A Roanoke priest speaks to NEWS 7-- as he prepares to begin a new life in Richmond.
Fire damages a warehouse in Roanoke this evening.
A state trooper killed in the line of duty is remembered in Lexington.
Plus-- a wind advisory goes out for much of the viewing area.
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=we're just]
((WE'RE JUST GOING TO MISS HIM VERY MUCH AT THIS CHURCH. HE'S BEEN A BIG PART OF OUR LIVES AND OUR FAMILY AND A GOOD FRIEND AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO MISS HIM.))
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Mixed emotions today at Saint Andrews Church in Roanoke... as church members bid farewell to Father Steven "Randy" Rule.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Father Rule led his last church service this morning.
Rule was suspended, but later cleared of a sexual misconduct allegation involving a high school seminary student 26-years ago.
The Diocese of Richmond determined Rule's relationship with his accuser was inappropriate, but, did not warrant his removal.
Myranda Stephens shows us-- Rule is moving past the ordeal with the help of God and hundreds of supporters.
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[IN Q=it was just like]
[SUPER=01-Father Steven "Randy" Rule/Fmr. Pastor of St. Andrews Church; :13 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Father Tom Miller/St. Andrews Pastor; :27]
[SUPER=01-Christina Stocker/Parishoner; :50]
[SUPER=01-David Stocker/Parishoner; :56]
[OUT Q=Myranda Stephens, News 7, Roanoke]
((NATS OF PEOPLE ENTERING CHURCH))
It was just like old times for Father Randy Rule...as he led this morning's mass at the church he called home for over nine-years.
((FATHER RULE: I'M VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE AND GLAD THIS IS OVER AND I COULD COME HOME.))
And a warm welcome home is what he got.
((NATS OF CLAPPING))
After Mass, Rule led a prayer dedication to the church Youth Memorial Garden he inspired.
((FATHER TOM MILLER/SUCCEEDS RULES: THE GARDEN HAD BEEN WAITING FOR FATHER RULE TO COME BACK AND SAY THE PRAYER OF BLESSING AND DEDICATION FOR IT TODAY. IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT.))
One special moment led to another as parishioners gathered inside the reception hall, dedicated last night in his name.
Bringing cards and gifts, for many, it was the first time since they had seen Rule since his suspension in August.
((CHRISTINA STOCKER: I'M JUST SO SAD TO SEE HIM GO AND JUST TRYING TO BLOCK OUT WHAT HAPPENED IN BETWEEN))
[SOT 38:18][COVER PART OF BITE PLEASE!!!]
((DAVID STOCKER: IT'S BEEN TOUGH TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH HIM BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE SITUATION WAS, AND SO LAST NIGHT WAS THE FIRST NIGHT WE SAW HIM SINCE THIS ALL CAME ABOUT...IT WAS JUST A WONDERFUL TIME. GAVE HIM A BIG HUG, THAT'S A HUG I'VE BEEN WAITING TO GIVE HIM FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.))
And while Rule has already began practicing his ministry at the church he was assigned in Richmond, he says he will not be a stranger to Saint Andrews.
((I WAS ALREADY MISSING IT BEFORE. I WAS GOING TO BE GOING, I KNEW THAT, SO I WAS ALREADY SAD. BUT, I'LL BE BACK TO VISIT, WHICH IS TERRIFIC.))
Except the next time he's here, he will be seated in a pew, and not standing in the pulpit.
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Roanoke.))
Fire this evening damages a storage building on Plantation Road.
The fire broke out around 10 o'clock in a building at DirectTV in Roanoke.
The blaze damaged the roof of the warehouse, which is used to store equipment for the satellite company.
Officials say they haven't determined what started the fire, but the investigation is continuing.
There was plenty of drama today aboard a flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul....as security guards overpowered a suspected hijacker.
An airport official says none of the 170 passengers
on board the Boeing 757 was harmed and the plane landed safely.
A Turkish news agency identifies the would-be hijacker as a
23-year-old Arab with an Israeli passport.
Passengers say the man threatened a flight attendant, then tried to kick in the door to the cockpit.
But he was unable to break in because the door was locked.
Turkish police say the suspect was arrested and is being interrogated.
He's alive and well and the world should expect more attacks.
