Coming up on new seven at eleven two people have been shot in Bedford
County...we'll have live report.
Tension is mounting in Jerusalem as the clean up continues following a blast
that killed more than two dozen people on busy street.
News seven at eleven is next.
Authorities in Bedford County have been keeping busy this evening.
A series of incidents, including several shootings, have occurred.
A lot of the details are still unclear.
Len Besthoff join us now from Bedford County with the latest.
Len, I know it's been hectic there but what can you tell us.
Roll: nine o'clock
Len ad lib
Police are on the scene of a two car accident at the intersection of
Interstate 5-81 and Colonial Avenue.
The two vehicles were apparently traveling north when they collided and
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident at this hour.
Police are not releasing the names of the drivers.
The victims were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
A McDonald's restaurant was robbed around six this morning.
Salem police are looking for a suspect who injured two employees and made
away with some cash.
Police say the suspect reportedly had a gun.
Two employees were in the restaurant when the incident occurred.
Police say the robber apparently struck the workers several times with the
gun before he left.
They suffered minor injuries.
Investigators are not saying how much cash was taken.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher says Cuba was NOT justified in
shooting down two small planes flown by Americans... he believes the planes
were in international waters.
Byron Harlan has the story.
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SUPER=01-Jose Basulto/Brothers To the Rescue;
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SUPER=01-Jose Ponce/Cuban Diplomat;
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
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((THERE WAS ANGER IN THE CUBAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY OVER THE SHOOTDOWN YESTERDAY
OF THE TWO SMALL PLANES OPERATED BY BROTHERS TO THE RESCUE, AN ANTI-CASTRO
GROUP THAT SAYS IT'S FLOWN HUNDREDS OF MISSIONS OVER THE FLORIDA STRAITS TO
HELP REFUGEES FLEEING CUBA.
THE GROUP HAS AUDIO TAPE OF THE INCIDENT, WHICH IT HAS OFFERED TO THE FBI.
THIS AMATEUR VIDEO, TAKEN BY A PASSENGER ON A NEARBY CRUISE SHIP, SHOWS THE
AFTERMATH-- A PLUME OF SMOKE ON THE HORIZON COMING FROM A POINT IN THE OCEAN.
THE PILOT OF THE SURIVING PLANE SAID SATURDAY'S MISSION WAS LIKE ANY OF
JOSE BASULTO, BROTHERS TO THE RESCUE, ATTACK WAS UNPROVOKED)
THE U.S. COAST GUARD SPENT ANOTHER DAY SEARCHING THE WATERS OFF THE COAST OF
CUBA FOR ANY SIGNS OF THE TWO SMALL CHARTER PLANES.
THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN THE PLANES VIOLATED CUBAN
AIRSPACE AND WERE REPEATEDLY WARNED TO STAY AWAY.
JOSE PONCE, CUBAN DIPLOMAT, PARAPHRASED, WE CAN'T ALLOW THREATS TOP OUR
BROTHERS TO THE RESCUE SAYS THE PLANES WERE OVER INTERNATIONAL WATERS, AND
THE US GOVERNMENT ADDS,
EVEN IF THEY WEREN'T, SHOOTING THEM DOWN WAS NOT THE CIVILIZED RESPONSE.
WARREN CHRISTOPHER, SECRETARY OF STATE, VIOLATION OF THE NORMS OF
FOR THOUSANDS OF CUBAN-AMERICANS WHO HAVE SPENT A LIFETIME FIGHTING THE
CASTRO REGIME, THE SHOOTDOWN IS OUTRAGEOUS, BUT NOT SURPRISING. SYLVIA
IRIONDO, WHO WAS ALSO ON THE SURVIVING PLANE, SAID THE ACTION SPEAKS
SYLVIA IRIONDO, 13:53:56, "WHAT ELSE DOES IT TAKE TO CALL A MURDERER BY
ITS NAME", ETC.)
THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS PROMISING AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO THE
INCIDENT, THOUGH NO ONE IS SAYING YET WHAT THAT MIGHT BE. JUST LAST FALL,
PRESIDENT CLINTON EASED RESTRICTIONS ON AIR TRAVEL AND VISITATION TO CUBA.
