Up next on News 7 at 11...
A Roanoke County traffic accident traps a woman in her truck...
Jim Gilmore re-enacts the signing of his historic tax cut.
And Pakistan shruggs off a call to stop nuclear testing.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Rescue workers had to airlift a woman to a local hospital following a traffic accident in Roanoke County earlier this evening.
It happened near the corner of Hedgelawn Avenue and Plantation Road around 5-15.
The woman was a passenger in a truck when it was rear-ended by a car.
The impact caused the pickup to spin out of control then flip.
It took rescuers 30 minutes to get the woman out of the truck.
Police say she suffered serious head injuries and was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
No one else was seriously injured.
Police aren't releasing the woman's name and her condition is NOT known.
Authorities filed charges against the car driver for following the truck too closely.
Governor Jim Gilmore braved the hot temperatures today to re-create the moment he signed-off on the largest tax cut in Virginia's history.
Ellen Qualls was there and has this report.
[IN Q=First came]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Buckland/Richmond Resident; :16]
[SUPER=01-Eileen Darby/Petersburg Resident; :45]
[SUPER=01-George Aguirre/Colonial Heights Resident; :54]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(( First came the Harleys.
Well first came the cotton candy and the hot sun.
[RIDING IN CAR]
And then the man whose "no car tax" slogan made him governor.
Poll numbers two weeks ago showed most Virginians didn't know the tax cut bill had passed.
((RYAN BUCKLAND/RICHMOND RESIDENT: HE MADE THIS BILL AND IT SAID NO CAR TAX.))
The Governor says the partial refund you'll get later this year is yours to spend how you see fit-- a Republican cornerstone.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: AMERICA IS THE BASTION OF A REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT FROM WHICH FREE PEOPLE AND FREEDOM FLOWS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.))
On this occassion, it was the ink flowing through the pen that brought the biggest cheer.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: AND THAT IS THAT. yay!))
((EILEEN DARBY/PETERSBURG RESIDENT: I HAVE A '92 HONDA. AND THE FIRST YEAR I GOT IT, I PAID OVER FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS IN TAXES. SO I'M SO HAPPY. laughs))
((GEORGE AGUIRRE/COLONIAL HEIGHTS RESIDENT: I HAD FIVE CARS. I HAD FOUR KIDS IN SCHOOL AND THEY ALL HAD A CAR. I GOT TIRED OF PAYING TAXES.))
Democrats rode in on their now trademark yellow school bus-- with a call for the Governor to move beyond the car tax pledge to governing.
((DEL. BARNIE DAY/D-PATRICK CO.: LET ME PAINT A PICTURE FOR YOU. WE HAVE OVERBUILT PRISON BEDS IN VIRGINIA BY 3,600. WE'RE TRYING TO IMPORT CONVICTS INTO THIS STATE TO PAY THE OVERHEAD. AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE SENDING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VIRGINIA'S CHILDREN TO SCHOOLS IN TRAILERS. SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE.))
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((THE REALITY IS THAT WHAT GOT THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR IS STILL ONLY A TWO YEAR PHASE-OUT OF THE CAR TAX. ONLY UP TO 27-POINT-5 PERCENT.))
So Jim Gilmore calls this a great day for taxpayers.
He'll need another one in two years.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Virginia has a 36-hundred bed surplus in its prisons, but that extra room is going fast-- now that out-of-state convicts are moving in.
Today, the first 150 Delaware prisoners arrived at Greensville Correctional Center.
Delaware will pay 60-dollars a day for Virginia to house 300 prisoners because its own prisons are overcrowded.
Virginia lottery officials say it's hard trying to stir up interest in tonight's 22 million dollar Lotto jackpot.
They say that's due to competition with bigger winnings like the 195 million dollar Powerball jackpot.
[IN Q=We've got]
((PENNY KYLE/VIRGINIA LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE'VE GOT LOTS OF FOLKS OUT THERE WHO A WEEK AGO WERE DRIVING TO WASHINGTON D.C., OR MARYLAND, OR KENTUCKY TO BUT TICKETS FOR A 195-MILLION DOLLAR POWERBALL JACKPOT. AND IT'S KINDA HO-HUM. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE SAYING WELL, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST 22 MILLION. SO THAT'S A DIFFICULTY. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IN OUR BUSINESS THEY CALL JACKPOT FATIGUE.))
