economy.
IN Q=I want to see
((VIRGIL GOODE/U.S. CONGRESSMAN (D): I WANT TO SEE GROWERS IN THIS AREA THAT'S
TOBACCO'S VITAL TO THEIR ECONOMY -- THE ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF TOBACCO AS THEY
AFFECT SOUTHSIDE -- COVERED IN IT. I WANT IT TO BE FAIR TO CONSUMERS AND
Local farmers say they're not bandits and druglords, they're raising tobacco
just to pay the bills.
GRAPHIC=Fourth of July
Organizers of the "Music for Americans" celebration have a message for
people heading to Victory Stadium tomorrow night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 4, 1996
Expect a good time, but don't come expecting a parking space.
After dealing with congested streets in recent years, organizers have
decided to alter their parking plan.
This year there will be NO parking at the Stadium or on Reserve Avenue.
An expanded fleet of buses dubbed the Totally Improved Shuttle Bus Service
will carry passengers from the upper level of Towers Shopping Center and the
Williamson Road Parking garage downtown.
IN Q=With reserve Closed.
(( WITH RESERVE CLOSED, YES THAT WILL PROBABLY DEPRIVE 400 CARS OF THEIR LOVELY
PARKING SPACES, BUT ON THESE BUSES, PEOPLE CAN DO ALL THE THINGS THEY WOULD
HAVE DONE IN THEIR CARS. THEY CAN BRING PICNIC BASKETS, COOLERS, CHAIRS.
EVERYTHING THEY THOUGHT THEY COULDN'T DO ON THE BUS ))
SUPER=01-Jan Wilkins/Music For Americans;
OUT Q=do on the bus.
Wilkins says a total of 12 buses will run constantly from 4:45 to 11:00
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, hot air balloons prepare for a big weekend over
and tomorrow's fireworks could pale in comparison as the Sojurner ends its long
journey AND begins its mission on the red planet.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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President Clinton has officially denied the sexual harassment allegations
filed by Paula Jones.
In papers filed in Arkansas, Clinton says he did NOT proposition her in a
Little Rock hotel room when he was governor in 1991.
The president says he does not recall ever meeting Jones and "adamantly"
denies every accusation in her complaint.
An American spacecraft has a rendezvous with Mars scheduled tomorrow.
It contains a little robot rover that the spacecraft "Pathfinder" will
throw down to Mars tomorrow afternoon.
The landing may be the toughest part.
First a collection of airbags will inflate. Pathfinder will bounce on Mars
like a beachball.
Once the airbags DEflate, if all goes well, Sojourner will roll down onto
Mars' rust-colored surface, driven by a man 120 million miles away:
((BRIAN COOPER: AND I'M TELLING THE ROVER TO GO TO THIS POINT AND THIS POINT.
FOR INSTANCE, IF I DID SOMETHING REALLY DUMB LIKE TELL THE ROVER TO DRIVE OVER
A CLIFF, WE HAVE THE ROVER SET UP SO THAT AS ITS DRIVING TOWARD THAT CLIFF IT
WOULD SEE IT WITH ITS SENSORS AND IT WOULD DETERMINE THAT'S A REALLY DUMB THING
TO DO AND IT WOULD GO AROUND IT.))
SUPER=01-Brian Cooper/Jet Propulsion Lab
OUT Q=go around it.
Sojourner is supposed to work for about a month, gathering samples and
sending back images.
Skywatchers in Rockbridge County have something other than Sojurner to watch
Hot Air Balloons have been brought in and prepared for launch as the first
annual Maury River Balloon Rally prepares to take flight in Lexington.
Steve Smallshw has more.
SUPER=03-Lexington/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Hemmingsen/Balloon Pilot; :27
SUPER=01-John Stewart/Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club; :57
OUT Q=Smallshaw News 7
A rabid cow diagnosed in Montgomery County has health officials on alert.
Rabies has been on the increase in Virginia for the past six years.
Much of this is attributed to wild and stray animals like the one that
apparently infected the cow.
Dr. Jody Hershey cautions that wild animals often carry the disease for
years before exhibiting symptoms of rabies.
He says to avoid animals acting strangely, especially wild animals that act
Merely coming into contact with such animals can expose you to the virus.
