Coming up on news seven at eleven.
U-S officials are on alert following today's conviction of Sheik Omar
And a fire at a Virginia Tech building destroyed years of research.
Farm Aid 19-95 played to a sold- out audience in Louisville, Kentucky as
superstars were poised to help the needy.
News seven at eleven is next.
U-S officials are on alert following today's conviction of Sheik
(OH'-mahr AHB'-dehl RAHK'-mahn) Omar Abdel-Rahman.
A jury today found the Sheik and nine other muslim militants GUILTY of
plotting to bomb U-S landmarks in an attempt to change American policies
concerning the Middle East.
The government accused the group of conspiring to explode bombs at the
United Nations, and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels.
Its main evidence was videotape showing defendants mixing bomb ingredients
in a garage.
((MICHAEL MCCARTHY/ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY: WHAT THE EVIDENCE SENSIBLY SHOWS IS
THERE'S AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR TERRORISM IN THE UNITED
STATES. IT'S DESIGNER IS THE SHEIK.))
SUPER=01-Michael McCarthy/Assistant U.S. Attorney;
OUT Q=is the sheik.
Attorneys for the defendants say they'll appeal.
Many in Los Angeles are already deliberating what the O.J. Simpson verdict
will mean to a racially charged city.
A C-B-S News Poll released today shows 74- percent of white Americans
believe Simpson is guilty.
But 77- percent of African Americans believe he's innocent.
Those poll results have remained virtually unchanged since the trial began.
During a nationally- broadcast talk show today, community leaders said
public opinion won't affect the jury.
SOT 15:19:30 (Three O'Clock feed)
IN Q=I don't think...
((JOHN MACK/PRESIDENT LOS ANGELES URBAN LEAGUE: I DON'T THINK THIS TRIAL IS
GOING TO SOLVE ALL TYE RACISM. NOT GOING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS BETWEEN THE L-A-P-D
AND THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND THE LATINO COMMUNITY. I THINK THE
JURORS WILL HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE TO WEIGH THE EVIDENCE AND MAKE IN THE FINAL
ANALYSIS A DECISION BASED UPON THAT EVIDENCE AS THEY VIEW IT THROUGH THEIR
SUPER=01-John Mack/President Los Angeles Urban League;
OUT Q=through their lens.
Jury deliberation in the Simpson trial begins tomorrow.
Republicans believe an increase in Medicare premiums will offer more options
for senior citizens.
SUPER=04-Meet The Press;
On national television today Senator Bill Frist laid out part of the
IN Q=But what they...
((SEN. BILL FRIST/R-TENNESSEE: BUT WHAT THEY'LL GET IS A SYSTEM THAT WILL BE
PRESERVED FOR THE FUTURE THAT OPENS UP CHOICE. THAT ALLOWS THEM TO PICK A PLAN.
THAT MEETS THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS INSTEAD OF HAVING GOVERNMENT CHOOSE FOR
SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Frist/(R) Tennessee;
OUT Q=choose for them.
Senator Frist went on to say that Medicare is in trouble and he says
legislators must act swiftly.
IN Q=Whether you keep
((WHETHER YOU KEEP TAXES THE SAME OR WHETHER YOU LOWER TAXES. THAT DOESN'T
ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. MEDICARE IS GOING BANKRUPT UNLESS WE ACT RESPONSIBLY
THIS YEAR, OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS.))
OUT Q=next several years.
But Democrats say they have a Medicare reform plan that won't take any extra
cash away from the elderly.
Senate Democratic leader Tom (DASH-uhl) Daschle says the new plan won't
increase premiums or deductibles.
He says the plan would cut 89- billion dollars in Medicare hospital spending
over the next seven years.
The plan challenges the republican proposal that includes increases in out-
Congressman Rick Boucher is one of the democrats blasting the republican
attempt at Medicare overhaul.
IN Q=the legislation
((RICK BOUCHER/D- VA: THE LEGISLATION WOULD FORCE MANY SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
HOSPITALS TO CEASE TO FUNCTION AS HOSPITALS AND BECOME OUTPATIENT MEDICAL
CLINICS OR NURSING HOMES INSTEAD. SERVICES PROVIDED BY OTHER HOSPITALS WOULD BE
SEVERELY RESTRICTED. ))
OUT Q=severely restricted
The federal Medicare program provides health care to more than 84-thousand
Southwest Virginia residents.
Over six thousand Hamas activists demonstrated in Gaza today against the
The accord further extends Palestinian partial self-rule in the occupied
The demonstrators shouted slogans against the state of Israel and read
excerpts from the Koran.
