A search tonight at the Roanoke River-
after a call came in that someone may have jumped off the Wasena Bridge.
Police and firefighters have been out at the river- We'll have more tonight at eleven.
A huge moonshine bust in Franklin County-
Look what agents found- more than 4-thousand gallons of illegal whiskey.
Authorities now say the shooting at an Arkansas school was well planned.
Two students dressed in camoflauge allegedly shot at students and teachers during a fire drill.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[River-Search]
Roanoke police and E-M-S crews came up empty handed tonight after a call that someone jumped from the Wasena bridge into the Roanoke River.
Authorities say a "reasonably reliable" witness claims he spoke with an unidentified man who talked of jumping off the bridge.
Police say the witness said he was about ten feet from the man when he saw him jump over the rail and heard a splash.
Authorities are checking possible leads.
E-M-S officials say the search was called off tonight because the current in the river was too strong.
The search will resume in the morning.
The death toll has risen in today's Middle School shooting.
One of the teachers who was wounded- died tonight.
That's in addition to four girls who died earlier- and another eleven who are wounded.
Tonight authorities say the shootings were well planned-
Dave Fehling has more from Arkansas.
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((At the Westside middle school in Jonesboro, Arkansas, children...parents and counselors gathered to comfort each other and to ask... why.
How could two boys wait in the woods behind their school, and open fire on
classmates with rifles and guns?
IT'S LIKE A NIGHTMARE, I'LL NEVER WAKE UP.
It was the third shooting rampage at a school in five months.
the shooting began after students filed out of the building during a false
At least four students and a teacher were killed.
BRADLEY CLARK/STUDENT: WE HEARD SHOTS. WE THOUGHT IT WAS THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.
The suspects ages 11 and 13 who police say apparently prepared for the attack
by wearing camoflauge, and by taking positions behind the school where the 6th and 7th graders congregated.
There are reports a third student apparently pulled the fire alarm, setting up the ambush.
IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THIS HAPPENING HERE.
Police say as many as 27 shots were fired.
Youngsters ran screaming back inside the school.
Others lay bleeding and crying for help, until emergency workers could arrive.
Jonesboro is a city of about 46 thousand people. And as the school's flag was lowered to half staff and flowers arrived for the
victims, many people became angry as the tragedy set in.
MOS SOT: IT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN A TOWN LIKE THIS.
DAVE FEHLING/CBS NEWS:
POLICE QUICKLY FOUND AND ARRESTED THE SUSPECTS.
THEY'LL BE BROUGHT BEFORE A JUVENILE DETENTION JUDGE WEDNESDAY AM.
DAVE FEHLING, CBS NEWS JONESBORO ARKANSAS.))
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April in Virginia brings a test for Governor Jim Gilmore.
The Governor says he WILL recognize the month for its Civil War significance-- but he's working on the right wording.
Former Governor George Allen's "Confederate History and Heritage Month" ignited a debate last year that Gilmore's eager to avoid.
Ellen Qualls spoke with the Governor.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'RE WORDING IT NOW TO BE A SUITABLE AND APPROPRIATE PROCLAMATION. BUT IT'S DESIGNED TO TAKE EVERYONE INTO ACCOUNT. AND I'VE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT ANY PROCLAMATION THAT'S ISSUED THIS YEAR IS GOING TO INCLUDE IN THE CONCERNS OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY, THEIR HISTORY AS WELL, AND MATTERS THAT THEY THINK ARE IMPORTANT AS WELL AS OTHER ASPECTS.))
George Allen's proclamation called on all Virginians to reflect on the "honorable sacrifices" of Confederate leaders in their struggle for the "cause of liberty."
Previous Governor Doug Wilder proclaimed "Final Chapter of the Civil War Days" in a far different tone-- recognizing the bloody divisiveness of the era.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans who annually request the proclamation are cautiously pleased.
((COLLIN PULLEY/SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS: THERE WERE SOME CONCERNS. WE HAD VERY LITTLE CONTACT WITH GOVERNOR GILMORE BEFORE THE ELECTION. BUT WE WERE HOPING HE'D SEE THINGS OUR WAY, AND WHAT WE CONSIDER TO BE THE RIGHT WAY IN HONORING OUT CONFEDERATE HERITAGE.))
