Residents of the Justice House may be in the dark again.
Louisiana officials work to contain a poisonous chemical leak.
And a powerful earthquake strikes China.
Changes in the weather are moving fast, we'll see clouds, sprinkles, then
clearing all in a 24 hour period. Stay tuned for the latest from the News 7
News 7 at noon is next.
Disputes over ownership and management at Justice House may ultimately cause
residents to lose their homes.
For the second time in three weeks, the electricity has been cut off at the
low-income apartment building.
Scott Prince is at Justice House and joins us live.
What are the fears of the people there right now?
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(*****roll cue: might not have a choice....)
SUPER=01-Doris Ferguson/Justice House Resident;
SUPER=01-Virginia Stone/Justice House Resident;
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/Roanoke Building Inspector;
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(Q&A: Where can residents turn right now?)
In Bogalusa, Louisiana hazardous materials workers are still laboring this
afternoon, trying to neutralize a deadly gas leak.
The fumes are coming from a ruptured railroad car.
Some 15- hundred- people were evacuated from the area yesterday, while
hundreds more went to the hospital complaining of nausea, burning eyes and
((DR. TONY PALAZZO/ BOGALUSA MEDICAL CENTER:ANYTIME YOU'RE EXPOSED TO A TOXIN
LIKE THIS, THE EFFECTS COULD BE SOMETHING THAT WILL PROCEED OVER THE NEXT TWO
OR THREE DAYS. WE MIGHT HAVE MORE PEOPLE COMPLAIN OF PULMONARY PROBLEMS ALONG
WITH CARDIAC PROBLEMS AT A LATER DATE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Tony Palazzo/Bogalusa Medical Center:
OUT Q=AT A LATER DATE.
The gas, which is used in rocket fuel, can be fatal if inhaled.
Roads into Bogalusa are closed today as well as the schools.
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More than two dozen people are dead and some one hundred injured in a
strong earthquake that rocked southwestern China today.
The casualty number is expected to climb once officials re-establish
communication in the affected area.
Seismologists measure the earthquake at magnitude six-point-five.
Numerous aftershocks have hit the area since.
The (HURKS-SELL-uh-neeze) Hoechst-Celanese company, which has a filter plant
in Narrows, is constructing a new facility in the area struck by the
It reports no major injuries to its workers or the new factory under
The earthquake's epicenter was 50-to-100 miles north of the facility.
And in Pennsylvania, a crackdown on drugs in the state's largest prison.
A 600-strong force was sent into Graterford Prison last night, on a
cell-by-cell search for drugs.
The governor approved the search, which is unprecendented in the state.
Several inmates last month testified before a state senate judiciary
committee that guards at the prison sell drugs and take bribes.
At least 14 guards have been charged with drug violations since 19-89.
President Clinton hopes to improve a rocky U-S- China relationship today
when he meets with Chinese President (jahng zuh-MEEN) Jiang Zemin.
Relations between Beijing and Washington have been chilly since China
detained American Activist Harry Wu.
Meantime the U-S and RUSSIA appear to have found common ground when it
comes to Bosnia.
SUPER=03-Hyde Park, NY/Yesterday;
After a four hour private meeting yesterday, President Clinton and President
Boris Yeltsin announced that Russian troops would help enforce peace in Bosnia.
Russia, however, remains adamant that Russian troops will not serve under
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((WE AGREED THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR RUSSIA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT. WE DISUCSSED SOME SPECIFICS ON WHICH WE WERE
IN ACCORD AND SOME WE AGREED TO LET OUR DEFENSE EXPERTS WORK.))
OUT Q=OUR DEFENSE EXPERTS WORK.
U-S Defense Secretary William Perry will sit down with his Russian
counterpart this week to work out the details.
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Up next on News 7,
A used car salesman in Roanoke is accused of making a deal with the wrong
and in the wake of a series of traffic accidents in our area, we'll talk to an
expert on driving safety and learn some ways to avoid trouble.
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Students could be in a new Cave Spring High School by the year 19-98-- if it
passes the right tests.
The school is part of a feasibility study that the Roanoke County School
board examined last night.
Kimberly McBroom has the story.
IN Q=Has it been
SUPER=01-Bill DeJong/Consultant; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :15
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Hollins District Supervisor; :39
SUPER=01-Lee Eddy/Windsor Hills District Supervisor; 1:00
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT tape 1 8:22:50
((BILL DEJONG/CONSULTANT: HAS IT BEEN A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK? HAVE WE REALLY GOT
INTO IT? HAVE WE FELT THAT WE'VE BEEN GIVING UP ON SOME THINGS THAT WE THOUGHT
MIGHT BE PLAYABLE? NO. I THINK WE'VE REALLY GIVEN IT A COMPREHENSIVE SHOT. ))
It's been a long road for the consultants-- as well as the steering
committee of school officials and parents, who've been working on the master
plan for southwest Roanoke County schools.
Among the long- awaited recommendations-- construction of a new Cave Spring
High School on Merriman Road, and the conversion of the existing high school
into a middle school.
After the school board makes its decision, final approval rests in the
hands of the county board of supervisors-- and the members are divided.
