Next on News 7-
The pictures are powerful- the damage and death toll- devastating. A live report is coming up.
One area restaurant decides to stick around for awhile longer.
And talk about chilly: Scuba divers take to the water for the first time ever at the North Pole.
News 7 is next.
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Rescuers are looking for any sign of life tonight- after tornadoes tore through Oklahoma and Kansas.
Twisters there killed at least 43 people- Bobbi Harley is in Oklahoma with more..
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((This part of the country is named Tornado Alley. People here are
accustomed to spring storms.
But no one expected this.
Twister after twister: as powerful as anyone has ever seen. Packing
winds up to 260 miles an hour, the wicked weather killed
dozens of people, injured hundreds, and leveled thousands of homes.
As rescue crews continued the grim search for survivors, others tried to
put their lives back together.
Melvin Martin, Resident:
"This is the first one that really hit home to us.in about 30 years that we've been living here."
President Clinton has declared parts of Oklahoma and Kansas federal
disaster areas. The National Guard has been mobilized to help.
And officials are keeping a watchful eye on people who might want to take advantage of a terrible situation.
Gov. Frank Keating, Oklahoma: We're counting on our business community to be good citizens-- no
And there will be a need for good citizens.
Because for many, all that's left are debris, mangled cars and crushed
I lost everything.))
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The murder of a black man in Grayson County at the hands of two white men will NOT be labeled a hate crime.
The U-S Justice Department announced its decision today.
As Teresa Hamilton reports, at this two people close to the case support the decision.
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Garnett "GP" Johnson was burned alive and later decapitated at a drinking party in Elk Creek, almost two years ago.
Both Louis Ceparano and Emmett Cressell, Junior were later convicted of murder.
But the justice department says it will not pursue additional charges against the pair.
Federal officials say proving the victim's civil rights were violated would be difficult since Johnson was on private property at the time he was killed.
Johnson's cousin, Jeff, says he supports the decision.
(( JEFF JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN: I DON'T KNOW WHAT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WOULD HAVE DONE OTHER THAN TO OPEN UP OLD WOUNDS. ))
Another reason the justice department decided NOT to pursue the case as a hate crime is that both killers are already serving life sentences, thanks to the work of Grayson County prosecutor J-D Bolt, who hopes the victim's family and community can continue to heal.
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((J. D. BOLT/GRAYSON CO. PROSECUTOR: SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS AND I THINK IT'S A GREAT COMPLIMENT OT THE PEOPLE AND TO THE AREA THAT, THE WAY THE FAMILY AND CITIZENS HANDLED IT, I COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED.))
Despite the federal decision, we still have not heard the last of this case, since Cressell has appealed his conviction.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Independence.))
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The Sons of Confederate Veterans say they'll take Virginia to court.
The group says it will file a federal lawsuit in July to get its logo on a state license plate.
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((RED BARBOUR/SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS: IT'S JUST THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THAT FLAG AND WHAT IT STOOD FOR--NOT WHAT THEY THINK IT STANDS FOR.))
((THAT ISSUE IN GEORGIA'S NOT THROUGH, AND THEY GOT THEIR LICENSE TAGS WITH THE S-C-V LOGO. MARYLAND'S GOT THEIRS, NORTH CAROLINA'S GOT THEIRS. ALABAMA HAS JUST GOT THEIRS.))
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The General Assembly approved a special plate this year-- but rejected the logo as the controversial part.
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((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: WE'VE BEEN ON A STEADY MARCH TOWARD PROGRESS, TOWARD ELIMINATING SOME OF THE VESTIGES OF SLAVERY. AND IT'S SLOW AND STEADY. AND IT WOULD SET US BACK. I THINK EVENTUALLY WE'RE GONNA GET THERE. BUT IT CERTAINLY WOULD SET US BACK IF THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED IN FAVOR OF THE CONFEDERATE POINT OF VIEW.))
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The S-C-V points out that groups like the National Rifle Association and labor unions have Virginia's approval for plates with logos on them.
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Two more students have been arrested in Roanoke County - they're charged with making a bomb threat.
The ninth-graders were handcuffed and taken into custody at the school this afternoon.
They're accused of causing the bomb scare that forced the evacuation of the school last week.
In Pittsylvania County, a 14 year-old girl at Central Middle School may face charges for a bomb threat.
The Sheriff's office has filed a juvenile court petition.
Now it's up to the court to review the petition...before charges will be issued.
The student apparently left note cards in the school saying "bomb threat."
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An Apache helicopter has crashed while training in Albania- the second to crash there in just the past week.
The status of the crew is not known- In last week's crash the crew escaped unharmed.
Meanwhile, President Clinton is headed for Europe- where he'll meet with NATO military leaders.
As he departs for a three day trip, the President told reporters he's considering "every diplomatic possibility" for ending the bloodhsed.
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((THIS IS NOT A DEFEAT FOR SERBIA WE'RE LOOKING FOR. WHAT WE'RE SEEKING IS THE SIMPLE RIGHT OF KOSOVAR ABLANIANS TO LIVE IN PEACE ON TEHIR OWN LAND.))
