In Little Rock, Arkansas today a bomb was found outside an abortion clinic
just minutes before President Clinton was scheduled to speak at a high school
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;
Mr. Clinton is in Little Rock
to mark the anniversary of the "Little Rock Nine."
SUPER=04-Sept 25, 1957;
It was 40- years- ago today that Federal troops escorted nine students
through the doors of Central High School ending school segregation in Arkansas.
The Marv Albert trial is resuming after a closed door meeting involving a
Prosecutors were expected to wrap up their case today.
Byron Pitts joins us from Arlington with the latest.
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A fiery accident took the life of a man early this morning on interstate 81.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
SUPER=01-Brad Walker/Motorist; :05
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Morning; :34
SUPER=01-Don Gillespie/Roanoke Co. Fire Marshal; :44
SUPER=01-Gary Chafin/Virginia State Police; 1:11
OUT Q=AF, News 7
((BRAD WALKER/MOTORIST: THE WHOLE CAB....WAS GONE, DISINTEGRATED. ))
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: THE TRACTOR TRAILER...IMMEDIATELY BURST INTO
The truck's wreckage completely blocked off route 927-- Glenvar Heights
Road, which runs underneath the interstate.
It took firefighters around 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
((DON GILLESPIE/ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL: DUMPED ALL THE FLUIDS... TO 460
Hazmat crews were on the scene-- they worked to stop the diesel fuel from
running into a nearby creek.
State Police troopers are familiar with this overpass.
This accident is the second time a tractor trailer has jumped the guardrail
is this very spot.
((GARY CHAFIN/STATE POLICE: 8 MONTHS AGO...THAT ONE DID. ))
Andrew Freiden, News 7.))
On Capitol Hill, the Senate Finance Committee is hearing more testimony
about alleged wrongdoing by the Internal Revenue Service.
Hidden behind a screen and with their voices disguised, the panel is hearing
from current and former I-R-S employees who are testifying about abuses by the
IN Q=i have seen
OUT Q=IRS management;
It's the third day of Senate hearings on the conduct of the
Several members of Congress want to appoint an outside group to oversee the
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Hockey, movie theaters and skating are the ingredients a Charlottesville
company hopes to mix into a downtown Roanoke ice rink.
Yesterday we told you that D-and-R Development plans to build a twelve
screen movie theater in addition to the skating rink.
But now movie-goers won't be the only ones to benefit from this new
The Roanoke Express hockey team plans to move its offices to the Ice rink.
IN Q=It's good
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/ROANOKE EXPRESS GM: IT'S A GOOD THING FOR US, BECAUSE IT'S
VERY CLOSE TO OUR MAIN FACILITY, THE ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER. THERE'S A FACILITY
FOR US. I DON'T THINK THE ONE BY THE AIRPORT CAN PROVIDE OFFICE SPACE FOR US.
((MATT KENNEL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: IT WON'T BE A DONE DEAL TIL IT'S BUILT
AND WE'RE CUTTING THE RIBBON. BUT THINGS ARE MOVING ON VERY PROGRESSIVELY.
IT'S JUST A VERY POSITIVE PROJECT ALL THE WAY AROUND. ))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Roanoke Express GM; :00
SUPER=01-Matt Kennel/Downtown Roanoke Inc.; :16
They hope to have the facility completed by next October.
Another American is prepared to take up residence on Mir.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;
NASA says it will proceed with its mission to replace astronaut David Wolf
with Michael Foale aboard the problem plagued space station.
Atlantis is scheduled to lift off tonight to deliver Wolf and pick up Foale,
who's been aboard MIR since May.
IN Q=THIS IS A DECISION...
SUPER=01-Daniel Goldin/NASA Administrator;
Members of Congress and a separate NASA report have raised
questions about Mir's safety.
Roanokers looking for a deal may not have gotten what they bargained for
when they joined a company advertising discounts on products.
Police are now looking for the former owner.
Tonya Flory has the details.
IN Q=Connie Clark
SUPER=07-Connie Clark; :13
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; 1:22
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke.
((Connie Clark thought she was saving money when she joined "Consumer
Choice"...a discount buying club where customers pay up to 1000 dollars for
Clark says at the time, it sounded like a good deal...
IN Q=We really debated
((CONNIE CLARK/SCAMMED BY CONSUMER CHOICE:WE REALLY DEBATED ON IT, NOW WE LOOK
BACK, IT WAS PROBABLY A VERY STUPID THING TO DO, BUT IRIS JOHNSON AS I SAID, IN
THE PROMOTION, YOU CAN BUY A CARROT DIAMONDS, 1000 DOLLAR RING FOR 400 DOLLARS,
EVERYTHING YOU GET, YOU CAN GET REEBOKS FOR 20 DOLLARS A PAIR. SHE JUST MADE
Better Business Bureau officials say Iris Johnson has always been a
consistent member of the company that used several different names.
