The F-B-I looks for clues in the deadly Amtrak derailment.
And the Supreme Court rules on a lawsuit against the Citadel.
There is nothing more I can tell you about the weather other than it's just
plain spectacular, and promises to stay that way for some time to come.
Stay tuned for an update on Hurricane Roxanne.
Don't go away.
The News is next.
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Six months after the Oklahoma City bombing the F-B-I is investigating
another case of domestic terrorism.
Saboteurs calling themselves "Sons of Gestapo" claim responsibility for
pulling 29 spikes from a stretch of railroad track, sending an Amtrak train
hurdling off a bridge in southwest Arizona.
One person died, about 80 were injured.
Sources say two notes discovered at the crash site were addressed to the
F-B-I and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
The notes imply the act was in retribution for the federal seiges at Waco
and Ruby Ridge.
Byron Harlan has the latest.
SUPER=03-Hyder, AZ; :03
SUPER=01-Fife Symington/Arizona Governor;
(( The president of Amtrak says the intentional sabotage of the Sunset
Limited could have taken as little as ten minutes.
29-steel spikes were removed and the warning system disabled in a stretch
of track right before a railroad trestle about 60 miles southwest of Phoenix.
The act appears to be the work of a domestic hate group.
WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ACTS OF COWARDICE LIKE THIS REGARDLESS OF MOTIVE.
About 75 F-B-I agents are combing the scene for clues, but attention
is mainly focused on a note from the "sons of gesapo."
The message, found near the scene, refers to the federal sieges at Waco,
Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
FIFE SYMINGTON/ARIZONA GOVERNOR: I READ THE NOTE...WE ARE DEALING WITH
ILLITERATE, PROFESSIONAL GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS.
Most of the 248 Amtrak passengers were sleeping when the train derailed
in the early morning hours, sending two sleeping cars hurtling down into a dry
At least 78 people were injured and a Los Angeles sleeping car attendent
was killed. As with the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, many
of the victims were young children.
CHOO CHOO OFF TRACK!!
IT IS A MAJOR TRAGEDY, NOT AS BAD AS OKLAHOMA CITY, BUT IMPLICATIONS JUST
The implication seems to be that people who are disgruntled with the
government are willing to kill to make a political statement.))
This morning President Clinton promised law enforcement will have the
means and the tools to catch those responsible.
Rescuers are combing the rubble for survivors of a powerful quake that
rocked Mexico's Pacific Coast.
Authorities say at least 30 people are dead and dozens of others are
The tremor caused a seven story hotel to collapse in the popular resort of
Meantime Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is bracing for Hurricane Roxanne.
The storm is now racing toward Cozumel with one-hundred and five mile per
It's expected to hit land late tonight and then head into the Gulf of
Texas residents are being warned to keep an eye on the situation.
Virginia emergency relief crews are on alert in case they are needed after
Hurricane Roxanne hits land.
One team is now in Florida helping clean up the destruction left from
Hurricane Opal and another team is just back from the Virgin Islands where
Hurricane Marilyn leveled most areas.
SUPER=03-U.S. Virgin Islands;
The Virginia team was on the second plane to land after the hurricane passed
through the islands.
IN Q=When we landed
((BILL SWEET/NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE FIRE HERITAGE: WHEN WE LANDED WE GOT OUT
OF THE C-130 THE AIRPORT SUSTAINED LOTS OF DAMAGE. THEY JUST DROPPED US OFF
AND TOOK OFF. WE WERE OUT HERE AT 11:30 AT NIGHT WONDERING IF THERE WOULD BE A
GREETING PARTY FOR US AND THERE WASN'T.))
SUPER=01-Bill Sweet/National Forest Service Fire Heritage;
OUT Q=and there wasn't.
The Forest Service is often the first on the scene to establish
communication in a disaster area.
Along with the National Park Service, they set up the first two-way
communication after Marilyn hit.
The team also worked quickly to help establish the mobilization center that
distributed all disaster relief supplies.
Sweet says they were in the Virgin Islands for three weeks, and it will be
another three months before life there gets close to normal.
GRAPHIC=US SUPREME COURT
The Supreme Court deals a blow in the fight to end the Citadel's 153-year
ban on women.
The high court today rejected Shannon Faulkner's lawsuit against the
military school, calling the issue "moot" since Faulkner dropped out of the
Citadel in August.
The court also nixed an attempt to replace Nancy Mellette in the lawsuit.
Mellette is a high school senior who wants to attend the Citadel next year.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich thrilled the audience at Liberty University in
Lynchburg last night.
But the media, lawyers and Democrats may NOT be thrilled to hear what he had
to say about THEM.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
IN Q=As a former
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/House Speaker; :24
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( As a former teacher, Newt Gingrich said it was impossible to turn down an
offer to speak to a classroom with eight thousand students.
It was a standing ovation that greeted the Republican leader as he took the
stage for Jerry Falwell at Liberty University's Vines Center.
Gingrich's theme was religion in the 21st century and how that plays into
what the Republicans are trying to do in Washington.
It was a topic that struck home with this partisan crowd.
IN Q=But I would argue
((NEWT GINGRICH/HOUSE SPEAKER: BUT I WOULD ARGUE THAT IT IS TOTALLY APPROPRIATE
FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO COME AND SHARE THEIR CONCERNS AND TALK ABOUT THE
FUTURE AND TALK FRANKLY ABOUT WHERE WE ARE TODAY WITH PEOPLE OF FAITH AND
PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED.))
OUT Q=who are concerned.
IN Q=In his speech
((In his speech, Gingrich also issued an ultimatum for President Clinton and
the Democrats...come up with a budget the Republicans can agree on by November
13th, or Gingrich says the GOP will start shutting down parts of the federal
OUT Q=federal government.