SOT tape 2 9:06:02
((BOB JOHNSON/HOLLINS DISTRICT SUPERVISOR: IF THEY'RE GOING TO BUILD A NEW
SCHOOL, EVERY YEAR THAT THEY DELAY COSTS US A MILLION DOLLARS. SO, WE'VE
ALREADY SPENT THREE OR FOUR MILLION DOLLARS. WE COULD HAVE HAD THE SCHOOL
UNDER ROOF. IF WE'RE GOING TO BUILD ONE, WE NEED TO GET ON WITH IT. ))
But fellow county supervisor Lee Eddy is worried that financing a new high
school may be a tough sell to taxpayers in other parts of the county.
SOT TAPE 1 8:33:28
((LEE EDDY/WINDSOR HILLS DISTRICT SUPERVISOR: THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN
INTEREST MAY NOT HAVE FULLY REPRESENTED THE INTERESTS OF OTHER CITIZENS IN THE
COUNTY, WHO ULTIMATELY, WILL BE ASKED TO HELP PAY FOR ANYTHING THAT'S DONE IN
SOUTHWEST COUNTY. ))
SOT standup tape 2 9:20:35
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: NOW THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ON THE TABLE--
IT'S UP TO THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO FINISH UP THEIR HOMEWORK. THEY'RE
EXPECTED TO MAKE THEIR DECISION BY THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, NOVEMBER 16TH.
KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7. ))
A Roanoke used car dealer has been indicted on federal charges of
accepting food stamps as partial payment for automobiles.
According to the indictment, Joseph Spangler is accused of accepting about
three-thousand dollars in food stamps for a Honda, and six-thousand dollars in
food stamps for a Buick.
The purchases were made by undercover federal agents.
A small amount of cash also was paid for the vehicles.
Spangler says he's unaware of the indictments and did NOT make the sales.
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There's been a rash of unrelated traffic accidents in our area lately.
Accidents on highways like Route 2-20 and I-81 have claimed lives, caused
injuries and created traffic tie-ups for hours.
What's the leading cause of most traffic accidents, and how to avoid them?
Jay Childress is here with some answers.
Jay owns Roanoke Valley Driver Training School.
Welcome. What is the number one cause of traffic accidents?
SUPER=01-Jay Childress/Driving Instructor;
(Jay, what makes a bad driver?)
(Does age have anything to do with driving ability?)
(What are some of the other mistakes drivers make?)
(Tell us about some ways you may find yourself losing control of your car,
and what to do to avoid an accident.)
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When News 7 returns,
The I-R-S is dropping a thirty year program of random audits,
and hundreds of thousands of people across Asia have been left in the
dark...for two minutes at least.
We'll show you why.
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Some good news for taxpayers.
In a cost cutting move the Internal Revenue Service has decided to drop its
program of random audits.
An I-R-S spokesperson says the government will save one- and- a- half
billion dollars by eliminating the 30-year old program.
Thousands of people in Asia have had a rare treat today -- a chance to see a
total solar eclipse.
It's the first one seen in that part of the world since 19-55 and the last
one until the year 20-70.
In a region known for its superstitions, astrologers report business is
About a hundred Roanoke County high school students had the morning off from
But they were still talking about work.
Several marketing education classes took part today in a workshop called
"Teens in the Workforce."
The workshop, which includes members of the retail business community, gives
students the opportunity to speak freely with the people who employ their
IN Q=This is a
((CATHI JETT/STUDENT: THIS IS A REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO LET OTHERS KNOW,
YOU KNOW, HOW WE WANT TO BE TREATED AND HOW THEY EXPECT US TO TREAT THEM...ON
OUT Q=on the job.
Among the local businesses participating in the workshop: Advance Auto, Air
Lee Cleaners, The Candy Headquarters, and Oberlin Realty.
Good news for the most widely held company in our area.
Norfolk Southern announced a regular quarterly dividend today of
52-cents-a-share, payable to shareholders on December 11th.
Overall, stocks are doing well on Wall Street, thanks to steady overseas
markets and rising bond prices.
At Noon the Dow was UP 18 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
Game three of the World Series is tonight.
And although the Braves are in the lead, they say it's not over yet.
and most nine-year-olds dream of going to the World Series.
We'll show you one who actually gets to COVER it.
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It is every parent's nightmare.
A Boston University Hockey player broke his neck Friday night when he
crashed in the boards seconds after taking the ice in his debut college game.
Travis Roy underwent several hours of surgery yesterday that was successful
in relieving pressure on his spine.
But doctors say it's unlikely the 20- year old will ever regain the use of
his arms or legs.
Uma Permaraju (PER- MARA- HU) has the story.
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SUPER=03-Boston University; :00
SUPER=01-Uma Permaraju/Reporting; 1:10
SUPER=01-Lee Roy/Injured Player's Father; 1:35
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Game Three of the World Series is tonight in Cleveland.
The Indians trail the Atlanta Braves two-games-to-none.
And look for nine- year- old Sparky Mortimer to be there.
The sports enthusiast from Utah is covering baseball's premier event for
the Late Show with David Letterman.
IN Q=how does it feel to sing
SUPER=04-Late Show with David Letterman
SUPER=04-Worldwide Pants Inc.;
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Sparky must feel like a regular reporter.
Cleveland first baseman Eddie Murray treated him the same way he treats all
reporters, Murray refused to speak with Sparky.
(toss to patrick)
(patrick ad lib)
Have a great day.
That's News 7 at NOON.