Coming up on Next-
News 7 reporter Scott Goldberg reports from Washington DC- where Norfolk Southern faces some tough questions.
When you think of a jail you ordinarily don't think it's friendly- but that's not the case at one area jail.
Plus it's lotto mania- as the jackpot climbs- so do the sales.
News 7 is next.
Railroad talk is going on in Washington D-C-
and News 7's Scott Goldberg is there.
Today Norfolk southern and CSX faced some tough questions from Government regulators about the carving up of Conrail.
Rescue workers are searching into the night for victims of a train crash. The passenger train derailed in Germany killing at least 100 people.
Lotto Fever hits Virgnia- Tonight's Jackpot is up to 25 million dollars. We'll have the winning numbers.
Plus Robin will have the latest weather-
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Conrail may be on the carving block, but in Washington today, it was representatives from Norfolk Southern and C-S-X who were being grilled.
Scott Goldberg has more on the questions from government regulators.
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Rescue operations are continuing into the night in Nothern Germany- after a passenger train derailed there.
At least 100 people were killed- and more could be trapped inside.
Tom Fenton has more.
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((The train--travelling at 125 miles an hour-- apparantly hit a
bridge support, collapsing the overpass onto the train.
An eyewitness reported a car had been stalled on the tracks:
VOICE OF Andrew Davidson: Eyewitness: And then, out of nowhere,
came the express train, and I mean everybody just closed their
eyes in disbelief. There was just an almighty great crash.
This is Germany's fastest, most expensive and most luxurious train,
catering primarily to businessmen. And, ironically, considered the
safest...that is, until today.
The train jack-knifed, rail cars crashed into eachother,
and were thrown from the tracks.
Tonight, rescue workers, are afraid of what they will
find at the bottom of the rubble. There are reports that a
conductor who was on the train told authorities that the last
two cars contained groups of school children. Rescue workers
are now waiting for a bigger crane to lift what remains of the
bridge from those final cars.
Tom Fenton, CBS News, Eschede, Germany.))[Plane-Wreck]
A plane crashed into a home in Winston Salem, North Carolina-
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killing two airplane mechanics.
The two were test flying the single engine plane when it lost power-
The mechanics were trying to return to the airport but the plane clipped utility lines and smashed into the corner of the home.
The two adults and one child in the house were not hurt.
Emmett Cressell, Junior's attorneys say they intend to take their client's case to a jury-
But they have NOT shut the door on any offers Grayson County's prosecutor may make.
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Cressell was charged with capital murder last week in the death of Garnett "GP" Johnson.
The charge was elevated from first degree to capital after Louis Ceparano agreed to testify against Cressell.
The deal guaranteed Ceparano life in prison rather than a possible death sentence.
Jeff Dorsey and Mark Claytor will continue to represent Cressell as court appointed attorneys.
Cressell will be tried in July for allegedly robbing Johnson.
His capital murder trial is scheduled for late August.
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vaccine in humans is set to get underway as early as this month.
It's called AIDSVAX- Dr. Donald Francis will innoculate five- thousand new patients-
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((DR. DONALD FRANCIS/VIROLOGIST: IT CAN PROTECT ANIMALS. WE GET GOOD RESPONSE IN HUMANS. IT'S SAFE AND IT CLEARLY HAS ALL THE MARKINGS OF A SUCCESSFUL VACCINE. IS IT THE END ALL? WE DON'T KNOW UNTIL WE ACTUALLY GO OUT AND TEST IT.))
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People at high risk for AIDS will be tested- including gay men and heterosexuals with an infected partner.
Cleanup is on from MORE severe weather around the nation-
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Six tornados touched down in Rural Pennsylvania overnight- killing two people there.
and a twister damaged homes and businesses in Frostburg, Maryland.
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Residents say an early warning allowed them to take shelter-
No serious injuries were reported there.
The National Guard's been ordered to hard hit counties in Western New York state-
And more than eight thousand people are still without electricity in West Virginia.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Virginia lotto has hit a fever pitch with tonight's 25-million dollar jackpot.
Consumers were buying about five thousand tickets a minute.
Tickets at the "Glenvar Minute Mart" were going fast.
That's where the state's second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the spring of 1990.
People had different reasons for hoping lightning would strike twice in the same place.
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((JAMES PITTS; WELL IT WOULDN'T BREAK MY HEART FOR IT TO HAPPEN TODAY, YEAH. I'M JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. I HOPE I CAN GET THE RIGHT NUMBERS, THE RIGHT COMBINATION. IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF LUCK.))
((LUCY CLARK/STORE CO-OWNER; AT THAT TIME WHEN WE HAD THE WINNER THEY DIDN'T GIVE THE STORE THE FIVE THOUSAND. THEY STARTED THAT TWO WEEKS LATER. SO WE DIDN'T GET THAT. SO THIS TIME I HAVE TOLD MY EMPLOYEES WE WILL ALL SPLIT IT.))
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If an individual wins tonight's jackpot, there would be two payment options.
