An explosion in a military building in Saudi Arabia kills five Americans.
800-thousand federal workers may be forced to take unpaid leave starting
tomorrow, unless a budget agreement is reached today.
And snow slowed many Western Virgnians down this morning... with school
delays, closings and a number of fender benders.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Western Virginia received a taste of winter this morning.
The snow and ice caused a number of MINOR traffic accidents, especially in
the New River Valley and the Alleghany Highlands.
And MORE bad weather may be on the way.
The weather made driving difficult on route 460 in Montgomery County.
And on Interstate 81, icy conditions caused at least three accidents there.
State Police reported NO serious injuries, but warn that bridges may be
In Botetourt County, the storm dropped more than an inch of snow in some
And in Troutville, authorities spent the morning handling their own share of
Both NORTH BOUND lanes of Route 220 in Alleghany County are closed because
of an accident.
Police say a tanker truck jackknifed.
ANCHOR=Beth 2 shot
SS= 2 shot
More unpleasant weather is in the forecast, with snow and sleet expected
(beth toss to patrick)
(patrick ad lib)
(patrick toss to beth)
Because of the snow, we have some school announcements to make.
(beth reads announcements)
President Clinton has VETOED the debt ceiling bill and says he'll veto a
stop- gap spending bill later today.
That SECOND veto would trigger a partial government shutdown starting
Clinton accuses Republicans of engineering the crisis to further their OWN
Republicans say they WILL agree to fund the government but ONLY IF the
President agrees to balance the budget in seven years.
IN Q=I don't see
SUPER=01-Newt Gingrich/Speaker of the House;
OUT Q=discpline fiscally.
The President says he will consider a balanced budget but not the one the
Republicans have written.
IN Q=The President is saying
SUPER=01-Robert Rubin/Secretary of the Treasury;
OUT Q=to accomplish that.
Tomorrow, 800- thousand federal workers may be forced to take unpaid leave.
Essential workers like hospital staff and air traffic controlers would still
Two explosions ripped through a building that housed American and Saudi
Arabian military personnel early this morning in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;
At least six people were killed, five of them Americans. 60 others were
A spokesman for the U-S Embassy in Riyadh said a car bomb, or natural gas
may have caused the blasts.
Sources told The Associated Press a bomb was believed to have been placed in
a Chevrolet Caprice Classic.
This is the first known attack against a U.S. military installation or unit
in Saudi Arabia since the Gulf War in 1991.
Israeli warplanes pounded radical Palestinian guerrilla targets in the hills
near Beirut today.
Witnesses say the jets fired about two dozen rockets in at least ten
runs 13 miles south of Beirut.
This is where the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General
Command (PFLP-GC) has posted.
The Damascus-based group opposes the PLO- Israeli peace deal and its
fighters sometimes attack Israeli troops occupying parts of south Lebanon.
There was no immediate report of casualties in the air attacks.
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SUPER=03-Jenin, West Bank;
Israel is signaling its commitment to peace despite the assassination of
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Israeli troops have withdrawn from a key West Bank town almost a week ahead
The withdrawal from Jenin (jih-NEEN) ends 28 years of Israeli occupation of
the West Bank.
This comes a week earlier than stipulated under Israel's accord with the
The accelerated withdrawal was ordered as a sign of Israel's commitment to
the peace process.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
Jury selection begins today for the man accused of killing Michael Jordan's
and three people in Oklahoma are charged with plotting a bomb attack.
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Jury selection began this morning in the trial of the man accused of killing
Jordan is the father of basketball star Michael Jordan.
Prosecutors in North Carolina are seeking the death penalty for Daniel
Jury selection is expected to take up to a month.
Prosecutors have summoned two jury pools of 500 each in an effort to seat a
panel in the case.
Michael Jordan is not expected to attend the trial.
Three people appear in federal court in Oklahoma City today to face charges
they were plotting to build a fertilizer bomb.
65- year- old Ray Lampley, his 47- year- old wife Cecilia and 53- year- old
John Baird were arrested in Vernon, Oklahoma by federal agents.
F-B-I investigators say the three plotted to make a bomb and use it on a
white separatist community.
An Appomattox man is dead after he fell OUT of his pickup truck.
Police say 31-year-old David Ray Maddox was driving south on Route 29 in
Amherst County last night when one of the doors of his truck swung OPEN.
