Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Bus passengers in North Carolina overpower a hijacker who threatens to kill
Two planes collide and explode over Lake Michigan.
And tropical storm Danny leaves his mark on the Gulf Coast.
News 7 at 11 is next.
A bus full of passengers endured 60 miles of terror when a man hijacked them
early this morning in Columbia, South Carolina.
Passengers say the man held a knife to the driver's throat, and drove the
bus into North Carolina, threatening to crash and kill everyone.
When the bus reached Charlotte, the driver and some of the passengers
IN Q=The driver
((SCOTT PRANG/PASSENGER; THE DRIVER GRABBED THE AIR BRAKE AND LOCKED IT UP AND
DRAGGED HIM OUT OF THE SEAT. I JUMPED OVER EVERYBODY AND GRABBED THE STEERING
WHEEL AND WE HIT, BEFORE THEN I HIT THE WALL, THEN WE GOT TO A STOP. ))
OUT Q=got to a stop
The driver and passengers held the man down until police arrived.
And when officials got there, the hijacker was dead.
Police identified him as 26 year old Christopher Duffner, from Covington,
They don't know how he died, but said he was NOT stabbed or shot.
One passenger said he just stopped breathing as they held him down.
Six people are now confirmed dead near Chicago today where two private
Witnesses say the planes were flying directly at each other at low altitude
when they crashed and exploded over Lake Michigan.
Coast guard and private boats rushed to the scene looking for survivors, but
Officials haven't identified any of the victims.
The search for suspected serial killer Andrew Cunanan continues in South
The FBI is investigating a sighting in Fort Lauderdale yesterday, about 10
miles North of Miami Beach.
A man believed to be Cunanan approached a bell stand at the Yankee Clipper
IN Q=He fit one of
((BELLMAN/ HE WAS ACTING NORMAL, HE FIT ONE OF THE DESCRIPTIONS THAT THE PRESS
HAD SAID ABOUT HIM... THAT HE TRIES TO BE LIKEABLE, 'CAUSE HE WALKED UP, HIS
FIRST QUOTE WAS YOU HAVE TO HELP ME. I'M A FOREIGNER HERE ))
OUT Q=a foreigner here
The man left before the bellman could call police.
Witnesses say when he saw the hotel security camera, he covered his face as
he walked away.
The FBI now has the video tape.
A Gretna man dies after being thrown from one car and run over by another.
The accident happened this morning along route 935 in Pittsylvania County.
17-year old Rondae Farhan Hall and another man crashed into a car stopped in
the middle of the road.
The impact threw Hall out of his car and into the path of another oncoming
car which ran over him.
Officials pronounced Hall dead at the scene.
Virginians may be paying less in personal property taxes in 1998 if campaign
promises hold true.
Democrat Don Beyer and Republican Jim Gilmore duked it out in their first
debate, both promising to save voters money if elected governor.
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=The Greenbrier
SUPER=04-White Sulphur Springs; :00
SUPER=01-Don Beyer/D-Candidate for Governor; :16
SUPER=01-Jim Gilmore/R-Candidate For Governor; :26
OUT Q=News 7 White Sulphur Springs
((The Greenbrier Hotel and the Virginia Bar Association supplied the
backdrop for the Beyer-Gilmore show-down.
Democrat Don Beyer took the opportunity to unveil his personal property tax
His plan calls for an immediate state tax credit.
IN Q= AN INDIVIDUAL
((DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: AN INDIVIDUAL MAKING LESS THAN
40-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR AND A FAMILY MAKING LESS THAN 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS
WOULD GET A 250-DOLLAR ANNUAL CREDIT. IT WON'T BE PHASED IN IN 2003. IT WILL
TAKE EFFECT IN 1998.))
OUT Q=IN 1998
IN Q=THERE'S NOT ONLY
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: THERE'S NOT ONLY GOING TO BE MONEY FOR
EDUCATION, BUT ALSO THE MONEY TO REDUCE THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX. IT'S GOING
TO BE PHASED IN OVER FOUR YEARS. IT'S GOING TO BE ON THE FIRST 20-THOUSAND
DOLLAR VALUE OF EACH CAR. WE WILL HOLD THE COUNTIES AND CITIES HARMLESS FOR
OUT Q=IN THE STATE
Gilmore says jobs and economic growth are exactly what he's been trying to
protect during the tobacco settlement talks--though the state was not
represented during negotiations.