[SUPER=01-Penny Kyle/Virginia Lottery Director; ]
[OUT Q=jackpot fatigue.]
The Lottery reminds you that the odds of winning Lotto are one in 7-point-1 million.
The odds of winning Powerball are one in 80-million.
Tonight's jackpot is the first to top 20- million since last August.
Straight ahead on News 7--
the world reacts as Pakistan completes yet another nuclear test.
And, crowds gather at Virginia's State Capitol in honor of Jefferson Davis.
More when the news continues.
Pakistan has now tested six nuclear devices in three days.
The U.N. Security Council is calling for a moritorium on testing, but Pakiston says its next move depends on its rival, India.
Lisa Meyer has more.
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[SUPER=03-Islamabad, Pakistan; :08]
[SUPER=01-Nawaz Sharif/Pakistani Prime Minister; :14]
[SUPER=01-Maleeha Lodhi/Former Pakistani Ambassador; :40]
[SUPER=01-Gohar Ayub Kahn/Pakistani Foreign Minister; :50]
[SUPER=01-Njuguna Moses Mahugu/Acting U.N. President; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-William Cohen/U.S. Defense Secretary; 1:38]
[OUT Q=CBS News]
((WORLDWIDE PROTESTS ERUPTED SATURDAY FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT PAKISTAN
HAD CONDUCTED YET ANOTHER NUCLEAR TEST -
NATSND - ON THE STREETS OF ISLAMBAD HOWEVER...THERE WERE CELEBRATIONS.
SOT NAWAZ SHARIF/PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER
IN A WRITTEN RESPONSE PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID THE LATEST TEST COULD ONLY
INCREASE TENSIONS IN AN ALREADY VOLATILE AREA. BUT PAKISTANI DIPLOMATS STOOD
BY THEIR DEFENSE STRATEGIES AND SAID OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE COULD MAKE THE
SUPER: MALEEHA LODHI/FORMER PAKISTANI AMBASSADOR TO U.S.
SOT..""If the international community persists in pursuing a path of
punishment it will simply drive this region further toward destablization "
SUPER: GOHAR AYUB KHAN/PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER...
SOT.."We have restored strategic and military imbalance that had been
CREDITED WITH STARTING THIS LATEST ARMS RACE BY DETONATING ITS OWN NUCLEAR
DEVICES EARLIER THIS MONTH...INDIA'S LEADERS SAID IT WOULD STICK TO ITS
MORATORIUM ON FURTHER TESTING. PAKISTAN WOULD ONLY COMMIT TO NO MORE TESTS
FOR NOW. BUT THE UNITED NATIONS WANTS MORE:
SUPER: NJUGUNA MOSES MAHUGU/ACTING U.N. PRESIDENT
SOT.."Council concerned about increased nuclear threat in SE Asia..urged
Pakistan and India to sign nuclear test ban treaty - unconditionally"
AT WEST POINT'S GRADUATION CEREMONIES..DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM COHEN USED
THE SITUATION TO DEMAND INCREASED VIGILANCE WORLD WIDE AGAINST COUNTRIES
EXPERIMENTING WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS:
SOT:..."They served as a powerful reminder that we cannot relax or diminish
our efforts to control the spread ofweapons of mass destruction."
Lisa Meyers, CBS News.))
The investigation into campaign fundraising is getting some help from the House of Representatives.
This week the House approved a non-binding measure urging President Clinton to force people who fled the country to return and testify before Congress about the scandal.
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The Republican-sponsored resolution was approved 342 to 69.
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Democrats Virgil Goode and Rick Boucher joined Bob Goodlatte in support of the bill.
Goode said he voted for it in part to make sure Congress gets to the bottom of the controversy over the sale of missile technology to China.
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Norfolk Southern and C-S-X have one more stop to make in their effort to take over Conrail--Washington, DCTERMS.
