Next on News 7 at 11...
Divers fail to find the body of a Smith Mountain Lake drowning victim.
NATO makes slow progress toward peace in Yugoslavia.
And investigators ponder un-answered questions in this Arkansas plane crash.
News 7 at 11 is next.
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Authorities are still searching for the body 36 year old John Schmidt of Moneta.
He apparently drowned around midnight last night at Smith Mountain Lake.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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(( Authorities say John Schmit was riding in the back of this boat when he apparently fell off the boat.
With the help of witnesses, authorities were able to pin point a search location... but conditions had made finding the body difficult.
((IT'S DIFFICULT TO RUN SEARCH PATTERNS WITH YOUR ROPES WITH THE TREES DOWN THERE. WE HAD TO WORK AROUND THAT AND DO COMPASS RUNS AND OTHER METHODS OF SEARCHING.))
VA state divers and Scruggs divers were searching at depths of up to 110 feet... which made visibility almost zero and the conditions dangerous.
Divers were forced to use their hands to feel for the body.
Stephen Breeding was on the lake at the time of the apparent accident.
He said there were about 25 boats out and it was hard to see.
((AT NIGHT NOW WITH THE MOON THE WAY IT IS, IT IS HARD TO SEE. YOU ALMOST NEED A SPOTLIGHT TO SEE WHERE YOU ARE GOING.))
Authorities say they have reason to believe the victim had consumed alcohol.
((THE WIFE OF THE VICTIM HAD BEEN CHARGED AT THIS POINT WITH OPERATING A MOTOR BOAT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL WHICH IS A CLASS ONE MISDEMEANOR AND THE LAWS ON THE WATER ARE PARALLEL OFTEN TO LAWS ON THE HIGHWAY.))
At this point, authorities are calling it an accidental drowning... but they are still investigating whether foul play was a factor.
Joy Sutton, News 7... Bedford County.))
Divers searched for more than 10 hours today...and are planning to continue their search tomorrow.
The Russians are rejecting NATO control of a peacekeeping force in Kosovo.
And Serb forces attack an Albanian village.
They are the latest obstacles in the path to peace in the Balkans.
Maureen Maher has the latest.
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((Led by allied commander General Michael Jackson, negotiations to
implement the terms of the peace deal appear to have now taken on the
same painstakingly slow process as the peace talks themselves.
Just five hours after talks began, the 8-man delegation from Belgrade
(SOT/Lt. Col. Robin Clifford/NATO Spokesman) "We had a day of very
constructive and positive talks inside. All that is required now is one
or two points of detail that the Yugoslavia delegation wish to consult
back with Belgrade."
Details that include when Serbian troops will pull back from Kosovo and
on the other side - demilitarizing the rebel forces of the Kosovo
(SOT/Kenneth Bacon/Pentagon Spokesman) Demilitarization is different
than disarmament. It means that they stand down as military force.
They don't exercise."
Convincing the KLA to drop their weapons is made all the more difficult
as another 100 men held by Serbian troops crossed the Albanian borders
today with more tales of horror.
NATO says the time for Milosevic to act is now.
(SOT/Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman) "It's not enough to talk about
withdrawing - If I can borrow a phrase from chess, President Milosevic,
it's your move."))
American Airlines crews began dismantalling the plane that crashed in Arkansas Tuesday, killing 9 people.
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The plane skidded off the end of the runway in a storm, hitting a steel walkway.
As they take the plane apart, investigators are paying special attention to the wing panels, called spoilers, that are supposed raise up and to help the plane slow down after it lands.
The co-pilot says the captain, who was killed in the crash, set the spoilers during the landing, but a flight data recorder indicates the panels never came up.
Eric tosses to Andrew in the Chromakey
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Coming up in a moment, one of the Valley's largest employers has a disappointing quarter,
but first, the entertainment world mourns the loss of the man known as the Velvet Fog.
The man known as the Velvet Fog has passed away.
Singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian Mel Torme died today in Los Angeles at the age of 73 from complications of a stroke.
Bobbi Harley has more
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Mel Torme was born September 13, 1925 in Chicago to Russian immigrant
whose name had been mistakenly changed from Torma to Torme by an
immigration agent. Torme added the accent to his name in high school.
His mother, who was a music demonstrator at F.W. Woolworth, taught him
new songs. He memorized musical arrangements by listening to the radio.
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I LIKE ARRANGING, BECAUSE THERE'S ALMOST A GODLIKE QUALITY ABOUT
CREATING SOMETHING AND HAVING MUSICIANS PLAY IT BACK. VERY THRILLING
FEEL - WHEN IT WORKS.
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"The Christmas Song" is the best known of Mel Torme's more than 300
compositions. It was a big hit for Nat King Cole. Torme had a
reputation as a versatile performer, singing sentimental ballads and
swinging big band songs with ease. In addition to his musical talents,
Torme was a gifted writer, producer and actor.
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He appeared regularly on "Night Court," showcasing his comedic talents,
and re-introducing himself to a new generation of fans.
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That new generation idolized him, and he relished the attention. Torme
was constantly on the road, an aspect of his career that he blamed for
the breakup of his early marriages. But he said it's the way he earned
I FEEL THERE'S NO CREDIBILITY IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE A SINGER, THAT I'M
GOING TO WORK A FEW DAYS, THREE MONTHS AND I'LL SPACE IT OUT, AND
THERE'S NO CONTINUITY - YOU MAY AS WELL GIVE IT UPL.
Singing wasn't a job for Mel Torme, it was a way of life. Bobbi Harley,
CBS News New York.
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Norfolk Southern has made tracks to the largest merger in railroad history.
And First Union sees its a serious drop in its profits.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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This week on the Review:
The acquisition took two and a half years to plan.
Now it's full steam ahead.
Norfolk Southern officially took over 60 percent of Conrail, expanding into the Northeast and promising a more efficient railroad for shipping freight.
The bank that asks you to "Come to the Mountain" is now trying not to get trapped under an avalanche of bad news.
First Union cut its earnings forecast for the third time this year, putting the bank's stock on a slippery slope ...
And prompting some Wall Street analysts to call First Union a takeover target.
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The apparel company that closed its Floyd County sewing plant in November is sending another bundle of jobs out of the country.
Cross Creek is shutting down its Wytheville facility, laying off 160 local workers and hiring foreign sewers for a lot less money.
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It looked like a group of Trigon workers, including 70 in Roanoke, would lose THEIR jobs.
But a Wisconsin health-care provider has come to the rescue.
It picked up the Medicare claims business that Trigon dropped last month... and will offer new jobs to all of the Trigon workers.
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April unemployment numbers came out and Virginia's rate is at an all-time low.
Two-point three percent statewide...
As low as one-point-six percent in Roanoke.
The high number ... five-point-nine in Danville.
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On Wall Street, the Dow picked up 240 points this week.
The NASDAQ was up eight.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
Coming up next on News 7...Andrew will let us know what tomorrow's weather has in store for us,
and if you want to head to the beach more often, but can't take time off... we will show you where the sun, sand and swimming are just around the corner.
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Loch Haven Lake has been referred to as the "Best kept secret in the Roanoke Valley".
In this week's "Time Off", Kimberly McBroom takes us inside the private club that offers a local alternative to a trip to the beach.
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(( For three- quarters of a century, Loch Haven Lake has played host to families looking to have some fun in the sun, without spending a lot of time in the car.
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((SKY PREECE/LOCH HAVEN OWNER: STATE LAKES TEND TO BE AN HOUR OR TWO AWAY AND THERE'S A LOT OF PLANNING. LOCH HAVEN-- YOU CAN BE ON YOUR WAY HOME AND JUST STEER LEFT AND SUDDENLY YOU'RE ON VACATION FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.))
