An emotional outburst this morning in a Montgomery County courtroom-
For the second time, convicted murderer Michael Knowles attempts to stab
himself while in the courtroom.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from the Montgomery County Courthouse with the
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IN Q=Do you
SUPER=01-Max Jenkins/Knowles' Attorney; :53
OUT Q=WITH ME
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One man is dead after a speeding car went spinning out of control in a
residential Roanoke neighborhood.
Neighbors say the car was traveling between 80 and 100 miles per hour on
Moorman Road in Northwest Roanoke.
It apparently went airborne and crashed on the street, just a few yards from
where a group of children were playing in a park.
The driver of the car was killed on impact.
IN Q=It appears
((LT. R.A. BOWER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE; IT APPEARS THAT THE VEHICLE WAS EASTBOUND
ON MOORMAN ROAD HERE AT AN EXTREMELY HIGH RATE OF SPEED, IT SIDESWIPED THAT
FIRST POLE, WHICH SENT INTO A BROADSIDE AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IMPACTED THE
SECOND POLE. ))
SUPER=01-R. A. Bower/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=second pole
Police have not identified the driver. He was the only person in the car.
Neighbors say they have seen the same car speeding through the area several
times over the past few weeks.
They're grateful no one else in the neighborhood was hurt.
A number of Virginia Tech athletes found themselves in a court of law
A judge dropped abduction charges against Bradley Baylor.
The football player was accused last July of forcing Todd Pringle to drink
shots of bourbon or face a beating.
Pringle was found lying unconscious on a sidewalk with a blood alcohol
content FOUR times the legal limit.
Baylor denied he forced Pringle to drink, saying Pringle was already drunk
when he wandered into his house.
IN Q=I think
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Defense Attorney; :00
OUT Q=was appropriate.
Judge Ray Grubbs ruled the state did NOT present enough evidence to support
Meantime, some other Tech athletes ALSO had their day in court.
One will serve two days in jail for his part of a fight that injured two
members of the track team.
One count of assault and battery against Sean Sullivan was dismissed
But Judge Grubbs sentenced Sullivan to time behind bars for the other
count-- involving Jonathon Nelson.
The Tech student was injured in a fight last August outside Squires Student
IN Q=At that
((JONATHON NELSON/VICTIM:AT THAT POINT I WAS GETTING PUSHED DOWN THROUGH THE
CROWD AND OTHERS MADE BLOWS AND THEN ANOTHER CAME FROM MR. SULLIVAN. TWICE.
PHIL KEITH/PROSECUTOR: HE HIT YOU TWICE.
JONATHON NELSON/VICTIM:YES. ))
SUPER=01-Jonathon Nelson/Victim; :00
OUT Q=that's correct.
Nathaniel Williams, a third Virginia Tech football player faced judge Grubbs
yesterday-- in connection with the same incident.
The charges against WIlliams were dropped.
Former state Lieutenant Governor Henry Howell died in his home yesterday
after a long bout with cancer.
Political life for Howell began in 19-49 while helping to run a primary
campaign for Francis Pickens Miller.
Howell was the political darling of blacks and unionists and often enraged
Virginia's conservative elite with his persistent attacks on the big business
Many remember his campaign motto of "Keep the Big Boys Honest"
Henry Howell was 76.
Republican John Hager is rolling into campaign history.
He is the first Virginian to campaign for statewide office in a wheelchair.
It was polio, contracted from his infant son after a vaccination, that put
Hager in the chair.
One political expert says Hager called him a year ago to ask how a
wheelchair would translate on election day.
in=it may be
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: IT MAY BE A MARK OF DISTINCTIVENESS IN
THE CAMPAIGN. IT MIGHT HELP HIS NAME RECOGNITION A LITTLE BIT. BUT I DON'T
BELIEVE PEOPLE REALLY VOTE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT A PERSON
IS IN A WHEELCHAIR.))
((JOHN HAGER: I MEAN I CAN CITE SOME STORIES THAT ARE THE OTHER WAY. PEOPLE
SAY "WELL, CAN YOU DO IT? WELL, HOW YOU GONNA GET TO THE PODIUM?" I MEAN, WHO
GIVES A DAMN? OR YOU KNOW, UH, "DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH STRENGTH TO DO IT?" AND
THEY DON'T KNOW THAT I'M 60 YEARS OLD AND I STILL DO MARATHONS. I'D DARE SAY
NONE OF THEM STILL DO MARATHONS.))
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :00
out=still do marathons.
Hager kicked off his campaign yesterday in his marathon-racing chair.
It's back to the campaign trail for part-time community college professor
Wood is the official Virginia Reform Party candidate for Lieutenant
Governor-- and his name is on the ballot.
He kicked off his campaign yesterday in Richmond with a pitch to be the
tie-breaking vote in the state Senate.
IN Q=It's a good
((TEX WOOD/REFORM CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOV: IT'S A GOOD PLACE FOR A THIRD PARTY
TO GET A CHANCE TO MOVE. IT'S A RESPONSIBLE POSITION BUT IT'S NOT AS
ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. I THINK THE VOTERS UNDERSTAND THAT AND WE DO HAVE TO TAKE
INTO ACCOUNT POLITICAL REALITIES.))
