The Simpson jury heads into deliberations.
The F-B-I prepares for the worst following terrorism trial verdicts.
And V-M-I is on the docket in the new term of the Supreme Court.
A historic Hurricane is spinning in the gulf, we'll check in on Opal, the
first Atlantic storm to begin with "O", and we'll also examine the work week
Stay with us.
The News nis next.
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In just a few minutes, ten women and two men will begin deliberating the
fate of O-J Simpson.
Simpson stands accused of the June 19-94 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown
and her friend, Ron Goldman.
The jurors have listened to eight months of testimony in the trial.
And they have thousands of pages of transcripts to consider, along with more
than 850 pieces of evidence.
As for the threat of any problems, Los Angeles police are now on standby
Dave Fehling joins us with the latest.
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SUPER=10-Judge Lance Ito/Superior Court/Friday;
SUPER=04-Artwork by Bill Robles;
SUPER=01-Kitty Felde/Courtroom Observer;
(( JUDGE LANCE ITO/SUPERIOR COURT/FRIDAY: YOU SHALL NOW RETIRE TO BEGIN YOUR
It was a long time coming for the Simpson jury members who have lived
together, eaten together and listened in court together for some 9
months. Yet, as one veteran jury watcher notes, they've never been able to
talk amongst themselves about the case until now.
KITTY FELDE/COURTROOM OBSERVER: I THINK THEY'RE GONNA... A LOT OF
CATCHING UP TO DO.
The first thing the jury agreed upon Friday was a foreperson, a process
which took only three minutes, and was signaled by a buzzer into Judge Ito's
While it's possible the jury could come to a quick verdict, it's unlikely
with hundreds of exhibits and over 44-thousand pages of trial testimony to
Stepped up security is in place at airports across the nation following
yesterday's guilty verdicts in the biggest terrorism trial in U-S history.
Ten Muslims were found guilty of conspiring to bomb the United Nations and
other New York landmarks to frighten the U-S into changing its Middle East
SUPER=03-New York City;
The head of the F-B-I's New York office says the current security measures
are not aimed at any specific threat.
((JAMES KALLSTROM/N.Y. FBI DIRECTOR: WE DON'T THINK AMERICANS SHOULD CHANGE
THEIR TRAVEL PLANS, WE SHOULD NOT BE INTIMIDATED, WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM AND
WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC SAFETY. ))
SUPER=01-James Kallstrom/N.Y. FBI Director;
OUT Q=PROTECT THE PUBLIC SAFETY.
It's the highest state of security since the Persian Gulf War.
Folks along the Louisiana Coast are preparing for the worst as Hurricane
Opal churns in the Gulf of Mexico.
In New Orleans, officials have closed the city's 31 flood gates.
They are also sandbagging around some bridges.
Right now, Opal is a minimal hurricane, but some additional strengthening is
expected over the next 24 hours.
Meantime, Tropical Storm Sybil has left behind death and destruction in the
Another huge landslide caused by the storm has killed at least 14 people,
bringing the death count to 45.
About 28-thousand were displaced by the storm's high winds and heavy rains.
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And the death toll continues to rise from a magnitude six earthquake that
rocked Turkey yesterday.
The death toll stands at 43 -- but searchers expect the number to increase
as rubble is cleared away.
Almost 45 percent of the buildings collapsed in (dih-NAHR') Di-nar, a city
of 100-thousand people.
Witnesses say many people remain trapped in toppled buildings.
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Still to come,
Some Hollins students protest the school's landscaping plans,
and at Virginia Tech, one student's fish project is beached following a fire.
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The city of Roanoke records it's first fatal traffic accident of the year.
Police say 65-year old Elmer E. Amos of Salem was killed when his vehicle
collided with a another vehicle head on.
The accident happened at about eight-forty on Tenth street North West.
According to police, the other vehicle, driven by 34-year old Harry E.
Cunningham of Roanoke, veered to the wrong side of road and collided with Amos.
Amos died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police are still investigating.
GRAPHIC=U.S. Supreme Court
It's the first Monday in October and that means it's back to work for
members of the Supreme Court.
The high court has already dealt anti-abortion forces a setback.
The Court today let stand lower court rulings that upheld a federal law
protecting access to abortion clinics.
Another case that could gain lots of attention is the Clinton
administration's effort to end 156 years of excluding women at Virginia
The court also faces a case
brought by three Charlottesville students who say the state Republican
Convention violated the Federal Voting Rights Act when it met last year to
nominate Oliver North in the U-S Senate race.
The state party charged a 35-dollar registration fee-- and local parties
The students say the fees amounted to illegal poll taxes.
Some students at Hollins College have a beef of their own -- they say the
administration is chopping down the school's tradition.
