It doesn't get more local than NEWS 7.
Tonight we're talking about:
- -damage to the battlefield V-M-I cadets just finished cleaning up.
- -a guilty plea from the man who stalked Melanie Moon.
- -expansion of Blacksburg would put Montgomery Regional Hospital within town limits.
And not a good night for opening the ball parks- -weather wise or on the ball diamond.
News 7 is next.[Newsbreak]
Just a week after V-M-I cadets finished sprucing up the place...
a severe storm made a mess of the Petersburg National Battlefield, uprooting trees, damaging historical landmarks.
David Duff pled guilty to stalking NEWS 7's Melanie Moon. It's a misdemeanor that could get him up to six months in jail.
And they're getting ready for the the start of the continuous work schedule at Goodyear in Danville this weekend.
Goodyear says it's still looking for 150 more people to fill the seven-day work week.
More at 11.[Tornado]
It's more devastation than he's ever seen from a tornado.
That's the way Vice President Gore described the view from the
air today of tornado damage around Birmingham, Alabama.
He says: since the devastation is "virtually unprecedented," the government's response must be too.
(BUT RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS. THOSE WHO SUFFERED LOSS OF LIFE CAN NEVER BE MADE WHOLE.)
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Tornadoes killed 32 people in Alabama, six others in Georgia and Mississippi.
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In Virginia..high winds ripped through Petersburg Thursday-- causing major damage to parts of Petersburg National Battlefield.
The winds uprooted trees--many of which were more than a hundred years old.
The damage comes less than a week after V-M-I cadets completed cleaning up the park and battlefield.
Park rangers fear many of the military structures at the park were damaged beyond repair.
A historic compromise in Northern Ireland.
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If ratified by all sides, the agreement would end direct British rule.
The deal calls for Protestants and Catholics to govern by working together in an assembly of 108 representatives.
The Belfast assembly would cooperate formally with the Irish Republic in a north-south council of lawmakers.
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A bloody civil war continues in the Sudan.
A missionary team from Roanoke County's Church of the Holy Spirit recently made the treck to the Sudan and Northern Uganda.
News 7's Steve Mason documented the journey.
In his first report he looks at the scars of war.
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The Nile River flows with both power and grace; knifing through the vast countryside of Africa. The animals that patrol its banks also rome free. Beautiful scenery scarred by the ugly civil war between Christians and Muslims--a war that has imprisoned the people of the Sudan since 1956.
The Roanoke-based group was accompanied by Southern Sudan soldiers.
The missions team's immediate task was to develop a plan to supply food and water to the Sudanese refugees. A more long term plan involves building a compound with schools, a medical center, and a church that would provide worship and pastoral education.
One and a half million Sudanese have been killed in the war. Four and a half million have been displaced; some travel 300 miles by foot out of the Sudan into Northern Uganda to find safety, food, and shelter. Thousands are forced to live under trees; unprotected from the elements.
On the morning of the Roanoke team's arrival, seven soldiers were admitted to the Nimule hospital. They were suffering from third degree burns after being ambushed by the Lord's Resistance Army--gorilla rebels funded by the north.
Despite the desperate state the team found the refugees in throughout the camps, there was a degree of happiness, especially on Sunday.
The people of Sudan call their plight a forgotten war; the Roanoke group hopes to spread awareness of the ordeal back in southwest Virginia. In the Sudan, Steve Mason News 7.))
Steve's report from Sudan continues tomorrow on News 7 at Six, with a look at a safari.
Good Friday is one of the most celebrated religious holidays.
In honor of the occasion-- Seneca Baptist Church in Elliston held a mock crucifixion.
Volunteers who portrayed Christ and the two thieves took their post early this morning.
And-- despite the wind and cold they remained in place throughout much of the day.
[IN Q=I chose]
((ROBERT HURT/CHURCH MEMBER:I CHOSE TWO WEEKS AGO THAT I WAS GOING TO BE THE THIEF ON THE CROSS WHO DECIDED NOT TO GIVE HIS HEART TO THE LORD AND I THINK IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT THING BECAUSE THAT'S THE WHOLE REASON WE'RE OUT THERE TO GET PEOPLE TO GIVE THEIR HEARTS AND LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST AND IT'S A HARD THING TO STAND OUT THERE KNOWING THAT HE NEVER DID.