((COLLIN PULLEY/SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS: I CAN'T SEE WHERE HE WOULD COME SOMEWHERE WAY OFF THE WALL THAT WOULD OFFEND US TO HONOR CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK IT WILL BE INCLUSIVE AND SUITABLE FOR ALL VIRGINIANS.))
The N-double-ACP and Southern Christian Leadership Conference blasted Governor Allen last year for his proclamation-- calling it borderline racist.
A subsequent public opinion poll showed 54- percent of black Virginians approved of Allen's proclamation-- though they were not read the wording.
The ball's now in Jim Gilmore's court.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))[Moonshine]
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A river of moonshine ran through Franklin County this afternoon.
Alcoholic Beverage Control agents discovered this stash of illegal liquor in a garage near the Franklin-Pittsylvania county line.
It all started last night, when agents running surveilance arrested 42-year old Stuart Adkins of Penhook for possession of illegal whiskey and discovered fifteen hundred gallons.
Armed with a search warrant, they found another three thousand gallons in a garage on Adkins' property.
The question now- where's it coming from?
[IN Q=apparently everywhere]
((J. BEHELER/A.B.C.; APPARENTLY EVERYWHERE, THAT WE DON'T KNOW RIGHT NOW, BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE'S QUITE A DEMAND FOR IT AND THE ACTIVITY IS KEEPING US QUITE BUSY.))
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They think the still is nearby, because the whiskey they confiscated last night was still warm.
Agents say this is the biggest illegal liquor bust they can remember-
Forty-five hundred gallons is worth about 90-thousand dollars on the street.
Lynchburg school officials accepted the resignation of Mike Berry, just days after learning he had served jail time for embezzlement.
Just last week Berry was appointed to replace Bo Henson as the head football coach at E-C Glass.
The offer was rescinded two days later when school officials learned of Berry's criminal record.
Berry has been a math teacher at Glass for the last five years, but he has now resigned that position.
School officials would NOT say whether Berry would have been fired, had he not resigned.
Children welcomed the President to Africa today- with an American song.
((WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAIL WITH THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING.))
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The children sang- and then danced to a traditional African beat- Some even persuaded Bill Clinton to join them-
Then the President visited a seamstress who's been helped by a small scale credit program.
((IT PROVES THERE ARE PEOPLE OF INTELLIGIENCE AND ENERGY AND CHARACTER EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD ALL THEY NEED IS A CHANCE.))
[OUT Q=all they need is a chance.]
The President says the re-payment rate for loans to African workers is 98 percent.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
When the news continues,
Bedford sheriff's department honors one of its own after a traffic stop saves a man's life.
And it was duck and cover for some area students today as they prepared for the threat of a tornado.
The State Corporationg Commission started a series of public hearings today.
It is the public's first chance to go on record opposing -- or supporting -- a high-voltage power line in Southwest Virginia.
Scott Goldberg has more from today's hearings in Tazewell County.
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American Electric Power has said without a new power line, the company will not be able to meet growing demands for electricity.
The company will plead its case this summer, at another hearing, in Richmond.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Tazewell County. ))
A high profile rape case in Giles County was brought to a close today.
Last year-- 29-year old Corey Kast was cleared of beating and raping a young woman after prosecutor Garland Spangler missed the speedy trial deadline.
Spangler tried to revive the case by indicting Kast on five new charges related to the incident.
Last month-- all but one of the charges were dismissed.
This morning-- the final robbery charge was also dropped by special prosecutor, Gino Williams, who was appointed to the case.
Williams says the robbery charge simply wasn't strong enough to prosecute.
Kast will remain in prison until he's at least 60-years old on unrelated convictions.
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Tornado recovery continues today in some towns along Virginia's southern border.
At the same time, some counties are preparing for the possibility of future twisters.
Pittsylvania County took part today in a state-wide tornado drill.
All of the schools were put on alert.
When they heard the warning bells, students and teachers filed out of their classrooms and into the hallways.
They crouched into a position that would protect them from flying debris.
