Coming up on News 7-
Friends and family speak out on the cruelty of capital punishment after last night's execution.
A bus full of high school students crashes in Tennessee.
Plus he won't be Tech's starting quarterback- We'll tell you what position Nick Sorenson will play.
News 7 is next.[Newsbreak]
Is Bedford County growing too fast?
Tonight residents speak out.
9-1-1 tapes are released from the Jonesboro school shooting-
Plus a sheriff deputy says one suspect is crying in jail asking for his mother- the other wants to see scriptual readings.
What's the quality of water in Smith Mountain Lake?
We'll have results of a test.
Plus Nick Sorenson won't be starting quarterback for Virginia Tech- In fact this OFF-ensive guy is going to the defense. We'll have a report.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
The 9-1-1 tapes are released of the chilling moments at an Arkansas school yard-
Bob McNamara has the latest.
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[OUT Q=standard outcue.]
((THERE'S A STUDENT SHOT AT WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL.
DISPATCHER: BEEN WHAT?
THEY'VE BEEN SHOT AT WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL.
DISPATCHER: DO YOU KNOW IF THERE'S ONLY ONE SHOT?
CALLER: NO, THERE'S BEEN SEVERAL...THERE'S BEEN
LOTS OF BLOOD LOST.
There were more calls as help raced to the scene.
DISPATCH/CALLER: we've got all the ambulances.
CALLER: AND SHOTS FIRED...
DISPATCHER: THEY'RE STILL BEING FIRED? WHERE ARE THEY COMING
CALLER: LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE COMING FROM THE WOODS.
WE NEED SOMEONE HERE PRONTO.
Today police displayed the van the boys apparently loaded with
weapons and drove to the school.
And Andrew Golden's grandfather had no apologies for teaching his grandson to
DOUGLAS GOLDEN: I DON'T HAVE ANY SECOND DOUBTS ABOUT TEACHING HIM TO
SHOOT, OR ANY OTHER KID.
He said his grandson told in that he pulled the school's fire alarm that put students in harms way.
BILL SADLER/ARKANSAS STATE POLICE: THERE IS NO THIRD SUSPECT. THERE IS
NO ONE OFF IN THE WOODS AS ONE LITTLE GIRL ASKED THE QUESTION.
BOB MCNAMARA: PROSECUTORS WERE EXPLORING POSSIBLE FEDERAL WEAPONS CHARGES AGAINST THE TWO YOUNG ACCUSED KILLERS. IT'S BECAUSE OF A PUBLIC OUTCRY OVER ARKANSAS LAW THAT PROTECTS THEM FROM BEING TRIED AS ADULTS...AND COULD SEE THEM RELEASED WHEN THEY TURN 18.
Eleven year old Andrew Golden and 13 year old Mitchell Johnson continue
being held in a juvenile lock-up.
And today came a reminder of just how young the suspects are...
DALE HAAS/CRAIGHEAD COUNTY SHERIFF: ONE ASKED ME SOME SCRIPTURAL THOUGHTS
AND THE OTHER ONE WHO WAS REAL EMOTIONAL WAS CRYING. HE WANTS HIS MAMMA AND HE WANTS TO GO HOME.
Bob McNamara, CBS News.))
A five-year old boy's been expelled from nursery school- after bringing a gun to school for the second time.
A teacher at the Child Care Center in Cleveland found the loaded nine-millimeter gun-
It was hidden in the boy's clothing.
((HE'S JUST FASCINATED OVER GUNS. I THINK THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH THIS CHLD. HE SAID I'M NOT MAD AT ANYONE.))
[SUPER=01-Ruth Dolman/Child Care Director;]
[OUT Q=mad at anyone."]
The boy told police he took the gun from a store owned by his guardians' brother.
Now, police are investigating whether the gun's owner or guardian
committed any crime.
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Can homosexuals be good role models for young children?
The Boy Scouts do not think so -- and prohibit homosexuals, aetheists and agnostics from joining their ranks.
