Deadly, summertime storms hit Michigan leaving several people dead and
millions of dollars
And authorities are investigating an early morning house fire that killed an
elderly Roanoke man.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
A Roanoke man is dead following an early morning house fire.
Authorities say they've found where the fire started, and it appears
suspicious in origin.
A nurse alerted rescue fire crews that someone was trapped inside the
burning home on Grandin Road.
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SUPER=01-Pat Taylor/Roanoke Fire EMS;
OUT Q=bedroom window
Officials say it appears the man died of smoke inhalation.
The name of the victim is being withheld until his family is notified.
In Southern California, firefighters are working to contain two separate
In the town of Azusa, outside of Los Angeles, a blaze destroyed at
least 13-hundred acres and injured several people.
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Another fire in San Diego County has blackened more than one hundred acres.
At least seven people are dead in the wake of severe thunderstorms and
tornadoes that hit Michigan last night. (----------------)
The storms lifted homes off their foundations, ripped off roofs, flooded
roads, uprooted trees and snapped power lines.
Close to 200-thousand homes are still without power.
The state's Governor says the damage dwarfs anything his state has seen in
Officials released the identities of two people killed in a fatal car crash
Evan Brooker and Shannon Vandlinde (VAN-DA-LINDA) were trapped inside a
pick-up truck when it hit a tree and burst into flames.
25- year- old Christopher Deweese, the driver of the truck survived the crash
and is in critical condition.
Investigators say Deweese was trying to outrun police when his vehicle
swerved off the road and went over an embankment.
At the time of the accident he was wanted for a probation violation.
He apparently took off AFTER a police officer recognized him at Mill Mountain
Authorities say he will face charges--and the case will go before a grand
Bill Dolan says he's a life- long hunter, and wants to protect the rights
of other hunting enthusiasts.
The democratic candidate for Attorney General announced today his proposal
for an amendment to the state's constitution.
Dolan calls it a Bill of Rights for those who hunt and fish.
He says the proposal is a "pre- emptive strike" against what he called a
nationwide effort to restrict hunters and fishermen.
Dolan says just last year, eight states had constitutional amendments or
ballot initiatives restricting both sports.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Tobacco farmers in Virginia now have a task force to protect them as
Congress reviews the national tobacco settlement.
Governor Allen appointed the group to minimize damage that the settlement
could do to Virginia's five Billion dollar a year industry.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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SUPER=01-Michael Wells/Mecklenburg Co. Farmer; :32
SUPER=03-Richmond/June 12; :58
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Just like Virginia prepared for military base closures, it must prepare
for her tobacco-dependent economy to take a hit.
So said the Governor as he announced a tobacco task force.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T WANT TO MAKE IT SOUND THAT DRASTIC. HOWEVER SOME
OF THOSE IDEAS--IF THEY TRY TO BAN THE EXPORT OF VIRGINIA TOBACCO, YOU'RE DARN
SURE, I WAS ASKING MR. WELLS, AND YOU CAN ASK HIM ANY QUESTIONS YOU WANT, ABOUT
HOW MUCH WAS EXPORTED. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE TOBACCO THAT IS GROWN IN
VIRGINIA IS ACTUALLY EXPORTED. IT'S NOT FOR DOMESTIC USE.))
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((MICHEAL WELLS/MECKLENBURG CO. FARMER: BUT THE IDEA THAT THE GOVERNOR'S
LOOKING OUT FOR 120-THOUSAND PEOPLE OR FAMILIES OR SO, I DON'T NEED ANY LOOKING
OUT FOR. I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. I'M SELF-SUFFICIENT. THE WORLD DEMAND
FOR TOBACCO IS INCREASING. JUST KINDA LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME SUPPLY THAT
Mr. Wells helped the Governor announce his task force.
But he's NOT on it.
It's just two cabinet secretaries and Attorney General Richard Cullen.
Cullen and former AG Jim Gilmore have said all along they were closely
"monitoring the talks."
But when a package of aid for farmers collapsed...
