The death toll has risen in the aftermath of Monday's explosion at a Kansas Grain elevator.
Two more bodies were pulled from the rubble today.
The coroner says the condition of the bodies makes identification more difficult.
CORRIE MAY/SEDGWICK COUNTY CORONER: REPORTER: "SO, YOU
COULDN'T IDENTIFY THEM JUST BE LOOKING AT THEIR FACES?" MAY: "THAT'S
CORRECT." REPORTER: "SO IN THE FIVE METHODS (OF IDENTIFICATION) YOU
TALKED ABOUT, VISUAL IS NOT GOING TO BE ONE OF THEM?" MAY: "THAT IS NOT
[SUPER=01-Corrie May/Sedgwick County Coroner;]
[OUT Q=is not an option.]
Two others were killed and eleven injured.
Hopes of finding two others alive have been dimmed by a new obstacle.
Five to six tons of steel girders and concrete are in the way.
A crane has been brought in to remove the rubble.
The Roanoke man accused of stabbing his ex-wife to death last week threatened to kill himself, and tried to gouge out one of his eyes in court yesterday.
Michael Jennings was committed to a psychiatric hospital after the incidents in yesterday's arraignment.
Jennings is accused of killing Wanda Jennings in her front yard last Friday.
She was stabbed in the chest.
Wanda and Michael Jennings divoced last December, ending an 11-year marriage.
[TAPE#=598-22 TC 40:59]
Closing arguments are underway at this hour in the civil trial of a Roanoke police officer accused of choking a man to death during an arrest.
Officer Jim Donaldson says he wasn't trained to use a "choke hold" and had never used it prior to the death of suspect Eric Scott Lee.
But Donaldson testified yesterday he had seen other officers use the choke hold successfully.
Lee's family says Donaldson's choke hold is what killed Lee.[E-Carol-Hines]
[GRAPHIC=Va. Death Penalty]
A week from tomorrow, Jerry Hines' killer is scheduled to die.
And the late state trooper's widow wants to witness the execution.
Carol Hines says that she and her family could only begin talking about the death of Jerry Hines AFTER they learned that Dennis Wayne Eaton would be put to death for the murder.
Hines says she can not explain why she wants to witness Eaton's execution.
[IN Q=And I have]
((AND I HAVE NO DESIRE TO SEE SOMEBODY DIE, BUT IT'S THIS STRANGE FEELING THAT I'VE GO TO GO. ))
[SUPER=01-Carol Hines/Trooper's Widow]
[OUT Q=go to go]
News-7 Reporter Keith Humphry spoke with Eaton yesterday by phone from death row... about the Hines family on the witness list.
[IN Q=I guess it's]
((I GUESS IT'S THEIR RIGHT TO BE THERE IF THEY WANT TO BE THERE. IF BEING THERE HELPS THEM, YOU KNOW, I HOPE IT DOES. Would you have anything to say to them? I WOULD TELL THEM THAT I WAS SORRY FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED AND WHAT PAIN THAT I'VE CAUSED THEM. ))
[OUT Q=caused them.]
It has been 9 years since the murder of Jerry Hines.[McCane]
[TAPE#98-26 TC 1:58:20]
A plea agreement today in the case against former Bedford County sheriff's lieutenant John McCane.
McCane resigned in January amid charges he misused county money during an undercover drug investigation.
The case involved the department paying to keep two drug informants in a motel for nearly two weeks.
Special prosecutor Joel Branscom says it would have been difficult to prove McCane acted improperly.
[IN Q=I saw this]
((JOEL BRANSCOM/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: I SAW THIS CASE FROM THE BEGINNING, .. THAT'S BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.))
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Special Prosecutor; :00]
[OUT Q=that's been accomplished.]
McCane pleaded "no contest" to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with another person's property.
He paid a hundred dollar fine and court costs.
Texas authorities say three white men could face the death penalty in the dragging death of a black man.
Dave Fehling reports.
[SUPER=03-Jasper, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Billy Rowles/Jasper County Sheriff; :24]
[SUPER=01-Guy James Gray/Jasper County District Attorney; :45]
[SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:35]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS HOUSTON]
ON A COUNTRY ROAD IN THE BEAUTIFUL PINE FORESTS OF EAST TEXAS,
THE UGLIEST OF CRIMES HAS APPEARENTLY TAKEN PLACE.
IT HAPPENED IN FRONT OF THERESA HADNOT'S HOUSE.
"ITS MARKS WHERE THEY WERE PULLIN THE BODY, YOU CAN SEE THE BLOOD
VERY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, THREE MEN ALLEGEDLY TIED JAMES BYRD TO
THE BACK OF A PICK UP TRUCK, AND DRAGGED HIM FOR THREE MILES.
SHERIFF BILLY ROWLES, JASPER COUNTY, TX "THE HEAD AND RIGHT ARM DID BECOME DISENGAGED FROM THE MAN'S TORSO."
BYRD HAD LIKELY BEEN HITCHHIKING HOME AFTER A FAMILY GET-TOGETHER.
