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A packed house in Lynchburg tonight- to talk about possible racial troubles.
A car crashes into a tree near in Roanoke County.
More details about the Henry County Mom accused of killing her baby.
And the folks in one home heard the train and ran for safety JUST in time.
News 7 is next.[Newsbreak]
A serious accident in Raonoke County tonight-
a car smashes into a tree on Bradshaw Road.We'll have details.
A 29-year old charged with fatally stabbing her baby apparently had been in trouble before for child abuse.
Plus another independent counsel is requested to look into Labor Secratary Alexis Herman.
((ALEXIS HERMAN/LABOR SECRETARY: I'M OBVIOUSLY VERY DISAPPOINTED AND EXTREMELY BAFFLED BY THIS DECISION TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Alexis Herman/Labor Secretary;]
[OUT Q=THIS DECISION TODAY.]
And a family ran out of this house in the nick of time.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[L'burg-Schools]
It was standing room only tonight as black residents of Lynchburg confronted school administrators with what they say are racial inequities within the city school system.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
[IN Q=To the citizens]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Julius Sigler/School Board Chairman; :25]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Vivian Camm/School Board Member; :48]
[SUPER=01-Danny McCain/Citizens' Committee Chairman; 1:07]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( To the citizens' committee the numbers just don't add up: black children make up nearly half the student population at E.C. Glass High School, but only 18 percent of the TEACHERS are black.
Meanwhile black students make up 90 percent of the long- term suspensions.
Residents want to know why.
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The debate turned emotional, with at least one parent walking out in disgust.
But most felt the two- hour session helped open some eyes.
[IN Q=The numbers]
((DR. JULIUS SIGLER/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THE NUMBERS THAT WERE QUOTED ARE REAL AND THOSE NUMBERS REFLECT A REAL PROBLEM. THE QUESTION IS WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?))
[OUT Q=do about it?]
Administrators denied race has anything to do with which students are suspended and how many minorities are hired.
But the perception of a problem is very real.. and as long as there are unusual disparities, black residents aren't ready to accept any excuses.
[IN Q=I think that]
((DR. VIVIAN CAMM/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I THINK THAT THERE'S ALWAYS DISTRUST WHEN YOU HAVE A FEWER PERCENTAGE OF MINORITY PEOPLE IN DECISION- MAKING ROLES.))
[OUT Q=decision-making roles.]
Both sides agree there are no easy answer, but they've promised to meet again.
[IN Q=At least it]
((DANNY MCCAIN/COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: AT LEAST IT GAVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT OUR SIDE OF IT, BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM THEM. SO I THINK IT WAS A GOOD STARTING POINT.))
[OUT Q=starting point.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Henry-Murder]
The mother who allegedly killed her daughter on Mother's Day has told people she hears voices.
Investigators say 29-year old Sharon Denise Alley fatally stabbed her eight-month old baby with a kitchen knife.
Her nine-year old son was in the next room and told deputies his mother came out of the baby's room, yelling "I killed her, I killed her".
[IN Q=Certainly being]
((LT. KIMMY NESTOR/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT: CERTAINLY BEING NINE YEARS OLD IT'S VERY TRAUMATIC WHAT HE'S BEEN THROUGH.
HE'S BEEN COOPERATIVE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HE'S NOW BEEN RELEASED TO HIS FATHER'S PARENTS AND THEY'RE LOOKING AFTER HIS WELL-BEING. SOCIAL SERVICES IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED AND THEY'LL MAKE SURE HE'S WELL TAKEN CARE OF.))
[OUT Q=taken care of]
Alley is currently in jail on one million dollar bond.
Court papers say she threw the same baby on the floor last October--
At that time, she apparently told her husband voices had told her to do it.
A court allowed her to keep her children while she awaited trial.[Bradshaw-Ax]
Roanoke County police say an accident victim is in stable condition after wrapping her car around a tree.
Rescue crews took 35-year old Melanie Elmir (El-Mirror) to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital after the accident on Bradshaw Road near Catawba.