SOT 21:42:58 (#3)
IN Q=We're committed
((GINGRICH: WE'RE COMMITTED TO TRYING TO WRITE THE BEST POSSIBLE AGREEMENT, BUT
WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT FOREVER. WE'VE GOT SIX WEEKS TO SOLVE THIS AND I
BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS AN OBLIGATION TO WORK WITH US TO SOLVE IT.))
OUT Q=to solve it.
The November 13th deadline falls just one week after election day.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Still to come, new hope for diabetes patients,
and an unusual wreck in Danville involving a school bus, and a GOLF CART.
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A head-on collision in Franklin County sent two people to the hospital
Police say 49- year- old (NAVY) Navie Young was driving north on Route 9-19,
when he crossed the centerline and struck a pick up HEAD-ON.
The driver of the truck, Connie Janney of Ferrum, was taken to Franklin
His injuries are NOT believed to be life threatening.
Young was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he's listed in
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In Danville a GOLF CART slammed into a school bus.
The bus driver had just dropped off the last of his students when the
The driver of the cart, Daniel Wayne Little, was charged with reckless
Authorities say a passenger in the golf cart was taken to the hospital with
a broken shoulder.
Police say the men on the golf cart were employees of a nearby golf course
and were supposed to be at work.
O-J Simpson is about to go before the T-V cameras to answer questions about
the murders of his wife and Ron Goldman.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/October 2;
Just a week after he was acquitted of the double homicide, Simpson has
agreed to an interview tomorrow night on N-B-C's Dateline.
While much of the nation will likely tune in-- the fathers of the two
victims said today they have no plans to watch.
Both said they expect more lies from the former football star.
Some major advances in the search for a cure for diabetes.
Doctors at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center say they've
successfully transplanted insulin- producing cells between unrelated mice.
The technique shows cells that produce insulin can be transplanted
without anti-rejection drugs that can have serious side effects.
Physicians caution they are still in the early phase of research and it may
be years before it can be tested on humans.
The town of Vinton says they've got to go, but Emma Saunders says she will
fight to keep three pot- bellied pigs.
Saunders has kept Arnold, Charlotte and Wilbur at her Vinton home for 10
months and considers them pets.
She won an earlier round in court, but last week town council ammended an
ordinance to outlaw the potbellied pigs.
IN Q=These pigs mean
SUPER=01-Emma Saunders/Vinton Resident;
OUT Q=if that's what it comes to.
Saunders' daughter is planning a protest this weekend, and Saunders says
she may return to court in an effort to keep her pet pigs.
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Still to come, the Governor talks the lottery game,
and we'll chat about voter registration.
Today's the last day to sign up before the November elections.
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Who'll win the state lottery PROFITS jackpot?
That's the million dollar question
Governor George Allen and Majority Leader
Dick Cranwell tried to answer before the Virginia Municipal League.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=The Governor
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach/Yesterday; :20 (quick!)
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
hole 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
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((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.))
Today is the last day to register to vote before the November election.
Voter registrars across the state report low interest in this election,
despite all 140 General Assembly seats being up for grabs and the possibility
that the G-O-P could gain control of the legislature.
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Here to tell us how things are going in Roanoke is city registrar Shelva
Unlike the rest of the state, we've learned that registration is UP in
Lynchburg, how is it in Roanoke?
SUPER=01-Shelva Painter/Roanoke Voter Registrar;
(How does this compare to the last election?)
(Are lots of people coming in today?)
(Registrars across the state say not many new voters have signed up to
vote. Is that the case in Roanoke?)
(What's your projection for TURNOUT this election day? Why?)
(Your thoughts on how the Motor Voter law will affect registration...)
(And if someone wants to register today, what are the qualifications and
what do they have to do?)
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An American has again won the Nobel Prize for Economics.
He is Robert E. Lucas, a professor at the University of Chicago.
Lucas was honored for groundbreaking research on the equilibrium theory of
Lucas is the eighth Nobel economics winner from the University of
The school has had more winners of the prize than any other university in
Stocks are sharply lower, led once again by technology issues.
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was DOWN 32 points.
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We have sports next, including which Dolphin will fill in for Dan Marino,
and who did a great job filling Joe Montana's cleats.
A look at Monday Night Football, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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In Monday night football, Steve Bono proved worthy of being Joe
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/NFL-ABC SPORTS;
Bono tossed a game-tying touchdown with 15 seconds left in regulation.
Then Tamarick Vanover's 86-yard punt return gave Kansas City a 29-to-23
overtime win over San Diego.
Miami Dolphins' quarterback Dan Marino is recovering from surgery.
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: I'VE BEEN PUTTING IN A LOT OF
TIME MENTALLY TO UNDERSTAND ALL WE'RE DOING, AND MAKING SURE WE'RE ON TOP OF
ALL THE PLAYS IN THE SYSTEM. THE COACHES HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD WITH ME ABOUT
ALLOWING ME TO HAVE INPUT INTO THE SYSTEM AND INTO THE PLAY CALLING. MENTALLY,
IT WON'T BE A PROBLEM. I WANT TO GET A LITTLE MORE WITH THE RECEIVERS AND GET
SOME TIMING DOWN.))
SUPER=01-Bernie Kosar/Replaces Marino at Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...TIMING DOWN."
Major league baseball gets down to the business of championship play
Seattle hosts Cleveland tonight in game one of the American League
And in game one of the National League Championship sweep, it's Atlanta at
The Roanoke Express hits the home ice tonight for a pre-season exhibition
game against Hampton Roads.
SUPER=03-Hillsborough, NC/Express Training Camp; :00
The team has evaluating talent at a training camp in Hillsborough, North
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.
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Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.