((ATTORNEY GENERAL RICHARD CULLEN: MY INFORMATION IS IT WAS TAKEN OFF BY THE
MANUFACTURERS. THAT WAS INFORMATION THAT WAS RELAYED TO ME BY OTHER ATTORNEYS
GENERAL. BUT YOU'D HAVE TO ASK THE MANUFACTURERS THAT.))
Democrat Don Beyer says Gilmore and Cullen can't tell Virginians what
happened because they weren't involved -- he checked with other attorneys
((ATTORNEY GENERAL CULLEN SAYS TOBACCO STATES WILL BE MEETING MONDAY TO DEVELOP
A STRATEGY FOR THE BATTLE IN CONGRESS. FINALLY, VIRGINIA WILL CHOOSE A SEAT AT
THE TOBACCO TABLE. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
GRAPHIC=Tobacco under Fire;
Another victory for Mississippi's attorney general over the tobacco
Mike Moore says cigarette makers have agreed to pay his state more than
three BILLION dollars to settle a lawsuit over smoking- related Medicaid costs.
Moore led the national talks that ended in a landmark settlement.
But he has said he wanted to make sure Mississippi got its share
-- regardless of what Congress and the White House do about the national
Movie fans are mourning the loss of Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart.
Stewart died yesterday from a blood clot in his lung.
He appeared in more than eighty films capturing audiences' hearts by
playing the vulnerable everyman.
His first big hit was Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in 19-39.
((YOU THINK I'M LICKED, YOU ALL THINK I'M LICKED. WELL, I'M NOT LICKED. AND
I'M GOING TO STAY RIGHT HERE AND FIGHT FOR THIS LOST CAUSE."
SUPER=04-"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington";
OUT Q=for this lost cause.
The next year he won an oscar for
his performance in the Philadelphia Story.
((THERE'S A MAGNIFICENCE IN YOU TRACY, THAT COMES OUT IN YOUR EYES, THAT'S IN
YOUR VOICE, IN THE WAY YOU STAND THERE, IN THE WAY YOU WALK. YOU'RE LIT FROM
WITHIN, TRACY, YOU'VE GOT BANKED FIRES DOWN IN YOU, HARD FIRES, HOLOCAUSTS."
SUPER=04-"The Philadelphia Story";
OUT Q=hard fires, holocausts.
But he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of George Bailey in "It's a
Wonderful Life," Stewart's personal favorite.
((I COULDN'T, I COULDN'T FACE BEING COOPED UP FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE IN A
SHABBY LITTLE OFFICE."
SUPER=04-"It's A Wonderful Life";
OUT Q=little office.
A reluctant hero on screen, he was a real hero, off screen.
Stewart flew bombing missions over Germany in World War Two, ending the war
as Hollywood's highest ranking officer.
Jimmy Stewart was 89.
According to a sheriff's deputy, school administrators at Halifax County
High School never reported an alleged gang rape.
Yesterday, the sheriff and Commonwealth's attorney were trying to find out
why officials weren't told about the incident.
A 14- year- old girl told a counselor she was raped at the school by three
fellow students, while two boys watched.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the incident.
But even though a sheriff's deputy was on duty at the school, principal
Larry Clark chose not to report it.
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((BARBARA JONES/SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: BEING IT WAS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, THE SCHOOL
WAS AWARE OF IT, AS ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL AND AS ADULTS, THEY SHOULD KNOW
THAT THIS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO SOMEONE, AT LEAST TO THE DEPUTY THAT WAS ON
DUTY AT THE SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Jones/Sheriff's Deputy;
OUT Q=at the school
The Principal would not comment on this story.
School Superintendent Dennis Witt says the girl did NOT say she was FORCED
to participate in the alleged sexual acts.
IN Q=Our investigation
((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: OUR INVESTIGATION AT THE TIME DID NOT
INDICATE ILLEGAL ACTION BUT I WOULD SAY AN ERROR WAS PROBABLY MADE IN JUDGMENT
BY NOT REPORTING PART OF THE INCIDENT.))
SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/School Superintendent;
OUT Q=of the incident
All five boys could be expelled-- criminal charges against them are pending.
The Department of Education has cited Virginia Tech for failing to
accurately report an alleged 19-94 campus rape.