[IN Q=ALL WE KNOW]
((OFFICER R.J. WYGAL/ROANOKE CO. POLICE; ALL WE KNOW RIGHT NOW IS THE VEHICLE WAS COMING AT AN UNDETERMINED SPEED AROUND THIS CURVE RIGHT HERE AND IT LOST CONTROL AND HIT THAT TREE. SIDEWAYS.))
[SUPER=01-Officer R. J. Wygal/Roanoke Co. Police;]
Elmir suffered a few broken ribs and some lacerations.
Her car tore the bark off a few trees.
It then toppled a tree and wrapped around another one.
Investigators say the car skidded at least 200-yards before crashing.
Police would not confirm it, but witnesses say she was driving too fast.
Another independent counsel investigation of yet another Clinton administration official.
This time the Attorney General is requesting a special counsel look into Labor Secretary Alexis Herman-
The accustaions: alleged peddling and illegal campaign contributions while she was a White House aide.
((ALEXIS HERMAN/LABOR SECRETARY: THE JUSTICE DEPARTMETN SAID NEITHER THEY NOR THE FBI CONCLUDED THAT I HAVE DONE ANYTHING WRONG AND THAT IS BECASUE I HAVE NOT.))
[SUPER=01-Alexis Herman/Labor Secretary; ]
[OUT Q=I have not."]
Herman is accused of taking kickbacks when she was a White House aide- in return for helping clients of a friend.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu missed today's scheduled peace summit in Washington-
but he will meet with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Wednesday-
Netanyahu skipped today's meetings- rejecting the condition that he hand over more of the West Bank to Palestinian control.
((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHILE THE U.S. HAS ALWAYS BEEN COMMITTED TO ISRAEL'S SECURITY IT IS PERTINENT AND IMPERATIVE THAT ISRAEL AND ISRAEL ALONE MAKE THE DETERMINATION FOR ITS SECURITY.))
((JAMES RUBIN/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: OUR GOAL IS NOT SOME FEEL GOOD CONFRONTATION OUR GOAL IS A PROCESS THAT LEADS TO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.))
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[SUPER=01-James Rubin/State Department Spokesman; 14]
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Netanyahu will also meet with members of Congress during his trip this week.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
It's not quite the Dave Matthews' Band, but there was another group, much more local group touring Roanoke today.
And it was a surprise move for one Ohio family after a freight train tore their home from its foundation.
We'll have the story, coming up on News 7 at 11.
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A decision that has divided Roanoke City Council has been put off until the Fall.
A crowd of city employees turned out this afternoon, as city council approved the budget for the next fiscal year.
Council delayed a decision on the pension increase that supporters say is long overdue, and opponents consider a risky idea.
[IN Q=The employees have stuck]
((CHUCK WELLS/ROANOKE FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: THE EMPLOYEES HAVE STUCK WITH THE CITY THROUGH THE BAD TIMES AND TOOK PAY FREEZES AND PROMOTIONAL FREEZES AND LAST YEAR, THE STOCK MARKET'S DONE REAL WELL. THE PENSION BENEFIT WHICH IS SET ASIDE FOR PENSION BENEFITS HAS DONE REAL WELL, SO WE'RE JUST TRYING TO GET SOME OF THOSE BENEFITS OUT TO THE EMPLOYEES.))
((ROBERT TONKINSON/PENSION PLAN BOARD MEMBER: RIGHT NOW WE'RE EXPERIENCING GREAT INVESTMENT RETURNS AND THE PENSION PLAN IS VERY STRONG, BUT ANY TIME YOU INCREASE BENEFITS IT'S GOING TO FLOW THROUGH EVENTUALLY TO THE BUDGET THROUGH CONTRIBUTIONS. THE CITY'S BEEN VERY LUCKY. IT'S CONTRIBUTION WAS SLATED TO DECREASE BY A COUPLE OF MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR. THAT FREED UP A COUPLE OF MILLION DOLLARS THAT COULD BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE IN THE CITY BUDGET.))
