On News 7 at 11 in a moment...
We'll return to the site of an AMTRAK train derailment apparently caused by
And we'll go LIVE to Lynchburg and hear excerpts of Speaker Gingrich's
speech at Liberty Univerisity.
And the death toll continues to climb from a Mexican earthquake.
The NEWS is next!
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AMTRAK says tonight it is taking "extraordinary measures" to
protect the tracks its passenger trains use.
That announcement follows the deliberate derailment of an AMTRAK train
in a remote span of desert near Hyder, Arizona before dawn this morning.
Manuel Gallegus has the latest on what's believed to be an act of domestic
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- - Amtrak's president calls it a "despicable act of cowardice."
- -A crew member was killed.
- - 78 people were hurt.
- - several cars plunged off a wooden bridge into a dry ravine.
- -Spikes had been removed from a section of the track and a signal had been
AMTRAK says it's clear the saboteurs wanted to cause even greater
(Rolled from New York)
SUPER=05-Near Hyder, AZ;
SUPER=01-Thomas Downs/Amtrak President
SUPER=01-Jolene Molitoris/Federal Railroad Admin.;
OUT Q=Now back to you.
(( THE SCENE IN THE ARIZONA DESERT WAS ONE OF UTTER CONFUSION. THE SUNSET
(LOCATOR: HYDER, ARIZONA) LIMITED ON ITS WAY FROM MIAMI TO LOS ANGELES..WAS
CROSSING A 30 FOOT BRIDGE IN A REMOTE AREA..60 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
PHOENIX...WHEN IT JUMPED THE TRACKS AND PLUNGED INTO A RAVINE EARLY MONDAY
A GROUP CALLED THE "SONS OF GESTAPO" IS CLAIMING CREDIT FOR THE ACCIDENT THAT
KILLED ONE PERSON AND INJURED MANY OF THE PASSENGERS AND CREW. A NOTE FOUND
NEAR THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT REFERRED TO THE FEDERAL SEIGE AT RUBY RIDGE AND
WACO TEXAS..BOTH RALLYING CRIES FOR ANTI-GOVERNMENT EXTREMISTS.
SOT/THOMAS DOWNS/PRES. AMTRAK
"SOMEONE OBVIOUSLY INTENDED TO DROP THE TRAIN OFF THE TRESTLE INTO
SOT/JOLENE MOLITORIS/FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
"ITS A TRAGIC DAY"
(TRACK) CBS Graphics
INVESTIGATORS AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT FOUND THAT 29 OF THE SPIKES
HOLDING THE RAILS TO THE WOODEN TIES HADE BEEN DELIBERATELY PULLED
OUT--CAUSING THE RAILS TO SEPARATE...FORCING THE TRAIN TO JUMP THE TRACK. A
WIRE IN THE ELECTRICAL WARNING SYSTEM THAT WOULD HAVE ALERTED THE CREW TO A
BREAK IN THE LINE WAS ALSO DISABLED.
SOT/THOMAS DOWNS-PRESIDENT AMTRAK
"IN THIS CASE SOMEONE INTENTIONALLY WIRED AROUND THE RAIL---TO KEEP THE SIGNAL
House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his conservative republican message played
to a packed house at Liberty University in Lynchburg tonight.
Jerry Falwell invited Gingrich to Liberty to address his annual
Superconference for church Pastors.
Double Boxes=Keith/Steve (Microwave)
Steve Smallshaw joins from Lynchburg. Steve what kind of crowd turned out
for the Speaker tonight?.
((RollCue: Put the United States back on it's feet.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University Chancellor
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/Speaker of the House;:47
OUT Q=right to pursue happiness
(( Steve, some of the Speakers speeches have been marked by protest. Any
signs of any problems tonight?))
Mexican authorities now report at least 65 are dead in an earthquake that
rocked the country's Pacific coast today.
SUPER=03-San Luis Potosi, Mexico
At least 90 other people are reported injured.
The tremor toppled a seven-story hotel in a southern coastal resort.
