Sabatoge is suspected in an Arizona train derailment.
Security is tight in the murder trial of singer Selena.
And a prominant Democratic Senator will NOT seek re-election.
Stay with us.
News 7 at Noon is next.
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A fatal Amtrak derailment this morning in Arizona appears to have been NO
A state official confirms the F-B-I is investigating reports that someone
tampered with the the track.
Investigators have also found evidence at the scene.
The pre-dawn wreck killed one person and injured dozens.
It happened in a remote desert area some 50 miles southwest of Phoenix.
The Sunset Limited was traveling to Los Angeles from Miami with more than
260 on board.
Bud Gindhart has the latest.
All 12 passenger cars and two locomotives derailed around 1:00 a.m.
this morning in a remote desert area about fifty miles southwest of Phoenix.
the Amtrak train, The Sunset Limited, was bound for Los Angeles from Miami
when passenger Betty Addington was awakened by violent shaking.
((BETTY ADDINGTON/PASSENGER: I FELT LIKE SOMETHING RATTLING, THEN
TURNING...HAPPENED SO FAST...WERE
YOU SCARED? DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO BE SCARED.))
Another passenger helped pull Addington's elderly mother from the
At least three cars, two sleepers and a dining car, fell about
30 feet from a bridge into a dry stream bed below...killing one and injuring
((ROBERT MARTIN, PASSENGER: EVEN THE ONES WHO WERE NOT AWARE GOT OUT CAUSE IT
WAS A TEAM EFFORT))
Several of the more seriously injured were evacuated by helicopter to
Phoenix area trauma centers. The remote site is not easily accessible by
Arizona public safety officials say they are investigating the
derailment as a criminal event.
(Bud ad lib)
BUD GINDHART CBS NEWS PHOENIX))
Two days after a devastating earthquake struck Indonesia a farmer has been
pulled alive from the rubble.
He's the first person found alive since the deadly magnitude-seven quake
hit the Island of Sumatra.
Indonesian officials say the quake killed at least 100 people and injured
It destroyed or damaged at least ten-thousand buildings in the region.
A new surge of fighting in Bosnia threatens the cease-fire agreement set to
take effect tomorrow.
NATO and U-N jets are ready to strike Serb targets following a weekend of
shelling that killed 15 and wounded nearly 100.
Many of the dead were children.
The U-N says the factions are battling for land and bargaining power ahead
of the truce.
In Texas, Jury selection has begun in yet another high profile murder case.
IN Q=(mx in)
OUT Q=(nats of selena singing)
It has been nearly 7 months since pop star Selena was fatally shot in Corpus
Christi allegedly by her former fan club president.
The trial was moved to Houston because of pre-trial publicity.
And in fallout from the O-J Simpson case no cameras will be allowed in the
An overturned canoe on the New River caused concern for rescuers this
The canoe was found floating at the Peppers Ferry Crossing between
Montgomery and Pulaski Counties.
Radford fire and rescue personnel uprighted it and brought it ashore, but
they have no idea who it belongs to or whether someone may have drowned.
((MARTIN "JIGGER" ROBERTS/RADFORD FIRE CHIEF: THERE'S NO ONE IN THE CANOE,
THERE'S SOME FISHING EQUIPMENT. IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S AN ACCIDENT THAT'S HAPPENED
POSSIBLY DURING THE WEEKEND. WHETHER THE PERSON GOT OUT WE DON'T HAVE ANY
SUPER=01-Martin "Jigger" Roberts/Radford Fire Chief;
OUT Q=have any idea.
Rescuers are searching along the river banks for a body.
If they don't find anyone, Roberts says they'll most likely have to wait
until someone reports a missing person before putting divers in the water.
Police are still searching for the man who abducted an 86- year- old Roanoke
The woman was taken from the lower level parking lot at Towers Mall in
Police say she was walking to her car Saturday afternoon when a man with a
small caliber gun forced her onto the floor of her car then drove away.