They say traditional family values and a belief in God are essential.
[IN Q=When you don't]
((TODD HUMMEL/SCOUTMASTER: WHEN YOU DON'T TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE VALUES AND WHEN YOU DON'T TEACH EM WHAT'S RIGHT AND WHEN THEY WATCH A LOT OF JUNK TV AND SECULAR EDUCATION THAT HAS NO VALUES AND DOESN'T WANT GOD IN THE PUBLIC SYSTEM THEY SIT IN CAMOUFLAGED UNIFORMS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOLS AND SHOOT KIDS AND TEACHERS.))
[OUT Q=kids and teachers]
Some boys will miss out on the teamwork, leadership and life skills that are part of the Scouts program.
But a former Cub Scout says the organization will also lose.
[IN Q=The fact that]
((THE FACT THAT I'M CHRISTIAN AND I'M GAY IS NOT SOMETHING I FIND IN CONFLICT. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXCEPTIONAL MORAL CHARACTER AND THEY ALSO HAPPEN TO BE A GAY MAN OR A LESBIAN WOMAN.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/Gay Community Advocate;]
[OUT Q=a lesbian woman]
A New Jersey judge recently forced the Boy Scouts to accept a homosexual leader, but California courts ruled the Boy Scouts are a private group and can make their own rules.
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They accept the fact of his execution.
But in its wake, family members and friends of Danville killer Ronald Watkins say Virginia's Department of Corrections has some "senselessly cruel" policies.
Bill Geimer heads up the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee.
Geimer told reporters this morning he was shocked when the mother of Watkins' son was denied visitation yesterday because she arrived 45 minutes late.
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((BILL GEIMER/W&L LAW PROFESSOR: MY GRIEF IS TEMPERED BY ANGER.))
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[OUT Q=by anger.]
Geimer says he and Watkins' legal team learned the Governor had been denied clemency through media reports.
[IN Q=In fact]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IN FACT, MY STAFF WAS--SHOULD HAVE SPOKEN TO MR. GEIMER. AND I READ HIS PETITION PERSONALLY. I READ IT SENSITIVELY.))
[OUT Q=it sensitively.]
Watkins robbed and stabbed to death 29-year old William McCauley in 19-88.
A Grayson County murder suspect will remain free on bond.
37-year old Emmett Cressell, Junior was back in court this morning after someone apparently spotted him talking to a prosecution witness.
Cressell was released on bond last week after agreeing to testify against co-defendant, Louis Ceparano.
The two are accused of burning and beheading a man, last summer.
The judge warned Cressell to stay away from the commonwealth's witnesses or he would risk losing his parent's property-- which was used to post bond.
The judge also ordered Cressell to stay away from a convenience store frequented by the victim's father.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
The I-R-S is offering a helping hand as the dreaded April 15th deadline approaches.
What's in the water at Smith Mountain Lake?
We'll have the findings of some local scientists when News 7 at 11 continues.
President Clinton made history today-
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by visiting South Africa-
He is the first American president still in office to do so.
The President spoke to parliament- praising South Africans- for making a peaceful transition from apartheid to a free society.
A bus full of high school students crashed with a tractor trailer in Tennessee-
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killing a teacher and student and injuring 20 others.
The bus was carrying High School pupils home from an academic
Police say the bus had missed its exit on Interstate 40-
The driver was trying to reach a turn-around area in the median when it was struck by the truck.
Henry County Sheriff's Deputies are on the lookout for two suspects who they say stole a car with a small child inside.
It happened yesterday outside the Meadowgreen Mini Market on Route 220.
The mother left her one-year old in the car with the engine running while she went into the convenience store.
That's when the suspects took the car for a joyride, with the child inside.
The child was found unharmed in the abandoned car about ten minutes later.
Some of the most vocal opponents of a plan to build a new, high-voltage power line live in Montgomery County.
Today they had their day in court.
It was the second of five scheduled public hearings.
Power line opponents once again testified that the line threatens public health, the environment and the economy.