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That's the message intelligence officials say Osama Bin Laden was sending in a recent audio recording.
During the message Bin Laden threatens more attacks like the one in Bali that killed hundreds of tourists.
British forces are reportedly looking for Bin Laden in Yemen where his family's tribe lives.
However, U-S officials say finding Bin Laden isn't the key goal because they say Al- Quaida can survive without him.
There is currently a 27- million dollar reward for anyone who leads officials to Bin Laden.
It's onto Iraq tomorrow for U-N inspectors who've been making final preparations in Cyprus.
Teams will soon begin hunting for illegal weapons-- for the first time in four years.
Teri Okita reports from Washington.
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[IN Q=When weapons]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mohamed Elbaradei/Intl. Atomic Energy Agency; :10]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Nancy Pelosi/(D) Incoming Minority Leader; :42]
[SUPER=@okita1; 1:18 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
WHEN WEAPONS INSPECTORS ARRIVE IN BAGHDAD MONDAY, THEY'LL TAKE THE FIRST
STEP ON THE ROAD TOWARD PEACE, OR THE LAST STEP ON THE PATH TO WAR.
MOHAMED ELBARADEI/INTL. ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY
"This is an opportunity for peace, I hope Iraq will make full use of
IRAQ DENIES IT HAS ANY CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, OR NUCLEAR WEAPONS -- BUT
SADDAM HUSSEIN AGREED TO U-N INSPECTIONS, TO IN HIS WORDS.. "SAVE THE
IRAQI PEOPLE, AND PREVENT GIVING THE U-S, A PRE-TEXT FOR WAR."
EVEN BEFORE INSPECTORS START SEARCHING -- IRAQ IS GAMBLING WITH ITS FATE
-- FIRING ON COALITION JETS IN THE NO-FLY ZONE. WHILE U-S OFFICIALS
CALL IT A MATERIAL BREACH OF THE U-N RESOLUTION....IT'S NOT EXPECTED TO
TRIGGER MILITARY ACTION.
SOT - REP. NANCY PELOSI/(D) INCOMING MINORITY LEADER
"We want to make sure we can resolve this, show our greatness, by
resolving it diplomatically, rather than just showing our power by going
THE CLOCK IS TICKING - AND THE PRESSURE IS ON, FOR SADDAM, WHO HAS UNTIL
DECEMBER 8TH TO EXPOSE ANY ILLEGAL WEAPONS.
THE IRAQI LEADER KNOWS IF U-S OFFICIALS CATCH HIM IN A LIE...WAR IS THE
ULTIMATE PENALTY -- A PROMISE THE PRESIDENT MADE ONCE AGAIN IN HIS
WEEKLY RADIO ADDRESS.
SOT - PRESIDENT BUSH (SAT. RADIO ADDRESS)
"Any act of defiance or delay will indicate that he is taking the path
of deception once again, and this time the consequences would be
(STANDUP) TERI OKITA/REPORTING
PRELIMINARY INSPECTIONS ARE SET TO BEGIN NOVEMBER 27TH...WITH FULL SCALE
CHECKS STARTING AFTER IRAQ COMES CLEAN.
.. BY REVEALING THE STATUS OF ITS BANNED WEAPONS PROGRAMS.
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
The memory of a Virginia State Trooper killed in the line of duty nearly 14- years ago lives on.
Each year, the 7th District Veterans of Foreign Wars honors an individual in memory of Trooper Jerry Hines.
Hines was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 near Lexington in 1989.
This year's award went to Lieutenant Jeff Werner with the Rockingham County fire and rescue department for his many years of service.
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[IN Q=It's a tremendous feeling]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Werner/Award Recipient; ]
((IT'S A TREMENDOUS FEELING TO BE HONORED IN HIS NAME KNOWING THE COMMITMENT THAT HE HAD MADE TO THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE OF 19 YEARS SAYS SOMETHING IN ITSELF BEING A COUNTY EMPLOYEE OF ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FOR 23 YEARS I HAVE AN IDEA WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN EMPLOYEE AND WITH A SERVICE RECORD SUCH AS HIS IT'S AN OUTSTANDING FEELING TO BE RECOGNIZED IN HIS NAME. ))
[OUT Q=recognized in his name.]