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[SUPER=01-Robert Tonkinson/Pension Plan Board Member; :21]
[OUT Q=for any purpose in the city budget.]
Council also filled two seats on the School Board today, appointing current board member Melinda Payne, and newcomer Ruth Willson.
The vote means that controversial board member Harry Davis won't be returning when his current term expires in a matter of weeks.
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Roanoke City Council took steps toward improving communications with neighborhoods and addressing community concerns.
Council launched its neighborhood tour program by walking through Southeast.
The program gives residents a chance to discuss community issues with city officials.
They can voice their opinions as to what strategies work in their neighborhoods.
Additional council neighborhood tours are scheduled for June and again in the fall.
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Is a 765-thousand volt power line the answer to an energy crisis?
American Electric Power says yes.
But plenty of opponents are fighting back.
[DISSOLVE TO FULLSCREEN BOARD "POWER STRUGGLE"]
Scott Goldberg has more on the debate that has turned into a high-voltage power struggle.
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[SUPER=01-Bernie Pasternack/American Electric Power; :32]
[SUPER=01-John McLeod/Virginia Tech Researcher; :55]
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The way American Electric Power describes it, industry and consumers in Southwest Virginia are about to demand more electricity than the power company can supply.
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((BERNIE PASTERNACK/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: WE HAVE A REAL RELIABILITY PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=RELIABILITY PROBLEM]
[pre pro: graph of demand going up from 1973 to 1998]
Since American Electric Power built its last backbone transmission line -- 25 years ago -- the company reports demand for electricity has more than doubled.
[quick nat sot power line buzzing from tape 2 at 13 27 37]
A-E-P says there's only one practical way to handle the growing load:
Add a new high-voltage line to the old transmission system.
[SOT TAPE 3 at 1 03 18]
[IN Q=IF WE]
((BERNIE PASTERNACK/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: IF WE DON'T INCREASE THAT CAPABILITY, THERE IS A VERY SERIOUS RISK OF BLACKOUTS IN THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA AREA.))
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[nat sound of dog splashing through water on TAPE 2 at 11 08 49]
The line A-E-P wants to build snakes through miles of national forest and a handful of small communities.
There's no doubt it would bring more power here.
There's also no shortage of critics who say there has to be a better way.
[SOT TAPE 2 at 10 48 42]
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((JOHN MCLEOD: WESTERN VIRGINIA NEEDS A RELIABLE SOURCE OF POWER WHICH DOESN'T REQUIRE US TO DESTROY OUR NATIONAL FOREST RECREATIONAL AREAS, OUR PRIVATE PROPERTY, OUR HOMES...))
[OUT Q=OUR HOMES]
John McLeod is a Virginia Tech researcher who did
[shot of mcleod thumbing through research on tape 2 at 10 29 20 or 10 29 54]
his own, independent study.
He concluded the risk of a blackout is not as bad as the power company says it is.
[nat sound from video: "The line will trip and fail."]
A-E-P is distributing a video that describes this scenario:
High demands for electricity and failing power lines lead to a widespread blackout.
[pre pro mcleod's numbers]
McLeod's study says, based on the demand in Southwest Virginia, there's only one hour every 129-years when the conditions would be right for that kind of power failure.
[SOT tape 2 10 51 27]
[IN Q=if you look]
((JOHN MCLEOD: IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THAT AND YOU LOOK AT THE PROBABILITY OF THAT OCCURRING, THOSE ARE ALL RARE EVENTS.))
[OUT Q=RARE EVENTS]
[SOT "standup" tape at 12 27 28]
[IN Q=aep has]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: A-E-P HAS CALLED MCLEOD'S RESEARCH INACCURATE AND HAS FIRED BACK USING BIG WEAPONS.
A REPORT GIVEN TO THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, A STUDY BY THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND TESTIMONY FROM INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS ALL -- AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER -- HAVE AGREED THE RISK OF A POWER FAILURE IS REAL.