American Electric Power said every independent study that's been conducted has found a need for the massive project.
[IN Q=and again]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: AND AGAIN THIS WEEK IN THE WEST VIRGINIA SIDE OF THIS CASE, EXPERTS SAID THERE'S A NEED, AND THAT INCLUDES THE VIRGINIA SIDE OF THIS PROJECT))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power;]
[OUT Q=side of this project]
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One woman said she already had to move her home when a new highway was built in Montgomery County.
She said she doesn't want to go through that again.
[IN Q=this is more]
((JOHANNA JONES/POWER LINE OPPONENT: THIS IS MORE DIFFICULT TO TAKE BECAUSE EVERYTHING I'VE SEEN INDICATES THAT THIS POWER LINE IS NOT NECESSARY))
[SUPER=01-Johanna Jones/Power Line Opponent;]
[OUT Q=not necessary]
The next public hearing is April 14th in Bland County.
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Bedford County officials hope a new zoning ordinance will help them handle rapid residential and commercial growth while at the same time preserve the county's rural beauty.
Residents there got their first look at the new plan tonight.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
[IN Q=Even the name]
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[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; :15]
[SUPER=01-David Tickner/Community Development; :47]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]
(( Even the name is unpleasant.. since 1989, Bedford County has been using LUGS.. or Land Use Guidance System.. to make all of its zoning decisions.
But the lengthy and sometimes confusing process made LUGS unpopular with both residents and developers.
[IN Q=Most people felt]
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: MOST PEOPLE FELT LIKE THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THEY REALLY COULD AND COULDN'T DO WITH THEIR PROPERTY. AND OBVIOUSLY DEVELOPERS AND REAL ESTATE PEOPLE SAID IT'S HARD TO MARKET PROPERTY WHEN YOU'RE NOT SURE YOU CAN HAVE A BUSINESS ON IT OR NOT UNTIL YOU GO THROUGH THE LUGS PROCESS.))
[OUT Q=the LUGS process.]
((HOW ARE YOU?.. ))
After 18 months of work, the county has come up with a more traditional zoning system, which it is unveiling to the public over the next few weeks.
Most of Bedford's 765 square miles will remain agricultural.. with residential and commercial growth designated for the areas where it already exists.
[IN Q=If you look]
((DAVID TICKNER/COMMUNITY PLANNING: IF YOU LOOK AT THE MAP, THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT THAT'S STILL GOING TO BE RURAL OR AGRICULTURAL PRESERVE, SO WE'RE TRYING TO FOCUS GROWTH IN CERTAIN AREAS.))
[OUT Q=in certain areas.]
[IN Q=Since zoning]
((Since zoning is an issue that affects virtually every resident, officials hope for strong turnout at the next five public information sessions. From there, county planners will take the comments, make adjustments and present the zoning ordinance to the Board of Supervisors, which hopes to have it in place by July. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]))[Lake-Water]
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Normal is the word scientists are using to describe the water quality in Smith Mountain Lake.
Ferrum College scientists and volunteers collected and studied samples from the lake to test its contents and properties.
Their reports says, as in past years, the water quality is good.
The report did note that water quality near the dam is better than water found at the farthest points from the dam.
Officials from the Smith Mountain Lake Association and Ferrum College say they will continue to monitor the lake.
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If you are having problems with your federal taxes, someone from the I-R-S can help.
With Congress looking into ways to make the I-R-S more public-friendly, the agency is taking steps on its own.
Problem Solving Day is the current response to recent complaints about poor customer service.
Taxpayers have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with an I-R-S representative.
[IN Q=One of the]
((ROGER BURGESS/IRS DISTRICT DIRECTOR- WHAT WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO DO IS SWITCH GEARS A LITTLE BIT AN LOOK AT THE TAXPAYERS, OUR CUSTOMER SITUATION FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE. WE WILL DEVOTE WHATEVER RESOURCES ARE NECESSARY TO HELP OUR CITIZENS FULFILL THEIR ANNUAL FILING REQUIREMENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Roger Burgess/IRS District Director]
[OUT Q=FILING REQUIREMENTS]
If you missed today's help session, the I-R-S also encourages the public to stop by chapter offices in Roanoke, Lynchburg and Danville.
