[TAPE#=98-41 TC 1:32:43]
A car accident in Danville last night is being blamed on gunfire.
Authorities suspect a gunman fled into nearby woods after shooting at a moving car on Dudley Street around 11:15.
The car's teen-aged driver was not hit by gunfire, but DID suffer minor injuries after he drove into a parked car and a fence.
The owner of the parked car says she didn't suspect anything at first.
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[IN Q=I thought it was firecrackers]
[OUT Q=I had to go see]
Police say the teen's car appears to have taken one bullet to the windshield.
They say they have plenty of leads, but no suspect profile at this time.
Federal investigators are heading aboard the Carnival cruise ship, "Ecstasy" to determine what caused the liner to catch fire yesterday afternoon.
[SUPER=03-Miami Beach, FL;]
Of the ship's more than 25- hundred passengers, 60 were injured, most of them suffering from smoke inhalation.
At least 14 were taken to hospitals.
A preliminary investigation by the coast guard indicated the fire started in the laundry room.
This morning, Carnival's president took questions from reporters regarding the time rescue crews were called in to help.
[IN Q=At this point]
((BOB DICKINSON/CARNIVAL PRESIDENT: AT THIS POINT, THAT IT WAS DETERMINED THAT WE NEEDED TO BRING IN THE CAVALRY, WE CALLED THE COAST GUARD AND THEY WERE HERE VERY PROMPTLY AND THEY HELPED FIGHT A VERY, VERY STUBBORN FIRE.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Dickinson/Carnival President;]
[OUT Q=very very stubborn fire]
Carnival cruise lines is offering full refunds and a free cruise to all passengers.
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[TAPE#=98-59 TC 4:45]
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The fire was a frightening experience for a Roanoke woman. Elizabeth Whitlock's children were on the ship with their grandmother.
Her 17 year old daughter Chrissy and 14 year old son Tim are alright, though Tim's room was just a few feet away from the laundry room where the fire started.
((ELIZABETH WHITLOCK/PARENT; HE WAS IN HIS ROOM WHEN THE FIRE BROKE OUT, HE AND 3 OTHER BOYS WERE IN THE ROOM AND STARTED SMELLING SMOKE, AND THEN SAW THE SMOKE COME THROUGH THE AIR CONDITIONING VENTS INTO THE ROOM, SO THEY WENT OUT INTO THE HALLWAY, WHICH WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE AND THEY WEREN'T EXACTLY SURE WHERE TO GO.))
[OUT Q=where to go]
Whitlock says her children made it to the upper decks, where they stayed while the ship returned to port.
This afternoon they're safe in a Miami hotel.
[GRAPHIC=Monica Lewinsky (2198)]
The major players in the Monica Lewinsky investigation are inside a Washington courthouse.
Legal teams for both President Clinton and Lewinsky have been meeting this morning.
Independent counsel Kenneth Starr is also there.
No word on exactly WHAT is being said.
The grand jury, meanwhile is expected to hear more testimony from Linda Tripp, as well as from Mr. Clinton's security head Larry Cockell and other secret service agents.
Federal agents are joining Roanoke police in the search for a suspect who robbed a bank on Melrose Avenue.
Yesterday's robbery marks the third on Melrose this year.
Police say a masked man with a gun walked into the First Union Bank in front of the Roanoke-Salem Plaza yesterday.
He demanded money from two tellers and fled on foot.
No one was injured.
Another bank robbery occurred yesterday afternoon.
This one at the National Bank of Blacksburg in Galax.
Around 4:45 pm, a man entered the bank and demanded an undetermined amount of cash.
Police say he did NOT display a gun and no one was injured.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6-feet tall, medium build with brown shoulder length hair.
[TAPE#98-55 TC 3:13]
D-Day veteran Bob Slaughter is in Hollywood for tonight's premiere of the new movie, "Saving Private Ryan".
Keith Humphry talked to Slaughter before he left Roanoke.
They got together at the D-Day Memorial being built in Bedford.
And they caught up with one another again in Los Angeles last night.
Keith Humphry has more.
[IN Q=This is going]
[SUPER=01-Bob Slaughter/D-Day Memorial Chairman; :16]
[SUPER=01-Byron Dickson/Architect; :38]
[SUPER=04-Paramount Pictures; 1:00]
[super=03-Los Angeles, CA; 1:28]
[OUT Q=KH, N7.]
((THIS IS GOING TO BE THE OVERLORD PLAZA.))
Slaughter recently took us on a tour of the D-Day memorial site.
It has grown from a 20-acre, 5-million dollar project to a 12 million dollar complex on 88 acres on the second highest spot in town.
