Bedford police are investigating a murder and have made two arrests.
Police were called to a report of a choking at 2-0-3 South Street just after 9:30 last night.
They found the body of 35-year-old Jeffery Oneil Kirkland of Bedford.
Kirkland appeared to have been severely beaten, though the exact cause of death has not been determined.
Police arrested the victim's nephew-- Robert Junior Wright of Bedford-- and the victim's brother--William Henry Kirk
land, also of Bedford. They are charged with murder and are being held in the Bedford County Jail.[11-Gas-Leak]
There were some tense moments in a South Roanoke neighborhood yesterday afternoon following a gas leak.
About four o'clock a work crew repairing a water line, hit a gas line on Townside Road.
The pipe ruptured causing a gas leak... fire and EMS crews were sent to the scene as a precaution.
And neighbors were asked to keep their windows closed until the gas company was able to shut it off and repair the line.
No one was hurt.
A three vehicle accident sent a woman to the hospital yesterday afternoon.
It happened in Franklin County along Route 2-20.
Authorities say a truck was turning off the road when it was rear-ended by a car.
That same car then swerved into another lane hitting a second car.
An injured woman in the first car was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Charges are pending against her.
In another traffic accident in Bedford County, Lifeguard 10 had to be called out to transport two people to the hospital.
It happened around four o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Witnesses say a man driving a car along Route 24 raced through a blinking red caution light--smashing into a truck travelling along Route 1-22.
The drivers of both vehicles were flown to the hospital--a third person was taken by ambulance.
Police continue to investigate the accident.
Charges are pending.
Three barges rammed a St. Louis Riverboat casino last night.
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No one was seriously injured, but all 25-hundred people on board the Admiral had to be evacuated.
The barges actually knocked the riverboat adrift, sending it down the Mississippi River.
[IN Q=one of the]
((ONE OF THE CREW MEMBERS TOLD US A BARGE HAD HIT IT. what happened then? PANIC. IT LOOKED LIKE WATER WAS COMING IN.
IT WASN'T BUT IT LOOKED LIKE IT AND EVERYONE THOUGHT 'TITANIC'.))
[OUT Q=EVERYONE THOUGHT TITANIC]
The coast guard says the incident began when the tugboat lost control of the 14 barges it was pushing.
Officials aren't sure if an on-going tugboat strike had anything to do with the incident.
The vast majority of Americans believe nutrition affects their health, but less than half say they eat a balanced diet.
The American Dietetic Association reports many of us are replacing the vitamins we don't get in food with pill formulas.
News 7's Tonya Flory reports those supplements can be toxic and even have adverse nutrient reactions.
[IN Q=The vitamin]
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[OUT Q=News7 Health Check]
(( The vitamin and supplement industry account for 4 billion dollars in sales every year.
Although many Americans and trying to eat a healthy diet, many use vitamins to take the place of the food.
[IN Q=Unfortunately people are]
((KATHY BELCHER/SOUTHEAST DAIRY ASSOCIATION:UNFORTUNNATELY PEOPLE ARE SUBSTITUING A PILL FOR A POOR DIET BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT PILL, PLUS A POOR DIET IS STILL A POOR DIET.))
[OUT Q=poor diet]
Nutritionists say you can still benefit from the pharmacy, but consumers should turn to food first to get the vitamins and minerals required.
Some suggest taking a multi-vitamin as insurance and not a replacement.
[IN Q=Our body]
((OUR BODY NEEDS OVER 50 DIFFERENNT NUTRIENTS AND WE JUST CAN'T DUPLICATE THAT IN A VITAMIN PILL.))
[OUT Q=vitamin pill.]
And there aren't any basic quality control standards for all supplements.
A study in Nutition Today magazine reports calcium pills have been found to be contaminated with lead and ginging products varied greatly in the content of the root's active ingredient.
