Today on News 7, the bombing of Yugoslavia has begun. We'll have a live report.
and two people are dead and another person injured following an apparent murder suicide last night in Lynchburg.
After some clouds and showers, we are headed for a partly sunny break. Detials ahead.
On Health Check, doctors test a new way to treat difficult cancers without surgery.
and in Sports, Virginia Tech hopes a former U-V-A basketball star can turn the Hokies' program around.
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((WE ANDOUR NATO ALLIES HAVE TAKEN THIS ACTION ONLY AFTER ATTEMPTING TO REACH A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS IN KOSOVO.))
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U-S fighter jets are among the aircraft in the first wave of bombings.
The Yugoslav army tonight reports fatalities as a result of NATO air strikes.
The attack is expected to continue into the night.
President Clinton spoke to the nation this afternoon. He is scheduled to address the nation again at eight tonight.
Lisa Hughes is at the White House with the latest on exactly what's going on.
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((U.S. FORCES ACTING WITH OUR ALLIES HAVE COMMENCED AIR STRIKES.")
THE PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT CAME JUST MINUTES AFTER THE INITIAL ATTACK.
CLINTON: KOSOVO'S CRISIS IS NOW FULL BLOWN. IF WE DO NOT ACT,
CLEARLY, IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE.
U.S. FIGHTER AND RADAR JAMMING AIRCRAFT ARE TAKING OFF FROM AVIANO AIR
FORCE BASE WITH A MISSION LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER NATO AUTHORIZED AIR
STRIKES. AMONG THOSE ON THE GROIUND WHEN THE FIRST BOMBS HIT, CBS NEWS
CORRESPONDENT ALLEN PIZZEY.
(SOT, PIZZEY, SUPERS ON TAPE, "WE'VE HEARD THREE, POSSIBLY FOUR
FAIRLYLOUD EXPLOSIONS. IT'S HARD TO TELL IF THEY'RE ONE AND THE SAME.
THEY'RE SO CLOSE TOGETHER.")
THERE IS EVERY INDICATION THE SERB ARMY IS PREPARED TO FIGHT. YUGOSLAV
PRESIDENT MOLOSEVIC IS CALLING ON CITIZENS TO RESIST THE AIR STRIKES.
BUT IN HIS TELEVISED ADDRESS, MILOSEVIC MADE NO MENTION OF AN APPEAL BY EUROPEAN LEADERS. THEY STILL MAINTAIN HE CAN STOP THE ATTACK BY ACCEPTING AN INTERNATIONAL PEACE PLAN.
IN KOSOVO, HOURS BEFORE THE BOMBING, PEOPLE BEGAN STOCKPILING FOOD AND EMERGENCY SUPPLIES, ANTICIPATING AN ATTACK THAT IS NOW UNDERWAY. THESE
ARE SOME OF THE LAST PICTURES BEFORE THE SERBS CUT OFF TELEVISION
LISA HUGHES: )
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In Roanoke there are two families tonight whose relatives are in Kosovo.
These young people came from Croatia three years ago, and they wonder if they will see their families again.
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Tina Tenret brings us their reaction to the NATO bombing.
Jean, they're worried their parents and siblings will get hurt in the crossfire, but at the same time they say the U-S is their only hope.
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Merima Demaku moved here three years ago with her husband.
She can show you pictures of their relatives in Kosovo but cannot tell you where they are.
Probably hiding from the Serbs in the mountains or in the woods, she says.
Their friend Isa says growing up in Kosovo, the Serbs always treated him like third class.
He didn't know why until he grew older.
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Coming up at Six we'll talk more to these two families
and find out what they think about Roanokers' reactions to the Kosovo crisis.[5-L'burg-Murder]
An ongoing domestic dispute apparently sparked a triple shooting in Lynchburg last night that left two people dead and another wounded.
Police were called to 240 Bell Street just before midnight.
That's where 27-year old Harry Eugene Mitchell apparently shot and killed his ex- girlfriend, and wounded her sister before turning the gun on himself.
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((CMDR. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AND IT APPEARS THAT HE WENT TO THE RESIDENCE WHICH IS THE HOME OF THE MOTHER AND KICKED THE FRONT DOOR IN AN WENT IN AND SHOT THE TWO LADIES AND THEN HE APPEARED TO HAVE SUFFERED A SELF- INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND HIMSELF IN THE FRONT YARD OF THE RESIDENCE.))
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Mitchell and 34-year old Lisa A. Prior were pronounced dead at the scene.
44-year old Debra Dawson is in satisfactory condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Virginia Tech is announcing its new head coach for the men's basketball team at this moment.
Ricky Stokes comes to the team from Texas where he served as an assistant coach last year.
