A truck driver dies in a fiery crash on interstate 81.
And the protests continue in China, despite a new apology from President CLinton.
News 7 at noon is next.
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They're still cleaning up the wreckage after this morning's fatal truck accident on Insterstate 81.
And one lane in the northbound lane is still closed to traffic
A tractor trailor careened off the road just north of exit 143.
It happened around five-15.
And traffic didn't move for three hours.
There was just one casualty: The man driving the truck was killed.
[Double Boxes=Melanie & Scott/Microwave]
Scott Goldberg is near the accident scene and joins us now with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Steve Risley/Truck Driver;]
[OUT Q=most of the day.]
Just minutes before the man carrying a load of PVC pipe veered off the highway and into the woods ... other truckers said they heard him on the radio.
Steve Risley said the man sounded alert.
Then Risley came upon exit 143.
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[IN Q=the first thing]
((STEVER RISLEY/TRUCK DRIVER: THE FIRST THING I SEEN WAS LIKE A BIG MUSHROOM OF SMOKE.))
[OUT Q=OF SMOKE]
Risley went into the woods and with some fellow truckers tried to fish the crashed truck's driver out of his cab.
The driver, reportedly taking a shipment to Winchester, was still conscious.
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[IN Q=we just]
((WE JUST TRIED TO GET A PIECE OF PIPE TO HIM. THAT HE COULD GET AHOLD OF. THERE WAS ABOUT FOUR OF US TRYING TO PULL ON IT. WE JUST COULDN'T PULL HIM.))
[OUT Q=PULL HIM]
The driver did not survive.
Now state police are looking for the reason his truck careened of the road ... stopping traffic for three hours, and slowing it for what police expect will be most of the day.
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[Double Boxes=Melanie & Scott/Microwave][Pulaski-Schools]
Pulaski High School had to send students home early this morning, because of a bomb threat.
An anonymous caller said a bomb was set to go off at 11.
Students waited in the football stadium until class was dismissed at 10:30.
The school was searched, but nothing turned up.
Despite word from Belgrade that the Yugoslavian army is starting ot pull out of Kosovo, NATO has vowed to keep up its bombing missions, saying the Serb government is still not meeting NATO'S conditions.
This morning President Clinton again apologized for the accidental bombing of the Chinese embasy in Belgrade.
Meanwhile, its a third day of angry demonstrations in Beijing.
Bobbi Harley has the latest.
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[OUT Q=cbs news washington]
THOUSANDS OF DEMONSTRATORS CONTINUE TO PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE U-S
EMBASSY IN BEIJING TODAY STILL ANGRY, STILL HURLING ROCKS, AND STILL
ACCUSING THE U-S OF INTENTIONALLY BOMBING THE CHINESE EMBASSSY IN
TAKE A LOOK AT THE REASON FOR THEIR OUTRAGE -- THE FIRST PICTURES INSIDE
THE BLOWN-OUT BUILDING -- BLOOD, BODIES AND HYSTERIA -- THREE PEOPLE
DIED HERE, NEARLY TWO DOZEN MORE INJURED.
(LOCATOR: THE WHITE HOUSE)
IN WASHINGTON, THE OFFICIAL APOLOGIES CONTINUED.
SOT - CLINTON - I APOLOGIZE, I REGRET THIS, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO DRAW
A CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN A TRAGIC MISTAKE AND THE DELIBERATE ACT OF
BUT CHINA INSISTS ON A MORE FORMAL APOLOGY AND THAT'S NOT ALL. THE
COUNTRY WANTS A COMPLETE INVESTIGATION AND PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE
RESPONSIBLE. IN THE MEANTIME, ITS BROKEN OFF TALKS WITH THE U-S ON HUMAN
RIGHTS AND ARMS CONTROL.
AS SOME SORT OF SYMBOLIC PAYBACK -- THE U-S AMBASSADOR AND OTHER
OFFICIALS REMAIN VIRTUALLY TRAPPED INSIDE THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN
CHINA -- WITH POLICE EITHER WATCHING OR ACTUALLY HELPING THE MOB...SOME
EVEN BUSED IN BY GOVERNMENT-OWNED COMPANIES.
DESPITE THE PROTESTS..THAT NOW HAVE SPREAD WELL BEYOND BEIJING..NATO'S
PUSHING FORWARD WITH IT'S BOMBING CAMPAIGN, HITTING TARGETS NORTH AND
SOUTH OF BELGRADE.
