The tornado that ravaged Alabama earlier this week was a so-called level five.
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Winds of up to 260 miles an hour tore houses off foundations.
Vice President Al Gore and other government officials toured the area yesterday.
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((THE DEVASTATION IS VIRTUALLY UNPRECEDENTED. THEREFORE OUR RESPONSE MUST BE UNPRECEDENTED AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT STRIKES ME MOST OF ALL IS THE WAY THE PEOPLE HAVE PULLED TOGETHER.))
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President Clinton has declared parts of Alabama and Georgia diaster areas, making them eligible for financial aide.
40 people died as a result of the storm.
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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.
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The Goodyear tire plant in Danville moved to its new seven- day- a- week operating schedule today.
The new work hours took effect with today's 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.
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[super=71-9/18/21/24/28/9/11/33/35/40/16;] Cash 5/Big Game
[TAPE#=98-28 TC 21:35]
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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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[SUPER=01-David Fuller/Mission Director; :24]
[SUPER=01-Courtney Mauzy/Church Elder; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-John Moi/Sudan Missionary; 2:05]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Tull/Church Elder; 2:27]
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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 tonight on News 7 at Six, with a look at a safari.
Lynchburg police arrested a suspect yesterday, five months after a middle of the night shooting death.
Eighteen- year- old Ernest Fuller is charged with murder of David Johnson last November.
Fuller is charged with murder and two counts of assault and battery.
[TAPE#=98-34 TC 19:50]
A Lynchburg man accused of stalking News 7 Anchor Melanie Moon surprised prosecutors with a guilty plea yesterday.
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.[VMI-Suit]
A federal court will not stop the prosecution of six V-M-I cadets.
Three freshmen and three seniors are accused of lying about a hazing incident and were scheduled for a trial before the school's honor court last week.
The cadets were hoping for an injunction from the Fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals.
But the three judge panel yesterday rejected their motion without comment.
The V-M-I honor code calls for expulsion if a cadet is found guilty of lying.[6-Riding-bull]
Daredevil sports-- Bungee jumping, parachuting--continue to be quite popular. They can also be quite hazardous.
Some say the most dangerous of these pursuits is bull riding
The nation's largest bull riding tour will call Salem Civic Center home for a couple of nights.
The tour boasts some 80 bull- riding cowboys ready to take on the country's toughest bulls-- some weighing in at close to 2000 pounds.
Dennis Morris knows what it takes to stay atop one of these monsters for eight seconds-- he's been the world champion four times in his eighteen- year career.
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((DENNIS MORRIS/PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDER: IT'S GONNA BE A PRETTY EXCITING SHOW, YOU KNOW, AND YOU'RE PROBABLY GONNA SEE.
IVE BEEN TO BULL RIDING ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES, AND THIS IS THE BEST PEN OF BULLS I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE ANYWHERE.))
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It's the first time the tour has ever made a stop in Virginia.
Homers and homer robbing catches dominate the sports plays from late night action.
The San Diego Padres win their fifth straight.
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But it didn't look like it was going to end that way when Padre Ken Caminiti stepped to the plate in the seventh inning. Caminiti drills is fourth homer of the year. The solo dinger makes it 4-1 Arizona.
It looks like San Diego's Steve Finley was going to but the Padres on the board again but Brent Brede reaches over the wall and robs Finley of the homer.
But in the bottom of the ninth two outs, it was Finley who became the thief. His grand slam steals the victory for the Padres. 6-4 San Diego.
In Denver, the Salem Avalanche's major league affiliate, had similar luck on the diamond last night.
Reds Bret Boone rocks one to the wall in the sixth, but Dante Bichette robs Cincinnati of the run.
But the Rockies get hammered in the seventh and this Eduardo Perez three run homer to left field in the eighth makes it 14-4 Reds. When the night was done Cincinnati rounded the bases 18 times to the Rockies four.
If you're looking for a really easy way to seem like a Gourmet Chef--
Mary Workman IS a gourmet chef-- and this week's recipe will show you how to cook like one.
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If you drop us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you this recipe.
You can see the address there on the screen. You can also check out our web site under the weekend mornings section.
And, don't forget if you'd like to be on the weekend diner, send us a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
And if we come to your house, you'll get a cool weekend diner apron.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Damage estimates in Alabama will have to come later-- right now emergency officials are just trying to find shelter for thousands of people.
They were left homeless by tornadoes that swept across the southeast earlier this week. The storms killed 40 people and injured hundreds.
They're calling it the first step toward peace in Northern Ireland.
Violence first erupted 30 years ago between Protestants and Catholics, and now a new plan says they will rule Northern Ireland TOGETHER in an assembly.
The Goodyear plant in Danville was rolling out tires this morning- the first day of the plant's new seven-day work week.
Union members voted in December to move to the extended work week rather than lose their jobs.
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And that's what's making news on this Saturday, April 11-th.
We'll be back in just a minute.
An historic deal could mean peace in Northern Ireland, where Catholics and Protestants have been fighting for 30 years.
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Last night's talks went into 19 hours of overtime.
The deal includes a new locally elected Northern Ireland assembly, and a cross border body to coordinate north-South Ireland issues like trade and tourism.
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((THIS AGREEMENT PROVES DEMOCRACY WORKS AND IN ITS WAKE WE CAN SAY TO THE MEN OF VIOLENCE YOUR WAY IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY.))
