Up next on News 7 at 11...
Pastors in Jonesboro Arkansas preach healing in the wake of last week's school shooting.
Careless hikers could be the cause of a fire in Botetourt County...
And things are back to normal after last night's amonia leak at the Salem Civic Center.
News 7 at 11 is next.
At church services in Jonesboro, Arkansas today, pastors spoke about forgiveness.
They also praised the people who are working behind the scenes to help children and families cope with last week's shooting.
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Meanwhile the incident sparked a congressional debate over gun control.
[IN Q=We need to]
((REP. ZOE LOFGREN/(D)CALIFORNIA; WE NEED TO HAVE SOME STRICTER REQUIREMENTS, I THINK, FOR ADULTS TO KEEP THEIR GUNS SAFE AND LOCKED.
REP. BOB BARR/(R)GEORGIA;
IF YOU GO BACK TO THE 1950'S WE HAD NO GUN CONTROL IN THE SENSE THAT WE THINK OF IT NOW-A-DAYS, AND THESE THINGS DIDN'T HAPPEN. YET WE SEEM TO HAVE MORE GUN CONTROL AND MORE OF THESE THINGS SEEM TO BE HAPPENING. GUN CONTROL IS NOT THE ANSWER, CULTURE CONTROL IS.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Barr/(R)Georgia; :09]
[OUT Q=control is.]
Both Barr and Lofgren are members of the House Judiciary Committee.[Cabin-fire]
Hundreds of people attended a Pennsylvania memorial service for the victims of last Sunday's cabin fire.
11 people in their teens or early 20's died from smoke inhalation when their mountain cabin caught fire near Herndon.
Today's ceremony was held at the high school that several victims attended.
The victims names were read while a bell tolled, and well wishers laid flowers on a memorial.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
President Clinton spent the morning worshiping in a black South African township where thousands lost their lives in the battle against apartheid.
[SUPER=03-Soweto, South Africa;]
The president and first lady attended a church service, led by the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
The President told church members to keep trying to mend the scars of racism.
[IN Q=remember what]
((PRESIDENT CLINTON; REMEMBER WHAT ST. PAUL SAID TO THE GALATIANS, LET US NOT GROW WEARY IN DOING GOOD, FOR IN DUE SEASON WE SHALL REAP, IF WE DO NOT LOSE HEART.))
[OUT Q=not lose heart]
Clinton has made little headway with South African leader Nelson Mandela, who has rejected an offer of a new economic partnership, AND pressure from the U.S. that he break off his friendships with Libya, Cuba and Iran.
The warm weather means spring is here and so is the fire season.
Earlier this afternoon four fire companies fought a woods fire in Botetourt County, off Mountain Pass Road.
They suspect it was started by careless hikers.
[IN Q=it's still under]
((TODD GROH/VA. DEPT. OF FORESTRY; IT'S STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, WE HAD SOME POSSIBLE HIKERS UP IN THE AREA, WE'RE STILL LOOKING TO FIND SOME INFORMATION ON WHO THEY ARE, BUT IT'S POSSIBLE THAT JUST A LITTLE CARELESSNESS STARTED THIS FIRE.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Groh/Va. Dept. of Forestry;]
[OUT Q=this fire]
Groh says spring is the worst fire season of the year, even after all the rain we've had.
With no leaves on the trees, the hard rains hit the ground and run off instead of soaking in, and the direct sunlight on the forest floor can dry things out in a hurry.
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The Salem Civic Center still smelled of ammonia today--
this after an ammonia leak led the Salem Fire Department to evacuate around a thousand people last night.
Many of them were attending the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Show.
Promoters of the event offered free admission today to make up for last night's problem.
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[IN Q=We had a]
((EDDIE FORT/PRES. PD & M, INC.: WE HAD A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE TODAY AND WE'RE HAPPY WITH THE TURNOUT, NOT ONLY TODAY BUT THROUGHOUT THE SHOW.))
[SUPER=01-Eddie Fort/Pres. PD & M Inc.]
[OUT Q=throughout the show.]
Meanwhile, the fans were blowing around the center today, in an effort to ventilate the building.