Before last week's accord, Israel did not allow Palestinians in the Gaza
strip or West Bank in order to prevent violent demonstrations.
On Saturday the Israeli forces announced that the closure was being extended
until Wednesday night.
GRAPHIC=Mid East Peace Talks
The Jewish settlers are also angry over the PLO-Israeli peace plan.
They blocked entry today to a Bridge.
It's one of the main crossings between Jordan and Israel, and is often used
by Palestinians passing between the West Bank and Arab countries.
Over 100 Jewish settlers joined in the demonstration.
They staged a sit down protest, and some had to be dragged away to waiting
Under the existing agreement they can remain in their settlements but the
surrounding areas will be controlled by the Palestinian authority.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still ahead, a Virginia Tech research lab filled with fish catches fire this
and a small fire leaves a large mess at a Roanoke shoe store.
Tropical Storm Opal continues moving slowly through the Gulf of Mexico--
we'll have the latest satellite picture.
Meanwhile, a quiet night with seasonable temperatures is what we can expect
We can also expect some rain by the middle of the week.
The five- day forecast is straight ahead.
MUSIC UP FULL
At least 14 people are dead following an earthquake in western Turkey.
Dozens are believed to be buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
Officials estimate the earthquake registered a six on the Richter scale.
One official says the death toll could reach 100.
Lawmakers will take a look tomorrow at a plan for managed health care in
The Department of Medical Assistance is presenting the proposal.
Mental Health advocates hope the plan includes proposals to help meet the
needs of the mentally ill.
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=Daniel Willis was schizophrenic
SUPER=01-Mildred Willis/Alliance for the Mentally Ill; :18
SUPER=01-Newell Falkinburg/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :55
SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; 1:19
OUT Q=News 7
(( Daniel Willis died three years ago.
His mother says he took his own life because living with schizophrenia was
too much for him.
But Mildred Willis says Daniel's story might have been different if there
had been some sort of half way house to help him make the transition from the
hospital to the real world.
((MILDRED WILLIS/ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK TO AN
ADULT HOME AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE WITH ME. HE WAS 32 YEARS OLD AND HE
WANTED TO BE ON HIS OWN.))
In 1976, the Bagley Commission de-institutionalized mental patients.
Mildred Will says this would have been a great idea had some funding been
set aside to help communities meet the housing needs of people with mental
She says at least one third of the homeless population suffers from some
type of mental illness.
Newell Falkinburg is running for the state house of delegates.
He calls funding for housing for the mentally ill an investment.
((NEWELL FALKINBURG/(R) CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: IT HAS TO BE
ADEQUATELY FUNDED ON THE FRONTEND IN ORDER TO MAKE IT WORK ON THE BACKEND. TO
KEEP THE PATIENTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL WHICH IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLACE TO
RECEIVE YOUR CARE.))
Chip Woodrum says the state HAS the money to help meet these needs.
((CHIP WOODRUM/(D)HOUSE OF DELEGATES: ONE I HAVE IN MIND IS TO REQUIRE THE
RETURN OF THE FUNDS OF THE SALE OF PORTIONS OF SURPLUS PROPERTY OF THE STATE
INTO THE HOUSING FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.))
((JEFF ARTIS/(R) HOUSE OF DELEGATE CANDIDATE: THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THE
LOTTERY PROCEEDS COULD BE USED FOR. THERE'S MONEY OUT THERE BUT FIRST WE NEED
TO LOBBY OUR U-S CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS.))
((VIC THOMAS/HOUSE OF DELEGATES: JUST A LITTLE QUICK HELP MAKES ALL THE
DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. BEFORE THAT THEY HAD TO GO INTO THE SYSTEM WHERE THE
COST TO THE TAXPAYER IS CONSIDERABLY MORE.))
Mildred Willis says local health care agencies are poorly funded.
She's watching these political hopefuls.
Her wish is for a system which would help people like her son live a life of
Denise Allen news 7.))
Some landlords in Roanoke are preparing to fight city hall.
They're against a plan requiring city inspections before apartments in
certain neighborhoods can be rented to new tenants.
IN Q=You can drive around town
((DAN POLLOCK/HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: YOU CAN DRIVE AROUND TOWN AND
SEE CLEARLY THAT THERE ARE UNITS THAT ARE RENTED THAT EVEN FROM THE OUTSIDE
LOOK BAD. YOU KNOW THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE OUTSIDE. IF THEY
LOOK THAT BAD FROM THE OUTSIDE, I HAVE A VERY STRONG HUNCH THAT THERE ARE SOME
BAD THINGS ON THE INSIDE THAT ARE IN FACT DANGEROUS.))