[<<<<>>>] WHETHER THE POWER LINE IS THE BEST WAY TO AVERT THAT RISK IS A QUESTION THE STATE STILL NEEDS TO ANSWER. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7.))
Tomorrow, in part two of our report, Scott looks at possible alternatives to the power line.
Sending out those Christmas cards may cost you more in 19-98
And thousands of pounds of food will soon be headed to needy families in Southwest Virgnia.
We'll have the story when the news continues.
Just how safe are the fruits and vegetables you eat?
One report says imported food can be harmful to your health.
The study is highly critical of the Food and Drug Administration's ability to insure the quality of imported food-
[SOT 13:03:26 ]
((SEN. SUSAN COLLINS/R- MINNESOTA: THE KEY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE GROWN IN A SANITARY MANNE
R AND THAT THEY ARE SHIPPED AND PACKED AND HANDLED APPROPRIATELY THAT'S REALLY THE KEY.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Susan Collins/(R) Minnesota;]
[OUT Q=that's really the key.]
Collins commissioned the report last year-
It found of all the produce imported last year- less than 2 percent was inspected by the FDA-
Collins says Congress must work to step up inspections of imported food.
Were you one of those folks who left canned goods out for your mailman to pick up Saturday?
The local numbers for the nation's largest food drive were a huge success.
It wasn't just the Association of letter carriers- but also the U-S post office, the United Way and Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest food bank- taking part to stamp out hunger.
In the Roanoke area, more than 58-thousand pounds of non-perishables have been collected so far.
[IN Q=LAST YEAR WE]
((PAM IRVINE/FOOD BANK DIRECTOR; LAST YEAR WE RECEIVED 54-THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD. AND YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT FOOD WILL BE COMING IN HERE FOR THE NEXT TWO TO THREE WEEKS. SO I'M SURE WE'LL SURPASS 58-THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Pam Irvine/Food Bank Director;]
[OUT Q=pounds of food]
The food goes to more than 500 organizations, such as soup kitchens and Meals on Wheels for distribution to the needy.
The food collected to this point will provide an estimated 53-thousand meals and will last about two months.
Many Virginians enjoy reliving famous battles from the Civil War.
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But few have seen the wreck of the USS Monitor.
In 18-62 the 776 ton vessel battled the C-S-S Virginia in the first ever skirmish between two iron clad ships.
Nine months later it sank during a storm just off the coast of Cape Hatteras.
Now a local diver is part of a group getting ready to descend 240 feet to gather information to help save the Monitor from its greatest enemy, time.
Steve Pardon will have more scenes from the Monitor's watery grave tomorrow on News 7 Mornin'.
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It is time to hand out more postseason honors in the NBA.
The Associated Press says the NBA will name Larry Bird its coach of the year today.
Bird led the Pacers to 58 regular season wins and they are now one victory away from the Eastern Conferecne finals.
The North Cross golf dynasty remains in tact last night as the Raiders hold off a stiff challenge to win their 7th straight team crown in the Virginia Independent School tournament.
64 golfers from 10 teams battled the elements most of the day at Ole Monterey golf club.
North Cross senior and defending champion Brandon Lacroix was one over at the turn and was ready for a repeat.
But Covenant's Andy Dofflemyer had the hot club. He finished with a 2 under 69 to capture the tourney as a junior.
Lacroix finished with a three over 74 in his last match as a North Cross golfer. He finished in 2nd; 5 shots behind behind Dofflemyer; his long time rival.
[SUPER=01-Andy Dofflemyer/1998 VIC Champion;:00]
[SUPER=01-Brandon LaCroix/5 Year North Cross Varsity Player; :11]
[OUT Q=...awesome out here"]
North Cross topped Martinsville's Carlisle School by a slim 3 strokes for its 7th straight team title.
Covenant came in third place. Lynchburg Christian finished in 8th place.