IN Q=I KNOW THOSE
((GILMORE: I KNOW THOSE 40 ATTORNEY GENERALS AND I KNOW THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE
WORKERS OF VIRGINIA IN MIND WHEN THEY WERE DOING THEIR NEGOTIATIONS. WE KEPT
OUR HANDS FREE TO BE PREPARED TO GO INTO CONGRESS AND TO BE SURE WE COULD
PROTECT THE WORKING FAMILIES AND I INTEND TO WORK WITH CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE
WHEN I'M GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA WE PROTECT THE WORKING FAMILIES WHILE AT THE SAME
TIME WE HERE IN VIRGINIA CAN PROVIDE STATE LEADERSHIP TO STOP UNDER AGE PEOPLE
OUT Q=FROM SMOKING
IN Q=WHAT THE GROWERS
((BEYER: WHAT THE GROWERS ARE TELLING ME TODAY IS THAT THEY'RE VERY UPSET THAT
VIRGINIA HAD NO SEAT AT THE SETTLEMENT. WE DIDN'T NEED TO JOIN IN THE SUIT
JUST TO BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN AND WORK THAT OUT. BOTTOM LINE IS I'VE NEVER MET A
TOBACCO GROWER OR A CIGARETTE COMPANY WORKER THAT WANTED KIDS TO SMOKE. WE CAN
KEEP VIRGINIA'S ECONOMY HEALTHY. WE CAN PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AT THE SAME
OUT Q=AT THE SAME TIME
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF A LONG CAMPAIGN SEASON.
AT THIS TIME THE ONLY OTHER FACE-OFF BETWEEN THE TWO WOULD BE GOVERNORS IS
THAT DEBATE IS IN RICHMOND.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
Before it became a tropical storm, Hurricane Danny pounded parts of the
gulf coast earlier today.
SUPER=03-Gulf Shores, AL;
The storm hit with winds from 75 to 90 miles an hour, strong enough to level
a group of apartments under construction.
One tourist staying in a condo called rescue workers because she was afraid
to carry her two children to her car by herself.
IN Q=I have a fifteen
((EDRA NORTON/TOURIST; I HAVE A FIFTEEN MONTH OLD AND A FOUR YEAR OLD UP THERE
AND OUR ROOM'S THE ROOM THAT FIRST BLEW OUT AND WE CALLED 911 SO WE'RE TRYING
TO GET OUT OF HERE
WAYNE LANDRY/TOURIST; WE THOUGHT THIS WAS JUST A MINIMAL HURRICANE... SOMEBODY
DIDN'T GIVE US SOME GOOD NEWS UP HERE.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Landry/Tourist; :08-quick
OUT Q=good news up here
Police say many residents are staying in their homes and riding the storm
The roads are still open, but officials are warning against traveling in the
south Alabama area.
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Hurricane Danny and the search for a suspected serial killer are making
And, this week's edition of Web Watch shows you how to get the latest
IN Q=If you're wondering
SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :05
((If you're wondering where are all those mug shots and pictures of multiple
murder suspect Andrew Cunanan, this is one of the sources.
Cunanan's face is featured on the FBI's ten most wanted web page...
Click on the picture and the site serves up details of the allegations, and a
bank of several other photographs.
You can get a brief update on the manhunt from the CBS Up To The Minute
And Miami CBS affiliate WFOR offers local web coverage of the story as it
develops in South Florida.
As hurricane Danny develops in the Gulf, News 7 offers a number of related
weather links on our home page...
This is the Storm Track system... you can check on the latest position,
bulletins and advisories concerning Danny, and pull up a picture showing the
On a lighter note, there's a new site up for music fans.
"Unfurled" is a joint effort by Yahoo and M-TV.
Type in your favorite band, and you'll get a list of websites created by the
band's fans... and the latest tour information.
