Coming up on News 7 at 11...
A Roanoke fire sends one man to the hospital with serious burns.
Victory Stadium gets a facelift for a major concert event.
And a move is on to preserve the history of Rocky Mount.
News 7 at 11 is next.[Roanoke-Fire]
An apartment fire in Roanoke tonight set one man on fire --and sent him running from the building for help.
The blaze broke out around eight-thirty at a two story garage apartment building, at the corner of Ninth Street and Morehead Avenue in southeast Roanoke.
The fire apparently started in an upstairs apartment.
The man who caught fire was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He's listed in stable but serious condition and is being flown to U-V-A Hospital tonight.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
A Lynchburg man is in critical condition tonight after being shot earlier this afternoon.
Jesse Alvin Gray was shot in the chest around 2 p-m at one-thousand four Pinehurst Street in Lynchburg.
According to police the shooting took place after an argument.
Houston D. Haskins owns the home where the shooting occurred.
However, police would NOT confirm that he was Gray's attacker.
Charges have yet to be filed in the case.
People in Alabama are burying the 33 victims killed by tornados last week.
One minister said "only God knows why this happened".
Lee Cowan has more.
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((THE GOODBYES BEGAN TODAY FOR THOSE LOST IN WEDNESDAY'S STORM.
A DOUBLE FUNERAL FOR A COUPLE MARRIED HALF A CENTURY. THEY LIVED THROUGH A
LOT, BUT NOT THIS.
IT'S THE FIRST SATURDAY OF SPRING HERE IN ALABAMA, A TIME FOR RENEWAL.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HOMES TO REPAIR, THE SUNNY SKIES AFFORDED THE CHANCE TO GET
FOR THOSE WHO DONT, IT WAS A BRIGHT DAY THAT HIGHLIGHTED THE PIECES OF WHAT'S
LEFT FROM ONE DARK EVENING.
(SOT: "Cut your losses....time to start over") 4:32
BUT THE CLEAR WEATHER BROUGHT OTHER THINGS TOO....LOOTERS.
(SOT: "What the weather didn't do... it's all gone.")
ITS NOT FOR LOSS OF PROPERTY THEY SAY, JUST THE GALL THAT GETS THEM.
WHERE THERE'S DAMAGE, THERE ARE INSURANCE ADJUSTERS, WHICH MEANS JUST ABOUT
WALKING FROM HOME TO HOME, SURVEYING THE DAMAGE, THIS IS THEIR JOB. IT HAS
NEVER BEEN TOUGHER.
(SOT: William Crenshaw, National Security Insurance)
IN ADDITON TO BLANKETS AND FOOD, THE SALVATION ARMY IS PLAYING EASTER BUNNY AS
FOR THE GROWNUPS, NO BASKETS OF CANDY, BUT REASSURANCES FROM FEDERAL DISASTER
TEAMS. HELP IS ON THE WAY, BUT WILL BE A WHILE.))
Northern Ireland's largest Protestant party will support the Northern Ireland peace agreement.
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The Ulster Unionist Party made the decision in a meeting of its executive committee, though one committee member says it was not a unanimous decision.
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((WILLIAM THOMPSON/ULSTER UNIONIONIST EXECUTIVE MEMBER; THE PARTY IN FACT IS EXTREMELY DIVIDED ON THIS ISSUE, IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE, IT COULD LEAD TO A DIVISION OF THE PARTY, I HOPE IT WILL NOT.))
[SUPER=01-William Thompson/Ulster Unionist Executive Member;]
[OUT Q=it will not]
The focus now shifts to Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army. Its executive board meets next weekend to consider the peace deal.
Pope John Paul the Second began the Easter vigil tonight at the Vatican.
The Pope led a candle-light procession in St. Peter's Basilica, as hundreds of pilgrims lit their own candles, proclaiming the "light of Christ".
Each year, a group of people are baptized personally by the Pope, this year the group included four from China --symbolic because the Vatican is putting pressure on China to stop supressing Catholicism.
Straight ahead--we'll tell you how
organizers in Roanoke are preparing for the Dave Matthews Band concert.
And, one resident in Rocky Mount is taking steps to make sure the town's history is preserved.