SUPER=01-Dan Pollock/Housing Development Coordinator;
OUT Q=that are in fact dangerous.
Roanoke Housing Development Coordinator Dan Pollock (PAH-luck) says the
inspection program is still under review, and officials haven't determined all
But landlords fear mandatory inspections will bring delays and unnecessary
IN Q=We will be forced to charge
((FRANK ROUPAS/ROANOKE LANDLORD: WE WILL BE FORCED TO CHARGE MORE RENT AND
THESE PEOPLE ARE ON A LIMITED INCOME. WE CAN ONLY CHARGE SO MUCH. AND IF THE
CITY MAKES IT REAL HARD FOR US, I KNOW PERSONALLY MANY PROPERTY OWNERS WILL
JUST FIND IT EASIER TO BOARD UP THEIR PROPERTIES, SO NO ONE CAN GET IN. AND
THERE'S NO LAW THAT YOU CAN'T KEEP YOUR PROPERTY AS LONG AS IT'S PROPERLY
BOARDED UP AND I'M AFRAID THAT'S WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Frank Roupas/Roanoke Landlord;
OUT Q=that's what might happen.
SS=HOLD Roanoke City
City officials will hold another community workshop before the proposal goes
to city council.
The Association of Roanoke Property Investors will hold a meeting tomorrow
night in city council chambers.
A fire this morning at one of Virginia Tech's research centers destroyed
years of research.
The blaze broke out at the Aquaculture Center around four, causing about
20-thousand dollars in damage.
The fire actually started in a small outbuilding.
The blaze then spread to the main structure which housed thousands of fish
used in experiments.
IN Q=a small outside
((BOBBY CARNER/BLACKSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT: A SMALL OUTSIDE BUILDING WHICH
HOUSES A GENERATOR WHICH CONTROLS THE CLIMATE OF THE H2O IN THESE FISH TANKS,
IT WAS ALMOST CONSUMED BY FIRE WHEN WE GOT HERE. IT EXTENDED INTO THE MAIN
SUPER=01-Bobby Carner/Blacksburg Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=main structure
The graduate student in charge of the fish project was trying to find better
ways to raise fish for commercial purposes.
A fire at the Rack Room Shoe store in Roanoke this evening did extensive
damage to the store's inventory.
The fire broke out around 6:30 at the store located at Towne Square Shopping
((GARY BASHAM/DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF: THE SPRINKLER WAS ACTIVATED WHICH HELD THE
FIRE IN CHECK. WE HAVE HEAVY SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE TO THE ROOM ITSELF, AND
PROBABLY TO TWO OF THE BUILDINGS NEXT TO THE RACK ROOM.))
SUPER=01-Gary Basham/District Fire Chief;
OUT Q=to the rack room.
The two other stores which were affected were S- &- K Menswear and Hobby
The fire's cause is still under investigation.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up, Virginia poultry growers might run into some problems
transporting their produce,
and residents of the Grand Isle in Louisiana take precautions against Tropical
Storm Opal's fury.
MUSIC UP FULL
There may be changes ahead for the Virginia poultry business.
Representatives from California are trying to raise the temperature at which
frozen chicken can be shipped across country.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says if the shipping temperature is raised, it
would prevent Virginia poultry growers from transporting their product across
IN Q=obviously this is
((BOB GOODLATTE/U.S. CONGRESSMAN: OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A RUSE. IT'S AN EFFORT TO
KEEP VIRGINIA POULTRY OUT OF CALIFORNIA BY SETTING THIS REGULATION AND CLAIMING
IT'S A CONSUMER PROTECTION ISSUE.))
OUT Q=protection issue
Goodlatte says the Department of Agriculture is supposed to put the
regulation into effect next year.
But efforts are underway to forge a compromise so Virginia farmers will
still be able to ship their product out of state.
This region is rich in railroad tradition, and there's a local man who has
turned his love affair with trains into a business.
Tonight in "Made in Virginia" Len Besthoff and photographer Lawrence Young
profile the Mountain Car Company.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Burnt Chimney/August 1993; :23
SUPER=01-Jim Humphrey/Mountain Car Co. President; :40
SUPER=01-Randy Pratt/Mountain Car Co.; 1:04 (QUICK!)
OUT Q=Made in Virginia (Nat Sound)
(( You'd never know it, but Salem Virginia is home to the country's largest
maker of railroad cars.