((BETA-CAROTENE IS ONE OF THE POPULAR SUPPLEMENST AT THE MOMENT, BUT WE CAN GET THAT BETA-CAROTENE FROM BROCOLI OR CARROTS VERY, VERY EASILY. CALCIUM IS AN EXAMPLE OF ANOTHER SUPPLEMENT THAT'S OFTEN TAKEN, BUT 300 MILLIGRAMS COMES IN ONE GALASS OR AN OUNCE AND A HALF OF CHEESE OR A CUP OF YOGERT, SO WE CAN QUICKLY MEET 1000 MILLIGRAMS WE NEED EACH DAY WHICH IS THREE SERVINGS OF MILK, CHEESE OR YOGERT.))
Studies show taking supplements don't have the same effect on conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure as food does.
((BETA CAROTENE WAS THOUGH TO REDUCE THE RISK FOR CANCER. A HUGE STUDY WITH MEN SHOWED THAT THE BEAT CAROTENE ACTUALLY INCREASED THE RISK FOR LUNG CANNCER WHERE AS WHEN THEY HAD THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THE RISK CAME DOWN SO SEVERAL GOOD STUDIES SHOW IT'S THE FOOD, NOT JUST WHAT WE CAN POP IN A PILL.))
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And the government still recommends following the guidelines of the food pyramid and occaisionally opting for some green or yellow vegetables rather than the french fried variety.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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A Bedford man was apparently beaten to death last night.
Police found the body of Jeffery Oneil Kirkland just after nine-30.
Kirkland's brother and nephew are under arrest and are charged with the crime.
It wasn't a lucky night for 25-hundred river-boat gamblers in St. Louis.
They had to be evacuated after three barges broke loose from a towboat and ran into the floating casino.
No one was seriously injured.
And people around the country observed the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King.
Yesterday marked the 30-th anniversary of the civil rights leader's assasination in Memphis Tennessee.
At a ceremony in Roanoke, civil rights leaders said they do not believe James Earl Ray acted alone when he shot King.
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And that's what's making news on this Sunday April 5-th.
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Tuesday's fiery train wreck in Lynchburg was not the first in our area.
David Seidel cracks open the archives and takes us back in time with this week's 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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[OUT Q=lose your seal, get out.]
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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[OUT Q=break the windows.]
Six people were killed and 50 injured.
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))[Sports-Plays]
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A little bit of everything for you this morning from the late night sports action.
First a trip to "homer heaven," Glenn Allen Hill steps up to the plate and rocks this three run shot to left field.
His second in as many nights.
Ken Griffey, Jr., knocks the one-handed homer to right field and the Mariners beat Boston 12-to-6.
Now to a sport that uses a different kind of stick and is just a little more physical--Jamie Huscroft nails Stars Greg Adams and gets the penalty for the hit.
And look at Pavel Bure's stick work. He helps the Canucks beat the Stars five -to- three.
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And this is why your mother always told you to play football OUTDOORS.
They knocked down some walls at last night's Louisiana Bayou Beast-Utah Catzz pre-season professional arena football game.
AT & T is adding more fees for some internet users.
And, cyber-stamps are coming soon from the post office.
Eric Earnhart has more in this week's webwatch.
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(( A-T-&T Hung up on unlimited internet pricing this week, announcing that its Worldnet Service will now offer 150 hours a month for a 19.95 fee, additional hours are .99 cents.
The move is supposed to discourage customers from staying on all the time, tying up available modems.
By the way, AT&T currently boasts a near 100 percent successful connect rate for Roanoke and Lynchburg.
The U.S. postal service says it WILL sell on-line stamps in the future... In about a year, you'll be able to go to the post office website and buy a bar code you can print on an envelope.))
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((IMAGINE SITTING DOWN AT YOUR COMPUTER, COMPOSING THE LETTER, ADDRESSING THE ENVELOPE, AND CREATING POSTAGE ALL AT THE SAME TIME. POSTAGE WITHOUT LICKING OR STICKING, JUST CLICKING.))
