Coming up next on News 7 at 11.
Danny is dying, but the stubborn storm is flooding parts of the gulf coast.
The man of many faces may have a new one... the latest on the search for
And an Alaskan ferry boat is held hostage by angry Canadian fishermen.
Danny is dying, but the storm continues causing big problems along the gulf
Rain from the slow moving storm continues to drench parts of Alabama and
A total of 30 to 40 inches is expected before it's over... and floodwaters
continue to rise.
IN Q=Just a lot of water
((RON PADGETT/RESIDENT; JUST A LOT OF WATER JUST LIKE THIS UP TO THE EAVES OF
THE HOUSES, OVER THE EAVES OF THE HOUSES, BOATS ARE JAMMED UP IN THE BOAT
HOUSES, PUSHING THE TOPS OFF, IT'S A MESS.))
OUT Q=it's a mess
County roads are closed, blocked by water and mudslides.
National guard troops and the coast guard are working to rescue residents
stranded by the flood.
Meanwhile an army of utility workers is already on the job, working through
the pouring rain to get the power back on line.
Flooding is also a problem halfway around the globe tonight as heavy rains
pour down in eastern Europe.
At least 105 people have died in central and eastern Europe over the past
Poland has suffered the worst, the death toll there is at 49 and the
government has declared a state of emergency.
Soldiers are out trying to rebuild crumbling river banks.
Forecasters predicted the rains would slack off for a while today, but
return with a vengeance tomorrow.
Angry Canadian fisherman are holding an Alaskan ferry boat hostage in a
battle over fishing rights.
SUPER=03-Pr. Rupert, Canada;
More than 150 boats blocked the ferry at it's dock in Prince Rupert
The protestors say Alaskan boats are intercepting sockeye salmon before they
can get to Canadian waters.
The ferry is carrying 300 passengers waiting to go home.
A Canadian judge ordered the fishermen to release the boat, but they say
they won't move until they talk to the country's fisheries minister.
Alaskan authorities say they're waiting for police to clear the fishermen out
of the way.
Serial murder suspect Andrew Cunanan may now be disguising himself as a
Investigators are looking into that and other leads about Cunanan's
The FBI will interview a Brazilian woman who says she has video tape that
shows Cunanan at fashion designer Gianni Versace's home two days before the
Police say they have no clear idea where Cunanan is now, but sightings
continue in the Miami Beach area.
IN Q=there's been a number
((RICHARD BARRETO/MIAMI BEACH POLICE CHIEF; THERE'S BEEN A NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS,
THE LATEST WAS LAST NIGHT AT THE AIRPORT HILTON HOTEL, WHICH WAS SEARCHED BY A
NUMBER OF OUR OFFICERS AND AGENTS OF THE FBI AND THE FDLE. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Barreto/Miami Beach Police Chief;
OUT Q=and the F-D-L-E.
take pinnacle board
Also today, the FBI announced a round-the-clock hotline for people to call
with information about Andrew Cunanan.
That number is 1-888-324-9800.
The agency is offering a 10 thousand dollar reward.
Assad Awad says he's innocent of charges he fondled a 20-year-old woman.
News 7 spoke to the 65-year-old priest earlier today.
Awad says his lawyers and a church official told him not to comment further
on the incident which police allege happened at a Westin Hotel in Detroit,
The woman, a maid at the hotel, is accusing Awad of fondling her while she
was cleaning his room.
Awad is in his 25th year as pastor of the Saint Elias Catholic Church.
This is the second time he's been charged with a sex-related offense.
In 1987 officials accused him of soliciting a police woman working
undercover as a prostitute.
But a General District Judge dismissed the case ruling Awad did nothing
Meanwhile Detroit police are continuing their investigation into this latest
Passengers on a Greyhound bus say they're the ones who killed a hijacker.
The hijacker, who eventually died, took over the bus in Charlotte, North
Christopher Duffner was dead when police got to the scene.
Duffner had pulled a knife on the bus driver, had driven for about 60 miles
before passengers grabbed him and held him down.
The passenger say Duffner stopped breathing... one says he held him down by
the throat, another says he may have crushed his lungs.
Police won't talk about the case until the medical examiner determines the
cause of death.
Both democrats and republicans are claiming victory in yesterday's
As Denise Allen reports both stuck to to party lines when picking the winner.
IN Q=Republicans say Don Beyer
SUPER=01-Don Beyer/(D) Candidate For Governor; :00
SUPER=03-White Sulphur Springs/Yesterday; :09
SUPER=01-Richard Cullen/Attorney General; :17
SUPER=01-Jim Gilmore/(R) Candidate For Governor; :52
SUPER=01-Jerry Baliles/(D) Former Governor; 1:02
OUT Q=News 7
SOT tape 1 10:20:05
IN Q=It will phase
((DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: IT WILL BE PHASED IN FULLY IN 1998. IT
COST HALF OF WHAT GILMORE'S PLAN COST IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS AND A SIXTH AFTER
WE'VE LEFT OFFICE.))