BYRON HARLAN, CBS NEWS, MIAMI.))
More than two dozen people are reported dead in Jerusalem after a deadly
blast ripped through a crowded street yesterday.
Now Israeli and Palestinian officials believe the blast not only took
lives... but is threatening to kill a new and fragile peace accord.
Jesse Schulman as the story.
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(( In a country with a long and bloody history of terror this was one of the
deadliest days ever.
In Jerusalem a Palestinian suicide bomber blew a packed bus to pieces.
The dead and injured were strewn among the debris in one of the city's
While the bomb squad combed the wreckage for clues holy men of the burial
society collected bodies in a makeshift morgue and combed the streets for
Less then an hour after the Jeruslaem attack a second bomb went off in the
coastal city of Ashkelon... many of the victims here were soldiers returning
from weekend leave.
The Palestinian extremist group Hamas has claimed credit for the death and
destruction, as revenge for the killing of a Hamas master bomb maker in
Also shattered in the blasts were hopes that Palestinian President Yassir
Arafat would be able to control the extremists in his midst.
The election hopes of Arafat's peace partner, Prime Minister Shimon Peres
have taken a blow as well..
He was booed by the crowd when he came to inspect the Jerusalem carnage.
Jesse Schulman CBS News Jerusalem.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Several area colleges have had students fall ill with a rare infection,
And We'll show you a dinner boat that more closely resembles a submarine.
Wx ad lib
As a picture perfect weekend comes to a close, we can look forward to more
mild weather-- at least through the early part of the week.
But an approaching cold front late Tuesday will bring winter out of
We'll see a return of seasonable temperatures-- and maybe some showers.
All the details are on the way-- so keep it right here.
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Two area colleges have sent students to the hospital with meningitis.
The Radford University and James Madison University students were diagnosed
That brings Virginia's total of infections to nine this year.
Two of the cases have been fatal.
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((DR. GAIL CASSELL/MICROBIOLOGIST: WHEN YOU COME TOGETHER IN FAIRLY CLOSE
QUARTERS AS COLLEGE POPULATIONS ARE, DEPENDING ON RESIDENCE HALLS, ETC. THEN
THEY ARE EXPOSED TO THESE STRAINS THAT THEY HAVEN'T PRESENTLY BEEN EXPOSED
SUPER=01-Dr. Gail Cassell/Microbiologist;
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Last month, 18- year- old Scott Hickey died from a rare blood infection
caused by a bacteria which often leads to meningitis.
He was a student at the Virginia Military Institute.
Cases have also been reported at the University of Virginia.
Symptoms of meningitis vary, depending on the cause-- but may include:
- Stiff neck & back
- Skin rash.
American Electric Power is helping the Pioneer Maid out of some deep water.
The popular dining and sightseeing cruise ship in Pulaski County is sitting
on the bottom of Claytor Lake.
It's been there since Thursday.
A-E-P began lowering the lake around five this morning to help with the
recovery of the dinner boat.
Right now only the upper deck of the Pioneer Maid is above water.
When all is said and done the reservoir will be lowered about five feet.
IN Q=it will require
((CHARLOTTE LAVINDER/AEP: IT WILL REQUIRE 72 HOURS TO REACH THE ELEVATION OF
1841. NORMAL OPERATIONS WILL RESUME AT CLAYTOR ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29.))
SUPER=01-Charlotte Lavinder/American Electric Power;
OUT Q=FEBRUARY 29.
The New River Cruise Company operates the vessel.
Owner Howard Barrett says a salvage crew will arrive Wednesday to get the
boat out of the water so it can be repaired.
And as long as the damage isn't extensive, Barrett says he hopes to have the
Maid cleaned up and ready for passengers when the season opens in May.
Fourth of July fireworks may soon have "Made in Virginia" printed on the
And the Dow Industrial Average took off like a rocket.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
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Roanoke Electric Steel's profits keep rolling in.
At its annual meeting the steel company says in the first quarter they rose
three-percent compared to a year ago.