Civil defense workers say at least 12 bodies and ten injured people were
pulled from the collapsed hotel in Manzanillo (mahn-zah-NEE'-yoh).
There reportedly were at least 30 registered guests, and 27 employees
The U-S Geological Survey says the quake had a reading of seven- point-
A head-on collision in Franklin County this afternoon left two men with
Police say the car driven by 49-year old Navie (NAVY) Young was traveling
north bound on Route 919 when it crossed the centerline and struck a pick up
Authorities say the driver of the truck, Connie Janney of Ferrum, was taken
to Franklin Memorial Hospital.
His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Young was taken by Lifeguard 10 to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he's now
listed in critical condition.
Police are still searching for the man who abducted an 86- year- old Roanoke
The woman was taken from the parking lot at Towers Mall this weekend.
Police say she was walking to her car when a man with a gun forced her onto
the floor of her car then drove away.
Police say the man stopped in Amherst County, tied the woman up and left her
in the woods.
The woman eventually freed herself.
Police say the driver is a black man age 35 to 40.
He has short black hair and a mustache and is armed.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, an environmental group targets Senator Chuck Robb for
and we'll tell you why one of the Senate's most influential democrats has
decided to call it quits.
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Another key Democrat has announced he's quitting the U-S Senate.
Sam Nunn's announcement came from the Georgia State House today, where Nunn
began his career in politics.
He said he will not run for re-election when his term expires next year.
IN Q=Too much of
((SEN. SAM NUNN/D-GA: TOO MUCH OF THE TIME AND EFFORTS OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
ARE CONSUMED BY FUND RAISING EFFORTS. THE ABILITY TO RAISE BIG MONEY AND BUY
SATURATION TELEVISION ADS HAS BECOME THE DOMINANT THEME OF OUR POLITICAL
SUPER=01-Sen. Sam Nunn/(D) - Georgia
OUT Q=political races.
The 57-year old Georgia Democrat is the eighth Senate Democrat to announce
Together with two more members jumping from the Democratic side to the
Republican party, the Democrats are going to find it very difficult to re-gain
control of the Senate anytime soon.
Environmental groups are fighting a roll- back of federal regulations.
And today, they singled out Virginia Senator Chuck Robb for criticism.
Robb has opposed a republican version of regulatory reform,
but now critics say he is trying to broker a compromise that would weaken
environmental protection, public health, and workplace safety.
IN Q=And now all of a sudden
((JULIE HOLT/CITIZEN ACTION: AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN, THERE'S TALK THAT SENATOR
ROBB IS REVIVING NEGOTIATIONS AND MAY BRING THIS BILL BACK UP AGAIN. AND THAT
JUST DOESN'T SEEM LIKE WHAT HIS CONSTITUENTS ARE WANTING RIGHT NOW.))
((CHRIS MURRAY/AMERICAN COMMUNITY PROTECTION ASSOCIATION: WE'RE ALL FOR
REGULATORY REFORM. WE NEED TO REFORM REGULATION, BUT THE REGULATION THAT
THEY'RE CALLING FOR TO BE REFORMED WOULD AGAIN ROLL BACK 25 YEARS OF PUBLIC
HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS.))
SUPER=01-Julie Holt/Citizen Action; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Murray/Am. Community Protection Assoc.; :12
OUT Q=health, safety and environmental laws.
Robb's office was closed for the Columbus Day holiday, but a spokesman has
said the democratic senator hopes to ease the burden of regulations without
weakening environmental protection.
Supporters of reform say the cost of many government regulations far
outweigh the benefits.
Virginia Democrats are demanding an apology from an incumbent Winchester
state senator who compared Democrats to Nazis.
Republican Senator Russ Potts compared the Democratic strategy to maintain
control of the General Assembly this fall to the "big lie" campaign of Adolph
Hitler's propaganda minister.
Potts said quote "the guy who crafted their whole campaign was Goebbels."
Democratic spokeswoman Sue Wrenn called it the "most insensitive remark by
an elected official" that she can remember.
Senator Potts says he will NOT apologize.
