Up next on News 7 at 11...
Two men are in jail in Bedford, charged with the murder of a family member.
A Botetourt County group is trying to form a chapter of the N-double-A-C-P, we'll tell you why...
And THIS could be the year construction begins on a music center in Grayson and Carroll counties.
News 7 at 11 is next.[Bedford-Murder]
Two men are in custody following a murder last night in Bedford.
Officers went to 203 South Street just after 9:30pm to investigate a report someone was choking.
They found the body of 35-year-old Jeffery Oneil Kirkland of Bedford.
Police say they believe Kirkland was severely beaten, but they don't know the exact cause of death.
The victim's nephew, Robert Junior Wright, and brother, William Henry Kirkland Junior, both of Bedford, were charged with murder, and are being held in the Bedford County Jail.
People on a riverboat casino in St. Louis went into a panic last night when the boat was hit by a runaway barge.
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It started when a towboat hit a bridge, one of its barges broke loose and hit the Admiral Casino boat.
A covered walkway between the boat and the dock sunk, and the motorless casino boat floated out into the river.
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WHAT DID YOU DO?
PANICKED, CAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE WATER WAS COMING IN, BUT THE BOAT WAS TURNING AROUND AND IT LOOKED LIKE WATER WAS COMING IN, IT WASN'T, BUT EVERYONE THOUGHT "TITANIC".))
The tow boat then chased after the floating casino and pushed it back toward shore.
About 2 thousand people were evacuated from the Admiral, six people were slightly hurt.
A Botetourt County group met with the N-Double-A-C-P yesterday, hoping to further its efforts to rename an historic black school.
Botetourt County officials plan to preserve the original slave cabins on the Greenfield Plantation.
But, they've changed the name of Central Academy, the area's first black school, to William Clark Middle.
The group says that selectively excludes part of the county's black history.
So it's trying to cut funding for the Greenfield Development-- until the name of the school is restored.
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((VEE HINTON/COUNTYWIDE LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE; WE'RE A MULTICULTURAL COUNTY AND WE FEEL THAT THE POWER OF THE NAACP IS NEEDED DUE TO A LOT OF ISSUES FACING US. WITH THE RENAMING OF THE SCHOOL, THE RESURRECTION OF SLAVE QUARTERS. WE JUST FEEL THE PRESENCE OF THE NAACP IS VERY NEEDED HERE IN BOTETOURT.))
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Members of the group met with Roanoke N-Double-A-C-P President Martin Jeffrey yesterday about starting their own chapter of the organization in Botetourt.
The group expects to have its branch of the N-Double-A-C-P up and running by next month.
When the news continues--if you think last week's train wreck was bad, we'll show you what happened in 1978.
Also, one member of the singing group Milli Vanilli is dead.
We'll have those stories coming up when we return.
The man known as half of the Milli Vanilli duo is dead.
A German newspaper reports Rob Pilatus died in a Frankfurt hotel room late Thursday, after overdosing on alcohol and pills.
He was reportedly involved in a drug withdrawl program.
Pilatus and partner Fabrice Morvan won a grammy for best new artist in 1989, but lost it when it was revealed they lip-synched their songs.
Pilatus was 32.
President Clinton's recent trip to Africa may improve relations between nations there and the U-S.
At least, those are the hopes of one native West African.
Biology professor Samuel Pieh (PEE-Ah) says the current trading relationship with the U-S is oppressing African countries.
He hopes Clinton's recent visit will bring about a positive change.
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((SAMUEL PIEH/MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR; I HOPE PRESIDENT CLINTON AND THIS GOVERNMENT WOULD LOOK OUT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE AFRICA AT HEART. WHO ARE NOT JUST OUT TO RAPE AFRICA LIKE THEY DID IN SLAVERY TIMES. ))
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He says a win-win trade situation between the U-S and Africa could happen if both sides concentrate on the positive aspects of Clinton's visit.
The President visited six African countries over a 12-day period, hoping to persude African nations they could benefit economically by becoming democracies.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average tops off the week at record levels.
And, Norfolk Southern defends its safety record.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in the News-7 Business Review.
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((This week on the Review:
Another record on Wall Street.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average spent a few minutes Friday above the nine-thousand mark.
A definite milestone.
But how significant is it?
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((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: THE NUMBER 9000 ITSELF IS NOT PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT. WE DO PAY ATTENTION TO THESE 1000-POINT BARRIERS. BUT FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS WE'VE FOUND IT VERY EASY TO GO THROUGH THESE 1000-POINT BARRIERS AND GO ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL.))
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So far, the Dow is up almost 14 percent this year.
Making other business headlines,
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Norfolk Southern said it's still the country's safest major railroad, despite what happened this week in Lynchburg.
It was N-S's second major derailment in a month.
Safety is a big concern to N-S as it moves into the final phase of its merger with Conrail.
Credit Unions won a battle in the war with banks.