His father developed the lake and opened it for private memberships.
Preece says the 100- acre resort is as affordable as most swim clubs, at a cost of 325- dollars a year for families, 130 a year for singles.
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((SKY PREECE/LOCH HAVEN OWNER: THE ALTERNATIVE IS GOING TO A POOL AND PEOPLE, OF COURSE ARE VERY AFRAID OF THE DAMAGE THAT CHLORINE DOES TO YOUR SKIN. AND THERE USUALLY ISN'T MUCH SHADE AND WE HAVE A LOT OF SHADED AREAS HERE. OUR WATER IS KNOWN FOR HEALING. THEY USED TO TAKE IT INTO THE HOSPITALS IN ROANOKE TO HELP HEAL PEOPLE.))
With the number of activities here, many businesses in the area choose to hold their company picnics at Loch Haven.
You can take a dip in the lake...cruise along the water in a pontoon boat... or fish for large- mouthed bass and perch.
For those who prefer to stay on the land, there are hiking trails, as well as tennis and volleyball courts.
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((SKY PREECE/LOCH HAVE OWNER: TYPICALLY, IT'S A VERY UNCROWDED PLACE THAT'S SORT OF "RETRO HIP", WE CALL IT. IT'S A LITTLE LOST IN TIME, SOMEWHERE AROUND THE 1950S. SO, IT'S RELAXED AND SORT OF SCENIC.))
Besides playing in the white sand, children seem to find their greatest entertainment in catching salamanders along the shore...
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((YOU DID! YOU CAUGHT ONE ALL BY YOURSELF! I CAUGHT ONE ALL BY MYSELF. LOOK!))
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((SKY PREECE/LOCH HAVEN OWNER: I THINK A NICE THING ABOUT LOCH HAVEN IS IT'S NOT IN A NEIGHBORHOOD, SO IT'S A "NICE" PEOPLE'S CLUB FROM ALL OVER THE VALLEY. IT'S NOT ANY PARTICULAR GROUP, OR PARTICULAR PROFESSION, OR PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD.))
Just a feeling of welcome for people from most every neighborhood.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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The Blacksburg Indians won their 43-rd straight and the Group Two A soccer championship yesterday beating Jamestown 5 to 1.
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The teams take the field in the traditional way lined up across the field.
Jamestown gets on the board first as Jeff Skinner gets the breakaway, shoots and hits the right side of the net to make it 1 to nothing.
Blacksburg's goalie would get tested again but this time he turns back the header and the score remained 1 to nothing Jamestown.
The Indians would even it up at the other end of the field off the thrown Blacksburg takes severl shots and Travis Hunnings gets the score to tie it and Blacksburg wins it 5 to 1.
The Lady Red Devils of Rustburg and Orange County knocked heads in the Group Two A softball championship at the Moyers Sports Complex.
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The Hornets fans were hoping to knock off Rustburg for the State title.
Trailing one to nothing late in the game Rustburg was threatening when Lindsay Shelton gets the sure base hit but when she goes for two Monique Alexander throws from her knees gunning her down at the bag.
Later in the game with the bases loaded Orange's Monica Alexander hits the dribbler to Shelton she turns and looks to third but there's no one covering Orange scores the run and gets the 2 to nothing win.
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The Red Devils baseball team came up short losing to Handley 5 to 1 in the Group Two A title game.
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The Red Devils had their work cut out for them as the Judges seemed to rule the bats yesterday.
Handley starts scoring in the third as Paul Carpenter knocks a base hit out to right field Adam Dutton trots home and the Judges have the one-nothing lead.
Handley then scores two more in the fourth and another two runs in the sixth to take the five to zero lead over Rustburg.
But in the bottom of the sixth the Red Devils have the bases loaded, Matthew Hall smacks a base hit down the third baseline, Mike Watts comes in from third. And that's how it would end with Handley capturing the state double-A title with a five to one victory over Rustburg.