JON HIGHSMITH/CHURCH MEMBER:THE LORD, I MEAN, HE DIED FOR US IN THAT WAY AND IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD TO BE ABLE TO GET UP THERE AND SHOW THE PEOPLE THAT. ))
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The mock crucifixion was so realistic... a Sheriff's deputy was called to make sure no one was actually nailed to the cross.
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At the Colosseum in Rome tonight, Pope John Paul led a solemn procession of Christian followers.
He walked a short stretch carrying a wooden cross to symbolize Christ's suffering before the crucifixion.
The Pope paid special attention to the suffering of women and Jews, who were long held responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus.
Keith tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still to come,
This weekend marks the start of a new controversial schedule for local Goodyear workers.
it's taken four little kittens two years to find a new home.
We'll tell you about their brush with science their new owners aren't likely to forget.
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A Lynchburg man accused of stalking News 7 Anchor Melanie Moon surprised prosecutors with a guilty plea today.
David Duff was due in court on a bond revocation hearing, after allegedly writing a letter to another female news anchor, Frances Scott, of W-J-P-R.
He pleaded guilty to the stalking charge, a misdemeanor which carries a possible sentence of up to six months in jail.
Duff remains free on bond. He will be sentenced in May.[Fuller]
Lynchburg police arrested a suspect today, five months after a middle of the night shooting death.
Eighteen- year- old Ernest Fuller is charged with murder of David Johnson last November.
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The Goodyear tire plant in Danville moves to its new seven- day- a- week operating schedule this weekend.
The new work hours take effect with the Saturday morning shift.
Union workers reluctantly agreed in December to move to a continuous operation rather than risk losing jobs.
Union representatives say the company still has to hire about 150-workers to meet production requirements.
No word from the company when those positions will be filled.
A proposal outlined today would expand the town of Blacksburg's southern boundaries.
It calls for the town to acquire about 400- acres from Montgomery County.
In exchange-- Blacksburg would agree to sell water to the Montgomery County Public Service authority.
Folks in the Warm Hearth, Merrimac (Mary-mac), Jennelle Road/Yellow Sulphur Springs areas would be affected.
Under the proposal-- the town would also transport sewage in the affected areas.
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((ROGER HEDGEPETH/BLACKSBURG MAYOR:THE OVERALL AFFECT OF THE REVENUE AND TAXES ON BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND THE TOWN AND THE COUNTY WILL BE SOMEWHAT NEUTRAL, IT'S REALLY NOT OF GREAT MAGNITUDE. ))
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The proposed deal would also bring the Blacksburg Industrial park, the future "3-A" interchange and Montgomery Regional hospital within town limits.
A public hearing to address the proposal will be May 26th.[Clifton-Forge]
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Our final profile on the candidates running for city council in Clifton Forge includes a look at two newcomers to the city.
Stacey Martin has more.
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((Many people in Clifton Forge know Meredith Mills as a local fix-it-man.
He's the person they call on to repair computers including this one he's working on for a friend.
But, come May 5th, Mills hopes city residents will trust him to fix not only computers--but the city's financial problems as well.
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((MEREDITH MILLS/CANDIDATE, CLIFTON FORGE CITY COUNCIL: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO UNDERSTAND THAT TWO PLUS TWO IS FOUR THE WORLD OVER AND WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THE MONEY PAY YOUR BILLS IT'S GOT TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE.))
[OUT Q=to afford it.]
Mills was born in Clifton Forge and remembers much of the city's history--but, even he sees reversion as the best way to solve financial problems.
He spent almost 27 years in New York City before returning to Clifton Forge as somewhat of an outsider-- much like candidate Marilew Barnes who's a native of Alexandria.
Both believe their past will help them make OBJECTIVE decisions about emotionally-charged issues like reversion.
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((MARILEW BARNES/CANDIDATE, CLIFTON FORGE CITY COUNCIL:I BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THE FACTS MUST BE LOOKED AT DISPASSIONATELY. I BELIEVE WE NEED COOL HEADS TO SIT DOWN AND LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF CLIFTON FORGE WHERE THE CITIZENS WANT THE COMMUNTIY TO GO.))