The county's emergency management director says the drill is timely in the wake of the recent tornadoes that swept through Southside.
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((JIM DAVIS/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: WE WERE UNFORTUNATE AS TO WHAT HAPPENED BUT AT THE SAME TOKEN WE ALSO ARE FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE DRILLS TO KEEP US PREPARED AND JUST TO BE IN A READY MODE.))
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Davis says he expects to hear soon whether Pittsylvania County can apply for state disaster relief.
The area sustained close to one million dollars in damage from Friday's tornado.
He was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, but James Ransom wasn't drunk.. he was CHOKING to death.
Fortunately for Ransom, Bedford County deputy Irv (Pa-GAHN) Pagan saw him driving erratically and pulled him over.
When Pagan realized Ransom was choking, he performed the Heimlich maneuver on him, dislodging the antacid tablet that had blocked Ransom's airway.
[IN Q=I've been a]
((JAMES RANSOM/CHOKING MOTORIST: I'VE BEEN A CITIZEN OF ROANOKE FOR A LONG TIME AND BEDFORD COUNTY FOR A GOOD WHILE AND I FEEL GLAD AND COMFORTABLE TO KNOW THAT THE POLICE FORCE IS TRAINED FOR THIS STUFF, SO I THINK THAT'S GREAT.))
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[OUT Q=think that's great.]
Pagan was presented today with the Bedford County sheriff's department Lifesaving Ribbon.
He told reporters he was "just doing his job".
A recording contract is music to the ears of two Roanoke natives.
And a Lynchburg teen has the birthday bug.
We'll have more when the news continues.
A Richmond-based quartet which includes two Roanoke musicians may be on its way to the big time after signing a major recording label.
David Johnson reports.
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"AGENTS OF GOOD ROOTS" has performed up and down the east coast for the past three years and just signed with R-C-A.
The band features Andrew Winn and Stewart Myers, two former Patrick Henry high school students.
Winn says signing with a big record company reflects a noticeable difference in music quality.
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((ANDREW WINN/LEAD VOCALS; IT'S REAL POWERFUL, YOU KNOW. OUR PREVIOUS TWO CD'S WE DID OURSELVES. AND WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE LUXURY OF HAVING A BIG STUDIO THAT CAN GET THE SOUNDS THAT YOU WANT. BUT THIS ALBUM IS IN YOUR FACE. IT'S GOOD, IT'S REAL GOOD.))
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The up and coming band has a unique blend of sounds which apparently people have responded positively to, as evidenced by the numerous sell out crowds at venues across the country.
A slow and persistent approach has also helped their success.
[IN Q=THINGS ARE REALLY]
((STEWART MYERS/BASS-VOCALS; THINGS ARE REALLY STARTING TO HAPPEN A LOT FOR US NOW. THE RECORD COMPANY'S REALLY HIGH ON THE RECORD AND THEY'RE GIVING US A LOT OF SUPPORT.))
((YEAH, PEOPLE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BUY OUR ALBUM ALL OVER THE PLACE. BUT TO ME IT'S JUST ANOTHER DAY I'M PLAYING MUSIC, IN A GOOD WAY. I MEAN I LIKE TO PLAY MUSIC.))
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AGENTS OF GOOD ROOTS performed locally before heading out on another road trip.
David Johnson, News 7.))[Forecasts]
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The Express clinches the Northeast division championship tonight, Ronald Curry picks the Tarheels, the Hornets set a raod win mark, and the Panthers hook up with Gilbert.
But first in the Extra Point, Joe Gibbs jumped on a little heavy machinery today north of Charlotte to break ground on what will soon be a new 120 thousand square foot racing facility.
Gibbs got into NASCAR in 1991 and he now emplyees more than 100 people.
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five thousand and 32 fans turned out at the Round House last night to watch the Express capture the Northeast division title.
Steve Mason has more on a sudden death; banner hanging win against Richmond; Roanoke's bitter rival.
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((Itt all came down to this. And who better to score the game winning goal than the one with the higher power on his side. The Religeous Tim Christian ends a sudden death 2-2 dead lock and puts some seriously nervous fans and players to rest.