SUPER=01-"Tex" Wood/Reform Candidate for Lt. Gov.;
OUT Q=political realities.
Wood says a bid for governor by him would be unrealistic.
The Reform Party's official nominee for governor dropped out of the race
last month to spend more time with her children.
Senate hearings are underway this afternoon into what is expected to be the
most detailed look ever into the financing of a presidential campaign.
Lawmakers are looking at campaign fund raising -- in particular at how
Democrats raised money during last
There'll be questions about overnight stays in the Lincoln
bedroom at the White House, and the possible role of foreign money
in the U-S presidential race.
NATO made history today by extending a welcoming hand to three European
Meeting in Madrid, the 16 heads of state and government voted to invite
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to join the alliance.
((TODAY'S MEETING IS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR NATO WE OPEN THE DOORS OF THIS
ALLIANCE TO THE FIRST NEW MEMBERS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE. ))
SUPER=01-Javier Solana/NATO Secretary General;
OUT Q= CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE.
Some remaining issues are presumed to include a timetable for
adding countries beyond the three.
Most of NATO's European members
also want Romania and Slovenia to join the alliance.
A second straight night of rioting in Northern Ireland has raised the
casualty toll to more than a hundred.
Young catholics have been attacking authorities with rocks, firebombs and
guns in retaliation for a British decision to allow protestant marchers through
a Catholic neighborhood.
Allen Pizzey reports.
Catholic neighborhoods of west Belfast were virtually barricaded with
burning cars and buses.
When security forces tried to move in they were met by barrages of bottles
of flaming gasoline...and in some areas...automatic weapons fire.
Many of the rioters are youngsters in their teens and early
Two fourteen year olds...one Protestant...the other Catholic...are
critically ill after having been hit by a gunfire and a plastic bullet. The
police have fired more than 1,600 of the so-called "non-lethal plastic baton
rounds" so far.
Man off-camera pix four bullets
"That's what the bastards are shooting at us."
The violence claimed its first casualty when a Protestant man apparently
accidentally blew himself up with an explosive device.
catholic political leaders have appealed for restraint...but at the same
time are encouraging their followers to protest. A newspaper report here
claims the catholic Sinn Fein party is laying plans to occupy public building
and block highways.
It was also disclosed today that the British government had a report
recommending that the Protestant march last Sunday go through weeks before the
final decision was allegedly made. And the most contentious of northern
Ireland's nearly 3,000 annual Protestant marches are still to come.
Last night's violence wasn't as bad as the night before...but there's little
comfort in that. As one political commentator here wrote...it's like the film
groundhog day...without the humor. AP, CBSN, Belfast.))
Chrysler plans to recall more than one and a half million cars and trucks
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The biggest of the recalls involves about 850-thousand Dodge Ram pickup
trucks from 19-94 through '97 and Dodge Ram Vans and Ram Wagons from 19-95 to
They're being recalled because heated transmission fluid can melt
connections on fluid lines, posing a potential fire hazard.
Other problems that need to be fixed include faulty air-bag controls and
minivan lift- gate supports.
After 125 years in business, Montgomery Ward is filing for bankruptcy
The nation's largest privately
owned retailer plans to reorganize and
close stores that are performing poorly.
Montgomery Wards has 60-thousand employs in 43 states.
No word yet if any local stores will be affected.
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Some Roanoke Valley residents may feel a new tug on their purse strings.
For years there has been talk about putting a higher education center in one
of the former Norfolk Southern buildings in downtown Roanoke.
Mayor David Bowers wants to establish an "investment fund" to get the ball
IN Q=With two- point
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: WITH TWO- POINT- FIVE- MILLION- DOLLARS OF THAT
AMOUNT TO BE DESIGNATED BY OUR CITY MANAGER AND OUR DIRECTOR OF FINANCE FROM
CITY FUNDS, AND A TWO- POINT- FIVE- MILLION- DOLLAR MATCH FROM EITHER LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS AND- OR CITIZEN SPONSORED FUNDRAISING EFFORTS.))
OUT Q=fundraising efforts.
The mayor also used his state of the city address to discuss Roanoke's
IN Q=A collaboration
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: A COLLABORATION OF OUR CITIZENS AND THEIR
GOVERNMENT, AND INDUSTRY, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, SHOULD NOW COME TOGETHER TO
FOCUS, AND TO PRESENT A COHESIVE, COMMUNITY WIDE PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF
HOUSING IN OUR INNER CITY. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IT IS TIME TO GET
ROANOKE'S HOUSING IN ORDER.))
OUT Q=housing in order.
The task force will focus on downtown residential housing.
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Pittsylvania County could soon be hog heaven.
A North Carolina company is planning to build a hog farm, but residents say
waste from the animals will destroy their rivers, air, and property values.
IN Q=Let us be known
((LET US BE KNOWN FOR OUR GOOD QUALITIES IN THIS COMMUNITY, IN THIS COUNTY AND
IN THE STATE. PLEASE DON'T SELL US OUT TO BE THE NEWEST CESSPOOL OF THE UNITED
OUT Q=the United States
The Right to Farm Act allows the hog facility to enter Pittsylvania County
without a public hearing or special use permit.