We'll explain when the news continues.
Next Saturday, about 30-thousand people will pack into Victory Stadium
for the Dave Matthews Band concert.
It's the first stop in the band's world tour.
Organizers are already preparing for the hundreds of people they expect to attend.
David Johnson has more.
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((The stadium has gone through a major facelift from the lighting to the field.
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((SHAUNA LEE HUDSON/SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR; A LOT OF PAINTING HAS BEEN DONE, SEATS HAVE BEEN REPLACED. THE BATHROOMS HAVE BEEN REFURBISHED. EVERYTHING'S BEING REFURBISHED. ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE THINGS TO LOOK AT IS THE GRASS. WE'VE GOT NEW SOD DOWN AND A NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEM IS UNDERNEATH THAT. WE WERE GOING TO DO THAT ANYWAY. BUT IT'S NICE THAT IT'S IN PLACE FOR THIS EVENT.))
The group generating so much attention is the Dave Matthews Band.
Radio stations are offering promotions to keep up with the high demand for concert tickets.
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((LARRY DOWDY/K92-RADIO; WE DID AN ENTIRE WEEKEND GIVING AWAY DAVE MATTHEWS CONCERT TICKETS AND EVERYBODY JUST KEEPS CALLING AND CALLING. SO THE WEEK OF THE SHOW, AS WE GET CLOSER TO CONCERT DAY, WE'RE GOING TO BE GIVING AWAY MORE TICKETS.))
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An A-B-C license has been acquired for vendors to sell beer and there will be a six beer limit per person.
There will be 100 port-a-potties close by for comfort.
And while officials don't anticipate any trouble, they're not taking any chances.
400-security personnel will be patroling the grounds.
Parking won't be permitted nearby but there will be 100-shuttle buses running to and from five designated areas, including the Roanoke Civic Center and Downtown.
The last time the city had so much to tackle was back in the 1950's.
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((HUDSON; THE FOOTBALL GAMES THAT WERE PLAYED HERE, THE CROWDS WERE LARGE BUT NOTHING THIS LARGE.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; ONE OF THE LARGEST OF THOSE CROWDS WAS ON NOVEMBER 26, 1942 WHEN THE STADIUM WAS DEDICATED DURING A FOOTBALL GAME BETWEEN VIRGINIA TECH AND VMI. 22-THOUSAND-500 PEOPLE SAW THAT GAME. BUT OFFICIALS SAY THAT NUMBER WILL PALE IN COMPARISON TO WHAT'S EXPECTED HERE ON APRIL 18TH. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
Community support continues for two women burned out of their home earlier this week.
Gertrude Jumper and her daughter, Emma Jones managed to escape from their home, that went up in flames Tuesday night.
People began offering clothes and food to them last Wednesday.
And, since then a Valley Metro bus driver started a collection for the family.
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((WENDELL POFF/VALLEY METRO; I TALKED WITH ONE OF THE FIRE MARSHALLS AND HE TOLD ME THAT SHE LOST JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING SHE HAD.))
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[OUT Q=everything she had.]
Jumper is a regular customer on Poff's route and has ridden the city bus longer than she can remember.
The bus driver says he began the collection by asking his fellow workers to pitch in.
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((POFF; THEN SOME OF THE PUBLIC HEARD ABOUT IT. IT'S JUST GONE RIGHT ON. IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN I EVER EXPECTED.))
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The 103-year old retired domestic worker was overwhelmed by the gesture.
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((GERTRUDE JUMPER/FIRE VICTIM; I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. I JUST APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT PEOPLE GIVE ME BECAUSE IF THERE WAS EVER A PERSON WHO NEEDED IT, IT'S ME. Laughter))
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[OUT Q=IT'S ME. Laughter.]
The local Red Cross is pitching in, too.
It is picking up the tab for Jumper and her family to stay at a nearby hotel.
The family's home was badly burned after someone set fire to an abandoned house next door.
A local historian wants to draw national attention to Rocky Mount by making it an historic district.
She says the town's boundries are a minefield of historical treasures.
Tina Tenret has more.
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((Rocky Mount is the seat of Franklin County.
Its massive two-story courthouse was built about 80 years ago by a Roanoke architect.
