Next on News 7-
A water surge flips several Whitewater rafts- Tonight a dramatic rescue.
This is what a tornado did to one town just over the North CArolina border-
And a race where snakes rattle to the finish line.
Plus Robin says get out your golf clubs. Warmer temperatures are on the way.
News 7 is next.[Newsbreak]
Helicopters are making dramatic rescues from a River Gorge in Oregon-
where a sudden surge flipped several Whitewater rafts.
Two people are dead, 17 and others are still missing.
Choppers have plucked 13 people from the rocks- are will continue searching.
A closeup look at damage from Friday's tornado just South of Martinsville- in Stoneville, North Carolina.
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Plus you've heard of road races, but how about rattlesnake races-
We'll show you one in Texas.
And Robin with the forecast
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[Rafters]
A dramatic rescue for Whitewater rafters.
This is the scene on the Illinois River in Oregon.
Surging water roared through a narrow gorge, killing at least two rafters-
Helicopters lowered wires into the gorge to pull ten survivors from the rocks.
Several rafters were forced to cling to a mossy 18-hundred foot wall overnight- before crews could reach them.
When the search began authorities at first thought as many as 30 people could be missing-
But now they say all the rafters are accounted for.
The surge was caused by heavy rain and snow melt that doubled the water volume on the river.
President Clinton is in Uganda tonight- the second stop on his African tour.
Earlier today- it was chaos as an anxious crowd lunged forward to meet the President.
Scott Pelley was thre.
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[OUT Q=Accra, Ghanna."]
((The president reached out to Africa and thousands of hands lunged back.
when mr clinton met the crowd of half a million people it was
pandemonium. Two women fell under the crush, the president shouted
frantically to push the crowd back.
The women were not seriously hurt...but Mr Clinton was shaken. In his
speech, he had offered hope of peace and prosperity it seemed many
believed he would take them there if they could just hold on.
The frenzy in Ghana is the beginning of the first tour of africa by an
american president. It is happening now because of the continent's
acceleration toward democracy and free markets.
CLINTON: WE NEED PARTNERS TO DEEPEN THE MEANING OF DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, IN
AFRICA AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. WE NEED PARTNERS TO BUILD PROSPERITY. WE NEED PARTNERS TO LIVE IN PEACE.
You can see the progress that prompted Mr. Clinton's trip in the smallest
Ghanian village. The people of Abonya just voted in free elections. Now,
they're figuring out how to sell their crops.
The lesson of Aboyna, repeated across the country, is why thousands led
their tribal chiefs to the capital for the speech today. not even the heat
could drive them away from the american message. In the end, it was the
largest crowd the president had ever faced and even he was unprepared for how a deprived continent would react to the promise of progress. Scott Pelley, CBS News with the president in Accra, Ghana.))
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It's just days now since tornados tore up towns along the Virginia-North Carolina border.
People are trying to sift through the destruction the twisters left behind.
One of the hardest-hit communities is Stoneville, North Carolina.. just south of Martinsville.
Christy Hubley takes us there.
[IN Q=I thought we lifted]
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[SUPER=01-Vickie Martin/Witness; :16]
[SUPER=01-Pam Craddock/Tornado Victim;1:22]
[OUT Q=Stoneville, North Carolina.]
[IN Q=I thought we lifted up]
((I THOUGHT WE LIFTED UP INTO THE AIR, INTO THE EYE OF THE TORNADO.))
[OUT Q=of the tornado.]
Jessica Martin was at home with her mom when the tornado touched down.
They were standing on the porch when they saw the funnel cloud through the trees.
[IN Q=I showed her and I said]
((VICKIE MARTIN/SAW THE TORNADO: I SHOWED HER AND I SAID THAT'S THE TORNADO AND SHOWED HERE THE SWIRLING CLOUDS AND EVERYTHING THEN SIRENS WNET OFF AND I SAID TIME TO GET IN THE TUB.))
[OUT Q=get in the tub.]
When Mom and daughter emerged from their hiding place, this is what they found.
Houses with no roofs.
Cars with no windows.