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William Byrd clinched the Blue Ridge regular season baseball title outright tonight with a 6-to-3 win over Rockbridge County.
Byrd trailed 3-to-nothing, but came back to win the game 6-to-3.
The Blue Ridge tournament opens Wednesday afternoon.
And in the opening round of the Seminole district tourney Jefferson Forest beat Staunton River 6-to-5.
The Atlanta Braves set a new franchise record last night as they homered as a team for the 23rd straight game in their 8-to- 1 win over Cincinnati.
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Fox-Ohio; :00]
And the man last night was Andruw Jones.
A month ago there was talk he might get shipped back to Richmond, tonight he cracked this three run homer to left in the first
He then hit another to right in the 5th.
The Braves are off to
their best start ever having won 12 of their last 14 games.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will try to finally open play in the Atlantic 10 conference baseball tournament tomorrow.
The A-10 championships were scheduled to start last Friday in Boyertown, Pennsylvania - but rain has forced the tourney to be postponed three straight days.
They are now moving it to the astro-turf field at Veteran's stadium in Philadelphia tomorrow.
Tech plays U-Mass at 11 tomorrow morning. If the Hokies win they will play for the title tomorrow night. [S-Alle
The Redskins Terry Allen is close to resolving his run-in with police last summer in Georgia.
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Season; :00]
A report in the Washington Post says Allen will accept a plea bargain agreement that will among other things force him to spend three nights in jail.
Allen was charged with drunk driving, speeding and eluding police.
Georgia law requires a minimum 48 hour jail sentence for drunk driving.
The Washington Caps had a chance to all but clinch their eastern conference semi-final series with Ottawa last night as they looked to take a three games to none lead on the Senators.
[SUPER=03-Kanata, Ontario/NHL; :00]
The Caps fell behind 3-to-1, but got within a goal at 4-to-3 in the closing minutes and had a chance to win in the final seconds.
But two of their point black shots on goal were turned away by Damian Rhoades and the Senators win it 4-to-3 at home.
Still to come tonight fast laps at Indy, fast circuits for the Saturn Cup on the way,
and so are the regular Monday night WCW highlights as Goldburg goes for his 83rd straight win.
The countdown to the Indy 500 on Memorial day and qualifying at the Brickyard continued today.
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00]
Tony Stewart, who also drives on the Busch series for Joe Gibbs and will move into Winston Cup next season, ran a lap at 223 point 703 miles an hour during the second day of practice.
That is the fastest lap at the track since the IRL adopted its new chassis-engine formula.
Stewart's is the Indy Racing league's defending champion.
Scott Sharp was second fastest today at 222 and one tenth miles an hour.
Practice continues locally for a number of local cyclists who are gearing up and gearing down for this year's Saturn Cup festival races on Memorial Day.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00]
The Patrick Henry Hotel hosted a Festival in the park news conference this morning.
The memorial day weekend activities include a night time golf tournament, musical concerts and arts.
And this year, the cycling events should be their best yet in terms of the talent level.
[IN Q="we expect]
[SUPER=01-Bob Bowman/Race Director; :00]
[OUT Q=...pro category"]
We head out to the Midwest to a soldout Kemper Arena in Kansas City for last night's
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The United States champion, Bill Goldberg successfully defended his title by beating a nobody named Wyn Denton.
Goldberg is now 83-and-0.
And former United States champ Diamond Dallas Page also won his match against Lenny Lane with the Diamond cutter off the top rope.
But the shock of the night came when good guy - "The Giant" turned bad and joined the forces of the NWO - The New World Order. WCW on WDBJ, Saturdays at Noon.
They say timing is everything and that was the case in Ohio-
A man and his wife heard a train, grabbed the family dog and got out of the house "in the nick of time."
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This is what happened. These pictures are today's video of the day.
Moments after the family left, a Conrail train slammed into the home- knocking it off the foundation.
The freight train also damaged a car and storage shed.
31 of the 105 cars derailed- coal spilled onto the ground.
Amazingly no one was hurt.
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