OUT Q=WE;VE LEFT OFFICE
Republicans say Don Beyer made a major concession when he revealed his
answer to Jim Gilmore's proposed plan to eliminate the personal property tax.
SOT tape 3 11:52:04
IN Q=I SAW HIM
((RICHARD CULLEN/ATTORNEY GENERAL: I SAW HIM GOING RIGHT TO DON BEYER ON THE
CENTER PIECE OF HIS CAMPAIGN THAT IS THE PEOPLE WANT PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX
RELIEF. GILMORE PROMISES THAT HE IS GOING TO GIVE THAT TO THE PEOPLE THE BEYER
CAMPAIGN POLLSTER TOLD THEM GILMORE'S SCORING BIG POINTS AND THEY'RE COMING UP
WITH A DESPERATE PROPOSAL THAT'S TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.))
OUT Q=TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
Democrats, not surprisingly, see it differently.
They say Jim Gilmore avoided answering questions on key issues, such as
abortion, affirmative action and school funding.
SOT tape 3 11:21:46
IN Q=why is it
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WHY IS IT THAT IT TOOK THE
ALLEN-GILMORE ADMINISTRATION TO BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT STANDARDS IN EDUCATION AND
TOUGH EFFORTS TOWARD READING, MATH AND SCIENCE AND HISTORY. WHERE WERE THEY IN
THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY WERE SIMPLY THROWING MORE MONEY AT IT.))
OUT Q=MONEY AT IT
SOT tape 3 11:48:57
IN Q=MR GILMORE
((JERRY BALILES/FORMER GOVERNOR: MR GILMORE IS DUCKING THE QUESTION OF
WHETHER PUBLIC FUNDS SHOULD BE USED FOR PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS. THOSE THREE
ISSUES WERE AVOIDED AND EVADED AND MY GUESS IS WE'LL SEE A LOT MORE OF THAT IN
OUT Q=in the future
Both sides say the two candidates used the debate to point out their
And both democrats and republicans agree--regardless of who becomes the next
governor, Virginians will see a decrease in personal property taxes.
Denise Allen News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A famous war horse is finally laid to rest along side his master one hundred
and eleven years later.
That story when we return but first here's Andrew with a weather update.
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The campaign to keep pornography off the internet is a top priority with
Congressman Bob Goodlatte-- even though the courts recently ruled that a law he
supported was unconstitutional.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/ Wednesday;
Goodlatte attended a conference at the White House last week, aimed at
coming up with other ways for parents to keep kids from finding on-line smut.
IN Q=We heard a lot
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- VIRGINIA: WE HEARD A LOT OF VERY INTERESTING IDEAS
PROPOSED INCLUDING SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT DIFFERENT TYPES OF TECHNOLOGY THAT IS
AVAILABLE THAT CAN BE USED AND IN ADDITION MOST IMPORTANTLY WHAT WE TALKED
ABOUT IS PARENTS TAKING THE LEAD ROLE IN BEING INVOLVED IN THEIR CHILDREN'S
LIVES AND WHAT THEY DO ON THE INTERNET. ))
OUT Q=the Internet.
President Clinton said after the meeting that the computer industry is going
to provide greater access to anti-smut software.
Clinton says this will enable parents to "lock and unlock the digital doors
to objectionable content."
Little Sorrel (Sore-ol) was Stonewall Jackson's faithful steed during the
Today officials honored the war horse with a burial at the Virginia Military
The cremated skeleton of the horse was buried at the base of a bronze statue
Stonewall rode the sorrel colored horse in his famous Shenandoah Valley
Campaign in 18-62.
And the general was riding Little Sorrel a year later when he was mortally
wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville.
After his master's death Little Sorrel lived on the V-M-I parade grounds
until he died in 18-85.
IN Q=after some soul
((KEITH GIBSON/VMI MUSEUM EXEC. DIR.: AFTER SOME SOUL SEARCHING AND THOUGHTFUL
REFLECTION WE THOUGHT THAT THIS INTERNMENT OF LITTLE SORREL'S BONES WAS INDEED
THE HIGHEST ORDER HERE ON THE PARADE GROUND WHERE THEY CAN BECOME A PART OF THE
HERITAGE THAT SURROUNDS OUR STUDENTS.))
SUPER=01-Keith Gibson/VMI Museum Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=OUR STUDENTS
Little Sorrel's mounted hide will remain on display at the V-M-I Museum.
You may soon be hearing more from the castaways of Gilligan's Island.