For links to all these sites, and more hurricane information, visit the WDBJ
Website, at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.))
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finish above the eight thousand barrier for
the first time this week.
But, there's speculation that a correction is in store.
Len Besthoff assembled a panel of experts to talk about the future of the
IN Q=The group
SUPER=01-George Brammer/VP-A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; :10
SUPER=01-Peter Dawyot/Catawba Capital Management; :18
SUPER=01-Joel Williams/Joel Williams & Assoc.; :27
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones; :46
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
((The group assembled generally agrees the stock market will continue its
upward climb the rest of the year.
IN Q=We do
((GEORGE BRAMMER/VP-A.G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC.: WE DO THINK THE MARKET'S GONNA
GO HIGHER IN THE SHORT TERM, LOOKING OUT INTO THE NEXT THREE TO SIX MONTHS.
THERE'S EVERY INDICATION THE DOW WILL REACH 82- OR 83- HUNDRED ACCORDING TO OUR
IN Q=We're a
((PETER DAWYOT/CATAWBA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: WE'RE A LITTLE BIT CAUTIOUS. WE
STILL THINK THE MARKET COULD WORK ITS WAY HIGHER, BUT THE FACT IS, VALUATIONS
TODAY ARE PRETTY HIGH.))
OUT Q=pretty high.
IN Q=The capital
((JOEL WILLIAMS/JOEL WILLIAMS & ASSOC.: THE CAPITAL SPENDING, WHICH HAS BEEN
GOING ON SINCE THE MID- EIGHTIES, IS NOT GOING INTO BUILDINGS AND BRICKS AND
MORTAR, BUT INTO TECHNOLOGY. YES THAT'S REPLACING SOME LABOR, BUT IT'S GOING
RIGHT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM LINE, DRIVING EARNINGS UP AND PROFITS UP AND THAT'S
GOING TO CONTINUE.))
OUT Q=going to continue.
IN Q=We have
((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES: WE HAVE LOW INFLATION, WE HAVE THE LOWEST
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WE'VE SEEN IN THIS COUNTRY IN TWO DECADES. WE HAVE WAGES
INCREASING, AND EARNINGS GROWTH IS THERE FOR THE CORPORATIONS.
OUT Q=the corporations.
And if you're among the millions of Americans who now have a mutual fund
portfolio, here's a few tips if you think you may need some adjustments.
((BRAMMER: FREQUENTLY I SEE PEOPLE THAT IGNORE THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETS. AND
THAT IS AN AREA THAT DESERVES SOME SERIOUS ATTENTION. PERHAPS 15- TO- 20-
PERCENT OF THE PORTFOLIO.))
OUT Q=the portfolio.
((DAWYOT: ANOTHER AREA THAT I WOULD TAKE A HARD LOOK AT IS IF THEY'RE IN INDEX
FUNDS, I MIGHT BE INCLINED TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF THAT OFF THE TABLE. BECAUSE
THAT'S BEEN THE HOT SECTOR IN THE MARKET. IT'S BEEN VERY GOOD TO THEM. THEY
DEFINITELY HAVE SOME PROFITS.))
OUT Q=some profits.
For more matters financial, including comments on the merger mania in
Virginia's banking industry, watch On Record, Sunday morning at 11.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Tree-farming is celebrating fifty years of growth as an industry.
Stacey Martin visited one farmer though who says that much of what they do
is still misunderstood.
IN Q=It may not
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Stephen Bennett/Tree Farmer; :19
SUPER=@Stacey1; (this needs to be screen left) 1:02
SUPER=01-Rob Nelson/Professional Forester; 1:28
OUT Q=Alleghany County, News 7
((It may not look like it but this is the result of 30 years of hard work
and mother nature barely lifted a finger.
It's a tree farm.
Steve Bennett calls it his hobby but it's work that's helping to replenish
forests for generations to come.
SOT 13.15.24 - 13.15.39
IN Q=The trees are
((STEPHEN BENNETT/TREE FARMER: THE TREES ARE THE BIGGEST PART OF THE FOREST.