[SUPER=01-George Mitchell/U.S. Mediator;]
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Now it will be up to the people of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic to approve the deal.
They'll decide by voting in a May referendum
Blacksburg could be getting bigger.
A proposal outlined yesterday would expand the town'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.
[IN Q=The overall]
((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. ))
[SUPER=01-Roger Hedgepeth/Blacksburg Mayor; :00]
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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.[11-Blue-Ridge]
[TAPE#=98-27 TC 30:53]
George Wright can find a piece of the old west in a scrap of Franklin County pine.
Joe Dashiell has more of his story in Southwest Traditions.
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[SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Blue Ridge Institute; :53]
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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.))
[OUT Q=and its cured, see.]
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.))
[OUT Q=how I got into it see.]
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.))
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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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Their numbers are declining and that could be bad news for farmers and people who like to get outside.
Dennis Troute tells us more about bats.
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[SUPER=04-The Nature Conservancy; :00]
[SUPER=03-Lewisburg, WV; :10]
[SUPER=01-Tina Hall/The Nature Conservancy; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Troute/Reporting; 1:26]
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A new loan program in Lynchburg is helping get central Virginia residents OFF the welfare rolls and ON the road to their new jobs.
Robin Grover borrowed 25- hundred dollars to help buy this used Geo Tracker which she drives to work every day.
Recipients have two years to pay the money back at no interest.. all while they're being weaned off welfare.
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((RON CARL/FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTOR: TWO YEARS BASICALLY IS WHAT THE TIME FRAME IS, SO DURING THAT TIME FRAME, THEY NEED TO INCREASE THEIR INCOME TO OFFSET WHAT'S GOING TO GET CUT AND TRANSPORTATION ALLOWS THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. IT ALLOWS THEM TO REACH OUT TO GET THE BETTER- PAYING JOBS AND NOT BE STUCK WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OR A 30- MINUTE BUS RIDE.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Carl/Family Services Director; :00]
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The money comes from unspent welfare funds from around central Virginia.
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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.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Sams/Public Health Nurse; ]
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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.
They kind of look like horses, but they have much calmer personalities--
Though they're more common in the South American mountains, they've found a home here in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, at the La Tierra Grande Farm in Hardy.
Visitors can pack a lunch, and hike through the wilderness with these long- legged creatures.
Kimberly McBroom takes us "llama trekking" in this week's "Time Off".
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[SUPER=07-Donna Schlegel; :02 quick!!]
[SUPER=01-Cindy Pasternak/La Tierra Grande Farm; :27]
[SUPER=01-Leslie Moise/Storyteller; 1:01]
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((Kimberly McBroom/News 7: Who's your friend here? DONNA SCHLEGEL: THIS IS APACHE. WE JUST MET TODAY. WE'RE ON OUR FIRST LLAMA TREK TOGETHER. LAUGHS..))
Donna Schlegel and her husband Joe are among those
looking for a DIFFERENT sort of adventure.
So, they set out on a foot journey across the La Tierra Grande Farm in Hardy.
Cindy Pasternak and her husband bought the farm six years ago, but just recently opened their gate to hikers.
((CINDY PASTERNAK/LA TIERRA GRANDE FARM: WHAT WE DO IS WE GO ON OUR PROPERTY. WE HAVE ALMOST 200 ACRES AND WE HIKE AND FIND A NICE PLACE TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE LUNCH AND JUST TO HAVE A LEISURELY AFTERNOON. IT'S ABOUT A THREE TO FOUR HOUR HIKE.))
Hiking boots are strongly suggested for conquering a few areas of rough terrain.
Pasternak says the hike is suitable for people of any age.
She does recommend children be AT LEAST four years old
And for the kid in EVERYONE, there's even a professional storyteller who often comes along for the stroll.
This was a ghostly llama trek.
((LESLIE MOISE/STORYTELLER: ONCE THERE WAS A LITTLE BOY NAMED DANIEL. DANIEL WAS VERY BRAVE. ONE NIGHT, AS DANIEL WAS TUCKING HIMSELF IN TO GO TO SLEEP, HE HEARD A DEEP VOICE SAYING, "WHOOOOOOO'S THERRRRRRE?"))
Trekkers can also just enjoy the pastoral setting of more typical farm animals like horses and pigs.
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: PASTERNAK SAYS SHE STARTED OFF WITH JUST TWO LLAMAS ON HER FARM. NOW, SHE'S UP TO 19. SHE SAYS THEY MAKE THE PERFECT HIKING COMPANIES BECAUSE THEY'RE GOOD- NATURED AND VERY EASY TO TRAIN.))
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((CINDY PASTERNAK/LA TIERRA GRANDE FARM: USUALLY, THEY'RE PRETTY GOOD, ESPECIALLY ANY MORE. THEY'RE MORE DOMESTICATED. PEOPLE ARE HANDLING THEM MORE AS THEY'RE YOUNGER AND MAKING THEM MUCH EASIER TO BE AROUND.))
Walking with the llamas costs about 40- dollars per person.
However, there are discounts for children.
The treks are available by appointment most every day, except Mondays.
You can come out to the farm from now until mid- November.
But the llamas usually take a LOAD off during the month of August.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Hardy.))[11-Diploma-Warranty]
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Finally, this morning, Did you see That?
You can get a warranty on just about anything, now even a diploma?
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.