Hurricane "Danny" is threatening coastal Mississippi and Alabama today with
high winds and heavy downpours.
Danny gained Hurricane status early this morning and is now packing
sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.
The erratic storm is slowly churning its way to the Gulf Coast.
In Louisiana its already downed trees and power lines and caused flooding.
Folks in Alabama are now bracing for for Danny.
Officials advise residents in low-lying areas, mobile homes and recreational
vehicles to seek more secure shelter.
Lee Cowan has an update from Pascagoula, Mississippi.
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In Miami today celebrities, supermodels and friends have gathered to
remember fashion designer Gianni Versace in a memorial service.
Meantime, a nationwide manhunt continues for his suspected killer, Andrew
SUPER=03-Miami Springs, FL/Yesterday;
Investigators are still not sure whether Cunanan is connected to the murder
yesterday of a Miami physician at home some ten miles from the Versace murder
But investigators believe Cunanan is still in South Florida based on phone
tips to police hotlines.
((ANNE FIGUERIAS:WE HAVE HAD A VOLUMINOUS NUMBER OF CALLS THAT HAVE COME IN
SINCE MR. CUNANAN WAS IDENTIFIED AS OUR NUMBER ONE SUSPECT. THESE CALLS HAVE
PROVED VERY FRUITFUL.))
OUT Q= very fruitful.
Cunanan is so far suspected of killing five men in four states.
A Henry County man is dead after being shot several times last night.
Danny Hall is in jail today charged with the murder of 23- year- old David
Hall allegedly shot his wife and Lawson at their home.
Sheriff's deputies found Hall with an assault rifle near the scene.
Sandra Hall is satisfactory condition this afternoon at Baptist Hospital.
The murder and malicious wounding remain under investigation.
Nine years ago Roy Bruce Smith shot and killed a Manassas police officer.
Last night the 50- year- old was executed at the Greensville Correction
Smith declined to ask Governor Allen for clemency, and the Supreme Court
denied a stay.
The jury is deliberating whether a 19- year- old woman robbed and murdered
an elderly man.
Her brother was convicted of the crime last year.
Both sides agree...
Mary Katherine Dalton relied on 72- year- old Aubrey Adkins for money and
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./December 1995;
But Mary Dalton's brother Michael says in 19-95, she lured Adkins to the side
of the road and left the passenger door wide open moments before her boyfriend
shot and killed Adkins.
Mary Dalton wept yesterday as her brother testified against her.
Michael Dalton was convicted a year ago of murdering and robbing Adkins but
says he confessed to protect his sister.
The DEFENSE argued Mary Dalton would have no reason to want Adkins dead.
The Army's top enlisted man is facing new charges.
A fifth woman has come forward alleging sexual misconduct against Sergeant
Major of the Army Gene McKinney.
Today he was charged with assaulting a female officer and with solicitation
Mckinney's hearing on sexual misconduct charges is already underway in
Botetourt County has become a popular place.
(TONE-ya) Tonya Flory has the story of one of the fastest growing localities
in Southwest Virginia.
IN Q= In the 90's
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator; :01
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Jim Johnson/Virginia Cattlemen's Association; :18
SUPER=01-Ray Sprinkle/Realtor Developer; :48
OUT Q= News 7.
IN Q= In the 90's
((JERRY BURGESS:IN THE 90'S IT'S BEEN THE FASTEST GROWING LOCALITY IN THE
ROANOKE VALLEY, AVERAGING ABOUT TWO-PERCENT A YEAR INCREASE IN POPULATION))
OUT Q= in population.
The trend of outmigration from the cities is a mixed blessing, demanding more
services and schools in suburban and rural areas, and sometimes putting a
strain on those who make their living off the land...
IN Q= We were here
((JIM JOHNSON:WE WERE HERE AND OUT AGRICULTURE WAS HERE AND SOME PEOPLE ARE
MOVING IN AROUND US AND IT GETS A LITTLE TOUGH))
OUT Q= little tough
But if they're willing to sacrifice the family farm they grew up on, the value
of the property is double or even triple.