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(( If you want to look beyond the headlines and read the Paula Jones lawsuit ruling for yourself, the U.S. District Court's Eastern Arkansas website has the document available on-line... You'll need an Adobe Acrobrat reader to view it.
The University of North Carolina is asking for 18 million dollars to build a "Cyber University" offering on-line classes to the entire world.
Virginia Tech is currently offering 20 on-line classes for this year's summer school session.
You can find links to all these sites on the WebWatch page, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
The nation remembered Reverend Martin Luther King yesterday--on the 30th anniversary of his assassination.
Thousands walked the same route through Memphis, Tennessee, that King and other civil rights activists marched three decades ago.
In the church where King gave his last speech, the call for equality still rings out.
[IN Q=Martin King]
((REV. GARDNER TAYLOR: MARTIN KING WOULD BE THE FIRST TO RECOGNIZE THAT RACISM STILL EXISTS TODAY. IT DOESN'T WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES--GONE ARE THE WHITE SHEET, REPLACED BY FANCY SUITS, BUT NEVER THE LESS IT'S STILL RACISM.))
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[OUT Q=IT'S STILL RACISM]
The only man behind bars for the killing is James Earl Ray, who has since recanted his confession.
Even King's family doubts that he's the killer and are supporting Ray's attempted to get a new investigation and trial.
Doubts about Ray's guilt also surfaced yesterday in Roanoke-- as members of a civil rights group gathered to remember Dr. King.
Yesterday, members of the Roanoke branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference reflected on the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior died for the cause he believed in.
And, 30 years later, many of them still don't believe the assasination was carried out by one person.
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((REV. CARL TINSLEY; I BELIEVE IT WAS MORE THAN ONE MAN. IT WAS A CONSPIRACY. TO STOP THE MOVEMENT THAT WAS TO BRING JUSTICE AND FREEDOM TOWARDS THE NATION IN WHICH WE LIVE. A NATION WHOSE VERY CORE WAS BASED UPON FREEDOM.))
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[OUT Q=based upon freedom.]
Yesterday's service included prayers, songs and speeches by S-C-L-C members.
Congressional representatives from the Commonwealth sided with the majority on two major issues.
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The House approved funding for hundreds of transportation projects.
With something for just about every member's district in the bill, it passed easily, 337 to 80.
Democrats Rick Boucher and Virgil Goode joined Republican Bob Goodlatte in voting for the measure.
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The House also defeated a bill to reform campaign financing.
74 representatives voted for it; 337 against it.
Again, Boucher, Goode and Goodlatte were among those voting to kill the bill.
It began as a boy-scout's simple cleanup project but they uncovered an historic Roanoke cemetary.
Now there are plans to renovate and preserve the site.
David Johnson reports.
[IN Q=THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY]
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[SUPER=01-Cliff Boyd/Anthropology Professor; :39]
[OUT Q=Djo, News 7.]
((The McClanahan Cemetery is located in the heart of Northwest Roanoke.
When the Sons of the American Revolution and others heard about its discovery, they wanted to get involved.
[IN Q=THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY]
((ROY WHITESCARVER/SONS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION; THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, AND THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HAVE GOTTEN TOGETHER TO TRY TO RESTORE THE CEMETERY, THE MCCLANAHAN CEMETERY.))
[OUT Q=MCCLANAHAN CEMETERY.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THESE BROKEN DOWN WALLS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE ONCE CONTAINED THE BURIAL SITES OF COLONEL ELIJAH MCCLANAHAN, WHO FOUGHT IN THE WAR OF 1812, AND HIS WIFE AGATHA L. MCCLANAHAN, THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF GENERAL ANDREW LEWIS. AS MANY AS 100 OTHER PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS ARE ALSO BELIEVED TO BE BURIED HERE.))
[OUT Q=BE BURIED HERE.]
