A thick cloud of black smoke containing toxic fumes continues to hover over
a warehouse in Smyth County.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from the site in Atkins with the latest.
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(QUESTION:What are officials planning to do about the fire?)
The first woman has dropped out at Virginia Military Institute.
Last night, one of the new female recruits in the class of 2001 decided to
OUT Q=(cadre screaming at rats)
The attrition rate is typically about five percent during the first week of
this intense rat line training.
It's designed to test the cadets' physical, mental and emotional endurance.
Six men have also quit this week.
The Institute won't identify the female who dropped out or provide any
V-M-I says on average one quarter of the cadets drop out in a typical year.
In South Carolina, no charges will be filed in the alleged hazing of two
female cadets at the Citadel.
Prosecutors say the state's anti-hazing law does NOT apply because the corp
of cadets is not a student fraternity or sorority.
Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos joined the formerly all-male
military school's cadet corps last August but dropped out
in January, saying they're clothes had been set on fire by male cadets.
(( DAVID SCHWACKE/PROSECUTOR:
BASED UPON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THAT REPORT, THE STATE
FEELS, FIRST...THAT THERE IS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE OF A CRIMINAL INTENT IN THE
COURSE OF THE CONDUCT COMPLAINED OF...TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT A CASE TO A
CHARLESTON GRAND JURY. ))
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Fourteen male cadets either were punished or left the school as
a result of the accusations.
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A startling admission from the head of tobacco maker Philip Morris.
It came during a deposition today in Florida.
C-E-O Geoffrey Bible was asked if Philip Morris would agree that about
100-thousand Americans have died from smoking-related diseases.
He responded they might have.
The questioning came in connection with Florida's suit against the tobacco
industry, in an effort to recover billions of dollars in costs of
Two people are dead and two others injured after a runaway train struck a
freight train overnight in Fort Worth, Texas.
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;
Authorities say say an unmanned Union Pacific train somehow began rolling
down an active track, hitting another Union Pacific freight train
The crash also sparked a huge fire when both trains leaked diesel fuel.
The blaze is now out, but emergency officials believe the two bodies are
still in the wreckage.
In New Hampshire last night, police used blasting caps to torch a barn
belonging to a man who killed four people in a shooting rampage on Tuesday.
The gunman, Carl Drega, died in a shootout with police.
Police say Drega's home and property were booby trapped with secret tunnels
filled with hundreds of pounds of explosives, the same type used in the
Oklahoma City bombing.
Some local United Parcel Service may be off the picket line, but that does
NOT mean all UPS employees are back at work.
While 185-thousand employees went on strike more than two weeks ago.. not all
returned to work.
U-P-S management in Roanoke says about half of the 600 workers began
delivering packages yesterday.
Company officials say they hope to hire back more workers as business picks
IN Q=Well certainly
((WARREN KING/SOUTHWEST DIVISION MANAGER:WELL CERTAINLY THEY'RE STILL EMPLOYEES
OF UNITED PARCEL SERVICE. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE WORK FOR THEM RIGHT NOW AND AS
THE WORK COMES BACK, WE HOPE TO GET THEM ALL BACK))
SUPER=01-Warren King/Southwest Division Manager;
OUT Q=all back.
Some local businesses like Orvis are staying with the Post Office for half of
what used to be shipped by U-P-S.
Postmaster Billy Martin says priority mail and regular mail remain up
50-percent, and express mail is still up 70-percent since the strike ended.
The operations manager for clothing retailer J-Crew in Lynchburg says the
strike could have been a catastrophe if it had lasted much longer or taken
place during the holiday season.
The planning and practice are over.
Tomorrow the crew on board the space station Mir will attempt a crucial
The cosmonauts will venture into a dark, decompressed module ruptured by a
collision with a cargo ship in June.
Russia announced yesterday it will retire the space station in 19-98.
A federal civil rights probe into the decapitation murder of a black man in
Grayson County has the backing of Virginia's Attorney General Richard Cullen.
But Cullen says there's a good reason why Grayson County authorities have
NOT labelled the murder a hate crime.
IN Q=They want
((RICHARD CULLEN/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THEY WANT THIS GUY IF HE'S CONVICTED TO
GET THE DEATH PENALTY. AND THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT THEY DON'T SAY ANYTHING
THAT WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THAT. So-- WHAT I'M SAYING IS THAT I THINK THERE
ARE DUAL MOTIVATIONS HERE. THIS MAN WAS KILLED, IN MY VIEW, BECAUSE THEY
WANTED TO ROB HIM. AND ALSO RACISM PLAYED A ROLE IN THEIR ULTIMATE DECISION.))