The civic center's Assistant Director, John Saunders, said the leak happened when a valve burst last night.
Straight ahead on News 7--Kathleen Willeys may be in the news now..
but long before her, another of the Willey klan was making news as a man to be dealt with in the General Assembly.
We'll have more when the news continues.
The jury in the murder case of Stacey Hanna--found 19-year old Stephanie Cull guilty of first degree murder yesterday.
Cull was sentenced to 20 years in prison for beating and stabbing 18 year old Lynchburg resident Stacey Hanna, and leaving her for dead.
The killing took place in Chesterfield County and is believed to be part of a lover's quarrel involving two lesbians.
Two women have already been convicted of capital murder -- and a fourth has yet to go on trial for the same charge.
A Christiansburg man accused of robbing a bank in Northwest Roanoke in December has pleaded guilty.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 12, 1997;]
Dedric Lee Wiley was arrested after robbing the Southwest Virginia Savings Bank on Hershberger Road.
He got away with nearly two-thousand dollars in cash.
He was caught a few days later after the F-B-I got a tip that he was at his girlfriend's house trying to clean dye off the money.
Wiley was released from prison just a month before the robbery.[Business-Review]
The proposed power line remains a hot topic of debate.
And, there's a fat-free and tasty new item at your supermarket. But, the warnings may make you think twice.
Scott Goldberg has the answer and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((There was no shortage of opinions at power line hearings this week.
Opponents said American Electric Power is out to destroy the environment and small communities.
Supporters say without a new high-voltage line, there won't be enough electricity to power Southwest Virginia.
The City of Roanoke says it's not getting much revenue from sales taxes.
Despite a strong local economy, the city said consumers are spending more money at out-of-town stores, and less in the Star City.
Engineers at Virginia Tech won a 9-point-6 million dollar grant this week.
The money's funding a five-year research project focusing on optical science technology.
Potato chips with no fat and half the calories of their full-fat counterparts hit the shelves this week.
Proctor and Gamble unveiled Olean, the brand name for a cooking oil made from soybeans.
Is it truly a miracle oil?
Decide for yourself.
Olean products carry labels that warn of possible abdominal cramps and loose stool.
[Dow Jones pre pro]
On Wall Street, both the Dow and the Nasdaq spent time in record territory this week.
But a late-week tumble left both markets at a loss.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Even though Roanoke Mayor David Bowers has not confirmed he will challenge congressman Bob Goodlatte for his sixth district seat, opinions regarding how the mayor would fare are already out.
Some state legislators think Mayor Bowers could do well in a race against the incumbent, others have their doubts.
[IN Q=I THINK HE]
((JOHN EDWARDS/STATE SENATOR; I THINK HE WOULD MAKE A STRONG CANDIDATE. AND HE REPRESENTS, AS MAYOR OF ROANOKE CITY, A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE SIXTH DISTRICT.))
((CHIP WOODRUM/ROANOKE DELEGATE; MAYOR BOWERS WOULD MAKE A VERY CREDIBLE CANDIDATE. HE WOULD HAVE STRONG SUPPORT I THINK IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE. AND I THINK WOULD DO VERY WELL IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. I'M GLAD WE HAVE SOMEBODY OF HIS STATURE INTERESTED IN SEEKING THE NOMINATION AND INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR THE SEAT IN CONGRESS.))
((MORGAN GRIFFITH/SALEM DELEGATE; I THINK BOB WOULD GO BACK WITH 60-70 PERCENT OF THE VOTE, JUST LIKE HE HAS IN THE PAST.))
[OUT Q=IN THE PAST.]
Local democratic leaders announced Friday that the mayor is seriously considering a campaign for the sixth district congressional seat but the mayor has yet to say whether or not he will run.
Bob Goodlatte has served that region since 1992.[Willey-Reel]
The Willey family was making news headlines long before Kathleen Willey's accusations of being sexually harassed by the President.
David Seidel takes a look back in this week's edition of Virginia Newsreel.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Madison Marye/1986; 1:17]
[OUT Q=Seidel, News-7]
((Long before Kathleen Willey shook up national politics, the Willey family was running Virginia politics.
