One person is dead and at least ten others injured, after a bus loaded with
children plunged off Interstate 95 in Sussex County and ended up in a river.
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All 29 youngsters on the bus, plus the driver and their five chaperones have
now been accounted for.
Officials say the bus apparently left the road and went down an
embankment before hitting the river.
It ended up about three-fourths under water.
Contract talks continue between yokohama tire and the united steel workers
Negotiators met in a hotel room again today, trying to work out a deal
before the current contract expires at midnight tonight.
One of the negotiators, John Sellars with the steel workers union says he's
hopeful they will reach an agreement before the end of the day.
In Fort Collins, Colorado more than 40 people are missing after a night of
SUPER=03-Fort Collins, CO;
Authorities say a wall of water, ten to 20 feet high, came roaring through a
neighborhood near the Colorado State University campus.
Five people have been confirmed dead and officials fear they will find more
Floodwaters also dislodged mobile homes and houses from their foundations,
severing gas lines and sending residents to higher ground.
The water also caused a train to derail.
The flooding was caused by a storm that dumped more than eight inches of
rain in less than five hours.
Two decades after a car bombing killed a toddler, one of the people
responsible entered a guilty plea.
Frank Helvestine pleaded guilty and avoided a trial for second degree
But first he emphasized he was an accessory BEFORE the fact and that someone
else actually planted the bomb.
Given the age and frailty of the defendant, the prosecutor chose to accept
an involuntary manslaughter plea.
The blast in May of 19-75 was intended to teach a lesson to an interracial
Instead it killed a two- year- old Carrie Mask.
Helvestine pleaded guilty to arson, two counts of unlawful wounding and
involuntary manslaughter which is defined by "accidental death."
IN Q=Do you accept
((Do you accept this as an accident? NO, IT WAS PLANNED. I THINK HIM AND
RUSSELL WHITE PLANNED THIS OUT. BUT I HAVE NO PROOF OF THAT. I ONLY HAVE HIS
WORD, WHAT HE SAYS. Of course they didn't mean to kill Carrie. I HOPE NOT.
SUPER=01-Barry Mask/Victim's Father
OUT Q=hope not
The little girl's mother was in court, but she left without comment.
She's reportedly blocked out much of the incident.
Donna Weimer is still unable to discuss the loss- -even with investigators.
Helvestine faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced in September.
After months of negotiating G-O-P lawmakers and the Clinton administration
have reached agreement on a landmark budget deal.
The plan would slash taxes by about 140 billion dollars for millions of
It would also balance the budget and
overhaul Medicare for the first time in decades.
7:08:18-(SHOULD BE LAST THING HE SAYS) IN Q=
((REP. DICK ARMEY: THE PRESIDENT'S TEAM WORKED HARD, AND THEY FIT SOME OF THEIR
OUR MODEL, BUT IN THE END, IT IS IN FACT, A BILL THAT IS REFLECTIVE OF THE
DIRECTION THAT WE SET WHEN WE WROTE THE CONTRACT WITH AMERICA." ))
SUPER=01-Rep. Dick Armey/(R) Texas;
President Clinton, who arrived home from the West Coast this morning, is
is expected to approve the agreement today.
Meantime, President Clinton gave one of eulogies today at the funeral of
former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan.
Brennan's coffin was displayed at the Supreme Court building yesterday.
He was the court's leading liberal.. from his appointment in 19-56 to his
retirement in 19-90.
Brennan died last week at age 91.
Later today, Brennan will be laid to rest in a private burial service at
Arlington National Cemetery.
Hundreds remembered Matthew Brown, the son of Bedford sheriff Mike Brown.
yesterday in Bedford County.
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The seventeen- year- old died Friday when his car flipped over on Route
6-91, about two miles from his home.
Brown was remembered as a talented, outgoing young man with a flair for
Friends and family packed a memorial service at Glade Creek Lutheran Church.