Mills Godwin is the Group Three A state baseball champion. Godwin beatts G.W. Danville 3 to nothing handing the Eagles their first loss of the season.
It's the final game for G.W. coach Vern Barker, who announced his retirement at the beginning of the season.
Tennis titles were also up for grabs yesterday as Heritage battled Loudoun County for the Group Two A boy's title.
The Pioneers win it 5 to 4.
The Radford high school boy's also played for the gold.
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The Bobcats easily beat West Point Friday, and yesterday they faced Central High out of the Shenandoah District for the Group A title.
The matches were played down at the River's Edge Sports Complex and Radford lost to the Falcons from Woodstock 6 to 3.
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The Radford high school girls made it a clean sweep for the Bobcats as they beat J.J. Kelly 9-to-nothing to win their state title.
Friday these girls led by number one singles' player Emily Nester beat West Point. They win the title without losing a single match in state play at the Dedmon Center Courts and finish the season unbeaten.
The Avalanche wins at Home, plus more high school championship highlights when we return.
And coming up, Steffi Graf wins the French open Charismatic is injured at the Belmont Stakes.
And Dale Earnhardt Junior wins for the first time on the Busch circuit today at Dover Downs.
Salem and Kinston wrapped up a three game set at Memorial Stadium last night the Avalanche sweeping the Indians with the 8 to 3 win.
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Elvis was in the house throwing out the games first pitch.
Salem would get on the board first as Jose Gonzalez doubles off the wall in left field scoring Whitey Schwartzbauer and the Avalanche took the one to nothing lead.
Kinston would come back as Edgar Diaz smokes this pitch for a two run homer over the left field wall to tie the score at 2 to 2.
But the Avalanche retakes the lead when John Lindsay doubles to left scoring Todd Sears to make it 3 to 2 and Salem wins it 8 to 3.
A little of the old plus something new showcased this year's Festival Classic runs.
Mike Stevens has more on the 5 and 10K winners.
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((It took 700 runners to stop traffic on Jefferson Street, but it took less than a minute for the men's 5K winner to turn that portion of the AEP classic into a futile chase.
Veteran distance runner Travis Walter, a Virginia Tech and Franklin County high school graduate, usually runs and wins the 10k. But he decided to run the shorter distance for the first time in 1987. He crushed his persuers, survived a wicked high five from his dad as he lapped the field and even blew past the cops as he became the first person to cross the finish line.
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Walter now lives in Raleigh, but he remains loyal to Blacksburg as does women's 5K champ Roxann Polo, who successfully defended her title.
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H.T. Page, the golf superintendent at the Waterfront picked up his first ever Festival win by capturing the 10K race.
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But he was no happier than women's 10 K winner Pam Rickard. The 1997 champ got inspiration from Festival classic Beth Howell and swan her way home.
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In downtown Roanoke, Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
Charismatic fractured two bones in his left leg at the Belmont Stakes finishing third. The Injury is not life threatening but the colt will likely never race again.
Lemon Drop Kid won the Belmont. Lets listen to the call by Dave Johnson.
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That's if for sports, have a great day everybody.
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Dale Earnhardt, Junior won his first Busch race of the season today.
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With less than 30 laps to go, The MNBA 200 was red flagged for repairs to the inside wall which was damaged by a crash.
Little E waited patiently for the re-start and when it came he took off like a bullet taking the checkered flag, for his first win since last October.
And he also moved to the top of the points race ahead of Matt Kenseth.
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South Boston's Ward Burton was second.
Steffi Graf wins the French open in three sets over Martina Hingis.
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Graf would win her first grans slam championship in almost three years.
Hingis served for the match at 5 to 4 in the second set but could not hold on and Graf rallied to beat the top ranked Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
It marks the second time in the last three years Hingis has lost in the French final. It's Graf's 22-nd Grand slam title.
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