Up next on News 7 at eleven-
Personal problems may have led a man to hijack a school bus loaded with
children in Florida.
Take a look at these pictures. They show what happened seven thousand
And Roy Stanley will join us live from Charlottesville to see if Virginia
can pull off the upset of the year.
News 7 is next.
Residents in Rockbridge County are fighting to keep a group home from
going up in their neighborhood.
They say the building site is questionable.
Now it appears a different site may be under consideration.
A Miami man who hijacked a school bus was gunned down and killed.
A SWAT team took action after negotiations failed. One student was cut
with glass but the rest were not injured.
And in sports, Roy Stanley will have a LIVE report from the Virginia-
Florida State game.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
Personal problems and a dispute with the I-R-S may have prompted a man to
hijack a school bus.
As Dave Fehling reports, it was a terrifying 75 minutes for the children
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SUPER=01-Octavio Visiedo/Dade Co. Schools Super.; 40
SUPER=01-Fred Taylor/Metro-Dade Police; 1:02
OUT Q=CBS News, Miami Beach."
((The school bus was on its way to Blue Lakes Elementary in South Dade County
when police say the man forced his way on.
On board were 11 special-needs children, an adult aide and the bus driver.
The man claimed to have a bomb.
He led police on a 15-mile, low speed chase into Miami Beach.
Along the way, police were able to convince the hijacker to stop the bus
and let some of the children out, until only 5 remained on board.
Finally, the hijacker forced the driver to go to Joe's Stone crab, a
popular Miami Beach restaurant where he had been fired the night before.
All the while, school bus driver Alicia Chapman remained calm.
OCTAVIO VISIEDO/DADE CO. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: SHE NEVER PANICKED,
SHE'S A HERO.
As the bus approached Joe's, police fired one shot into the bus at the
hijacker, identified as 42-year old Nick Sang.
He went down. Police then stormed the bus and shot Sang when it appeared he
was going for a weapon.
FRED TAYLOR/DIRECTOR, METRO-DADE POLICE: TO THIS POINT, WE'VE FOUND NO
EXPLOSIVES AND NO WEAPONS. BUT HE DID MAKE A MOVE AS THOUGH HE HAD A WEAPON.
The police dragged Sang into the street.
Paramedics worked on him, but he was dead. More police rushed in and pulled
the children off the bus.
They were scared, but otherwise ok.
As for the hijacker, his former co-workers at Joe's said he was having
personal problems that may have included trouble with the IRS.
No one will ever know for sure what drove him to this.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Miami Beach.))
A group of residents in Rockbridge County has fought for the last several
months to keep a group home from going up in its neighborhood.
The home would house five women with mental retardation.
But as Jay Moore reports, it looks as if the residents may have won.
IN Q=The executive director
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :06
SUPER=@Jay2; :11 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Michael Gilmore/Community Services Board; :15
SUPER=01-Janet Aldridge/Subdivision Resident; :36
OUT Q=Moore, News-7.
(( The Executive director of the county's community service board says he's
ready to recommend another site.
The current site, located in a subdivision off of route 6-0-8 near Glasgow,
has drawn fire from neighboring residents.
The Mental Health Clinic Advisory Board bought the land in September.
((MICHAEL GILMORE/COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARD: WE HAVE IN FACT FOUND WHAT WE THINK
IS A BETTER SITE. IT HAS TO MEET THE CRITERIA OF OFFERING BETTER FACILITIES,
BETTER AMENITIES, AND IN FACT WE THINK IT DOES.))
The residents of the subdivision say they are concerned about the welfare
those who will live in the home.
They also have unanswered questions as to why the land was bought for more
than three times the accessed value.
(( JANET ALDRIDGE/RESIDENT: THE PROPERTY THAT WAS BOUGHT IN '95 WAS ACCESSED
AT $6,400 AND THEY PAYED $22,000 FOR IT.))
(( MICHAEL GILMORE/COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARD: OFTEN IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY YOU
FIND THAT THE ACCESSED VALUES ARE MUCH LOWER THAN WHAT HOMES OR LANDS GO FOR SO
I DON'T THINK THAT ITS THAT UNUSUAL BUT THE DID PAY THE ASKING PRICE.))
Gilmore says the county currently has one other group home in Lexington,
which also drew opposition but NOW fits into the community.
The advisory board will decide on Gilmore's recommendation next Wednesday.
Jay Moore, News 7.))
The Virginia Department of Taxation says it will cut checks starting
tomorrow for the federal retirees who held out and sued the state.
The state Supreme Court cleared the way today.
The Court rejected a request from retiree attorney Michael (KAY-ter) Kator
to have his eight million dollar tab picked up by taxpayers.