IN Q=I think
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/ NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIR.: I THINK YOU WANT TO BE
VERY, VERY LEERY OF HANDLING OR PETTING WILD OR STRAY ANIMALS. WHETHER THEY BE
WILD ANIMALS OR WHETHER THEY BE CATS AND DOGS THAT ARE WILD OR STRAY. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/ New River Health District Dir.
OUT Q=or stray
If contact is made with a suspicious animal, medical attention should be
Hershey also urges all pet owners to have their pets vaccinated for rabies
in accordance with state law.
Coming up a little later on the newscast, a southern donut company is about
to make a whole lot of history,
and we'll go on stage for a Hot Night in Salem as Chaka Khan kicks off the
Actor Woody Harrelson walked away a winner from a Kentucky courtroom today.
Harrelson had been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and
faced up to a year in jail.
Today a judge upheld a lower court ruling that the state's marijuana
statute is unconstitutionally broad.
Harrelson challenged the law as part of his crusade to promote the use of
IN Q=Ya know once
((WOODY HARRELSON/ACTOR & HEMP ADVOCATE: YA KNOW ONCE UPON A TIME THIS WAS THE
NUMBER ONE CROP IN KENTUCKY. IT WAS THE NUMBER ONE CROP IN THIS COUNTRY, AND
RIGHT NOW THERE'S A WORLDWIDE FIBER SHORTAGE.))
SUPER=01-Woody Harrelson/Actor & Hemp Advocate
The actor planted four industrial hemp seeds in Lee County in June of last
year, deliberately challenging what he says was one of the strictest
marijuana laws in the country.
Few performers are as versatile as Chaka Khan (SHAH-kuh KAHN).
Tonight she played Salem Memorial Stadium in a concert that covered all the
Joe Dashiell has the story.
IN Q=The midsummer meltdown
SUPER=07-Chaka Khan; :33
OUT Q=JD News 7 Salem
((The midsummer meltdown lived up to its billing... with hot sun on the
early arrivals and the sultry sounds of Chaka Khan after dark.
NAT SOT OF MUSIC
The lead singer of the group Rufus in the 70s, and a successful solo artist
since, Khan pulls her music from many traditions.
Funk, R&B, even pop are some of her staples, but her roots run deep in
Her music crosses many boundaries, and Chaka Khan says she isn't finished
breaking new ground.
She's working on a project at the vatican that includes Gregorian chants.
But tonight, for the five thousand fans in Salem Memorial Stadium, it was
the familiar fusion that Chaka Khan has made famous.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Salem))
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SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Wind W-10/68-72/Partly Sunny/And Hot/90-92;
SUPER=332-Clear And/Pleasant/60-62/Partly Cloudy/Shower Late/80-82;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Mild/60-64/Partly Sunny/Light Wind/83-86;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Wind W-10/60-62/Partly Cloudy/Shower Late/80-84;
SUPER=03-Hollywood, CA; :00
And finally the folks at the Hollywood wax museum have moved Mike Tyson out
of the museum's sports section and into the Chamber of Horrors.
The public complained that he no longer deserved to be near Michael Jordan
and Larry Bird.
So now he's right beside Hannibal Lecter, the psycho from "Silence of the
Lambs" who bit off someone's nose.
The Lynchburg Hillcats beat the Salem Avalanche by a run for the second
Last night the Cats topped Salem 6-5.
The two teams are set to play again tonight at City Stadium at 7.
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/TBS-Braves; :00
In Montreal, even sushi selling vendor couldn't save the Expos from getting
thrown back last night.
Andruw Jones and Javy Lopez homered on the consecutive pitches in the fourth
innings off Jim Bullinger to SUPER=35-Atlanta/15/Montreal/2;
punctuate a 15-to-2 win for Hotlanta.
John Smoltz got his 8th win of the year.
The Baltimore Orioles were just as impressive last night as they stopped
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Sportschannel; :00
Jeffrey Hammonds was the man with the plan last night at the plate as he hit
this two run homer, doubled twice and picked up a career high 4 runs batted in.
The O's win their 10th straight over the Tigers, thanks to Jimmy key who
tossed a five hitter to improve his record to 12 and 4 on the season.