Maddox and one of his passengers fell out.
The truck ran off the road, and hit a cable box.
Maddox died at the scene.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
We'll tell you how the Henry Street community plans to put its neighborhood
BACK in the SWING of things,
and the place was already swinging, thanks to a special concert.
The news and all that jazz, when we return.
music up full
Years ago, urban renewal closed the doors to the once bustling business
district of Henry Street.
Now members of the Henry Street Revival Committee say it's time to put the
area back on the map as an entertainment hot spot.
Noel Taylor says the committee is in the process of looking for business
owners who will relocate to the area.
He says the committee wants to attract a wide variety of businesses.
IN Q=we have the
((NOEL TAYLOR/HENRY ST REVIVAL COMMITTEE: WE HAVE THE MUSIC CENTER, BUT THAT'S
JUST ONE PIECE OF THE PROJECT AND I THINK FOR IT TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON A
CONTINUING MANNER THAT WE MUST TRY TO DEVELOP BOTH SIDES OF HENRY STREET.
MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: WE NEED ONE PERSON OR ONE GROUP OF
COMPANIES TO COME IN AND REALLY LEAD THE EFFORT AND TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Noel Taylor/Henry St. Revival Committee; :00
SUPER=01-Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.; :15
OUT Q=MAKE IT HAPPEN
The Revival Committee says restoring Henry Street back to an entertainment
mecca will compliment the Hotel Roanoke and other downtown developments.
And at least for a few hours it seemed like good old Henry Street was back
in its heyday.
The old Dumas Hotel -- now the Henry Street Music Center and Jazz
Institute-- yesterday hosted Jazz Jam Seven.
SOT nat sot music
OUT Q=nat sound..
Big Band and jazz musicians tantalize listeners ears for four hours all in
the name of charity.
The event benefited the music center.
Total Action Against Poverty runs the facility.
The proceeds will help TAP restore the upper floors and repair the elevator.
The music center has jazz events several times a year.
Housing for EVERYONE is the focus of the Fifth Annual Roanoke Regional
Housing Conference tomorrow at the Salem Civic Center.
ANCHOR=Beth 2 shot
It's sponsored by the Roanoke Regional Housing Network, and here to tell us
about it... is the Network's Rus Wadia (wad-ee-ah) and R. Matt Kennell,
Executive Director of Downtown Roanoke Incorporated.
Rus -- describe the conference.
SUPER=01-Rus Wadia/Roanoke Regional Housing Network;
(Tell us about the New Century Council's recommendations on housing?)
(HUD is currently undergoing a transformation. What is its impact on local
(Roanoke City has proposed inspecting rental units periodically. Will this be
(And you'll also discuss downtown housing. Matt, tell us about that.)
SUPER=01-R. Matt Kennell/Downtown Roanoke Inc.;
The Fifth Annual Roanoke Regional Housing Conference begins tomorrow morning
at 7:30 at the Salem Civic Center.
For more information call the Council of Community Services at 985-0131.
Stock prices are lower amid continuing concerns about a possible default on
the nation's debt.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN five points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Jeff Gordon may not have won SUNDAY's race, but overall he's number one in
and the Hokies are tied for first place in the Big East, but they haven't
forgotten about the big game this weekend.
MUSIC UP FULL
Dale Earnhardt won the race, but the big winner in the NAPA 500 yesterday
was third- year driver Jeff Gordon.
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA/ESPN; :
Gordon, who needed only a 41-st finish to capture his first points
championship, takes care of it himself.
On lap 61... he waits for Sterling Marlin to pit, and then leads a lap,
giving him the 19-95 Winston Cup Points championship.
Gordon won seven races this year and led Earnhardt by 147 points entering
IN Q=We had to enjoy
((JEFF GORDON/WINSTON CUP POINTS CHAMPION: WE HAD TO ENJOY THE DAY AND NOT
WORRY ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON ON THE RACE TRACK. DALE EARNHARDT DID EVERYTHING
HE HAD TO DO. HE HAD AN AWESOME CAR TODAY. A SA MATTER OF FACT, I WAS ASKING
PEOPLE IF THEY WANTED TO SIT IN MY SEAT BECAUSE WE JUST WEREN'T GETTING THE JOB
DONE OUT THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Winston Cup Points Champion; :
OUT Q=done out there.
