Up next on News 7 at 11...
A central figure in the Whitewater investigation dies in prison.
A man with with explosives takes over a VA office building in Texas.
And the Radford Highlanders are on the road to the final four.
News 7 at 11 is next.
One of the central figures in the federal government's Whitewater investigation is dead.
57 year old James McDougal died in a Texas prison, where he was serving a three year sentence for fraud.
The Justice Department says he suffered from cardiac arrest.
McDougal was President Clinton's partner in the Whitewater land deal.
Richelle McCoy takes a look back.
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((Jim Mcdougal turned out to be President Clinton's chief accuser in the
Whitewater saga. However, he didn't start out in that position. Mcdougal, his
then wife Susan, and the Clintons were once business partners in the
Whitewater land development deal in north Arkansas. When an independent
counsel was assigned to investigate some of their business practices, the
Mcdougals adamantly denied any wrongdoing. They were tried, along with former
Governor Jim Guy Tucker in federal court and were convicted. At that point,
Jim Mcdougal changed his story. He began cooperating with Kenneth Starr's
office. At his sentencing, Starr told the judge that Mcdougal was providing
important and new information for the prosection. And it paid off. Mcdougal
was given a very light sentence. He faced a possible 80 years behind bars.
Instead he received 3 years in prison and a ten thoughsand dollar fine. His
doctors say he was at a high risk for stroke and suffered from manic
depression and other illnesses. In fact, he was in such poor health, doctors
said he was a 56 year old man in a 76 year old's body. However even to the
end, Mcdougal remained a charismatic figure and always ready with a quick
"I'd stay tuned."
Richelle McCoy, In Little Rock, For CBS News))
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McDougal was a key witness for independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who called him a true southern gentlemen, and an honorable man who had his ups and downs.
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((KENNETH STARR/INDEPENDENT COUNSEL; IT'S A SAD DAY, I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER, HE SAID, AFTER HE BEGAN COOPERATING WITH THE U.S., THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO LIE... SOMETHING I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER))
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President Clinton also said he was saddened by the death of his former business partner, and he had good memories of their time together in Arkansas.
Police have surrounded the regional Veterans Admininistration office in Waco, where an armed man is holed up inside, with explosives.
A man claiming to be the gunman called a Waco television station, saying he's a veteran, upset with the VA's bureaucracy.
Police evacuated hundreds of people in a six-block area around the building.
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((SHEA RHODES/RESIDENT; WE GOT DRESSED, WE DIDN'T THINK IT WAS A BIG DEAL, BUT AS WE WERE LEAVING THEY WERE ALL IN OUR FRONT YARD AND THATS WHEN WE STARTED RUNNING AND HURRYING, GETTING OUT OF THERE.))
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A military team and bomb disposal robot is on the scene, but officals won't confirm or deny that the man is armed with military ordinance.
Danville police finally have a suspect in custody for a Pittsylvania County murder that happened five months ago.
Authorities arrested Quentin Lamont Stevens yesterday--charging him with first degree murder.
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Police say he's responsible for the murder of Delvechio Farmer of Keeling.
Farmer was found shot to death inside a trailer on Route 7-16 in Blairs on October 21-st.
Straight ahead tonight--a family member of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's latest patient speaks out.
She says a psychiatrist could have helped the 61-year old Roanoke woman.
Details coming up when the news continues.
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The lawyer for one of the defendent's in the Grayson County murder trial is headed to court tomorrow.
James Turk is defending Louis Ceprano, one of two men accused of the burning and beheading of G.P. Garnett.
Turk is asking for more time to prepare for the case.
As it stands now, Ceperano's trial will begin right after that of Emmett Cressell, the second defendant, who goes on trial March 23rd.
Both men face first-degree murder charges in the case and are accused of killing G.P Johnson after an all-night party last July.
Circuit Judge J. Colin Campbell will hear arguments for the delay tomorrow.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian has to be stopped says the relative of a Roanoke woman who died Friday from a lethal injection, apparently with help from the doctor.