The Winston cup drivers are declaring their independence this weekend in the
Qualifying on the beach yesterday,
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/espn2; :00
and not surprisingly all eyes were on points leader Jeff Gordon who went out
in the DuPont Chevy and turned a lap at 189 point 358 miles an hour. It was
good but not good enough.
Mike Skinner, who won the 500 pole back in February went out and proved it
was not a fluke this afternoon by winning the top spot for the Pepsi 400 with a
lap at 189.777 to top Gordon and his teammate Dale Earnhardt.
Here's the top 25 for Saturday morning's race.
wipe to chyron
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Mike Skinner/189.777/2. Dale Earnhardt//3. John Andretti//4.
Jeff Gordon//5. Jimmy Spencer//;
SUPER=0107-6. Rusty Wallace//7. Billy Standridge//8. Michael Waltrip//9. Rick
Mast//10. Lake Speed//;
SUPER=0107-11. Joe Nemechek//12. Dick Trickle//13. Ricky Rudd//14. Ken
Schrader//15. Johnny Benson//;
SUPER=0107-16. Dale Jarrett//17. Bill Elliott//18. Mark Martin//19. Hut
Stricklin//20. Brett Bodine//;
SUPER=0107-21. Ward Burton//22. Ted Musgrave//23. Ernie Irvan//24. Jeff
Burton//25. Bobby Hamilton//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Former Friday Football Extra player of the week, Anthony Poindexter, a rising
senior at UVa has been named a first team
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :00
preseason all-american by the "Football News" this week.
This is the fourth publication to name him a 1st team preseason selection.
Lindy's magazine went as far as naming him the best safety in the nation.
The former Jefferson Forest star was a first team all-ACC pick last year.
The battle of 16 year olds at Wimbledon today was won by Martina Hingis.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/HBO & NBC;:00
Former President Bush and his wife Barbara were courtside today as the Swiss
miss, beat fellow teenager Anna Kournikova in straight sets 6-3 and 6-2 to
reach her first Wimbledon final.
She will play Jana Novotna for the title on Saturday. Novotna beat Sanchez in
On the men's side, Pete Sampras won the top center court men's feature
beating Boris Becker in four sets 6-1, 6-7, 6-1 and 6-4.
Sampras plays Todd Woodbridge next in the semi-finals.
Cedric Pioline and Michael Stich make up the other semi-final.
In one basketball note, the Roanoke Jaguars boy's 13 and under basketball
team lost to Oklahoma today 54-to-49 to knock it from the winner's bracket.
The best the team can now finish is seventh in the national event that is
being held in Memphis.
Still to come tonight, the champ gets set to duke it out with the Dave.
And look what we found at the Salem Fair today.
The Salem Fair also has plenty of things in which to sink your teeth, and
this year it also features a few things that could their teeth into you.
"The World of Shark Show" opened this evening at the fair.
Marco and Philip Peters started the show a couple of years ago after they
retired as dare-devils from the Ringling Brothers Circus.
And Philip is one of the men who actually dives with the sharks during the
IN Q="You see em...
((PHILIP PETERS/WORLD SHARK SHOW: ))
SUPER=01-Philip Peters/World Shark Show; :
OUT Q=..........people like."
And animal lovers need not work. The sharks are kept in a 45 foot trailer
with a filtration system.
And every six months they are released in the Florida Keys.
IN Q="Release em....
OUT Q=......thing to do."
The show can be seen during the late afternoon and evening hours throughout
the fair's stay in Salem.
SUPER=04-Worldwide Pants; :00
And from one shark tank to another, world champion Evander Holyfield steps
into David Letterman's ring on the Late Show tonight.
The two plan to talk about what else, but the bite.
You can catch the champ and cut-up in a couple of minutes right here on
The South's favorite donuts are moving on up into history.
The chronicle of Krispy Kreme is bound for the archives of the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of Natural History.
Pieces of Krispy Kreme equipment, photographs, employee manuals, packaging
and hats were loaded into a van bound for Washington, DCTERMS.
Krispy Kreme made its first batch of donuts 60 years ago in Old Salem, North
SUPER=01-John Fleckner/Smithsonian Museum Chief Archivist
OUT Q=LARGE SCALE.
Krispy Kreme says a good donut cutter could make 120 DOZEN donuts per hour.