The V-F-W also honored Werner and fellow firefighter Todd Dyer with separate award... for helping save the life of a fellow firefighter trapped in a building that had collapsed from fire.
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The Mill Mountain Zoo is making the most of the holiday season.
Valley View Mall has set aside space at the mall for the zoo to raise money over the next several weeks.
The zoo is selling family and other kinds of memberships-- along with various items that would make ideal "stocking stuffers".
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[IN Q=We had ]
[SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo Executive Dir.;]
((WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD RESPONSE THIS PAST SATURDAY AND THE WEEKEND HAS BEEN GOING REALLY WELL AND OF COURSE AS YOU GET TO CLOSER TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON, WE JUST WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THAT YOU'RE NOT ONLY GETTING A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY BUT IT DOES HELP SUPPORT THE MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO AS WELL. ))
[OUT Q=mill mountain zoo, as well.]
You can purchase memberships and other items at the community booth through December 24th....
Hours during the week are from four until nine p-m and all day on the weekend.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, he dazzled the press with his quick wit, but new documents show President John F. Kennedy was in worse health than was believed...
plus, we'll meet a Galax man who has left the pulpit and is now on a different stage.
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[IN Q=Hey, folks,]
[OUT Q=in just a few."]
((Hey, folks, Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up, Stewart is king of the Nascar World. Michael Vick and the Falcons keep on rolling, as does his former Hokie teammate Andre Davis. The Express is losing steam after another loss, and the Hokies tune up for a trip to the Virgin Islands. All that and more in just a few.))
It's no secret former President Kennedy suffered poor health, but the extent of his problems weren't realized until recently.
Newly revealed medical records show Kennedy not only had back problems, but also suffered from adrenal dysfunction, osteoporosis, and digestive problems.
The former president took up to eight medications each day to stay healthy and sometimes received seven to eight injections in his back before news conferences.
But an advisor to the former president says Kennedy's illnesses never slowed him down.
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[IN Q=He worked often]
((TED SORENSON/FORMER KENNEDY ADVISOR: HE WORKED OFTEN AROUND THE CLOCK AS WELL AS TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. HE ALWAYS HAD MORE VIGOR THAN THE REST OF
US PUT TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Ted Sorenson/Former Kennedy Advisor;]
[OUT Q=us put together]
The medical information was released to a historian who is writing a biography on Kennedy's life.
A North Carolina-based company with 18 stores in Virginia is closing doors in several locations.
Oakwood Homes is filing for bankruptcy protection tomorrow.
In addition, 17-HUNDRED jobs will be cut... That's about a fifth of the company's workforce.
The manufactured home-maker and retailer has lost money for many years and has been hurt by a surge in home repossession.
Most of the plants and stores affected are in Tennessee and Texas.
Oakwood will now have about 120 retail outlets - down from about 400 several years ago.
Oakwood's CEO says he hopes the company will emerge from Chapter 11 protection within six months.
A plan to brew beer in Blacksburg is the topic in our viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with Feedback.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/November 11; :05]
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(([NAT SOUND of Beermaker]
A 24-year-old Virginia Tech graduate plans to start making and selling beer in the New River Valley.
Business reporter Rachel Cannon's profile of John Bryce's idea prompted one viewer (Lee Smith/Blacksburg) to write:
"I would like to know what's so newsworthy about a student making his own beer? I think it is ridiculous to have something like this on the news. We already have enough drinking by students in this town without WDBJ7 promoting this one individual."
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We accept faxes as well, at 540-343-7269.
And emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joe McKean, News-7.))
Still to come on the newscast, Tony Stewart takes the Winston Cup, and the Redskins fall to the Giants. We'll have a wrap-up in sports...
plus, imagine trying to stay under water for more than 2-HUNDRED hours. A man from South Africa did just that to set a new world record. We'll have the story a little later in the newscast.
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He's been a musician, a minister and a mental health counselor. Although he's retired, Robert Johnson is still using all of his talents. Joe Dashiell has more in this week's Virginia Profile.
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[SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :13]
[SUPER=07-Robert Johnson; :53]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Carroll County]
(([OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF FIDDLE]
When Robert Johnson picks up his fiddle, members of the Carroll Senior Center kick up their heels.