Still to come,
Some Southside teachers will soon be taking home a fatter paycheck.
And piles of clothes are ready to go to those in need, but a transportation glitch is holding up the process.
Teachers in two Southside school districts could be getting pay raises in the upcoming school year.
The Danville School Board is set to vote next week on a proposed 45-million dollar budget for the 1998-99 school year.
It includes a four-percent pay increase for all school employees.
And there's an adendum to the budget which would provide money to convert two more schools to a year-round program.
[IN Q=To get a couple more]
((DR. ANDY OVERSTREET/SUPERINTENDENT: TO GET A COUPLE MORE SCHOOLS ON LINE WITH THAT WOULD COST ABOUT 1/2 MILLION OPERATIONALLY AND THEN WE'D ALSO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE AIR CONDITIONING ISSUE IN THOSE SCHOOLS AS WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Overstreet/Danville Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=those schools as well.]
The Pittsylvania County School Board adopted a 50-million dollar operating budget earlier this week.
It too includes a four-percent pay raise for teachers.
Virginia's Department of Education is applauding the state's public schools.
This is the seventh year of the Outcome
Accountability Project, which measures students' academic performance and their preparation for college or jobs.
The most recent report shows improvement in 16 of a possible 35 categories.
Scores went down in eight categories, and eleven were unchanged.
State Board of Education Kirk Schroeder says overall,
the report shows Virginia schools are on a firm foundation.
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Plenty of clothes, but no truck. That's the dillemma facing a group in Craig County that's offering help to tornado victims.
For more than ten years, volunteers in Craig County have operated the Clothesline, distributing good used clothing free of charge.
But now the volunteers are closing shop, and they're looking for another non-profit that can use their inventory.
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[IN Q=It's a lot of good]
((JUANITA MURRAY/CLOTHING EXCHANGE VOLUNTEER: IT'S A LOT OF GOOD CLOTHES HERE AND WE JUST HATE TO SEE THEM GO TO THE DUMP, OR SOMEWHERE ELSE. WHEN WE KNEW THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN THE TORNADOS. WE JUST WANTED TO HELP THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Juanita Murray/Clothing Exchange Volunteer;]
[OUT Q=wanted to help them.]
Volunteers have offered the clothing to other community groups, but so far they have found no takers, who will send a truck to New Castle to pick up the donation.
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Hoopla from the NIT and Pat Summitt and the Hornets.
Plus, the cup cars are set to invade Bristol, and Roy Stanley talks with the transplanted Nick Sorensen at Tech.
But first tonight's Extra Point
takes us to the Patriot Center at George Mason Univeristy in Fairfax where the WCW entertianed a big crowd from the nation's capital.
The main event turned into a free for all with the NWO and WCW both loosing their cool.
Goldberg would stay unbeaten with his 61st win taking it with the jack knife slam off the suplex.
But here's the move of the night. Watch Kidman off the ring apron right onto pyschosis.
Now the scores.
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[go to break]
The NIT crowned its champion last night at Madison Square Garden as Minnesota beat Penn State 79-to-72.
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The Nittany Lions were hoping to make this all Big Ten affair their game.
But the Golden Gophers Kevin Clark was the real deal last night swooping in on the finger roll for 2 of his 28 points.
Pete Lisicky would attempt to keep the Lions close with this three pointer in the second half.
But Sam Jacobsen scored 21 as Minnesota wins it 79-to-72.
Georgia crushed Fresno State in the consolation game winning it 95-to-79.
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And the real tournament resumes this Saturday night at 5:30 right here on Your Hometown Station as Stanford and Kentucky hook up in the first national semi-final of the night.
Then around 8 o'clock you can check out the Tarheels and Utah Utes in the nightcap.