((IT STARTED SMALL AND HERE IT IS. IT'S ONE OF THE GRANDEST. IT'S ONE OF THE GRANDEST MEMORIALS ANYWHERE.))
It's hard to picture something grand emerging from all these rocks.
This is a scale model of what it's going to look like... a work in progress.
As the architect says, a visit to the site of the Memorial is like walking on the moon- -NOW, but HE can already visualize it.
((WHEN I WALKED ON THAT SITE, I WAS... THE SCALE REALLY IMPRESSED ME. I'LL TELL YOU THE OPENNESS REALLY HAS A LOT TO DO WITH IT.))
The Overlord Arch Slaughter mentioned is the centerpiece of the memorial. The granite structure will stand 44-feet, six inches high.
((THE ARCH FRAMES THE PEAKS OF OTTER. IT'S A GORGEOUS VIEW. ))
[IN Q=It's going to be]
((BUT IT'S GOING TO BE A MAGNIFICENT MEMORIAL. ))
[NAT SOT movie clip]
["See you on the beach"]
Slaughter has already seen "Saving Private Ryan," at a private showing in New York.
He pronounced it accurate in most every detail... says it captures the terror of the invasion.
He says people NEED to see this movie- -though it's not easy to watch.
[IN Q=It's a gruesome,]
((IT'S A GRUESOME, GRAPHIC FILM THAT KEEPS COMING AT.
I MEAN YOU DON'T GET VERY MUCH RESPITE WHILE YOU'RE WATCHING IT. IT'LL GRIP YA AND WON'T LET GO. ))
A judge offered no sympathy for the woman who led Roanoke and Botetourt officers on a high- speed chase in May.
28- year- old Karen Thompson got six years in prison, and a 15- thousand- dollar fine -- the maximum penalty available.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 6]
During the 2-hour chase she hit speeds well over 100 miles an hour.
She told police she ran because she didn't want to go to prison after jumping bond on a drug conviction.
[IN Q=those two factors]
((RONNIE CLAY/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THOSE TWO FACTORS ALONG WITH HER PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY AND WHAT NOT, I DON'T THINK THE JUDGE HAD TO GO TO FAR TO FIND THAT SHE WAS DESERVING OF MAXIMUM PUNISHMENTS IN THESE CASES.))
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Clay/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=in these cases.]
Even though she pled no contest to the charges, Thompson's attorney says she'll appeal.
[IN Q=because of]
((STEPHEN HEBBLETHWAITE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: BECAUSE OF THE SENTENCE AND THE SEVERITY, AND TO COMBINE ALL THE PROCEEDINGS UP IN CIRCUIT COURT AND HAVE IT ALL DONE AT ONE TIME))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Hebblethwaite/Defense Attorney]
[OUT Q=at one time]
Thompson also faces felony charges for failing to appear for sentencing in her drug case.
Child pornography charges have been filed in Lynchburg -- against a former pediatrician.
John Gary Powell was indicted on FEDERAL charges of receiving child pornography over the Internet.
Powell's been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and EIGHT counts of receiving the same material over the Internet.
If convicted, he could face up to 130 years in prison.
An Evington man was also indicted for possessing child pornography.
If convicted Dennis Rice could face five years in prison.[Westview-Habitat]
[TAPE#=98-45; from field tape and E-City Council 98-46 1:52:08]
Plans for a 34-house "village", under construction by Habitat for Humanity, are temporarily on hold in a Roanoke neighborhood.
City Council last night heard from Westview Terrace residents who say not only would the development lower their property values, but no one bothered to tell them about the project.
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[IN Q=We know from the]
((WE KNOW, RATHER, FROM THE NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS AND FROM OTHERS THAT THIS PROJECT WAS GOING ON FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS AND JUST TWO OR THREE DAYS AGO, WE'RE NOTIFIED ABOUT IT. WE FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE I DON'T THINK ANYONE CAN ACCEPT THAT.))
((BILL WHITE/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WHEN YOU DEAL WITH COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS, YOU DON'T START CONSTRUCTION AND THEN START DIALOGUE. THE DIALOGUE COMES FIRST.))
[Super=01-Kermit Plummer/Neighborhood Resident; :00]
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City council asked administrators to review the city's options, set up a meeting between the two groups, and encourage Habitat to suspend work while the two sides are talking.
[In Q=We have a contract]
((DAVID CAMPER/HABITAT BOARD MEMBER: WE HAVE A CONTRACT. AND THERE IS EQUIPMENT ON SITE. FOR THEM TO STOP AT THIS POINT I THINK WOULD BE VERY EXPENSIVE. I'M NOT SURE WE CAN DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-David Camper/Habitat Board Member; :]
[OUT Q=we can do that.]