THAT'S WHAT MOST PEOPLE SEE. BUT, IF YOU'RE REALLY INTO FOREST MANAGEMENT IT'S
MORE THAN THAT. WE USE THE FOREST FOR RECREATION, TO MANAGE WILDLIFE, TO BUILD
WILDLIFE PONDS, WILDLIFE CLEARINGS...))
OUT Q=wildlife clearings.
Farmers get started in the business for many different reasons--to grow
maple syrup, pine trees for the Christmas holidays, or for lumber as Bennett
has done for 30 years.
But, they all get started in much the same way--by clearing out old mangled
trees to make way for the new--or clear-cutting as it's called.
Bennett says it's needed to help the forest grow back healthier, faster and
stronger. But, the practice has recently given farmers like Bennett a bad name.
SOT 13.38.03 - 13.38.14
IN Q=Bennett says much
((STEPHEN BENNETT/TREE FARMER: BENNETT SAYS MUCH OF WHAT HE DOES IS
MISUNDERSTOOD AND PEOPLE THINK HE'S BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY INCORRECT BY CUTTING
DOWN TREES ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY SEE STUMPS LIKE THIS ONE.))
OUT Q=like this one.
After clear-cutting the sunlight is better able to reach the soil spurring
new tree growth such as this birch and this red oak.
And after just two years new forests like this one can average 66,000 trees
But, experts say clearing should be done as part of a management plan.
SOT 13.17.37 - 13.17.57
IN Q=A forest management
((ROB NELSON/PROFESSIONAL FORESTER: A FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN AS PREPARED BY A
PROFESSIONAL FORESTER WOULD CONSIDER THINGS LIKE THE AGE OF THE TREES THAT ARE
PRESENT, THEIR QUALITY, THEIR HEALTH, ANY DISEASES AFFECTING THEM, HOW WELL
THEY'RE ADAPTED ON THE SITE THEY'RE GROWING ON THE GROWING SITE ITSELF, HOW
GOOD THE SOIL IS AND IT'S CAPABILITY.))
OUT Q=and it's capability.
Nelson says the future for tree farming is more important now than when the
program first got underway.
Today 77 percent of forest land is privately owned and while it may be
private land it's a resource the public will depend on for years to come.
Stacey Martin, News 7 Alleghany County.))
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The Salem Avalanche got on the field this evening for a game against the
Prince William Cannons.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Cannons; :
After a rain delay, Avalanche mascot Mugsy won this showdown throwing a
bucket of water on a fan.
In the bottom of the first, Salem's Tal Light singles over second base
Garrett Newbart scores the run to tie the score at one to one.
But the Cannons came back Ruben Jimenez hits a shot down the first baseline
scoring Brian Mazurek and Prince William took the lead again at 2 to 1 in the
top of the second.
Still in the top of the second, The SUPER=37-Salem/5/Prince
William/6/;Cannons continued the rally as Stubby Clapp hits a grounder to
right field scoring William Ortega to make it 3 to 1 and The Cannons beat Salem
6 to 5.
In Baltimore, The Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yard this
afternoon 8 to 3.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/FOX SPORTS; :
Cal Ripken running to third it's Ripken's 2-thousand 410-th consecutive
And The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the third Rafael Palmeiro
hits this shot over the right centerfield wall for a two run homer and the
Orioles led 3 to 1.
But chicago Rallied in the top of SUPER=35-Baltimore/8/Chicago/3/;the
fourth Ozzie Guillen singles to left centerfield scoring a run to tie the score
at 3 to 3 but Baltimore wins it 8 to 3.
Before today, Dodger Pitcher Pedro Astacio was 0 and 9 against the Braves.
But he gave up three hits over 7 innings as Los Angeles beat Atlanta 4 to 1.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :
Bill Russell looking on from the dugout.
In the top of the second, Raul Mondesi hits this single down the left field
line scoring Eric Karros and the Dodgers took the one to nothing lead.