Just down Main Street looms Virgil Goode's law office, the oldest commercial building in town.
Still trading feed and seed is the former Farmer's Exchange.
And, the 1874 Trinity Episcopal Church is a community cornerstone.
These buildings could soon be part of a national historic district.
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((ANNE STUART BECKETT/ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN: REALLY THERE ARE NO DISADVANTAGES WITH PUTTING A BUILDING OR DISTRICT ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER. YOU CAN STILL DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO THE BUILDING, YOU CAN PAINT IT, YOU CAN ADD TO IT, YOU CAN TEAR IT DOWN.))
[OUT Q=tear it down]
In fact, old buildings like the railroad depot that are being restored get hefty tax breaks -- IF they are part of an historic district.
That discount would also apply to historic homes.
Anne Carter Lee's house was built in 1812 -- she thinks an historic district would not only welcome outsiders, but also tie neighborhoods together.
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((ANNE CARTER LEE: ONE THING THAT'S PARTICULARLY NICE ABOUT ROCKY MOUNT IS YOU DON'T LIVE IN CULTURAL GHETTOS. I'M NOT SAYING THERE ISN'T PREJUDICE AND PLENTY OF DIFFICULTIES BUT PEOPLE CAN'T LIVE IN A CULTURAL GHETTO BECAUSE IT'S NOT BIG ENOUGH. PEOPLE KNOW EACH OTHER.))
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[IN Q=If all goes well]
((IF ALL GOES WELL, ROCKY MOUNT COULD KNOW BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WHETHER IT'S MADE IT ONTO THE NATIONAL REGISTER. BUT FIRST -- TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS MUST DECIDE WHETHER TO EVEN APPLY. THAT HAPPENS MONDAY NIGHT. TINA TENRET, NEWS7.))
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Andrew Freiden will be here in a few minutes with your Easter Sunday weather forecast.
And, we'll follow Steve Mason on safari in Africa.
That's coming up when the news continues.
It's hard to mask the beauty of nature, even in times of war.
Steve Mason found that out while travelling to the Sudan and Uganda in Africa.
His two-part report ends with a safari.
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((A beautiful African sunset greeted the mission's team members as they entered Northern Uganda's Mutchinson Falls National Park. This national preserve encompasses 3,864 square kilometers. No street lights or rush hour traffic; but that didn't mean the roads weren't busy. Thompson Gazelles blended into the landscape but no one missed the giraffes; the highlight of the land tour.
An unforgettable tour of the Nile River began with a rather close encounter with a Hippopotomis that was hardly camera shy.
Approximately 18 hundred hippos live in the park; one of the largest herds on the 6,700 kilometer Nile. The two story touring boat kept the safari at a safe distance from the powerful beasts.
((GEORGE ATUBE/SAFARI GUIDE:))
Not even the 850 crock's in the park could prevent one traveler from a cat nap that quickly came to an end when two large elephants were spotted near rivers edge. The preserve is named after perhaps its most magnificent sight; Mutchisin falls.
650 species of birds inhabit the park. and it was no wonder after the Safari; each participant felt like they too were on cloud nine. In Uganda, Steve Mason, News 7.))
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The Salem Avalanche was back on the field last night at the Stadium taking on the Winston Salem Warthogs.
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It was a cool windy evening at the park as the Avalanche and Warthogs took the field.
The Avalanche would get on the board first. Clint Bryant was on second and Blake Anderson hits the sacrifice fly scoring Bryant to make it 1 to nothing in the second.
The Warthogs would come back in the fourth and tie it as Joe Crede hits this solo homer over the left centerfield wall to make it 1 to 1.
Winston Salem would continue to light up the scoreboard Rashad Albert hits this three run homer
over the left field wall to make it 4 to 1 and the Warthogs win it 8 to 2.
Mike Mussina pitched a two hitter in 8 innings and he picked ups his one-thousandth career strikeout as the Baltimore Orioles beat Detroit yesterday 2 to nothing.
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A couple of young fans enjoying some cotton candy at the ball park.
The Orioles got on the board in the top of the first when Joe Carter hits this line drive to right field scoring Jeffery Hammonds to make it 1 to nothing Baltimore.
