Coming up on News 7 at Eleven,
the separation of Quebec from Canada may be decided tomorrow by a vote.
Millions of Quebecers say they want their freedom.
In Iran, police report that 300 people are dead and at least 100 injured in
a subway train fire last night.
And Science lessons come to life when the Science Museum of Western Virginia
News seven at eleven is next.
In the Northwest part of Iran, police report that 300 people were killed and
at least 100 injured in a subway train fire.
The fire broke out last night while the train was between two stations,
trapping passengers underground.
Investigators say there may have been a malfunction in the train's
About 20 people were killed last year in two separate terrorist attacks on
the same subway system.
Both cases are still under investigation.
One person is dead following a two vehicle accident in Wytheville.
It happened on Petunia Road earlier tonight.
Police have not released the name of the victim.
The separation of Quebec from Canada may be decided tomorrow.
Quebec's separatist leaders, have been rallying to encourage Quebecers that
their dream of becoming a separate state may soon be a reality.
Tomorrow, Quebeckers will vote on the referendum which would decide their
Separatist say for millions of quebecers, the time has come to declare
independence, and separation from Canada.
Separatist Leader Lucien Bouchard is getting great support from followers.
IN Q=It goes down
((LUCIEN BOUCHARD/QUEBEC SEPARATIST LEADER: IT GOES DOWN TO A SIMPLE QUESTION
WHY SHOULD WE BE A PEOPLE WHO NEEDS TO HAVE HALF OF HIS BUSINESS MANAGED
SUPER=01-Lucien Bouchard/Quebec Separatist Leader;
OUT Q=manage everything ourselves.
However, some Quebecers believe separation will be a mistake.
They contend it will be a economic and social hardship on the new state.
Some speak of the advantages of remaining in Canada.
IN Q=I know it
((MICHEL D'AMOUR/CANADIAN LOYALIST: I KNOW WHAT'S CANADA, I KNOW IT'S NOT
PERFECT, BUT I KNOW IT'S A VERY GOOD COUNTRY. AND I'M PROUD OF IT AS A
SUPER=01-Michel D'Amour/Canadian Loyalist;
OUT Q=as a Canadian.
Meanwhile, Federalist leaders are issuing a last minute plea to Quebeckers
to stay in the Canadian federation.
Bangkok is seeing it's worst flooding in decades today.
Over 2-hundred people have been killed in the past few weeks due to flood
The water levels reached a peak this morning as high river tides combined
with flood waters from the central Thailand Provinces to produce devastating
Hundreds of police and volunteers are being dispatched to Bangkok to guard
Bangkok residents are tearing down the walls in an attempt to lower water
levels around their homes.
This diverts flood water to neighboring districts, and furthers the extent
of the flooding.
Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes.
After years of fighting in Bosnia, civilians are finally able to travel
through Serb held territory.
Two buses carrying civilians left Sarajevo on a road that goes through a
Serb town south of the capital.
This is a milestone since the beginning of the Bosnian conflict in
The buses, each with about 12 passengers, were escorted by United Nations
armored personnel carriers.
For most of the passengers the journey was their first trip outside Sarajevo
since the conflict began in Bosnia.
Most were going to see relatives.
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Coming up on News-7,
A West Virginia County is experiencing hard times.
Scott Prince has the story.
We'll tell you why some residents in Rockbridge County are concerned about
their 9-1-1 system.
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It was another blustery day around the region-- but the winds are becoming
more calm tonight.
Also, the temperatures are dropping rapidly under mostly clear skies.
But the clouds will be back tomorrow, as winds become southwesterly.
We'll have the complete outlook-- plus the cloudy Halloween forecast--
please stay with us.
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Some Rockbridge County residents are wondering about the effectiveness of
the county's 911 system.
Fire destroyed a house in Glasgow last night.
And some say the damage could have been less had their call for help been
Denise Allen reports.
IN Q=Bessy May Huffman
SUPER=01-Bette Emore/Daughter; :10
SUPER=01-Mary Alice Spangler/Neighbor; :42
SUPER=01-Capt. Chris Blalock/Rockbridge Co. Sheriff Dept.; 1:26
OUT Q=Rockbridge County.
((Bessy May Huffman's husband built this house about 40 years ago.