This tornado even killed two people in its path.
[IN Q=When the tornado blew through]
((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEWS 7: WHEN THE TORNADO BLEW THROUGH HERE FRIDAY AFTERNOON, DOWNTOWN STONEVILLE WAS A BUSY PLACE. CARS LINED THE STREETS JUST AS THEY DO NOW. PEOPLE WERE IN THE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT NOW, YOU'D THINK IT WAS THE FILM SET TO THE MOVIE TWISTER.))
[OUT Q=the movie Twister.]
Just below the water tower that welcomes you to town, is all that's left of a laudrymat.
This used to be an antique store.
And this a mechanic's garage.
James Sandifer was working on a car here when he saw the tornado.
[IN Q=It just looked ]
((JAMES SANDIFER/SAW THE TORNADO: IT JUST LOOKED LIKE LITTLE GHOSTS WERE DANCING IN THE SKY JUST LOOSE STRONGS OF CLOUDS OR STUFF WAS JUST TURNING AROUND IN CIRCLES.))
[OUT Q=around in circles.]
People are just now being allowed to go back to their homes to gather their belongings.
Power crews are working to restore electricity.
And it's neighbor helping neighbor to get life back to normal.
[IN Q=There's a widow lady that lives]
((PAM CRADDOCK/TORNADO VICTIM: THERE'S A WIDOW LADY THAT LIVES AT THE END OF THE STREET AND WE WENT TO HER HOUSE AND PACKED UP ALL OF HER PICTURES AND BIBLES AND WE FOUND HER CAT THAT SHE HAD BEEN WORRIED ABOUT SO IT'S IN MY BACK BEDROOM NOW.(LAUGH)))
[OUT Q=back bedroom now. (laugh)]
A simple act of kindness in wake of nature's cruelty.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Stoneville, North Carolina.))
Preliminary damage figures for Stoneville and the surrounding Rockingham County are estimated at seven-million dollars.
In Pittsylvania County, damages have exceeded 895-thousand dollars. [Monty-Murder]
An autopsy pinpointed the cause of death for a Montgomery County man found dead in Catawba, yesterday morning.
An assistant state medical examiner says 36-year old Michael Gregory Durham died from multiple gunshots to the chest and abdomen.
But officials were unable to determine how long he'd been dead.
A passerby discovered the body shortly before noon along Mossy Spring Road.
Sheriff's investigators are NOT sure if Durham died at the scene-- or if his body was dumped there.
[IN Q=It could]
((NEAL TURNER/MONTGOMERY CO. CHIEF DEPUTY: IT COULD'VE BEEN AND THAT'S UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME, IF THAT OCCURRED, OR EXACTLY WHAT HAS OCCURRED AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DETERMINE RIGHT NOW. ))
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[OUT Q=right now.]
Investigators are following several leads but so far no one's been arrested.
Durham was originally from Maryland but had been living in Montgomery County working odd jobs.
Still to come on News 7 at 11, at least one judge says the Boy Scouts can keep homosexuals and atheists out of its ranks,
and we'll be there as the City of Roanoke welcomes its first minority police chief.
Joe Gaskins' first day on the job was also a first for the city of Roanoke.
Joe Dashiell reports on today's swearing in ceremony... and reaction to the arrival of Roanoke's new Police Chief.
[IN Q=With his family]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief; :27]
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President; :45 ]
[OUT Q=lot of ways as a city.]
((With his family in the front row, and a courtroom packed with police and local officials, Joe Gaskins assumed the leadership of the Roanoke Police Department.
[IN Q=According to the best of my ability]
[OUT Q=congratulations chief.]
Gaskins stressed his commitment to community policing, and his desire to build strong partnerships between the police department and the city's residents.
[IN Q=I simply want to get]
((I SIMPLY WANT TO GET TO KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON HERE, AND BUILD ON THE SUCCESSES, SEE WHAT KIND OF POLICING THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND BUILD ON THAT.))
[OUT Q=build on that.]
The local president of the NAACP says Gaskins' appointment is historic, and Martin Jeffrey says it also represents an opportunity.