[IN Q=THERE HAVE BEEN]
((CLIFF BOYD/ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR; THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT WE HAVE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND NATIVE AMERICANS BURIED HERE AS WELL. AGAIN WE JUST DON'T KNOW. ONE THING THAT MIGHT HELP US DETERMINE THAT IS TO DO SOME OF OUR TRENCHING EXCAVATIONS HERE AND FIND GRAVES OF DIFFERENT FORMS THAT MIGHT INDICATE DIFFERENT ETHNIC GRAVES.))
[OUT Q=ETHNIC GRAVES.]
So an archaeological dig is being performed.
The purpose is not to exhume or recover bodies, but simply to find the unmarked graves.
Normally on such an expedition, it would be ideal to identify the people who are buried in the cemetary.
But, Boyd says that's not so in this case.
((UNFORTUNATELY FOR A LOT OF SMALL CEMETERIES AND PRIVATE CEMETERIES LIKE THIS ONE, EVIDENTLY THOSE RECORDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE OR DON'T EXIST OR HAVE BEEN LOST OR WHATEVER.))
((BUT WE CAN AT LEAST IDENTIFY WHERE THEY ARE AND AGAIN SHOW THEM SOME RESPECT BY LEAVING THEM THERE AND RESTORING THE CEMETERY.))
[OUT Q=THE CEMETERY.]
The Sons of the American Revolution plan to restore the cemetery back to its original state after all the graves are located.
David Johnson, News 7.))[60-Minutes]
Could the parents of a 17-year old murderer have know he woudl kill?
The mother of the young girl he killed says yes, and now she's suing.
That's one of the stories you can see on 60-Minutes.
Here's Morley Safer with a preview.
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[IN Q=It wasn't enough]
[OUT Q=put on trial]
You can see that story and more tonight on 60-Minutes
Tune in to your Hometown Station at seven.
A Catholic priest in Roanoke is leaving in a few months to study the doctrine of the church in Rome.
It's a move some people believe is a sure sign he'll rise in the ranks of the church hierarchy.
As Stacey Martin explains it's quite a journey for the Danville native who was raised a Baptist.
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((As a 16-year old Baptist--this is the last place Wayne Ball imagined he would be some day--serving a Catholic congregation as a priest.
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((NAT SOUND: WE ARE CLIMBING JACOB'S LADDER))
[OUT Q=Jacob's ladder.]
His conversion was sparked by a trip to Nicaragua, at a time when riots and raids were becoming commonplace and going out at night often meant risking your life.
Here he saw the Catholic faith and the faithful in action.
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[IN Q=There was something]
((FATHER WAYNE BALL:THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THAT, WHAT RELIGION IS SUPPOSED TO DO; NOT TALK ABOUT THEOLOGY AND IVORY TOWERS, BUT DEAL WITH THE REAL ISSUES THAT PEOPLE DEAL WITH IN THEIR LIFE.))
[OUT Q=in their life.]
The messages of social justice and multiculturalism are ones he preaches today at Saint Gerard's church in Roanoke.
It's one of the most diverse Catholic congregations in the Valley--a mix of people and cultures he believes represents the meaning of a Catholic church.
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[IN Q=The word Catholic]
((FATHER WAYNE BALL/ST. GERARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: THE WORD CATHOLIC MEANS LITERALLY UNIVERSAL. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OUR CHURCH BEING CATHOLIC IT MEANS ALL INCLUSIVE SO TO SEE A CONGREGATION LIKE THE ONE WE HAVE HERE--BLACK, WHITE, HISPANIC, ASIANS, TO ME THAT'S WHEN YOU CAN SAY YES, WE ARE TRULY A CATHOLIC CHURCH.))
[OUT Q=a Catholic church.]
And, others say the diversity makes the congregation feel like a family.