Kevorkian supposeduly helped Patricia Ann Blount Graham end her life and left the 61-year old's body at the Southfield Michigan Hospital.
One of Graham's family members says Graham needed pyschiatric assistance, not a needle.
The woman who earlier today spoke with NEWS-7 asked not to be identified.
State lawmakers voted last year to ban assisted suicide in Virginia.
They wrote into the bill a clause that forces them to vote again this year.
However, Kevorkian would not be subject to Virginia law because the incident did not take place in the Commonwealth.
The state's House of Delegates passed a bill which allows for civil penalties against a physician involved in assisted suicide.
The State Senate will consider passing the measure during the 19-99 General Assembly session.
Almost 263 workers in Salem are without a job, after a warehouse shuts down its operations.
And, a Holdren's deal may be too good to be true.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((The company that brought the likes of the home electrolysis kit and the "Static Duster" into your living room is leaving town.
Telebrands is closing its Salem warehouse, putting 63 full-time employees and nearly 200 part-timers out of work.
Attorney General Mark Earley announced a one-point-seven million dollar judgment this week against Holdren's Incorporated.
The money is supposed to go to customers who bought warranties that were never honored.
But Holdren's is bankrupt, and can afford to pay only 100-thousand dollars of the judgment.
In Radford, Kollmorgen Motion Technologies broke ground on a new customer service center.
The industrial drive and motor maker expects the center to employ about 20-people.
It was a booming first quarter of 19-98 for Roanoke Electric Steel.
The company announced net earnings are up nearly 65-percent over last year.
Think El Nino's a bad thing?
Not if you're a Roanoke landscaper.
Thanks to a mild winter and El Nino-driven rain storms, landscapers have watched their spring business bloom about a month earlier than normal.
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On Wall Street, the markets were up, despite warnings of low profits in the technology sector.
That's this week's News-7 Business Review, I'm Scott Goldberg.))
A country in Africa is in the middle of a religious civil war where apparently Christians who refuse to renounce their religion face death.
A Roanoke County church delegation is on its way to the Sudan in defense of their fellow Christians.
David Johnson has more.
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((There's a North Islamic regime, which began a holy civil war with parts of Southern Sudan in 1984.
The internal conflict continues and has escalated over the past two years.))
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((DAVID FULLER/DELEGATION LEADER; THEIR PURPOSE IS TO CONVERT CHRISTIANS. SO CHRISTIANS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT OR TO BE KILLED.))
[OUT Q=BE KILLED.]
((Eight members of Roanoke County's "CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT" will soon be just 40-miles from the front line of the battle.
They won't be engaging in the fighting but rather videotaping the atrocities, and making them public upon their return-- hoping it will lead to an end of the suffering.))
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((QUIG LAWRENCE/PASTOR; JUST REALIZING THAT WE HAVE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS EVEN IN OUR COMPANION DIOCESE IN THE SUDAN THAT ARE BEING KILLED, TORTURED, WOMEN BEING RAPED, CHILDREN PUT INTO SLAVERY. AND BASICALLY WE'RE DOING NOTHING. I THINK IT'S TIME THE CHURCH STAND THE GAP AND DO SOMETHING.))
((The group's manner is light-hearted because their faith is what is leading them on this journey.))
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((SO WHILE THERE ARE THREATS, I THINK ALL OF US FEEL THAT GOD'S CALLED US TO BE THERE. THAT HIS PROTECTION WILL SURROUND US. I DON'T ANTICIPATE ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL.))
((FRAN DICKERSON; I JUST KNOW THAT GOD IS GOING TO USE ME TO BE ABLE TO BRING BACK THE SPIRITS OF THESE CHILDREN AND THE WOMEN. TO BE ABLE TO BRING IT BACK TO THE ROANOKE CHURCHES NOT JUST TO OUR CHURCH, BUT THE WHOLE VALLEY, ABOUT WHERE THE NEEDS OF THESE PEOPLE ARE.))