The agency said Tech failed to list the complaint of former student
Christy Brzonkala under the correct year and failed to include procedures for
reporting sex offenses in its campus security report.
No penalty is involved, but the school could face fines or suspension from
federal student aid if violations continue.
A Tech spokesman called the findings (quote) ``bureaucratic nit-picking''
but said Tech will comply.
They went up, up and away this morning in their beautiful balloons as the
first annual Maury River Fourth of July Balloon Rally got underway in
Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Starlink
Steve Smallshaw joins us live from the parade grounds at the Virginia
Military Institute with more. Steve...
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(Rollcue:a lot of setting up )
**Steve Mic Hot**
(Steve ad libs over video)
(Steve ad libs interview)
SUPER=01-John Stewart/Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club;
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Starlink
The Red planet gets a vistor on Independence day.
The Mars Pathfinder touches down tomorrow on Mars complete with a fancy
camera and its own surface transporation.
Today scientists are busy making final preparations.
Built for 171-million dollars, the Pathfinder is made up of a stationary
lander and a tricycle-sized surface rover officially named "Sojourner."
The Rover will last just one week, while the landing craft will continue
taking pictures and sending them back for another month.
The last mission to Mars was the Viking orbiter and lander 21 years ago.
Patrick now joins us with a special guest.
July Fourth is a big holiday all around the region, but most especially for
Virignia's Explore Park, where many events will center on Colonial activities
at the time of the Declaration of Independence.
With me today in studio is Scott Sarver, who is dressed in formal colonial
garb, and is prepared to give us a dramatic reading.
Scott, first tell me what activities are in store for visitors to the park?
SUPER=01-Scott Sarver/Virginia's Explore Park;
TOSS TO WEATHER
A surprise increase in the jobless rate.
The Labor Department says unemployment jumped to five percent last month
after dropping to 4.8 percent in May, its lowest level this year.
Economists say the June rate is evidence the economy is slowing down.
Lynchburg topped the Salem Avalanche last night by a score of 8-to-7.
But, it was a thrilling game for the many fans who came out to watch.
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A couple of kids in big bagels got the night's festivities rolling.
But it was Salem that put the scoreboard in motion. Tal Light blasts this
shot to centerfield scoring two runs, as the Avalanche closes out the first
inning with a 4-to-nothing lead on the Cats.
Lynchburg did some damage of its own in the third as Alex Hernandez rips one
past first base to plate Chris Miyake, making it 4-to-1.
Still in the third the Hillcats Mark Farris lines this hit to right field,
and it brings home a hustling Hernandez, who just beats the throw to the plate.
SUPER=37-Lynchburg/8/Salem/7/Final In 11;
Lynchburg would then tie it on the pass ball as Aramis Ramirez comes in from
third. Lynchburg beats Salem 8 to 7 in 11 innings. The two teams play again
tonight in Lynchburg.
The Baltimore Orioles put up their best offense in their 10-to-6 victory
over the Phils.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/SportsChannel; :00
The Phillies wasted a great effort by a couple of former Martinsville Philly
Scott Rolen hit two homeruns in the game and catcher Mike Leiberthal
also added a solo shot.
But the O's rallied from a 4-to-2 deficit to hand the Phillies
their 17th loss in their last 18 outings.
Baltimore wins it 10-to-6.
Free agents are signing-up with new teams in the National Hockey League and
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
Yesterday afternoon goalie Ed Belfour left the San Jose Sharks and signed
with the Dallas Stars.
The 32-year-old goalie inked a three year deal worth $10 million dollars.
And the Knicks resigned 11 time all-star Patrick Ewing to a new multi-year
No terms of the deal were released, but it is believed to worth $15 million a
Here's a story you may find hard to swallow.
SUPER=03-Klamath Falls, OR;
An eight foot boa constrictor named Teardrop had to be rushed to an animal
clinic after it swallowed a heating pad.
The heating pad, cord and control unit showed up plainly on the snake's
It was removed in a two and half hour operation.
The vet said the heating pad apparently satisfied all the snake's criteria
for food -- it was warm and fuzzy and had some hard objects inside that felt
something like bones.