Florida residents are forced to flee their homes as one of the state's raging wildfires moves into a neighborhood.
And President Clinton starts his controversial trip to China meantime stateside he suffers a blow from the Supreme Court.
Heat and humidity team up to make a very uncomfortable forecast for the next several days. Stay tuned for the sticky details, plus news from the NBA draft.
News 7 at noon is next.
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President Clinton began a nine-day state visit today in China... hoping to cultivate a relationship that he calls vital to the peace and stability of the next century.
Bill Plante reports.
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Microsoft's long awaited successor to Windows '95 is finally on store shelves.
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Windows 98 went on sale at midnight, even though it continues to be the subject of a Justice Department anti-trust lawsuit.
The company claims the 90-dollar upgrade is quicker, and more internet friendly.
Hundreds of Florida residents don't have a choice anymore.
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They're being ordered to leave their homes near Ormond Beach as flames from a giant fire move closer.
Dozens of other fires continue to burn throughout the state.
Firefighters are concentrating their
efforts on starting new fires instead of putting out the old ones,
robbing the firestorm of food in hopes of starving it to death.
((FIREFIGHTER:WHAT IT DOES IS IT SLOWS DOWN THE MAIN BODY OF FIRE AND IT PUTS OUT ACTUAL MAIN FIE. ))
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Florida has seen only 3 inches of rain in the last two months.
Normally, it would have seen more than a foot.
The drought isnt' only feeding the
fires, it's also starving cattle and fruit crops.
A defeat for President Clinton.
The Supreme Court today struck down his line item veto power.
The line-item veto lets the president cancel specific items in
tax and spending measures.
And the high court handed Kenneth Starr a set back in his attempt to obtain notes taken by the late Vince Foster.
The justices ruled ruled that attorney-client privilege survives a client's death.
Employment opportunities in Rockbridge County will increase as a result of the merger between Modine (MO-DEEN) Manufacturing Company and Daikin (DYE-KEEN) Industries.
Modine makes heating units, while Daikin is one of Japan's largest manufacturers of air conditioners.
The two companies will team-up to produce a combined heating and air conditioning unit.
Modine plans to renovate its warehouse.
200 people will be hired later this year.
A serial killer who used to make his home in Blacksburg is changing his story.
Henry Lee Lucas, who has confessed to three thousand murders, says those confessions were lies, including the one that put him on Texas death row.
On a CBS news magazine show, Lucas says he was just using police investigators to get what he wanted, and make them look foolish.
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((HENRY LEE LUCAS/CONVICTED SERIAL KILLER;.; I started confessing to everything in the world. If they
brought a murder case to me, I took it.
RS Question: You confessed to it?
SOT LUCAS: I confessed to it...I accepted murder cased for money, I
accepted murder cases for hamburgers, I accepted murder cases for
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Lucas is scheduled for execution next week.
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There is talk of a union among several Roanoke City employees.
More than 200 of Roanoke's 22-hundred employees have joined the newly-formed "Municipal Employees Association".
Some workers say a union would serve as a liason between employees and management to solve disputes.
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((ANGELA NORMAN/LOCAL AFSCME PRESIDENT; WE ARE JUST TIRED OF PROBLEMS BEING PUSHED UP UNDER THE RUG. WE'RE TIRED OF RUNNING INTO DEADEND STREETS. IT'S TIME FOR ACTION. WE'RE TIRED OF THE GOOD OLD BOY NETWORK AND WE'RE TIRED OF FAVORITISM WHEN IT COMES TO PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES OR THE HIRING PROCESS.))
((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE VICE MAYOR; IN OUR VISION STATEMENT FOR THE CITY, WE BELIEVE IN A PARTICIPATORY FORM OF GOVERNMENT. THAT ALL OF OUR CITIZENS ARE FULL OPERATING PARTNERS IN THIS GOVERNMENT AND THAT CERTAINLY WOULD INCLUDE OUR EMPLOYEES.))
[SUPER=01-Angela Norman/Local AFSCME President;:00]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke Vice Mayor;:19]
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City council members have said in the past they have no problem with employees organizing as long as they realize Virginia is a right-to-work state-- meaning city workers would not be permitted to strike.
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Several residents at Smith Mountain Lake would like to see a convention center and nearly 100 new condominiums built in the area.
But as Tina Tenret reports, the proposal is not without opposition.
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[SUPER=01-Sam Edgerton/Lake Resident;:44]
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(( These five acres could soon house two towers with 96 condo units.