[IN Q=This provides]
((THIS PROVIDES OR SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THE CITY AND ITS ABILITY TO BE INCLUSIVE AND ITS WILLINGNESS TO BE INCLUSIVE. AND I THINK THAT IF WE ALLOW IT, THIS COULD HELP US TURN THE CORNER IN A LOT OF WAYS AS A CITY.))
[OUT Q=a lot of ways as a city.]
Whether or not that happens, Gaskins says he's proud to be joining this department and this community, and he says he's ready to get to work.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))[Weddle]
A Lexington doctor is being investigated by the state Board of Medicine for unprofessional conduct- -including having sex with patients.
Doctor William Weddle categorically denied the charges today.
He said "I have practiced medicine for 25 years and never have I engaged in any improper sexual conduct with a patient."
Weddle was cited by the state Board of Medicine for having sex with TWO patients... relationships that allegedly overlapped and lasted more than a decade in one case.
Among the allegations... that he had sex with a woman in an examining room at COMMUNITY Hospital's Emergency Room.[
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A Supreme Court decison today NOT to re-instate a ban on partial birth abortions in Ohio should NOT have any impact here in Virginia.
State senator Steve Newman says the bill he helped craft avoids the unconstitutional language found in the Ohio statute.
[IN Q=We believe that]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: WE BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL WILL BE A FIRST IMPRESSION TO THE COURT, THEY'VE NEVER SEEN A LAW LIKE THIS IN THE FOURTH CIRCUIT BEFORE. THE OHIO BILL WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON OUR BILL WHATSOEVER, BECAUSE IT'S SO FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT, AND I'M HOPING IT WILL COME OUT UNSCATHED.))
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[OUT Q=come out unscathed.]
Newman's bill enjoyed bi-partisan support and sailed through this past session of the General Assembly.
Governor Jim Gilmore is expected to sign the measure into law.
The Boy Scouts in California can exclude Gays, agnostics and atheists.
In a pair of decisions, the State Supreme court ruled the Boy Scouts are not a business- and therefore are not covered by California civil rights laws.
That means- like a private club- the scouts can set their own membership policies.
One ruling upheld a decision to reject an assistant scoutmaster after he disclosed he was gay.
The other ruling involved twin brothers who were barred after they refused to declare a belief in God.
Hunger knaws at hundreds of people in southwest Virginia.
That's according to
Second Harvest, which released its national report on hunger.
The regional portion of the study found nearly 60 percent of those who seek help from the Food Bank do not have high school diplomas.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says it's further proof that education is the key to being self- sufficient.
[IN Q=The percentage]
((THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING FOOD FROM FOOD BANKS THAT DO NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IS A HIGHER PERCENTAGE IN THIS AREA THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.))
[OUT Q= NATIONAL AVERAGE.]
Second Harvest officials found the majority of recipients have jobs, but are struggling to make ends meet.
[IN Q= Poverty and]
[SUPER=01-Christine Vladimiroff/Second Harvest President; :]
((POVERTY AND HUNGER IN SMALL TOWNS AND RURAL AREAS IS MORE HIDDEN. MANY OF THE HUNGRY LIVE CLOSER THAN MANY IN MIDDLE AMERICAN FAMILIES MIGHT REALIZE.))
[OUT Q= might realize.]
Kraft Foods donated 37 thousand 500 dollars to the food bank for fresh produce.
Lynchburg is breathing new life into a piece of the city's history.
And in Texas, they're rattling the racing circuit.
We'll have more on this unusual sport coming up on News 7 at 11.
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Some Bedford County residents say it's unfair that their real estate taxes have been constantly increased over the past couple of years as the locality battles operating budget needs.
With the threat of Governor Gilmore's car tax plan becoming a reality, some are suggesting county supervisors diversify the tax base.