Earnhardt has the dominate car and early in the race he leads the field by
as much as three seconds.
Hut Stricklin hit the wall bringing out the second caution of the day.
Ernie Irvan was having another good run.
He was in second place behind Earnhardt with 100 laps to go.
But Earnhardt leads the most laps and takes the NAPA 500 for his fifth win
of the season.
IN Q=First Audio
((DALE EARNHARDT/NAPA 500 WINNER: HE'S BEEN IN IT A LONG TIME.I TESTED FOR HIM
WHEN HE FIRST STARTED BUILDING CARS. I FEEL SORT OF GOOD FOR HIM. OUR TEAM IS
THE BEST. GOODWRENCH AND RCE - THEY'VE DONE IT AGAIN. THE OLE RACE CAR WAS GOOD
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/NAPA 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=was good today.
Sterling Marlin was second, Rusty Wallace third, Bill Elliott fourth and
Ward Burton fifth.
Virginia Tech heads into it's final game of the regular season against
U-V-a having already secured the school's first ever Big East title.
As Steve Mason reports, the Hokies are having little trouble celebrating
the milestone, even with bowl questions and the Cavaliers on the horizon.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Saturday; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :11
SUPER=01-George Rozelle/Fiesta Bowl Representative; :43
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Virginia Tech Defensive Tackle; 1:06
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/Virginia Tech Flanker; 1:15
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Virginia Tech Fullback; 1:24
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((The Hokies 38 to 6 win over Temple has earned them at least a tie for the for
the Conference title. And a possibility of having to share the crown takes
nothing away from the Hokies.
FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: DON'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO ME. THE
NAME ON THAT RING...THE BIG EAST CHAMPS ON OUR RING IS GONNA BE THE VERY SAME
SIZE. DON'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO ME. WE'RE PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE BIG
EAST. I THINK WE ADD SOMETHING TO THE BIG EAST TOO.
The only bowl present at RFK was the Fiesta Bowl. And while the National
championship bowl was there for cosmetic reasons only, it will send a strong
message about the Hokies back to the alliance.
GEORGE ROZELLE/FIESTA BOWL REPRESENTATIVE: THIS CCROWD, FOR ONE THING. BEING
AWAY FROM HOME. 4,5 HOURS UP HERE FROM BLACKSBURG. THEY GOT A HECK OF A CROWD
HERE, ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD, THAT WILL TELL BOWL PEOPLE THAT VIRGINIA TECH FANS
WILL FOLLOW THEM AND GO WITH 'EM.
Miami and Syracuse each lose another conference game, Tech wins the Big East
outright. And the Hokies are guaranteed a bid to an alliance bowl. But
Virginia, not bowling is on their minds.
J.C. PRICE/VIRGINIA TECH DEFENSIVE TACKLE: RIGHT NOW WE'RE GONNA CELEBRATE THIS
ONE, CELEBRATE BEING BIG EAST CHAMPS AND GETTING READY FOR VIRGINIA AND
WHATEVER BOWL WANTS US THAT'S THE ONE WE WANT TO GO TO WE DON'T WANT TO BE
NOBODY'S SECOND CHOICE. IF YOU DON'T WANT US, YOU'LL ALL GO WITH IT. WE'RE
NOT REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE BOWL. WE HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT'LL TAKE CARE OF
ITSELF WE'LL JUST GO OUT AND PLAY NEXT WEEK AND LET THE BOWL SITUATION TAKE
CARE OF ITSELF.
AS FAR AS BOWLS, WE'RE HEARING SOMETHING FROM THE SUGAR, MAYBE THE ORANGE. BUT
WE'VE JUST GOT TO GO OUT AND PLAY--WE'VE GOT ONE MORE GAME LEFT, AND MAYBE WE
CAN LOCK UP A BIG BOWL.
The fruits of Tech's labor have yet to be picked. All the Hokies have left to
do to make the bowl alliance's choice a little easier is to win in
Charlottesville. At RFK, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
The Hokies moved to 20-th in the A-P college football poll.
Virginia ranks 13-th in the poll.
(toss to patrick)
(patrick ad lib)
And of course we'll have all the information you need about tonight's
winter storm on News 7 at 5, followed by News 7 at six.
Thanks for joining us.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.