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Recovery efforts continue in Northern Germany today where a high speed passenger train jumped the tracks yesterday killing close to one
The train was enroute from Hamburg to Munich when it derailed and slammed into an overhead bridge.
Tom Fenton reports.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Fenton/Reporting; :56]
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Two trial dates have been set for the second man charged with murdering Garnett "G-P" Johnson.
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Emmett Cressell, Junior was charged with capital murder last week in the death of Johnson.
The charge was elevated from first degree to capital after Louis Ceparano agreed to testify against Cressell.
The deal guaranteed Ceparano life in prison rather than a possible death sentence.
Jeff Dorsey and Mark Claytor will continue to represent Cressell as court appointed attorneys.
Cressell will be tried in July for allegedly robbing Johnson.
His capital murder trial is scheduled for late August.
Terry Nichols has one last chance to tell what he knows about the Oklahoma City bombing.
He'll be sentenced today in Denver.
The judge has said the guideline calls for a life sentence.
But he could reconsider if Nichols answers some final questions about the 19-95 blast that killed 168 people.
The planned acquisition of Conrail has officials for Norfolk Southern and C-S-X answering more questions from a federal agency today.
In Washington the Surface Transportation Board heard testimony from members of Congress who were split over their support of the merger.
Some are not convinced the plan for Norfolk Southern and CSX to carve up Conrail would guarantee more competition in the industry.
When Norfolk Southern's C-E-O Dave Goode took the stand, he faced some tough questions about how Norfolk Southern would make sure the merger was safe.
[SUPER=01-Gus Owen/Surface Transportation Board;]
[SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern C.E.O.; :12]
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Goode said repeatedly that N-S has developed an elaborate safety plan.
The S-T-B is supposed to vote on the merger next week, but it could take longer if the board decides the railroads must meet stricter conditions.
Monica Lewinsky's new lawyers aren't wasting any time.
Sources say they've contacted Kenneth Starr's office.
The makeup of the new defense team could help ease the way for Lewinsky to gain immunity from prosecution.
REPORTER:DO YOU THINK YOU CAN NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT FOR IMMUNITY?
KENNETH STARR: OUR
POSITION REMAINS THE SAME: WE WANT THE COMPLETE, TOTAL TRUTH. ))
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Starr/Special Prosecutor;]
[OUT Q=complete, total truth.]
Meanwhile, White House aide Sidney Blumenthal is expected to again appear before Starr's grand jury.
During his last appearance he refused to answer some questions on the grounds of Executive Privilege, but the White House has now with-drawn that claim.
The House votes today on whether to create a 28th constitutional amendment to allow prayer in public school.
It's called the Religious Freedom Amendment.
It states the government shall not infringe on ``the people's right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs'' on public property,
Popular contemporary Christian singer Carman made a trip to Capitol Hill yesterday with a message from his fans.
He presented Oklahoma Congressman Ernest Ishtook with the signatures of over a million people who support the amendment.
[OUT Q=we will chose]
The White House, civil liberties groups and even some churches
oppose the measure.
They say religious freedom is already guaranteed through the First Amendment.
Today marks the ninth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Tourists today flocked to Beijing.
In 19-89 hundreds were killed in a clash between the People's Liberation Army and thousands of demonstrators demanding more democratic freedom.
There have been reports that Chinese police have detained nearly two dozen dissidents in recent weeks to prevent commemorations of the massacre.
Plainclothes policemen have also been keeping a close eye on the square.
Travellers will soon be able to fly non-stop from Roanoke to the windy city.
The United Express carrier Trans States Airlines will be using its new Embraer (EM-brehr) Regional jets... and offering three direct flights a day into O'Hare.
[IN Q=As good as Atlanta is]
((BILL MISHK/TRANS STATES AIRLINES: AS GOOD AS ATLANTA IS AND AS BIG AS ATLANTA IS AS A HUB, CHICAGO IS STILL THE LARGEST HUB IN THE WORLD AND WE'RE BRINGING FOLKS TO WHERE MORE CHOICES AND MORE CONNECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Mishk/Trans States Airlines]
[OUT Q=connections are available.]
By the end of the summer, jets will make up almost half of the commercial flights to and from the Roanoke Regional Airport.
Bedford County and the city of Bedford will soon be sharing profits (----------------)
-- and officials hope that they will have more to share following a new agreement.
The two localities have entered into a "revenue sharing" agreement designed to bring new development to the area.
The county will provide land for four new industrial development zones.. the city will provide the utilities.
Then they'll split any tax revenue generated by new businesses that move in.
[IN Q=This provides for]
((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: THIS PROVIDES FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN A CONTROLLED WAY, AND IT RELIEVES BURDENS THAT ARE ON THE LYNCHBURG SIDE OF BEDFORD COUNTY AND ALSO ON THE ROANOKE SIDE, IN THAT IS BRINGS THE CONCENTRATION HERE.))
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[OUT Q=the concentration here.]
State law required that a three-judge panel approve any kind of revenue-sharing agreement between localities.
That panel gave its unanimous approval to the deal yesterday morning.
Botetourt County plans to expand its jail -- the state says certain aspects are too small.
But deputies and prisoners alike say the size is what keeps the jail friendly.
Tina Tenret takes us inside.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Bernardo/Jail Inmate; :08]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Alls/Jail Inmate; :45 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Reed Kelly/Botetourt Co. Sheriff; :49]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Botetourt Co.]