Still in the first, Cal Ripken hits the high chopper
to third for the fielders choice scoring a run and Baltimore wins the game 2 to nothing.
The Florida Marlins are off to the worst start of any defending world champ at 1 and 10 after losing their 10-th straight game Pittsburgh beating the Marlins 7 to 6 in 10 innings.
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The Marlins got on the board first in the top of the first when Mark Kotsay hits this double down the right field line with the bases loaded scoring two to make it 2 to nothing.
But the Pirates come back in their half of the inning Kevin Young hitting this shot over the left field line for a two run homer to make it 2 to 2.
Young comes back in the fifth hitting this double
down the left field line scoring two more runs to make it 4 to 2 Pirates and Pittsburgh wins it 7 to 6 in 10.
Fred Couples is alone atop the leader board after three rounds of the Master's Golf Tournament. More, when we retur
The Colorado Rockies lost their seventh straight game today.
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Brett Bone drove in three runs and Barry Larkin hit his first homer of the season as Cincinnati downed the Rockies 12 to 5.
For all the scores lets check the boards.
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And coming up, Virginia Tech gets ready for its annual spring football game next weekend the Express was on the ice at the Roundhouse tonight.
And Fred Couples is the leader after three rounds of the Masters Golf Tournament.
The Roanoke Express was out to take a commanding lead in its second round Kelly Cup best of five playoff series with the Admirals of Hampton Roads.
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An express fan watching the team warm up before the face off with the Admirals.
And the Admirals would get the first score when Dominique Maltais hits this slap shot and it gets by Express Goalie Dave Gagnon and Hampton went on top by a score of 1 to nothing.
But the Express would come back with a score in the second period. Wayne Strachan gets out on the
break away and score the goal to tie it at 1 to 1 and ___ wins it ___ to ____.
Fred Couples is in position to win his second Green Jacket. Couples shot a one under par 71 yesterday for a total of 210, 6 under par and a two shot lead after three rounds of the Masters Golf Tournament.
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A beautiful spring day as the golfers teed it up for the third round.
Jack Nicklaus made his move yesterday he rolls in this long par putt at the 18-th hole to finish with a 2 under par 70 putting him at 1 under for the event.
Phil Mickelson also made a move he rolls in this birdie putt at 14 to go to 6 under par Mickleson finished at 4 under par.
But Couples answered Mickelson's birdie with an eagle on the 13-th hole to take over the lead at 6 under par after a 71.
Mark O'Meara and Paul Azinger share second place with Mickelson at 4 under. David Duval who shared the second round lead with Couples is at 3 under and Tiger Woods shot 72 yesterday to finish at 1 under.
Amateur Matt Kuchar of Georgia Tech shot a 68 yesterday to finish at 216 even par for the tournament.[S-Tech]
The Virginia Tech Hokies will hold their spring game next weekend and they have a lot of work to do this spring and it will start with getting quarterback Al Clark healthy again.
Clark is recovering from off season knee surgery. His progress is a little slower than expected but Clarks mobility and strength in the leg is getting better day by day.
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[OUT Q=.....real strong.]
Clarks work in the spring will be very important to the Hokies. Tech will have a new group of receivers in the lineup and the Hokies are hoping to improve on their passing game when they get into action this fall.
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((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=.....the catch.]
The Longest winnless streak on NASCAR's Busch Grand National circuit ended yesterday when Ed Berrier took the checkered flag in the Galaxy Food's 300 in Hickory North Carolina.
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Berrier cleared the path when he bumped into Randy Lajoie causing a multiple car accident that also collected Kevin Grubb.
When the smoke cleared Berrier took the checkered flag for his first win in a career that began 208 races ago in 1984.
And, that's the morning wrap from the News 7 SPorts Department.[Video]
We leave you tonight with a sign of the season--
A couple of "Peter Cottontails" made a surprise appearance at Heironimous's Great Additions in Roanoke--
To the delight of customers eating lunch there.
The two putting everyone in the spirit of the season were Janice Crouse and Hazel Petitt.
The pair said they were just looking for a place to "hop" in to.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning for coverage of Easter Sunrise Services at Natural Bridge. And, that's going to do it for us at News 7 tonight.