Also, a community area with a complete gym, conference center and waterfront restaurant.
[IN Q=I think]
((PAT BAILEY/COLDWELL BANKER: I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL CONCEPT. I THINK THE LAKE VERY WELL NEEDS AN UPSCALE DEVELOPMENT. IT ALSO NEEDS A DEVELOPMENT THAT TAKES THE COMMUNITY INTO ACCOUNT AND I THINK THIS DOES THAT. AND ADDS SOME CULTURE TO OUR LAKE.))
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But this will NOT be a private quiet community.
After all, Bridgewater Plaza with its restaurants and bars, is right next door.
Some predict condos would just pile more traffic on an already busy bridge.
And, close to 200 boats will be able to dock at the proposed complex.
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((MY PRINCIPAL CONCERN IS THE HIGH-RISE DEVELOPMENT IN THE LAKE. WE ALREADY HAVE ONE HIGH-RISE BUILDING. MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT'S AN EYESORE BASICALLY. ALTHOUGH THESE BUILDINGS I BELIEVE ARE MORE ATTRACTIVELY DESIGNED I STILL DON'T THINK THE SHORELINE OF THE LAKE SHOULD BE CLUSTERED WITH HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS.))
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((THIS LAND IS CURRENTLY ZONED BUSINESS NOT RESIDENTIAL SO DEVELOPERS WILL HAVE TO APPLY FOR A ZONING CHANGE. THEY WILL ALSO NEED SPECIAL PERMISSION TO BUILD 96 UNITS BECAUSE THAT'S 20 MORE THAN THE CURRENT LIMIT. BEFORE ANY OF THESE CHANGES CAN TAKE PLACE THOUGH, THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC HEARING. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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New research conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University is being cited as a breakthrough for some infertile women.
We'll tell you more coming on News 7 at Noon.
And he claims he kidnapped his daughters 20 years ago to keep them away from an abusive mother--now the case of Stephen Fagan is going to court.
First though let's check in with Patrick Evans in the Weather Center.
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It's a historic day at the polls
in Northern Ireland.
Voters are picking the new Belfast Assembly.
It follows the election approving the Good Friday peace plan.
Police are standing guard at the more than 12-hundred polling stations.
108 seats are up for grabs.
A study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine offers hope
to women with Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome, the most common cause of
P-C-O-S is the failure to ovulate.
A study out of Virginia Commonwealth University shows that treatment with Glucophage, the most commonly prescribed oral drug for Type 2 diabetes, may hold the answer.
In a study of 61 women, almost 90 percent of the patients ovulated
when prescribed Glucophage along with a fertility drug.
The Supreme Court has ruled that people infected with H-I-V are protected by the Americans With Disabilities
Act, regardless of whether they show symptoms of AIDS.
The five-to-four ruling came in the
case of a Maine dentist who refused to fill an H-I-V-patient's
tooth in his office.
The father accused of kidnapping his daughters nearly 20 years ago was formally charged this morning.
Stephen Fagan was indicted earlier this month on two counts of kidnapping and one count of contempt.
He fled to Florida with his then two- and five-year-old daughters during a weekend visit back in 19-79.
He faces up 20 years in prison if convicted.
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The fate of several historic Lynchburg buildings is still undecided after both sides of a demolition plan failed to reach an agreement yesterday.
First Colony Life Insurance wants to tear down these buildings to create more employee parking.
But local preservationists want them saved.. they say the city is bending over backward to keep downtown's largest employer happy.
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((HAL DEVENING: WE WOULD HAVE HOPED FOR A LITTLE STRONGER STAND FROM THE CITY TO STAND UP FOR WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING AND WHAT THE CITY'S BEEN TRYING TO DO NOW FOR QUITE SOME PERIOD OF TIME.))
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: WHEN IT COMES TO GROWING A LOCAL BUSINESS AND PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLES OF LOCAL PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THAT BUSINESS, THEN THAT'S GOT TO BE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.))
[SUPER=01-Hal Devening/Historical Foundation Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :11]
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The Historical Society is considering further legal action to block the demolition.
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Certain scratch off lottery games are more than just games of chance--
they might also help pay for a new baseball stadium for northern Virginia. That story and Patrick's forecast looking ahead to the weekend, coming up on News 7 at Noon.
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The Virginia Lottery board has a message for you:
Scratching a new sports-themed ticket could help pay for a major league baseball stadium in northern Virginia.
The board has voted to put such a statement on the unsold tickets and on a sign at retail outlets.