They're upset over the fact that 38 trees were lost in an effort to widen
Route 11 in front of Hollins, and that they were not given the chance to save
IN Q=Now it's just
((KELLY SHINN/HOLLINS COLLEGE STUDENT: NOW IT'S JUST LIKE A BIG OPEN DESERT AND
IT'S ANOTHER COLLEGE THAT'S GOING TO BE ENCAVED BY A BRICK WALL. IT LOSES A LOT
OF IT'S TRADITION, AND HOLLINS PRIDES ITSELF ON TRADITION. IT'S VERY
SUPER=01-Kelly Shinn/Hollins College Student;
OUT Q=very contradictory
But school officials have a different story.
They say students WERE involved in the landscaping process.
Plus the new design shows the lost trees will be replaced with 86 oaks and
more than 300 boxwoods.
IN Q=The eventual
((LINDA STEELE/HOLLINS COLLEGE FACULTY: THE EVENTUAL RESULT WILL BE FOR A MUCH
GREENER ENTRY AS YOU ENTER THE HOLLINS CAMPUS, AND WE THINK IT WILL BE A MORE
BEAUTIFUL ENTRANCE ONCE IT IS COMPLETED. ))
SUPER=01-Linda Steele/Hollins College ;
OUT Q=it is completed
Steele is hoping that both the roadwork and the landscaping will be finished
by the end of this month.
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Years of research went up in smoke early yesterday morning at Virginia Tech.
The blaze broke out at the Aqua-culture Center at about four, causing about
20-thousand dollars in damage.
The fire started in a small outbuilding and then quickly spread to the main
structure which housed thousands of fish used in experiments.
The graduate student in charge of the project was trying to find better ways
to raise fish for commercial purposes.
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Later that night in Roanoke, a fire did extensive damage to the inventory at
the Rack Room Shoe Store in the Towne Square Shopping Center.
S- &- K Menswear and Hobby U-S-A were also damaged.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Managed health care is on the agenda today for some Virginia lawmakers.
The Department of Medical Assistance is presenting the proposal.
Some mental health advocates hope it includes plans to help meet the needs
of the mentally ill.
Denise Allen has the story.
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.))
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And there's more to come,
We'll take a look at what's on track for the upcoming railway festival,
and the man who makes these trains is sure to be there.
He's turned his childhood hobby into a business.
More on that when News-7 at Noon continues.
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This weekend's Railway Festival could draw thousands to the downtown area.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation hosts the festival which honors
railroad heritage in the Roanoke Valley.
The old "6-11" will be back home for the festival.
The steam locomotive has been completely restored and will permanently be
kept in the museum.
This is one of many items transportation buffs will celebrate.
IN Q=Gee we've had
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: GEE WE'VE HAD A LOT OF RAILROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN
THE PAST YEAR. THE OPENING OF THE HOTEL, THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, THE SOON TO
BE RAILWALK CONNECTING THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE TO THE TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM. NO
WONDER PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS UPCOMING RAILROAD FESTIVAL.))
OUT Q=railroad festival.
Trains aren't the only attraction... there will be plenty of antique cars,
food and music.
The festival starts Friday and goes through Sunday.
Speaking of railroads, a local man has turned his love affair with trains
into a business.
Len Bestoff has more in his latest installment of "Made in Virginia."
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.))
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was DOWN 10 points.
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Coming up in sports,
Ernie Irvan make his return to the racetrack,
and the Redskins make quite an impression in Washington.
We'll take a look at their win over the Cowboys when News 7 continues.
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The Washington Redskins yesterday snapped a three-game losing streak
defeating Dallas 27-23 at R-F-K Stadium.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/FOX SPORTS; :
The Cowboys lost Troy Aikman in 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 (Fur-ott) 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 lead 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
Washington beats Dallas 27 to 23.
The Carolina Panthers remain winless following yesterday's loss to the Tampa
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 (Mets-sue-lars)
Metzellars on this 8 yard touchdown pass and the game is 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
In the Holly Farms 400, Ernie Irvan finishes sixth but Mark Martin takes the
SUPER=03-North Wilkesboro, NC/ESPN; :
Ernie Irvan returned to Winston Cup Racing 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.
Jeff Gordon would then take the lead with Irvan running second.
But Mark Martin would make his move after a caution and cruise the rest of
the way winning the Holly Farms 400.
IN Q="I Can't tell
((MARK MARTIN/HOLLY FARMS 400 WINNER: I CAN'T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
WE MADE A COUPLE OF ADJUSTMENTS EARLY BUT NOTHING MAJOR. AND THE LAST THREE
TIMES WITH THE TIRES ON, IT FELT LIKE WE WERE GOING TO WIN AND WE STEADILY WENT
TO THE FRONT.))
((ERNIE IRVIN/FINISHED SIXTH: TO BE ABLE TO COME FROM WHAT WE DID AND BE ABLE
TO LEAD THE RACE AND COME BACK...THIS IS THE TOUGHEST SPORT IN THE WORLD AS FAR
AS RACING. SO IT'S AMAZING THAT WE CAN COME BACK AND DO IT.))
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, Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and
(**toss to patrick**)
Have a great afternoon.
That's it for News 7 at Noon.