But the hoppers, tankers, and passenger cars made by the Mountain Car
Company are one eighth the size of a normal freight car; and instead of cargo,
they carry people.
((JIM HUMPRHEY/MOUNTAIN CAR COMPANY PRESIDENT: THESE YOU WILL FIND MAINLY IN
PEOPLE'S BACKYARDS OR PEOPLE IN A CLUB WHO GOT TOGETHER ON THE PROPERTY AND HAD
A COMMON MEET, OR COMMON CLUB.))
Jim Humphrey founded the Mountain Car Company more than a decade ago.
His interest in model trains dates back to his childhood.
((HUMPHREY: FROM THERE I STAYED INTERESTED AND ACTIVE IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF
THE HOBBY UP UNTIL THE TIME, I WENT TO COLLEGE WHEN I WAS INTERESTED IN THE
LIVE STEAM PART OF THE HOBBY. AND I SAW THAT IT WAS A CHANCE TO GO INTO
BUSINESS AND MAKE SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT MYSELF.))
The company does not make steam engines, but a number of them are in the
shop, since workers like repairing them in their spare time.
((RANDY PRATT/MOUNTAIN CAR COMPANY EMPLOYEE: WE'RE NOT ONLY CAPTURING A LITTLE
BIT OF HISTORY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HAVING SOME FUN DOING IT.))
With nearly all the parts made in house, the cars cost anywhere from 500 to
five thousand dollars.
Pretty soon collectors will have another type of car to choose from...the
Mountain Car Company is developing a boxcar they hope to begin selling soon.
Len Besthoff, for Made in Virginia.))
Model train orders make up about 40 percent of the company's business.
It also makes a variety of products for the trucking industry.
In New Orleans officials are taking precautions in case Tropical Storm Opal
heads their way.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;
The New Orleans Levee Board closed 31 flood gates protecting the city.
Officials are also sandbagging around the Gentilly Bridge.
Right now they're taking a "wait and see" approach.
The Grand Isle, Louisiana's only populated barrier, will remain under alert
until the direction of Opal can be better determined.
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The Washington Redskins showed what they are made of this afternoon as they
knocked off the Dallas Cowboys at R-F-K 27 to 23.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/FOX SPORTS; :
The Cowboys lost Troy Aikman on their first series of play.
He pulled a calf muscle while throwing a pass and never returned to the
With the score tied at 3, Washington Quarterback Gus Frerrote goes to the
air. The pass is picked off by Darren Woodson and returned 37 yards for a
The Cowboys led 10 to 3.
Frerrote came right back marching the Skins down field.
He hit Mark Logan on this 9 yard T-d pass to tie the game at 10.
Then as time was running out, Frerrote hit Terry Allen he bounces off a
tackle and scores and the Redskins led 20 to 10 at the half.
The Redskins came out hot in the SUPER=30-Washington/=27/Dallas/=23; third
quarter and Terry Allen bulls over from the one for what would be the winning
touchdown as Washington beats Dallas 27 to 23.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept the expansion Carolina Panthers winless this
SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/FOX SPORTS; :
Rookie Kerry Collins was making his first start.
And in the second quarter he goes to the air and hits Pete Metzellars on
this 8 yard touchdown pass and the game was tied at 13.
But Tampa's Casey Weldon dives over SUPER=30-Tampa Bay/=20/Carolina/=13;from
the one yard line and the Bucs beat the Panthers 20 to 13.
The Shula vs Shula sequel had a lot more drama but the same ending.
Don Shula's Dolphins beating his son David's Bengals 26 to 23.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/NBC SPORTS; :
The Bengals were looking good early in the first quarter.
Jeff Blake goes to the air over the middle and hits Carl Pickens on the
first of his three T-D catches on the day Cincinnati led 7 to nothing.
Miami took a 10 to 7 lead in the second quarter but Blake hooks up with
Pickens again this time the T-d pass covers 45 yards to make it 17 to 16
But Dan Marino would have the last SUPER=30-Miami/=26/Cincinnati/=23;
word He goes to the air and hits O.J. McDuffie on this 16 yard touchdown pass
and the Dolphins win it 26 to 23.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/FOX SPORTS; :
The St. Louis Rams winning streak ended in Indianapolis this afternoon.
Colt's running back Marshal Faulk rushed for a couple of touchdowns as the
Colts beat the Rams.
For that and all of today's scores let's check the scores.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=....N.Y. JETS."