[IN Q=WE NEED TO]
((DONNIE WRAY/BEDFORD CO. RESIDENT; WE NEED TO SPREAD THIS TAX BASE AROUND. I'M ASKING YOU TO GIVE THE CITIZENS OF BEDFORD THEIR TIME TO SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST A GROSS RECEIPTS TAX. BECAUSE IF YOU CAN'T FIND WAYS TO SPREAD THE TAX BASE AROUND, THE CITIZENS OF BEDFORD COUNTY CAN.))
((DALE WHEELER/BEDFORD COUNTY SUPERVISOR; ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK WE COULD ADOPT IN THE COUNTY IS A CONSUMER UTILITY TAX DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN BUSINESS AND RESIDENTIAL.))
[SUPER=01-Donnie Wray/Bedford Co. Resident; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dale Wheeler/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :15]
[OUT Q=AND RESIDENTIAL]
Wheeler pointed out the consumer utility tax would generate about 405-thousand dollars in additional revenue, the same amount the county is considering cutting from its school system's latest budget.
The administartion has yet to study how much revenue a gross receipts tax would generate.
A group that hopes to renovate Lynchburg's Academy of Music theater is ready to kick off a twelve-million dollar fundraising campaign.
The 85-year old building has been empty for decades, but efforts to refurbish it are already underway.
Organizers say they're prepared to raise the first ten million dollars.. and they're asking city council for two million more to complete the project.
[IN Q=There's no doubt]
((KENT VAN ALLEN/ACADEMY OF MUSIC: THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT PEOPLE IN LYNCHBURG ARE VERY INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT. I THINK OUR GOAL, THOUGH, IS TO BE SURE BEFORE WE START OUR GENERAL FUNDRAISING PROJECT THAT WE ARE WELL ORGANIZED AND WE HAVE A GOOD PROJECT THAT'S WELL THOUGHT OUT, SO THIS TIME AS WE GO AHEAD IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Van Allen/Academy of Music; :00]
[OUT Q=will be successful.]
The group says renovating the Academy will revitalize that entire portion of Lynchburg's Main Street.
[IN Q=And it would]
((KATHERINE GRAY/ACADEMY OF MUSIC: AND IT WOULD BE AN AREA THAT WAS POPULATED ALL THE TIME, VERY BUSY AND VERY ACTIVE, SO WE SEE LOTS OF WONDERFUL THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN HERE AT THE TOP OF MAIN STREET AND HOPE THAT IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Katherine Gray/Academy of Music; :00]
[OUT Q=will happen again.]
The Academy also wants city council to donate a nearby parking lot for construction of a restaurant and small civic center.
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Ronald Curry is ready to kick up his heels, the UVA coaching search gets more and more interesting, the Express has lost one of its top players, and of course Monday night WCW highlights are coming up.
But first in tonight's Extra Point, broadcasting pioneer Ray Scott, the voice of the Green Bay Packers and CBS back
in the 50's and 60's died tonight at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ray Scott was 78 years old.
Now the scores.
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[OUT Q=......last score."]
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The road to the final four for the women got a little less crowded last night as the reginal championships are sending the final four on their way to Kansas City.
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In the East regionals, N.C. State won its way into the final four for the first time ever.
The Wolfpack trailed by ten points at the second half, but came back to beat their second favorite in U-Conn.
State beat number one seed Old Dominion 55-to-54 on Saturday.
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Also last night Louisiana Tech has beaten Purdue 72-to-65 to win the Midwest regional and earn a spot in the final four.
Unbeaten Tennessee beat UNC
76-to-70 in that regional final in Nashville.
The University of Virginia's coaching search continues to center around to some of the top black coaches in America.
Sunday, George Washington coach Mike Jarvis interviewed for the position
and now News 7 sports has learned that Terry Holland has received permission from the University of Dayton to interview former Radford boss Oliver Purnell.
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Also, UVa officials have received permission to talk with Melvin Watkins, the head coach at UNC Charlotte about the vacancy. He has guided the 49ers into the NCAA tourney two straight seasons.
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And how about this man Dave Odom?
Well, the Daily Progress in Charlottesville conducted a poll and the majority of those responding favored the return of Odom to replace Jones.
The Wake coach was of course an assistant under Holland.