Leonard Morgan was president of the latest venture called Consumer Choice.
Police say white collar crime is difficult to prove, but charges of operating
under false pretenses are pending against individuals involved in the business.
IN Q=I would like for
((CONNIE CLARK:I WOULD LIKE FOR THESE CON ARTISTS TO BE TOTALLY OUT OF
BUSINESS. I THINK THE LAW NEEDS TO PROTECT US BETTER THAN LETTING SOMEONE RE
START UP UNDER A NEW NAME, BUT BE THE SAME THING, TIME AFTER TIME.))
OUT Q=time after time
Consumers Choice financial matters have been turned over to Laurel Ridge
enterprises, a brokerage company in Roanoke.
IN Q=The detective
((FRAN STEVENZ/BBB:THE DETECTIVE DIVISION SHOULD DEFINITELY DO SOMETHING FOR
THE PEOPLE WHO PAID MONEY FOR MERCHANDISE AND DID NOT RECEIVE IT.))
OUT Q=receive it.
IN Q=And when
(WHEN MORGAN HUNG THE OUT OF BUSINESS SIGN ON THE DOORS ON CONSUMER CHOICE AND
SKIPPED TOWN OWING MANY UNSATISFIED CUSTOMERS MONEY AND MERCHANDISE, HE EVEN
LEFT HIS SECRETARY, OWING HER TWO WEEKS PAY.))
Roanoke City Police are advising individuals who have accounts with Consumer
Choice to contact their detective department.
Jim Gilmore and Virginia's Explore Park may benefit each other, one with
support, the other with votes.
Gilmore toured the living history park in Roanoke County.
He said he enjoys the state's historic attractions, and believes Explore is
the type of attraction that would have his support, if he's elected Governor.
IN Q=I can tell you
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I CAN TELL YOU THAT I THINK WE WANT TO
HAVE INCREASED TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES AND WE'RE CERTAINLY GOING TO WANT TO PUT
INCREASED DOLLARS IN MAKING SURE WE ATTRACT PEOPLE TO VIRGINIA AND THIS LOOKS
TO ME LIKE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.))
OUT Q=to make a contribution.
Gilmore also tested his shooting skills at "On Target," an indoor range in
He announced the formation of a new campaign group, "Sportsmen for
Taking aim at gun control laws, he promised to fight anyone who would strip
away the rights of the state's sportsmen.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Food stamps will be the meal ticket for two of Virginia's six statewide
They say they'll take part in the "Walk a Mile" program whether they're
elected or not.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=We can't understand
SUPER=01-Judy Mason/Virginia Council Against Poverty; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Candidate for Atty. Gen.; :45
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( SOT 17:33:14
((JUDY MASON/VA. COUNCIL AGAINST POVERTY: WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION
THAT ANOTHER PERSON IS IN UNLESS WE'VE WALKED A MILE IN THEIR SHOES.))
The Walk-A-Mile program is recruiting candidates in Virginia... some as high
profile as Don Beyer and Mark Earley.
NOT to run for office though.
To live on food stamps and spend a few hours each week for a month with a
Food stamps mean the Beyer family and the Earley family will eat NO
pre-prepared foods ... NOT from restaurants... NOT even from the deli or frozen
food sections at the grocery store.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK MOST OF US DON'T REALIZE WHAT A GREAT STRUGGLE
IT IS TO BE ON FOOD STAMPS. TO TRY TO RAISE A COUPLE OF KIDS WITH VERY LITTLE
MONEY. AND TO BE EATING BEANS AND RICE DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY. AND I CAN'T
PRETEND THAT I KNOW. BUT I'M GONNA FIND OUT.))
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: WE HAVE A FAMILY OF SIX
CHILDREN. SO WE EAT SORT OF SPARTAN ANYWAY. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE
HOW IT COMPARES WITH THAT BUDGET.))
The Walk a Mile program kicks off AFTER the election -- which was an
absolute condition for these guys.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: ESPECIALLY BECAUSE WE TEND TO EAT BREAKFAST AT
MCDONALD'S AND LUNCH AT TACO BELL AND DINNER WHEREVER WE CAN.))
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD
THING FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE TO DO IT.))
Many of them are-- mostly Democrats.