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An abandoned Cigarette factory is the first safe haven for these refugees since they were forced out of Kosovo.
(Sir-vetta) is an 18 year old with no where to go.
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((REPORTER: DO YOU HAVE ANY HOPE FOR THE FUTURE? SERVETTA: NO.))
At a makeshift clinic a dozen American Doctors and nurses are doing their best to help.
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((LORIE BAKER/AID WORKER: A LOT OF IT IS HOLDING THEIR HAND, STANDING NEXT TO THEM, CRYING WITH THEM. REALLY WHAT'S GOING ON IS THAT THE LONGER YOU TALK TO THEM THEY TALK- 'MY FAMILY'S BEEN KILLED AND I WALKED THROUGH DEAD BODIES. I COULDN'T BURY THEM. MY HEART IS BREAKING BECAUSE OF THIS.'))
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This was supposed to be a temporary home before refugees were taken to permanent camps but so many came so fast that there was no where left to put them.
Drama students at Patrick Henry High School are doing something they're never done before... performing a musical written and composed by their classmates.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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(( Lake Texoma is a story of young men and women who lost their way, abandoned their dreams, and ended up living in a Roadhouse in Texas.
When a drifter challenges them to reclaim their lives, they're thrown into an emotional whirlwind of fear, and hope.
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(( IF AT THIS VERY MOMENT I FELT ANY BETTER, I'D BE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP! ))
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Senior John Bryant wrote the play over Christmas break and gave it to his drama coach. It began as an idea, and grew into a story he wants his classmates to hear.
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((JOHN BRYANT/AUTHOR; THEY'RE GOING TO BE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND THEYR'E GOING TO HAVE TO GET OUT IN THE WORLD AND SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH LIFE. ))
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As each character searches for the way out of the Lake Texoma, Bryant hopes the play strikes a chord with other young people who are struggling with their own fears, looking for the strength to follow their dreams.
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(( JOHN BRYANT/AUTHOR; I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING INSIDE A TEENAGER, THEY JUST NEED TO GO OUT AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IN LIFE AND THEN GO DO IT.))
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Which is exactly what Bryant is doing right now...
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
"Lake Texoma" will be performed this Friday and Saturday night at 8, and Sunday afternoon at 2:00.
Coming up on News 7 at 11, a popular Roanoke eatery is staying put, for now... That after reports that it would be leaving.
And some major hiking trails in Southwest Virginia are about to be connected.
The story, straight ahead.
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((HELLO EVERYONE, THIS IS DENISE ALLEN IN THE NEWS SEVEN SPORTS DEPARTMENT. THE AVALANCHE USEs EXTRA INNINGS TO GET THE WIN TONIGHT. THE FIRST ROUND OF THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS IS WINDING DOWN AND THE EXPRESS HOPES BOUCNCE BACK iN ITS SERIES WITH RICHMOND. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE STORIES WE'LL HAVE LATER IN SPORTS.))
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A new agreement between state and federal officials will clear the way for the connection of three major trails in southwest Virginia.
Today, representatives of The U-S Forest Service and the State Department of Conservation and Recreation signed a memorandum of understanding.
They'll work together to connect the New River Trail State Park, the Virginia Highlands Trail, and the Virginia Creeper Trail.
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[IN Q=So it just ties together]
((SO IT JUST TIES TOGETHER A LOT OF OUR COMMUNITIES HERE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WITH AN ENORMOUS RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY THAT WILL BE GREAT FOR RECREATION AND GREAT FOR TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.))
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Officials say they'll move as quickly as they can to connect the trails, and within a year it should be possible to travel from Pulaski to Abingdon by horse, mountain bike, or by hiking.
A Roanoke cafeteria says it won't stop serving for at least another seven months.
S-and-S Cafeteria is about to launch a new advertising campaign... thanking customers for 20 good years... and promising to stay put...for now.
S-and-S has reached a verbal agreement with its leasing agent to stay at Towers Mall through Christmas.
Two weeks ago, the leasing agent said the cafeteria would be gone by June when its lease expired.
S-and-S says it serves more than nine-thousand people every week and doesn't want to leave Roanoke.
A Diversion Center will soon open in Chatham... It'll offer non-violent offenders an alternative to jail.
Chatham Correctional Unit 15..will be the home for the center which used to be a medium security facility.
It will house 100 male probationers from Western Virginia.
The probationers will be trained and will get jobs in the community.
[IN Q=They will make a salary]
((SHERMAN LEA/REGIONAL ADMN.: THEY WILL MAKE A SALARY..MINIMUM WAGE OR HIGHER..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO PAY COURT COSTS..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO REPAY VICTIMS OF CRIME..THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT))
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[OUT Q=pay child support]
The center will save tax payers thousands of dollars in jail costs..
It's scheduled to open on May 17th.
Still to come - a groundbreaking feat at the North Pole -
as divers are able to break through the ice - and get a glimpse at the underwater scenery for the first time ever.