Her father in law, Ed Willey Senior was once called the most powerful man in the Commonwealth.
[IN Q=I told Marshall 00:47]
((SEN. ED WILLEY/1981; I TOLD MARSHALL COLEMAN IF HE GOT TO BE GOVERNOR, I WOULDN'T GO TO THE THIRD FLOOR, HE'D HAVE TO COME SEE ME ON THE FIRST FLOOR.))
[OUT Q=the first floor]
[IN Q=Is there any 10:13]
((IS THERE ANY OTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION? ANY QUESTIONS? ANYBODY GOT ANY ANSWERS?))
[OUT Q=any answers]
Willey represented the city of Richmond in the state Senate for 34 years.
As head of the powerful Senate finance committee, he kept a tight rein on the state budget.
He worked through the terms of nine governors, often at odds with them, but also sitting at their right hand.
In 1982, Willey suffered a heart attack during a meeting of the finance committee.
With the help of a pacemaker, he returned to the capitol for the next General Assmebly session.
A stroke ended his career and his life in July 1986.
[IN Q=it's certainly going]
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/1986; IT'S CERTAINLY GOING TO BE A GREAT CHANGE IN THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA. I THINK HE'S BEEN A GUIDING LIGHT THERE FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. WE'RE GOING TO MISS HIM. WE NEED HOM NOW. ))
[OUT Q=need him now]
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7. ))
Andrew Freiden is coming up in a few minutes with your complete weather forecast.
And, Roy Stanley will have highlights from the race track when the news continues.
More traffic backups are likely along some heavily travelled roads in Roanoke as construction crews finish-up work on some on-going projects.
This week's edition of Road Report will help you avoid the delays.
[IN Q=In Roanoke you]
[OUT Q=I'm Stacey Martin.]
((In Roanoke you can expect delays along Brandon Avenue between Mud lick Road and Keagy road as V-DOT crews resurface that part of the Avenue beginning March 30th.
Flaggers will be in the area directing traffic.
And, V-DOT warns drivers can expect delays of 5 to 10 minutes this week along Merriman Road between Chaparral Drive and Brambleton Avenue.
Crews are making repairs to the drainage system there.
Elsewhere around the region in Botetourt County crews are shutting down Route 6-20 from 8 a-m to 5 p-m Tuesday while they work to replace part of the bridge over Middle Creek.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))
A man from Chatham is pumping iron and earning awards for it after a traffic accident in 1996 nearly ended his life.
David Johnson spoke to Samuel Johnson about his trials and triumphs.
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[SUPER=01-Samuel Johnson, Jr./"Sampson"; :14]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Dalton/"Fitness Today"; :51]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
Doctors told 33-year old Samuel Johnson, Junior he would never walk again after an accident left his body crushed from the waist down.
But SAMPSON-- like his name's sake-- refused to give up hope.
[IN Q=I WAS IN]
((SAMUEL JOHNSON, JR./"SAMPSON"; I WAS IN A COMA FOR TWO MONTHS, ON LIFE SUPPORT FOR TWO MONTHS. SO I FIGURED IF I DIDN'T DIE THEN, A DOCTOR WASN'T GOING TO PLAN MY FUTURE OUT BY SAYING I'M NOT GOING TO WALK AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=TO WALK AGAIN.]
As if his situation wasn't bad enough, Sampson gained weight and became the punch line of "fat jokes".
He started dieting and training after reading about a national million dollar bodybuilding challenge.
Two months later, he emerged victorious, taking home the 50-thousand dollar grand prize.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SAMPSON'S PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS NOT ONLY BENEFITED HIM PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY, BUT ALSO THOSE AROUND HIM WHERE HE WORKS AND TRAINS.))
[IN Q=PURE POSITIVITY.]
((ANDREW DALTON/"FITNESS TODAY"; PURE POSITIVITY. AND IT'S CHANGED THE WHOLE CLUB, NOT JUST ME BUT EVERYONE. EVERYONE ENJOYS SEEING SAMPSON WORKOUT BECAUSE IT PUSHES THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE.))
[OUT Q=LITTLE BIT MORE.]