IN Q= Farming is very
((JERRY BURGESS:FARMING IS VERY TOUGH NOW AND SO THEY'RE OPPORTUNITY TO SELL
THAT LAND AT A GOOD PRICE IS SOMETHING THEY FEEL LIKE THEY DESERVE))
OUT Q=like they deserve
although in most cases the sentimental attachment is stronger than the
IN Q= In some situations
((JIM JOHNSON: IN SOME SITUATIONS YOU'LL SEE HOUSES SPROUT UP ALL THE WAY
AROUND THE FARM AND WE'RE SEEING SOME OF THAT ALSO))
OUT Q= of that also
IN Q= There basically running
((RAY SPRINKLE:THEY'RE BASICALLY RUNNING SHORT OF GOOD LAND TO BUILD ON IN
ROANOKE COUNTY. WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF BEAUTIFUL LAND IN BOTETOURT WITH
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE WANT TO COME DOWN HERE))
OUT Q= come down here
IN Q= This wide open
((TONYA FLORY:THIS WIDE OPENED FIELD WILL SOON BE DOTTED WITH HOMES, BUT THE
INFLUX OF RESIDENTS WON'T COST BOTETOURT COUNTY TAXPAYERS. ACCORDING TO ZONING
REGULATIONS, THE DEVELOPER HAS TO BUILD THE WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM))
OUT Q= sewer system
IN Q= We built
((JERRY BURGESS:WE BUILT AND OPENED TWO NEW MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN THE PAST TWO
YEARS AND WE'RE RENOVATING AND EXPANDING THE HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT NOW, SO WE'RE IN
PRETTY GOOD SHAPE))
OUT Q= good shape
Subdivisions and industrial parks continue to crop up along route 220 and all
over this once rural community...Tonya Flory, News 7.))
Yesterday's accidental blackout aboard MIR may set back repairs to the
damaged space station one month.
NASA says it depends on how well the Russian orbiter rebounds.
Officials say right now the power situation on the station remains
marginal and would have to be improved before they would allow astronaut
Michael Foale to take part in a risky repair mission.
SUPER=03-Star City, Russia;
NASA's comments are in response to Russian officials, who said earlier today
that further repairs would likely be put off until a new crew arrives on Mir in
It's a union of fire and water as a volcano continues to erupt in Hawaii.
SUPER=03-Near Hilo, HI;
Hot lava continues to flow from Hawaii's longest active volcano, Kilauea.
The lava is flowing six miles down to the coast where there is a
cataclysmic meeting between the 18-hundred degree flow and the cold sea water.
(( CARL THORNBER/U.S.G.S GEOLOGIST: THE VOLUME OF LAVA ERUPTING
HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY WE'RE NOW UP TO RATE OF OVER 125,
THOUSAND GALLONS PER MINUTE BEING ISSUED FROM THE VENT. ))
OUT Q=from the vent.
Scientists are actually relieved to see the volcanic activity because it
releases pressure from the cone of the volcano.
Over the years Kilauea has destroyed close to 200 homes, now only a few
remain within the closest range of the lava.
A juvenile court judge in Charlottesville says a 17- year- old may have an
abortion, without her parent's knowledge.
She's the first to get a judicial waiver under Virginia's new parental
Planned Parenthood officials say she asked the judge for the exemption
because she said her parents would kill her if they found out she wanted an
David Nova of Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge says his group has
discussed the judicial waiver provision of the law with several clients.
But Nova says so far, none of them has applied for it.
The winds of change have been blowing in the Roanoke City Fire Department
for some time now.
And today the first recruits under the merged Fire-Emergency Medical
Services department received their badges and certificates.
Six new recruits graduated from rookie school.
They were joined by 28 members of the former E-M-S department in finishing
their fire fighting training.
All total five of the graduates are women.
IN Q= They're assigned
((CHIEF JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE-EMS: THEY'RE ASSIGNED AS A FIRE COMPANY WITH
THE ENGINE AND THE AMBULANCE WHICH IS A PART OF THAT FIRE COMPANY SO WHETHER
THEY'RE ASSIGNED TO THE ENGINE OR AMBULANCE DEPENDS ON STAFFING. THEY COULD
VERY WELL BE RIDING AN ENGINE THE FIRST DAY OR THE FIRST TWO OR THREE MONTHS.))
((MARCI DEAL/ROANOKE-EMS ROOKIE: WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING ON OUR OWN. WE HAVE
TO PASS THE SAME TESTS AS THE GENTLEMEN. THEY DON'T TREAT US ANY
SUPER=01-Chief Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire-EMS; :00
SUPER=01-Marci Deal/Roanoke Fire-EMS Rookie; :16
OUT Q=US ANY DIFFERENTLY
The 13 week rookie school teaches fire fighting strategy and other rescue
Recruits also had to pass a physical agility test.
The six new recruits start on the job next week.
Contract negotiations continue today between Valley Metro officials and
drivers, who have been on the job for weeks with NO contract.
One bus driver who spoke to News 7 said the company is reluctant to pay
drivers more money.
He believes the company is just trying to cut costs at the drivers' expense.
About one million dollars of Valley Metro's budget comes from federal
It's suspected that the company may not receive that money next year.
In that case, company officials plan to raise revenue by increasing fares or
cutting back on service.
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Students at Ferrum College may feel a bit safer coming back to campus this
The Public Safety Office has
gone from a private security department to a police department.
Training is the same as any other law enforcement agency in the state of
IN Q=It's given our
((MIKE GRICE/DIRECTOR OF FERRUM COLLEGE P.D.:IT'S GIVEN OUR OFFICERS SOME
OPTIONS AND GIVEN THEM SOME AUTHORITY TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO NOT ONLY ON
PROPERTY, BUT OFF THE PROPERTY AS WELL))
SUPER=01-Mike Grice/Ferrum College Police Director ;
OUT Q=as well.