BOBBI HARLEY, CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))
A Senate subcommittee beings hearing
testimony today on the investigation into the crash of T-W-A Flight 800.
The hearing comes in the wake of a Washington Post report that the F-B-I initially dismissed conclusions that mechanical failure
caused the crash.
The newspaper says the F-B-I was convinced at first that terrorists were to blame, and suppressed the report.
It wasn't until late 1997 that the F-B-I said publicly that a mechanical problem ignited a fuel tank on the plane.
All 230 people aboard the Paris-bound plane were killed when it crashed off Long Island in July 1996.
Amy Fisher is a free woman.
Fisher was released from a New York state prison this morning, after winning parole last week.
The so-called ``Long Island Lolita'' served nearly seven years in prison for shooting her lover's wife in the head in 1992.
Mary Jo Buttafuoco survived the attack and later forgave Fisher.
A popular park in Hawaii .. a weekend outing .. and a deadly landslide. At least six people died, and authorities expect to find more.
It happened yesterday near a waterfall in a popular hiking area about 30 miles north of Honolulu.
More than 50 others were injured.
As many as ten people are believed to have been buried in the slide.
Many of the hikers were sunbathing beneath the waterfall when boulders came crashing down.
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((JUST PEOPLE WERE LAYING ON THE ROCKS...COVER UP AS BEST AS WE COULD))
[SUPER=01-Darren Fredericks/Injured in Landslide;]
[OUT Q=AS BEST AS WE COULD]
Several of the injured are hospitalized, including one man who is in critical condition.
The investigation continues into the worst traffic accident in New Orleans history.
Twenty-three people were killed yesterday when their chartered bus ran off a highway and crashed into an embankment.
The bus was carrying 46 people on a gambling excursion to Mississippi.
The bus driver says he was forced to swerve when a car cut him off.
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(("There were many many goodsamaritans on the road who when they saw what happened.. didn't hesitate
to stop and help."))
[SUPER=01-Mayor Marc Morial/New Orleans ;]
[OUT Q=to stop and help.]
Eight of the dead were from the same family.
Nine or those who remain hospitalized, including the driver, are in critical or guarded condition.
National Transportation Safety Board officials today will visit the scene of a deadly airplane crash in Ohio.
The plane dropped into a soybean field in west-central Ohio yesterday, killing all six people on board.
Five of them apparently were skydivers.
[Morgan Hill, CA;]
And a hot-air balloon ride turned tragic in California.
A couple from Georgia is in critical condition, after the balloon they were riding in crashed into power lines yesterday and exploded in flames.
Both suffered burns, to about 80 percent of their bodies.
The critics gave it lukewarm reviews, but apparently no one was listening.
"The Mummy" is the big winner at the weekend box office.
[SUPER=03-"The Mummy"/Universal Pictures;]
[OUT=NATS OF MUMMY]
The horror movie remake starring Brendan Fraser took in $44.6 million over the weekend, the
biggest opening weekend this year.
Coming in a distant second was "Entrapment," the cat-burglar caper staring Sean Connery, it took in 12.2 million.
The Matrix was next with 6.6 million .
Life and Election rounded out the top five at 3.5 million and 3.3 million.
Federal agents will once again work on destroying the remains of several area moonshine operations today.
And they promise to show more of what they found an confiscated on Friday.
On Friday, federal and local authorities raided stills and businesses throughout southwestern Virginia and North Carolina.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms expects 15 to 20 people to be indicted. The penalty for moonshining could range anywhere from three years to life in prison.
One agent says that lab tests on the moonshine taken from the raids showed it to be as strong as 80 to 90 proof.
If you ask students what they'd like to change about school, you're bound to get some interesting answers.
That's exactly what State Board of Education President Kirk Schroder did this morning at Fallon Park Elementary School.
Schroder says he's gathering input from students and teachers at FIVE Roanoke city schools to help the board make better decisions in Richmond.
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[IN Q=We're at an]
((KIRK SCHRODER/STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PRESIDENT: WE'RE AT AN IMPORTANT PHASE OF IMPLEMENTATION, AND THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE TO TAKE WHAT'S WRITTEN ON PAPER AND MAKE IT A REALITY, AND YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE THING TO HAVE SOMETHING WRITTEN ON PAPER ABOUT HOW GREAT IT IS, BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING TO MAKE IT WORK AND THAT'S WHY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SPEND TIME IN SCHOOLS AND LISTEN.))
