Next on News 7-
The President is making federal disaster aid available after tornados strike
Testing is complete- so was it deadly anthrax that two men were trying to
test in Nevada?
Plus the latest on tuition changes at Virginia Tech-
News 7 is next.
President Clinton is promising
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federal aid to tornado victims in Florida.
38 people are dead and at least 13 are still missing after overnight storms.
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The Anthrax scare appears to be over in Nevada.
William Leavitt Junior and Larry Wayne Harris have been cleared of all
biological weapon charges.
And Virginia Tech is looking to improve student health next year. But will
students pay the price when it comes time to pay the bills?
We'll have those stories and more on News 7 at Eleven.
Rescuers are using bloodhounds to search for 13 people still missing after
tornados in Florida.
38 people are dead and hundreds of others are injured-
The twisters smashed through hundreds of homes in the Orlando area- but
missed Walt Disney Wrold and other theme parks in that region.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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((Near orlando florida, the search for the dead is nearing an end, now the big
We heard the windows starting to crack amd then we just dove in the
hallway...and everything blew on top of us.
It was florida's deadliest swarm of tornados ever, more deadly than hurricane
andrew in 1992.
The twisters cut a swath through six counties.
The killer weather tore apart homes, commercial buildings.
With winds up to 210 miles per hour, trees were uprooted, vehicles tossed
around like toys.
REP. BILL MCCULLUM, R-FLORIDA:
IT'S LIKE A MINI-ANDREW, IN SOME WAYS IT'S ACTUALLY WORSE BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE
THROWN AROUND THIS TIME, NATSND OF RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY CALLED FLAMINGO
LAKES, HOUSES QUITE DESTROYED NEXT TO HOUSES SEEMINGLY UNTOUCHED.
The El Nino fueled storms struck at the height of the tourist season here.
But the six to ten twisters missed the theme parks at Disney World, Sea World
and Universal Studios. Most people were asleep when the tornadoes rumbled
BOONIE SHERBANOWSKI/TORONTO CANADA:
WE LOOKED OUTSIDE AND IT WAS LIKE A MASSIVE FUNNEL., BUT IT DIDN'T TAPER OFF.
WE RAN AND HID IN THE BROOM CLOSET AND HELD ON FOR DEAR LIFE."
Throughout the day police canine units searched for victims.
Other rescue teams searched for bodies in nearby streams and rivers.
The storms were unforgiving and unbiased in their devastation.
One of the victim's included an 18 month old baby swept from his father's
PRESIDENT CLINTON TO VISIT WEDNESDAY MORNING. DREW LEVINSON CBS NEWS OSCEOLA
President Clinton says he's willing to test a plan between the United Nations
U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan and Iraqi officials came to an agreement-
It allows U-N weapons inspectors unlimited access to suspected weapons
((ALL AMERICANS SHOULD HAVE A POSITIVE REACTION TO THE FACT WE FINALLY AHVE A
COMMITMENT TO OPEN THESE SITES AND LET INSPECTORS FINISH THEIR JOB. ))
OUT Q=finish their job.
The President is warning there will be serious consequences if Iraq doesn't
live up to its promise.
For the time being U-S troops will stay in the Persian Gulf.
One Tennessee Senator says he wants to get the details of the U-N
agreement before determining what to do about the situation.
Fred Thompson says he doubts the U-S can ensure the Iraqi leader's latest
promise is worth any more than his promises of the past.
IN Q=IS THIS JUST
IS THIS JUST A WAY TO BUY A FEW MONTHS, BRING US TO THE TABLE, MAKE A FEW
PROMISES, THEN BREAK IT AGAIN? ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO PERMANENTLY HAVE ALL
THOSE TROOPS AND BOATS AND PLANES DOWN THERE?
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Thompson was in Roanoke tonight helping Congressman Bob Goodlatte kick off
his re-election campaign.
Turns out it wasn't deadly anthrax after all.
Two men arrested in Las Vegas Last week have been cleared on all biological
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William Leavitt Junior and Larry Wayne Harris were accused of possessing a
biological material for use as a weapon.
But testing showed the material was a harmless anthrax vaccine for animals.
Leavitt, who had no criminal record, is now free.
But Harris remains jailed on a new charge.
It's alleged he violated his probation for a 1995 conviction-
He was then convicted of illegally ordering bubonic plague bacteria by mail.
In-state students who go to Virginia Tech won't have to dig too much deeper
in their pockets.