The U-S House of Representatives passed a bill that would let credit unions expand beyond their traditional membership base.
The Senate still has to vote.
It's all smiles at the Internal Revenue Service.
The kinder, gentler tax collector is open Saturdays to help you this tax season.
And the I-R-S website is chock full of taxpaying tips.
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On Wall Street, the Dow finished the week up 137-points.
The Nasdaq gained 27 and closed at a record high of 18-55.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))[Dig-Folo]
Anthropology students from Radford University were busy digging up graves today at a burial site in Northwest Roanoke.
The group is looking for unmarked graves in the "McClanahan Cemetary".
At least eight pits were found during the archaeological dig.
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((CLIFF BOYD/ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR; IN A WAY WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED OUR MISSION IN SEEING THAT THERE ARE SOME GRAVES WIDELY SCATTERED IN THIS AREA. THEY AT LEAST HAVE SOME BETTER BOUNDARIES NOW TO SAY THIS IS A CEMETARY. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD PROTECT. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD MAINTAIN.))
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As many as 100 people are believed to be buried in the cemetary, including a colonel from the war of 1812.
Boyd says he may return in the fall with another class to continue the search.
The Sons of the American Revolution plan to restore the private lot once all of the graves are located.
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The train wreck in Lynchburg last Tuesday involved 65 freight cars.
But, it wasn't the worst train accident the area has seen.
For that we have to go back 20 years.
Here's David Seidel with this week's edition of the Virginia Newsreel.
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(( The W-D-B-J archives are filled with video tape and film of trains that have jumped the tracks like this one in Moneta in May, 1985.
With trains often hauling chemical tanker cars, derailments can be dangerous for cleanup crews and nearby residents.
In 1984, a chlorine tanker car jumped the track in Alleghany County.
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The worst accident in our area happened in December 1978.
The famous passenger train Southern Crescent jumped the tracks in Nelson County.
Passenger cars were tossed along the tracks like toys.
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Six people were killed and 50 injured.
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))[Road-Report]
Tomorrow is the start of Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.
It's part of V-DOT's effort to bring attention to the high number of accidents in work zones.
More now in this week's edition of Road Report.
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((Now, that the days will be getting longer and warmer, VDOT plans to boost the number of road construction projects.
But, it's concerned about the rising number of accidents and fatalities in work zones.
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((JASON BOND/VDOT: LAST YEAR WE SAW AN ALARMING INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN WORK ZONES ACROSS VIRGINIA AND LAST YEAR ALONE WE HAD ABOUT 500 ACCIDENTS IN WORK ZONES WITH 309 INJURIES AND SEVEN FATALITIES.))
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V-DOT's Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is from April 6th throuth the tenth.
During that time agency cars will have orange ribbons on them as a reminder for drivers to use caution in work zones.--
And, speaking of work zones...
in Montgomery County, crews plan to close lanes near the intersection of Route 4-60 Business and the Route 4-60 Christiansburg Bypass.
Only one lane will be getting by from 9 a-m to 3 p-m Monday through Friday.
And, some good news in Botetourt County. Construction on the bridge along Route 6-12 is complete.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report. I'm Stacey Martin.))
A project celebrating the area's traditional music has been in the planning stages for years.
But, now it seems The Fisher Peak Music Center will finally become a reality.
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Congress has appropriated five- point- two million dollars for the first phase of construction. And the land has been acquired along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Carroll and Grayson Counties.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher says the project is now on track for a groundbreaking later this year.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: WE ARE NOW LOOKING AT WAYS TO REVISE THE PLANS TO MAKE EVEN A BETTER STRUCTURE THAN THE PLANS THAT ARE NOW ABOUT FOUR YEARS OLD CONTEMPLATE. AND SO WE'RE NOT BREAKING GROUND THIS MONTH OR NEXT, BUT DURING THE SUMMER WE'LL GET THIS WORK UNDER WAY.))
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Boucher says enough money has been set aside to build infrastructure, an amphitheater and hiking trails. A second phase of construction will require additional funding.
About two million people travel on the parkway in Virginia every year. And Boucher says the Fisher Peak project will enhance tourism throughout the region.[Forecasts]
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Mark Martin held back until the end of the race and then a two tire change on a caution put him out front and he won the Texas 500, his second win of the season.
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The Drivers got a little anxious on the second lap of the race. Cars get together in the middle of the track causing a wreck that involved 10 cars including Dale Earnhardt, Rick Mast and John Andretti, who's car caught on fire.
Jeff Gordon was also caught up in the crash but he managed to take his car to the pits.
The Race was red Flagged while the tracks crew made some minor repairs.
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After the re-start the lead would change several times. Jeff Burton pulled to the front and he was the leader with 240 laps to go.
Another caution came out moments later when Greg Sacks and Geoff Bodine get together Sacks slams into the outside wall he had to be cut out of the car.