They repaired it after the floods, but Saturday night the house was gutted
((BETTE EMORE/DAUGHTER: SHE CALLED ME AND SAID TO PLEASE COME FAST AND CALL
911. HER HOUSE WAS ON FIRE. I GRABBED MY PHONE AND CALLED 911 AND COULD NOT
GET THROUGH AT ALL.))
Several neighbors also dialed 911, but say no one answered the call.
Bette Emore says it was her mother's neighbor, the fire chief, that finally
got help to the scene.
((EMORE: AS SOON AS OUR NEIGHBOR GOT HERE, HE GOT THE TRUCKS HERE IN A MATTER
OF MINUTES, BUT IF HE HADN'T BEEN HERE I DON'T KNOW WHEN WE'D OF GOTTEN HELP.))
((MARY ALICE SPANGLER/NEIGHBOR: IT WAS FIERCE, RED, SCARY. THE WIND WAS
Bessy Huffman is in the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
Her daughter says she's been ill lately and is lucky to have made it out
Other residents say this is not the first time there has been a problem with
the 911 system.
((911 OPERATOR: ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY 911.
CALLER: I NEED THE GLASGOW FIRE DEPARTMENT.
OPERATOR: WHERE ABOUTS.
CALLER: ON KANAWHA STREET ABOUT A BLOCK FROM THE FIRE HOUSE. BESSY MAY
HUFFMAN'S HOUSE IS ON FIRE.))
The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department answers the 911 calls.
There were two dispatchers on duty that night.
The computer logs and the tapes tell the story.
((CAPT. CHRIS BLALOCK/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE FIRST DISPATCHER
WHO HAD TAKEN THE CALL STARTED TO TONE OUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN GLASGOW. THE
SECOND DISPATCHER STARTED TAKING UP THE 911 CALLS AS THEY CAME IN. THE PROBLEM
IS A SERIES OF CALLS CAME IN IN THE MATTER OF SECONDS.))
The new 911 system was put into effect in March and is not fully operational
The enhanced system requires at least nine thousand address changes.
Officials say these changes should be complete and the system fully
operational by mid summer.
Denise Allen News 7, Rockbridge County.))
Virginia Senator John Warner is ready to tackle a hot social issue...
The moderate Republican, who's up for re-election next year, is calling for
a national study of gambling's social costs and its impact on crime.
Warner and Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf will talk about the issue at a
news conference in Norfolk tomorrow.
Wolf sponsored House legislation for a national commission on gambling.
Warner says he will sign a Senate version of the gambling study commission
The national average for unemployment is around six percent.
But for residents of one West Virginia county, that figure triples.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=It looks like
SUPER=03-Pocahontas Co., WV; :00
SUPER=01-Donnie Curry/Pocahontas Co. Resident; :17
SUPER=01-Sen. Walt Helmick/(D) West Virginia; :55
SUPER=01-Dana Moyers/Pocahontas Co. Commission President; 1:23 QUICK!!!
OUT Q=West Virginia
(( It looks like a nice place to visit, but many say you don't want to live
The latest unemployment numbers are in and Pocahontas County, West Virginia
checks in with a whopping 19-point- 6 percent.
That's highest in the Mountain State, and one of the highest in the nation.
SOT tape 2 13:45:28
IN Q=The people are
((DONNIE CURRY/POCAHONTAS CO. RESIDENT: THE PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO WORK BUT YOU
EITHER DRAW ALL OF YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT OUT AND LEAVE OR-- THERE'S JUST NOTHING
HERE. WE GOT TO HAVE SOMEBODY HERE TO PROVIDE US SOME JOBS.))
OUT Q=us some jobs
That's not to say there isn't anyone supplying work to the region.
Snowshoe Silvercreek is the county's largest employer with around a thousand
And that number is even higher during ski season.
Standup tape 1 12:58:47
But Snowshoe is the exception, not the rule.
This used to be the site of one of the world's largest tanneries, employing
three to four hundred people at a time. Now it employs no one.
end stand up
And when one or two of these manufacturing plants close, the local economy
takes a major hit.
IN Q=Here it promotes
((STATE SEN. WALT HELMICK/(D)-WEST VIRGINIA: HERE IT PROMOTES A TREMENDOUS
IMPACT. WE HAVE SUCH A SMALL POPULATION. WE ONLY HAVE 9,008 PEOPLE IN 965
OUT Q=square miles
Helmick is trying to get Pocahontas County back on track.
One of the ideas is to turn THIS barren facility into an industrial park.
But there are many obstacles.