They're setting sail for a new career--this time on the airwaves.
Bob Denver and his wife Dreama, who live in Bluefield, will host a weekly
two hour radio show.
They'll feature oldies music, celebrity interviews and comedy routines...
Denver's two children will also be involved.
It gets better... Dawn Wells, also known as Mary Ann, will put together a
Hollywood Celebrity segment.
And who better than the professor, Russell Johnson, to host a question and
The show will air on West Virginia radio stations beginning August first,
and will be marketed nation-wide in a few months.
Economic development in Henry County is on the rebound while longtime
retailers in Roanoke and Danville get ready to leave the area.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday; :21
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Wednesday; :33
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Thursday; 1:12
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((After leaving workers confused last week, G-E Drive Systems in Salem
followed through with its plan.
It includes the indefinite reduction of about 160 hourly jobs, plus a two
week partial shutdown that affects nearly everyone in production.
A joint effort by four Roanoke Valley organizations will bring the region
its newest shell building to attract businesses.
It will be located in the Valley Gateway Industrial Park off route 460 in
eastern Roanoke County.
Meanwhile Henry County supervisors have given the nod to the purchase of 750
acres of land next to the county- owned Beaver Creek Industrial Park.
It will nearly triple the size of the park, which was running out of space.
Pretty soon the Woolworth's stores in Roanoke and Danville will be just a
After 117 years in business, the five- and- dime is calling it quits...last
quarter it lost 24- million- dollars.
The Roanoke Valley may gain another Lowe's superstore though.
Roanoke County says the hardware chain has discussed the possibility of
putting a location near the Hunting Hills Plaza off route 220, and a developer
has been getting options on the homes that would make up the site.
One of the first jobs at the new R-R Donnelley plant in Roanoke County will
be a book chronicling the Roanoke Valley's economic progress.
Similar books written about other cities have made it easier for them to
promote themselves to prospective businesses.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average lost 31 points, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 45.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.))
When News 7 continues,
it's a Beanie baby bash at a local center in Roanoke.
More on that and your extended weather outlook when we return.
This just in from Lynchburg police.
Officials arrested a 17-year old Tuesday in connection with the murder of
Steven W. Withers.
The youngster is being charged with murder and illegal possession of a fire
The suspect is being held at the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Center.
Stay tuned to News 7 tommorow for updates.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback
According to one viewer News 7 wasn't too smart in the way it handled
coverage of the smart road project.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has more on that in this edition of News-7
IN Q=The groundbreaking ceremonies
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
((The groundbreaking ceremonies for the smart highway featured scores of
dignitaries and a handful of protesters.
A viewer from Blacksburg thought in general that we missed the story.
"The protesters were a very nominal part of an otherwise uplifting and
memorable experience for over 400 cheering supporters," he wrote. "Yet your
report cast a very skewed and distorted message for your viewers. That some
effort would be made by project opponents to disrupt the dignity of the event
by interrupting Governor Allen was far less surprising that [your] willingness
to play into the hands of the media-savvy antagonists."
The Smart Road is expected to create an estimated 318 jobs for eight years
in construction, $100 million in research for Virginia Tech and $300 million
in associated economic development over the next 20 years. Yet WDBJ chose to
lead off the six o'clock news that night with the account of a traffic
accident. Go figure."
News-7 welcomes your comments on our news coverage or topics in the news.
Letters should include your name and address and be sent to News-7 Feedback,
P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
News-7's email address is email@example.com.
Or leave a message in the moderated forum of our home page, at
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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After leading 107 laps Dale Jarrett took the checkered flag winning the
Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono.
SUPER=03-Pocono, PA/WTBS; :
Dale Earnhardt and Jeremy Mayfield batting for position and Earnhardt would
move into the fourth spot.
Jeff Gordon was back in the chase and he was the leader after passing his
teammate Terry Labonte on lap 40.
Gordon's lead didn't last long because Jarrett in a ford moved to the front
14 laps later on lap 54.
The caution flew because of debris on the track and on the re-start Bobby
Labonte taps his brother Terry in the rear causing a crash that also involved
Dale Earnhardt, Joe Nemechek and a couple other cars on lap 128.
South Boston's Jeff Burton made a run late in the race here he was running
in fifth place behind the leaders.
But Jarrett's ford was just two strong and he held off Jeff Gordon and
Burton to win the Pennsylvania 500.
IN Q="I was...
((DALE JARRETT/PENNSYLVANIA 500 WINNER: ))
((JEFF GORDON/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Pennsylvania 500 Winner; :
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Finished Second; :12
OUT Q=......them today."
Gordon was second, Burton third followed by Tedd Musgrave and Mark Martin.