Stokes was a star at U-V-A during the early 1980's and later served as an assisant coach for the Cavs.
Roy Stanley will have more coming up in sports.[(toss to R)]
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Still to come on the newscast, the National Transportation Board finally places the blame for a 1994 plane crash,
And then we'll see how the Alaska wilderness is faring 10 years to the day since the wreck of the Exxon Valdez.
After 100-thousand hours of work and nearly five years-
federal officials conclude it was rudder failure, not the pilot that caused a US Air plane to crash.
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The Plane went down outside of Pittsburgh in 1994 just as the plane was preparing to land-
132 people were killed including three from this region.
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((JIM HALL/NTSB CHAIRMAN: THE RUDDER SURFACE MOST LIEKLY DEFLECTED IN A DIRECTION OPPOSITE TO THAT COMMANDED BY THE PILOTS AS A RESULT OF A JAM.))
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The NTSB says it was the same problem that caused a 1991 crash which killed 25 people. Both crashed involved Boeing 737's.
There have been some design changes in the rudder mechanism since the two crashes, but the NTSB wants more.
It's urging the FAA to require the installment of new rudder systems on all 737's.
It was ten years ago today an oil tanker known as the Exxon Valdez ran aground along the Alaskan Coast.
The resulting spill caused a disaster that still affects the enviroment.
Manuel Gallegus has more from Alaska.
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[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Alaska]
((LOOKING AT THE BEAUTY OF PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND TODAY_ IT'S HARD TO
BELIEVE IT'S THE SITE OF ONE OF THE NATION'S WORST ENVIRONMENTAL
DISASTERS. ELEVEN MILLION GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL BLACKENED THE MAJECTIC
BUT BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE OCEAN AND ROCKS, POCKETS OF OIL REMAIN.
AND, THERE IS OTHER EVIDENCE OF AN INCOMPLETE RECOVERY.
OF THE 28 WILDLIFE SPECIES THAT HAVE BEEN MONITORED SINCE THE SPILL,
ONLY THE RIVER OTTER AND BALD EAGLE ARE CONSIDERED "FULLY RECOVERED."
HARBOR SEALS, AND KILLER WHALES SHOW NO SIGNS OF RECOVERY, ACCORDING TO
THE GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS WHO OVERSEE THE AREA.
THE SALMON, AND HERRING POPULATIONS HAVE SHARPLY DECLINED_
What does remain IN THE SMALL FISHING COMMUNTIES THAT LINE THE SOUND IS
THE ANGER TOWARD EXXON.
FISHERMAN RONALD ANDERSON'S SITUATION IS TYPICAL. TIRED OF STRUGGLING,
HE'S SELLING HIS 600-THOUSAND dollar BOAT "THE FLAPPING EAGLE" AT A HUGE
--SOT-RONALD ANDERSON, FISHERMAN
"and I'm lucky to sell it. But it pains my heart. It's something that I
worked all of my life to get. It's a shame.
EXXON DID PAY OUT HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE CLEAN-UP AND
TO THE COMMUNITY_
BUT IT'S STILL FIGHTING THE 5-BILLION DOLLAR JUDGEMENT AGAINST IT.
--SOT-FRANK SPROW, vice president, exxon
"we believe that prince william sound has essentially recovered from the
spill. It's a healthy, vital, biological community."))
Coming up next on News 7, Patrick Evans is out there searching for a brand new World of Science. Forunately, he doesn't have to look past Valley View Mall.
Patrick adlibs for about :10
A new world has opened up at a local mall, the World of Science, that is.
Patrick Evans has the story of a place where science fact and science fiction meet.
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Coming up today in Sports, Mike Stevens and Roy Stanley will join us with more on Virginia Tech's new basketball coach.
But first in Health News, we'll see how doctors are using radio waves to combat hard to treat tumors without surgery.
The possibility of being treated for cancer without surgery is always good news.
The surgical removal though of tumors from the liver is difficult and risky and treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can have debilitating side effects.
But now an experimental treatment that destroys tumors with radio waves is showing promise.
Dr Dave (Nigh-da) Hnida has the details.