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The women's national semi-finals are set for tonight in Kansas City as Louisiana Tech takes on N.C. State and Arkansas meets two-time defending national champ, Tennessee.
Vols head coach Pat Summitt says the women are playing for respect as well as the title.
[IN Q=I think]
((PAT SUMMITT/TENNESSEE HEAD COACH:))
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[OUT Q=...our game."]
The Charlotte Hornets continued their torrid pace of late as they won their 15th game in their last 16 tries by stopping the MIlwaukee Bucks 94 to 80.
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Glen Rice and the Hornets were back in the hive last night after a successful road swing.
And watch them get it done in transition. David Wesley leads the 3 on 2, goes behind his back and finds Bobby Phills for the layin.
Former Memphis State star Eliot Perry would keep the Bucks right in this one with the coast to coast drive for Milwaukee.
But Vlade Divac scores on the baseline and the Hornets roll to the 94-to-80 win over the Bucks.
Practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol begins this morning at 11 for Winston Cup drivers.
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Kyle Petty made a pit stop in Wytheville Wednesday night to speak to a men's rally before heading down 81 to Bristol.
His 11th place at Daytona has been his best finish so far this season. Bettering that mark in the Bull ring is high on the list.
((KYLE PETTY/HOT WHEELS PONTIAC DRIVER:))
[SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/Hot Wheels Pontiac Driver; :00]
[OUT Q=....turn things around for us"]
[wipe to eng!!!!!!!!!!!]
New construction at the track has upped the seating capacity to more than 130 thousand.
The half mile oval is now completely bowled in from top to bottom, and additional luxury suites also have been added in time for Sunday's race.
In fact construction crews will be working right up until Sunday morning. Steve Mason and the News 7 sports team will be at the track today.
Former Virginia Tech Pitcher Brad Clontz has been placed on waivers by the Atlanta Braves.
The right-hander went 1 and 1 with a 3 point 27 E-R-A in 11 innings this spring not enough to earn one of two vacancies in the bullpen.
Clontz was 5 and 1 with one save last season.
Still to come this evening here on the Big 7, Roy Stanley checks in from Tech's spring football workouts
where the team's Gator Bowl offensive MVP is now adjusting to life on the defensive side of the ball.
After he won Gator Bowl MVP honors for the Hokies, many Tech fans were clamoring for Nick Sorensen to be the team's starting quarterback this coming season.
But Roy Stanley says that isn't going to happen as long as Nick takes a defensive posture.
[IN Q="Sorensen came...]
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[SUPER=01-Nick Sorensen/Tech Free Safety; :19]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :47]
[OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."]
((Sorensen came to Tech as a quarterback and when Al Clark went down in the Gator Bowl he got his shot to play the position.
But this spring, Sorensen is competing for a starting position in the Hokie secondary as a safety.))
((NICK SORENSEN/VIRGINIA TECH SAFETY: ))
((Sorensen played defensive back in high school. But its a different position at the college level.
Head coach Frank Beamer says Sorensen's athletic ability makes him a prime candidate for the position.))
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((If Sorensen doesn't make it as a free safety he could wind up at a linebacker position.
But his days at quarterback are over.))
((Sorensen will get a lot of looks because the secondary positions are a major focus in spring practice.
Roy Stanley news sports.))
And football is coming back to CBS this Fall. Today we received from the network the schedule for the first two two preseason game of the season. On Saturday August 15th at 8, you can catch the Seahawks and 49ers
Then on Thursday August 27th the Cowboys return to WDBJ-7 to take on Jacksonville.
It's the first of a season's worth of NFL games back here on Your Hometown Station.
They weren't monkeying around in Japan as wedding bells pealed for an unusual couple.
This 35-year old entertainer took a bride yesterday.
The trained monkeys, Jiro and Kaname took their vows.
Jiro's suit cost the equivalent of 180-thousand dollars.
Instead of rings, they exchanged bananas.
Jiro was quick to consume his banana, but there's no word on whether that will lead the two to divorce court.