An annual payout would yield about 680-thousand dollars after taxes each year for 25-years.
A person opting for the one time cash payment would net around eight-and a half million after taxes.
With the high stakes come high security measures.
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There are strict ethical standards for how Lottery workers conduct these drawings.
There's more than an hour of preparation, with an outside auditor observing and recording.
((TANYA DAVIS/AUDITOR: WHEN I FIRST COME IN, I GET THE ENVELOPES THAT HAVE THE NUMBERS IN THEM. AND THEN I RANDOMLY SELECT THE MACHINES THAT WILL BE USED. THEN WE RANDOMLY SELECT THE BALL SETS THAT WILL BE USED. SO IT'S ALL RANDOM. NO ONE KNOWS.))
((ED SCARBOROUGH/LOTTERY SPOKESMAN: I THINK THE AUDITORS ARE PART OF, NO KIDDING, PART OF KEEPING US HONEST. NOT THAT THERE'S AN HONESTY PROBLEM. ))
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The balls are weighed.
They must fall within a range of 14 one-hundreths of a gram.
They also run three or more test runs to make sure one ball doesn't stand out as a winner.
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((ED SCARBOROUGH/LOTTERY SPOKESMAN: JUST GIVE US A CALL IF YOU'D LIKE TO COME IN EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE DOING...WELCOME TO DO THAT.))
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With all ping pong balls being equal-- you're almost guaranteed a one in 7-point-1 million chance of winning Lotto.
Another major airport is getting closer as a number of non-stop flights take off for the windy city this summer.
And the Botetourt County jail is getting a good report card from people on either side of the bars.
And grab your lottery tickets.
News 7 will be right back after the Virginia Lottery drawing.[Trans-States]
Roanoke travellers with their sights on Chicago will have non-stop jet service beginning in mid- July.
The United Express carrier Trans States Airlines will be using its new Embraer (EM-brehr) Regional jets... and offering three direct flights a day into O'Hare.
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((BILL MISHK/TRANS STATES AIRLINES: AS GOOD AS ATLANTA IS AND AS BIG AS ATLANTA IS AS A HUB, CHICAGO IS STILL THE LARGEST HUB IN THE WORLD AND WE'RE BRINGING FOLKS TO WHERE MORE CHOICES AND MORE CONNECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE.))
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By the end of the summer, jets will make up almost half of the commercial flights to and from the Roanoke Regional Airport.
The spirit of cooperation is alive and well in the city of Bedford and Bedford County.
The two localities have entered into a "revenue sharing" agreement designed to bring new development to the area.
The county will provide land for four new industrial development zones.. the city will provide the utilities.
Then they'll split any tax revenue generated by new businesses that move in.
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((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: THIS PROVIDES FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN A CONTROLLED WAY, AND IT RELIEVES BURDENS THAT ARE ON THE LYNCHBURG SIDE OF BEDFORD COUNTY AND ALSO ON THE ROANOKE SIDE, IN THAT IS BRINGS THE CONCENTRATION HERE.))
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State law required that a three-judge panel approve any kind of revenue- sharing agreement between localities.
That panel gave its unanimous approval to the deal this morning.
The state is pressuring Botetourt County to expand the jail.
But inmates say the size is what keeps the jail friendly.
Tina Tenret takes us inside.
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(( Mike Bernardo's been in other jails.
He'd rather be in Botetourt because this is NOT a fenced-in boot camp.
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((THEY FEED YOU BETTER THEY TREAT YOU BETTER. IF YOU'RE AN OUTSIDE TRUSTEE YOU GET TREATED A WHOLE LOT BETTER. YOU GET TO GO AROUND TOWN, DO YOUR JOB AND STUFF.))
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Ricky Alls just arrived from the Roanoke City jail.
He says here he doesn't feel threatened and guards are his friends.
((REED KELLY/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF: A WEEK FROM NOW WE MIGHT SEE THEM AT THE GROCERY STORE. OR WE LIVE IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD, OR WE SEE EM AT SHONEY'S SO IT'S NOT AN ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OFFICERS AND INMATES.))
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The sheriff thinks that's why Karen Thompson, who led police on a high-speed chase through three counties, finally parked at the Botetourt jail.
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((I THINK SHE'D PREFER TO BE IN THIS FACILITY THAN ANY OTHER FACILITY.))
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Many inmates return -- in trouble for drugs or alcohol.
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((IT'S NOT GOT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE JAIL RELATIONSHIP, BECAUSE ONCE YOU LEAVE YOU BLOCK IT OUT. NOBODY WALKS OUT AND SAYS WE WANT TO GO BACK BECAUSE THEY TREATED US SO WELL.))
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It's not all fun and games within these walls.
Punishment means getting strapped into this chair -- with a helmet.
There's only one exercise bike for the whole jail.
And the kitchen's made for 39 inmates, not the 50 that live here.