While there, they hope to get federal approval for the history-making deal.
Scott Goldberg has more.
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[SUPER=04-File Tape; :01]
[SUPER=10-Bill Bates/Norfolk Southern/March 1997; :31]
[OUT Q=SGO, News 7 Roanoke.]
((It began as a bidding war between two Virginia railroads long before merger mania started rolling through the American marketplace.
Norfolk Southern and C-S-X both wanted to buy Conrail, because the Philadelphia railroad controls virtually all tracks in the Northeast United States.
Whoever married Conrail would dominate rail traffic east of Kansas City.
The Virginia railroads went to court to fight for the right to merge.
And after a long legal battle, they struck a deal:
Both railroads would take a piece of Conrail.
[SOT from 97-97]
[IN Q=WE HAVE]
((BILL BALES/N-S SENIOR V-P: WE HAVE, WE BELIEVE, ELIMINATED MOST OF THE MAJOR OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN AND WE THINK THAT THE OVERALL PLAN WILL OFFER A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPETITIVE BALANCE IN THE EAST THAT HAS NOT EXISTED FOR MANY YEARS.))
[OUT Q=for many years.]
The way the merger was proposed, Norfolk Southern would pay six billion dollars and get 60-percent of Conrail's assets.
CSX pays four billion dollars and gets 40 percent.
At first, unions tried to derail the merger, saying it would cost more than the 2000 jobs Norfolk Southern estimated.
And they said the job loss would be heavy in Roanoke, the city that built itself around the railroad.
But N-S says Roanoke will remain a regional hub and can expect to see 180-jobs CREATED here -- none taken away.
((SCOTT GODLBERG/REPORTER: NORFOLK SOUTHERN STILL HAS TO SATISFY REGULATORS, PROVING THE MERGER WILL PROMOTE COMPETITION, ENSURE SAFETY AND BE AS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AS POSSIBLE.
THAT HAPPENS IN WASHINGTON, WHERE THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD -- A SMALL FEDERAL AGENCY -- WILL DECIDE IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WHETHER OR NOT TO APPROVE THE BIGGEST MERGER IN RAILROAD HISTORY. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7, ROANOKE.))
Be sure to watch News-7 in the coming week for complete coverage of the Norfolk-Southern merger.
It may seem a little late to be saying happy Memorial Day.
But, today is the REAL holiday.
It's also, in the world of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, "Jefferson Davis Memorial Day."
To commemorate it, the Virginia Division heard Davis's final speech to the U-S Senate re-enacted.
[IN Q=How happened]
((RON FURQUERON/"JEFFERSON DAVIS": HOW HAPPENED IT THAT AMONG THE ITEMS OF ARRAIGNMENT AGAINST GEORGE THE THIRD WAS THAT HE ENDORSED TO DO JUST WHAT THE NORTH HAS BEEN ENDEAVORING OF LATE TODAY. TO STIR UP INSURRECTION AMONG OUR SLAVES.
HAD THE DECLARATION ANNOUNCED THAT THE NEGROES WERE FREE AND EQUAL, HOW WAS THE PRINCE TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR RISING UP INSURRECTION AMONG THEM?))
[SUPER=01-Ron Furqueron/"Jefferson Davis"]
[OUT Q=among them.]
Memorial services for the president of the Confederacy were held around the nation.
But, only Virginia's was held at the State Capitol where Davis was inaugurated.
Up next--Saturday Night Live pays tribute to Phil Hartman on the Internet.
And, followers of Christ made their way down the streets of Vinton today--in a celebration of praise shared by others around the world.
More when the news continues.
Is your computer ready for the year 2000?
The answer's on the web.
And, a former Compuserve executive is convicted of assisting the spread of pornography on the Internet.
More in today's webwatch.
[IN Q=NSTL Online is]
NSTL Online is currently offering a test that will check your computer's compatibility with the year 2000.
The YMark2000 test is a free, very small download.
Put it on a floppy and then re-start your computer in MS-DOS mode.