Both major parties are gambling on voters to sort through the rhetoric on
state lottery profits.
Governor George Allen and Majority Leader
Dick Cranwell played the game today for the Virginia Municipal League.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=The Governor
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach; :03
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Virginia Beach.
(( Lottery profits to localities.
The Governor says voters were promised that.
But the General Assembly has so far resisted creating a 300- million dollar
whole in the state budget.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK THAT THIS WAY OF THINKING IS DOWNRIGHT INSULTING
TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. IT IS ELITIST. IT IS ANTI-DEMOCRATIC.))
Majority Leader Dick Cranwell hammered back -- reminding urban leaders of
the budget hits Allen had proposed for them last December.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOOK BEYOND THE RHETORIC.
FOR EXAMPLE, IF IN FACT, SOMEONE BELIEVED THAT YOU WERE WASTEFUL SPENDERS THAT
NEEDED TO BE WEANED FROM YOUR WASTEFUL SPENDING, WHY WOULD THEY SUGGEST NOW TO
THE TAXPAYERS THAT THEY OUGHT TO GIVE YOU THREE HUNDRED MILLION MORE DOLLARS TO
PUT IN YOUR WASTEFUL COFFERS TO SPEND?))
Those who actually pushed for the lottery say the Governor is now re-writing
SOT STANDUP 12:35:45
((NO PROMISES WERE, IN FACT, MADE TO RETURN LOTTERY PROFITS TO LOCALITIES.
VOTERS SHOULD REMEMBER THEY WERE INSTEAD TOLD A BROAD RANGE OF WAYS THE PROFITS
COULD BE USED, INCLUDING THEIR FIRST USE, FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ACROSS
Allen says the Democrats are stretching the truth more with their Omnibus
Education Act of 1995.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BY STICKING THE LOTTERY LABEL ON GENERAL FUND REVENUES
THAT ARE ALREADY GOING TO EDUCATION. AND THEN CLAIM THAT THEY HAVE DONE
SOMETHING FOR LOCALITIES AND EDUCATION. NOW EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THIS IS A
The voters' shot at sorting all this out may be one in 7.1 million.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Virginia Beach.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, Boones Mill seeks resident's help to get a
new water system,
and we'll tell you why a capsized canoe has some friends of a Pulaski County
man in deep with its owner.
MUSIC UP FULL
There's been a lot of questions about how to build the future of Roanoke
Now school officials and citizens alike are working on some answers.
Tonight was the second community meeting on 10- year plans for southwest
About 300 people attended the workshop to brainstorm ways of preparing
schools for the 21st century.
IN Q=We take all
((DR. MARTHA COBBLE/CAVE SPRING HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: WE TAKE ALL THE
INDIVIDUAL COMMENTS COMING FROM THE CITIZENS. WE GO BACK AND TABULATE THEM.
WE WILL FORM A CONSENSUS REPORT THAT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD.
FROM THAT POINT FORWARD, THE POLITICAL PROCESS WILL TAKE PLACE. ))
((DR. BILL DEJONG/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOLS CONSULTANT: I JUST THINK IT'S A GREAT
OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND LOOK AT WHAT IT WANTS TO SEE
HAPPEN IN ITS COMMUNITIES IN THE FUTURE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Martha Cobble/Cave Spring High School Principal;
SUPER=01-Dr. Bill DeJong/Roanoke Co. Schools Consultant;
OUT Q=in the future
One of the main issues-- whether Cave Spring High School should be split
into TWO schools-- or remain as it is.
Potential overcrowding at south county elementary schools also prompted
Suggestions from the meeting will go to the county school board October
Boones Mill officials say they need the support of residents if they're to
improve the town's out- dated water system.
Town council hosted a community meeting tonight-- filling up its tiny
It was the first of two meetings required for the town's application for
an emergency grant to replace its water line.
In recent weeks, the leaky system has caused water shortages throughout the
And the problems are continuing.
IN Q=There are a
((PHIL RANDOLPH/BOONES MILL TOWN COUNCILMAN: THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT OF
WATER AGAIN TONIGHT. AND IT'S BEEN GOING BACK AND FORTH FOR A LONG TIME.