The school's board of visitors today approved the tuition and fee policy for
Tuition for in-state undergraduate students will remain at 35-hundred
But out of state undergraduate students will have to pay roughly 300-dollars
ALL full-time students, however, will notice an increase in the mandatory
IN Q=Our fees
((LARRY HINCKER/VIRGINIA TECH SPOKESMAN:OUR FEES ARE THE LOWEST IN THE STATE,
THIS YEAR, WE ARE RAISING FEES, BY A LITTLE OVER 100- DOLLARS PER YEAR, BUT
STILL, WHEN YOU FACTOR THAT IN WITH OUT TUITION, WE'RE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE PACK, WE'RE ABOUT EIGHT IN THE STATE, IN THE COMBINED PACKAGE OF MANDATORY
FEES AND TUITION. ))
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OUT Q=and tuition.
The increase will be used to help pay for the new 21-point six million
dollar Student Health and Fitness Center.
The board also approved the creation of M-S and P-H-D degrees in computer
Virginia Tech's vet school has gained some new bragging rights.
Last week-- students and faculty deliver a cloned calf on behalf of a
Scottish based bio-technology company.
The 98-pound holstein is named Mr. Jefferson in honor of the nation's third
president. It was delivered by caesarean last Monday.
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((DR. DEE WHITTIER/VET SCHOOL ASSOCIATE PROF.: HE WAS BORN APPROXIMATELY 10-
THIRTY AND HE WAS VERY VIGOROUS RIGHT AWAY, HE WAS ACTUALLY STANDING UP WITHIN
ABOUT A HALF HOUR OF BEING DELIVERED. ))
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OUT Q=being delivered.
The calf was cloned by P-P-L Therapeutics, Incorporated-- the same company
responsible for "Dolly" the cloned sheep.
IN Q=He was
((WILL EYESTONE/PPL THERAPEUTICS, INC.: HE WAS MADE USING THE SAME, VERY
SIMILAR TECHNOLOGY THAT WAS USED TO MAKE DOLLY THE SHEEP AND POLLY THE SHEEP
WITH CERTAIN ADAPTATIONS THAT WE HAD TO INTRODUCE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE FACT THAT
MR. JEFFERSON IS A BOVINE AND THE OTHER TWO WERE OVINE. ))
OUT Q=were ovine.
P-P-L is a Scottish based company.
It hopes cloning will help lead to new and improved medicines.
This is not the first cloned calf-- another one was born about six months
ago in Wisconsin.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
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Franklin County could get a hefty water bill from Rocky Mount. We'll have
the details when we return,
and then we'll see how the General Assembly could be making waves for jet ski
The road ahead could be choppy for jet-skiers, if the General Assembly
approves rules that single them out.
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State delegates say any jet-skier creating a nuisance should be punished
with a class one misdemeanor and possible jail time.
The bill does NOT apply to all boaters, only to users of personal water
IN Q=What I've seen in the PWC community
((MARK WILKINSON/JET SKIER: WHAT I'VE SEEN IN THE PWC COMMUNITY IS PROBABLY A
MORE FAVORABLE REACTION TO POTENTIAL REGULATION THAN THE TRADITIONAL BOATING
COMMUNITY AND THAT I FELT THAT'S LARGELY DUE TO PWC-ERS AT TIMES FEEL
THREATENED AND BY ACTING LIKE A GOOD CITIZEN THEY MIGHT EARN THEMSELVES SOME
CREDIT AND SHOW EVERYONE THEY'RE LEGITIMATE RECREATION.))
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OUT Q=legitimate recreation
But the Smith Mountain Lake Association says jet-skiers need more rules
The General Assembly might also require training before anyone can rent
IN Q=So many are unskilled
((JIM SPITZ/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE ASSOCIATION: SO MANY ARE UNSKILLED IN THEIR
OPERATION. FOR EXAMPLE, THOSE LITTLE GUYS ARE CAPABLE OF DOING 50 MILES PER
HOUR VERY QUICKLY. AND TO THE UNSKILLED OPERATOR, IF THERE'S A PROBLEM OUT
THERE THE FIRST THING THEY DO IS CUT THE THROTTLE. THEY GO DEAD IN THE
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Jet skis were involved in more than a third of the accidents on the lake
Rocky Mount says it will provide water and sewer service to Route 40-East
in Franklin County -- but the deal comes with some demanding terms.
If Franklin County wants sewer lines along the route, it must build and
pay for them.
Then, Rocky Mount would take over those lines, keep all the revenue, and
annex the land -- in exchange for providing the water.
But if those sewer lines attract developers, the payoff could be big for
IN Q=It would not only
((POSEY DILLON/TOWN COUNCIL: IT WOULD INCREASE NOT ONLY THEIR TAX BASE BUT ALSO
JOBS FOR THEIR CITIZENS IN THE COUNTY AND THEN THE COUNTY ALSO HAS SOME
PROPERTIES LIKE ROCKY MOUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WHICH ARE PRESENTLY IN NEED OF
SOME WATER BECAUSE OF WATER PROBLEMS THAT ARE THERE.))