There are no four- lane roads, and trains don't come through the county
SOT tape 3
IN Q=We are an isolated
((DANA MOYERS/POCAHONTAS CO. COMMISSION: WE ARE AN ISOLATED COUNTY AND WE'RE IN
A MOUNTAINOUS REGION, SO TRANSPORTATION IS NOT AN ASSET THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW.
OUT Q=RIGHT NOW.
But right now, one out of every five people is OUT of work.
And residents say things need to change very soon, in order to change the
outlook for the future.
Scott Prince, News 7, Pocahontas County, West Virginia.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Len Besthoff tells us about the weeks top business stories in the News 7
And some new business may come into Floyd County if a barn renovation goes
The Dow Jones Industrial Average may have dropped 53 points this week, but
jobs are coming to Allegheny County and Lynchburg, and one of the region's
largest corporations achieved record profits.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Low Moor/Monday; :19
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Lynchburg residents are beginning to see the signs that 440 new jobs are
coming to the Ericsson plant there.
This week local leaders dedicated the new road which will ease congestion
once the 35-million-dollar expansion takes place.
Meanwhile the expansion by the Bacova Guild in Alleghany County is right on
The new home furnishings factory that will employ about 400 people is
expected to be complete by February.
ETS of Roanoke says it posted a LOSS for the first quarter of its new fiscal
The environmental testing company says it was due to a gap between the
completion of some contracts and the start up of some newly awarded ones.
Norfolk Southern though, reports the best quarterly profits in its history.
The transportation giant's net income for the third quarter was a whopping
And federal officials put their stamp of approval on the proposed merger
between First Union and the First Fidelity bank of New Jersey.
The deal creating the nation's sixth largest bank should be completed by
Checking the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the week, it dropped 53
points, closing at 4741.75.
In other business news, the Patrick Henry Development Council has been
recognized by the Southern Industrial Development Council for its excellent
presentation materials and brochures.
The Patrick Henry group works to bring companies to Martinsville and Henry
It received the two awards last week.
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And a ski resort in West Virginia is expected to open for business in less
than a month.
SUPER=03-Snowshoe, WV/File Tape;
Last night's temperatures dipped into the 20s allowing Snowshoe to commence
snowmaking for this year's ski season.
Snowshoe has the largest snowmaking system in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic
Weather permitting, it's able to produce 15- hundred tons of snow per hour.
The projected opening date is November 17th.
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
The Washington Redskins hosted their conference rival the New York Giants
at R-F-K tonight.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/TNT SPORTS; :
On Washington's first possession, Gus Frerotte goes up top to Mark Logan
who bobbles the pass and its picked off on the run by New York's Vincey Glenn
he races down field from 75 yards out and the Giants took a 7 to nothing lead.
Frerotte threw two other interceptions in the second and the Giants took
advantage. Tyrone Wheately bulls his way over the left side to score and the
Giants led 14 to 3.
New York's offense was rolling on this play Dave Brown goes to the air and
he hits a wide open Mike Sherrod who scores from 57 yards out to make it 21 to
3 Giants late in the second quarter.
Washington received a little momentum before the half. Eddie Murray
comes in and boots this 52 yard field goal and the Redskins trailed at the half
24 to 6.
The Redskins opened the third SUPER=30-N.Y.
Giants/=24/Washington/=15;quarter with a score. Mark Logan takes the handoff
and scores from the three to make it 24 to 12 and New York wins it 24 to 15.
The Dallas Cowboys came from an early 10 point deficit on two touchdown
passes by Troy Aikman to beat Atlanta 28 to 13.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :
Prime Time was back playing his first game for the Cowboys.
But Atlanta scored on a pass play on the opening drive of the game Jeff
George rolls out and hits Eric Metcalf over the middle from 42 yards out
Atlanta led 7 to nothing.
Aikman when went to the air on this play he hits tight end Jay Novacek
over the middle from the one yard line and the Cowboys took their first lead at
14 to 10.
Then in the third, Aikman drops SUPER=30-Dallas/=28/Atlanta/=13;back and
goes deep to Michael Irvin who pulls it in for a 43 yard touchdown and the
Cowboys beat the Falcons 28 to 13.
Pittsburgh avenged an embarrassing loss three weeks ago to Jacksonville by
beating the Jaguars this afternoon 24 to 7.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/NBC SPORTS; :
The Steelers scored late in the first quarter Erric Pegram goes over the
right side and scores from 6 yards out 7 to nothing Pittsburgh.