(( Inmates seem pretty happy here.
In fact, they'd pick Botetourt over any other jail.
[IN Q=They feed you]
((MIKE BERNARDO/JAIL INMATE: THEY FEED YOU BETTER. THEY TREAT YOU BETTER. IF YOU'RE AN OUTSIDE TRUSTEE YOU GET TREATED A WHOLE LOT BETTER. YOU GET TO GO AROUND TOWN, DO YOUR JOB AND STUFF.))
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Mike Bernardo should know.
He's from Myrtle Beach and has pulled time in several other jails.
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((SOUTH CAROLINA THEY RUN IT DIFFERENTLY. IT'S MORE LIKE BOOT CAMP, STUFF LIKE THAT. REGIMENTED. IT'S LIKE BEING IN THE MILITARY.))
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Ricky Alls just arrived from Roanoke City jail.
He says inmates always watch their backs in larger jails.
But here, with four inmates to a cell, they don't feel threatened.
Instead, they call deputies their friends.
((RICKY ALLS/INMATE: THEY TRY TO HELP YOU ALL THEY CAN. YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING YOU WANT BUT THEY HELP YOU.
REED KELLY/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF: A WEEK FROM NOW WE MIGHT SEE THEM AT THE GROCERY STORE OR WE LIVE IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD OR WE SEE EM AT SHONEY'S SO IT'S NOT AN ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OFFICERS AND INMATES.))
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That's why the sheriff thinks even Karen Thompson, who led police on a high-speed chase through three counties, finally parked at the Botetourt jail.
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((I THINK SHE'D PREFER TO BE IN THIS FACILITY THAN ANY OTHER FACILITY.))
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Many inmates will come back again -- because, they say, they're addicted to drugs or alcohol.
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((IT'S NOT GOT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE JAIL RELATIONSHIP, BECAUSE ONCE YOU LEAVE YOU BLOCK IT OUT. NOBODY WALKS OUT AND SAYS WE WANT TO GO BACK BECAUSE THEY TREATED US SO WELL.))
[OUT Q=SO WELL]
It's not all fun and games within these walls.
Punishment means getting strapped into this chair -- with a helmet.
There's only one exercise bike for the whole jail.
And the kitchen's made for 39 inmates, not the 50 that live here.
But the sheriff says especially in close quarters, kind treatment goes a long way.
[IN Q=The county]
((THE COUNTY HAS SET ASIDE TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS TO EXPAND AND RENOVATE THE JAIL, A PROJECT THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DELAYED SEVERAL YEARS. IN FACT, THE SHERIFF IS SKEPTICAL IT WILL EVEN GET DONE NEXT YEAR. HE SAYS THIS COUNTY HAS A LOT MORE URGENT NEEDS THAN FIXING UP THIS LITTLE JAIL. TINA TENRET NEWS7 BOTETOURT COUNTY.))
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Mount St. Helens is showing signs of life.
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Scientists say in the last month there has been an increase in the number of small earthquakes under the mountain.
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[SUPER=02-Dan Zurisin/U.S. Geological Survey;]
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A period of similar activity from 19-89 through 19-91 led to some
steam venting from the volcano.
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When the same pattern was detected
in 19-95, nothing happened on the surface.
Mount St. Helens erupted in 19-80, killing 57 people.
Late-breaking news from the world of sports.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe faces a maximum of ten years in prison and a 250-thousand-dollar fine following a guilty plea today.
Bowe was charged with kidnapping his wife and taking her across
North Carolina to Virginia with the intent of causing bodily harm.
Among the attorneys representing Bowe is Johnnie Cochran, the
attorney who represented O-J Simpson in his murder trial.
Cochran was not in the Charlotte courtroom today.
Just a day after naming a new General Manager, the Roanoke Express changed presidents.
Richard Yancey, one of the 8 Express owners, takes over immediately as chairman of the board and president of the team.
The Harrisonburg accountant becomes the fourth president in the franchise's history. He replaces Joe Steffen as the new Express board chief. Steffen remains the majority owner and a board member.
Yancey headed the selection committee's efforts in hiring new general manager Tony Mancuso.
The New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame will be inducting a face familiar to Roanokers Saturday.
Bill Pilat, head coach for the Roanoke College men's lacrosse team, has earned that hall of fame spot.
The Montclair, New Jersey native is the winningest coach in Roanoke history, plus while he played for the Maroons in the early 80's, he was three time all-american and two time ODAC player of the year.
He also has been the conference's coach of the year five times.
Plus, he and his wife Diane have twins!
And he also coached our own Steve Mason.
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What to do with half of 24.4 million dollars? That's what the two winners of yesterday's Lotto jackpot will have to decide.
One of the tickets was sold at a Henry County convenience store, which is one of the state's top ten lotto retailers.
The winner has not come forward yet, but employees of the Ridgeway E-Z Stop are just as excited for their store as they are for the winner.
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[OUT Q=as we sell]
[IN Q=Most of the winners]
[OUT Q=have won here.]
[IN Q=Now all we can]
[SUPER=01-Cliff Hughes/Henry County Lotto Rep.]
[OUT Q=or Richmond]
The other winning ticket was in Fairfax.
The winning numbers were 4, 10, 13, 23, 31 and 40.