The Salem Avalanche held off a late rally by Prince William last night to
beat the Cannons 5 to 4.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Cannons; :
These three young fans enjoying the action between the Avalanche and
In the bottom of the third, Salem's Elvis Pena hits a ground ball to second
base Dean Marnell scores from third and the Avalanche took a 2 to 1 lead.
Salem got on the board again in the bottom of the fourth. Ben Petrick hits
this solo homer high over the left field wall and the Avalanche went on top by
a score of 4 to 1.
Still in the bottom of the fourth SUPER=37-Salem/5/Prince William/4/;Dean
Marnell hits a grounder to right field Chad Gambill
slides home for the score and the Avalanche beats the Cannons 5 to 4.
The Dodgers upped their record to 13 and 4 in July with an 8 to 3 win over
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/KTLA; :
A very hot day in Atlanta for yesterday afternoon's game with the Dodgers.
Atlanta trailed 2 to nothing until the bottom of the third. Fred McGriff
hits a shot down the left field line scoring two runs to tie it at 2 to 2.
But the Dodgers led 4 to 2 after SUPER=35-Los Angeles/8/Atlanta/3/;four
then in the top of the ninth Raul Mondesi hits this two run homer over the left
field fence and the Dodgers cruise to the 8 to 3 win.
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/SC-CHI; :
Frank Thomas was the man for the white Sox this afternoon at Camden Yard.
Thomas had four hits and drove in four runs as the White Sox routed the
Orioles. Here's the rest of the day's scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-j/San Francisco/9//St. Louis/2///;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Mike Stevens has a report on the Redskins scrimmage with
the Steelers a former William Byrd track score strikes gold at the Commonwealth
and Justin Leonard comes from five shots down to win the British Open, His
first victory in a major on the P-G-A tour.
Justin Leonard came from five shots off the pace yesterday to win the
British Open marking the third year in a row an American has won the
SUPER=03-Troon, Scotland/ABC SPORTS; :
Sweden's Jesper Parnevik held a two stroke lead for most of the day but he
got in trouble when he bogeyed the 17-th hole. Parnevik shot a one over par 72
to finish tied for second with Darren Clarke at 9 under par.
Leonard birdied the 16-th hole to move into a tie for the lead. He came
from five shots back carding a 6 under par 65. He finished at 272 12 under par
for a three shot win.
Leonard has won twice this year but this is his first victory in a major.
IN Q="I came over
((JUSTIN LEONARD/BRITISH OPEN WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Justin Leonard/British Open Winner; :
OUT Q=.....I'LL COME."
Fred Couples tied for fifth place at 3 under and Tiger Woods finished at
Dale Jarrett wins the Pennsylvania 500. More on that later on Mornin'.
After a couple of days in camp, The Redskins went head to head with the
Steelers in a controlled scrimmage.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Scott Ayres give us front row seats for this
weekend's get together with Pittsburgh. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
SUPER=01-Kordell Stewart/Steelers Quarterback; :45
SUPER=01-Trent Green/Redskins Quarterback; 1:20
OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."
It's been 20 years since former William Byrd track star Brenda Orange-Hill
placed second in the state. Today she took the gold in the discus throw at
the Commonwealth Games.
At 37-years-old Brenda won her division by throwing 93-feet-6-inches.
She's spent the last month preparing for this day.
And says her husband and two children are her inspiration.
But Brenda says she can definitely see how time has changed her.
IN Q=YOU CAN TELL
((BRENDA ORANGE-HILL/GOLD IN DISCUS: YOU CAN TELL I'M GETTING OLDER, MUCH
OLDER. IT'S A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO GET IN SHAPE AND STAY IN SHAPE AND HAVE
THOSE LITTLE ACHES AND PAINS MORE THAN I DID 20 YEARS A GO WHEN I THREW IN HIGH
SUPER=01-Brenda Orange-Hill/Gold In Discus;
OUT Q= IN HIGH SCHOOL
Brenda says the training and the track meet rejuvenated her competitive
She plans to make the yearly trip to the Commonwealth Games.
If you were looking for one of the newest fads in collectibles today, the
Roanoke Civic Center was the place to be.
Young and old alike filed into the Civic Center for Beanie Babies.
More than 80 current and retired designs were up for sale or trade.
While many of the stuffed animals went for a few dollars, some went for
hundreds of dollars.
Take the case of Humphrey the Camel. He costs more than 900-dollars.
IN Q=HE'S THE HARDEST
((BEN FISHER/ORGANIZER; HE'S THE HARDEST BEANIE BABY TO FIND. HE WAS RETIRED
ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO. HE'S ONE OF THE BEST BEANIE BABIES YOU CAN GET.))
OUT Q=YOU CAN GET.
Organizers say they were very pleased with the turnout for the event.
They say they'll return to the Star City for another Beanie Baby bash in the
next month or two.