Neil O'Donnell threw a couple of touchdown passes in the game on this play
he hits Yancey Thigpen over the middle from 15 yards out the Steelers led 14 to
Still in the second quarter
SUPER=30-Pittsburgh/=24/Jacksonville/==7;O'Donnell goes up top again this
time he hits a diving John L. Williams Pittsburgh took a 21 to nothing lead and
the Steelers win it 24 to 7.
The Carolina Panthers became the first N-F-L expansion team to win three
straight games when they beat New England in overtime 20 to 17.
SUPER=03-Foxboro, MA/FOX SPORTS; :
The Patriot fans were fired up just before the kickoff.
Then late in the fourth quarter Curtis Martin takes the handoff over the
left side and scores from 2 yards out to tie the score at 17 and send it to
Carolina called on kicker John Kasay and he boots this 29 yard game winning
field goal as the Panthers beat the Patriots in Foxboro 20 to 17 in overtime.
IN Q="this was
((JOHN KASAY/KICKS WINNING FIELD GOAL: ))
SUPER=01-John Kasay/Kicks Winning Field Goal; :
OUT Q=.......won the game."
The Panthers are now 3 and 5 on the season.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/FOX SPORTS; :
At the Silverdome in Pontiac former U-V-A receiver Herman Moore had a day
Moore caught three touchdown passes from Scott Mitchell to lead the Lions
to a 24 to 16 win over the Packers.
For the rest of the N-F-L scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
The Virginia Cavaliers had the week off and the team dropped to 24-th in
the A-P College top 25.
The Cavaliers host Florida State this Thursday night at Scott Stadium.
And speaking of the Seminoles for the first time this season, Florida
State is not the number one team in the poll.
Nebraska has taken over the penthouse by three points over the Number-two
And coming up, Billy Mayfair wins the P-G-A's Tour championship the Roanoke
Express loses on the road.
And Ricky Rudd keeps his race winning streak alive by taking the checkered
flag in Phoenix.
Chesapeake, Virginia Native Ricky Rudd continued his yearly win streak on
the Winston Cup tour this afternoon.
Rudd taking the checkered flag winning the Dura-lube 500 at Phoenix.
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/TNN SPORTS; :
Dale Earnhardt wasted no time getting the five bonus points as he would
lead early in the race.
Michael Waltrip blew a left rear tire and hit the wall bringing out the
first caution of the day with less than 40 laps in the book.
Ernie Irvan made a move and he was strong taking the lead and holding off
Earnhardt for several circuits around the track.
Points leader Jeff Gordon was running with Dale Jarrett back in the pack
but he was having handling problems as he tried to move up front.
Irvan was beginning to pull away from the pack when he dropped a cylinder
ending his chances at winning the Dura-Lube 500.
Kyle Petty, Sporting a big pumpkin on the hood of his car, hit the wall in
turn two bringing out the caution and slowing the field.
Rudd had a strong car and he moved into the lead late in the race and Rudd
held off Derrike Cope to win the race for his 16-th career victory.
IN Q=First audio
((RICKY RUDD/DURA-LUBE 500 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Dura-Lube 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=....our favor."
Cope was second, Earnhardt third, Rusty Wallace fourth and Jeff Gordon
Gordon did not clinch the points championship but he goes to Atlanta
needing only a 41-st finish to capture the title.
Race car driver Kenny Minter of Martinsville and a veteran of the local
tracks in the area, was killed this afternoon during a modified race at the
Mid-Atlantic 500 championships in Asheboro.
Officials of the Southern Modified Auto Racing teams said Menter died when
his car touched another car and hit the wall. He was 39.
Billy Mayfair shot a final round 3 over par 73 but it was still good
enough for him to win the P-G-A's Tour Championship.
SUPER=03-Tulsa, OK/ESPN; :
Mayfair was the leader at the start of today's round and when he made this
birdie putt at the 7-th hole he had a three stroke lead on the field.
Mayfair hit this par putt at the 18-th hole giving him a total of even par
280 and the Tour Championship. Corey Pavin and Steve Elkington tied for
The Roanoke Express blew a 2 to 1 lead in the third period giving up two
goals as the Wheeling Thunderbirds beat the Express 3 to 2.
The Express is now 4 and 4.