Interstingly enough, the survey had Ricky Stokes as second choice.[S-Curry]
After months of keeping UVa fans at bay with his indecision, Virginia high school phenom Ronald Curry is suddenly in a hurry to officially pick his college.
The National football and basketball player of the year says he will announce his official college choice later this afternoon at 2:30 at the Norfolk Scope.
[SUPER=03-Hampton/1998 AAA Tourney; :00]
Curry committed to UVa way back last Fall, but has since had second thoughts. Yesterday morning he said he planned to make his announcement after Wednesday night's McDonald's all-star game at the Scope.
Speculation is that he will sign with North Carolina and play basketball exclusively.
In fact today's edition of the Virginian Pilot in Tidewater quotes unnamed soucres as saying Curry will sign with North Carolina.
Curry would only say last night he has made up his mind. [S-Cantu]
The Express can wrap up the franchise's first ever divisional championship tomorrow night with a win over Richmond.
But Steve Mason found out today during the team's morning practice that nothing is ever easy.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :12(QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Duane Harmer/Express Captain; :51]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lipsett/30 Goals, 29 Assists; 1:26]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
((Monday afternoon; Express forward Kris Cantu's name slate was gone; his locker had been cleaned out, and his bags were packed. The left winger was not at practice this morning and his disappearance has even his coach wondering.
Express sources say Cantu left the team sometime after he and Anzalone had a falling out during a pre game skate Saturday. He roommate; Chris Lippset; would not comment. This was their answering machine message today.
The team's third leading scoffer's production has dropped since his return from a recent call up. Anzalone and his players are trying to correct the situation and bring the Express rookie of the year back. Whether he will return to the team or not is unknown at this time.
The Express is 6-0 and 1 against Richmond this season; a team that was knocked out of playoff contention last night. Steve Mason news 7 sports."))
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Still to come tonight we'll check out some lacrosse action from the fields of Roanoke College,
plus we'll head into the ring for the regular Monday night doze of wrestling as Sting puts his world title belt on the line against DDP.
The Roanoke Women's lacrosse team reached amilestone today as Ali Oglesby became the school's all-time leading scorer. Unfortunately for her, it was not enough to beat defending national champion Middlebury
Middlebury fans traveled with the team all the way from Vermont for their spring break trip.
Pick it up in the first where Middlebury's Lina Chickering finds Heidi Howard who flicks this dribbler in putting them up at 4-0.
The Panthers kept on pressing here as Katherine Rodormer charges in a scores on the pass from Wendy Hession.
The Lady Maroons answered. Junior Lindsay Wernert takes care of business herself and muscles through the crowd [SUP
putting Roanoke on the board 8-1.
But, the Panthers win it 17 to 9 giving Roanoke a record of 4-2 on the season.
And finally tonight, the Monday night ritual a check in on the big matches from this evening's WCW event.
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To Louisville, Kentucky where go where the U.S. Heavyweight champ Diamond Dallas Page is getting the best of the World champion, Sting.
But as DDP goes for the Diamond Cutter, Sting resists and the world champion reverses the move and gets the pin to hang on to his world title belt.
And the new kid on the block, the powerful Goldberg, would remain unbeaten in his career as he wins his 60th straight match with ease over the Renegade.
Just want tot make sure everyone understands that is not out own Scott Goldburg.
Snakes may rattle most people,
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but some Texans are making athletes out of these deadly reptiles.
Hundreds of South Texans flocked to the World Championship Rattlesnake Races.
Participants suited up in their shin guards and prodded their rattlers toward the finish line.
The annual event draws its origins from Irish history.
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[IN Q=as legend]
((STEPHEN KLATT/SAN PATRICIO RESTORATION SOCIETY: AS LEGEND AND HISTORY TELLS US, SAINT PATRICK, IS CREDITED WITH DRIVING THE SNAKES OUT OF IRELAND.))
[OUT Q=OUT OF IRELAND]
And in this Texas town named for Saint Patrick, residents are keeping up the tradition, racing snakes native to thei(------------)