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OUT Q=that are there
Dillon says sewer lines would cost the county just under a million
dollars to build.
Rocky Mount also wants the county to fork over an extra 400-thousand
dollars for the county's share of the Wal-mart sewer lines.
Franklin County says it will respond by the end of the week.
How will new technological advances impact the commonwealth's schools?
Virginia Tech hopes a teacher's conference will shed some light.
Intern Reporter Matt Feret has the story.
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((Educators say continual advances in technology will make primary and
secondary classrooms more interactive.
IN Q=They're seeing
((JOY COLBERT/COORDINATOR: THEY'RE SEEING THINGS LIKE VIRTUAL JAMESTOWN
PROGRAM, WHICH WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO GO ONLINE WITH A COMPUTER, AND ACTUALLY
TOUR JAMESTOWN AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WHEN THE SETTLERS FIRST LANDED.))
OUT Q= first landed.
In the very near future, your kids might not have to get on a yellow
school bus to take a field trip-- they can just hop online and go virtually
anywhere. And once they're on, they can take a trip to an art museum,
archeological dig, or even peer into the depths of space.
Keynote speaker Robert Anderson of the Mars Pathfinder Mission says THAT kind
of interaction is already taking place.
IN Q=We have
((DR. ROBERT ANDERSON/JPL: WE HAVE EIGHT MORE MISSIONS GOING TO MARS IN THE
NEXT EIGHT YEARS, AND THERE'S A BIG EMPHASIS NOW IS TO MAKE THE CHILDREN
INVOLVED IN THE MISSIONS AS WE GO ALONG SO USING THIS IN THE CLASSROOM TEACHING
AND SHOWING IT IT'S NOT JUST SOMETHING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF A SCREEN, BUT THAT
ITS REAL ACTIVE, INTERACTIVE.))
OUT Q= real active, interactive.
The Virginia Tech conference showcases cutting- edge technology that closes
the gap between researchers and classroom teachers.
IN Q= We're able
((JANET JOHNSON/COLLEGE DEAN: WE'RE ABLE TO BEAM THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES
THAT ARE TAKING PLACE IN THE LABORATORY DIRECTLY INTO THE CLASSROOM RATHER THAN
WAITING THE FEW YEARS IT NORMALLY TAKES FOR A DISCOVERY TO FIRST GET INTO
SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS, THEN TO TEXTBOOKS THEN FINALLY ACTUALLY PRESENTED IN THE
OUT Q=the classroom
By making sure teachers are aware of such advances, Tech officials promise
the flow of information to Virginia's schools will be out of this world. Matt
Feret, news 7.))
Stay with us,
up next Joe Dashiell begins his look at the revival of Bluegrass music in part
one of his series Bluegrass Spotlight.
Bluegrass may never approach the popularity of mainstream country music,
but its audience is growing.
Take Bluegrass Full Page
Joe Dashiell reports, that news strikes a chord with musicians who've made
bluegrass their business.
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(( OPENS WITH NAT SOUND OF BILL MONROE
Once shunned as the hillbilly cousin of country and western music, the
"high lonesome sound" that Bill Monroe pioneered is now drawing a crowd.
SOT SAMMY SHELOR 11:43:05
IN Q=Well, its fan base is growing...
((SAMMY SHELOR/LONESOME RIVER BAND: WELL ITS FAN BASE IS GROWING. IT JUST SEEMS
LIKE COMMERCIAL MUSIC HAS GOTTEN TO A POINT WHERE PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING FOR AN
OUT Q=searching for an alternative.
Census studies and market research support Sammy Shelor's suspicion.
NAT SOUND OF SAMMY SHELOR PLAYING BANJO
Bluegrass is on a roll, even as sales of country and other forms of music
are relatively flat.
The crossover success of groups such as Allison Krauss and Union station has
And despite the recent death of Monroe, many bluegrass pioneers are still
touring, while a new generation of musicians reaches a new audience.
NAT SOUND OF CHRIS JONES PLAYING
Chris Jones is a Nashville musician whose latest release, No One But You, is
on Roanoke-based Rebel Records. Jones says he's just trying to put an original
slant on bluegrass, the way he says all good bands have done before him.
SOT CHRIS JONES INTERVIEW 04:49:01
IN Q=I love to hear the first generation music
((CHRIS JONES/CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS: I LOVE TO HEAR THE FIRST
GENERATION MUSIC. I'M A RALPH STANLEY FANATIC AND I LOVE TO HEAR THAT MUSIC,
BUT IT JUST FOLLOWS THAT WE CAN'T ALL IMITATE THAT, AND IT WOULDN'T BE RIGHT IF
OUT Q=wouldn't be right if we did.
Ten years ago, Jones says bluegrass was a dirty word in Nashville... if it
wasn't country it wasn't commercial.