Meantime, a light schedule in the National Hockey lets take a look at
scores from the five games.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
The new owners of the Jacksonville Barn plan to turn the old livestock house
in to the cultural center of the region.
The Floyd Community Center for the Arts is buying the barn.
The plan is to use the barn as a place to sell locally made crafts.
Board members also envision art studios where crafters pass along their
skills to students.
The hay loft maybe used for dances and theater productions.
They say in the end, the barn's proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway will
make it an economic success for the area.
IN Q=to not only
((PAT THERRIEN/FLOYD COMMUNITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS: TO NOT ONLY ENRICH THE
LIVES OF FLOYD COUNTY PEOPLE, BUT TO PROVIDE A TOURIST ATTRACTION THAT'S
ACTUALLY A QUALITY PIECE THAT WILL BRING PEOPLE INTO FLOYD, GIVE THEM A PLACE
TO START WITH BEFORE THEY GO TO THE QUALITY RESTAURANTS.))
SUPER=01-Pat Therrien/Community Center For The Arts;
OUT Q=quality restaurant
There have been several attempts in recent years to transform the barn into
a gathering spot.
Therrien(thair-In) says this effort will succeed because people just love
IN Q=i don't know
((I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CHEMISTRY IS BUT EVERYBODY LOVES IT. MAYBE BECAUSE
IT'S RIGHT OUTSIDE THE TOWN. MAYBE BECAUSE IT'S RIGHT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE EVERYBODY'S HAD SO MUCH TO DO WITH IT FROM STORING HAY TO
OUT Q=having music
Now the board is working on a fundraising plan.
It will cost around 99-thousand dollars to buy the barn and the surrounding
And that dollar amount doesn't include the money it will take to make the
Science lessons come to life in elementary schools when the Science Museum
of Western Virginia visits.
Beth Myer reports the museum's education outreach brings new experiences to
students in the classroom.
IN Q=I got a
SUPER=01-Jan Dowling/Science Museum Outreach Educator; :19
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Hubbard/Fallon Park Elementary Teacher; :35
OUT Q=News 7.
10 38 10 00 - 10 38 13 00
IN Q=I got a
((I GOT A MOMMA AND DADDY ONE OF THIS.))
OUT Q=one of this.
Today the subject is animal life... but teachers can pick their topic when
they invite the Science Museum of Western Virginia to their classroom.
The museum has numerous subjects and items in itseducation outreach
program.... and it's tailored to meet the state's requirements for science
11 03 30 00 - 11 03 38 00
IN Q=Each grade level
((JAN DOWLING/OUTREACH EDUCATOR: EACH GRADE LEVEL HAS DIFFERENT STANDARDS OF
LEARNING IT'S SUPPOSED TO MEET WITH SCIENCE AND WE'VE TRIED TO GEAR OUR TOPICS
TOWARD THOSE THINGS. ))
OUT Q=toward those things.
10 40 28 00 - 30 00
IN Q=Wow, look
((WOW, LOOK AT THAT STINGERS! ))
OUT Q=that stingers.
Teachers say students remember more about the lessons that are supplemented by
the science museum's visits.
10 53 31 00 - 10 53 44 00
IN Q=When we do
((ELIZABETH HUBBARD/TEACHER: WHEN WE DO A SCIENCE LESSON CHILDREN WILL COME
AND TELL ME 'I REMEMBER THIS WHEN THE SPEAKER WAS HERE'. IT CORRELATES WITH
OUR SCIENCE LESSON AND ALSO WITH OUR OBJECTIVES. ))
OUT Q=with our objectives.
9 57 19 00 - 25 00
IN Q=And when it was
((AND WHEN IT WAS TIME THE LITTLE SNAIL WOULD COME OUT OF THIS AND THERE THEY
WOULD BE. ))
OUT Q=they would be.
The program is offered for Kindergarten through 12th grade, but is most popular
with elementary schools.
11 04 30 00 - 11 04 38 00
IN Q=It's something that's
((JAN DOWLING/OUTREACH EDUCATOR: IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S FUN FOR ALL OF US TO DO
I THINK IT'S FUN FOR THE KIDS. THE TEACHERS REALLY ENJOY IT AND TELL ME THEY
LEARNED THINGS TOO. ))
OUT Q=learned things too.
Four outreach educators travel to schools to bring new experiences to
students. Teachers choose from about 20 topics ranging from animals to
endangered habitats to simple machines.
Beth Myer, News 7.))
That's it for News-7 at 11.