A tanker fire in Franklin County forces evacuations and cuts off traffic.
Another fire rages in California, destroying dozens of homes.
And after more than three decades there are some changes in U-S foreign
policy with Cuba.
Today is turning out to be a lot different than yesterday. Expect lots of
sunshine with highs in the mid 80s. I'll tell you more about that and a NEW
tropical storm out in the Atlantic.
Stay with us.
News 7 at Noon is next.
A truck loaded with hazardous chemicals wrecked and caught fire this morning
in Franklin County.
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The accident happened about 7:30, on Route 220 in the Fork Mountain section
of the county.
The truck carried about 68-hundred gallons of chemicals, most of it
That's a highly flammable ingredient used in paint thinner.
Rescue workers evacuated residents within a half-mile radius of the accident
as a precaution.
No one was seriously injured in the incident.
double boxes mel/scott
Scott Prince is at the scene of this morning's accident near the Henry
Scott, what's the situation now?
(Scott ad lib)
(ROLL CUE: "...slew of fire officials on the scene.")
IN Q=Fork Mountain residents
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Mary Moran/Fork Mountain Resident;
SUPER=01-Mark Sink/Fork Mountain Fire Department;
SUPER=01-Tommy Crozier/Haz-Mat Coordinator; Quick!
OUT Q=soil sample.
(Scott ad lib)
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(Question: how is the driver of the truck? How did the accident happen?)
Students at Henry elementary school were evacuated and taken to Ferrum
elementary school this morning. They will stay there until it's safe to go
home, or parents can pick them up.
Students who ride the three busses leaving from Franklin County High School
and attend the Middle School will stay at the high school until the roads are
safe to go home.
In California, cooler weather and calmer winds are helping firefighters
there nearly contain a fire that has charred some of the regions most scenic
Officials say the blaze, just north of San Francisco is now 80 percent
The fire has charred more than eleven-thousand acres and destroyed some 40
One state official says the fire has already caused about 30 million dollars
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SUPER=03-Pensacola Beach, FL;
Meantime, damage estimates for hurricane Opal are in the two-billion dollar
It is second most expensive storm to strike Florida.
The death count from Hurricane Opal has reached 18 and is expected to climb
as rescuers search through destroyed homes.
The category three storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday
flattening homes and tossing boats ashore like toys.
Wind damage from Opal has closed sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway in
Crews are still cleaning up toppled trees and several ranger stations in
the Ashville-Mount Mitchell section of the parkway are without power.
The long-closed door to Cuba has opened-- just a bit.
In a Washington Speech today, President Clinton eased restrictions on travel
to Cuba by Cuban-Americans, academics, clergy and students.
He also said U-S news organizations may now open bureaus there.
The president says the steps will
encourage communist Cuba in a peaceful transition to a free society.
Still, Mr. Clinton says the 33-year-old trade embargo on Fidel
Castro's regime will stay in place.
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Still to come,
A Pulaski County sixth grader takes a gun to school,
and in Roanoke, victims of domestic violence gather for support.
The rain from Opal cleared out overnight...We're going to have warm
temperatures today and sunny skies. By tonight, clouds start increasing again.
There may be some scattered showers as a cold front passes late tonight.... but
for the most part, dry weather is expected through Tuesday. I'll have the
complete forcast for you coming up a little later.
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Israel will release some 12-hundred Palestinian security prisoners over the
next few days.
The Israeli environment minister says it's a first move to implement a new
autonomy accord which ends 28 years of Israeli occupation.
The decision to release the prisoners came just hours after Israel's
parliament narrowly approved the accord.
But as Jesse Schulman reports, this new step towards peace came amid a
march of protest.
SUPER=01-Ariel Sharon/Opposition Leader;
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Opposition Leader;
OUT Q=cbs News, Jerusalem:
The battlefields in Bosnia are silent this afternoon, one day after the
warring parties signed a cease fire agreement.
But the truce doesn't take effect until tonight, raising concerns about
possible last-minute skirmishes.
Meantime respresentatives from the former Yugoslavia are sitting down with
U-S and NATO officials today to firm up the agreement scheduled to take effect
in four days.
It will be followed by a peace conference in Washington.
The plan will eventually involve U-S troops.
In Virginia, 52- thousand women and children are victims of domestic
violence every year.
Some of those victims were in Roanoke last night to offer each other support
Ron Jones reports.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/TAP Organizer; :22
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Turning Point Shelter; :53
SUPER=07-Lin Edilich; :1:10
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News seven, Roanoke.
(( October is Domestic Violence month.
These T-Shirts represent victims of violence.
They are designed by family members, friends, and concerned citizens to
stress the need to stop domestic violence in America.
This annual tribute is organized by TAP's Women's Resource Center.
((ELLEN BROWN/TAP ORGANIZER: IT'S STRENGTHENING, IT'S HEALING, FELLOWSHIP,
IT'S SUPPORT. IT'S PART OF THE HEALING PROCESS TO KNOW THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE
BEEN ABUSED AND LOST THEIR COURAGE OR LOST THEIR SPIRIT BUT THEY'RE HERE TO
JOIN TOGETHER AND SAY WE CAN DO IT.))
The festivities also included a celebration with music, song, and praise.