Police say the man stopped on Gults Mill Road in Amherst County, tied the
woman up and left her in the woods.
The woman freed herself and walked to safety.
Police are still looking for her car.
It's a '92 Oldsmobile, four door, Delta 88--
Dark red with red interior.
The license plate reads F-K-F-1-4-6.
Police say the driver is a black man age 35 to 40.
He has short black hair and a mustache and is armed.
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Still to come, Liberty University gets a talk from the G-O-P's top man,
while one of the south's most prominent Democrats calls it quits.
You'll see "none" of this man in Georgia's next senate race.
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Another Senate Democrat says goodbye to Washington.
Georgia's Sam Nunn announced today that he will not seek a fifth term next
Nunn is the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He chaired the panel before Democrats lost control of the Senate in the last
IN Q=This has been a difficult decision.
((SENATOR SAM NUNN/(D)GEORGIA: THIS HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT DECISION...I NOW IN MY
HEART IT IS TIME FOR ME TO FOLLOW A NEW COURSE.))
SUPER=01-Senator Sam Nunn/(D) Georgia;
OUT Q=for me to follow a new course.
Today's announcement makes Nunn the eighth Senate Democrat to announce his
plans to retire, compared to only one Republican.
The Senate now has 54 Republicans and 46 Democrats.
Candidates of four state offices had their say at a political forum over the
One of the showdowns included Republican challenger Trixie Averill
(Ah-ver-ill) and democratic incumbent Dick Cranwell.
Averill defended Governor Allen's funding practices for higher education.
While Cranwell says he's for putting more money back into higher education.
When asked whether business owners would see a tax increase, both candidates
IN Q=when you look
((DICK CRANWELL/HOUSE OF DELEGATES: WHEN YOU LOOK AT VIRGINIA AS A WHOLE WE
ARE A LOW TAX STATE, INSURANCE FOR BUSINESS IS LOW AND WE ARE A GOOD STATE TO
DO BUSINESS IN AS FAR AS THE CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
TRIXIE AVERILL/(R) HOUSE OF DELEGATE CANDIDATE: I WOULD NOT GO FOR ANY NEW
TAXES OR ANY TAX INCREASES AND I WAS VERY PROUD TO SIGN THE TAX PAYER
PROTECTION PLEDGE AND THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY BE MY PLEDGE.))
SUPER=01-Trixie Averill/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :15
OUT Q=be my pledge
Senator Brandon Bell and Democratic hopeful John Edwards also squared off.
Edwards contends that potential college students are LEAVING Virginia
because of HIGH tuition rates.
IN Q=You can go
((JOHN EDWARDS/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: YOU CAN GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH
CAROLINA AS A VIRGINIA RESIDENT CHEAPER THAN YOU CAN GO TO VIRGINIA TECH OR THE
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. THAT'S AN IMPEDIMENT TO AMBITIONS. AND THE WAY TO GET
THE TUITION RATES DOWN IS TO INCREASE THE COMMONWEALTHS'S INVESTMENT IN THE
HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM OF VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-John Edwards/(D) Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=system of Virginia.
Bell says higher education is a priority.
IN Q=We're a very
((SEN. BRANDON BELL/R- ROANOKE CO.: WE'RE A VERY PROSPEROUS STATE WITH A
GROWING ECONOMY AND WE'RE EXCEPTING AT LEAST 700 MILLION DOLLARS IF NOT MORE IN
OUR NEXT GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION. SO I THINK HIGHER EDUCATION WILL BE A FOCUS
THAT WE'LL HAVE AVAILABLE TO CHANNEL IN THAT AREA. I THINK THAT WE'LL EASE THE
BURDEN AS FAR AS OUR TUITION TAX.))
OUT Q=our tuition tax.
And after the candidates answered questions about higher eduction funding
and corporate income taxes,
the studio audience also wanted to know about judicial reform -- what would
these candidates do to end meaningless lawsuits.