A major score for Roanoke County this week: R-R Donnelley unveiled plans to
build a multi-million-dollar book manufacturing plant that will initially
create 175 jobs.
The Fortune 500 company already has a magazine plant in Lynchburg that
employs 750 people.
But land to lure any more prospects may be hard to come by in Roanoke
200 residents packed a meeting Wednesday, voicing their opposition to
opening more development sites in the western part of the county.
The New River Valley is on the verge of a blockbuster deal, this one with
the world-famous Grucci Fireworks company of New York.
Both Grucci and the Radford Arsenal confirm they're exploring the
possibility of moving a portion of the fireworks facility to southwest
And union workers at Bell Atlantic approved a new contract by a six-to-one
The Communications Workers of America had been at odds with the Baby Bell
since last summer.
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it rose 127-points,
closing at 5630-point-49.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.
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We'll read some viewer mail, as you comment on one of our stories.
An artist shares with beth Myer in her roundabout way of settling on a new
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Debates in Richmond about the official language of Virginia brought a
response from a viewer.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News-7 Feedback
IN Q=A recent News-7
SUPER=03-Richmond/February 12; :00
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
((A recent News-7 at 5 broadcast included a story from Richmond bureau chief
Ellen Qualls, about debate over a bill to make English Virginia's official
A viewer from Vinton thinks that idea is less than "wunderbar".
"I feel like that there are many other issues occurring in Virginia that
require the attention of the House of Delegates more than the issue of whether
or not English will be our official language. As a college student and a
student of foreign languages, I think it is wonderful for people to learn
another language, maybe even three or four languages, but I do not think that
the issue requires the heated debate it seemed to be getting from the delegates
shown on the newcast.
In short, I think that the delegates need to start making decisions on the
issues that they campaigned so fervently for and what we elected them for, not
whether or not the state's native language will become Spanish, French, German
Your comments on issues in the news or our news coverage should be sent to
News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
If you're sending us a fax, the number is 540-343-7269.
And if you've got an E-mail message, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
12-th ranked Virginia Tech scored its lowest point total of the season and
the Hokies lost to Temple 57 to 41.
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Bill Foster watching as his team loses its lead early in the first half.
Temple's Jason Ivey pulls up and hits this three pointer and the Owls led
12 to 10.
Temple had a 12 to nothing run before Shawn Smith passes inside to Travis
Jackson for the layup but the Hokies trailed by 6.
The Owls went up by as many as 10 and led the Hokies 25 to 18 at the
Temple opened the second half and would expand its lead to 14 with over
14 minutes left in the game.
Tech's Shawn Smith pulled up and hit a jumper at the 10 minute mark but
the Hokies still trailed by 14.
The Hokies still could not hit a SUPER=33-Temple/=57/Virginia Tech/=41;
shot from the field and Temple pulls off the 57 to 41 win.
Connecticut's Ray allen scored 26 points today to lead the Huskies to a 70
to 59 win over Villanova.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/CBS SPORTS; :
Villanova star Kerry Kittles sitting out his suspension.
But U-Conn had to be happy for teammate Ray Allen he makes the scoop
layup, scores and draws the foul for two of his 26 points.
The Huskies would take a 7 point lead when Kirk King takes the inbounds
pass and scores the layup to make it 17 to 10.
The Wildcats had a run just before the half Chuck Kornegay on the jam to
make it 25 to 17.
But Allen took control in the
SUPER=33-Connecticut/=70/Villanova/=59;second half leading the Huskies to the
70 to 59 victory over Villanova.
Stephon Marbury scored 25 points as Georgia Tech beat N.C. State 92 to 83
in overtime. The win moves the Yellow Jackets into first place in the A-C-C.
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State gave the Yellow Jackets a run. Marbury's three pointer and Georgia
Tech led 63 to 58.
But Danny Strong answers for the Wolfpack nailing this three pointer and
sending the game into overtime at 74 to 74.
Georgia Tech's Matt Harpring takes SUPER=33-Georgia Tech/=92/N.C.
State/=83;it inside for the old fashioned three point play and the Yellow
Jackets get the 92 to 83 win.