But despite this campaign some believe the OJ Simpson trial will make it
((DARLENE YOUNG/TURNING POINT SHELTER: I FELT LIKE IT'S A SETBACK JUST BECAUSE
I'M AFRAID IT'LL SEND A MESSAGE TO MEN THAT YOU CAN KILL YOUR WOMEN AND GET BY
But, the speakers vowed not to give up.
They say they will aggressively educate the public and legislators about
((LIN EDILICH: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO FEEL THAT YOU CAN COME TOGETHER WITH
PEOPLE WHO'VE EXPERIENCED THE SAME THINGS THAT YOU HAVE. TO FEEL THE SUPPORT
AND SISTERHOOD IF YOU WILL.))
They ended their event with a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the
victims and as a symbol of hope.
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Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
A sixth grader at Dublin Middle School has been suspended indefinitely for
allegedly bringing a gun and ammunition to school.
Several students reported seeing the weapon on Tuesday, and a parent told
The student faces possible expulsion for a year under a new policy that
went into effect at the beginning of this school year.
Police are also investigating the incident.
And a 13- year- old middle school student in Martinsville has been charged
with attempted robbery by force.
The student allegedly threatened a younger classmate with a razor blade,
shoved the classmate and demanded money.
A few minutes later, the 13- year- old allegedly cut a high school student
on the lip.
But police say the cut was minor and they believe it was an accident.
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There's still more to come,
If you want to tantalize your tastebuds, the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium
is the place for you, we'll have a live report.
Let's see what else is happening this weekend.
In Halifax, a lawyer running for Commonwealth's attorney is accusing the
incumbent of using "race" against him.
Last week, News- 7 profiled Commonwealth's Attorney John Greenbacker and
his opponent William Bryant Claiborne.
Greenbacker is using his record in his bid for re- election.
But he says he will NOT get an opportunity to promote his views on October
That's when a Neighborhood Watch group wanted to hold a forum, but now can't
because Claiborne is NOT able to attend.
Greenbacker says organizers informed him Claiborne will be attending the
"Million Man" march in Washington organized by controversial Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farahkan.
Greenbacker says he questions Claiborne's reason for NOT attending because
there were only three debates scheduled before the election.
IN Q=Most incumbents
((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: MOST INCUMBENTS DON'T WANT
TO DEBATE, DEBATING IS MY WAY OF LIFE, ITS THE WAY OF LIFE FOR ANY PROSECUTOR,
ANYONE WHO SPENDS A LOT OF TIME IN COURT. SO I DON'T SHY FROM IT, AND I'M VERY
PROUD OF MY RECORD AND SO THEREFORE I'M MORE THAN WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN
THIS PUBLIC DISCOURSE. ))
SUPER=01-John Greenbacker/Halifax Co. Commonwealth's Atty.; :00
OUT Q=public discourse.
William Claiborne would neither confirm nor deny whether he plans to attend
the rally and declined our request for an on camera interview.
But off camera, Claiborne said he felt Greenbacker was using the scheduling
problem as an excuse to portray him as a man more interested in black rights.
The Roanoke N-double A- C- P has canceled tonight's speech by State
Secretary of Health and Human Resources Kay Coles James.
She was deemed insensitive to black issues by the N- double- A- C- P
state office, and the state organization asked the Roanoke chapter to withdraw
its invitation to James.
Ernest Miller -- president of the state conference -- accused her of
misrepresenting black welfare recipients.
James says the withdrawal of the invitation runs counter to the civil rights
organization's defense of freedom of speech.
(toss to PATRICK)
The nation's unemployment rate did not change in September.
The Labor Department says the rate held steady at five-point-six percent
Analysts say today's report reflects an economy growing at a modest rate.
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was UP 9 points.
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We'll take a look at where our crews will be headin' for Friday Football
But first, let's see what else is going on this weekend.
A Blue Ridge District battle tipped off over at Northside last night as the
Lady Vikings played host to the Lady Spartans.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs. Vikings; :00
The home team went to work right away.
On the fast break, Laura Schmidt takes the ball in and scores the lay up and
the Lady Vikings led by one.
Northside's Amy Heath would then show off her passing skills, giving to
sophomore Crystal Barrett, who finishes the play with the bucket.
But Salem would fight back.
Mandy Williams gets the ball inside to Sarah Palmer; she nails the shot.
Northside was still out in front 24-21.
With 2 minutes left in the second quarter Heath scores, and Northside
defeats Salem 57-55.
We've reach week number six of Friday Football Extra.
Let's a look at the 15 games our crews will be covering tonight.
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As the South prepares to welcome Olympic visitors from around the world, the
Southern Living Cooking School is showing us how to impress them with southern
hospitality and great food.
The cooking school's show, "Olympic Celebrations, Southern Style," is now at
the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
One of the shows has just wrapped up.
Program Coordinator Leigh Ann Denton joins us from the civic center.
Tell us about the show.
SUPER=01-Leigh Ann Denton/Program Coordinator;
(Do you find people nowadays are actually taking the time to cook something
from scratch, or decorate their home for a special occasion?)
Thanks Lee Ann.
The next Southern Living Cooking School is tomorrow morning at ten at the
Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
Tickets are three dollars in advance and four dollars at the door.
That's it for News 7 at Noon.
Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.
((Closed captioning is brought to you by Carilion Health System and WDBJ-7.))