NAT SOUND OF JONES PLAYING
Today, he and other artists are proving the bluegrass IS greener.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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And finally from the Express front, the Northeast divisional leaders also
have the player of the week in the league.
Chris Lipsett had five goals and 2 assists last week. You can catch him
tonight at the Roundhouse as Roanoke hosts Johnstown in the Aerosmith makeup
Remember it's pack the car night. Put as many folks in your car as you can
and the whole group gets in for just $18 bucks.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference crowned its tournament champion last
But not a new one, Hampden Sydney
College notched back to back titles.
And as Denise Allen reports this one went down to the wire.
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SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/Hampden Sydney Head Coach;
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IN Q=Nat of band
Shot player introductions
The band was playing for Hampden Sydney, as the Tigers prepared to take the
court, Randolph Macon was looking to make this game sting.
And the Yellow Jackets would get on board first Sean McAloon to Brian
Pirttima for the short baseline 'j.'
But Sydney retalliated quickly David Hobbs gets the ball underneath and sees
Chris Fox all alone, Fox gets the three. And the Tigers lead.
They were looking to increase that margin when Chris Gerlufsen intercepts
the pass and goes all the way for the bucket.
The game was tight so the Tigers try the back door Brent Rusnak with the
perfect hallyoop to Jack Jirak for two and Hampden Sydney takes a 30-26 lead to
the lockerroom at the half.
The Yellow Jackets came out a different team. And when Josh Soper finds Matt
Meehan underneath it's 40-39 Randolph Macon.
From this point on the lead would see-saw back and forth.
Clutch three point shooting by T.J. Grimes would keep Sydney in the game
And in the Tigers last possession Tournament MVP Jeremy Harris is in the
right spot to put in the rebound and give Hampden Sydney the 52-51 win.
The Yellow Jackets had seven seconds to pull out the win, but the Tigers had
fouls to give and Randolph Macon's last second shot failed.
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: NOW HAMPDEN SYDNEY GOES TO THE NCAA DIVISION THREE
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.
RANDOLPH MACON COULD STILL GET A BIRTH.
THE YELLOW JACKETS WILL FIND OUT SUNDAY WHEN THE PAIRINGS ARE ANNOUNCED.
IN SALEM, DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
The Washington Redskins beefed up their porous defensive front today by
signing free agent Dana Stubblefield to a 6 year $36 million dollar deal.
IN Q="It's a thrill
((DANA STUBBLEFIELD/SIGNS WITH REDSKINS:))
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OUT Q=...FAMILY NOW."
Stubblefield was the NFL's player of the year last season recording 15 sacks
for the 49ers.
He says former Redskin Charles Mann helped him make the decision.
IN Q="When I...
OUT Q=...a great guy."
Still to come tonight Steve Mason talks with Curtis Staples
as prepares for his final home game at Virginia.
wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Stubblefield's signing means the Redskins have absolutely no desire to sign
Sean Gilbert, their designated franchise player who held out all of last season
in a contract dispute despite being offered $4 million a season.
The Virginia Tech women's team which finished up the regular season with a 17
& 9 record continues its quest for postseason play
later tonight as the Hokies host Fordham in an opening round game in the
Atlantic 10 tournament.
The game tips off at seven and tickets are just 4 dollars for adults and 2
bucks for kids 17 and under.
High school basketball regional action opens tomorrow night all over the
The News 7 sports team will covering the action from Danville to Buena Vista
and right here in the Roanoke Valley Valley.
We'll have the highlights of five of tomorrow night quarterfinal games right
here on News 7 at 11.
The Virginia Cavaliers play their final home finale tomorrow night at U-Hall
It will be the final home game for Roanoke native Curtis Staples.
Steve Mason has more in a two part look at the UVa senior.
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((The year; 1995 and a freshman was upsetting Roy Williams and his mighty
kansas Jayhawks in the Midwest Region semifinals. Curtis stapled his name into
the NCAA basketball fabric with 18 points in leading UVa to the final eight.
Staples stayed and, this season, has suffered through an eight game losing
streak; the longest skid in 14 years for the Cavaliers.
Staples needs 6 treys to break the NCAA record for three pointers in a
career. He has at least three games left in a Virginia uniform to reach the 410
Curtis; along with fellow senior Norman Nolan have also displayed an
incredible knack for keeping their teammates positive despite a 3 and 11 ACC
Tomorrow, Curtis talks openly about his support for Jeff Jones. Steve Mason ,
news 7 sports.))
Actor Drew Carey celebrated like a king last night.
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But that's okay because Carey was in New Orleans presiding over a Mardi Gras
parade as King Bacchus.
Bacchus was the Greek god of wine and last night Carey sat on the throne once
graced by Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason.
It's the 30th year for the parade and organizers say it only gets bigger and
better each year.