Sampson has since gained national recognition. A couple of weeks ago, he was a special guest at Arnold Schwarzenegger's bodybuilding competition in Columbus, Ohio.
[IN Q=I HAD PEOPLE]
((I HAD PEOPLE I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW AT THE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC COMING UP TO ME AND CONGRATULATE ME ON WHAT I'D DONE AT THE MUSCLE TECH COMPETITION. I DIDN'T KNOW THESE PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=KNOW THESE PEOPLE.]
Sampson is enjoying his new lease on life, but remembers to keep close ties with the community.
He spends time conveying to kids and others that there's nothing they can't do if they put their mind to it.
David Johnson, News 7, Danville.[Forecasts] viewernet
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The Lady Volunteers of Tennessee went undefeated and defended their national title last night beating Louisiana Tech 93 to 75.
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Pat Summitt going for her sixth title at Tennessee.
The Lady Volunteers jumped out to the early lead with ball movement like this Chamique Holdsclaw gets the easy basket to make it 27 to 10.
The Lady Techsters work the outside Monica Maxwell with the three pointer cutting the lead to 14.
But Tennessee opened it up again Kristen Clement gets out on the break to make it 55 to 32 at the half.
Louisiana tech gets another basket from Maxwell and the lead was cut to 16 55 to 39.
But Tennessee went on another run [SUPER=33-Tennessee/93/Louisiana Tech/75/;]and went up by 20 again and the Lady V
olunteers win it 93 to 75.
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((PAT SUMMITT/SIXTH NATIONAL TITLE: ))
[SUPER=01-Pat Summitt/Sixth National Title; :]
[OUT Q=....ready to play."]
Kentucky and Utah will play for the Men's national basketball championship tonight in San Antonio.
Kentucky beat Stanford in Overtime and Utah downed Carolina to advance.
The game will put size against speed.
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((TUBBY SMITH/KENTUCKY HEAD COACH: ))
((MICHAEL DOLEAC/UTAH FORWARD: ))
[SUPER=01-Tubby Smith/Kentucky Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Doleac/Utah Forward; :17]
[OUT Q=.....to, so."]
The game can be seen on your Hometown Station tomorrow night at 9.
Jeff Gordon wins at Bristol. I'll have that coming up later on Mornin'.[S-NBA]
San Antonio held Indiana to the fewest points in a game handing the Pacers a 74 to 55 loss.
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/NBC SPORTS; :]
Larry Bird getting a Bird's eye view of the game in the first half.
The Spurs work the ball to Rookie Tim Duncan he takes it inside for the score and a 6 point Spurs lead.
But the Pacers come right back another A-C-C player Travis best out of Georgia Tech hits the jumper.
The game was tight in the third and [SUPER=33-San Antonio/74/Indiana/55/;]fourth quarters but San Antonio goes on t
o win it 74 to 55.
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In Cleveland, Dave Cowens and his Hornets having a rough time with the Cavaliers.
Shawn Kemp had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Cavs cruised to a 97 to 82 win over the Hornets.
Now, Here's the rest of the scores.
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And coming up, Jeff Gordon wins at Bristol the Cave Spring softball team gets a good start on its goal to win a state championship.
And Justin Leonard is the winner of the Players championship.
Jeff Gordon used a quick pit stop near the end of the race to take the checkered flag and win the Food City 500.
[SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/ESPN; :]
Rusty Wallace had the field covered early in the race he takes the lead with 436 laps to go Terry Labonte was running second.
Mark Martin was working his way to the front at this point he was moving up among the top 15 cars on the track.
Then the caution came out Hut Stricklin gets loose and hits the wall then here comes Kenny Wallace who hits Stricklin on the drivers side. Striklin was taken to the Hospital for observation.
Rusty Wallace led 151 laps and he was the leader at the halfway point here he passes Dale Earnhardt putting him 4 laps down.
Dale Jarrett made his way to front he passes Terry Labonte to take the lead with over 170 laps to go.
Then the 11-th caution of the day came out when Chad Little and Morgan Shepherd make contact on lap 372.
Rusty developed engine problems and he eventually hit the wall and took the car to the garage area.
