Up next on News 7 at 11...
The 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's death brings people out in Memphis, and in Roanoke.
An accident in Bedford County sends two people to the hospital on Lifeguard 10.
And a forgotten Roanoke cemetary is getting some attention.
News 7 at 11 is next.[King]
It happened in Memphis, 30 years ago today.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down on a motel balcony.
Today people from around the world came to Memphis, to remember.
Lee Cowan has more.
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[SUPER=07-Rev. Jesse Jackson; :20]
[SUPER=07-Rev. Gardner Taylor; 1:21]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:38]
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UNDER THE SAME RAFTERS THEY SHOOK EXACTELY 30 YEARS AGOTHEY
CAME TO MEMPHIS TO RAISE THE ROOF AGAIN.
IT WAS OF COURSE, THE REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING WHO ELECTRIFIED AN
AUDIENCE FROM THAT SAME LECTERN BACK IN 1968.
THREE DECADES LATER, HIS WORDS CAN STILL DO IT.
(( SUPER: REV. JESSE JACKSON ))
(( SOT 19:52:30 ))
"The bullet that killed the dreamer, did not kill the dream!"
JUST HOURS AFTER APPEARING HERE, MARTIN LUTHER KING WOULD BE
DEAD..MORTALY WOUNDED ON THE BALCONY OF HIS HOTEL JUST A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY
(( NAT MARCH ))
TODAYTHE MARCH HE CAME TO MEMPHIS TO LEAD SO LONG AGOCONTINUED
THE PATH WAS THE SAMEAND SO WAS THE MESSAGE.
(( MOS SOT ))
"We have a long waycan't have freedom."
BLACKS STILL MAKE UP A LARGE PORTION OF THE CITY'S POOR..AND
RACISM IS HARDLEY A THING LEFT FOR THE HISTORY BOOKSHERE OR ELSEWHERE.
(( NAT GUN FIRING ))
NEITHER IS THE ASSASINATION. THE SOUND OF THAT NOW INFAMOUS
RIFLE WAS HEARD AGAIN ONLY LAST YEARIN AN EFFORT TO RE-OPEN THE
INVESTIGATIONSOMETHING EVEN THE KING FAMILY WAS HOPING FOR.
BUT OFFICIALLY, THE CASE REMAINS CLOSED.BACK AT THE MASON
TEMPLE IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY.
(( SUPER: REV. GARDNER TAYLOR )) (( SOT 21:33:03 ))
"Men may close all their investigationswho slaughtered our young Moses!"
(( SUPER: LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF CHANGES HERE OVER THE LAST 30 YEARSMOST
OF THEM HAVE BEEN FOR THE GOOD. WHAT HASN'T CHANGED IS THE DESIRE FOR CHANGE.
(( NAT WE SHALL OVERCOME ))
LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, MEMPHIS.))
The man convicted in King's murder, James Earl Ray says he thinks most people believe he didn't do it.
Ray, who has terminal liver disease, spoke out Friday, saying the proof of his innocence, and of a government conspiracy, are in FBI files, buried in red tape.
[IN Q=They had them]
((JAMES EARL RAY/CONVICTED ASSASSIN; THEY'RE HAD THEM CLASSIFIED 30 YEARS AND EVEN THE PROSECUTOR SAYS HE'S NEVER SEEN THEM, THEY PROSECUTED ME AND HAD THE RECORD SEALED.))
[SUPER=01-James Earl Ray/Convicted Assassin;]
[OUT Q=the record sealed.]
Members of King's family have also said they believe Ray is innocent, and are calling for a full investigation.
Doubts of Ray's guilt also surfaced today in Roanoke-- as members of a civil rights group gathered to remember Dr. King.
Today, members of the Roanoke branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference reflected on the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior died for the cause he believed in.
And, 30 years later, many of them still don't believe the assasination was carried out by one person.
[IN Q=I BELIEVE IT]
((REV. CARL TINSLEY; I BELIEVE IT WAS MORE THAN ONE MAN. IT WAS A CONSPIRACY. TO STOP THE MOVEMENT THAT WAS TO BRING JUSTICE AND FREEDOM TOWARDS THE NATION IN WHICH WE LIVE. A NATION WHOSE VERY CORE WAS BASED UPON FREEDOM.))
[SUPER=07-Rev. Carl Tinsley;]
[OUT Q=based upon freedom.]
Today's service included prayers, songs and speeches by S-C-L-C members.
It was one of many events held nationwide in Dr. King's honor.