IN Q=We promise you
((BOBBY SCEARCE/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WE PROMISE YOU AS A BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS THAT WE WILL DO ALL WE POSSIBLY CAN LEGALLY TO DISCOURAGE THE
LOCATION OF SUCH OPERATION IN THIS COUNTY.))
SUPER=01-Bobby Scearce/Pittsylvania Co. Supervisor;
One supervisor suggested writing a letter to the North Carolina company
telling them not to come.
Consumers have a new friend on the Internet...the Better Business Bureau.
It's created the B-B-B Online.
If you see their symbol on a website, it means someone from the bureau has
checked out the business.
IN Q=Better Business Bureau On Line
((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU; BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU ON LINE, IN
ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THAT, IT'S A VERY SERIOUS THING, REQUIRES A ON-SITE VISIT,
INTERVIEWS, SOMEBODY IN THIS OFFICE HAS TO GO OUT AND INTERVIEW THE PRINCIPLES,
ACTUALLY SEE THAT INVENTORY'S THERE, IF THAT'S WHAT THEY CLAIM. ))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau;
OUT Q=what they claim
(Stephens) Stephanz says consumers need to be more aware of who they're
doing business with, because anyone can run a good-looking web-site from their
NASA scientists today are expected to release the results of some soil
samples taken overnight from Mars by the mechanical explorer, Sojourner.
NASA has also been studying photos taken of the red planet and it has
learned that the biggest flood in the history of solar system apparently
rolled across Mars billions of years ago.
Sojourner is now heading toward its
next target: a large rock scientist have nicknamed "Yogi."
Nearly a day after a visiting cargo ship docked with MIR, crewmen on the
Russian space station have begun unloading more than two tons of supplies.
The cargo ship is carrying equipment needed to fix the station's power system
damaged last month after a collision with another cargo ship.
Repairs to the lab module are scheduled for later this month.
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Baseball season may be in full swing, but football season is fast
approaching for the Roanoke Rush.
The Rush is in its final week of training camp at Patrick Henry. The team
has not yet finalized its roster. Last year; 100 players tried out for the
Rush; which eventually finished 12 and 2. This year; only 50 players have come
((FREDDIE FORD/MIDDLE LINEBACKER: LAST YEAR WE HAD OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE COME
OUT FOR THE TEAM THIS YEAR IT'S KIND OF SLIM, I GUESS DUE TO THE FINANCIAL
SITUATION. WE'LL BE OKAY JUST ONCE EVERYTHING GETS PUT INTO PLAY. I MEAN WE
HAVEN'T BEEN PRACTICING THAT LONG ONLY ALL TOGETHER ABOUT THREE WEEKS BETWEEN
ALL THE PRACTICES... THEN WE HAD PRACTICE TWO DAYS BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAY LAST
((ANTHONY DRAKEFORD/WIDE RECEIVER:WE HAVE ALOT OF SKILLED PLAYERS. EVERYBODY'S
BEEN SAYING WE'RE MISSING OFFENSIVE LINEMEN. WE DON'T HAVE THE OFFENSE LINE WE
NEED RIGHT NOW. SO ANYBODY THAT CAN PLAY OFFENSIVE LINE, COME ON OUT. WE GONNA
SUPER=01-Freddie Ford/Middle Linebacker; :00
SUPER=01-Anthony Drakeford/Wide Receiver; :25
OUT Q=....we gonna throw"
The Rush plays a preseason exhibition game at Blacksburg HIgh School on July
19th against the Washington D.C. Chiefs.
Tonight players from all over the major league take to the same diamond, as
Cleveland's Jacob's Field hosts the annual all-star game.
Yesterday fans were treated to all kinds of activities including the always
popular homerun derby.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/ESPN; :00
Nearly 45 thousand fans turned out just to watch some of the game's best long
ball hitters tee off.
McGuire, Griffey, and and Brady were some of the favorites to win.
But two others stole the show.
Colorado's Larry Walker hit nine homers in each of the first two rounds for a
total of 18.
But in the finals, Tino Martinez of the Yankees outduelled Walker hitting
three homers to his one to win the overall title.
Martinez has hit 28 homers for the Yanks this season.
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A local artist has breathed new life into a diseased and dying pin oak.
The tree weighed more than two tons and it toppled this truck as workers
tried to uproot it in May.
It left the Hart family with a 12 foot chunk of wood-- jagged and without
limbs--looking worse than before.
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IN Q=I just started
((DWAYNE HODGES/YANKEE WHITTLER: I JUST STARTED WHITTLING ON IT, TAKING A
LITTLE AWAY AT A TIME. IT'S A LITTLE BIGGER THAN WHAT I'D DONE BEFORE, BUT..))
SUPER=01-Dwayne Hodges/Yankee Whittler;
OUT Q=done before, but..
This piece cost three thousand dollars and took Hodges about 21 days and 168
hours to complete.
It's turned a wooden eye-sore into a sculpted eye-catcher on the corner of a
quiet neighborhood street in Salem.