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((SIEGEL: THAT THESE ARE PART OF A PILOT PROJECT FOR THE BASEBALL STADIUM -- TO BE TRACKED FOR THE BASEBALL STADIUM. CERTAINLY THERE'S BEEN NO DECISION AT THIS POINT BY THE COMMONWEALTH AS TO WHETHER ANY OF THESE FUNDS WILL BE ISOLATED FOR THE STADIUM.))
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The disclosure statement came in the face of withering criticism at a public comment period.
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((GOLDMAN: YOU KNOW A FEW YEARS AGO THE SAME GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED A LAW DEDICATING LOTTERY FUNDS FOR EDUCATION. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEY CAN'T KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF THE 300 MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.))
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The money would only go to build a stadium if the sales don't cut into existing lottery revenues.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 83 points.
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Two former U-N-C players are headed to the N-B-A, while a former Cavalier basketball star will try his hand as a free agent. Coming up on News 7 at Noon--more from yesterday's draft.
And we'll introduce you to the sport of rollerblade hockey. A Roanoke team is skating into a national competiton.
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The NBA draft was held last night in Vancouver, British Columbia and the names of the top picks are anything but household names for the average fan.
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For example, the Los Angeles Clippers made Michael Olowokandi the number pick in the draft.
Olowokandi is the son of a Nigerian diplomat.
He played his college basketball at Pacific, in fact he didn't even have a scholarship his first year.
But he's got game and size. He is 7-1 and he weighs 269 pounds.
Here's a look at the top 29 first round picks.
The ACC kept alive its streak of having at least four first round picks as Matt Harpring and Roshown Leonard joined Carolina's Antwan Jamison and
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But the Carolina couple got a real shock. After Jamison was picked fourth by the Toronto Raptors and Carter fifth by the Warriors, the two teams swapped players.
So now Carter is a Warrior and Jamison a Raptor.
Roanoke's Curtis Staples had hoped to be selected by the Bulls, but he was not chosen, niether was his former U-V-A teammate Norman Nolan. Both will now have to go the free agent route.
And Korleone Young the standout prep star from Hargrave was taken in the second round by the Pistons.
Former Friday Football Extra star Xavier Cargile, the talented fullback from Northside will play his college football at Ferrum next season.
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The 5'10", 233 pound fullback was a first team all Blue Ridge district and a second team all region selection this past season for the Vikings. He rushed for one thousand, 40 yards on 211 carriers and scored ten touchdowns.
Ferrum's coaching staff has indicated to Xavier that he could start and get as many as 20 carries a game as a freshman in the Panthers wing T offense.
A growing sport is giving a Roanoke team national exposure. After winning a regional tournament the group is heading to a national competition.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Ashton McCulley/Right Wing; :49]
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((What was once the stuff of empty parking lots and deserted driveways is now finding a more secure place in the world of popular sports.
Roller hockey is among the fastest growing sports in the country and that success os showing in Roanoke where a team known as madness is making a name for itself.
Three straight shutouts gave the team top honors in the southeast regional tyournament in Virginia Beach.. Now these athletes are setting their sights on Des Moines Iowa and the nationals next month..
[IN Q=What makes this team]
((MARK SETCHEL/COACH: WHAT MAKES THIS TEAM SO SPECIAL? A LOT OF GOOD ATHLETES. A LOT OF GOOD TRAINING, HARD TRAINING. THE BEST OF TWO OR THREE TEAMS THROUGH THE LEAGUE THAT HAVE COME TOGEWTHER TO UNITE AS ONE TEAM.))
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Practices at the Star City Skate Center goes late into the evening. These players are not ice rink refugees. Most came up through the roller hockey ranks.
[IN Q=None of us really]
((ASHTON MCCULLEY/RIGHT WING: NONE OF US REALLY HAD ANY REGIONAL EXPERIENCE BEFORE, BUT WE CAME TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND PLAYED WELL DOWN THERE.))
((CHRIS MYERS/CENTER: THERE'S PROBABLY SIX OR SEVEN DIFFERENT TEAMS ON THIS TEAM FROM OUR LEAGUE AND EACH ONE OF THE GUYS HAS A CERTAIN ASPECT THAT THEY BRING TO THIS TEAM SUCH AS MAYBE A HARD SHOT OR ACCURATE PASSING.))
[OUT Q=accurate passing.]
The team is still looking for sponsors to help pay for their trip to the nationals.
But they're confident they can play with the top teams in the country... and they hope to bring a national champi Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))onship home.