((ZAC LINEBERRY; THE DOOR IS THERE, IT'S OPEN FOR US. WE HAVE THE MEANS TO WALK THROUGH IT. IT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE DELEGATION LEAVES FOR THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRY MARCH 10TH. THEY PLAN TO RETURN MARCH 21ST WITH DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE OF THE RELIGIOUS CIVIL WAR AND THE NEED TO PUT AN END TO IT. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
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A broadcast news pioneer bid farewell to prime time news in March of 1981.
When OUR news continues we'll take a look at some of the highlights of Walter Cronkite's career in television.
That's coming up next on News 7.
He signed off the air seventeen years ago this month--handing the anchor chair over to his replacement Dan Rather.
Walter Cronkite no longer brings us the news, but he sure brings back some memories.
Here's David Seidel with this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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[SUPER=04-1974; 1:17 Quick!]
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((WALTER CRONKITE/MARCH 6, 1981; OLD ANCHORMEN, YOU SEE DON'T FADE AWAY, THEY JUST KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE. AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS, FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 1981. I'LL BE AWAY ON ASSIGNMENT. DAN RATHER WILL BE SITTING IN HERE FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS. GOODNIGHT.))
And so ended nearly 19 years of anchoring the evening news.
Walter Cronkite joined C-B-S news in 1950, when television was in its infancy.
In his 31-years as a corredpondent he covered virtually every major news event.
[IN Q=BEHIND ME YOU]
((BEHIND ME YOU SEE THE COURSE OF THE EXPLORER, THE AMERICAN ANSWER TO THE CHALLENEGE OF THE RUSSIAN SPUTNIK.))
((HERE IS A BULLETIN FROM CBS NEWS. IN DALLAS TEXAS THREE SHOTS WERE FIRED AT PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S MOTORCADE IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS. THE FIRST REPORTS SAY THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY WOUNDED BY THIS SHOOTING.))
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((IF THE COMMUNISTS INTENTION WAS TO SEIZE THE CITIES, THEY CAME CLOSER HERE AT HUE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE.))
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((MAN ON THE MOON. OH BOY. WHEW. BOY.))
[OUT Q=OH BOY]
[IN Q=AT FIRST]
((AT FIRST IT WAS CALLED THE WATERGATE CAPER.))
Cronkite continued to work for C-B-S as a special correspondent, but the torch had been passed to a new generation of television journalists.
That's Virginia News-Reel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))
Lane closures are in store for part of Interstate 5-81 in Roanoke County this week and the Route 2-20 project closes part of another intersection for a month.
Here's this week's edition of Road Report.
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((Some lanes will be closed along Interstate 5-81 in Roanoke County this week as V-DOT crews work to complete construction on the Wood Haven Road bridge. All work is scheduled to be completed this spring.
Also, in Roanoke County the intersection of Route 715 - Pine Needle Drive and Route 2-20 is closed this month as crews work to complete construction along Route 2-20.
Elsewhere around the region--in Washington County, part of the road is restricted along the Route 58 bridge over Beaver Dam Creek in Damascus. And, temporary traffic signals will be in place.
In Wise and Russell Counties, a new traffic pattern is set up through the work zone along Route 270-Clinch Street.
The speed limit in this area is also reduced and crews may be directing traffic.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report. I'm Stacey Martin.))
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Radford has a huge speed bump to go over as the Highlanders begin their road to the final four with the Mighty Duke Blue devils.
Butt Steve Mason says; players. coaches and fans have stamped the Highlander match up as just plain heavenly.
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[SUPER=01-Eric Parker/Radford Senior Center; :]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Charles/Radford Sophomore Center; :]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :]
[SUPER=01-Cory Reed/Radford Senior Guard; :]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
When the South region bracket flashed number 1 seed Duke against number 16 seed Radford in a game set for Kentucky's Rupp Arena Friday; the decibel level at the Norwood room in downtown Radford could have been mistaken for a Wildcats game at the legendary Lexington arena.