The Virginia Cavaliers made a big move in the Associated Press college
football poll this weekend.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/JP SPORTS; :
UVA quarterback Mike Groh passed for 335 yards and two touchdowns yesterday
to lead the Cavaliers over Wake Forest 35 to 17.
The victory gives the Wahoos a 5 and 1 record and the number nine spot in
the A-P top 25 poll.
The Cavaliers received over a thousand points in the poll.
Florida state remains number one followed by Nebraska, Florida, Colorado and
Ohio State which knocked off Notre Dame yesterday.
Rounding out the top 10 are Southern Cal, Michigan, Texas A & M, Virginia
And coming up, Ernie Irvan finishes sixth at North Wilkesboro while Mark
Martin wins the Holly Farms 400,
And for the first time since 1980 a baseball division champ will be decided
in a one game playoff.
Ernie Irvan finished sixth but Mark Martin was the man today as he takes the
checkered flag at North Wilkesboro winning the Holly Farms 400.
SUPER=03-North Wilkesboro, NC/ESPN; :
Irvan returned to Winston Cup Racing this afternoon for the first time since
his near fatal crash at Michigan.
In the Texaco Havoline number 88 Ford, Irvan moved from the 8-th spot to
lead the race for 31 laps.
Several different drivers led the race. Jeff Gordon takes his turn and
Irvan was running second at the time.
But Dale Jarrett, who passed Ricky Rudd, put the number 28 Texaco Havoline
Ford on the point at the halfway mark of the race.
Dale Earnhardt went to the pits on the green flag and by the time he got out
he was a lap down.
Jarrett was running in the top five but he spins out on lap 369 bringing out
the second caution.
But Martin made his move after the caution and he cruised the rest of the
way winning the Holly Farms 400.
IN Q="I Can't tell
((MARK MARTIN/HOLLY FARMS 400 WINNER: ))
((ERNIE IRVIN/FINISHED SIXTH: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Holly Farms 400 Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Finished Sixth; :
OUT Q=.......and do this."
Rounding out the top five were Rusty Wallace, Gordon, Terry Labonte and
For the first time since 1980, a baseball division champ will be determined
in a one game playoff.
The winner of the American League West will be crowned Monday night when
California plays at Seattle.
The Angels forced the playoff by ending the regular season with an 8 to 2
win over Oakland.
SUPER=03-Anaheim, CA/KRON; :
It started in the first. J.T. Snow hits a double to centerfield Jim edmonds
rounds the bases to score and the Angels took the early 2 to nothing lead.
Then in the third, Chili Davis hits SUPER=35-California/==8/Oakland/==2;
bullet to left centerfield allowing Tim Salmon to score California led 4 to 1
and the Angels beat the Oakland A's 8 to 2.
The Major league regular season ended today, so let's take a final look
at all of today's scores.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When we return, the long- range plan for Smith Mountain Lake,
and farmers and their families join some of the music kingdom's best for Farm
MUSIC UP FULL
Local officials are pumping a lot of time and energy into Smith Mountain
Lake these days.
Zoning and Planning directors from Bedford, Pittsylvania and Franklin
counties are "Charting a Course" for the lake, studying all environmental and
economic issues that go along with it.
The group will carry out surveys and hold meetings to get the public's input
on the growth of the community.
"Charting a Course" also plans to hand over its findings to elected
IN Q=Ask all of
((TIM KRAWCZEL/CHARTING A COURSE FOR SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE: ASK ALL OF THE
ELECTED OFFICIALS AND PLANNING COMMISSIONERS TO COME TOGETHER AND ADVISE WITH
SOME DIRECTION, ACTUALLY ASK THEM WHAT THE GOALS SHOULD BE FOR SMITH MOUNTAIN
LAKE FOR THE NEXT TEN, FIFTEEN OR TWENTY YEARS.))
SUPER=01-Tim Krawczel/Charting a Course for Smith Mt. Lake;
OUT Q=twenty years
A series of workshops with residents and community leaders will be held in
the winter months to discuss the future of the region.
Farm Aid 19-95 got underway today in front of a sold- out audience.
The all- day concert was smaller than it had been in the past, but the
talent was just as large as ever.
((NEIL YOUNG: CAUSE THE FAMILY SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY, JUST THE FAMILY LIFE, IS
BEING THREATENED BY THE DISMANTLING OF THE FAMILY FARM. ))
OUT Q=of the family farm.
Neil Young joined his fellow co-founders of Farm Aid at a pre-concert press
Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp started Farm Aid 10 years ago.
Approximately 12- million dollars raised from the yearly concerts have gone
to more than 100 farm organizations.