The race was red flagged because of debris on the track and on the restart Gordon, the leader, pulled away from the field to win the Food City 500.
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((JEFF GORDON/FOOD CITY 500 WINNER: ))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Food City 500 Winner; :00]
[OUT Q=........tightened up."]
Terry Labonte was second, Jarrett third, Jeff Burton fourth and Johnny Benson fifth.[S-Golf]
Justin Leonard came from 5 shots down to win the Players Championship.
[SUPER=03-Ponte Verdra Beach, CA/NBC SPORTS; :]
Len Mattice got to within one stroke of the lead but he hit his shot over the green at 17 and then an attempt out of the bunker went in the water Mattice had an 8 for the hole and finished in sixth place at 6 under par.
Leonard closed his round with a 67 including this 30 foot birdie putt on the 13-th hole. He finished 278, 10 under par for a two shot win over glen Day and tom Lehman.
On the Senior Tour, Lee Trevino shot a 67 to win the Southwestern Bell tournament, His first win since 1996.
Roanoke's Billy King shot his second consecutive 75 to finish at 8 over par.[S-Cave]
The Cave Spring Lady Knights softball team traveled all the way to regionals last year.
As Denise Allen reports the teams 13-to-nothing victory last Friday, is just the first step in what players hope is a trip to a state championship.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Friday; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Saunders/Cave Spring Head Coach; :09]
[SUPER=01-Lindsay Lowe/Cave Spring Junior; :44]
[SUPER=01-Kerry Fair/Cave Spring Senior; 1:09]
[OUT Q=hard as we can]
((But this is a new Cave Spring team.
Gone are nine seniors who led the Lady Knights to regionals last season.
[IN Q=WE'RE A YOUNG]
((LYNN SAUNDERS/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH: WE'RE A YOUNG TEAM THIS YEAR, BUT WE'RE JUST AS STRONG OR STRONGER THAN LAST YEAR.))
[OUT Q=THAN LAST YEAR]
A strong feeder system made up of a good Junior Varsity team and well coached recreational league have given Coach Lynn Saunders confidence in this young team.
[IN Q=THIS YEAR]
((THIS YEAR WE'RE BLESSED WITH FOUR PITCHERS. BATS, THEY WORK HARD AT THE BATS AND THEY WILL BE A STRONG HITTING TEAM.))
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[IN Q=PITCHERS AND CATCHERS]
((LINDSAY LOWE/CAVE SPRING JUNIOR: PITCHERS AND CATCHERS HAD A CLINIC EVERY SUNDAY THROUGH THE RECREATIONAL LEAGUE AND WE'VE HAD OPEN GYM SINCE MID-JANUARY AND WE'VE WORKED REALLY HARD.))
[OUT Q=REALLY HARD]
But there still are some bastions of experience on this team.
And they plan to help the younger players along.
Senior Kerry Fair leads by experience, she had nine strikeouts in the Knights first outting.
[IN Q=we've just]
((KERRY FAIR/CAVE SPRING SENIOR: WE'VE JUST GOT TO KEEP UP THE HARD WORK. WE'RE GOING TO GET BEHIND IN SOME GAMES BUT WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP PLAYING. WE ALWAYS PLAY LIKE WE'RE DOWN BY A COUPLE SO WE JUST PLAYING AS HARD AS WE CAN.))
[OUT Q=has hard as we can]
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))[S-Express]
The Roanoke Express will return to practice tomorrow for their opening game in the Playoffs against Huntington.
The two teams will face off at 7:05 at the Roundhouse on Tuesday night in the opening round of the East Coast Hockey League Playoffs.
Roanoke finished with the best record in the East Coast Hockey Leagues Northeast Division and second best in the Nor
Imagine waking up and having breakfast in a church sanctuary...
It's not part of a new Sunday morning ritual at church--it's all part of a daily routine for some Englishmen--and they're not monks or nuns either.
Due to fallen attendance, abandoned churches have recently been put on the market as homes. And though it seems strange to some, people are buying them.
The churches have all of their original woodworking. And, if you can get past the graveyards and tombstones in the back yard this may be the home for you.