OUT Q=ultimate decision.
By focusing on a racist motivation, authorities would actually weaken the
robbery case needed to get a death sentence.
Cullen wrote to U-S Attorney General Janet Reno asking her to continue the
federal probe -- but AFTER the state prosecution is over.
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The Grayson County case is generating a lot of publicity.
But some local residents are concerned the crime has given the nation the
wrong idea about the place they call "home".
IN Q=When I
((ERVIN PHIPPS/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT: WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT, IT RUNS COLD CHILLS
SUPER=01-Ervin Phipps/Grayson Co. Resident;
OUT Q=over me.
Garnett "G-P" Johnson was the only black man at a drinking party-- when he
was doused with gasoline, burned and later decapitated.
The state-N-double-A-C-P is convinced the crime was racially motivated.
Two white men-- raised outside Grayson County-- are charged with Johnson's
But Phipps says racism is NOT rampant.
IN Q=In the years
((ERVIN PHIPPS/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT:IN THE YEARS THAT I'VE LIVED HERE, I'VE
KNOWN NOTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN. ))
OUT Q=to happen.
About 16- thousand people live in Grayson County, approximately 96- percent
Margaret Reeves was born in Elk Creek, 66- years ago.
IN Q=I can't
((MARGARET REEVES/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT: I CAN'T SAY NOTHING ABOUT ELK CREEK
CAUSE EVERYBODY WAS JUST SWEET AND NICE, THE WHITE PEOPLE AND THE BLACK FOLKS,
GOT ALONG, I NEVER DID HAVE ANY TROUBLE WHEN I LIVED OVER THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Margaret Reeves/Grayson Co. Resident;
OUT Q=over there.
Residents upset over the publicity point to Grayson's crime rate-- murders,
they say, are rare-- on average-- less than one a year.
A routine traffic stop early this morning turned into a chase through the
streets of Roanoke.
Police say they tried to stop Jimmy Johnson Deel Junior on Interstate 5-81.
He apparently made it to Wasena Avenue near Memorial Bridge, at times
reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour.
When he turned onto Wasena Avenue he lost control, jumped the curb, and hit
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((JASON LUNDY/EYEWITNESS: PULLED UP TO THE GAS PUMPS, HEARD SIRENS, LOOKED
AROUND SAW A PICKUP TRUCK COMING UP THE STREET, SKIDDED SIDEWAYS, POPPED THE
CURB, HIT THAT GUY'S AWNING. ))
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Police say the suspect then tried to flee on foot, but officers apprehended
him about a block away.
No one was injured in the crash.
Johnson is charged with two hit and runs, reckless driving and alluding
A phone tip and dogs helped end a day-long search for a robbery suspect.
Amherst County Sheriff's deputies arrested 20- year- old Charles E. Thomas-
He's charged with robbery in (Fa-KEER) Fauquier County.
Thomas was captured less than a mile from his sister's home in Monroe.
A resident near the area spotted a man fitting the suspect's description and
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Roanoke's School Board nominated a committee to study violence in schools.
But the Roanoke Education Association is NOT happy.
The teacher's group called a press conference yesterday to say the school
board didn't nominate enough of its members for the committee.
IN Q=THE ONLY THING
((ESTHER CIRASUNDA/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: THE ONLY THING THAT WE CAN
DO, IS MAKE SURE THAT THROUGH OUR REPRESENTATION ON THE COMMITTEE, THAT WE DO
INFORM THEM OF WHAT THE TEACHER'S SURVEY RESULTS SHOWED, AND THE MAIN ISSUE,
THAT TEACHERS ARE NOT BEING SUPPORTED BY ADMINISTRATORS. ))
SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Association;
OUT Q=by administrators.
The 25 person committee is made up of eight teachers and the R-E-A says
that's not enough representation.
Some students at Virginia Commonwealth University may feel more like
tourists than students.
V-C-U officials say applications were up this year and 250 more students
showed up than expected-- so they're putting them up in hotels.
This isn't expected to be a permanent solution, but a few students could be
there all semester.
Two new cultural groups will join the ranks of those operating out of
Center in the Square.
Opera Roanoke and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre will maintain their offices in
the Jefferson Center.
But they will soon receive the same benefits as the five groups that occupy
Center in the Square.
The Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences has agreed to pick
up their rent and other basic expenses.
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((JENEFER DAVIES-MANSFIELD/ROANOKE BALLET THEATRE: IT REALLY MEANS THAT FOR THE
FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, WE WILL HAVE FINANCIAL AND THEREBY ARTISTIC
((WILLIAM KRAUSE/OPERA ROANOKE: WE'RE VERY PLEASED AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A
BRIGHT FUTURE WITH THE FOUNDATION. WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO ADVANCE THEIR MISSION
AND SUPPORT THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HERE.))