About 14- thousand retirees held out for a court ruling, rather than settle
with the state for a smaller refund.
Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Times Square tonight-
SUPER=03-New York City;
They're protesting cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.
The rally's keynote speaker- First Lady Hillary Clinton.
The marchers walked through New York City and into Times Square.
They are against the Republicans Contract with America which calls for
cutting the growth of Medicare funding.
Meanwhile the head of the nation's central bank says the effort to
balance the budget is a good thing.
Alan Greenspans warns if we don't balance the budget, the consequences
could be severe.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the news, the Hubble Telescope is there As a Star is Born,
and a new survey says John Warner is more popular with the general public than
he is with his own party.
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He was once Virginia's most popular Republican.
Then he angered many in his own party by NOT supporting their candidates.
Now Senator John Warner is bouncing back statewide.
But according to the latest NEWS 7 - Roanoke Times poll, Warner still faces
a tough battle to get his own party's nomination next year.
Statewide, 53- percent of voters have a favorable opinion of John Warner.
That's up from 50- percent in July, and before that, 44 percent in January.
But within his own party, Warner's support has held steady since January at
just 41- percent.
Meanwhile economist Jim Miller has seen a slight increase in popularity as
Warner's only announced Republican challenger.
Miller now gets 39- percent support among Republicans -- which shows
Warner's continued vulnerability in a party primary.
Democratic candidate MARK Warner-- no relation to the incumbent-- would face
defeat at the hands of either Republican if the election were held today.
But in a general election, JOHN Warner is the much stronger candidate
against MARK Warner.
Delegate Chip Woodrum hopes to win his ninth term in the General Assembly
when Roanoke voters go to the polls next week.
But Republican Newell Falkinburg has made it a race, outspending the
incumbent and organizing a competitive campaign.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports on the choice that voters will confront on
IN Q=Newell Falkinburg has been
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SUPER=01-Newell Falkinburg/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :27
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((Newell Falkinburg has been searching high and low for votes. He figures
he's knocked on seven thousand doors since the campaign started.
NAT SOUND OF FALKINBURG AT DOOR
IN Q=I'm running for the House
((I'M RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND WE'RE TRYING TO BAND ON EVERY
VOTER'S DOOR IN THE DISTRICT.))
OUT Q=voter's door in the district.
While Falkinburg may not be a household name, the Roanoke doctor is hopeful
a well- organized, well- financed campaign will pay off November 7th.
Like the other republicans challenging democratic incumbents, Falkinburg
says the voters are demanding a change of leadership.
IN Q=We do have problmes
((NEWELL FALKINBURG/R- HOUSE OF DELGATES CANDIDATE: WE DO HAVE PROBLEMS AND I
WOULD LIKE THEM TO CONSIDER ME FOR A TWO YEAR TRIAL OF EMPLOYMENT. IF I DON'T
DO THEIR LIKING THEY CAN BOOT ME OUT AT THE END OF A COUPLE OF YEARS AND BRING
BACK THE OLD INCUMBENT, BUT I THINK THEY'D LIKE WHAT I WOULD DO.))
OUT Q=they'd like what I would do.
IN Q=Cal Ripken
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: CAL RIPKEN HAS SERVED THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES FOR 14 YEARS
AND NO ONE'S TOLD HIM TO SIT DOWN, BECAUSE THE QUALITY OF HIS EXPERIENCE HAS
BEEN GOOD. I WOULD HOPE THAT THE QUALITY OF MY EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN GOOD FOR
THE PEOPLE OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND THAT THEY WILL SEE FIT TO RE-ELECT ME ON
OUT Q=re- elect me on election day.
On issues including education and economic development, Chip Woodrum
believes he has built a record of accomplishment in the House.
And while Falkinburg may provide the strongest challenge of Woodrum's
political career, the delegate says he's confident the voters will return him
NAT SOUND OF WOODRUM AND VOTER
IN Q=I'd appreciate your vote
((I'D APPRECIATE YOUR VOTE ON TUESDAY. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE IT.))
OUT Q=you know you have it.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
A new partnership announced between the Science Museum and Floyd County's
Apple Ridge Farm.
It'll give Roanoke Elementary School students hands on experience as they
study the environment.
A 50- thousand- dollar challenge grant from the B. Wilson Porterfield Jr.
Foundation makes the partnership possible.
Starting this fall, students will visit the camp and conference center near
Copper Hill and work on environmental projects.
The money also makes it possible to build classrooms and dormitories at the
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IN Q=We not only
((PETER LEWIS/APPLE RIDGE FARM PRESIDENT: WE NOT ONLY CAN WORK WITH KIDS AND
KEEP THEM ON SITE FOR A MORE COMPLETE EXPERIENCE. WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO RENT
OUR FACILITIES TO OTHER NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES.))