Walk A Mile's also a two-way street: the welfare recipient will spend a few
days in the politician's shoes as well.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
The First Amendment will take center stage when Hustler magazine publisher
Larry Flynt and T-V evangelist Jerry Falwell meet face-to-face in November.
The meeting at the University of Virginia is to discuss their roles in the
court case that made them adversaries.
The 19-96 movie "The People versus Larry Flynt" was largely devoted to the
battle over a Hustler cartoon parody about Falwell.
Falwell claimed libel and sued for 45-million dollars.
He won at trial, but the Supreme Court ruled for Flynt on appeal.
Garth Brooks is this year's king of
4:03:47/ 4:00:00 and 4:05:10(highlights)
Brooks won Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Awards last night.
Trisha Yearwood won top female vocalist.
George Strait took male vocal honors.
Honors for song of the year and best single went to Deana Carter's
Cleanup at Nelson County's U-S Titanium Superfund site is finally done.
In the late 19-70's, acid runoff from the site killed thousands of fish in
the nearby Piney River.
The land was placed on the E-P-A's Superfund list in 19-82 and since then
Cytec Industries, which bought the property, has been cleaning it up.
All the contaminated soil has been removed and a treatment plant is
filtering out pollutants from the groundwater.
IN Q=This facility
((TONY MAREK/CYTEC INDUSTRIES:THIS FACILITY IS PERFORMING ABOVE EXPECTATION AND
IS PRODUCING AN EFFLUENT THAT IS REDUCING THE IRON CONCENTRAITION BY OVER 99-
POINT- 7 PERCENT.))
SUPER=01-Tony Marek/Cytec Industries; :00
OUT Q=99-point-7 percent.
E-P-A officials say the site may soon be taken off the agency's high
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Hurricane Nora has been down- graded to Tropical Storm Nora.
The National Hurricane Center says the storm is over the Gulf of California
now and should hit Arizona and California tomorrow.
Heavy rain could create big flooding problems for the Southwest United
A statewide drought is opening Virginia to the threat of forest fires.
Recent rain has done little to fill the void.
The National Weather Service rates all regions of the state in mild or
moderate drought condition.
State officials say the dry conditions leave Virginia's 15 million acres
highly susceptible to the threat of fires.
Drinking water could also be threatened, reservoirs are below normal,
especially in southeastern Virginia.
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SUPER=332-Clearing Skies/Light W Winds/48-52/Mostly Sunny/& Mild/65-70;
SUPER=333-Clearing &/Cool/45-49/Plenty of/Sunshine/70-74;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Light W Winds/48-52/Mostly/Sunny/65-70;
A quick update-Police now say there was no bomb outside an abortion clinic
in Little Rock, Arkansas-across town from where the President is visiting.
In other new
A new study shows Virginia banks and thrifts are losing home loan business
to credit unions.
The study shows credit unions made 17 percent of home loans in 19-95,
compared with one percent in 19-85.
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The Baltimore Orioles clinched the American League eastern division pennant
last night with a 9 to 3 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/O's vs. Jays; :00
The O's who took over in the 6th. After falling behind 2-to-nothing
Baltimore unloaded for 5 runs in the inning as they clinch the East with the 9
to 3 win.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Reds vs. Cards;
The Reds and Cards are out of the playoff chase, but Mark McGwire is still
chasing Roger Maris.
Last night he hit his 55th homer of the season to tie Junior for the big
league lead. He has four games left.
Cards lost last night 5-to-4.
Yesterday was a tragic day for the Colorado Rockies organization.
Twenty-one- year- old Doug Million, the Rockies first round draft pick in
19-94 died early yesterday morning out in Mesa, Arizona after suffering an
The Sarasota, Florida native pitched for the Salem Avalanche from 19-95
through this past season.
Million was 21.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies officially welcomed James Weaver to campus
yesterday as they introduced him as the school's new athletic director.
Roy Stanley has more.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-James Weaver/New Va. Tech Athletic Director; :28
SUPER=01-Sharon McCloskey/Associate Athletic Director; :53
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
and finally this afternoon,
A kitten in Ohio is recovering after going for an unexpected spin.
This poor cat went head over heals when someone put it in a washing machine
and put it on for a 30 minute spin cycle.
The one- year- old stray sustained a concussion, chest injuries, and
pulmonary contusions, but seems to be recovering well.
That's it for News 7 at Noon, but tune in to News 7 at five and six tonight.
The man who pleaded guilty to arson and two counts of involuntary
manslaughter will come before a judge today.
Frank Helvestine will be sentenced for his part in a racially motivated car
bombing that killed a toddler.