Extract and run the test program and it tells you if your computer will automatically make the transition from 1999 to 2000, if not, it tells you if you can manually switch your computer date when the time comes.
A German court has convicted the former head of Compuserve in Germany for helping distribute pornography through the on-line service... even AFTER the prosecution asked that Felix Somm be found not guilty, saying it was technically impossible to block the images.
Analysts say it could halt the growth of online services in that country.
The official Saturday Night Live website is offering a tribute to the late Phil Hartman.
The site includes a guestbook, and streaming video of the former castmember in some of his best-remembered roles, including Presidents Reagan and Clinton.
You'll need either Realplayer or Netshow to watch.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ home page at WDBJ7-dot-com.))
Hundreds of Christians in Vinton marched into the streets spreading their faith today.
It was called the "Jesus March" and it's celebrated around the world.
[IN Q=Why are you here]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHY ARE YOU HERE? JESSICA RODGERS: BECAUSE I LOVE JESUS AND IT'S REALLY FUN AND I DON'T KNOW, I JUST LOVE JESUS. TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHY? JESSICA RODGERS: BECAUSE HE HELPED ME THROUGH A LOT OF TROUBLES.))
[OUT Q=lot of troubles]
The crowd filed through area neighborhoods -- dancing, praying and praising Christ.
[IN Q=One gal]
((REV. SKIP WHITCOMB: ONE GAL, WE HAVE A VIDEO OF HER. SHE WAS IN TEARS. SHE SAID, OH THANK YOU SO MUCH, BECAUSE NO ONE HAS CARED ENOUGH TO MARCH THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BEFORE.))
[SUPER=07-Rev. Skip Whitcomb;]
[OUT Q=our neighborhood before]
Marchers say the event is meant to be peaceful and non-political.
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The Salem Avalanche moved to within one game of first place Winston-Salem in the Southern Division.
Salem beating the Warthogs last night 8 to 2.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Warthogs; :00]
A young fan getting it on this evening at Memorial Stadium.
The Warthogs get on the board first Sandy Mckinnon hits a shot to right centerfield scoring a runner from third to make it 2 to nothing Warthogs in the third.
But the Avalanche rallied in the bottom of the third Doug Livingston hits a single to centerfield two runners would cross the plate to make tie it at 2 to 2.
Salem took the lead in the bottom of the fourth
Bryan Warner sends one to centerfield scoring a runner from second and the Avalanche wins it 8 to 2.
Chicago survived 4 Atlanta runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Braves 9 to 8.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/FOX SPORTS; :]
A look at Lake Michigan above the fence at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs scored in the bottom of the first Matt Mieske gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a two run homer Chicago led 3 to nothing.
In the second Mark Grace hits this line drive to the corner of right field for a double scoring two more
runs to make it 5 to 1 and the Cubs hold on for the 9 to 8 win.
[GRAPHIC=Group AA Baseball]
Dan River won its first ever state baseball title yesterday beating virginia High 5 to 4 at the Kiwanis field in Salem.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Wildcats vs Bearcats; :]
The Wildcats were not even suppose to be in the tournament.
But Dan River put together a 3 run fourth inning Jonathan Moran singles to left centerfield scoring Jeremy Dix and the Wildcats led 3 to 1.
Virginia High rallied in the top of the seventh to tie it Taylor McInnis hits this single to left field scoring a runner from third to make it 4 to 4.
But the Wildcats answered in their half of the seventh Joe Land hits one off the wall in centerfield
[SUPER=34-Dan River/5/Virginia High/4/;] scoring a run from first base and Dan River wins its first ever state champion
ship 5 to 4.
[SUPER=01-Sam McCormick/Dan River Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=....been great."]
West Springfield won the Group 3A state title beating Danville 6 to 5.
Blacksburg won its fourth state soccer championship last night.
And the Indians did it by man-handling the Judges of Handley.
The rough and tumble game took its toll on Handley goalie, Eric Earnhardt, who was treated and released from Community hospital after a kick in the head.
The first goal came soon after that as Indian Brian Eisenback crosses to a waiting Nick Hanson for the score.