SUPER=01-Peter Lewis/Apple Ridge Farm President;
OUT Q=organizations and businesses.
In the past, Apple Ridge Farm has provided a summer camp for low income
Now students from Fallon Park, Hurt Park, Forest Park and Lincoln Terrace
Elementary Schools will visit four times during the school year for
Apple Ridge Farm has served more than 11-thousand low income children in the
past 20 years.
New insight tonight to the way stars and solar systems are formed.
That's what the Hubble Space Telescope is showing.
It's sending back pictures showing the formation of a star seven thousand
light years away.
((DR. JEFF HESTER/ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY: REALLY WHAT WE'RE STUDYING IS WHAT
HAPPENED IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD FOUR POINT SIX BILLION YEARS AGO.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Hester/Arizona State U.;
OUT Q=BILLION YEARS AGO."
The photos show embryo stars captured in hydrogen and dust columns, some
light years in length.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, we'll revisit some survivors of the Flood of
'85 and see why their fears still linger today,
and we'll head to Little Rock, Arkansas, where the battle over a mammoth
Christmas display turns a little Goofy.
GRAPHIC=10 Years After
Even though ten years have passed since the Flood of '85, many people in our
area have found it hard to forget.
As Keith Humphry reports even a heavy rain can bring back feelings of
IN Q=It's hard to
SUPER=01-Vic Thomas/Roanoke Businessman; :33
SUPER=04-November 4, 1985; :49
SUPER=01-Dorothy Smith/1985 Flood Victim; 1:54
OUT Q=Humphry, News 7.
SOT 15:09:30 PANS OFF TO THE WATER
IN Q=It's hard
((IT'S HARD TO THINK RIGHT NOW THERE'S A NICE TROUT STREAM ))
OUT Q=trout stream...
For Vic Thomas it's the creek that runs beside his convenience store... that
and the sound of helicopters in the rain... that bring back the memories.
Running unopposed for re-election to the House of Delegates, Thomas had no
idea he would almost lose his LIFE and the family business.
IN Q=The good Lord
((THE GOOD LORD HUNG IN THERE WITH US. YOU CAN GO TO THE BANK ON THAT ONE.))
OUT Q=that one.
The trouble was in the BRIDGE on Orange Avenue over Carvins Creek.
Debris clogged the bridge as the rain fell in truck loads.
IN Q=It kept
((IT KEPT BACKING UP FOR TWO AND A HALF HOURS, AND THEN IT CAME LIKE A TIDAL
OUT Q=tidal wave.
Among those in Thomas' Market at the time- -in addition to the Delegate-
-his son Eric, his legislative aide, and a customer carrying a four-year old
Seven people wound up on the roof of the building.
A city policeman called it in, but Lifeguard 10 had all it could handle
rescuing people trapped in SALEM.
There was another helicopter in the area, though, carrying a NEWS 7
IN Q=He came straight
((HE CAME STRAIGHT TO US. THEY PICKED UP THE FIRST THREE PEOPLE, AND THEY CAME
BACK. IF IT HAD BEEN ANOTHER 20 SECONDS, WE WOULD HAVE NOT BEEN THERE WHEN THEY
CAME BACK FOR THE SECOND LOAD. THAT'S THE HONEST TRUTH.))
OUT Q=honest truth.
The store was swept downstream.
The building had been UN-insured.
Vic Thomas started all over.
IN Q=You can do
(( YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IF YOU WANT TO DO IT. HONEST. THAT DOLLAR IS NOT THAT
IMPORTANT. LIFE IS IMPORTANT.))
OUT Q=life is important.
Whenever it rains a lot, people in Buchanan can expect a visit from the
We first met Dorothy Smith in 1985 when she was trying to salvage her
belongings on Lower Street in Buchanan.
We visited her again one recent rainy day.
IN Q=Every time it rains
((Q: EVERY TIME IT RAINS, DOES IT MAKE YOU THINK?
YES, SIR, IT DOES. IF IT RAINS HARD, I WATCH IT LIKE A HAWK AFTER A CHICKEN. I
CAN'T HELP IT, BECAUSE I'M SCARED.))
OUT Q=because I'm scared.
And yet she stays in the house she and her husband bought nearly 30 years
She replaced the garage, the appliances and furniture the flood waters
claimed in '85.
Someone stole her jewelry back then, but she'd rather remember all the
people who pitched in to help.
IN Q=We've got
((WE'VE GOT A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR, REALLY, WHEN YOU STOP TO THINK ABOUT IT.
BECAUSE THIS WHOLE HOUSE COULD HAVE WASHED AWAY, AND WE'D HAVE HAD NOTHING.))