We'll show you, when we return.
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For the first time ever, the incumbent sheriff and prosecutor in Amherst County are running as a team for re- election.
Commonwealth's Attorney Ed Meeks and sheriff Jimmy Ayers announced their plans at a joint news conference today.
Both say their departments have worked well together over the past four years.
Meeks has never faced opposition in his 20 years on the job.. Ayers beat out nine other candidates to become sheriff in 1995.
Tonight's Video of the Day may give you a bit of a chill.
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For the first time in history, scuba divers were able to go underwater at the North Pole.
This successful expedition was organized by the University of Moscow.
The divers say their greatest challenge was shifting underwater ice masses.
Divers dedicated their adventure to a man who lost his life attempted the same feat in 1998.
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Tonight in sports, highlights from the Avalanche, the NHL and a preview of game three of the ECHL Northern Conference finals between the Express and the Renegades.
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But first our extra point.
THe Washington Mystics are hoping Tennessee's Chimique Holdsclaw can help improve last seasons three and 27 record.
The WNBA draft was today and the Mystics used its first pick to take Holdsclaw.
You may remember Holdsclaw helped the Volunteers eliminate the Tech women from the NC-Double A Tournament.
Now the scores.
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The Salem Avalanche was trying to bounce back from Monday night's loss to Myrtle Beach in this the second game of a seven game home stand.
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And the littlest of Salem fans was on hand to give the Avalanche the nudge it would need to wipe out the Pelicans.
Salem gets on the board first as John Lindsay hits the infield RBI scoring the runner from third to make it one nothing in the first.
Then in the fifth Myrtle Beach gets the go ahead run when Marcus Giles grounds to third, Third basemen Todd Sears throws it into the dugout scoring a man from second.
But the defense would redeem itself as Jody Gerut makes the great diving catch in right field to rob the Pelican hitter, and the little Avalanche fan goes home happy as Salem wins it 3-to-2 in 10 innings.
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Some of Virginia's best high school basketball players took the court in Basset last night to help send an 14 and under AAU basketball team to nationals.
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The game between Oak Hill Academy and a group of all stars from Martinsville Henry County, Danville, Patrick County and Roanoke was a fund raiser for the Martinsville Red Wave.
Oak Hill Academy the team in red is 31 and oh and ranked the number one in the nation. Oak Hill beat the allstars last night 110-to-80.
The High school standouts treated the fans to spinning dunks. The money raised will help send the Red Wave to Orlando, Florida in July for another AAU national Championship competition.
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Charlotte was just playing for pride last night when they played host to Philadelphia.
Monday night's loss knocked the Hornets out of playoff contention.
This three pointer put 76er Alan Iverson in the lead in the points race he had 39.
Philadelphia came from 21 down to take the lead but Charlotte ties it with 2-poin-9 seconds in the game.
Roanoke native George Lynch tried to help the Sixer cause, But Charlotte goes on to win it -117 to 110
Later this week we'll talk with Lynch about his success this season.
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The first round of the Stanley Cup playoff ended last night with two decisive seventh games St Louis and Phoenix are still playing.
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In New Jersey, Pittrsburgh avoided elimination by beating the Devils four to two.
But team officials are still trying to avoid elimination of the franchise.
The league could ask a bankruptcy judge as early as today to begin the process of terminating the franchise.
Game three of the Express and the Renegades' Northern Conference finals is tonight at 7:05 at the Richmond Coliseum.
Roanoke is down two games to none going into tonight's contest and has scored only 2 goals in two games, both coming off the stick of Chad Spurr.
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Still to come, Darrel Waltrip speaks out about last weekend's tragedy at the Lowe's Motor Speedway and
Ward Burton is hot on his brother's heels in the Winston Cup sports race. We'll hear from him after the break.
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NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip is speaking out about last Saturday's crash at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Waltrip says open wheeled race cars have no business racing on tracks built for NASCAR events.
He says that's because the banks are too steep for cars going over 200 miles an hour.
During an I-R-L crash last weekend
three spectators were killed and injured eight when debris flew into the stands.
Investigators are using video tape to determine how much clearance there was between the wheel and the top of a 15-foot safety fence.
The Winston Cup drivers are off this week's for its traditional "Mother's Day" break before heading to Richmond next week.
One of the men to keep an eye on this month is Ward Burton. While most have noticed his younger brother Jeff leading the points race, Ward has quietly established himself as a top ten contender.
He is currently 9th in the points' standings with 5 top 10 finishes. He credits his success to showing patience and loyalty to car owner, Bill Davis, the man for whom he raced the past five years.
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When cows get loose, farmers or cowboys can usually solve the problem....
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but North Palm Beach, Florida authorities had to forget the cowboys yesterday, and call in the Coast Guard.
This cow and her baby bull calf were chased by six policemen through rush hour traffic when they jumped into the water... and swam for 45 minutes.
The coast guard was able to rope the calf and drag the cow back to the shore.
Then they had to build a ramp to get the two over a six-foot retaining wall... and finally back to safety.
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