Johnson is a regular visitor here. With bass player Walt Quesenberry, he plays a lively mix of fiddle tunes, country standards and his own compositions.
[SOT NAT SOUND OF TALKING TO THE AUDIENCE]
[IN Q=Every Saturday]
((EVERY SATURDAY, AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR, WHEN THE CROPS WERE DONE, MY FATHER WOULD SAY, OK BOY, GET OUT YOUR GUITAR. WE'RE GOING UP THE ROAD AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DANCE. WELL WE DID.))
[OUT Q=well we did.]
Playing music for local audiences has brought Johnson full circle.
As a young man growing up on the family farm in Hanover County, he played with several country western bands... appeared at dances, rodeos and on radio shows... sometimes providing more than just musical entertainment.
[IN Q=I had to ride]
((I HAD TO RIDE A MULE INTO THE STADIUM, A BASEBALL STADIUM. AND DON'T YOU KNOW THAT OLD MULE THREW ME. AND THERE WAS ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE THERE AND YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD THEM LAUGHING. AND YOU KNOW I GOT UP. THEY THOUGHT IT WAS PLANNED, BUT IT WASN'T PLANNED. BUT I CRAWLED BACK UP ON THAT OLD MULE. IT'S A GOOD THING I WAS ABOUT 16- 17 YEARS OLD.))
[OUT Q=16 or 17 years old.]
Later as he enrolled in college, pursued a graduate degree and became a minister... music took a back seat to building career and family.
[IN Q=It was almost 20 years]
((IT WAS ALMOST 20 YEARS THAT I LAID IT DOWN, AND WHEN I MOVED BACK UP HERE AND GOT INTO THE CHURCHES AROUND HERE, I STARTED PLAYING WITH PEOPLE IN THE CHURCHES.))
[OUT Q=people in the churches.]
Johnson's life experience has been anything but boring... whether he was working for the railroad, selling vacuum cleaners, or flying his own airplane.
Recently, as he looked at old photographs with his wife Doreen, Johnson said he is thankful for his years in the church, his experience as a mental health counselor, and the musical talent he continues to share with the community.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Carroll County))
After the season opening Daytona 500, Tony Stewart was 43rd in the Winston Cup points race. He was up to 7th by the midpoint of the season and today, he claimed his first Winston Cup title. Somewhere in the background, Kurt Busch went to victory lane at Homestead for his 3rd win in the last 5 races.
[SUPER=03-Homestead, FL/NBC Sports; :00]
Stewart needed to finish 22nd or better, regardless of Mark Martin's finish today to wrap up the title.
Jimmy Spencer will be out of the Target ride next season, so why not tear up some more equipment in your last race behind the wheel. Spencer catches fire and that's a little too much excitement for the guy known as Mr. Excitement.
Kurt Busch got past Ryan Newman with 11 laps to go and took the checkered flag in today's Ford 400. It was his 4th win of the season. As for Stewart, he finished 18th and Martin came home 4th.
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[SUPER=01-Kurt Busch/4th Win of the Season; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/First Winston Cup Title; :10]
[OUT Q=all doing this together."]
[go to chyron]
[go to motion]
[SUPER=0106-1. Kurt Busch//2. Joe Nemechek//3. Jeff Burton//4. Mark Martin//5. Jeff Gordon//;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Ryan Newman//7. Bill Elliott//8. Jimmie Johnson//9. Elliott Sadler//10. Bobby Hamilton//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Mike Wallace//12. Ward Burton//13. Johnny Benson//14. Rusty Wallace//15. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Ted Musgrave//17. Steve Park//18. Tony Stewart//19. Ricky Rudd//20. Kevin Harvick//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//22. Jamie McMurray//23. Kenny Wallace//24. Ricky Craven//25. Greg Biffle//;]
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The Falcons currently hold the inside track to the NFC's wildcard slot. This afternoon the Dirty Birds improved to 6,3, and 1 sweeping the season series with the Saints.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Fox Sports; :00]
Dan Reeves sends in the play and I'm not sure this is what he had in mind. Michael Vick scrambles and then throws off balance to Trevor Gaylor for a 74 yard touchdown and the Falcons led 7 to nothing.
Later Vick does things with his fleet feet. The 7 yard TD put Atlanta up 14 to zip.