L-A got on the board again in the top of the fourth. Wilton Guerrero hits
an R-B-I single to right field scoring Mike Piazza the Dodgers led 2 to
Braves Manager Bobby Cox argues a SUPER=35-Los Angeles/4/Atlanta/1/;call
and is ejected from the game as the Dodgers beat the Braves 4 to 1.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/NBC SPORTS; :
Rebecca Lobo and Theresa Weatherspoon hold hands before today's WNBA game
against Los Angeles.
Lobo scores two of her 11 points on this tip in to tie the game early in
the first half.
Weatherspoon led the Liberty with 24 points in the 69 to 57 win over L.A.
Now, here's tonight's baseball scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-/San Francisco/5//St. Louis/4/7//;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, A U-V-A basketball player is suspended Mike Stevens checks in
with a report from the Redskins training camp the Beatles were in Roanoke
Tiger Woods ties the course record at Troon and there's a new leader after
round three of the British open.
Sweden's Jesper Parnevik lost a two shot lead on the final hole at the 1994
British Open and finished second.
Tomorrow Parnevik will get another shot at the Open Title.
SUPER=03-Troon, Scotland/ABC SPORTS; :
Parnevik shot a 5 under par 66 today and he's the leader after the third
round. Parnevik is at 202, 11 under par for a two shot lead on yesterday's
leader Darren Clarke.
Tiger Woods got his game together today he tied the course record by
shooting a 7 under par 64 the low round of the tournament. Woods is three
Fred Couples and Justin Leonard are tied for third place a 6 under par.
The Washington Redskins continued training camp today up at Frostburg,
Maryland as the team stepped back on the field for the first time since
management made Gus Frerotte the 18 million dollar man.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Scott Ayres take a look at how Frerotte's new
deal is impacting the team.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/Signs For 18 Million; :13
SUPER=01-Jeff Hostetler/14 Year Veteran Quarterback; :54
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
Archery is one of the popular sports in the Commonwealth games and the man
to beat is C.D. Miller of Chilhowie.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
Miller has competed in archery competition for more than 35 years. But the
highlight of his season is the Commonwealth games. Miller has one his division
ever year he's competed.
IN Q="Any archery...
((C.D. MILLER/DEFENDING CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-C.D. Miller/Defending Champion; :
OUT Q=.........go to."
The Numbers are down at this years games but Miller says the sport is
having one of its biggest years since the United States won the gold medal in
IN Q=First audio
OUT Q=........has been."
At Victory Stadium tonight, The Athletes, their parents and fans were
treated to a concert featuring Get Back the cast of Beatlemania.
The group wore authentic Beatle costumes and played the songs of three
different era's of Beatle music.
The concert lasted for two hours and it allowed the athletes to have a
little fun before tomorrow's final day of events.
Ron Hornaday won the Colorado 250 truck race for his fifth win this season.
It was also a good day for Virginia drivers Stacy Compton and Jimmy Hensley.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO/CBS SPORTS; :
Compton started 14-th but with less than 20 laps left in the race he worked
his way through track and crossed the line third, his best finish of the
((STACY COMPTON/THIRD PLACE FINISH: ))
SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Third Place Finish; :00
OUT Q=...pace yourself, pace Yourself."
Hensley finished 8-th.
U-V-A head basketball coach Jeff Jones has suspended up coming junior
The suspension follows Alexander's arrest on assault and battery charges.
Alexander was arrested Friday after his girl friend called police to say he
hit, choked and kicked her in the ribs.
Alexander led the Cavaliers in scoring last season as a sophomore. He's the
fifth Virginia basketball player or recruit to face charges in the past two
In a statement released today Jones said any decisions on Alexander's
status will be made
at a later date.
It's called the Bean Blossom Boogie.
No, it's not the newest dance craze. (----------------)
It's actually a biker rally that brings as many as four-thousand bikers to
one rural Indiana county.
That's a lot of guests, considering the county's largest town has fewer than
But most locals don't seem to mind.
IN Q=It's pretty neat
((RON HOPPAS/SPECTATOR; IT'S PRETTY NEAT, PRETTY NEAT. THEY STAY OUT OF
TROUBLE, ENJOY THEMSELVES.))
OUT Q=enjoy themselves
And besides the added excitement, the annual biker rally pumps nearly a
million dollars into the local economy.