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((THE COUNTY HAS SET ASIDE TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO EXPAND AND RENOVATE THE JAIL, A PROJECT THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DELAYED SEVERAL YEARS. IN FACT, THE SHERIFF IS SKEPTICAL IT WILL EVEN GET DONE NEXT YEAR. HE SAYS THIS COUNTY HAS A LOT MORE URGENT NEEDS THAN FIXING UP THIS LITTLE JAIL. TINA TENRET NEWS7 BOTETOURT COUNTY.))
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A new home for adults needing extra care opened its doors in Northwest Roanoke today.
Virginia's Adult Care has 18 bedrooms, a lounge, and a dining room- enough room to house 27 residents.
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((JAMES TROUT/COUNCILMAN; AFTER YOU LEAVE THE HOSPITAL IT'S BUILDINGS LIKE THIS THAT MAKE HEALTHCARE MORE ACCESSIBLE. MORE IMPORTANTLY THIS BUILDING ANCHORS THIS WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD. A NEW BUILNDING LIKE THIS OPENS MANY NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW HOMES))
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Residents are scheduled to move into their new rooms June 8.[Tease2]
From ink and paint to sand...Disney is hitting it big across the globe.
And Llamas are the main ingredient in a local physical therapy program.
We'll tell you how these animals are connecting with some disabled children up next on News 7 at 11.
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Roanoke College men's head lacrosse coach Bill Pilat will be inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The Montclair, New Jersey native is the winningest coach in Roanoke history, plus while he played for the Maroons in the early 80's, he was three time all-american and two time ODAC player of the year.
He also has been the conference's coach of the year five times.
Plus, he and his wife Diane have twins!
And he also coached our own Steve Mason.
The Dallas Stars are still alive and skating in the NHL Western conference finals after making an amazing comeback last night against the Red Wings.
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Troy Aikman was in the house as the Stars trailed in the series 3 games to one.
They were losing the game 2-to-1 with less than 90 seconds to play in regulation when Guy Charbonneau somehow made this shot from a wicked angle to send the game to overtime tied at 2.
The in the extra period more amazing shots.
Jamey Langenbrunner with a shot as Chris Osgood from center ice and it goes in.
Dallas wins 3-to-2, and that's how the series stands in Detroit's favor.
The Roanoke Express made its second big front office move in as many days this afternoon but changing presidents.
Richard Yancey, one of the 8 Express owners, takes over immediately as chairman of the board and president of the team.
The Harrisonburg accountant becomes the fourth president in the franchise's history. He replaces Joe Steffen as the new Express board chief. Steffen remains the majority owner and a board member.
Yancey headed the selection committee's efforts in hiring new general manager Tony Mancuso.
Virginia Tech senior Katie Ollendick is in great shape after the first day of the NCAA outdoor national track and field meet in Buffalo, New York.
The Blacksburg native is in third place in the heptathlon after four of the seven events.
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Ollendick was an all-american high jumper during the indoor season. Yesterday she amassed 34 hundred and 52 points in the 100 meter hurdles, shot put, high jump, and 200 meter dash.
Today she will compete in the long jump, javelin and 800 meter run.
American Championship Wrestling took center stage over at Thunder Valley last night.
Area wrestling fans got a chance to see some of the wrestling stars from the old days.
Pistol Pez Whatley, who still puts on the trunks once and a while, Jimmy The Boogie Man Valiant, who has a wrestling school in Shawsville, and the Chief Wahoo McDaniels, who's recover from surgery to his left arm.
These guys admit the sport is not what it use to be when they were headliners but they say changes have to come in all sports.
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Today at six the wrestlers will talk about the positives and negatives of the sport since its been taken over corporate sponsorship and the future of those wrestlers that compete at levels like American Championship Wrestling.
Still to come tonight we'll check in with Stacy Compton,
who's pickup driving prowess may land him a ride in Winston Cup before the end of this season.
Hurt native Stacy Compton may have cut his teeth on Virginia's short tracks, but these days he's making a quite a name for himself on the Craftsman Truck series.
Steve Mason tells us how he may just truck right into Winston Cup by the end of the this year. series.(/////SOT////
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((Stacy Compton has a great deal to smile about. he's fifth n the points with a win, 3 top 5 and 4 top 10 finishes. Credit Compton's success to veteran crew chief Kevin Cram, a new motor program in pro motors, RC Cola's financial commitment and the fact that Stacy has a year under his belt at the series tracks.
Compton's initial Winston Cup success in qualifying 9th at Martinsville for the Goody's 500 where he and the sponsorless 46 car competitively raced Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon earned him a respected name at short tracks. If and when his RC Cola Winston Cup debut takes place, expect it to be at Virginia's short tracks; possibly this year.
Compton Flew into Dallas, Texas this morning to make various appearances before the truck race Friday night. Practice and qualifying are tomorrow. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
Disney characters are popping up in Holland... but these characters are made of sand.
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Famous Disney scenes and characters have blossomed over a ten mile stretch of beach in Holland.
It is all part of an international festival to build some of the world's largest sand castles.
More than one-hundred artists made up ten teams to build these sand sculptures.
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