IN Q=The winning party
((CHIP WOODRUM/HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE WINNING PARTY AUTOMATICALLY
RECEIVES COURT FEES AND COSTS, WOULD SEEM TO DENY THE KEY TO THE COURTHOUSE TO
MOST OF THE AVERAGE PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA. I WOULD OPPOSE THAT.
NEWELL FALKINBURG/REPUBLICAN HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS
IN ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES. I THINK SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. I THINK THE NOTION
OF HAVING THE LOSER PAY THE COURT COSTS IS A PERFECTLY REASONABLE ONE. ))
SUPER=01-Newell Falkinburg/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :13
OUT Q=reasonable one.
Falkinburg urges Virginia voters to choose a new representative to bring
Woodrum highlighted what he calls Virginia's good points and says the state
is not in bad shape.
The audience also heard from two candidates for the House of Delegates --
incumbent Vic Thomas and Republican Jeff Artis.
During their debate they stressed empowerment and education.
IN Q=But the most important
((VIC THOMAS/D- HOUSE OF DELEGATES: BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING GOING IN TO
THE 21ST CENTURY IS THE EDUCATION. K THROUGH 12, HIGHER EDUCATION. WE WENT
INTO A DOWNTURN IN THE EARLY 90'S. WE'VE GOT TO TURN THAT AROUND AND I THINK
WE'VE ALREADY STARTED WITH IT.
JEFF ARTIS/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: IT'S ABOUT POWER, IT'S ABOUT
ECONOMIC POWER, IT'S ABOUT JOB POWER, IT'S ABOUT POWER GAINED THROUGH BECOMING
ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS AND BECOMING SELF SUFFICIENT. IT'S ABOUT THE
POWER TO HAVE OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS. MR. THOMAS WANTS TO TALK ABOUT SCHOOLS.
LET'S HAVE A DEBATE, MR. THOMAS, ON SCHOOLS.))
SUPER=01-Vic Thomas/(D) House of Delegates; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Artis/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :19
OUT Q=debate, Mr. Thomas, on schools.
Folks in Lynchburg will get to hear the political ponderings of Newt
The House Speaker is scheduled to address an audience of ten-thousand
people at Liberty University.
Gingrich will address "Super Conference '95," a conference hosted by the
Reverend Jerry Falwell, the university and Thomas Road Baptist Church.
The four-day conference is for pastors and church workers, but tonight's
session is open to the public.
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Up next, a look at a tournament for the TRUE golfing fanatic,
and a special ceremony for local firefighters kicks off National Fire
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Last year, two million fires killed nearly 43- hundred people.
One- hundred firefighters were among those to lose their lives, that's a
thirty percent increase over 19-93.
To mark the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week, firefighters
gathered in Lynchburg yesterday to remember some of their own colleagues who
were killed on the job.
They included Carter Martin, a Lynchburg firefighter who was a volunteer
with the Brookville- Timberlake fire company.
Martin was killed June 22nd when the Timber Lake Dam collapsed under heavy
IN Q=Carter DeWitt
((GERALD MAYS/BROOKVILLE- TIMBERLAKE VFD: WHILE UNSELFISHLY SERVING THE
COMMUNITY HE SO DEARLY LOVED. HE WILL BE SO MISSED BY SO MANY AS A FATHER, AS A
HUSBAND, AS A SON, AS A BROTHER, A AS A BROTHER IN THE FIRE SERVICE, AS A
FRIEND, AS A TEACHER AND A COACH.))
SUPER=01-Gerald Mays/Brookville-Timberlake V.F.D.; :00
OUT Q=and a coach.
Martin and Kenith Patterson, a rescue squad worker who died in 19-36, were
honored with a plaque unveiled during yesterday's ceremonies.
Officials also dedicated new lighting for the fireman's fountain in Miller
Playing 18 holes of golf in a few hours can be fun, but imagine playing at
least ONE-HUNDRED holes of golf in a single day.
That's what golfers at Ole Monterey Golf Course are doing today.
It's to raise money for Easter Seals.