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[IN Q=The people here]
((GEORGE PALMIERO/ST. GERARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH PARISHONER: THE PEOPLE THERE ARE SO LOVABLE AND JUST SO SPIRITUAL. YOU DON'T LEAVE THIS CHURCH. YOU STAY THERE FOR AN HOUR AFTER, HUGGING AND HAVING CONVERSATIONS; IT'S JUST A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE.))
[OUT Q=a beautiful experience.]
Father Wayne gives mass in English and Spanish and is fluent in six other languages including Russian, French and Italian, which he will need in a few months when he travels to Rome.
He'll be leaving Saint Gerard's for four years to study Canon law--the laws of the Catholic Church.
His last day is in August.
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[IN Q=It's a loss]
((ROMA CECILIA/ST. GERARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH PARISHONER: IT'S A LOSS FOR ME BUT THEN I'M HAPPY THAT HE'S GOING BECAUSE YOU JUST CANNOT HOLD SOMEONE BACK.))
Stacey Martin, News 7.))[Sports-Extra]
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The success of the United States Olympic Gymnastics team has spawned many athletes who hope to go for the gold on the future.
And some of them could be working out at the Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics.
But that goal takes a lot of hard work.
[IN Q=right after]
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[SUPER=01-Jenna Watson/Gymnast; :12]
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[IN Q=RIGHT AFTER SCHOOL]
((LAUREN SISLER/GYMNAST: RIGHT AFTER SCHOOL MY MOM PICKS ME UP AND I GO MEET MY CAR POOL. WE DRIVE DOWN TO ROANOKE. I GET HOME ABOUT 10 EVERY NIGHT AND DO MY HOME WORK AND THEN GO TO BED.))
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[IN Q=WE USUALLY]
((JENNA WATSON/GYMNAST: WE USUALLY GO FOUR TO FIVE DAYS A WEEK AND FOUR HOURS AT A TIME.))
[OUT Q=FOUR HOURS AT A TIME]
All that hard work impacts the entire family.
So everyone has to pull together to get every thing done.
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((LINDA PAYNE/MOM: SHE WAS A SWIMMER BEFORE SHE STARTED COMPETING IN GYMNASTICS. IT'S NOT UNUSUAL FOR US. WE UNDERSTAND THE TIME COMMITTMENT FOR ANY SPORT AT THIS LEVEL.))
[OUT Q=AT THIS LEVEL]
The time committment makes better gymnasts, but parents say it also pays off in other ways.
[IN Q=Just very confident]
((LESLEY SISLER/MOTHER: JUST VERY CONFIDENT, VERY DRIVEN, VERY MOTIVATED. THIS SPORT MAKES THEM VERY DEDICATED.))
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[IN Q=I LOVE COMING TO]
((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.))
[OUT Q=FOR ME]
Now academy gymnasts are working hard to raise the money so they can take a trip to Hawaii in January to participate in an international meet.
[IN Q=they just get]
((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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And the girls already have a lot of competitive drive. The level nines finished second in a recent state competition.
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The academy tries to attend these international meet every two years. They came in second the last time they faced
Titanic mey still be the number one movie in the country.
But Dennis Cunningham says there's a gem of a movie to keep your eye on.
Here's a review of "A Price Above Rubies."
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[OUT Q=for CBS News]
Start your week off right with News-7 Mornin all this week.
Here's Steve Pardon with a look ahead.
[IN Q=I'm Steve]
[OUT Q=on News-7 Mornin.]
The world's largest country has finally met her match.
"Titanic" premiered in sold-out theatres across China on Friday night.
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It may sound a little different, but ticket prices for opening night in China were about the same as U-S prices- about seven-fifty apiece.
Movie promoters are hoping to lure fans into theatres with pictures of Titanic teen heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio.
Even though it was opening night for the film, it wasn't the first "Titanic" viewing for some fans.
Within weeks of "Titanic's" U-S release, pirated V-C-R copies were available on China's streets, selling for as low as two dollars a tape.
The film even received praise from the country's communist government.
(------------) China's president said he "applauded the film's ideological education".