IN Q=I think the
((TONY WARE/FAMILY FRIEND: I THINK THE SHOW OF SUPPORT, THEIR FRIENDS, WHETHER
IT'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OF JUST FRIENDS IN GENERAL, THE TURNOUT HERE IS
UNBELIEVABLE THIS MORNING. IT HAS TO BE COMFORTING TO THEM TO KNOW THAT
EVERYBODY'S GRIEVING WITH THEM.))
SUPER=01-Tony Ware/Family Friend; :00
OUT Q=grieving with them.
Brown graduated last month from North Cross High School in Roanoke.
Hillsville investigators have not identified a badly decomposed body found
The body was discovered in a wooded area behind the site of the new Carroll
county government complex.
Authorities are treating it as a homicide for now-- since they don't know
the cause of death.
Hillsville investigators say the body may be one of two reportedly missing
people in Carroll County.
An autopsy will be performed this week in Roanoke.
Bill Cosby wants to answer the question of whether he's Autumn Jackson's
father once and for all.
Cosby's attorney says the entertainer has given blood for a
paternity test, and challenged Jackson and her mother to do the same.
Cosby has admitted having an affair with Jackson's mother in the mid 70's.
Jackson was convicted last week of trying to extort millions from Cosby.
Some Bedford County residents living along Hardy Road are welcoming a new
The winding stretch of gravel has been the site of numerous car wrecks.
In an effort to improve driving conditions, plans are underway to straighten
the curvy section of Hardy Road.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials are also widening Route 6-34
from Beagle Club Road to Gravel Hill Road.
V-DOT officials say they hope to reduce the number of accidents on this
IN Q=There are many
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT:THERE ARE MANY DRIVEWAYS AND ENTRANCES TO PROPERTY THAT
COME OUT ON THE ROAD. SOME OF THEM ARE HIDDEN SO WE BELIEVE THAT THIS ROAD
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WILL MAKE IT SAFER NOT ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE OUT
THERE, BUT FOR THOSE WHO USE HARDY ROAD TO GET TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE))
OUT Q=Smith Mountain Lake
An estimated seven-thousand vehicles travel Hardy Road every day.
Construction is scheduled to begin within the next two years.
You'll need to find another route if you plan to use Shaffer's crossing in
Norfolk Southern has closed the crossing while it does some work in the
The crossing closed yesterday morning and will not re-open for about a
Norfolk Southern is sandblasting and repainting the existing steel
structure--to enhance its appearance.
This is the second time this year the underpass has closed. And for many
travelers it's becoming a nuisance.
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IN Q=It's inconvenient
((JOSEPHINE JOHNSON:IT'S INCONVENIENT AND IT'S HOT. IT SEEMS LIKE THEY'RE
ALWAYS IMPROVING THAT AREA BUT ALWAYS KIND OF SCREWING IT UP ONE WAY OR THE
OTHER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO TRAVEL JIMMY PATSELL:I GOT TO GO ALL THE WAY
BACK TO 1OTH STREET TO GET ACROSS TO WHERE I'M GOING DAVID BECKNER: I THINK
IT'S GOING TO AFFECT EVERYBODY A WHOLE LOT ))
SUPER=07-Josephine Johnson; :00
SUPER=07-Jimmy Patsell; :07 quick
SUPER=07-David Beckner; :10 quick
OUT Q=a whole lot
No detour is in place.
Drivers are encouraged to use Shenandoah Avenue.
GRAPHIC=ROANOKE CITY SEAL
Elections may soon look a bit different in Roanoke.
City council members may soon be elected by wards rather than at large, as
they are now.
City Council is deciding whether to put the issue on a November fourth
But some citizens say dividing the city into wards will separate it.