One woman was injured and rushed to the hospital following a traffic accident this afternoon, that involved three vehicles.
It happened in Franklin County along Route 2-20.
Authorities say a truck was turning off the road when it was rear-ended by a car.
That same car then swerved into another lane hitting a second car.
An injured woman in the first car was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Charges are pending against her.
In another traffic accident in Bedford County, Lifeguard 10 had to be called out to transport two people to the hospital.
It happened around four o'clock.
Witnesses say a man driving a car along Route 24 raced through a blinking red caution light--smashing into a truck travelling along Route 1-22.
The drivers of both vehicles were flown to the hospital--a third person was taken by ambulance.
Police continue to investigate the accident.
Charges are pending.
Coming up next on News 7 at 11--we'll tell you how Congressmen from Virginia voted on some key legislation this week.
And, a gas leak in Roanoke forces people in one neighborhood back into their homes for safety.
We'll tell you more about that when the newscast continues.
Residents in a neighborhood in South Roanoke had to take precautions earlier this afternoon following a gas leak.
About four o'clock a work crew repairing a water line, hit a gas line on Townside Road.
The pipe ruptured causing a gas leak... fire and EMS crews were sent to the scene as a precaution.
And neighbors were asked to keep their windows closed until the gas company was able to shut it off and repair the line.
No one was hurt.
A 15-year old foster child was found guilty Thursday of raping his 29-year old foster mother.
The attack occurred in October after the boy had only been at the home eight days.
The boy was convicted last week in a closed-door hearing in Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
He'll be sentenced in May.
Child Advocates say the incident is unprecedented.[VMI-Suit]
Three V-M-I freshmen are trying to prevent the school's Honor Court from
prosecuting them by filing a lawsuit.
The freshmen are being accused of lying to student investigators about an alleged beating at the school.
The cadets say they were struck with a belt by three senior cadets--but say they initially denied the incident to protect upperclassmen.
The freshmen could be expelled if found guilty of lying.
A hearing on the cadets' request for a restraining order is set for Monday in U-S District Court in Roanoke.[Spencer
In federal court yesterday, a man accused of dealing drugs, pled guilty to conspiracy charges.
Agents say Donald S. Spencer was a long-haul trucker who would return from trips to Texas with 330 to 500 pounds of marijauna.
He pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and could be sent to prison for a minimum of five years.
He was originally charged with threatening a drug-informant as well.
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Spencer was also a suspect in the 1996 murder of Jeffrey Morris.
Morris was found shot to death at a mobile home in the Henry section of Franklin County.
AT & T is adding more fees for some internet users.
And, cyber-stamps are coming soon from the post office.
More in this week's webwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Marvin Runyon/Postmaster General; :42]
(( A-T-&T Hung up on unlimited internet pricing this week, announcing that its Worldnet Service will now offer 150 hours a month for a 19.95 fee, additional hours are .99 cents.
The move is supposed to discourage customers from staying on all the time, tying up available modems.
By the way, AT&T currently boasts a near 100 percent successful connect rate for Roanoke and Lynchburg.
The U.S. postal service says it WILL sell on-line stamps in the future... In about a year, you'll be able to go to the post office website and buy a bar code you can print on an envelope.))
[SOT 15:24:45 tues 3:00]
((IMAGINE SITTING DOWN AT YOUR COMPUTER, COMPOSING THE LETTER, ADDRESSING THE ENVELOPE, AND CREATING POSTAGE ALL AT THE SAME TIME. POSTAGE WITHOUT LICKING OR STICKING, JUST CLICKING.))
[OUT Q=just clicking]
(( If you want to look beyond the headlines and read the Paula Jones lawsuit ruling for yourself, the U.S. District Court's Eastern Arkansas website has the document available on-line... You'll need an Adobe Acrobrat reader to view it.
The University of North Carolina is asking for 18 million dollars to build a "Cyber University" offering on-line classes to the entire world.
Virginia Tech is currently offering 20 on-line classes for this year's summer school session.
You can find links to all these sites on the WebWatch page, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
Congressional representatives from the Commonwealth sided with the majority on two major issues.
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The House approved funding for hundreds of transportation projects.
With something for just about every member's district in the bill, it passed easily, 337 to 80.
Democrats Rick Boucher and Virgil Goode joined Republican Bob Goodlatte in voting for the measure.
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The House also defeated a bill to reform campaign financing.
74 representatives voted for it; 337 against it.
Again, Boucher, Goode and Goodlatte were among those voting to kill the bill.