It's a mutually beneficial relationship for the Franklin County Sheriff's
department and Ferrum Police Department.
IN Q=The sheriff's department
((PHILLIP YOUNG/FERRUM POLICE DEPARTMENT:THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS A LITTLE
FREER TO USE US NOW BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT WE'RE TRAINED TO HANDLE SITUATIONS
THAT MAY ARISE IN THE AREA.))
SUPER=01-Phillip Young/Ferrum Police Officer;
OUT Q=in the area
The new status also benefits students.
Working alongside sworn police officers, criminal justice students can take
what they've learned from books and put it into action.
Horse and master are together again.
The cremated skeleton of Stonewall Jackson's horse, Little Sorrel (Sore-ol)
will be buried at the base of his master's statue, on the V-M-I parade ground.
Jackson rode Little Sorrel (Sore-ol) in his famous Shenandoah Valley
Campaign in 18-62.
And he was riding the horse a year later when he was mortally wounded by his
own men at the battle of Chancellorsville.
Little Sorrel's mounted hide will remain on display at the V-M-I Museum.
Hosta is a popular plant with many gardeners because it grows well in shady
areas, which can be hard to plant.
Patrick Evans highlights an alternative to hosta, today on Growin' It.
IN Q=Well, we're here
SUPER=01-Bob Lyons/Horticulture Garden Director;
OUT Q=today on Growin' It.
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SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Cooling Off/65-70/Partly Sunny/Wind NW 10/88-92;
SUPER=332-Partly Cloudy/Chance of Storms/62-66/Mostly Sunny/& Hazy/82-86;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/& Comfortable/60-64/Partly Sunny/& Cooler/82-86;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Storms Possible/62-66/Mostly Sunny/& Hazy/82-86;
TAPE#=net (edit of CL-97)
The Salem Avalanche wrapped up its 3 game series with the Frederick Keys
Wednesday night over at Salem Memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Keys vs. Avalanche; :00
In the bottom of the first; the Keys second baseman miss fired on a throw
to second base; the error allows Salem's Kyle Houser to score and the Av's lead
Still the same inning. Frederick again gift wraps a run. This time an
errant pitch gets by the catcher and Fory Wells comes in for a 2-nothing
To the fourth we go. Vincente Garcia gets all of this pitch; hammering the
rock over the left field wall. Wells scores as well; But Frederick comes back
to win 8-7.
TAPE#=net (edit of S7-8)
The Hillcats also did not fare well in their game. The Carolina League North
Division leaders fell to Wilmington 2-1.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Blue Rocks vs. Hillcats; :00
It would be a pitchers duel. In the top of the seventh; Wilmington leading
1-nothing. Tony Longueira connects on a soft grounder to third and Lynchburg
third baseman Aramis Ramirez; cannot find the handle and Gary Coffey comes on
home. 2-nothing Rocks.
Ramirez takes a shot at redemption with this sacrifice fly to right that plates
Tony Robinson from third; 2-1 Cats; but the Rocks spoil Lynchburg's final game
of the homestand by that count.
And onto the green, Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke is the leader at the
end of the second round of the British Open.
Clarke started the day with a pair of birdies and wound up with eight in all
for the day.
Clarke's co-leader in round one, Jim Fuyrk (FYOOR'-ihk) is a distant six
shots off the pace.
Masters champ Tiger Woods is having his problems. He's 4-over for the day
through 15 holes.
The lowlight of the round so far is a quadruple bogey 8 on the tenth hole.
Woods is 5-over for the championship.
Former Cave Spring and Virginia star Tiki Barber signed an N-F-L contract
Tiki has come to terms with the New York GIants. His contract is for three
years. No monetary terms have been released at this time because other players'
contracts are still being negotiated.
Brother Ronde is still negotiating his contract with Tampa Bay. Sources say
Ronde has a good shot at starting for the Bucs this season at defensive back.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-45)
The Roanoke region will be highlighted in a new book, set to be published in
The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, R-R Donnelley- and- Sons,
Platinum Publishing, and other local business will produce a book very similar
to ones written about other cities in the U-S.
IN Q=We're gonna
((JOHN STROUD/ROANOKE. REG. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'RE GONNA PRODUCE A BOOK A
HUNDRED AND SIXTY PAGE FULL COLOR BOOK, ON THE ROANOKE, NEW RIVER VALLEY,
COVINGTON, LEXINGTON, SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE REGION. WHAT WE CALL THE ROANOKE
ECONOMIC REGION. AND IT'S ABOUT PRIDE.))
SUPER=01-John Stroud/Chamber of Commerce;
The book will be even be printed here, at the new, state- of- the- art plant
R-R Donnelley has built in Valley Techpark along route 4-60 on the western end
of Roanoke County.