TWO OF THE THREE MEN CHARGED WITH THE MURDER SERVED TIME TOGETHER
IN PRISON WHERE THEY WERE LINKED TO THE WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP, ARYAN
NATION, ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES WHO SAY THERE'S EVIDENCE THE THREE
WHITE MEN KILLED BYRD BECAUSE HE IS BLACK.
, GUY JAMES GRAY, JASPER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY:
"IT'S A BRUTAL SENSELESS MURDER AND IF THAT IN FACT IS THE MOTIVE
ANYBODY WOULD BE OUTRAGED."
THE MURDER COMES FIVE YEARS AFTER MEMBERS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN
TERRORIZED AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO INTEGRATED INTO AN ALL-WHITE HOUSING
PROJECT IN VIDOR, TEXAS.A TOWN 50 MILES SOUTH OF SUNDAY'S KILLING.
THE SHERIFF DREW SNICKERS WHEN HE DENIED HIS COMMUNITY IS HOME TO
"WE HAVE NO ARYAN NATION OR KKK IN JASPER COUNTY.(CROWD RUMBLES).."
BUT PEOPLE HERE, BLACK AND WHITE, WILL TELL YOU THAT BY AND LARGE,
THE COMMUNITY IS TOLERANT, THAT EVERYBODY GETS ALONG PRETTY WELL.
AND IF WHAT THEY SAY IS TRUE ABOUT THE THREE SUSPECTS.
"I WISHED THEY COULD BE PUNISHED AS THEY PUNISHED HIM.THAT WONT BE
DAVE FEHLING, CBS NEWS HOUSTON
"WHAT IS POSSIBLE IS THAT, PENDING AN OUTCOME OF AN FBI INVESTIGATION,
THE THREE MIGHT ALSO FACE FEDERAL HATE CRIME CHARGES IN ADDITION TO THE
STATE MURDER CHARGES. DF CBS NEWS HOUSTON."))
In Mississippi, opening statements are underway at the trial of the teenager accused of killing two classmates at his high school.
[SUPER=03-Pearl, MS/October 1997;]
The defense CONCEDES that 17 year old Luke Woodham shot the students last October but they say he was insane at the time.
Last week Woodham was found guilty of murdering his mother.
In a videotaped confession Woodham describes how he wanted to seek revenge on his girlfriend.
((I DIDN'T WANT TO KILL MY MOTHER ITS JUT I WANTED REVENGE ON CHRISTINE...I DID NOT WANT TO, IT'S JUST THE ONLY WAY. ))
[OUT Q=it's just the only way.]
Woodham was sentenced to life in prison, which is also the maximum penalty he could get if convicted of the high school killings.
No word yet from Henry County Schools if a suspended teacher will be allowed to resume his job.
Kevin Doty was acquitted yesterday on charges that he had sex with a student.
Last year's accusation led to Doty's suspendsion from his job at Fielddale-Collinsville High School.
A 16-year old girl-- hidden here by an umbrella-- testified she had a sexual relationship with Doty during the fall of 1997.
But the judge didn't believe her story and found Doty NOT GUILTY on five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
One of the latest multi-million dollar beneficiaries of Virginia's lottery has stepped forward.
The North Carolina resident claimed half of Wednesday's 24-point four million dollar jackpot.
Lottery officials say David Hoppe of Reidsville allowed the lottery computer to pick his numbers.
Hoppe bought the winning ticket at the E-Z stop in Ridgeway.
Roanoke Police have arrested a repeat bank robber.
Daniel Alfonzo Cotton was arrested yesterday for allegedly holding up the Nationsbank on Melrose Avenue.
Police believe he robbed the same bank last month.
It also marked the fourth hold-up at the bank branch in the past three years.
Nobody was injured in yesterday's holdup.
A former state trooper has been indicted on three felony counts of armed robbery in Buckingham County.
A grand jury handed down the indictments against 31-year-old Michael Eskanazy (Es-ca-nausi) of Farmville yesterday.
He also faces robbery charges in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
Eskanazy retired from the force in 1996 after an accident reportedly left him disabled. [L'burg-Council]
Lynchburg city council voted down plans last night to build an assisted-living center in the city.
But as Steve Smallshaw reports, there is still hope for the project.
[IN Q=Developers were seeking]
[SUPER=01-Mark Hirth/Manor House Inc.; :19]
[SUPER=01-Maynard Jones/Neighborhood Assoc. Lawyer; :37]
[SUPER=01-Sue Tatom/Opponent; :45]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( Developers were seeking a conditional use permit for this 3 1/2 acre piece of land on Boonsboro Road that would have allowed construction of a 50- thousand square foot assisted living center for 85 elderly residents.
Manor House operates homes in three other Virginia cities.. the company says Lynchburg badly needs this kind of facility.
[IN Q=Why can't the]
((MARK HIRTH/MANOR HOUSE, INC.: WHY CAN'T THE FRAIL ELDERLY OF THE BOONSBORO AREA CONTINUE TO LIVE IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD THEY GREW UP IN, RAISED FAMILIES IN AND DOTED ON GRANDCHILDREN IN?))