The Judges got a goal at the end of the contest but it wasn't enough as the Indians get the 2 to one decision and the 2-A State Championship.
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[SUPER=01-Randy Cross/Blacksburg Goal Keeper;]
[OUT Q=a team concept]
The Bobcats of Radford won the Group A boys championship but the Blacksburg girls came up short in the Double A title match.
The Bobcats were playing J.I Burton at Riversedge in Roanoke.
The level of play heated up as the match wore on; in the end Radford beat J.I. Burton 5 to 4 for the state championship.
In Salem, Fort Defiance and Blacksburg battled it out for the trophy.
Fort Defiance ran away with the match notching a 5 to 4 victory and the state championship.
Radford won the girls tennis title beating J.J. Kelly 5 to 4.
A hot and humid morning for the runners in the Festival run. More on that when we return.
And coming up in Sports, Heat and Humidity greeted the runners in downtown Roanoke for the Festival run Geoff Bodine leads second round qualifying at Dover.
And Dale Earnhardt Junior wins the Busch race at Dover.
It was humid in downtown Roanoke yesterday morning for the annual Festival Run.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore tell us which runners were able to beat the humidity and some other adversity.
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Festival Run; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ben Cooke/Men's 5K Winner; :41]
[SUPER=01-Steve Crowder/Men's 10K Winner; :59]
[SUPER=01-Roxann Polo/Women's 5K Winner; 1:16]
[SUPER=01-Beth Howell/Women's 10K Winner; 1:40]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
(( A sea of soon to be soaked runners packed the pavement on Jefferson Street for the early morning jaunt that would send four runners to medal stand and the rest in search of some dry clothes.
But leave it to a Duke to duck the sweaty conditions. JMU junior Ben Cooke, a former Floyd County thinclad from Check checked out on the 5K field.
He rolled past Victory stadium with a comfortable lead after running a 4 minute and 38 second first mile.
Cooke wins his first festival title in 15 minutes and 25 seconds.
((BEN COOKE/5K MENS WINNER:))
Fincastle's Steve Crowder, a former runner at Roanoke College won the men's 10K title for his first ever Festival win.
((STEVE CROWDER/MENS 10K WINNER:))
On the lady's side Tech graduate assistant track and cross country coach Roxann Polo became another first time Festival winner by taking the 5k in just over 19 minutes.
((ROXANN POLO/WOMEN'S 5K WINNER:))
Polo's win was especially satisfying for 10k women's winner Beth Howell. The two runners have both overcome nagging injuries in the past year by training, running and occasionally whining together.
Howell shaved nearly 2 and half minutes off her time from last year.
((BETH HOWELL/WOMEN'S 10K WINNER:))
American Electric Power, AEP, once again sponsored the Festival Run with the help of 300 volunteers.
Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.[S-Race]
Dale Earnhardt Junior overcame a spin out on pit road with a fast four tire change to win the MBNA Plantium 200 at Dover Downs.
[SUPER=03-Dover DE/TNN SPORTS; :]
Earnhardt made up the ground quickly when he returned to the track he would lead the final 25 laps of the race taking the checkered flag on the busch circuit for the second time this year.
[IN Q="This AC....]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt, Jr./MBNA Plantium 200 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=...fast car."]
Bobby Hillin was second followed by Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett and Mike McLaughlin.
Geoff Bodine will start 26-th in tomorrow's MBNA 400 at Dover Downs.
Bodine turned a speed of 153 point 807 in second round qualifying.
Here's the final lineup of the 43 car field.
[WIPE TO CHRYON]
[SUPER=0107-26. Geoff Bodine/153.807/27. Rich Bickle//28. Kyle Petty//29. Brett Bodine//30. David Green//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Kenny Wallace//32. Derrike Cope//33. Dave Marcis//34. Dale Earnhardt//35. Gary Bradberry//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Bobby Labonte//37. Jeff Burton//38. Bobby Hamilton//39. Chad Little//40. Randy LaJoie//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Steve Grissom//42. Kevin Lepage//43. Darrell Waltrip//;]
[OUT Q=....last driver."]