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SUPER=01-William Krause/Opera Roanoke; :09
OUT Q=other organizations here.
Officials with Center in the Square say the addition of two more
organizations will not take money away from the existing tenants.
Roanoke's Mill Mountain is all shined up and ready for relighting tomorrow
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The star has been dark this summer as it underwent renovation.
Frustrated over the length of time it's taken to complete the job, city
officials have decided to go ahead and hold the relighting ceremony.
The almost fifty- year- old star has new neon lights and wiring.
If you're an Elvis fan there's a local restaurant for you.
Andrew Freiden has a report on the Graceland Cafe and Starlite Lounge in
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SUPER=01-Diana Holland/Cafe Co-Owner; :54
SUPER=01-Karen Jones/Cafe Co-Owner; 1:02
SUPER=@Andrew1; 1:12 (QUICK MOVE OFF ME)
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(( Karen Jones and her friend Diana Holland wanted to be center stage.
So they convinced their family and friends to help them open a restaurant.
((DIANA HOLLAND. EVERYBODY IN THIS TOWN KNOWS ME AS THE ELVIS LADY. THEY ALL
THINK I'M CRAZY. ))
Their adoration for the King made the Elvis Theme a perfect fit.
AS far as Diana and Karen know, there's only one other Graceland cafe
around. It's in Graceland, and it's owned by Priscilla Presley.
((KAREN JONES/CO-OWNER: IF YOU'RE FROM THIS TOWN, YOU PROBABLY COULDN'T AFFORD
When they came up with the menu, they made sure you don't have to go to
memphis to eat like the king.
((KAREN: RIGHT NOW WE GOT LOVE ME TENDER STEAKS, WE GOT YOU AIN'T NOTHING BUT A
HOT DOG THAT'S BEEN POPULAR, AND ALSO... ))
Elvis's personal favorite... and the house special-- fried peanut butter and
The food isn't the only thing here that keeps Elvis's memory alive....
((do you believe that he's dead. NOT EVER, NOT EVER, I THINK HE HAD TO GO INTO
A PROTECTION TYPE SITUATION. ))
((When you sit down and you think that he's gone or hidden, do you get all
shook up? I BELIEVE LIKE MY PARTNER, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT HE'S GONE. ))
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: ELVIS FANS OF ALL AGES CAN EAT JUST ABOUT ANYTHING
THEY WANT HERE AT THE GRACELAND CAFE. ELVIS'S LITTLE TEDDY BEARS, THOUGH,
HAVE TO STICK TO THE BASICS. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS 7, BURNT CHIMNEY ))
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The highly touted McLelland Metro Classic high school golf tournament saved
the best for last yesterday at Ole Monterey.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/McLelland Classic Round 2; :00
North Cross's Brandon LaCroix strolled up to the 16th green with what
appeared to be a comfortable two shot lead on Patrick Henry's Lee Taylor.
But Taylor amazingly made up those two shots and one more, with two birdies
and par to win the individual title.
The key was this approach shot on 18, that set up the eventual birdie putt
for the win.
IN Q="I hit it...
((LEE TAYLOR/MCLELLAND METRO WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Lee Taylor/McLelland Metro Winner; :00
OUT Q=...LUCKY THERE."
Taylor shot a 68 yesterday to go with Tuesday's 71 at the Water's Edge.
Patrick Henry also won the team title.
The National Football League has slapped Carolina Panther linebacker Lamar
Lathon with a 20 thousand dollar fine...
for nailing Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Rich Gannon in the face mask
Lathon charged in from Gannon's left side and lunged head first at Gannon.
The league says that violates the helmet to helmet policy.
Gannon was left woozy and spitting blood.
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Washington Redskins receiver Michael Westbrook must pay ten-thousand dollars
for punching teammate Stephen Davis at
practice earlier this week.
That's according to unidentified
sources in "The Washington Post."
Westbrook also won't make the
trip to Miami today for a preseason game against the Dolphins.
Coach Norv Turner says he expects the receiver to play against the
Carolina Panthers in the season opener on August 31st.
Redskins defensive end Rich Owens won't be playing in Miami tonight,
Owens has suffered from a pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder area most
of the preseason.
Bullet-proof clothing is in vogue in Bogota, Colombia.
By all accounts Colombia is one of the most violent nations in the world..
so many residents are wearing clothes made of bullet-proof fabric over suede
and other fine fabrics.
And many manufacturers don't cut corners on quality.
But they apparently don't use dummies to test their product.