Habitat officials agreed to meet with residents, but they say the two-week delay could cost the group ten thousand dollars.
Halifax County residents will have the final say on whether a new and improved continuing education center will be developed in the county.
In November voters will decide on the one-point-seven million dollar referendum to relocate and expand the existing C-E-C.
So far the idea of a new C-E-C is gaining popularity.
Christy Hubley reports.
[IN Q=The Halifax County Board]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./Last Night; :00]
[SUPER=01-Scott McAlexander/CEC Student; :21]
[SUPER=01-Peg Anderson/CEC Supporter; :45]
[OUT Q=News 7, Halifax County.]
(( The Halifax County Board of Supervisors heard nothing but praise for the Continuing Education Center.
More than a dozen people spoke in support of the C-E-C-- and the need to have higher education at their fingertips.
People like Scott McAlexander, who-- thanks to a C-E-C satellite program-- is getting his MBA from Virginia Tech-- without ever leaving Halifax County.
[IN Q=Having the CEC]
((SCOTT MCALEXANDER/CEC STUDENT: HAVING THE CEC THERE, HAVING THE MBA PROGRAM THERE HAS MADE IT CONVENIENT FOR ME. I WOULD NOT HAVE DRIVEN ALL THE WAY TO DANVILLE TO GO TO AVERETT.))
[OUT Q=to go to Averett.]
Total cost of renovating an old tobacco warehouse and moving to C-E-C into it will be 3-point-5 million dollars.
Half would come from taxpayers-- the other half from private donations.
Peg Anderson says it's worth the money for all the help the C-E-C gave her and her son.
[IN Q=I could not have]
((PEG ANDERSON/CEC SUPPORTER: I COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT THEM. AND FOR THAT I AM GRATEFUL AND I THINK WE'VE GOT A HIDDEN ASSET HERE THAT WE NEED TO BRING TO THE COMMUNITY'S ATTENTION.))
[OUT Q=the community's attention.]
Once a judge signs off on the referendum it will appear on the ballot November 3rd.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Halifax County.
All eyes in the financial markets are on Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
In his mid- year report to Congress, Greenspan says the nation's central bank stands ready to "resist vigorously" any threated rise in inflation.
As for the effects of the Asian crisis on the U-S economy, Greenspan says the Fed is still trying to sort out its impact.
Stock prices, meanwhile, are DOWN 24 points since the release of Greenspan's text.
The death toll keeps rising in the wake of the tsunami that engulfed parts of New Guinea.
[SUPER=03-Papua, New Guinea;]
Along the coast, search parties in boats and on foot are combing the area for bodies.
The Australian Army has set up a mobile field hospital to treat the injured survivors.
Many are still looking for loved ones as they hope to recover from the wreckage.
[IN Q=This is the]
((CLEMENT KALINA/SURVIVOR: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE'VE COME ACROSS THIS TRAUMA. WE DIDN'T EVER EXPERIENCE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE.))
[OUT Q=like this before]
New Guinea's Prime minister now confirms at least 12- hundred people are dead and another six-thousand are still missing.
A Smith Mountain Lake developer is suing Franklin County officials because he says they aren't keeping their word.
John Robbins wants to sell 42 lots on Route 949, each with its own boat dock.
He says the county gave him permission to build, until lake residents complained about traffic.
[IN Q=It's 42]
((DICK HACH/LAKE RESIDENT: IT'S 42 MORE DISRUPTIONS TO THE TRANQUILITY AND THE PEACE IN BECKY'S CREEK.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Hach/Lake Resident;]
[OUT Q=Becky's Creek]
County supervisors now require a special use permit to build docks in this area.
But Robbins already spent 30-thousand dollars on development.
Now he's fighting for the right to finish his docks.
[IN Q=This is all because]
((C. JOHN ROBBINS/DEVELOPER: THIS IS ALL BECAUSE SOMEBODY DOESN'T WANT A BOAT TO GO PAST THEIR HOUSE. THEY NEVER LIVED ON THE WATER BEFORE. I'VE LIVED ON THE WATER ALL MY LIFE. I KNOW WHAT THE WATER'S ABOUT.))
[OUT Q=what the water's about]
County officials say they never approved Robbins' subdivision plans.
And finally this afternoon,
You'd probably expect to see monkeys swinging on tree branches...
but THESE two were showing off their WATERSKIING skills.
Momoko and her partner Lily were the side show at a power boat competition in Japan.
Seven-year- old Momoko in a blue swimsuit and three- year- old Lily, in red, took turns skiing with a specially mad (------------)
e surf board.