A clean-up effort by a local boy scout has unveiled an historic burial site--
And, now one local group is getting together to try and restore the cemetary.
We'll tell you more about the group's efforts when the news continues.
A boy scout's clean-up project uncovered an historical Roanoke cemetary.
Now there are plans to renovate and preserve the site.
David Johnson reports.
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[SUPER=01-Roy Whitescarver/Sons of the American Revolution; :11]
[SUPER=01-Cliff Boyd/Anthropology Professor; :39]
[OUT Q=Djo, News 7.]
((The McClanahan Cemetery is located in the heart of Northwest Roanoke.
When the Sons of the American Revolution and others heard about its discovery, they wanted to get involved.
[IN Q=THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY]
((ROY WHITESCARVER/SONS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION; THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, AND THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HAVE GOTTEN TOGETHER TO TRY TO RESTORE THE CEMETERY, THE MCCLANAHAN CEMETERY.))
[OUT Q=MCCLANAHAN CEMETERY.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THESE BROKEN DOWN WALLS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE ONCE CONTAINED THE BURIAL SITES OF COLONEL ELIJAH MCCLANAHAN, WHO FOUGHT IN THE WAR OF 1812, AND HIS WIFE AGATHA L. MCCLANAHAN, THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF GENERAL ANDREW LEWIS. AS MANY AS 100 OTHER PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS ARE ALSO BELIEVED TO BE BURIED HERE.))
[OUT Q=BE BURIED HERE.]
[IN Q=THERE HAVE BEEN]
((CLIFF BOYD/ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR; THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT WE HAVE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND NATIVE AMERICANS BURIED HERE AS WELL. AGAIN WE JUST DON'T KNOW. ONE THING THAT MIGHT HELP US DETERMINE THAT IS TO DO SOME OF OUR TRENCHING EXCAVATIONS HERE AND FIND GRAVES OF DIFFERENT FORMS THAT MIGHT INDICATE DIFFERENT ETHNIC GRAVES.))
[OUT Q=ETHNIC GRAVES.]
So an archaeological dig is being performed.
The purpose is not to exhume or recover bodies, but simply to find the unmarked graves.
Normally on such an expedition, it would be ideal to identify the people who are buried in the cemetary.
But, Boyd says that's not so in this case.
((UNFORTUNATELY FOR A LOT OF SMALL CEMETERIES AND PRIVATE CEMETERIES LIKE THIS ONE, EVIDENTLY THOSE RECORDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE OR DON'T EXIST OR HAVE BEEN LOST OR WHATEVER.))
((BUT WE CAN AT LEAST IDENTIFY WHERE THEY ARE AND AGAIN SHOW THEM SOME RESPECT BY LEAVING THEM THERE AND RESTORING THE CEMETERY.))
[OUT Q=THE CEMETERY.]
The Sons of the American Revolution plan to restore the cemetery back to its original state after all the graves are located.
David Johnson, News 7.))[Father-Ball]
On tomorrow's Virginia Profile we'll highlight a local church leader's journey to Catholicism.
Father Wayne Ball was born in Danville and raised as a Baptist.
But, he became a Catholic after spending time in Nicaragua just before that country's civil war.
He says being there gave him a chance to see the faithful in action--caring for the poor and protecting the oppressed.
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[IN Q=There was something]
((FATHER WAYNE BALL:THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THAT, WHAT RELIGION IS SUPPOSED TO DO; NOT TALK ABOUT THEOLOGY AND IVORY TOWERS, BUT DEAL WITH THE REAL ISSUES THAT PEOPLE DEAL WITH IN THEIR LIFE.))
[OUT Q=in their life.]
Ball is now a priest at St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Roanoke.
He'll be the focus of tomorrow's Virignia Profile on the Sunday Morning newscast beginning at eight.
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The Kelly Cup playoffs returned to the Roanoke Civic Center with the Express and the Huntington Blizzard tied at one game each.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Blizzard; :]
Loco, The Express mascot, getting the crowd ready for the game.
The Blizzard would get on the board in the first period Jamie Sokolsky fires the slap into the net for a 1 to nothing score in the period.
But the Express comes right back Mike Peron gets out on the break and for the score and the Express tied the game at 1 to 1 still in the first period.
Roanoke fell behind by a goal but got it back when
J.C. Ruid scores the goal to end the first period and Roanoke wins it 5 to 2.
The Express leads the best of five series 2 games to 1 game 4 is Tuesday night in Huntington.