WE'RE TRYING TO FIX THE PROBLEM. WE NEED WATER-- NOT ONLY FOR OUR HEALTH-- WE
NEED WATER FOR OUR SAFETY. ))
SUPER=01-Phil Randolph/Boones Mill Town Councilman;
OUT Q=our safety
Council will hold another public meeting next Monday night.
Boones Mill must complete its application for the Community Development
Block Grant money by October 31st.
Coming up tonight, a Dan Marino surgery update, Chris Webber talks about his
new deal with the Bullets.
Steve Mason takes us to Charlottesville to check in on the Cavaliers, plus
we'll see what's up on this off day in the baseball playoffs, and check some
hockey news after tonight's scores.
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Sports chyron motion
IN Q=first score
take a break
The weeks gotten off to a pretty rotten start for Miami Dolphins' quarterback
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Sunday; :00
Despite becoming the NFL's all-time completion leader Sunday, his team lost
to the Colts and he was roughed up, bruising his hip and right thigh.
Yesterday he had to have blood drained from his hip and undergo arthroscopic
surgery on his right knee to remove some floating cartilage.
Bernie Kosar will take his place Sunday against the Saints.
IN Q="I've been...
((BERNIE KOSAR/REPLACE MARINO AT QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Bernie Kosar/Replaces Marino at Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...TIMING DOWN."
The Washington Bullets resigned forward Chris Webber to a new long term
contract extension yesterday afternoon at the US Air arena.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD; :00
After coming over from Golden State last season, Webber led the Bullets in
scoring, rebounding, steals and minutes played.
He says he's ready to make Washington his permanent home.
IN Q="I KNOW...
((CHRIS WEBBER/SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH BULLETS:))
SUPER=01-Chris Webber/Signs Multi-Year Deal With Bullets; :00
OUT Q=...MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER."
It will be just like old times tonight when former National League west
rivals Atlanta and Cincinnati open up their bets of 7 game National League
championship series at Riverfront stadium.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH; :00
Both teams went through light workouts yesterday taking part in batting
practice and a little infield.
Tom Glavine will start for the Braves in game one and he'll be facing an old
friend and former teammate.
IN Q="I have a lot...
((RON GANT/REDS LEFT FIELDER:))
SUPER=01-Ron Gant/Reds Left Fielder; :00
OUT Q=...FOR EVERYBODY."
The Braves are making their fifth straight appearance in the Championship
The American League championship series also gets underway tonight with the
powerful Indians traveling to Seattle to play the Cinderella Mariners.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :00
Before flying out of Cleveland last night, the Indians worked out at Jacob's
Field during the afternoon hours.
They say they plan to have fun in this seven game series.
IN Q="I think...
((JIM THOME/CLEVELAND THIRD BASEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Jim Thome/Cleveland Third Baseman; :00
OUT Q=...MINUTE OF IT."
What better way to celebrate Columbus Day than with a little action on the
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Sabres vs. Bruins; :00
The Bruins were in search of their first win of the new season in their new
uniforms, and they would score quickly thanks to the defensive efforts of Cam
Neely who intercepts this pass in front of the crease and and fires the shot in
the left corner for a 1-to-nothing Bruins lead.
Buffalo would come back with two goals to take the lead. Dave Hannah gets
this shorthanded goal off the right side.
But Boston would score three times in the final 12 minutes of play.
Joe Mullen gets the eventual game winner and the Bruins skates to a 5-to-3
The Roanoke Express returns to the home ice tonight for its one and only home
exhibition game of the preseason against Hampton Roads.
SUPER=03-Hillsborough, NC/Express Training Camp; :00
The team has been hanging out in Hillsborough, North Carolina in training
camp the past coupe of weeks evaluating talent.
Yesterday head coach Frank Anzalone cut four players reducing the roster to
Goalie Scott Barber, Defenseman Colin Anders, and forwards Brett Dunleavy and
Andrew Sherman were cut.