His goal ignited a celebration that had special meaning to the Express family; one Head Coach Frank Anzalone helped begin 5 years ago.
Dave Gagnon; one of his eldest Express children; was a brick wall and being part of this team accomplisment even meant more than his previous two ECHL MVP awards.
Michael Smith, who has played with Express since the team's inception, set the franchise record for assists on this gift to another Veteran; Dave Stewart.))
Ronald Curry the nation's top high school football and basketball player officially told UVa to take a hike yesterday as he broke his earlier verbal commitment to the Cavs and signed with Carolina.
At an afternoon news conference at the Norfolk Scope, Curry said that he considered the football
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programs at both UVa and UNC equals. He says that he had resigned himself to the fact that he would play little at either school next season with quarterbacks Aaron Brooks and Oscar Davenport each returning for his senior year.
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Curry is in Norfolk preparing to play in tonight's McDonald's all-star game. Last night he put on quite a show in the slam dunk contest at Hampton high school.
Curry officially signed football scholarship papers yesterday. He will play both sports as a freshman at UNC next season. The irony in all of this is that UNC never recruited him as a football player.
The Charlotte Hornets set a new franchise record for consecutive road wins last night as they picked up their seventh straight "W" away from the hive.
The Hornets whipped the Raptors 106 to 89.
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Glen Rice would light up the Canadian sky with his long range bombing as this he takes Vlade Divac's feed and buries the jumper. He had 24.
The Raptors talented rookie Tracy McGrady would continue to show flashes of brilliance as he comes back on the other end and gives Rice a dose of his own medicine.
But Toronto was the only one sick in this game as
Dell Curry swishes a bomb from the left corner. The Hornets roll to the 106-to-89 win. The team now has
____ wins on the season.
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The women's final four is now all set with Tennessee, N.C. State, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas ready to do battle in Kansas City.
And it's easy to tell which teams are just glad to be in the big dance, and which ones are determined to win it.
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Here's the scene in Raleigh today as the N.C. State women, who comprise the cinderella team in the tournament, arrived back home. The Wolkpack is headed to its first ever final four after upsetting ODU and U-Conn.
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Meanwhile, after last night's tough come from behind win in Nashville against UNC, the unbeaten Lady Vols of Tennessee were not celebrating but rather practicing.
hard to tell if it was punishment or business as usual after last night's scare.
Still to come, the Caps wheel and deal on this the NHL trading deadline, and finally Sean Gilbert has found a
home in the NFL. The disenchanted Redskin, who is an ordained minister is headed to the Bible belt.
The Carolina Panthers now have the highest paid defenseman on the roster.
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Sean Gilbert and the Panthers have come to terms to the tune of six years and 40-million dollars.
Carolina now has to work out a compenstation package with the Washington, since Gilbert is still the property of the Redskins.
In the National Hockey League the trading deadline has come and gone.
The Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs have swapped defensemen.
Sylvain Cote is headed to Toronto, while Jeff Brown is on his way to Washington.[S-NHL]
Now To the action on the ice, Philadelphia took a trip to the "Garden State" and they didn't walk away with a victory bouquet.
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New Jersey on the power play, Randy McKay puts the Devils on the board first and scores a hatrick on the night.
The Flyers, Paul Coffey has the best goal that wasn't. Coffey hits the pipe and the puck skates in front of the goal but doesn't go in.
Alexander Diagle up roots the Devils goalie but New Jersey skates away with this one three to two.
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Talk about your Sweet Sixteen birthdays..
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Megan (BOZ-ih-jur) Bosiger turned 16 today and got her driver's license, so of course she needed something to drive.
That problem was solved when Megan's parents surprised her with a new car..
the first of the NEW Volkswagen Beetles to be delivered to central Virginia.
[IN Q=We just thought]
((VIC BOSIGER/FATHER: WE JUST THOUGHT WE'D SURPRISE HER AND MAKE THIS A 16TH BIRTHDAY THAT SHE'D REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE AND I THINK SHE WILL.))
[OUT Q=think she will.]
Lynchburg's Volkswagen dealer says interest in the new Beetle has been tremendous.
He has fifteen cars already on order.. all are promised to customers.
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