[OUT Q=want the community.]
Barnes serves on the Alleghany Housing Alliance.
If elected, she also plans to focus on improving local housing for the elderly.
Stacey Martin News 7.))
Election Day in Clifton Forge is May 5th.[Health-Week]
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Public health services have long been considered to be something for lower income families, but that's changing.
Today health departments offer everything from immunizations to maternity clinics, and the services are available to the entire community.
This is Public Health Week, and the Roanoke County - Salem Health Department wants to educate the public about programs that are often misunderstood.
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((DEBBIE SAMS/PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE:THE WICK PROGRAM A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND IT'S NOT FOOD STAMPS IT'S TRYING TO GET A YOUNG CHILD HEALTHY BY THE TIME THEY'RE FIVE, FEED THEM GOOD YOU PREVENT A LOT OF THINGS THAT THEY COULD BE ILL FROM.))
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The health department also provides programs to help smokers kick the habit, healthy eating classes and a dental clinic for children.
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This is the last weekend to work on your federal income taxes.
And as you put together your tax packet the I-R-S points out that ALL the necessary paperwork should be included, including W-2 forms and the required schedules in the proper sequence.
If you do owe the I-R-S...
Be sure to address the check to the Internal Revenue Service.
The I-R-S asks you include your name, address, social security number and daytime phone number.
The tax year and form number should also appear on your check or money order.
Still to come some high school graduates out of Danville could soon come with a warranty.
And a local artist is doing more than carving out a home for himself in Franklin County.
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A local high school is proving its faith in its graduates...with a warranty.
Danville's Public Schools are guaranteeing their ability to prepare students for the working world with a "diploma warranty."
If students can NOT meet real-world standards... the school district will re-educate them.
Superintendent Andy Overstreet says graduates who need help would attend night adult education classes.
He hopes to have the program up and running by the next school year.
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George Wright can find a piece of the old west in a scrap of Franklin County pine.
Tonight, he's the focus of our segment, Southwest Traditions.
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((GEORGE WRIGHT: I'M DRY KILNING THIS THING, SO I GOT HIM SITTING RIGHT UP AGAINST THE STOVE TRYING TO COOK HIM, GET ALL OF THE SAP OUT, LET IT CRACK. WHEN IT CRACKS, I LIKE THAT. I LIKE THE CRACKS, IT MEANS IT'S DRYING OUT AND IT'S CURED, SEE.))
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And once it's cured, George Wright knows exactly what to do. Carving is his passion. Cowboys and Indians his specialty.
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((GEORGE WRIGHT: I LOVED COWBOYS AND INDIANS AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM AS A YOUNG KID GOING TO SCHOOL. I ALWAYS LOVED TO COME HOME AND GO TO A MOVIE IF I COULD MAKE 12 CENTS, MAKE THAT MUCH MONEY, SO THAT'S HOW I GOT INTO IT, SEE.))
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Wright has a workshop in the woods near Boones Mill. A north carolina collector told Roddy Moore about Wright's carvings, and the gazebo he built from an old satellite dish... but it took a while to track him down.
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((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: I'VE LIVED HERE 25 YEARS, AND IT WAS ONLY TWO YEARS AGO THAT WE FOUND OUT ABOUT GEORGE, SO THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE ALL THROUGH SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, THAT ARE REAL TREASURES WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES. SOMETIMES WE KNOW ABOUT THEM. SOMETIMES WE DON'T.))
[OUT Q=sometimes we don't.]
Wright doesn't seek out the attention. His joy is in the work. He says there's nothing that gives him more satisfaction than the time he spends with hatchet in hand, carving another piece from a pine log.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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Area minor league baseball teams opened their seasons tonight Karl Malone missed tonight's game against the L.A. Clippers and the Yankees and A's have a wild game in the Big Apple.
But first, Virginia's Curtis Staples wins the A-T and T Long Distance award for the most three point goals per game.
Staples, a 6-3 guard from Roanoke, averaged 4 point 3 three point field goals per game for the Cavaliers he made a school record 130 three pointers in 30 games.
Staples als led the A-C-C in three point field goals during each of his four seasons at Virginia.
Now, here's tonight's scores.