IN Q=I don't think that
((ESTELLE MCADDEN: I DON'T THINK THAT WE SHOULD DRAW UP THINGS JUST TO SUIT
MINORITIES, WE SHOULD DRAW UP THINGS TO SUIT THE BETTERMENT OF THE CITY WE LIVE
((MIKE URBANSKI: UNDER THE PROPOSED PLAN, THE MAJORITY OF COUNCIL IS NOT
ACCOUNTABLE TO ANY ONE VOTER. ))
SUPER=07-Estelle McCadden; :00
SUPER=07-Mike Urbanski; :11
OUT Q=ONE VOTER
Supporters of the plan say citizens in some areas of the city have no
representation on council.
IN Q=i think
((BILL BESTPITCH: I THINK EVERY CITIZEN IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE SHOULD HAVE THE
RIGHT TO HAVE THEIR VIEWS HEARD ON THIS ISSUE--PUT IT ON A REFERENDUM IN
OUT Q=in november.
After last night's public hearing, Mayor David Bowers said that it's likely
City Council will vote to allow the issue on the November ballot.
South Boston is thinking expansion, but Halifax County has some say in the
Leaders of the two areas have different ideas of how much land the county
should give the town.
IN Q=The unfortunate thing
((DAN SLEEPER/HALIFAX CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THE UNFORTUNATE THING FOR COUNTIES IN
VIRGINIA IS WE'RE LIKE FAMILIES. WE'RE LIKE THE PARENTS, AND THE TOWNS ARE
LIKE CHILDREN. IF YOU GET TWO CHILDREN FIGHTING OVER PART OF YOUR ESTATE OR
PART OF YOUR PROPERTY, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THEM? THEY'RE STILL GOING TO GET
SOMETHING AND YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THEM AND IF YOU REFUSE TO DEAL WITH THEM,
THE COURT'S GOING TO LOOK AT YOU LIKE YOU'RE NOT A GOOD PARENT.))
SUPER=01-Dan Sleeper/Halifax Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=good parent
The town of South Boston wants to triple its size by grabbing ten square
miles of county land.
Halifax supervisors have offered a compromise ... saving revenue-rich
Centerville for themselves.
IN Q=I would say
((GLEN ABERNATHY/SOUTH BOSTON MAYOR: I WOULD SAY IT ROUGHLY INCLUDES ABOUT HALF
THE AREA THE TOWN PROPOSES TO ANNEX.))
SUPER=01-Glen Abernathy/South Boston Mayor;
The new plan would give the town more than a million dollars in extra
revenue, while robbing the county of almost 400 thousand dollars.
Both parties say they want to negotiate.
If they can't find middle ground, the battle over land could continue in
Public colleges in Virginia could soon cost more.
A state tuition freeze will expire in a few months.
Yesterday members of the "State Council of Higher Education" discussed that
issue in Blacksburg.
College presidents throughout the state spoke about a need for additional
funding for financial aid, higher salaries and the latest technology.
IN Q=I'm not
((PAUL TORGERSON/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: I'M NOT SO WORRIED ABOUT WHAT
VIRGINIA WILL LOOK LIKE NEXT YEAR OR THE YEAR AFTER BECAUSE OF THIS DROUGHT IN
SUPPORT OF HIGHER EDUCATION WHAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT IS WHAT VIRGINIA TECH,
INDEED, ALL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN VIRGINIA, WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE YEAR 2005.))
SUPER=01-Paul Torgerson/Virginia Tech President; :00
OUT Q=year 2005.
The board is expected to decide in the fall whether the "tuition freeze"
should continue through the year 2000.
Its decision is only a recommendation-- the ultimate decision is up to the
A House of Delegates race in the Hill City is already getting messy.
Yesterday, Lynchburg Republican incumbent Preston Bryant blasted his
opponent for conducting what he called "sleaze polling".
Bryant says a phone survey for Democrat Jimmy Feinman's (FINE-mans) campaign
contained misleading and distorted questions.
IN Q=Would you be
((PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: WOULD YOU BE LESS LIKELY TO VOTE FOR PRESTON
BRYANT IF YOU KNEW HE WAS CONTROLLED BY JERRY FALWELL AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT?