And, that's a wrap this morning from the News 7 Sports Department.[S-MLB]
Cal Ripken and B.J. Surhoff each drove in a run as Baltimore beat Detroit yesterday afternoon 2 to 1
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/FOX SPORTS; :]
The Tigers get in trouble in the sixth inning and talk it over at the mound.
The game was scoreless until Cal Ripken hits this hot shot to third base Roberto Alomar scores on the fielders choice and the Orioles led 1 to nothing.
Still in the sixth, B.J. Surhoff [SUPER=35-Baltimore/2/Detroit/1/;]hits this line drive to centerfield. Eric Davis
tags and third and scores to make it 2 to nothing and Baltimore wins it 2 to 1.
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Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire tied Willie Mays for the fastest home run start in major league history today when he hit his fourth home run in as many days.
The Cardinals beat the Padres for all the scores lets check the boards.
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Radford University's baseball team is making some noise in the Big South Conference this season despite having just two seniors on its roster.
Intern reporter Jennifer Kraska introduces us to the man who is helping the team grow up in a hurry.
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[SUPER=01-Lew Kent/Radford Head Coach; :08]
[SUPER=01-Mike Lombardi/Radford Second Baseman; :29]
[OUT Q=news 7 sports]
(( The Radford baseball team is a talented, but young one. So the Highlanders are looking for an older, more experienced leader. And Junior second baseman Mike Lombardi is ready to answer the call.
((BITE FROM LOMBARDI ABOUT COACH ASKING HIM TO STEP UP))
As the only returning starter in the infeild for the Highlanders, Lombardi is vital both in the feild and at the plate. He's batting .471 and is currently on a school record hitting streak.
((BITE FROM COACH ABOUT STREAK))
Lombardi suffered a broken foot in the fall, but his stats show that since then he has fully recovered. The key to this success lies in his hard work and dedication to the game.
((BITE FROM LOMBARDI ON HUSTLE ))
If you want to catch Lombardi in action, you will have plenty of chances in the next few days Radford is in the mis
t of a ten game homestand that doesn't wrap up untill Easter Sunday. Jennifer Kraska News 7 Sports.))[Sports Tease]
And coming up, Dale Earnhardt Junior wins his first Busch Race Jeremy Mayfield leads qualifying for tomorrow's Texas 500
And Steve Mason will recap this afternoon's Virginia Cavalier spring football game.
The Virginia Football team held its annual blue White scrimmage yesterday in Charlottesville.
And Steve Mason says that a few of Virginia's top players were missing in action which allowed a couple of other stars to showcase their talents.
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[SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/16 Carries 141 Yards; :57]
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An exciting finish and a little bit of history yesterday in the Coca Cola 300 at Texas as Dale Earnhardt Junior takes the checkered flag in the Busch Race.
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A couple cautions late in the race slowed the field but Earnhardt Junior would use the patented move of his father to pass Joe Nemechek in turn one and win the Coca Cola 300, his first busch win in 16 starts.
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((DALE EARNHARDT JR./COCA COLA 300 WINNER: ))
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt Jr./Coca Cola 300 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=......A.C. Delco Chevrolet."]
Elliott Sadler was second.
Steve Mason will recap the UVA Spring Game. We'll hear from Steve when we return.[S-Qualify]
Jeremy Mayfield was the man today as he took the pole position for tomorrows Texas 500 at Roanoke, Texas.
Mayfield turned in a speed of 185 point 906 miles per hour. Now, here's the rest of the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Rusty Wallace//7. Mark Martin//8. Robert Pressley//9. David Green//10. Gary Bradberry//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Bobby Labonte//12. Mike Skinner//13. Dale Jarrett//14. Rick Mast//15. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Kevin Lapage//17. Jeff Gordon//18. Brett Bodine//19. Ernie Irvan//20. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Sterling Marlin//22. Wally Dallenbach//23. Jeff Burton//24. Randy Lajoie//25. Bobby Hamilton//;]
[OUT Q=....last driver.]
Dale Earnhardt qualified 34-th and Bill Elliott was 38-th.[Video]
You may remember the story of JJ the whale, who after beaching herself on a California coast, was nursed back to health by Sea World workers.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;]
Well, after a speedy recovery JJ is not only healthy--but three days ago she made her first appearance in the ocean.
Equipped with high tech satellite tracking devices, researchers could monitor and track the whale--or at least they planned to, until the devices came off.
JJ's last sighting was off the Coast of Imperial Beach and she seemed to be doing fine. Now all she has to do is f(-------------)ind the family she lost.