Jeremey Mayfield the leader at the halfway mark blew a tire and had to pit he went a lap down before returning to the track.
The cars went about 50 laps before the 8-th caution came out when Dave Marcis blew an engine with less than 30 laps to go.
Martin came out of the pits in first place and he pulled away from Chad Little taking the checkered Flag in the Texas 500.
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Little, Martin's teammate was second, Robert Pressley third, Joe Nemechek fourth and Johnny Benson fifth.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.[S-NBA]
The Los Angeles Lakers are tuning up for the playoffs this afternoon they beat Detroit 105 to 103 for their fifth straight win.
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Rick Mahorn entering the game in the first quarter.
The Pistons get on on the run Grant Hill making the pass to Brian Williams who hits the jumper in the paint to make it 24 to 11 Pistons.
The Lakers come back with the inside game getting the ball to Elton Campbell for the easy layup.
But Detroit picked up the pace this time Hill gets
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it out on the run and hits Jerome Williams for the easy basket and the Lakers win it 105 to 103 in overtime.
The Baltimore Orioles won their fifth straight yesterday beating Detroit 6 to 3.
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The Tiger dugout looks relaxed at the start of the game.
Baltimore would come out and score in the bottom of the first. Rafael Palimerio hits this line drive to left centerfield scoring a run to make it 1 to nothing.
But the Tigers rallied in the top of the second Raul Casanova hits this shot off the scoreboard in right field scoring Luis Gonzalez to tie the score at 1 to 1.
The next batter Billy Ripken sends this pitch up
the middle into centerfield scoring Casanova to make it 2 to 1 but Baltimore wins it 6 to 3.
Curt Schilling had his second straight performance yesterday as the Phillies beat the Braves 2 to 1.
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Bobby Cox checking the action from the dug out.
The Braves got on the board first. Chipper Jones sends this Schilling pitch over the right field wall for a solo homer and a 1 to nothing Atlanta lead.
Schilling, who pitched 8 innings on open day, Struck out 15 in a complete game five hitter.
Philadelphia would score the [SUPER=35-Philadelphia/2/Atlanta/1/;] winning run in the 8-th. Scott Rolen hits this
sacrifice Fly scoring a runner from third and the Phillies win it 2 to 1.
There was only one game in the East Coast Hockey League Kelly Cup Playoffs for that and all of today's baseball scores lets check the boards.
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And coming up, Gil Morgan and Lee Westwood were winners this afternoon on the P-G-A golf tours.
And Denise Allen will introduce us to some gymnasts who were working hard for an international meet in Hawaii.
Lee Westwood picked up his first win on the P-G-A tour. West Wood shot a final round 69 for a four round tital of 15 under par and a three shot win over Steve Flesch in the Freeport McDermott Classic.
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The Senior tour made its stop in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday.
Gil Morgan shot a final round 69 this par putt on the 18-th hole gave him a total of 276 12 under par and a two shot win over Tom Wargo, who shot a 74.
Roanoke's Billy King shot a 77 to finish at 306, 18 over par.
On the L-P-G-A tour, Lynchburg's Donna Andrews won the Longs Drugs Challenge. She birdied three of the final five holes to beat Carin Koch.
Andrews shot a 69 to finish at 10 under par.
Mark Martin wins on the NASCAR circuit for the second time this season. More later on Mornin'. [S-Gymnastics]
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The Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics proudly shows off its trophey for a second place finish in states.
But the gymnasts aren't resting on their laurels.
As Denise Allen reports the girls are preparing for an international meet in Hawaii.
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((These girls work hard. Most of them aren't even 16, yet they're in the gym four or five times a week for at least four hours at a time.
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((LAUREN SISLER/GYMNAST: I LOVE COMING TO THE GYM AND WORKING HARD AND THEN WHEN I GO TO THE MEETS AND DO WELL IT'S A GOOD REWARD FOR ME.))
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((ROANOKE ACADEMY IS THE LEVEL NINE SECOND PLACE STATE CHAMPIONS.))
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That was the reward for all the hard wook leading up to a recent state competition.
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((JENNA WATSON/GYMNAST: IT'S HARD BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD GYMNASTS AND THEY START OFF REAL YOUNG TOO. IT'S FUN COMPETING EVEN THOUGH IT'S PRETTY NERVE RACKING.))
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Now the girls are preparing for a January trip to Hawaii for an INTERNATIONAL meet.
To get there they have to do a lot of fund raising, but coach says the trip is a great learning experince.
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((BARB YURKO/ROANOKE ACADEMY COACH: THEY JUST GET TO SEE GYMNAST FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, MAKE FRIENDS WITH THEM, WORKOUT WITH THEM, COMPETE AGAINST THEM. IT ALL ADDS UP TO THEIR GROWTH EXPERIENCE AND THEIR COMPETITIVE EXPERIENCE.))
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Yurko says a donation to one of these girls would be a good investment.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
Two years ago, the academy placed second in an international competition.