Two more players must go before Friday.
Tonight's roundhouse exhibition with the Admirals begins at seven.
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL GOLF
Cave Spring won the Roanoke Valley district tournament title in golf today
out at the Waterfront.
The Knights and Franklin County both shot 311 totals, and both move on to the
regionals next Wednesday in Manassas.
Cave's Brian Staggs had the low round of 73 today.
Still to come tonight
Steve Mason reports from Charlottesville where the Cavaliers hope to avoid
another fall from grace this weekend when they host the Blue Devils.
The Virginia Cavaliers fell out of the top 10 after getting Tarred by the
Heels on Saturday.
Steve Mason has our Monday night quarterback call from Charlottesville.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP-Sports; :00
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :11
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Averaging 103 Yards a Game; :23
SUPER=01-Mike Groh/1355 Yards Passing This Year; :30
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/35 Tackles This Season; :53
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
((The big question in Charlottesville is how are the Cavaliers handling
their first ACC loss of the season?
GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH: WELL FIRST, I THINK ITS TOUGH TO WIN THEM
ALL IN THE CONFERENCE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE TEAMS ARE SO EVENLY MATCHED. I
THINK ITS ALRIGHT, WE HAVE TO ACCEPT IT, WE'VE GOT TO GO ON FROM HERE.
Virginia may be moving on, but they're not accepting how they lost.
TIKI BARBER/AVERAGING 103 YARDS A GAME: WE CAME OUT KIND OF FLAT, AND WE
DIDN'T DO THE THINGS WE NEEDED TO DO - ESTABLISH OUR OFFENSIVE GAME PLAN.
THAT'S WHAT GOT US IN THE END.
MIKE GROH/1355 YARDS PASSING THIS YEAR: AS FAR AS MYSELF, I'M VERY
DISAPPOINTED IN THE WAY I PLAYED. AFTER WATCHING THE FILM I FELT I PLAYED EVEN
WORSE THAN I THOUGHT I DID ON SATURDAY.
Tiki Barber rushed for a season low 65 yards. His limited output could be
attributed to Carolina's domination at the line of scrimmage. A fact that has
UVa's defensive secondary on the offensive.
RHONDE BARBER/35 TACKLES THIS SEASON: WE'RE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT THIS.
WE'RE GOING TO GET ON THE LINEMEN'S BUTTS. THEY'VE GOT TO GET TO THE
QUARTERBACKS. WE'VE JUST GOT TO DO WHAT WE'VE GOT TO DO. IF IT HAPPENS THAT
THEY DON'T GET TO THE QUARTERBACKS, THEN WE'VE JUST GOT TO COVER THEM LONGER.
THAT'S JUST PART OF FOOTBALL.
Duke invades Scott Stadium this weekend looking for its first ACC win.
After the Carolina loss, Virginia can ill-afford another conference setback,
making Saturday's game a test to see how resilient Virginia can be. Kickoff is
scheduled for 1:30. In Charlottesville, Steve Mason, News 7 Sports.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
There's more News 7 still to come,
when we return, we'll see how security is getting geared up at the White
MUSIC UP FULL
The owner of a capsized canoe isn't very happy tonight, but authorities in
Montgomery and Pulaski Counties are no doubt relieved their mystery is solved.
The canoe was found floating upside down this morning at the Peppers Ferry
crossing on the New River.
Rescuers brought it ashore, but had no way of knowing who it belonged to or
whether the person who was in it made it to safety.
Upon seeing our story on News-7 at Five, the owner recognized the canoe and
called the game warden.
It seems his friends borrowed the craft over the weekend and failed to tell
him they had capsized it and left it in the river.
Columbus Day tourists got a look at the White House's new bike patrols.
Each mountain bike costs 24-hundred dollars, has 24 gears and a mid-frame
shock absorber for off-roading.
The officers patrol a three block radius around the White House, but first
had to undergo a week of training on their new wheels.
The Secret Service says the new method of patrol is not in response to
terrorist activity, but employed as a means of enhancing maneuverability and
accessibility around the White House.