The Chicago Bulls put the ball in the hands of Tony Kukoc and he scored 24
points as the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 111 to 91.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NBC SPORTS; :
The Magic rode the shoulders of Shaquille O'Neal in the first half here he
makes the nice baseline move for two of his 33 points in the game.
But the Bulls come right back going to Michael Jordan he hits the fade
away jumper and Chicago led 47 to 45.
Orlando still took it inside Penny Hardaway going in for the jam and the
game was tied at 47 to 47 in the second quarter.
But the fourth quarter belonged to Chicago's Tony Kukoc. He came off the
bench to score a season high 24 including Chicago's first 11 of the quarter
Chicago wins it 111 to 91.
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((TONY KUKOC/SCORED 24 POINTS: ))
SUPER=01-Tony Kukoc/Scored 24 Points; :
OUT Q=......the ball."
The Bullets beat Milwaukee and Phoenix won its fifth in a row. For all of
the N-B-A, College and N-H-L scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
The Old Dominion Athletic conference is well represented in the men's and
women's NCAA division three basketball tournament.
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ODAC champion Roanoke College at 22 and 4 is the number one seed in the
South Region and the Maroons will host Shenandoah in the first round.
Bridgewater at 18 and 9 will travel to Millsaps in the South.
And Randolph-Macon at 18 and 8 has a road trip to Christopher Newport at 22 and
In the women's field ODAC champion Randolph-Macon at 26 and one will host
Shenandoah in the South Region.
But the Lady Maroons of Roanoke College, runners up in the ODAC will travel
to Maryville the number three seed in the region.
And coming up, The Express junior hockey team returns home with a bronze
And Dale Earnhardt holds off Dale Jarrett to win the Goodwrench 400 under
Dale Earnhardt had enough horses today to hold off the ford of Dale
Jarrett and win the Goodwrench 400 at Rockingham.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN SPORTS; :
As the field chased pole sitter Terry Labonte Dale Earnhardt was on the
move. He started 18-th but he passed Jeff Gordon to moved to the second spot
60 laps into the race.
But no one could catch Labonte he had the strongest car on the track and
was still the leader after 87 laps of the race.
South Boston's Ward Burton got tapped into the rear he loses it and hits
the wall bringing out the caution on lap 97.
Then Jimmy Spencer passed Labonte showing his power to take the lead of
the race on lap 137.
On lap 172 a couple of cars crashed Loy Allen hitting the wall at pit
road hard after he lost his breaks.
The race was Red flagged while the track crew cut Allen out of the damaged
car. Allen was taken to the infield car center and transferred to a local
For the second week in a row Labonte picked up some trash off the track
and it cost him an engine and the race.
Earnhardt picked up points for leading the race but he bumps Bobby
Hamilton in the rear he hits the wall and Earnhardt moved back to the front.
Earnhardt was strong at the end and after a crash on lap 390 Earnhardt
wins the Goodwrench 400 under caution.
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((DALE EARNHARDT/GOODWRENCH 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Goodwrench 400 Winner; :
OUT Q= ......I reckon."
Dale Jarrett was second, Ricky Craven third Ricky Rudd fourth and Steve
Rick Mast finished 10-th.
The Roanoke Express will return home from a three game road trip with only
After losing to Toledo and Johnstown Friday and Saturday the Express lost
to Erie in a shoot out tonight 3 to 2. It was Daniel Berthiaume first shootout
The Junior Roanoke Express competed with some of the top teams in the
country in the Can Am Invitational in Montreal this week.
The hockey team returned to the Roanoke Valley as winners tonight.
The Junior Express, in its first experience of hockey at this level, won
four out of five games in the tournament to capture the Bronze Medal.
Roanoke finishes third overall in the event.
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((EVAN MAXEY/DEFENSEMAN: ))
((PIERRE PAIEMANT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Evan Maxey/Defenseman; :00
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiemant/Express General Manager; :12
OUT Q=......in the valley."
As we mentioned at the top of the newscast, authorities in Bedford County
are investigating several shootings.
Len Besthoff join us again from Bedford County.
Len, I understand we've got a statement from the sheriff what does he have
Len ad lib