THAT TYPE OF SLEAZY TACTIC BY JIMMY FEINMAN AND HIS CAMPAIGN IS MORE THAN
CONTEMPTIBLE. IN FACT, IN MY OPINION, IT BORDERS ON RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY.))
SUPER=01-Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=on religious bigotry.
A spokesman for Feinman's campaign says they are conducting a phone survey
but calls Bryant's accusations "ridiculous".
Democrats say Bryant is merely trying to divert attention from the real
issues of the campaign.
A landmark verdict in Cyprus.
A fisherman was convicted today of infecting his British lover with the
virus that causes AIDS.
He faces up to two years in jail when he is sentenced Thursday.
He was prosecuted under a 50- year- old British colonial law designed to
combat the spread of cholera and typhoid.
He lost his eyesight ten years ago to diabetes, but that hasn't stopped a
Japanese man from continuing his work as a writer and illustrator of children's
Masanori Namae uses a computer that reads aloud what he types.
He has since published more than ten books.
He even went back to drawing.
Using a ball point pen he presses hard to etch the lines into a piece of
He draws an outline of a
shape he envisions.
His wife then becomes his eyes when he begins to color the pictures in.
He says he draws from the soul.
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Starting things out on the minor league diamond, the Salem Avalanche began a
three game homestand with the Kinston Indians last night.
SUPER=03-Salem/Indians vs. Avalanche;
We start in the bottom of the third. Kyle Houser with the chopper up the
middle that the Indians can't handle. Garrett Newbart scores from third and we
are tied at 2.
Kinston takes the lead in the fourth as Tim Jorgenson doubles off the wall
and Darren Stumberger crosses the platte all the way from second. 3-2 Indians.
And they would blow this one wide open in the 7th. Mark Budzinski singles up
the middle; two Indians come on down and Kinston melts the Av's 6 to 2.
High school football players are getting ready to hit the turf.
Roanoke Catholic began practice yesterday.
((JOHN COOKE/ROANOKE CATHOLIC HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Cooke/Roanoke Catholic Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...this time
Cooke begins this season without six seniors lost to graduation and without
his star player in PJ Moyer.
OUT Q=...rising sophomore"
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
In other football news, Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith is in hot
water with the law.
Virginia Beach police say they arrested the former Virginia tech star for
driving under the influence this weekend.
A police spokesman says an officer found Smith asleep at the wheel with the
car still running Sunday morning. His licence was suspended for a week.
SS=news 7 sports
He also was charged with refusing to take a breath test.
If Smith is convicted in court, the N-F-L could fine him about 68-thousand
dollars under his current contract.
The Roanoke Express announced three major player signings yesterday.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Past Season; :00
Veteran goalie Dave Gagnon returns for a third year in a Roanoke Express
jersey. Gagnon was 34-18 and 6 last season with a 3.21 goals against average.
Duane Harmer also signed. Harmer, a defenseman, played 70 games this past
year and registered 32 points.
On offense, Roanoke has resigned speedy center Jeff Loder. In his rookie
year he produced 45 points.
More computers and technology will be featured at Staunton River High
School's new library--
But the transfer of books is being done the old- fashioned way.
An assembly line of volunteers are passing along all eleven- thousand books,
stack by stack to their new home.
IN Q=We are very
((BARBARA PLOTNER/SCHOOL LIBRARIAN: WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE ALL THE HELP WE
HAVE TODAY. WE HAVE CITIZENS FROM THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS TEACHERS,
STUDENTS, LIBRARIANS FROM OTHER COUNTY SCHOOLS AS WELL. ))
SUPER=01-Barbara Plotner/School Librarian;
OUT Q=schools, as well
The school's old cafeteria has been renovated into the new multi- media
center, which is twice the size of the current library.
Volunteers transferred the books by hand to make sure all the volumes were
in proper order.
And finally this afternoon..
Some people like to dress up their pets, but you may be surprised by this
SUPER=03-Chula Vista, CA;
This goose lives outside San Diego.
It's owner claims the goose can talk.
The goose drinks from a bottle and sits on its own little chair.