Easter Seals Regional Director Susan Knight organzied the fundraiser.
Tell us about it Susan.
SUPER=01-Susan Knight/Easter Seals;
(How did you come up with the idea?)
(How many golfers are participating?)
(How often will they get to take a break?)
(When did you tee-off this morning and how long do you think this will take?)
(What's the record?)
(Can people still make a donation? How?)
The Easter Seals Golf Marathon is now in full swing at Ole Monterey Golf
Course in Roanoke.
Nice weather for it, right Patrick?
(toss to patrick)
A prominent Roanoke businessman has died.
71- year- old Joel Krisch died yesterday, after suffering from a
Krisch helped his family build the Krisch hotel empire -- at one time it was
the largest franchisee of Holiday Inns in the nation.
Two Americans and a German share the Nobel Prize for medicine.
The prize committee says it's recognizing Edward Lewis of CalTech, Eric
Wieschaus (WISH'-hous) of Princeton University, and Christiane (NUS'-lyn
FOHL'-hart) Nuesslein-Volhard of Germany.
They are cited for "breakthrough" research in genetic controls in embryo
development that will help explain birth defects in humans.
Stocks are sharply lower today.
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was DOWN 37 points.
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A Miami Dolphin is beached with an injury,
and the Seattle Mariners ride the tide of victory in the American League
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The Seattle Mariners advance to the American League Championship Series with
Edgar Martinez stroked a two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning
last night to lead Seattle past New York 6 to 5.
In tense N-F-L action, Philadelphia beat Washington in overtime.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/FOX SPORTS; :
First, Redskin Brian Mitchell picks up a punt and works his way down field
scoring from 60 yards out and the Redskins take a 10 to 7 lead.
Guss Frerotte hits Henry Ellard on a 40 yard touchdown pass and the
Redskins take a 17 to 10 lead over the Eagles in the second.
Then Rodney Pete hits Fred Barnett over the middle on a two yard touchdown
pass and the Eagles take a 24 to 17 lead at the half.
The Redskins come back when Frerrote keeps the ball and scores from two
yards out and ties up the game.
The game ended tied at
34 to 34.
But in overtime, Anderson boots a 34 yard field goal and the Eagles win the
game 37 to 34.
One day after setting the N-F-L record for career pass completions, Miami
Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino faces surgery on his right knee.
Team spokesman Harvey Green says the veteran will undergo arthroscopic
surgery today to correct cartilage damage.
Green adds the damage was revealed by an M-R-I last night, and
that the operation will be performed by team physicians.
Mark Martin takes the checkered flag winning the U-A-W-G-M 500 at Charlotte
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/WTBS; :
A couple of early caution flags.
Robert Pressley gets lose and spins out after hooking up with Joe Nemechek.
But Dale Earnhardt dodges the cautions and he works his way from the rear
of the pack to second place.
Sterling Marlin leads the race by about two seconds ahead of Earnhardt.
Ricky Rudd leads on lap 135 but Jeff Gordon had gear problems and pulls the
car behind the wall while he was running in the top 5.
On lap 237 Earnhardt moves to the front to pass Rudd and take the lead.
But the race got tight in the closing laps.
Martin passed leader Terry Labonte with about three laps to go and he
claims his second victory in a row.
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((MARK MARTIN/UAW-GM 500 WINNER: I THOUGHT WHEN I PASSED RICKY I TOOK THE LEAD.
I WAS DRIVING AND SAYING "YEE-HAW", AND THEY SAID I WAS STILL SIX SECONDS
BEHIND THE LEADER. I SAID "OH NO!" WE HAD A LONG WAY TO GO. HE TOLD ME HE GOT
TWO TIRES. I WAS AFRAID WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO SETTLE FOR SECOND.))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/UAW-GM 500
OUT Q=.....for second."
Earnhardt finished second, Labonte third, Rudd fourth and Dale Jarrett
(***toss to patrick***)
(patrick ad lib)
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.