OUT Q=have had nothing.
NAT SOT - -crane installing sewer line
Tomorrow night we'll see what's being done to minimize flood damage in the
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
A programming note: WDBJ-7's original 1985 documentary, "The Flood of '85"
will be re-broadcast this Saturday night at 7:30.
Early November promises big weather changes. You will feel the chill this
weekend...and as you watch our November Almanac, it seems perfectly Normal.
Roy Stanley is set to join us with a LIVE report and update on the
Virginia-Florida State game in Charlottesville.
The Salem girls fail to wrap up the Blue Ridge hoops title.
And Hampden-Sydney is picked to win the championship in the ODAC.
All that after we check on another title won tonight by PH.
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SPORTS CHYRON MOTION
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take a break
Tonight's ACC showdown in Charlottesville between Florida State and Virginia,
has been one of the most entertaining offensive shootouts of the season!
Virginia took a surprising 27-to-21 lead into the lockeroom at halftime.
And Right now Roy Stanley steps off the sideline and into your living room
to get up to date on where things stand right now, Roy.
Roy will ad lib in to PKG rolled from STARLINK
...in school history."
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Seminoles vs. Cavaliers; :00
OUT Q=...27-to-21 at the half."
Roy wraps up and tosses back to Mike
Reports tonight from Baltimore TV station WBAL say the Cleveland Browns are in
the process of finalizing a deal to move the NFL team to Baltimore, possibly as
soon as next season.
It's still to early to call this a certainty, but we could see the Baltimore
The Lady Spartans of Salem failed to wrap up the Blue Ridge district regular
season crown last night as they were beaten by Lord Botetourt 74-to-62.
SUPER=03-Daleville/Salem vs. Lord Botetourt; :00
The Lady Cavs were eliminated from the regular season race with a loss at
Byrd on Tuesday, but last night they were ready to play the role of the
We pick up a tight game in the third, with Sarah Keister finding Sarah Moore
open for the drive, the score, and the foul, Botetourt leads it 41-to-35.
Salem's Crystal Whitlock would get an assist of her own with he pass to
Michelle Johnson who bangs it in. But Botetourt still led 53 to 42 after three.
Botetourt's Katrina Elliott finds Amy Byrd - who drains the jumper in the
fourth to push the Cavalier lead to 17 points.
Sara Palmer would free herself up for a three pointer, but Salem needed about
five more of those as, David Wheat's Cavs stop the Spartans 74-to-62.
IN Q="I couldn't...
((DAVID WHEAT/LORD BOTETOURT HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-David Wheat/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...PAY OFF IN A VICTORY."
Byrd beat Alleghany last night so, Salem and Byrd will meet in a special
playoff game Monday night in Daleville.
As Robin said, the rain is supposed to be out of here by midday tomorrow.
And that should clear the way for some excellent high school football
Here's where you'll find the Friday Football Extra crews on the next to last
week of the regular season.
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OUT Q=...LOGO FULL.
Still to come tonight, the Old Dominion Athletic conference coaches put the
monkey on Hampden-Sydney's back,
while the organization that sponsors the ODAC hoops tournament every year
gives up $15 thousand for area charities.
The Old Dominion Athletic conference basketball coaches got together today in
Salem to name defending champ Hampden-Sydney their preseason pick to win the
ODAC title again this year.
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The Tigers won 28 games and made it to the elite eight in the nation last
But they lost three starters and are somewhat of a surprise pick to win it
((TONY SHAVER/HAMPDEN-SYDNEY HEAD COACH:))
((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE COLLEGE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/Hampden-Sydney Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Page Moir/Roanoke College Head Coach; :18
OUT Q=...ha ha!
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
All ten of the head coaches in the ODAC were guests of the Salem Rotary Club
The club runs the ODAC tournament each postseason, and today Rotary members
turned over much of their profits from last year's event to various charities
in the Roanoke Valley.
IN Q="The Rotary Club...
((DAN WOOLDRIDGE/ODAC COMMISSIONER & ROTARIAN:))
SUPER=01-Dan Wooldridge/ODAC Commissioner & Rotarian; :00
OUT Q=...CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS."
Christmas will not be as bright this year in Little Rock, Arkansas.
VO-NAT CBS Feed 17:100
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;
For the last year couple of years, Jennings Osborne has built a massive
display of lights around his property.
It was so large his neighbors took him to court in an effort to darken the
three MILLION lights.
The case made it to the Arkansas Supreme Court before Osborne lost.
Now he says he's packing it all up and heading for.....Disney World.
Osborne is sending Disney's M-G-M studios two-thirds of his lights. They
will be used in a display starting later this month.
Osborne says he still may have a small display at his home.