Vick finished off the Saints with a 4 yard scoring toss late in the game to Alge Crumpler. The Falcons
win it 24 to 17. Vick is now two and oh against his cousin Aaron Brooks. Afterwards he talked about the long bomb.
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[OUT Q=took it up the field."]
The Redskins woes continued this afternoon in the Meadowlands against the Giants.
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/Fox Sports; :00]
Shane Matthews staked the Skins to an early 7-3 cushion with a 6 yard strike to Willie Jackson, but the Giants answer with a hookup of their own.
Kerry Collins goes 35 yards to Amani Toomer for the touchdown and this one was tied at 10 at the half.
It was 17-16 Washington, but Matt Bryant's fourth field goal of the day was the difference as New York
beats Washington 19 to 17. The Skins playoff hopes are fading fast.
[WIPE to ENG!!!]
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Bengals vs. Browns; ;00]
Former Hokie Andre Davis continued his stellar rookie campaign in Cleveland by hauling in his 6th TD reception of the year helping the Browns knock off the hapless Bengals 27 to 20.
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Fox Sports; :]
In Philly, the Eagles Donovan McNabb broke his ankle on the third play of the game, but stayed in against the Cards and had the game of his life, throwing for 255 yards and four touchdowns. The Eagles beat Arizona 38 to 14, but they may have lost McNabb for the final 6 games of the regular season.
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Steelers vs. Titans; :]
And another quarterback who won't feel very well in the morning is the Steelers Tommy Maddox. Maddox was rocked by the Titans Keith Bullock in a 31-23 loss, and couldn't move his arms or legs for about 15 minutes. He left the field on a stretcher and will spend the night in a hospital. Maddox is awake and alert, and does now have sensation in his extremities.
The Virginia Tech Hokies held steady in the AP college football poll this week at number 13. Tech checks in at number 12 in the Coaches poll with West Virginia in town on Wednesday night.
The Bridgewater Eagles found out their post season plans this afternoon. The Eagles are the top seed in the East and
will get a first round bye this weekend in the Division 3. Bridgewater will get the winner of the Salisbury versus King's College matchup at home on November 30th. The Eagles are one of ten unbeaten teams in the 28 team field.
The Roanoke Express had been outscored 16 to 4 in dropping its last three contests. This afternoon the team tried to get back on track against its arch rival, the Richmond Renegades in a rare matinee at the Roundhouse.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Renegades vs. Express; :00]
So much for good, clean family entertainment as Dan Sullivan mixes things up with Richmond's Russ Bartlett.
The Renegades led 1-nothing after the first period, but the Express evened things up on the power play. Jason Jaffray had the assist to Dan Carlson for the goal.
Lars Petterson put Richmond back on top with this tally just a few minutes later. It was 2-1 Gades.
Again the Express took advantage of the power play though. Jaffray scored his 10th goal of the season
to make it a 2-2 game after 2 periods, but Richmond scores in the third to win it 3 to 2, handing the Express its 4th straight loss.
We finish up with preseason college hoops from Blacksburg. Virginia Tech made short work of Global Sports this afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Global Sports vs. Hokies; :00]
Coach Stokes set for his fourth season as the Head Hokie.
We pick it up midway thru the first half when Bryant Matthews picks up the loose ball and gets to the rack for the hoop and the harm. The Hokies led it by 16.
Later, Carlos Dixon goes down the lane and puts up the floater that drops to keep Tech rolling right along.
Then check out Eric Branham making the nice dish to the big fella, Terry Taylor for the deuce and it was
[SUPER=33-Global Sports/66/Virginia Tech/95/;]
41-27. Taylor finished with 19 points and the Hokies go on to win it 95 to 66. They will open the season on Friday in the Virgin Islands.
A South African scuba diver broke a record yesterday when he broke the surface.
[SUPER=03-Johannesburg, South Africa;]
Tim Yarrow climbed out a water tank yesterday that had been his home for TEN days.
It was all an effort to break a 16- year old record for being underwater the longest.
The thirty- year- old was fed a liquid diet through a special tube while under- water, and a doctor checked his condition daily.
Because of an ill- fitted mask Yarrow was unable to sleep at all the first few days.
When asked if he would pull the stunt again, he said he's "not in a hurry."