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The Salem Avalanche opened their season tonight at home against the Winston Salem Warthogs.
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The Express mascot Loco crashed the party tonight during warmups.
The Avalanche warmed up their bats in the first as Rod Bair hits this shot to the second baseman for the fielders choice scoring a run to make it 1 to nothing.
The Avalanche continued to turn up the heat as Blake Barthol fires this shot over the left centerfield wall for the two run homer and a 3 to nothing lead.
Salem would put more points on the board early in the second when Doug Livingston gets this grounder and Blake Anderson scores from third as they lead by four.
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Salem goes on to win the game 10 to 9.
Carolina League Baseball returned to Danville tonight as the 97's opened their season against Prince William.
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The grounds crew gets the field ready for play.
In the top of the first Brent Butler at the plate as Todd Hogan steals third and scores on the bad throw to the plate and the Cannons took the one to nothing lead.
Danville comes back in its half of the first Glen Williams hits a solo homer over the left field wall and the game was tied at one to one.
In the second, Jason Ross hits the fielders choice to short but a runner scores from third and the 97s took a 2 to 1 lead.
Then Fernando Lunar hits a base hit to right field a runner rounds the bases to score to make it 3 to 1
Danville and Prince William goes on to win the game 7 to 4.
Tino Martinez hit a three run homer and drove in five runs as the Yankees won a wild home opener beating Oakland 17 to 13.
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Joe Dimaggio on hand to throw out the first pitch.
But Oakland would jump on the Yankees for five runs in the first Ben Grieve hits this grounder into right field scoring two runs to make it 2 to nothing A's.
New York game back in the fifth. Tino Martinez
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sends this pitch over the right field wall for a three run homer and New York goes on to win it 17 to 13.
Jim Thome hit a three run homer in the tenth inning to lead Cleveland to an 8 to 5 win over Anaheim.
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The Indians raise their American League championship banner before the game.
In the bottom of the first, Travis Fryman hits this shot to the opposite field scoring David Justice and the Indians took a 2 to nothing lead.
Then in the bottom of the 8-th, Omar Vizquel sends this pitch to right field scoring Geronimo Berroa and
Thome to make it 4 to 1 and the Indians win it 8 to 5 in 10.
Virginia Tech has lost starting shortstop Chad Foutz for the rest of the 1998 season.
Foutz, a junior from Rocky Mount, injured his right knee in a game at the University of Richmond on Thursday.
Foutz is scheduled for surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. A three year starter since coming to T
echg Foutz was hitting 341 with 22 runs batted in. He should be able to return next season. [Sports Tease]
And coming up, Karl Malone watches tonights Jazz game from the stands Roanoke's Mike Peron will miss game two of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
And Two Golfers, Fred Couples and David Duvall are tied for the lead after three rounds at the Masters.
Two Golfers are tied for the lead halfway through the Masters golf Tournament.
They are Fred Couples and David Duvall.
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Tiger Woods having a little snack before teeing off.
Phil Mickelson taps in here for birdie to go three under for a share of the lead but he finished at 1 under par after a 69.
Woods hit this birdie putt on the 8-th hole to match par at 72 he's at 1 under.
Couple's, the 1992 Masters champion shot a 70 to tie Duval at 5 under par heading into round three.
Duval's 68 was the Lowest Round and he finishes the day at 5 under par.]
Scott Hoch is at 3 under par Fuzzy Zoeller and Jack Nicklaus are one over par.[S-Malone]
Utah forward Karl Malone will sat out tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Malone was suspended for the game and fined 5-thousand dollars for an elbow to the head that knocked David Robinson unconscious earlier this week.
Malone visited Robinson in the hospital and the two remain good friends. Malone will miss just the fifth game of his 13 year career.
The Roanoke Express will play the second game of the Kelly Cup Playoffs without center Mike Peron.
According to Express sources X-Rays today on the centers right shoulder revealed pulled ligaments.
Peron will miss tomorrow nights game but should return for the remainder of the series. roanoke leads 1 to nothing
And finally in tonight's video of the day...
four kittens have new homes-
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but these are no ordinary kittens-
Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Neutron were found at a nuclear power plant in California, contaminated with radiation.
Two years later, after a number of special baths, they're radiation free and going home with loving families.
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