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((: Agnes Lubbers is on her feet and feeling well... despite her
ongoing battle with liver cancer.
sot doc "any nausea?" agnes "no haven't had that and i'm very hungry
this morning!" doc "we'll see if we can get you treated and then get you
something to eat"
NARR: Being seventy-eight and having a very large tumor mean surgery
and chemotherapy won't work, so her doctors sent her to Riverside
Hospital in Columbus for a new and different type of treatment.
vo doc "we'll guide right along these lines with our probe"
NARR: There doctors use a probe to target her tumor with the heat from
radio waves. They are able to pinpoint their progress with the help of
cu screen "the needle coming down into the deep portion of the tumor,
and the whitish area here is the area of tissue that we have destroyed"
SOT DR. ALAIN DROOZ: WE'RE HOPING THAT WE CAN SHRINK AWAY AND DESTROY
MOST OF THE TUMOR PERHAPS EIGHTY TO NINETY PERCENT AND ALLOW HER BODY TO
RECOVER AND TRY TO GIVE HER SOME MORE TIME (:13)
NARR: Patients are awake throughout the treatment... side effects are a
feeling of warmth and in some cases a little pain.
sot doc "you feeling any heat or pain?" agnes "i'm feeling warm" doc "
feeling a little warm? any pain?" agnes "no pain" doc "no pain"
NARR: For now, the treatment is only being studied in people like Agnes
Lubbers, with hard-to-treat tumors... but the hope is that the treatment
could someday be effective in less severe cases.
SOT DR. ALAIN DROOZ: I THINK THE POTENTIAL OF THIS TYPE OF PROCEDURE IS
LIMITLESS IN THAT AT SOME POINT WE MAY BE TREATING MORE AND MORE
PATIENTS BY LEAVING THE TUMOR IN THE BODY
NARR: Agnes recovers quickly from her therapy.
SOT AGNES:) I RECUPERATE IN THE RECOVERY ROOM FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND
THEN I GO HOME 50 NOW I'M VERY WORN OUT WHEN I GO HOME BUT IN A MATTER
OF DAYS I CAN FEEL MY ENERGY COMING BACK DAY BY DAY
sot agnes "this is different this is angels"
NARR: She knows that her treatment is not a cure... but it has given
her a chance to enjoy more of her days in comfort.
SOT AGNES LUBBERS/ CANCER PATIENT: OH MY JUST SO MANY BENEFITS I'M NOT
JUST SITTING THERE WAITING FOR THE END TO COME (:08)
I'M DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS)
The New River Valley's newest hospital was dedicated this morning.
Carilion officials say the new facility on Rt. 177 in Radford is designed to meet the changing health care needs for local residents.
Sixty percent of the new hospital is dedicated to outpatient services.
It actually has fewer beds than the old facility.
Carilion says the hospital will be more patient friendly- more services will be availible at a patient's bedside.
That means less moving the patient for clinical services in other parts of the building.
The 61 MILLION dollar hospital is expected to serve 60-thousand patients a year.
Welcome Jean to a big day for folks at both Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.
When Bobby Hussey was fired on Monday, the names of possible candidates to replace him starting flying from all directions. But not once did any one mention a UVa graduate in that rumor mill.
But Roy Stanley is standing by LIVE outside of Stuart Kent Cassell Coliseum on the Tech campus where just moments ago former Virginia Cavalier player and assistant coach Ricky Stokes was introduced as the Hokies new men's head basketball coach.
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((RICKY STOKES/NEW VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
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Many of you may remember Stokes from his playing days at UVa. where he helped lead the Cavs to two final four appearances.
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He played in a school record 134 straight games at Virginia. And after his senior season he was named the recipient of the Francis Naismith award which is given annually to the best player in the nation under six feet tall.
He also was the captain of the team his senior season and graduated in 1984 with a degree in psychology.
He is considered an excellent recruiter and he is a richmond native.
About the only group that will be upset abot his hiring is the contigent of fans at UVa who had hoped he would succeed Jeff Jones or at least stay in Charlottesville as an assistant.
More on the Cavalier turned Hokie tonight at six.
Jean will return right after this break with the rest of News 7 at Five.
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Coming soon to a planetarium near you:
What some people describe as the ultimate movie experience.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia is about to transform its theater.
By this summer, you should be able to watch high-tech, IMAX-style films that make you feel like you're in the middle of it all.
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((KEN SCHUTZ/SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: PROBABLY THE MOST CHARACTERISTIC PART OF THE EXPERIENCE IS WHEN IT SIMULATES, FOR EXAMPLE, THE FEELINGS YOU HAVE WHEN YOU'RE ON A ROLLER COASTER. AND THROUGH THE OPTICS OF THE SYSTEM IT TAKES YOU TO THE TOP OF THE COASTER AND THEN YOU GO DOWN AND YOU FEEL YOUR STOMACH LIFT AS THOUGH YOU WERE REALLY MOVING. ))
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The museum will look for sponsors to help pay the 400-thousand dollar cost of converting the planetarium's old projection system.
The first large-format movie is scheduled to run this summer.
This is the second time we've heard plans to open a theater like this in Roanoke.
Tonight on News-7 at six...
We'll see what's happening with the city's plan to build a huge IMAX theater just a few blocks away from the science museum.