[OUT Q=grandchildren in?]
But more than 500 Boonsboro residents opposed the project, saying it would increase traffic and ruin the appearance of their neighborhood.
[IN Q=We feel denying]
((MAYNARD JONES/NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION LAWYER: WE FEEL DENYING IT WILL MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE GENERAL PLAN. WE FEEL DENYING IT WILL MAINTAIN THE AESTHETICS OF THE AREA.))
[OUT Q=of the area.]
[IN Q=I do acknowledge]
((SUE TATOM/OPPONENT: I DO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT LYNCHBURG MAY NEED AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY. I OPPOSE IT GOING WHERE THEY WANT TO PUT IT ON BOONSBORO ROAD.))
[OUT Q=Boonsboro Road.]
[IN Q=City council voted]
((City council voted 5 to 2 to deny the Manor House request.. residents say they're glad their concerns didn't fall on deaf ears. But Manor House isn't giving up.. they may appeal that decision to the circuirt court. And because their research shows the Boonsboro location is the ONLY suitable place for their project, if that appeal fails, they'll take their business elsewhere. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))[WORLD-CUP]
Soccer fans turned violent in Paris on the Eve of the World Cup Soccer Tournament.
At least 34 police officers were injured, one critically.
Police used tear gas to disperse the unruly crowd and arrested fifteen.
Just in time for today's kick-off of the soccer tournament, Air France and its pilots have agreed to end a ten-day strike.
The company says the pilots have agreed to accept stock in the airline,
in exchange for salary cuts.
Bicycles could be the cause of a DEcline in crime in Roanoke County.
Last year's Officer Bike patrol pilot program geared toward reducing neighborhood crime has gained weight and been given a facelift.
[SOT=14:38:13 - 18:43:49]
[IN Q=THE FIRST YEAR]
((OFFICER TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE CO. POLICE; THE FIRST YEAR WE WERE JUST DOING AN EXPERIMENTAL BIKE PROGRAM TO FIND OUT HOW EFFECTIVE IT COULD BE IN THE COUNTY. FOR THE SECOND YEAR WE EXPANDED BY SIX MORE OFFICERS AND WE STARTED PLACING THE OFFICERS IN SOME NEIGHBORHOODS IN ROANOKE COUNTY TO SEE IF WE COULD DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN COMMUNITY POLICING.))
((BOBBY DILLION/HOLLINS DISTRICT RESIDENT; IT GIVES ME MORE OF A SENSE OF SECURITY AND IT MAKES THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD GET MORE INVOLVED. AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police Officer; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Dillon/Hollins District Resident; :14]
[OUT Q=what I want]
Criminal activity is apparently on the decline.
Officials say since the Bike Patrol, drug possession, car vandalisms, and burglaries in neighborhoods are down.
It didn't win the lotto jackpot, but the tiny town of New Castle will be the recipient of a 340-thousand-dollar state grant.
Craig County leaders say they will use the money to clean up storefronts and recruit new businesses -- a clothing shop, for example, or a drug store.
[IN Q=I would like]
((SHEILA DEHART/RESIDENT: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE COUNTY REMAIN RURAL BECAUSE IT'S PEACEFUL AND QUIET. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE JOBS COME INTO THE COUNTY. THAT WOULD HELP. WE NEED MORE JOBS FOR PEOPLE TO CHOOSE FROM INSTEAD OF GOING OUT OF THE COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=out of the county]
These trailers will be cleared out to make room for businesses.
A new post office will replace this garage.
The vacant lot next door is set to be transformed into a farmer's market.
These and many more upgrades are scheduled to be completed in the next two years.
The town of Brookneal also won a block grant from the state.
The Campbell COunty town was awarded more than one-point-two million dollars for general community improvements.
The money will pay for renovating 31 homes, installing some new water and sewer lines, and building a park in the area of Brook Street.
The governor's office says the money will help about 114 town residents, most of them with low to moderate incomes.
The Spice Girls may have lost their Ginger spice but at least for one night they had a famous stand-in.
Just call him Tenor Spice.
[OUT Q=(5 seconds of Viva Forever, Tonight)]
That's right Luciano Pavarotti joined the British pop group for a song at a charity concert.
The Pavarotti and friends concert raised money for the children of Liberia.
The star-studded event also included performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Celine Dion.
Minor league football fans take note- The Roanoke Rush will not be around for the 1998 season. The franchise will use the time to re-organize, and will play again in 1999 in the New River Valley.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1997 Season; :00]
The Rush played it's first three seasons in Roanoke and enjoyed a stay at Victory Stadium. The team was affiliated with the National Minor Football League it's first two years and then the Internaional Football League last year. Lack of sponsors to pay for players/coaches insurance and conflicts with the IFL were the two main reasons for sitting out this season.
[SUPER=01-Duke Strager/Rush Coach & General Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=...new river valley"]
The team will be called the New River Valley Rhinos and games will be played at various high schools around the area.
[OUT Q=in the new river valley"]