[SUPER=01-Kirk Schroder/State Board of Education Pres.;]
[OUT Q=schools and listen]
Schroder says he's encouraged by what Roanoke students have to say about S-O-L testing, although some expressed concerns about the social studies part.
He says the board will focus on helping schools in which students are struggling with the standard tests.
Something is killing the Virginia's state tree and flower.
Entire groves of American dogwoods have been wiped out by a fungus, in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The fungus can be treated, but each treatment costs from 100 to 500 dollars -- and tree experts suggest repeating the treatment up to three times a year.
Racing is not only about the Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR to many people in Henry County.
Area tracks like the Lakeview Dragstrip have their own local history.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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[IN Q=OPENS ON NAT SOUND]
[SUPER=01-Harold Smith/Lakeview Dragstrip; :00]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :21]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Henry County.]
(( [OPENS ON NAT SOUND 00:36:26]
[IN Q=And we ran one race]
((AND WE RAN ONE RACE IN '58 AND WE RAN, I BELIEVE IT WAS UNTIL '63 OR '64, I'M NOT SURE.))
[OUT Q=I'm not sure.]
The exact dates may escape him, but Harold Smith hasn't forgotten the Lakeview Dragstrip, or the
'33 Ford three- window coupe with a cadillac engine he raced there.
Today, he's driving a 1928 Chevrolet...
[NAT SOUND OF ENGINE AS HE ACCELERATES]
And if it appears that Smith knows this stretch of asphalt, it's because he owns it.
He operated the drag strip with friends Jim Mills and Reese Woody on land they leased from Smith's father.
[IN Q=Back then it was ]
((BACK THEN IT WAS A FUN BUSINESS. YOU GOT OUTRUN. YOU GOT OUTRUN. I HAD A GUY TELL ME ONE DAY DOWN HERE THAT HE CAME FOR A TROPHY, AND HE WAS GOING TO GET A TROPHY. PULLED HIS PISTOL OUT AND SHOWED IT TO ME AND I SAID, YOU MIGHT AS WELL GO AHEAD AND PULL THE TRIGGER CAUSE YOU AIN'T GOING TO GET NO TROPHY TODAY.... LAUGHTER.))
[OUT Q=no trophy today... LAUGHTER]
Smith will be swapping stories with other members of the Lakeview Dragsters Club on May 16th. That's when they'll gather at the dragstrip near Bassett for a 40th year reunion...
The event is open to the public, and Smith is hoping to hear from others who share a passion for racing and a fondness for this particular piece of pavement.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Henry County.))
And in men's college lacrosse--
It's just about tourney time--and plenty of area teams are filling up the brackets.
In Division One the 10 and three Virginia Cavaliers received the thrid seed and and a bye in the first round. Later this month, they will play the winner of Sunday's Delaware versus Maryland-Baltimore County matchup .
Coach Dom Starsia has lead the Cavs to the postseason in every one of his seven years at the healm.
And in D-Three, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference dominates the championship bracket.
The 13 and one Washingotn and Lee is the second seed in the nation, and--like U-V-A--get a first-round bye. This coming Saturday, the Generals play the winner of Denison and Ohio-Wesleyan's first round matchup.
The Lynchburg College Hornets are the sixth seed in Division Three, and on Wednesday face the 10th-seeded Hampden-Sydney Tigers. Lynchburg is in the tournament for the first time, and the Tigers make their third appearance in the past
The Scott Robertson memorial Golf Tournament finished up yesterday at Roanoke Country Club. On the girls side, Florida's Miriam Nagl won the 15 to 18 girls title, shooting a course record 6 under 65 in her final round. Erica battle won the 13 to 14 girls division.
The boys 15 to 18 age group had to go into a sudden death playoff to decide a winner as Dustin Bray, Hunter Mahan, and Ronald Won finished the final round with a 70--tying them for the overall lead.
Mahan, the defending champ, would pass the first sudden death test, as would Dustin Bray.
The final two went back and played 18 and...in the end...there could be only one!
Bray would birdie the hole to dethrone Mahan.
Radford's Ryan Sypniewski takes home the hardware in the 13 to 14 boys division. [GRAPHIC=hold robertson]