While this is the first ever meeting with Duke; 8 of 13 Highlanders have ACC experience; playing against Florida State, Virginia and Wake Forest over the last three season. But perhaps no other team or coach in the country commands Radford's respect more than Duke.
The A-C-C has four other teams in the big show. Here's a look at those and a couple of teams that are in the field of 64.
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The Lady Hokies found out last night they will meet Wisconsin in the womens NCAA basketball tournament this saturday in the West region.
Wisconsin is the 6th seed while Tech is 11th. The lady Hokies open the tournament at 6pm in gainesville, Florida. The Atlanitc 10 champion Lady Hokies like the match up; depite not knowing a great deal about Wisconsin.
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[SUPER=01-Michelle Houseright/Va. Tech Forward; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Va. Tech First Year Coach; :13]
And, that's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
The Lady Flames of liberty will play Tennessee the top seed in the Mideast in the First round of the N-C-A-A in Knoxville.
Both teams are undefeated at 28 and 0.
Virginia a sixth seed will travel to Arizona and take on S-M-U.
And Old dominion the top seed in the East will play St. Francis at the Scope.
And coming up, Michael Bradley wins on the P-G-A tour, North Carolina is the A-C-C tournament champion.
And the Roanoke Express wins in a shootout tonight at the Roundhouse.
The Roanoke Express was at home again last night this time hosting the Chiefs of Johnstown.
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The first place Express skating on the ice in the Roundhouse before the start of the game.
Roanoke would get on the board first. Mike Peron breaks free on the side of the net and scores the goal and the Express took a one to nothing lead in the first period.
The Express defense held the Chiefs in the first period but in the second Ian Smith gets in front of the Roanoke goal and scores to make it 1 to 1 but Roanoke wins it in a shootout 3 to 2.
The Express will get a few days off before hitting the road next Friday night at South Carolina.
North Carolina is the A-C-C tournament champion.
Antawn Jamison scored a game high 22 points as the Tar Heels beat top ranked Duke 83 to 68.
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Mike Krzyzewski talking to the referees during the first half.
Jamison established his game early in the half he scores this jumper to tie the game at 13 to 13.
But the Blue Devils come right back with the outside game Chris Carrawell hits the three but Duke trailed by 4 at the half.
Five minutes into the second half the Blue Devils would cut the lead to one when Roshown McCleod hits the three to make it 51 to 50.
Jamison led the Tar Heels on a 6 to [SUPER=33-North Carolina#4/83/Duke#1/68/;]2 run opening the lead to as many as
five and the Tar Heels hold on for the 83 to 68 win.
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[OUT Q=.......ncaa tournament."]
Radford and the Virginia Tech women are set for the first round of the N-C-A-A. More later on Mornin'.
Kentucky won the S-E-C tournament championship today. The Wildcats are the second seed in the South.
Now, lets take a look at all of today's scores.
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Green Bay Packer great Ray Nitschke is dead at the age of 61.
Nitschke, one of the finest linebackers to ever play the game, died today at his home in Naples, Florida from a heat attack.
Nitschke, known for his special brand of Smash Mouth Football, played for the great Packer teams that won numerous N-F-L championships and two Super bowls. The Hall of Famer played for Green bay from 1958 to 1972.
Michael Bradley finally made it back to the Winners circle on the P-G-A tour.
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Bradley need a par at 18 to win the event. And he hit this 8 footer for the win. Bradley shot a final round 1 under par 71 to finish at 10 under for a one shot win over John Huston and Billy Mayfair.
Tiger Woods shot a 73 to finish at 5 under par.
It could be a sign of what's to come at the Oscars.
Last night the movie Titanic took top honors at the Directors Guild of America Awards.
James Cameron, the movie's director beat out the makers of "LA Confidential", "Amistad", "As Good As It Gets," and "Good Will Hunting".
Cameron said winning the DGA honor was one of his proudest moments yet.
And, the win leaves Titanic as the favorite to walk away with the Academy Award for "best picture".
Only four of the DGA winners ended up losers on Oscar night.
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